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As learners are sitting for their final examinations throughout the country, the South African Police Service would like to take this opportunity to wish them the very best during this very difficult time.

It is during this time and in the upcoming school holidays that we find children are most exposed to dangers. The South African Police Service is committed to preventing, managing and responding to incidents of crime and violence in and out of schools. However, to ensure maximum safety of the children, we will require the support of both parents and children and we urge them to be vigilant at all times.

Now that learners are no longer required to remain in school after writing their exam papers, this leaves them unsupervised and possibly exposed to all types of dangers including gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse, kidnapping, contact crimes (assault, murder and rape), drowning, motor vehicle accidents, child pornography and suicides.

To further help us help children not become victims to these crimes, we urge parents to constantly talk to their children and make them aware of these possible dangers. Communication with your child is critical in the prevention of such incidents. Do not take matters for granted and do not make the common mistake in assuming that “it would not happen to my child”.

One of our other areas of concern is the easy access to the internet. Children must be closely monitored when they are online and should be educated on what sites they should and should not visit, on the use of the email and who they should chat with. Let them know they can talk to you or educators if they see anything online makes them uncomfortable, whether it’s an explicit website or classmate bullying them or someone else through email, chat or website.

 

Some of these tips can also assist in preventing your child from becoming a victim :-

 

  • Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to bus stop. Advise them to avoid bushy areas, construction areas, empty areas, passages and parks where there aren’t many people or adequate lighting.
  • Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with scholar patrols when they can.
  • Encourage children to walk to and from school or bus stop with a sibling or friend and to wait at bus stops with other children. Not walking around talking on your cell phone as it will distract you from what is going around and it can also attract criminals.
  • Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Never should accept lifts from strangers. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around or in their school they should tell an adult.
  • Communicate – when you as a parent observe significant danger signs in the child`s life, it is important to ask him/her whether she/he is having thoughts of hurting him/herself. It is relieving to the child when someone or a parent cares enough to ask that question. Tell the child that suicide in not an answer after failing.
  • Supervision – children should always be under an adult’s supervision when swimming or when handling crackers. (during festive season)
  • Help children memorise their phone numbers and full address. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.

 

On Friday 4 November 2016 an Armed Robbery took place in Postmasburg at Mr Price.  The suspects fled the scene in a silver Audi A4.

Kathu SAPS were informed that the vehicle might be on its way in the direction of Kuruman.  Seargent Ben Eiman, Constable Meshak Mosesane, Warrent Officer Godfrey Motlogelwa and Constable Kgoa  reacted and within 10 minutes the suspects were arrested and stolen goods confiscated.

On 30 November 2016 Warrant Officer Alan Dalton received information about drugs and obtained a search warrant.  A Search was conducted at a house in Bestwood, Kathu and a 5 litre paint tin with drugs were found and confiscated.  The suspect was arrested and charged for Dealing in drugs.

The Northern Cape Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) arrested another suspect allegedly linked to the Postmasburg double murder.

Tsame Frak Baxane (31) was arrested on 05 October in Daniëlskuil for his alleged involvement in the murder of Johannes Baaitjie and his associate Shupping Nose on 17 August 2016.

Baxana appeared at Daniëlskuil magistrate’s court on 06 October 2016. The case was remanded to 17 October 2016. He is expected to appear along with the four other suspects previously arrested in connection with the same murder case.

Speaking on behalf of the Hawks, Captain Philani Nkwalase said that the Hawks distance themselves from the media reports implying that the ANC in Upington plotted and planned the murder of Johannes Baaitjie. “Our Investigating officer only put to the court the statements of the accused as recorded. Our on-going investigations on this particular case, led to the arrest of only five suspects, although we cannot at this stage rule out the possibility of further arrests,” he said.

The new CPF structure has been elected at the AGM held at Thembelihle on 6 November 2016 at 17:00. Front - fltr : Mnr Richard Moncuusi (Additional member), Samuel Sandlana (Chairperson), Me Dineo Segopisho (Secretary), Me Eunice Matlotlo (Treasury), Mnr Julius Gatyeni (Deputy Chairperson) and ZFM Cluster CPF Chairperson Mnr J Isaac. Back – fltr : Captain Cecil March (Deputy Secretary), Mev Julia Gxagxa (Additional member) and Mnr Headman Vuyani Gqoboka (Additional member).

Mr Peter Tanke owner and resident at 7 Vuurdoring Street in Kuruman nearly lost his house and probably the nearby houses after his out building was gutted by fire on October 29, 2016 allegedly from an electrical technical fault. The incident happened around 18:00 while the family was immersed in watching the soccer match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. Only the thick oozing smoke alerted the owner and the ever alert Local Neighbourhood Watch team rushed to the rescue. The team that included Mr Sybrand Smith, Paul Marais, Deon Deetlefs swiftly came to the property’s rescue by simply discovering the strange smoke was coming from a residential area. According to Mr Tanke the team swiftly brought three bakkies full of water that successfully extinguished the fire that burnt a spare bedroom, the whole roof, ceiling and a bathroom. The Ga-Segonyana municipality fire brigade only responded two hours later according to Mr Tanke when the neighbourhood team had accomplished the job. Expressing his explicit gratitude to the rescue team he said that he learnt a very good lesson that respect has no colour and that such good spirit must be encouraged across the racial divide symbolised by the rainbow flag.             

Na ‘n lang afwesigheid en omstuimigheid by die Rietfontein polisiestasie is die gemeenskapspolisiëringsforum uiteindelik op 06 Oktober gestig.

Die hoop is uitgespreek dat dit die verhouding tussen die polisie en die gemeenskap sal versterk sodat die hele Miergebied ‘n veilige en aangename plek vir almal kan wees.

Kaptein Andreas, die stasiebevelvoerder van die SAPS Rietfontein, het weereens sy steun en algehele samewerking belowe in die stryd teen misdaadbekamping.

Die voorsitter, oud-Kaptein Martiens de Wee, het onderneem om so gou moontlik aan die werk te spring, het samewerking tussen die polisie en gemeenskap bepleit en het onderneem om die belange van die mense ernstig op die hart te dra.

Die forum sal maandeliks hul sitting hou en kwartaalliks met die gebiedspolisiëringsforum te Upington vergader.

Alle sterkte word die GPF vir hul werk toe gebid.

 

Op die foto verskyn die lede van die GPF saam met die polisie. Voor vlnr : Jan Basson - Sekretaris, Magrietha Eiman - Ondervoorsitter en Kaptein Martiens de Wee – Voorsitter. Middel vlnr : Konstabel Gerald Tieties, Freddy Raats - Tesourier, Moira de Wee – Hulpsekretaris, Baggie Josef – GPF Upington en Sera Beukes.

Tweede ry van agter vlnr : Kaptein JC Andreas - Stasiebevelvoerder, Ronel Titus – addisionele lid, Marsella Visagie – addisionele lid en Kaptein George  Brooks.

Agter vlnr : Kaptein Jacques September en Christo Esterhuizen.