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  1. Spy vs Spy

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    Six intelligence bodies probed for abuse It’s spy versus spy. Six of South Africa/s civilian intelligence organisations are under investigation for malpractice and abuse of state power and resources. This emerged from the Ministerial Review Commission launched in Parliament yesterday by Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils. They are the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), South ... See full details

  2. Policemen who ‘fled’ investigated

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    North West police have launched an internal investigation into an incident in which two officers allegedly sped away from the scene of a cash-in-transit heist, rather than face heavily armed robbers. This was confirmed yesterday by Senior Superintendent Pieter du Plessis. He said the Gauteng Organised Crime Unit was investigating the heist outside Pretoria, at the intersection of the Brits/G... See full details

  3. R800 000 spent on fruitless probe of council hacking scam

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    Metro police boss's hands tied as City investigates officers It took R800 000 of taxpayers' money and a team of local and international experts to identify and stop five metro police officers from hacking into the City of Joburg's confidential computers. Now, a year-and-a-half later, nothing has been done to punish, dismiss or criminally charge the responsible officers, who used ille... See full details

  4. Get your facts right, Mr Lekota

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    Defence minister lashes out at The Star for exposé of SANDF's Burundi bungle The Department of Defence is "a serial offender" when it comes to mismanaging public money, says the government's main watchdog on public spending. This after Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday launched a scathing attack on The Star for its exposé on the army's failure to account for 66 vehicles, 119 ... See full details

  5. QUESTIONS SENT TO DEFENCE DEPARTMENT ON OCTOBER 26

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    The Star is running a story about the board of inquiry into the more than R27-million discrepancies that the SANDF incurred over four years while stationed in Burundi. We urgently need your clarification and response on the following issues. 1. Has there been any follow-up to the board's findings? 2. Have any of 66 missing vehicles and 119 weapons been found? 3. Has the SANDF been abl... See full details

  6. Unsafe schools get funds to increase security

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    The principal of the Senaoane Secondary School in Soweto, Oupa Tsotetsi, says his school's fence "is as old as apartheid", with people coming and going as they please every day. "Some sit and smoke in the toilets, and threaten the girls. Thugs hide in the toilets at night and we have had incidents of girls nearly being indecently assaulted by outsiders. "What can stop people from pulling d... See full details

  7. Police search turns up stack of ID books and cheques

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    An investigation into a stolen engine paid off when police stumbled on to people in possession of several stolen IDs. The two men, believed to be brothers, were arrested after being found with 27 ID books; travellers cheques; driving licences; bank cards; salary slips; passports (one belonging to a Lesotho national); three chequebooks; and numerous loose cheques, which were signed but without a... See full details

  8. Suspected burglars held after tip-off

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    The community has spilt the beans on four suspected burglars who've been targeting residents of Vosloorus. The four suspects are behind bars after the Ekurhuleni metro police's crime intelligence unit, in a combined operation with the tracing unit of the SAPS in Vosloorus, pounced on them. Metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said they received a tip-off this week about four suspected burg... See full details

  9. Landlord guns down tenants

    Date: 02 Nov 2006
    Owner shoots himself after 10-hour stand-off over rent Owner shoots himself after 10-hour stand-off over rent First Dalton Claassen sprayed his house with bullets, killing two tenants. Then, after a 10-hour stand-off with police, he turned the gun on himself. Neighbours say the 53-year-old was a gentle giant, who was generally smiling or laughing. But on Tuesday night he lost contr... See full details

  10. Make my Day!!! As for the rapist ...perhaps not

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    This story has been around the Net so there is no telling how old it is:- This kind of story reaffirms my faith in the human species. You GOTTA Love this!!!!!!! The RAMBO Granny of Melbourne, Australia Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off when two thugs raped her 18-year-old granddaughter that she tracked the unsuspecting ex-cons down - - and shot off their testicles. ... See full details

  11. ID Shocker

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Official documents up for grabs – for only R650 Genuine South African identity documents are up for sale across the country’s Home Affairs Offices. With the costs as low as R650 in Pietermaritzburg and up to R2 000 in Germiston, even those with less than good intentions can get their hands on a real document. A team of reporters discovered this in a television exposé that looks s... See full details

  12. No charges against armed taxi thugs

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Despite running amok, assaulting commuters and blockading roads during their march last week, a number of taxi operators arrested for public violence and found with unlicensed firearms have been let off the hook. Ekurhuleni Metro Police said they had arrested about seven people following intimidation of other road users, and confiscated 11 weapons. But East Rand police said they had not char... See full details

  13. Party reacts as councillor resurfaces

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    The Democratic Alliance (DA) has recorded its “strongest opposition” to the appointment of the former municipal manager of Moqhaka (Kroonstad) to the identical post in the Matlosana (Klerksdorp) Local Municipality. This is because Matshidiso Moses Moadira left his previous position “under a cloud” after having been suspended, according to DA provincial leader, Chris Hattingh. Matlosana Local... See full details

  14. Slain girls will be honoured

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    The murderers of the two Mbhele sisters may still be at large but the girls’ will live on in memory through the construction of a centre for abused children. The police’s inability to crack the case in which Lindiwe, 15, and her 12-year-old sister Nelisiwe were murdered and set alight caused outrage across the country. The three men arrested for the murder walked free on Monday after the pro... See full details

  15. Trial judge recuses himself after bail row

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    The Pretoria High Court judge who was criticised by three Appeal Court judges for granting bail to two murder suspects without a proper inquiry, recused himself from the murder trial yesterday. “I’ve reached the stage where I do not feel I would inspire the confidence of all the parties – certainly not on the State’s side – if I continue presiding in this matter,” Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa said. ... See full details

  16. Gang ram security van, take cash

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Two security guards were robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria yesterday. One guard was injured and the other treated for shock. Police Inspector Katlego Mogale said the incident began when the security van was approaching a T-junction on the R566 road from Ga-Rankuwa. A brown Mercedes-Benz, reportedly stolen in Mabopane, rammed into the back of the van. I... See full details

  17. I’ll stay in jail, thanks

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    For Josy Martins, arrested while pushing a shopping trolley containing stolen stainless steel worth R5 000, it was more comfortable “behind bars” than to battle the elements in the street. Asked if he wished to launch a formal bail application when he appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court before Ingrid Freitag, Martins replied: “No, it’s okay, I’ll stay where I am.” When the prosecuto... See full details

  18. Smuggling bid foiled

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    A man apparently attempted to smuggle heroin from Pakistan by using official South African government stationery. The Department of Foreign Affairs has condemned the use of an official government envelope in the attempted smuggling. Ronnie Mamoepa of the department said a man tried to courier the high-grade heroin to Johannesburg via a Fedex office in Pakistan. The heroin was contained in... See full details

  19. Pretoria Drug trial postponed

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    The case against a top Centurion lung specialist accused of manufacturing drugs at his luxury home was postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Dr Gideon Naude, 52, stood in the dock alongside his co-accused and former lover Christiaan Jacobus van Schalkwyk for only a few minutes before the case was postponed to February 7 because the State was not ready to proceed. The two, f... See full details

  20. Slain Kadwas left R10 million

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    The combined worth of the estate of murdered plastic surgeon Dr Mohamed “Anwar” Kadwa and his wife Munirah was about R10 million, chartered accountant Shabir Kadwa, brother of the deceased, told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday. The couple’s son, Riaz Kadwa, on trial for the couple’s murder, is the major beneficiary under both wills – but forfeits it all if he is convicted of murder. Un... See full details

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