Suspected Alex teen’s killer remanded in custody

Suspected Alex teen’s killer remanded in custody

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) believes it has a strong case against a 25-year-old Alexandra taxi driver accused of killing a local teenager.

Prince Ndlovu’s case was postponed to the 11th of November for further investigations yesterday.

The State believes Ndlovu killed 18-year-old Jabulile Nkosi, who was found with bullet wounds in her body in September near the Jukskei River Park, in the West bank.

Different community organisations picketed outside the Alexandra Magistrate Court, demanding that he be remanded in custody.   

NPA Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane has said Ndlovu has not applied for bail. He has, however, requested legal aid assistance.

Mjonondwane says investigations are continuing to establish if he has committed other crimes.

EFF councillor accused of assaulting cops released on warning

EFF councillor accused of assaulting cops released on warning

EFF PR councillor in Alexandra Moshe Mphahlele (35) has been released on warning from police custody.

He was arrested on Monday following a scuffle at the Alexandra Police Station.

Mphahlele appeared before the Alexandra Magistrate Court on Tuesday afternoon on charges of intimidation, assault, public violence and interfering with police work.

During an interview with the Alex Reporter after his release, the EFF councillor said he didn’t know or understand why he was arrested.

“We had brought the suspected rapist to the police station to be arrested, however the officers did not arrest him instead he was told to sit down in the charge office, we then asked why he was not arrested. Then an argument broke out between officers and the angry residents.”

Mphahlele says he was pepper-sprayed by the police during the scuffle.

“One officer threatened to strike the residents with a chair and then one of the residents poured water onto the officers and we got pepper sprayed. I could not see.”

His version of events are however different from those articulated by Alexandra police spokesperson, Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha, while confirming Mphahlele’s arrest on Monday.

Mbatha told the Alex Reporter that: “Suspect together with a group of residents stormed our police station on Sunday demanding the release of a suspect accused of rape. I can confirm that a 35-year-old man is in police custody for assaulting our officers and staff members.”

Mphahlele has meanwhile dismissed claims that his arrest was politically motivated.

He is due back in court on 18 November.

Alex EFF councillor nabbed for assaulting 4 cops

Alex EFF councillor nabbed for assaulting 4 cops

An EFF councilor has been arrested for allegedly assaulting four police officers in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

Moshe Mphahlele together with a group of residents allegedly stormed the Alexandra Police Station on Sunday afternoon, demanding the release of a suspected rapist.

Alexandra police spokesperson Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha says Mphahlele was arrested on Monday morning.

“I can confirm that a 35-year-old man is in police custody for assaulting our officers and staff members, he will appear in court soon.”

Mphahlele is a proportional representative (PR) councilor for the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality Council, responsible for Ward 107.

On Monday afternoon, dozens of his supporters picketed outside the Alexandra police station, demanding his immediate release from custody.

EFF Johannesburg chairperson Musa Novela has told VOW FM that he is on his way to Alexandra to attend the matter.

Meanwhile the rape accused at the centre of the storm is under police guard at the Tembisa Hospital.

He is recuperating from injuries suffered when angry residents beat him up for allegedly sexually assaulting two women.

He apparently posed as a traditional healer and sexually abused the women when they went to him for consultation.

Alex teen dies from rat poison

Alex teen dies from rat poison

A 17-year-old girl from 4th Avenue, Alexandra in Johannesburg, has died after she allegedly committed suicide by eating rat poison.

Khumo Maloka was a grade 11 learner at East Bank High School.

It is understood that on Sunday the teenager ost a smartphone that belonged to someone on Sunday.

She took her own life the next morning at home, in life in fear of consequences.

Family spokesperson Ben Thabo Maloka says they are shocked and saddened by her death.

“I wish my niece told us what was bothering her, we could have helped her to solve the issue,” Malosa says.

The family says before her death, Khumo told her brother what she planned doing – saying: “My dear brother I love you so much, but I have taken the rat poison to kill myself.”

Her brother took it lightly.

Hours later she was found vomiting and was rushed to the Edenvale Hospital, where she was certified dead hours later.

Alexandra police could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing.

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), 9% of all teen deaths in South Africa are due to suicide.

The group says in the 15-24 age group, suicide is the second leading – and fastest growing – cause of death. – Report by Malesela Mangena

3 suspects shot dead in Sandton burglary gone wrong

3 suspects shot dead in Sandton burglary gone wrong

Three suspected criminals have been shot and killed following a high-speed shootout in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Police and a private security company responded to a housebreaking in the area this morning.

The suspects were cornered at the intersection of Magonia street and Lilium street, Marlboro.

Sandringham police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lebusa says a shoot out ensued between police and suspects.

One of them was arrested.

Stolen property has been recovered as well as two firearms and vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Two Alexandra cops due in court for murder

Two Alexandra cops due in court for murder

Two police officers will appear before the Alexandra Magistrate Court on Friday for the murder of Samantha Radebe.

The 28-year-old woman was coming from work when she was killed in January this year in the township, north of Johannesburg.

In September, residents took to the streets to demand justice for Radebe.

They were concerned that the case seemed to have gone cold.

Alex Reporter’s Cliff Shiko has more.

Numsa wants the AU to intervene in Zimbabwe

Numsa wants the AU to intervene in Zimbabwe

Mnangagwa’s regime has denied claims of human rights abuses, describing them as the work of those bent on tarnishing the country’s image. Pic: Reuters

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has asked the African Union to intervene in the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

Numsa held a picket outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria against what it terms Zimbabwe’s authoritarian regime.

The protest comes amid concerns over Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime.

In August that country’s Catholic Bishops Conference wrote a letter, saying the country was suffering from a multi-layered crisis, including economic collapse, deepening poverty, corruption and human rights abuses.

The government in Zimbabwe, however, denounced the letter as an evil message meant to stoke a Rwanda-type genocide.

Alex Reporter’s Cliff Shiko tracked Numsa’s protest against the Zim government.

Voting by torch light for Alex residents

Voting by torch light for Alex residents

Gauteng – Voters in Alexandra, Johannesburg, eagerly queued into the early hours of yesterday morning to cast their votes, only to be disappointed; as voting stations proved to be ill-prepared.

Voters at Nokuthula Special School had queued from around 5a.m., but were only able to cast their votes in a torch-lit room, following a power outage which began on Monday, 6th May 2019.

There were also widespread issues of ballot paper shortages throughout Alexander. Nokuthula Special School and Realogile High School are amongst the areas that reported such shortages.

Alexander residents were not shy to share their frustrations from the long queues.

“We woke up excited to cast our votes for change, but we were disappointed to find out there was no electricity. We should be done voting by now,” said Nomanithini Mbhele who braced the cold weather conditions to cast her vote.

A report by Alex FM journalist Cliff Shiko who provided election day news coverage in Alexander, Johannesburg.

Gauteng Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) representative Boitumelo Monkai says despite the challenges, the IEC was confident in delivering on its constitutional mandate; and this was illustrated when they promptly dealt with the ballot paper shortages and Section 24 forms in Alexander. – Alex FM, Gauteng (Edited by Philile Masango)

Gauteng IEC official Boitumelo Monkai admits says they were able to resolve ballot paper shortages promptly.