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Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal hostile to police: Cele
28 February 2021, 1:50 PM

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces are hostile to the police. He made the remark while speaking at the funeral of a constable who was shot dead while attending to a gender-violence complaint in the Durban Metro.

Constable Mfihloyakhe Royal Ndlovu’s funeral service was held in the KwaXimba area, west of Durban.

It coincided with the killing of two police officers this morning, while on duty, in Cape Town.

Altogether six officers have been killed in South Africa over the past 10 days.

Cele has reminded police officers that they have a right to protect themselves.

“There is war here. And we must fight that war. Because the fact that we have dead bodies here, it tells us we are under attack. And we must repel that and make sure that when the dust settles I am not picking up the dead bodies of the police. I must pick the other body. Not the police.”

In the video below, Minister Cele pays tribute to constable Ndlovu:

 

Earlier, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) slammed the killing of police officers, saying the issue can no long be overlooked.

Three killed, two seriously injured in Mpumalanga crash
28 February 2021, 1:25 PM

Three people have been killed and two seriously injured in a head-on collision on the  R538 Road between White River and Hazyview in Mpumalanga. The deceased who are all men, aged between 25 and 35, died on the scene.

The injured have been rushed to Themba Hospital. Road officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Provincial MEC of Community Safety, Vusi Shongwe, has called on motorists to obey the rules of the road and also avoid driving when they are tired.

In the North West, four vehicles were involved in a crash on the Ottoshoop bridge between Zeerust and Mahikeng.

The crash happened after a driver swerved to avoid a man sprawled on the road. He lost control of his vehicle and veered into the oncoming lane, where he was bumped by another car. Two more vehicles driving towards Mahikeng collided with the first and second vehicles.

“Swift response by law enforcement avoided further collisions as traffic was flowing on both sides of the road. There was a delay as motorists were redirected. The person who was found slumped on the road was taken to Mahikeng provincial hospital. Police are investigating a curious incident and thankfully no one was injured,” says a spokesperson for the department of safety, Alpheus Koonyaditse.

In the Eastern Cape, six people were killed in a single-car crash in Mthatha.

 

Police killings in SA can no longer be overlooked, laments Popcru
28 February 2021, 12:20 PM

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) says it is distraught over the continuous reports of police killings in the country.

The union’s remarks come just hours after two police officers were gunned down during a routine Crime Prevention operation in the early hours of this morning in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein, in the Western Cape.

Their firearms and a cellphone are missing, while nine cartridges were found on the scene.

“These senseless killings take place just after the cowardice shooting of two Pietermaritzburg police officers, Sergeants Makhosazane Mdlangathi and Mfikelwa Mtolo died in a hail of bullets last Saturday after being ambushed by gunmen, while another officer, Constable Ndlovu, who is being buried today, was also fatally wounded after responding to a domestic abuse complaint in Chatsworth.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele is attending Ndlovu’s funeral service:

Poprcu says police killings can no longer be overlooked.

The union’s Richard Mamabolo says communities also need to play an active role to ensure safety in their neighbourhoods.

“Part of the problem can be attributed to the challenges of understaffing and the uneven allocation of resources to these men and women in blue; therefore having to stretch their operations across a broader number of community populations in smaller groups, increasing their likelihood of being attacked.

These and other escalating violent trends against our men and women in blue have not only adversely affected individual police officers, but are meant at generating fear and lawlessness throughout our society. These attempts must be nipped in the bud, and the best possible way can be through working on improving community-policing relations,” Mamabolo says.

Last week, two police officers were attacked in Gqeberha and the Hawks are investigating cases of attempted murder, vehicle hijacking, and robbery.

Popcru is urging police officers to remain vigilant and to act decisively when under attack.

“We lastly call on the South African Police Service (SAPS) management to urgently kick-start the process of restructuring and for the amendment of the Criminal Procedure Act so it allows police officers to defend themselves in line with the law,” Mamabolo says.

The union has also reiterated its call for police killings to be considered as high treason.

During the 2019/2020 period, at least 77 police officers were killed. Some were on duty while others were off at the time of the killings.

Firefighters struggling to contain Jonkershoek inferno
28 February 2021, 10:52 AM

The fire in the valley below Jonkershoek at Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands District is proving challenging.

Municipal spokesperson, Jo-Anne Otto, says the firefighting teams have reported repeated flare-ups that are difficult to bring under control due to the hot weather.

She says they focused their attention on managing the fire during the relative cool of the night.

Otto says two of the firefighters have been hurt.

“The two ground team members that were injured during the night have sustained serious and will be transferred to specialist facilities for further care.

Our prayer accompanies them. There has been no loss of life, livelihood, or infrastructure,” she adds.

Progress in containing wildfire in Jonkershoek:

Six burnt beyond recognition in Mthatha crash
28 February 2021, 10:50 AM

Six people have been killed in an accident in the Mthatha Central Business District in the Eastern Cape.

The crash happened during the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is reported that the driver of a German luxury sedan crashed into a boundary wall at the corner of Sutherland and Blakeway streets and burst into flames. All six occupants were burnt beyond recognition.

The provincial Transport Department has warned road users to obey all rules of the road.

Transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose says most road carnages could have been avoided.

“The MEC for Transport in the eastern Cape Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe is calling on motorists to remember that their lives, that of their passengers and even the lives of fellow road users are entirely in their hands and therefore urges them to take charge of their lives and ensure that we protect each other because  a lot of accidents that we are seeing on our roads are accidents that can be avoided and therefore we are urging people to please avoid such accidents and save lives.”

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