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Table Mountain arson accused due in court
12 April 2018, 10:19 AM

A man accused to have started four fires on the slopes of Table Mountain about two weeks ago is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court Thursday on arson charges.

Table Mountain, which features a uniquely flat top surface overlooking the city of Cape Town, is a popular tourist attraction in the Western Cape for adventure seekers and hikers alike.

Barnard Ndomdele was allegedly found with petrol and other fire-making devices in his possession when he was arrested on the 3rd of this month.

The State requested a postponement to obtain bail information and for the District Surgeon to examine the accused.

 

Pressure mounts on embattled State Security Agency boss
12 April 2018, 10:13 AM

The Right to Know campaign has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and State Security Minister, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba to act against State Security Agency boss, Arthur Fraser.

The organisation says Fraser had retained his post despite mounting allegations against him which indicate that he could not be left in charge of the spy agency.

According to court documents filed by the Inspector General of Intelligence Setlhomamaru Dintwe‚ Fraser has interfered heavily in the Inspector General’s work‚ including revoking Dintwe’s security clearance.

The Right to Know Campaign’s Murray Hunter says the revelation that Fraser has attempted to shut down the Inspector General of Intelligence’s investigations of these allegations, makes his removal all the more urgent.

Joburg promises to restore water in parts of city
12 April 2018, 10:10 AM

Johannesburg Water has given the assurance that services will be restored to the CBD by Thursday afternoon.

Residents in the  Doornfontein and surrounding areas including Berea and Yeoville have been without water since Tuesday, due to a burst pipe.

Joburg Water spokesperson, Isaac Dhludhlu says they’ve been working around the clock to resolve the problem.

“Our teams are on site. We have managed to complete the repairs in the early hours of this morning. We prioritised the resevoirs first so they can reach at least a minimum of 75 litres high before we can release the water to the residents,” adds Dhludhlu.

HIV, TB patients up in arms in Limpopo
11 April 2018, 5:11 PM

HIV and TB patients that access health care services under the Ndlovu Care Group, a private medical non-profit organisation, have launched a protest over the Health Department’s decision to stop funding the organisation.

Limpopo department of health announced this week that it will no longer fund centres and non-profit organisations providing services to HIV patients across the province. It says the system is costing the department millions of rands a year.

The patients say the public health care system is not fully equipped to look after their health needs.

One of the patients spoke to the SABC explaining, “It will affect me a lot. I would rather die. I will not go to the public hospital. The service at Ndlovu is very good. They are treating us well. I started my treatment in 2000 and I am very healthy.”

The department spends just over R300 on ARVs for one patient. It costs NPO’s over R3600.

The department wants all patients to fall under its ARV rollout plan. This is to improve financial management and accountability.

Limpopo MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba says pumping money into NPOs such as Ndlovu Medical Centre has proved fruitless and wasteful.

“Does the material condition on the ground allow us to continue with the system. The same with Non Profit Organisations, their contracts came to an end on 31 of March…”

Ndlovu Medical Centre has been in operation since 1994. It says it will continue to engage the department on the matter. It doesn’t believe the department has the capacity to rollout the ARV programme on its own.

 

Baby Lee still missing
11 April 2018, 4:04 PM

Almost a month since three-year-old Liyaqat “Baby Lee” Akeem Mentoor was reported missing the family is still in the dark about his whereabouts or what might have happened to him.

Earlier today the boyfriend of Baby Lee’s mother appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court in the west of Johannesburg on a charge of negligence, though the matter was postponed to next month.

Apparently, the man was meant to drop off Baby Lee at his grandmother’s house in Roodekrans on the evening of the 16th of last month.  And after finding no one at the house the accused allegedly handed the child to an unidentified woman who claimed to be a member of Baby Lee’s family.

Family spokesperson Estelle Delport states, “It’s frustrating for us as we are still no closer to finding out where Lee is and what’s happened. However, we do understand that they have to investigate. Hopefully, we will get more answers soon. It’s not a good moment for the family.”

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