Category Archives: Society

CDP

Urgently finalise farm murder report – CDP

“Since the Human Rights Commission began its investigation into farm murders, several more farmers have been killed – the latest being the 72 year old Willie van Rensburg of Odendaalsrus. We call on the commission to urgently finalise its report, so that the government will have no further excuse but to declare this kind of crime a priority crime,” say Rev. Botha, leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP). “According to information this was the eighth farm murder in the Free State alone since the…

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Police

SAPS Crime Intelligence busts huge international rhino horn syndicate

In a joint operation, the South African Police Service’s National Crime Intelligence Division and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs and Excise department took yet another giant leap towards combatting rhino poaching in South Africa. The team arrested two Vietnamese men who are believed to be part of a large syndicate and recovered a substantial amount of rhino horns at the O R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA). The two men were booked on a Qatar flight destined for Hanoi, Vietnam, from Maputo. The aircraft made…

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NPA appeals Oscar Pistorius Judgement and Sentence

NPA appeals Oscar Pistorius Judgement and Sentence

Pretoria – Since the 20th of 0ctober 2014 the prosecution team, Adv Gerrie Nel and Adv Andrea Johnson, have been hard at work studying the judgement, researching and also consulting with legal experts with the view to establish whether or not there are sufficient grounds to appeal both the judgement and sentence. Today we announce that the decision to appeal both the conviction and sentence has been taken. The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law. The merits and the demerits of…

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CDP

CDP congratulates farmers for preventing farm murder suspects from getting away

CDP congratulates farmers for preventing farm murder suspects from getting away. “The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) finds it unacceptable that those who clearly acted in self-defence should now have a sword of a murder charge hanging over their heads, until such time as the prosecuting authorities or courts decide that it was justifiable,” says Rev. Theunis Botha, leader of the CDP. Botha reacted to the latest farm murder, where neighbours got involved in a shootout with the alleged murderers, during which two of the suspects…

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Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Pretoria – Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant, in Johannesburg, in January 2013. He was initially charged with premeditated murder and three additional charges relating to the incident, which include the unlawful possession of ammunition and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. In her ruling…

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IFP

POLICE MUST ACT BEFORE VIGILANTISM GETS OUT OF CONTROL

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is shocked by the actions of a mob of community members at Copesville in Pietermaritzburg where two men suspected of housebreaking were attacked and burnt to death. “We do not condone vigilantism and would urge people to work with the police and community structures to bring criminals to book. At the same time, we call on the police who are there to protect law-abiding citizens to respond swiftly and do their jobs when communities report criminal acts. It is when communities…

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Police

Foreign nationals sentenced for rhino poaching

Pretoria: Today, the Acting National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Yoliswa Siyotula, applauded the Organised Crime Unit of the Hawks in Mpumalanga for securing two convictions against two rhino poachers. Yesterday, the White River Periodical Court handed down an eight-year sentence to Alvao Fagustino Sifundza from Mozambique for rhino poaching. Sifundza, aged 31, was arrested in the Tshokwane area of the Kruger National Park on 12 April 2014 after a chase by the park’s field rangers. His accomplice fled. He…

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CDP

Police chief shocks with remarks on farm murders – CDP

Police chief shocks with remarks on farm murders – CDP The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) expressed concern with police chief Riah Phiyega’s statement made during the Human Rights Commission’s enquiry into farm murders, that no distinction can be drawn between a murder in a shebeen and a farm murder. “One would expect more judicial knowledge from a minister of police. The courts indeed draw a huge distinction between a drunken fight in a liquor joint, and when innocent people are attacked in a carefully planned…

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Moord op vroue in Suid-Afrika bereik ongekende hoogtes

Leer lesse uit verlede om plaasmoord-probleem op te los

Nouer samewerking tussen die openbare sektor – die polisie – en die privaatsektor – die landbouers en plaaswerkers – is die enigste manier hoe plaasmoorde en veiligheid in die landelike gebiede verbeter sal kan word. In hierdie opsig moet lesse uit die verlede geneem word toe die kommandostelsel suksesvol was om misdaad in plattelandse gebiede te bekamp, volgens dr. Pieter Mulder, VF Plus-leier. Dr. Mulder het aan ʼn debat in die Diskoers-reeks by Aardklop oor grondhervorming en plaasmoorde deelgeneem. Die minister van polisie, mnr. Nkosinathi…

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IFP

IFP: OLDER PERSONS MUST BE PROTECTED

The IFP Women’s Brigade calls on government to ensure that older people’s rights are upheld and defended as we commemorate the International Day of Older Persons. “Older people’s rights must be upheld and defended. They must be protected from discrimination and abuse. We condemn in the strongest terms allegations of the killing of older men and women because of witchcraft and we demand that government look into these killings immediately,” said IFP Women’s Brigade National Chairperson, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa. “We further call for the establishment…

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CDP

CDP on crime stats

CDP reacts to crime stats The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) expressed its concern with the increase in murders by 800 per annum in South Africa. “We are especially concerned, as these figures appear to include the highest number of murders in the world for an identifiable group, namely farmers. The general murder rate is 32,2 per 100 000 per annum, which is about half the rate for the murder of police, but much lower than the 100 per 100 000 per annum for farmers,” says…

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Child Porn

Latest South African Crime Statistics Released

Pretoria – The South African Police Service (SAPS) today released the crime statistics for the 2013/14 financial year, which show a range of increases and decreases in certain crime categories. For the year under review, there was an increase in murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Overall, murder decreased by 9.2% over the past 10 years (2004/05 to 2013/14), but showed an increase of 5% in the 2013/14 financial year. This means 17 068 people were murdered in SA last year. Murder went…

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Misdaadstatistiek – Suid-Afrika meer gewelddadig

“Die nuutste misdaadstatistiek toon dat Suid-Afrika ʼn meer gewelddadige land geword het. Geweldsmisdade wat persone direk raak soos moord, roof en motorkapings het aansienlik toegeneem. Moord het met 5% toegeneem en meer as 17 000 moorde is gepleeg. Suid-Afrika se moordsyfer is nou 32,2 per 100 000 van die bevolking terwyl die wêreldgemiddeld 7 per 100 000 is. Suid-Afrika se moordsyfer is dus amper vyf keer meer as die wêreldgemiddeld. Die korrektheid van die statistiek word ook bevraagteken, aangesien polisiestasies nie die korrekte kategorie van…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Judgement day in the Oscar trial

Pretoria – All eyes will be on the North Gauteng High Court this morning as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers the much-anticipated judgement in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. After 41 days of court proceedings, which saw 37 witnesses and lengthy closing arguments from both the state and defence, Judge Masipa will begin her verdict at 9:30am. The Blade runner – as Pistorius is famously known – faces a pre-meditated murder charge as well as three weapons charges for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkap on…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Three arrested for R50m car fraud

Pretoria – The Hawks, in conjunction with the banking industry, have arrested three suspects for motor vehicle application fraud amounting to R50 million. The suspects, 33-year-old Adele Coetzee, her husband, 37-year-old Marius Coetzee, and his mother, 60-year-old Kitty Coetzee, were arrested in Brits in the North West during an operation held over the weekend. The operation originated in the Western Cape. The suspects were involved in a vehicle-purchase scheme by applying for hire-purchase finance from banking institutions using fraudulent documents. According to Hawks spokesperson, Captain…

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7.5% of S Africans live with a disability

7.5% of S Africans live with a disability

Pretoria – According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), 7.5% of South Africans have a disability. Briefing reporters on the Profile of Persons with Disabilities in SA Report, on Tuesday, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said 29 million people out of 51.8 million people live with a disability. Due to change in definition the number of people with disabilities was at 7.5% from 2% in 2001. “By province this disability covers the provinces of North West, Northern Cape and Free State very predominant in disability,” said…

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FOUR BOYS RECEIVE SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR RAPING ANOTHER BOY

FOUR BOYS RECEIVE SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR RAPING ANOTHER BOY

FREE STATE: Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court has yesterday sentenced four boys to 10 years imprisonment each wholly suspended for five years after they were found guilty of raping another boy. Magistrate Jan Greyvenstein sentenced the boys aged between 13 and 15 years for raping a 10-year-old boy in November 2011. The court heard that on the day of the incident, all the boys walked together to the soccer grounds for a soccer practice. When they were done with their soccer practice the four accused pulled the…

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Minister green lights SA Police Force executions at Marikana

Marikana – In a written statement read back to the Farlam Commission by Dali Mpofu, Minister Susan Shabangu stated in 2008: “You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community. You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility. Your responsibility is to serve and protect…” and “I want no warning shots. You have one shot and it must be a kill shot…” On the 12th of August Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa concluded his testimony at the Marikana Commission of…

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Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Public helps to catch criminals

Pretoria – The communities of South Africa are getting involved in the fight against crime by providing anonymous tip-offs on criminal activities in their neighbourhood. During July 2014, tip-offs to Crime Stop (0860010111 phone line) and Crime Line (32211 SMS number) resulted in the arrest of 32 individuals in six provinces, police said on Tuesday. These are Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. According to Police, the majority of the arrests were for the possession of and dealing in drugs such…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government statement about nationalisation of pension funds

Pretoria – Government on Thursday once again reassured South Africans that it has no plans to nationalise people’s hard earned pension funds. “There is no intention on the side of the government to nationalise. What we seek to do is to develop a culture of savings amongst South Africans. “All these tax reforms that were introduced last year and are coming into effect are aimed at ensuring that we create better savings for the people of our country,” Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring…

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Sign language approved as first language

Pretoria – The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has welcomed the approval to allow hearing impaired pupils to choose sign language as a first language. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the approval this month. According to PanSALB, this is a positive response to the hearing impaired community and to the entire country, particularly to those who wish to study sign language. PanSALB is of the view that the South African sign language like any other official language is a fundamental human right that…

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IFP

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MUST BE EMPLOYED IN JOB SECTOR

The IFP Women’s Brigade calls on the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Susan Shabangu to lead by example to ensure that all government departments reach the 2% target for employment of people with disabilities so that the public sector can follow suit. “It is unacceptable that government is not meeting its target when it comes to employment of people with disabilities, this needs to be addressed without any further delay and remains a cause for concern in the advancement of the rights…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government no plans to nationalise pension funds

Pretoria – Government has no intention to nationalise people’s pension (or provident) funds, or prevent them from accessing their money, says the Department of Basic Education. This after rumours alleged that government would take away people’s hard-earned pensions, and prevent them from accessing their funds. The department says the rumours were based on a misunderstanding of government’s proposals. Instead, the department says government has proposed retirement reforms, which will protect employees when they retire. “The retirement reforms, including those relating to preservation of savings, are…

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Police

Suspect arrested in connection to Reiger Park shooting

Suspect arrested in connection to Reiger Park shooting Germiston – Gauteng police have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and murdering three-year-old Cuburne Lavone van Wyk. The suspect was arrested in Germiston on Wednesday by metro police officers. Cuburne’s partially burnt body was found in a mine dump in Reiger Park on Saturday afternoon. The toddler from Ramaphosa informal settlement, in Reiger Park, went missing last Wednesday while playing with his siblings. The suspect will appear in court soon. Meanwhile, the case against the two…

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Bleeding Government owned companies to be turned around

Illegal power connections under spotlight

Pretoria – Illegal power connections have come under the spotlight as Eskom’s National Electricity Safety Week continues. An electricity connection is considered illegal when any connection is made to the Eskom network without Eskom’s permission. This can range from connecting to a mini-substation to connecting a neighbour through your personal meter or electricity board. “We have identified that the biggest contributors to electrical accidents, injuries and fatalities in South Africa are contact with low-hanging, unsafe connections, vandalism, illegal power connections, and cable theft,” Eskom Corporate…

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