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  1. Terror seminar ‘not anti-Islam’

    Date: 31 Aug 2006
    Allegations of ” Islamophobia” levelled against the organisers of a Terrorism Combating and Prevention conference have been dismissed out of hand. Hennie Oosthuizen of International Quality and Productivity Centre said the sole aim of the three-day gathering in Midrand was to seek solutions. “The fact that delegates from European countries, Canada and America as well as Africa are here is pr... See full details

  2. How bank was defrauded of R3,9m

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Compulsive gambler Charmaine Botha, who is facing multiple charges of theft amounting to millions of rands, did not need any special skill to steal money from her employer. This came out in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg yesterday, where 45-year-old Botha is standing trial for allegedly stealing R3,9-million from Nedbank between June 2001 and June 2004. She is facing a... See full details

  3. Cargo heist at Joburg airport raises further security concerns

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    The Airport Company South Africa (Acsa) believes that security measures at its airports are sufficient despite another break-in at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA). The robbery early on Monday morning bore the marks of an inside job, said national police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo. Three armed men en-tered a Lufthansa warehouse at about 1am and allegedly tied up the only security g... See full details

  4. Cops nail heist 'boss'

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    He had told himself that this job was to be his last - but now, head in the dirt, hands tied behind his back, the suspected heist gang kingpin had nowhere to run. A leading member of the police task team that broke the back of a notorious Gauteng syndicate asked the suspect in Sesotho: Kgante o fetsa neng? Ha o khathale naa?" ("When are you going to stop? Don't you get tired?") According t... See full details

  5. Scorpions bust trio in R25m trucking scam

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    After saving for more than 20 years, Annatjie Crause cashed in her pension fund policy to raise R51 000 for an "irresistible" business venture. What the unsuspecting government employee did not know was that she had been lured, along with 500 others, into an alleged R25-million scam involving a bogus trucking company. Yesterday the Scorpions bust a husband and wife, as well as the scam's a... See full details

  6. The Star helps reopen mute girl's rape case

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    It has taken 47 days for police to change their minds and reopen the investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old mute and mentally disabled girl. Police had first closed the case because the girl, Mary*, was mute and they could not take a statement from her. This was despite the fact that Mary and the community had identified the suspect and that police had taken DNA samples from Mary soo... See full details

  7. More info on 'ghost teachers' revealed

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    The employment of "ghost teachers" in the Gauteng Department of Education took place at district level and at the Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC), a forensic report has shown. The Star is in possession of the forensic audit report conducted by the GDE into irregular appointments of contract staff personnel at the 12 district offices of the GDE. The audit investigation covered the peri... See full details

  8. Hazardous work

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Two thieves drove smack-bang into trouble when they smashed through a cordoned-off emergency area in a stolen car. Johannesburg metro police said the pair stole a black Chrysler Voyager from the undercover parking at The Zone shopping mall in Rosebank yesterday afternoon. What they didn't know was that they were heading right into a chemical spillage at a dry-cleaners inside the mall, and ... See full details

  9. Top cop back on Matthews case

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Top cop Superintendent Piet Byleveldt has set his sights on finding Donovan Moodley’s accomplices. After a tiring eight months in which SA’s top criminal detective sat through the trial of convicted murderer Sipho Dube, Supt Byleveldt now has his eyes set on his next goal – to bring to book those who helped Moodley kidnap and murder Leigh Matthews. Supt Byleveldt and the prosecution in that ... See full details

  10. Man held after axe murders of four

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of four Limpopo children who were hacked to death with an axe two weeks ago. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the man was arrested at Swartkop Country Club after a tip-off. He is said to have killed Lavhelesani, 7, Shumani, 10, Nyadzani, 14, three brothers of Sivhugwana’s family and their 19-year-old cousin, Ndivhuwo Tshilimandila... See full details

  11. Arrested after family kept locked up, abused

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Police have arrested a man who allegedly kept his wife and 12-year-old stepdaughter locked up for three months, routinely assaulted them both and also raped and sodomised the child. The 43-year-old woman and her daughter were allegedly locked in a small storeroom at a site in the Rustenburg CBD where the husband worked. The pair was freed from captivity last week after the Rustenburg Child P... See full details

  12. Gun Free SA applauds Bill

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) maintains the Firearms Control Amendment Act, due to be table in Parliament next week, will improve fun control. Following input from those for and against gun control this month in terms of the public participation policy, and following information sessions on the Amendment Bill earlier this year, GFSA has welcomed it. According to GFSA the Amendement Bill confi... See full details

  13. ‘No serial rapists’

    Date: 30 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police have dismissed reports there are serial rapists targeting students in Brooklyn and Hatfield. This follows an incident in which three men with knives overpowered three women last week. Two of them were raped. It was alleged the gang had already attacked about 12 students of the University of Pretoria since February. Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.citizen.co.za" targe... See full details

  14. Suspect heist gang rounded up 'running like rats'

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    Gauteng police have arrested eight suspects in what is believed to be a major breakthrough in solving the province's cash-in-transit heist cases. The arrests followed a cash-in-transit robbery in Sonnestraal Street near a shopping complex in Tsakane at about 1pm yesterday. Ekurhuleni police said a gang of about 15 in several vehicles had rammed into a Coin Security cash vehicle, forcing it... See full details

  15. SARS cautions taxpayers over scam linked to refund payment

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    A syndicate - believed to have been operating for about three months - is targeting taxpayers by fraudulently soliciting money from them. According to SA Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay, they have received inquiries and complaints from a number of businesses about the scam. Lackay said the procedures used by the suspected fraudsters were similar to the modus operandi the ... See full details

  16. Druglords target SA for money-laundering

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    Bid to stem abuse of the property, casino and vehicle markets launched Drug-generated money is pouring through Johannesburg's estate agents, car dealerships, casinos, hotels and diamond traders. British authorities have admitted that South Africa is being targeted as a money-laundering hotspot, and local authorities are fighting to make money laundering as difficult as possible. ... See full details

  17. Accused smuggler set to appeal against stiff bail conditions

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    The Scorpions feared that accused drug smuggler Stephanos Paparas would flee the country and argued against his being granted R500 000 bail. But Paparas arrived at the Alberton Magistrate's Court yesterday for what was set to be the start of his trial. And, it emerged, the alleged "major role-player" of an international drug syndicate will be appealing against his strict bail conditions, w... See full details

  18. Bust the ghost teachers

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    Help MEC Angie Motshekga bring these fraudsters to book for stealing R800 000 of taxpayers' money 'Ghost" teachers who have fleeced the Gauteng Department of Education of more than R800 000 have been unmasked. And it seems the culprits had "inside" help, resulting in the suspension of a number of the department's officials. The scam involved the opening of bank accounts with fals... See full details

  19. Cops 'n robbers 'n nurses

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    Two men are behind bars after landing in the same hospital ward as a police officer they allegedly wounded earlier in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. Constable Dumisani Mhlanga was off duty and walking home when he was attacked by four men. “He was shot in the stomach and elbow but returned fire, wounding two,” said Mpumalanga police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi. The men fled and Const Mhlanga... See full details

  20. Three more appear in cement murder

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    A further three people arrested on Thursday last week I connection with the murder of Icelander Gisli Thorkelsson, whose body was found cemented into a refuse bin, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday. They were joined as co-accused of Willie Theron, 29, who has been in custody for about a year and was due to go on trial yesterday. One is Theron’s wife, Linda, 29, also of Kempto... See full details

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