Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cold blooded killer murdered

A party crasher finally got what he deserves, the hands of justice, he murdered a friend at the local liquor store on new year’s day and in less than two days he was apprehended by a group of people who sought to revenge the death of one of their own. The incident happened at Nuclear section in Oukasie on the 1st of January 2017, at around 4am when the two got into an argument which ended up with one of them being killed in the incident.  According to eye witnesses, it started as a very small argument and many were surprised by the outcome.

You know how it works especially at a liquor store, ‘you stamp on my toe, I deal with you the correct way’.  Same as, ‘you spill a beer on my shirt, I spit on your face.’ That is the reality of things.  The  two unknown people aged between 16 and 25 got into a fight and the other one was overpowered and killed by the other. Immediately, a manhunt was launched by concerned members of the community including the family of the deceased.  The man was found in less than a day at his home nearby and was beaten to death. One community member indicated that what they did clearly shows that a life of a human being is so precious that no one has a right to take it away, unless it is for justice.  And what they did was for justice and they hope that the soul of their fellow friend will rest in peace. “Who said people from this area are non-believers?  We believe and we do justice according to the black book.  You kill by the sword and you will surely die by the sword, that is what has happened to this cold blooded killer.” “We did not want to kill him, but we wanted him to feel the pain he caused our brother,” he said.  When questioned why after finding him they didn’t call the police, one responded by saying.  “We were afraid that he was going to be arrested, send to jail and given good treatment and later come back fat.”

“We felt that we could deal with the problem on our own by eliminating the bad ones from this community.  When I speak of eliminating, I mean removing the criminals permanently.  We called the police and the ambulance at the time when our brother was bleeding to death and they didn’t arrive.” “So why call them now knowing that they won’t arrive and the suspect will end up running away.  It is better to deal with criminals the easy way, in this way those who are left behind will respect the other people,” he said.

He concluded by saying that they will continue protecting the community from the evil community members and work closely with the police in making sure that the suspects are arrested immediately and the police have less work to interrogate. It is alleged that the victim was stabbed five times on his back and bleeded to death, the ambulance was called and the person was told that there are no drivers until the community decided to use a private vehicle to transport the victim who died at the hospital.

Stanley charged for public drinking

warning charge was given to a 29 year-old Stanley Nkwinika from Letlhakaneng who appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court on a mere charge of public drinking.  The suspect was arrested on Sunday, the 1st of January 2017, after being caught drinking publicly.

After realising that he will be facing the might of the law, Stanley threw away the bottle as far as possible to conceal evidence.  Though it was on the first day of the year, the magistrate warned that what Stanley did was out of line and therefore, as a first time offender he will be lenient on him.

The Department of Community Safety should use social media to highlight laws that are to be implemented against public drinking and walking under the influence of alcohol and passengers found to be drinking alcohol in a moving or stationary vehicle on a public road. Being drunk in public is unacceptable and be aware that intoxicated pedestrians account for a high proportion of people killed and injured on our roads. Given the fact that most people who walk under the influence of alcohol come from poor communities, it is unfathomable that we should be seeking to completely preclude them from gaining employment due to having a criminal record against their name.

For passengers who were caught drinking in a vehicle, the same should apply.  It was more than likely that an admission of guilt fine of R300 would be issued against those found guilty of drinking or being intoxicated in public. But the paying of the fine would still mean a criminal record. It is debatable whether pedestrians who are found to be drunk must be taken to a place of safety to sober up and not be put in a police cell.  According to statement, it is alleged that Stanley after he was arrested was locked up in one of the police cells without being tested.  The magistrate released him on warning.

Blood brothers fight like cat and a dog

Benny Mbatha (35) appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court with charges of assault with grievous bodily harm (GBH).  The infighting between the two brothers badly harm the condition of their mother who has got a low blood pressure.

He supposingly accused of assaulting his younger brother, Thabo Mbatha (25) by whipping him with a cane several times on the body after refusing to wash the dishes.  The two siblings are residing with their mother at Nkandla informal settlement who is not known to us and work as a domestic worker. According to the information, it could be that the assault to Thabo has been going on for years without any assistance from the authority and the relatives.  The Magistrate granted Benny a R500 bail with conditions that he must not leave the country nor commit any other crime whatsoever.

Benny will soon appear in court for further investigation, the matter was transferred to the Garankuwa Magistrates Court on the 25th of January 2017.

Inconclusive arrest, traffic officers freed

The two men & a woman allegedly took bribes from motorists and broke the rules of the roads they were arrested by the Hawks on Thursday, December 29, 2016.  

The traffic officers were later on released by the Hawks due to insufficient evidence, and were back in their uniform and on the street again performing what they know most. The three North West provincial traffic officers, aged between 31 and 50, were arrested following an anti-corruption awareness campaign conducted by the Hawks in Brits.  The arrest of one of their own has left the rest of the Brits traffic officers’ team in shock. According to the Hawks, the traffic officials were arrested for taking bribes from motorists and more arrests are to be made soon and say more arrests are eminent.  The Hawks further say the three officers operated around the Brits area, they allegedly accepted as little as ten rand in bribes.

“Shortly after the campaign, Hawks members received information from members of the Brits community alleging that certain traffic officials are taking bribes from traffic offenders along Thabazimbi road. The information was followed up and as forewarned, the Hawks pounced on the suspects,” Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said.  Captain Rikhotso said the awareness campaign was aimed at sensitizing, educating and warning public servants about the dangers of corruption and how the Hawks would pounce on them if they were found to be on the wrong side of the law. The Provincial head of the Hawks, Major General Linda Mbana encouraged the community to continue providing information about crime.  “We do not sit on the information that we get from members of the community, we act on it. Members of the community must continue to provide us with information about criminal activities,” she said.

The release of the traffic officers came after the uncertainties were brought about the system used by the Hawks in order to arrest them, saying that the system was unjust.  It is alleged that one of the Hawks officials wired herself with recording devices to track down the conversation leading to the arrest of the traffic officers. Apparently, the Hawks recorded the conversations without the other party’s consent.  In South Africa, the law says that “Any person … may intercept any communication if he or she is a party to the communication…”

It says nothing about having to first get their consent. The words “party to the communication” have been defined and include the sender, the recipient, and any persons to whom the communication is copied. (See section 4 of the monitoring law in South Africa, the Regulation of Interception of Communications & Provision of Communication-Related Information Act of 2002 (RICA)) What about legal persons?  There is legal uncertainty as to whether a “legal person” (such as a company or other non-person) would be able to rely on this exception: for example when a traffic officer stops a motorist for inspection and the motorist decide to record the conversation. There is a potential argument that the motorist, by providing the relevant electronic communication and recording system, is a party to any communication that is sent or received on such system, and automatically make the traffic officer a party too in the conversation.

In other words, the traffic officer is supposed to be informed first before the conversation could take place.  Whilst the law does not require you to obtain the consent of the other party to the communication, it is still polite to inform the other party to the communication that you are recording it.  But remember that if you are not party to the communication, it is unlawful. Supposingly, failing to be polite and inform the other party would mean that the first party clearly pulled a stunt and literally arrest the traffic officers without following proper procedures.  Under no circumstances, behaviours like this one proofs that one has a personal issues with the other. The ongoing problem where traffic officers take bribes from the road offenders have been escalating and what could be the cause to that effect?  Apart from being send to jail, how can traffic officers be stopped from taking bribes in South Africa?

Of course one would argue the fact that their salaries are not enough to sustain their responsibilities and for them to accept for as little as R10 from motorists could be enough and can perhaps assist with buying breakfast and lunch meal during the day. Sitting and waiting under the tree and counting the cars that passes the whole day it could be boring.  This is no excuse and one should be proud of ones job. This behavior will only stop when traffic police officers are no longer required to seek bribes of which they pay a large percentage to their corrupt superiors, paid an adequate wage by the state and must fear punishment for accepting bribes.

In most societies where bribery is common, it is institutionalized. Until the police captain who charges his lieutenants, who charge their sergeants, who charge the beat cops a weekly fee for the privilege of serving on the force are stopped, the bribery goes on. Further, in many such places the wages paid to police and traffic officers are so low, that in practice they make their living through bribery. Unless your society is willing to pay them adequately for their time and punish them when they violate standards, you won’t end bribery. Corrupt traffic officers break their social contract and abuse their power for personal or departmental gain. This type of corruption can involve only one officer, or it can involve a group of officers in a coordinated effort. Internal police corruption is a challenge to public trust, cohesion of departmental policies, human rights and legal violations involving serious consequences.  This corruption can take many forms.  The three traffic officials appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court soon after the arrests.

A man sentenced to 8 years imprisonment

39 year old man from Rastesloot was sentenced to 8 years in prison, the suspect is charged with 4 counts of murder, 13 counts of house breaking, rape and assault.  It is alleged that the suspect has been on the run since 2013, after he murdered his wife and 3 children.The information indicates that the suspect is an abusive man who has been abusing his family for years.  He also was involved in a number of house breaking which has happened between the years 2013 and 2015.

He appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court and the magistrate thought it would be best for him to sentence the accused for 8 years behind bars. The magistrate indicated that sentencing him to 8 years imprisonment will rehabilitate him and make him a better person. He further said that by sending him to prison will make him to think of what he has done in the past and correct his mistakes.  He said that many people think that sending offenders to prison is a torture, he said that it is not a torture but a way of fixing problems of the past.

Ga-rankuwa saps arrest 35 suspects over the weekend

Tshwane North Cluster: Ga-Rankuwa; “Our women and men in blue were once again involved in a disruptive operation, to address all crimes around Ga-Rankuwa.” A total of 35 suspects were arrested /activities comprised of suspects raiding, stop and searches and roadblocks.

Crimes of which suspects were arrested for, includes those sought for common robbery, shoplifting, assault G.B.H, malicious damage to property, illegal immigrants, rape, house robbery, trading without licence, failure to produce licence, house breaking, assaults and contravention of protection order. All suspects will appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates Court soon. These operations were boosted by the suspect raiding which was conducted by the detectives.

Police management is also calling upon all communities to report any misconduct and/or any criminal activities by our members. Information may be forwarded to the Provincial duty Brigadier (082 313 8299) and a Provincial duty General (082 444 4354) at all hours.

Jewelery store robbery 1 arrested 2 escaped

His other two friends managed to escape after the alarm triggered to alert the security for intruders.  Raphunwana Phineus appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court for charges of armed robbery, in possession of unlicenced firearm and malicious damage to property. Phineus first appeared two days after he was arrested on a Sunday evening.  It could be that he committed crimes on the 25th of December 2016, and was immediately arrested late evening by the security personnel who were on a standby.

He was apprehended by the security and found  in possession of jewelery worth R75 989, includes hand watches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, diamond cuffs and hair pieces.  He was denied bail and remained in custody. According to the information in court, it is evident that the suspect was not alone in the ordeal and his other 2 accomplice managed to escape and are still at large.  Phineus will again appear on the 2nd of March while in custody.

DA criticises ANC January 8 Statement

Perhaps the most fundamental question in our politics since the local elections has been whether or not the ANC can “self-correct”, whether it can stop the slide. All of the evidence presented in 2016 suggested that it could not. 

The Nkandla judgement, the State of Capture report, the refusal of President Jacob Zuma to take responsibility for anything, the Gupta’s influence; all of this indicated the ANC was heading in just one direction. But to listen closely to Zuma speaking at a packed and wet Orlando Stadium on Sunday, 8 January 2017, and then to read the ANC National Executive Committee’s full January 8th Statement, is the party planning to change for the better?  That it really has heard the message sent so loudly last year. However, the ANC Women’s League’s behaviour over the weekend suggests that it is still going to be a long struggle for the party to change.

Jacob Zuma is not someone who likes to concede a point. He would not resign after the Shaik judgement in 2005, he did not take personal responsibility for Nkandla, he has continuously claimed the Gupta family’s apparent success has nothing to do with him. Speaking of the economy, the ANC has again (yawn?) promised “radical economic transformation”. There was a time when capitalists were really scared of that phrase. No more. The ANC does not seem able to agree on almost any aspect of policy at the moment, never mind something as complicated as an economic policy. Even something as technical and minor (for most people) as the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act is the source of very real disagreement. Which surely suggests that proper change to the economy driven by a united ANC is almost entirely out of the question.

Considering that this is (presumably) Zuma’s last January 8th address as ANC leader, it is probably important to say a few things about the touch-and-feel of the address.  Zuma himself is not who he was just a few years ago. For those who support the ANC, Sunday’s event turned out to be important, the first signal is that the party wants to turn around the corner. There are many things that did not happen that are also important; Zuma was not booed, the stadium was not empty – despite the rain, everyone was disciplined.

But there was also the absence of real celebratory spirit. The ANC is not what it was when its previous leader gave his final January 8th Address in 2007. Back then, it was possible to keep the veneer of unity in public. No longer. It is hard at this point to see how the party could get that spirit back. Zuma has stolen the party’s spirit, the sense that it is unique. Now, it’s a political party. And it has to act like one, and find a way to manage the competing interests within it.  Below are some of what the president unfolded.The president said, “the ANC must have unity of purpose and display unity in action in advancing the NDR! The ANC must concentrate on radical economic transformation and ensure that the people become more prosperous. We must grow the economy, create jobs and return the land to our people!”

“President Tambo often emphasised that the ANC has a vision of South Africa in which black and white live in conditions of peace and prosperity. The struggle for economic freedom and prosperity of all South Africans underpins all our actions during this phase of our transition.” “Building a non-racial society is a necessity in a country as diverse as South Africa. It does not matter where we came from. We are all here now. The humanist approach of the ANC is that all people are equal. Respect for the inherent humanity and dignity of all people, especially the historically oppressed majority, must inform all our actions.” “President OR Tambo recognised that the struggle for national liberation is intrinsically linked to the emancipation of women and advocated that women take up their roles “among the fighting ranks of our movement and its command posts.”

“We are proud that our Constitution espouses progressive values and protects all persons equally. We are especially proud of the protection available to women, children, persons living with disabilities, the provisions aimed at safeguarding cultural, linguistic and religious rights and those entrenching the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) South Africans.” The president concluded by saying, “Our world is increasingly moving away from the concepts of unity across nations and multilateral engagement on issues of global importance. There is an apparent upsurge of right wing nationalism in Europe and worrying signs of similar phenomena in other countries,” said the president. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described President Jacob Zuma’s January 8 Statement as a repetition of past statements from the African National Congress (ANC).

The DA says this shows that the ANC has run out of ideas and lacks a vision for the people of South Africa. Zuma delivered the ANC’s January 8 Statement at Orlando Stadium in Soweto earlier on Sunday, 8 January 2017. DA spokesperson Mabine Seabe says the President didn’t dwell much on corruption and an economic plan for the country.  “The ANC January Statement generally forms what will be said at the State of the Nation Address.”

“Therefore, as the Democratic Alliance (DA) we are left feeling empty by the hollow words of the ANC and President Jacob Zuma with very little said about corruption and a proper economic plan for the people of South Africa.”  “With our education system being one of the worst in the world, especially when it comes to Maths and Science, there were no plans around that. Young people continue to face the brunt of unemployment, joblessness and the poor economic system set up by the ANC,” he says.

ANC downsizing the capacity for January 8th Statements

The ANC president delivered his January 8 statement on Sunday, the 8th of January.  This time at Orlando Stadium.  Downsizing the space venue for its supporters following the embarrassment done in 2016 elections where the party lost a number of most of its supporters to the opposition.

This is regarded as one of the worsed since the year 2012, when Mangaung 40 000 capacity stadium was filled with the ANC supporters for the celebration.  In the year 2015, the celebration was held at the Western Cape stadium in Cape Town. A stadium with the capacity space of about 55 000 people, even in that stadium, ANC supporters managed to fill up the whole area and in 2016, the celebration was held in Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg.  The stadium carries about 44 530. The party depreciated enormously and causes its members to squeeze themselves in a small space, this proves dismally that the factions and corruption in the organisation has cost the party big shots.  Though they have managed to fill up the stadium, the party needs to up its gears to please the supporters.

The president’s address was to provide the party’s program for the year ahead.  The first January 8th statement was in 1972, issued in exile, the founding date of the ANC.  This statement outlined the organisation’s programme for the year. Following a hiatus, the ANC issued its next January 8th statement in 1979. The idea of marking the anniversary of the founding of the organisation with a statement became a tradition over the years and is known as the January 8th Statement.  However, in the years between 1972 and 1979 the ANC issued statements related to major events or issues. These were known as Special Statements. The 2016, was a watershed year in the country’s democratic history after August 3 local elections seriously dented the African National Congress’s (ANC) domination in party-politics.  The elections showed that democracy is maturing and that liberation movements could fall if the ANC do not respect the will of the people.

The ANC saw its electoral support decline nationally as it lost control of the key metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay to DA-led coalitions.  As 2016 winds down, the ANC has reflected on its eventful year, the worst since it took power in 1994. The country’s capital city of Tshwane, the financial hub of Johannesburg, as well as Nelson Mandela Bay are now run by the opposition, DA.  The ANC ended the year reeling from major crises, which captured international headlines.

Its worst performance in the elections, led to calls by some within its ranks for the current leadership to step aside.  The party admits the loss came as a shock, and a wake up call to redeem itself.  The dismal performance resulted in a wave of calls from senior party members for President Jacob Zuma to resign. And now the ugly succession debates, seem to be coming to the fore, if this is not handled well, it may lead to the worst outcome in the 2019 general elections.  This is a threat to tear the party apart, ahead of its elective conference in 2017.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lock horns with outgoing AU Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a bid to succeed President Zuma.  This thing called succession can’t be a function of individual ambitions; it can’t be just a function of lobbying.  It can’t be a function of friends and associations who are promoted. It should be about what is the kind of leader the party need currently.  Also, the party should be determined that they must talk to the challenges facing the movement today and try to find a leader who can actually be reflective of the challenges facing the movement. Hopefully, the party should elect credible leadership in 2017.  There should be leadership that leads the motive forces of change.  It should be leadership that understands challenges of the day. And the leadership that is attached to the forces of change; then society is going to come back.

Corruption and factionalism are also some of the key challenges confronting the ANC.  One of the things that the party must do to act against strongly as the ANC is the importance of no longer talking about corruption as a perception. They must deal with corruption as a reality facing the society and confronting it.  Another issue is the question of factionalism that a divided movement can never be at its best.  Members must work for unity and cohesion of the movement.

Road fatalities

It is a well known cliché that during the festive season people feel the need to drink excessively and behave irresponsibly. This recklessness resulting in fatal deaths of many. South Africa has one of the highest alcohol consumption rates in the world. The death rate spiked during the 2016 festive season especially after the extra public holiday was introduced. During December 2015 725 people were recorded dead due to road accidents.

The Minister said 845 people died on South African roads between 1 and 19 December 2016 this is the highest number of recorded deaths South Africa has faced. With a comparison from last year we have an increase of 17%. Statistics revealed that eighty-two percent of fatal car crashes were caused by human error. All provinces have recorded increases in the number of accidents except the Northen Cape which recorded a decrease of four. The Western Cape and Eastern cape reported a stable number the same as 2015. Motorists are advised to avoid driving under fatigue. As it is not only your life you are putting in danger, the roads are shared with under individuals your carelessness can cause the death of an innocent family.

More shocking statistics were revealed that over 3000 motorist were arrested  for driving under the influence of alcohol. The highest number was recorded in Gauteng where 1639 motorists were caught driving drunk. It is said that one motorist was caught travelling at 212 kilometers per hour in a 120 kilometers per hour zone, it is alleged that he was arrested on the spot.