Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WTF? DRAFT CT BY-LAW PROPOSES FINE FOR SWEARING ON BEACHES



Cape safer beaches to be, as City of Cape Town working on a proposal to implement a new by-law to fine swearing at coastal facilities. The idea is to create a safer public space as per other protocol for public access. EWN reported, the draft is still to be considered and beachgoers can have their point of views before its approval. Coastal by-law goal is to provide protection against abusive language by managing social behaviour on beaches. The proposed by-law demands the individuals not to make use of an offensive form of communication. Such zones are described as areas comprising coastal public property and waters and the seashore.

Beachgoers will remain responsible to a fine if they jeopardize or inhibit or making use of ill-mannered speech. However, this by-law has been not finalized but still under proposal as a draft form. As it needs the full board members for approval before it becomes law. The City’s Mayco member, said: “The intention of the by-law is not to be punitive with regard to foul language, but rather to create provisions that will enable the City’s law enforcement officers to intervene when necessary and to prevent any person from being verbally abused in public spaces on our coastline.



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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

THERE HAS BEEN A SPATE OF JEWELLERY STORE ROBBERIES IN CAPE TOWN RECENTLY



This has been an ongoing issue and no signs to see the end on mall robberies in Western Cape. Late in July Cape Quarter shopping centre which situated at De Waterkant Area was hit by unknown group of suspects and that followed an incident took place in an American Swiss store in Long Beach Mall also in Cape Town seven armed robberies in Cape CBD intended, which believed to be a syndicate behind the recent series of businesses robberies in CBD. Another incident Kamaldien jewellery store in Claremont became the fourth store robbed in July alone, coming after same day’s armed robbery in Kenilworth Centre earlier that day.

In all these incident of robberies, suspects came in with sledgehammers, knifes or fire arms. Recently, 2 out of 5 suspects allegedly robbed jewellery store at Blue Route Mall situated in Tokai, on Monday p.m. were detained. They robbed the business and fled the scene on Monday. As they were trying to get away, a police officer who was also at the shopping centre at the time of incident gave race. EWN reported Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said shots were fired but no one was injured. It is alleged that five suspects, two armed with firearms, robbed a jewellery store. The police officer stopped them in their tracks while trying to flee. Two men, aged 24 and 28, were arrested.


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The unveiling of the Rocklands Civic Centre precinct in Mitchells Plain as a Provincial Heritage site.


On the 20th August, we celebrate the historic day for Mitchells plain residents and the UDF. Today marks 36 years of the inception of the UDF, this also marks a day of unveiling of Rocklands Civic Centre as a Provincial Heritage Site from Heritage Western Cape. The memorial celebrates the founding of the UDF while 15 000 people gathered here 36 years ago. Activists and UDF members came out in their masses to celebrate this historic event.

The UDF invites all to join their march on the 21st September 2019.


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27 TRAINS CANCELLED IN CAPE TOWN DUE TO VANDALISM


27 TRAINS CANCELLED IN CAPE TOWN DUE TO VANDALISM


Tuesday morning, train commuters in Cape Town are forced to find other means of transport, thanks to criminals. Criminals attempted to steal cables in Salt River which triggered a high voltage surge that damaged an equipment room on Sunday. Kentemade, Ysterplaat, Hazendal as well as Langa’s cables were vandalised and stolen on Monday. Delays of more than two hours can be expected for the foreseeable future. 

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Welcome to bush radio information network, and these are your upcoming events for this week




Western cape classical feastival 31 August 2019
Venue: Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F Malan St, Foreshore
Time:7:30pm
Cost: R72-R80
Tel: 021 421 7695
Facebook Arstcape Theatre Centre

Beyond at the Artscape 25 august
Venue: Artscape Theatre, D.F Malan St,Foreshore
Time:3pm to 4pm/6pm to 7pm
Cost:R100
Email:contact@indoni-academy.org

Nasty womxn at the Alexander Bar 19 to 24 august
Venue:Alexander Bar,Café & theatre, 76 Strand St, City Centre
Time:8pm
Cost:R90-R110
Tel :021 300 1088

Gaia waldorf school hosts 19th annual spring fayre in September 2019
Venue:Oude Molen Eco village, Alexandra Road, Cape Town
Time: 10h00until 15h00
Cost: free
Tel:  021 447 0546

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Western Cape residents asked to be aware as human trafficking grows

Human trafficking in the Western Cape is growing and the government and countless organizations are asking individuals to be alert in fighting traffickers.  

Various vulnerable persons are trafficked to the Western Cape and will be forced to do sexual work under the false expectation of getting a work in the city. Victims are frequently hidden in plain sight, engaged in apparently legitimate businesses within the local economy. The control applied over trafficked victims can be subtle, brutal or physical, as well as financial and psychological. This can keep the crime and their plight invisible to the unknowing public


According to local NGO Men against Prostitution and Trafficking of Women, human trafficking in the form of involuntary labour and sexual work is considered mainly predominant in the Western Cape because of the vulnerability of children and women and the well-organised organization of human trafficking. Targets of human trafficking are characteristically individuals who are the most vulnerable in society. They might be attracted through false job advertisements, sold by family, abducted, seduced, and trafficked by a ‘friend’ or through false immigration.

Statistics shows less than 2% of individuals trafficked are ever found.

To report suspected cases, call the South African National Human Trafficking Resource Line on 0800222777

By: Ellouise Muller








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Anti-Gang cop 'accidentally' shoots colleague in the head while at a braai




Anti-gang cop 41 years of age accidently kills friend and colleague at a braai in a private house in Franschhoek. Witnesses say the suspect took out his pistol and shot the deceased on his head, the motive is still unknown and the suspect says it was a mistake. The shooting claimed the life of fellow colleague Sergeant David Hoffman.

The suspect was one of the top cops in the triple axe murderer of Hendri Van Breda and went on helping with the conviction. He has helped in a lot of high profile cases, he was part of the investigation in the murder and rape case of Hannah Cornelius. When the incident happened both these police officers where off duty and were enjoy time off from their busy schedules. Provincial police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said police were called to the house when the shooting happened and the suspect has been detained and is set to appear in Franschhoek magistrate court.

By Chuma Matiwane




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most of the 1000 arrested were released within 72 hours


Army was deployed to assist SAPS and Metro Police and other law enforcement's agencies to help stabilize high levels of gang-related crime in our communities. With patrols lasting no longer than three hours a time, murder rates remains high.

A week ago Police Minister Bheki Cele said more than 1000 suspects have been arrested since the army was deployed. 1004 suspects were arrested, 804 wanted suspects were traced and arrested, 45 firearms were confiscated along with 1036 rounds of ammunition and drugs and substance confiscated. Because firearms were confiscated knives became the weapon of choice.

This weekend, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz, uncovered that most of the 1000 suspects arrested in the Cape Flats were released within 72 hours. He added that its nearly  five weeks since the army was brought in to assist the police, Cape Flats residents were beginning to question the impact of the deployment in their communities.

Albert Fritz was informed that those arrested were released within 72 hours due to detective services failure to link the arrests to crimes or complete the investigations. He added the Western Cape government has said countless times that the deployment of the army will not defeat crime in the province.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

'Pimp' who allegedly forced woman 'to take drugs, become a prostitute’ nabbed


The 48-year-old Michael Okene Okeke, an alleged pimp, was arrested by the police, on accusations that he lured a 25-year-old female to Cape Town from Gauteng under untruthful pretenses after the two were familiarized by an acquaintance at an event two months ago. Upon arrival, the young female was supposedly locked up at a house in Brooklyn, near Milnerton, somewhere she was forced to consume drugs and become a prostitute.

A month later, while on the streets, the young female succeeded to alert a passing police automobile of her conditions before she was rescued and taken to a safe place. On Friday, Okeke made a brief attendance before Magistrate Sylvan Africa at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court where prosecutors specified they had no bail profile on the accused. The Okeke will be back in court on Friday. Although, there is not much information on the victim, Brooklyn is known for prostitution along the main road, with countless of women supposed to have been trafficked to the region and forced to into the sex trade. In March police detained Lebogang Molapo, 33, and Andy Okafor, 34, after they supposedly recruited and transported a 35-year-old females from Johannesburg in Milnerton and attempted to force her into prostitution. 

Days later she was attacked and she was kicked out of the house and she immediately reported the matter to police. According to the Salvation Army’s anti-human trafficking campaign, most sexual trafficking also includes some form of coercion such as kidnapping, threats, intimidation, assault, rape, drugging or other forms of violence.

By: Ellouise Muller

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COP DETAINED AFTER ANTI-GANG POLICE OFFICER SHOT DEAD




Police say40-year-olf David Hoffman were at premises in Skool Street and was antagonized by an assembly of citizens.


On Saturday in Franschhoek, a 41-year-old police officer has been incarcerated when an off duty, anti-gang unit member, was shot and killed following an occurrence. Police say 40-year-old David Hoffman was at premises in Skool Street and was antagonized by an assembly of citizens. Following the incident police members were called to the scene. Afterwards, gunshots were fired and Hoffman was killed. The incarcerated police officer, who is also an anti-gang unit member, were with him at the stage of the incident. Police has not been able to confirm why Hoffman was antagonized by the community.

Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa an IPID investigation (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) were under way. Acting Western Cape provincial commissioner Sindile Mfazi has expressed sympathies to the family of sergeant Hoffman.

By: Ellouise Muller

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cape motorists fear using the ‘Hell Run N2


Motorists traveling on the N2 are left fearing for their lives as many criminal activities have been happening on the N2 route. Motorists using this route have started calling it the ‘Hell Route’.

There have been reports about these criminal activities on the N2 and for the longest time the N2 route has caused fear and sorrow for those using it. Over the past few months, criminal activities and protests have escalated at an alarming rate, especially around the Helderberg area. Every second or third day you hear of the stoning of vehicles on the N2. The route is one of the busiest routes going in the CBD and for it to be unsafe doesn’t make any sense. The Helderberg crime watch group said “its nerve wrecking to have to wait and hear if your child made it to school or one your family members made it safe to work”. 

The stoning of two vehicle last Thursday caused panic and fear and this made SAPS and the government to come with a plan of action on how to protect motorist who are traveling on the N2 route especial at night.

By Chuma Matiwane

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Man, 48, to appear in Cape Town court for alleged human trafficking



A man allegedly trafficked a 25-year-old woman is to appear in court for charges of sexual trafficking. The victim was supposedly lured to come to Cape Town under false pretense by the man. In a statement the victim says she met the 48-year-old man at a party in Gauteng as they were introduced by the victim’s friend last June.

The Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase “said the victim and the perpetrator traveled together to Cape Town a day after they met and on arrival she was allegedly locked up in a room in Brooklyn Cape Town, and was forced into drugs and prostitution”. The victim soon escaped and was rescued by a passing Law Enforcement car which tomb her to a place of safety. The matter was referred to the Hawks Anti human trafficking team. The 48-year-old man was identified by the victim and was arrested by the SAPS and charged for contravening the trafficking in persons act on the bill of rights.

By: Chuma Matiwane

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Alleged Cremer killer seeking bail has a pending murder case


Shiraaz Jaftha, 34, one of the three men accused of the murder of Meghan Cremer has applied for bail. Charles Daniels, 39, Jeremy Sias, 27, on Thursday in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court they specified that they would not apply for bail, although Jaftha will apply for bail on September 11. The three men all have past convictions, pending cases and a prior drug conviction, Sias has a pending car theft case and a prior assault conviction and Daniels has a pending theft case and a prior drug conviction.

Last Monday they were initially charged with the possession of Cremer’s car, but Daniels, who were raised on the farm where Cremer stayed, is alleged to pointed out to detectives where Cremer corps was found at a Philippi sand mine three days later. Three man has been charged with murder, theft of a vehicle and the possession of stolen property. It has been alleged that her murder was a gang initiation. Meghan Cremer was allegedly found fully clothed and rope had been tied around her neck.

By: Ellouise Muller



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City of Cape Town admits poor lighting spurs crime



The City of Cape Town has admitted to the poor lighting in some parts of Khayelitsha is contributing to the high rise in criminal activities. The City has been focusing and putting so much money in public lights but in the 2019/20 financial year the city has provided R63.5 million and from that R1.8million was allocated to Khayelitsha alone. The 1.8million is meant to refurbish the township as many residence have complained about the high rise in criminal activities.

Most townships not only Khayelitsha have lack of street lights and with the rise in crimes the Western Cape government is willing to ridicule and remove such cases. Reports have come saying that the City of Cape Town is planning to install 40m high mast lights in the township of Khayelitsha but that will only happen in the next 3 to 4 years to come. The lack of street lights have caused many road fatalities because pedestrians usually cannot see the care if the cars head lights are not on.

 Social Justice Coalition co-head of programs Dali Weyers said “lighting in many areas of Khayelitsha fairly poor and does not comply with the national standard”.

By: Chuma Matiwane


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

City of Cape Town urged to renovate unused buildings for social housing



The City of Cape Town is planning on renovating unused buildings for social development thus creating jobs for the people of Cape Town. Cape Town has been slammed for not doing it and the City has not had any affordable housing in the inner City. The City of Cape Town has a lot of unused building and these unused buildings attract a lot of criminal activities. 

Now that the city is planning to renovate these building there will be available to families with a household income between R1500 to R15000 a month. There city has promised to start renovating the buildings close to the informal settlements. Some of the areas identifies are Parow, Avondale, Elsies River, and the Tygerberg vicinity. Melusi Booi member of the human settlement mayoral committee said “there are no unused city buildings in the inner city. There housing development is at risk in Cape Town because of privately owned land where the government might have an issues building on the privately owned land.

Melusi Booi also said “the city’s human settlements directorate is expected to deliver projects to the value of R2,7billion over the next three years”.

By Chuma Matiwane


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WHY IS BEING A GANGSTER SO APPEALING TO THE YOUTH?


The youth of every decade has its own challenges, and in this decade unemployment, lack of affordable housing, pressure of materialism, substance abuse but most importantly gangsterism is at the forefront.

In bloodcurdling evidence in the Western Cape High Court, a gang member in witness protection, told of an army of gangsters belonging to one gang operating in the province and reporting to one of the most notorious gang leaders.

The Terrible Josters gang member is a State witness in the trial of alleged Terrible Josters gang leader Horatio Solomons, and 11 other members. He told the court that the gang consisted of 10 000 members aka mongrels operating in various parts of the Western Cape.

The state claims that Solomons and his members are facing 77 charges including 11 murders, dealing in drugs, money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. The accused is the son of the sister of Ernie “Lastig” Solomons who is the alleged leader of the 28s gang, who also styled himself as a pigeon farmer and rapper. Piegeon farmer? How wholesome.

Asked by Menigo to detail the leadership of the Terrible Josters gang, the witness said that Horatio is the leader of the Terrible Josters in Delft, Wesbank, Elsies River and Kleinmond. He has met all the other leaders of this gang in Hawston at Club Octopus, where they attended birthday celebrations of Ernie Lastig on August 4th  2013.

 “At that gatherings Ernest Solomons talked to the different leaders and they gave him feedback. Of the leaders who attended the gatherings were Theo Doppie from the Mongrels, Basil Seven leader of the Terrible Josters in Bishop Lavis, Terrible Josters leaders from Kreefgat and Bonteheuwel and the leader of the Mongrels in Ottery. We have 10 000 gang members spread all over the Western Cape.”

On the hand sign used by the Terrible Josters, the witness explained that if he saluted a member with an open hand showing towards the member it meant he had no problem with him and came in peace. But if he greeted a member showing the back of his hand it signified that he didn't come in peace.


SO BASICALLY, GANGSTERS ARE EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS, AND ON THAT NOTE, SALAAM!   


By: Aneeqa du Plessis

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tackling issues that is holding back the Western Cape.


Last month Premier Alan Winde of the economic war room promised as the first pillar in his (Sopa) State of the Province Address, begun procedures observing issues that is holding back the Western Cape’s economic progress.

Harvard University and facilitation support from Wesgro are funding the war room, which focuses on job creations. There are five groups of between five and eight officials from across City of Cape Town department and provincial. The war room reports to Mayor Dan Plato and premier, who together lead the economic war room, as well as to key provincial and city principals. Winde said: ‘’The Red Tape Reduction Unit has been hugely successful and we will be further expanding its focus.’’ He has placed his faith in the Red Tape Reduction Unit, whose members will also be playing a role in war room. Winde also mentioned that ensuring there was safe, reliable transport for residents meant they would be able to access work and economic opportunities more easily.

The areas where the war room would focus on investing in the Atlantis Special, BPO, Commuter mobility, Economic Zone, and Tech. Winde also mentioned that guaranteeing there was safe, reliable transport for citizens meant they would be able to access work and economic opportunities more easily.


By: Ellouise Muller

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4357 cop guns missing


Bush Radio Interns took to the street to ask the public about the rise in missing police guns.
Gang violence in the Western Cape is at an all-time high because gangs now have unlicensed guns and people are wondering if are these gangsters are working with the police to get these guns. There have been reports saying over 4357 police guns have gone missing or stolen from the police over the past years. These figures were revealed by the minister of police Bheki Cele when his was recently asked by the FF Plus leader Mr. Pieter Groenewald.

The amount of these lost guns is shocking and most of the public believe the police might be working with the police. The FF Plus leader said “no wonder violent crime is out of control, the police service seems to be the biggest provider of illegal ammunition”. In Cape Town recently police seized four police fire arms from an Elsies River gang. Reports says the top 3 provinces with large number of missing police guns and ammunition are Eastern Cape, Western Cape and the Gauteng province.

Minister Bheki Cele said that the government wants to impose stricter conditions for the possession of firearms for self-defense in an attempt to reduce violent crimes.

By: Chuma Matiwane



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Forced removal victims from Simon's Town feel like a forgotten community



The apartheid force removals caused a lot unhappiness to most of the Cape Town informal settlers. Many people who lived close to the then “white only areas” were forced to leave their homes and were placed in informal areas to accommodate white people. There has been an ongoing process to compensate the people who were affected. The victims from the Simon Town forced removals are feeling neglected or ignored by the Western Cape government as the ongoing restitution program is not focusing on them. The residence of the areas in the Simon's Town vicinity such as Ocean View are feeling ignored on their land claims.

Residence from Dido Valley are feeling the most ignored as they feel like the government has completely forgotten about. The communities’ complaints are that they are completely out of the conversation regarding land claims. Suzette Farmer chairperson of the committee said “the redevelopment of Dido Valley and Luyolo is a bitter sweet one as they were one the first communities to be evicted in 1965”. Since the process of restitution began, community members from the areas of Ocean View, Dido Valley, Luyolo, Seaforth and Red-hill want to know why they are not part of the restitution conversation.

Cecilia Thiem from Human Settlement said “when housing projects commence they do not target specific areas or try to find beneficiaries and that all housing project must utilize the housing wait list (Database)”.

By: Chuma Matiwane

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

50 Delft residents are now homeowners


50 Delft residents are now homeowners.

Tertius Simmer, MEC for Human Settlements handed over 50 title deeds to residents of Delft. The Department’s Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme made this handover possible, this scheme promotes home ownership of before 1994 government-owned rental housing. The goal of this handover for the department is to prioritise the elderly for housing opportunities in Western Cape.

Residents were able to benefit through the scheme as sale agreements with debtors who did not honour their agreements, were cancelled. Voorbug, Eindhoven, The Hague and Roosendal are where the 50 beneficiaries hail from.

People have been waiting for years for this opportunity and finally their patience has been rewarded.

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Jasmine Johnosn-Mazwi
News Editor

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Thanks to recent rainfall, Western Cape dams are filling up.


Thanks to recent rainfall, Western Cape dams are filling up.

Most of Western Cape’s state-owned dams were on average 64% full with a 12% increase last year. Last year this time, residents in the Western Cape were nervous around the threat of day zero. The Department of Water and Sanitation said that Western Cape’s largest dam levels had seen an increase since the start of winter.

According to Eyewitness News Water and Sanitation department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said six of the provinces largest dams reached a capacity of 80%. He added the Department remains concerned around the slow recovery of dam levels in the Southern Cape and Karoo region.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Muslims celebrate ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, Eid-ul-Adha


Muslims will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha today, the “Feast of Sacrifice”, which on the Muslim calendar is one of the significant events. Cows, bulls, camels, goats and sheeps will be sacrificed during the three-day merriments as a symbolic sign resonating Nabi Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son (Christian narrative of Abraham and Isaac).

‘’Days of remembrance’’ will be celebrated, partaking in sacred rituals commemorating imperative religious manifestations as recorded in the Quran. The animal’s meat will be divided in to three parts- the first third goes to the family who slaughtered the animal, then the second third goes to the relatives, meanwhile the final third must be given to the needy and poor.

The Fund would perform Qurbani at Saratoga Farm in Philippi from today until Thursday, was said by Sakeena Bock, from the South African National Zakah, a non-profit, public benefit and faith-based organisation. The public is invited to view the sacrifice, which will take place from 8am to noon, and from 2pm to 4pm over this period. Most operation Qurbani recipients in Southern Africa lived in rural areas where they depended on subsistence farming and were showed to lengthy periods of chronic food insecurity, drought and where poverty often led to hunger. 




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Drastic increase in gunshot victims putting strain on Cape’s major hospitals



In light of the gang violence happening in the Cape flats, there has been an increase in gun wounded patients being admitted to government hospitals. With the increase in this means less room for other trauma victims as hospitals attend to the gun wounded victims first.

The Health MEC Nomafrench Mbomba says there has been a 100% in these cases. Studies have reported that Western Cape trauma centre used to report 37 gun wound victims but now that number has increased drastically to about 73 cases in a month. Tygerberg Hospital being one of the main public hospitals in the Western Cape has been treating about 107 gun wound victims per month since the year commenced. MEC Mbomba says “80, 76% of these gun violence related gun wounds and deaths have occurred in the metro heath district with Khayelitsha, Parow and Delft being the top 3 places. Tygerberg Hospital has been experiencing pressure because it is the main hospital close to the areas affected by the gun violence.

Last year the Groote Schuur hospital combined with Tygerberg hospital had reported over 2300 people who have died due to gun related cases over the last yea rand most of the people where from around the Cape Flats areas.

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Thursday, August 08, 2019

Gatvol Capetonians disrupt Cape traffic as they push for better housing




The Cape Town shutdown caused mayhem for many commuters as several roads were affected this morning. The people were protesting under the banner of Gatvol Capetonians. One of the most heavily affected areas were Ocean View, Delfts, The Stellenbosch arterial road, Kensington, Voortrekker road and Bo Kaap. The protest caused a lot of inconveniences for people traveling to the CBD. 

The people’s claims were that the Western Cape government don’t value their housing needs and that the protest is about their housing needs. The protest was meant to be a peaceful one as promised by the Gatvol Capetonian spoke person Mr. Fadiel Adams. However stunt grenades were used when the protesters were starting to get violent and burning tires. The promise of peaceful protesting was made to the Western Cape government.

The Western Cape Human Settlement MEC Tertius Simmers said “The shutdown must not infringe the rights of others

By: Chuma Matiwane

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Stun grenades, tear gas, used towards disperse total shutdown marchers in Kensingto


The police used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse marchers of the Gatvol Capetonians total shutdown movement in Kensington on the 8th of August Thursday morning.

The shutdown movement stated they would remain to highlight the predicament of individuals living in backyards and for access to housing and land, cautioning that this was "just a taste of things that's going to happen" if the authorities don't meet their demands. The marchers had guaranteed to barricade main roads and intersections across the Cape Town metro from 5am to 11am. The Stellenbosch Arterial needed to be shutdown to traffic in both directions between Adam Tas and the Delft main roads at the R300. Cape Town Traffic spokesperson Richard Coleman said marchers remained burning tyres in the roadway. 

Marches supporting the movement partake barricaded sections of numerous roads across the Cape Metro, including Voortrekker Road near Jakes Gerwel and 5th Avenue; Prince George Drive at the M5 at Parkwood, where the circumstance is under control with pockets of burning tyres and accounts of isolated incident of stone-throwing; Wale Street leading to the Bo-Kaap, where there is a heavy police presence; Ocean View in Fish Hoek is closed off; the M5 near Dick Burton Road; the main road in Belhar near the KFC; and Kommetjie Road at Milky Way is blocked, where there have been reports of vandalism.On Thursday morning spokesperson for the movement, Oscar Samuels told the SABC this "was just a taste of things that's going to happen" and that there will be a memorandum handed over to the City and Western Cape government later today and the Western Cape government has 21 days to respond to the memorandum.  

By: Ellouise Muller

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

13 areas confirmed for Thursday's 'total shutdown' in Cape Town




The City of Cape Town is expecting to have a shut down on 13 areas and the Mayors officer is well aware of the shutdown as they have received reports on it. The shutdown is expected to last 6 hours from 5am to 11am in the morning. However with that being said the City of Cape Town is unaware of the predicted extant and the impact it will have on people traveling from these 13 areas.
The expected 13 areas are Beacon Valley, Tafelsig, East Ridge, Woodlands, Parkwood, Lavender Hill, Kensington, Factreton, Ocean View, Elsies River, Delft, Bo-Kaap, Ottery, and the informal settlement of Egoli in Philiphi. The shutdown is going to affect a lot of commuters using the following routes R300, Symphony, Wale Street, Strand Street, Military Road, Vanguard Drive, Voortrekker, N1, Spine, Highlands, Eisleben, M5, Hyde Road, Prince George, Kommetijie, Soetwater. Mr Fadiel Adams   Gatvol Capetonian said “they don’t know what will happen with the other areas but they are hopeful they will join on the shutdown”. The main objective of the shutdown is to supposedly expose the City of Cape Town corrupt government. The shutdowns theme includes the following Lack of housing opportunities for black and coloured people and the lack of housing opportunities close to work.
The City of Cape Town spoke person said the city supports peaceful protests.

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Salt River and Woodstock housing project still going ahead.


The municipality said they were awaiting the authorization of building plans for the Pine Road project, which would comprehend 240 inexpensive rental units being built. The City of Cape Town said that the Salt River Market had also been sanctioned by the Municipal Planning Tribunal.

The City of Cape Town mentioned that two main social housing projects in Salt River and in Woodstock was still moving forward. The municipality said it was awaiting the approval of building plans for the Pine Road project, which would see 240 affordable rental units being built. Good party member and former DA councillor Brett Herron has strongly criticised the city for apparent blockage of social housing in or near the CBD. The municipality was slammed by Herron for cancelling the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for five inner city and Woodstock housing projects. Herron said that, ‘’the city’s cancellation of the Request for Proposals for the city’s inexpensive housing project two years after the request for proposals is a huge hindrance for integration and for everyone who vision a sustainable post-apartheid city.”

Although the city stated that it had cancelled RFP’s for locations so that it could follow a variety process. This will ensure it fulfilled with municipal regulations.


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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Angry Delft people have brutally beaten a well-known skelm, beyond to death



At the time of report, According Daily Voice, Police in Delft area confirmed that a case of an attempted murder was opened after an alleged robber was caught and beaten up by whom to be believed were angry commuters, follows after a man of 32years known as Tens, ‘for always getting 10 out of 10 of victims’, caught trying to rob a resident on Saturday morning on their way to work.
Victim claims that was about to catch a taxi then saw Tens approaching, immediately screamed for help in advance. An aftermath video showed his half naked body, pants pulled down and bleeding from his face. Before he lost his consciousness, was chased by community members and attacked him with broomsticks then while laying down started pelting with bricks and stones and two big concrete slabs.
A resident was quoted, saying she and her children been robbed by Tens four times already she also added that the man has broken into the homes of many of her neighbours, residents says he does his robbery by blink of an eye and hide from them and Police. They believed that he is dead until someone threw water on him and he moved. Then police arrived afterwards
Sergeant: Noloyiso Rwexana who is the spokesperson confirmed the incident and that no arrests been made yet investigation was underway for an attempted murder. Victim was taken to a medical facility for treatment as alleged that has beaten by community




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Minister in the presidency kick started 2019 women’s month



Every year in August, South Africans unite and celebrate a women’s months to embrace and tribute women who marched to the Union Building on marked 09 August of 1956 against extensions of pass law to women.
South Africa is now under the theme of 25years of Democracy, However, there is still high numbers sexual violence and abuse against women particularly. The government is set to host events that twinkle the light and further focusing alleviating crucial circumstances women encounter due to discrimination. News24 reports, that a 27year old man stabbed and murdered his girlfriend during argument. The 19 year old girl from Kalkuil was at the Tavern with her guy and all drinking together with friends, according reporting, the two erupted. After all dramatically incident girl got stabbed and died at the hospital. Whom identified as Mokete Nelson Sempe is expected to appear in court just a day before the official women’s day (8 August)


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If you are not aware that South Africa instilled new laws regarding smoking in 2019, here is your update.


NEW SMOKING LAWS IN SOUTH AFRICA

If you are not aware that South Africa instilled new laws regarding smoking in 2019, here is your update.

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Draft Bill, sanctioned by the World Health Organisation aims to ban smoking in all public spaces, to control electronic smoking and remove branding from cigarettes packs. The proposals which was first raised in 2015 has collected important public interest, proposing a number of new and strict smoking laws which includes:
·        Banning outdoor smoking in public places
·        Smokers should at least stand 10 metres away from public entrances, when smoking outside.
·        Zero-tolerance policy on indoor smoking in public places
·        Removing designated smoking areas in restaurants.
·        The removal of all signage on cigarette packaging aside from the brand name and warning stickers.
·        And cigarettes may no longer be publicly displayed by retailers.

The new laws up for consideration is being brought back to the forefront of international tobacco control best practise with the latest publishing of The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, and will be up for public comment until August 9. The main focusof the new Bill is the prohibition of smoking a tobacco product in all enclosed public spaces, public transport, spaces where children are present, workplaces and any places used for commercial activities that may propose health risks.

What are your thoughts on this Bill?
Will it affect your daily life?
What are your thoughts on smoking in public spaces?


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Monday, August 05, 2019

THE DANGER OF OWNING A FIREARM IN SA


An awareness campaign in South Africa about the dangers of owning a firearm relies on an often-used claim.
“From home invasions to hijackings and muggings, many South Africans own a gun out of fear for falling victim to violent crime,” reads the introduction of a press release by the organisation Gun Safe Cities. But living in a house with a gun increases your odds of harm, it claims. Research in South Africa confirmation that you are four times more likely to have your gun used against you than to be able to use it successfully in self-defence. The claim has also appeared in publications by the non-profit organisation Gun Free South Africa. It’s been published on South African sites News24, Brand South Africa, Safer Spaces and IOL in the last couple of years.
There’s little information online about Gun Safe Cities, but it was described as a “charity” by John Davenport. He is the chief creative officer of Havas South Africa, the ad agency that Gun Safe Cities partnered with for the awareness campaign. Davenport said that, “there is plenty of research freely available around the ‘four times’ statistic from a number of countries including South Africa”.
The Crime Hub is managed by Lizette Lancaster, a source for statistics on crime and safety in South Africa, at the Institute for Security Studies. Lizette stated that the, “frequently quoted” statistic comes from studies published by Antony Altbeker an author and crime expert in 1999 and 2000. Gun Free South Africa, also confirmed that Antony was their source. Anthony referred to a chapter he wrote in a 2003 book called Justice Gained? Crime and Crime Control in South Africa’s Transition. It sets out the “validity” of his studies and “what can and cannot be claimed about it”, he said.
In the first study, Altbeker reviewed 602 police dockets opened for gun-related crimes in the Johannesburg suburbs of Alexandra and Bramley that were reported during the first three months of 1997. In 8% of the cases, the victims were armed. And in those cases, nearly 80% of victims lost their guns to their attackers without being able to defend themselves. Even within one province, different areas can have very different experiences. Martin Hood of MJ Hood and Associates Attorneys is a firearm law specialist in Johannesburg stated that Altbeker’s study was based on police dockets before the cases had gone to trial, so the contents “were not necessarily tested to determine factual correctness”.



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Mom pays R14k for ‘useless’ diploma

A mom from Lotus River claims that she wants her money back after she completed a health course only to find her qualification is useless as the college is not registered. The 40-year-old woman says in 2016, after seeing posters, she applied for the Community Health Course at the Kayamandi Elderly Nursing College in Wynberg. The mother of six says she paid the college R14 100 for the year-long course, which would have allowed her to provide home-based care to the sick, frail and elderly. The woman asked not to be named as this might jeopardise future job opportunities. She wanted to empower herself by furthering her qualifications. She claims that she spent most of her behind desk as a full time student and did exams also had graduation ceremony. She even received a trophy for top achiever, she came second in the class. In 2018, when she applied to do another course at a different college, she discovered her certificate was a dud. According IOL, The angry woman says she contacted HWSETA herself and was told the college is not on their system. Added that when they filled in their forms at Kayamandi Elderly Nursing College, the HWSETA name was on the forms, then they believed it was registered. The frustrated mother has since opened a case of fraud at Wynberg SAPS. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, confirmed Cases of fraud are under investigation by the Wynberg police in connection with complainants who studied at a college and only received certificates of attendance as they allegedly did not finish their portfolio of evidence (POE However, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) says the institution is registered with them. He confirmed the course exam is written under the supervision of HWSETA as the Assessment Quality Partner “after completion the theory, practicals, and the workplace experimental training”.

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WE ARE GOING HOME


District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. The residents of District six were mostly traders, immigrants, and freed slaves. 

Elderly former District Six residents have urged the minister of land affairs to speed up their claims saying they might be dead before they can move back home. Many others like Gawa Wilkinson, 64, who spoke to the Weekend Argus that while she was excited about Friday’s court ruling, paving the way to move back home, she might not live to see the day. According to Wilkinson, she has been waiting for 22 years for the matter to be resolved. 

Acting Judge President Yasmin Meer took under five minutes to rule in favour of the District Six Working Committee (D6WC) and seven other claimants in the Western Cape High Court, that Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza, act speedily to ensure that the District Six matter reaches a conclusion her fervent hope is that this ruling will go a long way to address the issue of District Six Meer had said. Respondents in the matter included the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and the Government of the Republic of South Africa. 

There was euphoria on the steps of the Western Cape High Court as claimants sang, “We are going home

Another claimant, Abdullah Hendricks, 74, said he is “deeply relieved”. “I want to be in District Six.” Hendricks said his family was moved out of the area when he was 10 and he lived around Cape Town before settling in Newfields.

Chairperson of the D6WC, Shahied Ajam said Meer’s judgment “answered the prayers and hopes of the people”. “This whitewash judgment is for every marginalised community. It’s a wise ruling for some people who have waited over 100 years,” he said. He said their hope was that 3000 residents could move back to the area within five years. “This ruling is also a first for land restitution in South Africa,” he said.

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Friday, August 02, 2019

Man arrested after four young girls open cases of rape, sexual assault

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Port Elizabeth after two rape cases, an attempted rape and a sexual assault case was opened in Kwazakele, Eastern on Thursday. According to IOL, Spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge said the arrest comes after an 11 year-old girl. The girl subsequently told her doctor that she had been raped and through a hospital social worker the police were notified and a rape case was opened. He said the girl had revealed the man's name as well as another girl's name who was also allegedly raped. By Wednesday evening and through speedy investigation, three more girls opened cases against the man.
A nine-year old girl opened a rape case, another nine-year-old girl opened a sexual assault case, while a 12 year-old girl opened an attempted rape case. All four girls stayed in the same street in Thambo Village, Kwazakele and frequently played together. The 26-year-old suspect stays in the same street and it is alleged that he enticed and lured girls to his house with promises to buy them chips and sweets on several occasions between 2017 and 2019.IOL also report that Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie applauded the swift investigation into opening the cases and arresting the man by the police, but added "The children in this community seems to have fallen prey to a serial rapist. Four young girls came forward yesterday, but there might even be more. He then urged parents in this area to come forward where more child victims are identified. We also need parents to see the serious need of better adult supervision when children are allowed to play outside in the streets.
The man is being held in custody and is expected to appear before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Moms Movement for Justice march to Parliament



In commemoration of many of the victim of crime and senseless violence in local communities, the social justice group Moms Move for Justice marched to parliament today. Community members, community organisations, non-profit organisations and religious groups. At the Cape Town Castle of Good Hope is where the vigil began at 10am this morning, ending with the purpose of handing over a memorandum of demands.

Moms Mom for Justice was started in 2015 by Avril Andrews as a resource for grieving mothers with the loss of their children to gang violence. Creating this group was both healing and comforting for Avril Andrews as it serves as a support group of mothers who faced similar circumstances. This being the 4th commemoration of hundreds of murdered victims they call on government to urgently address Moms Move for Justice accompanied by various organisations to help curb   gender-based violence, crime and gangsterism.


989 children have been murdered in the last five years these statistics were released by the provincial government for child murders in the Western Cape. The majority of the children were boys with the number of 807 where 182 girls were targeted.


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