April, 2013

 

Oilgate 2: R1bn scandal rocks PetroSA

Whistleblowers and investigations reveal how bosses and well-connected service providers allegedly conspired to loot from the national oil company. Top managers at PetroSA ordered irregular payments of R200-million during a feeding frenzy at the national oil company that involved a well-connected lawyer and a fund manager, detailed evidence suggests.  They also appear to have risked another R800-million in potential liabilities, raising the total in questionable spending decisions to a ballpark R1-billion.


R85m wasted on building

The Tshwane municipality and the Gauteng Department of Housing and Human Settlements have spent millions of rand of ratepayers’ money on a block of apartments that do not meet building requirements fit for people to live in. In one of the most glaring examples of how corruption and mismanagement in the city affects people desperate for housing, the municipality and the province paid more than R85 million for 104 units that are less than 50m2 each. This means one unit, which is smaller than an average flat in Sunnyside, wasRead More


Cops tell Hillcrest crime fighters to toe the line

Hillcrest crime fighters are furious with police after being told to throw their Community Policing Forum (CPF) constitution into the rubbish bin and toe the line. Chairman Gerhard Pretorius said he had no problem with the idea that a more representative forum had to be established, but insisted the transition had to follow proper procedure. He said shortly before its annual general meeting on Wednesday, eThekweni Safer Cities, which was to oversee the election of new office-bearers, had advised the CPF to cancel the meeting. Once there, a representative advisedRead More


PetroSA chair vacates position after probe

PetroSA chairman Benny Mokaba has vacated his position at the company, it was announced on Monday. Mandla Tyala, spokesman for the Central Energy Fund (CEF) which owns the company, said CEF chairwoman Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele announced Mokaba’s departure on Monday morning. “The move follows the conclusion of an investigation which was ordered by the Minister of Energy… Dipuo Peters to investigate the robustness of the procurement system at PetroSA,” Tyala said.


Pule paper trail reveals how her lover’s cronies got jobs

Communications Minister Dina Pule blew R2.6-million on a recruitment deal that led to the appointment of cronies of her boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, to the boards of key parastatals. The Sunday Times has seen a paper trail of memos detailing how Pule bypassed Treasury rules. Pule also faces a probe by the public protector and parliament’s ethics committee after the Sunday Times exposed how she learnt on telecoms firms to sponsor last year’s ICT Indaba, from which Mngqibisa earned a R6-million fee.


National Prosecuting Authority short of R200 million

The National Prosecuting Authority told MPs on Tuesday it had a budget shortfall of R200 million, leaving it unable to fill vacancies and staff specialised courts. NPA bosses said the lack of funding was largely caused by forced over-spending on salaries and bonuses and it had resorted to taking funding from other budgets, including goods and services, to pay staff. Willie Hofmeyr, a deputy national director of the unit, said the result was that when prosecutors left, there was no money left to fill vacancies, which affected the NPA’s strategicRead More


Our country is deepening into a state of national crisis: iLIVE

For a while now, I have been following the propagandist statements issued by the African National Congress (ANC) national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu with a keen interest. He has had a go at various voices that sought to hold the ANC-led government accountable, especially President Jacob Zuma, whose systematically flawed and directionless leadership has continually leapfrogged our country from one major crisis to another. The state of national crisis stems from the militarisation of the South African Police Service (SAPS) by the former National Police Commissioner (NPC) Bheki Cele.


City to pay R18m for guards

At least 16 ANC councillors enjoy round-the-clock security – and the bill will cost Durban ratepayers about R18-million this financial year. After a 2011 recommendation by Africa Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to extend ward nominations to the public, elected councillors were given bodyguards. In some instances, Durban metro police officers have been guarding their homes at night.


New Aarto bill a shock for motorists

Back to the yard test and an appointment with the dreaded driving test examiner may seem a trip back in time, but for South Africa’s drivers it might soon be a reality. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) amendment bill is to give teeth to existing road traffic laws and, under it, offenders will receive demerit points against their licences. Lose enough points, and drivers can have their licences suspended. Once a driving licence is suspended, the motorist will have to go through the process of getting aRead More


E-dockets land cops in dog house

A multi-million-rand electronic system supposed to minimise lost dockets and speed up police investigations, could take up to 20 years to implement, by which time it could already be out of date. And to add to the new system’s woes, it is entirely reliant on an upgrade of the police IT network, which at the current rate of roll-out could take 10 years. On Friday, on the fourth and final day of the police’s grilling by the National Assembly’s portfolio committee, MPs heard that R148 million had so far beenRead More


Metro police, traffic agency in blame game

Authorities blame each other for the chaos in the roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) in which fines have been withdrawn, cases struck off the roll and some court judgments not captured on the traffic register. The Saturday Star can reveal that the Joburg metro police (JMPD) blame the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) for its own problems with implementing Aarto. The RTIA has previously accused the JMPD of failing to comply with the act by issuing traffic fines by ordinary mail as opposed toRead More


Man injured during a robbery in President Park

Property estimated to the value of R60 000 was stolen during a house robbery on Republic Road, President Park. On 5 April, at about 04:00 a man was surprised by three armed men whilst sitting in his lounge. Police spokesperson, Constable Matome Tlamela said the complainant heard his door being forced open and before he could check what was happening he saw the three men entering the house. “He was ordered not to move and was pushed into the study room with his head covered with a blanket.” “The victimRead More


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