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  1. Govt pays R100m to guard cops

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    The Safety and Security Ministry forked out more than R100-million for private security to patrol SAPS premises in 2005 and 2006. Responding to written questions, Minister Charles Nqakula said R28 676 146 had been spent on this in 2005 and R72 484 116 last year. "The South African Police Service makes use of private security to free fully trained police officers to perform their core funct... See full details

  2. Public doesn't trust police or government on crime, survey finds

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    South Africans don't have much faith in either the police or the government on the question of crime. In fact, their level of trust is among the lowest in Africa. This is according to Professor Robert Mattes, the director at the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town, who was speaking at a seminar in Pretoria yesterday. Organised by the Institute for Security Studies... See full details

  3. Crime worry cuts across races

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Black South Africans are more worried about crime and violence than whites, a recent consumer survey has found. The TGI media and brand survey asked more than 15 000 people a variety of questions, including their reaction to the statement "I worry about violence and crime". Fully 75% of the black (African) respondents who filled in the self-completion survey agreed with the statement, comp... See full details

  4. Where are our children?

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Up to 900 kids are reported missing every year in SA, but the Missing Persons Bureau never closes the book The death of 7-year-old Sheldean Human and the discovery of two abducted girls in a hole in the ground in Hermanus has highlighted the plight of hundreds of young girls who go missing every year. The Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in SA estimates that 800 to 900 child... See full details

  5. SA's armoured vehicles are tops

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    BAE's Benoni plantis working flat-outto supply US military Tucked away behind the scrap-metal dealers and used-car lots of southern Benoni, behind doors opened by fingerprint locks, is a high-tech facility where armoured military vehicles are being built for the United States military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the main South African plant of BAE Land Systems OMC, a loc... See full details

  6. Violence leads to cabinet plea for citizens to heed law

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    The cabinet has called for stronger leadership in communities following the recent violent demonstrations in Khutsong, North West. Expressing its disquiet, the cabinet said: "We once again reiterate our respect for the right of every citizen to protest peacefully and within the framework of the law. As is expected, law enforcement agencies must and will take all the necessary steps to ensure t... See full details

  7. Missing girl's body found in ceiling of own home

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Police have questioned relatives and family friend of a murdered girl after her body was found in the ceiling of her mother’s home. Police spokesperson Billy Jones said yesterday none of the relatives or “a male suspect known to the family” had been arrested. The male suspect is believed to be the mother’s boyfriend. This was after Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, residents, responding to a re... See full details

  8. R58m housing scandal

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Frustrated residents wait in vain for RDP homes to be built The Gauteng provincial government is considering taking legal action against a construction consortium following the disclosure that, three years after a R58-million tender was awarded, not a single RDP house has been built. The Star has learnt that, in 2004, Bahlodi Consortium was awarded the contract to revitalise Evaton t... See full details

  9. ANC sticks to its guns on Kebble's 'donation'

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    The ANC in the Western Cape is adamant it will not pay back millions of rands the trustees of slain mining magnate Brett Kebble's estate are demanding, while the Democratic Alliance has already repaid its donation from Kebble. ANC provincial secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha said yesterday his organisation had received money from Kebble, and that the ANC treated it as a non-refundable donation. T... See full details

  10. 'Tourist' cops hunt tortoise traders

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Environment Department and police join forces in crackdown aimed at eradicating illegal practice Disguised as tourists and operating hidden cameras, nature conservation officers have carried out a series of cunning busts on criminal traders of rare and protected tortoises. At the weekend, authorities in the Hartbeespoort area in North West arrested four men and seized 11 leopard tort... See full details

  11. Brown swops good life for single cell

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Life in a lavish seaside mansion with fast cars has become a sparse prison cell, an old mattress, one blanket and a diet of polony sandwiches for flamboyant Fidentia boss J Arthur W Brown after he was remanded in Goodwood Prison this week. Brown (36) is not allowed visitors or phone calls. The only people he sees are warders, other prisoners and members of the Scorpions, who interrogate him fr... See full details

  12. Crime victims march over 'relaxed attitude'

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Fed-up South Africans in major cities throughout the country were expected to march to government offices and deliver a petition against crime today. Marches organised by Victims in the Republic of South Africa (Virsa) were scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Participants planned to hand over a petition to government representatives. Virsa is trying to gather 3-milli... See full details

  13. Court hears of Michaela's tragic end

    Date: 12 Mar 2007
    Six year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi was brutally raped and sodomised before being strangled and stabbed with a broken bottle. The little girl was killed after she disappeared while playing outside her grandmother's house. When police discovered her half-naked body the next day she was lying on top of pornographic magazines with rocks and broken bottles next to her body. This was the ev... See full details

  14. US damns SA crime

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    The magnitude of crime in South Africa “should be considered a human rights violation”, according to the latest United States Department of State Human Rights Report. Among the crimes it notes as human rights violations are a staggering 23 453 children raped, 1 075 murdered and 20 879 assaulted last year alone. Government “generally” respects the human rights of South African citizens, the r... See full details

  15. We must all fight crime, says mayor

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    An effective law-enforcement and security programme would require more than dramatic shootouts between police and criminals, according to Johannesburg’s mayor. In his state of the city address yesterday, Amos Masondo said it was unfortunate people who complained about the “so-called” big crimes had no compunction in committing “small crimes”. He said these people were guilty of committing cr... See full details

  16. Opposition calls for head of MEC over claimed nepotism

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    Polokwane – Opposition parties are calling for the dismissal of Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Joyce Mashamba following allegations of nepotism. Mashamba made headlines after it surfaced that her son, Wisani, was appointed deputy manager of human resources without meeting minimum requirements. The MEC disrupted the portfolio meeting at the provincial legislature, when she lost her cool after Ik... See full details

  17. Protect our kids

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    “MEC Firoz Cachalia, it should be your priority to protect our children.” Those were the words of Laerskool Tuinrand Headmaster Pikkie van Amstel, speaking on behalf of all Gauteng parents, to the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety during his visit to murdered Sheldean Human’s family I Pretoria Gardens yesterday. Van Amstel, head of the school Sheldean was attending before she was killed, said... See full details

  18. Abuse of SA kids, women ‘growing’

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    The level of physical, emotional and sexual abuse experienced by our women and children remain unacceptably high, and are growing,” Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said yesterday. She was speaking at the launch of the 365 Days National Action Plan, aimed at ending violence against women and children, at the Union Building in Pretoria. She said that despite the fact that South Africa ... See full details

  19. Kebble suspect takes on Mbeki

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    72-year-old John Stratton to oppose 'invalid' extradition deal with Australia Australian businessman John Stratton is set to clash with President Thabo Mbeki in a legal bid to stay out of the dock in the Brett Kebble murder trial. And the 72-year-old, branded a "cockroach", "mastermind" and "manipulator" by Kebble's brother Guy, claims Mbeki's decision to endorse what he describes as... See full details

  20. Fallout over rejection of Mathe-escape report

    Date: 09 Mar 2007
    The Correctional Services Department has publicly berated a senior ANC MP and his multiparty colleagues for rejecting a report on Ananias Mathe's escape from C-Max prison. The National Assembly's correctional services committee, led by ANC MP Dennis Bloem, earlier this week rejected a special investigative task team report into last year's escape and instead called for an independent inquiry h... See full details

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