Thursday, August 18, 2022

Three arrested for illegal guns and ammunition near Intercape bus depot

Police have arrested three men with illegal guns and ammunition near the Intercape bus depot at Airport Industria.

This comes after recent calls to protect the long-distance bus industry after it came under attacks from unknown gunmen that led to the death of one bus driver and the attempted killing of others.

three days after the arrest of 28-year-old Unathi Sitsili, who was arrested on Saturday for alleged attacks on several Intercape buses between March and April this year.

Sitsili is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Intercape bus driver Bangikhaya Machana.

Following his arrest, Sitsili appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder and attempted murder. His case was postponed to 22 August

 

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New changes to the R350 social relief distress

 The Department of Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said that more people now qualify for the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant after the means test threshold was increased to R624, which is the food poverty line set by Stats SA in September 2021.

This means anyone with a monthly income of more than R624 a month will not qualify for the grant. The reduction was made after the grant was moved to the Social Assistance Act when the national state of disaster was lifted.

According to department deputy director-general Brenda Sibeko, all applicants will thoroughly checked:

The criteria stated that a proxy means test consists of checks against databases that may indicate income or alternative financial assistance and verification of insufficient means with banks.

“If the results from bank verification contradict results from data checks referred to in the sub-regulation, the results from the bank verification must be used to make the final determination.

If a person has more than one bank account, the criteria for insufficient means are deemed to have been met if all the bank accounts, assessed individually, are below the income threshold.

Sibeko said approved applicants do not need to reapply every month, but checks will be made monthly to determine if they still qualify.

Zulu's department was allocated a R44bn budget that can only accommodate 10.5-million SRD beneficiaries until the end of March next year.  Meanwhile the Social development minister also announced that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) is working on a plan to help those receiving the R350 social relief distress grant (SRD) find work.


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DA makes changes to its caucus

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has made changes to the party’s National Whippery and Shadow Cabinet.

Siviwe Gwarube takes over from Natasha Mazzone, as the Democratic Alliance’s new Chief Whip in the National Assembly. Gwarube was previously the Spokesperson of the Official Opposition. Solly Malatsi alongside Cilliers Brink will now be the DA’s National Spokesperson.

DA leader John Steenhuisen announced the change to his caucus at a DA federal executive meeting on Thursday morning.

Mazzone, will now represent the DA in the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, with a specific focus on overhauling the oversight model of the state security apparatus. She will also serve as the National Security Advisor to DA leader, John Steenhuisen.

Noko Masipa is the party’s new Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. Masipa is no stranger to this portfolio as he previously headed the Portfolio Committee in this department.

The former DA Shadow Minister of State Security, Dianne Kohler-Barnard is the DA’s new Shadow Minister for Communications.

The DA’s newest Member of Parliament, Marina Van Zyl, is the additional member on the Committee on Basic Education.

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Suspicious package left unattended at Parliament

Parliament says normal operations have resumed on Wednesday after the legislature building had to halt proceedings following a bomb scare in the morning.

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Spokesperson, Moloto Mathapo said the South African Police Service (SAPS) noticed a suspicious package that was left unattended at the Parliamentary precincts whereby the engaged in safety protocols by its bomb disposal specialists, including cordoning off the immediate vicinity

‘’While the police remain at the precincts and are undertaking necessary precautionary measures, parliament confirms there is no immediate danger posed to the Parliamentary community, and there was no evacuation conducted.’’

‘’Parliament apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused to the MPs, staff and guests,’’ added Mothapo.

 

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Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding for Wednesday & Thursday

Eskom announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 16:00 – 00:00 on Wednesday evening. The ailing parastatal implemented stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday at the same times

The power utility said the reason behind Wednesday’s load shedding is due to the breakdowns of a generation unit each at Duvha, Kendal and Kriel power stations during the last 24 hours, as well as the delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tutuka power stations, which it says, have put a severe strain on the power generation system.

Eskom said due to the shortage of generation capacity, loadshedding will be implemented during the same time on Thursday.

‘’During the same period, Eskom teams have returned a unit each at Arnot and Tutuka power stations to service. While a generation unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Tutuka power stations are expected to return to service over the next 24 hours, this will still be insufficient to stave off loadshedding for Thursday afternoon,’’ said spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthantsha.

‘’We currently have 4 550MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 637MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town announced that its customers will only load shed on Stage 1 between 16:00-19:00. The municipality will thereafter suspend load shedding for the rest of the evening.

 

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Fidelity report a rise in smash and grabs incidents

 Fidelity Services Group has once again called onto motorists to be alert when in unknown areas. According to the association this is as the country is still being marking hotspot areas for unsuspecting motorists.

Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communications at Fidelity Services Group said that motorist can prevent themselves from being victims of snatchers. Law enforcement authorities often issue warnings of areas where ‘smash-and-grabs’ may have become prevalent.

Some of the recommendations given by Fidelity include the following:

Avoid opening your windows when in a traffic.

Do not take pamphlets from or get into discussions with vendors at intersections.

Always be conscious of your surroundings and remain alert when coming to an intersection or stopping your vehicle.

Be wary of people standing at intersections. They may be innocent, but perpetrators mix with these people while waiting for an opportunity to pounce.

If you encounter obstacles such as rocks or tires do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. Reverse and drive off in the opposite direction.


Mayoral committee member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith stated late at night motorist should slow down well in advance so that the light changes green by the time you reach the intersection. Leave a gap between you and the car in front of you to give you room to escape if anything should happen.

The City of Cape Town urged motorist to also report in any incidents of smash and grabs to their nearest police station or the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre. Or contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


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Man accused of killing minor to testify

 The murder case of 8-year-old Tazne van Wyk, from Elsies River will continue in the High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Moyhdian Pangkaeker is expected to continue with his testimony, on Tuesday he once again denied the murder charges against him this is after he had previously pleaded not guilty to 27 charges.

Tazne’s body was found in a stormwater drain in Boland a few days after she was reported missing in February 2020. She was last seen alive walking to a tuck shop near her Connaught Estate home before police arrested her alleged killer in Cradock in the Eastern Cape. Pangkaeker led detectives to the child's body in a stormwater pipe along the N1 highway near Worcester.


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6-year-old boy snatched not far from school in Kensington

 A 6-year-old Cape Town boy has been kidnapped in Kensington.

According to reports Shahnawaz Asghar, 6, was snatched in front of his 9th Street home before 8am on Wednesday morning.

Two suspicious vehicles were spotted near the boy's school, Police said that six suspects fled the area and that no one's been arrested as yet.

The motive is also unknown. Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed the kidnapping and said police are currently investigating the matter.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Western Cape Clinics integrate with 9 Cape town facilities

The Provincial Parliaments Standing Committee on Health recently held a briefing on The Western Cape Government Health and Wellness (WCGH&W) officially integrate healthcare services of the City of Cape Town healthcare clinics in Cape Town’s Northern Tygerberg, Klipfontein, and Khayelitsha areas, that was in effect from July 2022.

They will provide a more holistic and integrated healthcare package in line with the Provincial Department’s Healthcare 2030 plan which aims to streamline the patient journey, create a person-centre approach, and improve the quality of healthcare.

Western Cape, Chief of Operations Dr Saadiq Kariem said that the City of Cape Town currently provides primary care services in 105 facilities in the Cape Metropole, specifically in 9 clinics. He further elaborated that those 9 clinics have been integrated with a tenth facility, into the department of health and wellness.

The Chief of Operations said that the 10 city clinics were taken over on the first of July by the provincial government, therefore the funding is generally split between the City of Cape town and the health committee.

The facilities now under the Western Cape heath government along with Cape town include services from Bellville South, Goodwood, Parow, Ravensmead, Durbanville, Scottsdene, Nyanga, Heideveld, and Nolungile City Clinics and the 10th being fisantekraal.

 Dr Kariem said that the City of Cape Town was committed to a smooth handover of the facilities and its services. City Health staff have been appointed in other City facilities with existing shortages, while non-clinical staff are in the process of being appointed. Dr Kariem said that they only had resolvable challenged picked up in the intergration process.


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Several injured in Hanover Park shooting

Cape Town police are probing a shooting incident that occurred in Hanover Park on Tuesday morning. The incident left numerous people wounded, including a Metro Police officer.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, said Metro Police officers were on patrol in the area just before 08:00, when they heard shots fired.

‘’Community members pointed them in the direction of the incident, where they found an unknown man who had been shot and wounded. Officers were given a description of the shooter, and set off – they found him nearby, but he opened fire on them, wounding one of the officers in the foot.’’

The officer returned fire, and wounded the suspect. The suspect was arrested and officers recovered a 9mm firearm with 10 hollow point rounds of ammunition. All those wounded have been taken to various medical facilities for treatment.

‘’This is an active, ongoing incident and investigation, and the City will provide more information relevant to its role in the matter, as it becomes available. I wish all concerned a speedy recovery, and commend the members of the public who assisted officers in tracking down the suspect in this case.’’

‘’However, it is also very disheartening to hear that some within the community opted to pelt officers with stones while they were awaiting the arrival of EMS services,’’ added Smith.

 

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Western Cape’s Mobility MEC pleads with motorists to obey the speed limit

The Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell has urged motorists to obey the speed limit.

The call comes after traffic officials recorded 271 speeding offences across the province within a space of a week.

 The highest speeds recorded were:

·        168 km/h in a 120 km/h zone

·        147 km/h in a 100 km/h zone

·        104 km/h in a 90 km/h zone

·        125 km/h in an 80 km/h zone

·        94 km/h in a 60 km/h zone

·        64 km/h in a 40 km/h zone


‘’Speeding is irresponsible and dangerous. Driving under the influence increases the likelihood and the severity of a crash. The faster you drive, the less time you have to respond to an emergency and the more space you need to stop to avoid a crash. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your judgement and lead to a crash. Any kind of crash can be a life-changing event for you and for everyone else who is involved,’’ said Mitchell.

The MEC pleaded with all motorists to slow down when they see pedestrians on the road.

Furthermore, officials arrested a total of 50 suspects for various traffic violations, with the bulk of these (34) for driving under the influence of alcohol. Twenty-one people lost their lives on the provinces roads - 11 of these were drivers, 8 pedestrians, and two were passengers.

 

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SASSA in Khayelitsha now houses at Kuyasa Sub-council office.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Khayelitsha will temporarily be located at the Kuyasa Sub-council office. 

The agency in Khayelitsha reopened on 3 August, after there was a temporary service interruption as SASSA had to seek alternate premises in the area. SASSA does not own any sites in Khayelitsha

The City of Cape Town announced that it has reached an agreement with SASSA to a three-year lease of two floors in the Kuyasa office from 1 September 2022.

Mayco member for Economic Growth, James Vos, says under the lease agreement, a refurbishment of the space is planned.

‘’This was in response to an appeal from Sassa for the use of premises to provide its services to some of Cape Town's most vulnerable residents. In July, the agency suddenly closed its office next to the Khayelitsha Mall, leaving beneficiaries in the area unclear as to when or how they would access grants.’’

‘’Following the closure, officials from the City's Property Management Department met with representatives from Sassa to come up with a solution. The future expansion of the Sassa office at the Kuyasa facility is also being investigated,’’ added Vos.

 

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Fourth case of monkeypox in SA confirmed

The Department of Health has confirmed a fourth case of monkeypox in South Africa.

In a statement released on Monday, spokesperson Foster Mohale says the patient is a 28-year-old male from the Western Cape.

He travelled to Spain and returned to South Africa in the second week of August.

"A polymerase chain reaction test was performed in a private pathology laboratory and the samples were submitted to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases for sequencing analysis. Public health response measures to prevent the spread of the infection, including contact tracing have been instituted," says Mohale.

This brings the country's laboratory-confirmed monkeypox cases to four.

The three previous cases were reported in Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo. All the cases were reported in males aged 30, 32 and 42 years. Mohale says the three have since completed the self-isolation and monitoring period without reporting further symptoms and health complications.

Monkeypox is usually a mild disease manifesting as blisters on the skin, it is usually mild and self-limiting with a fatality rate of 1%.

‘’Minister Phaahla will, on Friday this week provide more details on the government`s response to Monkeypox during the planned media briefing,’’ he added.

 

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SAPS arrest suspect linked Intercape bus attacks

The Western Cape Serious Violent Crime Detectives arrested a 28-year-old suspect who is allegedly involved in the attacks of Intercape buses.

The suspect was arrested in Klapmuts in the Cape Winelands during a tracing operation in the early hours of Saturday morning and is charged with murder and attempted murder.

He is also linked to the murder of 35-year old Intercape bus driver, Bangikhaya Machana who was shot in April 2022 and died three days later in the hospital. Another attack happened during March where another Intercape bus was attacked.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape`s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell welcomed the arrest of the 28-year-old suspect and praised the work done by SAPS.

“I am grateful for this breakthrough and progress made by SAPS in the investigation. The Western Cape Government has adopted a whole society approach to support South African Police Services and law enforcement in whichever way possible to bring perpetrators of crimes to book. We will track this case in court and continue to follow up with SAPS until there’s a successful conviction,” he said.

The Western Cape Police says it will continue to increase its deployments in order to stop the attacks on Intercape buses.


By Lulama Klassen

 

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SAPS appoint senior official after controversial video goes viral

The South African Police Service in the Western Cape has appointed a senior police official to investigate a video of two police officials involved in an altercation with a civilian.

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The newly appointed senior police official is situated at the district level of the province and is set to probe an investigation in terms of the SAPS disciplinary code into the conduct of the two officials captured in a video during the heated altercation.

According to police`s statement, the two policemen that were recorded in the video work at Fish Hoek SAPS and responded to a missing person complaint in the area.

In the meantime, criminal investigations into the conduct of SAPS members fall within the range of the IPID and this has resulted in SAPS internal investigation to investigate if members had flouted any disciplinary prescripts that relate to the conduct of police members.

One of the policemen in the video have opened a case of assault against the man in the video and the man has responded by opening an assault GBH case against the police officials. The man is currently in hospital.

SAPS say further investigations are underway.   


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Friday, August 12, 2022

City of Cape Town meets with Mfuleni community leaders

The City of Cape Town officials and Eskom, met with the community leaders of Mfuleni on Thursday to provide solutions about the vandalism of infrastructure and illegal connections that have been occurring in the area.

The City has attended to hundreds of faults in recent months and disconnected illegal connections to the City infrastructure in Mfuleni. Illegal connections and damage to electricity infrastructure remain a huge problem in the township.

The township has experienced unlawful land occupation in the past two years resulting in some of the new settlements not being serviced and residents turning to illegal electricity connections. The has resulted in the overloading and failure of equipment.

The Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen urged residents to assist them in reporting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.

“There is no justification for communities to take matters in their own hands and establish illegal connections in the absence of formal electrification. This is not only unsafe for the community but also vandalizes and destroys electricity equipment and is a criminal offence. We urge residents to help us bring criminals to book by reporting illegal electricity connections to the South African Police Service and the City,” Reenen said.

 

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Accused Parliament arsonist Zandile Mafe trail postponed

The court case of the alleged parliament arsonist, Zandile Mafe has been postponed to September after allegedly refusing to come out to the dock

Mafe was set to appear in his first pre-trial hearing at the Western Cape High Court on Friday, but according to news reports, he was found lying on the floor in his cell and refusing to be taken to court.

Mafe`s lawyer defence attorney, Luvuyo Godla, told the court he didn`t expect this to happen.

While The National Prosecuting Authority`s Eric Ntabazalila said that Godla went to consult with his client, before addressing the court.

“He came back and addressed the court and indicated that he has been on a hunger strike for some time and he is sick and incapacitated and had not been informed as the defence that he was on hunger strike and had been sick," Ntabazalila said.

Mafe allegedly set fire to Parliament’s National Assembly chamber in January and faces charges on housebreaking, arsonist, terrorism and theft.

He was arrested on 2 January at Parliament and will be back in court on 2 September.

 

By Lulama Klassen

 

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Learners at a Langa school allegedly reacted to a 'spiritual calling'

Three learners at Khulani Secondary School in Langa were taken to a medical facility on Thursday, after they reportedly collapsed or fell ill

The Western Cape's Education Department's spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond, said several learners at the school allegedly reacted to a “spiritual calling.

“The WCED and EMS were alerted. EMS Paramedics were dispatched and assessed several learners of which 3 have been transported to a medical facility for further assessment.”

Hammond said the school sent out a notice to parents asking them to fetch affected students.

“The parents of all learners affected have been called and notified to collect their children. As a result of the events, other parents have come to the school to collect their children. (The school didn’t close) ,” said Hammond.

“The WCED district team has arranged for counselling support to the school. The necessary support will be provided to staff and learners,” she added.


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Western Cape MEC concerned over pedestrian killings

The Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell has urged citizens to be mindful when being on the provinces roads especially as we enter the weekend.

Mitchell has raised concerns over the increase in pedestrian killings. In the first nine days of August 2022, twenty-three of the 34 people killed in crashes on Western Cape roads were pedestrians. This is five more, than the previous week.

“I urge everyone to play a role in improving road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers and drivers. Our Safely Home campaign encourages motorists to be vigilant on the road, and pedestrians to make themselves visible to motorists, especially at night and in the early morning. “

Mitchell shared tips on how to be safer on the province’s roads.

“Make sure that you never drink and walk near traffic. Find a safer way to get home. Make sure that you wear visible clothing. Motorists cannot avoid you if they cannot see you. Remove your headphones or earphones when you cross a road so that you can hear oncoming traffic. Only cross in designated places, or in places where you can safely cross.   Think carefully about the value of your own life and the lives of others.”

Officials also arrested 115 suspects in the past week, with the bulk of these (84) being for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Furthermore, the MEC also urged motorists to follow the rules of the road. Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services recorded a total of 471 speeding offences and 12 341 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness. Twenty-two vehicles were impounded and 155 were discontinued for unroadworthiness.

“Speeding is a serious concern. The faster you drive, the less time you have to respond to an emergency and the more space you need to stop to avoid a crash. Speeding is irresponsible and dangerous,” said Mitchell.

 

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

New KZN Premier Dube- Ncube revamps cabinet

The new Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube made few changes in the cabinet and announced former KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala as the new MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Thursday.

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The announcement comes after a week Zikalala resigned as the premier of the province and sees him replace Sipho Hlomuka, who will move to the Transport portfolio.

Amongst other changes included Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu being replaced by Mbali Frazer as a potential premier and Amanda Bani-Mapena will replace Hlengiwe Mavimbela as the new sports, arts and culture MEC.

While the new ANC provincial chairperson, Siboniso Duma was appointed as the economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC. Ntuthuko was announced as the human settlements and replaces Jomo Sibiya.

Peggy Nkonyeni will be the finance portfolio replacing the new KZN premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube who was previously in that role.


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Hawks employee released on bail for falsifying her qualifications

A Hawks employee in Bellville, was released on bail on Wednesday on a charge of fraud

45-year-old Phelisa Lande, was arrested on Monday by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Investigation team in Bellville for falsifying her qualifications.

Hawks provincial spokesperson, Zinzi Hani said that the suspect applied for a position for a security official in the Hawks offices in Bellville in October 2021

‘’When she applied for the said position, the accused allegedly submitted a fraudulent matric certificate, which was one of the requirements for the post. As a result, the accused was appointed as a Security official in Bellville, Western Cape office where she occupied the post on the 01 April 2022. Upon noticing the suspicious certificate, The Hawks’ vetted the qualifications with the Department of Education.

‘’It was during this process that the allegation of fraud were discovered and further investigation revealed that the accused submitted the same qualification on her previous employment where she was employed as a security officer,’’ added Hani.

Lande was released on R1 000 bail and the case was postponed to 6 September 2022 for legal representation.

 

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Teenager succumbs to injuries after being caught in crossfire in Delft

Western Cape police are probing a case of murder after a 15-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire between rival gangs in Delft. The incident happened in front of premises in Spitefire Street, The Hague on Tuesday.

The police’s FC van Wyk said the teenager was walking to the shop when she was caught in the crossfire.

“According to reports SAPS members received a complaint from radio control, and on arrival at the scene they found the victim laying on the ground on her stomach with a gunshot wound to her right shoulder. The victim was walking to the shop when she was caught in the crossfire between rival gangs. The suspect(s) fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for medical attention.’’

‘’We’ve opened an attempted murder case at the time of the incident. She later died in hospital due to injuries sustained.  The attempted murder charge was then changed to murder,’’ added Captain FC van Wyk.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is called to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111

 


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Undocumented Egyptian national fraudently labels honey as syrup

An undocumented Egyptian national was arrested on Wednesday, after Phillipi police confiscated a large quantity of syrup in containers which were labelled as honey.

Officers also confiscated various items at the suspects house in Schaapkraal.

‘’On Wednesday,10 August 2022 at 08:30 members of the Anti-Economical Crime Task Team followed up information which led them to a house in Springfield Road, Schaapkraal, Philippi where a search was conducted,’’ said Sergeant Wesley Twigg.

‘’The members also confiscated pots and labels as well as gas canisters and gas burners. The suspect is due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to the Act on Manufacturing,’’ he added.

 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Eskom warns of implementing stage 2 load shedding

Eskom have cautioned the public of implementing stage 2 load shedding at short notice on Wednesday evening, after suffering a shortage of generation capacity.

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This comes after breakdowns of a generation unit each occurred at the Majuba, Tutuka and two at Kriel power stations put a severe strain on the power generation system. Eskom has alerted the public that Stage 2 loadshedding would be implemented at short notice this evening at 16:00 – 00:00 should any further significant breakdowns happen.

‘’The delay in returning two generation units at Arnot, a unit each at Kusile and Hendrina power stations have exacerbated the electricity generation constraints,’’ said Eskom spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

Manthantsha has also urged South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly due to the low power system.


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Five suspects arrested for rape and assault in Garden Route

The George Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit nabbed five suspects believed to have committed sexual offences in Garden Route.


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This after femicide has become the main objective of this year’s Women’s Month activities as police, civil society organisations and government departments dedicate resources to combating the crisis in the country.

Police spokesperson Christopher Spies said the arrests made by the unit through efforts from specialist detectives attached to the FCS unit to ensure the perpetrators of sexual-related offences were brought justice. Spies added that in one of the arrests involved in sexual-related offences, Thembalethu police arrested a 28-year-old suspect for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

“It is alleged the girl disappeared from her residence last month and was found in a shack in the vicinity after she was allegedly sexually violated. Police later arrested the occupant of the residence on a charge of rape”, he said.

While in Kranshoek, police arrested a 52-year-old suspect who allegedly assaulted and raped a 26-year-old along the gravel road. Spies also said various police units in Mossel Bay embarked on a GBVF integrated awareness campaign this past weekend to influence communities about the GBVF.


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Elderly man caught with Telkom cable in Mfuleni

An elderly man will appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates court soon on a charge of possession of presumed stolen property.

Members of the Economic Infrastructure Task Team arrested a 65-year-old male for the possession of Telkom cable on Tuesday.

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‘’The members were busy with a compliance inspection at an identified scrap dealer in Mfuleni when they found 17 rolls of Telkom cable on the premises. Further investigation led the members to a farm in Stellenbosch where they found 500 kilogram of cable. The estimated street value of the cables is R50 000,’’ said Sergeant Wesley Twigg.

 

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Monday, August 08, 2022

City of Cape Town says water is safe to drink

 The City of Cape Town has has lifted its boil water before drinking notice and assured residents that it is safe to drink water.

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The announcement comes after The City of Cape Town warned residents in parts of the eastern, central and southern suburbs to not drink water last week due to the discoloration of the water being impacted by load shedding.

The announcement means residents in affected those areas no longer need to boil their water before drinking or cooking. On Friday, the city urged residents to boil their water before drinking it after the water appeared to be in a yellow colour at the Faure Water Treatment Plant.

A sample test was conducted by the city’s scientific services branch and environmental health service and indicated that the water is safe to drink, and that the water quality is at the national standards for drinking water. Residents in areas who were advised to implement the precautionary boil notice need no longer do so.

The City said, "The plant has been scoured and restarted – however, work is ongoing to ensure it is operating properly before being reconnected to the water distribution network."

The city also thanked residents for their patience and cooperation during this time.


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Saturday, August 06, 2022

SASSA in Khayelitsha resumes services

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Khayelitsha have resumed services after being closed for nearly a month.

There was a temporary service interruption as the agency had to seek alternate premises in the area. SASSA does not own any sites in Khayelitsha. Accommodation space is shared with the Provincial Department of Social Development.

‘’During the second phase of quarter of 2021, SASSA was informed of maintenance to the shared site, however time lines were never confirmed. SASSA then began the process of seeking alternate sites in Khayelitsha by engaging the City of Cape Town,’’ said Shivani Wahab, Senior Manager: Communications.        

Wahab said SASSA had many sites that were identified as non-compliant in respect of Occupational Health & Safety. The City of Cape Town then assisted SASSA to secure a site at the Khulani Resource Centre.

‘’During the service interruption in Khayelitsha, a contingency plan was implemented to ensure business continuity. Staff from the Khayelitsha Office were redeployed to other sites in the Metro. A priority queue specifically for all clients from Khayelitsha was also established at these sites.’’

The agency says additional service sites are on the cards to assist in dealing with a possible backlog.

‘’SASSA services at the Khulani Resource Centre are fully operational from 03 August 2022. SASSA is in the process of securing additional sites in Khayelitsha, to extend services to the community. Details for these additional sites will be made available in due course.’’

‘’SASSA apologises to clients for any inconvenience. We remain committed to fulfil our constitutional mandate , to serve the most vulnerable, in a secure environment,’’ added Wahab.

 

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No evidence found against GBV, sexual harassment during EFF's removal from Parliament

An independent investigation appointed by National Assembly speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has found that there was no sexual harassment against parliamentary protection service officers when Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were forcibly removed from chambers on successive days after they disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa's budget vote in June.

The complaint was laid by EFF chief whip, Floyd Shivambu against the Parliamentary Protection Services, who the party’s female MPs claim sexually harassed them.

Investigation led by advocate Elizabeth Baloyi-Mere found that the removal of the disruptive Members by PPS was characterised by violence on both sides.

‘’The MPs refused to comply with the instructions of the Speaker or ignored the Speaker when it was clear from the rules of the National Assembly that when Members arerequested to leave the Chamber they should do so consistent with the conduct expected of them as per their titles of ‘honourable Members’,’’ said Parliament Spokesperson, Moloto mathapo.

‘’The report also found that the Speaker endeavoured to comply with each and every rule before she could call forMembers to be removed out of the Chamber.  The investigation indicates that Members' attitude to the Rules, not the Rules, seemed to be a problem. Adv Baloyi-Mere recommended that the Speaker holds a meeting with all the Chief Whips to ensure that all public representativescomply with, and abides by the Rules of Parliament,’’ he added.

The report also recommended that during any given sitting of Parliament, there should be adequate number of female PPS personnel present, even though they might be other committees that conduct oversight work outside Parliament also requiring their services.

‘’This is based on the investigator's observation that, during the scuffle, there was no adequate capacity from the female component of thePPS members to effectively handle the removal of EFF female MPs.  The investigator observed that female PPS members were clearly overpowered by female members of the EFF,’’ said Mathapo.

‘’Furthermore, the report recommended that MPs accord respect to the PPS personnel. This is in light of the serous claims made during the investigation, which were also corroborated by the video footage, relating to abuse, threats and attacks PPS members often suffer from MPs. The independent investigator lamented the disgraceful conduct by some Members of undermining the authority of the PPS personnel and treating them with disrespect and disdain as shown in some of the video footage,’’ he added.

 

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Independent panel of experts to probe Ramaphosa's Phala Phala farm saga

A request by the African Transformation Movement’s (ATM) for Parliament to set up an inquiry into the Phala Phala saga will be referred to an independent panel.

This was confirmed by National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Friday.

The ATM submitted a proposed motion to Mapisa-Nqakula in June, requesting an enquiry into the removal of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Speaker had initially declined the Motion as it was not compliant with the applicable Rules of the National Assembly.  Following engagements with the Member, to ensure compliance of the motion with the Rules, an amended version of the motion was submitted in July 2022. 

The President is facing allegations of money laundering, among others, related to the theft of a large amount of foreign currency at his Phala Phala farm in 2020. 

The panel will now decide if Ramaphosa has a case to answer.

"The function of the independent panel is to conduct a preliminary assessment of the proposed motion, and in so doing, must in terms of Rule 129G, make a recommendation to the Speaker within 30 days, whether sufficient evidence exists to show the president committed any of the violations specified in the motion,” says Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo. 

“A panel referral therefore does not constitute a parliamentary impeachment process, but an assessment of the supplied evidence by legal and constitutional experts to determine if, in terms of the Constitution, it is adequate to warrant a further process,” he added.

Mothapo said the Speaker will request all political parties represented in the NA to nominate, on or before 16h00 on Wednesday 1 September 2022, candidates to serve on the Panel.

‘’Each nomination must be in writing and must include the full names of the nominees and a motivation focusing particularly on the requirements of the applicable Rules,’’ he added.

 

PICTURE - @PresidencyZA: President Cyril Ramaphosa

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Load shedding to continue over the weekend

Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented this weekend, but only between 4p.m and midnight

The ailing parastatal said this is due to the continued shortage of generation capacity.

Eskom spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthanthsa says the rolling power cuts will assist in recovering emergency generation reserves, which, he added, have been utilised extensively, to meet demand over the last few days.

‘’The capacity constraints have been exacerbated by the delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Koeberg, Kusile and Tutuka power stations, as well as the unplanned breakdowns of a generation unit each at Camden and Medupi, two at Hendrina and four units at Arnot power stations. Some generation units are anticipated to return to service over the next few days.’’

Meanwhile, the city of Cape Town said that its customers won’t be affected by the rolling power cuts this weekend, depending on Eskom’s updates.

 

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