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  1. Terror of Mathe's last victim

    Date: 06 Dec 2006
    Suddenly she was face to face with South Africa's most wanted man - and he was pushing her back into her bedroom with a gun. Single mother Cameron Meiklejohn had just become the latest victim of Annanias Mathe, who broke out of C-Max two weeks ago. Mathe - arrested last year on 51 charges including rape, hijacking and armed robbery - escaped from Correctional Service's most secure cells ah... See full details

  2. Security boss fires fresh Selebi salvo

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    The fight between increasingly controversial National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and former Airport Company of SA security boss Paul O’Sullivan took a nasty turn at the weekend, with O’Sullivan promising legal action against Selebi’s spin doctors. He claims they’re trying to smear him and the Scorpions. Last week the National Director of the National Prosecuting Authority, Vusi Pikoli... See full details

  3. Plan to deal with local govt fraud

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    Corrupt Gauteng government employees will feel the heat following the development of a fraud intelligence service for all departments. This emerged from the 2005-2006 annual report of the Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC) tabled by the finance committee for adoption in the legislature yesterday. The committee disclosed more than R29.6 million in misspent funds had been recovered as a resu... See full details

  4. Officer killed in station robbery

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    A police officer was killed when gunmen held up police officers at a police station in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend. Three men entered the Umsunduzi police station on Sunday to report their cellphones had been stolen. “When one of the three police officers who were at the station tried to take a statement from them they produced firearms,” said Superintendent Joshua Gwala. The officers... See full details

  5. Security guards shoot and kill cash thief

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    Security guards shot and killed a man who allegedly robbed petrol attendants of an undisclosed amount of cash yesterday. The incident occurred at the parking lot of the Lynnridge Mall, east of Pretoria, at noon. Constable Brenda Kgafela said six armed men confronted two petrol attendants who were about to deposit money. They held them at gunpoint and took an undisclosed amount of cash. ... See full details

  6. Mathe's brother held over roadblock dash for freedom

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    Annanias Mathe's brother has been arrested for helping the country's most-wanted criminal escape from a police roadblock. After receiving a tip-off about Mathe's whereabouts, police set up a roadblock on the R21 freeway on November 26, manned by the investigating officers in the Mathe case and a vehicle from the police's Flying Squad. A car driven by Mathe's brother, Lawrence, pulled up at... See full details

  7. Mom keeps her cool and helps trap fugitive

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    One call and vehicle-tracing company were hot on the trail When Cameron Meiklejohn got out of bed and headed towards the bathroom, she encountered the country's most wanted criminal in her home. Meiklejohn, who lives in a garden cottage in Craighall Park with her 2-year-old daughter Eryn, screamed when she saw the slender stranger in the passage outside her bedroom just before 6am yes... See full details

  8. 9-year-old nails 'monster'

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    C-Max Houdini nabbed thanks to alert Tembisa girl's intervention It took a 9-year-old girl to bring down Annanias Mathe - the only man to bust out of C-Max prison. The country's most-wanted fugitive was dramatically rearrested yesterday, two weeks after his daring prison break, but he could so easily have given authorities the slip again had it not been for the quick thinking of a br... See full details

  9. History-making breakout puzzled authorities

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    Police were "shocked, horrified and disappointed" when the dangerous "Houdini of C-Max" escaped from the country's most secure prison. Annanias Mathe, a Mozambican rapist and robber linked to 70 cases, escaped from Pretoria's C-Max Prison on November 18, despite being in handcuffs and leg irons. Mathe, the first person to escape from C-Max in its 36-year existence, left the authorities a m... See full details

  10. DA calls for top-level probe of Gautrain 'irregularities'

    Date: 05 Dec 2006
    The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has called for an investigation into the awarding of the Gautrain tender to the Bombela Consortium. DA spokesperson on transport James Swart has written a letter to the provincial auditor-general, Andro-nicca Masemola, asking for an in-depth probe into alleged tender irregularities. The DA said it wanted to: *know if Bombela made any attempts to influ... See full details

  11. Roadblocks net arrests

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Police continued to show their zero tolerance approach to criminals by setting up 40 roadblocks on the major highways around Gauteng over the weekend. The SAPS officers, together with the Johannesburg Metro Police, arrested 14 criminals were wanted for various crimes. “Most of the arrested suspects were identified through the Morpho Touch device,” which analyses fingerprints, said spokesman ... See full details

  12. Taxi groups back road safety drive

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Negligence and recklessness will not be tolerated by taxi organisations in Gauteng and will not be part of the industry’s vocabulary in 2007. This is according to the South African National Taxi Council and the National Taxi Alliance who both voiced support for all road safety campaigns this festive season. “The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) is throwing its weight behind road safety campaigns... See full details

  13. Yengeni is being childish: Bhudu

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Convicted former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni is “arrogant, childish and a recipient of preferential treatment”. That was the view of Golden Miles Bhudu, president of the South African Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights, in response to a report in the Sunday Independent that Yengeni, an in-mate in Malmesburg Prison, had gone on a hunger strike for an undisclosed reason. But Bhudu... See full details

  14. KZN varsity official denies sex-for-degree allegations

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    University looking into awarding of master's and a claim of sexual harassment University of KwaZulu Natal chief financial officer Kanthan Pillay - accused of being irregularly awarded a master's degree - has disputed the legitimacy of a report on his relationship with a fellow academic. He says a tribunal set up by the university's council last week would have the final word on the c... See full details

  15. 'Better security, access control can curb mine graft'

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Police Captain Neels van der Merwe is determined to clear mines of dangerous pirates, but says the biggest problem is access control into the mineshafts. Van der Merwe, who has been hunting gold and diamond criminals for over 15 years, explained that mining companies had to improve security and stop the corruption of their employees. "The mining community must help us," said Van der Merwe,... See full details

  16. My life as a gold pirate

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Mozambican held after 59 days of plundering and selling loot He is a 31-year-old father who loves his daughters and never misses a Sundowns soccer match - but in the underground belly of the country's gold-rich mineshafts, he is a ruthless pirate embroiled in a violent war against the police. Last week, this Mozambican man was arrested after 59 days of plundering, processing and sell... See full details

  17. How mine smuggling operation works

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    *New pirates are met by well-established groups in the mines. Most of the tools they use are "left behind by real miners". The custom-made equipment (used for processing the gold) and mercury are smuggled down by the pirates, while corrupt security guards turn a blind eye. Mercury can be smuggled inside gumboots. *The Zama-Zamas (loosely translated as "try our luck") work when legitimate miner... See full details

  18. 'Better security, access control can curb graft'

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Police Captain Neels van der Merwe is determined to clear mines of dangerous pirates, but says the biggest problem is access control into the mineshafts. Van der Merwe, who has been hunting gold and diamond criminals for over 15 years, explained that mining companies had to improve security and stop the corruption of their employees. "The mining community must help us," said Van der Merwe,... See full details

  19. Victory for women as serial sexual harassing diplomat loses appeal

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Former diplomat and sex pest Norman Mashabane should have been fired for sexual harassment, the Pretoria High Court has ruled. Mashabane, the former ambassador to Indonesia, was found guilty on 22 charges at an initial hearing in 2001, but he appealed and was allowed to continue in his post pending the outcome. In June 2003, another charge was laid against him and he was again found guilty. Bu... See full details

  20. Verbal abuse a silent killer

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Self-esteem of women suffers at the hands of men with big egos Shocking rape and assault statistics are publicised during the 16 Days of Activism campaign, but a silent yet powerful danger rarely makes headlines: emotional abuse. Thandi Radebe (not her real name) has been with her husband for the past 16 years. He has never lifted his hand to hit her and is the kind of a man who look... See full details

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