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Baby Tammy murder accused loses round one
The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court ruled this morning that a statement that murder accused Zaibunisha Herman made to the police following the death of her adopted daughter will be used against her.

Herman made the statement on June 1 last year, four months after 21-month-old Tammy's death due to...
Toddler’s head bashed on wall
A toddler was swung by the feet and his head bashed against the wall, a pathologist said at the trial of the child’s parents yesterday.

A near-hysterical Bernette Martins denied in the Johannesburg High Court that her husband had assaulted her, and that because she had been scared of him, she had...
Dina sentences argued
Closing argument concerning an appropriate sentence is scheduled to start in the Cape High Court today in the murder case involving the contract killing of baby Jordan Leigh Norton.

Dina Rodrigues, who it was found paid R10 000 for the baby to be murdered, is due to be sentenced for premeditated ...
eNatis strikes
Hi-tech traffic system crashes yet again

Is eNatis on strike? Hundreds of would-be motorists battling to secure dates for learner and driver licence tests believe so.

And booking centre operators in the Western Cape and Gauteng told The Citizen yesterday “the system is very slow...
Kebble-killing trial faces difficulties
Glenn Agliotti, charged in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble, is to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court again for further remand.

At his last court appearance the expectation was expressed that at this court appearance Agliotti would be transferred to the Johanne...
Popcru defends legal bid to override interdict
The Police and prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says its labour court challenge to an interdict preventing its police members from striking is not irresponsible.

Union spokesman Pat Ntsobi said yesterday, ahead of the court challenge to the interdict today, that politically they had a point to...
Popular principal Karvelas mourned
Slain human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas believed in the right way of doing things – and fought for his beliefs, it was said at his funeral service held in Benoni yesterday.

The private school headmaster was gunned down by robbers at his home.

“He was a hero who believed ...
Castration killer awaits fate
Court rejects claim man acted in self defence

A former law student who attacked his friend with a dumb bell and cut off his private parts, because of alleged unwelcome sexual advances, will hear his fate only later this month.

Acting Pretoria high Court Judge Tholi Vilakazi yesterday po...
Hijackers shoot man, rape girl
A 24-year-old man was shot and killed and his girlfriend was raped and injured during a hijacking in Soweto yesterday.

Police Captain Julia Claassen said during the early hours of yesterday the man and woman were driving in Meadowlands when they were confronted by two men.

The man was shot and...
Committee slams healthcare meltdown at Pollsmoor Prison
The state of Pollsmoor Prison's health services is an embarrassment to the Correctional Services Department, with staff shortages a mirror of what is happening elsewhere in the country's prisons, according to national commissioner Vernie Petersen.

The National Assembly's correctional services co...
30 tons of Kruger Park ivory to be sold
Tusks will go to Japan in deal overseen by control body

The country stands to make R40-million from the imminent sale of 30 of the 50 tons of stockpiled ivory in the Kruger National Park.

SANParks chief executive David Mabunda told The Star yesterday that the profit from the tusks, whic...
Metro cops in bid to raise traffic fine payment levels
Motorists beware - Joburg metro cops are going undercover to find you if you owe money in fines.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department wants to raise the payment levels of fines from an average 33% to 60% within the next few years.

The drastic measures include the establishment of a special...
ID book suicide
No work, no study without it, so young mom hangs herself

'Goodbye Thando, your mom loves you so much. I am going to rest with my father, where I will not be asked for my ID."

This is an excerpt from the suicide note of a young woman whose desperation to acquire an identity document dro...
Court to decide on 'baby killer' statement
A statement that murder accused Zaibunisha Herman made to the police following the death of her adopted daughter may not be used against her, if her attorney gets his way.

Herman made the statement on June 1 last year, four months after 21-month-old Tammy's death due to mysterious injuries. Howev...
Mother denies shielding husband over son's death
A sobbing Bernette Martins has denied the state's submission that she was covering for her husband over the death of her 3-year-old son, Micah Bramely Patterson.

Martins was in the dock in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, facing a second day of cross-examination by the state.

Martins t...
Church steps in to gag Virgin Mary visionary
The Catholic Church has told Benoni teenager Francesca Zackey to stop blessing pilgrims, after a woman severely damaged her eyes.

Yesterday, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, the highest Catholic authority in the region, asked Zackey not to receive pilgrims, not to speak to the ...
Another arrest in Petersen murder case
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of musical legend Taliep Petersen.

The arrest took place yesterday and follows the apprehension of a 41-year-old man late on Monday about an hour after the slain musician's widow, Najwa Petersen, was arrested at her Athlone, Cape To...
Pay fines on the Net - if system lets you
The Joburg Metro Police Department has introduced a new system for the payment of traffic fines.

Introduced in May, the online Payfine system has already been used, with success, by some people, according to the department. During the first two weeks in May, R450 000 was collected, with a further...
Widow one of 3 held for murder
Police today arrested a third suspect linked to the murder of Taliep Petersen, following the dramatic arrest of his widow, Najwa, and an unidentified man last night.

The man arrested today is believed to be a hitman.

Police this morning were questioning the girlfriend of another suspected hitm...
Top cop won't be stopped by death threats
A R500 000 bounty may have been placed on his head, but top cop Superintendent Piet Byleveld won't be deterred.

Speaking to The Star this morning, he seemed more concerned that bail had been granted to two men allegedly involved in the bouncer violence that has infiltrated Joburg's night clubs.
Hijacking victim killed on way home
Trigger-happy suspects had just left burglary when they accosted deceased

'Jabu is dead … he was shot." Those were the words that woke a Soweto mother whose 24-year-old son was killed early this morning. The suspects then drove away in his friend's car, with his girlfriend inside. She was ...
Elderly march against abuse
About 200 elderly people marched to North West central district municipality offices yesterday to draw attention to their plight, including abuse of the aged.

“They said cases were not being attended to by the police,” said a spokesman for the municipality, based in Mafikeng.

North West police...
Accused mom weeps
Between sobs Bernette Martins told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday that she had never been a bad mother, had neither hit nor ill-treated her three-year-old son, and was not to blame for his death.

On trial for the murder of Mickah (Mikki) Petersen, together with the dead child’s stepfather ...
Cape hosts summit on cable theft
As cable thefts continue to spark crippling power outages and revenue losses totaling millions of rands across SA, the City of Cape Town will today host a summit to find ways of fighting this costly scourge.

According to the Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for the Western Cape Province, We...
Demolitions spark attacks
Tshwane Metro officials believe at least one person was killed at the weekend in attacks related to the delivery of housing.

Mayoral housing committee member Absalom Ditshoke said yesterday the attacks on guards appointed by the council to prevent illegal land-occupation in Mamelodi were “disturb...
Motorists unfazed by threats of arrest
Johannesburg motorists say they will not be intimidated by reports in yesterday’s Citizen indicating they could be arrested if they have paid their traffic fines online, but the payment had not yet been processed.

According to metro police, arrests may be avoided only if proof of payment i...
Trio linked to Agliotti case
Sandton police made a major breakthrough yesterday after linking three men to the house robbery of Glenn Agliotti and a spate of other serious crimes.

Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said Vincent Dihlase, 30, Sundile Macomo, 25, and Selby Khumalo, 28, were the masterminds behind crimes committed...
Widow, man held over Taliep Petersen's slaying
Taliep Petersen's wife Najwa (45) and a 41-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of killing the musician at his home during a robbery six months ago.

And police say more arrests could follow.

Last night, Petersen's relatives said they were glad and relieved "someone had finally been cau...
Justice system feels the pinch of workers' strike
The majority of court cases have been rolled over to next month at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court as the public workers' strike continues its stranglehold on the criminal justice system.

Cases ranging from petty theft to murder were all rolled over yesterday as only a few interpreters and st...
Generator fumes kill Boksburg couple
An elderly Boksburg couple have been found dead in their home, days after being overcome by fumes from running a generator in their house. Netcare 911 spokesperson Trevor Putterill said the man and his wife, in their 60s or 70s, set up a generator in their home some time after the massive power fail...
Deadly shootout after Alberton store robbed
A routine patrol for members of the Ekurhuleni metro police department's SWAT Intervention Unit turned into a high-speed car chase and the arrest of three robbers in Alberton.

Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said one of the suspects was shot dead after producing a revolver and aiming it at metro police...
Baby Junior makes surprise appearance
Advocate Cheryl Richter usually has her hands full putting the bad guys behind bars.

But yesterday the prosecutor had to apply her wits to a problem of a more unexpected kind - a newborn baby.

When Sarah Mabela went into labour in the cold corridors of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, th...
Baby Jordan hitman asks family to forgive him
Teenage killer hopes other young people will learn from his mistakes

There was a long pause as eager members of the public leaned forward to make sure they heard his answer.

Then the man looked up.

"I am aware how much I have wronged them. I know I have wronged them. I know it is g...
Israeli accused of swallowing diamond rings
With a fake Russian accent and an impeccable dress sense, a "slippery fingered" Israeli jewel thief - whose modus operandi allegedly involved swallowing diamond rings - has been captured by police.

David Hihinashuili (60) has appeared in Johannesburg's Wynberg Magistrate's Court on a case of the...
'Ruptured liver indicated child abuse'
Six-month-old Tammy Herman had suffered a ruptured liver, had fractured ribs and had lost about 1,5 litres of blood - usually signs of child abuse.

This was the evidence of paediatric surgeon Dr Bob Banieghbal in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday. He had treated Tammy shortly before ...
Mom denies seeing injuries that led to 3-year-old's death
Hours before he died, son pleaded with her not to go to work

Little Micah Bramely Patterson pleaded with his mother not to go to work and leave him alone with his stepfather.

Six hours later, Bernette Martins received a call from paramedics that 3-year-old Micah had died of bodily inju...
Rape, murder of kids drive Westbury into streets
For the community of Westbury, enough is enough.

Yesterday, members of the community took to the streets to protest against a recent spate of child-related crimes that have rocked the western Joburg suburb.

Local schoolteachers, principals, members of the SA Police Service and even represent...
1 suspect killed, 3 arrested, 5 flee
Three robbery suspects were arrested this morning after two separate robbery attempts at Gauteng shopping centres.

At Eastgate Shopping centre, east of Joburg, one man was arrested after a gang of six armed men tried to rob the Markhams shop.

According to Bedfordview police spokesperson Nhlan...
Protest over mass slaughter of seals
While the country celebrated Youth Day, a sombre demonstration was held by animal rights activists against the looming culling of tens of thousands of seals.

About 30 protesters gathered at the Namibian embassy in Pretoria to stage a mock funeral for the animals, which, as of next month, will be ...
Limpopo fears serial killer is on the loose
The body of any eight-year-old girl was found on Modimolle’s Mountain yesterday six days after she went missing in Limpopo.

It was the sixth body to be found in the area since 2004, causing suspicion that there could be a serial killer on the loose.

People looking for firewood found Refilwe Ri...
Motorists face jail even if fines have been paid
Johannesburg motorists who pay their traffic fines online could still end up in jail.

Several online payers have told The Citizen how they ended up on the wrong side of the law after difficulties with the computer system.

The system sometimes fails to process a payment, even after payme...
Bag-snatcher shot dead
A suspected thief was killed while fleeing with a handbag stolen from a woman in Sunnyside, Pretoria at the weekend.

Police spokesman Inspector Paul Ramaloko said three men confronted a woman walking on the pavement at about 2.30am on Saturday. They took her handbag and ran away.

A passer-by ...
Rape suspect held
Thohoyandou police have arrested a man who allegedly took part in the gang rape of a 29-year-old woman in Tshisahulu in Limpopo on Saturday evening.

Three men allegedly dragged the woman into bushes and gang-raped her before fleeing.

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Churchman on the run after fleecing the faithful
He was a man of the church and deeply spiritual - no one suspected that was a conman.

But Wayne Anthony Jones, the alleged mastermind of an SMS pyramid scheme that has fleeced hundreds of churchgoers and other investors of millions countrywide, is on the run from the police … and furious investor...
State, editors agree to exchange plan
President Thabo Mbeki and senior cabinet ministers have met with a delegation of editors and agreed to an exchange programme between government communicators and journalists.

Yesterday in Pretoria, the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) met with President Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile M...
Cop mum on what's on Karvelas tapes
Alberton detectives have studied tapes taken from the home of murdered human rights activist Nick Karvelas, but are not saying whether the footage reveals the identity of his killers.

The investigating officer in the case would not comment on what they found on the tapes. By late yesterday, no a...
NIA plans to probe copper cable theft
Gauteng scrap wholesalers have links with syndicates

The National Intelligence Agency has joined the probe into the widespread theft of copper cable that has plunged areas of the country into darkness and is costing the economy billions.

Business Against Crime (BAC) investigators have ...
Mediators move on fired strikers' reinstatement
Mediators in the public service pay dispute say essential-services workers who have been dismissed should be reinstated with nothing more than a final written warning. A source close to the talks said independent mediators Charles Nupen and Meshack Ravuku had proposed this be the worst punishment fo...
Cyber squatters reined in
New domain-name regulations resolve disputes cheaply

A special small claims court is helping to see off opportunists who register the names of companies or individuals as internet web addresses - and then offer to sell them for a profit.

Known as cyber squatters, they buy commercially ...
Robbed of her dream by fraud and corruption
The president has charged the Special Investigations Unit with rooting out the rot

Josephine Dlomo (79) lives in a wood and iron shack covered with plastic sheeting that is so full of holes that the icy winter cold seeps in. The floor is bare red sand and the shack is filled with smoke fro...
Foreigners flock to local drug rehab centres
Not only is it cheaper, the treatment is often better- and clients from the UK enjoy the anonymity

South Africa is fast gaining a reputation for world-class drug and substance rehabilitation, with scores of foreign addicts jetting in to face their demons at private treatment centres, at a ...
'My captors were high on marijuana and drunk'
A gun barrel shoved in his face, the constant sound of gunfire and naked militants high on dagga threatening to kill him.

These are just a few memories Jaco du Plooy Smit has of the 18 days he was held hostage in the Niger Delta.

"I'm just so relieved and overjoyed to be back here," a relaxed-...
Budget boost to help train volunteer patrollers
Realising that the battle against crime cannot be tackled by police alone, the Gauteng Department of Community Safety has injected millions of rands into training and recruiting community members to fight crime.

Tabling his R335-million budget for 2007/8 this morning MEC Firoz Cachalia announced ...
Comrades threat
Cosatu talks of race sabotage but organisers press on

A threat to wreck the Comrades Marathon was made yesterday.

Cosatu said it would stop the race if the dispute between the government and public service unions was not resolved by today.

The threat came from the provincial secreta...
Police and warders say they’ll strike
There is confusion as to whether, and when, thousands of policemen, traffic officers ad warders will down tools in support of the public service strike.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) spokesman Pat Ntosobi told The Citizen the union’s national congress had decided that al i...
Nqakula faces damages claim of R7 million
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula faces a R7 million damages claim from six men who allege they were severely traumatized by being locked up and charged with attempted murder after trying to report a possible collision with a bicycle.

Polokwane farmer Leonard Smit, Cape Town student Ja...
Bill 'still criminalises expression'
Media organisations remain extremely unhappy with the redrafted version of the much-maligned Film and Publications Amendment Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly yesterday.

In a statement released last night, the SA National Editors' Forum said it "strongly opposed" the revised bill, ...
NPA laws similar to apartheid, says Phosa
Ex-premier also questions impartiality of some judges

The upcoming ANC policy conference has sparked heated debate, with former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa saying laws regulating prosecutions are reminiscent of apartheid legislations.

Phosa, a member of the ANC's national executive...
Lekota defends street use of army
The army was not the apartheid military machine of old deployed in the country's streets and townships to quell dissent.

That was the message from Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday when he told the National Council of Provinces that the deployment of troops during the public sector indus...
Mixed messages on new vehicle plates
Gauteng's roads MEC has come out in defence of his decision to change Gauteng vehicle number plates, a move said to make speed-trapping easier.

Motorists will have to pay for new plates, starting from January.

Ignatius Jacobs came under attack from the Democratic Alliance when he declared his ...
Evicted shack dwellers go on rampage
Rioters armed with sticks, spades and iron rods have gone on the rampage, torching a disused mine hospital and injuring several people.

Trouble began yesterday morning when the Red Ants descended on the now defunct Durban Roodepoort Deep mine on the West Rand and started demolishing about 300 sh...
Hijackers shoot man in abdomen
A man was seriously injured when he was shot during a hijacking in Edenvale, Ekurhuleni on Tuesday night.

Netcare 911 spokesman Trevor Putterill said the 34-year-old man was shot in the abdomen by the hijackers. When paramedics arrived at the scene the suspects had fled in the victim’s vehicle.
Police arrest taxi drivers after crash
Two taxi drivers will appear in Protea Magistrate’s Court today after they were arrested at an accident scene in Lenasia, Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayn Minnaar said an allegedly drunk taxi driver, who had knocked over and seriously ...
New hi-tech number plates will cost you
Gauteng motorists will have to part with their money for new hi-tech number plates being introduced from August.

The Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works is to replace the current number plates with new ones that will be linked to an intelligence system.

Car owners now pay R550 for ...
Woman shot by robbers critical
A woman who was shot and wounded at her home in Laezonia north of Johannesburg on Tuesday night remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Hulbrecht Joubert, 38, was shot as she arrived at her home near Diepsloot. Her father Gawie Joubert said his daughter arrived home around 6pm and was atta...
Diamond apologises
Controversial ANC councilor and estate agent Neil Diamond has offered a public apology to the family and friends of slain Alberton school principal Nick Karvelas.

The 44-year-old Little Sparrows School headmaster was gunned down on the street in front of his West Rand home on Tuesday.

Diamond ...
Psychosis fear is raised
The public servants’ strike could prompt some psychiatric patients to turn psychotic.

According to the DA’s Gauteng health spokesman, Jack Bloom, about 100 booked psychiatric patients at the Hillbrow Community Health Centre have stayed away for the past two weeks after facing threats and intimida...
Deal for hammer killer?
The man accused of bludgeoning to death a young woman on the day she started working for him, wants to reach a plea-bargain agreement with the State.

Counsel for Daniel Petrus van der Walt, 30, told the Pretoria High Court yesterday there was a proposed plea bargain agreement on the table, involv...
Mob torches police homes
The SAPS sent re-enforcements to a rural township in North West yesterday after it erupted in violence that saw at least one death and the torching of three policemen’s houses.

Reports said a young man was brought to the state hospital in Wolmaransstad from the township of Tselelang for treatment...
Inside Karvelas dossier
Murdered principal named cops he accused of brutality

Human rights activist and principal Nick Karvelas, who was gunned down in front of his Alberton home, feared for his life after his run-in with three "brutal" police officers.

A dossier, which The Star has seen, contains copies of l...
Corruption rises in the public service
The number of alleged corruption cases in the public service had increased over the past three years, with an average of 82 reported each month.

According to a Public Service Commission (PSC) report released yesterday, 4 182 cases were reported, of which 2 296 were corruption related and 1 105 we...
Czech fugitive back behind bars
After eight days of being "missing in action", international fugitive Radovan Krejcir has handed himself over to police.

The Czech Republic tycoon was due to surrender himself at the Kempton Park police station at 11am but was instead taken into custody by Interpol at the nearby offices of his l...
Cable theft blamed for substation inferno
This emerged as Ekurhuleni's executive mayor, Duma Nkosi visited the site of the substation to find out what had caused the massive fire that destroyed one of the metro's major electricity supply points.

The blaze plunged 16 Boksburg suburbs into darkness, leaving businesses and thousands of hous...
The dead who are still waiting for justice
Police are no closer to solving old murders, writes Lee Rondganger

A year ago, a Cape Town magazine editor lost her way in Joburg and paid with her life.

Four bullets pierced the driver's window of Megan Herselman's car exactly a year ago, and her killer or killers have yet to be caught...
Tutu break-in suspects in court
Four men who allegedly burgled Desmond Tutu's Soweto home have appeared in court.

Themba Nkosi (24), Andile Munyai (25), Themba Ntuli (39) and Dumisani Nene (22) were remanded yesterday and are set to appear again in the Orlando Magistrate's Court on June 22.

The four are alleged to have bro...
Activist principal slain
Human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas, who was shot at close range in what was reported to be a robbery, may have been assassinated.

This is the view of a high-ranking police officer who was at the murder scene. "To me it looks like Karvelas was executed and that the gunmen use...
House petrol-bombed after threats
Incidents of continued violence stemming from the civil servants strike continued to be reported yesterday.

In Heildeberg, a house was petrol-bombed after the owner refused to join the public service pay strike.

Police spokesman Captain Thivhulanwi Tshilate said the owner was allegedly threate...
‘Join the party or be killed’
Cape Town city councilor Badih Chaaba has been accused of bribing fellow councilors to join his new political party to help him unseat mayor Helen Zille.

Fresh evidence disclosed yesterday indicates that Chaaban has been recorded in various formats offering councilors business opportunities, mone...
Youth ‘hysterical after Dad’s planned murder’
A youngster who allegedly got friends to murder his father became hysterical at the sight of him lying dead.

This was evidence in the Cape High Court yesterday where John Paul Titus is on trial for the murder of his father, Norman.

A family friend, Kelvin Isaacs, told Judge Denis van Reenan th...
Dismissals stand: Minister
Government appears to be unfazed by threats of violence if the decision to dismiss hundreds of health workers is not revoked.

Instead the state stood by its decision yesterday to fire the “defiant” workers.

It became clear at a media briefing that the hard line stance to sack the essential ser...
Spy boss ‘ducked and dived’
Former spy boss, Billy Maasetlha, used evasive tactics in his efforts to avoid giving information to the Inspector General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Zolile Ngcakani, NIA Chief Operating Officer Imtiaz Faizel said during his testimony in the Hatfield Community Court yesterday.

For the record
An article appearing on the front page of The Star yesterday, under the headline "Bafana Bafana star accused of threatening to shoot gatecrashers", referred to Kokstad resident Scelo Mthethwa. Johannesburg advocate Sicelo Mthethwa wishes to point out that the story in no way referred to him....
No tears for 'troublemaker', says ANC town councillor
To some he was a hero who fought for the rights of people to move freely around their areas. To others, Nick Karvelas was a menace.

ANC councillor Neil Diamond, whom Karvelas was investigating, said that while he sympathised with Karvelas's family, he believed the community would be relieved.
President slams 'criminal' strikers
President Thabo Mbeki has condemned the thuggery, violence and intimidation blighting the current public service strike.

And IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has called for the constitution to be amended to allow for both a prime minister and a president. He said what was happening on the streets ...
Whistleblower's dismissal fight stands
Parliament's former chief financial officer has won the first round in his unfair-dismissal case.

The Cape Town Labour Court yesterday rejected an attempt by parliament to block the claim, after its lawyers raised an "exception" and sought a ruling on whether Harry Charlton's challenge was legall...
Activist principal slain
And top cop believes shooting could have been an execution

Human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas, who was shot at close range by gunmen in what was reported to be a robbery, could have been assassinated.

This is the view of a high-ranking officer who was at the murde...
Skull fractures show Micah was abused, expert tells court
Two-year-old had also been hugely underweight for his age

Baby Micah Bramely Patterson suffered extreme neglect before he died. He was underweight, his teeth had cavities and fractures on his skull were evidence of the extreme force used to kill him.

This was what anthropologist Profes...
Court wants footloose Czech to be rearrested
Moments after the civil section of the Johannesburg High Court set aside a May 21 warrant of arrest for billionaire Radovan Krejcir, it was made known that the Czech Republic had sent a further request and more documents for his arrest and extradition.

His exact whereabouts are unknown, but Krejc...
4,8 million child workers
Thee are more than 4,8 million South African child labourers between ages five and 17, the Labour Department said yesterday.

AgriSA president Lourie Bosman said yesterday it would be misleading to imply agriculture is the chief contributor to this statistic as it employs just under 800 000 worker...
Prisoner bemoans delays at court
The Johannesburg High Court came to a virtual standstill yesterday, prompting complaints from prisoners.

Thirty-eight-year old Mongezi Samual Jingxela of Meadowlands, who has been accused of 261 sexual offences, was especially bitter. He has been on trial since late in January, having pleaded no...
No typing means no murder trial
Due to the record of the previous court proceedings not being typed as ordered, the Johannesburg High Court trial arising from the murder of a couple on a plot at Muldersdrift near Krugersdorp was unable to proceed.

The case against the alleged double murderer, Humbulani Thomas Mudau, 46, of Muld...
Winterveldt couple robed by gang
Police have launched a manhunt for a gang of five who robbed a couple before raping the wife in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, on Sunday.

Inspector Paul Ramaloko said five me armed with pistols broke into the couple’s house in Slovoville at about 10pm, demanded the car keys, and loaded household...
Court sends stalker to psychiatric hospital
A Hartebeespoort woman, who was previously warned she would be sent to jail if she did not stop stalking a former friend, has again been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

A Pretoria High Court judge first granted an interdict in 2005 preventing Tracey-Lee Vermaak from contacting or stalking her...
Fear of poverty ‘spurred swindler on’
A female swindler who launched a fictitious bakery and a fake meat wholesale business over a 14-year period has been jailed for four years.

Thembeka Theresa Manata, who obtained a false ID, registered her own death and appointed herself executor of her own deceased estate, appeared in the Cape To...
SANDF’s new eco-warriors
The SA National Defence Force’s application of environmental management has been extended to its foreign peacekeeping deployments.

Lieutenant Renier van Wyk was the first SANDF environmental officer to be deployed as part of the Comoros mission last year.

The lessons Van Wyk learnt there were ...
Private firms cash in on state security
Police stations among property guarded for R270m in 2006

The state paid private security firms a whopping R270-million to guard its property, including police stations, army bases and a host of other government buildings, the Democratic Alliance has said.

DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard sa...
Strike on a knife-edge
Cosatu warns of violence over sackings as deal is mooted

Some striking hospital workers received dismissal notices as the government and public service unions returned to the bargaining chamber to consider a compromise mooted by mediators.

And in a development yesterday, the representa...
Tutu's Nobel prize stolen
Desmond Tutu's Nobel Peace Prize medal - a gold medallion said to be worth more than R1-million - is among items recovered after a break-in at his Soweto home at the weekend.

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the burglary at the house in Orlando West's famous Vilakazi Street.

Bafana Bafana star accused of threatening to shoot gatecrashers
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions is considering whether to charge Bafana Bafana star Sibusiso Zuma following an altercation and allegations that he threatened to shoot a group of men at a party in Kokstad, in KwaZulu Natal.

However, Umzimkulu police spokesperson Zandra Hechter said the foot...
City manager looks back with sense of pride
Flusk aware of the challenges that lie ahead

As Patrick Flusk reflects on his first year in office as the city manager of the Ekurhuleni metro, not least of his problems is his chief of metro police, Robert McBride.

From the local authority's headquarters in Germiston, Flusk pointed out...
Service held for 'The Russian'
The funeral service for slain Yuri "the Russian" Ulianitski was held late last week at a church in Woodstock, a source close to the bodyguarding industry in Cape Town has revealed. Milnerton Medi-Clinic refused to confirm that Yuri's wife, Irini Ulianitski, had been released from hospital, and said ...
Tutu's Nobel Prize recovered after burglary
Desmond Tutu's Nobel Peace Prize - a gold medal said to be worth more than R1-million - is among items recovered after a break-in at his Soweto home at the weekend.

The low-key burglary at the house in Orlando West's famous Vilakazi Street has resulted in the arrests of five suspects.

Police s...
State set to get tough on truck overloaders
The government is to tighten the screws on truck operators who persistently overload vehicles, according to Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

Radebe said at the weekend that according to a study conducted by the CSIR, the road damage caused by overloaded heavy vehicles has been estimated to cost t...
Hired hitmen orchestrating taxi violence
Hired hitmen are behind the latest outbreak of taxi violence in Gauteng, which has claimed eight lives, according to the Gauteng Community Safety Department.

The renewed taxi war violence over the past two weeks has left eight people dead and an unknown number injured.

"The taxis mafias are ba...
Stripper dad lashes accusers as hypocrites
'White South Africans are refusing to move with the times and prefer to operate according to old laws'

A father accused of hiring strippers for his son and friends on his 16th birthday says white South Africans are "stupid and old-fashioned".

Frikkie Lutzkie, who owns an engineering fi...
Shoplifters nabbed in Alberton
A gang of shoplifters, who had been targeting supermarkets in Alberton North, were arrested by metro police officers at the weekend.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said officers from their Tracing Unit staked out a supermarket in Alberton North after receiving complaints that a...
Grim cost of the strike
Paramedics shunted from one hospital to another in search of help

Patients are dying at an unprecedented rate, according to stressed ambulance crews who have provided a glimpse of what it's like working at the coalface of a strike that has crippled public hospitals.

Spot visits by The ...
Manuel lashes out over lives being put at risk
"Crass, cruel and unconstitutional" is how Finance Minister Trevor Manuel labelled the intimidation and victimisation of patients seeking treatment at public hospitals.

Manuel and his colleagues in the public service and administration, education and health ministries met at the Union Buildings ...
Mom waits for 'axe killers' to appear
Community buries 8-year-old 'little joker' they had all loved

Three days - that is the first thought the mother of Wilfred Kriel, the 8-year-old boy axed to death, would have had this morning.

Anna Kriel would have focused on the court appearance scheduled for the two boys held in conn...
Attacked motorist lands in jail
He was allegedly defending himself against three robbers, but Sibusiso Dlamini spent the night behind bars and has been charged with murder.

The wheelchair-bound man, whose dad is a policeman, was attacked yesterday while driving through Zola 2, in Soweto.

One of the attackers allegedly pull...
Award-winning cop wins more hearts with proposal to ex-wife
If it wasn't enough that Superintendent Stephen McIntosh had just won an award for his bravery in saving people's lives - the policeman won over the hearts of the 800-plus audience when he proposed to his ex-wife on stage.

McIntosh was on stage on Friday when he and his partner, Inspector Hendri...
US army abducted SA man - report
Johannesburg man studying in Syria is reported to have been secretly abducted by American soldiers and moved to Ethiopia.

Abdul Hamid Moosa (41) of Robertsham had been in regular contact with his family since moving to Damascus to study in September 2005. But their last contact with him was on ...
New flying rules curb risky liquids
Since the beginning of this moth, new security measures to protect aircraft against liquid explosives have been in force.

The new rules restrict the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (Lags) passengers can board with in hand luggage on international flights from OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban I...
Troops fortify healthcare
The North West Health Department deployed members of the Defence Force and emergency medical services to help in three provincial hospitals yesterday after nurses left their posts.

Spokesman Lesiba Molala said that nursing staff had been “removed” from the Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Vryburg hospita...
Green skies – ‘one way or another’
In pursuit of its stated aim to reduce aircraft emissions to zero, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has issued four challenges to the aviation industry worldwide.

Speaking in Vancouver this week, the association’s chief executive, Giovanni Bisignani, said the industry’s track re...
Concourt’s green ruling
Constitutional Court’s Justice Sandile Ngcobo yesterday set aside a provincial decision allowing the construction of filling station in White River, Mpumalanga.

Ngcobo told the provincial authorities they must reconsider the application.

The Fuel Retailers, Association of Southern Africa had o...
Tourism ‘must fight warming’
Environment expert, field specialist and programme developer Greg McManus feels it is time African tourism operators did their bit to fight global warming before it destroys millions of jobs in tourism and other industries.

“Too many South Africans see global warming and melting ice caps a threat...
Stole gun from pal to have his dad killed, court told
A young man who had his father shot dead because of their bad relationship, stole the murder weapon from a family friend.

This was alleged in the Cape High Court, where John Paul Titus is on trial for the murder of his father, Norman.

Family friend Ismail Smith told Judge Dennis van Reenen and...
Status of immigration officers still in doubt
South Africans will be none the wiser today on whether the work done by immigration officers will be regarded as an essential service, making it illegal to strike.

Despite an order of the Labour Court requiring the Essential Services Committee (ESC) to make that decision by today, the director of...
Minister blasts nurses for abandoning their patients
Fresh out of hospital herself, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang admonished striking health workers who jeopardised the lives of their patients.

"The dispute in the Public Sector Bargaining Council has posed a major challenge for the health sector," she said during her budget vote in parli...
Young children could be fingerprinted
The government is considering compulsory fingerprinting of children - even as early as Grade 0.

Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula believes the drastic step might be necessary "in view of the disappearances of missing children, and those found murdered".

It is an issue that has cre...
Soldiers to ensure order at schools, hospitals
'We'll show you', Cosatu's Vavi tells government as Bara hospital closes down

The public service strike has entered its eighth day with fighting speak from the unions, who promised to bring government services to a halt.

And an emergency meeting yesterday by the country's security mini...
Cellphone providers set to face tough law
Cellphone service pro-viders could be fined R100 000 for every day they fail to record the particulars of new customers, if new draft legislation is approved.

And existing unregistered cellphone customers - including prepaid phone users - who fail to provide their personal details to their servi...
Interpreters' absence puts trials on hold
Accused people who want their trials conducted in languages other than English and Afrikaans may have to stay behind bars until the end of the public service strike.

Without qualified people to relay court proceedings to the accused in their mother tongue, people are being remanded in custody lon...
Benoni courts at a standstill
Union members have warned staff at the Benoni magistrate's and regional courts to stay away from work.

Nomsa Maphanga, Benoni's senior public prosecutor, said union officials arrived at the court building on Wednesday and requested a meeting with her.

"They insisted we were not to report for d...
Cable thieves hit Van Dyk Park
Municipal electricians were trying to restore power to Van Dyk Park in Boksburg following the theft of cables in the suburb.

Ekurhuleni metro's media manager, Zweli Dlamini, said low-voltage lines were cut down by cable thieves in the early hours of yesterday morning, leaving hundreds of Van Dyk...
Nabbed syndicate hatched plans in jail
'Nice guys' hit many towns in heavy-duty equipment scam

Sitting in jail, three men concocted a clever plan to make some quick money: hire expensive construction equipment, report it stolen and sell it.

Still on parole, Martinus Herbst, Wilhelmus Erasmus and Elliott Walker convinced thr...
SMS tip-off initiative to tackle crime
The police want you to use your thumb against crime - to type out an SMS to a new anonymous crime tip-off centre.

Yesterday, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula launched Primedia's crime initiative in Sandton.

The R50-million crime- fig...
Schools evacuated
Threats, tears and panic as parents rush to pick up kids

Several Joburg schools had to be evacuated this morning as the national public service strike intensifies.

Parents were met with chaotic scenes and crying kids when they were told to fetch their children from school early after p...
Calmly, woman (73) hit the panic button
The three incensed gunmen couldn't argue with the woman's calm logic as they hit her and demanded: "Why did you hit the panic button?"

"Because I need help," she replied.

And she did.

Earlier last night, 73-year-old Sonia Perkes had been looking forward to an evening at the Liberty Theatre ...
It’s political, Zuma tells court
Former Deputy President Jacob Zuma is going all out to convince the courts his troubles are politically motivated in his latest court battle with the NPA.

Zuma has asked the Pretoria High Court to overturn a court order obtained by the National Director of Public Prosecutions in March.

It auth...
Strike thugs face arrest
Democratic Teachers’ Union members in the south of Johannesburg are facing arrest in connection with public violence and damage to property during the strike this week.

Police investigators are said to have taken statements that implicate union executive members from witnesses at ransacked school...
Murder ‘in self-defence’
An alleged member of a murderous gang responsible for the death of a Brits cost accountant yesterday claimed he had stabbed the man to death “in self defence”.

Moses Modimonyana, Koos Mosupe, Thabiso Moima, Piet Mailola and Johannes Molefe yesterday denied murdering and robbing Karsten Hammel on ...
Terrible 20 owe tens of thousands
Metro police in Cape Town have launched a manhunt for the 20 most-wanted motorists.

Collectively, the Terrible Twenty owe tens of thousands of rands in unpaid traffic fines accumulated in the past year.

The registration numbers and description of their cars were revealed in a report to the mon...
Officer, four men in dock for cash heist
A police constable and four other men were arrested yesterday In connection with a cash-in=transit heist in Pretoria on Monday.

Police spokesman Sergeant Sanku Tsunke said the men, aged between 29 and 43, were allegedly involved in the heist.

Members of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit cor...
Blinded man sues police for damages
A Limpopo man who claims he was so severely assaulted by police that he lost the use of one of his eyes instituted a R200 000 damages claim against Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.

The civil case between Keogaile Samual Masasa and the Minister was yesterday postponed indefinately in...
Taxi violence claims yet another life
Another taxi driver has been shot dead on the West Rand.

This and similar incidences of taxi-related violence have already claimed four lives.

West Rand police Captain Joseph Mogoai said a witness, who had been driving behind the taxi on Tuesday evening, told police he heard a shot before seei...
Explosive Zuma report a big worry
Security chiefs and the Presidency have tried hard to contain the impact of a politically explosive mysterious report, but admitted it had the potential of risking people's lives and creating conflict between South Africa and foreign governments.

The document, which is titled "Browser: Mole", is ...
Radebe says eNaTIS is now stable
The eNaTIS problems are a thing of the past, says Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

"As I stand before you, the system is stable and operating optimally, performing in excess of 500 000 transactions per day," he told the National Council of Provinces yesterday.

But he said his department had i...
Marks on boy's body tell tale of gruesome murder
Suspect accused of molesting and strangling 6-year-old

Shoulders hunched and head bowed low, Theunis Christiaan Olivier heard a University of Cape Town pathologist give evidence in the Cape High Court that 6-year-old Steven Siebert had died of strangulation.

The pathologist yesterday s...
Primedia to unveil anti-crime initiative
Primedia will unveil a national anti-crime project in Joburg. Primedia's anti-crime project co-ordinator, Yusuf Abramjee, said yesterday: "Details of the multimillion-rand initiative will be unveiled at a ceremony at Innesfree Park, Sandton, on Thursday."

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MPs wrestle over prepaid cellphones
Legislators are trying to draft crime-fighting laws that simultaneously regulate the high-tech world of cellphone service providers and their often rural consumer base.

But while they appear to have developed unique ways to ensure that large sections of society are not prevented from acquiring ce...
Case of editor's slain son moved
Mulalo Sivhidzo, who stands accused of plotting the murder of her husband, arrived at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court for the last time yesterday.

Sivhidzo and her five accomplices have had their case transferred to the Johannesburg High Court, where it will be heard on January 28 next year
Michaela was waiting to see unborn brother
Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi had smiled her dimpled smile and softly told her mother, Magdelene, that she wanted her unborn brother to be named Riyaan shortly before she disappeared.

"We were lying on my bed," Magdelene remembered.

"And she said she couldn't wait to meet him and that I must call...
Pyramid scheme victims turn to police
About 40 people have approached the police after they allegedly lost money through a number of pyramid schemes run around Gauteng.

In total they lost R1,5-million through investing in 17 companies, which police said they were investigating.

Some of the companies are: the Six 23 Networks, Eag...
US couple battle cash crisis over Baby Ruth
Race against time for child they 'can't walk away from'

American couple Althea and Django de Gree have nearly bankrupted themselves fighting to take abandoned Baby Ruth home.

Now the De Grees are in a race against time to find the money that will enable them to continue their legal fig...
Smash-and-grab handbags found
It was a reunion they never expected. Eighteen women back together again with their stolen handbags.

This was after 20 stolen bags were recovered from a canal on Owl Road in Parktown, Joburg, this week.

A homeless man found the bags after he was approached by Fatima Seedat, who a week earlie...
Company closed over medical waste
The company linked to secret medical waste dumping next to a busy Gauteng township has been shut down and is under criminal investigation.

In April, The Star exposed how more than 10 tons of waste - including syringes, needles, expired medicines, drips, blood and amputated limbs - were dumped and...
Striking nurses kick patient's wheelchair
Woman undergoing cancer treatment is treated appallingly at Joburg Hospital

A resident of the Avril Elizabeth Home for the mentally challenged in Primrose, Germiston, started sobbing in terror after striking nurses kicked her wheelchair and abused her caregivers.

The 52-year-old patient...
Vermaak bullied me – claim
Another complain against Gauteng Superintendent Stefan Vermaak – the head of the West Rand Vehicle Identification and Safeguarding Unit – has surfaced.

Yesterday The Citizen told the story of Vermaak allegedly refusing, despite an order from his superiors, to return a confiscated 1969 clas...
Bomber wants police job back
Self confessed Motherwell bomber Wal du Toit has launched a Pretoria High Court application for his reinstatement as a senior police officer.

If successful, the application could result in the police force having to shell out millions of rands in back pay to Du Toit, and might even see the force ...
Scrap dealers bust
Three scrap metal dealers are among 34 people arrested in the Rustenburg area during a blitz by police on copper cable thieves and receivers of stolen property.

Copper cable weighing 680kg and worth R64 000 was confiscated in 12 sting operations throughout the region.

Superintendent Louis Jaco...
Nine charged over Mathe C-Max escape
Nine prison officials who were suspended for allegedly aiding Ananias Mathe's escape from Pretoria's C-Max prison have now been charged.

Correctional Services Commissioner Vernie Peterson told MPs yesterday that the officials would appear before internal disciplinary hearings, starting next mont...
Zuma loses battle over diary
But judge seals and locks up papers

The National Prosecuting Authority has won the latest round in its battle against Jacob Zuma.

Durban High Court Judge Jan Hugo today granted the NPA permission to proceed with its request to Mauritian authorities for documents needed for its investig...
Stand-in recorder drops judge
The public servants' strike was felt in court 2A of the Johannesburg High Court when a stand-in stenographer left the judge, prosecution and the defence in the lurch in a murder case.

The person failed to turn up at court yesterday, but this was the least of Judge Roger Claassen's worries.

Boy's murder suspect shaved off beard
Woman couldn't identify him as man seen with 6-year-old hanging from tree

Theunis Christiaan Olivier had fresh razor cuts on his cheeks and neck - indicating he had recently shaved - when he was confronted by police looking for a suspect with a long, grey beard on the night 6-year-old Stev...
Strike: Fear stalks schools
Sjambok-wielding striking teachers attack staff, pupils

Striking teachers are intimidating and threatening working teachers, forcing some Joburg schools to call in police to ensure the safety of their staff and pupils.

Fear was rife in the Kensington/Malvern area yesterday morning afte...
Ruining city with drugs, sex workers
Tenants, property owners and developers say the authorities do little to help them - even though they know the identity of the syndicates.

Building-hijacking is leading to the destruction of the inner city because the hijacked properties are being used as shebeens, for drug dealing and prostitut...
When cops are on the wrong side of the law
Inspector Sean Twala and Inspector Tello Mota are currently facing charges relating to running a lucrative building hijacking scheme in Joburg's inner city.

The two were originally employed to protect landlords from building hijackers. However, in September last year, the pair were arrested for ...
Tenants, developers fear for their lives
Those who have been 'hijacked' are too scared to be named for fear of revenge, writes Anna Cox

Mike Lingwood is a property developer who purchases derelict houses in the southern and eastern suburbs.

Lingwood has a string of eviction applications waiting on some of his properties. In s...
Joburg falls victim to building hijackers
A vicious cycle of building hijackings by crime syndicates with international connections has hit Joburg's inner-city suburbs. Anna Cox investigates

The situation is so bad that they are now hijacking already-hijacked buildings.

Property developers claim that at least one property in almost e...
Czech fugitive freed on legal technicality
Billionaire Radovan Krejcir is a high-profile international fugitive but, in a shock twist, he has walked out into the streets of Joburg.

Yesterday, the most-wanted suspect - sought by Interpol on fraud and attempted murder charges - managed to beat the state on a legal technicality.

This mor...
Ekurhuleni metro cops linked to heist
Police take in eight officers' service pistols for ballistic tests

Eight Ekurhuleni metro police officers are under investigation by the police's Organised Crimes Unit in connection with a cash-in-transit heist.

Their alleged involvement in the heist is the crux of a "top level" investi...
Gunman mows down commuters
Chaos erupted at the Diepsloot taxi rank yesterday morning when a gunman opened fire, killing a commuter and seriously injuring six others.

The shooting took place at about 5.30am at the taxi rank situated near the Diepsloot informal settlement, while commuters were rushing to the rank to catch t...
Teachers ransack schools
*Violence in classrooms *Pupils bash strikers *Dozen nurses arrested.

Protesting teachers ransacked their own schools and intimidated and assaulted non-striking teachers yesterday.

Violence flared in at least four schools south of Johannesburg, leaving a principal badly injured after an alle...
Tough policeman won’t give up ‘stolen’ Alfa
A Gauteng senior police officer is refusing, despite an order from his superiors, to return a confiscated 1969 classic car to its owner.

Superintendent Stefan Vermaak, head of the West Rand Vehicle Identification and Safe-guarding Section, is under fire for impounding the 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia o...
Suspect in baby-grab killing of mom jumps bail
A mother of three, who allegedly killed a friend for her baby after apparently pretending to her boyfriend she had given birth to his child, is possibly on the run.

A warrant of arrest was authorized by the Johannesburg High Court yesterday after accused Riana Hughes, 36, of Eden Park, Alberton, ...
Citizen reporter rumbles Metrorail
Boarding a Metrorail train on a weekend could land you in jail.

Metrorail spokesman Brenda Motau said ticket sales at weekends start at 8am – or do not take place at all.

She warned however it was company procedure to fine commuters without valid tickets a R40 ‘booking fee'.

Failure to pay ...
Prosecutor decries murder trial delays
A suspended police superintendent, in custody for two years, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court for the seventh time without going to trial, causing the prosecution to complain that “almost the whole of the Vosloorus Police Station are sitting in the back of the court waiting to testify”.

DA: Our justice system must compensate crime victims
Violent-crime victims ought to be compensated, according to the DA’s discussion document on the right of crime victims.

The proposal, called the Victims’ Charter, suggests the establishment of a state fund to achieve this.

The DA said the funds could be drawn from fines imposed as sentences by...
Public’s negative view of jails ‘set to persist’
It will take a long time for the public’s negative perceptions of prisons to change.

This was the opinion yesterday of the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI) who were releasing a shortened, plain-language summary of the controversial Jali report into corruption at prisons.

“The pub...
Troubled Denel now sub-contractor
Work is slowly starting to roll in for troubled Denel as the restructure of the defence industry supplier starts to take effect.

Chief executive Shaun Liebenberg said last year the parastatal would be changed to make it more of a sub-contractor than a main systems supplier.

Denel Optronics, in...
Mbeki's final plan
Presidency maps vision for last years

President Thabo Mbeki has tabled his strategic plan for his last years in office, which includes the need to boost public confidence in the criminal justice system and resolving the Zimbabwean crisis.

Mbeki, who is barred in terms of the constituti...
Probe McBride and his cops, urges DA
Party wants independent investigators brought in

The Democratic Alliance has expressed dismay at the manner in which allegations against the metro's chief of police have been dealt with.

Michelle Clarke, the councillor for Ward 20, has called for an immediate probe of the allegations le...
Plea for independent experts to tackle jails
Independent specialists and experts were needed to implement the recommendations of the Jali Commission report into corruption, maladministration and violence, civil society bodies have said.

Civil society bodies made the call at the release of a summary of the final report of the Jali Commission...
Murder accused tells of sex abuse driven by demons
Self-confessed pervert wrote to victim's parents from jail that he wanted to be executed

Alleged child-killer Theu- nis Christiaan Olivier has told doctors that he has sexually abused about 30 children - including his own sons - when possessed by "five spirits that periodically took contro...
Well done Joburg, you're the road-rage champs
The bird and the two-fingered salute, once regularly flashed on the mean streets of Joburg, have apparently become a rarer sight as road rage levels take a slight dip.

In a study conducted by research company Synovate, 55% of motorists reported being the recipient of rude gestures and verbal ins...
'Dept can't fix its mess'
Independent specialists and experts were needed to implement the recommendations of the Jali Commission report into corruption, maladministration and violence in South African prisons, according to civil-society bodies.

The call was made at the release of a summary of the final report of the Jali...
'The smell of blood was everywhere'
The stench of blood was overpowering in 3-year-old Micah Bramely Patterson's bedroom - and there were blood splatters on the walls and bedding.

This is what the Johannesburg High Court heard yesterday dur-ing the trial following the death of the toddler, who allegedly died at the hands of his bi...
'Benoni guard helped thieves'
Ekurhuleni metro police have arrested a security guard and four men who allegedly broke into containers and stole industrial equipment at a Benoni firm.

Spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said the five suspects were arrested in Tembisa at the weekend.

They allegedly broke into four containers on the ba...
Shooting victim living each day as a gift
He's returning home to face demons after weeks in hospital

Being shot fives times and living to tell the tale has changed Robbie Bardsley's perspective on life.

No longer will each day be about making more money, buying that big house or driving the latest German sedan, he says, but ra...
Strike hits gun victims
Ambulance drives around for hours to find hospital after taxi-rank shooting

More than two hours after a shootout today, two critical patients were still lying in an ambulance as paramedics battled to find a hospital to accept them.

The delay was a result of the ongoing public service st...
Scorpions line up Selebi over Agliotti report
The Scorpions are breathing down National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s neck.

The NPA crack squad have secured access to four New Scotland Yard intelligence reports which show that for four years police failed to act against alleged drug smuggler Glenn Agliotti, a friend of Selebi, the S...
Two from SA among those seized in latest snatching

Two South Africans are among the latest group of foreigners kidnapped in Nigeria at the weekend.

Gunmen reportedly abducted five employees of the world’s largest aluminium company at the weekend. The company’s local driver was killed i...
Bullet hits screen of top DA woman’s car
The DA has slammed the attack on its home affairs spokesman Sandy Kalyan, whose car was shot at in daylight on a busy Durban road.

Kalyan was driving from the Durban International Airport past an informal settlement on her way towards the city center, when a bullet ricocheted off the windscreen o...
Police can’t find taxi wounded
No statement has been taken from the victims of the Bree Taxi Rank shooting last week, as police say they do not know what happened to the wounded.

One person was killed and seven others wounded when someone opened fire at the rank.

The shooting was apparently sparked off by conflict between t...
Adoption verdict riles judge
Not one South African family wanted to adopt this little girl, who survived being abandoned head-first in a bucket and dumped under a tree in the hours after her birth.

But now a majority Supreme Court of Appeal ruling has prevented an American family from taking custody of 2-and-a-half-year-old...
Family of murdered boy (6) on edge over delays in trial
Alleged killer seeking an independent clinical psychologist's assessment

In a letter to the George High Court, the father of 6-year-old Steven Siebert has made an urgent plea for the trial of his son's alleged killer, Theuns Christiaan Olivier, to begin today.

The kidnapping, indecent-...
NPA's lips sealed on Zuma leak
In a bid to protect itself from further accusations, the National Prosecuting Authority has said it would no longer comment on the leaked document claiming that ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's run for the presidency was being funded by foreign money.

"We don't want to comment because the envir...
Anger, shock mark Alicia's funeral
Family, friends still seeking answers on her rape and suicide

A heartbroken mother helped to her feet to view the face of her slain daughter.

Schoolchildren quietly sobbing as they see their classmate and friend lying in a coffin. A community shattered by the death of one of their chil...
Tutu condemns climate 'crimes' as sin
Tromso, Norway - World leaders who continue to ignore the reality of human-induced climate change are committing a sin against the children of the world, Desmond Tutu has warned.

Delivering a special sermon in the Arctic Cathedral in this northern Norwegian city on the eve of World Environment D...
Travelgate net could widen
More ANC MPs could be implicated in the Travelgate fraud investigation, party secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

"We are led to believe that more could face similar charges once the liquidation of the travel agencies has been completed," he stated yesterday.

National Prosecuting A...
Shooting of strikers sparks war cry
Call for minister to curb police's'unwarranted use of force'

Madisha told the well-disciplined but resolute crowd "we cannot tolerate that type of massacre" - he thought in the initial confusion that some strikers had been killed, whereas it later transpired several were injured when polic...
Judge orders pupils be released from jail after allegations of 'torture and abuse'
Nine young reformatory pupils were beaten and thrown into an adult jail in Mpumalanga following a police raid on their school which went wrong.

Now, after shocking allegations of torture, starvation and intimidation, the Pretoria High Court yesterday ordered the Ethokomala Reform School pupils be...
KZN cop kills wife, then turns the gun on himself
A policeman shot and killed his wife in Johannesburg this week, before turning the gun on himself in Pietermaritzburg about six hours later.

KwaZulu Natal police spokesperson Superintendent Vincent Mdunge yesterday said Inspector Petros Nqayi (45), of the SAPS Tracing Unit in Hillbrow, Joburg, sh...
Aunt struggles to deal with raped girl's suicide
Alicia Hendricks, Alicia Cloete and Edwina Wing weren't the only children to die during South Africa's Child Protection Week this week.

Two boys, aged 7 and 12, turned on an 8-year-old as they walked home from school together on Monday in the small Western Cape town of Klawer. They hacked and bea...
Girls' deaths put paid to child protection week
Two girls. Both named Alicia. Both 13 years old. Both dead in the week in which no South African child was supposed to die from unnatural causes.

On Monday, the beginning of child protection week, Alicia Hendricks finally died.

She had lain comatose and brain damaged in Chris Hani-Baragwanat...
Spanking kids to be outlawed
'Reasonable chastisement' not longer a defence

South Africa this week took a step closer to joining an elite group of countries that have abolished corporal punishment when the National Council of Provinces passed the Children's Amendment Bill, which bans the excessive use of chastisement ...
Cops sue McBride
Three metro police who removedhim from crash site seek R4,5m

The three Ekurhuleni metro cops who whisked their boss away from the scene of a crash have not only turned on him - they're now suing Robert McBride and the Ekurhuleni metro police department (EMPD) for R4,5-million.

The thre...
Court gives Beeld the go-ahead
The Department of Transport was yesterday given a bloody nose in its Pretoria High Court battle to stop the publication of damning information about the compromised security of the eNatis system.

Judge Dion Basson turned down an urgent application by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe to stop Afrikaa...
I was on Brett Kebble’s hit list
Brett Kebble was planning to have me murdered in the weeks before his death.

He had other targets. But before his killers could strike, the rogue who stole hundreds of millions to finance politicians and maintain his high-flying lifestyle was himself shot dead in September 2005.

Several figur...
Gang boss’s life of crime and violence
The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court was yesterday told of a Cape Flats gang leader’s criminal record, that began with a theft conviction in 1971 and lists 13 other convictions up to 1992.

Included were convictions for serious assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, the illegal pos...
Healthcare in bad shape at Pollsmoor
Serious healthcare deficiencies have been uncovered at the Pollsmoor prison during a surprise visit by a delegation from Parliament’s portfolio committee on health.

Yesterday the committee revealed that the unscheduled visit exposed, amongst other things, that psychiatric patients are not receivi...
Professional killed crime boss
A former syndicate specialist and insider in an exclusive interview described the alleged crime boss Yuri Ulianitski, gunned down in a late-night ambush in Cape Town last week, as somebody who had many enemies, Die Burger reported yesterday.

The insider, speaking on condition of anonymity,...
Knifer: I did it for food
He attacked a Pretoria prosecutor with a knife and stabbed her 14 times because she “fought back”, and he needed her cellphone so that he could buy food for his children, a 33-year-old Hammanskraal man told the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Sipho Mnisi told the court it had never been his intent...
Mbeki mediates Selebi stand-off
President Thabo Mbeki has intervened in another potentially dangerous stand-off between the Scorpions and National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Mbeki was brought in after Selebi refused the elite unit access to files and documents held by the SA Police Service's Crime Intelligence Unit.
Married lover must pay for Aids infection
A woman has been awarded almost R840 000 in damages against a former lover who infected her with HIV/Aids.

Pretoria High Court Judge Bill Prinsloo ordered the 31-year-old man from the Western Cape to pay this money to his 26-year-old former girlfriend. He must also pay her legal costs, including...
Media bill given the green light
The controversial bill that media experts feared could severely threaten press freedom has been adopted by the National Assembly's home affairs committee.

The bill's adoption raised, if not roars of disapproval, certainly rumbles of discontent.

Steve Swart, of the African Christian Democrati...
Parking hunt ends in hijacking death
A Johannesburg fashion designer has died after reportedly being hijacked and shot while looking for parking at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in the centre of Johannesburg.

Inside the building, members of the legislature waited for him to arrive to take measurements for new blazers they were...
Radio presenter gets R100 000 bail again
Flamboyant Lesedi FM presenter Thuso Motaung and his wife Mamontha embraced next to the dock after the radio presenter's R100 000 bail was extended in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court.

Motaung was rearrested in his Bloemfontein house last week for apparently violating his bail conditions...
Michaela's killer 'not a bad criminal'
Lawyer argues for lesser sentence, saying there are more serious cases

The man who had sodomised, raped, strangled and slit 6-year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi's throat was not a bad criminal and should receive a less severe punishment for his crimes.

The offence committed by Michael...
ENatis gag angers editors
South African editors have condemned the Department of Transport for preventing the publication of damning information on the implementation of eNatis

Beeld obtained a section of one of the reports by the Auditor-General about the efficacy of the system, and approached the department for c...
SA’s big four banks ready to run with Credit Act
All four of the major banks in SA have indicated they are ready for the implementation of the new national Credit Act tomorrow.

Standard Bank’s chief executive for personal and business banking, Sim Tshabalala said: “Our view is that the Act is good for the consumer. It improves disclosure and t...
Police shoot theft suspect dead in Centurion gun battle
A suspected thief was killed and two others injured in a shootout with police in Centurion yesterday.

Security guards at the Lifestyle shopping center in the Wierdabrug area spotted seven suspicious looking men at about 2am and called police.

When officers arrived, the men started to shoot at ...
Teen’s friend tells of mall death
The Pretoria High Court heard yesterday how a young man was stabbed to death with a broken bottle at Centurion Mall two years ago, after he and his friends had smoked dagga with a group of strangers.

Alex Barnard told the court how he had tried to stem the blood spurting from a hole in the chest ...
Autopsy sale case postponed
A fraud case against a Pretoria police officer, arrested for the alleged sale of an autopsy report, was postponed in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.

Supt Deon Leon Snyders, 42, from Silverton, appeared in court yesterday.

The case was postponed to July 12 for further investigations and S...
Insurance rules bent for eNatis
The chaos caused by the new Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis) last month will not affect insurance claims.

The Department of Transport and law enforcers have already said they would also treat cases where motorists were fined for offences beyond their control due to eNatis w...
Rape accused cop transferred
A senior Johannesburg Metro Police officer has been restricted from working with the public after a charge of rape was laid against him by a female colleague.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said “preliminary disciplinary action” had been taken against the s...
Employees become biggest security risk to companies
Employees are fast becoming one of the most prominent security threats to businesses, due to sensitive data and information becoming increasingly valuable to international syndicates.

Several staff at South African Airways’ call center were earlier this month exposed for allegedly colluding with ...
‘Political prisoners’ tilt at Mbeki and Mabandla
Political prisoners are taking President Mbeki as well as Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Brigitte Mabandla to court in their bid for freedom.

Mbeki and Mabandla will have to explain in the Pretoria High Court why presidential pardon applications by 384 Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP...
North West foreigners’ shops looted
In a repeat of violence that rocked North West a week ago, 24 people were arrested in a local township on Tuesday night after allegedly attacking businesses owned by foreign-born shopkeepers.

Superintendent Louis Jacobs of the North West police said 10 shops had been broken into and looted, and t...
No plan yet to charge Zu;ma, says NPA
The State does not intend to charge Jacob Zuma again - yet.

Yesterday the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) moved to dispel media reports that it was planning to do so, saying it had long stated that it had not yet taken any decision in that regard.

"We were at pains to stress, both in our ...
Metal giant says cattle casualties in residents' tit-for-tat campaign
Forty two dead cows are at the centre of the latest tussle between steel Goliath Mittal and the NGOs fighting for environmental justice in Vanderbijl Park.

The dead cows belong to Mittal and are believed to have been poisoned over the last 10 days. Though the culprits have not been identified th...
Two life sentences for child rapist
Minutes before alleged child-killer Theuns Christiaan Olivier appeared in the Cape High Court yesterday, Judge Essa Moosa gave a Mossel Bay man a double life sentence for raping two young girls.

Passing sentence on Kirshuan Mario Frans (22), of Mossel Bay's Asla Park informal settlement, the judg...
National ANC seeking answers about monorail
The ANC's national leadership has intervened and demanded an explanation from its Gauteng provincial structure regarding the controversial monorail project.

Also, Gauteng MECs of Transport Ignatius Jacobs and Finance Paul Mashatile - who orchestrated and announced the project - have been summone...
NPA adds its voice to Child Justice Bill go-ahead
The National Prosecuting Authority has joined the chorus urging parliament to fast-track the Child Justice Bill, which was tabled in 2003 and has been dormant since the last election.

NPA boss Vusi Pikoli said yesterday that, when passed into law, it would make huge inroads into the number of ca...
Department slated after newspaper interdicted
The South African National Editors' Forum has slammed attempts by the Department of Transport to gag Beeld newspaper from publishing further details relating to the controversial eNaTIS system.

On Tuesday, the department applied for an urgent interdict in the Pretoria High Court to prevent Beeld...
US police say body may be South African
Unless a relative of a South African whose badly decomposed body lies unclaimed in a United States morgue provides DNA samples, he is likely to be buried as a pauper.

A police officer handling the case in Washington DC, Detective Ray Crawford, told The Star last night that the body is believed to...
Driver fleeing hijackers kills woman, injures son
A motorist trying to get away from hijackers has hit and killed a woman and injured her 5-year- old son.

The driver of a Nissan X-Trail was driving through Fordsburg about 6pm yesterday when his car was shot at by unknown people in a suspected hijacking attempt.

Joburg metro police spokespers...
McBride deadlines come and go, but there's still no action
Five months have passed, endless deadlines have been missed and the police investigation into Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's notorious car crash has once again drowned in uncertainty.

Yesterday, police spokesperson Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the docket had, aga...
Judge sends murderers to jail for life
Court finds no mitigating circumstances to justify a lesser sentence for killers

It was worrying that in South Africa, people had stooped to the level of animals where they killed fellow human beings with no regard for life.

The criminal actions of Desigan Govender and his co-accused, ...
Corruption probe has led crash cops to turn on him, says McBride
Robert McBride says South Africa is a free country - and officers who have turned against him can make any statements they wish to the police.

The Ekurhuleni metro police chief is also not worried about the three top cops seeking a protection order against him, and is thinking of doing the same ...
Boksburg robbers thwarted
Lady luck ran out on three suspected robbers after they held a Boksburg businessman at gunpoint.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said the incident took place at premises situated on the corner of Kingfisher Avenue and Trichadts Road about 10am on Tuesday.

The gunmen, preten...
Photographer gets four years for indecent assault
Cape Town fashion photographer Neil Hermann has been sentenced to four years in jail for the indecent assault of a 6-year-old girl.

Cape Town Regional Court magistrate Wilma van der Merwe yesterday said Hermann had not shown remorse even after the court found him guilty.

"Every crime involvi...
KZN chain stores hit by Cheese Gang
Fearless, armed with handguns and dressed fashionably, they work 10 to a group, entering upmarket Durban chain stores, emptying shelves in seconds and leaving with goods worth thousands of rands.

They have been dubbed the "Cheese Gang" as they are known for stealing large consignments of small, ...
Boys of 12 and 7 accused of axing friend, 8
The community of Klawer near Clanwilliam has been rocked by the horrific axe-murder of 8-year-old Wilfred Kriel, allegedly by two of his schoolmates, aged 7 and 12.

Pupils and teachers of Nieuwoudt Primary School were undergoing counsellng after the discovery yesterday of Wilfred's mutilated body...
Drug trial date set for Agliotti
Almost a year after their arrest, Glenn Agliotti and his alleged drug-smuggling gang have been given a trial date.

The case against Agliotti - dubbed "The Landlord" by the Scorpions - Stephanos Paparas, his 70-year-old father Dimitrio and "transport man" Stanley Poonin has been set down for trial...
Good news for debtors
Come Friday all debts of R500 or less will be wiped from your credit history and no longer lead to you being blacklisted by financial institutions.

This is one of the implications of the new National Credit Act (NCA) that comes into effect on June 1. It has been described as :the largest systems...
Baby saved from pit toilet
A newborn baby thrown into a pit toilet yesterday remains in a critical condition at a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

The baby boy, who was born on Monday night, was allegedly thrown into a pit-latrine by his 23-year-old mother in Edendale.

“Our rescue workers rushed to the scene after the grea...
Judge’s Zuma question poser for top legal mind
The question may well be on the minds of most people – but a top legal mind has stated he “does not like” the question Judge Jan Hugo put to Jacob Zuma’s legal team yesterday.

Hugo asked Zuma’s legal team how it could be that Zuma professed his innocence and yet still attempted to block the State...
I thought I was going to die, says stabbed prosecutor
A Pretoria prosecutor yesterday told the Pretoria High Court she thought she was going to die as she was stabbed over and over by a man who entered her office at the local magistrate’s court last year.

Control prosecutor Marisa Booyse was stabbed 14 times in her office at the court in September 2...
Probe plot to kill JZ: call
The ANC has called for an investigation into numerous allegations around its deputy president Jacob Zuma, including a new, controversial report.

The organization yesterday also called on its members to exercise “discipline and restraint”.

This followed claims that there are plots afoot to kill...
Green navy is making life hard for marine poachers
South Africa’s Environmental Protection Vessels (EPVs) are helping to cut poaching.

Over the past week the Sarah Baartman has seized three rubber ducks, fined three fishing vessels for contravention of permit conditions and been directly involved in the arrest of three suspected lobster po...
Former policeman’s rape trial next month
The former police inspector, who allegedly raped a woman in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court holding cells two years ago will go on trial next month.

The inspector, who cannot be named because he has not yet pleaded, was in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a rape charge.

The c...
Referred over dead cat, gays
Two men alleged to have murdered two men and their cat in their house in Akasia, north of Pretoria, in June last year were yesterday referred for psychiatric observation.

Judge Tholi Vilakazi referred lafras de Jager, 24, and Juan Pierre Jacobs, 23, both of Pretoria North, to a psychiatric hospit...
Mandoza assault charge dropped
The assault case against embattled Kwaito star Mduduzi Tshabalala, who is known as Mandoza to his fans, was yesterday withdrawn in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Complainant Glen Nonkonyana, 30, read an affidavit which he had written forgiving Mandoza.

Nonkonyana initially laid a charge almo...
Doctor recalls rape victims’ trauma
The 90th witness, a doctor, yesterday testified in the 261-count Johannesburg High Court trial of Mongezi Jingxela, alleged to be one of South Africa’s worst serial sex offenders.

The kidnapping, rape, assault and robbery trial started before Judge George Maluleke and assessors in January.

In ...
Green Scorpions start inspection at Mittal plant
The first stop yesterday for the Green Scorpions, starting a national environmental compliance campaign, was the Vaal Triangle.

Environmental management inspectors from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism started by an inspection of the Mittal Steel plant in Vereeniging.

The in...
Sutcliffe denies fleeing
Durban’s municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe has rubbished claims that he and his wife had fled Durban and moved to Umhlanga in order to escape the crime wave.

Since Saturday’s armed robbery and murder at the popular St Tropez restaurant in Essenwood Road, a rumour has been circulating by SMS tha...
Petrol bomb thrown at house
A petrol bomb was thrown at the home of an SABC employee in Northcliff Hill, Johannesburg in the early hours of yesterday.

Police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said the bomb landed next to a garage but did not explode.

According to police, the house belongs to an employee of the SAB...
IFP goes to court over presidential pardons
Several Inkatha Freedom Party prisoners seeking presidential pardons have turned to the Pretoria High Court for relief and to force the justice minister and the president to process their applications.

This was announced by IFP chief whip Koos van der Merwe during the justice budget debate yeste...
Law barring beating of children awaits final nod
The National Council of Provinces has passed a bill which includes a ban on corporal punishment of children and abolishes the defence of reasonable chastisement.

The move was welcomed by child rights activists who have lobbied parliament's second house to tighten up on the corporal punishment pr...
Crash cops turn on McBride
Clean-up' team makes damning statements to SAPS investigators

They were the "clean-up team" who whisked Robert McBride away from his controversial car accident last year - but now his right-hand men have given damning statements to senior police officials investigating the crash.

At Mc...
Chief justice's suggestions on new judiciary bill gets thumbs-down
Ministry says Langa's ideas make no sense and system can't be changed piecemeal

Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has shot down a proposal by Chief Justice Pius Langa that controversial clauses in a bill rationalising the country's courts should be hived off and the non- contentious parts...
DJ's case of contravening bail delayed once more
Clasping his hands firmly across his mouth and starring blankly in the air, flamboyant Lesedi FM presenter Thuso Motaung grimaced and heaved: "Oh my God!".

This was after realising that his case of contravening his bail conditions was, for the second day, going to be postponed at the Johannesburg...
Shooting of husband leaves wife a wreck
Idyllic life on smallholding turned upside down by gang who preyed on community but were eventually hunted down

Corlea Bardsley lives in fear. She can hardly sleep after being forced to watch her husband almost bleed to death - after being shot five times - and she no longer wants to live ...
Passengers pay the price as rival operators go to war
Lee Rondganger discovers that d

It's 1pm and a queue is beginning at one of the many boarding areas on the ground floor of the Bree Street taxi rank in central Joburg.

This is where passengers queue to travel towards Strubens Valley, west of Johannesburg, a highly contentious route ove...
Police step in as emergency midwives
Four police officers have gone beyond the call of duty - assisting in the delivery of a baby girl at the Actonville police station in Ekurhuleni.

Chipo Mlambo (30), of Benoni, yesterday waited for more than two hours for an ambulance to arrive. When her waters broke and she started going into la...
Abandoned baby melts hearts of our readers
Readers of The Star were so touched by the baby abandoned in Berea that they have shown an interest in adopting him.

Since Friday, when the story appeared, The Star has been inundated with calls from readers wanting to know how the baby was faring, how they could help and what to do if they wante...
Fed-up residents bring gang's reign of terror to an end
Hartbeespoort community helps police halt spate of brazen attacks on smallholdings

The Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam, is better known for its history and the picturesque mountains that seem to roll on forever.

But for weeks, residents of smallholdings near this world-famou...
'I have to risk my life to save it'
HIV-positive man at Bree Street rank for taxi to hospital on a tense day after shootout

Just hours after a violent taxi shootout at the Bree Street taxi rank, Bongani Mofokeng today joined a short queue of commuters, fully aware of how dangerous this Joburg rank had become.

The usually ...
Chippy’’s PhD miseries may keep him out of Oz
The allegedly plagiarized PhD thesis of former Defence Acquisition chief Shamim “Chippy” Shaikh carries an incorrect spelling of his own name.

This is one of many problems Shaikh will have to explain away when he faces a tribunal that will decide whether to revoke his PhD.

The Citizen h...
Gold dust smuggling – murder trial continues
Johannesburg High Court judge Kathleen Satchwell has reserved judgment until June 18 in a trial where two Kloof Gold Mine employees were allegedly murdered so that gold dust smuggling could continue.

Emmanuel Jobe, originally an accused against whom charges were withdrawn, later testified as a St...
Police probe 24-hour ‘fine’
Gauteng police have launched a probe into allegations that an officer wanted to fine a crash victim R500 for not reporting the accident within 24 hours.

According to law enforcers they are also not aware of the “new law” the police officer in question apparently referred to.

The Citizen...
No-show at kidnap, murder hearing
Riana Highes, 36, of Eden Park, Alberton, charged with snatching a two-month-old baby and murdering the child’s mother after allegedly telling her boyfriend she had given birth to his child, failed to attend her trial yesterday.

She was due to plead before Johannesburg High Court judge Geraldine ...
Orlando teenager mutilated in field
The mutilated body of a 15-year-old teenager was found at Power Park, Orlando in Soweto at about 6am yesterday morning.

A security guard spotted the body, which was lying in the veld.

Soweto police said the Orlando East teenager’s throat had been slit, and it appeared she had been raped.

Suspect killed in police shootout
One person was killed and another seriously injured during a shootout with police in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni yesterday.

The two men were driving in a VW Polo when police officers, who thought there was something suspicious about the vehicle, tried to stop them – but the men sped off.

The offi...
State seeks life for teen rapist
The State yesterday asked a Pretoria High Court judge to sentence an elderly former city councilor to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year old retarded girl, despite his age.

Proscutor Elijah Mamabolo argued that Daniel Van der Bank, 65, a prominent Pretoria businessman and former city councilo...
Crucial cases to determine Zuma's fate
Several hearings will have significant bearing on whether he is prosecuted

Seven court cases in the next four months, with the first having started this morning, will determine whether Jacob Zuma runs for ANC president as an accused fraudster or an exonerated man.

Before the ANC elects ...
Couple, Absa manager in court over R5m swindle
Fake cheques allegedly deposited into an account and then split

It was supposed to be the perfect crime: two stolen cheques, a senior insider at the bank and over-the-counter withdrawals worth R5-million.

But for a husband-and-wife team, and an Absa manager with eight years' service, i...
'This is not like war - it is war'
Bullets fly in downtown Joburg as taxi violence erupts
Abloody taxi feud has claimed the life of a commuter and injured several others in three incidents in greater Johannesburg - and taxi associations are blaming each other for the violence.

And in Zola, Soweto, on Sunday night, a 44-ye...
DJ's alleged threats explained in court
Flamboyant Lesedi FM DJ Thuso Motaung once described himself as a train that could smash anyone who testifies against him.

This emerged yesterday at the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court, where Motaung appeared for allegedly violating his bail conditions.

The popular presenter, who was re...
Gang's reign of terror comes to bloody end
Hartbeespoort community helps police halt spate of brazen attacks on smallholdings

The Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam, is better known for its history and the picturesque mountains that seem to roll on forever.

But for weeks, residents of smallholdings near this world-famo...
Pupil fatally stabbed with scissors
A Grade 9 pupil has been taken into police custody for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old classmate to death with scissors at Eerste River Secondary School near Cape Town.

Mogammat Kannemeyer was stabbed a number of times in the neck and chest and died in hospital yesterday.

Police said his alle...
Big boost for abused women and children
The official handing over of Mercy Haven, a registered place of safety for abused women and children in Boksburg, to the beneficiaries is a big step in the protection of victims of family violence in the community.

The shelter was officially opened by Mongezi Mnyani, the chief operations officer ...
‘Gatvol’ Chippy set to leave SA
Chippy Shaik is “gatvol” of the “toxic” environment in South Africa. This is according to his brother, Yunis Shaik, reacting yesterday to claims his brother had fled the country.

“He wants to leave this country. “He’s fed up, gatvol to use the nice Afrikaans expression – but he has not got ther...
Officer tries to extort R500
Should you fail to report an accident within 24 hours, the Fairland police station in Johannesburg will charge you a R500 spot fine “according to the new law”.

Former Springbok gymnast Heidi-Marie Oosthuizen said that after she had hit a rock in the road recently, she was told by her insurance co...
Raging bull flattens policemen
Two Ekurhuleni policemen were slightly injured by a Brahman bull in Benoni on Friday.

Police spokesman Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said the officers were patrolling the area when they received a complaint of animals disturbing traffic on the N12 freeway at the Tom Jones off-ramp.

A witness said...
Shady-looking man shoots constable
A policeman was shot and wounded after confronting a “suspicious-looking” man at the corners of Webb and Grafton streets in Yeoville on Friday.

Constable Johannes Lemekoane, 25 is in a stable condition at the local hospital.

He was shot in the face without warning while approaching the man.

Rumours fly around Zuma
The intrigue around former Deputy President Jacob Zuma keeps deepening, with media reports of raids linked to his alleged assassination plot, as well as of documents aimed at discrediting him surfacing this weekend.

Yesterday the City Press reported that the house of Zuma’s confidante, Eli...
SACP urges cool over 'treasonable' report
Origin of document that links Zuma and Gaddafi is a mystery

The SA Communist Party has called for "cool heads" over a bizarre report which seeks to discredit ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma.

It also said yesterday that the inspector-general of intelligence and parliament's joint standi...
Call for probe of R12bn monorail proposal
The SA Communist Party has suggested that parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) probe the "mysterious" proposal to build a R12-billion monorail between Joburg and Soweto.

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe last week slammed the brakes on the plan and summoned Gauteng MEC for Fin...
'Schabir must face destiny, but not alone'
"The state says this is like a drowning man clutching at straws. Well, that's what you do when you're drowning, isn't it?"

This was how Mo Shaik, clutching a cigarette and talking in a measured voice, responded to questions about his brother Schabir's Constitutional Court appeal bid after the fi...
Strange tale of a teacher and a baby
Alleged kidnapper intends to plead guiltyso that she can 'get it over and done with'

If Free State schoolteacher Alta du Plessis is convicted of kidnapping a Krugersdorp infant to convince her lover to marry her, she faces a possible 15-year sentence in jail.

The 43-year-old mother of ...
Monorail funder still has high hopes
Malaysian believes 'spat' will be resolved

The mystery Malaysian magnate behind Gauteng's futuristic monorail scheme swore yesterday that it would go ahead - despite the plan being derailed by "sidelined" Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

Speaking from his brand-new offices in Sandton, M...
Fleeing bull gores cops on freeway
Two Ekurhuleni metro police officers were injured after being attacked by a Brahman bull after it broke out of a trailer and charged onto the N12 freeway near Benoni.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Kobedi Mokheseng said the bull brought the freeway to a standstill about 3pm on Friday.

Bid to kidnap schoolgirl highlights risks
Principals of other schools say attacks are now common

A brazen daylight attack on a 14-year-old schoolgirl has highlighted the dangers regularly experienced by many pupils on the West Rand.

The teenager was attacked on Ontdekkers Road on Thursday by two men who tried to drag her into ...
Gang robs supermarket, customers
Johannesburg police were looking for a gang of about 10 men who terrorised staff and customers of a grocery store before robbing the business of an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said the armed men went into the Spar supermarket on the corner of Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles roads in Greensi...
Call to tighten the net on online gambling
Watchdog reckons the odds for trouble are far too high

Online gambling makes up a small share of all local gambling in South Africa, but its use is growing rapidly and the potential for hazard is great.

"It has the potential to become the most risky form of gambling," said Peter Collin...
Fragile police units fail in fighting crime on children
Last year's decision to disband the police's specialised Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units has been a failure.

This was tacitly acknowledged by the police this week when it declared a moratorium on the decision, days ahead of the annual Child Protection Week which ...
Poor delivery adds to child rape victims' plight
Questions unansweredas the rapist has yet to appear in court

This time last year, 4-year-old Themba* was screaming in a mealie field while a man raped her. She then waited in a hospital for more than 24 hours before a doctor examined her. A year later, her perpetrator has not been brought ...
Zuma, Shaik and the lies
'Ex-deputy could have helped Schabir's case'

Jacob Zuma could have shed some light on the lies told by Schabir Shaik - if he had shared the dock with his ex-financial adviser.

This is according to Shaik's counsel, Martin Brassey SC, who yesterday suggested Zuma's evidence could have bee...
DA urges NPA to take action over Chippy
The Democratic Alliance has called on the National Prosecuting Authority to get moving with the possible prosecution of Chippy Shaik, brother of fraudster Schabir.

But the NPA has remained adamant that it has no reason so far to go after Chippy.

The call by the DA follows the admission by Ho...
Land reform a threat to food security, report says
The government has failed to consider how land reform impacts on food security and should recognise that there is more demand for land in urban than rural areas.

Moreover, South Africa may soon become a net importer of food.

These are among the points raised in a wide-ranging study, "Land Re...
Judges must be picked on merit, global body warns
Poor salaries, lack of training and the failure to appoint judges based on merit were just some of the issues that led to judicial corruption, according to Transparency International's latest Global Corruption Report.

Released yesterday, TI's report also fingered unfair processes for the removal...
Emergency numbers on tap no matter what
Poor people will now be able to access emergency services numbers even after their phones have been disconnected by Telkom, according to Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri.

Delivering her budget speech in parliament yesterday, Matsepe-Casaburri said plans were afoot to make telecommun...
Taxi owners join the queue for tax amnesty
Thousands of taxi owners are among those who've joined the last-minute rush to apply for tax amnesty before the deadline in a week's time, according to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

Delivering his budget vote in the National Assembly yesterday, Manuel said the SA Revenue Service was currently ...
CEO under fire over eNaTIS report
The Auditor-General's office has revealed that it was asked by the CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation for a management report, which warned that the eNaTIS system could fail.

The report warned that there was an 80% chance that eNaTIS - the new vehicle licensing system - would fail.
Child killing trial to begin soon
The trial of alleged child-killer Theuns Christiaan Olivier is scheduled to begin in the George High Court on Wednesday - 17 months after 6-year-old Steven Siebert was murdered while on holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

The murdered boy's parents, Thomas and Elaine Siebert, of Johannesburg, will atten...
Zuma speaking up for Shaik sheer fantasy, says Trengove
Schabir Shaik was convicted of fraud and corruption because he repeatedly lied under oath - not because Jacob Zuma was not charged with him.

This was according to state counsel Wim Trengove SC, who this morning vehemently denied that the state had used its case against Shaik as a "dry run" for it...
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