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  1. Fear rises as the sun sets on Orange Farm's shacks

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    Extension 9 Ward 4 of Orange Farm is better known as Dark City among its residents. That is because there is no electricity, and when the sun sets, darkness engulfs the area, which is dominated by a landscape of shacks. At night those who have gates lock them. The cries of a person in distress go unanswered because of a fear of the dark. A few months ago, a local businessman was shot a... See full details

  2. METRO COP SHAKE-UP

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    From fining motorists to tackling armed gangstersMinister unveils crime-fighting strategy Their days of mainly punishing traffic violations are over - metro police will now be at the forefront of the battle against crime. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday announced a major shake-up at police stations. This includes the expected relocation of metro police under the... See full details

  3. Fired spy chief to be charged over e-mail saga

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    Dismissed spy boss Billy Masetlha is to be charged with contravening the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, according to the Office of the Intelligence Inspector-General. "We confirm that a criminal summons has been issued and is to be served by the police this week," Mpho Nchabeleng, the acting chief operations officer in the I-G's office, said yesterday. However, Nchabeleng could not p... See full details

  4. Dog's foot pads were scraped off, court told

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    A hapless dog swung behind a Mercedes-Benz like a "merry-go-round swing" on a rope tied to its neck while the driver of the vehicle turned a corner, allegedly at high speed. "The dog ran, fell, was dragged on the road, struggled up again, fell," Thomas Vosloo told the Pretoria District Court yesterday. He was one of the people who witnessed how Oupa Jan Seemo (32) allegedly dragged his lon... See full details

  5. Alarming figures on drug overdoses 'just the tip of the iceberg'

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    Doctors' efforts made difficult because they are described as 'collapses' You battle to breathe as your heart beats slower and slower. Your body is limp and, before you slip into a coma, you start gurgling. As many as 16 people in Joburg will experience the hell of a drug overdose in the next 24 hours. Some will be dumped at petrol stations, pharmacies and security huts to endure ... See full details

  6. Alex kids steal dogs for fighting

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    A gang of children as young as 12 are stealing dogs from the suburbs of Johannesburg and making them fight in a pit for “entertainment”. Dog owners have been warned to be on the alert for these cold-blooded youngsters who operate out of Alexandra. A police reservist, who wished to remain anonymous, said a colleague’s two dogs, a Pitbull and an Alsation, had been stolen. “We knew a colleague... See full details

  7. Police find body in elevator shaft

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Johannesburg police stumbled upon a decomposing body lying at the bottom of an elevator shaft at an abandoned building in the city centre on Friday morning while searching for suspects who robbed a nearby shop. According to Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesman Malcolm Midgley, police requested their help in recovering the body after making the discovery. He said police found the unident... See full details

  8. ANC members' lottery link sparks debate

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Opposition parties have raised questions about a report in a Sunday newspaper that top ANC members are part of the Gidani consortium which has been identified as the preferred bidder by the National Lottery Board to run the national lottery from next year. According to the report, ANC national executive committee members Cyril Ramaphosa and Max Sisulu as well as Chris Nissen, former ANC MEC fo... See full details

  9. Soccer player stabbed to death over team selection

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Players and spectators watched in horror as a soccer player was stabbed, apparently by a teammate, and bled to death at Northdale Stadium in Pietermaritzburg yesterday. Emmanuel Lefuna (25), a player in third-division side Msenti Aces, was called to play after half-time by coach Philemon Diko. Lefuna was attacked as he was about to take the field, allegedly by the player he was replacing. ... See full details

  10. SA third on world serial killer list - but quick to capture them

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Joburg and Pretoria country's worst affected areas South Africa is setting world records when it comes to the speedy arrest of serial killers. This accolade is, however, marred by the fact that the country ranks among three of the world's most notorious countries when it comes to serial murderers. The other two are Russia and the United States. Since 1936, 71 serial murderers hav... See full details

  11. Mystery summons for former spy boss

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Former spy boss Billy Masetlha was expected to be served with a summons by the police today, according to his lawyer, Imraan Haffegee. However, Haffegee said he had no idea what the summons would contain and he would be able to get details only this morning. He said police had contacted him on Friday. "I presume the summons will have the charges … and he needs to be in court sometime in Oc... See full details

  12. How cops trapped suspects in taxi

    Date: 08 Sep 2006
    At 8.30pm on Wednesday, suspected gangster brothers Dumisane and Siphelele Quvane jumped into a minibus taxi that they believed would whisk them to a hideout near Soweto. What they didn't know, however, was that their "taxi driver" was an undercover policeman and they were being driven straight into a trap. As the taxi approached the Houghton offramp, police pounced and arrested the men su... See full details

  13. 'He robbed Phumzile'

    Date: 08 Sep 2006
    Women say suspected Knife Gang boss boasted of break-in The alleged leader of the Sandton Knife Gang boasted wildly about burgling the luxury Sandton home of Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. So say two women who claim William "Big Spender" Lehasa proudly admitted he had grown tired of "petty crime" and decided to do a "high-profile" job. The Star, which is in possession o... See full details

  14. Accused in docket case 'not in danger'

    Date: 08 Sep 2006
    A serious miscarriage of justice to refuse bail, says court The prosecutor accused of stealing about 200 dockets might be in danger. State prosecutor Tania Carstens told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court yesterday that Annemé Bam (28) gave names to the police of known drug dealers who might kill her and that she was also a witnesses in a Scorpions case. Carstens said she feared Ba... See full details

  15. Crime-busting lab machines deployed

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Criminals are facing the latest automated DNA testing technology and machinery introduced by the South African Police Service. Apart from the conventional manual DNA sample recovery and analysis units, the newly launched multi-million rand Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria also houses the world’s first Genetic Sample Processing System. According to technical head at the lab, Senior Sup... See full details

  16. DNA of rape duo tested

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    West Rand police have taken blood samples of two men who are suspected to have been involved in the rape and robberies of 17 women. Police Inspector Solomon Sibiya said DNA tests were conducted on the two men. Insp Sibiya said the tests were conducted a few months ago and they would be released soon. The men are said to have robbed and raped women who walked on Hans Strijdom road to Dougl... See full details

  17. Orange Farm demo turns as protests clash with police

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Thick smoke billowed into the air. The sound of rubber bullets reverberated and people screamed hysterically as they scattered in different directions. Blood flowed on the tar. This was the scene - reminiscent of apartheid-era South Africa - in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, yesterday when police used rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of protesters who had barricaded both sides of the Go... See full details

  18. All Knife Gang members finally behind bars

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    The last two alleged members of the Sandton Knife Gang are finally behind bars. Last night, police arrested brothers Siphelele Quvane, who made a daring escape from court last week, and Dumisane Quvane, who had not been arrested until now. They were caught driving in a taxi on a Johannesburg highway after police had received a tip-off. The arrest follows the capture of the alleged leader o... See full details

  19. Death of Zuma trust-fund head 'taxi-related'

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Taxi owners and drivers have linked the death of Zobaphi Sithole, Gauteng chairperson of the Jacob Zuma Trust Fund, to the ongoing taxi violence in Soweto - and not politics. Sithole, who was also chairperson of the Meadowlands Taxi Association, was shot on Monday. Senior politicians, including Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, claimed Sithole's killing was politically motivated, p... See full details

  20. Burundi peace bid near solution

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Six presidents and the UN chief are in Dar-es-Salaam for a South African- brokered ceasefire agreement to bring an end to more than a decade of warfare in Burundi. But by late yesterday no agreement had been reached between the Burundian government and the oldest and last remaining rebel group, the Palipehutu-FNL of Agathon Rwasa. "There is going to be a summit but there are still some outs... See full details

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