GGM and Lim345 will soon go broke

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Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) headquarters.  Photo supplied. 

By Angie Nkuna
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

GIYANI- According to the National Treasury executive it is only a matter of time before some of the municipalities are not able to pay salaries.

This has emerged after the Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) has invested R158m of its R302m operating revenue in VBS.

Meanwhile, the newly established Lim 345 Municipality, had invested R122m of its R344m operating revenue in VBS.

At least up to 15 municipalities across the country could collapse because they are not likely to recover their R1.5bn investments at VBS Mutual Bank.

Their exposure to VBS was “too large compared to their operating revenue”, according to a Treasury document sent to the affected municipalities last week.

The SA Reserve Bank (Sarb) placed VBS under administration in March, following a liquidity crisis. VBS’s main source of cash was illegal short-term municipal deposits which it used to fund long-term loans to clients.

Another Treasury executive said this money was part of municipalities’ annual budgets and not extra money that the councils could function without.

“Unfortunately, they have lost all that money.

An executive member of the SA Local Government Association said it was almost a foregone conclusion that some of these municipalities will crash.

“We are losing sleep over the issue. The money was strictly for operational issues, not reckless investments,” said the official.

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Manhunt for suspects responsible for pushing Shaun D from the seventh floor

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The deceased, Malamulele rapper Shaun Douglas Chabalala also known as Shaun D the Future. Photo supplied. 

By Albert Maluleke
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

GIYANI- Pretoria, Sunnyside police have launched a manhunt for suspects responsible for pushing a 23-year-old Malamulele rapper Shaun Douglas Chabalala also known as Shaun D the Future from the seventh floor of a block of flats at Sunnyside flat Tambotie building in Spruitsig Park on Monday morning, he was certified dead at the scene.

“It is believed that the deceased and a friend that had accompanied him, were lured to that flat through an online advert that had indicated that a luxury camera was for sale. Reports suggest that upon arrival inside the flat, they were attacked by a group of men who allegedly robbed them of cash and cellphones,” said Sunnyside police.

Spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela
Reports suggested that upon arrival inside the flat, they were attacked by a group of men who allegedly robbed the pair of cash and cellphones.

“While the friend managed to escape, unfortunately, the victim was pushed through the window and he fell to the ground,” Captain Mavimbela said.

No arrests had been made yet and police are investigating murder and robbery dockets, meanwhile the police are searching for a man only known as “Ekene” in connection with the incident.

It is believed that he might be able to assist with the investigations.

Illegal gold miner turned into state witness

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Photo supplied/ Limpopo SAPS.

By Angie Nkuna
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

GIYANI- The Hawks provincial spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke says out of the 12 illegal gold miners who were arrested last Tuesday at Mapuve village just outside Giyani town, one of the suspects has been turned into the state witness.

Meanwhile, Daniel Chavalala (45) has appeared separately at the Giyani magistrate court last Wednesday and he was remanded in custody until 16 May for formal bail application and the remaining 10 suspects Peutrus Malinga(47), Elijah Mhlongo (45), Sbusiso Khoza (41), Thulani Lubisi(42), Zweli Sithole (34), Johannes Manyisa(54), Silas Mlambo (32),

Roderick Gwambe(49), Abel Mathebula (63) and Rhulani Maluleke appeared on Thursday, and were also remanded in custody until 16 May for formal bail application.

These suspects were arrested by the Hawks’s Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit.

Captain Maluleke says the suspects were arrested for contravention of Precious and Metal Act 37 of 2005 sec 4 (possession of unwrought precious metal).

“The suspects were arrested during an intelligence driven disruptive operation aimed at dealing with illegal processing of mineral.

“We are committed to uproot all criminal activities in all spheres of the province and we need community engagement to help fight all this criminal activity,” said Captain Maluleke.

During the operation,the Hawks uncovered backyard gold processing laboratories and seized gold mining equipment which includes gas cylinders, generators, gold bearing materials, mercury, atomic and manual operating pendukas, industrial hammers, gold bearing material grinders, wheelbarrows and industrial torches/flash lights with the estimated value of over R1.5M.

Six months imprisonment for contravening protection order

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By Tsundukani Zitha
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

RITAVI – A 35-year-old man, Norman Nhlungwana, was sentenced to six months imprisonment without the option of fine after he was found guilty of contravening protection order. This was after Nhlungwana appeared in the Ritavi Magistrate Court on Tuesday 08th May.

Constable Mienkie Ramakgoakgoa of the SAPS in Limpopo says that they (police) appreciate the jail term sentenced against a 35-year-old man for contravention of protection order.

“The court heard that On December 06th last year, the above-mentioned convict contravened the protection order that was issued against him, by threatening a 31-year-old woman, Gracious Mhloti Shipalana at her residence,” said Ramakgoakgoa.

According to Ramakgoakgoa, the complainant is said to be the convict’s ex-boyfriend as the incident took place at Shikwambana village near Mhlava Headkraal in Tzaneen Cluster.

“The sentencing of the accused should send a clear message to all perpetrators of domestic violence that the law will be applied mercilessly against any guilty person,” noted Ramakgoakgoa.

Ramakgoakgoa concluded by saying that all crime incidents, especially domestic related ones, are treated with high intensity and people are urged to seek professional assistance rather than resorting to violence.

29-Year-old man arrested for rape

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By Tsundukani Zitha
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

GIYANI- The officers attached to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) have arrested a 29-year-old man on Thursday for allegedly raping a 60-year-old victim at Selawa village in Giyani.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda of the South African Police Service in Limpopo says that the victim was on her way home from attending a function at her neighbour’s house on Wednesday night when was followed by the suspect who held her hand and offered to escort her home.

“On the way the suspect allegedly pulled into the path leading to the river, closed her mouth with his hands and dragged her to the nearby bushes where he raped her” said Netshiunda

Lt. Colonel Netshiunda further states that when he was busy raping her for the second time the suspect heard voices of people walking towards the direction he was committing his evil deed. He then left the victim and ran away.

“The suspect, who is a nephew of the victim, will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing a charge of rape” concluded Netshiunda

Ritual murder suspects appear in court

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By Tsundukani Zitha
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

Lulekani -Two suspects identified as Ishmael Mopai (28) and his brother Michael Mopai (30) appeared in the Lulekani Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. They appeared in connection with the ritual murder of their sister Irene Mopai (40).

The case was remanded to 25 June 2018 without bail to allow further police investigations.

Constable Maphure Manamela of the South African Police Service in Limpopo says that the deceased’s headless body was discovered at their home in Matiko Xikaya village outside Phalaborwa on February 25th this year, by a relative.

“Subsequent to this arrest, the deceased’s head was recovered in the bushes,” said Manamela.
Police investigations continue.

Illegal Gold miners arrested in Mapuve village

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By Otto Ngoveni
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

GIYANI- At least12 suspects, aged between 32 and 63 were arrested by the Hawks’s Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit on Tuesday at Mapuve village few kilometres outside Giyani town.

The Hawks provincial spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke says that the suspects were arrested during an intelligence driven, disruptive operation aimed at dealing with illegal processing of mineral.

“We are committed to uproot all criminal activities in all spheres of the province and we need community engagement to help fight all this criminal activity”, said Captain Maluleke.

During the operation, the Hawks uncovered backyard gold processing laboratories and seized gold mining equipment which includes gas cylinders, generators, gold bearing materials, mercury, automatic and manual operating pendukas, industrial hammers, gold bearing material grinders, wheelbarrows and industrial torches/flash lights with the estimated value of over R1.5M.

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All suspects will appear in the Giyani Magistrate Court tomorrow to face charges of contravention of Precious Metal Act 37 of 2005 Sec 4 possessions of unrought precious metal.

During the previous drive led by the same Hawks, over 30 suspects were arrested and some were released on bail

10-year-old girl found hanged on a tree

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By Tsundukani Zitha
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

SASELAMANI- Police in Saselamani outside Malamulele have opened an inquest docket after the body of a 10-year-old girl was found hanged onto a tree at her homestead, Nkovani village.

Limpopo police say the tragedy was discovered by the deceased ‘s friend on Sunday.

The traumatised child alerted the elders after seeing her friend swinging from a tree behind the house.

Constable Mienkie Ramakgoakgoa says the matter was reported to the Police and the Medical Emergency Services and upon their arrival, she was certified dead.

“The deceased was identified as Ntwisiso Tshabalala, a Grade 4 pupil at Tivoneleni primary school.

“The ten- year- old child dying under this circumstance, calls for everybody’s condemnation. We urge parents and guardians to look after their children and always be alert of their whereabouts.

“The cause of this tragic incident is not yet known but police investigations will reveal as they are ongoing,” concluded Ramakgoakgoa.

Is it water under the bridge between Boti-majulie and Mabasa?

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On Friday, during the event Boti-majulie changed the tune when he was asked about his beef with Mabasa. Photo/ Blessing Mabunda.  

By Albert Maluleke
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za 

GIYANI- Last Friday during the Freedom Day Fundraising Event at Bambeni Secondary School in Bambeni village outside Giyani, Boti-majulie took the crowd by surprise after he showed up at the event organised by Bambeni Youth Forum (BYF).

On Thursday it was reported that Boti-majulie might be travelling to Gauteng after he seemed to have ironed out issues he had with his manager, Tirhani Mabasa.

In the interview with Giyani View in February this year, Hlupheka July Mabunda (60) ‘yena aya kwini’ mocking phrase owner claimed that he will never dare work with Mabasa after he allegedly accused the SABC 2 Xitsonga weather anchor and Xigaza artist of benefiting out of his fortunes.

Giyani View has been highly informed that on Friday of 13 April 2018, Mabasa allegedly transported Boti-majulie to Gauteng Province. Giyani View can only confirm that Boti-majulie spent the weekend in Gauteng.

Dance Makhuvele (30) who recorded most of the video clips of Boti-majulie that went viral on internet in 2017, between January and February 2018 had been in control of Boti-majulie’s bookings once more. Makhuvele said it looks like Mabasa and Boti-majulie is business as usual.

Makhuvele and Boti-majulie had a gig on 14th April in Namakgale, Phalaborwa which they never show up since he was in Gauteng.

Giyani View understands that Mabasa and Boti-majulie might have burned the bridge just after the warm house and birthday party celebration of Boti-majulie in December last year.

In January this year, Boti-majulie has been wheelchair bound after he took so much drinks that led him to fell down and got injured at a local liquor store in Bambeni village.

On Friday, during the event Boti-majulie changed the tune when he was asked about his beef with Mabasa.

Boti-majulie said there’s no other way that he will terminate his deal with Mabasa.

Mabasa wasn’t immediately reached for a comment.

GCR FM a battle field!

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By Angie Nkuna
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

GIYANI- The gloves are off between Giyani Community Radio (GCR) FM, The Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) and The Giyani Revolutionary Task Team (GRTT), this has emerged after the decision taken by GGM to have interdicted the festival (organised by GCR FM), which was set to take place at the municipal Multipurpose facility last Saturday.

The municipality says it has interdicted the festival for the following reasons amongst others:
Organizer’s failure to apply for the venue. Failure to comply with the public gathering Act, which seeks to protect those in attendance.

With such gross none compliance, the municipality has duly served the organizers with court interdict to stop the event. This is to safeguard the lives of those who would attend.

You are therefore all advised that the event is not happening at multipurpose as per court order, concluded the statement issued GGM spokesperson, Steven Mavunda.

GCR FM after learning that GGM has interdicted the festival released a statement accusing the municipality and The SAPS of trying to be in control of the station. Read the full statement below:

Former GCR Marketing Manager, co- founder and chief negotiator when GCR FM was established, Cliff Moraba has been once quoted saying GGM has played a crucial role in making sure that GCR FM exits.

Giyani View has learned that during 2012/13 GGM was approached by GCR FM to help in the establishment of the station, continuous support, accommodation and funding.

With the understanding that GCR is a community radio station and not a private enterprise, the municipality agreed to come on board. The municipality became a stakeholder and supported in the following:

Municipality paid the lease agreement for GCR for the whole year (2013/08/19) to 2014 /08/19. Granted GCR an amount of R100 000 as start – up capital. Paid for electricity to Eskom at R9500 per month. Paid rental rates and services for the rented property.

In the media statement released by GGM in February 2017, the Municipality has outlined that in doing all the above, the municipality was lending a helping hand as a stakeholder involved in all community activities within its jurisdiction.

We cannot over emphasise enough the fact that the municipality has 31 ward councillors who represents 91 villages in the community of Giyani, and as such we are deeply rooted in the community that GCR covers.

It therefore becomes our concern when a supposed community radio station that we also support financially, flouts good governance in the form of dysfunctional board. Our interest is only in seeing the station being run correctly and as per its licence Agreement and Conditions.

The insinuation that we intend to take the station off-air is not true. Meanwhile to ensure that a solution to the challenges is found, we shall continue engaging the relevant stakeholders such as Icasa and the Ministry of Communications as we have been doing the past few months.

All other allegations are nothing but malicious attempts by the station to rubbish our genuine concerns, concluded the statement.

Meanwhile, Gift Chavani of GRTT released a statement stating that GCR FM is running a new propaganda to hide and mislead the people through an emotional project that portrays GCR FM like victims. Read the full statement below: