Two Mpumalanga men in court for poaching

Two men, Johan Cox (41) and Hendrick Bernardus Elvis (32) had appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate Court  for illegal possession of elephant tusks and unlicensed firearms. The men from Sunrise View were arrested by members of the Hawks’ Wildlife Trafficking unit in conjunction with members from Nelspruit SAPS Crime Intelligence. Six elephant tusks and five illegal firearms were found concealed inside a trailer. The men are behind bars and would make a bail application soon. Anyone with information can contact Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi on 071 481 3493.    

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Hundred rhino horns and tiger carcasses found on farm

During an operation on a farm in the Klerksdorp area, police uncovered a hunting rifle, a shotgun, a special revolver and a pistol which led the team to a second farm in Hartbeesfontein. A suspected was arrested on the first farm and two more at a second farm. While the police was actually looking for illicit guns, they found 100 rhino horns as well and four tiger carcasses. The value of the horns is approximated at almost USD 46 000 (almost R675 000). The suspects appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s…

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The rise and fall of an alleged sexual predator – story of Willem Breytenbach

More survivors, some of them allegedly sexually assaulted as recently as last year – are stepping forward to speak out against former Media24 executive and teacher Willem Breytenbach. Allegations are piling up against Breytenbach, who has been exposed as a sexual predator in My Only Story, a weekly podcast by copywriter Deon Wiggett which is co-published by News24. The final of four episodes was published on Thursday. Breytenbach is holed up at his mother’s house in Reebok in the Southern Cape, while the police continues its investigation into growing complaints…

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Poachers nabbed close to Malalane in KNP

Three suspected poachers were taken into custody after the carcasses of two rhinos were found close to the Malalane area of the Kruger National Park (KNP). A rifle, ammunition and various items used for poaching were found in their possession. A KNP ranger found the hidden carcasses over the weekend. More rangers were called in to assist and the men were accosted in a Combi in the Park. One of the suspects tried to shoot at the rangers, but the suspected culprits were no match for the KNP’s rangers. The…

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Ten suspects arrested for over r600 million tender fraud

In a continuous effort to root out malfeasance in Government, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has arrested ten suspects aged between 34 and 60 in the early hours of today. The simultaneous intelligence driven raids took place in Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal by a multi-disciplinary team which included Crime Intelligence and SAPS detectives. The operation follows a complaint by the National Treasury after it transpired that the suspects allegedly colluded in accessing the Amathole District Municipality funds through flaunting of procurement processes afterwards they were awarded…

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Malalane resident hijacked at gunpoint in town

A Malalane resident was hijacked at gunpoint in town yesterday in the vicinity of the busy Air and Impala streets crossing. Two men told the victim to drive to the R570 crossing and robbed him of his personal effects and phone. The men could not succeed in taking his vehicle and fled on foot. The brave man was unharmed. Please be aware of your surroundings and take note of vagrants and loiterers. Source: Mel Preddy of Malalane Against Crime (MAC).

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Woman kidnapped 162 days ago found in Witbank

A prominent Pinetown-based business woman was rescued in Witbank on Thursday evening, 07 November 2019, after she was kidnapped and held for about 162 days. The woman – Sandra Moonsamy – was kidnapped in Pinetown on 31 May 2019 when her Range Rover was forced off the road by three other vehicles. She was found bound in chains and is recovering in hospital. The South African Police  confirmed that her family received calls for a ransom of R140 million. Sandra Moonsamy, is  the financial director of Crossmoor Transport and daughter…

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Uyinene Mrwetyana’s alleged rapist and murderer in court

Murdered student

Trying to hide behind a hood did not help the alleged rapist and murderer of Uyinene.  Magistrate Goolam Bawa allowed the media to reveal his name and show his face. Before the case proceeded, Bawa told Botha to remove his hood. This 42- year old former post office worker stands trial for the murder of the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student in August this year. He is also accused of two counts of rape and defeating the ends of justice. His case had been transferred to the High Court…

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Mbombela lawyer scrapped from attorneys’roll

Corrupt Mbombela lawyer struck off roll

Daniel Themba Mabunda, an attorney in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, was caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar of client funds. He  not only  helped himself to his clients’ Road Accident Fund (RAF) money, he even paid R50 000 to a stokvel from a client’s funds. In addition to this, he paid his creditors out of money belonging to clients of his practice. The Mpumalanga High Court had ruled that Mabunda should be struck off the roll of attorneys and be handed over to the police for criminal investigation. Judge-President…

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