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SAPS To Recruit 10,000 Police Officers In New Financial Year

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SAPS To Recruit 10,000 Police Officers In New Financial Year

The SAPS is progressing to recruit 10 000 new recruits within the year starting in April 2022 to bolster the police.

The Police Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale disclosed this to the Parliament on Wednesday.

Mathale said although there was limited capacity to accommodate the new recruits within the SAPS training facilities, there have been discussions with Defence Minister Thandi Modise on the likelihood of utilising the soldier’s facilities.

“We are definitely going to increase SAPS personnel. We don’t want to create a problem by creating another problem,” he said.

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The Police Deputy Minister made the statement when he was responding to DA MP Andrew Whitfield who asked why the budget of the VIP police wasn’t slashed to make sure there have been more police within the line.

Whitfield had noted that the budget cuts had gutted the visible policing programme, which was about crime prevention, while the VIP budget has increased over the years.

“Poor budgeting and skewed priorities have led to devastating consequence for front-line policing, leading to more crime and insecurity in our country,” he said,

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Whitfield had also said the fixed SAPS personnel had decreased from 194 000 to 182 000 with a minimum of 32 000 officers lost since 2016/17 which the projection was that it’d plummet to 163 000 in 2023/24.

Mathale noted that the SAPS were unable to require a replacement intake within the 2020/21.

He said they acknowledged that there was a shortage which there was a necessity to extend the police personnel.

“We have taken a decision to enrol 3 000 intake – 2 000 from public service within SAPS and 1000 from the reservists,” he said about the intake in 2021/22.

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Mathale  further explained that they would tackle the shortage of the police personnel head on.

“We are to face this problem face on and with the support from National Treasury we will be able to take an intake of 10 000 in the next financial year,” he said.

Mathale revealed that a total number of 7 519 recruits have been trained and 7 360 employed by the SAPS since January 2019.

He said a total of 15 943 officers have left the police force.

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Julius Malema hands house to late EFF fighter Gogo Pulane Phansi’s family in Kagiso

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EFF leader Julius Malema paid a visit to the home to hand over a house in honour of party member, the late Gogo Pulane Phansi in Kagiso, Krugersdorp, on Wednesday.

“We are meeting here on a day that was supposed to be a celebratory day where we would hand over this beautiful house to our ground force who has been with us from the time when the EFF was formed,” Malema said.

He said they took a decision to honour Phansi by building her a house but unfortunately she became sick and passed on before they could hand over the house to her.

Phansi died on December 24, 2021 following a sickness and she was buried in Lesotho.

Malema said Phansi had two children that passed on having no children of their own.

She lived with the children of her brother who are to receive a house from the EFF on her behalf.

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“We are asking them to look after this house because it’s a legacy of a hard worker. We want our members and future generations to see this house as a house that honours those who commit to the organisation irrespective of their age and we use her as an example that age is just a number but if your heart is there you’ll always fight for what you believe in.”

Ntebogeleng Phansi, a niece to the late fighter said she was thankful of the house that the EFF had built for them. “Even the neighbours around the area asked if magogo sold the house because of how beautiful it is. Thank you President,” she added.

Meanwhile, on the issue of schools reopening and mandatory vaccination, Malema said they were calling up both the teachers and learners to continue following the protocols (wearing masks and sanitising) and making sure that the environment was clean and not contaminated.

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“We called up all branches of the EFF to visit all the schools to make sure that learners are allowed to attend. No learner should be denied access because the parents have not signed the acknowledgement of debt. Children are children, they cannot be punished because of the poverty of their parents.

“We are not going to allow anyone blocking our students at universities including staff from entering and receiving education because they are not vaccinated. We call up all our people to vaccinate and stop listening to conspiracy theories about vaccination,” he said.

While addressing the media and EFF members, Malema alluded to a restaurant in Mall of Africa which he will be visiting next week to inspect the employment policy. When speaking about open borders, he said “it’s a very serious issue South Africans are unemployed. When we say we want jobs we mean business.

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“I will be visiting that restaurant to check with bosses on how they arrived to a conclusion that there’s no single South African who can do what this people are doing here.

“I have nothing to do with those people, I have everything to do with the owner. I want to understand your mindset, maybe I will buy into your idea,” he explained.

The EFF leader said he would be in Mangaung in the Free State on Friday to inspect sewer spillages that are killing their people.

“When there’s a sewer spillage in towns they fix it within hours but it takes years to fix anything in the townships,” he said.

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Over 3000 Convicted Offenders Registered On National Register For S3x Offenders – Ronald Lamola

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Over 3000 Convicted Offenders Registered On National Register for S3x Offenders - Ronald Lamola

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola has revealed that just over 3000 convicted sex offenders were registered on the National Register for Sex Offenders (NRSO) between January 2017 and November 2021.

A breakdown per province indicates that KwaZulu-Natal has the highest number of offenders followed by the Western Cape.

Lamola made this revelation in a written parliamentary reply to DA MP Désirée van der Walt who enquired about the total number of offenders who were registered on the NRSO in each province.

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The overall total stands at 3 123, as per Lamola’s response.

In KZN 640 offenders had been registered for the period under review, with the Western Cape taking the second highest spot at 561.

In third place is the Eastern Cape with 478 offenders registered followed by the Free State with 422.

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Gauteng’s figures stood at 283, with Mpumalanga tallying behind at 252. Limpopo had 224 offenders registered, North West at 197 and the Northern Cape recorded the least with only 66 offenders being listed on NRSO.

Lamola pointed out that the data sets kept in the register constantly vary due to the day-to-day activities made in the register, which include entries and removals of particulars of sex offenders.

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“As permitted by section 51 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007, certain registered offenders do apply to the Registrar to have their particulars removed from the register.

After consideration by the Registrar, some of these applications become successful and this results in constant changes in the total number of sex offenders registered on the register,” he said.

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Northern Cape Doctor Escapes Being Blacklisted From Trading With The State

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Northern Cape Doctor Escapes Being Blacklisted From Trading With The State

A Northern Cape doctor escaped being blacklisted from trading with the State after pleading ignorance.

This came after he was found to have been awarded a contract after submitting two bids for the provision of the same service.

This emerged when Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu responded in writing to parliamentary questions from IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe enquired about the specific projects of the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) in which service providers submitted more than one bid.

The question arose after last month’s portfolio committee report noted that there were service providers that submitted more than one bid for Sassa projects.

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Zulu said the matter related to the tender advertised by the Northern Cape Sassa offices, which called for health professionals and firms to tender for contracts to perform disability assessments.

She said the tender was done to specifically to address the shortage of medical doctors who can perform disability assessments and clear backlogs.

“Only one service provider responded by submitting two bids – one as an individual medical practitioner and the other as a director of a medical company – to render disability assessment services.

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“During the Auditor General of South Africa Regulatory Audit, the region concurred that the bidder had omitted to disclose on the applicable supply chain management disclosure forms that both bids had one director and were bidding for the same tender,” she said.

Zulu also said that, had the doctor disclosed this information, both bids would have been disqualified in the first place.

“The contract was subsequently cancelled in line with the National Treasury’s irregular expenditure framework. The region disclosed payments already made amounting to R83 000 as irregular expenditure,” she said.

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Zulu also said the contract was cancelled following an investigation and a legal opinion that was obtained.

“The affected medical doctor/director indicated that this omission was an honest mistake,” she said.

Zulu also said the region did not suffer any financial losses as a result.

“Furthermore, the outcome of the investigation did not necessitate the restriction of the bidder and subsequent publication of the investigation report on the National Treasury website, in cases where it is confirmed there was an abuse of the supply chain management system,” she said.

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Private Labs Should Face Consequences For High Covid-19 PCR Test Profits – SACP

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Private Labs Should Face Consequences For High Covid-19 PCR Test Profits – SACP

The SACP has called for laboratories to face consequences following the significant profits made as a result of high Covid-19 PCR test pricing.

On Sunday the Competition Commission held an urgent media briefing to inform the country of the “groundbreaking agreement” reached between two of South Africa’s biggest private laboratories, which will now see people paying R500 for a Covid-19 PCR test and not R850.

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) laid a complaint against private pathology laboratories, alleging that the price for supplying PCR tests for Covid testing was “unfairly inflated, exorbitant and/or unjustifiable”.

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Through investigations, the commission found that these labs have been making significant profits – although the amount of profits had not been confirmed.

According to Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele, between September and October the commission was alerted through a number of meetings and telephonic discussions – including discussions with the Department of Health and health-care funders – of possible pricing abuse for Covid-19 PCR tests to the detriment of vulnerable consumers and customers.

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SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said while welcoming the slashed price, the matter should be further investigated.

“There must be consequences for the profits made from the exorbitant pricing of the Covid-19 PCR tests.

“In general, to put people before profit, no health-care-related pricing should be left without scrutiny. Besides the Covid-19 PCR tests, among others the price of medicine is exorbitant. Steps need to be taken to protect the people against unfair pricing in the entire health-care sector,” he said.

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Bonakele encouraged medical aid schemes and laboratories to adhere to the latest reduction in PCR tests.

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NPA Asks For Patience In Dealing With State Capture, Corruption Cases

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NPA Asks For Patience In Dealing With State Capture, Corruption Cases

Shamila Batohi, the NATIONAL Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has asked for some extra time from South Africans clamouring for those accused of corruption and state capture to be brought to book.

Batohi addressed the media on Monday on a range of issues in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) including the unexpected resignation of the head of the Investigating Directorate (ID) Hermione Cronje, who is scheduled to leave her office in March next year.

According to the NDPP, the NPA was not in crisis and there was no sabotage of the ID.

”There is no leadership gap,” Batohi insisted.

She said she and Cronje knew the interests of the country were important, as the ID was under considerable pressure to perform.

”There was been progress in the ID. We will never have all the resources we need. We need to prioritise. It’s a tough job in a tough environment,” Batohi said.

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She said Cronje’s departure was not a sign of a crisis or collapse and she had played her part and helped to lay the foundation for the establishment of the ID in the two years and eight months she has been its head.

”Many cases are ready to be enrolled and every effort is being made to ensure that this happens,” Batohi said.

She added that it took time for any department to “break even”, as in the private sector, and the ID now had over 120 staff members and had moved into its new state-of-the-art building.

Cronje was asked her to remain in office until there was a time when Batohi realised that it was in the interests of all for her to leave, she said.

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Batohi also warned the country dealing with state capture corruption required additional specialised capacity and that the NPA was committed to bringing it in.

She said she expected an avalanche of work from the Commission of Inquiry into state capture after its report is handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa next month.

Batohi said there would be heightened expectations that would need to be tempered as testifying before a commission was one thing and preparing a docket for a criminal trial, another.

”I can fully understand the impatience of the people of South Africa when it comes to prosecutions,” she said.

She said the ID was working closely with the Asset Forfeiture Unit to fast-track cases, attach properties and recover stolen money.

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The ID has managed to enrol about 18 cases, of which 70% are criminal matters with the balance being asset forfeiture and recoveries, according to Batohi.

She said the ID secured an unlimited restraint order on assets of the controversial fugitive Gupta family through their company Islandsite Investments.

Batohi promised the process to appoint the new head of the ID will be rigorous to ensure that the right person is appointed and will deliver.

The NPA has also been asked to come to the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on justice and correctional services on Wednesday to give more details on Cronje’s departure.

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