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Teacher gunned down while INSIDE waiting for bus outside her home Convicted NW teacher’s assailant granted leave to appeal sentence

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A matric teacher from the North West Francina Raphokwane, 42, was waiting for her transport to school this week when she was gunned down, but the gunmen are still on the loose. As condolences pour in for the popular teacher, North West police have appealed for help to track down the killers. The Grade 12 teacher had been waiting outside the gate of her home in Tlhabane, Rustenburg, on Tuesday morning for a bus to take her to Rakoko Secondary School in Mabieskraal Village. Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani said Raphokwane was alone when she was ambushed. “Neighbours who heard gunshots rushed to the scene and found her lying on the ground. The victim was later certified dead on the scene.

It is understood that nothing was taken from the teacher. “We are appealing to anyone who has information to contact the police,” said Funani. ‘Shock and sadness’ North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela expressed shock and sadness at her death. Matsemela said Raphokwane was a dedicated Life Orientation and English teacher. “On behalf of the department, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the entire family and the school community of Rakoko Secondary School. It is a very difficult moment for the department, since Grade 12 learners will be writing their preliminary examinations in a few weeks. “Learners have lost a very important

person because she provided them with knowledge. A nation without teachers is a doomed nation. The department has lost a passionate and dedicated teacher,” said Matsemela. Raphokwane was fondly remembered on social media. One of her former pupils, Karabo Robert Mazantsana, shared that she had been one of the best English teachers. “We lost a mother, motivational guidance, fittest woman. Rakoko will never be the same again. Heaven has gained an Angel. May her soul rest in peace,” he said. Archie Mathibe-Zibi shared his sadness on Facebook, saying “people with the most beautiful hearts, character, humanity”, such as Raphokwane, were very rare to find. The department has arranged counselling for pupils and teachers.

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Shembe Church Men Forced To Test For HIV Before Marrying Virgins


The rules of a taxi are unspoken and unwritten. Nobody knows who came up with them, but heaven help you if you don’t adhere to them. 1. Do not bang the taxi door (there’s a sticker for this) 2. Don’t sit in the front seat if you can’t count money 3. On rainy days, windows will not be opened (If it’s stuffy, suffer in silence) 4. Women with babies do not sit in the backseat or the front seat 5. Children above the age of 3 pay 6. If you don’t know where you’re going, tell the driver before he leaves the rank and sit next to him to remind him. 7. Don’t eat in the taxi (this one is flexible and depends on the driver) 8. If a male and female are sitting in the front seat, the female should always take the seat between the driver and the male passenger. 9. People with luggage or groceries sit in the seat immediately behind the driver. 10. Do not choose taxis – this will cause an irreparable rift between you and taxi drivers

The eBuhleni branch of the Shembe Church is reportedly forcing its male congregants intending to wed to get tested for HIV before marriage. Isolezwe reported that a source complained about this to the publication, a matter which the newspaper confirmed with the spokesperson of the church who said there was no harm in adhering to this law. This law was reportedly enacted in an ef-

Convicted NW teacher’s assailant granted leave to appeal sentence

By Molaole Montsho

A 40-year-old woman convicted of beating a primary school teacher with an umbrella “to teach her a lesson” was granted leave to appeal her sentence at the Mankwe Magistrate’s Court in Mogwase on Monday. Itumeleng Lizbeth Letsepe was sentenced to threeyears for assaulting Grade 3 teacher Mpuseng Sepotokele, 52, at Leema Primary School in Tlhatlhaganyane near the Sun City resort outside Rustenburg on 22 February 2019. In her application Letsepe said the court had not considered that she was a first offender, she pleaded guilty, she was the primary


Jobs for cash scam Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality is warning people living in Koster, Swartruggens, Mazista and Derby to be on the lookout for scammers who are swindling vulnerable job seekers by promising them fake jobs in exchange for money. The fraudsters are in the habit of misleading community members by promising to place them in municipal positions that do not exist. A spokesperson of the municipality, Sanah Magakgala, said: “The fraudsters call innocent people, and promise them jobs in the municipality in exchange for money.

fort of protecting young maidens – who are tested for their virginity – from contracting the virus from men living with it without knowing, but have asked the young women for their hand in marriage. A source who asked to remain anonymous told the publication that the men of the church are up in arms over the law as they feel that it is targeting them because of a belief that they may have engaged in sexual intercourse before marriage.

The source said the matter was first discussed in 2017, where it was initially said that the two intending to wed – man and woman – would be tested for the virus and that this would be done so that those intending to get married would do so knowing each other’s status. The source further told the publication that though this law was a good idea, it did somewhat trample on people’s individual rights. The source was quoted as saying it was an individual’s right to disclose a disease they may be living with to others and when they chose to do so. “According to this regulation, you are told your test results alongside the one you are going to get married to,” the source said, adding that this could scare other people off and lead them to abandon the plan to marry and disclose to the public their reasons for doing so, which trampled on individual rights. Another male member of the church complained that this seems to be targeting men within the church.

They also use the names of employees within the municipality to give the impression that what they are doing is legitimate.”

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She urged community members to be alert and remember that the municipality will always advertise vacancies in newspapers, municipal notice boards, libraries and social media platforms. “The public should report any employment offer to the police and to the fraud and anticorruption hotline, 0800 701 701,” Sanah said. For more information, contact the municipality’s human resources offices during working hours at 014 543 2004.

care giver of two minor children and that the court had not made any order of what would happened to the two children. She argued that another court would come to a different conclusion. The court found that she had planned the attacked on Sepotokele and that she repeatedly assaulted her on the head and hands with an umbrella when she arrived at the school in the morning. Sepotokele sustained injuries including open wounds. Letsepe’s R2 000 bail was extended until her appeal is heard at the High Court in Mmabatho.

The Mayor of Rustenburg Cllr Mpho Khunou and MEC for Corporative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Honorable Mothibedi

Kegakilwe handed over title deeds in Tlhabane. Cllr Mokgatle of Rustenburg delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Mayor at the event which was held at Tlhabane Community Hall. The North West Housing Corporation is currently implementing a title deed restoration in collaboration with the National Department of Human Settlement. The aim of this project is to eradicate the current backlog in the transfer of Pre 1994 properties into the names of the beneficiaries. 143 beneficiaries received their title deeds at the event.

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Kgaswane Mountain Bike race a massive success The annual Rustenburg Cycling Club (RCC)’s Kgaswane mountain bike race saw scores of cyclists make their way to Excalibur Boutique Hotel in Rustenburg to compete in either the 50km, 35km or 10km categories. Pieter du Toit was crowned champion of the gruelling but fun 50km race while defending champion Shaun Nick Bester had to settle for third. RCC members did themselves and their club proud by taking part and doing very well.

“We would like to thank all the sponsors for making the day a massive success,” said Gregg Taylor, RCC chairperson.


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