December, 2014


Gautrain techie fraud case postponed

Former Gautrain Management Agency employee and fraud accused Obakeng Israel Busang’s bail application was postponed in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court Former Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) employee and fraud accused Obakeng Israel Busang’s bail application was postponed in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday. Judge Jerry van Vuuren postponed the matter to December 11 due to an overloaded court roll.

Domestic worker held for Midrand murder

 A domestic worker has been arrested after a woman was killed and her home robbed at a Midrand complex, Gauteng police said on Friday. The 27-year-old woman was due to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court shortly, said Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela. Police were searching for three men believed to be her accomplices.

Scene of carnage horrifies residents

The gruesome discovery of six bodies in an isolated area in Cape Town has left the community terrified. The men, aged between 18 and 30, were found yesterday morning in Joostenbergvlakte in Kraaifontein, allegedly face down and with their hands and feet tied. Their heads appeared to have been smashed in with concrete blocks. One of the men was naked.

Robbers loot cellphone shop at mall

A cellphone shop in a Kuils River shopping centre was robbed on Friday, despite police efforts aimed at preventing these crimes and a lull in mall attacks. Robbers struck the store in the Soneike Shopping Centre and held a worker and shoppers at gunpoint. Police said four men, one with a gun, walked into the shop and threatened the employee and two customers on Friday.

Judge grants right to appeal against Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction

Judge Thokozile Masipa has granted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) the right to appeal Oscar Pistorius’s murder acquittal for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In her ruling, Masipa said she had been convinced by prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s argument that the appeal was based on matters of law and that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) should consider the issue of whether she had correctly applied the principles of dolus eventualis and the correct approach to circumstantial evidence in her September judgment, in which she found Pistorius guilty ofRead More

From shocking to bizarre: SA’s list of fakes and their flaky stories

Perhaps the most shocking of the fake academic claims this year was the revelation that struggle veteran Pallo Jordan, one of the ANC’s most respected intellectuals, had lied about holding a PhD. For more than three decades, Jordan was regarded abroad and in South Africa as one of the country’s best political brains, with a doctorate from the London School of Economics.

Hard questions to be asked about quality of our detectives

Four years and many millions of rands later, our justice authorities have had to endure the humiliation of watching British businessman Shrien Dewani fly out of the country after being acquitted of the murder of his wife, Anni, while on their honeymoon in Cape Town. There has been much outrage at the decision to discharge Dewani – as well as a torrent of criticism of Cape Town High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso – but she was correct in finding that the state’s evidence had “fallen far below” the level neededRead More

National police commissioner won’t co-operate with SAPS probe

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega has informed Police Minister Nathi Nhleko she will not co-operate with a probe into issues in the SAPS, according to a report.   City Press reported on Sunday that in a letter addressed to Phiyega in October, Nhleko told her he had been advised of a number of concerns pertaining to the functioning of the SA Police Service.

Hundreds of rogue cops kicked out

The police fire at least one rogue officer every day. In the past 18 months, they have dismissed 777 officers, most of them, said spokesman Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale, for criminal offences.

SCA sentences former Fidentia boss Brown to jail

FORMER Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown was sentenced on Monday to in effect 15 years in jail after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) set aside his previous sentence for fraud. Brown received 15 years’ imprisonment on each of two fraud charges. The sentences will run concurrently. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had appealed the R75,000 fine and suspended jail term handed down by the High Court in the Western Cape last May.

Outlaws throng roads

More than 200 Cape Town taxis are impounded every month for permit violations.   JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security, said that in the last 16 months 3777 taxis had been impounded, most of them because their drivers did not have an operating permit. “This is a staggering statistic and illustrates the difficulties of regulating this industry,” said Smith.

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