Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

State Department Terrorist Designations of Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie

The Department of State has designated Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes strict sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. These designations seek to deny Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie the resources they need to plan and carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

In July 2016, Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie were arrested during raids in South Africa for their links to ISIS. At the time of their arrest, the twin brothers had been plotting attacks targeting Jewish individuals and institutions and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy in South Africa. Both Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie attempted to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS and recruited others to join the terrorist group. Tony-Lee Thulsie also communicated with individuals linked to ISIS to discuss how to build and obtain explosive devices for the purpose of carrying out attacks.

Today’s designations notify the U.S. public and the international community that Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorism designations expose and isolate entities and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

Source: U. S Department of State

MEC Albert Fritz visits innovative SHAWCO Kensington Centre

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, visited the SHAWCO Kensington Centre.

The SHAWCO Kensington Centre, built in 1968, is an innovative multi-purpose facility which provides key services to the communities of Kensington, Maitland and Factreton.

The Centre provides a safe space for community members to access the following services;

Early Childhood Development (CrAche),

After school education programmes,

Reading room and library,

Saturday school learner tuition,

Rags-to-Riches clothing store

Computor training classes,

Community hall which hosts fitness, dance and music classes,

Seniors Club.

The facility also houses the Kensington local office of the Department of Social Development (DSD), and various other key NGO partners, such as; Meals On Wheels, FAMSA, Daughters of Destiny, Union of Jewish Women, and the Women’s Communicare Network.

The facility is an integral part of the community. Just over 85 children attend the ECD centre on-site, and 195 elderly residents form part of the Senior’s Club and are supported with meals at home by NGO Meals On Wheels. Over 300 people form part of the various activities hosted in the community hall.

As a Department we will continue to support organizations which actively pool effort and resources. The Minister committed to looking into some of the challenges experienced by the facility, with the view of expanding the reach of the services rendered, and building more partnerships.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on Corporate Social Investment

Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams calls for increased co-ordination of CSI investment to create opportunities for the youth

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams met with Information and Communication Technologies State-Owned Entities as a first step in aligning the sector’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives for greater impact.

“We are in an economic cycle that is characterized by low growth. The sector spends millions of Rands each year on CSI programmes. The country can benefit if we pull all our resources together to create economic and developmental opportunities for the youth in undeserved communities. We need to derive greater impact from the money that is spent on these programs , ” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Telkom, Sentech, Broadband Infraco, SA Post Office, SITA, USAASA,. ZADNA, NEMISA and Icasa.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said the CSI programmes should be aligned such that they can open opportunities for SMMEs that can create jobs.

This is one example of an immediate challenge that can be addressed by improving the coordination of CSI investment.

The Department views CSI as one of the levers that can be used to prepare the country to meaningfully participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This can be achieved through providing digital and ICT skills to as many people as possible.

“We need to rollout CSI programmes in a way that shapes the career choices of our youth, especially young girls. An investment in the young and fresh minds will help us because the youth tend to be innovative and can solve some of our unique problems as a country and a continent, ” said Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams.

She said the next step will be to engage the entire industry to jointly plan interventions through CSI programmes.

“We need to come up with a sectoral plan of how the sector is contributing towards achieving the goals of the National Development Plan,” she said.

Source: Government of South Africa

Social media reports unfounded

The Gauteng Department of Education has dismissed a report on social media that an educator was burnt by a learner at Buhlebemfundo Secondary School in Tsakane.

The preliminary report reveals that the incident occurred on Thursday and involved two Grade 10 girl learners, aged 16 years and 18 years, the department said on Tuesday in a statement.

It is alleged that an argument ensued between the two learners, which led to the 16-year-old pouring hot water on a fellow learner.

The victim is receiving medical attention and a case of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) has been opened against the alleged perpetrator at the Tsakane South African Police Service. The alleged perpetrator was released into her parents’ custody and has been suspended from school pending disciplinary processes, the department said.

The department has wished the learner a speedy recovery and reiterated its position of zero tolerance of violence.

Meanwhile, the department has expressed concern about unnecessary and counterproductive disruptions of teaching and learning at Klipspruit-Wes Secondary School.

It is of concern that 11 educators did report to the school today [Tuesday]. They, however, reported to the district office after four of their colleagues were prevented from entering the school premises yesterday [Monday].

As a result, Grade 11 learners did not write their assessment. The district and the school will make alternative arrangements for these learners.

It is encouraging that the Grades 8 to 10 learners managed to write their assessments, while Grade 12 learners also continued their pre-trial examination.

The department is of the view that the disruptions are unnecessary, counterproductive and fly against the spirit of the agreement reached with the community representatives. In the long run, it does not work in the interest of the learners and their future.

The department has once again confirmed that investigations are underway to establish the veracity of all the allegations made by community organisations.

We plead for patience, calm and understanding to allow the investigation process to take its course, the department said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Four accused appeared in court for SASSA fraud

Four accused, Mduduzi Makhaye (32), Bongani Magutshwa (33), Nonhlanhla Mpisane (36) and Thulasizwe Ngidi (29) appeared in the Durban Special Commercial Crime Court facing charges of fraud and corruption.

The four were arrested by Hawks members from Durban Anti-Corruption Task Team following an intensive investigation on fraud and corruption activities at Umnini SASSA Service Centre. Hawks members together with SASSA internal investigation team swooped at the Umnini Service Centre on Friday, 15 September 2017 and a search was conducted. Fraudulent identity documents, birth certificates and SASSA cards were found in the accused’ possession.

Mduduzi Makhaye who is a SASSA office manager allegedly colluded with Mpisane and Ngidi in illegally processing social grant application using fraudulent documents. Magutshwa who is a Cash Pay Master Service official allegedly processed SASSA cards for illegal beneficiaries.

Source: South African Police Service