January, 2018


EXCLUSIVE: Prasa’s Spanish supplier paid R75m ‘consulting’ fees to Montana’s ‘friend’

The Spanish manufacturer of Prasa’s controversial Afro4000 locomotives failed to disclose payments of over R75m made to a former colleague and “friend” of the embattled state-owned company’s former CEO, after National Treasury asked the European rail company about its financial ties with local “subcontractors” and “partners”. News24 can today reveal that Vossloh España, the supplier of the ill-fated trains to the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa), paid altogether R75m to S-Investments, a company whose sole director is Makhensa Mabunda, a former government official and erstwhile colleague of Lucky Montana, Prasa’s former CEO. TheRead More

R50-billion expected to be seized in 17 state capture cases

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) is hoping to seize at least R50-billion in 17 cases it is currently investigating related to state capture, acting head of operations advocate Knorx Molelle said on Tuesday. In an interview with eNCA, Molelle said his team had already prioritised six matters which were before the courts, awaiting preservation orders. “The matters are before the court and hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will have court orders,” he said.

Mashaba fires Finance MMC, lays criminal charges

City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has removed Rabelani Dagada as the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for finance following allegations of nepotism and undue influence which have landed him in breach of the city’s code of conduct and in conflict of interest, according to a forensic investigation. Mashaba said the decision was taken along with the federal executive (FedEx) of the Democratic Alliance after a forensic investigation was concluded on Friday by an external company that was commissioned by Mashaba late last year. Dagada has also been suspended asRead More

Lawbreakers will face the music‚ Joburg’s top cop warns

Clean up your act or face the music. That’s the stern warning from Johannesburg’s new top cop‚ David Tembe‚ to Johannesburg residents. That’s the stern warning from Johannesburg’s new top cop‚ David Tembe‚ to Johannesburg residents. After almost seven years since he resigned as the acting chief of the Johannesburg Metro Police‚ Tembe has returned to the department and is ready to fix the decaying inner city.

Shocking SMS sent to mom before 3 children slain

He sent her a text message that read: “sorry my love, you can’t see the children anymore” before he killed himself. And that was the beginning of a nightmare for 31-year-old Dikeledi Mosana, who was soon to discover the man had killed her children. Three boys, aged 3, 4 and 12 had been kidnapped by the 40-year-old man on New Year’s Eve. Soon after he sent the grisly message last Monday, their charred remains were discovered in a burnt-out car in a bush the following day. When the mother openedRead More

City of Johannesburg fires senior official for awarding tenders to own company

The City of Johannesburg has fired a senior official for allegedly awarding tenders to their own private company, the municipality said on Friday. “The official engaged in private business without prior consent from the City, breached our code of ethics, influenced procurement decisions for their own benefit and acted against the interests of the City,” said Andrew Stewart, strategic adviser in the office of mayoral committee member Leah Knott. “The official was investigated internally after the individual had a personality clash with the previous executive director under the previous administration,Read More

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