Hawks confirmed Ajay Gupta’s arrest warrant not linked to Estina Dairy

PRETORIA – The Hawks have confirmed that a warrant of arrest has been issued for Ajay Gupta but it’s not related to the Estina Dairy Farminvestigation.

The unit’s acting head Yolisa Matakata clarified this aspect related to the case which saw eight suspects appear in court in Bloemfontein a week ago.
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Syndicate suspected behind increasing land grabs across Johannesburg city

The City of Johannesburg suspects that a syndicate is behind land grabs which are increasingly taking place across the city.

Johannesburg MMC for public safety Michael Sun told TimesLIVE on Wednesday that land invasions were taking place in a manner that was not meant to help destitute people who wanted to erect a shack for a place to stay.
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Cyril Ramaphosa – Reshuffle: Whose heads will roll?

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle by next Friday amid growing calls to fire ministers implicated in state capture.

The ministers seen as being compromised or underperforming are Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen,
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Bentley‚ Lamborghini‚ Maserati – where are the Gupta cars?

A trawl through the infamous leaked Gupta emails has unearthed an impressive and expensive collection of exotic cars that were registered to the family’s address in Saxonwold‚ Johannesburg.

A Bentley‚ Lamborghini and Maserati are among the vehicles linked to the address in correspondence contained in the leaked emails.
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Search for missing South African-British nationals deepens as traces of blood was found in car

Anti-terrorism cops and hostage negotiators are scrambling to piece together the last known movements of a missing Cape Town couple thought to have been abducted by acolytes of terror group Isis.

The couple left their last trace at a secluded bush lodge in the rolling hills of Zululand in northern KwaZulu-Natal. What befell them from the time their 4X4 made the arduous climb on a gravel road out of the valley is unknown.
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Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town: VAT hike pays for corruption

The Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa are concerned that citizens are effectively paying for the impact of corruption through a hike in Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The bishops expressed their “deep concern” at the hike by one percentage point to 15% announced in Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s “tough but hopeful” budget speech.
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Dodgy viennas send more than 400 Eastern Cape children to hospital

A food poisoning outbreak at an Eastern Cape school has seen 430 pupils rushed to hospital.

On Thursday‚ an additional 180 pupils were taken to the St Barnabas Hospital following the food poisoning spell that hit Ndamase Senior Secondary School in Ngqeleni.
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Department of Home Affairs on Thursday raided ANN7 studio’s

Johannesburg – The Department of Home Affairs on Thursday confirmed that a routine inspection was undertaken at TV station ANN7’s studios in Midrand.

Earlier on, it emerged that immigration officials had raided ANN7 offices and that officials were currently locked in a meeting with HR managers, who were checking permits.
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Will NPA prosecute Zuma

JOHANNESBURG – Today is the deadline for a team of prosecutors considering former president Jacob Zuma’s representations to make a recommendation to prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams on whether or not to reinstate charges relating to fraud and corruption.

Zuma submitted reasons as to why he should not have his day in court at the end of last month, nine years after the original decision to prosecute was withdrawn.
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NPA opposes Atul Gupta’s AFU challenge

Johannesburg – The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has filed opposing papers in a court application Atul Gupta has lodged to have a preservation order against him set aside.

In an answering affidavit, which was filed in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, prosecuting authorities set out precisely why they say that R10m in Gupta’s personal bank account constituted the proceeds of corruption, fraud and money laundering.
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Public Protector finds Brown ‘inadvertently’ misled Parliament about Eskom-Trillion

Cape Town – The Public Protector has found that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown misled the National Assembly when she denied there were engagements between power utility Eskom and the Gupta-linked company Trillian Capital Partners.

This is according to a report issued by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to the DA on Thursday.
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Man Who Drowned 6-Month-Old Baby In Bucket Of Urine Gets Life

The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, sentenced Mandla Chauke, 30, who drowned his girlfriend’s 6-month-old baby daughter in a bucket of urine, to life imprisonment.

Acting Judge Piet Pistorius, in sentencing Chauke, said the courts will not tolerate the abusers of women and children and a clear message had to be sent out that they will feel the full might of the law.  

He said our country has been plagued for too long by violence against women and children.

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Kidnapped Children Found Dead

13-year-old Gabisile Shabani and the 15-month-old Nkosikhona Welcome Ngwenya were found. They have been murdered.

The siblings’ bodies were discovered on February 20.

A body was retrieved from the Zaalkap River on the N4 Highway

Gabisile’s body recovered at Cullinan in the bushes while Nkosikhona’s body was retrieved by police divers from the Zaalkap River on the N4 Highway.

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Judgement in SASSA, CPS corruption case reserved

Pretoria – Civil organisation Corruption Watch turned to the Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, for an order setting aside the decision of the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) to pay R317 million to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) regarding the registration and payment of grant beneficiaries.

Corruption Watch want CPS to pay back the money, together with interest, to the public coffers, pending a recalculation of what the proven amount due to CPS is.

Sassa earlier withdrew its opposition to the review application, while CPS is defending the matter.

Advocate Steven Budlender, acting for Corruption Watch, on Thursday argued that the decision taken by Sassa to vary a services contract with CPS for the distribution of social grant payments to the poorest of society, is at the heart of this case.

Corruption Watch is of the opinion that the variation, which resulted in Sassa paying CPS R317 million, was unlawful. 

Budlender said the money was paid in circumstances where the parties had not even agreed a cost for the varied services and where Sassa had failed to establish that this amount was even owed to CPS. 

“This is irrational,” he said.
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“It Is Not True That Young White People Are Disadvantaged” – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says parties in parliament should be prepared to engage on matters of national interest and on matters which these organisations hold opposing views on.

“One such fundamental matter is the redress of the injustices of the past, we should not simply agree to disagree,” Ramaphosa said during his response to the debate on the state of the nation address.
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