June, 2014


Man held for killing girlfriend, her mother

A 24-year-old Polokwane man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing to death his pregnant girlfriend and her mother, Limpopo police said on Sunday. Colonel Ronel Otto said the man had apparently argued with his 20-year-old girlfriend, who was seven months pregnant at the time, before stabbing her and her mother, aged 58, to death at their home in the Mkwazini village at Letsitele on Thursday night. Both women died on the scene.

Soccer World Cup spurs trade in fake sick notes

A TIME difference of up to 12 hours between China and Brazil has given Chinese wheeler-dealers a lucrative opportunity to sell fake sick notes to football fans staying up all night for the World Cup. An internet search for “Beijing” and “sick notes service” returned 49,500 results on Chinese search engine Baidu on Thursday, with vendors providing photocopies of hospital certificates with official stamps and doctors’ signatures in their “product catalogue”.

Car-jamming: Watch what could happen to you

Car-jamming is on the rise at an alarming rate in South Africa. Insurance company Aon SA spoke to Wheels24 and showed exactly how this criminal activity works. And what you can do to prevent it. People are also losing not only handbags, wallets and the like, but, laptops, tablets and smart phones which very often contain irreplaceable data.

Ramphele must go

Mamphela Ramphele’s name has been dragged into a fraud scandal involving the alleged disappearance of almost R13 -million from AgangSA coffers. Police yesterday confirmed that a fraud case was being investigated. The investigation, which has yet to identify a suspect, was launched after a mystery bank account was discovered by a party official.

FSB CFO resigns over corruption

The Financial Services Board (FSB) announced on Friday in a statement that chief financial officer Dawood Seedat resigned with immediate effect. “This follows corruption allegations that have been levelled against him in his personal capacity.” The FSB said that it looking into the allegations to ascertain if it has has had any impact on Seedat’s employment relationship. Seedat, who also worked at the South Africa Revenue Services and for the National Prosecuting Authority, joined the FSB in 2006. Story

The most common online scams in SA (and how to avoid them)

Experts agree that online commerce has become the norm for many South Africans, with a considerable number of the population logging onto e-tailing websites, online classifieds and other sites to buy or sell goods. While the trade has done wonders in creating jobs and new opportunities, there is a dark side – criminals are taking advantage of the anonymity of the web to run a number of scams. Whilst many scams are easy to spot, some of extremely sophisticated, says Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing, Gumtree South Africa. “Scammers willRead More

Durban taps to run dry after pipe cables stolen

Cable thieves have stolen cables supporting water pipes to Durban North, placing its water supply at risk. Bulk-water tankers, private suppliers and the fire department are on standby to respond to the crisis.

Barking up the wrong Gumtree

Fraudsters who use bank accounts registered around the country are targeting unsuspecting consumers who hunt for bargains on websites OLX and Gumtree.   In the latest case, a Port Elizabeth woman, Debbie Prins, wanted to buy a Ford Territory in Cape Town that was advertised on OLX last week.

SAPS affirmative action challenged

Trade union Solidarity will approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday in a bid to declare the police’s employment equity plan illegal. “The SAPS employment equity plan amounts to race quotas, leading to a situation that a person’s race can form an absolute barrier to employment,” Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said in a statement on Tuesday. Hermann said the police’s equity plan was formulated in 2010 for the period 2010 to 2014.

Hackers, cyber-crime and security: no one is safe

With hackers stealing tens of millions of customer details in recent months, firms across the globe are ratcheting up IT security and nervously wondering which of them is next. The reality, cyber security experts say, is that however much they spend, even the largest companies are unlikely to be able to stop their systems being breached. The best defence may simply be either to reduce the data they hold or encrypt it so well that if stolen it will remain useless.

Phiyega appoints Gauteng top cop

Lieutenant-General Lesetja Joel Mothiba has been appointed Gauteng police commissioner,national police chief General Riah Phiyega said on Wednesday. Mothiba joined the police in 1982 and served as commander at the Alexandra police station for seven years. More recently, he was the divisional commissioner responsible for visible policing, Phiyega told reporters in Johannesburg.

More trouble for Pikitup MD

Pikitup has remained tight-lipped about reports that its suspended managing director Amanda Nair is in more hot water. According to The Star, Pikitup was now requesting that Nair pay R33 237 for five cellphones and a tablet device- which she was unofficially issued.

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