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  1. 6000 arrested on trains in a month

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    More than 6 000 people were arrested on trains and at stations around the country in August. Commissioner Andre Venter, head of railway police, said those arrested had committed offences ranging from rape, armed robbery, possession of illegal firearms, dealing in and possession of drugs and fraud. Others were arrested for drinking in public, a priority crime in the rail environment. Commiss... See full details

  2. Police hunt for Menlyn mall robber

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    A manhunt has started for one of three men who robbed a Johannesburg woman of thousands of rands in the Menlyn shopping centre, east of Pretoria on Wednesday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday a man drove away leaving his two accomplices behind. They were arrested. He said the man was known and would be arrested soon. Ramaloko said a 41-year-old woman with drew about R200 000 from t... See full details

  3. Probe into NW housing

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    The North West legislature, during visits to Rustenburg, Klerksdorp and Taung, is investigating “rumours” surrounding contracts awarded to a controversial construction company. The portfolio committee on developmental local government and housing, led by Mahlakeng Mahlakeng, is “looking into various questions asked about construction company Toro Ya Afrika,” a spokesman said. Last December t... See full details

  4. Jeppestown suspect arrest ‘a mistake’

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    The Roodepoort Magistrate’s court heard yesterday that one of the accused in the Jeppestown murder case, Bheki Skhakhane, had been mistakenly arrested by police and the state had no case against him. Skhakhane, accused number six in the bail application by seven suspects believed to be part of the gang of 16 involved in a shootout with police on June 25, said in an affidavit he was a bystander ... See full details

  5. 'I saw Kebble's killers'

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Homeless man says he saw 3 men get out of car after hearing shot A new twist has emerged in the unsolved Brett Kebble murder after a homeless man came forward, claiming to have witnessed a meeting between Kebble and his killers moments before his death. The 24-year-old Bloemfontein man is currently in police custody, under arrest after having been linked to a housebreaking. Polic... See full details

  6. Suspected heist boss's luxury cars seized

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Police have confiscated luxury vehicles worth nearly R1,5-million belonging to suspected heist kingpin Christian "Seuntjie" van Wyk and his gang. The Star has established that police yesterday confiscated a BMW M3, worth more than R500 000, a Nissan Crossfire, valued at R400 000, and a Volvo 4x4, worth about R600 000. The seizure took place in Pretoria, 50km away from Brakpan, where... See full details

  7. Shortage of rape crime kits in Gauteng

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Officials are struggling to collect vital DNA evidence in sexual assault cases Crime kits used to collect vital DNA evidence from rape survivors are in short supply in Gauteng. And this means individuals working with rape survivors are finding it difficult to gather evidence which could assist in convicting rapists. Luke Lamprecht, the spokesperson for the Teddy Bear Clinic, an or... See full details

  8. Public service performance not up to scratch, says report

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    A Public Service Commission report into performance management has shown that the public service is rotting from the top down, with serious consequences for service delivery, MPs have been told. The study commissioned by parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) showed that performance assessments in the worst affected departments of Home Affairs, Correctional Services and Labo... See full details

  9. Fraudster told to pack his bags

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    An Egyptian man who was found to have deceived Home Affairs on several occasions has been unceremoniously kicked out of the country by a Cape High Court judge. Mohamed Abdelnaser Houd had been fighting to stay in the country since his arrest at the Cape Town International Airport in February. He took the minister of Home Affairs, immigration official Gideon Christians and the South African Pol... See full details

  10. All equal before the law - even comrades, says Lekota

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    ANC chairperson and Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota has said that "all shall be equal before the law", even when "our own comrades" face arrest. Without any reference to ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma - who is facing corruption charges - Lekota used an analogy of how he came to understand the meaning of a clause in the ANC's Freedom Charter that said all shall be equal before the law. Spe... See full details

  11. Lab chaos hits courts

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    The shambles in the Western Cape forensic laboratory has caused law courts to extend the waiting period for the analysis of drink-drive blood samples from six months to nine. This emerged yesterday in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, when British national Anthony Cooper made his umpteenth appearance before Ingrid Freitag on a charge of drunken driving. Defence counsel Naseem Cassim objected... See full details

  12. SAPS forensic skills in decline, say police

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    The SAPS forensic laboratories, once among the best in the world, are deteriorating alarmingly in their level of competence. This is causing huge delays in criminal cases, placing further strain on an already hobbled criminal justice system. So say police science and criminology experts, who blame the problem on a shrinking skills base within the SAPS. But the police say they appointed 14... See full details

  13. Refugees make case

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    The Constitutional Court has heard arguments in the application by the Union of Refugee Women to allow its members to work in the SA private security sector. Judgment has been reserved until further notice. In terms of the legislation, security service providers must register with the private security industry regulatory authority. But permanent residence of SA citizenship is required befor... See full details

  14. Scrap metal vendor’s live ammo

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Police found 23 explosive devices, two of them active and high-powered projectiles, on the roof of a shack in Potchefstroom yesterday. The discovery comes only days after Gift Suping, 5, was blown apart while he and a friend were handling an M27 grenade picked up in a field near the military base. The owner of the house ran away when he saw police advancing on his home at 9am on Tuesday. He h... See full details

  15. Error frees accused

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    An Alberton police investigator must now explain why he allegedly opened a prison cell and set free a wanted murderer, car hijacker and robber. Kapp Chabalala, 32, was to appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder, car hijacking and robbery, but his dockets were sent to the Germiston Magistrate’s Court. Senior prosecutor Kenny Ramavuyo said the investigating off... See full details

  16. Violence erupts before start of cleaners’ strike

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Two women were stripped naked and beaten on their train ride to work as a cleaners’ strike turned violent – even thought the strike has not yet started. This came to light as The Citizen received several calls from train commuters, who said women cleaners were being attacked on trains travelling from Johannesburg’s Park Station to Soweto and Tembisa. “The cleaners who are on strike go... See full details

  17. Five police officers axed for graft

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPF) yesterday axed five of their officers and suspended three others for corruption and assault. “A departmental tribunal aims to make examples of the axed officers to show both the public and fellow officers once and for all that corruption and assault in the department will not be tolerated,” said the JMPD’s Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar. Ch... See full details

  18. Penalties on the way for bad driving

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Habitual road offenders will meet their match when Pretoria embraces the proposed points demerit system in 2007. Transport Department spokesman Collen Msibi said the system would be implemented as a pilot project in the capital before being rolled out to the rest of the country. The administrative adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Bill prescribed the introduction of the system, which is ... See full details

  19. We’ll be back – rapists

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Two men who raped a woman in Krugersdorp on Tuesday threatened her they would return if she reported the matter. At a traffic light another motorist told her she had a flat tyre. A source close to the woman told police she stopped at a garage to check her tyres but two men pounced on her and ordered her to drive to a mine dump. The businesswoman told police that after she was raped, one of ... See full details

  20. Police choppers get eyes

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    The eye in the sky ability of the SAPS airwing will be quadrupled thanks to the fitting of four multi-sensor electro-optic and infra-red systems. The Goshawk 350 systems have continuous zoom thermal imagers, daylight TV cameras and auto tracking. Similar systems are already fitted to other police rotary-winged aircraft and have proven their worth in tracking down chop shops sited in isolated ... See full details

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