May, 2015


Pillay faces criminal charges after SARS spies explosive confession

Former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay faces a string of criminal charges after two members of the tax authority’s disgraced rogue unit submitted explosive affidavits to the Hawks implicating him in the illegal bugging of the National Prosecuting Authority offices. Pillay stands accused of authorising an illegal operation in 2007, code-named Project Sunday Evenings, to spy on former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli and other senior NPA members who were investigating former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Beware of changing of banking details scam

The City of Johannesburg warned its customers to be aware of a change of banking details e-mail scam. City of Johannesburg director of customer communications, Kgamanyane Maphologela said at no point will the City send its clients an e-mail regarding information of a sensitive nature. “We therefore urge all our customers if they receive such suspicious e-mails to alert the City,” Maphologela said.

SA’s ‘ticking time bomb’ of vehicle crime

The crime rate in South Africa is expected to continue to rise as economic and social conditions deteriorate – it’s a trend that is already shown in the sharp climb in truck and car hijackings. That’s the opinion of John Edmeston, global CFO of Cartrack Holdings, who adds that as economic growth contracts, unemployment figures grow and regard for the rule-of-law deteriorates, vehicle tracking and recovery companies believe, theft and hijacking for sale into the illicit local and cross-border markets will increase.

Cops lost 2 356 guns in 3 years

The police have lost a shocking 2 356 firearms in the past three years, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko revealed in a reply to a parliamentary question by the DA’s spokeswoman on police on Tuesday. Dianne Kohler Barnard’s question sparked the revelation of extreme negligence by public law-enforcement and raised renewed concerns of a hike in crime in a country with some of the world’s worst crime statistics, and where the number of murders committed is rising at an alarming rate.

Don’t give in to ransomware – prepare your system

Ransomware is an increasingly popular means for malware authors to extort money from people, so a properly prepared system is critical. Ransomware is malicious software that cyber criminals use to hold a user’s computer for ransom, demanding payment in order for the user to get control back, says Nathan Loftie-Eaton, Security Specialist at ESET South Africa. Ransomware gets onto a victim’s machine through social engineering tactics or using software vulnerabilities to silently install.

How to stop criminals from getting through your electric fence

Crime is one of the biggest concerns in South Africa – here is advice from security experts on how to make your home safer, and stop criminals before they get to you. Many South African home owners and businesses rely on electric fences to keep criminals out, but weaknesses in electric fence designs allow criminals to get through or over these barriers. MyBroadband contacted security expert Riaan Coetzee from Fortis Pro Active Defence Solutions to find out how criminals get over or through electric fences.

Gauteng finance chief axed

Head of the Department of Finance in Gauteng Stuart Lumka has been dismissed for alleged financial misconduct and could face possible criminal charges, the provincial government said on Tuesday. Lumka was placed on special leave in May last year following an investigation of allegations of financial impropriety, including the unauthorised payment of R48 million to a service provider that was not contracted to the department.

Joburg ‘landlord’ rakes in R1 million a year from land he doesn’t own

Joburg ‘landlord’ rakes in R1 million a year from land he doesn’t own   One Johannesburg businessman has been in this fortunate position for about a decade – and finally this week the Gauteng government concluded an investigation that found it is in fact state-owned land.

North West traders say xenophobia a front for crime

Foreign business owners who joined South Africans in a march against xenophobia near Rustenburg on Monday said they believed criminals were using anti-immigrant sentiment as a smokescreen. “Criminals used these attacks to advance their intentions, they hide behind xenophobia,” said Abdul Kazi, the chairman of the Bangladesh Business Forum in North West province.

Cape Town’s ‘flawed’ tenders probed

A forensic probe into the City’s tender bid evaluation process is under way after a civil engineering company levelled allegations of corruption against a senior official and two other companies. John Klopper, owner of JK Structures (JKS) – a national contractor which has been operating in the sewerage and water sanitation industry for 29 years – has implicated the former head of the City’s tender bid evaluation committee and two other companies operating in the industry.

Black market opening up for generators – SAPS

In what seems to be a new trend, criminals in Pretoria are taking advantage of load-shedding – and stealing generators. Two suspects have now been nabbed for targeting businesses in the east of the capital. Police have warned a black market appears to be opening up for generators, as Eskom power-cuts bite. Click here for the full story and to watch the video Story

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