Daily Archives: January 28, 2019

Home Affairs Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele and Lesotho Home Affairs Minister Mr Tsukutlane Au conclude a successful bilateral meeting on areas of mutual interest

Home Affairs Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele and Lesotho Home Affairs Minister Mr Tsukutlane Au today held a successful bilateral meeting on areas of mutual interest, for the benefit of the people of both countries. The meeting took place at the Maseru Bridge Port of Entry. The Ministers also conducted a walkabout to monitor port operations on both sides of the border.

The meeting considered the progress made in the implementation of the regular and safe movement of people of the two countries. Traveller movements between the two countries are happening frequently because of schooling, business and visits.

The meeting focused on the Intervention Plan on Traffic Congestion at Maseru Bridge Port of Entry. The interventions were implemented in earnest in December 2018 and these have proven to be successful.

Some of the successes include;

The introduction of immigration processing by Lesotho authorities.

Dedicated lanes for business travellers into Maseru and scholars into South Africa from 6-9am and 17:00 – 19:00 pm.

Fast track LSP, Students and Mineworkers at dedicated counters during peak periods.

The areas of future cooperation include deepening the implementation of a Trusted Traveller System which enables qualifying categories of people to transit the port faster. The Ministers are considering extending the interventions to other ports of entry.

The meeting also considered the implementation of the Lesotho Special Dispensation Project (LSP), which is scheduled to expire at the end of December 2019. The LSP was introduced to manage the movement of certain categories of low skilled Basotho into South Africa.

The meeting initiated discussions on what will happen after the expiry of the LSP. Further engagements are scheduled over the coming months.

Managing migration is one of the key ways in which we can contribute in growing South Africa. The cooperation with Lesotho is helping us to manage migration and helps our people transit through the port. The deepening cooperation with Lesotho will enable us to do more, and the greater implementation of the Trusted Traveller programme is our next target, said Minister Cwele.

He said facilitating ease of travel for people and goods was very important for trade within the Southern Africa Development Community.

Minister Au welcomed the progress that is being made in addressing congestion at the port of entry and the deepening partnership between the two nations.

Lesotho has a unique geographic position in relation to South Africa. This means that SA has to consider a unique dispensation for Lesotho, said Minister Au.

The Ministers agreed to meet again within a period of six weeks.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

News: Suspect arrested in Port Elizabeth for killing a police officer

PRETORIA � A man suspected of gunning down a police officer during an armed robbery a week ago in Port Elizabeth was arrested on Sunday after a six day search.

The 24 year old suspect was detained by the Hawks’ Serious organised Investigation unit at his parent’s residence in Algoa Park, Port Elizabeth.

He is accused of being part of group that fatally wounded Constable Dwane Kemp (31) following a shoot � out between police and armed robbers.

Members of the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad received a complaint of an armed robbery in progress at a bakery on the corner of Parliament and Rose Street.

When the police arrived at the scene shots were fired and officers returned fire. Four of the suspects, who were in the shop, were shot dead during the exchange of gunfire. The fifth suspect managed to escape.

Three firearms were recovered at the scene and have been sent to ballistics for testing and to establish if they have been used in other similar crimes. Constable Kemp died in hospital, just hours after the deadly confrontation and a manhunt was launched for the outstanding suspect which led to his eventual arrest on Sunday morning.

The suspect is expected to appear at the New Law Court in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday and will face five charges of murder, attempted murder, business robbery, possession of firearm without a licence and possession of ammunition without a licence to possess a firearm capable of discharging such ammunition.

The National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has hailed the success as a significant breakthrough in dealing with those who are bent to killing law enforcement officials in the country.

The suspect has committed murder on a law enforcement official, which falls under Schedule 6 that has impact on bail application. Over and above, the suspect together with deceased accomplices, are to be charged with murder and robbery that falls under Part I of Schedule 2, read with section 51(1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 which attract a minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

The Minister of Police Bheki Cele made a call on Saturday at the funeral of the late Constable Kemp that he wanted the fifth suspect arrested.

The long arm of the law knows no boundaries no matter where you hide we will find you. A job well done to our men and women in blue and the Hawks on this swift action in ensuring that the perpetrator is brought to book, within the 72 hour activation plan, said Minister Cele.

Minister Cele further made a call to all police officers to use tools given to them responsibly and decisively when executing their duties and do so within the ambit of the law.

Source: South African Police Service

Kodisang determined to help Amajita reach AFCON top four

South Africa’s national Under-20 (Amajita) midfielder and forward Kobamelo Kodisang says he felt honoured when he made the final 21-man squad that is to represent South Africa in this year’s CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations set to take place in Niger.

However, added that excitement has now shifted to a hunger which sees him now more than determined to help the national juniors reach this year’s biennial continental showpiece semi-final stages.

And that is because that top four finish in this eight-nation continental tournament set to run from 2 � 17 February 2019, will see Amajita book their place in the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to take place in Poland later in the year.

In order to achieve that goal though, Amajita will have to produce dominant performances in their Group A encounters against hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria.

The A.D Sanjoanense forward added that he had all the confidence in the world that the national juniors will do everything in their power to see themselves qualifying for the global event.

I was so happy when it was announced that I made the team, Kodisang said. Happy, because we had a very talented 28-man provisional squad, and everybody was just too good that they could have easily sauntered their way into the team.

To be in the team means the coach has confidence in the players he has selected to represent the nation at this level. We, as players, are well aware of that responsibility and we will do everything in our power to make the country proud.

Asked what his personal goals for this tournament were, the 19-year old said: My focus now is to help the team reach this year’s AFCON Under-20 final. That is what everybody wants in this team and we, as players, are determined to give it our utmost best.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Kodisang determined to help Amajita reach AFCON top four

South Africa’s national Under-20 (Amajita) midfielder and forward Kobamelo Kodisang says he felt honoured when he made the final 21-man squad that is to represent South Africa in this year’s CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations set to take place in Niger.

However, added that excitement has now shifted to a hunger which sees him now more than determined to help the national juniors reach this year’s biennial continental showpiece semi-final stages.

And that is because that top four finish in this eight-nation continental tournament set to run from 2 � 17 February 2019, will see Amajita book their place in the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to take place in Poland later in the year.

In order to achieve that goal though, Amajita will have to produce dominant performances in their Group A encounters against hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria.

The A.D Sanjoanense forward added that he had all the confidence in the world that the national juniors will do everything in their power to see themselves qualifying for the global event.

I was so happy when it was announced that I made the team, Kodisang said. Happy, because we had a very talented 28-man provisional squad, and everybody was just too good that they could have easily sauntered their way into the team.

To be in the team means the coach has confidence in the players he has selected to represent the nation at this level. We, as players, are well aware of that responsibility and we will do everything in our power to make the country proud.

Asked what his personal goals for this tournament were, the 19-year old said: My focus now is to help the team reach this year’s AFCON Under-20 final. That is what everybody wants in this team and we, as players, are determined to give it our utmost best.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Decisions of the Emergency Committee Of CAF – Statement from CAF

On Sunday, January 26 in Cairo, Egypt, the Emergemcy Committee of the Confederation Africaine de Football held a meeting chaired by CAF President Mr. Ahmad Ahmad.

After the usual greetings to the members of the Emergency Committee, the President Ahmad Ahmad congratulated Mr. Hany Abo Rida, President of the Egyptian Football Association, for his appointment as President of the Local Organisation Committee of the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019.

Then the following decisions were taken by the Committee.

Regarding the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019

Date for the draw of the AFCON 2019 final tournamentThe draw will take place the Friday 12 April 2019 on an historic place facing the Sphinx and the Pyramids

Dates of the AFCON 2019 final tournament

The Total Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019 with its new-24 teams format will be held from 21 june to 13 july 2019.

Preparations of the competition

Following the presentation of the time-line of preparations proposed by the administration, the President recommended to multiply the workshops in all fields: referees, protocol, security, media officers, coaches, general coordinators

Qualification for the final tournament of the AFCON 2019

Confirmation has been raised regarding the qualification to the final tournament of the AFCON Egypt 2019.

In the actual phase of qualifiers, there are 12 groups of 4 teams and the host team is playing in one of the groups. Its matches are taken into consideration.

The first and runner up of the 11 groups where the host is not playing will qualify to the final tournament.

For the group of the host, since the host is automatically qualified despite its result, the following scenario will apply :

� If the host is ranked first, the host is qualified in addition to the second of the group

� If the host is ranked second, the host will qualify in addition to the first of the group

� If the host is ranked third or fourth, the host will qualify in addition to the first of the group.

Regarding the date of the Super Cup 2018

The Emergency Committee approved the proposal to play the CAF Super Cup on March 29, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.

Source: South Africa Football Association