Cape Town – The community of Elsies River will feel a bit safer from today after receiving a state-of-the-art satellite police station to boost crime-fighting initiatives in the area.
In recent weeks, the Elsies River community has been rattled by the death of three-year-old Courtney Pieters and the senseless killing of rising football star Fernando Williams, who was killed in a mass shooting that left four people dead and nine others injured.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the area for the third time since his appointment and kept his word to the gang-plagued Elsies River community.
Addressing a packed Adriaanse Civic Centre in Elsies River, Minister Mbalula reassured the community that they can count on government’s support and improved policing in the area.
“We are here to support you. This relationship won’t die‚” Minister Mbalula told the crowd.
He stressed that police will not be hands-off in the fight against crime. “We are going to make it easier to report crime. Those who have police in their pockets – we will find them,” the Minister said.
Turning to abuse, Minister Mbalula urged women to leave abusive relationships, while giving them the assurance that no police station or officer will turn abused women away.
“Once a boyfriend ‘klaps’ you, you must run away,” he said.
Community leaders earlier raised a number of issues of lack of police resources and additional police stations to deal with ongoing crime in the area.
City of Cape Town Councillor Franchesca Walker said the mobile community service centre is a clear indication that the entire SAPS is committed to eradicating crime.
“SAPS in the Western cape is underresourced, making it very difficult for the police to effectively deal with the serious crime challenges.
“We therefore thank the Ministry for the assistance they bring to this community through the donation of the mobile Community Service Centre, which will help ensure that the SAPS serve the community of Elsies River effectively,” she said.
Walker said reports indicate that 19 children have been murdered in the Western Cape since January.
“As a community, we cannot sit by and watch our children lose their lives in this manner. No parent should have to bury their child,” she said.
She called on residents to form neighbourhood watches to join Community Policing Forums and take ownership of their community because the police service cannot do it alone.
“Criminals are known to us as, they are our family members. I call on this community to report criminal activities to the police and help make our streets safer.” – TLM
Pretoria – A total of R68 million has been invested to refurbish an old Port Elizabeth building into a social housing project, says the Eastern Cape Human Settlements Department. The project will be implemented by the Qhama Social Housing Institution and will have 220 units consisting of bachelor, one and two bedroom units. The project, which is for rental purposes, will be opened to people that earn between R1 500 and R7 500 a month.
Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements Helen Sauls-August said the first phase of the project will focus on the social housing element of the building. “This marks a defining moment for the people of the Eastern Cape Province as were are here to witness the fall of a painful past and the new beginning of a historic project,” MEC Sauls-August said at the handover of the site on Friday. She also committed that the social housing project will preserve the rich history and heritage of the building and create a living memorial of the struggle for liberation.
“It is befitting that during the Year of Oliver Tambo, the work to convert this building into a living memorial of the struggle for freedom commences now,” MEC Sauls- August said. Work to revamp the building will commence in June and will run for a period of 12 months. Both the provincial and national government as well the Social Housing Regulatory Authority have invested money towards funding the project. – SAnews.gov.za
His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani, who has won the Iranian presidential elections held on Friday, 19 May 2017.
The election victory will see President Rouhani serve a second presidential term, having ascended to the office for the first time in 2013.
President Zuma extended his congratulations and best wishes to President Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
President Zuma undertook a State Visit to Iran in April 2016, where he held fruitful bilateral talks with President Rouhani and witnessed the signing of several agreements covering the fields of energy resources, finance, trade and industry, water and sanitation, education and research and arts and culture,
South Africa views Iran as a strategic trading partner within the Middle East and Central Asian regions. In the bilateral sphere, South Africa and Iran share a long historical relationship, with Iran having stood with and supported the struggle for liberation in South Africa. South Africa has also stood with Iran in the face of unilaterally imposed sanctions.
President Zuma said South Africa looks forward to working with Iran under President Rouhani to consolidate relations and implement existing agreements.