We must now ensure that #CrimeMustFall becomes a reality

#CrimeMustFall

The chairperson of the Gauteng Police Board, Andy Mashaile, and   Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee  visited the Poortman family in Pretoria North on Monday evening.

10313093_1002650349769477_782784235593691369_n-238x203Capt Kenneth Poortman was robbed and murdered at the weekend. His wife, Sgt Ann Tina Poortman a police spokesperson, was on duty and went to the scene, not knowing it was the body of her husband.

She told Abramjee what happened and they were devastated.

The family is heartbroken…so are the many colleagues and friends. The nation should be heartbroken. For how long are we going to sit back and watch criminals killing our country? Yes, crime is throwing the future of SA away.

Ann has asked Abramjee & Mashaile to thank the public and police for the many messages of support and assistance. “It makes it slightly easier…”

Funeral arrangements are being finalized and Kenneth is likely to be laid to rest in Bloemfontein. That’s his family hometown.

CXQIbKDUEAAkL4iKenneth posted on FB recently his “boss” was going to go to school soon. The 6-year-old is now fatherless…and so is the other son, aged 8. Criminals have robbed them of their father. How sad!!

Police have arrested a fourth suspect for the robbery and murder. Well done for the swift arrests.

Let’s hope the law comes down hard on the killers.

Abramjee: It’s time for our laws to be changed. A life sentence should mean LIFE- not 25 years. The current jail terms are not deterrents. Drastic times need drastic actions. We must now ensure that #CrimeMustFall becomes a reality…enough is enough!

Third arrest after Rhodes Park horror

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21 December 2015 at 09:08am

Johannesburg – A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the Rhodes Park rape and murders.

A 33-year-old man was nabbed on Friday in Sunnyside Park, Pretoria, according to Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

Two other suspects, aged 22 and 24, were arrested – one in October and the other last month.

“The two men, identified as Edmor Ndlovu and Thabo Nkala, have already been charged and also appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court last week,” Dlamini said.

The third man was expected to appear in the same court on Monday on charges of rape and murder.

All three men are believed to have been part of a gang of 12 who killed two men and raped a woman at Rhodes Park in Kensington on October 17.

At the time, Dlamini said the two men and their wives were walking in the park when they were confronted by a group of men. The suspects allegedly tied up both men and threw them into the dam at the park, where they drowned. One of their wives was raped but the other woman managed to escape.

“It is alleged that one of the suspects was armed with a handgun,” Dlamini said.

“A reward of up to R100 000 will be offered to anyone who comes forward with information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the other men who police are still looking for,” Dlamini said.

Anyone with information should call Warrant Officer Bruce van der Schyff on 082 651 7769 at all hours.

Information can also be forwarded to Crime Stop at 08600 10111 at all hours.

Beware of thugs spoiling Christmas

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December 14 2015 at 06:28pm
By SAKHILE NDLAZI

Pretoria – It is people’s favorite time of the year with most switching off from work mode and either embarking on their Christmas holiday, shopping or eating out frequently.

With everyone in a jovial mood, December is synonymous with spending and cheerfulness, but that can quickly turn into a nightmare with criminals preying on and lurking around the unsuspecting.

The SA Insurance Crime Bureau has warned that people should be more diligent and more aware than usual at this time of the year.

“People are either more relaxed or not as vigilant at this time of year, or simply in a rush and not paying enough attention to the risk of criminal activity,” said Hugo van Zyl, the bureau’s chief operating officer.

The bureau warned people to be on the lookout for car jamming, fender bender car hijackings, violent house robberies and airport followings.

With “car jamming”, criminals prey on people preoccupied at shopping centres, remote-jamming their vehicles and helping themselves to the contents left in the vehicles.

“Christmas shopping and holiday luggage could be rich pickings. This is an easy and effective opportunity for criminals to relieve you of your valuables,” said Van Zyl.

“In the “fender bender” type of crime, the criminal will cause an accident doing minimal damage to the target’s vehicle. As the victim exits the vehicle the criminal either uses a weapon to take the keys, or simply gets in and drives off.”

“Therefore be aware of your surroundings if you have a fender bender. Remove your keys from the car if you exit the vehicle. If you are not comfortable with the circumstances of an accident and there are no injuries, drive directly to the nearest police station, or a densely-occupied area to try to ensure your safety as far as possible.”

Regarding household security, do not be lax. Ensure that you follow the same security procedures as you normally would during the year. Be aware if your neighbours are away, so that if you hear activity next door you can react appropriately.

Test your alarms and armed response to be prepared.

The bureau and SAPS have noted a distinct upturn in the number of airport followings over the past few months. This is where spotters at the airport identify a target. They may then follow their target home, rob them at gunpoint or in some cases they will use a blue light to stop their target.

“If you are not comfortable stopping for a blue light, then try to proceed to the nearest police station or draw the attention of other law enforcement officers in the area.

“When entering your residence always be aware of possibly being followed. Even if entering a secure estate environment criminals are not scared to use the minute or two that you stop at security to strike,” said Van Zyl.

“All these crimes rely on the victims being distracted, relaxed and generally not being diligent and aware of the situation,” said Van Zyl.

When you are out, or shopping at a mall with children, remember these tips to keep your holidays happy and safe:

*Hold your children’s hand tightly in the parking lots and malls;

*Never leave your children in the car, even if it’s only for a minute;

*If children get lost in a mall they should go to mall security immediately;

*If they need to use the washroom at the mall, go in with them or stand at the door until they come out.

‘The party is over’, warns new Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief

 

 

‘I’m taking back the streets to the citizens of Ekurhuleni and will leave no stone unturned’

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THE party is over: the new EMPD chief is serious about combating crime and keeping the citizens of Ekurhuleni safe.

THE new chief of Ekurhuleni Metro Police (EMPD) did not mince his words when he said: “The party is over.”

And with these four words, Bafana Andries Mahlabe has officially issued a warning to criminals in Ekurhuleni.

Ekurhuleni mayor, Clr Mondli Gungubele, introduced the new chief of the EMPD in Germiston on Thursday morning. The 46-year-old is taking over from Hlula Msimang, who left the post for the City of Johannesburg after completing his five-year term of office.

Boasting an impressive background in firearm training, engineering, military combat, tactics and intelligence, which he acquired in South Africa, Uganda and Bulgaria, he is a political activist who also spent time in exile. He served in the SANDF for some time before joining the National Intelligence Agency. Mahlabe also has formal education and holds a PR certificate from PRISA and a political science diploma.

Accepting his appointment, and showing gratitude for it, he addressed the media and has bravely given himself 100 days to prove he is indeed the right man for the job.

And it seems as though the new police chief is here to work, because after only 10 days in office, he can already boast some successes, having arrested three suspects linked to police killings, cash-in-transit heists and armed robberies in Vosloorus.

“I’m a man of action and I am very clear on the critical areas I need to focus on, namely illegal mining known as zama-zama, copper cable theft, scrap dealers and illegal activities such as theft of manhole covers. We want to make sure the city doesn’t lose revenue and the city does not spend unnecessarily by always replacing such things,” said Mahlabe.

Mahlabe especially emphasised the issue of drug peddling, especially within CBD areas. “We want to clean the CBDs, because these are havens for prostitution, drug dealings, human trafficking and many other related crimes. And for those who have been busy with these crimes in these areas, the party is over,” he warned.

Land grabbing, hijackings, violent crimes, service delivery protests, traffic control and by-law enforcement will also be tackled. The chief will also implement a festive season strategy where past statistics have shown crime increases during these times.

“Among other things, we’re going to pay attention to road safety, armed robberies, heists and housebreakings,” Mahlabe elaborated.

The chief of police’s 10-point plan of action for the city is:

1. Discipline enforcement

2. Transformation and professionalisation among members of the metro police department

3. Depoliticise the department through separating

4. Radical crime combating and corruption

5.  Proactive crime prevention strategy

6. Visible/active policing (with the chief stating he himself will be out on the streets with his officers and not nestling up in his office)

7. Improved community safety and healthy stakeholder relations

8. Effective traffic law and by-law enforcement

9. Optimal utilisation of resources

• And by implementing all the above, to help makethe  EMPD a world class entity

Mahlabe’s appointment has not been without scrutiny from media and disapproval by the Democratic Alliance.

The day before the big announcement, the DA’s Michele Clarke, MPL DA Gauteng spokesperson on community safety and councillor Mary Goby, DA Ekurhuleni shadow MMC for community safety, issued a statement, questioning the eligibility of his appointment and also claiming that Mahlabe had “a record of violence”.

According to the statement, Mahlabe’s appointment is not up to scratch because he is not an EMPD member.

Gungubele quickly made it clear that while Mahlabe is not a member of the EMPD, the city is following all necessary processes as defined in the Police Act to ensure his appointment is in accordance with the law.

The chief was not fazed though, ending his speech by cautioning criminals they better surrender, because his 100 days start now with the launch of “Operation Bumper to Bumper”.

“I’m taking back the streets to the citizens of Ekurhuleni and will leave no stone unturned. And to those who supply and smoke nyaope and are killing the future of this country, we will be cleaning all the shops, houses and corners known as nyaope hangouts. The only way to avoid us is by being in a rehabilitation centre, at school or at work. Operation Bumper to Bumper starts now!”

Lawyer withdraws from Rhodes Park case

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Mpho Raborife, News24

Johannesburg – A lawyer has withdrawn from representing one of the men facing rape and murder charges after allegedly attacking two couples at Rhodes Park in Kensington in October, the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court heard.

On Wednesday afternoon, 24-year-old Thabo Nkala said he had told the court on a previous occasion that he could not afford to pay for a lawyer.

This was after prosecutor, Colleen Ryan, told the court Nkala’s legal representative had opted to withdraw from the matter.

Nkala, who had shaved off his dreadlocks and was smartly dressed in a formal white shirt and black trousers, was appearing for the first time with his co-accused, Admore Ndlovu, 22, who wore a navy blue and gold golf shirt and beige pants.

The matter was postponed to February 8 for further investigation. Both would be represented by a Legal Aid lawyer.

In October, a gang of 12 men allegedly attacked two couples who had gone to the park after a church service in central Johannesburg.

They accosted the couples and beat the two men. They stripped the men and tied their hands and feet with their clothes before throwing them in the lake where they drowned.

One of the women was raped while the other escaped without any physical harm.

Nkala and Ndlovu were arrested in October and November respectively, they have been provisionally charged with two counts of murder, two counts of rape as well as aggravated robbery.

It is understood that both men have not applied for bail because they entered South Africa illegally.

Man shot dead in shoot-out with cops

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December 6 2015 at 11:19am
By ANA Reporter

Durban – A man possibly linked to police killings and the Seven Oaks shoot-out with police was shot dead in another shoot-out with police in KwaMashu, Durban, while his alleged accomplice was arrested, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.

KwaMashu police were patrolling KwaMashu and surrounding areas at about 5.30pm on Saturday when they received information about suspects in possession of unlicensed firearms at KwaMashu men’s hostel, spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said.

The officers called for back-up from the Durban flying squad, K9 unit, and Inanda police cluster task team, and an operation was launched, he said. “A house was identified at the hostel and there were more than 15 suspects inside.

“It was penetrated and when the suspects noticed that they were approached by the police, one of them fired shots towards the members and the members retaliated, fatally wounding him.

“A 9mm pistol was found in his possession and the second suspect was also arrested after he was found in possession of a CZ 7.5mm pistol with ammunition. Both suspects are suspected to be involved in police killing in KwaMashu and were part of the gang that escaped from [the] Seven Oaks shooting at Greytown last month,” Zwane said.

The arrested man, 23, was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and would appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Zwane said that in a separate incident on Saturday, Phoenix tactical response team members were patrolling in the KwaDukuza area when they followed up information about a suspicious vehicle in the area. A vehicle fitting the description was spotted and stopped. “The driver was searched and was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with ammunition.” It was established that the vehicle was earlier reported stolen in the Hillcrest area.

“On further investigation, the suspect took the members to his homestead at Maphumulo area where they recovered two AK47 assault rifles and ammunition hidden under his bed.

The suspect, 35, was charged accordingly and will appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court [on Monday on charges of] possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, as well as possession of [a] suspected stolen vehicle,” Zwane said.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the arrests and the recovery of unlicensed firearms. “These firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.

“Our detectives will work tirelessly to establish if the suspect arrested in KwaDukuza is not linked to the killing of taxi owners in the province,” she said.

Rhodes Park case: identikits released

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By Staff reporter

Johannesburg – Police have released the identikits of three men they say may be able to assist with the investigation into the Rhodes Park murder case.

Police are also offering a reward of up to R100 000 for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of six suspects wanted in connection with the murder and rape cases at Rhodes Park.

Two suspects who have already been charged are due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on December 9.

The men are suspected of being part of a gang that attacked two couples as they strolled inside Rhodes Park in Kensington.

The gang allegedly tied the men up, threw them into the lake and left them to drown.

The gang then allegedly raped one of the women. The other woman managed to escape before they could get to her.

Anyone with information may contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Bruce van der Schyff, on 082 651 7769 at all hours or Crime Stop at 08600 10111 at all hours.

‘More South Africans living in fear’

01 December 2015 at 1:32pm

921008447Parliament – More South African households perceive crime to be increasing and feel less safe in their neighbourhoods, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed in its latest Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) on Tuesday.

“South African households are currently starting to increasingly feel that the levels of violent and property crimes are increasing and this makes it more and more unsafe for them to walk in the parks or even allow their children to play alone in the parks,” said Kefiloe Masiteng, deputy director general for population and social statistics

Burglary and home robbery remained the most feared crime, according to the survey conducted among 30 000 households in the country between 2014 and 2015.

“More and more people are starting to feel more victimised,” said Masiteng.

The prevalence of burglaries among the respondents increased from 4.6 percent in 2010 to 5.1 percent in 2014/15, while home robberies decreased from 2.6 percent to 1.2 percent during the same period.

“About 2.1 percent of individuals experienced theft of their personal property, while 0.9 percent experienced assault in 2014/15,” Masiteng said.

There was also a decline in the number of people who felt safe when it was dark from 2011 to 2014/15, with just over a third of those interviewed feeling safe walking in their areas alone.

“As a result of fear of crime, more of the households in South Africa took measures to protect themselves and their property,” said Masiteng.

“More than half of the households took physical protection measures for their homes while almost a third took physical protection measures for their vehicles.”

Asked what they believed the motives for propety crimes were, a third of the respondents believed they were drug-related. This perception was higher in the Western Cape where 85.7 percent of respondents believed drugs were behind burglaries and other property-related crime, followed by the Eastern Cape (84.6 percent) and Gauteng (81.5 percent).

In keeping with surveys from previous years, households felt less satisfied with the courts and police.

“In 2014/15, an estimated 57 percent of households were satisfied with the police in their area, while about 54 percent were satisfied with the performance of the courts,” said Masiteng.

“Those who were satisfied with the courts thought that courts passed appropriate sentences, while some of those who were satisfied with the police were of the opinion that the police come to the scene of crime and they were committed in their work.”

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Boy (9) in critical condition after falling from apartment window

100JOHANNESBURG – A nine-year-old boy is in a critical condition after falling from an apartment building in Killarney.

It’s understood the boy fell out of the third storey window yesterday.

ER24’s Chitra Bodasing said the exact cause of the incident is being investigated.

“Paramedics assessed the child who was lying on the ground and found that he sustained critical injuries. He was treated and airlifted to hospital for further medical care.

“The cause of the incident is unknown, we’re not actually sure if the parents were there at the time.”

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We need a meeting of minds on crime intelligence – top cop

1443778497-1Johannesburg – Police deputy provincial commissioner Major General Theko Pharasi made grand promises to the Gauteng crime intelligence network (GCIN) during its convention at the National Museum of Military History on Saturday.

He said police must form a stronger partnership with the GCIN which, meant they would move its services to premier David Makhura’s war room.

“We need to have a meeting of the minds. I want to have GCIN meet with the most prominent members of crime intelligence and have you become part of or war rooms to the highest levels of our office in Gauteng at the premier’s office. This partnership between police and the GCIN needs to be enhanced at the highest levels,” he said.

This meant the GCIN would collaborate and share information and resources with different government spheres to fight crime across the province.

 GCIN operates across Gauteng and with networks in the Northen Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The crime prevention organisation shares crime intelligence with police and policing forums.

Government launched the Ntirhisano service delivery war room in 2014 to integrate government spheres so as to transform service delivery in Gauteng.

During its official launch, Makhura said this was “one of the radical changes” made by the new administration as it mounted an offensive on poor service delivery.

– News24