September, 2015

 

Midrand magistrate’s bribery trial resumes

 After being on ice for several months‚ the trial of former Midrand magistrate Johannes Kgomo has resumed.  On Wednesday Paul Mthabela‚ the man accusing Kgomo of soliciting a R500‚000 bribe from him‚ continued to testify at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.


Fifa suspends Jerome Valcke

 Fifa yesterday suspended its No 2, secretary general Jerome Valcke, over misconduct allegations.  Valcke “has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice”, said Fifa, adding that it has requested an investigation by its ethics committee.


VW to start firings over emissions scandal-sources

Volkswagen will start firing people responsible for rigging US emissions tests and shake up management on Friday, two sources familiar with the plans said, as the German carmaker tries to get to grips with the biggest scandal in its 78-year history. The supervisory board of Europe’s biggest automaker is meeting on Friday to decide a successor to chief executive Martin Winterkorn, who resigned on Wednesday.


Blatter’s grounding hits Fifa

World soccer’s governing body, Fifa, said on Tuesday it would discuss a possible new venue and date for an executive committee meeting scheduled for Japan in December. The announcement came amid uncertainty over whether Fifa president Sepp Blatter would make the trip. He has largely avoided travel since the US indicted 14 sports marketing executives and soccer officials, including several from Fifa, on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.


Competition Commission raids offices of three recruitment agencies

COMPETITION Commission investigators swooped down on three Sandton advertising and recruitment agencies during an early morning raid on Wednesday. Commission officials seized documents and electronic data, as well as other pieces of information, from Human Communications, Kone Staffing Solutions and JobVest after obtaining High Court search warrants. The three firms are suspected of having engaged in collusive conduct for the provision of recruitment advertising services — a contravention of the Competition Act.


Ponzi scheme alert as 9 businesses under scrutiny

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has confirmed to Fin24 that it is conducting a preliminary investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes, to establish if they are contravening the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and its regulations.  “The NCC is working together with the Specialised Commercial Crimes division of the South African Police Service, and as part of its investigation will scrutinise the business models and practices of the schemes concerned,” said NCC spokesperson Trevor Hattingh.  


The most stolen car in South Africa…

Although car theft numbers have been falling in recent years, vehicle theft is big business in South Africa where it is said that one car is stolen every 9 minutes. According to Carinfo.co.za, a website that offers information about the car industry, including reviews and free online car insurance quotes, South Africa’s car theft statistics are some of the highest in the world. It states that a 2010 list of the most stolen cars indicates that the top five most stolen cars in South Africa are:


Loan sharks prey on elderly

 Imagine giving up custody of your bank card, pension card or ID document to a stranger who escorts you to the ATM or pension point every month so you can withdraw money and hand some of it over.  It’s both a criminal offence and a contravention of the National Credit Act for money lenders to do this, but many continue to do so to ensure they get their money back – with crippling interest.


Assets, including flats in the Swiss Alps, seized in FIFA probe

Apartments in the Alps are among assets seized in a probe into alleged corruption at FIFA, Switzerland’s attorney general said Monday, warning that the inquiry had not yet reached “half-time”. Switzerland began its investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in May, when the US justice department unsealed charges against 14 people accused of massive graft over decades within world football. Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, speaking alongside his US counterpart Loretta Lynch, said his wide-ranging investigation was nowhere near complete.


Roadside corruption – a major threat to tourism

Rogue police officers soliciting bribes from self-drive tourists are a major threat to the tourism industry in South Africa, says Lisa Sheard, Chairperson Kruger Lowveld Tourism (KLT). Especially in Mpumalanga, roadside corruption is still rife. KLT recorded over 60 incidents between April and September this year, with tour operators saying there are numerous more incidents happening.


WhatsApp exam leak in South Africa

Thousands of technical and private college students have been affected by a top-level probe which was instituted after exam papers were leaked to candidates via WhatsApp. The Sunday Times reported that the Department of Higher Education launched the probe into how the exam papers found their way to students through the messaging service.


Gupta’s coal mine fails quality tests – Eskom gives it R4-billion deal

Eskom went to “extraordinary lengths” to ensure the Gupta family scored a R4-billion coal supply deal from the parastatal. This is according to a report in the Sunday Times. The report states that the Gupta mine linked to the multi-billion rand deal had failed coal quality tests four times, before being awarded the lucrative deal on the fifth try. Shortly after the deal was concluded, it is reported that four Eskom employees were suspended for questioning the quality of the coal.


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