Eastern Cape refugees in the Western Cape

by Mike Fraser So black people who migrate from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape have now been afforded refugee status by Premier Helen Zille. The statement attributed to Helen Zille in which she is reported as referring to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as refugees is appalling,insensitive, degrading, insulting, and extremely dangerous. Her statement was in reference to a protest in Grabouw over overcrowding at a school populated by black … [Read more...]

Uitenhage Man up on kidnapping charge

A UITENHAGE man arrested in connection with a tense 16-hour hostage drama in Port Elizabeth earlier this week appeared in the Motherwell magistrate‘s court yesterday Xola Stanley Zembethe, 35, of Solundwana Street, is facing a charge of kidnapping following the incident in Motherwell. The state opposes granting bail to Zembethe, who will now have to bring a formal bail application on February 26. Zembethe allegedly threatened to douse his girlfriend‘s house with petrol following a long … [Read more...]

Agents find billionaire Stanford

FBI agents in the US state of Virginia have served Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford with civil legal papers from the US financial watchdog, the SEC. Sir Allen, who disappeared from public view on Tuesday when he was accused by the SEC of an $8bn (£5.6bn) fraud, is believed to be in the Richmond area. The SEC filed a civil case in court describing the case as a "fraud of shocking magnitude". He is not in custody and has not been charged with any criminal violations. But officials … [Read more...]

Herbalist jailed for 15 years over fraud

CRIMINAL activities by some foreigners were among the reasons behind xenophobic attacks which left several people dead and families displaced last year, the New Brighton Court heard. This was the view of magistrate NK Dungane when he jailed herbalist Garry Saum Ssempija for 15 years for defrauding a Uitenhage pensioner of R540000. The victim, Jurie Chessman Harris, had worked for VW for more than 30 years and received a substantial pension from the car manufacturer. In sentencing … [Read more...]

Bull gores farmer in Eastern Cape

Johannesburg - A 71-year-old farmer was gored to death by his own bull after it broke out of its pen on Wednesday in Kareedouw near Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said. Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said Alan Desmond Germond of Melkhoutkraal tried to get the bull back into its pen around 09:00. The bull charged and flung Germond into the air. He sustained an open wound to his stomach. He died on scene. The bull was shot and killed on the instruction of Germond's son who was on his … [Read more...]

Bus plan thrown into disarray

Sbongile Dimbaza and Mawande Jack HERALD REPORTERS CONSTRUCTION of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Nelson Mandela Bay has been thrown into disarray following new demands by taxi associations. Operators want the project to be completely redesigned to allow taxis free reign in the city and that new bus lanes be built in certain areas, including Uitenhage and Motherwell. The transport system, which is a national project and a Fifa prerequisite for all cities hosting World Cup matches … [Read more...]

2010 Soccer Sout Africa Are We Ready?

Johannesburg - Pretoria stadium Loftus Versfeld will become the first of 10 venues for the 2010 World Cup to open for action when it hosts a Premier Soccer League match on Saturday. The stadium's renovation has been completed, including the installation of a new roof on one of its four stands, ahead of the World Cup finals next year, South African organising committee officials said on Wednesday. Its capacity has been increased from 45,000 to 50,000. The venue, first built in 1906, is … [Read more...]

More than 7 000 chickens were slaughtered

More than 7 000 chickens were slaughtered at St Alabans Correctional Services, Uitenhage after they were found starving, said the SPCA on Friday. SPCA Uitenhage Inspector Mariska Herselman said she responded to an anonymous call alleging that chickens were starving at the centre on Thursday. She said what she found was "shocking and horrendous". "Chickens had been without food for so long that they were eating their own feathers and flesh, having already eaten the shavings in their … [Read more...]

Taxi bodies to discuss 2010 transport today

TAXI associations will meet the Integrated Public Transport Steering Committee in Port Elizabeth today to discuss their preferred design to facilitate the loading and offloading of passengers. The meeting comes after the municipality and taxi associations agreed last week that the Bus Rapid Transit system would be redesigned to accommodate all modes of transport instead of only buses. PE and District Taxi Association chairman Melekile Hani said the taxi association did not want to be … [Read more...]

Three men were stabbed to death

Three men were stabbed to death in three different incidents in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday. One of the three men was killed on Saturday evening following a squabble with his friend in Hankey, said Inspector Gerda Swart. A 29-year-old man was arrested shortly after the 5pm incident. "It is alleged that they were arguing when the arrested man grabbed a knife and stabbed his friend on the chest. We were called to the scene after the stabbed man died and made an arrest," … [Read more...]