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Chikane says Aggett struggled to walk the last time he saw him
30 January 2020, 3:15 PM

Former Director-General in the Presidency Reverend Frank Chikane says anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett was struggling to walk the last time he saw him.

Chikane was testifying at the inquest into Aggett’s death in the High Court in Johannesburg.

He was also detained at the John Vorster Square Police Station at the same time as Aggett in January 1982.

Chikane says it was clear to him that Aggett had seen the worst as he watched him being escorted back to his cell.

He says he saw Aggett through a hole in his own cell.

“I saw him coming with the police, struggling to walk. He was bending forward, almost like he was not able to pick his body and he was struggling to walk. He was slow, almost like a patient who was being assisted to get to his cell, and looked very distressed, and that was the last time I saw him.”

Aggett was found hanging in his cell at the then John Vorster Square Police Station in Johannesburg on 5 February 1982.

His family disputes the apartheid security branch’s claim that he committed suicide.

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Hogan recalls the last time she saw Aggett
29 January 2020, 3:27 PM

Former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan says the last time she saw anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett alive was in early January 1982 at the then John Vorster Square Police Station in Johannesburg.

She says he gave her a big smile and the Amandla salute, but she noticed that his shirt was torn.

Hogan is testifying at Aggett’s inquest in the High Court in Johannesburg.

She says she last saw Aggett as she was being transferred to Heidelberg from John Vorster.

“And one morning Deeklifs arrives, and said that I have to go to John Vorster Square. A newspaper van drove past us, and it had a headline, a poster which said detainee’s death creates a furore, and I said to Deeklifs, ‘who have you killed?’ He turned around to me and said it’s someone you’re close to. So, I was taken to John Vorster Square. My sister was there with my parents. My sister immediately said, ‘have you  heard about Neil?’ I screamed at her and said she may not speak any further.”

Aggett was found hanging in his cell at the John Vorster Police Station on 5 February 1982.

Apartheid era’s security branch claimed he had committed suicide, but his family disputes that.

Vicky Momberg
Police still on the lookout for convicted racist Momberg
3 November 2019, 4:25 PM

Police in Gauteng have confirmed that they’ve been struggling to locate convicted racist Vicki Momberg since a warrant for her arrest was issued in August.

In June this year, the High Court in Johannesburg dismissed Momberg’s appeal for her conviction and two-year sentence.

She was given 30 days in which to apply for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein and report to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court but she failed to report to the court, prompting officials to issue the warrant of arrest.

The former real estate agent was sentenced to an effective two years in jail last year after she was found guilty of crimen injuria for using the k-word at least 48 times against a black police officer who had come to her aid, following a smash-and-grab incident in Johannesburg in 2016.

Gauteng police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says officials are yet to locate her.

“Police are yet to locate and arrest Ms Momberg as per a warrant of arrest that was issued a couple of months back. Police have since on numerous occasions visited two addresses, one in Bedfordview and one in Krugersdorp, with the last visit as recent as this past week. And Ms Momberg was not at either of these addresses. We have a responsibility as the police to execute this warrant of arrest, therefore our investigators will continue to trace Ms Momberg until she’s found,” explains Peters.

Sinkhole
Snake road in Benoni closed after sinkhole discovery
2 November 2019, 7:23 PM

Snake Road has been closed in both directions in Benoni, Ekurhuleni. This follows Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo’s instruction for the road to be closed after the discovery of a sinkhole.

The MEC, as well as officials from the City of Ekurhuleni visited the site of the sinkhole. The Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Department spokesperson Melitah Madiba says assessment indicates that the sinkhole is four metres deep.

“The road has since been closed on both sides. An assessment indicates that the sinkhole is four-meters deep. At the moment we cannot speculate as to what caused the sinkhole or when the repairs will commence. The Department will await the outcome of the investigation by the engineers and that investigation will determine the severity of the sinkhole as well as when the repairs will commence,” explains Madiba.

Matric results
SABC to broadcast matric results announcement
29 December 2018, 7:20 AM

The SABC has announced that it will broadcast live the announcement of the 2018 matric results on its various platforms next Thursday evening.

Close to 800 000 matric students sat for the 2018 examinations. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the results on the 3rd of January at 18h00, before it is released to students the following day.

That will be preceded by the technical briefing at 16h00 which will be carried by SABC News Online –www.sabcnews.com.

Quality assurance body Umalusi has approved the release of the results, saying it’s satisfied with how the exams were conducted.

SABC spokesperson Neo Momodu says all platforms will carry the announcement by the minister.

“SABC 1 will broadcast the matric results announcement live from 18h00 to 19h00; Ikwekwezi FM will broadcast  live from 17h45 to 19h15; and SABC News Channel (404 on Dstv) will  start with the  technical briefing  at 16h00 and proceed to the matric results announcement from 18h00 to 19h00, with commentary and analysis afterwards.”

 

The SABC Education Matric Results service, which is a partnership with the DBE, will release results to all Grade 12 learners across all provinces who registered on its database using SMS, USSD or the MatricsMate App on 4 January 2019. Learners can register to access their results on 4 January 2019 as follows:

MatricsMate App

Download the MatricsMate App for free from Google Play and Apple App Stores and register your 13 digits ID number and exam number.

SMS  

SMS your 13 digit ID number and exam number to 35658. You will be charged R1,50 per minute.

USSD

Dial *120*35658#, enter your 13 digit ID number and exam number to register. You will be charged R1,50 per minute.

Should learners have queries relating to registration and use of the SABC Education Matric Results service, they can contact the call centre on 011 504 0008, Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00. On the day of the release, the call center will operate from 06h00 to 17h00.

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