June, 2013


Mandla Mandela faces court battle

Sixteen applicants on Friday launched an urgent interdict in the Mthatha High Court against Mandla Mandela, the Eastern Cape premier and the health MEC. “Due to the sensitivities of the issue, the case has been held in camera,” said lawyer Wesley Heyns.

Madonsela serves Joemat-Pettersson a Swiss diss

The public protector says that the agriculture minister should learn from a Swedish politician who resigned after misusing state money. An angry public protector has advised the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, to learn from the example of a Swedish politician who resigned after using state money to buy Toblerone chocolates “without being investigated by a public protector”. In a wide-ranging interview, Joemat-Pettersson told the Mail & Guardian last week that she had lost respect for the office of the public protector after she found herself theRead More

A-loota continua unabated

School principals and governing bodies are robbing pupils of resources at an increasing rate, according to a Corruption Watch report for the first quarter of 2013. The NGO, which aims to expose corruption in the public sector, said in its report, “Your Voices on Corruption”, that from January to April this year it has received 513 reports of corruption.

Top 10 tourist scams

As weather gets warmer and travel season begins to ramp up, so do the efforts and imaginations of street criminals looking to part tourists from their money. Travel website VirtualTourist.com (http://www.virtualtourist.com) has come up with a list of the top 10 tactics thieves use to scam tourists. “Most of these scams aren’t terribly elaborate which is part of what

Slush fund was abused, says report

The SAPS crime intelligence unit has been a law unto itself, a report says. The unit has had “a bit of a blank cheque” to do as it pleases – abusing its slush fund and encroaching on the domain of the State Security Agency in the process. This has cost taxpayers millions of rand and created serious tension between the two law enforcement agencies.

Fraudsters target travel agents

Unsuspecting travel agents are being taken to the cleaners by crafty conmen and it is costing them a fortune – and even their businesses. Agents, desperate for bookings and under pressure to meet their targets at the end of the month when “checks and balances go out of the window”, were particularly vulnerable, a Durban tour and travel operator told the annual meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Association of South African Travel Agents (Asata) at the Beverly Hills Hotel, uMhlanga Rocks.

Police warn of impersonators

Police have confirmed the validity of a warning circulating on social media sites about a black Golf GTI using blue lights to pull over and hijack motorists in the northern suburbs. Sandton police spokesperson Captain Kym Cloete said she can confirm the black Golf GTI is connected with hijacking incidents in the northern suburbs, in which the suspects pose as police officers.

Union boss scores big in shady Sasol deal

UNION boss Simon Mofokeng and his wife, Maureen, are raking in at least R320 000 a month from a shady empowerment deal with petrochemical giant Sasol that is worth up to R60-million a year. Mofokeng is the general secretary of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), a Cosatu affiliate with a major presence at Sasol. He is also an employee and silent partner of Khotso-Batho Mining Services, which receives millions from a coal-handling contract with Sasol.

Revealed: Yengeni’s R6-million ‘kickback’ agreement

A raid on a German company has revealed a record of a deal signed by ANC heavyweight Tony Yengeni when he headed Parliament’s defence committee. ANC luminary Tony Yengeni signed a R6-million bribe agreement with an arms bidder when he headed Parliament’s joint standing committee on defence in 1995, ­German detectives have reported. The detectives said that they found a copy of the agreement when they raided ThyssenKrupp, the German engineering conglomerate which led the consortium that sold four patrol corvettes to South Africa for R6.9-billion.

1 000 Gauteng cops arrested

More than 1000 Gauteng police officers have been arrested and nearly 500 have been fired since September 2010, provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros said on Thursday.  He said 1027 officers had been arrested, and 463 dismissed. Of the officers dismissed, 121 were fired for corruption. “There are more than 42 000 police officials in SAPS (SA Police Service) Gauteng and most of them are serving the Gauteng community with pride and upholding the constitutional principles,” Petros said in a statement.

‘Captain KGB’ shock

A top spy cop served only two weeks of a 10-year sentence for armed robbery, has spent 15 years evading arrest and secured employment in a specialised crime intelligence unit despite his criminal record. State security and prosecution authorities are now scrambling for explanations as to how covert crime intelligence officer Captain Morris ”KGB” Tshabalala managed to stay out of jail all these years and breach police security.

Mathale blows R142k on 361km

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale allegedly spent thousands of rands flying “short” distances in a chartered helicopter, The Star reported on Wednesday. Last month, he spent R60 000 travelling a distance of 161km, the newspaper reported. Mathale also allegedly rented a helicopter for a 200km trip between Polokwane and Musina in January, costing R82 000.

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