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  1. Another policeman shot dead as Nqakula and brass discuss crime

    Date: 04 Jul 2006
    As yet another policeman was slain yesterday, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula announced that he will round up his nine provincial heads at the end of the week to continue discussing the country’s crime. This follows yesterday’s meeting during which Nqakula met with the police’s top brass, including National Commissioner Perumal Naidoo, to speak about recent crime trends. Althoug... See full details

  2. SA defends arms policy

    Date: 04 Jul 2006
    The South African government is not retarding the implementation of global rules for the small arms trade, said director of disarmament and non-proliferation in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Titi Molaba yesterday. Molaba was defending the government’s position at the United Nations Small Arms Review Conference in New York. She said the government’s National Conventional Arms Control Com... See full details

  3. Gangsters send loot to Zim: claim

    Date: 03 Jul 2006
    The Zimbabwean link to the spate of armed robberies in Gauteng has surfaced again. The Citizen revealed in a front page article on January 21 under the heading “Zim Raiders!” that a trained military gang of Zimbabweans was believed to be responsible for robberies at casinos, shopping centres and cash-in-transit heists. A private investigator, who spoke to The Citizen on condition of anonymit... See full details

  4. SHOOT BACK!

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    Police urged to fight fire with fire No mercy where no mercy is shown. That was the grim message from Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia as policemen and politicians united to honour the victims of the Jeppe massacre and warn criminals that a turning point had been reached. He was speaking at an emotional memorial service for the four slain policemen. Earlier a furi... See full details

  5. Public backing for elite unit

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    A survey among more than 2 000 people across the country shows that citizens don’t want the elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, to be part of the SAPS. The survey conducted by Research Surveys shows that, in metropolitan areas, 62% of people feel that the Scorpions should be separate from the police, while 26% disagreed and 11% replied, “I don’t know.” Coloured people, 70% of them in t... See full details

  6. Scorpions stay under NPA

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    The Scorpions are to remain under the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), but a component of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) will report to the Safety and Security Minister. Director-General in the Presidency Frank Chikane said the Cabinet had approved this recommendation of the Khampepe Commission. The commission, which was headed by Judge Sisi Khampepe, was appointed to recom... See full details

  7. Cabinet worried as crime soars

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    The Cabinet has expressed concern at the involvement of foreigners in the recent spate of violent crimes. But, ministers were also concerned with crime in general – irrespective of who committed the deed, government spokesman Themba James Maseko said yesterday. “We should not make the mistake of assuming that only non-South Africans are involved in crime. South African citizens are also inv... See full details

  8. SA hangover costs R20 billion a year

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    Alcohol is the primary drug of abuse in South Africa, and the impact of this on the economy is around R20 billion each year. This is according to David Bayever, chairman of the Central Drug Authority and pharmacist at the Wits Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Aside from being a gateway substance to other drugs, the most harrowing effect of alcohol use was its tendency to induce risky... See full details

  9. Goat-torture cops go free

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    No prosecution, rules State Policemen who ritually slaughtered a goat using a blunt butter knife, and hacked at its genitals while it was alive in an attempt to “cleanse” a Cape Town police station of “evil spirits”, will not be prosecuted by the State. Yesterday advocate Jacobus Niehaus, of the Western Cape Directorate of Public Prosecutions, told the Citizen a decision had been taken on Ju... See full details

  10. City of Blood

    Date: 29 Jun 2006
    Johannesburg’s streets are tainted with blood as one scene of violence follows the next. The city has seen several vicious shootouts in the past week, which have left residents living in fear with the bloody streets resembling a war zone. Calls have poured in for the government to address the crime issue, which many callers felt is spiralling out of control. Top officials including the ... See full details

  11. SAA’s step to stop pilfering welcomed

    Date: 29 Jun 2006
    Passengers travelling with South African Airways (SAA) are set to experience an era of no baggage pilfering. The airline yesterday introduced their newest innovation set to stop pilfering from July 1: all baggage will be wrapped in plastic before being loaded onto planes. The wrapping system, which will be installed at the Johannesburg International Airport domestic terminals first, is aimed... See full details

  12. McBride tackles Metro 40

    Date: 29 Jun 2006
    The Chief of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD), Robert McBride, has acted sternly against his own officers for alleged disruptive behaviour. McBride told The Citizen yesterday he has instituted disciplinary action against more that 40 of his members for disruptive behaviour and insubordination. He said EMPD members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) embarked on a go-slow ... See full details

  13. Business body members sign accord over violent robberies

    Date: 29 Jun 2006
    A project aimed at reducing aggravated robbery was formalised in Johannesburg this week. Business Against Crime South Africa and eight other industry associations signed a memorandum of understanding formalising the Industry Alignment Forum Aggravated Robberies Initiative. Aggravated robbery was identified as one of four common threats facing Business Against Crime members. The high incid... See full details

  14. Envoys now need more protection

    Date: 28 Jun 2006
    Extra protection for the diplomatic corps in South Africa could be up for discussion, Deputy Foreign Minister Azaiz Pahad said yesterday. He said he had held discussions with the dean of the diplomatic community, Abdalla Alzubedi, Libyan ambassador to South Africa, about weekend newspaper reports that crime aimed at diplomats was on the increase. “There is no official petition being drawn up... See full details

  15. Mystery deaths probe on track

    Date: 27 Jun 2006
    The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said yesterday its investigations into the mysterious deaths of two men implicated in a multimillion rand police safe burglary, were progressing well. Both Solly Hangwane, 45, and Frans Mampane, 36, allegedly died at the hands of police while in custody. It is believed they would have testified against the six men, including three police officers,... See full details

  16. Alleged rape victim (13) sent from pillar to post

    Date: 27 Jun 2006
    She is a 13-year-old legal refugee living in Centurion who just wanted a fair chance at life. Yet all South Africa has given Michelle* since her arrival in September 2005 from the Democratic Republic of Congo is misery. The teenager has allegedly been raped three times by her stepmother’s boyfriend since being sent to live with her after her father abandoned her and her siblings. The first ... See full details

  17. Officials admit SA must act to fight crime

    Date: 26 Jun 2006
    Politicians have taken note of the severity of the crime situation in the country. The senseless murders that have rocked the country, and particularly Johannesburg in the past two weeks, have caused great concern not only amongst residents, but evidently also grabbed the attention of those in higher office. Shortly after the killing of police reservist Bafana Mthomebeni, 36, in Berea last T... See full details

  18. Disarray on a grand scale’

    Date: 26 Jun 2006
    Far too many government ministers and directors-general are unable to provide proper financial management of public money. This is according to an over-view of the 34 national departments’ finances for the past four years presented by the DA yesterday. DA spokesman on public accounts Eddie Trent said the overview “paints a picture of financial disarray and mismanagement on a grand scale. ... See full details

  19. Bullets fly on Joburg streets

    Date: 23 Jun 2006
    People are being gunned down without valuables being taken view map The killing of a police reservist has brought to five the number of people shot dead on Joburg roads in the past 11 days – and police have managed to make only one arrest. In all the killings, involving armed men ambushing motorists, nothing was ... See full details

  20. Girl missing

    Date: 23 Jun 2006
    Ivory Park police are looking for a Kaalfontein girl, Nonhlanhla Pretty Mnguni who went missing on her way to an ATM to withdraw cash. If you can help please phone Inspector Mathole at 011 310 3696 See full details

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