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  1. Trafficking in humans Bill released

    Date: 12 May 2006
    The S A Law Reform Commission has released its preliminary recommendations for legal reform regarding human trafficking. The proposed Bill makes trafficking of humans illegal. It also criminalizes the destruction, confiscation, possession and concealment of documents, using the services of victims and conduct facilitating trafficking. It also lists several guiding principals to be considere... See full details

  2. MEC hopes to put an end to bungling by the police

    Date: 11 May 2006
    Study into capacity of detectives to be ready within weeks Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firez Cachalia has commissioned a study into the capacity of detectives in the province and their ability to investigate crimes. This comes after scathing criticism of police bungling in recent high-profile cases, most notably Jacob Zuma’s rape trial. This week Judge Willem van der Merwe acquitted Zum... See full details

  3. Go back to work, union tells guards

    Date: 11 May 2006
    This SA Transport Workers Union (Satawu) yesterday sought a mandate from striking security guards to return to work by tomorrow. Spokesperson Ronnie Mamba said the leadership was waiting for a mandate from the members to suspend their strike, which began last month and has been marred by murders, violence and destruction of property. “We are waiting for our members to endorse the proposal to... See full details

  4. Uncertainty reigns in SAPS

    Date: 08 May 2006
    The disbanding of several specialised police units has been met with anger, disappointment and high levels of uncertainty. Chaos reigns at the Johannesburg Serious and Violent Crime Unit, one of the many specialised units closing down soon. An increase in the number of applications for transfer has been experienced at the Johannesburg Area Commissioner’s Office since the news was broken to... See full details

  5. Concern grows over child unit closure

    Date: 08 May 2006
    Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) has expressed concern over the negative impact of the re-deployment of specialised child protection detectives to ordinary police stations by September this year. Raising fears that “the loss of these units will leave a huge gap in an already overburdened child protection system”, acting National Executive Director, Lynette Schreuder said that much more was nee... See full details

  6. Gun-free SA is what most want: survey

    Date: 03 May 2006
    A survey suggests most people want South Africa to be gun-free. And many would like to see severe penalties imposed on those who use firearms illegally. Most of those surveyed recently felt strongly about a gun-free society and the imposition of harsher penalties for the possession of illegal firearms. The survey, conducted by Research Surveys (RS), and based on the opinions of about 2 00... See full details

  7. Beware of latest ATM fraud scam

    Date: 26 Apr 2006
    Police have warned ATM users to be aware of new scams. This is after a man who had just withdrawn cash at an Absa ATM in Germiston was conned into handing over his money. While walking away from the ATM he saw a bundle of cash lying in the street. Suddenly a woman came from behind him, grabbed the money and insisted that since they had both found it they should go somewhere private to sha... See full details

  8. SAU and UAE sign pact to fight crime

    Date: 26 Apr 2006
    Police co-operation between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been formalised via a memorandum of understanding (MOU). It will cover organised crime, human trafficking, economic crimes, money laundering, illegal trafficking of drugs and firearms. This is the nub of the memorandum signed in Pretoria yesterday. To give effect to the MOU, both governments have agreed to exc... See full details

  9. Crooks turn to new crimes as car theft becomes tough

    Date: 11 Apr 2006
    Study suggests robbers are seeking softer targets Police have made great strides in cracking down on car theft and hijacking, reducing them by 22% between 1996 and 2004. However, their hard work together with the increase in tracking devices and tighter car registration controls, might have driven car thieves into other crimes. Robberies have increased by 10% a year over the same period o... See full details

  10. Private guards are cutting crime rates

    Date: 11 Apr 2006
    There are more than two private security guards for every police officer in crime-ridden South Africa, and the ratio is widening, according to the Institute of Race Relations. The figures, published in the institute’s annual SA Survey, showed a 150% increase in the number of private security guards since 1997 – a period which saw a decline of 2.2% in the police force. It said in 2005 there w... See full details

  11. Violence mars security strike

    Date: 24 Mar 2006
    Security employers’ worst fears were realised yesterday as violence erupted across the country during the private security industry strike. The SA National Security Employers’ Association (Sansea) said in a statement its fears of a repeat of the intimidation and violence during the 2000-2001 strike were realised. “Attendance varied in the different areas from 100% to 80% in the worst hit par... See full details

  12. New anti-spam service on offer

    Date: 24 Mar 2006
    A new anti-spam SMS service has been welcomed by cellphone owners pestered by unwanted SMS advertising. “It is frustrating to receive SMS spam without knowing how to stop it. Spam Stop will achieve tangible results for consumers,” CEO of Mira Networks Sean Conde said. Cellphone users fed up with receiving spam can now SMS the number that has been spamming them to 32335 and Mira Networks wil... See full details

  13. Smash and grab cases growing, warn experts

    Date: 23 Mar 2006
    Smash and grab attacks on South African motorists are increasing say glass fitting and insurance companies. Their figures show an average of 25 smashed windows a day are replaced in Durban alone. Last year in Pretoria 13 198 cases of theft out of motor vehicles were reported. “Statistics aside, what’s even more frightening is the fact that these smash and grabbers prey mainly on women,” s... See full details

  14. Housing scams shocker

    Date: 22 Mar 2006
    The Auditor General has uncovered housing fraud involving more than R300 million in irregular subsidies. A January report on approval and allocation of housing subsidies at provincial housing departments has found just on 4% or 53 426, were either irregularly or fraudulently granted. “Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu must tell Parliament how she intends to deal with this shameful situation,” ... See full details

  15. Gun Owners win re-licence battle

    Date: 28 Feb 2006
    South African gun owners and collectors can claim a moral victory following publication of the Firearms Control Act Amendment Bill. The original Act called for re-licensing of existing licences. But the amendment makes provision for an audit. The audit of licences and firearms, subject to certain conditions and time frames, will replace the re-licensing process. Other proposals in the am... See full details

  16. Beware of cheque scam

    Date: 28 Feb 2006
    A new crime syndicate is committing cheque fraud by printing and issuing to the public fake Absa Bank cheques with an Absa Bank head office account number on it. The fraudsters’ modus operandi is to send third parties to purchase goods before the close of business, but after banking hours. The seller often releases the goods to the fraudster based on the fact that the words “bank cheque” app... See full details

  17. Online fake degree scam

    Date: 24 Feb 2006
    A new wave of fake degrees has hit South Africa backed by a major e-mail campaign. The e-mails are said to come from a man named Bernard Alison and promise “a genuine university degree in two weeks”. It also clearly states that no study is required for a variety of degrees from a BA to MBA and even PhD degrees. The e-mails, originating from a “university” based in the United States, claim... See full details

  18. Credit card Fraud

    Date: 20 Feb 2006
    Shock as three banks confirm that block credit cards can be used. Conversion process could result in fraud dropping by 80% and courts are also imposing harsher sentences on transgressors Most credit card holders take comfort in the idea that if their cards are stolen, they will be able to stop the thief from going on fraudulent shopping sprees. But, as a Jo'burg doctor recently discovered... See full details

  19. Most common scams being used

    Date: 20 Feb 2006
    1. Account take-over If fraudsters or fraud syndicates are able to access your personal information, they do not even need your credit card. They simply phone your bank or credit card company and change your address information. They will then report your current card lost and request that a new card be issued. The card is then sent to the new address, or they receive information o... See full details

  20. Now they want your pic's

    Date: 09 Feb 2006
    The Metro Police are now inviting people to send them photographs and video clips of their officers breaking the law. And last night the SA Law Society said it had been flooded with complaints over Metro police actions. The society had decided to take the matter up with the Minister of Safety and Security. Ministry spokesman Trevor Bloom said no complaints had been brought as yet, and he ha... See full details

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