||Kraaifontein 6 dead over a bungalow?
IOL News 11 December 2014
Cape Town - It was an eerie scene. Bloodied rocks littered a small bush clearing, grim evidence of incredible violence that left six young men dead, one of them so badly battered that his head was a blackened mess.
On Thursday, with the veld beginning to simmer in the heat and a pale sky stretching silently away above the powerlines, residents found it hard to believe that the small 3 metre by 3 metre clearing had been a savage killing ground just 24 hours earlier.
But residents who live nearby spoke of the high crime rate in the area and how homes were regularly burgled.
The six men who suffered such gruesome deaths may have been beaten because of a stolen prefab bungalow.
A small street in Section 9, Wallacedene, was in shock on Thursday morning as three families waited to go to the mortuary at Tygerberg Hospital this afternoon to identify bodies they fear are their relatives.
Four of the six bodies, missing since Tuesday, were believed to be those of relatives of the three families.
The six were found in a clearing under powerlines, on a nondescript field overgrown by Port Jackson bush at the northern end of the Joostenbergvlakte smallholding area outside Kraaifontein. Homesteads there are far apart and roads are quiet at night.
The men, aged between 18 and 30, were discovered by passers-by, lying face down with their hands tied behind their backs at around 10am on Wednesday. The bodies were lying among large chunks of building rubble.
Police have posted a R250 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers.
The six men appeared to have been stoned to death, Cape Town police said on Wednesday.
“It looks like they were stoned. There are stones lying around on the scene,” said police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana.
“They look like they were assaulted.”
The families in the Wallacedene street did not want to identify themselves when approached by the Cape Argus on Thursday.
“We do not yet know for sure those are our people, because we must still go and look at them,” said one woman, in a tiny home with four children, kittens and a television.
Neighbours and relatives were there, to lend support.
Another woman said her brother-in-law was among those who went missing on Tuesday.
“My husband went to see if it was him. From what we heard though, it sounds like it is him.”
On Monday, a man the families knew came around looking for the four men from the street and a man called Fatty, one woman said.
“He accused them of stealing his bungalow. A bungalow is one of those houses that you can buy at the side of the street, in its pieces.
“Two of the men arrived home from the Transkei on Monday and on Tuesday they all went to look for this other man to find out why he accused them. They never came back.”
The woman said she and others made a statement to police about this.
“Now we must see if these are our people. Two other men are from Kuils River.”
Resident Conrad Mostert, 21, who lives in a house about 150 metres away, said the night when the men were killed their dogs barked furiously for a long time.
“We did not hear anything, but that is possibly because the dogs made such a noise. It is funny though, because sound travels here, if people just speak normally here, we can sometimes hear them at home.”
A source close to the investigation said police were looking at the possibility the six were killed in a mob justice attack. The victims are all allegedly known to police as suspects linked to crimes.
“They were known to officers in that area as ‘criminal problem children’,” revealed the source.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk urged members of the public to come forward with any information. “Police are appealing to members of the public who may have information about the circumstances leading to the murder of six men.”
Anyone with information can call the investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer Van der Heever on 082 7185 461, 021 980 5558 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
Poo protesters off the hook
IOL News 9 December 2014
Cape Town - Nine men on trial for dumping human waste at the airport were discharged on all but one charge at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Andile Lili, Loyiso Nkohla, Yanga Mjingwana, Ben Dyani, Jaji Diniso, Bongile Zanazo, Thembela Mabanjwa, Bantubakhe Mgobodiya and Wandisile Mkapa will have to answer a charge of contravening a section of the Civil Aviation Act – which carries a sentence of up to 30 years’ jail.
They are accused of dumping human faeces at the entrance of Cape Town International Airport’s departure terminal on June 25 last year.
They appeared at the Bellville Regional Court on Monday to hear the outcome of their section 174 application, which their lawyer, advocate Pearl Mathibela, had filed with the court in October.
This followed the State’s decision to close its case against the men.
They were charged with contravening the Civil Aviation Act with an alternative count, contravening the National Environment Management Act with an alternative count, and contravening the city’s environmental health by-laws.
They were cleared of all but the first count.
In dismissing counts two and three, magistrate Nonkosi Saba agreed with Mathibela on many aspects, including that “waste” as defined by the by-laws or acts did not mean faeces.
She said the State had not brought evidence before the court to prove the nine men had conspired to cause a riot.
Saba said their intention was to shame the City of Cape Town. “The intention of the accused was not aimed at the aircraft, crew or the navigation facilities of the airport,” she said.
Saba, however, said their actions had affected the operations of the airport, with the entrance having to be cordoned off, forcing some passengers to use an alternative access.
In this regard the men had a case to answer to because someone stepping on the dumped faeces could have slipped and injured themselves.
Their application for discharge was refused.
The nine accused displayed considerable relief, in particular Lili, who pumped his fist and smiled in the dock when the magistrate freed them on some of the charges.
Outside court Lili told his supporters that their lawyers were devising a strategy to deal with the remaining count.
“Now our lawyers are going to look at how they deal with that part that speaks about (possible) injuries to passengers. The one that speaks about injuries is true, because if one would have walked on the (faeces, they could have slipped),” Lili said.
“This is a serious indication that we must not take for granted what we are standing for; the issue of sanitation which has become a problem for all of us,” Nkohla said.
The case was postponed until Thursday
Drive crime out of community: Pagad
IOL News15 December 2014
Chants of “We are taking back our community” could be heard through the streets of Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain on Sunday as People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) went on a motorcade to clear the area of crime and drugs over the festive season.
Accompanied by police, the convoy stopped outside suspected drug dealers’ homes. Residents came out of their homes to watch as the convoy blasted loud sound.
Pagad co-ordinator and Tafelsig resident Mogamat Keraan said there had been at least 10 murders in the area over the last month. The motorcade was one of several campaigns Pagad had embarked on this year and it would be the last, Keraan said.
“This demonstration is the final warning. Next time things will be very different,” he said.
“We are fed up with the drug trade and gang rivalry that has plagued this place for years. There is a gang war brewing and we won’t standfor it.”
A Tafelsig resident and mother-of-three, who chose to remain anonymous as she feared she might be targeted by gangsters, dismissed the effort by Pagad. She said the motorcade would do nothing to fix problems in the area.
“Gangsters and merchants are sitting laughing in their homes at this poor attempt to stop crime.
“Pagad should be active all year around, working with the children and educating them about the bad that is in gangsterism,” she said.
Tafelsig resident Jerome George said he lived in fear that his two young children would become the products of their environment.
“I feel like it’s only a matter of time. There is very little I can do.
“I can try to keep them locked in the house all day, but that won’t work. Drugs are all around here,” said George
Tshwane residents drive out sex workers
IOL News 8 December 2014
Pretoria - Residents of Philip Nel Park in west Pretoria have made it clear they won’t tolerate prostitution openly taking place near their homes. At the weekend they burnt makeshift beds allegedly used by prostitutes in the open and forced women they accuse of being prostitutes to walk down the street carrying banners.
came out in their numbers at a demonstration on Saturday and made their voices heard against what they said were illegal activities, people squatting in the veld and an increase in petty crime.
Resident Paul Masina said they were tired of police claiming there was no evidence to support their complaints of prostitution taking place in the veld by a stream which runs near the crematorium.
“These people break into our houses and hide in the bushes. There is so much prostitution going on we decided to be proactive and bring the evidence to police ourselves.
“It’s disgusting and filthy here because of them so we’re destroying their businesses so they won’t come back again,” he said.
Masina said the community had been neglected for far too long and the city needed to help them make their community safer. Around the makeshift beds set up in the veld were used condoms and toiletries, empty alcohol bottles and what appeared to be human waste.
The residents apprehended several women and forced them to carry banners down the street all the while chanting behind them “Phantsi ka marago a R20” (Down with prostitution for R20).
One of the women, Johanna*, admitted that she was a sex worker but was simply doing what she could to survive. “Even if the police arrest us they will let us go, either asking for a fee or sex. At times they (police) even come and rape us at night.”
Another woman, Natasha*, said she had heard the residents were coming but didn’t know why they were bothering them because they were not hurting anyone. “I’m from Rustenburg. The money I make I send home to support my family. It hurts but we’re used to being harassed by people and police.”
The women, some of whom were very emotional, said they were blamed for things which were not their doing. “If someone breaks into their (residents’) homes, they blame us, and it’s not true,” said one.
Clouds of smoke filled the air as mattresses and other items were burnt.
Police on the scene put some of the women, along with some men found with them, in a police van.
However, SAPS spokesman Captain Bonginkosi Msimango said there was no record of any arrests made over the weekend but they would look into what happened.
Cops shoot alleged looters dead
IOL News 3 December 2014
Mthatha - Police shot dead two people and wounded 11 who "violently" tried to steal food from a truck in Bizana, Eastern Cape police said on Wednesday.
"Two members of the community were fatally wounded by members of the SA Police Service in Mbizana, while trying to bring a violent mob under control," said Brigadier Marinda Mills.
Mhlophe Cele, 34, and Silindile Ndzimakhwe, 19, died in the incident on Tuesday.
A truck transporting sugar and rice got stuck on a steep incline on Tuesday morning. The driver reversed onto the side of the road to prevent a traffic jam.
"This caused some of the goods to fall off the back of the truck and community members came and helped themselves," said Mills.
Police were called and managed to stop the looting from the truck.
However, residents became "volatile" when the truck company's manager arrived and started to recover the goods which had fallen from the truck.
"This seemed to have agitated members of the community, and those standing close by became angry because they did not want the goods to be loaded back onto the truck or taken away by the manager," said Mills.
"Members of the public became violent and grabbed the manager, threatening to kill him as they forcefully pulled him."
When police intervened and freed the manager, people started throwing stones.
"The group became increasingly more aggressive and started pelting the manager and the police members with stones while advancing again towards the direction of the truck and its load," said Mills.
"The police members fired warning shots but it seemed not to have the desired impact to scare the mob away."
Police then opened fire. The 11 injured were taken to the Bizana Hospital. Nine of them had been discharged, while two were transferred to Mthatha Hospital.
A police officer and the manager sustained slight injuries. Mills denied allegations that police were involved in the looting.
"The members indicated that they were trying to assist the manager of the trucking company to salvage some of the goods."
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate was looking into the matter.
Local resident Alfred Shazi, who is a local SA National Civic Organisation chairperson told Sapa on Wednesday he went to the scene when he heard shots being fired.
"I could hear gunshots from my house which is near the scene."
When he arrived, he saw spent cartridges on the ground but did not see people throwing stones at police or the truck owner.
"The community said they were unarmed and did not throw stones at anyone."
Msuluze residents block off R74
Estcourt and Midland News 4 december 2014
Recently Msuluze residents who live along the R74 in the vicinity of Weenen blocked off the road with stones, preventing easy access to passing motorists
Ronelle Mungaroo | 3 December 2014 09:08
A portion of the R74 was blocked off with stones after residents from Msuluze protested against poor service delivery.
Service delivery is often a hot topic, which stirs intense emotions in people. Recently Msuluze residents who live along the R74 in the vicinity of Weenen blocked off the road with stones, preventing easy access to passing motorists. Councillor K Vilakazi from Weenen submitted a statement to the Estcourt News that he hopes would help readers better understand why the community chose this method of protesting.
“These are the results of the 2011 local government elections. The people of South Africa are encouraged to take note and be cautious of the ruling party and its ways. It is good at promising citizens about service delivery but they end up not delivering. Their election campaigns are filled with empty promises that increase the expectations of local citizens.
Their strategy of visiting vulnerable communities during election times has won more votes that they deserve. They target poor communities and promise to change their lives by giving them service delivery. They do not check the Integrated Development Plan to note the outstanding projects. As a result, South Africans have lost hope in politics and the intervention of politicians in the improvement of the country, the ruling party has been a bad example of how a political party should rule a country like our beloved South Africa.
Their promises to help poor communities during the 2011 to 2016 term has not yet materialised. As we approach the 2016 local government elections, we can expect big tents and soccer fields to be filled with hundreds of needy people being handed takeaways, ministers preaching propaganda, which aims to brainwash and confuse these citizens. After elections however, service delivery protests will resume because promises have not been fulfilled. Even if the people complain, their complaints fall on deaf ears.
Take the Uthukela District for example. The ruling party stops all water tankers that were supplying water throughout the district and promises to supply water through pipes and taps but today it’s like a dream. They are using a few water tankers, which does not fulfil the needs of Uthukela citizens. The people of Uthukela are suffering because of a basic service, water.
They promised each household a tap, electrified homes and maintenance to all gravel roads in rural areas, none of these promises have been fulfilled. For these reasons the R74 between Colenso and Weenen was closed. The community of Msuluze needs the African National Congress to fulfil the promises they made during the 2011 local government elections. All government sectors going to Weenen were forced to drive through Ladysmith to Estcourt.
School children were disturbed.”
Protesters block access to hospital
IOL News 3 December 2014
Polokwane - Residents of Mokgolobotho, outside Tzaneen, blocked a road to the Letaba Hospital in Limpopo on Wednesday, preventing patients and ambulances from entering.
They were demanding that the local Greater Tzaneen municipality restore water supply to their area.
They blocked the main road and said they would not back down their demands were met. On Tuesday night protesters preventing motorists from leaving the town.
Residents said they had been waiting for basic services like water for years. People blocked the R36 and waved placard reading “We need water” and “How do we survive without water”.
Residents said they ferried water from the neighbouring Nkowankowa township using wheelbarrows.
One resident, Mapula Monyela, said they risked their lives crossing busy roads pushing at least 120 litres of water on wheelbarrows.
“We are forced to cross the road while pushing litres of water, and there are speeding cars here,” said Monyela, a mother of four.
Protesters claimed the municipality had promised to resolve the water crisis earlier this year.
Police fired rubber bullets in an attempt to force protesters off the road.
Journalists held captive during protest
IOL News 4 December 2014
Johannesburg - Two Daily Sun reporters were held captive, allegedly by Economic Freedom Fighters members, during a protest in Nellmapius, Pretoria, Beeld reported on Thursday.
According to the report, the group threatened to “necklace” the men during the protest on Wednesday.
Daily Sun publisher Jeremy Gordin said the two journalists were grabbed by a group of drunk men in a place called Malemaville.
“The leader of the group is apparently an EFF leader,” he was quoted as saying.
The names of the two journalists would not be published because they fear for their lives, Gordin said.
Protesters blockaded the R104 with rocks, rubbish, and burning tyres on Wednesday.
Beeld reported that when the protesters moved down the road they took the cellphones of the two journalists who had taken photographs “without permission”.
Gordin said the group were unhappy with a report written by a female journalist, who earlier left the scene over safety fears.
One of the journalists overheard the group saying they would necklace one of the reporters to get media coverage.
In a telephonic conversation with Daily Sun management, EFF leader Julius Malema condemned the behaviour and said he would support the reporters if they laid charges, Beeld reported.
Court battle to keep school open
IOL News 3 December 2014
Pretoria - ‘DON’T close our school. It is the best school in Mpumalanga.” This was the chant by scores of parents and pupils outside the Palace of Justice on Tuesday, as their legal counsel fought to keep the independent school, Cefups Academy, open.
This school is situated between Mbombela and White River and made headlines following the death of one of its pupils, 19-year-old Pabalo Seane. She died in August this year at the Nelspruit Medi Clinic and her family claimed she had been sjambokked at school.
Since the school opened its doors more than two decades ago, some parents have apparently complained about their children being severely beaten, but no steps were taken by the Department of Education to establish whether this was true.
The death of Seane prompted the education authorities to launch an investigation into the allegations and a special task team has now submitted a 50-page report regarding its findings.
The Mpumalanga Education Department subsequently revoked the school’s registration.
The pupils completed their exams last week and the school has closed for the holidays. But its registration has been revoked as from January 1 next year. Parents had already (before the registration was revoked), enrolled their children for next year and they are now in dire straits.
The school headed to the high court to obtain an urgent order allowing it to operate, pending an application brought at a later stage to challenge the department’s closure of the school.
Judge Andre Louw was on Tuesday told that the review application would take some time to get on the roll. The registered pupils otherwise have nowhere to go.
Counsel for the school said if the judge did not grant an urgent order in their favour, it would mean the end of the school.
An order granted after next year’s school year started, even if it was in favour of the school, would be academic as the school year would have already started.
While there were complaints of corporal punishment at the school and the task team, after interviewing some of the affected parties, found this to be true, the school denied this.
The school’s counsel, DB du Preez SC, told Judge Louw that there were general accusations of corporal punishment, but no dates or details were provided.
He said the department simply revoked the licence to operate without giving the school the chance to explain itself or to dispute the allegations. Du Preez said the department said it would not tolerate the physical punishment of the pupils, but did not give the school the chance to address the concerns.
Judge Louw responded: “Is it not obvious that if their concern is corporal punishment, then stop it.”
Du Preez repeated that there was no corporal punishment at the school. He said the department did not follow procedure in revoking its registration and the court should rule in the school’s favour.
He also stressed that the police investigation into the death of Seane had not been concluded and the department had thus acted too hastily.
The court was also told that the task team did not appreciate that the teachers denied the allegations of corporal punishment. They also failed to consider that Seane was ill and had drunk an antiseptic (Savlon) before her death.
Judgment was reserved.
Five arrested for Lawley protest
IOL News 4 December 2014
Johannesburg - Five men were arrested for public violence in Lawley, Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Thursday.
Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said they were arrested during a protest in the area on Wednesday.
“They pelted passing cars with stones,” he said.
A protest over electricity disrupted traffic on Wednesday morning. Rocks and burning tyres were placed on the road.
The men would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday.
Protest in Lawley disrupts traffic
IOL News 3 December 2014
Johannesburg - A protest in Lawley, south of Johannesburg, disrupted traffic on Wednesday morning, metro police said.
“There are protests in Lawley, south of Johannesburg and motorists should avoid the old Lawley road which passes the Lenasia station as it is closed between Lenasia Drive and the R580,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
“There are rocks and tyres on the road placed by protesters who are complaining of no electricity.”
The K43 and R580 can be used as alternative routes on Wednesday morning, he said.
Pollsmoor cooks stew over wages
IOL News 4 December 2014
Cape Town - Chefs and kitchen staff contracted to prepare meals for inmates at Pollsmoor Prison went into day two of an unprotected strike over wages on Wednesday.
The 27 hired by the Bosasa Group are demanding a salary increase of 8.5 percent in addition to the 7.7 percent they were given in July.
Pollsmoor spokesman Mkhanyisi Spendu said the the prison still had enough staff available to cook for the inmates. “All our offenders are still eating. It is not a crisis at the moment. We have an agreement with Bosasa and they are taking care of it.”
Bosasa is a service provider contracted by the prison to provide meals and maintain the kitchen.
Spokesman Papa Leshabane said its labour relations department was being consulted about the strike. “Yes, we have staff members who have embarked on an unprotected strike. We are dealing with this unfortunate situation as swiftly as we can.”
Fundile Njivela, a chef from Westlake, said he earned a basic salary of R3 500.
He said working at the prison meant he put his life in danger every day and that he needed more money as the job was “high risk”.
“We need change to come quickly,” he said.
The strikers gathered outside the prison on Wednesday after being barred from entering the grounds.
Another striker, Nwabisa Sebolai, who travelled to Tokai from Khayelitsha every day, said the money she earned was not enough to sustain her.
“I go home with very little money. I don’t think it is impossible for them to consider paying us more,” she said.
Row sparks walkout in Cape legislature
IOL News 3 December 2014
Johannesburg - The African National Congress walked out of the Western Cape legislature on Tuesday in protest against Premier Helen Zille's refusal to withdraw a comment, the provincial branch of the ANC said.
“The ANC left the sitting of the legislature after (deputy speaker Piet) Pretorius gave a different ruling to accommodate Zille,” said Pierre Uys, the ANC chief whip in the province, in a statement.
The SABC reported that Zille claimed ANC leader in the legislature Marius Fransman had deliberately distorted her words in a debate on education.
The ANC said this was deemed unparliamentary, but Zille refused to withdraw her remark and threatened to leave.
The SABC quoted her as saying: “It cannot be that we have more freedom of speech outside this house than we have in this house.”
The ANC said Pretorius would “make known his new ruling on Wednesday morning”.
Nkowankowa residents protest over water
The New Age 3 December 2014
Residents of Nkowankowa near Tzaneen in Limpopo blocked a road, demanding water on Wednesday, police said.
"They are blocking the road with burning tyres. The protest started early this morning [Wednesday]," said Colonel Ronel Otto.
She said no property was damaged and police were monitoring the situation.
The protesters blocked the R36 road linking Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
Pensioner: rubber bullets will not deter me
IOL News 2 December 2014
Johannesburg - A 64-year-old Limpopo pensioner, Margret Makgabo, has vowed to intensify the revolt against mining giant Ivanplats even in the face of death.
Last week, she was shot in the head by police using rubber bullets during a demonstration over the company’s mining activity in her village outside Mokopane.
Makgabo was among protesters who gathered in Ga-Magongoa village to demand that Ivanplats pay her more money for operating on the communal farm on which villagers ploughed mealies for subsistence.
She said the R5 250 “once-off” Ivanplats payment was not enough.
But the mine insists that it had made a R5 250 payment twice a year to all affected families during a four-year prospecting period.
“The police’s bullets will not discourage me. I am prepared to die fighting for what is due to me,” Makgabo said.
Bafana Mathe, 19, was also hit on the head by a rubber bullet.
The two were later treated in hospital for head injuries and discharged.
Protesters demonstrated over the mine’s Platreef project, against which they levelled a plethora of accusations.
Police responded by firing rubber bullets, injuring Makgabo and Mathe.
Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the demonstrators had gathered illegally.
“They threw stones at the police, and the police fired rubber bullets at them,” Mulaudzi said.
But demonstrators disputed the claims that they had pelted police with stones.
“Without even talking to us, police threw a teargas canister at us and started firing rubber bullets,” Hussein Kopole, one of the protest organisers, said.
Ivanplats is a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, a Canadian company.
It obtained a 30-year permit to mine platinum group metals from the Department of Mineral Resources on November 5.
The permit was granted despite persistent objections by unhappy communities, which argued that the mine operations were too close to graves. This was in contravention of laws regulating mining activity.
Ivanplats denies contravening the regulations.
“The company will be working closely with affected families and the South African Heritage Resources Agency, as prescribed by law, to ensure that any issues relating to graves are properly managed,” Ivanplats spokesman Jeremy Michaels said.
The community also rejected the 26 percent broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, which they said was not as rosy as it appeared on paper.
It was also angered after discovering that Ivanplats paid R30 000 monthly, behind their backs, to local chief Lesiba Kekana. The chief was paid for a four-year prospecting period, and negotiations are under way to pay him more money.
“Given that the mining right has just taken effect, Ivanplats will be negotiating a new surface-use and co-operation agreement with the relevant stakeholders in our host communities,” Michaels said.
Ivanplats and Kekana also sealed a deal that allowed the chief to lease Uitloop farm, which is owned by the mining company, at a R1 monthly rental.
Michaels said the chief was paid for facilitating meetings with communities. The lease agreement with the chief had already expired.
Kekana could not be reached for comment.
Fishermen disrupt conservancy meeting
Judi Davis 2 December 2014
All ocean users were urged to be part of the Marine Protected Area public participation process next year.
Guest speakers at the general meeting of the South Coast Conservation Forum, Pieter Massyn (left) of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Rob Crankshaw of the KwaZulu-Natal Conservancies' Association.
WITH the ‘red flag’ topic of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the agenda, fishermen outnumbered conservancy members at a recent general meeting of the South Coast Conservation Forum.
And the fishermen were ready for confrontation, constantly interrupting presentations by Rob Crankshaw of the KwaZulu-Natal Conservancies’ Association and Pieter Massyn, the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s district conservation officer, Ugu Hibiscus Coast.
Mr Crankshaw explained that his brief was simply to provide South Coast conservancies with background information about the 18 proposed extensions or new Marine Protection Areas that were being created around the coast.
He also spoke about the possible roles the members of the conservation forum would play during the formation of the local Protea Banks MPA, one of the four MPAs in the pipeline for KwaZulu-Natal.
The South Coast Conservation Forum is an umbrella body for 15 South Coast conservancies and a number of allied conservation bodies. The KwaZulu-Natal Conservancy Association is a voice for all registered conservancies throughout the province.
Conservancies are non-government organisations made up of volunteers who preserve and protect the natural environment within their conservancy’s boundaries. Although autonomous, they work in partnership with their umbrella organisations like the South Coast Conservation Forum and the KwaZulu-Natal Conservancy Association as well as with local government and formal environmental agencies.
Mr Crankshaw told the representatives from local conservancies that the proposed boundaries for the Protea Banks MPA were about 1km offshore along 16 nautical miles of coastline, from the Damba River, about 20km north of Port Shepstone to Mpenjati, stretching about 50 nautical miles out to sea.
Within this area there would be different zones, some where fishing would be banned and others where fishing or controlled fishing would be allowed. The conservancies could play a part in identifying a few pristine stretches of coastline where the MPA could ‘touch the shore’.
Deflecting the angry questions and comments hurled at him by the fishermen Mr Crankshaw did his best to explain that he was there specifically to address conservancy-related issues and that he had neither the expertise nor the authority to answer fishing related questions.
He did, however, assure fishermen that their livelihood would not be in jeopardy. In fact, because fish populations would grow, improving fishing where it was permitted, and because protected areas always boosted tourism, be they terrestrial game reserves or MPAs, the Protea Banks MPA would be good for the South Coast’s economy.
Mr Massyn explained to fishermen that, while the meeting was open to the public and that they were welcome to attend, it was aimed at conservancies and was not the correct forum for them to address their concerns.
He and Mr Crankshaw stressed the fact that all ocean users would have plenty of opportunity to express their views and could play an active role in the final formulation of the MPA.
The project was still very much in the proposal stage. After Ezemvelo had finalised its proposal it would submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs for approval.
Only then would a rigorous, inclusive and lengthy public participation process be implemented, allowing everyone who had a stake in the ocean to have his or her say. The MPA would only be finalised after this process, which would include many public meetings. The public participation process would only begin well into next year.
Both Mr Crankshaw and Mr Massyn stressed that all economic aspects would be considered before the MPA was created. They suggested that all fishermen and other people who used the ocean, including surfers, divers and rock or surf anglers, organise themselves into groups prior to involving themselves actively in the public participation process.
The more people involved in the process of creating the MPA, the more effective the end product would be for all who used the sea.
The fishermen were, however, not mollified by these assurances and the explanation of the process. Accusing the conservation forum of wasting their time, many of the fishermen left the meeting in the middle of the presentation.
However, deep sea fisherman Anton Gets has invited all ‘Hibiscus Coast stakeholders’ to attend a meeting at the Shelly Beach Ski-boat Club on Thursday, December 4, at 4pm. The meeting will discuss the implications of an MPA on the South Coast.
See the South Coast Herald on Thursday for a full report on the South Coast Conservancy Forum meeting.
Protest over Jamie’s tragic death
IOL News 24 November 2014
Durban - A 31-year-old woman and her 55-year-old mother appeared briefly in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court on Monday following the death of the younger woman's three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
Hundreds of protesters converged on the court, in Durban, to demand that neither woman be granted bail.
There was a heavy police presence at the court with officers controlling access.
The grandmother, Salatchee Venilla Basanich, was arrested on Thursday after her granddaughter Jamie Faith Naidoo was declared dead at their home in Chatsworth's Havenside area.
It was not immediately known when Patricia Kershie Ishwalal was arrested, but both have been charged with murder.
National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the case had been postponed to Thursday.
Protesters from various civilian, religious, and political groups were outside the court buildings, and one group chanted “bring back the death penalty”.
Many carried placards that read: “Stand up Against Child Abuse”.
Numerous television crews and photographers were outside the court while reporters attempted to gain access to Courtroom C to cover the women's first appearance.
Two nabbed after NFP deputy mayor killed
IOL News 1 December 2014
Durban - Two men were arrested in connection with the death of uThukela District municipality deputy mayor and National Freedom Party (NFP) member, Bheki Mazibuko.
Provincial police spokesman, Colonel Jay Naicker, said the suspects, 25 and 26 years old, were arrested on Sunday. He said a third suspect was still at large.
“A knife which is suspected to be the murder weapon was recovered from the house of one of the suspects. They will appear in the Bergville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday,” Naicker said.
Mazibuko, 35, who survived an assassination attempt in April last year when his car was riddled with bullets by two gunmen, was hacked with a bush knife in Bergville, in the early hours of Saturday.
Last year’s attack on Mazibuko was believed to have been politically motivated.
NFP provincial chairman, Vikizitha Mlotshwa, said a police investigation would reveal the motive behind Mazibuko’s killing. He was not accompanied by his bodyguards when he was killed.
“He went to the area looking for men he had sent to fetch his music system which he had hired out. His concern was the car he had given to the men as they had been gone for a long time. When he got to the area he saw the car parked near the tavern and when he enquired, he was allegedly told by people that the men had gone into the tavern for a short while and left,” Mlotshwa said.
Apparently Mazibuko’s associates had a quarrel with some men in the tavern and when things got heated, they left to fetch the music system. They did not take the car because the road to the house is too narrow for vehicles.
“When the group of men heard that he was looking for his associates, they confronted him, charging that he was one of the men they had quarrelled with. He tried to explain, but they attacked him. As he was running away they caught up with him, hacking him with a bush knife. He died on the scene,” Mlotshwa said.
According to Mlotshwa, when Mazibuko’s associates returned with the music system they heard that he had been attacked and retreated to a mountainous area for fear of their own lives.
Mazibuko became deputy mayor in May after the party nominated the then deputy mayor, Maliyakhe Shelembe, to the National Assembly along with party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi
Protesters ‘holding town hostage’
IOL News 2 December 2014
Kimberley - Raw sewage is running down the streets of Barkly West and into the Vaal River because the town is being held hostage by angry protesters, who are preventing municipal workers from delivering services to the area.
Ongoing protests by a group of residents, who are calling for the removal of the Dikgatlong Municipal Manager, the mayor and various councillors, have turned the town into a war zone, with rocks, poles and remnants of burnt tyres obstructing several streets, while houses have been petrol bombed and burnt to the ground since the protests started in October.
Refuse and sewage throughout the entire town have not been collected for the past five weeks with protesters intimidating municipal workers. The lack of basic service delivery has now raised fears of a possible cholera outbreak.
Residents and business owners in Barkly West have bemoaned the lack of service delivery and said that piles of rubbish and raw sewage running into the streets and, at various points into the Vaal River, was not only bad for business but also created a potential health disaster.
“We are losing customers, who can not be expected to negotiate raw sewage to get to our business premises,” one guest house owner said.
A bottle store owner said he had to remove his own refuse as the piles of garbage were causing a health risk.
About 60 percent of all residential and commercial properties in Barkly West are serviced by “honey suckers”, vehicles that suck raw sewage directly from septic tanks. But these tanks have not been cleared for five weeks and are now overflowing.
Dikgatlong municipal manager Harold Robertson on Monday described the current situation as having changed from “politically orientated to criminally motivated”.
“Barkly West is heading for absolute chaos, as criminals, posing as protesters, are holding the entire town hostage. We can’t guarantee the safety of our workers, who have rocks thrown at them, are assaulted or are threatened with death by the handful of protesters if they are seen doing their jobs. Despite the fact that overflowing sewage and refuse are filling our streets and flowing into the river, we can not risk the lives of our workers by exposing them to these protesters, who, judging by the houses that have been burnt down already, are not making idle threats,” Robertson said.
He added that a potential cholera outbreak could also not be ignored.
“We call on the police to intensify their efforts and arrest the people responsible before the situation escalates into something even more serious – like a cholera outbreak. For now we will be deploying private contractors to remove sewage and refuse at areas most seriously affected, like the prison and hospital,” he said.
He added that one of the municipality’s two refuse removal trucks had been set alight by the protesters and would result in a serious backlog when services are restored.
A 28-year-old woman appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of arson and malicious damage to property following the incident.
Belinah Bouw had her case remanded to next year, after she was arrested on Friday.
Members of the “concerned group of residents”, of which Bouw is a member, however, distanced themselves from the acts of violence that have marked the ongoing protests.
“We are not responsible for the refuse truck being destroyed or any of the houses that were burnt down. These are the doings of ‘ANC gangsters’ – who are hoping to place the blame on us and cheapen our cause.
“We have not resorted to violence during any of our protest actions and believe in resolving the issues in this municipality in a peaceful manner. We are only asking for the removal of corrupt senior officials who are running our municipality into the ground,” members of the group said after Bouw’s court appearance.
Asylum seekers run riot in Cape
IOL News 28 November 2014
Cape Town - Hundreds of asylum seekers turned away from a Home Affairs refugee office in the Cape Town CBD on Thursday ran riot, hurling stones and damaging the building.
Police responded with rubber bullets and teargas, injuring a number of protesters.
Tresor Mbangu from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was hit on the head by a rubber bullet fired by police.
He was helped by fellow citizens who took him to the police to show the damage they had caused. As they were approaching, the police fired rubber bullets again at them.
Tensions erupted after refugees were told to renew their permits in Durban or Pretoria.
Stones littered Lower Heerengracht while a number of windows were shattered.
Ndombi Lubazedio Miriam, who arrived at the offices with her one-year-old daughter Aline Nanoka Amba, had an appointment to get proof of her marriage certificate her husband needed for a work permit.
“The security told me to wait at the gate. When people in the queue started making trouble he pushed me, I fell with my baby I was carrying on my back. He also pepper-sprayed us,” she said.
Fru Joy Chi, 30, from Cameroon, said it was unfair to be turned away after he was told to be at the office on Thursday.
“No one is explaining anything to us. Some are saying we must come back on Monday, but then we will have to pay a fine of R2 500 for arriving after the expiry date.”
Soleil Nantabara, 20, from DRC, was at Home Affairs to renew her temporary permit which expired on Thursday.
“I can understand why people are upset. They came here to have their permits renewed but were told to go to the refugee offices in Pretoria. No one has the money to travel that far.”
She added it was a problem for everyone because they could be arrested.
“They refuse to give us our papers. We came here to renew our papers, but today we were told we couldn’t. We have to renew it where we received our first permit, Durban or Pretoria. I wanted to go home for the holidays but now I can’t.”
She added it also left them feeling vulnerable to harassment by police.
Niclette Sheta, from DRC, whose permit also expired on Thursday, said they couldn’t work without their permits.
Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut said about 1 000 people “started fighting among each other” early on Thursday morning.
Protest at Home Affairs in Cape
IOL News 27 November 2014
Cape Town - Police were monitoring a protest at the Customs House building on the Foreshore in Cape Town on Thursday morning, police said.
“Approximately 1 000 foreign citizens gathered at Customs building this morning and started fighting among themselves,” said Lt-Col Andre Traut.
He said the situation had been stabilised.
Customs House is a regional home affairs building dealing with asylum-seeker and refugee applications.
Signs, traffic lights destroyed in Tshwane protest
News 24 26 November 2014
Johannesburg - Road signs and traffic lights were destroyed as people protested against the dismantling of shacks built illegally on government land in Nellmapius, the Tshwane metro police said on Wednesday.
"The protesters gathered very early in the morning and burnt tyres along Solomon Mahlangu Drive," said Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.
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"Road signs and some traffic lights were destroyed before police arrived."
Large groups of people converged in Nellmapius two weeks ago demanding they be given free land to build their own houses.
The City of Tshwane then obtained a court interdict prohibiting the occupation of the land.
Mahamba said the road had been cleared.
"Police are keeping an eye on activities in the area," he said.
No one was arrested and no injuries were reported.
Mantashe booed at ANCYL conference
Mail & Gaurdian 26 November 2014
Johannesburg - ANC Youth League delegates from Gauteng booed when ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's arrival was announced at the league's consultative conference in Soweto on Wednesday.
The rowdy group took every opportunity to disrupt proceedings.
While other delegates sang in welcome for the African National Congress leaders, the Gauteng group sat watching.
Mantashe was cheered by delegates from the Eastern Cape.
He arrived with ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize. Deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte was also in attendance.
President Jacob Zuma was expected to address the conference later on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Gauteng group booed because they would not be allowed to elect new leadership at the conference.
On Tuesday, the ANCYL national task team had announced that the conference would no longer be an elective one but a consultative one.
Some delegates cheered as Congess of SA Students president Colin Malatji questioned why the conference was no longer to elect leaders.
“Our autonomy means we must have the right to convene our own meeting,” he said to cheers from delegates.
However, he called for delegates to be disciplined.
“You must be highly disciplined and call the ANC to guide us because it's the ANC that guides our future.”
Delegates cut Malatji off and started singing and dancing.
A group from Gauteng picked up their chairs and raised them above their heads as they sang.
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane tried to get delegates to quiet down but to no avail.
She eventually called former ANCYL leaders Malusi Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula to greet the conference.
Gigaba was booed by some of the delegates while others cheered. Mbalula received a rousing welcome.
Mbalula warned delegates that the ANC would not “reward anarchy”.
“The ANC is under attack. We must defend the ANC,” he told delegates.
Mbalula asked that while the sessions were open delegates should treat the ANC leaders with respect.
“This congress will continue according to what the ANC wants.”
Pro-Palestinian activists march to Woolworths headquarters
SABC News 26 November 2014
Coalition 4 Palestine A group of pro Palestinian activists are marching to retailer, Woolworths' headquarters in the Cape Town CBD to protest against the retailers trade relations with Israel.
The group is marching under the banner of the National Coalition 4 (for) Palestine.
Although they are few in number, the group is chanting passionately, Boycott Woolworths.
The National Coalition for Palestine's Clint le Bruyns says their protest is not against Woolworths per se, but rather its stance in supporting Israel.
The NC4P, together with BDS, has staged various pro Palestinian protests, including inside various Woolworths stores across the country.
Their aim is to take their protest inside the company's AGM, where some of their members are shareholders.
R2K marchers gather at court
IOL News 24 November 2014
Johannesburg - Protesters gathered outside the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday ahead of an application for a list of South Africa's national key points to be made public.
The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the South African History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
Around 40 people gathered outside the court on Pritchard Street, singing songs, blowing whistles and dancing.
A police car was parked nearby to keep an eye on the crowd.
The protesters, some wearing black R2K shirts, drew a small crowd of people walking past as they sang in front of the court's main entrance.
On Sunday, R2K spokesman Murray Hunter said a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points in 2012, but it was refused.
“An internal appeal to the minister of police upheld that refusal; in addition to broad security concerns, the minister cited the need to consider the privacy of private companies protected by the act.”
Civic organisations had complained that the secrecy surrounding national key points had been “used to undermine” the right to know and to protest in public spaces.
“We believe this basic transparency is an important step in countering the uncontrolled secrecy and potential abuse of South Africa's 'national security' policies,” Hunter said at the time.
No violence activism walk 16 days of activism walk for South Durban.
Erin Hanekom 25 November 2014
THE Brighton Beach Victim Friendly Facility hosts a 16 days of activism walk on Wednesday, 26 November.
The walk, which is being held in conjuction with Shepherd’s Keep and Isaiah 54 will run through Clairwood and parts of the Bluff, starting at 10am. For information, call Sergeant
Addicts cry for help at drug march
Marizka Coetzer 15 November 2014
Are Sivewright Street drug dealers to blame for high crime rate in Krugersdorp? Some Munsieville marchers believe they are.
Anti-drug and crime posters in the hands of community decorated the streets of Munsieville as they march for a better future.
The community of Munsieville is pleading with Mogale City Local Municipality (MCLM) to step in and remove all the illegal immigrants who sell drugs in Sivewright Street. This will help to save the youth.
Members of the community along with political party and municipal representatives took to the streets to march against the high drug abuse and crime rate in the area. The march kicked off at Munsieville Police Station from where marchers walked to the community hall carrying messages against nyaope abuse and crime.
“The drug nyaope is killing the youth of Munsieville slowly. The addicts will do almost anything to support the habit and will go as far as breaking into houses and selling goods such as taps for a fix,” said Lamer Molefe, one marchers.
Nyaope is a so-called cocktail drug containing dagga mixed with various other drugs and chemicals and is smoked. It is highly addictive, hence users get hooked after just one puff.
A group of concerned community member march to the Munsieville hall to pleat for the youth.
Two addicts approached the marchers and asked for help, since they were battling to kick the habit. The youngsters also testified about the challenges they were facing when craving for the drug – ranging from intense stomach cramps to extreme withdrawal pains.
Simon Molefe, director of Youth Development in Gauteng delivered a motivational speech about overcoming the challenges communities are faced in this drug epidemic.
“It is important that we work hard to achieve the important things we want in life. To defeat crime we must work together to take South Africa forward. There are opportunities out there for each one of us, we just need to find them,” said Molefe.
“Enough is enough; nyaope dealers are targeting our youth and we need to identify those who are involved and save our youth.”
Three-month long postal strike is finally over
Kemton Express 25 November 2014
As of today, only 0.7% of the SA Post Office workforce remain absent from work
THE three-month long post office strike is officially over.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said in a statement that it was not happy with the latest wage agreement but had no choice to return to work after the SA Postal and Allied Workers Union (Sapawu), CWU and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union (Depacu) had agreed to the conditions set out by Sapo.
This comes after intense negotiations with the three labour unions, headed up by the leader of the intervention team, Dr Simo Lushaba.
“While we are encouraged by the end of the strike, it should also be put across to all affected parties that under our watch, and going forward, the SA Post Office will no longer tolerate any interruptions to its operations due to strikes, which do not fall within the ambit of the applicable labour dispensation of this country,” he added.
fin24tech reported that this development would have a direct positive impact on post office operations, which were already steadily on the upturn with more and more employees returning to work since Friday.
As of today, only 0.7% of the SA Post Office workforce remain absent from work. Consequently, operations in all provinces are now at almost 100% capacity.
Lushaba said they were on course to stabilising the operations and returning them to full capacity; adding that a sustainable SA Post Office could only be possible in a harmonious and collaborative labour relations environment.
United Front (UF) Service Delivery March – Tuesday 25 November 2014 / Ekurhuleni – Gauteng Province
NUMSA 25 November 2014
Over the last few months, different organisations in Ekurhuleni – trade unions, community organisations, political movement, civic bodies, women’s movements, faith-based organisations, student associations and youth groups – have been meeting to look at problems that affect their communities and constituencies.
These organisations have resolved that the only way to address and resolve their challenges is through a United Front that brings together workers and communities. They have also agreed to kick-off their programme with a march on Tuesday 25 November 2014 to the Mayor of Ekurhuleni’s office at the Germiston Civic Centre.
The demands of Ekurhuleni’s United Front are:
Provision of houses to people who have been on the waiting list since 1996
A municipal land audit in Ekurhuleni. The municipality cannot continue to say it has no land.
The scrapping of the increase from R850 to R3 800 in graveyard costs.
Rehabilitation of old Natalspruit Hospital as the new Vosloorus is small.
A stop to the plan to sell sportgrounds to the private sector.
A halt on outsourcing of water and sanitation services.
No to prepaid meters in our townships.
Protection of hawkers and local shop-owners from corrupt government official.
A commitment on the part of the municipality to procure locally-produced goods and services to ensure protection of local jobs.
The municipality to work with Transnet to repair the railway line that connects Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW) with the outside world.
Numsa members to join a service delivery march in Rustenburg
NUMSA 13 November 2014
Tomorrow Friday 14 November 2014, members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) around Rustenburg will join community members in a march to the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality offices (Cnr. Beyers Naude & Fatima Bhayat Drive).
The march is about inadequate basic services such as housing, electricity and water in areas that the district municipality covers.
Numsa joins the march as part of the union’s drive to build a united front that brings together workers and communities in common campaigns and to encourage its members and shopstewards to be involved in community struggles.
The details of the march are as follows:
• Starting point: Ben Marais Hall (Cnr Middle & Thabazimbi Rd)
• Date: Friday 14 November 2014
• Starting time: 09.00am
The media is invited to report on the march. For further information on the action please contact:
1. David Tshabalala – 0735438538
2. Matsietsi Mohaose – 0731905333
Protesters block part of N2 in KZN
IOL News 19 November 2014
Durban - Protesters blockaded the N2 near Harding and Port Shepstone on Wednesday in service delivery protests, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
“Plus-minus 400 people were protesting. The road was blocked with burning tyres and stones,” said Major Thulani Zwane.
“They also damaged water tanks. No arrests have been made and police are still at the scene monitoring the situation and clearing the road.”
Zwane said no one was injured. - Sapa
Motorists in PMB hoot for Zuma to go
IOL News 18 November 2014
Johannesburg - Pietermaritzburg motorists driving under a prominent bridge in the KwaZulu-Natal city hooted as they saw a poster calling for President Jacob Zuma to go, Beeld reported on Tuesday.
The newspaper reported that the sign: “!!!Hoot!! Zuma must go” attracted attention with people taking pictures of the poster on Mayor's Walk bridge, and hooting in agreement.
The “a” in Zuma was the anarchy symbol.
Adam Steyn, who also stopped to take pictures, said Zuma should not be leading the country any more.
“People are struggling. I am disappointed. Zuma is not doing anything and should resign,” he was quoted as saying.
“But whoever hung up this poster has a lot of courage.”
Beeld reported that two men apparently put up the poster at night.
One motorist stopped and hooted for a long time before driving away.
Lucky Kwela criticised Zuma for making security upgrades at his private homestead in Nkandla while people were struggling.
“I voted for him in 2009, but I don't like him anymore. We are tired of empty promises,” he said.
“Maybe Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will do better. But Zuma must go.”
However, another motorist, Mandy Spenceley, said though she was dissatisfied with Zuma, she found the poster disrespectful. - Sapa
DA lays charges after Parly chaos
IOL News 18 November 2014
Cape Town - The DA wants heads to roll for Thursday’s violent chaos in the National Assembly, and has laid four charges of assault against the police and a deputy minister.
But the ANC has dismissed this as another one of the party’s “publicity gimmicks and laughable stunts”.
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said on Monday that three MPs had laid charges against the police for assault, and a fourth MP has laid charges against Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana, “after he man-handled DA MP Juanita Terblanche”, said Steenhuisen.
“Some of our members of Parliament were injured in the assault. It must be noted that the ANC in the House cheered and celebrated as the police assaulted our MPs. It is particularly shocking that the ANC spokesperson in Parliament, Moloto Mothapo, has called for DA MPs to be charged with assault,” said Steenhuisen.
He said the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, 2004 “is very clear” on the circumstances under which the security services can enter Parliament.
“This is done strictly under only two circumstances: either ‘with the permission of the Speaker or the Chairperson’ (of the National Council of Provinces), or ‘when there is an immediate danger to the life or safety of any person or damage to any property’.
“This is a shameless attempt to shift blame for what happened. DA MPs were defending themselves and the democratic legitimacy of Parliament from an unconstitutional police intrusion into the National Assembly,” said Steenhuisen.
He said if anyone is to be arrested and charged, “it should be the police officers who attacked MPs and those responsible for authorising the police to enter the chamber of Parliament”.
He said he would also be calling on the Parliamentary Oversight Authority (POA) to conduct a full investigation into the circumstances and, where possible, “officials’ heads must roll”.
“In addition, there needs to be a multiparty committee established through the POA to deal specifically with the circumstances under which the security services are utilised in the parliamentary precinct,” said Steenhuisen.
Responding to the DA, Mothapo said the Office of the ANC chief whip was not “surprised by the DA’s opportunism and grandstanding”.
“The public has indeed become accustomed to such publicity gimmicks and laughable stunts by the DA. Witness accounts point us to the fact that the motive behind the rush to open cases by the DA MPs, the actual perpetrators of Thursday’s chaos, was to pre-empt the assault charges that police are likely to open against them,” said
He said it was common knowledge “and a fact” that the DA MPs “charged at the police and attacked them when they entered the Chamber to discharge their lawful duties”.
Joburg taxi strike leaves commuters stranded
IOL News 17 November 2014
Johannesburg - A taxi strike that left commuters stranded in Johannesburg was expected to also disrupt the Reya Vaya bus service, Johannesburg metro police said on Monday.
“All we heard is that the Reya Vaya routes in Soweto, Auckland Park and the CBD will be affected,” spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.
It was not immediately clear what triggered the strike.
Minnaar said the affected routes would be Chris Hani road, Mooki, New Canada, Kinsgway in Auckland Park, Empire road and the inner city.
He said motorists from Soweto should use Elias Motsoaledi and Main Reef roads as alternatives.
The SA National Taxi Council said it did not call for the strike.
“We do not know about the strike, if we called for a strike we could have informed commuters,” said president Philip Taaibosch.
Minnaar said traffic flow in the inner city was expected to be disrupted from 10am to 1pm. - Sapa
Pangas, bricks and blood at EFF meeting
Benida Phillips and Sandi Kwon Hoo 17 November 2014
- Chaos erupted on Sunday afternoon during the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Northern Cape conference, as members armed with bricks, machetes and pangas tore into each other, trashing the venue and leaving a trail of blood.
The conference, which saw EFF members from across the province gather at the Savoy Hotel in Kimberley to elect the provincial leadership, spiralled out of control after an apparent jostling for the leadership position between the party’s incumbent provincial leader, Aubrey Baartman, and a delegate at the conference, Ronald Februarie.
On Saturday a charge of assault was laid with the police following an apparent incident between Baartman and Februarie. On Sunday the police confirmed that a case had been opened and they were investigating it, but referred all queries to the party itself.
Chaos, however, erupted at around 3pm on Sunday afternoon as a group of around 50 people stormed the Savoy Hotel in the CBD. Other EFF members fled the hotel, running into the Old De Beers Road.
One person, wearing a camouflage uniform and armed with a stun gun, was trying to “shoot” as many people as possible as they fled in all directions.
The fleeing members then armed themselves with machetes, pangas, bricks and even beer bottles and returned to the hotel premises.
The front doors of the hotel were forced open and bricks flew between the two EFF factions, with members running backwards and forwards, trying to hide behind vehicles parked in the road.
The front windscreen of a bus, which was used to ferry members to the conference, was also smashed.
At one stage, Februarie himself came running out of the building with blood pouring from his mouth and down his arm. He too ducked for cover behind cars in the road.
Inside the venue there was even more chaos, with delegates running up and down the stairs and through the passages.
Tables and chairs were smashed, as well as interior doors. Blood was smeared on the carpets and on the tiles in the passages. Both doors to the conference centre were broken and the one entrance was barricaded closed with around 10 to 15 chairs which had been stacked on top of each other.
EFF members hurled insults, slating delegates as traitors and accused each other of supporting fraudulent members.
Around 10 minutes after the chaos erupted, several police vehicles as well as security guards arrived and managed to restore order.
A journalist was forced to take cover and call to the police for assistance after delegates attempted to forcefully take his camera to prevent him from taking photographs inside the venue. The police eventually took his camera to diffuse the situation.
Baartman told journalists after the incident that the instigators behind the violence that erupted needed to be disciplined and warned that they would face disciplinary action.
“One of the heads of security was injured after a brick was thrown at him and he might even lose his eyesight,” said Baartman.
He accused a faction of hiring gangsters from Galeshewe to disrupt the proceedings.
“The entire disruption was orchestrated as all delegates were searched,” Baartman said. “There was strict security and no weapons were allowed inside the premises.”
He added that he only learnt during the course of the conference that Februarie had his sights set on the leadership position.
“Ronald comes from Gauteng and doesn’t know the people here in the province. I will not be held hostage and will continue to defend the organisation. This group are agents working for the ANC,” said Baartman.
He said the fighting broke out when a faction of members realised that they did not have enough support to oust him as provincial leader and replace him with Februarie.
Meanwhile, EFF co-ordinator, Mabatho Mokause, who herself was hit on the head with a chair, accused Baartman of being corrupt and bribing delegates with R10 000 to vote for him.
“Security guards were sent from the national office for the conference. They were supposed to have searched all the delegates but they only searched the supporters of Februarie, forcing them to strip all the way down to their underwear,” said Mokause.
She called for Baartman to be removed as the provincial leader. “The national leadership must intervene now. This conference cannot go on – none of the votes cast here are valid.”
Mokause also accused Baartman of having several cases against him.
“We cannot have a leader who has so many cases against him. We are trying to teach our youngsters about politics. We cannot have a leadership that is corrupt. Baartman must go!”
The hotel manager, Raj Maistry, declined to comment on Sunday.
Pretoria 'land grabbers' return to site
Google News 13 November 2013
Johannesburg - A crowd of Nellmapius residents gathered near the site of recent attempted land occupations on Thursday morning, but made no renewed advances to move onto the land, Tshwane metro police said.
"Today we have 200 to 300 people gathering next to the road that runs between Pretoria and Bronkhorstspruit," said police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba.
"They are just singing. There are no problems at the moment."
On Wednesday morning, residents of Nellmapius, east of Pretoria, tried to erect shacks on the land, which the ANC in Gauteng said had been earmarked for low cost housing.
The shacks were removed, which apparently angered residents.
Mahamba said metro police tried negotiating with them, but talks broke down when residents were informed that the ward councillor for the area was not available to speak to them.
Residents threw stones at metro police and barricaded roads with rocks, tree branches and burning tyres. Metro police responded by firing rubber bullets.
EFF Nellmapius branch chairperson Vusi Msiza said the land occupation began on Sunday.
"We found people on the land who were trying to erect shacks," he told residents on Wednesday.
"As the EFF found them here, then we decided to support the community, because we are all affected by this."
Tshwane metro police would approach the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday to seek an interdict against occupation of the municipal land, city spokesperson Blessing Manale said earlier.
DA march against crime
BizNews.com 13 November 2014
DA supporters took to Sophie De Bruyn Street on Thursday, singing and chanting against crime as they made their way to the police national headquarters in Pretoria.
Laudium resident Magdeline Zulu said she was marching because criminals were “running wild in the country”.
“We are here because we want the police to increase their numbers. There are more murders, more women are being raped, more cars are being hijacked, and corruption is rife, even among the cops themselves,” she said.
She wanted the SA Police Service to do more.
“Every day on the news there is a murder or a rape being reported.”
Members of the public and workers watched from building windows as the crowd in blue Democratic Alliance T-shirts marched through Pretoria’s central business district.
They carried signs reading “Drug Units Now!” and “Where is the SAPS?”
A number of women carried babies on their backs, and some of the younger marchers danced.
A man wore a board reading: “If the head is dirty, the body’s dirty” with a shower-head above his own head, in an apparent reference to the way in which President Jacob Zuma is commonly depicted in cartoons.
DA, EFF disrupt parliament
Biznews.com 13 November 2014
MPS chanted “go go go” during a tumultuous session in the National Assembly on Thursday.
DA and EFF MPs refused to obey instructions from Speaker Baleka Mbete.
Deputy chief whip of the Democratic Alliance Mike Waters was ordered to leave the House for ignoring Mbete’s repeated instructions to take his seat.
Waters refused to leave the chamber, as numerous MPs rose at the same time to raise points of order after Mbete made a ruling regarding the day’s order paper.
At the same time, MPs in the opposition benches banged on their tables and started chanting “You must go” to Mbete”.
Economic Freedom Fighters MPs joined in the chanting.
Eventually Mbete said: “I actually don’t want to recognise anyone.”
“Speaker you are abusing your position, Speaker,” said DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, as Mbete tried to calm the House.
EFF MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, among many others, complained that she was not being recognised when she tried to address Mbete.
Mbete said “I am on the floor, and I am talking,” as she tried to continue a discussion about how late they would work into the night.
DA parliamentary leader tried to interject with “We refuse, we refuse…” but he was interrupted as other MPS shouted.
“You are taking your seat,” screamed Mbete over the din.
We want to be here to serve this country, we will remain until one o’clock in the morning.
“Honourable members I am just amazed by your, your excitement, I don’t understand,” Mbete said, but MPs continued shouting for her attention.
One MP started reading a notice of motion while another MP wailed and sang over him and shouts of “Hey Wena” came from the benches.
Township protest over health services
IOL News 13 November 2014
FRUSTRATED Nyanga, Gugulethu, Philippi and Crossroads residents protested at the Fezeka Health District office to demand better health services yesterday.
The march, organised by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), was attended by about 200 people.
“We want the integration of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) treatment in hospitals. There is only one dentist who sees 30 people a day. We want more dentists,” TAC co-organiser Lumkile Sizila said.
He complained of a shortage of staff at the area’s health facility. “The people are frustrated because we keep raising this issue.”
It was in September that as many as 50 pensioners, on average, along with children as young as three, had to queue from as early as 2am to see the sole state dentist at the Gugulethu Clinic.
The clinic closed its doors at 4pm and is the only one serving the Crossroads, Nyanga, Philippi and Manenberg areas.
During yesterday’s protest, a memorandum of demands was handed to Thembisa Nojaholo, a staff member at the Fezeka Health District office.
Demands included dentists in Nyanga East, Philippi and Crossroads; to see an end to the disappearance of folders at health centres such as Inzame Zabantu community health clinic in Philippi; the speedy provision of service at the clinic; more nurses and doctors; and to be treated with respect by health professionals.
Another TAC organiser, Ncedisa Ngcobondwana, said residents were promised more dentists at the Gugulethu clinic by last month, but the clinic’s management had said there were no funds for more staff.
“The community is very angry, there are no staff. People are tired of going to clinics, and we sit there the whole day getting no help. This is not acceptable” she said.
Health MEC Theuns Botha said: “My door has always been open to meet with community representatives about concerns. I invite the concerned citizens to please contact my office so we can meet and solve these problems”.
Provincial Health Department spokeswoman Marika Champion said there was a dentist in Gugulethu and one at Crossroads Community Day Centre.
“For Klipfontein sub-district we have five dentists, excluding the dental students. Gugulethu Community Health Centre is now moving towards providing a five-day-per-week dental service,” she said.
Champion said the provincial department has two doctors at the Nyanga facility.
The Crossroads and Inzame Zabantu facilities each has three doctors, while the Gugulethu Community health centre has seven.
“The newly commissioned mobile unit will also assist with oral and dental services from 2015,” Champion said.
The Tembisan 12 November 2014
According to the Ivory Park SAPS communications officer, Warrant Officer Neldah Sekgobela, this follows the case where a 43-year-old man allegedly assaulted and killed his girlfriend in Tswelapele.
“The suspect was arrested after being assaulted by members of the community. He is still in hospital, under police guard. After the arrest, residents proceeded to the suspect’s house and allegedly burnt down his house. The police opened a case of arson, which is still under investigation,” she said.
W/O Sekgobela said residents are advised to report suspects to the SAPS and wait for the law to take its course.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court soon.
Residents attempt to ransacked Nellmapius councillor's house
The New Age 12 November 2014
The house of the ward councillor in Nellmapius, Pretoria, where residents attempted a "land grab", was ransacked on Wednesday, Tshwane city council chief whip Jabu Mabona said.
Around 11am residents allegedly broke into the home of councillor Precious Marole, breaking windows and a door, and stole items including a television, he said.
No one was in the house at the time of the break-in, he said.
Police could not immediately confirm the incident.
Since Sunday, residents had been trying to erect shacks on land in Nellmapius, which had been earmarked for low-cost housing.
Mabona said he received a phone call from Marole on Tuesday evening.
"He said there was a land invasion taking place. I said he must communicate that with the police.
"Then I was told today [Wednesday] that the situation got worse and many people were invading the land".
"I am going to meet [Marole] now and we will make the necessary arrangements for accommodation".
He said that usually it was the ward councillor's responsibility to communicate with residents about issues such as plans for housing developments.
Mabona said it was not too late to engage residents about the land.
"If there is still a misunderstanding, we are ready to correct what has caused such a rupture. We don't condone violence".
Earlier, Tshwane metro police fired rubber bullets at residents.
Snr-Supt Isaac Mahamba said residents regrouped around 8.30am, after they were dispersed with rubber bullets the previous day.
"Today [Wednesday] they tried to erect shacks. We spoke to the people who identified themselves as the leaders and explained that they are not supposed to erect those shacks".
During the negotiations with the crowd, the leaders demanded to speak to Marole, but he was busy with other commitments, Mahamba said.
"A service provider came and removed those shacks, that might have sparked them to anger".
"We tried to disperse them because they started burning tyres on streets, throwing stones [at police]".
No one was arrested and no reports of injuries had been received, Mahamba said.
Metro police would keep watch over the area.
Earlier Economic Freedom Fighters Nellmapius branch chairman Vusi Msiza said the "land invasion" began on Sunday.
"We found people on the land who were trying to erect shacks", he told residents earlier".
"As the EFF found them here, then we decided to support the community because we are all affected by this".
At Parliament on Wednesday, EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu told journalists that there was nothing wrong with the attempt at occupying the land.
"There is nothing wrong in it. If government delays allocating land people must occupy it. We are not condemning the fighters who took the action in Pretoria", he said.
Nothing illegal about Pretoria land grab: Shivambu
SABC News 12 November 2014
Economic Freedom Fighters chief whip Floyd Shivambu spoke in support of the EFF members who "grabbed" land in Nellmapius, Pretoria.(SABC)
Gauteng Nellmapius Pretoria Economic Freedom Fighters Floyd Shivambu Parliament Julius Malema There is nothing illegal about the attempted "land grab" at Nellmapius, Pretoria, Economic Freedom Fighters chief whip Floyd Shivambu said on Wednesday.
"There is nothing wrong in it. If government delays allocating land people must occupy it," Shivambu told journalists at Parliament.
"We are not condemning the fighters who took the action in Pretoria."
EFF leader Julius Malema was not available for comment.
Earlier on Wednesday, Nellmapius residents dispersed after rubber bullets were fired at them.
Just before 1pm, people threw stones at the metro police, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets.
The stone-throwers ran into the informal settlement to hide and the metro police, in a Nyala, pursued them firing more rubber bullets.
A few minutes later the residents began emerging again.
Prior to this, EFF supporters set off in search of the ward councillor Precious Marole.
The Nyala came out of the informal settlement and followed this group up the street, and then fired more rubber bullets.
This group blocked Old Bronkhorstspruit Road with rocks and tree branches, and lit fires in the road.
By 2pm, the groups dispersed and police were removing the debris from the road, allowing traffic to flow.
"As the EFF found them here, then we decided to support the community because we are all affected by this."
Still-burning remnants of tyres and rocks lay on the sides of the road, while in some places the sticky residue of melted tyres still adhered to the tar.
A few men stood around smoking and watching police clear up the road, while two women, carrying corrugated iron sheeting on their heads, walked away towards the informal settlement.
Police and metro police maintained a significant presence in the area.
EFF Nellmapius branch chairman Vusi Msiza said the "land invasion" began on Sunday.
"We found people on the land who were trying to erect shacks," he told residents earlier.
"As the EFF found them here, then we decided to support the community because we are all affected by this."
According to ANC Gauteng spokesman Dumisa Ntuli, the land had been earmarked for a low-cost housing development.
ANC condemns EFF ‘land grab’
IOL News 11 November 2014
Pretoria - An attempted land grab in Pretoria allegedly orchestrated by the EFF was condemned by the ANC in Gauteng on Tuesday.
“The ANC Gauteng condemns the Economic Freedom Fighters for deceiving the people to grab land earmarked for low cost housing development in Tshwane Nellmapius...” spokesman Dumisa Ntuli said in a statement.
Tshwane metro police spokesman Isaac Mahamba confirmed the attempted land grab and said that officers fired rubber bullets after the people occupying the land began throwing stones at them on Monday.
It was unclear whether anyone was injured, and no one was arrested.
Mahamba said metro police were keeping watch to prevent people occupying the land illegally.
As of 4.30pm on Tuesday, there had been no renewed attempt at a land grab.
Ntuli said the land was earmarked for low cost housing development.
“The people must not be deceived and raise expectations that the land grab will bring hope into their lives.
“...The land grab is not only wrong, but undermines the ANC government's determined efforts to work towards improving the lives of ordinary people.
“The poisonous EFF policies of land grab have impoverished and left many countries destitute in the world and therefore cannot be copied in South Africa.”
The Times quoted EFF branch chairman Vusi Msiza saying: “We are implementing the EFF policy of expropriation of land and we will fight to stay on that land”.
EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party supported land expropriation but would not directly comment on the incident in Nellmapius.
“If branches of the EFF have taken the initiative to join homeless communities, even if they are leading as we always said we will be at centre of community protest struggles... they are acting within the (ambit) of EFF policies.”
Residents picket as ‘axe murders’ appear
IOL News 12 November 2014
Cape Town - Angry Uitsig residents picketed outside Goodwood Magistrate’s Court calling for bail to be denied to six people - including two minors - accused of killing 17-year-old Justin Langley.
Langley was hacked to death early on Sunday, a few blocks from his house in Uitsig near Ravensmead.
It was reported he had been walking with his mother, Bridgette Langley, when he was attacked by men wielding an axe and knives.
The six suspects who were arrested appeared on charges of murder and attempted murder yesterday.
Hoisting posters that read: “Peace please”, “Stop gangsterism, stop killing our children” and “Hou op onskuldige kinders vermoor” (Stop murdering innocent children) the group chanted loudly: “We want justice for Justin” and “No bail!”
The protesters shuffled into the gallery benches of courtroom C shortly before 11am, but were soon asked to leave when the matter was heard behind closed doors because two of the suspects are minors.
Relatives of the minor children remained, while the court wascleared.
Earlier in the day, outside the court gates, Bridgette Langley wept as she described her son as a “shy role model at school and an example in the community”.
“He was never rude and had a great respect for people.”
Her sister, Janet Smidt, who was comforting Langley, said Justin was a “people’s person” who avoided trouble, adding she was “tired of all the violence”.
Langley acknowledged the support of her neighbours and relatives who were chanting and waving placards behind her. Many of them had pictures of Justin on their cellphones.
“This community stands by me… He was so brutally murdered.”
The clerk of the court said an order had been made that the charge sheet not be made available to the public because of the “sensitivity” of the information.
A candlelight vigil and a memorial service were planned at a church in the area last night, said Bishop Adam Alexander.
Alexander, who also works with the local community policing forum, said the vigil was not only aimed at highlighting the tragic killing of Justin, but also problems of gangsterism and crime in the area.
“Every week someone dies in Uitsig.”
The matter was postponed to Tuesday.
Limpopo protest halts mine reopening
Rudzani Tshivhase (SABC News) 11 November 2014
Residents barricaded the road to the mine, demanding relocation and jobs.(SABC)
Limpopo Burgersfort Sekhukhune Moroke-Magakala Meckleinburg Chromex Chrome mine Wimpie van Wyk SAPS Rudzani Tshivhase Security officers outside the Chromex Chrome Mine in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo have used rubber bullets to disperse a group of angry residents who barricaded the road leading to the mine.
The residents burned tyres and blocked the road with stones, demanding jobs and that families staying near the mine be relocated or compensated.
The mine near the Moroke-Magakala village in Burgersfort had shut down operations earlier this year after the community accused the mine of failing to develop the area.
However the mine was expected to resume operations this week.
Some residents say they don't want the mining equipment to be taken to the mine.
One person was injured as mine security fired at protesting residents who also attempted to disrupt traffic on the R37.
Chromex Chrome Mine CEO, Wimpie van Wyk, says the community took a decision that operations should resume. Van Wyk says those who are protesting are a small group of people against development in the area. He says the mine will issue a statement after meeting with the community leaders and the police on Tuesday.
Mining trucks that arrived on Monday have now been parked at the local Meckleinburg police station for safety. Angry residents vowed to continue barricading the road until their demands are met.
Mogalakwena mayor denied access to municipal premises
SABC 7 November 2014
Limpopo Mogalakwena Municipality Waterberg District ANC Tlhalefi Mashamaite Makoma Makhurupetje The newly elected mayor of the Mogalakwena Municipality in the Waterberg District in Limpopo has been denied access to the municipal premises.
Security officials and a group of residents closed the gate and a sheriff served Mayor Tlhalefi Mashamaite with a court order preventing him from entering the premises.
Limpopo Co-operative Governance MEC Makoma Makhurupetje reinstated Mashamaite on Thursday as mayor.
Mashamaite says they want to stabilise the municipality. "We are trying hard to bring municipality into normal operation but the problem is the security at the gate has been instructed to stop us. We are the legitimate councillors and they allow the councillors that are expelled by the ANC to be in the institution - something which is very wrong."
The man who was replaced by Mashamaite as mayor, Malose Mabuela maintains he is still the mayor. Mabuela claims that the problems in Mogalakwena municipality are being fuelled by economic interests.
"People wants a stake in the mines, that's the reason municipality is in trouble. And they want a political leadership which will pave a way for them to access the resources or interests in the mines. That's one of the the primary reasons why we are in the news for wrong reasons."
Ses’khona stage peaceful march
IOL News 7 November 2014
Cape Town - Hundreds of Ses’khona supporters marched to Cape Town Station on Thursday, despite their two most prominent leaders being absent.
One leader, Andile Lili, was being treated in Tygerberg Hospital after being shot and wounded in the stomach and arm outside his home in Makhaza on Wednesday night in an alleged “assassination attempt”, while the other, Loyiso Nkohla, was attending to his seriously ill mother.
Lili and Nkohla were both supposed to appear alongside seven other Ses’khona members in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of violating the Civil Aviation Act.
They are accused of dumping human waste at the departures terminal of Cape Town International Airport last year.
According to the clerk of the court, the matter was postponed to Thursday, when the trial will proceed, depending on Lili’s condition.
On Thursday, Ses’khona spokesman Sithembele Majoba repeated his belief that the attack on Lili was politically motivated.
“He was shot on the eve of the march. This intimidation of Andile Lili raises concern for us. We have to defend our leader, because after Andile, who’s next?”
Lili’s brother, Mpucuko Nguzo, said the attackers had not attempted to rob Lili, and meant to harm their target.
“It is the ANC leadership that is the first suspect,” he claimed.
While the shattered glass from Lili’s car window still lay in the street where he was shot, residents travelled into the city by car and train to attend the protest march.
Far from the mayhem wreaked by Ses’khona marches previously in the CBD, Thursday’s demonstration was well-organised and peaceful.
Elevated on the back of a flatbed truck, Ses’khona members led cheers and songs.
The purpose of the protest was twofold: to hand a memorandum to Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) in connection with jobs, and second, to march to the ANC’s head offices on Adderley Street to demand that provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile be expelled from the party.
Ses’khona succeeded in handing over the memorandum, in the hopes that a partnership could be established with the rail agency.
The memorandum said it called on Transport Minister Dipuo Peters to expand Prasa’s budget so that the state enterprise could offer more jobs to unemployed people. In exchange, the newly employed force could contribute to improving the rail service, reducing vandalism and improving station environments.
Majoba said Ses’khona’s proposal made to Prasa would create 25 000 jobs.
Regional Metrorail head Richard Walker signed receipt of the memorandum on behalf of Prasa and promised to pass it to the parastatal’s management.
However, the march to the ANC offices was abandoned after police formed a barricade of vehicles and officers in riot gear along the border of Adderley Street.
“We are not happy that we didn’t get to reach the ANC offices,” Majoba said.
Ses’khona supported the ANC nationally and provincially, but disagreed with Mjongile’s leadership.
One poster read: “Songezo must be expelled for killing ANC in the Western Cape”.
Majoba accused Mjongile of interfering in the proposed partnership with Prasa, saying the ANC leader had e-mailed Prasa to discourage them from allying with Ses’khona.
“Songezo is a useless individual who is meddling in the affairs of parastatals. He tried to stop the partnership we’ve made.”
The march dispersed peacefully without incident.
- Additional reporting by Natasha Prince
Ses'Khona leader shot, march continues
The New Age 5 November 2014
Ses'Khona activist Loyiso Nkohla has on Wednesday told ANN7 that a mass protest march in the Cape Town CBD is under-way despite the leader Andile Lili fighting for his life in hospital after being shot outside his house.
“The march to the Prasa offices is currently under-way, the court of law has given us the right to march' Nkohla said.
According to reports, Ses'Khona people's rights movement leader Lili was shot four times in the stomach by unidentified suspects. He was rushed to Tygerberg Hospital where he is reportedly in a serious but stable condition.