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/ 12 March 2007

Fight poverty, Shilowa tells NCOP

The continuous decline in economic activity and jobs in the Sedibeng district municipality, which includes Vereeniging, is giving rise to poverty, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said on Monday. Shilowa was speaking at the opening ceremony of National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) sitting at the Saul Tsotetsi Recreation and Sports Centre in Sebokeng.

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/ 7 February 2006

Laundry murder accused granted bail

Chaos erupted outside the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning when six people accused of murdering three laundry workers were released on bail. Emotions ran high outside the courtroom, with black protesters dancing in the streets and throwing stones at the cars of family members of the white accused.

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/ 20 January 2006

Laundry murders: Accused denied bail

The four laundry-murder accused were denied bail as their supporting evidence was unconvincing, the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court ruled on Friday. ”The accused will stay in custody for further investigation,” said magistrate Annetjie Pretorius, prompting a joyous response from family and friends of the deceased.

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/ 9 November 2005

Alleged kidnappers’ bail postponed

Further information relating to one of the four alleged kidnappers of Liam Aspeling (10) will be presented at the four’s next appearance in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Friday. The four men had expected to apply for bail on Wednesday, but the investigating officer and two files relating to the case had arrived too late for adequate preparation.

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/ 17 October 2005

Mbeki visits troubled municipality

The five Sedibeng district municipality residents who were earlier reported to have typhoid are not critically ill, the council’s executive mayor Mlungisi Hlongwane said on Sunday after a meeting with President Thabo Mbeki, who visited the area on Sunday and spoke to officials about problems such as corruption and housing.

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/ 27 April 2005

ANC ‘redeploys’ Emfuleni mayor

Emfuleni local municipality mayor Johnny Thabane and two other senior officials will be replaced by a ”political collective”, the African National Congress in Gauteng said on Tuesday. ”We did not — yesterday, or today — fire the mayor. He is still the mayor. We will introduce changes and redeploy the mayor,” said the provincial premier, Mbhazima Shilowa.