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Youth at Sterkfontein
A further period of mental observation is required for a grandson who was “so high” on drugs he is uncertain whether he killed his grandmother by slitting her throat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hundreds of members of the Treatment Action Campaig...
I'm no fake, says 'diamond' man
The man who announced the discovery of an enormous 7 000 carat "diamond" at a North West mine has scoffed at claims he had been implicated in a number of high-profile scams and legal wrangles.

On Monday, Brett Jolly said he was a spokesperson for shareholders in the unnamed mine, and that the li...
SPCA set to pounce on dogfighting rings
Lawyers, businessmen, a vet and a pastor on list of targets

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is in possession of explosive information that could lead to a swoop on organised dogfighting across the country.

And the people being targeted in the SPCA's crackdown are p...
Zuma's show of support for Thint
Jacob Zuma made a surprise appearance at the Supreme Court of Appeal this morning, in an apparent show of support for the French arms company once accused of trying to bribe him.

Three minutes before five of the Bloemfontein court's judges were due to start hearing arms company Thint's challenge...
'Obstructionist' Manto slated in joint open letter
Groups accuse state of misplaced loyalty at expense of nation's health

A group of clerics, non-governmental organisations and trade unionists believe Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has gone beyond mere dereliction of duty and that her "deliberate obstruction" has resulted in more...
Department gets tough with Cosas
The Gauteng Department of Education has taken a hard line against Congress of South African Students members who boycotted schools in Soweto this week.

Late on Tuesday night, the department was granted a Johannesburg High Court interdict against the student body, who were accused of threatening ...
Relief as killing accused's case starts
The parents of slain 5-year-old Danielle Esterhuizen have left court relieved that the bail application for the accused has finally begun.

The child was shot dead while being cuddled by her mother during a botched robbery at Riebeeck Lake in Randfontein in December last year.

Yesterday marke...
Stop killing our cops
Outrage as sixth policeman perishes in Gauteng in three weeks

When AK-47 bullets ripped into Moeketsi Lekojane in Soweto, the policeman became the latest victim in an all-out war on the forces of law and order.

The 37-year-old became the sixth police officer to be murdered in Gauteng i...
Thug shot dead as victim fights back
A robber was killed and his victim injured during an armed robbery attempt at a townhouse complex.

Netcare 911 paramedic Nick Dollman said the emergency call regarding the incident was made just after 10pm on Tuesday when shooting was reported at the Sundowner townhouse complex situated near the...
Tragedies compound to end loved painter/minister's life
It's a tale of two missing oil paintings and a church minister so overcome with sorrow he did the unthinkable.

A tragic coincidence, but the week thieves stole two original artworks from a block of flats in Northcliff their artist committed suicide.

Beeuwen Gerryts, a 71-year-old retired min...
Top metro cop slams his cops
Johannesburg Metro Police officers are generally unprofessional and in need of serious training.

This is according to JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo who spoke frankly during a media conference today, saying that 90% of the weakness of his department was due to lack of training.

He said that crime c...
Policeman killed in Soweto shoot-out
A police officer was shot dead this morning in Soweto when he and a colleague tried to apprehend three armed men driving a stolen car.

His body lay face up on the pavement next to a white Nissan Almera in Bendile Street, Zola North, as colleagues conducted forensic investigations.

Next to th...
Man shot in front of Citizen offices
Two employees from a company trading in television parts in Industria West were ambushed military style by armed robbers who shot one of them in the chest before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

The brazen heist sent a contingent of newspaper distributors and employees from other c...
Jailed 20 years for hanging
Finding Two accused strung up Pretoria farmer who accused them of stealing wood

The two men who murdered a local farmer by hanging him from a tree after an argument about illegal wood-gathering were yesterday each sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Acting Pretoria High Court judge So...
Hero cop killed in head-on collision
A policeman who had helped save two people from a burning house died in a road accident in North West.

Captain Thamsanqa Abner Pelele of the Khuma detective branch in Stilfontein was hailed by colleagues as a “good investigating officer”.

Pelele, 46, and Constable Molefe Andries Tloome, 32, we...
Staff stab elderly builder to death
Police are looking for two employees of a building contractor who was beaten and stabbed to death on a construction site in Klerksdorp, North West.

Hannes van Wyk, 70, was found by the 10 year-old-son of the family that employed him to renovate their house. Paramedics treated him on the scene bu...
Accused’s tooth bites a hole in robbery bail bid
A bail application in the Johannesburg High Court was sunk yesterday by a tooth found in a ve4hicle used in a R46 million robbery.

Prosecutor Deon van Wyk said in an affidavit that DNA tests linked the tooth to Daniel Mathaba, 40, who had been shot in the face.

Mathaba, Dick Ngobeni, 24, and J...
Kgantsi to learn her fate
Former Senior Scorpions advocate Portia Kgantsi on trial in the Johannesburg High Court since April on corruption and extortion charges, will soon know whether she is going to jail or not.

She was arrested in a sting operation but claims she was framed.

Both sides have called all their witness...
Tough appeal judges wipe the smile off Zuma's face
Jacob Zuma may have entered the Supreme Court of Appeal with a spring in his step, but he left it legally bruised and no longer certain of stalling the state's relentless digging into his financial affairs.

Three of the Bloemfontein court's senior judges yesterday led the charge against Zuma's c...
Group slams 'obstructionist' Manto
Joint open letter to deputy president accuses government of misplaced loyalty at expense of the nation's health

A group of clerics, non-governmental organisations and trade unionists believe Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has gone beyond mere dereliction of duty and that her "del...
60 police with dogs called in to quell school mayhem
He was armed with a hunting rifle and was on his way to repay a bloody vendetta at a high school. But moments before he got there, police pounced, making him the latest arrest in a string of school violence-related arrests.

This followed a week of tension at Liverpool Senior Secondary School in ...
Pupil boycott cripples Soweto schools
Cowed principals deny Cosas protest as classes stand empty

Classrooms across Soweto are standing empty because pupils fear being attacked by their own organisation.

Just two months after a public sector strike brought education to a month-long standstill, the Congress of South African ...
Millions of condoms placed in quarantine
By close of work yesterday, 4,5-million defective condoms, which had been sent out to hospitals and clinics for free distribution countrywide, had been collected and quarantined by the Department of Health.

The condoms being recalled form part of a batch supplied by Zalatex.

The company has ...
'Airport free-for-all for thieves'
Despite damage to bakkie, Acsa insists OR Tambo parkade is safe and secure

He just wanted to go away for the weekend, so Steve Lawrence thought it would be safe to park his car at the long-term parking bay at OR Tambo International Airport.

But when he returned he found the spare wheel...
Father's throat slit in front of children
For R200 and a couple of rings, Justin Browne died in a pool of blood in his home in front of his young children.

Browne, a general manager for the event company Strike Productions, died after assailants slit his throat in his Northwold, Randburg, house on Saturday night.

According to Geordi...
Retired journalist found murdered on smallholding
Naked and alone on her smallholding, retired journalist Muriel Bates (73) was stabbed to death by people who broke into her home.

Bates, who was actively involved in voluntary work for the South African Air Force Association up until her death, was last seen by her neighbours about 6pm on Saturd...
Three held for beating of gun complainant
Three people accused of beating up a 70-year-old whistleblower have been arrested.

Police swooped on Joburg gun trainer Nelisiwe Mola, her son Themba and Richard Sibobi in a planned pre-dawn raid yesterday.

The trio are accused of assaulting 70-year-old Michael Lingwood, who laid fraud charg...
FF+ to meet scorpions
The Freedom Front Plus Chief Whip Corné Mulder will meet the Public Protector and Scorpions investigators in Pretoria tomorrow over alleged corruption in the installing of Parliament’s security system.

Mulder’s party is expected to present “proof of wrongdoing”.

Mulder made startling claims in...
Two found guilty of hanging farmer
The two men who hanged Hammanskraal farmer Ludwig Wambach from a tree after an argument about illegal wood gathering were yesterday convicted in the Pretoria High Court on a charge of murder.

Judge Solly Sithole found Richard Khoza and Wilson Manganye guilty of the murder of Wambach.

Wambach w...
Staggie goes on trial today
Former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie goes on trial in the Cape High Court today for the revenge killing of one of the men allegedly responsible for the murder of his brother, Rashaad.

The trial was to have started yesterday, but due to confusion among prison staff about who was to take...
Morkels theft bust
Two men, allegedly part of a syndicate dealing in stolen furniture, were arrested at the weekend.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said they were arrested after police received a tip-off that stolen goods from Morkels furniture store were being loaded into a ...
Drunken drivers held
Twenty motorists were arrested for drunken driving in Johannesburg at the weekend.

A Johannesburg Police spokesman said the motorists were arrested for drunken driving in Johannesburg at the weekend.

A Johannesburg Police spokesman said the motorists were nabbed during a road block on Sunday n...
Damage claims settled
A legal battle between Poplokwane’s former municipal manager, Sam Rampedi, and a senior communications official in which each sued the other for R750 000 in damages, has been postponed indefinitely in the Pretoria high Court.

The matter was postponed after the settlement negotiations between Ramp...
Zuma documents 'sensitive'
NPA maintains that information relating to mystery public figure isn't irrelevant

Among the 14 bags of documents seized from Jacob Zuma's former attorney are highly confidential files linked to an "overseas figure in public life" and he is desperate to get them back.

But, while attorne...
'Probe Metrobus cash deals'
Internal report claims fraud and irregularities

Four months after the end of a bloody strike, the management of Joburg's Metrobus is dealing with a new crisis a probe into fraud and irregularities in the finance department.

The company's chief financial officer, Johannes Wannenburg, wa...
False Moses gets a free pass out of prison
Moses Petersen spent the weekend in jail because police at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court released another Moses on bail instead of him.

And when Petersen complained on Thursday that he was still in custody despite paying bail, police charged him with helping Moses Azozie escape and held him...
'Report woman, child abuse'
Educating the community on the scourge of woman and child abuse was the purpose of an open day organised by the Gauteng SAPS Women's Network.

The SAPS specialised units, private ambulance services, Ekurhuleni metro's emergency services, businesses and schools supported Saturday's initiative with ...
Defence disputes that mother had a hand in baby's death
There is nothing to prove that there is a direct link between Baby Tammy's death and the injuries she sustained as a result of her alleged assault by her adoptive mother.

This was the argument presented to the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday by the attorney representing Zaibunisha Herm...
Kebble gets reprieve in tax avoidance case
Roger Kebble has won a stay of justice as the taxman today withdrew charges against the former mining magnate.

"He's definitely not off the hook in our view," said Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay.

The charges originally levelled at Kebble in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court stem from R5,7...
Policeman shot dead in central Johannesburg
Police reacted with shock at the death of one of their own in central Johannesburg on Saturday.

Captain Judas Rakgole, 33, who was stationed at the Johannesburg Central Crime Prevention Unit, was shot in the head on the corner of Noord and Wanderers Streets after arresting a suspect.

Tenders for pals’ in Limpopo
Benefits: MEC pocket millions, report alleges

A tender for pals scandal in Limpopo, involving MECs benefiting from more than R800 millions, was reported at the weekend.

In one of the alleged allocations of tenders to the associates, City Press reported “Health MEC Charles ...
Station commissioners ‘still not trained’
Since the SAPS began restructuring in 2005, a significant number of station commissioners had not yet been fully trained, the DA said yesterday.

The party said the SAPS had given public assurances that the station commissioners remove from office would be replaced by high quality personnel. But,...
Baby shot in Plet protest
A once-year-old baby was shot dead in a confrontation between police and rioters in Kwanokuthula in Plettenberg Bay yesterday, the SABC reported.

At the time of going to press, it was not yet clear whether the bullet came from the police of crowd.

Police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said the boy, S...
Businessman shoots partner
Police have launched a manhunt for a Pretoria businessman who shot and wounded his business partner in Gezina at the weekend.

The two were in their shop when an argument broke out at about 6pm.

Police spokesman Captain Lucas Sithole said one of the men took out a firearm and shot his partner, ...
Parliament secured
If Parliament is unsafe because of reported inferior and over priced security systems it won’t be for long, said National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and NCP Chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu.

“Parliament is assuring the nation that security in and around the institution is a critical priority.”

Moz conviction for Grasmere attack
Victim thrilled as NPA assists in securing 17-year sentence

A man has been sent to jail in Mozambique for taking part in the rape of a woman and her teenage niece at the Grasmere toll plaza in 2004.

According to a senior South African state prosecutor, the conviction is the first of it...
Botswana scurrying to trace Manto's missing records
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's court record and hospital personal file relating to her years in exile in Botswana have disappeared - either lost or missing, given that it is over three decades later.

However, the fact that Tshabalala-Msimang's court file relating to her 1976 theft co...
Crucial week in Zuma legal saga
State wants appeal court to approve controversial raids

The Scorpions will this week ask the Supreme Court of Appeal to, at the very least, "preserve" documents seized from the homes and offices of Jacob Zuma.

This is to avoid prosecutors "being at his mercy" should Zuma cry foul over ...
Judges not averse to controversy
Jacob Zuma's possible corruption trial will be shaped by five Supreme Court of Appeal judges.

Judge Tom Cloete is a Freemason who publicly defended the organisation's policy of separate groups for men and women by reportedly saying this helped to prevent extramarital affairs.

Judge Ian Farla...
Parliament fraud probe urged
The Scorpions and the Public Protector were due to be asked today to probe an alleged corruption scandal involving parliament's multimillion-rand security system.

Bombshell claims of "fraud, theft and corruption" connected to the awarding and implementation of the contract - estimated in 2002 to...
Lotto boss is the latest crime victim
The man who holds the future of lotto in his hands - Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa - is the latest high-profile leader to fall victim to crime in South Africa.

Reliable sources confirmed last night that a bag containing the minister's personal effects was stolen from his officia...
Eight hours of wrangling later…
Judge Mohammed Jajbhai's sunny attitude could not dispel the gloomy fact that watching counsel for Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang lock horns with counsel for the Sunday Times was like being stabbed to death with a blunt spoon.

The argument of the minister's silk, Marumo Moerane, could ...
Student sent for psych testing
Neighbours say the quiet boy's gaylifestyle caused friction at home

Friends of psychology student Grant Harris, suspected of killing his parents before attempting suicide, are devastated at news of his arrest shortly after his discharge from a Cape Town hospital.

Anne Whaits, principal ...
Family and friends shocked at 'happy family' killing
Friends of the Cape Town man who shot dead his wife and 11-year-old daughter have told of the SMSs he sent them early yesterday, just minutes before he killed himself.

André Arendse's best friend, Yulston Meyer, was teaching a class at Paulus Joubert High School in Paarl when his cellphone bleep...
'Tik users at higher risk of Parkinson's'
Young adults who use tik or methamphetamine may be more vulnerable to age-related brain degeneration diseases like Parkinson's when they grow older, new research suggests.

This is according to an article published in the Journal for Neuroscience this month. The research done by the National Inst...
Police hold three, retrieve goods stolen from furniture store
Series of raids on central Joburg flats

They worked stealthily under the cover of darkness, cutting a hole into a brick wall.

Armed with angle grinders, gas torches, hammers, screwdrivers and gas masks the men cut a hole big enough for them to gain entry into the Morkels furniture st...
Passionate cop gunned down while making arrest
Judas Rakgole's dream was to become a policeman after his father's mysterious disappearance in the early 1990s.

He was so determined to become a police officer that he turned down various jobs and waited two years until the right post came along.

He'd also hoped one day to unravel the myster...
Police shut down pirate DVD factory in suburb
Banks of equipment could make massive number of copies

A DVD piracy production operation with an earning capacity of close to R9,5-million a year has been bust by the police.

The raid followed a tip-off to the Primedia Crime Line at the weekend and resulted in the arrest of four people...
Some comfort and warmth after possessions torched
One day after the men, filled with despair, watched a fire ravage all their meagre belongings, they have something to smile about.

Their blankets, food, clothes, ID books, mattresses, medication and toiletries all perished when their possessions were set alight by police.

But now, thanks to ...
Backyard abortions freely available on Joburg's streets
Backstreet abortionists are openly plying their trade in Joburg's central business district and are advertising their services in at least one daily newspaper.

What has shocked authorities is these practitioners offering to provide "safe abortions" for pregnancies of up to seven months.

Paper's out to get Manto - lawyer
The Sunday Times has launched a vendetta against Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang in "an attempt to destroy her" the Johannesburg High Court heard today.

Lawyer Marumo Moerane SC charged that the paper had this week "gratuitously" responded to an urgent application lodged by the minister...
‘Too busy giving fines’
Pretoria is in the grip of a crime wave, yet the city’s metro police can only muster 32 operational members at any given time to enforce traffic regulations, do by-law policing and protect residents.

“This is hopelessly inadequate,” DA community safety spokesman councilor Karen Meyer said.

Crackdown on fake brands
More than 60 000 containers of counterfeit body cream, boxes of tea and sachets of curry powder have been confiscated in a national clampdown on illegal goods and those selling them.

Ray Lecolle-Brown of Unilever and Jimmy Manyi of Tiger Brands welcomed the raids following complaints in Limpopo, ...
Police ‘must work together’
The mayor of Tshwane has called for a close working relationship between metro police and SAPS in their fight against crime, especially domestic violence.

Gwen Ramokgopa made the call after inspecting the annual women’s parade of metro police and emergency services in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria y...
Second arrest in SABS faulty condoms scam
A Senior employee of a Johannesburg condom manufacturing company has been arrested for fraud and corruption relating to a defective condom scam.

Captain Percy Morokane said the man was arrested yesterday.

The man, believe to be the mastermind of the scam, will appear in the Pretoria Commercial...
Two years to justice
A rapist was sentenced in the Ventersdorp Regional Court yesterday to ten years for a crime committed in 2005.

Sello Moses Addonsi, 29, raped a 26-year-old woman at Klipfontein, near Klerkskraal, on September 3, 2005.

He was traced by Constable Eddie Mongatane.

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Supermarket robbery: four in court
Four alleged robbers nabbed for a botched and bloody armed robbery, which left two people dead and four injured in a Claremont supermarket last month, were remanded in custody in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Joel Khoza, 36, Zweli Mkhize, 27, Musa Gumede, 20, and Thembinkosi Xulu, 21, face fou...
Rape info sought
Booysens SAPS is appealing to the public for information about a rape that took place yesterday morning near the Glen Shopping Centre south of Johannesburg, as the rape victim gave a wrong address.

Police spokesman Lorraine van Emmerick said the woman was on her way to work, when she crossed an o...
Zuma set to use conspiracy claims to avoid probe
Jacob Zuma is sticking to his guns that "political motives" are underpinning the state's efforts to investigate him for fraud and corruption despite prosecuting bosses taking court action over his allegations.

And Zuma's counsel, Kemp J Kemp SC, hinted in the Pretoria High Court yesterday that t...
FF+ wants security system probe
The Scorpions and the Public Protector were due to be asked today to probe a potentially explosive alleged corruption scandal involving parliament's multimillion rand security system.

Bombshell claims of "fraud, theft and corruption" connected to the awarding and implementation of the contract e...
Arrests quickly follow robbery
Five men were arrested in Sandton barely an hour after a 15-man armed gang had robbed the Cape Storm outdoor equipment and clothing store.

Cape Storm managing director Andrew Baxter said 15 well-dressed men came through the security gate of the Bryanston shop on Wednesday without raising suspici...
Concern over dogs forced to take part in fights
Shocking reports of illegal dog-fighting reveal that hundreds of the animals are being savaged, often to death, in weekly contests.

And children as young as eight in Cloetesville near Stellenbosch, Western Cape, are being used to move the dogs from one fight to the next, as they are less likely ...
Hlophe: Judical commission to rule
Deliberations regarding complaints against the Cape Judge President have been long running, but tomorrow is the day his fate will be decided …

The future of Judge John Hlophe is set to become clearer tomorrow when the Judicial Service Commission meets to discuss his fate.

The Cape judg...
Gauteng MEC in tender probe
Auditor-General looks for 'irregularities' in provincial contracts

Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga and 80 other provincial employees are being investigated by the Auditor-General for possible tender irregularities.

And, ironically, while she is being probed herself, Motshekga acc...
Fear made me cancel march - McBride
It was a fear that protesting South African Municipal Workers' Union members would cause disruption and injure people that prompted metro police chief Robert McBride to cancel their planned march.

That was the reason the Ekurhuleni metro police chief gave the Germiston Magistrate's Court when he...
Battle for access to classified records rages
Independent Newspapers has put its case before the Constitutional Court to have parts of the record - in the matter between Billy Masetlha and President Thabo Mbeki - made public.

Independent Newspapers, represented by Gilbert Marcus SC, argued long and hard yesterday that parts of the record tha...
Well-dressed armed men rob clothing shop
Proudly SA small company of the year Cape Storm, was dealt a heavy blow when 15 armed men robbed its Joburg store of close to R1-million worth of clothing and equipment.

Managing director Andrew Baxter said the store in Bryanston, was robbed at about 2.15pm yesterday. He said 15 well-dressed men ...
Manto unrepentant on 'roadshow'
Minister won't resign and gets health MECs' backing

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has made a quick visit to two Eastern Cape hospitals, dismissed calls for her resignation and kept an eye on her court battle with the Sunday Times.

Frere Hospital in East London was spruced up...
Fear of being caught over sex led to killing
Newspapers are for wiping your bum with and rolling dagga joints. At least in prison.

This statement was part of the evidence presented by a state witness in the Johannesburg High Court trial of Wayne Nass and Boyce Matya.

The two stand accused of murdering and dismembering Shirley van Rensb...
'I felt as if I was in a washing machine as they hit me'
Battered and bruised

Seventy-year-old Michael Lingwood carries the scars of a beating that nearly cost him his life.

Earlier this month, he blew the whistle on an accredited Joburg gun trainer for allegedly issuing fraudulent competency certificates to people who had never fired a gu...
Sorry for accusing the state, says Zuma
Jacob Zuma kicked off his latest round of court battles with the national prosecuting authority with an unreserved apology to the state.

But, while accepting Zuma's apology for falsely accusing the state of "having a cavalier attitude" this morning, state advocate, Billy Downer, slammed the "cam...
Police torched the few belongings they had
With his eyes closed, his hands on his head and a look of despair on his face, Jermaine George walks away from the place he called home.

It wasn't much, but it was all he had.

George lived with several other homeless people under the bridge over Bree Street in Fordsburg.

Among the blanke...
8-month-old baby hanged
Yet another father has apparently taken his child’s life in the latest of many such cases throughout the country.

The mother of Boitumelo Masenya, eight months, was devastated after she saw her baby hanging from the rafters of a house in Syferskuil, near Brits.

She had gone to see why her boyf...
‘I didn’t mean to kill farmer’
A Winterveld man yesterday admitted in the Pretoria High Court that he had tied a Hammanskraal farmer to a tree by his neck after an argument about illegal wood gathering, but claimed he had never meant to kill his victim.

Richard Khoza, 21, Hammanskraal and Wilson Manganye, 36, of Winterveld, pl...
Outrage as trial is delayed
Reason: Psychologist’s report not ready

Angry Mamelodi residents demonstrated at the Pretoria High Court yesterday in protest against the trial of a 43-year-old double killer being postponed once again.

Judge Tholi Vilakazi postponed the trial of Steven Komane to November 23 beca...
Gauteng MEC in tender probe
Auditor-General looks for 'irregularities' in provincial contracts

Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga and 80 other provincial employees are being investigated by the Auditor-General for possible tender irregularities.

And, ironically, while she is being probed herself, Motshekga acc...
'The man had this hideous grin... his eyes were sparkling'
Surprise witness tells of murder accused's boast

Wayne Nass had a hideous grin on his face and a sparkle in his eyes when he allegedly described how he choked the life out of mother-of-two Shirley van Rensburg.

But that smile vanished when the man to whom he allegedly confessed on Mond...
I gave money to Blade - Madisha
Cosatu president Willie Madisha says he is willing to testify in court that he handed over a R500 000 cash donation that has apparently gone missing to SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande.

This flies in the face of what Nzimande has publicly said - that he never received this mon...
Sunday Times lashes Manto
Drinking expose is 'in public interest' she swore to hold office with dignity She 'breached her constitutional duty'

The Sunday Times has again lashed out at Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, repeating its contention that she is an alcoholic, abused her power and "ought not to have been given a li...
End to squatter misery on way
The misery of enduring the elements while having to live as squatters is coming to an end for more than 800 homeless people from Ekurhuleni's Zenzele central informal settlement in Benoni.

In the next few weeks they will be moving into their new homes, said Gauteng MEC Nomvula Mokonyane when she ...
Hawker battles metro police
A hawker and stallholder at the Bruma Flea Market, Chamunorwa Kangara, has accused the Joburg metro police of regular harassment.

Kangara says his arts curios stall has been raided three times since February. He has yet to recover any of his stock.

"They know that we are trading legally. The...
Move to root out Dr Beetroot
Motion: Speaker mulls no-confidence vote

The pressure is mounting on President Thabo Mbeki as the opposition party and a service delivery watchdog insist Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang be given her marching orders.

Yesterday, the DA parliamentary leader Sandra Botha rai...
Murder accused get bail
The two men sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome murder of police crime intelligence Captain Carrim Alli were yesterday granted bail pending the outcome of their appeal.

Judge Ronnie Bosielo granted leave to Isa Mohammed, 34, ad Tienie de Bruin, 24, to appeal against their convictions and...
Joburg traffic police lead hi-tech stakes
Johannesburg leads the way in the high-tech application stakes to crack down on traffic offenders.

Metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told The Citizen that Joburg was the only city in the country which made use of the highly-advanced Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) s...
SA railways are not safe
Human error caused 2 950 train collisions and derailments in the country in the past two years, according to the Railway Safety Regulator’s report released yesterday.

The State of Railway Safety in SA Report for 2005-2006 also indicated that 2 847 crime incidents on trains were reported.

Witness 97 describes rape
Witness number 97 took the Johannesburg High Court witness stand yesterday in the 261-count trial of one of South Africa’s allegedly worst sex predators.

She cried as she recounted “for the second time” how she even paid for the rapist’s train ticket.

It all happened when there was only one ra...
Acquitted after 4 years’ jail
A convicted rapist has been cleared and freed after four years behind bars.

A full bench of the Pretoria High Court set aside the conviction of Willem-Francois Steyn, an unemployed Stilfontein man.

Judges Willie Hartzenberg, Bill Prinsloo and Lettie Malopa set aside the conviction and life sen...
Guilty of abusing his son
A 37-year-old man has been found guilty in the Welkom Court for Sexual Offences of indecently assaulting his own son, whom he sodomised when he was three weeks old.

He was arrested in February after his partner, the boy’s mother, realized the baby had been hurt while she was in hospital.

The b...
Cop held for shooting
Police arrested one of their own, a sergeant in the Crime Intelligence Gathering Unit, after he allegedly shot and wounded a 75-year-old grandmother and a nine-year-old boy during a quarrel with his girlfriend.

His service pistol was seized, said North West police.

It was alleged the policeman...
Failed robbery: arrests
Pretoria police yesterday arrested four men in connection with a botched and bloody armed robbery, which left two people dead and four injured in a Claremont supermarket last month

The men, aged between 20 and 36, were arrested in the Jeffsville informal settlement of Atteridgeville, west of the ...
Media to plea for access to records
Today the Constitutional Court will hear an application by Independent Newspapers for access on a limited basis to materials that formed part of the record in the underlying appeal proceedings between Billy Masethla, the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency and the President.
Do better, deputy president tells police
The government and the SA Police Service can do much better in the fight against crime.

This was stated by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka last night.

Speaking to policewomen who graduated from a special leadership programme offered jointly by Business Against Crime, Sanlam and the Uni...
Vow to meet obligations despite financial disaster
The Transport, Education and Training Authority has lost more than half - and possibly about 80% - of its R177-million investment entrusted to Fidentia Asset Management, part of J Arthur Brown's ill-fated business empire.

But despite this financial disaster, Teta officials say the authority is w...
Pretoria University warns on 2010
If the country's power flow and security problems can't be fixed in time for the 2010 World Cup, the whole event should be postponed or cancelled.

This is just one of the warnings issued by the University of Pretoria's Institute for Strategic Studies.

Eskom spokesperson Fani Zulu has said th...
Asmal proposes one super human-rights body
Five of the country's Chapter 9 human rights institutions should be merged into a single, super human rights body.

Professor Kader Asmal, who heads parliament's ad hoc committee reviewing the relevance and effectiveness of Chapter 9 and associated institutions, wants to collapse the Human Rights...
'No hard evidence against Uys'
There are no facts linking Juan Duval Uys, suspected of posing as a male prostitute who claimed he had sex with several prominent South Africans, to crimen injuria and theft charges, according to his lawyer.

Looking confident, Uys (39) appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday on th...
We've gotcha!
After tip-offs from passing motorists, police finally nab notorious smash-and-grab gang

The three men walked slowly alongside the busy road, their eyes scanning every car that crept towards them - protective gloves on their hands, tools of their trade in their pockets.

Several motorist...
Concern over 2010 child-sex tourists
'Problem is becoming more hidden and sophisticated'

Children as young as 8 are being sexually abused by foreign travellers in South Africa in return for money, clothing, food or accommodation.

And child-sex tourism is becoming more sophisticated and growing at an alarming rate.

The ...
Mayor's bail bid delayed again
Despite the state not having a strong case against Sipho Nkosi, the mayor of Govan Mbeki municipality, he will still spend his third successive weekend behind bars.

However, the state has seven days to provide evidence linking the mayor to the death of his deputy, Thandi Mtshweni, to prevent Nko...
3 held over suspected stolen goods
Joburg police raiding a Fordsburg house could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled on an appliance shop.

For in the lounge lay 10 boxes - stacked ceiling high - containing 74cm television sets.

Nearby, DVD players, microwaves as well as boxes filled with aerials and electrical plugs as...
Baseball bat killing: widower to stand trial
A man who found his wife "brutally beaten" and blamed intruders for her death will now be tried for her murder.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has ordered that Rudi Venter go on trial at the Johannesburg High Court and not at the Randburg Magistrate's Court, where the matter was initiall...
Cops foil heist but put innocent man in ICU
Closed-circuit cameras caught an innocent security guard being beaten by police during an aborted cash heist.

The injured man, who spent last night in intensive care and was this morning transferred to a normal ward, had yet to speak or be informed of his rights to take action against the police...
Call to sack Manto over R25bn missing in E Cape
The Public Service Accountability Monitor called yesterday for the sacking of Health Minister Manto Tshbalala-Msimang over R25 billion missing from the Eastern Cape Health Department.

PSAM director Colm Allan said Mbeki should have “no hesitation” in firing the Minister.

Over the weekend, the ...
Serial sex trial again delayed
‘Addict’: Psychiatrist will now testify next month

The Johannesburg High Court trial of an accused on medication to curb his sex drive – who told a social worker he thought he had been “bewitched” into becoming a “sex addict”, appears to be jinxed.

Many months ago Armstrong Beki ...
Court orders police to rebuild Moreleta Park shacks
A group of Moreleta Park squatters have obtained an urgent Pretoria High Court interdict, forcing the police to rebuild their shacks, which were torched last week in renewed police action to get rid of them.

Judge Roger Claassen said it was clear the police were involved in the unlawful July 16 o...
Sequel to botched shooting
Minister to pay: Victim gets R1,9m in settlement

A young Atteridgeville hawker, who lost a leg and his manhood when a civilian shot him while helping police to catch suspected hijackers, is to be paid nearly R2 million in damages.

In terms of a settlement reached in the Pretoria...
Use alcohol responsibility
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will embark on a massive campaign to reduce the government spending on socio-economic effects and accidents caused by alcohol abuse.

The department said in Pretoria yesterday the National Liquor Awareness Campaign would educate the liquor industry and re...
Fatal stoning over woman
Two men, aged 24 and 30, were arrested for murder after allegedly stoning a Limpopo man to death over a woman in Tshikota village at the weekend, police said yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Maano Sadiki said Simon Muovhekanyi, 55, was walking in a group from a tavern when an argument over a w...
On trial for sodomising son
A 36-year-old man is on trial in the Welkom Court for Sexual Offences for allegedly sodomising his own son in February this year, when the infant was just three weeks old.

The father pleaded not guilty to the charge of indecent assault.

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Police told to get tough
North West Community Safety MEC Phenye Vilakazi says stringent conditions should be applied by police and the Merafong City Local Municipality to prevent anti-North West protest marches in Khutsong from becoming violent.

During a visit to Merafong (Carletonville), Vilakazi was told by police that...
How R46m heist went wrong
Gang lost all in shootout with cops outside bank

Daniel Makhuthusa might have escaped arrest for South Africa's biggest recorded bank robbery had a piece of tooth not betrayed him.

Allegedly shot in the face during the R46-million armed robbery of a First National Bank branch in Joburg...
SA faces huge substance abuse threat
Up to 12-million relatives experience financial difficulties

The government has admitted that South Africa is facing a massive drug and alcohol abuse crisis.

The admission, which comes weeks after the cabinet approved the new Prevention of and Treatment of Substance Abuse Bill, was mad...
Top cop's bid to jail 'bouncer mafia' duo fails
Joburg's alleged "bouncer mafia" won a small victory against Piet Byleveld when the Randburg Magistrate's Court threw out the top cop's application to put them back in jail.

Byleveld wanted bail for bouncer mafia kingpins Paul Kietzmann and Jason Domingues-Baya to be rescinded because they alleg...
Swoop on illegal electricity connections
TVs, fridges, vacuum cleaners and stoves fell silent when City Power officials disconnected shack dwellers' illegal electricity connections.

The residents of an informal settlement in Protea Glen, Soweto, were paying R100 to illegally connect electricity to their homes.

The money, they say, ...
Crime Line yielding results
It has barely been 10 weeks and already 107 suspected criminals are off the streets and behind bars, thanks to community participation in the national Crime Line project.

Besides the arrests, 13 stolen vehicles, a stolen motorcycle, luggage, cellphones, electronic equipment, guns, ammunition, ca...
Police foil heist - but assault innocent guard
Police have come under attack for heavy-handed tactics after foiling an attempted cash heist in Oaklands, Joburg, arresting five suspects.

The incident took place at the Caltex garage, situated at the intersection of Fourth, Beaumont, Glenhove and Kruger streets, in Oaklands about 9.40am yesterd...
Violence spreads following shootout
Taxi violence has claimed two more lives in the wake of a shootout between two rival taxi associations in Honeydew.

During the shootout, two bystanders - a father and his 6-year-old son - were also injured. The two had been waiting for friends a few metres from the shooting scene on Saturday.
‘McBride strike’ will go ahead, union confirms
The SA Municipal Workers Union’s (Samwu) said it would go ahead with its decision to take action against preferential treatment meted out to Robert McBride.

The Ekurhuleni metro police chief has been suspended on full pay pending the resolution of criminal charges pending against him.

Samwu Ea...
To men die in taxi violence
Two men were shot and killed and a father and son injured at the Roodepoort Clearwater Mall on Saturday evening.

ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said the violence is suspected to be taxi-related.

According to bystanders at the scene a passing taxi opened fire on taxis parked next to the Hendrik ...
Zim robber kills man from China
Easy prey: Shot dead for a cellphone and leather jacket

A 40-year-old Chinese businessman was shot and killed on Main Reef Road during a robbery yesterday.

Yan Meiliang was on a routine shopping trip with his sister-in-law from Pietersburg to buy stock from Dragon City in Fordsburg when he wa...
Robbers steal minibus
Robbers posing as police stole a minibus from a North West municipality at the weekend before moving on to Education Department offices where they stole electronic equipment and cash.

One man was arrested at a filling station in Hartbeespoort some time later.

His four accomplices fled.

Unicef office to monitor Parliament
UNICEF South Africa has opened a sub-office in Cape Town that will focus on Parliamentary affairs relating to children.

It will also be involved in support activities for child survival and development, including fund raising.

At the official opening, Unicef SA representative Macharia Kamau wa...
Boy watched executions before dying
Man who allegedly killed West Rand Chinese family took over their lives

After brutally executing his cousin, her husband and the couple's two children, a former Chinese army officer buried their bodies in the backyard of their Krugersdorp home - and took over their lives.

This is the s...
Call to put returning 'mercenaries' to good use in 2010
With some "retooling", South African "mercenaries" working in hotspots like Iraq and Afghanistan could be used to provide security at the World Cup in 2010.

University of KwaZulu Natal academic Dr Deane-Peter Baker said thousands of South Africans were working as private security contractors in ...
Vlok rats on top cop
Plea bargain avoidsasking who gave theorder to kill Chikane

The Security Branch chief who once gave "Prime Evil" Eugene de Kock a medal for the murderous Maseru raid has been shopped by former law and order minister Adriaan Vlok as the man who ordered the assassination of Reverend Frank Ch...
Abortion laws under scrutiny
Amendments to controversial Bill are on the cards

Every two minutes of every working day a legal abortion has been performed in clinics and hospitals throughout South Africa since the Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed on February 1 1997.

This startling figure was calculated after...
Enough is enough!
Angry, unarmed hero chases down killer gunman

John Theletsane doesn't regard himself as a hero - he's just a man who got angry about crime. Angry enough to chase a gun-toting man and arrest him, even though unarmed himself.

But even after putting his own life on the line to apprehend t...
Hospitals owed millions
Patients are suffering because the government is not honouring its debt to provincial hospitals for the medical treatment of criminals and prisoners who are ill, or have been wounded, in the case of suspects.

Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance's spokesperson for health in the Gauteng Legislatur...
Mayor claims he was also a target for assassination
Startling revelation following killing of deputy

Shortly before Govan Mbeki municipality deputy mayor Thandi Mtsweni was gunned down, the mayor himself had received a call threatening to kill him.

An anonymous caller warned mayor Sipho Nkosi that he was waiting to get R100 000 before h...
Ratcliffe remembered for dedication, passion
Indefatigable crime fighter and respected national community policing forum board chairperson George Ratcliffe has died of cancer. He was 74.

Willie van der Schyf, a councillor in the City of Johannesburg who had worked with him for some time, said Ratcliffe passed away about 10am yesterday, wit...
Just a glimpse sets detective on an ever-widening trail
It was 6pm and detective Amos Maneta was driving back to Soweto's Naledi police station to work on some case dockets.

Along Babinaphuthi Street, in Tladi, he noticed a man carrying a computer.

Many policemen wouldn't have, but Maneta pulled over his Nissan Almera, rolled down his window and ...
Paper girds for Manto battle
The Sunday Times yesterday agreed to hand over two more copies of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's medical records and not to write about them - while gearing up for a court battle with the minister.

The minister and Cape Town's Medi-Clinic are suing the newspaper in the Johannesburg H...
Kaunda's son fends off fraud allegations in Joburg
The youngest son of former Zambian president Dr Kenneth Kaunda yesterday countered serious allegations against him of bad debt and deception in Joburg.

Two landlords and a director of a freight company claimed that Kambarage Kaunda (43) had gone to ground, but the Saturday Star was able to make ...
Fear and loathing pervade community
Last year the number of rapes at Orange Farm in the Vaal Rand decreased by 11,5%.

Residents said there were reliable resources in the community for sexual assault or domestic violence issues, including the police, but not everyone accessed these services.

"People know the police are their fi...
Rapes just don't add up
Police statistics claim that incidents have decreased, but workers on the ground say the figures are skewed and inaccurate

Police this week described the nearly 70% drop in rape figures for Mthatha, provincial capital of the Eastern Cape - previously the "rape capital" of South Africa - as...
Hotel guests pulled from their beds in hijack ordeal
Receptionist told at gunpoint to wake car owners

Sean Cooley went to a posh northern KwaZulu Natal hotel for a relaxing break. Instead he found himself lured from his bed by hijackers, snatched with six others and taken on a wild ride to the Mozambican border.

"It's like things you hear...
Green Scorpions sting
South Africa’s Green Scorpion corps now numbers 858, and they are making a difference when it comes to protection of the environment.

In slightly more than two years since the formation of the country’s environmental police was announced, 900 arrests have been made, with 134 convictions following...
Three shot in gunfight
Mafikeng police chased four would-be robbers into a cul-de-sac where a fierce gun battle broke out yesterday, in which three suspects were shot and wounded. One of them died later in hospital.

Police said the SAPS lay in wait for the men near The Crossing Shopping Centre after receiving informat...
Department faces grilling
The Department of Correctional Services is set to face a grilling over the escape of 10 dangerous prisoners from the Qalakabusha prison in Empangeni.

The chairman of portfolio committee on correctional services Dennis Bloem said after visiting the center the committee felt the escape should not h...
Mama Jackie in court again
Ithuteng Trust school principal Jackie Maarohanye appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing three charges.

Maarohanye appeared with three others after allegedly holding a Sowetan reporter hostage for six hours in February.

She claimed Vusi Ndlovu had trespassed during a...
Stop women and children abuse
Hundreds of women took to the streets of Mamelodi saying “enough is enough” against crime in the east of Pretoria yesterday.

Tshwane Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa led the march from the local stadium to the community hall, where they held a prayer and a candle-lighting ceremony.

The group called for th...
Nqakula at sea over police stats
Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula is unable to answer a question in Parliament on how many members of the SAPS have been convicted of crimes in 2005 and 2006, says the Freedom Front Plus (FF+).

FF+ spokesman on safety and security Pieter Groenewald said the Minister had indicated the i...
Judge lets accused walk free
Dead Man: Police must explain

A former policeman accused of murdering a suspect and leaving his body on the highway was yesterday discharged.

Pretoria High Court judge Khami Makhafola found the State had not made out a case, and discharged Henry Beukes on counts of abducting and...
Many arrested after public protests
About 100 residents from Boiketlong informal settlement on the Vaal Rand descended on the Sebokeng Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

This was I support of the 33 people arrested during a protest march over the delivery of houses in the area on Tuesday.

Speaking to The Citizen, on of the com...
Hotel guests in terrifying hijack ordeal
Sean Cooley went to a posh northern KwaZulu Natal hotel for a relaxing break. Instead he found himself lured from his bed by hijackers, snatched with six others and taken on a wild ride to the Mozambican border.

"It's like things you hear in a movie - you go to a hotel on holiday and get abducte...
Killer Nigerian rent boys get life behind bars
The Johannesburg High Court has slammed two Nigerian rent boys for coming to "the greener pastures" of South Africa and then leaving a trail of murder and torture in their wake.

Sentencing Anthony Chinedu and Victor Judge to an effective life term for their kidnapping and brutal killing of Chine...
Still no trace of murder suspect who skipped bail
Two months after she skipped bail, police have asked for help in hunting down a 36-year-old woman charged with stealing her friend's baby, telling her boyfriend it was his and later killing the real mother.

Riana Hughes - who vanished at the end of May - stands accused of kidnapping the two-mont...
Water blamed for empty jail
Hundreds of prisoners could reportedly be moved from chronically overcrowded prisons to Kokstad C-Max if it had a better water supply.

On Wednesday, the chair of parliament's correctional services portfolio committee, Dennis Bloem, said the first of a batch of 200 dangerous prisoners being trans...
Joy and anger over bail ruling for headman
Two men accused of leading the mob who assaulted a woman and set her house alight because she was wearing pants have been released without bail.

Thulani Cele - a headman at the T-section hostel in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal, where the attack took place - and Wiseman Mzotho appeared in the Umlazi Magis...
Protector clears Radebe on speeding charge
Jeff Radebe has been cleared by Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana of being a speed freak while on official duty.

This follows a complaint that the Transport Minister allegedly exceeded the speed limit after launching a road safety programme.

The public protector, meanwhile, indirectly critici...
Joy and anger over bail ruling for headman
A courtroom descended into chaos when the alleged ringleader of a mob who assaulted a woman and set her house alight because she was wearing pants didn't have to pay bail.

When Thulani Cele was granted bail, it had his supporters - mostly women in skirts and dresses - jumping, ululating and chan...
Three metro policemen assault taxi driver
Witness perplexed that he wasn't arrested

Three burly metro cops towering over a taxi driver, one of them with a boot to the alleged suspect's head as another appears to kick him over and over again.

This was the violent scene that greeted motorists yesterday in Midrand near the local f...
Psychiatric testing for Doobsie's boyfriend
The man accused of shooting Lindiwe Chibi will undergo psychiatric testing to determine whether he is fit to stand trial on August 27.

The case of accused Dan Mokoena was postponed in the Protea Magistrate's Court to allow the psychiatrist who examined Mokoena to testify if he is fit to be tried...
Court 'crucifixion' makes healing hard
Gang-raped in Tembisa in October 2005, Buyisiwe* is a survivor.

Since the incident she has made nine court appearances, her docket and witness statements have been lost, the case was struck off the court roll and later reinstated, and the men accused of the rape have been released from custody. ...
Police outrage at killing
Burned: Off-duty cop shot and doused in fuel

The South African Police Service yeste4rday came out strongly in condemning the brutal murder of a police officer in Buhle Park, Germiston.

Student Constable Kabelo Motsumi, 26, was shot in the head and set alight after allegedly argui...
Report out on death of chain saw dog killer
Dog killer Phillip Matthysen probably fell asleep behind the steering wheel of his car before his death on Sunday.

Police spokesman Marinda Stolz said yesterday the post-mortem indicated the 31-year-old man died of multiple head injuries.

Matthyssen, who was found guilty of decapitating his hu...
Police crack down on hawkers
Swoop: 53 arrested and 355 stalls demolished

Hawkers in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni were targeted by metro police in both cities yesterday “in the interest of traffic safety”, and “to curb the spate of smash and grab robberies”.

Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) arrested at least...
Two sex ‘rent boys’ are kidnap-killers
Two men, described in court as “rent boys” in the “sex trade’ were convicted yesterday of kidnapping and murdering an alleged client.

They both claimed to have been only clothing hawkers.

The court referred to a statement made by the first accused after his arrest, which said: “Sometimes I wo...
‘Parent-killer’ student needs psychiatric help
A Government doctor yesterday urged that a psychology student who allegedly shot his parents last month should get psychiatric treatment immediately.

On Dr S Trope’s recommendation, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court referred Grant Harris, 23, to the Valkenberg psychiatric hospital for 30 days observ...
Mum’s kidnap threat terror
A Durban woman is living in fear after learning her child is the target of kidnappers.

Chantel Hill, a mother of two, told The Citizen she was unable to sleep at night since her domestic worker revealed to her she had been offered R20 000 to assist in the abduction of Hill’s child.

“My ...
Rouges or bumbling fools…
Lashing: Judge slams cops and their lawyers

A judge has slammed the police and their legal representatives for ignoring a series of court orders, and being dishonest with the court.

This follows the theft of a large number of confiscated gambling machines from the North West Gamb...
Officer is denied bail
Love triangle: Captain shot dead and a wife wounded

A Pretoria police inspector who allegedly shot a captain dead and wounded his own wife in an apparent love triangle a week ago was denied bail in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Meshack Leshaba, 40, who was based at Wierdab...
'My brother was dead before threat'
Nigerian rent boys convicted of killing and torturing client

'Your brother's death will be on your conscience … we are going to dump his body in a dumpster somewhere."

This was how Nigerian rent boys Anthony Chinedu and Victor Judge announced their intention to kill Hendrik Adams, a cl...
Parents seeking R49m after baby contracts HIV
Baby M went into Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital for a life-saving stomach operation and came out with HIV, which now threatens his life.

Now, desperately worried about their son's worsening health, Baby M's HIV-negative parents are suing Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Bara, and the...
Get this bullet out of me .....
Shooting victim fobbed off by three hospitals

The man shot at point-blank range during the robbery of SA's ambassador to the United Nations over three weeks ago is still begging hospitals to remove the bullet.

One hospital sent him away because he couldn't pay R300 000, a second prescr...
Pants suspect's supporters skirt issue
A courtroom descended into chaos when the alleged ringleader of a mob who assaulted a woman and set her house alight because she was wearing pants didn't have to pay bail.

When Thulani Cele was granted bail, it had his supporters - mostly women in skirts and dresses - jumping, ululating and chant...
'Cosas bullies disturbing schools'
Soweto pupils say organisation demanded they join march that turned into a rampage

Students who went on the rampage in the Joburg CBD are bullies and hooligans who are disturbing those who actually want to attend school.

This was the sentiment of some pupils in Soweto, who said the Cong...
Family find man buried on top of father
A shocked family arrived to visit their father's grave at West Park cemetery in Joburg to find it had been opened and a stranger buried on top of him.

Daisy Modise yesterday said her father John died last year and they frequently visit the grave to place flowers.

Modise said her family thoug...
Byleveld believes bouncers broke bail conditions by visiting clubs
Top cop Superintendent Piet Byleveld wants the ringleaders of an alleged "bouncer mafia" back in jail - just two months after they were granted bail.

Byleveld yesterday told the Randburg Magistrate's Court that bouncers Paul Kietzmann and Jason Domingues-Baya allegedly broke their bail condition...
Cop shot and set on fire
A Katlehong student police constable has been shot in the head and then set on fire.

The police officer died on the scene and his sister also suffered burns during the attack last night.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman the man had been at the family spaza shop when the thr...
Shock move at deputy mayor murder trial
One of the accused in the murder of the deputy mayor of the Govan Mbeki municipality case has confessed.

Now the state needs to decide whether Madoda Hezekiel Nkhambule, the alleged middleman in the murder of Thandi Msweni, will become a state witness.

Nkhambule (49), from Leondale in Ekurhu...
Prisoners buy freedom for R200 000, court told
Seven hardened prisoners, serving jail sentences of more than 15 years each, paid more than R200 000 for their freedom, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court has been told.

This was the evidence heard during the bail application of two of the court's clerks who allegedly produced fake court documen...
Police and protesters clash violently in Sebokeng
Injuries reported as residents pelt police and trains with rocks and burn tyres

Six people were injured and 30 were arrested during a protest over housing delivery in Sebokeng this morning, according to Vaal Rand police.

Captain William Mcera said about 800 protesters burned tyres and ...
Pupils on the rampage
We're victims of teachers' strike, learners say

Hordes of Gauteng pupils chanted "pass one, pass all" as they ran riot in Joburg's city centre yesterday.

About 10 000 learners, in uniform, boarded trains into the city centre from Soweto, Pretoria, the East Rand and the Vaal area. Once t...
Woman takes on gang who beg then steal
She refuses to be a victim after attack
A lone Joburg woman is taking on a smash-and-grab gang in the northern suburbs - and she is determined to win.

The 31-year-old Cathy Box has channelled her initial feelings of fear into anger and is now determined to see the men who smashed her win...
Violent crime decreasing - MEC
Police are winning the war against violent crime in Gauteng, Firoz Cachalia announced this morning.

Gauteng's MEC for Community Safety was detailing his report on progress since Operation Iron Fist 2 was launched in February, when he made a commitment to drastically reduce crime within six month...
No tears for chainsaw killer
Man who beheaded husky dies in crash ... from head injuries
Justice has now been served at last, say animal activists

The grisly death of the man who beheaded his husky pup with a chainsaw sparked an outpouring of vitriol today .

Phillip Matthysen died at about 4am on Sunday wh...
Police probe broker’s death
Pretoria police were yesterday still investigating the discovery of the Silverlakes estate broker’s body in the boot of his car in Faerie Glen, east of the city on Monday last week.

The body of Ian de Wet, 40, was found wrapped in a duvet inside the boot of his grey BMW.

Security guards at the...
Three in for kidnapping
Three people were arrested on Sunday in connection with the kidnapping of a child, mother and uncle in Edenvale on the East Rand.

Senior Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the kidnappers wanted a ransom of R10 000 for the one-year-old, the mother, 28, and her brother, 23.

Opperman said the th...
Taxi driver case postponed
The case against 32-year-old Michael Mampane, accused of shooting a taxi driver, was postponed in the Wynberg Regional Court yesterday.

Mampane allegedly shot a taxi driver in the face after an accident north of Johannesburg last week.

The case was postponed to allow police to get a statement ...
Dad under observation
It is likely the father of a two-year-old toddler allegedly murdered will be referred to Weskoppies Hospital for psychiatric observation.

Victor Smangaliso Thiti, 32, appeared in the Tlhabane Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the death of his daughter last week.

Rustenburg police...
Rustenburg 5 held
Rustenburg Municipal police have arrested five suspects allegedly found in possession of four firearms and five cellphones.

“They were driving towards a local mine when they saw municipal police and sped off. They were intercepted. One of the men tried to shoot at police while being arrested,” ...
Armoured vehicles for US
A South African company will earn more than R1 billion from the supply of locally built mine resistant and ambush-protected vehicles for the American Marine Corps.

BAE Land Systems OMC of Benoni, in partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems Canada has been awarded a contract to supply 600 ve...
Murder charge stands
The father of two small children, who allegedly shot dead an intruder in his own home, made his second appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with murder.

Alfred Morton Tissong, 39, a self-employed spray painter, appeared before magistrate Hafeesa Mohamed who extended his...
Bail delay in road-rage shooting case
Additional charges of robbery and attempted murder may be brought

The man accused of shooting a taxi driver in an alleged road rage incident arrived in court well prepared for his bail application - but ended up being disappointed.

Michael Maleke Mampane (32), of Alexandra, north of Job...
Something about suspect won my heart, says ex-NPA lawyer
Something about an alleged Nigerian fraudster captured Portia Kgantsi's heart, so she saw nothing strange about befriending him - even though she was a prosecutor.

It was that friendship, however, that later led to her arrest.

Kgantsi, an advocate with the National Prosecuting Authority, is a...
Kidnappers arrested after car deal goes wrong
A mother, her brother and her baby boy have been safely released after being held for over four hours in a bizarre kidnapping drama.

Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Eugene Opperman said three kidnappers had been arrested and another two accused were being sought.

The incident was s...
Children as young as 10 are compulsive gamblers
Playing the Lotto, cards for money or trying your luck on a slot machine seem like innocuous activities, but, like drugs, these are the gateway to gambling addictions which are crippling thousands of young lives in South Africa today.

Worse, they can lead youngsters into crime to feed the habit....
Cash for SACP row: 'It's about accountability'
The businessman who accused SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande of stealing a R500 000 donation that he made to the party now denies having opened a theft charge against Nzimande.

Charles Modise said he had only lodged a complaint with the police to "emphasise" the importance of accountabil...
Commission delays decision on Hlophe
The fate of Cape Judge President John Hlophe has been left hanging in the air after the Judicial Service Commission failed to finalise its discussion on allegations of misconduct levelled against him.

JSC spokesperson Marumo Moerane said there were several outstanding issues which prevented the ...
Tip-off hotline pays off
Nearly 100 suspected criminals have been arrested since the launch of a national anonymous tip-off line.

Primedia launched the 32211 SMS tip-off service in conjunction with the South African Police Service in July.

Over the past two weeks alone, 13 arrests have been made bringing the total sus...
Police probing Modise tender deals, says NPA
Charles Kasinja Modise doesn’t feature in the ongoing NPA Northern Cape tender fraud investigation because the SA Police Service is looking into his dealings.

This is according to Tladi Tladi of the NPA, who said reports that Modise is being formally investigated by the NPA were inaccurate.

Cop killed at Shebeen
An off-duty Pretoria police inspector was killed in an armed robbery at a Mamelodi shebeen, east of the city at the weekend.

Three unknown men allegedly entered the shebeen and ordered the patrons to lie on the ground on Saturday night.

They robbed the owner of liquor and cash.

By Citizen r...
2 ‘police’ held
A man and woman suspected of posing as police were arrested in Pretoria West at the weekend.

A woman, 26, and a man, 34, were found with a police blue light, 20kg of dagga, vehicle registration forms and explosives.

Police spokesman Captain Lucas Sithole said Joyce Nkosi and Jose Manuel-Rodrig...
Family killed
A Limpopo businessman killed his 55-year-old girlfriend and two of her grandchildren before turning the gun on himself outside Louis Trichardt at the weekend.

Police spokesman inspector Amos Mudimeli said yesterday that the two had an argument which ended fatally on Friday. Two teenage girls who...
Focus on African prisons
Correctional Services and other prison departments want all the countries on the continent to join the Africa Correctional Services Association.

The decision was taken during the conference held in Swaziland at the weekend.

Twenty-seven countries attended the conference.

By next year the in...
Mob attacks ‘thief’
An alleged thief was dealt mob justice, in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, at the weekend.

The incident started when a man, in his late twenties, was allegedly found inside some one’s shack on Saturday.

It was not known why he was in there, but community members dragged him outside.

He was take...
Family still in dark after SA man bust with 6kg of heroin in Kabul
The Randburg family of a former South African Air Force (SAAF) intelligence major who was detained in Afghanistan allegedly in possession of 6kg of heroin is still in the dark about his situation.

The 40-year-old man, whose name is known to this newspaper, was detained along with an Afghan compan...
Fear and loathing at the SABC
Fingered legal boss claims that he's a whistleblower, reports Karyn Maughan

Things have got ugly at the SABC. Accused of multimillion-rand fraud and facing suspension, the SABC's legal boss, Mafika Sihlali, yesterday claimed he was a whistleblower who was victimised after he exposed how th...
Mayor must sit in jail until his bail hearing
The day Florence Lukhele - the woman initially arrested for the murder of Govan Mbeki municipality's deputy mayor - was to appear in court, the mayor himself sent a letter to court opposing bail for the accused.

In his letter, the mayor, Sipho Nkosi, "strongly and vehemently" opposed bail, citin...
Battle lines drawn as ...
SA forks out twice what Europeanspaid for the Badger

South Africa's replacement for its world-renowned Ratel armoured infantry combat vehicle is twice as expensive as the same vehicle bought by the Europeans, costing taxpayers R30-million apiece - or a grand total of R8,4-billion. This is ...
Friends warned her that the man in her life was a psycho
'We were worried about her, but she wasn't taking our advice'

Tumi McCallum's friends warned her to be careful of Michael Cordero, the man she loved, but the beautiful 20-year-old refused to listen them. This week he confessed to killing the Soweto-born university student in a New York Cit...
Sex offenders register hits resource glitch
A lack of adequate government resources could result in the complete failure of the national sex offenders register, despite the long-awaited Sexual Offences Bill being close to promulgation.

The bill, currently before the National Council of Provinces, provides for a national register of known p...
Lodger wants to change his plea to strangling child
Another child-murder trial was to come before the courts today when a man accused of murdering a 4-year-old girl was expected to ask to change his guilty plea to one of not guilty.

James Barnes claims he had been pressured to plead guilty to the murder.

The state is opposing his application to...
Brutality shocks pathologists
Alarm bells ringing in wake of increasingly violent murders of women, reports Helen Bamford

Between Women's Day 2006 and Women's Day 2007, at least 119 women were murdered in Cape Town alone.

Almost half were killed by their partners and a quarter of them were sexually assaulted before ...
Monitor cries ‘rape’ over police figures
The 2006/07 Umtata rape statistics need probing, according to watchdog Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM).

PSAM found it strange that the Eastern Cape city went from being the “rape capital” of South Africa to being an area with one of the most conspicuous declines in reported rape inci...
Bottle murder arrest
Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the death of a woman who was butchered with a broken bottle in the backyard of her family’s business.

“He was arrested on Wednesday night and is expected to appear in court on a murder charge soon,” said a spokesman for the North West poli...
Bid to hijack bus is foiled
Tshwane metropolitan police were yesterday searching for a man who tried to hijack a municipal double-decker bus in Eersterust, east of the city, earlier in the day.

Spokesman William Baloyi said an unknown man had jumped onto the bus traveling along Hans Coverdale Street at about 2pm.

The man...
Gender equality and violence the hot topics
Mbeki salutes unsung heroes of struggle on Women's Day

Two major issues that affect women - gender equality and violence - dominated speeches delivered to mark Women's Day.

In Kimberley, President Thabo Mbeki called for greater gender equality, while in Gauteng, Premier Mbhazima Shilow...
Samwu warns of strike over McBride
The Ekurhuleni branch of the South African Municipal Workers' Union is mobilising thousands of its members to strike later this month in protest against "preferential treatment" given to Robert McBride.

Samwu's Koena Ramatlou said that by the end of next week they would be filing notice of their ...
Guard in custody after robbers hit bank
A security guard at a Joburg shopping centre has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery.

According to the police, the on duty guard was arrested shortly after four men, two armed with handguns, robbed the bank at Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, near Fourways, yesterday.

About 9am the r...
Robber gang busted
Klerskdorp’s Organised Crime Unit has arrested a dangerous gang of robbers and seized six firearms – little knowing they were possibly solving two crimes at once.

Six men were arrested in connection with the July 19 armed robbery at a chain store in Ventersdorp.

One of them was a former employ...
R57 000 ransom bid
A man was kidnapped, robbed and held while his kidnappers tried to extort money from his family then beaten and his body dumped in a dustbin when he died, prosecutor Advocate Deon van Wyk told Johannesburg High Court.

Before the court were Anthony Chinedou of Hillbrow and Victor Judge of Pretoria...
Husband ‘tried to hide murder’
A Tembisa man who allegedly murdered his wife and tried to disguise it as robbery will appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

The 48-year-old from Vusimuzi section called police claiming his wife had been shot by intruders who had broken into their home.

She was shot in the chest.
SA defence force ‘can defend SA’
South Africa’s military machine is generally favourably regarded by the country’s people.

About 60% of a demographically correct, nine province-wide sample believe the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is ready to defend the country.

In terms of acquisition, bearing in mind the many controvers...
Murder suspects claim innocence
Three of the men charged with murdering a police suspect and leaving him on the highway to make it appear like a traffic accident, yesterday claimed he ran away and they had nothing to do with his death.

Former policeman Henry Beukes earlier this week told the court he was not present when Putco ...
Brutal murder in N West
A North West family has been shattered by the brutal murder of their daughter and sister who was butchered with a broken bottle in the backyard of their business.

Schoolchildren on their way to school in the township of Utlwanang, Christiana, spotted the body of Mamie Marope, 28, near the tavern ...
'Fraudster begged me to come and collect R40 000'
It was a perfect image of domestic bliss: a man embracing a little boy while his smiling mother looked on.

But the reality of the CCTV footage used against allegedly corrupt former Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi - the beaming woman in the images - was very different.

Kgantsi's young son...
Bomb suspect's father fights extradition bid
Home Affairs claims residence permits of Joburg couple are illegal

The father of a suspected teenage terrorist bomber arrested in the UK is fighting an attempt by Home Affairs to deport him and his wife from South Africa.

Mohamed Patel's son, Abdul Muneem Patel, was the youngest of 11 m...
Child-killer is 'cold, callous, cunning and calculated'
Parents vow to see he never leaves jail

Theunis Olivier should never see the outside of prison again, says the mother of 6-year-old Steven Siebert - kidnapped, molested and murdered in Plettenberg Bay in December 2005.

In fact, Elaine Siebert swears she will make it her duty to prevent...
Woman's shooting leaves residents shocked
The silence in the peaceful neighbourhood of Leondale in Germiston was pierced with gunshots early yesterday morning.

Shocked residents of Waterbok Avenue rushed out of their homes to find Phumelele Khuzwayo, a resident of 10 years, lying on the ground, bleeding.

Khuzwayo was believed to hav...
Man kills armed intruder in house
An armed robber who broke into a house in Midrand this morning was shot dead by his intended victim.

Captain Matlhodi Motadi, of the Midrand police, said the suspect is believed to have opened a window to the kitchen and entered the house in Glen Austin at about 3am.

"The owner was asleep bu...
Ex-cop claims hospital alibi over death
State claims theft suspect's body was dumped on road

Three former policemen and a reservist have pleaded not guilty to killing a theft suspect during "interrogation" and dumping his body on the N1 highway near Vanderbijlpark.

The body of 29-year-old Sandy Botomane, of Atteridgeville, n...
Fraud case prosecutor slammed
The prosecutor in Diteko Modise's R7,4-million fraud case is the latest person to come under fire from the former United Cricket Board employee's lawyer.

During a hearing at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Joburg yesterday, prosecutor Hans Wolfaardt was accused of "gunning for convict...
State wants life for Siebert boy's murderer
It was "horrific" to look at the man who molested and killed 6-year-old Steven Siebert in Plettenberg Bay at Christmas in 2005.

This was how Steven's mother, Eileen, said she felt when she sat in the Cape High Court where her son's murderer, Theunis Olivier, appeared yesterday.

Olivier, who ...
Guard in custody after robbers hit bank
A security guard at a Joburg shopping centre has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery.

According to the police, the on-duty guard was arrested shortly after four men, two armed with handguns, robbed the bank at Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, near Fourways, yesterday.

About 9am the r...
Police drop Bara rape case
No witnesses, no evidence make it hard to investigate

Police have dropped the investigation into the rape of a student at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital due to a lack of information.

"No arrests have been made and we haven't got sufficient information to continue investigating," S...
Teen mutilated in horrific ‘ritual attack’
A 13-year-old boy is being treated in hospital after being mutilated in a suspected ritual attack.

Apparently left for dead, Bahumi Mogorosi crawled 150m to a village road, bleeding and in agony. There he was helped by two passers’ by.

His attackers had removed his tongue, private parts, lips...
Man found dead in boot of his own car
Pretoria police made a gruesome find of the body of a Silverlakes man in the boot of his car at a shopping center in Faerie Glen, east of the city yesterday.

Security personnel of Pick’n Pay Hypermarket had alerted police to the vehicle left in the parking lot. Captain Lucas Sithole said the car...
Charges to stand, says High Court
Former senior Scorpion advocate Portia Kgantsi on trial in the Johannesburg High Court since April on charges of extortion and corruption yesterday unsuccessfully applied for the “charges to be dismissed”.

She then requested time until this morning “to prepare her testimony” on her “innocent visi...
Scorpions want Zuma to pay
Angry prosecutors demand punitive costs for "unwarranted' attacks

The Scorpions have had it with Jacob Zuma and they want to make him pay. Literally.

Not only do prosecuting authorities want the former deputy president to be censured for his "scandalous", "gratuitous" and "unwarranted"...
Asmal comes out on side of the judiciary
ANC constitutional expert and former education minister Kader Asmal has cautioned against a battle with the judiciary, saying judges are not the enemy of South Africa's transformation.

In a departure from the majority view in the ANC, Asmal also said yesterday the minister of justice should not ...
Grandson still missing while Pebco Three hunt continues
Six-year-old Sophumla "Soso" Cekiso-Hashe disappeared two months ago. And while his desperate family await his return, investigators continue to search for the remains of his activist grandfather.

Soso disappeared around 5pm on May 24 from outside his mother's home in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth,...
Hillbrow project is first to get own security and cleaners
The eKhaya Neighbourhood Programme on Pietersen Street has become the first inner Hillbrow precinct to get its own private security and cleaning force.

A team of six guards and three cleaners will patrol the area bordered by Pietersen Street between Klein and Claim Streets, and the south side of ...
End of the road for 19 suspected gang members
Nineteen alleged gang members have been arrested and 17 firearms including seven AK-47s confiscated.

Police acted on a tip-off that led them to a house in White City, Soweto, where the men were meeting yesterday. It is believed the men were planning to rob a business in Kliptown later in the day...
Nine security men wounded in ambush
A security guard was in a serious condition and eight others were admitted to hospital after being been shot in a violent highway heist.

Yesterday's attack is thought to have been foiled by an armed bystander.

The incident took place on the N12 West, near the Kraft Road off-ramp in Ekurhulen...
Ekurhuleni bosses deny tender impropriety
Ekurhuleni's acting police chief has admitted that his son and the mayor's daughter were awarded a tender for the council.

But Mkhabela Sibeko says his son and mayor Duma Nkosi's daughter and a school friend of theirs were awarded the tender "fairly and squarely after complying with all the requi...
Prison doc suspended for 'insulting' Balfour
A doctor who has repeatedly spoken out about horrific health conditions at Cape Town's Pollsmoor Prison is being sued for defamation by Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour.

Balfour is claiming R500 000 in damages from the doctor, after he wrote a letter supporting a member of his staf...
Examiners are sitting idle as driving licence backlog grows
Instructors fear they may have to close down as province fails to fulfil promises

While at least 5 000 frustrated, would-be drivers wait for appointments for learners and driving licences, examiners at most Joburg testing centres sit idle.

A visit to the Randburg testing centre by The S...
Gun-certificate fraud exposé
With no firearm training and as little as R400, a Joburg gun trainer has passed at least 80 people who have never handled a gun in their lives.

With these certificates, people can apply for a police-competency card that would allow them to apply for jobs in the security industry, where their emp...
Bredell robbers bite dust
A gun-wielding cash-in-transit robber was shot dead and two others were critically wounded in a gunbattle with members of the SAPS's elite Task Force in Bredell near Kempton Park.

Inspector Jethro Mtshali said five other robbers were arrested on the scene when the Task Force members thwarted the...
Hijacker shot dead in Joburg
A gang of hijackers had the tables turned on them when their intended victim opened fire, fatally wounding one of them.

Passing Joburg metro police found the man on the ground at the corner of End and Market streets in Doornfontein yesterday, surrounded by onlookers.

He was still alive when ...
Daughter 'pimped on the net' by dad
Both accused out on bail, while traumatised child placed into her gran's care

He created a website where he advertised naked pictures of his 15-year-old daughter for would-be paedophiles to access and "rent" her for sexual acts at R500 a time.

Yesterday, the 39-year-old father and his ...
Last-gasp attempt to foil sixth robbery fails
During a two-hour robbery at his Sandton home, Bryan Groenewald told his six gun-wielding attackers he was battling to breathe. In an unusual act of kindness yesterday morning, one of the robbers pulled out an asthma pump from his pocket and sprayed it into Groenewald's mouth.

But that's where t...
Sex-fiend shock
Steven Sieberts killer confessesto molesting at least 200 boys

Convicted child-killer Theunis Christian Olivier has, by his own admission, sexually molested more than 200 boys. His perverted spree - which, he told the police, had spanned 30 years - finally ended in December 2005 when he wa...
Sexual predators behave like Jekyll and Hyde
Analysis of drug rape cases reveals that any guy a woman meets at a club is a potential perpetrator

He has it all; he's good looking, wears the most expensive clothes and smells of the best colognes. In fact, he's the kind of man most parents would be only too happy for their daughters to ...
Slippery 'Robin Hood' nabbed
Gang suspected of spate of bank robberies

Maxwell Khumalo claims he is the "Robin Hood of Bulawayo" - robbing South African banks and bringing the spoils back to his starving community in Zimbabwe.

But to police, Khumalo - who has been linked to 28 robberies - and his gang are possibly ...
'Bad joke' or brilliant journalism?
It was billed as the result of 'months of meticulous investigation', but the jury's still out on Carte Blanche's latest 'exposé'

It may have made for gripping viewing, but was it good investigative journalism, as it was purported to be?

Carte Blanche's Sunday night documentary on the p...
Overcrowded refugee centre an 'inhumane sight'
Gauteng's biggest refugee centre, in Marabastad, has turned into a slum where women are raped every night, and where refugees - mainly from Zimbabwe - squat for months hoping to get legal documents.

The National Assembly's home affairs committee paid an impromptu visit to the centre yesterday, a...
Hospital safety concerns students
No locks on overnight rooms, bad lighting, porters who disappear and never return, and regular muggings.

These were some of the security concerns raised by Wits medical students who work at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital - and the Soweto hospital isn't alone.

Students have complained that Co...
'You don't have to take it'
Metro reaching out to region's abused women

Leading women in the Ekurhuleni metro are presenting a united front in the fight against woman abuse this month.

The metro has launched an aggressive campaign - 365 Days to End Gender Violence - and says it is determined to see women freed fro...
I must be given hope - Steven's killer
Olivier claims he has 8 personalities

If child-killer Theunis Olivier does not receive psychiatric help, he will seek another victim.

The 50-year-old man, who claims his personality has been split into eight, says that sending him to prison for the rest of his life would not solve his ...
Petrol bombs hurled at Eskom staff
Eskom workers have had to flee in terror as petrol bombs were hurled at them while they were installing power boxes in Chiawelo, Soweto.

The attack came after violence on Monday in which three workers were injured when residents beat them up as they were about to install the boxes.

Sexwale hijacking suspect to apply for bail
The man accused of hijacking Judy Sexwale, the wife of business tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, made his second appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday.

A nervous Mbuso Simelane, whose address has yet to be confirmed, listened intently as his attorney, Calvin Maile, told the court of his i...
Child-killer claims his own life was one of torment
Theunis Olivier stayed in Plettenberg Bay for Christmas 2005 because his imaginary friend Theo told him to do so.

Yesterday Olivier told the Cape High Court that, days before the murder of 6-year-old Gauteng boy Steven Siebert, he had wanted to go to Mossel Bay because of a bad feeling.

'It's not nice to take a person's life'
Burglar-killer regrets deaths, but was trying to save his family

Andre Venter is not proud that he killed two men this morning - but he maintains he did it to protect his family.

Venter shot dead two would-be robbers in his home in Rangeview, Krugersdorp, at about 4am. The drama started...
Police deny crisis at border with Zimbabwe
Limpopo police have dismissed rumours of a crisis at the SA and Zimbabwe border.

They have also denied statements that local farmers have taken control of the border, and farmers who were arresting illegal immigrants have been warned that they would be dealt with harshly.

The comments came fol...
‘How a prisoner slit my throat’
A former prison hospital nurse told the Pretoria High Court yesterday how a prisoner had kicked her and slit her throat after threatening to decapitate her because he said he wanted to stay in prison.

The nurse told the court of her horror experience, and that of a colleague, at the hands of a pr...
Piecing together a murder
Facial reconstruction to prove remains belong to Joburg mom

Shirley van Rensburg made lunch for and played pool with the men accused of brutally murdering her, dismembering her naked body and then burying her remains in an animal hole.

According to the state, game park employees Wayne ...
Thief tells court how his accomplice was abducted
A self-confessed thief has lashed out at a taxi boss accused of beating his partner-in-crime to death - after the two men stole R5 000 from the businessman's bakkie.

"He should have taken him to a police station. Why didn't he do so?" a visibly emotional Norman Mpho Masoloke told the Johannesburg...
Group survive Bible-reading hijacking
Youngsters told that 'God helps those who help themselves'

They were hijackers who read the Bible and targeted only company vehicles, "because they are insured".

They also had a penchant for Choice Assorted biscuits, which they greedily ate at a well-frequented chop-shop believed to be ...
How the cops made a match
A report by forensic analyst Inspector Teunis Briers has revealed just how police matched the skull found at the Nkwe Game Lodge with murder victim Shirley van Rensburg.

Briers said he had used "photo-to-skull video imposition" to establish the skull's identity.

He first stored a photograph ...
R7,4m fraud accused lashes out at Bacher

Former cricket supremo Ali Bacher has been accused of being a law unto himself.

This view was expressed by Kelly Lekoto, the lawyer for former United Cricket Board employee Diteko Modise, who is accused of defrauding the organisation of R7,4-million.

Lekoto was giving his closing argument ...
Hospitals tighten security after rape at Bara
Security at Gauteng hospitals is to be beefed up following the rape of a medical student at Chris Hani-Baragwanath.

The first changes were due to take place at that hospital yesterday.

Gauteng Health Department spokesperson Zanele Mngadi said the department was hiring a courier service to ru...
Fraudulent freeing of 124 of prisoners probed
Joburg police are investigating whether more magistrate's court officials were allegedly involved in a scheme in which convicted prisoners were released through the use of fraudulent court documents.

The latest police action follows the arrest of two Johannesburg Magistrate's Court clerks for the...
Six nabbed for robbing shoppers
Police have arrested six men believed to be members of a syndicate picking their victims at an upmarket shopping centre, following them home and robbing them.

The suspects were spotted on Sandton City's high-tech CCTV system and arrested by the shopping centre's security guards before being hande...
McBride's temporary replacement as police chief rejects accusations
Sibeko reckons newspaper unfairly targeted him

'I am not a criminal or a fugitive from justice," says Mkhabela Sibeko, Ekurhuleni metro's deputy city manager of operations, who is acting metro police chief in the place of Robert McBride.

Sibeko yesterday responded to a Sunday newspaper ...
Handyman pleads guilty to murdering boy and tells court ...'Why I killed little Steven'
He strangled 6-year-old Steven Siebert because he didn't want the child to identify him.

This is what Theunis Christiaan Olivier told the Cape High Court yesterday when he made |an about-turn and pleaded guilty to murdering Steven in Plettenberg Bay in December 2005.

The Zimbabwean handyman, w...
ATM Bombers blocked
Six members of South Africa’s latest criminal fraternity – ATM bombers – have been arrested by police in North-West.

“They have been positively linked to four explosions at ATMs in Phokeng, at Bafokeng Mine, Freedom Park and an Impala Mine hostel,” police spokesman Sally de Beer said.

The men ...
Thief hands himself in
One of the four men who allegedly stole an entire ATM from a supermarket in Proclamation Hill, Pretoria West on Sunday handed himself over to police yesterday.

Inspector Paul Ramaloko said a 25-year-old man from Wespark had been charged with housebreaking and theft. He will appear in court soon....
Deceased’s statement pondered
The Johannesburg High Court hearing of the 12-count trial of former Scorpions advocate Portia Kgansi is faced with deciding on the admissability of a statement involving her in corruption and extortion by a prisoner who has died and therefore cannot be cross-examined.

With the exception of the s...
School torched
Things in Khutsong got even nastier yesterday when a pupil and a teacher calling for a return to school were attacked and assaulted on school premises.

Shortly afterwards, the school building was torched.

The pupil, who has apparently been campaigning for an end to a schools boycott that has l...
Party-goers claim Jeppe police beat them up
It appeared at first to be a routine police stop. But what happened next was a nightmare attack by the men they thought were supposed to protect them.

Javen Naidoo, Stanley Losper, Loreal, Christo and Mona Miller, said they were driving home from a party on Saturday night when they got lost in Je...
Two held after bid to break into bank
Two men have been arrested for trying to break into a bank in central Joburg.

Two Zimbabwean nationals in their 20s were arrested about 2am yesterday following an attempt to break through the back door of the Capitec Bank in Braamfontein.

A security guard was on patrol when he heard a sound ...
Survey on graft in private sector
South African businesses are being surveyed to assess the extent of corruption in the private sector.

The Business Survey Against Corruption was launched today in Braamfontein by Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

"We are launching this business survey agains...
Van Rooyen victims' bones found - claim
Any information that could help in the case of seven girls kidnapped by paedophile Gert van Rooyen would be welcomed, police said today.

This follows a broadcast on M-Net's Carte Blanche last night in which the programme linked the girls' disappearance in the late 1980s to a previously unexplored...
Too many teen moms
In an effort to control escalating teenage pregnancies in Limpopo, provincial health authorities held an awareness event at Mohodi Ha-Manthanta sport ground in Molemolle at the weekend.

About 24 mothers aged between 13 and 17 delivered babies on Christmas Day last year. Another six babies were d...
Taking charge
The Ekurhuleni Municipality launched the “take charge campaign” yesterday to mobilize the community against crime in Lesedi shopping center in Vosloorus.

Inspector Kobedi Mokheseng said the campaign, initiated three months ago in Duduza, had been very successful.

“The community have taken char...
Police, pilots root out crime
More than 400 policemen supported by the SA Air Force’s 17 Squadron and a reserve force pilot conducted a high-density crime prevention operation in the north-west of Pretoria at the weekend.

The operation was primarily aimed at curbing vehicle hijackings and robberies from businesses and househo...
Blogger’s new ‘links’
Sex blog suspect Juan Duval Uys may be linked to a murder case dating back to 1993.

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that he may be linked to the murder of Hennie Schmidt, who was battered to death with a heavy pipe at a Kroonstad Correctional Services party in 1993.

It is alleged th...
Zuma still contesting ‘illegal’ Scorpion raids
ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma will have yet another day in court next month.

He will appear in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein for arguments relating to the legality of raids conducted by the Scorpions in 2005.

At the center of the dispute are 21 raids conducted at the offices an...
Society spurns ex-prisoners
Stigma: Hard to integrate, weeps woman

Ex-criminals claim further punishment is meted out by the very society expected to help with their integration.

Their concern was raised during the Unisa Department of Criminology and Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative’s seminar in Pretoria yesterday.

Clamp down on illegal connections – Eskom
Eskom’s Jane Mofokeng is urging customers in Finetown, south of Johannesburg, to report illegal connections.

The area has been plagued by power supply interruptions since the beginning of winter.

Mofokeng said: “Eskom has over the past few weeks embarked on the physical removal of illegal con...
Mbeki leaps to Manto's defence
President slams DA over hospital's infant deaths

President Thabo Mbeki has rushed to his health minister's defence, apparently contradicting her deputy and heaping scorn on the Democratic Alliance and the Daily Dispatch newspaper following the recent uproar over high infant death rates at ...
Jeppestown accused to face widow in court
During a trial set down for two months, Inspector Leonie van Heerden will come face to face with the 12 men accused of murdering her husband and wounding her in the 2006 Jeppes-town massacre.

Van Heerden is a witness against the men who allegedly stood off the police for five hours and killed fou...
Baggage-wrapping red alert
OR Tambo airport probing its safety after complaint

The Airports Company South Africa has launched an investigation into shrink-wrap plastic used to stop passengers' luggage from being pilfered at OR Tambo, following claims that it is "hazardous and unsafe".

The investigation follows a...
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