January, 2013


More blood flows in Muldersdrift

A man died and an attacker was wounded during an attempted robbery in Muldersdrift last night while Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros was addressing a residents’ meeting in the area. Lammermoor Residents’ Association chairman Michael Wilson said the incidents took place at the tail end of Petros’s address. He said a group of men had entered a plot in the area, and pointed a gun at the owner and his wife. When the robbers pointed the firearm at his children, the man tackled the gunman.

Bid to stop grant fraud

The South African Social Security Agency has asked more than 15million grant recipients to re-register after discovering it was awarding grants to people who were dead. It was also paying out child-care grants to adults who had rented children to act as their own. The widespread fraud has prompted the agency to change the way it distributes social grants. The new system requires all grant applicants to re-register with the agency, providing a full set

Mvula Trust fronted for R30 million tender

Non-governmental organisation Mvula Trust fronted for a contractor in a R30 million tender meant for job creation, Corruption Watch said on Tuesday. “The revelations follow a four-month long investigation after CW was approached by a whistle-blower last year, who alleged that rural development NGO Mvula Trust had obtained a government tender irregularly,” the organisation said in a statement. Mvula Trust won the tender to manage the distribution of millions of rands through a communities-based job creation project.

Chef accuses Midrand cops of assault

Chef Chika Oko was allegedly assaulted at his home by Midrand police during a raid on 11 January. Oko said the ordeal started when police jumped over his rear fence. “I was shocked to see more than 10 police officers at my front door, with some security guards.”

Deals for pals choke the North West Province

Corruption and theft are robbing North West Province residents of services they should be getting from their municipalities, a report suggests. A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report presented to the provincial government in November shows that politicians dipped into taxpayers’ money to enrich themselves and those close to them at the expense of their community’s needs. Provincial politicians, however, are refusing to discuss the allegations.

100 000 jobless queue to be cops

Thousands of the city’s unemployed youth have been queuing at the Tshwane Metro Police pound in Madiba (Vermeulen) Street in the hope of becoming metro cops. More than 100 000 desperate job-seekers have responded to the Tshwane Metro Police’s advertisement for 1 000 posts. The desperate job-seekers have been queuing at the metro police pound to hand in their applications since January 14, when the advertisement for the jobs was published. A similar situation has been playing itself out in many parts of the country where thousands of

Cellphone thief gets 15 years

A man has been jailed for 15 years for robbing a woman of her cellphone, Eastern Cape police say. Lieutenant Nkosikho Mzuku said Sithembiso Phangindawo, 20, was sentenced by the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He was arrested about a year after the crime was committed.  Story

Police accused of looting during Sasolburg protest

A security guard has said that police also looted shops during the violent protests in Zamdela. “If I had a camera, I would have taken photos. They took stuff in one Chinese shop and the community followed,” said a security guard at a municipal office.

Luxury cars paid for from 2010 World Cup profits

THE disbursement of the profits from the World Cup began at the weekend, with R56-million being given to a wide array of applicants. However, it has emerged that over a third of the actual profits from the 2010 finals were spent on vehicles for the South African Football Association, including a fleet of luxury Mercedes-Benz cars for executive committee members. Danny Jordaan, who chairs the World Cup Legacy Trust, launched a spirited defence of the transport purchases, which were made straight after the soccer tournament and before the R450-million legacyRead More

New Age Breakfasts are publicly funded, Zille pulls out

DA leader Helen Zille pulled out of a New Age Business Breakfast on Monday following reports that the event was funded with public money. “I, and other senior DA colleagues, have previously spoken at the New Age Business Breakfasts, under the assumption that the events were funded by the newspaper and by the members of the public who purchase tickets to attend,” Zille said in a statement. “Now that it has come to light that the breakfasts are funded by public money via the SOEs [state-owned companies] to the tuneRead More

Five teens killed in gang war

At least five teenagers have been killed in the past three weeks as gang wars between two Nyanga gangs, mostly comprising teenage school dropouts, take hold. Although less well known than notorious gangs like the 28s and the Americans, the Vuras and Vatos have been at odds in the township in a cycle of vengeance that has raged since 2009. And the local police forum says they’re terrorising the community.

SA cops scared to use guns

Dozens of SAPS members are so afraid of handling firearms that they have to be provided with counselling before undergoing training on how to use their guns. This was the explanation offered by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa yesterday in response to more than 20 000 police officers who had reportedly been found incompetent in handling firearms. Police management told Parliament’s portfolio committee on SAPS last year that in 2011 officers lost more than 850 guns, mostly through negligence and that only 300 officers had been charged for the losses.

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