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  1. Real money, play-play industry

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    It is hoped that a meeting between a security unionand the police will find ways to curb cash heists South Africa's cash-in-transit security industry is doing very little to safeguard its workers. But at a meeting with police and their employees' trade union next month, they will be forced to help draft minimum standards for their industry - or face a strike during the busy festive seaso... See full details

  2. Morning road rage lands taxi driver and motorist in hot water

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    A taxi driver that stands accused of rounding up his friends and assaulting a motorist during the early rush hour yesterday, has branded his alleged victim as a liar and a racist. This is after a 27-year-old man claimed that the minibus taxi driver had cut in front of him without the taxi's indicators on, had moved over to the emergency lane and when the man asked the taxi driver what his prob... See full details

  3. Small arms caches go up in smoke

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    The mangled barrels of more than 1 000 AK-47s lie scattered around the deep crater. These weapons will no longer be smuggled across the border to South Africa and used in bloody cash heists. Nor will they be used to terrorise the people of Mozambique. On Wednesday police blew to smithereens 3 000 weapons, including handguns, landmines and rocket launchers, using five tons of commercial explosi... See full details

  4. SWAT teams are the answer

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Two elements needed to successfully fight the increasing problem of cash-in-transit heists are much better intelligence-gathering, and the creation of fully-fledged, rapid-reaction Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. Without the ability to glean timely and useful information about gangs, and without the capability to forcefully strike at them, we do not stand a chance of stopping them. ... See full details

  5. 'House arrest' for kids

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Education Minister promises to get tough on unruly pupils, schools Teachers may soon have the power to remove unruly pupils from their classrooms and effectively place them under temporary "house arrest" at home. This is part of changes to school laws that Education Minister Naledi Pandor is considering to fight school violence and disruptive behaviour. The minister has also promised... See full details

  6. Big Ears killed her says Mr Pie

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    “Mr Pie”, alias murder-accused Dieter Meier, yesterday insisted his Tanzanian drug dealer “Big Ears” was his wife’s real killer. Counsel for Meier confronted self-confessed drug dealer Alex Talimo (alias Big Ears) with Meier’s version that Talimo had murdered Meier’s wife, Alison, at their Villieria home in April 2004, and threatened that his son was next as Meier owed him money. Meier claim... See full details

  7. Referee sentenced for match fixing

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Premier Soccer League referee Enoch Radebe has become the first match official in the country to be sentenced for match-fixing. He was charged on two counts of corruption and two alternative charges for corrupting a sporting event. Radabe was fined R150 000, R75 000 of which was suspended. Alternatively he is to serve 10 years in prison, five years of which were suspended for five years. ... See full details

  8. Arm severed playing ‘staff riding’ game on train

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    The Mamelodi carpenter who alleged he lost his arm after being robbed and thrown out of a moving train was actually playing a dangerous game called “staff riding” at the time, a Pretoria High Court judge said yesterday. Judge Brian Southwood declared that Transnet and the SA Rail Commuter Corporation were not responsible for the R2,6 million damages claimed by Sipho Manyike, 25, after the incid... See full details

  9. Violence against children in focus

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Yesterday was Global Day of Action to End Violence Against Children. In South Africa between 2004 and 2005 about 23 453 children were raped and 25 941 assaulted, according to the SAPS statistics. About 20 879 cases concerning children involved serious assault, 4 726 were for indecent assault, 1075 were murder cases and 1 378 were for attempted murder. Programme adviser for Save The Childr... See full details

  10. Police honour citizen for bravery

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Firearm specialist Johnny Nicholls who was badly wounded during a shootout in Alberton last month, received a certificate of bravery at the Alberton Police Station on Wednesday night. According to Alberton police spokesman, Captain Raphulu, Nicholls and his son were recognised because they assisted during a shootout when the police were not nearby. “We regard him as a hero. He was prepared ... See full details

  11. Kadwa killed his parents – State

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Riaz Kadwa, 23, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday accused of murdering his father, prominent Gauteng plastic surgeon Dr Mohamed Kadwa, killing his mother Munirah and then falsely claiming that a robbery had taken place. Kadwa later also claimed that his mother had killed his father. Kadwa, from the Johannesburg suburb of Mayfair, is facing two counts of murder and a charge of... See full details

  12. Manners of murder

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    A man was stabbed to death for asking his attacker why he was not greeting other people at a Silverton small holding in the east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said yesterday. Insp Paul Ramaloko said the victim met the suspect at the communal tap on a smallholding where several rooms are rented out. “He allegedly questioned the suspect why he was always quiet and never greeted others. The... See full details

  13. Suspect shot in the head

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    A 21-year-old man who allegedly killed a Mamelodi hospital doctor during a hijacking, was shot and wounded while trying to escape from police in the east of Pretoria yesterday. Insp Paul Ramaloko said he went to a house in the area after a tip-off. “When the man saw police, he ran away. “Shots were fired and he was hit in the head. Hi is in a stable condition in hospital.” Two other s... See full details

  14. Dumped body case in court

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    An 18-year-old mother was arrested for allegedly beating her one-year-old son to death and dumping him on a refuse site east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said yesterday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said some children playing next to the dump found the body. “Preliminary investigation showed the baby was beaten to death,” said Insp Ramaloko. He said that while the police were investigating... See full details

  15. Metro police looking for new recruits

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    The Joburg Metro Police department is looking for new recruits to help reflect the city's changing population demographic. The hunt is on for 300 coloured, white and Indian rookie traffic cops. "We particularly want women to join, if we can get a 50/50 split that would be great," said metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar. Applicants need to have a matric cert... See full details

  16. Chinese community keeping local crime under control

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Language and cultural barriers meant many incidents went unreported in the past In a small office on the ground floor at the bustling Asia City shopping centre in Bruma, lies the headquarters of the Chinese Community Policing Forum (CPF). The office is neat and pristine and has Chinese symbols and writings stuck on the wall. By Lee Rondganger <a href="http://www.star.co.za" targe... See full details

  17. Ex-MEC says he will forgive rape accuser if she says sorry

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    But Bob Mabaso faces internal ANC probe of sexual harassment allegations Former Gauteng MEC for social development Bob Mabaso has been cleared of allegations of sexual harassment against him - and now he wants an apology from his accuser. Pastor Nonqaba Mosun-kutu, the wife of Gauteng MEC for Agriculture, Land and Nature Conservation Khabisi Mosunkutu, went to Premier Mbhazima Shilow... See full details

  18. A ride to hell in overcrowded taxi that threatens to fall apart

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    'Hamba! hamba man,' the impatient driver yells at other motorists while changing lanes at break-neck speed It's Thursday morning. another day to travel to work. With photographer Boxer Ngwenya, I join the throng of people rushing to the taxi rank. Eight people queue at a dusty street corner in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni. This is a taxi rank to the Joburg CBD. Within five minutes, the qu... See full details

  19. No judge on hand, so murder trial on hold

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    The unavailability of a judge has caused yet another delay in the trial of a young man charged with the murder of his mother and plastic-surgeon father a year ago. The trial of Riaz Kadwa (23), his sister Nabila (18) and his wife Nabeela (22) was scheduled to be heard in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, but no courtroom was available. The case was postponed to Monday. Their appearanc... See full details

  20. Metro cops defend Kempton raids

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Councillor seeks probe after pub patrons claim they were hit and robbed The Democratic Alliance councillor for Kempton Park, André Hunter, has launched a scathing attack on the Ekurhuleni metro police for "indiscriminately assaulting and stealing items from patrons at three pubs in the city. But the metro police say they were "viciously assaulted" by the patrons, who threw bottles at... See full details

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