The ANC Women’s League in Limpopo has elected Mamedupi Teffo as its new chairperson during their recently concluded provincial conference. The 7th Provincial Conference was held from 29th to 30th July 2023 at Bolivia Lodge in Polokwane.

Tebogo Mamorobela has been elected as the Provincial Secretary.

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President of the ANC Women’s League,  Nokuzola Sisi Tolashe delivered the opening remarks to the Conference. ANC Provincial Chairperson Stanley Mathabatha also addressed the Conference on behalf of the ANC Limpopo PEC.

MAMEDUPI TEFFO ELECTED TO LEAD ANCWL LIMPOPO TOP 5:

Chairperson : Mamedupi Teffo
Dep Chairperson : Minah Bahula
Secretary : Mamorobela Tebogo
Dep Secretary : Sarah Monyamane
Treasurer : Cde Christina Mohale

Mamedupi Teffo elected ANC Women's League Limpopo Chairperson
Limpopo ANC Women’s League 7th Provincial Conference

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

  1. Bayana Happy
  2. Chauke Faith
  3. Kalombo Mabel
  4. Kupa Bella
  5. Leshaba Baatseba
  6. Mafefe Orginia
  7. Mashego Dieketseng
  8. Matumba Jeanet
  9. Mhlophe Mihloti
  10. Mmetle Dikeledi
  11. Monicca Mohale
  12. Motshegoa Dinda
  13. Ndlovu Sanny
  14. Papo Granny
  15. Rapatsa Didodo
  16. Rakgoale Nkakareng
  17. Seabi Sonti
  18. Seokotsa Merriam
  19. Thamaga Maria
  20. Tshiololi Rendani

The ANC in Limpopo has congratulated the newly elected Provincial Executive Committee members and the successful conference.

“The ANC Limpopo expresses its admiration for the highest level of discipline demonstrated during the conference, which bodes well for the ANC’s broader mission of unity and renewal. The new leadership is expected to play a pivotal role in driving positive change and addressing critical issues, such as the alarming surge in gender-based violence cases in the province,” they said in a statement.

Community members at Ximixoni Village in Malamulele got the shock of their lives following a gruesome discovery of a dead newborn baby inside a stove. According to the Vhembe Observer, a newborn baby was found dead inside a stove in the Village under Collins Chabane Municipality.

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The baby was discovered on Sunday morning in an old, dilapidated stove. The biological mother of the child has not been traced.

NEWBORN BABY FOUND INSIDE A STOVE

The Police in Malamulele, Limpopo quickly responded after they were called to the scene of the newborn baby.

More to follow…

A 39-year-old man from Letsitele in Mopani District has been arrested after he allegedly kidnapped and severely assaulted his 35-year-old wife at Mamitwa village.

The incident took place on the evening of Saturday, 29 July. The suspect is scheduled to make his first court appearance today, July 31 in the Ritavi Magistrate’s Court.

The arrest followed after the suspect at about 19:00, allegedly kidnapped and assaulted his wife and thereafter left her in bushes naked.

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According to the Police reports, the victim and her sister-in-law were walking home from attending an event. The victim’s husband [suspect] came driving at high speed and even attempted to knock her with the vehicle.

The suspect aggressively ordered the victim to get in the vehicle and drove off to their home in Nwajaheni village.

Police were alerted about the incident and started with an investigation and a search for both the victim and suspect. The suspect’s vehicle was spotted on the road and tactically stopped. Police then took the suspect to his house after he lied about the whereabouts of his wife.

During the investigation at the house, Police found the victim’s clothes with blood stains.

WIFE KIDNAPPED AND ASSAULTED BY HER HUSBAND 

While the Police were busy with the search, they received a report that the victim was at the local Police Station. She was rescued by a passerby who found her in the bushes, naked and severely assaulted. The husband was arrested on the spot.

The Provincial Commissioner of police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the actions of the suspect.

“We shall leave no stone unturned for those who see women as their Punching bags, taking advantage of their vulnerability. This behaviour is inhumane and must stop immediately,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The two male suspects are expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court, Limpopo on Monday 31 July 2023 facing charges of unlawful possession and dealing in illicit drugs.

The provincial organised Crime Investigation Unit followed up on information received from the source. They subsequently arrested two male suspects on Friday 28 July 2023 in Mankweng. It is reported that both suspects were spotted and found selling drugs at separate locations.

Dealers busted with illicit drugs in Mankweng
Mankweng Police

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The duo are facing Charges of unlawful possession and dealing in illicit drugs believed to be worth R12 000. The said drugs were confiscated by Police as part of the investigation.

DEALERS DEALING WITH ILLICIT DRUGS

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Investigation team for ridding this Province of drugs which were meant to be distributed to destroy innocent people.

The suspects are expected to appear before Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 31 July 2023.

Selby Khakhu from Khomela village in Nzhelele, Limpopo took responsibility upon himself to start Animal farming due to the high demand for food.

The grade nine student at Masereni secondary school says he initially started farming to sell to the community. He farms Indigenous Boran, Broilers, Free-range chicken, and Guineafowl.

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Khakhu says he drew inspiration from his father who was a prominent farmer.

“Growing up I had love and passion for farming so my dad and my mom did a borehole back in the day. But they did pursue farming up to this far so growing up encouraged me to start this farming,” he said.

“It was a big problem for me but very difficult to hire more people to plant potatoes, one-hectare potatoes manually because we don’t have a tractor so it took us four days.

“It is also a problem for me but it is even worse for other young farmers who don’t have a tractor,” said Khakhu.

Selby Khakhu [18] making strides in animal farming
Selby Khakhu

SELBY KHAKHU MAKING STRIDES IN ANIMAL FARMING

He says when he was a young boy his father would send him to the bush-velds to look after cattle while grazing which made him a good shepherd in early ages.

“I got the courage to farm from my parents, especially my father, and instead of me pursuing both animal farming. I got more interested in farming animals. Continued to take care of the indigenous castles when my father gave me cattle I already had experience with,” he said.

But just like any business, there are challenges that Khakhu faces and needs financial assistance.

“I would appreciate it if the government can help me with funds so that I can expand everything in this industry. In terms of diseases, I don’t struggle because I know a lot about medication, and I can help a goat to give birth if it’s struggling. I wish Youth can follow my steps because farming is a source of food.”

Police in Malamulele, Limpopo are calling upon the members of the Community to come forward and identify an unknown decomposed body that was found floating inside a sewage pipe. The unknown body was found at Photani Secondary School in Mulamula village on Friday 28 July at about 14:00.

According to reports, Police received a complaint about a corpse that was seen inside an open sewage pipe and rushed to the premises. Upon their arrival at the scene, they found an unknown body floating inside the sewage pipe.

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The members of the Search and Rescue Diving Unit were immediately summoned to the scene. They managed to retrieve a body that was wearing blue jeans with Traditional bangles.

The gender or sexuality of the body could also not be determined at the scene. This is due to the stage of decomposition during the discovery.

DECOMPOSED BODY FOUND FLOATING IN MALAMULELE

The corpse is currently stored in the Giyani Government mortuary. A postmortem to determine the cause of death will also be conducted in due course.

Police are calling upon anyone who have lost a loved one or relative to contact the Investigating Officer Warrant Officer Mzamani Shivhambu on 082 3199 724. Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or also a nearest police station or MysapsApp.

A 39-year-old mentally challenged man from Sekgakgapeng, outside Mokopane, has reportedly thrown himself in the Mogalakwena River and drowned. It is alleged that the man left his home on 27 July, at about 13:00.

He was recognised by a neighbour, who then called his family, but he had already drowned. An Inquest case was opened by Mahwelereng Police.

MAN FOUND DROWNED IN THE MOGALAKWENA RIVER

Police at Mahwelereng Waterberg District, Limpopo received a complaint about drowning and immediately sent members of the Provincial Search and Rescue Unit to the scene.

A mentally challenged man throws himself into the Mogalakwena river
Mokopane Town

In another incident, a 28-year-old mentally challenged woman who was highly pregnant was reported to the Police on Tuesday, 25 July.

This after it was noticed the baby had slipped into the pit toilet while she was using the restroom to relieve herself. She then hurried to the hospital for help.

Search and Rescue Team as well as Emergency Services Personnel discovered the stillborn and was retrieved. The woman is still in the hospital for medical attention. Police have opened a case of concealment of birth. She is residing at Ga-Matshana Penge.

POLICE ISSUE STRING WARNING

To prevent this kind of disaster, Police are pleading with the community to take care of mentally challenged family members and send them to the appropriate institution for their well-being.

Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has cautioned the families to take care of the mentally challenged family members. She also urged families to get professional aid for them.

Police in Phalaborwa, Limpopo have conducted a disruptive takedown Operation, shutting down an illegal Gambling spot.

The team comprising SAPS Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit, FLASH Unit and Limpopo Gambling Board operationalized intelligence information gathered.

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The operation was conducted after a thorough and lengthy investigation was conducted through intelligence

Two female suspects aged 40 and 47 were as a result arrested for operating the Phalaborwa illegal Gambling sites. During the Operation, ten suspects were nabbed for engaging in illegal Gambling activities.

Illegal gambling spot shutdown in Phalaborwa
Illegal gambling equipment

ILLEGAL GAMBLING SPOT SHUTDOWN

Fifty illegal gambling machines have also been confiscated with a cash amount of R3000.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the collaborative efforts by the teams involved. The suspects are expected to appear before Phalaborwa Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 28 July.  

A Young vegetable farmer Takalani Malindi from Tshitereke Village, Thulamela in Limpopo started his vegetable farm due to a high demand for fresh vegetables in his area. Malindi is the owner of Taki’s Green Land.

He initially started planting vegetables to sell to the community and the farm produced Tomatoes, Chillies, Sweet Potatoes, Maize Meal, Beetroot, Cabbage, Butternut and Carrots and in so doing closed the gap in the market.

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“I was born and bred in the village. I wanted to work close to home and also give something back to my community,” said Malindi.

“It was not easy starting, but all the hard work is finally paying off, and not only for me. I want to expand so that we employ even more people. Job opportunities are very scarce and farming is one of the biggest employers locally,” he added.

Young Limpopo farmer carrying solutions to high demand for vegetables
Takalani Malindi

Although there is a sign of money-making income through the business, Malindi aims to even make more.

“With the support of my family and my growing passion, I carried on planting vegetables, year in and year out, and selling my produce to hawkers at informal markets. Being a farmer came with many challenges such as a rise in the feed price, which resulted in the farm increasing the price to the customers. The farm’s biggest client remains the villagers, as well as retail shops,” he said.

WORKING AGAINST ALL ODDS TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO HIGH DEMAND FOR VEGETABLES

“This is not the easiest sector to participate in but all my hard work and determination are worth the rewards. Although the farm’s priority is vegetables, we make sure that during the harvesting time, we supply the villagers and retailers. As youths, we are supporting the government’s economic transformation agenda through agriculture.

“Agriculture is key to the economy and benefits every sector for the benefit of the nation. So the government has empowered us and it is up to many of us to take up the challenge in any way they feel will boost food security and economic development,” he said.

He further said agriculture is a profitable business and as such, he is calling for other youths to be involved in whatever capacity they can as they develop the country through agriculture.

Police in Limpopo have sent a strong warning to community members who are still hitchhiking unknown motor vehicles. This warning comes against a background of an incident that took place, on Tuesday, 25 July at around 10:00 in the bushes along R81 road Xikukwani Village, Giyani.

A 28-year-old male victim was allegedly hitchhiking at the traffic lights of Siyandhani along R81 going to Malamulele. A silver Datsun car with two occupants including the driver stopped. They apparently offered him a lift together with another man.

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On the way, the driver then suggested to the occupants that he needed to via nearby bushes to buy firewood.

 While in the bushes, he allegedly stopped the vehicle and suddenly, everyone including the other hitchhiker threatened him with a knife and firearms, demanding money.

Hitchhiking in Limpopo is discouraged after a Giyani Man was throwing out of a Vehicle
Giyani

MAN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF HITCHHIKING

The three suspects robbed him of a cellphone and money. They also tried to access funds from his bank account through an App but it was insufficient. They pushed him out of the vehicle and drove off at high speed.

The victim immediately notified the Police and a manhunt to arrest the suspects was launched.

“It is more safe and reliable to make use of public transport,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

“People can avoid becoming victims in the hands of these ruthless and heartless criminals by making use of Public Transport. Your precious life is more valuable so take it seriously,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The Police opened a case of robbery with a firearm.

Anyone with information that can assist the Police to arrest these criminals should contact Detective Warrant Officer Hobyani @ 071 1637 272. Crime stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or MysapsApp.