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2008 murder lead to arrest of seven suspects for fraud, corruption and murder

PRETORIA � The execution of KwaZulu-Natal Social Development official Thembinkosi Dlamini, 37, who was shot dead in his office in 2008, has led to the arrest of seven (7) suspects for fraud, corruption and murder.

Dlamini was a branch manager at the Welfare office at Ngwelezane and was assigned to conduct an internal investigation within the department following suspicions of alleged fraud and corruption.

On June 2008, a group of armed men charged into his office where he was shot and killed instantly. The men fled afterwards. The Durban Organised Crime Unit arrested six suspects at the time who were later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013 by the Mtunzini High Court.

The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation took interest after the sentencing in 2013 and launched an investigation into the alleged fraud and corruption at the department.

On Tuesday the Hawks and Empangeni Crime Prevention members swooped into the area and arrested five South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) officials, a doctor and the runner.

Gabriel Ndlovu (54), Mfaniseni Ngcobo (40), Ntobeko Mlaba (51), Balungile Mkhize-Mdletshe (37), Jeniffer Gumede (47), Thembelani Nyawose (40) and Beatrice Shandu (47) briefly appeared at the Empangeni Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

All seven suspects were remanded in custody and will appear again at the same court on 26 and 27 June 2018 where they will apply for bail.

It is alleged that the seven conspired and defrauded SASSA about R25 million between 2005 and 2008 through fraudulent grants. Three of the seven accused are also accused to have allegedly participated in the murder of Thembinkosi Dlamini.

The National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has commended the members who worked around the clock to make a breakthrough in this case.

This demonstrates our zeal to deal with the killing of innocent people and theft of government funds. We will not rest until all suspects involved are arrested and face the full might of the law, said Lieutenant General Lebeya.

Source: South African Police Service

Six arrested with suspected stolen copper in Upington

Northern Cape: Police in Pabalello are investigating a case of possession of suspected stolen copper. On Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at about 09:00, police followed up on information regarding the bakkie full of copper offloading at a house in Bellona Street.

Upon arrival, the house was raided and police found six suspects busy peeling the copper cable. Six male suspects aged between 32 and 49 were arrested and police confiscated copper cable to the estimated value of R 242 000.

Source: South African Police Service

SOUTH AFRICA COMMITTED TO PROTECTING REFUGEES, SAYS INTERIOR MINISTER

JOHANNESBURG– Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Malusi Gigaba says South Africa’s contribution to the protection of refugees is not merely borne out of gratitude for humankind’s efforts, but is borne out of humaneness and conviction in the ethos of human rights and freedoms.

We know that in some instances we are found wanting, incapable of fulfilling our own best intentions because of lack of capacity and sometimes inadequate policy responses. But we do our best under the circumstances and our efforts thus far to host and provide protection to refugees have demonstrated our sincerest political will, Gigaba said.

Speaking at the World Refugee Day Commemoration at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Gigaba thanked South Africans for the generosity they have demonstrated over the years as they hosted more than 126,000 refugees recorded since 2009 and many more asylum seekers.

It is estimated that more than 68 million people throughout the world today are refugees.

This affirms not only our continued gratitude to peoples of the world, particularly those of Africa, who hosted fellow South Africans as refugees during the apartheid-colonial era, but it also affirms our continued conviction in the principle of human and African solidarity,” said Gigaba.

We need global leadership and vision based on our common humanity, respect for international obligations, and the desire to create a better world. Hardening official attitudes to refugees by governments, and in the political discourse, of several wealthy countries in the global North should concern us all.

World Refugee Day is observed annually on June 20. This is the 18th year of the event, run by the United Nations Refugee Agency, to state that the world supports and stands with refugees. The event is about raising global awareness of global responsibility for refugees.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo interacts with Gugulethu community on housing matters, 22 Jun

Minister Mfeketo to discuss Human Settlements delivery with the community of Gugulethu, Cape Town

The Minister of Human Settlements Nomaindiya Mfeketo accompanied by Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks will on Friday, 22 June 2018 visit the community of Gugulethu in Cape Town to interact with the members of the public on matters related to human settlements delivery.

The discussions will focus on the backyard dwellers, informal settlements, availability of land, allocation of houses and other related issues.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Blade Nzimande on violent protests targeting public and private property

Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande statement on the violent protests targeting public and private property

The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, strongly condemns the blocking of roads, and torching of public and private property by protesters in various areas of South Africa.

Today, 20 June 2018, Protestors have blocked the N3 Toll Route in both directions at Van Reenens Pass between Harrismith and the Tugela Toll Plaza / Ladysmith. Law enforcement and emergency services have been deployed to the area, but at this stage there is no indication when the road will be re-opened.

Motorists are advised to avoid travel to this area. Should it be essential to depart whilst the situation is not yet resolved, the following routes can be considered as alternatives:

R74-via Oliviershoek Pass

R34/N11- Vrede/New Castle/Ladysmith

R23-via Heidelberg/Standerton/Volksrust/Ladysmith

Amongst the reported incidences of protests, includes, the torching and looting of two cargo trucks and the blockading of the N2 between Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal and also the blocking of the road using earthmovers by Ethekwini Municipal Workers at the Springfield Park in Durban.

Meanwhile in Johannesburg, protestors burnt tyres, restricted travel between London Road and Marlboro, creating heavy backlogs from the Gilloolys Interchange and in a separate incident at the R59 near Meyerton, protestors closed roads protesting over housing.

“Any person who blocks roads conducts a criminal act and will be charged and prosecuted,” said Minister Nzimande.

Minister Nzimande calls upon the protest organisers to ensure that they use government platforms of engagement provided by our Constitution and laws to raise their concerns on service delivery.

“I want to reiterate the government call that any legitimate concern that communities have, should be raised in a non-violent manner and in line with the laws of our country governing. Any criminal acts, in the form of violence, destruction of state and private property, looting and the blockading of the road under the pretext of service delivery protests will not be tolerated,” said Minister Nzimande.

The Minister said that these are typical acts of sabotage, disdain and criminality and remain condemned.

“I remain grateful to the law enforcement agencies and emergency services for their swift response in restoring peace and stability in all the areas affected by these protests,” said Minister Nzimande.

Source: Government of South Africa