Below the PILON Strategic Plan, corruption and proceeds of crime is recognised as a priority legal problem for PILON. This webpage is created as a Strategic Plan initiative, to compile resources for and share facts involving PILON Members in relation to this issue.
In the years when street robbery was decreasing, the crimes identified as the ‘TRIO robberies’ (carjacking, property robbery and enterprise robbery) elevated substantially. Involving 2004/05 and 2008/09 company robbery had enhanced by 319%, property robbery by 96% and hijacking by 20%. These crimes drive fear and insecurity as they affect victims in their homes, autos and locations of work.
There are, of course, explanations for changes that the parties – in particular Buyers – could wish to make, and some of these explanations are certainly genuine. For instance, in a recent transaction where I was involved the Buyer produced an present to acquire a restaurant in New Westminster, then was advised by his own accountant that it would have been tax-proficient for him to complete the transaction in the name of his limited organization. I prepared an Amendment to the Contract of Obtain and Sale, had the parties sign it and that was the finish of it.
With Cope having endured prolonged factionalism that split the party into Mbazima Shilowa and Terror Lekota camps, it seems unlikely the celebration will preserve its strong position. In late February, Shilowa announced that his supporters, which represent a disputed figure of 800 branches, would help the UDM in the upcoming elections. Cope, now definitively led by Lekota, unveiled a new provincial premier candidate in the form of Bishop Lievie Sharpley, an affable man in a toupee who speaks fluent isiXhosa.
Which brings me to the media, which is caught between enabling citizens to make informed judgments on the troubles of the time” as the press code says, and remaining viable companies. In other words: chasing income. These are usually competing and contradictory actions, but only one is in the official job description of the press. But in these dire global economic instances, the allure of cash is coming up trumps.