November, 2013


Indonesians urged to photograph traffic violators

Traffic violators who have long gone unchecked in Indonesia’s gridlocked and often chaotic capital, Jakarta, will soon have a new force to reckon with – fellow motorists. Police in what is one of the world’s largest and most congested cities will launch a social networking website next month to allow residents to post photos to “name and shame” errant motorists.

Social grants tender invalid: ConCourt

The Constitutional Court on Friday ruled that the awarding of the multi-billion rand social grants administration contract to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) is invalid. AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd took the matter to the country’s highest court after it lost the tender to CPS. The tender, worth R10 billion, for the administration of social grants, was awarded by the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa).

‘Man fed to pigs while he was still alive’

A mobster was killed by being fed alive to pigs by rival gangsters, Italian police said on Thursday. Francesco Raccosta was beaten with iron bars before being thrown screaming into a sty where he was swiftly eaten by the hungry animals. His horrifying death was the latest bloody instalment in a 60-year feud between warring members of an Italian crime syndicate, detectives say.

Woman raped at a prayer meeting

A Mpumalanga pastor has cancelled future night prayer meetings at his church after his congregants were robbed and a woman raped, a Sapa correspondent reported on Friday. Morris Mhlanga, senior pastor at the Emmanuel Assemblies Church in Mganduzweni, near White River, said the attack took place at his church shortly before midnight last Friday. “I don’t see us doing night prayers again unless we ask for manpower so we can have armed men or police guarding us while we pray, because what we witnessed last week Friday was very muchRead More

AmaB releases Nkandla cache

The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has released over 12 000 pages of evidence about the state-funded upgrade at Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, amaBhungane, on Wednesday released more than 12 000 pages of evidence about the state-funded upgrade at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla estate. Download the cache of documents The centre obtained the evidence from the department of public works, responsible for the R210-million upgrade, in a protracted access-to-information and legal struggle.

Nkandla report: Zuma in the deep end

The public protector’s provisional report on the funding of Jacob Zuma’s homestead directs him to repay the state and explain himself to Parliament. President Jacob Zuma has derived “substantial” personal benefit from works that exceeded security needs at his Nkandla homestead and must repay the state, public protector Thuli Madonsela has provisionally found. Cabinet members have justified the tax millions splurged on Nkandla, saying it was essential in providing Zuma with appropriate security.

Virus can attack ‘any bank anywhere’

Kaspersky Lab has recorded several thousand attempts to infect computers used for online banking with a malicious programme that its creators claim can attack “any bank in any country”. The Neverquest Trojan banker supports just about every possible trick used to bypass online banking security systems: web injection, remote system access, social engineering, and so on. In light of the Trojan’s self-replication capabilities, a sharp rise in the number of attacks involving Neverquest can be expected, resulting in financial losses for users all over the world.

Justice officials in court for R500k theft

Three justice department employees appeared on a theft charge in the Zeerust Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, police said. They and two alleged accomplices, who appeared on the same charge, were released on bail of R1000 each, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane. The case was postponed until February 14.

Teachers steal from feeding scheme

Six teachers at the Gugulabasha Primary School in Sakhile near Standerton have been arrested for allegedly stealing food, Mpumalanga police said on Thursday. The teachers, between the ages 40 and 45, were taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly taking food meant for the school’s feeding scheme, Colonel Leonard Hlathi said. Police found the groceries in their cars. Hlathi said the school had been declared a non-fee school because most parents were unemployed. The teachers were expected to appear in the Standerton Magistrate’s Court on December 3. Story

Two weeks sees 45 car jammings in Midrand

During the second week of November there were 45 cases of car jamming at Carlswald, Vorna Valley Spar and Carlswald Deco. These numbers are expected to rise during the festive period. Midrand police spokesperson Matome Tlamela said a woman parked her car, a Toyota Verso, at Sanridge Square on 8 November. She locked closed windows, locked her car and went to do her grocery shopping.

Malema loses court bid

The Polokwane High Court dismissed EFF leader Julius Malema’s application to have charges against him dropped. “I will have the matter postponed and charges are not withdrawn,” Judge Ephraim Makgoba said. “I see no prejudice on both parties in bringing this matter forward.”

Midrand ATM bombed

An FNB ATM at the Sasol Petrol Station on Old Pretoria and Le Roux roads was blown up in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Midrand police communications officer Constable Matome Tlamela said a police vehicle was on patrol when the officers received a complaint of a possible bomb threat at the ATM and proceeded to the garage and called for back-up. When the police officers arrived on the scene, they saw that the ATM was blown-up and badly damaged.

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