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Mystery white powder lands 11 in hospital
Eleven people were rushed to hospital yesterday after coming into contact with a suspicious package filled with a white powder, which was suspected of being anthrax.

If not treated, exposure to anthrax can be fatal - as happened in the United States in 2001 when five people died and 17 others wer...
'They must charge me'
McBride accused in new incident of witness intimidation

Six policemen have laid charges against Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride following an incident earlier this week during which they allege they were intimidated and manhandled at a Boksburg filling station.

And last nig...
Killer mob incited by young mums
He laughed at them … it was the last straw

Three young mothers have told how they started a riot that ended with a crime that shocked the nation - the gruesome mob murder of Free State ANC town councillor Ntai Mokoena on Monday.

An icy wind cut through the rusted-iron shack settlement ...
The 'illegal' car McBride rode in
This is the car Robert McBride and his metro cops have known well for years - and have now suddenly declared unroadworthy.

In fact the Ekurhuleni metro police chief has even been driven around in it by his one-time friend, Senior Superintendent Patrick Johnston, whom he had arrested this week alo...
The McBride cover-up
Explosive claims that 'drunk' metro police chief faked medical report

Robert McBride drank glass after glass of Johnnie Walker Black Label and Jack Daniels whisky before crashing his state-owned car.

He was then treated by a doctor related to Chief Superintendent Stanley Segathevan and ...
ARVs for rape survivors under threat
Bill could prevent access to life-saving drugs

Rape survivors may be denied access to potentially life-saving anti-retrovirals if they do not first lay a charge with the police or report their attack to a "designated health establishment".

That's if a section of the controversial Sexua...
'Truth will come out about McBride'
Mayor is worried about negative publicity

'Justice delayed is justice denied," said Ekurhuleni's executive mayor, Duma Nkosi, who would like to the legal processes speeded up so that the truth can come out with respect to the drunk driving allegations against metro police chief Robert McBr...
Metro police join in crime fight
Rising crime in Joburg suburbs has prompted the SA Police Service and the city's metro police to join hands in tackling the problem.

As part of the new initiative, 20 metro police officers are now working at Honeydew police station, assisting the police in combating crime in the area. The office...
‘I’ll kill you’ … and rape your wives
McBride allegedly threatens staffers

Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride allegedly threatened to “Shoot and kill two suspended officers and rape their wives”.

Their lawyer, Saleem Ebrahim, made this claim yesterday.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilf...
Arrested metro pair set free
Suspended Ekurhuleni Metro police officers Patrick Johnston and Stanley Segathevan are free.

The were freed by order of prosecutors when they appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

They were arrested in Boksburg on Wednesday for alleged assault and interference with the duties...
Five who jumped bail still at large
Johannesburg police seek five Zimbabwean nationals who have skipped bail.

They belong to a gang wanted for armed robbery.

On June 26 2005 more than 10 men held up staff at gunpoint and robber Monte casino, Fourways, of R3,6 million.

Several shots were fired but no one was hurt during the ro...
Hunt on for robbers of Hyde Park bank
Police were last night still hunting for five men who robbed a First National Bank branch in Hyde Park, north of Johannesburg.

It was business as usual when the men entered the bank posing as clients just after 10am.

Once inside, they brandished firearms and ordered everyone to lie down, befor...
Why I wish that Zuma was dead
Jacob Zuma's rape accuser says she will never reconcile with the former deputy president.

And, speaking out for the first time since leaving South African shores after her dramatic rape trial, the 32-year-old, who was granted humanitarian asylum in the Netherlands, claims she still feels betrayed...
New age of majority won't lead to gun law change
The Firearms Control Act is not about to be amended to allow 18-year-olds to legally own weapons, Safety and Security Ministry spokesperson Trevor Bloem has said.

He was reacting to a Freedom Front Plus call for the act to be amended to allow 18- to 21-year-olds to qualify for a firearm licence.
...
Grandfather dies in bid to save his family
Four-month-old Anlia won't have the opportunity to get to know and be loved by her grandfather, Albert Taljaard, who died saving his family.

Albert's trip to Pretoria from Cape Town was supposed to be a happy family reunion for Anlia's christening on Saturday, but ended in tragedy when four armed...
Murder, cash heist suspects must stay in custody
Four men accused of killing 15-month-old baby Nkhensani Mitileni during a bloody heist in the Joburg CBD have been denied bail.

Phana Makhanya (27), Menzi Hlongwa (23) and Phikani Ngidi (25) appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday for a formal bail application after being held i...
SA joins 'save the world' push
100 artists and 2-billion spectators set to gather around the globe

Tomorrow, South Africa joins the rest of the world when the country stages a Live Earth concert to mobilise and inspire a generation to save the world.

The plan is for the Live Earth concerts - also known as the Concert...
Tainted fertiliser angers farmers
Pineapples from SA rejected in the European Union

High levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium have been found in South African pineapples after farmers used fertiliser contaminated with this trace element.

As a result, at least one shipment of canned pineapples from SA has been rejecte...
Nine years pass without a hint about the tint - now it's 'illegal'
Robert McBride has ridden in the car he now claims is unroadworthy and illegal.

Suspended metro police officer, Patrick Johnston has told The Star that not only has he enjoyed the tinted windows for nine years and used the car to get to and from work, he has also given McBride a lift in the whit...
No end to power problems
Cable theft, electricity network problems and illegal connections have left consumers in some parts of Ekurhuleni without power in bitter winter temperatures.

The metro's media manager, Zweli Dlamini, yesterday said teams of electricians had been deployed in the affected areas and were working a...
'McBride told his metro cops to shoot at us'
Report by senior SAP officer tells of swearing and threats

Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride swore at police officers and threatened to have them shot, a senior SAPS officer has said in his official report.

It was compiled and signed by Boksburg's acting station commissioner...
Court throws out metro police chief's case against 2 men who turned on him
Robert McBride today failed in an attempt to charge two of his own metro officers who turned on him.

Less than a day after the pair were arrested after a fracas with him and other metro cops, the case was thrown out of the Boksburg Magistrate's Court.

McBride tried to charge them with assault...
R300m stolen from pensioners
Now executives must plead to fraud charges

Contributors to a string of pension funds have allegedly been swindled out of more than R300 million.

Thousands have consequently lost out on surplus funds that should have been credited to them.

This emerged from a case heard in the commerc...
Act does not keep kids safe
When it comes to moral fibre, we South Africans seem to be unravelling.

It’s clear that most of our social ills, including crime, are related to moral decay.

But instead of finding ways to re-weave our moral fibre, we seem to be endorsing immorality.

First, we made it legal for under-18s no...
Clerics urge changes to Child Act
The Children’s Act, which came into effect this week, undermines basic parental rights and should be amended, said Apostolic Faith Mission leader Dr Isak Burger.

The Act had delivered a major blow to attempts to build the moral fibre of the nation, he said, referring to a section of the Act provi...
Farm attacks up by 25%
Farm attacks rose by almost 25% in the past year, showing the government was not adequately meeting its responsibilities to combat crime.

According to figures released yesterday farm attacks increased from 636 to 794 this year, with the highest increase in North West, followed by the Free State a...
DA takes aim at Nqakula
The Democratic Alliance’s John Moodey has berated police Minister Charles Nqakula for trying to pass the buck on spiraling crime.

Speaking on radio yesterday, Nqakula blamed increased crime on the security guard strike.

But, according to their own figures, murder is up, house invasion is up ...
ENatis hacked
Radebe’s flagship traffic system an easy target

Motorists who logged onto the eNatis website last night were shocked to learn the website had been hacked.

They were greeted by a messages reading “Sorry bro.. anda terlambat. Patch By Tao. OK?” and “Hacked by Tao!”

The Department of Tr...
Officers assaulted us, two men allege
Two newspaper distribution inspectors were allegedly assaulted by a group of SAPS policemen yesterday who suspected the men were traveling in a stolen car.

It was business as usual for Musa Lebeloane 32, from Roodepoort, who has worked as a distribution inspector for two years.

For his colleag...
Baby’s body found in CBD dumpster
Paramedics found the body of an infant in a dumpster in the Johannesburg city centre yesterday.

Netcare 911 spokesman Trevor Putterill said the baby was found in a dumster on the corner of Market and Von Brandis Street.

The baby was underdeveloped, and paramedics were unsure whether it was abo...
Taxi driver shot dead in driveway
The body of a taxi driver waas found slumped in his vehicle in Kraaifontein, Cape Town yesterday.

Xolile Mbanyarhu, 45, was foud dead at about 4.30am in his taxi which was parked in his driveway in Bharu Street.

Cape Town police spokesman Captain Randal Stoffels said unidentified men fired thr...
Police arrest two rape suspects
Police in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni have arrested two alleged rapists and are searching for the third.

The suspects allegedly terrorised women in Daveyton Extension 2.

East Rand police spokesman Captain Alfred Manaka said the suspects waited for the women’s spouses or partners to leave for work bef...
MPL sworn in, then nabbed on charge of drunk driving
Hours after he was sworn in as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Tshwane's Amos "Toenka" Matila found himself behind bars, charged with drunken driving.

Matila, who is also the South African National Civic Organisation's Gauteng acting chairperson, apparently drove into the back of...
Angry shack-dwellers block Golden Highway
A heavy police contingent paced up and down firing rubber bullets at a crowd that had barricaded the Golden Highway with burning tyres and rocks.

Hundreds of angry Vlakfontein informal settlement residents said yesterday that they had been promised RDP houses five years ago, but the promise had ...
Police chief not losing sleep over crime stats
Murders, violent house robberies, hijackings, cash-in-transit and bank heists have shot up. The number of police officers slain is the highest in three years. But the police claim they're winning the war against crime.

The spike in violent crime, and yet another failure to meet the government's a...
McBride arrests officers while SAPS charges him
Two law-enforcement agencies are at each other's throats after the bizarre arrest of two Ekurhuleni metro police officers who recently turned on metro police chief Robert McBride.

An ugly spat between the SAPS and metro police erupted yesterday when Patrick Johnston, one of the three officers wh...
Fake hijack claim leads to arrest
Police have warned that anyone making false claims about having been the victim of crime, or deliberately lying under oath, will be dealt with harshly.

The warning came after a man made a false statement under oath that he was hijacked by armed men outside his girlfriend's house in Etwatwa, Beno...
'Lost' eco docket turns up
Barlow hoping for demolition order for all structures built on Boksburg wetland

After an extensive six-month investigation, the Environment and Conservation Association says it has gathered sufficient evidence to have the Clearwater Development in Boksburg declared illegal and stopped.

...
Knife Gang victims relive their horror
Twenty employees of one family set to be out of work if they decide to leave country

One of the families terrorised by the notorious Sandton Knife Gang has fled South Africa and another are considering abandoning what they describe as "the best country in the world".

The much-awaited t...
Body in mortuary is third found at Hartbeespoort
It was his clothes that eventually identified him, ending a family's frantic month-long search.

The family of Patrick Phanuel Mudonhi, of Midrand, yesterday identified the 28-year-old at a government mortuary.

His badly decomposed body found floating in a stream near the Hartbeespoort Dam on...
Bullets were flying, one thug killed
Police run in every direction and vehicles tear past the squad car in which I'm hiding.

The Flying Squad receive a tip-off that one of the vehicles is still in the area - it has been spotted travelling at high speed, just three blocks away.

We set off through Actonville's central business dist...
Robber gang leader killed
Detectives have shot dead the middle-aged ringleader of a gang of armed robbers who have been terrorizing restaurant patrons in Durban.

The gang, said to have been led by Rasta Msisi – who was shot dead last night – are the only suspects in the brutal armed robbery of the St Tropez restaurant in ...
‘Immoral’ Act under fire for giving pre-teens access to condoms
The National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) has described the new Children’s Act that will allow children as young as 12 to have sex and permits them to have access to contraceptives as “morally flawed”.

Nadeco also warned that it would do everything in its power to ensure the Act was amended.

...
Police baffled by naked corpse
The naked body of a 40-year-old woman was found at the Doringkuil Mountain between De Deur and Orange Farm by a member of the community on Monday.

Police spokesman Captain William Mcera said the woman’s head was found covered with a green and white jacket at about 4.30pm.

“Her body had no visi...
Teen arrested for slaying girlfriend
Police from Nqgamakhwe, Eastern Cape, arrested a 19-year-old who allegedly murdered his 24-year-old girlfriend Nosibongile Gulwa on Sunday, at Nqancule Village.

Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said the teenager arrived at the home of Gulwa at 10pm. A domestic dispute followed, which led...
Boxer up for sex assaults, robbery
A former world boxing champion is to face 16 charges of aggravated armed robbery, and three charges involving alleged sexual assaults on women passengers aboard minibus taxis.

The three sexual assault victims were also robbed, it is alleged.

Because sexual offences are involved, the boxer may ...
‘Grand lifestyle on UCB funds’
The money was used mainly for a grand lifestyle, claimed United Cricket Board general manager Don McIntosh, referring to R7,4 million in funds allegedly misappropriated by former general manager Diteko Modise.

Reviewing bank statements and cheque copies to ascertain where the UCB and Cricket Sout...
Robbers raid HRC, steal computers
Services at the South African Human Rights Commission offices in Johannesburg were disrupted this week after a robbery in the Commission’s seven-story building on Sunday night.

Staff arriving for work on Monday noticed computers and other electronic equipment had been stolen.

Lorraine Molepo, ...
DA: talks give taxi criminals credibility
The DA yesterday slammed authorities for the way they responded to the continuing fight between taxi and bus operators fighting for the Louis Botha route.

The DA said the attack on buses by taxi drivers was outrageous, but authorities opting to negotiate with the two taxi organizations was uncall...
Need for tireless police work: MEC
North West Transport and Community Safety MEC has urged police to do their best for the community.

He was speaking after surprise night-time visits to police stations in the Ngaka Modiri Molema (central) district to check on levels of service delivery.

“We need to work tirelessly to ensure our...
Youths in court for sign tampering
Three students and a 16-year-old schoolgirl have appeared in the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court for allegedly tampering with road signs in the town.

Sonka Knoetse, 19, Anne van Zyl, 20, Stephanus du Toit, 21, and the minor have been charged with possession of suspected stolen property. The you...
10111 number is working again
Telkom has rectified that fault on the 10111 number experienced by North and East Rand residents.

On Monday the SAPS issued a statement saying some emergency callers to 10111 in Benoni were told the number no longer existed.

The number does exist and the SAPS is keen to know whether anybody el...
Truth behind crime stats (part 1)
Police adamant they're winnig the battle, but the facts tell a different story

Murders, violent house robberies, hijackings, cash-in-transit and bank heists have shot up. The number of police officers slain is the highest in three years. But the police claim they're winning the war against...
Truth behind crime stats (part 2)
Murder

On December 7 last year, Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the 31-year-old son of City Press editor-in-Chief Mathatha Tsedu, died a fiery death while locked in the boot of his VW Golf in what appeared to have been a staged hijacking.

His burnt-out car was found near Muldersdrift, north-we...
Opposition parties call for Nqakula to resign
Political parties and non- governmental organisations have reacted angrily to statistics revealing that violent crime in South Africa is still well above international norms.

While the ANC admitted that it was concerned, pressure groups called yesterday for Minister of Safety and Security Charle...
Two bids to kill Petersen before his death, court told
There were two failed attempts on the life of musician and playwright Taliep Petersen on two days before his killers succeeded in murdering him.

The first was two days before his murder on December 14 last year, the Wynberg Regional Court heard yesterday.

Petersen's widow, Najwa, allegedly i...
Zuma rape accuser mystery
The woman who accused former deputy president Jacob Zuma of raping her has been granted political asylum, according to reports.

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported today that the Netherlands had granted the woman and her mother permission to stay in the country for the next five years.

The ...
Now girls of 12 can demand the Pill
Twelve year olds will now be able to obtain sexual health services - such as contraceptives - without the consent of their parents. And the age of majority has dropped from 21 to 18.

These new provisions of the Children's Act, as well as others, were announced yesterday.

According to the docum...
Mother of two given 6 months in prison
After admitting that she defrauded Absa Bank more than 200 times, the mother of two preschoolers was jailed somewhat delicately yesterday by the Pretoria Regional Court.

Denise van Schalkwyk (42), of Willow Acres, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment under section 276(1)(i) of the Criminal ...
Wife tells how mob murdered ANC man
Nofisi Radebe was at work when she received a phone call telling her that her husband had been attacked.

When she rushed home on Monday morning, she found Ntai Mokoena, an ANC councillor, lying motionless in the street. He was bleeding heavily.

Mokoena was stoned and stabbed when a crowd of ...
Mom spends hellish night in jail on 'false charge'
A Joburg man whose wife spent a "freezing" night behind bars has written a letter of complaint to Gauteng Police Commissioner Perumal Naidoo, questioning her arrest and how it was carried out.

Laurence Greenblatt, of Lyndhurst, said his wife Ilana was arrested for a crime she did not commit - de...
'Personality clash' blamed for traffic system dispute
'Personality clash' blamed for traffic system dispute

The company accused by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department of wasting R46-million of ratepayers' money has launched a stinging counter-attack.

The JMPD terminated the services of 2Big Mobile in writing in January for non-delive...
Mob hacks councillor to death over poor delivery
A prominent ANC councillor and the chief whip of a municipality has been hacked to death in a service delivery riot.

Ntai Mokoena, a high-ranking ANC member in the Free State, who had been a councillor for the past 13 years, was attacked and killed by a crowd of angry community members in Deneysv...
Councillor helps trap city robber
A Cape Town politician put his life on the line when he pursued an armed criminal yesterday.

Independent Democrats councilor Conrad Poole chased a man who had allegedly just robbed a 13-year-old girl of her cellphone.

When the suspected thief realized Poole was catching up with him, he turned ...
Brothel claim reservist suspended
A Pretoria West police reservist, accused of running a shebeen and a brothel, was suspended yesterday.

The head of the police reservists in the area Nagesh Chetty said a 36-year-old man “… has been suspended pending further investigations over the allegations against him”.

The man has since ad...
Council illegally levied R63 000 fine – judge
The Tshwane Municipality has been ordered to repay a R63 756 fine that a property developer was forced to pay under threat that building plans would not be approved.

Pretoria High Court Judge John Murphy found the amount had not been levied for “services rendered”, as claimed by the municipality,...
Tribal authority gets its way as imposter begins jail term
A Giyani undertaker, who has been illegally allocating stands and collecting frees from poor villagers for almost two years despite repeated court orders, has been sent to jail for 18 months.

Pretoria High Court Judge Willie Hartzenberg granted a court order to the Hlaneki Tribal Authority, findi...
R46m traffic system scandal
Metro police cut ties with firm, but contract still valid

It was hailed by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department as a policing system which would take South African traffic enforcement to new levels - but it has left the city and its ratepayers R46-million poorer.

The JMPD has paid ...
A mother's grief for her slain child
Police believe the toddler found dead in a drain two days after disappearing from outside her home was murdered.

Two-year-old Sonja Brown, of Rawsonville, is the third child in little more than a month to have been murdered in the Western Cape.

Her body was found early yesterday by municipal...
Girl (2) discovered in drain 'murdered'
Police believe the toddler found dead in a drain two days after disappearing from outside her home was murdered.

Two-year-old Sonja Brown, of Rawsonville, is the third child in little more than a month to have been murdered in the Western Cape.

Her body was found early yesterday by municipal...
Public protector, deputy ignore advice on legal spat
"The committee has to accept the assurances of both parties that good working relations between them will be maintained, but the committee remains of the view that, in the interests of the dignity, authority and effective functioning of this important office, it is undesirable that the legal action ...
Ruling party's plan to integrate Scorpions into SAPS slated
Political parties and researchers have warned that the ANC's recommendation that the Scorpions be located within the SA Police Service could hamper public confidence in the government's law enforcement agencies.

The ANC's national policy conference resolved that the Directorate of Special Operat...
Trouble dialling 10111
There is a glitch with the SAPS 10111 emergency number that serves the East and North Rand policing areas.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman yesterday said local residents calling from the 011-972 and 011-973 prefixes had told the police they were struggling to get through to 10111.

"Whenever t...
Now broke Goniwe sues parliament
Former ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe has taken parliament to court to demand that it resume paying his salary.

He says he has to borrow money to survive and risks losing his house and possessions.

The application is to be heard in less than two weeks.

The ANC's national disciplinary comm...
Cocaine at OR Tambo
Law enforcement officials seized cocaine worth millions at Johanneburg’s OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend.

South African Airways’ security staff, the SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit, and members of the South African Revenue Service found the cocaine on a SAA flight from Sao Paulo, Brazi...
47 false ID’s, other documents seized
Two Mozambican nationals were arrested in possession of fraudulent South African identity documents in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria yesterday.

Police, following information after a tip-off, recovered about 47 ID’s, passports, birth and marriage certificates.

Captain Lucas Sithole said two me...
ANC disregards law, says DA
The ANC came under fire yesterday for what oppositions parties have called “the ruling party’s complete disregard for the independence of the judiciary

This follows the ANC’s call to Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla to speed up the controversial Superior Courts Bill.

“The ANC has now, at its...
Last-minute rush to beat tax amnesty deadline
The tax amnesty deadline has expired, and offenders not complying with legislation will now face the wrath of the law.

Small business owners, including taxi operators, had until Saturday to register their businesses and employees with the Unemployment Insurance Fund without worrying about penalt...
Najwa's son to testify against her in Taliep case
Taliep Petersen's stepson is to testify against his own mother when she stands trial for the music legend's murder.

And, Najwa Petersen, Petersen's second wife - the prime suspect in the murder - is one of two beneficiaries (along their 8-year-old daughter Zainub) of his R6-million life insuranc...
Court drama as Tembisa suspect held
It was a tense moment when one of Tembisa's most wanted criminals strolled into court while two of his alleged accomplices, charged with murder and hijacking, were in the dock during a bail application.

Lefuno Aubrey Rabumbulu astonished everyone when he said he wanted to see the investigating of...
Funeral industry health risk
Dodgy undertakers flouting guidelines

A growing backstreet funeral industry in Joburg is operating brazenly under the noses of authorities seemingly unaware of who controls what.

For R2 000, any one of several touts, who call the Hillbrow mortuary their "office", will sell you a coffin...
About time - Five arrested driving in emergency lane
esearch reveals desperate straits of child-headed homes

The country is headed for disaster unless the problem of child-headed households is addressed.

This was said by Valencia Mabalane at the International Learning Conference held at Wits University last week.

Mabalane, from the f...
Police net drugs and machinery
Police and customs officials have intercepted chemicals and machinery, which could have been used to produce drugs worth millions of rands.

In a month-long operation between Gauteng crime intelligence and customs’ anti-smuggling units three containers from China – filled with ingredients and equi...
Guardian seeks any lead on missing girl
Police and relatives of 15-year-old Marie-Louise De Villiers are searching for her after she went missing on May 28.

Marie-Louise, also known as Tulie, was at the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home in Potchesfstroom with her two sisters and one brother since their mother died in 1997.

Weeks ago a p...
Police seek key witness in killing
Police appealed to the public to help find a key witness to a murder in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, last year.

Police are looking for Kedibone Mtsweni, 23, whom they think can help in the prosecution and conviction of a 22-year-old male suspect.

The suspect allegedly shot and wounded a man out...
Dina's letters from jail
Dina Rodrigues predicted that she would be sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Baby Jordan-Leigh Norton - but described herself as "beyond devastated" by her conviction.

In a letter written from Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town two weeks after she was convicted, 26-year-old Rodrigues said ...
Dina jailed for life
Dina Rodrigues was sentenced to life in prison today for her role in the murder of 6-month-old Jordan-Leigh Norton.

The verdict handed down in the Cape High Court called her "the hand that held the hand that murdered baby Jordan".

To rapturous applause, Justice Basheer Waglay also sentenced ...
Cop cars stoned in Tembisa
Eight suspects were arrested after stoning cars and erecting barricades in the Winnie Mandela squatter settlement in Tembisa.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said residents took to the streets early yesterday to protest over poor service delivery and because there is no electric...
Alleged serial rapist faces more abuse charges
A suspected serial rapist who lured his victims with the promise of job has appeared in the Alberton Magistrate's Court, facing 16 counts of rape.

The 37-year-old Malawian man yesterday discovered that he was charged with 16 counts of rape, rather than nine. The reason for this was that police a...
Girl may be with murder-accused lover
Police warn she may be charged if hiding wanted friend

A family are fearing for their daughter's life - they believe she is in hiding with her female lover, an accused murderer, and might be on the run from police.

The family of 23-year-old Remelda Carla Tities are concerned she is wit...
Life sentence call for sister molester
The State yesterday asked a Pretoria High Court Judge to impose a life sentence on a 26-year-old man who had for years sexually abused his adopted sister, starting when she was only six years old.

The man’s wife – who brought their newborn baby with her to court yesterday – cried bitterly and clu...
Gunmen blow up ATM
Petrol attendants at the Engen garage in Goldman Street, Florida fear for their safety after a colleague was held at gunpoint, while two armed men blew up at ATM around 1am yesterday morning.

Pieces of the blown-up ATM were scattered a metre from where the explosives had been detonated.

Captai...
Tshwane Municipality taken to court for slowing projects
A group of frustrated Centurion property developers have taken the Tshwane Municipality to court to speed up the approval of building plans for duet houses. Approval can take up to a year or longer.

Pretoria High Court Judge John Murphy yesterday ordered the Tshwane Municipality to consider and ...
Mbeki blasts workers as conference begins
Harsh words come as unions experience 'strike fatigue'

While the ANC and President Thabo Mbeki raised concerns about the violent nature of the public service strike, union leaders have also conceded that it was unsustainable and had to be called off.

A senior Cosatu leader told Indepen...
Call to end parole for child-killer 'monsters'
MPs want murder life sentence to mean a full 25 years

The chairperson of parliament's portfolio committee on correctional services has called for 25-year life sentences without the option of parole for "monsters" who kill children.

But unlike two opposition party MPs, Dennis Bloem late...
Missionary lands in jail for 'illegal' document
A fraudulent stamp allegedly obtained from the Department of Home Affairs by an agent working there has landed an Argentinean missionary in jail.

Shannon Meakins, who was born in Argentina and has a Canadian citizenship was arrested two weeks ago when she and her fiancé, Allistair MacFarlane, we...
I could never sleep if I kicked people out, says alleged hijacker
Two Joburg men accused of hijacking properties have proclaimed their innocence.

James O'Shea, who was named by many as having hijacked their properties, said he "would not harm my brothers by evicting them from buildings".

O'Shea has been accused of running a scam by paying only the deposit ...
Taxi passenger exchanges fire with officers over traffic ticket
Man killed after shootout with police as driver is fined for skipping a red robot

A traffic ticket led to a shootout with officers in Pretoria which left a man dead and two people injured.

Yesterday gunfire echoed down Church Street in front of the Reserve Bank as police and a fugitive...
A stripper may be charged
No decision has been made whether the stripper in the middle of a murder drama involving the death of her bodyguard four years ago would be charged with murder.

Pretoria High Court Acting Judge Natvarial Ranchod earlier refused stripper Sunette Venter indemnity, saying he was not convinced that s...
Survey checks business corruption
In a bid to curb ever-growing corruption in South Africa, the government yesterday launched a business survey against corruption.

It is follow-up to the business survey against corruption of 2002. The study will focus on corruption and anti-corruption measures within the private sector.

The a...
6 months to take shot man’s affidavit
Six months after factory manager Willem Watermeyer, 42, was shot three times at his work premises, no official police statement had been taken from him.

At least not until The Citizen started asking questions.

In February two armed men allegedly entered the offices in Alrode, Alberton, ...
Thato murder suspects in court
The five men accused of raping before brutally murdering Soweto teenager Thato Radebe appeared briefly again in the Protea Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The case against 18-year-olds Nqobile Sibisi and Themba Mndaweni, Stanley Masemola and Mandla Mtshali, both aged 20, as well as Thabiso Ganta, 2...
Drug abuse rife in Mamelodi
Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, is regarded as one of Gauteng’s townships with the highest number of people abusing drugs.

This was revealed at the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in the area yesterday.

Though it was not confirmed statistically, the number of the ...
'Judiciary must deal with racism, sexism'
Judges and government get on fine, says chief justice

South Africa is in a period of sharp transition, a high point where things can go wrong and vigilance is necessary, but where the relationship between the executive and the judiciary is good.

This is the view of Chief Justice Pius L...
Boys accused of murder respond well to rehab
The two boys, aged 7 and 12, suspected of killing their 8-year-old friend with an axe are "learning how to play and act like children" after "running around acting beyond their years".

Shortly after Wilfred Kriel's body had been found on a dumping ground near his school in Klawer, Western Cape, ...
Fugitive in philanthropic ventures during freedom stint
During his short burst of freedom, Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir wasn't plotting his escape but was buying blankets and soccer balls for underprivileged South African children.

So says a family friend who attended his appearance at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court yesterday. Krejcir is wante...
Police escort buses in Alex
Joburg metro police have been forced to step in and escort Putco buses after drivers complained about intimidation, allegedly by taxi drivers from Alexandra.

Metro police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said this morning that Putco had reported intimidation in Alexandra.

She said the pr...
Anger over name changes in Potch
Council talks tough as vandals deface street signs

The proposal to change the name of Potchefstroom to Tlokwe has taken a turn for the worse - vandals opposed to the new name have removed new street name signs in the town.

One of the affected streets is Nelson Mandela Drive.

The Pot...
Multiple rape case postponed
On trial almost continually since January, and with only five of the more than 100 State witnesses left to testify, a 261-count sexual offences trial, now three weeks behind because of the interpreters’ strike, has been postponed.

Investigating officer Captain Zakhele Zwane, due to testify, will ...
Clerics to help CT reduce drug violence
Religious leaders will meet representatives of the City of Cape Town this week to chart a constructive way to tackle drug abuse and reduce violent conflict between communities and gangs.

The meeting, scheduled for Thursday from 6pm at the Civic Centre, comes in the wake of last weeks conflict and...
Half of army 'to be female'
The petticoat brigade is coming into it’s own more and more in the SA National Defence Force.

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday announced the promotion of 11 new brigadier generals and two rear admirals (junior grade) in the four arms of service.

Of the 13, eight are women, bringing to...
Study by NGO slates ‘greedy’ platinum firms
A new, hard-hitting study has accused South Africa’s platinum mining titans of corporate greed, lack of transformation, “plundering the environment” and neglecting communities.

The Bench marks Foundation, an international NGO that grew out of church groupings in the USA, the UK and Canada, says t...
Lodge owner, friends jailed for brutal murder
Three show no remorse for killing a man who walked into 'white' area

With his hands and feet bound, Welile Motawane screamed and begged his torturers to stop. But they refused to heed his pleas, and by the next morning he was dead.

Motawane's killers, Kenneth Broodryk, Frederick Dunn a...
Adviser did not act unethically - minister
Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has accepted that her recently appointed strategic communications adviser, Stephen Laufer, did not act unethically by commenting on a matter involving the ministry and a company for which he is also a spokesperson.

Yesterday, the department said Lauf...
Police quell angry crowd at court
Mikayla murder suspect shielded from gaze of the community

Police were forced to form a human barrier outside the Swellendam Magistrate's Court to prevent angry residents from seeing the man suspected of murdering 6-year-old Mikayla Rossouw.

More than 15 police officers stood in a row b...
Hug for a child-killer
Micah's mom walks free while stepfather heads to jail for 15 years

The judge said Quincy Martins lied and failed to show remorse - but Bernette Martins still wrapped her arms around her husband after he was found guilty of murdering her son.

The Eldorado Park couple, both charged with ...
Police quell angry crowd in court
Mikayla murder suspect shielded from gaze of the community

Police were forced to form a human barrier outside the Swellendam Magistrate's Court to prevent angry residents from seeing the man suspected of murdering 6-year-old Mikayla Rossouw.

More than 15 police officers stood in a row ...
Rape accused plays hide-and-seek
A Joburg metro police officer charged with raping a colleague locked himself in an empty office at court in a bid to escape the media's attention.

The man, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, made his getaway after yesterday's brief court appearance.

He remained in the office for a lon...
Robbers hit Pretoria bank
Staff at the First National Bank in Montana, north of Pretoria were held hostage by armed men and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money on Saturday morning.

Inspector Paul Ramaloko said six armed men entered the bank at 11am pretending to be clients who inquired about foreign currency.

The ...
Police discover drugs lab, arrest family
Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the discovery of a drug laboratory in Valerie Street, Maraisburg, west of Johannesburg at the weekend.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minaar said they were arrested after being found in possession of “cat” in a flat at the corner of 8th Avenue and ...
State over barrel with new Lindela contract
Lack of competition blamed for 'rip-off' deal

Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says her department had little choice when it re-awarded the multi-million-rand Lindela repatriation centre contract to the same company in 2005.

The lucrative contract to Leading Prospect Tradin...
25 rogue teachers disciplined by council
Number of child molesters could be much higher
A total of 25 teachers were disciplined by the South African Council of Educators for offences ranging from rape and sexual assault to theft and absenteeism between 2004 and 2006.

This is according to a response by Education Minister Naledi P...
Roses for heroes
Head bowed over a bouquet of roses marking the dusty spot where her father was slain, Neo Mathye's sobs revive painful memories of a bloodbath that shook Joburg to its core.

Her father, Inspector Victor Mathye (49), along with Inspector Gert Schoeman (30), Inspector Frikkie van Heerden (32) and C...
Murder suspect 'a close friend of ours'
Arrest of 'soft-spoken' neighbour shocks residents

Swellendam residents reacted with shock as news spread through the community that a "soft-spoken, hardworking family friend" had been arrested on suspicion of killing Mikayla Rossouw.

The man, aged 24, was detained on Saturday and was ...
Five face trial for alleged poisoning of Chikane
The National Prosecuting Authority has disclosed it is finally ready to prosecute three apartheid-era policemen, the then minister of police Adriaan Vlok and the then police chief General Johann van der Merwe for the alleged poisoning of Frank Chikane in 1989.

Chikane, now the director-general i...
Roaring trade in trafficking
Karen Blackman of the Pretoria office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it is estimated that the trafficking of Mozambican women and children alone into SA netted eastern European, Chinese and Thai organised-crime networks about R1-million a year.

Other than women from th...
ANC hero in graft probe
Justice Minister waiting fordocuments before acting

The official silence over the corruption investigation against former transport minister Mac Maharaj and his wife, Zarina, has been broken.

Justice Minister Brigitte Mbandla has told Parliament that the National Prosecuting Authority ...
It took six months to crack Taliep Petersen's execution-style murder
Investigating officer opposes bail for widow,saying community might avenge their hero

June 23, 2007 Edition 1

Bronwynne Esbach, Kim Hawkey and Kashiefa Ajam

It took police six months to crack the execution of renowned Cape Town music legend Taliep Petersen. The investigation came to a hea...
Hair salon hostage drama
Police negotiators were last night trying to rescue five women being held hostage in a hair salon in Vanderbijlpark by a man dressed as a woman.

The man was demanding R50 000 and a car, according to police spokesperson Captain William Mcera.

The drama began at 3.30pm yesterday when a man armed...
Summons servers are pulling a fast one
Didn't know you weredue in court? It maynot be your fault

Some unscrupulous traffic summons servers have allegedly latched on to a lucrative earner that is making them money for doing nothing - but which could lead to unsuspecting motorists being arrested and hauled into court on contempt...
Have-a-go driver nails robber
'I just remember seeing the man pointing the gun at me and thinking that it was either me or him and it was not going to be me. I was not going to die."

Then Rudi Jansen van Vuren drove over the armed robber.

Earlier yesterday, Jean Charmayne van der Walt (39) had withdrawn R28 000 from Absa ...
Top DJ blows whistle on date rape
Date rape has again been pushed into the spotlight this week after 5FM celebrity DJ Nicole Fox told listeners how she was drugged during a work function at a club in Montecasino in 2003.

And in another sinister new development, a growing number of men are having their drinks spiked in nightclubs ...
Men at clubs also drugged, raped
In a sinister new development, a growing number of men are having their drinks spiked in nightclubs all over South Africa.

Until recently it was mainly women who were targeted, often leading to them being sexually molested or raped after being drugged.

The issue of date rape came to the fore t...
The thin blue line is getting even thinner
South Africa's thin blue line is growing increasingly narrower, with highly specialised police skills being lost at an unprecedented rate.

And this haemorrhaging of skills is having a devastating effect on specialised units like the Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) and ...
NIA called in to probe scrap metal conman
The National Intelligence Agency has been asked to investigated the activities of a conman who is attempting to dupe international businesses into believing he has 120 000 tons of scrap railway metal to sell on behalf of Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe.

A letter on a fake letterhead purporting ...
Demise of child abuse unit is harming victims
Without a protocol in place advising officers in the now decentralised Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) how they must operate, specialised services are suffering and exposing victims to secndary abuse, according to trauma experts.

Since the units had been dispatched to...
MEC dishes up his budget pie
R1bn set aside to fight fraud and crime in Gauteng; while R300m goes to economic growth; and R104m to municipalities. Baldwin Ndaba reports

The Gauteng government has set aside R300-million to foster economic growth and help to fight unemployment in the province.

Paul Mashatile, Gauten...
A billion rand on drug lords’ heads
Additional police resources are being deployed at a cost of R1 billion in 15 areas affected by gangsterism, crime and drug abuse in the Western Cape.

These are Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Nyanga, Elsies River, Bishop Lavis, Delft, Kleinvlei, Gugulethu, Philippi, Muizen...
Popcru ‘wrong about dagga’
Doctors For Life (DFL) said, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, (Popcru) should be called “Potcrew”, after it called for the legalisation of dagga.

“The toxic properties of dagga and the cellular damage it incurs is no matter of opinion, debate or public referendum. We cannot change the...
Headless body was not insured hubby
A wife who identified a headless corpse by his feet and toes as the body of her husband has appeared in court charged with R520 000 insurance fraud.

The body was later established to be that of an unknown male, unrelated to the accused.

The unknown male, according to Commercial Crime Court doc...
SA has highest number of private security firms
The Afrocam Security and Justice Programme in a presentation to the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee in Parliament this week revealed SA has the highest proportion of privately funded security to state funded security in the world.

Difficulties in the relationships between the SAPS and a p...
Rapist dad gets 2 life terms
A man who raped his two daughters for years went to jail for two life terms still protesting his innocence.

But behind him he left a family in ruins, a social worker told the judge.

Acting Pretoria High Court Judge Peter Mabuse sentenced the 34-year-old father-of-five to life on two rape charg...
Amnesty does not wipe off the crime
Self confessed Motherwell bomber Wal du Toit will not be reinstated as a senior police officer.

Pretoria High Court Judge Fanie Mynhardt yesterday dismissed with costs an application by Du Toit for an order to restore his service contract with the police dating back to June 1996, and to declare t...
Union official receives death threat after accepting 7,5% offer
At least one union has admitted to accepting the government's offer of a 7,5% wage increase, aimed at ending a public service strike which continues to be marred by threats of violence.

The Health and other Services Personnel Trade Union (Hospersa), which is affiliated to the Federation of Union...
Health Seta CEO put on ice for 'gross misconduct'
He claims suspension is a result of his questioning members' actions

The CEO of the R146-million Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority has been suspended, allegedly for "gross misconduct".

But he claims he has been suspended because he questioned his board's operati...
Police officers hurt in violent ambush
Injured cops, said to own taxis, are targeted over routes

A policeman was in a critical condition in hospital and another was seriously wounded after a mob of taxi owners and drivers attacked them in what is believed to be part of an on-going dispute over taxi routes.

According to polic...
Recipe for tragedy in Cape clash over drugs
Mitchells Plain was poised on a knife edge as residents promised to continue a campaign against gangs and drugs, a gang leader vowed retaliation and police warned they would use force to quell lawlessness.

Concerned about the dire consequences of such a recipe, local religious leaders yesterday ...
Couple tell of frustration after rape at mental hospital
Husband says police have been sloppy in investigating abuse of wife in institution

Two years ago, Joan* was allegedly raped by a male nurse and another male patient at a Joburg mental institution.

Now the 28-year-old feels she is being victimised by the law because the nurse hasn't bee...
Winnie theft case delays incense magistrate
A fifth postponement in the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela case, involving five people accused of stealing jewellery valued at R4-million, had the presiding magistrate fuming.

"What rubbish is that? Don't tell me to postpone this (case) until Monday!" yelled Mohammed Jooma, the presiding magistrate, ...
Crime ‘no danger for 2010’
Crime will not be an obstacle to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, claims Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool.

He said he was confident crime would not pose the kind of headaches pessimists were predicting.

The premier, who promised Fifa boss Sepp Blatter the province would deliver a first-class World ...
Gold theft hits ordered
Gold dust smugglers were making such good profits that they paid R50 000 each for hits on two Kloof gold mine personnel who were spoiling their enterprise, according to evidence in the Johannesburg High Court.

“I have no doubt that these were assassinations,” Judge Kathleen Satchwell said in resp...
Zuma can still get funding from state
With more than R11-million set aside or already paid out for Jacob Zuma's legal costs, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has not ruled out further state funding.

Replying to a parliamentary question from Democratic Alliance MP Sheila Camerer, Mlambo-Ngcuka said any application for legal re...
Bullets fly as protesters storm education building
A crowd of between 500 to 1 000 people have attacked a Gauteng Education Department building in Braamfontein, Joburg.

A police officer in a van that accompanied the public service protesters was forced to call for back-up after the rowdy crowd refused to listen to his appeals for them to desist, ...
Fury over MEC's R1m boardroom
Health boss Hlongwa slammed for 'a real waste of money'

Gauteng MEC for Health Brian Hlongwa has spent almost R1-million of taxpayers' money renovating his official boardroom - an amount which could have provided much-needed heart surgery for at least 25 children.

The MEC confirmed the estima...
Agitated father under spotlight after boy died
Judge has to intervene during heated hearing

For several months he had sat quietly in the dock listening to witness after witness, including expert evidence, giving damning testimony about the violent and cruel death of his stepson.

But in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday Quincy M...
Mom tells of baby's fatal fall in shower
In a statement the court has found admissible, Zaibunisha Herman has given her version of Baby Tammy's last hours.

Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff ruled in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that a statement given to the police was obtained constitutionally.

Herman is charged with ...
Counsel believes mastermind of baby killing was wronged
'Unfair pre-trial procedures qualify as mitigating factor'

Dina Rodrigues has been "unfairly" deprived of her freedom for the past two years.

This was the submission made yesterday by her counsel, John van der Berg, after she was found guilty of hiring hitmen to murder six-month-old Jordan Le...
Agliotti to be in tight spot over two cases
Agliotti to be in tight spot over two cases

Glenn Agliotti is going to have a busy October. Yesterday morning, the case against him for the murder of mining tycoon Brett Kebble was postponed to October 5 - four days before he is due to go on trial for heading a massive drug-smuggling syndi...
Angry vigilantes on anti-drug rampage
Fifteen people were arrested and charged with public violence after a 300-strong group of vigilantes attacked the houses and cars of suspected drug dealers in Mitchells Plain.

Police were forced to fire rubber bullets and stun grenades after residents went on the attack with axes, baseball bats a...
Baby Tammy murder accused loses round one
The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court ruled this morning that a statement that murder accused Zaibunisha Herman made to the police following the death of her adopted daughter will be used against her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The man arrested today is believed to be a hitman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And police say more arrests could follow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then the man looked up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A threat to wreck the Comrades Marathon was made yesterday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ngcobo told the provincial authorities they must reconsider the application.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Because I need help," she replied.

And she did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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