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The City of Cape Town’s administration is making every effort to stamp out fraud, corruption and dishonesty of any kind and will continue to do its utmost to ensure that public funds are accounted for. As such, the City has today, following a thorough internal disciplinary process, dismissed one of its employees who was arrested on allegations of fraud. The criminal case is still before the court and following due process. Read more below:

Following an internal disciplinary process, as required by the Labour Relations Act, the City of Cape Town has today dismissed an employee for fraud.

On 29 January 2016, a City employee was arrested on allegations of fraud. The arrest was made as a result of a proactive and extensive City-initiated investigation into the affairs of the alleged suspect and the handing over of evidence gathered by the City administration to the South African Police Service. Continue reading

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It’s early days. But when it comes to the so-called Panama Papers – a 2.4 terabyte leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm called Mossack Fonseca – it does appear that we’re dealing with a data leak bigger than both Wikileaks and the Snowden files. Most important, it regards something we have always known, but have struggled to prove: the rich and celebrated hide their money in secret offshore tax shelters. Welcome to one of the biggest stories of our time. And while you’re settling in, try guessing which famous South African family immediately pops up in the files? By RICHARD POPLAK.

Here’s a booming salvo from the vast global digi-mocracy we were promised by the earliest of the internet’s Utopians: Clive Khulubuse Zuma is a big fat scumbag. Oh, I’m aware that this was common knowledge before some unbelievably heroic soul snagged 2.4 terabytes of filth from the servers of a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca. A resulting collaborative media project has mined the data for recognisable names, and fancy-ass notables like Vladimir Putin, Lionel Messi and the president of Iceland are now implicated in a reverse alchemical process that has turned money into – fresh air!

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Five suspects were arrested by City Metro Police officers after a high-speed chase in Eerste River on April Fool’s Day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested five suspects for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition on Friday 1 April 2016.

Officers on patrol in Eerste River noticed a white Mercedes Benz driving without its headlights on. When officers requested that the driver pull over, he sped off instead. The vehicle nearly collided with a police vehicle during the subsequent high-speed chase and eventually came to a stop when the driver reached a dead-end. The five occupants of the vehicle tried to run away, but were apprehended by the officers. A search of the car revealed a 9 mm Norinco 1 Star pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition. The suspects were all arrested in connection with the firearm, while the driver was also charged with reckless and negligent driving.

Metro Police officers arrested eight suspects for drunk driving during a roadblock in Khayelitsha, while 10 other suspects were arrested on drug-related charges during operations in various areas including Hanover Park, Bonteheuwel and Atlantis. Continue reading

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Johannesburg – Public Protector Thuli Madonsela described in vivid detail the emotional roller coaster in her office during the reading of the Constitutional Court judgment by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Thursday.

“Everyone sat glued to the screen,” she said.

“A needle could have dropped. When something was said, I could see people in the office lifting up their fists as a sign of ‘Amandla’ (power). There was a moment when there were tears,” she said.

Madonsela was briefing the media following the ConCourt ruling that President Jacob Zuma had acted inconsistently with the constitution when he failed to comply with the public protector’s remedial action on the upgrades to his home in Nkandla.

It also found that Madonsela’s remedial action was binding.

Believes in our democracy

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EFF leader Julius Malema said he wanted to be an inspiration to others by graduating.

“I graduated with the sole intention of wanting to inspire many other people,” Malema said after the graduation ceremony. “We all know that revolutionaries have a responsibility to lead by example through accumulating knowledge.”

Malema donned his gown and walked on to the Unisa stage on Wednesday to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree.

It was a night of joy for Malema and his supporters. As he walked into the ZK Mathews Hall, those inside cheered and ululated as he took his seat.

As he made his way to the stage to receive his degree, the hall erupted with screams. His family danced in the front row.

With fist high in the air, Malema walked off. People shook his hand as he returned to his seat.

Doing honours in philosophy

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It has come to my attention that my name is being used in what appears to be a phishing scam.

Thus far, five separate messages have been reported to my office. Each of the e-mails has been sent from the following e-mail address: The subject line of four of the emails is ‘BRICS Bank funding’.

Please note that this e-mail address does not belong to me.

It would appear that a fake Facebook profile is being used to solicit contact details. Once the e-mail address is received, an e-mail is sent to said address asking whether the recipient would be able to use grant funds worth £450 000 (R9 739 448) from the BRICS bank to ‘explore job opportunities for our citizens’. Once they agree, they are added to a beneficiary list and asked to pay £250 (R5 415) in order to obtain a BRICS non-residential beneficiary form.

This afternoon I met with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to open a case for further investigation.

Members of the public are urged not to respond to e-mails coming from this account. I would also like to make an appeal to residents to forward these e-mails to so that we can have record of them and hand them over to the SAPS to assist in their investigation.

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Jeffrey Wenninger says he repeatedly tried to verbally and physically resist the singer’s alleged advances.

JOHANNESBURG – Sir Elton John is facing a sexual harassment claim from one of his former security guards.

Jeffrey Wenninger claims the singer touched him inappropriately several times throughout the course of his employment in 2014.

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Johannesburg – The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment in Nkandla matter on Thursday this week.

In a letter by the senior registrar’s clerk of the Constitutional Court, it informs parties that judgment would be handed down at 10:00 on March 31.

The matter relates to security upgrades – paid for the taxpayer – made to Zuma’s home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

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