Police have released a computer generated identikit of the woman wanted in connection with the abduction of a two-month-old baby at the Gqeberha Clinic, in Walmer Township, last week.
Newborn baby Lizalise Makuzeni was snatched at the clinic last Wednesday when her mother Phezisa Makuzeni, 22, handed the baby to unknown woman who offered to look after her while she consulted with the doctor
Should anyone see this woman or know her whereabouts, please call the detective standby number 082 565 0155.
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A group Nelson Mandela Bay councillors at the centre of an alleged racist incident have been exonerated following a lie detector test.
The four – Ward 40 councillor Jason Grobbelaar, PR councillor Sebenzile Rafani and ward assistants Mzingizi Vandala and Antoinette Hermanus – had to undergo polygraph tests facilitated by an independent service provider following outrage over racially divisive notice which called for “non-whites” to use a separate toilet at Port Elizabeth’s Kuyga Community Hall.
Chief whip in council, Werner Senekal said the tests – conducted by a labour law specialist – “confirmed that the comprehensive psycho-physiological analysis resulted in a conclusion that no deception was indicated and that all answers were truthful”.
“After having also conducted my own investigation, I have concluded that no DA Councillor or support staff member was involved or had any knowledge of posting the sign on the doors at the Kuyga Community Centre,” Senekal said.
“All three ANC members who were asked to take polygraph tests declined to do so, which lends credence to the allegations that they were responsible for placing these signs at the community hall.”
Senekal said former mayoral committee member Thembinkosi Mafana, an ANC member who was allegedly involved in the “non-whites” toilet saga, had a “history of deception and lies, having misrepresented himself, so it is alleged, as the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay on a trip to China in 2013”.
“This is simply another example of the ANC using devious tactics in an attempt to prevent services from being delivered to the people of this Metro.
“This new administration remains committed to improving the lives of residents through clean, efficient governance. The ward 40 office will remain open and our work will continue, uninterrupted,” Senekal said.
“It is our understanding that the SAPS investigation is ongoing and we will cooperate entirely until the suspect/s is/are identified, charged and prosecuted.”
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Eleanor Douglas-Meyers is a crafty mom from Uitenhage who writes about DIY, parenting, natural hair care, fashion, food and fun on her blog JustEllaBella
Although I am not super keen on giving “parenting advice” on hospitals, or anything else, I like to share what works for me in hopes that it may assist someone else.
My son Aidan has been in hospital twice now (not counting his birth) and is due for a operation soon so I thought it might be a good time to share my hospital survival tips:
- When you think you have enough sets of pajamas, pack another; bodily fluids and hospitals are a notorious pairing I have come to find.
- Take activities and toys along. I’m lucky, because I like making busy bags so was able to grab a bag of quiet toys and go – if you’re not much of a “maker” keeping store bought puzzles, crayons and playdough in a bag is a good idea for quick visits to restaurants, relatives or (hopefully not needed) the hospital.
- Bring something familiar from the child’s room…for Aidan that’s his “banket”; a chocolate brown faux fur blanket he has claimed as his own and which has taken the place of something you’d expect to be baby blue and covered in racing cars.
- Mom or dad if you are staying over be ready to fend for yourself; Bring your own food and blankets and locate a bathroom and coffee machine. In private hospitals you should be lucky enough to get a cup of tea and a chair.
- Try not to be offended if nurses seem cold. If they are outright rude then I believe you can be upset, but if they’re just a little cold, try to remember they are overworked and although your angel is definitely YOUR first priority they have quite a few patients to deal with, often needing more assistance than you do. Goodness help me, I’m still working on this one, I’m not a fan of people talking down to me or being cold or rough towards my kid.
- Be prepared for acting out … Aidan threw crayons and an apple on the floor, he also cried because he was in a blue bed and wanted a red one. Be understanding and maybe leave the naughty corner for home.
- Be ready to explain things … why can’t I go home? why can’t I watch my favourite shows?, why is the kid next door still scream crying after five hours? (The last question might be from me).
- Remember chances are they will hurt your baby … drips, tests and needles are not fun and will bring on tears, and not just for the parents.
- Know what you are entitled to, and don’t be afraid to ask.
- Be polite; a please and thank you go a long way.
See more from Eleanor at justellabella.co.za
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will interview President Jacob Zuma this week in the final leg of her investigation into “state capture” and allegations that he abused power and allowed friends‚ the Gupta family‚ to influence state business.
The probe is viewed by African National Congress (ANC) leaders critical of Zuma as a last-ditch attempt to rein him in and neutralise the influence of the Gupta family after an ANC attempt to investigate the same thing failed dismally.
Among the allegations being probed are that Zuma allowed the Gupta family to influence the selection of some of his Cabinet members during his first and second terms as president.
“We will hear his version of events and he may have information for us that we will need to consider against our own findings‚” Madonsela said in an interview on Monday.
Zuma’s spokesman‚ Bongani Ngqulunga‚ has confirmed that the meeting will take place this week‚ most likely on Thursday.
The meeting between Madonsela and Zuma comes as the tensions around the probe rise‚ with new claims on Tuesday that Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas had lied when he said the Guptas had offered him a Cabinet position.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is under fire for her department spending R121.5-million on travel and subsistence expenses after claiming that a social grant of R753 was enough to support an indigent household for a month.
Dlamini said earlier this year‚ in a reply to a parliamentary question‚ that R753 a month was “adequate” for social grant beneficiaries.
The Department of Social Development’s 2015/16 annual report reveals that travel and subsistence expenses for the year amounted to R121.5-million‚ against a budget of R98.6-million and R13-million – or 12% – more than the previous financial year.
Democratic Alliance MP Lindy Wilson said on Wednesday the “outrageous travel and subsistence expenditure is a slap in the face of so many poor South Africans struggling to make a living”.
Dlamini had‚ on several occasions‚ also booked herself into the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga‚ near Durban‚ said Wilson.
“Despite written questions asking for a breakdown of the travel costs‚ hotel costs‚ VIP cars and size of delegations by the minister and the deputy minister in the previous financial year‚ the minister only accounted for R2.8-million of the R12-million spent on overseas trips‚” said Wilson.
“Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan made it clear in his presentation of the Budget earlier this year that the major area of reduced expenditure would be travel and subsistence. It would appear that minister Dlamini is not only out of touch with the reality of social grant recipients‚ but also did not get Gordhan’s message.”
Wilson said that there would be some tough questions to answer next week when the department’s report is presented to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development in Parliament.
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Plett Tourism has announced two tourism products, Africanyon Adventures and Plettenberg – a Forever Resort, have won the Western Cape round of the Lilizela Tourism Awards.
The Lilizela Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses which work passionately and with pride to deliver a world- class product and service, and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.
Africanyon Adventures is an adventure tourism business located in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay.
Africanyon provides high-quality adventure activities borne from a true passion for the outdoors. Their flagship activity is canyoning (called Kloofing in South Africa and Gorge Walking elsewhere).
Africanyon’s canyoning focuses on creating an awareness and an appreciation for the environment, in a location that would otherwise remain hidden and inaccessible to most.
Clients are guided through indigenous terrain packed with adventure and fun for the novice to the more experienced. Visitors can abseil in and around waterfalls, take a cliff jump and experience the unique rock-pool zip- line – a combination for the perfect outdoor adventure.
“The AfriCanyon Team are so deserved of this award,” director, Rogan Hindmarch said.
“Years of training, commitment and adherence to the core ethos of providing professionally guided excursions into the unknown wilderness have culminated in this prestigious South African award for Best Adventure in the Western Cape.
“Against stiff competition we could not be happier to receive the recognition of our cumulative efforts.
“Well done to each and every one of our team members for achieving and maintaining the high standards being acknowledged. You so deserve this,” he said.
Plettenberg – a Forever Resort, is primly positioned along the banks of the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay.
It is central to Plett’s wealth of eco-adventures, animal experiences and leisure outdoor activities.
Here you will find three-star luxury forest self-catering log cabins with river views and brick chalets, each with its own cozy fireplace.
All booked accommodation has its own select satellite TV. For the more adventurous, relax in the picturesque, riverside caravan and camping park sites.
All sites have power points and are positioned in a landscape dotted with Yellowwood and Stinkwood trees.
And after a day filled with a string of exhilarating activities, tuck into a braai or “potjie” at sunset.
Treat the family to a ferry cruise, frolic on the beaches, spot dolphins or southern right whales, explore the Otter or Robberg trails or simply treat the kids to a feast of fun at the resort.
Alleged perlemoen kingpin Julian Brown’s bail conditions were amended during a brief appearance in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Brown, 30, the suspected head of a multimillion-rand illegal perlemoen operation, was arrested in June and faces a number of charges, including racketeering. He was released on R800 000 bail. His defence attorney, Danie Gouws, asked yesterday that the address attached to Brown’s bail conditions be changed to a residence in the Jeffreys Bay area as Brown was moving house.
Brown will now have to report to police in Jeffreys Bay every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Further amendments included his house arrest conditions, which will now be from 6pm until 9am.
Previously, the hours during which he was under house arrest were between 6pm and 6am.
Gouws has also asked to see the police docket before Brown’s next court appearance.
Brown is expected to return to court on November 18.
A heavy contingent of Public Order Police officers moved onto Rhodes University campus early on Wednesday morning after protesters erected and set several fires on the institution’s premises overnight.
Most entrances to the university were blocked by barricades built across roads between campus and town. Some burned fiercely during the night after students set them alight.
Police said medical syringes and waste were scattered across the road at the corner of Prince Alfred and Somerset streets.
Students also reportedly entered some residences to try and talk others into joining the group of roughly 200 students.
Police were quickly on the scene to extinguish the brightly burning barricades. Crews were cleaning up the mess on Wednesday morning.
However‚ students later took a paint contractors’ trailer filled with paint and thinners‚ and turned it on its side to form another barricade across the road.
Police spokeswoman Brigadier Sally de Beer said the South African Police Service‚ emergency services and the fire department removed barricades and put out all the fires. A police forensics team examined the scene. No one was arrested.
Acting national commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane on Wednesday morning again called on students to exercise their right to protest in a peaceful manner without destruction of property or violence.
“The SAPS will continue to monitor the situation countrywide and will take action to maintain stability‚ peace and the safety of lives and property‚” he said.
De Beer said the police would continue to monitor the tense situation at Rhodes.
By late on Wednesday morning‚ Rhodes management was trying to get negotiations with student protesters off the ground.
Students are adamant that they would not re-engage in talks unless management agreed that students and staff would not face any repercussions as a result of the protest‚ that police should leave campus and that the academic programme be shut down.
– TMG Digital/Daily Dispatch
About 200 residents protested in front of the Kuyga Community Hall yesterday, demanding the resignation of DA Ward 40 councillor Jason Grobbelaar.
If he refuses to resign, residents threatened to make the ward ungovernable.
The protest follows a row between residents and Grobbelaar over a racially divisive notice, which called for “non-whites” to use a separate toilet at the community hall.
Residents, mostly dressed in ANC regalia, had hoped to hand over a petition to mayor Athol Trollip.
Instead, the petition was accepted by municipal petition manager Selwyn Willis who works for the office of the speaker.
Kuyga resident and ANC branch executive member Ntombikayise Manto, 21, said if their demands were not met within seven days the ward would be a “no-go” area for the DA.
“We demand the immediate suspension of the Ward 40 councillor as a public representative,” Manto said.
“We also demand that the office of the councillor be closed and an investigation into him as well as his staff be opened.”
Manto also demanded that the police provide an update on the investigation into the notice after a case was opened at the Kabega Park police station. The mysterious notice was pasted on the front door of the hall.
Grobbelaar and his staff denied putting it up.
Nelson Mandela Bay chief whip Werner Senekal said the matter was still under investigation.
“I can confirm that Grobbelaar was sent for a lie detector test, although we are still waiting for the report.”
The petition presented yesterday would be studied, Senekal said.
Bafana target good start in World Cup qualifier
Itumeleng Khune’s goalkeeping error put Bafana Bafana under pressure in the match that effectively cost them their chances in their qualifying campaign for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
But South Africa’s goalkeeping stalwart said he did not feel personal pressure as Bafana left OR Tambo International Airport yesterday on a mission to get their 2018 World Cup qualifiers off to a better start against Burkina Faso on Saturday.
Khune’s goalkeeping error in just the fifth minute of Bafana’s Gabon 2017 qualifier in Nouakchott in September last year‚ fumbling Aly Abeide’s innocuous free-kick through his arms‚ gifted Mauritania the lead and set up South Africa’s 3-1 defeat.
Following a 0-0 home draw against Gambia‚ Bafana’s chances of qualification were all but dashed after two matches.
Khune said he had enough experience at 29‚ having played in World Cups and Nations Cup final tournaments ‚ to know that goalkeeping errors happened to the best between the posts.
“I don’t feel it as much [personal pressure]‚ because I know I’ve got 10 more players on the field who are experienced as well‚” the Kaizer Chiefs gloveman said.
“So all the pressure is on the team‚ not just me. But if certain individuals perform well, the team will definitely do well. “For me‚ what’s important is bouncing back from that mistake.”
“It helped that after that‚ the coach still had faith in me. He gave me the responsibility to lead the team.”
“Things like those happen to the world stars‚ and world’s best goalkeepers. And I managed to bounce back and perform well for the team.”
Khune was working his way back from an injuryplagued period when Bafana travelled to play on Nouakchott’s artificial turf.
He grew in strength in the rest of South Africa’s failed 2017 campaign.
The keeper also had an excellent‚ confidence-boosting tournament for South Africa’s Olympic team at Rio 2016 in August.
“That’s exactly what I’m talking about – bouncing back from when you fall down‚”
Khune said of his performance at the Olympics in Brazil‚ where South Africa drew against the hosts in the opening game but could not progress past the group stage.
“I’ve played in big tournaments – the World Cup‚ the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana at the age of 19. “All that experience I have been collecting, I think will work to the team’s advantage going into this campaign.”
Khune said South Africa’s experiences in their Nations Cup campaign‚ where they finished third in their group‚ had heightened Bafana’s awareness this time of the need for a good start.
“It’s huge to start well. And it’s very important that we continue with the good brand of football‚ and we create chances and we take them.”
“Because in the last campaign we played four draws‚ which is not good. If we had collected all those points we would have qualified for the Afcon.”
Bafana are drawn with Burkina Faso‚ Senegal and Cape Verde Islands in Group D of the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
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