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07:00 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, July 06, 2015
Deputy Minister slams illegal initiation schools The Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Obed Bapela, has condemned who he said were irresponsible people operating illegal initiation schools. Bapela said that the national death toll during the current initiation season stands at 16, with 14 of those deaths in the Eastern Cape. Deputy Minister Bapela says a "national crisis is looming" and called on all stakeholders to work toge... read more
06:56 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, July 06, 2015
Elderly PE woman attacked in home Port Elizabeth police are investigating a case of attempted murder following a brutal attack on an elderly women in Adcock Homes in Schauderville. Janse Van Rensburg, says the 89-year-old woman was found by a neighbour who alerted police on Sunday. She says the badly assaulted woman was taken to hospital for treatment. The motive for the attack is not known and no arrests have been made. According to a report an ur... read more
06:51 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, July 06, 2015
Two die in PE shooting Two people were killed in a shooting incident in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth, over the weekend. One man was allegedly shot in a suspected gang related shooting while the other is believed to have died following an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and a policeman. Police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, says the policeman who lives in the area placed himself on duty after hearing the gunshots in th... read more
11:55 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, July 05, 2015
DA calls for St Albans prison cellphone ban The DA in the Eastern Cape has called for a total ban on cellphones in St Albans prison in Port Elizabeth. And, according to DA deputy provincial leader, Bobby Stevenson, the ban should extend to Correctional Services officials as well. The call by the DA comes in the wake of claims that incarcerated gang leaders are allegedly ordering hits from prison. It also come in a week in which it was reported that PE murder accu... read more
07:56 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, July 05, 2015
EC initiate death toll stands at 13 The number of initiates who have died in the Eastern Cape from botched circumcisions stands at 13. The Eastern Cape Department of Health says most of the fatalities were in the OR Tambo District where 10 initiates have died. EC Health Department spokespeson, Sizwe Kupelo, said eight of the deaths occurred at illegal initiation schools. The Department said this week that a community hall in Libode had to be made a... read more
07:27 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, July 05, 2015
Pic: Supplied Robyn de Grootte and Matthys Beukes won the ladies and men's elite 80 kilomtere Mountain Bike race, the first major sporting event of the 2015 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival which kicked off on Saturday. They beat a field of nearly 4000 riders. Marketing Director for the race, Andrew Finn said that conditions for the race were perfect. "The weather in Knysna today is fantastic and we had a wonderful race. &nb... read more
11:14 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, July 04, 2015
Pic: Supplied Two people were arrested in Nelson Mandela Bay for allegedly being in possession of thousands of units of abalone. They were arrested by the Tactical Task Team during two busts on Friday night. More than 5800 units of abalone were seized. Task team spokesperson, Tom Swartz, says a firearm was also recovered. The suspects are due to appear in court soon.   (Pic:Supplied) ... read more
07:27 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, July 04, 2015
PE cops robbed of guns in brazen attack Three men will appear in court in Port Elizabeth on Monday for a brazen attack on two police officials this week in which their firearms were stolen. Police spokespeson, Captain Andre' Beetge, says a gang of at least eight armed suspects attacked the police members on Thursday night when they responded to a domestic violence complaint. He says the gang stormed the police vehicle, strangling a female police member as sh... read more
15:07 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
PE man sentenced to life for gangland shooting A Port Elizabeth man has been jailed for life for a gangland killing in 2013. Twenty-three-year-old Almarco Kiewiets was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Friday for the murder of 31-year-old Joseph Wright. Wright was shot dead in his garage at his house in Helenvale, while two friends were wounded. The incident took place on the 25th of September 2013. Police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rens... read more
14:24 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
EC cop killed in the line of duty Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt for ten men who shot and killed a policeman during a robbery at a supermarket chain store in Mount Fletcher. Provincial police spokesperson,  Brigadier Marinda Mills, says he was 38-year-old Constable Martin Dlamini. He was fatally wounded when police came under fire from ten gunmen who robbed a Boxer Supermarket Store of an undisclosed amount of cash on Thursday. His c... read more
12:54 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
PE mom and toddler reunited following kidnapping There were happy scenes at the Algoa Park police station in Port Elizabeth today where a mother was reunited with her little girl. Three-year-old Roxanne Stuurman was abducted on the 10th of June, allegedly by her mother's former boyfriend. The child was found unharmed in Fort Beaufort and returned home. Algoa FM News spoke to Portia Stuurman and asked how she felt while Roxanne was gone and how good it was to hav... read more
12:14 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
Plett teacher gets bail under strict conditions A well-known Plettenberg Bay teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy from his school was granted bail in the local magistrate's court on Friday.  The 42-year-old teacher, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, was arrested on June 22 after the Grade 2 learner's guardian reported the alleged incidents to police.  Police said the boy's guardian suspected something was amiss when ... read more
11:34 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
Professor Swartz undergoes a fitness test at the Human Movement Science building at NMMU NMMU Vice Chancellor Derrick Swartz is preparing for a noble quest to the summit of mount Fuji in Japan to raise funds for bursaries for needy students. The mountaineering professor will embark on the 3.7 kilometre high climb on the 7th of August as part of a trip in which he'll also speak at  a conference in Hiroshima commemorating the anniversary of the World War II atomic bombings. Speaking at the announcemen... read more
07:25 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
Plett teacher back in court for alleged sexual assault of pupil A 42-year-old Plettenberg Bay teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy at his school will know on Friday whether or not he will be granted bail.  The teacher, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, began his application for bail in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrate's Court on Thursday.  He was arrested on the 22nd of June after the Grade 2 learner's guardian reported two alleged incide... read more
07:14 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, July 03, 2015
Date set for Panayiotou appeal hearing A date has been confirmed for the appeal hearing of PE murder accused, Christopher Panayiotou, against a decision to deny him bail. The National Prosecuting Authority says the hearing has been set down for Monday, the 20th of this month, in the Grahamstown High Court. The 28-year-old Panayiotou is accused of orchestrating the murder of his school teacher wife Jayde in April. Last month, Magistrate Abigail Beeton, deni... read more
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