Entries by Neo Maphage

18 arrested, 16 illegal firearms seized in Gauteng

Johannesburg – Sixteen illegal firearms, including a revolver, a rifle, and various pistols, were recovered by police and 18 people were arrested during weekend crime prevention operations, Gauteng police said on Sunday. The firearms were recovered in Moffatview, Sandton, Atteridgeville, Midrand, Eden Park, Jeppe, Johannesburg Central, and Orange Farm, among others, spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini […]

Joburg’s new K9-Narcotics Unit to wage war on drugs

The K9-Narcotics Unit will focus on drug-related crimes in crime hotspots during the first 100 days after its launch. A specialised K9-Narcotics Unit in the Johannesburg metro police is aimed at waging the war on drugs in the city. According to the City’s executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, the dedicated canine unit would strengthen the City’s ability […]

Hijacking hotspots in SA: Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban

Cape Town – The National Hijack Prevention Academy (NHPA) has released a list of hijacking-hotspots in some major SA cities. The organisation’s latest list shows hotspots in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. How prevalent is vehicle crime in SA? Carjacking has increased by 14.3% in all provinces, according to the 2015/16 annual crime survey released […]

M1 highway project to be delayed beyond May 2017

JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Roads Agency(JRA) says the construction project on the M1 highway will now be completed later in 2017 and not by May as planned. The JRA has attributed the delays to geo-technical issues and local labour disputes. The agency gave a briefing on Thursday on the M1 bridge rehabilitation and traffic implications […]

How to recognise fraudsters posing as City Power employees

JOBURG – City Power officials are not permitted to request cash payments or unpaid bills from customers. City Power is warning residents of Johannesburg about a group of fraudsters posing as the entity’s employees. The fraudsters have reportedly threatened to cut off the power supply to residents who refuse to pay phantom electricity bills. The […]

Police warn of hijacking trend

Police have warned residents of a new hijacking trend after an elderly couple was attacked at their home in Monument Park on Thursday. ADT security said the woman and her husband were attacked by four men in a chocolate brown Audi A3, previously seen at the couple’s gate this week. ADT Pretoria district manager Leon […]

Sanco calls for intensified action against crime syndicates

Cape Town – The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Sunday called for action against crime syndicates to be intensified. This followed the recent raid on “a vast underground Cape Flats bunker” in Cape Town that netted at least 250 illegal guns, ammunition, and an undisclosed amount of cash, Sanco national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu […]

Bosses accuse Lexus-driving clerk of R4m fraud

Cape Town – A Cape Flats accounting clerk has been arrested for allegedly defrauding her ex-employers out of more than R4 million. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) nabbed Fadwa Alexander, from Hanover Park, in August after she allegedly transferred R4.3 million into five personal accounts over three years. Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha […]

Truck hijacking syndicate found with ‘Grabbers’

Johannesburg – The Hawks have seized two highly sophisticated communication-intercepting machines that were allegedly used by syndicates that hijack trucks carrying goods worth millions in Gauteng. They used the devices, commonly known as Grabbers, to intercept the cellphones of people working for law enforcement agencies. In this way they could find out the details of […]