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  1. Countrywide carnage in past 2 months

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    In just 125 days, there have been 50 cash-in-transit heists, resulting in 12 dead and 20 wounded. And in the past two months alone, cash-in-transit gangs have claimed five lives and wreaked havoc on roads and in malls. *On Monday, a security guard was shot in a leg during a cash-in-transit heist in Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, with the robbers escaping with a huge amount of cash. On Friday, SB... See full details

  2. 7 Cops nail 24 Gangsters

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    A packet of Romany Creams Biscuits, a box of Rough Rider condoms, six AK-47’s and handguns, and R700 000 in hard cash stashed behind car seats. These were among the items found in four cars used by a gang of 24 cash-in-transit robbers who were busted by seven brave police officers yesterday after a wild rampage in KwaZulu Natal. ... See full details

  3. Inefficient’ Anti-Hijacking Task Team faces redeployment

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Members of the Johannesburg Anti-Hijacking Task Team have succeeded in shooting a hijacker believed to be on his way to steal a car on order. But hours after the team members made their breakthrough, they faced the disbanding of the team structure, and today members hoped to hear where they will be deployed. According to Johannesburg police spokesperson Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht, task team ... See full details

  4. 42 most-wanted in court on the same day

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    It was a hectic day for prosecutors at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court as more than 40 men, some of whom have been on the police’s most wanted list for years, were brought to court under heavy police guard. The 42 suspects, who were arrested during a police operation at the Ivory Park informal settlement near Kempton Park at the weekend,and appeared before various magistrates in different c... See full details

  5. Ministers robbed in serious security breach

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Police have finally admitted that thieves had ransacked through ministers' homes after breaching high security at the Groote Schuur ministerial estate in Rondebosch, Cape Town, at the weekend. They got away with valuables from the homes of Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour. Police discovered the burglarly early on Sunday. This is the latest... See full details

  6. Cops end wild rampage

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    24-strong heist gang, mainly from Gauteng, nabbed at toll gate A packet of Romany Creams biscuits, a box of Rough Rider condoms, six AK-47s and handguns, and R700 000 in hard cash stashed behind car seats. These were among the items found in four cars used by a gang of 24 cash-in-transit robbers busted by police yesterday after a wild rampage in KwaZulu Natal. On Monday evening, ... See full details

  7. Ministers also feel effects of crime wave

    Date: 04 Oct 2006
    Balfour and Pandor latest high-profile victims of burglars Hot on the heels of the country's shocking crime statistics, police now have to figure out how brazen thieves got the better of its crack VIP security unit and managed to break into the homes of two cabinet ministers. The latest crime victims were Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balf... See full details

  8. Get cash off roads!

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    This is warning as the ‘silly season’ nears South African cash transportation companies have been warned to get large sums of money off the roads as the countdown to the “silly season” begins. Institute for Security Studies researcher Johan Burger said alternative methods of transporting money should be explored if there was to be any hope of curbing the cash-in-transit heists. “U... See full details

  9. Courtroom cheers as bail denied to Dina Rodrigues

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    Chaos broke out in the Cape High Court yesterday, as angry protesters cheered Judge Burton Fourie for refusing Dina Rodrigues bail and hurried verbal abuse at her as she was led to the court’s holding cells. Rodrigues, alleged mastermind in the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton, was widely expected to be released on bail, after a masterful address to the court by her counsel, John van der Berg... See full details

  10. Prison stay for Scorpions lawyer

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    She was nonchalant before entering court but visibly shaking after she heard she would be kept in prison for a week before being allowed to apply for bail. Portia Kgantsi, 39, a senior advocate for the elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, had to come to terms very quickly with the fact that she faces the full wrath of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on charges of corruption, extor... See full details

  11. ‘Unable to tell right from wrong’

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    A man from Soshanguve suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was unable to distinguish between right and wrong, a Pretoria High Court judge heard yesterday. He allegedly stabbed to death a 12-year-old girl with a pair of nail clippers and tried to strangle a neighbour’s son. State psychiatrist Dr Paul de Wet testified Simon Machika, 24, could not be held accountable for his actions in Dece... See full details

  12. Probe of Yeoville shooting

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    Johannesburg police are investigating a shooting incident in which a police officer shot and injured five people in the suburb of Yeoville yesterday. Police spokesman Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said a police inspector from the Johannesburg Organised Crime Unit had gone to the area in search of a fraud suspect. “The suspect was found but he allegedly resisted arrest. He was shot in the left ... See full details

  13. Police conduct queried

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    The conduct of a police detective of the Brakpan SAPS who arrested a restaurant manager for assault last Thursday has been called into question. Luis Goncalves, the manager of a restaurant at Carnival City Casino, was arrested for allegedly assaulting an employee who stole money from the restaurant. A month after the incident, the police inspector arrested Goncalves with the strange words: “... See full details

  14. More reports on crime

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    2 held over gang-rape Two of four men who gang-raped a 22-year-old woman at a tavern in the Angelo squatter camp in Boksburg were due to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court today. The woman was raped at gunpoint at the weekend, East Rand police spokesperson Superintendent Andy Pieke said. The men then fled on foot. The woman spotted a police patrol and called for help. Police... See full details

  15. Raped woman hoping for justice a year later

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    Gender rights activists fight for bungled case to be reopened Exactly a year ago yesterday, Buyisiwe Dlamini* was raped by eight men. But instead of being jailed, her rapists are still roaming the streets. Supported by several gender rights activists, she protested outside the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, demanding that her case be reinstated. Key evidence in her case went missi... See full details

  16. 'rape' of girls FILMeD

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    Paedophile accused declared fit to stand trial on 42 charges after police tip-off He is accused of raping and indecently assaulting eight little girls, including his girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter, and capturing his horrific crimes on video. But the depraved footage may now be his undoing. The state has accused a West Rand information technology specialist of targeting homeless gir... See full details

  17. Scorpions prosecutor gets nasty sting

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    A senior prosecutor working for the Scorpions has asked to be detained, pending bail, in police cells instead of the Johannesburg Prison because she fears being victimised. Portia Kgantsi (38), who was arrested by her colleagues last week, appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice. According to Makhosini Nkosi,... See full details

  18. Makgabo's murderers facing new chargesFingerprint and DNA tests show possible links to other violent crimes

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    Lucky Ndlovu was sentenced to life for the repeated rape of 4-year-old Makgabo Matlala's nanny. Steve Mhlanga received 20 years for robbery and a concurrent 10 years for being an accessory to Makgabo's murder. Now, they will appear in court to face further charges of murder, rape and hijacking. Police say it is possible Ndlovu and Mhlanga could be linked to more crimes and they were to appea... See full details

  19. India and SA develop mutual support strategy

    Date: 03 Oct 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has expressed South Africa's support for a controversial deal to end India's international nuclear isolation, even though it has built nuclear weapons outside the bounds of the United Nations treaty regime. Visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, meanwhile, has offered India's strong support for SA's bid for a permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council. At... See full details

  20. Crime stats backlash rages

    Date: 02 Oct 2006
    The debate on South Africa’s high crime levels continued to rage yesterday following the release of crime statistics for 2005/2006. With 18 545 murders, 54 926 rapes and 12 825 car hijackings committed between April 2005 and March this year, South Africans have reacted with calls on Government to do something about the level of crime. IFP Chief Whip and spokesman on Justice Koos van der Merw... See full details

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