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Child Porn

Child Porn

Pretoria: 15 May 2015 – A 35 year old suspect who has been charged with rape, sexual assault, possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography, has been remanded in custody following his appearance in the Springbok Magistrates’ Court yesterday. As part of an international investigation, information was received that a suspect from Port Nolloth, Northern Cape was involved in child pornography.  Enquiries were made in the area and the suspect was traced to Springbok, where he is working as a security guard. On Tuesday 2015/05/12…

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Two rhino poachers recovering in hospital

Two suspected rhino poachers are recovering in hospital after a shootout ensued at the Kruger National Park last week after the suspects were found trespassing in the park in Mpumalanga. Mozambican national Carlos Ngwane and Victor Mashile, whose nationality is not known, were arrested in separate areas but not without resistance in the form of a gun battle with the rangers. Both suspects were shot and wounded before they were arrested. The first incident happened at Malelane at about 20:00 on 5 May 2015 and…

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Moord op vroue in Suid-Afrika bereik ongekende hoogtes

Moord op vroue in Suid-Afrika bereik ongekende hoogtes

Met Moedersdag om die draai, is dit ironies dat moorde op vroue die hoogte in skiet. Wat veral kommerwekkend is, is dat heelwat van hierdie geweldsmisdade aan die hand van ʼn bekende of geliefde is, sê Amanda de Lange, nasionale voorsitter van die VF Plus se vrouekomitee. De Lange sê president Jacob Zuma het twee jaar gelede met sy staatsrede groot klem gelê op vroueregte en het onderneem om dit wetlik te bevestig. Van dié belofte het niks gekom nie en die huidige moordstatistiek wys…

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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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IOM condemns violence against Soweto foreign nationals

27 January 2015: International Organization for Migration (IOM) condemns the violent actions of Soweto residents against foreign nationals and their businesses in the past week. This has served as a painful reminder of the continued vulnerability of migrants in South Africa. As the migration agency that serves the interests of both local and foreign nationals, we call for the government to take urgent measures in order to protect the safety, the property and the dignity of all, including the foreign nationals. Migrants are disproportionally affected…

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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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IFP

IFP: Social grant recipients still being fleeced

Social grant recipients are still reporting deductions being made from their monthly grants ostensibly for “pre-paid air time, electricity vouchers, etc” which they have no knowledge of. “Last year there were numerous complaints from grant recipients around this issue and we raised it SASSA and was given the assurance that it has stopped all deductions until their investigations have been completed. It is therefore of serious concern to us as to how SASSA now allows these deductions to continue. Unsolicited deductions of this nature are…

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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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Open Letter to Helen Zille

Open letter to Helen Zille

To: The Premier of the Western Cape Att: Honourable Helen Zille The recent amount of cases being reported on in this province where white hooligans physically and verbally abuse and assault coloured and African people is alarming to say the least. It has now reached the highest level of concern as the latest case being reported on is coming from right under your nose. Criminal charges were laid against Herman Kruger who is an official of the Western Cape Department of Community Safety. It is said that he chased…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

The death of the rainbow nation

If anyone reading this column still had any lingering hopes that SA is not hurtling towards being a failed state, then I’m sure these hopes were finally dashed by what happened in Parliament on the evening of November 13 2014. When the president of a country, according to some reports, starts sending in his jackbooted thugs into the most hallowed halls of democracy in order to silence dissenting voices, then you need to realise that the end is near for what is described as a…

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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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