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Weekend had 550 collisions
Over the long weekend Netcare’s call center dispatched emergency vehicles to nearly 550 collisions throughout South Africa.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman gave The Citizen the following breakdown of motor and pedestrian collisions:

*Johannesburg had 136 motor and 30 pedestrian colli...
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Judge: Throws out gag bid and damages claim by Shefer

Controversial businessman Niko Shefer has unsuccessfully applied for an interdict to stop a disgruntled investor from publishing allegations that he owed investors millions of rand.

The businessman south to interdict Graham Torrington of Hu...
‘I was asked to remove stolen cutlery’
A would-be thief lost his loot of restaurant cutlery, put in a black refuse bag under a table at the restaurant, when a homeless man walked off with the bag.,

Vagrant Taylor Mazububu, no age given, told the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court he was seated at an empty table on the veranda of the restaur...
Prosecutors stand firm behind Pikoli
Official reasons met with scorn and disbelief

A fresh row has erupted over the official reasons given for the suspension of the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Vusi Pikoli.

Senior prosecutors and NPA staff have reacted with disbelief and shock to a Government Communication ...
SA and UK cops crack R5bn drug ring
In a first operation of its kind, South African and British detectives teamed up to smash an international drug syndicate believed to have smuggled R5-billion worth of cocaine and dagga.

Local police officers travelled to London to help convict one of the syndicate's kingpins and, in November, U...
Now Selebi faces probe
Hot on the heels of his action against Scorpions boss Vusi Pikoli, the president is to act against national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Thabo Mbeki is to order an inquiry into allegations that Selebi, also the head of the international police institution Interpol, has links with crime syn...
Why Mbeki booted Pikoli
Top prosecutor to be axed 'for failing to rein in Scorpions'

President Thabo Mbeki is going to fire National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli.

Impeccable sources have independently stated that Mbeki's suspension of Pikoli, announced yesterday, is a prelude to sacking him.

Principal's alleged murderer gets bail
One of the accused arrested in connection with the murder of human rights activist and principal Nick Karvelas has been granted bail of R5 000.

The investigating officer, Inspector Francois Horn, did not oppose bail in the Alberton Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Mandla Professor Mbele (37) wa...
Murder accused claims confession was made up
A 26-year-old man has claimed that police concocted a confession linking him to the murder and robbery of 57-year-old Cheryl Carter.

Lybon Makhubela (26), who stands accused of murder and robbery along with Busisiwe Zodwa Ngema (52) and Bheki Mahlangu (26), took the stand yesterday to say he was...
Child labour rampant in SA
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) revealed its finding yesterday of a study into the state of child work and labour in South Africa.

The study, conducted by Judith Streak of the Child, Youth Family and Social Development (CYFSD) research programme, was administered in three provinces (We...
Scientists probe crime
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has launched a probe into violent crime in SA.

It will include key questions on crime and violence – from contributing factors and types of interventions to links between low-violence areas and high levels of community cohesion.

A preliminary report s...
Police nab stolen shoes
Police yesterday intercepted a truckload of stolen shoes worth an estimated R200 000.

The joint operation between the South African Police Services and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) netted three suspects, a Tanzanian and two Zimbabweans, who had allegedly paid the warehouse security...
Man killed, officer injured
A shootout at the Dube hostel in Soweto yesterday left a police officer injured, police said.

Captain Jacqueline Mbatha said members of the community alerted the police about the body of a man who had been shot dead.

“Upon arrival, the police were told that the suspect was standing at a stree...
‘Selebi is incompetent’
The tardy safekeeping of police issued firearms looks set to trip up National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi – and it’s on the Parliamentary record.

In January he told the Standing committee on Public accounts (Scopa): “I think this is the last time you are going to be asking me about firearms...
No arrests regarding poisoning
No arrests have yet been made following a spate of dog poisoning in which approximately 140 dogs were killed in various parts of the East Rand, the police said.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the police viewed this matter in a very serious light.

Why Mbeki booted Pikoli
Top prosecutor to be axed 'for failing to rein in Scorpions'

President Thabo Mbeki is going to fire National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli.

Impeccable sources have independently stated that Mbeki's suspension of Pikoli, announced yesterday, is a prelude to sacking him.
Zuma 'link' to NPA shock
Validity of Mbeki 'puppet' suspension being questioned

Barely hours after National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli was suspended, there were already rumblings from the Jacob Zuma camp that the move was directly linked to their man.

Pikoli, the National Director of Public Prose...
Medic who blew whistle takes on prison bosses
The whistleblower doctor who was suspended after speaking to the inspecting judge of prisons about health conditions at Pollsmoor Prison is to take on the Department of Correctional Services.

The move follows the department's refusal to allow him to return to work after his suspension was lifted...
Heart attack claims life of security boss Reeves
Controversial security company boss Norman Reeves has died of a heart attack.

Montague Kenneth Norman Reeves was the owner of the Combat Security Company.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics were called to Reeves' La Lucia, Durban, home around midday yesterday and tried to r...
Man shot for smoking in shop
A customer found that smoking can be dangerous when he was shot during an argument over whether he could smoke in a grocery store.

Joburg metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the man walked into a Joubert Park grocery shop at the corner of Bree and Twist streets around midday on ...
Moms' regret, grief over dead sons
When Queen Rikhotso told her mother that she was coming to Giyani, Limpopo, to fetch her son for a visit in Joburg, the elderly woman refused to let the child go.

But Rikhotso, missing her son, went to Giyani and brought 4-year-old Bafana Nxumalo back to Mzimhlophe, Soweto, with her.

Three d...
Police officer slain while investigating a murder
Yet another police officer has been killed in the line of duty.

The police officer died yesterday, hours after he was shot while investigating a murder at Dube hostel in Soweto.

The inspector and his partner, a woman inspector, were patrolling near Dube hostel about 8am yesterday when people...
Benoni safety forum goes the extra mile
Eager volunteers are where they're needed when they're needed

No task is too big or too small for the men and women of the Benoni Community Safety Forum (CSF), who believe in being multi-skilled - from fighting crime to point duty and even being able to administer first aid.

Funeral pro...
Forum boosts empowerment of local women
Community safety, but especially the eradication of domestic violence, in their neighbourhoods is their priority.

About 300 women, including local councillors and community leaders, attended the fifth annual community safety women's forum meeting in Germiston on Friday.

It was the fifth cons...
Study exposes chemical risks from tap water
Scientists have found evidence of chemically induced sex changes, sperm damage, missing penises and other sexual problems in fish and animals at Rietvlei, a large nature reserve on the outskirts of Pretoria and Joburg, sparking fears of a wider threat to people.

The pioneering study was carried ...
Ambulance crisis worsening
Resident waits six hours for ill man to be picked up

The lives of Joburg residents are being jeopardised because the city has less than half the number of ambulances it needs.

There are only 50 ambulances running, but the fleet should be 110 to cope with the city's population, accordin...
Schools' sex shame
Terrorised by gangs of boys, girls are 'tortured, groped and beaten'

Criminal charges have been laid against two Krugersdorp schoolboys who are alleged to have beaten, tied up, groped and tortured three schoolgirls during class - one even filming the abuse with a cellphone.

The Christi...
Now Manto spends public money to attack ruling
Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' money spent on newspaper adverts attacking a court judgment has plunged Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang into a new controversy. The advertisements contain articles relating to her legal battle with the Sunday Times over her medical records.

The Health...
Potch council hit with R2,5m sexual harassment suit
Five women employees claim the city failed to protect them from its chief financial director

Five female employees of the Potchefstroom municipality are suing the council and its chief financial director for R2,5-million in one of at least three cases of sexual harassment involving major c...
No picnics today at lake - and here's why
Riot triggered by traffic snarl-up, impatience and alcohol

Frustration and impatience - worsened by alcohol consumption - are to blame for the stabbing of 10 people as well as the trashing of Germiston Lake.

That is the view of an eyewitness to the riot that occurred at the lake on S...
Policemen accused of dealing in seized dagga
Two Joburg police officers who made drug-related arrests have themselves been accused of dealing in dagga.

Inspectors Yugendron Govender (33) and Sandile Hadebe (33) were allegedly videotaped selling dagga to undercover agents.

During their bail application at the Johannesburg Magistrate's C...
Scorpions prosecutor feels the sting
"You will outlive me," reassured defence attorney JD Pretorius.

Moments after Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi was sentenced to an effective 10 years in prison, her aged father looked worried and weary, his gaze downcast.

Slowly shaking his head, Moroe Bernard Kgantsi pondered the future ...
‘No’ to Manto query
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will not have to face questions about her reported theft conviction in Botswana.

She was protected again yesterday when another question on her criminal record was disallowed.

“The Questions Office’s decision to disallow another question from the DA on ...
Four boy robbers nabbed
Brackendowns police yesterday arrested four 17-year-old junior secondary schoolboys for robbery.

The four had just robbed two pupils from another school of their cellphones and a ring.

It is alleged the victims were confronted in the street, threatened with a broken bottle and robbed. They re...
REPORT: 66 stolen weapons a day fall into criminal hands
Civilians lose guns too: police
According to a South African Police Service (SAPS) report, 14 682 firearms were reported stolen in the 2006-2007 financial year.

This means weapons are finding their way into criminal hands at the rate of 66 a day.

And, police say, the problem is in fact worse ...
‘New facts’ in Petersen case
A high-powered legal team, including a senior counsel, took over the defence yesterday in the high-profile case I which the widow of slain entertainer Talliep Petersen is accused of his murder.

Senior counsel Herbert Raubenheimer went on record in the Wynberg Regional Court, replacing Petersen’s ...
More remains found
The National Prosecuting Authority’s missing persons task team has uncovered more human remains, this time outside Rustenburg.

Excavations had been under way for two days when the team, working at a site where unidentified people were buried, discovered the remains of two young men with multiple ...
Reconciliation – then shooting
WHISTLE-BLOWER: Wife would have called neighbours to help

A Saulsville man Thomas Digomo, 31, claims his wife was accidentally killed during a struggle for his gun while he was trying to reconcile with her.

The wife had previously obtained a protection order against him.

Yesterday he...
Zuma facing another legal hurdle over documents
Twenty-four hours after Jacob Zuma was backed as Cosatu's choice for ANC president, his legal team was today due to battle to stop the state from furthering its fraud and corruption investigation against him.

Zuma was not expected to appear at his seventh court battle with the National Prosecuti...
Dad blamed for son's bad driving
Two months before Albert Wessels turned 17, he crashed his father's bakkie, seriously injuring a friend. Yesterday three judges held Albert's father responsible.

Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Heher, with judges DG Scott and BJ van Heerden concurring, said Stephanus Wessels was negligent...
KES stabbings: court drama
Abuse hurled at suspected killers

'Murderers! Uncover your faces so that we can see you," women taunted the five schoolboys as they left the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The five two in Athlone Boys' High uniforms - had appeared briefly in connection with the murder of KES pupil Mfundo...
Art dealer given deadline to reveal where painting is
An art dealer has been ordered by the Joburg High Court to reveal the whereabouts of a missing oil painting he apparently sold without permission.

The painting is a flower study by South African impressionist artist Adriaan Boshoff, and is worth an estimated R300 000. It was one of four paintings...
Colleagues work fast to track metro cop's hijacked car
It took Joburg metro police less than two hours to recover their hijacked unmarked vehicle.

Four armed men pounced on Mohammed Siraj Hussain of the dog unit while he was in the driveway of his house in Lenasia last night.

The men ordered him to lie on the ground and asked for his firearm.
Community boosts station's arrests
A community initiative has helped the Yeoville Police to make 12 arrests in the past two months.

Yeoville Police approached the Observatory community for assistance in purchasing a Morpho Touch - a device used to scan fingerprints, vehicle registration numbers, firearm serial numbers and ID numb...
Boy almost loses eye in another school stabbing
A 17-year-old Ferndale High School girl who attacked another pupil with a broken bottle has been suspended from school.

The stabbing incident took place on Tuesday afternoon on the school grounds after the two pupils were involved in an argument.

Speaking to The Star this morning, the 16-yea...
Blitz - Cops clean up city's most lawless street
At last, nearly two years after The Star first exposed it, Joburg's metro cops today swooped on the city's most lawless street.

Tempers flared this morning as at least two dozen metro police and several tow trucks blitzed cars parked illegally in Diagonal Street between Pritchard and Kerk.

Metro film leads to fear
A businessman who secretly filmed a lawyer apparently implicating his own clients, says police had broken open his front door this week and raided his home without a search warrant.

The 34-year-old who took video footage of lawyer Saleem Ebrahim allegedly implicating suspended Ekurhuleni Metro po...
Nqakula ordered on shacks
REBUILD: Judge takes side of homeless again

Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula was yesterday once again ordered to rebuild shacks of the Moreleta Park squatters, despite being given leave to appeal against a ruling that he was in contempt of court.

Judge Bill Prinsloo for the ...
Court orders Minister to pay R50 000 damages
A Bronkhorstspruit man had to go the Pretoria High Court to force Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula to comply with a magistrate’s order granting him damages.

Judge Jerry Shongwe gave the Minister until October 10 to comply with an order by a Bronkhorstspruit magistrate in terms of whic...
Another arrest in pupil murder
A fifth suspect has been nabbed in connection with the murder of Mfundo Ntshangase, a King Edward VII pupil stabbed to death at the weekend.

The police yesterday confirmed to The Citizen that they had arrested a fifth teenager in connection with the crime that has devastated the renowned s...
Dad faces daughter rape rap
A father who allegedly raped his own daughter and her cousin while he was on parole for rape was yesterday refused bail.

The man, who may not be named, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court before magistrate Jesthree Steyn, who said it was not in the interests of justice to release him on ...
Campus militant barred
REBEL A Tshwane University of Technology student became so militant and violent that he has been barred from the campus by the courts.

After hearing he was regarded as a threat to the lives and safety of fellow students and university staff Pretoria High Court Judge Willie van der Merwe in...
Ekurhuleni number plate blitz
The Ekurhuleni Metro Police have launched an operation to clamp down on motorists who drive vehicles without number plates.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasogo said motorists had been seen driving in the Ekurhuleni area without number plates to avoid being caught by speed ...
Ex-Scorpion guilty of taking bribes
Judge finds she was 'evasive, brazen and talkative'

For a moment former Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi stopped her incessant chewing.

Judge Ezra Goldstein had just found her guilty of accepting bribes from a Nigerian fraudster.

"In our view she was an appalling witness, evasive...
Pupils take sides in aftermath of tragic KES stabbing
School rivalry cited as an issue

Out on the streets, battle lines have been drawn among pupils fuming about the vicious stabbing of Grade 11 King Edward VII School pupil Mfundo Ntshangase.

Meanwhile, principals are calling for calm and unity in the fight against growing violence in scho...
Park will be safe haven for children
Children in Extension 5 Lenasia finally have a safe place to play.

Yesterday, Rose Park was opened with much fanfare by city officials.

Previously, the area was not maintained - it was largely unused by the community and the grass was left to grow uncontrolled.

Now it is hoped the several d...
Transport officials talk tough to taxi operators
Taxi operators identified as the cause of the ongoing taxi violence at the Bree Taxi rank will be deregistered.

"It's not going to be business as usual," Gauteng public transport registrar Sam Ledwaba warned.

He said the permits of the taxi operators found to be involved in violence would be...
Court staff fraud case delayed
Two Johannesburg Magistrate's Court staff who allegedly freed convicted prisoners unlawfully by doctoring their appeal documents have had their cases postponed.

Nicole Dawson and Andre Ali appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday after they were granted bail last month.

Fiancée is off murder hook
It has been the worst time of my life, says lover

For three years the finger of suspicion was pointed at the fiancée of a murdered pub owner.

But a cellphone stolen during the robbery in which Dumisani Morwede was gunned down has finally led to the arrest of his alleged murderer.

Yizo Yizo ex-star's puppy stolen
Former Yizo Yizo star Shelley Meskin has been robbed of her pride and joy a prized nine-week-old bulldog.

She and her partner Marc Immerman were the proud owners of the puppy which they named Yentel.

They bought the dog two weeks ago from a breeder who lives a three hour drive from Joburg.
Guard hurt, seven hurt on N12
A security guard died and seven were injured, one of them critically, when a truck and a car collided near the Kraft Road onramp on the N12, near Alberton.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said the accident happened about 8am yesterday.

A 4-ton truck truck collided with a whit...
Ambulance services in crisis
Ekurhuleni metro's emergency services has a 49% response rate to calls in less than 15 minutes -- the best of the three metros in Gauteng.

Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance spokesperson for health in the legislature, last night confirmed that only 21% of high priority emergency calls were resp...
Principal lashes out at violence
Now Saheti pupil lays charges against KES boy

The violence started early on Saturday evening, when a pupil from the Saheti school was allegedly beaten up by a number of older pupils from King Edward VII School.

Later that night, at a house party in Randburg, an 18-year-old KES boy was ...
No right to kill – judge
PUBLIC TOLD: Roll up your sleeves to cut crime

A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday berated an unemployed man for claiming to be a Christian yet committing murder.

Judge Solly Sithole sentenced Jerry Lungu, 31, to 45 years’ imprisonment for murdering and robbing a Diepsloot prostitute’...
Alcohol charges unfounded: police
The Johannesburg Metro Police have shrugged off the possibility of their officers being under the influence of alcohol while on duty.

This comes after motorist Darryl van Niekerk informed The Citizen he had noticed a pile of rubbish where the metro police officers had sat manning a speed t...
Top BEE man dies with shot to head
A Pretoria leader in the BEE construction industry with large government and private sector contracts has been murdered outside a friend's home in Hammanskraal.

Mandla Ndlovu (55) - managing director of Fikile Projects and executive chair of Fikile Construction - was shot once in the head while ...
Breakthrough in Baby R adoption
Constitutional Court to rule on US couple's application

When Baby R turns 3 years in just under two months, she should have the greatest gift of her young life - her own family.

The Constitutional Court was today expected to order that the Children's Court fast-track the adoption heari...
Court thwarts move to boot out immigrants
Two skilled immigrants have won urgent applications against the Minister of Home Affairs, allowing them to stay in the country long enough to get work permits for the jobs they have been offered.

Maruti Satyappa Tamnnavar, an electrical engineer from India, and Zare Jovanovic, a granite cutter a...
Town reels from jailbreak mayhem
Police task team set up to snare runaway cop-killers after double shooting and triple hijack

They were just metres from a police station, supposed to be under heavy guard, but four suspected cop killers were still able to make a bloody escape from a magistrate's court.

Stephen Botha (2...
No bail for duo held after drugged teenager's death
Two men charged with drug dealing and possession of drugs following the death of a West Rand teenager who was drugged at a party, have been denied bail.

Eighteen-year-old Seph Davel and Jacque de Kock (20) were arrested after Lezaan Kriel, a Grade 11 pupil at Florida High School, died on her way...
More arrests in KES killing
One piece of puzzle is now in place, mom says

Police expect to make more arrests in the fatal stabbing of a schoolboy at a house party over the weekend.

Detectives, said police spokesperson Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht, were working around the clock to crack the case.

Last night plai...
Rape accused admits he was not fond of condoms
None among the scores of women bedded by the man accused of being Joburg's worst serial rapist ever asked him to use a condom, he says.

Yesterday Mongezi Jingxela told the Johannesburg High Court how the use of condoms was "highly forbidden" where he grew up and that he had never used one himsel...
Suspect believed 'blacks' would steal evidence
The man accused of murdering and dismembering Shirley van Rensburg was sure that thieving "blacks" would ensure all the evidence against him would disappear.

Wayne Nass and Boyce Matya stand accused of murdering Van Rensburg and burying her body at a game farm near Thabazimbi, Limpopo, where the...
The Star boosts crime-fighter's push
A woman's determination to make a difference in the fight against crime has prompted The Star to assist her in achieving the goal.

Yesterday, Domestic Watch co-ordinator Penny Steyn was presented with a R60 000 cheque on behalf of The Star to aid her with her basic monthly expenditures.

Katz assault trial turns into a dogfight in court
Stan Katz's former wife, Philippa Sklaar-Taubman, is in love and going on honeymoon this weekend - but in the meantime she has been painted as a bitter woman out for revenge against her ex-husband.

During the domestic violence dispute involving retired media mogul Katz and Sklaar-Taubman in the ...
KES murder breakthrough
Police arrest four pupils from rival school in their classroom

A team of police detectives has pulled four schoolboys out of class and locked them up on suspicion of murder. Just more than 48 hours after a vicious stabbing at a house party, four Randburg police station detectives tasked wi...
Domestic kept mum about moving
The domestic worker accused of killing her employer's lover was unperturbed by the fact that she would have to vacate her home and workplace of 13 years.

She did not even mention the fact that they would have to move until a week after Cheryl Carter's murder, her daughter Primrose Ngema told the...
Still no clues in 'killer' boyfriend hunt
Twenty months after daughter's death, parents have been left physically, mentally and financially exhausted

Lauren Sleep was the life and soul of a party, the girl whose trademark smile appears in the scores of photographs stuck to her parents' fridge.

Today, Lauren would have been 27 ...
'Bitten, thrown down stairs'
Media personality's ex-wife tells of vicous fights and horror assaults

The ex-wife of retired media personality Stan Katz this morning gave the Randburg Magistrate's Court a detailed account of how Katz allegedly assaulted her during their two-year marriage.

The high-profile trial star...
Parking mayhem on Joburg CBD streets
Cars sometimes park as many as nine deep in road

Joburg motorists have taken to free for all parking in Diagonal Street between Kerk and Pritchard streets.

Some of the cars have treble-parked down the road and at the corner of Kerk are nine deep. Many of the cars have their doors open ...
Joy as Alex mom gets R1m for role in combating fraud
Just a month ago she had to cash in part of her annual leave to pay for her children's school fees, but now she is South Africa's latest millionaire.

Irene Bopape (42), an Alexandra resident and mother of three, was on Sunday awarded a R1-million cheque by Standard Bank for her role in combating...
Serial rape accused says 'victims' were his lovers
The man accused of being Joburg's worst serial rapist is merely the victim of "jilted lovers" who felt betrayed when they discovered he had a wife and children, he says.

Painting a picture of a modern day Casanova who had extra-marital "love relationships", 38-year-old Mongezi Jingxela told the ...
Tortured Seiso's 'miraculous recovery'
Delay in sentencing of teenagers who burnt babyM/i>

Seiso Ratsoana is recovering well at a Joburg home for young fire victims a year after being brutally tortured by older children.

Yesterday should have been the day the two boys, aged 13 and 14 respectively, who pleaded guilty to the tort...
Taxi boss's final bid for freedom fails
Joburg vigilante taxi boss Sydney Mkhize will start serving his 15-year prison term after he lost a bid to stay out of jail early this morning.

In a brief judgment lasting no more than five minutes, Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke dismissed the application brought by Mkhize's advoc...
Church support for killing accused
The court's public gallery was awash in a sea of red and white as members of the Inter-Pentecostal Church made their presence felt.

Domestic worker Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema is the mastermind behind the murder of her employer's lover, the state argued before the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Man ‘helped friends rape wife’
In one of the most depraved cases set for trial in the Johannesburg High Court, a husband is accused of holding down his wife for a forced abortion after he had helped relatives and friends, including her brother, rape her.

He also allegedly assaulted his three children. The prosecution claims h...
It wasn’t rape, says Jingxela
ON TRIAL Accused in jail 'because of wife's jealousy'

Mongezi Samual Jingxela – allegedly one of South Africa’s worst sex predators – said at his 261-count Johannesburg High Court trial yesterday that he frequently cheated on his customary union wife, and that it was because of jealousy th...
Proudly SA take on crime
Although government is ultimately accountable for crime prevention, it cannot fight this scourge alone.

With this in mind Proudly South African is to become part of the solution, and will be following advice in a report researched and compiled by member company Corporate Governance Research Insti...
Music man in bid to quash damages award after sex
Controversial Afrikaans music promoter Louis van Wyk has launched an appeal against a ruling ordering him to pay damages to former employee Vanessa Schmidt, who had accused him of twice raping her.

Van Wyk claimed he had consensual sex with Schmidt.

Rather than lodge criminal charges against...
Madisha faces union's wrath over donation claim
Already facing disciplinary action from the SA Communist Party, Cosatu president Willie Madisha took more heat yesterday, with trade union bosses not ruling out that he may yet be removed from the federation's helm.

Madisha is under fire for accusing SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande of embe...
Metro officers appear on over 3 000 charges
The disciplinary hearings of three suspended Ekurhuleni metro police officers who are to be witnesses in Robert McBride's drunk driving trial has begun in Benoni.

Some of the more than 3 000 charges were read out to Stanley Sagathevan, Patrick Johnson and Paul Itumeleng Koko, as well as their le...
Hunt for KES boy's killer
Warning to parents: supervise matric events

A special police task team is investigating the motive behind a vicious fight at a 17th birthday party that left one boy dead and another badly injured.

As Thabo Linda (19) recovers at home and Nonhlanhla Ntshangase prepares to bury her son Mf...
Delay in sentencing of torture teens
Two-year-old victim makes brave recovery after many ops

Seiso Ratsoana is recovering well at a Joburg home for young fire victims a year after being brutally tortured by older children.

Yesterday should have been the day the two boys, aged 13 and 14 respectively, who pleaded guilty to ...
Community urged by MEC to take charge
House and business robberies, hijackings, teenage drug peddling and assaults are major challenges facing the Orlando community.

The "Take Charge" campaign aims to alleviate these problems.

The "Take Charge" campaign, launched in March this year, was designed to encourage community members to...
Alexandra explores every avenue in the fight against crime
Young soccer players stand to win bursaries from Boston City Campus and City College

Crime in Alexandra has prompted the youth to take to the pitch, or rather the pavement, in an unusual partnership with police.

The township's two month-long One Pal Street Soccer tournament, organised ...
KES boy tells of party killing
Pupil watches his best friend being stabbed to death

A King Edward VII School pupil's 17th birthday turned into a knife fight that left one boy dead and another injured.

Thabo Linda (19), a Grade 11 pupil from the renowned KES in Houghton, was stabbed in the chest during the clash that...
DA in parliament to ask presidency about Virodene scandal
The Democratic Alliance will ask parliamentary questions to the Presidency about financial involvement in the controversial drug Virodene.

Independent Newspapers revealed at the weekend that millions of rands were allegedly paid from the Union Buildings to the developers of the Aids drug in 2000...
Crime campaign on
The Gauteng-wide awareness campaign to educate and inform communities about crime prevention and policing started at the weekend.

On Saturday, the Westonarie/Bekkersdal/Randfontein area was first on the receiving end, followed yesterday by Southgate Mall and the Baragwanath taxi rank.

Today, t...
Donation saga not over
NO TRACE: SACP chairman Gwede Mantashe announces the findings of a task team set up to investigate the alleged donation of R500 000 to the SACP, at Cosatu house yesterday.

The mystery surrounding the “missing” half-a-million-rand donation meant for the coffers of the South African Communis...
Magistrates keen to join single judiciary
Magistrates are determined to be part of one independent judiciary with judges, moving away from the role of civil servants.

"We are absolutely committed to a single system, but there needs to be more debate on what that means," Deputy Minister of Justice Johnny de Lange said at the magistrates'...
Guard shoots woman after fight
Police are searching for a man who shot and killed a 27-year-old woman following a tiff in a house they rented in Newlands.

According to Betty Mahlangu's husband, Simon Sithole, his children were playing in the house.

"(The man) opened his door and wanted to strangle my child. My wife interv...
Madisha faces 'false accusation' rap
Cosatu President Willie Madisha will be disciplined for "falsely" accusing SA Communist Party head Blade Nzimande of embezzling a R500 000 donation.

However, the bank accounts of both Madisha and Nzimande - and their families - will be probed by auditors to ascertain these allegations.

Huge backlog crisis in courts
Minister urges magistrates to tackle the problem to remain 'legitimate'

Clear the backlog of cases to maintain the legitimacy of the courts, the Ministry of Justice has told magistrates.

"It's actually a disaster in the criminal law," Deputy Minister Johnny de Lange told hundreds of ma...
Mbeki link to toxic 'cure'
The R40-million Virodene trailleads straight to Union Buildings

Tens of millions of rands were sourced from the Presidency and pumped into the drug Virodene four years after the controversial "Aids drug" was banned in South Africa.

It is unclear whether the cash belonged to the governm...
Court upholds assassination attempt ruling
Last year Minneldhevi Iris Naidoo hired an assassin to murder her sister's allegedly abusive husband.

After her arrest and court appearance, Naidoo, of Phoenix in Durban, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder, admitting she paid the assassin R10 000.

Yesterday, the widow lost her ap...
Weed-and-munchies bust
A plump BBQ chicken brought in for a prisoner at a Durban police station had an interesting herbal stuffing - 15 grams of dagga. Inspector Dumisane Sithole and Constable Jabulile Goba arrested the man who had brought in the chicken for a "potentially dangerous criminal arrested for a serious crime e...
Children forced into prostitution by their own parents
Crimes aren't reported because of stigma

Her parents are accused of forcing her into child porn. Her father is accused of raping her four times while her mother filmed the rape. She was even forced to film them having sex.

This is the kind of shocking behaviour by parents who sexually ...
'My life was a living hell with the people's poet'
The wife of People's Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli has begun divorce proceedings against her husband. Last week Nomsa Mbuli, who has been married to her husband for 25 years, served summons on him, claiming he assaulted her several times during their marriage.

In December last year, she laid charges agains...
Officers tell Zille to abide by the law
Cape Town police have stopped Democratic Alliance leader and mayor Helen Zille from deviating from an agreed route for an anti-drug protest march in Atlantis .

The incident yesterday was when Zille wanted marchers, most bused in from Mitchells Plain, to go down a street in which locals claimed a...
McBride's accusers not off the hook on their own allegations Diciplinary hearings are to go ahead on 3 000 suspected offences
The National Prosecuting Authority says the indemnity of the three suspended Ekurhuleni metro police officers is restricted to their alleged involvement and collusion in the alleged drunk-driving crash of their boss, Robert McBride.

NPA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said yesterday: "In terms of Secti...
Outrage as another shop owner gets shot in Joburg
Three shootings in one hour keep paramedics busy in the city's centre

Ismail Patel was loosely covered by a blanket from his Johannesburg wholesale shop as his body was slowly loaded into a mortuary van.

Patel was shot yesterday afternoon by two men who had walked into his blanket shop...
Man killed coming to wife's rescue
Calm after being given a tranquilliser, Denise Buntjelich (61) spoke of the "ugly experience" that has changed her life forever.

Her husband, Ivo (73), was shot dead in front of her after trying to help her when two men held a gun to her head in their Linden home on Friday.

"I was alone in t...
Dagga smoke gets in suspect's eyes
Businessman Charles Modise, who allegedly benefited from irregular multimillion-rand government tenders, will be moved to the Transvaal Road police holding cells because dagga smokers at Kimberley prison are affecting his health.

Modise's bail application was postponed until September 26 in the ...
Murder accused puts blame on his 'spurned lover'
A self-proclaimed Joburg traditional healer, instead of answering allegations of masterminding the robbery and murder of a woman, blamed his "spurned lover" for the charges against him.

Healer Bheki Mahlangu (28) stands accused, along with Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema (51) and Lybon Makhubela (28), of t...
Court stops tender award of R30,7m
The Mpumalanga Roads MEC has been temporarily interdicted from awarding a R30,7 million tender for the upgrade of an Ehlanzeni road, pending further legal action.

Judge Willie Seriti granted an urgent interdict to Tzaneen civil construction company MACP Construction CC, stopping the roads MEC fro...
ATM bombers strike again
ATM bombers struck again yesterday, blowing up a Standard Bank machine Industria.

Captain Bheki Mavundla told The Citizen at the scene yesterday that the incident happened at 3am.

“We are relying on public information which could lead to the arrest of the suspects.

“We have also summ...
‘Other men killed him, not me’
A murder accused yesterday claimed three other men had attacked the white client of a Diepsloot prostitute, and that he had nothing to do with the man’s death.

Jerry Lungu, 28, of Mothlareng, denied that he had in May 2004 murdered and robbed 50-year-old Gerhardus Viljoen Christiaan Louw.

He a...
Two dagga arrests
A man was arrested in Soweto yesterday for possession of dagga.

Sergeant Sanku Tsunke said the man was found in possession of dagga weighing 2,263kg with an estimated street value of R3 000.

He was arrested and will appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court today.

In a separate incident, a 28...
Magistrate vents fury on attacker
Constitutional Court decision couldn't be backdated

Magistrate Dries Lamprecht challenged the definition of rape to find justice for a 9-year-old girl who was brutally sodomised by her parents' drinking friend.

Now, after a nearly four-year legal wrangle, the Lydenburg magistrate has e...
'Guilt' money can't buy Masetlha
Axed spy boss Billy Masetlha turned down a R1,7-million government payout after his controversial suspension because "my integrity is my greatest richness".

"To accept that money would be to accept guilt … it's a matter of principle," the former director-general of intelligence told the Hatfield...
Protector to probe minister
The Office of the Public Protector has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation into allegations of improper conduct levelled against Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

"Public Protector advocate Mabedle Lawrence Mushwana has written a letter informing the deputy minister of the i...
Magistrate amuses with 'amateur' Bond reference
Magistrate Dreyer van der Merwe believes that listening to former super-spy Billy Masetlha's evidence has shown him how "unprofessional" James Bond is.

The magistrate presiding over Masetlha's trial revealed that, instead of his usual fatherly diet of Shrek, he had watched Casino Royale on Wedne...
Intelligence head calls it quits from stressful work
Intelligence co-ordinator Barry Gilder has resigned in what those close to him and intelligence sources say is nothing but early retirement from a mentally tiring job.

The 57-year old Gilder was appointed head of the national intelligence co-ordinating committee after a stint as director-general...
Businessman angry over theft accusation
A Pretoria businessman is fuming after spending several hours in custody following his arrest after he was "falsely" accused of breaking into a Middle Eastern diplomat's home.

Marius du Plessis' case was thrown out of court this week.

He was arrested last Friday at the Wapadrand home of a Qa...
Struggle to probe those who flout Domestic Violence Act
Police find it difficult to investigate cases against officers who fail to comply with the Domestic Violence Act in terms of arresting or issuing protection orders against individuals abusing close family members.

Assistant Commissioner Tertius Geldenhuys of the SAPS Legal Services said yesterda...
Officials in trouble over grant payments
More than 1 500 public servants are expected to face the wrath of the South African Social Security Agency after they failed to honour an agreement to repay illegally gained social security grants.

"Sassa will institute legal action against defaulters based on the state attorney's advice," Socia...
Murder accused puts blame on his 'spurned lover'
A self-proclaimed Joburg traditional healer, instead of answering allegations of masterminding the robbery and murder of a woman, blamed his "spurned lover" for the charges against him.

Healer Bheki Mahlangu (28) stands accused, along with Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema (51) and Lybon Makhubela (28), of t...
Taxi chief gets 15 years for killing
Soweto taxi boss and businessman Sydney Qatimba Mkhize has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking the law into his own hands.

The drama unfolded on December 21 2005 when two thieves, Norman Mpho Masoloke and Vusumuzi Mngadi, stole a bag with R5 000 in cash from Mkhize's bakkie.

Bid to get family to save boy from jail hell
Lawyer one of few people who hasn't given up on 'career criminal'

The parents of 12-year-old arch-criminal "Ma-eleven" have been subpoenaed to court in a final attempt to rescue the youngster from Leeuwkop Prison.

The pair have been ordered to come to the Protea Magistrate's Court in S...
You won't jump queue, Shilowa tells protesters
Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has made it clear that recent violent riots would not allow protesters to "jump the service delivery queue".

Speaking to delegates at the SA Local Government Association in Vereeniging yesterday, Shilowa said that while the right of citizens to protest had been a...
Cops speed up on revenue collection
Ja Well No Fine

Damned if you do and damned if you don't stick to the speed limit.

That's the message seemingly being sent out by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, who apparently have started fining people for driving too slowly.

Fernando dos Santos said he was shocked when...
Rubber bullets fired at Germiston demo
Ekurhuleni metro police officers retaliated with rubber bullets after a large group of striking workers threw stones and bottles at them.

At least 10 people were injured in the clash between rioting workers and the metro police.

Spokesperson Kobedi Mokheseng said the group were toyi-toying out...
Scorpions to investigate financial services company
The Scorpions have been asked to investigate Cape Town and Pretoria-based financial services company Rudco, which offered consumers a 6,5% interest rate on home loans and which the National Credit Regulator (NCR) believes contravened the National Credit Act.

The NCR's Jan Augustyn confirmed the ...
Paedophile shocks court with castration request
Lawyer contends that rapist 'took care not to cause serious harm'

Convicted paedophile Gordon Joubert has volunteered to be castrated - even though he has never admitted to raping and indecently assaulting children and filming his activities.

This was one of the arguments given in miti...
stolen goods sting
Police surveillance photos catch those who fuel crime

There may be no shower hour, but the SAPS operation "Big Brother" is jam- packed with secret surveillance, great arrests and even a link to notorious criminal Annanias Mathe.

Since the launch of the operation, 29 suspects have been ...
Spy boss sobs as he tells of Mbeki's betrayal
Billy Masetlha tells Pretoria court that it was Kasrils who suspended him and not the president, as has been claimed

Former spy boss Billy Masetlha broke down as he described the "betrayal and injustice" of his suspension from the NIA.

And the man once considered one of President Thabo...
Red Ants claim R5m from sheriff
The Halfway House/ Alexandra sheriff of the court, Theo Siebert, is being sued for R5-million.

This is money that was allegedly paid by the Gauteng Department of Housing for the removal and relocation of shacks along the banks of the Jukskei River in Alexandra in 2002.

Wozani Security, which...
Police blunders rob trial of vital evidence
The weapons suspected to have been used to kill 57-year-old Cheryl Carter disappeared while in the care of the police tasked to investigate her murder.

This damning evidence emerged in the Johannesburg High Court trial of murder accused Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema (51) and alleged assassins Bheki Mahla...
Taxi driver shot by police
A Johannesburg police officer shot and wounded a taxi driver on Tuesday evening after he allegedly assaulted him.

The office had pulled the taxi over as the driver was driving recklessly near the corner of Beyers Naude Drive and Glove Road in Honeydew, said Captain Joseph Magoai.

“The taxi dri...
Man received half his R1 million bail back
A Chinese man who on two occasions went abroad on business while on bail but each time returned to face trial on abalone-poaching charges is to receive half his R1 million bail back.

Zhiming Quan, 43, co-accused Denver Langenhoven, 32, and Long Cai Wu, 48, face charges of dealing in abalone worth...
Sex was a trap for robbery, court told
A young prostitute yesterday told the Pretoria High Court how one of her clients was stabbed to death by a man who threatened to kill her as well.

Promise Tefo testified or the State against her former co-accused, Jerry Lungu, 28, of Mothlareng.

Lungu denied murdering and robbing Gerhardus Vil...
Squatters won’t give up fight
Nqakula: New move as Minister seeks to appeal jailing

A group of Pretoria squatters intend to take Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula back to court to rebuild their shacks, despite his intention to appeal a ruling that he must rebuild or face arrest.

Judge Bill Prinsloo earlier decl...
Officer remanded
The case against an Ekurhuleni Metro Police officer arrested on possession of ammunition charges was postponed to September 21 in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Constable Richard Msibi, 55, was arrested during a sting operation prompted by a call from an East Rand resident.

“Are y...
Police mum over criticism of Zille arrest
Mitchels Plain police said yesterday they would not comment outside court on whether they were right or wrong in arresting Cape Town Mayor and DA leader Helen Zille.

Zille’s arrest during an anti-drug march on Sunday has drawn criticism from many quarters, including the ANC.

Zille accused poli...
Police blunders rob trial of vital evidence
The suspected murder weapons used to kill 57-year-old Cheryl Carter disappeared while under the care of the police tasked to investigate her murder.

This damning evidence emerged in the Johannesburg High Court trial of murder accused Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema ,51, and alleged assassins Bheki Mahlangu...
Cop accused of gun-rrunning told to hire counsel
As Constable Richard Msibi was escorted into the dock, he avoided any eye contact with the public in the gallery and seemed uninterested when the magistrate read out charges to him.

There were, however, mutterings in the courtroom when the magistrate told Msibi he faced charges of illegal posses...
Fiancé killed trying to stop hicjacked car
A young man was shot dead when he tried to stop a group of men he spotted driving his girlfriend's car a week after she was hijacked.

Werner van Jaarsveldt ,24), of Centurion, died in Midrand on Sunday, shortly before he was found by his fiancee, Mariska Louw ,22, who had gone looking for him.

Domestic worker outwits robbers
A quick-thinking domestic worker who pressed a panic button in a stand-off with a gang of robbers saved herself and the homeowner's possessions in Alcade Road, Lynnwood Glen.

At about lunchtime on Tuesday the robbers pried open the home's security gate and surprised the domestic worker in the kit...
Smash-and-grab justice
A tough-talking Johannesburg magistrate has sent out a harsh message - the community has had enough of smash-and-grabs.

He jailed a man for five years on Tuesday, saying the community which arrested him needed to see justice done.

Brixton magistrate Norman Makhubela sentenced 28-year-old Richa...
'Domestic worker wanted new madam killed'
A domestic worker, desperate to keep her job of 13 years, allegedly hired people to kill the new woman in her widowed boss's life - because the new "madam" wanted her out.

The Johannesburg High Court heard on Tuesday that the motive for the brutal attack on Cheryl Carter on March 12, 2006 was tha...
Officer arrested over ammo
An Ekurhuleni Metro Police officer will appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court today charged with supplying ammunition to criminals.

A constable was arrested during a sting operation prompted by a call form an East Rand resident.

“Are you aware the metro officer arrested for selling ammunitio...
Alien BEE tycoon stays locked up
An illegal immigrant alleged to have won many government tenders, including one in the President’s office, was remanded in custody by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Zimbabwean Edward Rusike, 43, managing director of BEE firm Maokomavi Communications, faced charges of fraud and violati...
'Sinking’ of Nato vessels delights old submariners
The excellent work by the SA Navy’s new crop of submariners during the Nato exercise off Cape Point has not gone unnoticed by the old guard of the Daphnes.

SAS ‘Manthatisi, the first of the new Type 209s to be taken into service as part of the multi-billion rand arms acquisition deal, proved its ...
Nassif case postponed
The fraud case against the late Brett Kebble’s security chief Clinton Nassif was postponed in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Nassif was arrested last October by the Scorpions, who were probing contraband networks around slain mining magnate Kebble.

But it was understood the arrest ...
Medical dumping case
Limpopo – A medical practitioner will soon face the music for allegedly putting the lives of the community in danger.

The case 934/08/2007 for a violation of Section 19 of the Environment Conservation Act was opened after medical waste, including thousands of used syringes, bandages and razor bla...
Cops seek killer
Germiston police have requested the help of the public in arresting a suspect wanted for murder.

The suspect is alleged to have been involved in the killing of Johannes Fourie, shot dead by three men who were trying to rob him in Grasmere, Germiston last month.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman s...
Parents ‘raped child, took porn pics’
Biological parents who allegedly stole their daughter’s childhood by forcing her into child porn, rape and sleazy adult sex appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

After a year of hell, allegedly including being raped four times by her father while her mother filmed the rapes, the chil...
Rapist’s ‘sex addiction’ nonsense: therapist
A forensic psychiatrist told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday that a convicted multiple rapist who claimed his brain could not control his private parts was “pretending”.

“He knew the difference between right and wrong. He just chose to do wrong,” Dr Bridget Armstrong, a member of a Sterkfo...
Family feud ends up in court
Claim: Woman, 37, fears her family is being harassed by cousin

A bitter family feud between a woman and her cousin, who she claims sexually molested her when she was only eight years old and now stalks and harasses her and her family, has been referred for evidence in the Pretoria High Cou...
Councillor arrested
A Mpumalanga councilor has been arrested for burglary and theft at Mpiloane Primary School, police said yesterday.

Captain Leonard Hlathi said Councillor Bafana Hadebe, 34, had already appeared in the Dullstroom Magistrate’s Court on charges of housebreaking and theft.

His arrest followed two ...
Police clean up squatter camp
Tshwane Metro Police yesterday started to clean up the refugees’ squatter camp near Marabastad’s Home Affairs building on DF Malan Drive, west of Pretoria.

For the past few years hundreds of people have been living outside the building while queuing to get refugee status.

Metro police went to ...
Man caught in the act
A 27-year-old man allegedly caught red-handed raping a Grade 11 pupil in Limpopo on Friday last week will appear in the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court today, police said yesterday.

It is alleged the man confronted a 20-year-old pupil from the Humbelani Secondary School on the way to her Phadzima home...
Speaker sticks to her guns on suspension of DA MP
Despite a "frank" and "robust" discussion with Democratic Alliance chief whip Ian Davidson, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will not reverse her decision to suspend DA MP Mike Waters.

Yesterday Mbete met with Davidson to discuss, among other things, the suspension of Waters following a ver...
Senior Home Affairs staffers suspended
The Department of Home Affairs has suspended two of its senior officials, including a former acting director-general.

Chief financial officer Pat Nkambule and the deputy director-general, civic services, Joel Chavalala - who once acted as director-general - were suspended with immediate effect y...
Fury over Zille's arrest
Helen Zille is to sue the police, who took the extraordinary step of arresting the leader of the opposition at a protest march.

The Democratic Alliance leader claims the arrest yesterday had political undertones and was illegal.

But Zille was attacked today by an ANC leader, who said she was...
MEC hits out at Zille for'dangerous associations'
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Cape Town mayor Helen Zille should act on the address list of suspected drug lords and gangsters who occupy council houses of which she is the owner as mayor.

This is the view of Western Cape acting premier and community safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane.

Now we're calling shots, insist Benoni parents
Tough response to drugs and other vices at school

After discovering that their children's school was ridden with gangsterism, violence, drugs and prostitution, shell-shocked parents regained their composure and are fighting back to reclaim their authority.

Parents of pupils attending Li...
Man's heart stopped after robbery
Sandton residents tell of the night the knife gang struck

As tight as he could, Sean Robertson held his hand against a 13cm-deep knife wound near his hip to try to stop the bleeding.

By the time the two-hour robbery finally ended, and he was rushed to Sunninghill Hospital in Sandton, h...
Metro officer held over gun-running
An Ekurhuleni metro police officer has been arrested for the second time in less than a year for suspected gun-running.

Some of his colleagues swooped on him in a sting operation at a hostel in Actonville, Benoni, last night.

Constable Richard Msibi, who is in his 50s, was allegedly caught red...
Dad reunited with seized children after two years
Mom arrested for their disappearance

A court custody battle, a shady religious grouping and a small Northern Cape town - these were part of a father's desperate two-year search for his snatched children, which ended when police handed the traumatised children back to him last week.

State opposes bail for accused in DVD case
One of the men allegedly involved in a multimillion-rand counterfeiting operation should not be granted bail because he is illegally in the country.

This is the contention of the state in the bail application of two people arrested in connection with the operation last month.

Mpolokeng Mokoe...
Communities don crime-prevention Cap (Part 1)
Yachad, who has been part of the start-up of the Greater Oaklands/Orchards initiative said it started with 1 400 households being involved - representing 60% of the people in the area. And since August 1, his area has been completely clear of any reported contact crimes.

"The project is 100% leg...
Communities don crime-prevention Cap (Part 2)
Cap organiser Gilly Levy said the project was seeing increasing numbers of success stories, and Malebe's positive encounter was by no means an isolated incident.

"We've seen four or five similar breakthroughs in the past two weeks, and we've caught a crowd of guys who were doing house robberies,...
Matric boy might be a drug dealer
A matric pupil is one of two young men being investigated for involvement in bouncer violence and a possible link to the recent death of Grade 11 pupil Lezaan Kriel.

Eighteen-year-old Seph Davel and Jacque de Kock (20) appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court this morning on charges...
Women live in fear of returning home
Muggers have held Malinda Nonduna at gunpoint three times in front of the townhouse complex where she lives in the past three months.

The incidents have left her traumatised and she is now thinking of getting a gun to protect herself.

"I feel vulnerable all the time and am terrified of going...
Florida death: 2 bouncers held
Police have taken in two bouncers for questioning in connection with the death of a West Rand teenager after her drink was “spiked’ at a party.

Florida High School Pupil Lezaan Kriel, 17, was attending a friends party in Constantia Kloof when she suddenly got ill, she was rushed to hospital but d...
Tender scandals mount
Limpopo: MEC ‘sold building to his own department’

Three major tender scandals have flared up.

Limpopo Health MEC Sekoati Seaparo, yesterday admitted he was a shareholder in companies which won contracts from the provincial government.

Seaparo said he was a shareholder but not a dir...
Police save would-be robber from mob
An alleged robber was rescued from mob justice in Diepsloot, south of Pretoria, yesterday.

The man had allegedly tried to rob a street vendor in Extension 5 at 8am. He was apprehended while fleeing from the scene. A group of between 100 and 200 people assaulted him before police arrived.

Thief arrested
A suspected thief, who allegedly conducted a spate of housebreaking and theft out of motor vehicles in Pretoria and Randburg areas, was cornered hiding in the bushes in Pretoria at the weekend.

The 36-year-old was in possession of a stolen police issue ID and medical cards.

He will appear in t...
Man stabbed to death
A man was killed during an argument in Tshitereke, Limpopo at the weekend.

Thohoyandou police spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo said the man was stabbed in the neck. He died at the scene.

Malelo said the culprit was still at large but is known and will be arrested soon.

Police are also inve...
'Cops left me to be raped'
Police refused to enforce protection ruling

When Marilyn White tearfully begged the police to rescue her from her child-sex abuser and mental patient ex- husband, they accused her of being drunk and trying to punish a "kind man".

After the three officers refused to arrest White's HIV-p...
Case drags on amid not-so-funny comedy of errors
"Justice delayed is justice denied" is a phrase often used by the courts, and this was certainly the case with three rapists whose sentencing had been postponed 20 times since 2005 by controversial High Court Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa.

Then, he also granted the men bail - without them seeking it.
W Cape hopes to defuse school 'war zones'
At some schools on the Cape Flats, shootings, rapes, assaults and drug deals on the grounds occur so often that they are described as war zones, while others involved in the Western Cape's schools safety programme are experiencing a renaissance.

Now the Education Department hopes to reach the wo...
DA leader arrested after march
Cape Town mayor Helen Zille and eight others were arrested after police broke up a gathering outside a police station.

The residents had gathered at the Mitchells Plain police station in Cape Town yesterday to demand the release of Armien Maker, an anti-drug campaign leader arrested earlier durin...
Gun-toting gang targets casino
Gamblers, staff dive for cover during Carnival City heist

Armed with AK-47s and pistols, a gang of between 12 and 15 men have stormed the Carnival City casino, opening fire on clients, staff and police in an armed robbery that left two police officers seriously wounded.

The men poured ...
Robbers target women living in Randburg complex
Muggers have held Malinda Nonduna at gunpoint three times in front of the townhouse complex where she lives.

Going home after work has become a terrifying experience for her and the other women who live there.

In the past three months Nonduna has fought off a robber who pressed a gun to her ...
Frere Hospital whistleblower bust for driving while drunk
Ntshona kept in custody overnight after she allegedlyrefused to be taken to hospital for blood tests

The suspended deputy manager of the East London Hospital Complex, Dr Nokuzola Ntshona, was arrested this week for drunken driving two months after an arrest on the same charge.

Supreme victory for 140 000 asylum-seekers
South Africa's 140 000 asylum-seekers won a victory in the Supreme Court of Appeal this week thanks to seven Zimbabwean illegal immigrants who took on the Department of Home Affairs in a class action.

The ruling upheld a December 12 ruling last year in the Johannesburg High Court by Judge Pierre...
Hijackers return man's Daewoo because it wasn't a BMW
A Durban man, who was hijacked outside his home, couldn't believe his good fortune after his assailants decided to return his Daewoo Nubira and his keys because they just didn't want it.

Hassan Mawlalee said he had finished work late, drove home and had just pulled up at his front gate when a ca...
Two held over teen's spiked-drink death
Bouncers being probed after tragedy at party

The shock death of a West Rand teenager after a party with friends has taken a new turn with the arrest of two bouncers, who police have kept in custody for questioning.

Gauteng police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Opperman yesterday sa...
Soapie star se-Puma off the hook
Soapie actor, stage producer and director Peter se-Puma is familiar with courts. More than 22 years ago he was accused - and acquitted - of rape. Two weeks ago, a 39-year-old woman accused se-Puma of raping her last year. She claimed she fell pregnant and now has a baby conceived during the alleged ...
Cellphone sex clips a concern
Cellphone video clips starring teenagers having sex in bizarre locations have become the latest craze among schoolchildren in Cape Town, prompting calls for a ban of cellphones at school.

Teens recording sex scenes on their cellphones in school toilets, quiet isolated corners at city malls and ev...
ATM bombing breakthrough
Lebohang Nicholas Ranyali, alleged to be one of South Africa's most wanted ATM bombers, briefly appeared at the Durban Magistrate's Court yesterday and was remanded until Thursday.

Ranyali (23), from Welkom in the Free State, appeared in court with his head covered by a jacket, but he later remo...
Math killed 17 dogs in spree
The indictment filed for the Johannesburg High Court trial later this year of Ananias Mathe, 31, claims he not only escaped from C-Max prison – the only person to do so – but also killed 17 dogs to facilitate his burglary, rape, robbery and attempted murder spree in Gauteng and elsewhere.

The 76 ...
Tshwane contracts ‘racist’
The two largest opposition parties in the Tshwane Metro have reacted strongly to the latest race move by mayor Gwen Ramokgopa’s administration.

A leaked report says the council will no longer do business with any white-owned small or medium-sized businesses.

The report has brought controvers...
Call for heaviest sentence
The Johannesburg High Court has been called on to pass “the severest sentence” in a case where a Belgian exchange student was gang-raped while the perpetrators laughed, joked and removed her jewellery.

“From the moment they saw her they fantasised what they would do to her,” submitted the prosecu...
Fear stalks NW village
Mutilated: Youths chopped by ‘mad dog’ serial killer

Fear stalks a rural village as police hunt a “mad dog” killer on the rampage in North West.

His horrifically mutilated young victim has been found dead in the same village where a 13-year-old boy survived a similar attack last month.

Muti case ID parade called
The case against two men accused of mutilating and killing four-year-old Nellmapius girl Connie Ncube for muti, was postponed in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court for an identity parade yesterday.

Lorenco Eric Ngobeni, 30, and Ephraim Zulu, 45, were in court on a murder charge.

The case was postpone...
Arrests linked to airport robberies
Police believe they've cracked a syndicate responsible for a spate of attacks on diplomats and tourists landing at OR Tambo International Airport.

Last night, members of the police's Crime Intelligence Unit swooped on at least three properties where three arrests were made and goods valued in ex...
DA voices outrage at parliament walkout
ANC accused of eroding Assembly's independence over MP's suspension

'Stop the rot now." That was the message from furious Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Sandra Botha minutes after one of her MPs was suspended from parliament for five days and ordered off its precincts by National...
Sunday Times may lose govt adverts
The battle between the Sunday Times and the government has intensified, with Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad considering withdrawing advertising from the newspaper.

This would appear to be because of the ferocious fight over Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's drinking and theft st...
Government and Public Protector to investigate service delivery protests
A cabinet committee will investigate the violent countrywide service delivery protests.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said yesterday the committee was probing the causes of the protests and would determine what steps needed to be taken to resolve the issue.

The announcement came amid...
DA MP kicked out of parliament after Manto theft row
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was "covering up for a thief" by banning a parliamentary question about the health minister's Botswana conviction, a livid DA MP charged in parliament.

During weekly question time to cabinet ministers yesterday, Mbete ruled DA health spokesperson Mike Waters...
Police cite language barrier for rise in cash hold-ups
Police are finding it hard to infiltrate and crack foreign syndicates, which they believe are behind a surge in cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies, because of the language barrier.

Raymond Lalla, national head of the Police Crime Intelligence Unit, admitted to parliament yesterday that la...
MPs cast doubt on murder statistics
MPs have questioned the country's crime statistics and challenged the long-held line that the majority of murders happened between people who knew each other.

In response to the terror of violent crime, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula, police chiefs and President Thabo Mbeki have fo...
Blade's accuser in court to face tender-fraud charges
The man who recently accused an SA Communist Party leader of embezzling R500 000 has appeared in a Kimberley court for fraud.

Charles Modise, a Gauteng businessman who has been linked to tender fraud in the Northern Cape amounting to R35-million, entered the Kimberley Magistrate's Court yesterda...
State urges life sentences for 3 rapists
The state has called for the trio convicted of gang-raping a Belgian exchange student in Soweto in 2005 to be sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime.

Prosecutor Kevin Attwell also called for a further 14-year sentence for kidnapping and seven years for theft.

Both the defence and state...
Arch-criminal … at 12
Family have given up on boy beyond rehabilitation

Five burly warders escort him to court. His hands are handcuffed to a chain around his waist. He's a legend among police officers and prosecutors in Soweto.

He's serving two years in Leeuwkop.

And he's just 12 years old.

This is...
Boksburg road-rage attack shocks the cops
air held after apparently racist assault on R21

Two white men were arrested following an apparently racially motivated road-rage attack on a 50-year-old black man on one of Gauteng's busiest highways.

The 50-year-old Adam Sekha was attacked by two men, aged 35 and 29, while driving on t...
Cops pounce in smash and grab crackdown
Police have declared a war against smash and grab robbers following an expose by The Star.

Just two days after The Star revealed how easy it was for a lone smash and grab robber to operate on one Joburg's busiest intersections, police have gone on a crime blitz and in the process arrested 119 pe...
Image of 'butchers' burnt in memory
Woman recalls how husband was stabbed 17 times during robbery

At 4.15am on November 13 2005, Collette Borain awoke inside a horror movie scene.

Her husband Christopher was being butchered by a gang of robbers armed with steak knives and a long breadknife. The lights were off and the ro...
Third taxi-related killing in one week as 'wars' spreading
The taxi wars gripping Greater Joburg have claimed more lives and left a passenger fighting for her life in the latest string of shootings during which hitmen publicly execute their competitors.

In peak-hour traffic shortly before 5pm yesterday, a hitman pumped four shots into a taxi driver at t...
Soweto rapists 'could have killed'
The three men convicted of gang-raping a Belgian exchange student in Soweto two years ago could have killed her if they had not been interrupted in the act.

This was a submission made by the state in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday in aggravation of sentence for Sibusiso Mkhize (21), Xolan...
FXI speaks out over police intimidation
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has expressed concern over law-enforcement officials’ repression of protests, especially those organised by poor communities against the lack of service delivery.

This follows the demonstration in Protea South, Soweto where residents were violently attack...
Truck-hijack bust
Three Mozambicans, believed to be members of a truck hijack syndicate were arrested in Mamelodi after a tip-off yesterday.

Thousands of rands’ worth of stolen goods, including electrical appliances, televisions, music systems, clothes, liquor and household items were recovered.

Some of the ite...
Spies set on protesters
South Africa has set its spies on those protesting against service delivery failures in a bid to find “ulterior motives”, a source in the Gauteng government has revealed.

The source said the National Intelligence Agency had been busy for some time trying to identify elements that sought to destab...
Camp death: bail for 3
Three people got bail in a North West court yesterday, months after their arrest in connection with the death of an 18-year-old man at a game ranger training camp.

Bianca Pronk, Jacques Mans, both 18, and Alex de Koker, 43, were arrested in March after Eric Calitz died at a Swartruggens camp.

Sentencing for killer trio
Three men who as teenagers three years ago attacked a homeless man as he lay asleep in church grounds in Belville are to be sentenced for culpable homicide next month.

The three, Ruan Pieter Maritz, 21, of Gordinia Street, Ridgeworth, Dewald Herman Smith, 20, of Vredelust and Benjamin Garth Monta...
Tempers flare in parliament over Manto's theft saga
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was "covering up for a thief" by banning a parliamentary question about the health minister's Botswana conviction, a livid Democratic Alliance MP has charged in parliament.

DA health spokesperson Mike Waters was promptly ordered out of the National Assembly...
Manto to speak out on theft conviction
All eyes were expected to be on Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang in parliament today.

Yesterday, her spokesperson Sibani Mngadi confirmed that the health minister was to reply to questions from DA MP Mike Waters about her 1976 theft conviction in Botswana in the national assembly this afternoon.

Taxi driver executed in peak-hour traffic
The taxi wars gripping Greater Joburg have claimed more lives and left a passenger fighting for her life in the latest string of shootings during which hitmen publicly execute their competitors.

In peak-hour traffic shortly before 5pm yesterday, a hitman pumped four shots into a taxi driver at t...
119 smash-and-grab arrests
Star exposé prompts Joburg police into two-day hotspot blitz

Cops have stopped talking and started acting on a major scourge of Joburg's streets smash-and-grab robbers.

Just two days after The Star revealed the brazenness of a lone smash-and-grab robber on one of the city's busiest int...
Famous DJ hit hard by murder, rape of aunt
His 1-year-old son spent night alone in dark house crying from hunger

For the past five years, DJ Mahoota's family would join him to celebrate his continuing musical success at his annual album launch.

This year, however, crime ruined the event.

The night before the sixth annual DJ ...
Mall hit by second bomb scare
Hundreds of staff and shoppers at Fourways Mall were evacuated this morning after a bomb threat.

A call came through to Hyperama Fourways just after 9am today, warning that there was a bomb in the store.

The entire mall was shut down immediately and customers and staff were all told to go ou...
Nuclear smuggler gets house arrest
Plea deal

The nuclear-related activities of which German engineer Gerhard Wisser was a part posed a real threat to world peace, and had the potential for “horrific loss of life”, the Pretoria High Court heard yesterday.

Wisser, who will remain under house arrest for three years in terms...
Engineer will co-operate with police
Gerhard Wisser, the German engineer who became part of an international nuclear smuggling network, will co-operate with local and international authorities in exchange for staying out of jail.

Pretoria High Court Judge Joop Labuschange yesterday sentenced Wisser, 68, to three years’ correctional ...
Hoax mail trial: media is barred
The hoax e-mail saga took a turn as media and members of the public were barred from the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

This to preserve state secrets during the disclosure of the documents supplied by the National Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils.

Kasrils’s lawyers sent a let...
30 days at Weskoppies
A man who allegedly held eight staff members of the Pretoria News hostage earlier this year has been sent to Weskoppies Hospital for 30-days mental observation.

Lionel George, 32, of Danville, west of the city, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday facing charges of kidnapping,...
Old man lured girl
A 60-year-old man will appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

It is alleged he lured the girl to his caravan where he slapped and undressed her before raping her.

Police said the child’s mother had noticed there was something wrong.

3 babies found I long-drop toilets
For the third time in less than a week a baby has been found in a log-drop toilet.

On Monday night eThekwini Fire Brigade had to smash open a latrine in order to rescue a newborn baby whose mother had given birth while using it.

ER24 Emergency Medical Service spokesman Derrick Banks says the m...
Spiked drink kills Florida girl
Two incidents of soft spiked drinks, one leading to the death of a 17-year-old Florida girl, have again highlighted the “almost pornographic society” this country has become.

This strong view comes from Miranda Friedmann of Women and Men Against Child Abuse.

Lezaan Kriel, a Grade 11 pupil at H...
Illegal liquor spree
A Soshanguve shebeen owner was arrested for allegedly buying liquor using fraudulent cheques in Hercules in Pretoria yesterday.

Police said the personnel at the Cash and Carry wholesaler spotted the man shopping in their premises and called police.

Captain Tessa Jansen said he allegedly bought...
Pensions taken
Robbers stole pension and child-support grant money this week in the North West.

In the first incident three men burst into the Majakaneng Community Hall in Mooinooi at 7.40am on Monday, and ordered an official to hand over money before they made their getaway.

Three men robbed staff at Umzumu...
Heist ‘evokes besieged weariness’
“Besieged weariness” is how an MP described the ninth robbery at the institution tasked with caring for and promoting human rights in South Africa.

“If a Chapter Nine Institution (the SA Human Rights Commission) that seeks to ensure human rights are protected for all South Africans is treated thi...
Robbers see red when money box is opened
Red ink stained the back window of the getaway car of a gang of robbers who snatched a money box from an armoured vehicle in Rustenburg yesterday.

It is believed the dye was released when the box was opened.

It is intended to stain the money and make it useless to robbers.

North West police...
Manto faces grilling over theft conviction
All eyes were due to be on Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang today: would she take parliament into her confidence about her 1976 theft conviction in Botswana?

Her spokesperson, Sibani Mngadi, confirmed that Tshabalala-Msimang would reply to questions on the issue from Democratic Alliance ...
Home Affairs overhaul in pipeline
New DG admits his department is in a bad state

After 100 days in office, Home Affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang has made some strides in redressing the chaos he inherited, but admits his department is still "sick".

He said corruption, computer shutdowns, skills shortages and back...
Aristocrat, adopted son struggle to re-enter SA
A German aristocrat has accused immigration officials at OR Tambo International Airport of racism after they allegedly blocked him and his adopted, Botswana-born son from re-entering South Africa - despite proof that he was the boy's father.

"I am really shocked," Jen von Wichtingen told The Sta...
SA Navy and Nato play war games
Exercise to allow teaming up in future

South Africa's naval force is leading the charge in the opening of a multinational naval exercise held off the south-western coast of Africa.

The combined exercise between the SA Navy and Nato's Standing Maritime Group 1 (NSMG1) began on Monday wi...
9-year-old raped in grim robbery ordeal
A 9-year-old girl has been raped by a robber during the time her mother was forced to drive to an ATM by another intruder.

Pretoria police spokesperson Captain Tessa Jansen said two men had broken a bathroom window to gain entry to the woman's Monument Park garden flat early yesterday morning.
Auditor-General gives parliament a clean sheet
Parliament is clawing its way back to financial respectability after the Auditor-General gave the institution its first unqualified audit opinion in four years.

Secretary to parliament and accounting officer Zingile Dingani yesterday boasted that "parliament's house is clean" after presenting jo...
Woman recalls 'evil eyes' of gang boss
This is the sharp knife the Sandton Knife Gang used to stab a teenager and torment his family for over an hour.

In court photographs, the 18-year-old's blood can be seen on the floor of his parents' bedroom, in which the family were tied up while the gang ransacked their Morningside home.

Court told how knife gang robbed duo
During their robbery spree, the so-called Sandton Knife Gang had ordered a couple lying tied up on the floor and softly praying for their lives to keep quiet.

This was heard in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on the first day of the resumption of the trial yesterday.

Witness Ian Anderson told...
Councillor's house burnt down in violent protests
The home of a councillor who tried to intervene during the Protea South protests was burnt down yesterday, Soweto police said today.

Captain Jacqueline Mbatha said the woman, who was not at home at the time, had opened a case of malicious damage to property at the police station.

Her house w...
R7,7m ‘not well spent’
When 77 policemen and soldiers flew to the Caribbean to assist with security during the Cricket World Cup in April, they were just doing their work.

But with the cost of that exercise – R7,7 million – being paid out of the SAPS policing budget allocation, the opposition is hot under the collar.
108 police deaths this year
This weekend’s annual commemoration service for police killed on duty was yet another reminder of the lawlessness in the country, with this year’s 108 deaths almost 14% up on the previous year’s figures of 95.

The DA has called for an investigation into police deaths. The suitability of the equi...
Swoops net illicit DVD’s
CLAMPDOWN: Syndicates feeling heat from SAPS nationwide

Police have continued to arrest suspects linked to several fake DVD syndicates countrywide.

In the latest incident a man was arrested in possession of fake DVDs at a house in Bethlehem, in the Free State, on Sunday.

Bethlehem po...
More children drowning in SA
Children drowning has reached alarming proportions in South Africa.

Netcare 911’s latest statistics indicate that there has been a “dramatic increase” in drowning and near-drowning incidents during the festive and holiday seasons.

“Drownings are listed as one of the top causes of unnatural dea...
Man arrested by super-cop in the dock
A 24-year-old accused of murdering a man and raping a woman while keeping her in his home appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Soweto super-cop Amos Maneta arrested Alfred Moeketsi Temane (24) on Saturday after getting a tip-off that the alleged murderer was sleeping in his fathe...
Man killed, journalists hurt in housing protest pandemonium
'This poor service delivery has robbed me of my husband'

Fighting for his rights to a proper house has cost Oupa Mputle his life.

He got up early yesterday to join protesters to complain about poor service delivery to the Protea South informal settlement in Soweto.

But he didn't get ...
Police units on smash-and-grab alert
No motorists attacked at Queen Elizabeth Bridge after Star exposé

Joburg police have stepped up their presence in Braamfontein after an exposé by The Star showed a smash-and-grab robber at work.

Yesterday, several police and metro police units patrolled the area while two Hillbrow polic...
Kliptown service delivery protests claim one life
Residents in Kliptown,Soweto, have fought running battles with police as the struggle over service delivery reached fever pitch.

The protests have already claimed the life of one protester.

"We don't need their Freedom 'Cheater' anymore. They are selling out the community," said Allie Mohamm...
Horrified sister sees siblings die
Aged just 10, Meisie Shabalala was forced to stand by helplessly and watch her brother and sister die.

Sphamandla (12), Xoliswa (8) and Meisie got ready for school as usual and left the house yesterday morning.

Then tragedy struck. Sphamandla and Xoliswa were knocked down and killed by a mot...
MEC must go, say environmentalists
Dossier details alleged illegal conduct

Environmental activists in Ekurhuleni are calling for the resignation of Gauteng MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and the Environment Khabisi Mosunkutu on the grounds of incompetence and for giving the green light to developments without heeding the...
Pair in court after slain Karvelas's phone found
Two men have appeared briefly in the Alberton Magistrate's Court in connection with house robbery and possession of goods allegedly stolen from the house of murdered principal and human rights activist Nick Karvelas.

Mandla Professor Mbele (37) and Mlungisi Tshabalala (24) were arrested last week...
Cosatu mum on rape case
The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) remained tight-lipped yesterday on allegations that a senior leader of one of its affiliates was being investigated for rape.

The trade union federation spokesman Patrick Craven said they wished not to comment on the allegations as yet.

“We don’t know w...
Brothel closed down
Police have closed down a brothel and arrested four Chinese citizens in Stilfontein, North West, provincial police commissioner Lesetja Beetha said.

Police organized a sting operation in which a 38-year-old man and two women were arrested.

“A third woman also found could not be linked to prost...
Officer sues for ‘false arrest’
A Pretoria police inspector has instituted a R500 000 damages claim against the police and justice departments after allegedly spending two days in a police cell and 11 days in a mental hospital “for no good reason”.

Barrie Potgieter has instituted a damages claim against Safety and Security Min...
No word from protector
The spokesman for the Public Protector, Charles Phahlane, could not confirm yesterday whether a request for an investigation into the payment of legal fees for Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride had been received.

This response from the Protector followed a demand by the South African M...
Dog fighting random
Dog fighting in South Africa is not organized or syndicated but it does exist, says the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

Spokesman Chris Kuch described dog fighting as “underground and random delinquent behaviour.”

This is after 702 radio reported that childre...
Moving tribute to slain police officers
Union says they must have enough and proper equipment

Hundreds of families and senior police and government officials gathered in Pretoria to pay their last respects to 108 police officers killed in the line of duty in the past year.

Speaking at the memorial held at the Union Buildings ...
Opposition to Balfour's bid for sweeping powers
all for blanket ban on parolees' right to consume alcohol

The drinking habits of parolees and whether a correctional services minister should have the power to decide when "lifers" or other inmates can be paroled - even before completing their minimum sentences as ordered by the courts - h...
Najwa still waiting for ruling on bail appeal
Najwa Petersen, accused of masterminding the murder of her musician husband Taliep, remains behind bars this weekend as she awaits the result of her bail appeal, which was heard in the Cape High Court yesterday.

Petersen (45) has appealed against the July 12 decision by Wynberg Regional Court ma...
Top attorney blows the whistle on state ineptitude
But boss claims it's not a fair reflection of truth

One of the government's most high-ranking legal heads has blown the whistle on "the unacceptable and poor state of affairs" in the state attorney's office - and been shot down by one of the most powerful men in the Justice Department.

Manto happy about her court victory
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has finally broken her silence on the raging three-week row regarding her suitability as minister of health.

Speaking exclusively to the Saturday Star, she claimed Thursday's court ruling ordering the Sunday Times to return her medical records to the Medicare Clinic in C...
ANC slated for limp response
Demotion, rather than firing, of ANC Travelgate MPs smacks of double standards, say critics

The ANC has been lambasted for giving a slap on the wrist to five senior MPs who pleaded guilty to Travelgate crimes last year.

While political parties feared that merely shifting these MPs to...
Head of state's witness protection programme on leave due to probe
The head of South Africa's Witness Protection Unit, Dawood Adam, has been ordered to go on special leave immediately while the National Prosecuting Authority investigates his unit.

The WPU has long been dogged by serious allegations, and the National Prosecuting Authority yesterday announced tha...
Forensics are falling behind badly in battle to combat crime (Part 1)
Experts disagree with the SAPS's rose-tinted view of its new staff's capabilities

Earlier this year, President Thabo Mbeki responded to a national outcry over crime by spelling out a range of steps to combat it. One of the steps, he said, would be to modernise SA Police Service forensic la...
Forensics are falling behind badly in battle to combat crime (part 2)
"What is the use of finishing the work when it isn't properly done?" asks Kok.

Well-known forensic scientist David Klatzow agrees that we need properly trained experts, and adds that BEE and affirmative action aren't helping the situation.

"It just does not work in these situations without m...
Soweto's super-cop strikes again
Detective arrests an elusive murder suspect after being tipped off by a trusted informer

The super-sleuth of Soweto, Amos Maneta, has struck again. This time he arrested a man wanted for a murder committed in May and rescued a 19-year-old woman allegedly held hostage and raped several ti...
Smash, grab ... gone
These are the images that play themselves over and over on Joburg's roads. This is how easy it is for a lone smash-and-grab robber to operate on one of Joburg's busiest intersections without any police action.

And this is the look of terror and helplessness on the faces of the victims.

An in...
Stolen phone leads to murder suspects
A stolen cellphone may have provided the breakthrough in the murder investigation of human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas.

After monitoring calls on Karvelas's cellphone over a period of time, Alberton detectives staked out a house in Soweto last week.

They eventually swoop...
Fingerprint crucial in Van der Vyver murder trial
With family money and a top legal team in his corner, Fred van der Vyver, accused of murdering his Stellenbosch student girlfriend Inge Lotz, is feeling upbeat about the outcome of his trial.

Lotz's bloodied body, with stab wounds to the chest and neck, was found by a friend in her Stellenbosch ...
Remember those things called by-laws?
It's a grand plan, but cana zero-tolerance policy work in Johannesburg?

Joburg metro police have vowed to strictly enforce by-laws in a bid to send a message that escalating crime rates will not be tolerated - but ad hoc crime blitzes don't seem to be deterring offenders.

Recent crackdowns on...
‘McBride march’ today
The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in Ekurhuleni has promised a shutdown of municipal services today with its protest against “preferential” treatment accorded to police chief Robert McBride.

The union has demanded that the Ekurhuleni Council withdraw it decision to grant McBride paid leave ...
Metro staffer’s fraud case is postponed
A fraud case against former Tshwane Metro employee who allegedly defrauded banks and car dealers was postponed to September 18 for disclosure.

Julius Lesego Metswamere, 32, appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday facing theft and fraud charges. His R5 000 bail was extended.

Principal acquitted
A school principal was yesterday given the benefit of the doubt on charges of indecently assaulting young girls who attended his school, and possession of child pornography.,

A bungle, in which an unnamed Kuils River magistrate issued a faulty search warrant, led to headmaster Christiaan Abrahams...
Nqakula finds court order strange
Already in contempt of court, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has defended his police officers accused of knocking down shacks near Pretoria.

"That is one of the strange cases we have in South Africa it is very, very strange," he said yesterday.

Nqakula was referring to Pretoria...
Clumsy robber's sentence reduced
Joseph Blignaut was such an inept bank robber that the appeal court cut his sentence from 15 years to just five.

Blignaut had robbed a Port Elizabeth bank by pretending that an old washing machine motor was a bomb and writing a misspelt note to tellers demanding money.

He then tried to escape...
I don't want to hear more excuses - Judge
Paralysed and brain-damaged by a government hospital's bungled operations, a desperately ill Dingaan Nyathi lived for a week after receiving his R2,2-million payout from the state.

At that stage, the money - paid a year-and-a-half after Nyathi won his court case against the Gauteng Department of...
Ministry may sue over faulty condoms
The Department of Health is seriously considering suing condom distribution company Zalatex for supplying millions of defective condoms.

Health director-general Thami Mseleku said yesterday that grounds for possible legal action against the company included that the defective condoms may have je...
Robber who tried to 'bom' bank gets 10 years off
Joseph Blignaut was such an inept bank robber that the appeal court today cut his sentence from 15 years to just five years.

Blignaut had robbed a Port Elizabeth bank by pretending that an old washing machine motor was a bomb and writing a misspelt note to tellers demanding money.

He then tr...
Nqakula wriggles out of jail sentence
It is back to square one for a group of Moreletapark squatters whose shelters were destroyed by authorities earlier this month.

Yesterday the group scored a victory when a Pretoria High Court judge found Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula was in contempt of a court order that their sha...
Mbeki, Manto slated as 'criminals' in protest
Supporters continue to question Madlala-Routledge's axing

Aids lobbyists and supporters of fired deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge have intensified their defence and support for her by insulting and criticising President Thabo Mbeki.

Hundreds of members of the Treatment ...
Nqakula ordered to jail over shacks
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday felt the wrath of the law when he was found to be in contempt of a court order and ordered to be jailed.

Not only was his department scolded, but the judge held him personally responsible for not complying with a court order issued last week...
Both sides claim victory in Manto's court case
It was a victory mixed with vengeance as Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang won a court order to have copies of her medical records snatched away from the Sunday Times.

Her spokesperson, Sibani Mngadi, said the paper's editor, Mondli Makhanya, should now swallow his words after claiming hi...
Dad turns to rights body after daughter barred
The story of an accountancy Olympiad, which will allow only coloured and black pupils to enter, has caused huge controversy.

The father of a pupil at Welkom High School, Dr Rhett Kahn, called The Star this week when he found out that his daughter was not allowed to enter the Softline Pastel Olym...
Woman's cry for help is ignored
When Wilma Bosman was mug- ged in her car at traffic lights in Joburg, everyone around her turned away.

Bosman became another victim of criminals who attack Joburg commuters when she was stuck in rush-hour traffic around 5.30pm at the intersection of Sauer and Bree streets, heading to Queen Eliz...
2 netted for cop murder
Two men suspected of killing a police officer in Soweto yesterday sat shivering with their hands cuffed behind their backs at the Protea Glen police station this morning.

They were arrested in Soweto in the early hours of this morning after the brutal murder of Moeketsi Lekojane, who became the s...
Jailed for sodomising son
A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for the indecent assault of his own son, whom he sodomised when the infant was just three weeks old.

Presiding magistrate A Groenewald described the assault as “cruel and brutal”.

He imposed a further jail sentence of one year on t...
Botswana denies theft
The Botswana police have denied ever confirming that the embattled Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang had been convicted of theft in the country.

In a statement released yesterday the police said they “dissociate” themselves from the August 22 news bulletin on the channel.

“In the b...
Armed gang arrested
Seven men have been arrested by the Phokeng Organised Crime Unit in connection with a robbery in Brits earlier this month.

It is alleged the robbers were heavily armed, and dressed in uniforms and bulletproof vests, when they stormed into a security company in Brits after first intimidating emplo...
Women Lawyers Act
The SA Womans Lawyers’ Association, a networking forum for women in the profession, will be inaugurated tomorrow.

“It will be a forum for empowerment and an association that participates in national policy dialogue on transformation of the legal sector,” said Yasmine Sooka, of the executive commi...
Is severed forearm Bahumi’s?
Police are to do forensic tests on a decomposed right arm and hand found in a dam at Madikwe in the North West yesterday to determine whether it is from a 13-year-old mutilation victim.

Senior Superintendent Pieter du Plessis said yesterday it was speculation to suggest the severed limb could bel...
Murder: Man’s mental state to be monitored
Despite a family violence interdict against her estranged husband, and Absa bank branch manager was coldly gunned down in front of clients at her workplace.

Sandra Voeght, manager of the Absa branch at The Glen shopping center, was allegedly murdered by estranged husband mark Voeght, 44, of Mulba...
Youth at Sterkfontein
A further period of mental observation is required for a grandson who was “so high” on drugs he is uncertain whether he killed his grandmother by slitting her throat.

Miquel Emmanuel De Freitas, 21, who lived on the same property as his grandmother, Gesina Sophia Vasconcellos, in Weltrevreden Par...
Baby-killers still in police custody
Three women arrested for killing two babies by drowning them in buckets of water were on Tuesday remanded in custody until October 25 at the Mamelodi Magistrates Court.

The mother Cecelia Seale, Rosinah Show and neighbour Thandi Matubane have been charged with murder and concealment of death.

Alert security guard saves dumped baby
An abandoned baby’s life was saved by a security guard in Hillbrow, Johannesburg yesterday.

ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said ER24 paramedics were at a petrol station opposite the Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow when they were approached by a security guard, who asked them to help a baby he had fou...
Now Thint's credibility is under fire
State attacks CEO for reneging on deal with the Scorpions

It was a relationship that once held such promise but now, says the state, it can no longer trust French arms company Thint.

Addressing the Supreme Court of Appeal yesterday, counsel for the state Wim Trengove SC focused on what...
Mbeki, Manto slated as 'criminals' in protest
Backing for fired Madlala-Routledge mounting

Aids lobbyist and supporters of fired deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge have intensified their defence and support for her by insulting and criticising President Thabo Mbeki.

Hundreds of members of the Treatment Action Campaig...
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