Monday, 12 October 2009 | Week #42 | Day #285 | Days Remaining in 2009: 80
Selebi Case Continues
After the first week of revelations, accusations and a tearful international drug dealing Glen Agliotti on the stand, the states’ case against former National Police Commissioner, (and Interpol head) Jackie Selebi continues into its second week.
Court heard last week how Agliotti acted as a “middleman” between murdered businessman Brett Kebble and Selebi. Agliotti was channelling the payments to Selebi from Kebble, while also charging Kebble a US$1m “consulting fee” for the access to the former top cop. Agliotti testified that over a period of “a year and a bit” had passed “approximately R1m” to Selebi made up in Rands and US dollars, and often handed over in stuffed envelopes. Clearly, formal accounting and banking practices were not an option here!
The tearful Agliotti, who the accused notably described as “my friend, finish and klaar”, succumbed to the emotional strain of having to testify against his now presumably former friend. The sight of the grown man crying in court over the loss of his bromance with Selebi might also have detracted attention away from explaining where the balance of the R26-million that Kebble paid into an account for Agliotti to use to pay Selebi went.
The soap opera trial continues. (Various Sources)
Phishing Season Starts Early
The SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) on Thursday warned of a rise “phishing” attacks. Sabric CEO Kalyani Pillay described the attacks as “an unusual increase”. Pillay also mentioned that the use of any information gleaned by criminals through their phishing exploits was happening “a lot quicker than in the past”.
Essentially, scammers were not waiting for information to gather, but rather accessing accounts as soon as the “phished” responded to the fraudulent emails and sms messages.
The long and the short of it all: BE WARY! Any and all banks will never request information via an email or sms message. Not matter how genuine, believable and realistic the web site seems. Submit these phishing attempts to your banks’ fraud and security office, and visit the bank personally to confirm information requests. (News24)
SuperCops On The Cards For SA?
This weekend the office of Fikile Mbalula, the deputy police minister, announced that both the South African Police Service and all Metro Police services would be centralised into one police force as part of the transformation of the SAPS into a paramilitary force, with military ranks and discipline. “We need to have one single, strong police force, with all police resources being utilised towards the same goals,” police spokesman Paena Galane had said. (The Citizen)
In Other News
- ‘Shoot to kill’ cops gun down innocent woman in Pretoria. Police shoot dead woman in a car mistaken for one driven by hijack suspects. (Times Live)
- Obama “surprised and humbled” by awarding of Nobel Prize for Peace: “”I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.” (News24)
- Nestlé Zimbabwe have their bank accounts frozen. Zimbabwe’s central bank chief says the government has frozen Nestlé’s local accounts and ordered an audit after Nestle stopped buying milk from a farm owned by President Robert Mugabe’s wife.The international food company stopped buying milk from Grace Mugabe’s farm this month after facing worldwide boycott threats. (News24)
- Santana’s players are “angry”. The future tenure of South African coach Joel Santana was plunged into further uncertainty at the weekend as the World Cup hosts lost again and his own players spoke of their frustration at the spiral of continuing defeat. (IOL)
- Crime-weary residents lay into teens, killing one. “You always see people get beaten up, but that was hectic. Those guys were naked, they were kicked, stoned and dragged around.” This was how Soweto resident Timothy Nkosi described the beating residents of Protea North gave two street children, killing a 17-year-old and leaving his 16-year-old friend in a critical condition. (Times Live)
- Clinton warning to Afghan leader. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said whoever wins Afghanistan’s recent election will be expected to do more to address the country’s problems. Speaking to the BBC while in London, Mrs Clinton said the next leader needed to build better relationships with the US, the army and the Afghan people. (BBC)
- Pakistan “to strike at militants”. Pakistan will launch an operation against militants in restive South Waziristan “imminently”, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. He was speaking after troops stormed a building at an army base in Rawalpindi, rescuing dozens of people taken hostage in an attack by militants. Mr Malik blamed the attack, in which 19 died, on the Taliban and al-Qaeda whose strongholds are in South Waziristan. (BBC)
- Cell phone costs may come down soon. Cell phone users should see the first cost cuts by the end of November, the Communications Department said on Sunday. Spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso confirmed various media reports that the department wanted to see interconnection rates – which cell phone operators pay each other for switching a call between networks – to drop by 30c, from R1.25 to R0.95 by the end of November. (IOL)
Jozi Weather For The Week
“Heavy rain showers” to start and end the week?! Stay dry Jozizens!
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