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Paul O’Sullivan appears in court on various charges

Paul O’Sullivan appears in court on various charges Pretoria, Thursday 16 February 2017: The South African Police Service can confirm that Paul Robert O’Sullivan (62 years of age) appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday, 16 February 2017 and was granted bail of R10 000 subject to certain conditions. The charges in connection with which O’Sullivan appeared are: * Fraud * Section 33(5) of the IPID Act, 2011 (Act 1 of 2011) * Extortion * Attempted extortion * Intimidation. * The bail conditions were…

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ABALONE RECOVERED ON ABANDONED VEHICLE

NORTHERN CAPE – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) members swiftly acted on information about a vehicle allegedly transporting abalone from Cape Town to Namibia, through Springbok, via the Vioolsdrift Port of Entry. On Tuesday, 14 February 2017, search teams were despatched on all possible routes and a vehicle matching the disruption provided was found abandoned outside Steinkopf. The Isuzu bakkie with a South African registration number was parked on the gravel road near N7 highway. Upon conducting a search, R 2.4 million worth…

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NIGERIANS, MOZAMBICANS ARRESTED FOR FARM MURDERS

MPUMALANGA – Two Nigerian nationals and two Mozambicans have been arrested after four people; a man, his wife and both his parents, were found murdered at farm house in Modderbult on Tuesday. Members of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, members of the K9 unit, SANEB, Visible Policing members and the Local Criminal Record Centre officers responded to a farm attack incident which was reported in the area. When they arrived they found four bodies lying dead with bullet wounds. Investigation ensued swiftly and two Nigerians were…

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WOMAN NABBED FOR R9 MILLION FRAUD

WESTERN CAPE – Yolanda Faith Myburg (44), has appeared in the Kuilsriver Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday following her arrest on the same day by the Western Cape Hawks Commercial Crime Unit. Myburg has been charged with fraud valued at approximately R9.million, allegedly perpetrated against DHL in the Kempton Park area over a period of time and she has been on the run since her co-accused was arrested in 2016. A warrant of arrest was consequently issued culminating in the Hawks’ ATM Task team essentially putting…

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FUGITIVE FRAUDSTER SOUGHT- HAWKS SEEK ASSISTANCE

PRETORIA – The Hawks are in search of Huvashan Perumal Venketramen, a 33-year-old fugitive who has been on the run since 2013 after failing to honour his court appearance to face a charge of fraud amounting to R845 000. In 2011, Venketramen, who was the Managing Director of Verify Data Close Corporation, masqueraded as an agent from Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) and received a payment of R845 000 from a victim who was paying for cement. No cement was ever delivered. Venketramen was arrested in…

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R4 MILLION WORTH OF ABALONE SEIZED, TEN ARRESTED

WESTERN CAPE – The Hawks carried out several raids at suspected abalone drying facilities on Monday in a project driven operation, resulting in the arrests of ten suspects aged between 25 and 56. The raids were simultaneously carried out at six different private dwellings around, Durbanville, Plattekloof, West Beach, Atlantic Beach, Table View and Parklands, the said premises are reportedly linked to the ring leader who is amongst the arrested in this investigative project termed ‘Rambo’. The properties were under surveillance by the elite unit…

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25 YEARS JAIL TERM FOR KILLING HER POLICEMAN HUSBAND

FREE STATE – Nomalanga Paulinah Concoshi (40), the wife of the late Constable James Mbuyiselo and her two accomplices; Papiki Jack Mateise (32) and Bassie Ndude (27) were sentenced to lengthy jail terms by the Virginia High Court on Friday. Concoshi was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, Mateise will spend the rest of his life behind bars while Ndude was handed a 25-year jail term and a further three years for theft. Both his sentences will run concurrently. The trio were found guilty on 8…

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R2.2 MILLION RESCUED AFTER BANK ACCOUNT FRAUD

EASTERN CAPE – The Financial and Assert Forfeiture Investigation (FAFI) unit of the Hawks has on Friday, 03 February 2017, recovered R2.2 million which was defrauded from the Amatole Water in East London. The Amatole Water had contracted Malambo Construction to render services but before the money could be paid out, Amatole Water received what looked like a genuine correspondence from the service provider informing them of a change in banking details. Amatole Water then transferred an amount of R2.2 million to the newly provided…

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RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM HOSTED BY SAPS

Pretoria, Friday 10 February 2017: The South African Police Service (SAPS) hosted a Research Colloquium from 7 to 9 February 2017 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference Centre in Pretoria. The Research Colloquium is one of the exploratory research activities included in the Research Proposal for the development of an ideal and suitable policing model for the SAPS. The event also served the purpose of introducing the newly established SAPS Research Division and the SAPS Research Agenda for 2016 to 2020…

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WOMAN BUST FOR VEHICLES LICENSING SCHEME

BELLVILLE – Bronwyn Davids (29), has appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday following her arrest by members from the Hawks’ Anti-Corruption Unit for her alleged part in an Illegal vehicle licensing and police clearance scheme. Davids, who is reportedly Elton Bernard Abrahams’s girlfriend was arrested on Thursday following the arrest of Abrahams and Daphula in Belhar and De Aar respectively in November 2016, in connection with allegations of running the said illegal scheme. Millions of rand in cash and evidentiary proof were seized…

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NIGERIAN WOMAN BUSTED FOR DRUG DEALING

GAUTENG – Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) in Johannesburg have on Tuesday arrested a 37-year-old Nigerian woman for dealing in drugs. Police followed on information regarding drug dealers in Buccleauch where they found Clara Maduka in possession of 594 wrapped cocaine rocks at an estimated value of R90 000. She was arrested immediately. Maduka appeared before the Alexandra Magistrates Court on Wednesday for dealing in drugs and was remanded in custody. The case was postponed to Friday, 10 February 2017 for formal bail…

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ABALONE FOUND INSIDE HIJACKED VEHICLE – MAN ARRESTED

EASTERN CAPE – The members of the Hawks’ Organised Crime Unit in Port Elizabeth, together with the Motherwell Crime Intelligence officers have arrested a 31-year-old for being possession of abalone at Kinkelbos on Wednesday. Hawks had received a tip-off about a vehicle which was transporting abalone along the N2 route. The vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Upon searching the officers found 6013 units of abalone valued at an estimated amount of R500 000. Investigations further revealed that the same vehicle was hijacked at Mount…

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALERS NABBED IN DURBAN

KWAZULU-NATAL -Hawks’ Organised Crime unit members in Durban have arrested two suspects for dealing in drugs at Overport and Bonela in Durban on Monday and Tuesday. Officers had received information about two suspects who were allegedly dealing in drugs in the area. An operation involving the members of the Metro Police was at Bondsvick Centre in Overport where Indresh Pather (45) was arrested for dealing in drugs. He was found in possession of 28 pieces of rock cocaine and twelve small packs of cocaine powder…

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NATJOINTS activated to secure SONA 2017

NATIONAL JOINT OPERATIONAL AND INTELLIGENCE STRUCTURE (NATJOINTS) activated to secure SONA 2017 Cape Town: 8 February 2017 – The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) assures the people of South Africa and community of Cape Town of the readiness of the security forces to secure the deliverance of the 2017 State of the Nation Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, taking place in Cape Town on Thursday, 9 February 2017. The nation and community of Cape Town are urged to allow the NATJOINTS…

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PAIR NABBED FOR CONSIPIRACY TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY

NORTH WEST- The Hawks in North West have arrested Silas Msebi (37) and Mehluli Moyo (39) on Monday, 06 February 2017 for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm in Jourberton. The officers were acting on information about a vehicle which had two occupants who were allegedly intending to rob one of the local petrol stations. The vehicle was found in the area and during the search, the Hawks found a firearm with live rounds. The suspects were busted on the scene.…

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HOME AFFAIRS OFFICIAL IN THE DOCK FOR FAKE BIRTH REGISTRATION

KWAZULU-NATAL – The Hawks’ Commercial Crime Unit in Durban in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption officials have arrested a 35-year-old Department of Home Affairs employee in Kokstad on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. Officers had received information about a 19-year-old Lesotho woman who was mysteriously in possession of a South African identity document. An intensive investigation was conducted and it led the investigators to a house in Shayamoya, Kokstad. A search was conducted and 19 fully completed Late Birth Registration (LRB) application…

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THREE BUSTED FOR DEALING IN DRUGS

EASTERN CAPE – The Hawks in East London have on Friday, 3 February 2017 arrested three men suspected to be members of drug-dealing syndicate in the province. The suspects, a 26-year-old Laurence Benjamin, Zavian Plaatjies (30), and Elroy Van Schalkwyk (33) have appeared before the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were released on R5000 bail each. The trio were arrested as a result of a multi-disciplinary operation involving the Hawks, Buffalo Flats police and the East London Crime Intelligence. During the arrest the…

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ATTORNEY IN COURT FOR CORRUPTION

Free State – Pule Patrick Mile (33), has appeared before Welkom Magistrates Court on Monday, 6 February 2017 facing charges of corruption, defeating the administration of justice and aiding an escape. Mile, the defence attorney of nine illegal immigrants who were sentenced to 8 months imprisonment was arrested on Friday, 3 February 2017. He allegedly sped off, despite the attempts made by police officer to apprehend two of the nine illegal immigrants allegedly seen leaving Welkom Magistrates court on 27 January 2016 in his vehicle.…

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72 HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS RESCUED BY HAWKS

KWAZULU-NATAL – Hawks members in Newcastle have saved 72 foreigners who were allegedly trafficked from Swaziland and Lesotho to South Africa for labour exploitation in one of the factories in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Members received information about foreign nationals who were kept in a certain factory in the area. A search warrant was swiftly obtained and Hawks members together with Department of Labour as well as Home Affairs officials swooped in the said premises on Friday, 3 February 2017. A search was conducted and the victims…

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WHO supports proposed sugar-sweetened beverages tax in South Africa

The World Health Organization supports the consideration of Government of South Africa of introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) to help reduce excessive sugar intake. This is one of interventions proposed in the Strategy for the prevention and control of obesity in South Africa 2015-2020. WHO has supported introduction of such taxes since it was proposed by the National Treasury in August 2016. WHO’s Representative to South Africa, Dr Rufaro Chatora, took part in a parliamentary hearing held on 31 January to discuss…

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POLICE CONSTABLE NABBED FOR CORRUPTION

Free State- A 34 year-old Constable working at Van Rooyen Port of Entry in Wepener was arrested along with his 40 year-old accomplice from Lesotho on Thursday, 2 February 2017. They are both facing charges of Corruption and Defeating the ends of justice. The Hawks swiftly acted on information about the duo that approached SARS official to negotiate an offer of a bribe for the release of the goods worth R134 000 that were confiscated by SARS due to none compliance. A waylay investigation was…

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COURT UPDATE: THE INFAMOUS RHINO HORN PAIR DEPORTED

THE INFAMOUS RHINO HORN PAIR DEPORTED WYNBERG – Bingchang Liao (24), and Jiawei Yang (27), the infamous Chinese duo who were arrested recently when they forgot a backpack containing pieces of rhino horn, ivory and passports at a Houtbay restaurant, made a second appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, February 02, 2017.02.03 The matter had been rolled over on Wednesday and proceedings took a form of a plea bargain after the two tourists comprehended that the evidence against them was insurmountable. The duo…

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22 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR ARMED ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING

NORTH WEST: John Oupa Zwane (44) has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after he was found guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm by the Rustenburg Regional Court on 31 January 2017. On 11 August 2009, Zwane and two other suspects approached a security officer working for Protea Coin, pointed him with a firearm and dragged him to nearby bushes where they tied him with a cable and robbed him of his firearm. Investigation ensued and the three were…

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EXPLOSIVES MAN DENIED BAIL

MPUMALANGA : A 41-year-old Mozambican Fransisco Bowoza Fumo was denied bail by the Vosman Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 2 February 2017 after his arrest on Wednesday for attempting to sell explosives to a police officer at KG Mall Vosman. The suspect will appear again at the same court on Monday , 13 February 2017 for formal bail application. The suspect was found in possession of explosives and detonators estimated at the value of R85 000.00. Investigations to determine the origin of the explosives and a…

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SOL PLAATJE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE GRANTED BAIL

NORTHERN CAPE- Theodor Robert Williams (48), a Technical Assistant working under the Control Building Structure Department at Sol Plaatje Municipality was granted a bail of R2500 by the Kimberley Magistrates Court when he appeared on Thursday, 2 February 2017. Wiliams was arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday for fraudulent activities that involved about ten (10) victims who allegedly approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality and made payments for both approval and drawing of new house plans or redraw plans for existing buildings. Different amounts were allegedly…

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