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ARLY on Friday morning, the day Abathembu were to celebrate the coronation of Prince Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo as acting king, news broke of the death of Chief Daludumo Mtirara. Chief Daludumo was found dead after shooting himself the previous night in his Pretoria home. He was strongly opposed to Prince Azenathi taking over the reins as acting king. He was fully behind King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s younger brother Prince Mthandeni Mankunku Jongisizwe Dalindyebo’s bid to act as king while King Buyelekhaya serves his jail time. The news of his sudden death sent shockwaves through Abathembu but the royals went ahead with enrobing Prince Azenathi, King Buyelekhaya’s son. During the coronation, Abathembu observed a moment of silence for their “brother” even though he was strongly against the enrobing. Chief Zwelenqaba Mgudlwa said even though they disagreed over the enrobing of Prince Azenathi, Chief Daludumo was

still their brother. He said Abathembu would have to unite from that moment onwards and they would be paying their last respects to Chief Daludumo. “We heard this morning that Daludumo is no more and we met as Amadlomo and Abathembu at large for a moment of prayer. “We might have had disagreements, but we have the same blood as Amadlomo; we cry with the kids of Daludumo. “We are one home, his kids are ours and now we are elders we have to unite as Amadlomo, and when we go to the funeral it will be as if nothing ever happened between us,” said Chief Mgudlwa. He added it was their funeral and outsiders should stay out of it. In time they would be able to sort out their differences that led to the infighting. Chief Daludumo was a general in the South African National Defence Force and served as spokesman of the Ngangelizwe royal house. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa described Chief Daludumo as a young man who had the potential to contribute to efforts to create unity and stability in the Abathembu nation and the country as a whole.

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Commissioner hails outgoing Mthatha police boss EASTERN Cape police commissioner, Major General Liziwe Ntshinga, hailed the outgoing Mthatha cluster commander, Major General Sizakhele Dyantyi, for his efforts in fighting crime in Mthatha. Dantyi has been appointed as cluster commander of the SAPS in Queenstown. He served for one year as cluster commander in Mthatha. “We saw how he was fighting crime in Mthatha and keeping the town safe, and saw fit that we move

; Major General Sizakhele Dyantyi and Provincial Commissioner Major General Liziwe Ntshinga during a farewell held for Maj Gen Dyantyi last week. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

Man (50) wants to appeal his conviction and sentence for rape of girl (3) According to court evidence, Ntwalana, who hails from Payne Location, called the little girl over to him while she was out playing with a friend. He then locked her inside his house and raped her. A relative of the girl saw her crying and she told the relative what had happpened. Blood was also found on the girl’s private parts. The police were called and they arrested Ntwalana. Ntwalana’s lawyer, Ngwenduna Boya, confirmed they will lodge an appeal in the High Court against

Heavy sentence for Post Office robbers LAST week Wednesday the Mthatha High Court handed down tough sentences to two men who robbed the Clarkbury Post Office, near Ngcobo, in July 2014. Thulani Mtonga (30) and Nabo Mgogodlo (3s5) were respectively sentenced to 18 and 12 years’ imprisonment each for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

According to the court papers, Mtonga and Mgogodlo allegedly stormed into the Clarkbury Post Office and robbed the post office of approximately R35 000 before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The two were arrested in the same month following an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Unit of the Directorate For

BABALWA NDLANYA RESIDENTS of a squatter camp in Willowvale claim a sewage tank built in the vicinity of their shacks gives off a bad odour and poses a threat to their children.

him to Queenstown where we are facing similar challenges to those in Mthatha. A farewell was held for Major General Dyantyi at Mthatha airport last week. – BUNTU GOTYWA

A MAN (50) man has been found guilty of raping a girl, who was three years old at the time of the crime seven years ago. He wants to appeal against his conviction and sentence. Mthatha magistrate Nosisa Mfobo convicted Vuyisa Jimaro Ntwalana and sentenced him to 12 years’ imprisonment. Ntwalana wants to lodge an appeal in the Mthatha High Court. The case was initially struck off the roll as the victim was too young to give evidence in the trial.

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the conviction and sentence after their appeal was denied by the Regional Court. He says among the reasons for the appeal is that the doctor who did the medical examination of the girl after the incident, had passed away in the meantime and could not give evidence in court about his report. Instead, another doctor was called to explain the report. He also says that the evidence by the victim was not satisfactory. – BUNTU GOTYWA Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks). The Eastern Cape Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Nyameko Nogwanya, expressed his satisfaction over the sentencing. “Crime does not pay. We warn those who are planning to commit robberies during this festive season that we are ready for them. Easy come, easy go. You steal, we will get you,” said Nogwanya. – SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE

They say the problem was emphasised last week when a resident, Ongeziwe Mnguni (24) fell into the sewage in the tank and had to be rescued. Mnguni said she had seen children playing on top of the sewage tank, and decided to chase them away because she thought it was dangerous for them to do so. “Unfortunately I did not know that I was putting myself in danger. While I was placing my foot [on the tank] the hole opened and I fell inside of it. One of my neighbours, Philiswa Notonyela, called other neighbours to rescue me,” said Mnguni. She said she was rushed to a nearby clinic, where open wounds in her arm were stitched. Resident Nonyameko MdesheMbiko tells a different story. She said the Amathole District Municipality issued money to build a sewage tank in 2013, but community members chased away the people who were going to build it. “In 2013 we started building a mall here in Willowvale. We then built a sewage tank on our privately-owned property. The community members never had a problem about that,” said Mdeshe-Mbiko. “The problem started on Sunday last week, when we heard about a meeting where we were going to elect ward committees.”

Ongeziwe Mnguni showing wounds that she got when she fell in a sewage tank. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

Mdeshe-Mbiko said after she asked the people who were conducting the elections about problems they were experiencing, “these residents” stood up and complained she was disturbing the process of the election. “The election was aborted because there was chaos. I then gave a lift to some villagers and dropped them off at a nearby area. When I came back these residents blocked the road. Two of them went to the sewage tank and vandalised it, and they then threw rubbish in my car. I called police officers to rescue me,” said Mdeshe-Mbiko. “On the Monday they again went to the sewage tank, and burnt matresses on top of it. The woman slipped [into the tank] while they [residents] were singing and dancing on top of it. It is not true that she was chasing away children.”




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Initiation Bill to curb deaths welcomed BUNTU GOTYWA THE ANC’s chief whip in the Eastern Cape legislature, Mzoleli Mrara, says he is very hopeful that the new Eastern Cape Customary Male Initiation Practice Bill will curb the senseless deaths of initiates in the province. The Bill was passed by the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during last week’s house sitting. Mrara called on Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle to sign the bill into law as soon

as possible. The initiation season has already started in the Eastern Cape and after the high death rate in past seasons, there is a great fear that many lives will be lost during this season as well. The high death rate during both the June and December initiation seasons has forced the government to look at alternative ways to stop initiate deaths and injuries. The Bill will, among others, make 18 the minimum age for young boys to be able to go to initiation schools. It recognises initiation as a custom of tradi-

tional communities with initiation committees at the centre of it. Ingcibi and ikhankatha, who are known to the community and recommended by the relevant traditional leaders, will be registered. The Bill will also make a number of offences punishable by law, such as a school’s denial of access to initiation working committees, and the physical and mental abuse of initiates. Mrara said, however, that the community must realise that this piece of legislation cannot on its own address all the challenges. “If families and communities are vigilant

and take full responsibility for the passage to manhood of their children, no initiate should die or be injured. “The objectives of the Bill can only be achieved if each and every stakeholder and person in the community performs their role diligently,” said Mrara. Mrara added that this requires the involvement and participation of the initiates’ families, community members, ward councillors, traditional leaders, community leaders, municipalities and relevant government departments.

Focus on safety of women and children for 16 days BUNTU GOTYWA THE South African Police Service’s Community Police Forum and the National Prosecuting Authority spoke with one voice at their launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign in Mthatha. Speakers at the launch, which took place at the police service’s Mthatha Cluster, highlighted the importance of ensuring the safety of women and children, and urged communities to report crimes against them to the police. Eastern Cape Police Commissioner Major General Liziwe Ntshinga said there were many cases of children being abused by their closest relatives and elderly women suffering abuse at the hands of young people. “Children being sold by their parents because they want to satisfy their drink-

ing habits is also a major problem. So, the more we launch these campaigns, the more such cases will be reported,” said Ntshinga. People should report instances of rape to the police to enable them to make progress in the fight against the crime. Mthatha police spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena said communities should report rape to the police and not discuss the misdeed with tribal leaders. The Community Police Forum in Mthatha said they would give the police their full assistance and could provide valuable intelligence on the perpetrators of offences. National Prosecuting Authority Director in Mthatha, Advocate Sonwabo Madolo, said police and the authority needed to support each other in the war on abuse against women and children.

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Millions for Eastern Cape SMMEs SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), has disbursed a total of R92,3 million in loans to 260 Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in the 2015/16 financial year. Announcing the financier’s annual results in East London last week, ECDC chief executive Ndzondelelo Dlulane said the results, coupled with an unqualified audit opinion, are an indication of the ECDCs positioning as a trusted custodian of public funds as well as a provider of high impact and empowering loan instruments to the SMME sector. “The loan disbursements led to the facilitation of 1 875 jobs. A close look at these numbers shows that businesses involved in the construction sector received close to half of all loans. “The sector is robust indicating increased gov-

ernment spending in the roll-out of socioeconomic infrastructure projects, particularly in the former Transkei, which has significant backlogs. Following close behind construction was the services sector. “Almost R71 million, or 77%, went to SMMEs in the Alfred Nzo, OR Tambo, Chris Hani and Joe Qqabi districts and the Buffalo City Metro. Another major milestone is the growth in financing youth businesses. “Funding to youth-owned businesses grew by 119% and to women-owned businesses by 59%,” Dlulane said. An example is Fez Building Construction, a long-standing client of the corporation, who built three schools in Butterworth, Engcobo and Idutywa, as well as upgraded the Maluti College in the Matatiele municipal area. The value of projects totalled R83,8 million and the ECDC approved loans worth R20,8 million for these projects. These projects created 141

jobs with the wage bill totalling R2,7 million. Another ECDC client, MC Bavu JV TP Construction, was involved in two notable projects - the Mthatha Maxwele Municipal Clinic with adjoining staff accommodation, valued at R20,9 million, and the renovation of the magistrate’s office in KwaBhaca (Mount Frere). ECDC’s financing of the clinic project came to R3,1 million. Fifty jobs were created and R1,7 million in wages were paid. In addition, Zingwazi Contractors built a R22,7 million multi-purpose community hall in Bizana, which created 21 jobs. ECDC’s financing the project amounted to R4,9 million. The Jobs Stimulus Fund and Imvaba Co-operatives Fund disbursed a total of R13 million, while employing 710 people. Collections on loans totalled R136,3 million, which is up by 5%. Dlulane said an important area for ECDC is the wide-ranging business support it provides to the province’s SMME sector.

Ndzondelelo Dlulane. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Satellite police station on ice for Bityi BUNTU GOTYWA COMMUNITY members in Viedgesville had hoped to get their own satellite police station when Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu visited the village two weeks back. Instead, provincial police announced on the day, they would use the occasion to hold an imbizo in the village in Bityi near Mthatha during which the community could tell officers of its grievances against the police. Officers said the villagers would have to wait

longer for a satellite station, until a new plan for the village was drawn up. The villagers, who turned out in their numbers, then told the police of their problems with the police in the area, and that a satellite station was needed to ensure their safety. Local headman Chief Mfundo Bhovulengwe Mtirara said Bityi police were not trustworthy and were making life difficult for the community. He said some officers in the area told thugs which villagers had reported their criminal activities to the police.

He said not trusting the police made it difficult for the community to report cases. “I even know that police (are working with criminals),” said Mtirara. Mawethu Hololo said people were sick and tired of being victims of crime in Viedgesville. The local residents said they wanted police to continuously show a visible presence, as elderly people were often raped and attacked, and there were many incidences of housebreaking, stock theft and land invasion. The community was full of joy when told by the Deputy Minister that a mobile police sta-

tion would eventually be placed in their region, together with more police vehicles and resources. Sotyu told the gathering that officers, who did not carry out their duties, faced being axed from the service. She said officers staffing the mobile police station would target problematic areas in Bityi, which is made up of six administration areas. The community also echoed calls made in other rural areas in the Eastern Cape for taverns that operated illegally, and those that did not provide enough security, to be closed.

OR Tambo mourns charismatic leader SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE RESIDENTS of the OR Tambo region were in a state of shock after hearing of the untimely death of charismatic local leader Solomzi “Solly” Peters, 44. Ngangelizwe-born Peters’s body was found in a mortuary in East London, after he had gone missing on October 27 while visiting a friend there. He had been stabbed in the neck, accord-



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ing to relatives who identified his body. His family and friends have been receiving condolences from people in all parts of the province, and across the country. Solly, as Peters was affectionately known, worked closely with many prominent leaders in the region, including Mlibo Qoboshiyane, Thabo Mdukiswa, Babalwa Nkosiyane and the late Vuyo Keti. Former ANC Youth League regional leader Ndumiso Sapepa, who had a close association with Peters for many years, described him as a humble leader who appeared to be shy but was straightforward in his dealings with others. Peters and Sapepa met in 2004 and they worked together in the ANCYL and in King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality while Peters was a proportional representation (PR) councillor. “He was older than us in the youth league and we used to call him ‘godfather’

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with him, but he would never list you among his enemies.” Peters’s political outlook was forged during his time with the ANCYL. “This is a man who had never chased leadership positions, but who always appreciated being led even when he was required to lead. He appreciated the role of leading from behind, hence most of his peers respected him a lot.” Peters was the chairperson of the Umtata Youth Congress, a youth wing of the ANC during the days of the United Democratic Front. He served in the leadership structure of the Congress of South African Students in the Mthatha region, then in the ANCYL in the OR Tambo region. Peters’s funeral is expected to take place at his home in Gcaleka Street in Ngangelizwe, Mthatha this coming Saturday, December 3.

New app to fight initiates deaths in EC TEMBILE SGQOLANA THE Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) working together with the House of Traditional Leaders and the Chris Hani District Municipality, launched the summer initiation season at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sport Centre on Friday.

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because of his principles. He was very passionate about the African National Congress and his community,” said Sapepa. Phendule Mbewu, a branch executive committee member of the ANC’s Harry Gwala branch in Ntabankulu in the Alfred Nzo region, met Peters in about 2000 during preparations to combine the Lusikisiki, Mthatha and Wild Coast regions to form the OR Tambo region. He said Peters was of a rare breed of people among their generation. “He was a fearless and courageous man who never shied from arguing his point of view, irrespective of the number of those who were opposed to his view,” said Mbewu. “His commitment to the ANC and serving his community earned him respect from both young and old people. This was a man whose life was dominated by love for all human beings. You may have had differences

As part of their fight against initiate deaths, they partnered with City Press who are in partnership with Code for Africa in launching an online tool for parents and initiates. The app will help them to check whether the traditional surgeons they have chosen have been registered and trained by the Eastern Cape Department of Health. Speaking during the event, editor and deputy director of Code for Africa, Chris Roper, said City Press had gathered the data of all the registered traditional surgeons and nurse in all the districts of the province. “The tool can be used to report illegal traditional surgeons and initiation schools, as well as to report initiates experiencing difficulties. It also allows you to check a sur-

geon nearest to you and allows surgeons to register on the app,” he said. Roper said the app is a work in progress as it is a pilot project. “The tool will be expanded in future to include registered traditional surgeons in other provinces,” he said. City Press editor Mondli Makhanya said they did this project to protect the ritual and future leaders of the country. “This ritual is meant to celebrate the passage to manhood, but we end up losing our future leaders. As members of the commu-

City Press editor Mondli Makhanya and Queenstown Cluster commander Major General Sizakhele Dyantyi speaking during the launch. PHOTO:TEMBILE SGQOLANA

nity we need to make this end,” he said. Makhanya said this year would be the first time for this province to have a zero death rate of initiates. Cogta MEC, Fikile Xasa, said they, as government, were forced to intervene after the high number of initiate deaths. “This is a family thing and it is ruled by the chiefs. We as men need to make sure that there are no deaths this season,” he said. Xasa said the local initiation forums must be supported by all municipalities. “It is the duty of all government departments to assist in the fight against initiate deaths,” he said. Chairperson of the House of Traditional leaders, Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, told parents to be involved in choosing old traditional nurses for their initiates. “We have a serious problem when it comes to nurses. They should be responsible men who have wives and are in good standing in society. “They need to treat initiates as their own children and we should not allow young men to be traditional nurses because they have nothing good to teach initiates except to smoke dagga and drink alcohol,” he said.


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Religious leaders pray for end to taxi violence BUNTU GOTYWA EVEN though the parties directly involved in the ongoing taxi violence were not present, the men and women of the cloth decided to go ahead with prayers to end the violence. Members of the Ministers’ Fraternity in Mthatha converged at Freedom Square last week to pray for peace. The gathering resulted from continuous violence arising out of disputes between rival taxi associations, Uncedo Taxi Association and Border Alliance. Disputes between the associations have been taking place for years and wounds were reopened recently by a spate of taxiburnings.

Ministers Fraternity, a group of religious leaders in Mthatha meeting for a moment of prayer Freedom square in Mthatha last week. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

The Ministers’ Fraternity says it needs to meet with taxi bosses to find a lasting solution to the violence. They say the prayers were held at short notice and at the time, taxi bosses were unable to attend as they were holding a meeting with the Minister of Transport to discuss the fighting. Deputy Chairperson of the Minister’s Fraternity, Siyabonga Tshali, said because the lives of innocent civilians were in great danger they needed to play a role in efforts to find peace. “We are aware there is only so much of a role we can play in ending the violence, but we can ask for strength from God to help us in this tough situation,” Tshali said. “We would have loved to have the taxi bosses listen to us and hear our cries amid this violence, so they can find a way to end it. “We are not happy; we lose people through this violence and these people are our sisters and brothers. Each and every community member is somehow placed at risk. “That is why all of us have to play a role. While they [taxi bosses] continue with their peace talks, we should be doing something too.” Speaking on behalf of the mayor of King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, councillor Lindelwa Ntlonze said the violence had a negative impact on the municipality’s economy. It resulted in taxi commuters finding it difficult to enter Mthatha and even private motorists were scared of driving into the town, which was at the centre of the most recent taxi violence.


The Women With Vision who will be holding a huge flea market this Saturday to raise funds for charity. PHOTO:AYESHA VAN STAADEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Big flea market this Saturday in Mthatha SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Women With Vision will be holding a big flea market at the Mthatha Country Club this Sunday from 10am. The funds generated from this event will be donated to charitable causes in Mthatha – in particular the Luxolweni Old Age Home. The Women With Vision charity organisation has, this year, completed the building of a preschool in Polar Park, Mthatha West. These pupils formerly received schooling in zinc structures. According to the founder of the initiative, Rashida Mukadam,, they wanted to embark on other projects to change the lives of Mthatha people for the better after the com-

pletion of the school. She said that in addition to helping the needy, the flea market was also a good opportunity to bring members of the business community together in a fun, family environment – especially as the festive season is around the corner. She said there would also be bingo games with many great prizes up for grabs. “It’s going to be an entertaining event with fun for all who attends. “Women With Vision are urging all the people of Mthatha to come and support the event,” she said. Rashida expressed her gratitude to their sponsors, which include Panarottis, FitRite, Nexus Hire and Savoy Spar, for their generosity to make this event a reality.



December 1, 2016 Mthatha Express

Prince Azenathi enrobed to acting king BUNTU GOTYWA ABATHEMBU pulled no punches during the coronation of jailed King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s son, Prince Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo. Prince Azenathi was enrobed as acting king of Abathembu during a ceremony at Bumbane Great Place. He will lead the nation until his father’s release from prison. Members of the Eastern Cape government, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa and the House of Traditional Leaders did not attend the ceremony. The faction that supported King Buyelekhaya’s younger brother, Prince Mthandeni Mankunku Jongisizwe Dalindyebo’s bid to be made acting king was also not at the enrobing. Chief Zwelodumo Mtirara, who supported Prince Azenathi in his quest to be acting king, said Abathembu were not worried about the no-show by government and traditional leaders. He assured guests at Bumbane that no other coronation would take place, referring to the acting kingship squabble between Prince Azenathi and his uncle, Prince Mthandeni. Chief Zwelenqaba Mgudlwa lashed out at

premier Phumulo Masualle for not gracing the occasion. He said he was hurt at having to make the closing speech at the ceremony, a duty that should have been carried out by the premier. Abathembu chairperson Vusi Mvelase said the battle over who should be acting king had been put to an end, and Prince Azenathi would carry out his duties until the return of his father. He said the court bid by Prince Mthandeni’s faction to prevent the coronation had embarrassed Abathembu as they should not have to go to the courts to sort out their family affairs. He said no commission would decide for Abathembu who should lead them. The Tolo commission had recommended Prince Mthandeni for the role of acting king, and was backed by the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen. Prince Azenathi’s supporters were, however, having none of it, and went ahead with the enrobing of King Buyelekhaya’s eldest son. Earlier last week Prince Mankunku withdrew his urgent court application to stop his nephew’s coronation.

Prince Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo was dressed in a leopard skin as he takes the role of acting king. PHOTO:BUNTU GOTYWA

Youths launch initiative to assist matriculants BABALWA NDLANYA A GROUP of youth from Upper Lotana Locality in Tsolo has formed an organisation to raise funds to help matriculants from poor families to register for the next academic year at tertiary institutions, and to pay for the first year or semester of their studies. Chairperson of the Vuyakama Develop-

ment Initiative Siyavuya Lamani said the organisation was launched in September and so far a list of 66 matriculants, who required financial support to study further, had been compiled. However, the organisation was battling to raise funds to continue with their initiative to empower young people through advanced learning.

“We don’t want to see youths sitting at home due to a lack of funds,” said Lamani. “We know that in our communities lots of people depend on social grants, and this leads to a large number of youths who have passed Grade 12 sitting at home afterwards.” Lamani said the members of Vuyakama did not want to help learners from Tsolo only, but planned to expand their help to other areas

where lots of learners were facing the same challenge. “When we are looking for students who need assistance, we ask ward councillors to speak with ward committees, who help us by making announcements on our behalf. Then we choose the poorest of the poor.” He said people who wanted to contact him could call him at 083 885 1909.

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SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE son of jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, Prince Azenathi (24) recently got married to his long-time sweetheart, Princess of AmaQqathi Ongezwa Zwedala (19) from Ngcobo. The august occasion took place at Bumbane Great Place near Mthatha and the event was graced by the presence of traditional leaders of AbaThembu who lead the faction nominating Azenathi as an acting king while his father is in jail. Azenathi’s coronation took place this past weekend. The marriage was seen as a way for the prince, who was recently appointed as acting king by a faction of the AmaDlomo family, to set his plans of ascending to the throne. For a leader to be fully recognised in the tradition-

al African setting, he must have a wife. Meanwhile, no member of the opposition group, who wants Prince Mankunku Dalindyebo, the younger brother of Buyelekhaya, to act as king, attended the event. The marriage ceremony was started with the traditional rituals of welcoming the new makoti of AbaThembu in the presence of elders and it was followed by the Christian way of conducting marriage. Two cattle and 15 sheep were slaughtered during the wedding, while ululation, dance and traditional music took the centre stage. Speaking on behalf of the family, Inkosi Dumisani Zwelenqaba Mgudlwa said this was a wife of the whole AbaThembu nation, and no one could dispute that all the preparations in contribution to the Prince’s ilobola were from AbaThembu people.

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He expressed his gratitude to the AbaThembu nation for their contribution in this process, stating that after the coronation of Azenathi as acting king, they would call on the nation to express its appreciation of its role. “Now Azenathi can lead the nation because he has a wife who will guide him, and say ‘no’ where there would be a need,� said Mgudlwa. He stressed that they welcomed the new wife, and this would unite these two families, Zwedalas and Thembus. He revealed that Azenathi’s mother went to the king in jail asking for authorisation for their son to marry and the king agreed. But he instructed her to ask Inkosi yaMamaBhala Chief Mwelo Zanemvulo Nonkonyana to grace the event. “So we appreciate that His Majesty agreed that his only son could get married in order to lead the nation,� said Mgudlwa. And as per the king’s request, Chief Nonkonyana was present at the event wearing his Bhala’s traditional gear.

Princess Azenathi Dalindyebo and his sweetheart Princes Ongezwa Zwedala. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE

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Young radio presenter nominated BABALWA NDLANYA TALENTED young Umhlobo Wenene FM radio presenter, Zintle “Babe Zee” Mbusi from Nyandeni Great Place in Libode, is asking for listeners of this radio station to vote for her as she is nominated as the Best Media Personality in the Mthatha Awards. “I am very happy about being nominated. I did not know that there are people out there who are taking note of my work. But at the same time I am also nervous and I am crossing my fingers that I will win these awards,” said Mbusi. Mbusi presents three shows on Umhlobo Wenene FM during weekends. These are Zintle Zolishumi on Saturdays between 1pm and 2pm. Her second show, Jiver Mzantsi, is broadcast between 10pm and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. On Saturdays she also hosts the Abahlali abangalali show between 1am and 5am.

Zintle “Babe Zee” Mbusi has been nominated in the Best Media Personality category of the Mthatha Awards. PHOTO:SUPPLIED.

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SA Express hosts aviation career exhibition for Children’s Day REPORTER

A GROUP of South African Express executives and guests joined the airline’s historic inaugural commercial flight from Johannesburg to Mthatha on Saturday, November 19. There, they were joined by a group of 100 Mthatha high school students who were invited by SA Express to attend an aviation career exhibition at Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape in honour of World Children’s Day. The career exhibition was aimed at encour-

aging high school students to choose maths and science subjects and to pursue careers in the fields associated with these subjects. The learners met and interacted with pilots, cabin crew and technicians. “SA Express is pleased to commemorate this flight with World Children’s Day, an event with the theme: Stop Violence Against Children. To help make this trip extra special, SA Express also invited various successful people to join in helping to encourage the learners to follow their dreams and to seek out opportunities that would lead to success,” said SA Ex-

SA Express had an aviation career exhibition on November 19.


press CEO, Inati Ntshanga. The primary aim of SA Express’ Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme is to address development issues of South Africa. One of the primary thrusts is the support for education programmes, including the provision of resources and materials at primary, secondary and tertiary education level as well as bursaries and scholarships. Mbali Zibi, Communications Specialist at SA Express, said the main objective of its CSI was to implement measurable, sustainable and impactful initiatives that support SA Ex-

The exhibition was held in honour of World Children’s Day on November 19.

The exhibition encouraged Mthatha high school learners to choose maths and science as subjects and careers.

100 Mthatha high school learners were invited to attend the career exhibition.

press’ strategic objectives. These include objectives aligned to the Department of Public Enterprise Transformation Framework and Guidelines, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Code of Good Practice, the needs of its key stakeholders such as communities, government, NGO’s and SA Express staff members, as well as the core business of SA Express. “I wish to emphasise the importance of nurturing our young learners to equip them to assume the role of future leaders of the South African aviation industry,” concluded Ntshanga.

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Young soccers stars show their mettle at Build It Under 13 zonal tournament SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE SOCCER players and enthusiasts converged at the Mthatha Stadium on November 20 for the very succesful staging of the Build It under 13 zonal tournament. The rising stars from 12 teams participated in the tournament and showed great football skills which bodes well for the future of this sport in the province. The tournament involved teams from

towns where there are Build It stores in the OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Mzimkhulu (KZN) regions. The teams represented their towns. The boys from KwaBhaca, formerly known as Mt Frere, won the tournament. The project manager of the tournament, Monwabisi Jaza, said he was extremely satisfied about the growth of the tournament. He said the tournament was evidence of Build It’s investment in local communites and their commitment to unearth young

The Player of the Tournament, Ayanda Fikela, received a trophy from SAFA’s Regional Deputy President, Sandile Nowalaza. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE

MTHATHA’s exciting junior featherweight pugilist Luthando Mbumbulwana will top the bill of a seven-bout development boxing tournament when he takes on his East London nemesis Unathi Gqokoma over eight rounds at Needs Camp in East London this Saturday, December 3. Organised by Pondo Magongo Sports Productions in conjunction with Buffalo City Metro Municipality, the tournament is aimed at showing off the rising stars of Eastern Cape professional boxing, especially those from rural areas and the urban periphery, according to matchmaker Luyanda “Ta Lee” Kana. There will be no love lost between Mbumbulwana and Gqokoma in their return grudge fight. The latter, with 20 wins including six knockouts, eight losses and two stalemates from 30 fights, won their first encounter in August 2015. Gqokoma was then stopped by South African junior featherweight kingpin Bongani Mahlangu of Gauteng in a fight for the vacant IBF International Superbantamweight title in his last encounter.

they would like to invite PSL scouts to come and see for themselves the quality of the players in these rural towns. South Africa Football Association’s regional Deputy President, Sandile Nowalaza, welcomed this initiative and said it opens the gates for young players, particularly those in small towns. He was very impressed with the performance of the KwaBhaca team. “These boys are sure to go places because of their unique style of football,” said Nowalaza.

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talent from small towns – especially in the deep rural areas. He said they are looking forward to one day produce a professional player from this tournament. The Player of the Tournament, Ayanda Fikela, will be given the opportunity to participate in trials for the AmaZulu Football Club or Supersport United. Jaza said they are hoping that within the next few years the tournament will reach provincial and even national level and that

Mbumbulwana, meanwhile, with nine wins including seven knockouts, and four losses from 13 fights had the better of Simphiwe Mayeza, whom he knocked out in Mthatha in September in his last outing. In the main flyweight bout over six rounds, Lubabalo Faku (Bhisho) will square up against Masixole Nkonki of KwaLanga, while in the main preliminary bout in the junior welterweight division over six rounds, Luthando Mkwini (Libode) will take on Mzukisi Ben of Duncan Village in East London. Fireworks can be expected in the bout between Sivenathi Nolawu of Needs Camp and Thamsanqa “Jukebox” Mgwebi of Mdantsane in the junior welterweight division. In the other bouts, all over four rounds, flyweights Thandolwethu Mxoli of Needs Camp and Nkosikhona Speelmandla of East London will lock horns, Masixole Nkonki of Mdantsane will face Asiphile Xhipholwana from Duncan Village, and in the opening featherweight bout Hlanga Khanzi of Butterworth will square up against Abongile Bushula of Mdantsane. The first bout starts at 2pm and admission is R50.



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