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  1. Soweto streets are safer over the past six months

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Fewer hijackings, killings and robberies as police and community join hands Soweto crime levels have decreased during the past six months. There are now fewer car hijackings, murders and robberies than a few years ago. And illegal scrapyards involved in the theft and sale of vehicle parts have been closed. These are some the achievements that have been brought about as a result of the... See full details

  2. Cops find chop-shop in Olifantsfontein veld

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Swift reaction by members of the Benoni Flying Squad resulted in the discovery of a chop-shop for hijacked vehicles in the veld in Olifantsfontein. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said members of the unit were responding to information about a number of stripped vehicles standing in the veld off Porcelain Street in Olifantsfontein. A police unit was dispatched to investigate. On their arriva... See full details

  3. Fundraising for JZ's legal costs stepped up

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    While the Presidency has set aside R10-million of taxpayers' money to help cover Jacob Zuma's legal costs, private fundraising efforts have been accelerated. In a statement yesterday, the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust said that although his corruption case had been struck off the roll, there were still outstanding legal costs. It did not elaborate on the amount involved, although in August it ... See full details

  4. Kebble assets worth over R10m snapped up at auction

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Assets of slain mining magnate Brett Kebble have fetched over R10-million during auction. About 250 people, including foreigners, attended the auction in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, yesterday, where his 1958 cream Cadillac convertible was sold for R470 000. Auctioneer Martin Dibowitz said a 4 000m² Bishopscourt plot was sold for R7,6-million. Dibowitz said all the goods, artworks, antique f... See full details

  5. Gauteng dept 'loses' cars worth millions

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    An estimated 600 cars worth R90-million of taxpayers' money cannot be accounted for by the Gauteng Department of Transport. The department has not kept a register of who had which car when it took over the Government Garage six years ago. This emerged in the 2005/6 Auditor-General's report on the department. There seems to be no record or account of what has happened to the vehicles, which a... See full details

  6. Teachers back crime talks

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Union demands responses to violence in schools The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has supported the call made by the Young Communist League for the Minister of Education to hold a summit on violent crime in schools. They insist there must be immediate workable responses to the trouble in schools. Sadtu also called for programmes to be introduced to pinpoint underl... See full details

  7. Escapees are rearrested

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria magistrate and a prosecutor who were presiding when two suspected car thieves escaped from court will be called as witnesses, chief prosecutor Matric Luphondo said yesterday. This followed an incident in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday in which the suspects jumped from the dock and ran away. One of the suspects was re-arrested not far from the court. The other was arreste... See full details

  8. Union protests over police ineffectiveness

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Trade union Solidarity has joined two other unions in protesting that police do not do enough to prevent crime. Fedusa (Federated Unions of SA) and the Motor Transport Workers’ Union representative met national police Commissioner Jackie Selebi earlier this month in an attempt to seek a solution to the growing incidence of cash-in-transit heists and the dangers faced by those transporting larg... See full details

  9. R200 million ‘explained’

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    The Gauteng Department of Transport says it explained more than R200 million in unauthorised spending to the Standing Committee on Public Account between January and last month. According to a written response to question posed by The Citizen, the department said the unauthorised expenditure was “a result of funds budgeted for a workfare programme under Use of Goods and Service, instead ... See full details

  10. 103 nabbed in Hillbrow

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    In a sting operation Hillbrow district police arrested 103 people on Tuesday night. In the operation, headed by the Crime Prevention Unit, people were arrested for rape, drunken driving and armed robbery. Police Inspector Kriban Naidoo said one of the men had been walking around looking suspicious in the area. “When he saw the police he started running. It was later discovered by using a... See full details

  11. Giggly trespasser off to jail

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Call him the happy giggler – moonlight prowler Ricardo Carolus even giggled as he stepped from the dock into police holding cells in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court to start a three-month jail sentence for trespassing. But his reason for prowling at an upmarket home at 3am – to sell something to the madam – nearly set magistrate Ingrid Freitag off giggling as well. She asked him “Must I bel... See full details

  12. Limpopo six in court

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Six men accused of involvement in the Limpopo cash-heist in which a security guard was shot dead and three others burnt to death, appeared in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Four of them, Emmanuel Malepo, 34, Molefi Malevese, 47, Alpheus Msiza, 30, and Kenneth Moitshela, 35 appeared on charged of murder and attempted cash-in-transit robbery. “The two other suspects were arrested o... See full details

  13. Killer tells how friend aided him

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A self-confessed murderer yesterday testified against a former friend who allegedly helped him kill and rob a retired Air Force officer in Centurion two years ago. David Tshabalala, who is serving a life sentence for the February 2004 murder of Pieter Liebenberg, testified in the trial of his former co-accused, Tsholo Kgafela, 25. Kgafela denied charges of murder and robbery with aggravating... See full details

  14. I smoked cocaine to clear my head – murder accused

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    He had smoked cocaine while his wife lay dead nearby, because he thought it would “take the pain away”, murder accused Rolf Meier told the High Court yesterday. On trial in Pretoria for the April 2004 murder of his wife Alison, Meier again claimed his “drug lords” had bludgeoned her to death with a spade because he owed them money. Meier claimed he found his wife’s body after seeing his drug... See full details

  15. 'Disrespect' gets blame for violence in schools

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Violence in schools could be reduced by implementing programmes on self-awareness, conflict management and putting positive messages across to teachers and pupils. These are some of the findings of research currently being conducted by the University of Johannesburg. The research, entitled "Lived Experiences of Aggression in Secondary Schools in South Africa" is being run jointly by the Un... See full details

  16. Cyber 'kingpin' nabbed

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Suspect used global syndicate to fleece online bank accounts A 3G card, a laptop and a cellphone. This was all a South African man needed to run an international online banking-fraud syndicate which siphoned millions of dollars from people's bank accounts. But it was the very same laptop and cellphone that led a multi-agency force - including the Scorpions, Standard Bank and a UK sec... See full details

  17. Body of mutilated child found

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Residents of Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, are puzzled by the gruesome murder of a 23-month-old baby found with his penis cut off. The boy, who would have turned 2 next Wednesday, was found lying semi-naked on Monday. His severed penis was next to him. It is believed his attacker used a broken bottle to mutilate the child. Staff Reporter The S... See full details

  18. Accused gives three versions on parents' double murder

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Slayings came at start of Ramadan The events surrounding the death of Dr Anwar Kadwa and his wife, Munirah on October 5 last year, remain a mystery. One of the questions which came to the fore yesterday is whether the murdered couple's son, daughter and daughter-in-law are protecting them because their alleged suicide would have brought shame to the family and the Muslim community. T... See full details

  19. Paraplegic claims R16m for police negligence

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A man left paraplegic after his cousin shot him with his licensed firearm is suing the minister of safety and security for R16,5- million. The cousin was out on bail on a murder charge at the time. He had a gun permit even though he had been a patient at Stikland psychiatric hospital in Cape Town. The minister, who has been found liable for damages on the grounds that the man should not ha... See full details

  20. Woman's quest to rescue kitten causes big incident

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A woman was thrown out of a clothing store and threatened with prosecution for malicious damage after creating a hole in a wall because of a kitten. Gail Millard, a charity-shop owner who has about 20 cats, was informed about a kitten that had become trapped behind a partition at Truworths in Campus Square, Auckland Park, on Tuesday. She rushed to a hardware store, borrowed a crowbar and wen... See full details

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