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  1. Brave dad’s bullets blast E Rand gang

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    Speaking from his hospital bed yesterday John Nicholls, 41, a firearms specialist, told how he single-handedly took on a gang of robbers who were making a getaway. Nicholls, from Alberton on the East Rand, was driving with his son Johnny, 6, on Saturday when he saw a car come to a halt on the wrong side of the road. Men piled out of the car and into a taxi “and I knew something was wrong”. ... See full details

  2. Horror court attack

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    Pretoria Magistrate’s Court prosecutor Marisa Booysen is in a serious, but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital after being stabbed at work yesterday. At about noon a suspect in his thirties, carrying a knife, entered her office on the first floor of the Pretoria court. He apparently demanded that she hand over her cellphone, then stabbed his victim several times. Two police officers i... See full details

  3. Clampdown on Internet porno

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    Anyone caught accessing or sending pornographic material via the Internet or from a cellphone will end up behind bars. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is in the process of employing content analysts to check “adult” material being circulated on the web. The FPB says distribution of such material on the Internet is in contravention of Section 24 of the Films and Publications Act. FPB ... See full details

  4. Paroled rapist admits to 13 more

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    A Daveyton resident, paroled after serving half of a 10-year sentence on a sixth rape conviction, confessed yesterday to committing a further 13 rapes after his release. Armstrong Beki Mkhwanazi, 26, pleaded guilty to 24 charges before Judge Winston Msimeki in the Johannesburg High Court. Mkhwanazi was arrested in August 2004 while walking with one of his victims. Six women had been attacke... See full details

  5. Manhunt for gang of 10 after foiled heist

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    Police are searching for 10 suspects involved in a failed cash heist in Germiston, Ekurhuleni yesterday. A Fidelity Guard van was rammed off the road by a white BMW on the old Heidelberg Road near Dawn Park. “Three suspects jumped out of a BMW and disarmed the guards,” said East Rand police spokesman Superintendent Andy Pieke. Seven more men arrived seconds later in another BMW and a Niss... See full details

  6. Road-rage victim dies four months on

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    Distraught family and fiends of the elderly pensioner severely beaten up during a road-rage attack earlier this year want justice to be done, as they are convinced the vicious assault led to his early death. Joe Duffy, 83, died in Union Hospital in Alberton on the East Rand early on Sunday. He had been in and out of hospital since the road-rage attack about four months ago, which necessitate... See full details

  7. Valuable police dog is stolen from car

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    The Tshwane Metro Police Department is still desperately searching for one of its most valuable crime fighting weapons – a sniffer dog named Benji. Benji was stolen while the metro police were responding to a call north of Pretoria on Friday. Tshwane Metro Police spokesman Director Mel Vosloo said two officers had left Benji and an explosives expert dog known as Jade in the car while they we... See full details

  8. SARS man’s opinions axed in Le Roux tax fraud trial

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    The Wynberg Regional Court ruled yesterday that SA Revenue Services investigator Lorenzo van Vuuren may not give opinions on legal matters as part of his testimony in the tax fraud case involving former Springbok cricketer Garth le Roux,. The fraud charges relate to business transactions involving Le Roux’s property sales concern at the Fancourt golf estate, near Knysna. Le Roux is on trial ... See full details

  9. Temporary glitch in bank robbery case

    Date: 19 Sep 2006
    There has been no “damage” to the case against 10 alleged bank robbers, which was temporarily taken off the roll in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga. The suspects were arrested and charged after allegedly netting about R100 million in bank robberies. But the case was taken off the court roll after an apparent misunderstanding relating to the appointment of a private prosecutor t... See full details

  10. Airport terminal evacuated in security scare

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Passengers' luggage rechecked and flights delayed after weapon found Sniffer dogs and explosives experts were rushed to Cape Town International Airport after a security alert that caused hundreds of domestic-flight passengers to be evacuated. As a delay of almost two hours affected other domestic flights, Airports Company SA (Acsa) officials tried hard to downplay yesterday's drama. ... See full details

  11. Summit in bid to make African skies safer

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    The dramatic increase in airline collisions in Africa - prompting the European Union to blacklist many African airlines from its airspace in March this year - is to come under the microscope this week. In a bid to make African skies safer, a "Key to Africa Aviation Conference on Safety and Security" will be held in Abuja, Nigeria. A statement issued by the conference quotes figures compile... See full details

  12. R200m dagga plantations destroyed in aerial assault

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Police delighted kids won't be smoking this cannabis Police have destroyed dagga plantations worth almost R200-million. A special 10-day operation, which ended yesterday, stopped as much as 180 tons of cannabis from spilling onto the streets of Joburg and other cities. In two weeks' time, the dagga - grown in an area the size of 500 rugby fields - would have gone on sale. The... See full details

  13. Police in rape shame

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Five charged for sending 4-year-old home despite evidence of scars, sores The words printed on this 4-year-old girl's T-shirt read "Everybody's Business" - but the police did not consider her alleged rape their business. She claimed she had been sexually assaulted by her 8-year-old neighbour - and her private parts were covered in sores and scars. But, after examining the little girl... See full details

  14. Pastor ‘killed for his phone’

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Shock has followed the revelation that a popular Johannesburg pastor died for a cellphone. Pastor Stefan Louw, 34, from the Melville Kruis Gemeente, was shot dead in his Westdene home on Friday night by robbers who made off with just his cellphone. The pastor was alone at home when he was attacked. Melville Kruis Gemeente church chairman Wynand Louw (no relation) yesterday condemned the m... See full details

  15. Embassy hit ‘six times’

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Police are still investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Iranian embassy. National police director Phuthi Setati said they were not willing to make any comments regarding the incident except to say that their “investigations are still continuing”. It has now emerged that the embassy and its staff members had become victims of crime for the sixth time in less than a year. Accor... See full details

  16. Probe into student constable’s death

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Doctors will do a post-mortem on the body of a student constable found in Boksburg Lake this week. The only injury on the body of Constable Kgotso Donald Tsieane, 27, was a scratch on the upper part of his arm. “The position of the scratch is a little strange, which makes us suspicious,” said Superintendent Andy Pieke of the East Rand police. A murder dossier has been opened for investigati... See full details

  17. Aunt to face charges after child’s death

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    A 29-year-old woman from Bekkersdal near Randfontein on the West Rand is to appear in court today to face a charge of child neglect after the body of a three-year-old boy she took care of was found in the house she lived in. According to police the woman, who is the child’s aunt, had been looking after the boy after his parents passed away two weeks ago. The child’s body was found with sever... See full details

  18. Police foil cash heist

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    A police car and an ambulance were to be used by a policeman and six cohorts in a cash heist yesterday morning. But a tip-off to the police resulted in them being arrested. Seven are to appear in court tomorrow. According to Insp Trudie Wilken, police arrested the seven after a tip-off about a cash heist being planned along Old Johannesburg Road in Vereeniging. She said four of the men, ... See full details

  19. Mixed reaction to metro police plan

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Municipalities have remained tight-lipped on whether or not they would be willing to hand over control of metro police departments to the South African Police Service (SAPS). This follows an announcement from Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula last week that the Police Act should be amended to make provision for one command and control structure for policing next year. The amended ... See full details

  20. Officers attacked after game

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    A senior police officer and a police inspector, together with their wives, were shot at from point blank range outside the Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday. The senior superintendent and the inspector were with their wives when they were attacked after the Currie Cup game between the Lions and Griquas. Milica Sakota, owner of the Touchdown Restaurant in the south stand, said the four sought sh... See full details

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