February, 2014


Oscar vows to tweet the ‘truth’

Oscar Pistorius’s family and spokespersons have taken to Twitter to give “the truth and expose those with ulterior motives” ahead of his trial. A new account called @OscarHardTruth was launch on Sunday, with Pistorius taking to his own account to encourage his followers. “For the truths behind the Trial, Follow @OscarHardTruth. They will uncover the truth, the trial and those involved. #oscarhardtruth,” tweeted his official account.

R16m for Tshwane freedom celebrations

The City of Tshwane has planned a R16 million, year-long celebration of 20 years of freedom for the city. It will include a memorial of the death of Nelson Mandela, and an international charity auction, leading to the bestowing of The Freedom of the Capital City order. These were some of the decisions taken at the annual lekgotla of the political executive and leadership of the City of Tshwane at the weekend.

Rotting while they wait

Thousands of awaiting-trial prisoners are languishing in jail because of delays in the justice system, such as witnesses not appearing, missing documents and lengthy postponements. Experts say innocent people are being deprived of their freedom because of delayed justice. With a third of all prisoners – 45612 – awaiting trial, prisons are overcrowded and the conditions inhumane.

Ambulance stolen in Free State after driver held at gunpoint

A Free State government ambulance was stolen after the driver and his friends were held up by gunmen in Wepener, police said on Monday. The driver visited a colleague at his house in Wepener on Sunday at 7:30pm, Sergeant Yanga Ngcukana said. Three men followed the 35-year-old driver into the colleague’s house and demanded the ambulance’s keys. One robber left but two remained behind.

Vehicle theft is on the rise

Vehicle theft and theft out of vehicles has increased across Johannesburg. Motorists need to be aware of the added risks when parking their cars in unprotected areas. Managing director of ADT Central Region, Clive Humphrey said, “Our officers on patrol often notice vehicles parked in unprotected areas.

Student got R7.7m tender: Report

A 23-year-old student awarded a R7.7 million tender to supply food to Limpopo schools insists her mother’s senior job in the provincial education department had nothing to with it. “I got the tender because I applied,” Mmaseala Kekana told City Press on Sunday. She did not answer any more questions.

Over 3,000 correctional officials charged: Ndebele

More than 3000 correctional officials had been charged with misconduct and corruption in 2012/13 financial year, the correctional service department said on Monday. A total of 251 officials were dismissed and demoted while 2,850 officials were subjected to misconduct and disciplinary proceedings, said Minister Sibusiso Ndebele in a statement. He vowed to root out corruption in his department.

Government ‘wasting’ almost R1 000 per second

The Auditor General has reported that widespread wastage and irregular ANC-Zuma government spending has resulted in the loss of almost R30 billion during the past year. Yes, thirty billion rand, which is in effect thirty thousand million rand, or R30 000 000 000, lost during the past financial year due to irregular and wasteful expenditure. The mind boggles at these astronomical figures, which confirms just how uncaring, incompetent, devious, arrogant greedy and corrupt, our ANC-Zuma government actually is under President Jacob Zuma.

Pikitup workers steal property owners’ bins

Pikitup workers are stealing bins from Joburg residents – and they’ve been caught on camera. Infuriated residents are being forced to buy their replacement bins from Pikitup for R475 because the refuse collector’s staff won’t empty non-Pikitup-branded bins if residents’ bins are stolen or damaged. To add insult to injury, Pikitup is deleting videos of the thefts posted on its Facebook page. Kensington resident Lee Cahill, who has been uploading the videos and negative comments about the bin thefts, has been blocked by Pikitup’s administrators from the page.

The rot starts at the bottom

Catherine Wijnberg is starting her “broken windows” campaign, by refusing to be party to tender-rigging. Cape Town – A few days ago I received an urgent call from the DTI asking me to submit a tender for training, along with a request to backdate the quote, as the closing date for the tender had already passed – even though I had not received any prior notice of the opportunity. This is not the first time I have received such a request – the process of using dummy providers for alternative quotesRead More

NPA denies leaking Pistorius trial documents

The National Prosecuting Authority says its unaware of how leaked documents on Oscar Pistorius’s trial have landed in the hands of media houses. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday denied leaking documents on Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial. “We cannot make comments on something that we don’t know, how it was leaked,” said NPA spokesperson Medupi Simasiku.

Nkandla: Why did Nxesi lie?

Questions remain unanswered about why Nxesi lied about the Nkandla task team report, which exonerated President Zuma from any wrongdoing. This week one chapter of the Nkandla saga came to an end – but the mystery of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi’s failed cover-up remains frustratingly unresolved. On Tuesday the Cape high court ordered Public Works to pay the Democratic Alliance’s legal costs in the process of securing the release of the so-called Task Team report.

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