Buxton man remanded in custody over murder


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Picture: Murder accused, Bakang Masibi who allegedly killed Tumelo Mosesane at Happy Valley tavern in Buxton

By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

A 27 year-old man from Buxton village in Taung briefly appeared at Taung Magistrate’s Court in Taung on Wednesday. Bakang Masibi was arrested for murder after he allegedly stabbed Tumelo Mosesane to death at Happy Valley tavern in Buxton on the 30th of December 2017.

Masibi allegedly stabbed Mosesane to death and poured his lifeless body with cold water afterwards. He was remanded in custody until 19 February 2018 for formal bail application.

Community members from Buxton village and other neighbouring areas packed the courtroom and called for no bail.

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Card-skimming case resumes in court


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By BAKANG MOKOTO

A fraud case against three Free State suspects will resume at Taung Magistrate’s Court on Monday and is expected to be transferred to Taung Regional Court. Mojalefa Springkan (30), Kgosana Tladi (49) and David Mokonyane (52) are facing a fraud case.

The trio was arrested in October 2017 at Taung Mall by South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Intelligence in partnership with Taung Police Station after a tip-off.

The suspects allegedly defrauded unsuspecting victims their hard-earned cash at the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across Dr Ruth Mompati district. The accused allegedly robbed a woman her Sassa card at Pudimoe complex in Pudimoe Location, near Taung before they proceeded to Taung Mall.

Pudimoe Police Station cluster spokesperson, Sgt Tebogo Thebe said: “The suspects were followed by the police from Pudimoe Location to Taung where they were allegedly stopped and searched. The police found loads of various bank cards in their possession. They were arrested and police confiscated the vehicle that they used during the commission of crime.”

The suspects were remanded in custody until their next appearance on 12 February 2018. They have previous fraud cases committed in Gauteng and Free State provinces. The fraud case against the suspects in Ficksburg in Free State has been struck off the roll because of lack of evidence against them.

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Baga-Maidi community welcomes mining rights permit


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Picture: (Batlhaping Baga-Maidi Community listening attentively regarding mining rights permit announcement) 

By REGINALD KANYANE

THE Batlhaping Baga-Maidi Tribal Authority community in Taung welcomed the mining rights permit. The Batlhaping Baga-Maidi Tribal Authority Chief, Kgosi Nnyoko Motlhabane addressed the community at Manthe Community Hall in Manthestad, near Taung on Saturday regarding new developments.

Motlhabane said this was a historical day for the community after many years of hardships and tribulations. He further said the mining right permit would assist the community to move away from poverty and starvation.

“The community occupied this land more than 100 years ago, but could not access the wealth beneath it due to the historical injustices inflicted by the apartheid system. Today after 23 years in democracy, the community obtained rightful ownership to the minerals in their land. We are now in the prospecting processes that will commence soon.

“We are grateful that the community trusted our leadership even though it took us longer than expected. We came across many challenges, but we never gave up. The prospecting processes normal take 5 years, but we are adamant that we will complete it in a year. We want to do it as soon as we can so that can make way for mining operation,” Motlhabane said.

He further said they would do bankable documents to invite potential investors. Motlhabane added that aim is to see the community controlling the wealth of the area.

“Any potential investor who will be operating here will operate under community’s conditions and regulations. The project will create job opportunities for young people because they will embark on a mentorship programme at Diamond School in Gauteng. The aim is to ensure that they acquire necessary skills to monitor the diamonds during sorting process.

“We will need proper monitoring especially during diamond sorting process. The project will also address socio-economic challenges such as unemployment, inequality and poverty. The authority will form development committees consist of community members. They will represent the community’s interest and ensure that everything is done overboard to avoid corruption, fraud and greed,” Motlhabane said.

One of community members, Nana Mogotsi said: “Mining project will assist us in addressing unemployment, inequality and poverty. We believe that our community will benefit and self-development is imminent. We want to commend buoyed Motlhabane for his fighting spirit.

Kutlwano Tikane (28) shared the same sentiments. Tikane who is self-employed, said this will also assist young entrepreneurs in the area.

“We are very grateful for the initiative and we hope this comes sooner rather than later. We know Taung is predominantly rural, but has wealth of raw minerals that need to benefit our people. We want to see changes after time of hardships, tribulations and injustices our people experienced in the past,” he said.

Boikie Madienyane (37) said: “This mining project is huge and mineral rights are valuable. We have been waiting for the permit and now things look brighter after prospecting process started. This will bring changes in the area and empower young people especially through education. We need new developments after all.”

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Learners fatal injured in accident near Pampierstad


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By KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

Few learners allegedly died in a terrible accident after a bus and a truck collision next to ER Motsoeledi School near Pampierstad. The police are at the scene and more details will follow soon. Northern Cape Police spokesperson, Capt Olebogeng Tawana said he is still gathering more details regarding the matter.

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Maphoitsile murder suspects remanded in custody


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Six suspects from Maphoitsile village, near Taung briefly appeared at Taung Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Itumeleng Kgong, Danisho Sokupha, Sylvester Cholobana, Charley Mokae, Bolokang Tlhomelang and Phenyo Mokoloi were arrested in connection of murder on Tuesday.

North West police spokesperson, Lt Col Adele Myburgh said the suspects between the ages of 22 and 54 were arrested in connection of Thabang Mathe’s murder. Mathe and his friend, Thapelo De Bryn were allegedly caught to be in possession of suspected stolen sheep last month.

The suspects were remanded in custody until Thursday for formal bail application.

Taung Anti-Crime organisation chairperson, Peggy Molathegi said: “The people have lost hope in the justice system and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), hence they take the law into their own hands. Stock-theft cases are very discouraging because they are not treated equivalent like robbery and murder.

“Those who steal from our people need to get harsher sentences because they trifling with livelihoods of many. Taung is predominantly rural and there is high rate of unemployment, inequality and poverty. There is no single stock-theft case that has successful conviction thus far.”

However, Molatlhegi said taking the law into your own hands is a criminal offence and urged people to refrain from that.

Source: Newsnote

 

Eskom Development Foundation Visits Vryburg School Over Entrepreneurship Programme


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By REGINALD KANYANE

The Eskom Development Foundation will host the Provincial Eskom Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Competition Awards at Huhudi High School, near Vryburg on Tuesday at 1pm. Eskom’s North West Operating Unit in Corporate Affairs division spokesperson, Mosetsanagape Mahole said Eskom’s Simama Ranta Entrepreneurship Competition aims to strengthen the South African economy through effective in-school entrepreneurship education for the youth.

“The competition was initiated in 2010 to address South Africa’s number one challenge which is youth unemployment.   Eskom’s partner in the delivery of Eskom’s Simama Ranta Entrepreneurship Education is an NGO called Education With Enterprise Trust (EWET).

“EWET has been working within the field of in-school entrepreneurship education since 1994.  Unemployment in South Africa has risen from 4.5% in 1995 to a staggering 25% in 2010. The experts agree that to address this challenge, we need to grow small business. So, one w​ay to do this is by developing a culture of entrepreneurship,” Mahole said.

​She further said on a deeper level, it is crucial that entrepreneurship education is supported in order to ensure that the youth play a part in strengthening the country’s economy through entrepreneurship. Mahole added that the Eskom Development Foundation aims to encourage this through its Eskom Simama Ranta Entrepreneurship Education High School Competition.

“Simama Ranta means empowering the South African economy through entrepreneurship education. The competition aims to identify and showcase those South African secondary schools that are exemplars in entrepreneurship education. The competition encourages learners to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice, taking charge of their career path by becoming job creators rather than job seekers.

“The EWET organisation has also devoted its knowledge, skills and talent to enhance enterprise education in high schools over a number of years. The initiative works in over 800 schools throughout South Africa, empowering educators to promote entrepreneurship and enhance teaching and learning in economic and management sciences,” Mahole said.

The competition is judged by a diverse panel representing the Basic Education department, the private sector, as well as experts in entrepreneurship education.

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Murder case against four suspects postponed  


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By REGINALD KANYANE

A murder case against four suspects was postponed by Taung Magistrate’s Court until 14 February 2018. Joel Tumo Phatudi( 39), Zwelinzima Mohapi( 23), Olebogeng Mgijima ( 25) and Lebogang  Serei ( 40) were arrested in June last year by North West Provincial Tracking team and Taung Detectives in Rooiwal, Taung.

North West police spokesperson, Lieutenant Col Pelonomi Makau said: “The suspects appeared in the Taung Magistrate’s Court and were remanded in custody. According to information received, three accused, Phatudi, Mohapi and Mgijima entered the Funeral Parlour owned by Kgomotso Serei in Taung and demanded money.

“An argument ensued between the owner and the accused. It is alleged that in the process, Phatudi shot Kgomotso Serei and they ran away. Preliminary investigations revealed that Lebogang Serei, the fourth accused who is the stepson to the deceased allegedly plotted the murder.”

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