August, 2013


Sandton is bribe city, Midrand second

Sandton is Joburg’s bribe hot spot. This is according to Corruption Watch which analysed its own data from tip-offs from the public. According to the public’s complaints about the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) that were reported to Corruption Watch between January last year and April this year:

Cloud over new Gauteng top cop – DA

There was a potential cloud over the head of newly appointed Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Bethuel Zuma, the Democratic Alliance said on Saturday. “The national police commissioner must clarify whether it is in fact Zuma who was arrested on a raft of charges related to an alleged drunk driving incident in December 2008,” Kate Lorimer MPL said.

Mixed reactions to Zuma appointments

Reaction from political parties and civil society was mixed on Friday following the appointments of a new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), new head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and new director of public prosecutions in the KwaZulu-Natal. The appointments were announced by President Jacob Zuma earlier on Friday. Mxolisi Nxasana was the country’s new NDPP, with Vasantrai Soni named as the new head of the SIU.

Martins is new roads boss

Department of Transport chief operating officer Gilberto Martins has been appointed caretaker head of the Road Traffic Management Corporation. Martins took over as acting head more than two weeks ago when acting CEO Collins Letsoalo was fired the day after he defied Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ order to hand over R508-million in traffic fines and licence-renewal fees held by the corporation .

Top cop Petros bids farewell

Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros has bid a passionate farewell to the province’s men and women in blue. “After 10 years of being the captain of this ship (SAPS), the captain has parked the ship and made sure that today we are doing the refreshment and making sure that the ship continues its journey – but we agreed that the captain is not going to be on the ship moving forward,”Petros said.

Coming soon to a Court near you: the Zuma Spy Tapes. Again. And again. And again.

On Thursday night, news trickled through that President Jacob Zuma was going to appeal the verdict in the Zuma Spy Tapes case. He’d decided that he was not at this stage going to allow the DA access to the tapes, and thus the official papers had been lodged saying he would appeal. In a case that has been running for as long as this one, this was not unexpected, and isn’t really a big move. We’re used to Zuma appealing everything. But so much lies within this decision, that itRead More

Zuma’s secret deal with dictator

The biggest military setback suffered by democratic South Africa was the result of President Jacob Zuma breaking promises made during a secret back-room deal with Central African Republic dictator François Bozizé. This emerged during an exclusive Sunday Times interview with Bozizé in Paris this week. The deposed strongman revealed for the first time that he: Sent his son Jean Francis Bozizé, then the CAR’s defence

Police captain held for selling guns

A police captain from Mbombela was arrested and charged with illegal trafficking in firearms, Beeld reported on Wednesday. Additional charges of corruption and theft were also laid against Captain Godfrey Lubisi, 57, who was arrested at work. Police said the arrest followed a year-long investigation, after rumours that weapons were being sold from the Nelspruit police station for as little as R2 000.

Reports of police brutality soar

South Africa’s police force is increasingly violent against the people it is supposed to protect, researchers have found. Brutality cases recorded against police officers increased by 313 percent in the 10 years 2001/2 to 2011/12, the annual crime conference of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was told on Wednesday.

Seta chief ‘is player and referee’

A board member is accused of exploiting insider knowledge to land a R26m contract. The mining qualifications sectional educational and training authority (Seta) is facing claims of tender irregularity, conflicts of interest and flouting of good governance principles after a company linked to a board member was handed a R25.8-million contract to train artisans. The contract for the pilot project was given to the Witbank-based Colliery Training College (CTC), one of whose directors, Johan Venter, is an employer representative on the mining qualifications authority’s (MQA) board.

Man shoots dead four friends and wounds girlfriend

On Friday 16 August four people were murdered and a fifth person was wounded in a car in Midrand. It is thought that the group were driving home from a party in Olievenhoutbosch when the 30 year old suspect had an argument with one of the passengers. The suspect then shot the passenger, who was also a childhood friend before shooting three other passengers as well as his girlfriend.

Zille uses R87-million in drug war

The Western Cape provincial government has budgeted R87-million to fight drug and alcohol abuse, premier Helen Zille said on Monday. “Our commitment in this regard has led to a doubling of our annual budget for interventions to address substance abuse over the last four years, from just R42-million when we came into office in 2009, to R87-million this year,” she said.

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