May 23, 2017

CPF members sentenced to 120 years for murder

Eight members of the Siyabuswa Community Policing Forum (CPF), including a ward councillor, were each sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for murdering a suspected nyaope addict by beating him to death. The eight denied any involvement in the killing of Mbo Buti Mahlangu, but several witnesses on the scene told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, that they saw the eight hitting him for several hours. Asked why they were attacking him, one of the accused said it was because he was “a nyaope boy who caused a lot of problems”. The eight are Buti Mtsweni, 53, Joseph Baloyi, 51, Dinah…

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Ontlametse ‘represented more than her illness’

It was a relay of brave, heart-warming and inspiring tales about Ontlametse Phalatse as speakers took turns to share their moments about the elfin child. The packed Mmanotshe Moduane High School hall in Hebron resembled Phalatse’s bravado and never-say-die attitude as attendees sang, ululated and danced to a life well lived. Ontlametse was a well-known motivational speaker who suffered from progeria, a genetic disorder which causes rapid ageing. Despite her disease, her larger-than-life personality preceded her so much that celebrities, organisations and government officials were enriched by her attitude. Comedian Thapelo “Tips” Seemise served as programme director and kept things…

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Alleged sex pest pastor ‘not on the run’

Some congregants of a Durban church have come out in support of a pastor who has been accused of sexual exploitation of young women. The Hawks confirmed this week that they were investigating charges related to human trafficking and sexual exploitation related to the church. Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda confirmed to The Mercury that the pastor was not on the run. “We have this under control. That is all we will reveal. We do not want to destroy our case by revealing too many things.” The pastor, who is not being named owing to the nature of the…

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