Cape Town – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could soon be arrested after the Hawks reportedly handed a docket over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for his involvement in the SA Revenue Service’s “rogue unit”.
The Sunday Times reported that the top police investigating unit wanted Gordhan and eight others to be prosecuted for espionage for the unit allegedly spying on taxpayers during his time as Sars commissioner.
Sources at both the Hawks and NPA claim authorities are waiting for “political go-ahead” before going through with the arrest. However, the NPA officially denied the claims.
In April, Gordhan said Sars had a legal mandate to perform enforcement and criminal investigations, Fin24 reported.
The finance minister said according to information provided to him by Sars there are 1 599 enforcement auditors who conduct enforcement investigations, and 381 criminal investigators.
Gordhan told the Hawks in March that the unit was an essential part of Sars’ enforcement strategy “as it is with most tax and customs administrations globally”.
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At 14:15 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a shooting incident in Oasis Street, Athlone. A 72 year old woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her arm and head. She was rushed to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition. Police are investigating the incident, but details surrounding the incident remain unknown.
· Cheapest tickets in Cape Town and Johannesburg only R100
· Boks tackle Ireland in South Africa for the first time since 2004
From only R75 in Port Elizabeth and R100 in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, Springbok fans will be able to book their seat to watch the men in Green and Gold in action against Ireland next month. Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test Series in June have already opened in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, while sales in Cape Town is due to open at midday on Thursday, 12 May. Continue reading
Springbok fans will be able to get their hands on a brand new supporters’ jersey, made by ASICS, in time for the kick-off of a new era under coach Allister Coetzee when the Boks face Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Series next month.
The supporters’ jerseys are proudly made in South Africa for South Africans, by South Africans, and feature enhanced durability and quality through updated textured fabrication.
The new supporters’ jersey was jointly launched by SA Rugby and ASICS, official apparel partner of the Springboks, on Thursday.
The launch of the supporters’ replica jersey coincides with ASICS’ “Want It More” worldwide marketing campaign, which was launched earlier in 2016, and the Castle Lager Incoming Series of three Tests against Ireland in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth next month. Continue reading
It will be the first Test of 2016 for the Springboks under new coach and former DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province mentor Allister Coetzee.
They will be up against a strong Irish team that has won two of the last three RBS Six Nations titles under their coach Joe Schmidt.
Tickets for the game start at just R100 for standing room, and go up to R595 for Category One seats which are between the two 22 metre lines on either side of the pitch. Continue reading
The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a briefing session on the community-based vendors standard operating procedure held at the Subcouncil 11 chambers in Gugulethu today, 11 May 2016
Mayoral Committee Members; Subcouncil 11 Chairperson, Councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo; councillors; Director: Supply Chain Management, Basil Chinasamy; Subcouncil 11 Manager, Kayise Nombakuse; City of Cape Town staff; community vendors; ladies and gentlemen.
Good morning, goeiedag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.
Our Supply Chain Management Policy states that: ‘The Director: Supply Chain Management may request quotations directly from community-based vendors in a specific area or from a specific community for the procurement of goods and services for amounts less than R30 000 (including construction works)’. Continue reading
This from fin24.com:
Johannesburg – Public broadcaster the SABC says it will play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations from Thursday, May 12.
The move follows what the state-owned company says has been “extensive” engagements with music representatives.
In choosing to play 90% local music, the SABC is also going beyond what is required of it by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).
In March this year, Icasa announced that holders of public sound-broadcasting service licences must play at least 60% South African music. Meanwhile, commercial stations are required to play a minimum of 35% South African music, according to Icasa.
“Our respective radio stations will not be confined to playing local music which is language specific,” said SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng in a news report on the broadcaster’s website.
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This from uk.reuters.com:
Prosecutors said they would consider whether singer Cliff Richard, one of Britain’s best-known entertainers, should face charges over alleged historical sex crimes after being handed a file of evidence by police on Tuesday.
Richard, 75, has twice voluntarily met officers from South Yorkshire Police after it launched an inquiry in 2014 into allegations against him that date back to the 1980s and involve an under-age boy.
The singer has never been arrested and has always said the allegations against him are false.
The Crown Prosecution Service said it had received a “full file of evidence” from the police.
“We will now carefully consider its contents … in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to do so,” it added in a statement.
Richard was first interviewed by detectives after police raided his home in August last year when he was on holiday. The search was filmed by the BBC after the broadcaster was given advance warning.
That raid led to criticism from lawmakers who described the co-operation between the police and the BBC as “inept” and causing “irreparable damage” to the singer’s reputation.
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City Health is counting the cost of yet more burglaries and vandalism at its clinics – a seemingly never-ending cycle. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate has submitted insurance claims valued at more than R750 000 over a nine-month period for losses incurred as a result of theft and burglary.
In two of the most recent incidents last week, criminals damaged the roof and stole pipes and taps at the Newfields Satellite Clinic in Hanover Park, leaving the facility without water and electricity.
In Khayelitsha, criminals made off with three computers from the Zakhele Clinic on Monday 2 May 2016. The following night, thieves stole 50 white plastic chairs from the clinic and damaged the front door and burglar gate. Other clinics in Khayelitsha have also been targeted in recent weeks, including two incidents at the Town 2, Nolungile and Kuyasa clinics. Continue reading