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Men challenged to stop domestic violence

Joburg gents should emulate the 646 men – most of them South African black soldiers – who bravely died when the ship SS Mendi sank in the English Channel during World War I if the country is to be saved from the escalating scourge of gender-based violence.
This was said by City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba at Imbizo Yamadoda (men’s gathering).

The event was a joint venture between the City and a women’s group, Soul Inspiration, to address the ongoing spate of violence against women and children.
It has been reported in history books that, as the SS Mendi sank after it was struck by a larger vessel one dark morning in February 1917, the doomed men remained calm in the face of their impending death. They bravely sang songs of courage and danced until their demise.

“The SS Mendi tragedy should be an inspiration to every man; the nation depends on you for its protection and not its destruction,” she told the gathering.
Sifumba said although the tragedy took place 100 years ago, the whole world was still talking about the bravery of those men. She said today’s men had become tormentors of their own families and communities. “What stories will be told to your children about you? The stories we hear every day on our radios, television sets and social media platforms are not those of heroes similar to those who perished on the SS Mendi,” she said.

She called on the men to change their ways and become defenders of their women, children, families and communities.
“I hope as you all sit here today you are starting to think of ways you can actively work towards making our society better,” she said.

Sifumba said her department would hold similar gatherings as gender-based violence was deeply rooted. She said men must know that women needed their warmth and protection.

“We need more of the SS Mendi men. We need more of the Mandla Hlatshwayos of this world,” she said.

Hlatshwayo, a Soweto radio and TV personality, was murdered in Soweto earlier this year while trying to rescue two women from thugs.

Celebrated TV actor Sello Maake ka Ncube told the gathering that he was raised by a stepfather. “But he never made me feel like I was not his child,” he said.

 

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Hundreds evicted from Fattis Mansions

“We are just waiting for the dark and these security guards will know,” – Resident
Hundreds of residents of a hijacked building in downtown Johannesburg were evicted on Wednesday.
Men, women and children from Fattis Mansions were forced to sit outside on the streets with all their belongings as the sheriff of the South Gauteng High Court executed an order, assisted by the Red Ants, to evict them.

The building - dubbed “Mnyamandowo” - has no electricity or water, and no ablution facilities. Security guards have been posted to bar the entrance of the building.
“We are just waiting for the dark and these security guards will know,” a woman who was evicted said.
In their bid to return to the building, the residents launched an urgent court interdict at 6pm against the evictions.

Two weeks ago, seven people died when a similar building, Cape York, caught fire. The eviction notice served to residents, dated 25 April 2017, stated that the building was “destroyed” (an apparent reference to its dilapidated state) and that it would need to be rebuilt.
All those residing within Fattis Mansions were ordered to vacate within 45 days of the court order being served by the time of going
to print the Residents were still in court appealing the eviction and the City of Johannesburg had been ordered by High Court Judge Van Der Linder to provide residents with alternative accommodation, the City Indicated it had set up temporary shelter tents in Karzene East of Johannesburg through their Disaster management team.

The evicted resident are represented in court by SERI (Social Economic rights institute) SERI is a South African human rights organisation which provides professional assistance to individuals, communities and social movements seeking to protect and advance their socio-economic rights.
These are the rights to housing, water, healthcare services, fair labour practices, electricity, sanitation, a clean and healthy environment, education and various children’s rights, which are grounded in South Africa’s Constitution.

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Scores arrested in raid of Joburg’s hijacked buildings

113 people arrested as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police
Department (JMPD) raid eight hijacked buildings in Doornfontein.

A total of 113 people were arrested when the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) raided eight hijacked buildings in Doornfontein, Region F, recently.
Other stakeholders involved in the joint operation included the City of Johannesburg’s Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS) unit, headed by General Shadrack Sibiya; Department of Home Affairs; and the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS).

The suspects were arrested in connection with offences ranging from the violation of immigration laws and possession of drugs to running illicit businesses and building hijackings.
The raid came after seven people were killed when Cape York, a hijacked Johannesburg inner city multi-storey building, caught alight a few weeks ago. It also followed an instruction by Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba to GFIS and JMPD to rid the city of building hijackers and other perpetrators of crime.
During Friday’s operation, police confiscated cocaine, Mandrax tablets and marijuana. A man was arrested in connection with building hijacking. Another alleged building hijacker escaped and is believed to be still at large.

Police shut down nine businesses operating with licences purported to have been issued by the City’s Environmental Health Department. They also seized dangerous items, including gas cylinders, from illegal motor spares shops that posed a danger to local residents.
Officials imposed fines on business owners who were in contravention of the City’s by-laws. A car with a forged licence disc was impounded and seven knives were confiscated from illegal street vendors.
SAPS’s Major-General Dimakatso Ndaba said the operation had “yielded positive results”. “Law-abiding citizens appreciate our presence here.

“We have even been approached by some community members who offered to help us identify the criminals. So, to us, this is a great success because this area is one of Johannesburg’s crime hotspots,” Major-General Ndaba said.
JMPD Chief Superintendent Dan Machete said the raid was prompted by numerous cases reported to his unit. “The City is experiencing a high volume of building hijackings. As a result, the Executive Mayor has instructed us to target these buildings, which we believe are also harbouring criminals.
“These illegal activities can be detrimental to the City’s image and economy,” he said.
Machete said monthly statistics indicated that there was an urgent need for law enforcement agencies to intervene.

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