December, 2013

 

21 questions for the sports minister

Graeme Joffe has 21 questions for Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula which no one seems to want to ask. There are so many problems in local sport and at some point minister Fikile Mbalula needs to take responsibility, instead of worrying about how much he can spend on the next awards function. Just how many millions have been spent on these often non-events should also be investigated.


Even if they call me a fake, but I am the great fake: Mandela memorial mimer

The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Tamsanqa Jantjie, has called himself “a great fake”. “Even if they call me a fake, but I am the great fake because I expose what is going on in the government and system,” Jantjie is heard saying in a video clip posted on social networking site Facebook.


Nelson Mandela Foundation warns public of text message scam

It’s been almost two weeks since Nelson Mandela was laid to rest and already criminals are using his name to steal money from unsuspecting victims. The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s website has warned against these scams by posting them on their website for easy identification.  The organisation said people needed to be vigilant and ignore any messages that claim they have won money.     The scam uses SMS and claims that a mobile network subscriber has won hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of rands.


Mthethwa announces SAPS probe

A comprehensive forensic investigation will be conducted within the SA Police Service (SAPS) service termination section, the police ministry said on Sunday. The section is responsible for the processing and payment of service termination benefits to former police employees, and those employed under the SAPS and public service acts, said ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi. The investigation, announced by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, followed the arrests of Eunice Sifunda, Daphney Mdluli, Nomcebo Sono and police employee Agnes Nkuna in connection with alleged service payout fraud and corruption, he said.


Microdots bad for robbers, good for you

A project to “contaminate” household goods with microdot technology, making them unattractive to burglars and home invaders, will be extended to the rest of the province. Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said KwaZulu-Natal police had decided to launch the project after its success in investigating vehicle-related crime. From September 1 it became compulsory for all vehicles registered for the first time to be microdotted.


Be careful at ATMs this festive season

The festive season is in full swing and with many people receiving their bonuses, fraudsters are on the prowl. The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has encouraged banking customers to be vigilant and safe when using ATMs.


‘Mandela wanted SA to be free of corruption’

South Africa has failed to live up to the vision of former president Nelson Mandela, his friend and lawyer George Bizos said on Thursday. “We have failed to live up to the vision of Mandela,” said Bizos. “We have failed materially in many respects.” Bizos was speaking at a celebration and memorial for Mandela at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.


Security blunder exposed Obama

World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, were put at risk at the Nelson Mandela memorial service. Thamsanqa Jantjie hit international headlines when it emerged that he “translated” the speeches of several world leaders, including Obama and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, in “gibberish” pseudo sign language. Jantjie has admitted that he is subject to violent episodes attributable to his mental condition.


Madonsela scents something rotten

Why did Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s department bend over backwards to promote Sekunjalo? News Analysis Iqbal Survé is only human, so it is likely that at some point after he learned of the death of Nelson Mandela, he would have been visited by a flicker of relief. After all, only a few hours earlier, the public protector had delivered a report that was deeply embarrassing for his company, Sekunjalo, the new controlling shareholder of Independent Newspapers. Now all that would be swept off the front pages by Madiba.


Tshwane Metro metering contract branded ‘blatantly corrupt’

On 5 December 2013, Afrikaans business rights watchdog organisation, AfriSake, initiated court proceedings to prevent a contract between the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and private service provider PEU Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd (PEU) from proceeding. The contract, with service fees to PEU estimated to be in excess of R27 billion over the contract period, was established in May 2013, when the City of Tshwane approved a 10-year arrangement to outsource its entire electricity metering and revenue collection activity to a private company, PEU. By CHRIS YELLAND.


Tutu’s house broken into during Mandela memorial

Burglars broke into the Cape Town home of peace icon Desmond Tutu while he was away speaking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, says an aide. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s home was broken into while he was at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, an aide said on Wednesday.


N1 speed-over-distance trap goes live

Reckless speeding is being tackled head-on on one of the Cape’s most notorious roads, often described as a “road of death”. The Western Cape’s fourth “speed-over-distance” system has been launched to snare those who break the law this summer. Siphesihle Dube, spokesman for Transport MEC Robin Carlisle, explained that the Average Speed Over Distance system calculated and then determined the time it took a vehicle to travel from the first camera to a second camera.


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