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Mthatha businessman rescued by Mthatha police
18 May 2019, 7:39 PM

Eastern Cape police have rescued Mthatha businessman from five days of captivity at the hands of his alleged kidnapper’s. They demanded a ransom of one-million rand from the family and threatened to kill him within two days.

A shoot-out ensued between the police and the suspects at the scene where the money was to be handed over. One suspect, a Zimbabwe national, died on the scene. Two others have been arrested.

“Today, police went to the scene where they said they want to meet with the police to give them money. They fired some shots to the police and then one of the guys died. He is a Zimbabwean and the arrested man is a Zimbabwean guy and the other one is from Libode. We would like to thank the community of Ngqwarha for assisting us in arresting these suspects as they tried to escape the arrest,” says Dineo Koena who is the Police spokesperson.

Family spokesperson and business partner, Sizwe Kupelo says they were losing hope daily when the death threats from the kidnappers intensified.

“It has been a week of hell, a very traumatic week being threatened almost on daily basis, having to raise a huge amount of money because they demanded a ransom. We had to raise a million rand within a week. They gave us only two days on the first day and we bought time. It was even worse yesterday because we were ready to give them money with the help of the SAPS of this country, they became very aggressive,” says Kupelo.

Suspect dies during rescue operations outside Mthatha
18 May 2019, 6:42 PM

A suspect has been shot and killed during a rescue operation by the Hawks at Tyumbu village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. The deceased is a Zimbabwean national.

Two other suspects in their 20s, one from Zimbabwe, have been arrested. They are alleged to have kidnapped a 24-year-old businessman on Monday and demanded ransom of R1 million. He’s been rescued.

ANC in the W Cape relieves Adendorf of his duties
18 May 2019, 5:22 PM

The Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it has decided to relieve its spokesperson, Lionel Adendorf of his duties as political head of communications. The party says all communications will come from the office of the provincial Secretary.

“It was a unanimous decision taken, comrade Lionel has been informed by now. I think about that party decision and the ANC has also resolved that as a tradition in the ANC that communication in the Western Cape should come from the office of Provincial Secretary, Faiez Jacobs. All communications will come from him,” says Dennis Cruywagen who is the ANC Spokesperson.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Struggle stalwart Makhalima honoured
18 May 2019, 4:15 PM

Speakers at the funeral of the late struggle stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner, Mfengu Makhalima have described him as a principled leader who sacrificed his life for liberation of the oppressed. They were addressing congregants at his funeral at Mxhelo village near Alice in the Eastern Cape.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had granted a Special Provincial official funeral Category 2 for him. Premier Phumulo Masualle says Makalima always encouraged young leaders to empower themselves with education and serve the people with diligence.

“He was passionate about the role of the masses in all that is done. In fact he would say that a leader must be a puppet of the masses. He say leaders speak what the people want. He was very deep in practical foundation and referenced it on perspective,” says Masualle.

The family says they are devastated. His daughter, Vuyolwethu Makalima says they have learnt a lot from him.

“I have learnt to stand up for myself. I have learnt that education is important, family is important and the people around you is what makes you as a person. I have learnt that you never ever abandon your family no matter what, ,and the nation you stand as one,” says Vuyolwethu Makalima.

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Mosses Mabhida
Department of Environmental affairs calls for environmental cleanliness
18 May 2019, 3:50 PM

The Department of Environmental affairs has called on all citizens to make it their responsibility to ensure environmental cleanliness. The Department together with Nedbank embarked on a cleaning campaign in areas which were affected by the recent storms in Durban.

The fierce storms destroyed homes, businesses and roads, causing damage estimated at more than one billion rand. In March President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Good Green Deeds programme which is aimed at encouraging South Africans to be environmentally conscious. Departmental Director General Nosipho Ngcaba says she is happy that community members participate in the clean-up.

“We are not supposed to have the kinds of dirt and material that we find on the beach. We have seen polystyrene, syringes, plastic materials which are not good for the life at sea. Our fish species are impacted negatively by the non  or poor management of waste, but also the flooding. When we have heavy rains we have a lot of particles flowing through to our rivers and our storm water systems and then ending up at sea,” says Ngcaba.

Meanwhile, Nedbank’s Tobie Badenhorst has appealed to everyone to participate in an initiative to restore Durban’s coastline and beaches.

“When Moses Mabhida stadium was announced as the host venue for the 2019 Nedbank cup final we thought it’s a great way for us to come and alleviate and assist in some of the issues that were experienced following the floods that occurred end of April. It’s a great way for us to come and do clean up events, but ultimately it’s about creating awareness of a good cause. It’s a great way for us to get people involved so that they become brand ambassadors when they get back their communities. They can educate their people to say when you have used an item, put it in the bin, instead of letting it flow down the rivers and end up on the beaches,” says Badenhorst.



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