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Now policing at airport should really take off
Metro cops issue warning after signing deal with Acsa

Motorists who flout traffic laws at O R Tambo International Airport will be held accountable for their civil disobedience.

This comes as the Ekurhuleni metro police department tightens the screws on law enforcement at the airport.
Balfour to explain Tony parole
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour will soon ex- plain issues related to Tony Yengeni’s parole conditions.

This is the assurance given to The Citizen by spokesman Luphumzo Kebeni.

This comes shortly after the DA had used the Promotion of Access to Information Act to request the Dep...
Police experts pulled from Van Rooyen case
Mystery remains almost a week after The Citizen broke the news of a possible development in the Van Rooyen paedophile horror saga.

Adding to the mystery is the KwaZulu-Natal Police’s refusal to comment on why they refused the help of two of Gauteng’s most passionate experts on missing children.
FXI slams SA response
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has expressed shock at the assault of journalists in Zimbabwe.

This follows the murder of Zimbabwean cameraman Edward Chikombo, the torture of journalist Gift Phiri and the conviction of Time magazine correspondent Alexander Perry for reporting without ac...
Swoop nets a million
Four suspected thieves were arrested and R1,2 million of stolen goods recovered in Mamelodi at the weekend.

Honeydew police arrested three men and a woman aged between 19 and 35 at a house in the east of Pretoria.

Forty new cellphones, recharge vouchers, music systems, television sets and R15...
Police recover 54 stolen cellphones
Flying Squad members found 54 stolen cellphones in a car they stopped early yesterday.

Many of the phones were traced to people who had attended a jazz festival in Kimberley in the Northern Cape this weekend.
The four men in the car, all in their mid-twenties and from Soshanguve, were arrested.
No such thing as small fraud – premier
Government’s approach to corruption must be guided by the principle of zero tolerance, according to North West premier Ednah Molewa.
“This means that in our vocabulary there shall be no such thing as ‘small fraud’, because what may appear as small fraud could be big fraud detected early.”
She was ...
Police ‘deviations’ kill case
The South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) said yesterday that the release of a Chinese national after about R4 million in pirated CDs and DVDs were found in his Cyrildene home was a travesty.

Zhouren Chen was arrested at a house in Cyrildene by the SAPS and Johannesburg Metro ...
Surprise move in bones mystery
Top Gauteng cops blocked from being part of KZN probe

Yesterday, he was overseeing the frenzy of activity around the exposed bank at Umdloti where crime scene investigators were sifting through large quantities of sand overturned by a grader, while sniffer dogs and their handlers searched ...
A mom weeps... and hopes
Human bones could help solvethe mystery of what happened

Yesterday, Noreen Breeds broke down and wept as she sat waiting at Union Hospital in Alberton for a sample of her blood to be taken. That sample is a sliver of hope for Breeds - hope that it will finally reveal what happened to her d...
Piracy case thrown out because police fouled up
Joburg suspect walks free after search for music CDs and cassettes

A raid on the home of an alleged music piracy kingpin was a bunfight - with "civilians", including musicians and officials of the Department of Trade and Industry, charging in on the bust.

Local artists rounded up by the...
Prison warder laid off after three inmates fall pregnant
A prison warder who allegedly impregnated three female prisoners in Kroonstad, Free State, has been suspended.

Yesterday Free State Correctional Services spokesperson Puleng Mokhoane said the warder - who cannot be named until the investigation has been completed - was suspended last week and th...
Family denies bones belong to missing girl
The family of one of the schoolgirls believed to have been kidnapped by paedophile Gert van Rooyen believe the bones uncovered on the Umdloti beachfront are not hers.

Joan Horn's mother Ansie was too upset to speak to the media last night, but Joan's sister, Jacqueline Goosen, said the family wa...
Boyfriend confesses to stuffing teenager into fridge
The boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl found in a fridge in his room in Soweto allegedly has admitted killing her.

According to police spokesperson Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu, the 37-year-old Meadowlands man confessed on Friday after the gruesome find.

Nkwashu said the suspect's sister phone...
Builders in more hot water over 'failing to do work'
Allegations of poor workmanship against Bahlodi Construction Consortium, which also faces a law suit from the housing department, are mounting.

The initial accusation stemmed from the multibillion urban renewal project in Evaton, south of Johannesburg, where it was alleged the Gauteng Housing De...
Lifestyle blamed for rickets come-back
The sun never shines on inner city toddlers, that's why they've frail bones

Rising crime levels may be having a tragic health spin-off for inner city children, as the bone disease rickets returns.

Parents living in flats are keeping their toddlers indoors so much - for fear of crime - ...
Taxi driver seven times over the liquor limit
KwaZulu Natal traffic authorities were horrified when they trapped a minibus taxi driver with 16 passengers doing 160km/h in a 100km/h zone and found that his blood/alcohol level was seven times over the legal limit.

The taxi driver, who was on his way from Johannesburg to Durban, was caught in ...
Bones were almost lost
It was pure chancethat the skeletonswere saved, reportsKaryn Maughan
The bones that have re- ignited the police's 18-year-old Gert van Rooyen investigation could have been lost forever, were it not for the determination of an Addington Hospital doctor and his friends.

Shockingly, an inve...
Van Rooyen and the missing girls
It is the SA tragedy that won't die, the "missing-girls case" linked to paedophile Gert van Rooyen and his lover Joey Haarhoff. This is a timeline of how the drama unfolded:

1979: Gert van Rooyen abducts two girls aged 10 and 13, takes them to Hartbeespoort Dam, strips them, forces them to...
Conviction brings closure
Ronald Jones was found guiltythis week of murdering Ghairoenisha, but her familyaren't celebrating just yet

Flashes of lightning glimmered from behind dark rain clouds that had gathered over Eldorado Park, before it started raining gently. The few street lamps around barely shed any light ...
Feared God but 'loved' young girls
'Bewitched', the attractive mother-of-three changed after she /i>

Convicted paedophile Cornelius Gerhardus (Gert) van Rooyen was described as "flamboyant and a sexual braggart" by some people and a "God-fearing man", who claimed to be a preacher, by others.

Van Rooyen (52) often told guest...
Cyber crook caught red-handed in sting set up by Scorpions
Intended victims stood to lose millions in Internet fraud

The Scorpions have smashed a multimillion-rand online bank hacking syndicate after arresting its mastermind.

On Tuesday, after striking a plea bargain with the state, the 30-year-old Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, man was sentenced to...
Eyes of a child killer
Tears flow at court as Michaela's murderer is labelled a liar and convicted

These were the eyes 6-year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi looked into as Ronald Ambrose Jones slit her throat and pounded her head with rocks - this after raping and sodomising her.

Yesterday, these eyes expres...
Release vehicles attached after DJ's arrest, court rules
The Johannesburg High Court has found that when the Asset Forfeiture Unit attached alleged fraudster and radio presenter Thuso Motaung's assets, they included vehicles not belonging to him.

Yesterday, Judge Kathleen Satchwell ordered that the AFU release six minibuses, two buses, three private ca...
Spending a billion becomes a marathon
Bekkersdal got the promises, but there's very little action

The Gauteng government has very little to show as proof of how it spent the R1,2-billion it got three years ago for the development of Bekkersdal, a township west of Johannesburg.

This is the view of the Democratic Alliance an...
Father and son shot in head during robbery
As usual, Ekurhuleni scrap metal merchant George Helmand and his son Ryno stopped outside their business early in the morning to unlock for the day. But yesterday was to be the last time.

The two were ambushed by armed robbers who killed them in cold blood.

An eyewitness told the police that t...
de Lille ordered to pay up
The Constitutional Court ruled yesterday a book on the life of Patricia de Lille invaded the right to privacy of three women by disclosing their names and HIV status.

The court ordered the Independent Democrats leader, author Charlene Smith and New Africa Books to pay the women R35 000 each in da...
Court OKs Stratton extradition
South African authorities can now go ahead with an application to Australia for the extradition of businessman John Stratton to stand trial for the alleged murder of Brett Kebble.

Stratton, a 72-year-old cancer sufferer, yesterday launched a failed bid to stop the National Director of Public Pros...
Motorists be warned: law enforcers out in full force
As the Easter traffic rush starts today motorists have been urged to drive carefully ,and not become yet another road death statistic.

Traffic law enforcers will also be out in full force from this morning, when traffic volumes are expected to increase steadily as thousands of people make their w...
Husband’s confession ruled admissible
A Pretoria panelbeater’s confession about his pregnant wife’s murder was admissible as evidence against him, a Pretoria High Court judge ruled yesterday.

Judge Mahomed Ismail ruled that Pieter Viljoen, on trial for a second time for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife Amelia, had not been threat...
Dogs trusted to sweep jet of President
The final explosives check on the presidential jet is performed by a trained dog, because there isn’t a machine with a nose as sensitive.
Centurion-based business Mechem is hoping this skill will play a bigger part in the country’s fight against illegal explosives, drugs, contraband and even rhino ...
Bank robbers killed in Irene shootout
Two bank robbers were killed and five injured in a shootout with the police at Irene, south of Pretoria, yesterday.

Police Inspector Katlego Mogale said the men were part of the group of seven or more suspects who stormed into the bank at Centurion Mall.

They held the staff at gunpoint and too...
Metro police unveil new-look patrol vehicles
Metro Police have changed the face of their fleet of vehicles.
A total of 62 cars were presented to the Press at JMPD headquarters yesterday, showcasing the new logos. The word “Police” is now more prominent on vehicles, and the area designated to the patrol officer is now included.

Another vis...
Ex-metro cop guilty of murder
Former metro police officer Barend van den Berg is guilty of murder, and will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Van den Berg was accused of fatally wounding Stacey Woodburn on August 7, 2004 at the Madhatter’s Bar in Kempton Park.

Van den Berg, who was a metro police officer at the time, went to Madh...
Zimbabwe a matter of great seriousness, says Mbeki
He feels the pain of the people of Zimbabwe, President Thabo Mbeki has said, and acknowledged that time to find a solution for the impasse was running out.

"This is a matter that all of us must approach with great seriousness because the pain that is felt by the people of Zimbabwe is the pain th...
Angry mob kills alleged robber, tries to burn his body
'Feared man stoned to death for terrorising Ekurhuleni community'

Burnt maize canes, blood-stained stones and the handle of a broken umbrella in the middle of a maize field marked a spot where an alleged criminal lay dead after he was attacked by a mob of enraged residents.

The communi...
Staggie murder: arrest of Pagad man upheld
More than a decade after the murder of Hard Livings gang-leader Rashaad Staggie, a Cape High Court judge has ruled that a Pagad leader - who was acquitted of his murder charges - had not been wrongfully prosecuted and was probably involved in the murder.

Four members of Pagad (People Against Gan...
'Mugabe doesn't want to negotiate, so let's fight'
It started out peacefully, but a Cosatu and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions protest nearly turned violent when officials at the Zimbabwean consulate in central Joburg took their time to come out and accept a memorandum from the demonstrators.

Yesterday's march, which started at Beyers Naudé Sq...
Sodomy suspect set to face an extra charge
A fifth count of indecent assault was due to be added today when police formally charge a man suspected to have sodomised four teenagers in Germiston over the past two months.

Captain Steady Nawa of the East Rand police said that since the man's arrest on Monday, the police were investigating wh...
The pirates, the house and the wardrobe
Behind a high wall, similar to others in Cyrildene, is a modest suburban house … until you go inside.

There, expertly hidden, a multimillion rand fake DVD and CD factory was being operated.

According to police, the four-bedroom house, situated in a quiet street in the heart of Cyrildene, was...
Wildlife filmmakers reeling after car stolen with tapes inside
Johannesburg may be a concrete jungle - but the last thing a crew of wildlife filmmakers expected was for 31 of their master videotapes to be stolen.

Over R1-million of budget and two weeks of hard work are at stake, and the producers of White Lion are offering a R10 000 reward for the safe retu...
Khoza says attack on soccer boss was an isolated incident
The 2010 Fifa World Cup organising committee has downplayed an attack on South African Football Association CEO Raymond Hack.

Organising committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said the attack on Hack on Monday morning was an isolated incident.

"Crime is something that takes place every day, every...
Police find dog poison in suspects' car
The lifeless body of a man lay face up next to an ambulance and a police forensic van on the side of the road.

About 50m away, a grey BMW stood facing the road with its rear crashed against a lamppost. Just next to the driver's door, clothes drenched in blood and two pairs of takkies lay scatter...
Soccer boss 'tackles robber'
SA Football Association boss Raymond Hack has been attacked in his home, 702 Eyewitness News reported this morning.

It is understood he was injured in the attack at his Waverley, Joburg, home in the early hours of yesterday morning and drove himself to hospital for treatment.

However, Joburg p...
TV to show Michaela verdict
The SABC has been allowed to film the Johannesburg High Court judgment in the murder case of six-year-old Michaela Ganchi.

Reasons given were public concern at the number of children being kidnapped and murdered, and the outrage of the community in which the little girl lived.

“It is in the in...
‘Sleepy’ rapist jailed for 16 years
A Winterveldt man who fell asleep after robbing and raping a woman received a 16-year sentence in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court north of Pretoria yesterday.

Katlego Ndebele, 21, was sentenced to 10 years for rape and six for robbery, to run concurrently.

Ndebele was arrested two years ago...
Policeman gets job back after 14 years
A police constable, who has been fighting for the past 14 years to have his suspension from the force lifted, will not only get his job back but also his outstanding salary and benefits.

A Pretoria High Court Judge ruled yesterday that Constable Jerateng Harry Malungane’s contract of employment w...
Police officer killed while chasing cash-heist suspects
A Limpopo police officer was killed when his car overturned during a chase after a failed cash-in-transit heist yesterday morning.

Seven suspects were arrested later in the day after the attempted heist along Polokwane, Zebediela and Burgerfort roads.

“Credit must be given to the provincial t...
‘Zuma will be charged again’
JOHANNESBURG – Jacob Zuma’s lawyer believes he will be charged with corruption following a major court blow yesterday.
KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Judge President Phillip Levensohn granted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) application seeking a letter asking Mauritius authorities to hand over docum...
Gospel singer in custody over rape
JOHANNESBURG – A gospel singer arrested for the rape of a 16-year-old girl was held in custody by the GaRankuwa Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Sipho Lucas Xlale of the band, Mojeremane and All Stars, was in court north of Pretoria expecting to apply for bail.
The court heard there were more charges...
Three men arrested after farm killing
NORTH WEST police have arrested three men in connection with the cold-blooded murder of a 66- year-old woman on a Potchefstroom smallholding last week.

Crystal Friedrichsen was shot several times. Her husband, Edgard, 73, survived the attack with three bullet wounds in the face, arm and hip.

Metro police officer loses battle with depression
JOHANNESBURG – A Metro police officer took her own life yesterday morning after suffering a severe bout of depression.

Thoko Malele 36, who was based in Midrand, shot herself in the head with her service pistol around 9am at her Rabie Ridge home. The domestic worker, hanging up washing in the yar...
Police launch SMS service to fight crime
JOHANNESBURG – Ennerdale police station launched a new crime fighting strategy yesterday using SMS.

This initiative is a three-year pilot project and the first of its kind in South Africa.

The station commissioner, Superintendent Gideon Mundalamo, told The Citizen that they were serious about ...
City Parks view ‘misleading’
Johannesburg City Parks “must stop lying”. This is the advice from TJ de Klerk, a man who has led numerous group walks at The Wilds in Houghton.

De Klerk was referring to the statement made by City Parks acting managing director Geoffrey Cooke that security had been “jacked up” at the conservator...
Experts say organ trade will hit donations
Exploitation of donors slated as kind of 'medical apartheid'

Illegal trafficking of human organs from poor to rich countries threatens to undermine donation programmes in industrialised states, according to transplant experts.

Exploiting poor donors, especially for kidneys, is creating...
Zuma loses diary battleJudge agrees to help Scorpions get vital papers
The state's investigation of Jacob Zuma for corruption got a boost in the Durban High Court this morning.

Deputy Judge President Phillip Levensohn agreed to ask Mauritian authorities to hand over 13 sets of documents, which could be used as evidence in a corruption and money laundering case again...
Inside the room of alleged sex fiend
Newspapers lay scattered around the dingy, corrugated-iron shed - their headlines proclaiming the crimes of a serial sodomist of boys.

Next to them lay a police identikit of the man they wanted to interview - and this was his home.

Soft-spoken, calm and walking with a limp, the 20-year-old man...
Suspected robber killed in shootout with police
Man believed to be a member of gang terrorising Ekurhuleni area

The lifeless body of a man lay face up next to an ambulance and a police forensic van on the side of the road. Some 50 metres away, a grey BMW stood facing the road with its rear crashed against a lamppost. And just next to th...
Zuma to fight legal setback
Lawyers say they will appeal 'wrong ruling'

Jacob Zuma has been dealt a blow in his efforts to avoid prosecution for corruption - but his legal team say the former deputy president will fight back.

And they insist that the ANC deputy president's continued legal challenges to the state'...
Trio get bail after girls' flat ordeal
Three people who allegedly beat up and verbally abused three teenage girls in a flat they rented have appeared briefly in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court, where they are facing charges of malicious damage to property.

However, police spokesperson Constable Sefako Xaba said yesterday that alth...
Six arrested during big tik bust on smallholding
Police have shut down a back-room drug factory on a smallholding in De Deur, near Vereeniging, arresting six Chinese nationals.

According to police, the smallholding, situated between Meyerton and De Deur, was being used to manufacture crystal methamphetamine, the highly addictive drug commonly ...
Mom's dream home became nightmare
When she answered an advert in a local newspaper, Fanela Ndukula thought she had found her dream home.

A nice two-bedroom house was just what she needed for herself and her 10-year-old child. The money she had saved over the years was enough to buy her her dream house.

Yesterday, Ndukula and...
'I want closure. I want someone to pay'
A visit to South Africa was supposed to be the ultimate birthday present for a homesick son - but it ended in cold-blooded murder.

Twenty eight hours before Ryszard Gancewicz was due to fly back to Australia, after spending two weeks at home with his dad, he was shot dead in front of his father...
'I want closure. I want someone to pay' (part 2)

"I raised my hands up and said: 'Just relax!'" he recalls.

His son had also frozen with his hands raised to chest level.

Andrew stands up to demonstrate the attack. Anger flashes in his eyes.

Two more robbers approached from the bushes. The gunman walked up to Ryszard and...
Cops, suspect in suicide standoff
It took police negotiators and the Special Task Force several hours to convince a suspect - who threatened to kill himself - to rather hand himself over to the police.

He finally gave up when his lawyer arrived shortly after 9am.

The drama began at 3am this morning when police knocked on the d...
Make or break for Zuma today
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) probe into the Jacob Zuma fraud and corruption affair will receive either a boost or a blow today.

Judge Phillip Levensohn will this morning deliver his ruling on the State’s application for a letter of request to the Mauritius Attorney-General to obtain c...
Selebi’s vice plan hammered
JOHANNESBURG – Suggestions that prostitution and public drinking be made legal in South Africa for the duration of the 2010 Soccer World Cup have met with widespread condemnation and anger.

National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi last week asked what police were to do with the scores of visito...
Ex-Bok faces attempted rape,assault
JOHANNESBURG – Former Springbok rugby centre Japie Mulder is facing eight charges of indecent assault and one of the attempted rape of a minor, it has been revealed.
Mulder, a member of the Rugby World Cup winning 1995 Springbok team, in which he famously made a match-winning tackle on the “unstopp...
62-year-old shot inside his car
JOHANNESBURG – Police are searching for eight suspects allegedly involved in attacks in Sandton, Johannesburg at the weekend.

A 62-year-old man was attacked by about four armed men as he tried to enter a residential complex in Curzon Road.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman said the man was dr...
Kids in bath: man quizzed
JOHANNESBURG – A 31-year-old man is being questioned in connection with the deaths of a 60-year-old woman and five girls found murdered in a house in Zwide township, Port Elizabeth.

Police Captain Ernest Sigobe said the man had handed himself over to police at around 6.30pm on Friday.

He is b...
Piet Skiet heads for the UN
JOHANNESBURG – Orde Boerevolk leader Piet Rudolph plans to take government to task at the UN for genocide.
He maintains the number of farmers murdered as well as numerous murders committed in urban areas on whites especially, are equal to genocide as defined by the Convention on Genocide signed and...
Cop won't let up on mystery girl
It's the Van Rooyen nightmare all over again, says police captain

Ray Boucher was a junior policeman when his 11-year-old niece Odette was abducted by paedophile Gert van Rooyen.

Now, 18 years after Boucher and his brother waded through the Apies River in Pretoria in a futile search for...
Farmers suffer at hands of rustlers
More than 13 000 cattle, 22 000 sheep and 8 000 goats were stolen across the country in the first three months of last year.

These figures were released by Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula in response to a written question from Democratic Alliance MP Manie van Dyk in parliament.

Too many deaths by cops
Figures show that 621 people died in 2005-2006 as aresult of police action. Christina Gallagher reports

The number of people who have died at the hands of the police, or in police custody, has risen dramatically. And the SAPS stands accused of not doing enough to curb this trend.

A hellish walk on the wild side
Attacked Joburger says staff at nature reserve were ill prepared

Johannesburg may be an urban jungle, but it has nothing on the real thing - and a Joburg woman has the scars to prove it.

"If you live in a major city like Joburg, you develop an innate suspicion of people posing a threat...
SA 'pensioner sex beast' jailed in Britain
Former Johannesburg Children's Home employee James Frazer skipped the country four years ago to avoid prison for his repeated molestation of a mentally disabled child.

Now, after being caught and convicted on multiple counts of child rape and indecent assault that he committed in the United King...
Fidentia accused left 'suicide note'
But it is still not clear if he took his own life or was murdered, writes Glynnis Underhill

When 36-year-old businessman Angus Cruickshank allegedly took his life by swallowing pest poison mixed with juice last year, few were aware of the extent of his involvement in the Fidentia asset man...
Nudity sends maid packing
A Kimberley domestic worker has turned to the police and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for help after having to serve her nude employer.

The incident allegedly occurred on Wednesday when the 45-year-old woman arrived at work earlier than usual - only to be greeted at...
Big chains say honey is safe
South Africa's large food retail chains this week rushed to assure their customers that their stocks of honey were perfectly safe, following last week's Saturday Star story warning of possible contamination in imported Chinese honey.

The South African Bee Industry Organisation (Sabio) had warned...
Net closing on Germiston serial sodomist
Detectives are said to be closing in on a serial sodomist who has been preying on schoolboys in the Golden Walk shopping centre in Germiston.

Police are investigating the possibility that he might be linked to sexual attacks on at least 11 schoolboys.

He also used a similar modus operandi - ...
On-duty cop dies after hit-and run
A 40-year-old man faces culpable homicide and drunken driving charges after he allegedly ran over and killed an on-duty police captain.

The police captain, from the Provincial Crime Combating Unit in Johannesburg, was killed on Saturday when he tried to cross the road during an anti-crime operat...
Bikers could lose their wheels
Joburg metro cops have warned that bikers who continue to flout the law by riding without number plates are going to lose their wheels.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said it had become apparent that many motorcycle owners were deliberately removing their number plat...
Plan for 2020 is to focus on services
This week the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officially launched its 2020 Strategy which focuses on better services for victims of crime.

As part of the strategy the NPA said they wanted to structure service delivery in a more effective way that would target initiatives to increase their a...
Complaints backlog
The Independent Complaints Directorate said there have

been significant backlogs for investigating complaints against

police for the past decade. From 2004 to 2007, the ICD handled 16 000 complaints from the public regarding offences and misconduct by the police. Over the same period, 1 800 ...
Justice delivery creaks under heavy load
Witnesses fear reprisals, prosecutors lack resources and criminals go unpunished

The criminal justice system is groaning under the weight of several challenges that are making it difficult for prosecutors to do their jobs effectively.

Legal, constitutional and social challenges are pos...
Isolating the causes of violence is a must
While most countries can isolate the cause of violence among its population to one of two factors, South Africa "does not know where the problems are worst" and where we should be focusing our energies to curb crime, says researcher Antoinette Louw, from the Institute for Security Studies.

Last ...
Shots foil attack at home of Cachalia
Just hours before he was to launch the Gauteng safety strategy, Firoz Cachalia's home was the target of two armed robbers, who fled when the MEC's security detail opened fire.

While there was little evidence of the early morning incident outside Cachalia's Greenside home this morning, police have...
ARRESTED: Gang accused of hijacking family and raping woman in front of her husband, sons at this spot
Two metres away from where a man and his two sons lay facedown in the dirt, the woman they loved was being raped.

It was too much for the man.

He tore the fillings from his teeth as he struggled to bite through the laces that bound his hands. Then he lunged for one of the armed men who had am...
Police test DNA in bid to link alleged killer to 1999 deaths
Eight years and more than 1 000km separate the eight crime scenes - but they could have one common denominator: the Moffat Park serial killer.

Police are using DNA tests to try to link their prime suspect, Richman Makhwekwe, to the 1999 murders of two women in Cape Town.

The 28-year-old was du...
State takes aim at Zuma
Court order given to get UK help on 'sources of funding'

Jacob Zuma has received the firmest indication yet that the state will pursue its fraud and corruption case against him.

Yesterday, the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) applied for, and won, the right to extend its...
'I'm scared we won't get over this'
Arrested: Gang accused of hijacking family and raping woman in front of her husband and sons at this spot

Two metres away from where a man and his two sons lay facedown in the dirt, the woman they loved was being raped.

It was too much for the man.

He tore the fillings from his tee...
SAPS to help with security in Caribbean
A high-powered SA Police Service delegation, led by Deputy Police Commissioner André Pruis, is to leave for the Caribbean next week to help provide security at the Cricket World Cup.

It is also expected that Pruis will use the visit to liaise with his Jamaican counterparts regarding their probe ...
Parliament approves new smoking laws
The National Assembly has adopted new amendments to the tobacco bill, which, among other things, bans smoking in cars with children as passengers and dramatically increases penalties for people who contravene the law.

It has now been forwarded to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence...
Photographers take battle for 'Drum' images to court
After a 15-year battle, former Drum magazine photographers will take on the family of Jim Bailey, 1950s editor and founder of the world-renowned publication, over the use and copyright of their work.

Former Drum photographers Jurgen Schadeberg, Ranjith Kallie, Ian Berry with Tilly Gosani, widow ...
Police test DNA in bid to link alleged killer to 1999 deaths
Moffat Park serial murder accused now a suspect in Cape Town slayings

Eight years and more than 1 000km separate the eight crime scenes - but they all could have one common denominator: the "Moffat Park serial killer".

Police are using forensic DNA tests to try to link their prime suspe...
Something rotten in Tembisa
Mayor and opposition parties call for end to violence and destruction of property

Ekurhuleni's executive mayor, Duma Nkosi, has called for an immediate end to the violence in Tembisa. It was sparked by a two-month- long strike by project workers, who were part of a community-based cleaning...
Look beyond main event - Jordaan
It is crucial for South Africa to use the 2010 Fifa World Cup to change international perceptions about South Africa and the entire continent.

This is according to 2010 Fifa World Cup organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan.

Speaking during yesterday's launch of Gauteng's 2010 World Cup strat...
Shilowa urges locals to use 2010 opportunities
Aim is to create lasting legacy beyond World Cup, says premier

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has rubbished threats that unless South Africa deals with the current political crisis in Zimbabwe, violence will flare up during the 2010 World Cup.

Shilowa was reacting to statements made ...
UK shock for Zuma
NPA takes arms deal probe to Britain

THE investigation into former Deputy President Jacob Zuma and French arms manufacturer Thint’s alleged involvement in arms deal-related fraud, money laundering and racketeering is to be extended to Britain.

The National Director of Public Prosecution...
De Lille applauds arms deal decision
JOHANNESBURG – One of the strongest indications yet that ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma will be recharged with corruption, the High Court order obtained by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), has been applauded by the arms deal’s fiercest critic.

Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Li...
Hansie’s death ‘an accident’
JOHANNESBURG – The man responsible for former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje’s security has told The Citizen it was “preposterous” to suggest Cronje was murdered in order to keep him from blowing the whistle on cricket matchfixing.

Raymond van Staden, a Durban private investigator wh...
Hijacker kills dad in front of school
JOHANNESBURG – A man was killed and a woman raped in two separate incidents in Germiston on Wednesday.

A man was shot by two men who hijacked him and his wife in front of Afrikaanse Hoërskool Germiston while the couple were waiting for their 14-year-old son to finish rugby practice.

Germiston ...
Police officer caught selling murder docket
PRETORIA – A Pretoria police superintendent arrested for allegedly selling a murder docket was remanded in custody in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.
Superintendent Deon Leon Snyders, 42, from Silverton was in court facing corruption charges.
The case was remanded until April 5 whe...
Police sued for R3,2 million
JOHANNESBURG – A Chinese national and his family who were arrested in connection with the murder of businessman Jia-Bin Li, his wife and two daughters, are suing the Minister of Safety and Security and National Police Commissioner for R3,2 million in damages.

Siyuan Liu, 48, who is on trial in th...
Court rules in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ case
PRETORIA – A Pretoria teenager arrested in the theft and fraud case dubbed “Bonnie and Clyde” was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for five years, in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

Tanya van Niekerk, 19, will also undergo 12 months of correctional supervision while doi...
Legalise 2010 sex trade - Selebi
Parliament poser on prostitution and drinking in public

Prostitution and drinking in public could be legalised for the duration of the 2010 Soccer World Cup - if National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has his way.

The police chief yesterday asked the National Assembly's safety and s...
Parliament appeals to Mugabe to curb his men
He should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, says DA

The government yesterday expressed its "concern, disappointment and disapproval" at the way Zimbabwe's security forces were dealing with political protests in that country and urged President Robert Mugabe to create a climate con...
Harare judges told to stand up to Mugabe
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has urged Zimbabwean judges to rein in President Robert Mugabe's excesses and resist his attempt to trample upon the independence of the judiciary.

The Constitutional Court judge said his counterparts in Zimbabwe could "count on our judiciary for the kind of ...
Toilet roll logo to put a stop to rip-offs
Short-sheeting unsuspecting toilet paper purchasers will soon be a thing of the past.

The SA Tissue Manufacturers' Association (Satma) has launched a consumer education campaign to warn against unscrupulous tissue producers "who flout the law and sell short-sheet count toilet paper".

Toilet pa...
Extradition logjam 'puts SA to shame'
Stem cell fraud case to blame for claim that agreement with US is invalid

A couple accused of stem cell fraud and a supermarket owner have paralysed attempts to extradite alleged international criminals.

And the stalled extradition cases - which include requests for an alleged child Int...
NPA leader determined to unclog the courts
It is in the interest of both the prosecuting authorities and communities that case backlogs are reduced in order to deal with overcrowding in prisons.

And, according to a long-term plan, titled "Strategy 2020", unveiled yesterday by the National Prosecuting Authority, this can be achieved by imp...
Teen pregnancies continue to soar
Political parties in the Gauteng Legislature have admitted they are battling in their war against teenage pregnancies in local schools.

While all of them agreed it was common problem, they differed on strategies to tackle it.

This emerged during a debate on pregnant schoolgirls proposed by the...
Sentence too lenient, lawyers agree
Legal experts say that the nurse who injected her stepchild with blood contaminated with the HI-virus because she was jealous might have got away with an extremely lenient sentence.

On Tuesday, the Mhala Mhala Regional Court in Bushbuckridge, Limpopo, released the 32-year-old woman on R5 000 bail...
Centres for the abused about to lose subsidy
About 20 organisations caring for disabled, abused and vulnerable children face an uncertain future after losing a crucial part of their financial assistance.

As of next month, the non-profit centres - which include the Teddy Bear Clinic, Childline and Autism South Africa - can no longer rely on...
Home delivery drug dealers hit Durban
A new twist in the war against drugs raises fears that sophisticated "dial-a-fix" drug networks similar to those in Johannesburg have moved to Durban.

This week police in the Point area arrested two men in connection with a door-to-door drug delivery deal in the city, describing the bust as a sig...
Teen flees from killer crashCops track down unlicensed boy after mother and baby die
He was unlicensed and driving his mother's car, and after a crash this morning that killed a mother and her 6-month-old baby girl, an 18-year-old boy left the scene, fleeing to his home.

He was later tracked down and arrested.

The accident took place at the intersection of Christiaan de Wet a...
Duo await judgment in Alli murder case
JOHANNESBURG – The two men accused of murdering Crime Intelligence captain Karrim Alli must wait another two weeks to hear if a Pretoria High Court judge believes their claims of innocence.

Judge Ronnie Bosielo yesterday postponed the trial of Sergeant Isa Mohammed and former business partner Tie...
Ex-Scorpions boss charged for theft
JOHANNESBURG – Former Scorpions boss Geodfrey Ledwaba is being charged with systematically stealing more than half a million rand from government coffers over a two year period.

A draft charge sheet against the former Department of Special Operations (DSO or Scorpions) national Investigating Dir...
72 parents, kids let off the hook
JOHANNESBURG – Charges against the scores of arrested parents and their children from “Mama” Jackey Maarohanye’s Ithutheng Trust School in Soweto were withdrawn in the Protea Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The 72 accused were arrested when police swooped on the school last month looking to arrest ...
Correctional Services staff ‘do SA proud’
NEGATIVE perceptions about the Department of Correctional Services will only change if its staff make the country proud.

This is according to the Minister of Correctional Services, Ngconde Balfour, who was addressing the South African delegation at OR Tambo International Airport on its return fr...
Protest against ‘small RDP houses’ turns violent
PRETORIA – Winterveldt residents took to the streets to protest over “Tshwane metro’s small RDP houses” north of Pretoria yesterday.

Residents blockaded the streets with rocks and burning tyres.

In the process they clashed with police andstarted to pelt officers with stones.

At least seven ...
‘Criminal justice system should focus on victims’
JOHANNESBURG – National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli wants the country’s criminal justice system to focus on justice for victims.

Speaking at the three-day National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) conference in Midrand yesterday, he said ensuring justice for the victims of crime by pro...
Five held after police swoop on drugs factory
From the outside, the yellow five-room house looks like any other in the quiet street. Little hinted that the Spruitview, Ekurhuleni, house was in fact an illegal drugs factory.

Yesterday afternoon police stormed the house and caught a man and his girlfriend, along with their 22-year-old daughte...
Kids think sex is fun: DA’s Bloom
PUPILS in Gauteng are under the impression that “sex is a fun game and even engage in sexual activities in front of their peers”.

So says DA Health spokesman Jack Bloom, who told the provincial legislature yesterday that soaring teenage pregnancies pointed to unprotected sex.

Such sex heighten...
Family accuses police of inaction
JOHANNESBURG – East Rand police stand accused of not acting on the alleged kidnapping and molestation of a 14-year-old MxIt user.

A Benoni family has approached the highest police and prosecuting authorities as to why nothing has been done about the alleged sexual assault of their daughter.

Ex-councillor raped retarded 16-year-old
PRETORIA – The conviction of a prominent Pretoria businessman and former city councillor on charges of raping and indecently assaulting a 16-year-old retarded girl was yesterday confirmed in the Pretoria High Court.

In what is regarded in legal circles as a significant ruling, Judge Natvarial Ran...
Court chaos in rape case
CAPE TOWN – A Wynberg magistrate beat a hasty retreat to the safety of her office when chaos erupted in her court after she remanded a man accused of raping an eight-year-old girl.

The jam-packed public gallery had minutes earlier been warned that the gallery would be cleared if there was any bad...
Cut media violence – experts
JOHANNESBURG – Delegates at the fifth world summit on media for children currently underway in Johannesburg, have expressed concern about the amount of violence children are exposed to in the media.

One of the objectives of the summit is to have government putting together a policy framework that...
No bail for muti accused on ‘suicide mission’
JOHANNESBURG – Two men accused of killing and mutilating a four-year-old Nellmapius girl, Connie Ncube, allegedly for muti, were denied bail in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Lorenco Eric Ngoveni, 30, and Mandla Zulu, 45, were back in court to hear judgment on their bail application. ...
Amplats accused of bullying
THE MINING giant Anglo Platinum has been accused of illegally implementing mining activities and using force to relocate Mothlotlo villagers.

Earlier this year, Limpopo premier Sello Moloto said during his state of the province address that Venetia Mine had initiated plans to expand its operatio...
ANC chief whip beaten up
NORTHWEST PROVINCE – The ANC’s chief whip in North West, Boitumelo Tshwene was being treated in hospital yesterday after being viciously attacked and beaten up by two men while at a party meeting.

Tshwene, 46, had left the meeting in the municipal offices in Schweizer- Reneke (Mamusa) briefly at ...
Why Woolmer wasn't at the King Commission
Prosecutor says he had earlier denied any knowledge of match-fixing

Murdered cricket coach Bob Woolmer denied any knowledge of match-fixing just before the 2000 King Commission of Inquiry into the Hansie Cronjé scandal.

But at least a month before, he had admitted knowing about an attem...
Go-ahead on minimum sentencing
The National Assembly has given President Thabo Mbeki the thumbs-up to extend the country's controversial minimum-sentencing legislation for another two years from May 1.

This comes as parliament looks towards a more permanent law, which is set to be processed later this year.

Section 51 and...
Cup security gets thumbs-up
The Institute of Security Studies has recently been given a presentation on 2010 World Cup security.

Its senior researcher, former police commissioner Johan Burger, said he was very positive about the police's ability to provide adequate security.

He noted that crime levels were on the decli...
Safety for 2010 'guaranteed'
Surveillance planes, international officers part of task force

The mysterious murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer at the Cricket World Cup has raised concerns about security arrangements for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

But Police Commissioner André Pruis, the man in charge of World Cup s...
Travelgate MPs to know their fate soon
Eleven serving MPs who pleaded guilty last year to defrauding parliament are expected to know by the end of this week whether they will retain their jobs.

A disciplinary committee last month recommended that the strongest possible action be taken against the MPs and that if National Assembly Spe...
Balfour's apology accepted by MPs
The National Assembly's correctional services portfolio committee has unanimously accepted an apology from Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour following a controversial statement from his office which MPs viewed as a "vicious attack" and an undermining of parliament's oversight role.

Fidentia funds loss 'close to R1-billion'
Funds missing from the accounts of the Fidentia asset management group are "close to R1-billion".

This is substantially more than the R680-million originally suggested when the Financial Services Board applied to have the group placed in curatorship last month.

This was said today by co-curat...
Wife-beater jailed for 15 years
Wife-beater Lennert Fourie has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for murder following the death of his common-law wife.

It was recommended that he undergo anger management courses while in jail.

Pretoria High Court Acting Judge Mahomed Ismail said that although Fourie (50) did not deliberat...
Classroom attack being investigated
The teacher accused of standing by while an alleged racial attack took place in his classroom at Langenhoven Gimnasium in Oudtshoorn is to know his fate next week. The incident, as well as the teacher and school principal Hillie Schultz, are being investigated by the Western Cape Education Departmen...
Anger as nurse gets bail after injecting stepson (7) with HIV
Just R5 000 for a child's life.

This is what the biological mother of a 7-year-old boy had to ponder after a woman - convicted of injecting her stepson with blood contaminated with the HI-virus - was released yesterday on R5 000 bail pending an appeal hearing.

Earlier in the day, the woman -...
BEE heroine relinquishes posts at more companies
Baloyi says Fidentia allegations against her are false, but she needs time to clear name

Thousands of black South African businesswomen looked up to her and aspired to be like her. With a sharp mind for business, Danisa Baloyi was the superwoman of black economic empowerment.

Was Hansie also killed?
The ghost of Hansie Cronjé stalks the Bob Woolmer murder investigation.

Former South African cricket captain Clive Rice said yesterday he wasn’t convinced Cronje’s death was an accident.

“Bob was murdered and Hansie died in a plane crash. But I must say I was never convinced, and it will remai...
Mathe escape aftermath
JOHANNESBURG - Nine correctional services officials have been suspended pending disciplinary hearings, following Annanias Mathe’s escape late last year from Pretoria’s C-Max prison.

This was confirmed yesterday by Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour in a written reply to a question in ...
De Lille targets polo set
KWAZULU-NATAL – Days after laying corruption charges against 29 politicians and officials who accepted discounted cars from an arms company, firebrand Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille has given notice she intends fighting corruption on the polo fields of Plettenberg Bay.

Murder was traumatic for robber
PRETORIA – A psychologist yesterday told the Pretoria High Court one of the men found guilty of robbing a young nurse after she was bludgeoned to death by one of his friends, suffered from post traumatic stress because of the “shock” caused by the murder.

A psychologist testified in mitigation of...
Widow ‘cannot forgive monster’
PRETORIA – The widow of a retired senior Air Force officer told the Pretoria High Court yesterday she had no time for “monsters” like the men who broke into her home and murdered her husband.

Elsabe Liebenberg said she and her daughter would never get over the cruel and unnecessary murder of her ...
‘Penis video’ is used as evidence
JOHANNESBURG - Five videos, one containing child pornography and allegedly showing the penis of IT specialist Gordon David Joubert have been found in an abandoned vehicle.

Two of the videos are before the Johannesburg High Court as exhibits in the 43-count rape, indecent assault, crimen injuria a...
Parks crank up security for visitors
JOHANNESBURG – Security at two of the country’s most popular Easter destinations has been significantly increased.

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, and SANParks’ Table Mountain National Park have both had their fair share of incidents in recent months – ranging from muggi...
‘I was too high to know if I’d killed my gran’
JOHANNESBURG – He was so drugged up he didn’t know whether someone else killed his grandmother by slitting her throat or whether he did.

This was admitted in a written plea explanation read to court by defence counsel Isa Strydom after accused Miguel Emmanuel de Freitas, 20, entered pleas of inno...
Asset unit must focus on ‘big fish’
JOHANNESBURG – If the Asset Forfeiture Unit spread its net too widely so as to capture the “small fry”, it could make it easier for the “big fish” and surrounding shoal of predators to elude the law.
The Constitutional Court issued this warning yesterday in handing down judgment in an application f...
President accused of judging stem cell case
President Thabo Mbeki has come under fire for his terse response to a couple's legal bid to avoid extradition.

Advocate Peter Hodes SC, who is representing alleged stem cell fraudsters Stephen van Rooyen and Laura Brown, yesterday accused Mbeki of "sitting in judgment" on the couple's voluminous ...
Maharaj and wife in renewed bribery claims
The Democratic Alliance has called for a full performance audit of the driving licence credit card system, following renewed allegations of bribery.

This follows claims that bribes were allegedly paid to former transport minister Mac Maharaj and his wife Zarina to have the credit card tender awa...
Close to 14 000 prisoners believed to be HIV-positive
About 13 700 prisoners are thought to be HIV-positive. Of these, 1 092 have full-blown Aids.

Responding to a question in parliament yesterday, Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour said 13 275 were sentenced men and 444 sentenced women.

Balfour said while only 628 offenders were on ...
Online banking fraud spree
Accounts raided after clients fall for sophisticated scam

Cyber fraudsters have launched a massive phishing attack on the clients of major banks.

Standard Bank, FNB and Absa have confirmed that some of their online clients' accounts have been breached in the past few days.

FNB Onlin...
Fight caught on cellphone camera
The Western Cape Education Department is to probe an attack on an Oudtshoorn pupil who was beaten up in full view of his teacher.

The 16-year-old coloured boy was attacked by a white pupil in their classroom at Langenhoven Gimnasium last month. The fight was recorded on a cellphone camera.

Cops nab 29 for drug-dealing, theft
In a big crime clampdown, 29 people have been arrested and drugs worth more than R400 000 confiscated in five days.

However, police say they have to use extra reinforcements because of resistance from the residents in Hanover Park, Cape Town.

Seven unlicensed firearms and drugs including Man...
Arson attack jolts Tembisa
Violence erupted again in Tembisa yesterday as striking municipal contract workers went on the rampage.

It followed an attack on a councillor's home at the weekend.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said a VW Golf was gutted.

A security company guarded a refuse vehicle which...
Call to fight crime at the grassroots
Be vigilant, mayor urges community

Vigilance in detecting any form of crime and nipping it in the bud was the thrust of a message at the regional launch of the "Take charge - crime stops with me" campaign in Ekurhuleni yesterday.

The community were urged to stand together, to be the eye...
Gang accused in court fight with officer over cigarettes
Police used pepper spray in the Cape High Court to break up a scuffle after one of eight accused in a gang trial attacked a police officer.

Yesterday's incident came shortly after Judge Anton Veldhuizen postponed the case to May 2 for sentencing.

The judge and his assessors had left the cour...
Kabelo tax evasion case postponed
The case against kwaito singer and musician Kabelo Mabalane was yesterday postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court to April 4. Mabalane, a member of the group TKZee, was not asked to plead to a charge of tax evasion brought against him by the SA Revenue Service for allegedly failing to pay S...
State seizes house used as drug den
A judge has ordered that a shebeen and drug house be forfeited to the state and said such an order would remove the owners' ability to sell liquor and drugs, which in turn would reduce the crime rate in the immediate area.

The owners of the house in Grassy Park, Cape Town, Henry Charles April an...
Probe after bomb attack on home
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a petrol-bombing incident in which a councillor's car was blown up.

Ekurhuleni councillor Victor Mpongoshe was asleep at his home in Tembisa's Sithana Section in the early hours of yesterday morning when a petrol bomb exploded, damaging his ...
Dad torches himself and 2 daughters
Mothers distraught after man 'kidnaps' kids, drives to river and sets car alight

A man "haunted by his past" drove to a river bank and set his car alight while he and his two infant daughters were inside.

The three were burnt beyond recognition and police only knew it was them because ...
Pikitup boss suspended during audit
The managing director of refuse collector Pikitup, Siva Pillay, has been placed on extended leave with full pay.

The utility would not reveal the reasons, stating only that given that a forensic investigation was being carried out, it was deemed to be in Pillay's best interests if he were absent...
Attack at Tembisa councillor's home probed
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a petrol-bombing incident in which a councillor's car was blown up.

Ekurhuleni councillor Victor Mpongoshe was asleep at his home in Tembisa's Sithana Section in the early hours of yesterday morning when a petrol bomb exploded, damaging his ...
Not me says Izi
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer’s team were never suspected of his murder, despite rife speculation after three of the squad were questioned again at the weekend. “It was nothing, just one question, nothing special,” team captain Inzamam-ul-Haq told Sky News television after he, caretaker coach ...
Woolmer: Killer on camera?
CCTV footage may be critical Pakistan squad leave for home Woolmer's body held for inquest SA police assist Jamaican probe

Hotel video footage possibly showing Bob Woolmer's killer or killers has become the focus for Jamaican investigators as more pointers emerged at the weekend that match...
Bail in muti case ‘will be suicide’
Tomorrow’s bail application by two men accused of killing four-year-old Connie Ncube, allegedly for muti, is a “suicide mission”.

That was the tone of Pretoria State prosecutor Adam Mputla during final argument in the application by Lorenco Eric Ngoveni, 30, and Mandla Zulu, 45, who face a murde...
Arms deal: IFP defends former MP
The Inkatha Freedom Party has come out in defence of leading businessman and former MP Mandla Msomi, who has been named among 29 people allegedly given undue discounts by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company.

IFP chief whip Koos Van der Merwe said “On behalf of Mr Msomi, I wish to re...
Woman, 78, slain: reward
Free State police are offering a reward of R5 000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of 78-year-old Maria Husselman.

Husselman, from the small rural town of Jacobsdal, returned home after church on February 18 and was followed inside by two men.

“They assaulted ...
Gangs close office
Gang violence and the threat it poses to staff has led to the closure of a municipal housing department office in Cape Town.

The city council announced it would close the Manenberg Housing Estate office from this morning, as staff had been traumatised by regular wars between rival gangs.

The o...
Stem cell pair fight to stay out of US court
Internet promise of cures for the dying was scam, says FBI

A South African businessman and his American model wife, accused of peddling useless "cures" to desperate and dying patients all over the world, were to go to court today to stop their extradition to the United States.

Stephen v...
Don't pass me the honey, China
Smuggling Chinese honey is big business since the EU bannedits importation Michael Schmidt

The European Union's 2002 ban on the import of honey from China, the world's largest exporter, created a bizarre global honey-smuggling and laundering racket that appears to have reached South Africa...
China dumps countless litres of contaminated honey onto local market
Countless litres of Chinese honey already consumed in South Africa over the past four years were contaminated with a dangerous antibiotic suspected of causing liver cancer and a potentially fatal rare blood disorder, South African beekeepers have warned.

The possible side effects of the antibiot...
SA security guru blames West Indies officials
Expert believes coach would still be alive if steps taken here in 2003 had been implemented in the Caribbean

The man who wrote the "bible" on security for ICC Cricket World Cup events reckons the West Indian Cricket Board must be held responsible for Bob Woolmer's murder.

Patrick Ronan...
Cop badly injured after being shot by gangsters
A policeman had to be airlifted to hospital after coming under fire from a gang of robbers suspected of trying to break into a home in Northcliff, Johannesburg.

The officer - a sergeant from Fairland police station - along with two colleagues from the robbery task team, was responding yesterday t...
Metro cops bust two for blocking Bruma traffic
Two males in their late 20s have been arrested by Joburg Metro Police for obstructing traffic by washing windows at the intersections in Bruma, east of Johannesburg.

Metro Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minaar said police have arrested 24 people at various Joburg intersections s...
Shot priest on the road to recovery
Father Kieran Creagh, who was robbed and attacked earlier this month, feels "much better" and is recovering in a private rehabilitation centre in Pretoria.

The Irish priest was shot in the chest at his Leratong Hospice flat in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, by a group of men who stole his cellphone a...
Window washers beat up motorist
A Johannesburg motorist suffered a serious head injury when he was attacked on the road by overzealous window washers.

After the incident, motorists and politicians yesterday stressed the need for sustained police operations, with arrests and prosecutions of what some drivers refer to as “terrori...
Police recover 32 vehicles in cross-border operations
More than 32 stolen vehicles have been recovered by Mozambican and South African police in a cross-border crackdown.

According to the daily Noticias, SA and Mozambique have been working together in operation Maluti, which extends to other Southern African Development Community countries.
One killed during robbery attempt
A man was shot and killed while five others were arrested after a break-in at a Kempton Park business yesterday morning.

Police spokesman Jethro Mtshali said the robbers were spotted by the security guards while trying to break into offices.

“When the security guards confronted the men they op...
One dead, 3 held after cable theft
Three men are behind bars and one is dead after being electrocuted at the Mittal Steel company, formerly Iscor, in Vanderbijl Park, south of Johannesburg yesterday.

The 30-year-old was electrocuted while trying to hide himself from the police after allegedly stealing cables.

According to Vaal ...
Two sacked after fraud hearings
Twp Gauteng Health Department employees have been fired over fraud charges totalling more than R700 000.

An employee at the Oliver Tambo Memorial Hospital was dismissed after being found guilty of fraud involving procurement irregularities.

Health department spokesman Vusi Sibya said the emplo...
Six truck-hijack syndicate suspects let out on bail
Six suspected members of a truck-hijacking syndicate were released on bail in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday.

Jabulani Zondo, 44, from Soshanguve, Jhannese Mutswi, 31, Giro Diogo Ubnesse, 39, from Pretoria West, and Janntari Mosomane, 37, from Ivory Park, were released on R2 000 bail.

Rape accused may avoid prison term
A 19-year-old man is set to avoid a jail term, for allegedly raping his nine-year-old niece in 2005, because all the evidence has been destroyed.

The crime took place at Siphahleni location in the Eastern Cape, and it is alleged the mother of the child then refused to open a case with the police ...
Smugglers set to lose R370m
The Pretoria High Court yesterday confirmed the largest provisional seizure order to date against alleged cigarette-smuggling syndicate leader Hendrik Delport and 12 other accused.

Judge Willie van der Merwe granted a final preservation order, allowing the Asset Forfeiture Unit to seize assets wo...
Suspect ‘seen in porn’
Unsure whether he was dealing with a network involved in the manufacture and distribution of child pornography, or with just one or two people, a police investigator put suspect Gordan James Joubert under surveillance for seven days.

Captain Johan Pretorius told the Johannesburg High Court yester...
De Lille in rare move over arms-deal accused
She'll be doing the prosecuting, and NPA will have to hand over all evidence unearthed

Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille has applied to personally prosecute the 29 South Africans accused of accepting huge discounts on vehicles by one of the largest beneficiaries of the arms de...
ANC plan signals a metro cop-out
The ANC has officially proposed a radical overhaul of the country's policing agencies, which, if endorsed by its members, would mark the end of the country's metro police.

The envisaged changes could lead to the total integration of municipal police into the South African Police Service, with al...
Cop badly injured after being shot by gangsters
A policeman had to be airlifted to hospital after coming under fire from a gang of robbers suspected of trying to break into a home in Northcliff, Johannesburg.

The officer - a sergeant from Fairland police station - along with two colleagues from the robbery task team, was responding yesterday t...
Union slams police over alleged torture of its members
Leader says it's part of an attempt to implicate them in attacks on drivers

The SA Municipal Workers' Union has accused the SA Police Service of torturing and assaulting its members.

Samwu Johannesburg branch chairperson Dumisani Langa yesterday said two of the union's members were wro...
Kebble suspect's Zuma strategy
Stratton lawyers to focus on state's stance in Shaik case

Brett Kebble murder suspect John Stratton has found an unlikely source of inspiration in his quest to dodge the dock: former deputy president Jacob Zuma.

Now Stratton's legal team - which includes Francois van Zyl SC, the advoca...
ANC revives judiciary poser
While the jury is still out on how best to transform the judiciary, the ANC has resuscitated controversial proposals that upset judges and prompted President Thabo Mbeki's intervention last year.

Significantly, an ANC draft discussion document on the judiciary makes it clear that the justice min...
'Right-wing boot camp' probe continues
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding a "paramilitary-style training camp" in Swartruggens, North West, at which two youths allegedly died earlier this year.

The Star reported that Eric Calitz (18) and Nicolaas van der Walt (19) died after entering what they believed to be...
De Lille charges 29 over arms deal
Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille has laid criminal charges against 29 South Africans whom she says benefited from massively discounted luxury vehicles as a bribe in the controversial arms deal.

The vehicles appear to be part of a fleet of 33 luxury cars purchased from DaimlerChrysl...
Fury boils over at Annestacia murder hearing
As violence and chaos erupted outside court, the man accused of murdering Annestacia Wiese had an additional rape charge added to his sheet.

Annestacia was found dead in the roof of her Woodridge, Mitchells Plain, home in Cape Town two weeks ago.

Richard Engelbrecht was arrested on the same d...
Helping the poor is one way of fighting crime, rabbi believes
To examine crime in South Africa as a human rights issue requires a bold confrontation of reality and courage to accept responsibility for the violence that is racking the country.

Speaking at an SA Human Rights Commission conference aimed at examining the root causes of crime in South Africa an...
Alleged casino thief sought
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Nkosinathi Charles Phakati (32), wanted in connection with an armed robbery committed at the Carnival City casino in Brakpan on October 8 2005.

Police spokesperson Captain Steady Nawa, said Phakati was in custody at Boksburg Prison awaiting trial for...
They'll terrorise community no longer
In another breakthrough, Ekurhuleni metro police cornered three suspected robbers who had allegedly been terrorising a Katlehong neighbourhood.

Spokesperson Kobedi Mokheseng said they responded to a tip-off from the community and went to an address in Kumalo Section about 7am yesterday. There the...
Robbery suspect wounded in shootout
A gunman was shot and wounded after firing on Ekurhuleni metro police, and his four accomplices arrested, in combined operations between officers and the SAPS in Daveyton.

Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said the joint operation was conducted at about 2pm yesterday and was aimed at flushing suspects wante...
Senior counsel to be struck off roll
The Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered that a senior counsel, who represented convicted German fraudster Jürgen Harksen, be struck from the roll of advocates for bringing the profession into disrepute.

Johan van der Berg SC has practised for more than 30 years and for 16 years he has worn silk....
Clash with police affects CPF's fight against crime
Norwood police accused of providing poor service to the community

Accusations of mismanagement, police members failing to conduct their duties properly and the station commissioner spreading malicious rumours against a fellow officer.

These are just some of the allegations made against...
Plea for lesbians to report incidents of abuse
Rape and violence against black lesbians must be highlighted, the Human Sciences Research Council has said.

The HSRC review for March has cited examples of "corrective rape" since 2004, saying these were only the tip of the iceberg. These included the case of a gang of men in Cape Town who stone...
Travel scam kingpin due in court
The man dubbed the Travelgate whistleblower and his former employer, parliament, are due to endure yet another face-off in court tomorrow.

Harry Charlton's lawyer John MacRobert said earlier this week that Charlton opposed parliament's notice of exception filed in the Cape Town Labour Court.

Appeal for special courts for farm workers
The Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) wants specialised courts to dispense justice in cases involving farm workers.

At a three-day seminar to raise awareness about the struggles of farmhands, Fawu General Secretary Katishi Masemola said these courts would tackle what he termed a "miscarriage...
Dial-a-fix brings drugs to the doorstep
Johannesburg's drug epidemic has exploded onto people's doorsteps.

Police and rehab centres say they are battling a new enemy in the war against drugs as dealers move away from street sales to home delivery.

Gone are the days when a user had to risk going into dangerous areas such as Hillbrow ...
World Cup on security alert
Police waiting for pathologist's report on Woolmer's 'suspicious' death

Cricket World Cup organisers have intensified security for all the teams in the tournament following the "suspicious" circumstances surrounding Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's death.

This comes while a 10-man forensic...
Case of alleged perlemoen smugglers postponed
A total of 21 people, who are allegedly part of a R200-million perlemoen-smuggling syndicate, have appeared in court on charges relating to racketeering under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

They appeared in the Cape Town Regional Court on Tuesday facing charges which included the possess...
Put me away for good, says serial rapist
From an early age Armstrong Bheki Mkhwanazi began having an "abnormally high sexual drive" which would make him dream of having sex with his mother and sister.

Mkhwanazi's abnormal sex drive had so terrified a prison nursing sister - who was helping him with therapy - that she stopped working wi...
Right-wing farm horror
Sister furious after brother killed at 'ranger training camp'

When Eric Calitz got the chance to train as a game ranger and earn R5 000 a month he grabbed it. A week later he was dead, murdered on what police now suspect to be a right-wing paramilitary camp.

Yesterday, Alex de Koker, t...
Rapist sentencing bill passes first step
A new draft bill that will make significant inroads into the discretion of judges when sentencing rapists, as well extend jurisdiction to regional magistrates courts to impose life sentences, was approved by the cabinet yesterday.

The Criminal Law (Sentencing) Amendment Bill, which will make con...
Two jailed 24 years after rape
More than 20 years ago, two teenage cousins raped a 14-year-old virgin at a slumber party and then walked away.

Now, after two failed legal bids to avoid prison, Mark Cornick and Leonard Kinnear are going to jail for what the Supreme Court of Appeal yesterday described as a savage crime.

Long arm of law nabs paedophile at last
'Pensioner sex beast' faces lengthy jail term in UK, then SA

Elderly paedophile and former Johannesburg Children's Home employee James Frazer successfully avoided jail for half-a-decade of child sex crimes.

Now, after fleeing South Africa to avoid an effective 12-year sentence for sexu...
Mystery surrounds slaying of Lenasia couple
Shocked boy (7) phones uncle to tell him of horror find in bedroom

'Uncle, uncle, come now, I'm scared. Mom and dad are dead in their room. I'm scared, you have to come now."

This was the heart-wrenching cry for help over the phone by a 7-year-old boy to his trusted uncle at about 4am ...
Gillies' 'cold-blooded' killer gets life term
Ex-employee had shown no remorse for ruthless murder

Restaurateur Ian Gillies' killer will spend the rest of his life behind bars - and Gillies' widow is happy.

Speaking outside the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, an emotional Jennifer Gillies said she could not have asked for anoth...
Cop accused of killing girl is still working
An Ekurhuleni metro police officer, whom colleagues have described as "a crack intelligence and criminal investigation cop", is facing a murder charge over the shooting of an 8-year-old girl, but is still being deployed by his department.

Spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago confirmed yesterday that Ins...
'It's one of the few cases where justice is done'
Widow says she's 'ecstatic' as restaurateur husband's killer is sent to jail for life

Jennifer Gillies broke down in court this morning and her staff members clapped quietly after the Johannesburg High Court imposed the supreme penalty of life imprisonment for her husband's killer.

Hero kid saves mom
Nelspruit – The amazing courage of a toddler who thought his mother was dead might have saved her life.

Joshua Hulley-Miller, who is only two years old, walked a kilometer to get help after his mother Louse was shot six times in their home on the farm Roodewal.

His grandfather Stuart said yest...
Security staff on the march
Security guards will be marching in Johannesburg city center today.

They are disputing the amended regulations for the industry released by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana a few weeks ago.

More than 1 000 guards are expected to converge at the Beyers Naude Square in Johannesburg from 9am,...
Woman, 87, raped by gang of burglars
A woman, 87, was raped in the early hours of Saturday morning after intruders forced their way into her home in Potchefstroom.

An unknown number of burglars broke open a security door in the house to gain access to the sleeping victim at 2.30am.

They allegedly tried to strangle her before flee...
Child-killer accused made up evidence
The prosecution accused the alleged murderer of six-year-old Michaela Ganchi of “fabricating evidence” as he went along yesterday.

“Dr Bomvana testified that you told him you raped and murdered the child,” said advocate Paul Nel, prosecuting, in cross-examination of murder-accused Ronald Bruce Am...
Vaal Rand trio’s case postponed
Three teenagers, arrested in connection with the bloody murder of Vaal Rand businessman and farm owner Willie Slabbert, yesterday again appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court.

The case against the men, all aged 19, was postponed to March 26.

Vaal Rand police said the three accused were...
‘I was forced to commit rape’
An ethnic male “forced” him to commit rape, information technology specialist Gordon David Joubert, who allegedly filmed himself raping young girls, told the police in a contested statement.

The statement and photographs have been admitted as evidence by acting Judge Naren Pandya, presiding over ...
Tshwane cop held for fraud
A Tshwane Metro Police officer was arrested in connection with about 800 cases of fraud yesterday.

Welbekend police arrested a 33-year-old man at a house in Pretoria West after a year of investigation.

Police said he allegedly defrauded banks and car dealers by giving false details while posin...
SANDF reserves important
The importance of reserves in the overall make-up of the SA National Defence Force is shown by the deployment of more than two battalions of part-time soldiers on any given day.

There are currently four companies of infantry reserves deployed on peace support and peacekeeping operations in Africa...
Judge orders trial of MPs separated from agents
The two politicians still to go on trial in the Travelgate scam ought to have reported the travel voucher fraud to Parliament the moment they became aware of it.

Instead they participated in it, Scorpions senior counsel Jannie van Vuuren told the Cape High Court yesterday.

He opposed a defence...
Still love in her heart despite hearing husband gunned down
An authentic Japanese samurai sword bought a year ago in lieu of a gun wasn't nearly enough to protect a much-loved Wits University lecturer, murdered in his bedroom for two laptops.

But, although widowed just two months shy of her 30th wedding anniversary, the wife of Jens Mende (62), a senior ...
Scorpions computers hacked to demonstrate ANC e-mails were real
Mbeki, NEC slam use of unlawful methods to prove authenticity

An unidentified, mysterious Mr X apparently hacked computers of Scorpions investigators in a bid to illustrate to an ANC task team that the contentious e-mails were authentic.

This is according to two ANC national executive ...
How alleged hijackers picked on car full of crime-busters
Three robbers were due to appear in court today for an alleged armed hijacking that could earn them the title of the world's bravest - or dumbest - criminals.

They apparently tried to hijack a car in which sat a uniformed policeman, a uniformed metro police officer and two armed private investig...
Many South Africans volunteer their time
South Africa has often been accused of becoming a dependency society where communities expect the government and the private sector to solve all their problems for them.

But new research into volunteer work and civic society in five Southern African countries has painted a very different picture...
Father's dream torn apart by callous bullet
Johan Barnard bought a pub on the University of Johannesburg campus to ultimately hand it over to his son Stephan.

But his 19-year-old son was shot through the heart at the weekend by two robbers while defending his family's new business.

The teenager died instantly, and the attackers fled t...
'He didn't deserve to be killed like that for such a small amount'
Widow tells of trauma after restaurateur's murder

Restaurateur Ian Gillies had dedicated his life to helping others.

He started the Twilight Children's Home for streetkids in Hillbrow, adopted an abandoned two-day-old child and raised him as his own, and established a home for orphans ...
ANC's Nissen repays Kebble money
ANC politician and businessman Chris Nissen says he has returned the R370 000 he was paid for consultancy work to the trustees of murdered mining magnate Brett Kebble's estate.

He said he was paid for consultancy work he did on Boschendal and Sasko for Kebble's JCI group, but as a director of JC...
Metro blitz on pedestrians
Metro blitz on pedestrians

A total of 52 people have been arrested in Operation Tshaba - meaning "runaway" - which has been launched by the Ekurhuleni metro police in an effort to curb pedestrian road deaths.

Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said the operation was a desperate bid to stop pede...
Residents fight back
Vowing to take back their streets, residents of Erasmia and Christoburg, west of Centurion, have pledged thousands of rands to buy equipment and beef up community patrols.

About 700 residents attended an anti-crime meeting in Erasmia at the weekend, following a series of violent robberies in the ...
Parole boards are feckless, says Bhuda
The outspoken president of the SA Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr), Golden Miles Bhudu, has launched a scathing attack on Correctional Services parole boards, accusing them of “incompetence”.

Bhudu was expressing his organisation’s support for a continuing hunger strike by about ...
Pyramid scheme probe asks for info
Police want to contact about 300 victims of a pyramid scheme liquidated in 2003.

“Investigations into the Merces Cura scheme started in 2001, and are at an advanced stage,” said spokesman Superintendent Ronnie Naidoo.

“Merces Cura duped investors into believing they would earn greater interest...
Police hunt cop-killers
Police are hot on the heels of the suspected gang who ambushed and brutally gunned down two officers during an early-morning attempted burglary at a shop in Johannesburg over the weekend.

Constables Manoko and Mbelekwane were killed in the gun-battle at the Auto Fitment Centre in Midrand at about...
DA’s bid for arms deal probe denied
JOHANNESBURG – No joint investigation by South Africa’s three watchdog bodies will be launched into the controversial arms deal.
This emerged after a meeting between the Public Protector (PP), advocate Lawrence Mushwana, National Prosecuting Authority boss Advocate Vusi Pikoli and Auditor- General ...
The unclaimed dead
This teen could soon join other unidentified victims in this cemetery - striking a blow to chances of catching her killer

This beautiful teenage girl was tied up, raped and beaten to death before her naked body was dumped next to the R554 highway.

And, if she isn't identified within th...
No joint probe into arms deal by state bodies
Allegations related to wrongdoing in South Africa's arms deal process will not be the subject of a second joint investigation involving the Public Protector, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Auditor-General.

The decision was made at a meeting between the three bodies this week.

Drugs: couple held
A Nigerian man, suspected of peddling drugs, was arrested in Germiston at the weekend along with his girlfriend.

Jimmy Maboko, spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police department, yesterday said officers were conducting a stop-and-search operation in the Germiston CBD when they noticed a sus...
Slaughter leaves drivers' families stunned
Slaughter leaves drivers' families stunned

'This is too brutal. I did not expect this kind of thing … No person deserves to die like this."

These were the words of a grief-stricken Joyce Marhule, the wife of one of the Joburg Metrobus drivers whose bodies were found burnt beyond recogn...
DA supports report on emergency services' hassles
Emergency calls that go unanswered, severe staff shortages, and ambulances that aren't properly disinfected.

These are just some of the problems that the Gauteng emergency services are facing, according to Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance's provincial spokesperson on health.

He said yeste...
They claim there's a conspiracy to protect alleged killers
The Star has contacted the Transvaal Director of Public Prosecutions about the case detailed above.

Advocate George Baloyi, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, contacted Chris Maphome, the prosecutor, and asked for a report and the charge sheet.

"I have given the prosecutor strict in...
Family stonewalled in bid to get cops to court
They claim there's a conspiracy to protect alleged killers

It has been four years since Flora Moela's son William was shot and killed, allegedly by policemen who mistook him for a thug.

However, after eight court case starts, each taking no longer than five minutes, and all postponed f...
Three who raped Belgian girl fight to avoid life terms
Even though she has left the country, a Belgian student will finally see justice when the Johannesburg High Court metes out punishment on three men convicted of gang-raping her one and-a-half years ago.

The student, who was a 17-year-old virgin in August 2005, was attending a street party in Map...
The sword is mightier than the pen
Reporters are in the firing line on the world's battlefields, and in their own countries

In 1998, a muscular, shaven-headed British mercenary known in his murky trade as George the Banker told me to my face that he would kill me and one of my informants who that day had cost him a R47 000 ...
Keeping your children out of harm's way doesn't come cheap
Keeping your child safe in South Africa is no longer a right - it's a luxury. School fees, cellphones and transport are taking a financial toll on middle-class parents trying to ensure their children are not added to the growing list of young people who go missing each year. But all the added extras...
The stance taken on crime by Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa appears to be paying dividends.
The stance taken on crime by Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa appears to be paying dividends.

According to Ramokgopa, crime in the metro has dropped by an average of 15% and by a massive 40% in the CBD.

“The local authority is taking a firm stand as regards community safety and security,” She said...
More than just a ‘verbal’ spanking?
The Ekurhuleni Metro police officers who allegedly assaulted two construction workers who turned the wrong way into a one-way street on Tuesday night did so because they did not want to be “caught with their pants down and a gun in their faces”.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintend...
The Green Scorpions bare their stingers
The “Green Scorpions” were out in force yesterday on a major drive to crack down on environmental offenders.

It was the first of a series of planned quarterly enviro enforcement days and operations took place in some of the country’s most environmentally sensitive parts.

At Richards Bay in Kwa...
Man awaiting trial for seven years waits again
An Angolan businessman, who has been awaiting trial for the past seven years, will stay in jail for another two months before he can bring a formal bail application.

Serge Christiano, 35, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday on charges of fraud and robbery.

The case was postponed ...
Shopkeeper shot dead in Pretoria
Pretoria police were still baffled yesterday by the death of an Erasmus businessman who was killed in his shop in the west of the city on Wednesday.

Mahmood Ahmed Suliman, 64, owner of the AE Suliman general dealer in Mooiplaas, was shot and killed inside his shop at about 8.30am.

Captain Juli...
ANC caucus closes eyes to criticism of Mathe probe
Balfour, meanwhile, shifts blame for unprecedented attack on parliament

The ANC caucus in parliament has closed ranks behind Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour and rejected the recommendations of a parliamentary committee dominated by ruling-party MPs unhappy with an official p...
Army spent R6m on guards
The SA National Defence Force has spent close to R6-million on the use of private security firms in the past three years.

This was confirmed by Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota, who was responding to a written parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance.

He said his department's policy wa...
ANC admits graft guilt
Party wants to set up strict guidelines for business dealings

The ANC is deeply concerned about the endemic corrupt and unethical behaviour among its members and leaders in business.

In a draft discussions document prepared for its upcoming policy conference, it also acknowledged that ...
Legal woes mount for Mama Jackey
Mama Jackey Maarohanye is to appear in court again soon on a further charge of kidnapping and assault.

Police allege she and Ronnie Nyakale kidnapped a 24-year-old man from his Orlando home last February, stripped him naked and paraded him through the streets while she and some pupils from her It...
Robbers had their eye on the cash and not on the ball
A heavily armed cash-in-transit gang shattered the tranquillity of a Johannesburg golf club, driving away with 10 cash boxes after a lunchtime robbery.

About five robbers, dressed as security guards, pounced on a Coin Security van which had come to collect cash from the Wanderers Golf Club in Il...
CPF is confident support will help in crime fight
Bedfordview chapter uses business-like methods to get the job done … well

It may be a non-profit organisation, but there is little to distinguish the running of a corporate business from that of the Bedfordview Community Policing Forum (CPF).

The Bedfordview CPF's business-like approac...
Spate of police suicides worries Popcru and IFP
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) yesterday voiced concern at the growing number of police suicides.

This comes after the latest incident in which Inspector Ompheng Matsipane shot and killed his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself i...
Claims of brutality against metro cops
More claims of police brutality are being investigated against officers from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD).

This after four cops from the force allegedly assaulted a construction company’s driver and one of his colleagues on Tuesday night.

It is believed the two mistakenly turn...
Deputy mayor’s licence woes
The deputy mayor of the Stellenbosch municipality, Councillor Khulile Shubani, has come under fire over allegations that he is in possession of a fraudulent driver’s licence.

The Western Cape ANC’s Garth Strachan said the allegations against the United Democratic Movement party’s Shubani surfaced...
Joburg residents' input sought on new plans
Johannesburg citizens are encouraged to comment on the city's future policies and strategies being formulated for the next four years.

The Speaker of the City of Johannesburg, Nkele Ntingane, yesterday launched a public participation programme inviting residents to comment and make suggestions o...
Interest in 2001 centred on what wasn't found in 18-month probe
The 380-page Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report of 2001 was the product of an 18-month-long investigation into the arms deal.

The thrust of its findings was that there was no evidence to suggest "any improper or unlawful conduct by the government", and furthermore, none of the irregularities ...
Was Chippy into a dubious acquisition?
As you read this, the SA Navy's new submarine, Charlotte Maxeke, is navigating the rough seas, slowly making its way to South Africa.

The ship was built by a German firm which won a tender that was part of the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

Back at home, rough seas also beckon fo...
The once-glorious package a blot that just won't go away
Accusations of kickbacks persist in the wake of criminal prosecutions

From discounts on flashy cars to unsuccessful bidders suing the government… from spooks to off shore accounts… shadowy middle men and Swiss banks…

The multibillion-rand arms deal may have all the makings of a movie, ...
Yengeni and others not off the hook yet
Disgraced ANC MP Tony Yengeni, along with 30 prominent officials and businessmen, could still face charges as German investigators take a closer look at the bribery scandal that lies at the heart of the multibillion-rand arms deal.

German investigators have confirmed to The Star they are pursuin...
Murder accused claims he searched for girl
Suspect denies knowing 6-year-old or confessing to her rape, killing

Ronald Jones, the man suspected of killing Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi, joined the community in the search for the 6-year-old before he left and went to bed.

This was heard by the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Outrage as sex-pest envoy joins legislature
Groups seek explanation after Mashabane's appointment

Women's rights groups have lashed out at the ANC's decision to make sex pest Norman Mashabane a member of Limpopo's provincial legislature.

It is not the first time that Mashabane has played a significant role in the province despit...
Accused begged rape victim not to testify
She was getting along with her life, and had become a successful actress, but then the man who had allegedly raped her seven years earlier began calling her on her cellphone.

Looking composed in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, the 26-year-old actress told how Mongezi Jinxela began calling...
Metro cops beat us up, claim Tembisa workers
Wrong turn on highway has painful consequences

Ekurhuleni metro police have launched an investigation into allegations that four officers assaulted two construction workers from Tembisa after one of them apparently committed a traffic offence on the R21.

Nelson Mavodze, who was driving...
Fax lines on the blink mar facility to pay fines online
It is supposed to be so much easier - a click of a mouse and a traffic fine is paid.

But even with the Johannesburg traffic department going cyber, motorists are finding that paying a fine is still a headache.

On Friday, Metrowatch carried a report on the new online payment facility, quoting...
Rape accused starts trial within trial
Information technology specialist Gordon David Joubert is contesting the admissibility of a statement the police claim he made after his arrest, and which is now being used in the Johannesburg High Court as evidence.

“He became emotional and banged his own head on the table,” Superintendent Andre...
Parents on 105 abuse charges
The biological parents of a 10-year-old girl yesterday again appeared in the Johannesburg High Court on 105 charges of sexual abuse of the child, and contraventions of the Films and Publications Act.

The father aged 55 is in custody. The mother, 34, is on bail. They are from the Roodepoort area...
Huge dagga haul in Hammanskraal
Over one hundred bags of dagga valued at over R200 000 were confiscated in a major drug bus in Bosplaas village near Hammanskraal on Monday night.

Police said four people including a woman were arrested for dealing. Street value of the dagga was R230 000.

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Pieces of face ‘were on floor’
Concerned colleagues of a missing estate agent asked the police to break into his home to check if anything was amiss.

This was revealed to the Cape High Court yesterday at the trial before Judge Daniel Dlodlo of Bernard van Zyl, 28, who is accused of murdering Andre Weitz, 43.

Van Zyl, a BSc ...
‘Phantom’ gets 3 years for escape
The alleged serial offender dubbed “The Phantom” due to his elusive existence in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley near Hermanus in the Western Cape, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment yesterday for escaping from police custody.

The sentence was handed down in the Caledon Magistrate’s Court, wher...
Justice minister gets tough on dissenting judges
The controversial minimum sentencing law will be extended to give parliament enough time to approve a new draft which will make significant inroads into the discretion of a judge when sentencing rapists, according to Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla.

The minister was unapologetic yesterday, sa...
Concern over terrorist-training camps in SA
Foreigners with suspected terrorism links could be running training camps in South Africa, according to National Intelligence co-ordinating committee director-general Barry Gilder.

He told Independent Newspapers yesterday that "there is some information that there could be training grounds … on ...
Another tongue-lashing for Home Affairs
Lashing out again at the poor service by Home Affairs officials, the department's parliamentary watchdog said it was no wonder frustrated clients resorted to gun-wielding tactics to get their IDs and passports.

"Poor Kabelo, I understand his frustration and that of all other Kabelos," the Nation...
Cops go hi-tech in war on crime
Centre to play vital back-up role

South Africa's most violent and organised criminals face a new nemesis - a multimillion-rand hi-tech investigation centre.

For the first time, detectives across the country are receiving operational back-up from a specialised unit armed with the latest...
Inside the 'electronic brain' of crime-busters
Reporter Alex Eliseev and photographer Jennifer Bruce are the first journalists to glimpse the police's Hi-Tech Project Centre, whose mandate is to help smash organised and violent crime syndicates

Police Commissioner Sharon Schütte slides closed her cellphone and approaches us.

"I tho...
Tears stream as Sheldean is laid to rest
Tears flowed today as thousands of people gathered in Pretoria to say their final farewells to Sheldean Human, the 7-year-old girl whose murder sparked a wave of revulsion across South Africa.

Young and old - many of them clad in pink or sporting pink ribbons - began gathering in Cronjé Park in P...
Security guards no match as robbers smash into clothing shops
Nine security guards could do nothing but watch as 25 AK-47-wielding gunmen smashed through the boomgates of a newly built centre.

Using seven vehicles, including 4x4s, bakkies and luxury sedans, the robbers then pulled up alongside the Grays and Gerani clothing stores at the World Wear shopping...
Annestacia murder suspect stabbed journalist
Richard Engelbrecht, the man accused of murdering 11-year-old Annestacia Wiese, is already serving a two-year correctional supervision sentence for stabbing an American journalist.

Annestacia's body was found hidden in the ceiling of her Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, home on Sunday. Engelbrecht was...
Accused beyond hope, court told
Self-confessed serial rapist Armstrong Bheki Mkhwanazi would no doubt rape again.

This was the testimony of forensic psychologist Gerard Labuschagne, who testified in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Labuschagne was giving evidence on behalf of the state in aggravation of sentence for M...
He raped me though I told him I have HIV, court told
A young woman tried to prevent her rape by telling alleged serial rapist Mongezi Samuel Jinxela she was HIV-positive. But it didn't work - he told her that he too was carrying the virus, and went on to rape her.

The 29-year-old woman told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday that her ploy of te...
Mandoza's bid to delay case fails
Kwaito idol Mandoza could be forced to cancel his Australian music tour if his case of common assault goes ahead.

Mandoza, whose real name is Mduduzi Tshabalala, appeared at the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of assaulting Glen Nonkonyana.

The alleged assault is said to hav...
Breakthrough in hunt for mall kidnappers
Suspect in abduction of DRC businessman's son arrested

One of three men believed to be behind the kidnapping of a foreign businessman's son has been caught - and police are now planning to link him to Jean Claude LaCote, the producer of a crime reality TV series who faces fraud charges.
Stolen bins used as beds, crime partners
These are some of the 124 municipal bins that the Joburg metro police believe were stolen from businesses in the inner city by homeless people.

They were found at the Bree Street Taxi Rank yesterday, filled with cardboard boxes "that homeless people sleep on or cover themselves with" and leaves. ...
Joyful parents get son back unharmed
Three-month-old baby Cornelius Roets is back in the arms of his parents, 10 days after he went missing in Krugersdorp.

Police said he was found in the care of a 42-year-old woman at an undisclosed location in Limpopo yesterday. He was "unharmed and in perfect health".

The unidentified woman w...
Official threat to perlemoen
In an effort to stop the large-scale plunder of one of the country’s most fragile maritime resources, South Africa has become the first nation in the world to list abalone (perlemoen) in appendix Three of the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

The listing becomes effective on May ...
Three in court over murder
Three suspects will appear in court today in connection with the murder of a man during a robbery in Jacobsdal at the weekend.

A fourth suspect, meanwhile, has died in hospital after he told police he had taken poison before they arrested him.

Inspector Loraine Kalp said Fanus Bardenhorst, 27,...
Sick, abandoned babies found in filthy cellar
Eight babies in desperate need of emergency healthcare have been temporarily removed from the filthy basement of a building in Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

Their removal is the result of combined action taken by the Ward 74 civic committee and the Norwood Community Policing Forum (CPF).

The “du...
Farm murder trio in court
Three teenagers accused of stabbing Vaal Rand businessman Willie Slabbert to death late last month made brief appearance in the Meyerton Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Vaal Rand police spokesman Captain William Mcera said the case had been postponed to March 19, when the trio would apply for bail ...
Tortoise vendors to shell out after sting operation
Four men were arrested at the weekend in a sting operation targeting vendors of wildlife species like leopard, tortoises and other reptiles on the N4 to Sun City.

North Wet Conservation MEC Mandlenkosi Mayisela said the department was intensifying the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife.
Starved mom: two in court
A man and his wife appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with the attempted murder of his 68-year-old mother, whom they allegedly neglected to the point where she was almost starving to death.

Rolf Petrus van Wyk, 42, and Christine Johanna Jacoba Meades, 41, were arreste...
Govt to pay for police shooting
A Pretoria High Court judge has ruled Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula liable to pay damages to a Katlehong man, shot in the leg by a policeman for no apparent reason.

Judge John Murphy ruled in favour of Boni Tshabalala, 50, a former machine operator of Katlehong, finding that the po...
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