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Policing in Hillbrow to increase over the holidays
The SAPS, Emergency Services, the JMPD and other law-enforcement agencies met recently to discuss ways to keep the Johannesburg area, especially Hillbrow, safer over the festive season.

Police said their main focus would be on policing and keeping the public safe on New Year’s eve in Hillbrow.

Another train surfer dies
A 19-year-old teenager became the latest casualty of the “train surfing’ phenomenon when he was electrocuted on the roof of a moving train at Grosvenor train station on Friday.

*The victim had burn wounds. He was thoroughly assessed by the paramedics but the medical equipment showed no signs of ...
Remains of Mamelodi Four may be displayed in public
NPA will keep bones until SA Heritage Resources Agency makes decision

They were meant to have been obliterated, blown to smithereens by high explosives, so that no trace of their story or identities was left behind.

But the apartheid killers of Harold Sefolo, Andrew Makupe, Jackson Maa...
Parties to discuss amnesty process

Opposition leaders will receive a sneak preview tonight of President Thabo Mbeki's plans to involve their parties in a national process that will deal with the thorny issue of presidential pardons.

This comes after the ANC's national executive committee at the weekend gave the thumbs-up to Mbe...
Scorpions boss faces court scrutiny
McCarthy to be called as witness in graft case

Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy faces a grilling over how the crime-fighting organisation's top-secret informer fund was fleeced of hundreds of thousands of rands by one of its most powerful officials.

The state's corruption, fraud and the...
Woman wins back her home after lawyer sold it illegally
Five years ago, after being involved in a near-fatal car accident, Clare Shea lost virtually everything - her unborn child, her business and her house.

On Friday, she took a major step towards regaining some of her life.

The Durbanite won a precedent-setting court battle to reclaim her Berea h...
'Drunk' DA councillor suspended
A Democratic Alliance councillor who was arrested for alleged drunk driving and calling an Ekurhuleni metro police officer a k****r has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

The DA's caucus leader in the metro, Eddie Taylor, said a decision to suspend Gerrie Kriek came after a c...
Accused's sister comforts family of deceased
Sitting a few metres from the man accused of killing her son, Vasie Arungasamy watched as he smiled and winked at his wife.

At the back of the courtroom, his wife, flanked by family members, waved at him.

This little display of affection between Rashid Ebrahim and his wife was too much for A...
'It's just paintball, or maybe not …'
Loud popping noises echoed across the Northmead Square car park as photographer Shane Robinson and I walked into an attempted cash-in-transit heist.

"It's just paintball …" he said as I asked in alarm what he thought was happening. We had arrived to cover an armed robbery at the Steers outlet.
Cash heist season chaos
Six robbers and a policeman killed in spate of incidents

Monday November 19: heist season starts. 8am - Heist gang hit in Sebokeng, two robbers are shot dead and two others wounded, while two others are arrested during an attempted heist to rob an SBV security van

9am - Robbers hit Nor...
'Wedding fraudsters' no longer an item
It was a wedding to remember, celebrated at the Riviera-on-Vaal Hotel with 120 guests - all supposedly paid for by President Thabo Mbeki.

But now the couple, who waved happily from their horse-drawn carriage in December last year, are contemplating divorce.

Lebohang and Benjamin Molotsoane a...
Should private guns take security into their hands?
The fine line between protection and vigilantism

A shadow has been cast over the much-praised Community Active Protection (CAP) project.

This after officers from Core Tactical - the company employed by the Glenhazel Active Patrol, a subsidiary of CAP to beef up security in the area - a...
Bottleneck on busy Joburg road as metro police pounce
This morning Luke Gujadhur should have been working at his desk at Liberty Life - instead he spent over an hour sitting in a Metro Police van, very much deprived of his liberty.

While officers checked whether he had signed for a warrant of his arrest - over a traffic fine of R300 - more and more...
Cops take on robbers in 3 failed morning robberies
Ninety minutes. Three failed cash heists. Four robbers dead. Two policemen injured - and no money taken.

The series of failed heists kicked off at 8am when Vaal police thwarted the attempted hijacking of a SBV security van.

One of the would-be hijackers was killed during the shooting and anoth...
No Case: Magistrate
A magistrate declined to try two police officers who were suspected of being involved in the escape of a child rape suspect from the Protea Magistrate’s Court last week owing to lack of evidence.

Alleged child rapist Paul Mokgomane Mofokeng, 26, escaped from the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Novem...
NECSA shooting: Man held
A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting and wounding of a senior official at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) two weeks ago.

Police said yesterday the suspect appeared in court on Friday and was remanded in custody pending further investigations.

Superintendent Jann...
Pakistanis missing
Booysens detectives are investigating the disappearance of four Pakistan nationals, who were last seen on November 10, Shababudin Hussean, 40, Majad Saleem, 30, and Aman Ullah, 35, were last seen in Turffontein.

Contact Detective Gaolaolwe Dikhing on 082 445 1138.

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City crime clean up
A teenager was arrested for murder and two other suspects, believed to be members of the gang terrorising Garsfontein in Pretoria’s east, were also arrested at the weekend.

The arrests were made during the crime clean-up operation held in Garsfontein on Friday.

Police said yesterday a 17-year-...
The futile wait for justice
Hemispheres apart, two women are desperately hoping to discover the truth behind the most traumatic event of their lives: the murders of their daughters.

But Verlaine McKay and UK-based nurse Sindi Mhlanga share another tragic connection: the failure of police to make any arrest in the unsolved ...
Porsche speedster in a jam despite gizmo
It was meant to let the luxury car slip through the police's radar, and though the hi-tech gizmo did its job well, it still didn't help.

The small black gadget attached to the registration plates of a gold Porsche Cayenne SUV was supposed to jam a laser speed trap.

It worked perfectly on the...
Ex-Wits prof stabbed to death
A former Wits deputy dean was stabbed to death in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town last night.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said Professor Mike Larkin, who joined the University of Cape Town as a commercial law professor two years ago, was walking down Roslyn Road just after ...
Magistrate falls foul of law
But Musa Chauke will appeal after he, wife, and son get a year's jail suspended for receiving stolen goods

A senior Pretoria magistrate, his wife and their son were yesterday sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty of receiving stolen goods.

The sentence was wholly suspend...
Spend Xmas in jail
Speeding motorists and people arrested for drunk driving over the festive season could end up spending Christmas or New Year behind bars. There will be no special arrangements for bail hearings or special courts set up, and magistrates will not be on duty on public holidays over the period, accordin...
ANC visitors exempt from fines
Visitors to the ANC offices in central Joburg are parking on red lines on streets outside the party buildings with impunity - thanks to ANC flags displayed on their dashboards.

ANC security guards place the flags inside visitors' vehicles parked in busy President and Commissioner streets to ensu...
Life in the fast lane for Hlophe
Controversial Cape Judge President John Hlophe wants the government to buy him a Porsche.

In July, Hlophe asked the Department of Transport and Public Works in Cape Town to replace his current Mercedes-Benz ML500 with a Porsche Cayenne S costing more than R828 000.

Judges are entitled to use...
Zim refugee dies in custody
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia and the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) have been asked to investigate the death in police custody of a Zimbabwean asylum-seeker.

Duncan Breen of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa told the Saturday Star late yesterday Me...
Cop's execution-style killing baffles
Cellphone and wallet still in policeman's pockets

Soweto police are mystified by the execution-style killing of a colleague.

Constable Khwezi Jacisa (33) was found in the veld with a gunshot wound to his head.

He was lying near his police vehicle, which was idling. The doors were c...
Soweto drivers sober up … and pay up
The sun had barely set over the skyline when more than two dozen Joburg metro police and SAPS officers descended on the Soweto Highway for an operation to root out drunk drivers.

The officers yesterday set up two roadblocks on either side of the main arterial road leading into and out of Soweto....
'I did it because it was done to me' (Part 1)

Will*, another inmate, says his troubles began with an abusive father who eventually drove him out of the house. He stayed in a children's home for three years.

"There was a lot of sexual abuse going on," he says, "The head of the place did some nasty things to me."

Will then lived ...
'I did it because it was done to me' (Part 2)

"To rape a person made me feel good when I told my buddies. It was normal. To be abnormal was normal." So says prison inmate Mike* in an interview for a documentary by Elena Ghanotakis about rape in SA .

Apart from raping adults, he also sexually abused his niece. His story, like that o...
Face to face with her rapist
A chance encounter in an office foyer brought back frightening memories for a woman when she realised the assault on her nearly 20 years ago was far from buried. Today, for the first time, she tells her story to Janet Smith

'You do wish they would die. But it doesn't always start out like ...
New York gives SA kids smiles
Children of slain police officers in Gauteng can look forward to a merry Christmas, thanks to a cheque handed over today.

The R65 856 that will help them and their parents this festive season comes thanks to the efforts of Rosebank Mall's Alvine Macaskill. The mall has been running the SAPS and ...
'On the far side of the city, people are angry and money's involved'
The editor yells from across the office: "Simon! Story!" Scrambling, I swing my feet from their comfortably lazy position on my desk, drop the half full cup of now-cold coffee and grab my notebook.

The chief tells me it's all going down on the far side of the city, people are angry, money's invo...
'Oprah school abuse ignored'
Dad says he has photo proving principal was toldbut allegedly did nothing

The father of one of the pupils of the Oprah Leadership Academy has labelled the school's former headmistress a liar - and says he can prove it.

The man told the Saturday Star this week that he and his wife had go...
Dogged by a lack of info
Frustration and uncertainty are themes again for this year's 16 Days of of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, but the government is having a tough time driving the campaign as the provinces have largely failed to deliver on the most basic of needs: lists of proposed events...
Teen killed by adrenalin-filled train 'sport'
At 8am this morning a teenage train surfer lay dead on the platform surrounded by his friends.

The 19-year-old from Zuurbekom, south-west of Joburg, became the latest casualty of the outlawed "sport" which sees youngsters risking their lives for an adrenalin rush by standing on the top of fast-m...
Huge outcry won't stop traffic arrests
Defiant Johannesburg metro police will continue arresting motorists despite an outcry that most of the offences were "minor".

And criticism of this policy from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is also unlikely to stop the blitz.

Offences by motorists ranged from driving in the should...
Rape accused, 25, arrested
Police have arrested an alleged rapist in Nqgusi, Centane police communications officer Jackson Manatha said yesterday.

The suspect, 25, allegedly broke into the victim’s house on Tuesday, stabbed her on the forehead, thumb and then raped her in full view of her four-year-old daughter.

The sus...
Cops seize platinum
North West police have arrested two men and seized 44 bags of platinum.

Members of the Precious Metal and Diamond Unit staked out a bushy area in Mogwase, near Sun City, after a tlp-off. “Two suspects arrived and off-loaded a number of bags,” said Superintendent Louis Jacobs of the North West po...
New provincial leader
Outspoken Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng health spokesman Jack Bloom has been appointed the party’s new leader in the provincial legislature.

“Under my leadership, the DA will continue to expose corruption, waste and inefficiency,” Bloom said.

He added he was delighted with being entrusted w...
‘End violence in schools’
Police have called for more to be done to end the scourge of violence in schools.

They join politicians and student representatives who have condemned the violent incidents at some schools.

National police spokesman Phuti Setati yesterday said the police were concerned about the number of pupi...
Class sex pests fired
ABUSE: Black mark against profession

Fifty-five teachers were struck of the roll for school sex offences in the past five years.

These are the latest statistics revealed by the Council for Educators (SACE).

South Africa is already among the worst countries in the world for se...
Former official charged
Former senior Limpopo official Camuel Manaka, 52, will appear in court on charges of indecent assault on February 8.

He appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court a second time earlier this week for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old boy and was denied bail.

Polokwane police spokesman Captain...
Nanny arrested for abuse
A nanny has appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court charged with indecently assaulting a 15-month-old boy.

The boy’s mother died recently and the suspect had been looking after him.

His grandmother noticed this week the baby was experiencing difficulty in walking and urinating. “When sh...
Bad Brad and partner on extortion charge
Notorious for his run-ins with the law, Bradford Wood – also known as “Bad Brad” – and his business partner Ian Levitt have been summonsed by the National Director of Public Prosecutions for allegedly trying to extort money from entrepreneur Douw Steyn.

Steyn owns South African insurance company ...
More arrests – chief cop
Johannesburg Metro Police yesterday said they would continue to arrest people for the smallest of offences – even if the cases kept on getting thrown out of court.

The aim was to “decrease the accident rate this festive season”.

Metro police chief Wayne Minnaar said the police had done their j...
Alleged serial rapist complains
In the last-ditch attempt to avoid spending the rest of his life in jail, South Africa’s alleged worst serial sex offender, Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, has again claimed he could not have raped a number of the 65 victims.

He said he was out of the country for six months, but his “emergency passport”...
Tributes paid to commissioner
SAPS yesterday paid tribute to their late assistant commissioner who they believe helped reduce crime levels in Sunnyside in the past two years.

Assistant Commissioner Mosimanegape Peter Mathongwane died on November 5 after a short illness.

The deputy National Commissioner Andre Pruis told the...
Second-hand coffins?
A house owner was taken in for questioning after the discovery of 18 allegedly used coffins in Soshanguve on Wednesday.

A woman came forward after reports were published in the Sowetan yesterday.

Police spokesman Solly Marindi said: “We are awaiting for the forensic results before we d...
Clever trap helps to convict robbers
Call to stolen cell pinpointed men who shot baby

A false job offer and a dollop of luck led police to the men who almost killed 14-month-old Jordan Hopper in June.

Mlungisi Makhanya (23) and Nkanyiso Gwala (24) were sentenced to 55 years' imprisonment on Wednesday, bringing to an end m...
Motata 'worked as hard as he could'
Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata, who is due to stand trial next year for drunk driving, has himself been under fire for delayed judgments.

The drunk driving incident happened less than three months after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interrogated Judge Motata on why he had taken m...
Raped before turning one
In light of the severe under-reporting of child rape and sexual assault, a useful research site is a medical facility where child victims present with symptoms.

Professor Sebastian van As, head of trauma at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and his colleagues carried o...
Children stuck in cycle of abuse
In South Africa, children under the age of five face a homicide rate more than double the global average. In children over the age of five, firearms are the leading cause of fatal violence, and in children under 10, violent death by a blunt object ranks second.

In another recent report, it came ...
Judgegets a million - for doing nothing
Alleged drunk driver Judge Nkola Motata is enjoying a paid leave of absence which - following the postponement of his trial to July next year - will cost taxpayers almost R1-million.

While the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) remains mum on whether Judge Motata's 17-month "special leave" situat...
Unanswered questions about the hoax e-mail shooting
The shooting of Muziwendoda Kunene a day after he revealed that he was an apparent target of an assassination plot has raised questions about the man at the centre of the country's hoax e-mail drama.

Kunene said yesterday he was shot during a struggle with a suspected assassin who tracked him dow...
Alleged serial rapist's trial nears end
The end is in sight in the trial of Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, the man dubbed the country's worst serial rapist.

Jingxela (38), of Meadowlands, Soweto, stands accused of 261 charges.

All the witnesses testified how the accused lured them under the pretext that he would employ them at a sportsw...
DA official accused of attempted bribery
A Democratic Alliance councillor in Ekurhuleni allegedly called an Ekurhuleni metro police officer a "k****r" after he refused to take a R20 000 bribe from him.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Superintendent Vusi Mabanga yesterday confirmed that the councillor had had an altercation with th...
Mandoza faces theft charge over clothes
Kwaito star Mandoza and his wife have handed themselves over to the police on a charge of theft.

Yesterday, Mandoza's lawyer and manager accompanied the couple to Sandton police station, where warrants for their arrest were executed.

The pair were not detained, but given written notices to a...
School scam exposed
Schools have been charged outrageous amounts for textbooks and stationery - as much as R13,87 for a pencil - and many are being given unwanted materials they have no choice but to accept.

The materials are delivered to the schools via the company EduSolutions, which received a contract from the ...
Hopes of Van Rooyen-killings lead end in disappointment
Hopes of Van Rooyen-killings lead end in disappointment

It was a brief glimmer of hope in one of the country's most enduring crime mysteries - but the latest twist in the Gert van Rooyen saga has led to another dead end.

The Star has established that the bones found this week at a home...
Camera to help fight car theft
Can't find time to get down to police headquarters to pay those parking fines?

Don't worry, Johannesburg Metro Police are coming to you.

Metro police have unveiled South Africa's first "smart roadside check" system that has taken conventional roadblocks to a whole new level.

Using a road...
Bones give hope to Van Rooyen case
Forensic experts will confirm whether findings are really human

Three objects, thought to be bones, buried just metres away from where paedophile Gert van Rooyen's home stood more than a decade ago, might hold clues to one of the country's most enduring mysteries.

On Tuesday at about 5p...
Public Protector is ‘biased, unfair’
The Mail &Guardian newspaper has accused the Public Protector of being biased, acting unfairly misconceiving its powers and not doing its job properly, regarding an investigation into the Oilgate scandal.

It has asked the Pretoria High Court to set aside a report released by the Public pro...
Mbeki ‘froze BAE probe’
More questions on the controversial arms deal are being asked.

This time the Democratic Alliance (DA) is seeking answers from Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota.

“Fresh allegations have been made that President Thabo Mbeki influenced the halting of a probe into allegations of corruption against B...
Security company director arrested
A sole director from a security company employed by various community active patrols (CAPS) in the north-eastern suburbs, has been arrested by members of the SAPS firearms unit from Pretoria.

This follows an incident a few weeks ago in which an officer of the security company shot a person travel...
C-Max gun” warder denies all
STATE WITNESS: They are trying to poison me to shut me up

A C-Max prison warder and an inmate yesterday denied charges relating to a 2004 escape bid in which two top Correctional Services officials were killed.

Warder Heman Makhubela and prisoner Patrick Mabuse denied numerous ch...
Look out! Lousy drivers go to jail
CRACKDOWN: Metro targets minor offenders

Hordes of motorists will be arrested between now and Christmas – even for minor offences – as the Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) declares a zero-tolerance policy.

JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar made this pledge after h...
Remains sent for testing
Skeletal remains found during excavations of a dwelling next door to a house previously owned by paedophile Gert van Rooyen have been sent for forensic testing.

Authorities were called in after pool diggers uncovered the remains in Pretoria.

But the families of Van Rooyen’s victims would have ...
Shakoane case delayed
Police were still investigating a case of the alleged indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl by suspended Mamelodi Sundowns FC director yesterday.

This was disclosed in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court during the appearance of Alex “Goldfingers” Shakoane.

The State prosecutor asked the court ...
Kgantsi refused leave to appeal 10-year jail term
Jailed former Scorpions advocate Portia Kgantsi was yesterday refused leave to appeal by a full bench of the Johannesburg High Court against conviction on three counts of corruption, fraud relating to a security clearance and making a false statement in a bail application.

In September Kgantsi wa...
Planes given all-clear
SA Airways Technical (SAT) which inspected six Kulula/Comair Boeing 737-200s, says they found no fault with any of the aircraft.

The company removed the engines and inspected the engine mounts. They also certified two SAA Cargo freighters as airworthy.

SAT runs one of the largest technical su...
Hunt for 10 jailbirds
A task team is searching for 10 awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from holding cells at the Marikana police station near Rustenburg this week.

The 10 were being held for murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, rape, theft and possession of unlicensed firearms. An internal investigation is un...
Inmates transferred
About 200 of SA’s most dangerous prisoners will be transferred to the Ebongweni, the country’s most secure jail, in Kokstad, by the end of November.

Correctional Service Minister Ngconde Balfour said Annanias Mathe would also be jailed in Ebongweni Super Maximum Correctional Centre.

By Citizen...
7 wanted for hold-up
Police are searching for seven men who held up Fidelity guards on a money collection run in Soweto, Johannesburg yesterday.

The guard’s vehicle had stopped at a hardware store at the corner of Union and Klip Valley Roads in Kliptown when the suspects held up one guard who was coming out of the st...
Rules for lobster catches
The Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has set the limits for the new recreational fishing season for west coast rock lobster.

Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk yesterday said the total allowance catch set at 2 571 tons would include off and near shore commercial fishing sectors.

Husky death suspect on bail
A man suspected of decapitating a Siberian husky dog after blaming it for killing his African Frey parrot was granted bail in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Craig Gibson was charged under the Cruelty to Animals Act, and is on R1 000 bail.

He will appear again on November 30.

Mystery of the hoax e-mail shooting
The shooting of Muziwendoda Kunene a day after he revealed that he was an apparent target of an assassination plot has raised questions about the man at the centre of the country's hoax e-mail drama.

Kunene said yesterday he was shot during a struggle with a suspected assassin who tracked him do...
'Home is where the danger is' (Part 1)
Not long before little Sonja Brown went missing, she dipped her hands in blue paint and placed them on a sheet of white paper. That was at her crèche where she spent her days with other toddlers.

The picture still hangs on the wall of her mother's one-room shack in the De Nova settlement, which ...
'Home is where the danger is' (Part 2)
Young, unemployed men prowl the streets for entertainment and many have turned to crime as a means of making a living. Shebeens have sprung up in every street near her house and as alcohol abuse goes up, so do violence and crime.

When the electricity in the vicinity goes off - at least twice a m...
Police arrest robbers posing as gardeners
Suspects due to appear in court soon

Soweto police this morning arrested members of a six-member gang who allegedly robbed households around Joburg by pretending to be gardeners and handymen.

The suspects had been sought by police for murder, hijacking and robbery.

The drama starte...
Complementary-health shock
Urgent meetings were held all over the country last night by complementary health practitioners following a health regulation published in the Government Gazette of October 19.

According to the regulation, counsellors, life coaches, psychotherapists and personal development practitioners to ment...
Pretend gardeners held after shootout
Soweto police have arrested members of a gang which allegedly robbed households around Joburg by pretending to be gardeners and handymen.

The suspects members of a six-man gang had been sought by police for murder, hijacking and robbery.

Yesterday's drama began when four men arrived at a Par...
US exchange student raped
"We're definitely not going to tell our friends to come here."

That is the reaction of two furious American exchange students after the rape of a Californian girl at a University of KwaZulu Natal residence early yesterday.

The students claim that university authorities had been alerted sever...
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· If memory serves me correctly, this is why we used to have a Bread Board, to prevent things like this.

· Impose a new fine, the maximum in terms of the law. Do not make them pay it into the Treasury. Rather instruct the cartel to drop the price of bread to a level which will take the fine in...
Alexandra police do battle with local boys in soccer tournament
Twenty-year-old Thapelo Gift Keteyi is over the moon - he has just been named the best football player of the One Pal Street Soccer Tournament.

The two month-long tournament, organised by the Alexandra Community Policing Forum (CPF) and sponsored by The Star, came to an end recently and resulted...
PSL boss Dipela takes leave amid harassment claims
Flamboyant Premier Soccer League (PSL) general manager Andrew Dipela is facing two allegations of sexual harassment.

Allegations of being a "sex pest" against the 41-year-old Dipela, known as "Druza" in soccer circles, have been levelled by two female colleagues whose names are known to The Star....
Rugby manager assaulted
Golden Lions rugby team manager William Roos was assaulted during a road rage incident in Bruma, Johannesburg yesterday.

Roos told Talk Radio 702 he has been extremely shaken by the assault – so much so that he’s asked not to be recorded.

He said he was driving in Bruma this morning when a man...
Black heads new sub
The first of the SA Navy’s New Heroine Class submarines SAS ‘Manthatisi now has a black commander.

Commander Petrus Beukes took charge of the Type 209 diesel electric sub from Commander Gary Kretschmer during a parade at Simon’s Town Navy base.

Kretschmer was the last man to command the old Da...
‘Rethink Act on jail offenders’
JUDGE: merely academic to ‘punish’ the sentenced

A Pretoria High Court judge said he felt aggrieved that the long-term sentences he imposed on two C-Max escapers was probably only of “academic interest”.

Judge Eben Jordaan sentenced C-Max prisoner Thabo Phofedi to an effective 12...
Bank robbers flee
At midday on Monday in Rustenburg a large gang of armed men tried to rob the main branch of First National Bank.

They fled empty-handed after a teller refused to hand over the money and pressed the panic button instead.

They manhandled people inside the bank but were given no money and fled a ...
Love killing trial date
A man who allegedly killed his female tenant’s husband in a jealous rage in January has had his trial postponed to November 29.

Paul Micheil Prinsloo, 63, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday facing a murder charge. His R2 000 bail was extended.

During his previous appearance, th...
Cable thieves nabbed
Four people were arrested in connection with cable theft in Aeroton, Johannesburg yesterday.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said they were caught digging up copper cables worth R60 000.

They will appear in court on charges of theft and possession of copper cables tod...
Govt slams rape
UN DRAFT causes row with the United States

As South Africa gets ready up for 16 days of activism on violence against women and children, government has condemned rape.

Following an American draft resolution on rape at the UN, Foreign Affairs’ Ronnie Mamoepa said: “Rape, no matte...
SMS unites baby with family
A "please call me" SMS has helped to reunite the nine-month-old "miracle" baby with her family.

The girl was lucky to escape an out-of-control taxi which ploughed into a group of people in Diepsloot on Monday.

Her mother, however, died at the Life Fourways Hospital shortly after the accident...
Officer wanted another chance for his exam
The candidate officer accused of gunning down his instructor apparently pleaded for a third chance to write his exam the day before the shooting.

At a memorial service yesterday, SA Air Force College officer commanding Colonel Sibonelo Lembede spoke about the events that led to the murder of Lie...
Judge Motata's case delayed
The magistrate trying alleged "drunk driver" Judge Nkola Motata has slammed the senior judge's latest legal efforts to postpone the case again as an effective "abuse of court process".

And magistrate Desmond Nair yesterday dismissed the Pretoria High Court judge's claims that playing audio recor...
Massive police hunt uncovers murder most fowl
Killing turned out to be something to savour

On the day Nando's celebrated its 20th birthday, Pretoria police found themselves on a wild goose - or chicken - chase.

A massive search-and-rescue operation involving more than 20 policemen with dogs and response vehicles responded to a cal...
The man who caught the Tiger
How hero exposed the giants behind bread-price scandal

Imraahn Ismail Mukaddam is just a little man in the giant multi-billion rand bread industry.

But today he is the hero of millions of consumers.

Mukaddam is the man who exposed the price-fixing cartel set up by renegade senior m...
Theft case accused avoid Winnie's gaze
For the first time since Winnie Madikizela-Mandela accused five of her relatives of jewellery theft nine months ago, she got the opportunity to look into their eyes.

Yesterday, as Paul Githuka (53), his wife Nolwazi (44), daughter Njeri (19), son Mpumelelo (22) and Nolwazi's brother Mbuso Vhuthel...
'I lived a life of hell'
Dead woman's boyfriend out on bail despite defying order

He beat her more than 10 times, pointed his illegal firearm at her and twice threatened to kill her.

Eventually he did - and left her body on her parents' doorstep.

Now the parents of 20-year-old Cyndi Smith want to know why ...
Double jeopardy for battered women
'Some police officers want to act as social workers'

She was a mother, a nurse, a wife, and she had had enough. But days after laying charges of abuse against her husband, 49-year-old Roseline Mathole was missing.

About a week later, her headless body was found near a dam at Vredefort ...
Health officials snub the mentally challenged
'Arrogant and insensitive' Gauteng department neglects to pay grants to homes

Hundreds of Gauteng's mentally challenged residents could go hungry because the province's Health Department has failed to pay grants to the homes looking after them.

It has been four months since the Gauteng...
No courtroom drama could save Angel of Soweto (Part 1)
Mama Jackey's latest trial was to have been her richly applauded follow-up to a towering performance when she and three associates were acquitted of kidnapping and assaulting a journalist.

That had been a flop of a courtroom drama, with the magistrate sighing over the weak evidence of the compla...
No courtroom drama could save Angel of Soweto (Part 2)

Madikizela-Mandela's combat fatigues were not just Saigon chic, but deliberately worn as part of the theatre she created around herself within the liberation movement. She succeeding in enraging white South Africans and entrenching her reputation among them as a danger to society, this image of he...
Move for one emergency number hailed
South Africa is to have only one emergency number - 112.

Yesterday, emergency services welcomed the move, saying the many numbers were confusing.

The decision was published in the Government Gazette of October 18 and is scheduled to come into effect within 18 months.

Harrish Kasseepursad...
It’s make or break for Zuma
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling against presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma could either make or break him.

This is according to political researcher Hannah Botsis, who works for the SA Institute of Race Relations (Sairr).

“The ruling could work both in favour and against Zuma as far as t...
Pahad helped quash arms deal probe: ex-ANC MP
President Thabo Mbeki’s ally stands accused of suppressing an investigation into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

According to former ANC parliamentarian Andrew Feinstein, Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad played a pivotal role in quashing the probe into arms deal corruption.
Oprah school may yet face civil action
The disadvantaged families of the girls who suffered alleged abuse at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls could sue the school for damages if “Tiny” Virginia Makopa is found guilty.

The 27-year-old ex-dorm mother faces 13 charges of indecent assault, verbal abuse and enticing a minor into an immo...
Immigrant slain after reporting two intruders
A German immigrant has been found murdered in his garden a day after reporting two intruders on his property.

A gardener found the body of the man, believed to have been Helmut Ernst Gobel, lying in the driveway of his house at the corner of Allemaigne and Zand streets in Rustenburg at midday on ...
Wife-rape case delayed
Because the court roll is full, April 21, 2008 was set down yesterday for the start of the Johannesburg High Court trial of a husband facing 18 counts of rape, in which he allegedly held down his wife while relatives penetrated her.

For allegedly holding her down while she underwent an abortion, ...
Two ‘plotted to slay detective on their case’
A summary of facts handed to the Cape High Court yesterday alleges two men schemed the murder of a police inspector investigating them for a murder.

The summary was handed in at the trial of Ebraheem Jacobs and Gareth Leetz, charged with two murders: that of Godfrey Hendricks, who had refused to ...
Check on liquor outlets
Police are monitoring clubs and bottle stores in an effort to curb alcohol abuse as the festive season approaches.

Non-compliance with the Liquor Act has been targeted nationally since the start of the month.

“In addition to ensuring compliance, police will look at how they measure up to the H...
Protect pupils, says DA
PROPOSAL: 26-point action plan to improve safety at schools

The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday called for decisive and immediate action to be taken in a bid to protect school pupils.

This comes after schools countrywide are being ravaged by violence.

At a Press conference ...
UCB Judgment delayed
For the fourth time judgment was not ready in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court’s R7,4 million fraud trial of former United Cricket Board finance and administration general manager Diteko Modise.

Extending Modise’s R50 000 bail yesterday, magistrate JJ Janse van Vuuren re-scheduled judgment...
Interpol, police fail young arson victim
NPA closes file on accused's case three years after girl's death

Six-year-old Dumoluhle Sibanda died an agonising death after her aunt's jilted lover allegedly set her family's London home alight and left the little girl to perish.

Her accused killer, George Champion Sithole, then fled...
The great bread scandal
Producer fined R99m for fixing price with cartel

If you think you've been paying too much for bread, you're probably right. Tiger Consumer Brands has been fined R99-million after being caught fixing the price of bread and costs of milling with a cartel of major national competitors and tha...
Now kulula forced to land with one engine
A flight en route to Cape Town from Joburg has been forced to land with only one engine.

Forty minutes into the two-hour flight yesterday, the captain of flight MN103 had to turn off one of the two engines on the MD-82 aircraft after his instruments indicated low oil pressure. He then...
Phillips forced to defend brothel charges
Alleged prostitution tycoon Andrew Phillips will have to defend himself against claims that he operated two of South Africa's most notorious brothels or face possible jail time.

Phillips, who owned the Ranch and the Titty Twister strip club, last week failed to convince Johannesburg magistrate S...
Pahad shoots down former MP's arms deal allegations
Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad says no one will find a shred of evidence to implicate President Thabo Mbeki or the government in alleged arms deal corruption.

Replying to questions from Independent Newspapers, Pahad also stuck to a firm denial that he had tried to bully ANC MPs into aban...
Search for family of miracle baby
A nine-month-old girl woke up in the Life Fourways Hospital this morning as the search for her family enters its second day.

The miracle baby survived a horror accident in which an out-of-control taxi ploughed into a group of people in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, yesterday.

Her mother died i...
Court convicts trio in Icelander's murder case
The man who shot and killed an Icelandic citizen execution style came to court clutching a Bible. But if this was meant to move Judge Kathy Satchwell, it didn't.

Willie Theron (29) was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Gisli Thorkelsson and for concealing his body in a dustbin filled with ...
Business owners fined during Melville raid
Melville's entertainment haven, 7th Street, experienced a different kind of lunch-hour vibe when police swooped on several businesses and slapped owners with hefty fines.

Joburg police, municipal officials and Gauteng Liquor Board Compliance inspectors yesterday swooped on popular businesses that...
SA against creating two categories of rape
This is the position of the South African government in response to a United Nations General Assembly draft resolution to condemn states that used rape as a weapon of war and intimidation.

The resolution put forward by a United States delegation to the UN is aimed at putting pressure on governme...
Widow's pain as killers go free
She knows who beat husband to death but cops won't make arrests

Ian Holder would have celebrated his 40th birthday today, but for his widow Judy, it will be yet just another day his killers spend free.

Six months ago, the former fireman was beaten to death at his sister's birthday part...
Cops 'in love with same woman' now in court battle
A woman is at the centre of a court case that seems to have turned personal between two police officers.

One of the officers, Inspector McMillan Machiza, stands accused of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, while his love rival, Captain Jabu Majola, is the investigating officer in the...
R20-billion arms buy queried
FOR WHAT? SA to buy new ground-to-air missile defence system

The DA HAS REQUESTED THE minister of Defence to justify the acquisition of a new ground-to-air missile defence system with an expected price tag of about R20 billions.

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has already spent j...
‘Enough poison in Woolmer to cause death'
Week four of the inquest into the death of former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was dominated by testimonies surrounding the poison cypermethrin, and its detection in samples of Woolmer’s DNA and fluids, and exhibits taken from his room by local forensic analysts.

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Claim: illegals pay to stay
In what could turn out to be another black mark against the SA Police Service some Centurion police are apparently extorting money from illegal immigrant in return for allowing them to remain in SA.

This situation was brought to the attention of The Citizen by a Centurion businessman who r...
Officer in court
The man who allegedly shot and killed an instructor and wounded a lieutenant-colonel at the SA Air Force college in Thaba Tshwane last Thursday will appear in court today.

Pretoria police spokesman inspector Paul Ramaloko said the candidate officer faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

Scorpions on training
More than 170 South African law enforcement officers have attended financial crimes training courses presented by the American Treasury.

Four workshops in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria focused on international best practices in detection and prosecution of international financial crimes. They t...
Police seize cocaine
Two Nigerians and a South African were arrested yesterday morning in a sting operation in North West during which 1000 ecstasy tablets and a quantity of cocaine were seized.

The operation was held at 9.30am on the Potchefstroom-Johannesburg Road, at the Fochville intersection, said Superintendent...
Xenophobia on the rise
Port Elizabeth, once a friendly haven for refugees, is fast losing this reputation with xenophobic attacks on the increase.

The deteriorating situation for refugees in the Eastern Cape capital was highlighted by a UN High Commissioner for Refugees assessment project.

“Forced evictions, vandali...
Cable thief jailed
Tshwane Metro Council has set up a task ream to deal with the scourge of electric cable theft affecting residential and commercial consumers.

Its most recent success saw one suspect arrested in Erasmia, Centurion, after a tip-off. He appeared in court and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Chiefs sleep through raid
Gangsters storm casino but leave empty-handed

Hours before a make-or-break game, Kaizer Chiefs players narrowly avoided being caught up in a casino attack with gun-toting robbers firing wildly in a packed complex.

The drama unfolded just before 1am on Saturday when a gang of six robber...
Mbeki breaks silence on 'absurd' takeover talk
President Thabo Mbeki has publicly scoffed at reports that a government front company is involved in a R7-billion bid for Johnnic Communications.

He called the claims unreal, absurd, and simply not true, and questioned whether such a move would make good business sense.

Mbeki was speaking ye...
Phillips forced to defend brothel charges
Alleged prostitution tycoon Andrew Phillips will have to defend himself against claims that he operated two of South Africa's most notorious brothels or face possible jail time.

Phillips, who owned The Ranch and The Titty Twister strip club, last week failed to convince Johannesburg magistrate S...
Murder accused DJ seen with victim
A truck driver saw double-murder accused Heinrich van Rooyen sitting on the stone wall of a Knysna Main Street church, talking and smoking with a young woman hours before Jessica Wheeler was killed in the churchyard.

Kobus Minnie testified in the Cape Circuit Court that he had passed the couple ...
Shooting on the M1
Sandringham police were on a routing patrol on the M1 highway yesterday when they noticed a white Mazda 626 without a registration plate.

The police pulled the vehicle over and five men jumped out brandishing firearms and started shooting. The police returned fire.

Police are still hunting...
Another body found in sugarcane field
One more body has been found by workers in a sugarcane field not far from Umzinto in KwaZulu Natal.

Police believe this was the 11th victim of Thomazile Taki, already accused of 10 murders.

An identity document was found but was rendered unreadable due to exposure of the elements.

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Attacked while sitting on a veranda
Sandton A 45-year-old man from Parktown was fatally shot yesterday while sitting with friends on their veranda.

Three men, one of them armed with a handgun, made the attack. A struggle ensued and two shots were fired. No one else was injured.

The three men took off and the motive for ...
Two appear over officer's murder
Subdued and restrained by handcuffs and leg-irons, the two men shuffled into the courtroom to make a brief appearance for a crime that shocked the nation.

The victim, a policeman carrying out an inspection in a holding cell, strangled with strips cut from a prison blanket.

The death of Inspe...
Suspects held during R5m swoop
Gauteng police had a busy but fruitful weekend when two unrelated raids led to the recovery of goods worth over R5-million and the arrest of five suspected syndicate members.

The first breakthrough was made during a raid in North Riding on Friday afternoon.

According to Gauteng police spokes...
Murder suspect is found hanging in cell
Man believed to have beheaded wife in stormy marriage

Arrested and charged with decapitating his wife, a 53-year-old man has been found hanged in the Vanderbijlpark police holding cells, south of Joburg.

A police inquest has been opened after the man apparently used bed linen to hang h...
Widow's anguish as killers still walk free
She says knows who battered her husband to a pulp

Ian Holder would have celebrated his 40th birthday today, but for his widow Judy, it will be yet just another day his killers spend free.

Six months ago, the former fireman was beaten to death at his sister's birthday party, in Wierdapa...
Authorities get tough with Boeing aircraft after scare
Planes have to heed airworthiness directive or face being grounded

Airlines that fail to submit their Boeing 737-200s for technical inspections today will not be able to take to the skies.

The "airworthiness" directive made by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) comes less than a week a...
Kids and aged are today's mules
Youth and elderly are being used to smuggle huge supplies of narcotics into South Africa

International drug cartels appear to be recruiting young travellers and the elderly to smuggle drugs into South Africa.

This week, an 18-year-old Durban youth was arrested at OR Tambo International...
When there's a killer in our midst
No telling this 'friend'was community's foe

"And I hope that you die / And your death'll come soon / I will follow your casket / on the pale afternoon / And I'll watch while you're lowered / Onto your deathbed / And I'll stand over your grave / 'Til I'm sure that you're dead."

Eerily, B...
SA leads in serial killers - and their capture
South Africa, which has one of the world's highest incidences of serial killers, is also an international leader when it comes to their speedy arrest.

This week alone, two alleged serial killers appeared in court - in KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town - while a third was convicted and sentenced to 16 ...
Oprah's principal flees to the US
But she vows she didn't know of sexual abuse

The suspended head of Oprah Winfrey's controversial private academy for girls says she is very hurt and has fled to sanctuary in the US.

Yesterday Dr Nomvuyo Mzamane broke her silence to flatly deny that she ever turned her back on girls all...
'Date rape' toy in Joburg
SA hit by another recall as children overseas fall sick

A toy containing a chemical that converts into a powerful "date rape" drug when ingested is being recalled from South African toy stores.

Bindeez, colourful magic beads that are sold at shops and toy stores countrywide, have a che...
Gunmen storm top nuclear plant
Four gunmen stormed into the emergency response control room of the Pelindaba nuclear facility and shot an emergency officer in the chest, seriously wounding him.

Thursday's breach of security at what is supposed to be one of South Africa's most secure national key points, has prompted outrage fr...
Wildlife statues rip-off
Five truckloads of life-sized wildlife replicas have been seized in a police raid from the premises of a former colleague of leading sculptor Kobus Hattingh.

Hattingh and his colleague of 30 years, Jacob Maponyane - best known for their iconic bronze statue of Nelson Mandela overlooking Nelson M...
Freedom's not enough for Mbuli
People's Poet says charges were trumped up and he wants a pardon

His 10-year sentence is finally complete. Now Mzwakhe Mbuli, cultishly revered as the People's Poet through the dying years of apartheid, is seeking a presidential pardon.

Six years of jail time were spent mostly inside m...
Three suspect cop-killers arrested in morning raid
It was a busy morning for Joburg police officers today, with a wild highway shoot-out, arrests in the bloody killing of a Soweto cop and a murder at Delta Park.

At about 2am, members of the provincial Crime Intelligence Unit hit three addresses in Soweto and arrested three men aged between 17 and...
Video clip prejudicial to Motata, court told
Judge Nkola Motata's legal team went all out to prevent the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court from playing the video clip containing the alleged rantings by the judge recorded on the night of his arrest.

This turn of events yesterday came a day after magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that the highly c...
Zuma case delays McBride's trial
A surprise link between Jacob Zuma's court battle in Bloemfontein and Robert McBride's in Pretoria has emerged as the latter's case was postponed.

One of the reasons given for yesterday's postponement of the Ekurhuleni metro police chief's trial was that the advocate he had booked was too busy w...
Man shot dead while walking in park
A man was gunned down while walking in Delta Park, Joburg, yesterday evening. The man, in his late 50s, was shot just before 6pm and died at the scene, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Mark Stokoe.

Police in the area who heard about the shooting on their radio spotted two men running from the area,...
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Nuke officer shot inside Pelindaba
A senior manger at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) was shot and wounded in an armed robbery at the Pelindaba nuclear facility early yesterday morning, the corporation said.

The incident raised security concern at the supposedly “most secured place in the country”.

But Necsa said t...
Health tender row erupts
COURT orders govt to pay costs, provide results to losing bidder

One of the losing bidders in a R15 million contract to supply the Health Department with 180 tons of DDT to control malaria has got a Pretoria High Court order to obtain analysis reports on all DDT samples forming part...
Judge gunning for magistrate
GRIM-FACED:” Motata wants presiding officer up ‘for review’

Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata, on trial in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on charges of driving while under the influence and defeating the ends of justice, wants to take the presiding magistrate to the High C...
Cops still keep in touch
Gauteng police communications have not been jeopardised by the introduction of the new 10111 digital radio network, Johannesburg police said yesterday.

Spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman was responding to media reports that the R600 million system, launched by President Thabo Mbeki last mon...
Knife woman dies
A Durban woman was stabbed to death yesterday, allegedly by her lover, Durban police reported.

Inspector Michael Read said Bongi Zikali, 38, had argued with her boyfriend and he chased her up the road and stabbed her several times in the neck and chest.

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested n...
Judge reprimanded for death penalty call
Commission acts after second complaint against him

Judges should stay out of politics and not call for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

That's the message from the Judicial Service Commission, which criticised a judge for making such a call.

Judge Gerhardus Hattingh had call...
Soldier slays colonel after failing
A high-ranking South African Air Force officer has been shot dead and another seriously injured in yet another military tragedy.

The drama unfolded at Thaba Tshwane yesterday when a soldier on a candidate officer's training course went on the rampage after he learnt that he had failed the course...
Bread for a man who died of hunger
In a moving tribute to a refugee who is believed to have died of hunger, about 100 fellow Zimbabweans prayed and placed bread in his memory at a traffic island in Cape Town where he had collapsed.

It is not known whether the body of Adonis Musati (24) will be sent to Zimbabwe to be buried by his...
Zuma may face more charges
Corruption .Fraud and now ... Tax evasion. Money-laundering

The state's legal victories over Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thint will allow it to use thousands of documents as evidence against the ANC deputy president and add to any charges he may face.

These potential charges inc...
Criminal justice system set for radical overhaul
All crime fighters under one umbrella

The criminal justice system is set for a major overhaul that could see salary increases for law enforcement officials and the introduction of new equipment in an effort to rein in crime.

Announcing the new strategy in parliament yesterday, chief go...
Mabandla lavishes praise on the Scorpions
Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has been quick to deny that tensions existed between herself and the National Prosecuting Authority, and even singled out the Scorpions as a "pocket of excellence" within the organisation.

Responding to a question about her views of the NPA during a justice, cr...
Zuma 4 steps closer to the dock
State wins all appeals vital to charging presidential candidate

Jacob Zuma's hopes of avoiding prosecution for fraud and corruption have suffered a devastating blow, with the ANC deputy president losing all four of his legal battles with the state this morning.

It took Supreme Court of...
Counterfeit statues, moulds seized in raid
About R1,5-million worth of allegedly counterfeit art has been seized at premises near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West.

The life-sized statues of animals were reported to have been moulded from pieces by Kobus Hattingh, the artist famously known for the bronze statue of Nelson Mandela at Nelson ...
Succession battle putting lives in danger, says Madisha
The ANC succession battle has degenerated into assassination plots, back-stabbing and party squabbling on a scale never experienced before, according to South African Democratic Teachers' Union president Willie Madisha.

"There are those who call others their comrades who ate with them, who loved...
'R9m spent on salaries and no service delivery'
The safety and security secretariat has come under fire in parliament after failing to justify why most of its R9-million annual budget was spent on staff salaries.

It also failed to properly account for an extra R4-million set aside for "projects".

The police's civilian secretariat is based...
'Our engine's just fallen off'
Boeing passengers tell of take-off nightmare - and their hero pilot

The pilot of the Nationwide Boeing 737 that had to make an emergency landing after one of its two engines separated from the wing and crashed to the ground has been hailed a hero by passengers, who all emerged shaken but u...
Teen appears over R3,8m cocaine bust
An 18-year-old arrested for possession of cocaine worth millions of rands has appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on charges of drug trafficking alongside his co-accused Nigerian national.

The teenager, who is originally from Durban, was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on ...
Judge's team seeks high court ruling
Judge Nkola Motata's legal team is fighting tooth and nail to stop the court from playing a video clip with his alleged "rantings" on the night of his arrest for drunken driving.

This move comes barely a day after magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that the clip would be played in court today but wou...
McBride's questions answered but trial this year looks unlikely
The two sides in the Robert McBride case have spent this morning negotiating terms of what is suspected of being a postponement.

Before standing trial for drunk driving, fraud and defeating the ends of justice, Robert McBride wanted the state to answer some questions.

Last week his defence t...
Police ordered to get rough
NAIDOO: Secure respect and community support

Gauteng police must “get rough and tough and take no sh** from anyone.”

That was the order given by SAPS Provincial Commissioner Perumal Naidoo yesterday.

It was greeted by thunderous applause and udulations from policemen attending a “Stop Kill...
Fund asks for proof of ‘gun money’
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund has demanded to see proof of the alleged “gun money” it was supposed to have received.

On Tuesday, Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille, said the ANC, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Community Development Foundation had each received R500 00...
DA blasts court visit
SUGAR TRIAL: Govt ‘trying to influence justice system’

Kwazulu-Natal – Opposition parties have slammed a decision by senior government officials to visit the Umzinto Magistrate’s Court at the start of the sugar can serial murder trial, saying government is trying to influence the j...
Soweto woman shot
A woman was shot dead and her alleged murderer arrested in Diepkloof, Soweto yesterday.

Captain Phillemon Khorombi said police had been on a routine patrol when they heard gunshots at 7.10am.

When the police went to check what had happened they found the body of a 30-year-old woman lying in a ...
Mbeki’s response to question evasive: DA
President Thabo Mbeki has finally answered Democratic Alliance’s (DA) questions, but the response, the party said, is proof the President does not want to account to the National Assembly.

“The quality of the answers is so poor that the various responses have done little to quell the DA concerns ...
Missing Motata note now before the court
The missing piece of paper on which Pretoria High Court judge Nkola Motata allegedly struggled to write down personal details has been found.

His blood alcohol level was allegedly four times over the legal limit at the time.

Magistrate Desmond Nair previously upheld an objection by defence cou...
Najwa allowed a child’s hug
Family and friends visiting loved ones in prison are not allowed physical contact.

But a compassionate Anna Neethling, in charge of the hospital section at the Brandvlei Prison at Worcester, allowed Najwa Petersen and her young daughter a hug during visits.

Neethling told Wynberg Regional Cour...
Police grab three after robbery plan tip-off
Three suspects will appear in court tomorrow following a shootout with police in Parktown, Johannesburg yesterday.

Provincial Crime Intelligence Unit officers were following up information about a planned business robbery in Parktown when they spotted the men.

“While our officers were keeping ...
MEC head of security fired
A head of Safety and Security who processed a tender without following proper procedure in Mpumalanga has been fired, the department said yesterday.

Mpumalanga MEC for Safety and Security Fish Mahlalela said Ndabenhle Moses Mkhize had been relieved of his duties as from October 31, following an i...
Two held over Lerata killing
Two men believed to be the murderers of nuke boss Eric Lerata during a hijacking were arrested in Kempton Park on Tuesday, police said yesterday.

Police said the men were arrested when leaving the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on theft charges. They will appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate...
Man wanted for fraud
Johannesburg Organised Crime Unit is looking for Pillemon Fuke Moleman, 48, who is wanted in connection with various fraud cases.

He allegedly defrauded several bank accounts at a leading financial institution since last year until June this year.

The suspect live in Etwatwa, near Daveyton.

ATM blast: man held
One man was arrested and more than R56 000 was recovered by police after an ATM was bombed in Soweto yesterday.

Police stationed in Orlando heard a blast around 1.10am.

When they arrived at the scene six men fired on them. The officers returned fire. One of the suspects surrendered while the...
Manuel reiterates his PSL criticism
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel stands by his condemnation of the 10% commission earmarked for soccer bosses for brokering a multimillion-rand Absa sponsorship deal.

This follows criticism from Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, who said in an interview this week he believed Manuel had "jumped t...
Bad Brad's strange tale of model ex and murder plot
State declines to act on 'Big Brother' contestant's claims

A bizarre web of sex and jealousy has linked model Gina Athans and controversial Big Brother contestant Brad Wood to an alleged murder plot against a prominent South African businessman.

Wood has taped conversations he claims c...
Plane's engine falls off during take-off
Commuters were left in shock when a Nationwide Airlines plane lost an engine during take-off.

It was the second incident at Cape Town International Airport in less than a week.

The incident happened about 4pm yesterday, according to Alvin Driver, who witnessed the incident from a restaurant ...
MEC urged to quit over payment
Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa was paid R70 000 in the past year for work done for power distribution company Southern Electricity Company (Selco), in apparent contravention of members' ethics in the legislature.

Section 2 (2) (b) of the Executive Members' Ethics Act, 1998, states that a membe...
Counterfeit statues, moulds seized in raid
About R1,5-million worth of allegedly counterfeit art, claimed to have been made by a renowned South African sculptor, has been seized at premises near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West.

The life-sized statues of animals were reported to have been created by Kobus Hattingh, the artist famously kno...
Court can hear crash judge's 'rantings'
Judge Nkola Motata's alleged rantings on the night of his arrest on drunk driving charges are to be played in court.

The decision comes after numerous attempts by his legal team to convince the magistrate that the clip should be dismissed as evidence and therefore not be played in court.

Teen appears over R3,8m cocaine bust
An 18-year-old arrested for possession of cocaine worth millions of rands has appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on charges of drug trafficking alongside his co-accused Nigerian national.

The teenager, who is originally from Durban, was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on ...
Get off Joburg's streets, criminals are told
Thousands of concerned Joburg residents have publicly committed themselves to reclaiming their streets from criminals.

A march yesterday, sparked by the high rate of cop killings, was attended by members of various community-based organisations.

Marchers began with a prayer service outside t...
'Gang leader hid in bathroom'
Blood splattered on the floor. A broken knife on a blood-soaked bed. This is what is shown in gruesome crime-scene photographs in the Sandton Knife Gang trial.

During that robbery, a man was stabbed 17 times and his wife would have been stabbed in the face had the knife blade not snapped off.
Radio hassles put cops at risk
It cost R600m but digital network is not yet online

On the day 7 000 marched to stop police killings, it was revealed that problems with the police's new multimillion-rand communication system is endangering officers' lives.

Gauteng's R600-million 10111 digital radio network, launched ...
'It's been a bad time after gang terror'
Sandton Knife Gang survivor tells court how family have been affected by brutal robbery

State prosecutor Adele Barnard was having a tough day.

Two families who were meant to testify have left the country, DNA samples she had counted on didn't match, and the policeman she had called as ...
Pupil ‘used as sex slave’
SADISM: Severe physical and sexual abuse by other pupils

Cape Town – The newly-formed National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) is leading the call for the Department of Education to launch an investigation into serious allegations of severe child abuse at a primary school in Ravensme...
Crime makes SA ‘a sick society’
Crime and the trauma with it have turned South Africa into a society that is far from well, an expert believes.

“With each exposure to crime and violence South Africans move a little closer to being a society of angry, fearful, untrusting and potentially dangerous people,” said Institute for Trau...
Manto is ‘blind to violence’
The Health Minister must not turn a blind eye to the crime epidemic that has spread through hospitals countrywide, says Moeketsi Mohai, general secretary of the SA DEMOCRATIC Nurses’ Union (SADTU).

Criminals have turned South African hospitals into killing grounds in the past few weeks, with atta...
There is no justice, says top Scorpions detective.
Scorpions senior detective Phillip Molokomme, 51, who's wife allegedly conspired to have him murdered last year, has doubts about justice in South Africa.

Molokomme told The Citizen the case against his wife had been dragging on for too long.

“Something is not right and it seems the jus...
Flat block ‘hit men’ on trial
Three accused denied in their Johannesburg High Court trial yesterday that they were paid by tenants of a block of flats to carry out a “hit” on two people negotiating on behalf of the owner.

Captain Ignatius Michael Van Aardt, now stationed at the Gauteng provincial office, who attended the murd...
Sisters with Blisters is back
Sisters With Blisters, an initiative aimed at blowing the whistle against women and child abuse, is back for the second time.

Jacaranda FM in association with 1st For Women embarked on the programme last year in a bid to urge South Africans to speak out against women and child abuse on a public p...
Court to study video clips
The trial of Pretoria judge Nkola Motata, 60, resumes this morning in the Johannesburg High Court.

Desmond Nair, chief magistrate of Pretoria, will hear evidence on five video clips allegedly recorded at the time of the incident which led to Motata facing charges of driving under the influence, a...
Workers suspended
The City of Cape Town yesterday suspended four of its employees and a security guard caught stealing copper cables in the council’s electricity depot in Gugulethu last week.

The city’s Non-ferrous Metal Theft Task Team known as Copperheads, swooped on the depot after a tip-off.

Two employees, ...
Robbers on the run
Police are continuing with their search for four men who robbed an FNB bank in Johannesburg yesterday.

Police said four armed men forced their way into the bank and held up cashiers at gunpoint.

“They fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a white Citi Golf,” Johannesburg police spokesman...
Taxi men in for a surprise
A strict code of conduct for taxi associations and sensitivity training for taxi operators may sound like something birthed from the fevered imagination of a frustrated commuter, but this may soon become a reality in Johannesburg.

Local government is negotiating with taxi associations servicing t...
Another funds scandal rocks SACP
Nzimande and Madisha opened secret bank account 'in case party needed to go it alone'

Did SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande withdraw and not account for R124 500 from a secret account set up by himself and SA Democratic Teachers' Union president Willie Madisha?

This i...
Shocking state of prisons revealed
Most of South Africa's 237 prisons are in a state of chaos, with overcrowding leading to systemic failures that could destabilise the entire prison population.

This was stated in the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons' annual report for 2006/07, which was presented to parliament yesterday.

No bail for 'conman'
Alleged cassanova conman Kevin Harvey, who police and private investigators had been tracking for several years, made a brief appearance in a KwaZulu Natal court yesterday.

The 30-year-old, charged with theft and fraud, will spend at least another seven days behind bars while investigators probe...
De Lille in new arms deal shock
Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille has stunned parliament with the allegation that the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund received R500 000 in 1999 from a firm that benefited from the arms deal tender.

She is a trustee of the fund.

De Lille also claimed the ANC and Community Developm...
'Tug-of-love boy in peril'
SA mom goes to court in bid to keep son away from dad

South African Linda Berger fears that the life of her 4-year-old son Liam could be in danger if his American father is allowed access to him.

It is also claimed that Hal Berger has made death threats towards the mother of his child ...
Death threats traumatised Scorpions boss
He applied to be medically boarded

Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel's accuser suffered a nervous breakdown after a senior Directorate of Special Operations official allegedly betrayed him to the hijackers he was investigating.

Andrew du Plooy - a founder member of the Scorpions once lau...
Oprah driven by own rape
Behind Oprah Winfrey's anger, shock and tears over the scandal at her girls' academy is her personal mission: to hunt down child molesters and put them behind bars.

Winfrey knows what it's like to be a victim she was molested as a 4-year-old and raped when she was 9.

This is why she acted so...
Mass Joburg march over killing of police officers
More than one police officer is killed in South Africa every week - and now communities from across Joburg are taking a stand.

Close to 10 000 people were expected to converge in the city centre today to protest against the high number of police murders, starting with a cleansing ceremony at the ...
'It's been a bad time after gang terror'
Sandton Knife Gang survivor tells court how family have been affected by brutal robbery

State prosecutor Adele Barnard was having a tough day.

Two families who were meant to testify have left the country, DNA samples she had counted on didn't match, and the policeman she had called as ...
Teen nabbed in R3,8m drug swoop
The 18-year-old drug mule looked "cool and collected" as police officers began searching his bag at the international arrivals section at OR Tambo International Airport.

But cool quickly turned to terrified as cocaine began emerging from the soles of the neatly packed shoes and the secret compar...
Bara has so many gunshot cases, it doesn't usually report them to cops
Gunshot victims taken to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital are not routinely reported to police because there are so many such cases and police don't routinely look for them.

"We get an average of 40 gunshot cases a month," said hospital spokesperson Hester van den Heever yesterday.

"We don't ...
Man invited family and friends to rape his wife, state claims
He raped his wife 18 times - and to compound her agony, got her brother, his stepfather and friends to do the same.

When she wanted to leave him, he threatened to kill her and their children.

These are the horrifying details contained in the indictment against a 30-year-old man who stands ac...
How sweet-talking gang conned granny out of R33 000
An 82-year-old West Rand widow has lost R33 000 to con artists.

The Westonaria woman was shopping for groceries when she was told that she had won a car. The conmen then persuaded her to withdraw R33 000 from the bank.

She went home without the car, confused and shamed.

"I would like to ...
Taxi violence on the rise
The taxi violence that has claimed the lives of at least four people, including passengers. Has left commuters in Johannesburg fearing for their lives.

And some are now considering other transport, such as buses.

One taxi passenger was killed and three injured after shots were fired from a pas...
Robber tracked
A second suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with an armed robbery at a Pick’n Pay in Malburton in southern Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

Police followed a trail of blood to a field near the Southgate shopping centre yesterday morning, where they found the man.

He was allegedly pa...
Charged with killing spouse
Former policeman Mark Voeght, 44, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday charged with murdering his estranged wife in front of clients at Absa Bank in The Glen shopping centre, where she was a manageress.

The deceased, Sandra Voeght, had previously obtained a family violence interdict ...
Molewa in Bahamas
North West premier Ednah Molewa and three of her MEC’s are in the Bahamas this week to attend a summit on ethical and corruption-free leadership.

She was invited by Dr Myles Monroe of the International Third World Leaders’ Association, who spoke during the launch of an ethical leadership programm...
Stop court action, says FF+
The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) yesterday called on the Tshwane Metro to stop fighting residents in and out of court.

The party was reacting to the reports the council was taking legal action against an electrical engineer from Pretoria and the Engineering Council of South Africa.

FF+ Councillor ...
Nel probe a witchhunt: FF+
The Freedom Front Plus says a police probe into allegations of fraud and corruption against the Gauteng head of the Scorpions, Gerrie Nel, smacks of a witchhunt.

The party’s Pieter Groenewald said questions were being asked whether National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi was not abusing his po...
Man ‘kidnapped’ his son
A man, a baby and a firearm were found in a parked car on a sand road in North West at noon on Sunday.

Neither the man nor the baby had been harmed, but police arrested the man on several charges, including a possible charge of kidnapping, even though he is the child’s father.

North West polic...
'Man of God' killer given 16 life terms
The Olievenhoutbosch serial killer, who has dubbed himself "the man of God", was all smiles as he was sentenced to life sentences 16 times, and on top of that, an additional 140 years' imprisonment for the crimes he committed.

Not even Pretoria High Court Judge John Murphy's judgment that condemn...
Casanova conman back behind bars
Web of lies allegedly used to secure lucrative jobs

Ahigh school graduate who masqueraded as an American millionaire, doctor, dentist, chartered accountant and chef has been nabbed after nearly two years on the run.

Wanted on seven counts of fraud and theft, Casanova conman Kevin Harve...
Patient shot dead at Bara
Incidents trigger outcry over inept security at country's hospitals

A man admitted to Bara hospital with a bullet wound was shot again this time fatally in front of officers guarding other patients.

The 35-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was rushed to the operating thea...
Man escapes execution-style carnage
A young man has survived the execution-style killing of five people at a warehouse by hiding in a cupboard.

His co-workers at M Transport in Woodstock, Cape Town, were rounded up yesterday and shot in the back of their heads. Two taxis were also set alight.

Firefighters discovered the bodies...
Bail for Oprah dorm matron
Accused will have to answer to 13 charges, 7 victims

The woman at the centre of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy scandal has been released on R3 000 bail.

The 27-year-old was arrested on Thursday, two weeks after being suspended from her position as a dormitory matron at the prestig...
Bullets, bombs and business...Part 1
Former Executive outcomes boss Eeben Barlow feels bitter and jaded about the way the media portrayed his legitimate private military company, and with good reason, writes Brendan Seery

Interviewing Eeben Barlow is not an experience you would describe as comfortable.

It's not because he...
Bullets, bombs and business...Part 2

Undoubtedly, Barlow and the company made a lot of money contracting out their military expertise he has long since ceased to care about being labelled a "mercenary" he says but the costs of the EO intervention were minuscule when compared to the bucket loads of money spent by the UN and African Un...
Suspect cleared of murder bursts into prayer
A man charged with the murder of a security guard during a multimillion-rand cash-in-transit heist has walked from court a free man.

Vusumuzi Ndlovu (38), of Berea, Joburg, was so overjoyed yesterday when the charges were dismissed that he lifted his hands and immediately started to pray, while ...
'Beaten, stripped and paraded'
Mama Jackey and co-accused claim Ncoguthu attempted to rape school pupil

Simphiwe Ncoguthu was allegedly kidnapped, stripped naked and paraded in the street because he tried to rape one of the pupils at Mama Jackey's school, Ithuteng Trust.

Prior to that, Ncoguthu had allegedly stolen a...
Sandton Knife Gand trial hotting up
Alleged members of the notorious Sandton Knife Gang were due to return to court today - but their trial looks set to drag on past the two days allocated for its much-awaited conclusion.

Four witnesses - including police officers and another victim - were scheduled to take the stand today and a c...
Crime figures dropping but SA still tops the list
There is nothing we don't already know when one flips through the pages of the latest edition of the South Africa Survey 2006/2007 on the section dedicated to crime and security.

South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, police commissioner Jackie Selebi has been accused of h...
In the market for a new security company?
Here are a few tips and questions to ask before signing on with an armed response/security company:

Check that the security company is accredited with the private security industry regulatory authority (PSIRA);

Ask the security company what they are doing to prevent crime;

Ask about the ...
Fighting crime through gardening and veggies
Project teaches elderly women a useful skill and hopes to engage youth

The concept of the elderly taking care of the extended family is not new.

Now 23 "gogos" from Alexandra, north of Joburg, are being taught the method of perma-culture gardening with the aim of enhancing the quality ...
Challenges of restructuring
Organisational restructuring has its challenges. Management needs to know where they want to go, identify the desired and measurable outcomes and then set realistic, achievable targets.

All this must be done while listening to the specialists within the organisation.

The current version of S...
Man gunned down, six held after mall robberies
An armed robber was shot dead, two suspects were injured and another four arrested in clashes with police after two armed robberies at supermarkets in Joburg.

Captain Julia Claassen said the first armed robbery was at the Checkers store in the Bryanston Shopping Centre around 4.30pm yesterday.
Man pushes pregnant nurse
A pregnant nurse was attacked by a man demanding service for a seriously injured relative at a Pretoria hospital.

Staff nurse Goodness Komane (27), who is eight months pregnant, was manning the Pretoria Academic Hospital's casualty front desk when she was attacked early yesterday morning.

Railway constable killed
A Pretoria railway police constable was killed in a botched hijacking in Mabopane, north of the city at the weekend.

Police spokesman Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday that Constable LB Khoza, 33, was sitting in his Toyota Conquest with his girlfriend at about 9pm when three armed men confro...
Anti-crime barriers go up in Pretoria
The process of erecting street barriers to deter criminals in Pretoria east suburbs starts today.

Lynnwood Manor Estate Committee spokesman Kevin Gast said yesterday they would secure Farnham and Ringwood Streets with gates and manned booms first.

Residents decided to close the streets off aft...
Child sex abuse on rise in SA
South African parents have been warned to keep their children safe, with paedophiles active in at least two provinces.

Concern was also raised of the level of crimes against children and by children across the country recently.

An alleged paedophile is being hunted by police after the sexually...
Paramedic suspended for sexual assault
A paramedic with a private emergency medical service company has been suspended from work after allegedly offering a woman a lift in an ambulance, then sexually assaulting her.

The Citizen is aware of the paramedic’s name. He is yet to appear in court or be charged with any offence.

Gun accused appear in court today
Three suspects aged 28, 31 and 34 are to appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court today after being found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Ekurhuleni metro police’s Jimmy Maboko said the trio were arrested on Friday.

“Our members together with the Alberton police were pa...
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Are you actively involved in anti-crime initiatives in your neighbourhood?

The high crime rate is impacting on human rights, and the government needs to develop a comprehensive national security policy.

The government and the public must work together to fight crime. The operation of the cri...
Cop shot after his cover is blown
Robbery suspect attacks metro police officer who gave him a ticket months earlier

An undercover metro police officer is in a critical condition after being shot four times by a robbery suspect who recognised him as having given him a R500 traffic fine.

His colleagues at the scene of th...
Man gunned down, six held after mall robberies
An armed robber was shot dead, two suspects were injured and another four arrested in clashes with police after two armed robberies at supermarkets in Joburg.

Captain Julia Claassen said the first armed robbery was at the Checkers store in the Bryanston Shopping Centre around 4.30pm yesterday.
Two major drug swoops at OR Tambo Airport
A 66kg consignment of cocaine - wrapped in brown tape and hidden underneath carefully packed light bulbs - is the second large-scale drug bust that police made at OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend.

The hidden stash was discovered on Saturday afternoon in a wooden crate at the SAA car...
Chaaban's ANC ties revealed
Cape councillor admits business connectionsbut says they are unrelated to political life

Controversial Cape councillor Badih Chaaban has disclosed he has longstanding business links with two top ANC businessmen.

However, it is not his personal or professional contacts but his defiance ...
Oprah's sex shock
Dormitory matronarrested and chargedwith sexual assault

They were locked away from the outside world to protect them. But inside the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a matron entrusted to watch over them after dark allegedly became a sexual predator.

Police on Thursday arres...
Something fishy about sales
Linefish, rock lobster and crayfish tails - these are some of the illegal seafood offerings that are being sold in Gauteng.

"These products may originate from recreational fishers from South Africa who fill their freezers on holiday and sell off their catches, or from more organised syndicates,"...
Chaos and cocaine at OR Tambo
Police at OR Tambo Airport have uncovered R50-million worth of raw, colour-coded cocaine after an intelligence tip-off from Sao Paulo in Brazil.

It is understood that Brazilian police warned their South African counterparts to be on the lookout for suspicious boxes on an SAA flight on Thursday. ...
Drug-fuelled kids use pitbulls to terrorise vulnerable targets
Vets have an awful task as new 'sport' takes hold on the Cape Flats

A new craze has emerged in Cape Town's impoverished Ocean View suburb, where tik-fuelled youngsters go "hunting" with their pitbull dogs searching for vulnerable targets - canine or human.

A number of residents have be...
Poisoning of dogs is rampant in the suburbs
Samantha Berger rescued the first dog after she found it tied up in a scrapyard, the second as it was being beaten to death, and she saved the emaciated third dog from starvation.

For the next three years, Berger cared for the three dogs she describes as "my babies" until she could find decent h...
Archbishop admits abuse is a problem among SA clergy
On the eve of the release of former Boys Town student Mario D'Offizi's book, in which he describes how the late Catholic Bishop of Johannesburg, Reginald Orsmond, sexually molested him, the diocese admits that child sex abuse in the church has been a problem for many years.

And Cardinal Wilfrid ...
Plastic surgeon struck off the roll
Victim hopes doctor has made his final cut

Five years ago, Jennifer Reichlin vowed to fight to the bitter end until prominent plastic surgeon Dr Hennie Roos was struck off the roll of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

An out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed ...
Only three fight crooked cops
CORRUPTION: ‘Widespread, seldom acted upon’

Complaints against corrupt police are soaring – but the job of investigating every complaint in South Africa has been given to a mere three low-ranked officers.

The police’s Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) now gets 125 complaints a year, acc...
Another delay in Child Bill
MINISTER vents his anger as motion is held over

MPs in the National Assembly witnessed a Cabinet Minister vent his anger at Parliament over another delay in the passage of the controversial Children’s Amendment Bill yesterday.

After a motion that the measure be held over, Social Development Mi...
Hunt on for two kidnapped babies
Police are still searching for two babies kidnapped from two hospitals around Johannesburg just hours after they were born.

Baby Mkutshwa was kidnapped from Coronation Hospital on February 16.

She was allegedly taken from her mother by an unknown women, while her mother was sleeping.

Gospel artist slain for cellphone
Gospel artist Zolile Ndyawe was shot and killed just a few metres away from his house in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.

Family spokesman Thanduzolo Jindela said 38-year-old Ndyawe was walking back from a church rehearsal when he was attacked and robbed of his cellphone.

He died on the scen...
Police interrupts robber
Five men were arrested during a robbery in Pretoria West Yesterday.

Police suspect the robbery they interrupted was an “inside job”, after it was established that the robbers were in communication with a person at the premises being robbed. Cellphones were seized and will be forensically tested....
‘State wants to divide us’
Alexandra township property owners are standing firm in the wake of what they describe as government’s attempts to cause “division” among residents in the area.

The Gauteng Housing Department, in conjunction with the billion-rand Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), is issuing “targeted” notices offe...
Court orders a further probe into man’s killing
The National Director of Public Prosecutions needs further investigations into the murder of a senior manager at BMW before deciding whether to take the case to a higher court.

That was the instruction read out in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday during the brief appearance of two Mozamb...
Shot dead by ‘boy’ hitmen
Hitmen dressed as schoolboys gunned down a father of three in an attack in Belthorn.

Gassant Naidoo, 34, was shot dead in his bakkie. He dropped off his 12-year-old daughter Asma at school at the corner near Belthorn Primary on Wednesday morning.

A group of young men, driving a stolen car, dr...
3 held in shooting
Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting in Roodepoort on the West Rand last weekend which left two people, including a passenger in a minibus taxi, dead.

The continuing clash over taxi routes between the Faraday and Dorjotta taxi associations has claimed the lives of at leas...
Abductor’ in court
The man who was arrested in Lenasia on Wednesday on charges of abduction is to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court today, Gauteng police spokesman Captain Julian Klaassen said yesterday.

Donavan Naidoo from Durban allegedly held four of his ex-girlfriend Viola Archary’s family hostage us...
Man dead in veld
A man was found dead near Dube Hostel in Soweto yesterday, Meadowlands police said.

Sergeant Xoli Mbele said the man, aged about 40, had a bullet wound in his chest. He was wearing a red jersey, grey jeans and black sandals.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man can contact Detec...
‘Stock thief’ in court
Police have arrested the suspected kingpin of a stock theft syndicate in Taung, North West.

This follows the arrest of three other suspects in August this year.

At the time stolen cattle worth thousands of rands were seized.

The police followed up information which even led them to Gauteng ...
Caught red-handed
Seven workers on a chicken farm have been arrested for allegedly wringing the necks of 35 chickens and trying to steal them from their employer.

They had concealed the carcasses in the back of a bakkie which was to take them home after their shift at a chicken farm in Stilfontein, North West, end...
Top Scorpion in fraud probe
Man who bust Kebble suspects slammed in court ruling

Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel bust open the syndicate allegedly involved in the shooting of slain mining magnate Brett Kebble - but is now himself under police investigation for fraud and corruption.

The high-profile prosecutor, who led ...
Zille, Speaker in bid to get Chaaban
Cape Town mayor Helen Zille personally gathered evidence against the man who aspired to be her nemesis, councillor Badih Chaaban.

The Star has established that Zille took a statement from a Cape Town businessman on April 16 in the presence of the Speaker of the city council, Dirk Smit, who certi...
'Najwa did not kill my daddy'
The 8-year-old daughter of Najwa Petersen has told a psychiatrist that her mother did not kill her father, musician Taliep Petersen.

This emerged in the testimony of psychiatrist Rosa Bredenkamp during Petersen's second bail application in the Wynberg Regional Court in Cape Town yesterday.

Murder accused were family friends
Mother recalls how she met her daughter's alleged killers

'I introduced my daughter to her killers eight years ago."

This is the agonising realisation of Corrie van Staden, a Krugersdorp businesswoman whose daughter Concelia Mare was lured from her home by family friends under false pr...
Two hurt, 12 held during relocation protest
Two people were wounded by rubber bullets and 12 others arrested during a protest that was sparked by news that residents would be moved from their homes in Diepsloot, north of Joburg.

Residents said the injured were a woman, who was on her knees cleaning her house early yesterday morning when s...
Delay in robbery case worries judge
A Johannesburg Court High Court judge has expressed amazement that police could capture a suspect in a shootout after a cash-in-transit heist in 2001 - but only bring him to court five years later.

Judge Hilima Salduker grilled prosecutor Nerisha Naidoo yesterday about why it had taken so long t...
Bogus cops rob tourists near airport
Robber wearing fake uniform grabs visitors' euros

A group of traditional Greek singers were robbed by three bogus policemen just after they left OR Tambo International Airport yesterday.

The 11 Greeks were in a hired minibus close to the Gillooly's interchange in Bedfordview when, acco...
Warrant issued in deputy mayor killing case
A warrant of arrest has been issued for Madoda Hezekiel Nkhambule, the alleged middleman in the murder of Govan Mbeki municipality deputy mayor Thandi Mtsweni.

This follows Nkhambule's failure to appear along with six of his co-accused in the Evander Magistrate's Court near Secunda, Mpumalanga, ...
'He's out, he's out,' crowd shouts at end of 6-hour siege
Now the 20-year-old man faces a stiff prison term

Hostage-taker Donovan Naidoo stood in the charge office at Lenasia South police station, grinding his teeth.

On the desk in front of him were the emptied contents of his bag, including sweet wrappers, and a see-through evidence bag with...
Serial rapist trial is nearly over
The year-long, 261-count trial of Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, allegedly South Africa’s worst serial sex offender, is close to ending.

Judge George Maluleke, who since January has heard evidence from 110 State witnesses, including the 65 victims, has adjourned the trial to November 15 for the last fe...
17-year-old pupil stabbed to death in North West
Violence between school pupils has claimed a young victim after a 17-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death in suspected gang rivalry.

Senatla Mekgwe was declared dead on arrival at a clinic in Chaneng a village near Phokeng in North West on Tuesday.

He had been stabbed in the shoulder and a...
Accused is ‘no charmer’
STATE asks for conviction on 16 counts for ‘Casanova’

Richard Nyauza was not the Casanova he portrayed, but a ruthless serial killer who had raped and murdered 16 women because he believed women did not deserve to live, the prosecution told the Pretoria High Court.

Prosecutor JP Marais argued ...
Toy-gun hostage drama
THREATS: Hostage taker wanted to talk to his former girlfriend

A 20-year-old man is facing charges of abduction following a six-hour hostage drama at a house in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg yesterday.

The suspect, who is from Durban, held four of his ex-girlfriend Viola Archary’s fami...
Judge deems jet part of Kabila estate
SETBACK: Creditors’ hopes dashed

Creditors of the DRC suffered another setback in the Pretoria High Court yesterday when a second judge ruled that the late President Laurent Kabila was the owner of the presidential jet they sought to sell on auction.

Judge Chris Botha set aside the attachment...
Put up booms, advises Freedom Front
The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) yesterday called on Pretoria East residents to erect booms at their street entrances to keep criminals out of their area.

This follows the rape of two women in Val De Grace on Tuesday morning, 2km from Lynnwood Manor where Cathy Odendaal was raped and murdered in her ...
Chabaan thrown out
CRIMINAL LABEL:NPP councillor objects to remark

National People’s Party (NPP) councillor Badih Chabaan had to be physically removed from a Cape Town city council meeting yesterday, after he disrupted the opening address by Mayor Helen Zille.

The SABC reported that Chabaan, who wa...
Divorces run into a hitch that could make thousands bigamists
Thousands of divorces granted over an eight-year period could be declared null and void - and any subsequent remarriages declared unlawful - depending on the outcome of a case pending before the Durban High Court.

The application, set down on the opposed roll tomorrow, centres on the status of on...
Paedophile suspect in R900m lawsuit
Claims against police total R6bn, Selebi tells parliament

A suspected paedophile is suing the police for R900-million for wrongful arrest and imprisonment.

This is what National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi told MPs yesterday.

This forms part of a whopping R6-billion in lawsui...
Manuel calls on bigwigs to curb spending
'National departments must save R2bn'

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel wants the executive and public servants to tighten their belts when it comes to travel, hotel bills and entertainment, and rather use taxpayers' money where it counts most delivering quality services to citizens.

State promises three years of 'tough love'
Consumers and taxpayers can expect "tough love" from the government over the next three years.

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said yesterday, in his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, that he was planning to accumulate tax surpluses until 2010.

In other words, he will not spend all the mon...
Cop's wife pawns his Merc for R70 000
A metro police officer's wife ended up on the wrong side of the law when she reported her husband's car stolen after she had apparently pawned it hours earlier.

Ekurhuleni metro police raided a garage in the Joburg CBD last night after been led by a tracker device on a vehicle reported stolen. T...
'Abused' pupil back at old school
Father of learner at Oprah's academy says her initial complaints were not taken seriously

A father who claims it was his daughter who made the first allegations of abuse at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls says his child is back home and attending her old school.

"We have...
Groomed for sex industry
Symposium addresses issues that SA sex workers face

Cindy's* first sexual experience with a complete stranger was worth only R20. That first time she used a condom. She was just 16.

On numerous occasions thereafter she didn't have a choice in the matter because she was forced at gunpoi...
'Maybe there is some justice out...'
'Star' story prompts victim of mirror-image crime to seek closure after 11 years

The year was 1996. Eric de Jager and Kate Doyle lived very different lives.

He was married, had two children and was running a successful tourism business.

She was a college student working as a waitre...
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