Daily Archives: June 22, 2017

MEC Dan Plato on Villiersdorp drug bust

Villiersdorp drug bust � full investigation needed to apprehend all involved

I congratulate the South African Police Service (SAPS) under the command of Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Jula, for their sterling work in Villersdorp in what is believed to be the biggest single drug bust in the Western Cape, if not in South Africa.

Some of the information confirmed to me by the provincial police management, however raises serious questions which would need to be answered through a full investigation. This is necessary to ensure that everyone involved faces the full might of the law.

The arrests of three suspects are welcomed but the sophistication of the operation can questionably not only include three people.

This is why I have today officially requested the Provincial Commissioner in writing to consider all possibilities, investigate every detail and ensure that not a single person involved is able to escape without being held accountable.

The full investigation needs to include:

Where the drugs were manufactured, by whom and working under instruction of which financier;

Where the drugs were intended to be delivered, through which transportation systems, on whose authorisation and with whose involvement;

Who would have taken delivery of the drugs, who would have paid for it, by which method of payment and who would have received the payment; and

Details for every component involved into this operation � suspects' phones and who they have been communicating with; owners, lessors or companies involved in the farm, transportation, boxing, branded items or paperwork.

I have been informed that the Villiersdorp farm's drugs, mostly cocaine and mandrax, have an estimated value of close to R400 million, that it was packed and concealed and intended for exportation, as well as alleged information that the drugs originates from a wine farm in the Boland.

The biggest and furthest reaching investigation possible is required to uncover the scourge of drugs in communities in the Western Cape, the gangs which peddle them, the gun-wielding gangsters running around with total disregard for the life of others, as well as the kingpins orchestrating these criminal acts, murders as well as manufacturing, selling and seemingly exportation of drugs.

The biggest drug bust in the province, if not the country will certainly rattle the kingpins who continuously operate as if they are above the law. The police's intelligence-led investigation will have to connect all these dots to see that all involved do not go unpunished.

Our streets can only be drug free if we all play our part in exposing the criminals in our midst � especially the shadow figures, mafioso's, kingpins and underworld bosses who blatantly violate the rule of law.

Source: Government of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DAM LEVELS CONTINUE TO FALL

PRETORIA, The Department of Water and Sanitation has again urged South Africans to use water wisely as national dam levels continue to decline, now that the (Southern hemisphere) winter season is in full swing. According to an assessment conducted by t...

Department prioritises transformation in construction unit

Pretoria � Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says transformation in the Construction Management Unit of the department will be prioritised.

Minister Mokonyane made the remarks when she was presenting an overview on the Construction Management Unit within the department to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation.

The Construction Management Unit was established to construct, rehabilitate, refurbish and maintain new and existing National Water Resources Infrastructure.

The intention is to meet industrial, agricultural and social (domestic) bulk water supply requirements and to facilitate economic growth and development, including the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing water supply infrastructure to comply with international dam safety standards.

The Minister told the committee that while the unit has in the past undertaken various infrastructure projects to ensure that communities have access to clean water supply, it is, however, plagued with slow transformation.

She said transformation within the department should be taken seriously by everyone.

The department's drive is to ensure that there is a difference between what used to be and what is expected today. The intention to ensure transformation in the department should be in line with our guiding document, the National Development Plan which envisions a water sector that is reflects all the demographics of the country, said Minister Mokonyane.

Minister Mokonyane also emphasised that transformation should not just mean colour and gender specifics, but it should also show in how procurement is done.

Everything we do should be in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act to ensure that we do things by the book. A lot must also be done to ensure that the previously disadvantaged communities and companies also benefit in the water sector but we must guarantee compliance, Minister Mokonyane said.

A Joint Transformation Committee was established by the department in 2015 to ensure that transformation is an inclusive project within the department, with specific focus on creating new opportunities for the previously disadvantaged, as well as the youth, women and people with disabilities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

MEC Dan Plato raises awareness on responsible alcohol consumption in Atlantis, 23 Jun

Minister Plato join Liquor Authority on alcohol awareness drive in AtlantisTomorrow, Friday, 23 June 2017, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will join the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) in Atlantis in raising awareness around ...

Minister Joe Maswanganyi briefs media on quarterly performance of State Owned Enterprises under Department of Transport, 23 Jun

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi to brief media about the quarterly state of performance of the agencies of the Department of TransportThe Minister of Transport, Mr Joe Maswanganyi, will brief members of the media about the quarterly performance of t...