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  • 11 August

    SAPS seeks interdict against picketing 10111 employees – eNCA


    eNCA SAPS seeks interdict against picketing 10111 employeeseNCAThe SAPS says non-striking employees are being intimidated. “Since Friday last week, Sapu-affiliated 10111 employees who are striking at the Midrand call centre have been sporadically intimidating and threatening non-striking employees. Yesterday …SAPS heads to court over 10111 call centre strike intimidationEyewitness News‘The SAPS …

  • 11 August

    Katlehong SAPS are investigating murder case – Kathorus Mail


    Kathorus Mail Katlehong SAPS are investigating murder caseKathorus MailCommunication official at Katlehong SAPS, Capt Mega Ndobe, said a man is accused of killing his 23-year-old girl friend. “The man allegedly killed his own girlfriend by stabbing her in her upper body after they had an argument about a five-month-old … …

  • 11 August

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  • 11 August

    Car tracking report supports accused’s version of coffin assault – Times LIVE

    “We cannot say really that these are the exact comparisons. You were sitting in the office and you were told about the points and you generated these points from your table‚” said Molokoane.

    “Have you ever been to the scene?” he asked Maree.

    “No‚ I haven’t‚” Maree replied‚ maintaining that the GPS system was accurate.

    Jackson and Oosthuizen face a string of charges related to the alleged attack on Mlotshwa‚ placing him in a coffin and threatening to set it alight.

    They allege they had done so after catching him with stolen copper cables. The pair testified that they wanted to deter Mlotshwa from ever stealing again and further claimed that he had threatened to burn their crops and kill their wives and children if they took him to the police.

    Their version is that Mlotshwa begged to be assaulted rather than jailed.

    Mlotshwa’s version‚ however‚ is that the pair attacked him when he was hitchhiking to Middelburg.

    He denied being in possession of stolen goods or threatening Jackson and Oosthuizen.

    He said he had told them what they wanted to hear to save his life.

    After nine days‚ the trial was concluded. Oral arguments are to be delivered on August 21.

  • 11 August

    Van Breda’s counsel accused of stalling the trial – Times LIVE

    However‚ chief DNA analyst from SAPS‚ Lieutenant Colonel Sharlene Otto‚ said that in all 216 samples that were tested‚ enough DNA was present to get an accurate result.

    She said the Standard Operating Procedures which Combrink claimed were violated were being misrepresented.

    Of the 216 samples‚ most were done with “good quality DNA which we did not struggle to get”‚ said Otto‚ and 39 had been loaded with “less than optimal” amounts of DNA. However‚ “less than optimal” did not mean they were invalid‚ and on the contrary‚ “all results obtained were reliable and valid.”

    She said that the SOPs stated a recommended amount as a guideline for what was optimal‚ but did not mean anything that fell short of that would not give a result.

    “Our systems are normalised that way‚” she said.

    Combrink also accused the forensic analysts of obtaining a result that they wanted.

    Otto put on record that she would not accept that accusation.

  • 11 August

    Calls mount for action to be taken against #KZNSchoolAssault – Independent Online

    Durban - The scourge of gender-based violence and a culture that fosters it from childhood is once again in the spotlight following the brutal attack launched on a defenceless schoolgirl by a fellow pupil.

    A harrowing video - of a teenage boy brutally assaulting his female peer in the corridors of Siyathuthuka High in Inanda - emerged on Twitter on Women’s Day.

    This comes as the country commemorates Women’s Month and less than a week after Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana allegedly hit a woman at a Johannesburg nightclub after she called him “gay”.

    Also an attack at a KFC outlet in Pretoria earlier this month, while identified as a racially motivated incident, included the assault of a woman.

    On Thursday, during a media briefing, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula described the video as “brutal”.

    “I thought she (the victim) needed a scan to check her likely head trauma,” he said. “These things occur when we promote violence and make it fashionable. These are the children we raise.”

    Mbalula said without serious intervention, the boy in the video would “surely grow up to be a woman killer”.

    However, with regard to Manana’s case, Mbalula said that alcohol consumption had contributed to the incident. He also said that alcohol was linked to incidents of gender-based violence.

    However, Mbalula’s comments regarding alcohol abuse in the Manana assault case drew strong criticism on social media, with many questioning why alcohol should be blamed for Manana’s behaviour.

    Section 27’s Ntsiki Mpulo said the team at the public interest law centre was distressed about the recent incidents and it could no longer be “business as usual”.

    “This is abnormal and we need to take a long, hard look at ourselves as a society and country and figure out what role we play in bringing up boys who think that violence against women is acceptable. It is not,” she said.

    Commission for Gender Equity spokesperson Javu Baloyi echoed the minister and Mpulo’s sentiments.

    “It’s about how we raise the boy child,” he said. “Our boys and our men don’t know how to channel their feelings. They feel entitled to a woman’s body. We need for them to be schooled in respect, gender equality and women’s rights.”

    Baloyi was concerned when asked about the video.

    “It makes us sick. A serious example needs to made of him (the boy in the video). He has to be expelled with immediate effect or suspended pending an investigation. We cannot have a beast like him in one of our schools. We want to see him arrested and charged criminally.”

    In the video, the boy throws the girl against a wall, while a group of others shout in Zulu: “Scratch her face.”

    She falls to the ground and remains silent as he kicks her repeatedly and shouts at her that she is “talking s***”.

    Then he casually walks away.

    The girl struggles to get up and appears to be bleeding.

    Former Childline head and now a consultant on child rights and child protection Joan van Niekerk welcomed the public outcry.

    She said it was a crime and there needed to be consequences but there also needed to be questions.

    “We’ve got to acknowledge we have poor role models in leadership - like the deputy minister (Manana),” Van Niekerk said. “At that level, there is permissibility. And at home, children who behave in this way, have usually experienced this behaviour on themselves.”

    Van Niekerk said children are raised with too much physical discipline.

    “They think hitting and smacking is a way of coping with anger and frustration and differences in their relationships. We should be raising them in a culture of non-violence, presenting them with rational ways of dealing with their feelings.”

    She said an approach in line with restorative justice should be adopted to deal with the boy.

    Equal Education’s Mila Kakaza said the group demanded that the school institute disciplinary action, and provide both pupils with counselling and support.

    The provincial Education Department’s Muzi Mahlambi said officials would visit the school to get more details.

    The national Education Department said it would assist to provide support to the girl if necessary.

    The Mercury

  • 11 August

    SAPS seeks interdict against picketing 10111 employees – eNCA


    eNCA SAPS seeks interdict against picketing 10111 employeeseNCAThe SAPS says non-striking employees are being intimidated. “Since Friday last week, Sapu-affiliated 10111 employees who are striking at the Midrand call centre have been sporadically intimidating and threatening non-striking employees. Yesterday …SAPS appoaches court to stop ‘unlawful’ picketing of 10111 employeesTimes LIVESAPS heads …

  • 11 August

    SAPS clerk happy with wheelchair donation – Rising Sun Overport


    Rising Sun Overport SAPS clerk happy with wheelchair donationRising Sun OverportThe station’s communications officer, Cpt CA Sibiya, said the station management is happy to have made a difference in Gumede’s life. 12 mins ago. Cato Manor SAPS management seen with station commander, Col Luthuli, and the wheelchair donation … Source link

  • 11 August

    SAPS heads to court over 10111 call centre strike intimidation – Eyewitness News


    Eyewitness News SAPS heads to court over 10111 call centre strike intimidationEyewitness NewsJOHANNESBURG – The South African Police Services will on Friday morning bring an application to the Labour Court to halt the South African Policing Union (Sapu) from intimidating non-striking 10111 call centre agents. The strike intensified on Thursday … …

  • 11 August

    Selloff saps $43bn from world’s richest – TechCentral


    TechCentral Selloff saps $43bn from world’s richestTechCentralGlobal tensions sparked a market selloff on Thursday that drained US$42.7bn (about R575bn) from the net worth of the world’s 500 richest people and knocked Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos from his spot as the world’s second richest person. The rout in US … Source link

  • 11 August

    Facebook has 16 million monthly users in South Africa

    Being bold, moving fast and being open are some of the core elements of Facebook’s culture – not to mention it’s one of the most innovative technology companies in the world. In South Africa, Facebook has 16 million monthly users which is part of 170 million users on the African …

  • 11 August

    Ramaphosa will not visit Marikana – eNCA

    JOHANNESBURG -Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied reports that he plans to visit Marikana on the fifth anniversary of the massacre there.

    Ramaphosa said in a statement on Friday that the reports were incorrect, but he is committed to being part of an initiative proposed by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

    She has advised him to visit the widows of the mineworkers killed in the 2012 massacre.

    READ: Ramaphosa apologises for Marikana emails

    But according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, the widows and other family of those killed do not want the deputy president there.

    Prior to the massacre -- in which police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers -- Ramaphosa wrote to the then police minister, urging him to act against striking Lonmin employees.

    The deputy president has apologised for the language he used in that message.




  • 11 August

    Calls mounting for Manana to be fired or suspended – Jacaranda FM

    Manana appeared briefly before the Randburg Magistrates court. He faces 2 counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was granted bail of R5000.

    The media's application to film Manana's first appearance was denied. 

    The National Prosecuting Authority says Manana handed himself over to the Douglasdale police station before his court appearance.

    The court heard that Manana is a first time offender and has no pending cases against him.

    The NPA's Phindi Mjonondwane insists the deputy minister has not received any special treatment.

    "The accused was escorted by police through a side entrance. He was never in the prosecutor's office. The prosecutor had a briefing with the family of the victim, at no point did the prosecutor meet with the accused" Mjonondwane says.

    Manana's case has been postponed to September for further investigation. 

    Meanwhile The South African Civic Organisation (SANCO) has called for Manana's suspension to allow him to deal with the assault charges without the burden of public office responsibilities.

    "Until he is cleared of serious charges of gender based violence , Manana will be surrounded by a cloud of controversy that will inhibit him, from effectively performing his official duties" says SANCO spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu. 

  • 11 August

    SAPS women’s network donates to the needy – News24


    News24 SAPS women’s network donates to the needyNews24SAPS women’s network donates to the needy. 2017-08-11 06:01. Women’s network members with the items they donated.Photo: supplied. Multimedia · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories. What To Read Next. Source link

  • 11 August

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  • 10 August

    Gender-based Violence: Mbalula admits SAPS neglects cases – but no special treatment for Manana – Daily Maverick


    Daily Maverick Gender-based Violence: Mbalula admits SAPS neglects cases – but no special treatment for MananaDaily MaverickPolice Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said the SAPS “neglected” many cases of violence against women by failing to accept cases of gender violence, not investigating reported cases, or losing dockets. Speaking around the …

  • 10 August

    Deputy minister Manana granted R5 000 bail – Independent Online

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    Independent OnlineDeputy minister Manana granted R5 000 bailIndependent OnlineDeputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana leaves the Randburg Magistrate's Court following court proceedings on Thursday. PHOTO: Lindi Masinga/ANA. Joahnnesburg - Deputy minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana was granted R5 ...Mbalula says Manana 'innocent until proven otherwise'News24'Manana should have been arrested ahead of court appearance'Eyewitness NewsSouth Africa's Mduduzi Manana charged with nightclub assaultBBC NewsAnadolu Agency -Times LIVE -eNCA -XNewsPressall 167 news articles »

  • 10 August

    Stephen McGown on the ‘ups and downs’ of clinging to hope – News24

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    News24Stephen McGown on the 'ups and downs' of clinging to hopeNews24Johannesburg – After years of false hope, former al-Qaeda hostage Stephen McGown said he got tired of believing that he would ever be released. McGown, who spent almost six years in captivity, was jovial during a media briefing on ...

  • 10 August

    Zuma’s ghosts return to haunt him – Mail & Guardian


    President Jacob Zuma’s political survival, increasingly threatened by dissension in his own party — as demonstrated by an unprecedented splintering of the ANC caucus during the vote of no confidence in Parliament this week — will be further tested in the coming months as court cases questioning his fitness to hold office pile up.

    How the courts will rule in three separate cases involving the embattled Zuma will go some way towards establishing whether he will see out his second term in office or be impeached — with the possibility of a prison term also looming over his head.

    On September 5 the Constitutional Court will hear arguments by opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, the United Democratic Movement and the Congress of the People, to “trigger” a parliamentary investigation into the president’s role in the Nkandla scandal and whether he lied to Parliament about it. If successful, the case may set off a chain of events that could lead to the eventual impeachment of the president.

    The matter relates to former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings in the Secure in Comfort report that Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from the about R250‑million worth of state-funded upgrades to his personal home. It includes a 2016 Constitutional Court ruling that found the president had acted unconstitutionally in not adhering to the remedial action proposed by Madonsela, including paying back portions of the money spent on Nkandla.

    Zuma had initially told Parliament that Madonsela’s recommendations were not binding and both he and the National Assembly set up committees that absolved him of any duty to repay the money — which the Constitutional Court deemed unconstitutional because it second-guessed the public protector.

    Zuma subsequently paid back R7.8‑million of the Nkandla costs after the court’s ruling.

    The opposition parties claim Parliament, likewise, acted unconstitutionally by not investigating the president’s actions and holding him to account when he was found to have breached his oath of office.

    In an affidavit submitted to the court, EFF leader Julius Malema describes Parliament’s inertia following the Constitutional Court judgment as an attempt to “lie low and play possum in the light of the clear and unequivocal statements of the Constitutional Court that the president indeed violated the Constitution and/or breached his oath of office”.

    The opposition also claims that Madonsela’s findings that the president and his family “improperly benefited” from the upgrades, and that Zuma should have been aware of the spiralling costs to the state, directly contradict his statements to Parliament.

    In November 2012 Zuma told Parliament that “I am still paying a bond on the first phase of my [Nkandla] home … I am still paying a bond to this day.” He reiterated that “all the buildings and every room we use in the residence was built by ourselves as a family, and not by government”.

    In Parliament, Zuma went on to make the distinction between the work to his home “initiated” by himself and “security enhancements undertaken by government”, claiming to have little knowledge of their costs and nature.

    Madonsela’s report, however, noted that there were 16 deviations from the security measures suggested by the police. Several upgrades should not have been implemented because they did not fall within the ambit of minimum security standards or police evaluation reports on Nkandla, she said, and many were “unconscionable, excessive and caused a misappropriation of public funds”.

    The government departments involved in the Nkandla upgrades “failed dismally” in following proper constitutional and administrative procedures, Madonsela found. She also found that Zuma “tacitly accepted” the upgrades to his private residence and that he was kept abreast of the extent and progress of the upgrades at all material times.

    The opposition parties want the Constitutional Court to direct National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to convene an ad hoc parliamentary committee to investigate Zuma’s conduct and decide whether he is guilty of offences that would warrant Parliament impeaching him.

    They also ask the court to give Mbete 30 days in which to report back to it on the steps she has taken to implement this.

    This request suggests that even though the initial salvoes in the ongoing war against Zuma will be fought in the courts, Parliament remains a battleground of increasing importance — and it is in these trenches where Zuma is losing command.

    On Tuesday Zuma narrowly survived a vote of no confidence against him. It is estimated as many as 30 of his own party’s MPs voted against him in an unprecedented move.

    Even those MPs whose careers are apparently wedded to that of the president appeared to be breaking ranks: the Mail & Guardian observed a member of Zuma’s Cabinet, who was installed when he first took office in 2009, abstaining from the vote — one of nine abstentions, of which eight were potentially from the ruling party.

    A formerly supine Parliament appears to be growing a backbone and Zuma supporters will have to ensure that they are included in any ad hoc committee that Mbete may be compelled by the courts to set up. Depending on whether or not the ANC purges those MPs thought to have voted against Zuma, many of them may then be called on to vote to impeach the president — a two-thirds majority would be required to chuck Zuma out of government without any benefits.

    Ten days after the Constitutional Court case is heard, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear Zuma’s argument about why the North Gauteng High Court erred in ruling that 783 arms deal-related charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against him should be reinstated. Amid a public outcry, the charges were dropped months before Zuma assumed the presidency in 2009.

    If the reviews brought by Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority are unsuccessful in the appellate court, it will certainly lead to an appeal for a Constitutional Court review, which, if also unsuccessful, may lead to jail time for Zuma.

    In October, the North Gauteng High Court will hear Zuma’s application to review Madonsela’s State of Capture report recommendation that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng appoint a judge to head an inquiry into the extent and nature of state capture.

    The president is arguing that Madonsela’s recommendation is unconstitutional because it trespasses on the separation of powers doctrine and his own powers to appoint commissions of inquiry.

    Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Willie Seriti, the president’s choice to head the arms deal inquiry that was ordered by the Constitutional Court in 2011, was roundly criticised for heading an obfuscatory whitewash. Madonsela reasoned that, to obviate a repeat, and considering that Zuma himself would be the subject of any such probe, Mogoeng should appoint the judge to head an inquiry into state capture.

    Following the vote of no confidence on Tuesday, the ANC’s chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, told the M&G that the ruling party needed to remain sensitive to the various factors, and to the allegations of state capture levelled at the executive and officials at state-owned enterprises that had led to both the vote and the result.

    “These allegations of state capture must come before Parliament and MPs must ensure oversight and accountability — that is our job,” said Mthembu.

    The battle lines have been drawn in the courts and in Parliament. An eternal survivor, Zuma may be a lame-duck president but, as he has previously demonstrated, he is rarely a sitting duck.