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The AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, during his announcement about the land he gave to the DA.
PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
GIFT RAISES EYEBROWS: CONTROVERSY REIGNS SUPREME OVER LAND OWNERSHIP
King gives land away to DA
HE King of the AbaThembu, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has announced that he had given the controversial land situated between the Holiday Inn and the Ultra City to the Democratic Alliance (DA) to use for its own benefit. The controversial King made this announcement during a DA rally held at the Walter Sisulu University’s Zamukulungisa campus last week. The King recently joined the DA and lashed out at the ANC and President Jacob Zuma for neglecting the AbaThembu Tribe and its grievances. Dalindyebo said no one could claim that
land, since it belonged to him and him alone. “I am giving that land to the DA to do whatever they want with it, because I can see the thieves of the ANC want to steal it. That land belongs to me. I see Tata’s billboards (referring to the late tata Nelson Mandela) erected there. I need them to remove those boards as soon as possible from my land,” said King Dalindyebo. The DA leader who was present during the announcement welcomed the gift from the king. “I thank you,” whispered Helen Zille, hugging the King after the announcement. This piece of land has in the past few years caused tension between the communities of Zimbane, (lead by Chieftainancy of Nosizwe Maxhwele), KwaLindile (led by Nkosi Ntabozuko Njemla) and the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality.
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King never told them that he was going to give the land to DA. He said the two communities and the municipality came together and formed a joint venture to develop the land and they had also engaged the department of Land Affairs in their process to pursue development on the land. According to him the process is in an advanced stage and that construction was expected to start soon. The DA’s leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, said he had not yet met with the King with regard to the land. “We are still going to contact our legal team to advise us regarding the land. We don’t know anything about the history of the land and the joint venture formed by the municipality and the community.” Trollip said they would look into the matter after the elections.
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As a result the two communities took the legal route. The constitutional court ruled in favour of the communities in 2013 and the municipality had to stop all intended development for which they had already given the go ahead. The two communities went to court after the announcement and the sod turning by the municipality for a huge construction project, including a casino. At the time, the licensing processes regarding the casino had already been finalised. Court processes compelled the multi-million rand project to come to a halt and the land has been deserted ever since. The communities took legal action since they believed that some portions of the land belonged to both communities. Responding to the King’s announcement, Nkosi Njemla said it was just hearsay, as the
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April 24, 2014 Isolomzi Express
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE great grandson of the late father of the nation and the first black president of the democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela, called on all South Africans to go and vote on May 7, to honour and defend the dignity of freedom fighters like his grandfather. Nkosi Velile Mandla Mandela was addressing the audience during the of-
ficial opening of a one-stop service centre for former mine workers at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital Complex in Mthatha. It would be the first election without this international icon. Nkosi Mandela, who heads the Mvezo Tribal council where Mandela was born, said not going to vote would be a betrayal to those people who dedicated their lives in the liberation of this country. “We gained this freedom through ag-
onies and difficulties whilst others lost their lives before even tasting the honey of this freedom. The blood was spilt in the streets of this country because people were hungry for freedom, so not to vote would be a grand disloyalty to those who suffered the pain,” he said. Mandla said to vote is to appreciate the role played by people like Dalibhunga (Nelson Mandela) whose dreams were to see a free South Africa.
Nkosi Velile Mandla Mandela addressing the audience at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital Complex. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
Usinde ngokulambisa umfundi ekudlwengulweni REPORTER ISEMVA kwe zitshixo indoda ejongene nesityholo sokuzama ukudlwengula intombazana (18) ebisendleleni eya esikolweni kwizifundo zakusasa kwilali yaseCegcuwana kwidolophu yaseNgqamakhwe. Osisithethi samapolisa, uCapt. Jackson Manatha uthe indoda enama-47 ubudala ibanjwe licandelo leButterworth Family
Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) kulandela ukuzama kwayo ukudlwengula ummangali. “Ngexesha lokwenzeka kwesi siganeko ibiyintsimbi yesi-6 ekuseni ummangali eleqa iimorning classes , nalapho indoda le iye yabamba ummangali ze yaphazanyiswa ngoomama ebebesendleleni eya kukha amanzi. Ubalekile koko akwamncede oko kuba ebesele esaziwa ngummangali noomama abo ukuba ungubani,” kubeka
uManatha. Umrhanelwa uye wabanjwa ngelixa ehleli kokwabo esayanyaniswa nesityholo sokuzama ukudlwengula. Kwelinye icala amapolisa aseNgqamakhwe abambe avalela indoda enama 23 eminyakla ubudala kulandela ityala lokudlwengula intwazana ene-14 leminyaka. Isiganeko senzeke kwilali yaseNgwanya eNgqamakhwe. Ixhoba belithunywe evenkileni kwaye be-
lisendleleni ebuyayo ngelixa lidibana namadoda amabini nalapho enye yawo iye yalitsalela etyholweni ze yalidlwengula. “Indoda yesibini yona kuvakala ukuba ayikhange ithathe nxaxheba kule ntlonti, emva kokuba kuvulwe ityala amapolisa alandele emkhondweni ze wabanjwa umrhanelwa ekwikhaya lakhe.” Woyanyaniswe nesityholo sokudlwengula kwaye kulindeleke ukuba avele phambi kwenkundla yamatyala eNgqamakhwe.
Man (31) jailed for raping his mother (76) BABALWA NDLANYA A man (31) from Sundwana locality in Dutywa was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Butterworth Regional Magistrate’s Court for raping his biological mother (76). It is alleged that the perpetrator (who cannot be named to protect the identity of his
mother) went to visit his friends on the night of the incident in March last year. When he returned home in the middle of the night, he demanded food from his mother and went to his room to eat. Later he went to his mother’s room and demanded matches, since he wanted to smoke. Police Spokesperson,
Captain Jackson Manatha said he was given the matches by his mother and he smoked his cigarette. “After he finished smoking, he was told to return to his room by the victim, but instead of returning to his room he allegedly accosted her and raped her.” According to capt. Manatha, the perpetra-
tor then pulled his mother to his room where he raped her a second time. At the time of the incident the two were staying together. The following morning, the victim woke up and reported the rape to her brother in the same village. Manatha said the case was then reported to the police who arrested the perpetrator.
April 24, 2014 Isolomzi Express
Four women charged with theft
BABALWA NDLANYA FOUR young women from Mthatha briefly appeared in the Mqanduli Magistrate’s Court recently, facing charges of theft. They were released on R2 000 bail each and the case was remanded to May 14. Olwethu Mboya (25), Bavuyile Nkenke (18), Anele Mapukata (23) and Thandokazi Ranuka (20) were not asked to plead. Police spokesperson, Major Zamukulungisa Jozana, said the accused were arrested at the Mqanduli Shopping Mall, after police were tipped off about the suspects who are usually called “Onominca” (Xhosa name for people who squeeze their loot in between their thighs). “Police were called to one of the shops in the shopping mall as the women looked suspicious. They were caught with four plastic bags full of clothes from various shops,” Major Jozana said. Inside the bags were shoes and clothes that were suspected to be stolen from various shops in Mqanduli (the names of the shops are known to the Express). Major Jozana said the arrests should act as a warning to other people who considered such crimes.
Four suspects who were arrested for stealing clothes from different shops in Mqanduli. Constable Ntombikayise Myolwa, Constable Nomasonto Mthengisi, Constable Yabo Sogiba and Constable Veliswa Jafta showing the clothes that were stolen from Mqanduli’s new mall.
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Abahlali bakwi phulo lokuncedana BABALWA NDLANYA ABAHLALI baseCuba kwidolophu yaseGcuwa bathi bazinikele eku ncedisaneni noluntu olungathathi-ntweni nolujongene neengxaki ezohlukeneyo kuquka nabantwana abangena abazali. UNkk Notembentsha Mdingi onguSihlalo wombutho wabahlali iSouth African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) uthi uWard 4 ahlala kuwo, yeyona wadi inkulu nalapho ngamanye amaxesha kuye kube kho iimbambano ngomhlaba. “Ngamanye amaxesha siye sifumanise ukuba umntu lowo ubekade ehlala kumzi othile ngoku sele efuna ubhalwe ngaye, siye sizame ukuba siyisombulule loo nto ukuze umzi lowo uwele kumntu ofanelekileyo,” kubeka uMdingi. Uthe ngaphandle koku baphinde bajongane nemizi ekungekho kutya khona bazame ukuncedisana nawo ukuze, ngokuthi badibaniseUNkk Ntombentsha Mdingi uthi bazinikele ekuncedeni uluntu lwaseCuba.
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE IT is alleged that the mother who allegedly bit off her son’s ear, has a problem with alcohol, which resulted in the abuse of her six children. Each of her six children has different fathers and the woman’s neighbours have witnessed her abuse of the children. These revelations followed last week’s story on the front page of the Express, of a 12-year-old boy whose ear was allegedly bitten off by his mother. The woman is currently behind bars and is expected to appear in the Tsolo magistrate’s court soon.
A spokesperson for the Department of Social Development in the OR Tambo region, Nomasakhe Nonxuba, confirmed that the boy would not be going back to his mother’s home after being discharged from hospital. After reading the story in the Express, Nonxuba phoned the offices of the publication, revealing that the social workers had visited the home and had found that the mother was abusive and that she had a problem with alcohol. The other four children (two boys and two girls) will also be removed from their mother’s care. “Social workers located the boy’s father. He lives in Queenstown and has agreed to take in his son. The other children will also be placed with their fathers.”
Mother’s abuse was witnessed by neighbours
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lane bengabahlali ukuze base lo nto banayo kulowo mzi. Encokola neli phephandaba, okaMdingi uthi akubikho mnandi ukubona omnye umntu esokola nangona nabo kungatshiwo ukuba bazizityebi kumakhaya abo. Kwelinye icala, uthi amehlo abo asoloko evulekile ukuze babone abo bantwana bangayiyo ezikolweni ngenxa yeengxaki ezithile. Unike umzekelo wathi, abanye abantwana abakwazi kuya esikolweni kuba bengenawo umfaniswano. Kwelinye icala, lo kaMdingi uthi naye uCeba wala ndawo uYoliswa Mngonyama uyabancedisa kakhulu ngezinto ezifana nefood parcels. “Uceba wethu uyazibonakalisa kakhulu xa sifuna uncedo lwakhe, loo nto ibonisa ukuba uyasebenzisana nathi.” Uthi bakwanalo noxanduva lokujongana nabantwana abaziinkedama nokuye kubonakale ukuba bathwele amakhaya abo, bambi babe bethwaxwa zingxaki zokungabi nazo neencwadi-zazisi. Woleke ngelithi, zininzi iingxaki abathi bahlangabezane nazo bengabahlali kodwa into engundoqo kukuba bayabambisana ngalo lonke ixesha ukuze base uncedo kulowo mzi okanye kwabo bantwana abasuke belufuna, bengena bani ongathi abancede.
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April 24, 2014 Isolomzi Express
Pupils to represent Mnquma in water competition
BABALWA NDLANYA GRADE SIX pupils from the Mpetha Junior Secondary School in Butterworth will be representing the Mnquma District in the Provincial Eliminations hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs on May 30, in King Williamstown. The competition is aimed at teaching pupils about the importance of water and how to save it. According to Nangamso Nkoyi, these pupils participated in a competition that was held by Department of Water and Environmental Affairs in February this year and won. “The theme was washing of hands and care of sanitation facilities for a healthy life. They participated in the cultural music category,” she said. Even their attire showed that they were proud of being Xhosa. According to her, the pupils are now practising very hard, because they want to win in the Provincial Eliminations. She said they heard that the competition would be tough, since schools from other districts would also be participating. “We will do our best to win in this category, but we understand that this is a competition, so everybody will be doing their best.” Nkoyi said winning a competition made them feel that they could be champions if they
Pupils from Mpeta Junior Secondary School ready to participate in the Provincial Eliminations of a competition hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA worked hard. She said they are very proud of their pupils, because they show love and dedication to what they are doing.
Recently they were invited to show their talent at the launch of the War on Waste and Water Leaks projects that was attended in
Butterworth by the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.
April 24, 2014 Isolomzi Express
People like us The Mayor of the Mbhashe local municipality Councillor Nonceba Mfecane singing toyi toyi songs in Elliotdale.
The Roads and Public Works choir dazzled the audience at the event held in Elliotdale. Teachers from Vulindlela Primary School who attended the event are, from left, Mrs Yoliswa Nxusani, Mrs Nostudent Sofute, Mrs Nonkumbulo Mpeta and Mrs Tabisa Moleko. Mrs Mambanjwa Gatya and her friend Mrs Mabhala Matiwane like to wear traditional attire.
RULES: You must be 18 & over,& present to qualify for the draw. Management reserves all rights. Judges decision is final.
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April 24, 2014 Isolomzi Express
Radio DJ mends broken hearts on air BABALWA NDLANYA NTOBEKO Msebi from the Mpheko locality in Mthatha, is a popular radio presenter who is dedicated to building up relationships and marriages by giving good relationship advice. His listeners are calling him bhut’Ntobeko. He is a presenter of Unitra Community Radio (UCR) in Mthatha hosting the Weekend Breakfast Show from 6am to 9am on a Saturday morning and the Sunday Breeze between noon and 3pm. Through his programmes he helps to mend broken hearts in an effort to reduce the high divorce rate. During the week he performs his duties as principal of the Mvezo Junior Secondary School in Mthatha. He spends most of his time at the school and does research for his radio programmes in his spare time. Talking to Express, Ntobeko said his Sunday Breeze show is dedicated to married couples, lovers, widows and people who were still
looking for love. “I realized that whatever I was saying on radio had a good impact on listeners. This is why my manager allowed me to host this show. “Our intention is to build families and to help people to develop healthy relationships,” Ntobeko said. The music he plays on radio brings hope to the listeners who are single and to those who had lost hope of finding love. He said they are planning an event where they would be talking about the problems facing young couples and to come up with solutions. He believes that his show can help reduce the high divorce rate. Ntobeko is currently also studying law.
DJ Ntobeko Msebi helps to mould healthy relationships with his shows. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Free training offered to seamstresses REPORTER DA Gama Textiles, South Africa’s only producer of historic fabric, say they are offering people who make a living from sewing items free training in Zwelitsha, outside King William’s Town. The seamstresses receive tutoring in administration and record-keeping; business planning; finance; sales and marketing; and life skills. The course is five days long, from a Monday to a Friday. The aim of the course is to help seamstresses to increase their produc-
tion and sales, and thereby make more money. Da Gama Textiles development manager, Faith Ntsholo, said, “Seamstresses must already know how to sew, because during the training course they make an item such as a handbag, a garment or a cushion from scratch. No sewing skills are taught, only innovation in sewing patterns and products. “On Fridays during the course, a Tupperware-style party is held, during which the seamstresses display the products they have made and they have the opportunity to try to sell them,” Ntsholo said.
Ntsholo points out that trainees receive substantial individual attention during the course, because five people are involved in providing the training. The trainers are Ntsholo, a trainer, a training facilitator, a fashion mentor and a communications officer. “The seamstresses also receive one-onone mentoring after the course,” Ntsholo added. All training takes place at the Da Gama Textiles factory. Up to 15 seamstresses are trained per week. Ntsholo said attendees must book and
pay for their transport to the course. “Da Gama reimburses them for that. Then it books and pays for their transport to return home. Da Gama also provides free meals and accommodation on site for the duration of the course,” she added. Seamstresses nationwide wishing to enquire about the training programme or book their place can contact Luvo Desi on 0 040 608 6416 or at email@example.com; Nombeko Lutya on 0 040 608 6413, 0 040 608 6200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org; and Faith Ntsholo on 0 040 608 6202 or at email@example.com.
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Ulutsha luthi mazijongwe zonke iintlobo zemidlalo BABALWA NDLANYA KUBONAKALA ingathi ezona ntlobo ze midlalo ezinikwa ingqwalasela ixesha elininzi kwezemidlalo yibhola ekhatywayo kunye nebhola yomnyazi. Nto leyo eyenza ulutsha oluninzi luthi luno mdla wokuzibandakanya nezemidlalo ezifana nebhola yephini kunye neyo mbhoxo, lufumane ukuba mancinane amathuba oku fezekisa amaphupho alo kuba le olu hlobo
lomdlalo aludlalwa apha ekuhlaleni. Oku kuvezwe nguSabelo Mgilane (19) waseMsobomvu eGcuwa nothe uzibona engo mnye wabadlali abaphume izandla kumdlalo weCricket ngenye imini kodwa ingxaki akazi ukuba angankqonkqoza kweyiphi iminyango ukuze afezekise iphupho lakhe. “Ndiyakuthanda ukudlala icricket qha ixesha elininzi kujongwa kakhulu abantu abadlala ibhola ekhatywayo kunye neyomnyazi kuphononongwe italente zabo,” kubeka yena.
Woleke ngelithi, ngumnqweno wakhe ukuba nalo umdlalo usiwe iso kuba bakhona abantu abatsha abawuthandayo. Umququzeleli wemidlalo eDutywa, uLuthando Mkosana uthi nabo bengabaququzeleli bezemidlalo bayacinga ukuba ibe khona yonke imidlalo kwaye idlalwe emabaleni. Kodwa ingxaki kukuba kwaphaya ezikolweni baye bafumanise ukuba ayidlalwa le ntlobo yemi dlalo. “Kona yiminqweno yethu ukuba abantu abatsha sibaxhobise ngazo zonke iintlobo ze
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EXPRESS ON WHEELS: GERRY GERICKE
Hyundai’s Accent goes hatchback TEN years have flown past since I attended my first Hyundai launch in November 2004. The vehicle in the spotlight then was the Hyundai Tucson. In 2009 that was replaced by the ix35. I was, in fact, throughout the years, so impressed with the various Hyundai models that I am impatiently awaiting delivery of my own ix35 family vehicle.
As it is, I have attended all of Hyundai’s new model launches over the past years, and have always been impressed by the systematic and progressive increase in quality and design of all their models. The Hyundai Accent was born almost 18 years ago; it was re-launched here in 2006 and has established itself as a real value addition to the Hyundai passenger car range. The all
The Hyundai Accent. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
new Accent hatchback will slot in between the i20 and i30 hatchbacks in terms of price. Two derivatives, a six-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox will appear on the Hyundai dealer floors. Unfortunately we could not test the automatic version as only manual gearboxes were available at the launch. This is a pity. South Africa tends to suck hind tit so to speak with automatic gearboxes. We acknowledge that we do not always get the latest developments here! Car manufacturers are slowly dispensing with manual gearboxes as more and more sophisticated automatic gearboxes are reaching the market. A good example is the DSG gearbox as used by Volkswagen amongst others, which is absolutely awesome. We have also noted that Hyundai only have 4-speed automatic gearboxes available for their Accent model, whilst other manufacturers are touting seven-and eight- speed gearboxes. Admittedly, those are more often than not CVT or DSG transmissions. Back to the Accent launch at the Fairest Cape. Being a naturally aspirated 1 600 cm3 engine, at sea level all of the 91 kW engine power is available, providing really brisk performance for the hatch. The slick 6-speed transmission has well spaced ratios extracting the best performance from the engine. The upgraded Accent is really a very stylish hatchback which will easily hold its own within this very competitive section of the market. The Accent is blessed with a superb suspension and chassis package providing excellent road holding. The driving position is fully adjustable for height and reach of the seat, as
well as the steering. Inside the cockpit, a long list of features is standard, including Bluetooth functionality for making hands-free calls. The air-conditioning system is faultless and easy to operate. Hyundai, pronounced like “SUNDAY”, is now a serious challenger to Volkswagen by using the i20 in the World Rally Championship. They have just achieved their second podium in the Rally of Portugal and that is an incredible achievement for a very first year in the gruelling World Rally championship. Verdict: The electric motor assisted steering takes a while to get used to but this is normal with all electric assisted steering systems. As has become usual for Hyundai, the quality is above reproach and the Accent is no exception providing excellent value for money. When comparing apples with apples the buyer must be aware that the Hyundai selling price includes features that other models do not! Our only beef was the non-appearance of an Automatic gearbox and the rather vague steering feel! Specification: 1.6 Fluid, 1.6 Fluid (Auto); Price: R234,900 R244,900; Capacity cm3: 1591 1591; Power kW: 91 91; Torque Nm: 156 156; Acceleration: 0-100 km/h secs. 10.2 10.2; Maximum Speed km/h: 190 184; Fuel Consumption Lit/100km: 6.4 6.8; Warranty: 5 years/150,000km; Service plan: 5 years / 90,000km.