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CITY OF CAPE TOWN EXPANDING CCTV SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME

Cape Town expanding CCTV surveillance programme

CAPE TOWN – While the City of Cape Town plans to expand its CCTV camera footprint to 600 cameras by the end of the year, it has emphasised that it respects the right to privacy of its residents.

The city currently operates 564 CCTV cameras and roughly 700 free-way management cameras, which makes the city’s camera network the largest in South Africa.

Mayoral committee member for safety and social services JP Smith on Wednesday afternoon said the city used a strict protocol to guide all its surveillance activity.

“In some cases, the cameras have even been modified to prevent them from looking at certain things,” Smith said.

Metro police director Barry Schuller explained to News24 that Capetonians are able to request that their properties be digitally blurred out from the city’s camera system.

“But what happens is these people have burglaries later on, and then ask the city for footage,” he said.

Schuller and Smith were attending a showcase of newly installed CCTV cameras in Langa at the City of Cape Town Transport Management Centre in Goodwood.

Enhance appeal to tourists

Langa community police forum (CPF) members were offered the opportunity to view the capabilities of two new cameras, with a zoom capability of over 100m.

The cameras were installed at a cost of R1.2m and are the first to be in Langa, after three cameras have been monitoring the major roads next to the suburb for several years.

Smith explained that the cameras were a part of the development of a tourism precinct in the area.

Langa already attracted a “reasonable” amount of tourists to historical buildings and cultural activities, Smith said.

“The approach with the cameras was to make sure that the cameras would enhance, not just the safety of local residents, but that they would enhance the appeal of the area to the tourism trade, so that we could create more jobs,” he said.

“Every time tourist visit there, they are spending money locally and that means people are able to earn a living in Langa, rather than leaving Langa.”

We must get our people ready to make Langa safe

Smith said there had been 1 297 incidents of crime reported in Langa between August 2016 and May 2017, mostly on Vanguard Drive, where smash-and-grab incidents occured.

Langa CPF treasurer Ayanda Mfazwe expressed concern over the lack of police co-operation in the use of CCTV surveillance, but Smith said a police personnel member was stationed at the centre.

During the viewing of the CCTV cameras by CPF members, an alleged gangsterism incident occurred in Khayelitsha.

It could be seen how roughly five men were walking with machetes, but a police officer at the scene quickly deployed officers to the area to diffuse the situation.

Mfazwe said he would rally CPF members to ensure the CCTV operations in the suburb reached their full potential.

“We must get our people ready to make Langa safe,” he said.

12-hour shifts

City of Cape Town CCTV analyst Jonathan van As told News24 that 36 private security officers manned the cameras at any given moment.

The security officers worked 12-hour shifts and switched to another CCTV station every hour, Van As said.

Unlike major European cities, the City of Cape Town currently does not use computer software to assist with surveillance.

A pilot project was underway to test computer software at the Cape Town Stadium, Van As said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the City said licence plate recognition cameras would be installed in Hout Bay, Sea Point, the Bo-Kaap and Mowbray in the next financial year.

An addition, 29 CCTV cameras would also be installed in various wards across the city, the statement reads.

-News24/Mybroadband

THREE ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION WITH JOHANN BOTHA’S MURDER

Johann Botha at the Zebra Inn where he was shot and killed on 10 June 2017.

JOHANNESBURG – Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Carte Blanche producer Johann Botha and his friend Werner Perchtold.

The two were shot dead at the Zebra Inn restaurant in the Maboneng Precinct last week.

The police’s Richard Munyai says: “It’s a very sensitive stage. We’re investigating a case of murder and looking at the CCTV. We’re hoping that we can make a breakthrough very soon as our investigation is still underway.”

Earlier this week, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula urged the police to do everything in their power to find the suspects responsible for the murders.

Police ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said that Botha died while trying to plead with the armed men not to kill Perchtold.

“This is similar to the incident of Mandla Hlatshwayo; where good Samaritans are trying to assist and these criminals do as they pleased. They kill people who are of great importance to South Africans.”

PHOTO: © Supplied Johann Botha at the Zebra Inn where he was shot and killed on 10 June 2017.

‘BATMAN’ ADAM WEST DIES AT 88

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CAPE TOWN – TV’s ‘Batman’ actor Adam West died at 88 after a short battle with leukemia, his family said on Saturday.

ctor Adam West, famous for playing the titular character in the “Batman” TV series, died Friday night at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia, his family said.

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PHOTO: TV’s ‘Batman’ actor Adam West died at 88 after a short battle with leukemia. Image: Supplied

BREAKING: 50/50 PRESENTER JOHANN BOTHA SHOT DEAD IN ARMED ROBBERY

Johann Botha. Picture: @5050TV

JOHANNESBURG – 50/50 presenter and Carte Blanche producer Johann Botha was killed on Wednesday night in an armed robbery at the Zebra Inn in the Maboneng district.

Botha was also a radio personality and an environmental and

CCTV IN CAPE TOWN CAPTURES ROBBERY-IN-PROGRESS AS TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED

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CAPE TOWN – The pair will appear in court where they will face charges of armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Two robbers, who were recorded on CCTV while attacking and robbing a couple stranded on the N2 freeway, have been traced and arrested by Metro police officers.

In a statement on Friday, Mayoral Committee Member for

BRITISH AIRWAYS CANCELS ALL FLIGHTS FROM LONDON AS GLOBAL CYBER ATTACKS CAUSES CHAOS

FILE: British Airways' Boeing 737-800 (front) alongside their new A380 airbus (back). Picture: Supplied

LONDON – British Airways canceled all its flights from London’s two biggest airports on Saturday after a global computer system failure caused confusion and chaos, with thousands of passengers queuing for hours and planes left stuck on runways.

The airline, which said there was no evidence of a cyber

PRICE FIXING: DSTV FINED MILLIONS FOR PRICE COLLUSION

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CAPE TOWN – MultiChoice’s advertising sales business, DStv Media Sales, has been fined of R180m ($14 Million) by the Competition Tribunal for price fixing and manipulating trading conditions in contravention of the Competition Act.

Multichoice and the Competition Tribunal reached an agreement to

CLIMATE CHANGE FORCING ANTARCTIC TO BE GREENER IN A BAD WAY – SCIENTISTS

Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly because of climate change, scientists have found.

Few plants live on the continent but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years.

Scientists used moss bank cores – which are well preserved in Antarctica’s cold conditions – from an area spanning about

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