IT WAS just two days before he turned 60. On Monday, Metro cop Simon Mabatamela was gunned down when he stumbled across three armed thugs robbing a Pick n Pay store in Rosettenville Junction Mall inJoburg.
WITRAND Hospital in the North West has once again been awarded for excellence in its treatment of patients and its good service. The hospital in Potchefstroom scooped first prize for hospital excellence in the public sector during the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa Titanium Awards.
FEAR has gripped the Bahananwa Education Circuit in Bochum, Limpopo following a spate of six alleged suicides – in just six months! Five pupils and one education employee apparently committed suicide over this period by hanging themselves.
THE situation in northern areas of Port Elizabeth has finally calmed and kids are back at school. Pupils in the Port Elizabeth neighbourhood were all smiles as life returned to normal yesterday morning.
FEAR has taken over this gogo’s life! The 58-year-old gogo of Winterveld, north of Tshwane said ever since three men broke into her crumbling mud house in December and one of them raped her, she’s been living in the shadow of terror every day.
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has been withdrawn from the Carling Black Label Cup due to injury. The Amakhosi and the Buccaneers will lock horns in the 2015/16 PSL curtain-raiser on Saturday at the FNB stadium but Brilliant Khuzwayo will not be doing duty between the goalposts for Kaizer Chiefs.
THESE elders have been so battered and bruised by life that they can’t remember their families’ addresses. They live in Thekolohelong Welfare Centre at Phuthaditjhaba, QwaQwa, where lost and disabled people from across the country are accommodated.
ITUMELENG Khune has FINALLY agreed in principle to rejoin Kaizer Chiefs on a two-year deal, the club revealed yesterday. It is believed that Khune has committed to re-signing for the side that kicked him out when he made exorbitant demands towards the end of the past season, just as his contract was due to expire.
THEY were rivals, but “it was like playful stick fighting” and meant no harm. So said maskandi giant Mtshengiseni “Indidane” Gcwensa’s rival Thokozani “Somnandi” Langa in comforting the fallen star’s family.
NO one troubled Lucas Munyai (35) when he had 25 cows, but now his herd has increased his mlungu neighbour wants him to move. Lucas and his partner, Norman Sithole (53) decided to join their herds so they could take care of them together.
JUMPY villagers have told cops that if they don’t get to the bottom of mystery deaths soon they will take the law into their own hands. Local leader Bishop Tshishonga told Daily Sun the people of Tshivhulani Village, outside Thohoyandou, Limpopo, were afraid after the killing of Simon Muthambi (35).
A FORENSIC expert couldn’t find any DNA on the knife which killed Dolly Tshabalala. Speaking in the Joburg High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court in Ekurhuleni yesterday, Police Captain Mamosedi Masetlha said he couldn’t get enough blood samples to get accurate results.
THE Mpumalanga SACP has questioned the ANC’s decision to remove four mayors from their positions. The party announced the axing of Thaba Chweu mayor Michael Ncongwane, Emalahleni mayor Salome Sithole, Lekwa mayor Matshidiso Morajane and Dr JS Moroka mayor Grace Mthimunye in Mbombela on Tuesday.
BAFANA Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has agreed a deal in principle to re-sign with Kaizer Chiefs. Khune and Chiefs have been at the centre of one of the longest running transfer sagas in South African soccer history but the player and his club of 16 years have now reached an agreement which will keep him at Naturena for the foreseeable future.
TSHIDI Mabena says ever since soil was taken from her yard, her life has been a living hell. The 52-year-old from Tembisa in Ekurhuleni told Daily Sun she had been living in fear as her neighbour told her in September that God would send a fire to burn her.
FORMER Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam was buried with full military honours on Wednesday in his southern Indian home town of Rameswaram. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opposition Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi and the ambassadors of Nepal and Sikkim also attended the burial site at Peikarambu outside the coastal town in Tamil Nadu state.
POLICE Minister Nathi Nhleko answered many tough questions at the ad hoc parliamentary committee on Nkandla in Cape Town yesterday. DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach disputed the minister’s explanation regarding a police memo that suggested President Jacob Zuma authorised the renovations to his house.
KAIZER Chiefs will go from being hunters to becoming the hunted in the new PSL season. Speaking a day after being named Amakhosi’s new captain for the coming season, Chiefs’ star midfielder Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala said he expected PSL clubs to come for them.
CALM returned to court yesterday after two days of fighting between Nazareth Baptist Church factions. The Ebuhleni and Thembezinhle congregations listened quietly in the Durban High Court as Inkosi Boy Qwabe testified on the church’s leadership battle.
WITH a massive 25 000 or more people expected at late maskandi singer Mtshengiseni Gcwensa’s funeral, his family and funeral organisers have asked for artists, fans and government to help contribute to the costs.
THREE cops lost their lives at the hands of criminals this week. Yesterday, bullets flew at Vosloorus Crossing in Ekurhuleni and a 34-year-old constable was shot three times and killed as thugs fled the scene.
THOSE in the Orlando Pirates’ squad are used to pulling off game-saving moves on the field. But at an airport in Tunisia on Monday, midfielder Issa Sarr and the team’s medical doctor, Thabiso Mmoledi, pulled off some life-saving moves there as well.
SANDILE Nxumalo (24) was a known thief and he met a gruesome end when he was killed by an angry mob. But his uncle, Amon Nxumalo, said his nephew’s killers did something much worse than Sandile ever did.
“REPORTING thieves will make people think twice before targeting the community’s infrastructure,” said Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg. He asked residents to stop vandalising sanitation service equipment after a sewage flood.
GABAZANI Ngobeni was sweeping her yard when a deep yet gentle voice commanded her to drop her broom and go to the dump. Startled, Gabazani (54) looked around but could not see anyone, so she returned to tidying up her yard .
ORLANDO Pirates touched down at OR Tambo Airport yesterday to a hero’s welcome, with fans dancing and singing as they celebrated Bucs’ 1-0 win over CS Sfaxien in their Caf Confederation Cup clash in Sfax on Sunday night.
TWO artists who shot to fame and made history as the youngest kwaito stars of their time are battling it out. After taking Mzansi by storm with Mele Senzeni, Mzambiya went through some uphills, but still came up with some new music.
HIS 11-year-old son’s desperate cries for help keep echoing in his mind. “Dad! Help me! Aunty Portia, help me!” Popular hip hop DJ and Club 808 producer C-Live’s mum Virginia Shabalala said this yesterday.
T HE death of maskandi star Mtshengiseni Gcwensa, popularly known as Indidane, has left a void in the music industry. The death of Indidane on Monday has shocked fellow maskandi artists and others who once worked with him.
POLICE helicopters and armoured vehicles yesterday patrolled Port Elizabeth’s northern areas as chaos continued to reign. This was despite an ongoing meeting between parents, school principals and the department of education.