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  1. JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police are demoralised and annoyed by lack of resources.

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    This emerges clearly from responses given to DA spokesman on safety John Moodey in a survey conducted among police officers. About 250 officers responded to the survey, describing their frustrations in no uncertain terms. “We have incompetent, untrained members who have their skin colour to thank for their rank” and “bad planning, long meetings about nothing” are just some of the responses ... See full details

  2. Crime website stirs it up with latest article

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    JOHANNESBURG – A right-wing connection, a boycott of a national retail store and the forming of a political party are the latest developments surrounding the controversial crime expo website. Founder of www.crimexposouthafrica.org Neil Watson was linked to the right-wing website www.africancrisis.org yesterday. This after an anonymous writer for the latter website wrote an article about a tw... See full details

  3. Mobile panic button for kids proves a winner

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    A mobile device created to keep children safe has been well received. Locally developed technology is fitted into a mobile device imported from Britain. Called Kidzconnect, it has pre-programmed numbers and is fitted with a “panic” button connected to an emergency call centre. Once the button is pushed, a voice message, an SMS and an e-mail will be sent to a pre-programmed cell number and... See full details

  4. Police school robbed

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    Robbers raided Johannesburg Metro Police academy in Eloff Street Extension yesterday and made off with 20 computers. Metro police spokesman Edna Mamonyane said robbers handcuffed security guards at the academy and forced their way into the building. Mamonyane said the theft would hurt the academy because the computers had a lot of data stored on them. “We have a lot of students in the aca... See full details

  5. Hunt for Midrand robbers

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police are looking for four men who held a Midrand family hostage then ransacked their house before forcing a woman with a baby to drive them out of the Midstream Estate on Monday. Inspector Anton Breedt said the men and the family’s car, a dark blue BMW with registration number PVY518GP have not been found. The men broke in at about midnight and held the couple at gunpoint while th... See full details

  6. 'How could they torture my baby?'

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    An 18-month-old baby has allegedly been tortured by two 11-year-old boys - leaving his mother devastated. The two were arrested by police and then released into the custody of their parents. The toddler, Seiso Ratsoana, allegedly had boiling water poured over his private parts and face, the skin on the back of his head and neck had been cut and peeled off, and chilli peppers had been inser... See full details

  7. Dubai man murdered on SA visit

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    A 25-year-old Dubai resident was in South Africa for only one day before he was abducted and murdered. The body of Mohammed Kahn, 25, was found alongside his cousin Rizwan Thathiya, 34, in the boot of a car near Heidelberg on Saturday. Kahn arrived in the country from Dubai last Thursday, only to disappear with Thathiya on Friday. They were last seen in Johannesburg. Both were found in... See full details

  8. Appeal fails, so Yengeni is off to jail

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni is almost certainly going to jail – although there is a chance he might finally appeal to the Constitutional Court. He must report to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town before Friday, to serve a four-year sentence for defrauding Parliament. This is after his bid to appeal against his sentence was turned down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) yesterday. The r... See full details

  9. Joburg police in inner-city blitz

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    The Johannesburg Metro Police started a large-scale campaign yesterday to prevent crime and enforce by-laws in the inner city. About 1 300 officers and municipal officials from the City of Johannesburg descended on the inner city using Jeppe and Eloff streets as a base. Officers enforced traffic by-laws, confiscated goods from illegal hawkers and investigated illegal electricity connections.... See full details

  10. Cellphone pics get suspects arrested

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Ekurhuleni Metro Police have arrested two suspected hijackers thanks to a cellphone retrieved in Reiger Park on the East Rand. Victims of the hijacking spotted their stolen vehicle on Friday and a shootout ensued. The suspects escaped, leaving a cellphone behind. On Sunday, officers in Tsakane district positively identified them from pictures on the cellphone. They were arrested. One ... See full details

  11. Road-rage death probe

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) is investigating the death of a doctor allegedly shot by an off-duty police officer. Acording to ICD spokesman Steven Mabona, Dr Thabo Boleu, 36, was shot on Sunday. “We need to explore the circumstances that led to the doctor’s death,” said Mabona. Boleu was shot following a road-rage incident near his home in Dalpark, East Rand. Boleu then... See full details

  12. Heist plot thickens

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Fourth man killed in Benoni police safe theft case Fears that suspects were trying to cover their tracks in the multimillion-rand police safe burglary flared after the murder of a policeman accused of masterminding the robbery. This brings the number of deaths related to the crime to four, while one person is still missing. Inspector Khomai Mashele, one of the three police officers... See full details

  13. Three slain in weekend bloodbath

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    A policeman is dead and another is in hospital with a bullet wound in the neck after being shot by a suspect who is alleged to have sexually assaulted his own daughter. The father and daughter also died during the night of madness in a house in Jouberton Klerksdorp. The bloodbath makes another contribution to South Africa’s shocking statistics for police officers killed in the line of duty. ... See full details

  14. Murdered boy still unidentified

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Detectives at the East Rand Serious and Violent Crime Unit have made an appeal to the community to help them identity a boy aged between 7 and 9 who was murdered and his body dumped under a bridge on the N17 near Devon. Superintendent Andy Pieke yesterday said the boy's body was discovered at midday on July 19. An attempt had been made to cut his penis off. His face was swollen, indicating that... See full details

  15. Patron gunned down at shebeen

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    A patron at a shebeen was gunned down by robbers when he refused to hand over his money in Vosloorus on Sunday. Police said two gunmen entered the premises at Modutu Crescent, Vosloorus shortly before midnight. The robbers threatened the man and other patrons and demanded cash. The deceased allegedly refused and shot dead. Police are trying to trace his next of kin before disclosing the man'... See full details

  16. Youth hacked to death

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    The body of a 16-year-old youth was discovered in a veld between Sunrise View and Zonkizizwe on Sunday. Police said the victim had a wound in the head indicating that he had been hacked to death. His body was found by passersby at about 8am. Zonkiziwe police have traced the boy's father who still has to formally identify him at the government mortuary in Heidelberg. The motive for the murder ha... See full details

  17. Heroin floods schools

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Low street proce hooks kids as young as 9 into cycle of abuse Drug syndicates are targetting schools as they seek to grow a market of young heroin addicts. The street price of heroin is now between R30 and R50 a gram - less than a tenth of its price five years ago and half the price of a bank bag of good-quality dagga. In Gauteng and Pretoria alone, hundreds of heroin addicts - s... See full details

  18. Crash survivors hit by third car

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Four people who survived a head-on-crash and were waiting to be freed from the wreckage were killed moments later when a suspected drunk driver ploughed into both their vehicles. Two victims were student police constables from Lichtenburg. The other two people were their passenger and the driver of the other car, respectively. Captain Job Mothibi of the Molopo area police said a man driving... See full details

  19. TAC MEMBERS TO FACE CHARGES

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    The 44 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), including leader Zachie Achmat, who were arrested in Cape Town on Friday will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. The TAC descended on the Western Cape Department of Health building, calling for the Ministers of Health and Correctional Services to be charged with culpable homicide. This was after one of the 15 prisoners,... See full details

  20. Police get bodies from dam

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Police divers have recovered the bodies of one of their colleagues and the man he allegedly stabbed and dumped into a dam because he suspected him of having an affair with his wife. In a bizarre twist, the policeman drowned after diving into the water on his wife’s insistence that he recover the body of the other man, claiming he was innocent. The policeman was Inspector George Senyane, 38, ... See full details

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