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248 held, 179 taxis grabbed in blitz
JOHANNESBURG - A staggering 248 taxi drivers were arrested and 179 minibus taxis impounded as a clampdown on taxi violence intensified in Johannesburg yesterday.

Traffic was brought to a virtual standstill as armed members of the Johannesburg Metro Police, SAPS and Ekurhuleni Metro stopped all ta...
US daily slams ‘quiet diplomacy’
JOHANNESBURG - A leading American newspaper has lambasted President Thabo Mbeki for his stance on the political impasse in Zimbabwe.

The Washington Post writes in its hard-hitting editorial: “Mbeki’s perverse and immoral policy is reaching its nadir in SA’s neighbour Zimbabwe.

“The government...
Johannesburg High Court heist may have been Great No-Brain Robbery
JOHANNESBURG - There is speculation that it was actually the Great No-brain Robbery, and not the great High Court Robbery.

One theory is that the robbers used the 12th floor north wing entrance instead of the south wing entrance – and smashed open the wrong office, having turned right instead of ...
Mystery McBride dockets
Stolen papers link him to attempted murder, fraud case

Documents relating to the investigation of charges of attempted murder, fraud and defeating the ends of justice against Ekurhuleni metro police boss Robert McBride were among those stolen during a robbery at the Johannesburg High Court...
Unrepentant Shabangu again comes out firing
With the firm support of ANC president Jacob Zuma, Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu has stuck to her guns and refused to apologise for her controversial "shoot-to-kill" statement.

Shabangu told residents of Lwandle township, outside Cape Town, yesterday that she was not comprom...
Families of Pakistani nationals want to know if they're dead or alive
The families of four Pakistani nationals, who have been missing for five months, are hoping that six murder suspects arrested for an unrelated crime could reveal the fate of their loved ones.

Majid Saleem, Shahab Hussein, Aman Ullah and Malik Yasir were last seen on November 9 in Joburg after th...
Health minister disputes UN stats on child mortality
South Africa is ranked among the 10 worst countries when it comes to ensuring that children survive beyond the age of 5, but Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang says it all comes down to how you tally the numbers.

Child mortality is number four among the set of eight Millennium Development ...
Internal disputes delay amnesty hearing
The father of one of the Justice Ministry's most powerful officials says he will "end up sleeping on the street" if his son's department doesn't urgently grant him amnesty for defrauding a paralysed woman.

But former defence force colonel Bhekumndeni Simelane's hopes of clearing his name have be...
Scorpions weighed down by apartheid cops, says ANC
The Scorpions are a political organisation filled with former apartheid security police out to nail ANC leaders, according to party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

"In our view, we have committed a mistake by putting a lot of the Special Branch into the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) and...
State wants another two weeks
President Thabo Mbeki, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will miss today's deadline to respond to a Joburg businessman's court bid to save the Scorpions.

But, in a surprise move, legal representatives for the president and his ministers admitted ...
Mayor accused of lack of leadership
Nkosi said McBride's fees were approved by council

Going on record at a media briefing and confirming that R6,9-million was paid to a single law firm that was not on the metro's legal panel of attorneys has put Ekurhuleni's executive mayor "on the spot".

This is the view of Izak Berg, ...
Crucial court time lost over translation
A Joburg magistrate has been left irate after he was forced to postpone all cases on his court roll because no interpreters were available.

One of the cases that was to be heard at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday involves the alleged rape of a woman by Andile Mpongwane and Fana Mot...
My plan is to make sure the community here feels safer
When Commissioner Oswald Reddy was moved from the Gauteng police's headquarters to head up the Honeydew police station, some people thought he was being sent to policing purgatory.

He was, after all, one of Joburg's highest ranking police officers at the time - a man with 26 years of policing ex...
How we caught the Zandspruit suspect
The Zandspruit community was enraged. A 7-year-old girl had been found murdered; a killer was on the loose.

Honeydew Police Station commissioner Oswald Reddy knew that in order for him to restore confidence in the community, the killer needed to be caught soon.

The previous day (March 10), t...
Now mayor, city and DA launch court bids to halt commission
Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille, city manager Achmat Ebrahim and the DA have each applied for urgent interdicts to stop all activities of the reconstituted Erasmus Commission, pending the ruling on a review application for the inquiry to be declared unconstitutional.

The three applications for inter...
Blood flowing in Zim
THERE have been widespread reports of bloodshed in Zimbabwe as police and so-called war veterans hunt down opposition MDC organizers who called for yesterday’s nationwide strike.

“No government, no labour”, was the call from Zimbabwe’s main opposition party. At the same time it announced the mur...
Foreigners under attack
SCORES of shacks belonging to foreigners were burnt down in a xenophobia attack in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, yesterday.

On Monday night a group of local residents allegedly attacked foreigners from Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Phomolong squatter camp. They allegedly took their goods and set thei...
Security complex shooting
THIEVES made off with only a cellphone after shooting a resident several times during a house robbery in his Woodhill security complex home, east of Pretoria yesterday.

The man was taken to hospital in a critical condition and his wife suffered minor injuries.

Police spokesman Captain Phillip ...
Judge orders police to court
A PRETORIA High Court judge yesterday criticised the police for their “indolence” in dealing with a complaint by one of the alleged killers of three Mamelodi schoolgirls that he had been tortured.

The court last November ordered an officer be appointed to investigate the complaints of the 35-year...
Beuthin no-show for urgent application
THE office of the State Attorney is looking into whether the proper procedures were followed when paroled bouncer Gary Beuthin went back behind bars, after his arrest for an alleged baseball bat attack on former Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club office-bearer, Eduard Jacobs.

Beuthin, 43, had an urgen...
Computers stolen
A SECURITY guard at a business in Boksburg East was tied up in a toilet while seven men stole R60 000 worth of computers yesterday.

Boksburg police said the guard was approached by seven men at 3am who took his panic button, cellphone and money.

Anyone with information can contact the Boksburg...
Event to raise cash for Richard Bloom bursary
A benefit event in honour of slain designer Richard Bloom will be held in Cape Town at the end of the month to raise funds for a fashion industry bursary.

Bloom (27) and his actor friend Brett Goldin (28) were found murdered two years ago today.

Yesterday, the Richard Bloom Foundation, toget...
Reitz 'racist' video makers refuse to speak to cops
Free State police have accused the student producers of an alleged racist video of refusing to answer questions about the controversial film, or reveal the whereabouts of its original.

As a result of this alleged "lack of cooperation" Free State police Director Jacob Sumane, who is the head of t...
Mayor backs payment of McBride's legal fees
Ekurhuleni's executive mayor Duma Nkosi has upped the ante in support of city manager Patrick Flusk, against calls for Flusk's suspension with regard to the legal expenditure of Robert McBride.

At a press briefing in Germiston yesterday, Nkosi announced that Flusk would prepare and submit a repo...
Call for pressure on Mugabe
The Southern African leadership should provide more of a definitive role on the crisis in Zimbabwe, ANC treasurer-general Mathew Phosa believes.

Speaking at a business breakfast in Midrand yesterday, Phosa said the weekend's Southern African Development Community summit in Zambia had not done en...
Mufamadi joins 'no crisis' ranks
After 18 days without a word on who should rule Zimbabwe, Local and Provincial Minister Sydney Mufamadi denied the Zimbabwean situation was at a dead end.

He was speaking yesterday in his capacity as a special envoy on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki, who was appointed by SADC last year as a fac...
There is a crisis in Zim, ANC says to Mbeki
Top brass calls for release of results and direct talks

The ANC's top brass have directly contradicted President Thabo Mbeki by unequivocally stating that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.

They also favour a parallel mediation process to the one involving regional governments which is hea...
More time for presidential pardons
More than a thousand applications for presidential pardons are expected to flood in from KwaZulu Natal alone in line with the original deadline announced by President Thabo Mbeki last year for these to be lodged.

However, today's deadline has been extended to May 31, giving latecomers an opportu...
'Zim situation a crisis with negative results'
ANC calls for release of results and direct talks

The ANC's top brass have directly contradicted President Thabo Mbeki by unequivocally stating that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.

They also favour a parallel mediation process to the one involving regional governments which is headed by...
Joburg courts under siege
Brazen robbers breach second building in 24 hours

A second court, in the heart of a police precinct, has been hit by robbers less than 24 hours after a brazen break-in at the Johannesburg High Court.

Now judicial officers say they fear for their safety.

Court officials at the Jeppe...
Accused appear in 'Valium creche' case
A Somerset West day-mother accused of tranquillising the babies and toddlers in her care with Valium has made a brief appearance in the local magistrate's court, and the case was postponed for further investigation.

Monica Helm (61), the owner of Kinderland creche in Cynaroides Street, Heldervue...
Deafening silence tilts the scales of justice
If it's not armed gangs trying to stand in the way of justice, it's faulty phones.

A day after the Johannesburg High Court was robbed, a magistrate at a court across town nearly threw out a robbery case because there were no phones to call a translator.

This comes after three frustrating mon...
Groban concert promoter arrested
The man at the centre of the Celine Dion and Josh Groban concert fiasco has been arrested in Durban on charges of fraud.

Duncan Heafield of Kusasa Commodities Entertainment was arrested on Monday. Durban police spokesperson Inspector Michael Read confirmed that Heafield was arrested by members o...
Knife Gang suspects now facing fewer charges
'Big Spender' a common denominator in all the evidence, court told

William "Big Spender" Lehase and his co-accused stood at attention, waiting to hear how many charges they had beaten after the state closed its case.

Two years since their arrest, and 10 months after the trial began, th...
Triple murder trial awaits bail bid
Neroy Singh, arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, her sister and husband, avoided any eye contact with his in-laws during his court appearance.

The 41-year-old man was making his second appearance at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto yesterday following his arrest last week ...
Safety not compromised, says SAA
South African Airways' technical division says it will not allow staff shortages to compromise the safety of its passengers, and has vowed that employees will not "take shortcuts in their work".

The national carrier has also pledged not to fly aircraft that are not fully functional.

This fol...
Reader reports Bullard to HRC over 'hate speech'
An angry Sunday Times reader, Victor Dlamini, has registered a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission, saying the paper's axed columnist David Bullard "violated his right to human dignity".

Bullard had been writing his Out to Lunch column for the newspaper for the past 14 years...
Deafening silence thwarts scales of justice
If it's not armed gangs trying to stand in the way of justice, it's faulty phones.

A day after the Johannesburg High Court was robbed, a magistrate at a court across town nearly threw out a robbery case because there were no phones to call a translator.

This comes after three frustrating mon...
Woman recounts assault in taxi
Passenger, driver allegedly hit her after protesting about change

With tears streaming down her face, Precious Tshishonga has recounted an assault which occurred inside a taxi full of passengers in Johannesburg.

Tshishonga faced the two men, passenger Muzi Madide and taxi driver Mtolik...
I lied to cops, says Najwa 'hit plotter'
Witness says his statements are false

Najwa Petersen's alleged hit organiser claims his first two statements to the police after the murder of Taliep Petersen were lies.

The admission came in the Cape High Court yesterday under cross-examination as Najwa's defence team chipped away at ...
3-year-old victim has lost use of one hand
Skierlik shooting

Twins Onkarabile and Karabo Lottering (3) lived a normal life until one of them was shot.

Onkarabile watched as his attacker pulled up his hunting rifle and fired shots at him until he collapsed.

He regained consciousness in hospital, where he underwent surgery. H...
Grieving parents find comfort in fellowship
Two years ago, when Denise Goldin lost her son Brett in a brutal double-murder case, she thought she might be swallowed up by a big dark hole and never reappear.

Not long after Brett's death, a couple who had lost their child to cancer walked through the door and shook Goldin's hand.

Robbers flee empty-handed
ABOUT eight armed robbers fled empty-handed after a botched robbery at a cash and carry supermarket in Hercules, west of Pretoria yesterday.

The incident started when the men allegedly held a security guard at gunpoint.

He was tied up before the men tried to break into a supermarket at about 1...
Killed near his home
A Man in his mid 40’s was shot dead in Mariannhill, Durban at the weekend.

Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said the man was returning to his Nadina Garden home.

“Two shots were fired by the suspects and a bullet went through his car window, grazed his right arm, went through his body and exited...
THE Scorpions are not letting themselves be distracted from their work while the debate on their future rages on.

An investigation has seen four men arrested in Pietermaritzburg in connection with fraud.

The men, three of whom are employed by the Mgungundlovu District Municipality, apparently ...
Farm shellfish safe
The shellfish poisoning scare on the Cape west coast does not affect commercial aquaculture.

The Department of Environment Affairs has rushed to defend its fledgling aquaculture industry after tests showed traces of paralytic shellfish poisoning in abalone.

“Aquaculture products were never at ...
Horn robbers could go stiff
AMOROUS men ingesting rhino horn as an aphrodisiac may find themselves going stiff in a way they did not really expect, the Iziko Museum in Cape Town warned yesterday.

Iziko chief executive Henry Bredenkamp said thieves who lifted priceless rhino horns from the museum over the weekend might have ...
Army-style High Court hit
Professional gang knew precisely where documents were held

The doorbell at the Johannesburg High Court rang shrilly. It was 9.40pm. Someone shouted to the security guards inside the building that a woman had been raped and one of the security men was believed to have been responsible.

'Zim situation a crisis with negative results'
ANC calls for release of results and direct talks

The ANC's top brass have directly contradicted President Thabo Mbeki by unequivocally stating that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.

They also favour a parallel mediation process to the one involving regional governments which is headed by...
Robbers smash into jewellery store
A gang of AK-47-wielding robbers smashed their way into a jewellery store in Rivonia Square shopping centre, making off with hundreds of thousands of rands worth of goods.

The owner of the Private Collection Jewellery, Mohammad Ghomeshi Bozorg said yesterday seven men used a heavy hammer to brea...
Supersleuth 'called by God' to become a cop
No one took much notice of the man dressed in a cap and jeans who had quietly taken his place in the food queue.

The same man had followed a bus of mourners from a Soweto cemetery to the funeral reception and had been waiting for his chance to strike.

His chance came when a young man - the o...
Zim civil groups ridicule Mbeki stance
President Thabo Mbeki has been ridiculed and castigated by emotional leaders of Zimbabwe's civil society for his view that there was no crisis in their country.

They also rejected talk of any government of national unity, which is understood to be among the compromise options favoured by Pretori...
Supersleuth 'called by God' to become a cop
No one took much notice of the man dressed in a cap and jeans who had quietly taken his place in the food queue.

The same man had followed a bus of mourners from a Soweto cemetery to the funeral reception and had been waiting for his chance to strike.

His chance came when a young man - the on...
Zim's old order at major parliamentary gathering
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has told parliamentarians from all over the globe that they could not remain silent about Zimbabwe's "democratic process that has gone wrong".

She was speaking at the opening of the 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an organisation representi...
French-style Koo beans recalled
Food manufacturer Tigerbrands is recalling all its 2007 stock of the 215g and 410g Koo French-style green beans after discovering some of the tins are spoiled.

Koo is a subsidiary of Tigerbrands.

Yesterday, Jimmy Manyi, group executive of corporate affairs at Tigerbrands, said certain batche...
Ekurhuleni mayor set to announce steps over McBride fees
City manager Patrick Flusk may be put on paid leave

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Duma Nkosi was expected to announce the fate of city manager Patrick Flusk today, after a stormy week of allegations around the legal fees of metro police chief Robert McBride.

The Star is also in possession...
Jingxela stalls rape case over ill health
Mongezi Jingxela, South Africa's worst serial rapist, has again stalled the proceedings in another rape case, saying he was ill.

Jingxela, who is currently serving 55 life sentences for the rape of 60 women, was to testify in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court against Andile Mpongwane and Fana ...
Gofaone Tyatya case postponed
His demeanour, unlike at his previous appearances, was docile.

Dressed in black pants, a cream jersey and a black jacket, the 40-year-old man accused of raping and murdering 7-year-old Gofaone Tyatya in Zandspruit a month ago, yesterday made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's court....
Tipoff leads to recovery of gun
Soweto's top cop has done it again.

A gun, stolen months ago from a home in Naledi, was found in the possession of a private security guard at the weekend.

Inspector Amos Maneta said that the recovery of the gun led to the arrest of a 29-year-old security guard and his 23-year-old girlfriend, ...
Records of R46m robbery taken from court
It was South Africa's biggest recorded robbery - with a haul of R46-million.

Today nine men appeared briefly in the Johannesburg High Court in connection with the February 2006 robbery at the First National Bank cash depot in Joburg.

Last night the legal records with details of the robbery w...
Domestic workers are part of the fight
Penny Steyn has been a victim of crime a few times over.

Her husband was stabbed to death, her son fell in with bad company and became addicted to drugs and her best friend was recently tortured and murdered during a house robbery.

But going through all of that didn't break her. It made her ...
CSD warn about Douglasdale
Douglasdale police have warned motorists and residents living in the area to practice caution around the N1 William Nicol on-and-off-ramps and the greater Montecasino area, which they have identified as hotspots for crime.

The warning comes after a recent joint crime initiative driven by ADT's C...
Skierlik accused pleads not guilty
Skierlik murder accused Johan Nel showed no remorse when he denied four counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder against him.

Initially, prosecutor Collin Uys told the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court yesterday that he had received the much talked about psychiatric report from Weskoppi...
Court blow for Zanu-PF
JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe High Court has thwarted the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) attempt at recounting 23 of the 210 constituencies.

This comes after the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday opted to legally challenge the ZEC decision to undertake a recount.

Zimbabwe’s Hig...
Zuma gives the thumbs-up to Shabangu
ANC president Jacob Zuma has seemingly given the thumbs up to Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu, who has come under fire for her “shoot to kill” comments.

Shabangu poked her head into a hornet’s nest by saying there would be no negotiations with criminals “hell-bent on underminin...
Skielik delays anger many
MULTIPLE murder accused Johan Nel will appear in Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court today.

The 18-year-old is accused of killing four people and wounding six others during a January shooting spree at the Skielik informal settlement in the North West province.

More than three months later, frustra...
DA man’s race-hate ordeal
ROAD ATTACK: MP and wife injured in incident

DEMOCRATIC Alliance Member of Parliament George Boinamo and his wife were injured in an apparent race-hate attack over the weekend.

The couple have severe bruising and whiplash injuries.

A vehicle full of white men tried to push Boinamo’s vehicle...
Congo-SA military pact
MILITARY relations between South Africa and the Republic of Congo Brazzaville will be formalized today.

The two countries’ Defence Ministers will sign a memorandum of understanding in Pretoria that will, among other points, improve co-operation in knowledge exchange and instructor training for bo...
Shoot-to-kill order nails rapist
A police detective stands on the gun Hlongwane used during his reign of terror. He was too badly hurt to move away from his loaded and cocked gun - which he kept trying to edge towards - Picture by Pau Kirk

FOR over a year Sipho Hlongwane struck fear into the hearts of anyone hearing of his expl...
Two metro cops up for fraud
JOHANNESBURG Metro Police have arrested two of their own for allegedly fraudulently confiscating computers and money “for official business” from a Mayfair businessman on Saturday.

JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the men illicitly confiscated six computers and R2 200 in cas...
Mbeki's view on troubled Zimbabwe slammed
He is misleading the world, says parties

Opposition parties have accused President Thabo Mbeki of betraying Zimbabweans and making South Africa the laughing stock of the world by publicly stating that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe.

The ANC, meanwhile, held fire, opting to wait for a m...
Women win big say in law-making
Without the presence of women MPs, most parliaments would not have adopted laws addressing gender issues, including violence against women, according to a study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The IPU - an international organisation of 146 member parliaments - is meeting in Cape Town this week...
What drives them to do it again and again?
There is something chillingly evil about a serial offender - a killer or rapist who repeatedly carries out a crime, usually following a set pattern. For some reason, Joburg has produced more than its fair share of these warped people.

Not so long ago, the Johannesburg High Court made history by ...
Developer to sue Joburg for clearances
Recovery of arrears on sold properties disputed

Property developers are set to take legal action against the City of Joburg this week to force it to issue clearance certificates in terms of the Municipal Systems Act.

Since November, the city has been refusing to issue clearance certific...
Boy hero was a 'little warrior'
Today was a sad start to the new school term for friends of St Anthony's School pupil Dane Attwell, who died last week after saving his friend's life. The 10-year-old was buried on Saturday.

"Going back to school will not be the same without Dane. We used to always go to school together … I used ...
The horror stories
Some of the heartbreaking stories of children in Joburg:

Jill (16) was a pretty, well-liked girl who did well at school.

She was found at 3am, naked under a bridge. When taken to hospital, sperm from so many men was found on and inside her that the doctor couldn't estimate how many men...
Worried parents to fight child legislation
Parents and experts have vowed to engage government in a debate on the "dangers of the bill" that would see children as young as 12 getting condoms.

Dr Ivan Jardine, of Armed with Information for our Daughters and Sons, would lead a crusade against the Child Rights Bill being turned into law.

Schools call for alcohol testing of their pupils
'Parents unaware of the dangers'

Binge drinking among teenagers is so out of control that schools are calling for breathalysers to test if children are drinking at school.

Psychologists and NGOs say they have recently noticed an enormous rise in the number of teens who are drinking, ma...
'Quiet matter' of murder
Najwa Petersen had to endure damning evidence against her this week. Perhaps the only positive was seeing her 8-year-old daughter during an on-the-spot inspection to her Athlone, Cape Town home.

Petersen and three alleged hitmen have pleaded not guilty to the 2006 execution style shooting of her ...
IFP accuses mbeki of grossly violating prisoners' human rights
Accused of gross human rights violations, President Thabo Mbeki has been reported to Amnesty International for failing to pardon a host of political prisoners despite five years of pressure from the Inkatha Freedom Party.

"The IFP, having exhausted all possible democratic means of putting pressu...
Bird-shooting case withdrawn
The case against four men who were caught shooting pigeons outside a Pretoria hospital last weekend has been withdrawn.

Cornelius Botha, Ian de Jongh, Frederick Engelbrecht and Hans Griesecke, all employees of SA South African Air Defence Association, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court on c...
Lost girls in MXit drama
Chat service linked to disappearance

Two teenage girls hooked on the teen cellphone chat line MXit are missing this week. Now investigators believe the service, used by 5,2-million South Africans alone, could be linked to their disappearance.

Their disappearance comes in the wake of ex...
Living in fear of a toxic tsunami (Part 1)
Far West Rand residents claim poisoning, writes Sheree Bega

The pain started in Dawn Potgieter's hands. Each time the 62-year-old ate vegetables from her garden, her fingers - already badly afflicted by arthritis - would swell severely.

But it would be months before she would make the ...
Living in fear of a toxic tsunami (Part 2)
"The water is killing everything. Otherwise the wheat wouldn't be dying … We're at ground zero," Sas proclaims.

"We can't plant crops anymore," says Douw. "We had a successful farm with great infrastructure that has been destroyed because of the mines. We built it up over three generations but c...
Determined teens bust into pound to retrieve car
A mere R485 is all that it would have cost to get their car out of the Tshwane metro police pound.

Instead, two Kempton Park teenagers, determined to get home before their mother discovered that they had been out all night, decided to bust their way in and out of the Vermeulen Street pound.

Zuma calls for debate on bail for violent criminals
Days after the controversial call from Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Susan Shabangu, for police to shoot criminals, ANC president Jacob Zuma has come out in defence of crime victims, calling for a debate on granting bail to those accused of rape and murder, adding that this country overstr...
Mob threatened us, say Zim nationals
Fifty Zimbabweans living in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, were displaced yesterday after they were allegedly threatened with murder by a mob of local residents.

Although police denied there had been such an incident, a Zimbabwean national, who asked for his name to be withheld, said local resident...
Baby-snatcher gets house arrest
Louisa Roets may have forgiven the woman who stole her baby - but she will never forget.

Alletta du Plessis (44), dubbed the baby thief of Reitz in the Free State, was convicted this week in the Krugersdorp Regional Court and sentenced to three years' house arrest.

"We are all just so glad i...
Pepper balls shot into vehicle
A reward has been offered to anyone who has information which would lead to an arrest in connection with the road-rage attack that left a woman in a Pretoria hospital.

Last week, Comfort Mkhonto, his wife Zanele and brother-in-law Zipho Ngobese were attacked by a man driving a white Nissan Navar...
Demons win last battle with ex-drug addict 'TV star'
Demons win last battle with ex-drug addict 'TV star'

Former drug addict Troy Kote had been clean for more than two years after kicking his habit and was getting his life back on track.

Last year, he starred in a documentary called Families Under Attack, where he talked about his battle to con...
Call to reduce violence on tv after Teen kills 2-year-old
Child rights groups and the parents of the Rawsonville toddler who was suffocated have called for a ban on television programmes promoting violence.

This comes after 2-year-old Rumarco Arries was kicked, punched, thrown to the ground and suffocated with a belt, allegedly by a 14-year-old imitati...
Kids of 2 and 3 found alone
A 38-year-old Joburg woman has been arrested and will be charged with child neglect after police found her two young children locked up in her Troyeville house.

Jeppe police officers were patrolling on Wednesday morning when they heard cries coming from one of the houses. They went in to investig...
Violent acts under scrutiny
VIOLENCE in schools was put under scrutiny at a seminar hosted by Gauteng MEC for Education Angie Motshekga yesterday.

The department’s spokesman Nanagolo Leopeng said the seminar was aimed at sharing information with various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) on what has been done to curb vi...
KzN health chief quits
THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department head resigned from her post on Wednesday, as the Scorpions confirmed they were investigating her department.

Scorpion’s spokesman Tlali Tlali said the department was the subject of a Scorpions investigation, and the offices of Dr Busi Nyembezi, suspended head o...
‘He knew what was going on’
AWARE: Captain’s killer claims post-trauma stress

IN his mirror the policeman saw his fiancée, a police captain, with another man.

Minutes later she lay dead outside the Vosloorus police station and the metro policeman was next to his car with blood streaming down his face. He lost an eye.
Sahkoane case delayed
FORMER Mamelodi Sundown’s FC Director Alex “Goldfingers” Shakoane, facing a charge of indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl, will go on trial in July.

This was heard in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court, north of Pretoria yesterday.

The case was postponed to July 18 and Shakoane’s R1 000 bail...
Fake warder in cells
A Bogus Correctional Services officer was arrested in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

He went around promising people jobs in Correctional Services if they gave him their CV and between R1 000 and R2 500 to “secure the job”.

Johannesburg police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said a woman saw a poli...
Police catch hijacker in action
WYNBERG – Inspector Moses, Maphakela reported that two hijackers were spotted trying to hijack a car on the corner of Chatwick and Old Pretoria Main road yesterday afternoon.

Inspector Moses Maphakela said “A hijacker got into the car, but before he could start it police arrested him.”

An acco...
Hunt for ammo men
A MANHUNT has been launched to track down three men who abandoned a bag of R1 rifle ammunition in Mamelodi, East of Pretoria yesterday.

Police said they saw three men looking suspicious and called on them to stop.

The men fled into a nearby hostel, leaving a bag with 90 rounds of R1 ammunition...
Whites should be welcome
JOHANNESBURG - The Forum of Black Journalists leader Abbey Makoe said yesterday white people had a role to play in the FBJ.

It was a complete turnaround after white journalists were thrown out of a recent off-the-record FBJ briefing with Jacob Zuma.

“The FBJ was not formed to discriminate aga...
More censure racial exclusion
JOHANNESBURG - The Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (Abasa) has added its voice to widespread criticism of the Forum of Black Journalists’ (FBJ) race exclusivity policy.

Yesterday Abasa vice- president Tsakani Matshazi said it was both morally and constitut...
Dancer killing: case put off
A MURDER case against a security guard arrested for the alleged killing of Faerie Glen’s young ballet dancer, Estie van Rensburg, was postponed to April 25 for a full indictment.

Aaron Mashishi, 25, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder and armed robbery.

Scorpions 'might abuse power'
The ANC insists the Scorpions will be incorporated into the SAPS, even if the June deadline isn't met.

Former defence force chief Siphiwe Nyanda, a member of the ANC's national executive committee, said yesterday it was vital that the Scorpions be absorbed into a specialised unit within the SAPS...
Police chief suspended for racism
Parliament's portfolio committee on safety and security has suspended Badplaas police station commissioner Captain Cornelius Potgieter with immediate effect.

The suspension follows an unexpected visit to the station by a delegation led by portfolio committee chairperson Maggie Sotyu yesterday.

Jail term cut due to police torture
If police obtain evidence against a criminal because they tortured someone, that evidence cannot be used, even if it's damning.

Ten years ago, Tongaat policemen caught a robber and car thief after torturing a suspect. Now, the robber's conviction has been overturned, and the police face prosecut...
Rape accused told: 'Go exercise with the ghosts'
There are ghosts in C-Max Prison, according to Thabo Masinga, who is accused of brutally attacking two nurses at a prison hospital in 2005.

He made the claim during his trial at the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Masinga, up for attempted murder, kidnapping and rape, pleaded not guilty to al...
Deputy slammed for giving police a 'recipe for chaos'
Critics say her 'shoot the bastards' speech gives cops permission to break the law

Law experts and human rights activists have slammed a deputy minister’s urging of police this week to shoot first

and ask questions later.

Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu,

Strip club boss faces assault rap
Striptease boss Lolly Jackson was scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on charges of assault this morning.

Jackson, who is alleged to have assaulted a former staff member who worked at the Teazers strip club in Midrand, handed himself over to the Sandton police yesterday morning...
Agliotti's tearful daughter testifies on robbery
Glenn Agliotti's daughter could not hold back her tears this morning when she emerged from the courtroom where she testified in camera at the trial of three men accused of robbing and terrorising the family.

The teenager emerged from the courtroom, turned a corner and broke down.

As she crie...
Girl (9) killed during visit to family friends
When Denise Swartz kissed her 9-year-old daughter goodbye on Saturday night, she would never have imagined that it would be the last time she saw her alive.

But the unthinkable became Denise's reality on Tuesday after she discovered that her daughter Dennielle had been beaten, stabbed to death a...
Rights commission hits back at black forum's head
The Forum for Black Journalists has ignored two requests by the SA Human Rights Commission for a "substantive response" regarding the barring of white journalists from its activities.

This was the HRC's response yesterday to criticism by FBJ steering committee chairperson Abbey Makoe that its ju...
Baby's head injuries, fractures signs of abuse, court told
Another doctor has testified that the injuries sustained by Baby Tammy, and to which she later succumbed, were a classical case of child abuse.

Professor Gert Saayman, a forensic pathology lecturer at the University of Pretoria, testified at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that head...
Girl (9) murdered during visit to family friends
When Denise Swartz kissed her 9-year-old daughter goodbye on Saturday night, she would never have imagined that it would be the last time she saw her alive.

But the unthinkable became Denise's reality on Tuesday after she discovered that her daughter Dennielle had been beaten, stabbed to death an...
They called him a koelie then shot him in the head
BUSHBUCKRIDGE - "Hey, koelie! Give us money! Give us money! We know koelies don't have bank accounts. You bank your money under your mattress!"

These were the poisonous words of four armed thugs before they shot shopkeeper Jamshaid Chaudhry (50) in the head on Wednesday night.

Chaudhry ...
Tshwane Metro blitz bags 27
TSHWANE metro Police have arrested 27 people during Operation Xenophobia to clamp down on drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants west of Pretoria yesterday.

The operation was conducted following a xenophobic attack which left two illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe dead and scores displaced from thei...
Metro cops blitz taxi ranks
GUNPLAY: Armed raid has commuters fleeing

PANDEMONIUM broke out at a Johannesburg taxi rank when nearly 50 Metro policemen clashed with taxi drivers yesterday.

Commuters ran for cover as a large contingent of police, armed with revolvers and AK47’S, stormed the ivory Park Taxi Rank.

They we...
10111 crash solution sought
PROBLEM: Key Telkom link failed and there was no backup

GAUTENG police are scrambling to find solutions amid fears of another catastrophic breakdown of their R600 million information and communications network.

Basic services such as the licence plate verification on suspected stolen vehicles...
Slain Magistrate arrest
A 45-year-old man was arrested in Limpopo yesterday in connection with the murder of a Giyani magistrate.

Nuel Maluleke, 58, of Mphangane village near Giyani, was found dead by women who were walking through the bush in the early hours of Tuesday.

Limpopo police Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba...
Battle for Johannesburg
POLICE, followed by a pack of journalists, stormed into the stinking bowels of the Jack Mincer taxi rank last week in the latest skirmish in the battle for Johannesburg.

The raid was one of many on such problem areas in recent weeks, despite dangerous and often unpleasant conditions.

And those...
Firing of staff ‘fair’
MORE than 300 warehouse staff working for the Department of Education in Limpopo who lost their jobs have also lost the labour arbitration which determined that they had been fairly dismissed.

But the trade union representing them at the hearing says it will now take the matter to the Labour Cour...
World lawyers slam Zim police
The International Bar Association yesterday demanded the Zimbabwean authorities end the incommunicado detention of officials from the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission.

The association voiced its deep concern that the detained officials are denied legal representatives.

Executive director Mark E...
Liquor licences under scrutiny
THE City of Johannesburg is taking a hard look at the issuing of liquor licences, as part of an initiative to turn things around within the CBD.

Earl Stoles of the city’s Community Safety Programme said alcohol abuse seemed to be a South African sickness, and the social impact of liquor outlets n...
Ex-Generations star out on bail
A former Generations actor, accused of allegedly assaulting a female cashier at a Midrand petrol station, was released on bail of R500 yesterday. The trial has been postponed to April 30.

Midrand police said the man allegedly became aggressive at a petrol station in Vorna Valley on Sunday night,...
Mother ‘joined sex depravity with child’
As a mother she had a duty to protect her child from harm.

But she joined the child’s father in his sexual depravity – and was herself filmed “licking” her daughter’s private parts.

This is alleged by Johannesburg High Court prosecutor Carla Britz in the indictment of charges for the Roodepoor...
SA man on ‘pirate’ charge
SOUTH AFRICAN journalist Mark Klusener is still under house arrest in Israel following his arrest for allegedly operating a pirate radio station.

He was released on R50 000 bail on Tuesday.

He can speak to his lawyers, but not to the other staff members arrested or “organize gatherings or meet...
Convicted man can appeal
JUST when they were getting over their loss, a Johannesburg family is facing further heartbreak with a murder conviction appeal.

Almost three years after the imposition of a 20-year jail term for the murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy – whose burned body was found on a Wetbury sports ground – one ...
Serial rapist now witness in rape trial
Mongezi Jingxela, the man labelled the country's worst serial killer, has had to endure questions from a rape suspect in court.

Andile Mpongwane and Fana Motlatsi are accused of raping a woman in 2001, and Jingxela, who is currently serving 55 life sentences for the rape of 60 women, is a witnes...
Long outage blamed on cable theft
A 12-hour blackout in Homestead Park, Joburg, has been attributed to two faulty cables and a burst bar at a power station - and not load shedding.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse said yesterday it was not normal to have two faults on a cable and a burst bar at a substation at the same tim...
R500 000 worth of liquor seized at show
Confiscating alcohol from teenagers is nothing new for the police - but the amount that was seized outside the Rand Show at the weekend was something they had never seen before.

Thousands of bottles of beer, cider and spirits were taken from teenagers, from 14 years up, who were trying to get int...
'In memory of speedsters' victims'
Westbury residents barricade street, claim council not interested in helping with traffic calming measures

The death of 4-year-old Anitra Jacobs has sparked fury among Westbury residents.

They are now standing in solidarity to demand better service delivery in the area

This morning...
Court lifts ban on pants, attackers told to apologise
The Umlazi Equality Court has overturned the ban on women wearing pants in the township's T-section.

This comes after an attack on Zandile Mpanza in the area in July last year.

She was beaten, stripped and had her home burnt down for contravening a community "law" preventing women from weari...
Kill the criminal bastards, deputy minister urges cops
Pretoria police have been given a licence to kill by a deputy minister.

"You must kill the bastards (criminals) if they threaten you or the community. You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility.

Your responsibility is to serve and protect," were the fiery words from ...
Bravery's triumph and tragedy
One hero lived to tell the tale, the other paid the ultimate price

The worlds of Claudene Walsh and Dane Attwell couldn't have been further apart. But their selfless acts make them both heroes - in life and in death.

Walsh, a plasterer from Germiston, not only stood up to her armed wou...
Long-awaited children's act becomes law
The United Nations and various children's rights groups have lauded the move by President Thabo Mbeki to sign the long-awaited Children's Amendment Act into law.

The wide-ranging law - which aims to protect children against all forms of abuse - has been in the making for more than a decade, but ...
Deadline for demise of Scorpions to be missed
The Scorpions will not be closed down by June. It is now clear that the deadline set by the new ANC leadership at its first meeting in January will be missed, raising questions about the government's commitment to adhere to the contentious directive and whether the party has allowed sufficient time ...
Secrecy a prerequisite, claims Eskom
LEGAL ACTION: Solidarity says public has right to know

ESKOM’s bid to block public scrutiny of its applications for tariff increases is said to be in the interest of protecting the utility’s “hard-core” coal buying.

Eskom has applied to the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) for a 53% tariff ...
Police search for killer continues
POLICE are continuing with their search for a man who shot and killed a 12-year-old smash-and-grab suspect in Boksburg at the weekend.

The boy allegedly smashed the motorist’s window at the Rondebult Road turn-off on the N17 and stole his cellphone.

Police Captain Mack Mngomezulu said w...
FBI detains Fidentia 'fugitive'
MASTERMIND: Slipped out of SA just before Brown's arrest

JOHANNESBURG - Fidentia's "fugitive from justice" was detained in the US over the weekend by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, roared South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority in a news release out on Tuesday. With any luck, t...
More attacks on envoys
ROBBERIES: There’s no immunity for SA’s diplomatic corps

DIPLOMATS from at least seven countries have been hit by violent crime while stationed in and around Pretoria in the past 15 months alone.

Four robbers entered the Groen Kloof home of an Egyptian diplomat early on Saturday morning, afte...
New shock for victim
KATIE Harmse, already devastated by being the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, was in for a second shock when an X-ray showed an unidentified object lodged in her pelvic area.

Harmse and her husband Danie, 65, were traveling along Portland Drive, Vrededorp, Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon, ...
Biggest penalty yet
The competition Commission levied its biggest ever penalty by fining recyclers the New Reclamation Group (Reclam) R145 million for price-fixing.

The amount represented 6% of Reclam’s annual turnover, which they must pay in three increments over 24 months. Reclam is a national recycler of glass a...
Employers ordered to hand over kids
Fired domestic worker wins legal battle for custody

Twin girls have been handed over to a domestic worker after the Pretoria High Court ordered her former employers to return the children to her.

The court yesterday set aside an earlier interim order granting the temporary custody of t...
ATM bomb suspect nabbed
Abortive bribe sparks wild chase

A suspected ATM bomber has been arrested after Joburg metro police chased him through the streets of Alexandra - forcing him to jump through a glass window in a vain bid to escape.

The man, who was with two others in a blue Volkswagen Golf, drove straig...
He harassed and abused me, singer's wife tells court
Stories of a man who used his gun to alert his family to his homecoming, forced rituals boosting a dwindling business, and accusations of infidelity were heard at the first day of David Masondo's trial.

A couple's differences that led to the crumbling of the once fairytale marriage of Masondo - t...
Worker found guilty of killing employer's girlfriend
Domestic worker Zodwa Ngema, cried as she was led down into the holding cells at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

The 51-year-old woman and her two co-accused were found guilty of conspiring to rob and murder the new woman in her widowed employer's life.

Ngema, together with Bheki Mahlan...
Soft targets and easy pickings lure robbers
Criminal gangs have stepped up their attacks on ATMs recently, because they are soft targets and in many instances risk free, as bombers strike at night.

The gangs also tend to choose ATMs that are secluded, giving them time to arm their explosives.

Police and the banking industry have seen a ...
A litany of blasts
April 2: Two men bombed an FNB ATM in Jouberton. They were arrested after a shootout. Three North West police constables also appeared in court in connection with the bombing.

April 1: An Absa ATM and an FNB ATM - 200m apart - were bombed in Thokoza. No arrests have been made. Money was taken onl...
Family murders:suspect in court
Neroy Singh, arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, her sister and husband, winked nonchalantly at a friend in the public gallery as he was escorted from court.

The 39-year-old was making his first appearance at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto yesterday after the deaths of h...
Technology makes officers' job easy
Joburg metro police have technology to thank as Cape Town tries to track down the city's top serial traffic offenders.

The City of Cape Town said yesterday the worst of its top 10 traffic offenders had 86 warrants of arrest to his name.

Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent W...
'I never knew my child was in pain'
Baby Tammy suffered serious injuries while in the care of her adopted parents but it was outsiders, not her parents, who noticed that all was not well with the child.

When she was six months old, Tammy's elbow was fractured, but neither parent noticed she was in pain.

Even though Zaibunisha He...
Damaged cable behind 10111 chaos
Telkom has identified the cause of the eight-hour crash of the police's emergency call centre on Friday.

Telkom said yesterday that it lost signalling on three transmission links in its East Rand exchange area on Friday after a fibre-optic cable was damaged by a building contractor's grader, cau...
Motivator 'reignites the fire' in SAPS
One moment, one day, one decision and one individual can make a difference."

This was one of the pertinent messages American human behavioural specialist Dr John Demartini delivered to 350 senior South African Police Service officers at Montecasino in Fourways yesterday.

Demartini's talk, en...
Black journalists reject HRC ruling
Barring whites unconstitutional, says commission

The Forum for Black Journalists will continue to operate as a racially exclusive organisation despite the Human Rights Commission finding that it acted unconstitutionally by barring white journalists on the basis of race.

Acting FBJ chai...
Gamblers with problem can now ask to be kept out
Board seeks co-ordinated 'self-exclusion' system

As punters make their way through the metal detector at the entrance to the Gold Reef City Casino, the black-suited guards check if their faces match photos of those who have been banned, as well as those who have applied for "self-exclusion...
Children easy prey for Web sex predators
Experts find some families are to blame too, as 6-year-olds post almost everything on Facebook

Children as young as 6 are being exposed to paedophiles and bullies through social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

A recent study done by international communications watchdog Of...
Family fury after abusive man kills 3
Slayings put spotlight on protection-order catch-22

Anisa Rehman moved out of her home to live with her younger sister's family because she wanted to escape from her abusive husband.

Still, this didn't deter him from harassing her. Time and again, he would go to her sister's house in L...
Judge Poswa avoids gruelling JSC interview
Arguably one of the more colourful judges on the Pretoria Bench will not be transferring to KwaZulu Natal, after a last-minute withdrawal of his Judicial Service Commission application.

Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa was one of three candidates for a vacancy on the Natal bench.

The reasons for the w...
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Taxi boss in court for hit on rival

TZANEEN - A Limpopo taxi boss and three suspected hitmen have appeared in court in connection with the assassination of the chairman of the Bolobedu Taxi Association.

Lebeko Michael Malatji (60), who was also the chairperson of the Molol...
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Soldier appears in packed court for family murder

THOHOYANDOU - A soldier appeared in a packed court on Monday on charges of hacking his three children and their mother to death with a spade on Sunday.

Mishack Kharivhe (35), a member of South African National Defense Force...
DA seeks clarity on Scorpions
SPOKESMAN: Wrote a letter to committee head

THE DEMOCRATIC alliance (DA) is demanding clarity on the dates for the submission of the General Law Amendment Bill (GLAB) to Parliament, plus the public hearings on the proposed disbandment of the Scorpions.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard, MP and DA spokesma...
McBride’s lawyers rake in millions
THE Ekurhuleni Municipality is veering towards a precipice as a result of the drunk-driving case against former police chief Robert McBride.

Senior officials now find themselves contending with charges of fraud, serious financial mismanagement and negligence.

According to chairman of the indep...
Scorpions need boost to keep SA green
THE environmental inspectorate – the green Scorpions – investigated over 1 756 criminal dockets in 2007/2008 and made 2 612 arrests.

Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said there was a desperate need for additional inspectors as well as better training and equip...
DA up in arms over waste dam
THE DA is tackling Harmony Gold Mining Company over its plans to build a mega-tailings storage (slimes) dam on the outskirts of Fochville, near Carletonville.

The party’s chairman in North West, Herman Groenewald, said in a statement the dam would cause pollution and health hazards for people and...
Manhunt nets gang of nine
NINE members of a gang of armed robbers were arrested after a massive manhunt in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria yesterday.

Four Zimbabweans, two Mozambicans and three South Africans were found in possession of seven illegal firearms.

Police said members from the Protection and Security Services...
Row over jail radios
THE South African Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) has called on the Correctional Services Department to explain why portable radios are not allowed in prisons.

This comes after a group of awaiting-trial prisoners at the Johannesburg Prison embarked on a “hunger strike” after the...
Liquor, copper, guns seized
MORE than half a million litres of alcohol have been confiscated in a period of seven months around Pretoria during Operation Thiba, national police said yesterday.

Director Phuti Setati said the Firearms and Liquor Control under the auspices of the Visible Policing Division raided about 505 busi...
SA HAS ‘Hospital from Hell’
SA HAS ‘Hospital from Hell’

NELSPRUIT’S Themba Hospital is living up to its notorious reputation as South Africa’s “hospital of hell”.

More patients are likely to die at Mpumalanga’s biggest hospital after surgery than at any other hospital in the province.

According to the provincial Depar...
Lenasia shooter guarded
A LENASIA man is under heavy police guard in hospital after he allegedly shot dead his wife, sister-in-law and brother-in-law on Sunday afternoon.

“The middle-aged man, who was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, had recently been separated from his wife,” said police spokesman Constable Edw...
Legislation needed to make toys safer for our children
Play time is supposed to be fun time for children, but the lack of legislation ensuring that toys are safe exposes them to the danger of injury and, in extreme cases, death.

It is up to parents to ensure their children's safety.

Toy manufacturers and distributors are left to regulate themselv...
Gem dealer sticks to his guns in battle with cops
Three cops wrongly branded as diamond robbers are suing the South African Police Service for millions of rands after the case against them fell apart.

But the man who identified them, a Guinea-born diamond dealer charged with money-laundering and defrauding Absa of R42-million, has not backed do...
ANC to probe Youth League 'vote rigging'
Luthuli House will investigate complaints of vote rigging after the ANC Youth League's conference was adjourned last night following complaints from seven provinces that the election of the new leadership was not free and fair.

Now the senior ANC will convene either a special elective conference...
Egyptian diplomat's family, Greek envoy's children held up
Robbers terrorised members of Pretoria's diplomatic corps over the weekend, attacking two families in their homes.

The attacks on Saturday saw two gangs, armed with an assortment of weapons, holding up an Egyptian diplomat and his two young children and the three children of the Greek defence at...
Family upset over neighbours' anti-Semitic outburst
A Cape Town couple will appear before the Equality Court in June after they allegedly called their neighbours "f***ing Jews" and said "Jews should all go to the gas chambers and burn".

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies said comments of this nature were "anti-Semitic, extremely vile and ...
Teen held over deadly 'wrestling moves'
A teenager was expected to appear in court today on suspicion of killing a 2-year-old boy last week in an incident that has shocked a Breede River Valley town.

The beaten body of Romarco Arries was found in his home on the Deo Gloria farm at Rawsonville last Monday and a 14-year-old was arrested ...
Public and police feel effects of R600m flop
Radio network in major crash

When the police's multimillion-rand emergency call centre went digital six months ago, it was hailed as world class and expected to give officers the edge against criminals.

But the R600-million digital radio network, which the police's top brass said would...
Officer's alleged rape victim' a scheming woman'
An accused rapist, who is also a police officer, has claimed he was offered R500 to drop an unrelated charge against his accuser.

Details of the alleged sex scandal and corruption emerged in the Protea Magistrate's Court during the officer's bail application yesterday.

A 34-year-old Soweto w...
Family fury after abusive man kills 3
Slayings put spotlight on protection-order catch-22

Anisa Rehman moved out of her home to live with her younger sister's family because she wanted to escape from her abusive husband.

Still, this didn't deter him from harassing her. Time and again, he would go to her sister's house in L...
Residents do their own traffic calming
Residents of Florida Street in Westbury are tired of their cries falling on deaf ears, and have decided to do something about the road they call "the highway of hell".

Yesterday, about two dozen residents used picks and shovels to make three holes in the road where they say speed bumps must be bu...
Some words missing in McBride's legal-cost invoices
Altered invoices for the legal costs of Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's alleged drunk-driving car crash have surfaced.

The Star is in possession of two sets of invoices with the same invoice number, the same date. But in the one case, the words "motor accident" have been removed. ...
Advocate says state's case against Petersen is vague
Najwa Petersen, who is accused of the murder of her playwright husband Taliep Petersen, says the state's case is so vague that she cannot understand the proceedings against her and will not be able to instruct her lawyers on how to conduct her defence.

This emerged in the Cape High Court yesterd...
A loud roar in the war against crime
Thousands of motorbike enthusiasts from around Gauteng were out in full force to take their stand against crime.

The west wing of the Brightwater Commons shopping centre parking in Randburg was on Sunday a sea of glistening motorbikes after thousands of young and old bikers - clad in the traditi...
Inspirational speaker may lift police morale
World-renowned motivator says SAPS must be appreciated

He has inspired over a billion people worldwide to realise and maximise their full potential and he is hoping to rub off some of his inspirational magic on the SAPS in a bid to combat crime.

World renowned human behavioural special...
Smash-and-grab boy of 12 killed
Cops hunt driver who chased and shot thief

The smash-and-grabber shot dead by an unknown motorist in Boksburg on Friday afternoon has been identified as a 12-year-old child.

Police spokesperson Captain Mack Mngomezulu this morning said the boy's mother had been informed of her child's ...
Nine robbery suspects arrested
NINE suspects were arrested after a Shoprite supermarket in Westonaria on the West Rand was robbed at the weekend.

Fifteen suspects armed with pistols and AK-47s entered the supermarket at around 7pm and held up customers and cashiers.

“They took money from the tills and also robbed the custom...
It’s muggers’ game to visit Signal Hill
THE closure of the country’s most famous beacon to tourists after 9pm is sending out the wrong signal to tourists.

Cape Town’s Signal Hill is no longer open after dark because of fear that tourists will be mugged.

But Simon Grinrod, a mayoral committee member for economic development and touri...
Lady luck not smiling on addicts
BLACKLIST: Chronic gamblers can’t shop around anymore

CASINOS have upped the ante against gambling addicts by pooling their blacklists to prevent gamblers from using other casinos to indulge in their addictions.

While casinos were able to blacklist problem gamblers and gamblers with afflictio...
Film exposes cable thieves
FOUR security guards were caught on camera allegedly stealing cables, chocolate and biltong while on duty in two separate incidents in Pretoria at the weekend.

In the first incident three security guards were arrested for stealing computer cable worth about R800 000 in Midrand.

Pretoria police...
Child’s screams save gran
The screams of a small grandchild saved his granny, 60, from being raped by a 17-year-old.

The incident happened in Tshiawelo, Soweto during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Inspector Kay Makhubela said the granny woke up and found the 17-year-old trying to rape her.

She asked him if he h...
76 Arrested in Vosloorus
A JOINT venture between the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, the South African Police Service, Community Safety traffic officials and community patrollers saw 76 people arrested during a crime prevention operation in Vosloorus at the weekend.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesman Inspector Jimmy M...
Cachalia speaks on high crime
JOHANNESBURG - More needs to be done to improve the capacity of the police if crime is to be brought under control, according to Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Chachalia.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Citizen, Chachalia admitted the level of crime in Gauteng was unacceptab...
Two held after pigeons shot dead
A medical stock controller and a computer programmer have been arrested after a two-hour shooting spree at a Pretoria hospital in which 18 pigeons were killed.

Police investigations have revealed that Eugene Marais Hospital management had apparently sanctioned the killing spree.

The two were...
Robber massages woman before rape
Family decide to emigrate after nightmare ordeal

Minutes before she was raped next to her 6-year-old son, her "kind" rapist untied her sore hands and even massaged them to get the blood circulation going. Then, as a "parting thought", he raped her.

This is the ordeal to which a 35-year...
DA wants peacekeeping force to be deployed
Leon urges Mbeki to request African Union to step in

As the world anxiously awaits the official results of the president-t ial election in Zimbabwe, former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has called on President Thabo Mbeki to arrange for an African Union peacekeeping force to be sent...
New smart ID cards to be rolled out soon
A pilot project on a smart-card identity system, which will replace the current green ID books, is to be rolled out before the end of the year.

Home Affairs Director-General Mavuso Msimang assured a meeting of Business Unity SA in Joburg yesterday that his embattled department was on course with...
McBride wants case declared a mistrial
Police chief's lawyers claim three key State witnesses colluded outside court before all had taken the stand

Robert McBride's defence team is considering having his drunk driving trial declared a mistrial, when it resumes on April 21. The Ekurhuleni metro police chief's lawyers claim the t...
Oz lures scorpions
Cream of SA's investigators look to head Down Under

The Scorpions are packing for Perth and elsewhere. A mass exodus of staff from the embattled unit, which the ruling ANC wants disbanded by mid-June, is under way.

Gauteng head, Gerrie Nel is strongly rumoured to be the latest member t...
Freed Pilot enjoys home comforts
For Brent Smyth, the taste of his first beer on home soil is a "small treasure" and one the Midrand helicopter pilot declares he will appreciate the rest of his life.

"I really enjoyed that Amstel... But the biggest treasure after kissing my fiancee and mom at the airport was playing with my thr...
Principal's speech spreads passion
The headmaster of a private school in Joburg never imagined his rousing speech to pupils, and about 50 of their grandparents, on being passionate South Africans would become a global phenomenon.

Dave Knowles, head of St Stithians College, "can't keep up with my e-mails" after his speech was circ...
Fast Food? No, fast Draw
An off-duty police constable shot and wounded two gunmen who tried to rob a fast-food outlet where he was eating supper in Fourways on Thursday night. Constable Mothadi Lekota was having dinner with his family when six armed men entered the McDonald's at Fourways Crossing at 8.25pm.

The men told...
Citizens fork out for high crime rate
Private security firms thrive, but Sars says there's no tax relief for private individuals. Deon de Lange reports

South Africans are picking up a monumental tab for the state's apparent or perceived failure to protect them from crime but individuals may not claim tax relief for these expen...
Car's accidental colour scheme a surprising offence
Motorists beware. If your car has been damaged and any replacement part is a different colour to the rest of the body, it could be declared unroadworthy, regardless of the condition of the car.

An infuriated Surprise Lebyane said his car was damaged in an accident two weeks ago. He bought a repla...
Motorist attacked after girl run over
Sade Jacobs has precious little to remember her only child by after 4-year-old Anitra was run over and killed by a man with no driving licence and who allegedly was intoxicated.

Anitra had been playing at the Oval stadium, a soccer field in Florida Street, Westbury, across the road from where he...
'We're being ripped off'
Leaked invoices on McBride's legal fees show ...
How police chief's drunk-driving case is costing taxpayers millions

Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride's legal fees for his drunk driving case amount to more than R1,7-million, according to documents leaked to The Star.

In addition,...
Dehal and McBride go way back
The relationship between Robert McBride and advocate Roshan Dehal goes back to the days of the Ekurhuleni metro police chief's trial following the deadly Magoo's bar bomb blast on Durban's beachfront in the mid-1980s.

In McBride's book Robert McBride, a Coloured Life, he also mentions Dehal, who...
Legal fees signed by subordinate
All the invoices leaked to The Star were signed by Robert McBride's second in command, Ash Boodhoo.

In a letter to the city manager, Patrick Flusk, dated October 18 2007, Boodhoo queried an outstanding payment on behalf of Dehal and said he had flown to Dehal's law firm in Durban to have a meeti...
Figures 'grossly incorrect'
The Star asked both the Ekurhuleni metro's city manager, Patrick Flusk, and chief financial officer Colin Pillay about the legal fees' invoices.

The city manager cannot sign for applications for legal representation in excess of R10 000 - unless permission is given by the executive mayor.

Cash heist gangs meet their match
A new initiative is tackling the problem head-on and enjoying remarkable success in safeguarding money on the move

Working as a cash-in-transit guard is the most dangerous job in South Africa. But this is about to change, as the police, cash management companies and the banking industry ha...
Woman who claimed hijackers stole her baby caught out
She claimed she had been hijacked and that three men stole her baby shortly after she gave birth - but Michelle van Zyl lied. Now the 25-year-old Germiston mother faces possible imprisonment for perjury and child abandonment.

When her relatives found her nearly a week after she went missing, she...
Baby-snatcher could spend 15 years in jail
Former Free State teacher Alletta du Plessis admitted she stole a baby to keep her boyfriend happy, and her advocate has suggested that she be sentenced to correctional supervision and community service.

But it remains to be seen whether magistrate Pieter du Plessis will agree. If he doesn't, sh...
DA, MEC spat takes ugly turn
KICKED OUT: Clash over ‘rich developments’

DEMOCRATIC Alliance (DA) member of the provincial legislature Paul Willemburg, spokesman Hendrika Kruger and two environmentalists were kicked out of a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday after a war of words erupted between Agriculture MEC Khabisi...
Smash and grab spate
GARSFONTEIN police are warning about a spate of smash and grab incidents east of Pretoria this week.

Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said they were distributing pamphlets asking motorists to cover up valuable items.

“If a would-be thief can’t see any valuables, there is no way he will break the w...
Murder: Student held
A STUDENT at the University of Pretoria was arrested for the alleged murder of a nightclub bouncer and the injury to another in Brooklyn, east of Pretoria, yesterday.

Police said the incident started in the bathroom of the Good4fellas nightclub when three men were involved in a fight at about 2am...
ATM blast in Soweto
AN ATM machine was bombed in the early hours of yesterday in Naledi, Soweto.

Police said an FNB ATM at the Naledi complex was bombed at about 2am and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

People who live close to the Soweto complex said they heard a loud bang and called the police.

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Police pounce on 26
TWENTY-SIX people were arrested during a crime-prevention operation in Katlehong, East Rand on Wednesday.

Captain Mega Ndobe said nine people were arrested for common assault and for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. All the arrested were to appear in court yesterday.

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Death threats to SABC staffers follow mugging
MYSTERY surrounds the attack on SABC weather presenter Tshidi Diphoko, and death threats made against two of the broadcaster’s political reporters.

Diphoko was apparently robbed at gunpoint in Braamfontein on Saturday, March 22 in what the SABC described as a “cowardly attack”.

The attack on t...
Taxi rapes increase
POLICE are concerned about the safety of women who use taxis to get around Johannesburg Central, following several incidents in which taxi drivers have raped and robbed female commuters.

Inspector Xoli Mbele said at least four such incidents had been reported, and were under investigation.

He ...
Security guard in court
A SECURITY guard arrested in connection with the murder of a young ballet dancer in Faerie Glen was remanded in custody in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The man, 25, who cannot be named as he still has to appear at an identity parade was in court on charges of murder and house robber...
Relative threatens newsmen
It was beyond bizarre. The Roodepoort Magistrate's Court had adjourned for a tea break. And this reporter and photographer Matthews Baloyi sauntered out of the building to the green palisade fencing.

There, Baloyi yielded to an urge to have a drag on a cigarette. We were so deep in conversation ...
School head faces rape accusation
A secondary school principal facing a charge of rape has been granted bail of R2 000 in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court.

He was called into the dock of Court F just before the lunch-hour recess yesterday.

He avoided eye contact with those seated in the public gallery - including his mother...
Jeppestown Massacre witnesses to be grilled again
Willem van Niekerk, the only policeman to emerge from the Jeppestown Massacre, has been called back to the witness stand and forced to relive the horror for a second time.

Despite its sensational start, the trial of the men accused of killing four policemen on June 25 2006 has slowly been wrappi...
Hijacker on crutches: now cops have seen it all
A Tracker crew, hot on the heels of a gang of five hijackers, were amazed to find that one of the robbers they arrested was on crutches.

The bust happened yesterday morning in the Western Cape when the tracking company moved in on their targets within 10 minutes of the hijacked vehicle's device ...
Dad shot dead trying to help robbery victim
A Good Samaritan trying to assist an armed robbery victim was gunned down in front of his 3-year-old son.

About noon yesterday, a man who had just returned to work in Kempton Park from a bank after withdrawing R10 000 was approached by five armed men who demanded cash, his cellphone and his fire...
Rent and not Qur'an led to murder
Husband and wife guilty of killing Sandton landlady (70)

An outstanding rent bill of R500 led to the murder of 70-year-old Bridget Theresa Cairns.

This was the finding of Johannesburg High Court Judge Frans Malan yesterday when he found Liyaquath Ahroon (31) and his wife Cachandra de V...
Cop arrested for allegedly raping detained woman
A Soweto police officer who allegedly raped a woman who was a detainee at a police station will stay behind bars until his formal bail application on Monday.

The 38-year-old man, who is an inspector at Diepkloof police station, has been charged with three counts of rape and kidnapping. He is bei...
Murder a cover-up, says mom
INVESTIGATION: A morass of bungling and missing evidence

One ordinary Thursday afternoon turned into Alice Polley’s worst nightmare. Her daughter, 21-year old Lizel, had been brutally murdered.

When Alice arrived home from work she found Lizel floating in a bathtub filled with her own blood.
Security expert gets involved
DOCTOR Johan Burger from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), who has regular contact with the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) about missing dockets, has now stepped into the breach.

Burger said he had passed on information relating to Lizel Polley’s murder to senior police official...
Addicts: call for control
STRICTER controls need to be put in place to protect people from falling prey to drug, gambling and alcohol addictions.

This is the view of the Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) which is seeking support from individuals and companies to reach out to the poor who can’t afford drug rehabilitation.

Racism ‘still rife in police’
RACIAL hatred and stereotyping within the south African Police Service (SAPS) is still taking place, according to a union spokesman.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has lashed out at acts of racism within SAPS.

Popcru spokesman Benzi ka-Soko said the union was disturbed by c...
Murders: call to convict
FAMILY KILLED: Chinese businessmen in the dock

THE State yesterday urged a Pretoria High Court judge to convict two Chinese businessmen of four gruesome murders, calling the case “overwhelming”.

Prosecutor JP Marais argued the court should convict both Siyuan Liu, 48, and Jiansen Bai, 54, on ...
Cash-in-transit arrests
FOUR men who allegedly held up two cash-in-transit security guards loading a cash box into their van were arrested in Cleveland, Johannesburg yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said they had waited for the guards to collect money from a shop and held them at gunpoint, but were...
E Cape initiates die
TEN boys died and 77 others had to be rescued from illegal initiation schools in the Eastern Cape during the school holidays.

Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said yesterday the department had closed down nine illegal initiation schools after traditional leaders in various areas had rejec...
Robbers get no loot
SIX armed robbers fled empty handed, leaving behind three people suffering serious injuries after a botched armed robbery in Diepsloot, south of Pretoria yesterday.

The incident started when the suspects stormed into the Rise and Shine Supermarket in Extension Two at about 9:30am.

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Police ‘field robber
A bid to bomb at ATM ended in a high-speed chase along North West’s country roads yesterday morning.

The bombers fired shots at pursuing police and came to a halt in a Lucerne field after evading a roadblock. One man was arrested. The ATM was blasted in Jouberton near Klerksdorp.

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Murder case adjourned
The trial of Pretoria panelbeater Pieter Viljoen, convicted of murdering his young pregnant wife seven years ago, was yesterday adjourned in the Pretoria High Court.

Acting Judge Mahome4d Ismail and two assessors in January this year unanimously found that Viljoen was the killer responsible for t...
Killed ‘to keep her job’
JOHANNESBURG - Four years after a 71-year-old homeowner’s wife died, his new girlfriend wanted him to move to a townhouse.

So George Janssens’s domestic worker for 13 years allegedly had the girlfriend murdered.

“She was afraid she would lose her job and with it her accommodation in a cottage ...
Editors’ forum praises Pius Langa over press freedom
THE South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has lauded Chief Justice Pius Langa for his views on media freedom.

“The forum expresses its appreciation of Langa’s recognition of the importance of the media’s self-regulatory mechanisms, set up to address public complaints against the print med...
Suspected serial sodomist set free
East Rand cops fear he might molest more boys

A man suspected of sodomising six teenagers is on the loose, and police are worried that he might abuse more boys.

The 21-year-old was arrested on April 2 last year after a spate of attacks on teenage boys in Germiston.

But after months...
Pastor sired three children with his own daughter
A self-proclaimed pastor who fathered three children with his own daughter has been found guilty of raping the child over a period of eight years.

The 50-year-old man from KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, was found guilty of nine ...
Former health chief in court over irregular contracts
Rina Charles accused of giving tenders to brother-in-law

The former head of the Mpumalanga Health Department, Rina Charles, has appeared in court on 18 fraud and corruption charges.

Her co-accused, businessman Percy Siboza, who owns KaMagobeni Holdings (Pty) Ltd and who the state claim...
Parties fight for tax rebate on citizens' security costs
Freedom Front Plus says state has constitutional responsibility to protect all

The Freedom Front Plus has submitted a private member's bill proposing tax rebates for individuals who incur costs for their security.

This was in the wake of calls by two other political parties earlier thi...
Warning for Mbeki over increasing xenophobia
President Thabo Mbeki has been told there is an urgent need to address the growing problem of xenophobia in the country.

And, addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) in Pretoria yesterday, Mbeki spoke out against the recent attacks on women wearing miniskirts at the Noord Str...
SA pilot arrested in Zim awaits release
South African pilot Brent Smyth (31), arrested in Zimbabwe while there to fly a chartered helicopter, was hoping to be allowed to return home today.

Smyth was arrested last Tuesday and is currently facing immigration transgression charges.

"We understand that the worst-case scenario is that ...
Rocky the wonder dog strikes again
Rocky, the wonder dog who feature in The Citizen last year for his part in saving the life of a stab victim, has done it again.

This time Rocky helped save a woman being assaulted by her boyfriend, maybe saving her life.

Owner Sean Cartman was taking Rocky for a stroll through a Johanne...
An old fool gets off
There’s only one thing worse than an April fool – an that’s an old fool, according to Bellville’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court magistrate, Amrith Chabilall.

He said this applied to Paarl estate agent Ephraim Barens, 63, when prosecutor Esmarelda Johnson withdrew a fraud charge that Barends...
Granny raped, killed
POLICE are searching for the killer who attacked and probably raped a 79-year-old woman in her bed in Christiana, North West.

A neighbour found the body of Elizabeth Tanye in her home in Utlwanang at 9:30am on Monday after she had not seen her since Friday.

She had blood on her face.

Body found hanging
The badly decomposed body of a middle-aged man was found hanging in a room he rented in Soweto yesterday.

Inspector Kay Makhubela said the man was renting a room in Zola and had gone missing since Good Friday. The owners of the room then changed the lock on the door after he disappeared.

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Skweyiya skew again
ZOLA Skweyiya, Minister of Social Development, is in the spotlight again this week.

Last week allegations emerged of a R3bn social grant tender for his wife’s business partner.

It is alleged that his department has now apparently lost R4,5bn as a result of its tardiness in replacing a defectiv...
Double tragedy in Delmas
JOHANNESBURG - Seven tragic hours have left two eastern Highveld families reeling.

An Evander woman and her father died violently in two separate incidents.

Sharon Knoetze, 30, mother of a two-month-old son, died in a car crash.

Then, as her father went to buy food for well wishers who had...
Magistrate awarded R3m over malicious NPA actions
Triumph after six-year legal saga

Magistrate Sekele Moleko was still dressed in his court robes when police charged him with defeating the ends of justice, all because he had overruled a prosecutor and released two alleged hijackers on a warning.

Now, after the Supreme Court of Appeal ...
Pityana's attack on Zuma irks SACP
Jacob Zuma's lieutenants rallied around him yesterday, hitting back at outspoken Unisa vice-chancellor Professor Barney Pityana, who described the ANC president as a "flawed character".

The SA Communist Party and its Young Communist League issued statements supporting Zuma and accusing Pityana o...
Top brass to fight citizen's Scorpions case
President Thabo Mbeki, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will oppose a Joburg businessman's bid to stop the disbanding of the Scorpions.

But they have yet to indicate whether their opposition to Hugh Glenister's Pretoria High Court challenge will...
Taximen in court over assault
A Noord Street rank taxi driver and an accomplice who had allegedly pushed around and slapped a female passenger are out on bail just a day after their arrest.

Muzi Madide (32) and Zimbabwean Mtoliki Nkomo (43) made a brief appearance in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on common assault charges ...
Poaching of DRC, Nigerian doctors probed
The placement of at least 300 medical doctors from developing African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria is under investigation by the Department of Health.

The placements, which have been flagged as suspicious, are being investigated after an audit showed that the ma...
'Qur'an motive behind killing'
A Joburg judge has been asked to rule that the motive for the murder of 70-year-old Bridget Theresa Cairns - a devout Christian - was her failure to perform Islamic ritual cleansing before touching the Qur'an.

The bizarre request was yesterday made by one of the defence lawyers in the Johannesbur...
Guard dies trying to shield woman from bullets
A protection order and a security guard weren't enough for a Benoni woman who is fighting for her life after she was shot and wounded, allegedly by her husband.

While Elsie Lumka was lucky to have survived the attack, her security guard was not so fortunate.

He died trying to shield her from...
'God, please help my mom get out of jail'
Child sees mother arrested in Soweto family-abuse case

As Sarah Mabalane was driven away to the police station, her 11-year-old son Thabang cried and begged the police to stop.

Three weeks earlier, his parents had a violent fight and Sarah smashed a candlestick holder over her husband'...
Dancer's death: guard arrested
Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the brutal murder of dancer Estee Janse van Rensburg.

The police closed in on the man in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, at about 8.15 this morning.

Last Wednesday the petite 19-year-old dancer was found dead in her parents' bed, her body sprawl...
Three gangs hit Durban
POLICE are hunting for more than 15 robbers in three gangs which robbed three premises in Durban on Sunday.

Durban police spokesman Inspector Solomon Mbhele said the first robbery took place at a house in Kloof, where security officers responding to a security alarm were involved in a shootout wi...
Ghetto fears in Pretoria
FEARS that some of Pretoria’s higher-income suburbs could almost turn into ghettos have again resurfaced in the city.

A council plan to build about 130 000 houses in the next three years for lower-income groups was first mooted two years ago, but vociferous opposition saw it put on hold.

Now i...
Klerksdorp home burns
A family returned home from a visit to relatives at the weekend to find their house in Alabama, Klerksdorp, up in flames.

Police are investigating a case of arson since a window was apparently broken.

Captain Adele Myburgh of the north Wet police said the Van Wyk family had found their home in...
Homes ‘sold to aliens’
The community of Alexandra is furious about RDP houses allegedly being sold to foreigners.

The Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee (AVCC) is up in arms with housing authorities for the alleged illegal allocation of Reconstruction and Development Programme houses in Alexandra’s Extension 7.

SA Passport rejected
HONG KONG – More than 100 SA visitors to Hong Kong were flabbergasted when they were refused entry into China on the Lo Wu-Shenzhen border, and escorted back to the Hong Kong side under police escort. “SA passports no good. Wait for policeman,” visitors were told.

Businessman MW de Wet of Parys...
Zille seeks Zuma
LEADER of the Democratic Alliance Helen Zille yesterday asked to meet ANC president Jacob Zuma to discuss the future of the Scorpions.

Zille said: “I have written to Mr Zuma to request a meeting with him to discuss the ANC’s plans to disband the unit. If granted I will seek his views on several ...
Quickest and safest?
PEOPLE who believe an ambulance ride is the quickest and safest way to get to hospital better think again.

Last year half the ambulances in Gauteng Province – or about 204 of the province’s 400 total – were involved in road accidents, and 28 of them were written off.

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Foul play suspected
Police are looking for answers in the mysterious death of a man who may have been pushed from a moving truck traveling towards Bethlehem this weekend.

The driver of a vehicle tailing the carrier truck stopped when he came upon the body.

If you have information, call 072 250 1158 or 058 307 570...
Still waiting for R100K damages
A RIETFONTEIN man who was awarded more than R100 000 damages after his unlawful arrest, has turned to the Pretoria High Court for relief after battling for almost a year to get his money out of the police.

Judge Francis Legodi granted an order declaring that Gerhard Combrink was entitled to payme...
Investigate deportation case, says Minister
MPUMALANGA’S MEC for Safety and Security has joined the chorus of those seeking justice in the now disgraceful case of the reserve police constables and the Mozambican deportees.

The Minister Fish Mahlalela wants the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to urgently and fully inves...
Prince’s car in smash
JOHANNESBURG - Police are seeking the man who smashed Zulu prince Sifiso Zulu’s luxury BMW 4X4 into a church congregation before escaping from the scene of the fatal accident.

At 9pm on Saturday night ER24 paramedic Derrick Banks was on duty and parked on Durban’s NMR Avenue when he heard the cr...
Doctors who took kickbacks must pay price
Two doctors who took kickbacks from radiologists have failed to wriggle out of performing community service, despite suggesting that the punishment would unfairly rob them of their R800-R1 200 hourly rates.

Doctors Julius Preddy and Percy Miller's pleas for sympathy from the Supreme Court of App...
Boys, girls equal before law, court rules
Ages of consent to sexual activities discriminating

While it is in line with the constitution to set a legal age of consent to sexual activities, the distinction between that of boys and girls amounts to unfair discrimination and is unconstitutional.

This was the finding yesterday of t...
'Flawed Zuma a flip-flop leader'
Unisa principal Barney Pityana has launched a scathing attack on ANC president Jacob Zuma, describing him as a "flawed character in his moral conduct" and accusing him of having no backbone.

In contrast, he lauded President Thabo Mbeki as "one of the best statesmen Africa has ever known".

Freed Harksen tells of past and future (Part 1)
After his time in jail, the convicted fraudster's life is looking rosy, writes Karyn Maughan

Jurgen Harksen is a free man, "very much in love" and ready to make a plea-bargain deal with South African justice authorities.

Speaking to The Star exclusively yesterday, the convicted fraudst...
Freed Harksen tells of past and future (Part 2)
Once home to a Nazi concentration camp, Fuhlsbuettel jail is notorious for housing some of Germany's most violent and dangerous criminals.

According to Harksen, his refusal to pay protection money to the gangs operating inside the prison resulted in his being violently assaulted in October 2003,...
Angry wife set shack alight, killing 3
A woman who allegedly burnt three people, including a 2-year-old, has told the Johannesburg High Court that her action was a bid to defend her marriage.

Nonkululeko Bazana (28), of Bophelong, Vanderbijlpark, is accused on three counts of murder and one count of arson.

The state alleges Bazan...
Two families' pain over missing young mothers
Dolores Schmidt and Sipho Malinga are complete strangers, but share a similar pain.

Both their loved ones have mysteriously disappeared, plunging them into a life of pain and confusion. Schmidt's heavily pregnant daughter, Michelle van Zyl (25), went missing on Wednesday while Malinga's lover of...
'Fire top Ekurhuleni staff over McBride fees'
An Ekurhuleni metro councillor has called for the resignation of the municipality's city manager over police chief Robert McBride's legal costs.

The costs - allegedly amounting to R6,9-million, paid to Roshan Dehal, of Dehal Attorneys in Durban, are related to McBride's alleged drunk driving car...
Turning East Rand 'crime den' around
It is a township notorious for its high crime rate and a place many fear to go to.

But a group of dedicated community members from Tembisa, on the East Rand, together with the SAPS, are making a tremendous difference in the fight against crime.

The Winnie Mandela Community Project is an anti...
Tik ingredients reclassified
The medicines Control Council (MCC) has announced that key ingredients of the drug tik will be reclassified to make it harder for backyard manufacturers to produce this potentially deadly substance.

Although these measures are only being effected three years after the proposal was first made to t...
More blackouts from Eskom
JOHANNESBURG - Rolling blackouts are back today, according to Eskom, who have planned for power cuts to last for at least the next two months.

Eskom says it needs to stabilise its system before June to ensure an adequate reserve margin for the winter season. It says the system is currently workin...
Stander survivor shot dead
JOHANNESBURG - A quarter of a century after being shot by a member of the notorious Stander gang, Marlene Henn succumbed to a bullet at the hands of another gang of armed robbers.

Henn survived the attack 25 years ago, but she lost her life as the result of a bullet wound in the chest on Friday n...
Four killed as train hits bakkie
JOHANNESBURG - Police are investigating why the driver of a bakkie, laden with 20 people, failed to stop at a level crossing in North West where it was hit by a goods train killing four of the occupants.

Seven of the people in the bakkie, which was fitted with a canopy, were children aged betwee...
Security did not save him
JOHANNESBURG - Even the “beefed up” security 85-year-old Albert Johnson installed at his home could not keep out the killer or killers who attacked and beat him to death on Friday night.

Johnson had put up a pallisade fence around his house in the quiet suburb of Adamayview, Klerksdorp, after one...
Wife shoots adulterous husband in the groin
JOHANNESBURG - A straying husband caught with his pants down almost lost a lot more than his dignity at the weekend when his furious wife shot him in the groin.

Luckily for him, she was a lousy shot.

Inspector Carina Fourie of the Lichtenburg police said yesterday: “He is not missing any body...
Same bullet hits mother and toddler
Three-year-old girl put on life support after robbery

A mother and her 3-year-old daughter are recovering in hospital after being shot with the same bullet during a house robbery in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion.

Cliëster Stanley tucked little Dannica behind her on the bed she was sharing w...
Taxis impounded for obstructing free flow of traffic
For three months, Balfour Park residents and shop owners have been plagued by an illegal taxi rank on Louis Botha Avenue that they say has caused major traffic obstructions, insufferable noise, pollution and even harassment.

Ward councillor Ray Wolder said the situation on the corner of Louis Bo...
SA could pay price for passivity
South Africa's passive attitude to an escalating number of illegal Zimbabweans is dangerous, with cross-border movement unlikely to slacken, new research has found.

Failure to convincingly answer tough questions around migration showed a "lack of realism and failure of leadership" by the South A...
Atteridgeville is racked by abuse, torture and brutal flames
Not for the first time in the past week, Father Kieran Creagh watched the flames of the burning shacks light up the hill on the far side of the Atteridgeville valley on Monday evening. Not so long ago, the 45-year-old clergyman wouldn't have thought twice about running to the scene of such hideous x...
Unsafe Joburg Hospital to become fortress
Johannesburg Hospital is to divert more than R40-million from patient care to turn it into a high-security complex for patients and staff.

Hospital management have warned there would be inconveniences, with access funnelled through fewer entrances and visiting hours sharply restricted to one hou...
New lease of life for Joburg's inner city
Joburg has been undergoing massive transformation since the signing of the inner-city charter.

Already 86 law enforcement officers, including Joburg metro police specialising in by-law enforcement, now patrol the streets each day.

This includes 20 environmental health officers, eight buildin...
Metro police official in alleged house 'hijack'
Family appear to have been fraudulently evicted from state-owned Joburg property

A 72-year-old man has been evicted from a house he rented in Parkhurst in an apparent attempt to "hijack" the municipal-owned property involving a senior Joburg metro police department employee.

The house ...
Presidential about-turn on Khampepe report
Just days after refusing to release the Khampepe Commission's report to the Democratic Alliance on the grounds that this could threaten national security, the Presidency has made a dramatic about-face, promising to release the full report - when the time is right.

This week the Presidency batted...
Lottery's charity like Lotto draw
The National Council for the Blind is outraged after applying for funding from the National Lottery, getting less than half of the amount approved and then being told they had not submitted the necessary paperwork, despite having a receipt.

It is just one of many charity organisations depending ...
Hijacker no match for brave motorist
Jeremy Reingold had a split second to decide if he was going to save a life or not.

He floored the accelerator of his car and sped towards the gunman trying to hijack a female motorist.

His decision probably saved Edna Ramsay's life, her husband Martin said yesterday.

Reingold was on his w...
No one is safe from crime...
JOHANNESBURG - No one in South Africa can say they are safe with any level of confidence.

That was the startling confession by Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George at a crime conference yesterday.

He was responding to journalists who asked him how he felt about his own safety.

The worksh...
Police hide 26 deported aliens
JOHANNESBURG - The corruption apparently endemic in large sectors of the SA Police Service has again been brought to the fore following the deportation of illegal immigrants to Mozambique.

Illegals detained at the Lindela holding facility outside Krugersdorp were last week transported to the Moza...
Metro cops’ sex scandal
JOHANNESBURG - Sexual harassment has taken its toll on Johannesburg’s city police.

A senior official has been fired while two others have resigned.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) yesterday came clean on the sexual secrets of some of its members.

Four metro police officers w...
Child Justice Bill has more delays
Three government departments were sent packing from parliament yesterday for supplying contradictory statistics on children in conflict with the law.

National Assembly justice committee chairperson Yunus Carrim said he was disappointed by the shoddy work done by the justice, correctional services...
Man shot dead in front of family
Elray Appel was sitting in his car waiting for his girlfriend to load bags in the car, while his son sat on his lap, when three bullets were pumped into his chest.

The bullets narrowly missed his 10-month-old son Kealan as the family were preparing to leave their Eersterus home near Pretoria.

Scorpions report blow
It's official, the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry's full report into the Scorpions will not be made public.

Citing threats to national security, official sources yesterday confirmed that Judge Sisi Khampepe's report would remain secret, despite growing pressure for it to be made public.

Sheldean accused disputes confession
The body of 7-year-old Sheldean Human was so badly decomposed by the time it was discovered that she could be identified only by her skirt and her build.

All that was left of her face was a skull with a few strands of blonde hair.

This was the evidence heard yesterday in the Pretoria High Co...
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