EX-DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM ARRESTED

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EX-DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM NABBED FOR CORRUPTION, FUGITIVE NABBED AT CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CTIA) CAPE TOWN – A 45-year-old former Deputy Director in the department of Economic Development and Tourism and his associate, also aged 45, have been arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks on Monday, …

10111 STRIKE UNPROTECTED

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Pretoria, Tuesday 17 October 2017: The South African Police Service reaffirms its position that the 10111 SAPU-affiliated employees strike is unprotected. This follows the signing of a collective agreement in September at the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC) to which both POPCRU as the majority union in the SSSBC, as well as the …

OR Tambo follow-home suspects nabbed by SA Police

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Last night police members based at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) and the Johannesburg East Cluster made a significant breakthrough in what has been dubbed the “airport-following” robberies, committed in and around the Johannesburg area. The team, acting on information, monitored a security vehicle and discovered that this vehicle, which is contracted to work …

LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR COP KILLERS

LIMPOPO- The Polokwane High Court has on Monday sentenced Thomas Nunu Makanye (33), and Simon Setwanye Monakedi (37), to life imprisonment for killing a police officer in January 2016. The late Warrant Officer, Joel Seloga (57), who was attached to Groblersdal Cluster detectives was shot and killed near Brits when he was assisting local police …

HAWKS ARREST ONE OF THEIR OWN

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The Acting National Head of the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has learnt with disappointment the arrest of the units’ Serious Anti-Corruption commander in Mpumalanga. Captain Richard Nkwanyana (48) handed himself over the Hawks’ Middelburg Organised Unit members on Monday following a protracted investigation into alleged theft of about R439 …

FRUITS OF DISCONTENT

This week Special Assignment broadcasts a follow-up to our ongoing investigations into alleged corruption and elite capture of state-owned farms that are turning the fruits of agrarian land reform into a bitter harvest. When one thinks of elite capture, the Gupta family immediately springs to mind, accused of turning South Africa into their personal ATM, …

MAYOR SENTENCED FOR CORRUPTION

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The Clanwilliam Regional Court has convicted Jonas White (47), a former, Executive Mayor of Cederberg Municipality, for corruption. The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit arrested White and his alleged girlfriend, Ezelle Bianca Mankay (33), as well as, Philippus Volschenk (56), following investigations on 19th December, 2013. It was the state’s case that during October to …

Department of Health puts Forensic Analyst on suspension

The Department of Health has put one of its Forensic analysts, based in Pretoria Forensic Laboratory Services on precautionary suspension from employment in terms of clause 7.2 of the PSCBC resolution 1 of 2003 with full pay. However, the matter is handed over to the HAWKS as the Department believes that the allegations levelled against …

TRIO SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY, MURDER AND RAPE

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NORTH WEST – The Temba High Court has on Wednesday sentenced Paul Sello Mashapa (37), Joseph Vusi Mdluli (36) and Sphiwe Matlala (35) to 25 years’ imprisonment without an option of a fine after they were found guilty of armed robbery, murder and rape. The trio was arrested by the Hawks in November 2006 at …

CAPE TOWN COUPLE BEHIND R278-MILLION PONZI SCHEME SENTENCED

CAPE TOWN – A Western Cape couple behind a multimillion Ponzi scheme has been sentenced in the Thembalethu Regional Court on Wednesday, 21 September 2017 for fraud and contravening the banks Act. Graeme Minnes (54) and Carolina Minnes (52) duped unsuspecting victims between Sept 2002 and Nov 2009 into investing funds ranging from a minimum …

18 SUSPECTS ARRESTED AND 4 CONVICTED FOR RHINO POACHING

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MORE SUSPECTS BEING ARRESTED AND CONVICTED FOR RHINO POACHING Over the past week, 18 suspects were arrested and one fatally wounded while five others who were involved in rhino poaching were found guilty and sentenced to a collective 30 years and none months imprisonment. The South African Police Service and game rangers throughout South Africa …

Police arrest hundreds of suspects for aggravated robberies

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The Trio Crime Combating Interventions which have been put in place to intensify the prevention and investigation of house robberies, business robberies and hijackings as well as to trace and apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes, has been yielding significant results. The teams in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal which have the highest …

Government strongly condemn arson attacks on George School

MINISTERS OF EDUCATION AND TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS STRONGLY CONDEMN ARSON ATTACK ON THEMBALETHU SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SITE The Departments of Education (WCED) and Transport and Public (DTPW) strongly condemn the arson attacks on the construction site of the Thembalethu Secondary School in George. The attack happened yesterday, and is suspected to be linked to continued …

Drugs and Rhino horns seized at OR Tambo

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DRUGS AND RHINO HORNS WORTH MILLIONS SEIZED AT ORTIA Pretoria, 11 September 2017: During this past weekend, two suspects were arrested, and drugs and rhino horns worth over R6 million intercepted in separate incidents at the OR Tambo International Airport in the on-going operation into ridding the airport of criminal activities. The interception was conducted …

WESTERN CAPE YOUTH LEADER TO APPEAR IN COURT FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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The South African Police Service’s Serial and Electronic Crimes Investigation (SECI) section of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit has arrested a 26-year-old youth pastor for possession of child pornography and failing to report knowledge of the commission of a sexual offence with children. The Pastor, employed by a church in …

Death of Sandile Bhengu the Gangstar leader

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The Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, has taken note of rumours making their rounds in the social media, that a plan has been put in place to avenge the death of a criminal, Sandile Bhengu. Minister Mbalula wants to reassure the residents of Umlazi that threats made to commit more crime, such as carjackings, …

Deadly Decisions A Special Assignment Production

This week Special Assignment has decided to re-broadcast the multiple-award winning documentary Deadly Decisions, which has recently scooped three Diageo Responsible Drinking Awards for Best Broadcast, Best up and coming and Journalist of the Year. The documentary, produced by Cleopatra Jones, looks at the impact that drunk driving has on victims and their families. It …

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR BURSARY FRAUD

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NORTHERN CAPE – Lindiwe Cynthia Nqumashe (44) was arrested on Friday for alleged bursary fraud worth over R80 000,00. Nqumashe works for the Department of Health, Northern Cape, Kimberley, attached to the student’s bursary funds office dealing with allocation of funds to successful bursary applicants. She allegedly approved extra payments for bursary to be paid …

HAWKS DISMANTLE DRUG LABS AND AND SEIZE DRUGS

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GAUTENG – The Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) executed search and seizure warrants at four residences in the Eastern and Southern In the process, two clandestine drug manufacturing laboratories were dismantled. The Hawks members seized a quantity of illegal drugs believed to be methcathinone (CAT) and dagga. Five people, aged between a 32 …

Hawks arrest 46 year-old suspect for unlawful possession of military explosives

HAWKS SEIZE MILITARY EXPLOSIVES LIMPOPO – The Limpopo Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit members today arrested a (46) year-old suspect for unlawful possession of alleged military explosives and ammunition in Makhado. The Hawks received intelligence about explosives that were allegedly kept at the suspect’s business premises. A disruptive operation was effected and members seized five …

Two suspects arrested for alleged dealing in drugs

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MPUMALANGA – Two suspects were arrested on Thursday by the members of DPCI Secunda Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Secunda CI for alleged dealing in drugs. The Hawks members received information about two suspects and a disruptive operation led the members to 426 clear zip bags of crystal meth, 131 clear small zip bag of KAT, …