1. Task force took too long: victim

    Date: 22 Jun 2006
    The police explanation of why it used force and acted aggressively on board the South African Airways (SAA) plane at Cape Town International Airport on Saturday was met with scepticism by one of the passengers. Ian Thomson, who helped prevent the attempted hijacking on board the flight bound from Cape Town to Johannesburg, said even if the police did act correctly by swearing at passengers and ... See full details

  2. Security pay deal close

    Date: 21 Jun 2006
    The strike by security guards is nearing an end. The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is likely to accept a revised wage increase by tomorrow. Satawu spokesman Ronnie Mamba said the latest offer took into account the salary increment and maternity leave – the two remaining disputed issues. He said the new offer meant that the lowest-paid security guard would get an automati... See full details

  3. We did it right

    Date: 20 Jun 2006
    SA hijack task team follows international procedures “When you enter a room full of armed men, shoot the first person who makes a move, hostile or otherwise. “He has started to think and is therefore dangerous.” These are the words of Paddy Mayne, an original member of the British Special Air Service (SAS). This is just one of the specialised forces worldwide which would have ac... See full details

  4. Let down by the system for the second time

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    June 7 was just an ordinary day for Gladys Dube* and little Zinzi until they bumped into the man who had allegedly raped the child. Dube clutched Zinzi’s hand and just kept on walking down the Mamelodi street. The man had been arrested in February, hours after he allegedly violated Zinzi. Four months later her elder daughter told her the suspect was “out”. It was the second time one of... See full details

  5. Woman survives gate-crushing experience

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    Samantha Williams believed that her one-ton security gate would keep her safe. Instead it almost killed her when it crushed her right leg so badly it needs extensive surgery. Despite the ordeal that Williams suffered on Saturday afternoon in her complex in Craihall Park, Johannesburg. Emergency Services spokesperson Malcolm Midgley told The Star that the 31-year-old clinical psychologist was ... See full details

  6. Majority of South African fear falling victim to armed violence

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    More than half of South Africans, or 54% of the population, have been victims of gun violence or known someone who has been a victim in the past five years. This is according to the results of a survey to be made public today. Conducted by the Control Arms Campaign comprised of Oxfam International, Amnesty International and International Action Network – the survey included respondents from SA... See full details

  7. 2010 Airport Fears

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    Calls for govt to intervene after hijacking attempt Security fears have shot up after the attempted hijacking of a Johannesburg-bound SAA plane, especially with the 2010 Soccer World Cup only four years away. Political parties called for urgent government intervention after a 21-year-old Zimbabwean national held up an air hostess with a hypodermic needle on Saturday, threatening to ki... See full details

  8. R300 million subsidy slip riles MP’s

    Date: 15 Jun 2006
    Cape Town – MP’s roasted the Deaprtment of Housing yesterday for lack of control over more than R300 million in subsidies irregularly allotted to government officials. The standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) expressed dismay at the shortage of straight answers from director-general Itumeleng Kotsoane and deputy Mziwonke Dlabantu. “We did not get a sense that you are with us in ter... See full details

  9. Card fraud red alert

    Date: 14 Jun 2006
    Watch out, Bulgarian syndicate could be hitting your account Credit and debit card scams are threatening to spiral out of control as fraudsters continue to hit bank accounts countrywide. Banks admit that the problem is increasing, despite the introduction of sophisticated detection systems used to detect unusual spending behaviour on cards. Cardholders have been warned that every ... See full details

  10. Safe robbery: another died in custody

    Date: 14 Jun 2006
    It has emerged that another suspect accused of playing a role in the multi-million rand burglary from a secured police safe last month has died – also while in police custody. The 30-year-old man was shot dead by police officers when he allegedly tried to escape after his arrest in connection with a daring robbery at the Benoni Serious and Violent Crimes Unit on the East Rand on May 24. Supe... See full details

  11. School sex shock

    Date: 14 Jun 2006
    Sex for favours, and as punishment is rife in South African schools. This is the shocking finding from a report by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on the right to basic education released yesterday. The report, a result of public hearings by the commission across the country, tells of pupils being forced to have sex with teachers as a disciplinary measure when arriving late for school or e... See full details

  12. SA a world leader for fraud in the workplace

    Date: 13 Jun 2006
    Small firms most vulnerable to theft by employees, survey finds Companies doing business in South Africa are twice as likely to be defrauded as their counterparts in the rest of the world. This emerged at a theft and corruption summit held by the National Bargaining Council in Boksburg yesterday. According to a survey report presented during the summit, it was found last year that ... See full details

  13. Strike deal is off

    Date: 13 Jun 2006
    Striking security industry workers and their employers failed to clinch a keenly awaited pay deal last night when talks between the two parties collapsed in acrimony. Strikers gathered outside CCMA headquarters in Johannesburg signalled their frustration by singing and chanting after Satawu spokesman Xolani Nymezela said the talks had failed. Meanwhile, two more guards were murdered yesterda... See full details

  14. Death in custody: ICD investigating

    Date: 13 Jun 2006
    The independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) confirmed yesterday that an investigation was under way into the mysterious death of a man implicated in the multi-million rand burglary from a police safe last month. It is believed the man, who can not yet be named, wanted to turn State witness against three officers and two civilians accused of pulling off the robbery at the Benoni Serious and Vio... See full details

  15. New top cops soon

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Change in Johannesburg police leadership is expected as soon as four Gauteng police stations have undergone revamps. Making the abrupt announcement during Friday’s Community Safety Budget Vote, Gauteng MEC Firoz Cachalia said that a change of leadership at Booysens police station was being considered. Not only were several Booysens policemen arrested following an SABC3 Special Assignment exp... See full details

  16. Crime weekend highlights problem

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Three unrelated incidents of violent crime on the West Rand at the weekend, have once again highlighted the call by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety to be aware of the ruthless criminal element in society. Firoz Cachalia on Friday highlighted the high levels of violent crime in the province when he delivered his annual budget speech in the legislature saying not only was crime unacceptable,... See full details

  17. ‘Gauteng crime rate dropping’

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Police in Gauteng are taking a firm stand against crime. The overall serious crime rate continues on a downward trend with a decrease of 6% noticeable in the latest official crime statistics. Gauteng community safety MEC Firoz Cachalia stated during his budget vote speech in the Gauteng legislature on Friday. “The overall decreases in crime in Gauteng during the past financial year can in n... See full details

  18. Metro officers in training for World Cup

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Gearing up for any eventuality, metro police officers are undergoing training for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. About 30 Johannesburg metro police showcased their skills at a crowd control demonstration in Martindale, west of Johannesburg yesterday. The officers were among the fewer than 100 metro police officers already trained nationally to help the SAPS in crowd control management. Metro ... See full details

  19. SA Websites falling victim to hacking competitions

    Date: 08 Jun 2006
    Expert says there is little the law can doSouth African companies are spending about R3-billion every year to secure their websites as hackers become more daring in their attempt to pilfer local computer systems. Hackers deface and hack into at least a dozen South African websites every week, often trashing and stealing sensitive information. Accord... See full details

  20. Watch out for new lottery scam

    Date: 08 Jun 2006
    Police have warned the public not to fall prey to a new scam conning people out of thousands of rands. The new scam called the “SA 2020 World Cup Bid Lottery” was started by unknown sources in 2004 after South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 World Cup. Potential victims are notified via e-mail that they have won the lottery. They are then issued with a certificate confirming their prize... See full details

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