Cape Town Metro police officers have arrested four suspects during an alleged stone throwing incident on the N2 near the Strand. The City's JP Smith says Officers Ettiene Leckay and Dianne Claassen were patrolling the N2 during yesterday's afternoon's peak hour traffic, when they noticed the suspects throwing stones at vehicles travelling on the N2 between the M9 and the weighbridge. He says the men fled on foot, but the officers with the assistance of their colleagues, managed to apprehend them. They are aged, 26 and 31 as well as two who are 36 years old. They were taken to the Macassar Police station where a case of malicious damage to property was registered. Smith says one of the suspects was recently released from prison. ... See MoreSee Less
A distraught Pietermaritzburg mother made a desperate plea to anyone who knows the whereabouts of her three-year-old daughter who has been reported missing.
It has been almost two weeks since Aysha Sadique last saw her toddler, Aliza Aboobakar.
Aliza’s relative fetched her for a visit on February 10 but has not returned the child since.
The distraught mother said that she attempted to contact the relative on numerous occasions but was unsuccessful and she was forced to open a missing person’s report last week.
“We have gone to [the relative’s] home and no one knows where they took the baby. [A family member] said they last saw [the relative] leaving with baby Aliza on February 13,” said Sadique.
uMgungundlovu North cluster spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said police are looking for the relative.
“We just want to question [the relative] at this point,” Ebrahim said.
The emotional Sadique struggled to talk as The Witness interviewed her at the Mountain Rise police station yesterday. The desperate mother said they have searched for the relative everywhere but his phone has since been switched off.
“I’ve had sleepless nights and just can’t stop looking at her cute smile in the pictures. I have had to endure the pain of not knowing where my only baby is or if she has eaten,” said a tearful Sadique.
A missing person’s inquiry was opened on February 16 and police are urging the community to come forward with information.
“All I want is to reunite with my daughter. Life is no longer the same anymore. The house has become too big without her jumping around,” said Sadique.
Anyone with information can contact Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Boucher on 082 418 2018 or contact Mountain Rise police on 033 387 9634.
Indigestion and the discomfort that comes with it can affect your daily life. Try these simple tips and natural remedies to enjoy your meal without the suffering.
If you love to eat or are often stressed, indigestion is probably a daily, unwelcome guest in your life. While indigestion can be caused by other, underlying conditions, often our poor eating habits and overindulgence can play a role.
Indigestion (also known as dyspepsia) is persistent or recurrent pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. It’s mostly triggered when you eat and isn’t caused by excess stomach acid.
Symptoms and causes
Most people experience some symptoms of indigestion in their life. These may include:
• Abdominal pain or discomfort • Bloating and a feeling of fullness • Nausea and vomiting • Loss of appetite • Heartburn • Burning sensation in the stomach or upper abdomen • Burping, belching and gas • Acidic taste Read: Prevent burping and farting
While indigestion can also be caused by conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), lifestyle factors are often at the root of the problem. These factors include:
• Eating too much or too quickly • Eating during stressful situations • Eating foods with a high fat content • Stress, anxiety and fatigue • Cigarette smoking
How to prevent indigestion
Restraining yourself in any way might be the last thing on your mind this festive season. But if you’ve been bothered by indigestion before, you’ll know how miserable it can make you feel.
If you know from past experience that certain foods or situations seem to cause indigestion, it makes sense to try and avoid them as far as possible.
Other simple diet and lifestyle steps can also cut your risk, lowering your need for over-the-counter medication:
1. Eat several small meals instead of overeating at two to three super-sized meals. 2. Try to eat slowly. 3. Don’t talk while chewing and don’t chew with your mouth open. This results in swallowing too much air, which can worsen indigestion. 4. Avoid acid-rich foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits. 5. Cut down or avoid fatty, greasy or spicy foods, caffeine, fizzy cool drinks and chocolate. Some people find that these foods make indigestion worse.
6. Don’t drink fluids during meals; rather drink them afterwards. 7. Consider quitting smoking, or at least avoid lighting up before or after eating. 8. Avoid late-night snacking. 9. Wait at least two to three hours after eating before you lie down. 10. When you go to sleep after eating, use pillows to elevate your head at least 15cm above your feet. 12. Avoid wearing tight clothing that constricts your abdominal area. 13. Add digestion-enhancing foods like mint, fennel, ginger, cumin seeds and caraway seeds to your meals. 14. Eat yoghurt and other fermented food products regularly as they can help to restore the stomach’s microbial flora. 15. Alleviate indigestion with some exercise, but never exercise on a full stomach. Try to get active before a meal or at least one hour after eating. 16. If you tend to suffer from stress or anxiety, try therapies like massage, relaxation or meditation.
If the above steps don’t quite do the trick, you can also try natural remedies for indigestion:
1. Peppermint oil combined with caraway oil may help relieve indigestion. You can also try enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules. These may help relieve abdominal pain, bloating and gas.
2. Artichoke leaf extract is believed to improve digestion by stimulating the flow of bile from the liver.
3. Probiotics, charcoal tablets and dietary fibre may also help to alleviate some symptoms of indigestion.
Always contact your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they won’t interact with any regular medications you’re taking.
Check in with your doctor
Lastly, if you’re concerned about your indigestion, and it persists for several weeks, consult your doctor to rule out any other underlying conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
This is especially important if you experience vomiting or blood in vomit, black, tarry stools, severe pain in the upper right abdomen or discomfort unrelated to eating.
Law enforcement officers would be deployed along the route and at venues where memorandums would be handed over, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure said in a statement on Thursday. ... See MoreSee Less
The official said Priebus’ request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate. As of Thursday, the FBI had not stated that position publicly and there was no indication it planned to. ... See MoreSee Less
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisors were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late on Thursday.
When Grassy Park resident and first-time hiker Ebrahim Dawood was pushed off a 15-metre cliff after being attacked by three robbers, he thought it was the end of his life.
Dawood believes if it was not for the German Shepherd named Wander from the K9 unit and for the Wilderness Search and Rescue Services, chances of him being found alive were slim.
He had sustained head injuries and several bruises to his body.
The 36-year-old had gone hiking for the first time with his family in Newlands Forest on Sunday but separated from them when he decided to take a different trail. As he was about to complete his 15m climb, Dawood saw three men smoking what he believed was Mandrax.
Speaking to the Cape Times on Thursday after being released from hospital, Dawood said: “I had made sure to climb next to a solid tree and branches so that if I slipped, I was safe. When I got to the top, I saw three guys smoking Mandrax.
“They had caps on. They had jeans on. They were very ragged. They seemed like they lived in the mountains. As I pulled up, the one asked me something in Afrikaans and I immediately got into defensive mode.”
He said one of the suspects charged at him but he fought back. “The other came and I kicked him also. The third one pulled out a knife and the other two grabbed me and took whatever was in my pocket, which is my cellphone and R300 and they pushed me literally off the cliff.”
Dawood managed to hang on to a branch after being pushed before landing heavily on a rock.
“I could not find my footing because first I was trying to grab (onto something before I) reached the ground. I landed flat on my back. At least that is what I recall. Looking at the bruises on the side of my body, I landed on the side. I landed on a half-rock, and half a broken tree,” he said.
“I woke up in the middle of the night. I remember seeing stars, beautiful stars. It was extremely cold and I dug myself into the sand as much as I could.
“As soon as the sun came up, I got up, the survival instinct kicked in,” Dawood said.
Mountain rescuers found him far from where he had split from his family
“Thank the Lord for the Shepherd (dog) that saved me. She found me. I am extremely grateful for the work the rescue team did. I would have been a goner. The first thought that came into my mind was death.
“I will hike again, but I will stay with the crowd this time.”
Dawood believes his attackers did not feel any remorse when they pushed him off the cliff. “The anger I saw in their faces, wasn’t anger at me. It was anger at themselves. I don’t judge them but their actions. I wish them all the best so that they can get their lives together,” he said.