November, 2017


Gauteng’s Best And Worst Police Stations Revealed

Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange and her team presented the 2016/2017 crime statistics in the provincial legislature on Tuesday. Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange has singled out the Midrand Police Station as the worst performing station in Johannesburg. De Lange and her team presented the 2016/2017 crime statistics in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

The 30 worst areas in South Africa for crime in 2017

The South African Police Service has released its crime stats for the 2016/17 period, revealing which areas in the country have recorded the most crime reports in the past year. Overall, the crime stats were up marginally in 2017 (+0.12%) from the total recorded in 2016. There were a total of 2.1 million serious crimes reported in the period. Being the most populous provinces in the country, Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal unsurprisingly recorded the highest levels of crime. As part of the presented data, the SAPS alsoRead More

Jobs for pals scandal rocks Joburg

 A jobs and tender for pals scandal has rocked the City of Joburg’s finance department, casting a dark cloud over the DA administration’s clean governance undertaking. Allegations have emerged that the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for finance was “enriching his friend” by facilitating access to lucrative tenders. Seth Mukwevho, who is currently the department’s group head of treasury, “irregularly” received a two-month contract of over R190 000, allegedly due to his long-standing relationship with the finance MMC Professor Rabelani Dagada, according to sources in the department.

Scrap dealers fuel crime wave in Pretoria

Businesses in Pretoria West are under siege from criminals – and owners say it is increasingly becoming impossible to trade in the area. The traders told the Pretoria News their businesses were constantly being broken into and various valuables stolen in the areas around Soutter and Buitenkant streets as well as the nearby Frederick, Servaas, Charlotte Maxeke, Carl and Court streets. They suspect these were sold to scrap dealers. The owners said this was not only bad for business, but they had employed numerous people who also had families whoRead More

Anti-corruption lessons from China

China held its most important political meeting this week in half a decade – the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. The congress sets the roadmap for the country’s long-term national development and establishes the party’s priorities. A message that came out strongly in President Xi Jinping’s speech in the Great Hall of the People was that the greatest threat to the Communist Party was corruption. Xi specified that the Communist Party of China (CPC) would focus its oversight on the “key few” – those being leading party officials.Read More

CT commissioner accused of employing friends in high-paying jobs

A Transport and Urban Development Authority portfolio committee meeting descended into a shouting match when the ANC accused the City of Cape Town’s transport commissioner of corruption and of employing friends in top positions. ANC committee member Bheki Hadebe demanded answers after a dossier was sent to portfolio chairperson Anthony Moses, which contained allegations that commissioner Melissa Whitehead had appointed two “good friends” to fill high-paying vacancies. The dossier, he said, had been compiled after city officials leaked information to the official opposition.

SITA admits there was irregularity in SAPS tender allegedly linked to Phahlane

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has admitted that a tender for police forensic light sources was irregular and says it has suspended a number of employees after an investigation.  The tender is one of many being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) as part of an investigation into alleged corruption against former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. In a letter sent to acting National Police Commissioner General Lesetja Mothiba, IPID said it had discovered that a police service provider, Keith Keating, the owner of Forensic DataRead More

R100 000 reward offered for Joburg cable theft info

The City of Johannesburg is offering a R100 000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of suspects who stole cables worth R2 million.    The cables were stolen in a break-in at the City of Johannesburg’s data centre in Braamfontein, Mayor Herman Mashaba said in a statement on Saturday.  The suspects allegedly gained access through an emergency exit door on the ground floor of the building in the early hours of the morning, he said.  

An Alleged Money-Launderer Is Now Running Sars

A Hawks investigation is ongoing, but SARS commissioner Tom Moyane told HuffPost SA that Makwakwa would not be re-suspended pending the conclusion of the criminal investigation. The South African arm of a leading multinational law firm, Hogan Lovells, has failed to investigate the key money-laundering allegations against SARS executive Jonas Makwakwa. Makwakwa returned to work last week after a year’s paid suspension pending the investigation.

Never mind fake news… 32‚000 fake licences uncovered in SA

Six suspected bogus doctors have been arrested in the Johannesburg city centre‚ in connection with health certificates issued to unfit drivers. Two radiologists were also arrested for running unregistered practices‚ as part of Operation Recall‚ launched two months months ago by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). “Among the arrested bogus doctors is one believed to have evaded arrest in Vereeniging three weeks ago. One bogus doctor is still on the run‚” the RTMC said in a statement released on Friday evening. “The doctors are expected to face charges relatedRead More

New ‘zombie drug’ flakka hits Durban for holidays

Anti-drug activist Sam Pillay has described symptoms displayed by people under the influence of a dangerous drug, which has made its way to Durban, as similar to watching a horror movie. Pillay, founder and director of Anti-Drug Forum SA, is also worried that the drug, known as “flakka” or the “zombie drug”, which has been sweeping Australia and the US, has hit Durban at the time school exams finish. “People should not be encouraged to experiment with it because it can be very dangerous to them and people around them,”Read More

Paradise Papers: SA names aplenty in huge tax leak

High-profile South Africans and local institutions are flagged in the biggest tax leak since the Panama Papers, which is set to cause ripples among many who have stashed their wealth in offshore tax havens. Most of the 13.4-million documents, which emerged from more than 19 “secrecy jurisdictions”, relate to Appleby, an elite law firm with offices in offshore jurisdictions across the globe, and its corporate services provider Estera, which operated together under the Appleby name until 2016. This leak — dubbed the Paradise Papers — highlights damning cases of taxRead More

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