Daily Archives: January 26, 2019

Mandela family applauds SAFA for honouring Mama Winnie

The family of the late struggle icon, Mama Winnie Mandela has applauded the South African Football Association (SAFA) for honouring her in a way befitting her stature.

Banyana Banyana played 7thranked Netherlands as part of the nations’ preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup � but most importantly, it was a match to honour Mama Winnie for what she has done for this country. This will be an annual event with different top footballing teams.

Despite going down 2-1 Banyana Banyana held their own in a very exciting match staged at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 19 January 2019.

To witness how the Winnie Mandela International Challenge came to life was a proud moment for our family and organisation. The work of Our Patron, Grandmother and Mother being institutionalized in such a meaningful way, is an example of what can be achieved when we collaborate and co-operate with one another, said Zondwa Mandela, Founding Partner � Mandela Legacy.

SAFA has been an incredible partner and their operational excellence saw us collectively move with grace and efficiency. We are excited for the ancillary roll out programme attached to this property as it brings us closer to bourgeoning footballing communities all over our country and across the globe. We are encouraged by the support of all sponsors, government and stakeholders in uplifting the beautiful game.

Zondwa Mandela also went on to thank Banyana Banyana for the role they played in making this a reality.

The Mandela Legacy is committed to supporting all endeavors towards driving excellence in Women’s soccer. A big thank you to Banyana Banyana who under coach Desiree Ellis and the captainship of Janine Van Wyk, played their hearts out. We stick firmly on their side as they prepare to take on the world in the World Cup 2019, and beyond, all the best in France, added Zondwa Mandela.

SAFA is already looking ahead to try and secure the next opponents in the Winnie Mandela International Challenge, and will make an announcement in the next few months.

We have told the family that we will do everything in our power to ensure we only bring the best in South Africa � because this occasion is about one of the most selfless woman that ever lived amongst us. Rest assured we will bring a team befitting the occasion, said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.

But credit, and perhaps the greatest gratitude, needs to go to the Mandela Family for allowing us to use the name of this great icon as part of keeping her legacy alive. Secondly, we want to thank Banyana Banyana for coming to the party with a great display of football, despite not getting the desired result. And thanks once again to Sasol for walking this journey with us in women’s football. Your support and presence has really helped us to pull this off,

Banyana Banyana’s next assignment is the Cyprus Women’s Cup where they have been drawn against Finland, Korea DPR and the Czech Republic.

The tournament runs from 27 February to 6 March 2019 � and this is a continuation of World Cup preparations.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Police made a breaktrhough in the murder case of Mr Marks Rambau

Polokwane: Polokwane: The Police have made a breakthrough when two suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of Mr Marks Rambau. The deceased’s two vehicles and a cellphone were also recovered.

First to be arrested was a 24-year-old woman from Seshego, Mmotong. She was arrested last night (2019-01-25) at about 20h00 at one of the hotels in Polokwane.

The second suspect, a Nigerian National aged 27, was arrested in the early hours of this morning (2019-01-26) at about 04h00 at his rented house in Flora Park, Polokwane.

The vehicles, a Jeep Wrangler and VW Polo, were recovered at two different places in Polokwane.

It is alleged that the deceased, Mr Marks Rambau, who was employed by the Limpopo Department of Transport, was killed at Flora Park on Tuesday 2019-01-15. His partially burned body was found dumped next to the new Peter Mokaba Stadium. The suspects then drove to the deceased’s house at Penina Park, Polokwane where they took his Jeep Wrangler and a TV set.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the investigators for their meticulous efforts that have led to the arrest of the suspects. He further thanked members of the public for providing valuable information that greatly assisted the police in the investigation.

Both suspects will be profiled to establish if they are involved in other crimes.

The suspects will appear in Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday 2019-01-28 on charges of murder, Carjacking, Housebreaking and theft and Defeating the ends of Justice.

Source: South African Police Service

Police made a breaktrhough in the murder case of Mr Marks Rambau

Polokwane: Polokwane: The Police have made a breakthrough when two suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of Mr Marks Rambau. The deceased’s two vehicles and a cellphone were also recovered.

First to be arrested was a 24-year-old woman from Seshego, Mmotong. She was arrested last night (2019-01-25) at about 20h00 at one of the hotels in Polokwane.

The second suspect, a Nigerian National aged 27, was arrested in the early hours of this morning (2019-01-26) at about 04h00 at his rented house in Flora Park, Polokwane.

The vehicles, a Jeep Wrangler and VW Polo, were recovered at two different places in Polokwane.

It is alleged that the deceased, Mr Marks Rambau, who was employed by the Limpopo Department of Transport, was killed at Flora Park on Tuesday 2019-01-15. His partially burned body was found dumped next to the new Peter Mokaba Stadium. The suspects then drove to the deceased’s house at Penina Park, Polokwane where they took his Jeep Wrangler and a TV set.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the investigators for their meticulous efforts that have led to the arrest of the suspects. He further thanked members of the public for providing valuable information that greatly assisted the police in the investigation.

Both suspects will be profiled to establish if they are involved in other crimes.

The suspects will appear in Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday 2019-01-28 on charges of murder, Carjacking, Housebreaking and theft and Defeating the ends of Justice.

Source: South African Police Service

South Sudanese Fear Leaving UN Protected Camps Despite Peace

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan’s capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. At the moment it’s impossible for someone to leave, he said.

The 33-year-old is among tens of thousands of people who are still sheltering in such camps across the country, the legacy of an unprecedented decision by a U.N. peacekeeping mission to throw open its doors to people fleeing war.

Nhial has been in the Juba camp since 2014, shortly after the country erupted in fighting. A fragile peace deal signed between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in September has brought little comfort. Like many in the camps, Nhial still fears for his life and refuses to leave.

What began as a temporary experiment is looking more like a permanent refuge for more than 190,000 people living in squalor in the six U.N. protected sites. Now the U.N. is pushing for the camps to close, amid warnings by the international community that rushing the process could re-ignite violence among ethnic groups.

If or when the walls of the protection sites come down, there will still be dangerous intercommunal tensions and massive protection needs, said Lauren Spink, senior researcher on peacekeeping for the Center for Civilians in Conflict, an international non-profit group.

An internal U.N. draft shared with aid agencies in September and seen by The Associated Press detailed a plan for all services to be permanently relocated outside Juba’s two U.N. sites by the end of January, according to the document.

The plan, which was never made public, has yet to be implemented and U.N. mission chief David Shearer said there has been no decision to close the camps at any particular time. People moving back to their homes have to make their own decisions, he told the AP.

Five years of fighting have killed almost 400,000 people and left more than seven million, or two-thirds of the population, in dire need of humanitarian assistance, according to South Sudan’s 2019 humanitarian response plan, which will cost $1.5 billion.

The cash-strapped government doesn’t have the means to resettle the more than four million people who have been displaced from their homes. More than two million of them fled the country.

Given the population and the people that will need to be resettled, it’s really massive, said Hussein Mar Nyuot, South Sudan’s minister for humanitarian and disaster management.

The government is largely relying on the U.N. and aid agencies to implement its resettlement plan, which includes safe passage and a three-month package of food for people who want to go home, Nyuot said. The government has said it will provide land and security for returnees.

At least one South Sudan expert said the number of people willing to leave the U.N. sites and return from refugee camps in neighboring Uganda and elsewhere will be a true test of peace.

If we see that number significantly go down . in a meaningful, lasting way over several months maybe we can measure the peace agreement in steps like that, as opposed to just believing what politicians say and what statements are, said Pete Martell, a journalist and author of a new book on South Sudan, First Raise a Flag.

In the last six months, about 17,000 have voluntarily left the camps, according to the U.N.

But continuing unrest in South Sudan has civilians worrying about whether the government can provide for and protect them. Even inside the U.N. camps, violence occurs.

In August, due to intercommunal clashes inside one of Juba’s U.N. sites, almost 3,500 people were relocated to Mangateen, a displaced persons’ camp run by the government on the edge of the city.

People there said the camp doesn’t feel safe.

Living here is a danger, said John Tut, Mangateen’s camp coordinator. Earlier this month government soldiers came to the gates and threw rocks at civilians while shouting insults, the 42-year-old said.

There is also not enough space. About 1,500 people currently live in a stifling warehouse waiting for the government to allocate more land for the site.

Seated on the floor of the warehouse, Elizabeth Nyamai shrugged. We’re not living in good conditions, we’re living in fear with no basic needs being met, the 28-year-old mother of five said. I’ve lost hope in the government, whatever they say we don’t believe.

Source: Voice of America

Gauteng Detectives shine at National Excellence Awards

Parktown: Two of Gauteng’s finest investigators on Friday 25 January 2019, walked away with top honours at the SAPS National Excellence Awards hosted by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele and the National Commissioner, General Kehla Sitole in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

Brigadier Johan Ndlovu and Constable Mokoena were two of the select-few recipients of the National Commissioner’s special awards.

Brigadier Ndlovu, Gauteng’s Provincial Head of Detectives with over 30 years’ experience as an Investigator, was recognised for his consistently effective investigations that have seen hardened criminals thrown in prison. Some CIT robbers, ATM bombers, car and truck hijackers, and other serious and violent crime convicts, are serving long term sentences because of the leadership and quality investigations of the Brigadier.

Ndlovu has throughout his career also groomed many Detectives, some of whom are serving in the highest echelons of the SAPS hierarchy.

For his unwavering spirit of altruism and commitment to finding justice for victims of crime, Brigadier Ndlovu was promoted by the National Commissioner at the Awards last night, to the rank of Major General. He will serve as Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection in Gauteng.

To many women and children who have been victims of crime especially domestic violence and sexual offences, Constable Tlala Mokoena is one investigator whose quality of investigations and successful convictions have restored their confidence in the police.

Mokoena is with the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit and is behind the recent conviction of Soweto Taxi Rapist, Gift Lebohang Mokwena. He has also previously arrested a suspect for rape and managed to link that suspect to 92 other rape cases. The suspect is serving a hefty 105 years behind bars. At least five other serial rapists are serving time behind bars thanks to Constable Mokoena who ensured multiple life sentences against several serial rapists who had been terrorising women in various parts of Gauteng.

Mokoena was promoted by the National Commissioner, from Constable to Warrant Officer, skipping the rank of Sergeant, also with effect from 01 February 2019.

Meanwhile, a number of other members from Gauteng were also called up to receive either the Minister’s Award or the National Commissioner’s Award. Amongst them were Constable Mbatha of Sandrigham, who had just knocked off duty last year in Alexandra when she spotted and chased a suspicious vehicle which was later recovered with stolen property. Mbatha was one of the Minister’s Awards recipients.

Warrant Officer Godi, Sergeants Masetlha and Jones, Constable Jones, and many other finalists from Gauteng, were also recognised at the prestigious event and commended for their selfless work and commitment towards reducing crime in the Province, and ultimately restoring public confidence.

Gauteng was also honoured as best Province for the most effective implementation of the 72-hour activation plan in response to serious and violent crime, which resulted in a number of arrests and recovery of stolen property and money.

Major General Max Masha, the Acting Provincial Commissioner of police in Gauteng, on behalf of the management and members of the SAPS in the Province, congratulated all the nominees, finalists and winners. “The commitment to the oath to serve and to protect, carries with it the core value of altruism where members serve the public selflessly without expecting a reward. The achievements and recognition of these members, must be seen as encouragement to do more, and more importantly, should encourage fellow officers and members that hard work pays”, said Major General Masha in commending the members.

Source: South African Police Service