September, 2013


Cop sold me police docket, claims suspect

A Chatsworth police colonel is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate after being accused by a suspected drug dealer of selling a police docket to him for R10 000. The directorate confirmed on Friday that Colonel Bongani Biyela, the head of the detective service at the Chatsworth police station, was facing corruption charges after Strini Naidoo, a suspected whoonga/sugars dealer, was allegedly found in possession of a police docket earlier this month during a drug raid on his house.

Hawks to probe Mbete Gold Fields deal

The Hawks would investigate allegations of corruption and bribery in a Gold Fields empowerment transaction involving ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, Beeld reported on Monday. Major General Hans Meiring, head of the Hawks’ commercial crimes unit, confirmed the investigation in a letter to the Democratic Alliance after the party asked for a probe earlier this month.

Zuma’s e-tolls move: How to alienate friends and reward political opponents

The announcement that President Jacob Zuma had signed the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Act into law seems to have caught everyone by surprise. People in the leadership of the ANC and Cosatu were as amazed as the public and civil society organisations opposed to e-tolling by the bombshell announcement. For the Democratic Alliance, it is manna from heaven for their campaign to win control of Gauteng in the 2014 elections. For Gauteng motorists, it is now a decision whether to comply with the law, and possibly vent throughRead More

Former top cop investigated for fraud

Former KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge is being investigated for fraud. The latest developments come after it was alleged Mdunge’s matric certificate was fake. Mdunge denies these claims.

187 cops caught in less than 2 months

Statistics compiled by the South African Police Services’ human resources division show that 187 police officers were arrested for crimes between 8 July and 26 August this year. According to the Sunday Times, 39 officers were arrested on suspicion of murder, 23 for corruption, 20 for robbery and 14 for rape. This comes after the police’s top brass instructed provincial and divisional commissions in July to start reporting the arrests of staff within 24 hours and to submit weekly reports to General Riah Phiyaga, the national police commissioner.

NEF chief probed for corruption

A forensic investigation has been launched into the actions of National Empowerment Fund CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa following allegations of fraud and corruption. According to the Sunday Times, this comes after the department of trade and industry received an anonymous tip-off. The fund came under the spotlight last month when it emerged that Mthethwa had granted Khanyi Dhlomo a loan of R34m to open Luminance, a luxury boutique in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

SA on terror alert

South Africa has been put on terror alert after Samantha Lewthwaite, the alleged mastermind behind the Kenya terrorist attack, was seen doing surveillance of embassies in Pretoria recently. Dubbed the “White Widow” by the British media, Lewthwaite has been on intelligence watch lists for the past two years. Recent sightings of her were brought to the attention of the South African police intelligence by a security organisation linked to the local Jewish community.

Hawks probe Mandela’s stolen millions

Investigators have set their sights on a secret bank account that they say may have been used for fraudulent activities. A mysterious bank account allegedly belonging to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund has now become the focus of a high-level financial investigation by the Hawks, the Mail & Guardian learnt this week.

Empowerment fund writes off R290-million in loans

The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) had to write off R290-million worth of non-performing loans last year, over double the amount of the previous year, the Business Day newspaper reported. A significant portion of these investments are in the construction sector.   The NEF, which wrote off R105m in loans in 2011, stated in its annual report presented to Parliament on Thursday that “tough economic times” had impacted upon “distressed business”, according to the daily.

Report damns Gauteng audit unit

Highly paid staff keep their jobs despite dodgy hiring process and lack of qualifications. The Gauteng internal audit unit – responsible for ensuring that the province is corruption-free and that other departments adhere to good governance principles – has been hit by an irregular appointments scandal after an internal investigation revealed several senior managers are unqualified.

SAPS blasted over Mdluli saga

The withdrawal of charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has “undermined the integrity” of the police, says the high court. The South African Police Service was criticised by the high court in Pretoria on Monday for its handling of the allegations against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Joburg metro cops fleeced

A criminal syndicate with links to cashiers at the Johannesburg Metro Police Department has swindled the traffic law-enforcement agency out of R18-million. Forensic investigations into fraud and corruption in the department found that the syndicate had infiltrated its licensing and fine-payment operations with the help of 50 cashiers and officials.

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