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Prison
Prisoner who escaped from High Court in JHB receives life
22 December 2018, 2:34 PM

Mongezi Mncunukelwa who escaped from the high court in Johannesburg this month, is back behind bars, this time for life. Police say Mncunukelwa was convicted of two counts of murder at the South Gauteng High Court on Friday.

He killed two men in Katlehong, west of Johannesburg early last year. On December 5 he escaped from the same court, forcing police to initiate a manhunt for his re-arrest.

He is still due to make more appearances in court for rape and escaping from lawful custody.

“The Management of the South African Police Service in Gauteng has welcomed the two life sentences that were handed down. Mncunukelwa escaped and he was rearrested by the police two weeks later. The Gauteng Police Management applauded the team of detectives that worked tirelessly and with enthusiasm to ensure that the accused are brought to book,” says Mavela Masondo SAPS spokesperson.

Don't fall in love on Facebook, jailed Indian warns
Don’t fall in love on Facebook, jailed Indian warns
21 December 2018, 9:20 PM

An Indian man released this week after being jailed for six years in Pakistan issued advice on Friday not to follow his example and fall in love on Facebook.

Hamid Nehal Ansari illegally entered Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012 to meet a woman he had fallen for on the social media network.

Pakistani police were waiting for him at the woman’s house and arrested him on the spot. The engineer was later jailed for spying and forging documents.

“Do not be emotional about strangers and don’t fall in love on social media including Facebook,” says Ansari.

Local media showed Ansari hugging his mother and bowing to touch his head to the ground after crossing over to India at an overland border on Tuesday.

“Getting deported was the happiest moment of my life. Now I will start a business, get married and work on building back my life. No more social for me,” says Ansari.

Arch-rivals Pakistan and India have fought three major wars since independence from Britain in 1947. They routinely arrest each other’s citizens on spying charges

Traffic officers
Northern Cape has shortage in traffic officers
21 December 2018, 8:03 PM

Insufficient numbers in traffic police officers in the Northern Cape has been pointed out as one of the factors to the increased number of road fatalities this festive season. The Department of Transport has less than half of the required traffic officers to manage roads.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande announced that the province had seen a 70% increase on road fatalities since the beginning of December.

Provincial Transport MEC Lebogang Motlhaping explains says his department has resorted to also using the provinces police for traffic management.

“A lot of our drivers are actually really reckless. You find drivers that are really impatient when they traveling from one point to the other. I think that it’s absolutely unacceptable. One of the unfortunate situations that we are faced with is that we don’t have enough work forces in terms of traffic officers. The ideal situation is to have more than 240 officers for the whole province, but (we) only have 96. That in itsself tells you where the problem might be,” explains Motlhaping.

Thabang Makwetla
Correctional Services raids Grootvlei Prison
21 December 2018, 7:45 PM

Grootvlei prisoners were taken by surprise by the visit of Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla.

He was conducting Operation Vala with the police and the Correctional Services Support Team. This is aimed at beefing up security and confiscating anything illegal in the cells.

Dangerous objects, dagga, cellphones were removed from prison cells.

“We have a responsibility as the Department of Correctional Services to ensure safe and secure custody to citizens who are in our correctional centres. It is in advancing this responsibility that we are having this visit here. It is happening, this exercise, in all the six regions of the department throughout the country,” says Makwetla.

The prisoners had a Q and A session with the deputy minister, complaining about the food and the sound system in the visiting area. One prisoner asked for a chess board saying he doesn’t like soccer.

English Football Association
FA appoints Reed as Technical Director
21 December 2018, 5:11 PM

The English Football Association (FA) has appointed former Southampton vice-chairman Les Reed as its new technical director. It announced on Friday.

Reed replaces Dan Ashworth, who said in September he was leaving his position to take up a similar role at Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion in the New Year.

Reed will be responsible for all elite England men’s sides from development teams through to the seniors.

“I am honoured to be appointed as the FA’s Technical Director at such an exciting time for the game in this country. We’re coming off the back of the most incredible year and I have nothing but respect for the outstanding work of Dan Ashworth and all the coaches and staff at St George’s Park,” says Reed.

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