Category Archives: Crime

Police

Policing operations in the Western Cape will not be affected by the appearance of Lt Gen Lamoer in court

Pretoria, 17 April 2015: The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Riah Phiyega, can assure the nation, particularly Western Cape communities, that policing in the province will not be affected by the appearance in court of Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer and three of his senior management team members today. The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner and three others, Brigadiers Darius van der Ross, Kolindren Govender and Logambal Govender, appeared in the Goodwood Magistrates’ Court on charges relating to corruption this morning. Whilst…

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Hawks

Hawks bust three police officers and six civilians for dealing in illegal cigarettes

Pretoria – This morning, Friday, 27 March 2015, members of the Hawks assisted by members of the Crime Intelligence Unit, the Durban National Intervention Unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit, arrested nine suspects, including three police officers (three detective constables) and six civilians at Emanguzi in northern KwaZulu-Natal bordering Mozambique, for their alleged involvement in distributing illegal cigarettes. Three other suspects are still at large. However, they will be arrested soon. The operation started at 02:00 this morning after the Hawks had registered a project…

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Police

Hawks senior officer arrested for fraud and corruption

Pretoria – A senior officer of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in Durban has been arrested for alleged fraud and corruption. The 53-year-old member was arrested in his office today (Wednesday, 25 March 2015), following allegations that he solicited a R28 000,00 bribe. It has been alleged that the senior official was approached to assist in a case of a person who went missing in 2008. He allegedly demanded a R40 000 bribe, which would be used to assist his ailing wife at…

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Police

Police team nab couple from Port Elizabeth for child pornography

Pretoria: 18 March 2015 – This week, a team of specialised detectives from the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) of Gauteng arrested a couple from the Eastern Cape for possessing and distributing child pornography. They were arrested during an operation that was conducted between the SAPS, the Belgian police and with the assistance of the United States of America’s FBI. While searching the couple’s residence in Port Elizabeth, the team found 15 hard drives, two cellular…

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Police

Eastern Cape man in court for child pornography

A JOINT operation between detectives from the South African Police Service’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Gauteng and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of an Eastern Cape man for possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. The 53 year old suspect was arrested at his home in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, on Wednesday (2015/03/11) by the detective team mentioned above. During the raid at his house investigators found 16 hard drives, a laptop, two video…

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Police

Two Ugandan nationals busted during brothel raid – girls rescued

Hawks members have rescued seven girls after raiding a suspected brothel at a block of flats in Bloemfontein central business district (CBD) on Tuesday. Two Ugandan nationals, aged between 24 and 27 have been arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel following the late-night raid. Police became aware of the suspected brothel on Monday from a whistleblower who claimed to know of seven girls were allegedly being forcibly detained in a flat as sex workers. An operation was planned and executed which led to the…

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CDP

Another brutal farm murder as SAPS serve parliament with inaccurate figures

Another brutal farm murder as SAPS serve parliament with inaccurate figures “It is distressing that SAPS apparently supplied Parliament with completely inaccurate figures on farm attacks.– with tragically, yet another brutal farm murder reported today. “According to media reports, the body of Louis-John Botha of Swartwater was severely mutilated before being dumped into the water,” says Christian Democratic Party (CDP) leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “It is inexcusable, that a severe crisis like this, is underplayed by the Government and that they supply us with inaccurate…

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CDP

Yet another farm murder – CDP

“The farm murder of 62 year old Terry Rizzatu of Hluhluwe in KZN points to the meaninglessness of Pres. Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. Not a single mention was made by him of this scourge, which has caused South Africa to have the highest murder rate, among an identifiable group, in the world,” says Christian Democratic Party leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “This simply proves how hollow his promises are to minorities, if not even life is regarded as reason for the state to…

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Police

Malawian National bust for human trafficking

PRETORIA – A sting operation comprising members of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence and the Department of Home Affairs has led to the arrest of a Malawian national for human trafficking in Johannesburg on Thursday. The 38-year-old man told undercover police that he was selling four males and one female aged between 41 and 39 years for R500 per person. A transaction was made with police buying the five Malawian nationals for R2000. Later the man was arrested in possession of the money the police paid…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Krejcir and others to appear in court for Sam Issa’s murder

Pretoria: 6 February 2015 – Today, Radovan Krejcir and three others will appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court for the murder of a Lebanese national, Sam Issa. On 12 October 2013, Sam Issa was shot execution style in a drive-by shooting in Bedfordview. The 51-year-old victim stopped at a traffic light and as he was about to cross the intersection, another vehicle stopped next to his and the suspects fired shots at him. The investigations progressed intensely and resulted in the arrest of Radovan Krejcir,…

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Police

Six suspects arrested for allegedly stealing diamonds

Pretoria – Six suspects have been arrested after they allegedly broke into a safe and stole three diamonds at a diamond mine in Prieska, Northern Cape, in the early hours of Monday morning. It has been alleged that the driver of a mining dump truck was on his routine trips to offload loads when robbers approached him and one of them pointed a firearm at him. The driver was allegedly assaulted and forced out of the truck which was then taken over by one of…

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Police

Suspect fatally Wounded In Armed Robbery

Pretoria – A suspect was fatally wounded during a shoot-out between the police and three suspects, who had robbed employees of a security company who were collecting money from a grocery store in Nongoma on Monday morning. Three men allegedly disarmed the security officer who was on his way from the store to the van and grabbed the money box from him before instructing the driver of the security van to open the door. When the driver refused to open the door, the suspects fired…

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Police

Police out in full force in Soweto

Soweto: 22 January 2015 – Tonight the Gauteng Police Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba announced further deployment of a large contingent of police officers in various areas of Soweto. After a relatively quiet day in Soweto, looting flared up in most parts of the township soon after schools closed this afternoon. Police from various police stations had to be called back from their rest days. Members working administration duties at both provincial and cluster levels were also called in to saturate Soweto with a…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Hawks disrupt a drug-smuggling ring in Johannesburg

Pretoria: Today, the acting National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks), Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, lauded the Hawks in Johannesburg for dismantling a Nigerian drug-smuggling ring. The Hawks team raided the Highrise flats in Berea, Johannesburg yesterday. They did a thorough search and arrested five Nigerian men. The Nigerians are allegedly part of a bigger syndicate involved in the trade of drugs in the area. When the team searched their flat, they found 1 kg of heroine and 500 g of…

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CDP

CDP on farm murders / CDP reageer op plaasmoorde

Afrikaanse teks hieronder First month of New Year and farm murders continue unabated “With a farm murder on the last day of last year, and the first farm murder for 2015 early in the New Year, it is clear that this scourge is continuing unabated,” says Christian Democratic Party (CDP) leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “With the murder of 67 year old Johan Fourie, on his farm outside Sasolburg in the Free State, and the murder of Mr Stick Green, of Estcourt, KwaZulu Natal, who was…

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Hawks uncovers another hydrophonic dagga-cultivating facility in Gauteng

Pretoria – Last night, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) in Gauteng arrested 51-year-old Donee Kathleen Schmidt in Klopperpark in Germiston, Ekhuruleni, for cultivating and dealing in dagga. Schmidt was arrested during an intelligence-driven operation which led the investigating team to her house in Welkom Street, Klopperpark. On entering the house, the team found 120 dagga plants, including 50 mother plants growing in a room fitted with cooling facilities and lights, while some were planted in the garden. The team also seized 2…

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CDP

CDP on crime stats

CDP reacts to crime stats The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) expressed its concern with the increase in murders by 800 per annum in South Africa. “We are especially concerned, as these figures appear to include the highest number of murders in the world for an identifiable group, namely farmers. The general murder rate is 32,2 per 100 000 per annum, which is about half the rate for the murder of police, but much lower than the 100 per 100 000 per annum for farmers,” says…

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CDP

Urgently finalise farm murder report – CDP

“Since the Human Rights Commission began its investigation into farm murders, several more farmers have been killed – the latest being the 72 year old Willie van Rensburg of Odendaalsrus. We call on the commission to urgently finalise its report, so that the government will have no further excuse but to declare this kind of crime a priority crime,” say Rev. Botha, leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP). “According to information this was the eighth farm murder in the Free State alone since the…

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Police

SAPS Crime Intelligence busts huge international rhino horn syndicate

In a joint operation, the South African Police Service’s National Crime Intelligence Division and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs and Excise department took yet another giant leap towards combatting rhino poaching in South Africa. The team arrested two Vietnamese men who are believed to be part of a large syndicate and recovered a substantial amount of rhino horns at the O R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA). The two men were booked on a Qatar flight destined for Hanoi, Vietnam, from Maputo. The aircraft made…

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NPA appeals Oscar Pistorius Judgement and Sentence

NPA appeals Oscar Pistorius Judgement and Sentence

Pretoria – Since the 20th of 0ctober 2014 the prosecution team, Adv Gerrie Nel and Adv Andrea Johnson, have been hard at work studying the judgement, researching and also consulting with legal experts with the view to establish whether or not there are sufficient grounds to appeal both the judgement and sentence. Today we announce that the decision to appeal both the conviction and sentence has been taken. The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law. The merits and the demerits of…

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CDP

CDP congratulates farmers for preventing farm murder suspects from getting away

CDP congratulates farmers for preventing farm murder suspects from getting away. “The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) finds it unacceptable that those who clearly acted in self-defence should now have a sword of a murder charge hanging over their heads, until such time as the prosecuting authorities or courts decide that it was justifiable,” says Rev. Theunis Botha, leader of the CDP. Botha reacted to the latest farm murder, where neighbours got involved in a shootout with the alleged murderers, during which two of the suspects…

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Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Pretoria – Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant, in Johannesburg, in January 2013. He was initially charged with premeditated murder and three additional charges relating to the incident, which include the unlawful possession of ammunition and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. In her ruling…

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IFP

POLICE MUST ACT BEFORE VIGILANTISM GETS OUT OF CONTROL

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is shocked by the actions of a mob of community members at Copesville in Pietermaritzburg where two men suspected of housebreaking were attacked and burnt to death. “We do not condone vigilantism and would urge people to work with the police and community structures to bring criminals to book. At the same time, we call on the police who are there to protect law-abiding citizens to respond swiftly and do their jobs when communities report criminal acts. It is when communities…

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Police

Foreign nationals sentenced for rhino poaching

Pretoria: Today, the Acting National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Yoliswa Siyotula, applauded the Organised Crime Unit of the Hawks in Mpumalanga for securing two convictions against two rhino poachers. Yesterday, the White River Periodical Court handed down an eight-year sentence to Alvao Fagustino Sifundza from Mozambique for rhino poaching. Sifundza, aged 31, was arrested in the Tshokwane area of the Kruger National Park on 12 April 2014 after a chase by the park’s field rangers. His accomplice fled. He…

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CDP

Police chief shocks with remarks on farm murders – CDP

Police chief shocks with remarks on farm murders – CDP The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) expressed concern with police chief Riah Phiyega’s statement made during the Human Rights Commission’s enquiry into farm murders, that no distinction can be drawn between a murder in a shebeen and a farm murder. “One would expect more judicial knowledge from a minister of police. The courts indeed draw a huge distinction between a drunken fight in a liquor joint, and when innocent people are attacked in a carefully planned…

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