Let’s reflect on 2017. Let’s make it a priority in 2018 to #MakeSASafe writes Yusuf Abramjee

2017 is fast drawing to a close.

As many of us prepare for our holidays, let’s not forget those who lost their lives because of crime. 
Thousands of South Africans have been murdered over the past year. Many more remain traumatized because they lost loved ones or were victims of crime themselves.

Many men, women and children go missing every day. While some return, others vanish without trace. Human trafficking and kidnappings are rife. 
Criminals have had a field year! They rob us of our hard-earned cash every day and they no respect for life or property.
Crime is killing South Africa. In 2018, we need to all recommit ourselves to helping #MakeSASafe
Whether you on holiday or at home this festive season, be alert. Criminals don’t go on holiday.
As we reflect on the past year, the South African Police Service (SAPS) have not had it easy. 
Let’s salute and support the good cops who go out daily to serve and protect. They put their lives at risk. Let’s also not forget the many officers who died in the line of duty.
This year saw Fikile Mbalula becoming Minister of Police. We also saw the appointment of a permanent national police commissioner. 
Let’s hope stability comes to the SAPS. Poor leadership, lack of resources and in-fighting have been plaguing the police for years.
While we point fingers and complain, we all need to do our bit to fight come. Become an active citizen.
The Namola Safety App went national last month. The free app, sponsored by DialDirect, has almost 120 000 downloads. Encourage your family, friends and colleagues to download Namola. 
We also encourage Community Police Forums, Neighborhood Watch Groups and NGO’s involved in fighting crime to register for Namola Watch. They will get crime alerts for their area. For more, visit www.namola.com
In the New Year, we are going to grow and develop the NPO #MakeSASafe
We have a 100% donation policy and we will assist communities with various projects to create safer neighborhoods. We need your support. Please visit www.happimo.org to donate.
Let’s hope Mbalula implements the National Development Plan (NDP) and appoints a police board without delay. He also needs to implement the many other recommendations made in the government strategy document. 
The Gauteng Community Safety Department continues to do its best to ensure we are safe. MEC Sizakele Nkosi Malobane has been active and we need to support her and her department as they strive to make the province safer. 
Metro Police Departments need to do much more to fight crime. While some are trying, others are slow. 
All law enforcement agencies must work closely together. They are currently working in isolation.
Be safe this holiday season. Thank you for all the support over the year and we are looking forward to joining hands in 2018 and fighting the crime scourge.
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe

Twitter: @abramjee


It’s Day 1 of 365Days of NO violence against women and children, writes Yusuf Abramjee

16 Days of Activism for NO violence against women and children ended yesterday. 

Today is Day 1 of Activism for NO violence.
The Department of Women has announced on-going programmes to sustain the momentum. This will include dialogues and a series of awareness campaigns.
The 16 Day campaign creates hype and awareness and it highlights the many problem. 
But, we need to make sure that abuse of women and children remains on top of the agenda.
Minister Susan Shabangu hosted an Imbizo in Tokoza on the East Rand yesterday.
She correctly encouraged communities to stand up against the high levels of violence and said the private sector should also get involved.
See comments made by Shabangu below.
In my address, I expressed the need for a #365Day campaign and emphasized the need to support it. 
I also told the crowd:
*We can’t sit back and watch our women and children being abused and murdered. Enough is enough. We need to unite and stop the violence.
*Many women are turned away from police stations when reporting incidents. Hold the police to account. 
*You need to report crime and download the Namola Safety App free to get help fast. 
*We need to join hands and support the Minister and Department of Women. Government alone cannot fight this scourge. 
*We need the private sector to do more. 
*Campaigns such as #DontLookAway by Independent Media must continue. This initiative has created much awareness over the past 16 Days.
TIME FOR ACTION
We need to salute NGO’s and companies investing into fighting the scourge.
1stForWomen continues to invest millions of rands fighting women abuse and supporting victims. 
DialDirect supports Namola.
We need to ensure that the momentum goes strong over the next #365Days
Work on improving the sexual offences room at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court will start in the New Year. This facility will make it comfortable for women to go to court and testify. Shabangu has welcomed the initiative by #MakeSASafe
You can still donate by going to www.happimo.org – We have a 100% donation policy.
Let’s fight crime at every turn and start DOing 
#365Days needs your support!
Here are a series of tweets by @dept_of_women focusing on some key points raised by Minister Shabangu at the Imbizo:
#365Days #16DaysofActivism will only end when #GBV is completely eradicated from society: #Minister Shabangu tell’s Ministerial Imbizo on Violence Against Women and Children at  the Thokoza Auditorium, #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe @City_Ekurhuleni @SAgovnews @NotInMyNameSA
Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu invites citizens of @City_Ekurhuleni to attend the Dept’s Community Dialogues in 2018 @javubaloyi @Abramjee #notinmyname @takuwaniriime @NotInMyNameSA #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe
Minister Shabangu: charity begins at home in the fight against #GBV #NotInMyName @NotInMyNameSA @NamolaApp @javubaloyi #GBV @Abramjee #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe
Minister Shabangu: charity begins at home in the fight against #NotInMyName @NotInMyNameSA @NamolaApp @javubaloyi #GBV @Abramjee #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe
Minister Shabangu says the reintroduction of ubuntu in communities is one of the ways in which society can eradicate the blesser phenomenon  hosting @takuwaniriime @Abramjee @javubaloyi #NotInMyname @NotInMyNameSA #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe
Minister Shabangu tell’s Ministerial Imbizo on Violence Against Women and Children at the Thokoza Auditorium, she’s heartened by the role men are playing in ending @Abramjee @takuwaniriime @javubaloyi #GBV #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe #NotInMyName
Min Shabangu appeals to the churches to move beyond merely praying for the victims of #GBV the church has to become an active agent of church    #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #MakeSASafe #NotInMyName
The country has enough laws to counter #GBV the community should become more active in creating safer communities and creating safe communities  #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #makesasafe
Churches have a role to play against #GBV beyond the confines of the church walls and denominations: Min Shabangu   Ministerial Imbizo on Violence Against Women and Children at the Thokoza Auditorium, Ekurhuleni Municipality #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #makesasafe
Minister Shabangu tells Ministerial Imbizo on Violence Against Women and Children at the Thokoza that men initiatives like @takuwaniriime #NoExcuses #NotInMyName are critical in the fight against #GBV #365Days #16DaysofActivism #CountMeIn #makesasafe
Min in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu points out that it is critical that the Ministerial Imbizo on Violence Against Women and Children is taking place on International Human Rights #CountMeIn #NoExcuses #365Days #16DaysOfActivism #CountMeIn #makesasafe
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe

Twitter: @abramjee


Window Washers: Problem continues, writes Yusuf Abramjee

I recently highlighted the problem of window washers. 

Very little, if nothing, has been done about this problem.

I again urge, especially the City of Johannesburg, to address this issue with urgency.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Window washers have become a real nuisance at many intersections in especially Johannesburg.


I am often inundated with calls about how these window washers are intimidating motorists. 

Some of the hotspots include the Grayston and Marlboro drive off-ramps and Empire Road near Wits. 

Areas around Bruma are also a headache. 

I have personally experienced the arrogance of some of these window washers. 

On several occasions I’ve witnessed  them swearing at motorists and spraying water despite drivers telling them not to.

Female drivers are often targeted.

In one incident, a wiper of a motorist was broken after he asked them not to clean the windscreen. 

At one intersection, I counted eight window washers at the weekend. 

Authorities have acted from time to time but within hours these window washers are back. I’m not sure if they pay an admission of guilt fine or are simply released.

Yes, some of these window washers are in need of cash for food and may be deserving. Others need the money for their drug habits. One can clearly see that!

The intimidation and harassment cannot be allowed.

Is it not possible for the City of Joburg to perhaps regulate them and ensure they work within the framework of the law?

If not, these window washers must be removed immediately.

I often see JMPD vehicles drive past them and they do not act. 

Joburg Community Safety MMC, Micheal Sun, pointed out some time ago that if they arrest them, the window washers are back within hours. 

But surely, there must be some laws in place to control and stop them.

Some drivers are even scared these days of using intersections where these window washers frequent.

It’s time for the City of Johannesburg and JMPD in particular to act.

You have a responsibly to protect motorists and to take decisive action. 
Do it! We don’t want excuses…we want action.

The window washers and other vendors pose a road safety risk. Find ways to sort out the problem.

#MakeSAsafe

*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSAsafe

Twitter: @abramjee


Yusuf Abramjee calls on law enforcement agencies to do more and fight the Illicit Trade. He addressed FAWU this week.

The leadership of the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) is meeting in Benoni on the East Rand this week.

A seminar was held on Tuesday focusing on the Illicit Trade. 
Here are extracts from my address to the national executive committee:
*Crime affects each and every citizen.   On average, 52 people are murdered every day, one person is raped every 15 minutes and hundreds of business robberies and house invasions take place weekly.
*The majority of police officers are honest and hardworking. But, there are also many criminal cops. They must be rooted out. 
*Fikile Mbalula is a young, dynamic, energetic Police Minister. I remain hopeful he will make a difference.
*The National Development Plan (NDP) is great on paper. It needs to be put into action. The new national police commissioner was unfortunately not appointed according to the guidelines set out in the NDP.
*Mbalula must move with speed and appoint a police board as recommended in the NDP.
*Poverty contributes to crime. But many criminals are robbing our people because of greed. They drive fancy cars and live in luxury houses.
*South Africa is losing billions of rands annually because of the Illicit Trade. 
*The illegal cigarette trade is growing and law enforcement agencies are not doing enough. There are some breakthroughs but not enough. There is also suspicion that rogue cops are working with these syndicates.
*The Illicit Trade is already leading to job loses. British American Tobacco, for example, had to cut jobs at its Heidelburg factory because they are feeling the impact of the illegal trade.
*SARS, the SAPS and Metro Police need to do much more. The law must come down hard on criminals. 
*The Asset Forfeiture Unit confiscated the possessions of a suspected illegal cigarette smuggler in Port Elizabeth this week. This is welcomed. Some R18,5 million of cigarettes was confiscated by police recently in the raid.
*FAWU has an important role to play to fight crime. You need to mobilize and take to the streets. You need to get your members to become active citizens.
*Please encourage your 130 000 union members to report crime. Download the Namola Safety App free and get help fast. Namola has over 115 000 downloads and it I supported by, amongst others, Minister Mbalula and the Gauteng Community Safety Department. 
*FAWU needs to meet with government and law enforcement agencies and appeal to them to do more to fight Illicit Trade.
*We need action and we need it now. #MakeSASafe
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe

Twitter: @abramjee


SAPS Safety Tips for Parents, Guardians and Children

As children enjoy a well-deserved break we urge them to stay safe during the holidays.
#SaferFestiveSeason

The holiday season is a joyful time of year, but it’s also a time of year when you need to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between frenzied trips to the mall for holiday shopping, crowded airports, and holiday parties, it can be hard to keep track of your little one in the crowds. These holiday tips will help parents ensure that their children stay protected and have a safe holiday season:

Talk to your kids before a family outing. Make a rule that you must always be able to see them and they must always be able to see you. It may sound simple, but keep reminding them periodically, especially if you think they’re getting restless.

Use the “two giant steps” rule – your kids can never be more than two giant steps away from you. It’s a fun and easy way for young children to remember not to wander away.

Teach your kids that if they ever become separated from you, they should look for a “safe stranger” for help. Some examples include a mom with kids or a cash register person. With older children, agree on a “meeting place” ahead of time, in case you become separated.

Tell your child never to leave the mall or store to go looking for you, no matter what anyone tells them. Remind your child that you would never leave until you are reunited.

Dress your child in brightly coloured clothes to make him easy to spot. Be sure to remember what they are wearing.

In busy places like airports or shopping malls, consider using a cute harness for toddlers who are prone to running off. There are lots of fun ones out there that look like a lion’s tail or an elephant’s trunk. Your child’s safety is most important, so don’t worry about what others think.

Establish the “check first” rule with older children. They must always check first with you before going anywhere in a public place, including another store, play area, or even the restroom.

Don’t treat public facilities as a “convenient babysitter.” Do not leave your children alone at video arcades, movie theatres, play areas, or other public places. Predators are known to look for unsupervised kids.

Always bring young children into the restroom with you. Look for well-lit restrooms in high traffic areas, whenever possible.

Discuss age-appropriate safety issues with your child in a calm, non-fearful manner. Replace the word “strangers” with “tricky people.” Let your child know that it isn’t what people look like that makes them unsafe; it’s what they ask a child to do that makes someone “thumbs down.” Kids have been known to leave with a stranger because “he seemed nice” or “she didn’t look like a stranger.”

Make sure that your child knows your cell phone number.

Visit our website for more safety tips: http://www.saps.gov.za/child_safety/index.php

#DontLookAway – “Let down by the system after my partner hit me.

The initiative by Independent Media #DontLookAway  as part of 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children continues to highlight the plight of victims.


On Sunday, the 16 Days comes to an end. 


This does not mean we have to wait for November next year to highlight the problems. We need on-going programmes and have to sustain the awareness. 


Minister of Women, Susan Shabangu, has agreed we must turn it into 365 Days of awareness. 


We need to protect our women and children. Shabangu will host a ministerial Imbizo in Tokoza at the weekend to outline the plan of action.


Let’s continue to DO our bit. #MakeSASafe


#DONTLOOKAWAY REPORT IN THE STAR:


WHILE some women some­times choose to stay in abu­sive re­la­tion­ships de­spite how toxic they are for var­i­ous rea­sons, for some, once beaten is in­deed twice shy.


 *Mea­gan, 50, is one of those women.

She had been in a re­la­tion­ship with her part­ner for five months when he beat her up se­verely one day, leav­ing her with a frac­tured nose, an eye in­fec­tion, as well as a bruise on her eye that was still clearly vis­i­ble three months af­ter the at­tack.


Although it was the first time her boyfriend had laid his hands on her, Mea­gan was so shaken that she ter­mi­nated the re­la­tion­ship and opened a case against him.


For Mea­gan, leav­ing wasn’t ne­go­tiable and stay­ing wasn’t a pos­si­bil­ity.


“If I went back to him, it would have taken my power away from me. Many vic­tims go back to their abusers and that strips off a form of their power and in­de­pen­dence,” she said.


Another thing she re­alised, she said, was that the man – who is an am­putee – was filled with self-loathing, so he took out his frus­tra­tions on her.

Although it has been a few months since the in­ci­dent, Mea­gan re­mem­bers that day as if it were yes­ter­day.


It was Women’s Day and her ex-part­ner had been out with his son. They re­turned at about 10pm.

Mea­gan was sit­ting in the dark as there was load shed­ding. She said her ex-part­ner’s son walked in and greeted her. 


“Good evening,” he said. “My re­sponse was ‘how can it be a good evening? There is no elec­tric­ity and I am all alone in the dark’.


“My ex-boyfriend then limped into the room,” she said.


Mea­gan said she was on the bed when her ex-boyfriend started punch­ing her in the face.


“After he beat me up, he said ‘I’m go­ing to break your legs and you are go­ing to crawl out of here’.

“That was when I re­alised that the abuse had noth­ing to do with me and that he was a bro­ken per­son and he in fact hated him­self (for be­ing an am­putee),” she added.


At that point the son stormed into the bed­room and told his fa­ther to go and wash the blood off his hands.


“I think that was his way of help­ing me es­cape, and I told him to open the gate. I went straight to the po­lice sta­tion.”


Ac­cord­ing to Mea­gan, all the sys­tems put into place were filled with em­ploy­ees “who lacked com­pas­sion, pas­sion and em­pa­thy for their jobs be­cause there was no as­sis­tance given to them as vic­tims”.


In­stead they were made to feel like the per­pe­tra­tors, and you were ba­si­cally left all alone, she said.

Mea­gan said she was told at the po­lice sta­tion to get a J88 form.


The next day she took the po­lice to her as­sailant and then went to a clinic, but af­ter wait­ing for two hours, staff told her they could not as­sist her and that she would have to go to a hos­pi­tal to have the J88 form com­pleted.


“I feel like no­body ad­vises you that it is go­ing to be a long, dif­fi­cult and painful road. I mean, if they were ef­fec­tively trained, the per­son help­ing at the clinic could have told me from the out­set that they would not be able to as­sist me.


“And it’s worse when you don’t have money, as it has the abil­ity to make all one’s prob­lems go away,” she said.


Mea­gan said she was later re­quired to per­form a urine test.


“The hos­pi­tal con­di­tions were ap­palling and the doc­tor did not even ex­am­ine my doc­u­men­ta­tion prop­erly.


“I was left feel­ing dirty and ashamed as though I had brought this or­deal upon my­self,” she said.


After her as­sault, Mea­gan left Joburg for Dur­ban to re­cu­per­ate at her cousin’s place.


“I couldn’t be seen in pub­lic with the hor­rific bruise on my eye. Peo­ple have this stigma at­tached to abuse. It di­min­ishes all forms of your dig­nity,” she said.


When she re­turned to Joburg, she tried to get a pro­tec­tion or­der against her ex-boyfriend.


How­ever, she said that was turned down be­cause it was an on­go­ing crim­i­nal case and he had not tried to abuse her again.


The mat­ter is be­fore the courts now, and de­spite her pain and suf­fer­ing, Mea­gan wants the court to give her at­tacker coun­selling as op­posed to jail time.


“Pri­son is a ter­ri­ble place and if he were to get locked up he would come back more messed up as op­posed to be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated,” she said.


Re­gard­ing what abuse vic­tims go through af­ter their or­deal, Mea­gan be­lieves em­ploy­ing the right peo­ple in the right jobs could make a huge dif­fer­ence.


“Var­i­ous de­part­ments in the jus­tice in­dus­try should have manda­tory tests per­formed, to an­a­lyse if these po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees are fit to deal with all these bro­ken peo­ple they are sub­jected to daily.


“To them it’s just a job and the vic­tim ends up more frus­trated than be­fore.”


Gaut­eng Depart­ment of So­cial Devel­op­ment’s Mbangwa Xaba said the rea­son some vic­tims did not feel that they re­ceived proper as­sis­tance was be­cause of the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions they were sub­jected to on a daily ba­sis.


“Care­givers should be well trained and car­ing be­cause it took a lot for the vic­tims to re­port the crime in the first place.


“Care­givers’ days are of­ten long and they also ex­pe­ri­ence a high vol­ume of vic­tims, which can be very stress­ful to them.”


The So­cial Devel­op­ment Depart­ment has a toll-free num­ber to as­sist vic­tims to re­port abuse anony­mously and of­fer them sup­port and coun­selling through the court pro­ceed­ings. The num­ber is 0800150150. *Not her real name. 


*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe



“Make it your moral and civic duty to blow the whistle on crime.” – YUSUF ABRAMJEE

“Someone, somewhere, somehow knows something about crime.”

This statement is so valid and we must all make it our duty to blow the whistle on crime.
It is often said criminals can run but they cannot hide.
We see many breakthroughs by the police on a daily basis.
A family was robbed in the parking area of the Grosvenor Crossing Shopping Centre in William Nicol Drive Bryanston at the weekend.
The robbers were in a white Porsche Cayenne with a CA registration number. 
I immediately tweeted it and within a few hours someone called saying he was also robbed by the same gang.
Yesterday, I received video footage of the incident and shared close-up photographs of the Porsche.
Within two hours, Reservist Constable Mo Omarjee from Brixton police located the car in a parkade in Milpark. The Porsche was stolen or hijacked.
Let’s hope the robbers are brought to book.
We need to use social media responsibly and it can assist greatly in the fight against crime.
Police recently warned about posting photos of suspected criminals before they even appeared in court saying it could jeopardize cases. They are correct.
Unless a suspect is wanted, to post faces of suspected criminals is a problem – even on Whats App Groups.
Let’s continue to join hands and #MakeSASafe
And remember, download the Namola Safety App and report crime. Over 116 000 people have it. It’s a FREE app sponsored by DialDirect.
To make anonymous tip-offs, call 08600 10111 and pass on detailed information: Who; What; When; Where; Why and How?
Let’s blow the whistle on crime.
I served on the board of global NGO Crime Stoppers International for many years and was also a vice-president. Every 14 minutes, a criminal is arrested around the world – thanks to an anonymous tip-off. 
Let’s make it our moral and civic duty to pass on information. Someone, somewhere, somehow knows something!
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe

Twitter: @abramjee

As the festive season approaches, we need to be extra vigilant. Criminals will continue trying their luck, writes Yusuf Abramjee

Criminals will continue trying their luck in the run-up and during the festive season.

We all need to be vigilant.
Remember, criminals don’t go on holiday. They will do what it takes to rob you of your hard earned cash.
This weekend again saw a series of violent robberies including farm attacks. 
The levels of violence are unacceptably high. 
Police need to increase visibility. 
Malls are also targeted and at some shopping centers it’s good to see cops on the beat.
A businessman and his family were robbed in the parking lot of a mall at the corner of William Nicol and Main Roads in Bryanston at the weekend. 
The four robbers were in a white Porsche Cayenne with CA reg no.
The gang made off with cash and jewellery.
And remember, download the Namola Safety App free and report crime. Namola is powered by DialDirect.
Over 115 000 downloads have been recorded and citizens are increasingly using the app to report crime. Expect a call-back within 90 seconds of pressing the panic button.
Also, test the Namola App weekly. 
#MakeSASafe
Today is Day 10 of NO violence against women and children. When the 16 days campaign comes to an end on Sunday, we need to make sure we sustain the awareness and turn it into 365 days of activism.
We are sadly seeing on-going attacks on our women and children – even during the 16 day period. 
Last week, an MP threatened a female colleague in Parliament. When public officials especially behave this way, we are in trouble. 
On Sunday, Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, will host an imbizo on the East Rand. 
Campaigns such as #DontLookAway by Independent Media, the initiative by 1stForWomen Insurance and others are going a long way to create awareness. We need to continue assisting victims and we have to break our silence. 
Be vigilant. Report crime.
Via: Cape Town Magazine. 

Safety Tips 101 – What to do and what not to do

Safety has become an important issue throughout the world. The Tourism Safety Task Group of South Africa has compiled the following tips for tourists and migrants who come to the country:

At a hotel:

  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safety deposit box
  • Keep your room locked, whether you’re in it or not
  • If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door
  • Leave your keys at the reception desk when leaving the hotel

In the street:

  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables
  • It’s definitely not advisable to carry large sums of money around (rather, we recommend using URCard, a safe, convenient prepaid debit card designed specifically for travellers)
  • At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
  • It’s better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • Plan your route beforehand
  • A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourism information office can recommend a reliable service

In a car:

  • Plan your route in advance
  • Keep the car doors locked at all times and wind the windows up
  • Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk)
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Never pick up strangers
  • If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice

In general we advise people to carry a reliable map with them at all times and to keep a certified copy of passports and other important documentation such as flight tickets in a safe place such as a bank or hotel’s safety deposit box.

Leave your valuables at home, your luggage may be opened and your valuables missing from your bags when you collect your luggage from the check out area.

  • Do not wear expensive jewellery.
  • Do not allow yourself to be separated from your hand luggage.
  • Laptops, camera’s, mobile phones and handbags are targeted items.
  • Do not allow yourself to be distracted by one person while another person runs off with your possessions.

If you are hiring a car and intend driving from the airport be sure you know the exact route you should take so that you need not stop to ask for directions making yourself vulnerable and an easy hijack target.

Avoid walking in deserted areas on your own during the day and particularly at night.

South Africa is not the only country where the above list applies, it applies to many destinations and innocent tourists are caught up in unpleasant situations because they are not vigilant and do not apply wisdom because they are “on holiday” and in a carefree mood. 

Please also avoid giving money to beggars; you are more likely to lose your whole wallet in this type of situation. Poverty breeds crime!

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SUSPECTS DEALING IN ILLEGAL FIREARMS ARRESTED

Pretoria: 03 December 2017 – Two suspects were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning during an intelligence-driven operation comprising of various disciplines of the SAPS, both from police Head Office as well as Limpopo Province.

The team followed up on intelligence that two suspects, aged 17 and 35 years, were smuggling arms into South Africa through the border near the Komatipoort area of Mpumalanga. When the suspects were confronted, it emerged that they were intending to sell the firearms to a prospective buyer.  

A total of seven (7) AK47 rifles, 180 rounds of ammunition and a Toyota Hilux double cab bakkie were recovered. During the arrest and recovery, one AK47 rifle was recovered fastened against the exhaust system underneath the vehicle. The two suspects will appear on charges of smuggling and dealing in illegal firearms in the Komatipoort Magistrate’s court tomorrow. All the rifles will be sent for ballistic testing to the SAPS Forensic Science laboratory. 

This type and calibre of weapon are among those that are generally used to commit aggravated robberies such as cash-in-transit heists, vehicle hijackings and house and business robberies. This a significant breakthrough in our efforts to nip these categories of robberies in the bud. 

The National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole, has welcomed these arrests and recoveries, praising the intelligence team for their excellent work. “Combating the proliferation of arms and ammunition forms part of our six-pillar priorities during the festive season,” said General Sitole.   “Removing such firearms from our streets will certainly help to reduce the risk of these robberies being committed,” added General Sitole.

We urge the people of South Africa to continue supporting the police in its efforts to bring down the scourge of crime because together we can do more.

*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador. He also heads-up #MakeSASafe

Twitter: @abramjee

Join hands to #MakeSASafe and end abuse: The Star today

TODAY is day four of 16 days of ac­tivism to end vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.


We salute In­de­pen­dent Me­dia for bring­ing us the har­row­ing true sto­ries be­hind the sta­tis­tics. Don’t look away!


We have to all join hands and act to end gen­der-based vi­o­lence. Far too many women are abused and vi­o­lated ev­ery day. On av­er­age, one woman is raped ev­ery 15 min­utes.


This is ac­cord­ing to the crime sta­tis­tics re­leased re­cently. And let’s not for­get, many cases go un­re­ported.


Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is wide­spread. Our chil­dren are also fall­ing vic­tim to crime in their thou­sands. Many go miss­ing and are never re­united with their fam­i­lies.

We need sus­tain­able pro­grammes and we must con­tinue to raise our voices. It’s time to stand up and say “no” to vi­o­lence. Our women and chil­dren need to be pro­tected.


Many vic­tims don’t re­port crime be­cause the sys­tem is fail­ing them. But we must not give up. Down­load the Namola Safety App free and re­port any form of abuse. En­sure crim­i­nal charges are laid.


The app, pow­ered by DialDirect, has the sup­port of, among oth­ers, Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula, Women’s Min­is­ter Su­san Sha­bangu and the Gaut­eng Com­mu­nity Safety Depart­ment.


Namola has over 112 000 down­loads. Use this plat­form also to make tip-offs and get crim­i­nals ar­rested. The pri­vate sec­tor has an im­por­tant role and we must all join hands to #MakeSASafe.


En­ter For Women (www. for-women.co.za) is a plat­form that con­sol­i­dates ef­forts to fight woman abuse in one place. The site fea­tures the pub­lic, pri­vate and non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions who have vowed to put an end to woman abuse, so that sur­vivors of abuse can find the right help, quickly.


For Women also en­ables South Africans and cor­po­rate South Africa who want to take a stand against woman abuse to eas­ily con­nect with or­gan­i­sa­tions who need their help.


For Women was de­vel­oped by 1st for Women In­surance who, over the past 12 years, has do­nated over R56 mil­lion to or­gan­i­sa­tions that fight abuse. The plat­form is pow­ered by For­good.


It has been struc­tured to holis­ti­cally ad­dress woman abuse through three key pil­lars – pre­ven­tion (or­gan­i­sa­tions that work to ad­dress the mul­ti­ple and of­ten in­ter­linked causes of abuse), prepa­ra­tion (or­gan­i­sa­tions that em­power women with the tools they need to put an end to this so­cial tragedy), and pro­vi­sion (or­gan­i­sa­tions that can sup­port and as­sist abuse sur­vivors on their jour­ney).


#MakeSASafe has de­cided to up­grade a sex­ual of­fences fa­cil­ity at the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court. Women who go to court to tes­tify use the room and we will be paint­ing, car­pet­ing and equip­ping the fa­cil­ity soon. 


To do­nate, go to www.hap­pimo.org


Po­lice need to en­sure they up their game. Far too many vic­tims of vi­o­lence are treated with con­tempt when they go to po­lice sta­tions to re­port crime.

Cops are not ad­e­quately trained on how to deal with abuse cases. There is lit­tle sen­si­tiv­ity and poor in­ves­ti­ga­tion work. A fe­male rape vic­tim should not be in­ter­viewed by a male of­fi­cer.


The SAPS must en­sure that ev­ery sta­tion is well equipped and of­fi­cers should be al­lo­cated to deal specif­i­cally with woman and child abuse cases. The courts need to en­sure that cases are fol­lowed through.


Pro­tec­tion or­ders are of­ten is­sued but the po­lice fail to act. This re­sults in more vi­o­lence. The cy­cle con­tin­ues.


This year marks 19 years since the UN adopted the 16 Days of Ac­tivism Cam­paign for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren.


End­ing the scourge of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren must re­main a top pri­or­ity of gov­ern­ment.

Civil so­ci­ety needs to also take the lead.While we use the 16 days to raise aware­ness, we need to mo­bilise and be­come ac­tive cit­i­zens.


#Coun­tMeIn and Don’t look away should be top of mind on an on-go­ing ba­sis. Anti-crime ac­tivist and Namola’s chief am­bas­sador. He also heads up #MakeSASafe

Six hitmen arrested

An Operational Response Services intervention consisting of members of the Tactical Response Team, National Intervention Unit, Public Order Police and Air Wing is working tirelessly to curb senseless killings in this Province. The team is currently on detachment in the far North of KwaZulu-Natal where five people were fatally wounded a week ago.

Yesterday, 28 November 2017, the members made a breakthrough by arresting six alleged hitmen, aged between 34 and 52. It is alleged that they have been operating between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and are involved in taxi related incidents, police killings, ATM bombings, cash-in-transit heists, political killings, armed robbery and hijackings. The suspects were arrested just outside Richards Bay and were found in possession of seven unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Police will further interview these criminals and their firearms will be forwarded for ballistic testing.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the police officers for the arrests. “I would like to commend our members for their dedication that led to the arrests of these suspects and the recovery of seven firearms. We are confident that arrest of these men will contribute in stemming incidents of violence across the province. We commend members of the community who came forward and decided to work with our team to bring down these thugs. It shows that our communities still have confidence in the police and despise criminals,” he said.

Media enquiries: Colonel Thembeka Mbhele: 082 462 9870 kzn.mediacentre@saps.gov.za

 

Source: SAPS