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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Corpse in fridge: no charges?

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    A Pretoria man who kept the corpse of his mother for five years may face no charges if it is found he had permission to keep her body. Pretoria police said the man had kept his mother’s body in a refrigerator ventilation machine at his Colbyn home for five years following her death from a stroke. Inspector Katlego Mogale said the body was kept in a coffin inside the machine, which appeared t... See full details

  16. Police still hunting robbers

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Police were still hot on the trail yesterday of two of 10 men who robbed a supermarket and bottle store in Leondale, Alberton, where the owner and his 11-year-old son were seriously wounded. Most of the other members of the gang were arrested. The owner of the business, aged 41, and his son were seriously wounded in a shootout after the armed robbers stormed in and stole an undisclosed amount ... See full details

  17. A vision of life behind the prison looking glass

    Date: 17 Sep 2006
    It all happens after 3pm. The plotting of crimes outside the prison walls, the dishing out of retribution, the violence and the sexual assaults. There's nothing to do after 3pm. Prisoners, 45 to a cell, are cramped together in a space meant for less than half that number. In most cells, the TV doesn't work. Many do nothing except stare into space. Some sleep; others plan, organise, fight. It's... See full details

  18. Overcrowded cells with their smells are hell

    Date: 17 Sep 2006
    Brace yourself for a flood of inmates. This is Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula's warning to the Department of Correctional Services, which has battled with overcrowding for years and cannot cope with the current influx of criminals. Figures at the end of December last year showed that South Africa had more than 157 000 prisoners. Of these, around 46 000 were awaiting trial and ove... See full details

  19. Alleged serial killer faces more charges

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    Fourteen more charges of murder were yesterday added to the charge sheet of the alleged Olievenhoutbosch and Samrand serial killer. Richard Jabulani Nyauza (36) of Olievenhoutbosch already faced one charge of murder. After his appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court yesterday, he now faces 15. The accused was arrested on September 5, and the court explained his rights to him. Nyauza ... See full details

  20. Torture victim not fit to be transferred

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    Baby Seiso may have to stay on longer at Odi Hospital as his doctor has advised the family that he is not in a condition to travel to Potchefstroom Hospital, where his family want him moved. According to Seiso's father, Peete Letsie, the family will have to bear with the situation until the toddler, the victim of torture by two 11-year-old boys, is fit enough to be transferred to another hospi... See full details

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