August, 2014

 

Blue line just too thin

Sprawling Khayelitsha has the highest rate of murder and sexual offences in South Africa but police in the Cape Town township are so incompetent that they do not even answer phones. These damning findings are contained in a 580-page report released yesterday by the commission that probed allegations of inefficient policing and a breakdown in relations between police and the community.


Finance boss faces inquiry into health procurement

The Gauteng Department of Health has suspended its Chief Financial Officer Ndoda Biyela pending an internal investigation following accusations of wrongdoing   Biyela was suspended following allegations of irregularities relating to procurement processes, the department said in a statement.


Head of police secretariat resigns from SAPS

JENNI Irish-Qhobosheane, the civilian secretary for police widely seen as a source of stability, has resigned from the South African Police Service (SAPS). Ms Irish-Qhobosheane was widely seen as a stabilising voice in the management of the SAPS which has increasingly been wracked with incidents of police brutality and misconduct.


Ex-cop arrested in Soweto for renting police uniforms to criminals

An ex-policeman was arrested in Soweto, Johannesburg, on Friday morning for allegedly renting out police uniforms to criminals, police said. “We found police uniforms, blue lights, reflectors, name tags… these were used to commit crimes,” said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.


Robbers steal R1 million worth of goods from Pretoria iStore

The iStore at Centurion Mall was robbed of goods worth over R1 million on Friday, Gauteng police said. “The following properties were taken – iPhones, laptops, and tablets worth over a million,” spokeswoman Lt-Col Khensani Magoai said in a statement.


Community confused by Midrand police decision

There is confusion as to whether or not Midrand police have disbanded joint operation patrols with security companies, sector crime forums and Community Police Forums. According to affected parties, they understood from a meeting that Midrand police were halting joint operations, and said they were shocked by the decision allegedly taken by police. They spoke anonymously to Midrand Reporter and all voiced the same frustrations. They alleged Midrand police were struggling to curb crime without the help and tip-offs from policing forums and security companies. They also claimed that MidrandRead More


Vandalism, theft costs JRA

The Johannesburg Road Agency has lost R57.46m to vandalism and theft in the last year. The agency is concerned about the alarming increase in theft and vandalism of road infrastructure within the city of Joburg and the compound effect of this on the economy.


Interpol building hit for fifth time

A high-security police building housing Interpol offices has been burgled again. This brings to five the number of burglaries at the Pretoria building in the past three weeks. At the weekend, thieves broke into the offices and stole laptops, electronic equipment and other devices from the Hawks anti-corruption unit.


City Power employees arrested for cable theft

Five City Power employees have been suspended and arrested for allegedly stealing cable worth R4.5 million. Three electricians and two team leaders were arrested and charged with fraud and theft, the utility said. The arrests followed a thorough audit of cable equipment after discrepancies were detected in some of City Power’s inventory.


Crime tips from the Midrand police

Midrand police and Midrand Community Policing Forum issued crime tips for residents. Colonel Steven Moodley said, “Crime incidents surrounding motor vehicles are a real concern in Midrand, accounting for nearly half the crime reported in the area. This is a real concern because in many cases these crimes can be prevented by a more vigilant approach by drivers.”


Govt must get rid of procurement fraud – body

Recent articles in the press regarding possible fraudulent activity in which members of the quantity surveying profession have been implicated are of grave concern to the SA Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). Steve Lyons, registrar of the SACQSP stated that the quantity surveying profession has a track record of strictly ensuring that the public and client’s financial interests in respect to construction projects are properly managed and safeguarded at all time.


Cheating students on the rise – survey

A survey has found that universities are battling a rising tide of cheating by students who brazenly take the easy route to a qualification, reports the Sunday Times. The study done by the Sunday Times, found that crib notes on the inside of a t-shirt, on rulers or the back of calculators was common and while more than 1 400 students have been found guilty of such dishonesty in the past year, this was just the tip of the iceberg as many were never caught.


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