Cape Winelands firefighters battle blaze in PapegaaibergThe Cape Winelands District Municipality has deployed firefighting crews to extinguish a fire on top of the Papegaaiberg ridge outside Stellenbosch."Seven firefighting vehicles and crew have been deployed. The Winelands Fire Protection Association have deployed two choppers to assist," said Cape Winelands District Municipality spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto."All efforts are focused on the protection of informal dwellings, and the electrical pylons situated close by," she added. - Cebelihle Bhengu
Brooke collects the main body of the British troops and presses forward. Around 3:00 p.m., he attacks the American positions. The American defenders hold initially, inflicting heavy casualties and resorting to firing scrap metal from their cannon because of a lack of canister. Despite a stalwart initial defense, the Americans begin to give way to the British regulars. The Americans withdraw to Baltimore and Brooke halts for the rest of the day to consolidate his forces. This delay gives the American defenders in Baltimore time to bolster their defenses.
Defendant Corona convinced Stock, a defendant not before this Court, and McDonald to set fire to the building on Polymnia Street. On Feb. 6, 1995 around 2:00 a.m., it was reported that the building on Polymnia Street was on fire. A large blaze ensued and destroyed both the Polymnia Street house and building next door on Carondelet Street.
During a four day trial on the merits, evidence was presented which showed, inter alia, that defendant Corona had previously tried to convince others to set fire to the house; that McDonald and Stock were at the scene directly before the blaze moving a mattress to a lower floor in the building; that arson was the most likely cause of the conflagration and that the above mentioned mattress was a point of origin for the fire. Defendant Lindsey McDonald took the stand and attested to his naivete and his innocence; the jury rejected his testimony. The jury *742 found both Corona and McDonald guilty on all three counts. 2b1af7f3a8