April, 2016

 

Parliament blows R1m on jaunt to London

Questions raised about sidelining of union, why UK is the benchmark and the timing of the trip during the World Cup Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana and four of his top staff spent almost R1 million in the UK on a 10-day “benchmarking” exercise – travelling on SAA and British Airways business class flights and staying in five-star hotels. A week later, Mgidlana took two of those officials and two others on another trip to Turkey to study how the Turkish Parliament works.


Tshwane launches city-wide crime safety app

After a months’ long incubation period, Project Namola is finally live in the City of Tshwane. The safety application went live and demonstrated faster response times for Metro Police vehicles in the Monument Park pilot in February 2015. “With Namola dispatch times take around 13 seconds – an 11 times improvement. All it takes is for a user to open the app, click the alert button and an officer to accept,” said Craig Rivett chief executive of implementing agent Happimo, a non-profit company.


JMPD officer airlifted to hospital after being shot twice in head

A metro police officer was shot in the head twice during a gunfight with alleged robbers in Vlakfontein, near Lenasia South, on Monday. He was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said. Officers stopped a group of suspected robbers who were speeding in a Volvo.


China sets death penalty threshold in corruption cases

Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft. Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign vowing to target both powerful “tigers” and low-level “flies”, but no Communist Party official is known to have been put to death for the offence since Xi took office. The Supreme People’s Court and China’s national prosecuting body said that bribes or embezzlement totalling three million yuan or more willRead More


Beware of new WhatsApp Vodacom Call Sponsor scam

A new scam is resulting in nasty bills for Vodacom subscribers. Vodacom subscribers have reported a scam over WhatsApp that tricks them into accepting charges for another subscriber. The scam starts when the scammer gains access to a victim’s contact list, and sends WhatsApp messages to some of the numbers they obtain.


Exclusive: R378m prisons tender scandal

In its first bold move, South Africa’s new tender regulator has instructed the prisons department to cancel an “irregular” tender of R378 million awarded to an ANC benefactor. Documents obtained by News24/Netwerk24 show how prisons boss Zach Modise defied requests by the newly-established office of the chief procurement officer (CPO) to review the processes followed in awarding a contract for an inmate management system to Integritron Integrated Solutions. National Treasury, under which the CPO falls, has now instructed Modise to apply steps to cancel the contract. Any fruitless and wastefulRead More


See how South African criminals wreck mobile networks

South African operators continue to battle criminals who are wrecking mobile networks, and leaving people without communication services. South African telecoms operators continue to fight criminals who not only cost them millions each year, but leave their customers without communication services. Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said in 2015 that the company lost R60 million per year to theft at base stations. This includes people stealing batteries, fuel, and other equipment.


Alleged SA Ponzi scheme MMM’s global pyramid collapses

Russian convict Sergey Mavrodi has allegedly gone into hiding after announcing that his Bitcoin-based MMM Global scheme had failed and was shutting down this weekend. MMM South Africa – its local branch – is one of nine companies being investigated for being an alleged Ponzi scheme by the South African Police Service’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit, after the National Consumer Commission’s initial probe in 2015. The South African “community” has been growing in numbers over the years, as South Africans seek ways to escape debt and poverty. It has evenRead More


Police warn over fake traffic fine SMS scam

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned against a cellphone scam in which users receive a text message saying a case has been opened against them by the police. According to spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, people who received this message fell victim to fraudsters once they replied to the message and in some cases, had money extorted from them. Mulaudzi said the first case was reported in January. Since then, however, there had been an increasing number of instances nationwide.


Msimang the new chair of Corruption Watch board

Mavuso Msimang is the new chair of Corruption Watch’s board‚ the watchdog said on Friday. Msimang‚ the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation‚ replaces Archbishop of Cape Town Njongonkulu Ndungane‚ “who has stepped down as chair after three years in that position”. “We are incredibly grateful to the Archbishop for his inspiring leadership and integrity and for his singular contribution to the work of Corruption Watch over these past years‚” said Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis.


Limpopo police offer R200,000 reward for info on killer who cut woman in half

Limpopo police have offered a reward of up to R200,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who murdered and cut in half a 62-year-old woman in Seshego earlier this year. Mapula Margaret Malatji’s body was found at Seshego Dam on January 30, police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said on Wednesday. She had been cut in half and several body parts had been removed. She left her home in Seshego Zone 4 around 05:00 on January 29 to collect her ID card from the local home affairsRead More


Combating corruption in the workplace

Corruption. The dictionary offers a simple definition of corruption as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”. And it’s true, corruption often comes in the form of bribery, whether big or small.   However for the average Joe, a “bribe” is a little white lie we’ll spin to get what we want, such as offering to buy the coffee lady lunch if she’ll only allow you to jump the queue. However, when you suspect your manager or colleague is involved in a fraudulent activity; one thatRead More


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