Thursday, September 23, 2021

Two University of Limpopo students shot and killed and two more left injured in a robbery

 

Two University of the Free State (UFS) students were killed and two others were in a critical condition after robbers demanded money and their electronics near Phuthaditjhaba on Wednesday.

The group of students, residing at Botjhabela Village, were at their rental accommodation when three robbers wearing balaclavas attacked them at about 00:40.

According to police, they were summoned to the shooting incident in Botjhabela Village at about 01:00.

The robbers demanded money, laptops and cellphones from the students.

"The names of the deceased and injured will be released once the next of kin has been informed," Makhele added.

Police were investigating two murders, two attempted murders and house robbery.

UFS said it was saddened and shocked by the deaths of its students during two separate incidents in Phuthaditjhaba and the Bloemfontein campus.

Woman Dies of Severe Burn Allegedly attacked by Partner

 Jacqueline Mpontsana from Gugulethu Township has succumbed to her burned wounds after her boyfriend allegedly set her alight and left her with severe injuries.

Mpontsana was rushed to hospital Sunday evening where she was confirmed dead Monday afternoon.

Cousin of the deceased, Luvuyo Ndzuzo said the passing of Jacqueline has shattered the families’ hopes and dreams, as they did not expect something like this to happen to her. She rallied behind issues concerning gender based – violence to have died like this said Ndzuzo.

Police spokesperson colonel Andre Traut has said the circumstances surrounding the murder of Jacqueline are being investigated and that anyone with information regarding the case should contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

 Done by:  Lucille Dyosi

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Three dead after being shot in Joe Slovo taxi rank, in Milnerton on Wednesday morning.

 Three people have been confirmed to have been killed after being gunned down in Joe Slovo taxi rank, in Milnerton on Wednesday. One person has been reported to have been injured during the incident. Provincial Police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa confirmed that the Taxi Task team is investigating the matter.

Potelwa confirmed that police were called to the scene at around 9:AM on Wednesday morning, and on arrival, they found four men on the ground with gunshot wounds. She mentioned that the third one was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. She confirmed that the incident is linked to the current ongoing taxi conflict in the province.

“Police have opened murder and attempted murder dockets for investigation. The age of the deceased persons is estimated to be between 27 and 40.

“Their identities are yet to be determined. Preliminary findings are that the incident is linked to taxi conflict,” she said.

Police have urged anyone with information, in relation to the shooting incident, to come forward and contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

 Done By: Yandisa Qwabe 

The UN pledges R20 million towards KZN’S unrest

The UN has pledged more than R20 million in financial support to KwaZulu-Natal in efforts to rebuild and redevelop sectors of its economy and society that were affected by the civil unrest in July this year.

The UN representative said the R20million was an initial pledge to the province

The UN’s resident coordinator and head of the UN in South Africa, Nardos Bhekele-Thomas, said that the funds would be used to support programmes geared towards the development of education, social cohesion and gender-based violence shelters in KZN.

Bhekele-Thomas and the KZN provincial government, under the leadership of Premier Sihle Zikalala, signed a memorandum of understanding at the International Convention Centre in Durban 

Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi


DA says government owned land should be used to build affordable housing

The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s mayoral candidate for Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis, has demanded that government-owned land be released to build affordable housing for the people of Cape Town.

On Wednesday Lewis led a demonstration outside the Department of Public Works building.

A memorandum listing the DA’s proposal of how available land should be developed to benefit the poor was handed over.

In the memorandum addressed to Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, the DA stated that there was a worsening housing shortage in Cape Town due to national government’s refusal to sell or release available land.

The DA mayoral candidate said parliamentary villages, where MPs live, should be handed over to those who actually need homes.

The Ysterplaat Airforce Base and Wingfield Military Base was also identified as locations that should be converted into public housing.

By Danielle Mentoor 

A Heinz Park Teacher Shot Dead

Two unknown gunmen shot a 53 – year old Cape Town grade 6 teacher by the name of Thulani Manqoyi who died on the spot in his car at the parking lot of Heinz Park Primary School on Tuesday morning.

One of the witnesses said they heard gunshots fired and after saw two men leaving the school premises. The police have not yet established the motive behind the shooting but has asked anyone with information to come forward.

Meanwhile the Department of Education has stated that they will arrange counselling for both traumatized students and school teachers.

By Lucille Dyosi 


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Over 90 000 Cape residents inoculated at CTICC

Since the opening of the ’Vaccination Centre of Hope’ in July, more than 90 000 people received their Covid-19 vaccinations at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

 The CTICC is currently home to one of the Western Cape's largest vaccination centres, after previously operating as one of the province’s largest temporary Covid-19 hospitals.

The vaccination centre is a partnership with the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government, Discovery Health, and the CTICC to accelerate the vaccination programme within the province.

Between July and December this year, the mass vaccination centre is expected to administer over 750 000 vaccinations in Cape Town. Currently, close to 2 000 citizens are vaccinated each day at the centre.

Deon Cloete Chairperson of the Cape Town International Convention Centre Company (Convenco) said the only way to get ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic is to work together.


Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi

  

Western Cape government launches TB dashboard

 The Western Cape government has launched the first-of-a-kind public-facing TB dashboard, which is designed to assist in monitoring the implementation of the province’s multi-sectoral TB response plan.

Premier Alan Winde announcement the launch, where he pledged to use the lessons learnt from the province’s swift response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the fight against TB.

It also follows the premier’s promise in the State of the Province Address to treat the TB epidemic with the same seriousness as the province has in fighting against Covid-19.

“TB has long been an epidemic in the Western Cape, and the dashboard will assist us in collating real-time data to respond effectively.” Winde said.

Premier Winde said that the aim of the dashboard is to “get the TB response, back on track”.

By Danielle Mentoor

32 Deaths No Link to Covid19 Vaccine, said WCDH

The Western Cape Department has reported the 32 people who had died had not died because of vaccine complication rather death occurred to them when they had already vaccinated.

Western Cape health department chief operating officer Saadiq Kariem said that in all deaths where the investigations have been completed, the vaccine did not cause the death and the death was confirmed to be due to another cause, such as illness or injuries.  

The province has had 645 reports of adverse effects after Covid-19 immunization. However, around 80% of these were minor reactions, such as headaches, body pain and fever. More than 400 people had already recovered, said Kariem. 

More than 2.5 million vaccine doses had so far been administered in the province, and Kariem said the department had no concerns regarding the long-term side effects of Covid-19 vaccines. He also stated the serious side effects were rare, and the known and potential benefits of Covid-19 vaccination far outweighed known and potential risks.

About 12 166 043 vaccine doses had been administered in South Africa, with 86 reports of death (about 0.0007%) among vaccinated people by end of August.

Done by Lucille Dyosi 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Endangered Penguins killed by Bees in Simonstown

 A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday.

African penguins, which inhabit the coast and islands of southern Africa, are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list, meaning they face a high risk of extinction

The protected birds, found on Friday, were from a colony at Simon's Town, a small town near Cape Town.

The area is a national park and the Cape honey bees are part of the ecosystem.

The South African National Parks said the birds were taken to the foundation for post-mortems and samples sent for disease and toxicology testing.

The foundation's David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian. Has said that after tests were done they had found bee stings around the penguins' eyes.


Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi


3 dead, 2 injured in Nyanga shooting

Nyanga police have launched a manhunt after three men were shot dead, and two other seriously injured in Crossroads on Saturday afternoon.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa said that a woman in her thirties who was standing outside her home was hit by a stray bullet during the shooting.

‘’It is alleged that suspects in a minibus taxi fired several shots at four men standing on the corner of Situlo Street after 14:00. Three died on the scene while a fourth one sustained serious injury.’’

‘’The ages of the victims are estimated between 25 and 33 years of age. Their identities will be released once their next of kin have been informed,’’ Potelwa added.

The motive for the shooting is yet to be determined. Police are yet to make an arrest

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Brackenfell police seize R2million worth of abalone

Two suspects, aged 26 and 36, were arrested in Brackenfell on Sunday after they were found in possession of nearly R2million’s worth of abalone.

‘’Brackenfell police members were busy with patrols earlier today (Sunday) when they spotted a double cab Ford Ranger, loading boxes onto a truck. The members called for backup and managed to stop the truck near to the corners of Viben and Petersen Roads and inspected the cargo,’’ said Warrant Officer, Joseph Swartbooi.

PICTURE: SAPS


The men were found with a total of 12 boxes containing dried abalone.

PICTURE: SAPS


Once charged they are expected to make a court appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate court on a charge of possession of abalone.


Done By: Danielle Mentoor

Saturday, September 18, 2021

WC flying squad sends stern warning to drug dealers

The Western Cape’s Flying Squad sent out a stern warning to drug dealers, saying that they will respond to all information received and arrest perpetrators when found in possession of drugs, which contributes to the execution of more serious crimes.

This warning comes as an integrated law enforcement team received a tipoff on Friday about drugs being kept at an address in Kraaifontein. ‘’Upon arrival, they conducted a focused search as per the information at their disposal. A 9 mm pistol and a huge consignment of drugs with an estimated street value of R64 000 were confiscated. A 33-year-old man was arrested and detained,’’ said Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi.

In an unrelated matter, also on Friday, the Anti-Gang unit confiscated a cocktail of drugs in Blikiesdorp informal settlement in Delft.

‘’The members strategized and proceeded to the address. Upon arrival they searched the premises and confiscated a huge consignment of mandrax tablets and an undisclosed amount of cash. A 35-year-old man was arrested and detained,’’ added Swartbooi.

Meanwhile, Overberg police confiscated tik worth an estimated street value of R 250 000 in Napier

‘’Overberg Rural Flying Squad were busy with routine patrols near to Papiesvlei Road, Napier, when their attention was drawn to a suspicious Nissan Navara. The members stopped the vehicle and confiscated a bag with methamphetamine with an estimated street value of R 250 000-00 and an undisclosed amount of cash. Four males aged between 29 and 36 were arrested and detained,’’ said Swartbooi

 

Done By: Mitchum George

2 dead on fishing vessel in West Coast

West Coast police have opened an inquest docket after two crewmen died on the fishing vessel in Yzerfontein.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said that NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew and police were alerted following reports from a local fishing vessel that they were heading towards Yzerfontein harbour with 8 crew onboard of which 2 crewmen were suspected to be deceased, just before 10am on Friday.

“NSRI medics met the vessel on her arrival at Yzerfontein harbour and a doctor, who happened to be at the harbour at the time, assisted. Two adult male crewmen of the fishing vessel were sadly confirmed to be deceased,” said Lambinon.

“Police attended at the scene and investigations are under way. The bodies of the deceased men were taken into the care of Western Cape government health forensic pathology services. Police have opened an inquest docket."

According to the police’s Joseph Swartbooi, the circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation. Swartbooi added that no foul play has been suspected.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

IEC hopes more youth & first-timers will register for elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape has called on all eligible voters and existing voters in the province to use the registration weekend (18 September & 19 September) to register or re-register if their registration details have changed or needs updating.

The IEC in the province has recruited and trained 3 290 registration staff for this weekend.

All of the province’s 1 577 voting stations are open from 8a.m to 5p.m on Saturday & Sunday. Of these, 38 are temporary voting stations where permanent structures are not available or no suitable structure exists.  There are currently over three million voters registered in the Western Cape, and the IEC is hoping to increase voter registration among young people.

‘’The IEC is hoping to increase this figure, especially in regard to the youth and first time voters, and have therefore created an Online Registration facility as additional means of registration,’’ said the IEC’s Western Cape’s Electoral Officer, Michael Hendrickse.

Hendrickse warned that eligible voters would only be allowed to cast their ballots on 1 November if they were registered by the end of this weekend.

‘’In order to vote in the Local Government Elections to be held on 1 November 2021, voters need to be registered by 20 September 2021 which is when the national Minister of CoGTA will be proclaiming the elections. Any person registering after that date, will not be able to participate in the election on 1 November 2021, but may do so for other future elections.’’

‘’Voters are reminded that they need to be registered in the voting district in which they are ordinarily resident. You do not need to bring any proof of address, but you will be asked to provide your address or indicate the place where you reside – not having a formal address does not deprive an eligible citizen from registering and voting,’’ added Hendrikse

 

An online voter registration facility allows new voters to register and existing voters to update or amend their registration from the ease and convenience of their homes or anywhere.

When registering online:

·        Go to (www.elections.org.za) and go to registertovote

·        Enter your name and surname, contact details, and create a password

·        Capture your address details

·        Upload a photo or file of your valid SA ID – green ID book, smart ID or temporary ID

·        Insert the One Time Pin (OTP) sent to you

·        Receive a notification that you are registered to vote within 24 hours

To check if you are registered:

Ø SMS your ID number to 32810 (R1 per SMS)

Ø Go to your local IEC office from Monday to Friday during office hours

Ø Go to the IEC website: www.elections.org.za and follow the link “Am I registered to vote?’

Ø Check the Voters’ Roll at the voting station where you are registered to vote during the voter registration weekend

Ø Call Toll-free from a landline to the call centre 0800 11 8000

 



Done By: Mitchum George

More vaccination sites open in Western Cape

The Western Cape’s Deaprtment of health (WCDoH) Health Department will be opening more vaccination sites on Saturday and Sunday.

In a statement, the WCDoH said there will be 43 vaccination sites open across the province on Saturday, with 24 in the Metro and 19 in the Rural areas.

Additionally, 12 sites will be operational on Sunday– nine in the Metro and three in the Garden Route.

‘’This weekend will also see more operational sites on a single weekend than ever before, as we increase access to vaccinations on the weekend,’’ the WCDoH said in a statement

‘’Many of our vaccination sites have a quick, slick and efficient vaccination journey in place. It is also completely free. We know time matters, which is why at most of our sites, from the time you arrive, until you leave, and including the mandatory 15-minute observation period, you will be in and out, vaccinated and protected, within 30 minutes!,’’ added the provincial health department.

There has been a slight decline in the number of vaccines administered in the Western Cape, from the previous week. The WCDoH has a weekly target of 200 000, but only 194 695 got the jab this past week. The Western Cape have administered 2,475,569 vaccines, either through being partially or fully vaccinated, which translates to 37,12% of the total adult population in the province already being protected,

‘’These are good signs, but we cannot let up now and we need to push ahead! We have the supplies and the infrastructure in place, and it has never been easier to get vaccinated so please take up the opportunity as soon as possible. We need a collective response if we are going to beat COVID – get vaccinated, continue practicing safe behaviour and let’s support each other on this journey!’’

 


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Done By: Mitchum George

Friday, September 17, 2021

Over 1500 known drug houses in the Western Cape

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that about 1 577 known drug houses have been identified in the Western Cape

In a recent reply in parliament, it was revealed that by mid-2021 there are 741 known drug houses in the rural areas

‘’This is a stark contrast to the 53% of such premises identified in the Metro which is understood to be a lucrative environment for drug-related crimes due to population density,’’ said DA’s Community Safety spokesperson, Reagan Allen.

A Known Drug House refers to a premises that is allegedly used to distribute drugs and is known in a community at large and to the local SAPS.

According to Allen, the latest crime statics showed that an increase in efforts led to a 137% rise in crime detected as a result of police action.

”This is especially notable when it comes to the confiscation of illegal firearms or the detection of drug-related crimes. However, clamping down on these illegalities is highly dependent on ongoing intelligence-driven operations from the police service, as even just one drug house is one too many.’’

Allen said that he will write to the Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile, to enquire about what measures the SAPS is undertaking to prevent and clamp down on the sprawling of known drug houses to rural areas in particular.

The Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, submitted the Western Cape’s Policing Needs and Priorities Report for 2020/21 to Police Minister, Bheki Cele, last week.

‘’This accurately identifies that drug trade, abuse and related crimes have been consistent since 2013/4 here in the province,’’ said Allen.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC urged citizens to be mindful of alcohol-related harms and to act responsibly this weekend

The Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, has urged citizens to be mindful of alcohol-related harms and to act responsibly as we enter the weekend.

The call comes as under alert 2 of the nationwide lockdown, alcohol sales are now permitted from Monday to Friday.

Fritz appealed to citizens to not engage in any illegal activities.

“I want to appeal to citizens to remain within the confines of the law this weekend. Please do not engage in any illegal activities. Please trade in and enjoy your liquor responsibly. Our law enforcement agencies, including SAPS, Metro Police, LEAP and the Western Cape Liquor Authority inspectors will all be conducting operations. They will also be ready to respond to complaints from citizens.”

Fritz adds that over the past week, LEAP Officers conducted 252 inspections at on-site consumption liquor outlets, where eight people were arrested for dealing in liquor.

“The Western Cape Liquor Authority conducted 209 inspections, of which 63 was focused on underage drinking. 18 non-compliance cases have been submitted for prosecution. 6 license holders were fined, while 1 license was revoked,” Fritz said.

A total of nine integrated operations between the WCLA and LEAP Officers and/or SAPS were conducted, in which 70 premises were also inspected in areas such as Paarl, Franschhoek, Bellville, Cape Town, Hout Bay, Kraaifontein, Observatory, Constantia, Claremont, Mfuleni and Mowbray.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Three arrested during police's stop and search operations

On Thursday the Western Cape Provincial Integrated Task Team performed stop and search operations near to Ntlazane road in Harare where they were able to arrested a 34-year-old man found in possession of a 9mm pistol with ammunition. 

Meanwhile Caledon police members stopped a vehicle on the N2 Highway. The passengers fled the scene on foot when instructed to leave the vehicle, whilst the driver was arrested. When the members searched the vehicle they confiscated a pistol and weapon with ammunition and made their arrest.  

In an unrelated matter Steenberg police were busy with routine patrols when they searched an unknown man near to Grindal Avenue in Lavenhill and found a .38 special revolver tucked to his waist and arrested the 19-year-old man.

Once charged the suspects are expected to make a court appearance in the Khayelitsha, Caledon and Wynberg Magistrate courts respectively on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

 


by Everngelista Muza

 

 

 

 

 


Men pretending to be police officers rob a family

KwaZulu-Natal police are investigating a robbery and police impersonation after a Tongaat family were robbed by men allegedly dressed in police uniform.

Spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the complainant alleged that after 5pm on Thurday just as he he arrived at his home, he noticed a vehicle that had pulled up behind him. He said two unknown males, dressed in police uniform walked up to him, requesting to search his premises for drugs and money laundering.

When the man took out his cellphone to call the SAPS to confirm, one of the men grabbed his cellphone and pointed a firearm at him. Mbele said the perpetrators then forced their way into their home along with other two other suspects in civilian clothing.

The complainants allege that he and his family were held up and the suspects, ransacked the house, took an un-disclosed amount of money from the safe, along with other items, and drove off in their getaway vehicle.

Prem Balram, from Reaction Unit SA, said the suspects are still at large.


by Everngelista Muza

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Matric exams moved to accomodate LGE

The 2021 national Senior Certificate (NSC) exams will start earlier than scheduled, because of the local government elections.

The Department of Basic Education has confirmed the final matric exam timetable  will now start on 27 October and not 1 November as initially scheduled.

Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the decision was taken by the Council of Education Ministers on Wednesday morning.

“The CEM meeting took place following the series of consultations with the key stakeholders in the Basic Education sector. The changes were necessitated by the local government elections which will take place on 1 November 2021. Learners eligible to vote would now be able to cast their ballots.”

Mhlanga says the papers which were scheduled for November 1 and 2 will now be written on 27 and 28 October respectively.

“The best interest of the learner was a key consideration in addition to ensuring that a minimum change to the current timetable was made to avoid confusion.’’

“The Department of Basic Education urges candidates preparing for the examination to keep working hard,” added Mhlanga.

Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schafer shared the same sentiments.

‘’This was the option that was least disruptive, and the decision was made in the best interest of our learners. I wish our learners well as they make their final preparations for the exams, and I appeal to the residents of the Western Cape to support our matrics, so they can do their very best in the exams despite another tough year.’’

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Two suspects sought for murder and attempted murder in Hillview, Muizenberg

The Anti-Gang unit are seeking the assistance of the public to trace two suspects responsible for a murder and attempted murder on the corners of St Charles and Dahlia Streets in Hillview, Muizenberg.

According to reports, two unknown armed suspects approached three victims on 24 May 2021.

‘’One of the suspects took out a firearm and fired several shots at the victims, instantly killing a 22-year-old male, whilst a 25-year-old man sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. A man, aged thirty, escaped unharmed,’’ said Warrant Officer, Joseph Swartbooi

‘’The two suspects, one dressed in a black hoody top and his accomplice dressed in a blue top, fled the scene on foot in an undisclosed direction and is yet to be arrested,’’ added Swartbooi.

Anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects are requested to contact the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Elton Logenstein on 071 298 2349 or alternatively call Crime Stop on 08600 10111

 


COURTESY: SAPS

Done By: Mitchum George

Convicted Cape murderer, Phelo Mtala, sentenced to 2 life terms

A notorious criminal was sentenced to 2 life terms behind bars at the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

According to reports, 36-year-old Phelo Mtala, has killed innocent people since 2014, but was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Mtala was convicted for the murders of Anga Dekeni, Solethu Nongenzi and Mzimasi Majelimane and of the possession of an illegal firearm in 2016.

The police’s Joseph Swartbooi said that the suspect continued shooting several victims, threatening families of the victims until he was arrested in 2019 for the possession of drugs.

Whilst in custody he managed to escape but was soon apprehended and returned to prison.

Mtala, had been due to return to Pollsmoor prison in 2019, after his court appearance but managed to escape by allegedly putting his fingerprints on somebody else's release form, who had been in court with him on the day, and who was then taken back to Pollsmoor instead.

‘’After an intense investigation by a committed team of seasoned detectives, the suspect learned his fate in court when he was sentenced to two life terms behind bars,’’ said Warrant Officer, Joseph Swartbooi

The Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt. General Thembisile Patekile lauded the team of committed detectives for their dedication and commitment in ensuring that justice is served. 

 

PICTURE SUPPLIED

Done By: Mitchum George

Three bodies discovered with gunshot wounds in Kuilsriver

Kuilsriver police have activated the 72-hour activation plan to track down suspect(s) after three bodies were discovered in a canal in Sarepta on Thursday morning.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa said that several spent cartridges were discovered in the vicinity.

‘’Reports from the scene indicate that police were called out at around 06:00, after passers-by spotted the bodies of two women and a man with gunshot wounds in the water. Several spent cartridges were discovered in vicinity. Police divers responded and retrieved the bodies from the water,’’ said Potelwa.

‘’Police have instituted the 72 hour Activation Plan for the mobilisation of resources in search of the suspect/s and determining the motive for the murders. At this point of the investigation, the identities of the deceased persons remain unknown,’’ added Potelwa.

Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or convey information via My SAPS App. Information received will be handled in strict confidence.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Ex-police officer and alleged mastermind of six murders breaks down in court

Nomia Ndlovu is former police officer who allegedly killed six of her family members including boyfriend and plotting to kill seven more with the hopes of claiming insurance money.

She is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

These allegation came to light when a hit man reported her and worked with the police to get her indicted. The case made news headlines this week when a video emerged on social media showing her planning her sister’s murder.

She has denied all accusation against her, and had an explanation for each incident her family faced. During trial she showed multiple strange behavior posing for the camera. The former police office broke down when she was asked about her boyfriend who was found stabbed multiple times in an open field in 2015.

She said the last time she saw him was a while before that.

However, the State has already presented compelling evidence that disputes Ndlovu’s version of events.


by E. Muza

24 year old woman found beaten to death in a refuse bag

A Hermanus family is struggling to come to terms with the murder of  A 24-year-old woman found in a refuse bag , allegedly at the door of her boyfriend's shack in Marikana informal settlement, Zwelihle, early on Saturday morning. Sinathi Mag-qazana, is believed to have been beaten to death with a hammer by boyfriend. According to the police the perpetrator handed himself to the police

Community members demolished the boyfriends shack on Monday, the police are currently investigating the man after he allegedly handed himself to the police.

Sinathi Mag-qazana, who is believed to have been beated to death with a hammer.

The incident comes a week after the dismembered and charred remains of 27-year-old Siphokazi Booi from Mbekweni in Paarl were found dumped near a train station. Her boyfriend Sithobele Qebe is on trial for her murder.

 by Everngelista Muza

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gangsters Lure Women and Young Girls to Join Gangs

A research conducted by Mullar has found that gangsters in the Cape Flats are alluring girls as of age 12 years old to join Gangsterism. Registered counsellor and psychology master’s degree holder, Imanuella Muller says gangs often use fear and intimidation to lure young girls and women to be part of their gang also in the research shows gangsters are aware of the vulnerability of women and young girls which they uphold and tend to use to their advantage.

“Women play various roles in gangs. These include being information carriers, hiding and handling contraband, ‘trapping’ rival male gang members, selling drugs and taking part in robberies. ’This clearly shows that women are in fact part of core gang activities, and do not just exist on the sideline of gangs,” says Muller.

According to Muller, existing pre- and post-intervention initiatives may not offer sustainable change for some young girls and women due to a lack of funding. She adds that some programmes may not be holistic enough in addressing the diverse needs of this group of women.

Done by Lucille Dyosi


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Eskom employees who were taken hostage in Mabopane have now been released

Eskom employees who were taken hostage in Mabopane have now been released. Eskom said in a statement on Monday night its workers had been held against their will by Morula View residents, who were demanding a mini substation be replaced in their community. The power utility admitted it was facing a shortage of mini substations.

Eskom said they have experienced high incidents of equipment failure due to illegal connections, unauthorised operations on the network, meter bypasses and tampering and infrastructure vandalism. Its workers were safely evacuated by law enforcement agencies overnight.


by Everngelista Muza

250 additional LEAP Officers training to be deployed in Cape crime hotspots

The Western Cape‘s crime-fighting efforts received a boost when 250 law-enforcement officers were recruited for the province’s most dangerous neighbourhoods.

On Monday, community safety MEC Albert Fritz said the new Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers would be ready for deployment in some of the crime hotspots in the Cape Flats by mid-December, in time for the festive season.

In the next few weeks, LEAP officers will receive training in how to use a handgun, a tonfa (baton) and pepper spray, how to stop and approach people, as well as radio procedures.

The new intake brings the number of Leap officers in the Western Cape to 1,081. The unit has 110 Leap commanders, who have already been deployed.

Fritz said the new officers would increase visible policing in the identified crime hotspots in Cape Town. The officers are being deployed as part of the Western Cape safety plan which was launched late in 2019, when the province and Cape Town were dealing with a murder epidemic.

News of the training for new LEAP officers comes on the back of calls from MEC Fritz for greater policing responsibility to be devolved to provinces. At present, policing policy is centralized in the National Minister of Police, with provinces limited to playing oversight.

“The Western Cape Government wants more policing responsibility, so that we can make policy that speaks to the needs of our province, and support the Western Cape SAPS to a far greater extent than we are currently doing. The Constitution makes provision for greater involvement by the provinces, beyond just an oversight role. We can’t afford to be mere spectators ticking boxes. Our citizens need us to be more involved!”

“the current centralized approach to policing is not working, as evidenced by the SAPS’s owns statistics; and as the Provincial Government, we want to get more involved. We received no resource allocation for LEAP, but we’ve nevertheless managed to train and deploy more than 1000 officers. We have laid the foundation with our Provincial Safety Plan, and we are ready to take it to the next level now. Why stop us? Our citizens need us to realise that the fight against crime is one fight that cannot be superseded by a ANC versus DA contestation. Our citizens need us to work together on this,” Fritz added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

Cape Town’s law enforcement agencies made nearly double the arrests from the previous week.

 The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies have showed significant success during enforcement operations after making nearly double the arrests from the previous week.

231 have suspects have been arrested and 83 252 fines issued, during operations throughout the metropole.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said Metro Police officers arrested 26 suspects for the illegal possession and dealing in drugs. He also said illegal street racing remains a big challenge within the city. This past week, officers arrested 13 motorists for reckless and negligent driving, seven for driving while under the influence of alcohol, and issued 554 fines during drag racing operations.

by  Everngelista  Muza

Children 12 years and Older Will Soon be Eligible to be Vaccinated

 South African Health Products Regulator has approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use by children aged 12 years and older. The decision comes after a review of safety and effectiveness information for teenagers, which was submitted in March this year.

Vaccination campaigns have risen in recent months with a solid supply of shots secured just over 12% of its more than 60 million people vaccinated but health insurers argue vaccine hesitancy is now the main issue influencing the pace of the campaign. 

Pfizer which has already being administered to teens is planning tests on even younger children. Countries around the world are now considering or administering vaccines to children, while other vaccine developers including Moderna are seeking the green light for the use of their shots on teens. Government will continue launching efforts to persuade people to be vaccinated. South Africa has a large youth population nearly 28% under the age of 15 years old. 

Done By Lucille Dyosi


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