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SAASIC animal cruelty cases still dragging on

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Fourteen months after the first charges were laid against an SA Army specialist unit in connection with neglect and maltreatment of horses, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) reports “a clear lack of interest” by police investigators in the case.
'Fourteen months after the first charges were laid against an SA Army specialist unit in connection with neglect and maltreatment of horses, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) reports “a clear lack of interest” by police investigators in the case.Additionally, the national animal welfare organisation said the investigation is hampered by senior SA Army Specialist Infantry Capability (SAASIC) officers, including the officer commanding, who allegedly told detectives neither he nor anyone else at the unit would provide information to police.The criminal charges against laid against SAASIC in Potchefstroom last May were for the starvation and neglect of horses.These were followed six months ago, in January, by another charge: that of deliberate brutality to horses.There has been no progress in both cases notwithstanding many follow-ups from the NSPCA, Wendy Wilson, the national animal welfare body’s special investigations unit manager, said this week. “Failing to get hold of detectives DT Smous and WB Tyukatha in Potchefstroom on a number of occasions, a senior inspector from the NSPCA travelled to Potchefstroom to follow up in person with Potchefstroom SAPS only to realise both dockets were missing. “Misinformation relating to the dockets was given by the SAPS, stating both were delivered to court.It was later established this was not the case. “The detectives confirmed they attempted to obtain statements from the accused on a number of occasions but were met with scornful refusal and hindrance into the investigation.The Officer Commanding SAASIC allegedly told police neither he nor any SAASIC member would provide statements. “Both cases received widespread publicity, outraged the country and it is clear SAASIC has a complete disregard for the country’s legal system and no remorse for the cruelty at their Potchefstroom base,” Wilson said adding: “The detectives involved could not be less interested”. In a further effort to provide forward movement to NSPCA efforts a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) application was launched for the records and outcome of inquiries into SAASIC and its leadership for neglect and abuse of horses at the unit.This formed the basis of an SA Army board of inquiry into the unit following an NSPCA visit that resulted in 25 horses having to be put down and a further 76 removed and taken to where they would be better cared for.The SA Army also indicated it would move the majority of its equine assets from Potchefstroom to another base at Rooiwal, north-west of Pretoria.According to the national defence force’s Corporate Communications Directorate, the finding of the official board of inquiry were not made public with a “legal review” cited as the reason in November last year. “That no information has been forthcoming yet leads one to drawing their own conclusions about the outcomes of the inquiries, especially in the light of the SAASIC officer commanding’s refusal to co-operate with the police investigation and the seeming general lack of accountability,” Wilson said. . The post SAASIC animal cruelty cases still dragging on appeared first on defenceWeb .'

Gauteng Police Urges Commuters To Be Vigilant After Woman Raped In Taxi

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Gauteng police have urged taxi commuters to be vigilant after the rape of a 23-year-old woman.Police said that the victim was the last passenger in a taxi from Naturena to Bree taxi rank and that similar cases had been reported.
'Gauteng police have urged taxi commuters to be vigilant after the rape of a 23-year-old woman.Police said that the victim was the last passenger in a taxi from Naturena to Bree taxi rank and that similar cases had been reported.A suspect arrested in connection with the latest attack was expected back in court this week.The police’s Xoli Mbele said: “We appeal to the victims that were raped by taxi drivers while they were passengers to come forward.They can contact Sergeant Mkhabela of the family violence and child protection and sexual offenses unit.” EWN . The post Gauteng Police Urges Commuters To Be Vigilant After Woman Raped In Taxi appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Trump Under Fire For Attacks On Democratic Congresswomen

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'US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen. “All they do is complain,” Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products “Made in America.” “These are people that hate our country,” he said of the four lawmakers. “If you’re not happy here, you can leave.” Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen – who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin – of having “love” for US “enemies like Al-Qaeda.” Asked by a reporter whether he was concerned that many people saw his comments as racist, Trump said: “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.” Several hours after his remarks, the four – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – hit back at a news conference.Pressley condemned Trump’s “xenophobic and bigoted” comments and said “we will not be silenced.” Omar said Trump made a “blatantly racist attack” on four lawmakers “of colour.” “This is the agenda of white nationalists,” she said.Omar and Tlaib repeated calls for Trump to be impeached.Democratic Congressman Al Green, of Texas, separately said he would bring an impeachment vote to the House floor this month “for bigotry in policy, harmful to our society.” ‘DESTRUCTIVE’ The president first attacked the lawmakers – all but one of whom were born in America – with a series of tweets on Sunday, saying they should “go back” to their countries of origin.His comments prompted critical reactions from foreign leaders, and outrage at home from Democrats – while Republicans were initially silent.On Monday, several of his party faithful began to speak up. “My view is that what was said and what was tweeted was destructive, was demeaning, was disunifying, and frankly it was very wrong,” said Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah. “There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments – they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska. “We must demand a higher standard of decorum and decency.” Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she disagreed with the policies espoused by the “far-left” Democratic lawmakers, but that Trump was “way over the line.” For Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, “the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine.” He said “they are entitled to their opinions, however misguided they may be.” Texan Will Hurd, the only black Republican in the House of Representatives, told CNN that Trump’s behaviour was “unbecoming of the leader of the free world.” And Senator Tim Scott, a black Republican from South Carolina, criticized the president for using “unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language.” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became the latest international leader to condemn Trump’s tweets. “I completely and utterly disagree with him,” she told Radio New Zealand, noting that her country welcomed diversity in the corridors of power.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain’s Theresa May also expressed disapproval. ‘COLD, HARD STRATEGY’ Trump’s comments appear to be aimed at galvanising his mostly white electoral base ahead of the 2020 presidential vote – while also stoking racial tensions and divisions among his political opponents. “With his deliberate, racist outburst, @realDonaldTrump wants to raise the profile of his targets, drive Dems to defend them and make them emblematic of the entire party,” said David Axelrod, who served as chief strategist for Barack Obama’s two White House campaigns.In his initial Twitter attack on Sunday, Trump – who before becoming president pushed the racist “birther” conspiracy theory that Obama was not born on US soil – said the congresswomen came from corrupt, poorly managed countries to which they should return.Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were all born in the United States while Omar arrived as a refugee from war-torn Somalia, which she fled as a child.Former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, denounced Trump as the most “openly racist and divisive” president in US history. “Go home to your country?It’s sickening, it’s embarrassing,” Biden said.Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, has had a tenuous relationship with the four left-leaning congresswomen, but she jumped to their defense.Pelosi said she was seeking Republicans to co-sponsor a House resolution “condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets” and “characterisation of immigrants.” Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said he planned to do the same in the Senate.AFP . The post Trump Under Fire For Attacks On Democratic Congresswomen appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Marc Batchelor murder: Everything we know about the suspects so far

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Police are chasing 'several leads' in their quest to establish who killed former Bafana Bafana ace Marc Batchelor on Monday night in Gauteng.
'Soccer fans across Mzansi were left in shock late on Monday night, after former Bafana Bafana player Marc Batchelor was gunned down and killed in Olivedale, Gauteng. The midfield maestro was travelling in the car with his gardener when his assailants opened fire, killing him swiftly. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? 🛑 Someone, somewhere, somehow knows something. Do the right thing!! If you have any info on the murder of Marc Batchelor, call #CrimeStop @SAPoliceService on 08600-10111. Your #Tipoffs work and you can remain anonymous. @CSIWorld RT please pic.twitter.com/mJBCLs73T5 — Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 15, 2019 The police investigation got underway last night and will continue throughout the week. Authorities have a very difficult task trying to piece it all together, but they do have some inkling of what they’re looking for – and SAPS have got “several leads” they’ll be looking into on Tuesday: Marc Batchelor murder – latest news: The suspects and the crime It has been confirmed that police are looking for two men who carried out this heinous attack at 18:00 on Monday. The pair are believed to have pulled up next to a set of traffic lights on motorcycles and opened fire through the driver’s side window. They made a quick getaway, but it’s understood there are eyewitnesses to the crime. Possible motivations for the Marc Batchelor murder As we were told shortly after the incident, this has all the makings of a professional execution. The suspects are thought to have killed Marc Batchelor as part of an organised hit . The former soccer star forged a colourful reputation off the pitch, often getting into brawls and scrapes during his private life. Devil in the details The crumbs of information are starting to filter through on Tuesday morning. It’s looking increasingly certain that the former Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns player was the victim of a pre-meditated murder: We know that the suspects did not take anything from Marc Batchelor’s car. They fired a total of seven shots through the window. They did not harm the gardener and solely targeted Batchelor. The assailants were not driving the bikes, but they were riding on the back – this could widen the scope of the investigation, to try and find four suspects. Fitting the pattern of similar crimes The modus operandi has some striking similarities to a spate of assassinations that have occurred across Johannesburg in recent years, yet produced very little in terms of arrests. Although mainly linked to underworld gang battles, assailants on motorcycles have been executing people with semi-automatic weapons while they’re driving – which is exactly what happened to Marc Batchelor.'

Winde Pleads For Govt To Speed Up SANDF Deployment After Bloody Weekend

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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called on the Police Ministry and the Presidency to finalise paperwork to ensure that army boots are on the ground as soon as possible.Winde’s plea comes after dozens of murders in various communities over the
'Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called on the Police Ministry and the Presidency to finalise paperwork to ensure that army boots are on the ground as soon as possible.Winde’s plea comes after dozens of murders in various communities over the past weekend.Residents have been anticipating the army’s arrival since Friday morning following an announcement by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday night but so far, there has been no significant military presence.According to Premier Alan Winde, 43 people were murdered between Friday night and Monday morning.The tally increased again on Monday afternoon when a 22-year-old woman was shot and killed opposite Phoenix High School in Manenberg.Of the weekend’s 43 deaths reported in various areas including Mfuleni, Delft, Samora Machel and Mitchells Plain, 25 people were shot and 12 were stabbed.Winde said that such a high number of fatalities in just one weekend was proof that there’s no time to waste in deploying the SANDF.EWN . The post Winde Pleads For Govt To Speed Up SANDF Deployment After Bloody Weekend appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Double life sentences for KwaZulu-Natal farm murderers

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Two people were killed during the attack near Vryheid.
'Six men who attacked a family on their Gluckstadt farm, near Vryheid, in 2016 were handed life sentences by a KwaZulu-Natal court last week, police have said.  Two people were killed during the attack.  Farm murderers sentenced to life behind bars According to one of KwaZulu-Natal’s police spokespersons, lieutenant colonel Thulani Zwane, the men were sentenced on Friday in the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court.  “Msizeni Joseph Shezi, 35, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment on two counts of murder, plus a total of 41 years for attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” said Zwane.  He said Lindokuhle Zulu, 35, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment on two counts of murder and a total of 46 years’ imprisonment for attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm as well as possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.  Gcinimali Dladla, 40, Themba Mhlanga, 28, Mondli Nkosi and Mngcineni Gazu, 29, were each sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment on two counts of murder and a total of 33 years each for attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, said Zwane.  The seventh accused pleaded guilty to the charges in the Madedeni Magistrate’s Court in 2017 and is currently serving his sentence.  Read: Farm murder suspects may have carried out another attack in May Details of the farm attack The attack took place on April 19, 2016, at about 8.30pm when the group attacked the family at their Swart Umfolozi farm in Gluckstadt.  The attackers opened fire, killing 37-year-old Billy van Rooyen instantly. Billy’s father, Lodewyk, 76, was wounded during the attack. Karlien van Rooyen, mother to Billy and wife of Lodewyk, was not injured.  Ronnie Lombard (62) was wounded during the shooting and was rushed to hospital where he later died of his injuries.  The accused stole an undisclosed amount of cash before they fled the scene. Charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery and kidnapping were opened at Gluckstadt Police Station.  “The docket was taken over by the Durban Organised Crime Unit for further investigation. Following sterling work by the team, police officers arrested the accused and recovered three rifles used during the attack,” said Zwane.  By African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Desiree Erasmus .'