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Kids’ prize PC’s seized
Top matriculants in 2005 were given stolen computers by the Department of Education in Gauteng.

The Citizen has learned how the province’s top grade 12 students from that year received congratulatory PC’s from the government.

Yet it is suspected they were part of a consignment of...
Cops pay for road attack
Tshwane Metro council and four traffic cops who dragged a Centurion woman from her car, threatened to shoot her and then assaulted her, are to pay her R55 000 in damages.

Ronel Pitout, 29, instituted a R516 000 damages claim against the metro council and traffic cops Johannes Ysel, Pieter Oberhol...
Officer up for murder bid
A police officer who allegedly shot and wounded a man appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on attempted murder charges yesterday.

The officer, who cannot be named although he has appeared in court, was arrested on Tuesday.

He was allegedly seen walking unsteadily in Centurion by a motor...
Public opinion points gun at Mbeki over crime
JOHANNESBURG – Crime, whether government wants it so or not, is South Africa’s number one topic with business, trade unions and the man in the street clambering on the band-wagon.

Advertisements in newspapers yesterday called on the President to get a grip on crime ahead of the annual State of th...
Apartheid court cases slated for hate factor
Any decision to prosecute those accused of apartheid-era crimes would not be in the national interest as it would only fuel racial divisions, says the lawyer acting on behalf of three former security policemen.

The three have been given notice that they are to be prosecuted in connection with the...
SA not doing enough for its children
A s the debate around the crime situ- ation in the country continues, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has released a damning report on the state of SA's children and violence against them.

The 2006 report says violence against women and children has reached unacceptable levels; 54 924...
'He let me pray before the rape'
Teenager is first to testify in trial of man accused of raping 65 women

A young, beautiful girl's wish to lift her mother out of poverty led her into the clutches of an alleged serial rapist.

Mongezi Samuel Jinxela allegedly lured the teenager by promising to get her mother a decent job...
Wife stood to benefit from Netshisaulu's death
Mulalo Sivhidzo, who stands accused of plotting the murder of her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu, stood to benefit extensively from his pension fund.

This was one of the reasons given by the state in opposing her bail yesterday.

Sivhidzo (28) was making her fifth bail application following h...
Guards say poor pay is reason for thefts
OR Tambo security 'in jeopardy until staff's conditions improve'

As reports of baggage theft at OR Tambo International Airport escalate, it has emerged that at least one security contractor at the airport has been told to shape up or ship out.

The Star has established that during a mee...
Parliament will tighten screws on Travelgate MPs
A parliamentary disciplinary committee has recommended that political parties should fire their convicted Travelgate MPs who still serve in parliament.

The recommendation that "the strongest possible action" be taken against the MPs will be submitted to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, who...
These shoes were made for stealing
Someone at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni has a shoe fetish.

Footwear of any kind, it seems, attracts the attention of luggage thieves.

This is according to an overwhelming majority of readers responding yesterday to The Star's appeal for information on baggage tampering.

Alleged coup plotters knew plan was blown yet still went ahead
The first state witness in the trial against the men accused of planning a coup in Equatorial Guinea could not understand why they continued with their plan, knowing it was not a secret.

Johan Smit yesterday told the Pretoria Regional Court he compiled two reports on this threat. These - which na...
'I am not anti-Mbeki ... just anti-crime'
Bashir Omar (38) rises from his desk at noon. He clutches a stack of posters under his arm and grabs a South African flag.

As he has done since Monday, Omar - who works in an office in Melrose Arch - heads towards the intersection of Corlett Drive and Melrose Boulevard.

"I am not anti-governme...
Cops take death trap public taxis off roads
Sixty unroadworthy taxis were removed on the Orange Farm roads in less then two hours this morning.

Described as "death traps" and "pieces of rubbish", the taxis were removed as they were transporting people to work and school.

One of the worst taxis to be pulled off the road was an old Nissan...
'My daughter was murdered and I couldn't do anything to help her'
Wheelchair-bound mother is left in shock after vicious night-time attack

A 51-year-old woman was first stabbed by a robber and then raped as she lay dying.

Sinah Mathobela died a few metres from her home in Daveyton on the East Rand this morning after trying to confront the man who'd at...
No forced confession, say cops
A statement and the pointing out of a crime scene are at the centre of the trial-within-a trial of the man charged with the slaying of 6-year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi.

Ronald Jones (27) claims he was assaulted and forced to confess to the crime by police officers who arrested him three mont...
Criminals dampen investment
The high levels of crime in South Africa are dampening both local and international investment spirits.

This was the stern warning by Business Against Crime (BAC), after receiving a donation of more than R1,3 million from the South African Insurance Association (Saia) in its fight against crime.
Protest over child’s murder
No bail for alleged kid-killers and an end to police indifference will be called for during a protest outside the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court tomorrow where four men, charged with the murder of Daniellé Esterhuizen, 5 will apply for bail.

Rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen and singer Steve Ho...
Are we blasé over women, child abuse?
Women and Men Against Child Abuse have reacted with anger and outrage at the brutal killing of Thato Radebe.

“Seeing the pictures of the girl in the papers was unbelievably disturbing. I had to question if as a society we are becoming desensitized to view this kind of brutality as a norm,” said ...
Slain policeman’s car found
Pretoria police believe they are on the verge of arresting the suspects who killed a fellow officer last weekend.

They have recovered a blue Toyota Tazz hijacked from Inspector Abednigo Kwinda, who was shot before being dumped in the veld on Saturday.

The vehicle was found abandoned at Soshang...
Police recover some heist cash
In yet another cash heist, four armed men overpowered two Fidelity Guards in Vereeniging on the Vaal Rand yesterday morning…

The four accosted the guards while they were offloading money at an Absa ATM.

The robbers fled in a BMW.

Vaal Rand police spokesman Trudie Wilken said the getaway car...
Counterfeiting suspect caught
A suspected counterfeiter was arrested during a raid on his Sunnyside flat in Pretoria yesterday.

The Crime Intelligence Unit recovered a box full of paper, ink and powders allegedly used to print fake SA notes.

Spokesman Inspector Paul Ramaloko said a 26-year-old Cameroonian man was arrested....
Mother hand her son over
A 23-year-old man arrested in KaNyamazane in connection with the murder of Elias Zitha was remanded in custody yesterday after a brief appearance in court.

The suspect was arrested at the murder scene after his fed-up mother who heard her son had been involved in a murder frog marched him back, <...
Car-crash judge wants an upgrade
The Pretoria High Court judge who recently crashed his car, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, and was then caught on a cellphone camera swearing at bystanders, is one of the 15 Gauteng judges complaining about transformation in the judiciary.

Judge Nkola Motata also brought up the race is...
Baby Nkhensani bungle
Police probed after alleged killer's escape

Sgidi Gasela was co-operating with police and about to confess to his role in the heist in which 15-month-old baby Nkhensani Mitileni was killed - but then he simply walked out of jail.

Now police are investigating whether their own officers ...
Alleged plane hijacker pleads for mercy
The man accused of attempting to hijack a plane using the name of al-Qaeda has requested that charges against him be dropped and that he instead be granted political asylum.

As yesterday's application for legal representation came to a close at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court, Amose Etave Ako...
Police mum on judge's blood sample results
Police won't say whether the blood samples taken from Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata - who was arrested for drunk driving - have been analysed.

Judge Motata was arrested last month after he crashed his silver Jaguar into the wall of a Hurlingham, Sandton, property.

He was arrested at t...
Drunk drivers beat the rap
Insurance industry paying out millions after cops fail to order blood tests

Hundreds of drivers evade punishment because Gauteng metro police officers fail to order that suspected drunk drivers have blood samples drawn after accidents.

And, according to the country's vehicle insurance c...
Judge scuppers sex predator's tactics
Girls' molester found to be intelligent, glib and manipulative

Convicted sex predator John Peter Putter tried every trick in the book to postpone the inevitable - being sentenced.

But yesterday Johannesburg High Court Judge Geraldine Borchers wasn't having any more of his delaying tact...
Community helps to nail rape suspects
Police have hailed a community's role in the rapid arrest of three men in connection with the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Soweto schoolgirl.

Thato Radebe, a Grade 8 Bedfordview High pupil, was still in her school uniform when her body was found by a passer-by in the veld in Soweto at the we...
Public uptight over pilfering from luggage at airport
Discerning thieves go for anything from old pipes to jewellery

Baggage is being pilfered at O R Tambo International Airport - and the thieves are discerning.

This was the crux of several e-mails and complaints The Star received yesterday after an article about Talk Radio 702 host Kate ...
Suspended manager lashes govt over inefficiency and corruption
Rather than fight her case in disciplinary hearings, Rosemary Janches, the general manager suspended by Geda, has chosen to resign.

The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) claimed she had been insubordinate and rude, but Janches argued she was treated like a criminal when she was frogmarch...
Why bank backed down on ad campaign
First National Bank's R10-million anti-crime advertising campaign has been damned by both big business and the government.

While the bank has not fully explained its reasons for withdrawing the controversial anti-crime initiative, it clearly was pressurised by bodies such as Business Leadership S...
FXI slams govt over FNB
Top government officials seem to want authoritarian laws in place to protect President Thabo Mbeki.

This is according to the Freedom of Expression Institute’s (FXI) Jane Duncan, who was reacting to comments by government spokesmen in the wake of First National Bank’s (FNB) decision to pull a mult...
Union says police ‘must not shield corrupt cops’
There will be no end to crime unless police refrain from shielding corrupt officers, according to the SA Transport and Allied Workers; Union.

The union was reacting to last week’s apparent involvement of police in an armed robbery of a Germiston store.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman denied th...
Mobs kill one man, injured another
Two acts of mob justice left one man drowned and another injured in separate incidents in Pretoria at the weekend.

Police said the first incident took place in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Sunday. A group of people chased a man suspected of robbing a woman.

Inspector Paul Ramaloko said in...
High Court frees detained Zim priest
The Johannesburg High Court has come to the rescue of the Zimbabwean priest Immanuel Hlabangana.

The clergyman, arrested for allegedly interfering with police duties, is now out on bail after the High Court overturned the decision of the Edenvale Magistrate’s Court to detain him pending his court...
Swift Justice
In just 10 days, Rattray suspect is caught, charged, convicted and sentenced

At 5.30pm on Friday January 26, David Rattray died while trying to protect his wife from a gunman.

Ten days later, in one of the quickest examples of justice in South Africa's recent history, one of the men ac...
Radio presenter a three-time victim of baggage tampering
When you go to O R Tambo International Airport, you expect to have to search for parking, go through a security check, show some form of ID and - lately - have your luggage tampered with.

Intrepid travel writer and radio presenter Kate Turkington experienced this first hand on three occasions in ...
Baby Nkhensani: another suspect caught
A tip-off from the community has led to the arrest of a man in connection with the killing of 15-month-old baby Nkhensani Mitileni in the Johannesburg CBD in October.

The man was arrested at a petrol station in Greytown, KwaZulu Natal, on Saturday while travelling in a taxi to Johannesburg. Howe...
'Guard' had evil intent
A bogus security guard has turned out to be a robber.

He was one of three gunmen who stormed into a clothing store at the Golden Walk in Germiston.

A police spokesperson, Inspector Jethro Mtshali, yesterday said the robbers struck shortly after staff arrived at work.

One of the men was dres...
City covers up damning report on 'wasteful' spending
No action taken against emergency services chief over 17 cameras

The City of Joburg has shot down a confidential report slamming the chief of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services' "wasteful" purchase of 17 surveillance cameras costing more than R104 000.

The internal report, do...
BAC denies role in dumping FNB's anti-crime campaign
The head of Business Against Crime has denied allegations that the organisation helped the government bully First National Bank into dumping its R20-million anti-crime campaign.

It has been reported that BAC leaders were present at the 11th-hour meeting between the bank's executives and senior AN...
'He really hurt my daughter. Why did he have to kill her.'
The horrific death of a 14-year-old girl found murdered in the veld in Soweto was the second blow for the family, as her great-grandmother had died only four days earlier.

Thato Radebe's body was found on Saturday morning in Emndeni by a passer-by. The body of the Bedfordview High School pupil h...
Faithful robbed during prayers
About 30 congregants of the Juma Mosque on Kerk Street in the Joburb city centre have been held up and robbed during evening prayers.

The robbery happened at about 7.30pm last night.

Members of the congregation of the mosque only realised they were being robbed when they heard pistols being ...
The Star steps in to stop building hijack
Yeoville property owners are being defrauded in a massive scam uncovered by The Star.

And this morning, through the intervention of The Star, the Inner City Task Team sent a guard to prevent the hijack of one building.

He told the tenants who had been threatened with eviction that a team of Re...
FNB pulls R20m anti-crime ad - FNB denies it was bullied
First National Bank has withdrawn a major, R20-million anti-crime advertising campaign that calls on "every proud South African concerned about crime to help us help South Africa".

The four-page broadsheet-sized newspaper insert contained a pre-paid and pre-posted letter for readers to sign, aski...
Crime not out of control’
Crime is not out of control, but the intensity of government and community efforts in this regard needs to be stepped up.

This is according to the ANC’S parliamentary caucus head of communications, Moloto Mothapo, who was commenting yesterday on the outcome of the ruling party’s recent Lekgotla a...
Big abalone haul in raid

Sixteen chest freezers full of shucked and frozen abalone were confiscated by police in the Western Cape.

The abalone was seized along with a truck and vehicle during a raid on a Duinepos house by a joint team of police and Departmental Affairs and Tourism inspectors.

A South African and two...
No arrests for bombing
Vaal Rand police have made no arrests in the latest Standard Banks ATM bombing.

Police spokesman William Mcera said the bombing took place around 3am in Orange Farm on Saturday.

“Explosives were mounted on the front portion of the ATM that was blown off. No money was taken,” Mcera said.

Policeman killed for car
A Pretoria policeman was killed early yesterday morning when he was robbed of his vehicle.

Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the wounded inspector was dumped in a field in Soshanguve extension and managed to cry out for help to a passer-by.

“An ambulance rushed the policeman to hospital but he died...
Police shot at raceway
Details are still sketchy after two men were critically injured during a shoot-out at the Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday morning.

Netcare 911 spokesman Trevor Putterill said at 8.44am paramedics arrived to assist a doctor first at the scene. “Robbers at the entrance to the race track were confron...
Raid closes three clubs
Three nightclubs were closed at the weekend following one of the biggest raids conducted this year.

Johannesburg police searched 800 clubgoers and several vehicles were searched for drugs and stolen goods in Germiston.

Johannesburg police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said the opera...
'Arms deal boss got $3m bribe'
German magazine fingers Chippy Shaik as probe grows

Chippy Shaik, the former chief of acquisition for South Africa's controversial arms deal, was allegedly paid a $3-million (about R21-million) bribe by arms manufacturer ThyssenKrupp.

This is according to the German news magazine Der Sp...
Crime only one of the issues touched on at cabinet meeting
Deputy president denies there was pressure on FNB drive

The topical issue of crime featured in discussions at the ANC parliamentary caucus but it was not the main issue at the meeting.

This is according to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo- Ngcuka and Education Minister Naledi Pandor, w...
I will not resign - Cachalia
Firoz Cachalia, Gauteng's MEC for Community Safety, will not resign. He denied promising to resign, adding it was the media who had reported "inaccurately and unfairly" six months ago.

"I said at the time that I would consider resigning if I came to the conclusion that there was something I could...
SA judge refused US visa for being suspected criminal
Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis says he was denied a visa into the United States after being mistaken for a wanted criminal.

Judge Davis is on long leave - a privilege offered to judges every four years - and is teaching competition law and labour at New York University. But his plans were alm...
Dumb criminal with toy gun beaten up
A would-be robber was glad to be arrested when his victims turned on him after discovering that he was brandishing a harmless toy gun.

Police officers and paramedics rushed to the aid of the man, who was being beaten up by an angry mob outside a bar in Umbilo Road, Durban.

ER24 medical rescue...
Suspected pedlar nabbed
A woman suspected of peddling drugs has been arrested in special crime-prevention operations conducted by the Ekurhuleni metro police in Katlehong at the weekend.

Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said a 22-year-old woman was detained on Saturday for dealing in drugs and possession of suspected stolen go...
Four admit fraud over 'magic Lotto pens'
If gullibility was a crime, then the 2 500 people who handed over money for a "magic pen" which would help them win the Lotto would have been found guilty.

The "magic pen" scam emerged in the Durban High Court recently when an application was made to seize the assets of the four men who devised ...
Credibility of judiciary has taken knock, say experts
'Judge Hlophe should have recused himself in Oasis Group application'

Legal experts and political parties have described the legal tussle between Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe and Judge Siraj Desai as unfortunate.

And yesterday they said Judge Hlophe should have recused himself fro...
No move on US terror suspect list
Gauteng "al-Qaeda" terror suspects Farhad and Junaid Dockrat have been left in limbo by the South African government, which has allegedly failed to investigate whether American claims against them have any substance.

The result is that while the cousins' names are splashed across the media and th...
Public Protector investigates new municipal chief
NORTH WEST PROVINCE – The Public Protector’s office is investigating charges against the new municipal manager of Matlosana (Klerksdorp), Matshidiso Moses Moadira.

“We have indeed received a complaint from the Freedom Front Plus, and the matter is under investigation,” said spokesman Charles Phah...
Death nears for Manto fan
PRETORIA – A medical board will decide whether a C-Max veteran who refuses to take anti-retrovirals should be paroled to go home and die of Aids.

The prisoner said he did not want anti-retrovirals because of his concerns about the dangerous side effects highlighted by Health Minister Dr Manto Tsh...
Citizens urged to go on march against crime
Concerned citizens and crime victims will participate in a national march for justice scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on March 10.

South Africans Unite Against Crime is a campaign to allow all South Africans to voice their opinion on crime. It will entitle all citi...
‘Crimebuster’ Firoz stays put
Firoz Cachalia, the Gauteng MEC tasked with beating crime, will not resign today after all.

Instead the MEC, who six months ago said he would quit his job should he come to the conclusion he had failed to deliver on aspects he could have done better in, is expected to announce yet another crime-f...
Council agrees to axing deal
Rustenburg Local Municipality has entered into a settlement with suspended municipal manager Eric Matlawe to terminate his services with immediate effect.

“The two parties have agreed on the consensual termination of Matlawe’s service, effective from January 31, 2007,” a spokesman for the office ...
Rattray gang bust
Ringleader was ex-employee of slain historian

Police appear to have smashed the gang who murdered world-renowned AngloZulu War historian David Rattray.

The Citizen can reveal that at least one of the gang has confessed, and told detectives how a robbery that went wrong led to Rattray’s ...
Brutal farm killing
Another farmer has been mercilessly tortured and murdered.

Cuts and stab-wounds on the body of Jermiah Harmann, 52, were so bad that people who saw them have been deeply traumatized, a source told The Citizen

A friend who asked to remain anonymous described yesterday how he found Harman...
Let attorneys be the judge – Law Society
Attorneys should also be allowed to serve as acting judges.

This is the view of the Law Society, which believes the Justice Ministry has many options available to them if they want to have a better representation of black and female judges.

Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla recently caused a ...
American found dead
An intensive investigation has been launched into the death of a US citizen in Pretoria this week.

The body of Gregory James Brown, 56, was found hidden under black refuse bags at his Sunnyside home on Tuesday.

He was apparently bludgeoned to death with a pickaxe handle.

Police were alerted...
Would-be cop had fake licence
JOHANNESBURG – Tshwane Metro Police have been flooded with applications for 300 operational-level positions, including one from a person with a fraudulent driver’s licence.
The would-be metro cop with the fake licence has been arrested, and a case has been opened with the SA Police Service.
Four o...
Leon urges Mbeki to listen to what the people say
Outgoing Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has several tips for President Thabo Mbeki ahead of next week's state of the nation address, including one that will not upset the bean counters or entail a major policy shift.

"Listen to what people say," is Leon's pithy advice to Mbeki, echoing wha...
KZN premier insists that safety is 'main concern'
The "callous" murder of David Rattray "is a crime against the people of our land - against all of us," KwaZulu Natal premier S'bu Ndebele said this morning.

Paying tribute to Rattray, Ndebele said that in honouring the life of the famous historian, "together, we must ensure that as from today, no...
Abused woman gets R300 000 settlement
A Pretoria high court settlement of R300 000 granted to a 44-year-old woman - sexually abused by her stepfather over a period of 13 years - is a milestone for women's rights, according to leading researcher Lisa Vetten.

Vetten, former manager of the gender programme at the Centre for the Study of...
Judge was paid almost R500 000 by company
Figures released as colleague is sued for defamation
Cape Judge President John Hlophe has received several payments, totalling almost R500 000, from Oasis Group Holdings over 39 months.

Some were received around the time he gave the asset management company consent to sue a senior colleag...
Challenge is to get all residents involved in fight
Fairland's CPF says though crime is waning, lack of interest from rich community members is a concern

'The more affluent people become, the less likely they are to get involved in community policing matters".

This is one of the challenges facing Fairland Community Policing Forum (CPF) ...
Bride jailed after failing to meet bail terms in 'presidency' case
First she tried to dupe President Thabo Mbeki's office into paying for her extravagant wedding.

Now it has emerged that Lebohang Molotsoane has pawned one of her get-out-of-jail cards - a laptop she used when employed in the president's office.

Her husband, Benjamin Molotsoane (25), of Sharp...
Stepmom charged in abuse case
Doctors described 21-month-old Tammy's case as one of the worst of child abuse they had come across.

Now, her stepmother, Zaibunisha Herman, will face a charge of culpable homicide in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court next month relating to the child's death. Tammy was adopted by 44-year-old H...
Government slammed at Rattray's funeral
With clenched jaws holding back tears, David Rattray's three sons clung together and watched their father's body being loaded into a hearse.

Bidding their father a final farewell outside the Michaelhouse chapel in the scenic KwaZulu Natal Midlands, one of the boys burst out crying. Up until then...
Indian fugitives tracked down in SA
Trio await extradition to face charges including murder

They came to South Africa to escape murder and extortion charges in India, and for six months they thought they had succeeded.

But on Wednesday, the fugitive run of three Indian nationals and an accomplice came to end when members...
'I have the power to make or break my life'
Former gangster Tshekiso Molohlanyi endured a childhood of drugs and crime, but today he is a pillar of strength for his two younger siblings

I became a gangster when I was 10 years old. It gave me a sense of security and belonging that I missed at home. Gang life was like a yo-yo - it was...
Cement murder carried out on third attempt
Court hears how Icelander's 'friends' meticulously plotted to rob and kill him

Gisli Thorkellson's murder had been planned in minute detail and executed using money stolen from his account, the Johannesburg High Court has been told.

Desiree Oberholzer, serving a 20-year jail term for he...
Mti gets 2010 job
Former prisons chief Linda Mti has been appointed head of 2010 World Cup security, the local organising committee confirmed yesterday. “He took up his post in January,” said committee spokesman Tumi Makgabo.

Mti resigned as head of Correctional Services in November last year.
His resignation cam...
Police are targeting Zim citizens – claim
South African police are becoming “increasingly xenophobic” towards Zimbabweans.

This is according to Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition media and advocacy manager Elinor Sisulu, who is on the SABC commentator blacklist.

“Research we commissioned proves police arrest Zimbabweans, even if they have ...
Officers up for assault on senior
Thirty-two police officers and prison warders were released on warning yesterday when they appeared in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court.

The 32, all members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, Popcru, were arrested after allegedly assaulting a unit commander during a protest march ...
Stabbing: girl could face attempted murder charge
A 12-year-old pupil in hospital is out of danger after allegedly being stabbed by a fellow pupil at Isipingo Primary School, south of Durban last week.

The pupil has been transferred to a general ward in St Augustine Hospital after spending a few days in intensive care.

The boy was allegedly ...
'No one is safe'
The country's top prosecutor has described as "disgusting" the shooting of Alan MacKenzie, adding that a criminal minority is holding law-abiding South Africans hostage to crime.

Angry National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli was speaking after MacKenzie, a Business Against Crime (BAC) pro...
Business Against Crime executive gunned down
A key Business Against Crime executive, due to testify before Parliament today, is fighting for his life after being shot last night.

Alan MacKenzie is BAC's national project co-ordinator and had been seconded to the Justice Department as a financial consultant.

His current title is project l...
Violent and sexual crime growing in 'good schools'
Experts deplore growing number of assaults by youths

'Why?" is the only question Andrew Merryweather wants to ask the school- boys who attacked him and left him paralysed.

And the 24-year-old Cape Town theatre restaurant manager is not alone.

The recent high-profile trial of the so-c...
Two Rattray suspects held in raid on kraal
Police are confident that two men taken into custody over the murder of David Rattray are linked to his killing - and are hopeful that more arrests will follow soon.

Prominent author, Anglo-Zulu war historian and KwaZulu Natal battlefields expert Rattray, who was gunned down at his internationall...
Granny has had quite enough of criminals
An Edenvale grandmother and teacher has been targeted by criminals three times in 10 days.

Avril Laros (63), a Grade 4 teacher at Glenhazel Primary School in Joburg, said her house in Edenglen was burgled on January 18,.

The perpetrators were disturbed by her domestic worker when she arrived...
Children's charity hit by weather damage, burglary in two weeks
It has been a bad two weeks for a Joburg centre that helps children with cancer.

First, torrential rains destroyed the roof of their residential centre in Saxonwold, forcing the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (Choc) to move the children staying there to another home in Soweto.

Victims seen as 'less than human'
A leading forensic criminologist says criminals involved in "so-called moffie- or nigger-bashing" see their victims as less than human.

These cases, says Irma Labuschagne, typically involve groups of boys drinking large amounts of alcohol and picking on "whatever vulnerable person crosses their p...
Waterkloof four jailed 12 years
Callous, cowardly killers with not a shred of remorse, humanity or conscience about what they did.

This was how Pretoria regional magistrate Len Kotzé described the so-called Waterkloof Four before sentencing them to 12 years in prison for the December 2001 murder of an unknown man in a Pretoria ...
Murder victim’s blood sprayed onto the ceiling
The murder of television actor Kobus Kleynhans, who was battered with a bedside television, a TV cable and stabbed with a knife and a pair of scissors, was so violent that there was even blood on the ceiling.

Kleynhans featured in Vetkoekpaleis, Vyfster, Jackpot and the early days of Isidingo.

Police are targeting Zim citizens – claim
South African police are becoming “increasingly xenophobic” towards Zimbabweans.

This is according to Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition media and advocacy manager Elinor Sisulu, who is on the SABC commentator blacklist.

“Research we commissioned proves police arrest Zimbabweans, even if they have a...
Smoked out of his bush hut
A man lived wild in the bush, hiding from police and evading arrest for five-and-a-half years, before he was finally tracked down this week and arrested for the murder of his wife.

Ananias Thaganyane Letebele, 52, was sickly and coughing when he finally emerged from the improvised hut he had fash...
Alleged drug baron appeals for bail
Alleged drug lord Nazier Kapdi and four accomplices are to launch an appeal before a Full Bench of the Cape High Court against the refusal by the Wynberg Regional Court to release them on bail.

The date for the High Court appeal has yet to be set, according to Greg Wolmarans, a senior prosecutor ...
CCTV footage to be used in child's murder case, court told
The CCTV footage that captured the events surrounding the death of 15-month-old Nkhensani Mitileni in October is to be used as evidence against one of the accused appearing in a Joburg court.

The child was shot in the head while strapped to her mother's back during a raid on a cash-in-transit va...
SANDF's R978m headache
It faces hundreds of serious criminal cases and civil claims

Hundreds of South African soldiers have been accused of killing, torturing and assaulting the very people they are supposed to protect - and taxpayers might have to fork out almost a billion rands in civil claims.

SA National...
Robber shot dead in suburban chase
Police shot dead an armed robber and injured another after a car chase through the northern Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst.

More than 20 shell casings marked the spot where a police patrol van caught up with the getaway car on 5th Avenue yesterday. After a fierce shootout, the bakkie smashed i...
Boeremag 'move' has edgy cops on the run
Dozens of heavily armed police officers have stormed into the Pretoria High Court - all because of a misunderstanding.

The officers all had one aim - to head as fast as possible to Court GA, where the Boeremag trial was under way yesterday.

There, the dozen or so police officers posted outsid...
'I never asked to see rapist's penis'
A former counsel for an Ekurhuleni sexual predator has vehemently denied accusations that he wrongly advised his then client to plead guilty in order to get a lesser sentence.

Advocate William Karam also dismissed claims by convicted sexual molester John Peter Putter that he had asked to see Put...
Businessman held up inside bank
Eight men have robbed a businessman of an undisclosed amount of cash - inside a bank.

According to Inspector Juanita Killian of the East Rand Flying Squad, the businessman - who requested police not to divulge his identity - walked into a branch of Nedbank in Primrose, Germiston, at about 2pm ye...
Cop in court over jewellery robbery
A policeman who was allegedly part of a gang that broke into jewellery shops at a shopping mall has appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

He is the fifth policemen to be implicated in crimes in Ekurhuleni in the past few days.

A Vosloorus policeman, Njabadely Ambrose Majola, and an ac...
Sexual abuse at schools 'exploding'
Disturbingly, experts say sexual abuse cases are also exploding in affluent schools.

"Many of South Africa's plush suburbs and private schools have become fertile breeding grounds for cultivating sexual and violent offenders," says Shaheda Omar, therapeutic manager at the Teddy Bear Clinic in Jo...
SMS poll on crime issue attracts 400 000 voices
A simple question asking people to SMS "yes" or "no" to Tim Modise's TV show on whether crime is spiralling out of control has turned into a massive groundswell of people saying "yes".

In less than three days, more than 400 000 people across the country have SMSed Modise's Lekgotleng le Modise' s...
Man convicted of raping girls wants to change plea
It has been 18 months since John Peter Putter admitted to having terrorised schoolgirls and was convicted on nine counts including rape, indecent assault and kidnapping.

But up to today the 34-year-old has not been sentenced as a result of delays caused by him, in the form of firing his advocates...
Terror list: More to come
Many more South Africans may join the two listed by the US as terror supporters, an American official hinted yesterday.

The US also wanted the United Nations to list Junaid Ishmail Dockrat and his cousin, Farhad Ahmed Dockrat, internationally as terror financiers but the South African government ...
ID calls for crime forum
Independent Democrats (ID) leader Patricia de Lille has reiterated her call on President Thabo Mbeki to urgently convene a crime summit.

De Lille repeated her call following the cold-blooded murder of KwaZulu-Natal battlefields historian David Rattray.

“I implore President Mbeki to convene a c...
Vigilantes will be arrested: SAPS
Police yesterday said mob justice would not be tolerated – those taking the law into their own hands would be arrested.

This comes as one person died, with another seriously hurt, in mob justice attacks in Soweto last week.

“Community members attacked a man after it was alleged he was one of t...
Cachalia will keep promise
The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Firoz Cachalia, will honour his promise to provide feedback on his anti-crime initiative, Operation Iron Fist.

Cachalia was praised last year when he announced the plan, in which he vowed the police would tackle criminals head-on and make significant inroads ...
Goosen joins the battle against crime
Popular Afrikaans singer, Anton Goosen and the Afrikaans language and cultural body the ATKV are to join forces with former Springbok rugby players in fighting crime.

Goosen, who was recently the victim of an armed robbery on his farm near Hartbeespoort Dam, said through his spokesman Johan Piena...
Police hunt heist men
Police are on the hunt for seven suspects involved in a cash heist on the N17 highway near the Rondebult off-ramp in Ekurhuleni yesterday.

The suspects, traveling in three vehicles, forced a Coin Security van off the road by shooting at it.

“The men jumped out of their vehicles and forced the ...
Women freed from abductor
A Nigerian national and his alleged Indian woman accomplice were arrested for abducting and forcing three women into prostitution in Pretoria at the weekend.

Police spokesman Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday a man in his 30s allegedly abducted three women on Friday.

The women were hiking...
New accused in garbage bin murder
A further four people appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday in connection with the murder of Gisli Thorkelsson, a citizen of Iceland, whose body was cemented into a dustbin.

He was allegedly killed for financial gain.

Thorkelsson, who was working in South Africa, was killed on his ...
Police seeking jewel thieves
Police are on the hunt for a group of eight suspects who robbed two jewellery stores at the East Rand Mall last weekend.

The suspects used hammers to break the display windows before stealing the jewellery, police said.

The group fled in two vehicles, except for one suspect, who was arrested.
Domestic murdered during robbery
A domestic worker was murdered during a house robbery in Villeria, Pretoria, yesterday.

Police said an unknown man entered the house where the woman worked, tied her up and then strangled her. He stabbed her in the chest with a sharp object, grabbed a DVD player and fled from the house, leaving ...
Police deny hiding truth
JOHANNESBURG – “I will never hide anything from the media.”
This was the assurance of East and North Rand Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman yesterday.

Serious questions arose at the weekend as it emerged that the police – when directly asked about the involvement of police officer...
Murder shocks Selebi
DURBAN – National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi yesterday said he was shocked and saddened by last Friday’s murder of renowned battlefields historian David Rattray in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Selebi said he trusted his forces would use all their resources to bring the killers to book.
Day care centre worst offender to date
JOHANNESBURG – A Pretoria East day care centre has the dubious distinction of being the most extreme example of contraventions of child care laws to date.

This was revealed in the Tshwane metro police’s continuing by-law enforcement operation codenamed X-Treme.
The Garsfontein centre was visited...
Robbers leave dead accomplice behind
An armed gang that stormed into a Blairgowrie, Randburg, house fled after apparently killing one of their own.

After realising what had happened, they panicked and fled, leaving the body of their friend sprawled in the house while the owner lay writhing in agony with a bullet in his abdomen.

R33 000 a month to stay home
This is what you are paying suspended council employee

This month, as usual, Valerie Govinden's salary arrived in her bank account. There's just one problem … Johannesburg ratepayers have paid about R800 000 for the suspended council employee to sit at home for two years.

Employed by t...
Govt losing crime war, says mother
Rarely has an incident of crime rocked the nation like the death of Baby Nkhensani, the infant who was shot dead while strapped to her mother's back during a cash-in- transit heist last October.

The 15-month-old girl was the youngest victim of this type of violence. Two men were arrested in conn...
Rattray murder a reflection of violent crime in SA, says Pahad
Tourism bosses fear the worst following South Africa's latest high-profile murder, but the government says the country should still be marketed as a safe tourism destination.

In Pretoria, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad held a press briefing yesterday as Friday's killing of world-reno...
Do you think crime is out of control?
This question was put forward online in The Star newspaper yesterday and the results showed that 1 546 (95%) of readers voted YES and 81 (5%) said NO.

What do you say?

Media threatened at robbery trial
The trial of four police officers accused of robbery with aggravating circumstances was punctuated by intimidation of journalists inside and outside court.

First it was the court orderly, an Inspector Tshika, who intimidated and threatened journalists as the proceedings got under way in the Germ...
Drawn-out case 'absurd'
Tony Healy, a Joburg-based labour lawyer with over 20 years' experience, had this to say about Valerie Govinden's case: "It's absurd."

Healy said the longest a case should take - and only if it involved complicated forensic auditing and investigation - was between three and five months. Otherwis...
Radio supremo lays assault charge against bouncer
Senior Yfm employee Chris Nkosi has opened a case of assault against a bouncer at trendy Sandton nightclub Taboo.

Nkosi, Yfm marketing co-ordinator and head of events at the popular Gauteng radio station, said he was allegedly beaten up by a bouncer for no reason.

What was meant to be a fun ...
After months in the sun, Boeremag two must face the music
Boeremag pair Rudi Gouws and Herman van Rooyen had a good time during the eight months they were on the run.

"Man, we slept under the rain and saw the sun come up," Van Rooyen said yesterday.

And both men celebrated their birthdays while the police hunted for them.

But, claims the state,...
Killed by the one thing he feared
Rattray talked to a friend about crime just days before his murder

David Rattray's passion for South Africa contrasted sharply with his one fear about the future: crime.

Just a week ago he talked to a friend, Mark Read, about this worry.

And a few days later these fears became a real...
'Rattray revenge murder'
Killers talked of money as they fled
Murdered historian David Rattray confided to a friend a week ago about his fears in regard to endemic crime in South Africa.

In the wake of his murder on Friday, police yesterday combed through his home as stunned friends said they thought his death co...
Grim, grisly restart awaits Joburg High Court
Catalogue of crime includes child's rape and murder

A murder victim hidden in a municipal bin filled with cement, the trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 6-year-old girl, and the alleged gang-rape of a Belgian student are among the cases to be heard in the Johannesburg High Co...
Rattray murder mystery
Robbery gone wrong or revenge?

Police believe a botched robbery, and not an assassination, led to the death of world-renowned Anglo-Zulu War historian, tourism authority and battle-site guide David Rattray.

Police are adamant that a land claim dispute was not the motive for Rattray's mu...
Gripes about police station went unheeded
Several years down the line, cops and reservists are among suspects held after robbery at store in Elsburg

Two MECs of safety and security and the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) were alerted to alleged irregularities at the Eden Park police station over the past few years - to no...
Illegal traders angry after metro police clean up streets
Thobela was one of 200 illegal traders targeted by the Joburg Metro cops in a clean-up at the Baragwanath taxi rank and Kliptown in Soweto last week.

The officers, about 300 in total, mercilessly tore down the makeshift steel and wooden stalls and confiscated more than 10 truckloads of fruit, ve...
‘Memory lapse’ scorned
The “I can’t remember’ reaction of Robert McBride on the issue of his controversial car accident on December 21 last year; and his refusal to give details about his medical report after the crash, have caused further speculation.

McBride, who during his few years at the helm of the Ekurhuleni Met...
Singer Goosen robbed
Popular Afrikaans singer Anton Goosen is going to enlist in the fight against crime.

He took this decision after he became one of the latest victims of violent crime in Gauteng yesterday. He was attacked in the early hours of the morning on his farm Gansbaailapa, in the Hartbeespoort Dam area.
US to list men as terror suspects
Regardless of ongoing discussions between South Africa and the US, two SA men look set to be listed as terror suspects in America anyway.

Yesterday it was reported that while the US is open to negotiations with South African authorities on the international listing of Junaid and Farhad Ahmed Dock...
Second Kebble accused
A second accused is to be extradited from overseas to face the music in the Bret Kebble murder case.

Yesterday the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced it was seeking the extradition of an unnamed man from an unnamed country to join businessman Glen Agliotti in the dock.

Agliotti has...
Escape baffles team
It is still a mystery how hardened criminal Annanias Mathe escaped from C-Max maximum-security prison in Pretoria last year.

Yesterday the Parliamentary Committee on Correctional Services and a delegation from the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) visited the jail in an attempt to get more cla...
Bogus Scorpion held after ‘ice’ case sting
Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly pretending to be a member of the Scorpions, trying to obtain the dossier on the Hartbeespoort ‘ice’ case and offering to get the alleged kingpin off the hook.

The man, who works as a tout for a Gauteng legal firm, was arrested yesterday afterno...
Ex-media man fears Press will be conned
A former Pretoria area police media spokesman fears “factual and transparent information” will be the major casualties of the SA Police Service’s revamped media liaison set-up.

Dave Harrington handled media liaison for Pretoria and surrounds in the mid-nineties before leaving the plice for a care...
Slaying of farmer: third suspect held
Mpumalanga police have arrested a third suspect involved in the brutal slaying of the 65-year-old farmer Johan Prins on January 19.

Police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi confirmed that a 49-year-old man allegedly involved in the murder was a Home Affairs employee in Witbank.

“The murder weap...
Armed men rob popular musician
Iconic Afrikaans singer Anton Goosen has become another crime statistic.

He was robbed, kidnapped and assaulted during an incident on his smallholding just outside Pretoria .

The attack lasted almost two hours, leaving the singer-songwriter traumatised and with two cuts on his head.

Hero cops save 17 trapped in inferno
'We were stuck, there was nowhere to run … we were so scared we were going to die'

Two Pretoria policemen armed with wet duvets risked their lives to rescue 17 people trapped between burning shacks.

The daring rescue played out in front of scores of distraught residents, with the ...
Parties label Mabandla racist over appointment of judges
The vetoing of two white male advocates to serve as temporary acting judges on the Free State bench has upset opposition parties, with the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Freedom Front Plus branding Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla a racist.

Die Burger newspaper reported yesterday that Mabandla ...
State plans to haul Kebble aide to court
Australian businessman John Stratton will stand trial for the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble - should the state have its way.

Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel this morning confirmed that prosecutors were "initiating proceedings" to ensure that businessman Glenn Agliotti would not be the onl...
'Sweet 16 and never been shot'
Teenager's poem tells of ambush trauma she can't speak about

Kylie Holland's trauma was so bad that she couldn't face her parents to tell them the depths of her pain after a gunman had pumped 18 bullets into the family car.

So she wrote a poem, described by her mother as "heartbreaking...
Fraud charge ruins bride and groom's wedded bliss
Sending the wedding bill, totalling more than R50 000, to President Thabo Mbeki's office - priceless

Lebohang Molotsoane sent a hotel a letter stating that the Presidency would take care of all her wedding costs. Now she has been charged with fraud.

The 25-year-old, a former employee in...
Tests for youth accused of killing
The teenager who allegedly slit the throat of a 19-year-old Edenvale student had a history of mental illness and had seen a psychiatrist just a month before the attack.

This emerged yesterday when Guiseppe Avallone (19) appeared for a second time in the Germiston Magistrate's Court in connection...
Outcry at bail for man accused of knifing wife
Women's rights groups have expressed outrage over a court's decision to release on bail a man who allegedly stabbed his wife 16 times while she was in the bath.

The woman, who has asked to be identified only as Dawn, managed to escape from the Mulbarton, southern Johannesburg, house when the knif...
Grandfather shot dead after seeing newborn grandchild
Just hours after he saw his newborn grandchild for the first time, Adriaan Joubert was murdered in the garden of his home.

"Three or four" men jumped over the wall of Joubert's Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, house about 9pm on Wednesday. As they moved around the house they encountered Joubert (58...
Clamour for McBride's dismissal
Metro police chief an embarrassment and a liability, parties tell the mayor

Political party leaders have called on Ekurhuleni's mayor to fire embattled metro police chief Robert McBride, saying he was "the joke of the country" and was embarrassing the mayor.

In his response at the mont...
Getting past the massacre
Local CPF rolls up its sleeves after bloody shootout between police and robbers in Jeppestown

Just last year, the small suburb of Jeppestown found itself catapulted into the spotlight in the worst possible way imaginable.

Images of an intense gun battle between the police and a gang of...
For the Record An apology
The Star reported last Wednesday that a Pretoria prostitute had been "beaten into a coma" by Sunnyside police on Monday night.

We said she was 17 years old and was admitted to hospital that same night, where she was "fighting for her life".

However, after further investigation, we have satisf...
Tourists’ hijack hell
Durban – Two tourists were hijacked while bird watching just outside Mkhuze game reserve in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Their captors forced them to wander the kwaJobe community area until midnight before they managed to escape and get help.

The Park Authority and c...
Bizarre PO fraud and drugs claims
Claims that young women were plied with drugs and alcohol as part of a top South African Post Office executive’s scheme to defraud the Post Office, have been made to the Scorpions.

Yesterday Bart Henderson of the Institute for Corporate Fraud Management gave the National Prosecuting Authority a s...
Minister to pay for manhood
Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula must pay damages to a young Atteridgeville man, who lost a leg and his manhood when a civilian shot him while helping police catch suspected hijackers.

Pretoria High Court Judge Moses Mavundla ruled that the Minister was liable for the damages sustaine...
Bomb threats warning
Following three bomb threats in two days at airports this week, the police have warned they will not tolerate any more – even if they are intended as jokes.

Senior Superintendent Vish Naidoo says people who threaten the safety of airports will be prosecuted.

This follows the arrest of three me...
Fans flock to support DJs accused of fraud
Couple 'going through hell' over alleged theft of R32m from SABC

Two high-profile SABC radio DJs facing multiple charges of fraudulent marketing received strong backing when hordes of fans descended on the court in T-shirts bearing words of support.

However, their presence did little t...
SA asks for hold on terror listing of two
The fate of the two South Africans accused of having links with al-Qaeda is in the hands of the 15 members of the UN Security Council's 1267 sanctions committee, says their lawyer.

Yesterday, the South African government asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to put a hold on the listing of the na...
Court gives new hope to triple murderer who says he's innocent
Triple murderer Farouk Meyer (29) has been sentenced by two courts to life imprisonment, yet he still believes he is innocent.

For more than two years, Meyer, of Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, has been fighting to get his case reopened on the grounds that new evidence has emerged.Yesterda...
'Tsotsi' star on driving licence charge
The star of the 2006 South African Oscar award-winning film Tsotsi has been accused of allegedly turning into a "tsotsi" himself.

Young Presley Oageng Chweneyagae (23), who portrayed a gangster in Gavin Hood's film, drew a lot of attention and even cheers from female fans when he appeared in the ...
McBride's amnesia defence
Robert McBride claims he did not drink a drop of alcohol the day he crashed his Chevrolet - but crucial blood tests were not performed to determine whether he is telling the truth.

The Ekurhuleni metro police chief yesterday broke his silence about the December 21 accident, saying he was in fact...
A family ravaged by crime
Every single member of Debbi Talmage's family has been traumatised by attacks

They look out at us, smiling, their eyes bright, as they pose for this happy family picture.

Yet every single member of this family, including those on the left, has been traumatised by crime.

And, until ...
Attacked woman ignored for hours in police station
Officer laughed and enjoyed his coffee while hijack victim bled

She fought off three hijackers with a broken bottle - but a Kyalami vet says her two-hour ordeal at one of Gauteng's worst police stations was as traumatic as the attack she survived.

Covered in her attackers' blood, the d...
SA is now a big global drugs player
South Africa has become a major player in the world drug trade.

This is according to the Ministry of Social Development, which has proposed new legislation to curb the increasingly serious problem of drug and alcohol abuse in the country.

According to Zola Skweyiya, Minister of Social Developm...
Cops ‘hurled race abuse’ at lawyer
A Johannesburg labour lawyer is undergoing trauma counseling after she became the latest victim of alleged rogue police.

Officers from the Johannesburg Metro Police allegedly hurled racist remarks at Nadia McIntyre, 37, after she asked one of them to reveal his name.

“The officer wasn’t wearin...
Another hijacking in park
Hijackers have struck again in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, fuelling mounting concern about the impact on local communities and tourism in the World Heritage site.

This is the fourth hijacking in the park, and the fifth in the region since December 29.

Last Friday night Jaqui-Anne Elcerk...
Security door foils bid to rob Ekurhuleni bank
Shattered glass particles could be seen all over the entrance of FNB bank in Industria West after an attempted robbery yesterday.

The drama unfolded at 10am when one of seven robbers had no luck entering the bank.

He got stuck in the entrance cubicle while holding a security guard at gunpoint ...
SA pair question validity of terror listing
The lawyer acting on behalf of two South African men linked to al-Qaeda has sent a letter to the Department of Foreign Affairs demanding clarity on their clients' constitutional rights.

Junaid Dockrat, a Mayfair, Joburg, dentist, and his Pretoria-based cousin Dr Farhad Ahmed Dockrat became the s...
Russians target Net bankers
Syndicate's software used by SA hackers to hit Internet cafés

A Russian cyber-criminal syndicate, specialising in the development of software to hack into bank accounts, is selling its software to South Africans.

And the banking industry is losing millions.

Recently, well-organised...
Hospital probes use of expired drugs
Questions are mounting as to how an epileptic patient at Johannesburg Hospital was given expired drugs to treat her condition.

This comes as the CEO of the hospital, Sagie Pillay, revealed that a preliminary probe had discovered that the drugs dispensed to the 42-year-old woman had been removed ...
Yengeni's dead bull in ring of hot debate
The storm raging over Tony Yengeni's slaughtering of a bull is refusing to die down, with the SPCA charging that the public debate about its investigation into the matter is misdirected and the Ministry of Arts and Culture saying Yengeni was within his constitutional right to perform the ritual.

Lovers who killed child win leave to appeal life sentence
While child-killers Deliwe Majaja and Chester Rudzani Makhale may have lost their battle to appeal their conviction of murder, they have won another important one after the court granted them leave to appeal their sentence of life imprisonment.

The two former live-in-lovers are now hoping for a ...
R6,7m stolen medicine recovered in RDP house
Police have found stolen medicine worth an estimated R6,7-million in a four-roomed RDP house - thanks to tip-offs from residents.

Besides the 98 boxes that were piled in one of the rooms, the house was empty and did not have furniture or carpets.

The discovery was made on Monday night after ...
A family ravaged by crime
Every single member of Debbi Talmage's family has been traumatised by attacks

They look out at us, smiling, their eyes bright, as they pose for this happy family picture.

Yet every single member of this family, including those on the left, has been traumatised by crime.

And, until ...
Education official hit me, says mom
She just wanted matric certificate but got bruises and scratches

A visit to the Gauteng Department of Education turned nasty for a Joburg woman who claims she was repeatedly punched by an official while her horrified son watched.

Portia Tshibanda, of Kew, had gone to the GDE's offices ...
Ice man in the cooler
Police smashed what is possibly the biggest drug factory yet found in South Africa, arresting the alleged kingpin and seizing methamphetamine or “ice” with a street value of R270 million.

The Special Task Force, together with members of the Organised Crime Unit and S A Revenue Service, swooped on...
Pastor jailed for bid to rape girl, 6
‘Lucky to escape 10-year term’

A church pastor yesterday started a five-year jail sentence for the attempted rape of a six-year-old girl who had respected his moral authority.

Parow sexual offences magistrate Carin Lehmann told Deon de Klerk, 43, that his personality encompassed a compulsion t...
Fighting crime in Pretoria
Rising crime in Pretoria and surrounds has prompted two initiatives.

In the first a motion will be tabled at this week’s Tshwane Metro Council meeting asking for a renewed commitment to the “safer city policy” accepted by the council in November.

The second follows a meeting between Tshwane Me...
Shopping centers are gradually winning the war against violent crime
This is according to the SA Council of Shopping Centres, in its review of safety measures for retailers and customers implemented during the past year.

Unlike in some countries, SA shopping centers are known to be targeted by violent criminals.

The council’s general manager Tracey Fowler said ...
The ANC has jumped to the defence of President Thabo Mbeki whose remarks on crime have infuriated many crime victims and opposition parties.

Following a television interview in which he said it was just a perception that crime was out of control, Mbeki was accused of being “out of touch with real...
Thieves in shootout
A student police constable and two security guards were wounded during an early morning robbery at the Metropolitan shopping center in Bethlehem yesterday.

Captain Hennaed Labuschagne said two Mayday security guards responded to an alarm at 2am at the center, and were met by a hail of bullets fro...
A month on and still no answers to 4 basic questions
Police have collected Robert McBride's statement detailing his recollection of his controversial car crash.

Witnesses at the scene on the R511 near Centurion on Decem- ber 21 allege that Ekurhuleni metro police chief McBride was "blind drunk" at the time. He faces charges of reckless and neglige...
Cash raised for 'Boeremag fugitive couple'
The farming community of Modimolle (Nylstroom) raised R30 000 in cash in less than 20 minutes to bail Jacobus and Elizabeth Bogaards.

The couple were arrested 10 days ago on suspicion of aiding and abetting Boeremag fugitives Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws.

The two men were re-arrested in th...
ANC urges cabinet to step up fight against crime
Ngonyama downplays fact that it contradicts Mbeki

The ANC wants the government to change gear in handling crime, calling for a more "vigorous" and "comprehensive" response to the problem.

This follows the party's three-day lekgotla in Joburg.

The position is in stark contrast to Pr...
'Prostitute-beater cops' could be suspended
Police officers accused of beating up a young city prostitute could be suspended pending an investigation into the events that made headlines last week.

Provincial police spokesperson Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said the woman made a statement yesterday and a charge of assault had been opened...
Courageous cop deals swiftly with threat to blow up plane
A brave police captain single-handedly ended an hour-long hijacking ordeal at O R Tambo International after a 27-year-old man threatened to blow up an Air Botswana plane.

He volunteered to enter the aircraft alone last night after the hijacker demanded to see a police officer to discuss his dema...
Al-Qaeda claim rocks family
In the small, tightly knit community of Mayfair, Johannesburg, Dr Junaid Dockrat is known as a quiet and generous man with a passion for hunting - but to America, he is a terrorist with links to al-Qaeda.

The accusation by the United States government that Dockrat and his cousin Farhad Dockrat a...
Husband (71) kills spouse after refusal to have sex with him
A 71-year-old man has appeared in court for allegedly killing his 73-year-old wife after she refused to have sex with him.

Mbeko Maseko appeared briefly in the the Ermelo Magistrate's Court yesterday after he allegedly hit his wife over the head with an axe on Saturday.

According to Mpumalan...
KZN heist gang accused denied bail
The "impressive" profile of one of 26 men accused of belonging to a cash-in-transit heist gang details 13 different first names, four surnames, three aliases, nine dates of birth, five professions and seven residential addresses.

Magistrate Fariedha Mohamed made the comment in denying 25 of the ...
'People do not want McBride to succeed'
Vilified chief of police stands for justice, says struggle pal

Robert McBride is no sissy. He is fearless and prepared to see that criminals get their comeuppance.

This is the view of Alfred Woodington, a former ANC cadre who got to know Ekurhuleni's chief of police 16 years ago, during...
Syndicate bust in R270-million drug raid
Joint teams put the heat on 'ice' lab hidden on remote farm

The police and SA Revenue Service have dealt the drug trade another massive blow - seizing R270-million worth of a narcotic called ice.

The task force, members of an organised crime unit and Sars yesterday pounced on a farm ne...
Banks to use smart cards in bid to fight fraud
South Africa's four big banks are to roll out microchip-embedded smart cards this year in a bid to fight fraud and grow a cashless society - encouraging consumers to make low-fee debit card payments for small purchases.

The country is the first outside Europe - which launched the technology over...
Prostitute beaten up by cops surfaces to lay charge
The prostitute who was allegedly beaten up by police officers has finally come forward to make a formal statement - saying she was attacked twice by police in 48 hours.

The woman says that all she remembers is her head being smashed into a police van.

Her alleged attack at the hands of the pol...
Mass grant theft bust
Thousands of govt frauds face court over lost millions

Thousands of South African government employees countrywide are facing prosecution after being found to be receiving social grants fraudulently.

The findings were made by a special unit investigating fraud and irregularities in soci...
Abalone arrests
Johannesburg police have arrested ten people for the possession of six tons of abalone with a street value of R12million.

Spokesman Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoe said four were arrested in Ferndale, Randburg on Saturday at 4.40pm for the possession of two tons of abalone worth R2million.

At ...
9600 farm attacks since 1991: AgriSA
AGRISA says 9600 farm attacks have been committed since 1991, making President Thabo Mbeki’s comment that crime was under control “regrettable”.

The organisation’s Kiewiet Ferreira said on Friday that at least three farmers had been murdered in recent weeks and there had been a steady increase in...
Police blitz ‘reclaims streets for a day’
A joint operation in the northern Johannesburg suburbs on Saturday netted scores of illegal immigrants and criminals.

Norwood police teamed up with Metro Police, Home Affairs, the Gauteng Liquor Board and the Pretoria Air Wing. A four-by-four club also took part.

“The objective of the operati...
Boeremag escapees nabbed
Two Boeremag fugitives spent the weekend in the C-Max prison after eight months on the run.

Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws were re-arrested on Saturday, while spending the night in a Lyttelton townhouse complex south of Pretoria.

The Police Special Task Force stormed into the duplex where th...
McBride to talk about crash
Robert McBride will make a statement to the SAPS today about his motor vehicle accident – more than a month after the controversial Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) chief was involved in the crash on December 21.

McBride returns to work today after intense speculation over his accident, ...
Shooting attacks leave two dead
The gun-happy culture of Johannesburg was demonstrated once again on Saturday when two elderly people were shot dead – a man in the driveway of his home and a woman in a dentist’s consulting rooms where she had worked as a receptionist for 35 years.

In both cases the gunmen are believed to have b...
Pure heroin to hit SA
Police geared to combat threat of record Afghanistan harvest

International drugs officials fear that a bumper crop of opium harvested in Afghanistan last year is about to hit the streets of South Africa - as one of the purest forms of heroin ever to be found in this country.

While they...
There was no assault, says Selebi
Police commissioner pre-empts official investigation into beating of sex worker

In a surprise turn, national police commissioner Jackie Selebi has dismissed reports of a brutal police assault on a prostitute in Sunnyside, Pretoria, as "a thumbsuck".

And this, even before the completion...
Body in boot trial told of 'evil things' SMS
Startling evidence that City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu's daughter-in-law - who stands accused of plotting the murder of Tsedu's son last month - sent a message to a male relative stating that "evil things" might have to be done "to get materials for this world" were heard in court yesterday.

Probe into racism ordered
Just days after the Saturday Star exposed incidents of alleged racism at the Brixton fire station, the chief of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS), Dr Ntombi Gule, has ordered that every single station be investigated.

The probe, which has already begun, will look at all 29 stations...
Prostitute beaten up by cops surfaces, makes statement
The prostitute who was allegedly beaten up by police officers has finally come forward to make a formal statement - saying she was attacked twice by police in 48 hours.

The woman says that all she remembers is her head being smashed into a police van.

Her alleged attack at the hands of the pol...
Prove al-Qaeda links, says SA government
US must back up claims that two men are terror supporters

The South African government has called on United States authorities to back up their claims that two South African men are al-Qaeda operatives.

Johannesburg dentist Junaid Dockrat yesterday again strongly denied claims linking ...
11 nabbed for excessive speeding
Ekurhuleni metro police arrested 11 motorists for speeding and the driver of a Porsche for defeating the ends of justice because he had laser detectors on his car.

Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko yesterday said they clamped down on speedsters in special operations in Swartkoppies Road, Alberton, and on...
Hundreds detained
East Rand police arrested 469 people for a variety of offences during special crime- prevention operations conducted at the weekend.

Superintendent Andy Pieke said suspects were arrested for crimes such as robbery, assault, possession of drugs and stolen property, theft, driving under the influen...
Sisters die in bizarre family shooting
Police have arrested a man after he allegedly shot his wife and sister-in-law in two separate incidents.

According to police, the 47-year-old man shot his wife at his home in Buccleuch, Sandton, at about noon on Saturday. He then drove to a dental practice in De Korte Street, Braamfontein, where...
Man shoots ex-wife and himself outside church
Shocked churchgoers watched in disbelief as a church parking lot was transformed into "a bloody nightmare".

At the Fountain of Life Christian Church in Marina da Gama, Cape Town, yesterday, a woman was shot and wounded by her estranged husband, who then tried to kill himself.

As the morning ...
Decision on Yengeni's service awaited
The parole board is to decide this week on the type of community service that convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni will perform.

Since his release from Malmesbury Prison last week, parole officers who have been following Yengeni's every move are expected to hand their report to the board before it d...
Dad killed trying to aid son during home robbery
He was hit by bullets shot wildly after gang forced to flee empty-handed

When 78-year-old Rodney King heard his son screaming in the driveway, he instinctively ran to his rescue - and paid for it with his life.

Brendon King had been wrestling with one of at least four robbers who had a...
Bail hearing postponed again in Netshisaulu murder case
In-laws keep distance as wife of slain accountant appears in court

It has been 46 days since her husband's gruesome murder, she has spent 28 days behind bars and made four court appearances. Now Mulalo Sivhidzo will spend another two weeks in prison before her next bail application is hear...
Cops seek man in red Monza over girl's abduction
West Rand police are hunting a man in his 20s driving a red Opel Monza who allegedly abducted an 11-year-old Roodepoort girl and held her for two hours before releasing her yesterday.

West Rand South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Joseph Magoai said the girl was walking to Laerskool ...
Selebi plan worries media
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will meet a delegation of the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) today to discuss the new provincial police communication system.

As news of the imminent centralized police media liaison office continues to worry newsrooms, political parties too have voi...
Policemen not allowed to do their jobs
The police restructuring programme is affecting service delivery, according to former members of specialized units.

Members of the now defunct Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units (FCS) have been placed at ordinary police stations as part of the SAPS restructuring.

DA sp...
Pretoria lawyers demand action on prostitute bashing
The Law Society of the Northern Provinces yesterday demanded National Commissioner Jackie Selebi arrest two Sunnyside policemen who assaulted a teenage prostitute on Monday.

The organization has also put one of their attorneys on stand-by, free of charge, to help the 17-year-old girl sue the poli...
Cop slain at speed trap
A Mogale City Metro police officer was shot dead while manning a speed camera on Wednesday.

Three men approached him while he was checking speedsters on the Sterkfontein Road near Big Five at about 6pm.

Officer Thabo Tladi, 61, who had worked for the Metro Police for 28 years, was shot dead th...
Police probe into officers watching porn complete
The internal police investigation into officers allegedly letting emergency calls go unanswered while watching late-night pornographic films has been completed but it will be a while before the public gets to know the naked truth.

Southern Free State police spokesman Superintendent Motantsi Makhe...
Cash-in-Transit staff may strike
A union representing 90% of the cash-in-transit personnel has warned it would embark on a protest if its demand for protection is not met by next month.

The Motor Transport Workers’ Union made this announcement following a high-level meeting in Johannesburg yesterday.

The meeting, mediated by ...
Just desserts
Rapists get long jail sentences

Two men have been jailed for long terms for robbing, kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old woman in Zamdela, Sasolburg, one winter’s night in 2004.

Lerato Godfrey Radebe, 20, was jailed for 29 years and Leslie Thabank Mokoena, 21, for 25 years after being...
NPA women win battle to clear names
Disappointment expressed at prosecuting body's handling of case

Three of the National Prosecuting Authority's most powerful women were forced to wage an almost four-year-long battle to clear their names - because of anonymous letters.

NPA chief executive officer Marion Sparg, her deputy...
More heat on Blair over arms deal
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is under renewed pressure to reveal his role in the South African arms deal.

The UK attorney-general last night joined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in calling for a thorough probe into the alleged bribery of foreign officials in sec...
SA arms deal: Blair attacked
Prime minister's involvement in R30bn sale raised in UK parliament

British opposition parties have called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to come clean over his involvement in a controversial R30-billion arms deal between the South African government and British arms manufacturer BAe.

As p...
Agliotti mansion put up for R500 000 bail in drug case
NPA did not oppose application but admits to being concerned for his safety

If Glenn Agliotti - whom the Scorpions call the "Landlord" because he allegedly heads a giant drug- smuggling syndicate - skips bail, his ex-wife will lose her plush R6,5-million Johannesburg home.

Yesterday Ag...
Search for abused and injured sex worker
As police step up their investigation into the alleged brutal assault on a Pretoria prostitute, sex worker rights organisations and social workers have begun scouring the capital for the missing woman.

The sex worker, believed to be 17 years old, discharged herself from Tshwane District Hospital ...
Public help to nab traffic cop-killers
The Mogale City public safety department has commended community members who assisted with the arrest of four men suspected of killing a traffic officer in Krugersdorp.

The 60-year-old Thabo Tladi was meant to be on leave on Wednesday but had reported to work to help a colleague.

Seated on t...
End of road for two after hijacking
Two hijackers from Maputo were arrested after a high-speed chase by the police, a tracking company and officers from the Ekurhuleni metro police department's crime prevention and highway patrol units in Leondale, Germiston.

They were detained shortly after hijacking a vehicle in the Joburg suburb...
Cops now ill equipped, says DA
Some police stations 'showing middle finger to top brass'

Certain station commanders are intent on showing Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula and the national police commissioner and the country "the middle finger" because police officers do not have a budget for crime kits.
Crime-ridden suburb on the warpath to restore order
Community on road to cleanse police station of bad reputation

Mention Booysens police station and the name is likely to evoke bitter memories.

Last year, the station was rocked by a major scandal after SABC's Special Assignment programme exposed cases of rampant corruption, with police...
Outrage at police move to ‘gag the media’
"Good luck to you guys in the media, because you are going to need it”.

With these words, a former police spokesman summed up the apprehension in media houses at the news that area police spokesmen are being moved from their positions, in the name of the greater SAPS restructuring programme.

Taxi bosses plan to defy government
Taxi bosses aligned to the National Taxi Alliance gathered in Johannesburg’s Kibler Park today to plan their latest attempt to force the government to heed their complaints.

The organization is the most radical of South African taxi bodies.

They reject the government’s taxi recapitalisation in...
Rapist's sentence extended
A Pretoria High Court judge increased a child rapist’s sentence yesterday following an appeal against his initial 15-year jail term.

Judge Mahomed Ismail sentenced 28-year-old Mncedisi Lethoesha of Stilfontein to 22 years’ imprisonment for his role in the gang rape of a 12-year-old girl in the Kh...
Outrage at ‘dog’ boy killer fine
There has been widespread condemnation of a ‘light’ sentence meted out to a Limpopo farmer found guilty of culpable homicide after the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy in July last year.

The Thabazimbi Magistrate’s Court fined Marcel Nel, 39, R10 000 or two-and-a-half years in prison for shoo...
Centurion crime wave
Just as the President issues reassuring words about crime levels, Centurion residents find themselves in the middle of a mini-crime wave.

Two murders and a hijacking within days have prompted Lyttelton Manor residents to form a Community Policing Forum (CPF)

The recent spate of criminal acts h...
Potch pensioner in drive-by darting
Another pedestrian has been injured after being darted in a drive-by incident with a dangerous 8cm-long steel rod.

This time it was in Johannesburg, more than 100km away from three other similar incidents in Potchefstroom.

A 68-year-old grandfather walking in Delphinium Street, Brackenhurst, s...
Missing girl’s body found
The badly decomposed body of a 17-year-old missing girl has been found by the Butterworth police in the Eastern Cape.

Spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said Liso Nyimba, who went missing on December 28 last year, was found tied to a tree near the Holyburn Flats on Monday.

Manatha confirmed a 2...
Sex workers fear revenge by angry policemen
"They have told us that they are coming for us. They have said they are going to kill us."

These were the chilling words of a 20-year-old Pretoria prostitute after the brutal attack, allegedly by police officers, on a 17-year-old street sex worker in Arcadia on Monday.

Meanwhile, a Sunnyside...
SA arms deal: Blair attacked
Prime minister's involvement in R30bn sale raised in UK parliament

British opposition parties have called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to come clean over his involvement in a controversial R30-billion arms deal between the South African government and British arms manufacturer BAe.

As ...
Solution in offing for unpaid security guards
Security company USB Marines Protection Services has put the blame squarely on the City of Johannesburg's shoulders for a strike by about 200 of its employees.

The company's chief executive, Anthony Blandford, said yesterday the city owed them R1,6-million for December.

Guards belonging to t...
Brutality cops tried to hide
Moments after a photographer captured this picture of a brutal police beating he was forced to flee as they tried to seize his camera.

The picture police tried to hide shows a prostitute lying in a coma in the street after the assault.

Today she is fighting for her life in hospital after bei...
Varsity axes prof, scraps his degree
Professor Kanthan Pillay, chief financial officer of the University of KwaZulu Natal, has been fired by the university's council and his Master of Commerce degree rescinded.

The council, which held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, also decided to accept and effect Professor Pumela Msweli-Mbanga'...
'It was horrifying, just like a scene out of a movie'
>He saw his colleague foaming at the mouth, a gun to his head and eyes looking "as though they were about to pop from their sockets".

Johannesburg metro policeman Samuel Felix faces danger every day, but the sight of his colleague with a cocked gun threatening to blow his brains out shocked him.
Something fishy about teeth found in pool
The police investigation into a bizarre discovery of 80 tiny teeth in the swimming pool filter of a Johannesburg home is proving to be a fishy affair.

Officers from the Sandton police station opened an inquest after a man from Khyber Rock, Sandton, brought them a sample of 11 small teeth in a pla...
Suburb protests over teen drugs-for-sex scandal
Pusher taken to safety after police's failure to take action

A drugs-for-sex scandal has rocked residents of a Joburg suburb. And the community has accused the police of standing by and letting it happen.

Residents of Chrisville, a working-class suburb in Joburg's southern suburbs, cla...
C-Max Houdini in court
South Africa’s most dangerous prisoner, Annanias Mathe, appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mathe, a Mozambican national, was in court on charges relating to his escape from Pretoria’s supposedly secure C-Max prison in November last year.

The case was postponed to Ja...
No arrests made so far for murder of KZN farmer
No arrests have been made in connection with the murder of KwaZulu-Natal farmer Kenneth Lionel Eva despite the huge criticism it drew from high-profile people, including the Minister of Agriculture, Lulu Xingwana.

Eva, a farm manager on New Venture farm, was murdered by an angry mob at a communit...
Yeoville still a crime node, says survey
Yeoville remains one of the most crime-ridden areas in Johannesburg, according to a survey by consultant Martin Wessels for the Johannesburg Development Agency.

Crime had fallen from its 2003 high but remained problematic the survey found.

Public confidence was similar to the past two years bu...
Murder suspected
Welkom police are investigating two murders after two bodies were found in a field outside the town.

On Monday women collecting firewood between Naudeville, St Helena Mine and the provincial traffic department found the body of a white man of about 45.

“He had an appointment on Saturday to din...
Four arrested for smuggling
Four Zimbabwe nationals were arrested on the N17 freeway in Boksburg for possession of 15 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes yesterday.

Police spokesman Jimmy Maboko said the street value of the cigarettes was R50 000.

Two women aged 30 and 38 smuggled the boxes through a fence from Zimbabwe, hid...
Three held over bank ATM blast
Three suspects were arrested in the early hours yesterday after allegedly blowing up an ATM in Mabopane, North West.

Constable Bontle Diphoko of the Marico area police said a witness saw the men and contacted the police, who arrested them at the scene.

An explosion ripped through a Standard Ba...
Three Kosi Bay hijack suspects arrested
Police arrested three men yesterday in connection with a spate of hijackings in and around Kosi Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.

Spokesman Superintendent Jay Naiker said three men were arrested in the Emanguzi area in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The operation included the crime Intelligence Uni...
12-year-old held for schoolgirl rape
A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the rape of a schoolgirl in Volkrust, Mpumalanga police confirmed yesterday.

The boy allegedly approached four schoolgirls at 2.30pm on Monday and grabbed a 12-year-old girl, took her to a nearby field and raped her.

Superintendent Abie Kh...
No guards today at council buildings
Municipal building in Gauteng will be unguarded from today when more than 1 000 security guards go on strike.

All local authority offices and some of their utility agencies will be affected by the strike.

Spokesman for the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union Ronnie Mamba said the ...
Police looking for dart attack gang
Potchefstroom police are searching for a group who are darting pedestrians with potentially dangerous 8cm-long steel darts.

“We are investigating charges of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm after three people were injured in this way,” said Superintendent Louis Jacobs of the Moo...
Robber dies, three wounded in shootout
A robber was killed and three others wounded in a shootout in a field outside Piet Retief yesterday.

Superintendent Abie Khoabane said the robbers were fleeing from the local Pep Stores after allegedly robbing an employee of R20 600 on Monday afternoon.

The employee was on her way to deposit t...
Zim four held on smuggling charges
Four Zimbabweans - two men and two women - have been arrested by Ekurhuleni metro police for allegedly smuggling counterfeit cigarettes, valued at more than R50 000 on the black market.

Police officers from Alberton and Boksburg, and members of the dog unit, were on patrol yesterday when they spo...
Cops accused of vicious assault on prostitute
'A policeman picked her up and tried to throttle her'

A woman was fighting for her life after allegedly being brutally assaulted by police officers.

The assault - part of which was photographed - allegedly involved plainclothes police officers attacking a suspected prostitute said to ha...
Western Cape - the province to die for
While the Western Cape is the most dangerous province in the country, with the highest rates of murder and housebreaking, Gauteng remains the province with the most armed robberies and vehicle thefts.

This is according to a report released yesterday by the Institute of Race Relations, which also ...
Business community accused of corrupting politicians
Companies, be they local or foreign, who bribe South African politicians are undermining our political systems and core values of our democracy.

This was the view expressed by former National Assembly Speaker Dr Frene Ginwala at a conference on accountability, business and human rights in Johann...
Mbuli elated after court clears him of assaulting wife
"People's Poet" Mzwakhe Mbuli could hardly contain his excitement after a charge of assaulting his wife was withdrawn.

"I am a happy man because that was just an allegation," he said outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Mbuli was arrested last month for allegedly assaulting...
You're still paying for orgy cops
Seven months ago two metro police officers were suspended for filming their drunken sex orgy with a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

Today they are still sitting at home and receiving their full salaries - and have run up a R70 000 tab for the taxpayer.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Supe...
Metro Police celebrate December successes
Johannesburg Metro Police yesterday trumpeted their successes for last month.

About 800 wanted criminals were arrested for serious offences such as rape, murder and armed robbery over the holiday period, revealed Johannesburg Metro Police chief Chris Ngcobo.

He highlighted the JMPD’s main func...
Mc Bride lying low on leave
The beleaguered chief of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, Robert McBride, is still on leave amid growing anger over the handling of his car accident in December.

McBride is yet to return to work after the December 21 accident, in which he rolled his car on the R511 near Centurion.

He ha...
Public appeal for info about shot guard
Limpopo – Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding a security guard who was shot 30 times – but survived – while on duty over the weekend, to come forward.

According to police spokesman Supt Moatshe Ngoepe, the guard, whose name cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was shot mor...
Boy’s death still mystery
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)has not yet established what led to the release of an Egyptian father who subsequently killed his 14-month-old baby son.

Akhona Luwaca was stabbed by his father, Sakrszeat Rabier, during a hostage drama last Thursday.

Depending on the post mortem, Akhona...
Fleeing officers to be disciplined
Two members of Letlhabile police station will face a disciplinary hearing after a civilian reported them for fleeing from the scene of a cash-in-transit heist in November.

This is contrary to a report last month.

North West police Superintendent Pieter du Plessis told The Citizen yester...
ID fraud behind phone bill
Syndicates are targeting cellular companies in order to commit identity fraud.

According to Vodacom, “syndicates have been identified that target clients’ confidential information with the purpose of using it for fraudulent purposes”.

In one of these cases, Johanna Shivury of Johannesburg was ...
SANDF increases intake by 4 500
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will, by month-end, have an intake of 4 500 recruits.

This is the number of volunteers who have been accepted for the January intake of the Military Skills Development system.

Close on 3 700 volunteers have reported for basic training at 3 SA In...
Axe man denied bail
A Soshanguve man who allegedly hacked his wife to death was denied bail in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Godfrey Macheke was denied bail on the grounds that he might commit suicide and he was a flight risk.

He is facing a charge of murder and was remanded in custody until Ap...
Ex-Scorpion faces a long jail term
Former top Scorpion and recently convicted perjurer Cornwell Tshavhungwa may spend a long time behind bars if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has its way.

The NPA’s suspended deputy director was found guilty last week of sabotaging a criminal investigation by the Scorpions into alleged f...
Sergeant and ex found shot dead
A Tshwane Metro Police sergeant and her ex-boyfriend were found dead in Garsfontein east of Pretoria yesterday.

Metro police suspect the man shot the sergeant and then himself.

Spokesman Louise Brits said a tow truck driver noticed a car parked in Beagle Crescent with its headlights on and wen...
Police foil N3 cash heist
Alert police were yesterday able to foil a cash-in-transit heist on the N3, Geldenhuis Interchange.

Four suspects travelling in a Jeep Cherokee rammed into a Coin van and tried to force it off the road. “When the van came to a standstill and the suspects approached the van they were spotted by p...
Intruders ruin farewell braai
Eleven people were robbed and assaulted while enjoying a farewell braai at their friend’s house in Elardus Park east of Pretoria at the weekend.

Four men, armed with a pistol and rocks, stormed in after gaining access to the yard by removing a slab of a concrete wall and slipping under electric w...
'Trial was a vendetta against our family'
Waterkloof schoolboy killer says murder was not a racist act

Christoff Becker is not a racist, but a victim of a plot directed against his family and in particular his father - Waterkloof Hoër principal Dr Christo Becker.

This is what the 21-year-old, one of the four former Waterkloof, ...
Teenager in court over youth's brutal slaying
'Killing too senseless to even gauge the motive'

The young man's cold, dark eyes were unwavering and he showed not a flicker of emotion as he stood in the dock.

Guiseppe Avallone (19) appeared in the Germiston Magistrate's Court yesterday in connection with last month's brutal murder o...
Tourists reward vigilant Joburg metro cops
It's seldom that the police come in for praise.

Yesterday, however, Joburg metro police were not only praised but given a donation by two foreign tourists who believe that their safety in the city was due to the police's constant presence.

For the past five years, Pat Geary, a retired prosecut...
Fate puts paid to hijackers' spree
Metro officers swoop on vehicle used to commit crime, and it's the end of the road for two

Fate ended the spree of two heavily armed hijackers when their paths crossed with that of the Ekurhuleni metro police yesterday.

Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said 10 members of the metro police's Ka...
Police officer killed, two injured in horror crash
A Johannesburg police officer has been killed and two others critically injured in a high-speed smash outside Pretoria.

The policemen, who were from the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Unit, were driving to the capital to conduct investigations when they ploughed into the back of a truck on the R2...
Police fear that someone little has nothing to smile about
It's the riddle of 11 tiny teeth - and police are investigating just how they landed up in the swimming pool filter of a Johannesburg home.

A man walked into the Sandton police station late last week with a plastic bag containing what appeared to be 11 little white teeth, a police source told Th...
Free - and unrepentant
I wasn't meant to be here in the first place, says Yengeni

Convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni walked out of Malmesbury prison at 10.25am today after serving just over four months of a four-year jail term.

Speaking to a group of supporters outside the prison, the former ANC chief whip sai...
Scorpions will talk today
The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) will today give its official response to the recent conviction of one of its former heads and top Scorpion, Cornwell Tshavhungwa.

The suspended deputy director of the NPA was last week found guilty of sabotaging a criminal investigation into fraud and corr...
Former ‘bok slams police
Former Springbok winger Gerrie Germishuys has accused police of possibly letting crucial evidence slip through their fingers after an armed robbery at his home earlier this month.

Germishuys, who sustained gunshot wounds to the hand and head during the attack, earlier told The Citizen that...
Man kills woman, two police officers
A man was killed after he shot dead a woman and fatally wounded two police officers who tried to arrest him in Bultfontein, Johannesburg at the weekend.

Police said Joseph Motlhaole shot dead his girlfriend at their home in Phahameng, and then fled. When police tried to enter the shack where he ...
Man in dock over bank shooting
A man who allegedly fired a volley of shots in a bank, killing his wife and wounding two tellers, will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today on charges of murder and attempted murder.

The shooting rampage occurred in the Absa Bank at the Glen Shopping Centre, Johannesburg.

The 44...
Police still looking for ATM bombers
Police have raised concerns about the scourge of ATM bombings in the country.

This follows the bombing of two Standard Bank ATMs in Mamelodi East and Rustenburg on Friday.

Last week there were ATM bombings in Soweto, Midrand, Florida and Vosloorus.

Two suspects who are allegedly linked to t...
Trio in dock over kidnapping, killing
Three men have appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on charges of kidnapping and murder.

The brothers Lefa and Samuel Dube and Siyathemba Miya are alleged to have kidnapped and killed Thabo Molefe. He was allegedly abducted from his girlfriend’s place in Lawley, Ennerdale in December.
Truck drivers told to slow down
Ekurhuleni Metro Police have warned truck drivers using the R24 to reduce speed and to be extra careful.

This comes after no fewer than 11 truck accidents on the road in the past three months.

Although there were no fatalities, most of the people involved in the spate of accidents were serious...
Porn films flogged in public
Hard-core, hard cash, for Joburg street hawkerspeddling blue movies from the pavements

Hard-core pornographic movies, sold to anyone - even underage children - willing to part with R50 have exploded on the streets of Johannesburg, with vendors selling their wares in full view of the hundre...
Yengeni read riot act
Balfour warns him to obey his parole conditions - or else

From the day he walked through the gates of Pollsmoor Prison, Tony Yengeni has courted controversy - and his exit was to be no different.

Yesterday, on the eve of his release on parole after serving five months of his four-year ...
OR Tambo Airport jacks up its lax security
Acsa spokesperson plays down The Star's exposé on runway access
Security has been beefed up at OR Tambo International Airport following The Star's exposé of a lack of vigilance in its supposedly high-security area.

Yesterday afternoon, The Star team visited the area again to see what aut...
Cops in blitz on lawbreakers
Hawkers and bikers targeted

Ekurhuleni metro police are stepping up their zero tolerance to people who break the law, the rules of the road and the municipal by-laws.

Besides arresting six people for speeding, they cracked down on hawkers and on bikers whose motorcycles were found to be...
And you call this airport safe?
A whopping R72-million was spent on security at O R Tambo International Airport last year - but they left the back door wide open.

Yesterday, a team from our sister paper, The Star, got within spitting distance of the runway, and spent 20 minutes observing and photographing an open gate leading ...
The death-trap taxis
Twenty unroadworthy taxis, carrying more than 300 children, were pulled off the road during the clampdown.

Wayne Minnaar, of the Joburg metro police, said officers had been stationed outside schools to wait for taxis dropping children off.

Tyres were smooth, taxis had brake defects, steering...
Smooth inside job nets thieves R1m
In what is believed to be a well-planned inside job, more than R1 million in cash was stolen from the Standard Bank’s Silverton, Pretoria branch yesterday.

The money was stolen after the bank received a call from people pretending to be from the SBV security company, who informed bank staff they ...
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