July, 2016


Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp by the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. “I find that there are substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence,” Judge Thokozile Masipa said. She said he was a good candidate for rehabilitation.

How to bribe your way to a license in Johannesburg

I have been twice to the offices and on both occasions I was offered licenses in exchange for bribes. We were alerted by a tip-off from a Johannesburg man whose wife had failed her learner’s test at the offices three times and‚ at the last booking‚ was offered a license in exchange for a bribe of R1‚000. The man said he and his wife had refused the offer‚ but had noted the name of the official – a certain “Jo”.

The best defence against house robberies in South Africa

Professor Rudolph Zinn and Brigadier Piet Byleveld shed light on how criminals plan and execute a house robbery, and what can be done to prevent this happening to you. The best way to prevent a house robbery in South Africa includes keeping small dogs inside your house, electric fences, alarms and security sensors, and employing an armed response service. This is according to research by professor Rudolph Zinn from UNISA’s School of Criminal Justice and Police Practice.

‘Have a nice day,’ house robbers tell blindfolded Constantia victim

South African extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood became the latest victim of a spate of house robberies currently plaguing the upmarket suburb of Constantia in Cape Town. Stramrood had been carrying fitness supplements in a box for a preparation race, when three men ambushed him at his car near his home early last Saturday around 06:00. It is believed the attackers gained entry by cutting a hole in the perimeter fencing of the security estate where he lives.

Man nabbed for mortgage credit fraud worth R9.5m

The case against an alleged fraudster has been transferred to Cape Town after the 34-year-old’s arrest for fraud, uttering and money laundering relating to mortgage credit fraud of R9.5m. The Hawks arrested Malusi Norrison Kuzwayo, 34, in Umhlanga following a long investigation, spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said on Saturday. “He is accused of being part of a countrywide syndicate that presents falsified documents to banks for bond applications and other credit facilities, including vehicles,” he confirmed.

Fear rules Joburg, but Cape Town is SA’s murder capital

JOHANNESBURGERS are SA’s most fearful citizens, even though people are more likely to be murdered in Cape Town or sexually assaulted in Mangaung. Johannesburg’s reputation as “the gangster paradise” may well be overstated. Ten years of crime statistics and research from Statistics SA show a disconnect between reality and perception. While the Johannesburg metro is not totally safe, there are certain crimes that you are far more likely to fall victim to if you live in one of SA’s eight other metros.

Metro cops strike it lucky, retrieve stolen matches and truck

Four suspects are expected in the Benoni Magistrates Court on Monday in connection with a truck hijacking in which matches valued at R600 000 was stolen. Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Wilfred Kgasago said its K9 unit acted on a tip off and recovered the truck, hit in Pretoria on Friday, at 20:00 that night on a plot in Cloverdene, Benoni. The truck had been drawing two trailers of matches.

Judgment day for businessmen in ‘fishy R250m VAT scam’

Cape Town businessmen who allegedly defrauded the SA Revenue Service of more than R250-million and splurged it on an aeroplane‚ farms and luxury cars will hear their fate on Monday. Company director Johan van Staden‚ chartered accountant Marc Schoeman and four others face 192 counts in the Cape Town High Court‚ ranging from fraud‚ racketeering and forgery to reckless trading. They allegedly claimed more than R280-million in fictitious VAT refunds between 2005 and 2008 and got more than R250-million.

Cape Town waiter in dock for skimming R60 000 off customer

A waiter accused of skimming R60 000 from a customer’s bank card at a Camps Bay restaurant made his first appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha confirmed that Ishmail Sulaiman, 30, faces charges related to fraud after he was caught on a surveillance camera skimming a man’s debit card on June 7. He was arrested last week after the customer realised that R60 000 was missing from his account after his visit to the establishment. “On review of the video footage ofRead More

Fraudsters use social media to steal personal information

Fraudster are increasingly using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as a “hunting ground” for personal information, leading to a huge rise in identity theft, according to a new report. The number of victims of identity theft rose by 57% last year, Cifas, a fraud prevention service, said. There were more than 148000 victims in the UK last year, compared with almost 94500 in 2014.

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