Daily Archives: August 2, 2017

Western Cape Social Development condemns alleged rape of 6 year-old ...

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has sent social workers to the family of a 6 year-old Bonteheuwel girl, who was allegedly raped by a 53 year-old man.

Social workers will provide counselling to the victim, and ongoing psycho-social support to the family.

The suspected rapist appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court on Monday, and is set to appear in court again tomorrow (Thursday). He was arrested by the South African Police Services (SAPS) last week Friday.

The alleged rape occurred in the man's house, where the child and her mother live in a back-yard dwelling.

The mother reported the matter to the police, after she found the child and suspect in the bathroom within the main dwelling. The mother must be commended for having seemingly immediately launched an aggressive search for her child when she noticed the child was taking too long to return from an errand.

Her swift actions may have averted the child having been harmed any further.

Allegations that the suspect tried to bribe the child with R5, to either be sexually assaulted or not disclose the incident, are particularly outrageous. We once again appeal to our child protection partners at the SAPS to conduct a thorough investigation, and put forward a strong case for prosecution.

We must send a strong message to society that there is a zero tolerance to the neglect, abuse and murder of children in the Western Cape. Enough is enough.

It would seem once again that this incident reveals how the suspects in either incidents of child murder or in this case alleged sexual abuse are persons known and perhaps even trusted by the victim.

I continue to call on parents and communities to be extra vigilant of their children. No government can replace the role of a vigilant, responsible and engaged parent in the household. Parents are the first and most important line of defence against child abuse and murders.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Ayanda Dlodlo briefs media on outcomes of Cabinet meeting, 3 ...

Minister of Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo will tomorrow (Thursday) address media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting that took place on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Cabinet held its ordinary meeting yesterday at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria ahead of the Lekgotla.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Date: Thursday, 03 August 2017

Time: 11:00

Venue: Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre, GCIS Head Office

Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard

Hatfield, Pretoria

Source: Government of South Africa

North West to fast track service delivery

North West MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, has lobbied MMCs across the province, particularly those responsible for community safety and infrastructure, to fast track service delivery.

MEC Gaolaolwe recently held one-day sessions with Members of Mayoral Committees (MMCs) to discuss progress made thus far in resolving the recent infrastructure, water and sanitation challenges, and also to chart a way forward in dealing with shoddy work by some housing contractors.

She reminded the MMCs that it cannot be left to government alone to improve the peoples' lives, as this is a shared responsibility, which requires the assistance of the formation of effective ward committees that will serve as a mouth piece between government and communities.

It is therefore your responsibility to take informed decisions during council meetings that will benefit the community that you live in, said MEC Gaolaolwe.

She also called on councillors to continuously monitor the mushrooming of informal settlements, as it hinders the department's plan to provide basic services.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Parliament Statement on the Tragic Accident This Morning

The Presiding Officers of Parliament, on behalf of Parliament, have conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr Timothy Khoza, an African National Congress Member of Parliament, who tragically lost his life as a result of a devastating car accident this morning.

Mr Khoza, who joined Parliament in 2014 as a Member of the National Assembly, served in the Portfolio Committees on Basic Education and Small Business Development.

Mr Khoza was one of the four MPs involved in a road accident this morning while on the way to visit various schools in Paarl, Western Cape, as part of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education's oversight programme. The other MPs, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education Ms Nomalungelo Gina, Mr Ian Ollis and Ms Cynthia Majeke, were receiving the necessary medical attention at a hospital in Paarl.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mr Lechesa Tsenoli visited the injured MPs at the hospital earlier today. He said: We convey our deepest condolences to the family of comrade Khoza, the African National Congress as well as his fellow members and staff who worked with him. I have seen the three members and feel confident they will recover from their shocking accident. They have already received examinations by doctors and, while still shocked, they are glad they are alive - their ordeal is unbelievable.

We are grateful to the staff, including Protection Services, who played a critical supportive role during this unfortunate development. We must thank, too, Members of Parliament, Chief Whips and a Deputy Chief Whip of political parties who came over to support their members, the MEC of Health of the (Western Cape) Province and the leadership of the hospital who understood our need to see our members, even as they protected them so doctors could first do their work. Parliament will discuss the Committee's work and what will happen to it.

The Presiding Officers have expressed shock and devastation at this tragedy, and have extended their heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of Mr Khoza. Mr Khoza was known amongst his colleagues in Parliament as a devoted public representative with untiring commitment and dedication to the service of the people.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with the three injured MPs and the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash for their speedy recovery.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: ATTACKS ON POLICE OFFICERS CONDEMNED

PRETORIA-- The South African Police Service management has urged communities to help in efforts to stem attacks on police officers.

On Monday, one police officer was killed and four others wounded in two separate incidents in Gauteng and Western Cape respectively.

In Gauteng, two police constables from Dobsonville were conducting patrols in Braamfischerville when they were shot at and wounded by suspects using pistols and rifles.

The police officers managed to summon backup and a K9 unit responded. The members from the K9 Unit also came under fire from the gunmen, which resulted in a shootout.

The suspects tried to escape in two vehicles and one of the cars crashed into a house. The suspects jumped out of the cars and fled on foot. One suspect was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire but the others escaped and are being sought by police, police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

Both wounded police officers were taken to hospital but one officer later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

It was later discovered that the suspects had bombed an automated teller machine (ATM) at a service station within the Braamfischerville area.

In the Western Cape, three constables from Nyanga police station aged 26, 32 and 44 years, as well as a security guard, were shot and wounded during a robbery at a tavern in Browns Farm.

Our members were responding to the robbery when they came under fire. Members of the Special Task Force were summoned to the scene to extract the armed suspects, who were hiding in the tavern. During this intervention, the four suspects, aged between 33 and 35 years, were arrested and one firearm was confiscated, said Naidoo.

The wounded police officers and the security guard are in a stable condition in hospital.

Naidoo said these attacks on police officers as they serve and protect communities must be strongly condemned by all sectors of society.

An attack on one officer is an attack on the nation. We cannot remain silent when those who are out there, risking their lives to protect us, are killed. Let us speak out, let us talk about these heinous crimes, and let us do so in memory of those who have already died fighting for our safety and security, said Naidoo.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Thousands Protest Against Guinea’s Conde Over Election Delays, ...

CONAKRY � Several thousand opponents of Guinea's President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry on Wednesday against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate.

Conde's election win in 2010 ended two years of violent military rule but his opponents say he has cracked down on dissent - some protests have been banned - and fear he might try to change the constitution to seek a third term in 2020.

Conde has declined to comment on whether he wants to do so.

"We demand respect for the law and more security and justice for our fellow citizens," Conde's main political rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, told reporters as he rallied demonstrators in Conakry's Cosa neighborhood, an opposition stronghold.

Conde and Diallo signed an agreement last October to organize mayoral elections by February but they have yet to be held. In a statement on Tuesday, Conde urged Guinea's political class to work together to implement the stalled accord.

Many Guineans are also angry that they have not benefited from the country's mineral wealth, with constant power cuts, few jobs and low public sector salaries being top complaints.

An Ebola epidemic from 2014 saw economic growth grind to a halt, but a rebound since it ended two years later has heaped pressure on the government to deliver tangible benefits.

Guinea has about a third of the world's reserves of the aluminum ore bauxite but ranks 183 out of 188 countries on the U.N. Human Development Index.

In April, several days of rioting in the main bauxite mining hub over pollution and power cuts killed one person and injured several others. Two months earlier, five people were killed in protests sparked by a teacher's strike.

"Guinean teachers are the worst paid in the region," said Elie Kamano, a reggae artist at the demonstration, lamenting Guinea's various economic woes. "There are fathers whose salaries aren't enough to cover the needs of their household."

Source: Voice of America

Mankweng SAPS continues with safer school campaign

Mankweng SAPS have conducted Safer School Project campaign in order to combat criminal activities at the schools. The campaign was led by Social Crime Prevention, Communication and Sector Commander at Mphetsebe Secondary School.

The school was identified as one of the problematic which was previously visited by the Provincial Office.

The following fundamental pressing issues were highlighted to 1288 learners as follows:

* Drug related matters

* Bullying

* Sexual Offence

In addition the learners and educators were given safety tips as follows:

* Avoid going to the liquor outlets after hours

* Refrain involving themselves into criminal activities

* Report any form of criminal activities to the police and teachers

* Focus on their studies

* Being able to identify and choose good motivated friends

A consensus was reached to partner with police in crime combating at the school.

Source: South African Police Service