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DA welcomes 1140 additional police officers
 
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape welcomes the 1140 new police officers deployed by South African Police Services (SAPS) across our province, as announced by Provincial Police Commissioner General Jula. 
 
The crime stats released last Friday show that although the murder rate in the Western Cape remains stubbornly high, the increase is slowing down. The Province now has the 4th lowest murder rate in the country. Crime in the Western Cape is highly concentrated, and the fact that 790 of the new police officers will be sent to the top 30 stations in terms of crime levels is a positive development.
 
The DA has long advocated for additional police officers for to be allocated to the Western Cape which is severely under-resourced in terms of manpower. For too long we have seen that police stations in crime hotspots have the worst police-to-population ratios, making the job nearly impossible for hard working police officers. The national police-to-population ratio is 1 officer for every 358 citizens (in 2014/15) yet many of our worst crime-affected precincts have ratios of only half this, for example Harare has a ratio of 1 officer to 826 citizens, Nyanga 1:754 and Delft 1:706 according to the latest available numbers. 

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As part of their weekend operations, City traffic and Metro Police officers held a number of roadblocks in Gugulethu, Mitchells Plain, Mandalay, Claremont and Kleinvlei. One suspect was found with three bags full of dagga worth R40 000 in the boot of his car. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service and Metro Police Department arrested 148 suspects and issued a total of 1 551 fines for various other offences over the past few days.

On Sunday 4 September 2016 City traffic and Metro Police officers gave chase after a driver, who had tested positive for being over the alcohol limit, fled a roadblock held in Spine Road in Mitchells Plain. The officers followed the vehicle through the streets of Mitchells Plain while the driver disregarded many road rules trying to evade them. The officers eventually stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, but the passenger fled on foot. Upon further inspection, the officers found three bags in the boot containing dagga, weighing roughly 6 kg with a street value of approximately R40 000. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, and possession of dagga.

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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Total South Africa launched National Arbor Week under the theme “Forests and Water”, adopted from the United Nations Forum of Forests (UNFF) theme for the International Day of Forests celebrated in March.

The launch took place on Thursday 1 September 2016 at Nkowankowa Stadium in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality. This was an opportunity for the departments and Total South Africa to showcase an Agroforestry Project, the NTL Baraka Eco-Farming and Tourism Project that the Limpopo provincial department supports in the Letsitele area, located about 54KM from Tzaneen. Continue reading

The Law Enforcement Department’s Social Housing Unit is tasked with addressing crime and other social ills in City-owned rental stock and making sure that tenants toe the line. They responded to over 450 complaints and made 63 arrests during the first six months of 2016 alone. 

The City of Cape Town’s Social Housing Unit is making inroads in its bid to make City-owned rental stock areas safer.

The unit was established in 2012 to ensure that tenants comply with the conditions of their lease agreements – focusing specifically on crime and other social ills that affect the quality of life of tenants in rental stock units.

In the first six months of this year, the unit reacted to 458 complaints received via the City’s housing offices. The complaints included allegations of drug peddling and the operation of illegal shebeens as well as illegal occupation. They issued 430 compliance notices, made 63 arrests (the bulk of which were for drug-related offences), and issued 321 fines totalling R248 550 for various by-law transgressions. Continue reading

2 September 2016
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Today the National Police Commissioner released the crime statistics for the year 2015/16 and the Western Cape numbers remain stubbornly high, but with some improvements.

The Western Cape continues to have a very high murder rate. The murder rate has constantly been on the rise since 2011/12 where there were 2293 murders in the Western Cape, 3186 in 2014/15 and the numbers released today indicate an increase of 1,2%, with a total of 3224 murders. Although the Western Cape fared better than almost all provinces and this murder rate increase is the second lowest in the country, this is hardly any consolation.

The South African Police Services must be commended for areas of improvement where we have seen decreases in crimes such as assault GBH and sexual offences. Although 25 539 cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (Assault GBH) in the Western Cape is a disturbingly high number, we welcome the decrease of 2.5% which is the biggest decrease in the country. We also welcome a significant decrease in the number of common robberies from 13 420 to 12 485 – a reduction of 7% in the Western Cape. Continue reading

Pic: rugby365.com

Pic: rugby365.com

Adriaan Strauss will retire from Test rugby at the end of the 2016 season.

Strauss, who became the 57th Springbok captain against Ireland in June, said he had been contemplating retirement at the end of the season since late in 2015, and that he had informed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee of his thinking on his appointment earlier this year.

“When Coach Allister approached me to lead the team, I was both humbled and honoured,” Strauss said. “The plan was for me to serve and lead a team in transition as well as I can and take things week by week, but back then I already told him that I was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.

“I’ve always accepted the pressure and the challenge of playing for and captaining the Springboks, I feel it’s the right time to let my team-mates and our supporters know of the decision I made, with a greater plan in mind.”

Coetzee lauded Strauss for the role he is playing in empowering a new generation of Springbok players and developing a new team culture.

“I’ve known since day one that Adriaan was planning to retire at the end of 2016, but he is a vital component in our team and his role has been part of our succession planning in any case,” said Coetzee. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town urges qualifying senior residents as well as beneficiaries of disability grants or pensions to register for a rates rebate. Read more below:

This year the City has budgeted R2,5 billion in total to help our more vulnerable residents with rates- and indigent relief.

R1,4 billion has been set aside for rates rebates alone. The City would therefore like to ensure that all qualifying property owners have the opportunity to make use of this form of financial assistance. Senior residents (60 years and older) as well as recipients of a disability grant or pension could qualify for rates rebates ranging between 10% and 100%.

The upper limit of total household income for these two categories has also been raised to R15 000 per month. Continue reading

1 September 2016
Release immediate

The high number of murders in Delft is cause for concern. The Delft police station has one of the worst police to population ratios in the metropolitan area. I will now take the matter up on a provincial and national platform.

Gang violence has reportedly claimed 31 lives in Delft during the month of August. There are severe shortages at police stations and officers on the ground are over-worked and overwhelmed by the violent crime that they must combat.

The national police to population ratio is 1:358 (in 2014/15) however, a reply to my recent parliamentary question shows that Delft has a police to population ratio of 1:706. This means that this station has the third worst police to population ratio of all police stations in the metropolitan area. Continue reading

Pic: people.comThis from channel24.co.za:

Los Angeles – A woman who accused Chris Brown of pulling a gun on her claims she was left in fear of her life.

Baylee Curran spoke to police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after fleeing the Fine China singer’s home in Tarzana, Los Angeles, barefoot following a row and admits she was genuinely frightened he would shoot her.

She explained to E! News that she was inside the rapper’s kitchen admiring some jewellery on display when things turned nasty.

She said: “I admired this one piece, a diamond cross necklace. I did not pick it up, I did not touch it, take it or grab it, anything to that sort.”

The 24-year-old beauty queen – who has hung out with Chris “several times before” – was then confronted by one of the singer’s pals, who said: “Get out, don’t touch the jewellery.”

She added: “[The friend] was calling me names and that’s when Chris Brown kind of went off, pulled out a gun and said, ‘Get the fuck out.'”

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http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/News/listen-chris-brown-accuser-breaks-her-silence-20160831

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