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  1. Decomposing bodies of infants found

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    The grisly discovery of an infant buried in the garden of an upmarket complex has shocked residents and puzzled police. Dressed in pink and wrapped in an orange towel, the baby’s body was found yesterday after an unsuspecting gardener in southern Johannesburg plunged his garden fork into its shallow grave. Suraya Ramnath, whose balcony at The Terraces complex is 2m from the dusty grave, said... See full details

  2. ‘You just pray that nothing is going to happen’

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    On some days it’s one warder looking after 300 dangerous inmates – but that’s on a good day. On most days it’s one warder looking after 300 dangerous inmates – with a female warder working alongside him – having to supervise the prisoners; count them; feed them; transport them to court; making sure the male prisoners do not sexually harass the women who work with them; and, trying to instil som... See full details

  3. Video pirate accused back to face music

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    The two former employees of Video Lab accused of illegally distributing pirated copies of award-winning local films appeared briefly again yesterday in the Special Commercial Crimes Court. Sipho Sangweni and Glynnis Lincoln were arrested after an investigation earlier this year by the South African Federation Against Copywright Theft. The duo were allegedly found to be the source of distribu... See full details

  4. Security officer, cops nail Letterbox Gang

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    A gang of robbers believed to have been responsible for a spate of housebreakings in the northern suburbs during the past six months have been bust after a shootout with police and security guards. Four robbers were arrested minutes after robbing a house in Emmarentia yesterday, with one arrested after being shot in the face by SAS Security guard Nkosinathi Nkosi and three others caught in the ... See full details

  5. Woman battered in farm robbery

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    As the result of another brutal farm attack, a woman had to have surgery to repair damage done to her face. Intruders allegedly beat her with a wooden plank before stealing two cellphones and keys. Alida Magrieta Hartzer, 56, was being treated in the Potchefstroom Medi-Clinic yesterday for serious facial and head injuries. Two men apparently broke into the farmhouse on the outskirts of Ve... See full details

  6. Saved by bullet proof vest

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    A Metro Police officer was saved by his bulletproof vest when he was shot by unknown gunmen at his home in Lawley, Johannesburg yesterday. Officer Sebastian Mostert, 21 was opening the gate when three men attacked him. “They jumped on me and went for my gun, which they managed to take,” said Mostert. One of the suspects allegedly panicked and fired a shot, which hit the officer in the chest.... See full details

  7. Judge rules SANDF must reinstate spy

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    A former top SADF spy has obtained a Pretoria High Court order to force the defence force to reinstate him with full rank and benefits, despite the secrecy surrounding his discharge two years ago. Acting judge BH Swart set aside the discharge of Defence Intelligence’s former head of Covert Information pertaining to Western Africa, Colonel GJK Badenhorst and ordered Defence Minister Mosiuoa Leko... See full details

  8. Protectors on the carpet

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana and his deputy, Mamiki Shai, have been summoned to appear before Parliament’s ad hoc committee next week. The committee, which met behind closed doors yesterday, was appointed by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete after a bitter stand-off between Mushwana and Shair, who has claimed that Mushwana sexually harassed her and two other female staffers. Mushw... See full details

  9. Cross-border crime deal

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    It is hoped cross-border crime between Mozambique and South Africa will diminish following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between law enforcement agencies of both countries. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) chief advocate Vusi Pikoli said the agreement would have far reaching benefits for law enforcement in SA. “In terms of Mozambican law, that country does not extradite it... See full details

  10. Prisons bursting at the seams

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    While there is an increasing number of calls for South Africa’s criminal justice system to act speedily against child rapists, murderers and armed robbers, prisons are 63% overfull. With about 34 000 staff members, the Department accommodates 189 748 offenders in minimum, medium and maximum security correctional centres. It costs about R40 5000 a year to house one prisoner. The facilities i... See full details

  11. Warehouse robberies are foiled

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    Police foiled two warehouse robberies and arrested 21 suspects in Johannesburg at the weekend. After police received a tip-off that a robbery would take place at a warehouse in Fordsburg they kept the warehouse under observation. A group of 17 men, four of them Ethiopians, arrived at the warehouse in an eight-ton truck and a car. They struggled for a few minutes to gain access to the wareho... See full details

  12. Scorpions happy with sentences

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    The Scorpions have welcomed the “most substantial sentences” to date handed down in the country’s northern provinces against abalone smugglers. Five foreign nationals accused of illegally dealing in abolone were found guilty of contravening the Marine Living Resources Act in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court after entering into a plea-bargain arrangement with the Directorate of Special Operatio... See full details

  13. Gunman in dock after crime spree

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    A 21-year-old gunman will appear on charges of murder; armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court today. The suspect allegedly killed a businessman, robbed another man of cash, and hijacked a taxi – all in one day, on Friday. He was finally arrested that day by an alert police officer in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State. Detective ... See full details

  14. Reservists 'asked driver for bribe’

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    Two police reservists were arrested at the weekend after allegedly soliciting a bribe from a motorist in Harrismith, Free State. Frans Makhura, 38, was travelling to Durban through Harrismith when he was stopped by the two police reservists who declared his truck to be unroadworthy. Free State police spokesman Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said that instead of giving Makhura a summons, they ... See full details

  15. ‘MASS MURDER’ FOILED

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    *In UK: 24 held in plot to sabotage up to 10 planes *US : New York, LA, Boston and Chicago targeted *SA : Extra vigilance in security checks. As British police claimed to have foiled a plot to wreak “mass murder” through a series of simultaneous mid-air bombings, South African passenger flying to Heathrow Airport dismissed it as “just another terror alert”. At Joh... See full details

  16. SAPS ‘is no place for politicians’

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Crime is killing SA, says TV star ex-cop Sack politicians from the police – or accept second-rate policing and rampant crime. That is the call from former cop turned award-winning actor Jack Devnarain. Yesterday Devnarain told The Citizen he had decided to do all he could to tackle crime – and that talking straight about the problems facing the police was the way he thought he could best he... See full details

  17. Couple in court over ‘miracle stem-cell cures’

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Paralysed and terminally ill people in US and Europe allegedly paid thousands of dollars for treatment They allegedly raked in millions of rands by offering terminally ill and paralysed patients miracle cures. Yesterday Stephen van Rooyen and his American girlfriend Laura Brown were involved in a bid in the Kemton Park Magistrate’s Court to stave off an extradition order requested by ... See full details

  18. Curbing ‘rampant corruption’

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Financial misconduct in the public sector in South Africa’s nine provinces amounted to R19,2 million in the 2004/2005 financial year, of which only R1,12 million was recovered. This was one reason why the official opposition has welcomed the Public Service Commission’s recommendation that the Code of Conduct for Public Servants be reviewed, even if it will only happen in the 2007/08 financial y... See full details

  19. Acsa disputes robbery claims

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    Claims that travellers are being robbed shortly after leaving Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) were disputed yesterday. Talk Radio 702 reported that several foreigners, mostly from African countries, claimed to have been followed from JIA and robbed by “highly organised syndicates. He said if people were not being robbed at the airport Acsa would not be aware of it. National polic... See full details

  20. Slain officer’s father sues for police reward

    Date: 11 Aug 2006
    An elderly father who spent more than two years tracking and hunting down the killer of his policeman son has taken legal action in a bid to receive the police reward for information leading to the arrest. Louis Vlok, the 68-year-old father of slain Inspector Johan Vlok, is reportedly suing Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula for R1 million. He spent years visiting mortuaries and... See full details

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