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  1. Farmer armies in the killing fields

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    The phrase "killing fields" doesn't quite conjure up the rolling hills of the Cradle of Humankind, a Unesco World Heritage site west of Johannesburg. But beneath the veneer of the tourist buses and Jersey cows are horrifying murder and robbery statistics, which received yet another boost this week. The area bore witness to its 96th farm attack this year when Belgian national Mattias Noack (58)... See full details

  2. Drunk-driving grandmother held after crash was 10 times over limit

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    A 59-year-old grandmother who downed the equivalent of two-thirds of a bottle of whisky has been arrested for drunken driving. The woman was arrested in Regents Park, southern Joburg, after crashing into Graham Leon's vehicle as he drove through an intersection. The breathalyser results showed that, with a measurement of 0,47, her alcohol intake was nearly 10 times above the limit. The... See full details

  3. Crime-busting op in Joburg

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    Johannesburg Metro Police have taken a stand against reckless driving and criminal activities with the launch of Operation Thiba. The operation, which falls under the government crime prevention programme Operation Iron Fist, was launched on Friday. “We want to do all we can to rid the city of criminal activities and we want the roads to be safe for motorists by making sure that all the rule... See full details

  4. Don’t cry wolf kids warned

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    A firm warning has been sent out to schoolchildren who are now on holiday not to play pranks on police and emergency service workers. Police said yesterday that during school holidays there was an increase in hoax phone calls reporting false crimes. “We can’t say it is only the children who make these prank phone calls but this type of call increases during school holidays,” said Constable S... See full details

  5. A roadblock for ‘Rush Hour’

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    A suspect wanted for various crimes, including escaping from police custody, was re-arrested in a roadblock in Pretoria at the weekend. Tholapi “Rush Hour” Soana, 26, is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Arthur Kaplan Jewellers at the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in December 2005. Director Sally de Beer said police received a tip-off that Soana had returned to his home town of Mam... See full details

  6. Tavern patrons attack suspect

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    A man who allegedly stabbed and killed another was severely beaten up by angry community members in Kagiso, West Rand. The man, 29, was stabbed after an argument erupted over a beer at the Ebumnandini tavern. “After an exchange of words the suspect pulled out his knife and stabbed the victim,” said Inspector Solomon Sibiya. Patrons at the tavern attacked the suspect and severely assaulted... See full details

  7. On fraud charges in Free State

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    Two men have been sentenced for plotting to defraud Free State farmers out of cash and inciting farm labourers to steal diesel from their employers. Private investigator Isak Johannes Joubert, 45, of Flora Park, Pretoria was found guilty on three charges of fraud. He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for four years on condition he is not convicted of a similar offence in th... See full details

  8. Women hitch lifts, strip, then rob men

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    Police have urged motorists to be wary of offering a lift to hitchhiking women, who trick them into handing over their valuables. It is believed a gang of women pretend to hitchhike along the R114 in Muldersdrift on the West Rand and more men are falling prey. According to West Rand police spokesman Inspector Solomon Sibiya, the women start taking off their clothes as soon as they are inside... See full details

  9. Balfour’s plan to end jail crush

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    In a bid to ease overcrowding in prisons, Correctional Services is to audit all offenders who qualify for parol, and recommend alternative sentencing of non-violent offenders. Meanwhile all communal cells in the country are to be equipped with closed-circuit TV, cameras to monitor occupants’ behaviour around the clock. Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour expressed concern at conti... See full details

  10. Drug bust in Joburg CBD

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Johannesburg metro police arrested three men on Wednesday night after they were allegedly found in possession of dagga worth about R250 000. Officers swooped on the suspects while they were responding to an armed robbery in Main Street in the Johannesburg CBD. Officers noticed an armed man stealing a cellphone while they were patrolling the area. The suspect ran into the Hatton Gardens buil... See full details

  11. Ruling lifts gag on article

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    The Mail & Guardian today publishes allegations of possible fraud and violation of tendering rules that took place when current MTN South Africa boss Maanda Manyatshe was at the helm of the South African Post Office. This follows a ruling by Johannesburg High Court Judge Suretta Snyders in favour of the paper and dismissing with costs an application by Manyatshe to stop publication of the artic... See full details

  12. Prostitutes afraid after brothel murder

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Prostitutes in the Johannesburg area were fearful yesterday after one of them was killed in Morningside. Two men entered a brothel in Morningside and held two women at gunpoint. “The suspects demanded the women hand over their cellphones and money. When one of the prostitutes refused she was shot in the head and died at the scene,” said Constable Sefako Xaba. A prostitute from another br... See full details

  13. Muldersdrift man slain by robbers

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Five men shot and killed a 58-year-old man in Muldersdrift on Wednesday night. The man and his wife were at home when five men entered their home, firing random shots. The man was wounded in the face, neck and chest. The suspects then ransacked the house taking two cellphones, a 38 revolver and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fled in a White Nissan Almera belonging to the d... See full details

  14. ‘Lawyer’ did time in jail

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    An articled clerk with a law firm, who illegally represented clients in the regional court and now faces multiple charges of fraud, was released on R5 000 bail by the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Archelvin Lingani told the court he had “done time” for six years at the Brandvlei Prison in Worcester for armed robbery. Although prosecutors Catherine Breytenbach and Nico Bruil, and Poli... See full details

  15. Pensioners conned out of dream holiday to Robben Island

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Elderly saved for a year for train trip to the Cape For a year, 312 pensioners saved up for a Heritage Day trip to Robben Island. When their big day arrived, the elderly folk even brought relatives and children along to see them off at Johannesburg's Park station. But their dream trip has turned into a nightmare because the organisers have disappeared with their money. The drama un... See full details

  16. 'Dirty money buying up real estate'

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Despite the fact that property purchases create an audit trail involving estate agents, banks and the registry of title deeds, South Africa's property market is a popular vehicle for money laundering, an Institute for Security Studies study has found. The research's author, investigative journalist Gregory Mthembu-Salter, said the huge increase in South African property prices since 2003, coup... See full details

  17. Top accounting firm defends chairperson

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Top brass at accounting giant KPMG have come to the defence of their chairperson, Raboijane Kgosana, whose son has been implicated in two violent armed robberies. Senior partner Mohammed Hassan and director Danie van Heerden have sworn they never told Kgosana that the company employee he had phoned was a complainant in his son's court case. Kgosana's eldest son, Obakeng, and four others co... See full details

  18. Kasrils takes swipe at former spy boss

    Date: 22 Sep 2006
    Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has hit out sharply at his former director-general, Billy Masetlha, in parliament. Kasrils made his scathing comments during a National Assembly debate yesterday over a report on a probe into the hoax e-mail and surveillance scandal that saw heads roll in the National Intelligence Agency. The nub of the spy scandal is that top businessmen, politicians and... See full details

  19. Nine arrested over baggage theft at airport refused bail

    Date: 21 Sep 2006
    Manager congratulates security team and SAPS on major breakthrough Police have bust nine airport luggage handlers for stealing out of travellers' suitcases. The men, who allegedly ransacked bags at Johannesburg International Airport, have been charged with theft and were refused bail at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. Police are hunting at least three more suspected thieves,... See full details

  20. PSL referee guilty of match-fixing

    Date: 21 Sep 2006
    Disgraced Premier Soccer League referee Enoch Radebe has been convicted of offering to pay a fellow referee and his assistant to influence a soccer game. Radebe, who was facing two counts of corruption and two alternative charges of corrupting a sporting event, was yesterday found guilty on the alternative counts. The Durban Magistrate's Court heard that Free State ref Harry Lekitlane recei... See full details

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