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Man's heart stopped after robbery
Sandton residents tell of the night the knife gang struck

As tight as he could, Sean Robertson held his hand against a 13cm-deep knife wound near his hip to try to stop the bleeding.

By the time the two-hour robbery finally ended, and he was rushed to Sunninghill Hospital in Sandton, h...
Metro officer held over gun-running
An Ekurhuleni metro police officer has been arrested for the second time in less than a year for suspected gun-running.

Some of his colleagues swooped on him in a sting operation at a hostel in Actonville, Benoni, last night.

Constable Richard Msibi, who is in his 50s, was allegedly caught red...
Dad reunited with seized children after two years
Mom arrested for their disappearance

A court custody battle, a shady religious grouping and a small Northern Cape town - these were part of a father's desperate two-year search for his snatched children, which ended when police handed the traumatised children back to him last week.

State opposes bail for accused in DVD case
One of the men allegedly involved in a multimillion-rand counterfeiting operation should not be granted bail because he is illegally in the country.

This is the contention of the state in the bail application of two people arrested in connection with the operation last month.

Mpolokeng Mokoe...
Communities don crime-prevention Cap (Part 1)
Yachad, who has been part of the start-up of the Greater Oaklands/Orchards initiative said it started with 1 400 households being involved - representing 60% of the people in the area. And since August 1, his area has been completely clear of any reported contact crimes.

"The project is 100% leg...
Communities don crime-prevention Cap (Part 2)
Cap organiser Gilly Levy said the project was seeing increasing numbers of success stories, and Malebe's positive encounter was by no means an isolated incident.

"We've seen four or five similar breakthroughs in the past two weeks, and we've caught a crowd of guys who were doing house robberies,...
Matric boy might be a drug dealer
A matric pupil is one of two young men being investigated for involvement in bouncer violence and a possible link to the recent death of Grade 11 pupil Lezaan Kriel.

Eighteen-year-old Seph Davel and Jacque de Kock (20) appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court this morning on charges...
Women live in fear of returning home
Muggers have held Malinda Nonduna at gunpoint three times in front of the townhouse complex where she lives in the past three months.

The incidents have left her traumatised and she is now thinking of getting a gun to protect herself.

"I feel vulnerable all the time and am terrified of going...
Florida death: 2 bouncers held
Police have taken in two bouncers for questioning in connection with the death of a West Rand teenager after her drink was “spiked’ at a party.

Florida High School Pupil Lezaan Kriel, 17, was attending a friends party in Constantia Kloof when she suddenly got ill, she was rushed to hospital but d...
Tender scandals mount
Limpopo: MEC ‘sold building to his own department’

Three major tender scandals have flared up.

Limpopo Health MEC Sekoati Seaparo, yesterday admitted he was a shareholder in companies which won contracts from the provincial government.

Seaparo said he was a shareholder but not a dir...
Police save would-be robber from mob
An alleged robber was rescued from mob justice in Diepsloot, south of Pretoria, yesterday.

The man had allegedly tried to rob a street vendor in Extension 5 at 8am. He was apprehended while fleeing from the scene. A group of between 100 and 200 people assaulted him before police arrived.

Thief arrested
A suspected thief, who allegedly conducted a spate of housebreaking and theft out of motor vehicles in Pretoria and Randburg areas, was cornered hiding in the bushes in Pretoria at the weekend.

The 36-year-old was in possession of a stolen police issue ID and medical cards.

He will appear in t...
Man stabbed to death
A man was killed during an argument in Tshitereke, Limpopo at the weekend.

Thohoyandou police spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo said the man was stabbed in the neck. He died at the scene.

Malelo said the culprit was still at large but is known and will be arrested soon.

Police are also inve...
'Cops left me to be raped'
Police refused to enforce protection ruling

When Marilyn White tearfully begged the police to rescue her from her child-sex abuser and mental patient ex- husband, they accused her of being drunk and trying to punish a "kind man".

After the three officers refused to arrest White's HIV-p...
Case drags on amid not-so-funny comedy of errors
"Justice delayed is justice denied" is a phrase often used by the courts, and this was certainly the case with three rapists whose sentencing had been postponed 20 times since 2005 by controversial High Court Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa.

Then, he also granted the men bail - without them seeking it.
W Cape hopes to defuse school 'war zones'
At some schools on the Cape Flats, shootings, rapes, assaults and drug deals on the grounds occur so often that they are described as war zones, while others involved in the Western Cape's schools safety programme are experiencing a renaissance.

Now the Education Department hopes to reach the wo...
DA leader arrested after march
Cape Town mayor Helen Zille and eight others were arrested after police broke up a gathering outside a police station.

The residents had gathered at the Mitchells Plain police station in Cape Town yesterday to demand the release of Armien Maker, an anti-drug campaign leader arrested earlier durin...
Gun-toting gang targets casino
Gamblers, staff dive for cover during Carnival City heist

Armed with AK-47s and pistols, a gang of between 12 and 15 men have stormed the Carnival City casino, opening fire on clients, staff and police in an armed robbery that left two police officers seriously wounded.

The men poured ...
Robbers target women living in Randburg complex
Muggers have held Malinda Nonduna at gunpoint three times in front of the townhouse complex where she lives.

Going home after work has become a terrifying experience for her and the other women who live there.

In the past three months Nonduna has fought off a robber who pressed a gun to her ...
Frere Hospital whistleblower bust for driving while drunk
Ntshona kept in custody overnight after she allegedlyrefused to be taken to hospital for blood tests

The suspended deputy manager of the East London Hospital Complex, Dr Nokuzola Ntshona, was arrested this week for drunken driving two months after an arrest on the same charge.

Supreme victory for 140 000 asylum-seekers
South Africa's 140 000 asylum-seekers won a victory in the Supreme Court of Appeal this week thanks to seven Zimbabwean illegal immigrants who took on the Department of Home Affairs in a class action.

The ruling upheld a December 12 ruling last year in the Johannesburg High Court by Judge Pierre...
Hijackers return man's Daewoo because it wasn't a BMW
A Durban man, who was hijacked outside his home, couldn't believe his good fortune after his assailants decided to return his Daewoo Nubira and his keys because they just didn't want it.

Hassan Mawlalee said he had finished work late, drove home and had just pulled up at his front gate when a ca...
Two held over teen's spiked-drink death
Bouncers being probed after tragedy at party

The shock death of a West Rand teenager after a party with friends has taken a new turn with the arrest of two bouncers, who police have kept in custody for questioning.

Gauteng police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Opperman yesterday sa...
Soapie star se-Puma off the hook
Soapie actor, stage producer and director Peter se-Puma is familiar with courts. More than 22 years ago he was accused - and acquitted - of rape. Two weeks ago, a 39-year-old woman accused se-Puma of raping her last year. She claimed she fell pregnant and now has a baby conceived during the alleged ...
Cellphone sex clips a concern
Cellphone video clips starring teenagers having sex in bizarre locations have become the latest craze among schoolchildren in Cape Town, prompting calls for a ban of cellphones at school.

Teens recording sex scenes on their cellphones in school toilets, quiet isolated corners at city malls and ev...
ATM bombing breakthrough
Lebohang Nicholas Ranyali, alleged to be one of South Africa's most wanted ATM bombers, briefly appeared at the Durban Magistrate's Court yesterday and was remanded until Thursday.

Ranyali (23), from Welkom in the Free State, appeared in court with his head covered by a jacket, but he later remo...
Math killed 17 dogs in spree
The indictment filed for the Johannesburg High Court trial later this year of Ananias Mathe, 31, claims he not only escaped from C-Max prison – the only person to do so – but also killed 17 dogs to facilitate his burglary, rape, robbery and attempted murder spree in Gauteng and elsewhere.

The 76 ...
Tshwane contracts ‘racist’
The two largest opposition parties in the Tshwane Metro have reacted strongly to the latest race move by mayor Gwen Ramokgopa’s administration.

A leaked report says the council will no longer do business with any white-owned small or medium-sized businesses.

The report has brought controvers...
Call for heaviest sentence
The Johannesburg High Court has been called on to pass “the severest sentence” in a case where a Belgian exchange student was gang-raped while the perpetrators laughed, joked and removed her jewellery.

“From the moment they saw her they fantasised what they would do to her,” submitted the prosecu...
Fear stalks NW village
Mutilated: Youths chopped by ‘mad dog’ serial killer

Fear stalks a rural village as police hunt a “mad dog” killer on the rampage in North West.

His horrifically mutilated young victim has been found dead in the same village where a 13-year-old boy survived a similar attack last month.

Muti case ID parade called
The case against two men accused of mutilating and killing four-year-old Nellmapius girl Connie Ncube for muti, was postponed in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court for an identity parade yesterday.

Lorenco Eric Ngobeni, 30, and Ephraim Zulu, 45, were in court on a murder charge.

The case was postpone...
Arrests linked to airport robberies
Police believe they've cracked a syndicate responsible for a spate of attacks on diplomats and tourists landing at OR Tambo International Airport.

Last night, members of the police's Crime Intelligence Unit swooped on at least three properties where three arrests were made and goods valued in ex...
DA voices outrage at parliament walkout
ANC accused of eroding Assembly's independence over MP's suspension

'Stop the rot now." That was the message from furious Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Sandra Botha minutes after one of her MPs was suspended from parliament for five days and ordered off its precincts by National...
Sunday Times may lose govt adverts
The battle between the Sunday Times and the government has intensified, with Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad considering withdrawing advertising from the newspaper.

This would appear to be because of the ferocious fight over Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's drinking and theft st...
Government and Public Protector to investigate service delivery protests
A cabinet committee will investigate the violent countrywide service delivery protests.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said yesterday the committee was probing the causes of the protests and would determine what steps needed to be taken to resolve the issue.

The announcement came amid...
DA MP kicked out of parliament after Manto theft row
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was "covering up for a thief" by banning a parliamentary question about the health minister's Botswana conviction, a livid DA MP charged in parliament.

During weekly question time to cabinet ministers yesterday, Mbete ruled DA health spokesperson Mike Waters...
Police cite language barrier for rise in cash hold-ups
Police are finding it hard to infiltrate and crack foreign syndicates, which they believe are behind a surge in cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies, because of the language barrier.

Raymond Lalla, national head of the Police Crime Intelligence Unit, admitted to parliament yesterday that la...
MPs cast doubt on murder statistics
MPs have questioned the country's crime statistics and challenged the long-held line that the majority of murders happened between people who knew each other.

In response to the terror of violent crime, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula, police chiefs and President Thabo Mbeki have fo...
Blade's accuser in court to face tender-fraud charges
The man who recently accused an SA Communist Party leader of embezzling R500 000 has appeared in a Kimberley court for fraud.

Charles Modise, a Gauteng businessman who has been linked to tender fraud in the Northern Cape amounting to R35-million, entered the Kimberley Magistrate's Court yesterda...
State urges life sentences for 3 rapists
The state has called for the trio convicted of gang-raping a Belgian exchange student in Soweto in 2005 to be sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime.

Prosecutor Kevin Attwell also called for a further 14-year sentence for kidnapping and seven years for theft.

Both the defence and state...
Arch-criminal … at 12
Family have given up on boy beyond rehabilitation

Five burly warders escort him to court. His hands are handcuffed to a chain around his waist. He's a legend among police officers and prosecutors in Soweto.

He's serving two years in Leeuwkop.

And he's just 12 years old.

This is...
Boksburg road-rage attack shocks the cops
air held after apparently racist assault on R21

Two white men were arrested following an apparently racially motivated road-rage attack on a 50-year-old black man on one of Gauteng's busiest highways.

The 50-year-old Adam Sekha was attacked by two men, aged 35 and 29, while driving on t...
Cops pounce in smash and grab crackdown
Police have declared a war against smash and grab robbers following an expose by The Star.

Just two days after The Star revealed how easy it was for a lone smash and grab robber to operate on one Joburg's busiest intersections, police have gone on a crime blitz and in the process arrested 119 pe...
Image of 'butchers' burnt in memory
Woman recalls how husband was stabbed 17 times during robbery

At 4.15am on November 13 2005, Collette Borain awoke inside a horror movie scene.

Her husband Christopher was being butchered by a gang of robbers armed with steak knives and a long breadknife. The lights were off and the ro...
Third taxi-related killing in one week as 'wars' spreading
The taxi wars gripping Greater Joburg have claimed more lives and left a passenger fighting for her life in the latest string of shootings during which hitmen publicly execute their competitors.

In peak-hour traffic shortly before 5pm yesterday, a hitman pumped four shots into a taxi driver at t...
Soweto rapists 'could have killed'
The three men convicted of gang-raping a Belgian exchange student in Soweto two years ago could have killed her if they had not been interrupted in the act.

This was a submission made by the state in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday in aggravation of sentence for Sibusiso Mkhize (21), Xolan...
FXI speaks out over police intimidation
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has expressed concern over law-enforcement officials’ repression of protests, especially those organised by poor communities against the lack of service delivery.

This follows the demonstration in Protea South, Soweto where residents were violently attack...
Truck-hijack bust
Three Mozambicans, believed to be members of a truck hijack syndicate were arrested in Mamelodi after a tip-off yesterday.

Thousands of rands’ worth of stolen goods, including electrical appliances, televisions, music systems, clothes, liquor and household items were recovered.

Some of the ite...
Spies set on protesters
South Africa has set its spies on those protesting against service delivery failures in a bid to find “ulterior motives”, a source in the Gauteng government has revealed.

The source said the National Intelligence Agency had been busy for some time trying to identify elements that sought to destab...
Camp death: bail for 3
Three people got bail in a North West court yesterday, months after their arrest in connection with the death of an 18-year-old man at a game ranger training camp.

Bianca Pronk, Jacques Mans, both 18, and Alex de Koker, 43, were arrested in March after Eric Calitz died at a Swartruggens camp.

Sentencing for killer trio
Three men who as teenagers three years ago attacked a homeless man as he lay asleep in church grounds in Belville are to be sentenced for culpable homicide next month.

The three, Ruan Pieter Maritz, 21, of Gordinia Street, Ridgeworth, Dewald Herman Smith, 20, of Vredelust and Benjamin Garth Monta...
Tempers flare in parliament over Manto's theft saga
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was "covering up for a thief" by banning a parliamentary question about the health minister's Botswana conviction, a livid Democratic Alliance MP has charged in parliament.

DA health spokesperson Mike Waters was promptly ordered out of the National Assembly...
Manto to speak out on theft conviction
All eyes were expected to be on Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang in parliament today.

Yesterday, her spokesperson Sibani Mngadi confirmed that the health minister was to reply to questions from DA MP Mike Waters about her 1976 theft conviction in Botswana in the national assembly this afternoon.

Taxi driver executed in peak-hour traffic
The taxi wars gripping Greater Joburg have claimed more lives and left a passenger fighting for her life in the latest string of shootings during which hitmen publicly execute their competitors.

In peak-hour traffic shortly before 5pm yesterday, a hitman pumped four shots into a taxi driver at t...
119 smash-and-grab arrests
Star exposé prompts Joburg police into two-day hotspot blitz

Cops have stopped talking and started acting on a major scourge of Joburg's streets smash-and-grab robbers.

Just two days after The Star revealed the brazenness of a lone smash-and-grab robber on one of the city's busiest int...
Famous DJ hit hard by murder, rape of aunt
His 1-year-old son spent night alone in dark house crying from hunger

For the past five years, DJ Mahoota's family would join him to celebrate his continuing musical success at his annual album launch.

This year, however, crime ruined the event.

The night before the sixth annual DJ ...
Mall hit by second bomb scare
Hundreds of staff and shoppers at Fourways Mall were evacuated this morning after a bomb threat.

A call came through to Hyperama Fourways just after 9am today, warning that there was a bomb in the store.

The entire mall was shut down immediately and customers and staff were all told to go ou...
Nuclear smuggler gets house arrest
Plea deal

The nuclear-related activities of which German engineer Gerhard Wisser was a part posed a real threat to world peace, and had the potential for “horrific loss of life”, the Pretoria High Court heard yesterday.

Wisser, who will remain under house arrest for three years in terms...
Engineer will co-operate with police
Gerhard Wisser, the German engineer who became part of an international nuclear smuggling network, will co-operate with local and international authorities in exchange for staying out of jail.

Pretoria High Court Judge Joop Labuschange yesterday sentenced Wisser, 68, to three years’ correctional ...
Hoax mail trial: media is barred
The hoax e-mail saga took a turn as media and members of the public were barred from the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

This to preserve state secrets during the disclosure of the documents supplied by the National Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils.

Kasrils’s lawyers sent a let...
30 days at Weskoppies
A man who allegedly held eight staff members of the Pretoria News hostage earlier this year has been sent to Weskoppies Hospital for 30-days mental observation.

Lionel George, 32, of Danville, west of the city, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday facing charges of kidnapping,...
Old man lured girl
A 60-year-old man will appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

It is alleged he lured the girl to his caravan where he slapped and undressed her before raping her.

Police said the child’s mother had noticed there was something wrong.

3 babies found I long-drop toilets
For the third time in less than a week a baby has been found in a log-drop toilet.

On Monday night eThekwini Fire Brigade had to smash open a latrine in order to rescue a newborn baby whose mother had given birth while using it.

ER24 Emergency Medical Service spokesman Derrick Banks says the m...
Spiked drink kills Florida girl
Two incidents of soft spiked drinks, one leading to the death of a 17-year-old Florida girl, have again highlighted the “almost pornographic society” this country has become.

This strong view comes from Miranda Friedmann of Women and Men Against Child Abuse.

Lezaan Kriel, a Grade 11 pupil at H...
Illegal liquor spree
A Soshanguve shebeen owner was arrested for allegedly buying liquor using fraudulent cheques in Hercules in Pretoria yesterday.

Police said the personnel at the Cash and Carry wholesaler spotted the man shopping in their premises and called police.

Captain Tessa Jansen said he allegedly bought...
Pensions taken
Robbers stole pension and child-support grant money this week in the North West.

In the first incident three men burst into the Majakaneng Community Hall in Mooinooi at 7.40am on Monday, and ordered an official to hand over money before they made their getaway.

Three men robbed staff at Umzumu...
Heist ‘evokes besieged weariness’
“Besieged weariness” is how an MP described the ninth robbery at the institution tasked with caring for and promoting human rights in South Africa.

“If a Chapter Nine Institution (the SA Human Rights Commission) that seeks to ensure human rights are protected for all South Africans is treated thi...
Robbers see red when money box is opened
Red ink stained the back window of the getaway car of a gang of robbers who snatched a money box from an armoured vehicle in Rustenburg yesterday.

It is believed the dye was released when the box was opened.

It is intended to stain the money and make it useless to robbers.

North West police...
Manto faces grilling over theft conviction
All eyes were due to be on Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang today: would she take parliament into her confidence about her 1976 theft conviction in Botswana?

Her spokesperson, Sibani Mngadi, confirmed that Tshabalala-Msimang would reply to questions on the issue from Democratic Alliance ...
Home Affairs overhaul in pipeline
New DG admits his department is in a bad state

After 100 days in office, Home Affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang has made some strides in redressing the chaos he inherited, but admits his department is still "sick".

He said corruption, computer shutdowns, skills shortages and back...
Aristocrat, adopted son struggle to re-enter SA
A German aristocrat has accused immigration officials at OR Tambo International Airport of racism after they allegedly blocked him and his adopted, Botswana-born son from re-entering South Africa - despite proof that he was the boy's father.

"I am really shocked," Jen von Wichtingen told The Sta...
SA Navy and Nato play war games
Exercise to allow teaming up in future

South Africa's naval force is leading the charge in the opening of a multinational naval exercise held off the south-western coast of Africa.

The combined exercise between the SA Navy and Nato's Standing Maritime Group 1 (NSMG1) began on Monday wi...
9-year-old raped in grim robbery ordeal
A 9-year-old girl has been raped by a robber during the time her mother was forced to drive to an ATM by another intruder.

Pretoria police spokesperson Captain Tessa Jansen said two men had broken a bathroom window to gain entry to the woman's Monument Park garden flat early yesterday morning.
Auditor-General gives parliament a clean sheet
Parliament is clawing its way back to financial respectability after the Auditor-General gave the institution its first unqualified audit opinion in four years.

Secretary to parliament and accounting officer Zingile Dingani yesterday boasted that "parliament's house is clean" after presenting jo...
Woman recalls 'evil eyes' of gang boss
This is the sharp knife the Sandton Knife Gang used to stab a teenager and torment his family for over an hour.

In court photographs, the 18-year-old's blood can be seen on the floor of his parents' bedroom, in which the family were tied up while the gang ransacked their Morningside home.

Court told how knife gang robbed duo
During their robbery spree, the so-called Sandton Knife Gang had ordered a couple lying tied up on the floor and softly praying for their lives to keep quiet.

This was heard in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on the first day of the resumption of the trial yesterday.

Witness Ian Anderson told...
Councillor's house burnt down in violent protests
The home of a councillor who tried to intervene during the Protea South protests was burnt down yesterday, Soweto police said today.

Captain Jacqueline Mbatha said the woman, who was not at home at the time, had opened a case of malicious damage to property at the police station.

Her house w...
R7,7m ‘not well spent’
When 77 policemen and soldiers flew to the Caribbean to assist with security during the Cricket World Cup in April, they were just doing their work.

But with the cost of that exercise – R7,7 million – being paid out of the SAPS policing budget allocation, the opposition is hot under the collar.
108 police deaths this year
This weekend’s annual commemoration service for police killed on duty was yet another reminder of the lawlessness in the country, with this year’s 108 deaths almost 14% up on the previous year’s figures of 95.

The DA has called for an investigation into police deaths. The suitability of the equi...
Swoops net illicit DVD’s
CLAMPDOWN: Syndicates feeling heat from SAPS nationwide

Police have continued to arrest suspects linked to several fake DVD syndicates countrywide.

In the latest incident a man was arrested in possession of fake DVDs at a house in Bethlehem, in the Free State, on Sunday.

Bethlehem po...
More children drowning in SA
Children drowning has reached alarming proportions in South Africa.

Netcare 911’s latest statistics indicate that there has been a “dramatic increase” in drowning and near-drowning incidents during the festive and holiday seasons.

“Drownings are listed as one of the top causes of unnatural dea...
Man arrested by super-cop in the dock
A 24-year-old accused of murdering a man and raping a woman while keeping her in his home appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Soweto super-cop Amos Maneta arrested Alfred Moeketsi Temane (24) on Saturday after getting a tip-off that the alleged murderer was sleeping in his fathe...
Man killed, journalists hurt in housing protest pandemonium
'This poor service delivery has robbed me of my husband'

Fighting for his rights to a proper house has cost Oupa Mputle his life.

He got up early yesterday to join protesters to complain about poor service delivery to the Protea South informal settlement in Soweto.

But he didn't get ...
Police units on smash-and-grab alert
No motorists attacked at Queen Elizabeth Bridge after Star exposé

Joburg police have stepped up their presence in Braamfontein after an exposé by The Star showed a smash-and-grab robber at work.

Yesterday, several police and metro police units patrolled the area while two Hillbrow polic...
Kliptown service delivery protests claim one life
Residents in Kliptown,Soweto, have fought running battles with police as the struggle over service delivery reached fever pitch.

The protests have already claimed the life of one protester.

"We don't need their Freedom 'Cheater' anymore. They are selling out the community," said Allie Mohamm...
Horrified sister sees siblings die
Aged just 10, Meisie Shabalala was forced to stand by helplessly and watch her brother and sister die.

Sphamandla (12), Xoliswa (8) and Meisie got ready for school as usual and left the house yesterday morning.

Then tragedy struck. Sphamandla and Xoliswa were knocked down and killed by a mot...
MEC must go, say environmentalists
Dossier details alleged illegal conduct

Environmental activists in Ekurhuleni are calling for the resignation of Gauteng MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and the Environment Khabisi Mosunkutu on the grounds of incompetence and for giving the green light to developments without heeding the...
Pair in court after slain Karvelas's phone found
Two men have appeared briefly in the Alberton Magistrate's Court in connection with house robbery and possession of goods allegedly stolen from the house of murdered principal and human rights activist Nick Karvelas.

Mandla Professor Mbele (37) and Mlungisi Tshabalala (24) were arrested last week...
Cosatu mum on rape case
The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) remained tight-lipped yesterday on allegations that a senior leader of one of its affiliates was being investigated for rape.

The trade union federation spokesman Patrick Craven said they wished not to comment on the allegations as yet.

“We don’t know w...
Brothel closed down
Police have closed down a brothel and arrested four Chinese citizens in Stilfontein, North West, provincial police commissioner Lesetja Beetha said.

Police organized a sting operation in which a 38-year-old man and two women were arrested.

“A third woman also found could not be linked to prost...
Officer sues for ‘false arrest’
A Pretoria police inspector has instituted a R500 000 damages claim against the police and justice departments after allegedly spending two days in a police cell and 11 days in a mental hospital “for no good reason”.

Barrie Potgieter has instituted a damages claim against Safety and Security Min...
No word from protector
The spokesman for the Public Protector, Charles Phahlane, could not confirm yesterday whether a request for an investigation into the payment of legal fees for Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride had been received.

This response from the Protector followed a demand by the South African M...
Dog fighting random
Dog fighting in South Africa is not organized or syndicated but it does exist, says the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

Spokesman Chris Kuch described dog fighting as “underground and random delinquent behaviour.”

This is after 702 radio reported that childre...
Moving tribute to slain police officers
Union says they must have enough and proper equipment

Hundreds of families and senior police and government officials gathered in Pretoria to pay their last respects to 108 police officers killed in the line of duty in the past year.

Speaking at the memorial held at the Union Buildings ...
Opposition to Balfour's bid for sweeping powers
all for blanket ban on parolees' right to consume alcohol

The drinking habits of parolees and whether a correctional services minister should have the power to decide when "lifers" or other inmates can be paroled - even before completing their minimum sentences as ordered by the courts - h...
Najwa still waiting for ruling on bail appeal
Najwa Petersen, accused of masterminding the murder of her musician husband Taliep, remains behind bars this weekend as she awaits the result of her bail appeal, which was heard in the Cape High Court yesterday.

Petersen (45) has appealed against the July 12 decision by Wynberg Regional Court ma...
Top attorney blows the whistle on state ineptitude
But boss claims it's not a fair reflection of truth

One of the government's most high-ranking legal heads has blown the whistle on "the unacceptable and poor state of affairs" in the state attorney's office - and been shot down by one of the most powerful men in the Justice Department.

Manto happy about her court victory
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has finally broken her silence on the raging three-week row regarding her suitability as minister of health.

Speaking exclusively to the Saturday Star, she claimed Thursday's court ruling ordering the Sunday Times to return her medical records to the Medicare Clinic in C...
ANC slated for limp response
Demotion, rather than firing, of ANC Travelgate MPs smacks of double standards, say critics

The ANC has been lambasted for giving a slap on the wrist to five senior MPs who pleaded guilty to Travelgate crimes last year.

While political parties feared that merely shifting these MPs to...
Head of state's witness protection programme on leave due to probe
The head of South Africa's Witness Protection Unit, Dawood Adam, has been ordered to go on special leave immediately while the National Prosecuting Authority investigates his unit.

The WPU has long been dogged by serious allegations, and the National Prosecuting Authority yesterday announced tha...
Forensics are falling behind badly in battle to combat crime (Part 1)
Experts disagree with the SAPS's rose-tinted view of its new staff's capabilities

Earlier this year, President Thabo Mbeki responded to a national outcry over crime by spelling out a range of steps to combat it. One of the steps, he said, would be to modernise SA Police Service forensic la...
Forensics are falling behind badly in battle to combat crime (part 2)
"What is the use of finishing the work when it isn't properly done?" asks Kok.

Well-known forensic scientist David Klatzow agrees that we need properly trained experts, and adds that BEE and affirmative action aren't helping the situation.

"It just does not work in these situations without m...
Soweto's super-cop strikes again
Detective arrests an elusive murder suspect after being tipped off by a trusted informer

The super-sleuth of Soweto, Amos Maneta, has struck again. This time he arrested a man wanted for a murder committed in May and rescued a 19-year-old woman allegedly held hostage and raped several ti...
Smash, grab ... gone
These are the images that play themselves over and over on Joburg's roads. This is how easy it is for a lone smash-and-grab robber to operate on one of Joburg's busiest intersections without any police action.

And this is the look of terror and helplessness on the faces of the victims.

An in...
Stolen phone leads to murder suspects
A stolen cellphone may have provided the breakthrough in the murder investigation of human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas.

After monitoring calls on Karvelas's cellphone over a period of time, Alberton detectives staked out a house in Soweto last week.

They eventually swoop...
Fingerprint crucial in Van der Vyver murder trial
With family money and a top legal team in his corner, Fred van der Vyver, accused of murdering his Stellenbosch student girlfriend Inge Lotz, is feeling upbeat about the outcome of his trial.

Lotz's bloodied body, with stab wounds to the chest and neck, was found by a friend in her Stellenbosch ...
Remember those things called by-laws?
It's a grand plan, but cana zero-tolerance policy work in Johannesburg?

Joburg metro police have vowed to strictly enforce by-laws in a bid to send a message that escalating crime rates will not be tolerated - but ad hoc crime blitzes don't seem to be deterring offenders.

Recent crackdowns on...
‘McBride march’ today
The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in Ekurhuleni has promised a shutdown of municipal services today with its protest against “preferential” treatment accorded to police chief Robert McBride.

The union has demanded that the Ekurhuleni Council withdraw it decision to grant McBride paid leave ...
Metro staffer’s fraud case is postponed
A fraud case against former Tshwane Metro employee who allegedly defrauded banks and car dealers was postponed to September 18 for disclosure.

Julius Lesego Metswamere, 32, appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday facing theft and fraud charges. His R5 000 bail was extended.

Principal acquitted
A school principal was yesterday given the benefit of the doubt on charges of indecently assaulting young girls who attended his school, and possession of child pornography.,

A bungle, in which an unnamed Kuils River magistrate issued a faulty search warrant, led to headmaster Christiaan Abrahams...
Nqakula finds court order strange
Already in contempt of court, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has defended his police officers accused of knocking down shacks near Pretoria.

"That is one of the strange cases we have in South Africa it is very, very strange," he said yesterday.

Nqakula was referring to Pretoria...
Clumsy robber's sentence reduced
Joseph Blignaut was such an inept bank robber that the appeal court cut his sentence from 15 years to just five.

Blignaut had robbed a Port Elizabeth bank by pretending that an old washing machine motor was a bomb and writing a misspelt note to tellers demanding money.

He then tried to escape...
I don't want to hear more excuses - Judge
Paralysed and brain-damaged by a government hospital's bungled operations, a desperately ill Dingaan Nyathi lived for a week after receiving his R2,2-million payout from the state.

At that stage, the money - paid a year-and-a-half after Nyathi won his court case against the Gauteng Department of...
Ministry may sue over faulty condoms
The Department of Health is seriously considering suing condom distribution company Zalatex for supplying millions of defective condoms.

Health director-general Thami Mseleku said yesterday that grounds for possible legal action against the company included that the defective condoms may have je...
Robber who tried to 'bom' bank gets 10 years off
Joseph Blignaut was such an inept bank robber that the appeal court today cut his sentence from 15 years to just five years.

Blignaut had robbed a Port Elizabeth bank by pretending that an old washing machine motor was a bomb and writing a misspelt note to tellers demanding money.

He then tr...
Nqakula wriggles out of jail sentence
It is back to square one for a group of Moreletapark squatters whose shelters were destroyed by authorities earlier this month.

Yesterday the group scored a victory when a Pretoria High Court judge found Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula was in contempt of a court order that their sha...
Mbeki, Manto slated as 'criminals' in protest
Supporters continue to question Madlala-Routledge's axing

Aids lobbyists and supporters of fired deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge have intensified their defence and support for her by insulting and criticising President Thabo Mbeki.

Hundreds of members of the Treatment ...
Nqakula ordered to jail over shacks
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday felt the wrath of the law when he was found to be in contempt of a court order and ordered to be jailed.

Not only was his department scolded, but the judge held him personally responsible for not complying with a court order issued last week...
Both sides claim victory in Manto's court case
It was a victory mixed with vengeance as Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang won a court order to have copies of her medical records snatched away from the Sunday Times.

Her spokesperson, Sibani Mngadi, said the paper's editor, Mondli Makhanya, should now swallow his words after claiming hi...
Dad turns to rights body after daughter barred
The story of an accountancy Olympiad, which will allow only coloured and black pupils to enter, has caused huge controversy.

The father of a pupil at Welkom High School, Dr Rhett Kahn, called The Star this week when he found out that his daughter was not allowed to enter the Softline Pastel Olym...
Woman's cry for help is ignored
When Wilma Bosman was mug- ged in her car at traffic lights in Joburg, everyone around her turned away.

Bosman became another victim of criminals who attack Joburg commuters when she was stuck in rush-hour traffic around 5.30pm at the intersection of Sauer and Bree streets, heading to Queen Eliz...
2 netted for cop murder
Two men suspected of killing a police officer in Soweto yesterday sat shivering with their hands cuffed behind their backs at the Protea Glen police station this morning.

They were arrested in Soweto in the early hours of this morning after the brutal murder of Moeketsi Lekojane, who became the s...
Jailed for sodomising son
A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for the indecent assault of his own son, whom he sodomised when the infant was just three weeks old.

Presiding magistrate A Groenewald described the assault as “cruel and brutal”.

He imposed a further jail sentence of one year on t...
Botswana denies theft
The Botswana police have denied ever confirming that the embattled Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang had been convicted of theft in the country.

In a statement released yesterday the police said they “dissociate” themselves from the August 22 news bulletin on the channel.

“In the b...
Armed gang arrested
Seven men have been arrested by the Phokeng Organised Crime Unit in connection with a robbery in Brits earlier this month.

It is alleged the robbers were heavily armed, and dressed in uniforms and bulletproof vests, when they stormed into a security company in Brits after first intimidating emplo...
Women Lawyers Act
The SA Womans Lawyers’ Association, a networking forum for women in the profession, will be inaugurated tomorrow.

“It will be a forum for empowerment and an association that participates in national policy dialogue on transformation of the legal sector,” said Yasmine Sooka, of the executive commi...
Is severed forearm Bahumi’s?
Police are to do forensic tests on a decomposed right arm and hand found in a dam at Madikwe in the North West yesterday to determine whether it is from a 13-year-old mutilation victim.

Senior Superintendent Pieter du Plessis said yesterday it was speculation to suggest the severed limb could bel...
Murder: Man’s mental state to be monitored
Despite a family violence interdict against her estranged husband, and Absa bank branch manager was coldly gunned down in front of clients at her workplace.

Sandra Voeght, manager of the Absa branch at The Glen shopping center, was allegedly murdered by estranged husband mark Voeght, 44, of Mulba...
Youth at Sterkfontein
A further period of mental observation is required for a grandson who was “so high” on drugs he is uncertain whether he killed his grandmother by slitting her throat.

Miquel Emmanuel De Freitas, 21, who lived on the same property as his grandmother, Gesina Sophia Vasconcellos, in Weltrevreden Par...
Baby-killers still in police custody
Three women arrested for killing two babies by drowning them in buckets of water were on Tuesday remanded in custody until October 25 at the Mamelodi Magistrates Court.

The mother Cecelia Seale, Rosinah Show and neighbour Thandi Matubane have been charged with murder and concealment of death.

Alert security guard saves dumped baby
An abandoned baby’s life was saved by a security guard in Hillbrow, Johannesburg yesterday.

ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said ER24 paramedics were at a petrol station opposite the Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow when they were approached by a security guard, who asked them to help a baby he had fou...
Now Thint's credibility is under fire
State attacks CEO for reneging on deal with the Scorpions

It was a relationship that once held such promise but now, says the state, it can no longer trust French arms company Thint.

Addressing the Supreme Court of Appeal yesterday, counsel for the state Wim Trengove SC focused on what...
Mbeki, Manto slated as 'criminals' in protest
Backing for fired Madlala-Routledge mounting

Aids lobbyist and supporters of fired deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge have intensified their defence and support for her by insulting and criticising President Thabo Mbeki.

Hundreds of members of the Treatment Action Campaig...
I'm no fake, says 'diamond' man
The man who announced the discovery of an enormous 7 000 carat "diamond" at a North West mine has scoffed at claims he had been implicated in a number of high-profile scams and legal wrangles.

On Monday, Brett Jolly said he was a spokesperson for shareholders in the unnamed mine, and that the li...
SPCA set to pounce on dogfighting rings
Lawyers, businessmen, a vet and a pastor on list of targets

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is in possession of explosive information that could lead to a swoop on organised dogfighting across the country.

And the people being targeted in the SPCA's crackdown are p...
Zuma's show of support for Thint
Jacob Zuma made a surprise appearance at the Supreme Court of Appeal this morning, in an apparent show of support for the French arms company once accused of trying to bribe him.

Three minutes before five of the Bloemfontein court's judges were due to start hearing arms company Thint's challenge...
'Obstructionist' Manto slated in joint open letter
Groups accuse state of misplaced loyalty at expense of nation's health

A group of clerics, non-governmental organisations and trade unionists believe Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has gone beyond mere dereliction of duty and that her "deliberate obstruction" has resulted in more...
Department gets tough with Cosas
The Gauteng Department of Education has taken a hard line against Congress of South African Students members who boycotted schools in Soweto this week.

Late on Tuesday night, the department was granted a Johannesburg High Court interdict against the student body, who were accused of threatening ...
Relief as killing accused's case starts
The parents of slain 5-year-old Danielle Esterhuizen have left court relieved that the bail application for the accused has finally begun.

The child was shot dead while being cuddled by her mother during a botched robbery at Riebeeck Lake in Randfontein in December last year.

Yesterday marke...
Stop killing our cops
Outrage as sixth policeman perishes in Gauteng in three weeks

When AK-47 bullets ripped into Moeketsi Lekojane in Soweto, the policeman became the latest victim in an all-out war on the forces of law and order.

The 37-year-old became the sixth police officer to be murdered in Gauteng i...
Thug shot dead as victim fights back
A robber was killed and his victim injured during an armed robbery attempt at a townhouse complex.

Netcare 911 paramedic Nick Dollman said the emergency call regarding the incident was made just after 10pm on Tuesday when shooting was reported at the Sundowner townhouse complex situated near the...
Tragedies compound to end loved painter/minister's life
It's a tale of two missing oil paintings and a church minister so overcome with sorrow he did the unthinkable.

A tragic coincidence, but the week thieves stole two original artworks from a block of flats in Northcliff their artist committed suicide.

Beeuwen Gerryts, a 71-year-old retired min...
Top metro cop slams his cops
Johannesburg Metro Police officers are generally unprofessional and in need of serious training.

This is according to JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo who spoke frankly during a media conference today, saying that 90% of the weakness of his department was due to lack of training.

He said that crime c...
Policeman killed in Soweto shoot-out
A police officer was shot dead this morning in Soweto when he and a colleague tried to apprehend three armed men driving a stolen car.

His body lay face up on the pavement next to a white Nissan Almera in Bendile Street, Zola North, as colleagues conducted forensic investigations.

Next to th...
Man shot in front of Citizen offices
Two employees from a company trading in television parts in Industria West were ambushed military style by armed robbers who shot one of them in the chest before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

The brazen heist sent a contingent of newspaper distributors and employees from other c...
Jailed 20 years for hanging
Finding Two accused strung up Pretoria farmer who accused them of stealing wood

The two men who murdered a local farmer by hanging him from a tree after an argument about illegal wood-gathering were yesterday each sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Acting Pretoria High Court judge So...
Hero cop killed in head-on collision
A policeman who had helped save two people from a burning house died in a road accident in North West.

Captain Thamsanqa Abner Pelele of the Khuma detective branch in Stilfontein was hailed by colleagues as a “good investigating officer”.

Pelele, 46, and Constable Molefe Andries Tloome, 32, we...
Staff stab elderly builder to death
Police are looking for two employees of a building contractor who was beaten and stabbed to death on a construction site in Klerksdorp, North West.

Hannes van Wyk, 70, was found by the 10 year-old-son of the family that employed him to renovate their house. Paramedics treated him on the scene bu...
Accused’s tooth bites a hole in robbery bail bid
A bail application in the Johannesburg High Court was sunk yesterday by a tooth found in a ve4hicle used in a R46 million robbery.

Prosecutor Deon van Wyk said in an affidavit that DNA tests linked the tooth to Daniel Mathaba, 40, who had been shot in the face.

Mathaba, Dick Ngobeni, 24, and J...
Kgantsi to learn her fate
Former Senior Scorpions advocate Portia Kgantsi on trial in the Johannesburg High Court since April on corruption and extortion charges, will soon know whether she is going to jail or not.

She was arrested in a sting operation but claims she was framed.

Both sides have called all their witness...
Tough appeal judges wipe the smile off Zuma's face
Jacob Zuma may have entered the Supreme Court of Appeal with a spring in his step, but he left it legally bruised and no longer certain of stalling the state's relentless digging into his financial affairs.

Three of the Bloemfontein court's senior judges yesterday led the charge against Zuma's c...
Group slams 'obstructionist' Manto
Joint open letter to deputy president accuses government of misplaced loyalty at expense of the nation's health

A group of clerics, non-governmental organisations and trade unionists believe Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has gone beyond mere dereliction of duty and that her "del...
60 police with dogs called in to quell school mayhem
He was armed with a hunting rifle and was on his way to repay a bloody vendetta at a high school. But moments before he got there, police pounced, making him the latest arrest in a string of school violence-related arrests.

This followed a week of tension at Liverpool Senior Secondary School in ...
Pupil boycott cripples Soweto schools
Cowed principals deny Cosas protest as classes stand empty

Classrooms across Soweto are standing empty because pupils fear being attacked by their own organisation.

Just two months after a public sector strike brought education to a month-long standstill, the Congress of South African ...
Millions of condoms placed in quarantine
By close of work yesterday, 4,5-million defective condoms, which had been sent out to hospitals and clinics for free distribution countrywide, had been collected and quarantined by the Department of Health.

The condoms being recalled form part of a batch supplied by Zalatex.

The company has ...
'Airport free-for-all for thieves'
Despite damage to bakkie, Acsa insists OR Tambo parkade is safe and secure

He just wanted to go away for the weekend, so Steve Lawrence thought it would be safe to park his car at the long-term parking bay at OR Tambo International Airport.

But when he returned he found the spare wheel...
Father's throat slit in front of children
For R200 and a couple of rings, Justin Browne died in a pool of blood in his home in front of his young children.

Browne, a general manager for the event company Strike Productions, died after assailants slit his throat in his Northwold, Randburg, house on Saturday night.

According to Geordi...
Retired journalist found murdered on smallholding
Naked and alone on her smallholding, retired journalist Muriel Bates (73) was stabbed to death by people who broke into her home.

Bates, who was actively involved in voluntary work for the South African Air Force Association up until her death, was last seen by her neighbours about 6pm on Saturd...
Three held for beating of gun complainant
Three people accused of beating up a 70-year-old whistleblower have been arrested.

Police swooped on Joburg gun trainer Nelisiwe Mola, her son Themba and Richard Sibobi in a planned pre-dawn raid yesterday.

The trio are accused of assaulting 70-year-old Michael Lingwood, who laid fraud charg...
FF+ to meet scorpions
The Freedom Front Plus Chief Whip Corné Mulder will meet the Public Protector and Scorpions investigators in Pretoria tomorrow over alleged corruption in the installing of Parliament’s security system.

Mulder’s party is expected to present “proof of wrongdoing”.

Mulder made startling claims in...
Two found guilty of hanging farmer
The two men who hanged Hammanskraal farmer Ludwig Wambach from a tree after an argument about illegal wood gathering were yesterday convicted in the Pretoria High Court on a charge of murder.

Judge Solly Sithole found Richard Khoza and Wilson Manganye guilty of the murder of Wambach.

Wambach w...
Staggie goes on trial today
Former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie goes on trial in the Cape High Court today for the revenge killing of one of the men allegedly responsible for the murder of his brother, Rashaad.

The trial was to have started yesterday, but due to confusion among prison staff about who was to take...
Morkels theft bust
Two men, allegedly part of a syndicate dealing in stolen furniture, were arrested at the weekend.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said they were arrested after police received a tip-off that stolen goods from Morkels furniture store were being loaded into a ...
Drunken drivers held
Twenty motorists were arrested for drunken driving in Johannesburg at the weekend.

A Johannesburg Police spokesman said the motorists were arrested for drunken driving in Johannesburg at the weekend.

A Johannesburg Police spokesman said the motorists were nabbed during a road block on Sunday n...
Damage claims settled
A legal battle between Poplokwane’s former municipal manager, Sam Rampedi, and a senior communications official in which each sued the other for R750 000 in damages, has been postponed indefinitely in the Pretoria high Court.

The matter was postponed after the settlement negotiations between Ramp...
Zuma documents 'sensitive'
NPA maintains that information relating to mystery public figure isn't irrelevant

Among the 14 bags of documents seized from Jacob Zuma's former attorney are highly confidential files linked to an "overseas figure in public life" and he is desperate to get them back.

But, while attorne...
'Probe Metrobus cash deals'
Internal report claims fraud and irregularities

Four months after the end of a bloody strike, the management of Joburg's Metrobus is dealing with a new crisis a probe into fraud and irregularities in the finance department.

The company's chief financial officer, Johannes Wannenburg, wa...
False Moses gets a free pass out of prison
Moses Petersen spent the weekend in jail because police at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court released another Moses on bail instead of him.

And when Petersen complained on Thursday that he was still in custody despite paying bail, police charged him with helping Moses Azozie escape and held him...
'Report woman, child abuse'
Educating the community on the scourge of woman and child abuse was the purpose of an open day organised by the Gauteng SAPS Women's Network.

The SAPS specialised units, private ambulance services, Ekurhuleni metro's emergency services, businesses and schools supported Saturday's initiative with ...
Defence disputes that mother had a hand in baby's death
There is nothing to prove that there is a direct link between Baby Tammy's death and the injuries she sustained as a result of her alleged assault by her adoptive mother.

This was the argument presented to the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday by the attorney representing Zaibunisha Herm...
Kebble gets reprieve in tax avoidance case
Roger Kebble has won a stay of justice as the taxman today withdrew charges against the former mining magnate.

"He's definitely not off the hook in our view," said Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay.

The charges originally levelled at Kebble in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court stem from R5,7...
Policeman shot dead in central Johannesburg
Police reacted with shock at the death of one of their own in central Johannesburg on Saturday.

Captain Judas Rakgole, 33, who was stationed at the Johannesburg Central Crime Prevention Unit, was shot in the head on the corner of Noord and Wanderers Streets after arresting a suspect.

Tenders for pals’ in Limpopo
Benefits: MEC pocket millions, report alleges

A tender for pals scandal in Limpopo, involving MECs benefiting from more than R800 millions, was reported at the weekend.

In one of the alleged allocations of tenders to the associates, City Press reported “Health MEC Charles ...
Station commissioners ‘still not trained’
Since the SAPS began restructuring in 2005, a significant number of station commissioners had not yet been fully trained, the DA said yesterday.

The party said the SAPS had given public assurances that the station commissioners remove from office would be replaced by high quality personnel. But,...
Baby shot in Plet protest
A once-year-old baby was shot dead in a confrontation between police and rioters in Kwanokuthula in Plettenberg Bay yesterday, the SABC reported.

At the time of going to press, it was not yet clear whether the bullet came from the police of crowd.

Police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said the boy, S...
Businessman shoots partner
Police have launched a manhunt for a Pretoria businessman who shot and wounded his business partner in Gezina at the weekend.

The two were in their shop when an argument broke out at about 6pm.

Police spokesman Captain Lucas Sithole said one of the men took out a firearm and shot his partner, ...
Parliament secured
If Parliament is unsafe because of reported inferior and over priced security systems it won’t be for long, said National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and NCP Chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu.

“Parliament is assuring the nation that security in and around the institution is a critical priority.”

Moz conviction for Grasmere attack
Victim thrilled as NPA assists in securing 17-year sentence

A man has been sent to jail in Mozambique for taking part in the rape of a woman and her teenage niece at the Grasmere toll plaza in 2004.

According to a senior South African state prosecutor, the conviction is the first of it...
Botswana scurrying to trace Manto's missing records
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's court record and hospital personal file relating to her years in exile in Botswana have disappeared - either lost or missing, given that it is over three decades later.

However, the fact that Tshabalala-Msimang's court file relating to her 1976 theft co...
Crucial week in Zuma legal saga
State wants appeal court to approve controversial raids

The Scorpions will this week ask the Supreme Court of Appeal to, at the very least, "preserve" documents seized from the homes and offices of Jacob Zuma.

This is to avoid prosecutors "being at his mercy" should Zuma cry foul over ...
Judges not averse to controversy
Jacob Zuma's possible corruption trial will be shaped by five Supreme Court of Appeal judges.

Judge Tom Cloete is a Freemason who publicly defended the organisation's policy of separate groups for men and women by reportedly saying this helped to prevent extramarital affairs.

Judge Ian Farla...
Parliament fraud probe urged
The Scorpions and the Public Protector were due to be asked today to probe an alleged corruption scandal involving parliament's multimillion-rand security system.

Bombshell claims of "fraud, theft and corruption" connected to the awarding and implementation of the contract - estimated in 2002 to...
Lotto boss is the latest crime victim
The man who holds the future of lotto in his hands - Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa - is the latest high-profile leader to fall victim to crime in South Africa.

Reliable sources confirmed last night that a bag containing the minister's personal effects was stolen from his officia...
Eight hours of wrangling later…
Judge Mohammed Jajbhai's sunny attitude could not dispel the gloomy fact that watching counsel for Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang lock horns with counsel for the Sunday Times was like being stabbed to death with a blunt spoon.

The argument of the minister's silk, Marumo Moerane, could ...
Student sent for psych testing
Neighbours say the quiet boy's gaylifestyle caused friction at home

Friends of psychology student Grant Harris, suspected of killing his parents before attempting suicide, are devastated at news of his arrest shortly after his discharge from a Cape Town hospital.

Anne Whaits, principal ...
Family and friends shocked at 'happy family' killing
Friends of the Cape Town man who shot dead his wife and 11-year-old daughter have told of the SMSs he sent them early yesterday, just minutes before he killed himself.

André Arendse's best friend, Yulston Meyer, was teaching a class at Paulus Joubert High School in Paarl when his cellphone bleep...
'Tik users at higher risk of Parkinson's'
Young adults who use tik or methamphetamine may be more vulnerable to age-related brain degeneration diseases like Parkinson's when they grow older, new research suggests.

This is according to an article published in the Journal for Neuroscience this month. The research done by the National Inst...
Police hold three, retrieve goods stolen from furniture store
Series of raids on central Joburg flats

They worked stealthily under the cover of darkness, cutting a hole into a brick wall.

Armed with angle grinders, gas torches, hammers, screwdrivers and gas masks the men cut a hole big enough for them to gain entry into the Morkels furniture st...
Passionate cop gunned down while making arrest
Judas Rakgole's dream was to become a policeman after his father's mysterious disappearance in the early 1990s.

He was so determined to become a police officer that he turned down various jobs and waited two years until the right post came along.

He'd also hoped one day to unravel the myster...
Police shut down pirate DVD factory in suburb
Banks of equipment could make massive number of copies

A DVD piracy production operation with an earning capacity of close to R9,5-million a year has been bust by the police.

The raid followed a tip-off to the Primedia Crime Line at the weekend and resulted in the arrest of four people...
Some comfort and warmth after possessions torched
One day after the men, filled with despair, watched a fire ravage all their meagre belongings, they have something to smile about.

Their blankets, food, clothes, ID books, mattresses, medication and toiletries all perished when their possessions were set alight by police.

But now, thanks to ...
Backyard abortions freely available on Joburg's streets
Backstreet abortionists are openly plying their trade in Joburg's central business district and are advertising their services in at least one daily newspaper.

What has shocked authorities is these practitioners offering to provide "safe abortions" for pregnancies of up to seven months.

Paper's out to get Manto - lawyer
The Sunday Times has launched a vendetta against Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang in "an attempt to destroy her" the Johannesburg High Court heard today.

Lawyer Marumo Moerane SC charged that the paper had this week "gratuitously" responded to an urgent application lodged by the minister...
‘Too busy giving fines’
Pretoria is in the grip of a crime wave, yet the city’s metro police can only muster 32 operational members at any given time to enforce traffic regulations, do by-law policing and protect residents.

“This is hopelessly inadequate,” DA community safety spokesman councilor Karen Meyer said.

Crackdown on fake brands
More than 60 000 containers of counterfeit body cream, boxes of tea and sachets of curry powder have been confiscated in a national clampdown on illegal goods and those selling them.

Ray Lecolle-Brown of Unilever and Jimmy Manyi of Tiger Brands welcomed the raids following complaints in Limpopo, ...
Police ‘must work together’
The mayor of Tshwane has called for a close working relationship between metro police and SAPS in their fight against crime, especially domestic violence.

Gwen Ramokgopa made the call after inspecting the annual women’s parade of metro police and emergency services in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria y...
Second arrest in SABS faulty condoms scam
A Senior employee of a Johannesburg condom manufacturing company has been arrested for fraud and corruption relating to a defective condom scam.

Captain Percy Morokane said the man was arrested yesterday.

The man, believe to be the mastermind of the scam, will appear in the Pretoria Commercial...
Two years to justice
A rapist was sentenced in the Ventersdorp Regional Court yesterday to ten years for a crime committed in 2005.

Sello Moses Addonsi, 29, raped a 26-year-old woman at Klipfontein, near Klerkskraal, on September 3, 2005.

He was traced by Constable Eddie Mongatane.

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Supermarket robbery: four in court
Four alleged robbers nabbed for a botched and bloody armed robbery, which left two people dead and four injured in a Claremont supermarket last month, were remanded in custody in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Joel Khoza, 36, Zweli Mkhize, 27, Musa Gumede, 20, and Thembinkosi Xulu, 21, face fou...
Rape info sought
Booysens SAPS is appealing to the public for information about a rape that took place yesterday morning near the Glen Shopping Centre south of Johannesburg, as the rape victim gave a wrong address.

Police spokesman Lorraine van Emmerick said the woman was on her way to work, when she crossed an o...
Zuma set to use conspiracy claims to avoid probe
Jacob Zuma is sticking to his guns that "political motives" are underpinning the state's efforts to investigate him for fraud and corruption despite prosecuting bosses taking court action over his allegations.

And Zuma's counsel, Kemp J Kemp SC, hinted in the Pretoria High Court yesterday that t...
FF+ wants security system probe
The Scorpions and the Public Protector were due to be asked today to probe a potentially explosive alleged corruption scandal involving parliament's multimillion rand security system.

Bombshell claims of "fraud, theft and corruption" connected to the awarding and implementation of the contract e...
Arrests quickly follow robbery
Five men were arrested in Sandton barely an hour after a 15-man armed gang had robbed the Cape Storm outdoor equipment and clothing store.

Cape Storm managing director Andrew Baxter said 15 well-dressed men came through the security gate of the Bryanston shop on Wednesday without raising suspici...
Concern over dogs forced to take part in fights
Shocking reports of illegal dog-fighting reveal that hundreds of the animals are being savaged, often to death, in weekly contests.

And children as young as eight in Cloetesville near Stellenbosch, Western Cape, are being used to move the dogs from one fight to the next, as they are less likely ...
Hlophe: Judical commission to rule
Deliberations regarding complaints against the Cape Judge President have been long running, but tomorrow is the day his fate will be decided …

The future of Judge John Hlophe is set to become clearer tomorrow when the Judicial Service Commission meets to discuss his fate.

The Cape judg...
Gauteng MEC in tender probe
Auditor-General looks for 'irregularities' in provincial contracts

Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga and 80 other provincial employees are being investigated by the Auditor-General for possible tender irregularities.

And, ironically, while she is being probed herself, Motshekga acc...
Fear made me cancel march - McBride
It was a fear that protesting South African Municipal Workers' Union members would cause disruption and injure people that prompted metro police chief Robert McBride to cancel their planned march.

That was the reason the Ekurhuleni metro police chief gave the Germiston Magistrate's Court when he...
Battle for access to classified records rages
Independent Newspapers has put its case before the Constitutional Court to have parts of the record - in the matter between Billy Masetlha and President Thabo Mbeki - made public.

Independent Newspapers, represented by Gilbert Marcus SC, argued long and hard yesterday that parts of the record tha...
Well-dressed armed men rob clothing shop
Proudly SA small company of the year Cape Storm, was dealt a heavy blow when 15 armed men robbed its Joburg store of close to R1-million worth of clothing and equipment.

Managing director Andrew Baxter said the store in Bryanston, was robbed at about 2.15pm yesterday. He said 15 well-dressed men ...
Manto unrepentant on 'roadshow'
Minister won't resign and gets health MECs' backing

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has made a quick visit to two Eastern Cape hospitals, dismissed calls for her resignation and kept an eye on her court battle with the Sunday Times.

Frere Hospital in East London was spruced up...
Fear of being caught over sex led to killing
Newspapers are for wiping your bum with and rolling dagga joints. At least in prison.

This statement was part of the evidence presented by a state witness in the Johannesburg High Court trial of Wayne Nass and Boyce Matya.

The two stand accused of murdering and dismembering Shirley van Rensb...
'I felt as if I was in a washing machine as they hit me'
Battered and bruised

Seventy-year-old Michael Lingwood carries the scars of a beating that nearly cost him his life.

Earlier this month, he blew the whistle on an accredited Joburg gun trainer for allegedly issuing fraudulent competency certificates to people who had never fired a gu...
Sorry for accusing the state, says Zuma
Jacob Zuma kicked off his latest round of court battles with the national prosecuting authority with an unreserved apology to the state.

But, while accepting Zuma's apology for falsely accusing the state of "having a cavalier attitude" this morning, state advocate, Billy Downer, slammed the "cam...
Police torched the few belongings they had
With his eyes closed, his hands on his head and a look of despair on his face, Jermaine George walks away from the place he called home.

It wasn't much, but it was all he had.

George lived with several other homeless people under the bridge over Bree Street in Fordsburg.

Among the blanke...
8-month-old baby hanged
Yet another father has apparently taken his child’s life in the latest of many such cases throughout the country.

The mother of Boitumelo Masenya, eight months, was devastated after she saw her baby hanging from the rafters of a house in Syferskuil, near Brits.

She had gone to see why her boyf...
‘I didn’t mean to kill farmer’
A Winterveld man yesterday admitted in the Pretoria High Court that he had tied a Hammanskraal farmer to a tree by his neck after an argument about illegal wood gathering, but claimed he had never meant to kill his victim.

Richard Khoza, 21, Hammanskraal and Wilson Manganye, 36, of Winterveld, pl...
Outrage as trial is delayed
Reason: Psychologist’s report not ready

Angry Mamelodi residents demonstrated at the Pretoria High Court yesterday in protest against the trial of a 43-year-old double killer being postponed once again.

Judge Tholi Vilakazi postponed the trial of Steven Komane to November 23 beca...
Gauteng MEC in tender probe
Auditor-General looks for 'irregularities' in provincial contracts

Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga and 80 other provincial employees are being investigated by the Auditor-General for possible tender irregularities.

And, ironically, while she is being probed herself, Motshekga acc...
'The man had this hideous grin... his eyes were sparkling'
Surprise witness tells of murder accused's boast

Wayne Nass had a hideous grin on his face and a sparkle in his eyes when he allegedly described how he choked the life out of mother-of-two Shirley van Rensburg.

But that smile vanished when the man to whom he allegedly confessed on Mond...
I gave money to Blade - Madisha
Cosatu president Willie Madisha says he is willing to testify in court that he handed over a R500 000 cash donation that has apparently gone missing to SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande.

This flies in the face of what Nzimande has publicly said - that he never received this mon...
Sunday Times lashes Manto
Drinking expose is 'in public interest' she swore to hold office with dignity She 'breached her constitutional duty'

The Sunday Times has again lashed out at Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, repeating its contention that she is an alcoholic, abused her power and "ought not to have been given a li...
End to squatter misery on way
The misery of enduring the elements while having to live as squatters is coming to an end for more than 800 homeless people from Ekurhuleni's Zenzele central informal settlement in Benoni.

In the next few weeks they will be moving into their new homes, said Gauteng MEC Nomvula Mokonyane when she ...
Hawker battles metro police
A hawker and stallholder at the Bruma Flea Market, Chamunorwa Kangara, has accused the Joburg metro police of regular harassment.

Kangara says his arts curios stall has been raided three times since February. He has yet to recover any of his stock.

"They know that we are trading legally. The...
Move to root out Dr Beetroot
Motion: Speaker mulls no-confidence vote

The pressure is mounting on President Thabo Mbeki as the opposition party and a service delivery watchdog insist Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang be given her marching orders.

Yesterday, the DA parliamentary leader Sandra Botha rai...
Murder accused get bail
The two men sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome murder of police crime intelligence Captain Carrim Alli were yesterday granted bail pending the outcome of their appeal.

Judge Ronnie Bosielo granted leave to Isa Mohammed, 34, ad Tienie de Bruin, 24, to appeal against their convictions and...
Joburg traffic police lead hi-tech stakes
Johannesburg leads the way in the high-tech application stakes to crack down on traffic offenders.

Metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told The Citizen that Joburg was the only city in the country which made use of the highly-advanced Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) s...
SA railways are not safe
Human error caused 2 950 train collisions and derailments in the country in the past two years, according to the Railway Safety Regulator’s report released yesterday.

The State of Railway Safety in SA Report for 2005-2006 also indicated that 2 847 crime incidents on trains were reported.

Witness 97 describes rape
Witness number 97 took the Johannesburg High Court witness stand yesterday in the 261-count trial of one of South Africa’s allegedly worst sex predators.

She cried as she recounted “for the second time” how she even paid for the rapist’s train ticket.

It all happened when there was only one ra...
Acquitted after 4 years’ jail
A convicted rapist has been cleared and freed after four years behind bars.

A full bench of the Pretoria High Court set aside the conviction of Willem-Francois Steyn, an unemployed Stilfontein man.

Judges Willie Hartzenberg, Bill Prinsloo and Lettie Malopa set aside the conviction and life sen...
Guilty of abusing his son
A 37-year-old man has been found guilty in the Welkom Court for Sexual Offences of indecently assaulting his own son, whom he sodomised when he was three weeks old.

He was arrested in February after his partner, the boy’s mother, realized the baby had been hurt while she was in hospital.

The b...
Cop held for shooting
Police arrested one of their own, a sergeant in the Crime Intelligence Gathering Unit, after he allegedly shot and wounded a 75-year-old grandmother and a nine-year-old boy during a quarrel with his girlfriend.

His service pistol was seized, said North West police.

It was alleged the policeman...
Failed robbery: arrests
Pretoria police yesterday arrested four men in connection with a botched and bloody armed robbery, which left two people dead and four injured in a Claremont supermarket last month

The men, aged between 20 and 36, were arrested in the Jeffsville informal settlement of Atteridgeville, west of the ...
Media to plea for access to records
Today the Constitutional Court will hear an application by Independent Newspapers for access on a limited basis to materials that formed part of the record in the underlying appeal proceedings between Billy Masethla, the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency and the President.
Do better, deputy president tells police
The government and the SA Police Service can do much better in the fight against crime.

This was stated by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka last night.

Speaking to policewomen who graduated from a special leadership programme offered jointly by Business Against Crime, Sanlam and the Uni...
Vow to meet obligations despite financial disaster
The Transport, Education and Training Authority has lost more than half - and possibly about 80% - of its R177-million investment entrusted to Fidentia Asset Management, part of J Arthur Brown's ill-fated business empire.

But despite this financial disaster, Teta officials say the authority is w...
Pretoria University warns on 2010
If the country's power flow and security problems can't be fixed in time for the 2010 World Cup, the whole event should be postponed or cancelled.

This is just one of the warnings issued by the University of Pretoria's Institute for Strategic Studies.

Eskom spokesperson Fani Zulu has said th...
Asmal proposes one super human-rights body
Five of the country's Chapter 9 human rights institutions should be merged into a single, super human rights body.

Professor Kader Asmal, who heads parliament's ad hoc committee reviewing the relevance and effectiveness of Chapter 9 and associated institutions, wants to collapse the Human Rights...
'No hard evidence against Uys'
There are no facts linking Juan Duval Uys, suspected of posing as a male prostitute who claimed he had sex with several prominent South Africans, to crimen injuria and theft charges, according to his lawyer.

Looking confident, Uys (39) appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday on th...
We've gotcha!
After tip-offs from passing motorists, police finally nab notorious smash-and-grab gang

The three men walked slowly alongside the busy road, their eyes scanning every car that crept towards them - protective gloves on their hands, tools of their trade in their pockets.

Several motorist...
Concern over 2010 child-sex tourists
'Problem is becoming more hidden and sophisticated'

Children as young as 8 are being sexually abused by foreign travellers in South Africa in return for money, clothing, food or accommodation.

And child-sex tourism is becoming more sophisticated and growing at an alarming rate.

The ...
Mayor's bail bid delayed again
Despite the state not having a strong case against Sipho Nkosi, the mayor of Govan Mbeki municipality, he will still spend his third successive weekend behind bars.

However, the state has seven days to provide evidence linking the mayor to the death of his deputy, Thandi Mtshweni, to prevent Nko...
3 held over suspected stolen goods
Joburg police raiding a Fordsburg house could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled on an appliance shop.

For in the lounge lay 10 boxes - stacked ceiling high - containing 74cm television sets.

Nearby, DVD players, microwaves as well as boxes filled with aerials and electrical plugs as...
Baseball bat killing: widower to stand trial
A man who found his wife "brutally beaten" and blamed intruders for her death will now be tried for her murder.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has ordered that Rudi Venter go on trial at the Johannesburg High Court and not at the Randburg Magistrate's Court, where the matter was initiall...
Cops foil heist but put innocent man in ICU
Closed-circuit cameras caught an innocent security guard being beaten by police during an aborted cash heist.

The injured man, who spent last night in intensive care and was this morning transferred to a normal ward, had yet to speak or be informed of his rights to take action against the police...
Call to sack Manto over R25bn missing in E Cape
The Public Service Accountability Monitor called yesterday for the sacking of Health Minister Manto Tshbalala-Msimang over R25 billion missing from the Eastern Cape Health Department.

PSAM director Colm Allan said Mbeki should have “no hesitation” in firing the Minister.

Over the weekend, the ...
Serial sex trial again delayed
‘Addict’: Psychiatrist will now testify next month

The Johannesburg High Court trial of an accused on medication to curb his sex drive – who told a social worker he thought he had been “bewitched” into becoming a “sex addict”, appears to be jinxed.

Many months ago Armstrong Beki ...
Court orders police to rebuild Moreleta Park shacks
A group of Moreleta Park squatters have obtained an urgent Pretoria High Court interdict, forcing the police to rebuild their shacks, which were torched last week in renewed police action to get rid of them.

Judge Roger Claassen said it was clear the police were involved in the unlawful July 16 o...
Sequel to botched shooting
Minister to pay: Victim gets R1,9m in settlement

A young Atteridgeville hawker, who lost a leg and his manhood when a civilian shot him while helping police to catch suspected hijackers, is to be paid nearly R2 million in damages.

In terms of a settlement reached in the Pretoria...
Use alcohol responsibility
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will embark on a massive campaign to reduce the government spending on socio-economic effects and accidents caused by alcohol abuse.

The department said in Pretoria yesterday the National Liquor Awareness Campaign would educate the liquor industry and re...
Fatal stoning over woman
Two men, aged 24 and 30, were arrested for murder after allegedly stoning a Limpopo man to death over a woman in Tshikota village at the weekend, police said yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Maano Sadiki said Simon Muovhekanyi, 55, was walking in a group from a tavern when an argument over a w...
On trial for sodomising son
A 36-year-old man is on trial in the Welkom Court for Sexual Offences for allegedly sodomising his own son in February this year, when the infant was just three weeks old.

The father pleaded not guilty to the charge of indecent assault.

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Police told to get tough
North West Community Safety MEC Phenye Vilakazi says stringent conditions should be applied by police and the Merafong City Local Municipality to prevent anti-North West protest marches in Khutsong from becoming violent.

During a visit to Merafong (Carletonville), Vilakazi was told by police that...
How R46m heist went wrong
Gang lost all in shootout with cops outside bank

Daniel Makhuthusa might have escaped arrest for South Africa's biggest recorded bank robbery had a piece of tooth not betrayed him.

Allegedly shot in the face during the R46-million armed robbery of a First National Bank branch in Joburg...
SA faces huge substance abuse threat
Up to 12-million relatives experience financial difficulties

The government has admitted that South Africa is facing a massive drug and alcohol abuse crisis.

The admission, which comes weeks after the cabinet approved the new Prevention of and Treatment of Substance Abuse Bill, was mad...
Top cop's bid to jail 'bouncer mafia' duo fails
Joburg's alleged "bouncer mafia" won a small victory against Piet Byleveld when the Randburg Magistrate's Court threw out the top cop's application to put them back in jail.

Byleveld wanted bail for bouncer mafia kingpins Paul Kietzmann and Jason Domingues-Baya to be rescinded because they alleg...
Swoop on illegal electricity connections
TVs, fridges, vacuum cleaners and stoves fell silent when City Power officials disconnected shack dwellers' illegal electricity connections.

The residents of an informal settlement in Protea Glen, Soweto, were paying R100 to illegally connect electricity to their homes.

The money, they say, ...
Crime Line yielding results
It has barely been 10 weeks and already 107 suspected criminals are off the streets and behind bars, thanks to community participation in the national Crime Line project.

Besides the arrests, 13 stolen vehicles, a stolen motorcycle, luggage, cellphones, electronic equipment, guns, ammunition, ca...
Police foil heist - but assault innocent guard
Police have come under attack for heavy-handed tactics after foiling an attempted cash heist in Oaklands, Joburg, arresting five suspects.

The incident took place at the Caltex garage, situated at the intersection of Fourth, Beaumont, Glenhove and Kruger streets, in Oaklands about 9.40am yesterd...
Violence spreads following shootout
Taxi violence has claimed two more lives in the wake of a shootout between two rival taxi associations in Honeydew.

During the shootout, two bystanders - a father and his 6-year-old son - were also injured. The two had been waiting for friends a few metres from the shooting scene on Saturday.
‘McBride strike’ will go ahead, union confirms
The SA Municipal Workers Union’s (Samwu) said it would go ahead with its decision to take action against preferential treatment meted out to Robert McBride.

The Ekurhuleni metro police chief has been suspended on full pay pending the resolution of criminal charges pending against him.

Samwu Ea...
To men die in taxi violence
Two men were shot and killed and a father and son injured at the Roodepoort Clearwater Mall on Saturday evening.

ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said the violence is suspected to be taxi-related.

According to bystanders at the scene a passing taxi opened fire on taxis parked next to the Hendrik ...
Zim robber kills man from China
Easy prey: Shot dead for a cellphone and leather jacket

A 40-year-old Chinese businessman was shot and killed on Main Reef Road during a robbery yesterday.

Yan Meiliang was on a routine shopping trip with his sister-in-law from Pietersburg to buy stock from Dragon City in Fordsburg when he wa...
Robbers steal minibus
Robbers posing as police stole a minibus from a North West municipality at the weekend before moving on to Education Department offices where they stole electronic equipment and cash.

One man was arrested at a filling station in Hartbeespoort some time later.

His four accomplices fled.

Unicef office to monitor Parliament
UNICEF South Africa has opened a sub-office in Cape Town that will focus on Parliamentary affairs relating to children.

It will also be involved in support activities for child survival and development, including fund raising.

At the official opening, Unicef SA representative Macharia Kamau wa...
Boy watched executions before dying
Man who allegedly killed West Rand Chinese family took over their lives

After brutally executing his cousin, her husband and the couple's two children, a former Chinese army officer buried their bodies in the backyard of their Krugersdorp home - and took over their lives.

This is the s...
Call to put returning 'mercenaries' to good use in 2010
With some "retooling", South African "mercenaries" working in hotspots like Iraq and Afghanistan could be used to provide security at the World Cup in 2010.

University of KwaZulu Natal academic Dr Deane-Peter Baker said thousands of South Africans were working as private security contractors in ...
Vlok rats on top cop
Plea bargain avoidsasking who gave theorder to kill Chikane

The Security Branch chief who once gave "Prime Evil" Eugene de Kock a medal for the murderous Maseru raid has been shopped by former law and order minister Adriaan Vlok as the man who ordered the assassination of Reverend Frank Ch...
Abortion laws under scrutiny
Amendments to controversial Bill are on the cards

Every two minutes of every working day a legal abortion has been performed in clinics and hospitals throughout South Africa since the Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed on February 1 1997.

This startling figure was calculated after...
Enough is enough!
Angry, unarmed hero chases down killer gunman

John Theletsane doesn't regard himself as a hero - he's just a man who got angry about crime. Angry enough to chase a gun-toting man and arrest him, even though unarmed himself.

But even after putting his own life on the line to apprehend t...
Hospitals owed millions
Patients are suffering because the government is not honouring its debt to provincial hospitals for the medical treatment of criminals and prisoners who are ill, or have been wounded, in the case of suspects.

Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance's spokesperson for health in the Gauteng Legislatur...
Mayor claims he was also a target for assassination
Startling revelation following killing of deputy

Shortly before Govan Mbeki municipality deputy mayor Thandi Mtsweni was gunned down, the mayor himself had received a call threatening to kill him.

An anonymous caller warned mayor Sipho Nkosi that he was waiting to get R100 000 before h...
Ratcliffe remembered for dedication, passion
Indefatigable crime fighter and respected national community policing forum board chairperson George Ratcliffe has died of cancer. He was 74.

Willie van der Schyf, a councillor in the City of Johannesburg who had worked with him for some time, said Ratcliffe passed away about 10am yesterday, wit...
Just a glimpse sets detective on an ever-widening trail
It was 6pm and detective Amos Maneta was driving back to Soweto's Naledi police station to work on some case dockets.

Along Babinaphuthi Street, in Tladi, he noticed a man carrying a computer.

Many policemen wouldn't have, but Maneta pulled over his Nissan Almera, rolled down his window and ...
Paper girds for Manto battle
The Sunday Times yesterday agreed to hand over two more copies of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's medical records and not to write about them - while gearing up for a court battle with the minister.

The minister and Cape Town's Medi-Clinic are suing the newspaper in the Johannesburg H...
Kaunda's son fends off fraud allegations in Joburg
The youngest son of former Zambian president Dr Kenneth Kaunda yesterday countered serious allegations against him of bad debt and deception in Joburg.

Two landlords and a director of a freight company claimed that Kambarage Kaunda (43) had gone to ground, but the Saturday Star was able to make ...
Fear and loathing pervade community
Last year the number of rapes at Orange Farm in the Vaal Rand decreased by 11,5%.

Residents said there were reliable resources in the community for sexual assault or domestic violence issues, including the police, but not everyone accessed these services.

"People know the police are their fi...
Rapes just don't add up
Police statistics claim that incidents have decreased, but workers on the ground say the figures are skewed and inaccurate

Police this week described the nearly 70% drop in rape figures for Mthatha, provincial capital of the Eastern Cape - previously the "rape capital" of South Africa - as...
Hotel guests pulled from their beds in hijack ordeal
Receptionist told at gunpoint to wake car owners

Sean Cooley went to a posh northern KwaZulu Natal hotel for a relaxing break. Instead he found himself lured from his bed by hijackers, snatched with six others and taken on a wild ride to the Mozambican border.

"It's like things you hear...
Green Scorpions sting
South Africa’s Green Scorpion corps now numbers 858, and they are making a difference when it comes to protection of the environment.

In slightly more than two years since the formation of the country’s environmental police was announced, 900 arrests have been made, with 134 convictions following...
Three shot in gunfight
Mafikeng police chased four would-be robbers into a cul-de-sac where a fierce gun battle broke out yesterday, in which three suspects were shot and wounded. One of them died later in hospital.

Police said the SAPS lay in wait for the men near The Crossing Shopping Centre after receiving informat...
Department faces grilling
The Department of Correctional Services is set to face a grilling over the escape of 10 dangerous prisoners from the Qalakabusha prison in Empangeni.

The chairman of portfolio committee on correctional services Dennis Bloem said after visiting the center the committee felt the escape should not h...
Mama Jackie in court again
Ithuteng Trust school principal Jackie Maarohanye appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing three charges.

Maarohanye appeared with three others after allegedly holding a Sowetan reporter hostage for six hours in February.

She claimed Vusi Ndlovu had trespassed during a...
Stop women and children abuse
Hundreds of women took to the streets of Mamelodi saying “enough is enough” against crime in the east of Pretoria yesterday.

Tshwane Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa led the march from the local stadium to the community hall, where they held a prayer and a candle-lighting ceremony.

The group called for th...
Nqakula at sea over police stats
Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula is unable to answer a question in Parliament on how many members of the SAPS have been convicted of crimes in 2005 and 2006, says the Freedom Front Plus (FF+).

FF+ spokesman on safety and security Pieter Groenewald said the Minister had indicated the i...
Judge lets accused walk free
Dead Man: Police must explain

A former policeman accused of murdering a suspect and leaving his body on the highway was yesterday discharged.

Pretoria High Court judge Khami Makhafola found the State had not made out a case, and discharged Henry Beukes on counts of abducting and...
Many arrested after public protests
About 100 residents from Boiketlong informal settlement on the Vaal Rand descended on the Sebokeng Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

This was I support of the 33 people arrested during a protest march over the delivery of houses in the area on Tuesday.

Speaking to The Citizen, on of the com...
Hotel guests in terrifying hijack ordeal
Sean Cooley went to a posh northern KwaZulu Natal hotel for a relaxing break. Instead he found himself lured from his bed by hijackers, snatched with six others and taken on a wild ride to the Mozambican border.

"It's like things you hear in a movie - you go to a hotel on holiday and get abducte...
Killer Nigerian rent boys get life behind bars
The Johannesburg High Court has slammed two Nigerian rent boys for coming to "the greener pastures" of South Africa and then leaving a trail of murder and torture in their wake.

Sentencing Anthony Chinedu and Victor Judge to an effective life term for their kidnapping and brutal killing of Chine...
Still no trace of murder suspect who skipped bail
Two months after she skipped bail, police have asked for help in hunting down a 36-year-old woman charged with stealing her friend's baby, telling her boyfriend it was his and later killing the real mother.

Riana Hughes - who vanished at the end of May - stands accused of kidnapping the two-mont...
Water blamed for empty jail
Hundreds of prisoners could reportedly be moved from chronically overcrowded prisons to Kokstad C-Max if it had a better water supply.

On Wednesday, the chair of parliament's correctional services portfolio committee, Dennis Bloem, said the first of a batch of 200 dangerous prisoners being trans...
Joy and anger over bail ruling for headman
Two men accused of leading the mob who assaulted a woman and set her house alight because she was wearing pants have been released without bail.

Thulani Cele - a headman at the T-section hostel in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal, where the attack took place - and Wiseman Mzotho appeared in the Umlazi Magis...
Protector clears Radebe on speeding charge
Jeff Radebe has been cleared by Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana of being a speed freak while on official duty.

This follows a complaint that the Transport Minister allegedly exceeded the speed limit after launching a road safety programme.

The public protector, meanwhile, indirectly critici...
Joy and anger over bail ruling for headman
A courtroom descended into chaos when the alleged ringleader of a mob who assaulted a woman and set her house alight because she was wearing pants didn't have to pay bail.

When Thulani Cele was granted bail, it had his supporters - mostly women in skirts and dresses - jumping, ululating and chan...
Three metro policemen assault taxi driver
Witness perplexed that he wasn't arrested

Three burly metro cops towering over a taxi driver, one of them with a boot to the alleged suspect's head as another appears to kick him over and over again.

This was the violent scene that greeted motorists yesterday in Midrand near the local f...
Psychiatric testing for Doobsie's boyfriend
The man accused of shooting Lindiwe Chibi will undergo psychiatric testing to determine whether he is fit to stand trial on August 27.

The case of accused Dan Mokoena was postponed in the Protea Magistrate's Court to allow the psychiatrist who examined Mokoena to testify if he is fit to be tried...
Court 'crucifixion' makes healing hard
Gang-raped in Tembisa in October 2005, Buyisiwe* is a survivor.

Since the incident she has made nine court appearances, her docket and witness statements have been lost, the case was struck off the court roll and later reinstated, and the men accused of the rape have been released from custody. ...
Police outrage at killing
Burned: Off-duty cop shot and doused in fuel

The South African Police Service yeste4rday came out strongly in condemning the brutal murder of a police officer in Buhle Park, Germiston.

Student Constable Kabelo Motsumi, 26, was shot in the head and set alight after allegedly argui...
Report out on death of chain saw dog killer
Dog killer Phillip Matthysen probably fell asleep behind the steering wheel of his car before his death on Sunday.

Police spokesman Marinda Stolz said yesterday the post-mortem indicated the 31-year-old man died of multiple head injuries.

Matthyssen, who was found guilty of decapitating his hu...
Police crack down on hawkers
Swoop: 53 arrested and 355 stalls demolished

Hawkers in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni were targeted by metro police in both cities yesterday “in the interest of traffic safety”, and “to curb the spate of smash and grab robberies”.

Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) arrested at least...
Two sex ‘rent boys’ are kidnap-killers
Two men, described in court as “rent boys” in the “sex trade’ were convicted yesterday of kidnapping and murdering an alleged client.

They both claimed to have been only clothing hawkers.

The court referred to a statement made by the first accused after his arrest, which said: “Sometimes I wo...
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