A 35-year-old suspect previously linked with cases such as cash-in-transit, murder and carjacking in Vhembe, Limpopo has been re-arrested. The male suspect was released on bail for a spate of violent crimes committed in Vhembe District. This time he was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The suspect was arrested on Monday afternoon 13 November 2023. This is after his motor vehicle was pulled off along the R524 road next to Makhado Crossing Mall by Makhado police. The vehicle was searched and a 9mm pistol with a serial number filed off and 5 rounds of ammunition were found hidden inside the vehicle.
A VHEMBE CRIME SUSPECT HAS BEEN RE-ARRESTED IN MAKHADO
Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect was previously released on bail after he was arrested for cases ranging from cash-in-transit, murder, carjacking, burglary, robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. He was due to appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on 13 December 2023.
Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest.
“We are committed to ensuring a safer festive season, intensifying efforts to address crime. Our members derived from various units continue to display their full commitment towards public safety,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Makhado Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 15 November 2023. He is facing the recent charge of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
The ANC in Limpopo have announced candidates for the positions of Mayors in Sekhukhune District Municipality, Vhembe District, Makhado and Collins Chabane Municipalities. This follows a PEC meeting held on Monday, 6 November in Polokwane.
The party has been faced with a long outstanding matter of the Mayorships of Vhembe and Makhado since the last local government elections of 2021. Shadrack Maluleke has also been interim Mayor at Collins Chabane Municipality since the passing of Moses Maluleke.
There has also been a dispute over the appointment of Sekhukhune District mayor Maleke Mokganyetji which led to the ANC Limpopo PEC instructing the region to properly elect a Mayor. The PEC has now announced candidates for the positions of Mayors in the affected municipalities.
ANC CANDIDATES FOR OUTSTANDING MAYOR POSITIONS IN LIMPOPO MUNICIPALITIES
Shadrack Maluleke – Collins Chabane Municipality
Minah Bahula – Sekhukhune District Municipality
Freddah Nkondo – Vhembe District Municipality
Dorcus Mboyi – Makhado Municipality
“The PEC further noted that these deployments of Mayors will also affect other positions within the political management teams of some municipalities. We urge our regions to attend to such vacancies occasioned by the redeployments,” said the ANC.
“The ANC PEC calls on all these new deployees to neither spare their energy, capacity and resolve to attend to the service delivery challenges facing our people with a great sense of urgency.
“The PEC also expresses gratitude to all employees who accepted and acted in the various roles while awaiting the finalization of ANC processes.”
CONDOLENCES TO PARTY MEMBERS
Meanwhile, the party also announced the death of three of its members in an accident while on their way from the 2019 Manifesto Review in Malebitsa, Sekhukhune Region on Sunday. Seven passengers were injured, and three lost their lives in a head-on collision. The members were traveling in a taxi carrying ANC members returning to their respective homes.
“The African National Congress Limpopo PEC extends its wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who were injured. Offers condolences to the bereaved families of the three persons who lost their lives as a result of the accident. We implore the South African Police Services to expedite the investigation to determine the cause of the accident.”
Three armed robbery suspects lost their lives during a high-speed car chase with the Police at Mushiru Village, Vhembe in Limpopo on Wednesday.
Preliminary investigations revealed that four suspects were driving from Mhinga Village after committing an armed robbery in the area. They were reportedly being pursued by the Saselamani Crime Prevention members after receiving information about the robbery.
It is reported that the suspects were busy firing shots at the Police’ during a car chase. One of them dropped a firearm out of a black Hyundai motor vehicle while in motion.
While driving towards Mushiru village, the driver apparently lost control of the motor vehicle that overturned several times. Resulting in all four suspects in their thirties being thrown out of the vehicle.
ROBBERS KILLED DURING HIGH-SPEED CHASE WITH POLICE IN MUSHIRU VILLAGE
After an accident, the members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were summoned to the scene. Three suspects were declared dead upon arrival at the scene and an undisclosed amount of cash was also discovered inside the motor vehicle.
One firearm believed to have been utilized during the commission of the crime was found a few kilometers away from the scene.
The sole survivor of the suspects was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. He is currently admitted with severe injuries while under police guard. The suspect will appear in court soon once he recovers from his injuries.
The deceased were positively identified at the scene and their identifications will be revealed soon upon further police investigations.
They ordered them to the owner’s house, who was not present. The suspects then grind the safe and ransacked the house. Stole items including two pellet guns, one shotgun, mattresses, clothes, bags, blankets, and cellphones amongst other properties.
They apparently loaded the stolen goods into the farm owner’s vehicle, a Mahindra bakkie with a trailer that was parked in the yard.
When the suspects were about to flee the owner arrived with another vehicle and confronted them. A shootout ensued, and the suspects bumped the owner’s vehicle. The suspects alighted from Mahindra and fled on foot.
The Police were immediately notified about the incident. A case of business robbery was opened while a manhunt for the suspects was activated.
THUGS ON THE RUN AFTER COMMITTING BUSINESS ROBBERY IN MUSINA
Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered the Police in Musina, Vhembe District to mobilize resources.
Anyone with information that can assist the Police in arresting the suspects involved should contact the investigating officer Sergeant Sitsula Dakalo at 064 829 8050/ 015 534 7401. Crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.
A 44-year-old Grandmother was arrested on Thursday, for alleged perjury and child stealing of her 20-day-old grandchild in Mbilwi Village, Limpopo. The incident took place at Tshidaulu, Mbilwi Village in the Vhembe District.
According to the Police report, on Tuesday 12 September 2023, the suspect went to sleep with her 16-year-old daughter and other children who share the same room.
The daughter was sleeping with her 20-day-old baby on another bed whilst the suspect slept on a separate bed. The next day on Wednesday 13 September 2023 at about 05:00, the teenager woke up to prepare herself to go and attend classes at a local School when she discovered that her daughter was missing.
A search for the infant was conducted but she was not found and a missing person case was immediately reported at Thohoyandou Police Station by the grandmother on behalf of her minor daughter.
GRANDMOTHER FROM MBILWI VILLAGE ARRESTED FOR STEALING HER GRANDDAUGHTER
Police commenced with the investigations and the grandmother of the child was contacted on her cellphone. She misled the Police by implying that she was at her workplace in Levubu.
Police investigations continued until it was discovered that the grandmother was not at her workplace. But was seen walking with a paper bag which she concealed at an unknown house in Tshidaulu, Mbilwi village.
Another search was conducted in the area with the assistance of the Makhado K9 unit Dog. The baby was later found abandoned in the house without any injuries and taken to the Trauma Center for safekeeping. The grandmother was interviewed about the matter and she cooperated with the Police. She also confirmed that she stole the baby and reported a false case of a missing person.
A 44-year-old woman was immediately placed under arrest for perjury and child stealing of her granddaughter. The baby was reunited with her mother.
The motive of this shocking incident is unknown at this stage but Police investigations are currently ongoing. The suspect is expected to appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrate court on Monday 18 September 2023.
Despite graduating in Information Technology Software Development Shikombiso Bila from Nghezimani Village has ultimately chosen fashion design as her path. Bila is from the Village situated outside Malamulele in the Vhembe District, Limpopo.
She obtained her IT qualification from the Tshwane University of Technology [TUT].
She says her journey started when she was just playing around with garments. Today she has dressed well-known people such as DJ Lady Shiks, Gigi LaMayne and also contributed to Sho Madjozi’s book Shoma and Stars.
“I grew up loving fashion and modeling so when I went to study IT in TUT, most of my friends picked it up that I was passionate about fashion,” she explains. “They advised me to enroll in a fashion course, but I went ahead with IT.”
But it was in 2017 that she eventually followed her calling and started the fashion design business.
“To me, it’s more than designing, I want to be part of people who will preserve the Xitsonga tradition or culture through fashion. Crocheting garments means expressing myself through fashion, but also taking into consideration the needs of my customers,” said Bila.
WHY SHIKOMBISO BILA CHOSE FASHION DESIGN OVER IT
One day Bila posted crochet hats on social media and people were interested, as they say, the rest is history.
“I decided to do it full-time. My goal is to have a production house and produce as many products as possible so that I can cater to the international market, which also means employing as many people as I can and solving unemployment.
“I would like to see young girls proud and celebrate heritage daily, I would like to see young girls rocking xibelani at a mall or any other place and being proud of it,” said Bila.
“I am motivated by seeing my customers happy with the outfits I make for them, that gives me joy and motivation to go on. It’s consistent, so do it over and over again until you become the best.
“Giving 100% effort every day, you’ll succeed. And don’t give up, try again and again until you reach where you want to be,” she said.
Although the crocheting industry is thriving internationally, she still faces a huge challenge in her own country.
“I love it when people take my work internationally as well. Business needs most of my time and life is also demanding, especially as a mother. I try by all means to balance my life and my work. But the best thing is to create working hours and stick to them so that I can spend time with my family and friends,” she said.
FAMILY SUPPORT IS EVERYTHING
“My father is my number one supporter, he’s the one who even pushed me to open my first shop. When I told my parents that I was going to be a designer full-time, my mom just said, go for it. As long as you’ll give your customers good service and I’ve been doing exactly that.
“My two sons are my inspiration, I am doing this for them so they know that success is a mindset. I want them to also go after their dreams,” she explains.
She advises other young women who want to follow in her footsteps. Start where they are with what they have.
Flamboyant Limpopo Prophet Innocent Muritho has caused yet another stir after throwing a lavish party for his dog Jackie, who turned seven. Prophet Muritho of the Faith of Talitha Koum Ministry is no stranger to causing controversy.
In 2021 Prophet Muritho raised eyebrows when he posted a series of compromising videos on social media while seemingly intoxicated. He was also seen boasting about his sexual escapades in the same videos.
He was widely condemned by his church members and the public and later apologised to his congregation for his actions.
But Saturday, 29 July, Muritho hosted the party at his church which is based in Sibasa, Vhembe District.
A cow was slaughtered to cater for the many guests who filled up the church. The guests were requested to give cash, instead of presents, to the dog. But his actions did not sit well with everyone who attended the party. However, the Prophet was unfazed by the negative reactions from the community.
PROPHET INNOCENT MURITHO DEFENDS LAVISH DOG PARTY
He defended his actions in a live Facebook post. “People can say whatever they want, but the fact remains that I love my dogs dearly,” he said.
“You complain about my money. Do we work together for this money? You worry about me not assisting the poor. How many have I helped, and how many have you helped? This is my dog, and I am going to host another party for him and also buy him a car. These dogs also have medical aid, mind you. I fell in love with dogs after I started watching the dogs’ channel on TV. If I have the means to spoil my dogs, what stops me from doing that?” he said.
A 44-year-old Man has been arrested for being caught in possession of 107 stolen TV screens at the China Mall in Musina. Abrar Jamel Hassen was caught on Monday at around 14:00 in the Vhembe District, Limpopo.
It is alleged that the Police were on duty in the area when they noticed a suspicious man carrying a TV. When the Musina businessman was approached and questioned, he reportedly failed to give sufficient answers on the stolen TV Screens.
When the Police further investigated, they discovered over 100 Samsung TV screens in a storeroom. The TVs were stolen during a hijacking incident in October 2022 in Vosloorus, Gauteng. The TV screens worth R 375 000 were subsequently Vosloorus.
MAN CAUGHT WITH 107 STOLEN TV SCREENS
Hassen appeared before the Musina magistrate on Wednesday. He is out on bail of R10 000 for possession of suspected stolen properties.
Despite all the challenges, including losing his job as a technician at Eskom, Fhatuwani Albert Matshili has been a goat farmer for more than a decade and is not looking back. Matshili is from Sinthumule Ha-Rathidili Village outside Makhado in the Vhembe District.
He has been farming Boer goats and is the owner of Kenreedy FA Farming Group for years. But Matshili has only recently begun to commercialise and expand his operation, aligning it with his ultimate goal of eventually going into stud production.
His main aim currently is to sell the goats for their meat value. He produces them not only for the consumer’s plate but for the lucrative cultural and traditional market, where goats for ritual sacrifice are always in demand.
“After losing a job as a technician at Eskom I have realised that I have to start with farming,” he said.
“The issue of farming started when I was about twelve years old when I was still herding other people’s animals. They used to pay by giving me a goat or cattle at the end of the year. That instilled the love of farming until now.
“I had about 134 cattle but I sold all of them due to a lack of graving space or farming spaces. The person I was renting from said he wants R100 per cattle per month, and I realised that if I pay him R100 per cattle I was going to spend more a month than selling castles,” explained Matshili.
GOAT FARMER FHATUWANI ALBERT MATSHILI
After acquiring a small-scale farm in SinthumUle Ha-Rathidili village, I then started to farm a Boer Goat. I want to see myself having more than 200 Boer Goats.”
Matshili says he decided to start his small livestock herd, and he never looked back.
“At times I don’t even notice the workload that comes with goat farming. It is important to choose the correct goat breed for your farming enterprise. I struggled at the start because I initially started with the wrong breed.
“Do your research properly, you need to know what breed to invest in. If I had started with a quality breed I would be a commercial farmer now,” he said.
He says there is a big market gap for goat meat and also for goat milk with people who are allergic to cow’s milk. “I am a qualified farmer now and I can select the goats and get the right breed,” he said.
Matshili also focuses on improving the genetic quality of her production herd, selecting according to the guidelines set out by the South African Boer Goat Breeders’ Society.
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