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Gauteng Premier David Makhura lay wreath at the Sharpeville Massacre commemoration.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura lay wreath at the Sharpeville Massacre commemoration. 

by SMANGA KUMALO

SHARPEVILLE- Gauteng Premier, David Makhura says the death of sixty nine people who died during the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 was not in vain.

They were brutally killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest against pass laws.

Makhura was speaking at the annual commemoration which is now known as the Human Rights Day.

As the country remembers those who died and the many victims who were also wounded on the day, Makhura said it is befitting to launch an anti-racism initiative which will uphold the rights of all South Africans.

“Government is committed to assisting the families of those that died because most of these families are impoverished and marginalised due to the loss of their loved ones.

Most of the youth in these families are unemployed. This is our immediate concern to ensure that they find employment so they can take care of their families,” said Makhura.

Makhura also pledged that the families of those that died during the Sharpeville massacre will also be prioritised in the allocation of housing in the area.

“A nation that cannot honour those that sacrificed for the future of many more generations is not a respectable nation,” added Makhura.

He said it was therefore important to ensure that all people live in dignity when talking about Human Rights.

To this end, he said the province would also launch a major initiative.

“We are going to take the children of the victims and survivours back to school. But our priority is the elder people. The country that does not respect or take care of its veterans is dead,” he explained.

According to the Premier, they are also going to offer houses to ex-combatant who are homeless but they are going to start with elderly people and those who are physical challenge.

He said those can build for themselves are going to be given empty stands.

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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

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.

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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ALUTA CONTINUA Gogo Nomasonto Mzoto seen with Lebo Mofokeng in a meeting that failed to bear desired fruits

ALUTA CONTINUA: Gogo Nomasonto Mzoto seen with Lebo Mofokeng during a meeting that failed to bear fruits.                                                                                                                                                     Picture by Reginald Nhlapo.

By Reginald Nhlapo and Smanga Kumalo

Emfuleni Local Municipality’s ‘good gesture’ over festive season proved to be misplaced when one of its high ranking official got more than she bargained for.

In our previous post we ran a news article titled “I don’t want much, I want a house”

The 78-year-old Nomasonto Mzoto from Sonderwater, just outside Evaton made a plea to the leadership in Sedibeng region for a house.

Mzoto claims to have applied for an RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) house; however when she went to check her name on the house allocation system, she was told it was not reflecting.

Spokesperson in the mayor’s office, Lebo Mofokeng accompanied by these journalists visited Mzoto’s home in a bid to present her with a Christmas gift, however joy was short-lived when Mofokeng was left with an egg on her face when the feisty Mzoto blatantly refused an already assembled corrugated iron meant to shelter her for an alleged temporary period.

Spotting lollipops in her hand as she takes intervals in between doing laundry, Mzoto said; “What must I do with another shack, I have mine which I have been living under all these years and the last thing I need is another one with a leaky roof irrespective of how fancy it is; I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but how hard can it be for a government that strive a better life for all to grant me a proper shelter,” she asked.

The visibly agitated Mofokeng emphasised; “Following a published story on your platforms, together with the executive mayor Mahole Mofokeng, we felt compelled to temporarily shelter Mzoto whilst busy with the procedure as it is a lengthy exercise. We are saddened that she turned us down and we have no other alternative but to revert to her when the house is available.

Mofokeng would not say when and if the house will ever be available for Mzoto.

▪ The matter has since been escalated to the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements for attention. Meanwhile assistance from members of the public to attain Gogo Mzoto’s elusive dream is welcomed and you can contact us at 081 3808 266

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Paulina Mzoto reiterating her sordid encounter and a need for a shelter. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo

DESTITUTE: Nomasonto Mzoto reiterate her sordid ordeal as she make a plea to government. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo.

By Smanga Kumalo

SONDERWATER – TWO decades post democracy, Nomasonto Paulina Mzoto is still living in a shack.

Stepping into her shack one is greeted by the sun rays through holes on the roof and wind blowing immensely outside.

Despite being one of the senior citizens in the Vaal (Sedibeng Region) who casted her vote in the first democratic elections in 1994 hoping to get a better life, but her dream is shattered, she had to endure the struggle.

The 78-year-old granny says she applied for an RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) house, but when she went to check her name on the system she was told it is not reflecting.

She lives in a dreadful shack not far from where the RDP houses were issued.

Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) is mum on when they are going to help her get +a house as an indigent or a special case.

Mzoto is aware her life is deteriorating, but remains hopeful that the municipality will someday heed her plea before she departs this world.
When these newshounds visited her, she was not in a good state as she struggled to breath.

“I do not want much, I only need a house. Many people who I lived with inclusive of my husband died while waiting for their houses. When is the government going to give me a house, why are they side lining me, she asked.

In her first consultation with this scribe, she stated her willingness to meet with the-then ELM Mayor, Greta Hlongwane and Sedibeng District Municipality’s Mahole Mofokeng.

“I am tired now, scores of people and officials frequent my place, take pictures of my house and dire situation with a promise of bettering my demise but nothing has changed. Go and tell those mayors I want to see them,” she concluded.

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Theresa IconT Ramashamola

FALLEN HEROINE: Theresa “IconT” Ramashemole has died.      Image by Reginald Nhlapo.

 

Theresa Ramashamole is no more!

IconT (as she was affectionately known) who was 55, passed away on Wednesday night at her home after a long illness.

She was born in Sharpeville on 31 August 1960. Her mother, Julia Ramashamole was part of the huge crowd that converged on the Sharpeville police station on March 21, 1960.

The demonstration was part of a campaign of peaceful defiance intended to end the pass laws, which regulated the movement of blacks.

The police opened fire on the crowd and 69 people were killed and 186 wounded; many of them shot in the back.

Ramashamole, a part-time councillor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) was tried in the Pretoria Supreme Court along with Mojalefa Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Oupa Diniso, Duma Khumalo, and Francis Mokhesi.

The accussed, commonly known as the Sharpeville Six, were charged with the September 1984 murder of Jacob Dlamini, a Lekoa township councilor.

They were convicted and sentenced to death on 5 December 1985 for their alleged “association with the crowd” that killed Dlamini, although the trial judge and appeals court acknowledged that there was no direct evidence involving them with the murder.

Conveying his message of condolence in a statement, ELM Executive Mayor Mahole Mofokeng said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ramashamole. Her contribution to this region, and Emfuleni, will forever be cherished we want to offer our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all during these difficult moments.”

“She leaves a legacy for generations to come who will, in decades ahead of us, continue to enjoy the fruits that democracy has brought to their communities across the length and breadth of our country, including Sharpeville her hometown,” said Mofokeng.

Gauteng Premier Makhura, earlier on Sunday, described her as an outstanding leader and servant of the people of South Africa during his visit to her home.

“In her various leadership capacities and responsibilities, she has served the country with distinction, honour and selflessness.

“With her bravery she has made an invaluable contribution to the development of this region,” said Makhura.

Details for the memorial service and funeral service of Theresa Ramashamole are as follows:
The official memorial service will take place on Wednesday, on 3 December 2015, at 15h00 to 17h00, at the Sharpeville Hall.

The funeral will, according to government policy, be a Special Official Funeral and the service will take place on 5 December 2015 at the Sharpeville community hall in Seiso street, starting at 08h00- 11h00, to Vanderbijlpark cemetery.

May her soul rest in peace!!!