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 

Supermarket owner shot dead in his shop Diepsloot



A supermarket owner was shot dead in his store in Diepsloot on Impala Street.

According to information given to the police it is alleged that the deceased had an argument with three unknown men. “The deceased was shot in his chest,” said Constable Jenny Morata, Diepsloot police spokesperson.

The incident happened at about 12:35pm and the deceased was apparently alone in his shop during the attack. “It is alleged that nothing was taken from the store,” said Morata.

Morata said that the case was now under investigation 

South Africa’s rape epidemic


BROWN LEKEKELA dreads the end of the month. Payday means binge drinking. Violence follows. Women turn up battered and distraught at his gate, usually with small children in tow. They have nowhere else to go: Mr Lekekela’s emergency shelter, Green Door, is the only one in all of Diepsloot, a hardscrabble township north of Johannesburg that is home to an estimated half a million souls. The shelter, built in the yard of his humble house, can fit two women and their children, plus maybe one more family on the couch in his office. He runs it on donations and sheer willpower.

Mr Lekekela has a first-aid kit and some training to treat minor injuries. For more serious ones, it can take hours for an ambulance to arrive. Sometimes the women (or their children) have been raped. But with no other income or support, they often end up returning to their abusive partners. “It’s hard,” says the soft-spoken Mr Lekekela. “But if I don’t do it, who will?”

Rape and domestic violence are hard to measure, since victims often suffer in silence. And headline-writers overuse the word “epidemic”. But in South Africa it clearly applies. For a study published in November by the University of the Witwatersrand and Sonke Gender Justice, a non-profit group, 2,600 men in Diepsloot were surveyed anonymously. An astonishing 38% admitted to having used force or threats to obtain sex in the preceding year. Add those who said they had beaten, hurt or threatened to use a weapon against a woman, and the share jumps to 54%. Of those men, more than half said they had committed such crimes more than once.

Many men in Diepsloot, as in many other parts of South Africa, do not think they are doing anything wrong. They think they have a right to use force against their partners. In addition, many of the men interviewed had themselves experienced childhood abuse or trauma. Some were mentally ill. Those who abuse others suffer few consequences, whether from the law or neighbours. Diepsloot, a warren of shacks with pockets of small houses, did not exist until the mid-1990s, so everyone comes from somewhere else. “These men think they can do whatever they like,” says Precious Moeketsi, a 28-year-old with two young children who shares a shack with her sister’s family. “I feel worried living here.”

Although South Africa has strict laws against violence, they are spottily enforced. Researchers found that of 500 sexual-assault cases reported to the police in Diepsloot since 2013, only one resulted in a conviction. Small wonder rape is so rarely reported. (Researchers guess that police are informed about only one of every nine sexual assaults in South Africa.) Women worry about what friends and family will think. Some fear reprisals. Policemen are sometimes sceptical and tell women to go home and smooth things over. Even officers who take the issue seriously are hamstrung. Diepsloot’s police station has no specialist unit for rape and sexual-assault cases; the nearest one takes an hour to get to. The closest state hospital that can examine victims is 30km away.

Simply getting to court can be steep barrier. To get a restraining order, for example, a woman in Diepsloot will have to pay 26 rand ($2) for a round trip by minibus-taxi to the nearest magistrates’ court—a lot of money for a woman with no job. Lawyers Against Abuse, a non-profit group, supports women with free legal and psychological services offered from a refurbished shipping container near the police station. The cycle of abuse “will become the culture of how we live”, frets Mr Lekekela. “But this is not how we are supposed to live.”

This article appeared in the Middle East and Africa section of the print edition of The Economist under the headline "Disgrace"

Tsogo Sun Duke of Edinburgh Cup supports ECD






Charity is at the heart of the prestigious Tsogo Sun Duke of Edinburgh Cup golf tournament, representing the South African leg of the Duke of Edinburgh Cup, which is played annually in 10 countries with the global aim to encourage sportsmanship.

This year, in honour of the Cup, Tsogo Sun will be sponsoring the installation of a fully-fledged Early Childhood Development centre container. The Edutainer, organised by NGO, Bright Kid Foundation, is an instant classroom made from a 12-metre shipping container, well stocked with books, teaching aids and educational toys, and ideal as a pre-school classroom for up to 25 children.

Tsogo Sun has been associated with the tournament for more than 12 years and has raised and contributed over R9 million for charitable causes over the years. The tournament takes place on 21 April 2017 at Steyn City, Fourways and participation is by invitation to selected Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders their support disadvantaged children in our area while also guaranteeing a memorable day out to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to play on some of the best golf entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.

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Diepsloot police attacked by criminals


Diepsloot police officers were on patrol when they were attacked on the corner of Ingonyama and Liberty streets by two armed suspects.

Constable Papanyane Lazarus Mooko was shot under his left armpit and was rushed to the nearest hospital,” said Constable Jenny Morata.

Constable Jali holds the recovered firearm.

“The suspects came from nowhere. One revolver…, three live ammunition rounds and a cartridge were found at the scene of the crime,” said Morata. There are no indications as to why these police officers were attacked out of the blue, but the incident is under investigation.

Mooko is recovering.

Unfortunately, no arrests have been made and the suspects are still at large.

Details: Diepsloot Police Station 011 367 6300.