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Luyolo Mngonyama (24)
of Mthatha is one of
only two Eastern Cape
finalists in the 2016 Miss
South Africa competition.
The dazzling Miss South
Africa Pageant will be
held at Carnival City on
Saturday, March 19.
Thousands of TV viewers
will be watching the
broadcast on MNet
(DStv channel 101) and
Mzansi Magic (DStv
channel 161) from 5pm
until 7pm as 12 of the
countrys most beautiful
young women vie for the
Miss South Africa crown.
CANDALOUS details emerged in
court during the bail hearing of
Noluthando Baleni who is accused
in themurder of her husband, Cof-
fee Bay deputy principal Kholisile
Noluthando Baleni stunned a filled court-
room lastweekwhen she admitted to having
an affairwith themanallegedly hired byher
husband to kill her.
The revelation came during her cross-ex-
amination in the bail hearing for themurder
Baleni told the court that her husbandhad
plotted to kill her.
The supposed hitman, however, had be-
come Balenis lover before carrying out the
The alleged hitman, who is only known as
being a traditional healer, had then spilled
the beans to Noluthando about her hus-
bands plot to have her killed.
Her husbands body was found riddled
with bullets inside his vehicle onOctober 28.
Baleni, her father the Reverend Oliver
Mgutyana, and Bongani Skolpati are all ac-
cused of the murder.
Prosecutor Sicelo Mbeleki told Nolut-
hando that the three had plotted the murder
with the healer in a car at Mthatha Plaza.
Mbeleki toldNoluthando: The traditional
healer phoned your husband and put the
phone on speaker and asked him what he
wanted to be done andhe said he justwanted
you to be killed.
After that, you planned that instead he
must be killed, Mbeleki said.
The prosecutor went on to say that Bale-
nis fatherwas the onewhohad struck a deal
with the traditional healer outside the
He said the traditional healer had
planned to organise a hitman fromEast
Mbeleki said that Noluthando had al-
so bought her new lover a car as a re-
ward and he had registered it in a
friends name as a way of sidetracking
Shedenied this andsaid shehadonly
lent himmoney to buy the car and had
only done it because of fear.
Yes, I had an affair with him, but
because I was scared of him. He told
me he had saved my life, she said.
I only lent him the money be-
cause he was demanding and not
asking politely, she said.
The hearing has been postponed to
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THE high number of bodyguards who guard
sulted in tension among the municipality, the
community and opposition parties.
Mhlontlo comprises Qumbu and Tsolo and
has 26 wards.
Residents and opposition parties are asking
where the municipality is getting the money to
pay these bodyguards.
They suspect there is misuse of municipal
funds and that money for development or ser-
vice delivery is misdirected to pay the body-
The appointment of bodyguards followed the
ambush of the speaker of the council, Xolile
Nkompela, who is also chairperson of the ANC
in the OR Tambo region.
The incident tookplace towards theendof last
year. Nkompelas bodyguard was killed and the
vehicle theywere travelling inwas riddledwith
During recent service delivery protests in-
Qumbu, Nkompela arrived to receive a petition
under the watchful eye of heavily armed body-
guards. He himself was armedwith a gun at his
The organiser of the Mhlontlo Civic Associa-
tion,DumaGuqa, stressed that therewas aneed
to disband thismunicipality because of themis-
management of funds which had led to the mu-
nicipality regressing from qualified audit out-
comes to a disclaimer.
Guqasaid therewasaneedto investigatewhy
Tando Mases vehicle had blue lights. Mase is
a director of infrastructure in theMhlontlomu-
ly armed security that guards him day and
The United Democratic Movement (UDM)
chairperson in theMhlontlo sub-region, Zakhe-
ni Nondaka, confirmed that the issue of body-
guards for some councillors and officials had
been raised at a recent council meeting, but it
would only start when funds were available.
The council would look for funds.
But now we see the influx of bodyguards
guarding the leadership. So our question is
where they get the money to pay these body-
guards, he said.
Nondaka said that thehugeamount ofmoney
that was being spent on court battles between
leaders fighting each other was having an im-
mense negative impact on service delivery.
The sumofR24-million for access roadswas
returned to thenationalTreasurybecauseof the
powerstruggleandmismanagementof funds. In
addition, the R15 million for electrification also
went back to the Treasury, he said.
He said they would write a letter to the local
government MEC asking him to intervene.
Nkompela said a resolution had beentaken to
hire the bodyguards for him since his life was
in jeopardy following the attack which left his
bodyguard dead. I dont know who was not
aware that my life was in danger and that there
was a need for additional security.
Hesaid itwas theresponsibilityof themunici-
pality to take action if some of its councillors
lives were in danger.
Mhlontlo speaker and chairperson of the ANC in the OR Tambo region, Xolile Nkompela, isflanked
by heavily armed bodyguards at an event in Qumbu. PHOTO:SIM MDLEDLE
IN a bid to clamp down on sloppy workmanship
in theEasternCape, theNationalHomeBuilders
Registration Council (NHBRC) is rolling out a
training programme to sharpen the skills of
The training programme is offered to munici-
pal building inspectors and Human Settlements
Department inspectors to enhance their skills
and technical capabilities in an effort to curb
poor workmanship during construction.
Theprogrammewas launched in theORTam-
bo region in partnership with the provincial De-
partment of Human Settlements and the OR
Tambo District Municipality last week.
The three-day training programmewas facili-
tated by an NHBRC-accredited training special-
ist and it focuses on home building technical
standards, building regulations and construc-
tion processes. NHBRC provincial manager
Nombasa Ngoqo said the training was aimed at
enhancing the performance of inspectors and
keeping them well-informed on building and
Our training programme focuses on soils,
foundations, superstructure, roofing and finish-
ing, health and safety, and alternative and inno-
vative technology, she said.
We want to keep our internal inspectors and
government abreast of the latest developments
and trends in the construction sector.
Ngoqo said the OR Tambo region had been
identified as a hotspot due to the high number
of non-compliances with home building stan-
palitieswe identified aneed to sharpen the skills
ers in order to protect housing consumers. she
Meanwhile the trainingwill be rolledout inall
eight districtmunicipalities of theprovincewith
a view of enhancing the quality of homes built
standard building materials.
Effort to sharpen skills of home inspectors
This group of inspectors from the OR Tambo District Municipality, Department of Human Settlements and NHBRC
completed an inspector training course to sharpen their skills and knowledge of construction and quality
assurance. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
THE director of JKN Development Consult-
ants, an East London-based Eastern Cape
company, LazolaKubukeli, is confident of get-
ting business for his company in Zimbabwe
when he travels there this w