1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. New! Just log on to see if you have unpaid fines

    Date: 12 Oct 2005
    Motorists can now verify their traffic offences on the Internet. The launch of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD warrants and summons internet search facility yesterday marks another first for them. This comes two weeks after the department launched its remote summons and warrant faxing system, and introduced the Johannesburg public to it call centre. The website enables tr... See full details

  18. Scorpions not needed: Popcru

    Date: 12 Oct 2005
    The need for the Scorpions no longer existed and the unit should be incorporated into the police, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union told the Khampepe Commission in Pretoria yesterday. “The South African Police Service (SAPS) has undergone serious transformation and has the skills, training and capability to deal with the crimes the Scorpions deal with,” said Popcru’s deputy general secr... See full details

  19. S.A. child abduction crisis

    Date: 10 Oct 2005
    Africa is facing a “child abduction crisis” as only 11% of the about 1 550 children reported missing each year are found. This was yesterday revealed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which claimed there is a desperate need for constructive measures to put an end to this worrying scourge. It was also revealed that 293 children were murdered from the beginning of January to the end of March la... See full details

  20. Malls not safe - top cop

    Date: 07 Oct 2005
    Attacks on soft targets out of control, with a hit every three days. Gauteng malls are under siege, police have warned – and anyone can become a victim. Gangs, ranging from three to 30 gunmen, terrorise these soft targets on average once every three days, provincial deputy commissioner Bushie Engelbrecht revealed yesterday. “It is no longer safe to go to a restaurant or go shopping,” he s... See full details

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