“Squeezing the space for criminals through an offensive approach” – Minister of Police, Minister Bheki Cele

Speaker notes by the Minister of Police, Minister Bheki Cele on the stabilization approach on the crime in South Africa.

Venue: Tshwane Academy

The National Commissioner of Police
All Deputy National Commissioners
The Head: Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations All Regional Commissioners
All Divisional Commissioners All Provincial Commissioners All Component Heads
The media

Good morning and thank you for this opportunity.

During the recent past, South Africa has been plagued with serious and violent crimes, particularly aggravated robberies which has instilled fear in our innocent, vulnerable and law-abiding citizens of our country.

On this backdrop I have directed the SAPS Top Management to adopt and extraordinary operational approach to stabilize this crime wave which must be followed by a normalization approach.

Therefore, in our efforts to stamping the authority of the State, we will be introducing the execution of a high density stabilization intervention going forward.

This will entail the migration of resources from a strategic framework level to an operational framework level. This means that in provinces such as Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, which provinces are most affected by this crime wave, we will be boosted by the deployment Lieutenant Generals. We will also be mobilizing all Police Act (functional) members that are ordinarily tasked with administration duties to augment the visibility of police officers, particularly in identified hotspot areas in all provinces.

Our intention is to combat crimes, among others, cash-in-transit heists, car hi-jacking, murders, house robberies, gang violence and related crimes, taxi violence and related crimes.

We will also be dedicating teams to track and arrest wanted suspects as part of our Organised Crime Threat Analysis (OCTA) approach.

In order to ensure a sustainable stabilization of crime, we realized that we would also need to ensure a downward management of “red dockets” (cold cases). In this, dedicated detectives will be working around the clock to gather information and evidence to identify those responsible for committing serious and violent crimes.

This will be a 24 hour multi-disciplinary activation plan dubbed “Squeezing the space for criminals through an offensive approach”.

The South African Police Service remains committed to ensuring that people in South Africa are and feel safe as outlined in Outcome 3 of the National Development Plan 2030. Not only do we want to ensure that people are and feel safe but we also want to ensure an environment conducive for and effective and efficient Grand Economic Strategy of the country. If the economy of our country flourishes then we can expect that crime will drop. If crime persists, the economy is not likely to flourish.

Moving forward, we will ensure high density visibility of uniformed police officers on foot and vehicles, supported by the SAPS air wing, continuous cordon and search operations, continuous roadblocks and relentless search for wanted suspects.

As part of the community mobilization, I call on all South Africans to be our eyes and ears by providing information on criminal activities preferable before they happen. Information can be provided to the local police station or to our Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. I also want to make a clarion call our SAPS members to work closely with the members of the community if we want to realise the desired support from all sectors of society.

I thank you

High speed chase ends in arrests of wanted suspects. 

Vision Tactical security guards noticed noticed suspicious activity early on Thursday morning at a site in crown mines. They immediately called for backup. As the tactical response arrived the suspects attempted to flee and fired shots in traffic. 

Vision Tactical gave chase towards the small bridge heading into Ormonde. One suspect ran into the bush and was apprehended. The chase continued and the suspects pushed a response vehicle into a taxi while continuing to fire at Vision Tactical and JMPD.

The other suspect was apprehended higher up on Xavier. Firearms and the vehicle was stolen. Suspects were handed over to SAPS 

Vodacom, ER24 partners with lifesaving SMS Emergency Service

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The service addresses a serious need that currently exists in the market. Previously, Deaf and hearing impaired persons were unable to contact an emergency service centre as it could only be accessed via voice calls.

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10 Tips when looking at vehicle tracking

Considering the time you spend in your car and that your car is one of the biggest assets, if not the biggest, that you own, you can never implement enough security measures to ensure its safety. In a country where cars are not only stolen frequently, but smuggled over the border or stripped down in a matter of minutes, a tracking system is arguably one of the best safety precautions to have installed.

For those of us who haven’t made the smart choice yet, here is a list of the top ten things to look out for before investing in a tracking system.

  1. Is the tracking company partnered with the SAPS?
    If the company is partnered with the South African Police Service, the police themselves will be involved in the tracking process should your vehicle ever be stolen. The company will enlist the help of the SAPS network of over 1 400 vehicles and 50 aircraft, often leading to swifter arrests and faster recovery of the vehicle in question.
  2. Is the tracking device accepted by car insurers?
    If the device is accepted by insurance companies, chances are that you will be able to reduce the cost of your monthly car insurance premiums as a result.
  3. Does the company have a reputable ‘track’ record?
    What percentage of stolen vehicles has the company managed to recover over the years? This percentage will be a good indication of whether the particular tracking device is a trustworthy one or not.
  4. Does the company offer you a variety of package options?
    Obviously, the more variety that there is, the easier it will be to choose a tracking device that best suits your needs and your budget.
  5. What tracking options do you have?
    If you opt for a slightly more advanced package, are you given the option to track your vehicle yourself using your smartphone, tablet or computer? This is a great benefit to have, especially if you are prone to forgetting where you parked your car!
  6. What extras does the tracking company offer you?
    Think vehicle monitoring, roadside assistance, zone management etc. While you may have to pay a little bit extra each month in order to make use of these add ons, some of them are incredibly convenient to have.
  7. Does the system come with an ‘Assist’ or ‘Panic’ button?
    Make sure that it does. This will make it possible for you to unnoticeably alert your tracking system provider if you’re in the process of being hijacked. It’ll also save you a phone call if you need roadside assistance.
  8. Is the tracking device maintenance-free?
    The best tracking devices either come with a warranty or are 100% maintenance-free. It is also wise to ensure that the device comes equipped with its own independent backup battery.
  9. How accurate is the tracking device?
    Ultimately, the more accurate the device, the easier it will be to trace and recover your vehicle. The best tracking systems are able to track your vehicle within five metres of its exact location.
  10. Are you getting value for money?
    To determine this, you’ll have to shop around, which is always a good idea. Make sure that you aren’t paying for something that another reliable provider will give you for free.

As you can see, it is incredibly important to do your research before taking the plunge and choosing a vehicle tracking system. After all, this little piece of technology is going to be responsible for protecting your most prized possession.

Remember, by having a tracking device installed, not only will it provide you with peace of mind, but it might also result in cheaper car insurance premiums.


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Tracker – Sales Consultant

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nlalla@tracker.co.za


 

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Our vehicles are equipped with smart devices that easily allows for various customizable call flows between connected devices with tactical offices, emergency services and related third parties – reducing the complexity of getting lifesaving data from connected devices the control room and our clients. The systems sends precise location and additional data from our alarms and mobile app panics to connected devices and our control room. The tactical team and control has full transparency of ETA’s, live from the road, so that we can dispatch the right response for any situation. Simple and fast updated via Wi-Fi, means knowing our team have access to the most up to date information when they are on the road. Remote updates and maps allows for faster deployment of our tactical officers in the field.

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City staff robbed, hijacked while doing flood repair jobs

Others have been robbed while fixing power lines or water pipes.

In the wake of flash floods and heavy rainfall last week, criminals are hampering mop-up operations and service restorations in the City of Tshwane, with one senior official being hijacked while supervising a callout.

City personnel have been attacked and robbed, City of Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba said.

A director of energy in the city, who was on a callout in Nellmapius, Mamelodi on Saturday, was attacked by armed hijackers who took his car and cellphone.

“He was not harmed, but they took his vehicle, phones and belongings. These are some of the challenges we are faced with. “Some of our managers are driving their private vehicles to ensure our people get services, but they are exposed to danger. Their belongings are taken at gunpoint,” Bokaba added.

Technicians and electricians have been working around the clock to fix power outages that had left close to 80% of the city in the dark. Staff were “thinly stretched”, with each getting between four to five hours sleep before resuming duty, he added.

Most of the city had power again, but a substation on Eland Road in Koedoespoort was “completely vandalised” so there will be no power there for several days.

The city’s roads were covered in mud and debris after floods followed two days of non-stop rain.

Many parts of Pretoria had power outages or burst water pipes for more than 48 hours.

Roads were closed as potholes formed, with one car falling into a three-metredeep sinkhole on the R55 near Valhalla.

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Police warn residents to be on the lookout for ATM scammers

Police warn residents against potential scammers at ATMs following a complaint by an elderly woman. 

Parkview Police have issued safety tips to anyone who makes cash withdrawals at an ATM machine.

This follows a report from an elderly woman residing in Parkhurst, who alleged that two men attempted to scam her at the ATM located on 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, after she had withdrawn cash on 19 February.

The complainant, who would not be named, said the two men advised her to insert her bank card back into the ATM machine and enter her Pin as she needed to cancel her transaction before departing.

Following the report, Rosebank Killarney Gazette contacted the Parkview Police Station. Captain Tintswalo Sibeko, spokesperson at the station said, “This is the first report we have received from someone being scammed at an ATM. We, would, however, like to advise residents to be vigilant at all times while making use of an ATM.”

She offered the following safety tips:

  • Be alert and conscious of your surroundings when using the ATM
  • Never give your card or Pin ( personal identification number) to anyone, for any reason
  • Don’t write your Pin on the card or anything that is kept with the card
  • Do not insert your card until asked to do so by the display screen
  • Never use an ATM with a blank screen and, if the ATM is obscured from view or poorly lit, leave immediately and find another ATM
  • Stand close to the ATM and use your body and hand as a shield to make sure nobody sees you keying in your Pin
  • Make sure you keep your hand over the card slot to make sure nobody can swop or take your card
  • Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM. You should be wary of strangers asking for help
  • Criminals work in teams – one to distract you while the other steals your card or money
  • If your card is retained (swallowed) by the ATM, it is advisable to phone your bank’ s toll-free stop-card line immediately and stop your card
  • Never allow a bystander to call the toll-free stop-card line on your behalf – they could be tricking you into thinking your card has been stopped
  • Guards are placed at ATMs to discourage criminal activities and therefore cannot help you with transactions
  • It is advisable to set a daily ATM withdrawal limit at your branch
  • If you need help, ask a bank official.
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Enterprise polony identified as source of listeria outbreak

More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.
Image: ALON SKUY

Polony and products from an Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are the source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.

More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.

The results from the factory were confirmed at midnight on Saturday at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases as the strain to blame for the outbreak that killed 27% of patients in South Africa.

“Avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat‚” said Motsoaledi. He told pregnant women to avoid any processed meat “like the plague”.

“The National Consumer Commission has issued the manufacturer involved [Enterprise] with food recall notices‚” Motsoaledi said.

This particular strain of listeria monocytogenes that infected so many people is sequence-type 6 and was particularly “virulent”. It was transmitted from food.

It led to at least 180 deaths and infected almost 1‚000 people.

“It is the worst outbreak in global history‚” Professor Lucia Anelich from Anelich Consulting Food Safety Solutions said earlier.

Listeriosis affects the elderly‚ those with compromised immune systems such as people with Aids and diabetics, and newborn babies.

The disease is particularly scary for pregnant woman who may have no symptoms when being infected with the bacteria but can pass it on to their babies.

It is believed the number of stillbirths may have increased as a result of pregnant women infected with it‚ said Juno Thomas‚ head of enteric diseases at the NICD.

One of the reasons it is so hard to find is because, even in solid food‚ a scientist may sample the infected food and not find it. For example‚ a slice of polony could be tested and have none of the micro-organism, but a different slice could have it.

Anelich said: “A micro-organism in a solid food is not homogenously distributed throughout food. A statistical sampling technique has to be used to ensure it is detected.”

It is also difficult to find in factories. Anelich said it could hide away in niches in the factory environment in cracks or bad joints and pipes.

Even if you sanitised a factory‚ you could miss the bugs hiding in cracks‚ she said.

Listeria bacteria can sense when it is near other bacteria and secrete a sugary goo. This substance is called a biofilm and can allow the bacteria to live on inanimate surfaces.

The biofilm protects the bacteria from cleaning agents. “A detergent could get superficial cells but leave behind some bacteria.”

Motsoaledi said that people at risk such as pregnant women‚ those with HIV and weakened immune system had to avoid all ready-to-eat products such as viennas‚ polony and frankfurters. These could be cross-contaminated in shops as they are often stored next to polony.

A Rainbow Chicken factory in Wolwerhoek in Sasolburg also tested positive for listeria monocytogenes – but it was not the strain causing this current outbreak.

Polony made by Rainbow Chicken has also been recalled.

Listeriosis – what to do with your Enterprise or Rainbow polony?

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