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  1. Boy, 11, dies as robbers open fire

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    An 11-year-old boy was killed and his nine-year-old brother seriously hurt after being shot in a housebreaking in Centurion at the weekend. The boys and their mother were woken at about 3.30am on Saturday as two men tried to gain entry into their home in The Ridge, Centurion. The men fired shots through the kitchen door, injuring Kabelo Hlahla and fatally wounding Oratile Hlahla, then fled. By ... See full details

  2. Information on cash heist wanted

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police are still searching for a gang of 18 robbers who robbed a cash-in-transit van of an undisclosed amount of money on Saturday morning. According to Inspector Katlego Mogale the suspects fired shots at the vehicle, forcing it off the road at the Ruth First off-ramp before the Mabopane Highway and held security guards at gunpoint. They gained access to the van and made off with t... See full details

  3. Police on the hunt for party robbers

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    West Rand police have launched a hunt for an armed gang of eight that stormed a house party on Friday and robbed residents of money and valuables. The suspects allegedly made off with money estimated around R53 000 and electrical appliances as well as an Isuzu bakkie. According to police spokesman Inspector Solomon Sibiya the gang stormed the house where the owner was having a party with som... See full details

  4. Tax-break-for-cops drive gets radio listeners into gear

    Date: 19 Aug 2006
    Thousands of South Africans including Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula support Talk Radio 702 and its efforts to have payouts to families of slain police officers exempt from being taxed. This emerged after Talk Radio 702's morning-show host, John Robbie, called on listeners to show their support for a change in the law that currently allows for the taxing of payouts to the familie... See full details

  5. Community living in terror

    Date: 19 Aug 2006
    Residents fear there is a serial killer in their midst Judith Dlodlo grimaced as she pointed to a lonely stretch of veld. "That's where we found the dead woman in February," said the 60-year-old woman, shaking her head in dismay. "I looked at her and saw she was just a young girl. I thought of my child being killed that way. I felt such pity for her." Since January, the bodies of... See full details

  6. Goldin, Bloom killers in court again

    Date: 19 Aug 2006
    The life partner of slain Cape Town fashion designer Richard Bloom cut a lone figure in the public gallery of the Wynberg Magistrate's Court where two men appeared on a double murder charge. Under heavy police guard, Clinton Davids (23) of Kensington and Shavon Marlie (26) of Athlone appeared before a packed courtroom yesterday. The pair were recently charged with the murder of Bloom and actor... See full details

  7. Media told to show restraint

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    Sipho Dube, convicted serial sex offender, paedophile and murderer of six children and one woman, behaved in a relatively restrained manner during a brief court appearance yesterday. This was in contrast to his outburst when the Johannesburg High Court took the Wednesday midday recess, and Dube adopted a threatening attitude to journalists and members of the public in the courtroom. Yesterda... See full details

  8. Scorpions finally sting druglord after three year chase

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    An alleged drug lord who evaded the law for three years is to have R3,5-million worth of assets seized, in what the Scorpions are calling a major success. This was after the Johannesburg High Court granted an application on Tuesday for Jin Wuan Liang’s assets to be seized. The National Prosecuting Authority had been trying for nearly a year to get the application granted but what clinched it... See full details

  9. Suspects charged over international card-skimming fraud

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    Members of a syndicate who allegedly used Internet technology to duplicate bank cards are now behind bars. They have appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court and been provisionally charged with contravening the Electronic Communications Transactions Act. It is alleged that they had been defrauding customers of the country’s four major banks, using a card-skimming device. Neil ... See full details

  10. Mystery murder of Mozambique man near Kagiso

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    West Rand police are baffled about the motive for an early morning murder in Rietvallei near Kagiso yesterday. A 33-year-old man from Mozambique was killed in an unprovoked attack after he was woken by repeated knocking on his front door at 3am yesterday. According to West Rand police spokesman Inspector Solomon Sibiya: “He was greeted at the door by the suspect pointing a gun at him.” T... See full details

  11. SA trio accused of Burundi scam

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    Businessmen may be extradited after claim that they stole R4-million Three South African businessmen face possible extradition to Burundi after being accused of swindling the impoverished state out of R4,1-million. Today the South African government, on behalf of their Burundian counterparts, was to seek to extradite Johannesburg businessmen Joseph Lato Tsotetsi (47), Vusumuzi Stanle... See full details

  12. Nine murders stump police

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police have yet to make a breakthrough with their investigations into the copycat style murders of nine women in the Centurion area over the past few months. The soaring body count has fuelled community fears that a serial killer may be on the prowl. Authorities have confirmed that the decomposing bodies of nine women have been found in open fields around the Olievenhoutbosch inform... See full details

  13. Satanic panic in Kempton Park

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    East Rand residents are up in arms and police are investigating a possible muti killing and an increase of alleged satanic activities in the area. This comes after police arrested a man who was found in possession of a human brain, intestines and lungs in Etwatwa, Benoni. North Rand police said yesterday there was a clear pattern of intensified activity among Satanists in the greater Kempton... See full details

  14. Car booty found

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    Vehicles and parts to the value of about R1,2 million were recovered by police after they followed a suspicious vehicle in Vereeniging yesterday. Police from the Vaal Rand Crime Prevention Task Team followed the vehicle to a house in Rustervaal. When the officers entered the yard they found four vehicles, a BMW, Mini Cooper, Toyota RunX and a VW Golf which had the engine numbers filed off. ... See full details

  15. Crime in rural areas is ‘out of control’

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    A series of farm attacks in North West in the past few weeks was a clear sign the disbanding of commandos was ill-judged and left a security vacuum in rural areas, according to Agri-North West. Crime was “out of control” and farmers were also experiencing an increase in general crime and stock theft, Agri-North West president Pieter Meyer said. Sector policing was proving a slow process and ... See full details

  16. Mouse-torture teens are sentenced

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    Children who torture when they are young are more likely to grow up to be murderers. So said SPCA senior inspector Phillip Roberts after four Randburg teens accused of burning a white mouse and filming the torture on a cellphone were sentenced to 150 hours of community service. On the footage, a mouse is visible in a cardboard box. A female hand prods the rodent with a lighted cigarette. T... See full details

  17. Grisly details on body-part killing

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    A man chased his victim around the yard, drowned her in a pit and removed her brain. This was alleged in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court yesterday during 29-year-old Sipho Sithole’s first appearance. He was arrested on Monday. After his arrest, Sithole, who is from Mozambique but now lives in Kagiso on the West Rand, led the police to a house in Etwatwa near Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, where they f... See full details

  18. Report says abuse of migrants rife

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    AgriSA disputes findings Agri South Africa (AgriSA) has disputed a Human Rights Watch report accusing Limpopo farmers of exploiting vulnerable Zimbabwean migrants. The 54-page report titled Unprotected Migrants: Zimbabweans in South Africa’s Limpopo Province makes starling revelations of how commercial farmers often flout basic employment laws, even for documented migrant worke... See full details

  19. No more trial delays to dodge justice

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    An alleged gang of armed robbers who have dogged justice for nearly three years by having their trial postponed more than 50 times have had their free ride halted. This week, Makhosini Nkosi, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said head of the National Prosecuting Service advocate Mokotedi Mpshe SC had instructed that the alleged gang, headed by Simphiwe Shezi, not be all... See full details

  20. Six hour wait for mortuary van to collect body

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police are investigation the death of an ER214 emergency services branch manager found dead on the back seat of his car in Arcadia on Monday. The body of Johan Kilian, 32, was discovered by a passer-by after being alerted by a car guard who wondered why a man was sleeping in the white Golf. Police spokesman Inspector Katlego Mogale said Kilian had no visible injuries to his body. ... See full details

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