Jozini child kidnapper to know fate on Wednesday

Jozini child kidnapper to know fate on Wednesday

The woman who kidnapped a six-day-old infant almost a decade ago will know whether she will spend time in jail on Wednesday.

Khanyisile Mkhwanazi-Ngubane pleaded guilty to abducting the child after she was arrested in Daveyton, in Ekurhuleni, last year.

Nhlakanipho’s mother, Fikelephi Mpontshane from Phaweni in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, has told the Maputaland Community Radio News team that she is not happy with how things are penning out.

Mpontshane says an investigator told her to go to court on Wednesday, where the kidnapper will be given a suspended sentence.

“I am not happy with that. I want her to be jailed for nine years just as she had done to me or more than that,” she says.

Mkhwanazi-Ngubane pretended to be a social worker when she committed the crime.

She confessed her crime to a social worker, who then contacted the Jozini police.

Makhonyeni community living in fear following crocodile sightings

Makhonyeni community living in fear following crocodile sightings

The Makhonyeni community in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, is living in fear after seeing crocodiles crawling near some houses in the area.

It is suspected that the crocodiles were swept away from the Jozini Dam near the Makhathini fields during the recent heavy rains.

So far no one has been injured by the crocodiles.

Ward 5 councillor, Bonginkosi Mahaye, is urging community members to stay away from the dam and not allow children to go swimming there.

He has accused Ezemvelo Wild Life of dragging its feet to go fetch the animals.

Wildlife experts agree with Mahaye that residents should stay away from the water.

They say crocodiles are present in Jozini and their appearance is not new.

Environmentalist, Musa Mntambo, says they always take them back, but they return because water is a natural habitat for crocodiles.

Umkhanyakude authorities report decline in car theft

Umkhanyakude authorities report decline in car theft

The Anti-Vehicle Trafficking Unit in Umkhanyakude, in KwaZulu-Natal, says car theft has dropped significantly under level 3 lockdown.

The unit’s chairperson Joseph Ngubane is attributing the good news to roadblocks and increased police visibility.  

The cars are normally stolen in various parts of South Africa and taken to Mozambique via Jozini.

Last year, tired of hijackings, residents in the district took the streets, calling for more action to end hijackings in the area.

They also beat up men believed to be part of a car syndicate, who gave up the names of law enforcement officers accused of involvement in the trafficking of cars.  

“It was really bad before the lockdown but now things are much better. The hijackers are people who live among us and are now cautious because the police are all over. Roadblocks all over the country are also helpful because at the borders – they have been passing through despite patrols,” Ngubane says.

He hopes for more roadblocks along the border posts in Mkhanyakude.

“Although we understand that budgetary constrains could prevent the deployment of more police officers – we believe the roadblocks will really keep the crime levels down.”

He has also lamented the passing of KwaZulu-Natal Transport and Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Bheki Ntuli.

Ngubane says Ntuli was committed to crime fighting and at the time of his passing – they were planning a meeting to find lasting solutions to vehicle trafficking. 

Ntuli died of COVID-19 related complications recently and was laid to rest on Thursday.

Jozini kidnap victim’s mother hopes for harsher sentence

Jozini kidnap victim’s mother hopes for harsher sentence

The Ingwavuma Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal has postponed the child abduction case against Khanyisile Ngubane to next week Tuesday.

Ngubane is accused of kidnapping a 6-day-old infant from Phaweni in 2011, who was found recently in Johannesburg. 

The boy’s mother, Fikelephi Mpontshane, wants Ngubane to spend the rest of her life in jail, saying her heart breaks every time she sees her.

Mpontshane warns that she will take the law into her own hands should she be acquitted.

She says Ngubane robbed her of a chance to nurture her infant son.

Mpontshane alleges that she is not Ngubane’s only victim and fears she might come back for her son, Nhlakanipho.

Nhlakanipho, now nine, was found in 2020 in Daveyton’s Emaphupheni Section in Ekurhuleni after Ngubane confessed to the crime to a social worker.

He had been living with Ngubane’s former boyfriend, Joseph Ndala, at the time.

Police in Jozini have admitted that the case was not easy to crack.

Spokesperson, Captain Senzo Gumede, has urged community members to work closely with the police to fight crime.

Jozini authorities crackdown on lockdown rules violators

Jozini authorities crackdown on lockdown rules violators

Scores of people have been arrested in Jozini and Ndumo, in KwaZulu-Natal, for not wearing masks when traveling to the cities. 

According to the country’s COVID-19 regulations, a person found guilty of not wearing a mask faces six months in jail or up to R1 500 fine. 

In December, a Pietermaritzburg court also issued a law, which stipulates a R300 fine for failure to wear a mask in public, R1 500 for breaking the 9PM-6AM curfew and businesses that close later than 8PM or are overcrowded will pay R3 000.

The adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations are part of government’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than a million South Africans.

Jozini Mayor Delani Mabika says the police and the army will continue to crack down on towns under the jurisdiction of the municipality.

These include Jozini, Ngwavuma, Bhambanana, Ndumo and Mkhuze.

On Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal recorded 132 COVID-19 related fatalities.

The province has a total number of 236 177 coronavirus infections and 5 002 deaths.

Umgungundlovu, Ugu, Harry Gwala, King Cetshwayo and Ilembe are the hardest hit areas in the province. – Report by Mnqobi Ngwenya, a Maputaland 107.6 Fm Journalist.

Jozini man mourns loss of livestock

Jozini man mourns loss of livestock

Lunga Simelane from Jozini kwaPhaweni, KwaZulu-Natal, is mourning the loss of his livestock.

Simelane’s 25 goats were struck by lightning this week. 

He says 2020 has been a bad year for him as he lost most of his cattle in October.

They went missing and were never found.

Now the death of his goats has added to his woes.

He says he is devastated and doesn’t know what to do as he supplements his income by selling them.

The ward 19 resident says although his councillor had snubbed his plea for help, Disaster Management and Agriculture Departmental officials came to his rescue.

They brought a grader and helped bury the livestock.

Bad weather has been wreaking havoc in parts of KwaZulu-Natal recently.

A family in Nongoma’s Ward 21, at eMahhashini, recently lost two family members after they were struck by lightning.

Houses in the area and Ulundi were also damaged.

Jozini kidnap victim’s mother hopes for harsher sentence

Jozini parents reunited with kidnapped son after 9 years

The parents of a young boy from Jozini, in KwaZulu-Natal, who was kidnapped when he was six days old are over the moon after the child’s safe return home.

They have thanked the Shembe prophet, known as the king of Nazareth uNyazilwezulu, to whom they went to consult for help. The couple says Nyazilwezulu promised them that the boy would return home safely one day. A prophecy that has come true.

Nhlakanipho is now nine years old.

He was abducted by a woman who had promised to help his mother register his birth.

She was visiting Jozini at the time of the crime and while on their way to the home affairs department – Khanyisile, the kidnapper, asked Nhlakanipho’s mother to go buy something to eat at the nearby shops before disappearing with the boy.

The father of the child, Thokozani Gumede, has told Maputaland Community Radio News that they had spent a lot of money trying to find Nhlakanipho.

Nhlakanipho’s mother, Fikelephi Mpotshane-Gumede, has thanked the Jozini police and everyone who has tried helping them find their son.

She has warned young women not to trust strangers with their children. Mpotshane-Gumede has also called on young people to draw closer to God and forget the pleasures of the world.

The former boyfriend of the alleged kidnapper, Joseph Ndala, lived with the boy in Daveyton, eMaphupheni, and says he loved the boy like his own child.

He says the child’s abductor also had him fooled, pretending to be a good person while she was in fact a wolf in a sheep skin.

“She poisoned me and the child and then handed herself over to the police. The police came to our home and took me and Nhlakanipho to hospital. The child spent three weeks there and I was discharged after being treated.”

Ndala says Khanyisile confessed to a social worker that she had stolen the child and that’s the only time he learnt the truth about his beloved Nhlakanipho. The kidnapper had previously told him that the child was born of rape.

Ndala is urging other men to learn more about their partners and where they come from before settling down with them.

The spokesperson for the police in Jozini, Captain Senzo Gumede, says they worked tirelessly since 2011 to solve the case.

He has urged members of the public to be patient with the police as they work on other unresolved cases.