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Update: Four suspects nabbed after four houses were torched

Mecklenburg - The police in Mecklenburg have arrested four (4) suspects, aged between 17 and 55 in connection with the torching of houses at Ntsoaneng village on Sunday (2018-01-14) afternoon.

This destruction of property was sparked by the death of an 18 year old Lesedi Malatji who died in December last year. Some community members suspected that the deceased was poisoned by one of victims whose house was burnt. Four families have since been displaced from their homes at the village. Seventeen (17) members from three of the four families that have been displaced, have been temporarily accommodated at the local police station.

The arrested suspects include the 55 year old father of the deceased. The suspects will appear in Mecklenburg Magistrate's Court soon on charges of Public Violence and Arson. More arrests are expected.

Source: South African Police Service

Two suspects arrested near Uniondale with dagga worth approximately ...

To reduce the levels of serious crime by targeting the provincial crime generators, members of DPCI's Provincial Organised Crime Unit based in George conducted an intelligence driven operation on the R62 near Uniondale yesterday, which resulted in the arrest of two suspects from Port Elizabeth, aged 57 and 51, respectively.

At approximately 22:25 they spotted a suspicious Colt bakkie travelling in the direction of George. The members pulled over the bakkie and ensued with a search. The members then discovered 740kg dagga that was concealed in black bags with an estimated street value of about R 1.03m. Both items were confiscated.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in the George Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Friday 12 January 2018 on a charge of dealing in drugs. The circumstances surrounding the discovery of the drugs are still under investigation.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police, Lt Gen KE Jula expressed his appreciation towards the members for the outcome of the operation and said that drug related crime is high on our priority list.

Source: South African Police Service

Missing persons sought by Marianhill police

Marianhill SAPS is appealing to the members of the community for assistance with regards to locating two missing persons. The first missing person is Thina Zibuyile Lembethe (35) of Marianhill, Durban. She was last seen on 23 December 2017 on her way to Durban CBD to withdraw some cash but she never return home. She was last seen wearing a long orange dress, black short sleeve jersey and black and white sandals.

The second missing person is Nomfundo Mbuyazi (19) from Mariannhill near Pinetown. She was last seen on 3 December 2017 when she went to church but she never return home. She was last seen wearing a green skirt, white t-shirt, white church hat and yellow shoes.

Source: South African Police Service

Dmitry Titov of Russian Federation Appointed to Lead Special ...

The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Dmitry Titov of the Russian Federation to lead a special investigation into recent attacks on peacekeepers and peacekeeping bases in the Beni territory of North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. This special investigation will include a focus on the 7 December attack in Semuliki, in which 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, 43 wounded and 1 remains missing.

The special investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding these attacks, evaluate the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's overall preparedness and response to the events and provide recommendations on how to prevent such attacks from occurring in the future, or, when they do occur, from having such lethal consequences. The investigation team will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo early in January and will also visit relevant countries in the Great Lakes region. In addition to officials of the United Nations, the team will also include two military officers from the United Republic of Tanzania.

Mr. Titov joined the United Nations in 1991. He served as Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) from 2007�2017. Mr. Titov also served as Africa Director in DPKO's Office of Operations.

Source: United Nations

Police seek help reuniting woman with her family

The police in Letsitele outside Tzaneen have found a lost 19-year-old African female, known only as Rhukanani. The woman who is having a one-year-old baby boy, is currently being offered a shelter at Letsitele Victim Empowerment Centre. It is further suspected that she might be originally from Mozambique but has been in South Africa for a couple of years where she might be residing at one of the farms around Letsitele policing area in the Tzaneen Cluster.

The police have already engaged with various role players like the Department of Social Development, Homes Affairs, Indunas and Farmers with no success.

Source: South African Police Service

Ziphakamise co-op gets banking licence from Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank has announced the issuing of a cooperative banking licence to Ziphakamise Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO).

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is pleased to announce the issuing of another co-operative banking licence. The licence is the first co-operative banking licence to be issued since 2011, said the central bank on Thursday.

SACCO has expanded the beneficiaries of its services from the employees of Bell Equipment to now include the Community of Umhlathuze in KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to registration with the Reserve Bank, the institution was regulated under the exemption notice administered by the Co-operative Banks Development Agency (CBDA).

South Africa has two co-operative banks, OSK KoAlperatiewe Bank and Ditsobotla Primary Savings and Credit Cooperative Bank, which were both registered in 2011.

Ditsobotla was registered as a co-operative bank with CBDA in 2011 and transferred to SARB in 2014 when the supervision function was transferred from the agency.

SACCO became eligible to apply for registration as a co-operative bank after reaching the membership and deposits of 200 and R1 million, respectively. As of 31 June 2017, the SACCO reflected 618 members and a deposit of R4 million.

The co-operative banking licence is one of three types of licences that the current legislative framework makes provision for.

A co-operative bank licence entails an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic and social needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise organised and operated on co-operative principles, whose members are:

employed by a common employer or who are employed within the same business district; or

have common membership in an association or organisation, including a religious, social, cooperative, labour or educational group; or

Reside within the same defined community or geographical area.

The legal designation and recognition of the application requires that the applicant be registered as such by the Reserve Bank through the Supervisor of Co-operative Banks in the case of co-operative banks.

For application to be registered as a co-operative bank, the applicant must be registered as a co-operative financial institution with 200 or more members and holding member's deposits of R1 million or more.

Applications must be submitted (and are assessed) in accordance with the form, content and criteria as prescribed in terms of the Co-operative Banks Act.

The other two types of licences are the commercial bank licence and the mutual bank licence.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Off-duty cop arrested suspect for attempted robbery

Mdantsane Cluster: An alert off-duty cop tactically intercepted the suspects that were robbing him and arrested one suspect for attempted robbery near Nahoon Valley River today.

It is alleged that at approximately 07:30 three armed suspects robbed and threatened an off-duty cop whilest fishing near Nahoon Valley River. The police official tactically shot and over powered the suspects, a chase ensued and they managed to arrest a 20 year old suspect with the assistance of dog unit members that were on patrol.

The suspect is due to appear in the East London Magistrate's Court soon to face a charge of attempted robbery. More arrests are imminent.

Source: South African Police Service

President Zuma meets Speaker over State Security Minister claims

President Jacob Zuma has met with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, the Presidency confirmed on Tuesday.

The Speaker briefed the President on allegations of interference by the Minister of State Security, Bongani Bongo, in the Parliamentary enquiry by the Public Enterprises Committee on the affairs of Eskom.

It has been reported that evidence leader, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, submitted an affidavit claiming that Bongo (then an ordinary African National Congress MP) offered him a bribe to collapse the investigation into the alleged capture of Eskom.

The Presidency said President Zuma is attending to the matter.

Source: South African Government News Agency