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  •   This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana North West Province on August 16 2012 which claimed the lives of miners security guards and members of the South African Police SAPS The government joins families friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community As a supportive government we firmly believe that Marikana s renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process but will also result in the socio economic development of the area The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives Together with Sibanye Stillwater the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019 the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy Minister to the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele said The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated He exposed the gaps in South Africa s socio economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam Minister Gungubele added Since that unfortunate incident the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community the government is encouraged that Sibanye Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families In addition the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender based violence and women s empowerment The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co create a shared vision The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope in collaboration with all stakeholders Revitalize the mining sector The country s economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns including Marikana and its surroundings The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much needed jobs As a government we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country Since then Sibanye Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties Compensation to families In terms of compensation more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants According to the Attorney General Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani half of the remaining forty eight 48 cases have been resolved The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022 as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa Northwest Division The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court In the first case General Mzondase Mpembe a former deputy police commissioner and three senior police officers Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule were charged with frustrating the ends of justice This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala 60 who allegedly died in a police vehicle This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers Colonel Salmon Vermaak Constable Nkosana Mguye Warrant Officer WO Katlego Sekgweleya WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers security officers and other employees who were not on strike attempted murder and malicious property damage to mining buildings cars and other property The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused The matter was referred to September 9 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr Isaiah Twala WO Tsietsi Monene WO Sello Lepaku Mr Hassan Fundi and Mr Frans Mabelane Regarding the events that occurred on August 16 2012 in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2 the investigations are still ongoing Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease COVID 19 Sibanye Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID 19 vaccination programme with over 10 000 employees vaccinated from June 25 2021 in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health New schools Sibanye Stillwater in partnership with the Department for Basic Education DBE has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas Marikana High School was completed in 2020 The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20 2021 destined for Marikana Wonderkop Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements DHS has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana with several housing units already built The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana Massive infrastructure was also installed DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries In late August 2020 Sibanye Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022 as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows homes Sibanye Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba in association with Sibanye Stillwater recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights
    Government commemorates Marikana tragedy
      This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana North West Province on August 16 2012 which claimed the lives of miners security guards and members of the South African Police SAPS The government joins families friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community As a supportive government we firmly believe that Marikana s renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process but will also result in the socio economic development of the area The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives Together with Sibanye Stillwater the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019 the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy Minister to the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele said The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated He exposed the gaps in South Africa s socio economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam Minister Gungubele added Since that unfortunate incident the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community the government is encouraged that Sibanye Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families In addition the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender based violence and women s empowerment The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co create a shared vision The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope in collaboration with all stakeholders Revitalize the mining sector The country s economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns including Marikana and its surroundings The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much needed jobs As a government we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country Since then Sibanye Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties Compensation to families In terms of compensation more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants According to the Attorney General Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani half of the remaining forty eight 48 cases have been resolved The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022 as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa Northwest Division The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court In the first case General Mzondase Mpembe a former deputy police commissioner and three senior police officers Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule were charged with frustrating the ends of justice This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala 60 who allegedly died in a police vehicle This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers Colonel Salmon Vermaak Constable Nkosana Mguye Warrant Officer WO Katlego Sekgweleya WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers security officers and other employees who were not on strike attempted murder and malicious property damage to mining buildings cars and other property The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused The matter was referred to September 9 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr Isaiah Twala WO Tsietsi Monene WO Sello Lepaku Mr Hassan Fundi and Mr Frans Mabelane Regarding the events that occurred on August 16 2012 in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2 the investigations are still ongoing Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease COVID 19 Sibanye Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID 19 vaccination programme with over 10 000 employees vaccinated from June 25 2021 in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health New schools Sibanye Stillwater in partnership with the Department for Basic Education DBE has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas Marikana High School was completed in 2020 The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20 2021 destined for Marikana Wonderkop Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements DHS has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana with several housing units already built The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana Massive infrastructure was also installed DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries In late August 2020 Sibanye Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022 as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows homes Sibanye Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba in association with Sibanye Stillwater recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights
    Government commemorates Marikana tragedy
    Africa4 months ago

    Government commemorates Marikana tragedy

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West Province, on August 16, 2012, which claimed the lives of miners, security guards and members of the South African Police (SAPS).

    The government joins families, friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

    Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community.

    As a supportive government, we firmly believe that Marikana's renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process, but will also result in the socio-economic development of the area.

    The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives.

    Together with Sibanye-Stillwater, the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019, the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy.

    Minister to the Presidency, Mr. Mondli Gungubele, said: “The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated.

    He exposed the gaps in South Africa's socio-economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection.

    The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam."

    Minister Gungubele added: “Since that unfortunate incident, the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented.

    We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS.

    We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners.” As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community, the government is encouraged that Sibanye-Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families.

    In addition, the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender-based violence and women's empowerment.

    The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co-create a shared vision.

    The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope, in collaboration with all stakeholders.

    Revitalize the mining sector The country's economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector.

    The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns, including Marikana and its surroundings.

    The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export.

    It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much-needed jobs.

    As a government, we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country.

    Since then, Sibanye-Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area.

    Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties.

    Compensation to families In terms of compensation, more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants.

    According to the Attorney General, Mr. Fhedzisani Pandelani, half of the remaining forty-eight (48) cases have been resolved.

    The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022, as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba, who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis.

    Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa; Northwest Division.

    The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court.

    In the first case, General Mzondase Mpembe, a former deputy police commissioner, and three senior police officers, Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl, Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule, were charged with frustrating the ends of justice.

    .

    This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr. Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala (60), who allegedly died in a police vehicle.

    This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge.

    The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers, Colonel Salmon Vermaak, Constable Nkosana Mguye, Warrant Officer (WO) Katlego Sekgweleya, WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela.

    The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners.

    The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al.

    The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers, security officers, and other employees who were not on strike; attempted murder, and malicious property damage to mining buildings, cars, and other property.

    The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused.

    The matter was referred to September 9, 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng.

    Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr. Isaiah Twala, WO Tsietsi Monene, WO Sello Lepaku, Mr. Hassan Fundi and Mr. Frans Mabelane.

    Regarding the events that occurred on August 16, 2012, in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2, the investigations are still ongoing.

    Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Sibanye-Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID-19 vaccination programme, with over 10,000 employees vaccinated from June 25, 2021, in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health.

    New schools Sibanye-Stillwater, in partnership with the Department for Basic Education (DBE), has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana.

    Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas.

    Marikana High School was completed in 2020.

    The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20, 2021, destined for Marikana, Wonderkop, Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools.

    A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents.

    Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana, with several housing units already built.

    The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana.

    Massive infrastructure was also installed.

    DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana, which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries.

    In late August 2020, Sibanye-Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

    Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022, as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows' homes.

    Sibanye-Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana.

    Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba, in association with Sibanye-Stillwater, recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built.

    memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure.

    Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying, “The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again.

    Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers, those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor.

    We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights.”

  •   South Africa is facing a big problem gender based violence While the statistics tell a disturbing story the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more especially men to confront this scourge As the Western Cape Government WCG we are doing everything we can to address gender based violence But today Prime Minister Alan Winde officials from the Prime Minister s Office Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis decided do a little more They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station Such facilities offer survivors of crime particularly gender based violence safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support as well as more information about other support services It may just be a lick of paint but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint brushes rollers and the like and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims Empowerment Room a place of dignity comfort and security Prime Minister Winde noted Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women s Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room It s a small gesture but we do it with deep compassion However I repeat it the Premier emphasized it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year we have to do something 365 days a year More importantly we have to stop this scourge once and for all She emphasized We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender based violence we all have to do our bit in any way we can Before turning to the job at hand Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts The work you do is very important It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area Mayor Hill Lewis said Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer The WCG is tackling gender based violence and promoting gender equality and women s empowerment in a number of ways Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts cultural activities and sports We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries through our arts and culture programs giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects The Department offers several programs dealing with gender based violence and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47 Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector which has a dedicated focus on women We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year CapeNature s Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country there are still too many people especially young women out of work in the province That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women owned MSMEs and provides training programs focused on upskilling women so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women s Month Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women s health issues to empower women women where the Health and Well being of Women are at the center We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women s health and their need for protection safety and well being incorporating health as everyone s business Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures among others Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe such as street corners and open spaces and design to counter these blind spots Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children Police Oversight and Community Safety We advance and promote equality in the workplace secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen Many young women are given opportunities in male dominated fields such as firefighting welding electrical circuits law enforcement Social Development We promote the well being of women through a basket of services such as psychosocial support services We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez
    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room
      South Africa is facing a big problem gender based violence While the statistics tell a disturbing story the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more especially men to confront this scourge As the Western Cape Government WCG we are doing everything we can to address gender based violence But today Prime Minister Alan Winde officials from the Prime Minister s Office Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis decided do a little more They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station Such facilities offer survivors of crime particularly gender based violence safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support as well as more information about other support services It may just be a lick of paint but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint brushes rollers and the like and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims Empowerment Room a place of dignity comfort and security Prime Minister Winde noted Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women s Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room It s a small gesture but we do it with deep compassion However I repeat it the Premier emphasized it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year we have to do something 365 days a year More importantly we have to stop this scourge once and for all She emphasized We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender based violence we all have to do our bit in any way we can Before turning to the job at hand Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts The work you do is very important It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area Mayor Hill Lewis said Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer The WCG is tackling gender based violence and promoting gender equality and women s empowerment in a number of ways Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts cultural activities and sports We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries through our arts and culture programs giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects The Department offers several programs dealing with gender based violence and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47 Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector which has a dedicated focus on women We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year CapeNature s Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country there are still too many people especially young women out of work in the province That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women owned MSMEs and provides training programs focused on upskilling women so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women s Month Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women s health issues to empower women women where the Health and Well being of Women are at the center We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women s health and their need for protection safety and well being incorporating health as everyone s business Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures among others Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe such as street corners and open spaces and design to counter these blind spots Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children Police Oversight and Community Safety We advance and promote equality in the workplace secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen Many young women are given opportunities in male dominated fields such as firefighting welding electrical circuits law enforcement Social Development We promote the well being of women through a basket of services such as psychosocial support services We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez
    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room
    Africa4 months ago

    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room

    South Africa is facing a big problem: gender-based violence.

    While the statistics tell a disturbing story, the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more, especially men, to confront this scourge.

    As the Western Cape Government (WCG), we are doing everything we can to address gender-based violence.

    But today, Prime Minister Alan Winde, officials from the Prime Minister's Office, Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen, along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis decided do a little more.

    They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station.

    Such facilities offer survivors of crime, particularly gender-based violence, safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support, as well as more information about other support services.

    It may just be a lick of paint, but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe, restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief.

    Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime.

    The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint, brushes, rollers and the like, and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims' Empowerment Room a place of dignity, comfort and security.

    Prime Minister Winde noted: “Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes.

    The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women's Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room. It's a small gesture, but we do it with deep compassion."

    “However, I repeat it”, the Premier emphasized, “it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year, we have to do something 365 days a year.

    More importantly, we have to stop this scourge once and for all."

    She emphasized: “We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender-based violence, we all have to do our bit in any way we can.

    .” Before turning to the job at hand, Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts: “The work you do is very important.

    It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity.” He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area.

    Mayor Hill-Lewis said, “Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity.

    Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime.

    The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer."

    The WCG is tackling gender-based violence and promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in a number of ways: Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said: “Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts, cultural activities and sports.

    We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries, through our arts and culture programs, giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports, and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives.” Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative, which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority.

    "We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects."

    The Department offers several programs dealing with gender-based violence, and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47.

    Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls.

    Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other.

    “We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water, energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities.

    I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector, which has a dedicated focus on women.

    We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year.

    CapeNature's Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households."

    Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, there are still too many people, especially young women, out of work in the province.

    That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities.

    “Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through/ The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women-owned MSMEs and provides training programs, focused on upskilling women, so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed,” said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger.

    Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women's Month, Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women's health issues to empower women women, where the Health and Well-being of Women are at the center.

    "We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women's health and their need for protection, safety and well-being, incorporating health as everyone's business."

    Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector.

    The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures, among others: Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services; Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility; Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe, such as street corners and open spaces; and design to counter these blind spots; Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children.

    Police Oversight and Community Safety “We advance and promote equality in the workplace, secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program,” says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen .

    Many young women are given opportunities in male-dominated fields such as firefighting, welding, electrical circuits, law enforcement.

    Social Development “We promote the well-being of women through a basket of services, such as psychosocial support services.

    We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence.

    We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women,” said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez.

  •   The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
      The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
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    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal

    The Minister of the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, officially opened Women's Month 2022 under the slogan: "Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women: building back better for the resilience of women!" women!" The National Women's Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government, civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government.

    During her address to 1,000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop, the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year's theme is to advance the agenda for the socio-economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030.

    "The issue is in line with South Africa's constitutional vision and the government's political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2019-2024," the minister said.

    Nkoana-Mashabane.

    The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio-economic empowerment and advancement of women, girls and women with disabilities in South Africa.

    “At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women, youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing, owning and controlling income-generating assets within the economy.” "We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met."

    "The recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change."

    “Now, more than ever, the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way.

    We must explore the economic, social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality.” The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy, women continue to be on the periphery of the country's development agenda.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities, leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty, rising food and fuel prices, climate change, unemployment, and high rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF)”.

    "We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve."

    “Not long ago, young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video.

    Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable.” “We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon.

    We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal.” In the words of the stalwart of the struggle, Mme Ida Mntwana: “Let us go out as a united force, let us take our place in the fight for freedom.

    If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel, the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women.

    Let us unite, let us move forward with courage and determination.”

  •   A total of 259 rhinos have been poached for their horn in South Africa in the first six months of 2022 Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu Natal where most rhinos have been killed this year This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching said Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy The number of rhinos poached between January and June 2022 is 10 more than the 249 poached nationwide in the first six months of 2021 From January to the end of June 2022 82 rhinos were poached for their horns in the Kruger National Park Poaching statistics for 2022 show a loss of 210 rhinos on state property and 49 in private parks As indicated the most affected during this period is KwaZulu Natal which recorded a loss of 133 rhinos This is more than triple the 33 rhinos killed in the first six months of 2021 The demand for rhino horn remains an ongoing threat to our rhino populations as crime syndicates continue to operate within our borders The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies including SAPS DPCI and Green Scorpions customs officials and the National Prosecutor s Office These efforts are supported by private security Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking In addition to the work being done within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones the partnership now includes the financial and transportation sectors as well as transit and end user countries in Southeast Asia notably with the People s Republic of China Malaysia and Vietnam Between January and June 69 people were arrested in connection with poaching and trafficking in rhino horn Of these 13 suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park As a result of the ongoing work of integrated enforcement teams at OR Tambo International Airport 4 suspected rhino horn traffickers were arrested between January and June of this year for trying to smuggle 56 pieces of rhino horn out of the country In one case cooperation between authorities in the Falcons Malaysia and Qatar led to the arrest of another suspected trafficker of rhino horn and his haul of rhino horn parts at Doha airport in Qatar This arrest demonstrates the success of cooperation between countries to combat wildlife trafficking internationally The Hawks are also working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an investigation stemming from the discovery in June of a suspicious package at FedEx that was destined for the US The package contained 8 kilograms of rhino horn hidden like pieces of wooden art Several search and seizure operations were conducted across the country with the Hawks arresting one suspect and seizing 29 rhino horns during an operation at the storage and packing facility in Bedfordview where rhino horns are prepared and packaged for illegal markets in Southeast Asia In combined police operations two suspects were arrested in June when they were pulled over by Highway Patrol in Bedfordview and found to have two new rhino horns Two suspects one of them a former Ezemvelo KZN Parks ranger were arrested earlier this month after his vehicle was searched and two new rhino horns were seized One of the accused had previously been arrested for possession of rhino horn in the Kruger National Park An integrated operation to tackle money laundering and corruption related to rhino horn trafficking activities within the Kruger National Park was carried out on 23 April 2022 Various search and search warrants were authorized and executed in multiple properties in the Park and its surroundings with the aim of effectively dismantling the operations of some of the main objectives A multi dimensional team led by the Hawks was assembled supported by the Kruger National Park and Inventory Theft and Endangered Species in Skukuza and premises were searched in Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the operation Three suspects were arrested during the operation which included two rangers from the Kruger National Park The arrests and the success of this operation had a significant impact on rhino poaching activities within the Kruger Park and sent a strong message that corrupt and illegal activities will not be tolerated One of the rangers was fired during the departmental hearing on July 21 2022 The other ranger s departmental hearing is ongoing pending the outcome of the court process In total 51 cases have been completed in which 51 people were convicted The harshest sentence handed down was 34 years in prison while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhinos and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition In the Skukuza court two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching a rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and being in the country illegally They were sentenced to 18 years in prison In a separate matter two Mozambican citizens were found guilty of poaching two rhinos in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and sentenced to 19 years in prison In addition three South Africans were convicted of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and firearms related charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison The global watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism the Financial Action Task Force FATF completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats facing South Africa and the effort being made to combat these crimes During this process the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of criminal proceeds was found to represent a medium to high risk to the country In response to the FATF recommendations earlier this year the National Prosecutor s Office obtained its first conviction on separate charges under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention Money Laundering Act In this matter the individual was accused of laundering the money obtained among others from the purchase of rhino horn through a casino Ping Wu was sentenced to 5 years in prison The success of this prosecution demonstrates the importance of the government s integrated approach to combating rhino horn trafficking with an increased focus on the financial crimes involved We look forward to many similar successes in the near future To mark World Ranger Day Minister Creecy last week paid a special tribute to rangers working in conservation areas across the country for their continued commitment to protecting South Africa s iconic species from poaching Following the murder earlier this week of well known anti poaching ranger Anton Mzimba at his home in Timbavati we are reminded of the threats rangers face on a daily basis from poachers and their crime bosses These are men and women who deserve our respect and support as we join together to improve their security the Minister said In May Kruger National Park field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula was killed by a buffalo while on patrol in the Shangoni Ranger Section He has been remembered by his family and colleagues as a dedicated young man who served with discipline and distinction In recent years ranger work has shifted from a general focus on species conservation to a more militant way of operating against well armed criminal gangs that enter national parks and private and state conservation areas to poach rhinos elephants and others species Rangers often spend weeks away from home living in the jungle in an effort to protect the country s natural environment from looting Our rangers need all the support we can give them They are men and women who despite many challenges remain committed to the task at hand despite not knowing what the day will bring said the Minister Members of the public can report any suspicious wildlife activity to their Environmental Crimes Hotline which is 0800 205 005 or SAPS number 10111 Links to the Minister s audio visual recordings Audio https bit ly 3Js8Fqj link is external Video https youtu be Ifjmh8Fl8zY link is external
    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on poached rhinos in South Africa in the first six months of 2022
      A total of 259 rhinos have been poached for their horn in South Africa in the first six months of 2022 Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu Natal where most rhinos have been killed this year This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching said Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy The number of rhinos poached between January and June 2022 is 10 more than the 249 poached nationwide in the first six months of 2021 From January to the end of June 2022 82 rhinos were poached for their horns in the Kruger National Park Poaching statistics for 2022 show a loss of 210 rhinos on state property and 49 in private parks As indicated the most affected during this period is KwaZulu Natal which recorded a loss of 133 rhinos This is more than triple the 33 rhinos killed in the first six months of 2021 The demand for rhino horn remains an ongoing threat to our rhino populations as crime syndicates continue to operate within our borders The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies including SAPS DPCI and Green Scorpions customs officials and the National Prosecutor s Office These efforts are supported by private security Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking In addition to the work being done within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones the partnership now includes the financial and transportation sectors as well as transit and end user countries in Southeast Asia notably with the People s Republic of China Malaysia and Vietnam Between January and June 69 people were arrested in connection with poaching and trafficking in rhino horn Of these 13 suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park As a result of the ongoing work of integrated enforcement teams at OR Tambo International Airport 4 suspected rhino horn traffickers were arrested between January and June of this year for trying to smuggle 56 pieces of rhino horn out of the country In one case cooperation between authorities in the Falcons Malaysia and Qatar led to the arrest of another suspected trafficker of rhino horn and his haul of rhino horn parts at Doha airport in Qatar This arrest demonstrates the success of cooperation between countries to combat wildlife trafficking internationally The Hawks are also working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an investigation stemming from the discovery in June of a suspicious package at FedEx that was destined for the US The package contained 8 kilograms of rhino horn hidden like pieces of wooden art Several search and seizure operations were conducted across the country with the Hawks arresting one suspect and seizing 29 rhino horns during an operation at the storage and packing facility in Bedfordview where rhino horns are prepared and packaged for illegal markets in Southeast Asia In combined police operations two suspects were arrested in June when they were pulled over by Highway Patrol in Bedfordview and found to have two new rhino horns Two suspects one of them a former Ezemvelo KZN Parks ranger were arrested earlier this month after his vehicle was searched and two new rhino horns were seized One of the accused had previously been arrested for possession of rhino horn in the Kruger National Park An integrated operation to tackle money laundering and corruption related to rhino horn trafficking activities within the Kruger National Park was carried out on 23 April 2022 Various search and search warrants were authorized and executed in multiple properties in the Park and its surroundings with the aim of effectively dismantling the operations of some of the main objectives A multi dimensional team led by the Hawks was assembled supported by the Kruger National Park and Inventory Theft and Endangered Species in Skukuza and premises were searched in Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the operation Three suspects were arrested during the operation which included two rangers from the Kruger National Park The arrests and the success of this operation had a significant impact on rhino poaching activities within the Kruger Park and sent a strong message that corrupt and illegal activities will not be tolerated One of the rangers was fired during the departmental hearing on July 21 2022 The other ranger s departmental hearing is ongoing pending the outcome of the court process In total 51 cases have been completed in which 51 people were convicted The harshest sentence handed down was 34 years in prison while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhinos and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition In the Skukuza court two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching a rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and being in the country illegally They were sentenced to 18 years in prison In a separate matter two Mozambican citizens were found guilty of poaching two rhinos in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and sentenced to 19 years in prison In addition three South Africans were convicted of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and firearms related charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison The global watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism the Financial Action Task Force FATF completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats facing South Africa and the effort being made to combat these crimes During this process the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of criminal proceeds was found to represent a medium to high risk to the country In response to the FATF recommendations earlier this year the National Prosecutor s Office obtained its first conviction on separate charges under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention Money Laundering Act In this matter the individual was accused of laundering the money obtained among others from the purchase of rhino horn through a casino Ping Wu was sentenced to 5 years in prison The success of this prosecution demonstrates the importance of the government s integrated approach to combating rhino horn trafficking with an increased focus on the financial crimes involved We look forward to many similar successes in the near future To mark World Ranger Day Minister Creecy last week paid a special tribute to rangers working in conservation areas across the country for their continued commitment to protecting South Africa s iconic species from poaching Following the murder earlier this week of well known anti poaching ranger Anton Mzimba at his home in Timbavati we are reminded of the threats rangers face on a daily basis from poachers and their crime bosses These are men and women who deserve our respect and support as we join together to improve their security the Minister said In May Kruger National Park field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula was killed by a buffalo while on patrol in the Shangoni Ranger Section He has been remembered by his family and colleagues as a dedicated young man who served with discipline and distinction In recent years ranger work has shifted from a general focus on species conservation to a more militant way of operating against well armed criminal gangs that enter national parks and private and state conservation areas to poach rhinos elephants and others species Rangers often spend weeks away from home living in the jungle in an effort to protect the country s natural environment from looting Our rangers need all the support we can give them They are men and women who despite many challenges remain committed to the task at hand despite not knowing what the day will bring said the Minister Members of the public can report any suspicious wildlife activity to their Environmental Crimes Hotline which is 0800 205 005 or SAPS number 10111 Links to the Minister s audio visual recordings Audio https bit ly 3Js8Fqj link is external Video https youtu be Ifjmh8Fl8zY link is external
    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on poached rhinos in South Africa in the first six months of 2022
    Africa4 months ago

    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on poached rhinos in South Africa in the first six months of 2022

    A total of 259 rhinos have been poached for their horn in South Africa in the first six months of 2022.

    “Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu-Natal, where most rhinos have been killed this year.

    This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching,” said Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy.

    .

    The number of rhinos poached between January and June 2022 is 10 more than the 249 poached nationwide in the first six months of 2021.

    From January to the end of June 2022, 82 rhinos were poached for their horns in the Kruger National Park. Poaching statistics for 2022 show a loss of 210 rhinos on state property and 49 in private parks.

    As indicated, the most affected during this period is KwaZulu-Natal, which recorded a loss of 133 rhinos.

    This is more than triple the 33 rhinos killed in the first six months of 2021.

    The demand for rhino horn remains an ongoing threat to our rhino populations as crime syndicates continue to operate within our borders.

    The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies, including SAPS, DPCI and Green Scorpions, customs officials and the National Prosecutor's Office.

    These efforts are supported by private security.

    Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking.

    In addition to the work being done within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones, the partnership now includes the financial and transportation sectors, as well as transit and end-user countries in Southeast Asia, notably with the People's Republic of China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

    Between January and June, 69 people were arrested in connection with poaching and trafficking in rhino horn.

    Of these, 13 suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park. As a result of the ongoing work of integrated enforcement teams at OR Tambo International Airport, 4 suspected rhino horn traffickers were arrested between January and June of this year for trying to smuggle 56 pieces of rhino horn out of the country.

    In one case, cooperation between authorities in the Falcons, Malaysia and Qatar led to the arrest of another suspected trafficker of rhino horn and his haul of rhino horn parts at Doha airport in Qatar.

    This arrest demonstrates the success of cooperation between countries to combat wildlife trafficking internationally.

    The Hawks are also working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an investigation stemming from the discovery in June of a suspicious package at FedEx that was destined for the US.

    The package contained 8 kilograms of rhino horn.

    hidden like pieces of wooden art.

    Several search and seizure operations were conducted across the country, with the Hawks arresting one suspect and seizing 29 rhino horns during an operation at the storage and packing facility in Bedfordview, where rhino horns are prepared and packaged.

    for illegal markets in Southeast Asia. In combined police operations, two suspects were arrested in June when they were pulled over by Highway Patrol in Bedfordview and found to have two new rhino horns.

    Two suspects, one of them a former Ezemvelo-KZN Parks ranger, were arrested earlier this month after his vehicle was searched and two new rhino horns were seized.

    One of the accused had previously been arrested for possession of rhino horn in the Kruger National Park. An integrated operation to tackle money laundering and corruption related to rhino horn trafficking activities within the Kruger National Park was carried out on 23 April 2022.

    Various search and search warrants were authorized and executed in multiple properties in the Park and its surroundings with the aim of effectively dismantling the operations of some of the main objectives.

    A multi-dimensional team led by the Hawks was assembled, supported by the Kruger National Park and Inventory Theft and Endangered Species in Skukuza and premises were searched in Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the operation.

    Three suspects were arrested during the operation, which included two rangers from the Kruger National Park. The arrests and the success of this operation had a significant impact on rhino poaching activities within the Kruger Park and sent a strong message that corrupt and illegal activities will not be tolerated.

    One of the rangers was fired during the departmental hearing on July 21, 2022.

    The other ranger's departmental hearing is ongoing pending the outcome of the court process.

    In total, 51 cases have been completed in which 51 people were convicted.

    The harshest sentence handed down was 34 years in prison, while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhinos and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

    In the Skukuza court, two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching a rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and being in the country illegally.

    They were sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    In a separate matter, two Mozambican citizens were found guilty of poaching two rhinos in the Kruger National Park, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and sentenced to 19 years in prison.

    In addition, three South Africans were convicted of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and firearms-related charges, and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

    The global watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats facing South Africa and the effort being made to combat these crimes.

    During this process, the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of criminal proceeds was found to represent a medium to high risk to the country.

    In response to the FATF recommendations, earlier this year the National Prosecutor's Office obtained its first conviction on separate charges under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention (Money Laundering) Act. In this matter, the individual was accused of laundering the money obtained, among others, from the purchase of rhino horn, through a casino.

    Ping Wu was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

    The success of this prosecution demonstrates the importance of the government's integrated approach to combating rhino horn trafficking, with an increased focus on the financial crimes involved.

    We look forward to many similar successes in the near future.

    To mark World Ranger Day, Minister Creecy last week paid a special tribute to rangers working in conservation areas across the country for their continued commitment to protecting South Africa's iconic species from poaching.

    “Following the murder earlier this week of well-known anti-poaching ranger Anton Mzimba at his home in Timbavati, we are reminded of the threats rangers face on a daily basis from poachers and their crime bosses.

    These are men and women who deserve our respect and support as we join together to improve their security,” the Minister said.

    In May, Kruger National Park field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula was killed by a buffalo while on patrol in the Shangoni Ranger Section.

    He has been remembered by his family and colleagues as a dedicated young man who served with discipline and distinction.

    In recent years, ranger work has shifted from a general focus on species conservation to a more militant way of operating against well-armed criminal gangs that enter national parks and private and state conservation areas to poach rhinos, elephants and others.

    species.

    Rangers often spend weeks away from home, living in the jungle in an effort to protect the country's natural environment from looting.

    “Our rangers need all the support we can give them.

    They are men and women who, despite many challenges, remain committed to the task at hand despite not knowing what the day will bring,” said the Minister.

    **Members of the public can report any suspicious wildlife activity to their Environmental Crimes Hotline which is 0800 205 005 or SAPS number 10111.

    Links to the Minister's audio-visual recordings: Audio: https:// bit.ly/3Js8Fqj(link is external) Video: https://youtu.be/Ifjmh8Fl8zY(link is external)

  •   The Government acknowledges and appreciates the tireless efforts made by the South African Police Service to address the problem of crime in the country Fighting crime in the country is one of the highest priorities of this administration The mass arrest of more than 80 illegal miners in connection with the rape of eight women in Krugersdorp is testimony to the efforts made by the police to combat crime The suspects are expected to appear before Krugersdorp Magistrates Court today Police operations continue to crack down on illegal activities and arrest undocumented persons as well as wanted criminals in the West Village area of Krugersdorp These operations consist of multi disciplinary teams from Crime Intelligence Special Task Force National Intervention Unit Tactical Response Team K9 units Flying Squad Highway Patrol SAPS Airwing as well as the Department of the Interior and other private security stakeholders In addition the government welcomes the arrest of three suspects for allegedly killing Moses Maluleke Mayor of Collins Chabane Township The suspects are expected to make their first appearance at the Malamulele Magistrate s Court on Monday August 1 2022 They were arrested during intensive police investigations that began immediately after the incident occurred Minister to the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said We are encouraged by the good work done by the South African Police Service SAPS in ensuring the arrest of the perpetrators in both cases and we are confident that justice will be served These are just two examples among many of the quick work done by SAPS to turn the tide on crime in our country The efforts of the SAPS are recognized and we call on communities to play their part and work with the police to tackle crime in the communities
    Government on the efforts made by the South African Police Service to address the problem of crime in the country
      The Government acknowledges and appreciates the tireless efforts made by the South African Police Service to address the problem of crime in the country Fighting crime in the country is one of the highest priorities of this administration The mass arrest of more than 80 illegal miners in connection with the rape of eight women in Krugersdorp is testimony to the efforts made by the police to combat crime The suspects are expected to appear before Krugersdorp Magistrates Court today Police operations continue to crack down on illegal activities and arrest undocumented persons as well as wanted criminals in the West Village area of Krugersdorp These operations consist of multi disciplinary teams from Crime Intelligence Special Task Force National Intervention Unit Tactical Response Team K9 units Flying Squad Highway Patrol SAPS Airwing as well as the Department of the Interior and other private security stakeholders In addition the government welcomes the arrest of three suspects for allegedly killing Moses Maluleke Mayor of Collins Chabane Township The suspects are expected to make their first appearance at the Malamulele Magistrate s Court on Monday August 1 2022 They were arrested during intensive police investigations that began immediately after the incident occurred Minister to the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said We are encouraged by the good work done by the South African Police Service SAPS in ensuring the arrest of the perpetrators in both cases and we are confident that justice will be served These are just two examples among many of the quick work done by SAPS to turn the tide on crime in our country The efforts of the SAPS are recognized and we call on communities to play their part and work with the police to tackle crime in the communities
    Government on the efforts made by the South African Police Service to address the problem of crime in the country
    Africa4 months ago

    Government on the efforts made by the South African Police Service to address the problem of crime in the country

    The Government acknowledges and appreciates the tireless efforts made by the South African Police Service to address the problem of crime in the country.

    Fighting crime in the country is one of the highest priorities of this administration.

    The mass arrest of more than 80 illegal miners in connection with the rape of eight women in Krugersdorp is testimony to the efforts made by the police to combat crime.

    The suspects are expected to appear before Krugersdorp Magistrates' Court today.

    Police operations continue to crack down on illegal activities and arrest undocumented persons as well as wanted criminals in the West Village area of ​​Krugersdorp.

    These operations consist of multi-disciplinary teams from Crime Intelligence, Special Task Force, National Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Team, K9 units, Flying Squad, Highway Patrol, SAPS Airwing, as well as the Department of the Interior and other private security stakeholders.

    .

    In addition, the government welcomes the arrest of three suspects for allegedly killing Moses Maluleke, Mayor of Collins Chabane Township.

    The suspects are expected to make their first appearance at the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on Monday, August 1, 2022.

    They were arrested during intensive police investigations that began immediately after the incident occurred.

    Minister to the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said: “We are encouraged by the good work done by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in ensuring the arrest of the perpetrators in both cases, and we are confident that justice will be served.

    These are just two examples, among many, of the quick work done by SAPS to turn the tide on crime in our country.

    The efforts of the SAPS are recognized and we call on communities to play their part and work with the police to tackle crime in the communities.”

  •  The Green Scorpions from the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment are ready to work with the police to arrest the killers of Timbavati Chief Ranger Anton Mzimba who was shot outside his home on Tuesday this week I would like to pay a special tribute to Anton Mzimba whom I met a month ago during my recent visit to the Association of Private Nature Reserves on the western edge of Kruger National Park said the Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy Anton dedicated his life to conservation and promoting good relations between conservation authorities and communities living outside protected areas I take this opportunity to salute his personal courage and the commitment with which he assumed his responsibilities I will also send my sincere condolences to his wife and his young family who have been left without his father and his breadwinner because of this heinous crime the minister said Mr Mzimba had 24 years of experience as a ranger and was the winner of the Field He was awarded Ranger of the Year at the annual Rhino Awards in 2016 He was a key member of the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum His murder just days before World Ranger Day on July 31 underscores the dangers rangers face in protecting our country s wildlife on a daily basis Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu Natal where most rhinos have been killed this year This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching Minister Creecy said the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum to form a united front to combat wildlife crime and support rangers who are the front line of anti poaching efforts At this meeting Mr Mzimba spoke passionately about the daily struggles rangers face in the ground battle he and his fellow rangers are leading At the meeting the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment explained our integrated approach in which it ensures that analysts from the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Centre Green Scorpions SAPS and Hawks work together on focused investigations with the aim of disrupting criminal enterprises The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to the continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies customs and excise officials and the National Prosecutor s Office Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking In addition to the work being carried out within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones the partnership now includes both the finance and transport sectors as well as transit and end user countries in Southeast Asia especially with the People s Republic of China Malaysia and Vietnam We urge all who are concerned about rhino poaching and the toll it is taking on our rangers to reach out with concrete offers of assistance to the APNR administration Our duty now is to pick up the fallen spear of the ranger Mzimba and continue the battle on his behalf There is no greater tribute we can pay to this man who made the ultimate sacrifice for the conservation of our endangered species Minister Creecy said
    South Africa: Forestry, Fisheries and Environment condemns killing of ranger ahead of World Ranger Day
     The Green Scorpions from the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment are ready to work with the police to arrest the killers of Timbavati Chief Ranger Anton Mzimba who was shot outside his home on Tuesday this week I would like to pay a special tribute to Anton Mzimba whom I met a month ago during my recent visit to the Association of Private Nature Reserves on the western edge of Kruger National Park said the Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy Anton dedicated his life to conservation and promoting good relations between conservation authorities and communities living outside protected areas I take this opportunity to salute his personal courage and the commitment with which he assumed his responsibilities I will also send my sincere condolences to his wife and his young family who have been left without his father and his breadwinner because of this heinous crime the minister said Mr Mzimba had 24 years of experience as a ranger and was the winner of the Field He was awarded Ranger of the Year at the annual Rhino Awards in 2016 He was a key member of the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum His murder just days before World Ranger Day on July 31 underscores the dangers rangers face in protecting our country s wildlife on a daily basis Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu Natal where most rhinos have been killed this year This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching Minister Creecy said the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum to form a united front to combat wildlife crime and support rangers who are the front line of anti poaching efforts At this meeting Mr Mzimba spoke passionately about the daily struggles rangers face in the ground battle he and his fellow rangers are leading At the meeting the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment explained our integrated approach in which it ensures that analysts from the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Centre Green Scorpions SAPS and Hawks work together on focused investigations with the aim of disrupting criminal enterprises The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to the continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies customs and excise officials and the National Prosecutor s Office Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking In addition to the work being carried out within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones the partnership now includes both the finance and transport sectors as well as transit and end user countries in Southeast Asia especially with the People s Republic of China Malaysia and Vietnam We urge all who are concerned about rhino poaching and the toll it is taking on our rangers to reach out with concrete offers of assistance to the APNR administration Our duty now is to pick up the fallen spear of the ranger Mzimba and continue the battle on his behalf There is no greater tribute we can pay to this man who made the ultimate sacrifice for the conservation of our endangered species Minister Creecy said
    South Africa: Forestry, Fisheries and Environment condemns killing of ranger ahead of World Ranger Day
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    South Africa: Forestry, Fisheries and Environment condemns killing of ranger ahead of World Ranger Day

    The Green Scorpions from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment are ready to work with the police to arrest the killers of Timbavati Chief Ranger Anton Mzimba who was shot outside his home on Tuesday this week."I would like to pay a special tribute to Anton Mzimba, whom I met a month ago during my recent visit to the Association of Private Nature Reserves on the western edge of Kruger National Park."said the Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy.“Anton dedicated his life to conservation and promoting good relations between conservation authorities and communities living outside protected areas.I take this opportunity to salute his personal courage and the commitment with which he assumed his responsibilities.I will also send my sincere condolences to his wife and his young family who have been left without his father and his breadwinner because of this heinous crime,” the minister said.Mr. Mzimba had 24 years of experience as a ranger and was the winner of the Field.He was awarded Ranger of the Year at the annual Rhino Awards in 2016.He was a key member of the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum.His murder just days before World Ranger Day on July 31 underscores the dangers rangers face in protecting our country's wildlife on a daily basis.“Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu-Natal, where most rhinos have been killed this year.This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching,” Minister Creecy said.the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Forum to form a united front to combat wildlife crime and support rangers who are the front line of anti-poaching efforts.At this meeting, Mr. Mzimba spoke passionately about the daily struggles rangers face in the ground battle he and his fellow rangers are leading.At the meeting, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment explained our integrated approach in which it ensures that analysts from the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Centre, Green Scorpions, SAPS and Hawks work together on focused investigations with the aim of disrupting criminal enterprises.The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to the continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies, customs and excise officials and the National Prosecutor's Office.Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking.In addition to the work being carried out within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones, the partnership now includes both the finance and transport sectors as well as transit and end-user countries in Southeast Asia, especially with the People's Republic of China, Malaysia and Vietnam.“We urge all who are concerned about rhino poaching and the toll it is taking on our rangers to reach out with concrete offers of assistance to the APNR administration.Our duty now is to pick up the fallen spear of the ranger Mzimba and continue the battle on his behalf.There is no greater tribute we can pay to this man who made the ultimate sacrifice for the conservation of our endangered species" Minister Creecy said.

  •   The Portfolio Committee on Women Young People and Disabled People yesterday visited the families of the 21 children who tragically passed away at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park in East London recently At the meeting at the Scenery Park Community Hall the committee was joined by their counterparts in the Eastern Cape Legislature district councilors and the president of the National Youth Development Agency NYDA The families were joined by leaders from the Scenery Park Residential Association and church leaders The chairperson of the committee Mrs Nonhlanhla Ncube Ndaba thanked the families for being available for the committee s visit and for agreeing to meet under one roof We realize that it was not an easy decision for you to leave your homes where families grieve together and you accepted our request to come into this room to give us the opportunity to say to all of you I m sorry and take comfort she said Ms Ncube Ndaba The purpose of the visit the chair said was for the committee to express its deep and heartfelt condolences to the families and to engage with all relevant stakeholders including the South African Police Service Buffalo City Council Enyobeni Tavern and the Alcoholic Beverage Board which licenses taverns Ms Ncube Ndaba said It is not the herd of goats and cows that have died They are the souls of our dearest children and there must be convincing answers about their death The parents of the deceased children urged the committee to help them speed up the investigation into the reasons for the death of their children They also appealed to the committee to hold the tavern the police and the Alcoholic Beverage Board accountable for the tragedy The mourners who were present are the Mahlakahlaka Malangeni Rangile Ncandana Monelo Sobekwa Mgangala Thukuthe Bhoyiya Jamens Velaphi Ngqoza Methuko Bekiso Wexu Mdangayi and Nkani families The NYDA President expressed NYDA s condolences to the families and said he would embark on an aggressive campaign to end the culture of alcohol and drug use among youth He called on parents residential organizations and other community actors to help in this campaign As part of its monitoring visit to East London the committee will meet today with the owner of the Enyobeni Tavern the Alcoholic Beverage Board Buffalo City Council SAPS and NYDA Committee members will remain in east London until Wednesday to attend the mass funeral for the deceased children
    Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Meets Families of Children Who Passed Away in Scenery Park
      The Portfolio Committee on Women Young People and Disabled People yesterday visited the families of the 21 children who tragically passed away at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park in East London recently At the meeting at the Scenery Park Community Hall the committee was joined by their counterparts in the Eastern Cape Legislature district councilors and the president of the National Youth Development Agency NYDA The families were joined by leaders from the Scenery Park Residential Association and church leaders The chairperson of the committee Mrs Nonhlanhla Ncube Ndaba thanked the families for being available for the committee s visit and for agreeing to meet under one roof We realize that it was not an easy decision for you to leave your homes where families grieve together and you accepted our request to come into this room to give us the opportunity to say to all of you I m sorry and take comfort she said Ms Ncube Ndaba The purpose of the visit the chair said was for the committee to express its deep and heartfelt condolences to the families and to engage with all relevant stakeholders including the South African Police Service Buffalo City Council Enyobeni Tavern and the Alcoholic Beverage Board which licenses taverns Ms Ncube Ndaba said It is not the herd of goats and cows that have died They are the souls of our dearest children and there must be convincing answers about their death The parents of the deceased children urged the committee to help them speed up the investigation into the reasons for the death of their children They also appealed to the committee to hold the tavern the police and the Alcoholic Beverage Board accountable for the tragedy The mourners who were present are the Mahlakahlaka Malangeni Rangile Ncandana Monelo Sobekwa Mgangala Thukuthe Bhoyiya Jamens Velaphi Ngqoza Methuko Bekiso Wexu Mdangayi and Nkani families The NYDA President expressed NYDA s condolences to the families and said he would embark on an aggressive campaign to end the culture of alcohol and drug use among youth He called on parents residential organizations and other community actors to help in this campaign As part of its monitoring visit to East London the committee will meet today with the owner of the Enyobeni Tavern the Alcoholic Beverage Board Buffalo City Council SAPS and NYDA Committee members will remain in east London until Wednesday to attend the mass funeral for the deceased children
    Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Meets Families of Children Who Passed Away in Scenery Park
    Africa5 months ago

    Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Meets Families of Children Who Passed Away in Scenery Park

    The Portfolio Committee on Women, Young People and Disabled People yesterday visited the families of the 21 children who tragically passed away at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park in East London recently.

    At the meeting at the Scenery Park Community Hall, the committee was joined by their counterparts in the Eastern Cape Legislature, district councilors and the president of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The families were joined by leaders from the Scenery Park Residential Association and church leaders.

    The chairperson of the committee, Mrs. Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba, thanked the families for being available for the committee's visit and for agreeing to meet under one roof. “We realize that it was not an easy decision for you to leave your homes where families grieve together and you accepted our request to come into this room to give us the opportunity to say to all of you 'I'm sorry and take comfort,'” she said. Ms. Ncube-Ndaba.

    The purpose of the visit, the chair said, was for the committee to express its deep and heartfelt condolences to the families and to engage with all relevant stakeholders, including the South African Police Service, Buffalo City Council, Enyobeni Tavern and the Alcoholic Beverage Board, which licenses taverns.

    Ms Ncube-Ndaba said: “It is not the herd of goats and cows that have died. They are the souls of our dearest children and there must be convincing answers about their death."

    The parents of the deceased children urged the committee to help them speed up the investigation into the reasons for the death of their children. They also appealed to the committee to hold the tavern, the police and the Alcoholic Beverage Board accountable for the tragedy. The mourners who were present are the Mahlakahlaka, Malangeni, Rangile, Ncandana, Monelo, Sobekwa, Mgangala, Thukuthe, Bhoyiya, Jamens, Velaphi, Ngqoza, Methuko, Bekiso, Wexu, Mdangayi and Nkani families.

    The NYDA President expressed NYDA's condolences to the families and said he would embark on an aggressive campaign to end the culture of alcohol and drug use among youth. He called on parents, residential organizations and other community actors to help in this campaign.

    As part of its monitoring visit to East London, the committee will meet today with the owner of the Enyobeni Tavern, the Alcoholic Beverage Board, Buffalo City Council, SAPS and NYDA. Committee members will remain in east London until Wednesday to attend the mass funeral for the deceased children.

  •   President Cyril Ramaphosa has by mutual consent terminated the employment contract of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service SAPS General Khehla Sitole with effect from March 31 2022 President Ramaphosa and General Sitole agreed that early termination of the commissioner s contract is in the best interest of the country The time until General Sitole s departure will allow for the proper handover of various tasks including all ongoing investigations to one of the core members of the SAPS team who had been assisting General Sitole President Ramaphosa said I am grateful to General Sitole for the constructive discussions we have had on the termination of his post as National Commissioner I wish to convey my appreciation to General Sitole for his service to the nation for many years in the SAPS I wish him the best in his future projects The occupation of the position of National Commissioner of the SAPS will be announced in due course after the departure of General Sitole
    Statement on departure of South African Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner
      President Cyril Ramaphosa has by mutual consent terminated the employment contract of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service SAPS General Khehla Sitole with effect from March 31 2022 President Ramaphosa and General Sitole agreed that early termination of the commissioner s contract is in the best interest of the country The time until General Sitole s departure will allow for the proper handover of various tasks including all ongoing investigations to one of the core members of the SAPS team who had been assisting General Sitole President Ramaphosa said I am grateful to General Sitole for the constructive discussions we have had on the termination of his post as National Commissioner I wish to convey my appreciation to General Sitole for his service to the nation for many years in the SAPS I wish him the best in his future projects The occupation of the position of National Commissioner of the SAPS will be announced in due course after the departure of General Sitole
    Statement on departure of South African Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner
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    Statement on departure of South African Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has, by mutual consent, terminated the employment contract of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Khehla Sitole, with effect from March 31, 2022.

    President Ramaphosa and General Sitole agreed that early termination of the commissioner's contract is in the best interest of the country.

    The time until General Sitole's departure will allow for the proper handover of various tasks, including all ongoing investigations, to one of the core members of the SAPS team who had been assisting General Sitole.

    President Ramaphosa said: “I am grateful to General Sitole for the constructive discussions we have had on the termination of his post as National Commissioner. I wish to convey my appreciation to General Sitole for his service to the nation for many years in the SAPS. I wish him the best in his future projects.”

    The occupation of the position of National Commissioner of the SAPS will be announced in due course after the departure of General Sitole.

  •   The community should be aware that an illegally purchased home would not be beneficial in the long run as the buyer will not receive title to an illegally purchased home CAPE TOWN South Africa January 27 2022 APO Group The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has asked the Department of Human Settlements to work with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute criminals selling RDP houses The committee continues its week long monitoring visit to Gauteng to assess the implementation of the targets and was briefed on the persistent problem of third parties selling RDP houses to the poor We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this perennial problem of lawlessness where criminal elements exploit the desperation caused by the yearning for security of tenure among South Africans These people are extorting money from the poor who are forced to approach loan sharks for money to access housing These criminals must be prosecuted through collaboration between the South African Police Service SAPS the department and the wider communities said Ms Machwene Semenya chair of the committee The committee heard that people continue to sell RDP houses in the Savanna City Mega Project in the Midvaal Local Municipality The committee asked the community to actively participate in the fight against this illegality by sharing information with the police and the Department of Human Settlements The community needs to be aware that an illegally purchased home would not be beneficial in the long run as the buyer will not receive title to an illegally purchased home Buying these houses will lead to financial losses Ms Semenya emphasized Consequently the committee requested the municipality and the department together with the SAPS to implement measures aimed at arresting the perpetrator s and periodically report to the committee on the progress and plans to stop this illegality In the meantime the committee has called for strategies to eliminate the risk exposure of title holders While the committee is aware that the Housing Act prohibits the sale of an RDP home within eight years of occupancy it is also aware that many families are forced primarily due to economic hardship to sell their homes or offer them as collateral for loans before the expiration of the legal deadlines This threatens the security of tenure for many There is an urgent need to find solutions to the challenge of selling RDP houses because it perpetuates the inability of many to own their own houses stressed Ms Semenya Despite these challenges the committee appreciates the quality workmanship in developing these properties especially for the poor The projects we have seen so far are of good quality and set the standard for what should be followed throughout the country We want quality houses and not poor houses that we have become accustomed to To ensure this effective monitoring must be done from the development of the foundation to its completion said Ms Semenya In the meantime the committee remains concerned about challenges in the beneficiary lists in Gauteng Many people who applied and qualified between 1996 and 1998 have not received their homes The committee reiterated its call for transparency regarding the list of beneficiaries In addition the committee has called for the exclusion of politicians at the local level on issues of beneficiary lists Finally oversight of officials involved in administering beneficiary lists must be improved to ensure that any corrupt activity is promptly addressed
    Human Settlements Committee Calls for Prosecution of Criminals Selling RDP Houses
      The community should be aware that an illegally purchased home would not be beneficial in the long run as the buyer will not receive title to an illegally purchased home CAPE TOWN South Africa January 27 2022 APO Group The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has asked the Department of Human Settlements to work with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute criminals selling RDP houses The committee continues its week long monitoring visit to Gauteng to assess the implementation of the targets and was briefed on the persistent problem of third parties selling RDP houses to the poor We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this perennial problem of lawlessness where criminal elements exploit the desperation caused by the yearning for security of tenure among South Africans These people are extorting money from the poor who are forced to approach loan sharks for money to access housing These criminals must be prosecuted through collaboration between the South African Police Service SAPS the department and the wider communities said Ms Machwene Semenya chair of the committee The committee heard that people continue to sell RDP houses in the Savanna City Mega Project in the Midvaal Local Municipality The committee asked the community to actively participate in the fight against this illegality by sharing information with the police and the Department of Human Settlements The community needs to be aware that an illegally purchased home would not be beneficial in the long run as the buyer will not receive title to an illegally purchased home Buying these houses will lead to financial losses Ms Semenya emphasized Consequently the committee requested the municipality and the department together with the SAPS to implement measures aimed at arresting the perpetrator s and periodically report to the committee on the progress and plans to stop this illegality In the meantime the committee has called for strategies to eliminate the risk exposure of title holders While the committee is aware that the Housing Act prohibits the sale of an RDP home within eight years of occupancy it is also aware that many families are forced primarily due to economic hardship to sell their homes or offer them as collateral for loans before the expiration of the legal deadlines This threatens the security of tenure for many There is an urgent need to find solutions to the challenge of selling RDP houses because it perpetuates the inability of many to own their own houses stressed Ms Semenya Despite these challenges the committee appreciates the quality workmanship in developing these properties especially for the poor The projects we have seen so far are of good quality and set the standard for what should be followed throughout the country We want quality houses and not poor houses that we have become accustomed to To ensure this effective monitoring must be done from the development of the foundation to its completion said Ms Semenya In the meantime the committee remains concerned about challenges in the beneficiary lists in Gauteng Many people who applied and qualified between 1996 and 1998 have not received their homes The committee reiterated its call for transparency regarding the list of beneficiaries In addition the committee has called for the exclusion of politicians at the local level on issues of beneficiary lists Finally oversight of officials involved in administering beneficiary lists must be improved to ensure that any corrupt activity is promptly addressed
    Human Settlements Committee Calls for Prosecution of Criminals Selling RDP Houses
    Africa10 months ago

    Human Settlements Committee Calls for Prosecution of Criminals Selling RDP Houses

    The community should be aware that an illegally purchased home would not be beneficial in the long run, as the buyer will not receive title to an illegally purchased home.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 27, 2022/APO Group/ --

    The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has asked the Department of Human Settlements to work with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute criminals selling RDP houses. The committee continues its week-long monitoring visit to Gauteng to assess the implementation of the targets and was briefed on the persistent problem of third parties selling RDP houses to the poor.

    “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this perennial problem of lawlessness, where criminal elements exploit the desperation caused by the yearning for security of tenure among South Africans. These people are extorting money from the poor who are forced to approach loan sharks for money to access housing. These criminals must be prosecuted through collaboration between the South African Police Service (SAPS), the department and the wider communities,” said Ms. Machwene Semenya, chair of the committee.

    The committee heard that people continue to sell RDP houses in the Savanna City Mega Project in the Midvaal Local Municipality. The committee asked the community to actively participate in the fight against this illegality by sharing information with the police and the Department of Human Settlements. “The community needs to be aware that an illegally purchased home would not be beneficial in the long run, as the buyer will not receive title to an illegally purchased home. Buying these houses will lead to financial losses,” Ms. Semenya emphasized.

    Consequently, the committee requested the municipality and the department, together with the SAPS, to implement measures aimed at arresting the perpetrator(s) and periodically report to the committee on the progress and plans to stop this illegality.

    In the meantime, the committee has called for strategies to eliminate the risk exposure of title holders. While the committee is aware that the Housing Act prohibits the sale of an RDP home within eight years of occupancy, it is also aware that many families are forced, primarily due to economic hardship, to sell their homes. or offer them as collateral for loans. before the expiration of the legal deadlines. This threatens the security of tenure for many. “There is an urgent need to find solutions to the challenge of selling RDP houses, because it perpetuates the inability of many to own their own houses,” stressed Ms. Semenya.

    Despite these challenges, the committee appreciates the quality workmanship in developing these properties, especially for the poor. “The projects we have seen so far are of good quality and set the standard for what should be followed throughout the country. We want quality houses and not poor houses that we have become accustomed to. To ensure this, effective monitoring must be done from the development of the foundation to its completion,” said Ms. Semenya.

    In the meantime, the committee remains concerned about challenges in the beneficiary lists in Gauteng. Many people who applied and qualified between 1996 and 1998 have not received their homes. The committee reiterated its call for transparency regarding the list of beneficiaries. In addition, the committee has called for the exclusion of politicians at the local level on issues of beneficiary lists. Finally, oversight of officials involved in administering beneficiary lists must be improved to ensure that any corrupt activity is promptly addressed.

  •   We cannot hope to deliver a city of shared dignity security and prosperity while people suffer the oppression of violent crime CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group Cape Town is committed to building and expanding Cape Town s police powers and resources because given the failings of the national police service this is the only way we can keep Capetonians safer Inexplicably a former city mayoral candidate Brett Herron has proposed that we resign and shut down successful examples of local policing like the Security Investigations Unit SSIU Herron appears to be actively working to undermine Cape Town s local police powers in an effort to strengthen the hand of National Police Minister Bheki Cele with whom Herron s political party is associated at the national level If he gets his way the criminals and corrupt cops will get away with it and the residents will pay the price Far from handing over police and enforcement powers to the national Minister this administration is working hard to delegate many more of those powers to Cape Town where we know we will use them to better protect residents from both criminals and the failed nation state We know like any resident who lives in fear of crime every day that residents trust and depend on Cape Town s policing capabilities far more than they rely on any other sphere of government It is regrettable that Herron appears willing to endanger residents by weakening Cape Town s police powers for political reasons Residents cannot rely on SAPS to keep them safe While there are many hard working SAPS officers the fact remains that it is another national service that is in sharp decline with devastating consequences for the lives of citizens Cape Town must and will do to keep residents safer because unlike politicians seeking to centralize police powers in the hands of Bheki Cele we understand that we cannot hope to deliver a city of dignity security and shared prosperity for so long weather while people suffer the oppression of violent crime and the constant anxiety that comes with feeling unsafe The return to power will accelerate over the next decade in public transportation electricity and surveillance and it will happen whether the national government likes it or not because all the crucial national services that the public depends on are failing The City s Safety and Security Investigations Unit is also extraordinarily successful making Herron s objections doubly bizarre This unit was established in 1994 to address internal discipline ensuring that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel so that we do not degenerate into the bribery accepting chaos observed in the police forces elsewhere In South Africa It is because of the work carried out by the unit that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel The role of the SSIU was expanded to deal with criminal cases related to city infrastructure and city rental stock where units had been hijacked by gangs and criminal activities While this remains a priority for SSIU the unit also functions to assist the South African Police Service SAPS and city enforcement agencies with surveillance reporting which is the tracking and follow up of recorded criminal cases through the courts As such the SSIU is responsible for deploying investigators who will conduct surveillance reports on drug and firearms cases at the 10 crime hotspots to ensure that we obtain convictions in these cases They will act in support of the excellent results being achieved by the almost 1 000 agents of the Law Enforcement Promotion Program LEAP that are deployed at these critical points LEAP like SSIU is an innovation of this government in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government designed to compensate for the slack left by the decline and lack of resources of the SAPS Thanks to the work of the SSIU we have been able to recover 30 city council vehicles hijacked between 2020 and 2022 achieve 2 920 convictions together with city enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service SAPS between 2016 and 2021 Conduct observation reports of more than 23 000 arrests made by enforcement personnel of the city for drug possession driving while under the influence possession of firearms and ammunition Achieving a large number of significant convictions for drugs firearms copper theft robbery extortion and even assisting in Interpol investigations that led to the apprehension of wanted persons Unlike Herron this administration is not prepared to sacrifice these successes in law enforcement and the safety of Capetonians simply to please Cele and the national government
    Effort to weaken local policing powers endangers the lives of Capetonians
      We cannot hope to deliver a city of shared dignity security and prosperity while people suffer the oppression of violent crime CAPE TOWN South Africa January 7 2022 APO Group Cape Town is committed to building and expanding Cape Town s police powers and resources because given the failings of the national police service this is the only way we can keep Capetonians safer Inexplicably a former city mayoral candidate Brett Herron has proposed that we resign and shut down successful examples of local policing like the Security Investigations Unit SSIU Herron appears to be actively working to undermine Cape Town s local police powers in an effort to strengthen the hand of National Police Minister Bheki Cele with whom Herron s political party is associated at the national level If he gets his way the criminals and corrupt cops will get away with it and the residents will pay the price Far from handing over police and enforcement powers to the national Minister this administration is working hard to delegate many more of those powers to Cape Town where we know we will use them to better protect residents from both criminals and the failed nation state We know like any resident who lives in fear of crime every day that residents trust and depend on Cape Town s policing capabilities far more than they rely on any other sphere of government It is regrettable that Herron appears willing to endanger residents by weakening Cape Town s police powers for political reasons Residents cannot rely on SAPS to keep them safe While there are many hard working SAPS officers the fact remains that it is another national service that is in sharp decline with devastating consequences for the lives of citizens Cape Town must and will do to keep residents safer because unlike politicians seeking to centralize police powers in the hands of Bheki Cele we understand that we cannot hope to deliver a city of dignity security and shared prosperity for so long weather while people suffer the oppression of violent crime and the constant anxiety that comes with feeling unsafe The return to power will accelerate over the next decade in public transportation electricity and surveillance and it will happen whether the national government likes it or not because all the crucial national services that the public depends on are failing The City s Safety and Security Investigations Unit is also extraordinarily successful making Herron s objections doubly bizarre This unit was established in 1994 to address internal discipline ensuring that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel so that we do not degenerate into the bribery accepting chaos observed in the police forces elsewhere In South Africa It is because of the work carried out by the unit that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel The role of the SSIU was expanded to deal with criminal cases related to city infrastructure and city rental stock where units had been hijacked by gangs and criminal activities While this remains a priority for SSIU the unit also functions to assist the South African Police Service SAPS and city enforcement agencies with surveillance reporting which is the tracking and follow up of recorded criminal cases through the courts As such the SSIU is responsible for deploying investigators who will conduct surveillance reports on drug and firearms cases at the 10 crime hotspots to ensure that we obtain convictions in these cases They will act in support of the excellent results being achieved by the almost 1 000 agents of the Law Enforcement Promotion Program LEAP that are deployed at these critical points LEAP like SSIU is an innovation of this government in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government designed to compensate for the slack left by the decline and lack of resources of the SAPS Thanks to the work of the SSIU we have been able to recover 30 city council vehicles hijacked between 2020 and 2022 achieve 2 920 convictions together with city enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service SAPS between 2016 and 2021 Conduct observation reports of more than 23 000 arrests made by enforcement personnel of the city for drug possession driving while under the influence possession of firearms and ammunition Achieving a large number of significant convictions for drugs firearms copper theft robbery extortion and even assisting in Interpol investigations that led to the apprehension of wanted persons Unlike Herron this administration is not prepared to sacrifice these successes in law enforcement and the safety of Capetonians simply to please Cele and the national government
    Effort to weaken local policing powers endangers the lives of Capetonians
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    Effort to weaken local policing powers endangers the lives of Capetonians

    We cannot hope to deliver a city of shared dignity, security and prosperity while people suffer the oppression of violent crime.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 7, 2022 / APO Group / -

    Cape Town is committed to building and expanding Cape Town's police powers and resources because, given the failings of the national police service, this is the only way we can keep Capetonians safer.

    Inexplicably, a former city mayoral candidate, Brett Herron, has proposed that we resign and shut down successful examples of local policing like the Security Investigations Unit (SSIU). Herron appears to be actively working to undermine Cape Town's local police powers in an effort to strengthen the hand of National Police Minister Bheki Cele, with whom Herron's political party is associated at the national level. If he gets his way, the criminals and corrupt cops will get away with it and the residents will pay the price.

    Far from handing over police and enforcement powers to the national Minister, this administration is working hard to delegate many more of those powers to Cape Town, where we know we will use them to better protect residents from both criminals and the failed nation state.

    We know, like any resident who lives in fear of crime every day, that residents trust and depend on Cape Town's policing capabilities far more than they rely on any other sphere of government. It is regrettable that Herron appears willing to endanger residents by weakening Cape Town's police powers for political reasons.

    Residents cannot rely on SAPS to keep them safe. While there are many hard-working SAPS officers, the fact remains that it is another national service that is in sharp decline, with devastating consequences for the lives of citizens.

    Cape Town must and will do to keep residents safer because, unlike politicians seeking to centralize police powers in the hands of Bheki Cele, we understand that we cannot hope to deliver a city of dignity, security and shared prosperity for so long. weather. while people suffer the oppression of violent crime and the constant anxiety that comes with feeling unsafe.

    The return to power will accelerate over the next decade, in public transportation, electricity and surveillance, and it will happen, whether the national government likes it or not, because all the crucial national services that the public depends on are failing.

    The City's Safety and Security Investigations Unit is also extraordinarily successful, making Herron's objections doubly bizarre.

    This unit was established in 1994 to address internal discipline, ensuring that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel so that we do not degenerate into the bribery-accepting chaos observed in the police forces elsewhere. In South Africa.

    It is because of the work carried out by the unit that Cape Town maintains its record for the lowest levels of corruption among its police and police personnel.

    The role of the SSIU was expanded to deal with criminal cases related to city infrastructure and city rental stock where units had been hijacked by gangs and criminal activities.

    While this remains a priority for SSIU, the unit also functions to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) and city enforcement agencies with "surveillance reporting", which is the tracking and follow-up of recorded criminal cases. through the courts.

    As such, the SSIU is responsible for deploying investigators who will conduct surveillance reports on drug and firearms cases at the 10 crime hotspots to ensure that we obtain convictions in these cases.

    They will act in support of the excellent results being achieved by the almost 1,000 agents of the Law Enforcement Promotion Program (LEAP) that are deployed at these critical points. LEAP, like SSIU, is an innovation of this government (in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government) designed to compensate for the slack left by the decline and lack of resources of the SAPS.

    Thanks to the work of the SSIU, we have been able to:

    recover 30 city council vehicles hijacked between 2020 and 2022 achieve 2,920 convictions together with city enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service (SAPS) between 2016 and 2021 Conduct observation reports of more than 23,000 arrests made by enforcement personnel of the city for drug possession, driving while under the influence, possession of firearms and ammunition. Achieving a large number of significant convictions for drugs, firearms, copper theft, robbery, extortion, and even assisting in Interpol investigations that led to the apprehension of wanted persons.

    Unlike Herron, this administration is not prepared to sacrifice these successes in law enforcement and the safety of Capetonians simply to please Cele and the national government.

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