Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says it’s time voters use their power at ballot boxes to vote out non-performing municipal councilors.

In a recent conversation with the Center for Risk Analysis, De Ruyter said many councilors are only in office to serve their own selfish means and do not use their privileges to better the lives of residents.

He says many municipalities misappropriate funds leading to an overall decay in electricity infrastructure.

De Ruyter says municipalities owe Eskom an estimated R47-billion in unpaid rates, which if fully collected, and properly used, could significantly boost electricity supply and security.

He says there needs to be a more significant commitment from the SAPS to fight the theft and vandalism of critical electricity infrastructure.

De Ruyter said there are too many instances where suspects are arrested but then soon afterward get released on bail.

He says allowing the suspects to be back on the streets allows them to continue with their criminal activities unabated.

De Ruyter says the fact that some police officers sympathize with criminals makes the fight against corruption a losing battle.

Watch the full interview here.

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The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to step aside and temporarily vacate his office to allow for a proper investigation into the alleged theft of millions of US dollars from his Limpopo game farm.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says his party has asked Parliament to set up a panel of retired judges to investigate the theft which reportedly took place in February of 2020.

Holomisa spoke to eNCA and says it is especially worrying that the SAPS and State Security services have also been implicated in the matter.

Ramaphosa, speaking at an ANC gathering over the weekend, assured party members that the stolen cash was not from the proceeds of crime.

Ramaphosa says he will work with law enforcement agencies to allow for a proper investigation.

Read Holomisa’s full statement here.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says except for the murder rate many other contact crimes have shown a significant decrease over the past festive season.

The Minister this morning released the October to December 2021 crime statistics.

He said criminals normally use this period of festivities to target members of the public.

Cele said the police’s Festive Season Operational Plan helped keep crime to a minimum.

South Africa also recorded a 9% decrease in the number of reported rape cases in the last three months of 2021.

Cele says 11,315 people were sexually assaulted between October and December last year.

He says this is a decrease of 903 rape cases when compared to the previous reporting period.

Access the third quarter 2021/2022 crime statistics here.

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Police shot and killed a man who had boarded a Golden Arrow bus with two accomplices and robbed passengers. The incident took place on Monday 07 February.

The bus was at the corner of Eisleben and Sheffield Roads in Phillipi East when residents alerted police to the robbery in progress. The spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), Grace Langa confirmed that they are investigating the incident. She said: “As the passengers disembarked from the bus, three unknown males entered the bus and one suspect pointed a firearm at the bus driver and the other two suspects robbed the passengers of the cellphones and handbags.” She added that members of the public alerted SAPS members patrolling in the area to the robbery in progress. Langa said: “All three suspects got out of the bus when they saw the SAPS members. One suspect pointed a firearm towards the SAPS members. Police shot at him and he died on the crime scene, the other two suspects got away.”

While some of the passenger’s belongings were recovered, two of the suspects escaped.

IPID is also investigating the actions of the SAPS following the robbery and shooting.

In April 2021, Golden Arrow confirmed that it was installing panic buttons and CCTV camera’s on its buses as a measure to prevent and respond to acts of criminality.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to play a more active role in helping fight crime in their communities.

During the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day, Ramaphosa said more would also be done to bring to book those who are responsible for killing police officers.

He says 34 police officers were killed, while on duty, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

The President says 840 officer have also, over the past year, succumbed to covid-19.

He says more should be done to bring criminals to book.

Read the President’s full speech here.

Follow his address here.

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