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  1. Panic buttons, closed-circuit cameras mooted for prison cells

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Panic buttons may soon be installed in prison cells around the country in a bid to protect inmates, according to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour. He was speaking on the eve of the official release of the report of the Jali Commission of Inquiry into prison fraud and maladministration, a year after it was handed over to President Thabo Mbeki. In an attempt to curb the high le... See full details

  2. Guards shelve planned strike for now

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Cash-in-transit guards have postponed their planned strike for this week but have threatened to down tools over the festive season if they don't get protection from the police and the military. The threat comes hours after National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi met the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU) yesterday in Pretoria, where s... See full details

  3. SA gains UN Security Council seat for first time

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    South Africa has been formally elected into the United Nations Security Council. The General Assembly yesterday chose SA without opposition to occupy one of the council's 10 temporary seats for two years from January 1 next year. This is the first time in history that SA has been chosen to occupy this seat. Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma last night thanked African countries in par... See full details

  4. 'We lost everything'

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Probe brings hope to ripped-off retired top brass from navy Captain Ian Wessels was once one of the most senior members of the South African Navy. Now he sells nuts and bolts to survive. He is one of 42 senior naval officers - including 21 former generals and admirals, five fleet captains, seven colonels and a retired magistrate - who lost a total of R38-million after investing their ... See full details

  5. Top detective to 'look into' rape cover-up allegation

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The detective who headed the rape investigation into former deputy president Jacob Zuma will examine a Gauteng beautician's claims that her rape by two police officers was deliberately covered up. Gauteng police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht told The Star yesterday that the province's head of detectives, Norman Taioe, had spoken to the woman and would "look into" h... See full details

  6. Thirsty Judge Hlophe manages a chuckle on day of organised chaos

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Pleading guilty turned out to be an exhausting affair for several Travelgate MPs. Their morning began yesterday with the last-minute finalisation of their pleas and sentencing agreements, a visit to Judge President John Hlophe's chambers to have the matter enrolled, and the taking of fingerprints. The size of the group presented a challenge to the police, who ran around with lists checking w... See full details

  7. Soldiers won't help to prevent hold-ups

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The army will not be deployed to assist embattled cash-in-transit security guards against the carnage they face almost on a daily basis. However, the police will increase manpower, with armed officers, some in plainclothes, accompanying cash vehicles in a bid to protect security guards and deter heists. This follows yesterday's meeting between Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, the Motor Tr... See full details

  8. Court hears of sexual adventures of the Black Stallion

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    To his potential sex clients, Nigerian national Anthony Gozia Chinedu was known as the Black Stallion. The man whom he is now accused of murdering in July last year, 54-year-old Hendrik Jacobus Adams, was his favourite client. His body was dumped in a municipal bin in Berea, Johannesburg. This was revealed by Chinedu's pimp, Christiaan Donald Crowthen, who told the Johannesburg High Court y... See full details

  9. ‘Crammed Sun City jail is a time bomb’

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    The Johannesburg prison popularly known as “Sun City” has been described as a “time bomb’ waiting to explode”. It needs urgent action to address acute overcrowding. This startling revelation was made by Dennis Bloem, chairman of the portfolio committee in Correctional Services, during the committee’s conclusion of oversight visits to Gauteng prisons last week. Bloem said “Sun City” was th... See full details

  10. March against crime

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Concerned Eersterust residents marched on the local police station this weekend to protest against escalating crime in the east of Pretoria. The group, also composed of mothers of the victims, picketed in front of the station, demanding police act against crime. One of the march organisers, Imelda Louw, said that every week or two, a child or woman was raped or killed in the area. The pro... See full details

  11. Minister welcomes child abuse report

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi has welcomed the global report on violence against children tabled before the UN General Assembly’s third committee in New York last week. It followed a study by independent expert Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, providing a sobering picture of violence against children. He covered cruel and humiliating punishment, genital... See full details

  12. You have to be one to catch one

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    The South African government should consider using foreigners to help them combat crimes committed by foreigners, a Cameronian criminologist said yesterday. Denis Yomi Tanfa, who completed his doctorate in criminology at Unisa in 15 months, based his suggestions on a thesis he completed on “advanced fee fraud”, also known as 419 scams. Tanfa said the only way to curb that kind of fraud was b... See full details

  13. 'Police rapes covered up'

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Watchdog says cases against officers likely to hit dead end Police officers are protecting colleagues facing rape charges - and the 22 such cases in the past year are just the tip of the iceberg. This is according to police watchdog the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), which says in a report that the 22 complaints - lodged between April 2005 and March 2006 - were the highest n... See full details

  14. The trauma of living with scars of sexual assault

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    The flower tattoos on her wrists cover the scars that were left after her hands were bound tightly by the policemen who raped her. But, while her physical wounds are hidden, Laeticia* can't escape her mental scars. The Bedfordview beautician continues to be haunted by her gang-rape ordeal - and her belief that it was never properly investigated. "They covered the whole thing up," she says.... See full details

  15. Long-overdue prison report to be released

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Almost a year after it was handed to President Thabo Mbeki, the Jali Commission's report into corruption and maladministration in South Africa's prison service was expected to be tabled in parliament today. The 1 000-page report on the state of the country's prisons was presented to Mbeki last November, but has still not been made public. However, Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour... See full details

  16. SABC loses battle to keep findings secret

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Fears that it may now have an excuse to let implicated people off hook The SABC may use the online publication of the "blacklisting" report as a justification to avoid taking disciplinary action against those implicated by the two commissioners it appointed. This emerged after a dramatic sequence of events that came to a head at 1.15am yesterday when a Joburg judge dismissed the publ... See full details

  17. Seized Springs girl is found safe and sound

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    A 16-year-old Springs schoolgirl who was abducted by a man in front of her parents' house nearly a week ago has been found after East Rand detectives worked around the clock following up clues. One of a team of investigating officers, Captain Piet Nel, said they had traced Yolanda Jansen van Rensburg to an address in Carletonville, North West. Nel would not divulge further details. Yoland... See full details

  18. 'Father's forgetfulness led to baby's death'

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Dad neglects to drop off sleeping child and leaves him in vehicle Andrew Wilkinson forgot to take his 17-month-old son to his mother-in-law - and now his family's life will never be the same. The University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer's child is thought to have died of heatstroke after being left on the back seat of his father's car for hours. The outside temperature was 26°C, b... See full details

  19. Travelgate accused get last chance to make deal

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Confessions have brought only fines, but trialists face jail At least three MPs who stand accused of committing fraud with parliamentary travel vouchers were expected to conclude plea bargains with the state today. The trial of 28 former and present MPs and travel agents is scheduled to start tomorrow. The start of the trial has also been set as the cut-off point for plea bargains with... See full details

  20. CBD crime rise despite surveillance

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    Criminals more brazen,says camera company A bomb threat in the city centre yesterday has compounded fears that the CBD is sliding into a crime hotspot yet again. And the company that runs the security cameras in the CBD has confirmed that gangs have quadrupled in size and that there has been an upsurge in criminal activity in the past few months. The bomb threat, allegedly from a dis... See full details

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