gt Nomsa Masuku hit the news headlines
in South africa in February 2015, after having
secured a whopping 1 500 years’ imprisonment
for the serial rapist, albert morake. This
criminal, who hails from mozambique, had been
terrorising and raping women in Gauteng since
2007. He used diﬀerent accomplices to help him
hijack couples in vehicles. The victims were
then taken to a deserted area and robbed of
their personal possessions and bank cards.
In most cases the women were raped in front
of their partners.
When one meets Sgt Nomsa masuku, it is hard to imagine
that this elegant, soft-spoken woman was able to stop
such a hardened criminal and merciless rapist in his
tracks. However, it quickly becomes clear that this lady
is brave, intensely dedicated and has a will of iron when
it comes to catching sexual predators. Sgt masuku is
married to the Head of Technology management Service:
Gauteng, Brig Sydney masuku and they have three sons.
She says: “I believe that a detective must preserve a
docket in the same way that a crime scene is preserved.
Every little detail in a docket is important, no matter
how insigniﬁcant it might seem at ﬁrst. If you continue
examining it from a – Z, you will ﬁnd a pointer that will
help you solve the case.”
Nomsa joined the South african Police Service in 2001
and completed her one-year ﬁeld training at Booysens
Police Station in Johannesburg. Then she followed her
heart and joined the Detective Unit at the same station,
where she remained until early 2005.
Later in 2005, she was promoted to the rank of senior
constable and was transferred to alexandra, also in
Johannesburg. It was in alexandra that the plight of
sexually abused girls who had no choice but to share one
shack with many people, gripped her heart. In 2010 she
requested to be transferred to the Family Violence, Child
Protection and Sexual Oﬀences Unit (FCS) in Tembisa.
In 2011, Sgt masuku started concentrating exclusively
on serial rape cases at Tembisa. at the time there was a
backlog in administration at the unit and she decided to
help the unit commander with clerical work. This meant
that she read all the case dockets in order to place them
correctly on the system. She soon spotted a similar
modus operandi in some of the rape cases and asked to
sit in at cluster meetings where crimes were analysed.
Through the discussions at the cluster meetings, Sgt
masuku realised that there were links between some
hijacking cases and the rape case dockets which she
had read. Investigations had been muddled by morake’s
cunning ways of using diﬀerent accomplices and
switching getaway vehicles all the time.
Sgt masuku took seven serial rape case dockets to the
forensics laboratory in order to conﬁrm that the DNa
belonged to the same perpetrator. at the laboratory
another ﬁve cases from previous years, which matched
the same DNa, surfaced.
1 500 YeArs FOr
By Lt Col Erica Holtzhausen
Photograph by WO Theo van Wyk
Some of the old cases dated back to 2007, but even as
Sgt masuku made this discovery, more cases continued
being reported. This enraged her and made her more
determined to stop albert morake’s evil activities
a breakthrough came when Sgt masuku received a tip-
oﬀ that the suspect might be staying in Ivory Park and
her informer provided four possible addresses where
morake could be. a crime intelligence search of the
addresses revealed that morake had been arrested for
hijacking and rape before. He had spent two years in jail
awaiting trial, but had been acquitted. after his release,
the spate of rape incidents resumed.
His acquittal puzzled Sgt masuku and she set out to
investigate it as well as the closure of old cases. Upon
probing the closure of those cases, Sgt masuku realised
that bribery had almost certainly been involved, as the
contact information of victims had been changed - to
ensure that they were untraceable.
Not one to be deterred, Sgt masuku traced the BBm
code of one of the BlackBerry phones and a dogged
search eventually led her to a long-lost victim of albert
morake. She admits that it was hard to convince victims
to talk about their ordeals. She says: “It was one of my
greatest moments when a victim who really struggled
to open up, thanked me in the end. She said that she
had found healing through talking and through the
encouragement I had given her. That is what makes the
hard work worth it.”
While arguing for a retrial, Sgt masuku decided that she
wanted to catch morake red-handed. On Friday nights
she and a colleague would visit taverns in Ivory Park,
posing as a couple. Even though she does not drink any
alcohol, they frequented the tavern scene with the hope
that the suspect would strike. at the taverns, she and her
colleague would display their car keys and cell phones
openly, hoping that the rapist would see that they had a
car and would strike late at night as they were leaving
the tavern. However, he never surfaced to target them.
In the meantime, Sgt masuku learned that albert morake
could not be retried for the case in which he had been
acquitted. In that speciﬁc case, the victim had been
gang-raped by three men who had hijacked her and
her partner. Two of the suspects’ DNa was found in
the victim’s body, but not that of morake. One of those
suspects died of food poisoning while in custody and the
other was released on bail, only to be shot dead a day
later. morake had been acquitted because no evidence
could be found against him.
Determined to get to the crux of the matter, Sgt masuku
dug deeper and found that morake was not supposed
to have been acquitted in that speciﬁc case, but in
another one. The case was reopened and put back
on the court roll.
By this time, Sgt masuku was convinced that she knew
where the suspect resided because she had spoken to
morake’s wife previously when she went to the house.
On that occasion, she had told his wife that she was
looking for him because he owed her maintenance
money for a child that she had with him.
after two weeks of waiting for morake or his wife to
contact her regarding the “child matter”, Sgt masuku
knew that it was time for action. One Saturday night
she staked out his house, in her own car, because she
wanted to conﬁrm his presence. Her long wait in the
car reaped success at approximately 03:00 on Sunday.
She requested backup from the station and with two
colleagues by her side, she knocked on his door in the
early morning hours of 17 august 2012.
When his wife opened the door, Sgt masuku repeated the
story about maintenance money. She could hear morake
shouting from inside the house that he did not know this
woman, did not have a child out of wedlock and that his
ID book would prove that she had the wrong person.
His wife provided his ID book and there was no doubt left
that the 35-year-old albert morake was their man. He
was arrested on the spot. DNa results conﬁrmed that he
was the serial rapist who had been terrorising Tembisa,
Ivory Park and Olievenhoutbosch residents since 2007.
In the house, the police seized goods to the value of
R100 000, including empty laptop bags, cell phones,
men’s wallets and a bathtub ﬁlled with CDs.
morake was found guilty on 30 counts of rape, three
counts of assisting other males to rape, 41 counts of
kidnapping, 24 counts of robbery with aggravating
circumstances, three counts of attempted robbery with
aggravating circumstances, one count of attempted
murder, six counts of theft, two counts of assault, 28
counts of the unlawful possession of a ﬁrearm and six
counts of unlawful possession of ammunition.
Sgt masuku had this to say: “I regard this sentence as a
great achievement, but I am really thrilled for the victims
who will now, hopefully, ﬁnd closure and be able to
continue with their lives.”
morake’s accomplices in the cases are still at large.
“I believe that there is no case that cannot be
cracked. you have to preserve your docket in
the same way that a crime scene is preserved.
Every little detail in a docket is important, no
matter how insignificant it might seem at first.”
he SApS leadership and the ministry of
Police have expressed outrage and deep
sorrow following the rise in the number of
police oﬃcers being murdered. more and more
police members are killed by criminals while
responding to crimes in progress, general
complaints and even while conducting their daily
In fulﬁlling the SaPS’ commitment of ensuring that all
people in South africa are and feel safe, police members
are always prime targets for criminals. In Gauteng alone,
the SaPS has lost 10 police members at the hands of
merciless criminals - only four months into 2015.
The minister of Police, mr Nkosinathi Nhleko, and the
Deputy minister of Police, ms makhotso Sotyu, issued a
joint media statement to express their concern about the
ongoing onslaught on police oﬃcers. The ministry said:
“We are embarking on a ﬁrm prioritisation process to
ensure that all members of the SaPS are safe on the job,
as we cannot allow our police members to be the targets
of inhumane and senseless violence. In the meantime,
as the police leadership, we will continue to demand
a hard stance and swift justice against those who are
police killers. Lawlessness and aggression towards our
men and women in blue, will not be tolerated. Our police
members, especially at low-ranked levels, continue
to put their lives on the line every day to keep South
africans and other residents safe, and therefore their
hard work demands our respect at all times.”
among the disturbing killings was the recent fatal
shooting of two police oﬃcials when they attempted to
stop a suspicious vehicle on the N3 South highway at
the East Rand, Johannesburg. The suspects opened ﬁre,
killing one police member and injuring the other, who
later died in hospital. In another incident, two police
members were killed at the Johannesburg Central Prison
by a convict, who later committed suicide. The discovery
of the lifeless body of a senior oﬃcial with stab wounds
in Johannesburg South during the Easter holidays, is a
great concern to the SaPS management. The motive is
still unknown as the oﬃcer’s service pistol was found on
him. The investigation surrounding the circumstances of
his death, is ongoing.
While arrests have already been made regarding some of
the killings, the SaPS management always appreciates
the public’s cooperation and has oﬀered a reward for
information that could lead to the successful conviction
of those responsible for the killing of police members.
In her remarks on the worrying trend, the National
Commissioner of the SaPS, General Riah Phiyega, said:
“I am extremely aggrieved by the killing of our police
oﬃcials. We appreciate the valuable and productive
partnerships we have with the communities to ﬁght
crime, but clearly the criminals are not relenting and
that requires us to remain focused on the ﬁght against
crime - it is the only solution. While we continue to work
hard to further improve the safety of our members, I
wish to reiterate that the law empowers us to use force
when the situation calls for it. Professionalising the
SaPS does not mean police oﬃcers should be like a lamb
to the slaughter. all members are to apply the training
provided to protect themselves, their colleagues and the
community within the boundaries of the law.”
- A WOrrYING
By Lt Kgabo Mashamaite
Photograph by Capt Piet Smit
o Werner Meyer, a sector manager
at the mount Road Police Station in
the Eastern Cape, single-handedly foiled
a jewellery heist at the Greenacres
Seeing that he was early for an awareness campaign
plenary meeting at the môrewag Primary School, WO
meyer decided to go for a stroll through the shopping
centre. While walking, he noticed a sudden rush of
shoppers erratically screaming and running away from
Not knowing what exactly was happening, he moved
in the direction that the shoppers were ﬂeeing from
to investigate. Instinctively WO meyer requested some
of the people to call 10 111 and ask that members
be dispatched to the shopping centre. Sensing an
imminent crisis, he also asked one of the security
guards to call another sector manager.
Part of the centre was under construction, so access
to it as well as general visibility was obstructed by
Article and photograph by
Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg
drywall. WO meyer drew his ﬁrearm as he approached
the entrance of Fisher’s Jewellery Store. He
immediately noticed numerous armed individuals exiting
from the store, carrying bags.
WO meyer was dressed in uniform and the suspects
ﬁred numerous shots at him when he came into view.
Faced by rapid gunﬁre, WO meyer could not take cover
due to the construction work. He however returned ﬁre
and kept the suspects in his sight.WO meyer wounded
one suspect who then dropped the bag of jewellery he
was holding.The wounded suspect collapsed at the
scene, while the other suspects ﬂed.
WO meyer managed the scene and contained access to it,
ensuring that the evidence was not contaminated.
The mount Road Police Stations Crime Prevention Unit
arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and assisted
WO meyer. The wounded suspect was duly arrested
and taken to hospital. a bag containing jewellery worth
millions and a ﬁrearm were recovered.
During the shootout, WO meyer momentarily experienced
a tingling sensation in his lower leg but wrote it oﬀ as
adrenaline coursing through his veins. It was only later
that he noticed blood on his pants and realised that
he had been shot in the lower left leg. He was taken to
hospital and discharged after two days.
WO meyer does not acknowledge that he is regarded
as a hero in the eyes of the community. He sees his
encounter with the armed robbers as “all in a day’s
work” and his duty as a police oﬃcer.
Wo meyer does not acknowledge
that he is regarded as a hero in
the eyes of the community.
He sees his encounter with the
armed robbers as “all in a day’s
work” and his duty as a police
he orphans and widows of members who
had died while on duty, were treated to a
fun-ﬁlled day at the Rand Show at the
Johannesburg Expo Centre on 10 april 2015,
courtesy of the partnership between the SaPS
and the Expo Centre.
This sort of day has been hosted at the Rand Show
annually, under the ‘Letsema La Bana’ banner since
2007. It is a day to honour the heroic sacriﬁces that the
late police oﬃcers had made in serving the country.
It is one of the partnership’s after-care initiatives for
about 128 orphans and widows were invited to enjoy
the special day. One of the orphans, Realeboga mafoko,
expressed her appreciation to the SaPS and the Expo
Centre for inviting them. She said that she was very
thankful for what the two organisations had done for
them and that she was extremely excited about the
entire ‘Letsema La Bana’ project.
The CEO of the Expo Centre, mr Craig Newman, said that
they had organised the day as part of an eﬀort to honour
and give back to the families of fallen police oﬃcers.
“We are committed to this partnership with the SaPS and
we will make sure that the ‘Letsema La Bana’ initiative
grows each year,” he said.
The Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Vispol in
Gauteng, maj Gen Pharasi Teko, praised mr Newman
and his management for bringing joy to the orphans
and widows. He said: “you have hearts of gold. The
overwhelming compassion and support you have shown
to these families, is touching, to say the least.”
maj Gen Teko said that this partnership echoed the SaPS’
motto: ‘SaPS my Family’ and emphasised that initiatives
like these, give a sense of acknowledgement to the
selﬂess acts performed by police oﬃcers in protecting
and serving South africa.
The families were entertained by the Gauteng Provincial
SaPS band, Tum Tum Zakhokho, and a display of arms
that included a parachute jump by the Special Task Force
Unit, a drill display and a display by the Roodeplaat
academy’s K9 Unit. The SaPS, in collaboration with
the sponsors, donated blankets and schoolbags to the
orphans and widows.
imberley boys’ high School was recently
abuzz with activity, when 120 of its Grade 8
learners showed oﬀ their newly acquired drilling
skills at a parade like no one had seen before.
The learner drill platoon emanated from a cadet
programme that was revived by WO Joseph Carlo from
the SaPS band in the Northern Cape. WO Carlo is also an
alumnus of the school.
WO carlo, who is part of the ‘Men for change’ team in
the Northern cape, revived the programme to inculcate
discipline and comradeship, which he believed may
have been the reason for the deterioration of the morale
among young boys.
after obtaining permission from the school governing
body and other role players, he began teaching Grade 8
learners at the school the ﬁner skills of drilling, as he
had been taught during his schooling years.
WO Carlo’s experience in the SaPS combined with the
learners’ perseverance, courage and perspiration, saw
120 cadets successfully showing oﬀ their skills in front
of their amazed schoolmates and proud parents, who
attended the event.
The Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Physical
Resources in the Northern Cape, maj Gen Japie Riet, was
also in attendance and was accompanied by other senior
oﬃcers. They were all mesmerised by the quality of the
drill and their facial expressions were a silent stamp of
approval on the achievement of WO Carlo and his cadets.
The school’s headmaster, mr Graham Steele, expressed
his appreciation for the partnership that WO Carlo
had formed between the police and his school. He
pointed out that the discipline instilled in the learners
through this exercise, would go a long way in moulding
them into responsible men in society. maj Gen Riet
emphasised that discipline was one of the cornerstones
of a successful life. Saying that “…decisions and the
consequences thereof determine a person’s success or
failure in life…”.
‘LeTseMA LA BANA’ PArTNersHIP THrIvING
By Lt Vincent Mukhathi
Photograph by WO Anne Magakoe
Article and photograph by Lt Col Hendrik Swart
Col Sally Govender busy playing with the orphans during
Letseme La Bana event at the Rand Show.
maj Gen Piet (bottom row in uniform) Headmaster Steele (bottom row in black
blazer), and WO Carlo (back row in centre) with their cadets after the drill.
WO Carlo and his cadets on parade, ready for inspection.
SaPS members and orphans during the Letseme La
Bana event at the 2015 Rand Show.
maj Gen Teko addressing orphans, widows and members during
Letseme La Bana event at the 2015 Rand Show.
MArchiNG ToWArd A beTTer life
he deputy Minister of police, ms makhotso
Sotyu, recently handed over 14 newly-
branded vehicles to the acting Head of the
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation
(DPCI), maj Gen mthandazo Ntlemeza, at a
ceremony in Silverton.
ms Sotyu said: “The branded vehicles, which are for
operational purposes, are part of the Hawks’ (DPCI)
strategy to signiﬁcantly boost its vehicle capacity by an
additional 80 vehicles during the current ﬁnancial year.
Branding ensures visibility and recognition and these
vehicles will add to the current ﬁgure of 1 478 vehicles
that have been allocated nationally to improve service
delivery and resource the provincial oﬃces.” These
include all-terrain vehicles such as 4x4s and vehicles
suitable for quick reaction/high-speed scenarios.
The high-powered vehicles, which are for operational
purposes, will be used in deterring serious crimes such
as police killings, taxi violence, cash-in-transit robberies,
and aTm bombings.
Deputy minister Sotyu said that advanced driving is a
crucial skill for eﬀective policing and urged that SApS
personnel be trained in defensive driving, high-speed
driving, collision avoidance, and driving at night or in
rainy and stormy conditions.
In her message of support, the National Commissioner
of the SaPS, General Riah Phiyega said: “The SaPS
“Mpumalanga’s economy is
growing, but that does not mean
that crime levels also have to be
on the increase.”
hese were the words of the Provincial
Commissioner of mpumalanga, Lt Gen (adv)
Dumisa magadlela, at a bank and cash-in-transit
crime-related stakeholder engagement held
at the Witbank City Hall in Emalahleni,
The event was attended by, among others, members
of the SaPS, the banking fraternity, the provincial
prosecution oﬃce, members of the Community Policing
Forum (CPF) and members of the community.
The purpose of the project was to create a secure
banking environment for sustainable economic growth.
This would be achieved through the following:
• Stabilising and normalising hotspot areas through
national operations carried out by well-trained,
specialised units and investigating oﬃcers with
intelligence that focuses on speciﬁc, national hotspots
and so-called ‘untouchable criminals’ in banking-
• Presenting more focused training on all levels of
policing with regard to banking-related crimes
• Increasing and optimally using the SAPS’ and banking
• Involving all relevant stakeholders and role players
• Adopting an integrated communication approach to
create bank-related crime awareness
• Analysing modus operandi.
HAWKs receIve BrANDeD veHIcLes FrOM
DePuTY MINIsTer MAGGIe sOTYu
By Lt Col Erica Holtzhausen
Photograph by WO Theo van Wyk
and its specialised units are the most public face of
the State and communities expect us to be visible and
active, particularly in their hour of need. The police and
communities are required to work in closer union than
ever before to ﬁght crime eﬀectively.” She continued:
“The vehicles will serve as
a deterrent to crime, play an
important role when we respond
to urgent and dangerous
situations, and facilitate in the
eﬀective investigation of crime.”
In an eﬀort to enhance crime prevention, the DPCI will
implement a public engagement programme in which
discussions on issues of crime, especially serious,
violent crime as well as corruption, will be held with
communities. This interaction is aimed at improving
the operations of the DPCI and its relationship with the
as part of a new focus, the Hawks have also embarked
on a recruitment drive for key personnel. Fourteen
senior managerial positions and 50 positions for anti-
corruption personnel have been advertised, with another
200 positions that will be advertised soon.
The Deputy National Commissioner for Policing, Lt Gen
Khehla Sitole, gave a presentation on the overview of the
problem from a national perspective. He told attendees
that the Head Oﬃce has declared and conﬁrmed Witbank
as a provincial and national bank-related crime hotspot.
He further explained that the SaPS and the South african
Banking Risk Information Centre (SaBRIC)’s approach in
ﬁghting bank-related crime in Witbank, was that of
a dual precinct, as criminals operated across two police
stations’ areas, namely the Witbank and Vosman
The partnership between the SaPS and SaBRIC, by
means of a signed memorandum of understanding, has
the strategic intent to create a safe and secure banking
environment for sustainable economic growth.
“as a result, we decided to refer to it as the Witbank-
Vosman hotspot, meaning this will be an inter-station
intervention. The criminals operate from mpumalanga
to Gauteng and from mpumalanga to Limpopo, so this
will also lead to an inter-cluster intervention. The
intervention will also escalate to inter-provincial level,
so this is a national problem, therefore we have declared
it a national hotspot,” said Lt Gen Sitole.
He further explained that in ﬁghting this scourge,
stakeholders will adopt a stabilisation approach, where
a high density intervention approach will be followed.
“We will make more resources available in order to
stabilise the area and its relevant stakeholders and in
the process, set a time frame. Stabilisation goes hand in
glove with normalisation. at the end of the stabilisation
process, the normalisation process continues. Of course
the normalisation process is based on sustainable, basic
policing,” said Lt Gen Sitole.
The CEO of SaBRIC, Kalyani Pillay, said that they
would like better collaboration with the police, so as to
curb cash crimes. “We are certainly pleased that this
partnership is going the right way. I think great things
will come out of the three-month assessment and
analysis period,” she said.
By Lt Keitumetse Mmushi
Photograph by WO Tinyiko Mathebula
Compiled by Capt Karien van der Merwe
Graphics by WO Theo van Wyk
ast year’s interest rate increases sent many
borrowers running to their banks in pursuit
of ﬁxed interest rates on their home loans and
other debts. So the question - with apology to
Shakespeare - is “to ﬁx, or not to ﬁx?”
Contrary to what borrowers may think, those in the
know say that the time to ﬁx your rate is actually when
interest rates are dropping or constant, and not when
they are rising. The managing Director of the Chas Everitt
International Property Group, Berry Everitt, explains:
“By the time the Reserve Bank has started to raise rates,
as it did in January and again in July 2014, you will most
likely be charged a hefty premium for the privilege of
a ﬁxed monthly repayment. For example, if you were
being charged the prime rate of 9,25% on your home
loan in September last year, most banks would have
raised the rate to at least 11,25% (or probably more) if
you asked them for a ﬁxed rate, for about the next two
years. This would add about R1 300,00 to your monthly
repayment on a loan of about R1 million, which is quite
a price to pay just for the ‘peace of mind’ of knowing
that this repayment would remain the same for the next
24 months. Paying this additional amount every month
would not help shorten the term of your home loan, nor
save you money in the long run. Essentially, it will be
money wasted unless the prime rate suddenly shoots up
to 11,25% or more in the next couple of months, which is
not on the cards. If you can aﬀord this additional R1 300
a month, you would be much better oﬀ using it to reduce
the capital portion of your loan as fast as possible.
amortisation tables show that if you did this for six
months, you would reduce a R1 million loan balance to
around R983 000 and be able to deal with a 2% increase
in interest rates without aﬀecting the required monthly
payment. In addition, if interest rates rose by less than
that but one continues paying the same amount monthly,
you would shorten the term of your loan by several
years, which would be a saving of hundreds of
thousands of rands in interest.”
Strikes, wage disputes and municipal unrest have
contributed to the uncertainty of the economy. many
young people who have been considering buying their
own home are beginning to wonder if they should go
ahead or put their plans on hold. The CEO of Harcourts
Real Estate, Richard Gray, says that young people should
have no doubt about buying because owning a home
is generally preferable to renting, and if you are in
a position to buy property, it is better do so sooner
rather than later.
In short, home ownership oﬀers you an increased
range of ﬁnancial and wealth creation options over
time, which would not be available if you just continue
Here are some of the reasons why young
people should embrace home ownership:
When you retire, your home would ideally have been
paid oﬀ, so you would have complete security of tenure.
you would not have to worry about the cost of your
accommodation rising in terms of rent increases, at
a time when you would probably be living on a ﬁxed
income (pension). If you enter the market while you are
still young, you can ﬁnance your home more easily. at the
moment, interest rates are still very low from a historical
perspective, so it would be easier to qualify for a home
loan now than it would be in a year or two, when rates
may be higher and property prices will deﬁnitely have
Buying when you are still young allows a lower home
loan repayment which would enable you to pay an
additional amount each month, which will not only
protect you against future interest rate increases, but
also shorten the overall repayment time on your home
and save you money in the long run.
Owning property means that you could customise your
home without having to request the owner’s permission.
you could redecorate, renovate and improve it, especially
with regard to security, as you see ﬁt. you can also, for
example, install insulation, solar panels and a heat pump
to make it more energy eﬃcient and cut your utility bills.
you could also use your home to earn extra money. When
you own the property, you could rent out a spare room
or spare garage, or start a weekend or home-based
business. For example, one innovative husband-and-wife
team revamped their extra garage into a home industry.
The value of property in a well-chosen location will keep
growing while the amount you owe on your home loan,
decreases. after a few years, you should be able to use
some of this equity to pay for a child’s tertiary education
or perhaps invest in a second property. alternatively,
once you have built up some equity, you may decide
to sell your home and use the proﬁt to buy a better
property. Or, if you are ready to retire, you may well
ﬁnd that this amount is suﬃcient to enable you to buy
a smaller home outright and keep your retirement
to rent. as one previous renter turned buyer put it:
“Renting is a bottomless pit.” Furthermore, if you have
a home loan, you may be able to increase it if the value
of your property allows it. The money may be used for
renovations or to cover other debt. But beware – if you
cannot service the larger bond, you could end up losing
your property. That is why paying an extra amount
towards your home loan is such a good idea, because if
you were to fall on hard times, you would have access to
the capital that you have already paid into your loan.
a ﬁnal word of warning for when you decide to make an
oﬀer on a property: Do your homework, the most obvious
being to ask the seller why the property is on the market.
apart from thoroughly inspecting the structure, burglar
prooﬁng and the roof for any signs of, for example, rising
damp, cracks or leaks, drive around and get the “feel”
of the area. are there dilapidated houses, liquor outlets
and vacant lots close to the home? Get a copy of the local
newspaper and note the content. What are the crime
trends? Is there a neighbourhood watch or functioning
Community Police Forum? Crime is a reality everywhere
and unfortunately school children have increasingly
become easy targets for robbery and drug-related
crime. Ensure that your children have access to reliable
transport in the area. Once you have decided on buying,
remember to ask for printed proof of paid-up levies (if
applicable), property tax and utility bills for the previous
six months at least. make absolutely sure that you
can aﬀord these fees before signing on the dotted line.
and last but not least, remember to factor in the cost
House hunting can be an exciting
time – a time of new beginnings.
Chances are you have a fairly good idea of what you are
looking for and will know when you have ﬁnally found
it. From the moment you step through the doorway, you
may feel that you have found “the one”, and it can be a
powerful driving force behind your decision to purchase.
But, keep your emotions in check when buying, especially
it if entails rushing your decision because the property is
in high demand. Take a level-headed, trustworthy person
with you to act as a sounding board. Remember that
property buying is not grocery shopping, it is a long-term
Berry E. When to ﬁx your rate. (2014). Property Signposts
franklin louw, 39-years-old, was
sentenced to life imprisonment
for murder, 15 years’ for illegal
possession of a ﬁrearm, seven
years’ for attempted murder
and four years’ for the illegal
possession of ammunition on 31
The mount Road Cluster Commander, maj Gen Dawie
Rabie, commended the gang task team that he had
established in November 2013, for the conviction. He
also said “The gang-related crime that we experience in
the northern areas (of Port Elizabeth) is a concern and
we will continue to arrest those involved in crime.” He
further requested that the community join hands with
the police by providing information about crime.
INFAMOus GANGsTer seNTeNceD
TO LIFe IMPrIsONMeNT
By Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg
Photograph by Charles Pullen
he SApS’s gang task team’s eﬀorts in
ﬁghting gangsterism in the northern areas of
Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, were recently
rewarded when the Port Elizabeth High Court
sentenced a gang member to life imprisonment.
There was a shooting in Drew Street, Schauderville in
Gelvandale on 24 June 2013. Wayne Leonard, (20 years
old) and his friend were working on a vehicle when
an unidentiﬁed man walked toward them and started
shooting at them. The two friends ran away, but Leonard
collapsed in the street, where the shooter delivered his
fatal shots. The shooter then ran after Leonard’s friend
and ﬁred multiple shots, which wounded him in the leg.
Through thorough investigation, the shooter was
identiﬁed as Franklin Louw, an infamous gangster, in
November 2013 and he was arrested and remained in
custody for the duration of the trial.
serial rapist was recently found guilty and
convicted in the Palm Ridge High Court in
Gauteng. The 26-year-old Frans malatjie was
handed a hefty sentence of 22 life terms for rape
and 885 years’ imprisonment for robbery with
Sgt William Dlamini of the Family Violence, Child
Protection and Sexual Oﬀences (FCS) Unit worked
tirelessly to put Frans malatjie, who had targeted women
in and around Tembisa, behind bars for a very long time.
malatjie robbed and raped these women at gunpoint.
The serial rapist was apprehended with the assistance of
the community, after one of his victims pointed him out to
her brother. malatjie was then handed over to the police.
malatjie’s blood was drawn for DNa comparison and
the results linked him to 22 other cases with a similar
modus operandi. Sgt Dlamini then collected all the cases
and immediately arranged for an identiﬁcation parade.
Sgt Dlamini, in unison with his unit commander, Lt Col
Lazarus Bungela, and other colleagues, followed up on
all the leads to ensure that justice prevailed.
The rising conviction rate of the Gauteng FCS
investigating oﬃcers, is sending a strong message to
the perpetrators of crimes against women and children
- that no stone will be left unturned to arrest them
and that the long arm of the law will catch up with the
perpetrators of such crimes.
no stone will be left unturned to arrest
perpertrators of crimes against women
and children-the long arm of the law
WILL catch up with them.
Sgt Frans malatjie’s hard work put serial rapist behind
bars for 22 life terms.
Gangster Franklin Louw, being handed
22 LIFe TerMs
Article and Photograph by AC Amanda van Wyk
sAPs sIGNs AN MOu WITH sTATs sA
General Phiyega and Statistics General Lehohla shake on the SaPS/Stats Sa agreement.
- sAQA jOINs sAPs IN
By Capt Karien van der Merwe
SAQA Contact details
0860 111 673
Follow SaQa on @SaQaLive and
arious reports on television and in the
printed media have called attention to the
increasing number of unregistered colleges
and other agencies oﬀering fraudulent tertiary
qualiﬁcations. Once students have paid the
registration fees it is very diﬃcult to recover the
money, usually at great cost to breadwinners
already struggling to make ends meet. With
the advances in technology it has become easy
for fraudsters to produce authentic-looking
documents, and in some cases students only ﬁnd
out that their qualiﬁcations are fake once they
apply for a job.
Even some police members eager to further their education
have fallen victim to this type of crime. at the recent Southern
africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation
(SaRPCCO) Chaplaincy Conference, one of the chaplains
pointed out that police members interested in following the
ministerial path who have obtained qualiﬁcations through
unregistered agencies, unfortunately had to be dropped from
the application shortlist. “These mushroom agencies, so called
because they are here today, gone tomorrow, deplete not only
police members’ time and ﬁnances but also erode their self-
conﬁdence and trust. a concerted eﬀort must be made to warn
police members and the public alike,” Col (Pastor) Willem maree
In an attempt to warn and inform all would-be students,
their parents or sponsors, the South african Qualiﬁcations
authority (SaQa) has embarked on a national crime prevention
programme. Because their local police station is usually the
ﬁrst port of call for victims, it is important that police members
know whom they can contact to assist them in addressing such
What are the roles of SAQA and the NQF?
SaQa creates and implements the National Qualiﬁcations
The NQF ensures that all education and training are structured
around a reliable qualiﬁcations framework.
The NQF also ensures that all legitimate qualiﬁcations that
learners have earned through study and hard work at a
recognised institution, are on record for life.
SaQa is regulated by the South african Qualiﬁcations authority
act, 1995 (act No 58 of 1995) and the NQF by the National
Qualiﬁcations Framework act, 2008 (act No 67 of 2008).
What is SAQA’s biggest challenge?
SaQa’s biggest challenge is to ensure the validity of
qualiﬁcations. Genuine qualiﬁcations can only be issued by the
training provider (agency, institution, college, university or any
academic programme provider) if:
• the provider is accredited;
• the provider is registered (except in cases of a skills
• the qualiﬁcation is registered on the NQF; and
• the documentation is authentic.
Learners are warned not to waste their time, money and
opportunities on training that is oﬀered by unregistered training
providers. many learners, especially in rural areas, have been
lured by advertisements promising job opportunities after the
procurement of these qualiﬁcations, only to ﬁnd out later that
the so-called guaranteed work prospects formed part of the
SaQa has developed a strict veriﬁcation process to ensure that
fraudsters can no longer forge certiﬁcates. People who apply
for posts or advance up the corporate ladder knowing that their
qualiﬁcations are false, whether by acquiring them from an
unregistered agency or by falsifying documentation themselves,
jeopardise the most important aspect of being in the job market
– their good name. When it comes to key posts requiring
specialised technical knowledge, fraudulent qualiﬁcations can
have serious repercussions for an organisation, the economy,
and may even result in the loss of innocent lives.
What is the role of SAPS?
as said above, the ﬁrst port of call for fraud victims is usually
their local police station, and knowledge about SaQa can assist
detectives in their investigation. But since prevention is better
than cure, police stations’ crime prevention oﬃcers can play a
big part in exposing fraudsters by informing their colleagues
and communities about the role of SaQa and the NQF. Public
awareness of the NQF and its function, especially in rural areas
where young people’s desperate need for further education is
easily exploited by organised crime syndicates, can ensure that
fraudsters will no longer be able to cheat the public. Timeous
intervention ultimately has a positive inﬂuence on crime
How can the police and communities eradicate this type of fraud?
• Always check credentials - always check the credentials of
the prospective training provider or institution. make sure
that it is registered and accredited and that the qualiﬁcations
that it provides, are valid.
• check on the NQF – Remember that advertisements are not
guarantees. Take the time and trouble to check for yourself
whether the training provider is registered. you can do this
through the NQF website or the helpline (listed below).
• Tell everyone about sAQA – Public awareness is the key to
eradicating this type of crime. Everyone needs to know about
SaQa - play your part in rooting out fraud by telling your
friends and family about this statutory body by posting its
contact details on social media sites.
he National commissioner of the SApS,
General Riah Phiyega, is conﬁdent that the
continuous improvement in the quality of crime
statistics and the collaborative agreement that
the SaPS has with Statistics South africa (Stats
Sa), which dates back to 2011, will go a long
way in enhancing the integrity of the SaPS’
crime statistics. This partnership was renewed
with the recent signing of a memorandum of
understanding (mOU) between the two entities.
after signing the mOU, the Statistician General, Pali
Lehohla, in full glare of the media, said that he was
happy with the partnership as the main beneﬁciaries
were the country’s citizens. He further said that in
the past four years, the SaPS has consulted with
independent researchers, civil society organisations
and other key national stakeholders to explore ways of
enhancing the management of crime statistics.
“Those stakeholders include
local entities, such as the council
for scientiﬁc and Industrial
research, the Medical research
council, the Institute for security
studies and stats sA. further
consultations were conducted
with countries, such as the united
kingdom, the united States of
america, mexico and, closer to
General Phiyega also praised Dr mark Orkin, the former
Head of Stats Sa for his contributions.
By Mgcobo Ngxukumeshe
Photograph by Capt Piet Smit
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