Betogers versper paaie rondom Pretoria met klippe en buitebande

Betogers het Dinsdag talle besige paaie rondom Pretoria met klippe en buitebande versper. Sefako Makgatho- en Molefe Makinta-  rylaan in Mabopane, die M17 langs Soshanguve en die N4 in Atteridgeville is deur die gewelddadige betogings geraak. Daar word beweer dat die betoging in Atteridgeville met taxi-kwessies verband hou, terwyl die betogings in Mabopane en Ga-Rankuwa glo uit ʼn gebrek aan dienslewering spruit. Woordvoerder van die Tshwane-metropolisie, Isaac Mahamba,  het gesê metrobeamptes is besig om die geaffekteerde gebiede te monitor om te verseker dat inwoners nie verder ontwrig word nie. “Ons is bewus daarvan dat die meeste van die pendelaars in hierdie areas deur die betogings geraak is omdat sommige van die taxi’s en busmaatskappye hulle aan hierdie gebiede onttrek het, maar ons sal seker maak dat al die bedrywighede weer herstel word.” Metropolisiebeamptes moes vroeër rubberkoeëls afvuur om ʼn skare wat die M17 in Soshanguve versper het uitmekaar te jaag,…
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Major copper cable theft bust in the City of Tshwane

An anonymous tip-off has led to a major cable theft bust valued at about R500 000 by a specialised unit of the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) early this morning. Members of TMPD’s newly established Cable Theft Unit received information last night about a truck carrying stolen copper destined for a known second-hand scrap metal dealer west of the city. Five members of the unit, in a marked police car, flagged down the truck on Van Der Hoff Road, a few metres from its destination. When the driver saw the police, he made a quick U-turn and sped off. The police gave chase and forced the truck off the road. When police asked the driver what was in the back of the truck, he said he was delivering a pile of rubbish to a scrap metal dealer. Upon inspection of the truck, police made a startling discovery of used and new copper cables belonging to the City with a street value of R500 000 covered under a pile of rubbish. The cables had been stolen from the vandalised Suid…
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Msimanga leads crime clean-up campaign in Sunnyside

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga this morning led a crime clean-up campaign in Sunnyside alongside the Tshwane Metro police, emergency services and municipal water and electricity technicians. The raid meant to tackle drug dealings, illegal electricity and water connections, by-law enforcement and the reclaiming of the municipality's buildings. Msimanga pointed out several illegal power connections and meter tempering at Nuweveld building on Troy Street as he inspected the municipal flat. He said the building owed the City at least R2 million in rates alone and it was about time it complied. During the raid, Msimanga introduced himself to several tenants and asked to speak to caretakers of buildings. This he said was because the City was determined to eradicate all criminal activities in the city. The mayor also visited Nix Accommodation on Rissik Street near Unisa in Sunnyside to inspect the building for possible illegal connections. The metro police officers said …
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EFF-lede betoog voor tehuis vir bejaardes in Pretoria se middestad

’n Inwoner van 80 jaar van ’n tehuis vir bejaardes in Pretoria se middestad moes Woensdag saam met ander inspring om te verseker dat almal van Huis Davidtsz middagete kry, nadat EFF-lede die werkers van die tehuis verhoed het om hul werk te doen. Hannes van Vuuren (80) sê hy moes inspring om te help. Cobus Kruger, ’n veiligheidswag by die tehuis, het ook borde kos aangedra en nadat die bejaardes geëet het, weer die tafels in die eetsaal opgeruim. Net soos Kruger het Leona Gouws, ’n sekretaresse by Huis Davidtsz, ook gehelp met die voorbereiding van die kos en die opruiming. Haar ma, Amanda Steyn, het ook oral waar sy kon, gehelp nadat sy die oggend gehoor het EFF-lede betoog voor die tehuis. Haar ma en Gouws se ouma, Fransie van der Westhuizen, woon al vyf jaar daar. Sy ly aan demensie. Sy en van die ander inwoners was salig onbewus van die EFF se betoging buite. Ander het dit wel gehoor, maar nie geweet waaroor dit gaan nie. Sommige inwoners het verward by hul k…
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Pretoria bus with passengers hijacked during feud between taxi operators

A bus with passengers was hijacked in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon after a feud between several taxi operators on the city's express bus service. Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, Mayor Committee on Roads and Transport, said on Wednesday that the A Re Yeng bus was allegedly hijacked by "double crossed " bus drivers who disregarded an agreement between the Tshwane metro and three taxi ranks. The company entered the agreement with the taxi associations of Hammanskraal, Stinkwater and Eersterust in December 2017. According to the company, taxi drivers are reimbursed to no longer enter the city center, but to pick up and drop off commuters at a newly built taxi and bus stop at the Wonderboom Junction shopping center at R17 per ride. From Wonderboom Junction, commuters will then be transported with A Re Yeng buses to the city center at R8 per ride. This agreement was implemented on January 8. "On Tuesday afternoon, taxi drivers from all three taxi associations refused to take pass…
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Sanco dreig om Pretoria se middestad tot ʼn stilstand te bring

Die Suid-Afrikaanse burgerlike organisasie Sanco het gedreig om Donderdag Pretoria se middestad tot ʼn stilstand te bring om oor dienslewering te betoog. “Die gemeenskap van Tshwane in Gauteng word genooi om aan die massa-protesaksie deel te neem,” het Sanco in ʼn kennisgewing genoem. Sr.supt. Isaac Mahamba, woordvoerder van die Tshwane-metropolisie, het bevestig die metropolisie het die kennisgewing van die beplande optog ontvang. “Die metropolisie het nie die optog goedgekeur nie aangesien die organisasie versuim het om aan sekere vereistes van die Byeenkomstewet te voldoen,” het Mahamba gesê. Volgens die kennisgewing gaan Sanco-ondersteuners omstreeks 10:00 van die ou Putco-busdepot in Marabastad tot by die Tshwane-huis stap. Die roete wat betogers beplan om te stap behels Struben-, Sophie de Bruin-, Madiba- en Lilian Ngoyistraat. Die optog sal na verwagting teen 15:00 klaar wees. Metropolisiebeamptes gaan na die middestad ontplooi word om die situasie te mon…
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Burgemeester van Tshwane voor treurende families weggejaag

Solly Msimanga, burgemeester van Tshwane, moes Maandag uit Soshanguve, noord van Pretoria, vergesel word nadat gemeenskapslede hom verjaag het waar vyf kinders dood is toe ʼn paneel van ʼn munisipale ligmas losgekom het. Maroela Media het vroeër berig vyf kinders, tussen ses en 12 jaar oud, is dood toe hulle by Apollo-lig, net buite die Bopapes se huis, gespeel het. Die swaar metaalring wat die hoë lig ondersteun, het losgekom en vier kinders is op slag dood. Twee kinders is na ʼn hospitaal geneem, waar een van hulle by George Mukhari-hospitaal gesterf het. Een van die kinders is nie beseer nie. Twee van die kinders was nefies uit die Bopape-familie. Msimanga wou ʼn besoek aflê aan die treurende gesinne, het sy waarnemende woordvoerder, Lindela Mashigo, gesê. Toe Msimanga en ʼn span afgevaardigdes van die munisipaliteit egter Maandagoggend by Block X-gemeenskapsaal in Soshanguve opdaag, het lede van die plaaslike sakeforum hul “ongemak” uitgespreek met sy teenwoordigheid. “…
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Executive mayor of Tshwane nominates new police chief

Executive mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, has nominated a policewoman Johanna Nkomo for the position of chief of Tshwane Metro Police Department. Msimanga announced the nomination at Tshwane House ahead of the council sitting on Thursday. “I am glad to announce that the interview process has been concluded and we now have a nominee for the position of TMPD Police Chief. Msimanga hailed Nkomo as "someone with vast experience" within the policing environment. “The nominee is someone we strongly believe can fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position of Tshwane’s top cop and assist in bringing the change to Tshwane which we desire and making the city a safer place to live in,” said Msimanga. He said Nkomo would assist the City in keeping residents safe. "We look forward to working with Nkomo in engaging some of the more challenging issues that are before us and some of the most exciting things that the City is working on to bring to the people of Ts…
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Row over occupancy at Jean Crossing Shopping Centre in Centurion

TWO years after the upmarket Jean Crossing Shopping Centre in Centurion opened its doors, it is still battling to obtain a certificate of occupancy from the City. The main dispute between the parties relates to the construction and completion of a main stormwater drainage system that the mall owners had agreed to erect on behalf of the City at an estimated cost of R22million. The City accepted that the physical buildings and all services at the shopping centre had been completed, but it was not willing to issue the final certificate of occupancy as the stormwater drainage system had not been completed. The City said the system - which will serve about 1000 households and numerous businesses around the shopping centre - constituted infrastructure “incidental to the building” (the mall) and it can thus not issue a final certificate. This, while the Jean Crossing Shopping Centre had been occupied since 2015 and the City levying its full quota of rates and taxes, servic…
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Pretoria man word nog ‘n statistiek van taxi geweld na aanval met baksteen

Hulle het geslaan om dood te slaan. Carel Kruger (43) was oortuig daarvan toe die baksteen-houe vir die soveelste keer op hom neerreën. Selfs toe hy bebloed na twee lede van die Tshwane-metropolisie gehardloop het, een aan die baadjie gegryp en gesmeek het: “Help!” het een van die aanvallers nog ’n hou ingekry. “Die twee metropolisiemanne het net daar gestaan. Hulle was gewapen, maar het niks gedoen nie.” Toe vlug Kruger maar tussen die voertuie in Lavenderweg in die noorde van Pretoria in en bel ’n vriend om hulp. Ander lede van die Tshwane-metropolisie het wel later ingegryp en twee vermeende aanvallers gevang, maar Kruger sê hy gaan klagte indien teen die twee wat volgens hom net gestaan en kyk het hoe hy veg vir sy lewe. “Ek is kwaad. Omdat ons so moet lewe, dat ek net nog ’n slagoffer is soos duisende ander,” sê hy. Hy het Vrydagaand net na 19:00 in Lavenderweg gery toe ’n wit taxi bane verwissel en amper reg voor hom inry. “Ek het getoet en ligte geflik…
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