Institute for Security Studies consultant David Bruce and forensic private investigator Chad Thomas share their views on the impact of illegal mining on the South African society following the national police commissioner Fanie Masemola's remarks that police don't have the resources to deal with zama zamas.
Earlier this month, Carte Blanche investigated a multi-million rand Ponzi scheme that involved purchasing luxury vehicles without ever paying a loan instalment. The wheels eventually came off in spectacular fashion. Then, days after our broadcast, viewers sent us stories of how they had fallen victim to a more complex but similar scam. We investigate an intricate “ride to own” scheme which had some motorists owning multiple vehicles that they weren’t paying for and never took possession of. Now, the banks are owed more than R500 million and numerous vehicles have gone missing – stripped and resold for parts by a shady dealership. The Hawks are investigating but for the so-called victims, it’s time to pay up.
There’s nothing quite like the roar of a high-performance engine. Mustangs, Maseratis, Porsches and BMWs: an array of super luxury cars that most of us can only dream of owning. But what if there was a way to get the ride of your fantasies onto your driveway? A hundred and thirty victims of an elaborate Ponzi scheme thought they’d hit the jackpot when some of the world's most luxurious car brands were offered to them for free as part of an elaborate scheme. Unfortunately, they’d been caught up in a scam. Carte Blanche investigates.
Eight of Deputy President Paul Mashatile's bodyguards will appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court this morning. They handed themselves over to police in relation to the attack on motorists on the N1 highway in Johannesburg earlier this month. The men will face assault, malicious damage to property and charges relating to the discharging of a firearm. Forensic Investigator Chad Thomas says both SAPS and IPID moved fairly quickly in dealing with this case.
He was a trusted member of the Jewish community, a well-known accountant, family man, and the father of a respected rabbi. So, when it was time to invest their hard-earned money, members of his community didn’t hesitate to put their faith in him when he offered what appeared to be a solid investment scheme. Within a few years, over 40 investors handed over close to R100 million, little knowing that their growing investments were just a front for an intricate Ponzi scheme which would ultimately leave them broke and in despair. Now, the scheming accountant has fled the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Carte Blanche investigates.
IRS forensic investigator Chad Thomas says he's struggling to understand what captured fugitive Dr. Nandipha Magudumana is trying to achieve by approaching court over her arrest in Tanzania while on the run with her lover Thabo Bester. Thomas says Magudumana's application is just a sideshow.
A group of foreign nationals have been nabbed for theft amounting to well over R100 million. The three allegedly targetted US companies, hacking them and stealing client's personal information. We discuss this complex and sophisticated crime with Forensic Investigator Chad Thomas from IRS Forensic Investigations.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says arrangements are being made with Tanzania to have convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester and his partner returned to South Africa. Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana along with a Mozambican national were apprehended last night by Tanzanian authorities. Bester and Magudumana have been on the run since his escape became public last month. It had been believed he had died in a fire at the Mangaung prison in Bloemfontein in May last year. We continue with analysis Chad Thomas, IRS Forensic Investigations CEO joins us via zoom now
We recently saw the recent developments made by investigations conducted by law firm Bowmans and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) relating to dodgy tenders at Eskom over the past 10 years resulting in a R178 billion graft. The investigations found a slush fund created by former executives where they had monies paid for various aspects of their lives. One of the cases involves a company named Tubular construction which supplied services to Eskom over contracts worth R1,2 billion and a multinational company called Babinatlou Business Solutions which also received millions. How are monies located and traced? Joining us to discuss this is Investigator at IRS Forensic Investigators, Chad Thomas