Daily Archives: May 13, 2018

Police uncover explosive devices intended for possible ATM bombing

Pretoria: The South African Police Service has in separate incidents over this weekend arrested seven suspects in the North West and Limpopo provinces for possession of explosive devices, conspiracy to commit an offense and prevented potential Automated Teller Machine (ATM) robberies.

Members of the SAPS, acting on intelligence conducted operations in both provinces. In the first incident, members went to Seraleng Village in Brits, where they arrested three suspects aged between 27 and 29 for possession of over 20 explosive devices. The Team went to another village called Lekgaleng to search for a black BMW with three occupants implicated in the planning of ATM bombing at a local business center. The vehicle was spotted and stopped. The police seized the vehicle with potentially incriminating items. The three suspects were arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery, ie, ATM bombing.

In a separate incident, a woman aged 36, was arrested by the police in Beit Bridge port of entry. When the police conducted routine searches at the border gate, they discovered several components of explosive devices including connector caps, emulsion explosives and blasting caps.

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole, has since his appointment pronounced as part of his turnaround strategy that there will be decisive actions implemented in an effort to stamp the authority of the State. One of the ways of achieving this is to ensure an effective and efficient Crime Intelligence environment coupled with a dynamic Organised Crime Threat Analysis (OCTA) Strategy.

I am satisfied, that since the appointment of a permanent head of crime intelligence, for the first time in seven years, that crime intelligence is moving in a positive direction and proving to be an enabling entity, said General Sitole.

The suspects are expected to appear in court soon on charges of illegal possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Source: South African Police Service

Education the key to conquering inequality

President Cyril Ramaphosa says education remains the most effective tool in bridging the chasm of inequality in South Africa.

It is through education that we can realise the goal of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society, President Ramaphosa said.

He was speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Mpumalanga in Mbombela on Saturday, as the first Chancellor of the university.

It is through education that we can give full expression to the rights enshrined in our Constitution. Our society still bears the scars of its divided past.

In education, we are still grappling with the legacy of a deeply unequal and racially divided system. From the beginning of the 20th century, the struggle of our people for equal and quality education was indistinguishable from the struggle for freedom, President Ramaphosa said.

When other terrains of struggle were shut down, schools and universities became centres of resistance and defiance.

It is one of our major tasks as a democratic South Africa to build schools and universities that become centres of excellence and enlightenment.

We must build institutions that equip students with the skills and capabilities to thrive in a modern economy and the consciousness to contribute to a better society. We must build institutions that enable graduates to compete in a global arena and to face a rapidly-changing future with confidence.

Our universities and colleges must respond to the conditions under which people live. They must respond to the reality that millions of our people still live in poverty, President Ramaphosa said.

He called on those who were graduating to use their qualifications to expand their possibilities to earn a living and to build a career.

You will work hard to improve your life and the lives of those around you. You will be part of a new generation of skilled young South Africans building a new inclusive economy.

As you enter this new world, you must know that your families, your communities and your country have invested much in you. We are seeking to build a society that is founded on integrity, honesty, compassion and solidarity.

More than 200 students were awarded degrees and diplomas.

Source: South African Government News Agency