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.
The Hawks rescued 26 women and girls from a suspected brothel in Klerksdorp in North-West province on Friday morning after a tip-off‚ the elite crime-busting squad confirmed. It said the ages of the women and girls ranged from 14 to 37 years. Nineteen men‚ including a Nigerian national‚ were also found by on the property and are currently being questioned by the Hawks.
The 20-year jail term handed down to convicted fraudster Johannes van Staden on Friday was welcomed by both the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Regional NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said they were “delighted” by the Western Cape High Court’s ruling. Van Staden, 54, was sentenced for conducting a multi-million rand fishing business as a front for submitting false VAT returns.
The “hacking” of Kipi My Deposit, one of several suspected pyramid schemes under investigation by the Hawks, has rocked the boat of thousands of investors across South Africa. And because Kipi My Deposit has no head office, no CEO and no legal structures, investors are taking their fight and frustration to Facebook. One member, Anelisa Ntozinhle Mbolekwa, posted: “Mhhh I am so not recruiting already I have thousands of people harassing me cause I recruited them. I had to relocate cause it was getting really bad, I mean how doRead More
Head of the Hawks in Gauteng Major-General Shadrack Sibiya has officially been given his marching orders. On Saturday, Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi confirmed that Sibiya had been dismissed. He warned that if any members of the Hawks were found to be involved in criminal activities they would be dismissed.
The Hawks say they have foiled the attempts of five men who were disguised as the Gauteng K9 police, to commit crimes in Gauteng. Hawks spokesman Capt Paul Ramaloko said the men, who are believed to be the blue-light gang, were spotted by the Hawks team in Midrand, Gauteng. A chase ensued after the men had been spotted driving in a cloned, marked police Chevrolet Cruze, under the disguise of the Gauteng K9 Unit, he said. The shooting ended in the Glen Austen area of Midrand, along the Old JohannesburgRead More
A Midrand resident of 28 years, Craig Shambrook, claimed his home was vandalised and his family’s security compromised by the Hawks on 25 July. He has laid a charge at Midrand Police Station against the Hawks. Midrand police communications officer, Constable Matome Tlamela, confirmed that a case of malicious damage to property had been opened against the Hawks at the station.
Damning evidence has come to light over Hawks boss Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat’s involvement in a rendition scandal that alleges he facilitated the illegal deportation of men who were tortured and killed in Zimbabwe. According to the Sunday Times, Dramat, one of SA’s top cops, has been accused by numerous rendition survivors of being directly involved in the apprehension and deportation of Zimbabwe’s most-wanted criminals.
The Hawks would investigate allegations of corruption and bribery in a Gold Fields empowerment transaction involving ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, Beeld reported on Monday. Major General Hans Meiring, head of the Hawks’ commercial crimes unit, confirmed the investigation in a letter to the Democratic Alliance after the party asked for a probe earlier this month.
The Hawks have arrested 23 bogus tax consultants – including a teenage university student – for defrauding the South African Revenue Service of more than R7 million in tax claims. The syndicate allegedly colluded with government employees, mostly teachers, to submit inflated tax return claims and then pocketed the cash between themselves and their “clients”. The police are looking for 37 other syndicate members, all believed to be from Mpumalanga.
A top official in the Mpumalanga safety and security department and a company director were arrested on Thursday for irregularities with a multi-million rand tender, the Hawks said. “The official and the security company director are facing charges of fraud and corruption over a security tender to guard the department’s offices,” said Captain Paul Ramaloko.
The Hawks are investigating corruption charges laid by the DA against former communications minister Dina Pule, a spokesman confirmed. “Yes, the matter was reported in the Western Cape Central police station, but now the matter is in our hands. We are giving it the attention it deserves,” said Captain Paul Ramaloko “We just started investigations recently, that is why we are not at liberty to be much vocal about it. Maybe if you come after a month or two we will be able to talk,” he said.