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22 ILLEGAL MINERS FOUND GUILTY ON 577 CHARGES

Free State- The National Head of the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has hailed the conviction of 22 illegal by the Virginia High Court on Monday, hailing the decision as a landmark moment in the fight against illegal mining in the country. The court will on Tuesday, commence with mitigating and aggravating arguments for sentencing. The 22 miners (the list is hereunder) were arrested in April 2014 for illegal mining operation that started in August 2012 at Masimong Mine in…

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HOME AFFAIRS OFFICIAL NABBED FOR CORRUPTION

LIMPOPO – The Hawks Limpopo Anti – Corruption Unit members have arrested a 32 year old Modimolle Home Affairs official for corruption. The suspect allegedly confiscated the passport of a foreign national during the joint operation between the SAPS, SARS and Home Affairs in Modimolle during January 2017. The suspect allegedly demanded R3000 from the complainant in order to get his passport back. The matter was reported to the Hawks and the entrapment was set and the suspect was arrested immediately after receiving the money…

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TWO ARRESTED FOR POLICE MURDER

MPUMALANGA – Two suspects aged 35 and 29 years have been arrested for the murder of the late Constable Senyane Joseph Hlongwane (36). The latest arrest bring to three the number of suspects linked to the murder. The two suspects were arrested on Monday by the Mpumalanga Hawks for their role in the murder of Hlongwane. In July 2016 the Hlongwane and his colleague attended to a house robbery and on their arrival the suspects opened fire fatally wounding Hlongwane. A month later, Raggy Lekgowa…

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NATJOINTS in place for the Armed Forces Week in Durban

Durban: 20 February 2017 – As the build-up to the sixth annual Armed Forces Day celebration is gaining momentum, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure is well in place to ensure that the scores of people attending the event are and feel safe. This celebration has brought together various services of the South African National Defence Force to showcase its capabilities. Members of the security forces including the SAPS and Metro Police have been strategically deployed in and around the city. The security forces…

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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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FATHER AND SON APPEAR IN COURT FOR POSSESSION OF ABALONE

WESTERN CAPE – Efraim Jacobus Hendricks (52), and Chad Harold Hendricks (22), appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday following their arrest on Tuesday for illegal possession of abalone valued at approximately R1.million. The pair forms part of the group of suspects that were nabbed on Monday during project ‘Rambo’ raids, and they were arrested at their Burgundy Estate home by members from the Hawks, SAPS K9 Unit, when information was followed-up culminating in the seizure of 6496 units of abalone found stashed in…

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MUNICIPALITY TRIO UP FOR R1.6 MILLION FRAUD

MPUMALANGA – A member of the eMalahleni Local Municipality’s Mayoral Committee, a former ward councillor and a member of the cooperative will appear before the Witbank Magistrate’s Court today (Thursday) following their arrest by the Hawks on Wednesday afternoon. The trio, aged 39, 44 and 49 years are facing charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to R1.6 million. It is alleged that in 2013 the suspects embezzled money form the cooperative and that they allegedly kept money for themselves which they received from farmers…

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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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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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