UPDATE: Marney can't buy you bail

UPDATE: Marney can't buy you bail

Marney van Zyl's latest guesthouse victim was mulling over some strange discoveries about her new guest, when a detective arrived at her gate waving a copy of Noseweek. Now the silver-tongued scoundrel has been arrested and reunited with the inmates of Sun City (Johannesburg prison) ... yet another extraordinary chapter to a remarkable tale.

UPDATE: Tiffindell and the Indians

UPDATE: Tiffindell and the Indians

Wide boys David Taylor and Andre le Roux acquired a majority shareholding in Tiffindell Ski in 2007, then rigged some deals and persuaded the State Bank of India to lend them R19m against the security of a bond. But creditors liquidated the company and now the bond's been nullified, leaving the bank R19m out of pocket.

UPDATE: Farewell, Baby Michael

UPDATE: Farewell, Baby Michael

Baby Michael, blinded and crippled both physically and mentally after ferocious assaults in the family home only months after his birth, has died, aged eight. His parents had yet to be sentenced for their crimes.

Advocates 1: Joburg's double dealers

Advocates 1: Joburg's double dealers

83 Joburg advocates face fraud probe which could cause "partial collapse" of the Joburg Bar says a senior advocate whose name appears on The List - and who is himself under investigation for double-briefing and overreaching.

Advocates 2: Pretoria's bag men

Advocates 2: Pretoria's bag men

Why the scandal surrounding advocates double-briefing in road accident fund cases? It's simple, really. Advocates are keen to settle cases on the steps of teh court because they're paid as much for one settled at 9.30am on trial day as they are for a case that drags on until 4.00pm. In fact there's a fair chance your advocate had two (or more)  briefs for that day, reckoning on settling - and being paid full fee for - most of them before going into court. A full bench of the Pretoria high court has led the cleanup, nailing some and curiously forgiving others.

Advocates 3: Mr Non-delivery

Advocates 3: Mr Non-delivery

We could have guessed it. Durban Advocate Sthembiso Mdladla, who has just been appointed to the secretariat of the Seriti Commission has a "history": Several years ago he was paid millions for heading a KZN commission of enquiry - but just never got around to writing a report. A foretaste of what we are to expect from the Arms Deal enquiry?

Bench press

Bench press

Accusation and counter-accusation as magistrates Phumelele Hole and Khandilizwe Nqadala clash in John Block country. We'd previously commented: "You have to wonder: where could our justice system go next?" Well, even further downhill, it turns out. 

Vanity Publishing

Vanity Publishing

Whenever the ghosts of the Arms Deal are asleep and when Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu gets a break from explaining away gravy jets, she appears to jump at the chance to polish her image. And in that worthy cause she and her advisors recently decided to alter  - and reprint - the Annual Report of The Castle of Good Hope, one of the state corporations in her charge.

Holidays nobody wants

Holidays nobody wants

In a country like South Africa, where consumer protection laws are weakly enforced, signing up for timeshare and vacation clubs is like going swimming with sharks. Here we have two sad tales that demonstrate the point: there’s no life after debt for unwary buyers of vacation club schemes.

Stalling for profit

Stalling for profit

Security firm fat cats demand lion’s share of tenders, writes Mark Thomas. Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, instead of hanging its head in shame at successive qualified audits, continues to haemorrhage public money. And while would-be tenderpreneurs eagerly wait for their turn to gorge, the old fat cats are unwilling to let go of their tasty catches without a fight.

The big squeeze

The big squeeze

German car maker, BMW, wants to put the lid on cheap spare parts. A case that's recently been argued in the North Gauteng High Court involving serial IP rights litigators BMW and a competing supplier of often identical but much more affordable replacement or "pirate" car parts, called Grandmark. Who's more right, less wrong?

Hostage car

Hostage car

Personal fitness trainer Daniel Tuval of Lonehill, Joburg thought he’d made a good buy when, in October, he bought a 2002 model Mercedes Smart car, with 90 000km on the clock, a complete service history and maintenance plan directly from its original owner for just R35 000. That's until he consulted Sandown Motors about a noise under the bonnet.

Tripping over the fine print

Tripping over the fine print

When police Warrant Officer Amos Shibambu responded to an ad selling Carprehensive insurance – offered by a crowd called Prime Meridian, part of the RMB Group – he received a call from a salesman who persuaded him to switch from his insurer to Carprehensive. The bait: Shibambu would get a fixed-for-life premium of R450 per month as opposed to the R500-plus he was paying. And there would be no excess.

Chinese takeaway fetches R112 000

Chinese takeaway fetches R112 000

As the West goes into financial decline, so China’s boom continues, there’s just no escaping that fact – not even at an art and antiques auction in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. This was evident as telephone bidders snapped up valuable pieces at fantastic prices.

Investec in court

Investec in court

Seven minority shareholders of Randgold and Exploration Company Ltd are suing Investec Bank Ltd for a billion rand for damages they claim they suffered as a consequence of Investec's having gained effective control of the ...
 
UPDATE: Marney can't buy you bail

UPDATE: Marney can't buy you bail

Marney van Zyl's latest guesthouse victim was mulling over some strange discoveries about her new guest, when a detective arrived at her gate waving a copy of Noseweek. Now the silver-tongued scoundrel has been arrested ...

UPDATE: Tiffindell and the Indians

UPDATE: Tiffindell and the Indians

Wide boys David Taylor and Andre le Roux acquired a majority shareholding in Tiffindell Ski in 2007, then rigged some deals and persuaded the State Bank of India to lend them R19m against the security ...

UPDATE: Farewell, Baby Michael

UPDATE: Farewell, Baby Michael

Baby Michael, blinded and crippled both physically and mentally after ferocious assaults in the family home only months after his birth, has died, aged eight. His parents had yet to be sentenced for their crimes. ...

Advocates 1: Joburg's double dealers

Advocates 1: Joburg's double dealers

83 Joburg advocates face fraud probe which could cause "partial collapse" of the Joburg Bar says a senior advocate whose name appears on The List - and who is himself under investigation for double-briefing and overreaching. ...

Advocates 2: Pretoria's bag men

Advocates 2: Pretoria's bag men

Why the scandal surrounding advocates double-briefing in road accident fund cases? It's simple, really. Advocates are keen to settle cases on the steps of teh court because they're paid as much for one settled at ...

Advocates 3: Mr Non-delivery

Advocates 3: Mr Non-delivery

We could have guessed it. Durban Advocate Sthembiso Mdladla, who has just been appointed to the secretariat of the Seriti Commission has a "history": Several years ago he was paid millions for heading a KZN commission ...

Bench press

Bench press

Accusation and counter-accusation as magistrates Phumelele Hole and Khandilizwe Nqadala clash in John Block country. We'd previously commented: "You have to wonder: where could our justice system go next?" Well, even further downhill, it turns out.  ...

Vanity Publishing

Vanity Publishing

Whenever the ghosts of the Arms Deal are asleep and when Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu gets a break from explaining away gravy jets, she appears to jump at the chance ...

Holidays nobody wants

Holidays nobody wants

In a country like South Africa, where consumer protection laws are weakly enforced, signing up for timeshare and vacation clubs is like going swimming with sharks. Here we have two sad tales that demonstrate the ...

Stalling for profit

Stalling for profit

Security firm fat cats demand lion’s share of tenders, writes Mark Thomas. Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, instead of hanging its head in shame at successive qualified audits, continues to haemorrhage public money. And while ...

The big squeeze

The big squeeze

German car maker, BMW, wants to put the lid on cheap spare parts. A case that's recently been argued in the North Gauteng High Court involving serial IP rights litigators BMW and a competing supplier of ...

Hostage car

Hostage car

Personal fitness trainer Daniel Tuval of Lonehill, Joburg thought he’d made a good buy when, in October, he bought a 2002 model Mercedes Smart car, with 90 000km on the clock, a complete service ...

Tripping over the fine print

Tripping over the fine print

When police Warrant Officer Amos Shibambu responded to an ad selling Carprehensive insurance – offered by a crowd called Prime Meridian, part of the RMB Group – he received a call from a ...

Chinese takeaway fetches R112 000

Chinese takeaway fetches R112 000

As the West goes into financial decline, so China’s boom continues, there’s just no escaping that fact – not even at an art and antiques auction in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. This was ...

Books: Sex and the single Trekker

Books: Sex and the single Trekker

Len Ashton reviews: Canvas Under the Sky by Robin Binckes (30˚ South); Monkey Business: The Murder of Anni Dewani by Mike Nicol (Umuzi) and Hotel K by Kathryn Bonella (Quercus) ...