July, 2015


Pyramid scheme allegations are baseless – accused

The man fingered in a pyramid scheme has denied allegations that he collected about R100m from unsuspecting members of the public. The Hawks put an end to the scheme operating out of Parow, Cape Town, last week after a crackdown in conjunction with the Financial Intelligence Centre and the Financial Services Board.

Glenvista Community Policing Forum

Resident shoots and kills 2 armed intruders – at about 04h20 three suspects wearing balaclavas broke into a home on Swartberg Street, Glenvista and made their way into the bedroom where the owners of the house were asleep. The intruders shouted at the couple that they were going to shoot them at which stage the wife reached for her licensed firearm under her pillow and shot 2 intruders – both died on scene. 1 died in the bedroom and the other just outside the front door of the premises. TheRead More

Economist Dawie Roodt attacked at home in Pretoria security estate

Economist Dawie Roodt and his wife and children were attacked by four armed men in their home in a security estate in Pretoria East, AfriForum said on Friday. “He was seriously injured and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit of a Pretoria hospital. His wife was able to lock herself and their children in a room,” AfriForum said in a statement. “Mr Roodt obtained serious head wounds and his arm was seriously injured. His wife and children are unscathed, but terribly traumatised,” Ian Cameron, head of community safety atRead More

Warning over local Microsoft phone scam

Fraudsters are masquerading as software company Microsoft in a telephone scam targeted at tricking consumers and companies out of thousands of rands. “Many users” in South Africa are receiving phone calls from these fraudsters, according to Christopher Riley who is the chief executive of laptop and accessories retailer The Notebook Company. Riley explained in a statement on Tuesday that these fraudsters pretend to be Microsoft officials who tell users that there is a problem with their PCs.

Rolex Gang up and running again?

The notorious Rolex Gang may be back stalking the streets of Sandton. Police could not confirm whether the gang was responsible for shooting Adam Ballim on Thursday, but did confirm that his wife’s watch had been stolen. Ballim, the brother of economist Goolam Ballim, was shot three times in a Sandton parking lot, say witnesses. He died in hospital.

Corruption in SA could be ‘almost out of control’

General corruption levels in SA could very well be “almost out of control and almost anything can be acquired at a price”, according to Steven Powell, co-head of forensics at legal firm ENSafrica. He expressed concern about corruption becoming entrenched in municipalities and in the government.

Watch how easy it is for criminals to jam your car remote

It is exceptionally easy for criminals to block your car remote and prevent you from locking your vehicle. Theft of goods from vehicles after a victim’s car remote has been jammed has become a regular occurrence in South Africa. Despite the security features of modern cars, criminals have discovered a simple way to get into a vehicle: prevent the owner from locking it.

Carjacked – by two guys and one laptop

Two veteran cyber-security researchers have shown they can use the internet to turn off a moving car’s engine, sharply raising the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly “connected” cars and trucks. Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie Miller, now at Twitter, and IOActive researcher Chris Valasek used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a car being driven on the highway by a reporter for technology news site wired.com.

Gone in 80 seconds: Van theft from Ford

A video posted on YouTube by the Krugersdorp News  shows armed robbers stealing a Ford Transit from a dealer in just 79 seconds. CCTV video captured two armed men holding up a guard at the entrance to the Action Ford showroom in Krugersdorp, West Rand. They had arrived in a silver Audi.

NPO told to pay back R9m

The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has ordered a registered non-profit organisation (NPO), Mpilonhle Project, to repay more than R9 million in public funds to the Department of Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal. The head of the department, Nokuthula Khanyile, said the money was paid to the NPO (which is registered in Ladysmith) in terms of an agreement reached in April 2012 for the roll-out and implementation of early childhood development centres in the province.

Netcare warns of continued job scams

Netcare has alerted the public to the opportunistic placement of Netcare-specific career and training opportunities on social media and other informal platforms. According to Peter Warrener, group human resources director of Netcare, the company’s name is being misused in a series of social media job scams.

The worst hijacking spots in South Africa

Crime data shows that Gauteng is by far the worst place in the country for car theft and hijackings, with precincts around Joburg and Pretoria hardest hit. This is according to data from Crime Stats SA, an online database run by Meerkat Data Management, which neatly displays official reported crime data from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The worst 10 precincts for hijacking in the country are largely found in Gauteng, adding weight to the province’s title as the hijacking capital of South Africa.

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