Cash-in-transit robbers frequently and easily corrupt state officials to further their criminal activities.
This is one of the findings made by a senior University of South Africa lecturer who spoke to convicted men about their crimes for his doctoral thesis.
Open-ended questions were put to 21 men convicted of cash-in-transit robberies and the answers gave a glimpse into their world.
Dr Hennie Lochner said the cases of the 21 men had taken an average of four years to be finalised after their arrests.
The longest period it had taken for a case to be finalised was 10 years and three months‚ and the shortest period was one year and five months.
“The main reason for the postponement of the case was to corrupt officials in the hope that evidence will disappear or [for] witnesses to lose interest in the case.”
Lochner said although corruption was a common phenomenon‚ what struck him during research on the cash-in-transit robbers was the ease and frequency with which state officials could be corrupted.
“This includes magistrates‚ prosecutors‚ traffic officials and police officials. Police officials were mentioned as the officials that had been corrupted the most.”
Lochner said some of the reasons why the robbers corrupted officials was to destroy evidence‚ to get information regarding an imminent arrest and to obtain information about where exhibits were kept so that they could be destroyed or stolen.”
He quoted one of the robbers as saying: “I gave him R600‚000 to destroy evidence. I gave him fifty thousand. I gave him a (Ford) Laser‚ Mercedes‚ a (Volkswagen) Jetta. His house‚ where does it come from?”
Lochner said the research found that those who were responsible for breaking into the cash-in-transit vehicle during the robbery‚ or the inner circle‚ were the most violent and the most experienced robbers.
“Fearless action is taken against security officers who do not obey orders and in one case a cash-in-transit robber was shot dead because he looked a robber in the eye.”
Lochner said the outer circle‚ or the people who secured the crime scene for the inner circle‚ were all armed with automatic weapons.
“From my experience as a former detective who investigated several serious and violent crimes including murders‚ robberies‚ taxi violence‚ farm murders and attacks‚ I can state with authority that the cash-in-transit robbers as a group and as individuals are the most dangerous and violent criminals in South Africa‚” Lochner said.
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The brother and sister arrested by police over a suspected terror plot have been granted bail.
Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were each granted R5‚000 bail after their lawyer‚ Yousha Tayob‚ brought an urgent application before the Johannesburg High Court for their release.
Hawks spokesman‚ Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that the two had been released.
The two along with identical twins‚ Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie‚ were arrested by officers during anti-terrorist raids carried out in Newclare‚ Florida and Azaadville over the weekend.
The Patels‚ who will appear in Kagiso Magistrate’s Court on Monday‚ were arrested and charged with being in possession of unlicensed ammunition and explosives.
The Thulsies‚ who will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday‚ have been charged for various alleged terrorist-related activities.
The Thulsies are alleged to have been plotting to attack a US mission as well as Jewish institutions in South Africa‚ for attempting to travel several times to Syria to support the Islamic State and for allegedly attempting coerce others to support them in their activities.
Violent partners‚ older men and the use of hormonal contraceptives are stated as some of the factors why South African girls are eight times more likely than boys in the same age group to be HIV positive.
Verifying figures quoted by deputy president and chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Africa Check was able to source some reasons why girls aged between 15 and 19 years had a higher HIV prevalence than their male counterparts.
Director of research at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute‚ Professor Sinead Delany-Moretlwe‚ said behavioural factors play a role but added that girls in the age group 15 to 19 are also affected by biological and sociological factors.
“Immature genital tracts‚ greater use of hormonal contraceptives and pregnancy increase susceptibility to HIV infection. Some of the women have violent partners who are less likely to use condoms‚ more likely to have multiple sex partners and to be HIV positive‚” said Delany-Moretlwe.
Sintha Chiumia from Africa Check said more than 38‚000 household members were interviewed with 3‚000 young people between 15 and 19 tested for HIV. Based on this‚ 5.6% of the females and 0.7% of the males in this age group in South Africa were estimated to be HIV positive‚ working out to an eightfold difference between the sexes.
Professor Olive Shisana‚ co-chair of the International Aids Conference‚ said that women in the 15 to 19 age group have a higher HIV prevalence because young women engaged in sex earlier and with older men.
Shisana said communities had to challenge these relationships‚ especially because of the financial gains involved.
“It is necessary to ensure that girls and young females are empowered and have access to education and employment to break the cycle of poverty‚” said Shisana.
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The official trailer for John Barker’s new film‚ Wonder Boy for President‚ starring comedy heavyweight‚ Kagiso Lediga has been released‚ and boy is it funny!
The film‚ which mocks the freaky state of South African politics‚ tells the story of Wonder Boy‚ a charismatic and authoritative young man from the Eastern Cape‚ who is coerced into running for president by two dubious and corrupt characters. Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and then manufacture his downfall at the right time‚ for the right price.
But Wonder Boy proves to be everything that people say of him: magnetic‚ convincing and loved. He’s also committed to improving the lives of everyday people in South Africa.
Against this backdrop of political chaos‚ Wonder Boy falls for the official opposition’s Mbali Sithole. When their romance is exposed by ruthless journalist Kerry Mercer‚ things start to fall apart for the people’s hero.
“Wonder Boy for President pulls no punches and packs in the laughs throughout‚” said John Barker in a press statement. “The film is a hard-hitting and deeply funny political satire that delves into political dynamics and the challenges unique to the crazy world of South African politics.”
The cast includes John Vlismas‚ Akin Omotoso‚ Loyiso Gola and John Barker. In addition‚ President Jacob Zuma‚ Julius Malema‚ Mmusi Maimane‚ Floyd Shivambu‚ Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Zwelinzima Vavi‚ Helen Zille and Zapiro.
Watch the trailer below:
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Celebrity designer Gert-Johan Coetzee has dressed A-list personalities including the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Kelly Rowland. In between creating designer frocks‚ Gert is on the hunt for two new students to benefit from his bursary programme.
The lucky applicants will follow in the footsteps of Grahamstown’s Christopher Gill, a fashion student from Vergenoeg who is now in his second year at the North West School of Design in Klerksdorp, thanks to a bursary from Coetzee.
Gill was one of two Coetzee-sponsored students, the other is Prudence Kau who has finished her third year and is now interning at the Coetzee studio while Gill interns there during his breaks from college.
Coetzee challenged other businesses to invest in education and luxury boutique Luminance has come forward‚ adding a third bursary to the programme.
“It’s so hard to get your foot in the door and the aim of my bursary programme is to pass on what I have learnt‚ and to open doors for youngsters who have the talent and drive to succeed.”
Applications have just opened for the 2017 GJC Fashion Design bursary and the new GJC Fashion Communications and Buying bursary at the Northwest School of design.
It’s the first time he is adding a Fashion Communications bursary‚ explaining that it will accommodate students who want to learn the business side of the fashion industry. It is this additional bursary that the Luminance Social Responsibility Grant will fund.
“This three-year qualification teaches the business end of fashion – from fashion journalism‚ marketing and trend forecasting‚ to buying‚ event management and online retail aspects‚” explains the designer.
Both bursaries include mentorship by Coetzee‚ and the opportunity to intern at his atelier to learn the business from the inside out. The beneficiary of the Luminance Social Responsibility Grant will have a similar opportunity to intern at Luminance.
The three students will receive sewing machines and all their tuition fees and study materials will be covered for the three years of their course.
For more information on how to apply for the Gert-Johan Coetzee bursaries and the Luminance Social Responsibility Grant‚ visit www.nwsd.co.za
Steven Anderson is a noted hate preacher‚ who responded to the murder of 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub by proclaiming on YouTube that there are now “50 less paedophiles in the world”.
The video is now banned.
Anderson wants to come to South Africa to hold a “soul winning marathon”.
This has met with a petition calling on the government to block his entry into the country.
According to his itinerary available on Facebook‚ Anderson‚ along with Paul Wittenberger‚ and about 20 or so others from the US and Canada were planning to start the marathon at the Running Waters Spur in Festival Mall for breakfast and fellowship from 9am-10am.
Spur has responded to this‚ by saying no they won’t.
“We as the Spur Group‚ are reserving our right to prohibit this person entering any Spur restaurants‚ as his views are contrary to the non-discriminatory and openly tolerance stance of our brand‚” Spur Steak Ranches @SpurRestaurant tweeted.
“From 1pm-2pm‚ we will have lunch at Wimpy in Festival Mall” according to Anderson’s itinerary.
Wimpy says nope‚ that’s not happening either.
“Anderson is widely recognised for his homophobic pronouncements and has been accused of inciting hate speech.
“Wimpy has advised Anderson that the business will not permit him to conduct public preaching or religious gatherings in its restaurants. Wimpy reserves the right to prohibit him from entering any Wimpy restaurant‚” Wimpy’s head office said in a statement on Facebook.
“Last of all‚ we will hold a church service at 7pm at Premier Hotel OR Tambo‚ where Pastor Anderson will preach‚” Anderson’s statement said.
Premier Hotels & Resorts Group have said they have declined his booking.
“This decision was taken when it was brought to our attention that some of the contents of his sermons contradict the Bill of Rights contained within the South African constitution. This particularly relates to clause 9.3 which states that ‘No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds‚ including…sexual orientation…’‚” the group said.
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It is no secret that crime in South Africa and particularly in Nelson Mandela Bay is, frankly, out of control.
And while no acts of lawlessness should ever go unabated, the burden to act is even heavier when such crimes destroy our public assets and undermine our children’s right to proper education.
Today we report that thousands of pupils in Nelson Mandela Bay will go back to school next week to be greeted by trashed classrooms, broken and vandalised infrastructure.
In the winter break of the last three weeks, a number of schools have been hit by vandals who have ripped off and stolen anything from window frames, pipes and water basins to essential learning equipment.
The pandemic is not new, nor is it peculiar to the Bay.
It is a tragic South African phenomenon, a never-ending cycle of destruction that has come to characterise every year of our schooling calendar.
Many of the schools are targeted primarily because they do not have, nor can they afford, the type of security needed to protect them against these vandals.
Many cannot afford to hire security companies, while some of those who have armed response have found it to be an inadequate form of deterrence.
While government has the responsibility to provide the resources needed to secure these schools, we believe the burden on communities to safeguard these assets is even more compelling.
Vandals are no strangers. They live in these communities.
They are people’s sons, fathers, brothers and uncles.
When they walk around the streets with stolen public property, they are seen. But they get away with it. The fear they instill in those who witness their crimes is crippling.
Therefore, we believe it is time for communities to stand up and collectively end this anarchy.
We must compel our law enforcement to act and we must provide them with credible information in order to bring these vandals to book.
While it must be accepted that taking greater ownership of these schools will come with great sacrifice from communities, we believe that the cost of sitting back and allowing this to continue is even greater.
Poor children in this city are already subjected to one bureaucratic bungle after another, thanks to a chaotic education system that consistently fails them at every turn.
They cannot be subjected to further victimisation that threatens what is, for many of them, the only option out of poverty.
Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron urged his successor Theresa May on Wednesday to maintain close ties with the EU even while negotiating to leave it, as he paid a fond farewell to MPs hours before leaving office.
In his final question and answer session in the House of Commons, Cameron said he would “miss the roar of the crowd and the barbs from the opposition” that came with the job over the past six years.
But, he pointed wistfully to the capricious winds of politics that had abruptly ended his career, saying: “I was the future once.”
The Conservative leader quit after Britain voted to leave the European Union against his wishes.
But he had some final advice for May, his long-time interior minister who was sitting beside him.
“My advice to my successor, who is a brilliant negotiator, is that we should try to be as close to the European Union as we can be, for the benefits of trade, of co-operation and of security,” he said.
Later Wednesday, Cameron will tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, after which the monarch will task May with forming a government.
The 59-year-old will be the second woman to lead Britain, following in the footsteps of fellow Conservative, “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher.
The steely vicar’s daughter faces a daunting challenge in trying to negotiate an amicable divorce from the EU following the shock vote for Brexit on June 23.
EU leaders have said they expect May to move quickly, and French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced they will hold a summit in August on the vote.
May has indicated however that she will not be rushed into triggering the formal procedure for Brexit.
She is expected to begin announcing her cabinet choices before the day is out, including a Brexit minister in charge of securing a new trade and travel deal with the EU.
Finance minister George Osborne, who fought alongside Cameron to remain in the union, is expected to lose his job, with May sharply critical of his legacy.
Women are expected to secure several top jobs, with current energy minister Amber Rudd and international development minister Justine Greening tipped for lead roles along with foreign minister Philip Hammond and Brexit campaigner Chris Grayling.
Friends of former London mayor Boris Johnson told The Telegraph newspaper he also hoped to play a “significant role”, two weeks after he dramatically withdrew from the race to succeed Cameron.
Investors will be watching May’s first days in office closely but with greater optimism since the pound, which fell by up to 15 percent against the dollar in the days after the Brexit vote, rallied this week.
May campaigned as a safe pair of hands who will help bridge Conservative Party divisions and restore investor confidence in the face of a potential economic downturn.
Her other mammoth challenges include keeping pro-EU Scotland from bidding for independence in order to stay in the 28-nation bloc, and weaving new trade and diplomatic alliances beyond the EU.
In a good-natured session of parliament, Cameron took potshots at embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faces a bitter leadership battle of his own.
On Wednesday, Owen Smith became the second Labour MP to announce a bid to try to oust Corbyn, who is resisting pressure to resign over his perceived lacklustre campaigning for Britain’s continued EU membership.
“We got on with it, we’ve had resignation, nomination, competition and coronation — they haven’t even decided what the rules are yet!” Cameron said.
He bowed out with a poignant line that he used a decade ago against former Labour prime minister Tony Blair.
“As I once said, I was the future once,” he said, before walking out to a standing ovation of Tory MPs.
The referendum exposed deep inequalities in British society, which May has vowed to address.
May, who campaigned half-heartedly for Britain to stay in the EU, has said “Brexit means Brexit” and vowed to “make a success of it.”
A tough-talking interior minister for the past six years, May is something of an unknown quantity internationally, although she has received ringing endorsements from party colleagues and a normally sceptical British tabloid press.
The daughter of a Church of England pastor, May is a cricket fan with a sober demeanour who lists her hobbies as cooking and walking.
She is well liked in and around Maidenhead, the well-to-do commuter town west of London that she has represented in parliament since 1997.
Martin Trepte, editor of the Maidenhead Advertiser, the local newspaper, said: “She’s a mature, grown-up, no-nonsense politician. She knows her stuff.”
She shows a flash of flamboyance with a colourful shoe collection — particularly her leopard-skin heels.
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Chippa United have signed 15 new players to boost their squad for the upcoming PSL season.
Players that will be joining the Port Elizabeth based club are:
• Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Bongani Ndulula;
• Former Morning Stars and Bay Stars player Siphesihle Stuurman;
• Sherwin Bailey and Bulumko Ceki from the Multi Choice Diski team;
• Xolani Mdaki, Vusumuzi Mncube,Sizwe Mdlinzo, Strydom Wambi, Paseka Maku,Phetolo Sekome, Tshwarelo Bereng,Conrad Madolo, Kristopher Bergman Zama Dlamini and Veli Muthwa; and
• David Zulu is back at Chippa on loan from Kaizer Chiefs.
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The ad hoc committee set up to appoint a new public protector will on Wednesday afternoon shortlist the names of 10 people for the position.
The committee met in the morning to discuss the process of shortlisting and interviewing of the candidates.
It was decided that a maximum of 10 candidates will be chosen from the list of 64 available names.
All the interviews will be conducted on the same day — expected to be August 11.
Each interview will run for between 45 minutes and one hour‚ and each candidate will be given a maximum of 15 minutes to talk about themselves and how they meet the four broad criteria mapped out by the committee for the post.
The committee will question the candidates for the remainder of the time period.
The four criteria are: knowledge‚ skills‚ character and experience.
Among the attributes the committee is looking for are an independent thinker with legal and forensic investigative skills‚ and the applicant should also have integrity‚ be honest‚ and have sound managerial and excellent communications skills.
ANC MP Madipoane Mothapo said that she believed that the list also needed to take gender and racial dynamics into consideration.
Committee chair Makhosi Khoza agreed saying she did not want the list to look like “an all boys choir”.
Khoza said they had received public submissions of information for 12 of the nominees‚ which would be taken into consideration‚ along with the candidates CVs during the shortlisting process.
She said these comments would not “necessarily be grounds for disqualification”‚ but said that should the person make it onto the shortlist‚ they would be questioned about any concerns raised in the public submissions.
Khoza said that this was the first time there had been such “intense public interest” in the appointment of the public protector and such public participation was welcomed.
“This must not just be a tick-box exercise‚” she said.
The shortlisting had to be delayed somewhat on Wednesday morning as several members of the committee said they had not yet received the public submissions documents and felt that it would be unfair to proceed without having had sight of them.
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Have you tried: Farking?