January, 2015


‘SAPS full of hardened criminals’

The South African Police Service is rife with hardened criminals, murderers, rapists and hijackers. This is according to the SA Institute of Race Relations new report, The wolf guards the sheep, which was released yesterday. In the report researchers warn that the situation of police criminality is so severe that women driving alone at night have reason to fear seeing blue lights in their rear-view mirrors.

Wife of SA mining boss fined for air-rage incident

A Canadian court has slapped a South African woman, the wife of a mining magnate, with a fine equivalent to R137000 after she caused a temporary flight diversion of an Air Canada flight last month. Nomantangwa Johansson, 30, lives with her husband, Ivanhoe Mines CEO Lars-Eric Johansson, in Sandhurst, Johannesburg. They were travelling from London to Toronto on December 17 when she reportedly threw a temper tantrum because she could not sit next to her husband on the flight and her TV did not work.

MTN bribe accused to pilot new airline

Former South African ambassador Yusuf Saloojee, the man who was allegedly bribed by an MTN official in Iran, has emerged as the chairman of South Africa’s newest low-cost airline, Pak Africa Aviation, which is due to be launched next month. Pak Africa, which will operate as Skywise, is the fourth new airline in two years planning to take to local skies. Some of these new airlines have linked arms with controversial individuals.

Another arrest in Witbank SBV robbery

Titus Maila, 45, was arrested at his home in Bronkhorstspruit and taken to the Witbank Magistrate’s Court on Friday. His case was postponed and he will return to court on January 29 for a bail application. Last April between R40 to R50 million was stolen from the SBV cash centre in Witbank by an armed gang who overpowered two guards and stole their firearms.

More arrested in Soweto looting spree

The number of people arrested in connection with looting of foreign owned shops in Soweto has risen to 178, national police said on Sunday. “So far, 178 suspects have been arrested…Six of them are juveniles and have been released into the custody of their parents pending their appearance in court,” said Lt-General Solomon Makgale.

Small businesses need to handle cash safely

Business robberies are a common occurrence in South Africa. The recent Soweto looting is a case in point, and small businesses need to protect themselves and their ability to function after an incident such as a robbery or looting. Most of these attacks are aimed at relieving businesses of their cash on hand. For cash-handling micro, small or medium businesses, a robbery can easily bring these companies to their knees.

WhatsApp upgrade SMS warning

South Africans must be cautious about a new WhatsApp SMS campaign which could cost them lots of money South Africans be warned – an SMS campaign which can cost unsuspecting WhatsApp users R210 per month is doing the rounds.

WATCH: Daylight robbery at Kempton Park petrol station

KEMPTON PARK – A dramatic robbery caught on camera is doing the rounds on social media. The incident took place at a petrol station on the R21 between Kempton Park and Pretoria. The footage shows two suspects coming out of a silver VW, with one of the men pulling out a gun.

Plett man held for horrific child porn

A Plettenberg Bay man has been arrested at his mother’s home by an international police team, co-ordinated by the FBI, for child porn so distressing that seasoned sexual violence unit officers were sickened. Belgium’s child sexual-exploitation team came across the Plett suspect’s IP address after arresting another paedophile who was active on a particular forum.

This is how people steal electricity in South Africa

Illegal electricity connections are a major problem in South Africa. Eskom has long warned of the dangers of illegal electricity connections, but the potentially fatal consequences of power theft were brought into stark relief by recent reports of the death of Princess Ntuli.

Oscar Pistorius family company implicated in price-fixing scandal

A company owned by the family of Oscar Pistorius has been hit by allegations of price-fixing, according to a report. The Competition Commission has filed an application to have the company, Hendrik Pistorius & Co, originally founded by the Paralympian’s grandfather, fined for allegedly being part of a price-fixing cartel in the agriculture industry since 1995, the Sunday Independent reported

Matric cheats face three-year ban, says department

MATRICULANTS found to have cheated could be banned from writing matric for the next three years, the Department of Education said in Durban on Monday. In addition, officials found to be complicit in suspected mass cheating in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape could face criminal charges, Department of Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga told reporters.

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