Woman’s half naked body found in toilet in Alexandra

Woman’s half naked body found in toilet in Alexandra

The community of Alexandra in Gauteng says it is in shock after a 48-year-old woman was raped and killed.

Barbara Zwane’s body was found half naked in a toilet on Thursday morning.

Used condoms and shoe strings were found at the scene, which suggests that she might have been strangled to death.

Zwane’s boyfriend Tshepiso says he was on a night shift duty when his lover was brutally murdered.

“She came to me at work asking for money that was the last time I saw her alive,” he says.

Alexandra police station commander Brigadier Lindiwe Magudulela has confirmed the crime and says they are investigating.

The rape and murder of women and children remain a thorn on the side of the post-apartheid government in South Africa, despite various efforts to end the scourge.

According to a 2009 study by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, rape-murder is not a rate occurrence in South Africa with 494 of women murdered and 104 of the child murders that year linked to rape. It says the rape-murder rate for adult women is similar to the overall global murder rate of adult women.  

Strangulation was among the most common manner of death in cases of rape-murder for adult females and the most common for children. The author of this article – Given Motswiane – works for the Alex Reporter.

Alexandra taxi owner gunned down in cold blood

Alexandra taxi owner gunned down in cold blood

A 54-year-old man was shot dead on Wednesday night by unknown suspects in his doorstep at Nobuhle Hostel, 6th Avenue in Alexandra, Gauteng.

The deceased, Dlangamandla Xaba, was a taxi owner and a hostel headman.

His elder brother, Mpisi Xaba, says it is hard for him to accept the tragic death of his sibling.

Xaba adds that Dlangamandla will be laid to rest in his hometown of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

However, they are yet to finalise the date of the burial.

Alexandra Police spokesperson, Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha, says a murder case has been opened.

In 2018, Xaba made headlines in Alexandra for his bid to unify locals and hostel dwellers through music.

Alex taxi driver accused of teen’s murder to spend Christmas in jail

Alex taxi driver accused of teen’s murder to spend Christmas in jail

The man accused of killing Alexandra teenager, Jabulile Nkosi, will spend Christmas in jail.

Prince Ndlovu’s case will return to court on 21 January 2021.

It has been postponed yet again for further investigations.

The 25-year-old taxi driver is accused of killing 18-year-old Nkosi who was a learner at the East Bank High School at the time of her passing.

Her body was found with bullet wounds in September near the Jukskei River Park in West bank.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Gauteng believes it has a strong case against Ndlovu.

Spokesperson Phindi Njonondwane has previously told reporters that “the suspect did not apply for bail instead he has applied for legal aid assistance in the matter.”

She says investigations continue to establish whether he has committed other crimes.

Police have also said they have strong evidence linking the Zimbabwean national to Nkosi’s murder.

Different community organisations were picketing outside court on Wednesday, demanding that the accused be remanded in custody.

Others are not happy with the case’s constant postponements.

“Why did they keep on postponing the case because there is clear evidence that Prince killed Jabulile?” asked one picketer.

Case against Alexandra officers accused of young mother’s murder postponed

Case against Alexandra officers accused of young mother’s murder postponed

The case against two Alexandra police officers accused of killing a 28-year-old Samantha Radebe has been postponed to later this month.

The officers briefly appeared before the Alexandra Magistrate Court this morning.

They will return to court on the 29th of October for a bail hearing.

Sergeant Frans Malesela Kganyago and Constable Wisani Redgement Chabani face murder and attempted murder charges, respectively.

Radebe was coming from work when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

The officers are said to have been engaged in a shootout with suspected criminals in Tsutsumani, Alexandra, in January this year.

The accused officers are not being kept in custody, for now, as they were summoned to appear before court and not arrested

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng Spokesperson Phindi Njonondwane says they have a strong case against the pair.

“After the assessment process, we realised that there are prospects for prosecution and the matter was enrolled based on evidence before court.”

Radebe’s family was present in court. It says it is pinning its hopes on the state to ensure that justice is served for the slain mother.

Family spokesperson Morena Mathane says they are in pain.

“The family is still in pain to see the officers roaming in the streets, but we hope justice will prevail at the end of the matter.”  

Alex fire highlights lack of housing

Issues of housing have come to the fore again in Alexandra where more than ten houses were destroyed in a fire over the Easter weekend.

Issues of overcrowding were at the heart of recent protests in the Johannesburg township, where residents complain that 25 years into democracy, thousands of families still live in poor conditions.

The weekend blaze engulfed houses on 14th Avenue, and residents speculate that an electrical fault caused the fire.   Thoko Mbukazi, who lost her home in the fire, said, “the electricity went off and it came back around 11:00 pm and that’s when the fire started.”

Residents say they have lost all their belongings including ID documents and clothing and are pleading to the community for assistance.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Alex used the opportunity to campaign by coming to the community’s aid with food parcels and blankets.

ANC’s ward 76 Councilor Mosses Pandeka said, “the City of Joburg is run by the DA but it is still our responsibility to assist the community because they are the voters.”

An investigation into the fire has since be launched. – Alex FM (edited by Siya Motha)

Alex residents Thoko Mbukazi and Zodwa Ngwenyama Mamabolo describe their losses in the devastating Easter weekend fire