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  1. Safe robbery: another died in custody

    Date: 14 Jun 2006
    It has emerged that another suspect accused of playing a role in the multi-million rand burglary from a secured police safe last month has died – also while in police custody. The 30-year-old man was shot dead by police officers when he allegedly tried to escape after his arrest in connection with a daring robbery at the Benoni Serious and Violent Crimes Unit on the East Rand on May 24. Supe... See full details

  2. School sex shock

    Date: 14 Jun 2006
    Sex for favours, and as punishment is rife in South African schools. This is the shocking finding from a report by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on the right to basic education released yesterday. The report, a result of public hearings by the commission across the country, tells of pupils being forced to have sex with teachers as a disciplinary measure when arriving late for school or e... See full details

  3. SA a world leader for fraud in the workplace

    Date: 13 Jun 2006
    Small firms most vulnerable to theft by employees, survey finds Companies doing business in South Africa are twice as likely to be defrauded as their counterparts in the rest of the world. This emerged at a theft and corruption summit held by the National Bargaining Council in Boksburg yesterday. According to a survey report presented during the summit, it was found last year that ... See full details

  4. Strike deal is off

    Date: 13 Jun 2006
    Striking security industry workers and their employers failed to clinch a keenly awaited pay deal last night when talks between the two parties collapsed in acrimony. Strikers gathered outside CCMA headquarters in Johannesburg signalled their frustration by singing and chanting after Satawu spokesman Xolani Nymezela said the talks had failed. Meanwhile, two more guards were murdered yesterda... See full details

  5. Death in custody: ICD investigating

    Date: 13 Jun 2006
    The independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) confirmed yesterday that an investigation was under way into the mysterious death of a man implicated in the multi-million rand burglary from a police safe last month. It is believed the man, who can not yet be named, wanted to turn State witness against three officers and two civilians accused of pulling off the robbery at the Benoni Serious and Vio... See full details

  6. New top cops soon

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Change in Johannesburg police leadership is expected as soon as four Gauteng police stations have undergone revamps. Making the abrupt announcement during Friday’s Community Safety Budget Vote, Gauteng MEC Firoz Cachalia said that a change of leadership at Booysens police station was being considered. Not only were several Booysens policemen arrested following an SABC3 Special Assignment exp... See full details

  7. Crime weekend highlights problem

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Three unrelated incidents of violent crime on the West Rand at the weekend, have once again highlighted the call by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety to be aware of the ruthless criminal element in society. Firoz Cachalia on Friday highlighted the high levels of violent crime in the province when he delivered his annual budget speech in the legislature saying not only was crime unacceptable,... See full details

  8. ‘Gauteng crime rate dropping’

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Police in Gauteng are taking a firm stand against crime. The overall serious crime rate continues on a downward trend with a decrease of 6% noticeable in the latest official crime statistics. Gauteng community safety MEC Firoz Cachalia stated during his budget vote speech in the Gauteng legislature on Friday. “The overall decreases in crime in Gauteng during the past financial year can in n... See full details

  9. Metro officers in training for World Cup

    Date: 12 Jun 2006
    Gearing up for any eventuality, metro police officers are undergoing training for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. About 30 Johannesburg metro police showcased their skills at a crowd control demonstration in Martindale, west of Johannesburg yesterday. The officers were among the fewer than 100 metro police officers already trained nationally to help the SAPS in crowd control management. Metro ... See full details

  10. SA Websites falling victim to hacking competitions

    Date: 08 Jun 2006
    Expert says there is little the law can doSouth African companies are spending about R3-billion every year to secure their websites as hackers become more daring in their attempt to pilfer local computer systems. Hackers deface and hack into at least a dozen South African websites every week, often trashing and stealing sensitive information. Accord... See full details

  11. Watch out for new lottery scam

    Date: 08 Jun 2006
    Police have warned the public not to fall prey to a new scam conning people out of thousands of rands. The new scam called the “SA 2020 World Cup Bid Lottery” was started by unknown sources in 2004 after South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 World Cup. Potential victims are notified via e-mail that they have won the lottery. They are then issued with a certificate confirming their prize... See full details

  12. Firearms Control Bill tabled

    Date: 08 Jun 2006
    Parliament – Draft legislation to refine the controversial Fire-arms Control Act was tabled in Parliament yesterday. The Amendment Bill extends the validity of certain firearm licences and does away with automatic disqualification for gun ownership when an admission of guilt fine is paid. According to a memorandum attached to the Bill, it will require a person who holds an occasional hunter ... See full details

  13. Govt to beef up security at schools

    Date: 06 Jun 2006
    Cape Town – The council of Education Ministers has approved measures to tighten security at public schools. The department would identify “problem schools” needing immediate attention, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said yesterday. The measures were aimed at schools around the country, but specifically in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Mpumalanga, where recent incidents had highlighted secu... See full details

  14. Nqakula says he was taken out of context

    Date: 06 Jun 2006
    Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula has denied telling South Africans to either shut up about crime or leave the country. Yesterday, the Minister said his remarks had been taken out of context. His spokesman, Hangwani Mulaudzi, said Nqakula was speaking about crime combating measures when he referred to a letter by Clive Swann, who had called people whingers for constantly moaning ... See full details

  15. Cash for shot cop seen as 'insult'

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    Ethekweni Municipal Manager Doctor Michael Sutcliffe has offered crippled police hero Cherise Cox an amount her brother describes as a “gross insult” – as compensation for the horrific injuries she sustained in a gun battle with robbers wielding firearms allegedly supplied to them by crooked Metro cops. Sutcliffe earns more than President Thabo Mbeki and pockets a salary package in excess of R1... See full details

  16. Stain of child abuse on SA

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    The plight of so many South African children suffering abuse was the focus of several initiatives during Child Protection Week, which ended yesterday. “Put children first, abantwana kugala, bana pele, kinders eerste,” is how KwaZulu Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele summarised the main aim of the week. “This week we acknowledge Child Protection Week which re-emphasises the message that we owe c... See full details

  17. Nqakula gets more flak

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula’s remarks about “constant moaning” from some quarters on the crime situation continue to draw flak from across the spectrum. DA leader Toni Leon has put the remarks on a par with the late Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger’s utterance that the death of Steve Bike left him cold. Variorum maintains Nqakula is targeting the messenger rather than focusi... See full details

  18. Snags delay new ID card system

    Date: 05 Jun 2006
    The green barcoded ID book will be around a bit longer than expected as the Department of Home Affairs has placed the new smart card process on hold. The decision to stop the replacement of the green ID books with the new smart cards (which will be similar to the driver’s licence cards) followed a visit to the Western Cape’s Home Affairs offices by Parliament’s portfolio committee on Home Affai... See full details

  19. Intelligence to be ‘rat-proofed’

    Date: 02 Jun 2006
    Kasrils wants stricter control of powers Stricter control would be exercised over the country’s intelligence services to ensure recent spying abuses are never repeated, Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils said yesterday. This would include a tighter hold on the National Communications Centre “so that its capacity can only be used in the national interest and not, as was done, to violate eve... See full details

  20. ‘Police’ rob storage facility of cigarettes worth R20 000

    Date: 01 Jun 2006
    Two men and a woman clad in police uniforms – and who may have been actual members of the SAPS – took cartons of cigarettes worth about R20 000 when they robbed a storage facility in Alrode, Alberton on the East Rand on Tuesday evening. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the trio arrived at the business premises in Combrink Road in a marked police vehicle, and ordered the security guard to let them... See full details

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