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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. ‘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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Uncertainty reigns in SAPS

    Date: 08 May 2006
    The disbanding of several specialised police units has been met with anger, disappointment and high levels of uncertainty. Chaos reigns at the Johannesburg Serious and Violent Crime Unit, one of the many specialised units closing down soon. An increase in the number of applications for transfer has been experienced at the Johannesburg Area Commissioner’s Office since the news was broken to... See full details

  13. Concern grows over child unit closure

    Date: 08 May 2006
    Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) has expressed concern over the negative impact of the re-deployment of specialised child protection detectives to ordinary police stations by September this year. Raising fears that “the loss of these units will leave a huge gap in an already overburdened child protection system”, acting National Executive Director, Lynette Schreuder said that much more was nee... See full details

  14. Gun-free SA is what most want: survey

    Date: 03 May 2006
    A survey suggests most people want South Africa to be gun-free. And many would like to see severe penalties imposed on those who use firearms illegally. Most of those surveyed recently felt strongly about a gun-free society and the imposition of harsher penalties for the possession of illegal firearms. The survey, conducted by Research Surveys (RS), and based on the opinions of about 2 00... See full details

  15. Beware of latest ATM fraud scam

    Date: 26 Apr 2006
    Police have warned ATM users to be aware of new scams. This is after a man who had just withdrawn cash at an Absa ATM in Germiston was conned into handing over his money. While walking away from the ATM he saw a bundle of cash lying in the street. Suddenly a woman came from behind him, grabbed the money and insisted that since they had both found it they should go somewhere private to sha... See full details

  16. SAU and UAE sign pact to fight crime

    Date: 26 Apr 2006
    Police co-operation between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been formalised via a memorandum of understanding (MOU). It will cover organised crime, human trafficking, economic crimes, money laundering, illegal trafficking of drugs and firearms. This is the nub of the memorandum signed in Pretoria yesterday. To give effect to the MOU, both governments have agreed to exc... See full details

  17. Crooks turn to new crimes as car theft becomes tough

    Date: 11 Apr 2006
    Study suggests robbers are seeking softer targets Police have made great strides in cracking down on car theft and hijacking, reducing them by 22% between 1996 and 2004. However, their hard work together with the increase in tracking devices and tighter car registration controls, might have driven car thieves into other crimes. Robberies have increased by 10% a year over the same period o... See full details

  18. Private guards are cutting crime rates

    Date: 11 Apr 2006
    There are more than two private security guards for every police officer in crime-ridden South Africa, and the ratio is widening, according to the Institute of Race Relations. The figures, published in the institute’s annual SA Survey, showed a 150% increase in the number of private security guards since 1997 – a period which saw a decline of 2.2% in the police force. It said in 2005 there w... See full details

  19. Violence mars security strike

    Date: 24 Mar 2006
    Security employers’ worst fears were realised yesterday as violence erupted across the country during the private security industry strike. The SA National Security Employers’ Association (Sansea) said in a statement its fears of a repeat of the intimidation and violence during the 2000-2001 strike were realised. “Attendance varied in the different areas from 100% to 80% in the worst hit par... See full details

  20. New anti-spam service on offer

    Date: 24 Mar 2006
    A new anti-spam SMS service has been welcomed by cellphone owners pestered by unwanted SMS advertising. “It is frustrating to receive SMS spam without knowing how to stop it. Spam Stop will achieve tangible results for consumers,” CEO of Mira Networks Sean Conde said. Cellphone users fed up with receiving spam can now SMS the number that has been spamming them to 32335 and Mira Networks wil... See full details

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