Masemola commended the Western Cape organised crime detectives for the “diligent investigative work that ultimately resulted in a life sentence for the 2016 murder of Pasika Kwaza”. Kwaza’s wife was sentenced to 12 years for murder and 18 months for defeating the ends of justice.
“We also commend the Gauteng FCS detectives whose quality work resulted in the life sentence handed down to Nthutuko Shoba in relation to the brutal murder of Tshegofatso Pule last year.”
He said this type of police work needed to be employed to each victim of gender-based violence and femicide.
Speaking on last week’s Krugersdorp attack where a music video crew was attacked by alleged illegal miners, known as zama zamas, he said: “The multidisciplinary team of investigators assigned to the West Village incident of the multiple rapes of eight young women will leave no stone unturned to ensure that suspects are linked to the crimes, so they can face the full might of the law.”
Police minister Bheki Cele said: “I don’t know why people don’t want to hear the good things police do. Last year there was a big battle between the zama zamas and SAPS. Two months ago there was a huge operation run by police elite. There were big machines, it was illegal and a special task force descended there and arrested miners and the owners [of the land]. We had another operation in Welkom.
“We will push the zama zamas back. I don’t know why the West Rand has been experiencing so many illegal mining operations.”
Masemola said the police had established special task teams in the provinces where there was illegal mining.
“During May an operation netted over 200 zama zamas. We’re working on this with the department of mineral resources & energy and the Mineral Council. These mines belong to someone, it’s not our responsibility to rehabilitate mines — there is co-operation with some mining houses [to close abandoned shafts]. We have seen a lot of success.”