he first ceremony not only welcomes the bride, but also the entire brides’s family is welcome by the entire groom’s family for a formal extension of familial relations, iet both families are now formally related. The spear ceremony is very important as its intention is two fold, to introduce the bride to the groom’s ancestors
The man who shot and killed his whole family in Secunda last week was distressed after his gifted son googled the symptoms of muscular dystrophy – an illness he suffered from, Rapport reported on Sunday.
According to the report, the 17-year-old Hoërskool Secunda pupil was left with several questions about his condition.
On Thursday, André Naudé, 50, shot his son Henko, his wife, Lizelle, 52, and his elderly mother, Tina, 83, before turning the gun on himself, The police were called to the grisly scene on Friday at around 08:00 after Lizelle failed to show up at a school for disabled children, where she was employed as a teacher.
Lizelle celebrated her 52nd birthday on Christmas Day.
Andries Lee of Romans Security had visited the Naudé couple’s house, where he discovered the dead bodies.
According to Rapport, André was upset that Henko had googled about his illness.
According to police spokesperson Captain Gerhard Elmes, Lizelle, Henko, and Tina were all found in their beds with bullet wounds to their left temples.
The police discovered André in the main bedroom sitting on the toilet.
Enoch Mpianzi’s parents had to borrow the R800 it cost to send him to the Parktown Boys’ High School orientation camp where he lost his life, but could not afford a life jacket, Sunday Times reported.
But his mother Antho Mpianzi and his father Guy Intamba were not too worried because he had reportedly learnt to swim in a pool.
“A life jacket was required from the parents. We didn’t have money for that. It was for them [school staff and organisers] to decide if he could participate, because it is them who took them to the site,” Enoch’s uncle, Sebastien Kodie Motha, told Sunday Times.
“We did not imagine that it is a natural stream. We thought it was a swimming pool where you have different water levels.”
The publication quoted public interest lawyer Richard Spoor as saying the failure of the school and the lodge to provide life jackets – and telling families to provide their own – bordered on the “absurd”.
Nyati Bush and Riverbreak, the venue of the orientation camp, has photographs on its website of children wearing orange life jackets, but it is not known whether the lodge provides them to clients.
Mpianzi was last seen on Wednesday when a makeshift raft he and other boys were on, overturned on the Crocodile River.
The Grade 8 group arrived at the lodge on Wednesday and took part in a “water activity” that involved building their own rafts, according to North West police spokesperson Colonel Adele Myburgh. The pupils were divided into groups of between five and six and took to the water on their self-built rafts.
“It appears there was a very strong current following recent heavy rain in the area. From what we understand, a number of boys fell from the raft and scrambled to get back on to it again. That was the last time [Enoch] was seen.”
Another pupil who was seated next to him on the bus reported Mzianzi missing on Thursday.
People-centred and focused on erasing corruption, Herman Mashaba wants to build an organisation that is driven by civil society and free of political self-interest.
The cat is finally out of the bag, with former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba this week confirming to City Press that he will be forming a new political party whose official launch “will be announced at the end of June”.
Mashaba, who put to bed months of speculation about whether or not he and former DA leader Mmusi Maimane would be forming a political party after their unceremonious departure from the DA last year, was adamant that the party would be ready to contest the upcoming 2021 municipal elections.
The former mayor, however, refused to comment on whether Maimane and former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, who have been involved in his people’s dialogues, would play any role in the new party.
“What I can confirm right now is that a new political formation will be announced by June at the latest. A political party will definitely be formed and we are definitely going to participate in the 2021 local government elections,” he said.
According to Mashaba, what will “set this party apart from the rest” is that he is looking at forming a “people-driven political party” that will be “free from the constraints of political ideology and political self-interest”.
“This party is a party that is going to be driven by civil society.
“Any South African wanting to join the party will be screened, more so those who are already politicians.
“I can assure you that for existing politicians to form part of the party, they will be vetted and the vetting system will be tight to make sure that we do not allow people who are going to compromise us.”
“They [politicians who want to jump ship and join his party] will have to pass through the eye of the needle. We are not going to accept people who are going to be paid to serve their own interests instead of those of society,” Mashaba told City Press.
Former DA federal chairperson Athol Trollip, who resigned alongside Maimane last year, said although he was of the view that “there is no need for more political parties” in the country’s already congested political landscape, he thought the fact that Mashaba was going back to the ordinary people and taking a mandate from them was a noble and much-needed change in direction from where politics has been headed lately.
“Political parties have become arrogant and have forgotten that they serve ordinary citizens and not the other way around, so I think what Mashaba is doing is right.
“It is good that he is listening to the South African people, that’s what effective leadership entails. Politicians need to do more listening than talking,” said Trollip.
Mashaba launched the People’s Dialogue days after he quit the DA and his mayoral position in an apparent protest against the election of former Western Cape premier Helen Zille as DA federal council chairperson in October last year.