Prudence Sekgodiso from Bolobedu, Limpopo continues her winning streak as she landed the second Diamond League victory of her career with a win in the women’s 800m in 1min 58.66sec at Oslo on Thursday.

Sekgodiso secured the victory ahead of Natoya Goule-Toppin of Jamaica in 1:59.10. She was also the winner in Marrakesh nearly two weeks ago.

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Competing at the Stanislas meeting in Nancy, France, Sekgodiso also blazed through the 800 meters in a stunning time of 1 minute 59.63 seconds a fortnight ago.

“There is still so much more to come, I am only 22,” she told the media afterwards.

“So still many things to work on. My work has just paid off and it is still going well towards the Olympic Games. This means a lot to me and I am ready for more,” she said.

Bolobedu-born Prudence Sekgodiso shines again at Diamond League
Akani Simbine

PRUDENCE SEKGODISO FROM LIMPOPO SHINES AT DIAMOND LEAGUE IN OSLO

Her outstanding performance not only adds another victory to her record but also marks the fifth time under the two-minute barrier. 

Meanwhile, Akani Simbine timed a season’s best 9.94 seconds to upstage Italy’s Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs over 100m.

Simbine was slow out of the blocks. But he produced a strong second half and a savage dip to claim victory ahead of Japan’s Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, in 9.99sec. Emmanuel Eseme from Cameroon rounded out the podium in 10.01sec, with Jacobs finishing fourth [10.03].

“It ended up in the rain which probably influenced the race,” said Simbine. “But at the end of the day, we all have to run 100m rain or not and get to the line first.

“I did that today which I am happy with. But I have a lot to work on and a lot to do. I am happy with my performance and I hope there will be more highlights coming up as we build towards the Olympic Games.”

“I put my marker out to the world today that I am here. The goal was the win today and I did that. Getting the win always helps with confidence as we get closer to Paris,” he added. 

A 31-year-old Pastor of Jesus Christ Grace Ministries in Kuranta Village Bolobedu, Limpopo was sentenced to life imprisonment after shooting a female friend five times.

Ngwako Elvis Selowa Makhotoka, who is also a businessman, appeared at the Polokwane High Court on charges of murder, illegal possession of a firearm. Possession of ammunition and attempt to defeat the administration of justice.

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It is alleged that in August 2021, Thabiso Lethube Masie and her friend were driving back home from Shikiming village. They came across the pastor Selowa and his friend, who has become a witness, pretending that their vehicle had broken down and needed assistance.

The accused and the deceased were well-known to each other. The deceased stopped her car and alighted to find out if the accused was not encountering any challenges with his car, that’s when the accused shot her five times.

After shooting the deceased the accused fled the scene. In an attempt to conceal his deeds, the accused instructed his friend to mislead the police about the identity of the person who shot the deceased. To also clean up the deceased’s vehicle to eliminate possible fingerprints and gun residue using methylated spirit. The friend of the accused was later turned into a Section 204 state witness. 

PASTOR SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT AFTER SHOOTING A FEMALE FRIEND IN LIMPOPO 

During the trial, the court heard that the pastor and his friend went to the tavern to buy some beers. On their return to the pastor’s home, the pastor told his friend that he had a job to do. He was also armed with a firearm.

He stopped his motor vehicle, alighted and pretended that their car had a mechanical failure whereas the pastor knew that the deceased would soon be driving along the same road. Indeed, the deceased and her friend emerged driving not knowing that the accused was waiting for them. 

The deceased stopped her car to find out if the accused was not encountering any challenges with his car. So that she could assist him. She then alighted from her car and suddenly the accused shot her several times. She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The accused was on the run until two months later when he was arrested at a filling station near Polokwane. 

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In aggravation of sentence the state advocate Muneiwa Ratshibvumo argued that contract killing had become very prevalent in our communities. She further argued that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances warranting a deviation from the prescribed minimum sentence in order to send a clear message to other would-be criminals.

Judge Maake Francis Kganyago, in sentencing the accused, stated that the deceased was killed by a person whom she trusted. The court further remarked that the accused was an evil man. He did hi behind a pulpit, a wolf who disguised himself in a sheepskin. The murder of the deceased was carefully planned and executed. He did not show any remorse.

The court also said that although the accused was 29 years of age during the commission of the offence there was no evidence to show that his youthfulness played any role in the commission of the offence. 

Therefore, the accused was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. Five years direct imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm. Two years direct imprisonment for possession of ammunition and one-year direct imprisonment for attempting to defeat the administration of justice. The sentences in counts 2-4 were ordered to run concurrently with the sentence in count 1 and the effective sentence is life imprisonment.

ANC Limpopo Chairperson and outgoing Premier Stanley Mathabatha says the confidence in the ANC from the masses was evident during the time of campaigning. Mathabatha cast his vote at Laerskool Pietersburg Oos in Polokwane on Wednesday accompanied by first time voters. 

The Premier has also served his last term in office and is set to be redeployed in a different capacity post the elections.

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Speaking to the media after casting his vote, the Premier expressed his confidence that the people still have trust in his organization to lead society.

He acknowledged that more still needs to be done post elections. However, Mathabatha said the many notable improvements made by the ANC-led government on many issues. Including the province’s housing system, did not come by accident.

People still trust the ANC - Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha
Premier Stanley Mathabatha voting at Laerskool Pietersburg Oos

PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA SAYS PEOPLE STILL HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE ANC AS THE RULING PARTY 

“The reaction [from people] was good,” he told Journalists in Polokwane.

“It was fantastic because if you are good to your people, your people will also be good to you. So, the reaction was fantastic throughout. We have never seen a situation where the ANC volunteers were rejected anywhere in the province. Because of the kind of work that we have done in this province.” 

EFF leader Julius Malema has reacted to the recent Political violence between his party and the ANC at Juju Valley informal settlement. The Juju Valley, named after Malema, is situated in Seshego outside Polokwane in Limpopo.  A Child was shot and has been in ICU since the incident while a woman was also hit by a brick. 

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So far, there have been two arrests, one of ANC members and a former ally of Malema, Jossey Buthane and an unnamed individual. Buthane has been released on R 5000 bail while the other individual will appear in court on Thursday. 

Speaking in Seshego ahead of casting his vote on Wednesday, Malema lashed out at those who started the violence. 

“It’s a desperation of attention seeking individuals of no significance in society,” Malema told the media.

“Their only relevance is acting in a provocative manner. A child gets shot and stays in ICU for a very long time. Since that incident, the child has still been in the ICU because some fool decided to go and start fights unnecessarily. We must see them for who they are, they are stupid.

“They have been protected by the collective around them. But acting individually they demonstrate the high level of stupidity to a point where they even fire shots of firearms when they don’t have fight arm licenses,” he said. 

Julius Malema call out instigators of Juju Valley violence 
ANC member Jossey Buthane is out on bail

EFF LEADER JULIUS MALEMA CALLS FOR ISOLATION OF THOSE WHO STARTED THE JUJU VALLEY POLITICAL VIOLENCE 

‘Such people should not find any resonance in our society. We are a very peaceful country and we are very tolerant. We have co-existed with the ANC for the past 10 years. So there is absolutely no problem of violence between the EFF and the ANC.

“So the question should just be what changed, then you will know what’s the cause of the problem. People who instigate violence where our children get even shot at and there is almost attempted murder of innocent people,” he said.

“We should be very jealous of ourselves shaking hands with such murderers. Society must not even give them breathing space. They must be isolated completely by society.”

Malema cast his vote at Mponegele Primary School, Seshego alongside his wife Mantoa Matlala. 

A female voter was threatened by three suspects after refusing to disclose the political party she would be voting for at Runnymede voting station at Xibukulwana Secondary School, Mopani in Limpopo.

Preliminary reports indicate that the female complainant arrived at the voting station to cast her vote. But she was approached by two women and a man. They asked her which political party she would be voting for.

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The complainant informed them she could not disclose since her vote was a secret. The suspects then threatened her that she should vote for a certain political party because if she didn’t she would be placing her life in danger. She laid a complaint to the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC] official and the police were notified.

Female voter threatened at Runnymede voting station
Voting Station in Limpopo

RUNNYMEDE VOTING STATION FEMALE VOTER IN MOPANI THREATENED FOR REFUSING TO DISCLOSE HER PARTY 

The suspects aged between 48 and 55 were swiftly apprehended for cases of intimidation and assault.

“These arrests are part of broader efforts to curb electoral violence and ensure public safety during the election period​,” said Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General  Thembi Hadebe. The trio will appear before Ritavi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 30 May 2024.

Meanwhile, Limpopo IEC Provincial Electoral Officer Nkaro Mateta [Main Picture] has sent a strong warning to those who disrupt the elections. 

“We would like to emphasize as the electoral commission that anybody who dares to disrupt IEC work. Such a person is committing an offence. Nobody is allowed [to disrupt]. If you do not want to participate in the elections, please allow those who want to participate to do so. If you block other voters you are committing an offense,” she said. 

A 25-year-old Man has been arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in connection with the recent Juju Valley political violence. Members of the ANC and EFF clashed while campaigning for the national and Provincial elections.

The suspect allegedly hit a woman with a brick during the violence that erupted outside Seshego.

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The suspect is expected to appear before Seshego Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 30 May 2024. The reported cases so far include a variety of offences such as attempted murder, malicious damage to property, assault GBH and contravention of Sec 87(1)(f) of the Electoral Act 1998 amongst others.

Another arrest in connection with the Juju Valley political violence
Limpopo Police and IEC address the media in Polokwane 

LIMPOPO MAKE ANOTHER ARREST WITH REGARD TO THE JUJU VALLEY POLITICAL VIOLENCE

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the recent arrest.

“We are closely monitoring the areas affected by sporadic political and community unrest to ensure that the instigators are swiftly arrested,” said Hadebe.

“The province is relatively calm at the moment. However, the law enforcement authorities remain on high alert and our intelligence unit is actively on the ground to ensure the safety of voters during the election period,” concluded Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

Meanwhile, Juju Valley has been identified as one of the 24 as high-risk voting stations in Limpopo. Police in the province have identified 157 voting stations as medium risk. Amongst them are  Botlokwa in the Capricorn District, Dididi village Ha-Mutsha in the Vhembe District. As well as Bolobedu in the Mopani District.

On Wednesday, MEC for LEDET Rodgers Monama alongside Limpopo Tourism Agency [LTA] Board Chairperson Andrew Dipela officially congratulated Magesi FC on their promotion. Magesi, who are from Moletjie, will now be playing in the DStv Premiership.

They won the Motsepe Foundation Championship beating the University of Pretoria who finished second and Baroka who finished third. 

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The congratulatory ceremony was held at Park Inn Hotel, Polokwane attended by members of the media, players, government and club officials, led by Chairman Solly Makhubela. 

“It gives me great joy and an immeasurable amount of pleasure and honour to be here with you today on this important occasion of congratulating Magesi Football Club, Dikwena Tsa Meetse as you are affectionately called, on your rare feat of gaining promotion to the elite league of the South African Football, otherwise known as the DSTV Premiership,” said MEC Monama.

NEWLY PROMOTED SIDE MAGESI FC CONGRATULATED BY THE LIMPOPO GOVERNMENT 

“We are more than elated to have a team from the rural village of Moletjie making its entry into the professional ranks. 

“We brim with happiness. You, Magesi, are another ambassador who will be promoting destination Limpopo every time you take to the pitch in all corners of our country. From Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. To FNB Stadium and Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, up to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Qgeberha, you will be carrying our provincial flag with pride, thanks to your promotion to the big league.”

“As the Department for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, we view this promotion as one of the building blocks in the sport tourism sector. As more and more people will be flocking to the province, and as such benefitting the tourism and the hospitality industry.

“This is a step towards solidifying and building a strong and resilient economy but also protecting the Jobs created in the SMME sector, who will continue to benefit from the matches hosted in the province.”

It is now confirmed that 13 people have perished on the scene during an accident between a truck and a taxi transporting teachers on the R521 Dendron road on Tuesday. This includes two drivers and eleven passengers from the Minibus.

According to reports, a Hyundai Heavy motor vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota Minibus. The accident occurred next to Enkelbosch farm, in Capricorn District at around 05:50am.

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Lack of clear visibility has been attributed as the possible cause of the accident. It was reportedly misty, during the time of the accident. 

Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has sent messages of condolences to the bereaved families. The MEC has engaged with the bereaved families, who had come to the scene. She relayed messages of condolences on behalf of the Provincial Government. She has called on all motorists to take extra precautions as they travel, especially during the early hours of the morning.

TEACHERS AMONGST THOSE WHO DIED DURING THE DENDRON ROAD ACCIDENT IN LIMPOPO 

“The situation is very bad and disturbing. We are fully devastated as a province because right now at the scene. We can talk about 13 deaths,” MEC Radzilani told the media.

Teachers amongst Fatalities at Dendron Road accident
Dendron Road accident

“They managed to retrieve some and are still busy with one of the passengers who was in the taxi. They also need to assist the truck driver. But no one has survived this tragic accident.

“The information I received from the officials when I arrived as you can see here. Some are saying the weather conditions [might have played a role]. I am told there was a very thick mist in this area. So the truck driver lost control and hit the taxi,” she said.

“The taxi had 12 people and the majority of them were school teachers who were on their way to work. As a province, we are very much shocked because when you check in terms of this road, you can see that the road has nothing [wrong],” added Radzilani.

“There are no potholes, the road is in good condition. But when you check the accident, truly speaking, this is too much for us as the province. To lose 13 people at a go, who left their family members in the morning. These are bread winners who said let me go and work for my family.”

An accident involving a taxi and truck on the R521 between Polokwane and Dendron road in Limpopo on Tuesday claimed 13 lives. The accident occurred at Ga-Hlahla on Dendron Road. The head-on collision involving a Toyota Minibus and a Hyundai HMV unfortunately claimed the lives of two male Drivers. As well as 11 passengers from the Mini bus, nine female and two male.

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Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani is set to visit the accident scene. More information will follow as the traffic officials on the scene continue with their assessment of the scene.

R521 accident between Polokwane and Dendron road claims 10 lives
R521 accident between Polokwane and Dendron

MEC RADZILANI TO VISIT THE DENDRON ROAD TRUCK AND TAXI ACCIDENT SCENE

10 of the deceased were confirmed as Educators stationed at Capricorn North Education District. The fatal crash took place on the R521 between  Polokwane and Dendron route with multiple injuries and fatalities.

Radzilani was also joined by MEC for Education Limpopo Ms Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya. She also expressed her heartfelt condolences to the family, Education community and friends of the accident victims.

“It is with a heavy heart to learn about the untimely deaths of 10 of our departmental workforce who unfortunately lost their lives through a fatal accident on the R521 route between Polokwane and Dendron this morning. We therefore convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.  This is a great loss to Team Education in Limpopo,” said MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.

Felicia Bajomo from Shayandima in Vhembe and Demoivre ‘Nolo Dee’ Bjalane from Monsterlus, Sekhukhune are the two contestants from Limpopo who have made it into the Miss South Africa 2024 Top 30. 

The search for the new queen who will follow in the footsteps of the current Miss South Africa, Natasha Joubert has begun. The Miss South Africa pageant is set to take place in August.

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The women competing come from eight of South Africa’s nine provinces. Gauteng leads the field with 14 contestants. KwaZulu-Natal has four; the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga have three each. Limpopo and North West field two each, while Free State and Western Cape have one.

WHO IS FELICIA BAJOMO? 

The 27-year-old [Main Picture] hails from Shayandima in the Vhembe District. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town. A Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Pretoria, and is currently a Master’s in Public Health candidate at the University of North Carolina. Bajomo describes herself as outgoing, resilient, and visionary and encourages young girls and women not to be afraid to break barriers.

WHO IS DEMOIVRE NOLO DEE BJALANE?

The 26-year-old is a media practitioner, model, and MC from Monsterlus in Sekhukhune District. She specialises in brand strategy for individuals and organisations and is the founder of the non-profit Foundation. Nolo Dee has been nominated for the prestigious South African Heroes Award and Emerge Africa Award. She wants to inspire others with her innovative approach and dedication to creating positive change.

Shayandima-born Felicia Bajomo makes it into Miss South Africa Top 30
Demoivre ‘Nolo Dee’ Bjalane

THE REST OF THE MISS SOUTH AFRICA TOP 30 CONTESTANTS CONFIRMED 

Andrea Morrison (25) is from Durban, KZN. 
Chidimma Adetshina (23) from Soweto, Gauteng.
Danae Kukard (24) is from East London, Eastern Cape.
Demoivre (Nolo Dee) Bjalane (26) is from Monsterlus in Limpopo. 
Denechia Lowings (24), from Centurion in Gauteng.
Felicia Bajomo (27) hails from Shayandima, Thohoyandou.
Janeke van Tonder (23) grew up on a farm in the Free State near a small town called Hennenman.
Johaneske Pelzer (23) is from Potchefstroom in the North West.
Kayla Wagg (22) from Johannesburg, Gauteng. 
Kaylan Zeelie (21) is originally from Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.
Kebalepile Ramafoko (25), is from Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. 
Kirsten Khan (26), from Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Layla Zoubair (29) is from Kempton Park in Gauteng.
Lebohang Khoza (27) is from Maritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
Lethaukuthula Maseko (24), from Daveyton.
Madri van Jaarsveld (27), from Boksburg, Gauteng.
Mia le Roux (28) was born in Sasolburg, Free State.
Naledi Matlakala (24), from Midrand in Gauteng.
Nobuhle Langa (26), from Emalahleni in Mpumalanga.
Nokulunga Zungu (29), from Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.
Nolene Spinks (23) is representing Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape.
Nompumelelo Maduna (28), from Rockville in Soweto.
Onalenna Constantin (26), from Potchefstroom in the North West.
Ontshiametse Tlhopane (23) is an aspiring model from Protea Glen, Soweto. 
Palesa Lombard (25) is from Waverley in Johannesburg.
Reinette Potgieter (26) hails from Trichardt in Mpumalanga.
Shané Maloney (20) comes from Woodhill in Pretoria.
Sherry Wang (29), from Sunninghill in Sandton.
Sinenhlanhla Mthethwa (23) is a model and entrepreneur from Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.
Taahira Katz (25) is from Nancefield in Johannesburg.