The Police in Lebowakgomo are investigating a case of a missing toddler Motheo Rashilo aged one-year nine months. She is from Malatane village in Ga-Seloane outside Lebowakgomo, Capricorn District.

The victim was allegedly last seen on Friday 28 October 2022 at about 09:00 am in Malatane by her mother. According to the reports, she dropped her off at her friend’s mother’s place for them to take care of her as she departs for Lebowakgomo.

MISSING TODDLER

Later during the same day when the victim’s mother called to inform the babysitter that she is about to return from Lebowakgomo to her surprise, she was informed that her child is nowhere to be found. She reported the matter to the police.

A case of a missing person was opened and all role players were involved. Preliminary investigations revealed that the child was taken by an unknown person.

missing toddler
Missing toddler

The victim was last seen wearing white and yellow Short trousers, pink shoes, Pink T-shirt with a grey jersey.

Anyone with information that can assist the police with the whereabouts of a missing toddler can contact Investigating Officer Lieutenant Colonel Nyamanyawo Thomas Baloyi at 0825658234. Crime stop number on 0860010111 or visit the nearest police station, MySAPSApp.

UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGNERS ARRESTED

Meanwhile, the Police have arrested a total of 70 illegal immigrants aged between 17 and 35 during joint operations conducted in the Sekhukhune District.

The operation commenced in the early hours of Friday 21 October 2022 and focused on undocumented foreign nationals. The suspects were found on a scrapyard compound and farms around Groblersdal.

 The 32-year-old owner was also fined R5 000 for employing undocumented foreign nationals.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has lauded the arrests. She also thanked community members for providing the information that led to these arrests.

The arrests are done in an effort to reduce the levels of crime and also to ensure compliance with immigration laws.

The Police in Mahwelereng have launched a manhunt for the murderer who allegedly killed a 23 years old woman. The woman is believed to be his girlfriend. The incident took place Wednesday,26 October 2022 at Mozumbane village.

The body of the deceased was found the next day on Thursday lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds. Preliminary Police investigations revealed that an argument ensued between the suspect and the victim during the night on Wednesday.

MURDERER ON THE RUN

“We are calling upon Sthembiso Elia Dube popularly known as (Evens Khosa). He is also believed to be a foreign national, to avail himself at any nearest police station to help with investigations,” Police said.

Mahwelereng Girlfriend murderer on the run
Mahwelereng Girlfriend murderer on the run

MAHWELERENG WOMEN

The victim was also positively identified by a relative at the crime scene as Thabiso Mdibaniso.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has urged community members to assist the police. They can provide information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspect should contact the Investigating Officer Sergeant Patrick Bebeda on 0837218622. Crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or My SAPSApp.

Meanwhile, One thousand six hundred and fourteen (1614) suspects aged between 21 and 51 were apprehended for various offences during the ongoing weekly operations. The operations were conducted from 16 October until the early hours of today on Monday 24 October 2022.

The offences included possession and dealing in drugs, murder, stock theft, possession of illicit cigarettes. Theft of motor vehicle, possession of suspected stolen property and possession of firearm and ammunition and rape. In addition, a total number of 422 undocumented foreign nationals were a arrested.

During the operations police seized counterfeit cigarettes sticks, 25 dangerous weapons, dagga, 3-dagga plants, Crystal Meth and  Nyaope drugs. Furthermore, 3 firearms large quantity of liquor, 61 knives and 4 stolen vehicles were confiscated.

The Tzaneen Family Violence and Child Protection Services Unit (FCS) secured another life sentence of imprisonment imposed by the Lenyenye Regional court in Limpopo. This is after the 39-year-old accused was convicted of kidnapping and rape of a 13-year-old girl in Lenyenye location. The incident took place under the Maake Policing area on 13 October 2022.

TRAUMATIC ORDEAL

On Sunday 22 September 2019, Lucas Madala Mokhubidu who was 36 years old at the time of the incident. He allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old girl and locked her up inside his room.

Afterwards, the convict repeatedly raped the victim the whole night and later released her the next morning at about 05:00 on Monday 23 October 2019.

The minor went home and informed her grandmother about the ordeal who immediately reported the incident at Maake police station. A case of kidnapping and rape was opened and later transferred to Tzaneen FCS unit for further investigations.

Life sentence
Life sentence

Detective Sergeant Sharon Mavhungu was assigned to investigate the matter through her dedication and hard work. The suspect was apprehended a week after the incident on 02 October 2019.

Sergeant Mavhungu also managed to oppose bail and the suspect remained in police custody. She left no stone unturned with the investigations until his sentencing on Thursday 13 October 2022.

LIFE SENTENCE

The convict was handed 10 years imprisonment for kidnapping and one life-term imprisonment for the rape of a minor girl.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the sentence. She says it would also serve as a deterrence to other perpetrators of Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF)

Limpopo Education MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya says the current cohort of matric exams candidates have the potential to change the perception of the province’s performance. The MEC was addressing over one hundred and thirty learners at Louis Trichardt High School in Vhembe before the start of the final matric examinations.

NUMBER OF LIMPOPO MATRIC EXAMS

Limpopo has over 140 000 learners enrolled for the Matric examination this year. Over 1 700 examination centres administered the first paper this morning. MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya said the intervention strategies employed since early this year will go a long way in changing the narrative. The MEC says parents, guardians and all relevant stakeholders must rally behind learners from all grades.

MEC monitors start of matric exams in Limpopo
MEC Visit limpopo Matric Exams

“We have signed a pledge that says learners are going to cooperate with the invigilators. The pledge that says all our learners will be on time for exams. I want to take this time and call upon the parents. All of us as siblings and childminders to say, let’s give them support. Let’s give them time to study and also afford them time to rest. I want to say to all my learners in the province from Grade R to 12, good luck with your exams. We want the narrative of Limpopo to change through you”. MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya

The lower grades will commence with their final examinations on Friday 03 November 2022.

MINISTER CONFIDENT

Meanwhile, Basic Education Department Minister Angie Motshekga is confident this year’s matric exams will go off smoothly. This is despite school challenges after the tumultuous Covid-19 pandemic.

“For the first time since 2020, our learners went back to school without having to wear masks or observe social distancing. We [were] prepared for a return to full-time daily timetables as part of the recovery plan put in place to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the schooling system,” Motshekga said at a briefing on Sunday.

History was made on Saturday at Sun Meropa in Polokwane during the 10th annual talk of the town Kofifi Dance Movement. The movement brought live performances for the first time in the history of the event. 

Legendary musician, Freddy Gwala graced the Kofifi Dance Movement Party revellers and Sepedi singer Motlanalo.

Over 500 old-school cars, vintage fashion and Kofifi sounds lovers also flocked to Meropa Casino Conference Center for the event in the City of Stars.

KOFIFI DANCE MOVEMENT RESOUNDING SUCCESS 

According to the event organizer, Fortune DJ Cappuccino Maswanganyi, the event was also the best they ever had. 

“People come from different provinces to have fun. This is by far the best Kofifi Dance Party event we’ve had. It lived up to its expectation since it was the 10th Annual Party. The performances from the Vintage Gurus, Motlanalo and Freddie Gwala were magnificent. The DJs kept it real and old school, DJ Norman, Matsobane, Ike Nthite, Cappuccino and Scotch. We saw a really great number of old and younger people who came to the event for the first time. The production was state of the art and we emphasised the lighting and visuals to set the mood,” said Maswanganyi.

Kofifi Dance Movement Party
Kofifi Dance Movement Party

LEGENDS GRACE THE EVENT

Freddy Gwala said being invited to perform at the Meropa Casino Conference Center, Kofifi Dance Movement Party shows respect and love from Kofifi Dance Movement Party. “Although I don’t get as many invites from Limpopo, it makes me glad that the Kofifi Dance Movement Party sees me as a legend and invited me to perform. I was so humbled by the people of Limpopo for booking me and coming to perform for them. My fans are also very important to me, I gave my extraordinary performance,” said Gwala.

He then said he is going to produce more music for his fans. The Kofifi event is also held annually at the Meropa Casino in Polokwane.

Yusuf Maart scored a sensational long-range goal to give Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 win over Soweto Derby rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Maart’s magnificent strike handed the Amakhosi a fourth straight official win over the Buccaneers. Something they have not achieved since winning six in succession in the early 1990s. The win also saw them rise above their rivals into third place on the log on 21 points. Pirates dropped to fifth spot on 19 points.

SOWETO DERBY ACTION

Bucs were the more aggressive team early on and created the first clear chance in the fourth minute, with Kermit Erasmus teeing up Monnapule Saleng on the right side of the penalty area, but the attacker’s low effort from a tight angle was blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Brandon Petersen.

Chiefs soon settled into the game and began dominating possession, creating half-chances for Keagan Dolly (whose deflected effort was tipped wide by Siyabonga Mpontshane) and Khama Billiat (who couldn’t get clean connection at the far post from Dillon Solomons’ cross) inside the opening quarter hour.

Billiat had another chance just past the midway point of the first half when he met Dolly’s free kick delivery from the left flank, but his header flashed high and wide of the target.

Yusuf Maart stunner wins Soweto derby
Yusuf Maart stunner wins Soweto derby

Pirates then suffered an injury blow when defender Innocent Maela appeared to pull up with a hamstring strain. Necessitating the introduction of Paseka Mako as a substitute in the 28th minute.

The next threat on goal came from Erasmus just after the half hour mark, with the Pirates striker turning away from a couple of defenders outside the box before sending a skidding, left-footed effort just wide of the mark.

MORE CHANCES FOR AMAKHOSI

Chiefs created two great chances to claim the lead on 34 and 36 minutes. Both of which put the speedy Ashley Du Preez in behind Olisa Ndah. But on both occasions the attacker was denied one-on-one by goalkeeper Mpontshane.

The Amakhosi’s first-half domination prompted a double change at the start of the second stanza from the Buccaneers, who introduced Fortune Makaringe and Kabelo Dlamini to try and wrestle back some control.

Yet the team in all-black were forced into another injury change just before the hour mark. Goodman Mosele succumbed to what appeared to be a knee issue, with Ben Motshwari parachuted into central midfield.

On 61 minutes Pirates’ attack finally clicked again, as Mako’s driving run from the left led to a sight of goal for Erasmus. He sent a shot through a crowd of defenders and just wide of Peterson’s left-hand post.

YUSUF MAART STUNNER

The deadlock was broken in extraordinary fashion in the 74th minute. Chiefs’ Yusuf Maart scored one of the greatest goals in Soweto derby history.

The ball was stolen in the middle of the park and shuffled along to Maart. He spotted Mpontshane off his line and went for goal from a few metres inside his own half. The ball drifted perfectly beyond the reach of the ‘keeper and gave the Amakhosi a deserved lead.

Pirates looked for a quick response through shots from Saleng and Motshwari which flashed off target. But those hopeful efforts were as close as they came to finding an equaliser, as Chiefs saw out the remainder of the match with grim determination in defence.

Pirates will next be in action on Saturday 5 November when they face AmaZulu in the MTN8 final. Chiefs’ next match will be against the Buccaneers in the revamped Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday 12 November.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has insisted there is no imminent SA fuel shortage in the country.

A statement from the department was published in response to comments made by the Liquid Fuel Wholesale Association. As published by Independent Media’s Business Report and other, that warned fuel-shedding could become a reality. This is if strategic stocks are not built up in South Africa as was recommended by a 2006 commission of inquiry report. The Business Report article also said the department had not responded to repeated requests for comment.

SA FUEL SHORTAGES EXPLAINED

“The DMRE would like to assure South Africans that there is no imminent shortage of liquid fuels in the country. Predictions made by the Liquid Fuel Wholesalers Association (LFWA) are very unfortunate,” the department said in Tuesday’s statement, adding that the supply chain of the petroleum sector in South Africa is resilient even as the disruptive geopolitical war in eastern Europe rages on.

“Over a number of years, the government deliberately enabled investment in fuel import terminals when the reliability of existing petroleum refineries was in question,” the department said.

D.O.E denies SA faces fuel shortage
D.O.E denies SA faces fuel shortage

“These import terminals provided the backup to existing refineries. This has proven to have been a correct strategy as refineries close. The import terminals throughout the country’s ports are able to ensure security of fuel supply.”

INVESTMENTS MADE

In addition, the department said major investments have been made by both Mozambique and Namibia. Which further strengthen the region’s fuel supply position.

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has however warned that concern is growing over the risk to the country’s security of fuel supply as import infrastructure would be unable to cope with rising fuel imports should another refinery close. Incentivising industry to build more storage would mitigate these risks, the association said.

The department also said it engages the industry on a weekly basis on supply issues. They will also seek clarity from the LFWA on its comments.

Kidnapped Nkangala municipal manager Maggie Skosana and her driver Gugu Mtsweni have been found alive on Wednesday evening.

The Mpumalanga police say the two were found in Diepsloot in Gauteng on Wednesday October 26.

KIDNAPPED NKANGALA MUNICIPAL MANAGER UPDATE

“It is said that both were reportedly dumped by their assailants in the bushes near the N14 Road in Diepsloot. It is said that the driver was tied with some ropes. But she somehow managed to manoeuvre to the road whereby a taxi driver saw her as she was looking for help. She then related the story to the taxi driver who then immediately informed the police,” said spokesperson of the Mpumalanga police colonel Donald Mdhluli.

Kidnapped Nkangala municipal manager found
Nkangala-municipal-manager-found

Mdhluli said after being found and taken to the Diepsloot police station, the two were sent to hospital and are set to be reunited with their families on Thursday.

“The police then went with them to the bushes where the municipal manager was found,”

NO ARREST YET

He said that no-one has been arrested yet.

Skosana and Mtsweni were kidnapped on October 20, at the Nkangala district municipal gates by men who pretended to be police and were wearing police uniform.

The victim’s vehicle was recovered on the same day abandoned in one of the surrounding mines in Middelburg.

The wheelchair as well as other properties of the victims were also recovered together with the abandoned vehicle. However there was no sign of the victims.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Mpumalanga police, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has expressed her gratitude. To all members from both Gauteng DPCI and Mpumalanga as well as the taxi driver who acted as a good samaritan upon seeing the municipal manager’s driver calling for help on the road.

Mdhluli said investigation is still continuing. They are asking anyone who can help bring the kidnappers to book to contact their nearest police station.

Former Isibaya actor Siyabonga Thwala is coming to the The River, as Sindi Dlathu’s new love interest.

Renowned for his lead role of Mpiyakhe Zungu in the Mzansi Magic soapie on DStv. He will be joining the cast of the daily drama as Bangizwe Zwane.

The character is described as a ruthless businessman from Lindiwe Dikana’s (Dlathu) childhood. He will make his screen debut on February 10 next year.

SIYABONGA THWALA READY FOR NEW ROLE

“On set, you must always be prepared. You must always position yourself to do something great,” said Thwala.

“There are no boring or unimportant characters. All characters have a place in the story, even if they are not the leads.”

Thwala has also appeared in The Legacy, The Republic, Muvhango, Scandal!, Generations and Rhythm City.

LEAVING THE SHOW

The latest casting also comes after the shock exits of Hlomla Dandala, Lawrence Maleka and Tango Ncetezo from the popular show.

The trio will exit the show at various stages during the current season 5. From the show’s inception in 2018, Dandala portrayed police commissioner Zweli Dikana, with Maleka portraying bad boy Zolani Dlamini and Ncetezo bringing to life shebeen queen Paulina Dlomo.

“As an essential part of The River from the beginning, viewers have enjoyed watching the growth of the actors’ individual characters – Zweli with his often well-meaning mishaps, which sometimes result in dramatic consequences; Zolani with his fierce love and loyalty that at times goes too far; and Paulina whose bold look hides the soft heart of a woman who faces the toughest of battles,” Mzansi Magic said in a statement.

Over a thousand Seshego protesters closed down the centre of Polokwane, Limpopo on Wednesday, demanding that the mayor fix the water supply.

“It is not going to be business as usual at the municipality. The mayor has failed us,” said Seshego community leader George Thembo.

Thembo was speaking to GroundUp after he addressed thousands of protesters. They travelled to Polokwane on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum of demands to the mayor, Mosema John Mpe.

SESHEGO PROTESTERS LOST PATIENCE

“The municipality is pushing us to the extremes. One of these days we are going to carry buckets of shit from Seshego and throw shit all over Polokwane municipality offices. We want the mayor to feel how bad it is to live under such conditions,” said Thembo.

Thembo said Seshego residents had protested several times, but to no avail.

Seshego protesters meet
Seshego protesters meet

“Today, we are not going anywhere, unless the mayor responds to our memorandum,” said Thembo.

Residents want a consistent water supply and they want the municipality to write off their water bills because their taps are regularly dry.

Around 10:00, protesters closed several streets. Businesses and government offices, including the Polokwane municipality offices as minibus taxis dropped protesters.

In Seshego, only matric learners were allowed to attend school.

Police initially blocked the arrival of the protesters, but finally let them through, said one of the protesters, Grace Ngwetjana.

They sang and danced as they waited for Mpe, but he did not appear.

WAY FORWARD

When the leaders of the protest decided to send a delegation to meet the mayor at his office, an angry crowd called them back.

As leaders battled about the next course of action, protesters gathered in groups along Bodenstein Street, some standing, others sitting, holding sticks and sjamboks.

A councillor came to receive the memorandum, but the protesters refused to hand it to anyone but Mpe.

Thipa Selapa, a spokesperson for Polokwane Municipality said it would implement some measures to address the water challenges. These included negotiating with Eskom to exempt the water plants from load shedding.