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  1. ‘Stop the bloody nonsense’

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    If 25% of graft ended, we’d have R40bn more – Gordhan THESE were Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s words last night as he reflected on challenges facing the economy during a debate with journalist Justice Malala in Cape Town, hosted by the Cape Chamber of Commerce. PICTURE: PHILL MAGAKOE SUMMONED: Former Sars group executive Johann van Loggerenberg, le... See full details

  2. Prasa probe ‘too costly’

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    TRANSPORT Minister Dipuo Peters has denied stifling a probe into the R51 billion locomotive tender at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) after a letter was leaked saying that Peters had ordered the board to close the investigation by a law firm. The Department of Transport said their boss was not trying to block any probe. The DA said they wanted the minister to c... See full details

  3. JHB drug smuggler arrested at CT airport

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    The woman is expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Priority Crimes Court on Friday on charges of drug dealing.A Johannesburg woman was arrested at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday after being caught trying to smuggle Tik with an estimated street value of R5.4 million. Captain FC van Wyk said the 26-year-old woman from Wanderers, in Johannesburg, arrived in Cape Town on the 9... See full details

  4. JHB drug smuggler arrested at CT airport

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    The woman is expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Priority Crimes Court on Friday on charges of drug dealing.A Johannesburg woman was arrested at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday after being caught trying to smuggle Tik with an estimated street value of R5.4 million. Captain FC van Wyk said the 26-year-old woman from Wanderers, in Johannesburg, arrived in Cape Town on the 9... See full details

  5. The day Pravin Gordhan took on big (illegal) tobacco - Part 1/. . .

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    Gordhan and his colleagues’ investigations of the illicit tobacco trade – which appears to involve top politicians and businessmen – is possibly the reason they’re being targeted now.Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan must be wondering whether one of his old plans while he was in charge of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) – combating the illegal tobacco trade in Sou... See full details

  6. The day Pravin Gordhan took on big (illegal) tobacco - Part 2/ . . .

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    The denials “The illicit tobacco trade in South Africa, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the overall market, is a growing problem for our consumers and our business. For several years, we have endeavoured to assist the law enforcement agencies in their efforts to combat this illicit trade,” BAT said in a statement to The Citizen. “We are ... See full details

  7. Lufuno Gogoro fearing for his life – again

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    He said the last time he was as scared as this was when Malema allegedly accused him of trying to destroy the EFF. Former EFF member Lufuno Gogoro says he fears for his life and the health of his mother. This after he was accused of working with outgoing Johannesburg MMC for housing and ANC member Dan Bovu, who allegedly wanted to bribe EFF councillors to vote for the ANC in Monday&rsqu... See full details

  8. Gordhan and Hawks set for face-off

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    A SHOWDOWN is looming between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks after the minister took a hard line yesterday, saying he would not hand himself over to the unit today. His stand came as business’s support for him widened. Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi could not be reached for comment last night. The Banking Association of South Africa (Bas... See full details

  9. Wannabe cops take on city in haircut row

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    Tshwane didn’t honour rulings TWO metro police trainees who were kicked out of training because they refused to cut their hair want the City of Tshwane and its municipal manager to be held in contempt of court for refusing to reinstate them on the programme. Suzanne Terry and Elizna von Mollendorff, supported by the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Im... See full details

  10. Hawks bust online dating syndicate who allegedly targeted unsuspecting women

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    THE HAWKS have arrested four online dating scam syndicate members and confiscated five laptops and 12 cellphones. Two of the laptops contained fraudulent profiles of people, which they used to lure unsuspecting victims. One suspect was arrested shortly after receiving a dummy parcel from the Hawks at PostNet in Somerset Mall in the Western Cape. The four suspects –... See full details

  11. SACP member slain: pair in the dock in KZN

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    TWO MEN made a fleeting appearance in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday charged with the murder of an SACP member in Inchanga on Sunday. They allegedly killed Nontsikelelo Blose, 40. The charge sheet said they allegedly shot her at or near Fredville, near the Mnide Tavern. Magistrate Nombulelo Mbatha gave strict instructions to the media that the... See full details

  12. NDP sans graft ideal for jobs

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    OUTGOING Public Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela says systematically and efficiently implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) is crucial in fighting corruption and its adverse effects on job creation and unemployment. Madonsela said yesterday that Chapter 9 institutions such as the Office of the Public Protector needed enough funds to ensure that corruption was fought adequate... See full details

  13. Do as Thuli did, MPs urge

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    POLITICAL parties in Parliament and Corruption Watch have sent a strong message to the next public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, calling on her to remain independent and stand up to politicians just like her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela.Almost all the parties in the National Assembly’s ad hoc committee yesterday backed Mkhwebane, a State Security Agency (SSA) official, to succee... See full details

  14. Concourt rejects bid against Hlophe

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    THE Constitutional Court (Concourt) yesterday dismissed an application by two of its justices seeking to rescind a recent judgment involving allegations against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe. Concourt justices Chris Jafta and Bess Nkabinde had been among 11 Concourt justices who accused Judge Hlophe of trying to influence the outcome of cases involving President Jacob Zuma in... See full details

  15. ‘SAPS fulfilled its role’

    Date: 25 Aug 2016
    THE SAPS has spent more than R250 million in securing the municipal polls, despite violent protests, the murder of councillor candidates and loss of some of the ballot boxes.The police top brass told MPs yesterday that they deployed thousands of officers, with back-up from the army in case urgent intervention was needed. However, acting National Commissioner LieutenantGeneral Khomotso P... See full details

  16. Hawks Summon Pravin

    Date: 24 Aug 2016
    Politicians playing a perilous game – academic SOUTH Africa’s political leadership is playing a dangerous and short-sighted game at the expense of the country’s economic growth, according to Wits University economist Kenneth Creamer. He said this in reaction to the announcement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had been instructed to present himself... See full details

  17. Hawks want R100m chopper to ‘come from the sky’

    Date: 24 Aug 2016
    Hawks head Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza told MPs the R100-million quote came ‘from people who know more’.The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, has asked parliament’s portfolio committee on police to approve its request for a R100-million helicopter to use in cracking down on rhino poachers. Timeslive reports that the e... See full details

  18. Leaders can’t escape judgment day – Moseneke

    Date: 24 Aug 2016
    Speaking after the launch of the International Federation for Human Rights’ 39th conference in Johannesburg, he added he was positive about the country.The strongest form of accountability is electoral accountability, former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke says. “People must stay vigilant and aware. The biggest form of accountability is electoral accountability,”... See full details

  19. Court to decide on car washer’s fate

    Date: 24 Aug 2016
    THE COURTS will decide if a car wash worker who ran over and killed a heavily pregnant Belinda Louw, 35, from the Moot, east of Pretoria, will be charged with culpable homicide. The woman, who had taken her car to the Sasol petrol station car wash on the corner of Johan Heyns and Ben Swart streets, was left severely injured when the car wash attendant knocked her down on August 13. ... See full details

  20. Lawyers steer clear of Krejcir

    Date: 24 Aug 2016
    RADOVAN Krejcir has apparently approached 12 law firms trying to find legal representation, but no one will help him in his upcoming murder trial. The Czech fugitive is on trial for the 2013 murder of alleged Bedfordview drug kingpin Sam Issa, and appeared yesterday at the high court in Joburg, where it was revealed Krejcir still had not managed to secure a lawyer. The trial has... See full details

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