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POLICE SEARCHING FOR CRIMINALS BEHIND TORCHING OF MPUMALANGA SCHOOL BUILDINGS

OHANNESBURG – Mpumalanga police are searching for the criminals responsible for torching two school buildings in Siyabuswa.

It’s believed angry residents were behind the crime in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a by-election in the Dr JS Moroka Municipality which didn’t yield the desired result for some.

Police say three classrooms were damaged at one school, while the staffroom was affected at another.

Police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said: “This is uncalled for. We call it a sabotage to learners because you are stopping the process of learning and teaching. In that way, you are making the learners to be criminals tomorrow.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

MAN CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER CRASHING INTO LAMP POST

ER24 paramedics attending to an injured driver at the scene of an accident in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Picture: ER24.

JOHANNESBURG – One man has been critically injured following an accident on Friday night in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg.

It is believed that the man lost control of his car and crashed into a lamp post resulting in him sustaining serious injuries.

ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall said: “At approximately 20.30pm, paramedics arrived at the scene and found the man lying next to the vehicle. The man was immediately treated and transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care. Three more men, who were passengers, did not sustain any serious injuries.”

The details surrounding the crash are not yet known and are being investigated.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

PARKTOWN BOYS ASSAULT, RACISM VICTIMS MUST FEEL COMFORTABLE SPEAKING OUT

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he wants to ensure Parktown Boys High School. Picture: EWNthat the pupils who have been violated at Parktown Boys High School feel comfortable speaking out about the incidents before a disciplinary committee.

Lesufi visited the school yesterday to investigate claims of assault and racism.

Last year the school came into the spotlight when a water polo coach who has since resigned was accused of sexually assaulting at least 20 pupils.

A total of six teachers have been accused of various acts of misconduct including assault and racism.

Lesufi says he’s aware of parents refusing to have their children testifyagainst the teachers out of fear of further victimisation.

“If the parents say ‘if the teachers are still at school, we are not going to give you consent’ I would rather move the teachers away so that I get consent. And if the parents say, ‘we’ve raised complaints with
investigators, we’re not happy’, I’d rather have new people coming in so that the parents are happy.”

PSA vows to go ahead with strike on Monday

JOHANNESBURG – The public sector strike, which is expected to affect courts, and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will go ahead as planned on Monday, the Public Servants Association (PSA) said.

PSA deputy general manager, Tahir Maepa said the strike at Sassa will begin due to unresolved issues.

EXPLAINER: PSA strike would affect grants, courts and borders

The union is demanding a 12 percent salary hike while the Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is offering seven percent.

“The strike is continuing. We are starting the strike in Sassa on Monday because of the issue of Sassa, it hasn’t been resolved. The minister (Dlodlo) has requested a meeting with us next week Monday and we are going to see the minister and if the minister is not giving u

OPW: After 20 years of hardships, groom asks for forgiveness

The latest Our Perfect Wedding tells a tale of forgiveness between Vera Hlatshwayo, 45, and Musa Mayisela, 46, from Protea Glen, Soweto.

The couple met in 1998 at a mutual friend’s funeral. Her first impression of him was that of a smoker and drinker, something she was not particularly looking for in a guy.

At the time, Vera was living Mpumalanga and Musa would drive all the way to see her (or not) but that didn’t deter him. After a year of pursuit, she showed interest and they now share three sons together.

In 2006, the couple broke up when Musa decided to start a new relationship with another woman. But things didn’t last there and he had to come back home. “I always loved Vera, said Musa.

“The reason why I forgave him is because I asked God for a man like him and I have always loved him,” said the Vera.

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There were attempts of getting married in the past but things like money going missing messed up those plans.

OPW was invited for the couple to showcase their love for each other. “To also show other women that we must build our homes, even in hard times,” said Vera.

The excited groom could not hold it in as he literally danced all the time.

After two decades, Vera finally wore a white dress — with a lot of bling — which brought tears to her eyes. “When you tell someone you forgive, you close that chapter (and) you move to the next chapter,” said Vera.

Her bridesmaid’s wore lemon dresses, while the groom wore a black pants and a white jacket suit.

His groomsmen wore vintage styles suits, checked jackets, blue pants matching with the waistcoats.

The reception venue was decorated in lemon, blue and white, and accommodated 200 people.

The day was reserved purely for the white wedding as the traditional ceremony took place on the Friday before, where the gift ceremony happened.

“She was beautiful when she walked thought the door. I didn’t even know she had a veil,” said Musa in between giggles.

After their wedding vows, the rings placed the couple moved onto taking photos and then off to theirs reception area. All in all, after 20 years the couple agreed that this was their perfect wedding.

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