September, 2012


Crime ‘down’, fear isn’t

Criminals are tightening their grip on the nation, leaving parents too afraid to let their children play on the streets or walk to school. Though crime statistics released last week indicate a decrease in most crimes – a decline which policing experts deemed questionable – the Victims of Crime Survey paints a very different and very bleak picture. The survey, conducted by Statistics South Africa between January and December last year, reveals a nation gripped by fear. While Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was dismissive of the public’s lack of faithRead More

5000 complain about cops

Nearly 5000 criminal and misconduct cases against the police were reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in the last financial year. This was revealed yesterday with the tabling of the directorate’s annual report in parliament. The report showed that of the 4923 cases against police, 720 related to deaths in custody and through police action, 2 320 were alleged criminal offences, 88 were for non-compliance with the Domestic Violence Act and 1795 involved allegations of misconduct.

SANDF in big trouble

The SA National Defence Force is on the verge of collapse. With dwindling budgets, an exodus of highly-skilled technical staff and reduced spending on training and equipment, the defence force – according to military experts – can barely meet its constitutional obligations. Increasing international demands and frequent internal deployments – such as the recent presidential announcement of the deployment of hundreds of troops on crime fighting operations over the next four months – is putting further strain on the already overstretched armed services.

Guard tied up with shoe laces during robbery

A security guard was robbed by four men, two with firearms, on 14 September. According to Constable Matome Tlamela, communications officer at the Midrand police station, the security officer was busy with his guard duties at a company on Dale Road, when he was surprised by the four men. “The complainant was ordered to lie down and was tied up with shoe laces,” said Tlamela. Tlamela said the suspects searched the security officer and took his cellphone, the remote control for the gate and proceeded into the building where theyRead More

2012 South African Crime Stats

South Africa Crime Stats (50 kb) Gauteng Crime Stats (50 kb) Midrand Crime Stats (50 kb) SAPS Presentation on 2012 Crime stats (2.5 mb) Download folder – click here All Stats – Click here

The “resounding” successes of crime stats were immediately shot down by experts.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa painted a rosy picture yesterday of the war against crime, but the “resounding” successes of his charges were immediately shot down by experts. Flanked by police top brass – including national commissioner Riah Phiyega – Mthethwa explained that all serious and violent crimes had declined by 3.5% . He said murder dropped by 3.1%, hijackings by 11.9%, sexual offences by 3.7% and robberies with aggravating circumstances by 1.4%. Despite this “victory”, the Presidency yesterday announced the deployment of the army across the country over the nextRead More

SA National Defence Force would be deployed to support the police…

The SA National Defence Force has officially been deployed domestically from September 14 until next year in Marikana “and other areas of the country where needed“. ‘No state of emergency’: Presidency The Presidency said in a short statement that the soldiers would be deployed to support the police “in the prevention and combating of crime as well as the maintenance of law and order in the Marikana area, North West province and other

We’re failing women, children

While crimes against women and children have decreased, the latest police statistics reveal that almost 90% of the victims of sexual offences are women and children. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said yesterday children were being targeted and abused, but he vowed to reverse this trend. He said though the sexual offences ratio had decreased by 3.7%, the police were not satisfied. “We are still concerned about the scourge of rape in our country. Rape decreased by 1.9% but [the figure] is unacceptably high.


It has come to the City’s attention that there is fraud happening with so called “debt collection” companies.  Some customers have been receiving “Urgent special disconnection notices” from certain debt collection companies. These letters have the logos of the City of Johannesburg, City Power and Joburg Water on them and at first glance look legit.  The following companies are the only ones which do debt collection on behalf of the City of Johannesburg:

COJ Multi Agency Teams and JMPD Law Enforcement Officers Introduced at Public Meetings

The City of Johannesburg has been engaging with communities on its newly launched crime fighting strategy – ward based community policing. Last week, the COJ introduced the multi-agency teams consisting of Law Enforcement officers from JMPD and others who will be deployed in Region A. These teams are deployed as part of a comprehensive plan to tackle crime, grime and improve quality of life of communities. “Through the ten (10) officers per ward programme, the city aims to integrate all law enforcement agencies at a ward level and ensure thoroughRead More

Hunter arrested in Glen Austin

A man was arrested by the Midrand police for poaching and trespassing. According to Warrant Officer Selvan Reddy, the police received a tip from a member of the Glen Austin Residents Association, who said a known poacher was in the area. “We were quick to react to the tip off we received and as a result we were able to apprehend the suspect and confiscate the eight dogs he had with him,” said Reddy. He said the suspect (30) was poaching in the Glen Austin area and is an IvoryRead More

Young woman raped in Halfway Gardens

A woman was raped at Carrow More Complex in Halfway Gardens. According to Constable Matome Tlamela, communications officer at the Midrand police station, the complainant went to News Cafe on 2 September to meet her friends and later hired a taxi to take her to Midway Mews to buy food. “She was approached by an unknown man driving a polo which had three occupants,” said Tlamela. The stranger asked her to accompany him to his residential premises to which the complainant agreed. Tlamela said the pair entered the complex andRead More

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