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Moodys upgrades Mercantile Bank two notches up

Moody’s upgrades Mercantile Bank two notches up despite tough economic conditions in South Africa This month, Moody’s Investors Service raised Mercantile Bank’s long- and short-term national scale ratings to Baa1.za/P-2.za from Baa3.za/P-3.za. The ratings agency gave Mercantile Bank a “stable outlook in view of its robust financial performance, which supports its ability to withstand the potential pressures stemming from the current economic slowdown in South Africa”. This rating reflects Mercantile Bank’s small but growing franchise – 0.2% in terms of total assets – in South…

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SEVEN SUSPECTS APPEAR IN COURT FOR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVES

MPUMALANGA – Seven suspects appeared before the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after they were arrested earlier this week by members of the Hawks for illegal possession of explosives. The group comprising five males and two females, namely; Monalo Khoza(31), Thulisile Nkomo (39), Sfiso Bonge Shabangu (32), Ronnei Lwazi Shabangu (49), Bheki Shabangu, Godfrey Sempira and Skhumbuzo Khoza (46) were caught on the act of allegedly selling military explosives (mortar bombs) worth approximately R3.7 million in the Tonga area following a tip-off. Preliminary investigations suggests…

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR R2 MILLION MUNICIPAL FRAUD

EASTERN CAPE : A 43-year-old woman is expected to appear on Thursday at the Bizana Magistrate court after she arrested for allegedly defrauding the local municipality of approximately R2 million. The suspect was arrested on Tuesday by Mthatha Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime in the Gauteng province where she is employed by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. The suspects was employed by the Bizana Local Municipality as a Senior Cashier from 2008 to 2011. Her duties included receiving payments from the public for renewal…

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MUNICIPAL OFFICER NABBED FOR FRAUD

Northern Cape- The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit served senior officers at Gasegonyane Municipality with charges of fraud and contravention of section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA). The 39-year-old former senior employee at the municipality was arrested on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Another senior officer (64) working at Gasegonyane municipality was arrested last week. They were both arrest through (J175) court summons. Hawks investigation revealed some irregularities that dates back in September 2012 during the process of selecting a…

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WANTED BY POLICE

BOGUS LAWYER ON THE RUN

NORTH WEST: The Hawks in the North West are looking for Lucas Luthi (could be false name). Between April and May 2016, Luthi would go to the Taung Magistrate Court and parade himself as a lawyer. He proceeded to represent an accused before the Magistrate court on a fee which was paid to him in cash . On 30 May 2017 he represented yet another accused who was appearing for bail application on a murder case. During the court proceedings, Luthi was called to the…

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ALLEGED COP KILLERS NABBED IN PRISON

FREE STATE -The Hawks in the Free State province have arrested three suspects for the murder of Constable Ntswaki Agnes Molebatsi (33) who was killed in November 2014. Hawk’s intensive investigations led them to Brandfort and Grootvlei Correctional Services centres where the suspects, aged 29, 33 and 35 were arrested on Tuesday, 20 June 20017. Two of the suspects are serving a five-year and another 15 years jail sentence for unrelated cases of robbery and possession of unlawful firearm, while the other one is awaiting…

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SUSPECT HELD FOR SUSPECTED PONZI SCHEME

GAUTENG – The Johannesburg Specialized Commercial Crimes Court had on Monday, 19 June 2017 denied Ntokozo Myles Ndlovu bail on his R5 million fraud investment scam allegations. Ndlovu (34) was running an investment scheme between 2010 and 2017 through the DMD Capital PTY LTD and Profit Trading, the licenses thereof were since revoked and withdrawn by the Financial Services Board. He allegedly lured unsuspecting investors to pay R10 000 to R500 000 with the promise of high commissions. Ndlovu failed to honour his part of…

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Major General PM Mokushane appointed as Acting Divisional Commissioner of Crime Intelligence

Pretoria, Friday 16 June 2017: The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba, has announced that Major General PM (Pat) Mokushane was appointed as the Acting Divisional Commissioner of the SAPS’s Crime Intelligence Division on 10 June 2017. He will perform duties in this post until further notice. Major General Mokushane has served in the South African Police Service for 23 years, the majority of his service being in intelligence. He has thus acquired vast experience in the police’s…

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DRUG DEALERS BUSTED FOR A R6 MILLION CLANDESTINE LAB

GAUTENG – The Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) together with Douglasdale police had on Wednesday evening arrested two men for manufacturing and dealing in drugs at Watercombe Farmall in Randburg. The arrest came as a result of a joint intelligence driven operation aimed at thwarting drug dealing syndicates. Chemicals and equipment used to manufacture drugs as well as 20kg of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated value of R6 million were seized. The suspects, both aged 49, will appear before the Randburg Magistrates Court…

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World Health Organization

Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected

{{unknown}}Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide. A new study, supported by WHO and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to either psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse (6.8%), neglect (4.2%), physical abuse (2.6%) or sexual abuse (0.9%). The research draws on the best available evidence from 52 studies in 28 countries from different…

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ATTEMPTED HIGHJACKING INCIDENT ON MISS SOUTH AFRICA, DEMI-LEIGH NEL-PETERS

Minister Fikile Mbalula has learnt with shock that a brazen attempted armed hijacking of Miss South Africa, Miss Nel-Peters. This happened early this evening (07 June 2017) near Hyde Park Corner Shopping Mall, Johannesburg. Miss Nel-Peters was unharmed in the incident. As part of the Minister’s outreach to in particular female and children victims of crime, Minister Mbalula, contacted Miss Nel-Peters and Miss South Africa Organization and shared words of comfort. “As it can be understood, Miss Nel-Peters is shaken but in good spirit and…

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BRAZEN ARMED GANG ARRESTED IN KWAMHLANGA

In a continuous effort to effectively combat serious crime in South Africa, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested members of a gang of robbers in KwaMhlanga during the early hours of yesterday morning. At approximately 01:30am yesterday, members from the SAPS’s National Intervention Unit responded to information of a gang breaking into offices at the Thembisile Hani Licencing Authority (the traffic department) in KwaMahlanga. They found a group of men exiting the building, which they had allegedly just broken into. They had forced…

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Four gunmen fatally wounded after opening fire on SAPS members

Pretoria: 26 May 2017 – The South African Police Service’s management has, since 1 April 2017, implemented operations in response to the increasing trio crimes committed across the country, especially in the Province of Gauteng. The effort, commitment and dedication displayed by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) towards ensuring the safety and security of all people in South Africa is welcomed by the leadership of the department. Members continue to place their lives at risk on a day to day basis. This…

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SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR THE HI-JACKING AND KIDNAPPING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR THE HI-JACKING AND KIDNAPPING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE, DEPUTY MINISTER MAKWETLA Pretoria, 26 May 2017: Since Monday, four suspects have been arrested in the hi-jacking and kidnapping case of the Deputy Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister Makwetla and two security guards from a hospital by a multi-disciplinary task team comprising of the SAPS’s Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Detective Services and Crime Intelligence. On Sunday, 21 May 2017 at approximately 19:30 Deputy Minister Makwetla arrived alone in his private vehicle, a…

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Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Following the malaria outbreaks in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, there has been daily monitoring of the developments through the district outbreak response meetings. However, the overall number of reported malaria cases has declined in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo over the past two weeks. There have been a high number of malaria cases in South Africa in the 2016/17 season, compared to the previous season. This has been attributed to the rise in ambient temperature, rainfall and humidity.…

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Fuck White People Exhibit

All Races Deserve To Be Treated Equally – Cape Party The widely controversial “fuck-white-people” exhibit being displayed in the Iziko SA National Gallery will face its day in court this week. The Cape Party is charging Iziko art gallery with contravening hate speech laws and demanding they pay a R150 000 fine. Cape Party leader, Jack Miller says “We are calling on the court to condemn this exhibit as blatant hate speech and have the offensive poster removed.” He further stated that “We expect the…

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ALLEGED FRAUDSTER DENIED BAIL

LIMPOPO- Samuel Ricardo Bila (33) was denied bail by Modjadjiskloof Magistrate Court on 15 May 2017 on a charge of alleged fraud which he is facing. His case was postponed to 23 May 2017 for formal bail application. In July 2012, Bila allegedly opened clothing credit accounts at various shops in Limpopo and even bought a car using the names of the complainant. The matter was reported to the Hawks who conducted an intensive investigation which resulted in the arrest of the suspect in Johannesburg…

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ILLEGAL MINER CONVICTED

NORTH WEST – Bernhard van Niekerk (62) was sentenced to one (1) year imprisonment or payment of a R50 000 fine at the Schweizer-Reneke District court on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 for illegal mining and the unlawful possession of unpolished diamonds. The Hawks members followed up on information that pin pointed the Eerste Begin farm in Amalia as a spot for illegal mining. On 1 December 2016, a search was conducted at the farm and the suspect was found on site with four (4) unpolished…

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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 9 May 2017, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering Central African Republic. Since 22 April, nine cases including three deaths have been reported. Six cases are currently hospitalized. On 11 May 2017, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of DRC informed WHO that of the five samples collected from suspected cases, one tested positive by RT-PCR for Ebola…

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FOUR SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOR MURDER

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FREE STATE – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the Free State province is appealing to members of the public with information regarding the whereabouts of the four (4) suspects Lira Morienyane (39), Ntabiseng Lempe (34), Alice Majake (28) and Andile Gxamza (33) to contact them immediately.
The suspects are wanted in connection with a murder case which took place at Phahameng in Bloemfontein last year March, during which a well-known tavern owner Mr Alfred “Chencha” Helepi (70) was shot three times at his tavern and died at scene. The suspects allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene with the deceased’s vehicle which was later found abandoned at Phelindaba not far from the scene.
A warrant of arrest was issued after they were all let go on 11 November 2016 following an order by the Bloemfontein High Court after the Regional Court struck the matter of the roll. They had been in custody since their arrest in May shortly after Helepi was murdered.
According to documents, the suspects Morienyane, Lempe and Majake are Lesotho nationals and Gxamza is from Port Elizabeth.
Anyone with information regarding any of the suspects should contact Captain Babani Skota on 079 509 4998 or Warrant officer Motlhoua Motshweneng on 082 372 0093

NPA OBTAINS A PRESERVATION ORDER FOR 2921 DONKEY HIDES

PRETORIA – The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has secured a preservation order on 10 May 2017 for 2921 donkey hides as well as the container they were kept in. The donkey hides has an estimated value of R4 381 500. The successful recovery of the donkey hides was due to excellent work by the South African Police Service (the SAPS) that played a vital role in seizing the hides before they were shipped to China. The NPA and the…

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MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR HOUSEBREAKING AND ROBBERY

FREE STATE – August Phakedi Mogoregi (63) was sentenced to eight years (8) imprisonment after he was found guilty by the Welkom Regional Court for housebreaking and robbery on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. In 2009 Mogoregi, Timely Faith Coetze (33) and Foreman Matee (53) held a family at gunpoint at their home in Welkom. They stole jewellery, cellphones as well as R50 000 cash and fled the scene. Through intensive investigation by the Hawks and the police Coetze was arrested on the night of the…

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MINISTER FIKILE MBALULA VISIT 10111 CALL CENTER

The Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula made an unannounced visit at the South African Police Service (SAPS) 10111 Call Center in Midrand today. The visit was to get first-hand experience of what happens at the call centre following complaints the Minister received from the public. The Minister interacted with the call centre staff and got to understand their challenges. The Minister was connected to all SAPS vehicles from the Call Center. He used the opportunity to thank SAPS officers for their hard work in…

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MAN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR FRAUD

EASTERN CAPE – Machasela Manitshana (55) was sentenced seven years direct imprisonment after he was found guilty of fraud by the Engcobo Magistrate Court on Friday. During the year 1994 Manitshana fraudulently claimed the pension money of his brother from Teba Bank Ltd. His brother died from a car accident in November 1994 and was 25-years-old at the time. He worked as a miner in Johannesburg and even though he stated in his Will that he wanted the mother of his two daughters to inherit…

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HAWKS WELCOME DOUBLE LIFE SENTENCES FOR FARM MURDERER

LIMPOPO- Limpopo Hawks Provincial Head Major General Thobeka Jozi has hailed the two life sentences that were imposed to Gibson Banda (38) by Thohoyandou High Court on 2 May 2017. In November 2010, Banda who was employed as a farm worker at 16 Castle farm in Musina shot and killed the farm owner Mr Johan Greyvensteyn (54) and his wife Mrs Ann Jesle Greyvensteyn (52) at their farm. The decomposed bodies of the two were found locked in their car under the railway line bridge…

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