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Intelligence driven operation dubbed cease fire hits hard on criminals

The SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lt. General Nneke Jim Ledwaba and his management have declared war on criminals where in a relentless effort to eradicate incidents of TRIO crimes throughout this Province especially in the crime infested areas, the Intelligent led Joint operations are hitting hard on criminals involved in this crime category with fruitful results.

In the Waterval Policing area outside Makhado, the Intelligent led Joint operation intercepted a group of syndicate before they could rob the local petrol station and arrested two (02) suspects aged between 23 and 36 and recovered firearms and ammunition.

This operation was composed of the Waterval Police, Makhado Cluster k9 Unit, Makhado Cluster First Responder Team, the Public Order Police Unit and Makhado Cluster Crime Intelligence where they waited for a group of criminals inside the local petrol Station who were coming to rob this business and arrested them.

The operation continued at the Elim Mall resulting in the arrest of three (03) suspects aged 22 and 34 and the recovery of a firearm with ammunition and one suspected motor vehicle soon after they robbed a courier car. The preliminary Police investigations have revealed that this motor vehicle was reported stolen at Mondeo Policing area in the Gauteng Province.

These arrested suspects are believed to be a syndicate which was terrorising members of the community on TRIO crimes in and around the Makhado and Thohoyandou Clusters for some time.

During this operation in the Makhado Cluster, the following items were recovered:

* 03 x 9mm firearms

* 42 x ammunition

* 01 x suspected stolen motor vehicle

* Three (03) cell phones

* Three (03) magazines

Meanwhile in the Mankweng Cluster outside Polokwane ,three (03) suspects aged between 26 and 31 who were highly wanted for a series of business robberies in the area were arrested during a sting Intelligent led joint operation for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and the following items were recovered :

* Two (02) firearms

* Two (02) magazines

* 54 live ammunition

* Cash amount of R7800.00

* 07 A� 50ml of liquor

* 07 A� 20 packets of cigarettes

The arrested suspects during these operations will appear before the Waterval and Mankweng Magistrate Courts respectively soon.

The Provincial Commissioner has applauded the members of these Teams from various Units in the Makhado and Mankweng Clusters for cracking these crime syndicates through their hard work and dedication and their continuous successful effort in the fight against the mushrooming of illegal firearms in this Province.

All criminals out there who are still engaged in their dirty tricks of terrorising members of the Community including the business community, their days are numbered because we are going to deal with them mercilessly and without compromise, concluded General Ledwaba.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

Alleged Eastern Free State serial rapist appears in court, remanded in custody

Alleged Eastern Free State serial rapist, Mokena Petrus Nhlapo (39) appeared briefly in the Fouriesburg Magistrate’s Court today 4 June and the case against him was postponed to 11 June 2018 when he will be expected to apply for bail and appoints legal representation. He was not asked to plead.

He is facing charges of kidnapping, trafficking of persons for sexual purposes, assault, pointing of firearm, rape, extortion, crimen injuria, and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. He was arrested on Friday (1 June) evening in Fouriesburg by members of Bethlehem Family violence, child protection, and sexual offences Unit (FCS). The charges relate to a complaint laid by a woman in her 20s who alleges that the suspect lured her via social media. She accepted a Facebook invitation from the suspect in February 2018. In April, she met the suspect in person whereupon she was taken to a house in Fouriesburg where the alleged crimes were committed.

We appeal to anyone, including those in neighbouring Lesotho as has been widely alleged on social media, who might have fallen victim under similar circumstances to call Bethlehem FCS Detectives on 082 854 7546 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Two suspects arrested for Goodwood alleged murder

Western Cape: The speedy response from vigilant members of Goodwood SAPS and the Cape Town K9 Unit secured the arrests of two suspects for alleged murder.

On Tuesday, 2018-05-29 at about 21:30 the body of a 51 year old woman was found in a store room of her Cook Street house in Goodwood after family members reported her missing. According to the person who approached police to report the victim as missing she was last seen during the early hours of 28 May 2018. The deceased’s grey Hyundai Elantra and a hard drive from the CCTV was missing from the scene. The Hyundai was circulated as possibly stolen.

At about 23:20 members of the K9 unit spotted the stolen vehicle and a VW Jetta driving in Elsies River. The members followed the two suspicious vehicles until both stopped and the driver of the Jetta approached the Hyundai. The two drivers aged 30 and 32 were arrested and the stolen hard drive was recovered. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Both suspects will appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court soon on a charge of murder.

Source: South African Police Service

President Ramaphosa’s Presidency under the Scrutiny of MPs

Political parties represented in the National Assembly used the recent debate of the Presidency’s budget vote, to assess President Cyril Ramaphosa’s performance since his election to the highest office, just over three months ago.

The President’s speech was followed by a lengthy debate that continued into the early hours of the evening yesterday with high level deliberations, at times heated, about government decisions and plans announced by President Ramaphosa.

The African National Congress Chief Whip Mr Jackson Mthembu commended the Presidency for leading by example in applying cost cutting measures.

Much has been done by the Presidency to reduce costs by, reducing overseas trips delegations and encouraging more use of teleconference facilities.

Mr Mthembu welcomed the announcement of the establishment of a commission of enquiry into tax administration and governance, saying this and other corrective measures taken by the President Ramaphosa will help in improving state capacity and restore public confidence.

As part of measures to stabilise governance and stabilise the financial performance of State-owned enterprises, we welcome the recent reviews in the appointment of boards, the political will to deal corruption in this new dawn has boosted public confidence, said Mr Mthembu. He told Mr Ramaphosa that the ruling party hoped that the planned investment conference will not be a talk shop, but a serious investment boost for our economy

Mr Mthembu urged Mr Ramaphosa to act decisively on ending wasteful expenditure in government, and that all those found to be involved in state capture must face the necessary consequences including jail and paying back the money.

The Leader of the Democratic Alliance Mr Mmusi Maimane also reiterated the call for President Ramaphosa to deal decisively with state capture and start building a state that is corruption free. While he welcomed the appointment of new boards in a number of SOEs, Mr Maimane said that was not enough, he proposed that some of the troubled state companies like the South African Airways must be sold. He said the country needs deep political and sweeping economic reform, warning that without any real change South Africa will be left behind in global developments.

We need a political system in which people expressed their choices trough their ideals and not their races, we need comprehensive economic reform � time will tell if we have a President who can deliver real change, said Mr Maimane. He called on President Ramaphosa to act on the promise he made when he announced Cabinet reshuffles, that the size and reconfiguration of the executive will be reviewed.

Also echoing that call the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Mr Julius Malema said reducing the size of the cabinet will save the government a lot of money which can be redirected to needy departments for service delivery. You promised a job summit nothing has happened despite growing calls that young people are not working they need jobs. You have postposed investment conference instead appointed an investment convoy, which we have no hope in, we feel we going back to the 1996 class policy which failed.

You promised a comprehensive package for women and girls, we have not seen anything, instead they are getting killed, men have declared war against women and there is no clear plan from government to curb this attack on women, said Mr Malema.

Inkatha Freedom Party Leader Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, repeated his call for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to conduct oversight over the Presidency, saying without such a committee MPs would not have the privilege to interrogate the budget of the Presidency. As I have said many times before, this is neither fair on the President nor conducive to our work as Members of Parliament. Considering the number of Constitutional Court rulings on the centrality of parliamentary oversight, we cannot afford to keep ignoring this shortcoming, he said

Inkosi Buthelezi said this must be finalised in the Rules Committee so that the officials in the Presidency can be interrogated by an oversight committee like any other government officials.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Wife sentenced to 8 years for pouring acid on husband

Cwayita, Nolundi Nunwana, was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for attempted murder by the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court on 24 April 2018.

Three (3) years is suspended for five (5) years on condition that the accused is not convicted of attempted murder or assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm committed during the period of suspension.

It is alleged that Nunwana, 35 years old poured her husband with the acid all over the body and face after a lengthy argument in their NU3 home on Sunday, 21 May 2017.

Source: South African Police Service