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EldosFM News Wrap Week Ending 5 April 2019 Featured

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While the Vlakfontein mass murder case is postponed, both the Shaynice Talla trial and Loren Dryer’s case are back in court; SANTACO Taxi Fare increases announced for June & July while JSSTA are staving off their increases till August; Naledi Pandor unveils a plumbing and electrician centre; Residents attended a service delivery meeting on Thursday and a Man arrested for lying about hijacking are the stories making headlines in our EldosFM Weekly News Wrap below.

 

02 April 2019
Naledi Pandor unveils a plumbing and electrician centre
Minister of higher education and training Naledi Pandor officially opened a centre of specialisation for plumbers, electricians and boilermakers at Ekurhuleni East TVET college on Tuesday morning. Pandor said the funding provided by the national skills fund has ensured that infrastructure is upgraded and facilitators are trained.

"The programme is paving the way for the transformation of our TVET colleges, making them more relevant, more responsive and more attractive," said Pandor. She added that the opening of the centre is notable because Ekurhuleni East is one of four colleges involved in their dual-system pilot programme for plumbers and electricians.

 

 

Vlakfontein mass murder case postponed
After briefly appearing in the Lenasia Magistrates court earlier today on seven counts of murder the Vlakfontein murder case against Fita Khupe has been postponed to an unknown date in May. Khupe’s co-accused Vusi Mabaso was found dead in an alleged suicide in police custody in Cape Town in February. 3 children and 4 women were uncovered dead under piles of sand at their Vlakfontein home in the south of Johannesburg in October last year. The 61-year-old suspect is facing 7 counts of premeditated murder, with reports having emerged that the suspect had been in a relationship with one of the Khoza women. Prior to his passing, Mabaso claimed that Khupe in fact was the mastermind behind the killings.

 

03 April 2019
Shaynice Talla trial back in court today
Following postponement on March 27th relating to Shaynice Talla trial due to the defense attorney not being present the proceedings is set to resume today to set a new date at the Protea Magistrate court. The accused Cheslin Swartz who is believed to be a relative of the victim is charged with murder after previous DNA findings positively linked Swartz to the murder of then 4-year-old Shaynice Talla. Shaynice’s lifeless body was discovered in Eldorado Park ext. 2 when she went missing for a few hours on September 27th, 2017.

 

Residents urged to attend service delivery meeting tomorrow
Ward 17 Councillor Peter Rafferty is calling on residents to attend an urgent with regard to the Joburg water services in the Eldorado Park and Klipspruit West area. The meeting is being held in the wake of Joburg water employees being robbed when working in these areas. Residents are urged to attend the meeting in order for the matter to be addressed given that it is a contributing factor to the service delivery in these areas.

 

Ward 17 Councillor Peter Rafferty

04 April 2019
Urgent Public meeting to be held at Don Mateman tonight
Ward 17 Councillor Peter Rafferty is calling on residents to attend an urgent with regard to the Joburg water services in the Eldorado Park and Klipspruit West area. The meeting is being held to address issues of Joburg water employees being robbed when working in these areas. Residents are urged to attend the meeting in order for the matter to be addressed given that it is a contributing factor to the service delivery in these areas.

 

30-year-old man arrested for perjury
After lying about being hijacked, a 30-year-old Lenasia man was arrested for perjury. According to Police, the man reported the hijacking, describing how his vehicle was taken by suspects armed with a rifle. Upon investigations it was later found that he was instead panicking about the whereabouts of the vehicle and his claims were false as he was not in possession of his vehicle for 3 days. The suspect appeared in court yesterday and the police’s Lungelo Dlamini warns the public not to waste police resources by making false claims.

 

Loren Dryer’s case back in court today
Court resumes in the case of Loren Dryer after being postponed since 2015. The case needs to be presented from the start due the new Magistrate and prosecutor assigned to the case. Loren Dryer was allegedly murdered by her then boyfriend Oliver Reed on New Year’s Eve in 2015 and was found dead on New Year’s Day 2016 at Oliver Reeds home says Dryers mom. It is also alleged that Reed had been an abusive partner for the duration of their relationship. Proceedings are set to take place in the Protea Magistrate Court. The community is urged to show support at the court.

 

JSSTA to increase taxi fare in August only
Following reports of the South African National Taxi Council possibly increasing taxi fare in June and July this year, Eldos taxi association JSSTA announced that they will only be increasing their taxi fare in August giving commuters a grace period. SANTACO however promised that the increases would be reasonable. The councils’ spokesperson, Midday Mali said that prices have not been determined as yet but the council is aware of the economic state that their commuters are in and therefore increases will not be a profit building exercise.

 

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