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December 15, 2016 Uvolwethu Express

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

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 another five years for aiding in the 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 that while they were at the health facility, four armed men arrived and they robbed the three police officers

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.

Body retrieved from Magwa Falls AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA LUSIKISIKI police formed part of a joint rescue team that retrieved the body of a man from Magwa Falls just outside Lusikisiki on Monday morning.

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-yearold 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.

The deceased is believed to have been killed and dumped at the Falls on Saturday evening. Police Spokesperson, Captain Nozuko Handile said that community members contacted the police after a man, who was coming from the bushes, said he saw two men dumping something at the falls at midnight on Saturday. “On Sunday morning, the community, using binoculars, went to look at the scene and realised that it was a human body and the police were called,” said Handile. The deceased man was found wearing black pants, a black shirt and a yellow T-shirt. A K9 unit, along with members of the police from Mthatha, Elliot and King William’s Town, a Search and Rescue unit, a Forensic unit, the Crime Prevention Unit and Metro Emergency Medical Services, all helped in the recovery of the body. Handile said that no-one has been arrested yet and an inquest docket has been opened.

Magwa Falls, outside Lusikisiki, where a body of a man was found last week. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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 employees 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 Cap-

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tain 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.

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The man is accused of stabbing a 12-yearold boy to death. The boy, who was also from Bizana, was murdered in 2014. The murder accused had been hiding from police when he was finally found and brought to book. The police said that the man attacked a group of boys who were playing and singing songs. Most of them ran away, but the deceased was unlucky when the man caught him and stabbed him to death. His bail application was heard last Tuesday and he was denied bail due to being a flight risk. The date for the next court appearance will be communicated later.


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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 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.

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


Open manholes worry PSJ residents SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE PORT St Johns residents have expressed concern over the increase in the number of manholes left open in the town, which they fear could place the lives of people, particularly children, at risk. The Express has found open manholes across the town, and recently received news of a girl slipping into one of them next to Mholo. Residents have urged the municipality to act swiftly and close the manholes before someone dies or is injured by them. One resident, Monica Small, said the manhole next to Mholo had been open for ages, and could cause serious injury resulting in death. Among open manholes located by the Express were one right outside the Port St Johns Magistrate’s Court, one on the grass patch near Second Beach, one across the road from Entabeni Hardware in West Gate Street, and another next to Standard Bank. “It is dangerous and many people could lose their lives if the municipality does not attend to this plight immediately,” said Small. Another resident, Sabelo Mgudlwa, said: “I witnessed a car getting stuck [in the open manhole] there near Standard Bank the other day, and we had to lift it up to get it out of there.” Port St Johns municipality spokesperson Pelokazi Pellem said she would contact the department responsible for closing the manholes, and would report back

to the Express. Nevertheless, at the time of going to print a response from her had not been received.

One of the manholes which threaten the residents in Port St Johns. 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”. Cooperatives launched by Sonke Gender Justice include one running a sewing project, another a bakery, and one in Tsolo focusing on pig farming. 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.



December 15, 2016 Uvolwethu Express

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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Digital course brings hope to unemployed youth REPORTER THE Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, on Wednesday recognised the stellar achievements of learners who have successfully completed the Film and Television Skills Programme. These are 22 Eastern Cape learners who were awarded their Statement of Results and Certificate of Completion in Film and Television Production; an NQF level 5 qualification. The programme comprised of four modules being; communication, sound, camera and online vid-

eo editing. As the country gears up for digital television migration, the Deputy Minister acknowledged that she is particularly passionate about enabling youth from rural and disadvantaged communities to be part of the digital age and providing them with skills in media production is a step towards achieving this quest. Atos has further committed to place 30% of the learners who successfully completed the programme at various companies in the media and ICT sectors. Such placement is currently underway. The Film and Television Production Skills Programme emanates from the 2015 Budget Vote wherein

the Deputy Minister committed to partner with relevant stakeholders to train young people in online video editing software. The partnership was concluded with MICT SETA, which then engaged with Atos to be the training provider. The skills programme is aimed at upskilling unemployed youth and graduates with television and television production skills, thus enabling them to respond to the digital media environment. In its pilot year, the programme benefitted 150 leaners and was rolled out at three centres in the Eastern Cape (70), Western Cape (40) and Gauteng (40).

Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams interacts with young people trained in an online video editing course. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

CNN’s ‘Inside Africa’ explores Xhosa beadwork and traditions REPORTER LAST week’s ‘Inside Africa’ on CNN International took an in-depth look at the art of beadwork and how it has been used to tell the story of South Africa’s Xhosa people for centuries. Filming in the Eastern Cape, CNN met and filmed people from the Xhosa tribe to understand the importance of its traditional attire, which is accessorised with detailed beadwork. The show met Chief Maqoma, who can be identified by the blue isitanga around his neck. “The colours of these beads are the same colour as the sky and the belief for us, as we are Christians, is that the sky brings us closer to God,” he told CNN.

CNN also met Yakobi Sixhamli, a famous praise poet, who wears distinctive beads and clothing as he gave a performance in the village of Zeleni in King William’s Town. “These beads are called Isitanga. Mine are dark in colour as a symbol of being an African. The blanket represents my family animal - every Xhosa family has a certain animal associated with it. My family’s animal is a tiger, and since I cannot acquire the skin of a tiger, I wear the colours to represent that. The headgear I am wearing has my clan name inscribed on it. Our headgear can be likened to wearing a hat in Western culture and the cane I am holding is made of the tail of an ox – it shows that I own cattle, which is important for a man in Xhosa culture,” he explained.

Sixhamli also told CNN about his role as a praise poet. “Today, I was praising Chief Maqomo’s family name – his grandfather was a great Xhosa Chief who died on Robben Island and through my praise poetry, I was telling him the story of his ancestry. Praise singers or poets are very important. All countries have them in some or other form. Our role is to help to guide the nation. It is not something exclusive to the Xhosa culture.” The third person with whom CNN met was the beader, Nkwanda Kuta. “The money I make from my beadwork enables me to support my grandchildren. I made all of the items I am wearing now and we design our own outfits and make it together. Girls will wear shorter skirts to signify that they are sin-

Some of the Xhosa beadwork that was explored on CNN’s ‘Inside Africa’. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

gle, while married women wear longer skirts. And, as married women, we are required to wear the specific headgear we have on, whereas girls can wear any type of headdress,” she said.

Stories that made headlines in 2016 SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE EVERY year brings its stories that not only make the headlines once, but keep people talking for weeks and months afterwards. The Express team had a look at what the biggest stories were making headlines in 2016. Among the top stories of the year, which are still continuing to make headlines, are the incarceration of the AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, despite his attempts and appeals to avoid a jail term. Eventually the king was sentenced to 12 years behind bars and he is currently serving his sentence in East London Corretional Service Centre. After his incarceration, a division erupted in the royal family of AmaDlomo where three opposing groups formed. In the King’s absence, one group recommended that the king’s son act as king, while the other groups recommended the king’s younger brother Mthandeni Dalindyebo and Queen Nokwanda, the King’s wife. In recent weeks, it has become even clearer that this story is not going to die down quickly or quietly. There is still no solution in the matter even though Prince Azenathi was coronated by the one faction. The other factions stated their discontent promising to challenge the coronation. The Thembu nation was also shocked over the sudden death of Chief Daludumo Mtirara who was buried on December 10. Daludumo was leading a faction that was fully behind prince Mthandeni Dalindyebo to act as king. Another story that captivated readers, was Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s claim that Nelson Mandela’s homestead in Qunu should have been allocated to her and her children in the will of the late statesman, because she was instrumental in acquiring the land in Qunu and she is still Mandela’s

wife despite the divorce. Madikizela-Mandela lost the case in the Mthatha High Court and her legal team had vowed to appeal against the sentence. Another family feud that made the headlines was that between the two wives of a Ngqeleni chief. A year after his death, he was still not buried because of a dispute between the two wives over who has the right to bury him. This year also saw the continuation of the Malice Jacobs court case which was transferred to the High Court from the Regional Court. This followed the horror discovery of foetuses in her refrigerator at her home in New Brighton, Mthatha. Shock waves hit the ANC after a plot to kill the regional chairperson of the ANC in the OR Tambo region, Xolile Nkompela. Nkompela was ambushed near Tsolo junction and one of his bodyguards was shot dead. Top ANC leaders were arrested. One of them has recently been acquitted while the case against the others will continue in 2017. Another headline story was that of the taxi violence which resulted in 25 deaths, including passengers, drivers and owners. Eastern Cape schools woes continued this year. Unbearable conditions forced the children to quit going to school at Siyiwane Primary School, Sundwane Location in Idutywa. Crime stories that made the headlines included that of a woman and her two grandchildren who were murdered in their house while they were sleeping. Thereafter, the house was set alight. A 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder and his case is expected to continue in 2017. In another incident the decomposed body of a missing male nurse from St Elizabeth Hospital in Lusikisiki was found in a dam, still stuck in his car.




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Our Christmas wishlist... Christmas time is upon us and children know exactly what gifts they want to receive from Santa. Express reporter AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA took to the streets and met up with a few hopefuls who shared their wish list.

Zingce Sigcau (3) from Jambeni, Lusikisiki only wants sweets and “lots of them”. She also mentioned that she wishes for a big teddy bear to cuddle with.

Milisa Ngqamba (10) from Mantlaneni Village is in need of new clothing for her and her sisters and also a new pair of school shoes for next year’s school term.

Sisters Ukhanye (7) and Ayandisa Msuthu (10) said having a house full of all their friends, playing with different toys and games is among their list. These sisters, from Mbongweni Village in Bizana, also wish for Santa to heal their sick Gogo for her to be home in time for Christmas.

Ukhule Dlamini (11) wants nothing but designer sneakers and going to the beach with her family and have a good time.

Oliver Tambo’s statue unveiling AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA TO recognise the sacrifice Oliver Tambo made leaving the land that he loved to go and fight for the people’s liberty, Alfred Nzo District Municipality and Mbizana Local Municipality unveiled a human-size statue of OR Tambo in Mbizana last Monday. His son, Dali Tambo was among the family members and guests gracing the occasion, alongside Premier Phumulo Masualle and Sonwabile Mancotywa, National Heritage Council Chief Executive. ; OR Tambo's son Dali Tambo (right) with Premier Phumulo Masualle (middle) and Alfred Nzo DM Mayor Sixolile Mehlomakhulu after unveiling Tambo statue in Mbizana on Tuesday.

National Heritage Council Chief Executive Sonwabile Mancotywa, Dali Tambo and Premier Pumulo Masualle having a selfie moment in Mbizana last week.


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Pastors from various churches blessed Oliver Tambo's statue after its unveiling.

Dali Tambo, OR Tambo's son, reading a plaque at the unveiling of a statue of his late father on Tuesday in Mbizana. PHOTOS: AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA



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Local celebrities share their plans for festive season

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. PHOTO: AYESHA VAN STAADEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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.”

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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 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.

Mayor wishes all a safer Festive Season AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA THE Festive Season is upon us and Mbizana Local Municipality Mayor, Daniswa Mafumbatha has wished all the community members within Mbizana a safe and a happy Season. “As most of us will be travelling this season, visiting families and returning from our places of work – let us be alert that the R61 is very busy with all the road works, so we urge our road users to drive with caution and be tolerant, especially between Mbizana and Port Edward,” said Mafumbatha. The Mayor also advised on responsible celebrations and respecting each other on the roads, festivals and beaches. “As we will have family gatherings and feasts, let us enjoy all these festivities responsibly and not consume too much alcohol, as that will result in many disruptions while putting other people’s lives at risk,” she said. Mafumbatha further encouraged parents to spend money wisely during the season by planning every expense.

“Thorough planning is even more important during the holidays as there are so many extra costs that creep up if you are not careful. Spending more than you have can cause suffering for many months after you have put away the Christmas decorations and forgotten the festivities. “Whatever you do, don’t forget what a long month December is, as you get paid early in December, but have to wait until the end of January until your next pay cheque. This means your salary has to last well over a month. Give some thought to how painful January can be if you throw caution to the wind over the festive period. January is just around the corner so spare a thought to what happens after Christmas.” The First Lady of the Municipality said that she would like to take some time off with her family and refuel as this was a very busy year for her. “I was leading this year’s election campaign, as well as the by-elections, so I really need to take some time off and enjoy family time as most of our relatives will be coming over for the holidays,” she said.

Mbizana Local Municipality Mayor Daniswa Mafumbatha (right) talking to Express reporter, Ayanda Millisa Madikizela at Mbizana Municipality offices. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Bethusile Mcinga.




Season greetings to all our resident across the district

The holidays are a wonderful time for the loved ones to gather and reflect on the year gone by and they are a time to celebrate the coming year with hope and enthusiasm. And, most importantly, the holidays give us an opportunity to be thankful for what we have and support those who are less fortunate. This season, let us all reach out a little further to those around us. Let us look for those who might need that extra helping hand. I am so fortunate in the district to serve with such dedicated men and women. They truly care about our community. Please drive safely as you travel in our district and experiencing our cultural diversity, beauty and enjoy your stay. On behalf of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality I extend my warmest regards and best wishes to everyone. May the spirit of this wonderful season be with you and your loved ones throughout the holidays and many blessings in the New Year.




December 15, 2016 Uvolwethu Express

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


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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