Killed Krejcir associate identified

2013-11-13-krejcir JOHANNESBURG – Police have confirmed that it was 54-year-old Veselin "Vescko" Laganin who was shot and killed at his Bedfordview home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Neville Malila, the shooting took place during an alleged housebreaking robbery at Laganin's complex.

Two men had entered the residence, and shots were fired by the assailants. Malila confirmed that jewelry and cellphones had been stolen.

He also reported the police had recovered firearms outside the property.

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Issa murder probe hots up

THE POLICE in Gauteng said yesterday they had intensified the investigation into the killing of Bassam Issa, who was gunned down in Bedfordview on Saturday.

Spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said police had received information from members of the public, including possible witnesses.

Issa had stopped at a traffic light in his car, an Audi Q7, when a white Ford Ranger approached and its occupants shot at him with AK-47 and R5 rifles, said Malila. More than 30 spent rounds were found on the scene.

"Various items, including a .38 revolver, 9mm rounds and a silencer, were found in the victim's vehicle as well as four cellphones," said Malila.

"The motive for the killings is unknown at this stage and a case of murder is being investigated by a provincial multidisciplinary team."

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Department paid triple for ‘dud building’

2013 10 17 dudJohannesburg - The now defunct Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works leased a building in Doornfontein, Joburg, in 2008 for three times what it was paying a previous landlord.

The department's employees have described the building as filthy.

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Kebble’s killer named in guns scandal

2013 10 07 mikeyJohannesburg - The self-confessed triggerman in Brett Kebble's murder, notorious underworld figure Mikey Schultz, has been named in the Dave Sheer Guns scandal.

Earlier this year, The Star revealed that the arms trader, the biggest in South Africa and Africa, was being investigated by numerous state departments amid allegations of police bribery.

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Ferrari’s jailed owner living in fear

2013 08 21 ferrariJohannesburg - A red Ferrari landed a businessman in jail and led to charges being levelled against a Joburg car restorer and Brett Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz.

The Ferrari F430 Spider, worth more than R3 million, belonged to Joburg petrol station owner Alimed Farouk Hajat.

Hajat fell behind on the payments for the luxury vehicle, and BMW Financial Services won a Pretoria High Court case last month to have the car returned to them.

But Hajat, in an affidavit, said he could not return the Ferrari because he had given it to a friend, car restorer Raymond “Razor” Barras, who in turn had given it to Schultz. Hajat said Schultz refused to return the car and had allegedly demanded money to give the Ferrari back.

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More charges for former hotshot lawyer

2013 08 13 lawyerPretoria - He was known as Pretoria’s celebrity lawyer who, just a few years ago, was so wealthy he drove a Ferrari, and named Joost van der Westhuizen, James Dalton and Steve Hofmeyr among his clients.

Now Peet Viljoen is on trial for fraud, has lost his licence to practise as an attorney and has been sequestrated. His alleged desperate attempts to have charges against him dropped have led to new charges being laid against him for allegedly harassing senior police officers, private investigators, journalists and politicians.

Cases of harassment and crimen injuria have been opened against Viljoen by Chad Thomas, a forensic investigator from IRS Investigations, for alleging that he and numerous police officers in the Gauteng Hawks are corrupt.

His allegations have included attacks on the provincial head of the Hawks, Major-General Shadrack Sibiya.

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Sleuth confirms interest in gun shop

2013 07 19 sleuthJohannesburg - A private investigator has come forward to say his company was also aware of investigations into Dave Sheer Guns, which have been continuing for a number of years.

Chad Thomas, an independent organised crime investigator from IRS Forensic Investigations, said he had been aware of enquiries into employees of Dave Sheer Guns conducted by senior investigators.

He said they were from several elite units, including Crimes Against the State, the Anti-Corruption Unit, the military police, the national conventional arms control committee and defence intelligence.

The Star has exposed an investigation into the Joburg gun shop conducted by the Hawks and forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

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R45 m kwyt - verkoop hout

’n Sakeman van Rustenburg wat R45 miljoen verloor het weens ’n beweerde slenter, verkoop nou hout in townships om te oorleef.

Johan Oosthuizen moes sy seun, Rohan, uit die Noordwes-Universiteit in Potchefstroom haal waar hy gestudeer het om te help met die houtverkopery, het dié pa van drie vertel.

SA corruption busters on world TV

2013 03 28 irstvJOBURG - A South African financial crimes investigation crew based in Orange Grove, IRS, will be in action on an international TV reality show.

The 13-episode show, named Corruption Busters, will be aired on National Geographic and Discovery channels.

The company is led by Gold Medal for Bravery recipient Chad Thomas. He said they have completed corruption investigations throughout Africa. “We also sent an investigative team to Benin to investigate the attempted assassination of the president there,” said Thomas.

The reality show is already being recorded. Thomas, the chief forensic investigator, said they were initially reluctant to star in the show, but after they saw the international interest in their craft, they signed up.

Top Bryanston Estate Agent Probed Over Sale of State Land

Merrick Meek, the head of the Bryanston branch of Rawson Properties, has become embroiled in a controversy involving the illegal sale of state land and is being probed by a high-level organised crime task team, led by the Hawks.

It's part of an investigation into at least 11 cases involving dealings with state- owned land worth about R1 billion.

Meek became an accused party in the investigations after Dimension Data, a Joburg-based global ICT company, laid a criminal complaint in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Poca) against Meek at the Sandton police station on Friday, September 14.

The Hawks, three members of the Gauteng organised crime office as well as private investigator Chad Thomas from IRS Forensic Investigations, are involved in the investigation.

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Cheque Fraud on the Rise

Bank customers have been warned by the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) to look out for scams involving payment by cheque. Cheque fraud is on the rise and businesses need to watch out, the centre says.

Perpetrators are targeting businesses by approaching them with urgent orders for goods and a promise of payment to be made into the business’s bank account.

The promise is often supported by a proof of a cash deposit or electronic payment, but the payment is made with a fraudulent cheque.

Chad Thomas, IRS Forensic Services chief investigating officer, said this was the most common type of fraud.

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R4m assets to be forfeited

Assets worth R4 million will be forfeited to the state on Thursday by a man accused of fraud in Christiana, in the North West, police said.

An order to attach the assets of Pieter Willem Van Heerden was issued by the High Court in Pretoria on July 25, said Colonel Emelda Setlhako.

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Grondeis slaag - geld verdwyn

Susan Cilliers

Putfontein – Lede van die Batloung-stam wie se grondeis in 2000 geslaag het, het sedertdien glo nog nie ’n sent gesien van geld wat hulle van die regering sou kry nie.