March, 2013


SAIRR bemoans wasted R24.8 billion of government money

Wasteful government spending of R24.8 billion  could have been used for numerous projects to the benefit of South Africans, the SA Institute of Race Relations said on Monday. (The SAIRR was responding to the Auditor General report that found provincial departments and entities had incurred R24.8 billion in “unauthorised, irregular, wasteful, and fruitless expenditure”) “We have become so inured to seeing examples of corruption and wasteful expenditure running into millions and billions of rand that it is easy to forget quite how much money this really is and what couldRead More

Zuma refuses probe into police brutality

There is no need for a commission of inquiry into police brutality because the abuses are isolated, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday. “The incidents that we all condemn are very few,” Zuma said in response to a question from the Democratic Alliance in the National Assembly. “It does not for now require a commission to investigate that. I don’t think it does. Somebody else might think it does, because there are very specific measures that the minister and the department are taking to deal with these kind of issues.”Read More

‘Big Brother’ to watch cops

”Big Brother” tactics might soon be deployed to stop the scourge of police brutality following high-level discussions in the ANC. In a month in which South Africa’s human rights image has been rubbished internationally, the country has been plagued by allegations of police brutality, torture and murder. The discussions – taking place in the ANC’s peace and security committee – centre on placing surveillance cameras in all police cars to ensure that arrests, and the treatment of suspects, are beyond reproach.

‘Cops won’t protect our kids so we must’

Besieged by rapists, forgotten by the police and living in fear, hundreds of parents living in a rural KwaZulu-Natal village have taken it upon themselves to protect their children. With the number of sexual assault cases increasing in the North Coast village of Jozini, and parents believing that the police no longer care about their children’s safety, adults have taken to walking dozens of kilometres every day, accompanying the youngsters to school. In February two children – Lungelo Ntshangase, 13, and Zamile Zikhali, 14 – were raped and killed whileRead More

Malema misses SARS R16m debt deadline

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has missed the deadline for filing his challenge to SARS’s application for the sequestration of his estate to cover a R16-million tax debt. Malema filed a notice of intention to oppose the application at the Pretoria High Court on February 18 and had until Monday last week to file his answering affidavit. According to a court document dated March 14, Malema “failed to file an answering affidavit and the application is therefore set down on the unopposed-motion court roll”. The hearing has beenRead More

Locked up after refusing to bribe metro cops

A courier wants to take legal action against police who locked him up for two days over an irregularity with his vehicle license disc. Mohale Joseph Gama describes the two nights he spent in a holding cell at Alberton Police station as the most horrible experience of his life. The 34-year-old was stopped by the Ekurhuleni Metro Police while driving near Swartkoppies offramp last month. Gama said the two policemen accused him of having a fraudulent licence disc because it described his vehicle as a “station wagon” rather than aRead More

Guptas tried to ‘buy’ SAA boss with R500k

Fired South African Airways chairman Vuyisile Kona was allegedly offered R500000 by a member of the powerful Gupta family just weeks after he took up the driving seat at the airline. Kona was invited to a meeting at the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg, home on October 29 last year by Siyabonga Mahlangu – “special counsel” and adviser to Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Mahlangu, who yesterday said he “reserved his rights”, confirmed introducing Kona to Sahara, a Gupta company, but denied any knowledge of the cash offer.

1.7 million crimes went unreported in 2011: SAIRR

More than 3.3 million crimes occur per year and half of them are not reported, according to a survey published by the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR). It said according to data from Statistics SA, around 1.7m crimes [52 percent] were not reported to the police in 2011. “These figures include 82,000 unreported cases of house robbery and 8000 unreported car hijackings.”

Cop stabbed, taxi driver shot in Klerksdorp

A taxi driver was shot and wounded and a police officer was stabbed during an altercation in Klerksdorp, North West police said on Saturday. “Police are investigating two cases of attempted murder after an argument ensued between a 38-year-old officer and a 37-year-old taxi driver,” Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said in a statement. The taxi driver was allegedly asked to stop after committing a number of traffic offences in full view of the officer, who was on-duty in a marked car.

45% of sex pest teachers still teaching

Forty-five percent of teachers found guilty of sexual misconduct against pupils have been allowed to continue teaching. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed this on Thursday in an oral reply to a parliamentary question by the DA. The Star reported on Thursday that three teachers from Phahama Senior Secondary School in Mohlakeng near Randfontein on the West Rand had been suspended for allegedly having sexual relationships with pupils at the school.

Poachers’ attorney busted by the Hawks

The lawyer who once represented suspects embroiled in one of the biggest poaching syndicates in the Cape has been busted by the Hawks. Anthony Broadway was arrested this week by the elite team for charges relating to racketeering, money laundering, fraud and the FICA Act. The well-known Cape Town lawyer was placed in handcuffs at his home in Boston, Bellville, on Tuesday and made a brief court appearance.

Police brutality shocks DA

The DA says it is shocked by the latest case of alleged police brutality in which a court interpreter was dragged alongside a car for 100m in Setlopo Village, Mahikeng, in North West. Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said on Friday that President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had failed to show leadership on the issue. “The [SA Police Service] is past crisis point, and the South African public must know that the president and the SAPS leadership take this matter seriously.”

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