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    A Worcester bottle store owner’s licence was suspended after he allegedly withheld farmworkers’ documents for unsettled debts.

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    Cape Town - A Cape Winelands bottle store owner has had his licence suspended for three months after he allegedly withheld farmworkers’ documents for unsettled debts.

    During a joint raid by the Western Cape Liquor Authority and the police last month, 58 identity documents and 14 Sassa cards and bank cards, with the relevant PIN numbers, were found on the premises.

    The raid followed a tip-off to the authorities.

    Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde said the store, Goudini Kontantwinkel in Worcester, was also fined R10 000.

    “We count on residents to join us in tackling alcohol abuse as they are the ones who have direct experience of illegal trading and are most affected by it,” said Winde.

    “Upon receiving this complaint from a member of the public, the Liquor Authority brought an urgent application to suspend the licence, a punishment which fits the crime.”

    Thys Giliomee, chief executive of the Liquor Authority, said the store’s liquor licence was suspended until October 31. Giliomee said a criminal case against the owner was pending and, if found guilty, he could be fined up to R500 000 or a two-year jail sentence.

    Spokeswoman for Winde, Bronwynne Jooste, said all but three of the documents had been returned to the owners.

    The three outstanding documents would be returned once the owners had submitted an affidavit to the police.

    yolisa.tswanya@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus

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    Disorder, dissension and disciplinary action took up more than two hours of a City of Cape Town full council meeting.

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    Cape Town - Disorder, dissension and disciplinary action took up more than two hours of Wednesday’s full council meeting, as the ANC and the Speaker, Dirk Smit, locked horns about how to behave in the chamber.

    The name-calling started when mayor Patricia de Lille used her speech to accuse the opposition of “arrogance” and of not allowing “the facts or the law” to get in the way of their “wrong-headed” strategies.

    She then lambasted ANC councillor Tony Ehrenreich for his condemnation of the city’s shift allowance policy for pregnant firefighters. “This is standard labour practice that protects the employer and the employee, but it is not good enough for Mr Ehrenreich who has flouted all of these conventions in his desire to see his name in the newspaper.”

    Ehrenreich never got an opportunity to defend himself, as the Speaker cut him short during his allotted question time.

    Smit chastised the ANC for their poor behaviour, saying there was clearly a lack of leadership.

    Attempts by the ANC to interrogate De Lille on various issues during the question period were shut down by the Speaker, who cautioned councillors Daniel Mphila and Bheki Hadebe that they were out or order for taking too long to formulate their questions.

    After two warnings, both councillors were instructed to leave the chamber. Outraged, ANC councillors demanded that the Speaker reconsider, and Smit had to allow a 15 minute recess so that the party could meet to discuss their response. However, the ANC failed to return to the chamber, forcing Smit to continue the meeting with just 132 councillors.

    The ANC were absent for almost an hour, but there were still enough councillors for a quorum. When the opposition eventually returned to their seats, Smit apologised for saying the ANC had no leadership.

    He would, however, only allow Mphila and Hadebe to return once they, too, had apologised.

    Ehrenreich accepted Smit’s apology on behalf of the ANC, but cautioned that personal debates detracted from important issues and created a “toxic” environment.

    anel.lewis@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus

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    Pagad says it could "eradicate" the drug trade on the Cape Flats if the media and police would stop undermining it.

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    Cape Town - Anti-drug group Pagad says it could “eradicate” the drug trade on the Cape Flats in just six months if the media and police would stop undermining it. What’s more, chairman Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim says, it could be done without “spilling a single drop of blood or firing a single bullet”.

    “The power of a community that comes together in the name of justice and under God’s will always be stronger than the guns of drug dealers and gangsters. Pagad has the ability to bring the community together in such a way. Once that has been achieved, we believe that the drug merchants would have no choice but to pack up shop and leave our communities in peace.”

    During an interview at Pagad’s headquarters in Athlone on Wednesday, Ebrahim took aim at the police for the large presence they maintained at Pagad events, while they seemed incapable of effectively closing down drug dens and bringing dealers to book, he said.

    Ebrahim criticised the media for insinuating links between Pagad and two pipe bombings in Athlone last week. The bombings, which targeted a car dealership and a private residence, took place near a motorcade event organised as part of Pagad’s Ramadaan awareness campaign.

    He said this resulted in a steady stream of concerned supporters visiting Pagad’s offices. They raised concerns over their own safety and fears that they would be investigated by police if they associated with Pagad.

    “These are unfounded concerns and greatly undermine the positive things that the Ramadaan campaign has achieved,” said Ebrahim. These positive things, according to Pagad, are to do with reinstalling faith and self-confidence in communities which have lost hope because of unchecked gangsterism, drug abuse and violence. In this interpretation, Pagad sees its role not in clashing directly with drug merchants, but rather acting as enablers to unlock a community’s potential to save itself.

    In spite of a belief that drug dealers can be forced to leave the Cape Flats peacefully, Ebrahim says the organisation will protect and support members of the community who exercise their “divine right” to defend themselves through the use of violence.

    “Pagad does not instruct members of the community to commit violence. But what if your daughter is raped and the police do nothing? What if that rapist returns the following week to rape your wife? What if you then kill that man? People have a divine right, one that is guaranteed by God and holy Scriptures, to defend themselves. We cannot judge, we will support people who exercise this right.”

    On Tuesday evening, a gang of men wearing balaclavas petrol-bombed a known drug den. They shot and killed one of the property’s residents in Grassy Park. It was still unknown whether the perpetrators were vigilante members of the community or those of a rival drug-dealing gang, said Philip Bam, chairman of the Grassy Park Community Policing Forum.

    It remains uncertain whether the man who was murdered, Thomas Lewis, 57, was part of the alleged drug dealing activities at the house. His son, Basil Lewis, 37, claimed that his father was an innocent victim.

    Ebrahim equally said he could not speculate on the attackers’ motives.

    “But if they were acting for the best interest of their community, we support them. We always condemn the loss of innocent life, but we say to parents and to spouses - do not allow your loved ones to be in such dens.”

    No arrests have been made in connection with any of the bombings.

     

    daneel.knoetze@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus

     

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    A preliminary post-mortem on the bull that killed 10-year-old Ayanda Mfenku of Philippi East indicates it died of acidosis.

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    Cape Town - A preliminary post-mortem on the bull that killed 10-year-old Ayanda Mfenku of Philippi East indicates it died of acidosis – a metabolic disorder similar to heartburn in humans.

    The bull, due to be slaughtered at a funeral in Philippi East on Sunday, broke loose while it was being unloaded and ran amok, goring to death Ayanda, who was standing in his yard.

    The bull then collapsed in the yard and hours later was collected by the SPCA and taken to its Grassy Park premises, where it died.

    Ayanda’s mother Nwabisa Mfenku has been paralysed with grief since the tragedy.

    Allan Perrins, the chief executive of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, said he had seen the bull’s contorted carcass and said it appeared to have been strangled.

    “His eyes were sunken and full of fear and his tongue was blue – a sure sign of asphyxiation – probably due to the way he was mishandled or restrained.”

    He added: “Whilst there is no denying the pain and sadness of losing a child, it is important to carefully examine the circumstances leading up to the tragic death of both the child and the bull put aside for a traditional sacrifice.

    “We need to investigate what went so horribly wrong and learn from these mistakes or once again run the risk of an avoidable fatality.”

    Perrins emphasised that animals such as bulls needed to be treated with dignity and caution in order to avoid such tragic accidents.

    “An animal in a fight for its life can become enraged and will instinctively act with total indifference,” he said adding that proper techniques should be used.

    Referring to acidosis, Perrins said cattle were intended to eat grass; acidosis resulted from feeding cattle food, usually corn or grain, for which their digestive system was not designed.

    “When cattle are fed corn it causes the rumen to expand and apply pressure to the animal’s lungs which can cause suffocation.

    “According to author Michael Pollan, ‘in some cases a tube has to be shoved down the animal’s oesophagus in order to avoid suffocation’.

    “Changing an animal’s natural diet in order to benefit us is cruel. The only reason we feed the cows corn is that it fattens them up quickly so we can slaughter them earlier and get more beef from each cow.”

    Acidosis caused cattle to stop eating and eat dirt in an effort to calm the burning sensation, and they would pant and salivate excessively.

    They could also develop what was known as “feedlot bloat”.

    zodidi.dano@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus

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    The City of Cape Town is drafting more inclusive regulations for street musicians after repealing its 1993 policy on buskers.

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    Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has taken the first step towards drafting more inclusive regulations for busking by repealing its outdated 1993 policy regarding street musicians.

    This means that informal artists, such as blind busker Lunga Goodman Nono, will soon be able to earn a living within a regulated environment. New provisions dealing explicitly with busking will be included in the amended informal trading bylaw.

    The urgent consideration of the city’s policies and bylaws that deal with street artists comes after Nono was manhandled by law enforcement officers for allegedly ignoring council regulations.

    Cape Argus

     

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    94.5Kfm morning jock Ryan O’Connor narrowly escaped being knocked off his bike by a taxi while cycling in Cape Town.

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    Cape Town - “If I hadn’t flung myself off the road, I would not be here today…” These were the words of 94.5Kfm morning anchor Ryan O’Connor after surviving a cycle smash on Wednesday which left him in hospital.

    O’Connor is a keen cyclist and this year again swopped his mic for his bike to complete his 14th consecutive Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.

    But on Wednesday, he survived a different kind of ordeal - nearly being smashed off the road by a taxi.

    “I was cycling at the back end of Durbanville, on Contermanskloof, out on my road bike. The road gets narrow in parts, but there’s still a healthy lane inside the yellow line, so I stay out of the way as much as possible, almost hugging the dirt. Every time I hear a big truck approaching, I glance behind me.”

    At about 12.30pm, O’Connor heard another vehicle’s engine, glanced behind as usual, and saw danger.

    “In the yellow lane, there was a taxi literally driving straight towards me. By the time I double-checked, he was right on me.”

    O’Connor is not sure how he flung himself and his bike off the road - while pedalling at around 50km/h.

    “I went tumbling through the gravel, my bike went over… thank heavens there wasn’t a drop. I landed elbow-first… and by the time I came to rest he was long gone,” O’Connor said of the taxi driver. “I lay there on my back, and slowly checked to see which parts of me were working. Traffic went by, but nobody bothered to stop, but I managed to call my wife, Karen.”

    Once in the couple’s car, he was driven to Panorama Medi Clinic.

    “My entire left side is grazed - from head to toe - and I had a dislocated radius, which is now popped back in. But I also have fractured and broken the entire joint.” On Wednesday he was waiting to hear if he needed surgery.

    O’Connor’s incident prompted fresh impetus on the new cycle safety laws in the process of being passed.

    Siphesihle Dube, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, said: “The Safety of Cyclists Regulations are currently in the final stages of their legislative process.

    “Following the comments from the public, which were considered at length, the necessary recommendations were made in line with these comments and against the objectives of the regulations. We expect the final regulations to be published in August, where they will then become law.”

    Cape Argus

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    Thandi Maqubela must prove she will be prejudiced if the charges of murder and forgery against her are amended, the Western Cape High Court ruled.

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    Cape Town - Thandi Maqubela must prove she will be prejudiced if the charges of murder and forgery against her are amended, the Western Cape High Court ruled on Thursday.

    Lawyers for Maqubela, the widow of slain acting judge Patrick Maqubela, and her co-accused Vela Mabena have until Tuesday to prepare their evidence about such prejudice.

    The defence had argued that it was the State's responsibility to prove an absence of prejudice.

    Judge John Murphy ruled that the Criminal Procedure Act did not place such an onus on the prosecution.

    The two have pleaded not guilty to suffocating the judge with cling-wrap in his Sea Point, Cape Town, apartment on June 5, 2009.

    Maqubela has also pleaded not guilty to forging her husband's signature on his will, and then fraudulently presenting it at the Johannesburg office of the Master of the High Court.

    Last month, Judge John Murphy indicated he intended amending the charges on the indictment.

    On the murder charge, he wanted to extend the cause of death by adding “or means unknown” to “suffocation with plastic”.

    He said this was after the State previously conceded that it was unable to submit evidence regarding an alternative means of death.

    Regarding Thandi Maqubela's alleged forgery of her husband's will, he wanted to amend the charge from “making of the signature” to “making of the will”.

    Marius Broeksma, for the defence, had argued that extra witnesses would have to be called and other evidence would have to be placed before the court should the amendments be made.

    It would also probably incur a cost and time prejudice because the trial would take longer to conclude.

    Murphy said on Thursday the consideration of prejudice was dependant on common sense and judicial knowledge, and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

    “The question of prejudice is a question of fairness to me. Is it fair to burden you with this at this time?... It's a value judgement,” he said.

    Sapa

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  • 08/01/13--05:41: Pagad in anti-drug drive
  • Pagad supporters drove through the streets of Heideveld and threw firecrackers at the homes of suspected drug dealers.

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    Cape Town - Dozens of Pagad supporters drove through the streets of Heideveld on Wednesday night, shouting slogans and throwing firecrackers at the homes of suspected drug dealers.

    The motorcade protest, which appears to have become a weekly occurrence, is part of the anti-drug group’s Ramadaan campaign.

    Under the escort of police vehicles and a helicopter, the convoy snaked through Surrey Estate, via Manenberg, and on to Heideveld.

    In recent weeks, Manenberg has been at the epicentre of a spate of gang-related shootings and murders.

    “It’s been a difficult month for our communities. Our families no longer dare to come out at night. Our streets have been held to ransom by the merchants and the gangsters,” said Haroon Orrie, Pagad’s spokesman, addressing supporters after the motorcade.

    “Tonight we saw the hope resurface. Hope that was taken away by the scourge of violence and drugs. People came outside and they felt safe again.”

    Indeed, the streets of Heideveld were lined with onlookers. Some cheered as the convoy passed. The explosions from firecrackers were intermittently mistaken for gunfire, and the Cape Argus saw residents scrambling for cover on one occasion, only to re-emerge, laughing, when the misunderstanding became apparent.

    Speaking to the Cape Argus on Wednesday, Pagad leader Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim said the group could “eradicate” the Cape Flats drug trade in six months “without spilling a single drop of blood or firing a single bullet”.

    But only if the media and police would stop undermining it, he said.

    “The power of a community that comes together in the name of justice and under God’s will always be stronger than the guns of drug-dealers and gangsters. Pagad has the ability to bring the community together in such a way.

    “Once that has been achieved, we believe that the drug merchants would have no choice but to pack up shop and leave our communities in peace.”

    Ebrahim criticised the media for insinuating links between Pagad and two pipe bombings in Athlone last week. The bombings, which targeted a car dealership and a home, took place near a motorcade organised as part of Pagad’s Ramadaan awareness campaign.

    He said this had resulted in a steady stream of concerned supporters visiting Pagad’s offices. They had raised concerns over their safety and fears that they would be investigated by police if they associated with Pagad.

    Despite believing drug dealers could be forced to leave the Cape Flats peacefully, Ebrahim says the organisation will protect and support members of the community who defend themselves through the use of violence.

    “Pagad does not instruct members of the community to commit violence. But what if your daughter is raped and the police do nothing? What if that rapist returns the following week to rape your wife? What if you then kill that man? People have a divine right, one that is guaranteed by God and holy scriptures, to defend themselves.”

    On Tuesday evening, a gang of men wearing balaclavas petrol-bombed a drug den in Grassy Park. They shot and killed a resident.

    It was still unknown whether they were vigilantes or members of a rival drug gang, said Philip Bam, chairman of the Grassy Park Community Police Forum.

    Ebrahim said he could not speculate on the attackers’ motives.

    “But if they were acting in the best interests of their community, we support them. We always condemn the loss of innocent life but we say to parents and to spouses - do not allow your loved ones to be in such dens.”

    daneel.knoetze@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus

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    Top cop Jeremy Vearey, implicated in criminal activities, says coached witnesses were used to manufacture accusations.

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    Cape Town - Senior policeman Jeremy Vearey, named in allegations implicating him in crime which were forwarded to the authorities by Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, says coached witnesses were used to manufacture the accusations.

    He also said an “implied ‘lie’” would soon be revealed that would expose Plato.

    Plato refused to comment.

    On Tuesday Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Rodney de Kock announced that he would not call for further action into allegations, forwarded to authorities by Plato, linking “a senior politician and a SAPS officer” to criminal activities.

    De Kock said the witness behind the allegations “lacked credibility”.

    Vearey, provincial ANC chairman Marius Fransman and ANC MPL Max Ozinsky were named in allegations Plato had forwarded.

    On Wednesday in a lengthy Facebook post, Vearey said De Kock’s decision “reinforces credibility in our DPP’s ability to avoid politically engineered attempts to frame and character assassinate senior police officers and politicians with manufactured lies of coached ‘witnesses’.

    “However, the other implied ‘lie’ that Plato never met the ‘witness’ in question and only received the affidavit in the post, will soon be exposed.”

    caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

    Cape Times

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    Cars were damaged and desks were set alight by pupils in Cape Town who demanded that suspended students be allowed to return.

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    Cape Town - Cars and windows were damaged with stones and desks were set alight by Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School pupils who demanded on Wednesday that suspended classmates be allowed to return to school.

    Principal Ntomboxolo Mqumbisa and teachers were escorted out of the school by police as pupils threw stones at them and into the school grounds. Five vehicles in the grounds were damaged.

    Vehicles along Nyathi Avenue, on which the school is located, were also targeted.

    Pupils gathered in front of the school, along Nyathi Avenue and on the corner of Bonga Drive in Khayelitsha. Police fired tear gas to disperse them, but they regrouped.

    “According to our information, the principal tried to discipline a few learners and this led to the protest action. The police had to escort the principal and some staff members off the premises,” said Millicent Merton, a spokeswoman for the Western Cape Education Department.

    She said the department would investigate.

    A Grade 12 pupil, who asked not to be named, fearing he would be expelled, said five pupils had been suspended by the principal, apparently for not attending holiday classes in June.

    He said some of the pupils had gone to the principal demanding that their classmates be allowed back.

    “We tried talking to the principal, but he wanted nothing to do with us.

    “Even the police - when they came here they just started shooting and didn’t ask what the problem was,” the pupil said.

    Another pupil, who also did not want to be named, said pupils had vowed to stay away until the five returned.

    Pupils said they would continue the protest on Thursday if the others were not allowed to return to school.

    Police spokesman Tembinkosi Kinana said a public violence case was being investigated. No arrests had been made and there were no reports of injuries.

    “It is alleged that schoolchildren started their riots in protest at an earlier incident at school. The police responded swiftly to the call and managed to diffuse the situation. It is not clear how many schoolchildren were involved in the protest.”

    xolani.koyana@inl.co.za

    Cape Times

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    A novice surfer went home after a scary experience near Noordhoek without realising that the NSRI was looking for him.

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    Cape Town - A surfer the NSRI looked for but couldn’t find on Sunday night is safe.

    Identified by the NSRI only as Hayden from Kommetjie, the man called the institute’s Kommetjie commander, Tom Coetzee, on Tuesday after he read an online report of Sunday’s search and realised it was him, NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon said on Wednesday.

    “Hayden confirmed he had been in trouble. A novice surfer, he was struggling in the big surf conditions when other surfers left the water at dusk and as night fell he found himself swept across shore and further out to sea in rip currents,” Lambinon said.

    He said Hayden was swept towards Noordhoek and managed to get ashore about 1.6km away. “He went home not knowing concerned witnesses had raised the alarm.”

    Coetzee said according to information from Hayden, they realised they were closely behind him during Sunday’s sea and shore search. “Knowing the currents in those rough sea swells our initial reaction was to immediately dispatch our Discovery quad bike to the area where Hayden came out of the water. With hindsight this shows we were hot on his heels. We must have missed him by only minutes.”

    He said after Hayden was not found, Sunday’s search was extended to Slangkop lighthouse, Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak and Vulcan Rock near Duiker Island.

    “When we failed to find Hayden… it became our greatest conviction he had managed to get out of the water and most likely gone home not realising a search had been launched,” Coetzee said. “No harm has been done, we are happy he is safe.”

    Efforts to trace Hayden drew a blank on Wednesday. Lambinon said they knew Hayden was from Kommetjie, but they did not have his details.

    Cape Argus

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    The parents of three-year-old Olivia van Voeght have been arrested for child neglect, after she was found dead.

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    Cape Town - The parents of three-year-old Olivia van Voeght have been arrested for child neglect, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

    Col Thembinkosi Kinana told Eyewitness News that Olivia's parents were arrested after they were taken in for questioning following her death.

    She disappeared on Tuesday after her mother left her at home for two hours.

    He said the arrests were made on suspicion of neglect.

    Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz said he was saddened, and at the same time angered, by the discovery of Olivia's body.

    “... saddened by her untimely and unnecessary death and angered by the fact that there now seems to be an alleged situation of child neglect,” he said.

    He said he learned that police had arrested the parents on allegations of child neglect. Fritz said he assigned social workers to the matter.

    “Too often children fall prey to criminals in our society, because the very people who must love, care for and protect them, have abandoned their responsibilities,” said Fritz.

    He promised to investigate the full circumstances around her death and would co-operate with police and the department of justice to ensure that, if found guilty, the parents and perpetrators were brought to book.

    “Let this be a lesson to all parents. The safety and protection of your child is firstly your responsibility and parents whose negligence places their children's lives in danger, will have to face the full force of the law,” he said.

    Sapa

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    The body of three-year-old Olivia van Voeght, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found in a vlei in Lotus River.

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    Cape Town - The body of three-year-old Olivia van Voeght, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found floating in a vlei in Lotus River on Thursday.

    Olivia’s parents were charged with child neglect on Wednesday afternoon.

    A man and a woman, also arrested on Wednesday, were released on Thursday night.

    Provincial police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said: “As the investigation continues we will see if there are any other charges.”

    Olivia lived with her mother and older sister in a flat in Grassy Park owned by Eva Fortuin, who lived there with her adult son.

    Fortuin said on Tuesday that at about 8pm, Olivia’s father, who was visiting the flat, put her to bed in a room in which Fortuin’s son and his girlfriend were asleep. A friend of the son’s was also there.

    On Wednesday morning, when another sister, Meagan van Voeght, 19, who looks after Olivia during the day, went to collect her, she was nowhere to be found.

    The little girl was reported missing, a search was launched and flyers were distributed.

    Later on Wednesday, both Olivia’s parents were arrested. They are expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

    On Thursday, Olivia’s body was discovered after police in a helicopter spotted the body of a little girl in a pink top floating in Zeekoevlei.

    Fortuin told the Cape Argus:

    “We only knew she was missing after her sister came to pick her up.”

    Fortuin said the last time she saw the little girl was on Tuesday when her father put her to bed in a room in the flat.

    A heartbroken Meagan said she fetched her sister every morning and looked after her.

    “When I went to fetch her (on Wednesday) I asked my eldest sister, Dora Jumat, where she was, and she said she thought Olivia was with me.”

    Jumat’s son Junior, 3, who often played with Olivia on a footbridge near the vlei, said she had fallen into the river. “But no one believed him,” said Meagan.

    Jumat said she would go to the morgue to identify her sister’s body on Friday. “But it must be her, that’s her pink top.”

    Jumat described Meagan as a little girl who liked to talk and laugh.

    Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said it appeared as though Olivia had been left alone while her parents were out.

    “Too often children fall prey to criminals in our society because the very people who must love, care for and protect them, have abandoned their responsibilities.”

    The councillor for Lotus River Ward 65, Leslie Isaacs, said the body of another small child had been found in the river last week. “We need to make this river safer.”

    Isaacs said they were looking into putting fencing around the river. He also called for more visible policing.

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    Community Safety MEC Dan Plato lost his cool at MPL Max Ozinsky at a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature.

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    Cape Town - Community Safety MEC Dan Plato lost his cool and repeatedly shouted “Shut up, shut up” at ANC MPL Max Ozinsky at a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature on Thursday.

    Plato has been the target of the ANC’s attacks after allegations and counter-allegations surfaced in the legislature last week that both parties were linked to gangsters.

    “Mr Plato, you are going too far now. You must withdraw the words ‘shut up’ please,” Deputy Speaker Piet Pretorius told Plato after he stood up for the second time. “You can’t just jump up and then have a speech here, we can’t allow that.”

    Plato was responding to statements Ozinsky made during a three-minute personal explanation Pretorius granted him.

    The rules of the legislature do not allow for debate after such a statement.

    Ozinsky asked for the opportunity after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Rodney de Kock, said on Tuesday he would not take any further steps to investigate allegations that Ozinsky, ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman and senior policeman Jeremy Vearey were involved in gangs, drugs, gun and drug running.

    The allegations stem from an affidavit Plato forwarded to the public protector earlier this year, which was referred to the DPP. Ozinsky said he felt vindicated but remained concerned about Plato’s role.

    He asked Plato to explain his involvement in drawing up the affidavits. “What steps did MEC Plato take to verify the allegations and the person making them, before he distributed them to various forces?” he asked.

    DA chief whip Alta Rossouw said Ozinsky was busy with an attack on Plato. “He is misusing his opportunity,” she said. Ozinsky denied it was a personal attack. Pretorius allowed Ozinsky to continue, but warned against personal attacks.

    Premier Helen Zille said it was for the public protector to decide the merit of the affidavit. Ozinsky turned his attention to Zille and asked what her and her cabinet’s role was. Pretorius had to call the sitting to order three times.

    Plato replied to Ozinsky: “Let me say it is not my information. It is information in an affidavit by a member of the public.” A screaming match continued to a point where Rossouw walked over to Plato to ask him to sit down.

    Zille asked for three minutes to reply to Ozinsky. “Seeing that the honourable member Ozinsky abused his point of explanation in order to attack other members and to pose questions, I now propose to you I have three minutes to reply,” she said.

    ANC MPLs answered her with a loud “No”. Pretorius said he couldn’t grant her request as the rules of the legislature didn’t allow it. “Your ruling has opened the door for massive abuse,” Zille said.

    ANC chief whip Pierre Uys pushed Pretorius to rule on Zille’s statement. “My ruling is that I’m stopping this debate on this thing now. If the premier is unhappy with that ruling she can certainly take it up.”

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    The home of alleged crime high-flyer Quinton “Mr Big” Marinus went under the hammer, after a sequestration application by Sars.

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    Cape Town - The Plattekloof home of alleged crime high-flyer Quinton “Mr Big” Marinus went under the hammer on Thursday, after a successful application by Sars early last year for Marinus’s sequestration.

    Marinus owes Sars more than R2 million.

    The alleged syndicate kingpin has always been at the centre of controversy, appearing in court on multiple charges of murder, robbery, and abalone poaching – of which he was later acquitted.

    Despite the owner’s unusual background, auctioneer Casper Rossouw, of GoIndustry DoveBid, assured the 25 people who turned up for the auction that the house would be a safe buy.

    When one asked who it had belonged to, he said there would be no aggressive backlash from the previous owner.

    The house covers most of the 1 035 square metre property on Tecoma Crescent, an upmarket area in Plattekloof. It has three bedrooms, a courtyard, swimming pool, steam room and a “man cave” with a bar.

    The bidding was brisk, opening at R1.5m and ending five minutes later at R1.7m. The house had been valued at about R2m.

    The winning bidder, who looked pleased with his purchase, refused to give his name or to comment on his purchase.

    The auction follows a successful application by Sars early last year for Marinus’s sequestration.

     

    Marinus, his wife Davidene and his brother Lionel owe the tax collector over R6m in unpaid taxes.

     

    Previous attempts to recoup unpaid taxes from them have included the seizure of Davidene and Lionels’ movable assets including flat screen TVs, furniture and a luxury Jaguar S-Type. But the sale of these items raised less than R100 000 on auction.

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    The saga of prime Sea Point land belonging to claimants who were forcibly removed from the area during apartheid looks set to drag on.

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    Cape Town - The saga of prime Sea Point land belonging to claimants who were forcibly removed from the area during apartheid looks set to drag on as the City of Cape Town revealed that “new information” had come to light.

    An investigation has revealed that the city does, in fact, have a say when it comes to the sale of the valuable tract of land and that it may be entitled to reclaim it as there has been no development on the site.

    After battling for 14 years to develop the land, the Tramway Community Trust announced in June that it would have to sell Erf 1225 as a vacant lot because it owed Investec Bank R14 million.

    But Thandeka Gqada, mayoral committee member for human settlements, said: “The financial institution that made funds available to the Tramway Trust for the development of the site contacted the city during last week to inform us that they are not comfortable with a decision that reads as follows: ‘The Council notes the intention of the Tramway Trust to sell their land.’”

    The trust, set up in 2001 to represent the interests of claimants, failed to honour its development agreement with the bank. The city would have noted the Trust’s intention to sell the land at a full council meeting this week, but the item was removed from the agenda at the last minute because of the new information.

    Gqada said the city did include a revisionary clause in the deed of sale that the land would revert back to the council if it was not developed.

    Clause 6.10 of the deed of sale also prohibits the trust from selling, letting, or otherwise disposing of the land without the consent of the city.

    George Lopes, chairman of the Tramway Trust, agreed to speak to the Cape Argus about the new developments yesterday afternoon. But attempts to reach him for comment later were unsuccessful.

    The land in question, known as Tramway Park, was given to the Trust by the city in 2001 at no cost.

    It was thought that 42 single residential erven would be constructed on the land, to accommodate the families who had once lived there. However, as many of the beneficiaries did not have the funds to develop the land, this was not a viable option. The trustees were also ill-advised about development options, resulting in numerous failed deals and plans, said Pogiso Molapo, executive director of human settlements.

    Gqada said the matter had been referred back so that the human settlements directorate can investigate the performance of the trust.

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    Cape Argus

     

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  • 08/02/13--02:33: Gas leak victims buried
  • A father and two of his children who died after a suspected gas leak at their home, were given a tearful goodbye at a packed church service.

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    Cape Town - A father and two of his children who died in a suspected gas leak at their home, were buried on Thursday.

    Keanan Manuel, 54, Ashley, nine, and Caitlin, six, were buried after a service in the Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Grassy Park.

    The church was packed with friends, family and pupils from the schools the two children attended.

    A relative, Andre Walters, said he would always remember Manuel’s kindness.

    “He was a great and kind man.”

    One of Ashley’s teachers at Kannemeyer Primary School sobbed as she told the congregation about her beloved pupil. “I will always look at your now empty desk and wish to talk to you one last time, give you some work to do before saying goodbye,” said the teacher, only identified as Mrs Reddy.

    Manuel’s stepdaughter, Chandre Koopman, who survived the incident on July 17, sat in a wheelchair weeping as people stood on the podium speaking about her dead relatives.

    Koopman was discharged from Victoria Hospital on Tuesday and is still recovering while her son Jordan, two, who was discharged last week has fully recovered.

    Koopman’s boyfriend, Warren Sam, 28, said she was not coping with the loss of her stepfather and siblings: “She is not okay emotionally and she still doesn’t want to talk about what happened on the day of the incident.”

    Her uncle, James Adams, said Koopman’s mother, Deborah Manuel, was slowly recovering.

    Adams said doctors would not allow Deborah to attend the funeral fearing it might slow her recovery.

    “We only told her about the death of her husband and two children yesterday (Wednesday) and she didn’t take it well,” he said.

    Adams had been liaising with the detective leading the investigation.

    “The family is not happy with how the investigation is going.

    “We are not updated and we fear that the case might be closed with us not knowing what happened in that house,” he said.

    Sam discovered the family of six shortly after 1pm in their backyard dwelling in Diaz Street.

    Haniyah Martin and her partner, Yazeed van der Merwe, who were among the first to arrive at the Manuel home, said they found Keanan and Ashley lying on the floor, Koopman, 21, on one bed and Deborah, Caitlyn and Jordan on the other.

    The couple called an ambulance, and while they waited for it to arrive they carried the bodies outdoors, still trying to revive them.

    The family were unresponsive when found.

    Keanan and the two children could not be resuscitated and were declared dead at the scene.

    An open and empty gas cylinder was found in the kitchen and a second, closed gas cylinder was found in the bedroom.

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    The rape victim of gang leader Rashied Staggie is under police guard in hospital while two suspects and her boyfriend are in custody.

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    Cape Town - The rape victim of gang leader Rashied Staggie is on life support and under police guard in hospital while two men suspected of having shot her and her boyfriend are in custody.

    The couple were on their way home in Red River Road in Manenberg on Tuesday evening when they were gunned down.

    The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition while her boyfriend died on the scene.

    “She is on life support. It has been very painful for both families,” the woman’s brother said last night.

    He said their mother had been deeply shocked by Tuesday’s shooting.

    “She went to see my sister in hospital yesterday. My sister has since been moved to another hospital,” he said.

    Police spokesman Tembinkosi Kinana confirmed the woman was moved to another hospital for her own safety and was being guarded.

    “Two suspects aged 20 and 21 were arrested. One appeared in court today (Thursday) and the other will be appearing in court on Friday,” he said.

    Staggie, who has served 10 years of his 15-year jail sentence, is to be let out on day-parole from September 24. He and co-accused Randall Bosch were convicted in 2003 of the kidnapping and gang rape of the Mitchells Plain woman.

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    A warrant of arrest has been issued for a woman found guilty of causing her husband’s death because she did not appear in court.

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    Cape Town - A warrant of arrest has been issued for a Dunoon woman found guilty of causing her husband’s death because she did not appear in court on Thursday.

    Sanah Booysen was expected to be sentenced in the Cape Town Regional Court on Thursday.

    Her lawyer, Nawaal Abdurahman, said she did not know where her client was.

    “I received no instructions as to why she is not at court. She never came for consultations with the correctional officer and the social worker also had problems consulting with her.”

    Although Booysen was initially charged with murder after stabbing her husband, July Skiti, during an argument on December 2, magistrate Wilma van der Merwe found that the State had not proved Booysen intended to kill Skiti. Instead, Van der Merwe found that Booysen had been negligent.

    Booysen had earlier testified that she was sorry she had killed Skiti.

    Booysen said she grabbed the knife to stab him so that he would collapse and she could get away. But the knife slashed into an artery and he bled to death. She asked for a life sentence.

    According to the charge sheet, she has one previous conviction for culpable homicide in 1992. The case was postponed to August 15.

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    Che Newman was celebrating his 23rd birthday, but later that evening a driver ploughed into him and left him for dead.

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    Cape Town - Just five days ago, Che Newman was celebrating his 23rd birthday with a group of friends. But the evening was cut short after a reckless driver ploughed into the local lifesaving hero and left him for dead.

    Now, the student’s father has warned that he is tightening the net on the motorist who almost killed his son.

    It started as a fun night out for Newman and his three friends, as the group had a few drinks at Kalk Bay’s Polana restaurant on Sunday.

    One friend, Chris Moyce, said they left the restaurant at about 11.30pm.

    Moyce and another friend ran ahead into the harbour’s parking lot and Newman followed.

    When the friend went back towards Polana to try and track down the last member of the group, Newman and Moyce decided to venture to the level crossing just outside the parking area.

    “That’s when the car first passed us,” said Moyce. “The person driving it definitely saw us.”

    The next moment Moyce saw a black hatchback crashing into his friend.

    Newman described the experience as a nightmare. He said one minute he was being dragged under the car and the next he was waking up in hospital with a broken arm, fractured collarbone and cracked ribs that had punctured his lungs.

    While the student, who studies surface design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is happy to be alive, he has a long recovery ahead of him and will be unable to complete his studies this year.

    When his father, Lunga, who lives in Joburg, saw his son lying battered and broken in hospital, he vowed to track down the culprit driver.

    “I resolved that I would not go back home until my investigation was done.”

    The information security expert’s investigation began with video footage caught by a security camera inside the parking lot, which was obtained from the Kalk Bay harbour office.

    In the footage, the car that allegedly ran over Newman is shown entering the parking lot, before swinging around, without stopping, and speeding out of the exit. Moments later, a security guard inside the parking lot follows, responding to the commotion outside.

    For Lunga, the video will be integral to catching the motorist. “With the help of a few dealerships, I think I’ve identified the car as an Alfa Mito.”

    Lunga said he had been passing on any information he found to the police, and was confident there would be an arrest by the end of the week.

    Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that a reckless and negligent driving docket had been opened and was being investigated.

    Lunga said: “What I can’t understand is how anybody could do what this monster did to my son. How can they walk around knowing that they might have killed someone and do nothing about it?”

    He has urged the driver to go to the police. “It is inevitable that we will find them, but it will save a lot of time and work if they just admit to what they did.”

    Che Newman first made the news in 2009 as a lifesaver on nearby Danger Beach when he rescued five drowning swimmers in a single day.

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