Three people were injured, amongst them a child who is in serious condition in hospital after members and supporters of the EFF and ANC clashed during an election camping at Juju Valley in Seshego on Sunday.

Reports say EFF supporters who were brought to the area in bakkies allegedly confronted ANC members in a bid to prevent them from campaigning in the area. It is an informal settlement created by the EFF as a result of a land grab.

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According to eyewitnesses, members of the EFF started to shoot towards ANC members who retaliated by throwing stones. A child was caught in the crossfire. The regional Chairperson of the ANC in the Peter Mokaba Region John Mpe says they will open a criminal case. They will also seek advice from the ANC Provincial Executive Committee on the way forward.

“We are not going to allow a situation where there is political intolerance in Limpopo. The creation of no go areas” said Mpe.

He said it is unfortunate that people were injured, especially a child in an incident that could have been avoided.

A Child was injured during a shooting between EFF and ANC supporters at Juju Valley
Juju Valley in Seshego

EFF AND ANC SUPPORTERS CLASH DURING ELECTION CAMPAIGN AT JUJU VALLEY

Meanwhile, one of the victims who was injured during the bloody fight has told Limpopo Chronicle that he is disappointed by the incident. He was hit with a stone on the head.

The Provincial ANC in Limpopo is expected to address an urgent media briefing in Polokwane on Monday.

“The African National Congress in Limpopo Province has learned with great sadness and concern about a shooting incident in Juju Valley, Polokwane between ANC and EFF members/supporters In light of the above, the ANC Limpopo will convene a media briefing that will reflect about the unfortunate incidence,” they said. Meanwhile, the EFF is yet to comment on the incident.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola and Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Sihle Zikalala officially opened the newly refurbished Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Friday. 

It has been more than 10 years since the Polokwane Magistrate’s court was destroyed by fire in 2012. 

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The construction of the court started ON 16 October 2019 and was completed on 7 March 2023. The newly refurbished built court premises are state-of-the-art, consisting of 10 courtrooms. There are five Regional courtrooms and four District courtrooms including the Sexual Offences court. One Equality Court Room, and 18 holding cells.

The Polokwane Magistrate’s Court services the Polokwane, Lebowakgomo, Seshego and Westernburg communities.

Newly refurbished Polokwane Magistrate's Court officially opened
Ministers Ronald Lamola and Sihle Zikalala inside the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court.

POLOKWANE MAGISTRATE’S COURT OFFICIALLY OPENED FOLLOWING REFURBISHMENT 

Among other attendees was the Executive Mayor of Capricorn district, John Mpe, the MEC of transport and safety Florence Radzilani, and Limpopo MEC of Public Works and Infrastructure Nkakareng Rakgoale.  Minister Lamola expressed his joy following the opening of the court after such a long time.  

“It gives me pleasure to be here to usher in an era of access to justice,” he said. 

“The opening of the court brings light to the Polokwane citizens that even during dark periods, they will find refuge in the justice system and access thereof will enable them to restore their dignity and to exercise their rights.

“Access to justice is a cornerstone of any democracy. It’s important for peace and stability to thrive.”

“Reflecting the principle that law and legal processes are not just mere instruments of the state but pivotal tools of the people to exercise their rights.”

Limpopo Police have moved swiftly to clarify the circulating hijacking incident in Polokwane CBD on Thursday. In a video all over social media, three armed men can be seen forcing a Man out of a vehicle and taking him to the back seat before driving off. 

The video has raised concerns within the community. But police have since provided clarification regarding the events depicted.

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“Upon thorough investigation, it has been confirmed that the person involved in the video was not engaged in a hijacking incident,” said Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

“Rather, he was apprehended by law enforcement authorities for alleged involvement in drug-related activities.

“The incident occurred on Tuesday, 07 May 2024, when the suspect was intercepted in the CBD. Police confiscated a substantial amount of CAT, cocaine and crystal meth drugs with a combined value of almost R17 000.”

Police clarify Polokwane CBD hijacking incident
Landdros Mare Street in Polokwane

POLOKWANE CBD HIJACKING INCIDENT CLARIFIED BY LIMPOPO POLICE 

It is reported that a 42-year-old Nigerian male suspect, Anthony Chukwudi Okafor appeared before Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He is facing a charge of dealing in drugs and was remanded in custody until Wednesday, 15 May.

“Our officers remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of all members of our community,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

“We urge the public to refrain from spreading wrong vibes and we plead with them to trust the ongoing efforts of law enforcement in upholding justice and maintaining order,” concluded the General.

Limpopo Police have arrested two suspects aged 34 and 40 for dealing in drugs at Polokwane and Matlala on Wednesday at around 17:00.

A 40-year-old suspect was arrested at Polokwane, Indian Center for possession and dealing of drugs and Contravention of the immigration act. The members were patrolling when they spotted a suspicious male being surrounded by a group of people. Upon approaching, they found him selling drugs. 

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The Police identified themselves and searched him. He was found in possession of drugs [nyaope, rock, and crystal meth]. It was an estimated street value of R 5000 (five and an undisclosed amount of money. He also failed to produce documents for being in the country.

Limpopo Police have arrested two suspects aged 34 and 40 for dealing in drugs at Polokwane and Matlala on Wednesday.
Drugs found in Polokwane

ANOTHER SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR DEALING IN DRUGS IN THE POLOKWANE AREA 

In another incident male suspect aged 34 was also nabbed for possession and dealing in drugs by members who were on patrol duties at Tibane Complex in Matlala policing area. The suspect was in possession of drugs [nyaope] with an estimated street value of  R1000.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrests. She applauded the Police for hitting hard on drug dealers in the Province. The suspects will appear before the Polokwane and Seshego Magistrate’s Court soon.

A miniature substation [mini-sub] that has caught fire has led to a power outage in some parts of the Polokwane central business district [CBD], Limpopo. The Polokwane Municipality fire and rescue services team are reportedly working at the corner of Grobler and Landros Mare Streets to manage the situation.

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Although the fire has been put out, the municipal electrical team is assessing the extent of the damage and estimating how long it would take to repair the mini-sub and restore the power supply.

“The municipality advises the affected businesses and other users to regard all electrical wiring as live for the duration of the outage,” they said. 

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY ADDRESSING THE POWER OUTAGE AT SOME PARTS OF THE CBD 

Furthermore, in the interest of safety, they have also been urged to switch off all electrical appliances until the power supply is fully restored to avoid electrocution and damage.

Motorists have also been pleaded with to treat the affected traffic lights as stop signs until they manage to get the power supply back up and running 

“The Polokwane municipality apologises for any inconvenience caused by this outage. Affected parties are also urged to cooperate with the electrical team as they are working on fixing the issue and getting everything back to normal.”

SCAMMERS HAVE NOW TARGETED THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER 

Meanwhile, the Municipality has also warned of a scam by individuals soliciting financial assistance claiming to be Polokwane Municipality’s Manager Thuso Nemugumoni. 

Power outage in parts of Polokwane CBD 
Thuso Nemugumoni

“It has come to the attention of the municipality that unsuspecting individuals are receiving fraudulent WhatsApp messages from a scammer utilizing the phone number 073 499 4153 falsely claiming to be Polokwane Municipality’s Manager, Ms Thuso Nemugumoni and deceitfully soliciting financial assistance. This number does not belong to the Municipal Manager. She has not sent any WhatsApp messages to seek or solicit financial support from anyone.

“It is strongly advised for all to exercise when approached for similar acts. The municipality urges all residents to remain alert to scams and report such suspicious activities to the police and relevant authorities. The matter will be reported to law enforcement to investigate,” said the municipality. 

The Polokwane Municipality, Limpopo has provided Water tankers for areas experiencing water challenges due to low reservoir levels.

The areas affected are extensions 71, 73, 75, and 76; Legae la Batho; Seshego Zone 2 and 3. Luthuli Park; Bendor and Flora Park; Zone 7; and Plein Street in the City area, extending up to Natorp.

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“Polokwane Municipality is taking immediate action to address this issue by deploying water tankers to assist affected areas,” the municipality said in a statement.  

Water tankers for Polokwane areas experiencing water challenges 
Water tankers in Polokwane

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY PROVIDE WATER TANKERS FOR AREAS FACING WATER CHALLENGES 

Additional areas experiencing low water pressure include Madiba Park and the lower parts of Seshego Zone 3. Residents in areas currently receiving water supply are urged to use water sparingly to alleviate pressure on the system. 

“Polokwane Municipality apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these water supply challenges. Every effort is being made to restore normal water supply as quickly as possible,” they said. 

Members of Westenburg Police are hunting for four suspects who committed an attempted murder along N1 road next to Shell Garage outside Polokwane on Wednesday. The incident took place around 14:20. According to police reports, a foreign national truck driver was driving his work truck from Johannesburg to Polokwane.

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He pulled into the N1 fueling station near Polokwane, bought some drinks, got into his truck, and drove away.

As he drove, four males, one of whom was armed approached his truck while in motion from the passenger side. They then pointed a firearm at him, in an attempt to stop him but refused to stop and drove off speedily. One suspect fired one shot at the passenger side window, which got partly shattered. He accelerated until he reached Westenburg police station to report the incident.

Truck driver survives attempted murder ordeal at N1 Shell Garage
N1 Highway Limpopo

WESTENBURG POLICE INVESTIGATE AN INCIDENT OF ATTEMPTED MURDER ALONG N1 SHELL GARAGE

He never stopped at the scene; a gunshot passed right by him. A case of attempted murder was opened.

Anyone with information that can assist with the arrest of the suspects should contact Westenburg Detective Commander Eddie Hlaraka at 082 729 0049. Crime stop number 0860010111, the nearest police station, or also share information on MySAPSApp.

Seshego Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo have on Monday, 29 April convicted and sentenced four accused  for murder of a 27-year-old man to life and 18 years imprisonment. 

During the trial, the court heard that on Sunday 28 October 2018, the four accused assaulted a 27-year-old man known as Phooko T in a mob related attack. They thought the victim was stealing from them. He was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he later  succumbed to his injuries. 

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 The incident was reported to Seshego police, and murder case was opened and investigated by Warrant Officer Sticks Pete, who, through his dedication, managed to arrest four males: Phineas Pitso Makololo  39, Lekau Tebogo Koopa 39, Tumelo Makoto Pheme 35; and Willy Kwena Pheme 35.

The four accused appeared before Seshego Magistrate’s Court on several  occasions until they were transferred to Polokwane prison. They appeared again on Monday 29, April 2024.

THE FOUR ACCUSED SENTENCED TO LIFE BY THE SESHEGO MAGISTRATE COURT 

 The four were convicted and sentenced on one count :Murder. 

 Accused 1: Phineas Makololo, 18 years imprisonment, accused 2: Tebogo Koopa: 18 years imprisonment, accused 3: Tumelo Pheme 1 life imprisonment and accused 4: Willy Pheme, 1 life imprisonment. 

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the job  welldone by Warrant Officer Pete and the team. She further stated that if we keep on arresting people perpertuating mob related incidents, this  will send a strong message that you can run but can’t hide  from the long  arm of the Law.

The second instalment of the Polokwane City Marathon taking place on Saturday 27 April at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium is expected to be bigger.

The comrades’ qualifier event has a total prize pool of R200,000 up for grabs. The organisers have promised an exhilarating experience for seasoned runners and newcomers alike. It will consist of the 42.2-kilometre marathon, 21km, 10km and a 5-kilometre fun run.

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Meanwhile, PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs has offered a special incentive for early registrants. The first 3000 participants to register will each receive a complimentary ticket to witness the clash between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium later on the day. The match starts at 17:30.

Runners gearing up for the Polokwane City Marathon
The Polokwane City Marathon will start and end at Peter Mokaba Stadium

EXECUTIVE MAYOR JOHN MPE TO TAKE PART IN THE POLOKWANE CITY MARATHON  

Executive Mayor, Makoro John Mpe says as the economic hub of the Limpopo Province, The City of Polokwane continues to use sports activities to promote tourism to market the city and stimulate economic activities through the organization of major sporting events. He said sports events will always be an investment opportunity to ensure that the City is promoted as the sports and tourism hub in the Limpopo Province and aspires to be counted as one of the best sporting hub in the country.

The executive mayor also emphasized the importance of participation in this prestigious event.

“Polokwane City Marathon embodies the spirit of unity and resilience that defines our municipality,” he said. 

“By taking part in this event, we not only challenge ourselves physically. But also come together to support one another and celebrate our shared commitment to health and wellness.

“I encourage all residents to lace up their running shoes. Join us for what promises to be an unforgettable day of friendship and competition.”

Limpopo Chillers will get an opportunity to watch their favourite podcast and chill live with MacG and Sol on Saturday at Meropa Casino, Polokwane. 

The Podcast and Chill, launched in 2018, is rated Africa’s number-one podcast. The channel is a mixture of fun, entertainment, music and social conversations. Limpopo Popular musician Pleasure Tsa Manyalo will be the guest celebrity on the show. 

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The event will start at 18:00 with tickets selling from R250 on Quicket. The captivating live Podcast has promised an unforgettable experience, blending Comedy, Topics of interest, and live performances with mesmerizing visuals, hosted by Mac G, Sol Phenduka and Ghost lady sparking conversations that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The podcast and Chill Live Nation Tour hit at Meropa in Polokwane with MacG and Sol
Doek and Jeans Summer Picnic will take place on Saturday

MACG TO HOST THE PODCAST AND CHILL AT MEROPA CASINO IN POLOKWANE 

Meanwhile, Meropa is also set to host the fabulous Doek and Jeans Summer Picnic during the day. People are also encouraged to book quickly as the hotel is set to be fully booked. There will be live performances from artists such as the Afro-soul musician, Presss. Sensational vocalist, Mahlatze Vokal; and the Makoti Take 5 hit-maker, Pleasure Tsa Manyalo.

Doek and Jeans Summer Picnic will start at 10:00. Tickets start from R150 and can also be purchased on Computicket.