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  1. Three life terms for Grasmere accused

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Though his mates committed the crimes, court says he watched victims suffer The woman who was raped twice near the Grasmere toll plaza two years ago cried bitterly as one of her attackers was sentenced to three life terms and a further 25 years in prison. "We have prayed for this," she said yesterday after the sentencing of Ismail Cassim by Pretoria High Court Judge Mahomed Ismail. ... See full details

  2. Police plan a 'serious' blow in abuse battle

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Insufficient planning in restructuring the force blamed Police officers using a broom cupboard as an office, no telephones, no crime kits, no portable radios and no place to secure their dockets. These are just some of the damning allegations contained in a survey conducted by the Democratic Alliance into the police's ambitious plan to restructure the Gauteng force. According to ... See full details

  3. Gauteng gets crime-buster squads for trains and stations

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Transport Department has invested R80-million to build police contact points New police recruits at the Germiston train station in Ekurhuleni are some of the 250 officers who will become a common sight at stations across Gauteng to ensure commuter safety. As the Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula launched the SA Police Service Railway U... See full details

  4. Speeding costs lives, traffic chief warns

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    There have been 68 serious accidents this month on Joburg roads alone. Of those, 60 resulted in loss of life while in the remaining eight, people were seriously injured. This was the word yesterday from Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, spokesperson for the Joburg metro police. Speeding and ignoring the rules of the road were the main causes of death and carnage on the country's road... See full details

  5. 42 wanted crooks arrested

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Daveyton police have arrested 42 suspects after embarking on a special operation to locate and detain serious criminals. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said yesterday the special operation was conducted at the weekend and they were pleasantly surprised by the results. "Detectives used crime intelligence gathered over a month, then saturated the greater Daveyton area between Friday night ... See full details

  6. 10111 nabs two burglars

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    Members of the North Rand Flying Squad arrested two suspected burglars shortly after they broke into a house in Benoni. The police said the two men in their twenties had broken into a house on the corner of Third Street and 10th Avenue in the suburb of Northmead at 9am yesterday. "The suspects thought they would see what they could help themselves to in the house, but their illegal shopping ... See full details

  7. Post office robbers sought

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    North Rand police have appealed to the community to assist them in their search for two suspects who robbed a post office in the Boulders shopping centre of an undisclosed amount of cash earlier this month. Their likenesses are shown in the identikits reproduced here. Spokesperson Cynthia Kleinhans said both had been armed with pistols and should be considered dangerous to the public. Th... See full details

  8. Help us find their daughters' killers

    Date: 31 Oct 2006
    The Star offers reward after accused in Mbhele murders are released Once again The Star is offering R50 000 to anyone who can help police find and prosecute the killers of the Mbhele sisters. Nelisiwe (12) and Lindiwe (15) Mbhele disappeared on June 1 last year while on their way to church at the Nancefield Hostel in Soweto. Their charred bodies were found on June 13 in the veld i... See full details

  9. Act now on crime

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    That’s the call made by fundis Government’s strong words against crime will be worthless unless it provides tangible solutions to basic problems facing the police. A senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Johan Burger, expressed this view in reaction to the Cabinet’s statements last week on the crime crisis gripping the country. Government communications hea... See full details

  10. DA slams SAPS restructuring

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    While the government and other sectors of society have publicly deplored any form of child abuse, the police officers who are trained to protect children are not being utilised. This is one of the shocking findings Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Mike Waters will reveal today. Waters, who is known to be a crusader for child protection units, recently conducted an investigation into the closing o... See full details

  11. Selebi another victim of Brett Kebble fallout?

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Is the focus on National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, the subject of a probe, part of the fallout of the continuing investigation of slain businessman Brett Kebble’s affairs? This is the question that remains unanswered after it came to light the Scorpions investigation unit conducted a surveillance operation on Selebi this year. Selebi’s friendship with Glenn Aglotti, a close business... See full details

  12. Scorpions advocate could get life in prison

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Portia Kgantsi, the suspended Scorpions senior prosecutor facing charges of corruption and extortion, is to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court again today. Turning down her bail application two weeks ago, Regional Magistrate George Andrews said the State had a strong case against her which “in all likelihood will lead to a conviction and lengthy imprisonment”. The court considered her... See full details

  13. ‘Wife who aided rapist’ wanted

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Police were still looking yesterday for a woman who allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl into her house in North West and held her down as her husband raped her. Setlagole police have arrested a 28-year-old man. The woman however, has fled. Captain Sabata Mokgwabone of the Molopo area police said the man had allegedly bragged at his victim’s home afterwards that he had had sex with the girl. ... See full details

  14. Petrol station staff assaulted

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Seven staff members of a Rosebank petrol station were admitted to hospital on Saturday after being badly assaulted by robbers. Johannesburg police said a group of four gunmen held up staff and clients at the petrol station on Oxford Road and demanded cash. Police spokesman Sergeant Sanku Tsunke said an undisclosed amount of money was taken together with cell phones belonging to staff and cli... See full details

  15. Radebe issues warning as taxi project starts

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Plan is to ensure 85% of vehicles are reliable by 2010 The government's taxi recapitalisation programme has begun, with the first batch of old taxis being crushed despite protests and hooliganism. As a 20-ton excavator steam-rolled its way towards some old and battered taxis, and began clawing at them, a 20 000-strong crowd of spectators watched enthralled. As one taxi swung to and... See full details

  16. Debt collecting boss let off hook

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Association not prepared to act over attorney-code violations The national association for debt collectors sets a standard of conduct that has been violated by a firm of attorneys headed by its own president. But Arnold Olivier, the vice-president of the 240-member Association of Debt Recovery Agents (Adra), said this week that he was not prepared to ask his president, Gert Visser, t... See full details

  17. Pulling together for a dying buddy

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    The people of Kimberley this week rolled up their sleeves, literally, in a bid to save a police officer's life. Superintendent Cecil Paul (44), the commander of the Kimberley Area Crime Combating Unit, was hit in the back as his team prepared to save a farmer from what they believed was a farm attack on Friday last week. The bullet narrowly missed his flak jacket and pierced his liver. Pau... See full details

  18. ANARCHY!

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Taxi driversand owners cause chaos in streets of Gauteng After causing disruption and pandemonium across Gauteng yesterday, unrepentant taxi operators have vowed that blood will flow in the country's streets if the government insists on pursuing its taxi recapitalisation programme - which was to be officially launched today. Peter Rakavha and Elvis Mgidi, of Pretoria's largest taxi a... See full details

  19. Cellphone super scams

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Having your stolen cellphone blacklisted may be a waste of time - because criminals, often sitting in legitimate cellphone shops, can switch it back on at the touch of a button. Hi-tech criminals in South Africa are using sophisticated computer technology to unlock blacklisted cellphones - and are then selling them on as legitimate. They are believed to be using computer software downloade... See full details

  20. Where axe survivor got the courage to go on

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    "I'll never forgive Tony," she says. "And I'll never come to terms with my children's deaths." Adlington's book, Mom, Interrupted, written by Gerda Kruger, tells her horrific story and her long struggle back to living an independent life. But there are no answers to why Tony Adlington murdered his family. Yes, he was a controlling man and yes, he had financial difficulties, of which she knew... See full details

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