The Day Madiba Poured Tea for Ali

The Day Madiba Poured Tea for Ali IRS director and fellow IRS investigator reminisce about time spent with World Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali (IRS founder Chad Thomas supervised Ali's security in South Africa in 1993 and IRS Cape Town investigator Fareed Hoosen was one of the bodyguards to Ali).

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NYPD cops share SAPS's concerns

text Johannesburg - The cities of New York and Joburg are a world apart, yet there are similarities in the difficulties their two police forces face.

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Search for son abducted 3 years ago

Johannesburg - Nazeer Mohammed's bedroom in his parents' house stands untouched in the hope that one day he'll return to sleep in his own bed again, after he disappeared more than three years ago in a suspected kidnapping.

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SONA: 'It could only have been a jammer'

The disruption to cellphone signals that marred last week's State of the Nation Address (SONA) could only have been caused by a jamming device, it has emerged.

This comes as a Parliamentary probe is already under way into what government ministers are referring to as a "technical glitch", and the Democratic Alliance demands the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) probe the loss of cellphone signal during Thursday's SONA.

DA faces public violence claims

Cape Town - New allegations have emerged in an eight-year-old case, now under fresh police investigation, that DA politicians orchestrated public violence to try to unseat the ANC in a southern Cape municipality.

Although the initial probe into these allegations found they were not substantiated, Independent Media has established that police recently asked top politicians, including Transport and Public Works MEC Donald Grant and Bitou Municipality mayor Memory Booysen, to provide them with information.

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Scammed for love

Knowing things were too good to be true did not stop a Durban mother of five from being conned out of almost R700,000 by a cyber lover.

"People are probably thinking how could I have been so stupid. I ask myself the same question every day," she said.

The divorced administration clerk, like hundreds of vulnerable women charmed by online Casanovas, lost her life savings to a man she had fallen in love with despite having never met him in person.

The Hawks know of several cases in which women lost much more.

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Children in dog fighting horror

Johannesburg - Dog fighters forced children as young as 9 to imitate real dog fights, placing bets on which child will cause the most injury through biting and scratching.

The horrific form of abuse, which shows just how damaging dog fighting can be to children, came to light early last year in Ekurhuleni, but not much has been done to help the children involved.

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Social media can fuel vigilante attacks

Cape Town - Social media websites are increasingly being used to name and shame lawbreakers or make residents aware of crime in their area. But these sites also have potential negative consequences – vigilantism, or even criminal charges for those making posts.

Chad Thomas, chief forensic investigator at IRS forensic services, has warned that people behind the posts can be charged as an accessory after the fact if the post leads to an assault or death.

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Fresh probe into Vito Palazzolo

Durban - Suspected Mafia kingpin Vito Palazzolo is a person of interest in a major money laundering investigation linked to an animal shelter outside Plettenberg Bay – this despite him being in an Italian jail.

Palazzolo, 66, is a naturalised South African citizen who for years lived in the Western Cape. In 2009, he was in absentia sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment by an Italian court for having an association with the Mafia, and has been in jail for more than two-and-a-half years.

He was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice – one of the international police organisation’s tools for tracking fugitives – as he was travelling back to South Africa in 2012.

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Truck roadworthy scandal risks lives

Johannesburg - "I am absolutely flabbergasted that more people are not being killed by accidents caused by unroadworthy heavy-duty trucks."

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