Mpumalanga takes action against gender-based violence
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane will be led a walk against gender-based violence on Thursday, 26 September at Moloto Village in Thembisile Hani Local Municipality.
This follows the escalation of gender-based violence cases and a call to action by President Cyril Ramaphosa to step up the fight against this scourge.
This was a joint venture between the Mpumalanga Government and the Mpumalanga Legislature. Premier and Speaker Busisiwe Shiba led the walk from Moloto clinic to the Apostolic Faith Mission church where a dialogue with the survivors of GBV and the community took place. Mpumalanga Government will embark on a number of campaigns against GBV throughout the province.
On Sunday, 29 September an interfaith prayer session against GBV was held at Rock of Life Ministries in ward 24 in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.
28-year-old man remanded in custody for rape
A 28-year-old man was remanded in custody by the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on 25 September for allegedly raping a 17-year-old woman.
According to information at police disposal, the incident took place at Dwarsloop, near Bushbuckridge on Monday, 23 September. It is alleged that the victim received a message from the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, requesting a meeting to discuss church practice issues as they both attend the same church. She reportedly invited him to her residence, whereupon arrival, the suspect found her preparing to go to the shopping complex and offered transport there and back.
It is reported that on their way back, he started asking questions about her relationship(s), while driving (with her) to his house. When they arrived, he allegedly invited her inside the house so that they could start discussing the matter (church practice), however, in turn allegedly raped her.
The matter was reported to the police and the suspect was arrested. He was remanded in custody pending a bail application and confirmation of address and appeared again at the same court on 27 September.
Male motorist apprehended
On 26 September at about 13h30 a male motorist was apprehended after he was stopped while he was driving the BMW sedan at 188 km/h in 120 km/h zone.
The suspect was travelling on the N3, Villiers to Heidelberg. He is a foreign national and the vehicle he was driving was registered in Gauteng Province.
He has been granted a R2000.00 at Grootvlei Police station.
N4 bus and bakkie collision leaves four dead
A side swipe collision between a light delivery vehicle (bakkie) and a bus that happened around 12h00 on the N4 toll road between Malelane and Hectorspruit, but more towards Hectorspruit, has left four people dead. The deceased included three men and one woman and they were all occupants in the bakkie. The deceased perished at the scene due to the impact and there was nothing the paramedics could do to save them.
Four passengers from the bus sustained slight injuries and they were all treated by paramedics at the scene.
The bus was reportedly travelling from Nkomazi to KwaZulu-Natal Province and it carried over 70 passengers.
The bakkie was reportedly headed to Johannesburg in Gauteng Province when the crash occurred.
The police are investigating four counts of culpable homicide.
Meanwhile Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Ms. Gabisile Shabalala has expressed shock at the incident saying that all road users must use the road with great care in order to reduce needless deadly crashes. She said that with increased compliance to the rules by motorists, more lives will be saved on the road.
“We need to urgently bring an end to the onslaught on our roads and that we can only do if we respect the road rules,” said the MEC.
She is also sending her heartfelt condolences to the affected families. She has wished the injured a swift recovery.