Daily Archives: October 2, 2017

The police are successfully cracking the whip on trio crime syndicates

In a concerted effort to fight incidents of Trio Crimes head-on in this Province, our operatives in the Burgersfort Policing area have intercepted a business robbery in progress at the local patrol station last night on 1 October 2017 at about 22:30.

It is alleged that three unknown suspect's wearing balaclavas and armed with firearms, attacked workers including the security guards, ordered them to lie down on the floor and they started ransacking this garage.

During that process, the Police Officers who were doing their routine patrols, became suspicious on the movement of people in and around this garage and reacted swiftly.

The Police Officers observed these suspects and ordered them to surrender but they did not cooperate and ultimately started shooting at the Police who retaliated and subsequently one suspect was fatally shot. Another suspect was shot and injured and he is still recuperating in hospital under Police guard and the third suspect has escaped but, he has been identified and the manhunt is still underway.

During this incident, the following items were recovered from these suspects:

Two (02) firearms

Cigarettes

Cash

The arrested injured suspect will appear before the Burgersfort Magistrate Court as soon as he recover from his injuries in hospital on charges of business robbery ,possession of firearms without license and attempted murder.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

South Africa hosts 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of ...

South Africa will assume the role of Chair for Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in October 2017 taking over from Indonesia. In this regard the Country will host the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers' Meetings from 14 - 18 October 2017 in Durban under the theme: IORA � uniting the peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East through enhanced co-operation for peace, stability and sustainable development.

The aim of the Association is to promote trade liberalisation and trade cooperation between the member states with activities focusing on trade facilitation, investment promotion and economic cooperation.

The IORA Council of Ministers meeting will take place on the 18th of October and will be preceded by the following activities:

14 October - IORA Academic Groups

15 October � IORA Working Groups on Trade and Investment

16 October � IORA Senior officials meeting

17 October � IORA Interactive Dialogue Partners

Source: Government of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma launches Groot Marico Heritage Site, 4 Oct

President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday, 4 October 2017, officially open the Groot Marico Heritage Site and the Liberation Heritage Route of Bokone Bophirima, where activists crossed as they went into exile to continue the struggle against apartheid and colonialism.

In pictures and inscriptions, the Heritage Site tells the story of President Zuma and forty five (45) other activists who were intercepted by security police at Groot Marico in June 1963 leading to them serving prison terms on Robben Island.

The Groot Marico Heritage Site, featuring prominently the Arrest Site of President Zuma, is being developed as part of the liberation heritage programme of government, aimed at recording, preserving, restoring and promoting all heritage sites which form part of the rich liberation heritage and history of the country.

The site is envisaged as a tourist attraction with various features which have been designed in two phases. The first phase is comprised of a fireball surrounded by eight (8) walls, with each wall inscribed with various stories on the President's life. There will also be a museum furnished with art effects depicting the area of Groot Marico, North West and the liberation heritage stories as well as an old police van symbolising apartheid police and the Batswana cultural village which President Zuma will unveil.

The second phase of the Heritage Site is a house which is designed for use as a venue for small groups of people for meetings and events and would also have a craft centre.

The building and maintenance of the Heritage Site has a greater potential to stimulate economic activity and create much needed jobs in the communities of Groot Marico, Bahurutshe villages, Zeerust and surrounding areas in the North West province as well as contribute towards cultural tourism both domestically and internationally.

After receiving a train ticket from the ANC, President Zuma left Durban for Johannesburg on the 8th June 1963. On the 9th June, together with other young men, they left Johannesburg for Zeerust/Lobatse border with the intent of crossing the border into exile in Botswana.

Aged 21 then, President Zuma and the other MK recruits were travelling in four different minibuses which were intercepted by police, leading to their arrest and detention in Zeerust and Groot Marico police stations.

After being sentenced to ten years in prison on 12 August 1963, all recruits were sent to Robben Island via Leeuwkop and Colesberg prisons. Handcuffed and placed on leg irons, they were subjected to harsh and inhumane treatment.

Upon his release from Robben Island in 1973 after 10 years in prison, President Zuma became instrumental in the underground MK and ANC structures in KwaZulu-Natal. He went into exile and underwent military training in the then Soviet Union, ending up heading the ANC's Intelligence Department in the 80's.

President Zuma became a trusted and key negotiator during the various talks between ANC and the apartheid regime. Upon his return from exile he led peace talks that ended the political violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

President Jacob Zuma was elected ANC President in 2007 and the fourth democratic President of the Republic in 2009 and was re-elected for a second term in 2014.

The Groot Marico Heritage and Arrest Site is dedicated to the liberation heritage struggle and to the contribution to the freedom of the oppressed in South Africa by the countless activists who crossed through the Zeerust/Lobatse border into exile.

Source: Government of South Africa

South Africa: Govt Condemns Mass Shootings in Cape Town

Government is shocked and condemns the mass shootings which took place this week in the Marikana informal settlement, Phillipi East, Cape Town. The incidents of 25th and 29th September 2017 resulted in a total of 18 people confirmed dead while several others sustained injuries.

The Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo stated: "I am shocked and saddened by the senseless killing of innocent people in Phillipi East. Government extends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims who passed away, and wish the injured a speedy recovery. "

Government calls for calm to prevail in the community and assures the public that our law enforcement agencies will not rest until all the perpetrators are brought to book. The South African Police Services will continue to enforce the law and maintain a high presence in the area.

"I am deeply concerned about the high number of firearms that are accessible in our communities. Government will work with communities to ensure the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book "said Minister Dlodlo.

"Fighting crime is one of Government's top priorities but it requires strong cooperation between the law enforcement agencies, civic organizations and the broader public. We need to start making our surrounding environment safe so that members of the public especially children can freely thrive in their respective surroundings. Change starts with an active commitment by communities working hand in glove with government. The

I urge members of the public who are aware of any information that can assist the investigations to contact any police station or crime stop 08600 10111 as soon as possible. Let's work together to build a safer communities" said Minister Dlodlo.

Source: Government Communications

Family of Rwandan Activist Says Her Arrest Is Warning to Critics

WASHINGTON � The family of a former Rwandan presidential candidate is demanding answers a week after she was taken into police custody.

Officially, Diane Rwigara has been charged with offenses against state security and forgery following her arrest on Sept. 23. Her family believes the only crime she committed was challenging the authority of President Paul Kagame by running for president.

These charges are false; they are totally false, and nobody in Rwanda believes the validity of these charges. Everybody knows it's all made up, said Rwigara's brother Aristide Rwigara, who lives in the United States and spoke to VOA.

It's punishment to my sister because she was running for president. You don't do that in Rwanda. You don't exercise your constitutional rights.

Moved to jail cell

Aristide Rwigara said his sisters Diane and Anne, and his mother Adeline, were initially under house arrest and regularly brought into a police station for questioning during early morning hours. In recent days, they've been held in a jail cell, he said.

Human rights groups have accused President Kagame's party of harassing opponents and using intimidation to stifle any dissent to his rule. Kagame has led Rwanda since 2000 and was re-elected to a third term in August. The official results showed him winning nearly 99 percent of the vote.

Silencing critics?

Diane Rwigara is a women's rights activist and vocal critic of Kagame. After she announced her candidacy in May, nude photos of her, which she dismissed as fake, circulated online. Later, she was disqualified from appearing on the ballot due to an alleged lack of signatures and has been arrested twice.

This is not her family's first run-in with the Rwandan Patriotic Front, Rwanda's ruling party. In 2015, her father, Assinapol, died in a car accident. The family believes he was assassinated, possibly by business rivals. His family unsuccessfully petitioned Kagame to investigate the case, citing his large donations to the ruling party.

Aristide Rwigara says his sister's arrest sends a message to all people in Rwanda who might want to criticize the government.

It's an act of silencing critics. It's a way of making sure that the truth doesn't get out, he said. My sister (is) very outspoken telling the truth about what's actually going on in Rwanda and tearing apart this false image of this prosperous � this utopian image of Rwanda they are selling, (which) is absolutely false.

'Serve my people the best way they can be served'

When confronted with criticism of his human rights record during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York last month, Kagame denied any wrongdoing.

It's cynical and absurd that anyone would just be there talking about violations, he said. You know, me as the leader of my own people, to be accused of violating their rights is just an absurd insult. But my answer is simple � is to do my best to serve my people the best way they can be served.

Anjan Sundaram, a journalist who has spent years covering Africa's Great Lakes region and has written a book titled Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, about reporters in Rwanda, said that human rights and civil liberties have been steadily eroding under Kagame's rule.

His hold on power has tightened over the last 25 years, Sundaram told VOA. We've seen decreasing political space, decreasing space for a free press and the increasing concentration of power in the presidential office headed by Kagame.

Signs of trouble ahead

Although Kagame won international acclaim for his efforts to promote reconciliation and heal the wounds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide, his authoritarian actions in recent years have left him increasingly isolated.

Initially, when Kagame took power in 1994, just after Rwanda's genocide, a lot of observers were willing to make allowances for Kagame's authoritarian style of leadership believing that it was justified in the aftermath of a genocide. And there may have been truth to that, Sundaram said.

Twenty-four years since the genocide, now observers are seeing fewer and fewer justifications for such authoritarian leadership and worrying signs that any transition of power from Kagame in Rwanda will be accompanied by violence.

Under recent constitutional reforms, Kagame is eligible to run for two additional five-year terms as president after his current seven-year term ends. That means the Rwandan leader, who turns 60 this month, could stay in office until 2034.

Source: Voice of America

Petrol price to rise in October

The petrol price will rise by between 25 and 29 cents this week, the Energy Department announced on Monday.

A litre of 93 (ULP and LRP) will rise by 25 cents, while a litre of 95 (ULP and LRP) will rise by 29 cents.

This means that consumers, who in September paid R13.72 for a litre of 95 (ULP and LRP) in Gauteng will now pay R14.01. Consumers in the coast will now pay R13.52 a litre.

Both grades of diesel (0.05% sulphur) and 0.005% sulphur will increase by 42 cents a litre, while the price of illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will go up by 39 cents a litre.

The prices will be effective on Wednesday.

The cost of illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will increase by 52 cents, while the maximum retail price of LPGas will go up by 39 cents.

The department said the average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin increased during the period under review.

In September, the price of petrol rose by 67 cents.

Source: South African Government News Agency