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.

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*The Namola Safety App has been launched in Gauteng.

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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.”

Abramjee welcomes ruling by the CRL Rights Commission

Social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, has welcomed a ruling by the CRL Rights Commission that has found social media comments in response to a proposed Mosque in Valhalla, Pretoria, “Islamophobic and unacceptable.”

The Commission has ruled that a series of comments at the height of the Valhalla Mosque controversy “did not only offend the Muslim Community but were an affront to all our efforts as a nation to national co-existence and social cohesion.”

The CRL Commission will be setting a meeting with the representatives of FaceBook South Africa to discuss this matter. They said they want “decisive steps to be taken to deal with those accounts.”

Abramjee said he was happy the commission ruled in his favour. “I hope it will serve as a deterrent.”

The Commission said it updated Abramjee about the progress and status of his complaints against Commissioner Richard Botha and that “this matter was not closed but has been referred to the Speaker of Parliament.”

Abramjee asked that Botha expelled from the commission after he allegedly compared a Mosque to a brothel, a claim he denied.

Abramjee also accused Botha of being Islamophic. Abramjee said Botha was the main objector to the Valhalla Mosque and “he failed to declare he was a member of the commission.”

Abramjee has welcomed the decision of the Commission and said that he was happy that this matter is being addressed and that “we must allow the processes to run its course”.

He said he would also ask the Speaker of Parliament to expedite the Botha matter.

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To: Editors/ Reporters 24 APRIL 2017

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CRL RIGHTS COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO A MEETING HELD WITH MR YUSUF ABRAMJEE

**De Goode Hoop Afrikaans only student residence

On Friday, 21 April 2017 the CRL Rights Commission met with Mr Yusuf Abramjee and Mantoa Selepe to discuss the De Goode Hoop Afrikaans only student residence in Pretoria.

Mr Abramjee and Selepe lodged a formal complaint with the Commission after it emerged from some media reports that the residence was for “Afrikaans Christian” students only. The complainants argued that the residence was unconstitutional and “is apartheid in disguise.” They called on the commission to probe the matter and make a ruling urgently.

Abramjee and Selepe said that in view of our democratic state, students from all racial, cultural and linguistic communities should be admitted to the residence. “To ask students to write an essay in Afrikaans in order for them to be considered for admittance to the residence was wrong.”

The Commission will be setting a meeting with the Management of De Goode Hoop residence, the University of Pretoria and also the City of Tshwane in order to get to the bottom of this matter.

***Valhalla Mosque

The CRL Commission has ruled that a series of comments made on social media during the height of the Valhalla Mosque controversy were “Islamophobic and unacceptable as these did not only offend the Muslim Community but were an affront to all our efforts as a nation to national co-existence and social cohesion.

The CRL Commission will be setting a meeting with the representatives of Face -Book South Africa to discuss this matter and thereby ensure that decisive steps are taken to deal with those accounts.

In addition, the Commission updated Mr Abramjee about the progress and status of his complaints against Commissioner Richard Botha in that this matter was not closed but has been referred to the Speaker of Parliament.

Mr Abramjee has welcomed the decision of the Commission and said that he was happy that this matter is being addressed and that “we must allow the processes to run its course”.

For further enquiries, please contact

Mpiyakhe Mkholo

+27 (83) 6594974

CASE AGAINST THREE ACCUSED PROVISIONALLY WITHDRAWN: FAMILY FURIOUS

Thursday 20 April 2017

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

#LimpopoAbductions

CASE AGAINST THREE ACCUSED PROVISIONALLY WITHDRAWN: FAMILY FURIOUS

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.

Enquiries:

Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

Abramjee calls on locals not to fight in Syria

Media statement
Sunday 26 Feb 2017

Abramjee calls on locals not to fight in Syria

Port-Elizabeth: A leading social cohesion advocate, activist and member of the Muslim community has called on locals not to travel to Syria and other other conflict regions to join in the wars.

Yusuf Abramjee was addressing over 200 women at a ladies fundraising breakfast in Fairlands Port Elizabeth today.

He said news emerged last week that two young men from South Africa were killed in the Syria conflict. They apparently joined rebel groups.

Abramjee said the one victim was from Port Elizabeth and the other from Durban. Both were in the 20’s.

“We as South Africans have no business to go and fight abroad. Our
laws prohibit it also. I am happy many Muslim leaders agree it is not ‘Jihad’,” Abramjee said.

He called on South African youth not to be indoctrinated. “Let’s rather focus our energies and efforts on humanitarian needs and make a difference by assisting the victims of the war.”

Abramjee said the #SAveSyria initiative by #OperationSA raised almost R14m in under two months.

The donations were distributed to seven charities. “We will ensure that every rand donated goes to those in need and not for salaries, commissions, travel costs, etc.

“I salute the ladies of Port Elizabeth for taking the lead and assisting Syrian families now living in the Eastern Cape.

“You are showing you care. You are correctly focusing on the educational needs of the refugee children. Let’s continue to support those in need,” Abramjee told the guests.

He said “immigrants and refugees are human. They are our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children. People like US President Donald Trump show no respect to immigrants and refugees. Shame on him!”

Abramjee said suffering in Syria was of “epic proportions and we must continue to assist when and where we can.

“Representatives from several SA charities have travelled to the region to assist with humanitarian efforts. Please continue to assist,” he added.

Abramjee said the Turkish based IHH Humanitarian organization was building the world’s largest orphanage in the border town of Reyhanli. Over 1100 children will be accommodated when it is officially opened in a few weeks. “The harsh winter conditions have delayed building work.

Abramjee said South African NGO’s including the Al Imdaad Foundation and Jamiatul Ulama SA have donated towards the modern facility.

He said a recent national cake sale by women’s groups raised R1,3-million. “This will be used for a Trauma Support Centre run by the IHH. Rape victims are being treated here.”

Abramjee said “people from across religious and cultural backgrounds donated towards #SAveSyria. It showed what we achieve if we stand united. This is what Ubuntu is about.”

Abramjee said the Syrian regime “had to be also strongly condemned for killing innocent civilians. They are murderers and our government must take a stand and condemn them.”

“Killing innocent people, be it by the Syrian regime, ISIS or any other group is unacceptable. We must all say NO to violence,” Abramjee added.
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With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

ADDRESS BY YUSUF ABRAMJEE, SOCIAL COHESION ADVOCATE

NOTES: ADDRESS BY YUSUF ABRAMJEE, SOCIAL COHESION ADVOCATE

Muslim Judicial Council
72nd anniversary: Cape Town.
Friday 10 February 2017

Congratulations to the MJC – celebrating 72 years of serving the community. We salute the leadership of the council and we wish you well.

I want to focus on a few current issues:

It is disgraceful and hurtful to see Islamophobia on the rise – locally and internationally.

Hatred for Muslims from some quarters is on the increase and the time has come for citizens to stand up, promote religious tolerance and take a stand against those who are targeting Islam.

Islam is a religion of peace. Those who carry out violence, promote discord and hatred and kill the innocent in the name of our religion should be condemned and criticized at every corner. We need to ensure that we promote peace, love, reconciliation and compassion.

We as South African Muslims should celebrate the fact that we enjoy religious freedom. Our Constitution guarantees us that. Although we are a minority in this country, we are able to exercise our religious rights freely and openly and that is something to be proud of. It’s something to celebrate.

The recent attacks on three Mosques in the Western Cape is a disgrace. We strongly condemn the acts of those who want to sow division, promote religious intolerance and those who are out to destabilize our communities. We say: Shame on you. You will not succeed by throwing pigs heads and blood in our places of worship.

My message to the culprits is clear: You will not succeed in your evil quest of tarnishing our religion. We remain hopeful that the law will come down hard on you – sooner or later. You nameless and faceless individuals should need be arrested, convicted and punished. You will eventually be exposed.

It is concerning for us as Muslims to see an increase in objections to Mosques in many areas of South Africa. There seems to be a movement at work mobilizing to try to stop the building of Muslim places of worship. We have seen it in areas like Valhalla in Pretoria, Sandton and Buccleau and now Atholl in northern Johannesburg.

The objectors use traffic and noise levels as a disguise to oppose the erection of Mosques. These same objectors will not make a noise when bottle stores, casinos and prostitution dens open right in their neighborhoods. But they mobilize when Muslims want to pray. This is a sad indictment on society. The time has come for all of us to show religious tolerance and to respect each other’s religions. We need Mosques, Churches, Temples and Synagogues side by side. We need to allow everyone the opportunity to pray and to exercise their religious freedoms. This will take us forward!

We need to respect all religions.

This week, I again saw a number of posts on social media in South Africa by individuals criticizing Muslims and Islam, insulting our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and calling us, Muslims names.

I don’t want to repeat some of the things said…It is sickening and nauseating. Such foul, nasty and odious attacks on our religion must stop. Institutions such as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), CRL Commission and the Equality Court must act decisively and with urgency and stop the hatred which which is being spitted out by some. They need to take stern action against those individuals who cause religious and cultural divisions. We need protection and we need it now.

Early last year, I reported a number of individuals, during the height of the Valhalla Mosque Row to the CRL Commission for their Islamophobic comments on social media. They linked us to ISIS, Al Queda and Boko Haram.

Many months later, I am still waiting for a ruling. I also reported a CRL Commissioner. We are still waiting for a ruling! The delays are unacceptable.

The CRL Rights Commission is a constitutional body established in terms of the South African Constitution of 1996. Its constitutional mandate is to strengthen our constitutional democracy. But we need this Commission to act decisively to promote our religious, cultural and linguistic rights. We need them to be effective and I repeat: protect us. That’s what our Constitution dictates.

Social cohesion needs to be promoted at every turn. It is the responsibly to of every citizen to do their bit. The time has come for all of us to promote the philosophy of active citizenry. This means we have to all stand up for our rights and roll up our sleeves.

Recently, a young Cape Town woman was turned down from joining the South Africa Navy because she wears a Hijab. This is not right. It’s unacceptable. Individuals who want to exercise their religious obligations should be accommodated.

I remain hopeful that the Navy will review its decision and allow Muslims women such as Taskeen Ebrahim to wear her Hijab with pride. I know the MJC has taken up her plight and I hope we will succeed.

The so-called “Muslim Ban” by US President Donald Trump continues to draw attention and anger across the world. Trump, who clearly dislikes Mexicans and Muslims, is playing right into the hands of extremists. He is sadly giving them reason to continue carrying out acts of evil. We need bridges, not walls. We need love, not hate. Refugees seek refugee and shelter, not resentment or stigma. Trump is clearly xenophobic and we as South African Muslims join the world chorus to call on him to stop his madness. There is no place on our world for division and racism.

Let’s all continue to do our bit to make the world a better place. Let’s join hands and unite. Let’s work together to promote peace, goodwill and social cohesion. Let’s help those in need.

We have to unite. Our religious leaders must lead the way to fight social ills. Drugs, for example, are killing our people. Let’s use our podiums to inform and educate our congregations.

Crime is on the increase. It’s time for all of us to work together and reclaim our streets from the gangsters.

We need organizations like the MJC to use their wisdom to guide the jammatul Muslimeen on practical ways of applying what the former President of the MJC calls the “fiqh of citizenship.”

This is a powerful concept of teaching Muslims how to be responsible pro-active citizens. It instills social activism from an informed perspective. It promotes a Muslim citizenry aware of the power of influence and not just the influence of power. It helps in developing a caring, engaged Muslim citizenry using excellence to serve all of mankind. That is the practice of the seerah of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). That is the practice to profile our identity in a multi faith society. A practice to model the values of the Deen. A practice to advance our freedom in a culture fair way. It is time to “politicise our spirituality and spiritualise our politics” in a pro-active way.

Let’s promote intra-Muslim solidarity and economic development and support and empower our community with the life skills to walk with self assuredness as Muslims underpinned by humility.

Let me conclude by saying: All Muslims are not terrorists and extremists. We promote peace and we will continue to do so.

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With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

BROOKLYN POLICE JOINS NAMOLA

USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT CRIME
 
*BROOKLYN POLICE JOINS NAMOLA
PRETORIA – The South African Police Service (SAPS) Brooklyn is now at the tip of your fingertips with the use of technology such as cellphones or tablets.
Brooklyn SAPS and Namola are combining and aligning crime fighting efforts in the east of Tshwane. Through installing the Namola application on mobile devices, users will be able to report on-going crimes or emergencies to SAPS patrol vehiclesimmediately.  Officers will receive information on Namola devices that are installed inside patrol vehicles which are linked to a control room.  This will enable faster response times and more efficient flow of information.
When a citizen sends out an alert the nearest Brooklyn SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) vehicles that are Namola app compliant are able to see the exact location of the incident. The first available officer is then directed to the incident while being monitored by the control room, which has the ability to intervene if necessary.  While on route to an incident the officer is able to receive messages from the citizen and phone them if they need more information.
The Namola app does not substitute calling 10111 in an emergency situation.  The purpose of the app is to enhance all crime fighting resources.  It gives community members another tool which will give them access to the police during emergencies.
Brooklyn Station Commander, Brigadier Kushie Nair, welcomes this working relationship and pilot project with Namola and the TMPD.  She said that by taking advantage of current technologies, the police will make great strides in improving reaction time and to create safer communities.  Through using the Namola app, community members can be important participants in crime fighting by reporting crimes in progress or crimes that have just occurred.
Residents in the Brooklyn policing precinct are encouraged to download the free Namola app http://namola.com/download which will put the SAPS at your fingertips.
Assist the Gauteng SAPS to fight fraud, corruption, unethical behaviour or any other suspicious activities that could be detrimental to our success by phoning the Gauteng Standby Provincial Duty numbers:  Duty General 082 313 8299, Duty Brigadier 082 444 4354.
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Namola Chief Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee who signed the MOU said: “We have to reclaim our streets. Crime affects all of us and we must strengthen partnerships at all levels.
“#CrimeMustFall and we must also use technology. We have to reclaim our streets and this partnership is going to make a difference.
“We salute the Brooklyn SAPS for taking the lead and we want other areas to follow. We are taking Namola nationally. Namola App is free and it works,” said Abramjee.
He called on residents to download the app. “Help is the press of a button away.”
Abramjee said the MEC for Community Safety in Gauteng Sizakele Nkosi Malebane has agreed to support Namola. “We are also getting calls from across SA and we want to use the Tshwane model in other areas.”
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With kind regards
Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee