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  1. JHB's safe spots

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    If you live in leafy Rosebank or sedate Fairland you can rest easy, your suburb is one of Joburg's safest. Hillbrow, the city centre and Booysens, however, are the most dangerous. This is according to a Saturday Star analysis of the national crime statistics released this week, which compare the number of rapes, murders and aggravated (violent) robberies for all the suburbs falling under Johannesb... See full details

  2. Our children are the ones who suffer

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    Rapes may be slightly down, but police statistics show that minors take the full brunt of criminal acts The statistic is one of the more alarming trends outlined in the South African Police Service's annual report, released this week. Compared to the previous year, there are two fewer murders and 0,4 fewer rapes happening every day, according to crime statistics for 2005/2006, releas... See full details

  3. Hi-tech porn crackdown

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    Internet and cellphone purveyorswill be forced to clean up their acts Illicit South African purveyors of Internet and cellphone smut, beware - the censors are watching. The Film and Publications Board recently announced a crackdown that aims to halt the distribution of unclassified sexually explicit material circulating on the Internet, cellphones and mail-order. The Board said t... See full details

  4. Concern over late release of crime statistics

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    The release of crime statistics six months after the end of the financial year in March is a source of major concern to Business Against Crime. The organisation believes the late release of the figures does not provide a true reflection of current crime levels. BAC's deputy chief executive, Graham Wright, said yesterday that in the period between March till now there had been an increase i... See full details

  5. Gangs hit mall

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Two different gangs broke into three shops and stole thousand of rands worth of goods within six hours at the Reeds shopping mall, south of Pretoria. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday that about six men held up a man and woman who were window shopping in the mall and threatened them with firearms. “They then broke into Audio Vision, took electrical appliances and fled at about 11pm. ... See full details

  6. Another salvo fired at casinos

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    The cards are on the table over the casino/money laundering issue with the allegation one casino demands ink-stained notes be honoured when presented at banks. National Gambling Board chairman Chris Fismer said to the best of his knowledge there was only one casino insisting on its right to present ink-stained notes as legal tender. “The casino alleges the money came into their possession un... See full details

  7. Cameras show death of robber

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Cresta Shopping Centre management said yesterday it would continue ensuring the safety of its customers following a shootout between robbers and Coin Security guards who were returning to their van after collecting money at the centre. Cresta Shopping Centre general manager Meshack Phiri said yesterday the centre would ensure all safety and security means available, including the deployment of ... See full details

  8. Teacher now faces suspension

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    As issues related to violence and sexual violence in schools come under the spotlight nationally, the Gauteng Department of Education will only today possibly suspend a teacher alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female pupil on school premises. Victor Languza, senior legal councillor for the department in Gauteng, said there was evidence that there was relationship betwee... See full details

  9. Anger over latest cell fine

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Many people were annoyed after the Metro Police announced that motorists would be fined if found with a cellphone between their thighs while driving. This comes after yesterday’s story in The Citizen about Hartmud Gaede, who was stopped by Metro Police officers and given a R500 fine for driving with his cellphone in his hand. “I was on the corner of Republic and Hendrik Verwoerd when ... See full details

  10. Baby Jordan: Rodriques in bail plea

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    The fact that Dina Rodrigues, alleged mastermind in the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton, had already spent more than a year in custody was in itself an exceptional and compelling circumstance justifying her release on bail. This was contended on her behalf yesterday when she launched a second bail application, this time in the Cape High Court, before Judge Burton Fourie. Her counsel, Joha... See full details

  11. Hunt on for women’s attackers

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Pretoria police have launched a manhunt for three men who attacked and robbed two elderly women at their Renosterspruit farm, near Pretoria on Wednesday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the two women, in there sixties, were confronted by three armed men held at gunpoint and then pistol-whipped into the house. By Tshifhiwa Shonisani The Citizen<... See full details

  12. 'Police stations sending women and children away'

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Children and women's rights groups have slammed the government's "apathy" and "pathetic" attempts to stop crimes against the country's defenceless. Releasing the latest crime statistics this week, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said crimes against women and children were down. The annual crime report revealed that 249 124 women and 77 452 children were murdered, raped, assaulted ... See full details

  13. 'you deserve to die'

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Outraged judge lashes out at guilty trio in Makgabo murder case He was furious and filled with contempt for the perpetrators - and he wished he could sentence them to death. Staring at the cold-blooded murderer of 4-year-old Makgabo Matlala, Judge Gerhardus Hattingh also had harsh words for the minister of safety and security. "According to the minister, Charles Nqakula, crime is d... See full details

  14. Murder and rape still haunt child's nanny

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Makgabo Matlala's nanny struggles to eat following the little girl's murder and her own rape ordeal. This was because, she told a social worker, she and the 4-year-old had just shared lunch before they were attacked - and her world fell apart. Dressed in pink, the diminutive 57-year-old woman, who sat directly behind the two men who had raped her and killed her young charge, frequently cover... See full details

  15. Roger Kebble walks a free, albeit poorer, man

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    His reputation might be shattered but mining magnate Roger Kebble won't be going to jail. Instead, the Johannesburg High Court yesterday slapped him with a R1,5-million fine and a four-year suspended sentence for share manipulation. Kebble's sentence was the result of a plea-bargain agreement with the state, in which he admitted committing the offences five years ago at a time when he was ... See full details

  16. Text message sender found guilty of wife's murder

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    He vowed to 'send her to hell' because she wouldn't have sex or pay him Erefaan Vallie Khan threatened to send his wife "to hell" if she failed to accede to his demands - to have sex with him for the last time and pay him R10 000 before he granted her a divorce. Exactly a week later, Mathilda "Malieka" Sinden (26) was found dead - bludgeoned, strangled and stabbed 23 times - at her p... See full details

  17. Shock crime statistics have country crying

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Crime in South Africa must be addressed immediately as tens of thousands of citizens are being murdered, raped, violently assaulted and robbed under aggravating circumstances every year. This has been the widespread outcry following the much-anticipated release of the country’s crime statistics for the 2005/06 financial year yesterday. Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula said yes... See full details

  18. Heist men on loose

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Police are searching for four armed men allegedly involved in a cash-in-transit heist at a shopping centre in Krugersdorp. Four armed suspects who had been in the centre posing as customers held up a security guard who had just collected money from a store. “The suspects were able to disarm the guard and take his cash box,” said Inspector Zelda Viviers. They then fled in a silver Honda Ba... See full details

  19. Take your phone from your thighs

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    The Johannesburg Metro Police has warned that motorists will be issued with fines if they are found with a cellphone between their thighs while driving. “When you are driving you must concentrate on that only and not on your cellphone. “The law clearly states that you may not have a phone anywhere on your body while you drive,” said Mamonyane. Motorist Hartmud Gaede received a painful rem... See full details

  20. Rose of Soweto Kos Hijackers

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Boxing legend Dingaan “The Rose of Soweto” Thobela managed to thwart an attempted hijacking at his home in Kelvin, Johannesburg yesterday. Thobela was returning from the bank to collect his gym bag at home when he was approached by an armed man at his gate. “I had forgotten my remote so when I arrived at the gate I called my wife to open up for me. While I was still on the phone a man start... See full details

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