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  • 2 August


    SOUTH African police recovered another vehicle on Monday which was being smuggled from that country into Zimbabwe through the Limpopo River, bringing the number of vehicles recovered within a week to five.

    In the latest incident, the car was being pulled across the river by donkeys on Monday afternoon.

    On Thursday last week, the same team also arrested a 28-year-old man whom they caught smuggling another stolen Mercedes Benz near the Panda Mine area of Beitbridge on the South African side of the border.

    Earlier that week, police also recovered three other vehicles. Limpopo police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said investigations were in progress.

    He said all the vehicles were recovered during operation ‘Vala Madi’, which is being jointly implemented by the police’s Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team, and Public Order Police, supported by South Africa’s Defence Forces.

    He said smuggling of goods and vehicles was rampant along the Limpopo River.
    “A new shape Mercedes Benz sedan C220 was intercepted just in time before disappearing into Zimbabwe. The suspects were using donkeys to pull the car across the river but our members were just in time to pounce on them, after the donkeys were apparently no longer able to pull it through the sand,” said Brigadier Mojapelo.

    “They (suspects) fled into the bushes towards the Zimbabwe side and investigations are in progress.”

    Brigadier Mojapelo said most of the intercepted vehicles belong to rental companies.
    He said three vehicles that were recovered all at once last week were an Audi A6 valued at R400 000; a Mercedes Benz C180 worth R380 000 and a Datsun Go valued at R90 000.

    “The operation (Vala Madi) is targeted at areas along the borderline between Phafuri, Beitbridge and Pont drift. The success is similar to the one in which the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba intercepted a stolen vehicle that was being pulled by donkeys in the middle of Limpopo River during December last year,” he said.

    “We managed to recover a vehicle that got stuck in the middle of the same river. The operation also yielded good results when a splash Range Rover valued at R900 000 was intercepted en-route to Malawi. The driver was arrested and found with R30 000 in his possession. The vehicle was on the verge of crossing to Zimbabwe.”

    Smuggling of stolen vehicles from South Africa is rampant along the Limpopo River.
    In 2012, Zimbabwean police smashed a well-orchestrated car smuggling syndicate near the Panda Mine area and arrested seven Malawians and recovered five top of the range vehicles worth four million rand.

    The vehicles included two Toyota Fortuners, one Nissan Navarra, Toyota High Rider and a Toyota Vigo. ChroniclePosted in:

  • 1 August

    Early elections ‘better for SA’ if Zuma loses no-confidence vote – DA – News24

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  • 1 August

    SAPS allocates only 70% of required police capacity to Gauteng – DA – Politicsweb


    Politicsweb SAPS allocates only 70% of required police capacity to Gauteng – DAPoliticswebDuring a meeting at the Provincial Commissioner’s office, I was informed that the National SAPS office allocates only 70% of the required police capacity to the Gauteng Province. This has a ripple effect and means that police stations …

  • 1 August

    Energy department denies suspension of CEF board – Independent Online

    Johannesburg - The Energy Department on Tuesday refuted a report that Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi had suspended Central Energy Fund (CEF) board members over the sale of the country's strategic oil reserves.

    ''The Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has not suspended the board of directors of Central Energy Fund as purported by the media. The minister has, however, given the board members letters on the morning of the 26th of July 2017 requesting an explanation on concerns,'' spokeswoman Nomvula Khalo said in a statement.

    ''It is also important to stress the fact that Minister Kubayi is the shareholder to CEF and all matters relating to governance will be dealt between herself and the board, as such matters are dealt within the confidentiality it deserves. Should there be a need to make public announcement on any matter relating to the issues, Minister Kubayi will do so at an appropriate time.''

    According to a Business Day report on Tuesday, Kubayi suspended the board after she held a meeting with them in Pretoria last week. The report stated that the suspended board members included chairman Luvo Makasi, acting CEO Mojalefa Moagi, chief financial officer Lufuno Makhuba and company secretary Abdul Haffejee, and all had until Monday, to individually respond to questions posed to them by Kubayi.

    Democratic Alliance energy spokesman Gordhan Mackay said Kubayi should be called to Parliament to give the true facts of the situation. He added that reliable sources within the department had confirmed to the DA that the board had in fact been suspended.

    "The Minister can easily remedy this situation and agree to a summons to appear before the portfolio committee on energy to answer questions relating to this saga under oath."

    The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Fikile Majola, to ask that he summon the Minister accordingly, Mackay said.

    Mackay said if Kubayi had "nothing to hide" she should readily agree to co-operate with the request.

    The board and previous energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson came under fire for the transaction worth R5 billion without authorisation from Treasury.

    Earlier this year, Kubayi confirmed to Parliament’s energy committee that the fuel stocks were "sold" and not rotated as was claimed by Joemat-Pettersson last year. The sale caused an outcry, partly because the stock was disposed of at the low price of 29 US dollars a barrel.

    At the time, Kubayi said a forensic probe would be done to trace exactly where the money from the sale went and would also determine what losses were incurred as a result of the deal. She said criminal charges would possibly be brought against those responsible.

  • 1 August

    Racism causing a rift in the Western Cape ANC – Times LIVE

    He said the sidelined coloured branches historically had not been in favour of Zuma.

    Another PEC member agreed. He said this is what led to the poor election results in the historically coloured areas of the Cape Flats.

    A member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature pointed to the makeup of ANC councillors in the City of Cape Town where coloured leaders were in the minority.

    “[They] literally don’t bother to get branches going in the coloured areas and maybe there are two reasons for that. The one is that you assume that those branches will not support your faction‚ so you don’t bother.

    “Secondly there is not a consciousness that we actually have to have a presence in Manenberg or in Hanover Park‚” said the member.

    Another PEC member said the party lacked programmes on issues affecting coloured communities in the Cape Metro.

    “They want to control membership ...in the coloured communities they [Dullah Omar leadership] will only choose their friends‚ people who don’t have support in those communities‚” said the member.

  • 1 August

    Four suspects nabbed after police foil mall robbery – Times LIVE

    Four suspects have been arrested and one of them wounded in the leg after police foiled a robbery at a Johannesburg mall on Tuesday.

    The four men travelling in a white Volkswagen Polo were allegedly on their way to rob a store at the Cresta Shopping Mall in Randburg‚ when they were randomly stopped by police.

    "The police were patrolling and they spotted a white Polo which was meant to rob one of the shops and when they saw the police‚ they just sped off and the police gave chase. Fortunately‚ they were blocked by the traffic and they fled on foot but the police shot one of the suspects and also chased the other three that led to their arrest‚" said Gauteng Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele.

    Two unlicensed firearms‚ gloves and cable ties were found in their car.

    Makhubele said the wounded suspect had been taken to hospital under police guard and the other three suspects would appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court within 48 hours.

    According to Cresta Shopping Mall marketing manager Elena Yiallouris‚ the mall's security guard's assisted the police with the arrests.

    "The shooting didn’t take place inside the Cresta Mall‚ it happened on a municipal road by Beyers Naude Drive but our security team assisted the police in apprehending the suspects after they fled into our parking lot‚" said Yiallouris.

  • 1 August

    Attacks on SAPS officers condemned – defenceWeb

    Attacks on SAPS officers condemneddefenceWebAttacks on SAPS officers condemned. Print. Written by SAnews, Tuesday, 01 August 2017. A South African Police Service vehicle The South African Police Service management has urged communities to help in efforts to stem attacks on police officers. Source link

  • 1 August

    EXCERPT: Andrea J. Ritchie on Why We Need a World Without Police – ColorLines magazine

    We know police brutality is scarring and killing people of color. We know mass incarceration is hurting us. But I want to know how oppression happens. Show me how. Then maybe I will know how to disrupt it in the most effective ways.
    —Ana Muñiz, “Police, Power and the Production of Racial Boundaries

    I read this passage as I sat on the dock at the Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York, having returned to this book some five years after I had put it aside when South End Press, its original home, closed its doors. As I finished the manuscript, I repeatedly returned to Muñiz’s question, because it pressed me to do more than simply catalogue police violence against Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color and demand that it be given the attention it is due. It pushes us to try to understand it, to examine it from all angles, look where we haven’t before and mobilize what we learn to deepen our analyses of racial profiling, police brutality and mass incarceration, and expand them along the axes of gender, gender identity and sexuality alongside race, ethnicity, religion, class, nation, immigration status and disability. Muñiz’s question prompts us to ask more: What do the stories and statistics in these pages tell us about anti-Black racism, colonialism, White supremacy and the ways they manifest? What do they show us about gender and gender-based violence? What gaps do they expose in our thinking and actions? And, most importantly, what can they teach us about how to disrupt police violence? What do they reveal to us about the world we want to build? While “Invisible No More” cannot offer answers to all these questions, I am hopeful that it will push new conversations forward.

    For a long time, I would struggle with people—including friends, comrades and colleagues—who would say, “But the numbers of women killed/stopped/arrested/incarcerated/deported are just objectively much smaller, a fraction of the numbers of men. So it’s natural to focus the conversation on where there is the greatest volume, to say that stop and frisk, or police violence, or mass incarceration target Black and Brown men, because it is, in fact, true.”

    While it is in fact the case that fewer women are killed, brutalized by police or incarcerated, a focus on police killings and more egregious uses of physical force elides women’s more frequent experiences of less lethal violations, like sexual harassment and assault, which go undocumented. Additionally, “stops” of women are likely underreported because police make contacts with women in contexts where there is no record if no arrest is made, or at least not one that is reported in stop data, such as prostitution enforcement; welfare checks; responses to calls about domestic violence, sexual assault or “hate crimes”; mental health crises; or child-welfare enforcement. Having also internalized narratives of what a “stop” and its target look like, police likely underreport stops of women because they may not think of encounters with women as “stops” in the same way as they do stops of men. Police may also have disincentives to record stops where they are sexually harassing, assaulting or extorting women. Police contact with women also tends to take place in locations away from public view—and cameras—such as homes, clinics and public hospitals, welfare offices, public housing. The combination of these factors and more makes police interactions with women less visible, not only in the numbers but also in the public eye.

    These realities require, at a minimum, that we collect and analyze data in ways that will make women’s experiences more visible. Forms of police violence uniquely or disproportionately experienced by women, and contexts in which women come into contact with police more frequently, need to be subject to greater scrutiny. We also need to change the way information about police interactions is reported. Research on policing and mass incarceration continues to focus on racial disparities for men, to the exclusion of women. At best, data analysis compares the experiences of “Blacks” to “Whites,” without further disaggregating by gender and race, much less by immigration status, disability, among other races and ethnicities, or in ways that render Indigenous experiences—and dramatic disparities in rates of police killings and incarceration of Native women—visible. We need to find ways to make visible and understand police interactions with women of color, and to challenge what Angela Y. Davis terms the “tyranny of the universal,” in which, in the words of Barbara Smith, “all the women are White, all the Blacks are men, and some of us are brave.”

    In the end, beyond the numbers, the stories and patterns described in this book matter because the lives and experiences of Black women, Native women and women of color matter. It is not a distraction to raise them. They merit equal time and have much to teach us about gendered manifestations of racism. In 1998, Davis wrote, “The relatively small number of African-American women drawn into the system should not relieve us of the responsibility of understanding the encounter of gender and race in arrest and incarceration practices.” Since then the numbers have only grown, as have the numbers of Latinx and Native women in prison. Today, women of color represent the fastest-growing jail and prison populations. This reality only increases our responsibility to better understand the processes that contribute to it, because, as Davis wrote in 2013, when we look at the experiences of women, including trans women, in the prison-industrial complex, despite the relatively small numbers, “we learn so much more about the system as a whole than we would learn if we look exclusively at men…about the nature of punishment writ large.”

    When we focus on women’s experiences in the places we are already looking and expand our frames to incorporate different forms and contexts of police contact, more women come into view, as do more forms of violence and more impacts on communities of color. For instance, expanding our focus to police sexual violence enables us to see greater numbers of women of color affected by police violence and to recognize the use of sexual violence by police against women, gender-nonconforming people and men of color to establish and enforce relations of power. Attending to police violence against women of color, in all its forms, thus opens possibilities for genuine and deeper solidarity among men and women, among cisgender and transgender and gender-nonconforming people, among women of color, among movements against police and gender-based violence, and for reproductive justice and immigrant rights. It also offers fertile ground for building alliances between Global North and South by framing human rights violations against women not as “horribles” that happen elsewhere, fueling anti-Muslim/anti-Black/Orientalist logics justifying a never-ending machinery of war, but as tools of subjugation used against communities of color within the United States and around the world.

    Additionally, as Davis also pointed out, the criminalization of women takes place in ways that are more complicated than for men, and “has had more to do with marking certain groups of women as undomesticated and hypersexual,” beyond the bounds of womanhood. This gendered process of dehumanization drives police violence against unarmed women and girls who simply question police actions, express frustration with their treatment by police, or engage in a dispute with a white person. In these interactions, criminalizing narratives eliminate the possibility that a Black woman, Indigenous woman, or woman of color can be entitled to protection, demand to be treated with dignity, stand up for a family member, or just be angry or have a bad day. Instead, controlling narratives developed in service of colonialism and White supremacy transform women of color into a caricature, an implicit threat justifying violent responses. If our behavior does not line up with that of a compliant Mammy, a noble (and submissive) Indian princess or a “China doll”; if we are instead read as Sapphire, a “savage squaw,” a “dragon lady,” a “hot-tempered” and volatile Latinx or a “terrorist,” then we must be subjugated with brutal force, regardless of what we are actually doing. As Alexis Pegues, who served as a research assistant for this book, pointed out during one of our discussions, White supremacy demands such complete control of Black women and women of color that it takes very little to perceive us as out of control—particularly in combination with gendered perceptions that women are always out of control. Consequently, the minute a Black woman or woman of color questions or doesn’t obey commands, police respond as if they have been physically threatened. These narratives also inform the sexualized profiling of women of color as “prostitutes,” presumed subjects of sexual access and violence, arrest and punishment. Given these realities, no matter how much “implicit bias” training police receive or how many police reforms we achieve, these perceptions will continue to inform police interactions with women of color because they are proliferated and reinforced daily to perpetuate existing systemic relations of power. We therefore have a responsibility to understand and challenge them in order to dismantle the systems of power that produce them. …

    Our charge is to envision and build a world without police, and without the values that produce policing and punishment. It is a world premised on what Angela Y. Davis terms “abolition feminism,” a world “based on radical freedom, mutual accountability and passionate reciprocity. In this society, safety and security will not be premised on violence or the threat of violence; it will be based on a collective commitment to guaranteeing the survival and care of all peoples.” Unfortunately, there is no ten-point plan to get there, but each of us can contribute to the conversation, dreams and visions we need to find the way.

    Let’s get free.

    Excerpted from “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color” by Andrea J. Ritchie, available now. Reprinted with permission from Beacon Press.

    Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black, lesbian, immigrant and police-misconduct attorney, and a 2014 Senior Soros Justice fellow with more than two decades of experience advocating against police violence and the criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color. She is currently researcher-in-residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the coauthor of “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” (AAPF, 2015) and “Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States” (Beacon, 2011). She lives in Brooklyn, New York and Chicago.

  • 1 August

    EXCLUSIVE: Top cop probed over blue lights cash – News24


    News24 EXCLUSIVE: Top cop probed over blue lights cashNews24This comes after News24 and Scorpio revealed that Major-General Muzingaye Mxolisi Dladla, head of the SAPS unit responsible for protecting President Jacob Zuma, received R700 000 from the owner of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, … Source link

  • 1 August

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  • 1 August

    Pravin #JoiningTheDots – SARS captured as ‘whistleblowers’ shown the door – BizNews

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  • 1 August

    Moeen Ali hattrick || Moeen Ali took a hat-trick Against South Africa || England Beat South Africa

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  • 1 August

    BCCI Shock To CSA over India’s tour of South Africa | Oneindia Telugu

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  • 1 August

    My almost meeting yesterday with Bell Pottinger’s cucumber cool bossman – BizNews

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  • 1 August

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  • 31 July

    Gigaba’s 14 point plan endorsed – ANC NEC – Politicsweb

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  • 31 July

    ANC MPs warned against supporting motion of no confidence – Mail & Guardian

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