October, 2013

 

DA calls for Phiyega’s suspension

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega must be suspended pending the outcome of a probe into allegations that she defeated the ends of justice, the DA said on Tuesday “In order to ensure that the investigation is truly independent, Phiyega must be suspended as a course of action to allow the investigation to be conducted without any possibility of her interference,” Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement.


Lifestyle audits could wipe out looters

Corruption could be stamped out instantly if there was the political will to investigate where the money disappeared to. When there are no consequences people act with impunity, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana. Government has re-discovered its mojo. Initiatives that had stalled in the past few years will suddenly be resuscitated. One of them is the youth wage subsidy, which was first mooted in the early 2000s. It met with fierce resistance.


Child porn rife in SA

As investigations intensify into what is thought to be South Africa’s biggest child porn ring, Interpol has warned that it is unlikely to be the only one operating in the country. Six suspects were arrested in August and 70 more have been identified in the past two months. Though he refused to be drawn on the specifics of the investigation, Interpol’s human trafficking and child exploitation head, Michael Moran, said: “What you are seeing in South Africa now is what other countries saw a few years ago – and whatRead More


Phiyega facing criminal charges

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and a breach of national security for allegedly alerting a senior manager that he was being investigated. Phiyega allegedly informed the senior police officer, whose name is known to The Star, that crime intelligence had monitored his cellphone. Phiyega had reportedly been informed about the interception and the imminent arrest by crime intelligence of the high-ranking officer.


Bill for Boeremag trial hits R36m

R36m and counting. That is how much Legal Aid SA has spent on defending Boeremag members in their treason trial. As the trial draws to a close, with sentencing due to be finalised by Tuesday, the taxpayer could face even more legal bills if the accused in the marathon 10-year trial appeal. Legal Aid SA has confirmed to the Pretoria News that this is one of the most expensive trials it has funded.


Another top cop in hot water

The businessman at the centre of a corruption investigation into provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer admits to having “a close relationship of 20 years” with the top cop, but denies their relationship is a corrupt one. It is believed that the Hawks have for the past four months been investigating a suspected corrupt relationship between Lamoer and the businessman, who has protested his innocence. Speaking to the Cape Argus on Sunday from a secure, “untapped” line, the man said the allegations against him emanated from a personal vendetta thatRead More


Police force corroded by factionalism

The leadership crisis in the police is worrying and will definitely affect the public’s confidence in the force, says Moshoeshoe Monare. The leadership crisis in the police is worrying and will definitely affect the public’s confidence in the force. The factional battles will also dampen the morale of the dedicated men and women in blue and boost the agenda of the incompetent, corrupt members. The country is terrorised by criminals and the statistics show that violent crime – which has a chilling effect on the national psyche – is onRead More


Scopa chairman loses his cool

A gauteng department has been accused of ‘inventing a new policy’ after it awarded over R400-million in contracts to companies that did not score the highest in bid evaluations. This was revealed in written responses to queries from the standing committee on public accounts yesterday in the provincial legislature. Replying to the committee, the department of infrastructure development admitted to awarding contracts worth a total value of R412190284.22 to 17 companies.


Stop wasting public funds

President Jacob Zuma should stop wasting public funds on the court case involving the so-called spy tapes, the DA said on Monday. “As a result of President Jacob Zuma’s delaying tactics during the DA’s bid for the release of the ’spy tapes’, the South African public has had to cough up nearly R1.3 million in legal fees,” Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said in a statement.


New Marikana footage points finger at police

“Fourth camera angle” Marikana footage appears to further implicate police and raises questions about who ordered the use of deadly force.The Marikana Support Committee has called for the police officers present when 34 miners were killed at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine on August 16 last year to be charged with murder following the release of new, apparently damning, footage of the massacre.


Resident robbed after being asked for diesel

Six suspects stole a plasma television and three cellphones from a house on Republic Road in President Park at about 7pm on 8 October. Midrand police communication officer Constable Matome Tlamela said, “According to the complainant, unknown people knocked at the door pretending to look for diesel. The complainant unlocked the security gate and he went out to speak to them.


Court bid to reverse restructuring in SAPS

Both Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and national police commissioner Riah Phiyega will have to explain to the court on Thursday why Phiyega had restructured the police’s top management without consulting the unions. The South African Police Union filed papers in the Johannesburg Labour Court earlier this week to stop Phiyega’s changes which she announced to senior staff on September 1.


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