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  1. Govt to beef up security at schools

    Date: 06 Jun 2006
    Cape Town – The council of Education Ministers has approved measures to tighten security at public schools. The department would identify “problem schools” needing immediate attention, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said yesterday. The measures were aimed at schools around the country, but specifically in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Mpumalanga, where recent incidents had highlighted secu... See full details

  2. Nqakula says he was taken out of context

    Date: 06 Jun 2006
    Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula has denied telling South Africans to either shut up about crime or leave the country. Yesterday, the Minister said his remarks had been taken out of context. His spokesman, Hangwani Mulaudzi, said Nqakula was speaking about crime combating measures when he referred to a letter by Clive Swann, who had called people whingers for constantly moaning ... See full details

  3. Cash for shot cop seen as 'insult'

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    Ethekweni Municipal Manager Doctor Michael Sutcliffe has offered crippled police hero Cherise Cox an amount her brother describes as a “gross insult” – as compensation for the horrific injuries she sustained in a gun battle with robbers wielding firearms allegedly supplied to them by crooked Metro cops. Sutcliffe earns more than President Thabo Mbeki and pockets a salary package in excess of R1... See full details

  4. Stain of child abuse on SA

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    The plight of so many South African children suffering abuse was the focus of several initiatives during Child Protection Week, which ended yesterday. “Put children first, abantwana kugala, bana pele, kinders eerste,” is how KwaZulu Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele summarised the main aim of the week. “This week we acknowledge Child Protection Week which re-emphasises the message that we owe c... See full details

  5. Nqakula gets more flak

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula’s remarks about “constant moaning” from some quarters on the crime situation continue to draw flak from across the spectrum. DA leader Toni Leon has put the remarks on a par with the late Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger’s utterance that the death of Steve Bike left him cold. Variorum maintains Nqakula is targeting the messenger rather than focusi... See full details

  6. Snags delay new ID card system

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    The green barcoded ID book will be around a bit longer than expected as the Department of Home Affairs has placed the new smart card process on hold. The decision to stop the replacement of the green ID books with the new smart cards (which will be similar to the driver’s licence cards) followed a visit to the Western Cape’s Home Affairs offices by Parliament’s portfolio committee on Home Affai... See full details

  7. Intelligence to be ‘rat-proofed’

    Date: 02 Jun 2006
    Kasrils wants stricter control of powers Stricter control would be exercised over the country’s intelligence services to ensure recent spying abuses are never repeated, Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils said yesterday. This would include a tighter hold on the National Communications Centre “so that its capacity can only be used in the national interest and not, as was done, to violate eve... See full details

  8. ‘Police’ rob storage facility of cigarettes worth R20 000

    Date: 01 Jun 2006
    Two men and a woman clad in police uniforms – and who may have been actual members of the SAPS – took cartons of cigarettes worth about R20 000 when they robbed a storage facility in Alrode, Alberton on the East Rand on Tuesday evening. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the trio arrived at the business premises in Combrink Road in a marked police vehicle, and ordered the security guard to let them... See full details

  9. Ninth - no proof of serial killer

    Date: 31 May 2006
    Another body of a woman has been found in Centurion, but police are still dismissing rumours of a serial killer being on the loose. A passer-by found the body lying in an open field yesterday and alerted police. Police Superintendent Morne van Wyk said the body was found in an advanced stage of decomposition in the Samrand area at about 1pm. He said the dead woman had been between 20 and ... See full details

  10. Northgate rape worry

    Date: 31 May 2006
    Police say reports about a so-called rape hotspot in Honeydew on the West Rand may not be entirely accurate, but people should still exercise caution when walking alone at night. A radio report yesterday quoted a Johannesburg doctor, who said he was concerned about a possible rape hotspot in the Northgate area. The doctor said he had treated at least six women who said they had been raped by... See full details

  11. 2100 housing staff in big fraud

    Date: 30 May 2006
    More than 2 100 officials of Gauteng’s housing and local government department might be investigated after fraud of more than R133 million in the allocation of housing subsidies was revealed, Beeld reported yesterday. These officials had received R32,8 million in subsidies, despite earning more than the minimum a family had to earn to qualify for the subsidy. This was part of the findings of... See full details

  12. Beware of fake chambers

    Date: 30 May 2006
    The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning to the public about bogus business chambers established to "milk" cash out of them. "We urge local businesses to check the credentials of organisations purporting to be chambers ... before being taken in by such misrepresentation," said the chamber's chief executive Keith Brebnor. "We would like the public to know that these 'chambers'... See full details

  13. Sentence of child rapist welcomed

    Date: 30 May 2006
    Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) yesterday welcomed the sentencing of a 47-year-old teacher found guilty of raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl. “Hopefully, this will serve as a deterrent in preventing potential perpetrators from committing such crimes,” CWSA said in a statement. Johannes Moriri, a Grade 3 teacher at Moahlasi primary school in Mpumalanga, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by ... See full details

  14. Cops unsure if serial killer prowls Pretoria

    Date: 30 May 2006
    Pretoria police yesterday cautiously dismissed rumours that a serial killer is on the loose in Centurion. Superintendent Morné van Wyk said there were a number of murders that had occurred and were being investigated, but this did not necessarily mean a serial killer was prowling the area. “The task team has been investigating the cases individually, but now we are trying to get every docket... See full details

  15. Gov’t ‘backtracking’ on child abuse: DA

    Date: 30 May 2006
    The DA called on government yesterday to properly maintain and fund the National Child Protection Register so as to fight the escalating child abuse crisis in South Africa. At the start of Child Protection Week today, the DA said there had been a 45% increase in reported child abuse cases. In 2002/03 the overall number of crimes against children stood at 59 526 cases. By 2004/05 the number ... See full details

  16. Take back streets from crime – Zille

    Date: 30 May 2006
    Cape Town – Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille joined an anti-crime cavalcade through the streets of Mitchell’s Plain yesterday and urged people to take back the streets. Zille said she felt privileged to join the symbolic stance against what she called a “terrible” and “brutal” wave of violence sweeping the country, particularly the Western Cape. She was part of a group – including the family of s... See full details

  17. Cellphone service providers slate Bill

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Vodacom yesterday criticised draft interception legislation for placing an expensive burden on the industry and clients. “This proposed Act needs more careful thought in terms of its un-intended consequences,” Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig said. The proposed law requires cellphone operators Vodacom, MTN and CellC to put in place systems for the interception of cellphone communications, and to... See full details

  18. Minister may resume security talks

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was considering resuming public wage negotiations in the troubled security sector, provided no harm came to officials, the Labour Department said yesterday. “I am tempted to allow my officials to go ahead with the hearings in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which will culminate in the promulgation of a sectoral determination,” Mdladlana sai... See full details

  19. Calls to free SA captives

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Calls for the release of 19 South Africans who were arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on suspicion of planning a coup were made yesterday. The men, working for the Omega Security Company, had been doing security work in the DRC and were recently appointed as a sub-contractor to assist an American company, Tactical Intelligence Corporation, with the safeguarding of presidential ... See full details

  20. Banks warn of new ATM card scam

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Banks have once again warned ATM users of a new card-skimming device doing the rounds. Unsuspecting ATM users are being caught off-guard by criminals using a hand-held card-skimming device. According to Absa, customers are approached by two or three criminals while inserting their card and PIN number in the ATM. The transaction is then cancelled and the customer is distracted by one perso... See full details

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