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Correctional Services concerned over Sun City prison break
10 April 2018, 10:45 AM

The Department of Correctional Services has expressed its concern over the latest violence and escapes in South African prisons. This is after the escape of 16 Remand Detainees from the Johannesburg Correctional Centre, Medium A.

The department has been in the news following the incident that took place in Goodwood Correctional Facilities, Western Cape where two wardens were stabbed to by prisoners while they were on duty.

The South African Police Services has also launched a manhunt on the escaped prisoners at the Johannesburg Correctional Services.

Department spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo says, “I think as a department we must be frank and say, 16 inmates escaping it does concerns us. We have launched a serious internal investigation to really find if only 16 or could be more than that and look internal operations if there is any gap, but we don’t want to speculate.”

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Sars calls on taxpayers to declare crypto-currency gains
10 April 2018, 10:12 AM

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) deems crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as intangible assets and therefore warns taxpayers to declare gains and losses in these currencies.

Sars says the responsibility is upon taxpayers to declare their crypto-currency gains and losses  on their tax returns. It says failure to do so will lead to interest and penalties.

Legal Counsel Senior Manager at Sars, Andrew Wes says, “I think Bitcoin and Ethereum do present the challenge to Sars because the nature of crypto-currency is such that it is very difficult to detect. So, once we seem to have a firm grip on how we are going to tax these crypto-currencies, the detection is going to be a bigger issue and we very busy working on that at the moment, anticipating that crypto-currencies will grow into bigger thing.”

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Schoenmaker becomes SA’s swimming golden girl as she breaks records
9 April 2018, 4:13 PM

Tatjana Schoenmaker completed her hattrick of African records on Monday when she won the 100m breaststroke at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in a time of 1:06.41.

She has now undoubtedly become the ‘Golden Girl’ of South African swimming.

On Saturday, the Tuks-swimmer won the 200m-breaststroke in an African record time of 2:22.02. She was fourth in the 50m-breaststroke in another record time of 30.82s.

It noteworthy to mention that the three records Schoenmaker bettered were all held by the legendary Penny Heyns.

For the last eight years South Africa has been holding out for a female hero, and now it is Schoenmaker who stepped up to the proverbial plate. She is the first in eight years to win gold at the Commonwealth Games.

In 2010 in Delhi, Natalie du Toit claimed three gold medals.

The Tuks swimmer impressed throughout the Games with the clinical precision she executed her races. Nothing seemed to faze her. She was in total control from the moment the starter’s pistol fired in Monday’s 100m breaststroke.

Leading from the start for a brief moment she relinquished her lead being only the third to touch the wall after the first 50 metres, but the moment she did her turn she was in control. Over the last twenty or so metres she inched ahead with each stroke.

Canada’s Kierra Smith was second in 1:07.51 and Australia’s Georgia Bohl third in 1:07.22.

Schoenmaker’s golden success should be no surprise. Right from when she started swimming she had been a perfectionist. One of the classic moments was in 2015. She had won three gold medals at the South African Championships.

It was expected that she would have been happy, but she was not. She felt like she had failed because she did not qualify for the World Championships.

“My winning times were the same as the times I swam in 2014. I should have swum faster,” she said at the time.

Schoenmaker did not speak those words for the sake of saying something it. She was serious. Over the last three years, she was on a constant quest to get faster. There were disappointments and setbacks, but she did not let that deter her.

It is interesting to note that in 2015 her best time in the 100m-breaststroke was 1:08.85 now it is 1:06.41. In the 200m-breaststroke it was 2:29.23 now it is 2:22.02. In the 50m-breaststroke it was 32.45s and now 30.82s.

And the best is yet to come. Rocco Meiring who coaches her at Tuks, predicted a long time ago that Schoenmaker would only be at her best in 2020.

Be warned, there are more medals to come.

AKani Simbine.
Simbine upsets Blake to win gold at Commonwealth Games
9 April 2018, 3:59 PM

Akani Simbine won gold while countryman Henricho Bruintjies claimed silver in a dominant South African performance in the men’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, on Monday.

With Jamaican Yohan Blake considered the favourite, it was Simbine who dominated from start to finish to win by a clear margin in 10.03. Bruintjies was his closest challenger crossing the line in 10.17, with Blake settling for third in 10.19.

Meanwhile, Chad le Clos completed an historic triple gold haul with victory in the men’s 100m butterfly.

With his triumph, Le Clos made it gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events.

Le Clos in typical fashion started well and was just ahead at the turn, but in the final 50m he powered away to win by a clear margin in 50.65 seconds which was also a new Commonwealth Games record.

England’s James Guy was some way behind in second in 51.31, with Grant Irvine of Australia completing the podium with bronze in 51.50.

Earlier, Tatjana Schoenmaker completed her double gold haul in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

Ex-Sars officials’ case on spying postponed to June
9 April 2018, 2:24 PM

Three former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court again in June this year when a date for their trail in the High Court in Pretoria will be established.

Ivan Pillay, Johan van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg allegedly illegally spied on the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) offices in 2007.

It is alleged that they paid Hendrick Lombard R100 000 to put spy equipment in several offices and boardrooms at the NPA.

They allegedly spied on the NPA investigation into the former police commissioner, the late Jackie Selebi as well as on the former head of the NPA, Vusi Pikoli.

The accused’s lawyer, Bernard Hotz says, “My clients feel aggrieved. They feel humiliated that they have been called upon to stand in court to defend them in a matter in which they believe that unfortunately there is an ulterior agenda at play. Having said that my clients will cooperate fully and they have respect for the judiciary and will avail themselves of all the processes which are available to them. It is an interesting thing to note that the state has produced a shocking list of witnesses starting from Mr Moyane, including Mr Makwakwa.”

Meanwhile, NPA Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Louw says there are no outside forces involved with the prosecution of three former SARS officials who were allegedly part of the SARS rogue unit.

Louw says they believe they have a good case against the men.

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