Free legal services in Diepsloot


Werksmans has re-opened the Diepsloot Law Clinic offering free legal services to low income consumers in Diepsloot every Tuesday from 9h00 until 12h00 at the SANCA Counselling House, between Akani Foundation and BASA Primary School. In order to qualify for free assistance, applicants must earn a gross monthly household income of R7000 or less. This is stipulated by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. They will need to bring their proof of identity (ID if they have one or passport/refugee permit) and proof of income (such as a salary slip). We will offer legal services relating to the following types of queries:
     - late registration of births/access to ID;
     - consumer protection queries;
     - understanding any type of contract including instalment sale agreements, cellphone contracts etc;
     - queries on retirement policies, insurance policies;
     - review of social grant applications that SASSA has already refused;
     - garnishee order queries;
     - lease agreements/housing related queries;
     - information on maintenance claims and
     - labour law queries.
We also offer FREE training workshops on a host of legal topics to organisations. We have previously held workshops on maintenance, harassment and consumer protection. You may contact us if you require any legal training. We are happy to consider your organisations specific needs and develop a training workshop which could assist your beneficiaries. Please note that at this stage we will not be able to assist with:
     - family law cases (divorces, custody of children)
     - domestic violence
     - criminal law cases
     - debt counselling
The law clinic is stocked with free consumer education publications, brochures and newspapers on a range of topics. We will see people on a Tuesday morning on a first come, first served basis or theycan make an appointment by phoning Zizipho on 011 535 8358 or 

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Thabang Segwele (18) was found guilty of housebreaking and theft by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on 7 September.

State prosecutor Linda Dlamini told the court that on 2 April, Segwele stole a computer and a WiFi router from the office of the principal at a Diesploot school. Segwele pleaded guilty to the charge and admitted that he knew that his conduct was unlawful.

In mitigation, defence attorney Tuelo Thomas told the court that Segwele was a suitable candidate for a wholly suspended sentence as he is a first-time offender. He also pleaded with the court to not declare Segwele unfit to possess a firearm as this might hamper his future employment opportunities.

“The accused might seek employment as a security guard or police officer,” Thomas said.

He also went on to point out that the accused went to school until Grade 9, was unmarried and had no dependents.

Dlamini was at a loss for words, considering Segwele’s age, but pointed out that the nature of the offence was prevalent in the jurisdiction of the Randburg courts. She could not immediately state what sentence she deemed appropriate. Magistrate Theosophy Leshaba asked Segwele if any of his family members were present in court and his response was no. He told the court that he was living alone in a shack in Diepsloot.

He said his mother died in 2005 and he used to live with his sister but now she lives with her boyfriend in another section in Dieploot. The shack that he lives in belonged to his mother. He also told the court that he doesn’t know his father’s whereabouts. Handing down sentence, Leshaba told Segwele that he was the youngest offender she had dealt with this year, adding that what counts in his favour is that he is a first-time offender.

“What you must know is that crime doesn’t pay and as from today you have earned yourself a criminal record,” Leshaba said.

She handed him a two-year sentence, wholly suspended for five years. The magistrate told Segwele that she didn’t expect or want to see him in court again.

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Diepsloot station not adequately resourced to deal with violence against women


14 August 2017

Today’s visit to the Diepsloot Police Station made it clear that the station is not adequately resourced to deal with reports of violence against women. Insufficient police training only serves to worsen the problem. This is what happens when there is a lack of accountability and senior management does not support station management enough.

Shockingly, we found that over the last five months at this station, 110 (over 60%) of the 179 reported common assault cases were against women and children. Women and children were the victims of more than 80% of the reported domestic violence cases and over 90% of the reported rape cases. The station is hampered by under-resourcing and under-staffing. Specifically:

- The nearest FCS Unit to the station is located in Roodepoort, which sometimes causes delays in the hand-over of sexual offence cases. Rape kits are also not kept at the station.

- There is an urgent need for the establishment of satellite police stations, due to the incredibly large area the station has to cover, which includes outlying and semi-rural sectors.

- Due to long delays in procuring replacement parts at the SAPS Garages, the station also struggles with the necessary vehicles to effectively police the whole area.

In a society where horrific attacks and murders occur on a daily basis, like those of Sasha Arendse, Courtney Pieters, Popi Qwabe, Bongeka Phungula, Lerato Moloi and Karabo Mokoena, among many others, it is unacceptable that this police station has not been given the equipment and manpower they need to help make inroads against those who commit violent acts against women.

However, combating gender violence is clearly not an ANC priority.

The ANC have illustrated this fact regularly by allowing its Ministers, Deputy Ministers and even Cabinet Ministers to protect and perpetuate gender violence. Just yesterday, the ANC Women’s League President admitted that she knows many who have behaved worse than Deputy Minister Manana who has admitted to assaulting a women in a night club and has been accused of mistreating his female staff members. Yet she has done nothing to put a stop to these abuses.

The fact is that we will never put a stop to the scourge of violence until the SAPS is given the equipment and training they need to combat it and until leaders stop normalising and perpetuating violence against women.

Issued by Zakhele Mbhele, DA Shadow Minister of Police, 14 August 2017.

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Warning: this story contains graphic content.

A man stands outside wearing a Qantas pyjama top, watering the dirt road to keep the dust down. I point at the kangaroo logo and tell him it's from Australia. He shrugs his shoulders and smiles. I don't know how the pyjamas got all the way here. It's a bit like the way many people end up in Diepsloot. No-one really planned it. But, once they are here, it's difficult to get out.

The township began in 1995. Its first residents were brought here from the riverbanks in Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, where their shacks were at risk of flooding. The government promised them a better life, but it hasn't come true for most. The townhouses and malls of suburban Johannesburg are growing closer to Diepsloot, but in some ways their opportunities seem further away.

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