March, 2015


How not to fall for Ponzi scams

There are no shortcuts to getting rich quick and anyone who says otherwise is almost certainly out to cheat you, according to Marius Alberts, regional leader of Deloitte Western Cape. “Pyramid and Ponzi schemes do not create true wealth. Don’t be the next victim,” he said.

Cops killed in dramatic highway shoot-out

A section of the N3 south in Modderfontein has been blocked off completely after three SA police service officers were shot at by unknown suspects, the Johannesburg metro police department said on Sunday. “Three SAPS members were shot. One apparently in the head, another in the leg and the other in the leg,” spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said.

Alleged Ponzi scam kingpin on his way to Australia, says Alec Hogg

Alleged Belvedere Ponzi scam kingpin Cobus Kellermann will be living the life of a billionaire in Australia sooner than you can spell P-O-N-Z-I. That’s according to BizNews publisher Alec Hogg, who broke the story about the scam. He told Fin24 in a video interview that it is common practice for wealthy South Africans hiding from the law to scuttle off to the land Down Under.

SA Facebook users to face criminal charges

Civil rights group AfriForum on Wednesday opened criminal cases against people who allegedly incited violence on social media platforms. AfriForum had received complaints from members about tweets and Facebook posts, deputy CEO Ernst Roets said.

Eskom shock: dentist and beautician score massive contracts

The Sunday Times reported that a dentist and a beautician were beneficiaries of large contracts to supply diesel for its generators According to the newspaper, Johannesburg dentist Dr Maxine Kekana’s company, KEKOIL, and beauty therapist Monica Nkosi’s firm, Kamoso Fuels, were given deals to supply diesel to Eskom.

Four life terms for man convicted of rape

A man convicted of raping his girlfriend’s daughter was sentenced in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court to four life terms, Western Cape police said on Thursday. Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the man was sentenced on Wednesday.

RDP houses for sale on Gumtree

Subsidy houses, formerly known as RDP houses, are being sold illegally for cash on classified sites such as OLX or Gumtree, leaving the beneficiaries to return to informal settlements or the street. Often the properties are sold below market value with no guarantee that the buyers will get the title deed they need to be the legal owners.

‘Dompas evidence of racist Cape’

Opposition parties in the Western Cape have hit out at the DA-led provincial government, saying their attempts to champion an investigation into the so-called “dompas” system for workers in Worcester is nothing more than a cover-up for the growing occurrences of racial discrimination in the province. A political furore erupted after it emerged this week that the Worcester SAPS and Community Policing Forum (CPF) introduced the green card identification document for workers, bearing their photographs and personal details following a proposal by the neighbourhood watches of certain suburbs in 2012.

6 arrested for impersonating cops in Jozi

  Six men were arrested in Langlaagte for impersonating police officers, Gauteng police said on Thursday. Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said the six allegedly went to a factory on Wednesday night and told the people there that they were looking for drugs.

IPID boss Robert McBride suspended

  IPID head Robert McBride has been served a notice of suspension, according to reports. eNCA reported Police Minister Nathi Nhleko served the suspension notice to the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Thursday.

Vote for firing squad due to drug shortages

A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. Utah and several other states are scrambling to modify their laws on the heels of a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year and one in Arizona in which the condemned man took nearly two hours to die. Meanwhile, Texas executed a Mexican mafia hit man on Wednesday evening with its second-to-last dosage of drugs.

2 shot dead in Pretoria business robberies

The owner and manager of two separate Pretoria West businesses were shot dead shortly after each other in two business robberies on Monday. Netwerk24‘s George Germishuys reported on Tuesday that the modus operandi for the two robberies was exactly the same.

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