President Nana Akufo-Addo has finally reacted to the Captain Smart dismissal saga where it was said that some government officials pressured the CEO of Angel FM to take the broadcast juornalist.
Speaking at UCC congregation where a Doctor of philosophy degree in Educational Leadership, he stated that he has always been a fighter of press freedom, individual freedom and media freedom and for that reason can’t allow the press to be suppress under his administration.
He noted that his love for press freedom made the RTI bill which has been passed under his government a possibility despite successive governments shying away from it.
”Indeed I dare say the means to get your voice heard has never been so democratize as now and long may it last”, he stated.
He noted that as someone who has been at the forefront of fighting for press freedom during his early days as a politician there is no way his government will turn his back at that same press.
Obviously the President is of the view that his government isn’t suppressing the press.
12The president is right, the media of today are arrogant ,disrespectful and have resorted to insulting instead of educating and entertaining. Today anyone can sit on the radio, television stations and on the internet and insult respectable people in our society and he will get people to hail him or her. If you criticize their work,they will say culture of silence.More
8The dog that is trained to. Bark at strangers will one day bark at the master if there no strangers The media chatised ndc at the behest of npp for so long. Now the meat is gone. Npp it is your turn to bear cooly the brunt of the same media which sang hosana for you.MoreReply
8what ever the president said are lies I mean the opposite of what Nana Addo says is the truth. he told us he believes in the rule of law and later we saw what happened at West wagon and what did he do? we saw what happened at Ashanti Region with regards to the regional security officer what did he do?we saw what happened to DCOP Nanka Brews at the seat of Falstaff house what did he do? Pls you can’t afford to trust this president and his arrogant people. If you make mistake and criticise him is either you would be sacked and suspended. Nana Addo doesn’t believe in democracy but autocracyMoreReply
7NANA ADDO don’t mind stomach journalists freedom of speech doesn’t mean you should talk and report rubbish. some of the journalists we have in this country are just noins makers including carptine smart. NANA ADDO please leave him alone, if he is a man enough he should go and find himself another job after all no man is born to do one job through out his life. as he was bragging he should find himself another job. he is a complete woman and not a man.MoreReply
On May 19, vigilantes killed eight suspected criminals in the Johannesburg suburb of Zandspruit, some by necklacing. The killers put car tires around the victim, filled them with gasoline and set them on fire. This was the ANC’s preferred method of execution when it was fighting apartheid. It may take as long as 20 minutes to die.
This incident has been reported in South Africa, but so far as we can tell, no foreign media have taken notice of it. A number of gruesome cell phone videos have circulated privately in South Africa. Here is one of a preliminary beating the vigilantes gave a victim before killing him. We have also included a still image from a video of the executions. Note the tires piled up in the background.
Vigilante killings are common in South Africa because crime is widespread and the police are often ineffective. Last year there were 903 reported cases.
What follows is the fullest account of the Zandspruit incident we have been able to find.
Johannesburg – Gory images of the remains of eight men lying with their hands tied behind their backs with rope while their bodies are charred beyond recognition have once more highlighted the horrors of vigilantism or mob justice in some townships and informal settlements.
The eight victims found in an open field in Honeydew informal settlement, known as Zandspruit, Joburg this week will drastically increase the 903 number of people already murdered as a result of vigilantism in the last year in South Africa, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) figures supplied by the head of justice and violence Gareth Newham.
Witnesses have alleged that some members of the community rounded up suspects by beating one after another and forcing them to point out their fellow gang members. The men were then frogmarched to the open field where one resident described a heart-wrenching scene where they were beaten up with everything at the hands of the mob, including stones, sjamboks and hacked with axes and other dangerous objects while they were lying on the ground.
“It was horrible. They were bleeding and screaming for help while being dragged to the soccer field. The group was actually looking for 12 boys, three of whom managed to escape,” said a man who seemed unaffected by what he saw.
In the aftermath of the rage and mob justice, eight men succumbed to the injuries – four at the scene while another four died in hospital. The survivor is alleged to have been saved after pleading for his hands to be cut rather, is fighting for his life after he suffered burns on both arms.
On Friday, when the Sunday Independent arrived at the scene where four of the victims are said to have died, we found a pair of burnt boots and a blanket – reminders of the gruesome killings earlier.
Flies were buzzing on top of what was left of human waste, burnt and formed into a crust on the ground next to the burnt boots and pieces of clothing.
One of the resident at the scene, Sphamandla Dludlu, said although he doesn’t condone what happened, these boys were very problematic. “This has been going on for a while now. There are lots of these boys, from different groups. These boys terrorised the community. My friend was killed by one of these groups called “Tripple O” in 2019,” he said.
He said one of the reasons that led to the community taking the law into their hands was the police’s lack of response to crimes.
“We report criminal activities to the police, but they sometimes tell us that there are no vehicles to attend to our complaints. Even those who killed my friend are out there enjoying their lives. We were told that an investigator who was dealing with the case has been transferred to Mpumalanga and that the dockets were missing. Now the community is fed up and opted to deal with these boys on their own,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Sandile Ntshingila, another resident who said the incident was caused by the failure of the police to do their job.
“Crime is rife in this area, and when we report to the police they don’t come. You can’t walk around at night and in the early hours of the morning. A week ago, a woman was robbed of her belongings on her way to the taxi rank. The police and the government have failed to deal with crime and people are now tired.”
But a man named Sylvester said the incident could have been avoided if police were responsible.
“Although I don’t promote acts of vigilantism, I think people are fed up with crime now. They felt enough was enough and that they needed to stop these boys. They found a solution to this, but a wrong one. Maybe they thought it was a good thing at that time. This wouldn’t happen if the police responded to complaints”.
However, Makitlane Lebina was outraged and said the incident should be condemned.
‘What happened on Wednesday is disgusting and should be condemned. No one deserves such brutal and horrible death,” he said.
The mother of one of the victims Jeminah Tshabalala said it was painful that her son, Lucky (32), was killed in such a gruesome manner.
“I received a call that my son has been attacked by a mob. When I got there, I was told that my son was dead at the scene. I was hurt. This is very painful. Although he was addicted to drugs, my son was a very good person and wanted to take care of his family. I never thought he would die like this. At least they should have called the parents and police. I am still asking myself why my son was killed,” said the 55-year-old.
“Seeing my brother (Abel Seape) at the morgue was painful. I know his friends were into drugs, but I was not aware if he was also addicted,” said another victim’s sibling.
On Friday, Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele said three more suspects were arrested for the murders, bringing the number to six.
Yesterday, Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the community, where he admitted that the police in the area were not doing their jobs properly.
Cele admitted to those gathered at scene of the crime – the soccer field – to listen to him that there were about 500 reported cases of robberies, theft, rape and drug-dealing in the area that the police have failed to solve.
He also promised the residents that he will be dealing with police corruption first and may remove some police in the process while urging them to come forward in a week or so to re-open the charges.
According to Newham, the scourge of vigilantism occurs where there are ambitious local leaders who need to assert their authority in the community. He said these leaders believe that this can be achieved through dealing with those seen as responsible for local crime problems through vigilante action.
“Often in these communities, there are low levels of trust in the police and a sense the police do not effectively serve their safety needs. This can be because the local police are under-resourced and cannot adequately respond to the local crime challenges.
“Or there may be corrupt police officials who take bribes from criminal elements, particularly those involved in illicit activities such illegal gambling, sale of alcohol or drugs. Or, the police may be seen as disinterested in servicing the community when they report crimes”.
In 2020, Honeydew residents, which is a suburb of Zandspruit, reported 10 214 serious crime cases, including 354 cases of common robbery, 341 of robbery at residential premises and 183 sexual offences.
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Police in Sawla in the Sawla Tuna Kalba District of the Savannah Region has arrested a 35-year-old farmer for allegedly murdering his 50-year-old cousin in a cold blood.
According to reports, the suspect, Kpeyiri Neiba, allegedly killed the victim, Janet Ansaaku, in a bush at Uro-Mekaa near Kalba after she refused to marry him.
Confirming the incident to JoyNews, the Acting Public Relations Officers of the Savannah Regional Command, Inspector Adjei Owusu, police at the Tuna Police Station, received a complaint about a murder incident that had occurred in a bush.
The police quickly proceeded to the scene of the crime to find the deceased lying in a prone position with a deep cut on her head in a pool of blood. She was dressed in a black skirt with a white top.
Inspector Owusu said that the body had been deposited at Sawla district hospital for autopsy and the suspect subsequently arrested.
During interrogation, the police indicated that the suspect “confessed to the crime stating that the deceased refused to marry him.”
According to the police, a postmortem examination had already been performed on the corpse at the Sawla Tuna Kalba District Hospital and the body has been released to the bereaved family for burial.
Meanwhile, the Sawla Tuna Kalba Police Command, bemoaned the incident adding that the murder of the deceased brings the number of murder cases involving women by close relations in the enclave to four within six months.
Inspector Owusu therefore appealed to the local chiefs and opinion leaders to team up with police to weed out crime from their communities.
The only way to be your brother’s keeper today, is by sharing any security tip that could be of help.
We wish to share with you, some few security tips to guard your daily activities. The only person to trust now in this country is yourself and your God! Therefore, to avoid being a victim of kidnapping, please read the following tips and share with your loved ones now. It could save them from harm.
Tip 1. Never use car stickers that say where you work, especially if you have a prestigious job.
Tip 2. Never share pictures of your kids in their school uniforms or badges. Protect your kids!
Tip 3. When you attend parties, don’t let the band get you so high that you start spraying money. Use an envelope.
Tip 4. Don’t be the one that tries to empty the ATM machine by making large withdrawals …You don’t need 50k in your wallet to feel like a man.
Tip 5. Always delete your bank transaction notifications, especially SMS…you really can memorize your bank balance….Shred your POS/ATM receipts.
Tip 6. Don’t go jogging while it’s dark, you really should be smarter than that. If you can, get someone trusted as company.
Tip 7. Always lock your doors, even if you’re only going out to switch off your generator.
Tip 8. NEVER NEVER, NEVER EVER WEAR YOUR ID outside your work place. No one needs to know where you work.
Tip 9. Be accountable to your spouse or parents, let someone know where you are at every point.
Tip 10. As much as you can, don’t send kids alone on errand outside your house, they are soft targets.
Tip 11. Don’t try to show that you are the richest in the neighborhood by making large donations in your estate meetings, learn modesty.
Tip 12. When you give, give with modesty and privately, learn to say “I can’t spare that amount now”.
Tip 13. Don’t stay late in your office long after closing hours. That deadline work can be done later or at home if you wish.
Tip 14. Make safety the number one factor in your decision always!
Tip 15. Mind what you post about yourself on social media.
Tip 16. Don’t travel unless it is necessary and avoid night journey
God will keep and protect me/you/us as we also apply discretion.
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The warriors believed the animal was lurking in the vicinity of the accident and was likely to attack another person hence the search to kill exercise sanctioned by Nana Ubor Gmafudal II, Chief of Kokomba at Dambai.
Madam Bejome Jacha, 48, was head-butted by the wild antelopes on Wednesday leading to injuries and subsequent death at the Hohoe Municipal hospital the next day.
Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on behalf of the team, Mr Jacha Jagri, the husband of the deceased said the team set off late Friday night after the necessary rituals accorded such events and returned at 0700 hours on Saturday with two male antelopes.
He said true to their suspicion, the first animal was shot within the precincts of the accident with the second one being killed within a spate of one hour difference.
THe said the carcass would undergo specific rituals to appease the soul of the deceased, who was buried last Friday.