National News

Wednesday, January 16 2019

More good news on petrol

Further reductions in the fuel price are on the horizon at the end of January. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. “Although the international price of crude oil has ticked up since its low of January 1, the overall price is still lower than December’s average, and this reflects in the current data. In addition, the rand/US dollar exchange rate has strengthened from an average of R14.44 at the beginning of the year to around R14.20 now,” the AA said. This data pointed to a drop of about 12c a litre for petrol, 36c for diesel, and 33c for illuminating paraffin. “We expect this figure may fluctuate in the second half of January,” the AA added.

Cape Town truck driver overloaded by 25 tons

A truck stopped by Cape Town traffic officers at the weekend turned out to be overloaded by at least 25 tons. A member of the city council road haulage unit sent the suspect truck from Paarden Island to the nearby N7 weighbridge, mayoral committee member JP Smith said on Tuesday. “En route to the weighbridge, two tyres burst, but the officer insisted that the vehicle’s owner repair the tyres so they could proceed to the weighbridge. When the truck was eventually weighed it was found to be at least 25 tons over the permissible mass. The incident resulted in the issuing of 11 fines for various transgressions, totalling R42,000.” Smith said more than 30% of trucks weighed by traffic police since July 2018 were overloaded, leading to fines of more than R1m.

Teens held over Taxify cab hijacking

Two teenage boys alleged to have hijacked a Taxify cab in Ntuzuma, north of Durban, on Sunday, will spend a week behind bars. The pair, aged 16 and 18, made a brief appearance in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were remanded in custody. Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the boys face charges of carjacking and possession of an unlicensed firearm. “On Sunday, an e-hailing taxi driver received a request trip and he proceeded to the pick-up address. The driver picked up the two, with one sitting in the front seat and the other in the back,” she said. The teen in the back allegedly produced a firearm and ordered the driver to take them to nearby Lindelani. The hijacking was scuppered when the taxi was stopped by a patrolling police car.

Cops probe school orientation camp assault

Police are investigating allegations of assault at Kimberley Boys’ High School in the Northern Cape. This comes after criminal charges were filed against matric pupils following the school’s annual orientation camp. Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said on Tuesday the parents of a 13-year-old boy opened a common-assault case at the Barkly West police station. The pupil said he was assaulted during a school trip at a resort in Barkly West on January 9 2019. “No arrests have been made and the matter is being investigated,” Ramatseba said. Details are sketchy at this stage, but education department spokesperson Lehuma Ntuane said it was aware of the allegation. The department encouraged all schools to reinforce anti-bullying measures in their codes of conduct. “We discourage any form of bullying, be it physical or verbal.”

Unclaimed R28m lotto win on brink of being lost

A South African who may be suffering Janu-worry blues is apparently unaware that he or she is a multimillionaire. But that person’s fortune may soon change if the R28m lottery win from Ithuba is claimed. Ithuba Lottery on Tuesday said the winner had until February 13 to come forward. “The ticket was bought at Shoprite Checkers in Sanlam Centre, Parow, Cape Town. The player used a Quick Pick selection method, with a ticket wager of R15,” said Ithuba spokesperson Busisiwe Koloi. “R28m is a lifechanging amount of money. We hope that the player will respond to our efforts in trying to find him or her as we are ready to assist.” But what happens if the deadline comes and goes? “Should the ticket expire, the money will be donated to the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund to be used for charity,” the company said.

Mom ‘sent video of herself choking child’

A 21-year-old Newcastle mother who allegedly recorded herself choking and beating her two-year-old son will spend the next few days behind bars before she makes a bid for bail. The woman was arrested by the Newcastle family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit (FCS) last week, after she sent two videos to the child’s father which allegedly showed her abusing the child. The woman was charged with attempted murder and appeared briefly in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on January 10. Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the video showed the child struggling to breathe and “crying beyond control”. “The matter was reported to the Newcastle FCS which immediately opened a case and arrested the suspect. The child was taken to hospital and is reported to be well.” He has been placed in his father’s care.

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