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  1. Business body members sign accord over violent robberies

    Date: 29 Jun 2006
    A project aimed at reducing aggravated robbery was formalised in Johannesburg this week. Business Against Crime South Africa and eight other industry associations signed a memorandum of understanding formalising the Industry Alignment Forum Aggravated Robberies Initiative. Aggravated robbery was identified as one of four common threats facing Business Against Crime members. The high incid... See full details

  2. Envoys now need more protection

    Date: 28 Jun 2006
    Extra protection for the diplomatic corps in South Africa could be up for discussion, Deputy Foreign Minister Azaiz Pahad said yesterday. He said he had held discussions with the dean of the diplomatic community, Abdalla Alzubedi, Libyan ambassador to South Africa, about weekend newspaper reports that crime aimed at diplomats was on the increase. “There is no official petition being drawn up... See full details

  3. Mystery deaths probe on track

    Date: 27 Jun 2006
    The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said yesterday its investigations into the mysterious deaths of two men implicated in a multimillion rand police safe burglary, were progressing well. Both Solly Hangwane, 45, and Frans Mampane, 36, allegedly died at the hands of police while in custody. It is believed they would have testified against the six men, including three police officers,... See full details

  4. Alleged rape victim (13) sent from pillar to post

    Date: 27 Jun 2006
    She is a 13-year-old legal refugee living in Centurion who just wanted a fair chance at life. Yet all South Africa has given Michelle* since her arrival in September 2005 from the Democratic Republic of Congo is misery. The teenager has allegedly been raped three times by her stepmother’s boyfriend since being sent to live with her after her father abandoned her and her siblings. The first ... See full details

  5. Officials admit SA must act to fight crime

    Date: 26 Jun 2006
    Politicians have taken note of the severity of the crime situation in the country. The senseless murders that have rocked the country, and particularly Johannesburg in the past two weeks, have caused great concern not only amongst residents, but evidently also grabbed the attention of those in higher office. Shortly after the killing of police reservist Bafana Mthomebeni, 36, in Berea last T... See full details

  6. Disarray on a grand scale’

    Date: 26 Jun 2006
    Far too many government ministers and directors-general are unable to provide proper financial management of public money. This is according to an over-view of the 34 national departments’ finances for the past four years presented by the DA yesterday. DA spokesman on public accounts Eddie Trent said the overview “paints a picture of financial disarray and mismanagement on a grand scale. ... See full details

  7. Bullets fly on Joburg streets

    Date: 23 Jun 2006
    People are being gunned down without valuables being taken view map The killing of a police reservist has brought to five the number of people shot dead on Joburg roads in the past 11 days – and police have managed to make only one arrest. In all the killings, involving armed men ambushing motorists, nothing was ... See full details

  8. Girl missing

    Date: 23 Jun 2006
    Ivory Park police are looking for a Kaalfontein girl, Nonhlanhla Pretty Mnguni who went missing on her way to an ATM to withdraw cash. If you can help please phone Inspector Mathole at 011 310 3696 See full details

  9. Have you seen this rapist

    Date: 23 Jun 2006
    Police are looking for a suspected rapist who attacked and strangled an 18-year-old woman at Dunswart station. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the woman was waiting for a taxi near the Boksburg taxi rank on January 29th this year when she was raped. Police are looking for a man aged between 20 and 25 who is tall and slender in build. He has a scar on the left cheek and speaks Zulu. Contac... See full details

  10. Its’ Over!!

    Date: 22 Jun 2006
    Satawu to sign pay agreement with security employers One of South Africa’s most violent and destructive strikes is finally over. After three months the Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has agreed to sign a revised wage agreement for its striking security guards. The deal is expected to be signed today at the CCMA offices in Johannesburg. Satawu general secretary Randall How... See full details

  11. Nqakula: no apology ….

    Date: 22 Jun 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday refused to apologise in Parliament for his remarks that people who “whinged” about crime should leave the country. Nqakula was requested by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Roy Jankielsohn to “apologise unconditionally to South Africa’s victims of crime”. Jankielsohn said instead of apologising, Nqakula “gave us a long lecture on apartheid Ju... See full details

  12. Task force took too long: victim

    Date: 22 Jun 2006
    The police explanation of why it used force and acted aggressively on board the South African Airways (SAA) plane at Cape Town International Airport on Saturday was met with scepticism by one of the passengers. Ian Thomson, who helped prevent the attempted hijacking on board the flight bound from Cape Town to Johannesburg, said even if the police did act correctly by swearing at passengers and ... See full details

  13. Security pay deal close

    Date: 21 Jun 2006
    The strike by security guards is nearing an end. The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is likely to accept a revised wage increase by tomorrow. Satawu spokesman Ronnie Mamba said the latest offer took into account the salary increment and maternity leave – the two remaining disputed issues. He said the new offer meant that the lowest-paid security guard would get an automati... See full details

  14. We did it right

    Date: 20 Jun 2006
    SA hijack task team follows international procedures “When you enter a room full of armed men, shoot the first person who makes a move, hostile or otherwise. “He has started to think and is therefore dangerous.” These are the words of Paddy Mayne, an original member of the British Special Air Service (SAS). This is just one of the specialised forces worldwide which would have ac... See full details

  15. Let down by the system for the second time

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    June 7 was just an ordinary day for Gladys Dube* and little Zinzi until they bumped into the man who had allegedly raped the child. Dube clutched Zinzi’s hand and just kept on walking down the Mamelodi street. The man had been arrested in February, hours after he allegedly violated Zinzi. Four months later her elder daughter told her the suspect was “out”. It was the second time one of... See full details

  16. Woman survives gate-crushing experience

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    Samantha Williams believed that her one-ton security gate would keep her safe. Instead it almost killed her when it crushed her right leg so badly it needs extensive surgery. Despite the ordeal that Williams suffered on Saturday afternoon in her complex in Craihall Park, Johannesburg. Emergency Services spokesperson Malcolm Midgley told The Star that the 31-year-old clinical psychologist was ... See full details

  17. Majority of South African fear falling victim to armed violence

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    More than half of South Africans, or 54% of the population, have been victims of gun violence or known someone who has been a victim in the past five years. This is according to the results of a survey to be made public today. Conducted by the Control Arms Campaign comprised of Oxfam International, Amnesty International and International Action Network – the survey included respondents from SA... See full details

  18. 2010 Airport Fears

    Date: 19 Jun 2006
    Calls for govt to intervene after hijacking attempt Security fears have shot up after the attempted hijacking of a Johannesburg-bound SAA plane, especially with the 2010 Soccer World Cup only four years away. Political parties called for urgent government intervention after a 21-year-old Zimbabwean national held up an air hostess with a hypodermic needle on Saturday, threatening to ki... See full details

  19. R300 million subsidy slip riles MP’s

    Date: 15 Jun 2006
    Cape Town – MP’s roasted the Deaprtment of Housing yesterday for lack of control over more than R300 million in subsidies irregularly allotted to government officials. The standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) expressed dismay at the shortage of straight answers from director-general Itumeleng Kotsoane and deputy Mziwonke Dlabantu. “We did not get a sense that you are with us in ter... See full details

  20. Card fraud red alert

    Date: 14 Jun 2006
    Watch out, Bulgarian syndicate could be hitting your account Credit and debit card scams are threatening to spiral out of control as fraudsters continue to hit bank accounts countrywide. Banks admit that the problem is increasing, despite the introduction of sophisticated detection systems used to detect unusual spending behaviour on cards. Cardholders have been warned that every ... See full details

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