Monthly Archives: August 2017

Police Brutality…why?

Negligent police management, poor training, disrespect for law and order, criminal members within police ranks and blatant disregard for internal disciplinary procedures are the chief causes behind the scourge of police brutality gripping South Africa. With 2 462 criminal complaints laid against the police in the 2016/17 administration year and the coming
under increased pressure following the murder of service delivery protesters across South Africa, criminologists and the ICD report that urgent action needs to be taken to resolve the crisis. Of the deaths through police action, 22 percent occurred during the commission of crimes, four percent during escapes, 10 percent during investigations, 46 percent during arrests while 2 percent of those killed were innocent bystanders. According to Alex Ramothole (29) from Damonsville who is a victim of police brutality, it is clear that police management does not know what is going on. Alex appearred at Brits Magistrates court on the 24th of August 2017, for malicious damage to property and trespassing. He says on the night of the 10th of July 2017 he was arrested & assaulted by the police who left him with serious injuries on his right cheeck and the back of his shoulders and that proofs there is a clear absence of understanding from police leadership on how to deal with the use of force. Ranked officials has to take responsibility for the negligence of their employees. Alex alleged and questioned if “the police’s solution for dealing with crime was the use of violence such as extra-judicial executions of alleged cop killers”? This leads to serious fatal police violence with reports of torture and assaults on the
increase, even as police killings are on the decrease. The number of people killed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) is recorded in the annual report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). There are questions about accuracy. It’s not clear if this includes lethal force used by Metro cops. Also, the killings are divided between deaths in police custody and deaths as a result of police action.

Sentenced for stealing aircons

In South Africa, sentencing is considered the primary prerogative of trial courts and they enjoy
wide discretion to determine the type and severity of a sentence on a case-by-case basis. In doing so, they follow judge-made, broad sentencing principles, which require that when making sentencing determinations, judges consider three things: the gravity of the offense,
the circumstances of the offender, and public interest. Vusi Ndlovu (27) appeared at Brits Magistrates Court on the 24th August 2017 for stealing aircons and pipes worth R3500 at Jan Big’s tavern on the 02nd of August 2017. Vusi entered the premises of Jan Big tarven without permission and noticed the aircon not attached to the wall. He used a trolly to carry the aircon and its pipes to a nearby scrapyard and sold them for a R150. He was reported to the police by the staff at the tavern the following day as he tried again to steal another aircon. Now Vusi will be spending 6 months in prison for his unlawfull acts. The sentencing is based on facts that theft cases in Madibeng continue to be on high percentages and thieves don’t want to
change their ways of criminal life of stealing and robbing in the community. Over 50 per cent of all crimes experienced by households in South Africa in 2015/16 were housebreakings. Home burglaries (11,9 per cent) was the second most common type of crime experienced by South African households. Whites had the highest rates of victimization compared to other groups both in 2011 and 2015/16. However, whites experienced the sharpest decline of household related crimes during the five years, from 17 per cent to 12 per cent of households.Housebreaking and home robbery peaked during the months of March and June in both 2014/15 and 2015/16. The months during which these crimes were
least likely to occur were January, May and November. As found in previous Victims of Crime Surveys, nighttime is still the most preferred time for crime incidents. Stealing can occur in a variety of different ways. It may involve violence (commonly known as ‘robbery’)
or it may be non-violent (commonly known as ‘larceny’). It may also involve stealing the identity of another person rather than stealing tangible physical property. To deal with these various situations, South Australia has a number of stealing offences which are distinguished from one another based on what property was stolen, and the way in which it was stole. The maximum penalty for theft is 10 years imprisonment. However, the maximum penalty is extended to 15 years imprisonment if you commit this offence in aggravating circumstances (e.g. you steal from a child under 12 years old or a person over 60 years old).

Integrated development will harness demographic dividend-SANCO

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Wednesday urged government to redouble efforts towards integrated development to harness the country’s demographic dividend. This follows the release of statistics from the Poverty Trends in South Africa report revealing that 30 million South Africans are living in poverty. “Employment, education, skills management, health and well-being and good governance are wheels of development that need to roll if the country is to achieve the targets set in the National Development Plan by 2030,” commented SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu to the report released by Statistician General,Pali Lehohla on Tuesday. Mahlangu said that the country’s economic recovery is critical to address grinding poverty affecting households, youth unemployment and inequality. There must be a sense of urgency to address the dire situation affecting the unemployed, the majority of whom are young people, he said. He cautioned that further retrenchments in the mining and delayed development of other growth sectors will deepen the crisis and create political instability unless the private sector makes its contribution towards meeting national goals.

SAACYF developing the alternative creative sector

South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF) is an organization for young artists in South Africa. The organization aims to raise awareness for the support of up and coming artists in the country and advocate for youth in the cultural and creative sector. The Forum has noted with concern the lack of development of up and coming artists & the creative sector in the country. The Forum seeks to create a space for young people in the sector so that their work & talent is able to be recognized and create job opportunities for young cultural and creative people.
CHALLENGES SAACYF IDENTIFIED WITH ARTISTS Lack of Information on various opportunities, lack of having registered Companies & NPO’s, lack of Arts & Culture Infrastructures in rural areas, lack of National organization availability in other provinces. We must make sure that
we are able to put food on the table with our crafts which is God given talents. The South African Arts and Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF) is in the process of developing the alternative creative sector that will cater for everyone. The current creative sector is designed to make Western and European cultures dominant and superior over our own African Cultures and to promote western cultural imperialism on our people. That is why today we still have South
Africans who don’t value and love local products and services because they believe that
everything that is foreign is superior and better than everything that is South African. We
have been made to believe that Foreign Music, Movies, Food, Clothing, Cars, House Designs,
Cultures and way of Living is the best thing ever. On the 4th May 2017 (African month), more
than 3000 artists and civil society members Marched to the SABC head office to defend
and support the SABC Local Content Policy. On this day people saw unity of Artists from
various provinces coming together in numbers. They marched because they understood that
South Africa as a country belonging to South Africans. The youth of South African will have to
start supporting each other soon in our own communities as well across the country. Let us
be united and always defeat problems together. We should never run away from problems and
challenges. We don’t want you to remember us; we want us to make history together. We live to
die but our contributions will live forever for the future of Africa.

Sexual violence in South Africa

Sello Mabusa sentenced for rape has been postponed to the 8th September, the Brits magistrate’s court said. Sello was convicted of rape two weeks ago. He
was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl from Jericho. The rate of sexual violence in South Africa is among the highest in the world. Sexual violence is the use of force or manipulation to get someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity without their consent,. An estimated of 100,000 rape cases take place in the country every year. Sexual violence in South Africa (SA) has reached epidemic proportions. Clinicians need to be fortified with knowledge and skills to meet the challenge of caring for those who have suffered or are at risk of gender-based violence (GBV). This issue of CME focuses on sexual violence as the second of three special editions on violence against women and children in SA. Sexual violence involves a continuum that is far
broader than sexual assault, mirroring the complex phenomenon of sexuality itself.
Our recent human rights review identified entrenched stigma against persons based on their
sexual or gender orientation, gender identity or bodily diversity, highlighting such persons’ ongoing experience of harassment, discrimination and sexual and physical
violence. In addition, irregular migrants, trafficked and refugee women, orphans and other vulnerable girls such as those living with disabilities, face increased risk of
GBV. Health professionals need to remain mindful of the inherent dignity of each patient, particularly those marginalized and neglected by mainstream society.
Rape statistics in South Africa Coverage of rape in South Africa has been controversial
and notoriously misinformed for many years. This is because of the aforementioned low reporting of rape cases, and poor record keeping and reporting of rape statistics. Simply put, beyond the official number of cases reported to the SAPS, we do not know the true extent of
rape and sexual assault in South Africa. An infamous – and debunked – statistic quoted by South African actress Charlize Theron, and widely cited in media across the world, was that a woman or child is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa. This statistic would imply that over 1.2 million women and children are raped every year. The source of the claim was a 1998 estimate from a Cape Town Rape Crisis centre, based on the understanding that only one in 20
rapes are reported.

Drunk driver caught two times

Mogomotsi Molopyane (30) from Brits is an employee at Swartplak Anglo is not married and has no kids. He will have to pay a fine of R3000 or have his license suspended for 5 years. After he appeared at Brits Magistrates court on two counts of drinking and driving. On the 14th of February 2016 he was arrested on Hendrik-Verwoerd road for drinking and driving
and recently this year he was arrested again at the Panorama road. Mogomotsi statement says that he was from a wedding driving with his family when he was stopped by traffic cops, he says they ran a blood test on him before they put him in a cell for 3hours. The amount of alcohol found in his body during the test amounted to 0.10 grams per hundred milliliters. He
admitted that he drank about 8 bottles of beer before he got behind the wheel. The rule of drinking and driving is simple, don’t do it. It is a proven fact that your driving is impaired after
even one unit of alcohol, so it is safer to not drink at all when you know you will be driving. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense and it only takes one point
over the limit to seal your fate – which could mean up to six years in prison. Drunk driving is one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa,” says the AA (Automobile
Association of South Africa). “More than 21,000 people have been arrested on our roads in the last year as a result of drinking and driving, and it has been shown that 50% of
people who die on our roads are over the limit.” In South Africa, the legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1,000ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05g per 100ml, a fact that should be burnt into every motorist’s memory. The rule of thumb is a maximum of one unit of
alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68kg. Our bodies can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, it is important to be aware that if you weigh less than 68kg your body will need more time to process the same amount of alcohol. Alcohol significantly slows reaction time and distorts your vision, and the effects of a heavy night of drinking could well affect your driving ability the next morning, and you may still
even be over the legal limit. After only one unit of alcohol, your chances of being in an accident are doubled, and when you are at the legal limit of 0.24mg, you are four times more
likely to be in an accident. At the end of the day, motorists need to ask if it’s really worth risking the consequences before drinking and driving.

Women empowerment critical for government

Empowering women is a critical responsibility of every society and will contribute immensely to any government’s economy. This is according to the former African Union chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who was speaking during the women summit held at the Mafikeng
convention Centre on Tuesday. Dlamini Zuma has called on women not to be deterred by challenges they continue to experience daily. She warned that leaving out women in the process of economic transformation will be depriving the country a huge talent and positive contribution. “It has been proven that most businesses that are led by women have harvested positive results and recorded a great success. I also would like to encourage government to buy
local products from the very cooperatives they have supported, so that they continue to be
sustainable,” said Dlamini Zuma. She encouraged the North West Provincial Government under the leadership of Premier Supra Mahumapelo to continue with the women empowernment programme and its strategies which she said are faster and smart. She further said that for women to prosper and grow the economy, they need to be inspired, dedicated and committed in their business and allow them to grow from micro to macro state. Dlamini Zuma’s sentiments were also echoed by Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Mahumapelo said that the five concretes
which his administration uses to implement the National Development Plan are also geared
towards empowering women through various government programmes. He said that his ten
member Executive Council is constituted by six women and they have proved to be more than
capable in delivering on their mandates. One of the beneficiaries of government programmes on women empowerment Rose Rakgoale (53) who is the owner of Selame poultry farm in Hartebeesfontain near Klerksdorp said that, through government assistance her business is flourishing and has managed to employ seventeen people. The mother of three who is also a retired teacher said that she had to leave her 18 years teaching career to start farming. Rakgoale was recently awarded the overall provincial female farmer of the year and other several awards for the efforts and success recorded in her business. “My passion for farming comes a long way. I am currently producing more than 240 000 chickens every month. Government contribution to my career in farming is huge and I have invested all my life in farming now. In the five years in Poultry i now want to make sure that I grow this business to greater heights and ensure that I feed the people of this province and the country. I am more than grateful for the contribution by government and would like to encourage other women to
take advantage of the women empowerment programmes in government,” said the elated
Rakgoale. Delegates at the Summit were informed about programmes available in government more especially those that are directly intended for women empowerment. MEC’s of different
department continued to encourage women to take advantage of the resources available
in government and use them to empower themselves. MEC’s Wendy Nelson, Manketse
Tlhape, and Ontlametse Motshoari and other senior government officials attended the
summit.

The killing of taxi drivers & owners

A Maboloka taxi owner was killed when five armed men opened fire on him, the incident
took place in the month of July 2017. The community of Maboloka was shocked by the
shooting and killing of a 40 year old taxi owner. Its been alleged that five men were hired by other taxi owners from Letlhakaneng, the deceased who was in the company of his wife and their 16-year-old child, was busy parking his car when two unknown male suspects started shooting at them. They were still inside the car when the bullet struck the deceased killing him instantly. His wife sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and the child was not injured. The five suspects appeared at the Brits magistrates court on different charges. Two suspects for murder who were denied bail, for reasons
and believes that if they are out on bail they will threaten witnesses and disturb investigations and three for positions of illegal firearms & attempted murder, they will be granted bail if they prove themselves to be innocent. Its been mentioned in the court that the five suspects make a living by being hired to kill. The family of the taxi owner is now in a devastating situation and in fear that if these guys are released on bail they might come back to finish them. Its been reported in a statement that the five suspects are from Kwa-Zulu-natal. The matter was also taken to the Sechaba Sa Bataung Taung tribal office and Maboloka taxi association. In another apparent instance of taxi violence, a 32-year-old man has been shot dead in Verulam,
north of Durban. Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) reported the man, a taxi owner, was killed
after a gunman opened fire on them near a local high school on in the morning at approximately 10am in June, Members of RUSA were called out to Oakford Road after the operations centre received multiple calls that a man was seen driving a car at high speed whilst seated on top of a deceased’s body. Taxi owners now fear for their lives because the killing and assassination of taxi drivers and owners has increased largely in South Africa, in 2013 a Mozambican taxi driver died after being dragged behind a van by South African policemen.

ANC blatantly lies about operational rural safety units in North West

The ANC in the North West misled the Provincial Legislature about the existence of rural safety units in the province. On 24 May 2017 the ANC claimed that rural safety units were already operational in the North West. This was after the DA had issued a member statement
on the death of a farmer in Tswaing, whose wife survived the attack. The DA followed up on the claims of the existence of the rural safety units by submitting direct questions to the MEC of Community Safety and Transport Management, Mpho Mothlhabane. He has now acknowledged in writing that no such units exist. What is extremely worrisome is that in his response, he makes a dubious claim that there is a decline in reported crimes in the rural communities.
He further claims that:
• That there are daily patrols in the rural sectors at
station level as part of sector policing.
• There are enhanced daily deployments in the
hotspot stations identified in the Province for
crimes in the rural area.
• That there are Stock Theft and Trio Crimes task
teams deployed to investigate, track, trace and arrest
suspects.
These interventions have obviously not made any
impact as crime continues unabated on farms. Since
May 2017, the following members of the farming
community in the province have either died or were
attacked on their farms:
• June 2017 – Woman farmer assaulted and raped
near Sannieshof in her house;
• June 2017 – A 46-year old farmer was shot dead
near Lichtenburg on his farm;
• June 2017 – Man attacked and wounded on a farm
near Rustenburg;
• June 2017 – Elderly farm lady killed on her farm
while putting flowers where her husband died on the
farm near Schweizer-Reneke;
• June 2017 – Two separate farm attacks in the Derby
area;
• July 2017 – A farmer shot dead on his farm
Friesland near Vryburg – his wife seriously wounded;
and
• August 2017 – An elderly couple in their seventies was tortured on their farm outside Potchefstroom and burnt with hot oil and boiling water. While the ANC would have us believe that there are operating rural safety units, the evidence on the ground suggests otherwise. The attacks on farming communities continue unhindered, even increasing on a year-onyear
basis. If the ANC wants to be taken seriously, they need to establish rural safety units and make
public their mandate and their operations. All people in farming communities, farmers and
farm workers, are affected and dehumanised by crime and violence. The DA has repeatedly
called for a new approach to rural safety that will prioritise the use of rural safety units which will act as a buffer against farm attacks. Please sign our petition to stop farm murders and where we call for the establishment of rural safety units here: https://www.stopfarmmurders.co.za/p/
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A clear and radical strategic intervention plan is needed to grow the economy

Mahikeng – Premier Supra Mahumapelo has called for the compilation of a radical Provincial Development Plan with a clear strategic Intervention plan which will speedily address challenges that the province is facing to grow the economy and decrease poverty, inequality
and unemployment. Premier Mahumapelo was addressing the Provincial Development Plan –
PDP Colloquium at Cookes Lake Mahikeng earlier today, which was hosted by the North West Provincial Planning Commission. The Colloquium is intended to receive inputs from top structures of all the stakeholders, into the already existing Provincial Development Plan with a view to improving its quality. During the Colloquium the Provincial Departments, Municipalities, State Owned Entities, the Private Sector and other major stakeholders contributed to the document which is to provide the direction for the rebranding, repositioning and renewal of the province and economic growth. Premier Mahumapelo believes there’s a need for a
plan that will attract long term investments in the province without threats. “We must ensure that Agriculture thrives to become the economic driver of the province. Due to the possibility of minerals depletion and the possibility of the decrease in the commodity price, investment in the mining sector has its own threats and this is not the cause with Agriculture because the consumption of food is necessary on a daily basis. That is why we must make mining a strategic tributary to strengthen the Agriculture, Culture and Tourism sectors, grow the economy and attract investors” remarked Premier Mahumapelo. The Spatial Economist Roelof Middlejans
from HIS Markit made a presentation which reflected a worrying picture of unemployment and poverty rate in the province which necessitates a special focus to turn the situation around. “The decline in unemployment and poverty is not happening as envisaged by the NDP. We
need a developmental process that will address this. Our mining sector must be competitive and must flourish. If there’s more competitiveness the economy will grow. However currently it is very difficult to keep investors and that is the choking point of the economic growth in the province.” said Middlejans who also applauded the province for a continued good performance in matric results and improvement in provision of basic services. In order to deal with the unemployment rate in the province Premier Mahumapelo believes sweeping interventions are necessary. “We must know which skills unemployed youth possess and develop a plan on how best we can deploy such skills to the economy for the market. This PDP must have the paradigm shifting actions that we must embark on. We must use the same money that we have
to change the situation. If possible we must cut A clear and radical strategic intervention
plan is needed to grow the economy unnecessary expenditure in government” remarked
Mahumapelo. Professor Tebogo Mokgoro of Ikatisong School of Governance highlighted the need for the relevant skills in the province. “We need to ask ourselves what are the skills needs of our economy. We need to identify the skills demand and have skills development plan. We also need to have institutions where these skills will be developed and deployed to influence our economy. Our PDP must indicate those” said Professor Mokgoro. This was emphasized by Premier Mahumapelo who said the province must identify and develop skills necessary
for the VTSD economy. “Graduation ceremonies are taking place all the time but they are contributing to the unemployment. This is because we are producing skills that are not relevant to the economy. We must develop human capital with practical skills which are required by the economy. This is will strengthen the agricultural sector especially in our VTSD areas” added Mahumapelo. Jan Pienaar of Agri North West has emphasized the importance
of ensuring the relevant implementation plan to the already available Agriculture Master Plan.
“As we make the PDP, we also need to draft an implementation plan that will assist in the
implementation of the Agricultural Master Plan and elevate the Agricultural Sector to a level where it should be. We have the necessary skills and we need to work together” said Pienaar. All inputs made will be added to the draft to come up with a comprehensive Provincial Development Plan which will be North West version of the National Development Plan