Gauteng Police Searching For Suspects After Robbery In Lusaka Pre-school

Gauteng police are currently searching for suspects after a robbery that took place at Lusaka pre-school in Mamelodi East on Monday.

Preliminary reports indicate that on Monday after midday, a group of 19 international students and two professors arrived at Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East for an outreach programme. “It is alleged that a group of not less than five armed suspects accosted the visitors and robbed them of personal belongings including: laptops, cellphones, cameras, passports, plane tickets, bags and US dollars,” police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement on Monday.During the robbery, a school staff member was assaulted by the robbers while one of the public members was struck by a stray bullet by the suspects who allegedly fired shots as they fled the scene. “Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these suspects are found and brought to book,” said Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said. Police are appealing to the public to come forward with any information leading to the suspects’ arrest. The wounded or assaulted victims were not immediately available for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

26 Suspects Held Over The Weekend To Appear In Court Today

Twenty six suspects have been arrested around Tshwane East Cluster over a period of 24 hours in various police operations. According to the statement given by the police, the police are set to intensify these actions heading to the upcoming holidays as more criminals are more likely to target the public during that period. The South African Police Service (SAPS) urged the public to comply and cooperate with the rule of law. “Largely, Monday is the day on which many of these suspects start appearing in court for crimes they have committed over the weekend”, said the police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that these crimes include, murder, rape, house-breaking, attempted theft, malicious damage to property, drinking and driving, shoplifting, violation of protection order, selling liquor without license, assault and dealing with drugs.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Suspect To Appear In Court- House Robbery

A suspect who’s associated with house robbery in Midrand was recovered in Mamelodi East on Thursday night. This happened after the arrest of a 32 year-old suspect for alleged seizure of drugs. According to the statement given on behalf of the station commander, the police were attending a domestic altercation in extension 18 where the suspect lived which has led them to intervene the matter. When the police arrived, a bullet was spotted on the table and later the same day they found drugs that a resolver had stolen four years ago in Midrand during house robbery. “The suspect is going to be charged for dealing with drugs, possession of unlicensed firearm and possibly charges for domestic violence”, said the Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that the suspect will appear in Mamelodi court. The date of the court is not yet confirmed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Residents Supported Gang- Rape March

IMG-20180816-WA0020The march against the gang rape of a Mamelodi woman known as Jeanette was held on Thursday 16 August 2018 and the organizers are happy with the results.  The march started at Maseko all the way to Mamelodi West police station and it attracted a number of local residents, school children. The organizers were happy that the residents of Mamelodi came in numbers and supported the deliverance of the Memorandum that was received by acting police commander Mr Choeke.

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Jabulani Musi who is a member of a Civil Organization #NotInMyName that organized the march says that they are giving the police fourteen days to respond to the memorandum.

He also added that they will be organizing more programs to make sure Mamelodi becomes the safest place for its residents.

“The march was a success because we managed to make it here even though the police intimidated and sabotaged some of the people who wanted to join the march,” Jabulani told Mams Media.

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“They were pushing the message that this is a violent march hence they sent through their cars to intimidate people. But it was a successful march and we are still going to host more successful programs as #NotInMyName.” Jabulani added that they expect to receive a response from the police in a given period of fourteen days and if not received by that time they will take action.

“If they don’t come back to us we will come back to them,” he continued. “We will show them that we are here for the people. If they (police) are afraid to arrest people, we will arrest those people and bring them to the police station.

“We will show them. We will do the job on their behalf. We will make that whoever (SAPS members) is responsible for overlooking the criminality gets fired at work.

“We are tired of seeing the police in their uniforms lazy to do their work. We are only giving them fourteen working days. Otherwise we will be coming here seeking answers and taking over the station.”                                                         It is alleged that the rape case of Jeanette was first reported at the Mamelodi West police station but it was turned away by the officers. The case was since moved to Mamelodi East police station as the incident happened in the east side of Mamelodi.

When asked about the matter, Mamelodi West police station Mr Johannes Maheso only promised that the case is still under investigation.

“What I can say now for record purpose is that the investigations pertaining the whole case are at an advanced stage.

“The outcome of this investigation will be communicated in due course by the relevant authorities.

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Mr Maheso also said that the police are always ready to arrest whoever breaks the law.

“The police are always there to receive the reports and investigate. It is within our mandate to bring these criminal to book. It is not something that we need to plan; it is always there in our capacity as the police.”

The march was attended by different political parties including African National Congress, Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters.                                                                                        By: Ronald Nchabeleng

Drug Abuse Needs Alarming Solutions; Mamelodi

Mamelodi has seen an increase in reported contact crimes when compared to the 2015/16 statistics. After research, Mamelodi East has increased by 7.6% from 2207 to 2374 from those years. According to Pretoria East Rekord, the Mamelodi East police station reported a murder rate increase of 48.1 % in 2015. The 2017 statistics revealed 113 sexual offences, 554 common assaults, 80 murders, 766 aggravated assault, 722 drugs crime in Mamelodi. Crime, specifically in drug (Nyaope) and aggravated assault seem to be the highest issues that Mamelodi residents face. The drug is mostly abused by young people in Townships. Other townships such as Hammanskraal and Ga-Rankuwa face the same challenges and also other crimes including sexual offence crime. Hamanskraal had witnessed as a 51.3% increase of sexual offences. IOL published an article on the 31st of October, 2017 about community members in  Alaska (East of Mamelodi) who took initiative on a project called Viva Foundation which prevents sexual violence in the community. The foundation was founded by Leon Kriel. After two years of the project’s operation,  Mamelodi residents managed to drastically reduce incidents of rape and domestic violence through a “simple” panic button. The concept behind the project was to eliminate the crimes rather than dealing with them after they had been committed.

What can be done to eliminate the issue of drugs (Nyaope) and aggravated assaults in communities?

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Six Suspects Arrested In Mamelodi

Six suspect were arrested yesterday due to Corruption at one of the vehicle testing stations in Mamelodi. The six which includes three females and three males were caught when members of the Road Traffic Management Corporations National Anti-Corruption Unit, the South African Police Organised Crime Unit and the Gauteng Traffic Police Compliance Unit raided the privately owned Mamelodi testing station. Simon Zwane, the Road Traffic Management Corporation Spokesperson said that, the station management representative is still being sought to answer allegations that they facilitated the fraudulent issuing of vehicle roadworthiness certificate for vehicles that were not physically presented to the station for examination. Other allegations includes using the identity documents of one individual to generate numerous roadworthy certificate unlawfully. Apparently, The concerned individual, who is known to the investigators, had given permission for his identity document to be used in connection with these transaction. The suspects are expected to appear in court to face charges of fraud and corruption. The date of the court is not yet confirmed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

ALLEGED MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

A 26 year old man handed himself to the Police on the 22th of November 2017 in the morning at Mamelodi East after allegedly stabbing and killing his girlfriend with a sharp object in extension 20.

The suspect approached the police early that day to confess. The 22 year old deceased was a tenant who was renting in the backrooms in extension 20 and a sharp object was found to have killed her.

A case of murder is opened and the suspect will appear in Mamelodi Court.

By: Itshokeng Nkadimeng