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International Nuclear Emergency Exercise Concludes

World Health Organization

Large-scale International Emergency Exercise Evaluating Response to a Nuclear Emergency Concludes after 36 hours The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) along with 82 Member States and 10 international organizations concluded a two-day international emergency exercise yesterday that tested responses to a simulated accident at a nuclear power plant in Hungary. The accident scenario at Paks …

Through The Grapevine

Through The Grapevine As the African National Congress prepares to start its policy discussions this weekend, one of which is a discussion under economic transformation regarding land reform and its intention to return land to the people and provide them with the necessary support, this week’s Special Assignment exposes the alleged corruption inherent in the …

Moodys upgrades Mercantile Bank two notches up

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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 …

SEVEN SUSPECTS APPEAR IN COURT FOR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVES

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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 …

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR R2 MILLION MUNICIPAL FRAUD

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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 …

MUNICIPAL OFFICER NABBED FOR FRAUD

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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 …

BOGUS LAWYER ON THE RUN

WANTED BY POLICE

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 …

ALLEGED COP KILLERS NABBED IN PRISON

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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. …

SUSPECT HELD FOR SUSPECTED PONZI SCHEME

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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 …

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

SAPS

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 …

DRUG DEALERS BUSTED FOR A R6 MILLION CLANDESTINE LAB

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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 …

BRAZEN ARMED GANG ARRESTED IN KWAMHLANGA

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

ALLEGED FRAUDSTER DENIED BAIL

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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 …

ILLEGAL MINER CONVICTED

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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 …

FOUR SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOR MURDER

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 …

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 …

MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR HOUSEBREAKING AND ROBBERY

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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 …

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 …