Mamelodi East: Family Mourns Death Of Lethabo Nkwana

Lethabo Nkwana’s family is grieving his death after he was shot dead in Hamaskraal while he was protecting his friend who was under attack during the league meeting.

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Lethabo was a member of ANCYL Youth League and well known as a fighter for the rights of the pupil in Tshwane.

“Nkwana was a nice boy, he was a good leader, he was everything to us, when we have a problem and we call him he will come with a smile and we know everything will be fine”, said the family representative, Pshychology Lethuba.

Lethuba added that the family is still in shock of Lethabo’s death.

According to a source, Lethabo Nkoana, 25, was hit by a bullet apparently meant for his friend on Saturday afternoon during a league meeting at Temba Stadium in Tshwane.

The meeting was reported to have turned violent after he was murdered. The memorial service will be taking place on Thursday, 2pm at Mamelodi East, Stanza Bopape Community Hall and his funeral will be on Saturday.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East streets are set to be gun free – declared SAPS

Mamelodi East police arrested a 29 year-old man for possession of unlicensed firearm yesterday in Extension 4 near Bajabulile Primary School. The suspect is believed to be terrorising community members.

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“Mamelodi East police were busy with their routine of crime prevention duties and patrols, they received a complaint from a community member that a man is carrying firearm, the police responded quickly and and the suspect was searched and the firearm was recovered”, said Constable Mashiloane.

Mr Mashiloane said the firearm will be sent to ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used for crimes or any violence before.

Mamelodi East Station Commander, Brigadier Terrence Naidoo applauded the members for the good job they have done to prevent criminals from terrorising community members.

At the moment the investigations is underway and the suspect will be profiles for possible linkage to previous crimes.

The suspect will soon appear in Mamelodi Magistrate Court for possession of unlicensed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Discover your own purpose; Discussion with Daisy Tlailana

Discover your purpose session titled “POWER OF PURPOSE” took place on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Pretoria with a local radio presenter Daisy Diamond Tlailana, Kakgiso Monyemonwa with an assistant from Kutlwano Zimu.

“It was a educative session where we were talking about purpose, how to align your passion with purpose and how to orchestrate ways of living a purpose driven life”, said Daisy Tlailana.

Young people from the community including local speakers, Howard Zondo (Author of Young Black and Powerful book), Edmond Masemola, and Nkosinathi gathered for the discussion and concluded that purpose it is within each and everyone one of them, everyone who attended seemed to have their own desires and had own definitions of purpose. Everyone needed to leave a mark in their lives for future purposes.

During her speech Daisy said, “Purpose is unique to each one of us, we can only learn from each other but can’t adopt the purposes of others, we must all discover our own”.

The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.

“I’m glad young people were participating and were very interested and I feel that such events are very relevant to us as young people and I’m glad we are making progress as the youth of Mamelodi and finally drifting away from all the negativity around our region”, said Kgakgiso Monyemonwa.

Daisy said she has realised many young people are busy doing something with their lives, yet half of the work they do is not aligned with their purpose, such events are a wake up call to people who are not living to their fullest potential. She urged that events of this nature should be done to help others discover their purpose.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East Police in search for killer couple over plasma TV theft

A suspect sister and a brother were shot dead last Tuesday after protecting a suspect who allegedly stole a plasma TV in Mamelodi East, Extension 5.

According to source, a lady called Dorah confronted a neighbour’s son as she suspected that he stole her Plasma TV that is claimed to worth R 10 000 – R 12 000.

When she gave a statement to the police she said that she saw foot prints in her house that were leading her to the neighbours house and suspects that the boy next door is responsible. a case was opened against the suspect.

When Dorah returned from the police station they had an argument that lead to the neighbours alleged boyfriend shooting the brother (Phil Jones) and the sister (Mome Jones) who died on the way to the clinic.

The gun man house and car was burned by members of the community after the incident happened. The police and forensic were called to attend the matter.

The Mamelodi East Communication Officer, constable Mashiloane confirmed that no arrest were made and the unit is currently in search for Dorah and her alleged boyfriend.

TJ Fitness hosting Anti-Drugs Campaign in Pheladi Nakene Primary School

TJ Fitness is currently hosting an Anti-drug abuse campaign at Pheladi -Nakene primary school in Mamelodi West Pretoria.

“We have realised that there is a lot of drugs issues in schools, so it is an awareness to stop it. Kids performance is to show that this is where the should rather spend their time doing rather than waste it with drugs”, said Thabo Lepule, from TJ Fitness.

“I believe that the education we received today as learners from Pheladi they will change us and I feel good about what has happened today at our school”, said one of the learners, Boitumelo Kgaphola.

A social worker and representative from Mental Health, Sophie Monkwe shared the impacts, causes, and consequences of using drugs to the kids. On her statement she mentioned that people who uses drugs approach them for assistance and they do give them assistant they need.

“Do not start smoking drugs and focus on your studies”, said Sophie Monkwe.

Rev Divhani Tshivhula representative from Mamelodi Men’s Forum (MMF) was fist to open an event of the day with a prayer and singing praise and shared a word of God.

Activities such as, gumboots dance, poets, dancing group, as part of the event were performed by the kids.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Anti-drugs campaign to be hosted in Pheladi-Nakene primary school

“Learners against drugs” campaign is expected to take place on the 11th of September in Pheladi-Nakene Primary School, in Mamelodi west.

There will be activities such as drama, poetry, dances and music that will be carried out during the day to entertain while educating the kids.

Report from South African Police Service (SAPS) is expected to be presented on the day. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

#ConversationWithYou Event Was Successfully Ran 1MAN

The event on Saturday 31 August 2019, #ConversationWithYou was a success at Pretoria near Bosman.

The event was about bridging the gap between parents and teenagers, under the question of Who failed Who? It has become an inevitable truth that teenagers find parents to be boring due the their custom ways of life and on the other side there are parents who do not understand their children.

The whole purpose of the event was to bring about solutions admits this social illness that are faced by broken families. The audience largely expressed that indeed, they never put themselves in parents shoes and parents did admit they are not willing to relearn.

“I would say, it may not gone according to my plans because what transpired was bigger than my expectations. We had 50 people in attendance and most of them where people l knew”, said Howard Zondo, the event hoster and Founder and Author of Young Black and Powerful.

During the event, Kabelo Mabona, the author of Forgiveness is a journey was a speaker of the day, they had poetry performance by Tshiamo Moyo and Sharon Sindane and Selokela Molamodi, William Baloyi were MC of the day, motivational talk from Oshebeng Mochaka and the New Generation of Eagles did a drama performance.

Howard Zondo said the audiences were very positive and interactive during the event, and some did express they had been carrying pain all along but did not have the platform to do so. That to me speaks of the achievement l yearned to achieve from the event.

The only challenge Zondo faced was marketing and reaching people.

At the event there was a time were people got emotional, as people were sharing some of their touchy situations they have gone through in their lives. However, there was also a time to laugh!

“I am very happy with how everything unfolded; l would not have done it myself without my selfless team of YBP; Lucky Gira and Tokelo Hlagala. From the responses, people want more of these events, meaning the third #ConversationWithYou happening in November for Boys Indaba will be a success”, said Zondo.

The only thing l did in the morning was to pray and let God take charge.

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Howard Zondo also used the event as a platform to talk about his books, sharing with other authors who were part of the event and some purchased Lessons from a Domestic Worker and Young Black and Powerful books.

Zondo said he would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the day a success even in absentia.

By: Fortunate Machaba