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The Rep 6 April 2018

The Rep 6 April

TheRep 1 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: THE REPRESENTATIVE 6 April 2018 POLICE IN CLAMPDOWN ON TAVERNS P3 Friday April 7, 2018 R5.10 (15% VAT incl) Since 1859 All departments: (045) 839-4040; Fax: (045) 839-4059; Editorial e-mail:; Advertising: A FAMILY’S GRIEF Emotions high after victim’s friend faces murder charge SIMTEMBILE MGIDI EMOTIONS ran high this week after the killing of New Rest youth, Geraldo Adonis, outside Naleding Sports Cafe just before the start of the Easter w e e ke n d . Adonis, who would have celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday and was a pupil at Maria Louw High School, was stabbed once in the neck and died on the scene at about 10am last Thursday. An 18-year-old youth, believed to be a friend of Adonis, handed himself over to the police the next day. Adonis’ friend, Jaden Smiles, claimed this week that the suspect had earlier caused problems at the bar but had then left. While Smiles was walking the suspect’s girlfriend to the home of the accused, they met up with him at a nearby soccer field. Smiles said the suspect then allegedly poured paraffin on him and threatened to set him alight. “I told him to stop it, as we used to be friends.” He said a police officer intervened and stopped the suspect, who left while Smiles returned to the bar. Smiles claimed the suspect had returned with a cricket bat, threatening to hit him, and that he was accompanied by a relative who carried a knife, a golf club and a cricket bat. Minutes later, Adonis had been stabbed, once in the neck, while standing outside the bar.“I felt like my heart was broken. “I took off my beanie and T-shirt to try to stop the blood,” Smiles said. He said Adonis had not started a fight and was a “nice guy”. The sister of the suspect who had gone to the bar on the same night, said she had acted in response to him [suspect] indicating that his friends were “ganging up” on him and that he ‘My heart was broken. I took off my beanie and T-shirt to try to stop the blood’ wanted to go and find his girlfriend at the bar. She claimed she found him [suspect] lying on the ground and that he had grabbed a knife that another boy had dropped and had allegedly stabbed a youth, while trying to escape. He then fled the scene, with a group of youths giving chase. Shortly thereafter, police had arrived at home looking for the suspect. “At 5.30am on Friday a group of people also came, asking for my brother. They said they would break the door down and I opened it. One person had a knife. They could not find him and they left.” She claimed one of her b r ot h e r ’s friends was assaulted by the group but that the police broke up the fight. She said she had taken a golf club to the bar which was taken away. The suspect’s parents said they feared for their children’s lives and that his [suspect’s] arm looked as if it had been broken and that he had bruises on his body. They were planning to pursue legal action based on the alleged assault of their son at the bar. Adonis's mother Geraldine Christian said her son had been a humble and “sweet boy.” She said on the day in question, her older son had called her to the bar and, when she saw Geraldo covered in blood, she blanked out. The family was unhappy with a lack of updates by police on the incident. Geraldo’s aunt, Wendy Brechd, said they waited four hours for Adonis’ body to be removed and had to chase dogs away from the scene. Brechd said they did not blame the suspect’s parents for the death of Adonis. The Rep asked the owner of Naleding for comment, but he referred the reporter to employee Zama Thompson, who said security had been called in several times during the evening, after fights allegedly involving TRAGIC END: Geraldo Adonis was stabbed to death last week the suspect had broken out. The Queenstown Magistrate’s Court postponed the bail application by the accused to Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Captain Namhla Mdleleni confirmed that the suspect handed himself over to the police last Friday – Good Friday. “It is alleged that an 18-year-man was fatally stabbed in the upper body. The motive is unknown for the killing and the suspect faces a charge of murder.” EMLM strikes deal to avoid power cuts ANDISA BONANI THE Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) has signed a payment plan with Eskom to prevent the power utility from implementing power outages which had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday (April 3). This was announced by EMLM municipal manager (MM) Chris Magwangqana at an ordinary council meeting last Thursday. “We negotiated a down payment with Eskom and agreed on a payment plan until June, which also marks the end of this financial year. I assure you that there will be no electricity outages in this municipality because that would reflect badly on service delivery. We expected Eskom to communicate with us directly before announcing the intention to cut electricity to the public, which will have provided us time to respond to media queries s u f f i c i e n t l y. ” The Rep reported (“EMLM power reprieve” March 30) that Eskom had intended to cut electricity in EMLM for failure to pay an outstanding account of R44-million with a notice indicating such intent published by Eskom together with schedules on how power would be interrupted. Eskom had originally indicated that power cuts would start from April 3. EMLM executive mayor Sisisi Tolashe said the municipality would have ascertained all problems by July and would begin to mitigate urgent issues like the electricity supply. “This is a cash-strapped municipality and I appeal to all councillors, regardless of which party they represent, to work with EMLM towards achieving positive change. “The ailing infrastructure has been noted with great concern and plans to fix issues will be implemented in the next financial year. I can tell you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that lights are kept on in this municipality as we continue engagements with Eskom.” Eskom spokesman Zama Mpondwana said Eskom’s support did not suspend the municipality’s obligation to settle its bulk electricity account. “Eskom is working closely with EMLM to find a lasting solution to the municipality’s electricity challenges. The municipality has to come to an amicable agreement with Eskom regarding the settlement of the Turn to page 2

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