1. 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

  2. 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

  3. ‘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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. New controversial exposé -

    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

  9. '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

  10. ‘They stole R75 000 from my bank account’

    Date: 05 Jul 2006
    Banks tighten security after hackers’ internet swiping spree It took just two days for hackers to turn 73-year-old Gillian Bickell’s world upside down. In a matter of hours, fraudsters were able to hack into Bickell’s Absa Internet account and wipe out more than R75 000 from her business and personal account, leaving the Joburg grandmother “total broke”. She is just one of a growin... See full details

  11. Nqakula to unveil anti-crime plan

    Date: 05 Jul 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will on Friday reveal plans to fight the recent violent crime wave after meeting high-ranking government officials and top police heads. The scheduled meeting is a follow-up to the “off-limits” conference this week, when Nqakula met police management to discuss the recent crime trends and come up with a comprehensive response to combat it. Minist... See full details

  12. Security firm looking into cases of strike misconduct by employees

    Date: 05 Jul 2006
    Fidelity Springbok Security Service has denied that it is refusing to re-employ security officers who went on strike. Fidelity legal counsel Hennie Myburgh yesterday denied that retailer Makro in Centurion, Tshwane, wrote to his company. It is understood Makro made it clear in correspondence to the security company that it did not want officers involved in the strike back at their posts beca... See full details

  13. Eye in sky on crime

    Date: 05 Jul 2006
    Through the latest technology in crime prevention systems, criminals can now be sure their every move will be detected. The International Security Consultations and Advanced Implementations (Scai) company recently launched it state-of-the-art signalling, monitoring and tracking devices in South Africa, which is under siege by daily violence as well as petty crime. According to Scai managing ... See full details

  14. Hackers hit bank accounts

    Date: 04 Jul 2006
    Internet client looks on in despair as cash disappears A South African Internet user watched in horror as her bank account dwindled in front of her eyes – the latest victim of hackers who have penetrated banking protection. In the past month, fraudsters have gained access to the online accounts of clients from First National Bank, Standard and Absa, and stolen thousands of rands. T... See full details

  15. Another policeman shot dead as Nqakula and brass discuss crime

    Date: 04 Jul 2006
    As yet another policeman was slain yesterday, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula announced that he will round up his nine provincial heads at the end of the week to continue discussing the country’s crime. This follows yesterday’s meeting during which Nqakula met with the police’s top brass, including National Commissioner Perumal Naidoo, to speak about recent crime trends. Althoug... See full details

  16. SA defends arms policy

    Date: 04 Jul 2006
    The South African government is not retarding the implementation of global rules for the small arms trade, said director of disarmament and non-proliferation in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Titi Molaba yesterday. Molaba was defending the government’s position at the United Nations Small Arms Review Conference in New York. She said the government’s National Conventional Arms Control Com... See full details

  17. Gangsters send loot to Zim: claim

    Date: 03 Jul 2006
    The Zimbabwean link to the spate of armed robberies in Gauteng has surfaced again. The Citizen revealed in a front page article on January 21 under the heading “Zim Raiders!” that a trained military gang of Zimbabweans was believed to be responsible for robberies at casinos, shopping centres and cash-in-transit heists. A private investigator, who spoke to The Citizen on condition of anonymit... See full details


    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    Police urged to fight fire with fire No mercy where no mercy is shown. That was the grim message from Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia as policemen and politicians united to honour the victims of the Jeppe massacre and warn criminals that a turning point had been reached. He was speaking at an emotional memorial service for the four slain policemen. Earlier a furi... See full details

  19. Public backing for elite unit

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    A survey among more than 2 000 people across the country shows that citizens don’t want the elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, to be part of the SAPS. The survey conducted by Research Surveys shows that, in metropolitan areas, 62% of people feel that the Scorpions should be separate from the police, while 26% disagreed and 11% replied, “I don’t know.” Coloured people, 70% of them in t... See full details

  20. Scorpions stay under NPA

    Date: 30 Jun 2006
    The Scorpions are to remain under the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), but a component of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) will report to the Safety and Security Minister. Director-General in the Presidency Frank Chikane said the Cabinet had approved this recommendation of the Khampepe Commission. The commission, which was headed by Judge Sisi Khampepe, was appointed to recom... See full details

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