News

  1. Breakthrough in war on drugs

    Date: 02 Oct 2006
    Landmark ruling allows tik-house seizure People who make or sell drugs from their homes can lose these properties to the state - even if they are not convicted of drug-related crime. In a landmark judgment that will significantly boost the state's efforts to fight drug crimes, the Constitutional Court has rejected a self-described amateur chemist's claim that the state's seizure and ... See full details

  2. Cop arrested for alleged indecent assault

    Date: 02 Oct 2006
    A police sergeant from the Pretoria West Training College is under investigation after he allegedly told a student to "prove" to him that she was menstruating. The sergeant, who cannot be identified because he has not yet pleaded to a sexual offence, was arrested on Thursday and appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on charges of crimen injuria and indecent assault. According to poli... See full details

  3. Protection of elderly to get dedicated attention

    Date: 02 Oct 2006
    A register of persons convicted of abuse, or any crime affecting the elderly, is to be started by the Department of Social Development. The move was announced by the Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya, when he launched Social Development Month at the Katlehong Old Age Home yesterday, Grandparents' Day. He told the old people that the register was being started to curb the sco... See full details

  4. 'I was held for being a terrorist because of my Muslim hat'

    Date: 02 Oct 2006
    SA citizen charged with being an alien A Joburg man is furious with the metro police after being arrested for looking like a "foreigner and a terrorist". Charles Makgati, who was on his way home from a shop, was arrested about 200m from his Kenilworth house. And when his wife, Business Report photographer Nonhlanhla Kambule-Makgati, went to Hillbrow police station with her husban... See full details

  5. Unit eyes illegal shebeens

    Date: 02 Oct 2006
    Boosted by their victory against Simon Prophet, the Asset Forfeiture Unit has promised to "aggressively" target residential drug laboratories, drug-dealing houses and illegal shebeens for forfeiture. "The police have conducted research to show that illegal shebeens are hotspots for rape, murder and other violent crimes, and we believe that we can show that by illegally supplying people with al... See full details

  6. OK - Enough is Enough!

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    It's time to 'have your say'. Now on www.security.co.za, you will be able to spew and have your say on the shocking crime that is allowed to go on and fastly becoming the norm in our society. I believe the general public as a whole are ready to burst at the seems with what is being allowed to go on. If you would like to 'have your say' and be heard either click into 'have your say' or E... See full details

  7. Our Nyalas prove their worth

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    It limped back to base, its bonnet hanging skew, its side window shattered. Smoke swirled from its sides. But other than that, there was little sign that the Nyala RG-31 armoured vehicle had just been the target of a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. Even more remarkable, the four Canadian soldiers riding in the South African-made vehicle were unhurt. Canadian newspapers reported how the... See full details

  8. Advocate held on corruption charges

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    The Scorpions have stung another of its own members, arresting a Gauteng state advocate for alleged corruption and extortion in Sandton. In his annual report to parliament recently, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli said he had taken an oath to "uphold and protect the constitution and enforce the law of the Republic … I am a proud prosecutor and I want all prosecutors in th... See full details

  9. JHB's safe spots

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    If you live in leafy Rosebank or sedate Fairland you can rest easy, your suburb is one of Joburg's safest. Hillbrow, the city centre and Booysens, however, are the most dangerous. This is according to a Saturday Star analysis of the national crime statistics released this week, which compare the number of rapes, murders and aggravated (violent) robberies for all the suburbs falling under Johannesb... See full details

  10. Our children are the ones who suffer

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    Rapes may be slightly down, but police statistics show that minors take the full brunt of criminal acts The statistic is one of the more alarming trends outlined in the South African Police Service's annual report, released this week. Compared to the previous year, there are two fewer murders and 0,4 fewer rapes happening every day, according to crime statistics for 2005/2006, releas... See full details

  11. Hi-tech porn crackdown

    Date: 01 Oct 2006
    Internet and cellphone purveyorswill be forced to clean up their acts Illicit South African purveyors of Internet and cellphone smut, beware - the censors are watching. The Film and Publications Board recently announced a crackdown that aims to halt the distribution of unclassified sexually explicit material circulating on the Internet, cellphones and mail-order. The Board said t... See full details

  12. Concern over late release of crime statistics

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    The release of crime statistics six months after the end of the financial year in March is a source of major concern to Business Against Crime. The organisation believes the late release of the figures does not provide a true reflection of current crime levels. BAC's deputy chief executive, Graham Wright, said yesterday that in the period between March till now there had been an increase i... See full details

  13. Gangs hit mall

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Two different gangs broke into three shops and stole thousand of rands worth of goods within six hours at the Reeds shopping mall, south of Pretoria. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday that about six men held up a man and woman who were window shopping in the mall and threatened them with firearms. “They then broke into Audio Vision, took electrical appliances and fled at about 11pm. ... See full details

  14. Another salvo fired at casinos

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    The cards are on the table over the casino/money laundering issue with the allegation one casino demands ink-stained notes be honoured when presented at banks. National Gambling Board chairman Chris Fismer said to the best of his knowledge there was only one casino insisting on its right to present ink-stained notes as legal tender. “The casino alleges the money came into their possession un... See full details

  15. Cameras show death of robber

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Cresta Shopping Centre management said yesterday it would continue ensuring the safety of its customers following a shootout between robbers and Coin Security guards who were returning to their van after collecting money at the centre. Cresta Shopping Centre general manager Meshack Phiri said yesterday the centre would ensure all safety and security means available, including the deployment of ... See full details

  16. Teacher now faces suspension

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    As issues related to violence and sexual violence in schools come under the spotlight nationally, the Gauteng Department of Education will only today possibly suspend a teacher alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female pupil on school premises. Victor Languza, senior legal councillor for the department in Gauteng, said there was evidence that there was relationship betwee... See full details

  17. Anger over latest cell fine

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Many people were annoyed after the Metro Police announced that motorists would be fined if found with a cellphone between their thighs while driving. This comes after yesterday’s story in The Citizen about Hartmud Gaede, who was stopped by Metro Police officers and given a R500 fine for driving with his cellphone in his hand. “I was on the corner of Republic and Hendrik Verwoerd when ... See full details

  18. Baby Jordan: Rodriques in bail plea

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    The fact that Dina Rodrigues, alleged mastermind in the murder of baby Jordan-Leigh Norton, had already spent more than a year in custody was in itself an exceptional and compelling circumstance justifying her release on bail. This was contended on her behalf yesterday when she launched a second bail application, this time in the Cape High Court, before Judge Burton Fourie. Her counsel, Joha... See full details

  19. Hunt on for women’s attackers

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Pretoria police have launched a manhunt for three men who attacked and robbed two elderly women at their Renosterspruit farm, near Pretoria on Wednesday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the two women, in there sixties, were confronted by three armed men held at gunpoint and then pistol-whipped into the house. By Tshifhiwa Shonisani The Citizen<... See full details

  20. 'Police stations sending women and children away'

    Date: 29 Sep 2006
    Children and women's rights groups have slammed the government's "apathy" and "pathetic" attempts to stop crimes against the country's defenceless. Releasing the latest crime statistics this week, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said crimes against women and children were down. The annual crime report revealed that 249 124 women and 77 452 children were murdered, raped, assaulted ... See full details

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