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  1. Woman strangled

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    A 49-year-old woman was strangled in her Kilner Park home during a house robbery north-east of Pretoria at the weekend. Constable Brenda Kgafela said the body of Martha Maria Breet, hidden in a duvet underneath her bed, was found by her son. He came from night shift to find the house ransacked. Breet was a short-term insurance broker and a volunteer at Eeufees Huis for the mentally disabl... See full details

  2. Former Bok is wounded

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Ex-rugby wing shot three times after tackling armed robber Former Springbok wing Gerrie Germishuis, 57, was shot three times when he tackled two armed robbers who invaded his Northcliff home in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. Germishuis single-handedly tried to fight off the robbers and was shot in the side of his face and a finger of his left hand. A third shot also struck him, ... See full details

  3. Baggage theft is tackled, but US rule makes it harder

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Unscrupulous airport baggage handling personnel in South Africa are taking advantage of American air travel security legislation barring the locking of luggage of passengers leaving the United States. The US Homeland Security Department's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all passengers leaving the US to use only TSA-approved locks. Otherwise, luggage must be left unlocked,... See full details

  4. Farm attacks go urban

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Security expert says city Sophisticated urban criminals are exploiting the same tactics used in farm attacks to hit homes in residential suburbs in South Africa's major cities. Henri Boshoff, a military analyst at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), told the Saturday Star yesterday that the military precision in "house attacks" in cities was very similar to farm attacks. Af... See full details

  5. Released prisoner enters a whole (brave) new world

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    The new year means a new start for most of us - and a whole new life for Piet van Wyk. Van Wyk (48) was released on the Day of Goodwill after 28 years behind bars, and emerged into a different world from the one he left in 1978. He was, in his own words, "a wild young man" who was sentenced to a 33-year jail term for murder, attempted murder, assault and housebreaking. He was just 20 years... See full details

  6. SA's secret links to Saddam

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    The retired South African officers who sold 200 G5 long-range artillery pieces to Saddam Hussein and trained his bombardiers how to use them described life under the dictatorship back in 1985 as pleasant but weird - similar in some ways to apartheid South Africa. Major-General Julius Kriel, of the South African Air Force, was seconded to state arms dealer Armscor for two years to oversee the s... See full details

  7. Was he as sober as a judge?

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    'I know the law …' Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata was "drunk, argumentative, loud and swearing like a trooper" when he was arrested for drunken driving at the weekend. This is according to witnesses at the scene of an accident which saw him ram his silver Jaguar into the wall of a Hurlingham property in the early hours of Saturday. "He was gone, really gone and humiliated... See full details

  8. When the killer is someone you trust

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Contract crimes have been catapulted into the limelight by recent cases where victims were close to those who allegedly masterminded their demise. A forensic criminologist, Dr Irma Labuschagne, said the hiring of hitmen was "a despicable crime", usually fuelled by greed, extreme jealousy where a person felt very threatened, or sexual relationships that had gone horribly wrong. "The element... See full details

  9. Anguished ex-mayor goes berserk

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Sister could have saved him had she only read the suicide note he was writing Mayor Bonikie Jacobs (BJ) Molefe was once revered as a man who spoke out passionately against domestic violence. Now his body lies in a mortuary after he shot and injured the woman he loved, before turning the gun on himself. At the house where last week's drama unfolded, in the small township of Reagil... See full details

  10. Police's border clampdown

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Drugs, diamonds, vehicles, firearms and illegals seized Police say desperate syndicates are resorting to smuggling drugs into the country in their underwear or in cocaine-filled condoms and are even using pensioners as smugglers. Masquerading as returning holidaymakers, many members of drug syndicates have been bust mainly at the Lebombo border post, between South Africa and Mozambiq... See full details

  11. Speedsters nabbed in blitz

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    A total of 13 motorists have been arrested for speeding during special operations conducted by the Ekurhuleni metro police at the weekend. Spokesperson Kobedi Mokheseng yesterday said metro police set up a camera in North Rand Road, Boksburg, between 6pm on Friday and 1am on Saturday. Six motorists were arrested for exceeding the speed limit in a 60km/h zone. Seven motorists were nabbed for ... See full details

  12. Explosives found in boot of car may have been for ATM blasts

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Police have arrested five men, including an SABC employee, after a high-speed car chase and the discovery of explosives in the boot of the pursued car. The explosives were similar to those used in a spate of ATM bombings across Johannesburg recently. According to provincial police spokesperson Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo, the chase began when members of the dog unit task team tried to ... See full details

  13. Father and son arrested after random shooting

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    A father and son spent the first weekend of the new year behind bars after they went on a shooting spree in which they allegedly killed one person and injured another. The pair, a 50-year-old father and his 18-year-old son, are alleged to have randomly opened fire on a group of people sitting outside a tuckshop after an argument over the weekend. The incident occurred in Evaton, near Veree... See full details

  14. Cops to clamp down on abuse of vehicles

    Date: 08 Jan 2007
    Fleet control and the monitoring of transport with pinpoint hi-tech tracking devices will be implemented this year Rampant abuse of police vehicles is to end this year as police management begin implementing a fleet control and monitoring mechanism in a bid to improve service delivery and hold errant officers accountable. In July last year, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi ... See full details

  15. Mabandla ordered to speed up presidential pardon cases

    Date: 05 Jan 2007
    The South African Human Rights Commission has found Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Brigitte Mabandla guilty of "violat-ing the fundamental rights" of prisoners by failing to process their applications for pardon. The commission has now ordered the minister to process the applications within the next three months. Mabandla is also required to give monthly progress reports on the... See full details

  16. Greed and disrespect for life tear SA apart

    Date: 05 Jan 2007
    Crime experts say recent killings involving high-profile people show there's urgent need for moral regeneration programmes Greed and scant regard for human life are spawning an alarming increase in premeditated murders of relatives in South Africa. This is the view of crime researchers and criminologists who claim that the recent murders of several prominent South Africans are just th... See full details

  17. New fleet will reduce crime, police chief promises

    Date: 05 Jan 2007
    Gauteng's top cop, Perumal Naidoo, wants 2007 to be filled with plenty of "bang-bang" - and now he's got 250 brand-new cars to help him fight crime. Yesterday, the action- hungry commissioner attended a handover of the new fleet and vowed that the vehicles would help decrease response times, increase visibility and raise service delivery. So confident was Naidoo in his R40-million investmen... See full details

  18. Political nepotism at heart of navy staff losses

    Date: 05 Jan 2007
    Inner tensions within the SA Navy are on the boil over staffing and transformation policies. A huge response from former and current navy senior staffers and observers show that a report this week - that the navy was leaking qualified staff and struggling with discipline - is only the tip of the iceberg. Also this week, Democratic Alliance spokesperson on defence, Roy Jankielsohn, warned tha... See full details

  19. Soweto mob turns on burglars

    Date: 05 Jan 2007
    A Soweto mob apparently killed a Mozambican national and seriously injured another when the pair were caught robbing a house. The surviving man told police yesterday that they had been attacked outside the house they were busy robbing. Police said they believed stones and other weapons were used in the assault. The mob then apparently bundled the two men into a car and dumped them under a ... See full details

  20. Businessman claims attack by 20 crooked cops

    Date: 05 Jan 2007
    "They called me a 'k*****' and a 'Nigerian p**s'." So says Anthony Igweokolo, a Randburg restaurant owner who has laid a charge of assault against the police after what appears to be a racially motivated attack. Igweokolo, who owns African Village Restaurant, claims that about 20 police reservists stormed into his shop and assaulted him, and harassed his customers, on December 15, and that i... See full details

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