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Drone policing on horizon, but won’t result to job losses: Cele
1 August 2020, 7:27 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says drone policing will begin in the near future. The Minister has disputed that a number of officers might lose their jobs because of the implementation of drones to enhance policing.

This follows the announcement by National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole that there will be a considerable reduction of the police force after the adoption of drone policing.

In an exclusive interview with SABC News, Cele said they’ve started talks with major cities.

“In South Africa we have spoken with the big cities, it is called the smart cities or the smart safe cities, we have spoken with Durban already, the Cape Town and Johannesburg because it’s supposed to be a combination of all state levels starting from the province, national and the city. And not in a very distant future, we will be able to put  the city in one place and be able to respond accordingly.”

Cele says members of the police force will be shifted to rural areas.

“The main element of policing is visibility. It doesn’t matter what the technology does and all that. Technology does not respond, technology does not arrest, it helps you make your life easy but people that will have to implement all those outcomes of the technology are the police but besides, we are not going to have this revolution of the smart cities all over, there will be areas that will come much slower, the rural areas, so you shift your personnel there.”

In the video below, Cele releases crime statistics:

On Friday, the police leaders released the latest crime statistics, which revealed an increase in murders in South Africa by 1.4%. More than 21 000 people were killed in the past financial year, which amounts to 58 people a day. Sexual offences are also up, by 800 cases.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said targeted interventions were needed to reduce the high levels of murder and armed robbery in South Africa. Head of Justice and Violence Prevention Programme at the ISS, Gareth Newham, says police need to use the available capabilities to analyse the factors driving murders at hotspots as this might reduce murder quite substantially.

 

Brumbies beat Reds to extend Super Rugby Australia lead
1 August 2020, 5:58 PM

The Brumbies beat the Queensland Reds 22-20 in Canberra to extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby Australia to seven points.  The Brumbies led 14-3 at half-time.

The Brumbies were looking for a win to further extend the gap between themselves at the top and the rest of the teams.

For the Queenslands Reds, a win would take them back to second spot after they were leapfrogged by the Melbourne Rebels on Friday following a 25-20 victory over the Western Force.

The hosts had a great start with a brilliant rolling maul resulting in a try by Folau Fainga’a to put them in the lead.

Their second try came is similar fashion with Fainga’a profitting from another succesful maul to score the Brumbies a second try of the match.

The hosts led by 14-NIL after yet another good conversion by fly-half, Bayley Kuenzle.

The Brumbies led 14-3 at half-time after a penalty goal by James O’Connor in the 38th minute.

The visitors were not prepared to die without a fight.

And had just the start they would have wanted in the second half with two tries in quick succession.

Jordan Petaia offloaded to Harry Wilson who scored them their first try of the match.

Wilson did the dirty work in the second try with Angus Scott-Young touching down to make it 15-14 for the visitors.

The Reds led 20-14 after O’Connor scored a fourth penalty goal.

With time running out, the Brumbies upped the ante and they were back in it at 19-20 after scoring a try with substitute hooker, Connal McInerney, the scorer following a successful driving maul.

However, full-back Mack Hansen missed a penalty that would have sealed the win for the hosts from an awkward angle. But there was more drama as the visitors conceded another penalty.

Hansen redeemed himself scoring the penalty to seal the win for the hosts.

 

Boy Mamabolo
ANC Parly caucus institutes DC process against Boy Mamabolo
1 August 2020, 5:45 PM

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus has instituted and internal disciplinary process has against its Member of Parliament, Boy Mamabolo. This comes after Mamabolo threatened to shoot Sunday World Journalist, Ngwako Malatji.

The matter has since been referred to the National Caucus Disciplinary Committee and the outcomes will be communicated in due course.

On Friday, the ANC released a statement condemning the MP’s actions.

Meanwhile, the DA has referred Mamabolo’s actions to Parliament’s Ethics Committee.

The Parliamentary Caucus has denounced Mamabolo’s behaviour, saying that the
ANC Caucus strives to maintain a cordial relationship with members of the media and respects the Constitutional values and Bill of Rights. These include freedom of expression as well as the freedom of the press and other media to do its work.

On Wednesday, media watchdog – the  South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) slammed Mamabolo’s actions and called for swift action against him.

TikTok’s Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch US deal: Source
1 August 2020, 4:52 PM

China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the US operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

US officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. ByteDance’s concession will test whether Trump’s threat to ban TikTok is a negotiating tactic or whether he is intent on cracking down on a social media app that has up to 80 million daily active users in the United States.

Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One late on Friday that he would issue an order for TikTok to be banned in the United States as early as Saturday. “Not the deal that you have been hearing about, that they are going to buy and sell… We are not an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) country,” Trump said.

ByteDance was previously seeking to keep a minority stake in the US business of TikTok, which the White House had rejected. Under the new proposed deal, ByteDance would exit completely and Microsoft Corp would take over TikTok in the United States, the sources said.

Some ByteDance investors that are based in the United States may be given the opportunity to take minority stakes in the business, the sources added. About 70% of ByteDance’s outside investors come from the United States.

The White House declined to comment on whether Trump would accept ByteDance’s concession. ByteDance in Beijing did not respond to a request for comment

Under ByteDance’s new proposal, Microsoft will be in charge of protecting all U.S. user data, the sources said. The plan allows for another U.S. company other than Microsoft to take over TikTok in the United States, the sources added.

Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.

As relations between the United States and China deteriorate over trade, Hong Kong’s autonomy, cyber security and the spread of the novel coronavirus, TikTok has emerged as a flashpoint in the dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

ByteDance has been considering a range of options for TikTok amid US pressure to relinquish control of the app, which allows users to create short videos with special effects and has become wildly popular with U.S. teenagers.

ByteDance had received a proposal from some of its investors, including Sequoia and General Atlantic, to transfer majority ownership of TikTok to them, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The proposal valued TikTok at about $50 billion, but some ByteDance executives believe the app is worth more than that.

ByteDance acquired Shanghai-based video app Musical.ly in a $1 billion deal in 2017 and relaunched it as TikTok the following year. ByteDance did not seek approval for the acquisition from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews deals for potential national security risks. Reuters reported last year that CFIUS had opened an investigation into TikTok.

App scrutiny

The United States has been increasingly scrutinising app developers over the personal data they handle, especially if some of it involves US military or intelligence personnel. Ordering the divestment of TikTok would not be the first time the White House has taken action over such concerns.

Earlier this year, Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd sold Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it bought in 2016, for $620 million after being ordered by CFIUS to divest.

In 2018, CFIUS forced China’s Ant Financial to scrap plans to buy MoneyGram International Inc over concerns about the safety of data that could identify U.S. citizens.

ByteDance was valued at as much as $140 billion earlier this year when one of its shareholders, Cheetah Mobile, sold a small stake in a private deal, Reuters has reported. The startup’s investors include Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp.

The bulk of ByteDance’s revenue comes from advertising on apps under its Chinese operations including Douyin – a Chinese version of TikTok – and news aggregator app Jinri Toutiao, as well as video-streaming app Xigua and Pipixia, an app for jokes and humorous videos.

DA calls on Ramaphosa to deal with Magashule’s ‘web of capture’ in the Free State
1 August 2020, 4:00 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to deal with, what they call, current ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule’s web of capture in the province.

The party says it is not shocked by the latest revelations that Magashule’s sons have clinched COVID-19 contracts. It is reported that the names of Motheko Projects and Marvel Deeds appear on the list of companies that secured contracts from the Free State treasury and that Magushule`s sons are listed as directors of the two companies. Free State DA Chief Whip, David van Vuuren says the party will ask the MEC to provide the report on the procurement processes.

“It is unacceptable that the former premier uses his powers and influence to benefit out of these contracts. We going to put pressure on the ANC to investigate this matter, unfortunately it is evident that Magashule is still in control in the Free State and that his tentacles are deeply entrenched in the finances in the Free State. We also going to ask President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate this matter and it are now time that he stands up and show that he has backbone to stand up against Ace Magashule.”

The Free State Finance Department says it will ensure that consequence management will be effected where proper procedures were not followed. According to the department, the MEC of finance, Gadija Brown, has requested an audit on COVID-19 procurement.

Magashule’s sons could not be reached for comment.

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