Three foreign nationals were killed in two separate incidents over the weekend.
Despatch police are investigating a case of double murder after an Ethiopian man and a Malawian man were shot and killed in Khayamnandi last night. The men’s bodies were discovered inside New Bhongo’s Spaza Shop in Fort Calata Street.
Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said the identities of the men could not be released yet as their families had not been notified of their deaths.
In an unrelated incident, a 26-year-old man died after being shot in the head during a failed business robbery in Kwanobuhle on Friday evening. The man, also a foreign national, allegedly tried to fight off three suspects who tried to rob his Emthiza Spaza shop in Mhlontlo Street. He was shot during the struggle and the robbers allegedly fled the scene without taking anything from the store.
According to Sergeant Nkohli, the suspects are still at large and no arrests have been made. ”We are urging anybody from the community with any information to contact Crimestop or their local police station,” he said.
Tracking spoor in the shadows of Kuzuko elephant herd adds to adrenaline rush.
We were so close to the elephants we could hear the matriarch “belly rumble”, a subterranean growl which, our guide told us softly, was a warning to the herd that we were there.
Crouched behind a spindly tree, we held our breaths. Life stood out in sharp relief. A wafer of moon hung in the blue sky above the pale green spekboom forest and a southern boubou called once. Otherwise the bush was quite still. The elephants were perhaps 25m away. Suddenly in the foreground, another mammoth reared up out of the spekboom, where it had been lying prone, until then invisible to us.
There was a calf too. Branches snapped and there was a shrill, angry trumpet.
We tensed but our guide chuckled softly. It was just the calf protesting at being pushed aside by its mother.
It persisted and she allowed it to, signalling she was content with our presence. The youngster thrust under her flank and the herd was feeding peacefully again, reaching up their trunks to bend down the tastiest branches amid a symphony of primeval farts. For half-an-hour, we watched and listened in awe, then backed away quietly through the bush.
Our walk with the elephants took place at Kuzuko, a private contractual area on the northwestern side of the Addo Elephant National Park.
It was early morning and, led by our guide, senior ranger JP van Wyk, we had left our vehicle and stalked the herd from the east, keeping the sun in their eyes.
Using his ash bag, a little pouch filled with ash for zero smell, Van Wyk showed how the slight breeze was favouring us.
He pointed out interesting things as we walked: well-trodden animal path “highways”; the lair of a baboon spider with its ornate raised lip; gerbil runways under an overgrown fallen branch; the husk of the kirky bush, slow-burning, so just right as a fire starter; how the leaves of the jacket plum tree get serrated to repel over-zealous browsers; and the giant pancake spoor where the elephants had been.
It was an experience my son and I will never forget.
Besides the thrill of being so close to the elephant, I had heard about their low frequency communication system before and it was amazing to actually hear it.
It sounds like a rumbling tummy, but scientists say it is produced when the elephants expel air over their long vocal chords and the sound resonates through their giant frames.
Earlier, before dawn back at Kuzuko Lodge where we were lucky enough to be staying, my youngest boy and I had padded up to the swimming pool for an exhilarating dip as the baboons barked from a krantz across the valley.
It would have been a pleasure to spend our time wandering the peaceful pathways at the lodge gazing out over the Karoo towards Somerset East and Pearston,
a plume of dust occasionally rising from a vehicle moving on the gravel road in the far-away distance. But there were too many interesting things to do.
History is an important part of Kuzuko. Guided by ranger Luke Beckmann, we visited the graves of two settler families who farmed in the area.
An inscription conveyed something of the hardships they must have experi-
enced on this wild frontier.
“In sacred memory of Mary Anne (born Pote) beloved wife of FI Gowar, who departed this life on 10th November 1869 from Putrid Sore-Throat after a brief illness of five days, aged 21 years, six months and 14 days.”
Kuzuko has rescued the two original homesteads for unplugged off-the-grid accommodation and is busy converting the old barn into an environmental education centre to host kids from local disadvantaged schools.
Not far off on the flank of the Zuurberg mountains are several caves revealing the presence of a much older community that probably overlapped with these settlers.
Squeezing past aloes and pig ears, chandelier euphorbias and black turrets of hyrecaeum (petrified dassie droppings and urine sometimes harvested for the perfume industry and traditional treatment of epilepsy) Beckmann showed us San rock art that has been dated at 400 years old.
There are paintings of eland, elephant, possibly a lioness, and, even what looked like a giraffe, raising the debate as to whether the species could in fact have been indigenous to the area, contrary to accepted wisdom, or whether this painting was just a memory brought home by a nomadic people.
It was easy to imagine the Bushmen sitting in these caves looking down at the plain, planning an eland hunt – or
maybe a raid on the newcomers’ livestock.
Kuzuko has recently been in the news as the new home for Sylvester the lion, the escape artist from the Karoo National Park, and it was good to learn how well he’s fitting in and to understand the natural forces (dominant lions) that set him on the run.
But that was a subject for another story, and in the meantime, there was the daily tapestry of delight on our game drives.
Posses of ostrich racing madly over the veld raising their wings left and right as they veered; the even madder gait of the black wildebeest, which whirls its white tail to confuse pursuing predators; a kori bustard, the biggest flying bird in Africa, beating slowly through the golden evening air. Young Australians Gemma Bradtke and Amy-Lee Woods, in South Africa after Bradtke won a radio competition that allowed her to choose anywhere in the world she’d like to go, summed it up: “It’s amazing”. On the last night of our visit out again with Beckmann, we came upon an animal we had never seen.
Bulky and vigorous, shadowy legend of the Eastern Cape thicket, the bushpig was rooting around in the undergrowth, oblivious to our headlights. We got the whiff of death on the night air and spotted the protruding leg of a kudu carcass. The boar was looking for maggots, a great delicacy, Beckmann whispered.
After 15 minutes it pulled its head out the bush and stood for a moment in the open staring at us, utterly wild, a slab of grey bristly mane, tusks and muscle, then it dashed off into the bush.
Twelve kilograms of dagga was recovered yesterday when a long-distance bus travelling from Durban to Cape Town was stopped and searched by the police on the N2 near Grahamstown.
Although members of the Grahamstown highway patrol found two large bags packed with dagga among ladies and children’s clothes, they were not able to locate the owner of the bag. The dagga, weighing in at 12kg, has a street value of approximately R12 000.
In a separate incident later that same afternoon, a 29-year-old man was arrested for possession of a stolen trailer. The suspect was driving from King Williams Town to Port Elizabeth when the driver was pulled over. The trailer had no rear registration plates and the chassis number was ground off. Authorities discovered that the trailer, valued at R14 000, had allegedly been stolen in April in Walmer. The man is due to appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court soon.
The makings of a liveable city are that it must be close enough to sea water that is warm enough to swim in. It must have great architecture, new and old.
It must have hipster economics with youngsters being creative.
It must have sleazy bars that are safe enough to go to, and big and little theatres. It must have lots of protests. It must be multicultural and be accepting of gays and lesbians.
It must have bicycle lanes, trams and a good bus system.
Nelson Mandela Bay has all the ingredients for such a city, with the exception of the bicycle lanes and an efficient bus system, according Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) chief executive Pierre Voges.
He was quoting an article published in an English magazine.
“For me, that’s the philosophy on how you can build a city that is liveable for all. Nothing smart and sophisticated,” Voges said.
The MBDA, an entity tasked with propelling catalytic projects that spur growth through private sector investment, will be driving some of the metro’s biggest economic undertakings over the next five to 10 years. These include:
Developing the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium precinct into a hive of outdoor, sports-related lifestyle activities;
Driving a multibillion-rand project at the Happy Valley (Telkom Park) precinct;
The Bayworld redevelopment;
The revitalisation of the Baakens Valley precinct;
Completing the Singapi Street development into a thriving tourism and heritage area; and
The Schauderville and Korsten master plan, which details projects to address socioeconomic ills.
All eyes will be on the MBDA over the next few years to see how the upgrade of the Bayworld Snake Park and Oceanarium unfolds.
The mega project, set to cost about R350-million, will not only change the face of the derelict facility, but it is also expected to attract throngs of tourists to the Port Elizabeth beachfront.
Voges said the first roundtable discussions with scientists, marine biologists and experts from u Shaka Marine World and Cape Town’s aquarium had been held to discuss the way forward for Bayworld.
The discussions are centred on whether or not it should be a research institute or an education and entertainment facility.
“We had to start talking about what we want from Bayworld. Is it going to be a marine or maritime research institution? They don’t make money, they cost money.
“Or are you going to bring the edutainment – entertainment like dolphins – but then you have a public outcry.
“Or are we going to have a bit of both? We need to decide by the end of this year what we want.”
He said acting city manager Johann Mettler wanted a decision made by the end of the year about what would take place at Bayworld.
“Research institutes these days suck up money; it must have a funding stream. Where are we going to get that kind of money? Edutainment is much more of a money-spinner. People pay their gate fees and it brings in tourists.
“I’m not going to say what my view is, but you have very anti-captivity views, anti-dolphins views.”
MBDA spokesman Luvuyo Bangazi said some of the ideas that were being bandied about were animation and virtual tours.
“We spoke about a lot of options like virtual reality – bringing in animation, so that you can climb into a vessel and it takes you under the sea without moving.
“It’s not either/or, but all of it is being put on the table. We have to go out and get more stakeholders involved.
“We’re going to do public surveys to get what people want, but we are not going to please everyone.
“The anti-animal captivity lobby group is probably way ahead of us with their lobbies,” Bangazi said.
Voges said: “There are people who are adamant that dolphins should not happen. Are we going to swing their views? We must consult.
“I have to go find the money to sell [Bayworld] as a commercial entity that is able to bring money out of the system.
“It is easier then to find the money than something you build and it must be subsidised in the future. That doesn’t always work.
“There are only two cities that have dolphin licences, Durban and Port Elizabeth. We still have the licence. So, is that an asset or a liability?”
The agency has, over the past 13 years, developed around the city centre, Helenvale and New Brighton.
The projects, including the R40-million upgrade at the Donkin Reserve, Govan Mbeki Avenue, Tramways building and Bird Street, have led to an upgrade of the surrounding properties.
“It has been very slow over the last 10 years, but there are some very good examples where public investment has started to sweat, started to work for the private investor.
“People say if you didn’t make the Donkin a happy place to be, we wouldn’t have invested in the surrounding properties.
“The idea wasn’t to fix the Donkin only. The idea was to send out a positive message to those private property owners who were quite sceptical.
“One rand of public sector investment starts to grow into R5, R10 or R20 of private sector investment,” Voges said.
But while good innovation projects might be built in pockets around the city, in order to get the private sector on board, investors wanted to see that the areas were safe and clean.
They wanted to see that they could get more rands out of their investments, Voges said.
“If the cleansing improves and security improves, eventually you create that confidence.
“Sometimes it’s like a big wheel stuck in the mud. The battle is to start pushing it, but as you start pushing it, it starts to move faster and faster.
“Cleansing and security contracts are not actually our job. It’s a municipal job. Why do we do it? It’s to plug a hole.
“The MBDA is a company that must be catalytic and initiate economic development,” Voges said.
A video of two white men dancing at a petrol station forecourt is putting a smile on South Africans’ faces‚ as an antidote to seemingly continuous negative racial interactions and recent footage of a brutal attack on a petrol attendant.
In the video‚ which has gained attention on social media‚ the pair are seen dancing joyously to musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse’s 1983 hit single, Burnout.
A few seconds into the two-minute, 43-second-long video‚ a female petrol attendant joins the men in dance before two other people join them.
The cheerful video shows the group dancing happily while bystanders cheer them on.
The video was shared by Facebook user Sheshe Lashez Mlotea on Wednesday and has been already viewed nearly 382 000 times and shared more than 11 000 times. It is not yet clear where or when the video was shot. Mlotea has not yet responded to requests for comment.
His post stated: “This is beautiful! Videos like these are the ones that should go viral … Not the racist crap!“
Many agree‚ including Mlotea’s friend Lungi Malgas Mamosia, who commented: “They look really happy‚ true‚ Sheshe‚ these racist videos are boring seriously now.”
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Nelson Mandela Bay music fans can look forward to an invigorated and reinvented UB40 when the band performs in Port Elizabeth later this year.
The band will be performing with three of the original members, including the legendary Ali Campbell, for the concert at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Outer Fields on November 8.
The 11-member band, who are Britain’s biggest reggae band of all time, will be performing classic hits such as Red, Red Wine, Kingston Town and Can’t Help Falling in Love as well as newer songs from their most recent album, Silhouette.
Speaking to Weekend Post this week, Campbell said the band would return to Port Elizabeth for the first time since the early 1990s.
They were looking forward to being back in the city, he said.
“The last time we were in South Africa was about two years ago but it has been a while since we were in Port Elizabeth. We are really excited to be back.
“We upheld the cultural boycotts during apartheid but after Nelson Mandela was released we played quite a few shows in South Africa.
“We go everywhere and pride ourselves on being musical pioneers when it comes to our world tours. Other exciting places we have played include the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
“We have been to other parts of Africa as well and an astonishing time we played was to 100 000 people at a music festival in Luanda.”
Campbell said they had just completed dates in England and would be heading to the US for various concerts before arriving in South Africa.
“People always ask us what the secret to our longevity and our tenacity is, because we simply refuse to go away, and the simple answer is that we chose reggae.
“It is a genre that is universally popular, in every country.
“Reggae is uplifting. It unifies people and it makes you feel good. Music has the ability to heal your soul as well.”
He said many people believed the band had three albums – when the actual number was 24.
They sold 10 million albums in the United States alone.
“We are just a bunch of guys who grew up in Birmingham, England, where around 1967 and 1968, when I was nine years old, reggae was huge.
“It was an area with a lot of immigrants like West Indians and Africans and we all grew up listening to artists like John Holt, and obviously the big influence for us was Bob Marley and the Wailers,” Campbell said.
“We are very excited to be performing with Bob Marley’s son, Steven Marley, during our shows in the United States.”
The band also enjoyed keeping abreast of new and upcoming reggae artists like Raging Fyah.
“I left my own original band eight years ago but it will be myself, Astro and Mickey Virtue performing old hits and a few new ones as well,” Campbell said.
“We will be 11 people on stage, so what fans will be seeing is a reunited and reinvented UB40.”
The band will arrive in South Africa in November as part of their world tour and will be performing four concerts, with their other performances at Cape Town’s Grand Arena, GrandWest, on November 5, Durban’s Botanic Gardens on November 10 and Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome on November 12.
The shows are being organised by Big Concerts and will be presented by Heart FM, Algoa FM, East Coast Radio, Jacaranda FM and Channel 24.
The domestic violence case against Port Elizabeth cop Major-General Dawie Rabie will be investigated by the police watchdog after alleged interference from his office.
This was revealed Friday when the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said it would spearhead the probe against Rabie to ensure it was “investigated neutrally”.
This is not the norm as Ipid only investigates domestic violence cases involving police officers when a firearm is used or someone is killed.
The domestic violence case was opened against Rabie two weeks ago following an incident at his house in Summerstrand.
He allegedly changed the locks on the doors of his home and locked his family out in freezing weather.
The late-night drama forced police and security officials to kick open the front door to allow his wife, daughter and two grandchildren back inside.
Ipid spokesman Robbie Raburabu said that even though Rabie’s case did not fall under their mandate, they would be taking over the case due to his rank.
Rabie’s rank is one below lieutenant-general, who hold ranks such as deputy national commissioner, divisional commissioner, regional or provincial commissioner, and is only two ranks below the national commissioner.
Based on the Ipid probe, the matter will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as well as internal disciplinary recommendations made to the new provincial commissioner, Major-General Liziwe Ntshinga.
“[The] internal investigation will automatically flow from the criminal investigation, hence two-fold recommendations to both the DPP and police. There will not be any investigation by police while Ipid is investigating,” Raburabu said.
Asked for a timeline as to when a report would be compiled, Raburabu said: “The case has not [yet] been sent to Ipid even though the police provincial management indicated that they would want the case to be sent to us for further investigation.”
He said the docket would be sent to them as police management wanted it investigated neutrally.
At the time of the incident, Rabie allegedly threatened police officers and detectives on the scene with arrest.
A short while after his alleged rant, he opened a case against the police officials involved and demanded that they be arrested.
To date they have not been arrested nor has any action been taken against them.
Last week, police removed Rabie’s wife from their home as they feared for her safety. But later that same week she was apparently taken home after consultation with a family friend.
At the time, officials and investigators warned that this was part of a suspected “bully” tactic to get the case against Rabie withdrawn.
In another twist, last week Rabie sent a lieutenant-colonel detective from his office to take a withdrawal statement from his wife – an investigation he was not involved in.
The case was sent to the provincial commissioner’s office for investigation due to multiple allegations of interference from police officials and the police union.
Shortly after the case was opened, the SA Police Union called for Rabie to be suspended because of alleged interference with the investigation.
Union provincial spokesman Eric Jinikwe said they were concerned about the fact that Rabie was allegedly intimidating and threatening officials.
He said they had received reports from officers that officials from Rabie’s cluster office had been tasked to get withdrawal statements in an attempt to get the case quashed.
It also emerged that Rabie has a series of grievances against him which stem from alleged bullying tactics.
The majority of the complaints are from senior managers at police stations across Nelson Mandela Bay, and are under investigation.
A Uitenhage police officer went beyond the badge yesterday, making an unexpected delivery in KwaNobuhle.
Constable Magda Bezuidenhout, 27, delivered a 3.66kg baby boy after being told about a woman in labour in Hoyana Road.
“She responded and found a 21-year-old woman who was about to give birth on the roadside and Bezuidenhout opened a van, and turned it into a labour van with assistance of her colleagues who brought her essentials such as water, gloves and helped a woman to deliver a 3.66kg baby,” police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said.
And this is not the first time Bezuidenhout has jumped in to lend a hand.
Already nicknamed “midwife” by KwaNobuhle residents, Bezuidenhout helped deliver a baby in December in the same area
This time, Bezuidenhout was on patrol when she was stopped and told of a woman about to give birth.
“She had been walking with stones in hand to protect herself. It was too far for her to walk so I called her and I told her to drop the stones, because she was safe now,” Bezuidenhout said. Bezuidenhout used a blanket wrapped around the soonto-be mother to make a bed in her police van.
Officers in another vehicle raced off to get supplies.
“I might not have had any training in delivering a baby, but I can safely say that I was not frightened … it was more of a blessing than anything else to bring such a little, innocent life into the world.”
Bezuidenhout said she was shocked to have been involved in two births in seven months.
“I am just glad to have been in the right place at the right time and I am just happy the baby is safe,” she added.
“I also want the residents of KwaNobuhle to know they can trust me,” she said.
Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said: “The woman who gave birth did not want to be named, but was full of praise for Bezuidenhout.”
A Port Elizabeth police court orderly and a prison warder have been arrested for allegedly being part of a gang smuggling drugs into St Albans prison.
The arrests stemmed from a sting operation by the gang task team aimed at clamping down on drugs and cellphones being trafficked into prisons.
The two suspects are being charged under the Drug Trafficking Act and, if found guilty, could be sentenced to up to 25 years behind bars.
Port Elizabeth court orderly Warrant Officer Dawid Schoeman, 48, and St Albans warder Ian van Rensburg, also 48, were arrested in two separate undercover operations earlier this week.
Both men appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court – where Schoeman is based – yesterday and were released on bail.
Schoeman, who was released on R300 bail, and Van Rensburg, who was given R500 bail, were allegedly paid R300 each to deliver drugs to inmates.
Detectives are not yet sure if the men are also linked to the alleged smuggling of cellphones into the prison, but have confirmed that this will form part of the investigation.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Van Rensburg was arrested at his Bethelsdorp house on Thursday morning.
“[He] was caught red-handed when the transaction of drugs was completed at his home on Wednesday morning,” she said.
“He allegedly received drugs and cash, under the pretence he would smuggle them into the prison.”
In the second arrest on Thursday, Schoeman was caught in Hancock Street, near to the magistrate’s court where he is based, buying drugs for inmates.
“It is alleged that the officer accepted drugs and cash from a person to give to an awaiting trial suspect in the holding cells at the court. The intention was to smuggled the narcotics into the court holding cells and ultimately into St Albans,” Naidu said.
The smuggling of drugs and cellphones into prisons was a major issue, she said.
“There are joint efforts under way between the Department of Correctional Services and police to clamp down on [this].”
Cellphones smuggled into prisons have been a top priority for the gang task team after it was revealed last year that gangsters in jail were arranging hit squads to kill witnesses.
Naidu said that only after the investigation would it be determined if Schoeman and Van Rensburg were linked to other cases.
Eastern Cape Department of Correctional Services spokesman Zama Feni said the smuggling of drugs into prisons was a serious challenge for them.
“Recently, our own correctional officials have been caught and arrested after being found with drugs at Grahamstown, St Albans, Cradock and other correctional centres.”
Feni failed to answer on how many department employees had been arrested for similar offences since January.
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Eight people‚ including four children‚ have died and four others were injured in a fire that engulfed an orphanage in Durban.
The fire spread rapidly through the orphanage at Parlock‚ north of Durban‚ in the early hours of Thursday morning.
KwaZulu-Natal EMS spokesman Robert McKenzie told TMG Digital: “There were eight fatalities at the scene. The victims’ age between eight and 21 years old. Also four people were injured‚ they sustained between minor and serious injuries from smoke inhalation and cuts and lacerations and they have been taken to hospital.
“The exact cause of the fire is not known. We responded there just after 2.20am.”
KZN emergency services‚ the fire department‚ metro police and SAPS were on scene.
More to follow.
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