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  1. Anti-gun report is out

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    A report on guns in domestic violence and domestic accidents was released by Gun Free South Africa in Johannesburg yesterday. National Advocacy Manager of Gun Free South Africa, Margy Keegan, wrote the research for Oxfam Canada. The report looks at the emergence of the current gun culture, the impact of this on SouthAfricans and includes recommendations by Gun Free SA on combating this "dest... See full details

  2. Beware of bogus police officers

    Date: 25 Oct 2005
    Bogus cops travelling in an official police vehicle hijacked a cargo truck carrying goods to the value of over R1m on the N3 near Grootvlei in Mpumalanga on Sunday evening. It was the third incident in less than four months where people acting as police officers committed crimes in the area. According to police spokesman Captain Abie Khoabane, the truck was pulled over just after 6mp by a ma... See full details

  3. Illegal guns on the increase - report

    Date: 25 Oct 2005
    A report on the proliferation of guns in South Africa will be released by Gun Free South Africa today. Judy Bassingthwaighte, spokesman for Gun Free SA, said the proliferation of guns was cause for concern as it placed democracy at risk. According to Bassingthwaighte, the report states that the number of privately-owned licensed guns has increased from 2,5m in 1986 to 3,7m in 1997. Major ... See full details

  4. Whistleblowers to have greater anonymity

    Date: 21 Oct 2005
    A new national hotline for reporting corrupt activity will add value to crime prevention by providing an anonymous rout for whistleblowers to come forward, and by facilitating investigations of companies where incidents are reported. Wouter Grové. Am FBI-trained polygraph examiner and chief operating officer of the Vuvuzela Hotline, yesterday said whistleblowers currently stood a 50% chance of ... See full details

  5. Cops turn 'ghost busters'

    Date: 17 Oct 2005
    Bikers deliberately removing their motorcycles' licence plates to prevent getting speeding fines are looking for trouble. That is the warning from Johannesburg metro Police (JMPD) spokesman Senior Superintendent Wayne Minaar, in response to an inquiry by The Citizen about the increasing phenomenon of "ghost riders". "There is only one reason why a biker would remove his number plate, and tha... See full details

  6. 43 000 crooks in Kahn’s grant net

    Date: 17 Oct 2005
    Advocate Frank Kahn, national co-ordinator of prosecutions in hundreds of social grant fraud cases, has promised every one of the 43 000 crooked civil servants helping themselves to government money will be brought to court. “They are in the government database system and we will get every one of them,” he told The Citizen yesterday from his office in Cape Town. “Our message to them is: “Cal... See full details

  7. New! Just log on to see if you have unpaid fines

    Date: 12 Oct 2005
    Motorists can now verify their traffic offences on the Internet. The launch of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD warrants and summons internet search facility yesterday marks another first for them. This comes two weeks after the department launched its remote summons and warrant faxing system, and introduced the Johannesburg public to it call centre. The website enables tr... See full details

  8. Scorpions not needed: Popcru

    Date: 12 Oct 2005
    The need for the Scorpions no longer existed and the unit should be incorporated into the police, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union told the Khampepe Commission in Pretoria yesterday. “The South African Police Service (SAPS) has undergone serious transformation and has the skills, training and capability to deal with the crimes the Scorpions deal with,” said Popcru’s deputy general secr... See full details

  9. S.A. child abduction crisis

    Date: 10 Oct 2005
    Africa is facing a “child abduction crisis” as only 11% of the about 1 550 children reported missing each year are found. This was yesterday revealed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which claimed there is a desperate need for constructive measures to put an end to this worrying scourge. It was also revealed that 293 children were murdered from the beginning of January to the end of March la... See full details

  10. Malls not safe - top cop

    Date: 07 Oct 2005
    Attacks on soft targets out of control, with a hit every three days. Gauteng malls are under siege, police have warned – and anyone can become a victim. Gangs, ranging from three to 30 gunmen, terrorise these soft targets on average once every three days, provincial deputy commissioner Bushie Engelbrecht revealed yesterday. “It is no longer safe to go to a restaurant or go shopping,” he s... See full details

  11. Police blitz hammers crime rate

    Date: 07 Oct 2005
    Tranquillity has come in the wake of a special police operation in Ekurhuleni, says Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago. He said tranquillity had reigned since Friday, with crime figures for the area plummeting after recent police action. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department blitz targeted hotspot areas, ending in the early morning hours of Saturday. The operation yielded succes... See full details

  12. Scorpions' fate in the balance

    Date: 07 Oct 2005
    A public hearing into whether the Scorpions should remain part of the Public Prosecuting Authority or be incorporated into the SAPS begins today. Fears have mounted since last week that the work of the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry may be delayed after requests that the hearings be held in a closed court. This sparked criticism from the Democratic Alliance yesterday. The commission's pres... See full details

  13. Three supermarket robbery suspects held

    Date: 07 Oct 2005
    Pretoria's newly formed "supermarket squad" of detectives has added another retail robbery to its case list. The squad is part of the city's Serious and Violent Crimes Unit and was formed about three months ago following a spate of robberies at supermarkets in and around the city. The squad has arrested three suspects for questioning in connection with possible involvement in other supermark... See full details

  14. Good news emerges on witness’s protection front

    Date: 07 Oct 2005
    Not one person under South Africa’s witness protection programme was the victim of a hit, threats or intimidation over the past three years. By March 31, a total of 247 witnesses and 252 family members were part of the programme, testifying in 329 cases ranging from child abuse to murder, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in its report for 2004/05. “Of these, 98% were high risk a... See full details

  15. Special Investigating Unit saves state R3,5bn

    Date: 05 Oct 2005
    Work to uncover and eradicate corruption in the 2004/05 financial year has saved the government projected future losses of nearly R3,5-billion, according to the Special Investigating Unit. This was calculated on the premise that malpractices exposed during the year were likely to have continued on average for 10 more years, unit head Willie Hofmeyr told reporters in Pretoria yesterday. The l... See full details

  16. Majority of police stand by corrupt officers, surv

    Date: 03 Oct 2005
    “Payola”, “on the take” or “cold drink money” – call it what you will. Corruption is rife in the South African Police Service – just ask a cop. In a survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), 600 SAPS members were asked if they knew of corruption in their organisation, and 70% said yes. “In the survey we also asked: Would you report other members if ... See full details

  17. Crime is costing SA billions

    Date: 03 Oct 2005
    Armed robberies and shoplifting are now costing the South African economy billions of rands each year. The Consumer Good Council of SA (CGCSA) said crime cost the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry (FMCG) R4,1bn a year. The prices of goods therefore had to increase to cope with the existing trend, said Michael Broughton, head of the CGCSA crime-prevention programme. Speaking at a Press b... See full details

  18. Police crime probes rise

    Date: 03 Oct 2005
    Criminal cases investigated against police officers had risen by 18% last year, the Cape Times website reported yesterday. It said the total increased to 1731 cases from 1473 in 2003. This emerged from the annual report of the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), tabled in parliament on Monday. A Total of 354 cases were investigated in Gauteng, 295 in the Western Cape, 195 in North W... See full details

  19. Prisons hit corruption and fraud

    Date: 29 Sep 2005
    Implementation of the ethic "we cannot correct when we are corrupt" has seen Correctional Services go on a big anti-corruption and fraud drive which has brought results. But it's not over yet, and Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Linda Mti is continuing his crusade to make his department "one that cares and counts". Among the good results achieved so far are bringing in the N... See full details

  20. Beware of tyre thieves

    Date: 29 Sep 2005
    North Rand police have warned motor vehicle owners to be vigilant, as thieves are stealing tyres from vehicles, especially in the Kempton Park central business district. Truck drivers especially should be on the look-out. "Tyres are stolen from vehicles parked in a street or other open spaces," said police spokesman Cynthia Kleinhans. "These crimes mainly happen between 7pm and 5am." Three... See full details

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