Monday, 23 November 2009 | Week #48 | Day #327 | Days Remaining in 2009: 38
Justice For Hijack Bridge Victim – And No Shots Fired!
In an about face from recent police actions, three of the four hijackers of Kavisha Seevnarain, have been arrested, and two have already been charged, tried and convicted to 25 and 35 years behind bars.
The young KwaZulu-Natal school teacher was hijacked two weeks ago, driven around for hours by her hijackers and forced to withdraw money from her bank account at various ATM’s, before being thrown over a bridge to fall over 60m and left for dead. Except she didn’t die.
During the hijackers’ wanderings with Seevnarain, while they withdrew money from various ATMs, one of them dropped his driver’s licence. A few hours later he laid a case of theft at Durban Central police station.
The police’s provincial hijacking team and its national intervention unit had been piecing together the events on the night of the hijacking and, tracking the movements of the hijackers through the ATM withdrawals from their victim’s account, they made the connection between the lost licence and Seevnarain.
Four days later, they raided a flat in Durban and arrested three men. They linked the three to other hijackings in the area. The police extracted confessions from two of the three and, on Friday, magistrate Anand Maharaj had the accused, Wandile Nsibande (20) and Sibusiso Dlamini (29), in the dock in front of him. In the public gallery was Seevnarain’s family and members of a public outraged by the crime.
“This was a crime of an extreme nature,” said Maharaj. “The crime situation in South Africa has become so severe that the sad reality is not if, but when, you will become a victim. In this case, the court has to make an example.”
He sentenced Nsibande to a total of 25 years in jail and Dlamini to 35 years.
It took exactly seven days for three of the four perpetrators to be investigated and found, and for the prosecution to bring them to court. (Times Live)
The hijacker “laid a case of theft”?! These people are savages, cold and heartless savages. And yet they have the audacity to request assistance from the police for the “theft” of a drivers’ licence as if they were normal citizens, and not the bottom-feeding scum they are? What next? Private health care and voting rights for convicts? Oh, hang on. We already do that.
UFO Paints the Sky Red, White & Blue
“The sky suddenly turned bright white. Within a few seconds, the object, which looked like a soccer ball with a tail, turned the heavens blue and then a flaming red.”
This is how Juan Ferreira, 25, from Witbank, described the “unidentified flying object” which had people in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo staring wide-eyed at the sky at about 23:00 on Saturday night.
The glowing object was apparently seen most clearly in the Middelburg/Witbank area. According to Tim Cooper, director of comets and meteorites at the Astronomical Association of Southern Africa, the object was a “fireball” of space debris from the asteroid belt, which had entered the earth’s atmosphere.
Several people phoned the association on Sunday to find out exactly what it was that they had seen. According to Cooper it can’t be called a meteorite, since, as far as is known, it didn’t hit the earth. Cooper said the object was moving in a north-westerly direction. “It’s not exactly the object which glows so brightly, but rather the air around it which burns due to the high speeds at which the object moves.” (IOL)
Clearly a piece of American space junk, what with the colours and all. Or French maybe. The French do space satellites as well you know?
Malema is Racist – Young Communists Say So
The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) wants to talk to the ANC Youth League about its president Julius Malema’s insults against South African Communist Party general secretary Jeremy Cronin.
It was “disgusted” at the insults against Cronin, who is also the Deputy Minister of Transport, YCLSA spokeswoman Gugu Ndima said in a statement.
In his attack on Cronin, Malema said the ANCYL did not “need the permission of white political messiahs to think”.
This, after Cronin published an article criticising Malema’s call to nationalise mines. Ndima said: “The YCLSA believes that Malema has sunk to the lowest ebb of being racist and hurling insults, instead of engaging with profound debates that Cronin was raising.” (IOL)
Are these idiots really that desperate for attention? The ANCYL and the YCLSA really need to consider getting proper jobs. The real “youth of South Africa” are bored beyond belief with their rhetoric and carping. Go home to your mothers children – we don’t care!
Hackers Steal Climate Change Emails
Computer hackers have broken into a server at a well-respected climate change research centre in Britain and posted hundreds of private e-mails and documents online – stoking debate over whether some scientists have overstated the case for man-made climate change.
The University of East Anglia, in eastern England, said in a statement on Saturday that the hackers had entered the server and stolen data at its Climatic Research Unit, a leading global research centre on climate change. The university said police are investigating the theft of the information, but could not confirm if all the materials posted online are genuine.
More than a decade of correspondence between leading British and US scientists is included in about 1 000 e-mails and 3 000 documents posted on websites following the security breach last week.
Some climate change sceptics and bloggers claim the information shows scientists have overstated the case for global warming, and allege the documents contain proof that some researchers have attempted to manipulate data.
The furore over the leaked data comes weeks before the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, when 192 nations will seek to reach a binding treaty to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases worldwide. Many officials – including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – regard the prospects of a pact being sealed at the meeting as bleak. (News24)
Hmmm, interesting that bit about “sceptics claiming the information shows scientists have overstated the case fro global warming”. Are we being hoodwinked into buying energy saving globes and devices by the multinationals and global conglomerates would fund this “research” maybe?
Tax Filing Season Ends – Penalties Now Being Levied
From Saturday AM:
E-filers and tax practitioners can still submit tax returns on Saturday and Sunday as penalties will only be imposed from Monday, the SA Revenue Service (SARS) said on Friday.
“We don’t want to call it an extension because our call centre will only operate until 8pm tonight [Friday] to assist e-filers,” said spokesman Adrian Lackay.
He said this amid concerns that thousands of tax payers willing to file their returns were stuck in long queues across the country, with operations at the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg hindered by a power failure. In Durban, 900 people were still in queues at 4pm.
Lackay said however that taxpayers inside SARS offices when the branches closed at 6pm would be given a chance to file on Saturday. Tickets with “unique numbers” will be issued to all those inside the branches at 6pm and they will be required to produce them before filing on Saturday. Those without tickets will be turned away. (iAfrica Business)
We hope that all BlaBla-ers managed to get their tax returns submitted on time. We hear stories of “severe penalties” for those who forgot. Fortunately for me, yours truly doesn’t earn enough to have to worry about these things just yet…
Ritual Practice “Barbaric Bull”?
Animal Rights Africa (ARA) is going to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday in a bid to stop the “cruel” Ukweshwama ritual of killing a bull with your bare hands, the organisation said on Sunday.
Spokesperson Michele Pickover said the rights group had already instructed environmental lawyer Tina Costas to act on its behalf in applying for an order to halt the ritual, which is to be presided over by King Goodwill Zwelithini on December 5.
“The Ukweshwama ritual does nothing to strengthen nation building, social cohesion or peace. During this cruel ritual a group of men torture and kill a bull with their bare hands,” Pickover said.
Pickover quoted unidentified eyewitnesses as describing the killing as 40 minutes during which “dozens trampled a bellowing, groaning bull, wrenched its head around by the horns to try to break its neck”.
They also “pulled its tongue out, stuffed sand in its mouth and even tried to tie its penis in a knot”. (IOL)
So what do you think? Is there still a place in the modern, democratic South Africa for such practices? I personally have never witnessed one, but hear from people that have that it’s a very intense ritual. They try to tie its’ penis in a knot?! The animal is always going to lose this one.
Joburg Weather For the Week Ahead
From the BBC Weather Service – Click for updates.
JoBra want’s to wish you all a wonderful week ahead – go out and make a damn difference!