“I had been
working for Magies Farm for nine years until COVID-19 lockdown,” said Lanseria
resident Tebogo Mashitwa, speaking alongside her former work mates who were
protesting the way they lost their jobs.
our boss told us that she was unable to pay us, and we had to get paid through
Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).She promised to pay us for three-month notice.
However, we only received salary for two months. What we need to understand now
is why we did not receive our salaries for all three months as promised. We feel unfairly treated, and life is very
tough at the moment.”
The former workers claimed that their boss
automatically retrenched them after they had refused to work three days a week.
They also said it was difficult to work for their boss as she was somehow
abusive to them.
approached the Bargaining Council to get some help. However, we never got any
part is that some people got hired soon after we got retrenched,” said Prisca
Thusi, who worked for the company for the past seven years. “We have been
attending several meetings with the boss, but we do not have any clarity about
the situation. She says we owe her, instead. We really want clarity about the
situation. She gave us retrenchment
letters, which we cannot understand.”
“Due to the
outbreak of COVID-19, we are no longer able to keep you in employment,” reads
part of the Termination of Employment letter, which was issued on 29 April
2020. “We will give you one month notice pay for the month of May. You will not
be required to report for duty over this notice period,” reads the letter.
A 51-year-old man was hacked to death in Zandspruit on 19
The deceased was allegedly attacked after confronting people
who had built shacks on his space, according to the police. One suspect, in
connection with the incident has been arrested, according to Honeydew police
spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan.
“As he went to enquire about the illegal occupation of his
space,” Captain Muthan said, “there was an argument. A 24-year-old suspect and
his accomplice attacked the deceased with an axe. The police managed to arrest
one suspect while the other one still remains at large. We are still
investigating the case. We are praising the officers for their quick response
to arrest the suspect. ”
Zandspruit community has been facing a series of criminal
activities of late. In another incidents, one woman was hijacked of her white
BMW car on 19 September and one man was shot dead on 21 September at night.
Glitz and glamour prevailed on 23 September when Destiny
Christian School held a Heritage Day event at Tenesse Park in Cosmo City’s
The pupils and teachers enjoyed the event and even got to
show off their amazing cultural outfits.
“We value our heritage,” said the school’s Principal Grace
Ole. “It is very, very important for the young children to understand their
culture. Once they understand their culture, they will learn how to respect and
behave. Not only teachers are responsible for educating children in terms of
culture, but parents too.”
The country celebrates Heritage Day on 24 September every year. The day is
celebrated to recognise the cultural wealth of the nation. South Africans celebrate
the day by remembering
the cultural heritage of
the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to
commemorate this day.
This year, the Heritage Day is celebrated in the aftermath
of sad moments caused by COVID-19. “We are still recovering from the lockdown.
However, we had to respond to the President’s call to celebrate Heritage Day in
style. It is for this reason why we had to do the Jerusalem dance challenge.”
At Destiny Christian School, Ole said, they do their best to
teach children morals.
“We use the same curriculum used in government schools. We
also teach children about Bible Knowledge and life skills. When they leave our
school they will know the basics of Christianity and they will be able to pray.”
Caption of the pic (Shadow MMC Community Development Cllr
The Democratic Alliance had to step in to help a victim of
gender based violence (GBV) after the South African Police Service (SAPS)
refused to help her.
A victim of GBV went to her local police station to report
the incident. Instead of being protected she was turned away. According to them
this was a ‘family matter’ that didn’t require police
The motive behind their refusal became clear when it was
learnt that the perpetrator is a police officer. He clearly enjoyed the
protection of his colleagues. Out of desperation the victim turned to a DA
councillor. According to the victim the offender threatened to kill her if she
attempted to have him prosecuted.
Under these shocking and quite frankly terrifying
circumstances the DA was forced to intervene. After an appallingly long
time the victim obtained a protection order. We do not deem this to be a
victory – rather we see this as a monumental failure. This country failed this
woman. She lives in a country where 102 women get assaulted by their partners
every day. She lives in a country where a woman is murdered by her boyfriend or
husband every 12 hours.
These statistics are horrifying, but judging by this
incident, we can assume that these numbers don’t reflect reality. It should
never be necessary for a political party to step in before the police takes a
The DA calls on the government to reinstate specialised GBV
units. These units have the knowledge and training to deal with GBV cases. They
will also add another layer of accountability.
The Democratic Alliance stands with every woman and child
who is a victim of violence. If we have to stand in line with you at a police
station, we will do that too.
The entire country was shut down due to the COVID-19
pandemic, yet the GBV pandemic is largely ignored. We live in a country where
the amount of Covid-19 victims are comparable to victims of GBV – but we do not
see President Ramaphosa address the nation every two weeks to give an update on
how many women have died at the hands of their partners.
The DA calls on this ANC government to start taking the GBV
pandemic seriously. Hundreds of thousands of women have been the victims of
violence under your reign. When will you start to care about us?