Two ANC councillors appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with last week’s Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting brawl.
Andile Lungisa, 39, and Gamalihleli Maqula, 28, were released on R1 000 bail each.
They face charges of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
It is alleged that Lungisa assaulted DA councillor Rano Kayser at a council meeting last Thursday by hitting him on the head with a glass jug.
Lungisa has since opened a counter charge of assault.
The two – who handed themselves over to police earlier on Monday – are due back in court on January 17 next year.
Their court appearance stems from an incident at a council meeting last Thursday where two councillors – Kayser and the ANC’s Rosie Daaminds – were injured during a brawl which saw councillors hurling glass jugs and glasses in chambers.
Kayser and Daaminds were hospitalised.
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A quarrel over a parked car blocking a driveway that degenerated into a street fight put a Democratic Alliance councillor in court on a charge of assault on Monday.
The ward councillor allegedly kicked 57-year-old Michael Kerr‚ who fell and broke his arm‚ after he complained that he was unable to reverse out of his driveway in the quiet coastal town of Fish Hoek on the Cape Peninsula.
Simon Liell-Cock‚ who was arrested on October 19 after the altercation‚ was identified as the alleged perpetrator when he made his first appearance in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Kerr claimed that he was rushing his wife to town when he found Liell-Cock’s car blocking the driveway. He searched for the owner of the vehicle and eventually found Liell-Cock whom‚ he said‚ got aggressive and attacked him instead of apologising for the inconvenience he had caused.
He said Liell-Cock kicked him when he threated to flatten his tyres and he fell on his arm. He said the councillor also tried to kick him in his private parts. Kerr said that he laid criminal charges when his right arm started swelling and got very painful.
“My arm is in a cast and I have been booked off from work‚” Kerr told TMG Digital on Monday.
“I do mechanical work and a lot of it is physical. I am supposed to be on 24-hour standby as I have to go in to oversee a few jobs but I can’t drive myself anywhere. I have to catch public transport and that is my main inconvenience. How do you brush your teeth? If my left ear is itching I have to use my right hand.”
Kerr said he was waiting for the outcome of the criminal case before deciding on his next move.
Liell-Cock has in the meantime also laid counter-charges against Kerr.
“I have laid a charge of defamation against Mr Kerr for what he has been telling the media because it is not all true‚” Liell-Cock told TMG Digital.
“I don’t know what his intention is or why he wants to defame me and make this a big deal. All I can tell you is that I have laid a counter-charge of assault against him and defamation‚” he said.
The City of Cape Town is set to take disciplinary action against the councillor. Council speaker Dirk Smit is gathering evidence about the incident.
The court hearing was postponed to November 23 for both parties to take part in mediation.
After pouring his heart out through his hit love song Nomvula‚ Nathi Mankayi is finally a happily married man.
Speaking to Sowetan‚ the super private singer surprisingly revealed that he has been married for a year to a businesswoman who hails from Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
The pair had a secret wedding ceremony at Nathi’s hometown in the Eastern Cape. He said that married life has been good to him.
“Married life is good. We’re learning and growing together‚” he told the local publication.
Speculations of Nathi being in a relationship first emerged when the two were spotted by DRUM in April this year.
The local publication reported that they were dressed in matching outfits outside a grocery store in Auckland Park‚ and added that she was present when they interviewed Nathi at his house a few months earlier.
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Jayde Panayiotou’s family wept on Monday afternoon as close-ups were shown of her body, including her face, as it was found on April 22 last year, already in rigor mortis.
Judge Dayalin Chetty had earlier warned the gallery that graphic scenes would be shown during the testimony of Warrant Officer Phillip Bekker, who combed the murder scene after Jayde’s body was found.
Jayde’s husband, Christopher Panayiotou, is accused of orchestrating her murder. He looked intently at Bekker as he testified.
Panayiotou’s mother, Fanoula Panayiotou, also cried while other members of the Panayiotou family sat with their heads bowed as the pictures – Jayde wearing a hoodie that was pulled over her head – were shown on an overhead screen.
Bekker, who has 17 years experience and has investigated about 8 500 crime scenes, described his observations up arriving at the scene that morning.
“The crime scene was very well managed by police. The crime scene was undisturbed on my arrival. Only members of K-9 unit were active,” he said.
He showed the court several pictures of the crime scene, including aerials which showed where a car drove up to the site where Jayde’s body was found and veered to the side of the dirt road.
He then moved on to the images of Jayde’s body.
“The body was of an adult female, fully dressed with all clothing in tact. Rigor mortis had already set in,” Bekker said.
Jayde’s mother, Michelle Inggs, held on to her young daughter Toni. The Inggs family sat near the back of the court, crying.
Various images showed the extent of Jayde’s injuries including cuts to her fingers, likely from when her rings were ripped off or the boot slamming shut on her hand. In the images Jayde, her brown hair in a ponytail and wearing a grey hoodie with “#hockey” written on the back, has her left arm curled up to her chest.
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“Remember‚ remember the fifth of November‚” goes the old song‚ but it’s a day many would rather forget.
Guy Fawkes celebrations result in an escalation of “fireworks-related injuries in children” who get admitted every year at this time to the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital.
The department of health in the Western Cape said on Monday that eye‚ facial and hand injuries so often sustained by children in the proximity of fireworks could be prevented.
The department offered several tips to lower the risk of these injuries:
Children are more likely to get hurt by fireworks than adults‚ so keep a close eye on them at fireworks events. Don’t allow them to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event as some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
Keep children and observers at a safe distance‚ behind a protective barrier and away from anything that could catch fire. Babies and children can wriggle in your arms and reach out unexpectedly.
Never allow children to touch or handle matches‚ lighters or fireworks‚ including sparklers. Consider safer alternatives such as glow sticks‚ confetti poppers or streamers.
Keep fireworks out of reach of children. Even sparklers remain extremely hot and burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
Only discharge fireworks in designated areas identified by the city.
Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes as they may catch fire.
The best treatment is prevention and the most effective way to avoid fireworks-related injuries is not to use fireworks at all.
Should a burn injury occur‚ cool the burn by keeping the affected body part under cold running tap water for 20 minutes to stop the burning process.
Should anyone sustain a burn injury involving flames‚ the victim should stop‚ drop and roll to put out the flames.
In the event of a firework injury affecting the eyes‚ seek immediate medical attention. Even for seemingly mild injuries‚ quick action can minimise the risk of long-term damage.
Do not rub or rinse the injured eye or apply ointment as it could increase the damage.
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It has emerged that millions of South Africans who rely on free-to-air television may soon be ‘robbed’ of prime-time news broadcasts after the SABC allegedly requested that the slot be canned.
This is according to a press statement released by the Democratic Alliance.
According to the statement, the SABC has allegedly requested an amendment to its licensing agreement. It would can news bulletins during prime time.
This apparently follows a similar request by e.tv to allow flexibility with regards to news bulletins.
“According to a presentation by the SABC at a public hearing last week at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on a similar request by e.tv, the public broadcaster requested that all free-to-air broadcasters be allowed flexibility to decide whether to air news broadcasts during prime time,” read part of the DA’s statement.
If the application is approved by ICASA, this means that TV stations will no longer be obligated to air news broadcasts during prime time.
The DA plans to challenge the application in parliament on Tuesday, stating that it is of national interest that news is broadcast during prime time.
“By the SABC’s own admission, over 12 million people watch TV during prime time, with 79% of adults in urban areas, relying on free-to-air television as the most regular source of news. Only 1 in 10 rely on social media as a news source,” added the statement.
Numerous attempts to get comment from the SABC proved unsuccessful.
Republican pounces after rival’s e-mail probe reopened by FBI
Donald Trump stepped up his attacks against Hillary Clinton, seeking to exploit the FBI’s decision to reopen an investigation into her e-mails, as America’s bruising election campaign heads into its final stretch.
Just 10 days before the country goes to the polls to elect either the former US secretary of state or the bombastic Republican billionaire, America’s top cop, James Comey, has been thrust centre stage.
The FBI director wrote to politicians on Friday, announcing that his agents were investigating a newly discovered trove of e-mails, renewing an inquiry that the Clinton campaign thought had ended in July.
Trump pounced. Campaigning in the western state of Colorado, which has been leaning towards Clinton, he denounced what he called his opponent’s “criminal and illegal conduct” to chants of “Lock her up!”
“This is the biggest political scandal since Watergate, and it’s everybody’s deepest hope that justice at last will be beautifully delivered,” Trump, 70, told a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
While his 69-year-old opponent remains on course to be voted in as America’s first woman president at the ballot box on November 8, her campaign is furious that its momentum has slowed in the final straight.
Clinton campaigned hard in the key battleground state of Florida on Saturday, greeting thousands of supporters at a Jennifer Lopez concert in Miami after earlier demanding that Comey explain in detail why he had effectively reopened the inquiry declared complete in July.
“It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election,” she said in Florida’s coastal town of Daytona Beach.
“In fact, it’s not just strange, it’s unprecedented, and it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts.
“So we’ve called on Director Comey to explain everything right away, put it all out on the table, right?” she declared, to cheers.
In reality, it seems unlikely that much progress will be made in the investigation before polling day and few observers expect Clinton to face criminal charges.
On Saturday, a poll of polls by tracker site RealClearPolitics put Clinton 3.9 percentage points ahead of the Republican nationwide, down from 7.1 points just 10 days previously.
But despite narrowing polls, an election model published daily in the New York Times and based on various state and national surveys yesterday gave Clinton a resounding 91% chance of winning the vote.
Trump, himself dogged by scandal over alleged sexual misconduct and accusations from at least 12 women, has relished the e-mail probe.
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is corrosive to the soul of our nation, and it must be stopped,” the real estate tycoon said in Arizona.
At the Lopez concert, Clinton embraced the hit singer on stage and accused her opponent of stoking fear, disgracing American democracy and insulting one group of Americans after another.
“Are we going to let Donald Trump get away with that? You’re right. We’re not,” she said.
“No matter what they throw at us, we don’t back down. Not now. Not ever.”
Clinton’s campaign has been overshadowed from the start by allegations she put US secrets at risk by using a private server based in her home for all e-mail correspondence as secretary of state.
According to the New York Times, the probe was renewed after agents seized a laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her now estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.
In July, Comey criticised Clinton’s handling of sensitive information but recommended no charges be brought.
Trump was outraged, using it as an argument that the White House race has been rigged against him by a corrupt elite.
Media reports citing FBI insiders suggest agents do not yet know whether the latest batch contains any new e-mails or classified information.
But the controversy could throw Clinton off her game and allow Trump to regain some of the ground lost to his own scandals.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sought to play down the impact of the revived scandal.
“We don’t see it as changing the landscape,” Mook said.
Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela says his troops lacked an obvious hunger to win in their 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars in their PSL clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday night.
The Port Elizabeth side had a late chance to snatch the game when they were awarded a penalty, but Chippa striker Lerato Manzini sent the ball sailing over the net.
Malesela believes this was a clear sign that his players were not hungry enough for a win. He also said his players made too many errors, which contributed to them not collecting the full three points.
Despite the draw, the Chilli Boys remain unbeaten at home this season. They have recorded one win and two draws at home.
“Not a good display from ourselves at all,” a disappointed Malesela said.
“There were a lot of errors, passing mistakes and many basic defending mistakes that cost us big time.
“It could have cost us the entire three points. In some situations you look at how hungry we are to get points, and we didn’t seem to play the part today.
“We didn’t seem like people who are playing at home are, who are really willing to get points. The penalty we had was just evidence of that.”
He said Stars made it difficult for Chippa to play.
According to his philosophy, the fewer the mistakes, the better a team will play. The more mistakes you make, the more likely the chance is of being scored against or losing a match.
“As the match progresses you start planning and thinking, ‘you know if we get to this time then I will probably do this. If we get to this time I will probably do this’.
“There was a situation where there were about three players on the last substitution that I could easily take out.
“That makes life difficult because you now are saying ‘which one?’.
“I don’t want to be this person who seems to be following the direction of the supporters when they display that change sign because I see the game differently,” he said.
Big games take their toll as Caf champions falter at home
Mamelodi Sundowns wilted in Pretoria’s fierce heat yesterday when they went down 2-1 to a well-drilled Cape Town City side. City captain Lebogang Manyama led by example with a brace and an impressive 90-minute performance to help the new boys record their third league win of the season.
Sundowns were sub-par, but after their energy-sapping Caf Champions League and Telkom Knockout Cup performances, this loss was unsurprising as they looked fatigued.
For the home side, it was the absence of a cohesive performance from their back four that will leave coach Pitso Mosimane worried.
When Cape Town City took the lead in the 22nd minute through Manyama, it was well deserved as the visitors had done most of the incisive running.
They seemed to respond better to the heat than Sundowns and the hosts had to battle a slow start.
While they did not look like a side that was disrespecting the game, it was clear they were battling to adapt to the slower pace of the league. After all, it was only their second league game of the season and it showed.
Manyama was causing all sorts of havoc in his free role up front and was at the heart of everything good done by the visitors. He caused most trouble on the right-hand side, which was where the goal came when an Ebrahim Seedat pass found the dangerous Aubrey Ngoma, who slipped the key assist through to his captain.
Ngoma should have scored City’s second in the 43rd minute when Asavela Mbekile got in the way of his shot, with Kennedy Mweene all over the place.
Sundowns came into the game more in the second half when the temperature had cooled, showing a similar performance to the one during their 2-0 Telkom Knockout Cup last-16 win against Polokwane City.
That paid off when Sundowns scored a 58th-minute equaliser through Thabo Nthethe, whose well-placed header from a Khama Billiat free kick was too good for Shuaib Walters.
Half-time substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro should have put City in the lead in the 79th minute when he combined well with Given Mashikinya to open up the Sundowns’ defence.
However, his indecision allowed Mweene and the struggling Sundowns’ defenders to regroup and clear the danger.
Manyama was not so generous four minutes later and showed Majoro how to convert a chance when he banged home an Ngoma cross from the left.
Again it was a cause of Sundowns uncharacteristically losing their defensive shape, with Thapelo Morena at fault this time.
It was a killer blow that Sundowns failed to recover from.
Win Tassan and Gina Daniels Mother and daughter team say industry is not for the faint hearted
A mother and daughter duo have proven to be more than just pretty faces, having established one of the Port Elizabeth’s leading beauty and health clinics, Beautiful You.
Not only do they finish each other’s sentences, but with their shared passion Win Tassan, 63, and Gina Daniels, 40, run the business side by side.
Nestled in the highly commercial Heugh Road in Walmer, the business stands out with its distinct exterior which personifies what it is all about.
Its elegant interior instantly calms the potential customer – an effect that both Tassan and Daniels said they were going for.
When Tassan bought what was then Slenderline at Walmer Park 23 years ago, little did she know that she would today be the go-to woman for all things skincare.
Even though Tassan studied teaching at a college in Grahamstown, she refused to let her dreams go and pursued her passion.
“I have always been fascinated with skin – the face is something you can never hide,” Tassan said.
“And because it has become scientific, this business is an ongoing learning experience.”
Meanwhile, Daniels said she had been drawn to the sector by the idea of pampering and spoiling hard-working women.
But today more men formed a large part of their client base.
“If I have to pinpoint one thing it has to be the people, being around women and getting to pamper them is the highlight of my day,” Daniels said.
“I was also very interested in permanent make-up in the early 90s but it had no yet evolved in South Africa.”
Daniels, who holds a master’s in intradermal pigmentology from The Beau Institute in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, said forming a business partnership with her mother came naturally as they had always been “partners in crime”.
The company employs 13 beauty therapists who deliver products from massages, facials, laser, permanent make-up and a variety of retail products, among many.
However, Tassan and Daniels share duties with them, with Tassan focusing on the property and maintenance-related duties.
Daniels deals with products and equipment.
While the city boasts a rich variety of beauty salons, Tassan said they were not in competition with anyone but instead competed with themselves.
“In this business, one would be all over town looking at what other beauty salons are doing but we are comfortable and know what we are passionate about.
“The challenges are high and we are fortunate enough to go on monthly training with doctors in Johannesburg to keep our industry at the top of its game.”
An attempt at expanding the business on a national scale failed when they opened a branch in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with Tassan saying the travelling back and forth became too much.
“We closed the Cape Town branch but we sold the branch in Johannesburg to our partner,” Tassan said.
Tassan and Daniels explained that other challenges of running a beauty health clinic ranged from maintaining their standards with quality products and staying current with the latest technology.
Daniels attributed the success of the business to word of mouth and maintaining a reputation.
“We have been honoured to have clients that have remained loyal to us for more than 20 years.
“This is not a game for the fainthearted. Hard work and passion for the industry is incredibly rewarding,” Daniels said.
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