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POLICE COMMITTEE WELCOMES NATIONAL COMMISSIONER OF POLICE’S ...

The Portfolio Committee on Police welcomes the National Police Commissioner's assurance that he intends emphasising crime intelligence and detection as drivers of policing to effectively fight crime.

It is the Committee's long-held view that crime intelligence is the most potent weapon in the fight against crime. Furthermore, the Committee welcomes the announcement that the Deputy Commissioner of Crime Detection will be announced later today. The Committee has on a numerous occasions highlighted the importance of an effective team to give guidance to the different police units.

The Committee also welcomes the pronouncement that the police will institute lifestyle audits. The National Commissioner told the Committee that the lifestyle audit process will begin as a project, with a future rollout across the system. The fight against fraud and corruption will be strengthened through these lifestyle audits, said Mr Francois Beukman, the Chairperson of the Committee.

The Committee further welcomes the National Commissioner's move to review the capacity of the vetting section of the South African Police Service (SAPS). The Committee also supports the decision to vet all officers as a requirement for employment in the police service.

The Committee has instructed the SAPS to present a comprehensive progress report on the disciplinary cases against all officers in crime intelligence in January 2018. The Committee has also urged the National Commissioner to appoint the new Divisional Head of Crime Intelligence as a priority.

The Committee also raised its concerns about the arrest rates in the Uber/Maxi taxi disputes, despite the work of a special unit. The National Commissioner has committed to give a detailed report on the matter by January 2018.

The Committee drew the National Commissioner's attention to the matters of emphasis raised by the Committee in its Budget Review Recommendation Report, which require implementation.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

MEC Gwen Ramokgopa launches first Gauteng GP Care Cell

The Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa together with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD); USAID and Professional Provider Organisation (PPO) Services today launched the first Gauteng GP Care Cell in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.

MEC Ramokgopa said the GP Care Cell will go a long way in ensuring that the government uses all health professionals and all the capacity to achieve the 90-90-90 targets in the fight against HIV, TB and STIs.

The model is also a research and a pilot through which we will look at how best we can work using private practitioners, integrated data model and making sure that all South Africans have access to good quality care.

The GP Care model also looks at drug rehabilitation, medical male circumcision, TB treatment and HIV/ AIDS access to care. It is a project that can help us to reach more people as we look for the missing population in terms of prevention and treatment. This partnership can be used to build the model of National Health Insurance that all South Africans want, MEC Ramokgopa said at the launch.

The GP Care Cell model organises a number of GPs and community pharmacies into a network. Through this model private GPs will provide HIV clinical services with state-funded pharmacy and laboratory services to uninsured people living with HIV.

Dr Lindi Shange a GP and owner of the pilot practice, echoed MEC Ramokgopa' s sentiments stating that the GP Care Cell project is going to be an opportunity for public-private partnership which will enhance the quality of care and access to healthcare centres for HIV and TB patients.

Through this project we will be able to help our Tshwane District to attain their 90-90-90 targets. I am also hoping that this partnership is going to open a new door for us to be able to identify people who have HIV, initiate and treat them as well as linking them to other services of healthcare if the need be, explained Dr Shange.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Alan Winde visits Phoenix Marine as part of Red Tape Reduction ...

Atlantis firm to add 100 jobs after red tape intervention

An Atlantis firm is set to add 100 jobs to the local community, due to an intervention by the Western Cape's Red Tape Reduction Unit.

On Thursday (30 November 2017) Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, will visit Phoenix Marine to discuss the company's progress since the unit's intervention last year.

MEC Winde's visit forms part of a province-wide Red Tape Reduction Awareness update which will include visits over the next week. Organisations will detail their red tape issues, and the progress they have made since these matters were resolved.

The Red Tape team will also share practical advice to assist in resolving the most common red tape problems.

Source: Government of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: EXPOSE PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENCE

PRETORIA, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women and Children, Susan Shabangu, emphasised the need for communities to work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.

The Minister was speaking at the launch of this year's 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children campaign held at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, on Saturday.

The local communities welcomed the launch of the campaign, saying this will ensure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.

Nomkhosi Qindi, a local resident of Missionvale, told SAnews that men who abuse women and children must be exposed and sent to jail for a long time.

Another resident Frans du Plessis told SAnews that government must ensure that these people are sent to jail for a very long time as they deprive other people of their freedom to live peacefully.

Men who abuse women and children must be removed from our society, he said.

Shabangu said through the campaign, government is raising awareness about violence directed at women and children and that it must be stopped.

Women and children are raped by people who said they love them and yet they end up violating them. We are happy with the launch of the campaign because we are going to root out this evil in society, Shabangu said.

The Minister expressed concern about some incidences of violence directed at women and children.

This year we have witnessed the worst and most shocking incidents of violence against women and children.

The most brutal and barbaric acts were reported such as incidents where women were killed and their bodies were burned and also cases of cannibalism in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal where body parts of women and children were eaten. We never thought we could hear of anything like that in our lifetimes, the Minister said.

Shabangu said almost every day the media reports on abuse, both at home, work and in public spaces.

Schools, which used to be safe havens for our learners, have now become high risk areas for our girl children because of some unscrupulous teachers and caretakers, who abuse them sexually. Many boys have also become victims of sexual abuse.

The crime of human trafficking needs to be highlighted more in the country as it is a silent crime, where victims disappear without trace, the Minister said.

Shabangu said women and children are also victims to other non-violent but equally harmful forms of violations, such as abusive language and deprivation of necessary material support in their homes.

According to the Minister, from April 2016 to December 2016, there were 37 000 reported cases of sexual offences. Out of these cases, 80 percent were rape cases.

Shabangu said gender based violence is estimated to cost South Africa up to R42 billion per annum as revealed by the SA Police Services' statistics.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in South Africa.

The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children, as well as on society as a whole. It also focuses on seeking prevention interventions to the on-going violence perpetrated on women and children.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Partnership policing leads to the arrest of three suspects on drug ...

WESTERN CAPE: Milnerton police members followed up on information they received from the community about drug activities at a house in Diluta Road, Sunset Beach, Milnerton and arrested three suspects on drug related charges.

This happened on 2017-11-26 at approximately 00:10 when police members of Visible Policing searched the premises and four mandrax tablets, three ecstasy tablets and a small quantity of magic mushrooms were seized.

During a further search of the premises a clandestine laboratory with different chemicals and drugs was found in one of the rooms and confiscated.

Three suspects aged 22, 38 and 53 respectively were arrested. The estimated street value of the drugs is still to be determined.

The suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates' court on 2017-11-28.

Partnership policing is the key to creating safer and drug free communities.

Source: South African Police Service

Expose perpetrators of violence

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women and Children, Susan Shabangu, emphasised the need for communities to work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.

The Minister was representing President Jacob Zuma at the launch of this year's 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children campaign held at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, on Saturday.

The local communities welcomed the launch of the campaign, saying this will ensure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.

Nomkhosi Qindi, a local resident of Missionvale, told SAnews that men who abuse women and children must be exposed and sent to jail for a long time.

Another resident Frans du Plessis told SAnews that government must ensure that these people are sent to jail for a very long time as they deprive other people of their freedom to live peacefully.

Men who abuse women and children must be removed from our society, he said.

Minister Shabangu said through the campaign, government is raising awareness about violence directed at women and children and that it must be stopped.

Women and children are raped by people who said they love them and yet they end up violating them. We are happy with the launch of the campaign because we are going to root out this evil in society, Minister Shabangu said.

Incidences of violence

The Minister expressed concern about some incidences of violence directed at women and children.

This year we have witnessed the worst and most shocking incidents of violence against women and children.

The most brutal and barbaric acts were reported such as incidents where women were killed and their bodies were burned and also cases of cannibalism in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal where body parts of women and children were eaten. We never thought we could hear of anything like that in our lifetimes, the Minister said.

Minister Shabangu said almost every day the media reports on abuse, both at home, work and in public spaces.

Schools, which used to be safe havens for our learners, have now become high risk areas for our girl children because of some unscrupulous teachers and caretakers, who abuse them sexually. Many boys have also become victims of sexual abuse.

The crime of human trafficking needs to be highlighted more in the country as it is a silent crime, where victims disappear without trace, the Minister said.

Minister Shabangu said women and children are also victims to other non-violent but equally harmful forms of violations, such as abusive language and deprivation of necessary material support in their homes.

Stats

According to the Minister, from April 2016 to December 2016, there were 37 000 reported cases of sexual offences. Out of these cases, 80 percent were rape cases.

Minister Shabangu said gender based violence is estimated to cost South Africa up to R42 billion per annum as revealed by the SA Police Services' statistics.

16 Days Activism Campaign

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in South Africa.

The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children, as well as on society as a whole. It also focuses on seeking prevention interventions to the on-going violence perpetrated on women and children.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Faith Muthambi engages Community Development Workers in ...

Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ms Faith Muthambi, will convene a provincial consultative engagement on the Community Development Workers Programme (CDWP), jointly with a briefing on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) second generation review process, in Limpopo province.

The joint consultative engagement will take stock of the current state of the CDWP, how the programme could be strengthened to ensure improved service delivery, and will empower CDWs on their role in the APRM second generation review process, which will commence in the 2018/19 financial year.

Since the inception of the Community Development Workers Programme, the CDWs have been the conduits of information between Government and the citizens, and have contributed immensely in the speeding up of service delivery. CDWs will also play an important role of engaging the communities during the upcoming APRM second generation review process.

The Minister, who will be joined by the leadership pf the Provincial Government and Mayors, will engage all CDWs of Limpopo Province during the event which is scheduled as follows:

Source: Government of South Africa

Public Service Commission briefs media on State of the Public Service ...

Public Service Commission to report on the State of the Public Service for the Period 1 July to 30 September 2017

The Public Service Commission (PSC) will brief members of the media on the State of the Public Service at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 28 November 2017.

Titled The Pulse of the Public Service, the report/bulletin that the PSC will release is based on the governance matters in the Public Service, relating to, amongst others, the state of Human Resource, National Anti-Corruption Hotline, including nature of complaints and cases of alleged corruption reported; Management of Financial Disclosure Framework, including submission of registrable interest by members of the Senior Management (SMS) to Heads of Department; nature of grievances reported and handled as well as findings of the service delivery inspections conducted by the PSC for the period 01 July 2017 to 30 September 2017.

The PSC releases the report/bulletin on a quarterly basis with the view to keep stakeholders abreast on governance matters in the Public Service.

Source: Government of South Africa