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  1. Owner and tenants threatened in ‘bid to hijack building’

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    Heavily armed guards said to have surrounded block of flats A well-organised gang has started hijacking fully occupied buildings in Johannesburg’s inner city. This is according to a property owner – identified only as Jonathan – who claims that nine uniformed security guards bearing automatic rifles arrived unexpectedly at his block of flats in Yeoville in the middle of the night rec... See full details

  2. Spotlight on nature of violent crimes

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The government is concerned about the violent nature of social crimes, which threatens to destroy the family fabric. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said in Pretoria yesterday that such crimes often saw family members murdered, assaulted or raped by those close to them. “Our study indicates that between 70% and 80% of the murders that happen in South Africa are a consequence of ... See full details

  3. Confusion - reshaping of police force is put on hold

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The massive restructuring of SA Police Service has ground to a halt. On Monday, an internal communication was sent to every police officer to inform them that the scrapping of the area level – between the local and provincial levels – was on hold. Police maintain that no wheels have come off and that the project will continue “full steam ahead” – once the final details are sorted out. But p... See full details

  4. Nine appear in court over pension fund fraud

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    Nine men accused of stealing a staggering R213-million in assets from various pension funds have made a brief appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. The accused – some in designer suits, while others entered the courtroom in leg shackles – appeared before magistrate HR Louw in Johannesburg yesterday. According to a thick volume of documents forming part of the state’s charge ... See full details

  5. Fury as ‘abuser’ walks free

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The acquittal of a suspected paedophile accused of sexually abusing youngsters over a period of several years yesterday met with an outcry for strengthened child protection laws. Raymond Godfrey, 59, was yesterday freed on all 24 charges relating to the alleged abuse of nine little girls and a boy from 1998 to 2001. It was alleged that he abused the little toddlers while they visited the Swa... See full details

  6. Man found dead in car

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    Police are offering a reward of up to R20 000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of an Ethiopian man found shot dead and bundled into the boot of his car. An Open Corsa was noticed parked at the intersection of the Winburg-Virginia road near the Eureka Park off-ramp in the early hours of July 22. The keys were still in the ignition. Anyone with information... See full details

  7. Cachalia visits Brixton 10111 call centre

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The MEC for Community Safety, Firoz Cachalia, is making sure he is visible in his bid to ensure programmes to deal with crime in the province are on track. Cachalia yesterday visited the Brixton 10111 call centre to check on service delivery and encourage the workers. “We want to motivate people who work in the call centres and police officers as their work is essential to communities,” said... See full details

  8. Medic stabbed by man who called for help

    Date: 01 Aug 2006
    Innocent lives could be put in danger if emergency personnel become wary of helping people who claim to be in distress. This was the stern warning following a senseless attack by a knife-wielding man on an Ekuthuleni emergency services worker in Olifantsfontein, Midrand, yesterday. Paramedic Jeff Bolton was on his way to attend an inspection at the local fire station when he was flagged down... See full details

  9. ‘Misconceptions’ fuel criticism of 10111

    Date: 01 Aug 2006
    Misconceptions are often behind the criticism levelled at 10111 call centres, police say. The Citizen visited the North Rand 10111 radio control centre in Benoni on Friday after a report criticising the functioning of the potentially life-saving centres. Under the command of Senior Superintendent Sam Killian, the centre serves communities in a surrounding area of 2 400 square kilometres and ... See full details

  10. Police arrest photographer

    Date: 01 Aug 2006
    Citizen photographer Neil McCartney was arrested while doing his job at a crime scene yesterday. On Friday night, McCartney was in the back of a police vehicle as a guest, recording members of the SAPS doing their work on the East Rand. But yesterday, he was in the back of a police vehicle again, on the West Rand. This time he was a detainee. McCartney was released on free bail after h... See full details

  11. Donation a big boost for Business Against Crime

    Date: 01 Aug 2006
    With corruption and fraud costing the country about R150-billion a year, Business Against Crime is racing against time to combat crime. With an annual budget of about R38-million a year; their task is a daunting one. But yesterday BAC got a shot in the arm when they received R1-million from BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company with a broad range of commodities like a... See full details

  12. Family shocked after car thieves gun down doctor

    Date: 31 Jul 2006
    When Dr Lesiba Latakgomo decried the ongoing violence in the Middle East on Friday, little did he know that in a few hours he would be facing his own violent death. Latakgomo (48), a physician at Sebokeng Clinix Private Hospital in Vereeniging, was gunned down in Duncanville on the Vaal Rand during the early hours of Saturday. His wife Nkgale and their four children are struggling to come to... See full details

  13. Robbed UK pupils to go on with tour

    Date: 31 Jul 2006
    Eleven British schoolchildren – part of a group on a rugby and netball tour in South Africa who were attacked and robbed in Honeydew last week – were severely traumatised but would continue with their tour as planned, a spokesman for the British High Commissioner in South Africa, Russ Dixon said. Dixon said the children had received counselling. They were to have left for Cape Town yesterday a... See full details

  14. Boy stabbed over soccer ball at school

    Date: 31 Jul 2006
    Carl Torbay is too scared to go back to school. On Thursday, the 10-year-old was attacked and stabbed three times in the boys’ toilets. It all started during break at Sir Edmund Hillary School in Kensington, Joburg, when Carl refused to give his attackers – both 13-year-olds – his ball. He was followed to the toilets, where one of the boys stabbed him in the buttocks. Carls said the Grad... See full details

  15. Project has reduced school violence

    Date: 31 Jul 2006
    A new crime-prevention project in schools has reportedly seen acts of aggression among pupils come down by 72% and pass rates increase by almost 80%. Education Minister Naledi Pandor over the weekend launched the school based Tiisa Thuto crime prevention and intervention project in Henneman, in the Free State. According to Education Ministry spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele the project is run by ... See full details

  16. Mbeki: Stop corruption

    Date: 31 Jul 2006
    Corruption must come to an end in this country. To this end, the police, National Intelligence and the Public Service Commission are to help local governments with strategies against corruption. President Thabo Mbeki said yesterday. Briefing the media after a three-day Cabinet lekgotla, he said South Africa “must have clean government”. Service delivery, in all aspects, was also high on ... See full details

  17. COPS BEG FOR HELP

    Date: 28 Jul 2006
    Underpaid, stressed out and desperate for protection Police officers – devastated by the murders of 54 of their colleagues – have issued a list of demands to improve their plight. About 50 officers toyi-toyied outside the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court yesterday calling on the government for better protection, more powerful weapons and increased training. The protest coincided with ... See full details

  18. Crime will be high on lekgotla agenda

    Date: 28 Jul 2006
    Crime will be high on the agenda of Cabinet Ministers when they discuss a number of issues at a lekgotla in Pretoria. Government spokesman Themba Maseko said a national security strategy would be discussed, and preparations for the 2010 World Cup. Progress on government’s programme of action for the year will be reviewed at the meeting. The lekgotla would include representatives from loca... See full details

  19. Applause for new definition of rape

    Date: 28 Jul 2006
    Legal experts have hailed the proposed extension of the definition of rape to include anal penetration, but warn it will in the short term make little difference to criminal cases. Pieter du Toit, of North West University’s Potchefstroom campus, said in terms of the Constitution every accused had the right not to be convicted for an act that was not an offence under national or international la... See full details

  20. Murder was a hit, says son

    Date: 28 Jul 2006
    The family of a Pretoria man shot dead on his Schurveberg plot on Tuesday nights believe the killers were hitmen. Manie de Jager, 69, was killed by four men in military uniforms and masks. His son, Kahn, said yesterday it was a hit and not an armed robbery. “The four were in full military uniform and had masks on. They were out to kill my father.” He said his father had been a farmer in... See full details

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