Miss SA’s homecoming tour in pictures

Miss SA’s homecoming tour in pictures

Shudufhadzo Musinda spent the weekend at home for the first time since she was crowned Miss South Africa.

The Ha-Masia born 24-year-old Social Sciences graduate made a first stop in Polokwane, where she was officially welcomed into the province on Thursday.

She then paraded the streets of the city and the nearby township of Seshego.

On Friday, went to greet King Phephu at the Ramabulana Royal Palace and visited the Nsovo Special School, Fhulufhelo Special School and Takalani Children’s Home. She sealed this off with a Vhembe street parade.

Musida spent the last day of her tour at her birth village of Ha-Vhangani, in Ha-Masia, in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality.

The local mayor, Moses Maluleke, believes she will inspire other young people to realise that “the place of origin cannot and should not determine your success in life.”

The Univesity of Pretoria graduate is currently her BA Honours in International Relations at the Wits University.

Shining the spotlight on mental illness and the stigma around is the focus of her reign. – The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has supplied some of the pictures.

Musina Spar manager, security guard charged with GBH for allegedly setting customer alight

Musina Spar manager, security guard charged with GBH for allegedly setting customer alight

The Spar that is at the centre of the burning of a customer in Musina, Limpopo, has resumed operating.

The store went back to business on Monday following talks with local leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Local red berets’ leader Alpheus Mamafa was instrumental into Svodai Mugumbo’s rescue.

The store manager allegedly doused Mugumbo with methylated spirit and his security guard colleague then set her on fire for allegedly stealing from the shop.

Mamafa has told Local Voices that they found the woman with the security guard who was putting bandage on her wounds while trying to convince her not to go to hospital.

Three men, including the security guard and the manager, have been arrested for the crime.

Radali Norman, Tshikwatamba Vhutshilo and John Vanloggerenber appeared in the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe says they were charged with grievious bodily harm (GBH) and were each granted R1 000 bail.

They are due back in court next week Thursday.

Mamafa is urging retailers not to take the law into their own hands when dealing with people who they suspect of theft.  

“We as the EFF are all over – we are watching this thing. Shops must not take the law into their hands. They must report such incidents to the police; otherwise as EFF will tackle them if they violate people’s human rights,” he says.

Mamafa says COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult for community members to go visit Mugumbo in hospital.

However, they plan assisting her with some essential necessities once she is discharged from hospital.

Woman set on fire at a Musina Spar

Woman set on fire at a Musina Spar

A manager at a Spar in Musina, Limpopo, will be appearing in the local magistrate’s court for the assault of a woman accused of theft.

The suspect allegedly doused Svodai Mugumbo with methylated spirit and his colleague, who works as a security guard, then set her on fire.

“Her entire body was burnt even the private parts,” the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the area, Alpheus Mamafa, told Local Voices.

He says the store officials tried to hide the incident.

“When I heard about this matter, I rushed to the store and I was told that the security guard took her away. I managed to find them and he was putting bandages on her – convincing her not to go to hospital,” Mafama says.

“We are not condoning stealing but proper procedures must be followed. They shouldn’t have taken the law into their own hands,” he adds.

The EFF leader says immediately ordered that the store and called the police.

The manager is behind bars and Mamafa says they also want the security guard arrested.

The store remains closed, pending talks with management.

The negotiations are scheduled for Thursday.

The victim is recuperating in hospital.

Popcru slates killing of Groblersdal station commander

Popcru slates killing of Groblersdal station commander

Police union, Popcru, in Limpopo is calling on police officers probing the killing of Colonel Lebyane Seroka to do everything they can to bring the perpetrators to book.

The 57-year-old Groblersdal Police Station Commander was gunned down in the early hours of Saturday in front of his house at Mmaganagobuswa village,  while preparing to go to a funeral.

“We are appalled by the latest tenacious, cold-hearted murders of police officers across our country, demonstrating an upward trend which now stands at over 72 police officers since the 2019-2020 periods. The killing of police undermines the authority of our state and our constitutional democracy, and should therefore be regarded as high treason,” says Popcru.

The union is calling on SAPS management to put more effort to ensure that police officers are always armed with well functional equipment, regardless of the type of scene they are attending to.

“Improvement of community and police relations is crucial in curbing this matter, and police leadership needs to urgently start focusing on improving the strategic, management and internal accountability capacity that will support professional policing. We believe this will enable them to better confront dangerous criminals and defend themselves and others using lethal force where necessary.”

The motive for Seroka’s killing is not yet known.

Suspects used his vehicle to fled the scene.

The car was, however, later found abandoned along the Denilton-Maklerekeng road.

16 suspected illegal miners arrested in Driekop, Limpopo

16 suspected illegal miners arrested in Driekop, Limpopo

Members of the Limpopo Provincial Organised Crime, Air-wing and Tactical Response Team (TRT) have arrested 16 suspects for illegal mining.

The arrests were made during an intelligence-led joint operation in the Driekop policing area, outside Bugersfort.

The police pounced on the suspects after receiving a tip-off about a group of suspects allegedly mining chrome illegally in the Driekop area.

Items worth R10 million were confiscated during the operation. They include three excavators, a Nissan NP200 bakkie; seven spades and five hammers.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Neke Ledwaba has commended the police for acting swiftly to arrest the suspects.

The 16 men will appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court soon as police investigations continue.

According to independent investigative researcher and technical adviser on illicit artisanal mining, Alan Martin, about 30 000 illegal miners work in and around thousands of disused and active mines across South Africa.

In an ISS Today article published in 2019, Martin says the illegal miners, widely known as Zama Zamas, are organised by criminal syndicates, and cause considerable financial losses and security headaches to established, publicly listed companies.

At least R21 billion in sales, taxes and royalties are estimated to be lost through illegal mining annually.

Skrilek residents say they’re forced to live like pigs

Skrilek residents say they’re forced to live like pigs

The residents of Skrilek in Ward 4, outside Bela-Bela in the Limpopo province, say they are forced to live like pigs during the raining seasons.

They say the water stench outside their home takes weeks to evaporate and makes life unbearable.

“During the rainy season, the water starts to flow directly into our homes, it is smelly, and it brings with it mosquitoes. It’s really annoying,”  ne of the residents Local Voices’ contributor Mahlatse Phaladi said.

Residents say they first lodged a complaint about the situation in 2005 to then Mayor, Henrietta Ledwaba, but nothing has been done about it.

 “We (also) spoke to our current Mayor Cllr.Jeremiah Ngobeni and our Ward Councilor about the situation when it is raining, but it has been 15-years now without a solution. Since they have been promising to come and do a pavement and some drainage to direct the water flow, but nothing is happening, we are afraid our houses might be affected.”

The residents vowed to take their grievances to Premier Stanely Mathabatha’s doorstep, if the local Mayor does not intervene soon. – Report by Mahlatse Phaladi @Guru_Mahlatse

Hailstorm claims 6-year-old girl’s life in Sefofotse village

Hailstorm claims 6-year-old girl’s life in Sefofotse village

A six-year-old child has died after a roof collapsed on her during a hailstorm in Limpopo. One person was injured and some families lost their homes.   

Mopani District Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr Pule Shayi, has visitedLorraine Selaelo’s bereaved family in Sefofotse Village.
Sedibeng, Maupa, Mohabaneng and Jamela are among the affected villages.

Municipal spokerson, Odas Ngobeni, says the municipality has embarked on a data collection drive in a bid to craft a coordinated plan to assist affected families.

Ngobeni says the municipality has so far provided tents, blankets, and food for the residents.

Ngobeni has urged community members and motorists to remain vigilant as rain continues to lash the are

He has also appealed that they report emergencies to the Municipal Disaster Management Centre.  – Report by Turfloop FM’s Tshepo Maeko

Limpopo police constable shoots family before killing herself

Limpopo police constable shoots family before killing herself

A 34-year-old female constable stationed at Lephalale SAPS, in Limpopo, has shot and killed her husband.

She also wounded her teenage daughter before turning a gun on herself.

According to the police, the constable had had an argument with her 34-year-old husband before fatally shooting him nine times with a service pistol at Kloppenheim, in Onverwacht.

She then left for Mokopane to an area called Ga-Mokaba and burnt their house. She later called the police, informing them about the shooting and promised to hand herself over. However, she instead drove to Nellmapius Section in Mamelodi East, Pretoria, where she shot her 17-year-old daughter, before turning the gun on herself.

She succumbed to the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Her daughter, who is in matric, survived the incident.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has opened an inquest into the matter. – Report by Ratlou Mabula