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Shocking revelation on civil claims against SAPS REPORTER THE Eastern Cape Legislature has heard that the amount paid out in civil claims against the SA Police Service in the province has risen to R51 million for the 2015/16 financial year, in comparison to R28,3 million in the 2014/15 time period. This fact was revealed by the Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana following questions posed by DA Shadow MEC for Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson, in the Bhisho Legislature on December 8. It was also revealed that there were 5 107 pending claims amounting to a total of R3,5 billion as at October 31 this year. According to Stevenson, this is a result of poor training and a lack of accountability, such as adhering to the basics like writing up their pocket books. “The good name and reputation of our hard-working policemen and –women who work under difficult circumstances should not be tarnished by the actions of lawless elements who simply want to do as they please,” he said. A total of 781 civil claims have been paid

out so far for 2015/16, compared to 667 claims paid out in 2014/15. Stevenson said what is of concern is the claims for assault, which doubled from 62 in 2014/15 to 121 in 2015/16 as well as claims against arrests/detention, up from 863 in 2014/15 to 1 351 in 2015/16, and shootings from 28 in the previous year to 71 this year. Stevenson said the upward trend over the past five years is indeed appalling. The following amounts were paid out over the past five years: • In 2011/12 a total of R15 387 026,30 for 506 claims. • In 2012/13 a total of R23 941 348,18 for 538 claims. • In 2013/14 a total of R33 698 608 for 663 claims. • In 2014/15 a total of R28 313 470,31 for 667 claims. • In 2015/16 a total of R51 035 345,18 for 781 claims. “This trend has to be reversed as a matter of urgency. It is bad for the image of the SAPS and it is bad for police-community relationships. The DA will continue to monitor professionalism in the SAPS and engage on this matter in the legislature,” he said.

Life terms for rapist who robbed police BUNTU GOTYWA ONE of the seven men accused of robbing three police officers of their firearms and raping two women after escaping from police custody, has been sentenced to two life terms and an additional 20 years by the Willowvale Regional Court. Thokozani Siwendu, 24, was convicted on two counts of rape and sentenced to life for each count. He was sentenced to a further 20 years in prison for robbery with aggravating circumstances, five years for escaping from lawful custody and five years for aiding escape from lawful custody. The two latter sentences were ordered to run concurrently with the 20 year prison term. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Luxolo Tyali said Siwendu and his two accomplices were incarcerated in the Willowvale police cells awaiting trial when they pretended to be sick and were subsequently taken to the Idutywa Health Centre on August 7, 2013. He said while at the health facility, four armed men arrived and they robbed the three police officers of their firearms before

they all fled the scene. “While on the run, the gang of seven entered a house in Mboya Locality in the district of Willowvale, where they found two elderly women as well as a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old women and two young men who were all watching television. “Threatening their victims with firearms, they assaulted the young men and repeatedly raped the two younger women. “The escapees kept their victims hostage for the whole night,” said Tyali. The seven suspects were arrested six days after their daring escape and they went on trial in 2014. Tyali says that in the middle of the trial, Siwendu changed his plea to guilty and implicated himself and others. “Consequently, his trial was separated from that of his co-accused and he was found guilty and duly sentenced,” added Tyali. NPA said the remaining accused are Samkelo Khoza (25), Monde Dyakopu (21), Luvuyo Roji (18), Chumani Matshoba (18), Sizwe Gunguthu (22) and Sipelele Tyhalisi (22). Their trial is scheduled to proceed at the Willowvale Regional Court on January 23, 2017.

10 killed during black weekend on EC roads ODETTE PARFITT AT least 10 people died in horror accidents on Eastern Cape roads during the past week-end. The province’s dark weekend started with an accident in which the driver of a Toyota Fortuner lost control of the vehicle near Dutywa on Friday at approximately 00:45. “The driver and the passenger were seriously injured when the vehicle overturned,” Charles Bramwell, the Deputy Director of Traffic in the

Eastern Cape, says. “The passenger later succumbed to his wounds in the hospital. Allegedly speeding played a big role in this accident.” At 06:15 another accident claimed a life on the R58 between Barkly East and Elliot. “A Toyota Quantum, travelling from Gauteng to the Eastern Cape, with 16 passengers rolled down a hill. A total of 13 passengers, of which one died, were seriously injured and were transported to the hospital.” Another five people, two men and three wo-

Second suspect apprehended in Joe Gqabi case SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Hawks, last week arrested the second suspect in connection with fraud, theft and money laundering at the Joe Gqabi Municipality in Elliot. Corly van Rooyen (41) appeared before the Elliot Magistrate’s Court this week and her case was postponed to June 29 and 30, 2017 for trial. Van Rooyen was granted R3 000 bail. Her arrest followed the earlier arrest of Gabriel Naude (63) who was arrested by the same unit on September 29, 2016. He is out on bail as well. The two suspects, who are former em-

ployees of the Technical Services Department of the Joe Gqabi municipality, allegedly fraudulently claimed funds from the municipality to the total amount of R600 000 between the years 2004 and 2010. Hawks Eastern Cape spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni confirmed the arrests. She said that the suspects were also accused of transferring the same amount of money to their respective personal accounts. While in court, the Sherriff and the Curator served the two accused with a preservation order from the Asset Forfeiture Unit to freeze their assets to the value of R600 000.

men, died on impact in a head-on collision between a taxi and an SUV. This accident happened on the N2 near Qando in Tsolo at approximately 09:00 on Friday. “Another passenger was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.” On Sunday morning the driver of a Toyota Avanza died on the R72 between East London and Port Alfred. “An Audi allegedly drove near Kidd’s Beach in the direction of East London when it hit the Avanza from behind,” Bramwell says. “The driver of the Avanza lost control of

the vehicle and hit a tree next to the road. He died on impact.” The driver of the Audi was also injured after he had lost control and drove off the road. . On Friday afternoon two sisters were killed when they hitchhiked next to the N2 near Dutywa. “A vehicle travelling from Mthatha to Dutywa hit them at approximately 16:50,” Capt. Jackson Manatha, police spokesperson, says. “The ages of the sisters are not known and their names are withheld until their family is informed. A case of culpable homicide is investigated.”

Man sentenced to 36 years for rape A 21-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to an effective 36 years’ imprisonment after he was convicted of rape, housebreaking and armed robbery. Bonke Nomama Bushula was convicted by the Mthatha Regional Court last week. He was sentenced to 30 years on the count of rape, six years for housebreaking and 12 years for armed robbery. The sentence for armed robbery was ordered to run concurrently with the rape sentence. Bushula of Komkhulu from Sitebe Administrative Area in Mthatha broke into the room of his 17-year-old victim while she was asleep on the night of April 15 this year. NPA spokesman Luxolo Tyali said the rapist was known to the victim as he used to frequent the Spaza Shop at the victim’s homestead and was aware that the victim’s mother was away at a night vigil during the night in question.

“Upon entering the victim’s room, Bushula repeatedly raped her and then assaulted, stabbed and robbed her of her cell phone before leaving. “After her ordeal, the young woman managed to flee to a neighbouring homestead where she sought help and reported the matter,” said Tyali. A case was opened at the Bityi Police Station and Bushula was arrested. He was still in possession of the victim’s cell phone. During the trial, Bushula pleaded not guilty, claiming that the intercourse was consensua. He added that they quarrelled afterwards because she wanted money, which resulted in the assault and stabbing. Tyali said under cross-examination by State Advocate Chantal Govender, he, however, contradicted himself and the court found his version of events as highly improbable. He was found guilty on all counts. – BUNTU GOTYWA

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gets worse. The Express has discovered that water levels in dams and even reservoirs in the municipal area have dropped alarmingly low since the beginning of this year. Mnquma executive mayor Thobeka Bikitsha agreed that water provision was a “thorny” issue as the drought had substantially lowered the water level in Xilinxa Dam, which supplies most of Butterworth.

Bikitsha called on residents to cut back on their use of water. “We urge you, good people of Mnquma, to use water sparingly by using tanks and buckets as an interim measure,” she said. Optimistic that the drought would come to an end, Bikitsha revealed a contractor was making the final touches to the Butterworth Swimming Pool, due to be ready for opening in the short term.

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A MAN who was thought to be a pastor has been arrested for rape on Friday, December 9. It has since come to light that the man is not a pastor from the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), as previously stated by the police. The 43-year-old accused briefly appeared before the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He was not asked to plead and his case

was remanded to today for formal bail application. He cannot be identified until he pleads to the charge. According to Captain Jackson Manatha, Police Spokesperson, the suspect allegedly drove the 18-year-old victim to a shack at Ibika Township, Butterworth where he allegedly raped her. The victim told her sister about the incident

and a case of rape was registered at Msobomvu Police Station. Acting Butterworth SAPS Cluster commander , Colonel Sipho Hokwana condemned the allegations leveled against the suspect and vowed that Butterworth SAPS Cluster police will leave no stone unturned against perpetrators of violence against women and children.


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MEC and police declare war on crime BABALWA NDLANYA LIVESTOCK theft, taxi violence and illegal taverns were in the spotlight in Mbewuleni Village near Dutywa last week during a visit by the MEC of the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, and police officers. Tikana, the members of the South African Police Service and other stakeholders visited the village to host a community outreach programme focusing on crime – run under the auspices of the Moral Regeneration Movement – and to launch the Safer Festive Season campaign there. The MEC handed over 14 vehicles to police officers to facilitate the fight against crime in the region, and provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga presented her with an operational plan. Tikana urged community members to help the police. “Sometimes you keep quiet, whereas you know who the perpetrators [of crime] are in your areas; you do not report them to the police,” she said. “You must also know that police officers are not your enemies. When they need your help, help them. You must stop killing police officers because they are the ones who are protecting you from criminals.” Ntshinga said the police were asked to visit Mbewuleni Village by the non-governmental organisation, Imbokodo Yabathembu Women’s

Police Officers welcomed the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, at Mbewuleni Location in Dutywa. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA

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League, because the village was in one of the rural areas experiencing a high rate of crime. “We are launching this Safer Festive Season campaign to ensure that community members are safe. We are going to ensure that we decrease the high rate of stock theft, because now people will be doing ceremonies, so there will be those criminals who will steal livestock and sell the animals,” said Ntshinga. She told the community that the police were also targeting taxi violence. “We are trying by all means to come up with a solution to the problem of taxi violence, which has resulted in a high number of people being killed in our province.” Police would work hard to place criminals behind bars, and would maintain a visible presence in all areas, including setting up road blocks. Tikana said taverns that operated illegally were a major factor behind the increasing prevalence of crime. She said Operation Asiqhelwa (“We don’t take any nonsense”), a campaign to shut down illegal taverns, would be extended to the area soon, and warned taverners to stop selling alcohol to people under the age of 18. “We will make sure that we close all the taverns that are illegal, those that do not comply with the law,” Tikana said. She also told community members that those among them who bought stolen goods from thieves were promoting crime.

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work has come to a standstill,” said Bikitsha. “As the new council, we are going to make follow-ups and investigate each and every single one of those projects. This is taxpayers’ money.” The municipality was verifying the quality of the work done in extensions six, seven and 24, and in the Vuli Valley Townships. During her first 100 days in office, Bikitsha has conducted Municipal Public Accounts Committee roadshows, launched a clean-up campaign and outreach programmes, and presided over the induction of ward committees. Among the dignitaries at the imbizo were former mayor Mbulelo Ntenjwa, former council speaker Nomnikelo Magadla, mayoral committee members, business people, ward committee members and community development workers.

THE executive mayor of Mnquma local municipality, councillor Thobeka Bikitsha, has vowed to root out all forms of corruption in the municipality to pave the way for efficient service delivery. She said corruption hindered the government’s plan to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans through the delivery of basic services such as sanitation, electricity and housing. Bikitsha labelled corruption “an enemy”. She spoke of her mission to eradicate corruption, while addressing scores of residents attending her second mayoral imbizo, held at Extension Six, Butterworth last Tuesday, December 6. Stressing the dire consequences of corruption, she told the residents “if you want failure, promote corruption”, to loud applause. Bikitsha shocked her audience when she revealed that a contractor who was paid R20 million to upgrade township roads last year had abandoned the work at the halfway stage. “The service provider [hired to fix the roads] has left, despite being fully paid, and

From left, Ward 1 Councillor Zolani Siyo, Mnquma Mayor Thobeka Bikitsha and Mayco member for Local Economic Development Ndyebo Skelenge during the Mayoral Imbizo in Butterworth. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Sonke aims to stop violence against women during festive season BUNTU GOTYWA WITH the festive season already in full swing, Sonke Gender Justice has ramped up its operations and is holding engagement sessions throughout the former Transkei region. Staff at the non-partisan, non-profit organisation know reports of gender-based violence increase at this time of the year, and that the crimes are often fuelled by substance abuse. With that in mind, the organisation has deployed community action teams to instil harmony in families, while helping victims to speak out. Sonke Gender Justice spokesman Patrick Godana said the plan is to campaign for an end to gender violence in each and every household in villages through fostering individual responsibility to help battle the scourge. As part of the campaign the organisation encourages its community action teams to start cooperatives to help emancipate woman from what the group calls the “dependency syndrome”.

Sonke community action teams doing door-to-door campaign in Dutywa. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

Godana said the syndrome is the reason most women are vulnerable to violence by men. Cooperatives launched by Sonke Gender Justice include one running a sewing project, another a bakery, and one in Tsolo focusing on pig farming.

Sonke Gender Justice’s financial unit is to provide financial training to the coops to be started next year. Godana said they have also decided to work hand-in-hand with men in their quest to end gender-based violence, as men are mostly the perpetrators of the violence.

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State-of-the-art medical faculty opened

SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE first phase of Walter Sisulu University’s state-of-the-art, R85 million Health Sciences Faculty in Mthatha was officially opened last Friday. WSU’s new faculty forms part of its medical school at the Mthatha Hospital Complex in Sisson Street in the suburb of Fort Gale. Construction of the faculty is done in three stages and is funded by the Department of Higher Education’s Infrastructure and Efficiency Fund and the Clinical Fund. The project is aimed at improving and increasing the university’s medical research and academic output, and producing graduates who will enhance health care in rural areas. The new campus will house 2000 medical students. Premier Pumulo Masualle was expected to open the first part of the project officially, but instead sent the MEC of the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane. In his address, Qoboshiyane expressed gratitude to the Department of Higher Education for backing the development and said delegates were there to witness the realisation of a state-of-the-art facility “in the poverty stricken former Transkei”. He said it was a time for jubilation and that history was made. “As leadership we are changing the complexion of our nation, and we need to be fountains, not a drain, so that

the next generation will benefit from us,” he said. Walter Sisulu University’s Vice-Chancellor, Rob Midgley, said it had been a long walk to transform the WSU campus in Mthatha.

practitioners with skills appropriate to improving health care in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. “We want to produce quality graduates who will improve the health system because

An artist’s impression of the Health Science Facility. PHOTO: SUPPLIED He said besides the new facility, WSU was in the process of completing the construction of a residence for students at its Butterworth campus, which would open in January 2017. He said at the new WSU faculty in Mthatha the university wanted to produce medical

the facility has the modern tools to do so. We need WSU to make a difference in the community,” said Midgley. The Dean of Health Sciences at WSU, Dr Wezile Chitha, said they wanted to do more in responding to the needs of the communities they serve. All health science operations

would be moved to the new faculty at the Mthatha Hospital Complex. He said the project was critical consolidate and control operations, and to create cohesion for the faculty. “This will lead to favourable conditions for maximum academic performance and research output. The university has one of world’s top eight medical faculties in problem-based community learning,” said Chitha. “With the faculty being strategically positioned and in close proximity to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital and the university’s health resource centre, it means operations such as administration, research, teaching and learning and training will be seamless. We will be able maintain the standards we’ve set.” The completed first phase of the project includes bulk services infrastructure, earthworks, an administration building and a teaching centre for 600 students. The administration building is a 4500m² double-storey structure that will house six clinical offices and 14 smaller clinical offices, with two large boardrooms, and the teaching facility is a 1350m² double-storey building that will be the focal point when entering the campus. On the ground floor, the building will house 10 lecture halls, each of which will be able to accommodate 60 students. The first floor will comprise 20 smaller tutorial rooms.

Congregants ‘collapse and vomit’ after drinking pastor’s mystery liquid MPHO RABORIFE – NEWS24 MORE than 20 congregants “collapsed and vomited” on Thursday last week after drinking a mystery liquid given to them by their pastor in Mthatha, the Eastern Cape Health Department said. Eastern Cape Health Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said emergen-

cy services were called to the City Hall in the Mthatha CBD around 5.30pm. “It is alleged that the congregants were given a liquid substance by their pastor when they suddenly vomited and collapsed. “Over 20 people were treated by paramedics at the scene, but refused to be taken to hospital. Only one agreed to be ferried to Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital.”

Kupelo said the liquid had not been identified yet, however, health environmental officers and police would be investigating the matter. Babalwa Ndlanya reports that Pastor Phumizle Topie from Favors Cathedral Church disputed that he gave the congregation poisonous liquid. In a statement sent to Express, he also said it was not true that there were congregants who were admitted in

hospital. “We as Favors Cathedral Church dispute those reports and regard them as unfounded, untrue, negative, biased, misleading and incorrect. People who drank that particular juice (Holy Communion) are also available to openly tell their story,” said Topie. He said they want to prove that not even one Congregant was harmed during that Church Service.

More work needed to ensure safety of initiates – Xasa BUNTU GOTYWA MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, says it is still realistic to hope that no initiates die during an initiation season. Referring to the Eastern Cape Customary Male Initiation Practice Bill, which was passed recently by the Eastern Cape Legislature and signed into law by premier Phumulo Masualle, Xasa said action spoke louder than words. He said the bill assisted authorities but a lot

of work needed to be done to ensure all the boys who undertook the journey to manhood during initiation returned home safely. Xasa said department officials, while working with other agencies, had apprehended a fake traditional surgeon in the Chris Hani District municipality who was using a boy as a traditional surgeon. The MEC said he had received reports that three initiates had died in the present initiation season, one in King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality and two in the Chris Hani District Municipality, but the cause of their deaths was un-

known. However, the Department of Health reports that 12 initiates have died in the province since the start of the season. “These things should not be happening. The only wish I have is that the number doesn’t rise from the three we have lost already,” said Xasa. Xasa said one of his visits to initiation schools made him aware that more collaboration by the Department of Health was needed, as he had found there were initiation schools that were not up to the required standard. Medical attention was required by initiates

“right on the spot” in some initiation schools, but the Department of Health was on board to offer full assistance. “Not having trained doctors with us during the visits proves difficult for the safety of the boys,” said Xasa. “We find some in need of medical attention and we end up sending them to hospitals and they become overcrowded.” Xasa said with the Bill passed he was confident it would now be easy for authorities to make arrests when the custom was not controlled accordingly.

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was to teach children. Makupula agreed that the province had traditionally had challenges with the running of the

Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) policy due to PPN provincial determinations which fell outTHE Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla side of policy. Makupula, has appealed to “The impact of deviating and school principals in the provmisinterpretation of the PPN ince to implement, and adpolicy . . . resulted in misallocahere to Post Provisioning tions which benefited fee-paying Norms – the policy regarding schools,” said Makupula. the number of teaching posts He said a process towards corallocated to their schools. recting challenges was undertaken to determine the 2016/17 Makupula made the appeal PPN, where the PPN policy was while addressing a contact implemented strictly according session between the departto national standards. ment, school principals and Makupula stressed that prinschool governing bodies cipals needed to explain the role (SGBs) at the Walter Sisulu of the department in the matter University Hall in Mthatha to parents to avoid conflict. He last week. said principals should be leaders He said there was a need for in their schools, but not bosses. cooperation between the de“They must maintain human repartment, principals, teachlations and avoid supervision ers, SGBs and parents, be- The school principals and SGB members listen attentively to the MEC at Walter that may create tension between cause the main task at hand Sisulu University. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE [them] and teachers.”


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Maidens celebrate their virginity at Nyandeni BUNTU GOTYWA MORE than 2 000 girls from the OR Tambo region gathered for the traditional practice of inkciyo, a rite aimed at empowering them. This year’s inkciyo or virginity testing was held at Nyandeni Great Place in Libode in front of Western Mpondoland’s King Ndamase Ndamase. Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu (group of queens and female traditional leaders) hosted the event with support from the OR Tambo District Municipality and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The practice has been around for many years but has slowly faded away in the Eastern Cape, although it is still one of the most important calendar events in KwaZulu-Natal. Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu say they need to revitalise the practice, to maintain values and lessons that empower the young participants and help them uphold sound moral values, among others. Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu president Queen Madosini Ndamase said the virgins

who participated in the practice were not forced to do so, but knew that it was about building their future. “It’s about education and these girls are saved from many ills like STIs [sexually transmitted

infections] and HIV/AIDS,” said Queen Madosini. The girls needed to be praised “for staying pure and upholding the values that make women”. “We are not shutting the door on those who

Girls participating in virginity testing known as inkciyo at Nyandeni. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

lost their way and lost their virginity. If they are able to come participate in this practice, that is a way for them to say they are willing to change their ways, and restore self-importance,” added Queen Madosini. OR Tambo District Municipality Mayor Nomkhosazana Meth said the practice was carried out in small parts of the OR Tambo region, and it was time it was spread throughout the region. “We had many more girls who wanted to take part in the event; more than 1500 couldn’t come here, which shows that it is a practice they are longing for,” said Meth. She said the practice lost its significance when small numbers of girls took part. The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Candith Mashego-Dlamini, said it was fitting that the event was held during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, and soon after World Aids Day on December 1. Yonela Mkhovana, the oldest maiden at 27 years of age, called for many young girls to take part in inkciyo, and to take pride in their decision to remain virgins.

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Gospel Singer to launch first CD BABALWA NDLANYA A YOUNG gospel singer from Ngqele Location in Tsolo will launch his first CD at Tsolo Town Hall this Saturday, December 17. Talking with the Express, Xolisile Ndziweni said the introduction of his 12-track album, UJesu Uyaphila would begin at noon and proceedings would continue until late. “I am asking people to come and receive miracles on this day because God will be doing wonders in their lives,” said Ndziweni. “People who are sick will receive healing because a lot of gospel artists will be performing there.” Those artists are Lutsha Yolelo, Athenkosi Ngentu, Siyanda Dyonase and Siphe Mkokelo, among others. Ndziweni said he had decided to launch his CD a week before Christmas Day to uplift the spirits of citizens preparing for the special day. He urged community members to support him by attending the event.

Female Police Officers were very happy to receive a netball kit from Old Mutual in Elliotdale after winning a wellness tournament that was played at the Elliotdale Sports Ground. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

The Ncedo Taxi Association Choir singing praises for the Lord in Elliotdale during a prayer that was held by the Council of Churches. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

Xolisile Ndziweni will be launching his first album. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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All I want for Christmas . . .

Bongeka Yaso with her two sons, Eze (7) and Lukholo, who is this year’s Mthatha Express Christmas Baby winner. His father, Unako, was out of town at the time of taking the photo.

With Christmas around the corner, children are eagerly awaiting their presents from their parents . . . or rather Santa! BABALWA NDLANYA asked a few children what gifts they want under the Christmas tree.

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Meet our front page Christmas baby BUNTU GOTYWA LUKHOLO means Belief. Bongeka and Unako Yaso decided to give their baby, who is our 2016 Front Page Christmas baby winner, this name since he arrived after the pair had been going through some life difficulties. But they managed to pull through as they kept the belief that things could only get better. His arrival brought them the belief in a new prosperous life ahead.

His proud dad, Unako, said the energetic eleven month old Lukholo is definitely a daddy’s boy and lightens up even more when he is around. Lukholo was born on January 12 this year at Life St Beacon Bay in East London. The family resides in Tsolo. His parents describe him as a very easy going, energetic and playful boy who plays with just about anything he can lay his little hands on. “He doesn’t really have a favourite toy but he likes playing with cellphones,” Unako said. The family will be spending Christmas at

Sandisiwe Mnguni (7) from Malzole in Lusikisiki wants a Cooking Kate kitchen set. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

home with the rest of the family members where Lukholo will be surrounded by his cousins. He has just started to take a few steps and his father wants him to start driving as soon as possible – the big remote-controlled toy car he will be getting for Christmas. “He is not fussy with food as well, I can’t even tell what is his favourite food,” said mommy Bongeka. “He is a lovely boy. He doesn’t give us any problems and he sleeps through the night,” she added. The Yaso family will become a baby girl, Zinathi, richer early in the new year. Iviwe Socikwa (4) from Southernwood in Mthatha wants a 4x4 Off-Road radiocontrolled car. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE

Local celebrities share their plans for festive season SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE gospel sensation Bethusile Mcinga said: “I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas filled with love and happiness, and everyone must try to be safe on the roads and stop drinking and driving.” Bethusile’s plans for Christmas are to spend Christmas day with his family back in his village where he grew up in Willowvale. He is going to spend time with his grandmother and her friends. “After Christmas day with my granny and my family I will be travelling throughout the country entertaining and ministering through my music, because I’m fully booked.”

He said his wish for 2017 is for God to take him to greater levels in his ministry as he will be releasing his new album in February next year. The Port St Johns songbird Nonguquko Mlaza aka Csana said she would be spending the Christmas holiday with her family and also celebrate her birthday with them. “I’ve been away for a very long time, now it’s about time to come back home and stay with my family in Port St Johns. “For 2017 I just wish to record my second album, work hard with a great team and do more gigs. It is my biggest wish to tour the country, promoting my next album so that I can earn some money to look after my family.”

We wish our readers, advertisers and correspondents a blessed Christmas and prosperous new year. Today is our last edition for the year. You can look forward to our first edition of 2017 on Thursday, January 12.

Iminathi Hlengani (6) from Khwezi in Mthatha wants Soft Sheer Ribbon Teddies. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA

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December 15, 2016 Isolomzi Express

PSJ country club golf juniors during one of their fundraising events in Port St Johns.

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PSJ young golfers raise their own funds to play the sport BUNTU GOTYWA TO succeed, one cannot just sit and wait for things to happen – those who achieve great things and stardom know they have to get up and work hard to achieve their goals. This is also the belief of junior golfers from the Port St Johns country club.

They have been admitted as members of the South African Golf Association recently. This is due to the hard work they have been doing both on and off the golf course. They, however, do not not have all the tools to give their opponents a run for their money. Golf equipment is among the most expen-

sive sport equipment and raising any ammount of money when you are young is a challenge. Without it, their dreams of one day becoming professional golfing greats were slowly fading away. So, the young golfers decided to raise the necessary funds themselves for their equipment.

Their various fundraising attempts even included selling food, such as hotdogs, to residents in Port St Johns. Recently, they have managed to raise enough funds to register as full members of the South African Golf Association. This will allow them to participate in various competitions against other golfers from the rest of the country.

Mbhashe Fun Run ANELE RAZIYA ULUNTU lwaseMbhashe eDutywa kulindeleke ukuba lubhiyozele ikrisimesi ngokuthi lusindleke umdyarho weembaliki ongumgama weekhilomitha ezilishumi kunye nowezintlanu kwiveki ezayo. Lo mdyarho ubizwa ngokuba yiTenza Beach Festival 10km and 5km Fun Run uzakube uqala ukusingathwa kulo nyaka. Injongo zawo kukuzama ukulwa izenzo

zolwaphulo- mthetho ekuhlaleni kunye nokulwa ukusetyenziswa kweziyobisi ngabantu abatsha kwiindawo ezifana noGatyane. Ukanti kwelinye icala ikwangowokonwabisa uluntu. Umququzeleli walo mdyarho uThabo Mantyi uthi zininzi iziganeko zokubulawa koluntu ezenzeke kuGatyane kulo nyaka ngenxa yolutsha olusebenzisa iziyobisi. “Ngenxa yezinga eliphezulu lokuqhekeza, ukudlwengula kunye nokubulawa ko-

luntu ekuhlaleni, sibonile ukuba masenze lo mdyarho,” utshilo Ukwathe, “Ngale mini yalo mdyarho sifuna kubekho abantu abazakuthetha nolutsha lwaseMbhashe malunga nobungozi bolwaphulo-mthetho.” Uthe kule Fun Run bafuna ukuxelela uluntu lwaseMbhashe ukuba banolwandle oluhle oluyiTenza Beach. “Ngale mini sifuna nokumemelela uluntu lwaseMbhashe ukuba luziqhelanise

Crowds treated to musical royalty at Mnquma Jazz festival ANELE RAZIYA MUSIC lovers in Mnquma danced the night away as they watched Jazz legend Jonas Gwagwa performing live at the Mnquma Jazz Festival at Gcuwa Dam this past Saturday. The two-day event started with local artist Siyanda Jonas, who sang his popular gospel song “Unjalo”. But in the evening big music giants such as Ringo Madlingozi, Jonas Gwagwa, Amawela kaMamTshawe (tradition group), Lilitha, Afro Traction, Pastor the DJ (Umhlobo Wenene presenter) and Naak Musiq entertained the vibrant crowd. Singing “Sondela Sithandwa” and “Ndiyogodola” Ringo won the hearts of fans, who all sang along to his songs. Ringo also paid tribute to the late gospel artist, Sfiso Ncwane by singing his song “Kulungi-

le”. He also thanked Ncwane for his huge contribution to the South African music industry and said his work will always be remembered. Mnquma Jazz Festival organisers also paid tribute to Ncwane by playing a few of his songs, while pictures of his life was shown on the big screens. It was a sad moment for his fans, as Ncwane was booked to perfom at the Mnquma Jazz Festival. After the tribute, Gwagwa entertained the festival goers with his well known song, “Kgomo”. The Jazz Festival also gave hawkers the opportunity to sell their goods at the festival in an effort to help boost Mnquma’s economy. Ringo Madlingozi at the Mnquma Jazz Festival. PHOTO:ANELE RAZIYA

nokutyelela ulwandle iTenza Beach ngezi ntsuku zolonwabo,” uqhube watsho Imbaleki ezifuna ukubaleka uthi zingamtsalela kule nombolo:0 073 899 4852 okanye ku:0 047 489 4515. Kulindeleke ukuba ziphumelele iimedali kunye nemali iimbaleki ezizakuphuma phambile kule Fun Run. Lo mdyarho uzakubanjelwa kwibala laseNqadu kuGatyane ngomhla wamashumi amabini anesibini.

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