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  1. Tow truckers bribe cops

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Ex-security chief’s scathing report tells of kickbacks and favoursTow-truck companies bribe corrupt policemen to ensure they are first at the scene of an accident – and this collusion could be costing lives.This is the thrust of a damning report compiled by Bennie van Rooyen, the former chief of safety and security at the old Germiston City Council.He was commissioned by Ekurhuleni Chief of Police... See full details

  2. Some break the law to earn a living

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Last month, Durban tow-truck drivers John Edward Amos, Sandile Nene and Victor Hawkey were charged with attempted murder after allegedly placing a log and rocks on the M7 highway between the Northdene and Higginson offramps. Although no one was injured, two cars were badly damaged. The trio also face alternative charges of malicious damage to property. Bail was fixed at R3 000 each and the ... See full details

  3. Metro officers protest

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Johannesburg Metro Police officers took to the streets yesterday to protest against a “corrupt internal affairs department”. More than 1 000 officers gathered at Beyers Naude Square to march to the Metropolitan Centre to hand over a memorandum to Johannesburg City Manager Mavela Dlamini. South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) general secretary Dumisani Langa led the marchers, who had... See full details

  4. Police warn of bogus repair men

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Police have warned domestic workers not to open gates or doors to people claiming to be repair men. This is after a house robber in Alberton this week in which a domestic worker was overpowered by a gang of six men. “She alleges the suspects gained entry on the pretext that they had come to clean the swimming pool. They then took cash, a cellphone, jewellery and household equipment valued at ... See full details

  5. Tougher security in place at Joburg’s ‘thiefport’

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Theft from your baggage, a long wait at the carousel and then a porter running away with your belongings while you are on your way to your car – which turns out to have been broken into or stolen. That is how many passengers at the Johannesburg International Airport experience airport security. Airport manager Chris Hlekane does not deny it. But at a briefing yesterday he was optimistic a... See full details

  6. Cell Bill could put you in jail

    Date: 24 May 2006
    Cape Town – People who sell or give away their cellphones or SIM cards and do not get accurate personal information about the recipient, could land up in jail for a year according to a new Bill before Parliament. The Bill has been slammed by service providers who forecast it will hit the poor hard. Cellphone service providers who fail to obtain and keep information on their clients could be ... See full details

  7. Jaws of Life Grab Cash

    Date: 23 May 2006
    The Ethekwini Municipality Fire Department’s “jaws of life” has been used to pry open security vans in cash-in-transit heists. The Citizen has discovered that a member of the Ethekwini Fire-Brigade has been arrested for his alleged involvement in assisting cash-in-transit gangs. The arrest was made by the South African Police Service Serious and Violent Crimes Unit after the fireman was alle... See full details

  8. What will become of the Scorpions?

    Date: 23 May 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has received the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry report into the mandate and location of the Directorate of Special Operations, which incorporates the Scorpions. The report was handed over by Judge Sisi Khampepe at the Union Building yesterday. The commission was established last year by Mbeki to receive proposals on the future of the elite crime-fighting unit. This w... See full details

  9. Global crime-busters sought for new-era crooks

    Date: 23 May 2006
    Globalisation demands a new breed of global prosecutor and investigator to deal with the challenges of trans-national, organised crime. That is the word from Kalyani Pillay, the special adviser to the National Director of Public Prosecutions. “It’s not the usual, everyday crimes that are now crossing (prosecutors’) tables. You have Internet crimes, you have cyber crimes, and they call for t... See full details

  10. Security strike rolls on as talks deadlock

    Date: 23 May 2006
    There is no end in sight for the security guards’ strike. The talks between the employers and the SA Transport and Allied Worker’s Union (Satawu) deadlocked on Friday. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said the two parties confirmed that they had moved further away from each other. The security sector employers’ organisations called for the intervention of Labour ... See full details

  11. 10-point plan to cut crime

    Date: 19 May 2006
    The Democratic Alliance (DA) has proposed 10 measures that would drastically reduce crime in South Africa. These involve initiating an urgent review of salaries and conditions of employment for policing personnel and a change of Security Minister Charles Nqakula’s attitude toward Parliament by making himself more available to the portfolio committees. According to the DA’s Roy Jankielsohn th... See full details

  12. Suffer the Children

    Date: 19 May 2006
    VIP’s get more protection as child units are closed While the child protection and other crack police units will soon disappear, the VIP protection unit is set to expand. And the taxpayer will pay through the nose for the protection of a handful of individuals including the President, Deputy President, former Presidents and other VIPs identified by the Minister of Safety and Security. The... See full details

  13. Strike hammers car firms, mines

    Date: 19 May 2006
    Johannesburg CBD saw what was probably its biggest protest yet when the Congress of South African Trade Unions took to the streets during a national strike over poverty and jobs. In Cape Town, where the protest march had been banned following violence during a Satawu march earlier in the week, police maintained high visibility. Despite the march being banned, Cosatu members gathered at an in... See full details

  14. Train crime blamed on guards’ strike

    Date: 19 May 2006
    The ongoing strike by security guards has resulted in increased criminality on trains. Scores of commuters were “taking advantage” of the absence of guards on the trains, Metrorail has said. A commuter was shot from a passing train in one incident and in another a man was thrown from a carriage. Metrorail said more than 400 commuters have been arrested at stations and on trains in Pretori... See full details

  15. Fake licences ‘out of control’

    Date: 19 May 2006
    The issuing of fraudulent drivers licences is “out of control”. So says background screening company Kroll, which claims the arrest of four North West traffic officials for allegedly issuing bogus driver’s licences “was merely the tip of the iceberg”. CEO Ina van der Merwe said large numbers of licences sent to the firm for verification turned out to be false or fraudulent. “There has bee... See full details

  16. The Citizen asked to leave exco meeting

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The Citizen was yesterday asked to leave the eThekweni Municipality's executive committee (exco) meeting rooms as the committee met to discuss an emergency audit of Metro Police firearms. The audit was ordered after The Citizen revealed that dozens of Metro Police guns were missing, and some had allegedly been sold or hired to car-hijacking and cash-in-transit heist gangs. Municipal manager ... See full details

  17. Mercenary laws to be discussed

    Date: 17 May 2006
    Parliament – The National Assembly’s defence committee will hold public hearings on the draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and the Prohibition and Regulation of Certain Activities in an Area of Armed Conflict Bill on May 22 and 24. The Bill - intended to plug gaps in existing laws dealing with the activities of mercenaries, and the activities of South Africans in foreign conflicts – was... See full details

  18. Govt school safety regulations

    Date: 17 May 2006
    Lax enforcement of school safety measure has resulted in tragic incidents in public and independent schools. This was one of the reasons provincial heads of education departments met this week in Pretoria to discuss safety in schools and ensure new measures are applied. Chief Director of Communication in the Education Department John S Mojapelo said additional measures would be added. “We f... See full details

  19. Give money to us only, says SPCA

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The SPCA has warned the public to be wary of people posing as SPCA employees asking for donations. The National Council of the SPCA said they did not use a third party to collect funds, and SPCA collectors had identification and documents on them. Christine Kuch, spokesman for the SPCA, said a public enquiry led to the organisation's investigation into the Cassos Progressive Trust, whose rep... See full details

  20. New robbery scam warning

    Date: 17 May 2006
    The SAPS in Moroka, Soweto, have warned the community about a new house robbery trend in the area. Sergeant Richard Munyai said a few cases had been opened involving a woman who stood next to a house screaming she was being robbed. "She will then run into a yard pretending to be seeking help. By the time she enters the house, a group of men will force their way in with her, and ransack the ... See full details

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