ANC councillor arrested for rape in Alexandra

ANC councillor arrested for rape in Alexandra

The ANC in Alexandra, Gauteng, has confirmed that one of its councilors has been arrested for rape.

Alex Reporter understands that he is a PR councilor in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

ANC secretary in Alexandra, Banele Sangcozi, says they want the accused councilor to step down.

“If he fails to step down, we call on the upper structures to immediately suspend him and institute disciplinary proceedings against him.”

Meanwhile, the ANC Joburg spokesperson Sasa Manganye says they stand with the victim.

“The ANC stands with the victim and calls authorities ensure that alleged misogynist faces the full might of the law as we believe in the fairness and unbiasedness of the justice system of our country.”

DA Joburg spokesperson on Gender & the LGBTQIA+, Botshelo Moloisane, says they want the councilor suspended.

“We are saddened and shocked to learn about the arrest, this comes at a time where the country is battling GBV and femicide. It is appalling that the accused has acted in such a manner. We will ask the Joburg council to write to MEC Lebogang Maile to suspend the councillor without pay till the case is concluded. Not only has he broken his oath of office to but his code of conduct as an elected councillor.”

Police spokesperson Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha says he is not aware of the matter.

The accused is, nonetheless, expected to appear before the Alexandra Magistrate Court on Monday.

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.

One of cops accused of killing Alex mother dies

One of cops accused of killing Alex mother dies

One of the police officers accused of killing Alexandra resident, Samantha Radebe, has died.

It is understood that constable Wisani Chabani was found dead in his car in the township police station’s parking lot last week.

Police Spokesperson Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha has confirmed that the deceased did not have injuries or wounds.

“We wait for the post mortem from pathologists to discover what led to the death of the officer.”

Sergeant Frans Kganyago and Chabani were arrested following an IPID investigation into Radebe’s murder who was killed by a firearm from one of the officers in January 2020.

Radebe was coming from work when she was caught in the crossfire during an alleged shootout between police and hijacking suspects in the township.

The newly-wed young mother died on the scene, while a passer-by was wounded.

Two burnt beyond recognition in Alexandra fire

Two burnt beyond recognition in Alexandra fire

Two people have been killed in a fire that destroyed dozens of shacks in Alexandra on Saturday night.

One-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man were burnt beyond recognition in the devastating fire.

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services Spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi, says an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

“The multiple shack fire incident happened at 8th Avenue London road around 22h00 (Saturday), two people lost their lives. We encourage our residents to be careful when using heating appliances that may cause fire at home.”

At least 20 homes were destroyed in the incident.

Fires are prone in the township.

In August, three people lost their lives in a fire that torched about 200 shacks.

The cause of that inferno remains unknown but emergency services suspected heating devices, which were left unattended.

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