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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.

‘Have a nice day,’ house robbers tell blindfolded Constantia victim

South African extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood became the latest victim of a spate of house robberies currently plaguing the upmarket suburb of Constantia in Cape Town. Stramrood had been carrying fitness supplements in a box for a preparation race, when three men ambushed him at his car near his home early last Saturday around 06:00. It is believed the attackers gained entry by cutting a hole in the perimeter fencing of the security estate where he lives.

Fear rules Joburg, but Cape Town is SA’s murder capital

JOHANNESBURGERS are SA’s most fearful citizens, even though people are more likely to be murdered in Cape Town or sexually assaulted in Mangaung. Johannesburg’s reputation as “the gangster paradise” may well be overstated. Ten years of crime statistics and research from Statistics SA show a disconnect between reality and perception. While the Johannesburg metro is not totally safe, there are certain crimes that you are far more likely to fall victim to if you live in one of SA’s eight other metros.

Judgment day for businessmen in ‘fishy R250m VAT scam’

Cape Town businessmen who allegedly defrauded the SA Revenue Service of more than R250-million and splurged it on an aeroplane‚ farms and luxury cars will hear their fate on Monday. Company director Johan van Staden‚ chartered accountant Marc Schoeman and four others face 192 counts in the Cape Town High Court‚ ranging from fraud‚ racketeering and forgery to reckless trading. They allegedly claimed more than R280-million in fictitious VAT refunds between 2005 and 2008 and got more than R250-million.

Costly love twist – Cape Town municipal manager‚ wife and girlfriend arrested over R70 million fraud

A Cape Town municipal manager‚ his wife as well as his girlfriend are out on R50‚000 bail each after being arrested for allegedly defrauding the City of Cape Town of R70 million. Paul Hatting (42)‚ an administrator at the City of Cape Town‚ who also sits at the tender board‚ allegedly awarded tenders to his company‚ his wife’s company as well as the company owned by his girlfriend between 2008 and 2014. The total amount of money which the three are alleged to have fraudulently acquired amounted to R70 million‚Read More

Commentators ‘forced to pay bribe’ to cop

Four BBC commentators were involved in a confrontation with a South African policeman who, they claim, took their cash. According to The Mirror website, Jonathan Agnew, who was driving the car, claims he was pulled over and asked to produce his licence – which he did not have – before being threatened with being cuffed and taken to the local police station. Agnew, 55, revealed in a series of tweets that fellow commentators Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann had to dig deep in their pockets to pay offRead More

These are the South African provinces where you are most likely to be murdered

Most murders are not random. Some people are more at risk than others. Lizette Lancaster explains where murder happens, why location matters and what it means for tackling crime. Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33.

Cape Town’s ‘flawed’ tenders probed

A forensic probe into the City’s tender bid evaluation process is under way after a civil engineering company levelled allegations of corruption against a senior official and two other companies. John Klopper, owner of JK Structures (JKS) – a national contractor which has been operating in the sewerage and water sanitation industry for 29 years – has implicated the former head of the City’s tender bid evaluation committee and two other companies operating in the industry.

Conman offers city jobs for R200 registration fee

Cape Town job-seekers are falling victim to a conman, who are offering job opportunities as city fire-fighters at a cost of R200, according to the City of Cape Town. City’s executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, said the city’s Fire and Rescue Service has been alerted to a post on a social media site, advertising for fire training and job placement and in-service training.

Scene of carnage horrifies residents

The gruesome discovery of six bodies in an isolated area in Cape Town has left the community terrified. The men, aged between 18 and 30, were found yesterday morning in Joostenbergvlakte in Kraaifontein, allegedly face down and with their hands and feet tied. Their heads appeared to have been smashed in with concrete blocks. One of the men was naked.

Robbers loot cellphone shop at mall

A cellphone shop in a Kuils River shopping centre was robbed on Friday, despite police efforts aimed at preventing these crimes and a lull in mall attacks. Robbers struck the store in the Soneike Shopping Centre and held a worker and shoppers at gunpoint. Police said four men, one with a gun, walked into the shop and threatened the employee and two customers on Friday.

Police liable after reservist shoots ex-lover

The police minister has been found vicariously liable for the actions of a reservist who, scorned by her former lover’s refusal to reconcile with her, used a police firearm to shoot him in a city clothing store. The reservist, Nombuyiselo Petshwa, was sentenced to eight years in jail, two of which were suspended, after she pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and defeating the administration of justice.

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