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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Ons kan in Engeland ook die belofte nakom wat deur ons voorvaders 171 jaar terug gemaak is. Op 16 Desember 1838 is die Gelofte onder leiding van Sarel Cilliers afgelê waarmee die Voortrekkers plegtig belowe dat, indien God hulle sou help om die Zoeloemag te oorwin, dié dag aan die nageslag bekend gemaak sal word en dat dit gevier sal word ter ere van God as ‘n Sabbat en dat 'n kerk in Sy Naam opgerig sou word.
Ons uitgewekenes vier dit ook in Engeland:
DATUM: 12 Desember 2009
TYD: 10:00 vir 10:30
PLEK: Hillside Church Hall – 37 Worple Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4JZ
Three men in police uniforms rob 4 Spanish tourists
2009-10-28 Three armed men in police uniforms and police ID’s robbed four Spanish tourists who had just drawn money at Johannesburg International Airport, reports Beeld journalist Carina van Wyk.
A chauffeur who picked up the Spanish tourist group at the airport at around 13:30 on Tuesday, said they had exchanged money at the airport and were being driven to the Hilton Hotel in Sandton. “Three men in a blue Ford Fairmont ordered us to pull off the road just after the Marlboro offramp of the N3,’ he said. “They showed me their police identification and said they ‘suspected my clients of drugs-smuggling.’ One of the uniformed men then proceeded to search through the wallets and bags of the tourists while the others waited in the blue Ford. About €2500 (R28,400) was grabbed. The man then jumped in the car and they chased off.
“The Spaniards were very shocked, but also relieved because things could have been a whole lot worse,’ said the chauffeur, who did not want his name published. He ‘strongly suspects’ that these uniformed men had followed the party of tourists from the airport. Police inspector Moses Maphakela confirmed that charges of robbery have been lodged. He also said that ‘people should drive to the nearest police- or petrol-station if you are uncertain whether you are being pulled over by police, or not. ‘ http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/f94c9af88afb424ab97fc7961df8b137/28-10-2009-06-39/Polisielede_agtervolg_en_beroof_4_toeriste
Cops in uniform who gang-raped young mom drove police van without permission, say cops… http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/722052ef91364781b2ba6c52856794dc/27-10-2009-08-13/Cops_in_uniform_gang-raped_me
Man finds corpses next to fishing site: http://www.nuus24.com/Content/Afrika/Nuus/1419/227240ae544f423a9b8be4fb5a745d3a/28-10-2009-07-02/Man_vind_lyke_langs_viswaters
Farmer’s arm broken by armed robbers: http://www.nuus24.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1479/e526d267511a454285d41d27d8ed6684/28-10-2009-07-31/Rowers_breek_boer_se_arm_met_houtstomp
SA cops under severe psychological stress:
Besides succumbing to these strong lures of finding illegal ways to supplement their very poor pay-packets, South African cops also are showing severe psychological stress and turning to psychologists, despite the huge stigma attached to mental health issues in South Africa, it is reported this week.
Many policemen I treat wonder if they can cope”, said clinical psychologist Neil Amoore in Johannesburg. “ South African policemen are attacked by gangs both when they are on and off duty.”
"They are concerned about whether they are going to be under more scrutiny during the World Cup, in the international spotlight. And they are concerned if they shoot to kill now it's fine, but the rule will be rescinded and they will be punished after the World Cup."
- ‘Failure to police WC2010 is not an option…’
- Officials have made it clear that failure to police the World Cup is not an option. South Africa is boosting the size of its police force of 183, 000 (Our comment: only some 76,000 of these police officers are actually operational – the rest are out of action due to long-term recovery from injuries, illnesses (often related to the co-epidemics of AIDS/TB) or are suspended while awaiting criminal trials. )
- The SAPS has been given 200 revamped armoured vehicles to guard the WC2010 venues; 100 extra high-performance cars to accompany busloads of WC2010 tourists and football teams on the roads; 40 helicopters to guard them overhead; and various mobile command vehicles.
Police are expected to be prepared for the worst case scenario, not just the possibility of murders/ homicides and carjackings said spokesman superintendent Vish Naidoo. "We have simulations throughout the country to deal with any threats related to biological, radioactive or chemical (attacks), any disasters, kidnappings, hijackings of planes."
Special operations officer Brenda Ramokolos, who is located in central Johannesburg's notoriously rough Hillbrow highrise ghetto, says she ‘will never regret being a cop, despite the constant criticism and frustration.
- "We arrested lots of people the other day and seized their weapons," she said, folding her arms confidently over her chest. "But residents in the area were angry. They said we fired too many rubber bullets and now they have made an official complaint…" http://www.polity.org.za/article/outgunned-sa-police-wary-of-using-deadly-force-2009-10-22
Senior Vereeniging cops sold confiscated drugs - trial
Johannesburg - Senior police officers at the West Rand targetted Nigerian drug-dealers and 419-Scam gangs around Gauteng, collected their drugs – and then sold these on to drug lords and syndicates at cut-rate prices… the South Gauteng High Court heard on Tuesday. They also stole many kilos’ worth of stored cocaine at the police station of Johannesburg International Airport…
Picture: Many dedicated police units throughout South Africa still collect huge supplies of illicit drugs each month – especially the locally-grown marijuana; but also large supplies of smuggled cocaine found at the airports. This February 2008 picture above shows the proud SAPS members of the Port Elizabeth Air Wing displaying their huge marijuana cache – and many huge quantities of drugs also are destroyed each month – unless they are needed as proof in court evidence. There now is increasing evidence however that the SAPS is beginning to lose its centralised authority over individual police stations, as this testimony in the Gauteng High Court shows.
According to this week’s court testimony in the Gauteng High Court, one man who had collected the drugs to sell for the officers was arrested by another police unit for drug possession – yet a day later he was released without any charges laid against him.
This was the testimony of Norman Kokoeng, who told the court he was recruited as a police informer by Senior Superintendent Dumisani Jwara, 43, between 2004 and 2005.
Jwara, Captain Landro Mokgosani, 39, and Captain Victor Jwili, 38, pleaded not guilty to 13 charges on Monday. The fourth accused, Captain Sakhepi Caiphus Shange, died in police custody in July.
According to Kokoeng: "He [Jwara] called to say he was promoted from Vereeniging, to a senior superintendent position on the West Rand, and suggested that he should de-register me as an informant in Vereeniging and register me as his informer in the West Rand."
"He then introduced me to Captain Victor Jwili and Captain Sakhepi Caiphus Shange... He told me not to worry as we will operate like we did in the Vaal."
Once this was done, they and other officers continued to raid flats in search of drugs. "We usually found drugs, money and 419 scam documents... Depending on the amount of money, we sometimes took the cash only and left the drugs."
Every drug dealer has a ‘police officer-friend’…
On occasion they encountered problems as most Nigerians they targeted called ‘their police officer friends’ and told them of the raids. This prompted them to abandon their operation or conduct it properly, by declaring the drugs, instead of selling them.
Dealing at a Randfontein church
At one point Kokoeng's friend Kenneth Bogopane was arrested for drug possession after the two had collected cocaine, Mandrax and ecstasy from Jwili at a church in Mohlakeng, Randfontein. Jwili, 38, was conducting the church choir at the time.
"Accused one [Jwara] said he'll sort it out... Kenneth was released a day later. He was never charged, never appeared in court," said Kokoeng.
Bogopane's release from custody made up one of the charges against the officers - defeating the ends of justice - along with racketeering, drug dealing, fraud, theft and attempted theft.
The drug trafficking charges relate to their alleged selling of 40 ‘bullets’ of cocaine for R80,000 cash in Hillbrow in 2005.
On October 3 2007 the three men allegedly stole 198 kg of cocaine from the Johannesburg International Airport and sold it for R1,425,000.
Six days later they allegedly attempted, but failed, to steal another 5.7kg of cocaine from the same airport.
Asked during cross examination to explain how they priced their drugs, Kokoeng said: "When you get the drugs from police, you don't go around trying to figure out how much they are worth... the idea is to get rid of them, so when drugs would normally sell for R60,000, we will sell them for R20,000". Cross examination continues on Wednesday morning. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/25a7dd50f1d64639ae80455cf34d29fe/27-10-2009-09-33/Cops_sold_confiscated_drugs
Roaring drugs trade due to corrupt cops in South Africa: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2008/08/roaring-drug-trade-in-south-africa.html
Hartbeesfontein resident: ‘We are stayers…’
Monday 26 October 2009 - by Cynthia Dreyer – co-owner, MadibengPulse http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=29546&HeadingText=CrimeAlert+261009+hartbees
HARTBEESFONTEIN/BRITS/MADIBENG -- The murder of young 25-year-old Charl Smuts at a home on the property of Mr Andrew Hall in Hartbeesfontein has left family and friends deeply saddened. The young visitor from Krugersdorp was cold bloodedly shot in the stomach in the early hours of Friday morning by intruders. Charl and a woman companion had been visiting their friends, a young engaged couple due to be married this weekend at the cottage on Mr Hall’s property when the killing took place.
The engaged couple only moved into the house three days before the incident according to Mr Hall. The front door was forced open with a crowbar at around 01:30 on Friday and the assailant came down the passage, took Charl’s cell phone and wallet off him and then fired a shot, wounding his victim in the stomach, according to Mr Hall. The other young people heard the shots and rushed to the scene where Charl kept on saying, “I’ve been shot in the leg!” his friends couldn’t see any wound in the leg but then saw the blood from a stomach wound. They ran to Mr Hall who came to investigate. “I realised that his vital signs were fading away and that there would be no time to wait for an ambulance so we loaded him up and took him in the direction of Brits, only to have him die en route,” Andrew Hall said.
“Only when It happens to you…”
“One doesn’t realise the awful experience of a shooting unless you have it first hand. There are so many reports of shootings but it’s only when it happens to you that the enormity of it strikes home. “An incident like this has a ripple effect, children are frightened, but we decided to meet the challenge head on and to process it without diminishing the enormity of the crime.
We won’t be terrorised away … “We took them (the children) to the scene of the shooting the next day and explained exactly what had happened. “Fortunately we are part of a very strong community and a strong church community. My family is in very fine spirit, we sat down together and decided together on a course of action. I’m convinced they’ll ride above it, we will not be terrorised away from here. We are stayers, we made this decision a long time ago!”
- Mr Hall added that his daughter is in the middle of her Mechanical Engineering studies, his other two children are in Grade 10 and Grade 8 respectively.
Police very sympathetic
Police reacted very quickly and with great force, with the Dog Unit, Flying Squad, Undercover Unit, even senior management. Their sheer effort and reaction was most encouraging, says Mr Hall and friends and the community have been witnesses to this.
- “The way the police constable dealt with taking the two young ladies’ statements was really amazing. He put his arms round one of the girls and led her to a chair where he said ‘This can wait if you’re not yet up to it’.”
Footprints of more than one person have been found and it is believed that there is a gang in the area, but as Mr Hall says, the Hartbeesfontein community has been a peaceful one up to now, unlike other rural communities right round Madibeng where brutal incidents periodically take place. http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=29546&HeadingText=CrimeAlert+261009+hartbees
Shopping centres prepared for “High Crime Season”
Monday 26 October 2009 By Cynthia Dreyer
HARTBEESPOORT - By Cynthia Dreyer, co-owner, Madibeng Pulse - It’s the time of the year when one expects to see regular attacks on shopping centres when criminals do their “Christmas shopping’ before presumably also taking a break.
With two attempted hijackings and the robbery of a woman’s handbag -- which was recovered by the community who assaulted the would-be thief last week at the Safari Centre in Brits -- shoppers may be wondering just how safe they are when they make their purchases over the next few weeks.
Already Christmas decorations are appearing in many Madibeng stores, but the unfortunate accompaniment to the “season of joy and glad tidings” is often the ruthless grabbing of cash, goods and shoppers’ possessions by fearless, usually armed robbers, desperate to sell the stolen goods to pay for “going home” for Christmas.
MadibengPulse did a roundup of the bigger shopping centres -- especially since a police detective told us last week that often centres are targeted where criminals know the surveillance cameras to be faulty. Shoppers are also urged to report any suspicious activity or persons on the premises to security personnel or the police. A few weeks back a vigilant store assistant at Sediba Plaza was able to avert an armed robbery when she reported a suspicious character who was later found to be in possession of an unlicensed gun.
At Xanadu X-ing Shopping Centre where we have seen camera footage in the past, Mr Hennie Vos, centre manager told MadibengPulse that management had trained their security staff to be extra vigilant.
“We’ve got entrance and exit control with one entrance point and there are spikes there should there be a problem; criminals will not be able to get away. And at night, when Pick’ n Pay closes, our gates close too. If anyone comes to the centre to the ATM, we let them in, but these people usually come on foot.” We asked Mr Vos about the Stones night club, but he said that they are only open on Fridays and Saturday nights. “If the doctor or chemist needs us to open for emergencies, they phone the guards beforehand.” The centre’s security company is PWV.
The same company is responsible for the Sediba Plaza complex and MadibengPulse spoke to Mr Pieter Fredericks, their CEO. “We are fully prepared for any eventuality,” he told MadibengPulse on Friday.
- “We don’t want to advertise what extra measures we have put in place but w are in direct contact with the police. We have 15 cameras working and the only problem could be like at any shopping centre if a big gang of armed robbers entered the premises”
At Village Mall in Hartbeespoort, we were referred to their security desk but there was no reply on Friday. We will follow up on this one. At Damdoryn Shopping Centre there was an attempted armed robbery on 16 October, but due to the double monitoring system, the response company ADT was able to confront the escaping robbers as they left. The robbers fired at the response vehicle, hitting the radiator but were only able to get away with a handful of notes from the cash till at the Tops bottle store.
In Brits at the Shoprite Centre we were referred to Chaka Security. We commented to Mrs Brits, who with her husband owns the company, that we had never been aware of any incidents at the centre, and she agreed.
- We all pray together in the morning and in the evening
- “I can’t remember when we last had anything happen here. We also do security at the Edelweiss centre and all I can tell you at this stage is that apart from training our staff well, we all pray together in the morning and in the evening.”
Robbers threatening shopkeepers, unarmed guards: At the Safari Centre in Brits where the Pick ‘n Pay is located, Mr Chris Honiball of Rens Security told Madibeng Pulse that he would like us to come and see him in his office to talk about security at the centre - adamant that we should come to see him. When we spoke to him the previous week about the two attempted hijackings at the centre, one of a pregnant woman and the other of an elderly man, he said that they had two guards patrolling the parking area which was a large area, but that robbers were daring, threatened shopkeepers, telling them to mind their own business and the guards were unarmed. “Police are monitoring the cameras we have and can respond by motorcycle if needs be.”
Platinum Mall Shopping Centre in Brits is the largest shopping complex in Brits and we were able to speak to Ms Adrie Spanner of Rens Security Administration responsible for the security at the centre.
- “We follow our clients’ instructions and will be sharpening our strategies for December,” she told MadibengPulse.
“We’ve got guards throughout the shopping centre and there are monitors inside and outside.” We asked how Rens Security would react to an emergency and Ms Spanner replied: “The supervisor would be contacted who in turn would contact the reaction room and the SAPS and we would mobilise our management. Just last night at 03:00 our security team noticed some intruders on the roof of the mall. As soon as the SAPS arrived they ran away. In the past three weeks we have noticed groups of eight or nine men acting suspiciously in the early hours of the morning, but when they see we mean business, they give way!” Staff have to be extra vigilant she says. http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=29545&HeadingText=News+261009+shopping+centre