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Lukholo Yaso from Tsolo is this year’s Front Page Christmas Baby. Read more about him and his family’s plans for his first Christmas on page 10. In the photos on the left, Lukholo is with his mother, Bongeka, and his brother, Eze. PHOTOS: AYESHA VAN STAADEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Lukholo’s photos were taken by Ayesha van Staaden Photography. Contact her on 082 519 5384, info@ayeshavanstaaden.com or visit www.ayeshavanstaaden.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

legally were a major factor behind the increasing prevalence of crime. She said Operation Asiqhelwa (“We don’t take any nonsense”), a campaign to shut down illegal taverns, would be extended to the area soon, and warned taverners to stop selling alcohol to people under the age of 18. “We will make sure that we close all the taverns that are illegal, those that do not comply with the law,” Tikana said. She also told community members that those among them who bought stolen goods from thieves were promoting crime.

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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 nongovernmental 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

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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.

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.

Mnquma roadshow and public engagement BUNTU GOTYWA MNQUMA Municipality held an engagement session with residents of Ward 1, Centane, to account for service delivery projects of the 2015/16 financial year. The municipality admitted to having a shortfall during the financial year, but

managed to reach a higher number of its targets. Those targets include housing, electrification, refuse collection and support of local Small Medium Micro Enterprises and youth programmes. Speaking on behalf of the mayor, Councillor Tunyiswa Manxila said their achieved targets are part of their commitment to the

ideals of Batho Pele (people first). She said a stretch of 93,6km access road between Ward 2 and 31 was part of their target and was completed on time benefiting several villages. She said there were six more roads that were still under construction while others go through patching and regravelling. Mnquma Municipality also says over 100

homes were electrified in the last financial year while more than 6 000 were benefiting from free electricity. Most residents were full of praise for the efforts by the municipality while also raising concerns about the incomplete projects. Some residents also raised their concerns about refuse collection and street lights in the Centane CBD.


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State-of-the-art medical faculty opened

SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE first phase of Walter Sisulu University’s state-of-the-art, R85 million Health Sciences Faculty in Mthatha was officially opened last Friday. WSU’s new faculty forms part of its medical school at the Mthatha Hospital Complex in Sisson Street in the suburb of Fort Gale. Construction of the faculty is done in three stages and is funded by the Department of Higher Education’s Infrastructure and Efficiency Fund and the Clinical Fund. The project is aimed at improving and increasing the university’s medical research and academic output, and producing graduates who will enhance health care in rural areas. The new campus will house 2000 medical students. Premier Pumulo Masualle was expected to open the first part of the project officially, but instead sent the MEC of the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane. In his address, Qoboshiyane expressed gratitude to the Department of Higher Educa-

tion 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.

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Walter Sisulu University’s Vice-Chancellor, Rob Midgley, said it had been a long walk to transform the WSU campus in Mthatha. 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 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 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.

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SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, has appealed to school principals in the province to implement, and adhere to Post Provisioning Norms – the policy regarding the number of teaching posts allocated to their schools. Makupula made the appeal while addressing a contact session between the department, school principals and school governing bodies (SGBs) at the Walter Sisulu University Hall in Mthatha last week. He said there was a need for cooperation between the department, principals, teachers, SGBs and parents, because the main task at hand was to teach children. Makupula agreed that the province had tradi-

tionally had challenges with the running of the Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) policy due to PPN provincial determinations which fell outside of policy. “The impact of deviating and misinterpretation of the PPN policy . . . resulted in misallocations which benefited fee-paying schools,” said Makupula. He said a process towards correcting challenges was undertaken to determine the 2016/17 PPN, where the PPN policy was implemented strictly according to national standards. Makupula stressed that principals needed to explain the role of the department in the matter to parents to avoid conflict. He said principals should be leaders in their schools, but not bosses. “They must maintain human relations and avoid supervision that may create tension between [them] and teachers.”

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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-

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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.

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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.

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Vote now for Miss South Retired health care staff’s Africa 2017 finalists 80th birthdays celebrated

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FOR the first time in history, the winner of the Miss South Africa competition will be determined by the community via a public voting system. License owners Sun International, in collaboration with Cell C, invite members of the public to vote for their favourite Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalist and propel her into the Top 12. The competition’s 26 semi-finalists include only one young lady from the Eastern Cape, namely Zozibini Tunzi, a 23-year-old part-time model from East London, and she needs the community’s help to claim her spot on the Top 12.

BABALWA NDLANYA THE Retired Health Care Personnel Organization (RHCPO) in Mthatha held birthday celebrations at Eluxolweni Child Care Centre in Mthatha last week for its six members who turned 80 years old. RHCPO also runs a project at Meadern Farm in Mthatha for Home Based Care Givers who do door-to-door visits in the area to check on the health of citizens. Those citizens who need to go to the clinic are treated at the Civic Centre Clinic. The members who celebrated their 80th birthdays were Nomsa Lugongolo, Therezia Sothobe, Maud Bakubaku and Cecilia Notyalwa.

Two of the retirees could unfortunately not attend due to health issues. One of the retirees, Christina Bolofo, said it is important that the retirees meet so that they could share their problems and pain. The Member of the Mayoral Committee For Planning Research and Intergovernmental Relations, Zoliswa Madyibhi, said RHCPO’s programme falls under the Special Programs Unit (SPU) of the King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality. Dr Laura Mphahlwa (who is also a retiree) encouraged the RHCPO members to ensure that they exercise regularly in order to keep their bodies healthy. “If your relative is in hospital you must go and check in on him or her because you were also a nurse.

Among the retirees at the birthday celebrations were Christina Bolofo and Dr Laura Mphahlwa. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

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Eastern Cape resident, Zozibini Tunzi, is one of the 26 Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalists.

Tunzi’s first beauty competition was a pageant held in her local church which helped her grow in confidence and she has always been inspired by former Miss South Africa and businesswoman, Basetsana Kumalo. She said that growing up she wasn’t very athletic and was always reading. She is also an unashamed daddy’s girl and a real foodie who loves eating out with her older sister. After the Top 12 is revealed, the public will then be able to vote for the girl they believe should wear the Miss South Africa crown. The second round of public voting is scheduled to open in February 2017 when the Top 12 Miss SA 2017 finalists are announced. The public’s SMS votes will have a 25 percent weighting of the overall voting towards the winner, while 75 percent rests with the official judges. Voting is done via SMS. The public can SMS the number of their favourite Top 26 semi-finalist to the short code number 45791. Tunzi’s lucky number is 26. Each SMS will cost R1.50. Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund. Up for grabs are double tickets to attend the live Miss South Africa pageant at Sun City for 10 lucky voters. The finalists of 2017 will each receive a R25 000 cash prize. All the finalists are also able to take part in the 12-month Cell C internship programme should they choose to avail themselves of the opportunity once the Miss South Africa 2017 competition is over. Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1 million in cash from Sun International and Cell C, as well as a bouquet of prizes that includes a car, an international holiday and other prizes in excess of R2 million. Miss South Africa 2017 takes place at the Sun City Superbowl on March 26. For more information visit the Miss South Africa website www.misssa.co.za. – REPORTER

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

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

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

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

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

EC actor brings theatre production to the people SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE Eastern Cape actor who played Jongikhaya in the hit television drama series Tsha Tsha is bringing his new play to Port St Johns to inspire locals to follow their dreams. Lulama Masimini will be performing Waiting for Thandiswa at the Amapondo Backpacker Lodge from Friday, December 16 to December 19 from 5pm to 6pm. Such a theatre production has never been

held in the quaint town of Port St Johns before, and Masimini’s free-spirited approach to his craft is going to bring smiles to a lot of faces. In an exclusive interview with the Express, Ginsberg-born Masimini said it was important to unearth talent in rural areas, and show young people there that they could fulfil their dreams and become famous. He said he wanted to engage with a lot of young people in rural towns before he took his play to major centres in South Africa.

“I want to bring happiness and joy to Port St Johns,� said Masimini. “My play Waiting for Thandiswa is full of entertainment and education. My stay there will empower the youth, and make them know their identity, because the play [has elements of] a rural background.� Masimini has had roles in numerous TV series, including playing Dr Mpilo Lamani in the popular Intsika, set in a village in the Eastern Cape. Amapondo Backpackers owner, Neil Clayton, said the idea was to bring some-

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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

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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 27year-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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Local celebrities share their plans for festive season SIMBONGILE MDLEDLE THE gospel sensation Bethusile Mcinga said: “I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas filled with love and happiness, and everyone must try to be safe on the roads and stop drinking and driving.” Bethusile’s plans for Christmas are to spend Christmas day with his family back in his village where he grew up in Willowvale. He is going to spend time with his grandmother and her friends. “After Christmas day with my granny and my family I will be travelling throughout the country entertaining and ministering through my music, because I’m fully booked.”

Bethusile Mcinga.

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

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 lokuqhek-

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I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS 2017! Dear O.R Tambo District Municipality inhabitants and visitors We are at the end of another year and it is the Season to be merry again. Welcome to all our holiday visitors - O.R Tambo DM has been busy to get ready for your arrival and we have an array of attractions to offer, including many of our beaches, to enjoy the summer weather. This is a busy time in our district and you will not be short of options for things to do - visit our local Tourism office for more information on events, attractions and everything to be enjoyed in the district! Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” The Festive Season is a time of giving and this year I want you to make a life, rather than a living. Let us try and spread the cheer by giving, whatever we can afford or have, to someone that we know is in need. We can all make a difference in someone’s life in our own way - if each of us contributes. To all our inhabitants on holiday, please enjoy your time off. Play responsibly though, we want you to have a safe and happy holiday! To all the various stakeholders, thank you once again for keeping us on our toes. Your devotion to the business of government continues to guide us as we pursue the mandate you gave us almost five year. As we go on recess, we appreciate the work that will be done by the essential and emergency services during this festive season; we wish them well. It is also very important that at this time we note the 16 Days of Activism against Children and Women Abuse and this therefore warrants all men to be in the forefront of this struggle so as to send a message across to all men to treat children and women with the dignity they deserve. If you will be travelling by any chance, obey the rules of the road, mainly the following: Do not drink and drive; have enough rest before taking the wheel; respect other road-users and make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. Cllr Nomakhosazana Meth Executive Mayor: O.R. Tambo District Municipality X1T4RW1D-TE151216


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