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  1. Cops bust more hijack syndicate suspects in 10111 operator scam

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Magistrate postpones bail hearings as defence says new evidence clears clients Police have arrested more suspected members of a hijacking syndicate that allegedly used a police 10111 operator to help carry out their crimes. The arrests add to the three already made by police, including the 10111 phone operator Brenda Mabuza. “We cannot say much else as it would hinder our investiga... See full details

  2. Community up in arms as spate of attacks claim innocent lives

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Latest incident is another episode in the vicious cycle of robbery and violence in Muldersdrift Resident of Muldersdrift near Krugersdorp who have accused the police of being “inept” in dealing with criminals terrorising them, have warned they will take the law into their own hands. In the latest incident, two hijackers ambushed and shot dead businessman Leon Naude (46) at the entranc... See full details

  3. Protest as farm attacks continue

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Frans Pieterse was tortured for more than four hours. His attackers poured boiling water over him, left him with an open wound on his head and, after they were done, they strangled him to death with a shoelace. The murderers also dripped molten plastic on Pieterse’s 10-year-old son, Gideon. The murder took place in the presence of Pieterse’s wife, Daleen, and his children Gideon and Anuschka ... See full details

  4. Teachers who hit children could be in for a painful and costly lesson

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Teachers who continue to mete out corporal punishment to pupils could be stripped of their qualifications and never be allowed to teach again. That’s the Gauteng Department of Education’s comment after a Honeydew Ridge father complained that his son had been on the receiving end of corporal punishment on three occasions this year, even though it has been abolished in schools. Nimrod Vara, wh... See full details

  5. Killers linked to other crimes

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Police have said that members of the deadly Tsunami Gang, arrested after the Jeppestown massacre, operated across the country. A Police source yesterday said that “individually, they have been linked to crimes countrywide”. The 16 men were expected to make their second court appearance today in connection with the bloody June 25 shooting. The state was expected to ask for a postponement t... See full details

  6. Campaigners protest, as rape case is truck off roll

    Date: 26 Jul 2006
    The intimidation case involving rape complainant Buyisiwe (not her real name) was struck from the court roll this week in the Tembisa Regional Court. The magistrate cited unfair delays and the rights of an accused to a fair trial. This was the second time the case had been before the court without the necessary documents of witnesses present. Outside magistrates’ courts in Tembisa, Durban... See full details

  7. N1 murder witnesses say 10111 bungled calls

    Date: 26 Jul 2006
    At least two people, who may have witnessed Saturday night’s shooting on the N1 south at Rivonia, claim police failed to respond professionally to their reports. Clay Pierre-Louis, a manager from Qatar Airways, was shot dead in his silver Nissan Almera when he stopped on the side of the highway, at about 7pm that night. A motorist, Mark Jackson said he drove past the Pierre-Louis attack as i... See full details

  8. Don’t dawdle at deadly N1 off-ramp: SAPS

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    No one is safe on the N1 Rivonia off-ramp in Sandton after dark, with the police still having no clue as to who is gunning down motorists at the notorious spot. Investigations are continuing after another person was murdered on the off-ramp at the weekend. Clay Pierre-Louis, 42, was shot execution style while sitting in his car. He was waiting for a friend between the Rivonia Road off-ram... See full details

  9. Mbeki urged to release prison corruption probe findings

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has been asked to release the final reports of inquiry of judges Thabani Jali and Sisi Khampepe. The Jali Commission report on corruption and poor administration in the Prisons Department was presented to Mbeki in November, but has not been made public. Last month Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour described the 1 000 page Jali commission report as “disturbi... See full details

  10. Family lives in fear that attacker may return

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    Eight days after the crime, police have still not visited them Zintlhe Ngubane lies on a hospital bed hooked up to a plethora of tubes and drips while her mother, Agnes Kunene and her sister Linda Mtshali stroke her forehead. It has been a week since a “smooth-talking salesman” walked into her home in Alexandra, north of Joburg, and for an unknown reason shot her in full view of her f... See full details

  11. Man survives 7th hijacking ordeal

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    When Naeem Patel tells people he has been hijacked seven times, he says they do not believe it. In four of the seven hijackings, the 47-year-old Durban man has had guns shoved into his face. His latest encounter took place on Friday, when he boarded a taxi to go to work at about 5am. Some distance in the trip, the taxi picked up a "very neatly dressed" man at Reservoir Hills Secondary Sch... See full details

  12. Family lives in fear that attacker may return

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    Family lives in fear that attacker may return Eight days after the crime, police have still not visited them Zintlhe Ngubane lies on a hospital bed hooked up to a plethora of tubes and drips while her mother, Agnes Kunene and her sister Linda Mtshali stroke her forehead. It has been a week since a “smooth-talking salesman” walked into her home in Alexandra, north of Joburg, and for... See full details

  13. Warnings from guarding companies

    Date: 24 Jul 2006
    In some neighbourhoods, cold drink cans are left on the pavement to indicate the level of force involved in breaking in or stealing from you. CREAM SODA CANS ARE USED AS GREEN * green - go ahead - all clear (nobody home!!!) COKE CAN AS RED * red - be prepared to use armed force or will encounter resistance A FLATTENED PLASTIC MILK BOTTLE IS USED AS WHITE * white - easy t... See full details

  14. Gunned Down on the N1

    Date: 24 Jul 2006
    Another motorist slain on Rivonia offramp and robbed of phone A second motorist has been murdered on the N1 highway Rivonia offramp in less than six weeks – and in chillingly similar circumstances. A man believed to be a Qatar Airlines manager from the Seychelles had stopped at the side of the N1 South Rivonia off-ramp on Saturday night when he was shot in the head. He died while s... See full details

  15. Farm death toll shock

    Date: 21 Jul 2006
    Chilling figures on farm murders emerged from a preliminary research report by the trade union Solidarity in which it was found about 2,3 farm attacks take place daily with a murder committed at least every second day. Around 30% of those killed are farm workers. The union says it is seeking crime statistics to plan crime-combating measures. In Pretoria yesterday the union’s deputy general ... See full details

  16. Pay push for victims of crime

    Date: 21 Jul 2006
    There is hope now that victims of violent crime will be compensated by the state. This follows the submission of a private members’ Bill to parliament yesterday proposing the establishment of a state compensation fund for the victims of violent crime. DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said the victims’ compensation fund could be financed by the fines imposed by courts, bail forfeited to the state ... See full details

  17. Alleged cop killer bust in crackdown on crime

    Date: 20 Jul 2006
    Bail denied for suspect and two accomplices Muziawupheli “Chippa” Noboza allegedly didn’t hesitate to open fire and murder a Soweto police inspector and father of two. The 25–year-old suspect is also alleged to have walked up to a taxi driver and fired two lethal shots into his head. In another incident, Noboza is claimed to have shot a teenager four times, ignoring pleas from the victim... See full details

  18. Police killing continues

    Date: 20 Jul 2006
    While Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula is away trying to end conflict in other countries, yet another police officer has been killed and another wounded in a shootout with criminals. Inspector Leslie Mashaba, 37, was shot dead when he and Captain Simon Matladi, 38, tried to arrest two wanted suspects in Kliptown, Soweto on Tuesday. The officers were shot when they tried to arr... See full details

  19. Hit-and-run: no action

    Date: 20 Jul 2006
    The tow truck driver who was knocked over in a hit-and-run near Alberton on Monday evening remains in a serious condition. While Clint Martheze, 28 lies in the Union Hospital’s ICU department, the driver who mowed him down and the two Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers who refused to help him are still freely roaming the streets. The Citizen yesterday reported that Martheze’s... See full details

  20. Metro police hit’n run row

    Date: 19 Jul 2006
    Watching an unconscious tow truck driver as he lay in the middle of the road, two Metro policemen refused to chase the driver of the car, which had just knocked down 28-year-old Clint Marshes. Martheze, who drives for the Rand Towing Group, was at the scene of an accident near the N3/N12 highway split on Monday night, when he was knocked down. His colleague, Louwtjie Jacobi, told the Citizen... See full details

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