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Spaza shop robbery, shooting
Curious onlookers gather at a crime scene at the foreign owned Bafana Cash Store in Mkhungela Street, Asanda Village, on Tuesday morning. The spaza shop was the scene of a suspected armed robbery and shooting which claimed the life of one person and injured another. Read the article on page 4. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI
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Teachers of Nomzamo High School celebrated the 34th birthday of Masivuye Myataza (standing in front) on Thursday 6 June. In the centre row (from left) are Xolelwa Lindani, Ziyanda Gcinilizwe, Joyce Mgada, Yolanda Lindiso and Nokwazi Jobela; (back) Chris Mgubanto (principal), Thabang Mthyobile and Andiswa Ncinithwa. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI
Have atrocities become the norm?
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It is so sickening to think how easily one can be killed in our kasis these days. One can easily pull the trigger, and then just carry on with life as if nothing happened. What has happened to our humanity – yes, our ubuntu as individuals living in community, united in our positive values? This is a quality South Africans are known for, what makes us special, something we take pride in. But where has it gone? What has happened to us? Going forward, are we going to continue to live and breathe crime every day? Allowing crime to take hold through apathy and indifference, without taking any responsibility for addressing it, is sickening, isn’t it? Our province had ten stations in the top 30 for the number of murder cases they are dealing with, according to the latest crime statistics. This is definitely alarming if one looks at things that are occurring in our kasis on a daily basis. A sad state of affairs, indeed. This week alone I attended two death-related incidents, and I must admit they hit one hard! For, in the end we are only human. Although it is my job to cover these atrocities as a journalist, they are really
Mzwanele Mkalipi becoming tiresome. Yet one soldiers on. What else can one do, especially when the reality is the way it is? For now, we just close our eyes, let the situation pass, and move on. But, unfortunately, we cannot! One thing I know for sure is that there’s a need for a drastic change in the way we do things. When one commits a crime and gets caught, as the guilty party one must feel the consequences of one’s actions. So many times we hear of people being arrested, and the very next day they are
walking the same streets they committed their crimes in – scot free! The criminal justice system needs to have stricter measures in place that ensure criminals truly pay for their actions, and which act as a deterrent against such acts being committed ever again. Anyway, the two incidents I attended this week were bitter pills. In one of them I saw young children simply standing and staring at a dead man – likely victim of a hit-and-run – lying on the rubbish-strewn roadside. What must go through their impressionable young minds when they see such things, one wonders. Also, I wonder how they will grow up? Is this their normality? Is tomorrow just another day for them, to live and survive once someone else’s blood has been cleared from the street? Back in the day, children weren’t even allowed outside when a funeral was taking place. Now young children look on intently, equally transfixed as their parents standing beside them, at blood-soaked death scenes. To me this is really sad. We must really examine ourselves in the mirror and consider whether we are, in fact, complicit in what we see around us. Mna, I am tired even before this week is up. Phew!
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A mortuary van at the scene where a Somali national was shot and killed by robbers.
Somali shopkeeper dies in robbery MZWANELE MKALIPI
esidents of Mkhungela Street woke to the sound of gunshots in the area. Two Somali nationals, a shopkeeper and his assistant, were attacked and shot by robbers on Tuesday morning. The 37-year-old shopkeeper was fatally wounded in the neck, and was declared dead at the scene, and his assistant was shot in the arm and is recovering in hospital. According to Ahmed Moosa, another Somali who was at the scene, two men arrived at the Bafana Cash Store in Asanda Village around 07:00. Aside from shooting their victims, they robbed the store of cash and cigarettes. “They took money, cigarettes and shot the owner inside his shop,” Moosa told City Vision. “One was wounded in the shoulder and was rushed to hospital.” Soon after the incident occurred a group of Somali nationals were on the scene to see what they could do to help. A crowd had gathered when City Vision arrived at the scene just before 09:00. Blood was on the ground and the dead Somali national still lay in his shop covered
by a blanket. A neighbour said the shopkeeper, known as Madala, had been in the area for three years. “Both these Somali men were very nice people,” she said. “It is very sad to see what has happened here this morning. “One of them lay crying on the ground before the ambulance took him away. The other was alive for a while, as we could still see him moving, but he died soon afterwards.” Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama confirmed the incident. He said charges of murder, attempted murder and business robbery have been opened. “At this stage, we can’t confirm how many suspects entered the shop, or the model of the car they were driving,” Gama said. He added that police were requesting the help of anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the killers to contact Lwandle detective Sergeant Bongekile Ntsontso, who is eager for justice to be served at the earliest opportunity. He can be reached on 082 522 3361 or 021 845 2060.
Somali nationals on the scene where the 37-year-old Somali shopkeeper was fatally shot by robbers on Tuesday morning 11 June. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI
Body of man killed in ‘hit-andrun’ found in Broadlands Road MZWANELE MKALIPI The body of a man suspected to have died in a hit-and-run accident was found lying in a pile of rubbish along Broadlands Road on Monday 10 June. Believed to be a 53-year-old resident of Chris Nissen Park, he was found with multiple injuries to his body. When City Vision arrived at the scene, curious onlookers stood almost transfixed by the tragic spectacle in front of them. Lwandle police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama said the man’s death was being investigated and an inquest docket had been registered. “Lwandle police have opened a culpable
homicide docket following the discovery of the body of a man in Broadlands Road about 08:40,” he said. “Police were called to the scene and found the man lying on his back with gruesome injuries to his body. “He is believed to have been hit by a vehicle and the driver fled from the scene, leaving the man’s body on the side of the road.” The incident occurred just behind Desert informal settlement, where the body of newborn was found dumped in a canal a few weeks ago (“Newborn’s body found in canal”, City Vision, 16 May). Police have requested anyone with information or who witnessed the accident, to contact Lwandle detective Sergeant Siphiwo Ntetha on 021 845 2060
Curious onlookers, including children, stare at the body of a man along Broadlands Road near Chris Nissen Park on Monday 10 June. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI
When Thulani Tayela (31) was arrested, residents of different areas went to Lwandle Police Station to demand his release. PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI
‘Petrol bomber’ gets bail MZWANELE MKALIPI The Strand Magistrates’ Court was packed when a 31-year-old man, accused of public violence, appeared on Friday 7 June. According to a police report, Thulani Tayela was found with petrol bombs in his possession when he was arrested, days before the torching of the Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo. Tayela – through his counsel, Advocate Daniel Zantsi – admitted to having another case pending, which he will also attend. The father of two, in an affidavit read out in court, said he had no knowledge of the bombs that were claimed to be in his possession, and he denied he had been carrying any. He has been in custody since his arrest on 29 May, and said he has lost his job as a result. On the day of Tayela’s arrest residents made their way to Lwandle Police Station,
where he was being held, to demand his release. Zantsi told the court his client will plead not guilty to the charge, and asked that he be granted R500 bail. The prosecution did not oppose bail, but suggested his bail be R1 000, which Magistrate Karen Scheepers agreed to, accompanied by stringent rules when released. “I order that you refrain from participating in any gathering, whether it be legal or illegal,” she said. “If you fail to adhere to this ruling your warrant of arrest will be issued.” The case was postponed to 23 July. In another case, 52 residents arrested for public violence earlier this year saw their case postponed to 8 July in the same court. They are alleged to be part of a group that looted shops in what was a fight over occupied land that got out of control in Nomzamo, Lwandle and other Helderberg areas.
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Local landfill site is top class YASEEN GAFFAR
he Gordon’s Bay landfill site is rated the third best in the country according to AfriForum, which audited 127 landfill sites in all nine provinces this year as part of its national project to measure the standard of landfill sites in South Africa. AfriForum handed over a certificate of acknowledgement to the Gordon’s Bay site foreman, Endrina Johnson, and also handed out pizza to the employees. Only four out of nine landfill sites that were audited in the Western Cape have adhered to national standards in terms of applicable legislation and regulations, AfriForum said in a statement, with the Gordon’s Bay site ranking third best. The other two are Kraaifontein Waste Management Facility and Highlands in Malmesbury. AfriForum district coordinator for the Boland, Deon de Jager, explained that the audit consisted of a list of 33 questions that measure the minimum requirements for landfill sites in South Africa and includes factors such as access control, fires, medical waste, fencing and rehabilitation. A landfill site must obtain at least 80% to comply with legislation. “Most landfill sites are in a shameful
Employees of the Gordon’s Bay Waste Drop-off facility are flanked by members of AfriForum who congratulated them on being rated the third best site in the country according to an audit. PHOTO: YASEEN GAFFAR
state that can mainly be attributed to mismanagement and in some towns the unhygienic conditions of landfill sites affect the
health of residents of nearby neighbourhoods,” he said, adding that all citizens are entitled to a clean environment.
“This site in Gordon’s Bay impressed us due to their operational efficiency, signage, tariffs, ease of access and management.” Area manager for the facility, Chris Zandberg, attributed the high level of efficiency at the drop-off site to the strong management displayed by Johnson. “She is an excellent manager who takes initiative and motivates her staff to achieve waste minimisation,” he said, adding that the facility boasts sorting bins divided into rubbish, building rubble, recycling material and green waste. Items that can be salvaged are also recycled or handed out, and even in some instances sold by the contractor. According to an AfriForum statement, their branches will apply pressure on authorities in various areas countrywide to establish waste monitoring committees to improve the waste management process. These committees will consist of municipalities and interested parties wanting to improve waste management in a particular town. The audit report will also be handed over to the Green Scorpions for further investigation and action against guilty municipalities. AfriForum will continuously monitor the process to ensure that landfill sites are brought up to standard.
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Bridging the technology gap MZWANELE MKALIPI
ngineering company StoneThree Venture Technologies has donated eight laptops to teachers from Nomzamo High School who are currently part of in a learnership programme. The laptops were handed to them at the school by Louis Marais, StoneThree CEO, on Thursday 6 June. He pointed out that nowadays it is essential that tools such as laptops are easily accessible to teachers and learners. Marais said the school was easily identifiable when passing by on the N2 and laptops are far more in number than people on this stretch of the road. He added that his company was “trying its best” to make these electronic marvels as accessible as possible. Nomzamo High principal Chris Mgubanto assured Marais the eight teachers who benefited from this donation would make the most of it. “We know they will not just impact positively on their lives, but will benefit the school generally. As a school we are happy and excited about this initiative,” Mgubanto said. The teachers’ learnership is expected to last from Monday 10 June until April next year. A teacher at the school, Zuko Figlan, head of the social science department, said the devices will be very useful and are just what the school has yearned for. “This is exciting!” he declared. “We will be able to connect to the WiFi and to aid in learners’ understanding of their subjects, especially geography. “This will bring reality to classrooms and impact knowledge in an easy fashion. We live in a fourth industrial revolution and we need to be compliant to the needs of the world.”
Nomzamo High School teachers with the eight laptops they received from StoneThree Venture Technologies on Thursday 6 June. Back (from left) are Ziyanda Gcinilizwe, Masivuye Myataza, Nomasirayeli Ketani, Andiswa Ncinithwa and Amanda Tsupe; (front) Chris Mgubanto (principal), Nokwazi Jobela, Louis Marais (CEO StoneThree), Zuko Figlan and Mkhululi Daweti PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI
Gift hospice on Mandela Day
Your blood is urgently needed June is National Blood Donor month, with the actual day being celebrated tomorrow (Friday 14 June). As part of the annual celebration, the Western Cape Blood Donor Service (WCBS) is looking to raise awareness on the importance if blood donation. The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is Safe Blood for All. “This theme highlights the fact that safe blood is needed not only worldwide but also right here in the Western Cape,” says Michelle Vermeulen, corporate public relations officer for WCBS. “We have about six million people living in the
Western Cape and around 75% of this population will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, yet only 1,5% are donors.” The winter months can be a particularly difficult time for blood collection and WCBS appeals to everyone who fulfils the basic donor criteria to come and donate blood. If you are between 16 and 75, weigh more than 50 kg, are healthy on the day of donation and lead a safe sexual lifestyle you should be able to donate blood. V Visit www.wcbs.org.za, call 021 507 6300 or SMS “Blood” to 33507 to find out where to donate.
Join in the global movement on Mandela Day (Thursday 18 July) when Helderberg Hospice opens its doors to anyone who would like to participate in their programme or donate much needed goods. The palliative care organisation’s wish list for their patient 24-hour service includes linen savers, sheep skin, Ensure (dietary supplement), adult nappies (small and medium), Epizone E Cream and a mobile electrical suction machine. For its Garden of Remembrance, Hospice needs garden and plant donations, landscaping services, paving of pathways and weeding. For more information on how to donate or how to get involved at the organisation, phone Jeanne or Natashja on 021 853 4608 or 076 150 4956.
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Mamanthwane the bat KGOSI KGOSI
nce upon a time, many, many moons ago, there was a bush rat called Legotlo. Legotlo was a close friend of Mamanthwane – the bat. The two of them were always together. But Mamanthwane was jealous of Legotlo. Legotlo had many friends and everyone liked him more than the bat. Legotlo also had a wife who loved him very much. The bat was jealous of all these things that Legotlo had. Legotlo and Mamanthwane always ate together. When the bat cooked, the food was always very good. “How is it that when you make the soup it is so tasty?” asked the bush rat. “I always boil myself in the water, and my flesh is sweet. That’s what makes the soup so good,” explained the bat. But he was lying. Mamanthwane offered to show the bush rat how it was done. He got a pot of warm water that was not hot enough to burn anyone, but he told Legotlo that the water was boiling hot. Then Mamanthwane jumped into the pot and quickly got out again. When Mamanthwane served the
soup, it tasted as good as usual. Legotlo was amazed. The bat’s trick really does work, he thought. After they had finished eating, the bush rat went home and told his wife that he was going to make good soup just like the bat’s. His wife asked how he was going to do that. “It’s a secret!” said Legotlo. Legotlo asked his wife to boil some water, which she did. When his wife was not looking, Legotlo jumped into the pot. Soon he was boiling in the water! “Help me! Help me!” he screamed. “I am burning!” The bush rat’s wife rushed to pull him out, but the damage had already been done. Legotlo was so badly burned that he had lost all his fur. His skin was red and pink from the hot water. “Why would you get into a pot of boiling water?” his wife asked. “Because Mamanthwane told me that’s what makes his soup taste really good,” said Legotlo. When Legotlo’s wife looked at him and saw how injured he was, she cried. She took
him to the doctor, but the doctor wasn’t able to help him. Instead, the doctor said that Legotlo would never grow fur again. When Legotlo’s wife heard this sad news, she was very angry! She reported the matter to the king and queen. They ordered all the people of the village to find the bat so that he could be punished. Everyone turned up to search for the bat. But Mamanthwane had already heard about what was going to happen so he had flown away into the bush and hidden himself. The people of the village looked and looked, but they couldn’t find him anywhere. The next day, the people of the village made their way into the bush to see if they could find Mamanthwane there. They were right – they found Mamanthwane hiding there in a tree. They waited until he was asleep, then they caught him and took him straight to the king and queen. When they arrived at the royal house, Legotlo and his wife were already there. Mamanthwane was ashamed to look his friend, Legotlo, in the eye. “Why would you do this to me? We were best friends!” Legotlo said to the bat. “Because I was jealous of you,” answered Mamanthwane. “You have everything that I don’t have and everyone loves you and hates me.”
The people of the village were shocked at Mamanthwane’s response. They wondered why Mamanthwane hadn’t just asked his friend how he had managed to get everyone to love him. Then the king said, “Well, you have just given everyone a reason to hate you even more.” The king and queen ordered the guards to take Mamanthwane to jail. The queen said, “Today we will lock you up! Tomorrow we will decide how to punish you!” The next morning when the guards came to fetch Mamanthwane from his jail cell, he was not there. He had escaped and no one knew how. Legotlo and his wife were furious when they heard the news. The king and queen were also very angry. They ordered the people in the village to search for the bat again. All day long the people tried to find and catch Mamanthwane, but they failed. Mamanthwane had found a cave far away from the village that no one knew about. The cave was hard to find. Mamanthwane also decided to change one of his habits – from that day, he only came out to feed when it was dark. And so, that is why even today, you will never see Mamanthwane, the bat, during the day. Only at night will you see him flying around.
Reading for enjoyment This story was provided courtesy of the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign which works with schools, partners, and community members to nurture a love for reading among children in the Western Cape and across the country. To read the story in another South African language, or for literacy activities, reading tips and more stories to enjoy with your children, visit www.nalibali.org or nalibali.mobi. You can also find Nal’ibali on Facebook and Twitter: @nalibaliSA. ILLUSTRATIONS: MDU NTULI
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‘The Bomb’ takes it on the chin
Professional boxer Amador “The Bomb” Kalonji (left) of Shadow-Box Boxing and training club in Strand fought a six-round bout against Keaton Gomes at Emperor’s Palace at the weekend. Despite a top performance in which he showed his strength and agility, Kalonji lost the fight on points. He said afterwards that he’ll take the loss with his chin up as this will motivate him to train harder and grow from strength to strength. PHOTO: NICK LOURENS
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