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  1. Men offer R5 000 for girl,7

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    A Kempton Park woman, Kim Pickl, is very upset about an incident in which two men offered her domestic worker R5 000 for Pickl’s seven-year-old daughter. The worker, who was walking the girl home from a Norkem Park school on Friday, kept her cool and ran away with the child. Kim Pickl related how her domestic worker saved her child from unthinkable harm. “My daughter is in Grade one at No... See full details

  2. Overseas security reprieved

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    Those doing security work in conflict-ridden countries can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being as Minister of Defence, Mosiuoa Lekota admitted problems with the controversial Prohibition of Mercenary Activity draft legislation. Lekota addressed the parliamentary portfolio committee yesterday. He said his department acknowledged there may be pitfalls and that a number of changes might b... See full details

  3. Still in limbo over security work abroad

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    South Africans doing security work abroad will have to wait until next year for clarity regarding the controversial draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill. The parliamentary committee discussion on the subject, which has led to panic among security workers and relief workers, will meet again at the end of January. In its current form former SAPS and defence force members who these days... See full details

  4. Knives are out for thieves

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    Tough gun regulations mean more women turning to knives to protect themselves There is a new item on shopping lists these days. Knives are fast becoming the weapon of choice – especially for women. Since legislation that makes applying for a gun licence more difficult was passed, the only weapon to defend themselves against criminals is a knife. Llewellyn Mohan, owner of Broadway ... See full details

  5. Still in limbo over security work abroad

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    South Africans doing security work abroad will have to wait until next year for clarity regarding the controversial draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill. The parliamentary committee discussion on the subject, which has led to panic among security workers and relief workers, will meet again at the end of January. In its current form former SAPS and defence force members who these days... See full details

  6. Anti-corruption drive

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Anti-corruption drive underway as Act is promulgated The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Activities Act (Act 12 of 2004) has been promulgated, and law-enforcement agencies are activating 13 projects designed to tackle corruption. As part of implementing its counter-corruption strategy, the Department of Home Affairs concluded a workshop last month on corruption that among other... See full details

  7. Firearms Act loophole to be closed

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Cape Town - The Firearms Control Act may be reviewed to close loopholes being exploited by collectors, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said yesterday. Breifing reporters at Parliament in his capacity as chairman of the justice, crime prevention and security cluster of Ministries, Nqakula said the Act had "many loopholes" taken advantage of by collectors. The Act did not limit c... See full details

  8. Intelligence legislation may be amended

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Cape Town – The government may amend the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) to give it more stringency, in the fight against money laundering and international terrorism. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula – as chairman of the justice, crime prevention and security (JCPS) cluster of ministries – yesterday told reporters at Parliament that the cluster would strengthen countermeas... See full details

  9. Bill needs to 'redefine mercenary'

    Date: 02 Nov 2005
    Drastic changes will have to be made to the draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill if the government does not want to confuse future relief efforts. In its current form even emergency workers going to disaster areas may be in contravention of the proposed legislation, not to mention above-board security personnel working for security firms abroad, says the Democratic Alliance. DA spoke... See full details

  10. Intelligence services set for a major shake-up

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has moved to restore integrity to the embattled intelligence community. Kasrils yesterday said the intelligence community was in for a major shake-up aimed at inculcating a culture of professional spying. This follows the suspension of the National Intelligence Agency’s director-general, Billy Masetlha; his deputy director-general, Gibson Njenje; and gene... See full details

  11. Shock as prisoners load police guns

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Firearm instructors were shocked to see prisoners handle live ammunition and firearms during SAPS ballistic tests at a West Rand shooting range yesterday. Fears of the jailbirds taking liberties because of access to the numerous weapons were not evident when The Citizen visited the scene. SAPS members watched with little concern as inmates handled live firearms and ammunition. “How can they... See full details

  12. Call for more active response on police torture

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Torture still occurs in police interrogation rooms across South Africa – despite 10 years of democracy. This is according to researchers at the monthly Jala Tsebo Seminar, organised by the centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) “We need empirical data. NGO’s need to take a more active role in revisiting the issue of torture,” Piers Pigou, a reasearche with the Zimbabwe V... See full details

  13. Serial rapist on the loose

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    A serial rapist has attacked seven women in the Vaal and Lenasia areas in the past four months, police said yesterday. Three rapes were being investigated in the Vaal said Superintendent Maria Mazibuko. "The first rape happened in July and the other two in August. He is targeting women between the ages of 25 and 35," she said. The rapist identified his victims at the Johannesburg station... See full details

  14. Violent crime stats alarm

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    Vilent crime in the East and North Rand policing areas is still alarmingly high. The Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Mike Waters obtained information through parliamentary questions which showed that a staggering 186 627 crimes had been reported in these areas in the space of a year. Waters said this translated to a crime reported every three minutes. The figures for violent crimes were dang... See full details

  15. Anti-gun report is out

    Date: 28 Oct 2005
    A report on guns in domestic violence and domestic accidents was released by Gun Free South Africa in Johannesburg yesterday. National Advocacy Manager of Gun Free South Africa, Margy Keegan, wrote the research for Oxfam Canada. The report looks at the emergence of the current gun culture, the impact of this on SouthAfricans and includes recommendations by Gun Free SA on combating this "dest... See full details

  16. Beware of bogus police officers

    Date: 25 Oct 2005
    Bogus cops travelling in an official police vehicle hijacked a cargo truck carrying goods to the value of over R1m on the N3 near Grootvlei in Mpumalanga on Sunday evening. It was the third incident in less than four months where people acting as police officers committed crimes in the area. According to police spokesman Captain Abie Khoabane, the truck was pulled over just after 6mp by a ma... See full details

  17. Illegal guns on the increase - report

    Date: 25 Oct 2005
    A report on the proliferation of guns in South Africa will be released by Gun Free South Africa today. Judy Bassingthwaighte, spokesman for Gun Free SA, said the proliferation of guns was cause for concern as it placed democracy at risk. According to Bassingthwaighte, the report states that the number of privately-owned licensed guns has increased from 2,5m in 1986 to 3,7m in 1997. Major ... See full details

  18. Whistleblowers to have greater anonymity

    Date: 21 Oct 2005
    A new national hotline for reporting corrupt activity will add value to crime prevention by providing an anonymous rout for whistleblowers to come forward, and by facilitating investigations of companies where incidents are reported. Wouter Grové. Am FBI-trained polygraph examiner and chief operating officer of the Vuvuzela Hotline, yesterday said whistleblowers currently stood a 50% chance of ... See full details

  19. Cops turn 'ghost busters'

    Date: 17 Oct 2005
    Bikers deliberately removing their motorcycles' licence plates to prevent getting speeding fines are looking for trouble. That is the warning from Johannesburg metro Police (JMPD) spokesman Senior Superintendent Wayne Minaar, in response to an inquiry by The Citizen about the increasing phenomenon of "ghost riders". "There is only one reason why a biker would remove his number plate, and tha... See full details

  20. 43 000 crooks in Kahn’s grant net

    Date: 17 Oct 2005
    Advocate Frank Kahn, national co-ordinator of prosecutions in hundreds of social grant fraud cases, has promised every one of the 43 000 crooked civil servants helping themselves to government money will be brought to court. “They are in the government database system and we will get every one of them,” he told The Citizen yesterday from his office in Cape Town. “Our message to them is: “Cal... See full details

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