Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.
Constance van Niekerk has written 549 posts for Afrique Beat News

Mphe-Thuto Primary learner dies after falling under a bus

Gauteng Department of Education, Steve Mabona has has confirmed a terrible incident in Mogale City, South Africa. In an official statement issued this evening,Mabona says, “Gauteng Education MEC Mr Panyaza Lesufi is devastated to have learned about an incident that took place on Thursday, 29 September 2022, where a Grade 6 boy learner from Mphe-Thuto … Continue reading


JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL: “Station Commander Brigadier Perumal apprehended a 40-year-old male for armed robbery opposite Jumbo Cash and Carry at corner Main Reef and Church Street today, the 28th of September 2022 at 11:00,” reported the South African Police Service spokesperson, Captain Xoli Mbele. Captain Mbele explained, “A 50-year-old male was stuck in the traffic driving … Continue reading

Johannesburg step-father arrested for statutory rape

JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL: The South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele has confirmed that Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit (FCS) apprehended a 38-year-old male for rape at Vuselela Flat corner Bree and Loved Street on the 13th of August 2022 at 04:00. Captain Mbele said that it is alleged that step-father started … Continue reading

Johannesburg Central law enforcement agencies weekend review

Johannesburg Central: According to the SAPS spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele, it was a busy but successful weekend for law enforcement agencies in Johannesburg Central. Captain Mbele reported, “One hundred and ninety-six (196) suspects were apprehended by JHB Central Cluster Stations in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies for various offenses during crime combating operations that … Continue reading

Mozambican man appears in Johannesburg court for murder

JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL: The South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele has confirmed an incident where a 36-year-old male was arrested for murder at Wanderers taxi rank at corner Noord and Wanderers Street on the 7th of August 2022 at 19:00. Captain Mbele said that it is alleged that the suspect stabbed a 34-year-old male … Continue reading

Zimbabwe-SA Cross Border Bus Staff Sexually Abusing Female Passengers

This story was anonymously sent to a Facebook page and published as is. RAPE AND WOMEN ABUSE BY CROSS BORDERS BUSES STAFF I have heard weird stories of bus drivers abusing and raping women in presence of helping them. Sorry I am not a journalist but an Agriculturalist. I boarded a Delta Bus from Bulawayo … Continue reading

Woman caught red-handed selling live ammunition on the streets in Bekkersdal, West Rand

The South African Police Service spokesperson, Sgt Linkie Lefakane has confirmed an incident that occured in Mandela Section in Bekkersdal where a 25-year-old, female Lesotho national was caught selling live ammunition on the streets. Sgt Linkie reported, “It is alleged that on Thursday the 21 July 2022 at 16:00pm the community was gathering as a … Continue reading

Zimbabwean man given life for raping a minor

JOHANNESBURG: 30-year-old man Mduduzi Masuku, a Zimbabwean national, was found guilty for the rape of a minor and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Booysens Magistrate Court on the 20th of July 2022. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. Captain Xoli Mbele, the SAPS spokesperson confirmed the unfortunate incident where an 11-year-old … Continue reading


By Professor Tichaona Mupasiri, Zimbabwe On Thursday, 26 May, 2022 expecting to be in Harare for only a day: I arrived around midday knowing from the online case management system that my application for leave to appeal a costs order made by the apex court following my decision to withdraw my application under Case Number … Continue reading

Sedibeng District Child Protection Week Programme underway

Boipatong Police Station together with various stakeholders who include SCP, Indibano NGO, Youth Desk, Emfuleni SCP, FCS, NPA, Fire Department & the Department of Community Safety among others, yesterday, the 1st of June 2022, visited Phuthulla Primary School as part of the ongoing Child Protection Week Programme. According to the Boipatong SAPS Spokesperson, Sgt Thembeka … Continue reading

Kaalfontein Primary School learners pass away

The Gauteng Department of Education Spokesperson, Mr Steve Mabona has confirmed that Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand, Johannesburg, has tragically lost two learners, both in the foundation phase. Mabona says, “MEC, Mr. Panyaza Lesufi, is shocked to learn about two more tragic learner deaths of a Grade 1 boy and Grade 2 girl from Kaalfontein … Continue reading

South African Award-winning Gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away

Legendary gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away. Deborah, whose health took a turn for the worst last week when she suffered a stroke, died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this afternoon. She was 56-years-old. According to close friends, she had been critically ill for the past seven days. The Gospel singer who is known … Continue reading

Sixty-four-year-old Soweto man arrested for the murder of his wife and daughters

DIEPKLOOF: Police in Johannesburg have confirmed an incident that happened in Diepkloof, Soweto where a 64-year-old man allegedly killed his wife, two children and attempted to kill the third child. This occurred in the evening of Thursday 12 May 2022. It is further alleged that the suspect attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself after the … Continue reading

Female student brutally murdered in Sokoto, Nigeria

A female student in Nigeria, who was identified as Deborah Samuel, was beaten to death and set on fire by fellow students who accused her of posting “blasphemous” statements in a WhatsApp group. The brutal murder of the female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, by her colleagues has been connected to … Continue reading

Taxi drivers save rape victim’s life

Content Provided Police would like to thank Orange Farm taxi drivers next to Mall of the South taxi rank for saving rape victim’s life. The taxi drivers called the ambulance and some Lesotho nationals assisted by handing the suspect over to the police. The suspect, Kgotso Rakgaleye, a 28-year-old male and Lesotho national will be … Continue reading

Man arrested for robbing a hair saloon

Content Provided JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL: Police in Johannesburg in conjunction with security guards apprehended a 23-year-old male for business robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon (Toy-gun) at corner Commissioner and Von Brandis Street on the 06th of May 2022 at 16:00. The SAPS spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele said, “It is alleged that seven suspects stormed … Continue reading

Fifteen-year-old Free State learner arrested for murder

ZASTRON – The South African Police Service had confirmed the arrest of a 15-year-old boy who was arrested on the 4th of May 2022, after a fatal stabbing of his fellow classmate, a minor in grade 6 at the Zama Primary School in Zastron, Free State. According to Sergeant Peter Kareli, spokesperson for the Free State … Continue reading


Content Provided 42-year-old Mthobisi Moonlight Khumalo, was yesterday, the 3rd of May 2022, sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for rape in the Johannesburg Magistrate Court. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. Khumalo was accused of raping a 27-year-old female at Carlton Centre on the 14th of December 2019 at 13:00. According to … Continue reading

Johannesburg suspects nabbed in action

Content Provided POLICE FOILED BUSINESS ROBBERY IN PROGRESS: THREE SUSPECTS BEHIND BARS FOR POSSESSION OF UNLICENSED FIREARMS. JOHANNESBURG CENTRAL: The South African Police Service (SAPS) Spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele has reported that police officers yesterday, the 1st of May 2022, apprehended three suspects between the ages of 33 to 37 inside the Dani Trading Group … Continue reading

Teejay Omar releases new single

This morning, Friday the 29th of April 2022, Idols Season 10 competitor Teejay Omar Letlojane released a single titled, ‘Tsamaya’, it’s hot, fresh out of the oven! Teejay, real name Tsietso John Letlojane, grew up in Khutsong in Carletonville. WATCH TSAMAYA BY TEEJAY OMAR ON YOUTUBE: Commenting this evening on how the single was received, … Continue reading

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