December, 2012


Crime threat to SA doctors

A spate of attacks on health-care workers has alarm bells ringing amid fears that criminals will drive more nurses and doctors abroad. It has also prompted a warning by the SA Medical Association (Sama) that its members will disrupt service at state hospitals and stop responding to late-night emergencies unless the health authorities implement stricter safety measures. Since September more than five nurses have been attacked at state hospitals in Gauteng, East London and the Western Cape, according to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa).

Pregnant drug dealer arrested in Noordwyk

Police swooped on a pregnant drug dealer in Noordwyk who plied her trade at Summit View complex. The pregnant woman (28) was caught in possession of drugs with a street value of R10 million, stashed in laptop bags. Police also confiscated R22 000 in cash after a tip-off that she was seen selling drugs at Summit View.

Take steps to prevent crime: insurer

Businesses should take steps to prevent the likelihood of crime while offices are closed for the holiday season, Alexander Forbes’ insurance division said on Tuesday. “Business owners, managers and staff should not be worrying about the safety and security of their office,” the company said. “Making sure you put the correct pre-loss initiatives in place before closing the office for the summer break is not only necessary for insurance purposes, but it also minimises loss in the event of mishap over the silly season,” said spokesman Hillary Magede.

Doctor faces 319 charges of fraud

A doctor practising at George Mukhari Hospital has been arrested on 319 charges, the Hawks said on Thursday. “We arrested a 49-year-old doctor at the hospital today for allegedly making illegitimate claims with the compensation commissioner in the department of labour between 2008 and 2012,” said Captain Paul Ramaloko. The doctor, who worked as a general practitioner at the hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, North West, allegedly made 99 illegitimate claims to the labour department’s Compensation Fund and 218 illegal claims to Bonitas medical aid, he said.

Tender fraud puts SA in a bad light

The recent corruption perception index, which placed South Africa among the world’s most corrupt countries, highlighted gross inadequacies of punishments meted out to tender fraudsters and corrupt government officials. A senior researcher at law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) said on Wednesday that failure to take stringent measures against public servants found guilty of dabbling in corrupt activities such as influencing tender processes had harmed the country’s corruption status.

Thieves target expensive bicycles

Owners of expensive bicycles have been urged to take care after a string of thefts in the city. Matt Eagar, founder of the cycling website The Hub, reported a number of incidents by online visitors reporting their bikes stolen. He said: “I’ve noticed a definite spike in reported bicycle thefts in the Cape Town area since the beginning of December. Based on reports submitted in the ‘stolen bikes’ section of our discussion forums.”

Security guard shot dead by police

A security guard was shot and killed at a Bothaville bank in the Free State, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said on Wednesday. The shooting took place on Monday after police received a report about intruders inside an Absa Bank, spokesman Moses Dlamini said in a statement. “The police responded by rushing to the scene at the same time security guards from Fidelity in Welkom also rushed to the same scene.

Body found in bin: Dad held

Blood on the clothes of a father whose 12-year-old son was found dead in a dustbin in their Soweto home has led to his arrest. A post-mortem conducted on Mthokozisi Sibeko Mdanda showed the boy’s neck and legs had been broken, according to police spokesman Kay Makhubela. Richard Sibeko has been arrested in connection with his son’s death. Makhubela said: “The [sniffer] dog detected blood on the father’s clothing and next to the dustbin. That on its own led to the father being the primary suspect,” he said.

Tip-offs offered during church collection

Crime-weary residents of the Durban suburb of Wentworth have come up with a novel way to pass on information about drug dealers to local police –by putting their anonymous tip-offs in their church collection plate, it was reported on Monday. “You can go nowhere in Wentworth without coming across drug trafficking and addiction,” Rev Cierigh Samaai, of the Inter-church Social Action Alliance Campaign, told Beeld newspaper. Churches and the umbrella body Communities Building Credible Ownership initiated the tip-off system in co-operation with Colonel Deon Singh, the new commander of theRead More

Top cops in the dock

Suspended Major General Solly Lazarus and Colonel Hein Barnard appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, the Hawks said. The two face charges of theft, fraud and corruption related to a secret crime intelligence slush fund, Captain Paul Ramaloko said. Secret service fund boss Solly Lazarus has been allegedly linked to fraudulent activity of a R250 million secret service account. They are accused of benefiting by about R1.1 million. They were arrested on Tuesday morning. Further details were not immediately available    STORY

Sars asked to probe Zuma

The DA has formally asked the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to investigate whether President Jacob Zuma and various reported donors to his cause paid all the necessary taxes. In response, Sars spokesman Adrian Lackay has confirmed to the Cape Argus that Sars is obliged by law to follow up any such complaint. On Friday, the Mail & Guardian published what it called “crucial evidence in the case against President Jacob Zuma – evidence that was kept hidden when the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) abandoned its prosecution of him”.

Diepsloot residents catch alleged pickaxe murderer

A foreigner who allegedly killed a fellow countryman with a pickaxe handle was caught and assaulted by Diepsloot residents, Gauteng police said. The residents, of Diepsloot extension four, then alerted the police, said Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela. The man, who sustained head and body injuries, was taken to a local hospital, where he was under police guard. He would appear soon in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. Mavimbela said he had been wanted for a murder in Diepsloot extension 12 on Saturday. During the attack, he accused the other man ofRead More

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