Health officials not blamed for death of toddler: Ramokgopa
28 December 2017, 2:42 PM
Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa, says the mother of a toddler who died at the Incredible Happenings Church on Christmas Eve, does not blame public health officials for the death.
Earlier media reports said that the mother was told that there were no drips at the clinic for her severely dehydrated child.
Ramokgopa says the mother told her that she had left the clinic because she waited too long. The MEC visited the family’s Daveyton home in Ekurhuleni.
She says a post-mortem will be conducted and the mother will be sent for X-rays, after an oxygen cylinder fell on her leg.
“The mother is very distraught. The baby had diarrhoea, she took the baby to the clinic, made the effort to go to different doctors, where she found them closed. Finally she got to someone who was open and she says the baby got better and when the baby started again she felt she should go to a church for the baby to be prayed for.”
Three people die in E Cape accident
28 December 2017, 2:06 PM
Three people have died after a double cab bakkie in which they were travelling overturned on the R63 between Bedford and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape.
The vehicle was travelling from Bedford with nine passengers.
“It is alleged that driver lost control and the vehicles overturned leaving two passengers dead including the driver while the third person died on arrival at Bedford Hospital. Six other occupants sustained serious injuries including a 12 year old boy. The accident is being investigated,” says Transport department spokesperson, Khuselwa Rantjie.
Zuma urges South Africans to protect the elderly
27 December 2017, 8:01 PM
President Jacob Zuma has emphasised the importance of caring for and protecting elderly people. He was speaking at the annual Christmas party organised by the Jacob G. Zuma Foundation at Nkandla in the northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Senior citizens, some as old as 107 received their Christmas presents from the President.
It was a day filled with joy and excitement as the elderly received their Christmas presents including groceries and blankets. This year, the foundation marks its 20th anniversary.
Speaking at the function, President Zuma called on South Africans to care for and protect elderly people. The elderly were excited to receive their Christmas presents from the President. They went home with groceries and blankets.
Meanwhile, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has re-iterated that the payment of social grants will not be interrupted with the new agreement signed by the South African Social Security Agency (Sasa) and the South African Post Office.
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Valhalla Park residents pick up pieces after fire
27 December 2017, 7:43 PM
Residents of Sewende Laan informal settlement in Valhalla Park, Western Cape, where a fire gutted more than 100 informal structures on Tuesday say they hope something good will come from the incident.
The fire has left close to 600 people homeless.
On Wednesday the City of Cape Town started cleaning up the area before it is demarcated. The City will also be issuing starter kits to affected residents to rebuild their homes.
Nolene Pepper, who lost all her belongings, says she is grateful that she at least has a roof over her head.
“When the tragedy strike I was not even at home, I was staying at my mother’s place and I’m just thankful for my sister for being there and she was trying her best to take some stuff out of my house but I’ve lost everything. However, I’m just glad that I have somewhere to go and that is to my mother’s place and I just feel sorry for the other people that don’t even have somewhere to go and I know something good will come out of this,” expressed Pepper.
Four people killed in N West
27 December 2017, 7:17 PM
Police authorities have confirmed that four people have been killed this week in North West.
Three people were stabbed and killed in separate incidents, while a petrol attendant was shot and killed at a filling station in Mahikeng during a robbery.
“Four people were arrested for four different murders cases, one was arrested in Litchenburg for the murder of a 32 year old woman, and an 18 year old was also arrested in Coligny, they are both appearing in Litchenburg Magistrate Court. One case of murder in Ganyesa was reported on 24 December and we have a 23 year old who will be appearing for the murder of a 54 year old man,” says North West Police spokesperson, Amanda Funani.