Afriforum confirms a warrant of arrest for Grace Mugabe
19 December 2018, 11:41 AM
Lobby group Afriforum has confirmed that a warrant of arrest has been issued for former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe for her alleged assault of South African model Gabriella Engels.
In July, AfriForum won a High Court application to review and set aside the government’s decision to grant Mugabe diplomatic immunity.
Mugabe allegedly assaulted Engels at a hotel in Johannesburg in August last year. The former Zimbabwean first lady claimed that she was acting in self-defence.
AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel says they are determined to ensure that no one is above the law.
“She can be extradited to South Africa if need be, but let’s I think it would be in her own interest to get this case behind her and take the opportunity in court to state the case. So, there is now a warrant of arrest but of course, if she decides not to come to the country then I’m sure there are processes that will be followed to get her here.”
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TRT in Sophiatown area contributes to decrease in crime
19 December 2018, 11:24 AM
Gauteng police say the deployment of the police’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) in Sophiatown has contributed to the decrease in violent crimes in the Johannesburg suburb.
Over 30 suspects have been arrested for various crimes including drugs possession, armed robbery, and assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the area in October after residents complained about violent crimes including gang violence and drug trafficking.
Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says the suspects will appear in court soon.
“This happened because of the Integrated Task team which consist of the Tactical Response Team, the K9 and the Detectives who are deployed in the area. So, we will be making sure that during this time the roadblocks are conducted, the shebeens are raided, and also we’ll make sure that those that are driving under the influence of liquor in and around the area are arrested.”
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Foreign nationals evicted from their homes in Alex
19 December 2018, 7:34 AM
Several foreign nationals have been evicted from their homes in Alexandra north of Johannesburg. Some of the locals are accusing them of having illegally obtained the RDP houses they are occupying.
It’s believed that more than 15 people have been evicted from their homes in extensions seven and nine.
The evictions are allegedly being conducted by a group of vigilantes who are against the occupation of the RDP houses by the foreign nationals.
Alexandra police are investigating several cases including housebreaking, theft and malicious damage to property.
Gauteng Human Settlements Department spokesperson Lebo Kheswa has acknowledged that they are aware of this, “The department is aware of the allegations that there are people who are evicting people in Extensions 7 and Extension 9 in Alex. We have at this stage not confirmed the allegations. We are working with our teams Rapid Response and Corruption Unit to verify and establish the facts.”
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Human Settlements Department calls for halt to donations for Alex victims
19 December 2018, 7:17 AM
The Gauteng Human Settlements Department has request the public to stop sending donations to the Alexandra shack fire victims as they have received enough to help them.
Spokesperson Keith Khoza says it’s regrettable that some of the donations were stolen.
“The department decided that we should discontinue the outpouring of support because we believe that the response has assisted in reaching as many as possible of the people that needed support. But we are also concerned that in some of the areas, the donations were taken, some of the items went missing.”
Hundreds of families were left homeless after a fire destroyed their shacks in the township north of Johannesburg earlier this month.
The department says its Disaster Management Centre will no longer take donations because the Alexandra operations have been officially closed.
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Settlements dept defends decision to cut housing grant
19 December 2018, 6:42 AM
The Gauteng Human Settlements Department has defended its decision to cut the housing grant allocated to the City of Johannesburg.
The R180-million grant reduction for the current financial year was announced earlier this year.
The department’s Keith Khoza says the grant was decreased due to the city’s failure to pay developers for work done and to work with the department in the delivery of housing.
“We identify projects that we would agree with municipalities that they will build on behalf of the province, however in the past year Johannesburg did not spend the money that was sent to them and secondly they did not account for the money that was transferred. Now normally what we would do is you then withhold the money until they account. That is the reason behind not giving them the full grant, because they’re unable to account and unable to spend.”