Dear Editor

Zuma: the tipping point

Your editorial comments on the Jacques Pauw book: I was wondering when you were finally going to take some glory, and say “we told you so!”. So many of the shocking news headlines today relate to stories that we, as loyal readers, knew about years ago.

Jennifer Spencer
Dunvegan, Gauteng

• Your accurate and courageous reporting of the Hawks’ disbandment in KwaZulu-Natal [starting with nose149 in March 2012!] came to mind when I watched Jacques Pauw and Major General Johan Booysen (now retired) being interviewed recently live on television. 

What a loss to crime prevention in our country to see such a dedicated and honourable career policeman reduced to being repeatedly suspended on trumped up charges eventually leading to his early retirement.

At the time of the disgusting so- called “exposé” in the Sunday Times I immediately cancelled my then subscription of that discredited rag. One magazine that I will never be without is Noseweek.

The fearless courage that you and your journo sources display is legendary – more power in 2018 to your pens!


Cape Town

•  The sentiments expressed in nose218’s editorial are spot-on. Several recent books on the national condition, including Jacques Pauw’s, contain much information already in the public domain. But they join the dots and paint a big picture that allows a broader and overall understanding of the current nature of the South African state.

The situation is bleak indeed. The only two institutions wholeheartedly holding the line against collapse are the judiciary and (parts of) the media. Civil society can put marchers on the street, but it has no overall unity of purpose.

South Africa is fast developing into a gangster state. The barriers between upright, patriot citizens and powerful forces of political criminality become weaker by the month.

Like Brexit Britons, South Africans are sleepwalking towards political and economic meltdown.

Christopher Merrett      

Facebook de-faces Noseweek

A rather defensive move on the part of fb, banning the use of a portrait of their boss Mark Zuckerberg in an ad promoting your November issue (“Facebook de-faces nose218”).

When will they learn that this is the perfect way to draw extra attention to the extraordinary wealth and power of Mr Zuckerberg? Well done on being noticed internationally, Mr Nose. This particular Noseweek story (how the world’s ultra-rich see the growing number of poor as just another profit opportunity) needs a wide audience.

Noeleen Palmer
Cape Town

For those who still have not read the extract from Jacques Peretti’s book, Done, in nose217, should do so right away – or buy the book! – Ed.

Stain city – ain’t it a pity

Your report on Douw Steyn’s latest extravaganza, Steyn City, “Robbing the poor to make the rich richer” (nose218), sent me to my records: The City of Johannesburg Municipal Valuation for Steyn City Office Park  (Riverglen erf 4, portion 120) at 1 Tele Sure Lane, is an absurdly low R24.6 million which delivers peanuts in rates. A simple site inspection with an ex-St Stithians College cricket pal, together with a title deed search, revealed that it had been purchased in 2015 for R480 million.

Jack Lundin’s comment regarding the sumptuous Palazzo Steyn mansion (Dainfern Ext 34, Erf 2274) being worth R250m  is slightly closer to the mark: it was sold to one of Steyn’s fellow directors in 2015 for R285m.

This overstated figure has become the top residential sale price in South Africa, eclipsing the high-end Cape Atlantic Seaboard properties by many millions, although in terms of location, location, location, the Palazzo Steyn is bang next door to the Diepsloot Township.

Rob McLaren

Now see "Valuations warrior strikes again" in this issue. – Ed.

•  The ongoing theft of millions from SASSA pensioners by Douw Steyn Enterprises, is surely up there in the First League of “Captured Accounts” deserving urgent action by the Hawks rather than the Black Sash. (Bless them for their efforts to date!)

If the Hawks are short of man-power I am sure I could muster an intelligent task force. The money must be recovered and returned to aggrieved parties!


Paedo thief mining Waterberg

Shows you that despite King 1 to 4 and all other so-called ethics policies coming from listed companies, they don’t give a shit about the environment and the people they hire. How did Mercantile Bank hire this guy with what must have been a CV full of unexplained periods of unemployment? (“How Lowe can you go?” – nose218.)


•  Why is this piece of s**t allowed to remain in South Africa?!

Mike & Val Turner

•   I find it unbelievable that Mercantile Bank and other banks and insurance agencies in South Africa can be so despicable that they would go to the lengths of drawing out court cases, specifically where they and their staff have blatantly stolen monies, in order to bankrupt their accusers and make the cases disappear.

Is there no way these atrocious acts can be stopped?

Of course I have no doubt that the attorneys acting on their behalf continually ask them to please settle the court case so that they can stop earning the obscene amounts of money they do.

Shame on our despicable banking and legal systems!

Clive Varejes
Gallo Manor

Vodacom deserves to be sued

On Bidvest exec suing Vodacom for deducting unauthorised payments to “content providers” (nose217): Good!

I’ve been trying for two months now to get refunded the thousands that I’ve been charged on my bill. It finally stopped, but Vodacom refuses to refund me, claiming they are “just the billing agent”. The dealer is as good as the stealer in my eyes.

Hanro Manefeldt
Port Elizabeth 

They are the ones who paid out your money without your consent. Sue the bastards!

•   Add MTN to the list! Years were lost from my life, trying to get answers from them when they enabled a gaming thief to deduct money from my account every day for a year. They billed it as “data” so it remained undetected for 15 months – my fault, of course. But was I happy when my contract ended! I

am now delighted with my new phone and fantastic contract with Telkom.

I’ve advised several friends and family members to try Telkom and they are also pleased. (Telkom should reward me for free advertising!) Try them!

Jennifer Ann Christie

Sticky fingers ’were not mine’

In nose204, under the headline “Bank gets its sticky fingers on investor’s keyboard programme” it was reported that a company called ADS had sued Standard Bank for allegedly misappropriating some of it’s proprietary computer programming.

More than a year later Corneil du Plessis, one of the bank employees named in the story, has written to complain that he was falsely implicated. We publish a short extract from his letter hereto acknowledge receipt of his complaint and alert interested readers to it. The full text can be found on
Noseweek’s website.Ed.

Although I was accused of wrongdoing in the [nose204] article, I was never asked for my comment.

I left Standard Bank in July 2006…

[To explain why he had not responded to the Noseweek story sooner:] ADS has embarked on a new lawsuit claiming that the original trial prejudiced their case and naming me as a respondent.

The author of the nose204 article did not check for inconsistencies and contradictions in his story.

It is also claimed there were no fewer than 15 people at the meeting.

I was there. There were only three people from Standard Bank…

Standard Bank’s pinpad development was started on 23 July and went into production on 25 July 2003. The meeting with ADS was on 18 August 2003.

Corneil du Plessis



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Submitted by : Niki Moore of Durban on 2017-12-23 10:19:56
With regard to MTN - this is a seriously unethical and corrupt company, that pays bribes, evades tax, steals data and ignores its customers. I have started a Boycott MTN facebook page - you can join it if you would like to express your similar disgust with their tactics. Yes, all cellular service providers have their moments, but MTN is the one company that has adopted dishonesty as their business model. (Disclosure - myself and a few others are busy suing MTN for their illegal rollout of cell masts in Durban).


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