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Na die suksesvolle gemeenskapsvergadering van 26 Junie 2016 het die Departement van Justisie  en die  SAPD aan die Miergemeenskappe kom terugvoering gee.

Armando Demarah het namens die Departement van Justisie terugvoering gegee, veral oor die onopgeloste moordsake. Hy het ook die wetlike prosesse verduidelik waarom in sommige gevalle, al het die publiek ‘n verdagte skuldig bevind, die howe nie dieselfde siening huldig nie. Hy het ook die publiek uitgenooi indien daar enige nuwe inligting oor die koue sake opduik, hulle dit moet kom aanmeld. 

Verder was die kwelling van minderjariges wat inbreek bespreek, maar hy doen ‘n beroep op die relevante rolspelers om saam te werk in die gevalle. Volwassenes was ook gewaarsku om nie minderjariges te misbruik, want hulle kan aan die pen ry. 

Meer dienste sal ook by die satelliet hof op Rietfontein beskikbaar wees. 

Generaal Kolie Matthys, gebiedsbevelvoerder, het spesiaal na Rietfontein gereis om die vyf nuwe polisielede en Kaptein Andreas, die nuwe Stasiebevelvoerder, aan die publiek te kom voorstel. Generaal Matthys het benadruk dat hierdie aanstelling van Kaptein Andreas nie in dieselfde fiasko as die van Kaptein Esterhuizen gaan ontaard nie.

Die toevoeging van die vyf manskappe sal ook bydra tot beter polisiëring in die gebied.  Weereens was daar ‘n beroep gedoen op die lede om met trots en waardigheid die gemeenskappe te dien en om ook nie die polisiediens onnodig  in onguns te bring nie. Generaal Matthys het veral klem gelê op die belangrikheid van samewerking tussen die polisie en die gemeenskap om die gebied ‘n veilige en aangename omgewing vir almal te maak.

By die geleentheid is ook die interim gemeenskapspolisiëringsforum (GPF) aan die inwoners bekend gestel. Die interim komitee moet toesien dat daar verkiesings in elke dorpie gehou word en dat die prosesse teen 30 September afgehandel moet wees.

In die vergadering is ook afskeid geneem van Adjudant Offisier Van Wyk wat in ‘n klein tydjie wondere in die gebied verrig het. Alle sprekers het net met lof van Adjudant Offisier Van Wyk gepraat oor die hoë werksetiek en professionalisme wat hy aan die dag gelê het.

Op 1 September het Kaptein Andreas as Stasiebevelvoerder van Rietfonteinstasie oorgeneem. Kaptein Andreas is van Keimoes waar hy sy loopbaan geslyp het as Operasionele Bevelvoerder. Sy motto is om die gemeenskap in sy polisiëring met oorgawe te dien. Kaptein Andreas word alle sterkte en ‘n lang verblyf in die Miergebied toegewens.

 

SAPS Generaal Kolie Mathys en Armando Demarah by die SAPD lede van Rietfontein stasie.

The Provincial Police Commissioner Major General Risimati Peter Shivuri and his deputy General Phiwayinkosi Mnguni visited the John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster on September 10, 2016 and unveiled a miscellany of strategies that seeks to improve service delivery of SAPS members to the broader community in the district. The trip dubbed as “Provincial Commissioners’ Walkabout” was multifaceted in that it unleashed a new era in the members’ mind set, new approach to policing in the cluster and more significantly, the upgrading of Kuruman Cluster headed by a General while the station is now headed by a Brigadier. As a result a new breed of commanders to spearhead the projected plans designed to transform the image or perception that postures the police in the mediocrity has been put in place. This is to ensure that the room of prejudice by members is minimised if not zeroed. Introducing the new cluster commander General Johan Bean, his deputy Brigadier Antonie Du Preez and Brigadier Kenneth Baloyi as Kuruman Station commander, the provincial commissioner Shivuri said that the appointments of these commanders was done in a meticulous and strategic way to meet the operational aspirations of the members while fulfilling the interests of the community. The new look structure, he said, opens more opportunities to the diligent members. He introduced the commanders in the presence of traditional leaders that included Chiefs Jantjie of Manyeding, chief Petlhu of Camden and chief Setlhodi of Seodin to substantiate the determination in which provincial leadership wants to turn around policing operations in the region. He said that more police stations are on the verge of being upgraded namely Mothibistad, Batlharos, Severn, Bothithong and Tsineng to meet the expectations of the community.  The commissioner articulated at length on why members ought to abide by the policing “covenant” enshrined in the police charter as indiscipline no longer has space in the force. He spelt it out that deviant members are not sacred cows and must be arrested without compromise to keep the integrity of the police intact. He mentioned a good example that members must desist from precious stones where some members have been suspected of having their fingers in the till. On the side of resources he said that a new fleet of vehicles that includes the speedy Ford Ranger is coming soon. He was bold that members must be at the scene within 10-15 minutes for intervention when called and hinted that members must be in twos when using a police vehicle. More members are being recruited and those that left the force are being given the second bite of the cherry.

 

By order of seniority fltr Provincial Commissioner Major General Shivuri, his deputy General Mnguni new JTG cluster Commander General Johan Bean, his deputy Brigadier Antonie Du Preez and Kuruman Station Commander Brigadier Baloyi.

The Northern Cape Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) has welcomed the sentencing of Valecia Veruschka Diedericks (31) charged for defraud in an incident that dates back to March 2009.

Ms Diedericks was arrested on 01 April 2016 and appeared before the Kuruman Magistrate’s Court on 11 May 2016.

She allegedly embezzled over R137 000 by redirecting the money to her personal bank account. The funds were intended to pay a company that had delivered a service to the school.

The Kuruman Magistrate’s Court found her guilty and imposed a 7 years’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for 5 years, on condition that she does not commit similar crimes.

She was further ordered to repay R115 817.70 with arranged payments agreements.

The SAPS Kuruman have arrested nine suspects aged between 18 and 39 for business robbery that occurred at Deurham village near Bothitong village on 17 August 2016. 

According to Sergeant Ntombi Manie form the Kuruman corporate communications office, it is alleged that the suspects broke into and entered the business owned by foreign nationals and demanded cash by pointing a firearm at the owner. The perpetrators fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash including groceries.

With the help of the community, the Kuruman K9 unit and the team arrested the suspects after they were found in the Quantum mini bus they were using with a flat tyre.

The suspects were expected to appear in the Mothibistad Magistrate Court on 22 August 2016. The case is still under investigation.

In a different case, two suspects aged 22 and 27 were arrested and another person fled the scene in connection with a business robbery that occurred at Madibeng village near Severn on 17 August 2016.

It is alleged that the suspects entered the local business premises in Madibeng village with fire arms and robbed the owners. Two firearms with ammunition were recovered and confiscated as well as a white Toyota Tazz that was used during the robbery.

One suspect was linked with robbery cases around Tsineng and one in Postmasburg. The two suspects appeared in court on Friday 19 August 2016. The investigation continues. 

In a separate case, the SAPS Kuruman opened a case of business robbery that occurred at Bankhara village on 21 August 2016 at around 08:00.

One suspect aged 25 was arrested and three people fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. They are still at large but known.

One firearm was recovered and confiscated as well as a red Toyota Tazz that was used. All stolen items were recovered and handed back to the lawful owner.

The suspect appeared at the Kuruman magistrate’s court on 22 August 2016. The investigation continues.

In another case, the SAPS Wrenchville, together with the Kuruman K9 unit arrested three suspects aged between 20 and 30 after they had been found with a 9mm magazine with ten live rounds and a laptop in Wrenchville on 19 August 2016.  Upon further investigation it was found that the magazine was linked to a case of common robbery that was recently opened in Kuruman where a police official was robbed. The investigation led the police to a house in Karee Avenue where the fire arm was recovered and two suspects aged 22 and 26 were charged with illegal possession of an unlicensed fire arm and fourteen live rounds were confiscated.

The suspects appeared at Kuruman Magistrate Court on 22 August 2016.

The SAPS Kuruman management applauded the Kuruman K9 unit, Kuruman POPS and the team for their hard work.  Captain Frans Matlhare wants to thank the communities of Deurham and Bendell for their assistance that led to the arrests of the suspects.

The police in Kuruman are investigating a case of murder after following the death of a 56 year old man at Bankhara on Saturday 2016-08-29 at around 00:35. It is alleged that the suspect stabbed the deceased during altercation at a local shebeen. A 27 year old is arrested and is expected to appear in court on Monday, 2016-08-29. Investigation continues.

 

In a different case the police in Mothibistad are investigating a case of murder that occurred on Sunday, 2016-08-28 at around 06:00 at Seoding. The deceased whose age is not identified (female) was found dead at her home after she and her husband were attacked by four males with firearms who allegedly demanded wesselite (stone). Both the deceased and the husband were found with injuries alleged to have been sustained as a result of being hit with a firearm. It is alleged that the perpetrators fled the scene in a black GTI VW, with a NW registration. The police are waiting for postmortem results to determine the cause of death. Arrest is yet to be made. Investigation continues.    

A total of 106 constables completed their training in the region sometime in July and of these, 48 of them have been transferred to the John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster on a permanent basis where they were posted to various stations, that include Kuruman, Kathu, Bothithong, Tsineng, Mothibistad, Batlharos, Severn and Dibeng.

In an interview with the acting cluster commander Colonel Kenneth Baloyi, he said that the new constables received intensive training and are in a position to add value to the operations.

He said that while bringing in more members is meant to galvanise field operations and reduce crime; it also solves unemployment, on the other hand.  

Congratulating the new constables, Colonel Baloyi said that the community at large is expecting satisfactory service delivery and the police are no exception.

Station commanders assembled at Kuruman police station to mark the important occasion of the new constables, as well as to get introduced to their new members destined for their various stations.

Soon after the introductions the new members were given a litmus test as they conducted stop and search operations in the Kuruman central business district, focusing on the taxi rank, automated teller machines and the shopping complexes sniffing for drugs, dangerous weapons and other related crimes. The operations yielded positive results as three knives, a laptop, eight packets of crystal meth, eight packets of dagga and six glass pipes were recovered.

 

New constables flanked by station commanders from various stations within the district.              

Communities in the Northern Cape are still in shock after the cold-blooded murder of a DA councillor at the Kgatelopele municipality in Daniëlskuil, Johannes Baaitjie (49) who was gunned down on Wednesday 17 August 2016 after having received a call urging him to meet for business.

Mr Baaitjie’s hands and feet had been bound with wire and he had suffered two fatal head shots and one in the torso. Another man, who had accompanied Mr Baaitjie, but whom cannot be identified due to the nature of the investigation, was seriously injured and remains in a critical condition.

The case has since been investigated by the Hawks Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and on Friday 19 August 2016, Zoniselo Magawu (36) the ANC candidate of ward 1 in the Kgatelopele municipality, was arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Mr Baaitjie and the alleged attempted murder of Mr Baaitjie’s business associate who had accompanied him.

According to the head of the DA constituency in Daniëlskuil, Mr Baaitjie had mentioned to him on several occassions during the election that he had received death threats and a case of intimidation was opened at the SAPS.

ANC provincial secretary, Zamani Saul, condemned the alleged assassination of Mr Baaitjie. “The ANC condemns any politically-motivated violence and killings and calls upon the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their investigation. The perpetrators of this senseless crime must face the full might of the law,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, has applauded the Northern Cape Hawks for the swift arrest of a suspect linked to the murder of Johannes Baatjie.

“I am very proud that our members worked around the clock to ensure the arrest of the the suspect. This arrest is a confirmation of our resolve to ensure that our country’s democracy is not meddled with and those who perpetrate these cowardly acts are brought to book as soon as possible. Our investigations are still continuing and we cannot rest until we find everybody involved,” Lieutenant General Ntlemeza said.