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  1. Grant fraud costing SA R1,5bn

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    Fraud in government has reached staggering proportions if the number of those being investigated is any indication. Nearly 41 000 public servants have been fingered in connection with fraud and corruption. And, said Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya, justice must take its course with those charged, no matter the cost. “It has to be done to ensure a public service which is there to s... See full details

  2. SA drivers most violent, survey finds

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    South African motorists top the list in a study of road rage over 12 months in 10 countries. And there is no sign of their aggressive behaviour abating. “Eleven percent of South African drivers claim to have been at the receiving end of threatening behaviour in the past 12 months,” according to research company Synovate’s report. “This means the aggressor got out of the vehicle to confront th... See full details

  3. Victim says bogus police may be real

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    The efficiency and frequency with which armed robberies are committed by people posing as police – or actual corrupt members of the SAPS – left a Johannesburg businessman outraged this week. His anger was aggravated by the fact that a passing police patrol failed to assist him when he was dropped off in Lombardy East. The man, who does not want to be named, spoke out to The Citizen yesterday... See full details

  4. Shoplifting on the increase

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    The trend of criminals opting to make a living through shoplifting is on the increase. This is according to the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGC-SA), which claims the offenders operate in gangs with a remarkable degree of skill and planning. “Shoplifting should never be regarded as a harmless, innocent crime simply perpetrated by young people out of thrill. This attitude could actually lea... See full details

  5. R260m cash laundering probe

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    Investigations into money laundering of R260m continued at Johannesburg’s Dragon City yesterday, a Scorpions spokesman said. About 30 people in a Fordsburg complex were arrested on Monday in a swoop by the SA Revenue Service, the Department of Home Affairs and specialised police units. Those arrested were suspected of being illegal immigrants. Several shops were also closed. Import, export... See full details

  6. Full jail can’t lock’em out

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    The Johannesburg Prison is not like a Holiday Inn where we can say “sorry, we are fully booked and can’t accommodate you”. “We have to take in those who are sent to us,” said Correctional Services Area Commissioner Kenny Bouwer yesterday. He was responding to reports that Johannesburg Prison’s ,maximum-security section was dangerously close to being 400% overcrowded. “It was that bad in M... See full details

  7. Criminals reel after latest drug bust

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    Criminals reel after latest drug bust Drug trafficking in South Africa has been dealt a serious blow after successful drug busts by police at Johannesburg International airport. Since the beginning of this year, action by the SAPS has left organised crime syndicates staggering, claim North Rand police. Over the past seven-and-a-half months, drugs worth more than R40m have been seized and ... See full details

  8. R2m stolen a week in card fraud

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    The old, the trusting and the unsophisticated are being robbed of millions every week through ATM and credit card fraud. It is estimated fraudsters got away with over R2m last week – merely by noticing the mistakes made by trusting victims using automatic teller machines (ATM’s) credit or debit cards. Elderly and rural people are often swindled out of pension money or savings, First National... See full details

  9. Murder toll is three kids a day!

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    More than three children are murdered in South Africa every day. Mike Waters, spokesman on child abuse for the Democratic Alliance (DA), made this shocking revelation. In three-months from January to March last year, a shocking 293 children were murdered in this country, said Waters. “This represents about three children per day or one every 7,5 hours, and if extrapolated to the rest of t... See full details

  10. ‘Almost half of child rapists are repeat offenders

    Date: 11 Aug 2005
    At least 669 children were raped between 2002 and March last year by men who had previous rape convictions, according to Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula. Meanwhile, it emerged last night that during the recent remission of sentences, hundreds of sexual offenders, including those convicted of rape, were released from prisons. This was despite government assurances that persons c... See full details

  11. Dept admits releasing dangerous prisoners

    Date: 11 Aug 2005
    The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that it could have released risoners who posed a danger to society under it remission programme, but said they would have been nering the end of their sentence. Spokesperson Grahm Abrahams was responding to a claim from Childline South Africa's Joan van Niekerk tht hundreds of sexual offenders, including those convicted for rape, were releas... See full details

  12. Corruption report

    Date: 10 Aug 2005
    Corrupt officials getting off too lightly, watchdog believes One even had a disciplinary case against him withdrawn after he was promoted to a better job in another department. The Public Service Commission has warned that the government’s anti-corruption measures are having little success, with hundreds of millions of rands lost since 2002. More worrying is the fact that disciplin... See full details

  13. Cash-in-transit industry has raised the bar

    Date: 10 Aug 2005
    Cash-in-transit industry has raised the bar to combat gangs Latest incidents show heist gangs have become more violent, ‘so the only way is to go on the attack’ The recent sudden increase in cash-in-transit heists is alarming, but should not serve as an indication that police are losing the fight against crime. “We tend to look at statistics like a scoreboard to see who’s winning. But th... See full details

  14. Clueless operators at 10111 irk public

    Date: 10 Aug 2005
    Disgruntled members of the public are up in arms about the incompetence of personnel who serve as operators at 10111 police emergency centre in Gauteng. One East Rand grandmother, Kobie Parker, 58, on Thursday evening had to grab her granddaughter, Karla, 13, and her friend, who is also a teenager and run for their lives as eager gunmen hunted them down at the gateway to her Mayberry Park home ... See full details

  15. Shady debt collectors get the chop

    Date: 10 Aug 2005
    The days of the shadowy and sometimes scary world of debt collection are numbered. By Thursday debt collectors in South Africa have to register with the Council of Debt Collectors in terms of the Debt Collectors Act, gazetted in February 2003. “After that date no person can act as a debt collector unless registered,” the council said in a statement. “If an unregistered person collects deb... See full details

  16. Security staffers celebrate initiative

    Date: 10 Aug 2005
    More than 100 female fire-fighters and police officers gathered yesterday to celebrate the launch of the Public Safety Women Empowerment and Development Programme for National Women’s Day. This initiative is the vision of the Gauteng Department of Safety and Security and is aimed at improving the skills of female employees of the emergency management services (EMS and the Johannesburg Metropoli... See full details

  17. Scorpions’ fate will be known soon

    Date: 08 Aug 2005
    PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki is expected to announce soon if the Scorpions investigation unit will stay as it is or be incorporated into the police service. Mbeki appointed the Khampepe commission of inquiry over three months ago. Chaired by Judge Sisi Khampepe, the commission looked into the mandate and location of the Scorpions. Khampepe was also tasked with making recommendations on its managem... See full details

  18. Thieves click as they flick through pages

    Date: 01 Aug 2005
    A couple of years ago, not many people would have predicted the advent of the cellphone. Even fewer would have predicted that these new devices would be capable of taking photographs. But now some crafty users have taken cellphone photography to a new height by illegally snapping away at book pages and greetings cards for personal use. Managing director of Adams bookstores, Peter Adams, say... See full details

  19. Beware of Jewels Con

    Date: 01 Aug 2005
    The North East Rand SAPS Precious Metals and Diamond Unit is investigating several cases where people have been conned out of thousands of rands. The elaborate scam involves the “sale” of “precious stones”. Some people have lost between R8 000 and R10 000. Victims are often chosen because they have advertised something for sale in a newspaper. Anybody with information is asked to phone... See full details

  20. Wanted Criminals 'are hiding out in jail'

    Date: 01 Aug 2005
    More than 180 inmates at Moderbee Prison near Springs have been found to be on the police's wanted list for crimes for which they have not yet been tried. The discovery was made after a six-hour operation which included a search of cells, as well as the retaking of fingerprints by the SAPS, Correctional Services, metro police and other units. This means that while the authorities are searchi... See full details

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