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16:45 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
DA Eastern Cape Congress underway DA Eastern Cape leader, Athol Trollip, says South Africa's political environment is changing and they are no longer the sole proprietors of alternative ideas. Delivering the welcoming address at the DA's Eastern Cape Congress underway at Mentorskraal in Jeffreys Bay on Friday, Trollip said this meant that they must improve and adapt their political strategies and activities.. He said the DA will have to use electronic, ... read more
16:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Cradock man in court for breaching his bail conditions A 52- year old Cradock man accused of raping and kidnapping a 13-year old girl, has been fined R900 in the town's magistrates court for breaching his bail conditions. Police spokesperson, Captain Stephanie Smith says the man appeared in court on Friday after he failed to show up on the 20th of October. Smith says thereafter the court issued a warrant for his arrest. The man, who is believed to have been in a sexual re... read more
15:01 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Kirkwood residents get bail...paid for by business chamber  Six Kirkwood residents charged in connection with last month's violent protests in Kirkwood, have been released on bail. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Gerda Swart says they appeared in court in the town today where the case was postponed to the 15th of December for further investigation. Defense lawyer Alwyn Griebenouw says the six were released on bail of R1000 each. He says Kirkwood business owners post... read more
14:26 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Body of unknown man found drifting in river near George  The body of an unknown man was found drifting in a river in Thembalethu near George, has still not been identified. Fishermen discovered the decomposed body at one of the fishing spots at the sea bordering on farms at the back of the Philendaba area. Two passersby discovered the body while walking on the railway next to the river. Police said due to the advanced state of decomposition they had little information ... read more
11:49 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
EC brothers sentenced to life for New Years murder  Two Eastern Cape brothers have been jailed for life for murdering three people in a village near Bizana on New Year's Day this year. Thamsanqa Shezi and his brother Mduduzi were jailed yesterday by Magistrate Marius Odendaal who reportedly described them as the butcher brothers. They were found guilty of slaying a 74-year-old woman, attacking her with a panga and knob-kierie. When her daughter came to her rescue... read more
11:41 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Businesses in Kirkwood re-opened on Friday morning, however shop owners say that they do not have their full compliment of workers. On Thursday Kirkwood became a ghost town when shops closed their doors as residents from three areas took to the streets in a service delivery protest. Kirkwood Chamber chairperson Flippie Ehlers, says he has spoken to some community leaders to convey the message that nothing is closed off a... read more
09:23 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
Kirkwood protesters in court  Six Kirkwood residents are expected to appear in court on Friday after being arrested in connection with violent protests in September. Protests flared up again yesterday, with police forced to use stun grenades to disperse hundreds of members of the local community who are angry at their grievances not being addressed by the Sundays River Valley Municipality. The local business chamber says that in a show of sol... read more
16:41 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
EC unemployment rate drops in third quarter Metrominute reports that the unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape in the third quarter of this year declined marginally from 30.4% to 29.5% quarter-on-quarter. That's according to figures released on Thursday by Statistics South Africa. Metrominute reports that in numerical terms, the number of unemployed in the Eastern Cape had dropped from 592 000 to 576 000. The Stats SA figures show that between the second and th... read more
16:00 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
PE man appears in court for rape of minor girls A 40-year old Port Elizabeth man has made his first appearance in the Motherwell magistrates court following the brutal rapes of five minor girls. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Dumile Gwavu says the man was taken into custody on Tuesday after community members brought him to the local police station. Gwavu says it is alleged that the man had lured the minor girls, aged between five and eight, to his house in Badi ... read more
15:45 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Chairman of Sundays River Business Chamber, Flippie Ehlers The situation is calm but tense at Kirwood where police were forced to use stun grenades on Thursday morning to disperse local residents when they tried to loot shops in the area. Thursday's protest by hundreds of local residents, in which they also burnt tyres, would appear to stem from the in-action of local authorities who are accused of failing to act on a list of demands presented to them following violent protests in... read more
14:37 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Two arrested for alleged murder in Mqanduli  Two men have been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a man in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. Police spokesperson, Major Zamukulungisa Jozana says the pair, aged 19 and 23, were arrested on Wednesday, following a fight between the two men and the 35-year-old victim inside a kraal. He says the suspects allegedly stabbed the man, and he died at the scene. Jozana says the attackers fled on foot, but were arr... read more
12:18 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Suspects arrested for gang shooting in PE   Port Elizabeth police have arrested three suspects in connection with a gang shooting in Helenvale. Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg says three men opened fire on a vehicle yesterday and wounded all three occupants. One person was shot in the chest and the leg and the other two both in the legs. Van Rensburg says the shooters fled on foot in the direction of Stanford Road. They were spotted later by a ... read more
11:12 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Police use stun grenades at Kirkwood protest  Police at Kirkwood used stun grenades on Thursday morning to bring the situation under control at Bergsig and Aquapark. Warrant Officer says police were forced to intervene after angry local residents tried to loot shops in the area. Following violent protests in September, Kirkwood residents handed over a list of grievances. Its alleged that these complaints have been ignored by local authorities. Swart sa... read more
08:09 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Buffalo city Metro moves to curb sky-rocketing debt   In a bid to curb sky-rocketing debt, Buffalo Metro Municipality has launched an incentive scheme to get more money paid back into its coffers. Buffalo City spokesperson Keith Ngesi says the scheme will see their debtors who commit to paying off their current and previous accounts within six months, receiving a 50% discount. Ngesi says their arrears debt has been constantly increasing and it's becoming more diffic... read more
08:07 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Strong police presence in Kirkwood  There's a strong police presence at Kirkwood on Thursday morning where groups of protesters have started burning tyres. Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Gerda Swart, says a group of about 200 residents are protesting at Aqua Park. She says there's a far larger gathering of angry locals in the Moses Mabida area. Following violent protests in September, Kirkwood residents handed over a list of grievances. I... read more
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