Tuesday, October 22 2019

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Now ‘sex-pest’ pastor eyes ConCourt

Having failed in an attempt to appeal a Port Elizabeth judge’s decision to allow the trial of alleged sex pest Timothy Omotoso to be heard in the Port Elizabeth High Court, the controversial Nigerian pastor’s attorney indicated they would approach the highest court in the country. On Monday, prosecutor Nceba Ntelwa told Judge Irma Schoeman the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) had dismissed Omotoso’s application to appeal her decision to have the trial heard in Port Elizabeth. It was the second time Omotoso, 60, and his co-accused, Lusanda Sulani, 36, and Zukiswa Sitho, 28, had lost a petition to the SCA, reported HeraldLIVE.

Still no sign of ‘kidnapped’ mom

Mpumalanga police said on Monday there was still no sign of Mozambican Guhabali Samzi, who was allegedly kidnapped outside a residential estate. Brig Leonard Hlathi said Samzi was last seen on October 15. He said the family had not received a ransom demand, and there were no leads on her whereabouts. “It is alleged that on October 15 2019 about 2.30pm, the victim left her residential place, Elawini Lifestyle Estate in Nelspruit, and went to the Crossing Shopping Centre. She was supposed to fetch her child from school later, but did not,” Hlathi said. “Her husband became worried after he tried to get hold of her with no luck. A case of a missing person was registered at Nelspruit police station as a result.” Samzi’s car had been found at Cairn, in the outskirts of Nelspruit, with the driver’s window smashed.

Public works building floor collapses

The public works department in Durban has ordered an investigation into what caused the floor of one of its buildings to cave in on Monday. The incident occurred before a human settlements department tender briefing for a large group of contractors. Department spokesperson Kiru Naidoo said a small section of the wooden floor gave way in an old lecture hall, in a prefab building within the public works complex in Mayville. He said no injuries were reported and the building was used “infrequently”.

Psych evaluation for ‘zombie killing’ student

Khayelihle Nzimande, the University of KwaZulu-Natal student accused of killing a fellow student, has been temporarily deemed unfit to stand trial. Nzimande appeared in the Pinetown magistrate’s court on Monday. The prosecutor told the court a mental assessment by the district surgeon had recommended Nzimande be put under psychiatric observation for 30 days. Nzimande is charged with the murder of Bcom student Simukelo Zondi, whose burnt remains were discovered in a bush at the university’s Westville campus last weekend. In a video circulating on social media, Nzimande is seen in the university’s risk management services office. In the video he tells security officers that Zondi died because he was a “zombie” involved in witchcraft.

Man held for raping six schoolgirls

A man accused of raping six schoolgirls was arrested on Saturday. The 29-year-old is believed to have met the girls, aged between 11 and 15, as they made their way to school in the Maqhashu area, near Cacadu, in the Eastern Cape. “It is alleged that the young girls were on their way to school on October 15 2019, when they met the suspect, who allegedly raped the girls and threatened them that they should not report it,” said police spokesperson Capt Namhla Mdleleni. The parents of one of the victims later noticed “suspicious symptoms” in their daughter and told the police, who activated a 72-hour plan to catch the suspect. The man will appear in the Cacadu Magistrate’s Court this week.

Now you’ll be stiffed R100 just for being fined

The government is adding “stealth tax” to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, with the introduction of an Infringement Penalty Levy, said the Automobile Association (AA). This is provided for in the recently published draft regulations for the act. “With regards to the Infringement Penalty Levy, the regulations directly imply the imposition of a tax. In this case, it refers to a fee payable for every infringement notice issued to motorists. On our interpretation of the draft regulation, this means an additional R100 is added to each fine issued, regardless of the value of the fine or its associated demerit points. In other words, if a motorist receives a R200 or R2,000 fine, an additional R100 must be added … which amounts to a tax for actually receiving the fine” the AA said.





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