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A Car Hijacked Every 32 Minutes In South Africa |The Republican News

Top 10 most hijacked and stolen passenger vehicles
                     Top 10 most hijacked and stolen passenger vehicles

According to statistics released by the South African Police Service in March 2017, a total of 12 743 vehicles were hijacked in South Africa between April 2016 and December 2016 – that’s 14.9% more than in the 2015/16 financial year, Wheels24 has reported.

The SAPS says that 1 416 vehicles are hijacked in South Africa each month – one every 32 minutes.

Incidents reported to our control centre alone indicated that 34 vehicles were hijacked in the greater Durban area over the past 6 months, and 69 cars were stolen in the same period. National stats for the worst hijacking spots in 2016 showed that Chatsworth ranked 5th in the country with 175 incidents reported, and Pinetown was 7th on the list with 146.

These frightening statistics beg the question, which cars and car brands are the most hijacked in South Africa?

Vehicle company Ctrack released their hijacking and crime statistics from January to December 2016, detailing which passenger vehicles and SUV’s and vehicle manufacturers, are most targeted by criminals.

Businesstech compiled their findings and according the the report, the most hijacked passenger vehicle in South Africa is the Volkswagen Polo. Toyota’s Fortuner was the most hijacked SUV, making Toyota the SUV manufacturer most targeted by criminals in the country followed by Land Rover and Nissan.

Notably, this data is an almost exact mirror of the best-selling passenger vehicle in South Africa every month. The Volkswagen Polo and Polo Vivo are currently the first and second-bestselling cars with the Toyota Fortuner currently in third.

In order, the top 10 most hijacked and stolen passenger vehicles in South Africa are: Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford, Citroen, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Renault, Chevrolet.

In order, the top 10 most hijacked and stolen SUV’s in South Africa are: Toyota, Land Rover, Nissan, Mahindra, Volkswagen, Jeep, Porsche, Renault, Ford, Daihatsu.

Most hijacked and stolen SUV's in South Africa

Sources:
Wheels24
Businesstech
Ctrack

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Nigeria, South Africa To Use Cultural Diplomacy To End Attacks On Nigerians

The Nigerian and South African Governments are to use cultural diplomacy to end incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the announcement on Friday in Abuja.

He was speaking when the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lulu Mnguni, paid him a courtesy visit.

Mohammed said that Nigeria and South Africa were two brotherly countries that had enjoyed long-standing relations, in spite of occasional disagreements.

He said the cultural diplomacy was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s recommendations for people-to-people relations between both countries in ending xenophobia.

The minister said that Buhari gave the recommendation when the South African President, Mr Jacob Zuma, paid a state visit to Nigeria.

He said that cultural diplomacy was an effective tool that would end xenophobia and strengthen the understanding between Nigerians and South Africans.

‘‘The options open to us in the area of cultural diplomacy are many but please, permit me to highlight a few of what we are planning to do in the months ahead.

‘‘The ministry of information and culture, working in collaboration with its relevant parastatal agencies is to embark on a series of activities in South Africa to strengthen the understanding between Nigerians and South Africans.

‘‘These activities include joint musical concerts, co-production in the area of films, visit of popular Nollywood actors and actresses to South Africa as part of a Nigerian delegation going on a confidence-building trip.

‘‘Exhibitions featuring Nigerian delicacies to be entitled “A Taste of Nigeria’’ and a town hall meeting for Nigerians resident in South Africa, with a view to encouraging dialogue on the way forward.’’

The minister said that the activities would kick-off in the weeks ahead and would not be a one-off event.

He said that while diplomats continued to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, the ministry would deploy and ensure the sustenance of cultural diplomacy to bring the people together.

Mohammed noted that if the relations between Nigeria and South Africa became more cordial, it would have a positive effect on the whole of Africa.

‘‘Over 120 South African companies, perhaps more than those of any other African country are doing business in Nigeria. Thousands of Nigerians regularly travel to South Africa for business and leisure.

‘‘Historically, Nigeria played a frontline role in helping to end the scourge of apartheid in South Africa.

‘‘We must spare no effort in strengthening this brotherly spirit between our two countries and cultural diplomacy will be a major tool in this effort.’’

Mnguni said earlier, that both countries shared trenches together for many years during the regime of apartheid which South Africa was able to defeat with the support of Nigeria.

The envoy thanked the Federal Government for the relentless fight side by side with his country during the apartheid era.

He said there was urgent need to deploy programmes that would educate the people on the time-tested relations between both countries.

‘‘We believe that using culture, music, poetry and many other forms of cultural relations will help to strengthen our cohesion.’’

Mnguni noted that Nigeria had potential in the field of culture which could be used to strengthen relations between the two countries.

He thanked the minister for championing the cultural diplomacy initiative to address racial intolerance.

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Foreign Shop Onwers In Coligny, South Africa Left In Despair After Looting

Police patrol the streets of Coligny which has been rocked by violence. Picture: ANA

     Police patrol the streets of Coligny which has been rocked by violence. Picture: ANA

One of 30 Bangladeshi nationals who own shops said collectively, Bangladeshi business owners lost stock valued at more than R700k.

At least 30 shops owned by foreign nationals have been looted in Coligny, in North West, since the outbreak of community protests, a local businessman said on Wednesday.

“I am left with nothing, they took everything in my shop, they even took the cups I used to drink water,” said Mahammed Rubel.

“It is heartbreaking to see your neighbour looting your shop. They took everything, including my clothes. People do not have mercy, you give them credit and help them, yet they loot your shop. People you know …”

Rubel is one of 30 Bangladeshi nationals who own shops in Tlhabologang. He said collectively, Bangladeshi business owners lost stock valued at more than R700 000.

“We do not know whether we will be able to recover from this great loss, we do not have means to start. We are depending on donations from food to clothes. We have nowhere to go. We are now staying at the mosque and hope our brothers in Johannesburg will help us.”

Rubel said they would monitor the situation in Coligny before deciding on their next move.

Shops were looted on April 24 when violence erupted in Coligny following the death of a 16-year-old boy, Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu.

Motlhomola died after two farmers, Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte 34, alleged they caught him stealing sunflowers at their employer’s field in Rietfontein, near the Scotland informal settlement. They ordered him to climb onto the back of a van, intending to hand him over to the police, but according to them, he jumped out of the moving van. He suffered neck injuries and later died on his way to hospital.

But an eyewitness told the police Matlhomola was thrown out of a moving van.

His death triggered a mass protest that left several houses and vehicles burnt, shops looted and damaged as the community demanded that his alleged killers be arrested.

The protest stopped after the two handed themselves over to police on April 25. But renewed violence erupted on May 8 when Doorewaard and Schutte were released on R5 000 bail each.

Furious residents torched three houses and police were forced to fire teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that wanted to torch a house in Rietvlei.

Schools have been disrupted since the outbreak of the violence, but on Wednesday, pupils at one of the high schools returned to class.

The situation was calm on Wednesday. A police helicopter monitored the situation.

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Johannesburg South Townships Mobilise For Massive Protest On Friday

Protests over lack of housing continues in the south of Johannesburg despite government’s promise to residents that the plan will provided within two weeks.

The protests started in Eldorado Park on Monday and quickly spread to other neighboring areas, Ennerdale, Klipspruit, Finetown and Orange Farm.

According to EWN reporter, Mia Lindeque, Ennerdale residents say they do not want to speak to any government official.

The schooling has also been suspended for the past three days in Ennerdale and Eldorado Park.

 

EWN reports seeing a notice circulating in these communities inviting residents to join a massive protest on Friday.

Yesterday Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said these protests are led by drug kingpins and peddler.

Municipal IQ economist, Karen Heese, says though protests may provide an opportunity for criminal activity, they are are not planned by criminals.

 

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South African Student, Age 23 Bags Her PhD In Psychology, Making Her Youngest Female In The Continent

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Congratulations to 23 year old Musawenkosi Saurombe. She is the youngest female PHD Graduate in Africa with a Research thesis of No Corrections & Ammendments
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Musawenkhosi Sourambe has become one of the youngest students on the continent to obtain a PhD at the age of 23 at North-West University.

North West University said she had obtained her PhD with no corrections being made to her thesis‚ which was flawless.

Sourambe started school at the age of four in Gaborone‚ Botswana. When she was in grade three her teacher promoted her to grade four after the first school term.

“My parents had to explain to my teachers after wanting to promote me to other grades that I needed time to mature and it was true because when I got to university I struggled‚” she said.

Sourambe matriculated at the age of 15 and started a BCom degree at 16. She received an honours degree at 19 and master’s degree by the age of 21- with distinction.

Her initial years at university were tough‚ she added‚ because she struggled to relate to other university students.

“I had a lot of responsibility from a young age and my peers had more liberty than I did because I was so young‚” she said.

“I couldn’t act my own age. I always had to be more matured and some of my peers didn’t know how old I was‚” she said.

Sourambe‚ who has already joined a doctoral fellowship at North West University‚ said she had a few academic conferences lined up overseas for the rest of the year. She is involved in teaching and supervising postgraduate students at NWU’s campus in Mahikeng.

Her goal now is to get a driver’s licence. She was too young to get one after matric and too busy completing her third year at university when she turned 18.    (TimesLive)

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Police Arrest ‘Coup Plotter’ Planning To Assasinate Prominent South Africans

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The Hawks arrested a “coup plotter” on Wednesday who was allegedly planning to assassinate 19 people including members of the cabinet‚ state owned entities and prominent South Africans.

Those in the crosshairs were allegedly “officials perceived as state capture beneficiaries”‚ according to a statement issued late on Wednesday by Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

During October 2016 the Hawks intercepted communication related to “possible assassinations” being planned against various targets.

“The Hawks acted upon the information received and conducted undercover operations in Pretoria and Johannesburg which lead to the arrest of a 23-year-old African male for allegedly plotting to assassinate officials perceived as state capture beneficiaries. Almost 19 individuals were targeted and their names will only be divulged in court‚” said the statement.

“The suspect and a founder member of the Anti- State Capture Death Squad Alliance (ASCDSA) was arrested on the 26th April 2017 in Midrand while he was busy explaining to the donors how the assassination of state capture beneficiaries was going to be carried out by the undercover coup plot snipers.

“The communication intercepted by the investigators included various letters which were sent to selected companies to donate money at a total amount of one hundred and forty million rands (R140m) to fund the alleged clandestine operation.”

The statement went on to say that during the ongoing investigation another group‚ “the Anti-White Monopoly Capitalists Regime (AWMCG) surfaced” which necessitated a two-pronged investigation approach.

“It was discovered that the AWMCG used the same operandi soliciting donations in order to assassinate senior government officials and other South African citizens. Four individuals were allegedly targeted for this operation‚ their names will also be revealed in court.

“A search was conducted at the suspects’ home and evidentiary proof was confiscated for further investigations. It further transpired that there were other companies he solicited funds from using same modus operandi.

“The suspect is expected to appear before Johannesburg Magistrate Court on Friday 28 April 2017 to face conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. Bail will be opposed to allow further investigation.”                    (Times Live)

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4-year-old boy’s Cannibal Uncle Skinned Him, Drank His Blood, Ate His Heart In Horrific Witchcraft Ritual

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT 
  • Kamvelihle Ngala, 4, went missing while playing with friends in South Africa
  • Police discovered his badly mutilated corpse in a house and arrested his uncle
  • Officers claimed the suspect, Mandisi Gwanya, 30, was involved in witchcraft
  • He has been charged with murder in KwaNtsila village, Eastern Province
Police in South Africa claim Kamvelihle Ngala, 4, pictured, had been killed by his uncle Mandisi Gwanya in a cannibal attack

Police in South Africa claim Kamvelihle Ngala, 4, pictured, had been killed by his uncle Mandisi Gwanya in a cannibal attack

A trusting youngster was snatched by an uncle said to be involved in witchcraft who is accused of skinning him then drinking his blood and eating his heart.

The evil killing of the four-year-old boy has rocked the village where he disappeared after his grandmother tracked him down to a blood-soaked house of horror.

Kamvelihle Ngala, 4, had gone missing while out playing with friends and his grandmother Nontuthuezelo Gwanya, 70, began a search through the night.

The grandmother’s sister then tipped her off her to check for the missing boy at her son’s house saying she feared he was ‘in the grip of Satan’ and ‘did not trust him’.

When she knocked at the door at 2am her nephew would not let her in so she forced it open and her screams at what she saw brought villagers running.

Nontuthuezelo told reporters: ‘I thought a pig had been slaughtered there was so much blood and then I saw the hand of my small boy and pieces of meat.

‘He confessed to me that he had eaten the child’s flesh.

‘My grandson did not deserve to die like that, especially at the hands of a family member who was supposed to protect and love him’.

Police returned and broke down the door and arrested the 30-year-old man inside the blood soaked home and recovered many body parts from the boy.

Neighbours said the boy’s ribs were on a sideboard and his skull had been skinned and split in half and remains of his brain were by a salt shaker,

Police found body parts belonging to the youngster inside the bloodstained home

Neighbours conducted a search for the missing youngster before the grim discovery 

Neighbours conducted a search for the missing youngster before the grim discovery

Police spoksman Captain Nozuko Handile said the suspect had recently been released after seven years in prison for murder after serving his sentence.

He was arrested at the house and charged with the murder of the boy.

Family spokesperson Nosidima Xakana said the village all joined the search.

She said: ‘Nontuthuzelo got a call from some family members that she must also look at the house where another relative lived to find her grandson.

‘Nontuthuzelo went to her nephew’s house and pushed opened the door. The room looked like a slaughter house. There was just blood everywhere.

‘The body of Kamva was on the floor cut to pieces. It was a scene like when one slaughters a sheep for a ritual.

‘The body was carefully skinned and so was the skull which was away from the child’s body.

‘He told the villagers and police he drunk Kamva’s blood and ate his heart and brains. The skull was clean with eyes gouged out and skin taken away.

‘This was like slaughtering sheep or goat for a ritual. A liver was in another dish with one hand’ said traumatised Xakana.

Village elder Mte Saleni, 75, said: ‘When people are on drugs they are uncontrollable. What people saw in that flat will haunt them forever’.

Mandisi Gwanya, 30, was remanded in custody by Port St Johns Magistrates charged with murder in KwaNtsila village, Eastern Province, South Africa.

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