Drug house demolished, dealers jailed
A house in Upington that had been used as a drug den for years has been demolished. The house at 10 Carlton Street had gained notoriety as a haven for addicts and dealers, said Northern Cape police. It was taken down on Friday, following a decision by the Upington Magistrate's Court, when the two convicts who were using the house were also slapped with a combined 57 years' prison sentence, police said. The provincial head of the Hawks, Maj-Gen Kholekile Galawe, applauded the team for their contribution to combating drug crimes in the Northern Cape. “That house was a magnet for bad elements. Both the demolition and the sentence of the two is testament to the commitment of the Hawks in removing those responsible for selling and distribution of drugs to our communities,” he said.
Families won’t be allowed to visit China repatriates
South Africans being repatriated from the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan in China will be treated with dignity inside a quarantine zone once back on home soil - guarded by the military. Families and other visitors will not be allowed to visit during the 21-day quarantine period, said health minister Zweli Mkhize. “The very nature of the quarantine exercise is to isolate a group of COVID negative people who have been exposed to a high risk environment, remove them from that high risk environment, and then allow the determined incubation period to lapse before being integrated into society. Human contact and mixing of groups will be limited in the entire process,” Mkhize told a briefing in Johannesburg on Sunday.
‘Trafficker’ plans to steal back bribe to cop
The Hawks have arrested a man for allegedly offering R100,000 to the investigating officer who had nabbed him on a wildlife trafficking charge. Col Katlego Mogale said the suspect, along with three accomplices, will face charges of corruption when they appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday. The suspect's bribe bid was made when he was appearing on a wildlife trafficking offence last Thursday. Said Mogale: “He allegedly negotiated with the investigating officer to grant him bail and offered R100,000 as gratuity. The man and three people in his company were arrested. Mogale said it was established that the suspects were allegedly planning to rob the police officer once the transaction was made.
Cape man arrested over missing child
A 23-year-old man is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Monday for the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy from Hout Bay. According to the police, the suspect, who was known to the 12-year-old, is believed to have been the last person seen in the company of the child. “The suspect was arrested on Saturday, February 29 2020 as part of an investigation into the disappearance of the child. “The investigation, which is at an advanced stage, is yet to determine through forensic evidence whether a body that was found between the reeds on Kronendal Farm on Friday is that of the missing child,” police said. More details were expected to emerge in court when the suspect appears on Monday.
Cape cops move refugees’ illegal structures
Hundreds of law enforcement officers, some wearing masks over their mouths, arrived in Greenmarket Square in Cape Town on Sunday morning to enforce the court order allowing the city to remove refugees illegally camping outside the Central Methodist Church. Their structures were dismantled by the officers. Some refugees had packed up their tents and mattresses earlier, in readiness for the enforcement. The operation was peaceful, with officials working steadily, although they were being heckled by some refugees. By lunchtime, many of the refugees - who had been occupying the space since October - had left the square.
Some relief as fuel prices set to fall
Embattled consumers in a constrained economy will get some cheer from a drop in all fuel prices on Wednesday. The central energy fund said on Friday the price of both 93 and 95 octane petrol will fall by 19c/l, with that of both grades of diesel set to drop by 54c/l. The fund said: “The average international product prices for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin decreased during the period under review,” while the rand depreciated against the dollar. The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will be lowered by 68c/l, while its retail equivalent will fall by 91c/l. Liquid petroleum gas will go down by 32c/kg. The inland price for 93 octane petrol will be R15.52/l from Wednesday, while 95 octane will sell for R15.84.