A KwaZulu-Natal woman who was allegedly swindled out of goods worth R1m by scammers claiming to be government officials, could lose her house which was used as security to obtain a bank loan. Monica Padayachee, a small businesswoman from Durban, had responded to a Department of Correctional Services advertisement calling on prospective suppliers and vendors to submit their business details to be listed on their supplier database.
KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo reportedly commandeered an air ambulance to attend a funeral. According to the Sunday Tribune, he used the helicopter to attend the funeral of Zacharia “Cliff” Zungu, the businessman husband of the Hlabisa Provincial Hospital manager Dawn Zungu.
Thieves armed with remote-control jammers are making a killing stealing from parked cars at Durban shopping centres leaving no trace of their crime other than missing belongings when owners return to their vehicles. The insurance industry and police have noticed an increase in such thefts, with the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) saying that it was now the second most common way of stealing from a car.
Any person who damaged property during the scheduled e-toll protests would have to face the law, government says. “Government calls on marchers to exercise their right to protest within the ambit of the law,” said spokesman Thabo Masebe. The warning followed reports that Cosatu’s provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile had stated that they would demolish the tolls if government failed to listen to them and scrap the tolls.
The incidence of farm attacks in South Africa is estimated to be 700% higher than in any other country. And the likelihood of a farmer being murdered on his farm is between four and six times greater than the average murder-risk rate for the general population, says Christiaan Bezuidenhout, professor of criminology at the University of Pretoria. Bezuidenhout spoke yesterday at a Pretoria conference at which the Solidarity union’s research institute presented a report on farm attacks.
Seven Tshwane metro police officers were arrested on Thursday morning on charges of intimidation and corruption, metro police said. Their arrests followed a complaint laid by a 23-year-old Zimbabwean hawker who plies his trade in the Pretoria CBD, said the city’s spokesman Console Tleane. “The hawker alleged that since the middle of September, he has had his goods illegally confiscated by the officers on claims that he was trading illegally,” said Tleane.
Violence perpetrated against victims of farm attacks is far worse than the public could possibly imagine, Beeld reported on Wednesday. Eileen de Jager and Roelien Schutte, two sisters who clean up crime scenes nationally, said on Tuesday at the release of a report by the Solidarity Research Institute that they had seen a definite increase in extreme violence during farm attacks.
An ATM was blown up in Eersterivier, Cape Town, on Wednesday morning, Western Cape police said. Captain Frederick van Wyk said a gang targeted a supermarket ATM on London Way just after midnight, getting away with a number of money boxes. Police noticed a white Mazda speeding past them on the way to the scene, gave chase and lost them a short while later.
MIDRAND – Irate Vorna Valley residents complained that the number of crimes in their area have shot up due to a shortage of police patrolling. They demanded that Midrand police beef up on manpower during regular patrolling schedules. Residents confirmed a series of crimes ranging from hijackings to housebreakings. Jason Shortt, who moved into the area three months ago, had suffered four housebreakings and three hijackings. Shortt described the situation as scary and attributed it to insufficient police and vehicles. Nicola van Sitter, an unemployed mother, said police used toRead More
Police officers who sold weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition to criminals were arrested in a high-risk operation in Pretoria yesterday. The operation stretched from a busy Pretoria shopping centre to a small police station north of the city yesterday. One of the three people arrested was the commissioner of the Rust de Winter police station, Captain Petrus Badenhorst. Investigators of the Hawks’ crimes against the state unit, explosives experts and specialised
The SA Police Service is mismanaged by a “top-heavy, frequently inexperienced hierarchy” created by disgraced former police commissioner Bheki Cele, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. “The ANC has made no change to its disastrous system of parachuting unqualified non-SAPS members into the position of national police commissioner, even after one was jailed and the other dismissed in disgrace,” DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said at the party’s federal congress in Boksburg. “This has led to a collapse of the public trust in the SAPS as a whole…”
The elite Special Task Force police unit is facing a crisis as many of its highly trained members threaten to quit. Unit members have, in an 11-page memorandum, accused police management of ignoring grievances about failure to pay special allowances, allowing training by unqualified people and changing unit standards without consultation. There are Special Task Force bases in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Fifty-seven of the 93 staff at the three bases want to be transferred to other units.