English News @16:30, 24 January 2019
Written by Ashia Nkontsa on 24/01/2019
Murder investigation in Mitchells Plain
Police are investigating a case of murder after a man’s body was found in Mitchells Plain. The body was discovered last night and was buried in a shallow grave.The police’s Frederick van Wyk confirmed that upon arrival at the scene, police found a partially decomposed body of a 35-year-old man lying in a shallow grave.
Cruise ship stuck in Cape Town
The passenger cruise ship, MSC Musica is unable to dock in Cape Town today due to strong winds. The ship is lying at anchor in Table Bay until she gets the go-ahead to enter the port. Traffic spokesperson, Richard Coleman, says it was initially thought that she would be able to berth later this afternoon, but it now seems unlikely. He says an assessment will be made for later tonight or early tomorrow morning. The MSC Musica was built in 2006 and is sailing under the flag of Panama. Her next port of call is Walvis Bay.
Due date for Cape Town Refugee Centre
The Home Affairs Department says it is complying with a court order regarding the Cape Town Refugee Centre.In December 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the department to open a new facility by the end of March 2018. The Home Affairs Department insists it is complying with the court order, but the refugee centre has still not been opened in Cape Town. Last June, Home Affairs said the Public Works Department needed to find appropriate premises for the centre at the time, adding this was to be done by 1 January 2019.But despite numerous enquiries from Eyewitness News, Public Works Department has failed to respond and cannot indicate where the process is at.Mulovi Ibrahim, from NGO the Adonis Musati Project, says refugees are left in limbo.
Cable thieves arrested by Metrorail officials
Metrorail officials in Cape Town have arrested 17 people this week for various offences linked to rail infrastructure and vandalism. The company says its Protection Service and Rail Unit made arrests in Mowbray, Salt River and Khayelitsha. Metrorail spokesperson, Riana Scott, says seven suspected cable thieves were charged under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act. She says the other 10 suspects were charged for offences which include theft, robbery and being in possession of stolen goods.
Brand new truck
The Hessequa municipality has received a brand new, custom made firefighting truck. It is one of a number of rural municipalities that have received ten fully equipped fire-fighting vehicles from the Western Cape government. The others are Cederberg, Matzikama, Bergrivier, Witzenberg, Kannaland, Overberg, Hessequa, Laingsburg, Prins Albert en Beaufort West. Provincial Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell says this project represents a significant strengthening of the firefighting capabilities in these rural areas.
Laingsburg celebrates 50 thousand litres
Residents of Laingsburg in the Central Karoo have today received 50 thousand litres of bottled water from humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers. This follows a call from a local church saying that the town’s tap water is undrinkable, due to low water levels in the local reservoir. Laingsburg Deputy Mayor, Irene Brown says Gift of the Givers answer immediately when they are called for assistance.
Suicide in Vlakfontein
Police have confirmed that one of the accused in the Vlakfontein family murder has killed himself in Cape Town. Ernest Vusi Mabaso allegedly beat seven members of the Khoza family to death using a hammer in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg late last year. The 27-year-old was found dead in his cell at the Cape Town Central Police Station. He hanged himself with shoe laces. Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says an inquest docket has been opened.