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'Husband-killing plotter' appears
The trial of Mulalo Unity Sivhidzho, who allegedly hired two men to kill her husband, was postponed until July 28 in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Sivhidzho, of Northriding, Randburg, stands accused along with Johannes Arnold Sello (29) her boyfriend and her slain husband's relative and...
Hijackers track victims by GPS
Imagine surviving the trauma of a hijacking, only to come home a few days later to find your house has been broken into and ransacked.

Your initial thoughts may be that it's a coincidence or perhaps a case of seriously bad luck.

But this may not necessarily be the case if you are the owner o...
Wounded dog hero chases four robbers
MAX, a German shepherd/border collie cross, is the hero of his family after he was shot during a robbery and still managed to chase the four armed intruders over the garden wall.

“He should get steak and pudding every night for the rest of his life,” his owner, Netta Henegan, told The Citizen<...
Police see orange: paint ball boys bust for treason
Two Limpopo teenagers who mistakenly assumed the police have a sense of humour have been charged with high treason after they peppered a police station with paintball pellets at the weekend.

The two, aged 17 and 18, have also been charge with attempted murder, malicious damage to property and res...
Jailed 20 years for murdering nurse
There were emotional scenes outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday after a self-confessed drug dealer was sentenced to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment for bludgeoning to death a young nurse four years ago.

Judge Joshua Dolamo sentenced truck driver and self-confessed drug dealer Willie Str...
Jeppe siege trial before court today
ARMED police yesterday secured the courtroom for the Johannesburg High Court appearance of the 13 Jeppe siege accused in which 12 people died, including four policemen.

Besides the 13 accused there were nine Legal Aid representatives, and the public gallery was crowded.

Prosecutor Joanie Spies...
Kills two, then hangs himself
An Eastern Cape man, who was out of town for the weekend, made a gruesome discovery when he returned home on Sunday.

A friend who had been staying over had apparently hanged himself after bashing in the heads of his girlfriend and the homeowner’s wife with a hammer.

Two of the visiting couple’...
Saambou due in court
‘NOT GUILTY: One accused says he was only following orders

Two of the men allegedly involved in the collapse of Saambou Bank yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria High Court to charges of fraud, theft and contravening the Companies Act.

Gerhardus de Clercq, former general manager of Saa...
Briton’s killing probed
Police were yesterday still investigating the murder of British citizen Fred Picton-Turbervill four weeks after the incident.

This was heard in the Pretoria Regional Court during the appearance of Petro Morkel, Rasel Thebe and Thokozane Nhlapo.

The men were on charges of housebreaking with int...
Court told how dog found body
Dog-Handler Inspector Mike Grobbelaar was searching for a missing person in an unrelated matter when his dog discovered the first of the Moffat Park serial killer’s victims.

“I scratched away some of the ground and saw that it was a decomposing body,” he testified in the Johannesburg High Court t...
Coin-murder trio appear
Phana Makhanya and thee co-accused appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday charged with two counts of murder.

The four were also charged with nine counts of attempted murder, and robbery.

It is alleged that while robbing Coin Security employee members, the four fired indiscriminately...
Killing suspect flushed out
There was no place to hide for a suspected killer flushed out of dense bush and arrested a few hours after allegedly murdering a woman.

Hartbeespoort Dam police searched the area around Selosesha Camp, Oberon with the help of a helicopter before nabbing the 36-year-old suspect.

That was two ho...
Azapo disarmament plan
The Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) is challenging government to disarm civil society and restrict guns to police and other law-enforcement officers.

Azapo spokesman Strike Thokoane said they had initiated a campaign that would run country-wide.

“We are also in partnership with the churc...
Transport officials suspended
Seven North West government officials were suspended yesterday on suspicion of involvement in the sale of fake taxi operating licences and other documents.

They are employed by the Department of Transport and Roads.

MEC Phenye Vilakazi said parts of the province were being flooded by illegal o...
Murder trial mental twist
The mental capabilities of two confessed drug abusers who are on trial for the murder of TV actor Kobus Kleynhans have come under the spotlight in their Johannesburg High Court murder trial.

Prosecutor Zaais van Zyl had led all the prosecution evidence when the defence for James Breedt, of Newlan...
Dalton sues cops for R1,2m over his arrest and detention
Former Springbok hooker James Dalton is once again in the news.

This time he is claiming R1,2-million from the minister of safety and security and a constable for wrongful arrest and having had to spend two-and-a-half hours in detention.

The matter was yesterday postponed in the Pretoria Hig...
Pair accused of breaking the bank
State sets out to prove Saambou was fleeced

In what has been described as the biggest insider-trading case in South Africa's legal history, two former Saambou Bank officials - whose conduct allegedly led to the collapse of the bank in 2002 - have pleaded not guilty to 13 charges.

The c...
Logistics company takes Acsa to court over luggage deal
Equity Aviation - one of South Africa's major airport baggage-handling companies - has taken the Airports Company SA to court for terminating its services.

Bedfordview-based Equity Aviation oversees all ramp-handling services for Acsa and employs 3 000 casual and permanent employees.

The com...
Group accused of racketeering freed as state asks for yet another delay
Magistrate feels right to speedy trial infringed

Twenty-one people accused of operating South Africa's biggest international abalone-smuggling ring have walked out of court free men - without any evidence being heard against them.

In a blow to the prosecution of organised crime in the ...
Coin broker to act on threatening e-mail
"I am going to hunt you down like the Israelis hunted down the Palestinian terrorists that killed their athletes in the Munich Olympics."

This was the e-mail threat that SA Coin Corporation CEO Mark Andersen allegedly made to former employee and senior coin broker Christine Jones after she refus...
Widow faces 'massacre 13'
Inspector Leoni van Heerden wept quietly in the back of Court Room 4a of the Johannesburg High Court as alleged members of the Jeppestown massacre gang were today led to the dock.

Van Heerden, whose husband and colleague Frikkie was gunned down during the June 25 2006 shooting, was the only wido...
Ex-premier faces music over bribes
Ramatlhodi unaware of Scorpions' case

Gauteng Scorpions head Gerrie Nel has finally prepared a prosecutable corruption case against former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi, four years after it was announced that the ANC leader would be charged.

The Star has reliably learnt of Scorpion...
Police widow breaks down in court
Survivor of shootout with robbers face to face with alleged killers

Inspector Leonie van Heerden wept quietly in the back of court 4A as alleged members of the Jeppestown massacre gang were led up into the dock in the Johannesburg High Court.

For the first time yesterday, she came face...
'Husband-killing plotter' appears
The trial of Mulalo Unity Sivhidzho, who allegedly hired two men to kill her husband, was postponed until July 28 in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Sivhidzho, of Northriding, Randburg, stands accused along with Johannes Arnold Sello (29) - her boyfriend and her slain husband's relative -...
How mom heard daughter was dead
The last time Virginia Lindiwe Sibiya saw her daughter alive was when she left for school, dressed in her uniform.

But 16-year-old Vanessa never returned home.

She was found raped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave in Moffat Park, in southern Joburg, by an alleged serial killer, Richman...
Car thieves try to cross border without passports
It may be extreme bravery or severe stupidity, but two men have been arrested for trying to tow each other across the Lebombo border in two bakkies and with no passports.

Police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao has revealed that routine checks at the South Africa- Mozambique border over the we...
Tearful child begged robbers
'Please leave my daddy's things alone." This was how a tearful 5-year-old girl begged robbers before they allegedly throttled the child and left her for dead.

Ntombini Mweli, a domestic worker, was testifying against David Papi Matladi (37), who stands accused on charges of attempted murder, rob...
Mom's fake-licence horror
Jailed - but she did everything 'by the book'

A young mother was locked up overnight in a filthy, blood-spattered police cell after she was accused of being in possession of a false driving licence.

Vivienne Midlane, who vigorously denies the allegation of fraud, has described her expe...
Girl (5) throttled and bundled into wardrobe
Domestic worker knew one of the robbers

'Please leave my daddy's things alone." This was what a tearful 5-year-old girl begged robbers before they allegedly throttled the child and left her for dead.

Ntombini Mweli, a domestic worker, was testifying against David Papi Matladi (37), who...
Beuthin's bid to 'set the record straight' shot down
Infamous bouncer Gary Beuthin, whose name once cast fear in the Joburg nightclub fraternity, came to the Randburg Magistrate's Court prepared.

He needed to say something. He wanted to set the record straight. But even before he could do so, his request to address the court was shot down by the n...
Hijackers using stolen GPSs to get more loot
Security firm warns owners not to programme in their addresses

Imagine surviving the trauma of a hijacking, only to come home a few days later to find your house has been broken into and ransacked.

Your initial thoughts may be that it's a coincidence or perhaps a case of seriously bad ...
Kensington woman killed, husband hurt in robbery
A 76-year-old Joburg woman has been killed in a house robbery in which her husband sustained head and facial injuries.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the Kensington woman was declared dead on arrival by paramedics around 4am on Saturday.

It is alleged that the pair were held up b...
Judge ‘has to rescue himself’
MOSENEKE:YCL says it ‘doubts his integrity’

Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke is once again in the firing line.

This time the Young Communist League (YCL) is demanding that he rescues himself from ANC President Jacob Zuma’s appeal on his corruption trial....
Criminals arrested – East Rand Police
Katlehong - 101 criminals were arrested for various crimes over the past two days, East Rand police said yesterday.

Amongst the range of crimes committed were assault, the pointing of a firearm, theft and possession of suspected stolen property and murder said spokesman Captain Mega Ndobe.

He ...
Police catch hijackers
Two men who allegedly hijacked a minibus taxi in Rivonia on Saturday were caught out when they skipped a roadblock yesterday.

“The men told the driver of the taxi that they wanted a lift to Rivonia. They pulled out pistols and hijacked the vehicle,” said Norwood police spokesman Captain Phillip...
Car guard assaulted
A car guard was allegedly assaulted and hit be a car near the entrance to the Northgate Mall in Randburg at the weekend.

According to emergency workers, the 31-year-old guard sustained a sever jaw fracture.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman said witnesses alleged that a group of young men had...
2 Officers wounded in a shoot-out with suspect
Two police officers were injured in a shoot-out with a suspect in Limpopo at the weekend.

Spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo said police were following up a complaint about a man who was threatening to wipe out his family.

When they arrived at his Maungani home, the man had fled to a nearby rive...
Targeting Ramatlhodi
A prominent ANC member and Jacob Zuma backer is about to be stung by the Scorpions.

Former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi is soon to face the music on corruption charges, City Press said yesterday. He is alleged to have received financial kickbacks for awarding tenders to certain indiv...
Casino robbed by gang
Yesterday, the Boardwalk Casino in Port Elizabeth was robbed.

Inspector Hazel Mqala said 10-14 men armed with rifles or pistols arrived at the casino where they overpowered the security guards.

They then headed for the cashier’s office and took an undisclosed amount of money and escaped.

'Why Pikoli must go'
▪ Used security agency for raids ▪ Tried to split Scorpions and NPA ▪ Conduct relating to sensitive report

Justice bosses want suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli permanently axed, and have given the Ginwala Commission 11 reasons why they think he should go.

But Pikoli...
Teacher faces the music in court
For a man accused of indecently assaulting boys, Paul Potgieter (41) put on a brave face at the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on the West Rand yesterday when he appeared for a bail application.

Potgieter, who worked as a school choir coach in Estcourt, KwaZulu Natal, and gave private lessons at...
Powell co-accused off the hook
The charge against the third person arrested this week alongside Scorpions detective Ivor Powell and alleged Americans gang boss Igshaan Davids has been dropped.

Notorious Small, also known as David Bambizo, a former uMkhonto weSizwe cadre, was released from the Cape Town Magistrate's Court late...
Scorpions won't go quietly
Investigators protest acting NPA head Mpshe's 'fait accompli'

The Scorpions won't go quietly into the South African Police Service in July. This week, senior members of the elite unit throughout the country have been checking with lawyers to find out whether the ANC's decision to have them...
Justice for Missionaries
Yesterday in the Pietermaritzubrg High Court three young Port Shepstone men who had gang-raped and robbed two Mormon missionaries in 2006 were each jailed for an effective 44 years.

Agesat the time of the crime the three young men were Siyabonga Nzimande (21), Wonderboy Mthembu (18) and Bonganii ...
Squashing Scorpions does justice a disservice - Pikoli (Part 1)
Suspended National Prosecuting Authority head advocate Vusi Pikoli has warned it would be a "step backwards" in the fight against corruption if the elite crime-fighting Scorpions unit was disbanded and its members merged with the police.

"Definitely, if I get my job back, I would make my views k...
Squashing Scorpions does justice a disservice - Pikoli (Part 2)
An open inquiry could prove an embarrassment for the government. A detailed letter written by Pikoli to Mbeki in May last year, outlining his concerns about Selebi, the allegations and the ongoing investigation against him, will form part of the subject of the inquiry.

But Pikoli - a lawyer and ...
Spotlight on the hidden costs of the power crisis
We're all vulnerable to Eskom, and it's hitting us in all sorts of ways

Like so many of you, I suspect, I'm having a schizophrenic reaction to the realisation that my life will probably be disrupted by electricity blackouts every day for at least the next five years.

One minute I'm thi...
How crisis plan will hit you
Who's sorry now

The government has stepped in to address the electricity crisis with the announcement of a slew of power-saving measures including solar power and "smart" power cuts aimed at saving over 5 000MW of power.

The announcement by Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica ...
Kensington woman killed, husband hurt in robbery
A 76-year-old Joburg woman has been killed in a house robbery in which her husband sustained head and facial injuries. Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the Kensington woman was declared dead on arrival by paramedics around 4am on Saturday.

It is alleged that the pair were held up by a ...
Sniper shoots ring leader to break siege
It was one fatal mistake - a quick peek around a steel cell door - and it was over.

A single shot ended the nine-hour hostage drama that had thrown the Witbank Magistrate's Court into chaos on Thursday. It happened at 11.30pm when a member of the SAPS Special Task Force got the target he had bee...
How police stormed a cell under siege
It was one fatal mistake a quick peek around a steel cell door and it was over.

A single shot ended the nine-hour hostage drama that had thrown the Witbank Magistrate's Court into chaos yesterday. It happened at 11.30pm last night when a member of the SAPS Special Task Force got the target he ha...
Powell’s laptop, cellphone seized
HELD: Details of probes against SAPS brass

Witness statements, intelligence reports and detailed information of the investigations into suspended National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and other top policemen are in the hands of Western Cape police after they arrested top Scorpions’ investiga...
Train hits killer of parents
ROW: then Son flees

A nineteen-year-old died under a train yesterday after apparently stabbing to death both his parents and wounding a friend.

Schalk Erasmus’s body was found on the tracks 20km from home in the small North West town of Leeudoringstad.

Renee Jonker, 26, survived the blood...
Cup security boss in court
The 2010 Soccer World Cup security chief, Linda Mti, has made an unscheduled appearance in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg.

Mti was due to go on trial on charges of drinking and driving on Monday, January 28.

This date was set in December, when he was unable to appear for trial...
Speeding controlled the old way
JOHANNESBURG Metro police officers said they would continue trapping people in Joburg the old-fashioned way yesterday.

This involved using a laser gun, not a camera and manually pulling people over and issuing tickets.

This comes as traffic authorities across the Witwatersrand region scramble ...
Coffin case breakthrough
INVESTIGATIONS are complete and an arrest is expected today in the case of a coffin found at Kaalfontein, Kempton Park, earlier this week.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police found the coffin in the veld. It had the deceased’s name, date of death and burial date on it.

“We were able to locate the busines...
Man slit his wife’s throat
KILLER: Convicted 7 years later

SEVEN years after his young pregnant wife was found with her throat slit from ear to ear, Pretoria panel beater Pieter Viljoen was yesterday finally convicted in the Pretoria High Court of the gruesome murder.

Acting Judge Mahomed Ismail and two assessors unanim...
Bail for Beuthin friend
APPEAL: Magistrate was wrong, rules judge

GARY Beuthin’s fiancée, Melanie van Niekerk, won her bail appeal in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Previously a Randburg magistrate had refused her bail in connection with an attack on former Hell Angels president Edwin Jacobs.

Jacobs allege...
Police kill hijacker
A Hijacker was killed in a shootout with police in Durban earlier this week.

Krishanlall Kisson, 60, had dropped off his grandchild at school on Wednesday morning when he was approached by two men, one armed.

“They hijacked his Toyota Conquest and took him with them,” said Inspector Michael Re...
Man killed for phone
A 30-year-old Durban man was killed for his cellphone and a female police officer attempting to arrest his attackers was wounded in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

Captain Thembeka Luthuli said the incident occurred in Pickering Street in the Point area.

“The man was walking in the street when he was...
Woman killed in truck hijacking
A 25-year-old woman was shot dead and her boyfriend wounded in a hijacking in Durban early yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal Inspector Michael Read said the incident took place on Maydon Wharf Road at 3am. The couple were sitting in a horse trailer when four armed men confronted them.

“The suspects sh...
Battle for justice our No 1 problem
No individual or institution should be allowed to abuse the country's legal system for their own benefit

Forget Eskom's load shedding, which has catapulted us back into the Dark Ages. It's a major inconvenience that will slow down our economic growth and change life as we know it. But I do...
Ruling party projecting collective leadership
Cautious of the impact of Jacob Zuma's criminal accusations on its election performance next year, the new ANC leadership's strategy is to deploy all of its top leaders to face the nation.

Already this week, ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe is addressing a rally in Mpumalanga tomorrow, par...
Two to appear after Powell arrest
A fugitive who has been on the run for nine years and an alleged gang leader - both of whom were in the car with a Scorpions investigator arrested for drunk driving - were due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court today on separate charges.

And three days after Scorpions member and forme...
Metro police accused of delaying family on transplant rush
Father gives notice to cops but still gets a fine

The possibility of a new lease of 20-year-old June Maharaj's life was marred after her family were stopped by Joburg metro police officers as they were making their way to hospital.

June was called out to the Wits University Donald Gord...
This is the 'killer kid'
Murder accused Johan Kleynhans Nel arrived at court this morning in handcuffs and leg irons, guarded by police who had come prepared for a riot.

There to greet him was an angry crowd … so angry that they would later hold his car hostage.

After Nel's brief appearance in the Swartruggens Magis...
Police guesthouse killing
SECOND BODY: Woman officer had been ‘stoned to death’

Two police officers were killed in two separate incidents around the country yesterday.

A 50-year-old police captain from Upington attending a course in Pretoria was shot dead in a guesthouse in the early hours of yesterday.

The captain...
Mystery coffin: Cremator found
EKURHULENI Metro Police yesterday located the undertaker who cremated the woman whose coffin was found dumped in the veld in Kaalfontein, Kempton Park earlier this week.

“Yesterday we were able to locate where the business premises of the undertaker were, and we were shocked at what we found.

Animal ‘traders’ held
A SYNDICATE is believed to be behind the shocking incidence of street hawkers threatening to abuse cats and dogs if motorists did not buy them, the SPCA said yesterday.

Metro police officials have arrested a number of hawkers for selling puppies and kittens along William Nicol Drive in Sandton.
Train fires a mystery
GAUTENG’S top public transport official believes last week’s train-torching incident in Pretoria had nothing to do with power failures.

Mbongeni Radebe said the burning of six trains at four stations in the north of the Tshwane Metro could not be explained away by peoples’ frustration over gettin...
Armed man arrested
Officers attached to the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Tracing Unit yesterday arrested a man allegedly found in possession of unlicensed firearms in Thokozo.

Inspector Jimmy Maboko said the suspect was arrested around the Phola area at about 9.30am when police responded to a tip-off.

By Citizen repo...
Hijacked truck found
SWIFT action by metro police officers led to them recovering a cargo truck minutes after it was hijacked in Alberton, Ekurhuleni.

Police officers from the North East Rand Dog Unit were alerted to be on the lookout for the truck while they were busy with a routine patrol.

Police spokesman Super...
Acquitted man sues
An attorney representing an Angolan businessman acquitted last year after serving seven years awaiting trial yesterday served the National Commissioner’s office with a letter of demand.

Serge Christiano’s attorney, Nicholas Ngwenya told The Citizen they are suing the police for R4 million ...
Pirated copies crushed
The South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) has destroyed about 82 000 pirated copies of films, television series and console PC games at a facility in Kyasands.

The street value of these discs is estimated at over R4 million and represents a potential loss of R12m in sales to l...
Tsotsi piracy rap off
The Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court has withdrawn charges of making numerous pirate copies of South Africa’s award winning move, Tsotsi, against a film laboratory employee.

Auckland Park resident Glynnis Lincoln, 31, was out on bail of R30 000 on charges of copyright fraud and forgery...
Fraud trial deferred
The headless corpse insurance fraud trial of an Edenvale resident has been crowded out of the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court and postponed to March 6, 2008.

Killed in a train accident, the accused allegedly identified the headless corpse by the feet and toes as the body of her husband.

Arrests in taxi 'hit’
Western Cape: Two taxi owners and another seven men were arrested for the murder of taxi owner Thando C Makanda at Browns farm.

They had fled themurder scene in a white Polo, police said yesterday.

Bail ‘may lead to more violent acts’
The chief investigating officer in the Boeremag treason trial was convinced that on of the accused, Kobus Pretorius, would flee and “commit further acts of violence” if he was freed on bail.

Superintendent Tollie Vreugdenburg said the State had a strong prima facie case against Pretorius and his ...
Hunt for grandpa after pupil 'sells' fake R100 notes
The police are searching for a man who apparently has a large number of fake R100 notes in his possession.

Yesterday, a pupil from Boepathutsi Secondary School, in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, was found with a large number of fake notes on him at the school.

The Grade 9 pupil claims he too...
Not all whites are racist, families of deceased told
DA politician visits Skielik settlement

The family and relatives of those slain in the informal settlement of Skielik insist they harbour no hatred towards white people and instead blame the killer alone.

Yesterday, Sandra Botha, the Democratic Alliance's parliamentary leader, visited ...
Unit's merging with police will be painless, says NPA head
Acting National Prosecuting Authority boss Mokotedi Mpshe has committed himself to ensuring that the Scorpions are disbanded by June.

But, in an e-mail sent by Mpshe to prosecutors yesterday, the NPA head did not provide any details of whether and how Scorpions staff would be incorporated into t...
Risk management firm calls for retention of Scorpions
The Scorpions have found an unlikely ally in the corporate world, with risk-management experts calling for the retention of the top crime-busting unit.

The retention of the beleaguered investigative unit forms part of a list of policies mooted by a major South African chartered accounting firm s...
Motorists urged to check on legality of speeding fines
Every speed camera in Joburg has been deactivated and any motorist snapped speeding after January 21 should go to court to check the validity of their fine.

This comes as traffic authorities across the Witwatersrand region scramble to file applications and gain permission to legally operate thei...
'Good imam lured women'
Joburg man held in marriage scam

A Joburg imam a Muslim priest allegedly ran a lucrative illegal marriage scam for months from an office at his mosque in Joburg.

Together with two "runners", Imam Mohammed Rashaad Ramdin reportedly would lure unemployed single young women to the Mayfair...
Sentencing of 'friendly rapist' postponed
Tshilidzi* considered Andries Mudzanani a friend. But he turned into a rapist and a thief.

Mudzanani broke into the shack where she and her sister Alu* were sleeping and raped them at gunpoint. At the time of the incident, the siblings were aged 22 and 19.

Tshilidzi's sister, who was studyin...
Mall closed after suspicious activity at bank
A Soweto shopping centre was evacuated after suspicions that a bank could have been broken into, and that the perpetrators were hiding inside.

Curious onlookers and store workers watched from a distance as police officers went in and out of the Dobsonville shopping centre yesterday morning in se...
Scorpion's link with 'gang boss' still a puzzle
Investigator admits he had a drink before driving car

A Scorpions investigator arrested in his duty vehicle with alleged Americans gang boss Igshaan Davids has admitted to his attorney he did have "a drink" before getting in the car.

But it is yet to surface why Ivor Powell - who was a...
Rival KES and Athlone pupils bury the hatchet
It was a scene nobody would have imagined a few months ago - Athlone and King Edward VII schoolboys sitting together vowing "never again".

The two schools were involved in a bitter rivalry in September last year when a KES pupil, Mfundo Ntshangase, was stabbed to death by a group of boys from At...
The time has never been more apt for South Africans to diversify their energy sources and consider alternative means of powering their homes.
The time has never been more apt for South Africans to diversify their energy sources and consider alternative means of powering their homes.

According to Eskom the country's power woes look set to continue well beyond 2012, allowing more than enough time for the expensive initial outlay to pay ...
For the record
In its final edition yesterday, The Star reported that Gauteng Scorpions' boss Gerrie Nel had arrived at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court to ask for a postponement of the Brett Kebble murder case.

In fact Nel had been held up in traffic and the case against Glenn Agliotti was handled by anoth...
Domestic worker's trial postponed
Final trial proceedings against a domestic worker who allegedly hired people to kill the new woman in her widowed employer's life has been postponed in the Johannesburg High Court.

Domestic worker Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema (52) stands accused, along with alleged assassins Bheki Mahlangu and Lybon Mak...
Skills exodus ‘picking up’
South Africa faces an exodus of skilled workers the like of which has not been seen since the mid-90s.

Uncertainty about future policy direction under ANC president Jacob Zuma, concerns about a rift in the ruling party, a lack of confidence in the police added to Eskom’s inability to keep the cou...
No plea deal for Agliotti
SELEBI:Top cop’s case is causing delays for friend

The Selebi matter has delayed a High Court trial date for his friend Glenn Agliotti, charged in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Keble.

But a deal in the murder trial in return for testimony against police commi...
Nurse’s killer to be sentenced
A self-confessed drug dealer who bludgeoned to death a young nurse after she gave him a lift home will be sentenced in the Pretoria High Court next week.

Counsel for Willie Strauss, a truck driver and self-confessed drug dealer, argued yesterday there were mitigating circumstances, and that Strau...
Murder suspect in court
Allan van Rooyen, accused of killing a man outside Teazers strip club in Villeria three months ago, will know at the end of this month whether his murder case will be transferred to the regional court.

The Pretoria Magistrate heard yesterday the investigation into the October incident had been co...
Three baptism bodies found
Police divers have recovered the bodies of a church minister, his assistant and a woman who all drowned on Sunday during a baptism ceremony near Taung in North West.

The bodies of Aleseng Ezekiel Moshotlwa, Johannes Letlogonolo Monnamorwa and Letlhogonolo Joyce Molehane were recovered in the Kgom...
YCL: They are deplorable
The Young Communist League (YCL) has ripped into politician Bantu Holomisa and law expert Shadrack Gutto for their views on the Scorpions’ Imminent dissolution.
“The attacks by these two deplorable individuals on the ANC resolutions taken by delegates specifically as it relates to the absorption of...
Mass funeral for 4 slain victims
SWARTRUGGENS is bracing for the court appearance of alleged racist shooter Johan Nel and the funeral of his four victims at the end of the week.

It is expected that Nel’s lawyer, Frikkie Pretorius will ask the court to refer him for psychiatric observation.

Nel, 18, is scheduled to make his se...
Coffin in veld shocks metro cops
Patrolling Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers were left in shock when they discovered a coffin lying in the veld in Kaalfontein, Kempton Park earlier this week.

Metro police spokesman Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said officers were busy with their patrol when they came across the coffin in the veld next ...
Twice-cut youth sues
JUSTICE Alliance SA (Jasa) yesterday filed a civil case in the Bisho High Court on behalf of an Eastern Cape teenager who was forcibly circumcised for the second time.

Jasa said Bonani Yamani, 19, was subjected to violent traditional circumcision on March 3 last year.

Yamani, who is about to b...
New audit tracks massive drop in public confidence
'SA democracy threatened if trend continues'

An alarming slump in public confidence in the country's leaders and representative institutions is a crisis striking at the root of South Africa's democracy.

An annual audit by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has found tha...
Another top Scorpion held
Sleuth nabbed with gang boss for drunk driving

Another Scorpions heavy- weight has found himself behind bars, after being arrested for drunk driving with one of Cape Town's most notorious gangsters.

Barely a week after corruption charges against Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel were w...
Clock ticks for Agliotti's murder trial
Scorpions want exiled Stratton in the dock at the same timee2

Brett Kebble's violent death caused a war between police and prosecutors forcing National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli out of their jobs.

Now, more than two years after the mining magnat...
Joburg set to roll out solar street lights soon
Joburg streets are going solar in a new initiative to elevate the city's road chaos during power cuts.

Thousands of street lights fitted with solar panelling are set to roll out across the country in the next couple of weeks.

They might even be here by February it all depends on how quickly ...
Power outages top cabinet lekgotla agenda
The government has finally admitted that the country was facing an electricity crisis following disruptive power cuts over the past weeks.

Yesterday, the cabinet summoned Eskom bosses and deliberated on the matter for the first time since the country was plunged into intermittent darkness.

Experts slam school safety
Pupil deaths could have been avoided with proper training

South African schools have been condemned as death traps after 31 children died last year. Many other children may have died later in hospitals from injuries sustained at school or in school-related activities.

Dirk Senekal, a m...
Cosatu hits at state over negligence on Eskom power advice
Cosatu has joined the power outages' outrage, accusing the government of gross negligence for spurning Eskom's advice to expand its capacity to produce electricity about a decade ago.

"Cosatu is outraged … We regard it as gross negligence, which was brought about by (government's economic strate...
Building hijack witness killed days before trial
A woman due to testify against two policemen accused of hijacking buildings has been murdered.

Police believe the killing, which happened last week Thursday, was an attempt to scare other witnesses from testifying against them.

Lindiwe Mthembu was to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Cou...
Witness killed days before building-hijack case
A woman due to testify against two policemen accused of building-hijacking has been murdered.

Police believe the killing, which took place on Thursday, was an attempt to scare other witnesses from testifying against them.

Lindiwe Mthembu was to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yes...
Authorities to take action over bread price increase
State to step up monitoring to prevent manipulation

The SA Bureau of Standards has vowed to take stern action against retailers found to be violating the legal requirement for producing bread.

Regulatory executive director Moses Moeletsi said yesterday the SABS had been inundated with ...
Now freed Nel faces Agliotti from the other side of the dock
A week ago, Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel stood in the dock of the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, with his hands behind his back … and heard that the police's bid to charge him with corruption had failed.

Today the investigator who led the graft probe into National Police Commissioner Jackie Se...
Suspects are ‘flight risks’
Employees of an authentic rural Zulu village at the Neia Safari Ranch listened in disbelief, and protested at the bail proceedings for the five accused of murdering their employer Franz Richter, 80, of Muldersdrift.

The Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court hearing was last week postponed because of a p...
Odendaal murder: trio face ID parade
A murder case against three men who allegedly tortured and raped a woman before killing her in Lynwood Manor, east of Pretoria three months ago was postponed for an identity parade.

The men, aged 23, and 45, who cannot be named as they have not yet pleaded to a sex-related charge, appeared in the...
‘Scam syndicate’ due to stand trial
Two alleged syndicate members who the prosecution will seek to prove facilitated the unlawful entry of 185 people from India into the United Kingdom via South Africa have been ordered to stand trial in the Johannesburg High Court.

The scam, which cost between R5 000 and R10 000 per person was car...
Eskom sparks migrant exodus
ESKOM appears to be the leading cause of South Africans of all race groups wishing to emigrate.

Shortly after the Polokwane conference that elected Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC, The Citizen phoned many emigration consultants who said they had not experienced any major increase in que...
Mama Jackie case delayed
The sentencing of disgraced Soweto “angel” and Itumeleng Trust principal Jackie Maarohanye, also known as Mama Jackie, was yesterday postponed to February 13 for a pre-sentence report.

Maarohanye and two associates appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court, Soweto where they were to be sentenced ...
Metro police rely on public
Metro police in Pretoria are relying on the public to let them know of intersections where load shedding is causing gridlock.

“We just don’t have sufficient personnel to deploy on point duty at all the major intersections under our jurisdiction,” spokesman Alta Fourie said.

With this in mind a...
Durban man shot
Durban - A hijacking victim had been shot in his shoulder and stomach during a hijacking in the suburbs of Umlazi yesterday morning, police reported.

Police said he had been taken to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in a critical condition.

The car has not yet been found.

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Arrested for rape
Two hostel dwellers were arrested at the weekend in connection with a rape charge in Umlazi, KwaZulu –Natal.

Police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu said a woman reported she had been raped by two men on Friday.

They were allegedly found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and nine rounds of...
Parties preparing lists for amnesty applications
PAC and Azapo still have to verify how many members are in prison for political crimes

Although the deadline for presidential pardons is three months away, political parties say they expect the interim period to be laborious as they verify their respective lists of political prisoners.

Bok coach would have liked to meet assaulted family
The police are investigating the alleged assault of a Paarl man and his 14-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, at Boland Rugby Club in Wellington.

George Mike, from Newton, his daughter Angelique and his 10-year-old son Keenan reportedly wanted to meet the new Springbok coach Peter de Vill...
Murder accused stood to inherit R1m
Woman 'wanted to own conservationist's ranch'

A 35-year-old woman accused with four men of the murder and robbery of Franz Richter was his common-law wife and was to inherit R1-million from the conservationist's estate.

This emerged in affidavits read during the bail application of fiv...
Three held after body of missing tourist found
Police have confirmed that a 71-year-old Danish tourist who went missing more than a week ago is dead.

Preben Povlsen, described in the Danish press as being a retired millionaire, left his Gordons Bay, Western Cape, holiday home last Monday to play golf. His wife reported him missing only on Tue...
Prof in court on abuse charges
A West Rand music professor had to run between two courtrooms as he faced several allegations of abusing boys in separate incidents.

Yesterday, Paul Potgieter first appeared in regional court 2 at the Randfontein Magistrate's Court, where he made his first appearance on charges of assault and on...
Criminals use ADT uniforms in robberies
Residents urged to be vigilant amid attacks by bogus guards

Their slogan reads: "Always there", but doubt has begun to creep into the minds of Sunninghill residents concerning one of South Africa's well known armed response security company's - ADT.

The speculation comes in light of th...
Scorpions set to be disbanded by June – if ANC gets its way
The Scorpions will have ceased to exist by as early as June this year – if the ANC has its way.

ANC deputy secretary-general Gwede Mantashe dropped this bombshell at the conclusion of two days of high-level discussions between the party’s national executive committee and the Cabinet.

Mantashe ...
Independent Complaints Directorate to probe arrest
The Gerrie Nel case will be investigated by the Independent Complaint Directorate, the DA said yesterday.

Last week the DA officially asked the police oversight organisation to investigate the arrest of the top Gauteng Scorpions investigator, the day after his case was struck from the roll in the...
Spate of shootings in Jhb
There were several shooting incidents across Johannesburg this weekend.

An elderly women was fatally shot in Sandown, while an adult male was killed by robbers in Parkmore.

On the West Rand, two men were in a serious condition after opening fire on each other in a Lewisham bar.

In Parkden...
Commuters burn six trains
Angry Metrorail commuters set fire to six trains in Pretoria this weekend as frustrations over delays due to power cuts reached boiling point.

SA Rail Commuter Corporation chief executive Lucky Montana has since announced that trains along the Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa lines have been suspended.

Sister’s grief over New Year ‘police assault’
NONCEDO Luhani from Pinetown, south of Johannesburg, has expressed concern and disappointment at the actions of Ennerdale police station officers.

Speaking to The Citizen, Luhani said her brother Mthembisi had been in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital since New Year’s Day after being ass...
Three up on hijacking charges
Midrand police have arrested three men on hijacking charges on Friday.

Police Captain Mega Ndobe reported that police followed a dark-grey BMW X5 from Sandton and stopped it in Midrand.

Police found three 9mm pistols, 11 cellphones and jewellery in the car and on investigating found that the c...
Scorpions to lose sting by June, ANC lekgotla rules
The government will abide by instructions from the ANC to disband the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions) by June.

This follows a clear directive issued by the party's national executive committee (NEC) during a weekend lekgotla in Midrand.

The meeting was attended by cabinet m...
Big hitters say they won't be munching
In an apparent political scam, a Cape-Town company is raising hundreds of thousands of rands by claiming to host a gala dinner for ANC president Jacob Zuma and the country's deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both Mlambo-Ngcuka and Zuma have distanced themselves from the company.

However, ...
Agliotti witness is finally released
Robert Lee Lottman, a star witness in the multimillion- rand case against Glenn Agliotti, was finally released from the Voorberg Prison in Porterville yesterday.

In addition, Lottman, an American citizen, was granted a ministerial exemption from Home Affairs allowing him to stay in the country u...
R5000 fine and a file of angry soldiers for Lekota
Irate soldiers called for Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota to be locked up yesterday outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court where the former ANC national chairperson pleaded guilty to speeding.

Members of the SA National Defence Union hounded Lekota with posters such as "Terrible Lekota, a d...
Paying for sex could land you behind bars
Sexual Offences Act allows for the clients to face the full force of the law

A sex worker's breakfast is around 6pm - but it's not bacon and eggs or a bowl of high-fibre bran before hitting the dimly lit streets of the capital's red-light district. Instead she'll shoot up on heroin or smok...
'Shame on you, Selebi. Shame'
After exposing a criminal syndicate operating at ORTambo, whistleblower vows to fight corruption

Paul O'Sullivan has vowed to continue his crusade against corruption in the highest corridors of power in South Africa.

Speaking this week to the Saturday Star, the man who spent almost sev...
Selebi's stand-in 'cut off at the knees'
Jackie Selebi is in charge. He may be on extended leave as the National Prosecuting Authority negotiates that he face corruption charges on February 1. But the national police commissioner - who is not suspended - remains the boss. Security experts and others who know Tim Williams - Selebi's deputy ...
Teacher bust fiddling again
A West Rand paedophile music teacher has been locked up after being caught once again with a boy this week.

Off-duty police officers spotted the notorious paedophile sitting with a 17-year-old boy and another 21-year-old man at a popular pub on the West Rand. It is believed the music teacher was...
Taxi owner killed in hail of bullets
He knew he was going to die, says grieving widow

The ongoing taxi violence in Joburg has claimed the life of a taxi boss.

Christopher Mphostoli Tswayi was ambushed outside his house in Malvern just after 10pm on Saturday.

Tswayi, a member of the Faraday Taxi Association (FTA), arri...
Two slain in secure Sandton complexes
Boom gates, high walls and security guards couldn't prevent the cold-blooded shootings of two people in places they considered safe.

A Sandown woman was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon inside her secure complex.

This was after one of the three assailants allegedly held a security guard...
Woman says cops laughed when she reported assault
A 25-year-old woman, who alleges she was beaten up by her boyfriend, has laid a complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate, saying she was ridiculed by police officers when she tried to report the incident.

On December 13, just three days after the end of the 16 Days of Activism for N...
Scam freed many criminals for R50 000: police
An audit is to be carried out at the Johannesburg High Court, Magistrate’s Court and prison, to try and find out how many hardened criminals have been released in a scam involving corrupt Justice Department employees.

“There is going to be an extra burden placed on the police to get them back to ...
Selebi’s lawyers and NPA agree on February 1 court date
Former Interpol head and National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will appear in court on February 1, despite his legal team having requested an earlier appearance.

The top cop, who is on voluntary extended leave, was initially supposed to appear in Randburg Regional Court on January 30, but as...
SMS plea before suicide
APPEAL: Police urged to use counselling services

The police have urged officers to use police counselling services, after another apparent suicide.

Mzwandile Shabangu, 27, a constable from Ekulindeni village near Badplaas in Mpumalanga, was found hanging from a tree on Tuesday, reports ...
Alleged family killer in custody
A man who allegedly killed his wife and daughter in a jealous rage in Mabophane on Tuesday was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Petros Phoshoko was in court on double charges of murdering his wife Lindiwe and daughter.

He was remanded in cust...
Skielik shooting claims a fourth victim
Three days ago, the Moiphitlhi family, of Skielik in North West, was preparing to bury their three-month-old baby, Keditlotse.

Now the family is preparing to bury the child's mother too.

Keditlotse's mom, Annah, died in hospital yesterday, on the same day that their alleged killer, Johan Nel,...
ANC shows confidence in Moseneke
The ANC has accepted that Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke's controversial comments were innocuous and that "no ill was intended".

A major collision between the judiciary and the new ANC leadership was averted at a meeting this week between Justice Moseneke, Chief Justice Pius Langa and ANC...
Selebi's date with justice looms
Corruption-accused National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will make his first appearance in the dock on February 1.

And, a month-and-a-half later, ANC president Jacob Zuma will ask the highest court to effectively quash part of the corruption case brought against him.

Both men are defend...
MPs pass divisive abortion legislation
The National Assembly has finally approved a controversial bill which allows girls as young as 12 to undergo abortions without the consent of their parents.

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill got the green light yesterday from 266 MPs, while 52 voted against the measure and 12...
New Agliotti video tells another story
Glenn Agliotti, the man at the centre of allegations of criminal activity by National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, has given the police a new statement on video.

In it, the man expected to be a key witness against, or co-accused with, Selebi, talks about the actions of the Scorpions agains...
Teen faces gauntlet of hate
Johan Nel, the 18-year-old accused of shooting dead a baby, a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man in an apparent racist attack, stared boldly ahead throughout his first five-minute court appearance today.

The teenager, who had entered the courtroom under the guard of a plain-clothed police offi...
Judy Sexwale relives hijack ordeal
Court hears of drama as she waited for son outside school

Judy Sexwale was pinned between two robbers and her car, staring into the "cold eyes" of the man holding a gun.

She was frightened but calm, choosing to look into the man's face and not at the pistol.

A thought was going thr...
Eskom cuts robbing people of their power
Woman held up at gunpoint at gate that wouldn't open

'This time Eskom has gone too far," says a Joburg mother whose daughter was robbed at gunpoint after her remote-controlled gate couldn't open because of a power cut.

Emilio Baisero's daughter, Annalisa Sega, had got out of her car to...
Judge Moseneke hailed
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s refusal to bow to the “whims” of the ruling party should be applauded, the DA said yesterday.

DA spokesman Motlatjo Thetjeng said Moseneke’s statement demonstrated that “the judiciary is steadfastly resisting pressure from the ANC to be transformed into an ...
NPA makes a date with Selebi
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will appear in Randburg Regional Court on January 30 if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has its way.

The NPA has sent Selebi’s legal team a letter suggesting the date.

The police chief, who is on “voluntary” extended leave of absence, is set ...
Police, robbers in bloody shootout
Eight armed men stormed the Osbro Wholesale Cash and Carry in Mayfair early yesterday in a prelude to a bloody shootout with police, which left one policeman in hospital and two robbers behind bars.

The armed gang ordered customers and staff of the shop to lie down before making off with an undis...
Eskom faces power cut grilling
IT’S URGENT: Protector demands answers now

The public Protector is demanding answers from Eskom about its hated load shedding.

The reason, he says, is that load shedding is having a devastating effect on service delivery, and badly affecting the lives of South Africans.

In a letter t...
Shoprite in R48m law suit
The property section of the Shoprite Checkers group of companies has instituted a damages claim of more than R48 million against two of its former senior employees, and two Florida contractors they claimed had been involved in a corruption scheme.

Shoprite Checkers properties (SCP) appointed fore...
Drama at Oprah hearing
MATRON: Accused nearly faced arrest warrant

Sebokeng – There was drama at the Sebokeng Regional Court yesterday when the former dormitory matron of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy appeared.

“Tiny” Makgopo, 27, is on R2 000 bail.

Two days, April 21 and April 22 have been s...
Zuma gets R50 000 damages
ANC President Jacob Zuma has accepted an out-of-court settlement for a defamation and injuria claim that he instituted in 2006 against Media 24 Ltd, Rapport editor Tim du Plessis and George bureau chief Chris Karsten.

In terms of the settlement Zuma will receive R50 000 and have his legal...
Body of guard found
The body of a security guard was found on the railway tracks near Wolmartin Station in Pretoria North yesterday.

Captain Prince Mkhabela said the man, 25, was last seen boarding the train from Ga-Rankuwa en route to Pretoria in the morning.

Together with a friend he boarded the train, but in s...
Robbers blow up ATM
A gang of robbers not only blew up an ATM early yesterday morning, they first robed the 24-hour shop at an adjacent filling station.

Captain Adele Myburgh of the north West police said seven men arrived at the filling station in Boshoek near Rustenburg at 2.30am and held the staff at gunpoint.

Most wanted caught
Benoni's most wanted suspect was arrested earlier this week, police reported yesterday.

East Rand police spokesman Captain Alfred Nakala said the 22-year-old suspect was arrested while in a court dock where he was appearing on a murder and possession of unlicensed firearm case in the Vosloorus Ma...
Skipping rope spat in C-Max
Lets Pretorius is hopping mad over the confiscation of his son’s skipping rope.

The father of three of the Boeremag-accused inmates, who is himself an accused out on bail, has gone public saying warders at Pretoria’s C-Max prison are acting against a court order giving his son Wilhelm permission ...
Police bullies are charged
A Burgersfort, Limpopo, family is charging police after 12 allegedly invaded their home and bullied them at the weekend.

James McKinlay, 53, was driving home when a driver allegedly cut in front of him. They had words and the man threw an apple at him and McKinlay picked up a bolt and threw it a...
30 children rescued
An anti-child trafficking officer at the Amazing Grace Children’s Centre rescued 30 Mozambican children over the festive season.

The children were rescued in the KaMaqhekeza township near Malalane in Mpumalanga, after being discovered by Vusi Ndukuya in a taxi rank, where they were working as haw...
No abortion clause
The proposed conscience clause in the Abortion Amendment Bill has not been included, despite the trend being followed in most democracies including Belgium, Denmark, Tasmania and Cyprus.

The Bill is to be voted on today in Cape Town.

Most democracies have a conscience clause for health profess...
Have you seen Piet?
The family of Piet Abdullah, 70, who went missing in Davidsonville, Roodepoort, during the holidays have appealed for information.

Abdullah has a dark complexion and was wearing a blue jacket.

Anyone with information please contact Cathy Smith at 073 246 1253 or John Smith at 073 814 9952, or ...
Doctor in trouble
A doctor at Ga-Rankuwa’s George Mkhari Hospital, arrested for allegedly growing dagga in his Eldorette home north of Pretoria two months ago, will go on trial in March.

Makgale Bennedict Mokgoga appeared yesterday on charges of dagga dealing. The street value was said to be R10 000.

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Five men arrested
Eastern Cape police have so far arrested five men for an attack on an 85-year-old Joubertina farmer.

Three men were initially taken into custody for the crime but two more have subsequently been arrested, police spokesman Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said yesterday.

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Heist gang bail shock
Five robbers killed by cops faced other charges

Of the 11 robbers shot dead in a foiled cash heist last month, two were wanted by police and five were awaiting trial.

Police have finished profiling the brazen gang and discovered that one of the robbers was awaiting five separate trials...
Angry Selebi vows to fight NPA's decision
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will not get into the dock without a fight.

The Star has confirmed that Selebi who was given written notification that his first court appearance on corruption charges has been proposed for January 30 will pursue his Pretoria High Court bid to overturn ...
Skielik killer a loner who was attacked twice as boy
Family unsure about what triggered shooting spree

The teenager who allegedly killed three people at the Skielik informal settlement in North West has been described as a quiet, well-mannered chicken farmer.

Seven people were wounded and are still recovering in hospital after the shooti...
Baghdad hostages' wives face difficult choice
Financial woes could force the wives of four South African men who went missing in Iraq 13 months ago to declare them dead.

The wives of the so-called Baghdad Four - André Durant, Callie Scheepers, Hardus Greeff and Johann Enslin - recently learnt that in order for them to get their husbands' pe...
Government slammed for tardiness in Pikoli case
Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has slammed his suspension as "arbitrary and unfounded" - and has called for it to be withdrawn.

In a scathing letter written to Frene Ginwala, Pikoli's lawyers said the only conclusion to be drawn from the government's repeated failure to make a proper case...
Cops say Nel probe not over
Police are undeterred by their failed bid to charge Scorpions advocate Gerrie Nel with corruption - and want to "outsource" his possible future prosecution.

Lungelo Dlamini yesterday said their decision to apply for an outsourced prosecution of the "continuing" investigation was "motivated by e...
Death wore camouflage for the people of Skielik
Residents of rural Skielik in North West were relieved at the arrest of a teenager after the killing of three people in a race rampage this week.

The 17-year-old white youth, with a previous conviction for attempted murder, was nabbed by police after his father told them where he was hiding.

Woman in court parole scam released
A 30-year-old Johannesburg High Court staff member arrested for allegedly being part of a syndicate that released convicted prisoners for a fee has been released.

The woman was arrested at her home on Tuesday, four days after the arrest of her senior, Refilwe Mahuma, the alleged mastermind of th...
Officer threatens Star man with death
The chase was on. The cops were chasing the robbers and we were chasing the cops.

We had met up with a small contingent of police in Mayfair West hot on the heels of a gang of robbers who had held up a supermarket yesterday.

Finding no suspects in Mayfair, and acting on information, the offi...
Cops scour Joburg for armed robbers
Policeman wounded, two arrested after Mayfair supermarket and customers held up

A police helicopter hovers low, orbiting a patch of dense bushes sandwiched between a railway line and residential homes.

On the ground, police officers, with pistols drawn, make their way into thick, metre...
Trial date set for Oprah academy staffer
The woman at the heart of the Oprah Winfrey Academy scandal will stand trial for sexual offences against several school girls in April.

In a two-minute hearing at the Sebokeng Magistrate's Court this morning the woman was informed that her trial would go ahead on April 21 and 22 in the same court...
Expert witness called in lover's murder trial
The trial in the Johannesburg High Court of Superintendent Oupa Oliphant Lethebe (43), the Ekurhuleni metro police officer who shot and killed his customary-law wife, police Captain Jubrel Mamotsiri Tladi, in August 2005, has been postponed to enable a defence expert witness to be present when prose...
Anger as ANC attacks judiciary
OPPOSITION: Criticism of top judge ‘rubbish’

Scathing ANC criticism of the judiciary has incurred the wrath of opposition parties.

“The attack on Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke is rubbish,” said Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille.

“The ANC is making a habit ...
Elderly woman raped and stabbed with fork
A 77-year-old woman who lived alone is though to have been raped, then stabbed to death with a dinner fork in Aberdeen at the weekend.

Eastern Cape police yesterday confirmed Susanna van Zyl was assaulted and murdered in her house on Meintjies Street on Saturday. A bloodstained dinner fork was f...
Waterkloof four to appeal
The four former Waterkloof schoolboys jailed for 12 years for murdering an unknown black man, will appeal against their conviction and sentences on April 29.

Pretoria regional magistrate Len Kotze sentenced Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwayk and Reinach Tiedt – all in their e...
What restraining order?
A METRO policeman on trial for murdering his fiancée, a police captain, was cross examined at length yesterday about a domestic violence restraining order she had obtained against him.

The former metro traffic superintendent claimed he knew nothing of the restraining order, but the prosecution pr...
Clerk faces fraud charge
Johannesburg High Court personnel spoke in shocked whispers yesterday and pointed to the first floor where a clerk was allegedly running a private free-the-prisoner scam for R50 000 as a sideline.

The clerk, Refilwe Mahuma, 44, who faces charges of corruption and fraud, was arrested at her office...
‘Jeppe siege 13’ in court
The 13 accused in the ‘Jeppe siege’ murder trial were back in the Johannesburg High Court agains yesterday.

The trial is a sequel to the fatal shooting of four policemen and eight others in Jeppe, Johannesburg, a year ago.

Eleven of the accused have spent the past months in C-Max Prison.

Husband shoots wife
A Tygerberg man shot his wife in front of their two children in the driveway of her house in Equestria, east of Pretoria, yesterday morning. She was reportedly planning to divorce him.

Karin Kruger, 47, was on her way to drop her children at school when she was confronted by her husband, Hein Kr...
Hit-and-run killing
A 17-year-old teenager died in a hit-and-run accident in Durban yesterday morning, police said. The incident took place on Challen Road in Phoenix after 4am, when a car knocked down Joseph Moses.

The motorist drove away. He has not yet been found, but police opened a culpable homicide case.

KZN gunmen kill two
Two people were gunned down by four armed men in Durban’s KwaMashu area, police said yesterday.

Inspector Michael Read said four men walked up to Tabani Zulu and shot him in the head on Monday. They then shot Mdende Shandu several times before fleeing.

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ICD nails police ‘cover-up’
Three policemen have been arrested for shooting a Fort Beaufort farmer they had mistaken for a criminal.

They then allegedly attempted to cover their tracks by pretending the man had died in a car accident.

The incident occurred on a farm outside Seymour in May 2006, but the three policemen – ...
Study of DNA to aid police
ANALYSIS: to strengthen the case against Kunene

After months of painstaking scientific work police have finally managed to perform DNA analysis on the burned corpse found in the passenger seat of Ballito estate agent Lyne Hume’s car.

Although a suspect, Muziwendoda Kunene, has al...
Kunene lawyer misses court hearing
An attempted-murder case against hoax e-mail accused Muziwendoda Kunene did not go on as expected in the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court yesterday, because his lawyer was not in court.

Kunene, who was expected to bring a formal bail application, was in court but during the court proceedings the...
Local authority faces procurement probe
A Free State local authority is to be probed by the Special Investigation Unit in connection with procurement.

The probe was gazetted last November almost a year after an Auditor-General’s report brought the issue to light in the Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality, which incorporates Harrismith, Keste...
'Drop the charges'
As state seeks further inquiry delay, axed NPA boss demands:

Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has slammed his suspension as "arbitrary and unfounded" - and called for it to be withdrawn.

In a scathing letter written to Frene Ginwala, Pikoli's lawyers said the only conclusion to b...
Ruling party criticises the deputy chief justice
The new ANC leadership has nailed its colours firmly to the mast with a blistering attack on the impartiality of Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Justice Moseneke is one of the justices who will preside over ANC president Jacob Zuma's Constitutional Court challenge relating to the fraud an...
How Mpshe's early-morning call to Mbeki spoilt the party
It took a 3am phone call from Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to convince President Thabo Mbeki that one of his guests at his New Year Eve bash National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi might be a crook.

Advocate Mojanku Gumbi, legal counsel to the president, yest...
Youth held after killing spree in North West
Residents of rural Skielik in North West were still trying to retrace the steps of the killer who sowed mayhem in a few short minutes in the area.

A 17-year-old youth, with a previous attempted murder conviction, was arrested yesterday after his father led police to him.

Shortly after 2.30pm...
Mbeki's imploding security structure
When President Thabo Mbeki's cabinet announced the creation of the National Security Council in 2000, some of its key functions included responding to "internal destabilisation".

None of the members of the council ever imagined that eight years later "internal destabilisation" would actually thr...
Mbeki's imploding security structure (Part 2)
Gilder's predecessor at Nicoc, Jeff Maqetuka was forced to resign from one of the country's key security departments - Home Affairs - after administrative challenges.

The department is still unstable.

Interestingly, Maqetuka succeeded Gilder at Home Affairs while the latter replaced one Bill...
Selebi still waiting for date of his trial
Jackie Selebi was this morning still waiting for the Scorpions to summon him to court for corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was expected to move on the national police commissioner as early as today, but has so far said there are "no changes" ...
Businessman (69) shot in tussle with robber
At 69 years old, Peter van Wyk is neither strong nor young enough to fight off armed robbers.

But when his Eldorado Park liquor store, south of Joburg, and his employees were at the mercy of robbers on Monday afternoon, he used his bare hands to fight off a robber pointing a gun at him.

He pus...
Another 'freedom for cash' arrest
Another Johannesburg High Court employee has been arrested for allegedly being part of a syndicate that has been releasing prisoners fraudulently.

The 30-year-old woman was arrested at her home yesterday and was to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today.

Her arrest comes after h...
Concern after illegal abortions uncovered
Dangerous procedures 'are getting out of hand'

Blood-splattered walls and floors, unsterilised medical equipment, bloodied latex gloves and used condoms.

This was the sight that greeted Joburg metro police officers who raided an inner-city building to fine people for contravening by-law...
Puppy pedlar is collared by police
Animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that a roadside hawker who threatens to harm puppies and kittens unless motorists buy them has been arrested.

The hawker shocked motorists along William Nicol Drive, north of Joburg, by threatening to strangle the animals unless they were bough...
Breast op saves woman from rape
A woman whose breast was removed to prevent cancer from spreading has the mastectomy to thank for saving her from being raped.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, Linda Watkins, her husband Trevor and their 19-year-old son were held hostage by five gun-toting men at their cottage in Cha...
700 protest after 3 die in 'racist' shooting
In what the locals are calling a racially motivated attack, three people were killed and seven others injured when a young white male opened fire in Skielik, an informal settlement near Swartruggens in North West.

Among the dead yesterday was a 3-month-old baby, shot while her injured mother car...
Homeowners rest easy with quick Spot checks
A security device the size of a cellphone could end up saving your life while simultaneously acting as a crime fighting tool.

It is the latest in cellphone and security technology and it's called Spot on Guard.

Spot on Guard is a wireless DIY camera that captures and sends live video streami...
Call to probe arrest
A written complaint will be submitted to the police oversight authority – the Independent Complaints Directorate – for an official investigation into who ordered the warrant for Nel’s arrest and why.

Speaking in support of the complaint, DA Safety and Security spokesman Dianne Kohler-Barnard said...
Lekota nabbed over speed
Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota has reportedly been arrested for speeding.

Traffic officials allegedly intercepted a speeding Lekota at the Grasmere toll plaza, south of Johannesburg, on Sunday night.

Details of the arrest are still vague, and there has been no official comment from the Minist...
NPA raps police over Nel saga
TLADI:Co-operation between SAPS and Scorpions to continue

The National Prosecution Authority trumped the police in the Gerrie Nel saga yesterday.

Not only was the Nel case thrown out of court, but the police will be called on to explain their actions to the Independent Complaints Direct...
Appear for cruel murder
Three men, accused of the cold-blooded murder of British Citizen Fred Picton Turbervill, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday.

Mozambican Petro Morkel, 27, Thokozane Nhlapo, 23, of Alexandra, and Rafel Thembe, 18, also from Mozambique, were arrested in Tembisa on Friday last week.

Brutal murder in table view
WESTERN Cape police are investigating the brutal murder of a Table View woman at the weekend, and ask that anyone with information to please contact them.

Police and family members found the partly clothed body of Andiswa Mpumza, 27, in her apartment in Table View on Saturday. She had bee...
DURBAN – Shop owner shoots robber
UMBILO DURBAN – The owner of Waltons stationery store shot and wounded a robber after the gang held staff at gunpoint. He shot one of the robbers and hit him in the hip.

The Umbilo police responded to an emergency in progress and caught a second robber. Two others escaped in a getaway ca...
Two women shot while performing traditional ritual
Popo Ngwenya and Ntombikayesi Ntsuntsha who where performing a traditional ritual at the Moyeni Farm in Mooi River were shot and wounded around 9.30pm on Sunday, reported Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

While the women were conducting the ritual unknown gunmen fired on them before fleeing th...
Officer shot in hijack bid
An off-duty policeman was wounded during a hijacking attempt in Durban at the weekend.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said the incident took place on Copperfield Road in Newlands West at 6pm on Saturday.

Inspector Raj Gounden of the Berea police was returning home with h...
Man stabbed, killed in fight
Kwazulu-Natal police arrested a suspect for allegedly stabbing a 33-year-old man to death following an argument at the weekend.

Police spokesman Captain Charmaine Struwig said the incident took place in Ladysmith at 2.20am on Sunday.

“Musawenkosi Buthelezi and another man were having an argume...
Mob kills two aliens
IMMIGRANTS:Targeted after church is burled

Fourteen Soshanguve residents were arrested for allegedly taking part in mob justice which left two foreigners dead north of Pretoria on Sunday, police said.

The incident started when residents of Soshanguve South apprehended two men who...
Woman knifed
A security guard was patrolling near the church premises in Thuthura village near Centrane, Eastern Cape yesterday when he heard screams. A woman approached him who was bleeding profusely and collapsed and died of multiple stab wounds.

A man was seen running into the bushes on the outskirts of th...
Suspected rapist – Nabbed
Katlehong – A 37-year-old man was arrested in Katlehong near Germiston yesterday.

Police said the man was arrested at 6am on Sunday for the alleged rape he was linked to two years ago.

89-year-old woman raped
An 89-year-old woman was raped by a man who enter her home in Yholeni Village, Eastern Cape yesterday, he gained entry by breaking a window.

The police urged the community to contact 047 401 3468 with any information on the case that might lead to an arrest.

Body at train station
The body of a 35-year-old man was found at the Rossburgh Railway Station in Umbilo, KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

Police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said he was found with gunshot wounds to his neck and back at about 5.10am.

A murder case is being investigated.

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Questions Selebi must answer
panel backs decision to charge police boss

The report that convinced prosecutors to charge National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi with corruption has shaken his claims that there is a lack of evidence against him.

Based on untested evidence gathered since 2006, a four-person panel ...
NPA to discuss the upshot of charging top cop
A top-level strategic meeting of the National Prosecuting Authority's senior executives will culminate in the charging of Jackie Selebi with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Today's meeting is more of a tactical indaba on how to deal with the consequences of prosecuting the country'...
'Derailing bid triggered racial attack'
In what the community is calling a racially motivated attack, three people were killed and seven others injured when a young white male opened fire in Skielik, an informal settlement near Swartruggens in North West.

Among the dead was a three-month-old baby, who was shot while her mother carried...
A-G damns Home Affairs
The Auditor-General has issued a damning audit of the Department of Home Affairs, including a report on wasteful expenditure of about R60-million and inadequate controls to sensitive areas and confidential information.

One of the quirks identified was that access to the information and technolog...
Mbeki refuses to address MPs over his lack of action
President Thabo Mbeki will not explain himself to parliamentarians regarding the Selebi saga.

The Democratic Alliance has urged Mbeki to come clean on why he refused to suspend Selebi earlier, despite knowing for months that his top cop was being investigated for corruption.

Opposition parti...
Five runaways still missing
The Eastern Cape Department of Health says it is still trying to trace five patients with XDR-TB and MDR-TB.

At least one of the five was diagnosed with XDR-TB (extremely drug-resistant TB) and the others with multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

They are part of a group of 118 patients who fle...
'Could be a sign of better things to come'
Even if you have never met or seen Jackie Selebi live, watching him on television, you cannot miss the impression he creates of being a very flamboyant and loud person, and a very self-confident man who loves power and is ready to use it ruthlessly.

These impressions have been enhanced by the ch...
Selebi drama impacts on robbery trial
While top Gauteng Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been set free on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, another court drama has unfolded in the Glenn Agliotti robbery trial.

Thanks to National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi's urgent application to prevent the Scorpions...
The questions tainted Jackie Selebi will have to answer
Panel of experts affirms call for explanation after reviewing evidence

Jackie Selebi has a lot to explain if he is to avoid the "inescapable" conclusion that he is guilty of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

This was the verdict of an independent panel set up to review all ...
'Give me money for this puppy or I will kill it'
Hawkers harassing motorists to buy pets or else

A group of hawkers have hit on a novel way of making money by threatening to kill puppies and kittens in front of motorists if they don't buy them.

Motorists along William Nicol Drive, north of Joburg, have recently found themselves haras...
Drama over top cop stalls robbery trial
While top Gauteng Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been set free on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, another court drama has unfolded in the Glenn Agliotti robbery trial.

Thanks to National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi's urgent application to prevent the Scorpions...
'Mastermind' behind jail scam held
Senior High Court clerk surprised at work over prisoners' unlawful release

The alleged ringleader behind the unlawful release of hardened criminals including some members of the notorious Majimbos Gang works for the Johannesburg High Court.

Refilwe Mahuma, a senior registry clerk, was ...
Traffic officer says he is sorry for killing his wife
A traffic officer has pleaded for forgiveness after killing his customary wife for allegedly having a series of extramarital affairs.

Superintendent Oupa Oliphant Lethebe (43) yesterday told the Johannesburg High Court he was sorry for killing Jubrel Mamotsiri Tladi, a police officer who was sta...
Provisions made for extra trained guards education dept
Schools soft targets for criminals during the holidays

Mbeki stays clear of JZ
NO-SHOW: His absence from ANC events is cause for concern

President Thabo Mbeki has again snubbed Jacob Zuma and his allies – by not attending the ANC 96th anniversary rally in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on Saturday.

Mbeki also missed the funeral of former diplomat Mlungisi Sisulu yester...
Call to review Pikoli case
President Thabo Mbeki should review his decision to suspend National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli, and his appointment of the Frene Ginwala inquiry, several organisations said yesterday.

“The DA insists that such a review takes place immediately and will ask for an urgent parliame...
Selebi quits as head of Interpol
ARM’S LENGTH: World body distances itself from any alleged crimes by its ex-president

Embattled National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has stepped down as president of Interpol.

His move comes after President Thabo Mbeki sent him on extended leave of absence pending the outcome of ...
Selebi’s stand-in has an illustrious record
The Deputy National Commissioner: Crime Intelligence and Crime Detection will replace Selebi while he is “on leave”.

Timothy Charles Williams has been associated with the SA Police Service since 1994.

According to Sapa, he was deployed in the Safety and Security Ministry in 1994 as a member of...
Metro police bust city abortion ring
Eleven foreign doctors suspected of carrying out illegal abortions will appear in court today.

The doctors were arrested at the weekend by the Johannesburg Metro Police.

According to JMPD spokesman Inspector Edna Mamonyane, nine of the doctors have valid permits to practise, but two of them do...
Two in court over murder
Two men were arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Pretoria at the weekend.

Following intensive investigations by investigating officer Sergeant Wimpie van den Heever, of Brooklyn police station, the two men were arrested in connection with the murder of 46-year-old Fred Picton-Turbe...
R10 000 reward for info
A Johannesburg man is offering a R10 000 reward for information on the identity of suspects who robbed his children and granddaughter at gunpoint in Florida Glen last week.

The man, Citizen photographer Wessel Osthuizen, said he was offering the reward for any names or information which co...
Murder on parade
A fight at a Lenasia Crime Prevention Unit parade on Friday left a captain dead and a constable seriously wounded.

“A captain had a row with the constable,” said Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini.

“The constable shot the captain,” Dlamini said. “The station superintendent then shot the constable...
Balloons a reminder of missing kids
A thousand balloons bearing the names and faces of missing South African children have been released to highlight the scale of the problem.

According to the police's Bureau for Missing Persons, about 1 150 children are missing. "Every year between 1 500 and 1 700 children are reported missing an...
NPA's top brass to discuss Selebi issue
A top-level strategic meeting of the National Prosecuting Authority's senior executives will culminate in the actual charging of police commissioner Jackie Selebi with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

The meeting of the NPA's top brass today is more of a tactical indaba on how to de...
Selebi strikes back at his accusers

Jackie Selebi, who has resigned as head of Interpol on the eve of being formally charged for corruption, has slammed "scandalous" prosecuting bosses for lying to President Thabo Mbeki.

And, the national police commissioner claims, he "doesn't underst...
Panel's report that sank police chief
The report that convinced prosecutors to charge National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi for corruption has shaken his claims that there was a lack of evidence against him.

Based on untested evidence gathered since 2006, a four-person panel appointed by acting National Prosecuting Authority bo...
Probe of engine mishap absolves Nationwide
An investigation after an engine fell off a Nationwide Airlines Boeing 737 at Cape Town International Airport last year has absolved the airline of any wrongdoing, according to Nationwide commercial director Roger Whittle.

Whittle said the University of Pretoria's department of metallurgy had de...
Victim's SIM swop fraud nightmare (Part 1)
Banks and cellphone service providers are washing their hands of their vulnerable customers' misfortune saying that it's their own fault. Justine Gerardy reports

Derick Lindsay was playing golf in George in the Western Cape when his cellphone number was hijacked almost 1 200km away in Sowe...
Victim's SIM swop fraud nightmare (Part 2)
New-media expert Lucien Pierce, of Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys, said banks and cellphone companies would have a clause in contracts stating non-liability, unless they had been grossly negligent. Pierce said cellphone companies had an obligation to do proper and thorough checks before authori...
I was drunk, says Agliotti, as he changes tune again
Self-confessed drug smuggler tries desperately to save his own skin as the NPA's noose tightens

Glenn Agliotti woke up with more than just a hangover after he spent a drunken evening with high-ranking police officers at a Sandton hotel.

And now the self-confessed drug smuggler is despe...
Selebi 'already irrevocably tarnished'
It will "not be long" before the national commissioner of the South African Police Service and head of Interpol is criminally charged.

In fact, Mokotedi Mpshe, the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, said outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday that Jackie Selebi's urgent applicati...
Bread price to rise - but probe still not over
The case of the three South African companies involved in last year's bread price-fixing scandal has not yet been finalised, as one of them is still being prosecuted.

This information comes to light against the background of the price of bread increasing by at least 40c a loaf from Monday, a mov...
Selebi nailed
Sensational claims as SA's top cop loses last-ditch court bid

National Police Commissioner and head of Interpol Jackie Selebi will stand trial for corruption. His hopes of avoiding prosecution were dealt a blow yesterday after a Pretoria High Court judge dismissed his urgent application to...
Banks clam up as clients lose millions in scam
The country's four major banks threw a wall of silence this week around investigations into online banking theft following 162 fraudulent SIM card swops reported by mobile operators.

And police estimate that at least R2-million has been stolen in more than 30 cases reported so far, but the banks ...
Reputation 'already irrevocably tarnished'
It will "not be long" before the national commissioner of the South African Police Service and head of Interpol is criminally charged.

In fact, Mokotedi Mpshe, the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, said outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday that Jackie Selebi's urgent applicat...
Home Affairs staff nabbed over fraud
Clients on alleged kingpin's list paid up to R60 000 for a passport

Three senior Home Affairs officials have been arrested on 39 charges of fraud after the detention of a Durban-based alleged fraud kingpin last week.

The arrests took place in Pretoria and on the Swaziland border on Fri...
Eight arrested in drug busts
Tipoffs from the public have led the police to seize illicit drugs, worth about R60 000, destined for the streets of Joburg and Ekurhuleni.

The weekend busts included highly addictive crack cocaine.

Ekurhuleni metro police raided a Boksburg home on Saturday, arrested five men and found 1kg o...
Toddler runs away from dogs, then hit by bakkie
The toddler may have escaped the dogs, but not the reversing bakkie driven by an unlicensed driver.

Ekurhuleni metro police responded to a bizarre call on Saturday afternoon which featured one young girl's bad luck - and one couple's irresponsible parenting.

A 3-year-old girl, who was trying...
Nel's possible prosecution could affect other cases
Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel was to learn today whether he would stand trial for corruption and defeating the ends of justice, or have his case thrown out of court.

Nel nicknamed "the Bull Terrier" was to make an appearance at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to hear the decision from chief ...
Many schools soft targets for criminals over holiday period
Department of Education set to open new unit to tackle security woes

Some principals opened their schools last week to find their classrooms vandalised, computers stolen and windows broken.

Many schools, particularly in township areas, find themselves soft targets for thieves over the ...
NPA to fight Selebi’s bid to get details of probe against him
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will “vigorously” oppose National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s High Court application to compel it to give him information about the Scorpions’ investigation into his alleged criminal activities.

The embattled police chief lodged an urgent applicati...
Criminals score while agencies feud
Organised criminals are hoping feuding South African law enforcement agencies will “squabble themselves to destruction”.

This is according to Peter Gastrow, Institute for Security Studies director.

He was speaking of the open enmity between the Scorpions (Directorate of Special Operations) and...
Probe Mbeki role in arms deal, says ID
There should be an investigation into the “role which President Thabo Mbeki played during the arms deal”.

This is the view of ID leader Patricia De Lille and other politicians and analysts, who are calling for an entirely independent arms deal probe.

De Lille said untested allegations prompted...
Inventor listed for R1m prize
SURVIVOR of a rare blood disorder Andrew Nathaniel is one of ten finalists lined up to win a R1 million prize, in the nationwide search for the most inspirational and pioneering entrepreneur in South Africa.

Nathaniel, 44, was diagnosed at birth the Thalassaemia Major, a major blood disord...
CHECKS: Using cancelled ID a ‘clear-cut case of fraud’
The Land Bank remains tight-lipped about alleged irregularities following chief executive officer Phil Mohlahlane’s exposure for illegally registering companies, buying properties and opening bank accounts using a cancelled identity document.

These were discovered during a routine check by the Na...
Attacks on foreigners rise
There seems to have been an alarming increase in the number of attacks on foreigners during the past few months, and unless action is taken xenophobia may become firmly entrenched in South Africa culture.

Although foreign immigrants were initially welcomed by the government following the demise o...
Get me to jail now, says accused
A man charged with a stabbing on December 16 yesterday told a Pretoria magistrate not to waste his time in court, but send him to jail right away.

Sonny Noah Sedibe, 30, who allegedly hit another man in the mouth with a bottle before using the broken bottle to stab him in the chin and chest, is c...
Killed son to keep boyfriend
The case of a pregnant woman accused of infanticide is expected to go before the court this week.

The 20-year-old Newcastle woman was arrested after she confessed to strangling her three-year-old son, apparently in a desperate bid to keep her new boyfriend.

Police said the woman had confessed ...
Taken for a spin
The owner of a used-car outlet in Newcastle was hijacked at gunpoint this week.

Police said a well-dressed “client” persuaded the shop’s owner to take him out in a Toyota Corolla, then drew a 9mm pistol.

The owner was dropped off 40km away and the Toyota had not been seen since.

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Arrest in chef murder
Police believe the brutal murder of French chef Yvonne Cosson, 69, over the weekend can be attributed to a disgruntled former employee.

The Umtata man was taken into custody this week.

The 21-year-old, who had been employed as a waiter at Cosson’s award-winning La Petite Normandie restaurant o...
Murder suspects held
MPUMALANGA Organised Crime Unit has arrested five people including a teenage girl for the alleged robbing, stabbing and burning of a Chinese businessman in Ogies on January 2, police said yesterday.

Police recovered a computer, two cellphones, two carry bags, three pairs of jeans and a pai...
Death threats, then a killing
“He told me he was going to kill her,” the aunt of a murdered police captain told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday at the trial of a metro policeman.

The aunt was describing the volatile relationship between the couple, who were on the point of being married.

Witness Elizabeth Tladi was d...
Shot 3 times in his home
A 24-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot and wounded during a house robbery in Brooklyn, east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said yesterday.

The incident happened when the man’s father was allegedly taking the dogs out to relieve themselves at about 3am.

Head and genitals worth R2 000
An inyanga offered R2 000 for a head and genitals, the Johannesburg High Court heard yesterday.

He allegedly handed over R500 after being provided with the organs of an adult male.

On trial were the inyanga, Khanyile Siphiwe, 23, of Diks informal settlement, Newcastle, and Xolani Khubeka, 27, ...
Double murder case postponed
A MULDERSDRIFT resident appeared in the high Court charged with robbing and murdering an elderly couple on a plot in the Krugersdorp district.

Mr and Mrs A Katonis were battered to death after being attacked and tied up in their home. Their bodies were found the following day, in a culvert wher...
Arrest smacks of ulterior motives, Nel claims
Two police officers seeking an arrest warrant for Gerrie Nel admitted that there was insufficient evidence to charge him and that they were carrying out instructions from "higher up".

This is one of the startling revelations in an affidavit by the Gauteng Scorpions boss made following his arrest...
'Battle for unit's survival behind campaign'
Jackie Selebi was "the life and death" of the Scorpions, and this, not any alleged criminal activity, was the real motivation behind the elite unit's pursuit of the national police commissioner.

This is the crux of Selebi's urgent application to the Pretoria High Court - which was scheduled to b...
What police chief wants court to do
1 Stop the criminal prosecution against him and interdict them from taking steps to continue with the prosecution;

2 Prevent the respondents from arresting him on charges relating to the present investigation and prevent them from taking steps to obtain a warrant in the future;

3 Give him fu...
Sex assault earns three years in jail
A weeping Dutywa Nguquko has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl he met at a drum majorette exhibition.

Judge Geraldine Borchers ordered in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday that one year of the sentence be suspended for five years.

The ...
Selebi rocks Scorpions
Unit loses witness as Agliotti backs police chief

the Scorpions' star witness, Glenn Agliotti, says he never bribed Jackie Selebi dealing a huge blow to the case against the national police commissioner.

Agliotti also claims he was bullied by the Scorpions into taking part in a "politi...
Police boss believes he is going to be prosecuted
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is so convinced that a decision has been taken to prosecute him, he has run to court to stay out of jail.

This is clear now because Selebi himself has given the strongest indication yet of what the verdict is.

In the founding affidavit of his urgent...
Contradiction over physical arrest
In his urgent application against the Scorpions, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi says physical arrest is reserved for when "no other means exists" to secure the suspect's presence in court.

This refers to growing anxiety about his looming arrest and the warrants obtained and later aba...
Scorpions withheld footage, says Selebi
Cameras were also fitted on Agliotti's cars

The Scorpions had the home of Glenn Agliotti under surveillance on the night a gang of robbers struck there, but refused to release their footage, impairing the police investigation.

This dramatic claim is made in the founding affidavit by Na...
Sheriff's assets seized over R5m debt
He kept money owed to firm contracted to evict residents

A Midrand sheriff has received a taste of his own medicine.

Yesterday, the entire contents of the Halfway House-Alexandra sheriff's office, his luxury Waterkloof Ridge home in Pretoria and its contents and his vehicles were attac...
4 robbers held after shootout
Five robbers held up a family in Fourways last night, ransacked their house, loaded up their loot … and were ambushed by police as they tried to flee.

A shootout erupted in the driveway of the Sunset Boulevard townhouse complex and one robber was hit.

Gauteng police spokesperson Superintenden...
‘Mpshe must act or go'
Acting National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mokotedi Mpshe must urgently act on the National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi case or he must get the chop.

This is the emphatic view of Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party.

“If the responsible individuals in th...
Nel’s arrest has big implications
The Pretoria arrest of high-profile Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel may have far-reaching implications for the Brett Keble murder case, but is unconnected to it.

Prominent local advocate Laurence Hodes, representing Glenn Agliotti, the only one charged so far, although at least five others are ...
Was Scorpions boss tipped off?
Late yesterday a team of police detectives left the home of Gauteng Scorpions boss advocate Gerrie Nel empty-handed, their search having accomplished nothing.

Nel was possibly tipped off that the police were coming for him.

Speaking from his London home former Airports Company of South Africa ...
Crime syndicate boss held
Ekurhuleni Metro police and officials arrested a prominent member of a hijacking and housebreaking syndicate in Tsakane Ext 11, Brakpan, yesterday.

The man, regarded as a kingpin in widespread criminal operations, is allegedly the leader of the notorious triple Z (zonke ziya zenzela) gang in Tsak...
Cops sniff out car theft
Members of the North East Rand’s police dog unit attached to the narcotics division recovered two hijacked vehicles and made three arrests in Benoni this week.

Police on patrol noticed the occupants of a white VW Golf acting suspiciously, and decided to pull them over.

It was established the v...
Woman charged over false abduction story
A 21-year-old woman has been charged with perjury after she allegedly falsely reported the kidnapping of three friends to the police in December.

For more than 24 hours, police searched for the ‘victims’, deploying the Air Wing of the SAPS in the process, before it emerged the whole story was a h...
Baby thrown in loo
A 27-year-old Umlazi woman was arrested this week after allegedly throwing her newborn baby girl into a toilet pan, the police in KwaZulu-Natal confirmed yesterday.

Captain Khephu Ndlovu said: "The woman gave birth, wrapped the baby in a denim skirt and then threw it into the toilet pan.”

By C...
School burgled
The first day of school got off to a chaotic start at a Soweto primary when staff discovered that it had been burgled with equipment valued at over R40 000 stolen.

These included computers, stationary and microwaves, said Khuthalani Primary principal Bathabile Kanetsi.

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Aircraft turns back
Safety trouble has recurred AT nationwide Airline, just recently allowed off the ground by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

An aircraft flying from Livingstone in Zambia to Johannesburg ran into mechanical problems yesterday.

The plane was forced to turn back minutes into the flight because...
Doctor’s trial delayed
The trial of a medical doctor arrested two months ago for allegedly growing dagga at this home in Eldorette, north of Pretoria, was postponed to next week for the disclosure of the docket.

Makgale Bennedict Mokgoga, a medical doctor at Ga-Rankuwa’s George Mkhari Hospital, appeared in the Pretoria...
Bread probe ‘flawed’
UNION: Review needed on price-fixing scandal

The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) has called on the Competition Commission to re-institute a probe into the break price-fixing scandal, saying earlier investigations were “flawed”.

Tiger Brands were fined R98,7 million when ant...
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