A South African prison official was on Friday arrested for trying to smuggle contraband into a correctional centre in the country.
A statement by the department of correctional services in the Eastern Cape said the incident happened at St Albans Medium B Correctional Centre.
It said in a statement the alleged incident happened on Friday morning during a routine search at the entrance to the centre.
National Task Team (NTT) security officials were conducting a routine search of people at the access control gate when they noticed the vehicle.
The official approached the gate, but then turned the car around and drove away when he noticed that searches were being conducted, the department said.
Instruction was given to NTT officials to chase the vehicle and escort him back to the access control.
The drugs and items confiscated included 120 Mandrax tablets, various telephone cellphone starter packs, mobile phones, earphones, cellphone chargers and USB cables. A case was opened at SAPS Kabega Park.
The official was subsequently arrested on Friday and he is currently in police custody. He is due to appear in court on Monday.
“Any person, whether it is a member of the public or a departmental official, who colludes with offenders in the contravention of this mandate will be brought to book.
“We would like to applaud the commitment of the departmental officials who were not hesitant to apprehend one of their own.
“This speaks highly of the integrity and their commitment to service excellence,” the department said.
Over 5,000 Seal Pups Found Dead In Namibia
No fewer than 5,000 dead seal pups have been washed up on land in Namibia – raising consternation from animal conservation groups.
Cape fur seals, who are often called the “dogs of the ocean” due to their playful nature, will often desert their young or abort their foetuses if there is a dearth of food around, reports say.
It is believed that the pups were aborted by their mothers.
The seals usually synchronise giving birth on the sandy beaches in November, but the amount of tiny bodies now on the beaches show something is not right.
The Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCNaimibia) have said they were carrying out tests to determine the cause of premature births.
Naude Dreyer of OCNamibia noticed the bodies after flying his drone over Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point seal colony on 5 October.
“This is the situation at Pelican Point, Namibia,” his organisation tweeted.
“All the little red circles mark dead seal pups. A rough estimate brings the numbers to more than 5,000 at our seal colony alone. This is tragic, as it makes up a large portion of the new pup arrivals expected in late November.
“The most likely cause is food resources we are going through some really strange climatic changes at the moment it could be the warm currents that bring in the fish.”
The seal mothers are also reported to be malnourished.
Cape fur seals can predominantly be found along the coastlines of Namibia and South Africa – stretching to the southern tip of Angola in the north.
South Africa’s Police Arrest Public Officials For Inflating Project Costs
South African authorities have arrested four former public officials for inflating the cost of a prjoect.
The Hawks, on Thursday, arrested former senior Gauteng Department of Health officials for alleged R1.2 billion tender irregularities committed almost 13 years ago.
The arrested are a former head of department who was also an accounting officer at the time; chief director of information communication and technology; head of supply chain management; and the deputy director for executive support.
They are accused of receiving kickbacks for their role in ensuring the contract was awarded to an undeserving entity and have been charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.
Police say the case emanates from February 2007 where the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) submitted a proposal to continue with an information technology maintenance programme at the department.
The Hawks’ Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the total cost of a project like that was not meant to be over R57 million for a period of three years.
“The contract was instead awarded to a private entity at a whopping cost of around R1.2 billion without following due tender procedures.
“Two private company directors who unduly benefited from the tender are yet to be charged along together with their two companies. The said directors are reportedly outside of the country but steps have already been initiated to ensure that they are accounted for,” Nkwalase said.
The four appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.
Burundi Ex-President Rejects Conviction for Murder
Former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, who is the current High Representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel, has rejected his conviction in absentia in Burundi to life imprisonment.
He was convicted of the murder of his predecessor Melchior Ndadaye in 1993.
Melchior Ndadaye, Burundi’s first democratically elected president and the first Hutu to come to power, was assassinated in October 1993 in a military coup that led the country into a civil war between the army.
This resulted in 300,000 deaths until 2006.
Buyoya was convicted of an attack against the head of state, an attack against the authority of the state and an attack tending to bring about massacre and devastation.
Eighteen senior military and civilian officials close to the former head of state were given same sentence. Three others were sent to 20 years in prison for “complicity” in the same crimes and only one, the former transitional Prime Minister, Antoine Nduwayo, was acquitted.
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