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  1. Scorpions could investigate police

    Date: 09 Aug 2006
    The Directorate of Special Operations (DS)) said advocate Vusi Pikoli “is considering instituting an investigation into possible obstruction of justice and defeating the ends of justice”. It was reacting to the scrapping of the case against two Scorpions investigators who were arrested at Johannesburg International Airport. Sean Tshabalala, police divisional commissioner for protection and s... See full details

  2. Discussion on mercenary Bills a sham: DA

    Date: 09 Aug 2006
    With a week to go before Parliament finalises the Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Areas of Armed Conflict Bills, the DA says discussion on them was “window-dressing’ and a “sham”. The outcome of the Bills, said DA defence spokesman Roy Jankielsohn, would be that South Africans serving in foreign military organisations might have to give up their citiz... See full details

  3. Police to probe day of six cash heists

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    Police are investigating six cash-in-transit heists, which took place around the country yesterday. In Johannesburg, a gang of eight using a BMW sedan rammed into a Fidelity Guards van on the M2 near the Village Road off-ramp. The gang fled empty-handed. Four armed men were arrested in Vereeniging as they were about to split the spoils gained after relieving a cash van of its contents. F... See full details

  4. Man’s torso dumped in front of house

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    An engagement party turned into a horrific experience for a group of Eldorado Park residents after they watched a torso being dumped only metres from them. One of those attending the party at the weekend, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Citizen he watched in horror as a black Mercedes-Benz drove past the house he was partying at in Redderburg Street and dumped a torso before drivin... See full details

  5. R5m Drug Bust Bungle

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    Scorpions threaten to charge police as kingpin gets away with cocaine haul The Scorpions say a man with cocaine valued at R5-million was allowed to enter the country after a bungle in which two of its undercover agents were arrested. For three months the Scorpions had investigate a man who arrived at Johannesburg International Airport on Saturday with a hidden cargo of drugs. As th... See full details

  6. State does not have will to deal with violent crime – DA

    Date: 08 Aug 2006
    The Democratic Alliance believes the government lacks the political will to address the high levels of violent crime in the country. “The minister of safety and security’s infamous remark that people who whinge about crime should leave the country is reflective of a government that has lost touch with the unspeakable horrors that ordinary South Africans experience on an almost daily basis,” sai... See full details

  7. Police lashed over failure to quiz witness

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    ‘It should have been done in 48 hours. This is clear incompetence’ Six weeks after bloody massacre in Jeppestown, police have yet to take a statement from a key witness. Johan van der Merwe was shot in a leg in the Pick’n Pay robbery that preceded the Jeppestown shootout, and spent a week in Wilgeheuwel Hospital. At the scene of the robbery, police promised to see him in half an hour to ... See full details

  8. Govt in crime denial – Leon

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon accused government yesterday of being in denial about the extent of crime in South Africa. The opposition leader called for crime to be placed at the very top of government’s priorities while addressing a group of concerned Johannesburg residents at an anti-crime meeting at the Ernest Ullman Park in Morningside last night. Unsatisfied with the Presid... See full details

  9. Operation nets hijack suspect

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A “MOST wanted” suspected hijacker was captured by North Rand police in an intensive crime busting operation at the weekend. Shaun Jacobs, 36, is believed to have been involved in more than 22 hijackings and robberies on the North and East Rand. According to Superintendent Eugene Opperman, another man arrested on Friday morning in connection with hijackings turned out to be a member of the S... See full details

  10. One of Pta’s most wanted is arrested

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    One of Pretoria’s four most wanted men was arrested in Mamelodi at the weekend. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the man, who is in his 20s, was arrested after a tip-off. “He was wanted for several cases of murder and house robberies east of Pretoria. Three other men are still at large,” said Insp Ramaloko. Meanwhile, Erasmia police arrested four men and recovered four suspected stolen vehic... See full details

  11. Aerosud lands huge contract

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Centurion-based aero structures manufacturer Aerosud has been awarded a multi-million six year plus contract by BAE Systems to produce components for the Eurofighter Typhoon. One of the most advanced fighters in operational service; it will be a cornerstone of Nato’s defence capability for the next 30 years. The $20 million (R136,5million) contract is the latest BAE Systems order placed with... See full details

  12. Cop killing lifts death toll to 24 this year

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Another Gauteng police officer has been killed on duty, bringing to 24 the number of officers killed in Gauteng since the beginning of the year. According to colleagues, Sergeant Thanda Mokoena, from Actonville police station, was killed by a gunman on Friday afternoon. He confronted a man who was acting suspiciously. When the man became aggressive and tried to run away, Mokoena gave chase. ... See full details

  13. Woman tells how mom ‘bashed’ screaming child

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A former social worker says she saw a mother “bash” her 2-year-old in a department store – and was racially insulted when she tried to intervene. Zimu Qondile, a social worker for 11 years and now a human resources manager in the Department of Local Government, is concerned that the child may be suffering from repeated abuse. She complained to The Star that security personnel at the store re... See full details

  14. New Kebble ANC link

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    The name of slain mining tycoon Brett Kebble has again been linked to the ANC, with forensic auditors finding records that Kebble paid more than R25 million to the part and its ANC Youth League. Kebble, who was gunned down on September 27 last year, is alleged to have channelled payments to the ANC through a range of consultants’ fees, loans and bonuses, according to a report in the Sunday Inde... See full details

  15. ANC wants answers on Kebble’s R25m funding

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    The ANC will seek answers from its branches this week about R25-million in funding it is alleged to have received from slain mining boss Brett Kebble, according to party spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama. Forensic auditors have uncovered records indicating at least R25-million had been paid to ANC regions and prominent party members and BEE leaders. The alleged recipients include the ANC Western C... See full details

  16. Hansie crash probe

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai, together with senior Nationwide Airlines captain Bruce Hyde, will today begin hearings into the death of SA’s disgraced former cricket captain Hansie Cronje. The inquest into the death of Cronje and two employees of Air-Quarious Charters – the pilot and co-pilot of the Hawker Siddely freight plane Cronje was on – was originally to be held in the Magistrate’s C... See full details

  17. Tackle court backlogs, urges DA

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Court backlogs should be tackled by the Department of Justice, the DA said yesterday. According to Democratic Alliance spokesman on Justice Sheila Camerer, department director-general Menzi Simelane should stop “making empty promises about sorting out the chaos in the courts and rather fix a situation that is still deteriorating”. Referring to figures about court backlogs presented by the Di... See full details

  18. Hunt on after dad sees girl die

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A hunt has been launched for a man who shot and killed his girlfriend in full view of her father in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Saturday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the man was arguing with his girlfriend at her home in Extension 4. “He shot her in the head and she died at the scene. He also threatened to shoot her father before fleeing. The man is known and will be arrested soon.” ... See full details

  19. Saulsville man shot seven times

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A 23-year-old Saulsville man was shot dead west of Pretoria yesterday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said Vuyisile Khumalo and his brother were confronted by a group of men while they were standing next to a car in the street at about 1am. “They fired several shots at Khumalo and fled on foot.” Khumalo, who was shot seven times, died later in the Kalafong Hospital. The motive for the shooting ... See full details

  20. Public sector crime down

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    Fraud, theft, misappropriation, negligence and bribery appear to be on the decrease among government employees, according to the Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC released its overview of financial misconduct in the public service for 2004/05 yesterday. During this financial year, the number of reported cases was 513 with an attached cost of more than R120 million at national and prov... See full details

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