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  1. Cops and taxi bosses clinch deal

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Closer links forged in wake of protests over recapitalisation programme The chaos caused by taxi blockades over the government's taxi recapitalisation plan has resulted in a decision to cement relations and strengthen formal relationships between the Ekurhuleni metro police and members of the National Taxi Association. Wilfred Kgasago, a spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police, y... See full details

  2. Another young man dies in cells

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Another young man ha died in a police holding cell, supposedly after taking his own life. Less than a week after Leon Booysen, 14, hanged himself in the Heidelberg Police Station’s holding cells, the body of Dane Clowston was found in the cells of the Alberton SAPS. The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), through its spokesman Moses Dlamini, said the 18-year-old Clowston is alleged to ... See full details

  3. Bungled!

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Police handling of Mbhele murder case provokes outrage Another high-profile case has been bungled, resulting in the three men accused of murdering the two young Mbhele sisters walking free yesterday. Lindiwe, 15, and her younger sister Nelisiwe, 12, were brutally murdered near Soweto’s Nancefield Hostel last year in a crime that shook the community. The two were on their way to chu... See full details

  4. Policeman wounded in shootout

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A police constable was shot in the hand in a shootout between police and three men in the Johannesburg city centre yesterday. Police officers from the Johannesburg Dog Unit were patrolling the area when they were stopped by a shop owner who had just been robbed by armed men on the corner of Banket and Kotze streets. “Minutes after the shop owner had given the officers the description of the ... See full details

  5. Teamwork nets illicit perlemoen

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A multi-agency operation has led to the confiscation of seven tons of perlemoen valued at R11 million in Cape Town. The weekend operation was the first time the SA Revenue Service (SARS), police and Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s Marine Coastal Management division had been successful in rerouting containers of the smuggled and much prized delicacy back to SA. The pair of c... See full details

  6. Forensic experts’ gory testimony

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Trainee forensic pathologist Dr Nicole Jessop testified she was called out at 2.20am to Crown North, Johannesburg, to establish the time of death of plastic surgeon Dr Anwar Kadwa and his wife Munirah. She had set the time of death at three hours earlier. Testifying at the Johannesburg High Court trial of the couple’s son, Riaz Kadwa, their daughter Nabila and daughter-in-law Nabeela, Dr Jes... See full details

  7. Specialised units ‘were working’

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    It’s the most vulnerable citizens who suffer from the restructuring of specialised police units, the DA charged yesterday. Backed by an investigation by one of its own members of Parliament, the DA revealed the mess surrounding the closing down of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units. MP Mike Waters released the findings yesterday, after conducting an extensive inv... See full details

  8. Judge slams Absa bid to take house for R18

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria High Court judge has severely criticised banking giant Absa for trying to sell a poor Orkney couple’s house because they were R18,46 in arrears with bond payments. Judge Eberhardt Bertelsmann refused Absa’s application to declare the house of Joseph Ntsane and his wife executable for payment of the full R62 000 outstanding on their bond. Instead, he granted judgment in favour of A... See full details

  9. Gang lands in police’s lap

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Five armed robbers attempting to rob the Wimpy restaurant at The Glen shopping centre literally parked right next to the police on Sunday. Security guards had received a tip-off that a gang was planning to rob the restaurant. When the five men arrived at The Glenn in a Toyota Tazz, they parked their vehicle next to the Intelligence Police’s parking bay. All five men were arrested, as well... See full details

  10. Flying squad porn claim finding soon

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    The findings of an internal police investigation into allegations of officers watching late-night pornographic films on television, while emergency calls from the public rang unanswered, are expected later this week. ANC MP Neels van Rooyen stumbled upon the officer watching explicit movies, when he went to investigate why no one was manning the telephones. He told The Citizen they ha... See full details

  11. Warrant for baby kidnap accused

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A warrant of arrest has been issued for Patience Dladla, who allegedly stole a newborn baby at the George Mkhari hospital in GaRankuwa. Dladla, 24, failed to appear in the Pretoria North Regional Court yesterday on a kidnapping charge. She was arrested a few days after the disappearance of a three-day-old baby boy belonging to Violet Zimo, of Lehlabile in Brits, on March 13 last year. Dla... See full details

  12. More crime

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Man shoots his ex-girlfriend, self A KwaZulu-Natal man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in a minibus yesterday morning before killing himself. The two were travelling from Willowfontein to Pietermaritzburg when the unidentified man took out his gun and killed Thabisile Manchu. Spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal police Superintendent Joshua Gwala said the man shot Manchu in the face. He l... See full details

  13. SA army's burundi Bungle

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Our peacekeepers 'mislay' vehicles and arms worth millions South African National Defence Force troops were sent to Burundi to keep the peace - but it seems the poor management of equipment and the theft of South African weapons that land in rebel hands is fuelling the conflict. Sources have confirmed that millions of rands worth of vehicles, guns, ammunition and bombs, and supplies ... See full details

  14. Three life terms for Grasmere accused

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Though his mates committed the crimes, court says he watched victims suffer The woman who was raped twice near the Grasmere toll plaza two years ago cried bitterly as one of her attackers was sentenced to three life terms and a further 25 years in prison. "We have prayed for this," she said yesterday after the sentencing of Ismail Cassim by Pretoria High Court Judge Mahomed Ismail. ... See full details

  15. Police plan a 'serious' blow in abuse battle

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Insufficient planning in restructuring the force blamed Police officers using a broom cupboard as an office, no telephones, no crime kits, no portable radios and no place to secure their dockets. These are just some of the damning allegations contained in a survey conducted by the Democratic Alliance into the police's ambitious plan to restructure the Gauteng force. According to ... See full details

  16. Gauteng gets crime-buster squads for trains and stations

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Transport Department has invested R80-million to build police contact points New police recruits at the Germiston train station in Ekurhuleni are some of the 250 officers who will become a common sight at stations across Gauteng to ensure commuter safety. As the Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula launched the SA Police Service Railway U... See full details

  17. Speeding costs lives, traffic chief warns

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    There have been 68 serious accidents this month on Joburg roads alone. Of those, 60 resulted in loss of life while in the remaining eight, people were seriously injured. This was the word yesterday from Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, spokesperson for the Joburg metro police. Speeding and ignoring the rules of the road were the main causes of death and carnage on the country's road... See full details

  18. 42 wanted crooks arrested

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Daveyton police have arrested 42 suspects after embarking on a special operation to locate and detain serious criminals. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said yesterday the special operation was conducted at the weekend and they were pleasantly surprised by the results. "Detectives used crime intelligence gathered over a month, then saturated the greater Daveyton area between Friday night ... See full details

  19. 10111 nabs two burglars

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Members of the North Rand Flying Squad arrested two suspected burglars shortly after they broke into a house in Benoni. The police said the two men in their twenties had broken into a house on the corner of Third Street and 10th Avenue in the suburb of Northmead at 9am yesterday. "The suspects thought they would see what they could help themselves to in the house, but their illegal shopping ... See full details

  20. Post office robbers sought

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    North Rand police have appealed to the community to assist them in their search for two suspects who robbed a post office in the Boulders shopping centre of an undisclosed amount of cash earlier this month. Their likenesses are shown in the identikits reproduced here. Spokesperson Cynthia Kleinhans said both had been armed with pistols and should be considered dangerous to the public. Th... See full details

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