Terror-accused twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie were allegedly making complex arrangements to travel from Maputo in Mozambique to Kenya‚ Ethiopia and Sudan‚ in a bid to reach territory under the control of Islamic State (IS).
That’s according to the investigating officer in their case‚ Detective Warrant Officer Wynand Olivier‚ who was responding to an application by the brothers to have their arrests declared unlawful.
A statement by Olivier was submitted to the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Friday.
In their application‚ made on Thursday‚ the brothers had asked the police to provide evidence to back the allegations against them. They said their arrests were unlawful and that they were not furnished with arrest warrants.
Olivier said that information gathered on the day the 23-year-olds were arrested showed that they had made two attempts to leave the country in three months.
“Two attempts to leave the country in the space of three months illustrate that the accused were not only committed to join IS‚ but were aided and abetted by persons located outside South Africa who are connected with IS‚” he said.
Handwritten notes by one of the brothers seized on July 9 exposed some of the twins’ travel plans‚ Olivier said.
He added that a yellow fever vaccination card was to obtained by Brandon-Lee on May 6‚ 2015.
The police allege that the brothers first attempted to leave the country for Turkey in April 2015 to join IS.
“It is highly significant that‚ after their first attempt to leave the country via OR Tambo failed‚ they adopted a different strategy aimed at concealing their real destination‚” Olivier said.
The twins apparently left South Africa by road to Mozambique in July 2015. They were allegedly planning to head to Kenya‚ Ethiopia and Sudan from there‚ but were prevented from boarding a flight by a Mozambican airline and authorities in the country.
They had plans to leave Sudan‚ Olivier said.
The brothers face three counts of terrorism relating to their alleged attempts to travel to Syria to join IS and alleged plans to attack US and Jewish interests in South Africa.
They will return to court on Monday‚ when Olivier is expected to testify.
If the brothers are successful in their application to have their arrests declared unlawful‚ they may be released.
– TMG Digital
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A 66-year-old man has died following a robbery at Fischer’s Jewellers in Greenacres Shopping Centre on Friday morning.
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said about five armed men entered the store at about 9.30am and held staff up.
“An unknown amount of jewellery was taken. On fleeing the store, a display window was broken. The suspects ran out of the centre and attempted to hijack a vehicle in the parking area however they met with confrontation by responding police,” Janse van Rensburg said.
“The suspects then attempted to hijack another person not far off in the same area. It is further alleged that a 66-year-old man, the owner of the LDV bakkie resisted and was fatally wounded.”
Janse van Rensburg said the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot towards a cellphone shop in Cape Road.
“Another confrontation took place between the suspects and a security guard. The suspects succeeded in hijacking a white VW Polo,” she said.
“Three of the four suspects drove away in the Polo while one fled on foot and was arrested in Westview drive Mill Park by another security company. Some of the stolen jewellery was recovered at a fast food parking lot.”
The Polo was recovered in a cul-de-sac in 2nd Avenue, Newton Park and the suspects were seen fleeing towards the taxi rank in Durban Road, Korsten.
“Police arrested two suspects in a taxi and two firearms were found in their possession. Some of the stolen jewellery was also recovered,” Janse van Rensburg said.
“Police have opened cases of armed robbery, two counts of attempted hijacking (in the parking lot of Greenacres), car jacking, murder, two counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and possession of suspected stolen property. The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.”
The resignation of George mayor Charles Standers over claims that the Democratic Alliance (DA) is racist proves the “blue lie of unity it has tried to sell to black‚ coloured and Indian communities”.
That’s how the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) reacted to news that Stander had tendered his resignation on Wednesday night in a letter to provincial DA bosses.
“Racism is the DA’s DNA. There is not a single racist incident that has occurred in the past few months that is not associated with the far right party that is a bastion of racism‚” Sanco spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said.
“The rented leadership that is leaving the party in droves confirms the dominance of the racist white inner cycle and the DA’s puppet masters cannot sustain the blue lie of unity it has tried to sell to black‚ coloured and Indian communities.”
Standers had said in his letter that: “Racist practices within the DA George caucus are wrong‚ create disunity and affect service delivery to our people.”
Mahlangu said this showed “the DA bubble is bursting despite attempts to project itself as a united party”.
Mahlangu didn’t‚ however‚ comment on the ongoing disciplinary action against Standers that saw him being suspended from attending meetings following remarks critical of the party that he made in a George community newspaper.
This prompted DA sources to question the “suspicious” timing of Standers’ resignation.
Standers faced disciplinary action earlier this year when his wife accused him of assault. She later withdrew criminal charges against him.
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Training for unqualified mechanics, panel-beaters
Sipho Mkayo used to watch his father fix cars in the garage of their home in KwaNobuhle – initially helping him clean his tools.
But it was not long before he could dismantle and reassemble a car engine – at just 15 years old – making him a capable mechanic, although without qualification.
Mkayo, 29, now runs Kwano Auto Repairs with his younger brother, Mark, 26.
They get repair jobs from residents, but hope to expand the business.
Kwano Auto Repairs was established three years ago and employs eight people.
“I was 15 years old when I started to overhaul a whole engine by myself,” Mkayo said.
“I assisted my father, which is where I learnt the skill. I’d watch him and he didn’t even know that I was learning.
“He would leave me to clean parts while he rested and come back with a fully done car that starts and runs normally.”
The Mkayo brothers were just the people the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) had in mind when it approached enterprise development company Filpro – whose main aim is to boost wholly owned black businesses – to conduct a two-year Informal Automotive Service Centres Development Programme.
“What we are hoping to achieve … is to finally get RMI [Retail Motor Industry] accreditation and broaden our market,” Mkayo said.
The programme, launched in partnership with the UDDI yesterday, will see 106 unqualified mechanics, tyre repairers and panelbeaters from Uitenhage’s KwaNobuhle, Khayamnandi and KwaLanga areas undergo business management and product training.
With Uitenhage being Nelson Mandela Bay’s automotive hub, the programme aims to boost the area’s township economy by building the mechanics’ small businesses and linking them to more lucrative market opportunities.
Filpro project coordinator Mduduzi Mahlalela said: “Bringing the programme to Nelson Mandela Bay is our way of giving back to the region as township businesses in the area regularly make use of products manufactured by our parent company [G.U.D Holdings].”
UDDI chief executive Patricia Dlamini said: “At the heart of the programme is supplier development and market linkages, which have proven to be a challenge.”
The inaugural workshop took place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre yesterday, with the rest to continue at the Khayamnandi Hall in Despatch, Babs Madlakane Hall in KwaNobuhle and Langa Hall in KwaLanga.
Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles faced a return of brutal heat on Tuesday after a day-long respite of cooler weather and diminished winds that helped them gain some ground against the blaze.
Stoked by the high temperatures and erratic winds, the fire erupted near a cluster of communities about 60km north of Los Angeles and spread quickly at the weekend, destroying 18 homes and the landmark Sable Ranch, popular for TV and movie productions.
One man died on Saturday after he ignored firefighters’ instructions to leave immediately.
He was identified as Robert Bresnick, 67.
His body was found inside a burnt-out car parked in a driveway.
By Tuesday morning, some 3 000 firefighters hacking through dense brush had extended containment lines around 25% of the so-called Sand Fire, which has charred 153 square kilometres.
Containment had stood at just 10% on Monday.
The overall footprint of the fire was little changed, with most of the additional acreage burnt since Monday coming from newly ignited pockets of vegetation within the fire zone.
About 480km to the north, a smaller fire raging since Friday between Big Sur and the scenic coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea continued to threaten some 1 650 properties after destroying 20 homes on Sunday.
It remained 10% contained on Tuesday, authorities said.
As the fire edged away from populated areas and crept further into the adjoining Angeles National Forest, evacuation orders were lifted on Monday night for most of the estimated 20 000 displaced residents.
North of Big Sur at the edge of the Los Padres National Forest, some 2 300 firefighters were battling a blaze dubbed the Soberanes Fire, which had scorched nearly 8 094 hectares since Friday, a state fire agency spokeswoman said.
Nomination for White House makes history
Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s White House nomination, coming back from a stinging defeat in her first presidential run in 2008 and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history.
In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton’s former rival, US Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor on Tuesday that Clinton, 68, should be selected as the party’s nominee at the dramatic climax of a state-bystate roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
Capping nearly a quarter of a century in public life, Clinton will become the party’s standardbearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the November 8 election when she accepts the nomination today.
“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next,” Clinton told the convention via a video satellite link.
In nominating Clinton, delegates made the point that the selection of a woman was a milestone in America’s 240-year-old history.
Women in the US got the right to vote in 1920.
Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, portrayed her in a speech to the convention as a dynamic force for change as he made a case for her White House bid.
“Hillary is uniquely qualified to seize the opportunities and reduce the risks we face, and she is still the best darn change-maker I have ever known,” he said, hitting back at Republican arguments that she is a Washington insider tied to the status quo.
The Democratic nominee, who promises to tackle income inequality, tighten gun control and rein in Wall Street if she becomes president, is eager to portray Trump, a businessman and former reality TV show host, as too unstable for the Oval Office.
Trump, 70, who has never held elective office, got a boost in opinion polls from his nomination at the Republican convention last week.
He had a two-point lead over Clinton in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday – the first time he had been ahead since early May.
Sanders has endorsed Clinton, but some of his supporters protested in Philadelphia against the party leadership’s apparent backing of her during the Democratic primary fight.
Thousands of protesters gathered near a subway station close to the convention centre late on Tuesday, although a heavy police presence and barricades kept them far from convention guests.
Among the protesters were Sanders supporters and Black Lives Matter activists.
At least three people clambered over perimeter fences and were arrested. Some set up a candlelight vigil, sang songs and chanted “Election fraud”, in reference to leaked e-mails that showed the Democratic National Committee tried to undermine Sanders’ campaign.
Earlier on Tuesday, delegates from South Dakota had given Clinton 15 votes, formally ensuring that she had more than the 2 383 votes needed to win the nomination.
She emerged with a total of 2 842 votes to Sanders’ 1 865.
In 2008, Clinton lost a hardfought nomination battle to firstterm US Senator Barack Obama, who went on to become America’s first black president.
The convention this week is, in part, an effort to reintroduce Clinton to American voters, more than half of whom view her unfavourably, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
Zamalek own goal seals top spot for The Brazilians
In the end, they had to rely on an own goal after some good chances could only result in stops by the Zamalek goalkeeper‚ but Mamelodi Sundowns’ 1-0 victory has seen them into the Caf Champions League semifinals in style.
Downs‚ on nine points from three Group B games‚ have an unassailable nine-point lead with a game to spare.
The Brazilians‚ who reached the group stage because of second round opponents AS Vita Club’s expulsion for fielding an ineligible player‚ will now fancy themselves to go all the way.
Zamalek centre-back Ali Mossad turned substitute Percy Tau’s attempted cross into his own net in the 80th minute at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville last night.
Downs‚ who until then had been denied by repeated stops by the Egyptian giants’ goalkeeper‚ Ahmed Elshenawy‚ were deserved victors, having broken down their well-organised opponents on half a dozen occasions‚ with barely a reply at the other end.
Group B was reduced to three teams after ES Setif were expelled for crowd misbehaviour following their 2-0 defeat to Sundowns in Algeria in June. only
Downs have gone on to beat Nigerians Enyimba 2-1 at home‚ Zamalek by the same scoreline in Cairo‚ and now the White Knights again.
Sundowns largely played a patient waiting game against their highly tactical opponents in the first half.
After Leonardo Castro missed the target early on for the Brazilians in a one-on-one‚ Sundowns settled back‚ moved the ball calmly‚ and were prepared to wait for the openings.
Their tentative probing resulted in Khama Billi receiving the ball on the edge of the area in the 43rd minute‚ turning and beating Maroof Yusuf into the area down the left‚ the Zimbabwean’s low shot stopped by the outstretched leg of Elshenawy.
Some fancy footwork after the break teed up dangerous left-back Tebogo Langerman for an angled shot from outside the area that skidded past Elshenawy’s upright.
In the 76th, right-back Siyanda Zwane’s dipping 28-metre drive was kept out one handed by Elshenawy at full stretch.
Tau‚ on for Themba Zwane‚ found space on the left and played a low ball toward the centre‚ with Mossad’s miscued intercept beating Elshenawy.
Sundowns’ final group match is against Enyimba in Nigeria on August 23 or 24.
Wearing ANC t-shirts, Port Elizabeth College students protested yesterday, accusing the institution’s management of failing to address issues around finances.
A group of about 60 students chanted as they made their way from the Russell Road campus to the college’s main administrative building at Erica House in Richmond Hill.
SRC student affairs head Aviwe Sintu said there was a R6million budget shortfall which, he claimed, the college management could not account for.
Sintu said the money was meant for students to cover costs such as accommodation and travel. “We want to know where the money is,” he said.
Akhona Bhanga, 25, of Kwazakhele, who is studying tourism, said she had not received her bursary.
“We were told there was a shortfall,” she said.
The students alleged that National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding had been misappropriated.
PE College spokeswoman Ntombekhaya Qwaqa said there was a lack of funds and that management was working on a campaign to get more money from the NSFAS.
“Students [and] management should campaign together to get more funds from [the] NSFAS, and also to get bursaries from different Setas and companies,” she said.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday the idea that the government would create all the jobs was not true.
Gordhan said at an ANC briefing in Port Elizabeth that opposition parties who used jobs as a way to attract unemployed people to vote for them was misleading.
“No political party creates jobs, and no government can create all the jobs that are required . . . So, the truth must be told,” Gordhan said.
Political party bigwigs were out in full force in Port Elizabeth yesterday, promising to create jobs and improve the lives of the poor in the city.
Canvassing for votes were the EFF’s national chairman, Dali Mpofu, in Helenvale and the DA’s Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, at a youth rally at the Westbourne Oval.
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, and ANC mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan launched a toilet container project to help eradicate bucket toilets.
Three containers were handed over to KwaNdokwenza residents, near Njoli Square.
Jordaan said: “We need to deal with the bucket system, spider connections, housing and illegal dumping.
“We gave [infrastructure and engineering political head] councillor [Andile] Mfunda R25-million to remove bucket systems.
“If it is not enough, we will give him more until there are no more bucket systems.”
While the launch was meant to be a municipal event, as it was ending ANC T-shirts were dished out near council speaker Maria Hermans’s vehicle.
A scuffle ensued as people jostled to get T-shirts.
Meanwhile, in Helenvale, Mpofu conducted door-todoor visits and listened to residents as they spoke of poverty and a lack of electricity and proper sanitation.
Mpofu said crime was rife because of unemployment.
“Crime is created by joblessness, by people who are idle, who end up turning to drugs, alcohol and crime,” he said.
“The social conditions in this area are not pleasant.
“Poverty seems to be high, and the local government should do something to improve the social conditions.”
Mpofu said they had chosen to campaign in Kobus Street in Helenvale because they wanted to bring a message of hope to the community.
“I heard that this area was a ‘no-go’ area for political parties, so I wanted to bring a message of hope to the residents, because it can’t be that we are scared of our own people,” he said.
At the DA’s youth rally, Zille said the choice in next week’s municipal elections was not between black and white, but between blue, yellow and red.
She was speaking to hundreds of Port Elizabeth College students.
Zille was accompanied by DA Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, DA Students Organisation (Daso) constituency leader and MP Yusuf Cassim, and MP Zakhele Mbele.
She said the coming elections were the most crucial since the 1994 polls.
“The feeling people had in 1994 when they went to vote for freedom is the feeling South Africans will have next week when they go to the polls,” Zille said.
“The choice is not between black and white but between blue, yellow and red.”
She said the ANC was desperate because “they can see the DA will take over Nelson Mandela Bay”.
Also, she said: “Their claims that the DA came from the NNP are not true – the NNP joined the ANC.”
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