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  1. Top cops pledge support for their boss Selebi

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    The nine provincial police commissioners have met with National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli to discuss damning allegations against their boss, Jackie Selebi. The nine top cops said they were compelled to do so in the wake of scurrilous, defamatory and unsubstantiated allegations against the national commissioner and Interpol head. Selebi has been accused of being entangled in th... See full details

  2. Human trafficking rampant in Joburg as smugglers cash in

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Girls as young as 13 forced into prostitution by syndicates They are promised a better life in South Africa, but instead they are kidnapped, branded and sold into sexual slavery for as little as R380. Women and children, some as young as 13, are falling prey to syndicates operating in Mozambique and Swaziland, trafficking and smuggling them to South Africa on an unprecedented scale. ... See full details

  3. Arrests follow tip-offs

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Reacting on a tip-off from the community, Ekurhuleni metro police pounced on a chop-shop in Katlehong and arrested four men. Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said that after receiving the information, a patrol hastened to Ramakanope Section, where they caught four suspects yesterday. Maboko said the four were in the process of stripping a Nissan bakkie, allegedly hijacked earlier. One suspect t... See full details

  4. Lenient judge angers deceased's daughter

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Desiree Scott put her faith in the law after her mother's gruesome murder, but she has been left furious and disappointed with a High Court judge who granted bail to the prime suspects. Scott's anger is directed at controversial Judge Justice Ntsikelelo Poswa, who will soon be hauled before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to respond to a litany of complaints against him. Judge Poswa ... See full details

  5. Bid to weed out offenders during festive period

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Joburg police mount massive roadblocks to catch offenders If you break any of Joburg's laws this festive season, you'll be shown no mercy. That's the short, sharp and strict message from Joburg officials. The city is embarking on a clean-up which will cover everyone from speedsters to those who have not paid their child maintenance. The crackdown, aimed at making for a happier Ch... See full details

  6. Security firms get thumbs down

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    The oversight committee on Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa's office has expressed a vote of no confidence in the private security companies guarding provincial government buildings. These revelations were made by ANC MPL Hope Mankwana Papo at the full sitting of the legislature which was debating the 2005/2006 annual report of the office of the premier. Papo said the prerogative to guard ... See full details

  7. Bank bomb boom

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    The bombing of ATM’ is on rise – with 28 incidents reported in the past year, says the SA BANKING risk Information Centre. Yet only small amounts are lost in this way, said centre CEO Gilbert Swarts. He said though there had been no casualties it was only a matter of time before someone was hurt or killed. Swarts said most of the bombed ATMs were isolated and in “previously disadvantage are... See full details

  8. Police still ‘first line against crime’

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Organised business says it will assist wherever it can in crime fighting and prevention, but government in the form of the police remains key to the initiation and implementation of anti-crime operations. In the line with this the last Business Against Crime/government meeting of the year clarified the roles of its four working groups. The groups are responsible for a review of the criminal ... See full details

  9. Guard died ‘from neglect’

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    A security guard wounded during a robbery and murder at a diamond digging last week has died unexpectedly. Paulos Mphele, 42, was wounded in the thigh last Wednesday night when a gang of eight shot dad diamond digger Jan Moolman, 37, on Biesieslaagte farm in Wolmaransstad. Moolman was sitting at a sorting table when the men walked up and shot him in the chest. They also shot Mphele in the l... See full details

  10. Metro policeman had fake notes

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    A metro police officer was found with counterfeit money and illegal ammunition in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni. The off-duty officer was arrested after he was spotted in a suspicious looking vehicle by a police patrol. They called for backup and stopped the man. The vehicle was searched and 500 rounds of ammunition were found along with counterfeit R50 notes worth R20 000. “We have not yet establ... See full details

  11. Fresh Zuma probe

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    NPA gives notice it will apply for crucial evidence The state has given its strongest indication yet that it intends to recharge ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma with corruption. The Star has established that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has given notice to Zuma and French arms company Thint that it will apply for certain documents - crucial in the case against Zuma - to b... See full details

  12. DA again calls for probe into claims against Selebi

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    With mounting concern about the cloud hanging over police commissioner Jackie Selebi's head, the Democratic Alliance has renewed its call in writing for a formal inquiry. DA leader Tony Leon sent a letter to President Thabo Mbeki on Monday urging him to instigate an investigation in terms of the SA Police Act. "I write in respect of the growing disquiet expressed across the length and bread... See full details

  13. Credit cards are on the menu for crooked waiters

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Hopes rest on new chip technology to curb fraud all the way to Europe International crime syndicates are using local waiters to defraud banks and their clients of millions of rands in a sophisticated card-skimming scam. According to the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric), the banking industry has been hard hit by card skimmers who steal unsuspecting people's credit card detai... See full details

  14. Church urged to assist government

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Deputy president cites violent crime and Aids as issues needing joint action The government needs help from the church to save the soul of the nation. This is according to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who last night called for a partnership between the church and government to fight issues such as crime, poverty and HIV/Aids, and also to address the spiritual needs of the... See full details

  15. Police warn women over car smash and grabs

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Women motorists who leave their handbags on the seat next to them are increasingly becoming victims of smash-and-grab robberies. Police have put the blame squarely on the negligence of motorists. Johannesburg police spokesperson Superintendent Chris Wilken says women motorists have been targeted in the current spate of smash and grabs. Handbags left on the front seat are being snatched, as ... See full details

  16. What to do if your pet has been targeted

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    When a dog ingests a poisonous substance it will start foaming at the mouth and experiencing tremors. "People will be able to tell immediately that the dog is not well, and we urge them to get the animal to a vet as quickly as possible," said Allison Cooper of the Booysens SPCA. A poisoned animal will start vomiting and losing control of its bowels and bladder. Owners need to be carefu... See full details

  17. New wave of dog poisoning hits suburbs

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Booysens SPCA has had more than 75 cases in the past 12 months Poisoning of dogs has emerged as a new modus operandi, particularly in Johannesburg's southern suburbs, where criminals have been hitting rows of houses in a single night. "We've been urging people to keep the details of their nearest animal hospital handy and to report incidents they know of to the police so that all the... See full details

  18. 'Car thief' makes it easy for cops

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    This year's award for Gauteng's dumbest crook may well go to an alleged car thief arrested in a hijacked car he had parked outside Pretoria Central police station - moments after being granted bail. The 28-year-old man was arrested by detectives just before he could drive off in a Toyota Corolla that he allegedly hijacked two weeks ago. The man was believed to have been involved in as many... See full details

  19. Cops need help to capture alleged rapist who fled

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Johannesburg police are searching for a 31-year-old man in connection with the rape of a woman more than two years ago. Adriaan Bartman was arrested on October 21 2004 on a charge of raping a 41-year-old woman on October 5 that year in Westbury, eastern Joburg. According to police spokes-person Sergeant Sanku Tsunke, Bartman first appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court a day after h... See full details

  20. No bail for father accused of incest

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    To the outside world he was a family man well respected in the community, but beneath the facade lay a dark family secret that he fathered three children by his own daughter. His stature within the community belies the serious sexual-abuse offences he is accused of committing against his own flesh and blood. Yesterday, this man, from KwaNyamazane in Mpumalanga, appeared in the Nelspruit Re... See full details

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