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  1. Reservists 'asked driver for bribe’

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    Two police reservists were arrested at the weekend after allegedly soliciting a bribe from a motorist in Harrismith, Free State. Frans Makhura, 38, was travelling to Durban through Harrismith when he was stopped by the two police reservists who declared his truck to be unroadworthy. Free State police spokesman Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said that instead of giving Makhura a summons, they ... See full details

  2. ‘MASS MURDER’ FOILED

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    *In UK: 24 held in plot to sabotage up to 10 planes *US : New York, LA, Boston and Chicago targeted *SA : Extra vigilance in security checks. As British police claimed to have foiled a plot to wreak “mass murder” through a series of simultaneous mid-air bombings, South African passenger flying to Heathrow Airport dismissed it as “just another terror alert”. At Joh... See full details

  3. SAPS ‘is no place for politicians’

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Crime is killing SA, says TV star ex-cop Sack politicians from the police – or accept second-rate policing and rampant crime. That is the call from former cop turned award-winning actor Jack Devnarain. Yesterday Devnarain told The Citizen he had decided to do all he could to tackle crime – and that talking straight about the problems facing the police was the way he thought he could best he... See full details

  4. Couple in court over ‘miracle stem-cell cures’

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Paralysed and terminally ill people in US and Europe allegedly paid thousands of dollars for treatment They allegedly raked in millions of rands by offering terminally ill and paralysed patients miracle cures. Yesterday Stephen van Rooyen and his American girlfriend Laura Brown were involved in a bid in the Kemton Park Magistrate’s Court to stave off an extradition order requested by ... See full details

  5. Curbing ‘rampant corruption’

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Financial misconduct in the public sector in South Africa’s nine provinces amounted to R19,2 million in the 2004/2005 financial year, of which only R1,12 million was recovered. This was one reason why the official opposition has welcomed the Public Service Commission’s recommendation that the Code of Conduct for Public Servants be reviewed, even if it will only happen in the 2007/08 financial y... See full details

  6. Acsa disputes robbery claims

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Claims that travellers are being robbed shortly after leaving Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) were disputed yesterday. Talk Radio 702 reported that several foreigners, mostly from African countries, claimed to have been followed from JIA and robbed by “highly organised syndicates. He said if people were not being robbed at the airport Acsa would not be aware of it. National polic... See full details

  7. Slain officer’s father sues for police reward

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    An elderly father who spent more than two years tracking and hunting down the killer of his policeman son has taken legal action in a bid to receive the police reward for information leading to the arrest. Louis Vlok, the 68-year-old father of slain Inspector Johan Vlok, is reportedly suing Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula for R1 million. He spent years visiting mortuaries and... See full details

  8. Scorpions feel police sting

    Date: 10 Aug 2006
    The elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, and the South African Police Service (SAPS) are embroiled in a turf-war, which will further chip away at the rocky relationship between the two organisations. The public spat between the two crime fighting agencies intensified with the SAPS refuting claims they botched a Scorpion investigation. On Saturday, two members of the Directorate of Speci... See full details

  9. Police force defends its training

    Date: 10 Aug 2006
    The spate of police killings has put training in the SAPS under the spotlight. But the service claims that all is well within its training establishments. The SAPS Training Institution in Pretoria West this week opened its doors to the media for an inside look at what it takes to become a law enforcer. Presentations and practical demonstrations on various skills such as how to handle a cr... See full details

  10. Locals help police to nab suspects

    Date: 10 Aug 2006
    Thanks to the vigilance of Mayfair residents, three armed robbers were apprehended after shooting a security guard. A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had spotted the men in a vehicle parked on a dark corner in the area on Tuesday night. She approached the men and asked them why they were parked there. The driver claimed they were waiting for someone and then drove off. ... See full details

  11. Court unfair to rape victims – survey

    Date: 10 Aug 2006
    The majority of women in South Africa have developed a negative perception about the criminal justice system when it comes to sexual offences. This is a finding in a study conducted by Research Surveys in April to determine how people feel about issues surrounding rape, the justice system and Aids. The research report, comprising a sample of 2 000 adults from all the major metropolitan areas... See full details

  12. Scorpions could investigate police

    Date: 09 Aug 2006
    The Directorate of Special Operations (DS)) said advocate Vusi Pikoli “is considering instituting an investigation into possible obstruction of justice and defeating the ends of justice”. It was reacting to the scrapping of the case against two Scorpions investigators who were arrested at Johannesburg International Airport. Sean Tshabalala, police divisional commissioner for protection and s... See full details

  13. Discussion on mercenary Bills a sham: DA

    Date: 09 Aug 2006
    With a week to go before Parliament finalises the Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Areas of Armed Conflict Bills, the DA says discussion on them was “window-dressing’ and a “sham”. The outcome of the Bills, said DA defence spokesman Roy Jankielsohn, would be that South Africans serving in foreign military organisations might have to give up their citiz... See full details

  14. Police to probe day of six cash heists

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    Police are investigating six cash-in-transit heists, which took place around the country yesterday. In Johannesburg, a gang of eight using a BMW sedan rammed into a Fidelity Guards van on the M2 near the Village Road off-ramp. The gang fled empty-handed. Four armed men were arrested in Vereeniging as they were about to split the spoils gained after relieving a cash van of its contents. F... See full details

  15. Man’s torso dumped in front of house

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    An engagement party turned into a horrific experience for a group of Eldorado Park residents after they watched a torso being dumped only metres from them. One of those attending the party at the weekend, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Citizen he watched in horror as a black Mercedes-Benz drove past the house he was partying at in Redderburg Street and dumped a torso before drivin... See full details

  16. R5m Drug Bust Bungle

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    Scorpions threaten to charge police as kingpin gets away with cocaine haul The Scorpions say a man with cocaine valued at R5-million was allowed to enter the country after a bungle in which two of its undercover agents were arrested. For three months the Scorpions had investigate a man who arrived at Johannesburg International Airport on Saturday with a hidden cargo of drugs. As th... See full details

  17. State does not have will to deal with violent crime – DA

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    The Democratic Alliance believes the government lacks the political will to address the high levels of violent crime in the country. “The minister of safety and security’s infamous remark that people who whinge about crime should leave the country is reflective of a government that has lost touch with the unspeakable horrors that ordinary South Africans experience on an almost daily basis,” sai... See full details

  18. Police lashed over failure to quiz witness

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    ‘It should have been done in 48 hours. This is clear incompetence’ Six weeks after bloody massacre in Jeppestown, police have yet to take a statement from a key witness. Johan van der Merwe was shot in a leg in the Pick’n Pay robbery that preceded the Jeppestown shootout, and spent a week in Wilgeheuwel Hospital. At the scene of the robbery, police promised to see him in half an hour to ... See full details

  19. Govt in crime denial – Leon

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon accused government yesterday of being in denial about the extent of crime in South Africa. The opposition leader called for crime to be placed at the very top of government’s priorities while addressing a group of concerned Johannesburg residents at an anti-crime meeting at the Ernest Ullman Park in Morningside last night. Unsatisfied with the Presid... See full details

  20. Operation nets hijack suspect

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A “MOST wanted” suspected hijacker was captured by North Rand police in an intensive crime busting operation at the weekend. Shaun Jacobs, 36, is believed to have been involved in more than 22 hijackings and robberies on the North and East Rand. According to Superintendent Eugene Opperman, another man arrested on Friday morning in connection with hijackings turned out to be a member of the S... See full details

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