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    BUNTU GOTYWA

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    OCAL Government and Tradi-

    tional Affairs Department em-

    ployee Nolundi Bomela was

    shocked to be told her salary had

    been frozen as she was dead.

    Two months on, and still her alive sta-

    tus has not been reinstated.

    The news hit her on February 15 when

    she checked with the human resources de-

    partment after not receiving her monthly

    salary.

    I was told to check at Home Affairs and

    found out it was not a case of mistaken

    identity, she said.

    I was the one they said was dead and the

    death certificate had been done in Butter-

    worth.

    I went to Butterworth Home Affairs and

    Mr Mhlola, who does deaths, confirmed

    that he had done the certificate.

    At Home Affairs I found out that I had

    supposedly died of natural causes in

    Mdantsane in November last year.

    A person known as Mani Tato is the one

    who apparently (signed) the certificate,

    but I was never told of the relationship I

    am supposed to have with this person.

    Realising that Home Affairs was drag-

    ging its feet in re-registering her, she decid-

    ed to take the matter to a lawyer for assist-

    ance.

    I decided to open a case in Butterworth

    on February 16.

    I am the bread winner supporting all my

    family, she said. This is the third month

    without receiving my pay.

    Her lawyer, Mkhululi Siyo, said they had

    approached the high court to grant an order

    to reregister her in the population register

    and deregister her death.

    Last week the Mthatha High Court grant-

    ed an interim order for Home Affairs to re-

    register Bomela with 15 days.

    The court also ordered the Department of

    Local Government and Traditional Affairs

    to reinstate payments with all the benefits

    plus back pay as she has been reporting for

    work throughout this debacle.

    We are not planning to fight, but justice

    needs to be done and the Department of

    Home Affairs is dragging its feet in resolv-

    ing the matter, Siyo said.

    Deadwoman

    fights tobe

    paidher salary

    Nolundi Bomela outside court. PHOTO: YANGA SOJI

    BUNTU GOTYWA

    SOUTH Africans should stop celebrat-

    ing April 27 as Freedom Day and rather

    take a moment to ask how black people

    have lost their freedom.

    This statement was made by the United

    Democratic Movements (UDM) deputy

    president, Khanyisile Litchfield Tshabal-

    ala, during a party rally in Mqanduli on

    Freedom Day last week.

    She said black people are the ones that

    fought for freedom, but they still are the

    ones not benefiting.

    She said gloom outweighs the happi-

    ness in the country.

    We say freedom is here but we dont

    see it . . . we dont see it. There are more

    tears than joy when looking down the line

    at the state the country is in.

    Continues on page 2

    UDM: Howdidwe lose our freedom?

    At HomeAffairs I found

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    May 5, 2016

    Isolomzi Express

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    POLICE are seeking the assistance of the

    public in reuniting an elderly wo-man,

    possibly in her eighties, with her family.

    She was found by the community of

    Kuni Location, Punzana outside King

    Williams Town around 2am this past

    Tuesday.The communitymember imme-

    diately alerted the police.

    Upon questioning the elderly woman,

    she said her name is Nontombana. Pre-

    liminary investigation was done by the

    police to trace her family, but with no

    success.

    She was found wearing a purple skirt,

    brown polo neck top, orange vaskot and

    a grey jersey and black shoes.

    Anyone who has information that

    could lead to the sucessful reuniting of

    Nontombana with her family is request-

    ed to contact Constable Noluvuyo Nani

    of Punzana SAPS on 040 654 8016 or

    083 539 3047. REPORTER

    Police seeks public

    assistance to reunite

    womanwith family

    Nontombana is looking for her family.

    PHOTO: SUPPLIED REPORTER

    DUTYWA Police arrested a 28-year-old

    man for dealing in dagga.

    The suspect was arrested on Sunday,

    April 24, at about 10.50am on the N2 Road

    near Dutywa.

    The police were patrolling the area

    when they stopped and approached a

    white Nissan sedan with the suspect in-

    side.

    They searched the vehicle and found

    a black suitcase that was wrapped in a

    black plastic bag. Inside the suitcase the

    police found dagga, weighing 8.825 kg,

    with a street value of R9 000.

    The suspect was arrested and charged

    with dealing in dagga.

    The suspect appeared before the Duty-

    wa Magistrate Court on Monday, April

    25, on a charge of dealing in dagga.

    Dutywaman arrested for dealing in dagga

    Continue from page 1

    Tshabalala referred to the state of

    Mthatha as unbearable, owing to lack of

    services by the government.

    Even if Mtanzima was to wake up and

    walk around Transkei, he would not get

    lost because its still the same infrastruc-

    ture he left behind, she said.

    According to her, even though the cur-

    rent government is failing its people, polit-

    ical parties still have a lot of work to do.

    She said the divisions within the ruling

    party do not automatically mean victory

    for the opposition.

    Success will come to those who go to the

    people, and we should not be making

    promises we know we wont be able to

    keep,

    The UDMs OR Tambo chairman, Zakhe-

    ni Nondaka said: We are celebrating 22

    years of freedom, but we still have people

    who do not have access to water, no roads

    and basically no services at all.

    UDM: Howdidwe loseour freedom?

    Khanyisile Tshabalala Litchfield during the UDM rally in

    Mqanduli. PHOTO: BUNTU GOTYWA

    REPORTER

    BUTTERWORTH police arrested a 23-year-

    old woman for the murder of a 60-year-old

    woman, identified as Nimilile Nkohla.

    The suspect allegedly quarrelled with the

    daughters of the deceased on Sunday, May 1

    around midnight at the Tshoveni Location,

    Ceru Village in Butterworth.

    In the process of intervention, the deceased

    was allegedly stabbed in her upper body by

    the suspect. Nkohla died on the scene.

    Police were informed of the murder and

    they rushed to the scene. The suspect was

    traced and she was later arrested.

    She has been chargedwithmurder and she

    appeared in the Butterworth Magistrate

    Court on Tuesday, May 3.

    Butterworthwoman arrested formurder

    In accordance with the editorial policy of the Isolomzi Express, we invite readers to comment on mistakes in the newspa-

    per and shall correct significant errors as soon as possible. Send info to the Ombudsman of Media24s Local Press,

    George Claassen, at george.claassen@media24.com or call him at 021 851 3232.

    Readers can also contact the SA Press Ombudsman at 011 484 3612/8 or e-mail ombudsman@presscouncil.org.za.

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