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    BABALWA NDLANYA

    IF people could embark on ploughing and planting, surely they

    could manage to fight food shortages and poverty. This was evi-

    dent by thehigh standardof vegetables at the recentAgricultural

    show held at Mqhele village in Elliotdale.

    The aim of the event was to showcase various agricultural

    products from three units, namelyWillowvale, Dutywa and Elli-

    otdale.

    On this occasion, a variety of products and produce were dis-

    played, including vegetables, traditional mats, traditional attire

    and live stock like sheep, pigs and chickens.

    According to the Regional Director in theDepartment of Rural

    Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) in the Amathole

    District, Mathemba Gcasamba, their intention was to motivate

    the farmers by hosting a competition.

    We are hosting this event annually. Our winner will be deter-

    mined by the quality and quantity of what the Ward has pro-

    duced. Then we will support them in the challenges they are fac-

    ing. They will not get money, but we will make sure that the

    prize they won will be spent on helping them to solve the chal-

    lenges they are facing, said Gcasamba.

    According to Gcasamba the judges were not from Mbhashe.

    They had gone to other municipalities to source judges in order

    to keep the judging process fair.

    He said the productivity had shown that people could manage

    to fight poverty in the rural areas, since ploughing was one of

    the main weapons that could to be used to eradicate poverty.

    This is our aim, to assist people to produce more.

    One of the famers from Willowvale, Nowinathi Magiligwani,

    said they were happy with the competition and that it had moti-

    vated them a lot. Ploughing is helping us a lot because we use

    themoney that we get from selling our vegetables to support our

    families, she said.Magiligwani urged other peoplewho still had

    not started ploughing their fields to do so, since it was one of

    the weapons that needed to be used to fight poverty.

    Ploughing

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    to fight

    poverty

    Matutu Songezo, Fundile Kawe, Siya Mphaliso and the Department of Agriculture official Kayalethu Noqha, showing some

    vegetables produced the farmers in the Mbhashe Municipal area. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

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    September 25, 2014

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    OMBUDSMAN

    BABALWA NDLANYA

    THE case of three men who are charged with

    the murder of Station Commander, Lieuten-

    ant Nomalizo Dukumbana, was postponed to

    November 10 byMthathaHighCourt for trial.

    Siyamcela Ntshitshi (33), Warrant Officer

    Phumzile Ngqayimbana (41) and Mbuyiseli

    Ngqayimbana (37) all from Sangqu village in

    Qumbu (Ngqayimbanas are cousin brothers)

    are still behind bars after they were denied

    bail by theElliotdaleMagistratesCourt earli-

    er.

    The accusedare facing six charges:murder,

    conspiracy, attempted murder, possession of

    firearms with intent to commit offence, pos-

    sessions of firearms and ammunition.

    According to the court indictment, Phumz-

    ile was a police officer stationed at Elliotdale

    Police Station; the deceased was the Station

    Commander of of the same station. Phumzile

    was not happy with the deceases manage-

    ment style and he informed his girlfriend and

    it is alleged that Phumzile decided and agreed

    to conspire together with his girlfriend to kill

    Dukumbana.

    Allegedly since the accused realized that

    theywould use force to achieve their purpose,

    they then arranged and armed themselves

    with firearms.

    It is said that several attempts were made

    on the deceaseds life and that she reported

    such attempts to the authorities and to the

    South African Police Services.

    On the day of the incident Dukumbana was

    on duty at the police station and she was shot

    whilst she was on her way to her place of resi-

    dence.

    StationCommanders casepostponed

    Community members and Police Womens Network attending the case of Station Commander of

    Elliotdale who was murdered. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

    Pumzile Ngqayimbana and Siyamcela Ntshitshi sitting in the dock at Mthatha High Court. The third

    accused Mbuyiseli Ngqayimbana managed to hide from the camera. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA

    BABALWA NDLANYA

    BUTTERWORTH Police Station hosted a

    farewell party at the police station recently

    forMajorVuyisile Londawhohadbeen in the

    police service for 33 years.

    Police Spokesperson Captain Jackson

    Manatha said Londa was a hard worker for

    the station; he was dedicated to his job and

    was a disciplined member.

    Before he came to Butterworth he was sta-

    tioned inMthathawhereheworkedunder the

    visible policing unit. He later became a detec-

    tive where he spent most of his career, said

    Manatha.

    Londa Joined the Transkei Police in 1981 af-

    ter he matriculated from Lamplough High

    School in Butterworth. Londa retired on Au-

    gust 2014 as a Major.

    Farewell party hosted in

    Butterworth Police station

    Major Vuyisile Londa

    congratulated by his

    branch Commander

    Lieutenant Colonel

    Wilberforce Mzilikazi.

    PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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    REPORTER

    THE chairperson of the Portfolio Committee

    on Labour, Ms Lumka Yengeni, has pleaded

    with people involved in the discussions to be

    patient, and engage constructively on the is-

    sue of the national minimum wage as it was

    still too early to be fighting about the issue.

    The discussionswere held in parliament re-

    cently, according to Parliamentary Commu-

    nication Services, Sibongile Maputi, and for

    now the Portfolio Committee is still hosting

    meetings, discussing this issue since there

    are different sectors.

    Listening to discussionswill help the com-

    mittee arrive at an informed position, and

    will put members in a better position when

    making such an important decision that will

    affect lives of the most vulnerable and the

    weakest in society, said Yengeni.

    The Black Management Forum (BMF) and

    Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) briefed

    the Committee on the national minimum

    wage. BMF supports the idea of a minimum

    wage as it said the national minimum wage

    was not just a labour issue, but an economic

    instrument to address SAs historical injus-

    tices. Employers will be allowed to brief the

    committee; thereafter, labour will be invited

    to follow suit.

    Yengeni pleaded with the members not to

    use the meeting as a bashing platform. Eve-

    rybody will be given space to make an input

    on the matter, but everyone should be con-

    structive.

    BUSA said it had not formulated a position

    on the matter as the invitation was not clear

    enough on the kind of input required, and the

    time frames.

    The Committee and labour representatives

    that attended the briefing voiced dissatisfac-

    tion with the kind of preparedness, and said

    the debate on the national minimum wage

    had been ongoing for a while.

    BUSAs position is disappointing and bor-

    ders on disrespect for the Committee and Par-

    liament, said Ms Yengeni.

    She called on BUSA to come back with a

    well researched position that would ensure

    that the poor would benefit and enjoy a better

    life.

    Minimumwagediscussions continue

    BABALWA NDLANYA

    ANGRY community members from Drayini

    location inDutywaburneddowna two-room

    flat at Luthando Qweles home on the

    evening of September 11.

    Qwele is a suspect in the murder case of

    Lutho Qudalele (19).

    During the incident in which angry com-

    munity members were burning the house

    down a police van which was in the area

    since the police were trying to contain the

    fire was also damaged by residents.

    Police Spokesperson Captain Jackson

    Manatha confirmed that the police arrested

    Qwele at Mount Frere last Monday and he

    will appear in the Dutywa Magistrates

    Court today.

    Manatha said themother of Qwele and his

    two siblings managed to escape unharmed

    when their home was torched.

    Anyone who has information about his

    whereabouts must contact the nearest po-

    lice station, because we believe Qwele can

    assist the SAPS in solving the murder case

    of Lutho, said Manatha before the arrest.

    He said police had opened a case of arson

    and malicious damage to property, but no

    one was arrested yet and the investigation

    continues.

    Manatha said they condemned the behav-

    iour of members of the community for tak-

    ing the law into their own hands, as this

    would affect the investigation done by po-

    lice.

    Angry residents torch

    suspects house

    Luthando Qwele was arrested at Mount

    Frere by police after having been on

    the run for a month.

    PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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    September 25, 2014

    Isolomzi Express

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    Over their birthday promotion period, Boxer

    leaflets offered customers low prices and fantas-

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    with their theme. All customers had to do was

    purchase any two diamond deal products and

    follow the easy USSD prompts to enter the com-

    petition.

    Four customers were randomly drawn

    throughout the promotional period daily. Each

    winning customer was personally contacted,

    congratulated and told to collect his/her share

    of R500 000 from their closest Boxer store. The

    competitionwas effortless for customers to enter

    which attractedmore repeat purchases and thus

    more chances to win.

    Boxer Birthday Deals raked in an outstanding

    number of entries. Aswith all our competitions,

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    This maverick retailer continues to spark the

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  • 5News

    September 25, 2014

    Isolomzi Express

    BABALWA NDLANYA

    HUNDREDS of foreigners gathered in the

    Central Business District (CBD) of Mthatha

    where they held a march last Thursday with

    the intention of handing over a petition to the

    police, regarding the high rate of attacks on

    foreigners.

    They demanded justice from the police as

    they marched through the CBD carrying

    placards with relevant messages.

    The President of the Pakistani Association

    of South Africa, Fayyaz Ahmed Khan, said

    they had decided to stand up against crime,

    after having realised that they were being at-

    tacked and murdered by criminals.

    We are being attacked in our shops. Our

    people are being murdered and hijacked. We

    have decided to stand up andmake an appeal

    to the justice system and the police to protect

    us, because we are also contributing to the

    South African economy, he said.

    He said that not only Pakistaniswere being

    murdered, but that Zimbabweans and South

    Africans were also being targeted by crimi-

    nals. Khan said the police should ensure that

    they arrest the perpetrators.

    We are proud of the Pakistanis who run

    businesses here. They are creating job oppor-

    tunities for South Africans and are also pay-

    ing tax.

    Khan said they were not only concerned

    about their people getting murdered, but

    were concerned over all murders.

    Thememorandumwas accepted by the Sta-

    tion Commander of the Madeira Police Sta-

    tion, Lieutenant Colonel Dial Ketledas, who

    promised to follow-up on their grievances.

    Police Spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel

    Mzukisi Fatyela, said they were aware of the

    cases the foreignerswere complaining about.

    The grievences is about the crimes in

    which they are attacked.

    As police we are trying by all means to fol-

    low leads which could lead to arrests. We

    have taken their petition and we will look in-

    to it, said Fatyela.

    Fatyela said they heard at a meeting la...