Daily Archives: August 24, 2018

Excellent networking ropes in housebreaking suspects

King William’s Town: Excellent networking between the community, SAPS Kabega Park and Kamesh police resulted in the arrest of 3 suspects and the recovery of 3 rifles early this morning, 24 August 2018.

It is alleged that on Saturday, 18 August 2018, the owner of a farm in Wolwefontein reported that his house was broken into while no one was at home. According to police information, when the person who was looking after the farmer’s house arrived on Saturday morning, he noticed that the vehicle was parked in a different place as previously parked on Thursday. He notified the owner who was in Uitenhage and on his arrival, the owner discovered that his home was broken into. Entry was gained by breaking a window. Several firearms and a pellet gun were among the items taken. The safe was forced opened.

On Thursday evening, 23 August 2018, a farm watch community member was at a local Spar in Cape Road when he recognised a person who was circulated on social media. The person was seated in a bakkie. He immediately contacted Kabega Police who responded swiftly. The 25-year-old person of interest was taken to the police station and questioned. Further information led police to Lapland in Kamesh in search of another suspect. With the assistance of SAPS Kamesh members, another suspect, between 20-30 years old was arrested while walking in the street. Both suspects are well known in the Wolwefontein area. They have been detained on charges of housebreaking.

At about 06:00 this morning, Kabega Park and K9 Unit members went to a house in Erica Dien, an informal settlement in Cape Road and searched two shacks. Nothing was found inside however continued search of the immediate vicinity led police to discover a freshly dug hole about 10 metres from the shack. Upon digging up the hole, 3 rifles were found buried in the ground. One other person (aged between 25 and 30) was arrested and detained for possession of suspected stolen property and illegal possession of firearms.

The suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday, 27 August 2018.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Major General Thembisile Patekile commended the community and all members involved in the swift arrests and the recovery of the firearms. ‘Close cooperation between the community and police is bound to yield positive results and narrow the space for criminals. The members’ immediate reaction to the information received and instant follow up investigation ensured the successful arrests and recovery. There are still firearms that are yet to be recovered hence we are urging the communities to continue to assist the police with any information that can lead to the arrest of perpetrators and the recovery of firearms as firearms are used in the commission of serious and violent crimes,’ added Major General Patekile.

Source: South African Police Service

PRETORIA, WASHINGTON TO DISCUSS SOUTH AFRICA’S LAND REFORM

PRETORIA– Officials from South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) and the United States Embassy in Pretoria met here Thursday to address the tweet from US President Donald Trump on land expropriation without compensation and crime in South Africa.

DIRCO Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the US President’s comment was “unfortunate” and it was “regrettable” that the tweet was based on false information. It was on this basis that the Minister had instructed the department to meet the US Embassy in Pretoria to seek clarification on the matter.

Minister Sisulu will also communicate with [US] Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the matter through diplomatic channels, department spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said in a statement.

South Africa, Sisulu said, has good political, economic and trade relations with the US and that diplomatic channels remain open to provide clarity on issues of mutual interest.

Her stance was reiterated by Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane during a post-Cabinet media briefing on Thursday.

Mokonyane said President Cyril Ramaphosa had appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee to co-ordinate and implement measures to accelerate the redistribution of land, extension of security of tenure, provision of agricultural support and the redress of spatial inequality, within a broad and comprehensive land redistribution and agricultural development programme.

Meanwhile, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) correspondent in the US Sherwin Bryce-Pease reports that Trump asked the Secretary of State to pay close attention to land and farm seizures in South Africa in addition to expropriations without compensation and large-scale killing of farmers.

Former US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard says President Donald Trump needs political distractions to turn attention away from what Gaspard says is Trump’s criminal cabal.

Gaspard made the comments in a tweeted response to Trump’s earlier twitter remarks that he’d asked Pompeo to closely study — in his words — South Africa’s land and farm seizures, expropriations and large scale killing of farmers.

Gaspard, an Obama era appointee and now President of the Open Society Foundations, took to twitter to call out President Trump.

The former US ambassador says of the US President that “he’s never visited the continent and has no discernible Africa policy”.

Trump’s late night tweet came after he watched a segment on the conservative Fox News channel that accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of being a racist, that he’d already changed the country’s Constitution to make it possible to steal land from people, adding he’d begun seizing land from citizens based on their skin colour while urging the Trump Administration to respond to what it called a human rights tragedy unfolding in South Africa.

President Trump tweeted immediately after the show.

Meanwhile, Deputy President David Mabuza will chair the Inter-Ministerial Committee on land reform, said Mokonyane. We view the issues on land as very important matters related to the future of this country for economic growth, transformation, reconciliation and for the restoration of the dignity of all South Africans, Mokonyane said.

She said no nation would want the status quo to remain if it were to improve social imbalances amongst its people. As articulated by President [Cyril Ramaphosa] yesterday during the [Parliamentary Question and Answer session], the pace [with which were are moving to make] sure that we deal with issues of land do require a change of gear,” Mokonyane added.

It is on this basis that we do not believe that the agreements and treaties that we are involved in, such as AGOA [African Growth and Opportunity Act], are under threat.

The Minister said instruments such as AGOA were an opportunity to boost small-scale and black farmers, who face challenges with access to markets and finance.

Concerted efforts would continue to be made to provide support to farmers so that they can continue to play their role in growing the agriculture sector and maintaining food security, the Minister said.

Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee has recently concluded hearings in all provinces into the possible review of Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Cabinet thanks South Africans who participated in the parliamentary public hearings into the possible review of Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation,” Mokonyane said.

Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee has concluded hearings in all provinces. The deliberations on these hearings as well as written inputs will now be considered by Parliament.

“Discussions on the issue of land ownership in South Africa are vital and working together, we can ensure that land reform can further assist in growing our economy, particularly in the agricultural sector and address the land ownership inequalities in our country.

DIRCO, Brand South Africa and the Departments of Trade and Industry and Agriculture would, as mandated, communicate to the world the government’s position on land reform.

It is on that basis that the President has set-up an Inter-Ministerial Committee. Brand SA has been doing a lot of work in Australia and the UK, and we are sending information to our different missions,” said Mokonyane.

We are in discussion with the Minister of International Relations to make sure that there is constant briefing not only to our foreign missions but to Ambassadors in the country representing their own countries, so that they have a better understanding and an appreciation that we have a responsible government with good intentions for the prosperity of South Africa.

The South African government has reiterated its commitment to a fair and sustainable land restitution and redistribution process. It has repeatedly stated that nobody has a right to invade land or to violate other people’s rights and that it will at all times uphold the law and ensure that the rights of all South Africans are protected.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Coal City Wizards, Nkomazi Ladies dominate MP Sasol League

As the Mpumalanga Sasol League enters Week 9 of the season, Coal City Wizards and Nkomazi Ladiesare currently the pace setters in Mpumalanga with some exciting fixtures on the cards this weekend.

Wizards lead the pack in stream A with 24 points from eight straight wins and will be looking to carry on with this impressive performance this weekend when they take on St. Mary’s Ladies FC in what should be a comfortable win for the log leaders who will enjoy home ground advantage.

Two Touch FC trail the log leaders by six points having lost two games out of six. Their next encounter against Leandra Ladies who sit just behind them with 16 points will be a tricky fixture considering how stubborn the third placed side can be.

Bottom placed, Moving Church who are yet to collect a single point this season will need to dig deep against Losta Stars Ladies when they travel to the fourth placed side this weekend.

Looking at the league’s second stream, Flamingo will be out to put a halt to Nkomazi’s unbeaten run this season. Just like Wizards, Nkomazi Ladies occupy top spot and are looking unstoppable with 24 points from eight straight wins.

Second placed, Butterfly Ladies host TK Stars Ladies who are fresh from a 2-0 away win against Likazi Ladies two weeks ago. Another appetising tie sees Super Striker Ladies away to TUT Mbombela Ladies in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Source: South African Football Association

Two suspects arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Nyanga

Western Cape: Two suspects were arrested early today (02:00) following a tip-off received about a firearm being kept at a residence in Matata Street, Crossroads. The members were tipped-off while on patrol in the area and when they went to search the premises, which is a Spaza Shop, they recovered a Norinco Star pistol with eight live rounds of ammunition. Two suspects were arrested and detained.

The pair, aged 28 and 35, will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court next week on charges related to the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The members were applauded for their visibility and the networking channels that they have built with community members.

In an unrelated matter, two suspects are expected to appear in court next week following their arrest today, Friday 24 August 2018, at 02:00. The suspects were arrested during a tracing operation conducted by members of the Nyanga Serious and Violent Crimes Unit. The two had allegedly robbed a family in April 2018 in Inkwenkwezi Street, Crossroads. The family were asleep when they were woken up by about six suspects. They pointed a firearm at the father and demanded cash, which he handed over to the suspects. They also took a Plasma TV, clothing and various other items, and fled.

The suspects, aged 29 and 40, were arrested and will appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court next week, facing house robbery charges.

Source: South African Police Service