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Would-be African Astronaut Dies

A South African man who won the chance to become the first black African in space has been killed in a motorcycle crash. Mandla Maseko was 30.

Maseko was killed in Pretoria over the weekend, according to a family statement released to the local media Monday.

In 2013, the part-time disc jockey and candidate officer for the South African air force beat a million entrants from 73 countries to become one of 23 people chosen to win a trip to space and a spot at the U.S.-based Axe Apollo Space Academy.

He spent a week training at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2015.

“I want to be able to float and see outside the window and see this big, round, blue and white ball that is called Earth,” Maseko told The Associated Press in 2014.

Dubbed “Afronaut,” Maseko never got to experience his dream. The company organizing the flight, XCOR Aerospace, went bankrupt in 2017.

He went on to become an avid public speaker and community worker who inspired many African children to pursue careers in science, the family statement said.

The first African in space is white South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth, who bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz capsule for more than $15 million. He spent eight days aboard the international space station in 2002.

Source: Voice of America

Three men nabbed with drugs valued over R22 000 were among 73 arrested in Humansdorp Cluster

THORNHILL – Humansdorp Cluster intensified efforts to rid streets of illicit drugs after 43 of the 73 arrested suspects were netted for possession of illicit drugs last week.

On Sunday, 7 July 2019 after midday, police received information about a maroon Opel Corsa bakkie that was allegedly transporting illicit drugs to Hankey. At about 3pm, Thornhill police pulled instructed the driver of the bakkie, fitting the same description, on the N2. During the search, police recovered drugs stashed behind a radio in a false compartment behind the vehicle’s dashboard. A total amount of 330 mandrax tablets and several bankies of crystal meth (tik) were recovered. The total estimated street value of the drugs is R22 500. The three occupants in the vehicle were arrested and their vehicle was confiscated for further investigation. The men aged between 28 and 35, all from Hankey, are due to appear before the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court today (8 July 2019) on charges of possession of mandrax and tik.

The trio is among the 73 people who were arrested in the Humansdorp Cluster during crime prevention operations last week. A total of 43 of those were suspects that were arrested for possession of illicit drugs in the nine policing precincts of the cluster. Other arrests were for offences such as drunk driving and menial offences such as drunk and disorderly.

Source: South African Police Service

Would-be African Astronaut Dies

A South African man who won the chance to become the first black African in space has been killed in a motorcycle crash. Mandla Maseko was 30.

Maseko was killed in Pretoria over the weekend, according to a family statement released to the local media Monday.

In 2013, the part-time disc jockey and candidate officer for the South African air force beat a million entrants from 73 countries to become one of 23 people chosen to win a trip to space and a spot at the U.S.-based Axe Apollo Space Academy.

He spent a week training at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2015.

“I want to be able to float and see outside the window and see this big, round, blue and white ball that is called Earth,” Maseko told The Associated Press in 2014.

Dubbed “Afronaut,” Maseko never got to experience his dream. The company organizing the flight, XCOR Aerospace, went bankrupt in 2017.

He went on to become an avid public speaker and community worker who inspired many African children to pursue careers in science, the family statement said.

The first African in space is white South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth, who bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz capsule for more than $15 million. He spent eight days aboard the international space station in 2002.

Source: Voice of America

Sunnyside Police commended for the vigilance following the arrest of a rape suspect also linked to rape cases in Limpopo

PARKTOWN: Management of police in Gauteng have commended the vigilance of two police officers from Sunnyside, Sergeant Kubayi and Constable Baloyi, following the arrest of a 41-year old suspect on Saturday 06 July 2019 in Sunny

The members were on routine patrol when they spotted a suspicious black Mazda-3 with two occupants, one male and one female, next to a park near Loveday and Justice Mahommed Streets in Sunnyside. Police found implements believed to have been either used or stolen during the commission of crime.

It is alleged by the female occupant that she had been kidnapped the previous night and was raped at gunpoint by the male suspect; while police were able to confirm on further investigation, that the male suspect had two pending rape cases from Lebowakgomo in Limpopo.

Police visibility is an essential part of impact-driven policing.

“Criminals should never be comfortable and should understand that police mean business as we continue to heighten visibility to ensure the safety of our communities,” remarked the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, encouraging the members to continue the good work by putting the interests of the people of Gauteng first.

The arrested suspect will appear in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Source: South African Police Service