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  1. Sentence of child rapist welcomed

    Date: 30 May 2006
    Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) yesterday welcomed the sentencing of a 47-year-old teacher found guilty of raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl. “Hopefully, this will serve as a deterrent in preventing potential perpetrators from committing such crimes,” CWSA said in a statement. Johannes Moriri, a Grade 3 teacher at Moahlasi primary school in Mpumalanga, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by ... See full details

  2. Cops unsure if serial killer prowls Pretoria

    Date: 30 May 2006
    Pretoria police yesterday cautiously dismissed rumours that a serial killer is on the loose in Centurion. Superintendent Morné van Wyk said there were a number of murders that had occurred and were being investigated, but this did not necessarily mean a serial killer was prowling the area. “The task team has been investigating the cases individually, but now we are trying to get every docket... See full details

  3. Gov’t ‘backtracking’ on child abuse: DA

    Date: 30 May 2006
    The DA called on government yesterday to properly maintain and fund the National Child Protection Register so as to fight the escalating child abuse crisis in South Africa. At the start of Child Protection Week today, the DA said there had been a 45% increase in reported child abuse cases. In 2002/03 the overall number of crimes against children stood at 59 526 cases. By 2004/05 the number ... See full details

  4. Take back streets from crime – Zille

    Date: 30 May 2006
    Cape Town – Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille joined an anti-crime cavalcade through the streets of Mitchell’s Plain yesterday and urged people to take back the streets. Zille said she felt privileged to join the symbolic stance against what she called a “terrible” and “brutal” wave of violence sweeping the country, particularly the Western Cape. She was part of a group – including the family of s... See full details

  5. Cellphone service providers slate Bill

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Vodacom yesterday criticised draft interception legislation for placing an expensive burden on the industry and clients. “This proposed Act needs more careful thought in terms of its un-intended consequences,” Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig said. The proposed law requires cellphone operators Vodacom, MTN and CellC to put in place systems for the interception of cellphone communications, and to... See full details

  6. Minister may resume security talks

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was considering resuming public wage negotiations in the troubled security sector, provided no harm came to officials, the Labour Department said yesterday. “I am tempted to allow my officials to go ahead with the hearings in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which will culminate in the promulgation of a sectoral determination,” Mdladlana sai... See full details

  7. Calls to free SA captives

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Calls for the release of 19 South Africans who were arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on suspicion of planning a coup were made yesterday. The men, working for the Omega Security Company, had been doing security work in the DRC and were recently appointed as a sub-contractor to assist an American company, Tactical Intelligence Corporation, with the safeguarding of presidential ... See full details

  8. Banks warn of new ATM card scam

    Date: 26 May 2006
    Banks have once again warned ATM users of a new card-skimming device doing the rounds. Unsuspecting ATM users are being caught off-guard by criminals using a hand-held card-skimming device. According to Absa, customers are approached by two or three criminals while inserting their card and PIN number in the ATM. The transaction is then cancelled and the customer is distracted by one perso... See full details

  9. Rape on the rise in the Western Cape

    Date: 25 May 2006
    Cape Town – The horror stories have become platitudes – a nine-month-old baby allegedly gang-raped, a pensioner raped by her grandson – to make the interminable list lend weight to perception of South Africa as the world’s rape capital. In the Western Cape, police statistics show that rape was the only contact crime category to increase, 8,2% from 2003/04 to 2004/05 “The increase in this cri... See full details

  10. Army may deploy on trains

    Date: 25 May 2006
    A lack of decisive police action has been blamed for the ongoing violence against security guards commuting by train. “The culprits should have been hunted down with the full might of the law but people have been getting away with this,” head of the Crime and Justice Programme Boyane Tshehla said yesterday. After more than 20 deaths, Metrorail and the SAPS remain silent on what they plan to ... See full details

  11. Metrorail pleads for help as the killing continues

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Metrorail has dubbed the violence against security guards, commuting by train as a “national crisis” after another two guards were thrown off a train yesterday. Thrown from the train 100m apart, the men were said to be coming from Tembisa and headed for the Kempton Park station. Ekurhuleni emergency service spokesman Sugan Moodley said one was killed while the other was rushed to Tembisa Hos... See full details

  12. Tow truckers bribe cops

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Ex-security chief’s scathing report tells of kickbacks and favoursTow-truck companies bribe corrupt policemen to ensure they are first at the scene of an accident – and this collusion could be costing lives.This is the thrust of a damning report compiled by Bennie van Rooyen, the former chief of safety and security at the old Germiston City Council.He was commissioned by Ekurhuleni Chief of Police... See full details

  13. Some break the law to earn a living

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Last month, Durban tow-truck drivers John Edward Amos, Sandile Nene and Victor Hawkey were charged with attempted murder after allegedly placing a log and rocks on the M7 highway between the Northdene and Higginson offramps. Although no one was injured, two cars were badly damaged. The trio also face alternative charges of malicious damage to property. Bail was fixed at R3 000 each and the ... See full details

  14. Metro officers protest

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Johannesburg Metro Police officers took to the streets yesterday to protest against a “corrupt internal affairs department”. More than 1 000 officers gathered at Beyers Naude Square to march to the Metropolitan Centre to hand over a memorandum to Johannesburg City Manager Mavela Dlamini. South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) general secretary Dumisani Langa led the marchers, who had... See full details

  15. Police warn of bogus repair men

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Police have warned domestic workers not to open gates or doors to people claiming to be repair men. This is after a house robber in Alberton this week in which a domestic worker was overpowered by a gang of six men. “She alleges the suspects gained entry on the pretext that they had come to clean the swimming pool. They then took cash, a cellphone, jewellery and household equipment valued at ... See full details

  16. Tougher security in place at Joburg’s ‘thiefport’

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Theft from your baggage, a long wait at the carousel and then a porter running away with your belongings while you are on your way to your car – which turns out to have been broken into or stolen. That is how many passengers at the Johannesburg International Airport experience airport security. Airport manager Chris Hlekane does not deny it. But at a briefing yesterday he was optimistic a... See full details

  17. Cell Bill could put you in jail

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Cape Town – People who sell or give away their cellphones or SIM cards and do not get accurate personal information about the recipient, could land up in jail for a year according to a new Bill before Parliament. The Bill has been slammed by service providers who forecast it will hit the poor hard. Cellphone service providers who fail to obtain and keep information on their clients could be ... See full details

  18. Jaws of Life Grab Cash

    Date: 23 May 2006
    The Ethekwini Municipality Fire Department’s “jaws of life” has been used to pry open security vans in cash-in-transit heists. The Citizen has discovered that a member of the Ethekwini Fire-Brigade has been arrested for his alleged involvement in assisting cash-in-transit gangs. The arrest was made by the South African Police Service Serious and Violent Crimes Unit after the fireman was alle... See full details

  19. What will become of the Scorpions?

    Date: 23 May 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has received the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry report into the mandate and location of the Directorate of Special Operations, which incorporates the Scorpions. The report was handed over by Judge Sisi Khampepe at the Union Building yesterday. The commission was established last year by Mbeki to receive proposals on the future of the elite crime-fighting unit. This w... See full details

  20. Global crime-busters sought for new-era crooks

    Date: 23 May 2006
    Globalisation demands a new breed of global prosecutor and investigator to deal with the challenges of trans-national, organised crime. That is the word from Kalyani Pillay, the special adviser to the National Director of Public Prosecutions. “It’s not the usual, everyday crimes that are now crossing (prosecutors’) tables. You have Internet crimes, you have cyber crimes, and they call for t... See full details

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