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Rape accused cop transferred
A senior Johannesburg Metro Police officer has been restricted from working with the public after a charge of rape was laid against him by a female colleague.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said “preliminary disciplinary action” had been taken against the s...
Employees become biggest security risk to companies
Employees are fast becoming one of the most prominent security threats to businesses, due to sensitive data and information becoming increasingly valuable to international syndicates.

Several staff at South African Airways’ call center were earlier this month exposed for allegedly colluding with ...
‘Political prisoners’ tilt at Mbeki and Mabandla
Political prisoners are taking President Mbeki as well as Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Brigitte Mabandla to court in their bid for freedom.

Mbeki and Mabandla will have to explain in the Pretoria High Court why presidential pardon applications by 384 Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP...
North West foreigners’ shops looted
In a repeat of violence that rocked North West a week ago, 24 people were arrested in a local township on Tuesday night after allegedly attacking businesses owned by foreign-born shopkeepers.

Superintendent Louis Jacobs of the North West police said 10 shops had been broken into and looted, and t...
No plan yet to charge Zu;ma, says NPA
The State does not intend to charge Jacob Zuma again - yet.

Yesterday the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) moved to dispel media reports that it was planning to do so, saying it had long stated that it had not yet taken any decision in that regard.

"We were at pains to stress, both in our ...
Metal giant says cattle casualties in residents' tit-for-tat campaign
Forty two dead cows are at the centre of the latest tussle between steel Goliath Mittal and the NGOs fighting for environmental justice in Vanderbijl Park.

The dead cows belong to Mittal and are believed to have been poisoned over the last 10 days. Though the culprits have not been identified th...
Two life sentences for child rapist
Minutes before alleged child-killer Theuns Christiaan Olivier appeared in the Cape High Court yesterday, Judge Essa Moosa gave a Mossel Bay man a double life sentence for raping two young girls.

Passing sentence on Kirshuan Mario Frans (22), of Mossel Bay's Asla Park informal settlement, the judg...
National ANC seeking answers about monorail
The ANC's national leadership has intervened and demanded an explanation from its Gauteng provincial structure regarding the controversial monorail project.

Also, Gauteng MECs of Transport Ignatius Jacobs and Finance Paul Mashatile - who orchestrated and announced the project - have been summone...
NPA adds its voice to Child Justice Bill go-ahead
The National Prosecuting Authority has joined the chorus urging parliament to fast-track the Child Justice Bill, which was tabled in 2003 and has been dormant since the last election.

NPA boss Vusi Pikoli said yesterday that, when passed into law, it would make huge inroads into the number of ca...
Department slated after newspaper interdicted
The South African National Editors' Forum has slammed attempts by the Department of Transport to gag Beeld newspaper from publishing further details relating to the controversial eNaTIS system.

On Tuesday, the department applied for an urgent interdict in the Pretoria High Court to prevent Beeld...
US police say body may be South African
Unless a relative of a South African whose badly decomposed body lies unclaimed in a United States morgue provides DNA samples, he is likely to be buried as a pauper.

A police officer handling the case in Washington DC, Detective Ray Crawford, told The Star last night that the body is believed to...
Driver fleeing hijackers kills woman, injures son
A motorist trying to get away from hijackers has hit and killed a woman and injured her 5-year- old son.

The driver of a Nissan X-Trail was driving through Fordsburg about 6pm yesterday when his car was shot at by unknown people in a suspected hijacking attempt.

Joburg metro police spokespers...
McBride deadlines come and go, but there's still no action
Five months have passed, endless deadlines have been missed and the police investigation into Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's notorious car crash has once again drowned in uncertainty.

Yesterday, police spokesperson Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the docket had, aga...
Judge sends murderers to jail for life
Court finds no mitigating circumstances to justify a lesser sentence for killers

It was worrying that in South Africa, people had stooped to the level of animals where they killed fellow human beings with no regard for life.

The criminal actions of Desigan Govender and his co-accused, ...
Corruption probe has led crash cops to turn on him, says McBride
Robert McBride says South Africa is a free country - and officers who have turned against him can make any statements they wish to the police.

The Ekurhuleni metro police chief is also not worried about the three top cops seeking a protection order against him, and is thinking of doing the same ...
Boksburg robbers thwarted
Lady luck ran out on three suspected robbers after they held a Boksburg businessman at gunpoint.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said the incident took place at premises situated on the corner of Kingfisher Avenue and Trichadts Road about 10am on Tuesday.

The gunmen, preten...
Photographer gets four years for indecent assault
Cape Town fashion photographer Neil Hermann has been sentenced to four years in jail for the indecent assault of a 6-year-old girl.

Cape Town Regional Court magistrate Wilma van der Merwe yesterday said Hermann had not shown remorse even after the court found him guilty.

"Every crime involvi...
KZN chain stores hit by Cheese Gang
Fearless, armed with handguns and dressed fashionably, they work 10 to a group, entering upmarket Durban chain stores, emptying shelves in seconds and leaving with goods worth thousands of rands.

They have been dubbed the "Cheese Gang" as they are known for stealing large consignments of small, ...
Boys of 12 and 7 accused of axing friend, 8
The community of Klawer near Clanwilliam has been rocked by the horrific axe-murder of 8-year-old Wilfred Kriel, allegedly by two of his schoolmates, aged 7 and 12.

Pupils and teachers of Nieuwoudt Primary School were undergoing counsellng after the discovery yesterday of Wilfred's mutilated body...
Drug trial date set for Agliotti
Almost a year after their arrest, Glenn Agliotti and his alleged drug-smuggling gang have been given a trial date.

The case against Agliotti - dubbed "The Landlord" by the Scorpions - Stephanos Paparas, his 70-year-old father Dimitrio and "transport man" Stanley Poonin has been set down for trial...
Good news for debtors
Come Friday all debts of R500 or less will be wiped from your credit history and no longer lead to you being blacklisted by financial institutions.

This is one of the implications of the new National Credit Act (NCA) that comes into effect on June 1. It has been described as :the largest systems...
Baby saved from pit toilet
A newborn baby thrown into a pit toilet yesterday remains in a critical condition at a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

The baby boy, who was born on Monday night, was allegedly thrown into a pit-latrine by his 23-year-old mother in Edendale.

“Our rescue workers rushed to the scene after the grea...
Judge’s Zuma question poser for top legal mind
The question may well be on the minds of most people – but a top legal mind has stated he “does not like” the question Judge Jan Hugo put to Jacob Zuma’s legal team yesterday.

Hugo asked Zuma’s legal team how it could be that Zuma professed his innocence and yet still attempted to block the State...
I thought I was going to die, says stabbed prosecutor
A Pretoria prosecutor yesterday told the Pretoria High Court she thought she was going to die as she was stabbed over and over by a man who entered her office at the local magistrate’s court last year.

Control prosecutor Marisa Booyse was stabbed 14 times in her office at the court in September 2...
Probe plot to kill JZ: call
The ANC has called for an investigation into numerous allegations around its deputy president Jacob Zuma, including a new, controversial report.

The organization yesterday also called on its members to exercise “discipline and restraint”.

This followed claims that there are plots afoot to kill...
Green navy is making life hard for marine poachers
South Africa’s Environmental Protection Vessels (EPVs) are helping to cut poaching.

Over the past week the Sarah Baartman has seized three rubber ducks, fined three fishing vessels for contravention of permit conditions and been directly involved in the arrest of three suspected lobster po...
Former policeman’s rape trial next month
The former police inspector, who allegedly raped a woman in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court holding cells two years ago will go on trial next month.

The inspector, who cannot be named because he has not yet pleaded, was in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a rape charge.

The c...
Referred over dead cat, gays
Two men alleged to have murdered two men and their cat in their house in Akasia, north of Pretoria, in June last year were yesterday referred for psychiatric observation.

Judge Tholi Vilakazi referred lafras de Jager, 24, and Juan Pierre Jacobs, 23, both of Pretoria North, to a psychiatric hospit...
Mandoza assault charge dropped
The assault case against embattled Kwaito star Mduduzi Tshabalala, who is known as Mandoza to his fans, was yesterday withdrawn in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Complainant Glen Nonkonyana, 30, read an affidavit which he had written forgiving Mandoza.

Nonkonyana initially laid a charge almo...
Doctor recalls rape victims’ trauma
The 90th witness, a doctor, yesterday testified in the 261-count Johannesburg High Court trial of Mongezi Jingxela, alleged to be one of South Africa’s worst serial sex offenders.

The kidnapping, rape, assault and robbery trial started before Judge George Maluleke and assessors in January.

In ...
Green Scorpions start inspection at Mittal plant
The first stop yesterday for the Green Scorpions, starting a national environmental compliance campaign, was the Vaal Triangle.

Environmental management inspectors from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism started by an inspection of the Mittal Steel plant in Vereeniging.

The in...
Sutcliffe denies fleeing
Durban’s municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe has rubbished claims that he and his wife had fled Durban and moved to Umhlanga in order to escape the crime wave.

Since Saturday’s armed robbery and murder at the popular St Tropez restaurant in Essenwood Road, a rumour has been circulating by SMS tha...
Petrol bomb thrown at house
A petrol bomb was thrown at the home of an SABC employee in Northcliff Hill, Johannesburg in the early hours of yesterday.

Police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said the bomb landed next to a garage but did not explode.

According to police, the house belongs to an employee of the SAB...
IFP goes to court over presidential pardons
Several Inkatha Freedom Party prisoners seeking presidential pardons have turned to the Pretoria High Court for relief and to force the justice minister and the president to process their applications.

This was announced by IFP chief whip Koos van der Merwe during the justice budget debate yeste...
Law barring beating of children awaits final nod
The National Council of Provinces has passed a bill which includes a ban on corporal punishment of children and abolishes the defence of reasonable chastisement.

The move was welcomed by child rights activists who have lobbied parliament's second house to tighten up on the corporal punishment pr...
Crash cops turn on McBride
Clean-up' team makes damning statements to SAPS investigators

They were the "clean-up team" who whisked Robert McBride away from his controversial car accident last year - but now his right-hand men have given damning statements to senior police officials investigating the crash.

At Mc...
Chief justice's suggestions on new judiciary bill gets thumbs-down
Ministry says Langa's ideas make no sense and system can't be changed piecemeal

Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has shot down a proposal by Chief Justice Pius Langa that controversial clauses in a bill rationalising the country's courts should be hived off and the non- contentious parts...
DJ's case of contravening bail delayed once more
Clasping his hands firmly across his mouth and starring blankly in the air, flamboyant Lesedi FM presenter Thuso Motaung grimaced and heaved: "Oh my God!".

This was after realising that his case of contravening his bail conditions was, for the second day, going to be postponed at the Johannesburg...
Shooting of husband leaves wife a wreck
Idyllic life on smallholding turned upside down by gang who preyed on community but were eventually hunted down

Corlea Bardsley lives in fear. She can hardly sleep after being forced to watch her husband almost bleed to death - after being shot five times - and she no longer wants to live ...
Passengers pay the price as rival operators go to war
Lee Rondganger discovers that d

It's 1pm and a queue is beginning at one of the many boarding areas on the ground floor of the Bree Street taxi rank in central Joburg.

This is where passengers queue to travel towards Strubens Valley, west of Johannesburg, a highly contentious route ove...
Police step in as emergency midwives
Four police officers have gone beyond the call of duty - assisting in the delivery of a baby girl at the Actonville police station in Ekurhuleni.

Chipo Mlambo (30), of Benoni, yesterday waited for more than two hours for an ambulance to arrive. When her waters broke and she started going into la...
Abandoned baby melts hearts of our readers
Readers of The Star were so touched by the baby abandoned in Berea that they have shown an interest in adopting him.

Since Friday, when the story appeared, The Star has been inundated with calls from readers wanting to know how the baby was faring, how they could help and what to do if they wante...
Fed-up residents bring gang's reign of terror to an end
Hartbeespoort community helps police halt spate of brazen attacks on smallholdings

The Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam, is better known for its history and the picturesque mountains that seem to roll on forever.

But for weeks, residents of smallholdings near this world-famou...
'I have to risk my life to save it'
HIV-positive man at Bree Street rank for taxi to hospital on a tense day after shootout

Just hours after a violent taxi shootout at the Bree Street taxi rank, Bongani Mofokeng today joined a short queue of commuters, fully aware of how dangerous this Joburg rank had become.

The usually ...
Chippy’’s PhD miseries may keep him out of Oz
The allegedly plagiarized PhD thesis of former Defence Acquisition chief Shamim “Chippy” Shaikh carries an incorrect spelling of his own name.

This is one of many problems Shaikh will have to explain away when he faces a tribunal that will decide whether to revoke his PhD.

The Citizen h...
Gold dust smuggling – murder trial continues
Johannesburg High Court judge Kathleen Satchwell has reserved judgment until June 18 in a trial where two Kloof Gold Mine employees were allegedly murdered so that gold dust smuggling could continue.

Emmanuel Jobe, originally an accused against whom charges were withdrawn, later testified as a St...
Police probe 24-hour ‘fine’
Gauteng police have launched a probe into allegations that an officer wanted to fine a crash victim R500 for not reporting the accident within 24 hours.

According to law enforcers they are also not aware of the “new law” the police officer in question apparently referred to.

The Citizen...
No-show at kidnap, murder hearing
Riana Highes, 36, of Eden Park, Alberton, charged with snatching a two-month-old baby and murdering the child’s mother after allegedly telling her boyfriend she had given birth to his child, failed to attend her trial yesterday.

She was due to plead before Johannesburg High Court judge Geraldine ...
Orlando teenager mutilated in field
The mutilated body of a 15-year-old teenager was found at Power Park, Orlando in Soweto at about 6am yesterday morning.

A security guard spotted the body, which was lying in the veld.

Soweto police said the Orlando East teenager’s throat had been slit, and it appeared she had been raped.

Suspect killed in police shootout
One person was killed and another seriously injured during a shootout with police in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni yesterday.

The two men were driving in a VW Polo when police officers, who thought there was something suspicious about the vehicle, tried to stop them – but the men sped off.

The offi...
State seeks life for teen rapist
The State yesterday asked a Pretoria High Court judge to sentence an elderly former city councilor to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year old retarded girl, despite his age.

Proscutor Elijah Mamabolo argued that Daniel Van der Bank, 65, a prominent Pretoria businessman and former city councilo...
Crucial cases to determine Zuma's fate
Several hearings will have significant bearing on whether he is prosecuted

Seven court cases in the next four months, with the first having started this morning, will determine whether Jacob Zuma runs for ANC president as an accused fraudster or an exonerated man.

Before the ANC elects ...
Couple, Absa manager in court over R5m swindle
Fake cheques allegedly deposited into an account and then split

It was supposed to be the perfect crime: two stolen cheques, a senior insider at the bank and over-the-counter withdrawals worth R5-million.

But for a husband-and-wife team, and an Absa manager with eight years' service, i...
'This is not like war - it is war'
Bullets fly in downtown Joburg as taxi violence erupts
Abloody taxi feud has claimed the life of a commuter and injured several others in three incidents in greater Johannesburg - and taxi associations are blaming each other for the violence.

And in Zola, Soweto, on Sunday night, a 44-ye...
DJ's alleged threats explained in court
Flamboyant Lesedi FM DJ Thuso Motaung once described himself as a train that could smash anyone who testifies against him.

This emerged yesterday at the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court, where Motaung appeared for allegedly violating his bail conditions.

The popular presenter, who was re...
Gang's reign of terror comes to bloody end
Hartbeespoort community helps police halt spate of brazen attacks on smallholdings

The Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam, is better known for its history and the picturesque mountains that seem to roll on forever.

But for weeks, residents of smallholdings near this world-famo...
Pupil fatally stabbed with scissors
A Grade 9 pupil has been taken into police custody for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old classmate to death with scissors at Eerste River Secondary School near Cape Town.

Mogammat Kannemeyer was stabbed a number of times in the neck and chest and died in hospital yesterday.

Police said his alle...
Big boost for abused women and children
The official handing over of Mercy Haven, a registered place of safety for abused women and children in Boksburg, to the beneficiaries is a big step in the protection of victims of family violence in the community.

The shelter was officially opened by Mongezi Mnyani, the chief operations officer ...
‘Gatvol’ Chippy set to leave SA
Chippy Shaik is “gatvol” of the “toxic” environment in South Africa. This is according to his brother, Yunis Shaik, reacting yesterday to claims his brother had fled the country.

“He wants to leave this country. “He’s fed up, gatvol to use the nice Afrikaans expression – but he has not got ther...
Officer tries to extort R500
Should you fail to report an accident within 24 hours, the Fairland police station in Johannesburg will charge you a R500 spot fine “according to the new law”.

Former Springbok gymnast Heidi-Marie Oosthuizen said that after she had hit a rock in the road recently, she was told by her insurance co...
Raging bull flattens policemen
Two Ekurhuleni policemen were slightly injured by a Brahman bull in Benoni on Friday.

Police spokesman Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said the officers were patrolling the area when they received a complaint of animals disturbing traffic on the N12 freeway at the Tom Jones off-ramp.

A witness said...
Shady-looking man shoots constable
A policeman was shot and wounded after confronting a “suspicious-looking” man at the corners of Webb and Grafton streets in Yeoville on Friday.

Constable Johannes Lemekoane, 25 is in a stable condition at the local hospital.

He was shot in the face without warning while approaching the man.

Rumours fly around Zuma
The intrigue around former Deputy President Jacob Zuma keeps deepening, with media reports of raids linked to his alleged assassination plot, as well as of documents aimed at discrediting him surfacing this weekend.

Yesterday the City Press reported that the house of Zuma’s confidante, Eli...
SACP urges cool over 'treasonable' report
Origin of document that links Zuma and Gaddafi is a mystery

The SA Communist Party has called for "cool heads" over a bizarre report which seeks to discredit ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma.

It also said yesterday that the inspector-general of intelligence and parliament's joint standi...
Call for probe of R12bn monorail proposal
The SA Communist Party has suggested that parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) probe the "mysterious" proposal to build a R12-billion monorail between Joburg and Soweto.

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe last week slammed the brakes on the plan and summoned Gauteng MEC for Fin...
'Schabir must face destiny, but not alone'
"The state says this is like a drowning man clutching at straws. Well, that's what you do when you're drowning, isn't it?"

This was how Mo Shaik, clutching a cigarette and talking in a measured voice, responded to questions about his brother Schabir's Constitutional Court appeal bid after the fi...
Strange tale of a teacher and a baby
Alleged kidnapper intends to plead guiltyso that she can 'get it over and done with'

If Free State schoolteacher Alta du Plessis is convicted of kidnapping a Krugersdorp infant to convince her lover to marry her, she faces a possible 15-year sentence in jail.

The 43-year-old mother of ...
Monorail funder still has high hopes
Malaysian believes 'spat' will be resolved

The mystery Malaysian magnate behind Gauteng's futuristic monorail scheme swore yesterday that it would go ahead - despite the plan being derailed by "sidelined" Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

Speaking from his brand-new offices in Sandton, M...
Fleeing bull gores cops on freeway
Two Ekurhuleni metro police officers were injured after being attacked by a Brahman bull after it broke out of a trailer and charged onto the N12 freeway near Benoni.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Kobedi Mokheseng said the bull brought the freeway to a standstill about 3pm on Friday.

Bid to kidnap schoolgirl highlights risks
Principals of other schools say attacks are now common

A brazen daylight attack on a 14-year-old schoolgirl has highlighted the dangers regularly experienced by many pupils on the West Rand.

The teenager was attacked on Ontdekkers Road on Thursday by two men who tried to drag her into ...
Gang robs supermarket, customers
Johannesburg police were looking for a gang of about 10 men who terrorised staff and customers of a grocery store before robbing the business of an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said the armed men went into the Spar supermarket on the corner of Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles roads in Greensi...
Call to tighten the net on online gambling
Watchdog reckons the odds for trouble are far too high

Online gambling makes up a small share of all local gambling in South Africa, but its use is growing rapidly and the potential for hazard is great.

"It has the potential to become the most risky form of gambling," said Peter Collin...
Fragile police units fail in fighting crime on children
Last year's decision to disband the police's specialised Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units has been a failure.

This was tacitly acknowledged by the police this week when it declared a moratorium on the decision, days ahead of the annual Child Protection Week which ...
Poor delivery adds to child rape victims' plight
Questions unansweredas the rapist has yet to appear in court

This time last year, 4-year-old Themba* was screaming in a mealie field while a man raped her. She then waited in a hospital for more than 24 hours before a doctor examined her. A year later, her perpetrator has not been brought ...
Zuma, Shaik and the lies
'Ex-deputy could have helped Schabir's case'

Jacob Zuma could have shed some light on the lies told by Schabir Shaik - if he had shared the dock with his ex-financial adviser.

This is according to Shaik's counsel, Martin Brassey SC, who yesterday suggested Zuma's evidence could have bee...
DA urges NPA to take action over Chippy
The Democratic Alliance has called on the National Prosecuting Authority to get moving with the possible prosecution of Chippy Shaik, brother of fraudster Schabir.

But the NPA has remained adamant that it has no reason so far to go after Chippy.

The call by the DA follows the admission by Ho...
Land reform a threat to food security, report says
The government has failed to consider how land reform impacts on food security and should recognise that there is more demand for land in urban than rural areas.

Moreover, South Africa may soon become a net importer of food.

These are among the points raised in a wide-ranging study, "Land Re...
Judges must be picked on merit, global body warns
Poor salaries, lack of training and the failure to appoint judges based on merit were just some of the issues that led to judicial corruption, according to Transparency International's latest Global Corruption Report.

Released yesterday, TI's report also fingered unfair processes for the removal...
Emergency numbers on tap no matter what
Poor people will now be able to access emergency services numbers even after their phones have been disconnected by Telkom, according to Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri.

Delivering her budget speech in parliament yesterday, Matsepe-Casaburri said plans were afoot to make telecommun...
Taxi owners join the queue for tax amnesty
Thousands of taxi owners are among those who've joined the last-minute rush to apply for tax amnesty before the deadline in a week's time, according to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

Delivering his budget vote in the National Assembly yesterday, Manuel said the SA Revenue Service was currently ...
CEO under fire over eNaTIS report
The Auditor-General's office has revealed that it was asked by the CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation for a management report, which warned that the eNaTIS system could fail.

The report warned that there was an 80% chance that eNaTIS - the new vehicle licensing system - would fail.
Child killing trial to begin soon
The trial of alleged child-killer Theuns Christiaan Olivier is scheduled to begin in the George High Court on Wednesday - 17 months after 6-year-old Steven Siebert was murdered while on holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

The murdered boy's parents, Thomas and Elaine Siebert, of Johannesburg, will atten...
Zuma speaking up for Shaik sheer fantasy, says Trengove
Schabir Shaik was convicted of fraud and corruption because he repeatedly lied under oath - not because Jacob Zuma was not charged with him.

This was according to state counsel Wim Trengove SC, who this morning vehemently denied that the state had used its case against Shaik as a "dry run" for it...
Declare a mistrial, Shaik's advocate urges top court
Schabir Shaik believes he was the state's "dry run" for its thwarted prosecution of Jacob Zuma.

And the convicted fraudster, who wants the lengthy fraud and corruption case against him declared a mistrial, believes he will get a fair trial only if he shares the dock with the ANC deputy president....
NPA, Scorpions chief quits after 7 years
The chief executive of the National Prosecuting Authority and the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) has resigned.

Marion Sparg, who has been with both the prosecutions and the elite police unit for the past seven years, handed in her resignation on Monday.

She will join the corpo...
'3 versions of murder don't make son guilty'
Advocate Mike Hellens SC has fired a legal broad- side at the prosecution in the Johannesburg High Court, dismissing the murder charge against Riaz Kadwa as an invented theory based on unsubstantiated evidence.

In summing up yesterday, Hellens said the state had decided to prosecute Kadwa on the ...
2 held after victim's ears sliced off
Ivory Park detectives worked around the clock to identify and locate two suspects who sliced off a man's ears.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said 29-year-old Samuel Moyana's ears were cut off on Sunday.

The first suspect, Castigo Mashaba (23), was arrested shortly after the incident. The seco...
More details about airport parking blitz
People who park illegally at OR Tambo International Airport will have their vehicles confiscated and will have to pay stiff penalties before they will be able to get them back.

After discovering that an unacceptably high number of cars park illegally in the airport precinct, the Airports Company ...
Stiff punishment for ear pollution
A R20000 fine or two years behind bars, or both, can be handed down to those found guilty of making too much noise.

Ekurhuleni metro's police department is getting noise-related complaints from the community almost every day.

The metro's media manager, Zweli Dlamini, said noisy neighbours who ...
Cable theft 'as good as murder'
Cable theft is the equivalent of a death sentence in this cold weather.

This is according to Paul Willemburg MPL and the Democratic Alliance spokesperson on local government in the Gauteng Legislature.

He was referring to the spate of power failures in Ekurhuleni this week, one of which was c...
Dumped newborn survives the dead of night
Saved from winter's icy grip

His tiny wrinkled fingers peek out of a lime jacket. His face is a picture of peace and calm. His eyes are tightly shut.

He is only a day old, but has already been exposed to life's harsh realities.

On Wednesday evening, soft cries were heard in the icy...
Criminals' escape 'obvious inside job'
Two dangerous convicted criminals could be lurking in your neighbourhood, but while the Department of Correctional Services wants you to help them rearrest the two, you don't know what they look like.

The reason you won't be able to help identify Nkosinathi Mashiane and Mandson Lubisi is because...
Police to keep sharp eye on protesters
Any public servant caught committing a criminal act during the protest march scheduled for today in Tshwane will face the full might of the law.

This was the stern warning yesterday by the SA Police Service and the Tshwane metro police department after public sector unions made a commitment to bo...
Caught hooker, line and sinker
Dawn Park CPF is tackling a problem eating at society's moral fibre

When the national police commissioner proposed that prostitution and public drinking be legalised for the 2010 World Cup, Dawn Park CPF chairperson Sam Selane was shocked.

For the 10 years he has been involved with com...
Monorail project's 'secrets' to be revealed soon
The international consortium behind the R12-billion Johannesburg/Soweto monorail project has undertaken to reveal all its "juicy" secrets in 30 days.

Jeyakumar Varathan, who heads Newcyc, has vowed to divulge local partners, companies making up the international group and other mega developments ...
Chippy 'two passports' Shaik not on the run, claims brother
Battling businessman on a mission to prove corruption, plagiarism charges

Chippy Shaik's woes will not go away. In the same week that plagiarism claims about Shaik's doctorate surfaced, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has told Parliament that her department is probing his pos...
Thugs kill woman with 3 shots to the face
A 29-year-old woman was this morning shot three times in the face - for her handbag.

The woman, who cannot be named as her family have not yet been informed, died after being shot twice in the face and once in the eye at about 5am.

She was reportedly ambushed by two men in the Zamimpilo info...
Minister and the monorail
Radebe adamant that 'secret' deal lacks his approval

Johannesburg's R12-billion monorail has crashed head-on into an unexpected obstacle - the national government.

Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe has denied knowing anything about the project and questioned how the deal was concluded....
Joburg businesses face 8% hike in tariffs
Mayor includes a 2% surcharge to fund inner-city rejuvenation

Johannesburg businesses are to be hit with an 8% increase in tariffs from July 1.

Residents face increases of 6% in tariffs, but the city has decided to add a 2% surcharge on business tariffs to fund inner-city rejuvenation p...
Effects of looming wage strike felt in courts and hospitals
The Johannesburg community got its first bitter taste of the potentially crippling public service strike as courts and hospitals in Johannesburg had services disrupted yesterday.

And public servants belonging to the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) were expected to con...
State asks court to jail unrepentant pair for life
The two men convicted of the murder of Pretoria businessman Mohammed Asif Ayob were brutal and vicious killers who had shot their victim execution-style and left his body in the veld like that of an animal.

After committing this heinous crime, they deceived everyone, including Ayob's family and ...
Girl needs stitches after a teacher's punishment
But a school source says racist and misbehaving kids are the problem

The family of a Grade 9 pupil are outraged that nothing has been done to discipline a teacher who left the girl with four stitches above her eye.

Patricia West claims a teacher at Westbury Secondary School hit her wit...
Joburg rates go up by 6%Power and water to receive bulk of the cash, says mayor
The City of Johannesburg's record R25-billion 2007/08 budget announced today - a 19% increase over last year - is indicative of the economic growth in the city and province, the mayor says.

Joburg residents face an overall tariff increase of 6% while business owners face an increase of 8%.

'Arrest of suspect in bouncer probe a breakthrough'
The beanie on his head might read "NOT ME!" but special investigation unit detectives believe their latest arrestee has most of the answers to their questions on bouncer-related violence.

Yesterday afternoon Lebanese national Sam Hamade (40), known as "Prince", was nabbed by police as he approach...
Call for Mathe's case to be heard in Joburg
For about 15 minutes, C-Max Prison escapee Annanias Mathe stood in the dock listening attentively as a magistrate read out his indictment - 76 charges, among them attempted murder, rape, robbery and car theft.

Prisoner number 205653293 was appearing in the packed Johannesburg Magistrate's Court ...
Transport dept denies any knowledge of eNaTis audit
New system had 80% chance of failing, auditor-general apparently warned

While the eNaTIS furore rages, the auditor-general's office has released more damning details indicating that top Transport Department officials - including the director-general - were told about the outcome of its aud...
Shaiky start
Trial unfair because co-conspirators not involved: legal team

Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik’s legal team faced a barrage of questions in the Constitutional Court yesterday, as they sought leave to appeal against his conviction and sentencing on charges of fraud and corruption.

A full Bench...
Kadwa case hangs in balance
Accused son Riaz Kadwa will know in two months’ time – July 26 2007 – whether the Johannesburg High Court accepts his version that his mother murdered his father, plastic surgeon Dr Mohammed Kadwa, before committing suicide.

Or whether Judge Joop Labuschagne and assessor find that the evidence ti...
Radebe grilled on eNatis
Tasima, the eNatis contractor, did not think the immediate introduction of the R408 million project would be a problem.

Officials from the consortium told the parliamentary portfolio committee they brought additional expertise at their expense to address problems that led to the inefficiency of t...
20 years for abusing children
A Pretoria man who for years sexually abused his girlfriend’s two daughters has been sent to jail for 20 years.

The family of the 44-year-old man – who insists he is innocent and the victim of a plot hatched by the children’s grandmother – sobbed uncontrollably after he was refused bail pending a...
Dead teen: help sought
Johannesburg police have appealed for help with their investigations into the discovery of a teenage boy’s body last week.

The corpse was found lying along the railway line between the Langlaagte and Grosvenor railway stations.

According to Brixton police spokesman Inspector Mosima Manganyi, s...
Tokoloshes made him a sex fiend
A self-confessed serial rapist “was sexually aroused on seeing any woman, including the nursing staff in the hospital section of the Johannesburg prison”, so he was put on drugs “to take away erections”.

He was so depressed that he was suicidal and even suggested “penile amputation”, the consulta...
Sky-train boost for taxi owners
Taxi owners operating within the corridor where the R12 billion Soweto “sky-train” will run will be rewarded with free scrapping and upgrade of their old vehicles.

This was the latest revelation made by Jeyakumar Varathan, CEO of Newcyc Infra-Projects, the leading consortium, amid discontent from...
‘Smart’ ID card system in the spotlight again
The government’s proposed “smart” ID card system and its data security implications will be in the spotlight again this week.

Speaking at the ITWeb online security summit which starts in Midrand today, Toby Stevens of the British Enterprise Privacy Group is to discuss the implications of the prop...
Awaiting trial for nine years and counting
A fraud case against Johan Myburg, who has already spent nine years awaiting trial was yet again postponed in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday.

Myburg, who is conducting his own defence, brought an application for access to the library to prepare for his case.

The case was postponed to Ju...
Breather for ex-policemen
Former members of the police who stood to lose their membership of Polmed medical scheme have been granted a temporary reprieve, but will have to supply reasons for their continued membership before May 31.

Trade union Solidarity and a group of former policemen and women yesterday turned to the P...
MEC to launch safety project
Gauteng MEC for local government Qedani Mahlangu will tomorrow launch the Jukskei River safety project at the Alexandra east bank community hall.

The project is aimed at educating residents, and particularly children, about the dangers the river presents. It has also been extended to include safe...
Alleged muti killers in court
Two men accused of killing and mutilating a four-year-old Nellmapius girl, Connie Ncube, allegedly for muti, will know in two months if their case will be heard in the Pretoria High Court.

Lorenco Erica Ngobeni, 30, and Mandla Zulu, 45, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday on mur...
MPs pass long-awaited Sexual Offences Bill
Cape Town - The National Assembly has approved the long overdue Sexual Offences Bill, a fortnight after the country's top court chose not to expand the definition of rape to include forced penetration of men.

The bill, which will now go to the National Council of Provinces before it can be signe...
Family slam decision to send Shaik back to jail
Removal of fraudster from hospital ahead of appeal hearing 'unnecessary'

Barely 24 hours before Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was due to make his final bid for freedom, the convicted fraudster was sent back to jail.

And Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Bal...
Monorail 'pie in the sky'
No way it could carry 1,5m people a day, says expert

The proposed monorail between Soweto and the Joburg CBD, planned to solve the city's transport problems by carrying 1,5-million commuters a day, can't possibly work, say experts.

Basic calculations show that, in order to meet this dem...
Houdini Mathe's trial venue changed to Joburg
For about 15 minutes, C-Max Prison escapee Annanias Mathe stood in the dock listening attentively as a magistrate read out his indictment - 76 charges, among them attempted murder, rape, robbery and car theft.

Prisoner number 205653293 was appearing in the packed Johannesburg Magistrate's Court ...
Czech fugitive loses battle to declare his arrest unlawful
While his teenage son has been riding rollercoasters at Gold Reef City, he has been fighting the cold spell inside a police holding cell.

And yesterday, Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir lost his legal battle for early release from custody when a magistrate ruled that his arrest last month and dete...
Cop murder case shock
A High Court judge has apologised to the family of top cop Anna-Marie Potgieter for a shock delay in her murder trial - now set to take place more than two years after her grisly murder.

The eight-month postponement, announced yesterday by Judge Max Labe, brought Potgieter's distraught sisters to...
No-No to Mono
Taxi operators threaten to derail transport system

Taxi operators are threatening to derail the multi-billion-rand Soweto monorail project.

Work on the project is scheduled to start in September, but the taximen say it’s intended to get rid of them and pave the way for other modes of tr...
Toddler’s many injuries ‘no accident’
The injuries of a toddler were so horrendous the prosecution later had the body exhumed, and a pathologist made worse discoveries, indicating long-term abuse.

The child, Micah Bramly Peterson, 3, had been “so neglected” it was alleged in the High Court trial of his mother and stepfather that even...
Falcon plane to be sold for tax debt
The SA Revenue Service (SARS) won the latest round in its legal battle against businessman Dave King when the Pretoria High Court yesterday authorized the sheriff to sell the Falcon aircraft belonging to the bankrupt Hawker Air Services.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in April this year granted an o...
Malawian is serial-rape accused
A Malawian accused of committing a number of counts of rape and robbery dating back to 2003, appeared in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The accused was remanded to May 28 pending investigations.

The 37-year-old faces charges of rape and robbery involving more than 10 victims in the...
Mother gets nod to sue son’s school
A Bela-Bela mother has been given the go-ahead by a judge to sue the Limpopo Education Department for damages after her eight-year-old son was locked up in a classroom overnight.

Pretoria High Court Judge Willie van der Merwe granted an order condoning the mother’s failure to serve a notice of he...
‘Shaiky’ prof resigns
Within hours of being asked a series of questions about his friend Chippy Shaik, Professor Viktor Verijenko used e-mail to resign from his position at the University of KwaZulu-Natal yesterday morning.

His resignation follows hot on the heels of an exposé by the Sunday Times that Chippy S...
D-Day for Shaik as appeal begins
Tomorrow will be D-Day for Schabir Shaik, as he tries to have his convictions for fraud and corruption overturned in the highest court in the land.

The start of an oral submission to the Constitutional Court in the matter of Shaik against the State marks Shaik’s last legal avenue to get out of s...
Airport ‘syndicate’ four in dock.
Four alleged members of a theft syndicate who had been stealing expensive merchandise from an OR Tambo International airport shop appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The case was postponed until tomorrow for a formal bail application.

All four suspects, together with thr...
Accused in murder trial fall out
The case against two men arrested for the murder of top child-protection policewoman Captain Annemarie Potgieter was postponed when they appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Tshetso Motaung, 19, and Justice Khoza, 24, were arrested after Potgieter’s naked body was found under...
Hammer killer gets no mercy
Two Pretoria High Court judges yesterday rejected claims by a 36-year-old man, who pulverized his wife’s head with a hammer, that his wife “was the author of her own misfortune”.

Judges Lettie Malopa and Brian Southwood dismissed Phillimon Thole’s appeal against his conviction and 15-year jail se...
No proof Mali got SA goods
There were no documents confirming that SA goods and services worth R32 million were delivered to Mali for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002.

In terms of the Auditor-General’s report tabled in Cape Town yesterday, invoices substantiating the expenditure were provided, but it could not be conclude...
How did report miss Radebe?
It remains unclear how Transport Minister Jeff Radebe could not have been aware of a report that warned against the implementation of eNatis.

The report indicated the R408 million computerized car registration system posed significant logistical and financial risks.

The report, it was claimed,...
Call for govt to regulate Mxit, blogs
The outspoken Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille is calling on government to regulate Mxit and Internet blogging.

She said some people were using Mxit (a mobile instant messaging application) and Internet blogging to prey on children and women, and to defame individuals and organizati...
Witness fingers Kgantsi
Johannesburg attorney Jaya Moodley, testifying yesterday in the Johannesburg high court trial of former Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi, said clients told him they “paid money to a woman called Portia to have their case scrapped”.

While at the Sandton police cells speaking with the two, Moodl...
Most South Africans in the dark on Net threats
South Africans are used to high walls, electric fences, burglar bars and armed-response alarm systems. But when it comes to the threats that come via their computers and Internet connection, their lack of knowledge makes them extremely vulnerable.

As more people buy PCs and get Internet access, i...
Goniwe waits for word on his position
Former ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe is waiting for official communication from the ANC about his position before preparing his next move.

This comes after the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) overturned Goniwe's three-year suspension for bringing the party into disrepute and for abuse of...
Shaik to tell highest court his rights were violated over Zuma
Move to include full record of ANC deputy's aborted case

Schabir Shaik claims the National Prosecuting Authority was "well able" to prosecute both himself and former deputy president Jacob Zuma for corruption at the same time.

And, while accusing prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli of lying ab...
Judge says reports on special treatment for Shaik proven false
Jailed fraudster's brother lashes out at the media for 'poisoning the atmosphere' ahead of hearing

Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons head Judge Nathan Erasmus is adamant that fraudster Schabir Shaik has not received any special treatment while in hospital.

And, following an inspectorate...
Guilty! Guilty!
Goldin-Bloom killers jailed for 28 years after 30-minute trial
The long-awaited murder trial of Brett Goldin and Richard Bloom's accused killers was over in minutes in the Cape High Court today as the two were sentenced to an effective 28 years in jail.

Shavaan Marlie and Clinton Davids'...
Snub for major security firm over donation to cops
Gauteng's top cop, Perumal Naidoo, has said a big "no thanks" to a security company that asked permission to raise more than R100 000 in funds for the police.

This comes after Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula confirmed a bold plan for the police and private security industry to work t...
Three held after Tembisa women shot in the head
Community thanked for info that led to arrests

Intensive investigations into the murder of two Tembisa sisters have led to a major breakthrough for local detectives.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman yesterday said Thandi Shikweni (33) and Constance Shikweni (28) both had bullet wounds to ...
Malawian alleged serial rapist in court
A three-year search for an alleged serial rapist has ended with him in the dock to answer to charges of rape, assault and robbery.

The Malawian national appeared in the Alberton Magistrate's Court yesterday following his arrest on Thursday night in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni. He made a brief appearan...
Judicial body to consider tackling Hlophe grumbles
The Judicial Service Commission has said it may deal with complaints against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe as early as next month now that Oasis Group Holdings has dropped its defamation case against Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai.

Had the R250 000 defamation case gone ahead, the c...
Drug-users caught stinky-handed
The smell of dagga on the hands of three pupils at Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Ivory Park has led to the arrest of an alleged drug dealer.

The teenagers were caught in a raid this morning by metro police, working with the police.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne M...
Trio arrested over body found in river
Three suspects who allegedly killed a man and threw his body into a river were arrested in Witbank, Mpumalanga, at the weekend.

The man’s companion was brutally assaulted and thrown into a trench, but survived and alerted police.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Police spok...
‘Anyone able to join SAPS’
Everyone has a future at the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the service does not recruit along racial lines, police spokesman Selby Bokaba told The Citizen yesterday.

Bokaba was responding to an article which appeared in Rapport about white and coloured police officers who ...
Nabbed for rape, robbery

A Malawian suspected of being a serial rapist will appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court today on charges of raping and robbing at least 10 women.

The suspect was arrested in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, at the weekend. He has been linked to cases dating back to 2003.

Police spokesman Superin...
New suspect also a guard
A second suspect believed to have been involved in a shooting in which a security guard died on Wednesday, is behind bars, say police.

Constable Sefako Xaba said the 28-year old was arrested on Friday morning in Orlando, Soweto.

"The suspect worked as a security guard for the same company as ...
Pretoria ‘sex slaves’ freed
Two young Pretoria girls were rescued from homeless men who were allegedly using them as sex slaves in Marabstad at the weekend.

Tshwane Metro Police said they received information from the community about two girls, aged 14 and 16, who were staying in a plastic shack west of the city. They were...
Police ‘bias’ angers miners
Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) marched to the Rustenburg police station on Saturday to protest against what they claimed was biased police treatment.

The miners’ memorandum handed in at the station said they were “gravely concerned over the behaviour of police” in Rustenburg a...
Reward over farm attackers
Police are offering a reward of up to R50 000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two suspected farm attackers.

They have been linked by their fingerprints to three attacks on smallholdings in the Rustenburg area in February.

It is believed the men are in Bekkersdal, Randfo...
Street riots over housing
Four police officers were injured and their vehicles were damaged during a housing protest in Mamelodi Extension 17, east of Pretoria, at the weekend.

Informal settlement residents took to the streets on Saturday morning, demanding houses.

They blocked the streets with burning tyres and rocks,...
Aliens targeted in NW townships: 78 arrested
Several North West townships erupted into violence at the weekend, with 78 arrests in one of them, and police having to evacuate foreign-born shopkeepers from another after they were assaulted.

Businessmen of Bangladeshi, Chinese, Somalian, Pakistani and Senegalee origin were targeted and their s...
Still no DNA result on girl's corpse a year later
Joburg school has been waiting all this time to say goodbye

Suspected Moffat Park serial killer victim Vanessa Thandi Sibiye is trapped in a limbo between life and death.

A year after the gruesome discovery of a skeleton wrapped in a blazer belonging to Vanessa's school, wearing her fa...
Scorpions in massive sting
Key ingredient in Mandrax manufacture seized

In one of the biggest drug busts in South Africa, the Scorpions have intercepted a key ingredient, worth more than R800-million, used in producing Mandrax.

Yesterday, investigators from the Scorpions' KwaZulu Natal outfit transported the dang...
'We could have handled Shaik, Yengeni and Mathe better'
Minister Ngconde Balfour has admitted that the Department of Correctional Services erred in its handling of high profile prisoners Schabir Shaik, Ananias Mathe and Tony Yengeni.

The department has been severely criticised by opposition parties and prisoner rights organisations over the perceived ...
New key figure fingered in the Fidentia fiddle
The spotlight in the Fidentia asset management scandal has turned to Gauteng businessman Steven Goodwin, who is one of the key figures being investigated by the curators appointed to the collapsed company.

"We are investigating all recipients of Fidentia money, including Steven Goodwin, but I can...
'Santa Claus' paedophile says no to his parole
"Santa Claus" paedophile James McNeil has chosen to stay in Pollsmoor Prison rather than be released on parole because he's not happy with his parole conditions.

McNeil was due to be released this week under strict parole conditions.

His lawyers were reluctant to divulge details, but it is bel...
Wrongly arrested pensioner sues the metro police
Seventy-three-year-old David van Rensburg's lips still quiver when asked about the day the metro police arrested him and threw him behind bars - by accident.

Now, four years after that fateful day, the retired Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) accountant has finally finished his legal ba...
MEC moves on crime hotspot information
Residents of Gauteng may finally be told officially where the crime hotspots are in their communities. Gauteng's MEC for Safety and Security, Firoz Cachalia, disclosed yesterday that he had met with Gauteng police commissioners and instructed them to release information about crime hotspots and crim...
Baloyi pays back R8-million
Danisa Baloyi, until recently one of South Africa's most influential businesswomen, has repaid by cheque the full R8-million interest-free loan she was given by Fidentia.

The means that the 47 000 widows and orphans, whose money went missing in the Fidentia scandal, will now be paid their May ben...
Woolmer 'had no enemies'
A week of interviews with Bob Woolmer's friends and family has convinced top Jamaican cop Mark Shields that the Pakistan coach had no enemies who would want to kill him.

"I get the impression that Bob Woolmer didn't have enemies," Shields said. "He was a thoroughly professional and likable indivi...
Traffic officer dumps duty for sex
A senior traffic officer is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a prostitute in his patrol car in Camps Bay - when he should have been on duty on the N2 freeway.

The officer, whose identity is known to the Saturday Star, is based at the Highway Patrol Unit, whose officers are mandat...
Police bust airport curio-theft syndicate
For months, a crime syndicate preyed on a single shop at O R Tambo International Airport, stealing African curios worth almost R1-million.

The jewellery, sculptures and beautifully crafted ostrich eggs found their way onto the streets of Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, where they were sold.

That was unt...
Police station to be made child-friendly
In the wake of the tragic murder of Sheldean Human, the Solidarity Helping Hand Fund will make another Pretoria police station child-friendly this weekend.

Hercules station in Gardens will be invaded by Helping Hand members tomorrow.

They will turn a storage room into a child-friendly intervie...
No gov't plan on riots
It appears government has no plan for solving the cross-boundary-induced riots that continue to bedevil the country.

Provinical and Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi said in a briefing to the media yesterday that while the government accepted there had been a legislative error, he blamed ...
ENatis: Tshwane goes on overtime
Staff at the Tshwane Licensing Department in Pretoria will work late from next Monday in a bid to beat the eNatis backlog.

Mayoral committee member Bongi Lehobye said in Pretoria yesterday that offices would be open until 5pm as a result of the challenges faced since the new system was introduced...
Same traffic fines for everyone on the cards
Motorists will soon have to pay standard fines regardless of the province in which a traffic offence is committed.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) disclosed yesterday that a standard fine structure for all offences in the Road Traffic Act committed across the country would come int...
Two held for loot in bin
Two Soweto youths are behind prison bars after community members yesterday noticed them pushing around a “wheelie bin” filled with suspected stolen goods in Protea Glen.

According to Soweto police spokesman Constable Sefako Xaba, the portable dustbin had a house number on it and the community bec...
Guard slain ‘in love row’
A security guard was arrested yesterday after he allegedly shot and killed another security guard on Wednesday in Orlando West, Soweto.

Matome Motjiyeng, 30, a Fidelity Guards security officer based at an Absa Bank branch in Johannesburg, was killed by an unknown gunman while he was walking home ...
Accused given time to get money for own lawyer
The trial of a director in the Agriculture Department who allegedly assaulted his wife so viciously that she died of her injuries was yesterday postponed to give him time to get money for his own attorney.

Judge Tholi Vilakazi warned David Linley Sonkosi, 40, that his right to a legal representat...
Council staffers fraud case delayed
A fraud case against a Tshwane Metro employee who allegedly defrauded banks and car dealers has been postponed to July 26 for further investigation.

Julius Lesego Meswamere, 32, of Danville, appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday on theft and fraud charges.

His R5 000 bail ...
Just live with flood of refugees, says Mbeki
'We're not going to build a Great Wall of China to keep them out'

South Africans will just have to learn to live with the millions of illegal immigrants flooding into the country, says President Thabo Mbeki.

This was his response yesterday to a question from Democratic Alliance chief w...
That knock on the door could be the taxman
If you've been fiddling in the VAT jar, the telescopic arm of the taxman is going to come knocking - if he didn't already wake you up this morning.

The SA Revenue Service has launched a series of busts against serious offenders in Gauteng, each of whom owe between R1-million and R4-million in un...
'Facts in peer review properly corrected'
Although the cabinet has denied rejecting the African Peer Review Mechanism report, the government has corrected "quite a number of inaccuracies and misrepresent- ation of facts".

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said yesterday that, as required by the APRM process, the government was "resp...
Kidnapped boy free after 13 years living in the dark
Suspect arrested in connection with teenager's alleged abduction

He has never been to school, recoils from sunshine and is deeply traumatised. And he has been held captive in a dark room in a house in Durban for 13 years.

Now judged to be about 18 years old, his ordeal began when he wa...
Men linked to mall robberies arrested
Suspect arrested in connection with teenager's alleged abduction

He has never been to school, recoils from sunshine and is deeply traumatised. And he has been held captive in a dark room in a house in Durban for 13 years.

Now judged to be about 18 years old, his ordeal began when he wa...
State slated over boundaries
The government has come under fire in parliament over Khutsong and Matatiele, although cabinet ministers were quick to reject claims that there was no consultation over boundary changes in these areas.

The United Democratic Movement expressed concern about Khutsong yesterday, and accused the gove...
Delegates upbeat after talks on media control
The media and Parliament appear to be close to reconciling their differences over the contentious draft Films and Publication Amendment Bill.

Trevor Ncube, president of Print Media SA, told Independent Newspapers yesterday that indications were that "democracy and press freedom were safe".

It ...
Scorpions 'kept in dark' on crime record
From joining the Scorpions in 2000 as a senior advocate, Portia Kgantsi had allegedly lied during security clearances about the fact that she was convicted of theft in 1991.

Each time the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) gave her a security clearance form to fill in, Kgantsi would state that s...
Police bust OR Tambo curio-theft syndicate
For months, a crime syndicate preyed on a single shop at O R Tambo International Airport, stealing African curios worth almost R1-million.

The jewellery, sculptures and beautifully crafted ostrich eggs found their way onto the streets of Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, where they were sold.

That was un...
Surprise twist in the case of billionaire Czech fugitive
Bail application delayed as defence claim he was wrongly detained

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's defence team have fought vigorously to prove his detention is illegal and that he should be released immediately - but the magistrate has reserved judgment until next week.

The billionair...
No eNaTIS discontent for Winter
It's not all gloom and doom at licensing offices around Johannesburg as the eNaTIS computer system stutters its way into efficiency.

Yesterday, golf writer Grant Winter had a pleasant surprise at Loveday Street office in central Joburg where he went to renew a car licence. He was in and out with...
Small force takes care of a large area
Brixton's location draws masses of people to the area

The challenge of preventing and combating crime with only about 100 police using 33 vehicles, and serving a population of over 200 000 people, can be a daunting one indeed.

This task can be particularly onerous when that police stat...
Police use rubber bullets to control Khutsong riot
The police appear to be fighting a losing battle to restore law and order in Khutsong.

Rioters hurled petrol bombs and stones at police armoured vehicles yesterday.

Khutsong residents are opposed to the incorporation of Merafong Municipality, which forms part of Khutsong, into North West.

Taxman begins attaching assets of serious offenders
If you've been fiddling in the VAT jar, the telescopic arm of the taxman is going to come knocking - if he didn't already wake you up this morning.

The SA Revenue Service today launched a series of busts against serious offenders in the province, each of whom owe between R1-million and R4-million...
Radebe ‘must come clean’
Minister Jeff Radebe may be hauled before the Transport Portfolio Committee to account for the chaos created by the implementation of eNatis.

The DA yesterday wrote to chairman of the committee Jeremy Cronin, asking that Radebe be made to explain to the public what went wrong with the new R408 mi...
Officers deny taking stock
Johannesburg Metro officers yesterday dismissed claims that officers in plain clothes were taking hawkers’ stock in the inner city yesterday, during law-enforcement operations.

SA National Traders’ Retail Alliance spokesman Edmund Elias said hawkers had come forward in past months claiming that m...
Witness in Mama Jackey case freed
The police were made to eat humble pie yesterday when they were ordered to release a key witness in the trial of Ithuteng Trust principal Jacqueline Maarohanye, in the Protea Magistrate’s court.

The witness, Simphiwe Ncoguthu, 24, was arrested on Tuesday at the court after Maarohanye alleged to p...
Court told how 'wild' top official killed wife
A director in the Agriculture Department had allegedly laughed after assaulting his wife so viciously that she died of her injuries, the Pretoria High Court heard.

A cousin of murdered schoolteacher Puma Magalia testified that she had witnessed Puma’s husband, David Lonely SunOS, 40, repeatedly b...
Fidelity Guard gunned down
A security guard returning home from work was shot and killed in Orlando West, Soweto yesterday.

The 30-year-old Fidelity Guard who was based at an Absa Bank in Johannesburg, was returning home from night shift when he was shot by unknown men.

“He was found with a gunshot wound in the chest an...
Robbers strike at old police HQ
Police have confirmed a brazen robbery that took place at its old Serious and Violent Crimes Unit offices in Pretoria late Tuesday evening.

It is believed the commander of the SAPS Investigative Psychology Unit, Dr Gerard Labuschagne, was overpowered and robbed of his service pistol when he went ...
More Mama Jackey drama at court
Jacqueline "Mama Jackey" Maarohanye and her co-accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and assaulting a Sowetan journalist.

Maarohanye and her co-accused, actor Ronnie Nyakale, Thembi Dladla and Patricia Molaba, appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday before magistrat...
ANC leadership will elect its head, says minister
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula does not want to be accused of prejudging Jacob Zuma in the event that corruption charges are reinstated against him.

Asked on the BBC programme HARDtalk whether he believed Zuma was the right man to become president, Nqakula stuck to the ANC's nation...
Nqakula assures 2010 soccer fans of safety in SA
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has again tried to counter international perceptions about crime, telling a worldwide television audience that 2010 soccer fans would be safe in South Africa.

He also defended National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi's continued retention as the cou...
Police have difficulty controlling Khutsong riot
The police appear to be fighting a losing battle to restore law and order in Khutsong.

Rioters hurled petrol bombs and stones at police armoured vehicles yesterday.

Khutsong residents are opposed to the incorporation of Merafong Municipality, which forms part of Khutsong, into North West.
Two faces of accused Scorpion emerge
Two different sides of Portia Kgantsi, the former Scorpions prosecutor accused of corruption, have emerged during her High Court trial.

On the one hand, it was wrong of her to have had direct contact with two Nigerian fraudsters - from whom she allegedly tried to extort tens of thousands of rand...
Now Khutsong residents direct anger at Somalis
Some of the people opposed to the incorporation of Khutsong township into North West have now started to harass Somali refugees in the area.

Initially, protesters destroyed Merafong municipal buildings such as public libraries, municipal offices and a guesthouse.

After the municipal elections ...
ENatis is a riot!
Angry motorists threaten rampage as licensing delays and chaos persist

Angry motorists threatened to rampage at Langlaagte testing station after the R408 million eNatis computer crashed again yesterday.

Metro police had to be deployed to the station as hundreds shouted at officials and ...
School bus driver arrested
A man was arrested after he tore a female metro police officer’s blouse while she was struggling to arrest him in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni yesterday.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police were busy with law enforcement at the intersection of Barry Marais and Nobela Drive when the man stopped in front of them, and...
Government denies scorning African peer review report
The South African government yesterday denied "reckless" media reports that it had rejected the African Peer Review Mechanism report on South Africa's performance in governance.

The reports said the government had rejected all but one of about 150 points in the APRM report, which criticised aspe...
Prosecutors approached on whether to charge senior film board official
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has been asked for advice on whether charges of mismanagement should be brought against a key member of the Film and Publication Board.

Forensic auditors MMM Consulting proposed in 2005 that disciplinary proceedings be instituted against Iyavar Chetty, a Fi...
More Mama Jackey drama at court
Jacqueline "Mama Jackey" Maarohanye has led police to arrest a man who was scheduled to appear in court as a witness in a case against her.

Maarohanye claimed yesterday that Simphiwe Ncongoghu (24) had stolen money from her butchery in 2003.

While pointing the man out to officers at the Prote...
Over the counter: a 'social tonic' that'll 'get you sideways'
'Party pills' raise eyebrows over vague packaging, odd ingredients

A new range of "party pills" promising "mind-altering experiences", is available over the counter in South Africa - although they may contain a substance banned in several countries.

The pills, marketed under the brand ...
Stolen car system works: govt
Government yesterday rejected fears that the newly launched Electronic National Transport Information System (e-Natis) was incompatible with the police’s stolen vehicle recovery system.

This after the Democratic Alliance (DA) raised concerns over the system, claiming it remained a disaster.

Cell porn shocker
While a commercial driver waited eagerly for CAN personnel to trim his child-pornography images, downloaded from his cellphone, the police waited for him at the cashier.

A shocked mark Ryan, 33, stepped into the long arms of the law last Friday – to spend the weekend in police custody.

Janine killing case tossed out of court
The case against a man accused of raping and murdering seven-year-old Janine Rooi of Eersterust was struck off the court roll yesterday.

A Pretoria magistrate refused yet another postponement for a decision by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The man was arrested on September 18 l...
Court waits to hear of rapist’s ‘high sex drive’
For the third time yesterday Johannesburg High Court Judge Winston Msimiki and two assessors convened in vain to hear defence evidence prior to sentence about the alleged high sex drive of a serial rapist.

It is alleged that Armstrong Beki Mkwanzi, in custody, is being given medication to curb hi...
Man killed, then dragged back to his home
A 30-year-old man’s body was found outside his home in Soweto yesterday.

Thami Kheswa, wounded in the chest, was found in the early hours of yesterday.

“From what we can establish he was not killed outside his home, but somewhere else and then dragged there,” said Constable Sefako Xaba.

Guards set to strike over discrimination
Security guards are about to embark on a strike over racial discrimination by some employers.

General secretary for the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) Xolani Nyamezela, said the union had served a strike notice.

The union claimed racial abuse and segregation were rif...
Mall fire: carpet shop robbed twice in a week
Following third hit, the owners are convinced someone is out to get them

The weekend attack on a carpet shop at Bryanston's Epsom Downs shopping centre, which saw half the centre burn to the ground, was the third incident at the store.

One of the owners of Kaskai Persian Carpets and ...
'Bob had a heart attack'
Jamaica's deputy police commissioner Mark Shields has arrived in Cape Town amid new rumours that Bob Woolmer was not murdered.

The Jamaican Gleaner reported yesterday that the deceased Pakistan cricket coach died of a heart attack, citing Scotland Yard as its source.

But Shields, who arrived ...
Community policing 'the answer to crime woes'
Forums to be integrated into the mainstream of security

Legitimate and efficient community policing forums is the best way to prevent and combat crime in South Africa.

This was the view expressed yesterday by Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.

Addressing the heads of CPFs ...
North Rand cops on the ball
Members of the SAPS Police Emergency Services on the North Rand achieved major breakthroughs last month.

Inspector Juanita Kilian said members of the Flying Squad attended to 1 352 emergency complaints in April.

Fifty-three arrests were made for serious crimes, 95 stolen and hijacked vehicle...
Alberton boy shot in lung during braai after rugby match
An Alberton schoolboy was shot in the chest after he and fellow pupils celebrated their school's rugby victory with a braai at the weekend.

Sihle Maduna (15), a pupil at Bracken High School in the suburb of Brackendowns, was shot in the right lung when the last of his school friends left his hous...
Pupils go on the rampage again in Khutsong
Children target cops as teachers skip school

Schoolchildren as young as 7 are fighting running battles with riot police in the streets of Khutsong.

The violence erupted again yesterday, shortly after thousands of pupils had dispersed from their various schools in the Carletonville town...
Parole boards are incompetent, activist says
Members of parole boards are lazy and incompetent, says the president of the SA Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights.

Golden Miles Bhudu's angry words followed reports of dysfunctional parole boards in Mossel Bay, Knysna and George following a visit by parliament's correctional services portf...
Raid nets trove of stolen goods
Pretoria police yesterday arrested three men suspected of receiving and being in possession of stolen computers and other goods valued at about R850 000.

Police Captain Lucas Sithole said the operation was from information followed up by the Organised Crime Unit.

In the first raid a man had be...
Sport beats crime, drugs
Young people converged on Atrec sports complex in Alexandra township on Saturday to wage a war against crime in sporty way.

The youngsters from schools in the area took part in the City of Johannesburg-organised sporting event aimed at encouraging children to stay away from crime and drugs.

Two guilty of murder conspiracy
The East London High Court has found two men accused of murdering an unborn baby guilty on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the possession of an unlicensed firearm.

David Best and his co-accused Ludwe Mashumpa were, however, acquitted on the charge of murdering Best’s ...
Compulsive gambler lucky to get five years taken off sentence
Appeal Court judge finds his addiction a mitigating factor

A man has had five years knocked off his sentence for armed robbery - because he was a compulsive gambler.

More than eight years after Johannes de Wet Nel pleaded guilty and was convicted on March 2 1999 of armed robbery with ag...
Cable theft the work of organised crime syndicates, Mbeki claims
President says he can't be sure it is economic sabotage

President Thabo Mbeki says there's no doubt that organised crime syndicates are behind cable theft, but he's not sure if it's political and aimed at crippling the economy.

He was speaking yesterday after a three-day meeting of his...
Judge in sex slur
Scandal-prone bench dragged into new row

Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai, who is at the centre of a defamation lawsuit that could sink his own judge president, has been reported to the Judicial Service Commission.

Gauteng Pan Africanist Congress chairperson Thami ka Plaatjie has repo...
Now Selebi wants gays-only police cells
Police may have to create separate holding cells to house gay detainees, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi told MPs yesterday.

Selebi said police officers were faced with the problem of not knowing where to place homosexual lawbreakers as they would want to be locked up with persons of ...
Plea for judicial co-operation
Chief Justice Pius Langa has made a plea for a new spirit of co-operative governance between the judiciary, the legislature and executive, instead of the "divisive language of control".

Appearing before the National Assembly's justice committee with his deputy, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, and the ...
R3 000 for solution to roadblock time-waste
A motorist is so incensed by delays caused by a roadblock that he is offering R3 000 to anyone who comes up with a better way for police to conduct these stoppages.

Dave Marsh, who rides a motorbike, said he understood the need for road checks, but queried why they were sometimes held during the ...
Hijacked luxury vehicles found in Lenasia
Police searching for one hijacked luxury car have stumbled on to two expensive sedans in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

The breakthrough happened about 5.30am yesterday when the Tracker company traced a signal after the owner of a BMW reported a case of hijacking about 8pm on Saturday in Ridgewa...
'Youngest Joburg drug dealer is 8 years old'
Workshop helps warn pupils of the dangers of dagga, drinking

The youngest child to be caught dealing in drugs in Joburg's northern suburbs was just 8 years old - and the youngest to test positive for alcohol consumption was 10.

Superintendent Joe Odendaal, the Sunninghill police station...
Parole boards are incompetent, activist says
Members of parole boards are lazy and incompetent, says the president of the SA Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights.

Golden Miles Bhudu's angry words followed reports of dysfunctional parole boards in Mossel Bay, Knysna and George following a visit by parliament's correctional services portf...
Alerted cops nail gang
In a major breakthrough, Ekurhuleni metro police pounced on nine suspected robbers after receiving a tip-off from the Tembisa community.

Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said the metro police found that the robbers had staked out premises in the Savemoor Complex in Mayibuye, between Midrand and Tembisa.

Carpet and rug shop set alight
robbers spark inferno at mall

Armed robbers entered a Bryanston, Sandton, carpet and rug shop, helped themselves to a cellphone and a purse, then threw petrol around the store and set it alight.

Within minutes, the fire was burning so fiercely that half of the Epsom Downs Shopping Cent...
Spa linked to Fidentia under final liquidation
The Cape High Court has placed Facets Ladies Lifestyle Centre, owned by the wife of Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown, under final liquidation.

The order was granted by Acting Judge Michael Wragge last week.

Facets was first placed under provisional liquidation on March 13, and interested parties...
ARVs stolen for a uniquely South African rush
Thugs in a KwaZulu Natal community are robbing people living with Aids of their lifesaving antiretroviral drugs - and then smoking them to get high.

Patients who collect their ARVs at St Mary's Hospital in the Valley of a Thousand Hills have complained to community outreach co-ordinators that pe...
Shaik still 'living it up' in hospital on State
The Department of Correctional Services has been accused of continuing to give imprisoned Durban businessman Schabir Shaik preferential treatment.

Shaik has been at Albert Luthuli Hospital for 25 days and is not being treated like a prisoner but "is getting visitors left, right and centre", the ...
Hijacker dies, accomplice badly hurt
One hijacker was killed and another seriously injured in a shoot-out with police in Rooihuiskraal, south of Pretoria yesterday.

Wierdabrug police patrolling in the Centurion area caught the men hijacking a motorist. They saw them pulling a motorist out of a car at about 1.30pm, Captain Lucas Sit...
Three arrested in drug raid
Gauteng police arrested three men during a raid on a drug-manufacturing laboratory in Weltrevreden Park on the West Rand on Wednesday night.

According to police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman, the operation came as a result of information obtained during their on-going investigations in...
Bloody night on Joburg streets
Police and emergency personnel again had their hands full during a bloody night on the streets around Johannesburg on Wednesday.

At least three shooting incidents, one fatal, were reported in two hours.

According to Netcare 911 spokesman Trevor Putterill, the first incident occurred when a veh...
Metro policeman kills ex-lover, self
A Johannesburg metro police officer killed his ex-girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in his Riverlea home yesterday.

Metro police spokesman Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the bodies of Selwyn Dominigo, 21, and Lesego Gaboutlwelwe, 23, were found in the bedroom.

The officer’s siste...
Taxi group opens fire on rivals
A Johannesburg taxi driver was injured when members of a rival association fired at drivers on Christiaan de Wet Street in Honeydew yesterday.

Captain Sphiwe Ndlovu said members of the association drove to the area in six cars at about 5pm. They stopped their vehicles on the side of the road, ju...
Woman to ‘sit’ 8 years
A Potchefstroom magistrate has sentenced a 34-year-old woman to an effective six years’ imprisonment after she was found guilty of 424 charges of fraud, and another 32 of theft involving more than R4 million.

However, Jacomina Susanna “Jackie” Venter’s past caught up with her, because a previous ...
Grandmother raped, murdered
A 78-year-old grandmother was raped and beaten to death with a hammer in Tholeni village in Butterworth yesterday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said a neighbour found the body of Nofinish Nomvula Mayekiso in her home with a hammer lying next to it.

It was believed the attacker also tried to strangl...
Tears for murdered man
Family members of a 24-year-old Eldoraigne man wept yesterday as they heard how he had begged neighbours for help after intruders shot him in the face.

Eugene van Rooyen died in a coma in hospital 10 days after the incident two years ago.

His friend “Krappies” Rossouw, to have become engaged i...
Love ends in double killing
Love ended in tragedy after a man gunned down his fleeing girlfriend before shooting himself in full view of Bramley View residents in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon.

Ntabiseng Quina, 25, died in the yard of a house neighbouring the street where the incident took place at about 4pm while her...
The spy boss vs Mbeki
Axed spy boss Billy Masetlha has accused President Thabo Mbeki of ignoring the rule of law by firing him and then attempting to throw him and his family out of their government-owned home.

And it has emerged that Masetlha has also declined a substantial settlement offer to back down from his cou...
Thousands of inmates to be released in bid to tackle overcrowding
Petty criminals with fines under R1 000 may go free

Close to 11 000 inmates are to be released from jail as a means of dealing with overcrowding in the country's prisons.

These are prisoners who had been slapped with fines of R1 000 or less and who are still behind bars because they we...
Activists bemoan court ruling over male rape
Constitutional judges take cautious approach

Using a dissenting judgment from Chief Justice Pius Langa as ammunition, activists have expressed grave disappointment at a cautious Constitutional Court ruling which failed to extend the definition of rape to men.

In a majority judgment yes...
Balfour's spin-doctor quits after Mathe row
Luphumzo Kebeni, the apparent fall guy in the Ananias Mathe row between the Ministry of Correctional Services and a parliamentary committee, has quit the government.

Kebeni, who still has one foot in the department, will from Tuesday become the regional manager for Simeka TWS in the Eastern Cape...
New bill to assist in fighting scourge of drugs in schools
Move will allow random searches for illegal substances and weapons

The national Department of Education has moved a step closer to introducing random searches at schools for guns and drugs, plus drug-testing, with the publication of the Education Laws Amendment Bill for public comment this...
Victory for women as judges hand down rape decision
Non-consensual penetration of a man's anus is not rape, the Constitutional Court ruled today. However non-consensual penetration of a woman's anus is, it found.

In a judgment handed down by the highest court in the land this morning, it was ruled that the current definition of rape fell short of ...
Hostage-taker believes he was right
"He feels that what he did was right, under the circumstances."

This was apparently the opinion of the man accused of holding Pretoria News staff hostage for several hours last month.

A visibly irritated Lionel George yesterday also told the Pretoria Regional Court that no Legal Aid Board atto...
Doobsie's boyfriend may face murder rap
Dan Mokoena, the man accused of shooting Lindiwe Chibi, could be facing a murder charge if a postmortem reveals the actress's death was linked to the injuries she received.

Mokoena, who was Chibi's boyfriend at the time of the shooting in April 2005, is being held in Diepkloof Prison and will ap...
Motorist who killed three is acquitted
He could not have avoided tragic shootings, says judge

For 34 months, murder accused Edward Maesela Kekana felt he was in a trance because of a cloud hanging over him.

This dark cloud made him watch as job opportunities passed him by at Wits University.

But, sporting a grin yesterday...
Model tells of her rape ordeal in veld
Although the rape of a 25-year-old girlfriend of a well-known former soccer star almost ruined her modelling career, the woman has recovered three years after the incident.

The model was yesterday the 54th complainant to testify against alleged serial rapist Mongezi Samuel Jingxela in the Johanne...
Bullets fly in latest Joburg taxi shootings
Fears are growing that a taxi war is far from over after motorists and pedestrians were forced to take cover during two shooting incidents in and around Johannesburg.

In the first shooting, yesterday afternoon, members of two taxi associations traded gunfire for 10 minutes amid rush-hour traffic ...
Building hijack trial of cop delayed
A policeman charged with running a lucra- tive building hijacking scheme has had his case postponed just as he was about to walk into the dock.

When Inspector Sean Twala was about to go on trial at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday, the state asked for a postponement.

It plans to r...
Accused in Winnie jewel theft trial slam state
The five people accused of stealing jewellery valued at R4-million from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela have accused the state of applying double standards.

This is after the case against Paul Githuka (53), his wife Nolwazi (44), son Mpumelelo (22), daughter Njeri (19) and their relative, Mbuso Vuthel...
Tax compliance raids net 68 in Joburg
A total of 68 people have been arrested during tax compliance raids on small businesses by the South African Revenue Service.

In a bid to promote a compliance culture, 96 Sars staff members, together with officials from the Johannesburg metro police, the South African Police Service, and the dep...
'Eyes and ears' reduce Edenvale's crime rates
When the owner of Chinese Express newspaper was gunned down in his Edenvale home last week, his distraught son turned to the local Community Policing Forum for help.

As Jung Sheng lay bleeding to death, his panic-stricken teenage son made a frantic call to CPF chairperson Colin McDonald. In turn...
Schools take active role inviting police officers
A school safety initiative by the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and schools under siege from criminals in Mondeor is beginning to bear fruit.

Simply called Schools Safety Project, the project has contributed greatly in drastically reducing crimes in and around schools in the suburb, south of Jo...
Ex-Dj fights asset seizure
Former Lesedi FM disc jockey DJ Thuso Motaung, who had assets totalling about R15 million seized by the Asset forfeiture Unit, was at Johannesburg High Court over this matter yesterday.

The attachment came at the time Motaung, his wife Mamontha, and their business associate Joshua Ramme were to a...
Show to fight child abuse
With the aim of rooting out crime against children, Women+Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) are to embark on a two-day child abuse awareness road-show in Alexandra, Orange Farm and Soweto.

“The idea of the campaign, Vusani Isimilo (raise your consciousness), is to seriously address the root...
Licensing glitch affects crashes
If eNatis glitches have prevented a motorist from renewing his licence, police will use their discretion in accident situations.

Faults in the new electronic national traffic information system have meant testing stations countrywide having to close their doors, leaving frustrated drivers without...
Elderly man shot fighting intruders
Police are investigating a case of attempted murder and robbery after a 67-year-old man was attacked in Midrand yesterday.

According to paramedics who rushed to the scene, the man was shot in the chest when he resisted against some would-be robbers who had got into the house.

His wife let thei...
Joburg to pump R100m into crime and grime clean-up
The City of Johannesburg is to invest R100-million in cleaning up the inner city over the next five years.

This is over and above an additional R100-million that will be given to Pikitup in the next financial year for cleaning.

So said executive mayor Amos Masondo while addressing the Inner C...
Trial date for Agliotti and others to be set soon
Start drug smuggling hearing around August, say Scorpions

If the Scorpions get their way, Glenn Agliotti, Stephanos Paparas and the others accused of running an international drug-smuggling syndicate will go on trial around August.

And, says Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel, the trial will las...
SAA staff in credit card scam
A Nigerian credit card fraud syndicate has infiltrated South African Airways and is colluding with its call centre staff in scamming thousands of unsuspecting people.

Forensic investigators have discovered that between January and August last year, call centre staff at have helped ...
Metro police in card scam moved
Johannesburg metro police officials, allegedly behind a massive credit card scam, are still in their jobs.

More than two weeks after The Star exposed how officials from the Joburg metro police department's (JMPD) fine collection department were scamming international tourists to pay off the traf...
Agliotti man 'can go to work'
Stephanos Paparas got his wish this morning after fighting for months to have his bail conditions relaxed.

Paparas, Glenn Agliotti's co-accused in a massive drug smuggling case, will now be able to attend work each day between 6am and 6pm.

Until now the man the Scorpions accuse of being a "ma...
Victim finds a manual for robbery after attack
It looks as though today's criminals prepare beforehand with some sort of schooling and motivation.

This is the belief of Dwayn Smith, whose wife, 8-month-old baby and domestic helper were robbed at his Bassonia home on Friday morning.

Police have recovered a notebook, believed to have been dr...
NPA lashes its critics for ‘scandalising’
The country’s top prosecutor has lashed out at those who continually criticize the National prosecuting Authority (NPA).

“Criticise but don’t scandalize,” advocate Vusi Pikoli told Parliament’s Justice Portfolio Committee in response to persistent attacks by high-ranking ANC members, as well as c...
Jailed robbers and burglars to appeal
A syndicate of eight housebreakers who hit homes in upmarket Constantia, Bishop’s Court and Camp’s Bay are today to launch applications for leave to appeal against their convictions and sentences in the Cape High Court.

The main culprit, Shamiel Eyssen, was yesterday effectively jailed for 20 yea...
C-Max warder trial delayed
The trial of a prison warder and three C-Max prisoners accused of taking part in a foiled escape, during which two top prison officials were killed, will begin in the Pretoria High Court only in November.

Judge Johan Els yesterday postponed the trial of prison warder Herman Makhubela and prisoner...
Govt to weed out tobacco in schools
South African schools will soon be free of tobacco and illegal substances, according to the government’s social cluster of departments.

According to a report tabled at the Union Building in Pretoria yesterday, the departments of Health, Education and Safety and Security have been running a progra...
Reign of terror denied
A Winterveld man alleged to have taken part in a series of crimes including housebreaking, murder and rape that had Lyttelton and Eldoraigne residents living in fear, yesterday denied all charges against him.

Steve Motsweni Motlou, 32, faces two charges of murder, two of rape, 10 of housebreaking...
Gangsters in court today
Johannesburg police cornered three men yesterday who are suspected of being part of the gang that has been terrorizing Douglasdale and Sandton residents.

While on the look-out for the gang after a tip-off, police found the men sitting in two vehicles at the corner of Rudd and Otto Roads in Illovo...
Editor shot in attempted hijack
David Canning, editor of The Star's Durban-based sister newspaper The Mercury, was shot in an arm and a leg in an attempted hijacking outside his Kloof home late last night.

He was treated by paramedics on the scene, and was reported to be in a stable condition. He was to be taken to St Augustine...
Unions reveal details of plan to cripple country
Union leaders are planning a month of protests and mass demonstrations that will build towards a national public-service strike.

This could see teachers, police and nurses abandon their posts in what could be the country's biggest-ever work stoppage.

Unions said yesterday the countdown to th...
Ja well no fine, but you pay R30
New traffic system will be sorted, but will cost to maintain

It has cost a fortune, it has malfunctioned since it started and has caused chaos at licensing centres countrywide - now, motorists will have to fork out R30 for transactions.

This fee was announced yesterday by Transport Min...
Call for action on public service financial crisis
The Treasury is to be hauled before the National Assembly's public accounts committee to explain how it intends to solve the poor financial management crisis within the public service, which is being exacerbated by a lack of qualified staff.

"We in this committee have reached a point where it's ...
Mama Jackey in relaxed mood during her trial
Jacqueline "Mama Jackey" Maarohanye smiled and sometimes laughed as the first of 10 state witnesses were being cross-examined.

The principal of Ithuteng Trust School in Soweto was in the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday facing charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and robbe...
Scorpion only wanted to help Nigerians, court is told
'She would not have taken a bribe knowing she was filmed on CCTV'

A Scorpions senior advocate could not have been so foolish as to take a R40 000 bribe from two Nigerian fraudsters knowing very well that the transaction was being captured on CCTV at the police station.

Portia Kgantsi to...
Bar to study Jordan ruling over testimony
ounsel for one of the accused in spotlight over conduct

The Cape Bar Council is to ask for a copy of the judgment in the Baby Jordan Leigh Norton case to study the findings as part of an investigation into the conduct of a lawyer who initially represented one of the accused.

"Amazing" ...
No bail for two in Father Creagh shooting
The Atteridgeville Magistrate's Court has heard that the two men arrested in connection with the shooting of Irish priest Father Kieran Creagh should be kept in custody for their own safety.

Investigating officer Constable Lebogang Monareng said at the bail hearing of Lesetja Phahlane and Edward ...
Residents burn tyres on highway over lack of services

Hundreds of Hospital Hill informal settlement residents toyi-toyied and demanded service delivery as they blockaded the Golden Highway near Lenasia South.

With black smoke billowing skywards, the protesters waved sjamboks and placards. They barricaded the popular route into Johannesburg with...
Skin found under murder victim’s nails
Skin, believed to be from the person who battered an 88-year-old man and his 84-year-old wife to death on their farm near Krugersdorp, was found under the fingernails of the deceased.

But the results of the DNA tests were still outstanding; advocate Marile van Heerden, prosecuting, placed on reco...
Victim's father: Please do something
Do something about crime.

A Johannesburg resident made this plea to government yesterday following a botched hijacking at the weekend that left his son in a critical condition in the Nelspruit Hospital’s intensive care unit.

A heart-broken Kevin Hirst told The Citizen what was supposed...
Doctor’s drug trial postponed
The drug trial of a top Centurion lung specialist accused of manufacturing drugs at his luxury hoe was once again postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Gideon Naude, 53, appeared alongside his co-accused and former lover Christiaan Jacobus van Schalkwyk on charges of the possess...
Graduate gets life term for murder
A young university science graduate was yesterday led sobbing bitterly from the dock of the Cape High Court after he had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a vicious axe attack, which left his former gay partner dead.

Judge Daniel Dlodlo told Michael Barend van Zyl, 29, that he would be fail...
Three arrested for farm murder
Police have arrested three men in connection with the murder in March this year of North West farmer Hans Pienaar.

The three suspects, aged 27, 28 and 33, will join another alleged accomplice, who is 28, in the dock of the Bloemhof Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of murder and attempted murder...
Rampaging N West rioters attack farmer
A 70-year-old farmer was attacked by rampaging residents of a North West township yesterday when he went there to collect an employee.

The man, who was not named by police, was hit with a brick on the head. His bakkie was also damaged. He was not seriously injured, said Superintendent Louis Jac...
by Jordan Trial

It was as if they had seen it coming. Dina Rodrigues, Sipho Mfazwe, Mongezi Bobotyane, Zanethemba Gwada and Bonginkosi Sigenu didn't blink an eye when they were pronounced guilty for the murder of Baby Jordan Leigh Norton.

"Yes," someone cheered from the public gallery,...
Weeping and elation inside and outside court
"Dina is a scheming, wicked woman."

These were the words of Baby Jordan's grandfather, Vernon Norton, as he addressed a crowd of elated supporters on the steps of the Cape High Court yesterday.

They had gathered to congratulate the Norton family after the killers of six-month-old Jordan Leig...
Lone man protests while bride of hours grieves
"I am so glad I have his surname and that he is my husband."

For newly wed widow Nina Sandmann, Mark will forever live in her memory as the man she would have spent the rest of her life with.

Instead he died in Nina's arms on Friday on the way to hospital, just hours after they had promised t...
Former top prosecutor gets 6 years behind bars
The former deputy director of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, advocate Cornwell Tshavhungwa, has been sentenced to an effective six years in prison.

During the sentencing, magistrate Andries Lamprecht said yesterday he was furious at the "cancer" of fraudulent crime threatening to devour ...
Ex-Scorpion to deny fraud, bribery charges
Former senior Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi will deny all allegations of bribery against her.

Kgantsi has broken her silence for the first time since state witness Djibril Issa Mohamedou made damning allegations of bribery against her. She was speaking through her lawyer, advocate Johan Pre...
Czech fugitive claims health problems
Billionaire Czech Republic fugitive Radovan Krejcir has claimed he was trying to enter South Africa to receive medical treatment.

His defence team hopes the most-wanted suspect will be taken out of custody by the end of the week to receive an MRI brain scan at a hospital.

A medical specialis...
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