July, 2013


Men blow up Noordwyk ATM

Three suspects bombed a petrol station ATM in Noordwyk. According to Captain Kym Cloete, the men surprised the station employees by pointing at them with rifles. The employees were then made to lie on the floor of the kiosk from where they heard a loud noise outside. The suspects bombed one ATM leaving the other intact and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were and no shots were fired. Story

Elite linked to shady tender

A “flawed” multimillion-rand events management tender awarded to 23 companies – and linked to a host of socialites, including President Jacob Zuma’s former financial backer and an ex-kwaito star – will be scrapped tomorrow after a senior government official uncovered “financial misconduct”. The head of department for the KwaZulu-Natal department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Nonhlanhla Qhobosheane, told the Pietermaritzburg High Court she wants the tender to be re-advertised.

East London ANC councillor allegedly selling council jobs

An ANC councillor in East London, in the Eastern Cape, has been charged with theft for allegedly selling council jobs, according to a report on Monday. A jobseeker could reportedly secure work as a cleaner, grass cutter, admin clerk or driver for between R500 and R1 500, said Dispatch Online. Last week, angry Mdantsane residents visited the home of the councillor to ask about the promised jobs at the Buffalo City metro. They found a bag of job resumes under a bed

Copper theft increases

Copper theft increased to a level of R11.1 million in June, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Monday. According to the Sacci Copper Theft Barometer, copper theft stood R9 million in May and R9.9 million in April. Sacci said the June increase was the first since September 2012.

1448 bad cops face the chop

An audit has revealed that 1448 police employees have been found guilty of a criminal offence, the Police Ministry said yesterday. The audit into how many police employees have a criminal record has been going on for two years, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said. Mthethwa said national police commissioner Riah Phiyega would have to decide what action to take.

Five cops accused of raping women, girls

Five police officers – three from the Western Cape and two from Gauteng – are accused of raping women they were tasked with protecting. All five have appeared in court. Two of the Cape officers appeared before a Worcester magistrate yesterday.

Fishy fisheries appointment to be investigated: DA

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has agreed to probe Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s controversial appointment of a senior manager, the DA said on Friday. The minister appointed Greta Apelgren-Narkedien as a deputy director general (DDG) in the department in December.

Midrand Police officer dies

A Midrand police officer, who was active in the Kyalami area, has passed away. A memorial in honour of Warrant Officer Selvan Reddy will be held on 19 July at 11 am at the Memorial Gardens, South African police office, Oracle Close, in Waterfall Gardens, Midrand.

Military police raid Midrand cash in transit company

Military police raided the Midrand compound of the cash in transit company, SBV, which is owned by South Africa’s four major banks. According to reports, during the raid assault rifle ammunition that was alleged to have been stolen from the army was confiscated. The raid followed the suspension of Brigadier Mathapelo Miriam Mangwani of the Central Firearms Registry and Brigadier Hlamane Elias Mahlabane, who dealt with firearms compliance. They were alleged to have accepted bribes from Dave Sheer Guns in exchange for issuing gun licences. The military believed that theRead More

‘Pay up or die’ scam hits SA

The latest 419 scam targets paranoia about crime. A victim receives an SMS, ostensibly from a “hit man” who has been hired by the recipient’s enemies. The hit man claims to know where the person lives, works and shops. He vows to kill the recipient of the message unless he or she buys him off.

New twist in ID scam

A third suspect is expected to be arrested soon for allegedly defrauding the Department of Home Affairs. This follows the arrest of two of her colleagues by the Hawks on Friday. Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramoloko said the two suspects were part of a mobile unit tasked with assisting pupils in getting ID documents.

Construction bosses face the music at tribunal

“THIS is the bleakest moment in the construction industry’s history,” said Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas — at the very moment that the lights went out in the forgettable beige room at the Competition Tribunal this week, as if underscoring his point. Speaking at the Tribunal hearings relating to fraud, collusion and racketeering in the industry, Laas quoted former president Nelson Mandela in his plea: “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these could be namedRead More

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