LAWYER UNHAPPY ABOUT REPORT
I AM very disappointed with the February 27 page 4 story, "Assault case against councillor dismissed".The reporter never got the facts correct! I am the attorney who appeared for Aaron Nyikilana.The case went on trial.The complainant was not believed by the court! The accused was believed and found not guilty. Why did she not say to the magistrate she got a "R500 offer"? After losing in court and being laughed at by the public, running to The Herald is sour grapes.
NATIONAL Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesman Tsepo Ndwalaza confirmed the case was dismissed. The Herald stands by its report. – The Herald political editor Nwabisa Makunga
PROTEAS MUST BEWARE
I WATCHED the India-Australia first test. SA's No1 ranking may be in jeopardy unless we crunch India on their own wicket. Spin will be the factor and we don't have enough depth in this area. The wicket was atrocious, but that's what we must expect on the sub-continent.
POLICE BRUTALITY UNACCEPTABLE
ARE our policemen trained first before they are put into uniform and on the force? A policeman's duty is to maintain law and order. We don't feel safe and secure when we see a cop. Police brutality is rife and unacceptable!
THANK YOU FOR ASSISTANCE
MANY thanks to WO Werner Meyer, Avonia Prince and colleagues for assistance on Thursday with an attempted break-in at Lime Place. You guys were great, being so friendly and of great assistance. God bless you all.
LIFE CHEAP IN SOUTH AFRICA
LIFE is so cheap. A little boy is murdered, allegedly by other children and it hardly causes a stir. I really don't get it. Did he really matter so little to society?
STRYDOMS TIP STARS
HATS off to Rene and Andreas Strydom for making my weekly trip to the tip not such a chore anymore. Such positive folk deserve our support. They're tip stars.
WOULD HAVE GOT A CAP FROM ANC
DA defectors to COPE, if you went to the ANC you would have got a cap as well. Ha Ha Ha.
BERGSMAN ATTACK: ACQUITTED OF MURDER
I WAS shocked when I read the judgment following the robbery and attack on Jan Bergsman. He had been beaten and stabbed, and later died from these injuries. The two accused were found guilty of robbery only. Really! What message does that give to elderly folk? What will the lousy robbers think?
THIEVES not convicted of murder: how can thieves who broke in and attacked Mr Bergsman not be charged for murder just because he died a few days later and if he was younger would have survived? Point is if they did not break in and attack him he would be alive.This is plain murder.
IN acquitting of murder two thugs who had beaten and stabbed their 86-year-old victim, the judge said the victim would have survived had he been younger. May I ask whether he would have survived had he not been beaten and stabbed?
HEALTH DEPARTMENT CHAOS WELL KNOWN
THE health MEC was "not informed of crisis" while everyone else was aware of the chaos in his department. Where has this overpaid ANC crony been sleeping while his department was burning?
STIFF TASK AHEAD AFTER BUDGET
AFTER listening to the finance minister's speech, I can only conclude that if we/he can eliminate all the corrupt ANC government and municipal officials, we could actually enjoy one year without a tax increase. Please join me in my pipe dream.
RICHARD, CHARLO, PORT ELIZABETH
THIS budget is not meant for us on the ground level, it is for our corrupt government. Pravin Gordhan is creating more corruption, believe me.
REPLIES TO READERS' COMMENTS
METHINKS more than a little ego, even aggression, is detected in M Negres's latest offering. You are given plenty of space in the local media, sir, some might say too much. The Herald does its best to be evenhanded, I think.
WELL put, Winston Riggs. I have long shared your sentiments on the booing and jeering which has now become the norm. It leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. We can support our team without sinking to such levels of poor sportsmanship.
WHEN WILL ATTORNEY'S CASE BE HEARD?
ATTORNEY Michael Randell was arrested on November 26 2008 for alleged breaches of his fiduciary duties as trustee and member of a school governing body. When will his criminal case be heard? He has not been struck from the roll of attorneys and still represents a teachers' union in labour cases against the Department of Education. Principal Patrick Shelver lost his job and was sentenced.
WON'T BE SUPPORTING KINGS
"HURT Watson set to be back for Sharks clash" (February 26): I definitely won't be supporting the Kings against the Sharks on the 9th.
CELIA, WALMER, PORT ELIZABETH
INDICATIVE OF NEW SOUTH AFRICA
THE medical students in Cuba clearly demonstrate what the new RSA is all about: make noise, get money and do nothing.
MINISTER NOT FIT TO HOLD POSITION
MINISTER Lulu Xingwana, what a moronic statement to make about Afrikaner males. Clearly you are not fit to hold the position you do in the cabinet or any other position for that matter.
NEW ROBOTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
THANK you to the municipality for installing the new robots on the corner of old Cape Road and Lategan Street in Rowallan Park.