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SAPS to host National Police Day

SAPS to host National Police Day event and the National Excellence Awards ceremony on Friday, 27 January 2017 in North West at 08:45 and 17:30 Pretoria, Friday 20 January 2017: The South African Police Service (SAPS) will host the Annual Police Day event and the National Excellence Awards on Friday, 27 January 2017 in the North West Province. The 27th of January is annually celebrated as National Police Day, as approved by Cabinet. On this day the leadership of the SAPS honours members and employees…

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POLICE FINANCE CLERK IN COURT FOR R3.4 MILION FRAUD

Siyabonga Mangqishi (36), a Finance Administration Clerk at Springbok SAPS has appeared before the Springbok Regional Court on various charges of fraud. Mangqishi allegedly falsified financial documents and received undue payments to his personal account. These fraudulent transactions began in January 2014 until 10 January 2017. Personal particulars of numerous fellow colleagues were used to submit fictitious application requesting cash advances and claims that varied from meals, accommodation costs as well as renewal of state vehicle licence disks. A Senior police officer noticed recent irregularities…

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SAPS Acting National Commissioner met with IPID investigators

Pretoria, Friday 20 January 2017: The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, confirms that he met with IPID investigators at his office on Thursday morning, 19 January 2017. The meeting was in connection with allegations under investigation by IPID relating to alleged corruption and defeating the ends of justice. The defeating the ends of justice case relates to allegations publicly made following an investigation and the interviewing of witnesses, led by Paul O’Sullivan accompanied by IPID investigators. The…

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MUNICIPALITY EXECUTIVE IN THE DOCK FOR R40 MILLION FRAUD

GAUTENG – Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit members in Gauteng have on Wednesday arrested a 29 year old City of Johannesburg Executive on allegations of fraud and corruption. The investigation were as a result of a two year probe in which the Candidate Building Valuer was implicated in the defrauding of the Municipality of over R40million by allegedly degrading numerous buildings prices in the inner city for personal gain between August 2013 and October 2014. The investigations which started on September 2015 are at an…

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CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER – SUSPECTS REMANDED IN CUSTODY

MPUMALANGA : Five suspects who have been arrested for conspiracy to commit murder and possession unlawful firearms have appeared before the Bethal Magistrate Court on Monday. Two accused, Bonginkosi Excellent Mnisi (33) and Dumisani Sambo (46) were denied bail and remanded in custody. Nomalanga Khumalo (49) was granted R30 000.00 bail while a case against the other two suspects was withdrawn. Khumalo failed to raise the bail money and she, together with Mnisi and Sambo, will be in the dock again on Friday 19 January…

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SAPS investigating circumstances of fatal shooting of constable in Katlehong

Pretoria, Tuesday 17 January 2017: The South African Police Service (SAPS) has noted the contents of video material circulating online depicting the fatal shooting of a police officer during an armed robbery in Katlehong, Gauteng. Constable Tshepo Tladi, 35 years of age, died in hospital after being shot during an armed robbery in Twala Section, Katlehong North on Thursday, 12 January 2017, just after 01:00<x-apple-data-detectors://2>. The Acting National Commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, has sanctioned both misconduct and criminal investigations, in collaboration…

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MAN ARRESTED FOR DEALING IN CANNABIS

KWAZULU-NATAL – Hawks members, eThekwini Inner South Crime Intelligence, Shongweni K9 and Durban Metro Police conducted an operation in New Germany near Pinetown on Sunday. The officers had received information about a man who was dealing in dagga and cannabis oil in the area. An observation was kept and a search warrant was obtained. When a search was conducted at the suspect’s house, 150 kg of compressed dagga, litres of benzine and magic mushrooms were found in the house. The street value of the seized…

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SAPS and AfriForum cooperative agreement

The South African Police Service and AfriForum sign a cooperative agreement to prevent and combat crime Pretoria, Monday 16 January 2017: The South African Police Service (SAPS) and AfriForum today signed a historic cooperative agreement which has established an integrated approach to building safety and strengthening community participation in the fight against crime. This agreement is the culmination of engagements between the two organisations with a view to enhancing communication and liaison between them and promoting joint problem identification and problem solving in relation to…

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NIGERIANS NABBED FOR DRUG DEALING

FREE STATE: An intelligence driven operation by The Hawks Organised Crime Unit and Tactical Response Team (TRT) has led to the arrest of two Nigerian nationals aged 26 and 32 for dealing in drugs in the early hours of Friday morning. Information was followed about a certain flat in Bloemfontein where the occupants were suspected to have been selling drugs. When the officers arrived at flat they found the suspects and upon executing the search warrant, Kat valued at R10 000, dagga valued at R530…

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GUN-WIELDING ATM BOMBER ARRESTED BY THE HAWKS IN WITBANK

NORTH WEST – The Hawks in North West have arrested one of the most wanted suspects who is allegedly linked to cases of ATM bombing, Cash-in-transit and hijacking. The suspect was arrested on Thursday at the Witbank Magistrate Court while making an appearance for a case of Cash-in-transit that took place in Witbank on January last year. The arrest emanated from intensive investigations by the Hawks following two incidents of ATM bombings that took place on 03 June 2016 at different Standard Bank ATMs in…

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TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF UNLICENSED FIREARMS

EASTERN CAPE – Fezekile Booi (27) has appeared before the Peddie Magistrate court on Friday for Possession of an unlicensed firearm. He was arrested through a joint operation between the Organised Crime unit of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence and the Tactical Response Team. Booi was arrested at approximately 00:30 on Wednesday morning at his home in Bell location, Hamburg. Police found a .38 Special Revolver which had its serial number filed off at his home. The suspect then led the members to Bandile Rotyi (30)…

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ALLEGED POLICE KILLER REMANDED IN CUSTODY

NORTHERN CAPE – Mzwandile Majosi (28) was remanded in custody when he appeared before the Kimberley Magistrates Court on Thursday in connection with the alleged murder of an off-duty police officer. The body of Constable Lentswe Edward Mogorosi was discovered in the veld near Lerato Park on 8 January 2017 around 05:45. He had sustained multiple stab wounds on his face and body. The Hawks’ swift response and preliminary investigation led to the arrest of Majosi and the recovery of personal items which belonged to…

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FIVE SUSPECTS HELD FOR CONSIPRACY TO COMMIT MURDER

MPUMALANGA : A multi-disciplinary operation consisting of the members of the Hawks’ Organised Crime Investigation in Secunda, SANEB, CIG Secunda, Emzinoni detectives and Firearm Unit has led to the arrest of five suspects for conspiracy to commit murder on Thursday afternoon. The suspects, aged between 33 and 48, were allegedly residing at a farm and the owner requested them to vacate the farm. The suspects allegedly refused to leave and a court order was subsequently issued against them. In 2016 the men allegedly planned to…

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HAWKS REFUTES ANY INTERFERENCE INTO LIMPOPO IPID INVESTIGATIONS

PRETORIA – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has noted with grave concern and disappointment the unfounded allegations at reports by the media and in particular the Sowetan (05 January 2016) under the headline “Gloves off for Top Cops”, alleging a serious standoff between the Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). The reports purports that the two government institutions will be squaring off in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Thursday (today) where the National Head of the DPCI Lieutenant General…

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HAWKS RESCUE FOUR FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKER

LIMPOPO – The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Thobeka Jozi has lauded her team for responding swiftly and arrest a suspect who allegedly held captive four Zimbabwean nationals. The four victims aged between 15 and 20 were allegedly kept under lock and key after they were smuggled into the country with false promises of good jobs and better lives in South Africa. The Limpopo Hawks Organised Crime Unit members got wind of the allegedly exploitation and arrested the suspect…

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Court ruling and suspension of Lieutenant General BM Ngobeni of KwaZulu-Natal

Pretoria, Tuesday 3 January 2017: The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, has taken note of the judgement handed down in the Durban High Court today. Lieutenant General Betty Mmamonnye Ngobeni had previously filed an execution application to return to work following her suspension after allegations of gross misconduct were made against her. Her application was successful. The South African Police Service is appealing the whole of the judgement and order. Therefore Lieutenant General Ngobeni’s suspension will continue…

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HAWKS WELCOME CONVICTION OF A FORMER MUNICIPAL MANAGER FOR CORRUPTION

WESTERN CAPE – A former Municipal manager Martin Noël Pietersen (60) is due to learn his fate next year, when the George Magistrate’s Court decides his future. Pietersen is set to be sentenced on the 30th of March 2017 following sweeping investigations by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks. He was arrested in August 2013, and subsequently found guilty this December for allegedly swindling the Oudtshoorn municipality of over R2-million. The ruling is understood to be a first of its kind in the…

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Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease

{{unknown}}An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year. The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, was studied in a trial involving 11,841 people in Guinea during 2015. Among the 5,837 people who received the vaccine, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or…

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Hoax online reports of police stations closing on 25 and 31 December condemned by SAPS management

Pretoria, Thursday 22 December 2016: The South African Police Service (SAPS) has noted with concern that a hoax (or so-called satirical) media report has been published online which claims, inter alia, that police stations will be closed on 25 and 31 December 2016 – that is on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. This report goes as far as quoting the Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, as stating that all police stations and hospitals will be closed on these two days. The SAPS…

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Arrests after violent protest action at DRC Embassy yesterday

Pretoria, Wednesday 21 December 2016: On Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at about 11:50, two buses arrived at the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Francis Baard Street, Pretoria, carrying approximately 250 people. An unauthorised protest took place which turned violent when stones were thrown at the embassy building and at members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). A member of the Diplomatic Policing Unit was disarmed by protestors during this incident and his firearm was stolen. Windows and the front gate…

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Passing-Out Parades for Newly Trained Recruits to Bolster the Figt Against Crime

Pretoria: 15 December 2016 – Today, the South African Police Service (SAPS) simultaneously hosted four passing-out parades for newly trained police officials who had successfully completed the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP) at the SAPS Tshwane Academy in Gauteng, the SAPS Philippi Academy in the Western Cape, the SAPS Bisho Academy in the Eastern Cape and the SAPS Chatsworth Academy in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 4 941 recruits successfully completed the programme at the SAPS Basic Training Academies in the country, which culminated in…

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World Health Organization

First WHO toolkit to strengthen Europe’s health response to migration

Over one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. 2016 has become the deadliest year ever for these travellers, with over 4700 people found dead or missing at sea so far. Sudden and large influxes of refugees and migrants can disrupt entire health systems in countries of transit and destination, if these are not adequately prepared. While the health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population, many suffer from physical and psychological illnesses…

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All-rounder SA Engelbrecht calls time on first-class career

Arguably one of the five greatest fielders in South African cricket over the past ten years and one of the most underrated middle-order domestic batsmen, SA Engelbrecht, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The 28-year old athlete, a graduate in financial management as well as in advanced project management, will join a financial consultancy, Fairtree Capital, as an asset manager in January 2017. His match for Western Province against North West this weekend will be his last at his beloved PPC Newlands. Engelbrecht gave…

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Full impact of devastated health services in north-eastern Nigeria revealed by WHO report

One third of more than 700 health facilities in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, have been completely destroyed, according to a report released today by WHO. Of those facilities remaining, one third are not functioning at all. “High insecurity, difficult terrain and lack of health workers, medicines, equipment and basic amenities such as safe water are making access to essential, lifesaving health care extremely difficult for people in this conflict-affected area,” says Dr Wondi Alemu, WHO Representative in Nigeria. “WHO’s top priority is to help save…

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Hawks Raid Traffic Testing Station Resulting in Three Arrests

Members from the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Hawks arrested three suspects aged 34,36 and 52 on Tuesday in George, amongst the arrested was the examiner and his assistance as well as a foreign national. The trio have been on the unit’s radar for a while following allegations of fraud and corruption, apparently committed at TJ’S testing station in George. It is alleged that the suspects were working in cahoots to process road worthy certificates for un-roadworthy vehicles, unduly pocketing the proceeds in the process. Western…

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