South Africans have rejected the analogy of the story Tintswalo by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Address, SONA. During his address on Thursday, Ramaphosa said the first 30 years of South African democracy can be best told through the life of a child called Tintswalo. Born at the dawn of freedom in 1994.

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Tintswalo – democracy’s child – grew up in a society that was worlds apart from the South Africa of her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. She also grew up in a society governed by a constitution rooted in equality. The rule of law, and affirmation of the inherent dignity of every citizen,” explained Ramaphosa.

“Tintswalo, and many others born at the same time as her. Were beneficiaries of the first policies of the democratic state. To provide free health care for pregnant women and children under the age of six.

“Tintswalo’s formative years were spent in a house provided by the state, one of millions of houses built to shelter the poor. Tintswalo grew up in a household provided with basic water and electricity. In a house where her parents were likely to have lived without electricity before 1994,” he explained in Cape Town.

South Africans reject President Ramaphosa Tintswalo  State of the Nation Address, SONA story
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation Address 

TINTSWALO’S STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS STORY REJECTED BY SOUTH AFRICANS


“Tintswalo was enrolled in a school in which her parents did not have to pay school fees. Each school day she received a nutritious meal as part of a programme that today supports 9 million learners. The democratic state also provided a child support grant to meet her basic needs.

“This grant, together with other forms of social assistance, continues to be a lifeline for more than 26 million South Africans. With this support, Tintswalo – democracy’s child – was able to complete high school.”

WERE PEOPLE NOT CONVINCED BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ANALOGY AFTER AT THE SONA?

Through the assistance of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, Tintswalo attended one of our TVET colleges and obtained a qualification. When Tintswalo entered the world of work, she was able to progress and thrive with the support of the state’s employment equity and black economic empowerment policies. With the income she earned, she was able to save, to start a family. To move into a better house, and to live a better life.”

However, the analogy was also met with heavy criticism from both opposition parties and on social media platforms.

“SONA SUCCINCTLY SUMMED UP! Tintswalo definitely doesn’t live in the Eastern Cape,” wrote Athol Trollip from Action SA. 

 “Meet Papago Tintswalo the first man since 1840 to lie to the nation with a straight face for 7yrs without shame. No wonder the EFF always disrupts every State of the Nation address. This guy’s voice has even started being annoying with his lies,” said Kabelo dick.

“On a serious note, I think Tintswalo’s story resonates with those of us who were children in the ’90s. We really benefited from the fruits of freedom. I don’t think the same can be said for many of those younger than us. Ama2000 got a raw deal,” said Dr. Sithembile Mbete.

“This #SONA2024 is a slap in the face to the thousands of young people who face multiple challenges to finish school. Look for work, find opportunities or even start their own business. Tintswalo’s story is NOT their story,” said Youth Capital SA.

Four suspects have been arrested after three stolen motor vehicles were intercepted before they could be smuggled out of the country via the Beitbridge border post in Musina, Limpopo. The incident took place on Tuesday, 06 February 2024.

The suspects were arrested during separate incidents after they were stopped at the vehicle control point.

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Police discovered that the drivers of all three vehicles were in possession of fraudulent documents. The vehicles are a Ford Ranger (with one passenger), an Audi Q7, and a Mercedes Benz Actros truck. The VIN numbers were also altered

A preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicles were reported stolen in Gauteng province.

Three stolen vehicles recovered at Beitbridge Border Post
Beitbridge border post entrance in Musina

STOLEN VEHICLES RECOVERED AT THE BEITBRIDGE BORDER POST IN LIMPOPO 

Limpopo Acting Provincial Commissioner of Major General Jan Scheepers commended the officers for their vigilance and dedication.

“The swift action of police officers stationed at the Beitbrige border post in Musina has resulted in the interception of three motor vehicles before they could be smuggled out of the country on Tuesday, 06 February 2024. Four suspects aged between 28 and 64 were arrested.

“This is a testimony to the ongoing efforts of the SAPS to clamp down on vehicle theft and cross-border crimes,” said Major General Scheepers.

The four suspects consisting of two South Africans and two foreign nationals are expected to appear before Musina Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 08 February. They are facing charges of possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles.

Police in Bela-Bela, Limpopo have launched a manhunt for awaiting trial suspect Jimmy Chauke who escaped from prison.

According to information Chauke [31] escaped from Bela Bela Magistrate’s court on Wednesday, 07 February at about 08:05. He was arrested in connection with two cases of burglary of residence that took place around Bela Bela in March and December 2023.

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The circumstances surrounding his daring escape are the subject of investigation. The initial reports suggest that the suspect was brought to court from a holding cell to consult with his legal representative. A case of escape from lawful custody was opened for further investigation.

MANHUNT FOR BELA-BELA AWAITING TRIAL SUSPECT WHO ESCAPED FROM CUSTODY

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police Service in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers, has strongly condemned the incident. He has called for his immediate rearrest.

Police are appealing to members of the public. Including the families of the suspect, to assist with information that may lead to his re-arrest. Anyone with information may contact Bela Bela Detective-Commander Lieutenant Colonel Maswanganyi on 082 414 2704. Crime Stop number 08600 10111, the nearest police station, or send information on MySAPSApp.

THE THABAZIMBI REGIONAL COURT METE OUT EFFECTIVE 15 YEARS IMPRISONMENT TO FOUR ACCUSED

Meanwhile, the Thabazimbi Regional Court has meted out a lengthy imprisonment sentence to four accused on Tuesday.

The Court heard that the four accused, Amos Moyane (45), Senzo Tshabalala (35), Mandla Mbosheni (37) and Edias Chippa (45) were among a group of suspects that were to poach rhinos in Lephalale.

Awaiting trial suspect escape from custody in Bela-Bela
Crime Scene

On the same day, on 30 October 2021, the suspects were also arrested for conspiracy to poach Rhino. Also for possession of firearms and ammunition without license at the Hoopdal policing area, following a tipoff. During the arrest members of the Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit (STES), Thabazimbi Reservists and Hoopdal Police recovered firearms, ammunition, silencer and knives.

Further investigations and suspects were linked through DNA to a Rhino poaching case that occurred at the Gravelotte policing area.

Bafana Bafana have been knocked out of the Afcon in the semi-final stage via a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat by Nigeria. The match ended 1-1 after extra-time with Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teboho Mokoena scoring for South Africa.

Nigeria were the first to draw blood following a penalty on Napoli striker Victor Osimhen inside the box. Captain William Troost-Ekong converted to make it 1-0 in the 67th minute.

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The Super Eagles thought they had found a second of the match through Osimhen. But the goal was disallowed through a VAR call. The same call resulted in a penalty call in favour of Bafana Bafana after it was discovered that Percy Tau was fouled in the box.

1996 CHAMPIONS BAFANA BAFANA KNOCKED OUT OF AFCON DESPITE BRAVE FIGHT 

Teboho Mokoena calmly slotted home to make it 1-1. South Africa could have won with seconds remaining but defender Khuliso Mudau failed to capitalise on a golden opportunity.

Bafana Bafana knocked out of the Afcon by Nigeria
Teboho Mokoena celebrates his penalty goal

The match went to extra-time but the score remained 1-1 which resulted in a penalty shootout. But before the penalty shootout, Bafana were reduced to 10-men after Grant Kekana was given a red card for a foul on Ademola Lookman.

“It’s a big disappointment for everyone,” Coach Hugo Broos told the media. 

“We feel that we played a very good game not only today but we played a very good AFCON. 

“I’m very, very proud of it but I’m proud of my players, the disappointment is this but the proudness is that. What they did, what they performed, not only today I think you have to be proud as a coach,” added the Belgian. 

“So, yes it’s a defeat and you see you played a very bad game with Cape Verde. You win with penalties and today you played a very good game against Nigeria and you lose with penalties.”

Mobile communications giant Vodacom are set to approach the court to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling over the Please Call Me inventor, Nkosana Makate matter. On Tuesday, the SCA determined that Makate is entitled to receive between 5% to 7.5% of the total money generated from the idea, plus interest.

This is the revenue generated over an 18-year period, from 2001 to 2019.

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Vodacom had initially offered to pay Makate R47-million, an offer he refused. In February 2022, the high court in Pretoria, Gauteng found that the company had not offered Makate sufficient compensation in settlement for his invention. It ordered that a higher settlement amount be offered.

Vodacom has now been ordered to finalise a new offer within one month of the order. Following the ruling on Tuesday, Vodacom are now heading to the Constitutional Court.

VODACOM SURPRISED BY COURT RULING ON NKOSANA MAKATE MATTER  

“Vodacom is surprised and disappointed with the judgment. [It] will bring an application for leave to appeal before the Constitutional Court of South Africa within the prescribed period,” It said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

 Vodacom are set to approach the court to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling over the Please Call Me inventor, Nkosana Makate matter.
Please Call Me inventor, Nkosana Makate

On Tuesday the SCA dismissed Vodacom’s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the High Court in Pretoria. But also substituted parts of that ruling, including setting aside a R47-million determination made by Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub.

HOW THE PLEASE CALL ME CONCEPT STARTED

The Please Call Me concept started by Makate in 2001 is that a user without airtime can send a text message to another subscriber, who then calls them back.

Makate has consistently argued that Vodacom owes him a compensation of R10.2 billion. This excludes accumulated interest and all legal bills incurred since the Constitutional Court decision in 2016.

The Constitutional Court initially ordered the parties in 2016 to engage in good faith negotiations to determine reasonable compensation.

Makate has insisted for years that his negotiations with Vodacom have been anything but fair. He is requesting that the cell operator reveal all income generated by the Please Call Me idea.

Rapist Abel Sello Lefoane [36] who terrorised women in Vaalwater and Lephalale in the Waterberg district between 2007 and 2016 has been sentenced to 25 years in jail. 

The Division of Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Tuesday sentenced convicted Lefoane to an effective 25 years imprisonment. This is for five counts of rape, two counts of business robbery and one count of common robbery. 

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The rape victims were aged between 13 and 29. He allegedly targeted his victims while walking alone and threatened them with a knife. In another incident, he also used a firearm.

Lefoane’s reign of terror commenced in 2015 when he raped a 14-year-old girl who was returning from a local shop. He threatened her with a knife and dragged her to his house. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. 

In the same period, he raped a 15-year-old girl who was returning from school using the same modus operandi. The ordeal occurred in the bushes. He was also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Waterberg rapist sentenced to 25 years imprisonment 
Crime Scene Waterberg

The third incident occurred in Lephalale, where he threatened a 29-year-old woman with a firearm and knife, forced her into the bushes, and raped her. He then robbed her of cash and two cell phones on count three [rape]. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and count 4 [common robbery], 15 years imprisonment.

On count 5, the accused was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for raping a 15-year-old girl in Vaalwater in 2016.

He was also sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for raping a 13-year-old girl in Vaalwater while collecting berries in the nearby bushes.

In addition to the rape charges, the accused was convicted of two counts of burglary business that took place separately in Vaalwater between 2007 and 2008. He broke into a coffee and gift shop and stole a substantial amount of money. Counts 7 and 8, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment each. 

A RAPIST IN THE WATERBERG DISTRICT SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IMPRISONMENT 

The accused was subsequently arrested in August 2022 through DNA. This follows a lengthy and meticulous investigation carried out by Warrant Officer Ciska Kruger attached to the Modimolle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, who also successfully opposed bail. 

The court ordered counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 to run concurrently with count 6. The accused will therefore serve an effective 25 years imprisonment.

Limpopo Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Jan Scheepers has hailed all the role players for the excellent work of ensuring Justice is served.

2022 Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri on Monday donated over 70 pairs of school shoes to needy kids in her home town Tzaneen, Limpopo. Nokeri was accompanied by the Miss Glamorous Limpopo runner-up.

It’s part of the initiative through a collaboration of the Ndavi Nokeri Foundation, Fortune Naledi Foundation, and also Woman of Dominance Foundation.

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They distributed 20 pairs of school shoes to learners at Marnovlei Primary School and Loretto Primary School.  Rhulani Primary School in the same Tzaneen Municipality received an impressive 50 pairs.

Nokeri and her fellow beauty queen emphasized the importance of regular school attendance and attentive learning during their visit. She was addressing the learners at Loretto Primary.

NDAVI NOKERI DONATE SCHOOL SHOES IN HER HOMETOWN OF TZANEEN

“We are here to support you to reach your dreams,” said Nokeri.

The event is also aimed not only to provide essential items like school shoes and sanitary towels. But also to inspire and motivate the students to strive for success.

“The combined efforts of these organizations reflect a commitment to uplifting communities. Ensuring that students have the resources they need to pursue education with confidence,” said the Tzaneen Municipality. “It also demonstrated her commitment to education and community welfare.”

Former Miss SA Ndavi Nokeri donates School shoes in Tzaneen
Ndavi Nokeri donated school shoes in Tzaneen

The program is set to continue on Tuesday. The Muhlaba and Gavaza Primary Schools are scheduled to receive a visit from the beauty queens and their foundations.

Tuesday visits schedule:
-Muhlava primary school: 9am.
-Also Gabaza primary school:  11am.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

An application was made in 2023 to rename Danie Joubert Street in Tzaneen to Ndavi Nokeri Street. Nokeri is from Gavaza village in Tzaneen, Mopani District.

The application, made by Vukosi Mathale, is one of the 11 proposed name changes within the Tzaneen Municipality sent to the Limpopo Provincial Geographical Names Committee [LPGNC]. The LPGNC has already held a consultative meeting with the Tzaneen Municipality in November last year. 

The EFF in Tzaneen Mopani Region, Limpopo have raised a concern about the conduct of an IEC official during the voter registration weekend.

The IEC marked the second and final voter registration weekend, ahead of this year’s national elections. The commission recorded more than a million registrations across the country.

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But there was some dissatisfaction from the EFF in Limpopo, specifically in Greater Tzaneen Municipality ward 93303031. The party alleges that a presiding officer at Mogoboya Raamodika Primary School was campaigning for the African National Congress [ANC].

“In direct contradiction to the principles agreed upon in our prior Political Liaison Committee (PLC) meeting with the IEC, it was explicitly stated that individuals actively involved in politics should not preside over voter registration and election processes. The actions, captured in a photograph depicting the individual wearing ANC political party regalia. Actively campaigning, stands as a clear violation of the established protocols,” said the party in a statement.

EFF in Limpopo raises concern over the conduct of an IEC official during voter registration weekend
EFF members at Ward 39 Polokwane Subregion, Capricorn District at Tom Naude Hooerskool VD.

EFF CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST AN IEC OFFICIAL DURING VOTER REGISTRATION WEEKEND IN TZANEEN, LIMPOPO registration

“The EFF Limpopo is appalled by this flagrant disregard for electoral neutrality, which undermines the very foundation of free and fair democratic processes.

“We firmly believe that the IEC must act swiftly and decisively. To rectify this situation to prevent potential political instability in the region. Our appeal to the lEC is straightforward. We demand the immediate removal of the individual
from their position as a presiding officer in Greater Tzaneen Municipality ward 93303031,” they said.

“The credibility of the electoral process hinges on the strict adherence to impartiality and fairness, and any compromise in this regard poses a threat to the democratic values we hold dear.

Furthermore, the EFF Limpopo demands an urgent response to our letter of complaint already submitted. We request the IEC to provide a comprehensive list of all staff and presiding officers utilized during the voter registration weekend on February 3 and 4.”

Rhys Enoch from Wales claimed a two-stroke victory at the SDC Open in Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, Bela-Bela in Limpopo on Sunday. The Sunshine Tour and European Challenge Tour co-sanctioned tournament overcame a weather delay on the last day. 

Enoch had started the final round one shot behind the leaders. But he made three straight birdies from the first on his way to a 66 and a winning total of 24 under par.

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He dedicated the victory to the passing of his father’s best friend on the Friday of the tournament. 

“I had an operation on my left shoulder in April 2022 and I’ve just had a few niggles,” he said. 

“I was trying to improve and didn’t quite have the control I needed. But I’m now a bit more settled with what I’m doing and I feel like I’ve stepped up a level, which is nice,” said Enoch.

Rhys Enoch wins SDC Open in Bela-Bela 
SDC Open winner Rhys Enoch

Englishman Joshua Berry turned in 29 and was 11 under before the delay and seemingly on track for a 59. A bogey on the restart cost him that honour. But he still signed for a remarkable 61 to finish on 17 under overall.

South Africans Deon Germishuys and Martin Rohwer then came surging up the leaderboard and both signed for rounds of 64 to share second place on 22 under par.

Rhys Enoch wins SDC Open in Bela-Bela 
Rhys Enoch with Limpopo Tourism Agency [LTA] CEO Moses Ngobeni

WELSHMAN RHYS ENOCH OVERCOMES BAD WEATHER TO WIN SDC OPEN IN BELA-BELA 

Enoch says he felt an immense sense of relief. “It’s been three years since I last won and you keep asking when it will happen again,” he added.  “I’m just so happy to be playing the golf I know I can play again.”

For his tournament win, Enoch also wins a four-night stay for two in the Presidential Suite at QWABI Private Game Reserve valued at R150 000. This includes accommodation, private dining, drinks, game drives and a signature spa treatment for two.

Former Orlando Pirates player Thandani Ntshumayelo appeared at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of assault. The 33-year-old is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on Friday, 2 February 2024.

The former Bafana Bafana star was released on R1000 bail. He is expected to be back in court on 04 April 2024. The case was postponed for further investigations.

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“The incident happened on 02 February 2024, at his place of residence,” said the NPA in a statement.

“The complaint is in a relationship with the accused and alleges that she was with him and his friends at his place when a fight between the accused and one of his friends ensued.

She then tried to intervene in an attempt to calm down the accused. Ntshumayelo then allegedly became aggressive towards her, by slapping her across the face,” read the statement.

Thandani Ntshumayelo appeared at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of assault.
Thandani Ntshumayelo

THANDANI NTSHUMAYELO APPEARED IN COURT FOR ASSAULT ON HIS GIRLFRIEND 

“He grabbed her by her head and hit her against the wall. She further alleges that he then pushed her to the ground.” Ntshumayelo has also played for clubs such as Moroka Swallows, Baroka FC and SuperSport United.

More to follow…