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  1. Mysterious bomb attack on home wounds three

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    "It was like lightning. Then the screams started … and then the orange flames." This is how a West Rand father described the petrol-bombing of his house in the early hours of yesterday, which injured his two daughters and a granddaughter. Steven Sikhonyane was asleep in his four-room house in Mohlakeng on the West Rand when he was awakened around 1.30am by a bang and the screams of his dau... See full details

  2. 5 held for reign of terror in Ivory Park

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    Five men who allegedly conducted a reign of terror by attacking people in their homes in Ivory Park over the past few months have been arrested. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said a man approached an Ivory Park tavern owner, John Mathebula, during the early hours of last Monday and asked him for a place to sleep. "The good-hearted Mr Mathebula took the man to his shack, where he gave him a... See full details

  3. Six arrested over cash machine explosions

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    Dynamite and hijacked vehicles found at house in Leondale as police deal big blow to gang The arrest of a suspect in Leondale, Germiston, and smart detective work by members of the SAPS's Intervention Unit have led to the arrest of six suspects who might be linked to the recent spate of ATM bombings in the province. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said police also took possession of f... See full details

  4. Kidnap suspect faces another week inside

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    "My son is coming home today," Mina Harmse shouted to the Pretoria Regional Court. But the young man suspected of kidnapping 7-year-old Sheldean Human will wait another week before he can apply for his release. Andrew Jordaan (25) appeared in court yesterday in the same clothes he was arrested in on February 20, two days after Sheldean went missing. The state claims Jordaan was seen with S... See full details

  5. Fresh Selebi crime links ‘rubbish’

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    The country’s top cop has scoffed at new allegations he has had dealings with criminal elements. National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi reacted to the claims made by the investigative magazine Noseweek, replying with a simple one-liner through his spokesman Director Sally de Beer: “We will not dignify this rubbish with a response.” Selebi was cast into the spotlight last year aft... See full details

  6. Murder accused ‘talks nonsense’

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    A suspended police sergeant accused of murdering crime intelligence officer Karrim Alli was yesterday accused of “talking a lot of nonsense” and trying to drag an innocent employee into his own horror deeds. Sergeant Isa Mohammed and one of his former employees, Stephanus (Tiene) de Bruin denied guilt on a charge of murdering Alli in October 2004. Alli died after he and his vehicle were set al... See full details

  7. Policeman held over wife’s murder

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Mpumalanga police have arrested a 32-year-old police colleague after he allegedly shot and killed his wife during the early hours yesterday in Secunda. Marius van Rooyen has also been embroiled in a court case after he knocked over and killed a motorcyclist last year. Van Rooyen was found guilty on Wednesday of culpable homicide in that case. Superintendent Abie Khoabane said the couple w... See full details

  8. Bogus social worker in baby snatch

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    A woman posing as a social worker duped a young mother into traveling at least 100km from her home with her, before snatching her one-month-old baby son. She achieved this by promising her victim access to a social grant. The baby, Andile Folgies, has been missing since Wednesday. That is when the woman arrived on the farm Witfontein in Hartbeesfontein, North West, in a white Toyata Corol... See full details

  9. Police want to see victims of ‘spanner man’

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Brooklyn police in Pretoria yesterday appealed to the public who fell victim to a suspect dubbed “spanner man” to come forward. The man is alleged to have used a spanner to assault people during house robberies east of the city for several weeks. Police Inspector Katlego Mogale says the man, who was arrested last week, has been positively identified by three victims as their attacker. Ins... See full details

  10. Mamma Jackey to sue Dept

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Mama Jackey Maarohanye, the Ithutheng Trust School principal who has been in and out of the courts in the past few weeks is suing the Gauteng Department of Education. Departmental spokesman Panyaza Lesufi yesterday confirmed they have been served with lawsuit papers by Maarohanye’s lawyers. He could not divulge the exact amount involved as it was still a “case for the courts”, but according ... See full details

  11. Officials get R2 million for no work

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Experienced officials who were not incorporated in Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) during restructuring several years ago are still pocketing huge salaries despite not doing any work. The Citizen has learned that at least two officials are on the EMS payroll, but have not filled any position in the service since 2001. It is believed Brian Hogan, who was deputy direc... See full details

  12. 2010 stadium project rocked by scandals

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Construction has not yet started on Mpumalanga's R920-million World Cup stadium and already authorities are investigating claims that the company appointed to design it was irregularly paid tens of millions of rands. The Mbombela municipality, which is responsible for overseeing construction of the 43 000-seater stadium in Nelspruit, resolved that a full forensic investigation be launched into... See full details

  13. Security worries hurt SA on tourism index

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Heritage sites help to make country competitive South Africa's tourism industry has been ranked 62nd out of 124 countries in the World Economic Forum's first ever Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, with safety and security concerns among the negatives. According to the report, South Africa's strengths included its "significant number" of World Heritage sites and its infrastruc... See full details

  14. Police on alert in Khutsong as demarcation protest turns nasty

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Police Nyalas drove around Khutsong arresting youths who were participating in a community protest this morning. It all started last night when two houses were petrol-bombed and members of the community were attacked by a group calling themselves the "road and project gang". According to members of the community, certain Khutsong councillors had asked the gang to attack an anti-North West gr... See full details

  15. Area crime statistics for Voslorus

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Years: 2004/5 2005/6 Murder 48 38 Rape 157 163 Attempted Murder 91 64 Robbery with aggravating circumstances 619 574 Kidnapping 13 13 Abduction 18 13 Culpable homicide 20 19 Public violence 1 2 Car hijacking 80 71 Truck hijacking 11 33 Bank robbery 0 0 Cash-heist 1 3 Robbery at residential premises 66 58 Robbery at business premis... See full details

  16. Pharmacist's murder triggers outrage

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    The Pharmaceutical Society of SA has reacted with shock at the murder of prominent Johannesburg pharmacist Nilesh Kishav. According to Vaal Rand police spokesperson Trudi Wilken, the 35-year-old pharmacist was shot at close range by two armed robbers at his Lenasia South pharmacy at about 8pm on Wednesday. The suspects also robbed some of Kishav's clients as they were leaving the premises. ... See full details

  17. Aids-hero priest shot

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Father Kieran Creagh heard a bell ring at his flat at the Leratong Hospice in Atteridgeville and thought it was a nurse summoning him to come and pray with a dying patient. But when he opened the door he was confronted by eight gunmen. A short while later he was fighting for his life after being shot three times. Creagh, the director of the hospice just outside Pretoria, who lives on the pre... See full details

  18. Three men gunned down execution style

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Three more people - two brothers and their cousin - have been gunned down in the ongoing gang warfare in Manenberg, Cape Town. Police spokesperson Billy Jones said police responded to a shooting at Beatrix Lane after 1am yesterday and found the bodies of Wayne (31) and Graham Smith (27) and their cousin Tasleem Smith (20). They had been shot in the head. Jones said one was behind the wheel... See full details

  19. Star team threatened as riots erupt in Khutsong

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Khutsong residents have gone on the rampage, attacking police officers and reporters, in a protest against being incorporated into North West. The residents said they wanted nothing to do with North West as it was a poor province and service delivery was slow. Violence erupted on Wednesday night when two houses were petrol-bombed and members of the community were attacked by a belligerent ... See full details

  20. Another top police official is attacked

    Date: 02 Mar 2007
    Western Cape deputy police commissioner Ganief Daniels has become the latest senior law official in the country to fall victim to crime in the past month. Daniels, who has close to 30 years' experience in the service, was robbed of his briefcase containing his service firearm, personal items and about R9 000 in cash at a shopping centre yesterday. Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said... See full details

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