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Thieves steal power from Joburgers
Several Joburg suburbs were left without power after a cable was stolen at one of the sub-stations in Beyers Naude Drive this morning.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse said the cable was stolen at 3am and, coincidentally, a fault occurred at the same sub-station at 6.30am.

He said the re...
Robbers blow Soweto ATM
A group of robbers blew up an ATM at Pimville Square in Soweto after tying up a security guard this morning

Kliptown police spokesperson Felicity Radebe said the men tied up the security guard and used explosives to blow up the ATM.

"They tried to open the safe but while they were still busy...
Jeppe case officer gives evidence in High Court
He said he did not have a problem repeating what he said to me before a magistrate, Inspector Richard Nziyana testified in the Johannesburg High Court Jeppe massacre trial yesterday.

This was in respect of Senzo Mweli, charged only in respect of the Pick n Pay Honeydew armed robbery and with the ...
Witness tells of girl’s last hours
SHIRLEY van Rensburg thought she was going from North Riding, north of Johannesburg, to see animals at a bush lodge near Thabazimbi.

But she was murdered and her body driven to Thabazimbi, where it was apparently dismembered and buried in an animal burrow in the bush lodge grounds.

This was th...
Victim of released rapist wins
STATE: Accepts liability for negligently freeing assailant

The Ministers of Safety and Security and Justice have accepted full liability for the damages suffered by a domestic worker who was raped and almost killed in an attack by a man erroneously released while waiting trial on similar charges....
Decomposed body ‘may be missing Boitumelo’
RUSTENBURG police believe the decomposed body found on Sunday on a Groenkloof farm is that of three-year-old Boitumelo Maripane, who went missing on February 8.

Police spokesman Captain Elsabe Augoustides said the police, acting on a tip-off from the community, found the tiny body of a baby girl ...
Would-be thieves leave explosives at crime scene
FREE State police confiscated explosives left at the scene of a failed robbery yesterday, sending it to police laboratories for further analysis.

Police said robbers attempting to break into a Ficksburg Shoprite-Checkers left behind their explosives after failing to blow up the branch’s safe.

Mbeki ‘must be clear’ on arms deal: DA
PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki “must be clear” about his role in the arms deal, said Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Eddie Trent yesterday.

He was reacting to media reports that former ambassador Barbara Masekela had confirmed she had arranged a meeting between Mbeki and an arms deal company, which is co-accu...
Airport heist shock
Witnesses are either dead or missing

The murders of four witnesses and disappearance of a fifth has destroyed the state's case against police officials accused of stealing more than R100-million recovered from Gauteng's most outrageous airport heist.

And police say they have little hop...
Blow for policewoman's murder trial
Another postponement after judge steps down

The recusal of a High Court judge, foiled attempts to hold discussions behind closed doors and the tears of distressed sisters characterised the start of the trial of the men accused of murdering police captain Anna-Marie Potgieter.

The stepp...
Robber recounts boiling water attack
A man who took part in the brutal attack on Sandy Staats has described how a fellow accused poured boiling water over the Joburg resident.

Isaac Mako (45), of Alexandra, pleaded guilty to charges

of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances in

the Johannesburg High Court yesterda...
Twist in Jeppestown massacre trial
The trial of the 13 "Jeppestown Massacre" accused has been adjourned after lead defence advocate Robin Stransham-Ford claimed that new developments had emerged.

These developments, he said, arguing for an adjournment, would change the future of the trial.

The trial, now in its fourth week, b...
Court postpones case of man accused of raping US girl (14)
The trial of a Soweto man facing two counts of raping a 14-year-old girl from Washington DC has been postponed in the Johannesburg High Court.

Stanley Tizirai Mabona (21), of Pimville, Soweto, stands accused on two counts of raping the girl in the veld and in the backyard of a house in Soweto on...
Talkshow host in tears over abuse
Humiliation of woman at taxi rank triggers anger

Talk Radio 702's Redi Direko cried openly on air when she recalled how for many years she had suffered the "worst form of sexual harassment" at the hands of taxi drivers.

This came after she read the story of Nwabisa Ngcukana, who was hu...
Brave security guard fights off robbers
Ernest Ngwenya is one security guard who takes his job seriously, regardless of the risks involved.

That's why he didn't just look on helplessly when he and one of the tenants of the townhouse complex he guards were at the mercy of armed robbers. He single-handedly disarmed the gun-wielding man,...
Beware the boys with the blue bulbs
Their modus operandi is to either dress in full metro police uniform or use blue South African Police Service (SAPS) lights and sirens to hijack unsuspecting and vulnerable motorists.

They are the notorious "blue light gang" and have so far terrorised occupants of three vehicles in Gauteng over ...
Call to reinstate NPA head Pikoli
MULDER: Disband the Ginwala Commission

OPPOSITION parties are demanding an immediate reinstatement of Vusi Pikoli, the suspended head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Scorpions.

“Pikoli must be re-appointed immediately.

“The Frene Ginwala Commission (tasked with investig...
Business joins calls to keep the Scorpions
BUSINESS Against Crime (Bacsa) has added its voice to the growing calls for the retention of the Scorpions.

Bacsa believes the independent status of the Scorpions has been key to its ability to detect and prosecute high level individuals.

“This body… was agreed by business and government as a...
Hidden stash ‘kidnapping’
FREE State police have arrested three men and charged them with kidnapping a Clarens farm worker, and threatening to tie him to a rock and drop his body in the Caledon River.

The farm worker, in his early forties, had last month noticed 16 bags of dagga hidden on a farm in the Damascus district.
Detainees ‘pay for release’
BRIBES: Police officers are ‘breaking their own laws’

SOUTH AFRICAN police have been accused by Munjodzi Mutandiri of the Zimbabwe Youth Network of taking bribes to ensure the release of foreign detainees.

At a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZSF), Mutandiri blasted South ...
Government body criticised
The government body tasked with managing South Africa’s marine resources has received yet another damning report.

The Auditor-General’s latest report on the Marine and Coastal Living Resources Fund goes a step further than the previous four years’ disclaimers. Its newest report, submitted more t...
Police seize weapons
EASTERN CAPE police wrapped up a busy weekend yesterday. Spokesman Inspector Mlungisi Matidane said 18 people were arrested in the Mount Ayliff area on Saturday in a joint operation between police, traffic officers and Home Affairs officials.

The suspects were apprehended for offences ranging fr...
Helicopters are here
SIMONSTOWN – The final addition to government’s strategic arms acquisition package has been concluded on time and in budget.

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday oversaw the first landings of the Super Lynx maritime helicopters onto three of the navy’s four frigates which mark the successful...
Editors hit at police meddling
TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE: ‘It smacks of media censorship’

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) says it is deeply concerned at the increase in instances of police interference with journalists.

There have been several recent cases where law enforcement officials have been accuse...
Money machines under siege
CRISIS: Steady stream of ATM bombings continues unabated

AUTOMATIC teller machine (ATM) bombings have continued at a steady pace throughout the year.

In the latest incident an Alberton ATM was blown apart on Friday, just after another explosion at a Limpopo shopping mall on Valentine’s Day.
Manuel's gag attempt raises censorship fears
Court order application seen as worrying trend in SA

An urgent Cape High Court application by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has once again catapulted the issue of pre-publication censorship into the spotlight.

Manuel lodged the urgent application against economist and activist Terry C...
Cemetery scam nipped in the bud
Unscrupulous cemetery staff have been selling plots at R800 each in the wake of a severe shortage of burial space.

The syndicate operating out of Durban graveyards was uncovered last week after the arrest of a supervisor.

Parks department head Themba Ngcobo said investigations showed "a co-o...
We're useless, cop tells motorist after hijacking ordeal
"Listen, we can't help you. Go to the newspapers."

This was the advice of a policeman to a motorist who just minutes earlier had stabbed an armed would-be hijacker in the neck.

And that is just what Matt, who did not want to be named, did on Friday. He told The Star of how, in the space of a...
Telkom gives up on E Rand residents after cable thefts
Telkom is making residents pay for and lay their own underground cables - if they want phones.

An angry group of Pomona residents have been without lines since last March following cable thefts.

Don O'Donovan, spokesperson for the group of 12 smallholders near Kempton Park, said that during ...
Shock as Eastern Cape game farmer is jailed
Ivar Thorer Henriksen went from being "king" of a Norwegian waterworks department to the skelm of the Eastern Cape's Schelm Drift farm.

Last week, Henriksen, a former civil servant in Norway, was jailed for eight years for corruption, ordered to pay 63-million kroner ( about R90-million) to the ...
No speed cameras for now
All the speed cameras set up in Joburg, Alberton, Randfontein and Westonaria remain unauthorised and should not be in operation.

Traffic fines issued to motorists caught speeding by any cameras in these areas since January 21 are not valid and should be withdrawn, according to Charin de Beer, di...
Men on trial over boiling-water death
Other victim to testify only if accused deny charges

The trial of two men who allegedly killed their victim by repeatedly pouring boiling water over her head was due to start in the Johannesburg High Court today.

The state alleges that Isaac Moka (46) and Sibusiso Phakathi (35), both o...
No sign of ANC going to polls early
From the disbanding of the Scorpions to calls for the government to step down, the past week at parliament was anything but humdrum business as usual.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula attracted cheers and jeers when he surprised MPs in the National Assembly by bluntly stating that th...
Documentary on rape and the church
Women across the country searching for solace after the horrific trauma of rape have often found that the church offers them cold comfort. This is the core theme of a hard-hitting documentary focusing on the roles the church and society play in dealing with rape.

Every 26 Seconds is the brainchi...
Pikoli delivers affidavit to Ginwala Commission
Suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Vusi Pikoli has informed the Ginwala Inquiry that he did indeed brief President Thabo Mbeki and Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla about the Scorpions investigation into Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi on numerous occasions.

This is i...
Stop wasting my time, says protector
The public protector's office was not established to investigate complaints by members of parliament and high-profile individuals out to score political points.

So says the public protector, advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who is so annoyed at the deluge of complaints he receives from politicians wh...
Rush for coal in Mpumalanga
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is finalising an environmental management framework to deal with more than 2 000 applications to mine for coal in Mpumalanga.

Spokesperson Mava Scott said the framework would cover the Dullstroom, Belfast, Machadodorp and Waterval Boven regions...
Silenced: the song of abuse by a prominent singer
Black strips covered an explosive article published yesterday that named a prominent Afrikaans singer as musician Robbie Klay's alleged sexual abuser.

An interim interdict brought by singer Jurie Els on Wednesday night forced Media24 titles You and Huisgenoot to publish the censored version of a...
Radioactive contamination study
A team of specialists will begin work by the end of next month to deal with the radioactive contamination of the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment, west of Joburg.

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) said this week it had created "committees to address the current challenges regarding...
Protecting soldiers is her business
Security forces and soldiers fighting in Africa and the Middle East may owe their lives to a woman living in South Africa, whose company is a world leader in the manufacture of body armour and other protective equipment.

Louisa Garland-Els, of Durban, is the founder and managing director of Impe...
Coal mine bid sparks eco war
Rare and endangered birds and plants under threat

Legal papers were being drafted this week in what conservationists and farmers say could be the "mother of all battles" against a coal mining company that has its sights set on one of SA's most pristine natural areas.

The result of thei...
Baby-dumping sorrow of desperate mothers
Infants are being abandoned in open fields, in malls,and even thrown into open pit toilets in rural areas

Single, pregnant, alone and unable to pay her rent. That was the desperate situation in which a 24-year-old BCom student living in Pretoria found herself.

"I could not afford my re...
School body is in hot water
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is investigating claims of nepotism at a primary school north of Joburg where the school governing body (SGB) allegedly gave jobs to family members.

Members of the SGB not only hired family, but also sat on the interview panel that awarded the jobs, it h...
Emily Williams is laid to rest as mourners weep
It seems South Africa is no place for children, as threelittle girls have been murderedwithin days of each other,reports Janet Smith

The disturbing deaths of three girls within days of each other have shocked South Africans. Emily Williams would have become a teenager next month, but she d...
Teacher hurt in housing dispute
Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, teacher Adrian Adams, who is at the centre of a row over ownership of a Khayelitsha house, was attacked at his home early yesterday morning, allegedly by the previous owner.

Adams told Independent Newspapers that he had been hit in the face with a brick.

The teach...
Zuma's bid to bar evidence
He asks Mauritian court to stop NPA from getting 'damning' documents

Presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma has travelled more than 3 000km to wage a fresh legal battle against his prosecution for corruption.

The Star can confirm that Zuma yesterday served notice on the Mauritian Supreme Court...
Mama Jackey is free, but kidnap victim feels betrayed
Mama Jackey has been fined R8 000 for kidnapping, assaulting and parading Simphiwe Ncoguthu naked in Soweto, which has left him bitter and incredulous.

Mama Jackey, whose real name is Jacqueline Maarohanye, was convicted along with her accomplices Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale and Mpho Makhate on ...
Zuma starts bid to derail trial
ANC president and heir-in-waitig to preside over the country Jacob Zuma yesterday launched a desperate last-minute legal bid to derail his pending prosecution.

This comes a day after his lawyer confirmed that Zuma had met legal representatives in Mauritius about documents that allegedly contain p...
'How did we go from Mandela to this man?'
Crime, drugs, suspected corruption committed by top public figures. A BBC reporter on SA asks… 'How did we go from Mandela to this man?'

"Are you a crook?" He laughs, unsure how to respond to the brutally frank question.

Jacob Zuma tries to make light of it, then plays for time by aski...
Mbeki defends police force
President Thabo Mbeki has criticised the perception that the police play second fiddle to the soon-to-be disbanded Scorpions.

In his response to the parliamentary debate on his State of the Nation address yesterday, Mbeki strongly defended the police, whose National Police Commissioner Jackie Sel...
It’s a plot says rape accused
HIV+FATHER: Says he did not sodomise his son

A 29-year-old Mamelodi man charged with raping his nine-year-old son and attempting to murder him, claimed yesterday he was the victim of a conspiracy “to let him rot in jail”.

The father, who admitted that he has been HIV-positive since 2001 and kn...
Victim cooked for accused
Not realising she was about to die, Shirley van Rensburg cooked a meal of pork chops for her alleged murderers.

She also packed a pork chop in a container and gave it to one of the two visitors to the Nkwe Bush Lodge in the Thabazimbi district to take home to his wife.

Then she went missing.
Woman's body found wrapped in plastic
Police are baffled by the bizarre murder of a young woman whose body was found tied up and wrapped in plastic by the side of a dirt road outside Pretoria.

The body was found in a kneeling position near the R511 by an Erasmia farmer early on Thursday morning.

The woman's hands had been tied tog...
Zuma in Mauritian bid to bar evidence
He asks court to stop NPA getting 'damning' papers

Presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma has travelled more than 3 000km to wage a fresh legal battle against his prosecution for corruption.

The Star can confirm that Zuma yesterday served notice on the Mauritian Supreme Court, asking for the ...
Mbeki gives police higher rating than Scorpions
President Thabo Mbeki has publicly anointed the country's Cinderella police as the nation's top crime busters, but also offered hope to the Scorpions' rank and file.

In what was arguably one of his better replies to the annual State of the Nation debate, Mbeki yesterday went out of his way to bo...
Protector wants DA MP disciplined
Waters unco-operative over Manto allegations

The public protector, advocate Lawrence Mushwana, has lashed out at a Democratic Alliance MP for making "unsubstantiated" allegations against President Thabo Mbeki "to score political points".

This follows an investigation by Mushwana into a...
Top cop asked to explain how he got confidential note
Acting National Prosecuting Authority head Mokotedi Mpshe has accused National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi of unlawfully gaining access to a top Scorpion's confidential human resources file.

And Mpshe has publicly challenged Selebi to explain his possession of a private document belonging t...
Scan this barcode and you'll get more than just a price …
For nearly three years the race has been to find the gene that would open up the plant kingdom to a multitude of scientific disciplines.

It was a race to find a genetic marker to enhance the study of medicine, help in the understanding of biodiversity and even assist in the fight against crime. ...
4 in court over Emily's slaying
Four men accused of murdering 12-year-old Emily Williams have appeared briefly in court.

The men's identities are known to The Star, which has agreed to a prosecutor's request to withhold their identities as they still have to undergo an identification parade.

Yesterday, the accused two of t...
Jeppestown massacre trial delayed
Proceedings against the 12 men and a woman standing trial for the Jeppestown massacre has stalled due to an injury sustained by one of the defence counsel.

As the ongoing trial started yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court, prosecutor Joanie Spies informed Judge Ratha Mokgoathleng that advoca...
Young inmate 'Ma-eleven' could go home soon
As arch-criminal "Ma-eleven" is led through the Protea Magistrate's Court by three prison guards, something is different.

Like many times before, his legs are in irons and the youth shuffles slowly towards courtroom 3. But after seven months at Leeuwkop Juvenile Prison, serving a double sentence...
23 children crammed into vehicle meant for 10
Jimmy Maboko, spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police department, said the roadblock was set up in MC Botha Drive, a main arterial in Vosloorus, as part of Operation Clean-up, "a low-profile drive to catch elusive drivers who break traffic laws. This region is overpopulated with people driving ...
Fairland to tighten security after schoolgirl's slaying
The death of 12-year-old Emily Williams has prompted Fairland, Randburg, residents to mobilise to ensure the security of their neighbourhood.

The residents, at a very emotional community policing forum (CPF) meeting on Tuesday night, decided to form a task team to address security issues in the s...
Policeman gets 20 years for robbery
Pensioners tied up in home and held at gunpoint

A police sergeant who robbed two pensioners while dressed in full uniform and driving an official police vehicle has been jailed for 20 years.

Two police inspectors were acquitted because the couple, both in their 70s, were unable to posi...
Friends rally round devastated parents
No one should ever have to witness the senseless death of a loved one.

But for the Williams family, whose 12-year-old daughter Emily was hit by a stray bullet in the head when a shootout broke out in the midst of a house robbery, that painful and traumatic incident will haunt them and be forever ...
Zuma in Mauritius over arms deal documents
Jacob Zuma was in Mauritius yesterday in connection with the corruption case he faces.

Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, confirmed by phone from the Indian Ocean island that the ANC president had met with legal representatives about documents held in Mauritius that allegedly contain proof of bribes ...
Drug scam charges ready
The investigation into tender collusion between four large pharmaceutical manufacturers was finalised this week.

Documents and affidavits were tabled at the Competition Commission’s Tribunal, and Adcock Ingram, Dismed Criticare, Thusanong Health and Fresenius Kabi will have to answer to the charg...
Madibeng to act on fraud, corruption
MADIBENG City Council, which incorporates Brits and Hartbeespoort, has vowed to pursue officials and councillors implicated in fraud and corruption.

Municipal manager Mohlopi Mapulane gave details of the council’s intention to report suspected fraudsters to the police, auditors, the North West Go...
Price fixing hits poor
COSATU: Paying a fine is not sufficient punishment

The poor and the sick have been hit hardest by the bread, milk and drug price fixing scandals exposed by the Competition Commission, says Cosatu.

The union federation says fining the culprits will not suffice since they will just absorb the bl...
Drug-factory case against top surgeon is dropped
The case against Centurion’s top lung specialist, accused of manufacturing drugs in his luxury home, was provisionally withdrawn in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

This followed the appearance of Dr Gideon Naude and his alleged accomplice, Christiaan Jacobs van Schalkwyk, on two drugs ...
Armed robbery foiled
TIP-OFF: Eight men, including policeman, arrested in Senekal

FREE State police have foiled an armed robbery that was to be executed by a highly organised gang of eight men – including a policeman.

Spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the gang was going to rob a Senekal filling station this ...
Injured hijacker
Cape Town police are hunting for a suspected hijacker who crashed his stolen vehicle on the N7 outgoing at Kontemanskloof late on Tuesday night.

The driver of the VW Chico was seen running from the scene.

ER24 media liaison Derrick Banks said it was suspected the driver had major injuries.

Zuma in Mauritius over arms deal documents
Jacob Zuma was in Mauritius yesterday in connection with the corruption case he faces.

Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, confirmed by phone from the Indian Ocean island that the ANC president had met with legal representatives about documents held in Mauritius that allegedly contain proof of bribes ...
Irregular, unfair axings to be challenged
Any unfair dismissal or appointment by the new ANC government next year will be challenged in the public service. This was stressed by Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi yesterday.

She was responding to a question from the media about fears of instability when t...
Home Affairs has turned corner, says Mr Fix-it
About 230 junior and senior Home Affairs officials have been fired or suspended for corrupt practices, less than a year after the department's new director-general, Mavuso Msimang, was appointed.

The man dubbed Mr Fix-it said yesterday that although the department had been plagued by financial m...
Scopa agrees to revisit arms deal reports' resolutions
DA's call to reopen probe rejected

The door has been left slightly ajar for further investigations into the arms deal after parliament's standing committee on public accounts agreed to follow up on unfinished business contained in existing reports on the subject.

Scopa members yesterday...
Crime-ridden SA can't afford to lose Scorpions - Pikoli
Law expert says reshuffle will direct unit away from politicians

Suspended NPA boss Vusi Pikoli says if a better crime-fighting machine is created with the amalgamation of the Scorpions and the police's Organised Crime Unit (OCU), then he will support the move.

"The country can't aff...
Judge lashes state, lawyer
Shock over suspect's bizarre plea bargain

A n incredulous judge has slammed an attempt by the state to have a bizarre plea agreement accepted in court.

This would have enabled one of the men accused of murdering police captain Anna-Marie Potgieter and dumping her body on a rubbish heap ...
'Accused Skierlik teen shot me five years ago'
Man says then-13-year-old shot him after he tried to get work on his dad's farm

Petros Mabe has a permanent reminder of being shot by murder accused Johan Nel five years ago - he has to wear a colostomy bag forever.

Mabe (48) suffered near fatal gunshot wounds while collecting grass alo...
Life for brutal murder of actor
A judge took less than 15 minutes to send the two killers of soapie actor Kobus Kleynhans to jail for life.

This was 15 minutes less than what 7de Laan fans spent daily watching their favourite actor while he was still alive.

James Breedt (27) and Harry Abbott (30), nephews of former heavywe...
Painstaking Jeppestown sleuthing
The scale of the police's quest for convictions in the Jeppes-town massacre case has been revealed.

Skin cells delicately scraped from jacket collars, fingerprints lifted from every inch of cars found at the scene, and top brass to explain the scientific structure of a single particle of residue...
Plea to spare Mama Jackie
Embattled Ithuteng Trust principal Mama Jackie has launched a desperate attempt to avoid doing time for her crimes.

Mama Jackie (50), whose real name is Jacqueline Maarohanye, was convicted in November of kidnapping and assaulting former student Simphiwe Ncoguthu (24) along with her two accompli...
Crooked ex-cricket official faces jail
Former United Cricket Board financial head Diteko Modise has spent his first night in jail as he awaits sentencing after being convicted on nine counts of fraud, theft and money laundering.

His bail of R50 00 had been revoked because Joburg magistrate Jerry Janse van Vuuren saw him as a flight r...
Top metro cop charged with rape out on bail
A chief superintendent at the Joburg metro police department charged - for the second time - with the rape of a subordinate has been released on R500 bail.

The officer, who cannot be named until he has pleaded to the charge, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday after his cas...
Zwelithini pleads for safety in schools
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called on the government to beef up security at schools, which had become "preying grounds for shameless criminals".

Delivering the keynote address during the official opening of the legislature in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, Zwelithini said schools were soft ta...
Girl sues mother for right to keep her baby and boyfriend
Father of child is facing rape and fraud charges

A teenager is taking her mother to court, seeking permission to marry her 23-year-old boyfriend, who is facing charges of statutory rape and fraud.

The Cape Peninsula girl ran away from home, along with her four-month-old child, to live ...
Judgment continues on ex-UCB finance boss

Judgment in the R7,4-million fraud trial of the former finance and administration head of the United Cricket Board (now Cricket SA) has been adjourned in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

Magistrate Jerry Janse van Vuuren was due to pick up today on the evaluation of evidenc...
Tsvangirai robbed in Joburg
Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, has been held up by three armed men who followed him from the OR Tambo International Airport.

Tsvangirai, who will in a few weeks' time contest the Zimbabwean election against his arch-rival, President Robert Mugabe, was attacked ...
Mbeki still mum on Selebi
President Thabo Mbeki’s office refused yesterday to comment on allegations by acting prosecuting boss Mokotedi Mphshe that Mbeki had been fully informed of the corruption investigation against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

President Mbeki has repeatedly stated that he had not acted ...
UDM man dies after ‘hit’
Police have confirmed that controversial United Democratic Movement (UDM) councillor Isaac Mokgatla, 38, who was recently shot in the face, has died in hospital.

Mokgatla, a UDM councillor for the Metsimaholo Local Municipality, was driving past Tshepiso informal settlement on January 31, when tw...
Father in court charge with sodomising his own son
A father who allegedly sodomised his nine-year-old son, well knowing that he was HIV-positive, yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria High Court to charges of attempted murder and rape.

The 29-year-old Mamelodi East man did not give any explanation of his plea, but told the court he did not...
Nationwide sues SA
Nationwide Airlines has sued South African Airways for damages, claiming the airline’s anti-competitive conduct had cost it millions of rands in revenue.

A civil case between Nationwide and SAA started in the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

The case arises from a decision by the Competition Tri...
Nel waits for psychiatric examination
Bearded and looking more tense than at his last court appearance, Johan Nel applied to the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court yesterday to be sent for testing by a psychiatrist.

Magistrate Andre Kleynhans acceded to his request, but his attorney Frikkie Pretorius said finding him a bed in a state ho...
R2M theft case delayed
The case against four Soweto men accused of stealing over R2 million from a cash management company was postponed yesterday pending an investigation.

The four appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court. They were arrested with the help of a police sniffer dog in Diepkloof while busy off-loading t...
Protest against ‘New Year’s brutality’
A number of Krugersdorp residents protested yesterday against, what they claim, was police brutality following arrests during New Year festivities on December 31.

A protest march was organised after 16 people appeared in court for refusing to pay fines issued for being drunk and rowdy in public.
Taxi operator shoots ‘Hitman’
A Durban taxi owner narrowly avoided death at the hands of an alleged professional hitman earlier this week, turning the tables on his intended executioner.

The taxi operator was confronted by an armed man standing on his veranda when he arrived at his home, near Pinetown, at around 11pm on Monda...
Scorpions to be dissolved
President Thabo Mbeki has survived opposition calls for his head in parliament. But it was a different tale for the Scorpions, who were officially relegated to the dustbin.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday announced during the debate on Mbeki's State of the Nation address t...
Embedded chip will help cut fraud
A new chip-encoded credit card which provides an extra layer of security against fraud is being rolled out to customers of Standard Bank.

The chip is embedded in the plastic of the card and is similar to a cellphone SIM card. It requires credit card users to enter a PIN every time they make a tra...
Hijacker guns down woman (80)
An 80-year-old woman has died in hospital after being shot in an attempted hijacking in Lyndhurst, Joburg.

The woman was shot twice in the driveway of a business that sells wheelchairs and other home nursing supplies for the elderly. The incident happened at about noon yesterday.

Police spoke...
Cop-killing case postponed
The family of murdered police officer Anna-Marie Potgieter will have to wait at least another day for the trial of her alleged killers to start.

The case against Justice Anthony and John Arthur Dhlomo was scheduled to begin in the Vereeniging High Court today - 25 months after Potgieter's murder...
'Abbott curse' upon soapie star's killer
When former South African heavyweight boxer Jimmy Abbott heard in 1999 of his brother's conviction on charges of murder and assault, he knew the family curse had struck again - and predicted that the sins of the father will be punishable to the third and fourth generation.

Yesterday in the Johann...
Judge president relinquishes controversial Sexwale shares
KwaZulu Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala has returned more than R6-million in share options he received from businessman Tokyo Sexwale.

Judge Tshabalala yesterday confirmed he had relinquished the share options. He forwarded a copy of the letter he wrote to the Judicial Service Commission (...
Pandor pushes pupil oath
Education Minister Naledi Pandor has reassured parents that they have nothing to fear from the national schools pledge because it was based on universal values and the constitution.

Pandor unveiled the pledge yesterday and added that it could be introduced in schools as early as next month.

'Mbeki did meet with arms company'
A high-profile ambassador has confirmed that President Thabo Mbeki met with the French arms company accused of bribing Jacob Zuma - this despite the president's repeated claims that he could "honestly not recall" doing so.

Former South African ambassador Barbara Masekela publicly confirmed for t...
Criticised judge among candidates
The Judicial Service Commission has released a shortlist of candidates for 10 vacant judges' positions - including a judge who refused to pay child maintenance because he didn't believe in the validity of a paternity test.

Judge J Poswa is named as one of four candidates shortlisted for the sing...
Balfour tells Correctional Services to settle lawsuits
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour has criticised his own departmental officials for failing to settle millions of rands in litigation cases lodged by two nurses who were raped by inmates.

Between last March and January this year, the department faced R89-million in lawsuits, includi...
Civil serviceboss says it's time to punish dismal DGs
System of evaluation not effective

It is time that top civil servants were held accountable for their performance and sanctioned if necessary, public service director-general Richard Levin believes.

He acknowledged yesterday that the current system to evaluate the performance of direct...
Robber's bullet kills girl of 12
A 12-year-old girl on her way to school with her mother, 10-year-old sister and two young friends was shot and killed this morning after a house robbery went wrong.

It is believed Trinity House pupil Emily Williams was hit in the head by a stray bullet when the robbers opened fire on security gu...
Anger as murder suspect's case is postponed
More than 80 police officers in full riot gear escorted murder accused Johan Nel into the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court this morning.

Few people watched as Nel was driven in the back of a police van from the local police holding cells to the court, which is situated opposite to the cells.

Passenger in car held for insulting metro policeman
A car passenger has been arrested for backchatting a metro police officer.

Cherie Palmer (24) and her friend Rochelle Fisher (20) were pulled over by a metro cop in Eloff Street in the Joburg CBD yesterday.

The officer approached the car and informed Fisher, who was driving, that she had com...
'I was Nel's shooting victim five years ago'
Man suffered near fatal gunshot wounds while collecting grass

Petros Mabe has a permanent reminder of being shot by murder accused Johan Nel five years ago - he has to wear a colostomy bag forever.

Mabe (48) suffered near fatal gunshot wounds while collecting grass alongside a railway ...
Nightmare that came true
Schoolbook bears mute testimony to girl's worst fears

Emily Williams wrote in her classroom journal that her biggest worry was burglars breaking into her house.

Yesterday, 12-year-old Emily, a top academic achiever, was shot and killed a few metres from her home in Fairlands, Joburg.
Bloodbath bullet may tell new story
Jeppestown killing could have been cold-blooded

The Jeppestown massacre saw a hail of bullets blow through the tiny house on 54 Mordaunt Street - but the story of a single bullet could open a new dimension to the shooting.

Court evidence has shown that 27 firearms were found inside the...
Eviction protesters fight with police
Angry protesters, among them women taking their clothes off to show their disapproval, clashed with police after an eviction order was served on Ekurhuleni residents who are behind in their rental payments.

One resident, Mmilo Eseman, yesterday accused the metro's housing department of corruptio...
Cop's alleged murderers face court
The trial of two men accused of murdering policewoman Anna-Marie Potgieter was due to go ahead today.

The case against Justice Antony and John Arthur Dhlomo was yesterday delayed for a day, but was scheduled to go ahead today in the Vereeniging High Court, two years and a month after the 39-year...
At the stroke of a ballpoint
Boy loses his eye after alleged revenge attack by school prefect

A Soweto teenager has lost an eye after being stabbed with a ballpoint pen by a fellow pupil outside the gate of his school.

But the principal of Mncube Secondary School in Mofolo claimed he knew nothing about the assault...
Longer outages less often
Joburgers can expect revamped load-shedding schedules within a week.

"They just need to be taken through the political protocol," City Power managing director Silas Zimu said yesterday after a discussion in Midrand on the power problems.

The new schedules were drawn up by City Power and Eskom,...
Judge censures Minister
MABANDLA: There is no legal obligation to look at pardons.

A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday gave Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla three months to consider the applications of 384 prisoners for a presidential pardon.

Judge Willie Seriti granted an order to the prisoners, supported by th...
Govt declares war on looters
There is a veritable war on against people stealing the nation’s heritage says Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan.

The theft of artefacts and heritage objects from museums, galleries and churches has reached the stage where a special forum has been established to deal with them, he says.

Man killed as police open fire on racers
A suspected drag racer was killed and seven police officers were injured when scores of people defied an order to stop illegal car drag races in Bhuga, near Nelspruit on Sunday, police said yesterday.

The incident happened when a group of mourners blockaded the main road after the funeral of a lo...
Mbeki knew about Selebi
Affidavit claims president was told repeatedly

Ten meetings with then prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli - as well as a "top-secret" letter - did nothing to convince President Thabo Mbeki that there was a corruption case against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

In an explosive aff...
Parties call for govt to dissolve
A motion of no confidence in President Thabo Mbeki's government is unlikely to succeed, unless opposition parties have the support of the ruling party.

Opposition parties, especially the Democratic Alliance, are adamant that the National Assembly must be dissolved.

So far, the ANC and its pr...
Alleged killers of '7de Laan' star await their fate
The alleged killers of SABC soapie 7de Laan actor Kobus Kleynhans, who was stabbed 56 times with a pair of scissors, will know their fate in the Johannesburg High Court today.

The accused, James John Breedt (26), a self-confessed drug addict since the age of 9, and Harry Abbott (28), were standi...
New load-shedding regimen for Joburg
Joburgers can expect re-vamped load-shedding schedules within a week.

"They just need to be taken through the political protocol," City Power managing director Silas Zimu said yesterday after a discussion in Midrand on the power problems.

The new schedules were drawn up by City Power and Esk...
Jeppestown judge mulls whether to recuse himself
Defence in massacre trial claims he is biased

The Jeppestown massacre trial judge was due to announce this morning if he will recuse himself after being labelled "hostile", "impatient" and "biased" by the defence team.

Twelve men and a woman are on trial for the June 25 2006 massacre, ...
IT lessons will boost efficiency among cops
Two companies donate computers and offer lessons to police

Using a computer has been a challenge for Captain Rebecca Mollo, an officer at Parkview police station in Joburg.

In fact, all she has been able to do is switch on the "magic box" and get into the system that allows her to perf...
Focus on major factor in school violence: drugs
There are no fences high enough to keep drug dealers out of our schools. This is what provincial government officials learned after embarking on a programme to provide vulnerable schools with proper infrastructure, such as fences.

When fences are broken, it's easier for drug dealers to go in and...
Five teenage boys arrested
Mossel Bay – Five teenage boys were arrested following the murder of a teenager on Saturday at D’Almeida, Western Cape.

Western Cape police spokesman Ntobeko Mangqengqwe said “The suspects were arrested yesterday morning. They were arrested after a swift follow-up action by the police to locate ...
Giant Headache after ‘drug deal’
A 37-year-old man has been arrested in Witbank, Mpumalanga for attempted murder after he drove over a man who allegedly sold him Panado tablets instead of cocaine.

The supplier allegedly did not have the drugs and was forced to give the man Panado tablets after he refused to leave without his coc...
Raped by two men
Police are on the hunt for two men who raped a 15-year-old girl who was on her own at home, and then again hours later they returned and raped her again.

The rape occurred about 11pm on February 3 at the girls sisters house in Maratapelo village near Lebowakgomo, Limpopo.

Lebowakgomo police sp...
Teenager raped
De Aar, Northern Cape – Yesterday police reported that a man had been arrested after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old teenager.

On Friday night the girl was walking alone when a man approached her and offered her money in exchange for sex. She refused and the man allegedly dragged her into a vac...
Man strangles wife
A man has been arrested after he allegedly strangled his wife when she tried to stop him from going drinking with his friends in Stilfontein on Saturday.

Police spokesman Captain Adele Myburgh said the woman followed her husband and friends when he left home. They argued, he grabbed her neck and...
Hammer gang jailed
Three men who attacked Potchefstroom farmer Willem Jacobus Mostert, 60, with a hammer in 2006 have been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Elias Hatang, 25, Richard Mokoto, 24 and Piet Mfundise, 28, were sentenced last week. Simon Majake, 23, pleaded guilty to armed robbery. His sentence was 25 ye...
No room for Kgalema
Mbeki: no cabinet reshuffle; crime fight needs special unit

President Thabo Mbeki will not accommodate any of the ANC's new guard in his cabinet, including party deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Mbeki said yesterday there would be no cabinet reshuffle and that it was not necessary t...
Shot teenager upbeat ahead of surgery on lung
Razelle Botha, who had a bright future ahead of her before she was shot a week ago, is in for another setback.

The pretty 18-year-old was due to be operated on again today - this time to close a hole in her lung.

Razelle, who obtained eight distinctions in matric last year, was on the brink of...
Parlotones' lead singer robbed at gunpoint in garage
The lead singer of one of South Africa's most popular bands has been robbed at gunpoint.

Kahn Morbee, of multi-award-winning group The Parlotones, was forced to sink to his knees and cover his eyes after two men held a gun in his face in the garage of Sovereign Entertainment's Ferndale, Randburg...
Police abuse haunts homeless
Dreadlocked Zimbabwean musician Tafadzwa* woke up from a deep slumber and looked straight into the blinding torchlight of a policeman.

"It was about 12 at night. I looked up and saw some flashes of torches. It was dark and the light was blinding.

"After some adjustment, I began to see some p...
Trio in dock over stolen-goods scam
Three men arrested for hiring expensive construction equipment, reporting it stolen and selling it to unsuspecting clients were due to go on trial today.

But police are investigating whether the trio have been using their awaiting-trial time in prison to pull off more cons by renting out property...
The government's feeble response to power crisis
Four weeks after Eskom started load shedding, government leadership is still fumbling around in the dark.

"Move slower, a lower speed will increase the efficiency in terms of km per energy unit," instructs a bizarre pamphlet on energy efficiency tips handed out last week amid fanfare by Minister...
Mother bitter after her dead son is ignored
For 15 hours, Christine Rafunya sat sobbing next to the lifeless body of her three-month-old baby at the Central Methodist Church in Joburg.

Rafunya (32) - one of the Zimbabwean nationals who have taken refugee in the cathedral - said her ordeal started shortly before 10pm on Thursday. She could...
Alleged Skierlik killer's dad in court
The father of Skierlik teenager Johan Nel, who allegedly went on a shooting spree, killing four people, last month, appeared briefly in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court in North West yesterday.

Hennie Nel (right), faces charges of contravention of the Firearms Act after his son allegedly used...
Farmers claim nuke waste ruined water
A West Rand farmer whose dam is so contaminated with radioactive material that he can no longer earn a living has slammed the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) as a "big liar".

This comes after the NNR this week refuted reports of radioactive contamination of water and food produced in the Wonder...
Time for lame-duck president to go, says Zille
From "Age of Hope" in 2006, last year's whip-cracking attitude and this year's "Business Unusual" themes, Thabo Mbeki's presidency is still being bombarded by opposition party criticism.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said yesterday that Mbeki spoke as a manager, and not as a leader of t...
A real promise or just a sting?
Nobody's quite sure after Mbeki's obfuscating speech

The Scorpions may soon be extinct. While President Thabo Mbeki, in his State of the Nation address, avoided making any direct statement on the future of the Directorate of Special Operations - the Scorpions - which his party wants closed...
'Active duties' curtailed as military orgy raided
A 21st birthday-party-turned-drunken-orgy ended this week with battles between military medical students, the SAPS and MPs.

Taking control of stairwells and passages at the SA Military Health Services training barracks in Thaba Tshwane, students - placed "on guard" in case of intervention by off...
Shops force women to buy for grant
A company contracted by the Department of Social Welfare to disburse grants has illegally outsourced the job to some supermarkets.

And these shops are forcing the beneficiaries to buy exorbitantly priced groceries from them when they collect their grants.

Pensioners and women collecting chil...
Paedophile McNeil now staying at Happy Valley
The "Santa Claus" paedophile, James McNeil, released from Pollsmoor Prison in December, is living at a home for the destitute in Simon's Town called Happy Valley.

McNeil (77) was ordered to take part in a community-based sex offenders' rehabilitation programme on his release, although it is not ...
Emotions high at KES killing trial
The mother of murdered 17-year-old King Edward VII School pupil Mfundo Ntshangase sat quietly reading as she waited for court proceedings to begin yesterday.

Nonhlanhla Ntshangase sat in the courtroom surrounded by friends and family as she faced the seven schoolboys who were arrested over her s...
Tripping the (sun)light fantastic
South Africa's solar industry is set to boom with a government plan to ban all non-solar-enabled electric geysers to improve electricity supply and offset blackouts.

Recently published regulations to the Electricity Regulation Act 2006 state that no electric geyser may be installed without solar...
Deceased's mom fumes at sentence for accused (15)
Inappropriate to impose jail sentence, magistrate rules

The 15-year-old boy convicted of stabbing to death a 19-year-old fellow Forest High School pupil stared sullenly ahead as he heard that he was not to be sent to prison.

The boy, who cannot be identified because he is underage, this...
Victims of cash-in transit heist speak
Two of them still have bullets lodged in their bodies

Some of the victims of the Bree Street shooting, which claimed the life of a 15-month-old baby, still have bullets lodged in them.

Testifying in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, the victims gave detailed accounts of how they we...
Amnesty no blanket’
MCBRIDE CASE: Call for press freedom

The granting of amnesty to Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride should not make the expression of particular points of view out of bounds, says Jane Duncan, Freedom of Expression Institute executive director.

She was reacting to a Johannesburg High ...
Fear of foreigners ‘problem’
Despite measures put in place by law, South Africa is still a xenophobic country experiencing hatred and fear of foreigners.

This was made clear in a panel discussion at Wits University on the Johannesburg Central Methodist Church raid last week by Johannesburg police in which 300 Zimbabweans wer...
No hope for Scorpions, says expert
The African National Congress’s (ANC) overwhelming parliamentary majority makes the dismantling of the Scorpions inevitable, says constitutional law expert and Wits University lecturer, advocate Kevin Malunga.

“The ANC has an ultimate say in this because of numbers (299 parliamentary seats out o...
Murder trial of ‘jealous landlord’ set for May 20
Paul Micheil Prinsloo, 63, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday facing a charge of murder.

He allegedly killed his tenant’s husband in a jealous rage.

The trial was postponed to May 20, and bail of R2 000 was extended.

At a previous appearance the State wanted to send Prinsloo ...
McBride case doctor, metro cop in court
A Pretoria doctor and metro police officer from Brakpan who allegedly tried to cover for Ekurhuleni Metro police chief Robert McBride after he had crashed an official vehicle appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Joseph Morolong Moratioa, 44, from Montana Park, north of Pretoria ...
Recusal bid against siege judge
Two weeks into trial with a third of the witnesses having completed testimony, the Jeppe siege accused – allegedly responsible for 12 deaths – want their trial to start again in front of a different judge.

This was placed on record in the Johannesburg High Court when 11 of the 13 accused instruct...
Game lodge’s grave secrets
The dismembered body of Shirley Ann van Rensburg, from North Riding, was found in a shallow grave in an animal burrow at the Nkwe Game Lodge, near Thabazimbi.

Buried nearby was clothing, proven by DNA tests to have been worn by the murdered woman. In a third hole were her personal effects.

Teacher may sue ex-pupil
A teacher cleared of indecent assault by the Appeal Court is considering legal action against a former pupil who accused her of having sex with him on a classroom desk.

Hester van Niekerk of Klerksdorp said although she forgave the youth, her life had been a “nightmare” of humiliation and depress...
Oral sex: Judge to pronounce later
A sex worker’s claim for reinstatement with a Cape Town massage parlour which fired her for refusing to give a client oral sex was yesterday taken to the Cape Town Labour Court.

Judge Halton Cheadle reserved judgement after hearing argument in an application for their view of a ruling by the Cape...
Don't pass on fines, milk producers told
When the dairy cartels are punished by the Competition Tribunal for ripping off South African consumers, the consumers shouldn't be made to pay the hefty fine.

This was the warning by the Competition Commission after yesterday's first round in what is expected to be a drawn-out hearing into char...
Fired sex worker's hopes now rest on Labour Court
A sex worker who was dismissed for allegedly being too picky about her clients and refusing to perform oral sex has taken her case to the Labour Court.

This comes after her unfair-dismissal claim was thrown out by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, because it said her wo...
Emergency services crisis
Staff shortages fears for 2010 lack of skills old vehicle fleet

The wheels have come off Gauteng's fire and emergency rescue services they are struggling to cope with emergencies now, and 2010 will be a nightmare if nothing is done.

This is according to an internal report by the Gauten...
Soul Brothers singer waits in cells
The reality that Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo was going to spend the next seven days behind bars was too much for his family to bear.

"Siyabonga, they have refused him bail. What can we do? Let's just go," Masondo's sister told her brother as other family members wept uncontrollably i...
Row still raging over church raid
Uproar continues over the "act of xenophobia" by police at the Central Methodist Church in Joburg.

"Their reason for raiding the church was that it was one of the (crime) hotspots in the city. But I think the message they certainly sent out was that immigrants were targeted. It is clear they were...
Bid to reduce fire-related deaths in homes
A shocking 76% of fire-related deaths happen in people's homes. And, of these, 52% are alcohol related.

So said Rodney Eksteen, public education division chief for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), speaking at the relaunch of the Basic Emergencies, Safety and Fire Education (Besafe) centre at Jo...
ATM gang bust after shootout
Cops 'lured into trap' by by woman with fake licence

A chance spotting of a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz with a bullet hole in it this morning led Joburg metro police to arrest a pair of suspected ATM robbers.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the breakthrough had later culminat...
C-Max accused ‘high’ at court
ANGER: Judge slams prisons over drugs claim

A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday expressed concern about security at Pretoria’s C-Max prison after an alleged violent rapist’s dagga abuse delayed his trial.

Acting Judge Solly Sithole postponed the trial of alleged Baviaanspoort prison rapist ...
Citizen to appeal McBride ruling
The Citizen intends to appeal against an order by Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke yesterday awarding R200 000 plus interest and costs to Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride.

“We will lodge an application for leave to appeal,” said acting editor Martin Williams.

Student’s Bara terror
SECURITY: They didn’t do anything, says latest victim

SOUTH AFRICA has lost another promising young medical student – this time due to safety concerns at the county’s hospitals.

“I just can’t go back there,” 24-year-old Crystal Eaglestone, a straight-A Wits medical student in her sixth year o...
Alleged habitual ‘copshop’ robber
A 31-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow for allegedly breaking into police stations around Johannesburg 16 times.

Issac Rasesemola was arrested late last year on an indecent assault charge and his fingerprints were tested.

“We were surprised with out results. We found that the suspect...
Scramble to snap the Jeppe gang
PANDEMONIUM broke out in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday with photographers scrambling to photograph the Jeppestown gunbattle accused in the dock, and as they were led out of court.

The court has ruled that pictures may be taken of the 13 accused when the court is adjourned, despite their p...
Condemn all murders: AfriForum
The civil rights initiative AfriForum yesterday called on ANC politicians and others to condemn all murders in the strongest terms possible, regardless of whether the victim is black or white.

The call was made during the court appearance of three men who allegedly killed Rinda Abrahams, 55, the ...
Reservists up-in-arms
There was more than 100 police reservists gathered outside the Pretoria City Hall yesterday before marching on to the Union Buildings.

The chairman of the group Michael Mabuza said the reservists were demonstrating to highlight their demand for better working conditions.

Mabuza said that they ...
Killed gay couple for drugs cash
A 26-year-old drug addict yesterday confessed to the Pretoria High Court that he had strangled a gay couple to get money for heroin.

Acting Judge Joshua Dolamo yesterday convicted Lafras de Jager of murdering and robbing Steven Dummer and his life partner Theo Holtzhausen at their Akasia home in ...
Rape suspects detained
NORTH WEST police have arrested two suspected rapists in separate cases, one of whom allegedly abducted and raped a five-year-old girl.

A 14-year-old girl was raped when she gave a glass of water to a man who arrived at her home on February 1. “When the victim’s mother got home the girl told her...
Caught red-handed
A thief was caught red-handed stripping a minibus at his Soshanguve home north of Pretoria this week, police said yesterday.

Captain Prince Mkhabela said members of Pretoria North’s Crime-Prevention Unit were directed to a house in Block R by a tip-off.

They found a 35-year-old man stripping t...
Top student shot in back faces a long road to recovery
A Pretoria student who was shot in the back by a gang of house robbers faces one of the toughest battles of her life.

Razelle Botha (18), who dreams of becoming a doctor and working in this country to save lives, will be left with only 30% movement in her legs if she's lucky.

Razelle, who wa...
ANC to resist bid to start new arms deal probe
MPs threaten that they will take a party-political position in debate on DA's proposal

The ANC will close ranks against any attempt to reopen investigations into the contentious multibillion-rand arms deal, as ruling-party MPs threaten to take a partisan position on the matter next week.
Electricity quota penalties planned for homes, businesses
Homes and businesses using more than their quota of electricity will soon be penalised.

The government calls it a "differentiated tariff structure", which means that once you use more than a certain amount of power, the rate at which you are charged automatically increases.

The announcement ...
Plans to expand in Botswana
South Africa is selling Botswana up to 350MW of electricity now, but in a few years expects to buy nearly six times that amount from its neighbour.

On Monday, the Botswana parliament listened to a budget speech that outlined hopes for that country's Mmamabula Energy Project.

Botswana's Finan...
Jailbreaks a global trend, says Balfour
South Africans should not concern themselves too much when prisoners escape from correctional facilities, because this happens all over the world.

But Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour assured the public that the crooks would be recaptured and those responsible in the department wou...
Milk producers deny allegations of price-fixing
Eight firms will face tribunal tomorrow

Milk producers have blamed the retailers for the high price of milk and have told the Competition Tribunal that they formed mutually beneficial relations with each other to prevent milk from being "poured down the drain".

These are some of the re...
MEC to probe cops' church raid
The decision to raid the Central Methodist Church in Joburg has landed the police in hot water. Yesterday,

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia said he would be meeting the police officers who were involved in the raid. He raised concerns about the number of serious allegations he had rec...
Mom relives day child was shot dead
The mother of Baby Khensani weeps during court testimony

At only 15 months, Khensani Mitileni still strapped to her mother's back became the youngest victim of a cash-in-transit robbery

Today, 16 months after the wild shootout in the Joburg city centre, her mother, Cynthia Mitileni, ta...
Where is the security?
They guard health head's home …

Hundreds of thousands of rands of taxpayer money has been spent providing round-the clock private armed security guards at the Joburg home of the head of Gauteng's Health Department.

The Star has confirmed that public money was spent on personal security...
Court told how woman's body parts were found in hole
DNA tests run on samples lifted from the vehicle of murdered Shirley van Rensburg confirmed it was human blood.

This was part of the evidence of senior forensic analyst, Captain Clement Mitchell, in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

He also said sweat from the waistline of a pair of dark...
Local police escort for Chad evacuees
Police formed a ring of steel around five South Africans evacuated from war-ravaged Chad when they arrived at OR Tambo International Airport.

The five - Willem van Staden, his son Christopher, Coenraad Landman, Philip Manyozo and Mpho Gift Thanyame - touched down at the airport shortly after 2pm...
'Massacre 13' hide from cameras
They stand accused of one of South Africa's boldest gunbattles against the police - but the "Jeppestown Massacre 13" fell over each other in a desperate bid to hide their faces from the cameras.

The media yesterday won a court ruling allowing photographers to capture the faces of the men on tria...
SAA general manager under cloud again
Controversy seems to follow South African Airways general manager for commercial services Rushj Lehutso wherever he goes.

Just 21 months into his new job in Joburg, the former chief financial officer of the City of Cape Town has been suspended by SAA for alleged misconduct.

Yesterday morning...
Victim of knife-wielding thieves tells of his ordeal
Trapped in his room with two knife-wielding robbers, 18-year-old Jonathan Muchnick was ordered not to alarm his sister, who had heard a noise from upstairs.

"I've had a bad dream," the karate champion shouted.

"I'm coming downstairs."

Suddenly a pain shot up through his back and, after f...
SA needs Scorpions: DA
South Africa cannot afford to be without the Scorpions, says the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The party yesterday presented a discussion document which argues for the retention of the Directorate of Special Operations (DS) – known as the Scorpions.

The ANC has called for their forced inclusion in...
Rape accused knew what he was doing – expert
There were at no stage any signs that the Baviaanspoort prisoner who allegedly almost killed two nurses and raped one of them two years ago was not rational and fully aware of what he was doing, a psychiatrist told the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Dr Herman Pretorius testified in the trial of T...
McBride defamation verdict
Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride will know today if he has won his defamation case against The Citizen when Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke give his judgment this morning.

In 2003, when McBride was being considered for the post which he has vacated pending the out...
Infant dumping turning into national crisis
Every year, police and medical services find thousands of discarded foetuses and numbers of newly-born children, dumped in rubbish bins and public toilets.

Even as pro-life demonstrations ground down across the country this weekend, paramedics discovered yet another dead baby, with its placenta a...
Robbers kill Soweto pupil
Two men were arrested in Soweto, Johannesburg yesterday after they allegedly robbed and killed a school pupil.’

The men, who were armed with knives, attacked the 20-year-old boy while he was walking home from the shops.

“An off duty metro officer saw the suspects rob and stab the boy and calle...
4 ‘bombers’ seek bail
Four men arrested in connection with three ATM bombings in Pretoria last year will apply for bail next month.

This was heard in the Pretoria Regional Court during the appearance of Shadrack Motsepe, Clement Manamela, Sydney Mkhabela and Rhino Legoabe, also charged with possession of weapons.

Love triangle shooting
INSPECTOR: Charged with gunning down colleague, wife

A Pretoria police inspector who allegedly shot a fellow captain dead and wounded his own wife in a love triangle, will know in the next two months when his case will be heard in the Pretoria High Court.

Meshack Leshaba, 40, from Sun Valley, ...
Heist four appear
Four men appeared in Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto yesterday in connection with the theft of R2,8 million.

The four were arrested on Saturday for allegedly stealing the money at Baragwanath shopping centre.

They were remanded in custody while the case was postponed for further investigat...
SAPS rape accused to sit
A police constable who allegedly raped two Mpumalanga girls was denied bail for the third time in the Amersfoort Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The 31-year-old constable cannot be named as he has not yet pleaded to the rape charges involving two girls, aged nine and 11.

The accused was remanded...
Farm worker arrested
A farm worker was arrested after the death of a Rietfontein woman east of Pretoria on Saturday.

A 39-year-old farm worker was arrested on Sunday and was linked to the investigation.

A man collecting firewood on the smallholding found the body of Elize Havenga. She was half –naked and had wire...
Top matriculant shot during robbery
As they return home, teenager and her father surprise intruders

One of Gauteng's top student's dreams of being a doctor have been shattered after a gang of armed robbers shot her in the spine during an armed robbery.

Razelle Botha (18), who obtained eight distinctions when she wrote ma...
Milk producers deny allegations of price-fixing
Eight firms will face tribunal tomorrow

Milk producers have blamed the retailers for the high price of milk - and have told the Competition Tribunal that they formed mutually beneficial relations with each other to prevent milk from being "poured down the drain".

These are some of the ...
Dalton case struck off the roll
Former Springbok rugby hero James Dalton yesterday proved that he could still run and sidestep when he tried to avoid reporters and photographers after the attempted murder case against him was struck off the court roll.

The magistrate's words were not yet cold when Dalton jumped up from the dock...
Most SA pupils feel unsafe at school - survey
A new study has shown that South African pupils fear bullies, thieves and thugs at schools.

South African Institute of Race Relations education researcher Thomas Blaser claimed yesterday that South Africa's schools are the "most dangerous in the world".

Blaser based his information on the da...
Victim of knife-wielding thieves tells of his ordeal
Trapped in his room with two knife-wielding robbers, 18-year-old Jonathan Muchnick was ordered not to alarm his sister, who had heard a noise from upstairs.

"I've had a bad dream," the karate champion shouted.

"I'm coming downstairs."

Suddenly a pain shot up through his back and, after f...
Tears of joy as robber gets 20 years
"It's over now, it's over."

So exclaimed Susan van der Merwe happily as the man who nearly killed her 5-year-old daughter when he throttled her and locked her in a wardrobe descended the stairs to begin his lengthy prison sentence.

Yesterday Johannesburg High Court Judge Lucy Mailula sentenc...
South Africans head home from Chad
Five South Africans evacuated from war-torn Chad were expected to touch down in Joburg today.

However as the five headed home, three others were yet to leave the heavily guarded central zone in the capital, N'Djamena.

A scheduled Ethiopian Airline flight was to land at OR Tambo International...
Cop relives death horror
'Mayhem at Jeppe firefight'

A wounded policemen helped drag his injured colleague from the middle of a fierce firefight to what he thought was safety - only to see him shot dead moments later.

In court yesterday, Sergeant Willem "Wimpy" van Niekerk described in chilling detail how he w...
Church to tackle cops over abuse of refugees 'Rights ignored during raid'
'Rights ignored during raid'

Worshippers at the Central Methodist Church in the Joburg CBD have vowed to fight tooth and nail against police who violate the rights of refugees staying at the cathedral's premises.

This follows last week's raids by the police at the church, during which ...
Cop's parents hear details of killing
They shouldn't have gone into Jeppestown house, says his mother

Coming face to face with their son's alleged killers was too much for Nelie and Stanley Schoeman to handle.

The parents of Inspector Gert Schoeman, who was one of the four officers killed in the Jeppestown massacre, cried ...
R100m airport heist carefully planned
Fourteen accused make brief appearance in court

One of South Africa's biggest armed robberies, in which more than R100-million was stolen, was meticulously planned over four months.

According to the charge sheet against the gang of 14 who have been charged with stealing the millions out...
Commissioner questioned over Yengeni
As Goodwood's police station commissioner today faces the first day of a disciplinary inquiry over events that happened on the night convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni was arrested for drunk driving, senior officers say he is the only policeman so far also to face criminal charges. Nearly two weeks af...
‘President must save democracy’
APPEAL: Zille calls on Mbeki to address issues

HELEN Zille has called on President Mbeki to resist attempts by the ANC to make the judiciary accountable to the ruling party.

Speaking in Johannesburg yesterday she said: “If the President does not act now, he will be responsible for opening th...
R4,5m legal wrangle
The City of Cape Town may be subpoenaed for failing to pay consultancy fees of R4,5 million for a project that is still the subject of an internal forensic investigation, reports LegalBrief Today.

Vincent Botto, head of Cape Town’s Forensic Audit Unit, said the city did not have the necess...
Court told of robbery
A BRYANSTON man who was held at gunpoint before his home was ransacked gave evidence yesterday in the trial of three men accused of robbing and assaulting businessman Glenn Agliotti.

Paul Raymond-Paul, listed on the charge sheet as the first complainant, told the Wynburg Magistrate’s Court that d...
Toddler case delayed
The mother of toddler Ethel Mitileni, shot dead on her mother’s back during a shootout between robbers and coin security staff, had hoped the trial, rescheduled last week, would start yesterday.

But advocate Deon van Wyk, prosecuting, said the legal representative for one of the four accused was ...
Runway heist 15 in court
FIFTEEN accused appeared yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court on charges of stealing a substantial amount of cash from a plane parked at OR TAMBO airport.

The plane was diverted out of sight of security cameras. Two policemen and two others were held up while a gang removed $14 720 000 and R...
Dairies in pre-trial hearing
EIGHT of South Africa’s leading dairies will this week sit in a pre-trial conference before the Competition Commission to discuss how the proceedings regarding the dairies implicate in price-fixing allegations should proceed.

Clover Industries Ltd, Clover SA, Parmalat, Nestle SA, Ladismith Cheese...
Three hurt in shootout
Two shoppers were wounded when security guards exchanged fire with robbers in a Krugersdorp retail store yesterday morning.

NetCare 911 media liaison Mark Stokoe said one person had been hit in the arm and chest and another in the abdomen after the gun battle erupted in a store in Krugersdorp yes...
Third sub prompts questions
With the German construction component of the SA Navy’s new generation of ships complete, the official opposition is still unhappy about the use of the new military equipment.

Last week the SA navy took command of the Third Class 209 submarine acquired in the Strategic Defence Arms Acquisition Pa...
Lekota slams wild party at military base
Ten Military Health Services students, arrested for allegedly being involved in drinking binges and "wild sex parties", have appeared in court.

Yesterday's appearance of the 10 came as Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota blasted those caught in the early hours of Sunday morning by military and SA Po...
The hospital that just can't fix it
Bara head admits upgraded security still a major problem

Five months after a medical student was raped at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, staff still fear for their safety.

And even the hospital authorities admit they have a security problem.

Theft is rampant, cars are stolen from...
Extradition confusion could benefit Kebble suspect
The alleged mastermind behind Brett Kebble's killing, Australian businessman John Stratton, will be extradited to stand trial for the magnate's murder if prosecutors have their way.

But, while National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the state was still intent on seeking the ...
Drunken SANDF students, cops clash
Army medical students have clashed with military police after alleged drunken sex orgies at SA National Defence Force barracks in Thaba Tshwane.

Yesterday's skirmishes, which forced the military police to ask for help from the Pretoria Flying Squad and other police stations, saw SANDF members st...
Police sent to their deaths
Cops went into Jeppe ambush unprepared, without any radios

They knew they were about to storm a house where at least 18 heavily armed robbers were hiding. They knew they had no stun grenades, no teargas … that they had no radios.

But they went anyway into a fierce firefight.

When p...
'Serial rapist forced to admit to killings'
Richman Gcinumzi Makhwenkwe, the alleged Moffat Park, Joburg, serial rapist and killer, has denied police claims that he had ever admitted to killing five people and burying them in shallow graves.

This revelation emerged during the cross-examination of Captain Mike van Aardt, who testified last...
Security guards still modest after crushed-car heroics
They are being praised as heroes, but Kambomba Kabelengele and Richard Aligustino say they were only doing their jobs.

The two - both car guards at the Carnival shopping centre near Brakpan - were responsible for saving the lives of eight-month-old Lizandra van Zyl and 12-year-old Eddie Blignaut...
Software piracy stunts SA growth
Microsoft is receiving more than 100 reports a month from frustrated consumers and companies that were duped by resellers installing illegal software.

Consumers often called when their software wouldn't work, or was installed without the corresponding licence, certificate of authenticity, disks ...
Man who choked girl (5) 'had intention to kill her'
A robber who throttled 5-year-old Lee van der Merwe, who tried to prevent him from stealing her daddy's goods, has been found guilty of attempted murder.

This was the unanimous verdict of Judge Lucy Mailula and her two assessors on David Papi Matladi (36), who stood trial on charges of robbery w...
Days of endless break-ins over as residents unite
Know-your-neighbour session two years ago finally bears fruit in Linden's 2nd Street

In a suburb that is seriously struggling with crime, Linden's 2nd Street is setting an example of what the power of working together and being proactive can achieve.

The 2nd Street Block Watch started ...
Pledge to weed out crime in E Rand township
The Gauteng provincial government is racing against time to combat rampant crime in the township of Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

From housebreaking and theft to violent offences such as rape, armed robbery and murder - all these crimes are spiralling out of control and turning residents' lives into he...
Our thin, buckling blue line
Last week the looming, long-anticipated corruption trial of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi snatched headlines across the country.

But there are many other cases looming that indicate something rotten at the core of the security sector.

This month the Christian Party called for the ...
What the DA expects
Leaders of the Democratic Alliance Helen Zille and Sandra Botha will today present the DA’s expectations of President Thabo Mbeki’s State of the Nations address.

Zille has been vocal about what she called “the growing perception of a constitutional and moral crisis” in South Africa. She recently...
More metro police arrested
Four Pretoria Metro traffic officers, three of whom are still students, were arrested for bribery and corruption on Friday. They had apparently solicited R500 from a truck driver driving without licence plates.

On January 27, a Metro Police officer was arrested for soliciting bribes from motoris...
Massive power squeeze
DME: New laws and a Govt power takeover

The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has released a proposed set of electricity regulations for comment which advises far-reaching strategic initiatives to combat the ongoing power shortage.

According to LegalBrief Today, these include fit...
Search party’s sad find
POLICE and community members joined forces yesterday in a search for the missing – later found dead, Rietfontein mother of a nine-month-old baby.

A search party organised by anti-crime group e-Blockwatch in Pretoria discovered her body late yesterday afternoon.

The dead woman had apparently be...
SPCA takes SAPS to task
The SPCA has lodged an official complaint against an inspector from the Mount Ayliff SAPS as well as an alleged animal abuser.

Doug Wolhuter of the Kokstad SPCA was alerted to a pregnant sow with slashes on her legs, lacerations and a shattered skull.

According to the SPCA, it took five hours ...
Safety not Buscor’s worry
Those travelling on buses face the same risks as people who visit “shebeens or taverns late at night” and are responsible for their own safety, senior Buscor spokesman John Ngombe said this week.

Ngombe was reacting to a News24 report that Buscor had been called to account for the deaths o...
Police officer nabbed
A 38-year-old police inspector has been arrested after he allegedly shot and wounded a man with rubber bullets while they were drinking in a house in North West on Friday night.

Lebogang Gilbert Simon, 30, has been admitted to a local hospital for treatment of injuries to his chest, ribs and righ...
Shot over car crash
A truck driver was shot after crashing into a family car in Randburg on Friday afternoon.

Netcare 911’s Nick Dollman said a mother and two children were injured. Her husband allegedly shot the truck driver.

The injured were taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, and police arrested the gun...
Hunt for AK-47 armed gang
JOHANNESBURG police are hunting for several suspects who fired on a police patrol this weekend, wounding one police officer.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said a police patrol flagged down the occupants of two vehicles in Mondeor, south of Johannesburg, at about 4am on Saturday.

They had “act...
Driver outwits robber gang
A potential cash-in-transit heist was averted by the quick actions of a security driver who denied an organised gang of robbers their prize on Saturday morning.

Police spokesman Captain Lucas Sithole said 10 heavily armed men had attempted to rob a security cash van in Soshanguve after the van ha...
Mplshe has Scorpions’ vote
SCORPIONS’ investigators slammed media reports yesterday which claimed they had passed a motion of no confidence in the acting national director of the Public Prosecuting Authority, Advocate Mokoatedi Mpshe during a meeting last week.

NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said representatives who met with NP...
Mother's semi-naked body found in dense bushes
Oblivious to the frantic and desperate search for her mother, 9-month-old Arista sat on her grandmother's lap making baby sounds.

Now Arista, who grinned and cooed at all the policemen in the lounge, will never know her mother.

Elize Havenga's semi-naked body was found lying sprawled among tre...
Serviced power units will ease pressure on national grid
Focus on tightening quality control

Eskom is hoping that pressure to the national grid will ease in the next couple of weeks, as power units come back on line and coal supply problems are ironed out.

Eskom head of generation Ehud Matya said at the weekend that three units that were off...
Drug use rampant in schools
Cases of children as young as 4 sees fatality rate rising

Six years ago, the average age of a first-time drug user was 19. Today it's 10. It has become so bad that experts say every school in the country now has a drug problem and that it's out of control.

A member of the drug training...
'I will be a dead man', says Mann
The British mercenary yanked from his cell in Zim's Chikurubi prison and deported to Guinea, Peta Thornycroft reports.

Convicted mercenary Simon Mann was seized from his tiny cell at the maximum-security prison Chikurubi in Harare in the early hours of Thursday and rushed to an Air Force s...
Zuma shifts media lawsuit
ANC president Jacob Zuma yesterday dropped the biggest portion of his multiple defamation lawsuits against media owners, publishers, editors, reporters, cartoonists and newspapers.

Zuma had lodged claims of R65-million - the largest defamation suit in South African history - in 2006, accusing th...
Engineer's rise to power could net him a fortune
An electronics expert in Betty's Bay has come up with a simple way of softening the blow of Eskom's untimely blackouts.

Russell Witthuhn, an electronics and software engineer, has extended the lifespan of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to last an average of three hours, compared to its cu...
Former Fidentia auditor to shaft boss in plea bargain
The first head has rolled in the billion-rand Fidentia financial scandal. "Deeply remorseful" former company auditor Graham Maddock (53) has agreed to a seven-year jail sentence and R6,3-million fine in return for spilling the beans on his friend, former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown.

In terms of...
Selebi's 30 accusers
Murderer and murder accused line up against top cop

A former policeman, convicted for beating a criminal suspect to death, is to testify against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Machiel Andries Burger was once lauded for rescuing kidnap victim Liam Aspeling, but is now fighting ...
The men accused of sinking Saambou
Financial experts set to testify in what could be one of SA's most complex trials

When it became clear that Saambou Bank was in serious financial difficulty in 2002, it set off an unprecedented run on the bank by desperate clients who withdrew R1-billion of their savings.

Fearing they ...
Long delays at OR Tambo as passengers wait for baggage
Chaos ruled at OR Tambo Airport yesterday on the first day that a new ramp handling company began operating, with some passengers having to wait up to three hours for their baggage. Among the flights affected were Swiss Air, Iberia and Air France and by the afternoon tempers were reaching boiling po...
'Let Mbeki tell everyone why he suspended me'
Vusi Pikoli wants his case to be heard in public and hopes that the matter will be resolved soon, reports Glynnis Underhill

While the government wants the case of suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli to be held behind closed doors, his legal team say there's no threat ...
Old R5 coins still okay, despite the fakes
The old R5 coins, which the South African Reserve Bank intended phasing out following the discovery of countless counterfeits, will now remain in circulation for a few more years because the international criminals responsible are behind bars.

Maggie Mogapi, the Reserve Bank's assistant general ...
Shortage of beds delays justice for many
Families of the Skierlik shooting victims could wait months for the trial of accused Johan Nel, with an evaluation planned for the teenager in one of the country's backlogged forensic psychiatric wards. Nel's attorney, Frikkie Pretorius, said he would apply at Nel's next court appearance on February...
Identity-theft risk from pay-slip info
A leading life assurer has warned that some public and private sector employers are unwittingly playing into the hands of identity thieves by including detailed personal and financial product information on pay slips.

As a result, an urgent review of pay-slip practice is necessary in order to pr...
Eskom recruiting retired engineers to offset chronic skills shortage
Desperate Eskom is not only digging old equipment out of mothballs to help solve the energy crisis - it is also recruiting retired engineers.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said they were looking for technical experts, but could not confirm how many retirees had come on board.

Another spokespe...
Foreigners in jail after raid
Illegal immigrants given just five minutes to consult with lawyers, reports Justine Gerardy

At least two dozen allegedly illegal foreigners were allowed a mere five minutes to consult with their lawyers in the holding cells of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday before being rema...
Selebi in the dock
Selebi, however, would suffer no such humiliation, after Mpshe assured the Pretoria High Court - where the police tried to urgently halt their chief's arrest - that he would be summoned to appear in court, not handcuffed and detained.

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Girl (5) 'was seconds from death'
The robber who throttled 5-year-old Lee van der Merwe was only three seconds away from killing her.

As his hands tightened around her neck, Lee suddenly stopped screaming. And as more pressure was applied, her airway closed.

She couldn't breathe or beg her assailant to let her go. Her nose s...
Judge gives advice to rapist before sentence
A Pretoria High Court Judge yesterday gave a rapist some fatherly advice before giving him a suspended sentence for raping a “sexually experienced” 13-year-old girl in 2006

Acting Judge Arnoldus Phatudi told a weeping Bertie van Dyk, 29, he should “stay away from playing with women” and say to th...
Robber gunned down
An armed robbery suspect was killed and a constable injured in a shoot-out-in Mamelodi yesterday.

The police intervention Unit spotted a blue Uno with three occupants and pulled it off the road.

Police Captain Prince Mkhabela said the men stopped, jumped out of the vehicle and fled.

One fir...
School security slated
VIOLENCE in schools has once again been put under scrutiny following a robbery incident that took place at the Bryanston Primary School this week.

Some of the teachers were held at gunpoint by two men, one of them armed. They took a laptop before fleeing the scene.

The Democratic Alliance cal...
Murder trial postponed
A murder case against Allan van Rooyen accused of killing a man outside Teazers strip club in Villeria three months ago, was again postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday for a regional court date.

Van Rooyen, 25, was in court yesterday on a murder charge. The matter was set down ...
Lawyers pleads: don’t jail killer
A Trichard locksmith who strangled his common-law wife in their caravan after a drunken argument should not be sent to jail because his children would suffer, the Pretoria High Court was told yesterday.

Advocate Tom Sawyer, representing Etienne Nienaber, 34, argued that Nienaber should be sentenc...
Bookkeeper on R800 000 theft rap gets custody warning
A woman bookkeeper, who is out on warning on a charge of stealing about R800 000 but keeps delaying her case, has been warned she will land back in custody.

Isobel Lourens, 49, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Court charged with stealing R884 000 from her employer, BP Laing Ltd in...
Deep in the parlour (Part 1)
The Black Knight: Gary Player

· Not even this golfing legend escapes being named in the Selebi affair.
· In his interview with the Scorpions in 2006, Selebi claimed that Agliotti loved to name-drop and that Player was one of his favourite targets.
· Agliotti, Selebi claimed, always ...
Deep in the parlour (Part 2)
The Seroius Brit: Tony Tenger

· From the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
· Several high-profile names in the business world are also caught in Selebi's web.
· Agliotti has accused these people of befriending Selebi to land good business deals.
· These include: Microsoft's Ga...
Deep in the parlour (Part 3)
The Seroius Brit: Tony Tenger

· From the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
· Several high-profile names in the business world are also caught in Selebi's web.
· Agliotti has accused these people of befriending Selebi to land good business deals.
· These include: Microsoft's Ga...
Skills shortage affects service delivery - DA
South Africa faces a severe service delivery crisis because the public sector is unable to attract and retain skilled workers, the Democratic Alliance warned yesterday.

The research based on official government figures reveals a vacancy rate of just over 10% across the entire national public sec...
Gloves off as Equity Aviation boss lays into SAA
Equity Aviation was fighting battles on several fronts yesterday. The company has taken the Airports Company SA (Acsa) to court for terminating its services.

Equity Aviation, which until today oversaw all ramp-handling services for Acsa and employs 3 500 casual and permanent employees, has lost ...
Rodrigues in bid to appeal her conviction
She was found guilty of hiring hitmen to kill her lover's child

Dina Rodrigues has begged for the chance to challenge her conviction and life sentence for the murder of six-month-old Jordan-Leigh Norton. And, within the next two weeks, she will find out if she has it.

Two Supreme Court...
Two pupils attacked at Joburg schools
Two teenage boys have been assaulted at their schools this week with no teachers in sight. And they didn't receive the medical attention they needed.

Keenan Volmink (17) has a broken collarbone after he was surrounded by a group of eight boys who allegedly began beating him up during break at Re...
Light at end of dark tunnel
Joburg has plans to cope with power blackouts

The City of Johannesburg has revealed massive plans to alleviate electricity blackouts as Eskom's regular load shedding of 4 000MW a day kicked in to stabilise the national power grid.

From next week, 200 000 geyser "ripple controls" will b...
For the record
On November 21 2007, in an article headlined "Dead child left for mom as 'a surprise'", we reported that a person on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter had accused his wife of having affairs "including with Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto". It was reported that the wife had stated that she had vi...
4 more Cape residents killed
FOUR Cape residents have been found murdered in their homes since the weekend.

Yesterday police said the bodies of an elderly woman and the badly decomposed body of a 39-year-old man had been found in Franschoek and Kensington.

This is just days after the weekend slaying of Joyce Jantjies in h...
Fundis to testify at child-killer trial
The trial of the Brakpan mother found guilty of murdering her two young sons in a hotel room at Carnival City four years ago was yesterday postponed in the Pretoria High Court to April for further expert evidence.

Sharon Soombar, 35, was last year referred to the High Court for sentencing after a...
Life in jail for the tongue-bitten rapist
A Pretoria magistrate handed down a life jail term yesterday to a man who lost part of his tongue while kissing a rape victim two years ago.

Lazarus Mnguni, 33, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court for sentencing after he was found guilty of three counts of rape.

Mnguni had ‘dragged a 30-ye...
Cohen killers hunted
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the murder of former Amalgamated Appliances CEO Sheldon Cohen, shot dead while waiting for his son outside the Balfour Alexandra Football Club on Monday night.

Cohen was sitting in his car waiting for his 16-year-old son to finish soccer practice. It’s believed...
Woman’s ashes found
The ashes belonging to a woman whose coffin was found by patrolling metro police in the veld in Kempton Park two weeks ago have been found.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers were patrolling when they came across a coffin in the veld which had the name of the deceased, the date of birth and the bur...
Call girl idea under fire
OPPOSITION: ANC proposal is ‘immoral and a big joke’

The proposal on prostitution being legalised during the 2010 Soccer World Cup was yesterday described as “immoral” by several political parties.

This after an ANC MP George Lekgetho suggested on Tuesday that this is one of the things that wo...
Crime outrage as businessman is laid to rest
'He was a wise and kind person'

Sheldon Cohen was supposed to celebrate his 48th birthday yesterday, but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, family and friends gathered to bury him.

Cohen, a businessman, was sitting in his car waiting for his son to finish training in Highlands North when ...
'Man hired four people to kill wife'
Wheelchair-bound multiple-murder accused Tebogo Phillip Tau was jilted by his common-law wife. So, to punish her, he hired people to murder her family in cold blood.

This was the evidence of a tearful Busisiwe Clementia Mkhwanazi in the trial of her ex-husband Tau (35) and three others for allege...
Friends and Foes (Part1)
As National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi prepares to step into the dock tomorrow, The Star brings you the second instalment of the sticky web spun around the top cop and the men and women wriggling in it.

After two years of investigations, the Scorpions’ case against Selebi has been exposed...
Friends and Foes (Part 2)
Selebi's Enemy: Warren Goldblatt

· It seems Paul O'Sullivan is not the only one vying for the position of Selebi's nemesis.
· Goldblatt, owner of a security outfit called AIN, has also made the list
· Agliotti said Selebi hated AIN and was out to destroy it.
· AIN was contracted ...
Friends and Foes (Part 3)
The Mandrax Queen: Madam Chang

· According to Anthony Dormehl, Madam Chang was also known as "mommy" and had an assistant named Kitty.
· Kitty spoke fluent English and she did most of the negotiations.
· Chang's name comes up in the 2002 Mandrax bust during which over a million pill...
Call for heads to roll over power crisis
Ministers accused of being grossly negligent

ANC MPs closed ranks around their cabinet colleagues as opposition parliamentarians called for resignations or firings over the electricity crisis.

This came out of a heated debate during a special parliamentary sitting yesterday.

Surprise state move to assist Selebi
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will fight the corruption case against him with Justice Department attorneys.

This is despite Selebi taking legal action against justice authorities over what he describes as the "bad faith" investigation and prosecution conducted against him by the Sco...
Price-fixing probe into milk producers
Eight dairy firms facing heavy fines

Milk producers are set to follow in the footsteps of bread producers when they appear before the Competition Commission over price-fixing next week.

The eight dairy firms, which together have a monopoly in the South Africa dairy market, could face f...
Brits raise alarm on 'reckless' biofuel bid
SA goes slow on alternative, waiting for more research

While British MPs have called for a moratorium on biofuel initiatives to prevent further environmental destruction, the South African government is saying it always knew biofuel wasn't the silver bullet it was claimed to be.

The co...
Gang hits Sandton school
Parents and teachers at Bryanston Primary School were left reeling this morning by an early robbery in which the head of the pre-school was terrorised.

Principal Johannes Mouton said the incident had happened shortly before 7am when two armed men - pretending to be parents - had entered the scho...
Joburg obtains its first clean audit
The City of Johannesburg has, for the first time in 15 years, received a clean audit from the Auditor-General.

Making the announcement yesterday, Joburg mayor Amos Masondo said it was a significant milestone in ongoing efforts to ensure clean and accountable governance in the city.

"This mea...
Robbery leaves girl (5) terrified
A Joburg woman has testified how her 5-year-old daughter- who was throttled and for left dead by robbers - has now begun seeing people as either black or white.

According to Susan van der Merwe, Lee used to be an outgoing child who never distinguished between people because of their colour. Howe...
Operation to target dangerous vehicles
180 000 buses and taxis to be checked for roadworthiness

With more vehicles back on the road - now that schools have reopened and people are back at work - an intensive operation targeting all freight and passenger vehicles will soon get under way.

This operation comes soon after the f...
'Massacre 13' plead not guilty 23 times
The "Jeppestown Massacre 13" have defiantly pleaded not guilty to 23 charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery and contravening the Firearms Act.

The trial began this morning at the Johannesburg High Court with state prosecutor Joanie Spies putting the charges to the 13 accused.

The not-gu...
Acsa is accused of using delaying tactics
Equity Aviation's attempt to force the Airports Company SA to continue using its services will be heard in the Johannesburg High Court.

Judge Thami Makhanya postponed the matter yesterday in order for him to take a look at extensive papers filed by Acsa. The case will resume tomorrow.

Tangled Web Of Crime, Intrigue (Part 1)
For more than two years the Scorpions have been scratching in the darkest corners of the barnyard and have finally cast sunlight on the cobwebs - which few prominent politicians, businesspersons and crimelords have escaped.

The case the Scorpions built against Selebi - since the dramatic murder ...
Tangled Web Of Crime, Intrigue (Part 2)
The Back Up: Diane Muller, Martin Flint & Carol Plaatjies

· The trio have been lined up to testify about the money Selebi allegedly received.
· Diane Muller is Agliotti’s ex-fiance and ran an events management company called Maverick Masupatsela in Melrose, Joburg.
· She, together w...
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