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  1. Giant fraud probe saves R1,5 billion

    Date: 28 Jul 2006
    The world’s biggest fraud probe – 400 000 people are being investigated – looks set to save South African taxpayers at least R1,5 billion. This is the triumph of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which handled the massive investigation into grant fraud at the Department of Social Development. SIU head Willie Hofmeyr said yesterday his major concern now was the small staff he had with whic... See full details

  2. Knife attack terror for SAA passengers

    Date: 28 Jul 2006
    A man wielding a Swiss Army knife had to be restrained and moved to the back of the aircraft by South African Airways staff on an overnight flight from Zurich to Johannesburg. This after he spent the first portion of the trip on Wednesday threatening a passenger with the knife, banging on the door of an occupied toilet and repeatedly grabbing the earphones off the head of a woman sitting next t... See full details

  3. Govt Thieves get free ride

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Hundreds of public servants who defrauded the government of millions of rands in social grants will not face criminal charges. Instead they have signed debt agreements with the government which, in some cases, will see many repaying the money they stole in monthly instalments from as little as R50 for periods of up to 31 years. The information was provided by the Department of Social Develop... See full details

  4. 10111 call centre helps police arrest hijackers

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    There have been complaints about the 10111 emergency call centre, but yesterday it helped police make an arrest in Phomolong, North Rand. Three armed men had hijacked a Golf in Edenvale. “North Rand Flying Squad responded to the call from the call centre and traced the vehicle to Phomolong,” said North Rand police spokesman Cynthia Kleinhans. The Flying Squad chased the suspects to Bhotan... See full details

  5. ‘Barbaric killers should get life’

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    The three men who murdered a 58-year-old Brakpan man, attacked his wife with a hammer, then raped and abducted her before finally executing her in the veld, deserved no less than life imprisonment, the prosecution told the Pretoria High Court. Prosecutor Charles Mnisi asked Judge Aubry Ledwaba to sentence killers Malebo Makgetlaneng, 20, Martin Bhosi Mahlangu, 27, and Thabiso Erik Ndlela, 23, t... See full details

  6. Emergency call got only music

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    A Witness desperate to stop a road-rage battle phoned the Flying Sqaud only to be treated to music as his call went on hold. Abel Marema told the Johannesburg High Court he didn’t know if anyone eventually answered him, as he had a brick thrown at him and was kicked by combatants. Marema was the final defence witness for call centre supervisor Edward Kekana, charged with triple murder.. T... See full details

  7. ‘Ghost’ Teacher Scam

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Department lost over R800 000 to fraud, says MEC Unemployed teachers have unwittingly been used as pawns to defraud the Gauteng Department of Education of hundreds of thousand of rands. Education MEC Angi Motshekga revealed this yesterday at a media briefing during which she also detailed her plans to improve the scholar transport system. Motshekga said that for several months last... See full details

  8. Relief as cops smash ‘Sandton Knife Gang’

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Seven arrested in connection with 18 attacks on complex residents In the dead of night the “Sandton Knife Gang” breached 18 of the most secure complexes in Joburg. The robbers came unarmed, then always used their victims’ kitchen knives to terrorise the families. During their spree they stabbed four people, including an 18-year-old karate champion and a Woodmead man whose heart sto... See full details

  9. Cops bust more hijack syndicate suspects in 10111 operator scam

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Magistrate postpones bail hearings as defence says new evidence clears clients Police have arrested more suspected members of a hijacking syndicate that allegedly used a police 10111 operator to help carry out their crimes. The arrests add to the three already made by police, including the 10111 phone operator Brenda Mabuza. “We cannot say much else as it would hinder our investiga... See full details

  10. Community up in arms as spate of attacks claim innocent lives

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Latest incident is another episode in the vicious cycle of robbery and violence in Muldersdrift Resident of Muldersdrift near Krugersdorp who have accused the police of being “inept” in dealing with criminals terrorising them, have warned they will take the law into their own hands. In the latest incident, two hijackers ambushed and shot dead businessman Leon Naude (46) at the entranc... See full details

  11. Protest as farm attacks continue

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Frans Pieterse was tortured for more than four hours. His attackers poured boiling water over him, left him with an open wound on his head and, after they were done, they strangled him to death with a shoelace. The murderers also dripped molten plastic on Pieterse’s 10-year-old son, Gideon. The murder took place in the presence of Pieterse’s wife, Daleen, and his children Gideon and Anuschka ... See full details

  12. Teachers who hit children could be in for a painful and costly lesson

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Teachers who continue to mete out corporal punishment to pupils could be stripped of their qualifications and never be allowed to teach again. That’s the Gauteng Department of Education’s comment after a Honeydew Ridge father complained that his son had been on the receiving end of corporal punishment on three occasions this year, even though it has been abolished in schools. Nimrod Vara, wh... See full details

  13. Killers linked to other crimes

    Date: 27 Jul 2006
    Police have said that members of the deadly Tsunami Gang, arrested after the Jeppestown massacre, operated across the country. A Police source yesterday said that “individually, they have been linked to crimes countrywide”. The 16 men were expected to make their second court appearance today in connection with the bloody June 25 shooting. The state was expected to ask for a postponement t... See full details

  14. Campaigners protest, as rape case is truck off roll

    Date: 26 Jul 2006
    The intimidation case involving rape complainant Buyisiwe (not her real name) was struck from the court roll this week in the Tembisa Regional Court. The magistrate cited unfair delays and the rights of an accused to a fair trial. This was the second time the case had been before the court without the necessary documents of witnesses present. Outside magistrates’ courts in Tembisa, Durban... See full details

  15. N1 murder witnesses say 10111 bungled calls

    Date: 26 Jul 2006
    At least two people, who may have witnessed Saturday night’s shooting on the N1 south at Rivonia, claim police failed to respond professionally to their reports. Clay Pierre-Louis, a manager from Qatar Airways, was shot dead in his silver Nissan Almera when he stopped on the side of the highway, at about 7pm that night. A motorist, Mark Jackson said he drove past the Pierre-Louis attack as i... See full details

  16. Don’t dawdle at deadly N1 off-ramp: SAPS

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    No one is safe on the N1 Rivonia off-ramp in Sandton after dark, with the police still having no clue as to who is gunning down motorists at the notorious spot. Investigations are continuing after another person was murdered on the off-ramp at the weekend. Clay Pierre-Louis, 42, was shot execution style while sitting in his car. He was waiting for a friend between the Rivonia Road off-ram... See full details

  17. Mbeki urged to release prison corruption probe findings

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has been asked to release the final reports of inquiry of judges Thabani Jali and Sisi Khampepe. The Jali Commission report on corruption and poor administration in the Prisons Department was presented to Mbeki in November, but has not been made public. Last month Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour described the 1 000 page Jali commission report as “disturbi... See full details

  18. Family lives in fear that attacker may return

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    Eight days after the crime, police have still not visited them Zintlhe Ngubane lies on a hospital bed hooked up to a plethora of tubes and drips while her mother, Agnes Kunene and her sister Linda Mtshali stroke her forehead. It has been a week since a “smooth-talking salesman” walked into her home in Alexandra, north of Joburg, and for an unknown reason shot her in full view of her f... See full details

  19. Man survives 7th hijacking ordeal

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    When Naeem Patel tells people he has been hijacked seven times, he says they do not believe it. In four of the seven hijackings, the 47-year-old Durban man has had guns shoved into his face. His latest encounter took place on Friday, when he boarded a taxi to go to work at about 5am. Some distance in the trip, the taxi picked up a "very neatly dressed" man at Reservoir Hills Secondary Sch... See full details

  20. Family lives in fear that attacker may return

    Date: 25 Jul 2006
    Family lives in fear that attacker may return Eight days after the crime, police have still not visited them Zintlhe Ngubane lies on a hospital bed hooked up to a plethora of tubes and drips while her mother, Agnes Kunene and her sister Linda Mtshali stroke her forehead. It has been a week since a “smooth-talking salesman” walked into her home in Alexandra, north of Joburg, and for... See full details

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