Fanie Du Preez during court proceeding

Fanie du Preez during court proceding. Picture by Netwerk

The Vanderbijlpark man, accused of killing his wife and two children appeared in Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Fanie Du Preez’s trial was postponed until 11 April and he will remain in custody until then. Members of both families were in the courtroom. De Preez did not communicate with his wife’s family, but waved to his relatives before staring straight ahead for the rest of his appearance.

Du Preez wore blue jeans and blue and white checked shirt with a white collar. Du Preez said he no longer needed legal aid as his family has hired Jaco van Wyk as his lawyer.

Du Preez has been behind bars since December, which was when the court rejected his bail application.

The court heard during the bail application that Du Preez gave police contradicting stories of what happened the night his family was murdered.

SOURCE: News24

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Rubbles from the blown rooftop landed on top of cars

Rubble of the rooftop that landed on top of vehicles. Picture: Sourced

The roof top of a popular restaurant chain store in Vanderbijlpark CBD was blown off on Thursday afternoon.

SAPS confirmed the incident at Wimpy in President Kruger Street and that the roof landed on four vehicles.

Police spokesperson, Gertrude Makhale, says this was due to severe weather that has been experienced in the area.

Makhale said the traffic department and Fire and Rescue Services were on scene and closed the roads to clear the rubble from the road.

“The SAPS was on scene, but they withdrew after realising it was a natural disaster to give the other departments space to finish their work,” Makhale concluded.

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls Emfuleni to account for negligence

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls for Emfuleni to account. Picture: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Sedibeng has blamed Emfuleni Local Municipality following the drowning of two learners from a special need school.

The incident which occurred in the Emfuleni Municipal Swimming pool in Sharpeville saw two learners, aged 14 & 17; from the Thabo Vuyo Special School drown due to negligence.

DA Caucus Leader, Simon Mollo said, “The DA went to inspect the Municipal Swimming pool on Friday and is concerned about our findings. There is no access-control to the swimming pool whatsoever. This leaves it open to anyone from the public to access the premises even when no supervision is available.”

“Municipal staff members are letting people in when the pool is supposed to be closed and no lifeguards are on duty. This means the amounts to neglect. It is tragic how the most vulnerable have to suffer the consequences of the ANC-governments neglect.”

Mollo further cited that the DA calls on the SAPS for a swift and thorough investigation into the matter.

“I will be writing to MMC Shaka Radebe for Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Library Information Systems to find out why staff members are by-passing the safety protocols and for them to be suspended pending an investigation,” Mollo concluded.

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned in

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned. Picture Credit: DA 

Two school children lost their lives in a government swimming pool.

The 17 and 14 year-old boys from Thabo Vuyo Special School drowned on the morning of February 16.

The two pupils were amongst a group of other learners who visited the Emfuleni Swimming Pool. It is alleged they were guided by their female teacher.

According to Emfuleni Local Municipality, the group entered the facilities unauthorised, “unfortunately” the event ended up in tragic death of two learners.

“Whilst there is an arrangement runs only between Tuesdays and Fridays,” said municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba in a statement.

“During this time, swimming instructors and lifeguards are available to supervise safety and rescue swimmers when the need arise.”

Every Monday of the week, the facilities are closed for maintenance.

According to him, the reasons for yesterday’s unauthorised entry are unknown.

The matter is currently under investigation with the SAPS.

CoJ Housing MMC Bonakele Bovu addressing residents of Lakeside extensions.

CoJ Housing MMC Bonakele Bovu addressing residents of Lakeside extensions.

by SMANGA KUMALO

LAKESIDE – RESIDENTS are fuming as they haven’t received their title deeds to attests as owners of the Reconstruction and Development Programme [RDP] housing projects meanwhile scores have unlawfully occupied houses.

Now, they have resorted to MMC for Housing at the City of Joburg, Dan Bonakele Bovu to mediate, since they believe five previous Gauteng MEC’s namely Dan Mofokeng, Paul Mashatile, Nomvula Mokonyane, Humphrey Memezi and Jacob Mamabolo dismally failed them.

Undertaken in 1996, this massive housing project located at the entrance of south of Joburg near Boulevard says very little about the promise of a better life for the poor.

Late last year, residents went on a rampage barricading Boulevard and Palm Drive by burning tyres and rocks to get the department to listen.

On Sunday, Bovu responded to their turmoil and notified them that the department has appointed a committee including lawyers that will deal with this “fiber challenge”.

Some residents claimed they have received eviction letters from the sheriffs. However, Bovu poured cold water emphasizing that no-one including the councilor has the power to evict people.

“This is an ancient challenge, we call it a fiber challenge, but we can’t say it is difficult and problematic. We were busy auditing these houses but we did not finish. Please open doors for us so that we can manage to sort out these issues,” he urged residents.

During the audit, the department has established that two people own one house and this is attributed to illegal occupation of the houses.

Bovu confirmed that there are people who occupied houses having not applied for them.

There are also allegations that some officials were selling houses to people.
Asked about the way forward, Bovu said those who have houses in Lakeside but are not occupying them, they would be re-routed.

Few RDP houses in the area are incomplete as the contractor left only concrete slabs.

The beneficiaries claim they’re unable to complete the houses citing poverty and unemployment.

Committee leader, Lazarus Hlape, said they fought amongst themselves as residents.

“We have turned this ward upside down, but we know what we want,” said Hlape.

Edited by REGINALD NHLAPO

Vaal LGBTI's making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum

Vaal LGBTI’s members making their way to a cop shop to handover a memorandum. Picture by Reginald Nhlapo

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

Enough is enough, End heterosexual privilege equal rights for all and Love women who love women; these and more were messages displayed on placards as members of the Vaal LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Trans-gender & Intersex) made their way to Mafatsane police station in Evaton to tone their cry and seek justice on hate crime and racism on Tuesday morning.

The well attended march was supported by the ANCYL, Young Communist League (YCL), COSATU and members of the community.

LGBTI Project Manager, Lindiwe Nhlapo said they want police and residents to know that bisexuals do exist.

This comes after a member of the LGBTI was raped and found killed.

The mutilated body of Matshidiso Melamu was found dumped in an open ground next to Mopholosi Secondary school.

During the terror, Melamu’s breasts were cut off and body burnt with acid while her friend who was also raped managed to escape.

“We want justice to take its cause. Residents must know that we do exist and they must stop killing us. We are human beings too; we are also tired of having our sexuality questioned whenever we try to open cases with police. People must accept and respect our rights,” Nhlapo said.

It is alleged that three cases of rape have been reported but none of those were attended to or taken seriously by the cops.

“When we do follow up’s we are often told the investigating officer is on leave or the dockets are missing. Some of the cases go unreported because queers are afraid to be discriminated against,” fumes Nhlapo.

Sello Maetso, Vaal SACP General Secretary said christians must acknowledge that gays and lesbians exist in the country.

“We must not wait for someone to be killed so we can march. We must work in unity,” Maetso concluded.

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DA's Khume Ramulifho calls for quality improved matric pass

DA’s Khume Ramulifho calls for quality improved matric pass. Photo: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has moved swiftly in calling for improved quality pass amid top matric results which were announced on Tuesday.

In a statement issued Khume Ramulifho, MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education said, “We will be asking Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to provide a breakdown of passes for each school in the province to ensure that targeted interventions are made to improve the quality of passes in 2016.”

“The quality of passes opens doors for more opportunities. The success of this province is dependent on young people who work hard, prepared to create and utilise opportunities,” Ramulifho added.

Ramulifho congratulated learners who passed grade 12 in 2015 with strong emphasis to the Sedibeng district for being the best district in the country.

Gauteng took second position following the Western Cape (84.7%) with 84.2%. the DA believes that more emphasis is required to fix the education system especially at schools that fall within the quintile 1-3 (Schools in quintile1,2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools).

“Many of these schools operate under difficult circumstances including overcrowding, lack of resources and socio-economic challenges. This will assist in redressing inequalities in our country,” Ramulifho concluded.

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