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  1. Armed gang extracting cash from dentists

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Armed gang extracting cash from dentists A spate of armed robberies targeting dentists and their patients is occurring in Gauteng. Witnesses report that four men have been involved in all of the recent successful hold-ups at dental practices. Dentists speculate that the same group is behind all the robberies. The four men who have been seen in the gang are aged between 20 to 25 years. ... See full details

  2. HEISTERIA

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Highway robbers rule the roads of J’oburg Johannesburg is under siege after more than 20 cash heists since the beginning of the month, with the number expected to rise. While some analysts said this was “quite normal” for the festive season, the SAPS is concerned about the high number of cash heists plaguing the province. In the latest incident 10 armed men ambushed a Fidelity cash... See full details

  3. Drugged popcorn: warning

    Date: 29 Nov 2005
    An innocent night out at the movies can turn into a traumatic affair. "Reservist police officers found sexual predators and drug dealers are targeting young girls at local movie houses to expose them to the dark world of drugs and sex," said Constable Basani Chauke, spokesman for Boksburg North police station. "The trend,known only as K.a.pop.d*ck, is characterised by a man pushing his genit... See full details

  4. Move against anti-mercenary legislation

    Date: 15 Nov 2005
    The US and some European governments are being lobbied to put pressure on the South African government not to pass tough new anti-mercenary legislation, which is now before parliament. The International Peace Operations Association (Ipoa), a Washington-based umbrella body of private security companies in the US, Europe and South Africa, said at the weekend the bill would undermine the role of S... See full details

  5. ATM fraud scams still rife

    Date: 15 Nov 2005
    Hi Tech fraudsters are still fleecing ATM users by using tiny, hard to spot micro-spyware, banks have warned. Card skimming devices read personal details of the magnetic strips on the back of credit cards while micro-cameras film the secret PIN codes of customers being entered. That information is e-mailed to international syndicates in countries halfway around the world. Although banking... See full details

  6. 'Tis the season for heists too

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    It’s the season of the armed robbery as heavily armed gangs strike terror in the hearts of store owners, bank staff, security guards and householders in Gauteng and elsewhere. Superintendent Ronnie Naidoo of police head office confirmed yesterday in the SAPS annual report that a tally of incidents showed these crimes were on the increase. And the tendency was not limited to one specific provin... See full details

  7. Men offer R5 000 for girl,7

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    A Kempton Park woman, Kim Pickl, is very upset about an incident in which two men offered her domestic worker R5 000 for Pickl’s seven-year-old daughter. The worker, who was walking the girl home from a Norkem Park school on Friday, kept her cool and ran away with the child. Kim Pickl related how her domestic worker saved her child from unthinkable harm. “My daughter is in Grade one at No... See full details

  8. Overseas security reprieved

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    Those doing security work in conflict-ridden countries can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being as Minister of Defence, Mosiuoa Lekota admitted problems with the controversial Prohibition of Mercenary Activity draft legislation. Lekota addressed the parliamentary portfolio committee yesterday. He said his department acknowledged there may be pitfalls and that a number of changes might b... See full details

  9. Still in limbo over security work abroad

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    South Africans doing security work abroad will have to wait until next year for clarity regarding the controversial draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill. The parliamentary committee discussion on the subject, which has led to panic among security workers and relief workers, will meet again at the end of January. In its current form former SAPS and defence force members who these days... See full details

  10. Knives are out for thieves

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    Tough gun regulations mean more women turning to knives to protect themselves There is a new item on shopping lists these days. Knives are fast becoming the weapon of choice – especially for women. Since legislation that makes applying for a gun licence more difficult was passed, the only weapon to defend themselves against criminals is a knife. Llewellyn Mohan, owner of Broadway ... See full details

  11. Still in limbo over security work abroad

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    South Africans doing security work abroad will have to wait until next year for clarity regarding the controversial draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill. The parliamentary committee discussion on the subject, which has led to panic among security workers and relief workers, will meet again at the end of January. In its current form former SAPS and defence force members who these days... See full details

  12. Anti-corruption drive

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Anti-corruption drive underway as Act is promulgated The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Activities Act (Act 12 of 2004) has been promulgated, and law-enforcement agencies are activating 13 projects designed to tackle corruption. As part of implementing its counter-corruption strategy, the Department of Home Affairs concluded a workshop last month on corruption that among other... See full details

  13. Firearms Act loophole to be closed

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Cape Town - The Firearms Control Act may be reviewed to close loopholes being exploited by collectors, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said yesterday. Breifing reporters at Parliament in his capacity as chairman of the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of Ministries, Nqakula said the Act had "many loopholes" taken advantage of by collectors. The Act did not limit c... See full details

  14. Intelligence legislation may be amended

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Cape Town – The government may amend the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) to give it more stringency, in the fight against money laundering and international terrorism. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula – as chairman of the justice, crime prevention and security (JCPS) cluster of ministries – yesterday told reporters at Parliament that the cluster would strengthen countermeas... See full details

  15. Bill needs to 'redefine mercenary'

    Date: 02 Nov 2005
    Drastic changes will have to be made to the draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill if the government does not want to confuse future relief efforts. In its current form even emergency workers going to disaster areas may be in contravention of the proposed legislation, not to mention above-board security personnel working for security firms abroad, says the Democratic Alliance. DA spoke... See full details

  16. Intelligence services set for a major shake-up

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has moved to restore integrity to the embattled intelligence community. Kasrils yesterday said the intelligence community was in for a major shake-up aimed at inculcating a culture of professional spying. This follows the suspension of the National Intelligence Agency’s director-general, Billy Masetlha; his deputy director-general, Gibson Njenje; and gene... See full details

  17. Shock as prisoners load police guns

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Firearm instructors were shocked to see prisoners handle live ammunition and firearms during SAPS ballistic tests at a West Rand shooting range yesterday. Fears of the jailbirds taking liberties because of access to the numerous weapons were not evident when The Citizen visited the scene. SAPS members watched with little concern as inmates handled live firearms and ammunition. “How can they... See full details

  18. Call for more active response on police torture

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Torture still occurs in police interrogation rooms across South Africa – despite 10 years of democracy. This is according to researchers at the monthly Jala Tsebo Seminar, organised by the centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) “We need empirical data. NGO’s need to take a more active role in revisiting the issue of torture,” Piers Pigou, a reasearche with the Zimbabwe V... See full details

  19. Serial rapist on the loose

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    A serial rapist has attacked seven women in the Vaal and Lenasia areas in the past four months, police said yesterday. Three rapes were being investigated in the Vaal said Superintendent Maria Mazibuko. "The first rape happened in July and the other two in August. He is targeting women between the ages of 25 and 35," she said. The rapist identified his victims at the Johannesburg station... See full details

  20. Violent crime stats alarm

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Vilent crime in the East and North Rand policing areas is still alarmingly high. The Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Mike Waters obtained information through parliamentary questions which showed that a staggering 186 627 crimes had been reported in these areas in the space of a year. Waters said this translated to a crime reported every three minutes. The figures for violent crimes were dang... See full details

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