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  1. Schoolboy mowed down by speedster

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria teenager was crushed to death outside his school when the driver of a suspected stolen car lost control of his vehicle. The 32-year-old man, who had been speeding away from an off-duty policeman, was arrested moments after killing Vebeshin Pillay, who had left school early yesterday because he was feeling ill. Vebeshin (15) had just walked out of the gates of Lotus Gardens Seconda... See full details

  2. Their last goodbye

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Speeding car smashes into girls on their way to school after driver loses control Skhulile Madonsela (8) was reluctant to go to school, while Smangele Maxakatho (14) was unusually eager about going - but neither would make it. Still dressed in their school uniforms, their lives were snatched away in an instant by a speeding, unlicensed driver just 500m from Skhulile's home. Membe... See full details

  3. Woman's kidnap ordeal during cash heist

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    'I asked if they would kill me, and they said if I behaved, I would be fine' Thirty minutes seemed like a lifetime for the daughter of a KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu Natal, councillor who was kidnapped by a 24-member cash-in-transit heist gang. The 22-year-old woman, who did not want her name published, said she could still hear the gunshots when she and her father, Joseph Masango, were hija... See full details

  4. Houses, cars cash seized in Scorpions raid

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Luxury assets confiscated as high-flying trio face charges of accepting kickbacks A couple accused of using their high-flying jobs to conduct multimillion-rand fraud and corruption will lose all their allegedly ill-gotten gains - if the Asset Forfeiture Unit has its way. The AFU on Monday attached an estimated R21-million of assets - including cash, investments, property, furniture a... See full details

  5. Gang grabs computers

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Twenty heavily armed men forced their way into the offices of the Department of Education yesterday and stole 120 computers. The gang gained access to the building by breaking the building’s basement security door locks. When the suspects reached the first floor they held up security guards and tied them in a small office. “None of the matric exam papers were stored in those computers, so... See full details

  6. Police grab seven after shootout

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    North West police arrested seven suspected bank robbers yesterday after a fierce shootout and car chase. They seized an AK-47 rifle and a number of pistols, and impounded three getaway vehicles. Director Kaine Monyepao of the Marico area police said the members involved in the arrests were to be commended on exceptional conduct in a life-threatening situation. Captain Elsabe Augoustides s... See full details

  7. Murderers on new charges

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Two men sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Judge President Bernard Ngoepe’s granddaughter appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court again yesterday on new charges. Joseph Lucky Ndlovu, 21, and Steven Tsietsi Mhlanga, 22, appeared on charges of murder, rape and hijacking. The two were linked to an incident that took place in Lenasia last December. The two allegedly appro... See full details

  8. Hijackers Hi-jacked

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    A brave motorist struck a blow for law and order at the weekend when he grabbed a blundering hi-jack gang’s car and roared off to the police station, North Rand police revealed yesterday. Ivory Park police were thus well primed when one of the hi-jackers walked in to report the car stolen. And in a bizarre final twist a woman in the police station immediately pointed out the failed hijacker ... See full details

  9. Swoop nets guns in fridge

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Hillbrow police in Johannesburg confiscated two firearms found wrapped with meat stored in the fridge in a Bearea flat yesterday. Two men aged 20 and 24 were held for possession of illegal firearms. Constable Mduduzi Zondo said they went to the flat seeking armed robbery suspects. “After arresting the four robbers, we also searched other flats. “Two 9mm pistols with serial numbers filed ... See full details

  10. Countrywide carnage in past 2 months

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    In just 125 days, there have been 50 cash-in-transit heists, resulting in 12 dead and 20 wounded. And in the past two months alone, cash-in-transit gangs have claimed five lives and wreaked havoc on roads and in malls. *On Monday, a security guard was shot in a leg during a cash-in-transit heist in Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, with the robbers escaping with a huge amount of cash. On Friday, SB... See full details

  11. 7 Cops nail 24 Gangsters

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    A packet of Romany Creams Biscuits, a box of Rough Rider condoms, six AK-47’s and handguns, and R700 000 in hard cash stashed behind car seats. These were among the items found in four cars used by a gang of 24 cash-in-transit robbers who were busted by seven brave police officers yesterday after a wild rampage in KwaZulu Natal. ... See full details

  12. Inefficient’ Anti-Hijacking Task Team faces redeployment

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Members of the Johannesburg Anti-Hijacking Task Team have succeeded in shooting a hijacker believed to be on his way to steal a car on order. But hours after the team members made their breakthrough, they faced the disbanding of the team structure, and today members hoped to hear where they will be deployed. According to Johannesburg police spokesperson Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht, task team ... See full details

  13. 42 most-wanted in court on the same day

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    It was a hectic day for prosecutors at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court as more than 40 men, some of whom have been on the police’s most wanted list for years, were brought to court under heavy police guard. The 42 suspects, who were arrested during a police operation at the Ivory Park informal settlement near Kempton Park at the weekend,and appeared before various magistrates in different c... See full details

  14. Ministers robbed in serious security breach

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Police have finally admitted that thieves had ransacked through ministers' homes after breaching high security at the Groote Schuur ministerial estate in Rondebosch, Cape Town, at the weekend. They got away with valuables from the homes of Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour. Police discovered the burglarly early on Sunday. This is the latest... See full details

  15. Cops end wild rampage

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    24-strong heist gang, mainly from Gauteng, nabbed at toll gate A packet of Romany Creams biscuits, a box of Rough Rider condoms, six AK-47s and handguns, and R700 000 in hard cash stashed behind car seats. These were among the items found in four cars used by a gang of 24 cash-in-transit robbers busted by police yesterday after a wild rampage in KwaZulu Natal. On Monday evening, ... See full details

  16. Ministers also feel effects of crime wave

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Balfour and Pandor latest high-profile victims of burglars Hot on the heels of the country's shocking crime statistics, police now have to figure out how brazen thieves got the better of its crack VIP security unit and managed to break into the homes of two cabinet ministers. The latest crime victims were Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balf... See full details

  17. Get cash off roads!

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    This is warning as the ‘silly season’ nears South African cash transportation companies have been warned to get large sums of money off the roads as the countdown to the “silly season” begins. Institute for Security Studies researcher Johan Burger said alternative methods of transporting money should be explored if there was to be any hope of curbing the cash-in-transit heists. “U... See full details

  18. Courtroom cheers as bail denied to Dina Rodrigues

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    Chaos broke out in the Cape High Court yesterday, as angry protesters cheered Judge Burton Fourie for refusing Dina Rodrigues bail and hurried verbal abuse at her as she was led to the court’s holding cells. Rodrigues, alleged mastermind in the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton, was widely expected to be released on bail, after a masterful address to the court by her counsel, John van der Berg... See full details

  19. Prison stay for Scorpions lawyer

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    She was nonchalant before entering court but visibly shaking after she heard she would be kept in prison for a week before being allowed to apply for bail. Portia Kgantsi, 39, a senior advocate for the elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, had to come to terms very quickly with the fact that she faces the full wrath of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on charges of corruption, extor... See full details

  20. ‘Unable to tell right from wrong’

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    A man from Soshanguve suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was unable to distinguish between right and wrong, a Pretoria High Court judge heard yesterday. He allegedly stabbed to death a 12-year-old girl with a pair of nail clippers and tried to strangle a neighbour’s son. State psychiatrist Dr Paul de Wet testified Simon Machika, 24, could not be held accountable for his actions in Dece... See full details

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