February, 2015


Serial rapist gets 1,535 years

One of the victims of serial rapist Albert Morake has not been able to celebrate her birthday for the past two years because it was on that day that he raped her. But, after Morake was sentenced to more than 1500 years in prison yesterday, Keabetswe Mawasha, who consented to her name being revealed, is looking forward to her 29th birthday on May 7. She is one of 29 women raped by Morake, 35, of Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg. One of the women was raped twice.

Security flaw in electricity, water utility website

Yet another utility’s website has exposed clients’ private details Impact Meter Services, a water and electricity billing provider that is widely used in the Tshwane municipal area, unintentionally let its clients view one another’s invoices on its website. This kind of security flaw has occurred regularly in the online portals of various organisations, including City of Joburg and Vodacom.

Peace at last for Joburg motorists at intersections

The City of Johannesburg is taking tough measures to protect motorists from aggressive window washers and smash and grabs which have steadily increased at some intersections in recent months.  Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety, Councillor Sello Lemao on Wednesday 11 February 2015 unveiled Operation Ke Molao – an initiative by the Johannesburg Metro Police to protect motorists at identified hotspots. The operation is aimed at dealing with lawlessness in various problematic intersections and bridges.

Fake South African cops arrested in Botswana

Botswana police have detained two South Africans for allegedly impersonating South African police officers, the Gaborone-based Global Post reported on Thursday. Donald Nyoni and Solomon Zitha, both from Johannesburg, appeared in the Francistown Magistrate’s Court on a charge each of false representation of South African police

SA’s xenophobia shame: ‘burning man’ case shut

Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave was beaten, stabbed and set alight in Ramaphosa informal settlement almost seven years ago. Yet nobody has been arrested for his gruesome murder and, thousands of kilometres away in Mozambique, his wife still awaits justice. Nhamuave, who was 35 years old, became known as the “burning man” and photographs of his agonising death brought the horror of South Africa’s xenophobic violence to the world.

Cop ghost squad to ‘clean up’ city streets

 Police in unmarked cars are going to “clean up” Johannesburg, evicting beggars, traders and pamphlet distributors from traffic intersections throughout the metro. And in the near future motorists giving money to beggars or hawkers at intersections could fall foul of the law and be fined.

Uber-like app to fight crime in Tshwane

Residents of the City of Tshwane could soon be safer as a new Uber-like smartphone security application goes live on Monday. Project Namola will begin the national trial of an application designed to increase safety for residents in the Monument Park area. “The Tshwane Metro Police Chief has given us the go-ahead to launch the pilot in Monument Park,” Craig Rivett of Ever Africa told Fin24 about the project which has been under development for several months.

Three jailed for 30 years for killing South African boxing champion Corrie Sanders

Three Zimbabweans who killed former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders during an armed robbery were jailed for 43 years each on Wednesday, of which they have to serve 30. High Court in Pretoria Judge Ferdi Preller sentenced Paida Fish, Chris Moyo and Samuel Mabena, all in their 20s, to 18 years imprisonment for murdering Sanders. They were sentenced to 19 years for armed robbery and a further six years for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

SA cop arrested for drug trafficking in China

A Durban police officer has been arrested in China for alleged drug trafficking, KwaZulu-Natal police said. “We were informed that [Sergeant Busisiwe Zungu] was arrested in Hong Kong,” said Major Thulani Zwane.

Conman offers city jobs for R200 registration fee

Cape Town job-seekers are falling victim to a conman, who are offering job opportunities as city fire-fighters at a cost of R200, according to the City of Cape Town. City’s executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, said the city’s Fire and Rescue Service has been alerted to a post on a social media site, advertising for fire training and job placement and in-service training.

Car thief cop hands himself over

A police officer on Wednesday handed himself over after suspected hijacked vehicles were found at his house, Gauteng police said. “The police officer who has allegedly been on the run since Monday has handed himself to the Hillbrow police this afternoon,” said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

Reward offered after mall robbery

A R500 000 reward has been offered by the cash-in-transit company whose employees were robbed at the Bedford Centre mall in Johannesburg, the company said on Friday. “SBV Services is offering a R500 000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects,” the company said in a statement.

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