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TOTT 29 March 2018

6 Talk of the Town

6 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 29, 2018 OPINION Will there be equal j u s t i c e? THE big news this week, following the prolific attention given to the Australian cricket team for ball tampering, was the prison sentence handed down to former estate agent Vicki Momberg for using the “K” word in a racist tirade to police officers who came to her assistance after she was robbed in 2016. In case you have not heard by now, Momberg was indeed sentenced to actual jail time – two years, with an additional year suspended – and was denied bail to appeal her sentence, which her attorney has indicated they would be doing. Randburg magistrate Pravina Raghoonandan heeded the request of prosecutor Yusuf Baba, who earlier in the case had asked that Momberg be sentenced to direct imprisonment without the option of a fine, as Momberg’s was “the worst crimen injuria case” the courts had dealt with. In her judgment, Raghoonandan said: “The duty to eradicate racism and its tendencies has become all the more apparent, essential and urgent now. For this reason, nothing that threatens to take us back to our racist past should be glossed over.” The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the effective two-year jail term handed down to Momberg, now known as a convicted racist, is a landmark sentence that will set a precedent for similar cases. As much as we might hate racial insults, especially the historically loaded “K” word, there is something deeply troubling about justice in this country if a person can be jailed for crimen injuria while people who have done actual violence to others walk free or get a meaninglessly light sentence. Although defence attorney Kevin Lawlor told the court that Momberg was not in a normal state of mind when she made her racist remarks, after just being victim to a smash-and-grab incident, the court did not consider this to be a mitigating factor. Lawlor had asked for Momberg to be sent for rehabilitation instead of imprisonment. Social media erupted with gloating following the sentence, with the predictable equally racist responses from an assortment of people, with suggestions that half her land be taken and that applications are still open to move to Australia among them. Considering the awful racist things that have been said by people, politicians and SRC presidents among them, wishing for bazookas to blow up white people and an exhortation to “cut the throat of whiteness”, it is bewildering that the NPA decided to make the prosecution of a nobody its test case to set precedent. And the entire country will now be watching to see if such precedent is indeed applied equally, or if it will be race-based. Jon Houzet GLEAMING MACHINES: Some of the array of vintage and classic cars that took part in the OD Inggs Memorial Run last Saturday and Sunday. They set out from Rosehill Mall on both mornings, navigating a route of 300km on the first day and 100km on the second Picture: JON HOUZET HAVE YOUR S AY Letters to PO Box 2871, Port Alfred - or e-mail to This is an open forum for readers to express their opinions. However, the publishers reserve the right to shorten letters. Those printed are not necessarily the views of Talk of the Town. Although noms de plume may be used, letters must be signed and have an authentic contactable address & telephone number. Talk of the Town reserves the right to not publish letters. Please limit letters to 250 words or less. SAPS have eye on cyber bullies I WOULD like to commend and compliment the SAPS in Port Alfred for the wonderful initiative they have shown in preparing and distributing the excellent pamphlet on cyber bullying. It is an informative and timely communication and when I received one I was filled with gratitude and pride that our police station and Sgt S Pienaar in particular had the foresight and commitment to prepare and distribute this pamphlet. P STEENEKAMP SPCA fund drive in need of help WE are doing our annual Easter tin collection for the SPCA this weekend and have just been given the clearance to collect at Heritage Mall on Saturday morning. SPCA volunteers and supporters may already have been approached to collect at Rosehill but we are now looking for volunteers to do an hour slot at Heritage. We intend starting at 8am and running through until about 2pm. If anyone is able to help out we would really appreciate it if you contact me on m a r g i e d a v e .t h o m a s @ g m a i l . c o m , giving me your choice of time. These collections are a large part of our fundraising activities and they are generally very lucrative so we would really appreciate your help. Looking forward to hearing from you. MARGIE THOMAS, vice-chairman - management c o m m i t te e Attacked by Boerbul ON Monday morning I was hardly awake, when I received a phone call from friends in Johannesburg to say that on the 702 Radio News cast they had heard the headline news, “Dog bites 76-year-old man on East Beach, Port Alfred”. They wanted to know if it was me, which I confirmed. What 702 did not say is that the trauma and shock which happens when an 85kg Boerbul charges you, knocks you down and takes a good bite out of your arm is not pleasant at all. Apparently the dog does not like people with hats on! After this happened I lay dazed on the beach with the sand blowing gently in my face wondering how I was to get back to my car. I was just opposite Fountain Rocks so I knew I had a 25-minute walk with blood dripping from my arm. Feeling very dizzy I could not sit up. With many thoughts running through my mind, I realised that the only people who could get me out of this predicament were the NSRI. Fortunately the dog’s owner was standing by so I asked him to phone the NSRI. Their response was amazing and within 15 minutes Juan and his team arrived. After making me feel comfortable. They did initial health checks then bandaged the wound. They lifted me up and seated me in their vehicle. DEEP WOUND: Pensioner Doug Sutherland shows the seriousness of the bite wound inflicted on him by an unleashed Boerbul at East Beach on Sunday Their professionalism immediately made me feel better as I knew I was now in safe hands. Hours of training were evident with the calm behaviour and confidence they exuded. The Gardmed ambulance took over for the final leg to Mediclinic. The nurses did further tests and contacted my house doctor who was on call. Dr Webster had to leave his son and the pigeon training to sort out my wound. It must be a real bummer to explain to your son that you have to attend to a man with a dog bite instead of pigeon training together! Many thanks to everyone involved in helping me back from the beach and getting me patched up. This unfortunate incident could have been avoided if the dog’s owner had obeyed the law which states that a dog must be on a leash when in a public place otherwise you open yourself to civil or criminal prosecution. DOUG SUTHERLAND 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Tide Guide Kind courtesy-SA Navy HIGH 0414 1634 0450 1710 0528 1748 0607 1828 0649 1913 0739 2011 0850 2157 1052 ---- L OW 1025 2234 1101 2309 1138 2346 1217 ---- 0025 1258 0109 1347 0211 1506 0422 1749 Emergency numbers Port Alfred hospital – (046) 604-4000 Police station – (046) 604-2001/2 Multi-Security – (046) 624-2508 Chubb Security – (046) 624-4810 Sky Alarms – (046) 624-2806 NSRI – 082-990-5971 Electricity (a/h) - (046) 624-1111 EMS (Emergency Medical Services) – 10177 Gardmed –082-759-2134 Holistic EMS – 063-460-0042 Fire Department – (046) 624-1111 TOUGH SHIFT: Manning the cake stall at the Port Alfred High School Carnival on Tuesday night were, from left in front, Tinotenda Nzawango, Alizwa Jezi, Zenzo-Zihle Payi, Babalwa Ndlebe, Chelsea Fraser, Jeneé du Plessis, and at the back, Jade Basson and Mark Schade Picture: JON HOUZET

March 29, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 7 FA C E 2FA C E ... with Siphosethu Funde Question: Tell us about your job. Answer: I’m a casual printer. Q: What made you get into that line of work? A: I enjoy working with electric machines and that could be the reason. Q: Describe the most memorable experience that you have had. A: Printing out different pictures of different people. Q: What do you do to unwind when you are not working? A: I sleep. Q: What is your motto in life? A: Don’t cry when it seems like it’s over but always smile when something good happens. Q: What makes you happy? A: It’s my child’s smile which she gives me every day. Q: What makes you angry? A: Lies, I don’t accept them, for whatever reasons. Q: What do you think about the youth of South Africa? Do you have any advice for t h e m? A: They need to focus on school and their books. Q: If you could change one thing about Port Alfred ... A: Crime. Q: What do you like most about Port Alfred? A: The friendly residents. Q: What is your favourite book of all time? A: Any interesting book. Q: Name three people you would like to invite for dinner (dead or alive). A: My grandfather is the only person I can mention. Q: Three wishes for South Africa. A: Better education system, plenty of opportunities for the youth and equality for all. SOLD SOLE MANDATE SOLD SOLD Port Alfred Ginger’s medicinal and health uses are many and marvellous ONE of the oldest remedies for nausea is the exotic and spicy root of ginger! Many pregnancies are marred by morning sickness. Over-the-counter medicines are helpful but not always. Try using ginger tea, sweets or biscuits (not flavoured but with real ginger). No more than just a few cups of refreshing sugar-free ginger tea daily is safe and can do the trick. Fortunately, if the pungent flavour is not your “cup of tea”, there are ginger capsules available. Even motion sickness can be remedied by this spice. This reputable root spice enhances appetite and eases indigestion. Scientific research has shown how effective it is at destroying intestinal parasites (this includes some types of worms). Ginger deserves just a small place in your diet if you THE Passover of the Old Testament was merely a shadow of that which was to come. When Christ came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire.” These sacrifices could not remove sin, so the shadow had to be replaced with the genuine. The Lord continued by saying, “but a body you prepared for me” and “Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll – I have come to do your will, O God” (Hebrews 10:5 – 7). In other words, Jesus was stating that He was the fulfillment of the shadow. But what did this entail? “He FOOD H E A LT H TA L K S ... with Anastacia Sampson experience weak digestion. Do you have vertigo with nausea and dizziness – try that zesty spice! Adding a little fresh ginger to smoothies will boost your antioxidant intake and it m ay support weight loss as it is said to increase body temperature. For anyone with an inflammatory condition – a fresh home-made juice of pineapple (with its inherent antiinflammatory bromelain) and ginger (with its own antiinflammatory compound named gingerol) is a superb remedy. That is not all. Ginger has been The message of Easter I N S P I R AT I O N A L INSIGHTS ... with Pastor Theo Snyman will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again” (Luke 18:32, 33). John the Baptist recognised Jesus to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. On Easter Friday, we commemorate His death on a cruel cross. He paid the ransom price in full for the redemption of sinful mankind. On Easter Sunday we celebrate shown by research to inhibit the production of the inflammatory compounds in your body known as prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Massage therapists may make use of ginger oil to relax inflamed muscles. Feisty ginger stimulates circulation to all parts of the body. This supports brain power and all-over cellular function in your body. Many historical accounts indicate the benefit of this spice for conditions of arthritis, joint pains or asthma. Some cough and cold remedies to this day contain ginger extract. Studies have revealed how this spice assists in diabetes by a range of actions, which all support a healthier blood sugar balance too. His resurrection, for the tomb was found to be empt y! How does something that happened almost 2000 years ago affect our lives today? Much in every way! Romans 10:9-10 says: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 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