SA slated as drug trade hub

Crime & Courts | 10 March 2017 SE-ANNE RALL Durban – South Africa is the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, with the trafficking and use of drugs on an upward trajectory. This is according to the US State Department 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released earlier this month. It reveals that…

Almost R60 billion flows out of SA illicitly

Llewellyn Prince, Media 24 Parliamentary Bureau 2017-03-16 06:10 Nearly R60 billion left South Africa illicitly in the 2015-2016 financial year, and it appears that the country has no strategy to curb the problem. Murray Michell, director of the Financial Intelligence Centre, told a sitting of Parliament that about 9 million suspected transactions were reported to…

Ipid, Acsa work to curb drug smuggling at OR Tambo

Xolani Koyana | 16 Feb 2017 CAPE TOWN – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is working with the Airports Company to curb an alleged drug smuggling scheme by police and Hawks members at OR Tambo International Airport. Ipid told Parliament’s police committee of a ‘war’ between the police and the Hawks over an alleged…

Death of two officers raises questions of drug link

2017-02-15 19:24 Thulani Gqirana, News24 Cape Town – A police officer committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, twice, and the Hawks and SAPS were engaged in a war over confiscated drugs, police watchdog IPID told MPs on Wednesday. These were among the “appalling” issues that came to light during the IPID’s investigation of…

Hawks mourn loss of Warrant Officer Mashego

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Pretoria – The murder of Warrant Officer Colbern Mashego, a Hawks member who was gunned down on Sunday, has been strongly condemned by the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza. According to the Hawks, Warrant Officer Mashego was brutally murdered after he was following up…

OR Tambo customs staff held after cocaine bust

May 1, 2016 • Written by: Shana Genever –  SA Breaking News Four men have been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg after a security breach that saw 1.5kg of cocaine allowed to pass through the airport. Two customs officials, an airline employee and a foreign national will appear in the Kempton Park…