Fired CEO threatens to ‘rock country‘s rugby fraternity‘
Province rugby‘s controversial former chief executive officer Phillip
Joseph, who was suddenly fired this week, has threatened to release
material he claims will “rock” South African rugby.
“I have dangerous material in my possession, which relates to members
who served on the EP board, and this evidence will rock the rugby
community,” he said yesterday.
State seeks 15-year sentences in toxic liquor
sentencing battle looms, as the state seeks to have two men convicted of
fraud for manufacturing liquor containing lethal amounts of methanol
jailed for 15 years.
When Johan van der Heever and Dan Padowitz make their next appearance in
the Bellville regional court, on January 16, the state will argue for
the prescribed minimum sentence, as the amount of fraud was in excess of
Selebi warrant: did it lead to Pikoli axing?
The Scorpions have been planning to arrest
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi for at least three months.
And it is believed that National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi
Pikoli's decision to pursue Selebi may have been the final step that led
to his suspension.
Now, a week after Pikoli is understood to have obtained the arrest
warrant against Selebi and amid a flurry of denial from police and state
authorities, it remains unclear whether anything will come of Pikoli's
Media24 gets forensic audit
A leading forensic
company has been brought in to audit Media24's 12 divisions following
allegations that circulation figures at several magazines have been
An internal Media24 statement said Edwin Nathan Sonnenberg (ENS)
Forensics was conducting the extensive audit of their 12 divisions.
Cameroon jails 9 former state officials for fraud
A court in
Cameroon jailed nine former state employees for between 15 and 35 years
on Thursday for embezzlement in a second high-profile case against
corrupt members of veteran President Paul Biya's ruling party.
A large group of senior state officials were arrested in February
2006 in a crackdown on graft that Biya ordered under pressure from
international donors concerned by widespread corruption in the central
Former education official charged with fraud
Western Cape education department personnel head on Thursday recounted
the discomfort of being questioned by forensic investigators, when he
appeared in the Bellville commercial crimes court on fraud charges.
"When you are suspended, you are caught unawares. You are told there is
an investigation underway, and you are dumbfounded and don't know what's
going on," testified Mogamat Kashief Galant, 40.
Scorpions arrest men for tender fraud
Four men were
arrested by the Scorpions on Thursday after an investigation into tender
irregularities at local government level involving photo copy machines.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the men
were arrested on Thursday morning and appeared in court on a charge of
fraud and contravening the municipal finance act.
"Members of the Cape Town office of the Scorpions arrested the men and
they appeared in the Kimberley magistrate's court. They were released on
bail of R6 000 each."
Ex-speaker free on fraud rap
The former speaker of the Rustenburg
municipality, Elizabeth Seduke, was found not guilty on charges of
intimidation, extortion and fraud at the Rustenburg Regional Court on
Seduke was arrested in June 2005 after a businesswoman Sharon
Mathulwe, 26, accused her of threatening her with death in an attempted
to extort money from her.
Alleged fraudster is back in the dock
A man who
allegedly forged the signature of a Free State municipal manager and
defrauded a woman of R200 000 appeared in the Harrismith magistrate's
court on Wednesday, Free State police said.
funder Sandi Majali is to sue the Sunday Times for defamation
following its story implicating him in the disappearance of money meant
for an Eastern Cape school feeding scheme.
"Sandi Majali intends instituting a damages claim against the Sunday
Times for defamation. Counsel has been briefed and the Sunday
Times has been notified accordingly," said Majali's attorney Barry
Aaron added that a request, in terms of the Access to Information Act,
for the production of a forensic auditor's report on the matter, would
be sent to the office of the Eastern Cape premier. A separate letter
would be sent to the premier's office demanding the "immediate release"
of the report, by auditors Ngubane & Co.
Man had 119 blank credit cards
A Somali couple
appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on charges of credit card
fraud, national police said on Wednesday.
officers seized 119 blank international credit cards, eight blank
Standard Bank cards, 20 white plastic cards, three card readers
(skimming devices), encoding equipment and computer software, computer
equipment used to manufacture false credit cards, an HP electronic
diary, two cellular phones and a wireless webcam from the house,"
Scam victims can talk
Controversial businessman Niko Shefer has unsuccessfully applied for
an interdict to stop a disgruntled investor from publishing
allegations that he owed investors millions of rand.
The businessman sought to interdict Graham Torrington of Hurlingham,
and also instituted a R150 000 damages claim against Torrington, after
receiving a “threatening” e-mail from Torrington in August last year.
Land claim fraud is uncovered
At least 40 people who were given land or who were
compensated under government’s land restitution programme might have
made fraudulent land claims. Criminal action will be pursued against the
perpetrators, officials say.
The Department of Public Works has taken a zero tolerance approach on
fraud and corruption.
Addressing the two
day Zero Tolerance Stance on Fraud and Corruption Conference, Tuesday,
Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza said the department has placed a
number of initiatives to deal with fraud and corruption in the
"Zero tolerance means just that, it means all of us in Public Works,
political leaders, management, our cadre of professionals and the staff
take ownership of this struggle in a concerted programme of action to
defeat corruption," Minister Didiza said.
Getting SA’s MPs to play along on ethics not easy
LAST week the parliamentary ethics committee
finally managed to legally accept receipt of the register of members’
It was the third request. On the first occasion, too few MPs
pitched up for this to be done — at least half of the 27 committee
members need to be present for a meeting to be legal.
African firms run big graft risk
AFRICAN or Middle
Eastern companies are four times more likely than US firms to be exposed
to bribery and corruption, according to a survey on corporate fraud
involving 900 senior company executives.
‘Conman’ held over franchises
Stelio Nathaniel, the chief executive of Prop
Holdings, was arrested last week Tuesday for allegedly defrauding
unsuspecting franchisees of thousands of rands.
Nathaniel was charged with six counts of fraud on Wednesday
and released on R20 000 bail pending trial in the Specialised Commercial
Crimes Court in Pretoria.
Database to help crack down on ID fraudsters
your valuables close, and your identity documents closer still.
With identity theft and impersonation spiralling out of control, ID
documents and bank statements should be kept safe and under lock and
Stolen documents could see you racking up huge amounts of debt.
Once stolen, the information is passed on to syndicates operating in
South Africa who sell the details to people who use them to commit
The billion-rand hole at Fidentia
Up to a billion
rands of funds invested in Fidentia are unlikely to be recovered, say
the financial group’s curators. One curator, Dines Gihwala, of Hofmeyr,
Herbstein & Gihwala, says the company is expecting to recover only a
further R300-million of the missing money to add to the R300-million
already paid to investors.
Case promises peep show into Botswana’s massive insurance
Three Botswana Police Service
Officers, a panel beater and a deputy sheriff will tomorrow
(Monday) appear before Chief Magistrate, Lot Moroka, in a
case that is expected to provide a peep show into Botswana’s
massive insurance fraud.
Police officers Badisa Maswe of Gantsi Police Station,
Moreetsi Sebako stationed in Broadhurst and Malebogo Kapo of
Block 8 Police Camp are accused of conspiring with Tlhopho
Ketshabile, a deputy Sheriff, and Louis Lorenzo, a panel
beater, to defraud Botswana Insurance Company Limited.
Another scandal hits ANC funder
Johannesburg - A businessman who
diverted funds to the ANC has been implicated in the disappearance of
millions of rand meant for a school feeding scheme, the Sunday Times
reported on Sunday.
"Controversial ANC funder Sandi Majali has been fingered in a
forensic audit into the disappearance of more than R100-million intended
for starving children in the Eastern Cape," the report said.
More fraud allegations against Asap
A concerned bidder has blown the whistle
on other tenders awarded to controversial security firm African
Strategic Asset Protection (Asap) in the wake of the Mail & Guardian
exposé last month.
Nearly five years
have elapsed since the arrest of Tigon CEO Gary Porritt - a period
pockmarked by about 15 postponements of the criminal case - and it
remains anyone's guess when the trial will begin.
Porritt and fellow director Sue Bennett are in the dock for cooking
the books of their two JSE-listed entities, Tigon and Shawcell (long
since defunct), and face a staggering 3 160 charges extending to
money-laundering, fraud and theft.
Police bust credit card fraudsters
Absa investigators and police commercial branch
detectives have bust a credit and debit card fraud syndicate operating
in Johannesburg. This resulted in four of the syndicate's members
appearing in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.
Rasool: workers wanted to deflect attention
Information about over-expenditure on security at Community Safety MEC
Leonard Ramatlakane's home was handed to the Auditor-General (AG)
irregularly and possibly to deflect attention from employees who had
defrauded his department of more than a million rand.
This was part of Premier Ebrahim Rasool's response during question time
in the provincial legislature on Thursday where he said an independent
investigation by Sonnenbergs had exonerated Ramatlakane of fraud and
Auditors fault Seta on R9m spending
CAPE TOWN — A forensic audit commissioned by
the troubled Media Advertising Publishing Packaging Seta (Mappp-Seta) on
transactions with service provider CreateSA has found that R9m was used
The Seta has been wracked by conflict leading to the
suspension and dismissal in May of former CEO Melanie Bernard-Fryer. She
claimed she was victimised for blowing the whistle on fraud and
corruption in the organisation.
Promise to speed up Mbele fraud inquiry
Ndebele has promised to speed up the investigation into the embattled
Health Department's head of department, Dr Busi Nyembezi, who is accused
of fraud and corruption.
Thousands probed for state housing graft
Investigating Unit has confirmed it is investigating thousands of
government officials believed to have fraudulently received housing
"We are confident that we can make a significant impact with the housing
fraud investigation, even though we are only in the initial stages," SIU
spokesperson Trinesha Naidoo said on Wednesday.
Ex-Scorpion stung hard by the law
For a moment the
incessant chewing stopped. Judge Ezra Goldstein had just found Scorpions
prosecutor Portia Kgantsi guilty of accepting bribes from a Nigerian
"In our view she was an appalling witness, evasive, talkative and
brazen," said Goldstein, delivering judgment in the Johannesburg High
Court on Wednesday.
FirstRand in conspiracy
Cape Town - Martin Welz, the
editor of the investigative monthly magazine noseweek, told the Cape
High Court on Wednesday that FirstRand bank had been in a criminal
conspiracy with its wealthy clients to defraud the revenue service by
creating a tax evasion scheme.
Scorpions raid top PMB councillor's home
investigation by the Scorpions into the Msunduzi Municipality (in
Pietermaritzburg) took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when a high-profile
councillor's home was raided in the morning.
The raid on Themba Zungu's house and his office at the city hall marked
the first time that a political figure's premises had been raided, and
has reportedly sparked a wave of panic among councillors, who fear that
they could be next.
‘Nursing scam’ runs into millions
A multimillion-rand scandal is unfolding at the
Far North Nursing School in Sibasa, Limpopo, after students laid a fraud
charge against owners of the institution with the Thohoyandou police.
Thousands of students who had registered with the school
since 2003 are still waiting to write their examinations because the
school is not registered with the South African Nursing Council (Sanc).
Senior police officer in fraud probe
THE second-in-command at the police’s commercial branch in East
London is under investigation for allegedly defrauding the National
Prosecuting Authority’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
The case against Superintendent Mxolisi Nogemane, registered at the
Cambridge police station in February, relates to alleged fraud that
occurred while he was working for the SIU in Bloemfontein in 2006.
Calls for probe into bribe claims
Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, the Communications
Minister, has been drawn into a clash between her ministry and the
Public Service Commission (PSC) over allegations that a senior official
in her department accepted bribes from a recruitment agency and others.
The human resources executive, whose name is known to the Sunday
Tribune, has been accused of receiving kick-backs and bribes from
successful tender applicants, and from people newly appointed or
promoted in the department.
Modise in the dock on fraud charges
who complained about allegedly unaccounted-for money donated to the
South African Communist Party (SACP) appeared in the Kimberley
magistrate's court on Thursday, on fraud-related charges.
Charles Modise's court appearance relates to charges of alleged fraud,
forgery and defeating the end of justice in relation to tenders awarded
to him in the Northern Cape.
Curators to meet Fidentia ‘mastermind’
CAPE TOWN — The
curators of collapsed asset management company Fidentia were engaged in
“delicate” negotiations with the main architect of the fraudulent
investment scheme in a bid to get back about R100m, Parliament’s
standing committee on public accounts heard yesterday.
Curators Dines Gihwala of Hofmeyr, Herbstein &
Gihwala and George Papadakis of Gobodo Forensic Accounting reported to
the committee on progress made in their attempt to recover assets for
the 60000 investors, many of whom are widows and orphans with
investments in the Living Hands Trust.
Council in ‘leave’ fraud
A former senior official at the Polokwane
municipality in Limpopo is in hot water after he was found to have
misappropriated more than R600 000 from the municipality.
The official, who worked as a paymaster for more than 16
years, has since resigned. An investigation by Sowetan has found that
Braam Duvenhage tendered his resignation on May 22, a day before he was
to appear before the municipality’s disciplinary hearing for the alleged
misappropriation of funds.
Tender scandals mount
GAUTENG – Three major tender scandals have flared up.
MEC Sekoati Seaparo, yesterday admitted he was a shareholder in
companies which won contracts from the provincial government.
Seaparo said he was a shareholder but not a director who saw the
day to day running of them.
Seaparo is alleged to have benefited by more than R500 million through
Whistle-blower's allegations ‘not true'
The senior executive accused of job piracy and fraud
is not under investigation, says Department of
Communications director-general Lyndall Shope-Mafole.
Land bank : Answer to Land Bank investigation raises further questions
A reply by the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Lulu Xingwana to
written parliamentary questions submitted by the DA on the forensic
investigation into the financial affairs of the Land Bank, confirms
suspicions of interference into the work of the independent auditors
investigating the Land Bank and raises further questions.
Millions stolen from investors
Johannesburg - A
shocking story unfolded in the Pretoria High Court this week of how
investors lost R300m in illegal schemes where one individual enriched
himself by building a property portfolio worth million of rands.
Giving fraudsters a helping hand
Credit card companies wonder
where people got the idea not to sign their credit cards, writes David
Consumers generally intend to deter identity theft and fraud
— but the reality is that they may actually be helping them.
Thousands of consumers in the US have written “See ID” or
“Ask For ID” on the back of their credit or debit cards instead of a
signature, believing the practice will thwart fraudsters.
After all, how could someone use a card fraudulently if
they’re asked to produce identification with it?
Bail in bank employee fraud case continues
eight-year spending spree Clynton Cotton lived a jet set lifestyle of
regular overseas trips and big ticket purchases that included buying
golf equipment to the tune of R100 000.
Funding his extravagant lifestyle were almost 100 unsuspecting FNB
clients who trusted him as a financial adviser to manage their
investments. During the time he fleeced his Overport branch clients to
the value of R21-million, he earned a comfortable salary of almost
R30 000 a month.
Seven health workers arrested for fraud
provincial health department employees appeared in the Durban
magistrate's court on Monday, charged with fraud, corruption and money
The case against the six men and a woman was remanded to September 11,
KwaZulu-Natal police said.
"They were all granted bail," said Senior Superintendent Phindile Radebe.
Scam takes R6m from pension fund
Confessions of how a
former KwaZulu-Natal hospital clerk and her national treasury
counterpart defrauded the government of R6-million have highlighted
costly loopholes in the state employee pension payout system.
The racket centred on the fraudulent inflation of pension payouts on
behalf of resigning government employees.
Private eye accused of fraud
A beefy bodybuilder and
debt-collector-turned-private investigator has been accused of conning
“clients” out of hundreds of thousands of rands.
Among those drawn into 40-year-old Howard Galvin’s alleged
web of deceit are his own grandfather and the family of a murdered
Last month Galvin, from the Joburg suburb of Greenside, was
in court for allegedly stealing more than R410 000. He is due back in
court this month.