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  1. Warnings from guarding companies

    Date: 24 Jul 2006
    In some neighbourhoods, cold drink cans are left on the pavement to indicate the level of force involved in breaking in or stealing from you. CREAM SODA CANS ARE USED AS GREEN * green - go ahead - all clear (nobody home!!!) COKE CAN AS RED * red - be prepared to use armed force or will encounter resistance A FLATTENED PLASTIC MILK BOTTLE IS USED AS WHITE * white - easy t... See full details

  2. Gunned Down on the N1

    Date: 24 Jul 2006
    Another motorist slain on Rivonia offramp and robbed of phone A second motorist has been murdered on the N1 highway Rivonia offramp in less than six weeks – and in chillingly similar circumstances. A man believed to be a Qatar Airlines manager from the Seychelles had stopped at the side of the N1 South Rivonia off-ramp on Saturday night when he was shot in the head. He died while s... See full details

  3. Farm death toll shock

    Date: 21 Jul 2006
    Chilling figures on farm murders emerged from a preliminary research report by the trade union Solidarity in which it was found about 2,3 farm attacks take place daily with a murder committed at least every second day. Around 30% of those killed are farm workers. The union says it is seeking crime statistics to plan crime-combating measures. In Pretoria yesterday the union’s deputy general ... See full details

  4. Pay push for victims of crime

    Date: 21 Jul 2006
    There is hope now that victims of violent crime will be compensated by the state. This follows the submission of a private members’ Bill to parliament yesterday proposing the establishment of a state compensation fund for the victims of violent crime. DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said the victims’ compensation fund could be financed by the fines imposed by courts, bail forfeited to the state ... See full details

  5. Alleged cop killer bust in crackdown on crime

    Date: 20 Jul 2006
    Bail denied for suspect and two accomplices Muziawupheli “Chippa” Noboza allegedly didn’t hesitate to open fire and murder a Soweto police inspector and father of two. The 25–year-old suspect is also alleged to have walked up to a taxi driver and fired two lethal shots into his head. In another incident, Noboza is claimed to have shot a teenager four times, ignoring pleas from the victim... See full details

  6. Police killing continues

    Date: 20 Jul 2006
    While Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula is away trying to end conflict in other countries, yet another police officer has been killed and another wounded in a shootout with criminals. Inspector Leslie Mashaba, 37, was shot dead when he and Captain Simon Matladi, 38, tried to arrest two wanted suspects in Kliptown, Soweto on Tuesday. The officers were shot when they tried to arr... See full details

  7. Hit-and-run: no action

    Date: 20 Jul 2006
    The tow truck driver who was knocked over in a hit-and-run near Alberton on Monday evening remains in a serious condition. While Clint Martheze, 28 lies in the Union Hospital’s ICU department, the driver who mowed him down and the two Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers who refused to help him are still freely roaming the streets. The Citizen yesterday reported that Martheze’s... See full details

  8. Metro police hit’n run row

    Date: 19 Jul 2006
    Watching an unconscious tow truck driver as he lay in the middle of the road, two Metro policemen refused to chase the driver of the car, which had just knocked down 28-year-old Clint Marshes. Martheze, who drives for the Rand Towing Group, was at the scene of an accident near the N3/N12 highway split on Monday night, when he was knocked down. His colleague, Louwtjie Jacobi, told the Citizen... See full details

  9. Parties applaud Cachalia

    Date: 19 Jul 2006
    More political parties have applauded the brave stance of the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Feroz Cachalia, who said last week he would resign if crime was not brought down in the next six months. But at the same time Cachalias’s promise is now set to become a hot issue for other MECs, who are being called upon to show the same amount of accountability as their Gauteng colleague. The Afr... See full details

  10. Business backs anti-crime plan

    Date: 19 Jul 2006
    Business Against Crime (BAC has put its weight behind Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia’s latest anti-crime strategy, adding some suggestions of its own. With a number of national anti-crime priority initiatives underway, BAC continues to strive towards its goal of a safe and secure South Africa, chief executive Kenny Fihla said. A researcher for the organisation, Gail Wannenbur... See full details

  11. Scorpions scoop 2 tons of ‘hash in transit’

    Date: 14 Jul 2006
    Cache worth R250m said to be headed overseas Alleged American criminal mastermind, Lesley Curtis, was organising to ship almost two tons of compressed cannabis and hashish from South Africa to the US. His local crew, according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), comprised Christiaan Alblas and Pedro Marques, Dimitrio Paparas, a 69-year old who owns a flat in Athens, Greece, o... See full details

  12. Great plane Robbery

    Date: 14 Jul 2006
    Not the biggest but the most daring With military precision, a gang robbed a chartered aircraft at Bloemfontein airport as it was preparing for take-off. The Beechcraft Baron plane, piloted by Dewald Grobler, 19, was on its way to deliver an undisclosed amount of cash in Kimberley when the gang of 10 struck yesterday morning. Captain Elsa Gerber, spokesman for Free State SAPS, said... See full details

  13. Phoney cops

    Date: 14 Jul 2006
    Police suspect fake cops had phoney plates Police say their investigation into the attack on a Sandown couple by men masquerading as SAPS members is well under way. Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht said it seemed likely that false number plates were used in the attackers’ vehicle and which had been tied to the Hillbrow police station. “This will only be cert... See full details

  14. ‘We can’t win the battle with a demoralised police force’

    Date: 12 Jul 2006
    What Firoz Cachalia, MEC for Community Safety, has to say about: *Police Intelligence in Gauteng: “We need to improve crime intelligence-gathering capacity. We are facing organised criminals who have global networks and use sophisticated technology.” *Jeppestown massacre: “It’s not up to me to second-guess what police did (during the confrontation with an armed gang who kill... See full details

  15. Nqakula to brief cluster on crime

    Date: 12 Jul 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula’s briefing for Cabinet’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster on tomorrow is sure to generate the most interest in the current round of cluster briefings. Last week the media was given insight into progress made on various fronts by the economic, investment and employment cluster as well as the governance and administration cluster with int... See full details

  16. His Head on a Block

    Date: 12 Jul 2006
    Gauteng police boss reveals 6-month plan to fight crime An aggressive anti-crime strategy for Gauteng has been unveiled following two weeks of “intense engagement” by police top brass. Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia yesterday presented the six-month plan at a press conference – and was adamant it was not a “media stunt”. He said he would resign if he felt he wasn’t doing his j... See full details

  17. Crackdown on crime welcomed

    Date: 10 Jul 2006
    Government’s plan to crack down on crime was welcomed by political parties this weekend, but victims of crime in the country remain sceptical. After a meeting with provincial safety and security MECs and police commissioners last Friday, Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula announced his department would launch special operations in the next six months to combat serious and violent c... See full details

  18. NPA may look into arms deal

    Date: 10 Jul 2006
    The Scorpions are considering a request by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to investigate allegations raised in the German publication Der Spiegel regarding the arms deal. The DA asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to contact its German counterpart to establish the nature of the allegations against South African government representatives with regard to the purchase of four corvettes fr... See full details

  19. New controversial exposé - www.crimexposouthafrica.co.za

    Date: 09 Jul 2006
    A recently opened South African website on crime is hoping to bring lots of exposure on the soaring crime and ongoing daily battle that all South Africans are currently facing. The website gives a ‘no-holes-barred’ exposure to all those who wish to make their voices heard. By webmaster 09/07/06 See full details

  20. 'Massive explosion' in drug-rapes

    Date: 07 Jul 2006
    Drug rapes have “exploded” in Pretoria, with 30 attacks being reported in the past three weeks. And, in a new development, sex attacks against men are said to have increased. According to a private investigator; worse is yet to come, as the situation spiralled out of control. The dramatic increase in drug rapes, revealed by trauma counsellors and a private investigator, has sparked fears... See full details

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