South Africa’s criminal state: 13 000 crimes committed by Johannesburg policemen in just one precinct

SAPS_badgeInvolvement of police officers in criminal activities is cause for concern in Gauteng, premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday.

Releasing the 2012/13 provincial crime statistics in Johannesburg, Mokonyane said a number of law enforcement officers were evidently involved in crime.… Read the rest

Provincial government laments ‘barbarity’ of S. Africa’s child murders

rape_girls_feetThe Gauteng government on Wednesday condemned the murder of children in the province after two girls’ bodies were found earlier this week.

“What kind of a society are we who allow such acts of barbarity to occur in our midst?” … Read the rest

Cosatu calls Nast appointment backward and reactionary

Trade union federation Cosatu has condemned the appointment of a former Democratic Alliance leader to the Gauteng planning commission.

This was “the most reactionary and backward decision ever made in the history of the Gauteng government”, Cosatu Gauteng chairman Phutas … Read the rest

Parties contest South Africa’s richest province

South Africa’s two main political parties are setting out their stalls for the 2014 election, with the country’s key province Gauteng shaping up to be a key battleground.

In recent days the African National Congress (ANC), in power for 19 … Read the rest

Afrikaner enclave of Kleinfontein investigated by ANC provincial officials

Business Day reports that tHE Gauteng legislature’s portfolio committee for community safety on Tuesday announced that it had launched an inquiry into the whites-only Afrikaner “cultural village” of Kleinfontein following police complaints about a lack of access to the estate.… Read the rest

Drugs sold to primary school children

Children as young as 12 are being sold drugs around school premises, Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros said on Wednesday.

“I have met with primary school principals in some of our clusters regarding the drug problem. The situation is … Read the rest

Virtually no-one registering for e-toll in Gauteng

Gauteng’s e-toll registration outlets were empty on Thursday with virtually no-one registering for e-tags, despite the looming April 30 deadline, when the tolls go live.

The bright orange e-toll registration outlets, operated by the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral), … Read the rest