Batho Batsho Bakopane (B3) Insurance Brokers, in partnership with Mamelodi All Stars Foundation hosting the inaugural Jan “Malombo” Lechaba Easter 16 tournament at Muckleneuk Grounds, Mamelodi West. The tournament started on 19 April 2019 and will finish tomorrow, 22 April 2019.
This was done to honour football legend Jan Malombo Lechaba who retired 2 decades ago, for his contribution in the football industry to ensure the community of Mamelodi have a platform to showcase their football talent. He started this contribution in the beginning of his professional football career in 1973.
Finals will be taking place tomorrow where we will celebrate the ultimate Trophy champ and the following prices won by the four best teams: 1st- R50 000, 2nd-R 25 000 and 3rd and 4th- R 5000 each.
61-year-old Shot And Other Wounded During Extension22 Flats Eviction
The Red Ants and other law enforcement agencies used rubber bullets to disperse residents who were living in Nellmapius, Extension 22 flats on Monday morning. This happened after residents claimed to have held several meetings with previous Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga and housing and settlement MMC Mandla Nkomo. The meetings took place after the local elections and they were assured the flats belonged to them. Residents moved in flats last month.
They said they are fed up with empty promises and have been on the waiting list for a long time. Most of them said to have no where else to go. During the eviction, a number of people were left sitting on the side of the road with their belongings. According to a source, at the point, Red Ants started shooting at the crowd as well as some of the people who were standing around the apartments.
Many of them said they would not allow voting to take place until this matter is resolved. Although people moved in unfinished flats with no water and electricity installed yet, they said they were prepared to pay rent and finish the units themselves as they were desperate for homes. Community members also said the apartments had been left open and unfinished for around three years. Many refused to leave the area until government intervene in this matter. A 61-year-old woman was reported shot in the leg and several other people were wounded during the eviction.
Mamelodi Taxi Association today 10 April 2019, on strike due to the money they are forced to pay to Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela. Residents were burning tyres since 5am this morning on Tsamaya and Solomon Mahlangu Drive. Buses also can’t operate and left commuters stranded. Rumor says the taxi drivers started paying R55 to the association and now the’re forced to pay R200 to Vusi. Bheki Cele on his last meeting with Mamelodi residents said that the taxi drivers should stop paying Vusi until his case is resolved. The association planned to have a meeting with the drivers today. It is not yet known what are the outcomes of the meeting.
When Junior Stephen Baloyi, an entrepreneur from Pretoria, Mamelodi launched SJAY ARTWORKS with a slogan titled “BRINGING VISION TO LIFE” in 2016, he wanted to create a niche business which was to make posters for local businesses around Mamelodi. He did not make money in the first place and wanted his work to be seen by his potential customers. He then started running events with a team around Mamelodi.
“We used to host events at one of the pubs in Mamelodi west but I then thought is not really what I want to do, we all had different ideas and visions and goals and people don’t know what you actually looking for. We later formed an event company management called divergence and collaborated with few others around Mamelodi but I later left the group, said Junior Baloyi.
If we were to sell different ideas in Mamelodi we would all be successful entrepreneurs. The problem with being an entrepreneur especially in Mamelodi, is that we do not support each other financially although you learn what to do and what not to do in business in the end. I’ve learned to have my own code of conduct for my company to avoid people taking advantage especially when coming to payments. He mentioned that he has gained a lot of exposure in the industry and even learned how to be a DJ, events marketing, Own HR and branding. That has helped him to find himself of a massive brand and poster making that has been growing far beyond his original vision. He’s rolling with it adapting right alongside his one-man company.
Junior has been in the industry for 3 years. He still pursue doing more to develop others in Mamelodi and to get his business abroad. “My work motivates me, I believe more in putting words into a picture and seeing my work out there inspire me to do more”, said Junior. He had people who mentored him throughout his journey, although he has done most of the work to get himself at a peak and some of those people were very inspirational to him, one of them being Ron Epidemic who is a producer and produced for popular artists. He influenced him positively in the journey and that tough Junior perseverance and humbleness.
“My sense of focus helped me to be where I am today, responsibilities made me want to be in this business and work for someone at the same time, I always thought it wasn’t enough to live off. I invest more time and money in myself and company to generate more income”, said Junior.
Junior says for those who pursue being in the same business, grasp your skill, everyone has their own way of designing things, use your own designing skills, get your skills right and don’t be in it for money! In few months time, he said he will want to see himself having his own space of work and have a team to work with.
As guests gathered for this launch, I’d say it was more than just an afternoon dedicated to Mamelodians
From left to right: Edmond Masemola, Kabelo Mabona, Evelyn Zondo, Tiyiselani Mukhari & Neo Rakoma
Howard Zondo launched his book on Saturday at Blueroon in Pretoria Central. The launch was more about changing from pain and disappointments his mom went through into success of his son.
How he was raised played a crucial role into who he has become.
“I’m grateful for everyone who attended to make the launch an absolute success”, said Howard Zondo.
His supporters, Edmond Masemola, Kabelo Mabona, Evelyn Zondo, Mr Tiyiselani Mukhari and Neo Rakoma were all there to give him their full support for his accomplishment.
Tiyiselani Mukhari, a founder of Rich Learning Mentorship Programme for Boys, prepared a speech for guest to know where and how he met with Zondo and also shared his experience in his journey.
“That was impressive especially when he launched his book without even a sponsor, I wish we had more time after the launch for networking purposes”, said one of the guests Mr Matlhaga.
Not only Mamelodians have attended the event, some people came from Cape Town, Brits, Tembisa, Soshanguvhe and Johannesburg. Howard said that he was happy that his mom’s dream became true because of his gift and hard work. The event saw socialite including poets, singers, a play (drama) on stage and everyone coming together to support and making the launch an absolute success. Three more events are to come.
Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela is currently waiting on judgement after he abandoned bail – Lawyer convinced High Court his arrest was violating his rights.
Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela’s lawyer arrived at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria on Friday after he convinced the high court that Mathibela’s arrest was violating his human rights. In the mean time Vusi is waiting on Judgement of his arrest after he abandoned bail. Mathibela’s co-accused had been given R25000 bail each for being involved in allegedly intimidating Mamelodi business people including taxi operators who were forced to pay protection fee. Annelise van den Heever, who was representing Vusi in court said that he could have obtained his bail if he chose to. However, he chose to challenge his arrest as he believes that his arrest was unlawful. She raised a fact that Vusi’s arrest did not have a warrant of arrest or an affidavit required by law. She also mentioned that her client was taken to Mamelodi by police and added that his house was searched illegally but when he tried to bring the matter of his arrest to the attention of the magistrate’s court, he was told to take his complaint to a civil rights court.
Vusi ‘Khekhe’ Mathibela was granted bail after immediate application declaring his arrest was unlawful.
Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela and his co-accused, Elias Skhosana and Stemer Monageng’s Attorney yesterday said the charges laid against them must be dropped as what they were accused of was declared inconsistent. They appeared in Pretoria Magistrate Court on Friday, 22 March for an ongoing bail hearing and his application was accepted by the court. They are accused of extorting money and intimidating businesses and taxi owners in Mamelodi. According to the charge sheet, read by the state prosecutor earlier this week, the three of them are facing schedule five charges as the amount they allegedly extorted was just over R600 000. On the other hand, the investigation officer, testified on the same day that the accused actually demanded millions in exchange to protect the development of Denneboom Mall in Mamelodi West.
“I’d say millions. They were demanding R2 million a month for protecting the project. They also wanted another 30% [of the contract] which we haven’t calculated yet”, said the investigative officer, Vongani Shihangule.
He added that witnesses have also accused Monageng of getting contracts for his security company through intimidation. It is suspected that more money than the allocated amount will be lost on the project due to such circumstances. More people are expected to come forth with evidence against the other suspect, Skhosana. He was urged not to go anywhere near malls or people at the moment until further notice. Officer Shihangule opposed bail of the two accused, stating that witnesses still felt intimidated while the extorted deals were still standing. However Mathibela, known as “Number 1 Tsotsi”, had abandoned bail, as an urgent application to regard his arrest unlawful was accepted by the High Court in Pretoria yesterday. According to his defense, his arrest was unlawful as the arrest warrant against him was not presented when he handed himself over. The court was to decide on a date for the urgent application. Mathibela is now on bail.
The alleged No1 Tsotsi Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela will wait until Friday to find out if they grant him a bail at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Elias Skhosana and Stemmer Monageng appeared in court as they were also accused of intimidating and extorting money from Mamelodi business people for so called “protection fee”. They both submitted affidavits stating that the court did not need to keep them in police custody for justice to be served.
Vusi’s counsel has last week announced that he was temporarily abandoning his bail application and instructed his counsel to lodge an urgent high court application to challenge the legality of his arrest.
Vusi Khekhe handed himself over to the police in Germiston on Tuesday night. This happens after the suspect was accused of allegedly been part of a group “terrorising” Mamelodi community. Police had obtained a warrant for Vusi Reginald Mathibela also known as “Vusi Khekhe” following cases of extortion, intimidation and assault claimed against him.
“The long arm of the law knows no boundaries, and will forever take its course no matter who you are. Residents of Mamelodi have been living in fear for far too long, the authority of the State will be felt and heard in all corners of South Africa” said Cele.
“We shall continue to stay true to our mission as the police to prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community and investigate all crimes and further ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”
Police said three of the suspects, Zwelibanzi Ngubane, Justice Khumalo and Asante Alfred were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms. They all appeared in the Alexander Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were released on R2000 bail each and their case was postponed to April for further investigation. Police further revealed that the fourth and fifth suspects, Elias Skosana and Kompi Stemmer Monageng were charged with extortion, intimidation and assault. While the sixth suspect was released pending further investigations on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm.
“We are confident that Vusi Reginald “Khekhe” Mathibela has cases to answer to”, said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole.
Khekhe is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon. The date is not yet finalised.
Police arrested two men for allegedly extorting and intimidating Mamelodi residents including business people appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday. This happens after Minister Bheki Cele and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane recently launched a specialised unit of officers in Mamelodi, following complaints of extortion and intimidation. The two suspects are believed to be working for Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela. Elias Skhosana, 41, and Stemer Monageng, 51, appeared in connection with their alleged involvement in the extortion and intimidation. Four other suspects whom also suspected to be involved in the same case, appeared at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court for alleged possession of illegal firearms. police said they will check if this firearms are not linked to any crime. Bheki Cele, announced on Saturday morning at the funeral service of slain Matwetwe actor Sibusiso Khwinana that the police had arrested the suspects on Friday. on his statement, he said that no taxi boss would be allowed to walk around with heavily armed security guards in the township. Although, Mathibela and Skhosana have always denied being involved in extortion and intimidation of Mamelodi business people. Skhosana and Monageng are expected to appear in court on Friday for bail applications.
Minister of Police, Bheki Cele declared that he need 3 weeks to deal with Mamelodi’s Number 1 Tsotsi. This happens after Minister Cele and General Leutenant Mawela engaged with the community of Mamelodi East on issues of safety and security yesterday at International Assemblies of God Church.
“It’s time we show him who the real boss is. We are not going to be ruled by gangsters here. If needs be we will die in Mamelodi,” said Cele.
The Minister said they would establish a permanent special police unit in Mamelodi if needed to deal with the alleged criminal. The unit is expected to start an operation in Mamelodi. “His senders must go tell him that I said so. We are not going to be run by a thug. We want no blood, but if needs be, then let it,” said Cele.
The alleged criminal is said to be terrorising the community. one of the resident raised an issue that he is extorting businesses in the community, monopolizing drugs sales, ruling taxis owners and collecting R 200 form them. It was also claimed that shop owners pay between R250 and R600 a month for “protecting fee”.
Mr Cele issued an instruction to the police saying that they should make sure the allegedly criminal doesn’t die. Most of the residents who were there to speak for themselves fear that they were digging their own graves. Rumor in Mamelodi says anyone speaking about or against him will normally be taken care of violently by the allegedly criminal gang or people who work for him. Premier David Makhura also promised to deal with the man a week ago.
Howard Zondo, Mamelodi based young author will be publishing his second book titled “Lessons From A Domestic Worker”.
The book will be released on the 30th of March 2019. When Mamelodi Happenings approached the author and asked what this book is about, his answer was “The book is birthed with an idea that our struggles are the symbols of hope.
We are connected by hardship because without them there would be no communal goal to seek better lives”. This includes issues of employment, fatherless, recession in the economy and children becoming parents.
Background Information By Howard Zondo
I am raised by bottles she used to pick up in a club. I grew up unprivileged and never had a place called home. I am sharing lessons that I believe children and parents can implement to change their circumstances.
The Tricky Part
The challenges were having to share the pain he gone through and struggles that were deeply connected to him and his fear that it might be too soon to share. This is the part of his life that he lived and he’s hoping that with his story shared many will be liberated.
Lesson one is the most favorable chapter because it incorporate all the struggles and also motivation that pushed him to fight hard and shift from the hardship. He was emotional when sharing the story as he kept this from himself.
Why You Should Buy This Book
Howard Zondo made it clear that we all face crisis in life and at times we wonder what purpose they serve into our lives.
This lessons are given to you as a blessing and will surely benefit you no matter where you coming from.
I’m excited to let you know that you are also recommended to write your own book but Zondo’s advice is research first before starting the process and have a unique content. “Great books are not defined by the length of pages but rather the fulfillment of ideas and original intent of it”, said Howard Zondo.
Sonto Makhafula, Gatang LRC President encourages students to stay at school and study. This happens after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) National Shutdown takes place. Makhafula as a student, she’s concerned that the school never received 100% pass rate and feels that they as students should fight for 100% pass rate at the end of the year. She reported live to SABC News this morning. Teachers are not yet reached for comment. COSATU says it has resorted to Wednesday’s nationwide strike against job losses because government has been refusing to sign the minimum service delivery agreement. This lead to student being stranded as teachers are going to join the march and leaving schools early. Other schools in Mamelodi are also expected to cut school short.
Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela was appointed Gauteng Police Commissioner this morning in Mamelodi East Police Station.
This happened after Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange resigned last year October 2018.
Premier David Makhura together with the Minister of Police General, Bheki Cele and MEC for community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane announced his appointment.
Mawela held top positions in the South African Police Service (SAPS) such as Divisional Commissioner of the Division: Operational Response Service, as well as head of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS).
General Cele described Mawela as a seasoned police officer and added that he will use his experience to “nail criminals”.
When I was reading an article this morning about this movement I felt that Nkosana Makate must get a compensation from Vodacom because is the right thing for the company to do. It came to my attention that Vodacom hasn’t paid since Nkosana since 2000 when he invented the ‘Please Call Me’. Reports revealed that Nkasana invented it while still working for Vodacom.
According to patent Act 1977, the employee is not entitled to compensation if his/her invention belongs to the employer, but if the employee’s invention belongs to them and the employer benefits from it, the employee should be awarded compensation by employer. To my understanding, Nkosana was working for Vodacom and invented “Please Call Me’ of which in my opinion the idea is his and yet he’s not compensated for it.
It’s such an exceptional benefit that Nokosana had demonstrated but yet this matter is not yet resolved even after Court. On the other hand, Vodacom offered Nkosana R 49 Million, he did not take the offer as he thought it was an insult and he wants to settle for R 70 billion. My question here is, is this about whether or not he get compensated for his invention or how much he should be compensated for? I read that Vodacom maintains their offer that Nkosana has rejected and they are expected to resolve this matter at 10am today.
I believe the court was supposed to ensure that it secures for Nkosana “a fair share because Vodacom’s benefit from it. I mean is up to them and the Court to decide whether the sum the inventor was entitled to in compensation should be based on the actual amount made by Vodacom to the patent or the hypothetical amount that the company could have made in almost 20 years. I’m not trying to sound like I’m a lawyer but the fact here is Nkosana must be compensated. I believe that invention is of a great success and he deserves better. Although I haven’t concluded whether the R 70 billion is enough or too much for compensation.
Nthabeleng Lesole, Mamelodi West artist well known as Darlianoh is famous for her sizzling guitar skills and sensational voice. The artist is one of the rare talents to come out of Pretoria. For the most part, Nthabeleng works for Afro Live Radio at the same time making her way up to the music and radio industry. She procured her first guitar when she was 13 years-old and that’s when she also started writing her first lyrics. “I recorded my first song when I turned 14 with Dr T SA,” she told Mams Music Gallery. “It was a house song called Mixed Emotions. It was included in Soul Provider’s compilation album.” said Nthabeleng. On her music journey where she started at an early age with so much energy and commitment, she recorded with Hip-Hop group Big Sharks at the age of 17. On her statement, she mentioned that she loves Hip-Hop a lot. “I was happy at the time and that’s where I met Russianoh and Young Slouda although I work independently as an artist.” Darlianoh also worked on Russianoh’s 2018 Feelings Da Mixtape, featuring the talented rapper on the song Feelings alongside the poet Casey.
‘I want people to understand how I feel’ Darlianoh said, she added that her style of writing is different from other artists as she is influenced by a lot of Neo Soul, Jazz, Blues and Hip-Hop. “Watching a lot of musicians you get to have your own unique sound. My sound is un-explainable but very experimental. Whatever sound that is good in my ears and I can make something that I will be proud of, that’s what goes for me. “My sound differs. I don’t have a constant sound. But you can recognize my voice.” Darlianoh released two songs in October of 2018: Love featuring Uni Sighman and Brotha Please featuring the same Uni Sighman.
She explains why she worked with Uni Sighman on these two joints and that the records describe her love life and where she is today. “I met Uni Sighman in 2018. When he played (a guitar) I immediately asked if we could write a song. He played and I sang. I then wrote Love. “After meetings and hang outs, one day we were jamming and that’s when Brotha Please came up. We didn’t put it on paper but only wrote it when we were about to record it. “I can say in 2018 there was a lot of love in my life. I was happy about that. That’s why I released the songs and to also remind people that there is still an artist called Darlianoh. I haven’t recorded anything ever since I started being independent. These are the first songs since I went solo.” The Love singer says she’s working on her EP and promise to release the project later this year 2019.
She’s currently working with a management company Pam Zee that aims to promote the EP. Darlianoh’s other talent is been a radio presenter. In 2018 she was an Afternoon Drive show co-presenter alongside Bennet Gadget at Tshwane Capital Live online radio station based in Mamelodi. Although she isn’t working there anymore, she scored another radio gig set to begin in January 2019. “I started working on radio last year (2018). I always wanted to work on radio. I used to copy what other presenters were doing. I was listening to radio a lot. “I talk a lot when I am alone. It helps to mimic people. I accompanied my friend to the auditions (of Capital Live). I just sat there with them like I was also in the line for auditioning. They asked who wanted to go first and I stood up. I didn’t want to let go of that chance. “I started talking about random things like being an art activist. I acted like I was on radio. After that everyone asked me if I had been on radio before. I had no radio experience at that time. They were impressed. “I worked there from June 2018. I learned a lot. I learned how to present, produce and create content. I was also responsible for the content on the afternoon show.
I came up with everything until I got the co-host (Gadget). We would then help each other with content. She confessed that around first week of November she couldn’t do it anymore as she was a volunteer. “We didn’t get paid as we were volunteering. It was supposed to be for three months. I couldn’t pay back people who gave me money for transport to work everyday. I then looked for work (retail work). “But I got a proposal from another radio station, Afro Live radio. It is new online radio. We are going to start on the 16th of January 2019.
“They want me to be a presenter for the same field: The afternoon drive. This is awesome. I am going to work there. “Retail work is not really for me. I understand that I was made for an entertainment industry. But music is my first lover. I am grateful that I can do other things on the side. My radio career is blossoming as well so I am ready to represent Mamelodi in every area of my career. “I also plan to go to Idols this year. I hope everyone could be able to vote and watch out for me. I am ready,” she concluded.
Rachel Tsetsewa, a student from Ribane-laka Secondary School in Mamelodi East, could not contain her excitement after she obtained 7 distinctions and got 96% -Life Orientation, Accounting-90% and Life Sciences-89%. Others were disappointed when they found out their unanticipated results.
“I’m really excited and also surprised that I got all 7 distinctions. I wasn’t expecting this because I didn’t do well in June, my marks we really low and I started working hard to be able to pass”.
She added that she’ll be studying Accounting Sciences at University Of Pretoria. According to Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, the 2018 matric results has improved by 3.1 percent from the 75.1 % achieved in 2017. Motshekga announced on Thursday, 03 January 2019, the 2018 overall pass rate including progressed pupils stands 78.2%.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been congratulated for his contribution to the province’s 87.9% matric pass rate. Gauteng has the highest matric pass rate in the country.
Hip-hop artist Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada, a fast growing artist continues to manifest his career in the music industry. Today Mamelodi Happenings is continuing to celebrate his success and achievements. Don Dada had numerous achievements for the year 2018.
Speaking of 2018 achievements, Viva Mandela track – certified Multi-platform with 4 months of release (19th July 2017 -31st December 2017) since the beginning of 2018.
-On the 23rd of April 2018 he launched his Viva Mandela ft The Mahotella Queen on the official Mandela 100 Day on stage at Constitutional Hill.
-He accomplished a tribute track Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela ft Afripella choir and he was privileged to perform it on the first Black Deok memorial service held in Newton.
-His Hip-Hop4life radio segments online FB Live moved from 20k views per episode and that also attracted international attention.
-The international attention open doors for new and great opportunity where Don was invited to a 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award Winning Everton Blender and Reggae Power House Band. The track Jah is good track supported by Bob Marley’s *Tuff Gong International distribution will be available digitally.According to Lyla Gibbons, Don Dada is the first in Africa to be offered such a deal.
-He released his first reggae EP titles 24 hours and had interviews on both local and international countless radio stations. On top of all his experience, he was invited in Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Summit 2018 as a panelist.
This year 2019:
-His Jah Is Good single and music video will be available commercially via Tuff International Distribution on Friday the 4th January 2019.
-He received an official invite from Reggae Power House Band to perform his Jah Is Good Track on the 2019 edition of Bob Marley’s birthday tribute concert in Jamaica.
After so much he has accomplished in 2018 and beginning of 2019, Don Dada is planning a tour for USA/Canada tour within the first quarter of 2019. There’s still more coming from a dedicated and committed fast-growing artist.
New Year’s Eve has to be one of the most expensive nights of 2018. Mamelodi at this time of the month (December) Zi khipha even more!
People enjoyed Motsepe Foundation, Dhino Cafe’s you can name them… Usually money is spent on alcohol, food, transport etc but tonight a little bit of expense is added which makes the night even more expensive, FIRE WORKS!
Almost everyone is going or already went to local fire works store to get some for New Year’s celebration. This is the most crucial time that individuals should look after their families, partners, friends and themselves. Happy New Year everyone, may God the good lord keep you save and walk you through the door of 2019. Stay blessed!
Editor- Everyone should consider taking HIV/AIDS test at least every year. According to stats, everyone who are at high risk for HIV infection should get tested every 3 to 6 months. I suggest if you have been engaging in a behavior that will put you at risk for contracting HIV infection get tested as often as you can. When talking about risk, I’m referring to having penetrative unprotected sex and using drugs with unsterilised needles.
As we all know that HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Aids- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Of course, we feel okay and not ill at the moment but that does not mean we don’t have the diseases. We are either infected or affected by it. We will never know until HIV attacks the cells and the immune system get weak and not able to fight the disease and when that happens, the HIV infection can lead to Aids and that will be too late.
This is why is important to get tested and seek for medical treatment if you are positive as soon as possible. We don’t want to leave it until late do we?
Today as we celebrate World Aids Day, make sure you get tested and know your status. This is free! Especially in public hospitals or clinics. Some of you have lost hope thinking that you can’t be saved but Hey, although there’s no cure for it, but with proper medical care it can be controlled.
Anyone can become infected with HIV by engaging in unprotected sex (Vaginal, anal or oral) or other types of sexual behavior with HIV positive person. The infection spread through blood and genital fluids including pre-seminal fluids and semen (pre-cum and cum). If you’re having sex it is important to know the risks of all different types of sexual behavior to protect yourself and others from contracting the disease.
We are all in this, we are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Know your status!
Mams Mall was officially opened today in Mahube, Mamelodi East. Workers started preparing for the opening and operation of the shops on Tuesday.
“It was hard but exciting when we started preparing on Tuesday, we had a lot of stock to take in and pack and we managed”, said Patience Bethula, one of the workers in Mr Price.
Most of the shoppers around the area looked very happy to be in the mall, lot of them were there to shop, some in the restaurants, and some were even there for movies. There was also entertainment for the kids at the play area includes face painting, free balloons, free hats, music and a magician to entertain the crowd. Free hats were mostly given to shoppers who spent R 200 and more.
Photo: Itshokeng Nkadimeng
I’m really happy about the mall, they brought us everything we needed, we are not struggling with transport it’s just a walking distance to get here”, said Jane Magoshi from Lusaka.
Her friend who was there to shop also said that they have seen most of the shops and they have everything anyone would want to buy” said Maria Mahlobogoane.
Photo by: Itshokeng Nkadimeng
“I’ve started working today, it’s exciting, the crowd is ok and it doesn’t bother me at all”, said one of the security guards in the mall, Ntsako Hlongwane.
She added that it was challenging to get a job but she managed to get thought as she took a lot of effort to it.
The security confirmed at the time, that there was no crime or violence reported during the busy time of the mall, except for the protest outside the mall which did not affect anyone inside the mall. It is not yet known how many stores are built, how many people are expected to work and how many jobs opportunities available for more people to apply.
Areyeng buses were not operating this morning due to the bus that was damaged at Denlyn in Mamelodi on Thursday. The bus driver confirmed that the company will be addressing them today. “We had a meeting last Thursday with the CEO of the company, we listed a number of issues we are facing as workers, one of them being the issue of overload which is putting passengers and drivers lives at risk, I was not happy about the response from the CEO”, said one of the bus drivers who does not wish to be named. He added that he was expecting the CEO to say that there will be new buses to resolve the matter instead they were told to stop carrying beyond their legal and safe capacity. Many commuters were left due to bus overload which lead to anger and damage to one of the buses. “I’m going to use a taxi as an alternative because the buses are not operating, I’m not happy the bus is cheaper and going to the taxi is causing me more money”, said a bus commuter, Lindiwe Masombuka. The other user Nini Mampye, added that the company does not care about them because they know how many buses are needed seeing from the number of bus cards that are being sold. Areyeng can’t be reached out for comment at the moment. More updates to follow.
Twenty six suspects have been arrested around Tshwane East Cluster over a period of 24 hours in various police operations. According to the statement given by the police, the police are set to intensify these actions heading to the upcoming holidays as more criminals are more likely to target the public during that period. The South African Police Service (SAPS) urged the public to comply and cooperate with the rule of law. “Largely, Monday is the day on which many of these suspects start appearing in court for crimes they have committed over the weekend”, said the police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that these crimes include, murder, rape, house-breaking, attempted theft, malicious damage to property, drinking and driving, shoplifting, violation of protection order, selling liquor without license, assault and dealing with drugs.
A suspect who’s associated with house robbery in Midrand was recovered in Mamelodi East on Thursday night. This happened after the arrest of a 32 year-old suspect for alleged seizure of drugs. According to the statement given on behalf of the station commander, the police were attending a domestic altercation in extension 18 where the suspect lived which has led them to intervene the matter. When the police arrived, a bullet was spotted on the table and later the same day they found drugs that a resolver had stolen four years ago in Midrand during house robbery. “The suspect is going to be charged for dealing with drugs, possession of unlicensed firearm and possibly charges for domestic violence”, said the Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that the suspect will appear in Mamelodi court. The date of the court is not yet confirmed.
Vusi Khekhe rejected all allegations that he is allegedly involved in. This was known after the interview on Mams Radio on Wednesday. According to the interview, the allegations were reported by the community members at the station which has lead to the station calling out for an interview with Vusi. Some of the allegations involve people torturing, threatening and taking money from residents “using Vusi’s name”. “I want to be more active to the community as there are a lot of speculations around my private life. I want to make things right for people’s sake”, said Vusi Khekhe. During the interview, Vusi mentioned that he is running a family business which is transport, construction and security. He added that he is an active member of Mata taxi’s Association. When he was asked how he felt about these allegations from the community, he said that he is heart broken and his family is not happy to hear all that. “I know nothing about all these allegation this is why I’m here today and accompanied by the SAPS. There is a program that we are running collectively with the SAPS to clear my name”, said Vusi. He suggested that people must come to the station, report and leave their numbers, especially those who lost their money in Vusi’s name. The Mamelodi East Police Spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe was invited as a guest to the show. “We came here with this rumours, there’s a say that where there’s smoke there’s fire and vise versa. As the SAPS we won’t sit back and fold our arms. We are happy that we have this platform today and as the SAPS we ask listeners who have any case to come forth. When Mamelodi Happenings contacted the spokesperson to confirm about the program, he said that he was not aware of it, it hasn’t started yet. Captain Mbewe confirmed that there is no case opened against Vusi Keke at the moment. Captain Mbewe and the show hoster declined to comment on other statements discussed on the interview. Vusi Khekhe could not be reached out for comment at this stage.
Don Dada was invited to take a 3 city Kenya Concert tour with Jamaican crew- Everton Blender, an award winning Jamaican artist.
Lyla Gibbons confirmed that the tour was successful.
This happened after a HipHop4Life #DADAFriday was LIVE on Facebook, Don Dada received and accepted an interview on a Montreal Canada radio – Wadadli Vybz that broadcasts in New York. Jamaica was listening in and that lead to an invite and inclusion of Don Dada and his artist Somalia Mejane aka Seed Under on a very successful 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award winning Jamaican Artist Everton Blender and the Reggae PowerHouse Band.
He Continued To Concur
From his tour in Kenya he went to Nombasa on the 15th of September, Nairobi on the 18th of September, Kimusu on the 22nd. He then went to Zimbabwe where he was a panelist for Zim Hip-hop summit 2018. Don Dada in the entertainment industry has achieved a great deal as a Hip-Hop artist and social influence in South Africa since he made his debut on the 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage.
His Radio segment HipHop4Life #DADAFriday on the 1912OnlineRadio recently celebrated its 1 year anniversary. The Facebook LIVE broadcast has become so popular, it currently has a weekly average of 30k views and attracted viewers in Canada, New York and Jamaica.
His original VIVA Mandela song reaching Multi-Platinum within a short 4 months of release.
“My names, Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada are a true reflection that I am destined for greatness. The name Menelik is derived from King Menelik of Ethiopia direct descended of King Solomon and Queen Sheba.
Don Dada had the privilege of meeting Tata Madiba’s granddaughter
Ndileka Mandela and he managed to give her the 3 singles – Viva Mandela, Viva
Mandela remix ft Mahotella Queens and Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela.
Don Dada has an amazing and inspiring narrative with achievements that are a rarity and are extraordinary for an independent artist, it gives hope and encourages commitment, dedication and perseverance.
One of our own Tomic Sibiya, Mamelodi artist known as DJ Crucial fighting his way through to the top!
One his track called Modouva, Mamelodi Lingo and Pitori Taal rocks in Germany Central Town. “Music is an international language, we just touched in Germany, it’s good to see a song rise from the dusty streets of Mamelodi East and take a stroll in Germany Central Town”, said DJ Crucial.
His friend, Jabu Mdaka (Jabu The Celeb), who went to Germany for a sport (football freestyler) competition assisted in getting the track on the streets of Germany. According to Jabu The Celeb, most people liked the track, especially his international friends which got the track popular.
“I was playing the song on the background while I was with my friends and they liked it, I haved shared and exchanged the track with some of them digitally. I personally liked the track and took intiative to share with Germany and international friends”, said Jabu.
DJ Crucial wish to motivate others. On his statement he encouraged them to stay focused and humble and he that knows will always make a way. He also thanked for the public’s support and critics on the track and mention that their post and shares means a future to them. The team is looking forward to distribute the track internationally and ensure its availability on the online store.
Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy was full of praise for his charges after they saw off Mamelodi Sundowns, who he feels is the best team in the land. Soccer Laduma shared this article online.
This happens after Cape Town city head coach told Supersport that Sundowns is the best team in our land. He added that the team has got best players and can make it difficult for you as a player.
“When you have a game of this magnitude and you keep clean-sheet you have to praise your players. The effort the players gave, they gave everything. It was only a matter of time until that goal was going to come because we piled on the pressure,” insisted the former Bafana Bafana marksman.
He concluded that the set-piece is what they are good at. He mentioned that they practiced it so it’s good to see that one of them came off. He was happy for the boys although it was only 45 minutes. The team is hoping to make it to the finals.
The march against the gang rape of a Mamelodi woman known as Jeanette was held on Thursday 16 August 2018 and the organizers are happy with the results. The march started at Maseko all the way to Mamelodi West police station and it attracted a number of local residents, school children. The organizers were happy that the residents of Mamelodi came in numbers and supported the deliverance of the Memorandum that was received by acting police commander Mr Choeke.
Jabulani Musi who is a member of a Civil Organization #NotInMyName that organized the march says that they are giving the police fourteen days to respond to the memorandum.
He also added that they will be organizing more programs to make sure Mamelodi becomes the safest place for its residents.
“The march was a success because we managed to make it here even though the police intimidated and sabotaged some of the people who wanted to join the march,” Jabulani told Mams Media.
“They were pushing the message that this is a violent march hence they sent through their cars to intimidate people. But it was a successful march and we are still going to host more successful programs as #NotInMyName.” Jabulani added that they expect to receive a response from the police in a given period of fourteen days and if not received by that time they will take action.
“If they don’t come back to us we will come back to them,” he continued. “We will show them that we are here for the people. If they (police) are afraid to arrest people, we will arrest those people and bring them to the police station.
“We will show them. We will do the job on their behalf. We will make that whoever (SAPS members) is responsible for overlooking the criminality gets fired at work.
“We are tired of seeing the police in their uniforms lazy to do their work. We are only giving them fourteen working days. Otherwise we will be coming here seeking answers and taking over the station.” It is alleged that the rape case of Jeanette was first reported at the Mamelodi West police station but it was turned away by the officers. The case was since moved to Mamelodi East police station as the incident happened in the east side of Mamelodi.
When asked about the matter, Mamelodi West police station Mr Johannes Maheso only promised that the case is still under investigation.
“What I can say now for record purpose is that the investigations pertaining the whole case are at an advanced stage.
“The outcome of this investigation will be communicated in due course by the relevant authorities.
Mr Maheso also said that the police are always ready to arrest whoever breaks the law.
“The police are always there to receive the reports and investigate. It is within our mandate to bring these criminal to book. It is not something that we need to plan; it is always there in our capacity as the police.”
The march was attended by different political parties including African National Congress, Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters. By: Ronald Nchabeleng
Evah Mokwape’a Foundation hosted ladies soccers, netball games and aerobics on the 9th of August 2018 at University of Pretoria. The teams were under 13 Mpendulo, three from Meetse a bophelo, one Senior Happy Hearts, one Mams ladies and four under 17 Tuks. Mams ladies won on pernalty 4.2. Sponsors of the event were Park Shop from Mamelodi, Tbo café, Mamelodi Cintinental, Jab Jabu, Aquelle, Thabang Malaza, Leonard Malapane, Life Avenue, City of Tshwane, Buti Lefyane, Fran Hilton Smith, Esphazasam, Big Save and University of Pretoria. Speakers were invited to motivate and inspire kids on regarding sports. Speakers including Gloria Hlalele, Sibongile Khumalo, Fikile Sithole, Natalie Matlou and Gae Lepalo who’s also heading women football for Gauteng Province played a role in motivating the kids. “I want to make sure that women engage themselves into sports, stay healthy and away from trouble”, said former captain of Mamelodi Sundowns, ladies vice captain of Banyana, Evah Mokwape. According to her, women must stand up and do things for themselves, she believes that good things won’t always come to you but you have to go out there and get them. “The event was astonishing, I feel so good and important for the fact that it was cold however, my girls came in numbers to participate and celebrate with me. I want this to grow to more than six teams, I started with two teams and they participate in last year’s game. My goal is to see these ladies representing South Africa by playing or administrating”, said Evah Mokwape. Sports legends and supporters including Thomas Kwenaite, Super Sports presenter and Eddie Motale were there to support the event. By: Fortunate Machaba
Bukra Manana hosted a project called First Ladies Lunch. The event took place on the 09th August 2018 at Bukra Manana Events Venue in Sinoville Pretoria. The hoster and some of his visitors are Mamelodians.
The project was aimed at bringing women of diverse backgrounds for an event will be focusing on self-renewal, and fostering women empowerment, inspiration and provoking conversation that matters to all women. It was celebrated with activities that stimulates women, fellowship and food. Phenomenal speakers were invited at the event to engage in a theme “WOMEN YOU CAN”.
“There was full beffet lunch served and musical entertainment by women singers and give away sponsored by Van Loveren Wines and Miss H. Speakers were Dr Mabuza (Dietician) Ms Dikeledi Sello (HIV activist and Chairperson of Tshwane Wome’s Chamber), Mpho Mathebula Radio Presenter of Hope FM and Tshegofatso Maotwe (Image consultant)”, said Mr Jones Mohlalowa, Marketing and Communications Director of Bukra Manana Events Venue.
According to Mr Jones, the event was very successful in light of the fact that the venue Bukra Manana was not known to many women, the event of this nature were celebrated elsewhere and it was more than what we have expected as organisers. He added that, women’s day is basically for recognisisng the participation of women in the struggle of black emancipation.
As the theme of the event was “Women You Can”. I think it is still fair that the plight of women is still supported. In this way it sends out the message out there to many of stereotyped men who still has a perception of discriminating and oppressing women because of their gender. Bukra Manana’s message to women is that they are strong and capable of being who they want to be. We are proud of the women of South Africa and we will always support the plight of women as Bukras Manana’s Events Venue.
MRS Globe Africa and an entrepreneur, Kididimetsi Tswai and Miss Queen International South Africa visited Lehlabile Secondary School in Mamelodi East on Friday, 03 August 2018 to motivate girls in celebration of Women’s Month. The school was hosting the House of Labron, which is an NGO that was introduced to the school by one of the learner, Dikeledi Moabelo.
“They are an NGO that deals with poverty alleviation in communities. So Mrs SA was invited by them to motivate the learners, especially the girl child. They also donated sanitary towels to the needy girls”, said the Deputy Principal, Kgoroshi Mashifane.
He added that he is worried about most people including organisations supporting only the girl child because he believes that most of the times the boy child has got a lot of anger, under performs and struggle to cope with the demand of schooling, According to Mr Mashifane, a boy child needs motivation to succeed and help to deal with his anger due to absence of father figure in his life.
During the programme, the Founder of CEO of House Labron, Deekay Labron introduced the organisation, Miss Queen International South Africa, Lerato Malatjie also motivated the leaners as well as Dibungi Lesuba from Drug Free World the school choir performed for the visitors. Boston Media House career Guidance, Boitumelo was there to speak to the learners about careers. Female teachers were asked to wear black and doek in celebration of the day.
Today, 9th of August 2018 we celebrate National Women’s Day. On this day in 1956 women of different minds, culture and beliefs in South Africa marched to the Union Buildings against the pass that they were forced to carry around all the time. Read how important this day is and how we can celebrate it to honour women in the society.
Mamelodi has seen an increase in reported contact crimes when compared to the 2015/16 statistics. After research, Mamelodi East has increased by 7.6% from 2207 to 2374 from those years. According to Pretoria East Rekord, the Mamelodi East police station reported a murder rate increase of 48.1 % in 2015. The 2017 statistics revealed 113 sexual offences, 554 common assaults, 80 murders, 766 aggravated assault, 722 drugs crime in Mamelodi. Crime, specifically in drug (Nyaope) and aggravated assault seem to be the highest issues that Mamelodi residents face. The drug is mostly abused by young people in Townships. Other townships such as Hammanskraal and Ga-Rankuwa face the same challenges and also other crimes including sexual offence crime. Hamanskraal had witnessed as a 51.3% increase of sexual offences. IOL published an article on the 31st of October, 2017 about community members in Alaska (East of Mamelodi) who took initiative on a project called Viva Foundation which prevents sexual violence in the community. The foundation was founded by Leon Kriel. After two years of the project’s operation, Mamelodi residents managed to drastically reduce incidents of rape and domestic violence through a “simple” panic button. The concept behind the project was to eliminate the crimes rather than dealing with them after they had been committed.
What can be done to eliminate the issue of drugs (Nyaope) and aggravated assaults in communities?
Mamelodi community members are planning to celebrate Mandela’s Day tomorrow by giving back to the community. Tomorrow South Africans will be celebrating the legacy of Father of The Nation, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba, including the former U.S president Barak Obama who gave a lecture on Tata’s legacy.
Bhubezi Pride Foundation Team of 14 volunteers visited Mamelodi to teach the kids about rugby and life skills. The team started their programme with the kids on Monday and today was their last day as well as antournament day for the kids. “We are here to give the kids life skills through sports, so they can live those life skills outside the field, we are coaching from kids aged 10 – 15 years old but other the kids who showed up are from 4 years of age and we are still happy to accommodate them into this programme”, said Sofia Domingos, project manager of the group.
She added that when they started, they started off with 5o kids on Monday and more kids started coming until they reached about 150 kids. She mentioned that South Africa is amazing and being in Mamelodi is a great experience to come as rugby coaches and players, and it is also good for the kids to get different experience, skills and knowledge from different people. Some kids never played rugby before and we encourage them to keep participating in sports.
Sophia said that doing sports is what she loves, and coming into communities gives her an opportunity to connect with the kids and local rugby coaches, she’s leaning about different cultures and enjoying with the kids. Stanza Bopape Rugby Club founder, Peter Moyo was part of the programme as a representative of local rugby coaches. “It is a great initiative, they are keeping the kids away from the streets, they are getting fed and more knowledge about rugby. He added that South Africa need more foundations like Bhubezi to encourage kids to take part in sports. G4S sponsored the programme for the first time in Mamelodi, although it has partnered with Bhubezi Pride for six years to run the programme in nine countries across east and southern Africa.
“We have seen the power of sports that is bringing the communities together, we are teaching the kids about rugby as well as PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Enjoyment), we do life skills, safety programmes with the kids and local coaches, we use rugby as a platform to communicate with the kids.
We are also hoping to extend this programme into other communities like Soshanguvhe and Thembisa, said Wendy Hardy, the communications consultant for G4S South Africa. The kids will at the end of the programme receive medals. The team is looking forward to run their next programme in Botswana.
Howard Zondo together with Mams Radio presenter, Devine today bringing you a talk about ‘Giving Birth’. On the show they are hosting a student from J Kekana who’s soon to be going to the U.S featuring Sibusiso on board. The topic of the day: how you getting pregnant, if you are caring a puppy or an elephant, miscarriage of dreams, abortion of your future and giving the final push!
Listen to the podcast below. Don’t miss out on the next! Stay inspired!
Mamelodi East Taxi drivers fight is not yet resolved. The NIMNSA (NotInMyName SA) Campaign, Mamelodi Branch intervened on the issue and attended the meeting yesterday at Moretele Park with the taxi owners.
It was concluded that the issue will be resolved soon. This happens after the taxi owners between small taxis and big taxis fight to use Tsamaya Road.
It is not yet know when the matter will be resolved. NIMNSA leaders cleaned the streets after the protest.
Watch the video of the small taxi driver sharing his frustrations about the issue with Sipha from NN7, on Mamelodi Happenings Facebook Page. More updates to follow.
Residents of ward 16 in Mamelodi East have taken to the street in protest for electricity services in their ward and they have so far burnt down the container at Stanza Bopape Community Library.
“Several streets around the ward have been blocked with burning tyres and the roof tiles and the building near the community hall is also damaged with bricks that were thrown over it”, said Mamelodi East Spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe.
Public order police have been summoned but otherwise the local police officers are monitoring the situation.
MIMNSA (NotInMyName SA) Mamelodi Branch leaders held their meeting today at Stanza Bopape Community Hall in extension 5, Mamelodi East. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a way forward to issues taking place in the community.
Issues such as Katlego Joja where the movement intervened and police were suspended from the station for turning the family back when they were reporting Katlego missing. Also other issues such as a young lady who her face was left with acid burns after a fight she had with another lady who threw acid on her and her 11 months old baby and a family that has recently reported to NIMNSA about a husband and an abusive father. “The organisation stands up for issues such as gender base, violence and social injustice in the community, dicipline is crucial as well as passion to ensure success of the organisation”, said the National Secretary General, Themba Masango.
He added that they are running this movement out of passion to see the community safe and to send a positive perception into the community for the community to see their hard work. The Chairman of the organisation, Velaphi Mabogoane adressed the leaders that any issues they are coming accross should be reported to the head office as part of following the protocol of the organisation before it goes out to the media. He has also mentioned that he will do a follow-up on the matters that the movement is currently facing.
“We need a mandate to allow us to take over the CPF space in the community, all the police stations need to be aware of this occupation, especially if they are failing to assist the community”, said Themba. He mentioned that issues such as unattended cases by police will cause the movement to intervene. Men abuse in the community will also be considered as well as women and everyone in the community and Nation Wide. According to the leaders, the Mamelodi East and West police have promised to work with the organisation.
“We met with the leaders and in our meeting we discussed the importance of working with together in addessing social issues in the community, by way of awareness, formulating neibourhood watches and joints patrols, it is within the the context of community policing cocept embraced by our consitution”, said Mameloi West Police Spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso.
When the school re-opens, the movement leaders will address and attend issues such as teachers who mollest children and students in relationships with teachers will be attended. During the meeting, a memeber of he organisation suggested the organisation to do activities to engage more with the community memebers. The organisation started in May 20, 2018. The movment is currently facing financial challenges as they do not have a sponsor or funds to assist. Media briefing to be announed soon.
NotInMyNameSA Mamelodi branch is going to have a Training and Workshop Development of Cdes who are in Leadership. The workshop is taking place tomorrow, 9 June 2018 at Stanza Bopape Community Hall at 10am. More details of the workshop will follow shortly.
It took our court over 8 years to begin acting harshly against senior government officials who are prepared to litigate to perpetuity using taxpayers monies to defend themselves from their self-inflicted legal problems. When the North Gauteng High Court handed down its unanimous judgment against former state President Jacob Zuma that he be held personally liable for not only his legal costs but also the costs incurred by other parties as well, our country breathed a collective sigh of relief. True to his character, the former President appealed this ruling but thankfully the new President will have none of it. As soon as he assumed office he decided that the state will not be party to funding any of Zuma’s cases.
I have observed that recently Zuma’s lieutenants, who have for years benefitted from their controversial relationship with the Gupta family, are following in his footsteps with this strategy of litigating as far as our legal system can permit them even when their cases are hopelessly unwinnable. Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe is on an ongoing journey to appeal his case which many legal pundits have already declared unwinnable. Tom Moyane has followed suit and has enlisted the help of Advocate Dali Mpofu to fight his case. Like his mentor Jacob Zuma, Tom Moyane wants the taxpayers to foot his legal bills. He argues that it is unfair that Cyril Ramaphosa should use taxpayer’s money to prosecute him while he is expected to fend for himself using his hard earned income to defend himself.
Even our highest court in the land, the constitutional court is getting tired of this destructive behaviour by individuals who want to abuse taxpayers monies to defend themselves. In the hearing headed by Judge Bernard Ngoepe to decide if Bathabile Dlamini acted in bad faith in her dealings on the Sassa debacle, the judge was scathing in his finding against her calling her a “less than satisfactory witness” who was evasive. It seems likely that she too will follow her former boss and be forced to foot the legal costs of litigation in the Sassa matter. Indeed the writing is on the wall for all those who believe that because they have a state blank cheque, they can use the strategy of appeal and appeal while ordinary people in our country who don’t have endless budgets will never get an opportunity to do so. This is indeed called equality before the law.
A new phenomenon has however reared its heard in our country where individuals with endless financial resources are intent on abusing our legal system to pursue their nefarious interests. A case in point is a matter that captures the headlines involving two Turkish businessmen who have investments in the mining industry in South Africa. In late April of this year, 2018, Abubekir Salim and Selim Kaymak woke up to learn from media coverage that an order of the court was granted against them the Pretoria High Court for several allegations of fraud and embezzlement of funds. The effect of this court was that they were removed from the Directorship of their own mining company and their business as well as their personal accounts were frozen with immediate effect. All these happened while the two businessmen were unaware that there were any court proceedings of any kind that involved them or their company even when they are full residents in the country.
What caught my eye is what they purport to be the motive why behind this strange turn of events. In a communique to their business stakeholders in the country they say, “After this story was reported in the South African media, their counterparts in Turkey also picked up the story but immediately drew a coincidental parallel tactic that was deployed against prominent business people in that country. This tactic basically involved the manufacturing and concoction of false evidence that includes fraud and other illegal acts against these businesses people. The results of all these acts are that such business people are summarily arrested and by the time the truth is uncovered their reputations are badly damaged in the eyes of the public. We believe in this case that we are the victims of a similar tactic.”
Even though their legal team were able to have this order immediately set aside; their directorship restored and accounts unfrozen; if what they are saying is indeed true, it introduces a new worrisome manner in which individuals can literally prostitute our legal system to serve their own interests. It is also testimony that our legal system is so vulnerable that people with ill intent but having the means can exploit and use our system to pursue their own wicked agendas. It is a phenomenon that introduces into our legal system a new form of virus that must not be allowed to spread unattended and be akin to what the likes of Zuma have done to destroy our country. In a country where the majority still live under a dark cloud of poverty and unemployment, we can ill afford for foreign elements to come into our country and use police resources to investigate manufactured cases; arrest people and take them through our legal processes just so that they can achieve a motive that has very little to do with us in this country. It is the kind of strategy that has to be nipped in the bud. It took many years for our country to arrest the bad public waste of our resources by individuals whose interests were only to fill their pockets in the midst of the triple ills of poverty, inequality and unemployment by abusing our legal system. It should not take yet another endless period for this foreign strategy to be recognised and tackled. These people have to be made aware that we are not about to waste our limited resources to finance theirhomegrown political and business rivalries and that these kinds of battles be better waged in their own countries.
Back home, I was recently a victim of the utter abuse of the legal systems by officers of the court where a magistrate who is a landlord conspired with a fellow magistrate to fast-track a case where she was an applicant. What chance do ordinary people have when officers of the court are themselves involved in corrupting the system of justice? A lot of the times we heap praises on the judiciary as the last line of defence in restoring the moral compass of or country but this instance that I saw first hand shook my own faith in the system and made me ask who will guard the guardians?
Mamelodi West, A5 police returned Katlego Jola’s Mother and Grandmother home after they reported the child’s missing. The body of a child was found 3 days after she was missing at Morete River. It is not yet revealed what has caused her death.
Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said a number of law enforcement officials have been suspended at the Police Station and disciplinary proceedings is expected to take place soon. This will start with the suspension letters that will be handed to the police on Monday.
The MEC visited the grieving family on Tuesday afternoon. She said they do have a preliminary report of the autopsy, but the details can’t yet be divulged. “Everybody wants to know the cause of death of this young, beautiful soul, so we’re trying to assist in making sure that we find the answers”, said Sizakhele Nkosi-Malobane. She added that the they will be looking at all the officers who were on duty at the time Katlego went missing.
Marchers handed over a memorandum to Mamelodi West police this afternoon after the family of a missing girl, Katlego Joja said the police didn’t make an effort to search after they reported their missing child.
Residents took initiative to march to A5 police station and submit their memorandum of demands for “Justice” and participate at the memorial service of Katlego at her home.
The memorandum says the case must be prioritized and speedy investigations must be carried out with outmost diligence, police officers who turned the family back without assisting them must be fired with an immediate effect, urgent feedback is expected on previous cases of this nature, South African Police Services in Mamelodi should provide support, establishment and prevention to what happened to Katlego, Zinhle Ndala and others in Mamelodi and always monitor Moretele River.
The police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso could not be reached for comment. The funeral is expected to take place tomorrow.
Mamelodi residents are going to march this morning to Mamelodi West police station and submit a memorandum of demands. This happens after a 10-year-old, Katlego Joja’s body was found after her family was searching for 4 days. The family says the police did not take action after they reported Katlego missing. They added that they never got a solid answer from the police. Mamelodi police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso could not be reached for comment. More updates to follow.
Police reported the body of a missing 10 year-old-girl recovered yesterday at Moretele river in Mamelodi West. Katlego Joja from Mamelodi West was last seen on May 3 at her home. “Community members spotted the “lifeless body” floating in the river yesterday, we immediately dispatched a team and recovered the body. It has been sent to the government mortuary for an autopsy”, said the police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso. He added that the police is currently investigating an inquest and that will reveal further information,”. More updates to follow.
Masokolara Team from Attridgeville were declared Champions of 2019 Tournament after beating Dream Teams, Mamelodi 1-0. This happens after B3 and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation hosted an even to honour legend Jan Malombo Lechaba from the 19 April to 22 April 2019.
“I feel that we did a good job as it was our first tournament honoring legend Mr Malombo Lechaba, we are planning to honour many more legends in future, we showed other townships that is it possible to invite teams outside Mamelodi, Mamelodi community responded positively as they came in numbers to support the tournament, everyone looked happy,”, said one of the team memebers, Mr Charles Mawai.
He added saying “We as a foundation we promote football and social responsibility and we are here to help in anyway we can in all sports not only football.
Under 17 also took part in the tournamnent as well as 2 Netball Teams from both East and West side of Mamelodi and Mamelodi West were declared champions of the tournament.
Mamelodi goalkeeping academy rendered their service to goalkeepers before the games began. Legends such as Godfrey Sapude and Edward Motale were there to support the tournament.
“As a sports person you need to sacrifice a lot, time is essential, you can’t be a good player if you don’t sacrifice your time. There will be challenges in life they will face as young people but as a player You must know what you want and that you are an entertainer and there are a lot of things that you be can’t be part of. Discipline is key, need to look after their body, see what they eat and drink to keep the body going. Being a star we retire at a certain age but most retire early because they don’t practice healthy lifestyle. Football can change lives of these young people if they take it serious”, Said Mr Malomba Lechaba.
Mamelodi Community Responded Positively to Tournament
Jan Lechaba Malomba hosted an event from 19 April to 22 April 2019 in Mauklenuek sports grounds, Mamelodi West. This happened after B3 Insurance Brokers and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation joined together to host in celebrating legend Lechaba. This was to encourage kids in Mamelodi to participate in sports. “We starting this initiative to respond to the community of Mamelodi, saying thanks to the people of Mamelodi and promoting football”, said Mr Malomba.
The legend visited Mamelodi with the aim to identify talents and give kids courage that they can make it in sports. “It is not only about Malombo, is giving back to the community and taking kids away from drugs and streets. “We have to expands this initiative, this is the first one in Mamelodi, is the fist year of the initiative and the respond of the people is good since the first day we launched it until finals which is today , I’d like to thank Mamelodi people for supporting the event.
About 100 members in the community turned up to support this event and many of their responds to the game was positive as they came in numbers from day 1 of the tournament. “This is the first event I saw legends in Mamelodi, I’m really pleased for seeing such an event bringing people in the community together”, said one of the community member and sports fan, Tsiamo Matlala. He added that this initiative will make a greater impact into the lives of current and future soccer starts.
“The purpose for us to this event is to promote football, we are not only promoting tournaments, through the Mamelodi all starts foundation we are looking at promoting the games where by we will be identify talents and as footballers after the tournament we are willing to do this tournament every year, we will be doing soccer clinics to motivate this kids”, said Mr Malombo.“If we find people watching football for more than 6-7 hours, then you can say you have done something for the community because they are here watching the game you brought to them, we are keeping them busy of which we are happy about. Seeing people smiling, watching the game, enjoying themselves it makes me happy, It’s something that I am proud of. We wish the Mamelodi stadium to be functional we hope that it will be ok one day to use for everyone to be sited and watch football comfortably and I wish our kids to take sports seriously, to let sports be their lives and live a healthy lifestyle” , said Mr Malombo. During the 3 days tournaments, different teams from different areas and province played against each other from semi finals until they made it to the finals as well as 2 Netball Teams from both Mamelodi East and West.
Mr Malombo also said people including retired legends shouldn’t keep the skills for themselves and they need to plow back. He added that he is open for communication and assist NO’s and other football association in the community, “We are open for NGO’s who wants to grow young kids in sports, but they must have a proper structure of what they do and where we could be of help”, said Mr Maloka. He added saying sponsors need to see where their money is going and how it is going to be used then they will be interested. Donators of the tournament including chairs, tents, David Maboja, Andrew Kambule, Makhura from Don Don. The next tournament is expected to take place the following year, 2020.