Category Archives: Crime

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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Moord op vroue in Suid-Afrika bereik ongekende hoogtes

Leer lesse uit verlede om plaasmoord-probleem op te los

Nouer samewerking tussen die openbare sektor – die polisie – en die privaatsektor – die landbouers en plaaswerkers – is die enigste manier hoe plaasmoorde en veiligheid in die landelike gebiede verbeter sal kan word. In hierdie opsig moet lesse uit die verlede geneem word toe die kommandostelsel suksesvol was om misdaad in plattelandse gebiede te bekamp, volgens dr. Pieter Mulder, VF Plus-leier. Dr. Mulder het aan ʼn debat in die Diskoers-reeks by Aardklop oor grondhervorming en plaasmoorde deelgeneem. Die minister van polisie, mnr. Nkosinathi…

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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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Child Porn

Latest South African Crime Statistics Released

Pretoria – The South African Police Service (SAPS) today released the crime statistics for the 2013/14 financial year, which show a range of increases and decreases in certain crime categories. For the year under review, there was an increase in murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Overall, murder decreased by 9.2% over the past 10 years (2004/05 to 2013/14), but showed an increase of 5% in the 2013/14 financial year. This means 17 068 people were murdered in SA last year. Murder went…

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VF+

Misdaadstatistiek – Suid-Afrika meer gewelddadig

“Die nuutste misdaadstatistiek toon dat Suid-Afrika ʼn meer gewelddadige land geword het. Geweldsmisdade wat persone direk raak soos moord, roof en motorkapings het aansienlik toegeneem. Moord het met 5% toegeneem en meer as 17 000 moorde is gepleeg. Suid-Afrika se moordsyfer is nou 32,2 per 100 000 van die bevolking terwyl die wêreldgemiddeld 7 per 100 000 is. Suid-Afrika se moordsyfer is dus amper vyf keer meer as die wêreldgemiddeld. Die korrektheid van die statistiek word ook bevraagteken, aangesien polisiestasies nie die korrekte kategorie van…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Judgement day in the Oscar trial

Pretoria – All eyes will be on the North Gauteng High Court this morning as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers the much-anticipated judgement in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. After 41 days of court proceedings, which saw 37 witnesses and lengthy closing arguments from both the state and defence, Judge Masipa will begin her verdict at 9:30am. The Blade runner – as Pistorius is famously known – faces a pre-meditated murder charge as well as three weapons charges for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkap on…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Three arrested for R50m car fraud

Pretoria – The Hawks, in conjunction with the banking industry, have arrested three suspects for motor vehicle application fraud amounting to R50 million. The suspects, 33-year-old Adele Coetzee, her husband, 37-year-old Marius Coetzee, and his mother, 60-year-old Kitty Coetzee, were arrested in Brits in the North West during an operation held over the weekend. The operation originated in the Western Cape. The suspects were involved in a vehicle-purchase scheme by applying for hire-purchase finance from banking institutions using fraudulent documents. According to Hawks spokesperson, Captain…

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FOUR BOYS RECEIVE SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR RAPING ANOTHER BOY

FOUR BOYS RECEIVE SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR RAPING ANOTHER BOY

FREE STATE: Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court has yesterday sentenced four boys to 10 years imprisonment each wholly suspended for five years after they were found guilty of raping another boy. Magistrate Jan Greyvenstein sentenced the boys aged between 13 and 15 years for raping a 10-year-old boy in November 2011. The court heard that on the day of the incident, all the boys walked together to the soccer grounds for a soccer practice. When they were done with their soccer practice the four accused pulled the…

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SA Police Caspir

Minister green lights SA Police Force executions at Marikana

Marikana – In a written statement read back to the Farlam Commission by Dali Mpofu, Minister Susan Shabangu stated in 2008: “You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community. You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility. Your responsibility is to serve and protect…” and “I want no warning shots. You have one shot and it must be a kill shot…” On the 12th of August Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa concluded his testimony at the Marikana Commission of…

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Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Public helps to catch criminals

Pretoria – The communities of South Africa are getting involved in the fight against crime by providing anonymous tip-offs on criminal activities in their neighbourhood. During July 2014, tip-offs to Crime Stop (0860010111 phone line) and Crime Line (32211 SMS number) resulted in the arrest of 32 individuals in six provinces, police said on Tuesday. These are Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. According to Police, the majority of the arrests were for the possession of and dealing in drugs such…

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Police

Suspect arrested in connection to Reiger Park shooting

Suspect arrested in connection to Reiger Park shooting Germiston – Gauteng police have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and murdering three-year-old Cuburne Lavone van Wyk. The suspect was arrested in Germiston on Wednesday by metro police officers. Cuburne’s partially burnt body was found in a mine dump in Reiger Park on Saturday afternoon. The toddler from Ramaphosa informal settlement, in Reiger Park, went missing last Wednesday while playing with his siblings. The suspect will appear in court soon. Meanwhile, the case against the two…

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Bleeding Government owned companies to be turned around

Illegal power connections under spotlight

Pretoria – Illegal power connections have come under the spotlight as Eskom’s National Electricity Safety Week continues. An electricity connection is considered illegal when any connection is made to the Eskom network without Eskom’s permission. This can range from connecting to a mini-substation to connecting a neighbour through your personal meter or electricity board. “We have identified that the biggest contributors to electrical accidents, injuries and fatalities in South Africa are contact with low-hanging, unsafe connections, vandalism, illegal power connections, and cable theft,” Eskom Corporate…

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Police

Major Electricity fraud in Gauteng 22 Arrested

Johannesburg – The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, says a year-long investigation into corruption and fraud cases at the City of Johannesburg has resulted in 22 arrests. The arrests include two City Power employees, two City of Johannesburg officials as well as external contractors and members of the public. Briefing media in Johannesburg on Thursday, the Mayor said it was believed that as a result of the fraudulent activities, R200 million had been lost in revenue. The city has recovered R107 million of the…

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Crime

Police crack down on dagga distribution network

Johannesburg – The three suspects arrested for possession of dagga, with a street value of about R500 000, will appear in the Jeppe Magistrate’s Court today. The Hawks’ Organised Crime Unit intercepted a dagga distribution network when they arrested three suspects for possession of dagga in the West Rand on Tuesday night. The suspects, two females aged 38 and 36 and a man aged 32, were caught while driving down Main Reef Road in Denver, in a minibus. “Ten bags of dagga that had been…

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Suspects nabbed for rhino poaching related crimes appear in court

Four to appear in court after abalone bust

Four foreign nationals are expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court this morning following the discovery of abalone in Benoni. The suspects, one Chinese national and three Mozambican nationals, were arrested on Monday morning during a raid at an illegal drying facility in Rynfield, Benoni. More than 50 000 units of abalone were discovered. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokesperson, Lionel Adendorf, said that during the joint operation — involving officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the South African Police Service…

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CDP

CDP reacts to yet another farm murder

CDP reacts to yet another farm murder “The latest farm murder, that of Mr. Rudolph Pretorius near Groblersdal again emphasises the necessity for the Human Rights Commission’s planned hearing into farm murders,” says Christian Democratic Party leader, Rev.Theunis Botha. “The latest farm attack was the sixth in a month in the Groblersdal area. “We also noted a farm attack at Reitz where the 47 year old Andre van Greunen was wounded. Van Greunen apparently wounded one of his three attackers who later died of his…

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Crime

Plaasaanval op Vrystaatse boer

Die VF Plus veroordeel ten sterkste die jongste plaasaanval wat Sondag, 6 Julie 2014, op Reitz plaasgevind het waarin mnr. André van Greunen deur drie verdagtes in sy huis aangeval is.  Jan van Niekerk, provinsiale leier van die Vryheidsfront Plus in die Vrystaat sê die toename in plaasaanvalle die afgelope maande in die Vrystaat is ’n  ernstige bron van kommer. Die VF Plus verwelkom die Menseregte Kommissie se ondersoek na plaasaanvalle en dring daarop aan dat dit spoedig afgehandel moet word en dat die bevindings…

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