Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says investigations into a series or kidnappings are “on-going” and sources say police
are hot on the heels of the criminals.

Today is Day 86 and Pretoria businessman Omar Carrim is still missing.

Carrim (76) was kidnapped on Aug 3.

“Concerned Muslims of Cape Town” have send out several viral messages saying they know who is behind the kidnappings and have vowed to hunt them down.

They have threatened to expose the culprits.

Cape Town businessman Zhaun Ahmed was kidnapped in July and released after his family apparently paid millions of rands in ransom.

Several other kidnappings have been reported.

Carrim is reportedly not well. Let’s pray for his urgent release.

*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist.


by Yusuf Abramjee.

The next big organized crime has hit South Africa- Kidnappings.

There has been a series of kidnappings over recent years and it appears to be escalating.

What is worrying is that these syndicates are becoming more daring and they are clearly sophisticated.

Kidnapping syndicates have been operating for some time – taking their victims and demanding ransoms running into tens of millions of rands.

Many of these gangs have been arrested. Others continuing cropping-up targeting largely Indian, Pakistani, Chinease, Bangladeshi Zimbabwean and Mozambican nationals living in South Africa.

Many of the victims are forced to pay ransom locally. Other gangs demand payment in foreign countries making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to follow the trail.

I assisted a family of Polokwane last year when Anisah Moosa was kidnapped. The gang demanded R3-million cash and they were eventually arrested. The suspects are all South Africans.

There has since been a number of similar kidnappings. A businessman in Mafikeng was kidnapped a few weeks ago and freed by police within 24 hours. Arrests were made.

A wealthy Cape Town businessman, Naushad Deshmukh Khan, 46, was kidnapped late last year. The kidnappers demanded millions of dollars in cash.

Sources say a ransom of $750 000 was eventually paid and Khan was freed two months later. No arrests have been made.

Khan’s kidnapping was the first in South Africa having the features of an international organized crime syndicate at work. For obvious reasons, some of the information cannot be shared.

In July, prominent Cape Town businessman Zhaun Ahmed (71) was kidnapped outside his offices in Woodstock. He is still missing.

And earlier this month, Pretoria businessman Omar Carrim was kidnapped after leaving his business in the city for home in Laudium. He is also still missing.

Carrim’s luxury car was found burned on the outskirts of Erasmia west of Pretoria the next day.

Reports say there have been ransom demands for Ahmed and Carrim. But the families are refusing to talk. All they are pleading for is the safe return of their loved ones.

Last week, a Bangladeshi restaurant owner was kidnapped in Lenasia. Again, there has been a ransom demand.

The kidnapping of Ahmed and Carrim seems to have been well-organized and I will not be surprised that highly-trained former foreign soldiers could be involved as “runners.”

Local rogue cops may also be aiding and abetting the syndicates.

The kingpin/s could be even sitting abroad and giving orders. All they are interested in is getting the hard-earned cash from their victims.

Kidnappings were rife in Maputo for years. Scores of business people were kidnapped. While most were freed after paying tens of millions of dollars in ransom, two victims were killed.

Police is Mozambique, assisted by international law enforcement agencies, broke the backbone of these syndicates.

Speculation is rife locally that some of these gang members from Maputo may be involved in the latest kidnappings in South Africa.

The string of kidnappings has caused much fear and panic, especially amongst South Africa’s Indian community and also foreigners living in South Africa.

Some have taken steps to beef-up their personal security and that of their families.

The gangs are demanding millions of rands from their victims- far beyond their life-long savings.

Authorities need to act with vigour and get to the bottom of these kidnapping syndicates.

These gangs think they can get away with their ill-gotten gains. The law will eventually catch-up with them. Remember, you can run but you cannot hide!

Money laundering syndicates are also apparently working in cahoots with these kidnapping syndicates.

Someone, somewhere, somehow knows something. We need to break our silence and get these criminals arrested. If anyone has any information, please come forward.

Let’s also pray for the safe return of the victims.

If authorities don’t act now and act decisively, criminals will continue running amok.

We must stand united and DO something. We need to fight crime as a collective and we must now NOT allow these thugs to take our country over.

I remain hopeful that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the SAPS will act decisively. Crime is out of control and communities must stand up and say “enough is enough”. Let’s unite.

Now is the time! It’s time to #MakeSASafe

*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist. He is an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador and also Namola Safety App’s Chief Ambassador.
Twitter: @abramjee

Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA).

I visited Diepsloot north of Johannesburg last week and met individuals from non-profit organisation Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA).

The NGO does superb work and they assist hundreds of abused women annually. They focus on gender-based violence and their legal and counseling services are all provided free of charge.

Scores of women are raped and beaten in Diepsloot every month. Yet, a proper SAPS station was only opened last year.

I was shocked to hear from Lawyers Against Abuse that there is no post-rape medical care in Diepsloot. Victims have to travel to Roodepoort, many kilometers away.

This is a disgrace! Why do victims have to suffer further trauma?

Minutes after I tweeted this, 1st For First Women, an insurance company, responded and offered to buy the rape kits. I even had a chat with the company’s group boss, Tom Creamer, who said they are willing to assist in whatever way possible.

1st for Women later engaged directly with Lawyers against Abuse Executive Director, Lindsay Henson, and offered their full support in LvA’s advocacy efforts in trying to obtain post-rape medical care in Diepsloot, including the necessary medical facility and personnel trained to collect the forensic evidence.

Well done Tom and 1st For Women. It is companies like yours who make a difference. Thank you for leading the way.

Corporate South Africa has a pivotal role to play, especially when government fails us.

If you want to link to LvA website:
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and social activist.
Twitter: @abramjee



Monday 19 June 2017

Dear Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, MEC’s, Mayors, MMC’s and corporate leaders,


You are fully aware that crime is affecting all of us.

Criminals are running amok and the situation does not seem to be improving. In fact, indications are that it’s getting worse.

South Africans are living in fear.

Criminals show no respect for life and property. With an average murder rate of just under 50 people each day, it is safe say: “Crime is killing South Africa.”

While the Constitution of our country guarantees us safety and security, we know we cannot depend solely on government. We need to strengthen public/private partnerships and mobilize
civil society.

We cannot only point fingers. Yes, it is our right to criticize and condemn but we must also find solutions. We must all work together to #MakeSAsafe

I accepted the role of Namola’s Chief Ambassador in December. I know that this safety app is making a difference and has the potential to make an even bigger difference in the months and years ahead.

The City of Tshwane’s TMPD launched Namola over a year ago. It has grown and developed. But, there is lots of opportunity to make it more effective – and we need the TMPD to commit further.

The Gauteng Community Safety Department under the leadership of MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane launched Namola a few weeks ago. The partnership with Gauteng Traffic is already yielding results.

MEC Nkosi-Malobane said “we have to embrace technology and improve response times…That’s what Namola is doing.”

And last week, the Mayor of Stellenbosch Gesie Van Deventer announced a partnership with Namola.

The Mayor said: “Using technology such as this in our fight against crime is an essential step in the right direction to improve the safety and security of our residents and visitors. The recent murder of a student and the rape of young girl within our municipal area have again highlighted the need for innovative thinking from local government to find and implement workable solutions. Namola provides a unique approach to improving safety and security and allows for multiple stakeholders to work together, including the Municipality, the South African Police Service and private security.”

We presented Namola to the South African Police Service (SAPS) a few months ago. It is the ideal solution to the problems being experienced at 10111 Centers. The Police’s Civil Secretariat has an e-policy and we are meeting them soon.

Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, is on record as saying that we must use technology in the fight against crime.

Namola has over 55 000 downloads. Gauteng has three control rooms and Stellenbosch is now live.

We guarantee a call-back within 90 seconds of the panic button being activated. And the nearest police and/or Metro/Traffic police vehicle will respond.

Namola will certainly contribute to #MakeSAsafe

I appeal to National, Provincial and Local Government to follow the lead taken by Tshwane, Gauteng and Stellenbosch and implement the safety app in their areas. Now is the time!

We’ve also had interest from Gauteng Disaster Management who want to use it for fire emergencies.

Happimo is the NPO that runs Namola.

It’s critical to invest time and money into the fight against crime.

Let’s cut the red-tape and get it going without delay.

We are getting requests from across South Africa.

In the informal settlement of Diepsloot north of Johannesburg we have a partnership with Memeza and when alarms are activated, the nearest police vehicle responds- thanks to Namola.

We hope to cover the entire South Africa by the end of this year- but we can only do with your support.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, have already shown interest in Namola.

Companies are often scared to be associated with the fight against crime because they think it’s negative. It’s not! It’s contributing to #MakeSAsafe and you have to invest into technology.

Let’s not allow criminals to ruin our country. Invest time and money and support initiatives such as Namola.

I salute people like businessman, Alan Knott-Craig, Jr, the co-founder of Namola for having the vision. Several foreign countries are already showing interest in Namola.

My concluding appeal to both the public and the private sectors: Cut the bureaucratic delays and get things going. For as long as you delay, criminals will be the only ones benefiting.

With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Chief Brand Ambassador: Namola, anti-crime activist and Social Cohesion Advocate

Twitter: @abramjee



Fikile Mbalula was appointed as the new Police Minister at the end of March.

Mbalula started making his mark from day one in office. He hit the ground running and he is certainly keeping the momentum as his 100 days in office fast approaches.

Mbalula, as I have said from the very beginning, is the right man for the job. He is young, dynamic, energetic and he gets things done. That’s what the police needed for a very long time. Let’s not forget he was deputy minister of police some years ago so he knows the problems within the SAPS.

Two major decisions were made by the Minister within the first two months or so in office: He got rid of Hawks Head Berning Ntlemeza and he replaced General Khomotso Phahlane, the acting national commissioner.

Mbalula’s predecessor, Nathi Nhleko, was useless. He did little and under his tenure morale in the police remained low.

Mbalula is slowly starting to restore confidence in the police. Yes, morale is low and a lot of work needs to be done.

The good thing is that the man known as “Razzmatazz” is starting to motivate the men and women in blue.

While Sports and Recreation Minister, Mbalula mobilized the nation and put South African sport on the map.

We need to support the Police Minister and re-committed ourselves to #MakeSAsafe

Crime is out of control. Criminals are running amok, as Mbalula says. We have a national crisis and we must deal with it with extreme urgency.

We have many committed and dedicated police officers. We must support them. Those who are corrupt must be arrested and given orange overalls. Those who are lazy must be shown the door.

Let’s hope that Mbalula also:

*increases police visibility as a matter of urgency.
*beefs-up police the resources so that they can fight crime effectively.
*get the police to improve service delivery at all levels.
*improves the standard of detective work.
*brings back the specialized, dedicated police units such as narcotics and the anti-corruption.
*get the police to embrace technology in the fight against crime including apps, facial recognition, body cameras. etc.
*appoints a permanent national commissioner as a matter of urgency.
*appoints a Police Ombudsman to handle service delivery complaints.
*get the courts to stop the easy granting of bail to suspects linked to serious crimes.
*mobilizes civil society to join hands with law enforcement agencies to fight crime.
*improves the salaries of policemen and women, especially in the lower ranks, and
*improve police communication which is not up to scratch.

Mbalula is a man of action. Within days of taking office as the Police Minister, he got operations going to clampdown on drug dealers in Laudium outside Pretoria, he went to Soshanguve north of the city to engage the community and was on the ground on the Cape Flats where gang violence is rife. He also went to Eldorado Park outside Johannesburg and Vuwani in Limpopo during violent protests.

The Minister also visited a number of police stations unannounced and I’m sure we going to see more.

He went to the 10111 Centre in Midrand to see how they operate for himself. I’m told it was the first Minister of Police to have visited the centre in years. Let’s hope he resolves the labour dispute between 10111 Call Centre operators and the SAPS.

We as South Africans have to roll up our sleeves and join hands to fight crime.

We have to hold the police to account. They are here to serve and protect us. Let’s not forget that Mbalula is the political head and the national commissioner is operational.

We need to give acting police boss, Lt Gen Lesetja Mothiba the support also. He is an experienced cop.

I was happy to see EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema tweeting recently: “It looks like Minister of Police is on a mission & needs our undivided support,we need more aggressive response when dealing with criminals.”

Let’s bring #WanyaTsotsi and #CrimeMustFall to life. Let’s #MakeSAsafe

And of course, you can follow @MbaluluFikile on Twitter…he is really active!
-Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador.
*This is his personal view.

Twitter: @abramjee

Namola active in Gauteng: #CrimeMustFall

Namola active in Gauteng: #CrimeMustFall

Hot on the heels of Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, encouraging the use of technology in the fight against crime, the Namola Safety App has launched across Gauteng.

And plans are now underway to roll it out nationally while foreign counties have started showing interest.

The Gauteng Community Safety Department and Gauteng Traffic has started a pilot project which has an initial 20 vehicles fitted with tablets- based on the Uber taxi system.

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) was the first to use Namola over a year ago. Over 240 cars are fitted with devices which leads officers to crime scenes within minutes.

Namola Chief Ambassador, Yusuf Abramjee, said South Africa was leading the way with technology.

“With all the problem at 10111 centers, Namola is the solution. We are talking to the SAPS. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is looking at it also.

“Smartphone users can download the app free and press one button during an emergency. We guarantee a call back time of under 90 seconds and authorities are immediately alerted,” Abramjee said.

He said the entire Gauteng has GPS location which means victims don’t have to waste time explaining where they are.

“Namola increases response times by up to 10 minutes or so. It can save lives. The time has come and #CrimeMustFall

“This app is the latest weapon in the fight against crime. We have to embrace technology and we hope to take Namola to every corner of South Africa this year.” Abramjee added.

The anti-crime activist said: “Namola is a world first and we are proud it founded by a South African NPO. It is user friendly and it works!”

Namola has almost 11 000 downloads and the numbers are increasing by the day. “With Gauteng live now, we expect the downloads to increase substantially,” added Abramjee.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, said: “Namola is the answer in our quest to improve efficiency and effectiveness in response times of our law enforcement agencies as well as emergency services to crime scenes.

“This partnership will contribute immensely in our fight against crime and ensuring that Gauteng citizens are and feel safe.

“We are witnessing a ground breaking launch… ‘Namola’ which means ‘To help out’ is designed to improve the alert and despatch times to under five or so minutes.

“This innovation should be applauded because for some time there has been an outcry by certain members of our communities about the delay in response times to crime scenes and emergency incidents but I am excited that with implementation of this innovation that will be the thing of the past,” said the MEC.

“Namola speaks directly to the Gauteng Government’s ten pillar programme: that of Transformation, Modernization and Re-industrialization which aims to confront some of the challenges facing policing in our Province.

“I am also excited that the invention of this technology is taking place in the backdrop of Gauteng City Region initiative to integrate radio communication of all law enforcement agencies in the Province. This is an important milestone, which will assist in maximizing the utilization of available policing resources in the province,” said Nkosi-Malobane.

“The technology is made up of three elements namely; a user app for citizens to request assistance, a tablet fitted in response vehicles for quick alerts and response, and a call centre operation based at the relevant despatch office to validate alerts.

“The project has been operational within Tshwane Metro Police Department for over a year and now we are launching Gauteng Traffic Police pilot project on twenty of our vehicles.”

Nkosi-Malobane added: “It’s all systems go. We have already installed the application in our fleet, test runs have been conducted, a control room has been set up at our head office and it’s fully functional. I am excited by this new development and that our people will be able to receive assistance quite speedily.

“Recently Gauteng experienced a spate taxi rapes and robberies and I appeal to the taxi industry to embrace this innovation to improve the safety of its passengers.

“Crime fighting is a collective responsibility that requires partnership from all sectors of our communities and I am confident that this partnership will inspire other sectors to play a meaningful role in our quest to ensure Gauteng citizens are and feel safe,” she added.


*The Namola Safety App has been launched in Gauteng.

With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

I will continue doing the right thing and fight for a safer SA

Well known anti-crime activist, Yusuf Abramjee, says a decision by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to block his twitter account is “childish and immature” and he has called for an urgent investigation.

@SapoliceService blocked @abramjee this afternoon causing lots of anger.

(See tweets)

Abramjee said he has asked Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to urgently investigate the matter.

“I suspect I was blocked because I tweet incidents of crime constantly and hold police to account. If anything, the decision to block me will make me even more determined to continue exposing crime, corruption and police inefficiency,” Abramjee said.

He added: “Police communication has historically been poor. They get from bad to worse. But I remain confident Minister Mbalula is going to clean-up the mess soon.”

Abramjee has been in the forefront on anti-crime campaigns over the years. He is an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador also.

He added that he is also considering reporting the matter to IPID.

Abramjee has been outspoken over the years. “I often support the cops and I often condemn them. I will continue doing the right thing and fight for a safer SA.”


Thursday 20 April 2017




The Moosa family of Polokwane has expressed its disappointment after the case against three men allegedly part of a kidnapping syndicate was provisionally withdrawn.

Masilo Kgafane, Samuel Kobo and Benny Mudau allegedly abducted Anisah Moosa (35) in March 2016.

The suspects were released on bail despite a week long protest outside the Polokwane Magistrates Court shortly after being arrested.

The gang is allegedly responsible for a spate of crimes. They also face charges of attempted murder after three police officers were shot and wounded during a sting operation in which Anisah was freed.

Two of the accused were since re-arrested on other charges including a cash-in-transit robbery and other armed robberies. One was wounded in a shootout with police.

The gang allegedly demanded R3m ransom from Anisah’s family. She was abducted outside her uncle’s home in Nirvana, Polokwane.

Moosa Family spokesman, Yusuf Abramjee, said a Mankweng Magistrate decided to withdraw the abduction case against the three men because of on-going delays.

“The family feels that the justice system is letting victims down badly. We are shocked at the withdrawing of the case,” he said. “The family is understandably furious.”

“The police had many months to do their investigations and we can’t understand why it is being delayed repeatedly. We want a full probe,” he said.

The Hawks are investigating the case.

Abramjee said attorney, Raeesa Rhemtula, has been instructed by the family to immediately write letters to the Minister of Justice, Minister of Police and National Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure that the case is re-instated.


Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee