English News @16:00, 11 December 2018

Written by on 11/12/2018

News Editor: Xolisa Sindaphi

Killer Given two life sentences

The killer of three-year-old Courtney Pieters has been given two life sentences in the High Court in Cape Town. Mortimer Saunders was convicted on rape and murder charges a few weeks ago. Courtney’s body was found in Epping Industria in May 2017 after she’d been reported missing from her Elsies River home. Judge Babalwa Mantame handed down the sentence this afternoon.

Gift of the givers, Gives Back

Gift of the Givers has handed over food parcels, party packs, five wheelchairs and a hot meal for the families of 96 SAPS officers slain in the line of duty. It was done at the SAPS Police academy in Philippi where Police minister Bheki Cele launched the Western Cape Safer Season Campaign. The founder of Gift of the Givers, Imtiaz Sooliman says the gifts can in no way compensate for the great loss of these individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the country. He says remembering their families during the festive period is a very small way of showing gratitude and appreciation for dedicated service.

Cele to hire more Police officers

Police Minister General Bheki Cele says they will promote 69-thousand police officers as part of their three year strategy to boost moral among officers starting with 28 thousand on the first year. Cele has officiated at the launch of the Western Cape Safer Season Campaign in Philippi. Cele says crime fighting can only improve if those serving the community feel part of the crime fighting family. He says police stations should also be upgraded to ensure above standard service delivery. The event also coincides with the opening of a new police station in Samora Machel. The police station is expected to alleviate the case load from Nyanga, which is currently regarded as the murder capital of the country with more than 300 murders recorded during the past financial year. Cele also used the event to confer promotion ranks to 407 officers in the province.

Taxi owners defrauded in Southern Cape

Police in the Southern Cape have arrested two suspects who allegedly defrauded several taxi owners at George and surrounding areas out of thousands of rand. The suspects are said to have pretended to be George Municipality officials. Police say they allegedly used a fraudulent letter from the municipality where they issued new taxi permits worth around five-thousand rand each. The Municipality laid a charge of fraud and theft after being alerted to the scam. In 2009, the Department of Transport in conjunction with the Municipality placed a moratorium on the issuing of new licences. The moratorium has still not been repealed. The suspects are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

Social Development urges parents to priorotise kids this festive

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has cautioned parents to prioritise the safety of their children during the December holidays. The warning comes due to the high rate of reported cases of missing and abandoned children over the break. Department spokesperson, Cayla Murray, says every precaution must be taken to protect children.

Fire destroyed 26 informal structures at Site B

Residents of S Section at Site B in Khayelitsha are removing their burnt belongings after a fire destroyed around 26 informal structures in the area. More than 100 people have been left homeless. Disaster Risk Management Services are also on scene, conducting mopping up operations. Residents in S Section say they arrived at home yesterday after work and saw the fire burning down their homes. One resident, 53-year-old Mthetheleli Cuba says he and his family lost everything in the fire. He says he was living with eight-other family members including, his wife, children and grandchildren. He was among the residents who were clearing debris such as large zinc plates, iron and wires from the site this morning. 4000 people were also left homeless following a shack fire in Khayelitsha in October while more than 100 others were displaced following a fire in the area in November.

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