Category Archives: Crime

Hellkom prevails over Brits

In the last three months we have seen a lot of work on the sides of the roads in Brits. It is the placing of fiber optic cables. Placing of the cables has been done next to Telkom’s existing
cables. As we know copper is expensive and with the poor around here, it is a commodity that is easily sold on the illegal market. For the last eight years there has been a medium of three cable thefts. Each time interrupting businesses for about two weeks. That means for at least six weeks you do not have a working telephone. And with the unlucky accidents that occurred
during the excavation where the Telkom cables were cut, we have been without
Telkom telephone for about two months. The contractors did not feel it necessary
to inform the public of the reasons why it happened! We understand their business
comes first and the small business must not worry about the losses. “We can afford
not to make business. “Can’t we”. And now again the cables have been
stolen and we do not have telephone lines. As mentioned it is a common practice andthe only solution to it will be to place fiber optic cables. The interruption to the traffic department, the fire department, the mall and to the many businesses around the industrial area
means that millions of rands are lost; Telkom must change the copper to fiber!
Or this will go on forever.

Brown handling of R1.6 billion payment to Gupta-linked company not inspiring public confidence- SANCO

Public Enterprises Minister, Lyne Brown’s handling of Eskom’s R1.6- billion payment to Gupta-linked financial advisory firm Trillian and global business consultancy Mc Kinsey does not inspire public confidence, the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) said on Monday. “Overwhelming evidence of rampant looting of resources cannot simply be ignored nor the Eskom board and its senior executives allegedly implicated in irregular transactions running into billions be allowed to undermine public accountability by showing the public the middle finger.The Minister cannot keep on extending deadlines that they have missed to respond to her queries without taking the matter to its logical conclusion,” emphasised SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu reiterating the call for the board to be dissolved and criminals charges laid against those implicated in gross irregularities. Mahlangu stressed that institutionalised plunder at the power utilityundermines the objective of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the resolve to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality. He said that Minister Lyne Brown has not shown the political will to deal with serious
corruption allegations levelled against Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko and Anoj Singh. “The delay in commissioning an investigation into allegations of state capture and Gupta-emails leak amidst allegations of money laundering and capital flight is harming South Africa’s reputation
and its economic recovery prospects,” he underscored.

SANCO calls for Hawks investigation into KMPG Scandal

It is disgraceful that for the past month the people of Naledi Local Municipality have had to suffer continuous interruptions to their electricity supply. A part of the municipality has been without electricity for 17 days now. The unreliable power supply in this municipality poses a tremendous challenge and risk to businesses and the low-hanging electricity cables
create sparks that cause field fires. In one case a stud from a farmer’s herd was electrocuted and died, which resulted in a R60 000 loss by the farmer. What is especially worrisome, is that children’s lives are endangered by these cables that hang close to the ground throughout the municipality. The MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Fenny Goaloalwe is thoroughly aware of the severe service delivery shortcomings in this municipality and the untenable conditions that residents are expected to live in, yet nothing has
been done to improve the situation. The ANC in Naledi simply do not care and both
the Mayor, Neo Skalk, and Municipal Manager, Tshepo Bloom, have until now completely ignored the pleas from the community to restore the electricity supply and to ensure hazardous areas are secured. Some of the many challenges that this municipality
face, includes:

• Naledi owes Eskom R254 million;
• Last Friday, 8 September 2017, a down-payment of R12 million was made to ensure the electricity would not be cut;

• By 23 September 2017, the current account (approximately R10 million) as well as 5.8% of the
arrears will have to be paid;

• In December another R10 million, of the total of R16 million of the equitable shares, will be used to pay the Eskom arrears;

• On 21 August 2017 the MM promised, during a community meeting, that all electricity poles that create sparks will be replaced on that same day but it hasn’t been done;

• Cable theft is not reported to the police, so there is no consequence management;
• It was confirmed to us that Naledi makes 121% profit on electricity; and
• Workers in the electricity department operate without safety gear nor the minimum resources

to fix electricity problems, resulting in no proper maintenance or repairs.
This confirms our concerns about the general governance of Naledi. The MEC is also aware of
the illegal appointment of the MM who does not have the minimum qualifications required to hold the position. This was brought to her intention, yet Bloom is still in Naledi, warming the chair while our communities suffer. The honourable thing will be to first get rid of this illegal, political appointment and to use her authority to intervene in Naledi. We asked before, and request her again, to take away the municipality’s electricity licence and give it back to Eskom. It is clear that the municipality has lost their capability to ensure reliable services to our
communities. This will also benefit the poorest of the poor who will be able to buy their electricity at a cheaper rate. The Mayor and MM are unreliable and do nothing to alleviate the plight of the people. It is high time that that the MEC uses her constitutional
mandate to intervene and ensure that service delivery in Naledi, good governance and proper
management is restored.

DA lays criminal charges against contractor who walked away with R300 692 meant for school toilets

On Wednesday 13 September, the Democratic Alliance in the North West laid criminal charges against the Directors of JRB Trading and Enterprise for accepting a payment of R300 692 without delivering the services they were contracted to provide. During an oversight visit to the
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, the DA learned that learners at Tswana-
Tsatsi are forced to use pit toilets due to the contractor’s failure to build and renovate
their toilets. Teachers at the school informed the DA that the contractor had never set
foot in the school, yet they were paid the full R300 692 for the job. The Directors of JRB Trading and Enterprise falsely stated that they had completed the work required by the Department of Education by issuing a certificate of completion. The DA strongly believes that JRB Trading and
Enterprises has committed fraud and must legally account for the money that was paid to
them. We will continue to closely monitor the investigation to ensure that the full amount of
R300 692 is recouped and that the learners at Tswana-Tsatsi finally receive functional toilets.
The DA will continue to put pressure on the MEC for Education, Sello Lehari, to account
as to why the Department of Education never bothered to follow up and ensure that the
renovations were indeed completed. We will also approach the Human Rights Commission
to lay a complaint against the Department of Education and the contractor for violating the
dignity of the learners.

Ga-rankuwa SAPS arrest 51 suspects over the weekend

Tshwane North Cluster: Ga-Rankuwa – Our men and women in blue were once again
involved in a disruptive operation to address all crimes around Ga-Rankuwa. A total of 52
suspects were arrested, activities comprised of suspects raiding, stop and searches and
roadblocks. Crimes of which suspects were arrested for included those sought for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of dagga, car hijacking, common assault, illegal immigrant, contravention of protection order, shoplifting, theft, road traffic act , dealing in liquor, housebreaking and theft, possession of unlicensed firearm, stock theft, rape, driving without license, malicious damage to property and attempted murder. These Operations were boosted by the suspect raiding which was conducted by the detectives. All suspects will appear in the Ga- Rankuwa Magistrates Court soon. Police management is also calling upon all
communities to report any misconduct and any criminal activities by our member’s .Information
may be forwarded to the Provincial duty Brigadier (082 313 8299) and a Provincial duty
General (082 444 4354) at all hours.

SANCO shocked by Northern Cape school learner pregnancies

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Saturday expressed shock and condemned in the strongest terms at allegations that thirty learners from Kuruman in the Northern Cape were impregnated by their male teachers who allegedly paid them stipends for unprotected sex. “The hyenas responsible for these monstrous acts have betrayed the trust bestowed upon them as educators and robbed the girls of their childhood with their blesser tendencies,” emphasised SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu condemning the despicable acts and calling for the perpetrators to be fired. Mahlangu said that the stipends that were allegedly paid to the victims at Bothitong High School showed the extent to which the alleged perpetrators had abused their positions to groom and initiate the most needy and vulnerable learners into satanic prostitution. “In addition to violating the educator’s code of conduct for engaging in improper sexual relationships with learners, criminal charges must be pursued against them to send an unequivocal message to those involved in similar nefarious acts. A crackdown on this phenomenon will encourage other learners who are abused to speak out for these ogres to be uprooted, before communities take matters into their own hands and castrate these lustful and manipulative teachers,” he said. He urged the South African Council of
Educators to expedite disciplinary hearings to ensure that those found guilty of serious
misconduct are barred from teaching at any public, private and or independent school in the
country. “Communities need to unite against widespread prevalence of sugar daddy syndrome
to ensure that perpetrators that are destroying the future of our children are exposed to face the wrath of the law,” underscored Mahlangu

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).

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.

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.