On Friday 15 September the Durban Magistrate’s Court sentenced Mxoleleni Hopeson Bhani to life imprisonment for the murder of Sipho Ndovela, killed on 18 May 2015 at the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court, and 12 years for the attempted murder of another Glebelands resident. But there were others – police members – also implicated in Ndovela’s murder. Bhani did not act alone. Glebelands will never be free of violence and fear unless officers colluding with killers are brought to book. The late Sipho Ndovela was the former Block 56 chairperson. He ran a small tuckshop and provided security at a nearby taxi rank.
CSAAWU has accused the South African Police Services of colluding with farm owners when it comes to farmworkers laying charges against farmowners. This comes after a farmworker was taken to a deserted place and threatened with violence and death following a break-in at a farmer’s house in Paarl.
Kgomotso Tiro, an Uber driver cannot believe he is alive to share his traumatic and life threatening experience. He has just been discharged from Helen Joseph Hospital. He spoke of how he narrowly missed death on the night of the 6th of August 2017 when an unknown assailant disguised as a passenger dragged him to an isolated place, poured him with an acid and set him alight.
The recent debate on the decriminalisation of sex work, organised by Mail and Guardian and the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), provided no solution but a screaming match between those supporting it and those against.
Another land activist and leader of the group of backyarders from Town 2 who are occupying land next to Khayelitsha Magistrate court has been killed. Philela Gilwa, 23 was stabbed in Khayelitsha on Saturday night.
The Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum (MPCF), an NGO working towards an end to the rape and killing of women and children, and some members of the community have vowed to oppose bail in the rape case of a 19-year-old woman from Tafelsig.
The accused in the Lutzville murder case was denied bail on 1 December 2016 in the Vredendal Magistrate Court.