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Brave daughter stand up to block rapist stepdad from getting parole

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Durban – After serving seven years of his 15-year term of imprisonment for child molestation, Larry du Plessis Zwiegelaar is now eligible for parole.

In 2013, Zwiegelaar, who was 53 at the time, was found guilty of the indecent assault and rape of his stepdaughters between 1991 and 2000 in Westville. He was sentenced to an effective 15-year term.

The sisters broke their silence about the abuse in 2010, two decades after the first incident had taken place.

The abuse started when Candice Bowman and her sister were 7 and 8 years old respectively, and continued for nine years.

Bowman said a date in January had not been set yet for her to go before the parole board.

She was contacted by Correctional Services officials before Christmas and told of Zwiegelaar’s parole application.

“I was told that I could object in writing or I could appear personally before the board and that I had 30 days to prepare for this,” she said.

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Bowman felt it was important for her to appear before the board.

“If I write a letter, it will be like I am afraid of facing him, which I am not. Ten years ago I started this thing and I have to finish it,” she said.

Bowman believes that Zwiegelaar, 60, has not been rehabilitated.

“I don’t care how old he is, I think he will be a danger to society if released. When they phoned me about his parole, I was also told that I could have a say in the conditions attached to his parole. There are women and children everywhere; what condition could possibly keep him away from them? Only full-time imprisonment can do that,” Bowman said.

In September, Correctional Services officials had contacted her, wanting to hand over letters of apology from Zwiegelaar to her and her sister.

“Those two letters were exactly the same, except the names at the top and the fact that he acknowledged my husband’s passing. You can tell from the letter that he had to write it as part of his rehabilitation. There was no remorse or sincerity in his words. These letters were given to me in September, but they were dated 2018.”

Since laying charges, she has encouraged people to use her case as an example. “He (Zwiegelaar) was charged years after the fact, and without any physical evidence. Victims must speak up. If he gets out after seven years, what confidence am I building in victims that I am encouraging to speak up?” Daily News

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N2 Kei Cuttings bus accident leaves 27 dead

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At least 27 people have been killed in a bus accident on the N2 at Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

The death toll has been revised from earlier reports which indicated that 10 people have died.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says the number of the deaths could increase as more people were still trapped inside the wrecked bus.

A large number of search and rescue personnel, traffic officers, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene.

Binqose said the death toll is likely to increase as search and rescue personnel plan to flip the bus over to see whether more people are trapped underneath.

The accident took place on the notorious section of the N2, known as the Kei Cuttings, north of the Kei River, which is known for its perilous twists and turns.

Binqose said the driver of the bus is among those who died.

The driver is believed to have lost control of the long-distance passenger bus before it plunged 200 metres down a steep embankment.

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“He lost control just before he could cross the river on the last curve,” said Binqose.

Chief director of clinical support services for the health department, Kidwell Matshotyana, told TellitallSA that 22 people were stable and did not want to go to hospital.

“In terms of the injured people, we have five patients admitted at Frere Hospital and one at Life St Dominic’s Private Hospital [both in East London],” he said.

The department will arrange transport for the 22 people, who don’t want to go to hospital, to the nearest town. They will be given accommodation.

The bus is understood to have been transporting passengers from Cape Town.

Hospitals and emergency services in the area and further afield were offering help with triaging patients.

He said the police had the grim task of going through the luggage to find identity documents, in order to begin informing the next of kin of the tragedy.

The department would also work with the bus company to establish a contact centre for worried families checking up on people who were on the bus, and those details would be announced later.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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