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Manzini accused of NPA 'vendetta'


Intelligence director-general Manela Manzini was accused of waging a vendetta against the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to discredit its investigation against Jackie Selebi, Vusi Pikoli's advocate charged at the Ginwala hearings on Monday. (Read more...)


Land Bank graft whistleblower lives in fear


A year after exposing corruption at Land Bank, the whistleblower is living in fear after he and his family were kicked off the witness protection programme. (Read more...)





Operation Dribble referees want R7.3m from Safa


Referees are suing Safa and its president, Molefi Oliphant, for R7.3-million after being suspended and taken off the referees’ roll for being implicated in Operation Dribble. (Read more...)


Slated judge gets retraction


Nelspruit - Acting national land claims commissioner Blessing Mphela launched an unprecedented attack on the Pretoria High Court on Friday, accusing it of misinterpreting the law and causing a political 'storm in a tea cup' - but then tried to retract the criticism on Saturday.


Mphela issued a scathing three-page statement on Friday evening asserting that the court's Judge Ntendeya Mavundla displayed a "lack of understanding" of the Restitution Act when he came to the defence of a rural farmworker community that objected to the government's attempts to seize their ancestral land in a secret R1 sales agreement. (Read more...)


Selebi: NPA may force police hand


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is considering taking the South African Police Service (SAPS) to court to force it to hand over "top secret" documents relating to the corruption case against police national commissioner Jackie Selebi. (Read more...)


Fraud bail appeal


A Phoenix woman facing 20 counts of fraud was granted bail of R50000 by the Durban High Court on Friday.


Deneshree Naidoo, 27, an accounts clerk, is accused of defrauding Volvo Trucking in Amanzimtoti of R8.9-million. (Read more...)


‘Assembly should pay Travelgate MPs’ legal fees’


National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete is encouraging MPs to sue Travelgate liquidators and says parliament should fund their fightback campaign. (Read more...)




R1b fraud accused can return to Australia


Accused number one in a R1-billion retirement fund surplus stripping criminal case, Peter Ghavalas, has had his bail conditions relaxed to allow him to return to Australia until the case is brought before the Witwatersrand High Court in May next year.

The trial was supposed to have commenced on August 4 this year. The delay in the trial and the change in bail conditions have astounded both the Financial Services Board and Tony Mostert, the curator of the nine pension funds affected by the surplus stripping. (Read more...)




Health sector union suspends leaders


THE leadership of a major health sector trade union has been suspended after the Labour Department raised concerns over unsecured loans running into millions of rands made to their privately-owned companies. (Read more...)


Royal household's head 'embarrassing'


Embattled royal household department head Vusi Shongwe's fate hangs by a thread after a call from MPLs for his sacking on Thursday, after what they dubbed the "embarrassing performance" of the department under his helm.

In addition, the MPLs also called for a forensic audit into the department, an exercise they feel would eliminate all guesswork on the department's performance. (Read more...)


Mostly clear skies for weather service after probe


The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) report, released on Friday, found evidence of wrongdoing only in two cases out of the 17.

The probe also found that, after conducting interviews and reviewing documents, the SAWS had formulated and implemented a communication and severe-weather warning strategy. (Read more...)


Taxpayers pay millions for awaiting-trial police chief


NATIONAL police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who is due to stand trial next year for corruption and defeating the ends of justice, will be costing taxpayers millions of rands until then. (Read more…)




Six held for medicine supply scam


A Free State health official and six other people were on Thursday arrested by members of the Scorpions in Bloemfontein on charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering regarding medical supplies. (Read more…)


Selebi to stand trial next year


National Police Commissoner Jackie Selebi will stand trial on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice from April 14 next year in the Johannesburg High Court. (Read more…)


Executives dip into tills as cost of living rises


As senior executives of South African companies get increasingly frustrated at being unable to maintain their free-spending lifestyles because of the ever-growing cost of living, a number of them have been caught with their fingers deep in the till.

Guy Brazier, the chief executive of Deloitte Tip-offs Anonymous, a leading local hotline service provider, said there was an increase in senior executives abusing their powers and circumventing key company controls to commit fraud. (Read more…)


Selebi goes on trial


Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will go on trial on April 14 next year after Randburg Magistrate Lalitha Chetty dismissed his attempt to have the case against him struck from the court roll on Thursday morning. (Read more…)




Mbeki extends controversial police chief's contract


South African President Thabo Mbeki has extended the work contract of police chief Jackie Selebi, who faces corruption, fraud and money laundering charges, a government spokesman said Wednesday. (Read more…)




Travelgate facts 'misrepresented' 


Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete is misrepresenting the facts of the Travelgate affair, a former attorney for Parliament said last week. (Read more…) 


Ex-premier may testify in trial


Nelspruit - Former Mpumalanga premier Ndaweni Mahlangu may be called to testify in the province's biggest corruption trial, which resumed on Tuesday. (Read more…) 


IT tool earns Gauteng more detectives


The police are to allocate about 1 500 more detectives to Gauteng after a provincial IT-based management toolset found the region lacked enough investigators.

The province's MEC for Community Safety, Firoz Cachalia, says the Gauteng Information on Police Performance System (GIPPS) found the shortage while assessing the state of law enforcement at the region's about 130 police stations.
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Uncertainty over Pikoli witnesses 


TWO of the three remaining witnesses considered vital in the government’s case against suspended prosecutions chief Vusi Pikoli may not be called to testify at the inquiry into Pikoli’s fitness to hold office, raising fresh questions about the inquiry’s ability to decide who is telling the truth. (Read more…)




Zuma moves to have case dropped


Lawyers for African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma on Monday filed papers at the Pietermaritzburg High Court arguing that his corruption trial should be dropped. (Read more…)


Corruption a way of life in SA – survey


South Africans that are willing to commit corrupt acts are also against corruption in society, the findings of a survey released on Monday by TNS Research Surveys indicated.

Ninety percent of South Africans said they felt corruption had become a way of life in South Africa, and 85 percent believed there was corruption in senior levels of government. (Read more…)


Brown's bail application postponed


A secret bail agreement between the NPA and the former Fidentia boss, J. Arthur Brown, has led to the postponement of his bail application in the Cape Town Regional Court today. Both parties had agreed to postpone his previous bail application in order to enter into a possible bail agreement but the two parties came to court today without any agreement in place. They have again agreed on a further postponement until July 7 in order to continue with the talks. (Read more…) 


Zuma: NPA bent on prosecuting


Pietermaritzburg - Jacob Zuma has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of having a "grim resolve" to prosecute him "irrespective of the facts and circumstances" and so prevent him from becoming president. (Read more…) 


Goodwin loses extradition battle 


An alleged kingpin in the Fidentia asset management scandal, Steven Goodwin, faces extradition to South Africa after a Pretoria High Court judge dismissed his bid to secure his freedom. (Read more…)  




Arms deal probe falls wide of the target


The ANC committee set up in January to report on the notorious multibillion-rand arms deal appears to have made as little headway as German prosecutors. (Read more...)


Fraud rife in Free State


Con artists are making millions in the Eastern Free State by exploiting the province’s desperate economic situation, police warned yesterday. (Read more...)


Mabandla 'blocks' arms probe


Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla is accused of blocking the Scorpions' fresh investigation into secret commission payments involving British defence company BAE Systems and Fana Hlongwane, a former special adviser to the minister of defence. (Read more...)




Just one word to describe it: shocking


The Energy Sector Education and Training Authority (Eseta) is embroiled in yet another scandal after millions of rands for skills training were allegedly misappropriated in an inadequate learnership programme.

The Saturday Star can reveal that some apprentices were issued with qualifications after undergoing less than three weeks of the required six months' training with the Electrical Contractors Association. (Read more...)




KZN ANC denies receiving donation from Thint


The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has denied allegations that it received a R25 000 donation from French arms company Thint. Reports say the money was the company's contribution towards the ANC's provincial conference currently underway in Pietermaritzburg. (Read more...)


'Concourt ruling won't stop Zuma case'


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will pursue its corruption case against ANC president Jacob Zuma - whatever the result of its constitutional court battles with him. (Read more...)


Charges still tied to UCT's Ngobeni


The University of Cape Town's embattled legal head still faces charges in the US.

Last year, Paul Ngobeni, the deputy registrar of legal service at UCT, hit the headlines with reports of pending forgery and theft cases against him in Connecticut. (Read more...)


Former radio man guilty of theft, fraud


The former financial director at radio station Heart 104.9 in Cape Town has been found guilty in the Bellville specialised commercial crimes court of theft and fraud charges involving R12 536 613. (Read more...)


Arms case ‘not over yet’, says ID


German prosecutors have closed the book on their bribery investigation of arms company ThyssenKrupp — but they say there is still “much work” to be done in South Africa.


Thyssen Krupp, which sold four corvettes to the South African Navy as part of a multi- billion rands arms deal, announced this week that its employees had been cleared of bribery allegations when the Dusseldorf prosecutors closed their investigation.


South African opposition parties the Independent Democrats and the DA blamed the South African government yesterday for failing to help the German authorities and thereby frustrating their investigations. (Read more...)




Glenister applies for leave to appeal


Johannesburg-based businessman Hugh Glenister today filed for leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to strike his application for an urgent interdict designed to preserve the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO, or "Scorpions") and for direct access to the Constitutional Court. (Read more...)


Top team to probe anti-graft murder case


The Kwazulu-Natal social development department has assigned a specialised task team to probe the assassination of its anti-corruption manager Thembinkosi Dlamini.

Dlamini, 37, was shot dead at point blank range at the welfare offices in Ngewelezane, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, last Wednesday. He had only been in Ngwelezane for two weeks.

Dlamini had been instructed to root out fraud and corruption at the social welfare offices.

The Ngwelezane office had been identified as one of the most corrupt in the province. (Read more...)

Credit card fraud booms in SA


Consumers are losing millions of rand every year as credit card fraud skyrocketed in South Africa over the past three years, the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) said on Thursday.

Head of Sabric's Commercial Crime branch, Susan Potgieter, was speaking at a media briefing in Durban. (Read more...)


Parents up in arms over fraud claims


Parents of pupils at Malusi Secondary School in Blouberg outside Polokwane have accused officials in the school’s management of fraud. (Read more...)


GB couple convicted for R6,4M fraud


GORDON'S BAY resident Stephanus Eksteen (54) of Gustrouw Road, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for VAT fraud amounting to R6,4-million, while his wife, Petronella (51), received a four-year jail sentence. They may appeal against the sentence. (Read more...)


Mbeki off the hook


President Thabo Mbeki is no longer under suspicion for any alleged corruption involving South Africa's controversial arms deal with Germany.

The Dusseldorf public prosecutor's office this week permanently ended its investigations into the multibillion-rand sale of four corvettes to the South African Navy. (Read more...)


Country’s top judges on trial


The judiciary, we are told, is in crisis. Almost every day, newspaper headlines detail the latest “plot” and “twist” in the saga involving Cape Judge President John Hlophe and the Constitutional Court he stands accused of attempting to “improperly influence”. (Read more...)




Pikoli hearings to resume


The hearings into suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) boss Vusi Pikoli's fitness to hold office will resume on Monday in Johannesburg. (Read more...)

Bay officials investigated after funds go missing


TWO municipal officials at the economic development directorate are being investigated after funds were allegedly misappropriated from a community project.


Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said at this stage the municipality was conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter, but members of the co-operative had called for a speedy investigation. (Read more...)


Varsity dismiss claims


Officials at the Mangosuthu University of Technology yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” allegations that the institution’s vice chancellor and principal, Mseshi Ndlovu, has resigned after the completion of a fraud and corruption investigation involving more than R1,67million. (Read more...)


Fraud persists in state pension fund - report


Cape Town - The Government Employees' Pension Fund received an unqualified audit for the 2006/07 financial year, but in a summary of key matters for the attention of the board's finance and audit committee, the auditors drew attention to more than R36.1 million related to fraud.

According to the report of the finance and audit committee chaired by Prabir Badal, the pension fund was defrauded of about R7 million in the latest financial year, and R29.7 million was stolen in the past few years. (Read more...)


EC mayor acquitted of fraud


PHUMZILE Matshoba, Ntabankulu mayor and OR Tambo ANC regional chairperson, is now a free man – exactly a year after he was arrested for fraud.


Matshoba was acquitted on all fraud charges by the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court yesterday and labelled his arrest as a political plot by ANC political opponents . (Read more...)




DA wants arms deal documents


The Democratic Alliance has submitted two applications in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to access all documents pertaining to the mutual legal assistance agreements (MLAs) between South Africa and Britain and Germany. (Read more...)



New twist in R1 land deal


Nelspruit - Defiant Mpumalanga authorities are reportedly trying to bulldoze through the illegal sale of 118 hectares of prime development land on which the province's R1bn 2010 World Cup stadium is being built. (Read more...)




Convicted fraudster shares his hard lesson with kids


When convicted former KwaZulu-Natal housing boss Mdu Khoza says crime does not pay, he knows exactly what he is talking about.


Khoza was once a high-flying advocate with a salary of R29000 a month. He lived in his luxury property at Cowie’s Hill in Pinetown near Durban — until he was busted for fraud.

His name hit the headlines in 2004 when it emerged that he spent R70-million on 25 properties. (Read more...)


Travelgate MPs’ property confiscated


More than 60 MPs who were suspected of involvement in the Travelgate fraud had their properties confiscated by liquidators — only for the possessions to be returned later. (Read more...)


Woman accused of R8m fraud denied bail


A 27-Year-old Phoenix woman, accused of defrauding her employer of more than R8-million, has been refused bail by a South Coast court. (Read more...)




Insurance cheats cost everyone else


Insurance companies have noticed a marked increase in fraudulent claims as a result of high interest rates and inflation, a trend which leads to honest consumers paying higher premiums. (Read more...)




Feinstein calls for new investigation into arms deal


JOHANNESBURG (Sapa) - Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein questioned the role of President Thabo Mbeki in the controversial arms deal, while calling for a fresh investigation into the controversy at a talk in Johannesburg on Friday.


"There were questions raised in the NEC (ANC national executive committee) as to whether President Thabo Mbeki benefited from the deal. (Read more...)


Ivorian cocoa sector chiefs face fraud prosecution


YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Leaders of Ivory Coast's strategic cocoa sector will be prosecuted and go to jail if found guilty of charges that they embezzled state resources and taxes, the Ivorian president said. (Read more...)


Six arrested for KZN 'licence fraud'


Six people were arrested in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Richmond on Friday in connection with fraudulent drivers' licences, police said.

Police spokesperson Inspector Joey Jeevan said that the six people, three of whom were driving school officials and three of whom were Richmond traffic department officials, were arrested in a joint operation involving the police's Organised Crime Unit, the Traffic and Transport Inspection Unit and the Special Investigations Unit. (Read more...)


Wife gambles house away


Lynne Foord was lucky. Once she bet R10 on the horses and won R9 500. When her daughter Morgen matriculated, Lynne wagered R12 and walked away with R14 000. On another occasion she won R7 000 off a R10 bet.

However, when the pension fund administrator died last September of a heart attack, a month before her 50th birthday, her husband Trevor, 55, and daughter Morgen, 22, made a shocking discovery.

Lynne had lost at least R1,5-million gambling online: she had emptied their access bond account of R700 000, had defrauded her company of more than R300 000, had maxed out eight credit cards and left many more unpaid bills. (Read more...)


R15million cyber-theft foiled


THE Eastern Cape government is under attack from a syndicate of cyberspace hackers who have already swindled millions of rands from its provincial coffers.


An attempt by the syndicate using cyber spyware to steal R15million from the Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs in Bhisho was foiled just two days ago. (Read more...)


The benefits of following clean business practices


THERE is no doubt that SA is a major economic player in Africa and other parts of the globe. By all expectations, our business footprint in international markets will increase. What will define this footprint? (Read more...)




Spare parts con man sentenced


A PORT Elizabeth automotive parts supplier has been sentenced to six years in jail for fraud.


Andre van Eyssen, 48, of Mill Park, was found guilty in the regional court on numerous counts of fraud amounting to more than R550000, as well as various contraventions of the Close Corporations Act. His business, Overture Trading, was also severely penalised on the same charges. (Read more...)


State defrauded of thousands of rands


Five service providers transporting pupils in Mpumalanga have been positively linked to defrauding the government of thousands of rands.


Sowetan has established that the office of Premier Thabang Makwetla instituted an investigation in 2006 following an anonymous tip-off about bribery and corruption claims involving payments to pupil transport service providers.


The caller alleged that Mandla Chauke, acting chief administration officer, took bribes from SA Mpheti and other service providers in return for contracts from the department. (Read more...)


Fraudster's trial ends after almost 14 years


In his early years as an inmate, Arthur Barratt was always one of the first in the queue for food.

But many years later and at the age of 57, the "laaities" in Pretoria Central Prison always get there before him.

This was one of the arguments Barratt presented in the Pretoria regional court during mitigation of sentence on Tuesday. (Read more...)




Smart ID cards for SA citizens only


Smart identity cards would be initially only for South African citizens. However, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is considering introducing a specific card for immigrants and asylum-seekers, says DHA deputy director for immigration Jackson MacKay. (Read more...)


Hoax email case continues


Additional documents relating to "state security" in the hoax email saga were brought before the court in a closed session at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday. (Read more...)


‘It’s a web of corruption’


KwaZulu-Natal opposition leader Lionel Mtshali yesterday expressed outrage at former department of agriculture head Jabulani Mjwara being the preferred bidder for a multi-million rand contract from the Msunduzi municipality. (Read more...)




Brown to be detained in hospital section of prison


The Cape Town Regional Court has ruled that former Fidentia boss, J Arthur Brown, be detained in the hospital section of the Goodwood Prison until his next court appearance on Friday. (Read more...)


Mom sent to jail for three years


A PORT Elizabeth mother of two was jailed for three years by the commercial crimes court yesterday after pleading guilty to stealing more than R300000 from her former employer. (Read more...)


R199m stolen from state departments


The government has identified at least 27 cases where a syndicate has swindled over R199-million from government departments in four provinces over the past three years - using cyber spyware. (Read more...)


Project to end high-tech crimes launched in KZN


Today the Finance Department of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government launched Unembeza 2008, a programme aimed at monitoring and identifying weaknesses in the its computer systems. The programme seeks to educate employees about various devices and means used by computer fraud syndicates. (Read more...)


Outrage over lucrative tender


Opposition political parties have reacted with shock to news that the disgraced former head of the agriculture and environmental affairs department, Jabulani Mjwara, could be awarded a multimillion-rand contract by the Msunduzi Municipality.

Mjwara left the agriculture department last year after a damning report into the mismanagement of finances which cost taxpayers well over R120-million. (Read more...)




Former Fidentia boss expected to apply for bail


Former Fidentia boss, J Arthur Brown, is expected to apply for bail in the Cape Town Regional Court tomorrow. He is facing new charges of theft, fraud and money laundering amounting to R700 000. (Read more...)


Businessman accused of defrauding two pensioners


BUSINESSMAN Jacobus Calitz has appeared in the Port Elizabeth commercial crimes court on charges of fraud amounting to more than R600000.


Calitz allegedly defrauded a 75- year-old pensioner and his former wife, taking their money and telling them he would invest it in a Sanlam account. (Read more...)


Schoolbus scam cost millions


Nelspruit - Four officials and two teachers have been suspended in connection with a scholar transport scam in Mpumalanga, which saw the costs of scholar transport rise from R10.7m to R268m in the space of just seven years. (Read more...)




'I'm just waiting to defend myself'


Embattled national police commissioner Jackie Selebi says he is only interested in defending his name and is not in the least perturbed about his employment contract, which expires at the end of this month. (Read more...)


Teazers boss probed by SARS


Stripper king Lolly Jackson, who drives some of the world’s fastest supercars, is under investigation by the taxman.


The South African Revenue Service raided Jackson’s Johannesburg home in Bedfordview and his Teazers’ strip clubs in Rivonia and Midrand on Friday.


Although it is unclear what was seized during the raids, the Sunday Times has established that SARS is probing alleged tax irregularities of about R10-million. (Read more...)


Zuma’s fate yet to be decided


The bid by ANC president Jacob Zuma’s legal team to block South African prosecutors from using documents held by the Mauritian courts against him in his corruption trial now rests with the judges of the Mauritius Supreme Court. (Read more...)





Allegations of corruption at Beeld


A series of anonymous letters from employees and former employees of daily newspaper Beeld to the board of its holding company, Media24, has accused Beeld management of "serious corruption" and fingered its former chief executive, Lucille van Niekerk, as being "seriously implicated" in an internal audit report. (Read more...)


Crooked cops keep their jobs - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) is outraged that over the past 24 months less than 50 percent of all South African Police Service members charged with serious offences have been dismissed. (Read more...)




Nigeria's senate approves new anti-graft chief


ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's Senate has approved a former top police officer to head the country's anti-corruption agency, rejecting opposition and rights campaigners' concerns that President Umaru Yar'Adua disregarded the law in naming her. (Read more...)


Zuma's lawyers keep fighting in Mauritius


As ANC president Jacob Zuma addressed the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on food prices, more than 4 000km away, his lawyers battled the corruption case against him inside a Mauritian court. (Read more...)


Electronic raid on EC banks


THOUSANDS of Eastern Cape teachers and other public servants have fallen victim to a possible multi-million rand scam that involved R49 being mysteriously deducted from their bank accounts last month. (Read more...)


'Exporter' up for huge fraud


He duped the South African Revenue Service into believing that he was responsible for exporting large quantities of alcohol, soap and toothpaste to neighbouring countries.

He then billed Sars an amount of R29-million for his fraudulent activities, which spanned a period of seven years. This was the incriminating evidence against Ivan van der Linde, 41, of the accounting firm Ivan van der Linde and Associates, of Robertsham, Joburg. (Read more...)


Uncle welcomes court’s verdict


The guilty verdict imposed on the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela’s flamboyant Chief Nyalala Molefe Pilane in the Mogwase regional court this week is the right recipe for removing him, says his uncle Matlapeng John Pilane.


He was reacting after magistrate Stefaan du Toit had found Nyalala, 46, guilty of 18 counts of fraud and theft totalling R38 million. (Read more...)




Crime levels still falling, says Nqakula


The latest crime statistics - which have yet to be made public - will show that police work is continuing to drive crime levels down in South Africa, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has assured the country in a highly charged budget debate. (Read more...)


Corrupt offices fingered


KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Meshack Hadebe yesterday said he has identified 13 offices plagued by corruption which was adversely affecting the poor. (Read more...)


Numsa accuses Eseta of corruption


The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has instituted "shocking" corruption charges against officials of the Energy Sector Education Training Authority (Eseta) over alleged siphoning of millions of rands meant for skills training of workers. (Read more...)


Zuma slams NPA's claims


Port Louis - ANC president Jacob Zuma has threatened that the political conspiracy he alleges is behind his corruption prosecution will come to a head within a year - should the illegal case not be stopped. (Read more...)





Blatter accuses Kenya of corruption, mismanagement


World football governing body, Fifa, has for the first time indicted the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) over corruption and mismanagement. (Read more...)


Identity theft 'costing SA millions'


Identity theft could be costing South Africa more than R1-billion every year, according to a major credit bureau and a national insurance organisation. (Read more...)


Ex-mayor faces fraud claims


The Mookgophong municipality in Limpopo has failed to act against a senior official who has been linked to corruption scandals involving thousands of rands.

The municipality’s former mayor, Malose Kekana, was fingered in the auditor-general’s report as having benefited from dubious transactions. (Read more...)


Former Scorpion 'had long fingers'


Officers of the elite Scorpions unit have allegedly abused a multi-million rand special fund designed to pay informers.

Details of how thousands of rands were paid to phantom informants for whistle-blowing on non-existent crimes form part of the state's case in a fraud and corruption trial of a former top Scorpion official Geophrey Ledwaba. (Read more...)




Two appear for emigration scam


Two women have appeared in the Scottburgh magistrate's court on 61 counts of fraud and theft amounting to R2-million, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday.

They were allegedly involved in a recruitment agency scam, said NPA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. (Read more...)


FSB closes Gold Fields Pastorini case


The Financial Services Board (FSB) has closed its case against the man who caused pandemonium last year when he announced he would be bidding for Gold Fields. (Read more...)


King loses appeal bid to stop SARS seizing assets


THE taxman can finally proceed with its claim to have the South African assets of Metlika declared executable for Ben Nevis’s tax debts, after the Pretoria High Court yesterday dismissed an appeal application by businessman Dave King’s lawyers. (Read more...)




Nigeria: Banks Lost N2.7 Billion to Fraud Last Year - CBN


The nation's banks have lost N2.7 billion to fraud and forgery in 2007, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said. (Read more...)

'Too many bad cops'


Johannesburg - In the past two years less than 50% of all SA Police Service members charged with serious offences have been dismissed, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.


In a statement, DA spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said the party was shocked to learn that of those dismissed 28% were charged with murder, 27% were charged with rape, 24% with corruption and 31 % with armed robbery. (Read more...)


Arms deal application dismissed


A Cape High Court judge on Monday dismissed an application to force Finance Minister Trevor Manuel to hand over arms deal documents, activist Terry Crawford-Browne said. (Read more...)


Arthur Brown’s application dismissed


The Cape High Court today dismissed an urgent application by Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown for his immediate release from custody. (Read more...)


Judgment expected in Fidentia fraud case


Judgment is expected to be delivered today in an urgent application of former Fidentia boss, J. Arthur Brown. His application in the Cape High Court is challenging the legality of his arrest last month on new charges of theft, money laundering and fraud. (Read more...)


Millions ‘lost’ in EC tax scam


A MULTI-MILLION rand cheque scam, involving stolen income tax and VAT payments, has been uncovered in Buffalo City. A number of local businesses now face the threat of having to make double payments to the SA Revenue Services (Sars) after their cheques for tax, provisional tax and VAT payments landed in bogus bank accounts across the country. (Read more...)


Travelgate still acid test for role of Parliament


PARLIAMENT has published a statement on its website denying it was responsible for the recent publication of a notice in the Government Gazette indicating an intention to end all efforts by liquidators to recover Travelgate debts from MPs. The notice was supposedly placed by the liquidators of the Bathong Travel agency.


However, given Parliament’s proposed commitments in the notice, it is inconceivable that Parliament was unaware of it in advance. (Read more...)


Parliament officials fight collusion claims


Parliamentary officials and their legal team are fighting claims that they improperly conspired with liquidators to stop the recovery of money from MPs involved in the Travelgate affair. (Read more...)




'We must stop the Zuma trial'


The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Bheki Cele, has asked the ANC's eThekwini region to adopt a motion calling on the ANC to stop the fraud and corruption charges against its president, Jacob Zuma. (Read more...)


Fears of social grant fraud


Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya will, from tomorrow, accept affidavits in lieu of identity documents from grant seekers — a move he admits is open to corruption.


Applicants for state pensions, foster care and child support grants will only have to provide sworn statements signed by clergymen, school principals, policemen and traditional leaders, among others, confirming that they are South African. (Read more...)


Radio boss accused of theft to tune of R13m


Mario Roos went from disgrace as an accountant to the high life as a radio-station executive who is now accused of stealing nearly R13-million — and then fleeing the country on a business-class ticket.


To the shock of his colleagues, the “charmer and ladies man” known for his jokes and ready smile has been unmasked as the alleged mastermind of a massive fraud at a Cape Town radio station. (Read more...)


Six cops accused of R2.5m fraud


Johannesburg - Nine people, six of them employed by the SA police service have been arrested for fraud in Mpumalanga, police said on Saturday. (Read more...)


How the state will save billions


The state will save more than R8-billion in future social grant payouts because of the success of the special investigations unit's (SIU's) probe into social grant fraud.

The department of correctional services has also benefited to the tune of nearly R4-billion recovered during a probe into information technology contracts and medical aid fraud by prison warders and doctors. (Read more...)




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