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  1. Joburg police in inner-city blitz

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    The Johannesburg Metro Police started a large-scale campaign yesterday to prevent crime and enforce by-laws in the inner city. About 1 300 officers and municipal officials from the City of Johannesburg descended on the inner city using Jeppe and Eloff streets as a base. Officers enforced traffic by-laws, confiscated goods from illegal hawkers and investigated illegal electricity connections.... See full details

  2. Cellphone pics get suspects arrested

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Ekurhuleni Metro Police have arrested two suspected hijackers thanks to a cellphone retrieved in Reiger Park on the East Rand. Victims of the hijacking spotted their stolen vehicle on Friday and a shootout ensued. The suspects escaped, leaving a cellphone behind. On Sunday, officers in Tsakane district positively identified them from pictures on the cellphone. They were arrested. One ... See full details

  3. Road-rage death probe

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) is investigating the death of a doctor allegedly shot by an off-duty police officer. Acording to ICD spokesman Steven Mabona, Dr Thabo Boleu, 36, was shot on Sunday. “We need to explore the circumstances that led to the doctor’s death,” said Mabona. Boleu was shot following a road-rage incident near his home in Dalpark, East Rand. Boleu then... See full details

  4. Heist plot thickens

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Fourth man killed in Benoni police safe theft case Fears that suspects were trying to cover their tracks in the multimillion-rand police safe burglary flared after the murder of a policeman accused of masterminding the robbery. This brings the number of deaths related to the crime to four, while one person is still missing. Inspector Khomai Mashele, one of the three police officers... See full details

  5. Three slain in weekend bloodbath

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    A policeman is dead and another is in hospital with a bullet wound in the neck after being shot by a suspect who is alleged to have sexually assaulted his own daughter. The father and daughter also died during the night of madness in a house in Jouberton Klerksdorp. The bloodbath makes another contribution to South Africa’s shocking statistics for police officers killed in the line of duty. ... See full details

  6. Murdered boy still unidentified

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Detectives at the East Rand Serious and Violent Crime Unit have made an appeal to the community to help them identity a boy aged between 7 and 9 who was murdered and his body dumped under a bridge on the N17 near Devon. Superintendent Andy Pieke yesterday said the boy's body was discovered at midday on July 19. An attempt had been made to cut his penis off. His face was swollen, indicating that... See full details

  7. Patron gunned down at shebeen

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    A patron at a shebeen was gunned down by robbers when he refused to hand over his money in Vosloorus on Sunday. Police said two gunmen entered the premises at Modutu Crescent, Vosloorus shortly before midnight. The robbers threatened the man and other patrons and demanded cash. The deceased allegedly refused and shot dead. Police are trying to trace his next of kin before disclosing the man'... See full details

  8. Youth hacked to death

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    The body of a 16-year-old youth was discovered in a veld between Sunrise View and Zonkizizwe on Sunday. Police said the victim had a wound in the head indicating that he had been hacked to death. His body was found by passersby at about 8am. Zonkiziwe police have traced the boy's father who still has to formally identify him at the government mortuary in Heidelberg. The motive for the murder ha... See full details

  9. Heroin floods schools

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Low street proce hooks kids as young as 9 into cycle of abuse Drug syndicates are targetting schools as they seek to grow a market of young heroin addicts. The street price of heroin is now between R30 and R50 a gram - less than a tenth of its price five years ago and half the price of a bank bag of good-quality dagga. In Gauteng and Pretoria alone, hundreds of heroin addicts - s... See full details

  10. Crash survivors hit by third car

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Four people who survived a head-on-crash and were waiting to be freed from the wreckage were killed moments later when a suspected drunk driver ploughed into both their vehicles. Two victims were student police constables from Lichtenburg. The other two people were their passenger and the driver of the other car, respectively. Captain Job Mothibi of the Molopo area police said a man driving... See full details

  11. TAC MEMBERS TO FACE CHARGES

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    The 44 members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), including leader Zachie Achmat, who were arrested in Cape Town on Friday will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. The TAC descended on the Western Cape Department of Health building, calling for the Ministers of Health and Correctional Services to be charged with culpable homicide. This was after one of the 15 prisoners,... See full details

  12. Police get bodies from dam

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Police divers have recovered the bodies of one of their colleagues and the man he allegedly stabbed and dumped into a dam because he suspected him of having an affair with his wife. In a bizarre twist, the policeman drowned after diving into the water on his wife’s insistence that he recover the body of the other man, claiming he was innocent. The policeman was Inspector George Senyane, 38, ... See full details

  13. Boy, 11, dies as robbers open fire

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    An 11-year-old boy was killed and his nine-year-old brother seriously hurt after being shot in a housebreaking in Centurion at the weekend. The boys and their mother were woken at about 3.30am on Saturday as two men tried to gain entry into their home in The Ridge, Centurion. The men fired shots through the kitchen door, injuring Kabelo Hlahla and fatally wounding Oratile Hlahla, then fled. By ... See full details

  14. Information on cash heist wanted

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police are still searching for a gang of 18 robbers who robbed a cash-in-transit van of an undisclosed amount of money on Saturday morning. According to Inspector Katlego Mogale the suspects fired shots at the vehicle, forcing it off the road at the Ruth First off-ramp before the Mabopane Highway and held security guards at gunpoint. They gained access to the van and made off with t... See full details

  15. Police on the hunt for party robbers

    Date: 21 Aug 2006
    West Rand police have launched a hunt for an armed gang of eight that stormed a house party on Friday and robbed residents of money and valuables. The suspects allegedly made off with money estimated around R53 000 and electrical appliances as well as an Isuzu bakkie. According to police spokesman Inspector Solomon Sibiya the gang stormed the house where the owner was having a party with som... See full details

  16. Tax-break-for-cops drive gets radio listeners into gear

    Date: 19 Aug 2006
    Thousands of South Africans including Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula support Talk Radio 702 and its efforts to have payouts to families of slain police officers exempt from being taxed. This emerged after Talk Radio 702's morning-show host, John Robbie, called on listeners to show their support for a change in the law that currently allows for the taxing of payouts to the familie... See full details

  17. Community living in terror

    Date: 19 Aug 2006
    Residents fear there is a serial killer in their midst Judith Dlodlo grimaced as she pointed to a lonely stretch of veld. "That's where we found the dead woman in February," said the 60-year-old woman, shaking her head in dismay. "I looked at her and saw she was just a young girl. I thought of my child being killed that way. I felt such pity for her." Since January, the bodies of... See full details

  18. Goldin, Bloom killers in court again

    Date: 19 Aug 2006
    The life partner of slain Cape Town fashion designer Richard Bloom cut a lone figure in the public gallery of the Wynberg Magistrate's Court where two men appeared on a double murder charge. Under heavy police guard, Clinton Davids (23) of Kensington and Shavon Marlie (26) of Athlone appeared before a packed courtroom yesterday. The pair were recently charged with the murder of Bloom and actor... See full details

  19. Media told to show restraint

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    Sipho Dube, convicted serial sex offender, paedophile and murderer of six children and one woman, behaved in a relatively restrained manner during a brief court appearance yesterday. This was in contrast to his outburst when the Johannesburg High Court took the Wednesday midday recess, and Dube adopted a threatening attitude to journalists and members of the public in the courtroom. Yesterda... See full details

  20. Scorpions finally sting druglord after three year chase

    Date: 18 Aug 2006
    An alleged drug lord who evaded the law for three years is to have R3,5-million worth of assets seized, in what the Scorpions are calling a major success. This was after the Johannesburg High Court granted an application on Tuesday for Jin Wuan Liang’s assets to be seized. The National Prosecuting Authority had been trying for nearly a year to get the application granted but what clinched it... See full details

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