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Four arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms

In an effort to curb proliferation of firearms in Mthatha, the Cluster Commander established a Firearm Task Team that comprises of Crime Intelligence, Flying Squad, National Intervention Unit, K9 and Mounted Unit. The team conducted an operation since the 13 September 2018 and it yielded good results.

Two men 23 and 31 years were arrested at Chris Hani Park in Mthatha on the the 13 September at about 01h45. The suspects were found in possession of a Shotgun and 75 pockets of dagga.

On the same day at about 04h00, a 52-year-old man was arrested for possession of a 9mm pistol, 3 magazines and 85 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested at Bhongweni locality in Mthatha.

They further proceeded to Hillcrest at about 06h00 and arrested two men with ages 53 and 60 years for possession of a Shotgun and 5 shells.

Yesterday the 13 September 2018, the team arrested a 23 and 51 year old man for possession of a shotgun in Qumbu at about 16h00. They were arrested when their white Mercedes Benz was searched which was also confiscated.

All the shotguns are believed to have been robbed from Fidelity Security Guards during a cash heist in Mt Frere on the 03 September 2018.

All suspects will appear before Mthatha and Qumbu Magistrate courts soon facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession and dealing in dagga.

The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing.

“Let’s confiscate all these illegal firearms and save people’s lives. I applaud you for this confiscation and arrest,” commented the Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza.

Source: South African Police Service

Four arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms

In an effort to curb proliferation of firearms in Mthatha, the Cluster Commander established a Firearm Task Team that comprises of Crime Intelligence, Flying Squad, National Intervention Unit, K9 and Mounted Unit. The team conducted an operation since the 13 September 2018 and it yielded good results.

Two men 23 and 31 years were arrested at Chris Hani Park in Mthatha on the the 13 September at about 01h45. The suspects were found in possession of a Shotgun and 75 pockets of dagga.

On the same day at about 04h00, a 52-year-old man was arrested for possession of a 9mm pistol, 3 magazines and 85 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested at Bhongweni locality in Mthatha.

They further proceeded to Hillcrest at about 06h00 and arrested two men with ages 53 and 60 years for possession of a Shotgun and 5 shells.

Yesterday the 13 September 2018, the team arrested a 23 and 51 year old man for possession of a shotgun in Qumbu at about 16h00. They were arrested when their white Mercedes Benz was searched which was also confiscated.

All the shotguns are believed to have been robbed from Fidelity Security Guards during a cash heist in Mt Frere on the 03 September 2018.

All suspects will appear before Mthatha and Qumbu Magistrate courts soon facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession and dealing in dagga.

The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing.

“Let’s confiscate all these illegal firearms and save people’s lives. I applaud you for this confiscation and arrest,” commented the Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza.

Source: South African Police Service

Pinetwon FCS Unit arrest man for raping children in Inchanga

A 35-year-old man from Hammersdale has been arrested by members from Pinetown Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) this morning for the alleged rape of two children in Inchanga area.

On 8 September 2018, two cases of rape were reported at Inchanga Police Station whereby two victims, a 10-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were allegedly raped by the same suspect on different occasions.

It is alleged that in the first incident, a 10-year-old boy was walking from the tuckshop when he was called by a man who was driving a marked company vehicle, the man asked the boy to show him directions to the Roman Catholic Church. The boy got into the truck with the man and they drove to the direction, but when they got to the place he was asking for, the suspect drove past and stopped in a deserted area where he allegedly raped the boy. When he finished raping him, he drove back to where he picked the boy from. He then went to a certain house where two children were playing, he took a six-year-old girl and rape her.

Both victims described the same man to the police as the suspect who had violated them. Preliminary investigations led the police to a company in Hammersdale where they got all the details of the person who was driving that particular company car on that day. He was subsequently arrested and is expected to appear at the Pinetown Magistrate Court on 17 September 2018.

Source: South African Police Service

Joint Constitutional Review Committee to Receive Briefing on Report ...

Parliament� The Joint Constitutional Review will tomorrow receive a presentation from the service provider on the report on written submissions on the desirability of amending section 25 of the Constitution to make it possible to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation. It will also receive draft reports on public hearings on the matter held in the provinces and oral presentations in Parliament.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Mthatha police committed in confiscation of firearms

Madeira Vispol members arrested a 35-year-old man for possession of a 9mm Norinco pistol with 8 rounds of ammunition at Tutor Ndamase today the 10 September 2018 at about 035.

Members saw a suspicious motor vehicle, stopped and searched. Upon searching they found the suspect in possession of the pistol. He will appear before Mthatha Magistrate Court tomorrow the 11 September 2018 facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

In Ngqeleni a 40 year old man was arrested by Ngqeleni Vispol members for possession of unlicensed 9mm pistol (numbers erased) with four rounds of ammunition at Bukwini locality today the 10 September 2018 at about 00h00.

Members followed a positive information and he was also found in possession of 5kg dagga. He will appear before Ngqeleni Magistrate Court tomorrow the 11 September 2018 facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession and dealing in dagga.

Ngqeleni Vispol proceeded to Katelumla locality where they arrested a 28 year old man for possession of 15 Mandrax drugs today the 10 September 2018 at about 01h00. He will appear before Ngqeleni Magistrate Court tomorrow the 11 September 2018 facing charges of possession and dealing in drugs.

The Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza commended member for their successes and said “Those firearms should be sent for ballistic testing and we should link the suspects with business robberies around our area.”

Source: South African Police Service

Rail system in jeopardy as PRASA fails to pay to protect rail ...

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

I want to express my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the man who was killed during a horrific attack on commuters who were travelling on the train between Lynedoch and Eerste River on Friday evening, 7 September 2018.

Eight other commuters were also robbed of the very little belongings they had on them, and thrown off the train. One commuter was found with a broken knife blade embedded in his head.

I am wishing them a speedy recovery, and I am also calling on the South African Police Service to investigate this incident as a matter of priority.

I am shocked beyond words by the horrific details of this latest attack. Cape Town’s rail commuters, who are among the most vulnerable in our society, are facing an onslaught of violence on a daily basis.

This latest incident has prompted me to publicly express my exasperation with the fact that to date, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has failed to pay their part of the funding that is needed for the special Rail Enforcement Unit that the City is currently training. PRASA is placing the very service they need in jeopardy.

In May 2018 PRASA signed a Memorandum of Agreement and committed to co-fund this special unit together with the City and the Western Cape Provincial Government.

The City and the Provincial Government have stepped up to the plate and offered unprecedented assistance to Metrorail commuters. We have done so because our commuters are our residents and they are required to commute under unacceptable, dehumanising and unsafe conditions.

Despite PRASA’s obligation, as confirmed by the Constitutional Court, to ensure a safe public transport service and all of our efforts to assist them to honour their obligation, we are still awaiting PRASA’s contribution of R16 million. We have sent several urgent reminders to the PRASA executive to fulfil their duties and to honour their commitment.

Given that we are R16 million short the City had to cut down on the number of recruits for this enforcement unit who will be focusing on the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure. As local government we are already going beyond our mandate to contribute and fund a solution that is the sole responsibility of National Government.

The cost to establish and operate the unit for a period of 12 months is approximately R47,9 million.

I have said many times before that our urban rail service is on the verge of total collapse.

I have been meeting with PRASA’s leadership for the past six years, and we signed our first collaboration agreement in October 2012 already. Tragically, we have seen few, if any, of these commitments coming to fruition as PRASA has a habit of failing to keep to agreements.

Relentless attacks on commuters and the sabotage of our rail infrastructure has become a weekly occurrence. Commuters are losing their lives and their hard-earned daily wages and belongings, and some have even lost their jobs because of PRASA’s failure to fulfil their constitutional mandate to run a rail service that is safe, punctual, and reliable.

On 26 July 2018 I accompanied the National Minister of Transport, Mr. Blade Nzimande, on his visit to PRASA’s depot in Paarden Island to view the damage to the rail infrastructure. He was fully briefed on the extent of the sabotage and safety risks, and committed to convene meetings with stakeholders to improve and modernise the service in Cape Town.

Rail commuters cannot wait a day longer for the minister to deliver on his promise.

Last night I have sent a letter to Mr. Nzimande, calling on his urgent intervention to ensure that PRASA pays the R16 million that is needed to fund a fully operational Rail Enforcement Unit.

I also requested the minister to declare a state of emergency or disaster in so far as the rail service in Cape Town is concerned. I did this so that the National Government can deploy additional resources to investigate, arrest and prosecute those responsible for the ongoing attacks and sabotage and to assist us to turn this service around and prevent it from total collapse.

Urban rail is the backbone of public transport in Cape Town. Thousands of commuters are relying on the service to get to work. The majority of these commuters are from low-income households and cannot afford other modes of public transport.

PRASA is failing them dismally and their failure to honour their constitutional obligations, and their agreement with the City and Province, is reckless and careless.

Source: City of Cape Town

Barradas COSAFA guest of honour

LaLiga’s African director, Antonio Barradas was the guest of honour at the COSAFA Extraordinary Congress that took place in the East Rand in Johannesburg on Friday, 7 September 2018.

Barradas who has developed several working relationships with various African FAs was introduced to 14 COSAFA member states by President, Phillip Chiyangwa.

The COSAFA President said through Barradas, LaLiga was doing great things on the continent and requested the COSAFA Presidents present to join hands in working with LaLiga.

Barradas made a short presentation in which he explained what LaLiga’s programmes on the continent are and how he would like to develop cooperation with most of the FAs in Africa.

LaLiga has various projects on the continent which include the Pass-the-Ball project; a range of exchange programmes and women’s football among others.

Source: South African Football Association

Suspects sought for rape: Kimberley

The Kimberley SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit are investigating a case of rape. It is alleged that on 25 August 2018 at about 23:45, a 34-year-old woman was walking home from a tavern in De Beers, Kimberley. An unknown male accosted and dragged her into an unknown shack where she was raped by two men. One of the suspects was light in complexion, about 1.7 metres tall and was wearing a dickies cap.

Anyone with information about the incident or the man in the attached picture is requested to call Detective Constable Katlego Tsiane on 082 302 0468 or 053 838 4307. This man can possibly assist the police with information regarding this case. The investigation continues.

Source: South African Police Service