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CHILD ABUSE: MOTHER BEHIND BARS
Mother allegedly bites off son’s ear
woman from Zincuka location in Tsolo was arrested by the Tsolo police after being accused of biting off the ear of her 12-year-old son.
The boy who was admitted to Malizo Mpehle Hospital in Tsolo is expected to be taken to a place of safety after being discharged from the hospital. The report said the mother attacked the boy after he arrived at home on Saturday. According to a reliable source, who is close to the accused, the woman was abusive to her children and sometimes she forced them to sell liquor even though they are minors and are legally not allowed to do that. The neighbour who spoke to Express on condition of anonymity said the woman has a problem because she is always abusive to her children. “I do not know what her problem is. She always punished them very hard as if they are not her children.” The boy was taken to hospital by his older brother. Police spokesperson, Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela confirmed the incident stating that the woman is expected to appear in the Tsolo magistrates court.
From top to bottom: President Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema and Hellen Zille were in the Eastern Cape on the weekend to rally voter support PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Political king pins court EC REPORTER THE cream of the political crop rallied in the Eastern Cape on the weekend, ahead of the May 7 national and provincial elections. President Jacob Zuma, Hellen Zille and Julius Malema drew support for their respective political parties at three separate, well-attended rallies.
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Oversight committee assesses council AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA MUNICIPAL public accounts committee (MPAC) in Nyandeni local municipality delivered its oversight report last week during the municipality’s council meeting to report their findings on this municipality’s governance. MPAC chairperson, Jamangile Mabuya, said the main purpose of the MPAC was to exercise an oversight over the executive functionaries of council and to ensure good governance in the municipality. “This includes oversight over municipal entities and in order for the MPAC to fulfill this oversight role, it needs to be provided with the necessary information and documentation to interrogate the actions of the executive,” said Mabuya.
The committee went through Nyandeni’s 2013/2014 report and assessed its structural arrangement and generic compliance. It came to the conclusion that the annual report was structurally compliant with the paragraphs as set in section 121 (a) to (k) of the Municipal Financial Management Act. “Also section 127 (2) requires the Mayor to table in the municipal council the annual report of the municipality within 7 months after the end of the financial year, so we are satisfied that the mayor complied as the annual report was tabled in January 2014,” said Mabuya. Even though Nyandeni was found to have complied in many aspects, MPAC did pinpoint some mistakes by the council. According to section 21 of the Municipal Systems Act stating that when communicat-
ing anything to the local community, council must make use of the local newspaper or newspapers in its area, communication must be done by means of radio broadcasts covering the area of municipality and Section 21 (2) further stipulates that any such notifications must be in the official languages determined by the council, having regard to language preference and usage within the area. “The publication of the report did not fully comply with the prescripts because the newspaper advert was only written in English and there was no notification made by means of radio broadcast covering the area of the municipality,” he said. The MPAC was also not satisfied that the only newspaper used to advertise the meeting does not cover comprehensively the municipality, prejudiced people in the extreme
points of the municipality and that the newspaper comes at a price. “The MPAC to this regard recommends that the council develops language policy within the next 6 months and that the customer care unit be beefed up and restructured to deal with walk-ins and to enhance the notion of bringing government closer to the people beyond the invested spaces,” concluded the Chairperson. Council Speaker Sabelo Qaqa said they appreciate the work done by the MPAC in guiding the council and to always keep it on its toes. “The committee is playing a very big role in the services we deliver to the public and it is able to identify loopholes in our services, so we have no problem with it correcting our way of doing things as that will improve our municipality for the better,” said Qaqa.
Nyandeni Municipality hosts public hearing for Ward 24 COMMUNITY members from Ward 24 in Ngqeleni gathered at Mbange Great Place last Thursday for the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) public hearing hosted by the Nyandeni Local Municipality.
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Superstore robbed SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Mt Ayliff Boxer Superstore was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money on April 7. According to reports, a man entered the store at around 6.15pm, masquerading as a customer. He collected a few items and went to the till to pay. When he got to the till, he allegedly drew out a gun and called someone by the name of Sbu from outside who then entered the store with a gun and forced everybody to lie down. Another man from outside safeguarded the one who was inside the cash room from where they took the money and ran away. According to the police spokesperson, Captain Mlungisi Matidane, no one was injured during the armed robbery and the police are working tirelessly to find the criminals. He said they are expecting the arrest soon because the CCTV camera will assist them in MSXU00-170414-TE-bpkmwa-PER their investigation.
Zondani and officials from the municipality who came to listen to the needs of the public. Councillor Jamangile Mabuya addressed the community members about the IDP on behalf of Mayor Thokozile Sokhanyile. He said it was the mayor’s role to present the IDP but because of many engagements in Nyandeni, she could not attend the event. With regard to the IDP, community members were told that the bridge they want so badly for easy access to neighboring villages, has been approved by the council on this year’s budget. “We need to be patient and understand that Nyandeni is a rural municipality with many wards that were previously disadvantaged. But we try to cater for everyone and even if you feel like nothing has been done in your
ward, be sure that it will be done,” said Mabuya. Nyandeni has about 31 wards in Ngqeleni and Libode and is one of OR Tambo District Municipality’s local municipalities. Gingqi Boyce from Mbange location said he was satisfied with the service delivery from Nyandeni but they need roads in their locations and water is one of their biggest challenges. Ward Councillor Zondani said she was very happy with the turn out of the community members from all the locations within Ward 24. “This shows that people are eager to know and interact with their government. I am also happy that the office of the Mayor sent Cllr Mabuya to come and interact and clarify some matters.”
Maclear unemployed move into new homes REPORTER MEC for Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison Helen Sauls-August, visited Sonwabile township in Maclear last Friday to hand over new homes built through the multi-million rand Turnkey Rural Housing Strategy initiated by the department in 2012. The housing project, called 12k, comprises 12 247 units. The construction of these units was undertaken by high performing contractors and developers to avoid shoddy workmanship and fast track the delivery of houses in rural areas. The scope of the project entailed planning, beneficiary administration, social fa-
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cilitation, design and construction of houses. Since 2009 to date, the province has built 68 185 housing units; thereby reaching approximately 286 377 households. A total of 21 573 houses, constructed pre1994 to 2002, were rectified. Houses built to date are accompanied by provision of internal services in the form of clean water and sanitation connections. For rural housing projects, water harvesting tanks and latrines are provided to ensure equity in provision of public services. At the handover Sonwabile Township residents received a total of 250 homes built for R30 million rand with access to basic services such as sanitation, potable water and access roads.
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Billions invested in project AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA A MULTI-billion rand water project has been launched by President Jacob Zuma last Friday at Tsolo junction. The project, costing about R12 billon, will supply clean water to communities around the district municipalities of OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Joe Gqabi District and other parts of the province and it entails the construction of two multipurpose dams, Ntabelanga and Laleni Dams on the Tsitsa River, which is a tributary of the Mzimvubu River, to supply irrigation, domestic and industrial water requirements and hydro-power gener-
President Jacob Zuma launched the multi-billion Mzimvubu water project at Tsolo last Friday.
ation. Zuma said that this project is a culmination of an announcement made in the State of the Nation Address of 2012 where it was indicated that as part of the infrastructure plan, the government aimed to build a dam in this part of the country using the Umzimvubu River as the source. “One of our Strategic Integrated Projects, number 18, focuses on delivery of water and sanitation to all in South Africa, which makes it important to prioritize water infrastructure as well,” said the President. He added that the construction of the dam was part of government’s Infrastructure Development Programme and a quest to address
Malema apologises to Mbeki in Mdantsane MANDLENKOSI MXENGI ECONOMIC Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema apologised to former president Thabo Mbeki and his family for ill-treating and insulting him while Malema was still an ANC Youth League president. Malema was addressing over 8 000 EFF supporters at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane over the weekend. Malema told the crowd that it was a terrible mistake to oust Mbeki in favour of current ANC president Jacob Zuma whom he referred to as an “uneducated” and “stupid” president. While still a fire-brand ANC Youth League leader Malema led a campaign which resulted in ANC taking a decision to recall Mbeki. “I want to take this opportunity and apologise to Mbeki, his mother MaMbeki for ill-treating
Thabo and for ridiculing him publicly. We were misled by some ANC leaders and we did not listen to the silent wisdom of Mbeki,” said Malema. He also apologised to the people of the Eastern Cape saying, “We ill-treated your own son,” adding that the ANCYL got it all wrong and that the country was in a mess under the current ANC leadership. Malema also lambasted the current ANC leadership. “Gwede Mantashe has sold out the people of the Eastern Cape and regards himself as a Gauteng resident. He never cared about his own people who were shot and killed during the Marikana tragedy,” said Malema. He said many people in Mdantsane are jobless, have no clean water and live in poverty and urged the crowd to vote EFF during the May 7 general elections as the party is committed to improve their lives. “People of Buffalo City, especially those stay-
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clean water provision challenges in the province. “This project is expected to accelerate and stimulate social and economic upliftment of the communities in the region,” he said. The Ntabelanga dam, which will be used for domestic and agricultural water supply requirements, will store approximately 490 million cubic meters of water once completed, making it the tenth largest dam in South Africa. Meanwhile Laleni dam will be used for hydro power generation as it has a potential to generate 35 megawatts of base power or up to 180 megawatts off peak. Also attending the event was the Minister of Water Affairs, Edna Molewa, Premier Noxolo Kiviet, Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, MEC’s, councillors, traditional leaders, religious leaders and Mhlontlo community.
He said unemployment, lack of houses and corruption are rife in Buffalo City adding that if given a chance to be the ruling party, the EFF will make changes in the first five years. He said Fort Jackson and Dimbaza factories need to be reopened to create jobs. While in the province Malema visited Mbeki’s mother Epainette and AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. EFF’s Dali Mpofu, the party’s provincial leader Themba Wele and Commander in Chief Julius Malema singing during the EFF rally in Mdantsane ove the weekend.
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Motlanthe opens centre in Mthatha
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, officially opened a One-Stop Service Centre for former mine workers at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital Complex last week. The centre will provide health treatment for former mine workers who got diseases and injured whilst they were still working in the mines. The Eastern Cape, particularly the former Transkei, was regarded as the province where the most mine workers were coming from. This was the first official opening of a centre of this kind. More are expected to be established throughout the country. Addressing the audience at the official opening of the centre, Motlanthe said the government acknowledges the importance of the mining sector for the economy, job creation and contribution to social and economic development. “We also recognize the impact of this sector on the environment, the health of those who work in the mines, the impact on the communities living in the areas surrounding the mines and many other challenges. Of particular concern for a very long time, has been the issue of the inhumane conditions under which mine workers live and work, the challenges emanating from the migrant labour system and the treatment meted out to former mine workers once they were too ill to work or are retired due to other social and health related complications,” said Motlanthe. He said these were issues they had been
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grappling with since the dawn of democracy and that they continue to do so. “It is tragic that some of the people who should have rightfully benefited from these services had passed on. “Instead of allowing this reality to dampen our efforts, we should be encouraged that by continuing to confront these challenges we will be able to find solutions as evidenced here today. As government, we have sought to address these issues through the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee comprising all relevant government departments tasked with establishing appropriate platforms at all levels and ensuring that technical work is done to facilitate access for beneficiaries and their families,” said Motlanthe. A former mine worker who was retrenched many years ago, Zamuxolo Jack from Qumbu, took his hat off for the initiative of the government. “Opportunities like this were slim whilst we were still in the mines. We thank you, the present government, for opening gates for even former mine workers.” Among the dignitaries who graced the event, were the MEC for Health in the Eastern Cape, Scelo Gqobana, Deputy minister of Health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant and the Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Nomalanga Makwedini.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with the EC MEC for Health Scelo Gqobana.
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Minister opens new school for Libode AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA THE Minister for the Department of Home Affairs, Naledi Pandor visited Libode last Wednesday for the official hand over of the newly-built Nkonkoni Senior Primary School (SPS). The school was handed over to Libode community as part of the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI). Pandor also hosted a community Imbizo, handing over Smart-ID-Cards to their owners, who are mainly first-time and elderly applicants. “Nkonkoni SPS is among many other schools by the ASIDI which is an extension of the broader Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC), led by President Jacob Zuma,” said Pandor. She added that a new office had been opened in Libode and Mthatha to fast-track
the issuing of the Smart ID cards and also to assist learners and children with birth certificates. “I am so happy that these two offices are already functioning and scores of people are applying for their smart cards. I and am also excited that here at the school many learners have got ID documents and birth certificates,” she said. Costing about R16 million, the school boasts beautiful classrooms, including a Grade R class, toilets, a multi-media centre, a library, a computer centre, a multipurpos science laboratory, a nutrition centre, an administration block and rain water harvesting tanks. School principal, Yolisa Mpathane,
could not hide her excitement during the hand over ceremony. “The situation was very bad in this school. Pupils were exposed to dangerous learning conditions and the teachers also had to work in bad conditions”. She said the new school is the best and she knows that no teacher will think of relocation or learners of dropping out of school. Through ASIDI, government seeks to eradicate all mud schools and inappropriate structures, as well as refurbish dilapidated and ill-equipped schools. The programme includes the eradication and replacement of 496 mud schools, provision of water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electrification of 878 schools. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor (in black) with Nyandeni Mayor Thokozile Sokhanyile opening the brand-new Nkonkoni SPS in Libode last Wednesday.
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Final WSU SRC election results REPORTER THE SRC election results for all four campuses of WSU have been announced. Elections this year are in line with the divisional governance and management system as outlined in the new WSU Statute. The results for the Mthatha Campus are: Sasco 4 seats, Pasma 4 seats, ANCYL 4 seats, SCO 2 seats. The results for Butterworth Campus are: Sasco 3 seats, Pasma 3 seats. The results for the Buffalo City Campus are: Sasco 4 seats, Pasma 3 seats, SCO 1 seat. The results for the Queenstown Campus are: Sasco 3 seats. Pasma 2 seats. The seats are allocated according to the
number of students per campus; however as Queenstown is a small campus with under 1 000 students, mandatory seats were allocated to ensure that student affairs can operate effectively. The SRC elections this year ran smoothly and students had displayed admirable political maturity. The Department of Student Affairs had been conducting workshops and roadshows for the past few months as part of its voter education programme. Campus electoral committees also participated in the planning of this year’s election. An executive would be formed comprising the four campus presidents. The new SRC’s were inaugurated at an Oath-taking Ceremony held at Mthatha Campus last Friday, April 11.
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Zille says ANC fears the ‘blue machine’ SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille told thousands of her supporters in Walter Sisulu University Zamukulungisa campus Mthatha on Sunday that her party will surprise many people by taking the Eastern Cape (EC) in these forthcoming elections. “We will make history and make people aware that DA is present,” said Zille. The rally was held in a hall filled to its capacity. Zille was accompanied by the DA leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Bhalindlela, King of AbaThembu Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, DA Parliamentarian Zoliswa Mvenya and other traditional leaders from AbaThembu nation who followed King Dalindyebo when he announced that he was joining the Democratic Alliance. “Team DA has travelled to every corner of the country delivering our message of hope. We are doing this despite the ANC abusing all state resources at its disposal to prevent South Africans from hearing our message,” said Zille. “Last week, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) gave out blankets and food parcels at a rally ANC President, Jacob Zuma was speaking. “This week, the DA was informed that our election adverts will be pulled from both SABC radio and TV stations. And don’t expect to see yourselves on TV tonight. According to reports in the newspapers today, SABC journalists have been instructed not to show pictures of crowds at DA rallies. This shows how afraid the ANC is of
the blue wave that is sweeping the country in all its glorious diversity,” said Zille. “The ANC is very scared of the blue machine. That is why they use every public platform to attack us with lies. They are afraid because more and more people are seeing the truth. The DA is the most diverse party in South Africa. We deliver more to the poor where we govern than the ANC. And we are the only party with the policies to beat the legacy of apartheid and create the jobs our people so desperately need. “History can be made here in the Eastern Cape. I can feel it everywhere I go in this province. I see more and more blue people in the streets. Zille said it is a new struggle against ANC corrupt government and the party that can stop that is only the DA. She called on DA members to be more cautious during the election because the ANC may steal their votes. “You must be there in the polling station and ensure that everything is going accordingly.” Zille also expressed her gratitude to AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo for taking a stand and said his people must vote for the DA. . Last weekend Mthatha was a political battle field as on Friday Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader was in town where he addressed the learners in Walter Sisulu University Nelson Mandela Campus. Malema was in a company of the King of AbaThembu Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. The same day when Zille was addressing her supporters, the provincial chairperson of the ANC, Pumullo Masualle was addressing the masses at OR Tambo hall.
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Widows appeal for government help
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE widows of former mine workers who died after arriving back at their homes due to illnesses, are calling on the government to assist them with money so they could maintain their families. They said that their husbands got illnesses from the mines. Since they had never benefited from their husbands whilst they were still working in the mines and even after retrenchment, life is tough for them as they don’t have money to nourish their families as husbands returned home empty-handed. They are asking that government start a grant which will look after their and their children’s needs. “Most children of former mine workers are unable to go to school because there is no money to do so, despite the many years their fathers spent in the mines,” said Makhwetshube Mbesa of Mabofu location in Flagstaff. One of the widows, Nokwakha Lize, who hails from Mafusini in Qumbu, lost her husband in 2006 due to asthma. “He told me that he inhaled smoke in the mines which caused his asthma. When he came back home he was weak and unable to
do home chores and eventually he died. He never even got his blue card money from the mines and I was compelled to face the difficulty of raising our two children because I was unemployed and one of them was forced to drop out of school, as the money from the piece jobs was not enough for them to further their studies,” she said. Lize survives by cutting grass and doing washing chores in homes in the location in order to put food on the table for her family. “We agree with the government for opening a health centre for former mine workers, but what about us who lost our husbands with nothing in our homes? Yes, we want those who survived to get treatment but widows must also be allocated something by the government,” said Lize. She was referring to the official opening of a One-Stop Service Centre for ex-mine workers in Mthatha recently by Deputy Minister Kgalema Motlante. In his address Motlante said the mining sector in South Africa is an integral component of the South African economy as it employs 500 000 mine worksers, and has a legacy of about 2 million former mine workers from many parts of the world including here in South Africa and in particular from the Eastern Cape.
Nokwakha Lize is one of the widows who are calling on the government to initiate a grant for them. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE
Qumbu Spargs Super Spar ploughs back SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Qumbu Sparg’s Super Spar has embarked on a mission to help local communities in their area as part of its operation to plough back. This store has been involved in a number of projects helping people of Qumbu and
those who are in need. Recently Spar came on board to assist in a video shoot of local
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artists in by donating grocery, cakes and
cash. Manager Jan Phango said it is their mission to ensure that they are participating in community development as a way of ploughing back in the community who are supporting their business. Phango said that by taking part in the video shoot, they also wanted to assist local artists in realising their dreams and lift the flag of the town high.
The Mayor of Mhlontlo, Councillor Mandisa Giyose, expressed her gratitude for the effort of Sparg’s Spar, emphasizing that they were responding to the government’s call on businesses to come on board in developing this country. “Spar sets a good example and we hope all businesses in Mhlontlo will follow in its footsteps,” she said.
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Five burnt to death by mob GREG NOTA AND SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
THE SA Police has established a high level
Task Team led by Cluster Commander, Brigadier Thanduxolo Ntabankulu to investigations the incident in which five members of a family were burnt to death by a mob of people after being accused of stock theft by Mambalweni Village residents. A six-year old boy was injured in the incident while a toddler and two-month old baby girl was also found on the scene and taken to hospital. The victims, a mother (55), her daughter (25), an unidentified women relative, a man (42) and another unidentified man, were burnt inside the open bakkie by unknown people last week Sunday. The daughter, who tried to escape from the burning bakkie that was set alight by the mob, was stoned to death. It is also suspected that two others were necklaced outside the burning vehicle. The family members were reportedly accused of livestock theft and harbouring criminals in Mambalweni village in the Ntabankulu area. According to people from the area the five were killed while performing a cleansing ritu-
al at the grave of the father who died when they returned to the village a year after they fled from the area to Mount Frere. They fled to escape the flames when their home and family car were torched by angry community members who chased them away. A total of 42 suspects were arrested for the arson attack and malicious damage to property. Their case was heard in the Ntabankulu Magistrates Court and the last court appearance was on April 3. The six year old boy who was injured was sent to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital with head injuries. The unidentified man is believed to be a sangoma brought to perform a cleansing ritual. People from the area, who didn’t want to give their names out of fear for their safety, said they were not feeling safe anymore and they were even afraid to sleep in their own homes. They have to seek refuge at night at the home of relatives and return home the following morning. They also made a special appeal to the government to look seriously into this matter since they are even afraid for the lives of their children who are studying outside the area an who may become the victims of these vigilante attacks. “We strongly condemn the violent and unlawful behaviour and request the community
to stand together and stop these illegal actions. We also urge the community members to come forward with any information which may assist the police in the investigation of these murders. Any person who provides valuable information to the police will be protected by the law,” said Lt General Celiwe Binta. Binta sent a stern warning to members of the community, not to take the law into their
own hands. “The SAPS will not tolerate this kind of behavior, because avenge seekers become criminals themselves, and SAPS will have no option, but to arrest them for their unlawful actions. It is very critical that the community members work with the SAPS and report criminals and criminal activities irrespective of the nature of the incident,” she said.
Warrant officer Xolile Kwithsi and Bizana police spokesman Captain Mlungisi Matidane at the scene where five people burnt to ashes after a mob torched their vehicle.PHOTO: LOYISO MPAL ANTSHANE
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Entertainment April 17, 2014 Mthatha Express
MK veteran Fanele Mbali launches autobiography REPORTER AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY on the political journey of a South African Mkhonto Wesizwe (MK) Veteran and acclaimed academic, Fanele Mbali, was launched at WSU’s NMD campus in Mthatha recently. The book, titled “In Transit” is one of a few on the recollections of cadres who participated in the armed struggle during the liberation movement days. National Heritage Council CEO, Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa, said “Reading the book today, one is struck by the question: ‘how does one navigate the fine line between critical reflection and constructive criticism on one hand, and perceptions of disloyalty on the other?’”. Mbali has published widely and preceding his latest offering his publications include “Independent Unions in South Africa (1986)”, “A Skills Profile of Black South Africans” (co-authored with Dr Norman
The biography ‘In transit’ recently launched at WSU reveals the life of struggle veteran Fanele Mbali. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Levy, 1988), “A Socio-economic profile of the Extended Wild Coast” (1999), various working papers for the Eastern Cape Provincial and Local Governments and other organisations. Mbali was a lecturer at the former University of Transkei, now Walter Sisulu University, where he taught Economics, Economic History and Development Economics. He retired from the university in 2002. Mancotywa said the publication of books such as “In Transit” provides a balance in the way the struggle for liberation in South Africa is narrated and it is an antidote to one-sided portrayals from the side of a discredited regime. “It records and pays tribute to the many ordinary South Africans who paid the supreme sacrifice or who were prepared to suffer a great deal for their beliefs (it is a textual memorial, as it were),” he said. Apart from those who actively and directly participated in the armed struggle it also indentifies the unsung heroes and heroines. Mancotywa also added that “In Transit” could be a relevant source material in developing the Liberation Heritage Route. “It is a sensitively written tribute to the many ordinary men and women – unsung heroes and heroines - who did extraordinary things, by someone who himself did extraordinary things in the cause of liberating South Africa,” he concluded.
30 Minutes with Thembinkosi AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA Who is Thembinkosi Bavuma? I was born in Ndumakude location, Port St Johns. I did my lower grades at Mqhakama Senior Primary School in Port St Johns and obtained my Matric at Letuka Senior Secondary School in Tsolo. I am the first-born out of 6 children, raised by a single parent. Why did you chose Gospel music? It is mainly because of the influence and the exposure to church when I grew up. My life revolved around music and I was part of the church choir. What kind of a home were you raised at? I had a very difficult childhood – you can imagine a single-parent-headed home with 6 children but because we believed and still believe in God, every-
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Umgosi Cell phones and youth a problem IT would be better if the time that the youth is spending on their cell phones chatting on different social networks, is instead spent in their books, because it seems as if cell phones have taken over. Even back at home young people of today are unable to do their home chores because of these cell phones. Vuma mzali because uyayazi le nto siyithethayo. Umntwana uyakufika the little time he/she has whilst he/she was busy doing home chores take a cell phone and check text messages if not listening to music with the earphones. They put themselves in danger when they walk in the streets because you cannot even hear the hooter of an oncoming car in the busy street. Something needs to be done to change this behaviour of the youth of today. Kungenjalo they need to be stopped using the earphones. Use ungazi nokuba kufundwa nini or zenzi-
wa nini ii-home works. Bahlala kwezi cellphones ingathi abalambi kuba kunzima nokubeka imbiza eziko mara xa sekuphakwa ubona ngomntu kuqala esuka eyophaka kodwa ifoun akayiyekanga ukuyicofa. Nokuba sesitya ukha icephe libe linye ajonge ifoun. Nqanda baba. Money is in SA courts Whether you like it or not, there is a lot of money in the justice department in this country and we wish ukuba nathi kwakufanele ukuba senze i-law because kule nto yokugossiper there is no money. Mara don’t worry siyakwazi ukuphila and kamnandi futhi. Uyazi why sisitsho kanjalo each and everything eMzansi igqitywa ecourt and kuthethwa ngemali hayi imadlana nje and kuqeshwa abafowethu aba benza umthetho sithi ngamagqwetha. Nyhani, shame yasibetha le nto yokufunda kwiBantu education and the lack of career guidance because ngesenza ilaw honestly. Political organizations are in and out of
Uyazi besingamazi ukuba lipolisa Kuyakungathi asiwathandi amapolisa kanti siwathanda izantyala-ntyala because ngabakhuseli bethu aba, nangona nje ikhona lo mbinana iphuma ecaleni. Yebafethu, uyazi abanye abantu bazingcolisa ngokwabo ii-careers zabo and lo nto yenze abantu bahlala benento ethi amapolisa or ootitshala or abongikazi bayanxila, kanti ngumntu oyi-one lo wenza le nto. All the professions
Are they committing that crime because of poverty or is there something else? are experiencing this problem. Uyazi kukhona i-outie ukuqala kwethu ukuyibona sayibona eMaxhegweni saphinda sayibona eMotherwell and we normally used to meet him on the street emnyama khaca. I think ambalwa amathuba okuba-sober phaya kuye and sicinga nje ukuba ngumntu wotywala osuka kwezi lali zalapha eUTA. Sothuke sabanda xa simbona ekwi-uniform yamapolisa kwi-operation ibiqhutywa nguSAPS recently.
Utywala sebumkhukhuze ungamathambo uyaphephuka nje nakule uniform. Tjoo, khazi uyakwazi na kona ukubamba ummpu, kuba uhlala eqhaqhazela izandla ancedwe kukufumana i-shot. Ise ngathi le nto yotywala kungangabi yinto yakho nje ngale chap kuba ngoku uhlaza igama lamanye amapolisa angayenzi yo le nto. Hawu, what is wrong with you beauties? You know, when you see the blossom of the nation you think nothing about her wrongdoings because you regard that particular flower as the producer and builder of the nation. But yesterday we had the astonishment of our lives when we saw young beauties of the soil held for shoplifting bathi ke “kukuminca” at Mqanduli. Are they committing that crime because of poverty or is there something else? This is not on! The girls were from Ngaru asazi ke ukuba ooKamva bethu botshata abaphi oomakoti xa bevele baspecializer ngokweba besavela emhlabeni. I wonder what the reaction of their parents was when they see them coming home with clothes knowing that there is no money to buy such clothes at home. Meaning that there is also a role they played in these silly acts. Dear parents, let us take control of our children because siyabatshabalalisa and ekugqibeleni bazakushiyeka bodwa on this Express land, ibe ke silungisa isizukulwana esinjani sangomso? Come on.
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12 Big soccer this Easter weekend Sport
April 17, 2014 Mthatha Express
SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE IT’S all systems go for the Meyers Motors Easter tournament which will be held at the Mthatha Sport Field this Saturday and Sunday (April 19 and 20). The tournament, now in its fourth year, is organised by the Kambi Football Association. Any teams in the OR Trambo District can take part. The winning team will take home R3 000 in
prize money, while the runners-up will take home R2 000 and R1t000 for second and third place respectively. There will also be prizes for individual players who excel during the tournament, such as for the top goal scorer, top goalkeeper and the best player of the tournament. Retailer Principal from Meyers Motors, Ndomelele Sidlova, said Meyers Motors in association with Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer are committed to supporting youth development in the OR Tambo region.
Second round results in many log changes BABALWA NDLANYA THE SAB Regional League second round log looks different this week again with many changes after week 4 games. In Stream A Komga Liverpool FC was on top of the log with 23 points after playing 11 games, followed by Dangerous Darkies FC
with 20 points after playing nine games. Chicco Pirates is still in third place with 18 points after playing 10 games. In Stream B, Fort Hare University FC is leading with 19 points after playing eight games, Blackpool FC is second after playing seven games with 14 points, and Max X1 third with 12 points after playing seven games.
Participation is limited to 18 teams. “With time, we hope to attract as many teams as possible to come and take part in this tournament,” said Sidlova. The draw for the tournament took place at Meyers Motors, 55 Madeira Street, Mthatha yesterday (Wednesday) and at time of going to print details of the draw were not yet available. For more information on the tournament, clubs can contact the organisers Mr Soyamba at 0730888645 and Mr Rune at 0786546161. In stream C, Young Aces FC is at the top of the log with 22 points after playing 11 games, F.C Nantez FC second with 20 points after playing 11 games, and Willowvale United FC is third after playing 11 games with 19 points. F.C Montego is still leading Stream D with 29 points after playing 11 games, followed by FC Relatives FC with 15 points after playing 11 games. Young Strikers FC is third with 15 points after playing 11 games. .
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