Balwin accused of illegal connections

MIDRAND – Some water meters were allegedly not registering, despite continuous use of water. A Midrand-based property development company, Balwin, is in hot water following allegations of illegalities after the MMC for Finance, Funzela Ngobeni, inspected one of its developments, Kikuyu Estates in Waterfall. Ngobeni conducted the site inspection on 3 May accompanied by senior specialised officials from the department’s Revenue Enhancement Unit, which included Joburg Water and the planning department.

The mayor of graft: Hawks investigating eThekwini mayor

The Hawks are investigating eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede for actively facilitating money laundering, fraud and corruption, allegedly to pay back cronies who helped her political ambitions. A hard-hitting forensic report on which the case is based states that Gumede summoned a municipal official to her home to demand that a R25m tender go to handpicked companies. Those companies, the report states, may have belonged “to councillors and political figures that had supported Gumede in her political endeavours and that councillor Gumede owed them a token of gratitude in the formRead More

Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga, hijacked in Midrand

Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, was hijacked in Midrand during the early hours of Saturday morning, with the thieves making off with his silver Mercedes Benz CLS 250. Clearly shaken, Msimanga told News24 that he had been out with friends for dinner in Midrand and was hijacked as he was leaving the restaurant. “I was coming out of the restaurant after dinner when two guys approached me. As I was about to get in to my car, one takes out a gun,” he said.

How to never-ever fall prey to ID theft… and info about a free service if you do

Consumer confidence is on the up, and the economy is showing tentative signs of life. Along with increased economic activity comes an increase in identity theft, says Manie van Schalkwyk of the South African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS). A great deal of ID theft occurs online, while some fraudsters resort to scrounging through office waste and household rubbish looking for discarded information. If you suspect identity fraud – or if you lost your ID, or passport – you may apply for Protective Registration on the SAFPS website.

Hawks investigating massive R1bn investment scam

The Hawks are investigating an alleged investment fraud scheme of more than R1bn. The investigative unit said in a statement on Friday that the Serious Economic Offences Unit is investigating “massive alleged fraud” involving Bitcaw Trading Company after more than 28 000 investors are believed to have suffered losses of more than R1bn. Bitcaw Trading is also known as BTC Global.

Van Breda’s uncle ‘heartbroken’, but accepts judgment

Andre van Breda is heartbroken by the judgment that found his nephew Henri guilty of killing his father, mother, and brother, and seriously injuring his sister, but is glad to have closure over what happened at De Zalze in 2015. “The family respects the court decision and accepts it,” said Andre van Breda by telephone on Tuesday. “It’s heart-breaking,” said Van Breda, but he said the family was grateful to finally have closure. “It’s very emotional,” he said.

New JMPD shift system will see more cops on duty at night

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department will have an equal number of officers on the streets day and night in a new shift system‚ announced by Chief of Police David Tembe on Wednesday. Tembe said the JMPD and the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) signed an agreement which will see officers work four days in a row and taking four days off‚ from July 1. Previously‚ the shift system had been a cause of concern for officers who found themselves working up to 16 days without rest. The new systemRead More

SAPS is on a massive drive for new recruits – these are the requirements and how much they will earn

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced a massive employment drive to encourage young people to sign up as police officers. In a statement released on Tuesday (22 May), the SAPS said that it was targeting youths between the ages of 18 and 30, with notices published on the SAPS website and across a number of national, provincial and local newspapers. Deputy national commissioner of Human Resources Management in the SAPS, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya, said that the drive was a fantastic opportunity for young South Africans who are promising,Read More

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.

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