Spate of thefts from vehicles in Bulawayo CBD

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POLICE in Bulawayo have recorded 20 cases of theft from vehicles within three days in the city’s Central Business District with $10 000 being stolen in the process. The theft incidents are said to have occurred between Friday and Sunday. Bulawayo deputy police spokesperson Inspector Abednego Ncube said a gang of eight, which is yet to be arrested, has been linked to the crimes. “Police are investigating 20 cases of theft from vehicles with more than $10 000 being stolen in the process. We believe there is an upsurge in…

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Bulawayo proposes mandatory cremations for people under 25

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THE Bulawayo City Council has proposed mandatory cremation for people aged 25 and below as it grapples with a shortage of burial space in the city. According to the latest council report, West Park Cemetery is now left with burial space for 200 graves with some councillors mooting the idea of mandatory cremation of young people and double burial in one grave. The Director of Health Services, Dr Edwin Sibanda, said West Park Cemetery would be decommissioned as at end of October, there was space for only 200 graves. Other…

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Malusi Gigaba resigns as home affairs minister

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Malusi Gigaba has resigned as home affairs minister. The presidency announced on Tuesday that President Cyril Ramaphosa had accepted Gigaba’s resignation. “The President has accepted the Minister’s resignation and expressed his appreciation for Minister’s Gigaba longstanding service to the government and people of South Africa,” read the statement issued by the presidency. Gigaba has been under pressure to resign following the public protector’s recommendation that he face disciplinary process for violating the constitution. According to the public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Gigaba violated the Constitution and the Executive Ethics Code when…

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‘HOUSEKEEPER’ CRASHES R2.3M BMW i8 WHILE FAMILY AWAY ON HOLIDAY

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After an incident went viral around the country many were left wondering what the real story was after a woman emerged from a wrecked BMW i8. The footage shows the driver reversing down the road, across the pavement, and into the next door neighbors house. It is unknown whether the owner of the GP registered vehicle saw the clip but reports have since emerged that the driver behind the wheel was allegedly the housekeeper who was left in charge of taking care of the property while the family was on…

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Burglars rape & rob Bulawayo woman

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A WOMAN from Bulawayo was raped and robbed by two unidentified suspects who broke into her house and got away with R4 500, $50 bond notes, US$1 and a Samsung J5 cell phone. One of the attackers allegedly raped the woman (23), who resides in Cowdray Park suburb, twice. The incident occurred at around 3AM on Saturday. Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident. He said the suspects, who have been linked to a spate of rape and robbery incidents that have occurred recently in the Western…

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‘Soldiers did not kill civilians’…ZDF, ZRP top brass explain August 1 incidents

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The Zimbabwe Defence Forces did not kill any civilian during an operation aimed at restoring order in Harare’s central business district following violent demonstrations that resulted in the death of six people and damage to property on August 1, it has emerged. The military intervened as the National Reaction Force comprising officers from various security units and the deployment followed consultations at the highest level, the commission of inquiry into the August 1 violence heard yesterday. Further, the intervention was at the request of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the…

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Suicide after lecturer ‘beds student’s girlfriend’

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A FINAL year Local Government student at Midlands State University allegedly hanged himself from the roof truss at his lodgings in Nehosho area in Senga early yesterday morning for unknown reasons. Speculation is, however, rife that Walter Temera killed himself in anger after allegedly finding one of his lecturers bedding his girlfriend. It is also said that he was in debt and possibly saw suicide as the only way out. Midlands Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said reasons why he allegedly took his life were unknown adding that police…

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Life sentences for Hannah Cornelius’s killers

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Life sentences were imposed on the three men found guilty of kidnapping‚ robbing‚ raping‚ and murdering Hannah Cornelius and the attempted murder of Cheslin Marsh. Vernon Witbooi‚ Geraldo Parsons and Eben van Niekerk each received two life sentences on Monday. They were found guilty on all 10 counts against them last week and also received sentences exceeding 100 years each on four counts of robbery with extenuating circumstances‚ three counts of kidnapping‚ and attempted murder. The life sentences were imposed for the rape and murder of Cornelius‚ a former Stellenbosch student. A…

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Zim govt dismisses Chamisa’s abduction claims

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THE Government has dismissed as false and mischievous, allegations of attempted abduction of MDC leader Mr Nelson Chamisa on his way from addressing a rally in Marondera on Saturday. A video has been circulating on social media capturing skirmishes between Mr Chamisa’s security team and occupants of a Toyota Harrier which his party claims were State security agents trying to abduct their leader. In a statement yesterday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, said reports filed with police indicate that the incident could be a case…

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Gigaba pleads his case to Cyril in last-ditch attempt to save his job

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Beleaguered Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba had a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday in what is believed to be a last-ditch effort to save his job. Gigaba’s political career is in turmoil following weeks of spectacular setbacks. Ramaphosa was given a deadline of 20 days by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to take disciplinary action against Gigaba for lying under oath. She said she was satisfied the allegation that Minister Gigaba violated the Constitution and the executive members’ ethics code by lying under oath had been substantiated. She investigated…

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