Monthly Archives: February 2017

SCOPA TO CALL MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TO ACCOUNT ON CASH PAYMASTER SERVICES (CPS) CONTRACT

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) wants the Minister of Social Department, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, to appear before the Committee as soon as possible to give clarity on issues related to the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) contract. It is imperative that the Minister appears before the Committee to respond particularly to issues related to this matter as it is of grave concern to the national situation of our people.

The Committee is unhappy with the manner in which the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has handled this matter that affects millions of South Africans. This matter has been handled in a manner that is unfair to South Africans and the lack of accountability to Scopa today is unfair to Parliament and to the public.

What is also of concern to Scopa is the matter of the unavailability of the Chief Executive Officer of Sassa to this meeting at a time like this. The Committee is also not impressed with how the Department has sent an Acting CEO that was only appointed this morning who was unable to respond to any of the questions members of the Committee asked. The Committee is of the view that Sassa has created a situation of panic in society through the mishandling of the social security grants system. Scopa believes that this CPS situation is a ruse that is punted to South Africans to make the country believe that it is in an emergency situation, whereas Sassa had more than enough time to plan sufficiently.

Scopa will look at its programme and find a suitable time to request Minister Bathabile Dlamini to appear before the Committee.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

23 suspects arrested during weekend operation

Umgungundlovu North Cluster Crime Intelligence members conducted various operations in their policing area from 22 February 2017 until 26 February 2017. A total 23 of suspects were arrested for various crimes including possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of drugs, rape, house breaking, assault grievous bodily harm, theft, drunken driving, robbery and liquor related offences. The cases was opened at various police stations within Umgungundlovu Cluster for further investigation and the arrested suspects appeared at the different magistrates courts.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for their efforts made in the united fight against crime. “All stations within the cluster will also engage in daily and special weekend crime prevention operations in order to eradicate and minimize crime in our communities,” he said.

Source: South African Police Service

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE DELIBERATE ON BILL

The Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology will tomorrow receive briefings from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission on the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act and possible areas of overlap with the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Duo in court for drug trafficking

Free State: Xandre Michaels (26) and Deon Cape (34) have appeared before Bloemfontein Magistrates’ court on charges of dealing in drugs on Monday, 27 February 2017.

The Hawks along with Crime Intelligence and K-9 Unit swiftly responded to a tipoff about a vehicle transporting an assortment of drugs on Friday last week. A vehicle matching the description was stopped and searched near Verkeerdevlei plaza traveling to Heidedal, Bloemfontein from Klerksdorp.

The two suspects were arrested after police found 2363 units of drugs concealed in secret compartments within their vehicle. These drugs include 1915 Mandrax tables while 448 are said to be new and unknown drugs.

The drugs worth an estimated street value of over R200 000 including the vehicle within which they are carried, were seized.

The case against the duo was postponed to Wednesday, 1 March 2017 for bail application.

Source: South African Police Service