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Mentally ill teen raped in INSIDE Pastor feeds hospital - allegedly by patient followers dog meat By Sandi Kwon Hoo

A 19-year-old mentally ill patient who was raped allegedly by another patient at Professor ZK Matthews Hospital in Barkly West on the weekend, had been waiting for the past two months to be referred to the West End psychiatric hospital. It is believed that a security guard caught the suspect in the act during the early hours of Sunday morning and notified the police. A 32-year-old man was arrested shortly after the incident. The woman’s family said they were informed that there was a shortage of beds at West End Hospital in Kimberley. “We admitted her at Professor ZK Matthews Hospital when she became confused, as she suffers from mental illness. This is the first time that she was admitted into hospital and has been away from home for such a long time,” family members said yesterday. They pointed out that it was normal practice for patients to be accommodated at a district hospital for a maximum of 72 hours before being referred to a specialist care facility. “However, she has been at the Professor ZK Matthews Hospital for the past 41 days. We do not have a private medical aid and rely on the state for services, so we had no other choice but to wait patiently. “Following the rape incident, a bed suddenly became available. We were only informed by the hospital about the incident at around 8am on

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Former soccer star Marc Batchelor shot dead

Sunday.” The woman’s mother said that her daughter had spoken briefly about the incident. “She was helpless and unable to defend herself. The social worker said that counselling would be arranged for her. We are hoping that she will be able to return home soon because we are very worried about her after her ordeal. We want the incident to be investigated by the hospital to prevent it from ever happening again.” The woman’s grandmother added that her granddaughter was tearful and extremely upset over what happened. “Something like this should never be allowed to happen inside a hospital.”

Family members said that they remain concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the woman. “It means that patients are at risk in hospital - where they are sent to be healed. Anything could have happened to her. “We cannot communicate with her because she is not allowed to keep her cellphone with her.” The spokesperson for the MEC for the Northern Cape Department of Health, Lebogang Majaha, said that the delay in the referral of the patient would form part of their investigation into the incident.“We will offer our full co-operation to the police,” Majaha added.

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Pastor feeds The Mzansi Ndlovu Youth Choir followers dog meat continue to make us proud

‘BLACK TAX’ BURDEN

There is a responsibility of pulling others

up

when

you

succeed.

We are still very afraid as young people to speak up because we think it is selfish. While others don’t mind paying black tax, the burden comes when nobody else is willing to take over the responsibility Parents should stop

comparing

their

children’s

success with others, just because their neighbour’s son manages to send money home and extend the house, doesn’t mean your children can also afford to do so. Black parents should be more understanding. We have our own lives to live, we have dreams that we want to achieve and if we are constantly.

Young people need

to adopt a saving culture. We are the generation that can take action in stopping this cycle by starting to save. We also need to learn to say ‘no’ and develop a habit of planning our finances to combat the cycle of poverty.

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The Ndlovu Youth Choir recently opened up about their journey on America’s Got Talent (AGT). The South African choir caught Mzansi’s attention following their stellar performance on the show that saw them receive a standing ovation. The video of their audition on the show received over five million views.

In an interview with Channel 24, the choir’s musical director, Ralf Schmitt said that the group is over the moon after they made it to the live show rounds. “We have received the most amazing messages of encouragement. One of the most beautiful ones was when someone said, ‘South Africa needs another 2010, and this is it’.”

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Pastor Veteran Peter from the Heaven on Earth Centre Ministries in Mahikeng, North West, fed his congregation meat from a dog he had slaughtered. The church shared disturbing photos of the incident on its Facebook page and captioned the post with Mark 16. Peter confirmed he gave his congregation dog meat and claimed that all who ate received healing. However, when asked where he found the poor canine, Peter refused to answer and claimed he had to get to a sermon. However, this has been found somehow not good by those outside the ministry and there seem to be actions to be taken over this act.

5 nabbed for stealing 30 sheep Five people were arrested for allegedly stealing 30 sheep, which were loaded into a taxi in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape on Friday morning. According to police spokesperson Captain Ursula Roelofse, police followed up on information that the sheep were being transported in the taxi early on Friday morning. Roelofse said the five people were allegedly part of a syndicate operating in the Eastern Cape and Free State. The men, aged 22 to 39, are expected to appear in the Aliwal North Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Deputy Cluster Commander Colonel Mpho Rabela commended the members on the excellent success as stock theft is a priority crime in the area. The arrest of the members

of the syndicate will also make linkage to other cases possible, Rabela said. Earlier this month, Eastern Cape police rescued 25 sheep that had been stolen and stashed in a hole in the ground. Spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said the sheep were found in the hole at a farm in the Avondale policing precinct at Mt Fletcher after a tip-off. “On arrival at the scene, they indeed found about 25 livestock hidden in the dark hole,” said Kinana. The farmer had noticed them missing when he woke up but they were recovered by the unit on the same day. His livestock was handed back to him but the sheep rustlers are still at large.


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Over 3K schools to close due to dwindling numbers By Sipho Mabena

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Schools haemorrhaging pupils are mainly in the rural areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Eastern Cape. The department of basic education is set to close thousands of primary and secondary schools throughout the country, the majority in the Eastern Cape, mainly due to the dwindling number of pupils. Provincial departments have received circulars detailing the number of schools that should either be merged or closed, a move which the department says will save money and optimise available resources. According to the department’s spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, more than 3,000 primary schools with fewer than 135 pupils, as well as high schools with fewer than 225 pupils, will either be closed or merged. “It is also to save money because there is no reason to keep these schools open. If there are two schools that can be merged to reach the required [teacher-pupil] ratio, then that will be done,” he said. Schools haemorrhaging pupils are mainly in the rural areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Eastern Cape, which leads the pack with more than

1,300 schools facing demise or merger in that province alone. By January 2017, 508 schools were either merged or closed down in the Eastern Cape, with multimillion-rand schools built as recently as 1994 left to rot and costly stationery and equipment gathering dust. There were also reports of pupils at Junction Farm School, closed in 2004 in the Cathcart farming area, complaining that their children were unable to get to their new school, 28km away, as there was no transport. The department said the main reason for the drop in the number of pupils in rural schools was because parents moved to cities, or moved their children to live with relatives in cities. Mhlanga said the process of closing down or merging schools took at least nine months, as every step had to adhere to rules and regulations. According to a circular from the Mpumalanga department of education, the school “rationalisation is intended to reduce or eliminate the number of micro schools and merge them with other schools so as to address inefficiencies in the system and improve quality of education”.

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Man found dead after being kicked out of taxi

The unfathomable death of a 27-year-old man has flung his family into profound mourning and distress because

of

the

circumstances

around his passing away. Motorists

discovered

Thomas

Manenzhe sprawling inert on the grass by the side of the freeway between the Tobias and Haakdooring roads in the Naboomspruit. He had bruises on the body, his left knee was swollen, and his one leg was broken. His belt was found in another spot, while his shoes were also off his feet, several metres away.

Thomas was a resident at Magau

fracas with Thomas.”

misunderstanding which might occur

village in the Sinthumule area.

The three men allegedly started beating

among

The provincial police’s spokesperson,

Thomas right inside the moving taxi.

their right mind couldn’t kick out a

Col Moatshe Ngoepe, said that the

He fell down in the passage and they

passenger in the wilderness!”

police

allegedly

passengers.

Any

driver

in

him.

Mulaudzi said that the family needed

of culpable homicide. “We request

The taxi eventually stopped, and the

answers from the taxi association

members of the public to assist in

four men were advised to get off to

and that they believed that the police

providing us with information that

continue “fighting” outside the taxi.

would leave no stone unturned in

might lead to the identification and

However, the driver insisted that

probing this matter.

arrest of the suspect,” Ngoepe said.

Thomas should be left there at that

However, the actual taxi that ferried

However, according to the information

place, because he was now talking too

the

provided by the family and one female

much.

Station taxi rank is not known at this

passenger who could not be named

The family spokesperson, Naledzani

stage, but the police were provided

at this stage, Manenzhe boarded a

Mulaudzi, said that the family was

with the registration number of the

minibus taxi en route from Gauteng

utterly distraught about the manner

second taxi minibus that accepted

to Venda from the Bosman Station

in which the taxi driver had treated

passengers at Kranskop tollgate.

taxi rank in Pretoria. The taxi broke

their son.

Thomas Manenzhe was working at

down along the way, just around the

“Had the driver not left him along the

Delmas in Mpumalanga. He is survived

Kranskop tollgate.

way, our child would not have died,”

by his mother, Mavis Manenzhe, and

“We waited for some time while the

she said. “It’s not clear at this stage

his wife, Dorah Mabasa.

driver arranged for another taxi to

whether he was injured by the three

come and load us, because he could

men or whether some criminals found

neither fix the vehicle nor determine

him alone in the night and killed him.

the cause of the problem,” said a fellow

But as a family we put blame on the

passenger. “A similar taxi arrived, and

driver and the taxi association to

we all got into it. We drove off for

which he is affiliated – taxi associations

some time before an older man and

should school their drivers in how to

two young men were involved in a

treat passengers and deal with any

were

investigating

a

case

continued

kicking

Cops found disabled teen alone and chained to chair A 30-year-old mother accused of chaining her 12-year-old disabled daughter and locking her inside the house was granted R500 bail in the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court. Limpopo police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe however said the woman was still in custody because no one turned up to pay her bail. She was arrested after concerned neighbours alerted police about a girl being ill-treated by her mother. Officers found the 12-year-old alone and chained to a chair in the house. She was rescued and taken to a place of safety. The mother was arrested and charged with child neglect and appeared in court on Thursday. Her case was postponed to August for further investigation.

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Former soccer star Marc Batchelor shot dead

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Robson Muchichwa says the death of former teammate Marc Batchelor is painful for him to come to terms with. Batchelor was shot several times in his car by two assailants on a motorbike and died on the scene. Recent reports have suggested the motive for the attack may have been linked to the former footballer’s role in a drug trafficking ring. The former Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows striker was sadly just 49-years-old. Muchichwa told KickOff: “He was a great guy

both on and off the field. “My greatest memories playing with him was when we won the Rothmans Cup. That was a great memory with him at Kaizer Chiefs. “He was a born winner and he hated to lose. We would always sit down to discuss combinations and how we can score goals. “I am grateful that I contributed to his career and he also contributed to my career. “He is a legend and contributed to football in South Africa. It’s a loss. It’s painful how he died. It’s sad, but death is something that as human beings we can’t control.”

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Proteas fall short of Netball World Cup

Australia has just knocked the South African Netball Team out of the Women’s World Cup. the Australian team beat SA 55-53. The game was a close call, with South Africa outscoring Australia in the third quarter. However, the Proteas’ effort was not enough to topple the strong Australian team. The South African National Netball Team can be proud of their achievement, as they played well for the duration of the World Cup and made it all the way to the semi-finals. Taxi Times understands that the Australians are the defending champions of the Netball World Cup, as well as the current world number 1 team. Supermarket giant Spar, the SA netball team’s sponsor, has announced that they would pay R1.2m bonus and the money will be shared by the squad’s 12 players.

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