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  1. Strike hammers car firms, mines

    Date: 19 May 2006
    Johannesburg CBD saw what was probably its biggest protest yet when the Congress of South African Trade Unions took to the streets during a national strike over poverty and jobs. In Cape Town, where the protest march had been banned following violence during a Satawu march earlier in the week, police maintained high visibility. Despite the march being banned, Cosatu members gathered at an in... See full details

  2. Train crime blamed on guards’ strike

    Date: 19 May 2006
    The ongoing strike by security guards has resulted in increased criminality on trains. Scores of commuters were “taking advantage” of the absence of guards on the trains, Metrorail has said. A commuter was shot from a passing train in one incident and in another a man was thrown from a carriage. Metrorail said more than 400 commuters have been arrested at stations and on trains in Pretori... See full details

  3. Fake licences ‘out of control’

    Date: 19 May 2006
    The issuing of fraudulent drivers licences is “out of control”. So says background screening company Kroll, which claims the arrest of four North West traffic officials for allegedly issuing bogus driver’s licences “was merely the tip of the iceberg”. CEO Ina van der Merwe said large numbers of licences sent to the firm for verification turned out to be false or fraudulent. “There has bee... See full details

  4. The Citizen asked to leave exco meeting

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The Citizen was yesterday asked to leave the eThekweni Municipality's executive committee (exco) meeting rooms as the committee met to discuss an emergency audit of Metro Police firearms. The audit was ordered after The Citizen revealed that dozens of Metro Police guns were missing, and some had allegedly been sold or hired to car-hijacking and cash-in-transit heist gangs. Municipal manager ... See full details

  5. Mercenary laws to be discussed

    Date: 17 May 2006
    Parliament – The National Assembly’s defence committee will hold public hearings on the draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and the Prohibition and Regulation of Certain Activities in an Area of Armed Conflict Bill on May 22 and 24. The Bill - intended to plug gaps in existing laws dealing with the activities of mercenaries, and the activities of South Africans in foreign conflicts – was... See full details

  6. Govt school safety regulations

    Date: 17 May 2006
    Lax enforcement of school safety measure has resulted in tragic incidents in public and independent schools. This was one of the reasons provincial heads of education departments met this week in Pretoria to discuss safety in schools and ensure new measures are applied. Chief Director of Communication in the Education Department John S Mojapelo said additional measures would be added. “We f... See full details

  7. Give money to us only, says SPCA

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The SPCA has warned the public to be wary of people posing as SPCA employees asking for donations. The National Council of the SPCA said they did not use a third party to collect funds, and SPCA collectors had identification and documents on them. Christine Kuch, spokesman for the SPCA, said a public enquiry led to the organisation's investigation into the Cassos Progressive Trust, whose rep... See full details

  8. New robbery scam warning

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The SAPS in Moroka, Soweto, have warned the community about a new house robbery trend in the area. Sergeant Richard Munyai said a few cases had been opened involving a woman who stood next to a house screaming she was being robbed. "She will then run into a yard pretending to be seeking help. By the time she enters the house, a group of men will force their way in with her, and ransack the ... See full details

  9. Conmen Targeting schools and charities

    Date: 17 May 2006
    A group of Nigerian conmen is reportedly targeting schools and charities. The group is allegedly using Pick’n Pay’s name to extract funds from schools and charities. To date, six schools in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have been reported as having been duped. “The group sends letters appearing to come from Pick’n Pay saying the funds are going to be deposited into their account... See full details

  10. DA calls for urgent debate

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The DA has called for an emergency debate on the riot today, and demanded that Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula be brought back from Burundi to take control. A spokesman also called for tomorrow’s Cosatu march through Cape Town to be banned, because the unions had “lost control of their members”. After DA members toured the wreckage they called on Cape Town unicity, which gave pe... See full details

  11. Strikers rampage

    Date: 17 May 2006
    Talks between striking security guards and employers may be in vain, as the strikers again went on the rampage yesterday trashing the streets around Parliament. Smashing and looting, the striking guards left chaos in their wake after handing in a memorandum at Parliament. Thirty-nine people were arrested. Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the strikers as they ran amok.... See full details

  12. ‘Murder drug’ blamed for spreading violence

    Date: 12 May 2006
    Mandrax’s ability to provoke violent psychosis has seen it being christened the “murder drug”. And of all the developing nations that have embraced Mandrax, South Africa is the relatively cheap drug’s No 1 consumer. Nearly two years ago, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula told parliament that an increase in the smuggling of Mandrax into the country – as well as it growing local pro... See full details

  13. Get a new gun licence or face jail

    Date: 12 May 2006
    Gun owners who don’t renew their licences could get up to a year in jail. “Failure to renew a firearm licence is a criminal offence,” said Director Phuti Setati, spokesman for the SAPS head office in Pretoria. “You could be prosecuted and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment, or to a fine, or both. “You will also be disqualified from possessing a gun in future.” Firearm licences issue un... See full details

  14. Step up security – teacher unions

    Date: 12 May 2006
    Teacher unions yesterday condemned the spate of violence in SA’s schools, and the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has called a national strike for May 18. Sadtu secretary-general Thulas Nxesis said the problem was a reflection of violence in broader society. The solution lay in providing support personnel, including security guards at schools. “Schools need to have proper fencing and... See full details

  15. Schools plagued by violence

    Date: 12 May 2006
    Education in parts of the country was being hampered by school violence, a teachers’ union said yesterday. “Learners, teachers and principals are, in effect, under siege in some areas,” Dave Balt, president of the National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA (Naptosa), said. “(This) makes it difficult for learners to learn and for teachers to focus on teaching,” said Balt. “Clearly,... See full details

  16. Top cops to be held accountable

    Date: 12 May 2006
    Police station commanders are to be held more accountable for crime levels in their areas as the hierarchical structure of the SA Police Service is overhauled. Ministers of the justice, crime prevention and security cluster yesterday said the four SAPS levels (national, provincial, area and local/police stations) would be reduced to three and area structures would be removed. This was being ... See full details

  17. Large numbers of youths are being exposed to crime

    Date: 12 May 2006
    One in seven young people has been the victim of an assault and one in 10 of robbery, a study has revealed. Of 4409 people aged between 12 and 22 surveyed, 41,5% were victims of crime in the year beginning September 2004, the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention said yesterday. “Victimisation of children and youth has also been shown to increase the risk of the young victims themselves be... See full details

  18. Trafficking in humans Bill released

    Date: 12 May 2006
    The S A Law Reform Commission has released its preliminary recommendations for legal reform regarding human trafficking. The proposed Bill makes trafficking of humans illegal. It also criminalizes the destruction, confiscation, possession and concealment of documents, using the services of victims and conduct facilitating trafficking. It also lists several guiding principals to be considere... See full details

  19. MEC hopes to put an end to bungling by the police

    Date: 11 May 2006
    Study into capacity of detectives to be ready within weeks Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firez Cachalia has commissioned a study into the capacity of detectives in the province and their ability to investigate crimes. This comes after scathing criticism of police bungling in recent high-profile cases, most notably Jacob Zuma’s rape trial. This week Judge Willem van der Merwe acquitted Zum... See full details

  20. Go back to work, union tells guards

    Date: 11 May 2006
    This SA Transport Workers Union (Satawu) yesterday sought a mandate from striking security guards to return to work by tomorrow. Spokesperson Ronnie Mamba said the leadership was waiting for a mandate from the members to suspend their strike, which began last month and has been marred by murders, violence and destruction of property. “We are waiting for our members to endorse the proposal to... See full details

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