Ethiopian national sentenced for possession of counterfeit goods

Hardofa Work Hunde (34) Ethiopian National was found guilty and sentenced to five years imprisonment or Hundred (R100 000. 00) fine by the Kwaggafontein Magistrate Court on Thursday 20 August 2020 for Contravention of customer and excise Act 91 of 1964 possession of counterfeit goods. In May 2020 Hunde was found transporting counterfeit cigarettes from Limpopo to Mpumalanga valued to R300.000.00 and  he was then arrested and exhibits seized.

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Foreign national granted bail for dealing in dagga

Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court has granted Muhammad Mwantoro, aged 30, a Tanzanian National, R10 000, bail for dealing in dagga. Mwantoro was arrested , 10 August 2020, after being found in possession of 12 bags of dagga to the value of approximately R377 265, at Ntunda near Malelana. Police were patrolling around Tonga policing area when they spotted a suspicious vehicle driven at a high speed. They followed the vehicle and instructed the driver to stop. Upon searching the vehicle, police discovered bags of dagga stashed to the brim in the boot…

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COVID-19 task team to provide details of contracts, not to investigate

Government has explained that the work of the ministers appointed by Cabinet to a ministerial task team, does not have a responsibility to investigate COVID-19 related contracts. “The task of the ministerial committee is to compile and publish details of all COVID-19 related contracts awarded by all state entities. Contrary to some reports, the ministerial team does not have a responsibility to investigate COVID-19 related contracts. This remains the task of the relevant law enforcement agencies,” Cabinet spokesperson, Phumla Williams said in statement. The Presidency said the team of ministers…

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Communities urged to protect schools against disruption.

As Grade 7 learners return to school today, the Department of Basic Education has urged communities to protect schools against individuals and groups threatening to close schools and disrupt learning. The department said it has become aware of attempts made by some members of school governing bodies (SGBs) around the country to close schools and disrupt learning.   There are reports of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) also disrupting schools across the province. “The department would like to remind all members of SGBs that the closing of schools…

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Police constable arrested for a rape

The police in Mpumalanga have arrested a 27 year old police Constable for allegedly raping an 18 year old girl at Standerton yesterday, 09 August 2020. Information revealed that two men came at the victim’s place and lured her to the suspect’s place where she was raped The victim managed to escape and was assisted by a member of the public who took her to the police station where a case of rape as well as an additional charge of assault was opened. Police immediately started with their investigation and…

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Coronavirus case at Masoyi police station.

All communities serviced by the Masoyi Police Station, are advised that this police station will be temporarily closed due to a member who tested positive for the Covid -19 virus. The Community Service Centre will now be operated at Hope of Glory Church next to Mshadza Secondary School. To access the station, the community can call 082 3039 869, for all emergencies and complaints which will be attended accordingly. The telephone lines at Masoyi Police Station Community Service Centre will not be accessible for the duration of the closure. However…

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Police seizure illicit cigarettes, liquor and dagga in Komatipoort,

An Intelligence Driven Operation conducted by SAPS, SANDF and SARS  in Komatipoort, led to seizure of illicit cigarettes as well as liquor to the value of about R 95 000. During the raid, a 34 year old Mozambican woman was also arrested for possession of dagga. According to spokesperson of police in Mpumalanga Leonard Hlathi the law enforcement agencies followed up on information about illegal trading activities, carried out by some people in Komatipoort and upon arrival at the said place, found about six women from Mozambique as well as…

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Two suspects arrested for Pretoria east steroid crackdown

The two suspects Monica Mutoda (35) and Lucinda Jordaan (38) briefly appeared in the Hatfield Magistrate Court on Thursday for contravening the Medicine and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965. The pair were granted R5000 bail each and their case was postponed to 22 October 2020. Meanwhile, a further two suspects aged 45 and 31 respectively were also detained on Thursday afternoon. The two handed themselves over to the investigating officer through their attorney. The two accused are expected to appear at the Hatfield Magistrate Court on Friday. The arrest…

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Local production key to boost COVID-19 battered economy

Deputy President David Mabuza has underscored the importance of the local production of personal protective equipment and the manufacturing of medical equipment as the key to reviving the country’s economy, which is adversely affected by COVID-19. “It is a reality that trade globally has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is upon us to strategically use this challenge to grow our domestic economy and prepare citizens to be able to take up opportunities that may arise as global conditions for trade and investment are eased, including investing in the…

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SASSA anti-fraud strategy pays off

The South African Social Security Agency CEO, Totsie Memela, has lauded the role played by the agency’s anti-fraud strategy in the case of a former SASSA employee, who has been sentenced for fraud. The Mbizana Regional Court in the Eastern Cape recently sentenced Nombuso Lynette Dlamini, 44, and Siyasanga Gqamane, 31, for defrauding the State of approximately R1.2 million between 2006 and 2011. Dlamini, a former clerk at SASSA, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, two of which were suspended for five years, with stringent conditions. Gqamane, the mastermind behind…

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