March, 2016


Woman bust with crystal meth worth R10m at OR Tambo airport

A woman was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport after allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the country at the weekend. The South African woman, 47, apparently stashed crystal meth, with an estimated street value of R10 million, into her luggage, according to the police’s Facebook page. She had arrived at the airport from Accra, Ghana, on Sunday morning when she was flagged by customs officials.

George municipal manager arrested over R5m of misused state funds

A municipal manager who allegedly authorised payment of R5 million to a property company that never built a single house has been arrested by the Hawks.   Cecil Mark Africa (70) was released on warning when he appeared at the George Regional Court this week‚ the police’s elite unit Major Robert Netshiunda said in a statement on Friday. It is alleged that Africa‚ who was the Director of Planning and Development at George Municipality as well as the Municipal Manager of the same municipality between 2004 and 2008‚ unlawfully andRead More

‘Well-dressed’ ATM crooks target CPT tourists

Smartly dressed, well-spoken fraudsters lurking around Cape Town ATMs are scamming international tourists out of thousands of rands in a complex syndicate. This is according to a warning from the Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID) about a spike of ATM theft from this syndicate in 2016. The syndicate operates in a group of between four to six fraudsters and their modus operandi includes dropping high-value cash notes on the floor to distract tourists. The fraudsters then also speed off in rental cars after committing the theft, according to theRead More

South Africa paid $10 million bribe for 2010 World Cup: FIFA

FIFA on Wednesday demanded tens of millions of dollars in damages from the “sordid” officials now facing charges in the United States over mass bribery scandals that have rocked world football. In a wide-ranging admission to US authorities on the scope of soccer corruption, football’s governing body openly accused South Africa of paying a $10 million bribe to secure votes for the 2010 World Cup. FIFA also highlighted how one of the main accused, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, has allegedly been leading a champagne lifestyle despite agreeing to handRead More

FIFA bans 3 South Africans over pre-World Cup match-fixing

FIFA banned three more former South African Football Association officials on Monday over match-fixing in friendlies ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup. Former SAFA chief executive Leslie Sedibe was banned for five years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,200). The governing body also banned Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former officials at SAFA’s referees department, for two years each. Last year, Lindile Kika, SAFA’s head of national teams in 2010, was banned from all football activities for six years.

Car remote jamming insurance warning

Car owners who use remote control keys to lock their cars should take extra care, because if a criminal uses remote jamming, an insurance company may not pay out a claim. Over the last year there has been a spike in car remote jamming, and consumers have been warned that insurance companies may not pay out claims from victims of this crime. Car remote jamming is an attack thieves use to prevent drivers from locking their vehicles in parking lots around South Africa.

The South African cyber scam that stole R70 million from lonely women

An Internet fraud syndicate operating out of Pretoria stole over R70 million from hundreds of women over six years, with a Nigerian man posing as a US soldier to win the hearts of his lonely victims. According to a report in the Sunday Times, the cyber scam network was set up by a group of Nigerians in 2009, which ran romance and credit card-related scams. One victim was an American woman who was ditched while waiting at an airport, in her wedding dress along with her pastor, for her “future husband”.

Singapore’s anti-corruption body is a role-model for SA

South Africa “has literally billions stolen” from it due to corruption, and a Singapore-style anti-corruption body may be the answer. Singapore, known for its tough stance on corruption in the private and public sector, is the role model South Africa is looking to. Deputy Public Protector, advocate Kevin Malunga, speaking on Friday at a symposium on corruption held by local NGO Umtapo Centre, said he and staff from the public protector’s office visited Singapore three weeks ago to meet the country’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.

Municipal boss accused of corruption in R300m upgrade project

Pietermaritzburg’s high-flying municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, has been suspended, but he will still be paid his full salary of nearly R2 million a year. The resolution to kick him out was taken because he allegedly used proceeds from a nearly R300 million infrastructure upgrade to line his pockets. The decision was taken at a full council meeting after a notice of intention to suspend was served on Nkosi, a former political adviser to KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu.

Asset Forfeiture Unit nabs smugglers with R76.7 million cash in Mpumalanga

 The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) believes that the R76.7 million cash that was confiscated from suspected smugglers driving a bakkie from Mozambique into South Africa could have been headed for the Middle East. NPA spokesperson, Luvuyo Mfaku, said the authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has already seized the R76,725,714 and a Toyota Hilux Double Cab pick-up vehicle believed to have been used in the smuggling of the cash after obtaining a preservation of property order in the Pretoria High Court last week.

Gauteng get new police commissioner

Major General Deliwe Suzan De Lange has been appointed the new SA Police Service Commissioner of Gauteng, the office of Premier David Makhura has announced.   Makhura welcomed her appointment, stating that she had over 30 years of police experience. “We wish to congratulate and welcome Major General De Lange in her new and demanding role. We are confident that she brings a wealth of experience with her to help us fight crime and build a safer Gauteng,” said Makhura.

Dozens of cellphone users hit by SIM-swap scam

Over 100 Fin24 users say they have also been hit by a SIM-swap scam that pilfers up to hundreds of thousands of rands from victims’ bank accounts. Fin24 reported on Wednesday about a SIM-swap scam that has affected First National Bank (FNB) customers who have MTN phone contracts. READ: Thousands of rands lost in ‘FNB, MTN scam’ Private consulting forensic scientist, Dr David Klatzow, says his client, Cape Town audiologist Gail Jacklin, lost over R200 000 from the scam earlier this year. Dr Klatzow said his client hasn’t been reimbursedRead More

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