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

Clients fleeced in worthless SIM card scam

Former employees of a telecoms company have spilt the beans on how their bosses allegedly made them scam and intimidate customers into buying worthless SIM cards for R500 each. Regnum Solutions, previously based in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, before it relocated to Durban last week, is said to have left a string of angry customers who were duped into buying SIM cards that were supposed to give them free airtime for five years. The company, which on its website claims to have business interests with top cellular network providers such as TelkomRead More

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

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