Daily Archives: April 20, 2018

Correctional Services and 67 blankets unveil largest Madiba portrait blanket, 24 Apr

Correctional Services and 67 blankets to unveil the largest Madiba portrait blanket

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS), working together with 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, will, on 24 April 2018, unveil the largest blanket portrait of Madiba at the Zonderwater Maximum Correctional Centre in Cullinan, Gauteng.

The 7000 (seven thousand) square metre portrait, big enough to be seen from outer space, is a fitting tribute in honour of our nation’s founding father, Nelson Mandela, in this his centenary year. Under the theme: Be the legacy, the celebration is a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela and our nation’s journey. All blankets will be distributed to communities in need, throughout South Africa, after the event. The partnership between the Department and 67 Blankets has registered a number of accolades which, among others, include the world’s biggest blanket (2016) as certified by the Guinness World Records.

Crocheting does not only give inmates a sense of pride, but also has therapeutic value for offenders with significantly large psychological, and social, benefits which can improve their wellbeing and quality of life. It also offers them a great sense of purpose to give back to communities they harmed. The laying out, and sewing together, of the Madiba portrait will take about two days, ready to be unveiled on 24 April 2018.

Source: Government of South Africa

Police arrest two suspects after a shootout at East Rand Mall

Police arrested two suspects and recovered an unlicensed firearm during a shootout this afternoon between suspects and the police at East Rand Mall in Ekurhuleni.

A security officer from the mall was shot and fatally wounded during the shootout, while a female victim was hit by a stray bullet and taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police were following up on information of wanted murder suspects believed to be at East Rand Mall. It is alleged that police spotted and approached the suspects with the intention of effecting an arrest.

A shootout ensued between the police and the suspects, ending up with one suspect shot and injured, another suspect arrested while three others evaded arrests by running away.

Police recovered a firearm suspected to have been used by the suspects during the shootout.

The escaped suspects are being sought, while the arrested suspects will appear at the magistrates’ court soon to face additional charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm.

Source: South African Police Service

Minister Cele in Mmabatho – I’m here to listen!

Following community protests in the North West, Police Minister Bheki Cele engaged the community of Danville, Mmabatho, on Friday.

The Minister, who was accompanied by Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, listened to the community’s concerns ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s expected visit.

The President has convened an urgent meeting to ‘lend a hand’ in Mahikeng where protests against North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo have brought the town to a standstill.

I am here to listen more than talk. The President, together with the Deputy President, will be having a meeting in the area at 12pm with the leadership of the ANC in the province to see what decisions need to be taken to make the situation better. After the meeting, the leadership will be able to brief you about the decisions of the meeting, Minister Cele told the community.

In turn, the community told the Minister that the provincial government has failed them.

They emphasised that their protest is not politically motivated, rather they are pushed by the dire need for change and service delivery in the area.

We are a community in need. We are in 24 years of democracy but nothing has changed for us. As a community we are asking the national government to intervene because the provincial has failed us, said one community member.

Furthermore, the community raised several issues such as brutal force used by the police and other policing issues such as racist words used against the Coloured community.

Minister Cele made a personal commitment to return to the community within two weeks to address all other police issues that were raised.

I will come back, sit down with this community and resolve all policing matters. As the police, we cannot allow our members to ill-treat the communities they serve. Working with the SAPS leadership we will sit and resolve issues to make our working relationship better. I take it upon myself to find a solution.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Police Committee Dissuades Public Violence

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Police has noted the incidents of public violence in North West province.

The committee calls on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that stability is restored and perpetrators of public violence and those damaging infrastructure are brought to book. Community members must at all times act within the permit of the law.

Despite any grievance that the community has, there are always acceptable processes to address those and find an amicable solution. The looting and destruction of property undermines any legitimate concern that the community might have, Mr Beukman said.

The committee has urged the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to assure the public that necessary steps will be taken to maintain public peace and stability.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa