NEWS IN BRIEF
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.