November, 2014


Ex-Sars employee on tax fraud charge

A former SA Revenue Service official, Pamela Timakwe, appeared in the Bellville District Court in Cape Town on Wednesday, charged with tax fraud. With her in the dock were co-accused Patience Thandeka Mahoti and Thabisa Lucilia Delo, also charged with tax fraud. All three were arrested on Wednesday, and appeared before magistrate Cyril Kroutz soon afterwards.

Two arrested in Eskom cyber heist

At least two Eskom employees have been arrested in connection with fraud that could have resulted in the power utility loosing billions of rand. At least two Eskom employees have been arrested in connection with fraud that could have resulted in the power utility loosing billions of rand, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

Bogus Health Inspector

This notice serves to warn the community of a person who goes around inspecting shops and poses as an Environmental Health Practitioner (Health Inspector). He leaves behind an ID copy and goes by the name of John Duran. He wears a nametag on which the words Health Inspector are engraved. He targets food premises, conducts inspections in premises and claims that he was called from Durban to come and work for the City of Johannesburg because of problems and staff shortages the city experiences.

Fee, Fi, Fo, Foul, FIFA

Fifa has published its report into dodgy biddings for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. And, surprise, almost everyone involved at least appeared to be involved in some or other shenanigans. By ANTOINETTE MULLER. Surprise! That bastion of adequate sporting governance, Fifa, have embarrassed themselves yet again. On Thursday, they released the findings of their probe into the controversial bidding races for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and, as expected, it has caused yet another fall out.

Chuck Blazer and the FIFA exposé – fit for a Hollywood blockbuster

His name in itself – Chuck Blazer – reads like something out of a satirist’s notebook. But the incredible story of the man who raised CONCACAF from poor, rickety organisation to flourishing cash cow has the potential to be one of the most important in modern sport. By ANTOINETTE MULLER. Quite amazing, isn’t it, that between corruption allegations and stories of the Ghana team having their participation cash flown in during the World Cup, the crazy inner workings of soccer can still inspire awe.

Former soccer referee gets four year jail sentence for corruption, perjury

Former referee Clifford Malgas was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison for corruption and perjury, the SA Football Association said.   Malgas’ perjury conviction was related to his role in attempted match fixing during the 2011 Safa Second Division play-offs in Cape Town, Safa said. With neither of the sentences suspended, Malgas is set to serve an effective four years behind bars.

Misappropriation of ivory funds threatens rhino horn sale

Misappropriation in a fund meant to hold proceeds of ivory sale could stymie plans to legally sell rhino horn, writes Sipho Kings. Legal trade in rhino horn is being threatened by corruption in ivory trading. (AFP) Over 900 rhino have been killed this year in South Africa. The majority have been in the Mpumalanga section of the Kruger National Park, with nearly 600 poached. With few options left and a growing illegal trade, the environment department is planning to ask for permission to sell rhino horn.

Beware criminals posing as Telkom techs

Telkom has warned of criminals posing as its technicians to get into people’s homes Criminals intent on stealing valuables from homes and offices are attempting to gain entry into premises by posing as Telkom technicians. This is according to Jacqui O’Sullivan, Telkom Managing Executive for Corporate Communication, who said that the evolving modus operandi of the suspected criminals is of great concern.

Is this SA’s police car of the future?

Future police cars might be able to access potential criminals’ ID’s and driving licences and a host of other data in a few seconds, of at least that’s the hope with a new police car that was on show at the 2014 GovTech conference at Durban’s International Convention Centre (Nov 2-5). Vodacom and Samsung created what they called “a next-generation police car” which uses fixed and mobile networks and the latest hardware to support the South African Police Service. HIGH-TECH SAPS CARS Each future police car could be fitted with camerasRead More

Facebook, Twitter networks of choice for terrorists

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are the “command-and-control networks of choice” for the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, the head of Britain’s intelligence agency said Tuesday. GCHQ director Robert Hannigan alleged that the mostly US firms that run social media platforms are “in denial over the part they play in facilitating terrorism.” He demanded they cooperate more enthusiastically with intelligence services to enable better monitoring of online traffic.

Life sentence for deadly house robbery

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for murder by the Middelburg Circuit of the High Court in Pretoria, Mpumalanga police said on Wednesday. “Yesterday, the court in Middelburg handed down a hefty sentence to Thabang Mohlala for fatally stabbing Jan du Toit, 59, and (robbing him of) his firearm,” said Brigadier Selvy Mohlala. Thabang Mohlala pleaded guilty to the murder charge.

Man responsible for three-year-old’s death released after paying R3,000 fine

 A man accused of pointing a firearm that led to the crossfire shooting that left three-year-old Luke Tibbetts dead has been released after admitting guilt and paying a fine, Gauteng police said on Friday. Warrant Officer Gordon Billing said Keenan Mokwena, 28, was sentenced to 12 months in jail or a R3000 fine at the Newlands District Court in Johannesburg last Friday. He opted to pay the fine and was released thereafter.

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