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Census 2011 to start soon

More arrests in Motherwell



ELSON Mandela Bay residents like the rest of the country must expect officials from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) to knock at their doors as Census 2011 begins in less than two weeks. “It is almost 10 years since the last Census in 2001 and there is a concern that many residents will not know what Census is all about,” said Stats SA Field Worker Coordinator Mandisa Dukumbana. Dukumbana, who is training 60 fieldworkers at the Open Door Church in Brand Street, Westering, said the biggest problem Stats SA is facing, is that there may be people who do not want to take part in this significant exercise in the history of South Africa. “Our fieldworkers will be up and about knocking at people’s doors from October 9 to 31 so we are appealing to residents to participate,” said Dukumbana. To guard against criminals who would like to exploit the situation and pretend to be Stats SA officials Dukumbana said their fieldworkers will be easily identifiable. “We’ll be painting the country in yellow,” enthused Dukumbana. Explaining, Dukumbana said their officials will be wearing yellow Tshirts, bibs and black or yellow caps - all with the logo of Stats SA clearly visible. It is important that all South Africans participate in this exercise, budgeted at R3 billion, so that there is no undercount. “We must try and avoid an undercount because it would make it difficult for government to do proper planning and effective budgeting,” Dukumbana told PE Express Indaba, adding that this in turn will make it

NCEBA DLADLA MOTHERWELL police have recorded more arrests and confiscated valuable stolen items at the weekend, thanks to an operation held, said Police Spokesperson Warrant Officer Dumile Gwavu. The highest number of arrests (90) were those of disorderly drunkenness, said w/o Gwavu. He said nine people were arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, six people for driving without a driver’s licence, five each for armed robbery and domestic violence and four for business robbery. “We arrested two people for murder, four people for posses-

Many alcohol related arrests made in Motherwell NCEBA DLADLA

Enthusiastic Stats SA Fieldworker­Coordinator Mandisa Dukumbana is appealing to Nelson Mandela Bay residents to participate in the counting process. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA difficult for government departments like social development, health and

education to give effective service delivery.

MEMBERS of the SAPS in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth arrested 66 people in connection with crimes mainly related to alcohohol abuse over the weekend of September 16 during a crime prevention operation. According to Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge 43 of the 66 arrests made were alcohol related.

Police arrest dangerous suspects after community tip­offs NCEBA DLADLA MEMBERS of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, arrested 18 suspects in connection with serious and violent crimes including murder during a raid on Thursday last week. The police also recovered a fire-arm that was linked to recent business robberies. A total of five suspects were arrested for murder, one for murder and rape, three for armed robbery, and five for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dumile Gwa-

sion of stolen property, three for shoplifting, three for possession of dagga, two people arrested for housebreaking and theft, two for contravention of protection order, two people for theft and one person for common robbery,” said Gwavu. There were other arrests, according to Gwavu, one for possession of an illegal firearm an ammunition, one for rape and one one for malicious damage to property, and they have confiscated 35 knives, two parcels of dagga, four Toyota wheel caps, one TV decoder, one remote control, one DVD, one Top TV manual, one CD player, two speakers and 18 CDs, said Gwavu, adding that anyone with enquiries should phone Motherwell Police Media Liaison at: 0 082 302 5882.

vu. According to Gwavu, this raid followed after four suspects were arrested on Wednesday morning following a tip-off from a member of the community. They were arrested in connection with a series of business robberies that took place in the NU4B area in Motherwell earlier in the week. “We also arrested a 28-year old man on Wednesday at about 6pm and recovered a 9mm pistol after a tip-off from a member of the community. The firearm is believed to have been used in the robbery,” said Gwavu. He added that the following morning (Thursday) police arrested three more suspects, two aged 23 years

while one was 27 years old. All these arrests, Gwavu said, took place in the same Motherwell area and follow after an armed robbery at a business in Tsomo Street, NU4B where a Somali national was shot and wounded on September 19. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes during that incident, according to the police spokesperson. “We want to thank the community at large for their cooperation during these arrests,” Gwavu said, adding that police would like to see more community involvement in order to ensure that they root out criminal elements within their communities. .

“Thirty six persons were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, while seven were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Captain Beetge, adding that they have also confiscated three bompies of dagga, nine knives and a computer in their swoop. “Alcohol often plays a large role in the committing of crime. The SAPS in Motherwell have taken a zero tolerance for crimes committed where alcohol has been involved or abused,” said Capt. Beetge.



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