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  1. Take gun licence test via Internet

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    As the Firearm Control Act’s deadlines creep closer, South Africans who want to renew and/or apply for gun licences can do so by Internet. The computer-based testing service, e-Test, was officially launched yesterday on behalf of the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (Sasseta). The new system, developed by the computer-based testing and assessment company, Prometric... See full details

  2. Costs amount to R10 000, home-owner claims

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Hurlingham home-owner whose wall was destroyed by Judge Nkola Motata's car has billed the judge for R10 000. He said Judge Motata's attorney had refused to pay this and "requested direct costs and quotes". "But it is not easy as that. The panels were difficult to get and I had to get someone to do them to try to match the entire wall so that my house does not look tatty and lose its va... See full details

  3. Mama Jackey out on bail despite cop's efforts

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Soweto magistrate, who once released Jacqueline Maarohanye on bail on a charge of committing a violent crime has done it again. Releasing Maarohanye on bail of R10 000 yesterday, magistrate Herman Badenhorst, of the Protea Regional Court, ruled there was no evidence before him suggesting the state's case was strong. In his decision, Badenhorst ignored an affidavit compiled by investigat... See full details

  4. Where is this child's mother?

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    A case of child neglect has been opened and police are looking for the mother of a 3-year-old girl found wandering in wet clothes next to a road in City Deep, Johannesburg. The child - who said her name was Simphiwe - has claimed that she was thrown into a pond on Monday morning and left there. She was found by a Netcare 911 ambulance crew wandering near Vickers Road. The isiZulu-speaking... See full details

  5. Masetlha tells court why he withheld vital facts

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Billy Masetlha, withheld important information from Inspector-General of Intelligence Zolile Ngcakani because he regarded him as part of a campaign to discredit him. The Hatfield Community Court heard yesterday that Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils had launched a campaign to get rid of Masetlha. "You (Ngcakani) were regar... See full details

  6. Mama Jackey out on bail despite cop's efforts

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Soweto magistrate, who once released Jacqueline Maarohanye on bail on a charge of committing a violent crime has done it again. Releasing Maarohanye on bail of R10 000 yesterday, magistrate Herman Badenhorst, of the Protea Regional Court, ruled there was no evidence before him suggesting the state's case was strong. In his decision, Badenhorst ignored an affidavit compiled by investiga... See full details

  7. Cachalia lashed for delay in making statement to cops

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    There is growing outrage over the failure of Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia to timeously make a statement about his mugging to the police. Cachalia, at the forefront of the province's fight against crime, and his wife Nazira, who heads the Johannesburg City Safety programme, were enjoying an evening stroll in the gardens at Emmarentia Dam on Friday when they were accosted by tw... See full details

  8. CPF unhappy after successful policing project is dumped

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Public banned from using police radios The relationship between Honeydew police station, its community and its "phenomenally successful" nine-year project is under threat. The station's Community Policing Forum chairperson, John Baisley, has slammed the suspension of the Eyes and Ears project, which gave selected CPF members permission to monitor police radios and assist at crime sce... See full details

  9. Brazen clinic robbery leaves staff shaken

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Three armed robbers brazenly sat in the Morningside Medi-Clinic reception this morning before jumping the counter, holding a clerk up and then escaping with money in a waiting getaway car. The attack on the hospital's administrative clerk took place between 8 and 9 this morning and was pulled off by snazzily dressed men in suits. According to one eyewitness, the men had been lurking in the... See full details

  10. Drunk driving suspect shielded behind closed doors

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Most alleged drunk drivers have to appear in open court - but Pretoria Judge Nkola Motata was allowed to appear behind closed doors in a magistrate's chambers this morning. The judge was in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court after an incident earlier this year when he rammed his silver Jaguar into the wall of a house in Hurlingham. At the time of the incident the Joburg metro police and the S... See full details

  11. Scorpions hit at decision to strike Zuma case off the roll

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Ex-deputy president described as less than honest in dealings with investigators Judge Herbert Msimang's decision to strike the case against Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thint from the court roll was "open to criticism". This was the view yesterday of a top Scorpions investigator, Johan du Plooy. The senior Directorate of Special Operations member has described Zuma as "vague... See full details

  12. Emmarentia sees a spike in crime just after safety drive

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Emmarentia area has again been hit by violence as a woman was shot in a leg when a gang attacked security guards delivering cash to an ATM at a Shell garage. Yesterday morning's events occurred just a few days after Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia and his wife were mugged in the same area on Friday evening. The men fired randomly as the gang struck at about 9.30am yesterd... See full details

  13. Lawyers quit Thato case

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    Legal aid lawyers yesterday withdrew from representing three suspects who appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of Thato Radebe. Nqobile Sibisi, 18, Stanley Masemola, 20, Mandla Mtshali, 20, Themba Mndaweni, 18 and Thabiso Ganta, 21, are charged with rape and murder after Thato Radebe’s body was found in a field near Emndeni Library earlier this month. A leg... See full details

  14. Man stung issuing fake car papers

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    An inspection officer at the Langlaagte testing station was caught red-handed yesterday issuing vehicle clearance documents for R1 000 each. The officer, who holds the rank of inspector with the SA Police Service’s Department of Vehicle Identification, had been issuing clearance documents since last year without inspecting the cars, or checking whether or not they had been stolen. West Rand ... See full details

  15. Given go-ahead to sue for reward

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    A retired traffic officer yesterday overcame the first legal hurdle in his battle to claim R1 million from Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula for helping to hunt down his son’s killer. Louis Vlok, 69, of Alberton, claimed in the Pretoria High Court he was entitled to a police reward as a result of information he had supplied to investigators, which had resulted in the conviction of ... See full details

  16. Selebi appoints five new deputies

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    From Thursday, the National Police Commissioner will have five deputy national commissioners as his immediate management team. National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi said yesterday that Divisional Commissioner Magda Stander had been promoted to Deputy National Commissioner. She would become part of his management team on March 1, he said. She joins Tim Williams, André Pruis, Mala Sing... See full details

  17. Cops blitz Laudium

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    Forty additional police will be deployed today to Laudium and Erasmus to help curb the allegedly escalating house robberies and hijackings in the west of Pretoria. Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi said yesterday the police air wing would also assist in crime-combating operations. This follows a call by residents for urgent action against violent crime in the area. The chairman of the Com... See full details

  18. Cachalia, wife attacked at dam

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    Thugs with knives mug crime-fighters at popular Joburg spot The man at the forefront of Gauteng's fight against crime, and his wife, who heads the Johannesburg City Safety programme, have themselves fallen prey to thugs. Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia and his wife Nazira were mugged at knifepoint while enjoying an evening stroll in the gardens surrounding Emmarentia Dam. "T... See full details

  19. Stake in biggest-ever fraud case edges towards R1-billion

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    Nineteen men and women, including the country's biggest retirement-fund administrator, have come before the Special Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg for the country's biggest white-collar fraud case. Alexander Forbes, the giant retirement fund administrator, along with 18 top business executives are accused of siphoning more than R900-million from several retirement funds. As the case ... See full details

  20. Mystery over how girl got lost

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    Police investigating claim she was thrown into pool of water This little is girl is desperate to be reunited with her parents after being found with wet clothes next to a road in City Deep, Joburg. All she knows is that her name is Simphiwe and that she is 3 years old. She said her mother's name is Mofokeng - which is likely to be a surname. Dressed in a bright-yellow top and short... See full details

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