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April, 2017

  • 26 April

    New policies to make SAPS a force to be reckoned with – Mbalula – BusinessTech


    Independent Online New policies to make SAPS a force to be reckoned with – MbalulaBusinessTechThe “use of force policy” has been developed and needs signing. The policy provides all members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) with clear and consistent guidelines regarding the use of force while engaged in …

  • 26 April

    SAPS to engage stakeholders before building police stations in CT – Eyewitness News


    Eyewitness News SAPS to engage stakeholders before building police stations in CTEyewitness NewsCAPE TOWN – The South African Police Service (SAPS) says it will engage with all stakeholders with regards to the building and renovations of police stations in Cape Town. A plan to upgrade the Muizenberg Police Station drew …

  • 25 April

    Zim embassy takes exception to Mbalula’s remarks – Citizen

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    CitizenZim embassy takes exception to Mbalula's remarksCitizenThis after Mbalula said that Zimbabwean ex-soldiers were causing 'crime havoc' in South Africa. Zimbabwean Ambassador in South Africa, Isaac Moyo, on Tuesday night responded to remarks made by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to the effect that members ...Pierre de VosDaily MaverickShoot to kill, says 'new sheriff in town' MbalulaNews24Ntlemeza accuses Mbalula of being on

  • 25 April

    Mbalula says he will send SAPS tactical units after Ntlemeza – Independent Online


    Independent Online Mbalula says he will send SAPS tactical units after NtlemezaIndependent OnlinePretoria – Elite police units will be dispatched to retrieve all State property from former Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza if he fails to comply with current orders, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday. “If there is anything …

  • 25 April

    Inside the state’s case against the terror-accused Thulsie twins – Times LIVE

    The state alleges that the 23-year-old identical twins were doing research to assist them in carry out terrorist attacks in South Africa after their attempts to leave the country to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) failed.

    The Thulsies appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday‚ where the state disclosed its provisional indictment in the matter.

    The indictment details 12 counts against the brothers relating to contraventions of the Protection of the Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act and fraud.

    Indictments ready for Joburg terror accused

    In isolation some of the brothers' activities outlined in the indictment‚ such as an Internet search on cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro‚ who is known by his pseudonym Zapiro‚ looks innocent.

    But when the puzzle is pieced together a dark picture is painted by the state.

    The state alleges that the Thulsies planned attacks on US‚ British‚ French‚ Russian and Jewish interests in South Africa and to kill Shapiro‚ affluent Jews and an unidentified gay imam.

    King David High School in Johannesburg is also one of the targets named by the state.

    “The said terrorist activities would have been perpetrated by using firearms‚ explosives and possibly poisons‚” the indictment said.

    King David's general director Rabbi Craig Kacev said the school had been informed by authorities of the twins' alleged plans.

    “Our schools are always on high alert. All schools should be in light of what is happening around the world. Anyone could be a target.

    “Security is a high priority for us.”

    In August 2015‚ Tony-Lee allegedly chatted with Abu Fidaa‚ an ISIL network‚ and other unknown people‚ on messaging application Telegram. He was instructed to‚ “kill Zapiro who drew the Messenger of Allah cartoon”.

    He was allegedly also informed that “South Africa was part of the war against terrorism in that it supplied weapons to Arab states and contributed to African Union military initiatives”.

    The indictment said‚ "South Africa was labelled as a 'great supporter and propagator of gays and democracy'."

    The brothers are also accused of collecting documents and reading material to plan attacks.

    “The purpose of the planned terrorist attacks was to intimidate the governments of the United States of America‚ United Kingdom‚ France‚ the Russian Federation and the South African government‚ as well as the Jewish‚ Shia Muslim and other foreign communities in South Africa‚ to cause or spread feelings of terror‚ fear or panic in the civilian population‚” the indictment said.

    The brothers conducted Internet searches for the physical address of Denel‚ a state-owned company which manufactures and sells arms‚ and news articles relating to its activities.

    Tony-Lee had allegedly made screen-grabs of online searches for the Wikipedia page for Shapiro‚ the Twitter account of investment manager and “proud Zionist” Roy Topol and the Twitter page for The South African Zionist Federation.

    He allegedly also received the particulars for the First Secretary to the French Mission in South Africa via Telegram.

    Brandon-Lee allegedly acquired the Mujahideen Poisons Handbook‚ by Abdek-Aziz‚ and a manual called How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide.

    Terror-accused Thulsie brothers' case to be transferred to high court

    The state claims that the brothers collected issues of Inspire‚ the official al-Qaeda magazine in the Arabian Peninsula.

    The multiples issues contained an illustrated guide on making explosive devices‚ incited participation in violent Jihad and provided training in weapons and combat‚ the indictment said.

    Tony-Lee allegedly acquired pages from an Inspire issue‚ which carried an article titled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom”.

    Tony-Lee is also accused of discussing the terrorist plans with an undercover US cop.

    “From May 1 2016 to June 24 2016 [Tony-Lee] used an encrypted messenger application to communicate with a person whom he believed to be an ISIL terrorist based in the United States. In fact‚ unbeknown to him‚ the person was an undercover agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”

    Tony-Lee allegedly sought advice on how to make explosive devices and asked for funding.

    He is also accused of soliciting support for ISIL using his personal Facebook page. He allegedly criticised Muslims for uniting against the Mujahideen and appealed to them to turn their backs on the "coward‚ sellout opinions of your sheikh‚ iman‚ scholars and so-called ulamah".

    The case was postponed to May 15 to finalise the transfer of the matter to the High Court.

    Prosecutor Chris MacAdam said a decision had to be made whether a fraud charge‚ for an alleged crime which took place in Ficksburg‚ Free State‚ was to be consolidated and tried with the other charges in the Gauteng High Court.

    The brothers allegedly left South Africa using the Ficksburg border post‚ with Lesotho passports in the names of Christian Adams Leroy and Germain Adams Troy.

    “At the time when the accused made the said misrepresentations they were fully aware of the fact that the passports were false‚” the indictment said.

  • 25 April

    Bellair SAPS welcome new station commander – Highway Mail


    Highway Mail Bellair SAPS welcome new station commanderHighway MailLISTENING first, being a good communicator and having a deep passion are Bellair SAPS ‘s new station commander, Lt- Col Raj Ramchunder’s traits that he said makes him a good leader. Ramchunder grew up in Chatsworth and has been in the SAPS …

  • 25 April

    Lenasia South residents lay charges against SAPS – Eyewitness News


    Eyewitness News Lenasia South residents lay charges against SAPSEyewitness NewsLenasia South residents lay charges against SAPS. Residents have laid criminal charges against the South African Police Service for firing rubber bullets during protests in which five people were injured on Tuesday morning. A police nyala. Picture: EWN. and more » Source …

  • 25 April

    Duduza SAPS search for suspects after ATM robbery – African Reporter


    African Reporter Duduza SAPS search for suspects after ATM robberyAfrican ReporterThe ATM, situated on the corner of Lekope and Letsapa streets at the Majola shopping complex, was robbed and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. SAPS spokesman Sgt Harry Manake says they believe the criminals gained entry from the …

  • 24 April

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  • 24 April

    To protect democracy, only the ANC – not Parliament – must rid SA of Zuma – Mail & Guardian

    While South Africans grapple with Jacob Zuma’s one-upmanship of the country’s political order, a disturbing narrative is creeping into the mass action call for the president to step down, which could ruin the gains of democracy in the country.

    This narrative, a call on MPs, particularly those of the ANC, to break ranks with their political parties and vote with their consciences on the no-confidence vote against Zuma is dangerous.

    The call was first made by former rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State Professor Jonathan Jansen on social media where he wrote: “How I long for a country in which the elected representatives of the people vote their conscience and not their careers.”

    It was followed by a similar call by former president Thabo Mbeki, who wrote: “MPs, each elected to this position by the people as a whole, and never by individual political parties, including their own, must act in Parliament as the voice of the people, not the voice of the political parties to which they might belong.”

    This call, which comes from some of South Africa’s most eminent minds, seeks to disentangle the ANC’s dominant position in Parliament, which has frustrated previous efforts by opposition parties to remove the president.

    It seeks to be a Plan B to force Zuma to step down.

    Yet this suggestion, which looks logical and could be the solution to immediate problems, is fraught with dangers that will haunt the country in the aftermath.

    Some of Africa’s worst dictators had to break the unity of multiparty political formations to secure their grip on their countries.

    From Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana to King Mswati III in Swaziland and for more than half a century the argument has been the same: party politics deprive individual MPs the right to vote with their consciences in Parliament.

    Political parties, the argument further goes, do not serve the interests of the people but are beholden to the dictates of their manifestos, which do not necessarily reflect the wishes of citizens.

    If Jansen really wishes to see a political system where MPs do vote with their consciences, without any political party affiliation, all he has to do is jump over the fence into Swaziland and visit our Parliament when it is sitting.

    He will find that there, too, motions for votes of no confidence in the government have been moved several times without any success. He will also find that careerism and individual self-interest are just as rife as it is in South Africa.

    Zuma’s presidency has tested the endurance of South Africa’s democracy in an unprecedented way.

  • 24 April

    S. Africa’s ANC has fresh land claims bill – The Australian

    S. Africa's ANC has fresh land claims billThe AustralianSouth Africa's ruling party will introduce an amended land rights bill in parliament in May after the top court declared invalid a law that re-opened a process for blacks to make claims on land taken from them during white-minority rule. The ...and more »

  • 24 April

    ‘Disgraced’ former Hawks boss Ntlemeza returns state vehicle – Citizen

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    Citizen'Disgraced' former Hawks boss Ntlemeza returns state vehicleCitizenJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 14: Former Hawks boss; Berning Ntlemeza visits the family where four members were shot and killed at the Lawley informal settlements on August 14, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A family of four was ...Ntlemeza hands over state propertyNews24House of Cards: Ntlemeza is a scandal and embarrassment – MbalulaDaily MaverickFind #Ntlemeza, Mbalula tells PhahlaneIndependent OnlineTimes LIVE -Jacaranda FM -Eyewitness News

  • 24 April

    Princess Charlene of Monaco returns to South Africa

    Princess Charlene of Monaco returns to South Africa source

  • 24 April

    Undercover cop spied on Panayiotou in prison, court hears – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 Undercover cop spied on Panayiotou in prison, court hearsNews24Port Elizabeth – Details of a failed undercover operation to spy on murder accused Christopher Panayiotou and his mistress Chanelle Coutts came to light in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth High Court on …

  • 24 April

    South Africa VP backs probe into presidential corruption allegations

    South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he wants allegations of influence-peddling in government investigated, lending his support to a probe called for by the anti-graft watchdog but which President Jacob Zuma has so far ignored. Ramaphosa is considered a likely candidate for president when the ruling African …

  • 24 April

    SABC lost R200m through 90-percent-local quota – eNCA

    JOHANNESBURG - Hlaudi Motsoaneng's 90 percent quota on local content has cost the broadcaster more than R200-million, the interim board said on Monday

    The board briefed Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee on its goals to rebuild the public broadcaster.

    It said bad decisions made by former SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoane had directly contributed to the public losing confidence in the SABC. In turn, it lost much-needed revenue.

    READ: 'Hands off Hlaudi' - Motsoeneng supporters make their voices heard

    The interim board has been at the helm for only a few months.

    It was appointed after the former 15-member board was dissolved, including the executive members, following a damning report from an ad-hoc committee that probed the embattled broadcaster’s affairs.

    The deputy chairman of the interim board, Mathata Tsedu, said: "The SABC  as everyone here knows is facing a multiplicity of crises ranging from funding to liquidity to loss of credibility and audiences, and essentially obsolete technology that will not interface with digital terrestrial television. 

    "The financial crisis means the SABC is unable to meet its contractual commitments."


  • 24 April

    Trump’s America Echoes South Africa, 1985

    South African immigrant and author Tony Eprile said he was “horrified…though not entirely surprised” when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. “I had seen something like this before.” TYT’s Eric Byler ( http://Twitter.com/EricByler ) sat down with Eprile, with whom he had studied at Wesleyan University in …

  • 24 April

    New Breed partners with Phoenix SAPS – Phoenix Sun


    Phoenix Sun New Breed partners with Phoenix SAPSPhoenix SunNew Breed will sponsor and maintain the welcome and information board which is presently erected at Phoenix SAPS. “Our intention is to ensure we help each other where possible so that the load and burden becomes lighter for the police officers. We …