January, 2017


Gauteng close to cracking R42m licensing scam

The Gauteng government has concluded a wide-ranging investigation into financial irregularities at 34 provincial licensing centres, identifying a syndicate that could involve hundreds of officials who have been accepting bribes in exchange for clearing unpaid fines.   In coming days 19 officials at licensing and testing centres across Gauteng will be suspended, and criminal charges could be instituted against the private individuals and businesses that participated in the scam, Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi said during a briefing in Johannesburg.

This is how many crimes take place every day in South Africa

Last month, the South African Police Service released the crime statistics for 2016, showing which crimes have increased – and decreased – over the past year. With mote than 2.12 million crimes being reported in the country across 27 different categories, it’s difficult to process how the big numbers translate to a daily occurrence in SA. By looking at the crime stats as a statistical average, and the rate of crime per the population, we are able to better understand how the crimes relate to the lived experience in theRead More

SA criminals are hiring AK47s because it’s too expensive to buy them – this is how much it costs

Police insiders have confirmed that criminal syndicates are significantly outgunning them with high-powered assault rifles by hiring them for the day, week or month. Speaking to the Pretoria News, the insiders said that there had been an increase in attacks in and around the city over the past year, with criminals using AK-47, R5 and R1 assault rifles. Further investigation into the use of the automatic weapons revealed a growing trend where smaller criminal gangs hired assault rifles from larger syndicates for a day, week or month.

Bribery is on the increase in SA, survey finds

The survey found the average bribe paid by respondents was a staggering R2 200, an increase of R195 over 2015. Bribery has increased by 2% in South Africa since 2015, with the majority of bribes paid for traffic offences, a new survey has found. The 2016 Ethics Institute of South Africa (Ethics SA) survey comes against the backdrop of recent arrests of traffic officials in Gauteng for bribery and illegally issuing drivers’ licences.

EXCLUSIVE: Shock video exposes cover-up of fatal cop-on-cop shooting

Police officers appeared to have lied about the circumstances surrounding the shooting and subsequent death of a colleague during a robbery at a Katlehong petrol station last Thursday. (Warning: graphic imagery not for sensitive viewers) Earlier today‚ Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubela said the police officer was shot after being “ambushed by heavily armed criminals” and that a case of murder‚ attempted murder and business robbery was being investigated. But video footage has called into question the police’s version of events.

WhatsApp vulnerable to ‘backdoor’ spying – report

The Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp is vulnerable to interception, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, sparking concern over an app advertised as putting an emphasis on privacy. The report said that WhatsApp messages could be read without its billion-plus users knowing due to a security backdoor in the way the company has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol. The system relies on unique security keys “that are traded and verified between users to guarantee communications are secure and cannot be intercepted by a middleman,” the report said.

Mediclinic warns of jobs for cash scam

Mediclinic is once again being falsely implicated in a job scam campaign shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, it warned.   “Positions advertised may include enrolled nurses, learnerships and other training opportunities for emergency services,” it said in a statement on Friday. “The modus operandi of such scams includes the solicitation of money through informal channels such as money market counters to cellular telephone numbers as part of the application or training process.”

Capitec client loses R11 000 in SIM swap fraud

A Fin24 user was left disappointed after Capitec was unable to pay back money that was stolen from her account. Portia Mchunu writes: “On the 22-12-16 I was working night shift and when I finished in the morning I noticed on my Capitec App that R100, R4 900 and R5 000 went out of my account.” She immediately went to the bank and was informed that the money was withdrawn in Durban by a Capitec card holder. An investigation ensued.

WARNING: MMM makes comeback with new currency

MMM, the online Ponzi scheme that collapsed in South Africa and Nigeria in 2016, is attempting to reboot its scheme by offering a Bitcoin-based currency to all users around the world. The South African wing of the Russian Ponzi scheme told members on Facebook that “due to the recent sharp price fluctuations of Bitcoin, mavro-BTC is being introduced in the system”. This won’t help members trying to withdraw their old rand-based mavros, which were “reset” after the Ponzi scheme reached its threshold in 2016. MMM South Africa blamed its system’sRead More

Mashaba to arrest ‘106 corrupt Joburg licensing officials’

The DA mayor says dodgy officials have engaged in possibly corrupt transactions worth nearly R15m. The new Johannesburg municipal administration under Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced that it intends to arrest more than 100 allegedly corrupt officials at the city’s licensing centre. The party claims it has identified 927 transactions that may have been fraudulent, to the value of R14.7 million, which “could have been spent on service delivery”.

BEWARE: New scam targeting small businesses

A Fin24 user almost fell prey to a scam targeting his small business. The local businessman who specialises in the sale and installation of solar panels, was alerted when payment for goods by the scamster, who posed as customer, was not cleared by his bank. The bank found that the scamster emailed a fraudulently prepared Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) as proof of payment for goods bought. The payment was not an EFT, but a cheque deposit. 

Organised crime in the fisheries sector starts to get the attention it deserves

Governments across the world struggle to cope with organised crime in the fisheries sector. This is partly because legislative frameworks to tackle the problem are inadequate, and appropriate law enforcement tools are underutilised. It is also because the nature and negative effects of fisheries crime are poorly understood. Traditionally, fisheries crime has been met with far less commitment and urgency than “traditional” crimes like drug trafficking. Yet fisheries crime hurts states as well as coastal communities – both socially and economically. Coastal communities – particularly in developing nations – sufferRead More

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