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Mthatha’s 67 minutes for Madiba
The new DJ for Maskandi Music, Monwabisi Gudla Bangi, was among the celebrities who painted the Tandokazi Junior Secondary School in Qunu during Mandela Day celebrations.
Some of the celebrities who visited Mthatha during Mandela Day events at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE
Muvhango actor Macdonald ‘KK’ Ndou, Nomkakhwezi Nxibelo and Umhlobo Wenene presenter Zintle Mbusi took time to pose with the children at Tandokazi Junior Secondary School in Qunu.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga spent her 67 minutes putting up fencing at Makgatho Lewanika Mandela Primary School in Mvezo. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
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Spotlight on grim winter initiation season SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE death of yet another young man has placed the spotlight on a grim winter initiation season in the Eastern Cape. Simphiwe Feni (19) of Bhencuti locality in Qumbu is one of at least 26 initiates who did make it home alive. He died while was attending an initiation school in Bhencuti, but his body was found in an unused house in the locality. Seated on an old couch and covered by blankets, Simphiwe had terrible burn wounds as well as wounds to his upper body and buttocks. “His buttocks were injured in such a way that it would have been difficult to relieve himself,” said Chief Mncedisi Veco of Bhencuti. The traditional surgeon who circumcised
him was arrested after failing to explain why Simphiwe had been left in the unused house. His aunt, Maxaba Sitshongo (68), expressed her agony over losing the boy who had been so helpful to her and her elderly husband. “I don’t know how I am going to look at these boys who killed my son. Simphiwe was well known and respectful of the whole locality and the community can bear witness to that. I really don’t know why he was killed so mercilessly,” she said. Simphiwe is expected to be buried on Saturday, August 18, in his home village of Bhencuti. Meanwhile the Mhlontlo Initiation Forum’s Nkosi Luyanda Mditshwa said even though the season was about to come to an end, they were still working around the clock trying to save initiates. On Thursday July 16, they arrested three amakhankatha (traditional nurses) and one
ingcibi (traditional surgeon) in Shawbury. He said the initiation season had been due to close on Monday July 20, but due to the escalation in injured boys it had been extended until July 30. The forum would work until August 6, Mditshwa said. “This is the worst season ever in the region of OR Tambo, Mhlontlo in particular compared with last season. “There has been deep sadness and concern about the five deaths in Mhlontlo, considering that there were no deaths in the previous season.” He added that most of the deaths had been caused by assault at the initiation schools. According to the provincial health department, many initiates are being treated for botched circumcisions in hospital and rescue centres in the OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo regions.
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Granny brutally murdered BABALWA NDLANYA WHILE the murderers of Nocingile Mzukwana remain at large, her family is grieving and the community feels unsafe. Mzukwana (55) from Gxulu in Libode was killed on Wednesday July 8. â€œWe donâ€™t know what happened, but what we do know is that she was brutally murdered and the perpetrators used a bush knife to kill her,â€? her daugther, Fikiswa Mzukwana, told Express. Fikiswa said she had been called on the night of the murder and that she had found her mother lying in a pool of blood on a gravel road in Gxulu. Her mother had been living with her four grandchildren, but had been visiting a relative at the time. â€œMy heart is bleeding and what is worse it feels as if police officers are dragging their feet
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Fikiswa Mzukwana sits with her nephews, who keep asking for their grandmother. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA
Lurasi crash, driver still not identified SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE ARRIVE Alive has called on the public to help identify the driver of a VW Golf that collided with a Greyhound bus on Sunday. The accident happened on the N2 in Lurasi locality near Mthatha early on Sunday. Arrive Alive spokesperson Tshepo Machaea said they were appealing to anyone whose family member might be missing to help identify the body. Machaea said two women had apparently also been in the car, but had run away after the collision. â€œWe donâ€™t have information about this person. We heard he was travel-
ling with two women, but we donâ€™t know where they ran to after the accident. It is difficult to locate the owner of the car because it burnt to ashes,â€? Machaea said. The accident report says the car was overtaking other vehicles when it collided headon with the bus. It was dragged by the bus for some metres and both vehicles burst into flames. â€œThe driver of the Golf was burnt beyond recognition. Two bus passengers were slightly injured when they tried to escape the flames,â€? Machaea said. The bus was carrying 32 passengers and travelling to Mthatha from Johannesburg via Kokstad.
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July 23, 2015 Mthatha Express
THE National Prosecuting Authority has expressed its frustration with the lack of successful prosecutions of illegal traditional healers. While illegal surgeons were common in the OR Tambo region and particularly in Ngqeleni, Libode, Tsolo, Qumbu and Eastern Pondoland in the former Transkei, prosecuting the offenders was almost impossible, said Luxolo Tyali, the regional spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). He told Express that the biggest challenge was the lack of witnesses willing to assist in
the prosecution of illegal surgeons, even after they had been arrested. “No witnesses come to court. Not even the affected initiates cooperate after the season is over and we cannot proceed with the case without evidence before court.” He said if this trend continued, botched circumcision cases were going nowhere. “Even the parents don’t cooperate or open cases after an incident of botched circumcision.” He said the police were experiencing the same frustration over cases being struck off the court roll.
Government must act on initiates’ deaths THE DA says the government must account for every initiate who has died during this winter’s initiation season. DA MP Nqaba Bhanga, who is also the party’s spokesman on cooperative governance, said the government had failed to achieve its own goal of curbing initiation deaths. “This time last year, Minister Pravin Gordhan said his department would work with various role players to reach the objective of zero death in the next initiation period, but the recent news suggests that the minister’s approach to achieving this goal is failing,” Bhanga said. During a visit to the St Barnabas Hospital in Libode last Thursday Bhanga said he knew that at the community level traditional leaders were trying their best, but it seemed the government was dragging its feet. “We know this is part of a very well developed conversation that is happening in communities who hold this tradition dear. But while our boys are dying, the government
“Last year we charged Samkelo Mvubu of Libode with two counts of murder after two initiates died at his initiation school. But the case was struck off the court roll on June 8 this year because the police were unable to get statements from the witnesses,” he said. “It was not only that case. There are so many cases. That is our frustration in the NPA.” Tyali was reacting to an appeal from the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Eastern Cape for the swift arrest of those involved in illegal or botched circumcisions. At least 26 initiates have died in the Eastern
Cape this winter season - more than in the rest of the country. In a statement, the ANCYL called for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators and demanded that they not be granted bail. ANCYL provincial spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa said the ANCYL would lead a “no bail” campaign against all the perpetrators. Lungisa said that the youth league was planning to meet traditional leaders and the government to discuss solutions to the initiate death toll in the Eastern Cape. – SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
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is clearly not doing what it promised to ensure zero deaths.” He said he had also gone through initiation in Port Elizabeth and his experience had been one of delight as he went through the cultural rite to becoming a man. “We never experienced the fear of death as our young men do today. Our leaders led us by example and the many great life lessons I learnt during the process I still cherish today.” The DA called on Gordhan to report to the portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs on the circumstances which had led to the death of each initiate, the shortcomings of the task team and provincial monitoring teams and what action he would take to address the issues before the 2015/16 summer initiation period. “We call for law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate and prosecute those responsible for these unnecessary deaths, including officials of government who should have prevented the conditions that caused death,” Bhanga said. – AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA X1Q8WYMD-230715-IE-ebnnon-mazdaaouto
July 23, 2015 Mthatha Express
Fish harbour to be developed at Port St Johns N2 Wild Coast construction to commence next year BABALWA NDLANYA
PORT St Johns is set to become a player in the fishing industry if the government has its way.
AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA WHILE some have welcomed an announcement that construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road will commence next year, the Amadiba Crisis Committee is dead set against it. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced last week that construction of the road would begin in September next year. “Working with the traditional leaders in the affected areas, we will have to identify sites where we will build homes for those who will be relocated,” Nkwinti said at an event in Mbizana recently. He added that the government would also relocate graves that were in the way of the road. King Zanozuko Sigcau said the Pondoland community was very excited about the developments. “We have been waiting for so long for this project and the entire community is eager for it, with anticipation of job creation,” the king said. In its response to Nkwinti’s announcement, the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) accused the minister of purposely excluding the people of Umgungundlovu - who are to be relocated - from the meeting in Mbizana. “It makes no sense to hold this meeting in Mbizana. There is no N2 toll road planned there. The N2 is planned for the Amadiba coast,”the ACC said in a statement. The ACC also rejected arguments that the community was poor and in dire need of infrastructure such as a toll road. “How can we be poor when we have land? We grow maize, sweet potatoes, yams, potatoes, onions, spinach, carrots, lemons and guavas and we sell some of it to the market. We fish and we eat eggs and chicken. This agriculture is what should be developed here.” The ACC further accused the government of deliberately allowing access roads to be washed away and that the road was ultimately intended for making mining accessible. “But you push the N2 for the BMWs of the rich. The N2 toll road on our ancestral land is not for us and of course it is not for tourists. It makes it faster to drive from Durban to East London. It will support the plans for the Australian company MRC for open-cast mining along this coast.”
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi visited the town on the Wild Coast and spoke to residents about the development of a fishing harbour in the area. Nxesi said Port St Johns (PSJ) was well placed to benefit from the development of a harbour and the Department of Public Works was committed to working with the community. “Our aim is to develop this town as a small fishing harbour and as a hub of related economic activity. “We have already sent a team to meet with the chief executive officer of the PSJ Development Agency, Malizo Putu, as part of our commitment to partnering in infrastructure development,” Nxesi said. Community members would also be taught how to process fish and the department would try to organise a market where they could sell their products. It would also try to develop better offices for PSJ community members. The Port St John’s Development Agency lists
Port St Johns boasts natural beauty, but more economic activity is needed to benefit residents. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA on its website a number of socio-economic problems that the picturesque town faces: .More than 80% of the local population is unemployed .More than 50% of households earn less than R18 000 a year .Close to 40% of people living in the rural node can neither read nor write Port St Johns mayor Phikolomzi Langa said that despite its tourism potential the town, just as in the rest of the country, had yet to lift the majority of its residents out of poverty.
“Our place is known as the place of tourists, but we are still failing to uplift standards,” Langa said. Resident Luyanda Somdaka said after the meeting with Nxesi they were pleased with what they had heard and they hoped that the anticipated development would change their lives for the better. “Even though we are not sure exactly when this will happen, we are happy that they are dreaming of developing our area,” Somdaka said.
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stores to supply fresh produce directly to each store. Boxer superstores will supply the government with store requirements for each commodity as part of planning for the implementation of the programme. Both the government and Boxer will work with the farmers to ensure that produce from farms is safe, using existing security checks and guarantees for all produce sold in the stores. Training and methods to ensure food safety will be part of the supplier development programme for all local farmers. All participating cooperatives and farmers
will be certified as Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) compliant enterprises, something which will give Boxer Superstores more BEE points. The Eastern Cape government says it is investing in partnerships that will help create jobs and business opportunities for the youth and the people as part of the total development of the province. “We will work with Boxer to help local farmers to grow and move forward because our aim is to ensure policy stability to create such opportunities for our people to prosper,” Qoboshiyane said. – GREG NOTA
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Anger over bail for ‘rapist’ THE teachers of a girl (12) who was allegedly raped by a 70year-old man are angry at the decision of the Qumbu Magistrate’s Court to let him out on bail of R1 000. The man, who cannot be identified until he has pleaded to the charges against him, was arrested six weeks after the family identified him to the police as the suspect. “First it was the delay of his arrest and now he is getting bail of only R1 000,” said a teacher at the girl’s school. “It seems as if the suspect is getting special treatment,” said the teacher, who cannot be named, to protect the identity of the girl. “Even when he first appeared before court, he was full of confidence and he was carrying a black bag. How did he get the bag while he was in custody? What was inside that bag? We believe he is getting special treatment from the justice system while the child is suffering trauma. I don’t understand why bail was set at R1 000 in a serious case like the rape of an underaged girl,” she stressed. Express has learnt that the victim recently underwent an operation following the rape. Her father also said her alleged rapist was getting special treatment. “Even if he is not punished by the courts of this land, I will pray to God that he is punished in the hereafter,” the father said with tears flowing down his cheeks. National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said bail was not a verdict on a suspect’s guilt or innocence. “It is there to assure that the accused person does not evade his or her trial.” He said many factors were considered before bail was set. “I don’t want to go into details in this matter, but when I look at the age of the man and if he is a pensioner, R1 000 is a suitable amount or can even be too much for him.” The case will continue in the Qumbu Magistrate’s Court on September 04. – SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE
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Social assistance ‘not for sale’ REPORTER THE chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on social development, Zoleka Capa, has voiced concerns on officials who require cash before they could process grants. Capa, who is also a former OR Tambo District executive mayor, said, “This is unacceptable and should be stamped out of our system. Social assistance is not for sale to officials of the department. We have a task of ensuring that the poorest of the poor get government assistance at no cost at all. “The ease of access to funds from the SA Social Security Agency, particularly by officials of the department, is worrying and drastic action needs to be undertaken,” she said. On Monday last week (July 13), a senior official at the Mitchell’s Plain Sassa office in Cape Town was caught red-handed accepting cash from processing grants, as well as fraudulently processing grants for families amounting to more than R170 000. Sassa’s investigation revealed that doctors not registered with the Health Professions Council of SA were also involved in disability grant fraud. “If doctors are also so deeply involved in this graft, there is reason for the committee to be worried. We cannot allow this sophisticated form of corruption to be carried on at the expense of poor people,” Capa said.
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Malizole Fololo sings in The Netherlands Malizole Fololo performed at a festival in The Netherlands this past weekend. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
Humble beginnings for local DJ AYANDA MILLISA MADIKIZELA HE has shared the stage with big names in the music industry, co-hosts a weekend show and is a regular at various night spots. But as Mthatha’s Mthobeli “Deejay Mist-SA” Xabendlini will tell you, success takes a lot of hard work. The 19-year-old was born in Ngangelizwe Township and like many a young “kasi-boy”, he has seen the countless social ills associated with township life. “Obviously, I was exposed to various unfavourable aspects of township living, but my inner man decided to explore a different approach to life.” He said his background had a positive impact on his work ethic and the positive energy he brought to the task at hand. “There was a term that was frequently used in eKasi. They used to say ixoxo nexoxo liyaz’gxumela, which means every man for himself. From it I learnt to be independent.” Mthobeli started out very young and
has paid his dues in the entertainment industry. “At the age of 16, I shared a stage with the industry’s most eminent and celebrated DJs and artists like DJ Christos, Vini Da Vinci and DJ Sue.” As expected, it has not been all plain sailing and Mthobeli has had his own share of misfortunes. “At one point doors were shut in front of me, delaying my growth in music. I became marginalised to such an extent that I was denied opportunities.” To this day he doesn’t know why this happened, but he persevered and suddenly started getting invitations to showcase his talent on national platforms. He got an opportunity to co-host the Weekend Vibe show at Unitra Community Radio alongside DJ Master P. He has also landed a slot at the So What Lounge as a residential DJ, performed at the Kopano lounge and has had gigs around Mthatha, East London, Beaufort West and Cape Town.
Mthobeli “Deejay MistSA” Xabendlini knows success does not come easily. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
AFRO soul singer Malizole Fololo from Khwezi Township in Mthatha was selected by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation to perform at a festival in The Netherlands this past weekend to honour the late Nelson Mandela. “I was very happy to be chosen to perform at this festival because that gave me strength to see that there is a lot I can do for the people of South Africa,” Fololo said. The singer with the beautiful voice
brought out a 14-track CD last year, titled Iphupha Lam (My Dream). He credits his grandparents for the courage to fulfil his dreams. On his publisist’s website he is described as “a wonderful, humble young man who loves his Maker as much as he does making Afro soul music”. His language and culture are equally important to him and Fololo said this would once more be reflected in his upcoming CD. – BABALWA NDLANYA
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Mugeyi joins university coaching staff REPORTER WILLIAM Mugeyi, a name synonymous with Eastern Cape soccer, has agreed to share his vast experience with the WSU coaching staff as technical adviser during this season’s Varsity Football challenge. The former Zimbabwean international and Bush Bucks left back’s tactical and technical expertise could prove significant as WSU aim to cause a few upsets on their way to a “fairy-tale” season – qualifying for the knockouts. “I trust that I can contribute to developing and strengthening the team in terms of the crucial as-
pects of the game that require brains rather than brawn. My part will be largely to impart the tactical and technical facets to the team’s game,” Mugeyi said. WSU head coach Alfred Kuchou welcomed the news, saying Mugeyi would help bolster the squad in terms of confidence and game awareness. He said the players would also feed off the professionalism and intensity he brought. “William’s addition further signifies for the players how serious a task we have ahead of us, and how important a tournament this is. We won’t be there to make up numbers – we will be competing,” Kuchou said.
WSU took on Mugeyi’s muchbeloved Bush Bucks in two friendly games on July 10 as part of the institution’s training camp. This is where he started laying the pieces of a foundation built on a footballing astuteness that will see the team dismantle any opposition. “It was the perfect time for me to assess the team with just a few days to go before they take to the field in their opener,” Mugeyi said. William Mugeyi, former Umtata Bush Bucks player, joins the Walter Sisulu University soccer team as the technical adviser. PHOTO:SUPPLIED
‘Siyaqhuba asimanga kwezemindlalo eMnquma’ - Ganjana ANELE RAZIYA KUNYAKA-Mali ka2015/2016 uMasipala waseMnquma eGcuwa uthi uzibophelele ukuba uzakwenza ngako konke okusemandleni ukukhuisa ezimidlalo ngokuthi wakhe amabala ezemidlalo akumngangatho ophezulu. Oku kwadizwa nguSodolophu walo Masipala uBhabha Ganjana xeshikweni esenza intetho yobume bomasipala kutsha nje kwiholo yoluntu eMsobomvu cebu kuhle nedolophu yaseGcuwa. Lo masipala uthi waphawula ukuba imidlalo inefuthe ekulweni ulwaphulo mthetho ekuhlaleni kwakunye nokulungisa izimilo zolutsha oluzimanya nezemidlalo ekuhlaleni. “Imidlalo isusa abantwana kwiizenzo zolwaphulo-mthetho ekuhlaleni kwaye loo nto yenze sacinga ukuba makhe senze amabala ngenjongo zokuba khuthaza ekubeni bathathe inxaxheba nangakumbi emidlalweni,” utshilo uGanjana kwintetho yakhe. UMasipala waseMnquma sele uqalisile ukuwokha lamabala mabini ezemidlalo azakuthi adlale ulutsha lwalomandla, elokuqala ibala
Butterworth All Stars enxibe ezibomvu xeshikweni idlala neGreen lovers kwibala laseMsobomvu. IFOTO: ANELE RAZIYA
lakhiwa kwindawo ekuthiwa kwaNomaheya eNqamakhwe kwawadi 17, elinye lona lenziwa eCerhu kwawadi 9. USodolophu uGanjana kwintetho yakhe uqhuba athi la mabala bawacwangcisele ukuba bawenze abekumgangatho ongentla kulawo ebefudula ekho kwezi ndawo zimbini. “Kula siwakhayo amabala azizubakho izigingqi nendawo ezithambekileyo kuba wona azakwenziwa ngooganda ganda bethu abatsha ukuqinisekisa ukuba abantwana bethu badlala kwindawo entle.” “Asimanga siyaqhuba nokuphuhlisa nangakumbi kuba ibala laseMsobomvu lezemidlalo nebelifudula kudlalwa kulo lingenazikhanyisi, kodwa ngoku linezibane zokukhanyisa xa kurhatyele,” uqhube watsho uGanjana. USodolophu wayibethelela into yokuba bazibophelele bengumasipala ukuphuhlisa ezemidlalo kwaye waqinisekisa ukuba bazak-
< UMasipala waseMnquma ufuna ukwakha amabala akumngang atho weli leYunisithi yaseWSU eGcuwa. IFOTO:ANELE RAZIYA
uqhubela besingatha neMoyars Cup eMnquma equka iindidi zemidlalo eyahlukeneyo. Ukwathi abahlali baseMnquma bavotela ukuba baxhamle inkonzo ezingcono nto leyo bengumasipala abayiphumezayo ngoku ngokuthunywa ngabo. UMasipala uthi la mabala mabini azakugqitywa kungekudala kulonyaka mali ka2015/ 2016 ukuze ulutsha lwaseMnquma lizokwazi ukuwasebenzi kwimidlalo eyahlukeneyo. Kula mabala kuzakudlalelwa kuwo umbhoxo, ibhola ekhatywayo kwakunye neminye imidlalo ekhoyo ekuhlaleni. Amaqela ezopolitiko aquka ACDP, PAC, DA, UDM kwakunye neCOPE kwibhunga likamasipala waseMnquma athi avakalisa uchulumanco malunga nalentetho kaSodolophu ingakumbi kulomcimbi wokuphuhliswa kwemindlalo yaseMnquma ngokuthi kokhiwe amabala akumgangatho ophezulu. Nakubeni lamaqela ezopolitiko aphikisayo ayechulumancile yilentetho yobume bomasipala, kodwa afaka nesicelo sokuba nakwezinye indawo ezikulomandla okhiwe lamabala ukwazi ulutsha lwalomandla lixhamle ngokufanayo kwezinkonzo zikarhulumente.
TV time for Walter Sisulu University soccer REPORTER WALTER Sisulu University are set to enjoy at least three televised matches during their debut season in the FNB Varsity Football challenge which kicked off this Monday. Official broadcasters Supersport are set to televise one of the season’s most anticipated derbies as WSU and NMMU clash at the Mthatha campus on Thursday August 27 in an all-Eastern Cape affair. The duel is preceded by anoth-
er home tie against the Vaal University of Technology to be aired on August 17. A trek down the south coast will see Supersport on hand to televise WSU’s match against the University of the Western Cape (UWC) at the UWC Sports Ground on Thursday August 6. “The excitement among the boys is palpable. The prospect of exhibiting their talents on live television is something quite exhilarating for the whole team,” head coach Alfred Kuchou said. A lunchtime kick-off in Butterworth on Friday July 10 against
Bush Bucks has proven critical in the WSU technical team’s task of “tying up loose ends” just days ahead of the opener. “In terms of fitness and conditioning, the boys are in superb shape. Their recent participation in a regional competition has testified to this,” Kuchou said. Centre-back and team captain Zwide Nxumalo (23), a final-year business management student, said the tournament could provide a lot of opportunities for the players. “The importance of this tournament is not lost on the boys. Its
potential to provide great exposure and an opportunity to catch the eyes of professional clubs is something we’re all cognisant of.” He said the team’s experience in playing in the SAB league, with a couple of players plying their trade in the Vodacom League, could prove their biggest source of match temperament. “We’ve played in important tournaments before, and we know what it takes to win. Make no mistake, we’re not going there to make up the numbers,” Nxumalo said.
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