Hlengiwe Mhlaba Hospitalised After Serious Road Crash

Gospel star Hlengiwe Mhlaba was involved in a serious car accident on Saturday afternoon.

The accident happened in Melmoth, northern Zululand. The singer, who is known for her powerful voice was travelling to Mpumalanga where she was booked to perform.

According to her spokesperson Nkululeko Khanye, the singer’s car rolled when she tried avoiding an oncoming car that was driving towards her.

Mhlaba sustained serious internal injuries and was admitted at a hospital in Empangeni, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, where she is under doctors supervision.

“On Saturday it was very wet when the incident happened. Hlengiwe saw a car that was driving straight towards her and tried to avoid it but lost control and the car rolled.”

“We ask the nation to continue to pray for her speedy recovery as well ,” Khanye said.

Mhlaba has released albums such as Laphalala Igazi, Dwala Lami, Blessings, and Esandleni Somusa.

Foreigners lose everything in the blink of an eye

A Mozambican woman sits forlorn in the DH Willliam Hall in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni. The municipality has turned at least two halls into refugee shelters for displaced foreign nationals following violence and looting in the township.

A Mozambican woman sits forlorn in the DH Willliam Hall in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni. The municipality has turned at least two halls into refugee shelters for displaced foreign nationals following violence and looting in the township. 
Image: Alon Skuy

In a blink of an eye, Vincent Bwoni from Zimbabwe lost everything he worked three years to build.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bwoni stood in the DH William Hall in Katlehong where hundreds of displaced people from Mozambique and Zimbabwe were being sheltered.

Blankets, bags with clothes, and bicycles lined the walls.

The immigrants had just finished their lunch of pap, beef stew and cabbage in polystyrene containers.

Some listen to music and play cards while others sit in groups on plastic chairs.

At the back of the hall a father is giving flu medicine to his baby.

The mood in the hall is sombre. Those who once slept in comfortable beds with warm bedding now have to find a spot on the floor.

Ntladi said arrangements were made with authorities for some Mozambicans to return home on Tuesday evening.

Transport would be discussed with the relevant embassies

Those who also wanted to return to their homes in Gauteng to fetch their documents would be taken there with a police escort.

Ntladi described the mood at the hall as “very emotional”.

“You will find a five-year-old boy asking his daddy why they were here and why he is not going to school or where his toys were. One has to share the tears, because it is not an easy thing that has happened to this community.”

A displaced foreigner passes time with a solitary game of soccer outside a community hall in Katlehong.

Dros rapist’ Ninow planned to harm his victim, says NPA after seven-year-old testifies

Nicholas Ninow at the Pretoria High Court, September 10 2019, a day after admitting he raped a child aged seven, a year ago at a Dros restaurant.

The seven-year-old girl Nicholas Ninow admitted to raping at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria last year contradicted his version that she walked into the bathroom cubicle while he was in it.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane provided the media with an overview of the child’s testimony on Wednesday. This after the young victim testified in-camera in the Pretoria high court on Wednesday. No one was allowed in the courtroom when she testified.

Mjonondwane said the child was called to disprove Ninow’s version of events.

“The accused in his version said the child found him in the bathroom, so it was important for the state to then call the child to come and testify about the sequence of events – that in fact the accused person followed the child to the bathroom,” said Mjonondwane.

“By doing that, we wanted to prove to the court that by following the child he had intention to harm the child.”

Immigration’ issues leave Nigerians stranded as flight home gets delayed

Nigerian nationals are being repatriated this week following a wave of xenophobic violence in SA. Families boarded buses in Johannesburg on September 11 2019.

Nigerian nationals are being repatriated this week following a wave of xenophobic violence in SA. Families boarded buses in Johannesburg on September 11 2019. 
Image: ALON SKUY

A flight from Johannesburg to Lagos that was arranged to evacuate Nigerians who fear xenophobic attacks in SA was delayed on Wednesday because of problems experienced at check-in.

Prince Ben Okoli, president of the Nigerian Citizens Association SA, said the chartered flight by Nigerian airline Air Peace was due to leave with the first batch of Nigerians at 9.10am on Wednesday.

“However, a number of people were singled out by immigration as they were about to board the flight. This has led to a delay in the flight leaving SA. We are currently looking at solutions to the problem.

“Some [Nigerian nationals] were identified as having problems with immigration. Authorities are attending to the problem. By now they should have left,” Okoli said at 3.30pm on Wednesday.

The first evacuation was planned for Saturday, September 7, but was postponed until Wednesday to address the issue of expired paperwork of some Nigerians.

The Nigerian foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday that 649 Nigerian nationals had registered with Nigerian missions in SA for the free flight offer.

The ministry had expected the first 313 nationals to leave Johannesburg on Wednesday on the first of charter flights offered by Air Peace.

Okoli said the consulate-general had promised to issue travel documents free of charge to those who were without valid documents after they had been authenticated by Nigerian authorities to be from that country.

Mugabe’s body brought home to Zimbabwe, burial place still a mystery

Mugabe’s body brought home to Zimbabwe, burial place still a mysteryThe body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrives back in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 11 2019, after he died on September 6 in Singapore after a long illness.

The body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrives back in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 11 2019, after he died on September 6 in Singapore after a long illness. 
Image: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The body of Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe arrived at the country’s main airport on Wednesday, but his final resting place remained a source of mystery amid a dispute between some family members and the government.

Mugabe, one of the last “Big Men” of African politics who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years until he was ousted by his own army in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital five days ago.

He is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, as the fight over where he will be buried threatens to embarrass his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and deepen divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party.

The former president’s body arrived at Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport shortly after 1330 GMT. A military guard of honour stood at attention as the casket was removed from the aircraft, draped in the national flag and accompanied by security chiefs.

“The entire nation of Zimbabwe, our people, across the board are grieved and are in mourning because the light which led us to independence is no more, but his works, his ideology will continue to guide this nation,” Mnangagwa said.

“On the day we shall lay him to rest, on Sunday, I appeal to you in your hundreds, in your thousands, in your millions to show your love of our great leader who has left us,” he added.

Mugabe’s wife Grace, dressed in black with a black veil, was next to Mnangagwa at the airport. Also present were Mugabe’s daughter Bona and Savior Kasukuwere, a former Mugabe cabinet minister and staunch ally who has been living in self-imposed exile in South Africa since early this year.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the former general who led the coup that overthrew Mugabe, was conspicuous by his absence at the airport. He has been receiving treatment in China since July for an unknown illness.

Crowds had gathered at the airport well before the scheduled arrival time, with some wearing T-shirts bearing Mugabe’s face and others with Mnangagwa’s image, while music blared from loudspeakers.

A convoy of 4×4 vehicles with number plates bearing the letters “RG Mugabe” and the former leader’s signature were also on the runway.

BLUE ROOF

Leo Mugabe, a nephew and family spokesman, declined to say where Mugabe would be buried.

Mnangagwa said the body would be taken to Mugabe’s palatial home in the capital, known as Blue Roof, after a detour to a military barracks for prayers.

On Thursday, ordinary Zimbabweans and supporters are expected to pay their last respects to Mugabe at a Harare soccer stadium, where the body will lie in state before being taken to his rural home in Kutama, 85 km (50 miles) from the capital, he added.