Thursday, July 04, 2019


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Full body scanners will be installed at seven of South Africa's most problematic prisons by month end to curb smuggling, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola announced on Wednesday. African news agency reports that, addressing a media briefing, Lamola went about expressing his concern about several videos that have gone viral depicting prisoners engaging in illegal acts while behind bars.  Lamola stated that, they will be engaging organised labour in their sector and the National Prosecuting Authority on a zero tolerance policy when it comes to smuggling of contraband in their facilities.

Plettenberg Bay Community Policing Forum chairperson Mlu-lami Sip-hango refused to comment on the violent protests that had led to the closure of the N2, stating that he feared for his life and was under threat from residents. He said that he fears for his life because the residents will go after him once he comment on the matter. After five minutes, he said, that there had been no way that he would give information and he don’t want to lose his life.

The South African Police Services had decided to open an inquest docket, this is following the discovery of a body next to Lies-beek River on yesterday. Cape Argus reports that, Police spokesperson Siya-bulela Malo said the circumstance surrounding the body of an unidentified man that had been discovered lying next to Liesbeek River at about 08:00 are under investigation.

Police Minister Bheki Cele had then challenged the private security sector to work with police in rooting out criminality and corruption within South Africa's law enforcement agencies. Ewn reports that, Cele had been speaking at the private security indaba in Kempton Park on Wednesday. Role players that are in the industry that are using the two-day event to find ways of addressing challenges facing the sector. Minister Cele said that it was no secret that some private security guards and police officers are part of criminal syndicates.

The SA Human Rights Commission also known as the had decided to meet with City of Cape Town officials, as soon as possible, to discuss the constitution-ality of a city by-law that will see homeless people fined for sleeping in public places. Cape Argus reports that, this is according to SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen, that said that they have met with the city over a month ago after initial concerns about how homeless people in Cape Town were being treated. Nissen stated that they have noticed the increased aggression towards homeless people, and told the city that the SAHRC will be looking into that.

The District Six Working Committee said that the renaming of Keizers-gracht to Hanover Street was pivotal in restoring District Six's legacy. EWN reports that, The public participation process which is currently underway and runs until the 22 July. The committee's Shahied Ajam has urged the public to support the petition.



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