SARSrogue unit - secret official report revealed

SARSrogue unit - secret official report revealed

The SARS ‘rogue unit’ trial is scheduled to resume on February 14. Noseweek has uncovered a secret report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence that once more puts the spotlight on that murky affair.

The secret intelligence report into the “rogue unit” at the South African Revenue Service has been kept under wraps for more than four years. Why, when asked about it, did then Minister of State Security David Mahlobo try to fob off media inquiries with a red herring?

But Noseweek is finally able to reveal its contents.

Shark mystery: Where have all the Cape's Great Whites gone?

Shark mystery: Where have all the Cape's Great Whites gone?

Is the culprit man or beast?

Since 1996, Chris Fallows has taken thousands of tourists and dozens of film crews on his boat into Cape Town’s False Bay to see sharks.

Winter is his peak season, when great white sharks congregate around the bay’s Seal Island to feed on newly weaned Cape fur seals. Sharks here perform many breach kills, when they fly into the air, making for the spectacular pictures in the Air Jaws series – largely hosted by Fallows – that has had billions of views on the Discovery Channel.

“The flying sharks of False Bay are now the most famous sharks in the world,” he says.

It’s become increasingly rare to witness breach kills, particularly in the last two years.

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Health cheques for GP

Health cheques for GP

‘Kind and loving’ con-doctor has been at it for years, while HPCSA dismissed a 2012 complaint. 

Rogue doctor and conman Johann Anton van Rooyen (nose231) has been up to his tricks for many years, it emerges, judging from responses to the story about how he exploited 82-year-old Cape Town woman Marguerite Harness-Wood.

But Van Rooyen, who was struck off the roll by the HPCSA in 2017 for unprofessional conduct after using his doctor/patient relationship in another case to enrich himself, is clearly an old hand at the game.

Retired Sunday Times investigative journalist Jon Abbott was already on to Van Rooyen in 2011. Abbott, who writes a regular blog titled Dearjon Letter, tells Noseweek he encountered the conman-doctor that year when he was commissioned to investigate his relationship with a former patient.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is cleverest of us all?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is cleverest of us all?

Vanity awards give a veneer of fake fame to those with the gall and cash to buy them – and then show off with them.

Dr Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management South Africa, the company contracted by the City of Johannesburg to manage FNB Stadium, Orlando Stadium, Dobsonville Stadium, and Rand Stadium is an amazing man.

For a start, few people could have received as many awards, both international and local, as he has over the past three years. (Check the list below!)

Property & plagiarism

Property & plagiarism

Developer Tongaat-Hulett under fire for blatantly using another firm’s plans.

Did Tongaat-Hulett’s property  arm steal architectural drawings which were then used to raise capital from the Department of Trade and Industry for a luxury property development, from a trusting small consortium of KwaZulu-Natal businessmen?

If so, it fits neatly with the ugly truth about corporate South Africa’s tendency to steal ideas from small businesses.  Noseweek has carried many such stories.

Grasping the nettle

Grasping the nettle

A peek inside the life of DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen.

The year gone by was a trying one for DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen, not least for finding himself mired in controversy over the revelation that he has no university degree. There was also the embarrassing accusation about his financial good standing in the party; that his tithes were not up-to-date, which could normally result in a public representative being asked to vacate their position.

“So many people have written me off on so many occasions. I’ve had my political obituary written many times  and every time I’ve proved the critics wrong. I’ve come back stronger, bigger and better.”

Inge Lotz - Broken & Betrayed

The 2005 brutal assault and murder of student Inge Lotz, whose body was found in her Stellenbosch apartment, remains unsolved. Strangely the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has closed the case - and shows no interest ...
 
SARSrogue unit - secret official report revealed

SARSrogue unit - secret official report revealed

The SARS ‘rogue unit’ trial is scheduled to resume on February 14. Noseweek has uncovered a secret report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence that once more puts the spotlight on that murky affair. The secret intelligence ...

Shark mystery: Where have all the Cape's Great Whites gone?

Shark mystery: Where have all the Cape's Great Whites gone?

Is the culprit man or beast? Since 1996, Chris Fallows has taken thousands of tourists and dozens of film crews on his boat into Cape Town’s False Bay to see sharks. Winter is his ...

Health cheques for GP

Health cheques for GP

‘Kind and loving’ con-doctor has been at it for years, while HPCSA dismissed a 2012 complaint.  Rogue doctor and conman Johann Anton van Rooyen (nose231) has been up to his tricks for many years, ...

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is cleverest of us all?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is cleverest of us all?

Vanity awards give a veneer of fake fame to those with the gall and cash to buy them – and then show off with them. Dr Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management South Africa, the ...

Property & plagiarism

Property & plagiarism

Developer Tongaat-Hulett under fire for blatantly using another firm’s plans. Did Tongaat-Hulett’s property  arm steal architectural drawings which were then used to raise capital from the Department of Trade and Industry for ...

Grasping the nettle

Grasping the nettle

A peek inside the life of DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen. The year gone by was a trying one for DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen, not least for finding himself mired in controversy over ...