Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
3 minute read
15 Oct 2021
5:31 am

Daily news update: Thandi Modise ‘held hostage’, Hawks oppose Mabuyane’s application and fire at Port of Richards Bay

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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Hawks branded car. Picture: Jacques Nelles

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Defence Minister Thandi Modise freed after being ‘held hostage’ at St George’s Hotel

Defence Minister Thandi Modise. (Photo by Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams)

Disgruntled military veterans were reportedly refusing Defence Minister Thandi Modise leave the St George’s Hotel in Tshwane where they were meeting on Thursday evening.

The group comprising the Liberation Struggle War Veterans (LSWV), Apla and Azanla, reportedly got angry after they were promised a meeting with Deputy President David Mabuza, but got Modise and Minister in Presidency Mondli Gungubele and Deputy Defence Minister Thabang Makwetla instead, Newzroom Afrika reports.

Hawks say probe Mabuyane wants to stop has already been completed

The Hawks are set to oppose Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s application, which seeks to have the unit halt its investigation into him.

Mabuyane recently approached the Bhisho High Court to interdict the Hawks’ investigation into him, calling the probe “unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid”.

The matter is related to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report into alleged corruption related to late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s 2018 memorial service.

In his papers, Mabuyane has asked the high court for an order setting aside the decision to launch an investigation into the allegations against him.

Gqeberha violence: Cele vows to find criminals after road rage chaos

Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Police Minister Bheki Cele. Photo: Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier

Police Minister Bheki Cele visited Gqeberha on Thursday after a collision between an Audi and a taxi sparked a violent road rage outburst on Wednesday.

According to Colonel Priscilla Naidu, at least eight taxis and two private vehicles torched were torched in the aftermath, and several shops were destroyed.

Police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said Cele conducted a walkabout and received full report from the provincial South African Police Service (Saps) management on the incident.

Woman jumps to her death at Sandton City mall

woman commits suicide at Sandton City mall
Sandton City mall. Image: iStock

Sandton City has confirmed that a woman died by suicide at the mall on Wednesday night.

The mall’s management said on Twitter that the person allegedly jumped to their death just after 8pm.

Sandton City added that police are investigating the incident.

“Sandton City management send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, and request the removal of footage from social media platforms in respect of the deceased and their family,” it added.

WATCH: Port of Richards Bay on fire for second time in two weeks

WATCH: Second fire in two weeks rages at Port of Richards Bay
The fire at the Port of Richards Bay, the second in two weeks. Picture: Zululand Observer

Just seven days after a conveyor belt fire occurred at the Port of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, another blaze has broken out in the same port, affecting the same equipment. 

According to Zululand Observer, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Thursday morning urged port users to avoid inhaling the toxic fumes. 

The fire had been burning since 7pm on Wednesday night. Despite early firefighting interventions, as of 8am on Thursday morning, the fire was still raging. 

37 people in hospital over suspected food poisoning in Cape Town

37 people in hospital over suspected food poisoning in Cape Town
37 people in hospital over suspected food poisoning in Cape Town. Picture – iStock.

A suspected food poisoning incident in Seawinds, Western Cape, has led to the hospitalisation of 37 people on Wednesday night.

When emergency services arrived at St Patrick Avenue at around 10pm, they found several adults and children crowded around two homes.

It is believed that dozens of people had eaten from a community-cooked batch of food before they began experiencing stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.