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4 24 February 2012 By Mashudu Netsianda

Baby Rofhiwa was welcomed into the world at the Zoutpansberg Private Hospital on Valentine´s Day. With her in the photo are the proud parents, Tshikhudo and Neluheni, and nursing manager Ina Muller. Photo supplied.

Man kidnaps friend for dating his wife A 29-year-old Beit Bridge man working on a farm outside Musina, who had abducted his workmate and robbed him of R250 for allegedly having an illicit affair with his wife, appeared in court recently. Wiseman Ndou of Phalandwa village outside Beit Bridge appeared before local magistrate Miss Gloria Takundwa last Friday, facing a charge of kidnapping. Ndou pleaded not guilty, but was convicted and sentenced to

630 hours of community service. He was initially sentenced to 24 months in jail, of which six months were suspended conditionally. The remaining 18 months were further suspended on condition that he do 630 hours of community service at Malala Primary School. The court was told that on 7 July last year, at around 23:00, Ndou, who is employed at Mappy farm outside Musina, confronted Walter Hlupheka of Maphira village in Chegutu, accusing him of

going out with Ndou’s wife. He then bundled Hlupheka into a cart and smuggled him into Zimbabwe through an undesignated entry point along the Limpopo River. The court heard that, upon entering that country, Ndou gave Hlupheka a thorough beating after which he took R250 from the victim before abandoning him at Makakavhule village. Hlupheka reported the matter to the police and Ndou was arrested.

By Frank Mavhungu

Debut album for exciting duo, Amblos Church news

Mukhanyo distance learning grows Mukhanyo Distance Masakona recently celebrated its first year of providing high-quality Biblical teaching through distance learning to people in the northeast of Limpopo. Mukhanyo Distance is able to cross borders of geographical distances, physical abilities and denominational differences. Distance learning can be a lifeline to those who face these obstacles as Mukhanyo Distance brings highquality and Biblical teaching to church leaders. The visual format of the programme is designed to equip church leaders (pastors, church members, church communities)

with in-service training in their own ministry context; to help churches provide quality discipleship and biblical training and to provide quality academic content that also addresses the importance of a godly Christian character and the immediate contextual application of what is learned. Fifteen Mukhanyo Distance groups have been established since the start of the programme in 2009. Some of the locations of the distance groups include Heilbron, Zambia and even Faza Island in Kenya. There are now more than 125 students in the programme,

and many more applications on the way. Students who are interested in theology have the opportunity to visit the open day at 9:00 on Saturday, 10 March, at the building of the Reformed Church in Masakona. They will attend the first lecture of the next module (Introduction to Systematic Theology) free of charge. Information will be given about bursaries availble to students who want to enrole for the certificate or diploma programme. For more information, phone Dr Edmund de Beer (083 3911 065) or Rev Manda Muhadi (083 557 2367).

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After assisting several groups, including Jekete, Mahoshi and Mahara, in the recording of their albums over the past 15 years, a resident of Lufule village outside Sibasa, Azwiambiwi Abraham Masakona, has decided to stand on his own. While desperately searching for people who could assist him to have his music recorded, Masakona met well-known actor Fhatuwani Mphaphuli, more familiar as “Malume Khura”, last September. They then decided to form the group Amblos. They were introduced to the Slow Poison Recording Studio and in December they recorded their debut album, Tshitaka. The album was released last Friday. The album comprises nine songs, including a bonus track, Jury. Tshitaka is fast becom-

ing a hit with fans. Masakona tended to promote their new has revealed that although the release, Masakona said that it album is only a week old in the was difficult for them to perform market, it has already made a live as they do not have musical huge impact when it comes to instruments of their own. He the sales, despite the fact that it appealed to any good Samaritan is self-marketed and distributed. who wished to donate instruSome of the songs that will ments to contact him on 079 take the name Amblos to fame 488 6433. are Makhadzi, U sea sa bengo, Vhanthambela vhathu and the title track, Tshitaka. All songs have been composed by Abraham Masakona and Fhatuwani M p h a p h u l i . The two founder-members of the group, When asked Fhatuwani Mphaphuli (left) and Abraham how they in- Masakona

By Peter Muthambi

“The bones must say if I am a witch or not” The 70-year-old granny accused of practicing witchcraft at Roadhouse in Malamulele had to fight for survival against an angry mob twice in the past week. Her family has now appealed to members of the community to sort the matter out in a traditional way, by consulting a traditional healer whom they believe will prove her innocence. Khubani Grace Macheke had to face off an angry mob twice last week, when they came to her home and assaulted her with sticks and stones. On both occasions she managed to escape death. Now her family is challenging the community to choose somebody who might prove she is a witch, be it a traditional healer or a prophet. “They said that they were coming to kill me, because I am a witch. I asked them whom had I killed, but they did not tell me,” said a very upset Ms Macheke. She said she was worried because there was a stigma attached to the allegations of witchcraft in the villages. “I know the one who told the group and put my name up as one of the witches. That person must prove I am a witch,” she said. The granny has taken the allegations so seriously that she has summoned her next of kin, who are working in Johannesburg, to come home, so that they could approach traditional healers to throw their bones and say if

she is a witch. “She feels the allegations must be solved once and for all,” said Percent Hlungwani, her daughter-in-law. “Her accusers will not have to pay money. They must choose the traditional healer and we will pay for the service. We want a traditional healer to throw the bones in front of the chief or headman,” said Hlungwani, who reckoned her mother-in-law was a victim of jealousy. Her son, Quiet Hlungwani, who also works in Johannesburg, said: “I am also coming back. She is my mother and I have not known her for bad things. Her accusers must prove their allegations.” Macheke has remained defiant and said she was not going to run away. “If I run away from my home, I will be giving credibility to the allegations,” she said. The village has been rocked by violence, following allegations a week ago that there were

two people who had removed soil from the graveyard and later taken it back. The community later gave the civic association the sack after they said they were responsible for development and that witchcraft related to customs and only the chief could handle it. Thirteen people from the village have been hauled from their homes by the police as the community demanded they move from the village, accusing them of practicing witchcraft. Malamulele police station commander Lieut-Col KA Rikhotso confirmed that two huts had been burnt down by unknown people. “We are keeping 13 people at the police station and we have approached social development, the local ward councillor and the tribal authority about what to do with them,” said Rikhotso. “Those in the police station are in fear of their lives as they are being accused of practicing witchcraft,” said Rikhotso.

Granny Khubani Grace Macheke shows a window that was broken by a stone when a mob attacked her last Thursday.

Limpopo Mirror 24 February 2012  

Community newspaper bringing you the news, sport and more from the Northern areas of the Limpopo province, South Africa.

Limpopo Mirror 24 February 2012  

Community newspaper bringing you the news, sport and more from the Northern areas of the Limpopo province, South Africa.