September, 2014

 

‘SMS traffic fine notices illegal’

Motorists who receive an SMS notification of a traffic fine or summons could challenge the legality of the practice in court if they didn’t receive a printed version, or if they weren’t formally served with the summons, those in the industry say. Many motorists have been ignoring SMSes received, fearing they could be part of a scam. However, according to the City of Cape Town, the SMSes are legitimate.


Beware this new banking scam

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) today issued an alert to banking customers of the Change in Banking Details Scam. SABRIC CEO Kalyani Pillay said bank customers must be wary when being told that a certain supplier has changed their banking details and must thoroughly verify if the details have indeed changed.


Analysis: The SAPS need more than prayer – they need a leader

News that a ministerial task team is to investigate whether Riah Phiyega is fit to hold office proves that T.B. Joshua is not the only prophet around. When the new national police commissioner was appointed (two years ago) we all warned this would happen. A year later, we warned again. For ALEX ELISEEV the latest headlines have a sad, familiar ring to them. Today is the police’s National Prayer Day. Seriously. There’s even a media event and everything.


Scam targets ‘chink’ in banks’ armour

Many people wouldn’t look twice at a R99 deduction from their bank account, if they check their statements at all. But be warned, this is being taken full advantage of by fraudulent companies in the latest banking scam involving debit orders. The scam targets an alleged chink in the armour of banks, using so-called non-authenticated debit orders (NAEDO) which are activated ahead of regular debit orders, allowing creditors to claim from their debtors.


Zuma probes Phiyega

President Jacob Zuma has ordered a ministerial probe into the conduct of under-fire national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, barely two years after she was appointed the country’s top cop. The Sunday Independent has established, through several sources, that Zuma issued the instruction to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko before his departure for a UN meeting in New York last week to put together a ministerial committee to look into allegations of misconduct against Phiyega.


Police liable after reservist shoots ex-lover

The police minister has been found vicariously liable for the actions of a reservist who, scorned by her former lover’s refusal to reconcile with her, used a police firearm to shoot him in a city clothing store. The reservist, Nombuyiselo Petshwa, was sentenced to eight years in jail, two of which were suspended, after she pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and defeating the administration of justice.


Crooked priests blamed for fake registrations

Crooked priests, corrupt officials and dishonest traditional leaders are among those responsible for many foreigners worming their way onto the National Population Register (NPR), Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Sunday. Briefing the media in Pretoria, he told reporters his department’s late registration of birth programme – which after six years, will come to a close on December 31 next year – had created challenges.


Police ‘gave guns to gangs’

Notorious gang bosses, police and security company staff face arrest as part of an extensive police probe into a countrywide syndicate that allegedly issued fraudulent firearm licences. Police at the Central Firearm Registry in Pretoria are suspected of having created successful gun licence applications on the police’s computer system and then issuing the licences to some of the leading gangsters and drug dealers in the Western Cape.


Two murder accused on the run in Limpopo

A manhunt is underway for two men accused of murder after they escaped during a shootout at the Marble Hall police station, Limpopo police said on Saturday.   The two men — along with another who was killed during the subsequent shootout — were being given breakfast in the holding cells on Saturday morning, when they overpowered two policemen, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.


Madiba ‘loot’ returned

More than R4.1-million – money allegedly fraudulently diverted from funds meant for Nelson Mandela’s memorial services – has been forfeited to the state.   The forfeited money is part of the nearly R6-million paid by Buffalo City municipality last year for the Mandela services. Some of the metro’s most senior officials were arrested in connection with the fraud allegations recently.


Vehicle theft through social media in SA

The South African Insurance Crime Bureau (SAICB) has warned against car thieves using social media channels like Facebook. When people complain on the Facebook page of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and manufacturers they receive an email from the “official” website of the manufacturer saying they will collect the vehicle and repair it for free. Members of the syndicate arrive and the owner never sees his vehicle again.


Murder, theft-out-of-motor-vehicles up in Midrand

The local crime stats for the Midrand policing precinct showcased an increase in theft-out-of-motor-vehicles from 574 incidents in the 2004/5 financial year to 918 incidents in 2013/14. The South African Police Services announced that nationally murder had increased in the 2013/14 financial year, and this was also reflected in the local crime statistics for Midrand policing precinct. Murder incidents had increased from 14 incidents in 2004/5 to 19 incidents in 2013/14 financial year.


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