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Future brighter for girl shot in mother's womb
Surgeon repairs some of the damage caused by hijacker's bullet

The three-hour spinal operation undergone by the country's youngest crime victim, Courtney Ellerbeck (7), has been hailed by her surgeon as a success.

The massive procedure was the fourth operation she has had to undergo si...
Questions over ex-PAC leader and the missing R150 000
A High Court judge has said he suspected that former PAC president Motsoko Pheko wanted to use an unaccounted-for R150 000 to defend himself in the Travelgate case.

In the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, Judge Anthony Geldenhuys was unconvinced by the argument of Pheko's counsel, Wayne van Ni...
Hero who foiled hijackers
On the day Judy Sexwale was targeted, one man said 'no more'

'Oh my God, not again." That's what 62-year-old Tim Frayne thought when he realised he was being targeted by hijackers for the fourth time.

But, instead of panicking when he saw three armed men in a silver BMW boxing him in a...
Fresh developments delay 'drunk judge' case
Neither defence nor prosecution ready for trial to begin

The trial of Judge Nkola Motata, charged with drunk driving and crashing into the garden wall of a house, failed to start yesterday and was postponed to September.

The fact that Judge Motata changed his legal team, indicated his ...
Steel giant could face sanctions over pollution
The government has released a damning report detailing environmental legislation contraventions and non-compliance at ArcelorMittal's Vereeniging plant.

The report comes after environmental management inspectors - also known as the Green Scorpions - assessed the steel giant's plant at the end of...
'Drunk judge' trial postponed for new evidence
The lawyer for Judge Nkola Motata, charged with drunk-driving and crashing into a wall in Hurlingham, has withdrawn from the case.

The trial was scheduled to take place in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today and tomorrow but was today postponed to September 3.

Presiding officer Desmond...
Slippery rapist gets eight lifers
A serial rapist who slipped through the fingers of police on two occasions, has been sentenced to life imprisonment eight times for his crimes.

Rustenburg High Court also sentenced Erasmus Mokawatlheng, 38, of Matalaneng Section, Kanana Village, to two years’ imprisonment for escaping from custod...
Five teens arrested for burglaries
Five teenagers were arrested by the Vandrbijlpark crime detection task team, in connection with two different house robberies on Tuesday between 2pm and 6pm.

Captain William Mcera said the first three teenagers were arrested in Vanderbijlpark CBD area after they were found in possession of stolen...
‘Drink-drive’ judge goes on trial today
High Court Judge, Nkola Motata goes on trial in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today on two charges.

It is alleged that during January this year in Hurlingham Johannesburg, he drove his Jaguar motor vehicle while his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.

He is also charged with ...
Metro cops beat driver, stole truck goods: claim
The Johannesburg Municipality is facing a damages claim of more than R480 000 after an incident four years ago, in which metro policemen allegedly abducted the driver of a pharmaceutical company, assaulted him and stole the goods in his vehicle.

The Pretoria High Court this week granted an order ...
Teen arrested after child shot dead
Cape Town police have arrested a teenager in connection with the murder of an eight-year-old girl.

Asiphe Ketani was shot and killed in a house in Brown’s Farm close to Nyanga, two days ago.

A man was also seriously injured during the shooting.

Police spokesman Randall Stoffels said three m...
67-year-old up for rape of child
A 67-year-old man will appear in the Oudtshoorn Magistrate’s Court today for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl.

Southern Cape police spokesman Ntobeko Mangqengqwe said the SAPS Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual offences unit was investigating a case of rape and indecent assault.

The ...
Robbers dress as police
Robbers abducted a Korean man, his wife and sister outside a gym on Tuesday night, drove them to their home and robbed them.

The victims said all five robbers were wearing what looked like police uniforms, and one of the two cars they were driving seemed to have police markings on it.

The fami...
Quick thinking nets gang
Five robbers, four men and a woman, were arrested a few minutes after robbing a fast food outlet in Kempton Park yesterday.

They stormed into a KFC outlet at about 6pm and held staff at gunpoint. Taking an undisclosed sum of money, they fled in a Mazda 323. An off-duty metro police officer saw ...
Trio charged with murder of babies feel safer in jail
Fearing for their lives, three women accused of murdering two infants have abandoned their bail application.

Appearing in a packed Mamelodi Magistrate's Court yesterday, Cecelia Mokgabane Seale, her aunt Rosinah Show and neighbour Thandi Martha Matubane told the court they no longer wished to app...
Sexwale hijack horror
Son sees mother dragged from car at Sandton school

Judy Sexwale, wife of prominent businessman and presidential hopeful Tokyo Sexwale, has become the latest high-profile victim of crime.

She was hijacked while picking up their son from school in Sandton yesterday.

Her husband was in ...
Other personalities who have been hit
*September 27 2006 - Boxing legend Dingaan "The Rose of Soweto" Thobela thwarts hijacker at his Kelvin home.

*January 9 2007 - Charin de Beer, prosecutor in the Jacob Zuma rape trial, robbed at gunpoint in front of her Bryanston house.

*February 24 - CNN journalist Jeff Konainge and wife robb...
Kidnapped boy reunited with family
Gabisile Neria Mhlanga expected the worst when police called her at 5 in the morning.

So anxious was she that when they arrived 10 minutes later at her shack in Alexandra, northwest of Joburg, she was ready.

A few minutes later Mhlanga was re-united at the Wynberg Police Station with her 3-y...
Technology to revolutionise operation of taxi industry
Taxi violence may soon be snuffed out through technology, if a pilot project next month to monitor vehicles by satellite to eradicate pirate operators, succeeds.

The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) announced the Electronic Fare Collection and Management System (EMS) will be rolled out on a si...
Hani killers beg to speak to SACP to 'clear the air'
Party spokesperson says they will read letter before responding

The murderers of former SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani have written to the party, pleading for an opportunity to give reasons for the assassination that almost plunged the country into civil war 14 years ago.

On the ...
'Apartheid criminals should own up'
Director-general in the Presidency Frank Chikane has called on perpetrators of apartheid-era crimes to come forward to purge themselves of their terrible burden and foster reconciliation.

Chikane yesterday addressed the media at the Union Buildings, a day after the National Prosecuting Authority...
Mayor accused of double standards in McBride saga
DA demands even-handed approach to discipline

The Democratic Alliance in Ekurhuleni has called on the metro to treat its employees equally when it comes to taking disciplinary action and suspending them.

Caucus leader Eddie Taylor has questioned what he calls "inconsistencies in the met...
'Credibility' gap in cricket fraud case
The attorney of a former finance manager accused of defrauding the United Cricket Board of R7,4-million has asked for the case to be thrown out of court.

He argued that there was a conspiracy against his client, Diteko Modise.

Kelly Lekoto questioned the credibility of the state's evidence in ...
Seven years after shooting, Courtney's still a fighter
Born after a highjacker's bullet ripped through her mother's womb, little girl still shows great spirit

Paralysed by a hijacker's bullet before she was born, 7-year-old Courtney Ellerbeck is again fighting the effects of her injury.

Yesterday she underwent a three-hour corrective spine...
Prisoner's claim that he killed man won't be probed
The Free State prosecution authority will not reopen investigations into the brutal murder of Noby Ngombane, the provincial government's former political adviser, unless "totally" new evidence emerges.

This was the response of André du Toit SC, the provincial acting director of public prosecutio...
Parents of murdered child rocked by another trial delay
Legal aid attorneys of suspects not available as couple battle to find closure

The parents of a 5-year-old girl who was shot dead in her mother's arms left the court disappointed as the matter was postponed for the 10th time.

As they prayed before leaving their home yesterday, Danielle...
Metro cop's rape case postponed
A high-ranking Joburg metro police officer has appeared in court on a charge of rape following an alleged attack on a fellow police officer.

The incident allegedly took place in the victim's flat in Brixton on May 27. The accused, whose identity cannot be revealed until he enters a plea, alleged...
ANC leader's wife fined over theft
The wife of ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha has paid a fine of R1 000 after she pleaded guilty to theft.

In a statement before the court, Nolusapho Skwatsha, admitted that she had reversed the transactions of four people, who had paid their television licences at the Post ...
Joburg drug 'kingpin' jailed for nine years
He started off small, smuggling 2kg of dagga in his suitcase, selling the drug in England and making a profit of R5 000.

But soon Trent Gore Fraser, of Joburg, was running a thriving business, employing couriers to make the risky trips for him which ultimately, over about two years, resulted in ...
McBride ‘being favoured’
Ekurhuleni Municipality’s credibility could suffer due to the inconsistencies in its handling of allegations against metro police chief Robert McBride.

Eddie Taylor, DA caucus leader in the municipality, said: “The impression is being created that McBride is receiving special treatment.

“Whet...
Taxi body getting the Jittas
As the bloodbaths associated with taxi-related violence continues to plague the country, members of a Johannesburg-based taxi association claim they are living in fear for not wanting to “marry” with other associations, and share routes.

Members of the Johannesburg Inter-township Taxi Association...
Police flay DA study on child units
The police are “disgusted” about the Democratic Alliance (DA) survey on the restructured Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units (FCS).

Senior police spokesman Director Selby Nokaba maintained the findings were based only on the views of a few disenchanted unit members.

“Th...
Star Kebble case witness finds himself in jail - and in limbo
State has not kept deal to free him, and he faces deportation

The star American witness against Brett Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti is facing deportation - months before he is about to spill the beans about the alleged kingpin's multi-million-rand drug operation.

And lawyers for...
Police told to pay for booze they destroyed
Northern Cape police will have to compensate a man whose liquor they destroyed after suspecting that he was going to sell it without a liquor licence.

This comes after Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana found that "while the seizure of the alcohol was justified, the destruction of the alcohol wa...
Survey shows 50% want more police action
A national crime survey has revealed that most of the country's poor, rural inhabitants and black citizens believe the police are doing well in combating crime.

The survey, part of the bi-annual Government Performance Barometer Survey, was conducted by Markinor. The findings were announced this ...
Joburg drug dealer jailed for nine years
He started off small, smuggling 2kg of dagga in his suitcase, selling the drug in England and making a profit of R5 000.

But soon Trent Gore Fraser, of Joburg, was running a thriving business, employing couriers to make the risky trips for him, which ultimately, over about two years, resulted in...
'Hijacked' gambler lands himself in more hot water
It would seem that Lady Luck has deserted Lalla Vijay.

First he was arrested for allegedly faking his own hijacking to finance a gambling spree, and then yesterday, a warrant for his arrest was issued at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court when he failed to appear.

Vijay's excuse for not app...
Metro police academy produces 600 of its best
Crimefighters graduate from US-funded programme

The stunning new police academy for the Johannesburg metro police department has produced the goods - and crime is its target. '

Combining the best of South African and American law enforcement, the US-funded R3,5-million training academy...
Najwa Petersen begins mental testing
Najwa Petersen, accused of murdering her showbiz husband Taliep Petersen, has started her 30-day observation and evaluation period at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

Her transfer from Worcester Prison to Valkenberg was confirmed by a senior National Prosecuting Authority official, who said she ...
Nine hostel dwellers released on bail after violent demonstrations
Nine hostel dwellers have appeared in court on charges of public violence in connection with protests over poor service delivery.

Arrested during Saturday's protests over poor services in Soweto, seven of the accused - Bongani Zulu (39), Dumisani Dlamini (24), Bonginkosi Makhanya (27), Thulani Z...
Police shoot ‘evil mastermind’ dead
Police, including operatives of the secret Crime Intellegence Unit, yesterday shot dead a man they described as the “evil mastermind” of the brutal rape and kidnapping of two young women from a well known Durban pub.

Detectives had been on the trail of the suspect for days, working around the clo...
Paying McBride costs ‘astounding’
A top international law expert says it is “astounding” that controversial Ekurhuleni Police Chief Robert McBride is having his legal bills paid out of public funds.

McBride is involved in a legal battle with this newspaper – which he is suing for defamation.

He is also the subject of a restrai...
Schoolboy survives crossfire
A schoolboy had a narrow escape during a gun battle between police and hijackers in Ekurhuleni yesterday.

Police from the Springs Crime Prevention Union received a radio call to be on the lookout for a Hyundai Accent that had just been hijacked in Alberton.

“Two patrolling officers spotted the...
Crime costs firms R150bn
Crime is costing business in South Africa up to R150 billion a year, according to Business Against Crime.

The organisation’s deputy chief executive Dr Graham Wright maintains the only way this figure is going to drop is for the business sector to join forces with the police and other law-enforcem...
Chums head threatens suit
Martin Barnard, director of charity organization Chubby Chums, has vowed to take legal action against several child-care centers on the East Rand for allegedly making false accusations against him.

Most of the centers claim they are being exploited by the organization.

Some say they are strugg...
Speedsters get surprise
A weekend operation by Tshwane Metro Police on a stretch of highway notorious for speeding netted 70 offenders, including one traveling at 193km/h.

The operation was stopped just before 11am on Sunday, when high traffic volumes made it dangerous to continue.

Spokesman Director Mel Vosloo said ...
Too few cells cost police many hours
A chronic shortage of police cells is costing the SAPS thousands of man hours as members drive daily to far-flung towns to collect prisoners for court appearances.

Transport fees are tying up police for hours every day, says DA North West chairman Herman Groenewald.

He said this was one of the...
Top cop Piet loses cell in street grab
Top cop Superintendent Piet Byleveld has himself become a crime victim.

He was victim of a smash and grab in Johannesburg last week.

Supt Byleveld yesterday told The Citizen he was returning from Randburg when he stopped at the N1’s Beyers Naude off-ramp traffic lights.

“I had just s...
SAPS guns store ‘chaos’
The Democratic Alliance alleges the police firearm control system in North West has “collapsed”, judging by the finding of a SAPS-led inspection of the official store at Khuma police station in Stilfontein.

Provincial DA leader Chris Hattingh expressed “shock” at the findings.

Thirteen SAPS-is...
‘Secret’ police officer arrested
Smooth talk got a conman nowhere, after his story about being an undercover policeman was exposed as a lie.

The 45-year-old truck driver was arrested after spending hours trying to convince a Free State sergeant he was a SAPS member.

SAPS Sergeant Thabiso Lephokoane of Edenburg stopped the tru...
Teen arrested for rape of girl aged 4
Police in Fochville, North West arrested a 15-year-old boy at the weekend after he allegedly raped a child aged four.

The incident happened at the home of the little girl’s grandmother in the township of Kokosi.

The victim’s mother discovered something was wrong.

Police said the youth was a...
Army firearms fiasco
Woman mourns husband shot dead with military rifle

Fezeka Mbelekwana lost her policeman husband when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle with an R-4 assault rifle that is used by the SA National Defence Force.

The R-4 rifle can fire 600 rounds in a minute, and the SANDF has no idea where ...
Vlok to stand trial over Chikane's poisoning
Delight greets news that he and others are to face charges

Apartheid-era minister of police Adriaan Vlok and four of his colleagues will be charged for the assassination attempt on Reverend Frank Chikane.

Vlok, former police general Johann van der Merwe and three apartheid-era policeme...
Appeal for improved info regarding abuse of children
A new book proposes that better systems for collecting and collating data on the abuse and neglect of children could help to improve legislation dealing with children's rights and its enforcement.

Monitoring Child Wellbeing: a South African rights-based approach consists of 17 chapters, each deal...
Mother sheds tears as her murdered toddler is buried
Two-year-old Sonja Brown has been laid to rest beside her father.

Nearly 500 people poured into the Emmanuel Pinkster church hall - across the road from her mother's shack - during the memorial service in Rawsonville, Western Cape, yesterday morning. Several politicians and other dignitaries atte...
Pheko was axed over his failure to account for funds, says PAC
Former leader claims disciplinary committee violated his right to a fair hearing

Failure to disclose what happened to the tens of thousands of rands withdrawn from the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Foundation was the reason why the Pan Africanist Congress fired Dr Motsoko Pheko.

Despite rep...
Absa, sugar baron in a battle over bucks
Absa Bank's headquarters in Joburg and perhaps many of its branches nationwide were due to be stripped of furniture, computers and movable goods worth nearly R95-million, according to an order of the Pretoria High Court.

But the banking giant hit back yesterday, shooing Joburg deputy sheriff And...
Court told how cricket body was defrauded
The defence in the case of a former financial manager accused of defrauding the United Cricket Board of R7,4-million hopes to have the charges against him dropped.

Diteko Modise's attorney, Kelly Lekoto, said he intended launching an application to have his client discharged after the state clos...
Agony of dad who didn't hear cry for help
hile he was busy, his son was being abused by grandpa

If only he had taken the time to listen to what his 4-year-old was trying to tell him, the boy wouldn't have ended up in the clutches of a sex fiend.

"I would have protected him, instead of delivering him unwittingly into the hands ...
Come clean on Pebco Three now, ex-cops urged
Exhumation of bodies raises questions about the truth as given to the TRC

The killers of the Pebco Three have been asked to set the record straight regarding the executions committed 22 years ago.

Yesterday, the National Prosecuting Authority called on former police captain Johannes "S...
Case of 'Home Affairs official' postponed
A Nigerian who allegedly operated a backyard "Home Affairs office" in central Joburg is to remain in custody while his status in the country is determined.

Victor Azubuike Oforah is charged with forgery, fraud, corruption and being in possession of suspected stolen goods after police raided his ...
Raped girl of 11 has a baby
An 11-year-old girl who was raped last year but kept her ordeal a secret until a a month ago has given birth to a boy.

The baby was born in Tygerberg Hospital on Thursday.

The family of the girl, who lives in Bishop Lavis, Western Cape, have decided to give up the baby for adoption.

A 48-y...
Another skeleton found on a plot north of Pta
Another human skeleton was discovered on a plot north of Pretoria yesterday, the fifth found in and around the city in a period of less than two years.

Two of the skeletons were found along the Apies River in Erasmus, west of Pretoria three weeks ago. The most recent was found next to the plot w...
‘Witch’ killed by gunman
A 50-year-old suspected of being a witch was killed in Willowvale village, Butterworth yesterday.

Police said No-fine Spunzi was shot dead while asleep in her house with her 16-year-old granddaughter.

Captain Jackson Manatha said an unknown man allegedly gained entry through the window at abou...
Robbery on Mandela bridge
Kaya FM reporter Lerato Motsa was robbed yesterday on his way to work.

Hope Mokgatle, a news anchor at the station, told The Citizen that Motsa was walking on the Nelson Mandela bridge en route to work when she was approached by two men from behind.

“The suspects, whom Motsa clearly ide...
Man shot dead in home robbery
A 54-year-old man was killed during a robbery in his Constantia Park home, east of Pretoria, yesterday.

Solomon Maritz was killed after coming home from a wedding with his wife and daughter at about 1am. His daughter was robbed of a cellphone and R850 cash. Maritz’s wife and daughter were unhar...
Police probe gang-rape fiasco
Police are conducting an internal investigation to discover who is to blame for the collapse of a gang-rape case involving a Rustenburg teenager.

Three suspects were freed after waiting in custody for six weeks for their trial, which was apparently abandoned due to lack of evidence.

The 18-yea...
e.tv feels the heat over late night porn movies
Members of Africa Christian Action, Christians for Truth and other mission organizations marched to free-to-air TV station, e.tv’s studios in Cape Town on Saturday.

They were protesting and praying about the damage the station’s late night pornography is wreaking on children.

International coo...
Girls as young as 6 being raped, murdered countrywide
ine have met with a violent end in the past seven months
A farmer and his wife were due to appear in the Prince Albert Magistrate's Court in the Western Cape today in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Elizabeth Martins.

He decomposed body was found in a water tank on a farm in Le...
Businessman shot dead
Police have launched a manhunt for the murderers of Eric Lerata, general manager of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA. He was shot dead in a suspected hijacking outside his Montana, Pretoria, home hours after he returned from a week-long business trip to France.

Relatives and friends, as well...
Meat association probes use of red dye
The SA Meat Processors Association (Sampa) is investigating whether a banned food dye that gives burgers and sausages a "blood-red" colour is being used in meat products locally.

The colourant called Red 2G, or E128, was the source of a cancer alert this week when the European Food Safety Author...
Bogus security guards terrorise metro manager
He feared the worst after they threw petrol over him - but they didn't light it

The smell of petrol evokes cold terror in him, and the nightmare flashes through his mind like a sick movie.

André Oosthuizen jumps as I approach him to talk about his ordeal. He turns to face me, the blood...
Murdered nuclear chief's sister suspects foul play
Relatives of Khetang Eric Lerata are struggling to come to terms with what they believe was the senseless murder of a gentle, kind-hearted man.

Lerata (42), general manager at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), was shot dead at close range in a hijacking that occurred in the...
Teens endure hellish ride aboard bus
One driver 'reeked of alcohol'

A senior academic is set to take legal action against Translux and City-to-City after he had to rescue his daughter and a group of Gauteng schoolgirls from a bus ride from Grahamstown this week.

Dr Marc Schafer, head of the education department at Rhodes ...
Petrol station owner hunts down brazen robbers
No one messes with petrol station owner Peter Raschel. His customers. Or their property.

Two men who tried to steal a customer's car at Raschel's Pinehaven business on the West Rand yesterday learned that the hard way when the 30-year-old pursued them in peak-hour traffic, shot one of them and h...
Suspend McBride!
More calls demanding Robert McBride’s immediate suspension have been directed to the Ekurhuleni Metro Council.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) yesterday added its voice to that of the Democratic Alliance, demanding the Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief be suspended.

This develop...
Child units ‘succeeding’
Mpumalanga Police Commissioner Afrika Khumalo believes family violence, child abuse and sexual offences units have become more successful since being incorporated into police stations.

The DA tabled a report in Parliament this week indicating an investigation in Mpumalanga and kwa-Zul-Natal showe...
Stabbed boy still critical in hospital
The 12-year-old boy stabbed several times at his home in Heidelberg remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

The boy was alone with his eight-year-old sister when an intruder jumped over a wall and forced his way into the house before stabbing the boy several times.

Milpark Hosp...
Key Point Act meets opposition
Barring the media from publishing news relating to designated national key points without authorization would curtail the right to report on demonstrations and protests near such areas.

This is one of the concerns raised by the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) in its submission on the Nation...
Bloodstains at ATM bombing
Police are searching for two suspects responsible for an ATM blast in Mgalisig, Fourways yesterday.

Police spokesman Bheki Mavundla said two well-built men fled in a dark blue VW Golf,” he said.

Mavundla said money and blood smears were found at the scene. Police believe one of the men was hu...
‘Green’ police do their bit
Eagle-eyed police did their bit for the environment this week when they spotted discarded drums, which had contained toxic substances beside a river in North West.

Police in Klerkskraal are investigating a charge of the dumping of vessels which had contained hazardous substances. No one has yet ...
Fake licence crackdown pays off
More than 1 000 people have been arrested in connection with 42 000 invalid driving licences issued fraudulently across the country - and all the prosecutions have ended in convictions.

In the first two years of a six-year national probe, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has identified 42 22...
eNaTIS to be part of Auditor-General's report
The Auditor-General will be keeping a close eye on the much-maligned eNaTIS vehicle registration system, with possible "special reports" compiled on it.

Shortly before the rollout of the system, the Auditor-General issued a report to senior officials within the Department of Transport, warning t...
Court date adds to Goniwe debt
Cash-strapped former ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe yesterday clocked up another debt, after his court application was postponed indefinitely and he agreed to pay parliament's legal costs.

Goniwe last week applied to the Cape High Court to force parliament to resume paying his salary and to stop ...
McBride gives his version of stand-off with staff
He claims evidence of wrongdoing that he uncovered made cops go for his jugular

Justice always takes long to come to me, says Robert McBride - his composure unshakable.

"I don't like slinging mud, but it is good that they have shown their hand," he said yesterday.

"The legal proces...
Drunk girl now in foster care
Parents arrested after mother admits openly she had been drinking with child

The parents of Candice Kasper, the 8-year-old who disappeared from her home after drinking with the adults, have been held on charges of child neglect and abuse.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana confirmed ...
Cops probe midwife over dozens of infant deaths
She is supposed to have helped bring babies into the world, but instead the 50-year-old Mamelodi midwife is alleged to have killed dozens of newborn and unborn babies.

Police yesterday revealed that they were investigating allegations that the midwife illegally performed abortions and helped Mam...
'Hate crime' against lesbians slated
Murdered Sigasa hailed for prominent role in strategic plan to tackle Aids

Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa were killed because they were lesbians.

This is according to the Positive Women's Network, an organisation advocating for the rights of South African lesbians, which said yester...
No resting in peace for escaping thugs
A gang of armed robbers hit a dead end when police discovered them hiding at a cemetery.

Four men were arrested yesterday after they allegedly robbed a fruit and vegetable shop in Soweto. Police Superintendent Thembi Nkhwashu said the robbers struck about 4.30pm.


Armed with at least two gu...
A family torn apart by murder
There were hugs, tears and a courtroom divided when Najwa Petersen was told that her next seven months would be split between prison and a psychiatric hospital.

Petersen, who has been arrested in connection with the murder of her husband, acclaimed playwright and musician Taliep Petersen, wept w...
Spotlight on the yellow-line sneakers
Motorists who abuse highway emergency lanes are the focus of a new metro police crackdown. Taxi drivers are reportedly the main offenders.

Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said yesterday that last month alone his unit had issued R500 fines to 332 people caught ...
Magistrate loses temper with child rape, assault accused
A man accused of raping a child and indecently assaulting her sister and her cousin received a tongue-lashing from the magistrate when he refused to proceed with the trial.

The 58-year-old man angered the magistrate when he asked for a postponement to his trial because he was facing a "very seri...
Cheers and spears as chief hailed as hero
It may have been poor timing, but the Benoni community has praised Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride and hailed him as the hero who will rid the area of crime.

Just hours after McBride walked out of court, where a protection order was issued against him, he received a symbolic Zulu sh...
Crackdown on species trade
The Green Scorpions are targeting international border posts this week to highlight the illegal trade in endangered species, rated second only to the international drugs trade in monetary terms.

Four rhino horns and a shipment of coral, banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endang...
7 arrested for spate of thefts
A Zimbabwean believed to be the mastermind behind several housebreakings in and around Thohoyandou has been arrested, Limpopo police said yesterday.

The 24-year-old illegal immigrant was cornered in his hiding place in the bush, where they recovered thousands worth of suspected stolen household g...
SA navy crews in ship shape
The navy is wasting no time to get its new platforms and their crews ready for maritime warfare.

Exercise Whippet saw the frigates SAS Spionkop and SAS Mendi perform a tactical firing of Exocet missiles at a derelict trawler in the Pandora exercise area, 50 nautical miles south of C...
Premier praised for anti-‘tik’ stance
The SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca) has praised Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool for speaking out against the drug “tik”.

Rasool, launching the “Tik” Off – There is Hope” campaign on Monday, urged young people to steer clear of the drug also known as “speed” or “l...
Baby sale case in court
The case against a Durban social worker accused of selling a baby for R1 500 was postponed to August 14 in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Duduzile Ngubane was arrested on suspicion of placing a baby with an adoptive parent for gain.

Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said the woman who ...
150 new traffic police for NW
North West Transport MEC Phenye Vilakazi says the province will get 150 new officers and the same number of vehicles in the next three years “to ensure traffic management is effective”.

Speaking at a parade Vilakazi urged officers to maintain high visibility and to issue “a lot of traffic fines”....
Bacher a computer dummy – evidence
Further revelations of fake e-mails used to allegedly misappropriate millions are to be made by a Cape Town attorney at the R7,4 million fraud trial of former United Cricket Board financial manager Diteko Modise.

A personal assistant to Dr Ali Bacher will be called by deputy director Hans Wolfaar...
Driver missing after cigarette truck heist
Police are still searching for a truck driver kidnapped in Heidelberg earlier this week.

Police spokesman Captain Thivhulawi Tshilate said the owner of the truck became suspicious after failing to reach the driver on his cellphone.

He managed to track down the truck and stopped it.

Capt Tsh...
Dog is not edible species – govt
Dog meat is not being considered for human consumption in South Africa.

The Department of Agriculture dismissed media reports indicating such a proposal was under consideration as part of the draft policy for the Care and Protection of Animals.

“We can confirm the existence of the draft policy...
2 arrested after spate of rapes
Two alleged serial rapists were arrested yesterday after a police investigation into several rape cases on the West Rand.

Superintendent Thembi Nkhwashu said Roodepoort SAPS arrested a 23-year-old man close to the Zanspruit informal settlement.

The man has been linked to one of the rapes recen...
Sex pest accused still on duty
Former Independent Democrats secretary-general Avril Harding has not been suspended pending the outcome of his disciplinary hearing and is on constituency duty, a party spokesperson has said.

"We follow the ID constitution, in terms of which he hasn't been suspended," he said.

Harding's disc...
Top official suspended over rules
Leslie Mashokwe, among the highest-paid chief directors in the government and who is earning more than his own deputy justice minister, has been suspended with full pay.

Justice director-general Menzi Simelane confirmed yesterday that Mashokwe was suspended last week for allegedly not following ...
'Miracle' baby found dumped in pit toilet
A newborn baby has miraculously survived after he was thrown into a deep pit toilet by his mother.

He lay there for more than 10 hours before his cries were heard and was rescued by Phetole Modike, a prominent businessman in Bolobedu, Limpopo.

The baby, whom residents of Modubung Village hav...
Taliep's widow awaits court's decision on bail
February 25 2008. That is when the Taliep Petersen murder trial is scheduled to begin in the Cape High Court.

This emerged in the final day of evidence in the Wynberg Regional Court yesterday when his widow, Najwa Petersen, applied for bail in connection with the killing.

There are only a fe...
Mystery of trainee rangers' deaths awaits ruling on court
With his long, flowing blond locks, the man pacing behind the simple court building could have been mistaken for a contestant in a Billy Ray Cyrus look-alike competition.

Oblivious to the townsfolk of Swartruggens, a North West town better known by cross-border truckers en route to Botswana, the...
I'll tell all, says McBride after order
A protection order has been issued against him - but Robert McBride says "it's nothing", and plans to file an explosive replying affidavit within weeks.

Speaking to The Star after leaving court yesterday, McBride said: "I have been holding back. But now I am going to reveal all I know. Everything...
Teen spends night in jail with rubber bullet wound
Paramedics bandaged her but failed to provide medication

Thabisa Mbona spent the day groaning in pain after she was shot by the police in the Thembelihle informal settlement.

The 17-year-old was on her way to a shop when cops fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd on Tuesday.

As ...
Mother confesses to the killing of her two children
A mother arrested for the suspected murder of her two infants has admitted being involved in the killings.

The 34-year-old woman, along with her aunt and a neighbour, confessed to a magistrate yesterday.

The three were arrested after an anonymous tip-off to police.


Earlier in the week,...
Stabbed boy's parents speak out
It's a parent's worst nightmare, and it came to Gerhard Roos and his wife Lu-Jean in the form of a phone call.

A neighbour called them on Tuesday morning to tell them their 12-year-old son had been stabbed by an intruder in their Heidelberg home.

"My first reaction was to get home," said Roo...
O'Sullivan's e-mail war hots up as top cops lay charge
Tit-for tat began when ex-airport worker said Selebi was Mafia don

National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is "a crook" who surrounds himself with cronies and "sewer rats".

And if they go after him, says Paul O'Sullivan, former head of security at OR Tambo International Airport, or ...
Gauteng tightens screws on crime
In a bid to combat crime in the province, the Gauteng Local Government Department, together with the Department of Community Safety, has launched its provincial patroller programme, Take Charge.

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia yesterday awarded 350 Sebokeng community patrollers r...
Woman tells of ordeal at hands of would-be rapist
elief as men suspected of carrying out attacks are arrested

For a Weltevreden Park woman, the news of the arrest of two suspected serial rapists on the West Rand has brought with it a sense of relief.

A month ago, the 39-year-old mother, her teenage daughter and their domestic worker d...
O'Sullivan faces death threat claims
Two senior officers in national police commissioner Jackie Selebi's office have laid criminal charges against the former head of security at the OR Tambo International Airport, Paul O'Sullivan.

Selebi's spokesperson Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo and director in the office Selby Bokaba laid ...
Public Protector draws the line on road closures
Gated streets could be reopened-by order of the Public Protector.

Charles Phahlane, spokesman for the Public Protector, said communities who felt their right to free movement had been hampered by a road closure, and had exhausted all other avenues to address the complaint, could approach their of...
Suspected serial killer still at large
Limpopo’s alleged serial killer, who has murdered six children over the past three years in Modimolie, is still at large despite a R250 000 reward offered two weeks ago.

The body of Refilwe Ringane, eight, was found recently in Phagameng last month.

This led police to suspect there could be a ...
Canadian on fake passport charge
The Canadian High Commission is monitoring the case of a Canadian who has been in custody for a month pending prosecution for an alleged fake passport.

“We have been aware of the case of Shannon Meakins, and we are concerned about it,” Valery Yiptong told The Citizen

She declined to say...
Intruder stabs boy 11 times
A 12-year-old boy has been stabbed repeatedly by an intruder who broke into the family home in Jordan Park, Heidelberg.

According to Netcare 911, the boy and his 7-year-old sister were home alone yesterday when a man knocked on their door asking for food and water.

"The boy opened the door,"...
Babies found buried in mom's backyard
Community bays for blood as police arrest suspects

Police have unearthed two infants' bodies in two days from a shallow grave dug by their alleged killer - their mother.

Police arrested the 34-year-old woman with her aunt on Monday, less than 48 hours after she is believed to have drow...
DA shines spotlight on tenders at Acsa
Board members also directors of companies that benefited

Multiple directorships and the potential for conflict of interest have again come under parliamentary scrutiny, with the Democratic Alliance targeting the Airports Company South Africa.

In reply to questions from DA MP Stuart Far...
Hlophe fails to meet commission's deadline
Cape Judge President John Hlophe has once again failed to answer questions regarding his controversial relationship with investment group Oasis.

The Star has learnt that Judge Hlophe failed to meet a deadline set to answer questions put to him by the Judicial Service Commission(JSC).

The que...
Hope for couple keen to adopt Baby Ruth
Radio talk show waiting list 'contradictions' cited

Two child welfare bosses convinced the Supreme Court of Appeal that abandoned Baby Ruth should not be adopted by an American family, because there were plenty of local homes for her.

But Johannesburg Child Welfare Society social worke...
Independent Democrats MP accused of being a sex pest
Independent Democrats co-founder and former secretary- general Avril Harding's political future hangs by a thread after a charge of sexual harassment was brought against him by a woman who is now one of the party's two deputy presidents.

Harding, who lost his bid to be re-elected the party's secr...
We are being duped by dope from overseas
Foreign Internet sites are finding a receptive SA market for illicit or unregistered drugs

Illicit or unregistered drugs bought from online pharmacies are being seized 15 to 20 times a week in Joburg, and about three or four times a week in Durban.

And that's probably the tip of the ice...
Mother of missing boy prays for his safe return
Police have made an arrest in the disappearance of a 3-year- old boy, but the search still continues for the child who went missing three weeks ago.

Lesley Mhlanga went missing just metres from his mother's doorstep in Alexandra, north of Joburg, and yesterday the boy's father's ex-girlfriend ap...
Simmering settlement threatens more unrest
After a day of fierce confrontations with the police, residents of the Joe Slovo settlement, south of Joburg, were preparing to take the fight to the police again.

Calm appeared to have descended on the settlement last night, but tensions still simmered.

Early yesterday, angry residents bloc...
Cops fire rubber bullets at delivery protesters
Service delivery protests at two informal settlements have turned violent as police used rubber bullets to control protesters blocking the busy N12 and the Golden Highway near Lenasia, south of Joburg.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Thembi Nkwashu said eight people were treated for injuries...
Banks to hit back at ATM bombers
FNB goes high-tech to catch criminals 'in the act'

They operate in the dead of the night. Their target: ATMs. Their weapon: dynamite.

To date, ATM bombers have blown up more than 190 machines across the country, making off with thousands of rands in cash - but banks are fighting back. ...
'Witnesses not influenced in Taliep case'
The detective investigating the murder of musician and playwright Taliep Petersen has denied defence allegations that the state offered its key witness R250 000 to implicate his widow, Najwa Petersen, in the killing.

Joash Dryden of the Organised Crime Unit has also rejected the allegation that ...
Talks are back on over R46m traffic control system
The City of Johannesburg has finally spoken out over the controversial information technology contract with 2Big Mobile.

Last week, The Star revealed that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department paid R46-million to the company for a computer system which was supposed to revolutionise traffic pol...
Guilty of murder bid in courthouse stabbing
Pretoria prosecutor Marisa Booyse will undergo a further operation to her hand on the day when the man who almost killed her is sentenced.

Car guard Sipho Mnisi, 33, was yesterday convicted in the Pretoria High Court on charges of attempting to murder and of robbing Booyse of her cellphone in her...
Special units 'not working'
None of the family violence, child abuse and sexual offence units surveyed in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal could be described as being in a good state, in terms of a DA report tabled in Parliament yesterday.

Worse still, it was concluded that more than 40% of them were non-functional.

Mpumalan...
Govt may legalise eating of dogs
South Africans might soon have the option of choosing whether or not to order dog meat, when browsing though menus.

This is according to a proposal under consideration by the national Department of Agriculture.

In terms of the proposal, government would monitor the ritual slaughtering of anima...
Cable theft hits businesses hard
Several business owners in Putfontein in Benoni on the East Rand are up in arms over lost revenue due to stolen Telkom cables.

Some claim they received little help from the national telecommunications provider, which was refusing to replace the cables.

“When I called them they rudely said our ...
UN bid after 9-year wait for justice
A man who has spent more than nine years awaiting trial intends to take his fraud case to the UN’s International Court.

Johan Myburgh, 46, who is conducting his own defence, told this to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he is facing 32 charges of fraud.

Myburgh said he wanted t...
Four suspected poachers nailed
Four men, two of whom have allegedly been identified as members of a syndicate, were arrested for poaching abalone and crayfish near Hout Bay in the Cape Penisula, the SABS reported.

Spokesman for the Table Mountain National Park, Phumza Mngxashe, said law enforcers followed a vehicle from the ha...
Youth urged to steer clear of deadly ‘tik’
Don’t dare experiment with the drug methamphetamine or “tik” young people have been urged.

Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool said the drug had devastating effects on the youth, and government was working with police and communities to stop the destruction it was sowing in the province.

The p...
Cops on 3 raps is suspended
A police inspector facing charges of corruption, theft, assault and crimen injuria in three different cases has been suspended from duty.

The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court heard this yesterday, when Ismail Kamaldien, of the Kensington police, made his third court appearance since his June 29 arres...
Caregiver in court for selling baby
A social worker appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday for allegedly selling a baby for R1 500,

Duduzile Ngubane was arrested on suspicion of corruption for placing a three-month-old baby with a potential adoptive parent for financial gain.

National executive director for Child We...
Home Affairs clerk held for ID-book theft
A Pretoria Home Affairs clerk was allegedly caught red-handed trying to steal 10 identity documents at the weekend.

Donnah Boloka, based at the Department’s ID production unit, was arrested at shift-end during a routine search that allegedly revealed she was hiding 10 identity documents under her...
Zuma calls for rethink on crime
ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma says it's time to review some of the country's laws in the fight against crime.

However, he stopped short of saying criminals had more rights than ordinary citizens.

In a wide-ranging radio interview on SAfm yesterday, Zuma said the constitution did not state ...
Media dragged into spooks' battles - editors Law allowing intelligence agents to raid property worries Sanef
South Africa's editors want a public commitment from the intelligence agencies not to recruit or spy on journalists, infiltrate spies in newsrooms or allow agents to repre- sent themselves as reporters.

The call by the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is contained in a submission to ...
Night of fun ends in death
Mystery surrounds death of Soweto pair

They had hoped for a night of party hopping and good times - but all that two young Soweto women got were fatal bullet wounds to the head.

Salome Masooa (23) of Meadowlands and Siza Sigasa (30) of Mofolo North were found dead in an open piece of v...
Boys flee initiation horror
Police burn school after youngsters sound the alarm

Dusty - save where tears ran over sjambok scars - scared and stunned. This was the face of manhood - or rather its cost.

Eight boys, aged 12 and 13, were snatched from their illegal initiation school yesterday, moments before it was r...
Boys flee initiation horror
Police burn school after youngsters sound the alarm

Dusty - save where tears ran over sjambok scars - scared and stunned. This was the face of manhood - or rather its cost.

Eight boys, aged 12 and 13, were snatched from their illegal initiation school yesterday, moments before it was r...
Hot pursuit, icy plunge, cool reception
The icy waters of the Klein Jukskei proved too much for a fleeing robber who decided to surrender to security officers rather than face hypothermia.

The burglar being chased through Jukskei Park, north of Joburg, dropped his loot and dived into the Klein Jukskei River to escape.

He quickly c...
UCB's ex-finance chief a liar - Bacher
Ex-cricket boss denies writing e-mail authorising transfer of funds

Alleged to have siphoned off R7,4-million from the United Cricket Board, its former financial manager, Diteko Modise, has tried to explain some of the money away using a mysterious, incriminating e-mail.

But the man he...
Chaos as Sonja's alleged killer appears in court
Police officers wearing bulletproof vests had to shield the man charged with murdering 2-year-old Sonja Brown from hundreds of protesters who included local politicians.

And while protesters tried to push their way into the Worcester Magistrate's Court, in the Western Cape, the suspect's shocked...
Move against McBride delayed
The lawyer for the three Ekurhuleni metro police officers who turned on their chief, Robert McBride, says their urgent application for a protection order has been delayed to get it "100% right".

Saleem Ebrahim said last night the papers had been"signed, sealed and ready", despite being delayed s...
Emergency response boost
Ekurhuleni metro has placed an order for 23 new emergency vehicles at a cost of R21,7-million to improve its capacity to respond to fires, accidents and other emergency calls in all its communities.

The new fleet, which is being built by a Boksburg company, will be deployed to fire stations acro...
Four nabbed with copper cables
A routine traffic check by Joburg metro police has resulted in the recovery of stolen copper cables worth about R100 000.

Spotting a suspicious-looking vehicle matching a description of one involved in a recent spate of robberies, police yesterday pulled over the Toyota Conquest, with tinted win...
Green Scorpions crack whip on developers who flout the rules
Property developers have been identified as some of the culprits who break environmental laws in their bid to make a profit.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, developers sometimes ignore statutory building procedures, and in the process, harm the environme...
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 ...
DA blames senior law enforcers, police over crime
The Democratic Alliance has now called on Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula - already under heavy criticism following the release of the crime statistics - to "read the riot act" to his MECs and senior members of police management.

The DA's spokesperson on safety and security, Dianne ...
Bitter lesson for pineapple industry
The local pineapple industry plans to take the national Department of Agriculture to court for allowing the importation of a "rogue" Chinese fertiliser that has contaminated about 25 pineapple farms.

It's also taking legal action against Protea Chemicals, owned by Omnia Holdings, which supplied ...
Contact lens solution pulled from shelves
Sales of a popular contact lens solution have been halted in South Africa following an investigation by US health authorities that have linked it to a potentially blinding eye infection.

In May this year the manufacturers of Complete Moisture Plus multipurpose solution, a product used for cleanin...
Probe 'Teflon man' McBride, urges the DA
The Democratic Alliance has called for "Teflon man" Robert McBride either to resign or be fired in the wake of the latest row involving the controversial Ekurhuleni metro police chief.

And, following the latest incident, three suspended metro police officers, Stanley Segathevan, Patrick Johnston...
Best and worse in DBN
Central Durban is the robbery capital of South Africa, with the area topping the national crime statistics with 3 000 cases of aggravated robbery between April 2006 to March 2007. This is a significant increase compared to last year for the area, which includes Durban's beachfront and the central bu...
Rape statistics are skewed
Down, say the numbers. Up, say those in the field

The 5% decline in the number of rapes and indecent assaults that was reported to police over the past year is no cause to celebrate.

Instead, the dip should instead trigger alarm bells, according to experts in the field who this week war...
'We don't flinch over murder anymore'
Least dangerous

Dunnottar is neither upmarket nor exciting. In fact it's very ordinary and looks no different from many other parts of middle-class South Africa. It's a charming town, with clean streets, neatly trimmed pavements and well-kept gardens.

But there is one thing about this ...
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.

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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...
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