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  1. Teachers deplore school indiscipline

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Education experts warned yesterday teachers no longer had ideas on how to discipline pupils and curb school violence. Representative of various educational institutions pulled no punches while discussing the root of school violence during a discussion hosted in Johannesburg by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. The principal at Parktown High School for Boys, Tom Clarke,... See full details

  2. Police issue warning on 2010 lottery scam

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    An e-mail scam informing people that they have won money in the "SA 2010 World Cup Bid Lottery" is circulating again. Police yesterday issued a warning to people that the scam, in which victims are targeted and promised huge payouts, is nothing more than a fraudulent attempt to extort money from unwitting people. In June, The Star reported that a South African man lost R300 000 in an Inter... See full details

  3. Witnesses who lie can now be sued - landmark ruling

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Judge says while witnesses should be encouraged to testify without fear, 'perjury is a very different thing' For the first time witnesses who lie under oath in civil matters can now be sued for damages in South African courts. This groundbreaking judgment was given by Cape High Court judges Daniel Dlodlo and deputy judge president Jeanette Traverso. The case they had to deal with... See full details

  4. Police foil factory heist after stakeout

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Suspects may be linked to other robberies It took 10 minutes for a gang of 22 armed robbers to clean out a Germiston sandal factory - and about a minute for police to arrest them. The high drama unfolded at about 2am on Friday when the men - believed to be mostly Ethiopian and Nigerian nationals - forced their way into the Yun Cheng Trading sandal factory warehouse in Roodekop near G... See full details

  5. Smaller classes could help reduce school violence, says Metcalfe

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    There are better ways of dealing with school violence than just sending unruly pupils home. This is according to Wits University's dean of the faculty of education, Professor Mary Metcalfe, who was addressing teachers, principals and education psychologists at a seminar organised by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg yesterday. Metcalfe was referring to... See full details

  6. Outcry over ruling to keep R1bn arms deal 'secret'

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    No competitive costing done for controversial project The SA National Defence Force have classified as "secret" discussions about a proposed arms- disposal project that could cost taxpayers up to R1,14-billion. Opposition parties were left fuming yesterday as a Defence Force briefing about the project to the parliamentary portfolio committee for defence was deemed "classified". I... See full details

  7. Building-hijack probe runs deep, says state

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    A policeman accused of running a building-hijacking syndicate in Joburg may have to wait until next year for his trial to start because lengthy investigations have to be conducted. Sean Twala (36), who was arrested by colleagues from the Booysens detective branch two months ago, appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Regional Court yesterday. He is an inspector in the SAPS's housing anti-hij... See full details

  8. Cops kill Jeppestown gang member

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    A Zimbabwean killed during a shootout with police had been sought for the murder of three police officers and a string of 30 armed robberies at Gauteng Pick 'n Pay supermarkets. Mandla Moyo, who died in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, on Saturday was also linked to the robbery at Pick 'n Pay in Honeydew, west of Johannesburg, in June. He was arrested in Hillbrow two months ago but escaped whil... See full details

  9. Suspects sought

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Detectives at Ivory Park police station have approached the community for help in trying to locate a 33-year-old woman, Nomvula Mabaso, who they believe could help them in a murder probe. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said yesterday Mabaso was one of six suspects whom police would like to question over the slaying of Ivory Park's best-known crime fighter, Dan Seepe (44). "As a member of t... See full details

  10. Truck accidents cause chaos

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Speeding truck drivers losing control and rolling their heavy vehicles, leaving motorists gridlocked in snaking queues of congestion for hours, is becoming a common occurrence on the region's busy freeways. Two trucks overturned in separate crashes on the N17 in Boksburg and the M2 East in Germiston on Monday. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said a truck loaded with roof ti... See full details

  11. Cops and taxi bosses clinch deal

    Date: 01 Nov 2006
    Closer links forged in wake of protests over recapitalisation programme The chaos caused by taxi blockades over the government's taxi recapitalisation plan has resulted in a decision to cement relations and strengthen formal relationships between the Ekurhuleni metro police and members of the National Taxi Association. Wilfred Kgasago, a spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police, y... See full details

  12. Another young man dies in cells

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Another young man ha died in a police holding cell, supposedly after taking his own life. Less than a week after Leon Booysen, 14, hanged himself in the Heidelberg Police Station’s holding cells, the body of Dane Clowston was found in the cells of the Alberton SAPS. The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), through its spokesman Moses Dlamini, said the 18-year-old Clowston is alleged to ... See full details

  13. Bungled!

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Police handling of Mbhele murder case provokes outrage Another high-profile case has been bungled, resulting in the three men accused of murdering the two young Mbhele sisters walking free yesterday. Lindiwe, 15, and her younger sister Nelisiwe, 12, were brutally murdered near Soweto’s Nancefield Hostel last year in a crime that shook the community. The two were on their way to chu... See full details

  14. Policeman wounded in shootout

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A police constable was shot in the hand in a shootout between police and three men in the Johannesburg city centre yesterday. Police officers from the Johannesburg Dog Unit were patrolling the area when they were stopped by a shop owner who had just been robbed by armed men on the corner of Banket and Kotze streets. “Minutes after the shop owner had given the officers the description of the ... See full details

  15. Teamwork nets illicit perlemoen

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A multi-agency operation has led to the confiscation of seven tons of perlemoen valued at R11 million in Cape Town. The weekend operation was the first time the SA Revenue Service (SARS), police and Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s Marine Coastal Management division had been successful in rerouting containers of the smuggled and much prized delicacy back to SA. The pair of c... See full details

  16. Forensic experts’ gory testimony

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Trainee forensic pathologist Dr Nicole Jessop testified she was called out at 2.20am to Crown North, Johannesburg, to establish the time of death of plastic surgeon Dr Anwar Kadwa and his wife Munirah. She had set the time of death at three hours earlier. Testifying at the Johannesburg High Court trial of the couple’s son, Riaz Kadwa, their daughter Nabila and daughter-in-law Nabeela, Dr Jes... See full details

  17. Specialised units ‘were working’

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    It’s the most vulnerable citizens who suffer from the restructuring of specialised police units, the DA charged yesterday. Backed by an investigation by one of its own members of Parliament, the DA revealed the mess surrounding the closing down of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units. MP Mike Waters released the findings yesterday, after conducting an extensive inv... See full details

  18. Judge slams Absa bid to take house for R18

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria High Court judge has severely criticised banking giant Absa for trying to sell a poor Orkney couple’s house because they were R18,46 in arrears with bond payments. Judge Eberhardt Bertelsmann refused Absa’s application to declare the house of Joseph Ntsane and his wife executable for payment of the full R62 000 outstanding on their bond. Instead, he granted judgment in favour of A... See full details

  19. Gang lands in police’s lap

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Five armed robbers attempting to rob the Wimpy restaurant at The Glen shopping centre literally parked right next to the police on Sunday. Security guards had received a tip-off that a gang was planning to rob the restaurant. When the five men arrived at The Glenn in a Toyota Tazz, they parked their vehicle next to the Intelligence Police’s parking bay. All five men were arrested, as well... See full details

  20. Flying squad porn claim finding soon

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    The findings of an internal police investigation into allegations of officers watching late-night pornographic films on television, while emergency calls from the public rang unanswered, are expected later this week. ANC MP Neels van Rooyen stumbled upon the officer watching explicit movies, when he went to investigate why no one was manning the telephones. He told The Citizen they ha... See full details

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