Scammed for love

Knowing things were too good to be true did not stop a Durban mother of five from being conned out of almost R700,000 by a cyber lover.

"People are probably thinking how could I have been so stupid. I ask myself the same question every day," she said.

The divorced administration clerk, like hundreds of vulnerable women charmed by online Casanovas, lost her life savings to a man she had fallen in love with despite having never met him in person.

The Hawks know of several cases in which women lost much more.

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Diamonds are a crook’s best friend

Cape Town - A R100 million diamond robbery at a Bellville home has lifted the lid on the central role the gems have in the illicit markets of the criminal underworld.

Several well-placed sources explained to Weekend Argus how crime kingpins in the Western Cape are exchanging diamonds, luxury vehicles and drugs so that there is no paper trail for their transactions.

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Children in dog fighting horror

Johannesburg - Dog fighters forced children as young as 9 to imitate real dog fights, placing bets on which child will cause the most injury through biting and scratching.

The horrific form of abuse, which shows just how damaging dog fighting can be to children, came to light early last year in Ekurhuleni, but not much has been done to help the children involved.

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Social media can fuel vigilante attacks

Cape Town - Social media websites are increasingly being used to name and shame lawbreakers or make residents aware of crime in their area. But these sites also have potential negative consequences – vigilantism, or even criminal charges for those making posts.

Chad Thomas, chief forensic investigator at IRS forensic services, has warned that people behind the posts can be charged as an accessory after the fact if the post leads to an assault or death.

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Fresh probe into Vito Palazzolo

Durban - Suspected Mafia kingpin Vito Palazzolo is a person of interest in a major money laundering investigation linked to an animal shelter outside Plettenberg Bay – this despite him being in an Italian jail.

Palazzolo, 66, is a naturalised South African citizen who for years lived in the Western Cape. In 2009, he was in absentia sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment by an Italian court for having an association with the Mafia, and has been in jail for more than two-and-a-half years.

He was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice – one of the international police organisation’s tools for tracking fugitives – as he was travelling back to South Africa in 2012.

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Opportunity to Expose Garden Route Corruption on Radio

Chad Thomas and Glenda Paul host Corruption Busters, a one hour, daytime, investigative show that airs weekly on a Monday between 12-1pm. High profile guests are regularly interviewed in studio as well as over the telephone. This week, they will interview Hardy Mills, lawyer at the Justice & Equality Front, resident in Plettenberg Bay and on the front line as a witness to corruption in Eden District (Garden Route & the Klein Karoo). This is the press release from Chad Thomas of Corruption Busters:

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Truck roadworthy scandal risks lives

Johannesburg - "I am absolutely flabbergasted that more people are not being killed by accidents caused by unroadworthy heavy-duty trucks."

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‘Mega brothel in Berea’ – residents

Chad Thomas from IRS forensic investigations said no environmental impact study had been conducted and changes had been made without council permission or community consultation.

The lodge is on Louis Botha Avenue and comprises of number 42, 44 and 44A. Another angry resident who didn’t want to be identified, stated that entrances to the other two properties were closed and there was one entrance and exit to Louis Botha which was creating traffic in Louis Botha Avenue.

He said with the BRT construction there was one lane available for motorists and if there was a motorist entering the lodge and one driving out of the lodge, one must stop for the one driving out which creates traffic.

Kebble murder on the big screen

Johannesburg - It's one thing to read and hear about a murder - no matter how gory. It's quite another actually watching its execution.

Viewers got to experience the close-up reality of the murder of billionaire businessman Brett Kebble on Tuesday night at the premiere of 204: Getting Away With Murder at The Zone in Rosebank.

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A community against drugs

ORANGE GROVE - A NEW initiative to educate the community's children about the dangers of drugs kicked off with a successful and fun-filled first event on 5 October.

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Three shot after concert clash

Johannesburg - Three people are in hospital after being shot during an argument at a concert at Meyer's Farm in Alberton on Sunday.

Professional boxer Jarred Selwyn Silverman-Lebotschy and a man, believed to be Bradley Swartz, spent the night in the same intensive-care ward at Netcare Union Hospital under police guard.

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SA boxer shot at music festival

A professional South African boxer was one of the people shot at the Deep in the Woods deep house music festival in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, on Saturday, a private forensic investigator has revealed.

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Norwood CPF to launch Drug Watch

Norwood Community Policing Forum (NCPF) and other stakeholders will launch a '˜Drug Watch' targeting Orange Grove as part of anti-drug awareness drive in the area.

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