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/ 21 August 2004

Last UDM town falls to ANC

The African National Congress on Friday asserted its authority in Umtata — the last town the United Democratic Movement had any control over in the country. After by-elections in June, the UDM refused to abdicate power and resorted to the court for protection. The court ordered that the parties should resolve their problems.

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/ 8 June 2004

Mandela causes commotion in court

Recently retired former president Nelson Mandela brought the Umtata Magistrate’s Court to a standstill when he paid a surprise visit on Tuesday. Mandela and an aide visited court ”A” where magistrate Shamintha Patan was presiding. ”When he walked into my court I first thought it was my imagination that I was seeing Madiba,” Patan said.

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/ 4 April 2004

Holomisa: Mbeki is still an Aids dissident

<img src="" align=left>President Thabo Mbeki is still an Aids dissident, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa told about 25 000 cheering supporters at a party rally in Umtata on Saturday. The gathering, in the UDM’s heartland, was billed as the major rally of the UDM’s election campaign.
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/ 8 December 2003

Lightning kills nine over weekend

Seven people died instantly when lightning struck the house in which they stayed at Goqwana village, Tsolo, in the Transkei, Eastern Cape police said on Monday. Five others were taken to the St Lucy hospital with injuries. All the victims were in one room at the house when the lightning struck on Sunday.

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/ 25 October 2003

Child’s hand found at horror crash scene

One more person has died and a hand belonging to a three-year-old child has been found near the scene of Friday’s truck accident on the Main Street in Mount Frere near Umtata, Eastern Cape transport officials said on Saturday. A truck travelling from Umtata collided with 12 vehicles, killing 11 and injuring 28.