English nuus, 11 March 2019

Written by on 11/03/2019

News by Michele Augus

Packham pleaded not guilty

Businessman Rob Packham has pleaded not guilty to the allegations of murdering his wife, Packham faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. as his trial got underway in the Western Cape High Court today.The Constantia resident was arrested after Gill Packham’s body was found in the boot of her burnt-out car at Diep River train station in February last year.The State called its first witness; a colleague of the deceased.Bernice Moore worked with Gill at the Springfield Convent School where they were both employed as secretaries.Moore said she became worried when her colleague failed to arrive at school and there was no answer on her phone.She said she alerted school management who then sent someone to the Packham residence where there was also no answer.She also tried contacting the accused but he too was not answering his phone.The witness said she later got hold of him and later spoke to him again when he came to her office at the school.Moore testified that she got a funny feeling when Packham told her he wanted to see who she had been talking to over the phone, adding his eyes were big in his head and he looked frazzled.

Suspects arrested in possession of firearms

Cape Town Metro Police have arrested six suspects after they were caught in possession of an illegal firearm and tools to be used for breaking into houses, in Wynberg. Metro police spokeperson, Wayne Dyason, says the suspects were arrested, when officers noticed them driving around in the area. Dyason says the officers followed the car from Diep River to Wynberg, where they instructed the driver to pull over. He says the car also had an illegal number plate.It was discovered the vehicle has false number plates and that the plates that were displayed were from a Toyota Corolla that was stolen earlier in the year.

Winde identified land to build a police station

Western Cape Community Safety Minster, Alan Winde, has come out in support of building a police station in Bonteheuwel. Winde together with ward councillor, Angus McKenzie, have identified a piece of land in the centre of the township as what they say is the ideal space for a new police station. Winde who is also DA’s premier candidate for Western Cape says he would like police management to be devolved to the province in order for the DA to build to a police station which is currently a national competency. He will also be writing to the national police minister to demand a police station for the area. Bonteheuwel is notorious for its high crime rate and gangsterism.

More rain to be expected

Rainy conditions are expected to continue in the South-Western parts of the Western Cape today. Forecaster at the Cape Town Weather Office, Kate Turner, says about 30 to 50 mm of rain has fallen in most areas since yesterday, with the highest recorded reading of 145 mm at Tygerhoek near Swellendam in the Overberg. She says similar conditions are expected until tomorrow morning.

Are schools a safe environment anymore?

Another video involving violent behaviour at an Ekurhuleni school has emerged.The video, which was posted by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on his Twitter account this morning, shows two female pupils fighting at Edenvale High School.This follows the recent circulation of another video which shows a group of pupils attacking another at Crystal Park High School, in Benoni, also in Ekurhuleni.Lesufi was expected to visit Crystal Park High School today and was due to address pupils at the school. He has vowed to take action against the perpetrators.

Three year old boy found dead

Police are investigating a case of murder after a three-year-old boy was found dead at a dump site in the Germiston suburb of Primrose, Ekurhuleni.According to police spokesperson Kay Makhubele, a missing person’s case was reported at the Primrose police station at around 21:00 Saturday night, following the disappearance of the toddler.The child’s body was found at the dump site yesterday.Two boys – aged seven and eight – were questioned and released into the care of their parents. Sowetan Live reported that the boys had confessed that, yesterday afternoon, they had assaulted the toddler with stones, tied him up with a rope and pushed him down a mountain-like slide.The paper reported that, after the two had slid down themselves, they noticed that the toddler had a cut on his head.Makhubele said the police were still investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Eskom official Gert Opperman has told the state capture
commission that the utility’s former executive Matshela Koko instructed him to
accept coal from the Gupta-owned Brakfontein Mine even though it failed quality
tests.Opperman returned to the stand at the inquiry in Parktown today.He said
in 2015, Eskom sent Tegeta a letter, raising concerns about Brakfontein’s coal
supply to one of the utility’s power station Majuba.

Koko refused to take responsibility for the state of the embattled utility

Former Eskom boss Matshela Koko says that he refuses to take any ethical responsibility for the state of the embattled utility.Koko believes that it is up to the state capture commission of inquiry, the police and the Special Investigating Unit to determine who should be blamed for the crisis at the state-owned company following years of corruption and maladministration.He claims that the company performed at its best during his tenure and never experienced any blackouts.

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