A father has been sentenced to two life sentences for raping his son on more than two occasions at their home in Sakhile Village in Standerton, Mpumalanga. The incidents took place in 2020. He was sentenced by the Secunda Magistrate’s Court.

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Mpumalanga NPA spokesperson, Monica Nyuswa says the first incident took place when the child’s mother was outside doing laundry.

“The father took the victim to the bedroom and sexually violated him. The child informed his mother that he had bled when he went to the toilet, but she thought he had gotten injured while playing,” she explained. 

“In the second incident, the father and the mother were drinking when he took the child to a bedroom and raped him. The mother walked in and saw the ordeal. She reported the matter to the police.”

FATHER SENTENCED FOR RAPING HIS SON 

Nyuswa said the man denied the allegations levelled against him in court. The state led the evidence provided by the child who gave his testimony using intermediary services.

The court also ordered the father to be entered into the National Register for Sexual Offenders. He was also declared unfit to work with children and to possess a firearm.

Police have rescued 26 goats which had no brand marks at Kameelrivier B, Nelspruit on Sunday, 15 January 2023.

The owners of the seized livestock to urgently come forth and identify their own before the goats can be forfeited to the state.

A report indicates that the Police were busy with their routine patrols. They spotted a white Toyota Quantum pulling a trailer which was fully loaded with the goats.

The driver mentioned that the stock was transported by him to an auction. This is after being hired by the owners from four different households.

26 GOATS STOLEN

According to the driver, the owners thereof opted to sell their stock out of fear that their stock could be stolen by thieves who often steal goats in their area. As there was no proof of ownership, police registered an enquiry docket and then seized the items for further investigation.

26 goats impounded in Mpumalanga
26 goats impounded in Mpumalanga

Hence police call on community members who might have lost their goats to come and identify their stock at Mmametlhake SAPS or call the Branch Commander of Siyabuswa Stocktheft Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Freddy Sepogoane on 079 499 2015 for assistance.

POLICE CONDEMN STOCK THEFT

Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela says they regard stock theft as a serious crime. More effort is also being made to resolve this issue hence the action taken by the members. The General further advised farmers to brand mark their stock. This will be easy to identify once the stock is recovered.

The community of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga will move to a different beat when the I Choose 2 B Active Bootcamp is staged at Sy Mthimunye Stadium. The event will take place on Saturday, 10 December 2022. It will commence at 7am with a 3-5km walk around the Emalahleni community.

It will also be followed up with an Indigenous Games’ Aerobics Activation. They are aimed at encouraging citizens to see the value of the games played outdoors in promoting physical activity.

The Aerobics activation will feature certified instructors who will engage a community of healthy-inspired participants working out. To challenge head-on the norm of sedentary lifestyles, hence the apt reference to this bootcamp as Ayihlome Ihlasele.

Old generation I choose to be active in Thohoyandou
Old generation I choose 2 be active in Thohoyandou

The certified instructors will conduct an energy-filled choreographed group exercise class. They will also be games such as Hopscotch and Tug-of-war among many others. DJs will be on standby to add a festive ambiance with tunes that will keep attendants on their toes. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

This is aimed at empowering citizens in and around Mpumalanga. With skills which they can use every day to start, pursue as well as commit to positive and physically active lifestyle.

Also touted as Ayihlome Ihlasele it challenges the norm of sedentary lifestyles head-on, hence the apt moniker. It will be a hybrid with 500 people in the stadium. Many more also streaming online on the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s I Choose 2 B Active online platforms.

I CHOSE 2 BE ACTIVE BOOTCAMP

The I Choose 2 B Active Bootcamp was launched in 2015 as an initiative of the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. It is a 365-day call to action whose mission is to see 50% of South African citizens commit to life-long habits. Being physically active regularly by 2030.

The Bootcamp hosted at Sy Mthimunye Stadium in Emalahleni with Cell C. Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation as well as Emalahleni Local Municipality in the Nkangala District.

The presence of both public and private sector to this activation affirms the realisation by all sectors in society that the health of citizens has taken centre-stage and interventions are needed to help citizens prioritise living a healthy life. The benefits are many such as a health system that is not burdened by chronic disease patients. This will translate positively in public expenditure and the economy.

Government through the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture calls on all South African citizens from all walks of life to rally their families and all communities to participate virtually wherever they are by logging on to the department’s @IChoose2BActive social media platforms.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with immediate effect.

This follows the former Real Madrid explosive interview with Piers Morgan released last week.

United issued a statement on Tuesday evening announcing they had reached a mutual agreement with the 37-year-old.

Ronaldo’s interview on TalkTV with Piers Morgan saw him criticise the club and manager Erik ten Hag. He said the manager has no respect for him and vice versa.

He also claimed members of the United hierarchy are trying to force him out of Old Trafford. Went on to accuse them of doubting him when he said he could not attend pre-season because his daughter was ill in hospital.

The club said they would consider their response to Ronaldo’s comments after the full facts have been established. It appears as if they have now decided to part ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

WHAT MANCHESTER UNITED SAYS

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” a club statement read.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his goodbye
Cristiano Ronaldo says his goodbyes

“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”

Ronaldo rejoined United last year but he had fallen out of favour this season under Erik ten Hag.

CRISTIANO RONALDO STATEMENT

Ronaldo also issued his own statement on Tuesday.

“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

A convoy transporting Deputy President, David Mabuza has been involved in a car accident resulting in the death of one of his bodyguards in Mpumalanga.

NO CLARITY ON DP DAVID MABUZA

It is uncertain at the moment whether Mabuza was present at the time of the accident. The vehicle the bodyguards were traveling in experienced a burst tyre, causing the car to roll over.

This is also the second time the Deputy President’s motorcade has been involved in an accident. In July two of the vehicles in the motorcade collided in Midrand. However Mabuza was not in either of the vehicles.

POLICE STATEMENT ON DEATH OF BODYGUARD

In a statement, the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola has also sent his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased member. He also wished the injured members a speedy recovery.

David-Mabuza-Bodyguard
David-Mabuza-Bodyguard

“The SAPS confirms that at about 10:30 on Sunday, 20 November 2022. The deputy president’s motorcade was travelling between Mpumalanga and Gauteng when one of the back-up vehicles’ tyres burst, causing the vehicle to roll over,” the statement read.

“The management of the SAPS are saddened by the death of one of its members.”

A case of culpable homicide has also been registered at the Middleburg Police Station.

Mpumalanga driving school owners have openly demonstrated against traffic officials, who had planned to increasing bribery fees. Fees were allegedly going up from R1 700 to R2 000 per student in need of a driving licence.

The protest at the Mbombela Local Municipality offices in Mbombela on Friday saw the school owners preventing workers from entering the premises.

Community members were shocked that the protest was not against the bribes traffic officers demanded to produce favourable results for driving school students. But against the increment of the bribery fees.

INCREASING BRIBERY FEES

“Isn’t it shocking that the bribery of traffic officials has become legal? The protesters themselves are guilty of a crime. They, and corrupt traffic officials, belong behind bars,” said one motorist.

Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe, expressed concern over the nature of the protest.

“We have noted recent allegations by some driving school owners. We strongly condemn corruption in the licensing environment. Communities are encouraged including driving school owners to report malfeasance,” said Shongwe.

In the past two months, eight Mbombela traffic officials were arrested and charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering relating to R60 million. They are all out on R15 000 bail.

Most driving school owners in Mbombela refused to speak to the media.

DRIVING SCHOOL OWNER REACT

But one owner in Mkhuhlu outside Hazyview agreed to share details of the corruption at testing stations.

“Our clients are desperate for driving licences. Most want a licence as part of a condition to finding employment, so officials take advantage of that,” he said.

Asked why driving schools did not provide clients with sufficient lessons to ensure they passed the exam without paying a bribe, he said it was impossible.

“A traffic officer will tell you no one in the country can pass a driving test. There’ll always be a slight mistake, so you have to bribe them if you want your client to pass.

But “these people have become so greedy. One traffic official at a testing centre usually goes home with more than R12 000 a day from bribes collected”. It was not only greedy traffic officials.

“There is a chain of corrupt bosses at the top, including politicians in municipal offices. They receive a collective share daily; that’s why it’s difficult to investigate one particular official.”

Two prison escapees have been arrested after a group of 12 prisoners escape from lawful custody at Komatipoort police station in Mpumalanga on Saturday night.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the two were attempting to cross into neighbouring Mozambique when they were rearrested.

“Two escapees, aged 27 and 34, have since been re-arrested at the Lebombo border in Komatipoort after reportedly attempting to cross over to Mozambique. Ten remaining suspects are still at large and are being sought by the police,” said Mdhluli on Sunday afternoon.

“According to the report, the circumstances surrounding the escape is still under investigation.

“However, the provincial commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, visited the station immediately after the incident. She appointed a team led by a senior officer to get into the bottom of what might have transpired,” said Mdhluli.

12 PRISONERS ESCAPE DETAILS

A preliminary investigation has so far revealed that 12 prisoners escaped from the police’s holding cells after battling with police officers.

One police officer is said to have sustained injuries.

“Two service pistols as well as ammunition were also stolen by the suspects during the scuffle. Soon after their escape, members of the security cluster were activated. That is the time when two of the suspects, Reginaldo Fulaho and Narsisco Julius Mavalela, were cornered,” said Mdhluli.

He said one was arrested on Saturday night by SAPS members. The other one was cornered by members of the SA National Defence Force at the border as they attempted to cross into Mozambique.

REMAINING CULPRITS

Police said the remaining suspects are Joseph Ubisi, 35, Josiah Ndlovu, 30; Ruben Macuacua, 30; Amos Cossa, 25. Ardemeto Madevu, 18; Alsido Manique, 24; Francisco Setoho, 38; France Baloi, 29, and Smanga Khoza, 50.

“The suspects were previously arrested for various offences including rape, theft, robbery and kidnapping. Robbery with firearms, possession of suspected stolen properties, as well as possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles,” said Mdhluli.

“An investigation regarding their escape is underway and the suspects will face an additional charge of escaping from lawful custody.

“Police would like to thank members who gave information that led to the rearrest of the two suspects. However, police still appeal to the public including their families not to approach these remaining suspects. As they are considered to be dangerous. But rather share information that may lead to their rearrest with police by calling the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111,” he said.

Alternatively, community members can send information via the My SAPS App.

“All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,” said Mdhluli.

“An internal investigation regarding possible negligence and aiding has also (commenced). The provincial commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has vowed that police will not hesitate to take drastic steps against any member who may be found to be at fault.”

The badly decomposed body found stuffed in the ceiling of a house in Balfour, Mpumalanga, has been identified. It has been positively identified as that of Nosipho Caroline Mthombeni.

Mthombeni’s decomposed body appears to have been in the house occupied by her alleged boyfriend for some time.

It was the alertness of the man’s other partner that led to Mthombeni’s body finally being discovered.

Speaking to TimesLIVE, Mthombeni’s aunt Nomvula Maya said her daughter Phumzile had confronted the man weeks after Nosipho’s disappearance.

Phumzile said he “should stop making things hard for her family and just hand over her body so they could bury her”. But he insisted he knew nothing about her whereabouts, despite a stench in the house.

After the confrontation, the man disappeared.

Decomposed body of Caroline Mthombeni Discovered

Three days later, on 5 October, Mpumalanga police made the harrowing discovery.

Police spokesperson Brig Selvy Mohlala said officers responded to a complaint about a bad odour coming from the house. On arrival they found a lady who indicated that she had moved into the house about a month. She was staying with the father of her child.

Mthombeni’s heartbroken family has opened up about the events leading up to the shocking discovery. Maya said questions were raised about her whereabouts several days before the body was found. Mthombeni’s friends had reached out to Maya’s daughter Phumzile when they failed to make contact with the missing woman.

Phumzile and a relative went to the man’s house to look for her but he said Nosipho had left for Secunda to work. He allegedly disappeared a day after this confrontation, claiming he was going to make payments of some accounts.

A new Woman moves in

Maya returned to the house, twice, to look for Mthombeni but was met by a woman who had moved in.

Decomposed body found in ceiling

The troubled aunt said that while there, she noticed what appeared to be a blood stain on the carpet but was told it was caused by children.

A suspicious Maya then decided to speak to Mthombeni’s mother, who confirmed she last saw her daughter on August 26 when she had dropped off some vegetables on her way to church.

Mthombeni’s family and the woman in the house alerted police to the situation. A devastated Maya described the family’s pain of finding out that the bad smell encountered on her visits emanated from a decomposed body.

“We weren’t allowed to see the body … [We didn’t] find a body but a ghost,” she said, her voice breaking.

Maya said the family knew little about Mthombeni’s relationship with the man, only that they apparently started dating in November 2021.

The family described her as a sweet girl who was reserved and humble.

“You wouldn’t find her all over the place … she was very pretty as well,” Maya said.

Asked what her family hoped for once the man was found, Maya said all they wanted was to know what happened.

The South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMA Awards) in partnership with the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga held the 17th annual SATMA Awards. The awards took place at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga on the 1st of October 2022.

The event was well attended by prestigious guests and all who love and adore their culture and heritage. All dressed to impress, the Recarpet was alive with traditional garments and eye-catching colors as many wanted to showcase their love for their cultural roots. The Masters of ceremony this year were Lesley Musina from Limpopo and Kajal Maharaj.

SATMA honour former Miss Universe
Master of ceremony Lesley Musina

Performances of the day

This year’s performing line up had the following acts, Intaba Yase Dubai, Nathi Mankayi, Lebo Sekgobela, Nomcebo Zikode, Zama Khumalo and Cevuzile. The audience also enjoyed the sounds of the band that played for Reggae Legend Lucky Philip Dube. Mduduzi Ntlui the comedian, reminded us that laughter is the best medicine.

The event was not short of entertainment as the cultural groups delivered outstanding performances, this being the Tswana group, Siswati group, Xitsonga group, Ndebele group, Sepedi group, Afrikaans group, Indian group, and Sesotho group.

All eyes were on some the Nominees that attended the awards, with the hope to walk away as a SATMA Award winner.

Honoured

The night ended on a stunning note as the Founder of the SATMA Awards, Mr. Dumisani Goba awarded and handed Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe 2019) an honorary SATMA Award trophy for being a positive role model for Africa and the entire world. The SATMA Awards wishes to congratulate all the winners of the 17th Annual SATMA Awards.

Winners 17th Annual SATMA Awards

Afro Soul Song- Daniel Brothers- We Dance Again

African Jazz Artist and Group – Mthobisi Mthalane- Usizi Lomuntu Omnyama

Reggae Artist- Burning Fire

Best Praise Singer Artist or Group – Venda Boy

Best Indigenous Poet Artist and Group – Ntombi ya Mutsonga

Ntombi ya Mutsonga
  1. Best Upcoming Artist and Group – Mason’s the Melodian

2. Best Traditional Acapella Artist – X3 – Amandl’ethu

3. Best Traditional Music Community Radio Presenter – Lunga Mgamie Zibonele FM

4. Best Department of Arts & Culture – North West

5. Best Department Cultural Affairs Chief Director- Limpopo

6. Best Traditional Outfit- Nomsa Mkhonza

7. Best Traditional Social Media Influencer- Zamamboe Mkhize

8. Best Sepedi Artist – Katalia – Bophelo

9. Best Venda Artist/Group – Vha Venda Cultural Group – Dziya Fhiritanashudu

10. Best Xitsonga Artist/Group- Nurse Matlala – Soft Life

11. Best Ndebele Artist/Group –  Allentjie – Ngezikama Jasi

12. Best isiXhosa Artist/Group- Sivuyile- Bamboo Lwam

13. Best SeTswana Artist/Group – Dikwena Tsa Matlosana – Tiki

14. Best Siswati Artist/Group- Msa Lomshiyo – Sbongo Sami

15. Best Indian Artist/Group – Pritisha M- Ye Hawaye

16. Best Sesotho Artist/Group- Khopolo Khuluoe – Lisothile Bokaota 10

17. Best Boeremusiek Artist/Group – Vatvas Dansorkes – KitKat Verlange

18. Best Maskandi Artist/Group- Udumakahle – Phakathi Komhlane Nembekeko

19. Best Voted Song of the year- Gatsheni- Inhlupheko

20. Best Traditional Music SABC Radio Presenter- Motsweding FM – Tom Perez

SATMA Awards in partnership with the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga hosted another successful announcement of Nominees for the year 2022 on Saturday, 30 July at Emalahleni, Witbank.

The event was attended by the public and prestigious guests. The different artists and musicians came out in their numbers to show their love and support. All those in attendance, took this opportunity to wear their traditional attire and heritage with pride. The red carpet was full of colour and reflected the rainbow nation.

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Fashion Kulture dazzled the red carpet with their elegant designs and a touch of Africa. The audience were kept on their feet as the performing artist gave stunning performances. Singer Nomfundo Moh, Karabo Mogane and Rockzie gave a breath taking performance.

SATMA Awards
Red Carpet

While the different cultural dance groups, inspired the audience to continue celebrating their heritage and culture.

The 17th SATMA Awards released the list of successful Nominees, in total there were 125 Nominees and 26 Categories. Voting was officially declared open and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite Nominee.

SATMA Awards nominees revealed
Performance of the night

FULL LIST OF SATMA AWARDS NOMINEES:

BEST AFRO SOUL SONG

Daniel Brothers: We Dance Again

Royalson: Ubuhle Bomuntu

Amanda Mankayi: Ndawo Yam

BEST AFRICAN JAZZ ARTIST AND GROUP

Fanie Dick

Dzivha Fundudzi

Mthobisi Mthalane

BEST REGGAE ARTIST AND GROUP

Burning Fire

Lutendo CJ Munyai

Jeremiah Fyah Ises

BEST PRAISE SINGER ARTIST AND GROUP

Venda Boy

Malume Tau

Mayibuy’Afrika

BEST INDIGENOUS POET ARTIST AND GROUP

Lucy Impondokazi

Mudogwa

Nqobile Msawenkosi Duma

Ntombi Ya Mutsonga

BEST UPCOMING ARTIST AND GROUP

Mkoti Ogwaqa

Ma’onas the melodian

Mjolisi

BEST MBHAQANGA ARTIST AND GROUP

Ababekezeli

Trevor TMV

BEST TRADITIONAL ACAPELLA ARTIST/GROUP

Inkululeko

Nombika Black Boyz

Afrika Mamas

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC COMMUNITY RADIO PRESENTER

DJ Ma-Osh: OR Tambo FM

DJ Masindi: 7441 FM

Majozi and Vezy: Alex FM

Lunga Mgamle: Zimbonele FM

Leswikwa La Radio: Radio turf

Skhumb’esimnyama: Forte FM

Daniel Nkosi: Barberton Community Radio

Mr Shosho: Inanda FM

Ngelosi Myeni: Nongoma FM

Phumzile Mhlangeni: Kasie FM

Xolani Magaqa: HIP 97.7 FM

Jikijwa: Kouga FM

Yandisa Zizele: Khanya FM

Sutata: Lekoa FM

Ishmael Morota: SKFM Community Radio

Sakhile Mphumeleli Madonsela: Maputlaland Community Radio

Thapelino Medupe: Mahikeng FM

BEST DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & CULTURE

Eastern Cape

North West

Free State

Northern Cape

BEST DEPARTMENT CULTURAL AFFAIRS CHIEF DIRECTOR

KwaZulu-Natal

Gauteng

Eastern Cape

Limpopo

Northern Cape

BEST TRADITIONAL OUTFIT

Bornwise Khoza

Davi Maimela

Frank Ramatsetse

Nomsa Mkhonza

Thabang Baakwalanga

BEST TRADITIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER

Brightonth Thembalethu

Zamamboe Mkhize

Neliswe Faith Sibiya

Bafana Mthembu

Audrey Skhosana

Tinyiko Khoza

Faith Mgobhozi

Yenkosinabadala Makhoba

Thando Mahlangu

Thato Angel

Nomalizwi MC Mhlongo

BEST SEPEDI ARTIST GROUP

Seremi Crew

Mpatli Rakgabale

Katalina

BEST VENDA ARTIST GROUP

Vho Musenwa

Thifhelimbilu Rumba Boys

Vha Venda Cultural Group

BEST XITSONGA ARTIST GROUP

CIIVE-S

Nurse Matlatla

Henny C

Prince Rhangani

BEST NDEBELE ARTIST GROUP

Allentjie

Paulos Ngwabo Lakwatutu

Sikabopha

BEST ISIXHOSA ARTIST GROUP

Nelisa

Xhensakumisiwe

Sivuyile

BEST SETSWANA ARTIST GROUP

Dikwena Tsa Matlosana

Tswelelang Cultural Dancers

Diragammu Cultural Group

Mamakie Motlogelwa

BEST SISWATI ARTIST GROUP

Sam Ndlovu

Msa Lomshiyo

Snothemba Cultural Group

BEST INDIAN ARTIST GROUP

Pritisha M

Omesh Mohanpursad

Imran Qamar (IQ)

BEST SESOTHO ARTIST/GROUP

Thabang Mosouenyana

Khopolo Khuluoe

Linare tsa Mafube

BEST BOEREMUSIEK ARTIST/GROUP

Vatvas Dansorkes

Kosie Beukes

Die Teelpeltjies

BEST MASKANDI (T&D) ARTIST/GROUP

Masinga (Sgqoko Sembengolo

Udamakahle

Gatsheni

MOST VOTED SONG OF THE YEAR

Tau Sebata: Mamadi

Gatsheni: Inhlupheko

Retsosangwao Cultural Group: Dikgwetlo tsa Botshelo

Henny C: Driver ya Marato

Die Ventertjies: Ratkas Vastrap

Venda Boy: Lwendo

Malimo a Tselakhopo: Leska la Thole

Bholoja: Swazi Soul

Sivuyile: Bambo Lwam

Tsokotsane Tsa Lihlala: Mohau oa hau

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC SABC RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR

Willem Viljoen: RSG

Bheka Mchunu: Ukhozi FM

Zakia Ahmed: Lotus FM

Augustine Shotholo: Thobela FM

Solly Makamu and Mafosi: Munghana Lonene FM

Humbulani Nengovhela: Phlaphala FM

Riano Nduve: X-K FM

Gudl’abatshakaza (Gudla): Umhlobo Wenene FM

Tom Perez: Motsweding FM

Ntsoaki Motloung and Phakisi Mokoena: Lesedi FM

Piet Shabangu (Vum Vum): Ikwekwezi FM

Sifiso Lubisi: Ligwalagwala FM