April, 2014


SAPS says top cop lying over Marikana

Police officer Lt-Col Salmon Vermaak was accused on Tuesday of having used a ploy to remove North West deputy police chief Maj-Gen William Mpembe from the Marikana scene. Ishmael Semenya SC, for the SA Police Service (SAPS), made the claim at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s public hearings in Pretoria. It is investigating 44 deaths in Marikana in 2012. He asked Vermaak about an episode where the senior officer alleged that junior police officers had threatened to kill Mpembe after two of their colleagues were killed. He moved Mpembe toRead More

SA business faces cyber invasion

SA businesses face unprecedented levels of cyber attacks as global security vulnerabilities against systems reach their highest recorded level. In the rapidly evolving world of security threats, the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report revealed that total global threat alerts increased 14% year-on-year from 2012 to 2013. Around the world, a sample of 30 of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies generated visitor traffic to websites that host malware, with global energy, oil and gas sector seeing a sharp rise in malware attacks.

Urgent notice: Two scams related to COJ

This posting details two fraudulent scams that Schindlers has recently detected, in relation to fraudsters posing as COJ officials, or using COJ letterheads to obtain payment of amounts not owed. VALUATION OUTCOME NOTICE SCAM It has come to our attention that there may be fraudsters attempting to claim amounts not owed by unwary property objectors, and using the COJ’s incorrect property valuation outcome notices to do it. We were alerted to one such potential scam. The modus operandi appears to be the following:

SA in top 10 on world murder list

Swaziland has a higher murder rate than South Africa, and both countries have entered the UN’s top 10 for this type of crime during 2012. However, the data is skewed because nearly a quarter of the countries listed in the UN’s Global Study on Homicide report do not have reliable murder rates for the period of study. The UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) releases this report annually, and its report for last year, published on April 10, details murder rates for 2012 around the world.

Rhino horns worth millions stolen from state agency

Around 40 rhino horns worth millions of dollars have been stolen from the safe of a state tourism organisation in South Africa, a press report said Monday. The horns — which are highly prized in some forms traditional medicine — were taken from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) at the weekend, the Lowvelder newspaper reported. “The culprit, or culprits, cut open two steel safes fitted with double locks,” a source from the agency said.

Grant millions blown on VIPs

The South African Social Security Agency blew more than R10-million meant for the poor on bodyguards from a little-known security company to protect social development spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant and senior officials. A Sunday Times investigation has established that Vuco Security Solutions, based in KwaMashu township outside Durban, was awarded the multimillion-rand deal. Sassa pays grants to more than 15million recipients and has a budget of R113-billion.

Hospital cash plans pillaged

Holders of hospitalisation insurance policies are resorting to fraud to pay off their debts. Designed to pay offbills not covered by a medical aid scheme, or to make up for income lost or childcare expenses incurred as a result of hospitalisation, the insurance cash-back plans provide rich pickings for fraudsters. “Though some of these cases were spurred by desperation, when the money was needed to repay debt, in many other cases the goal was blatant self-enrichment,” Association for Savings and Investment SA deputy CEO Peter Dempsey said.

Telkom boss risks prosecution

Telkom chief executive Sipho Maseko faces referral to South Africa’s national prosecutor or a fine if he fails to attend a corporate governance course as ordered, a state department said. Maseko was told by regulators to attend a director duties course in February after a loan awarded to the chief financial officer of Africa’s biggest fixed-line operator was judged to have breached corporate rules. Telkom has rejected the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission’s authority to impose sanctions, Johannesburg-based Business Day newspaper reported on April 10, citing an interview with Maseko.

‘Cops stole R500k, planted drugs’

A Bruma businessman claims police planted drugs in his office and stole more than R500 000 during his arrest last Wednesday. Mohammed Sabir Hussain, who owns a shop at Oriental City in Bruma, was at home when he received a phone call from his family to come to his office immediately. Hussain said when he arrived, he found police officers who said they wanted to be let in.

Oscar struggles against relentless Nel

“Mr Pistorius, what did you think would happen if you fired through the door?” asked state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel. “I didn’t have time to think,” responded Oscar Pistorius, in the kind of question and answer session that continued throughout the afternoon. Pistorius would at first say he didn’t understand, then Nel would put a new version to the athlete, followed by the athlete’s swift denial. This happened throughout the day.

Prevention of armed robberies

In general terms, security works best in layers rather like an onion. It is also very much a compromise to suit a particular situation, in this case our main objective is to make our premises safe for all, without inconveniencing the customer. Information Criminals cannot operate in a black hole, they need to know: what is worth stealing, the security measures, Police/security response, we must endeavour to deny them this intelligence. Physical security measures are only part of the solution. Criminals can collect information through: the internet, from staff &Read More

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