Father severely beaten during house robbery in north of Pretoria for a cellphone and TV

A 43 year-old male was severely beaten during a house robbery that occurred in north of Pretoria on Tuesday morning around 01:00. Police spokesperson Captain Rebecca Phatlane stated the following: “The home was invaded by two armed men who tied the homeowner and his daughter’s feet and hands then assaulted the owner,” she said. Phatlane stated that the robbers fled with a cellphone and a TV. “The owner was seriously injured and taken to hospital. The daughter was unharmed.” A case of house robbery and assault was opened, she said.
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Pretoria Zoo rejects grumbles from dissatisfied visitors

Dissatisfied visitors took to social social media over the festive season, saying that Pretoria Zoo had shoddy maintenance and a lackluster workforce. Zoo visitors spend too little time at enclosures and if they don’t see the animal immediately, they walk past and assumed the enclosures were empty, says Pretoria Zoo spokesperson Angeline Schwan in response to recent visitor complaints about the absence of animals. On Facebook, Christiaan David Vdm Cardoso vented his frustrations, saying he would not be visiting the zoo again. His post outlined his qualms, which included staff not doing their job properly, poor conditions and a run-down facility, among others. “I cannot express my utter and sickening discuss at how the zoo has turned out!!! “As an avid zoo visitor annually I am saddened to say that you will not see me and my family ever again,” he wrote. Saying it was a depressing place to go to, Cardoso said: “I am 37 years old, have been coming to the zoo sin…
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12-jarige sterf by gewilde vakansieoord oos van Pretoria

ʼn Rotspoel by ʼn gewilde vakansieoord oos van Pretoria het Maandag die lewe van nog ʼn besoeker geëis. Die polisie het bevestig ʼn 12-jarige meisie is by die Nkwe-oord naby Tierpoort dood toe sy glo in ʼn rotspoel naby ʼn piekniekarea in die oord ingegaan het om haar kleiner sussie te red wat in die moeilikheid beland het. Kapt. Kay Makhubela, woordvoerder van die polisie, het gesê die meisie het toe ook in die water in die moeilikheid geraak. “’n Lid van die publiek het ingespring om te help, maar net die een kind kon opgespoor en gered word,” het Makhubele gesê. Volgens inligting op sosiale media het omstanders solank as ʼn uur gesoek vir die meisie se liggaam sonder professionele hulp. “Daardie wonderlike mans wat gehelp het (waarvan drie van hulle my kêrel en sy twee vriende was) is huis toe met uitputting, skraapmerke, hartseer, skuldgevoel, woede, frustrasie en teleurstelling. ʼn Kennisgewing alleen is nie genoeg veiligheidsmaatreëls om so ʼn verlies te voorkom nie,” …
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Slagpale in Pretoria gesluit ná bakterie in vleismonsters gevind word

Die Gautengse department van Gesondheid het ‘n slagpale in Pretoria gesluit na vleismonsters van dié slagpale positief getoets het vir die Listeriose bakterie. Die slagpale mag nie enige produkte verkoop tot hulle aan die vereistes van die departement voldoen nie. Dit sluit in dat die bron van die organisme bepaal word, ontsmetting van die perseel plaasvind en monsters van die werksoppervlaktes en water voor en na ontsmetting gedoen word. Vroeër vanjaar het die Nasionale Departement van Gesondheid ‘n uitbraak van Listeriose aangekondig na ten minste 365 gevalle van dié toestand en 28 sterfgevalle aangemeld is. Die departement van Gesondheid het die afgelope tyd hard gewerk om die bron van die uitbraak vas te stel. Na ‘n pasiënt onlangs met die toestand gediagnoseer is, kon die department die bron van die besmette vleis na die betrokke slagpale in Pretoria naspoor. Die Gautengse Department van Gesondheid het ook monsters ook aan die “National Institute for communicalble…
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Passasiers kaap glo 2 Prasa-treine by Hercules-treinstasie in Pretoria

Twee treine van die Passasierspooragentskap van Suid-Afrika (Prasa) is glo Dinsdagoggend by die Hercules-treinstasie in Pretoria gekaap deur passasiers wat na Saulsville wou reis in plaas daarvan om terug te keer na Koedoespoort. Luidens ’n verklaring van die vervoervakbond Untu het die passasiers die treinspoor omstreeks 07:00 vol betonblokke gepak waarna hulle die drywers gedwing het om na Saulsville te ry. Volgens Louwrens Erasmus, wat die pendeltrein tussen Koedoespoort en Hercules beman het, het hy uit sy kajuit geklim om in die teenoorgestelde kajuit te klim toe die passasiers hom voorgekeer het en hom gedwing het om aan te hou ry. “Ek het besef ek moet saamwerk of ek en my Metro-wag gaan seerkry. Toe ek uit die kajuit klim om in die ander een in te klim op na Koedoespoort toe het die ontstoke passasiers my teruggedruk en betonblokke op die spoor agter die trein gepak. Ek het vir my lewe gevrees en daar was geen Prasa-veiligheidswagte in sig nie,” het Erasmus, wa…
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Pretoria east residents see red over blackouts

A DARK Christmas looms for Pretoria east residents, who have since called on the City to shed light on their predicament. Residents in Mooikloof, Faerie Glen, Zwavelpoort and Olympus have been plagued by random power outages in recent months. Mathlodi Kgapola said her Mooi- kloof residence and surrounding estates had two outages at least twice a week without any explanation or warning. Another resident, from Faerie Glen, said they were tired of the City's “lame excuses”. These ranged from stormy weather and trees not being felled that disturbed electricity poles to cable theft. “Every time it is a new story,” said the resident. She understood that even in the most well developed cities there were power outages, but “the City must let us know in time so we can make alternative plans for the festive season and security". Once criminals knew the City was not doing anything about the power outages, they would capitalise on it, especially during the festive season whi…
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Is that Pretoria ‘pap and vleis’ being made with donkey?

The slaughter of donkeys has raised concerns about consumers being duped when ordering “pap and vleis” from vendors on the outskirts of Pretoria. Three men caught driving a Citi Golf‚ loaded with buckets and refuse bags of freshly slaughtered donkey meat‚ appeared in the Ga-rankuwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of livestock theft. Zimbabwean national Mgcini Dube was denied bail while local residents Stephen Sepeng and Collen Molapo were released on bail of R1‚000 and R500 respectively. The trio were arrested on November 29 when an off duty police captain spotted a suspicious vehicle making a U-turn. SPCA inspector Mishack Matlou was shocked when he arrived at the scene of arrest‚ after the organisation was contacted by the police. "The meat was packed in buckets and refuse bags. We are still investigating as to how we could add cruelty to animals to their charges because the donkeys are killed in the most horrible way‚ sometime hacked with pangas‚" he s…
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Pretoria hijacking hotspots identified

With people getting ready for the upcoming holiday season, it is natural to be slightly more relaxed at this time of the year. Relaxation mode, however, might be the worst thing to do while behind the wheel during the holiday and festive season. Hijackings, common as they are, tend to happen more frequently during the festive season. Motorists in and around the city are required to be more vigilant at all times to avoid becoming a statistic. It is also advisable for motorists to familiarise themselves with hijacking hotspots. Compiled by the SAPS, various tracking companies and the South African crime intelligence bureau, Pro-ActiveSA made an all-in-one list of hijacking hotspot areas. Pro-ActiveSA said: “It will provide the reader with a visual overview of areas to be most aware of.” Areas and streets prone to hijacking occurrences include: – Es’kia Mphahlele Drive – Paul Kruger Street – R55 – Burnett Street – Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Ro…
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City of Tshwane: Workers who protested outside the Gauteng High Court are misinformed

THE workers who protested outside the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, over what they perceived to be a delayed justice in their case with the City, were misinformed, municipal spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said. The out-of-work staff and subcontractors were bused in to the court to demand a speedy verdict. The court case concerns the validity of a tender between their employer, Moipone Group of Companies, and the City. The high court heard the case on September 21, but a verdict is still pending. The workers said they supported their employer, who took the City to the high court for refusing to pay for services rendered under a “valid and binding” contract. To showcase their frustrations, they marched from Marabastad to the high court, where they delivered a memorandum to acting court manager Lucky Makumule. The protesters said the City lacked the will to honour its contractual obligations and that had put them out of work since June. They were hoping for a favou…
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Beloning uitgereik om inligting te bekom oor plaasmoord te Donkerhoek, oos van Pretoria

Sedert die moord op ‘n hoewe op Donkerhoek, oos van Pretoria, in 2015, was daar geen vordering in die ondersoek nie, wat daartoe gelei het dat ‘n beloning nou uitgereik word in ‘n poging om meer inligting te bekom. Op 15 November 2015, nou twee jaar gelede, is die 32-jarige Gavin Wolfswinkel vermoor, en Lucky Sithome is ook in die aanval dood. Wolfswinkel sou ‘n maand later getrou het. Die Boschkop polisiekantoor, wat die gebied bedien waar die moord gepleeg is, was al voorheen dikwels in omstredenheid gedompel omdat lede nie hulle werk doen nie of selfs openlik rassisties teen blanke klaers optree. Chnay Coetzer, Wolfswinkelse suster, sê die gebrek aan vordering deur die polisie met die ondersoek, het hulle as familie laat besluit om ‘n private speurder aan te stel en ‘n beloning vir bruikbare inligting uit te loof. Lede van die publiek wat enige inligting het, kan dit deurstuur aan Chnay Coetzer by 079 522 1210. Mense is welkom om anoniem hulle inligting te deel e…
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