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  1. Stiff sentence shocks Tembisa robber

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    By jailing a man for 16 years for robbing a woman of earrings and a cellphone, a Tembisa magistrate has sent a message to the community that this type of crime would not be tolerated and that perpetrators would be dealt with harshly by the judiciary. The accused, Sifiso Tyutu (25), was visibly stunned when the magistrate handed down the sentence. Tyutu was found guilty of robbing a 39-year-... See full details

  2. No charges after student 'forced to drop panties'

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Sergeant to face disciplinary hearing after woman's humiliating ordeal Charges of crimen injuria and indecent assault have been withdrawn against a police sergeant who allegedly forced a student to prove to him that she was menstruating. The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) declined to prosecute because it was "deemed not advisable" to subject the complainant to "secondary hu... See full details

  3. Eldos moves up from zero-star to four-star station

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Property values on the rise as suburb becomes a safer place Two years ago, Eldorado Park was virtually a "no-go zone", one of the most dangerous places to live. Even in broad daylight, criminals used to unleash their devastating attacks, from armed robbery, gang rape and car-hijacking to smash-and- grab and burglary, terrorising the lives of the community on an unprecedented scale. ... See full details

  4. 'Bad Brad' in court for assault, crimen injuria

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Former Big Brother housemate "Bad Brad" Wood appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrate's court this morning on a charge of assault and crimen injuria. The 32-year-old, a self-confessed friend of one of the Elite bouncers linked to the 2002 murder of Patrick Caetano, faces charges relating to an incident involving the son of multimillionaire Douw Steyn. Wood and Steyn are currently involv... See full details

  5. Blueprint for crime relief

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Behind the five doors of the criminal justice system lies a solution to the crime wave sweeping through South Africa. This emerged from the Victims of Crime conference convened yesterday by the DA, and attended by organisations representing abused children, youth, senior citizens and crime victims. The Review of Criminal Justice document tabled at the event highlighted police numbers,... See full details

  6. Turf wars ‘are not a worry’

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Professional jealousy and turf wars between the police and the Scorpions are nothing to worry about. So said Minister for Safety and Security Charles Nqakula in an interview with the SABC yesterday. Nqakula said that “now and then” conflict arose between the two agencies. This statement stands in stark contrast to recent statements made by representatives of both law-enforcement agencies ... See full details

  7. March to urge action on crime

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Angry residents of Gauteng will take to the streets tomorrow to demand that President Thabo Mbeki act against crime. The march will start at 10.30am from the Wits University entrance in Empire Road. The protesters will then march to the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park to hand a memorandum, addressed to Mbeki, to a representative of the Ministry of Safety and Security. Organiser of the ... See full details

  8. Children end up behind bars

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    An invitation to Parliament landed nearly a dozen street children behind bars yesterday. Independent Democrats (ID) MP Lance Greyling says he is “furious” after about 10 children who live on the street were arrested on the Grand Parade less than two hours after they met ID MP’s in Parliament. At the meeting, which was hosted by ID President Patricia de Lille and three other ID MP’s, the chil... See full details

  9. 'Cops gave me kebble's car'

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Private investigator Andre Burger denies that vehicle was washed and evidence lost It was the police themselves who handed Brett Kebble's blood-splattered Mercedes-Benz S600 to the mining magnate's security company within hours of his murder. This is according to Andre Burger - a former employee of Central National Security Guards (CSNG), a company run by Kebble's ex-security chief, ... See full details

  10. Balfour wants heads to roll over C-Max slip

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    A December 4 deadline has been set to establish whether Annanias Mathe had inside assistance during his escape from Pretoria's C-Max prison. Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour has set up an interdepartmental investigating team, who are mandated to search for possible collusion by officials. Balfour yesterday paid his second visit to the prison since the notorious Mozambican ... See full details

  11. State to appeal killer sergeant's 'lenient' sentence

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    The state has been granted leave to appeal against the 10-year sentence given to SA Air Force Sergeant Flippie Venter for murdering his two toddlers. Venter (34) was also convicted of the attempted murder of his wife. The state argued yesterday that the sentence was far too lenient. Judge Nico Coetzee found that another court might differ from his sentence and granted the state leave to a... See full details

  12. Druglord suspect and son nabbed in pre-dawn raids

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    A 47-year-old suspected druglord and his 24-year-old son have been arrested in an early morning raid on homes of suspected drug dealers. Gauteng police have been monitoring the alleged druglord for more than a year. While the son was a suspected drug dealer as well, a search of his apartment in Ormonde, Johannesburg, yesterday revealed nothing to implicate him. However, events took an u... See full details

  13. Nqakula ignores claim of alleged Kebble link

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Airports Company SA former security boss Paul O'Sullivan's allegations that Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula is linked to slain mining magnate Brett Kebble has been rubbished. O'Sullivan yesterday made damning allegations, linking Nqakula to Kebble. He has previously accused National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi of being involved in criminal activities. This time, however,... See full details

  14. 'People have to take a stand against crime'

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Members of Gauteng CPFs receive awards for working with the police Alberto Pontiggia found himself thinking seriously about crime after he was hijacked. He was well aware that it was one of the most worrying elements in the country. But instead of reacting negatively, he decided to take a stand in the fight against crime. Today the man who was once a victim is chairperson of the ... See full details

  15. Fake DVDs, tapes seized

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    The North Rand SAPS Organised Crime Investigation Unit is probing charges of fraud and transgressions of the Copyright Act and the Revenue Act after counterfeit DVDs and music tapes worth about R2-million were seized in Spartan, Kempton Park. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said five suspects were arrested after police swooped on the premises in Rigger Street yesterday. The Ekurhuleni metro p... See full details

  16. Benoni CPF staffers are at your service

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Criminals beware - this new team are a breath of fresh airM/i> The giant spirit and commitment of the men and women behind the Benoni Community Policing Forum has made it a force to be reckoned with, despite operating on limited resources. Spearheading the operation is chairperson Reza Patel, the glue that binds the Benoni CPF, based in Cranbourne Avenue in the central business district.... See full details

  17. Dad who allegedly sodomised baby gets bail

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Angry child rights groups blame the government for stalling Sexual Offences Bill A man allegedly sodomised his 16-day-old son so brutally that photographs of the infant's anal injuries caused his lawyer to withdraw from the case. Now child rights groups are outraged after the 36-year-old technician was released on R3 000 bail by the Welkom District Court on Tuesday because he apparen... See full details

  18. Suspend Selebi and appoint inquiry, urges Leon

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has added his voice to the call on President Mbeki to set up a commission of inquiry to probe allegations against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Leon, was speaking at a DA-commissioned workshop, dubbed Victims of Crime - The Search for Solutions, in Sandton yesterday. The workshop was attended by business people and leading experts who delivere... See full details

  19. DA leader applauds Star's bid to fight crime

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    The Star newspaper and its editor Moegsien Williams have received accolades from the leader of the country's main opposition party for the paper's R1-million contribution to the fight against crime. Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon yesterday praised the newspaper for its pledge during the launch of a partnership between Gauteng's 124 Community Policing Forums and The Star at Constitution Hi... See full details

  20. Taxi driver accused of flashing R15 000 to cops as a bribe

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    A taxi driver who allegedly tried to bribe police officers with R15 000 has been arrested and charged with bribery. The man allegedly flashed a wad of notes at the men in uniform, but instead found himself in the back of a police van, with the money seized as an exhibit. The 30-year-old from Soweto man was nabbed yesterday when officers pounced on him at his home. They had gone to his hous... See full details

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