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PROV­INCE A joint crime-pre­ven­tion op­er­a­tion be­tween the SAPS and law en­force­ment in Botswana and Namibia at var­i­ous ports of en­try re­sulted in great suc­cess last week.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ole­bo­geng Tawana, said the aim of the op­er­a­tion was to clamp down on cross-bor­der crimes and poach­ing.

Tawana said op­er­a­tions were con­ducted from Mc­Carthy’s Rust, Mid­delputs, Gems­bok and Tweere­vieren.

“Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, farm vis­its and in­spec­tions were con­ducted to as­cer­tain com­pli­ance. More than 50 farms along the bor­der­line near Van Zyls Rust and Sev­ern were vis­ited. More than 400 ve­hi­cles were searched as they crossed through the ports of en­try. Fines were is­sued against mo­torists driv­ing un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles and driv­ing with­out valid driv­ing li­cences. Two ri­fles with a si­lencer and am­mu­ni­tion sus­pected to have been used in wild an­i­mal poach­ing were also found aban­doned in the bushes along the bor­der­lines,” said Tawana.

The op­er­a­tions started on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21 and con­cluded on Sun­day, Novem­ber 25.

POSTMASBURG The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of mur­der af­ter a 26-year-old wo­man was al­legedly stran­gled and beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Colonel Di­makatso Mooi, said the sus­pect is cur­rently on the run.

“The po­lice are cur­rently search­ing for the sus­pect who is on the run af­ter al­legedly com­mit­ting the deed. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the where­abouts of the sus­pect is re­quested to con­tact Postmasburg De­tec­tives on 082 302 0391 or 053 313 9327. The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues,” said Mooi.

KEIMOES Three sus­pects, aged 15, 17 and 20 years re­spec­tively, were ar­rested af­ter the po­lice found sus­pected stolen lap­tops and 12 tablets in their posses­sion.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ser­gio Kock, said the sus­pects al­legedly stole the lap­tops and tablets from Vye­bos Pri­mary School.

“The sus­pects al­legedly broke into Vye­bos Pri­mary School in Keimoes over the week­end. The in­ci­dent was re­ported to the po­lice on Mon­day morn­ing, Novem­ber 26 2018.

Po­lice fol­lowed up on in­for­ma­tion and three male sus­pects were ar­rested at their homes in Keimoes.

Po­lice mem­bers re­cov­ered two lap­tops and 12 tablets that were al­legedly stolen from the school.

The sus­pects are fac­ing charges of busi­ness bur­glary.

The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.”

SOUTH AFRICA The shooter who gunned down two peo­ple in­side the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day morn­ing has suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to Kwazulu-Natal po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Them­beka Mbele the man, who was also a po­lice of­fi­cer, died in hos­pi­tal.

“An in­quest will be in­ves­ti­gated,” she said.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, the man en­tered Court O and fired out shots at his es­tranged wife and a man, who po­lice said was the wo­man’s brother.

It is thought that the shoot­ing stemmed from a do­mes­tic case be­tween the shooter and the de­ceased wo­man.

The shooter then turned the gun on him­self and fired a shot. He was rushed to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for ur­gent care.

Mbele then said po­lice had opened two cases of mur­der.

Speak­ing out­side the court, Mbele said the two suc­cumbed to their wounds and died at the scene.

The Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court was on lock­down for most of Mon­day.

SOUTH AFRICA Me­dia per­son­al­ity and Bo­nang Matheba, charged with tax eva­sion, ap­peared at the Jo­han­nes­burg Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crimes Court yes­ter­day and re­port­edly set­tled the dis­pute with SARS fol­low­ing an ad­mis­sion of guilt and a pay­ment of a R30 000 fine.

The busi­ness­woman’s man­ager, Davin Philips said that she is “happy the mat­ter has been re­solved”.

“The mat­ter has been struck off...we com­piled and we look for­ward to mov­ing for­ward. As I’ve said be­fore, Bo­nang is a law-abid­ing cit­i­zen and she’s happy the mat­ter has been re­solved,” said Philips.

The re­al­ity TV star faced charges on her per­sonal tax from 2008 to 2017 and com­pany tax from 2014 to 2017. A com­bined 15 counts of tax eva­sion-re­lated charges; 11 of which are for her per­sonal taxes and four are re­lated to her com­pany.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports the “Be­ing Bo­nang” star paid R22 000 for per­sonal taxes and R8 000 for com­pany taxes, listed un­der Bo­nang Matheba En­ter­tain­ment (Pty) Ltd.

The state prose­cu­tor in­formed the court that Matheba had paid an ad­mis­sion of guilt fine and there­fore they were re­quest­ing that the mat­ter be re­moved from the court.

The re­quest was granted by the judge.

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