Wanted Diepsloot man hands himself into the police

While investigations about a murder case in Diepsloot’s extension 13 were still on, a 24-year-old man handed himself into the police and confessed to be responsible for killing a person on 29 May, said Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

The suspect surrendered himself to the officers on 30 May, the captain said. 

“The police received a complaint of murder from a local clinic,” Captain Mathebula said. “On arrival, they found a lifeless body of a male victim with a slit throat. Community members who brought the deceased to the clinic allege that they found him lying in a pool of blood, still breathing. They allegedly rushed him to clinic and he was sadly declared dead on arrival by emergency personnel.” 

Police then opened an inquest docket and began investigating, Captain Mathebula said. 

“While the investigation was still underway,” he said, “the suspect allegedly brought himself to the police station and confessed that he murdered the deceased. He was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.”

The suspect was not named, and he has since appeared in the Randburg magistrates' court. 

In another development, captain Mathebula said police continue holding awareness campaigns against Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) in the communities. 

At OR Tambo clinic in Diepsloot, for example, police talked with people inside the clinic, urging them to report any acts of Gender Based Violence or the killing of women and children to the police, whether or not they themselves are attacked, they witness the violence or they find out about it some other way.

The police gave away pamphlets with safety tips and emergency numbers that people can call if they need help.

President Macron on a State Visit to SA

President Ramaphosa will host French President Emmanuel Macron for the State Visit at the Union Buildings. The two Heads of State will also pay a visit to the Vaccine Production Support Initiative for Africa at the University of Pretoria.

“The visit aims to deepen bilateral cooperation within the framework of the strategic partnership between South Africa and France and within the framework of existing bilateral agreements,” the Presidency said.

The engagement also aims to deepen understanding regarding multilateral and global issues of mutual concern, such as the need for reform of the United Nations Security Council.

The leaders are also expected to discuss the establishment of a predictable framework of cooperation between Africa and the United Nations and its agencies on ensuring peace and security on the African continent.

The Presidents will also talk about trade and investment, including technical skills training in South Africa in collaboration with the private sector.

South Africa is France’s largest trading partner in Africa, while France is South Africa’s second-largest trading partner in the European Union (EU).

France is a major investor in South Africa and a significant development partner, according to the Presidency. French companies pledged R20 billion of investment into the country during the 2019 South Africa Investment Conference.

“The leaders will deliberate on climate change and peace and security on the African continent,” the Presidency said.

Meanwhile, the Heads of State will also focus on issues about the global response to COVID-19 and the economic, health, and research and manufacturing responses to the current pandemic and beyond.

“The leaders are expected to discuss post-COVID-19 recovery, including further discussions under the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a temporary World Trade Organisation intellectual property waiver and the future manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines in South Africa and the rest of the continent.”

Following the programme at the Union Buildings, the leaders will proceed to the University of Pretoria where they will lead a High-Level Seminar on manufacturing vaccines in Africa.

The event will take the form of a hybrid media conference and a High-Level dialogue between Presidents Ramaphosa and Macron, in conversation with scientists and industry leaders.

“This session will address questions such as what the experience has been in managing COVID-19 and what needs to be done to strengthen the public health system and in addressing the pandemics in Africa,” said the President’s office.

Delegates will also look at what kind of support is needed to develop the capacity of the African continent to manufacture vaccines in the short and long term.

South Africa plans to articulate its campaign, shared with India, for international support and solidarity that will enhance access to vaccines and enable the domestic production of life-saving pharmaceutical products.

The South African ministerial delegation includes International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, Higher Education Science and Technology Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, and Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. – SAnews.gov.za

Police Minister to engage Zandspruit community

GAUTENG - Following the gruesome murder of six people killed allegedly in an act of mob justice, Minister of Police General Bheki Cele will today address the Zandspruit community .

During his visit, Minister Cele together with Community Safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko will engage the Zandspruit community leadership structures and discuss some of the policing concerns in an effort to amongst other things, ensure residents don’t resort to acts of vigilantism.

The closed meeting will take place at the Emthonjeni Community Hall.

MEC condemns Zandspruit mob justice incident

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, has condemned a mob justice incident that claimed the lives of four people and injured five others at Plot 52 in the Zandspruit informal settlement.

Preliminary reports indicate that members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) attached to the Honeydew police station were alerted of the mob justice incident, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday.

Upon arrival at the scene, members found a group of more than 200 people gathering at an open space and started throwing stones at police.

“The police immediately called for backup. When re-enforcement arrived, police dispersed the group of people. The police found nine persons, aged between 20 and 30 years old, lying on the ground, badly assaulted and set alight by the angry mob,” the provincial department of community safety said.

Four people were confirmed dead by the team of paramedics, while the five who were critically injured were taken to the Chris Hani Baragwanath and Helen Joseph hospitals to receive medical attention.

The MEC said gruesome acts often leave communities traumatised and have long-term devastating effects.

“We urge the community to remain calm and exercise restraint as we await the full report from the police and look for solutions to their problems. While we understand that communities at times feel let down by law enforcement, we urge them to avoid taking the law into their own hands and being in conflict with the law,” Mazibuko said.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela condemned the incident wherein a group of people went out to search for boys who were allegedly robbing people in the area.

“It is alleged that about nine boys were forcefully taken to the sport ground where they were assaulted, four died and five were taken to hospital,” said Captain Kay Makhubele.

Police are investigating cases of murder and attempted murder.–SAnews.gov.za

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