The Commissioner of the SAPS Northern Cape Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri is on a walk-about programme of police stations in the province to familiarise himself with the challenges faced by the police in the various towns, so as to better understand their common logistical needs.
On his arrival on March 16, 2018 in Kuruman, the community was taken by surprise when he left the station led by his uniformed force, detectives, and trainees en masse along Voortrekker Street.
In a snap interview with the station commander Brigadier Kenneth Baloyi, he said that the provincial commissioner and his team wanted to visit the hotspots of crime in the town, as Kuruman had become notorious for crimes, especially drugs, robbery, murder, human trafficking and sex work, that all spell out moral decadence in its entirety. The visit by the commissioner gave him a direct and broader picture of what the police encounter in their routine responsibility to root out crime in their areas of jurisdiction and prudence.
The first infamous spot of concern where the commissioner landed on his first walk-about is the Grand Hotel where he found a handful of patrons before he went across the street hoping he would hand-cuff
suspects at the green caravan. Instead he was only told of its drug concentration and deals by some brothers from the western part of the continent who pretended to be selling edibles. He proceeded to the Capitec Bank where he introduced himself before doing the same to the First National Bank across.
From there they went to another hot spot, Kuruman Hotel, where sex work activities are performed even in the daylight without humane conscience and ignominy. The commissioner asked how much it cost per client, and without blinking an eyelid, one of the traders said “It's only R100.”
The entourage then went to another problematic binging and drug spot called Brazil slightly opposite PicknPay where locals and the same brothers from the West clash for supremacy, often resulting in interminable bloodbaths at the spot.
The commissioner then entered ABSA bank, but more visits were made later around the mall specifically targeting the hot spots.
Lieutenant General Shivuri emphatically stated that the police are now prepared to change the complexities faced by the communities and businesses, as a new strategy is in the offing to contain crime and lawlessness.

On March 19, 2018 taxi operators in Kathu express-ed their deepest provocation in their pursuit to make ends meet after one of them was injured by an illegal operator. The operators brought their collective fleet to a halt just across the magistrate court to ensure an unregistered driver of a Condor, who was arrested on March 16, 2018 for attacking one of his own with a hammer that deeply lacerated his left cheek, remains detained in the cells or else they would mete out befitting justice to him.
The genesis of the melee started in Mapoteng pick up point where the unregistered driver encroached onto the operators' territory and lured the
customers into his private vehicle. As he snatched the passengers, all hell broke loose.
The operators approached him and advised him to stop provoking them. He was surrounded by the operators, but was allowed the space to leave after their negotia-tions, however, as he was released from the scene, he left at such fierce speed that one of the drivers was hit.
The wounded taxi operator took chase of the culprit, managed to stop him and subsequently a real duel ensued between the two. The taxi driver disembarked from the taxi to confront the already exasperated Condor driver. Little did he know that a hammer was already in the Condor
driver's grasp waiting for the taxi driver to come closer. Indeed the  hammer did the untold damage on the taxi driver's cheek and he was rushed to hospital. He has since been transferred to the Kimberley hospital for speedy attention.
The culprit was arrested on the same day and was detained at Kathu police station for the court hearing on March 19, 2018. He was denied bail on the day and the case was postponed to March 26, 2018.
Taxi operators have warned illegal transporters operating in their area or hell will prevail.        

During the month of February 2018, about eleven arrests have been registered for drunken driving alone, says the Station Commander of SAPS Ka-thu, Lieutenant Colonel Neville Klaassen.
Lieutenant Colonel Klaassen said that most worrying was that vehicles are being overturned in the central business district of the town. This is due to drunken drivers not observing the rules of the road, causing accidents due to over-speeding.
“Generally there is no vehicle that can overturn at the strictly regulated speed of 20-40km an hour. Unnecessary accidents have become normal in the town caused by driving under the influence of alcohol. This time around, the police are taking yet another approach to ensure drivers obser-ve the law.
“The other challenge encountered is that
most of these accidents are caused by people without drivers' licences. As we approach the Easter Holiday, the police have drafted a special diary to ascertain that road safety comes first and that those caught outside the precinct of the law are brought to book,” he said.
Lieutenant Colonel Klaassen said that in the past two months, the numbers of drivers arrested swelled to about 40 and 60 re-spectively, and the majority of these were intoxicated. He said that the police have an instant breathalyser that can detect the le-vel of alcohol intake and this machine short-ens the argument between the victim and officers on the road.
Lastly, he said that road carnage can be controlled if drivers can abide by the rules that promote safety on our roads.       

During the week before Christmas 2017, the SAPS Kuruman discover-ed dagga with an estimated street value of more than R50 000 hidden in the bushes near Seven Miles village, in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district.
This discovery was made after the SAPS received tip-off from a community member.
Upon search and investigation in the veld, plastic bags filled with dagga and a plastic basin with content weighing 11.9 kg were found hidden in the bushes.
In a separate incident, the SAPS recover-ed a vehicle which had been reported stolen mid December 2017 at Hotazel. The vehicle was found abandoned this morning in Kathu.
Several houses in the John Taolo Gaet-sewe were raided and  stop and search activities were conducted.  
Undocumented persons, including want-ed suspects, were arrested at a road block
which was held on the R31 between Kuru-man and Hotazel and the N14 between Oli-fantshoek and Kathu. More than five thou-sand persons and vehicles were stopped and searched. The focus of the road block was to search for illegal goods, unlicenced firearms, stolen goods and stolen vehicles.
Fines to the value of R16 000 were issued to motorists for traffic offences ranging from driving motor vehicles without valid driver's licences and permits, overloading, driving  motor vehicles without number plates, unroadworthy vehicles and invalid licence discs.
Community members, including motor-ists, were delighted to see high police visibi-lity. Some of them pledged to assist and to partner with the police in the fight against crime.
During the road block more than hundred and fifty crime awareness and safety hints pamphlets were distributed.

On 16 March 2018 at about midnight police in Kuruman stopped and sear-ched a suspicious looking delivery ve-hicle in the Kuruman CBD. In the back of the closed space-saver-canopy the members found 2 live sheep. The driver and the passenger could not give a sa-tisfactory reason why they were in pos-session of the live stock, hence they were arrested. Further investigation led the police to a house in Bankara village, Kuruman where the police found 2 more slaughtered sheep car-cases. Two male suspects aged 27 and 33years were arrested. A red backpack containing 2 knives and a round shar-pening stone was found behind the bakkie's seat. The approximate value of sheep is R6000. The investigation con-tinues.

Kingstone Vhiya (40) a Zimbabwean teacher, was stabbed to death by his grade eight learner around midnight on Friday January 12, 2018.  
The teenage learner at Bosele Middle School in Manyeding went to his teacher’s house. He knocked at the door. As the teacher wanted to establish the purpose of his surprise visit before opening the door,
the alleged learner voiced his anger as to why the teacher had failed him in his grade. The learner, aged sixteen years, has to repeat grade eight.
As the teacher delayed in opening the door, the learner went to the window where he found a cellphone and took it. The teacher came out now knowing who he was talking to and exchanged words. After the
dialogue the teacher returned back into his house, but little did he know the learner had a knife and was planning on stabbing him from behind.
The learner stabbed Mr Vhiya in the back. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The learner was arrested on January 14, 2018.     

The wife of acclaimed artist Walter Meyer has been arrested for his murder.
Police said the 52-year-old painter‚ based in Upington‚ was "stabbed with a sharp object" on 22 December 2017 around 22:00.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi said his 29-year-old wife Sophia Meyer was arrested in connection with his murder.
She appeared in court on Wednesday 27 December 2017. She later appeared in the Upington Magistrates' Court to apply for bail and was been granted bail of R2000.
Arts Minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted: "We are shocked and saddened to learn about the tragic events which have led to the passing of iconic South African artist Walter Meyer‚ whose works have been exhibited and celebrated for over three decades. We send our sincere condolen-ces to his family and friends."
Meyer‚ who was born in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape‚ showcased his work as far afield as Germany‚ New York and Na-mibia. He counts Power Corporation‚ Canada‚ the Rupert Foundation and the South African Reserve Bank among a long list of collectors of his work. His web-site is also brimming with positive reviews.
“You made banal sun-bleached deserts alive and shimmering, you were a master, light came out of your paintings. South Africa has lost one of our very few great painters. A giant has fallen. May you find eternal peace and light,” Beezy Bailey wrote on Facebook.
“He is widely celebrated as possibly the finest painter of distinctly South African landscapes that this country has yet produced‚” Ivor Powell wrote in the Sun-day Times.
Ruth Jacobsen wrote in Business Day: “These paintings are extraordinarily truth-ful‚ not merely to a catalogue of factual detail‚ but to profoundly experienced reali-ty. Collectively they speak of the integrity of the purpose of the artist.”
Rest in peace, Walter, your extraordi-nary art will live on for ever.
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