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Police hot on trail after Razor gang's reign of terror
Wits professor and Sandton pastor's families relive their horrendous ordeals

The terrifying trail of a gang of robbers - headed by a man known as Razor - has begun emerging in Joburg's northern suburbs.

Police believe the gang is behind the brutal robbery at the home of Wits professor ...
Abandoned ... and all his mother could say was 'sorry'
'I don't know what made me dump him there'

A two-month old baby boy who was found abandoned in the veld has been reunited with his parents.

He was found in Lenasia, south of Joburg, last week when a woman heard him crying and phoned the police.

Police took the baby to Grace Mashaba...
Burglars' new power strategy
Robbing a house could be as easy as disconnecting its power supply and waiting for the alarm system's back-up battery to run flat.

If your alarm system doesn't monitor your property's power supply, your security company won't receive a notification when your power goes out.

They also won't r...
The NPA keeps SA waiting
SELEBI CASE: Minister has ‘no say’ in NPA verdict

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and not the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, is holding back the “imminent” prosecution of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

On December 16 last year, the NPA ...
Bloody outlook for local politics
STORMY: Councillor in hospital after stabbing

Local politics promises to be as stormy as national politics this year, with residents allegedly stabbing a controversial councillor in a North West town.

A day later police intervened to stop a mob stoning a bus in Lebaleng, which is...
Tampering with 40% of airport bags
OR TAMBO: SAA loses R80 million

About 40% of all baggage passing through OR Tambo International Airport is tampered with, an undisclosed source working at the busy airport told 702 News.

This is in line with a report claiming baggage pilfering on SAA had skyrocketed from just 17%...
Old people thrown off bridges
Callous robbers who allegedly killed old people by throwing them from bridges are believed to have used money they stole from their victims to book into the Palace Hotel at Sun City.

A married couple and a third suspect are alleged to be con artists who ambush their elderly victims outside banks,...
Illegal power sparks 51 arrests
Fifty-one people were arrested in Khutsong, near Carletonville, at the weekend for allegedly having illegal electricity connections to their homes – a practice that has caused large-scale disruptions to the township’s water supply.

Lucky Leseane, chief operations officer of Merafong City Local Mu...
Locals, aliens clash
Seventeen Soshanguve residents arrested for looting foreigners’ shacks and shops north of Pretoria at the weekend were released on warning yesterday.

Their arrest on Sunday followed a violent clash between Soshanguve South residents, Zimbabweans and Mozambican immigrants.

Residents accused the...
Metro police stranded in Johannesburg High Court lifts
Last week it was curses up and down the stairs because of dysfunctional lifts. Yesterday it was fire Department officials rescuing two metro police officers, who were attending a Johannesburg High Court trial, from a lift.

Section Commander Chief Superintendent Danie van Eeden and Superintendent...
Draft targets judiciary
POLOKWANE: Resolution gives Justice Minster control

Continuing clashes between the government and the South African legal community may be on the cards this year, as the ruling party tightens its noose on an already embattled judiciary.

The judiciary, already trying to shrug off ...
Police send SOS for clues in murder probe
Police are asking for assistance from the public in solving the murder of 22-year-old Anisha van Niekerk.

Sergeant Marinda Stoltz, of Bronkonhorstspruit police, said progress was being made – but due to the sensitivity of investigations no further details could be released as yet.

Van Niekerk ...
214 arrested in Joburg blitz
Johannesburg police yesterday reported that more than 200 people were arrested for various crimes in Johannesburg and surrounding areas at the weekend.

Captain Bhekizizwe Mavundla said a total of 214 suspects were arrested during the “clean-up” operation.

“We seized a total of 176 parcels cont...
Mbeki skips crucial meeting of the ANC
Zuma graft charges top agenda as president hosts Chinese official

The first ANC national executive committee meeting post-Polokwane was held yesterday with President Thabo Mbeki's conspicuous absence while the party had to manage the political and legal woes of its head, Jacob Zuma.

Dangerous TB patients are on the run
The Department of Health is expected to take a firmer stand on ordering patients with deadly strains of tuberculosis to stay in hospital for lengthy treatment, after dozens ran away to go home for Christmas.

Eleven patients with drug-resistant TB are still being sought by Eastern Cape health aut...
ANC, at 96, must take stock of all its failures
The ANC is 96 years old today. And while it prepares to party this weekend, it faces its biggest organisational crisis since it swept to power in 1994.

This is because recently elected leader Jacob Zuma faces criminal charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering, money-laundering and tax evasion. ...
Parents battle over mounting hospital bills
The mother of a 9-year-old twin allegedly infected with HIV in a state hospital has as a last resort turned to selling raffle tickets to help pay her daughter's medical bills.

This as they wait to take legal action over Anna's HIV infection.

Amid constant threats from debt collectors over An...
Cellphone gives dumb crook away
Switching off your cellphone is a good idea when you're attending an important business meeting, watching a movie, and certainly when you're reporting it stolen at a police station.

In the world of dumb crooks, 2008 seems to have already started with a bang.

Gauteng police issued a press sta...
Officials await info on KLM engine failure
The Civil Aviation Authority was late yesterday still waiting for details about the unscheduled return to Joburg of an international flight earlier in the day.

CAA spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu said the organisation was waiting for a report on the aborted KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight.

"We w...
Selebi: SA must be told
TIME UP: NPA decision was made by mid-December

The DA has demanded the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) give its decision on National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi soon.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard, DA spokesman on safety and security, asked why the country had been made to wait so l...
Rock lobster catch cut
Recreational and commercial rock lobster fishermen are the latest to suffer under South Africa’s dwindling maritime resources.

They, along with their commercial counterparts in the abalone sector as well as others dependent on the sea’s bounty for their livelihoods, have had their quotas cut by E...
Now Mbeki faces the kiss-kiss revolt
President Thabo Mbeki signed and passed the new Sexual Offences Act on December 17 causing mass outrage.

The new amendments to the Act criminalise kissing, or any light sexual behaviour, among people under the age of 16 – even if the contact is consensual.

The motive behind the amendments is t...
Charged in teen death
A 24-year-old man accused of dumping a teenager’s body at a dumpsite after he had raped and killed her appeared in the Balfour Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabne said the man was not asked to plead. The case was postponed to January 21.

Six face firearm rap
Six men aged between 25 and 40 were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today on charges of possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, police said.

Captain Bheki Mavundla said Johannesburg Flying Squad members acted on information about the suspects’ plan to rob a rest...
War on foreigners
Soshanguve residents torched shacks, attacked foreigners and stole goods from homes on Saturday night.

Police said the unrest followed a rumour that a South African had been killed, leading to a tense stand-off between locals and foreigners. Three shacks were torched and one person injured.

Bomb suspect nabbed
A police investigation has led to the arrest of a Pretoria man believed to be behind a series of ATM bombings in the Pretoria area over the festive season.

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday in Oievenhoutbosch, Pretoria. Police said the man was found in possession of explosives and a...
Mother denied bail
A young mother who allegedly killed her newborn baby by throwing it from a window was last week denied bail in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court.

The woman was being held at Roodepoort Police Station and would appear in court on murder charges later this month, said police captain Siphiwe Ndlovu....
Coloureds attacked for using 'whites-only' showers
Shower cubicles that were allegedly set aside for white people are at the centre of a racial attack.

Police are investigating a case of crimen injuria after a Cape Town family lodged a complaint after allegedly being pulled naked from the showers at a camping site in Langebaan on the West Coast ...
Woman hit in SIM swap scam
Fraudsters have now found a way to accessbank accounts through victims' cellphones

A Joburg businesswoman was defrauded of more than R160 000 this week when she fell victim to a crime syndicate that used an illegally swapped cellphone SIM card to plunder her bank account.

Toni van der ...
Stepfather wipes out girl's family
A Durban teenager who witnessed four members of her family being gunned down by her stepfather is unable to attend her mother's funeral this weekend.

Speaking from her hospital bed at King Edward VIII Hospital, where she is recovering after being shot in a shoulder during the incident, Hlengiwe ...
Trafficking in drugs takes its toll on SA
Country's busy borders make it a favoured transit point, reports Babington Maravanyika

At least 850 South African citizens have begun the new year locked up in foreign jails for drug-related offences and many face the prospect of languishing behind bars for another 15 years.

The impris...
Frauds could be work of national syndicate
Four alleged SIM swop scammers from Joburg, who have been linked to a nationwide syndicate, have been remanded after their bail application was postponed.

Nigerian-born Joseph Felix, Patric Mohashoa, Ntombovuyo Ntshoko and Thabo Cyril Nene were arrested at their homes in Joburg on December 19 an...
Cops not amused by speed-trap website
Traffic authorities have warned the owners of a website against "poking fun" at the speed-trapping cameras in and around Durban.

People have painted cameras bright colours and placed gnomes and cartoon characters on these cameras in central Durban, along the N2 southbound as well as in certain a...
Police probe hijacking claim
Police are investigating whether a woman who flung herself from a speeding car deliberately misled them.

Lulama Mgijima claimed she was walking to a friend's place on Tuesday in Windsor, near Cresta, Joburg, when a red Toyota stopped next to her and a Nigerian man offered her a lift.

Four prayed and then disappeared
Pakistani syndicate is believed to be responsible

Majid Saleem and three friends attended prayers on a Friday and friends and relatives haven't seen them since.

Now, almost two months later, Saleem's wife Zainub is frantic, and she fears the four Pakistani nationals were abducted by a ...
Take a bow, SA motorists
Death toll down as zero-tolerance strategy pays off

Law enforcement's big-stick approach is finally working on South African roads.

Zero tolerance for reckless and drunk driving has significantly reduced the number of casualties, authorities claim.

More roadblocks, greater police v...
Little boy safely home as his abductor surrenders
A child-minder who allegedly abducted 2-year-old Owam Ngqengqa has turned herself in to the police and returned the toddler to his mother's warm embrace.

Nokubona Jack was arrested after handing herself to Nyanga police station yesterday.

The 42-year-old apparently took the child from his ho...
Partying parents lose their kids
More children run away or are being abducted during the holidays, reports Justine Gerardy

One child disappears every six hours in South Africa - 120 a month last year until the end of November. While official police statistics are not yet available for December, experts warn cases usually ...
Cops in the dark about fireworks trade
The sale of illegal fireworks is out of control in South Africa, but police admit they haven't got a clue who is behind the multimillion-rand trade and are battling to stem the tide.

This admission comes as both pyrotechnics experts and police confirm an increase in dangerous fireworks being sol...
Ex-mayor murder: two held
Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of Teboho Mofokeng, 45, former mayor of the Xhariep District Municipality in the Free State.

The men led them to the scene of Mofokeng’s brutal murder in a field in Mangaung after they were arrested when they attempted to cross the border...
Zuma blood threat rethink
CALM: Cosatu spokesman counter KZN man

COSATU members will not resort to violence, says spokesman Patrick Craven.

He was responding to a warning by the union federation’s KwaZulu-Natal leader Zet Luzipho that blood would be spilled in courtrooms because of the decision by the National P...
Cops on alert at mall
Members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) yesterday converged on a centre at the Southgate Mall where pupils get their results annually.

This comes after the centre’s management approached the JMPD following problems that were experienced in previous years.

Speaking to The ...
Cops lament fatalities
Seven lives saved on our roads is not good enough. This is according to Inspector Edna Mamonyane from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).

She was reacting to statistics reflecting the number of accidents and fatalities that occurred in Johannesburg over the 2006/7 festive periods.
State witness wants to set record straight in Zuma's defence
Vivian Reddy relishes chance to explain 'loans' to JZ

A state witness in the fraud and corruption case against Jacob Zuma says he can't wait to take the stand - to defend the ANC president.

"I am hoping that I will be called so that the truth can finally be told," KwaZulu Natal busines...
Top birder shot dead in home robbery
Sandton supper turns into nightmare for family

Renowned birder Robin Guy (75) has been killed during an attempted robbery in Sandton.

He was having supper with his family in Bryanston on Wednesday when two armed men appeared and ordered everyone to keep quiet.

It is unclear how the...
Parents finally find wandering KZN tot
There was a happy ending yesterday for a 3-year-old boy found lost in Newcastle a month ago.

Police and child welfare authorities had been trying to locate his family.

Yesterday they did so.

Previously known only as Velaphi, the boy was found in Newcastle's city centre on December 9.

Baby a gift in more ways than one
A baby abandoned by one woman has become a gift for another.

"He is my gift for the new year," said Grace Mashaba, who is caring for the three-month-old boy she has named Gift.

The baby was found abandoned in the veld in Lenasia, south of Joburg, about 2am yesterday when a woman heard him cr...
He is a boy who lived next to a tuckshop …
A 3-year-old boy spent Christmas and New Year without his family after he was found wandering alone in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal.

Now Missing Children SA and the family with which he was placed for safekeeping are trying to find his parents.

The boy, who calls himself Velaphi, says he was put...
Zuma and team in no hurry for speedy trial
Lawyers likely to try have case thrown out on technicalities

Jacob Zuma's legal team is almost certain to be in the dock when the battle to choose South Africa's next president hots up towards the end of the year.

In an interview with Talk Radio 702 today, his attorney Michael Hulley in...
Selebi not off the hook
TOP cop, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, is not off the hook yet.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Brigitte Mabandla, is taking her time in studying the report submitted by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) following their decision about what Selebi’s fate sh...
Back to Sterkfontein
A panel of psychiatrists are still undecided what role, if any, work-related stress played in a former policeman’s alleged murder of his wife.

This is after the accused spent 30 days in Sterkfontein Hospital under observation.

Yesterday the Johannesburg High Court agreed to a further period of...
Curses in the courts
The new year got underway in the 12-storey Johannesburg High Court building with curses up and down the stairs.

The lifts were as usual, dysfunctional and the air conditioning inoperative.

Staff members had to carry bags of reference books up the stairs and legal representatives with civil mat...
Drugs smuggler stays put
COURT RULES: Bid for freedom must wait

A convicted US drug smuggler who claims he should have been released from prison when the alleged murderer of Brett Kebble, Glenn Agliotti entered into a plea bargain under the Drugs Act will not have his application for release heard by the Johannes...
'I decided I'd rather be killed than raped'
Kidnapped woman leaps from speeding car .She tells cops a man is locked in the bootn Police begin search only 20 hours later

Members of the Johannesburg Flying Squad saw a woman falling out of a speeding car, but failed to give chase when they heard that a man was locked in the boot.

Fake DVD bust likely SA's biggest ever
Shipment worth about R200m seized at airport

Police have intercepted what is believed to be the largest shipment of fake DVDs in South Africa's history.

The haul is estimated to be worth more than R200-million.

Also uncovered were other fake goods which could be worth several milli...
Extra police help keep the peace
SAFER: Zero tolerance pays off

New Year’s revellers had to contend with strict security measures as they whiled away the last hours of 2007 at carnivals, concerts and private parties.

Police and traffic officials were out in force on Monday night to contain the rowdier elements a...
Cops want to silence me – Van Heerden
A former Western Cape police commissioner and now head of a private investigative firm at the heart of the Cape Town city council spy saga has been arrested.

But Neil van Heerden (55) yesterday said the police had acted to “shut his mouth” and that the charges he faces “have no substance”.

Dad slain by gunmen
Marloth Park – Stephanus Keyser, 42, was shot and killed by two unidentified gunmen outside his home on Saturday night.

Police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said Keyser was shot twice, in the leg and chest.

Keyser and his family were returning from a restaurant when the shooting occur...
SPCA has its work cut out thanks to fireworks
SPCA branches around Gauteng have been swamped with calls of stray and injured animals following New Year's Eve.

Inspector Neil Visser from the Roodepoort SPCA said he managed only an hour's sleep due to the large number of callouts.

"It was crazy, we had people calling from many areas repor...
Joburg Hospital a war zone as 2008 dawns
A teenager with a gashed face cried quietly in a corner, a drunk moaned loudly while a doctor stitched his back, and paramedics in bullet-proof vests rushed in yet another bloody and bandaged man.

It was just another New Year for Johannesburg Hospital's trauma unit.

By the last minute of 200...
Zuma stands accused of a decade of corruption
New charges claim his influence was cash-strapped Schabir Shaik's greatest asset

In its case against Jacob Zuma the state has set out to prove that the newly elected ANC president abused his positions in the party and in government for almost a decade for his own gain.

In a scathing 84...
Loyal security guard – beaten to death
Wesselsbron - Free State police said yesterday that Koos Mei Motsoeneng, a security guard, was beaten to death after being attacked by three men around 8am on Saturday. He was guarding the farmhouse for his employer who was away on holiday and refused to hand over the keys police said yesterday.
19-year old woman raped
A 19-year-old woman from Chizela Village in Dutywa was rescued by the brother of her kidnapper.

Eastern Cape police said yesterday that the 25-year-old man was going by the old Xhosa Ukuthwala custom in which men would kidnap women and declare them to be their wives without their consent and then...
No free Christmas rides for Lindela illegals
Department of Home Affairs officials get cagey about the media visiting the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

The reason for this is not difficult to establish.

Over the years, since the place's establishment, there have been incessant stories coming out of it, depicting a dark, harrowing world i...
Conservationists angry over illegal plant
ear that toxic chromium may have already contaminated groundwater in the Benoni area

Environmentalists are angry at what they believe to be a chromium-processing plant operating "clandestinely and illegally" from an important catchment area which provides water to half the Tshwane area.

Two take their own lives after failing exams
At least two matric pupils committed suicide at the weekend after failing their exams.

Childline national co-ordinator Joan van Niekerk said one pupil shot himself while the other is believed to have died from a drug overdose.

The pupils were from Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal.

Van Niekerk s...
Newborn tossed out of window
A newborn baby has survived after been thrown out of a hostel window in Roodepoort.

The baby sustained minor injuries after falling about 1,5m onto a patch of grass.

The baby's 20-year-old mother was arrested on Saturday for concealment of birth.

She has been taken to a local hospital fo...
Zuma charged
Now money laundering and racketeering added to dossier

Just 12 days before he was to make his ANC state of the nation address, Jacob Zuma has been charged again. This time the National Prosecuting Authority has added three new ones - money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion - to the ...
Big brother watching Joburg
Big brother is watching over Johannesburg.

Through the new operator Omega Risk Solutions, the city is under surveillance with a total of 216 cameras being installed, each covering a three kilometre radius of its surrounds.

By April 1, 2008 Omega will be able to boast having the biggest hard dr...
Woman ‘pushed’ off N2 highway
A woman escaped unharmed after two vehicles tried to “push” her off the road on the N2 south in the vicinity of Nandi drive, Durban.

Two vehicles travelling in the same direction “pushed” her off the road causing her vehicle to overturn, she said. The woman escaped with minor injuries.

A case...
NGO probed about condoms
Following the discovery of the defective condoms dumped near Ngonweni primary school north of Durban on Christmas Day, KwaZulu-Natal police were still questioning the suspected NGO yesterday.

Spokesman for the KZN environmental affairs department, Mbulelo Baloyi, said police were questioning the ...
Mamelodi heroin arrest
Four men have been arrested for possession of drugs and illegal firearms during a festive season crime prevention operation yesterday in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, police said.

Captain Mahlahlane Maheso said while they were doing stop-and-search in the streets of Section N, they arrested a 57-ye...
Cops after 4 robbery suspects
Vaal Rand police are searching for four men following a house robbery in Hartebeesfontein at De Deur, south of Johannesburg yesterday.

Spokesman Captain Shado Mashobane said four armed men stormed into a house after the owner – Susan Venter, 49, - who was with her family at the time, opened the d...
Suspected bombers
Two men believed to be members of the ATM bombing syndicate were arrested in Mabopane, north of Pretoria yesterday.

Police confiscated 17 items of explosives, 18 Durafuse connections or explosive cartridges, five metres of ignition cords, an R5 rifle with 63 live rounds and 9mm pistol.

The two...
Technical hitch delays flight
Airline 1Time was hit by yet another technical glitch leading to a delay by several hours of its 1T201 flight to Durban yesterday.

It was a second setback in less than two weeks after 1T901 to Zanzibar was cancelled on December 17 at OR Tambo International also due to technical problems, leaving ...
Policeman turns himself in
The policeman who shot and killed his girlfriend on Christmas day has turned himself over at Bethal police station in Mpumalanga, the police said yesterday.

Police spokesman Abie Khoabane said “After questioning him, he said that he had tried to shoot himself after he shot his girlfriend, and no...
Suicidal police can get help
CRISIS:Programmes monitor officers’ mental health

Measures are in place to prevent depressed police officers from committing suicide, national police spokesman Captain Percy Morokane said in Pretoria yesterday.

Capt Morokane was speaking after an incident in which two members of ...
Alleged rapist nabbed
A 19-year-old woman who was abducted, raped and severely beaten has led the police to arrest the suspect. The woman, from Tembisa, had been walking alone last Thursday when a car stopped in front of her. A man jumped out, grabbed her and pushed her into his BMW.

On the way, the man stopped to ex...
Cousin Barry goes right off the wall
Comedian Barry "The Cousin" Hilton threw a tantrum inside an art gallery before allegedly making off with paintings worth more than R10 000 to settle a debt.

This emerged when Hilton appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of robbery and crimen injuria after the in...
Man gunned down while walking dog
Family suffers yet another attack

Dennis Polack was fighting for his life after being shot while walking with his wife and dogs on a Midrand smallholding on the Day of Goodwill.

"Three men came out of the bush, shooting. They shot my father three times and he is now fighting for his li...
VIPs’ bodyguards turn killers
SHOOT girlfriends and themselves in Christmas love tragedies

Two member of the crack SAPS VIP Protection Services Unit killed themselves over Christmas after first murdering their girlfriends.

The constables, charged with protecting the country’s leaders, used their own guns.

Thousands of defective condoms found dumped
Tens of thousands of defective condoms were found illegally dumped in Ngonweni, north of Durban, on Christmas Day.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Agriculture and Environmental Affairs said yesterday that local residents found condoms strewn on the road near Ngonweni Primary School.

The discovery was made thr...
Man nabbed after killing girlfriend, firing on sister
Metro officer helps track down accused through his job at security company

A metro police officer saw her sister's boyfriend shoot her on Christmas Day - and still managed to help bring the killer to justice after being fired at herself.

Metro police officer Kosi Sitle was about to rep...
Izingane Zoma star held on two rape charges
A member of Izingane Zoma, a popular maskandi music group, has spent Christmas behind bars on two counts of rape.

The suspect, whose name is known to The Star, was arrested on Sunday afternoon at his record company's offices in the Joburg CBD on charges of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter and...
NGO helped to find 43 missing kids this year
A national NGO which searches for missing children was kept busy this year - and already has work for next year.

Missing Children spokesperson Pieter Boshoff said yesterday the organisation had helped to find 43 children this year.

The bodies of another six missing children were found, and t...
Newborn found in bag stirs emotions
She was wrapped in a plastic bag and abandoned outside a shopping centre in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, on Christmas Day.

This was the fate of a newborn baby girl found alive and well by passers-by just before lunchtime on Christmas Day. Her soft cries attracted their attention.

Metro police...
Christmas in jail for witness in Agliotti case
Robert Lee Lottman, the only witness still in custody in the multimillion-rand drug case against Glenn Agliotti, will spend Christmas behind bars.

This comes after the mandate of his previous lawyer, Colin Geoffreys, was cancelled following a "simple error".

Lottman's new attorney, William B...
Killings spark fear and outrage
Cop, man walking to synagogue among casualties

The Jewish community in Joburg is outraged after a middle-aged man was shot dead while walking to a synagogue.

The man was shot just 100m from Chabad Lyndhurst on Saturday morning.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Mark Stokoe said three men in...
Road carnage still mounting
A case of culpable homicide is being investigated against a motorcyclist after he collided with a van within sight of a metro police officer.

According to Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, the officer was helping out at the spot where a bus had broken down on t...
Customs link in robbery probed
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is probing a Joburg family's claim that OR Tambo international customs officials are linked to an armed robbery outside their Randburg home.

Last week, the Saturday Star reported on Desiree Makamba*, her husband and their 8-year-old daughter who arrived a...
Missing kids head for the beach
For many parents it will be a sad and lonely Christmas anxiously waiting for news of their children who went missing in KwaZulu Natal - itself a favourite destination for runaways from all over the country in the summer months.

So far this month, 66 children have gone missing in the province.
Death-trap buses bust in blitz
In a massive clampdown on unroadworthy, death-trap buses, the Joburg metro police have confiscated the operating licences of 11 buses found to have defective parts, including steering wheels.

In one incident at a roadblock this week, metro police were shocked to find a 70-seater bus headed for H...
Inebriated pedestrians targeted
Drunken pedestrians will join drunk drivers in facing a bleak Christmas behind bars - even if they are not behaving in a disorderly manner, authorities warned yesterday.

Justice Department spokesperson Zolile Nqayi warned that anyone arrested on the weekends before the Christmas and New Year hol...
Gangster who has Mo's back
But controversial figures posing as security do little for Zuma's cause

Close Jacob Zuma associate Mo Shaik created a stir at the ANC conference in Polokwane by bringing along Cape Town underworld chief Cyril Beeka as his bodyguard.

It is understood the pair arrived at the University o...
We'll look after your baggage, says Acsa
SAA reports a 40% increase in thefts

Baggage looters at OR Tambo International Airport are the target of a new crack team headed by a former New Scotland Yard detective to stamp out widespread pilfering.

The Airports Company SA (Acsa) will foot the R5,4-million annual bill for the team...
Built for speed and safety
The biggest concern for taxi commuters has always been that the vehicles that transport them are not roadworthy, but with the new Toyota Quantums, taxi users can sit back and relax until they reach their destination without worrying about the doors or wheels falling off.

The government has commi...
Stop! Or I'll splash you with paint!
Business and homeowners who rely on armed-response companies for their security have been warned to check that those mean-looking guys in the uniforms are armed with real firearms.

The SA Intruder Detection Services Association (Saidsa) issued the warning this week after it discovered that a num...
Highly infectious patients flee
Eastern Cape Department of Health hunts for contagious sufferers of extreme TB strain

A desperate hunt is on in the Eastern Cape after 52 patients infected with highly contagious tuberculosis decamped from a Port Elizabeth hospital last week.

The patients escaped over a number of days ...
Traffic cops turn a blind eye
The ANC's national conference in Polokwane could easily have been mistaken for a speed freak's convention, as traffic law enforcement appeared to have been suspended for the duration of the conference.

Or perhaps traffic officers simply grew tired of apologising to cabinet ministers, provincial ...
Outrage over talk of arrest
Timing is odd, maintains ANCYL after NPA says it plans to prosecute

The National Prosecuting Authority - doomed to lose its crack investigative unit, the Scorpions, by June next year - has upped the political ante by clearly saying it intended to prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.

A d...
Corruption swoop
Police arrested 15 Home Affairs officials in Fouriesburg yesterday for helping illegal immigrants.

The arrest has brought to 23 the number of Home Affairs officials arrested for corruption this month.

Two weeks ago the department arrested eight of their own in possession of IDs without photos,...
Piracy an SA navy priority
SEA ROUTES: Fresh look at crimes

Apart from overseeing South Africa’s maritime security, the SA navy has, in association with other African navies, given priority to cracking down on human trafficking, piracy, arms and drug smuggling.

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu maintains t...
Man caught in the act of illegally connecting power
A man was caught red-handed illegally connecting an Atteridgeville house to the power supply on Wednesday, Pretoria police said yesterday.

Metro police and the SAPS found two men on top of the roof of the house, which had been disconnected because the owner defaulted on payments. They were recon...
1 438 motorists arrested
A staggering 1 438 motorists have been arrested in SA roads since the beginning of December – and many may just spend Christmas behind bars.

Most of the arrests related to drunk, reckless and negligent driving, speeding and overloading, the Department of Transport said yesterday.

Topping the a...
Council finances ‘in a mess’
The South African Municipal Works’ Union (Samqu) says the Madibeng Local Municipality’s financial status is “in a shambles”, and that they are not certain whether workers will receive their salaries in January 2008.

Full-time shop steward July Khoza said Samqu was shocked when the municipality di...
'Dad was tokoloshe who raped daughter'
Her daughter had nightmares and was aggressive towards her father. The parents got people to pray for the child. They were told it was the "tokoloshe" who caused the girl's behaviour.

"But the tokoloshe was residing in our house - it was him," the mother said as she pointed to her husband in the...
Cops may have wrong man in applauded arrest
Did police bust the wrong man in their much hyped and publicised swoop on a restaurant last month?

That's the question after the alleged robber - arrested while he was eating - was given bail of R5 000 yesterday.

The defence had claimed Michael Maphosa's arrest was one of mistaken identity. ...
SABC boss's studio invaded
The dramatic clean sweep of the ANC's leadership has led to the targeting of the SABC.

A group of ANC Youth League members yesterday stormed the state broadcaster's makeshift studio at the ANC conference venue in Polokwane and allegedly threatened SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala.

Cosatu yes...
NPA boss floored as bell tolls for Scorpions
A disappointed acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, believes the Scorpions should have been given a chance to reform themselves before being given the chop by the ANC.

"If people were unhappy with anything the Scorpions had done, the matter should have been taken up w...
Outrage over talk of arrest
Timing is odd, maintains ANCYL after NPA says it plans to prosecute

The National Prosecuting Authority - doomed to lose its crack investigative unit, the Scorpions, by June next year - has upped the political ante by clearly saying it intended to prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.

A d...
Former top cop shocked by police raid
A former Western Cape police commissioner says he is shocked and stunned that police searched his house even after he had promised his full co-operation.

Private investigator Neil van Heerden is now head of George Fivaz and Associates in Mossel Bay, the firm embroiled in the Cape Town council sp...
Police smash massive Joburg forex fraud
Victims' private papers seized from townhouse

The tax returns, bank statements, marriage certificate and birth certificate of Sandton resident John Jeremy Thornley-Stobbs are among the many documents seized in a police raid on a Randburg townhouse which has led to the cracking of a syndica...
Rogue security guards' cases mounting in court
Magistrate calls for company to be charged for employing man with false ID

Seven days, one courtroom, five cases - and they all involve rogue security guards.

In a mini-investigation, The Star has tracked down cases of security guards - many of whom are in the country illegally and are...
NGOs want sex offenders monitored
The removal from the Sexual Offences Bill of a clause that sexual offenders may be monitored after completing their sentences has alarmed NGOs.

Marcelle Londt, who treats sex offenders, says it is a matter of time before a paedophile commits another offence.

Most paedophiles released from pr...
Customs link to family mugging
While police investigate the possibility that customs officials could be linked to the armed robbery of a Joburg family attacked in their driveway on their return from holiday, no arrests have been made.

"I cannot say exactly what the situation is at this stage," said Captain Joseph Mashabane, t...
Meals boost for reservists
For the 250 police reservists who have given their time to serve their community, their dedication has not gone unnoticed.

Southern Sun Hotels has, as a gesture of goodwill, decided to provide meals to the reservists over December.

In total, the hotel chain group will donate 3 000 lunchboxes...
Desperate mother jumps with son and baby daughter
A young woman clutched her two small children in her arms and jumped over her Hillbrow flat balcony, falling nine storeys to her death.

The woman, in her late 20s, and her 3-week-old baby girl died when they hit the ground early this morning. Her 3-year-old son miraculously survived, being caugh...
Serial rapist not cursed
SIX life terms for man whose brain cannot control sex drive

Claims of a high sex drive and almost permanent erections after being bewitched, have failed to get a reduced sentence for self-confessed serial rapist, Beki Armstrong Mchwanazi.

He was sentenced by Judge Winston Msimiki in the...
Lotz case detectives slammed
REVIEW CALL: Investigators ‘ignored’ vital evidence

Prominent rights activists are calling for a probe into the conduct of the State investigators involved in the Inge Lotz murder case.

Stellenbosch student Lotz’s boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver, was charged with her brutal murder early i...
Zuma on Cloud 9 but…
HE MUST have his day in court, says the opposition

The newly-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma might have triumphed during the ANC conference in Polokwane, but dark clouds are hanging over him.

Yesterday, Cape Town Mayor Hellen Zille and DA leader and ID leader Patricia de Lille told ...
Elderly beaten to death
An elderly couple were beaten to death at the Rietvalei informal settlement near Krugersdorp on Tuesday.

West Rand police spokesman Joseph Mogai said the couple were hit with a blunt object and died of multiple injuries.

“The old man was on his way to work at about 6am when he was forced back ...
Baggage theft: buck stops with individual airlines
While airports, and the Airport Company of South Africa (Acsa) all have a role to play in combating baggage pilfering and theft, the responsibility for passengers’ luggage rests finally with the individual airlines, says Acsa.

Acsa’s Solomon Makgale said that when passengers handed in luggage at ...
3 brothers – murder charge
Paulpietersburg – Three brothers have been arrested for allegedly beating a man to death with knobkerries after an argument at the Lunerberg Farm on Friday, said Supt Vincent Mdunge.

Two brothers, arrested on Monday were to appear in court yesterday and the third was arrested later and due in cou...
Con artist poses as cop
Police maintained yesterday that they had no knowledge of an incident involving a bogus “tourist” policeman implicated in the robbery of tourists in Gauteng.

This follows a report on 702 Talk Radio about a Zimbabwean couple who were travelling from Louis Trichardt towards Pretoria over the weeken...
Kagiso’s do-nothing police
Despite making noise urging members of the community to report crime, the police are not doing enough to put criminals behind bars.

This is according to Sunday Tshabalala from Swanneville in Kagiso on the West Rand.

Tshabalala expressed disgust with the officers at the Kagiso Police Station.
Granny laments lost luggage
Granny Lynette Oosthuizen of Roodepoort left South Africa in high spirits with her hand luggage loaded with presents for her children and grandson in Hungary earlier this week only to have her luggage stolen inside the international departures hall at OR Tambo Airport.

“I put the bag down next to...
Teenage burglar – burnt to death
A teenage boy was found burnt to death after being wanted for a house robbery, which occurred on Monday.

A mob of 50 people allegedly set the 18-year-old boy alight in KwaNdengezi, south of Durban when he tried breaking into a house, reported KwaZulu-Natal police.

No arrests have been made.

Mother and baby - hijack
A mother and her baby were hijacked and dumped at the side of the road and the father was dropped off at another location, Pietermaritzburg police spokesman Superintendent Henry Budhram said yesterday.

The car is still missing and no arrests have yet been made.

Beuthin’s co-accused in brutal attack denied bail
Gary Beuthin’s co-accused in the alleged brutal attack on former Hell’s Angels president Edward Jacobs were denied bail in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Warren Schertel (34) and Melanie van Niekerk (31) are charged with attempted murder, armed robbery with aggravating circumstances, ...
Do something mayor urged
With the festive season proving to be anything but festive for residents of Pretoria and surrounds, calls for the metro mayor “to do something” are again being voiced.

Murders and shootings in Eersterus, Centurion, Lynnwood and Menlo Park in the past week have left residents jittery, and oppositi...
Security beefed up to ensure safety
Security has been beefed up considerably at one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.

With the “house full” signs up at all accommodation in and around Isimangaliso Wetland Park on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, park management has drafted the services of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, M...
Chaos at OR Tambo
PASSENGERS’ litany of grievances

Chaos reigned at the country’s busiest airport on Monday, when irate travellers were plagued by delayed and cancelled flights.

Two flights scheduled to take off from OR Tambo International Airport were delayed by mechanical faults – and one was fi...
Nationwide back in business soon
The SA CIVIL Aviation Authority (CAA) plans to wrap up their inspection of Nationwide Airlines this week, which might signify a full return to service for the airliner.

Nationwide has been given the green light to resume its London-Gatwick schedule, and has resumed some domestic flights. The CAA...
Son found father on the bank of Umfolozi
The body of Johannes Mchunu’s, a respected elder in the community, was found on Monday on the Umfolozi River bank by his eldest son, Bongani.

It is believed that Johannes went to see an Inyanga (witch doctor) on Sunday prior to his disappearance.

Umfolozi police spokesman Captain Jabulani Mdl...
Doctor in McBride driving case gets bail
The doctor accused of issuing who is a medical certificate to cover for Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's alleged drunk driving has handed himself over to the police.

Dr Joseph Morolong Moratioa (44), of Montana Park, Pretoria, appeared in the Pretoria District Court yesterday, supp...
ANC reveals Oilgate money returned in full
The ANC has for the first time publicly acknowledged that it repaid in full a controversial R11-million donation from empowerment company Imvume Management, and that its finances have been in the black for the past two years.

In December 2003, Imvume channelled taxpayers' money from the state oi...
Lion chases poacher into rangers’ ready arms
Mpumalanga police have arrested two men in connection with a shootout that took place on Thursday night between rangers and illegal hunters in Kruger National Park.

Police said the men were arrested on Saturday morning after the local community alerted the police to the men’s whereabouts.

Pretoria teacher stoned to death
A primary school teacher was stoned to death in an argument over a woman in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria at the weekend.

The killing took place when the teacher allegedly took his mistress to the man with whom he suspected she was having an affair, at about 8pm on Sunday night.

Capt Thinav...
Drug dealer nabbed
An alleged Nigerian drug dealer was arrested when he fell into a police trap in Pretoria West at the weekend.

Drugs worth about R4 000 and R2 400 in cash were found on him.

Captain Dumisani Ndlazi said the arrest was part of an anti-drug operation in the area.

The operation first netted a w...
Migrants to have rights
The world is ready to recognise the rights of global migrants, rather than adopt restrictive measures which promote human trafficking.

Today is International Migrants’ Day and according to the International Organisation for migration (IOM), migrants make a meaningful contribution to the global ec...
Prisoners locked down as officers battle on in blackout
Complainants had to lay charges by candlelight at the Johannesburg Central Police Station this weekend.

A total power blackout in Fordsburg left the police in the dark from 6.20pm on Saturday night.

Their backup generator failed to kick in after the contractor reneged on maintaining it two wee...
Korean woman murdered in Western Cape
Western Cape police – A 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested on Sunday in connection with the alleged murder of Korean national Yeounsk Ju, 32.

It was reported by Inspector Bernadine Steyn that her body was found on the floor of her bedroom in her Rondebosch home on November 30. ...
Boy found with skull bashed
Easter Cape – Superintendent Priscilla Naidoo said that the battered body of Mlungisi Windvoel, a 17-year-old boy from Mandela Village, Uitenhage, was found in the bushes on Monday morning. His body was reportedly found by children walking through the bushes.

If anyone has any information to hel...
Boy slits mothers throat
Atteridgeville, Pretoria – The police arrested a 19-year-old boy when he allegedly slit his mother’s throat.

On Monday police spokesman Capt. Paul Ramoloko reported that an argument had ensued when he allegedly grabbed her and slit her throat with a knife .

Crime combating – 250 arrested
Johannesburg police said yesterday that more than 250 people were arrested in Hillbrow and surrounding areas at the weekend.

Arrests were part of an ‘accelerated crime combat within the Hillbrow policing precinct'.

Son killed by father
A man was arrested in Tabankulu for stabbing his son at a traditional ceremony, police said yesterday.

The man allegedly stabbed his son “for his misconduct” at the ceremony.

Death, trauma as gunmen attack families
A family braai turned into a horror story when intruders stormed a home and held a gun to a 3-year-old while her grandfather and relatives emptied their pockets in a bid to appease eight armed men.

As the attackers fled the Erasmia home on the outskirts of Pretoria on Sunday, a shootout with pol...
Weekend mayhem claims eight lives
Six men found shot dead execution-style in hostel

Six people have been killed execution style at Nancefield hostel in Soweto.

The victims - all men aged between 20 and 30 - were found with gunshot wounds to their heads and upper abdomens in the early hours of yesterday morning, accordi...
Value emblems aim to change behaviour of Jozi's people
The City of Joburg is determined to change the behaviour of pedestrians, public transport operators, private car users and commuters.

It recently launched five new value emblems which depict the key values that the Johannesburg Department of Transport intends to advocate together with its partne...
Driving test will become harder to pass in 2008
In a bid to cut the carnage on our roads, the Department of Transport plans to force learners taking their drivers' tests to pass a more advanced course.

The pilot project to turn out more skilful and safer drivers will kick off in KwaZulu Natal in February or March next year and will roll out to...
Cops' lethal force gets thumbs-up from the public
When e-tv polled viewers this week on the use of deadly force in the war on crime after 11 robbers were gunned down by police north of Pretoria on Tuesday, nearly 20000 people gave the police the thumbs-up.

A mere 0,6% said "no" to cops using lethal force in a week that authorities and a crime-w...
Land Bank head's false ID
His predecessor was accused of financial irregularities, now theacting CEO is under investigation. Stephan Hofstätter reports

The Land Bank's acting CEO Phil Mohlahlane is illegally registering companies, buying properties and opening bank accounts on an identity document that has been can...
The proof's in the customs form thieves left
Desirée Makamba* and her family were followed home from OR Tambo International Airport and robbed at gunpoint.

But one of the robbers left a clue - Makamba's customs declaration form.

She believes a customs official was part of an airport syndicate that targets its victims through the goods ...
Zuma court drama
As the battle for power heats up the NPA gives Zuma a reminder

Just as Jacob Zuma headed for the ANC national conference in Polokwane on the eve of possibly his greatest political triumph, he was reminded yesterday about the possible corruption trial that looms over him in the new year.
Scorpions' star witness may be freed
Attorneys for Robert Lee Lottman, alias Leslie Curtis, the Scorpions' star witness in the multi-million-rand drug case against Glenn Agliotti, say they will bring an urgent application in the Witwatersrand Local Division for his immediate release on Wednesday. This comes after Cape High Court Judge ...
High cost of paying for sex
Under tomorrow's new legislation, prostitutes' clients willalso be held liable. Lynette Johns and Claire Nullis report

Clients will find themselves in court alongside the prostitutes they pay for sex, when the new Sexual Offences Amendment Act comes into effect tomorrow.

The new Act ha...
NPA chief rules on Selebi charges
The National Prosecuting Authority has taken a decision on whether to prosecute embattled National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

But exactly what that decision is, they are not saying.

The NPA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali, yesterday sent out a statement saying that acting National Director...
Archbishop accused of rape, plotting murder
A sex and murder scandal in a National Christian Assemblies of God church has been exposed in papers before the Durban High Court.

It is alleged that the leader, known as "The Prophet", raped members of the congregation and had hired a hitman to wipe out those threatening to expose him.

The ...
Audi takes back car after DJ's speeding antics
Careless and carless - South Africa's case of the speeding DJ has come to an abrupt halt as Audi yanked DJ Sbu's wheels out from under him.

The luxury-car company has recalled the silver Audi TT it sponsored for Sbu less than a week after the UKhozi FM DJ was caught doing 257km/h in the car, the...
Renegade taxi group boards rapid bus system
The way is finally clear for the City of Johannesburg to overhaul its public transport bus system.

On Friday, the last of the taxi groups, the Top Six Taxi Association, finally came to the table to sign a memorandum of agreement that it would work with the city to implement the Rea Vaya Bus Rapi...
No more kissing for under 16s - that's the law
Child advocacy groups say act is irrational and ridiculous

Teenagers under the age of 16 caught kissing, touching or rubbing up against each other can be criminally charged.

The new Sexual Offences Act, signed into law by President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday, has criminalised kissing or a...
Road carnage is still mounting
A number of accidents in less than 48 hours have killed at least nine people in Gauteng.

Five people, including two children, died in a four-car pile-up on Saturday on the Golden Highway near Orange Farm in what police suspect is a case of drunk driving.

About 7pm, a truck driver apparently ...
Funds to help find missing kids dry up
In October, Lerize Visser, mother of Rachel (13), thought her daughter was spending Saturday night with friends. When she hadn't returned home by Monday morning, she was frantic with worry.

Fearing the worst, Visser contacted the police in Somerset West, who in turn called on Missing Children - ...
Microsoft goes for pirates
Software giant Microsoft has taken a tough stance on the distribution of counterfeit software on online auction sites, and has filed 52 lawsuits against rogue re-sellers, also referring 22 cases to law enforcers in 22 countries.

One of these is a civil case against two Johannesburg residents who ...
NW town up in arms
Resident of a North West town are furious a man charged with raping a six-year-old child was granted bail of just R500.

“Women in the community are upset at the R500 bail,” a spokesman for the ANC Womens League in Coverdale, Bloemhof, said.

“We want to send a message – we say no to violence ag...
No Illegal seafood
DURBAN – KwaZulu Natal restaurants will be under a hot spotlight during the festive season, with increased inspections by conservation officers to root out illegally obtained seafood.

Wayne Evans, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s marine prosecutions officer, said they would be required to provide a trail ...
NW Paramedics upset
North West paramedics have complained that 60 new ambulances are languishing in a parking lot, while they have to make do with a few battered old vehicles.

DA chairman in the province Herman Groenewald said it was “unacceptable that emergency medical staff are driving ambulances with more than 30...
SAHRC worries over shot robbers
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will meet with the South African Police Service’s Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) over the gunning down of 14 robbers by police.

It was reported in The Citizen yesterday that 14 armed robbers had been shot dead by police in...
Caxton’s bid to help fight crime
The Citizen publisher, Caxton, yesterday donated a laptop and a data projector valued at R15 000 to the Langlaagte Police Station in Industria, as part of the company’s continuing efforts to help police in their work.

Caxton general manager Peter Vos said if police were expected to perform...
R1,2M copper found
A truck containing R1,2million worth of copper wire was found abandoned in Randfontein on the West Rand yesterday.

Police received information about a truck that was parked in the veld. Captain Joseph Mogoai said when officers searched the truck they found a consignment of copper inside the truc...
Mandoza case off
Kwaito star Mandoza and his wife Mpho Tshabalala appeared at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Charges against the 29-year-old and his wife were withdrawn after their lawyer made representations to a senior prosecutor.

They were accused of theft under false pretences after allegedl...
Another ATM blast
An ABSA ATM in Atteridgeville, Pretoria was blown up yesterday.

Police reported that at 8am two robbers held up a cashier at the service station but they didn’t get the cash in the machine only money stolen from the cashier.

Painter stabs pair
An 81-year-old woman is in a serious condition in hospital after she and her husband were stabbed several times, allegedly by a painter they had hired.

Josina Fourie of Ifafi, Hartbeespoort Dam was being treated in the Brits Medi-Clinic yesterday, where she was “doing well” the clinic said.

NPA arrests 6 suspects
The Scorpions have arrested six people accused of defrauding suppliers using the name of the Department of Agriculture (DoA) in a continuing investigation.

The six couriers, who appeared in court earlier this week, stand accused of being part of a countrywide syndicate that has been making fraudu...
Officer returns R100 bribe
CHALLENGED over act of ‘plain crookery’

A Gauteng man exercised kangaroo justice of his own at a roadblock yesterday when he went and got R100 bribe money back, and said this was the second time he had had bribe money refunded.

Kevin (his surname is known to The Citizen sa...
McBrides R1,5 million
EKURHULENI Metro Police chief Robert McBride has been paid close to R1,5 million in just under a year despite “doing absolutely nothing for the country except bringing law enforcement into disrepute.”

McBride, who is on leave pending the outcome of an alleged drunk driving case, had been allowed ...
60% of ambulance calls fake
HOAX calls to the ambulance service account for 60% of all calls to some services.

These bad jokes threaten to seriously cripple the service which has prompted a call from Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang to educate the public in the responsibility of using the emergency services.
Country's worst serial rapist gets 2 461 years
You treated your victims like dogs, says judge

South Africa's worst serial rapist, Mongezi Jingxela, has been sentenced to 2 461 years in jail.

But because most of his sentences will run concurrently, he effectively will spend 45 years behind bars.

And even then, he will be conside...
Court dismisses mom's bid to keep son in SA
A mother cried bitterly after the Pretoria High Court ordered that her 4-year-old son be returned to the United States.

Linda Berger had an application to keep her son Liam in South Africa dismissed by the court yesterday.

Judge Ben du Plessis ordered that Liam's father, Hal Berger, will with ...
Top official suspended over alleged misconduct
A senior official of the Gauteng Department of Education has been suspended following allegations of misconduct.

An external investigation team has been appointed to probe the allegations against GDE chief director of districts Thami Mali. He was suspended this week after Education MEC Angie Mot...
'I looked for some emotion, and found none'
She had everything going for her - one university degree behind her name and an honours degree on the way.

Then the unthinkable happened.

She was leaving university on April 2002 when Mongezi Jingxela pounced.

Unlike with his other victims, he didn't offer her job. He asked for direction...
Ex-Sars employee gets four years' jail for bribe
A former SA Revenue Service employee caught red-handed accepting a bribe from a taxpayer is to spend four years behind bars for corruption.

The sentence, magistrate Naomi Manaka said, was meant to send a message to the public and specifically to Sars employees that the courts took acts of corrup...
Oprah abuse scandal: accused appears in court
The baby-faced dorm parent at the centre of the Oprah Winfrey school scandal appeared in court today.

The 27-year-old made her second appearance at the Sebokeng Magistrate's Court this morning, which lasted less than three minutes.

The Star will not name the woman as the crimes of which she ...
Cops triumph in cash-in-transit war
Intelligence through networks hailed as 17 robbers killed in less than a month

The hunters have become the hunted. Since the middle of November, police have killed 17 cash-in-transit robbers in Joburg and Pretoria.

Several others have been injured and scores of AK-47s and R-5 rifles ha...
Drug lord wants out
Lawyers for a US drug smuggler who agreed to testify against Glenn Agliotti will bring an urgent application in the Johannesburg High Court for his release from jail this week.

According to The Times newspaper this follows a ruling by Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis yesterday that he di...
She is ‘no flight risk’
The relationship between “Bonnie and Beuthin” came under close scrutiny in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where Melanie van Niekerk’s role in the assault on Edward Jacobs by fiancé Gary Beuthin came under close scrutiny.

Van Niekerk is facing the same charges as Beuthin. But her only...
Delinquent dads face listing
Maintenance defaulters could face being blacklisted at the Credit Bureau.

Those who fail to pay maintenance can face a complaint being laid by the complainant with the maintenance officer at a magistrate’s court.

A maintenance order can then be issued if the defaulter fails to pay the amount w...
Father, child in court for drugs
A Honeydew father and his daughter will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today on charges of dealing in drugs and the illegal possession of uncut diamonds.

Detectives from the Johannesburg Organised Crime Investigation Unit received information that drugs were being manufactured at a...
Takeaway hit squad strikes
A 45-year-old taxi owner was shot several times outside the Germiston Taxi Association yesterday, East Rand police said.

Captain Steady Nawa said the man had been rushed to the Union hospital in Alberton after three men fired on him outside the Germiston Taxi Association offices at noon.

Nawa ...
Immigrant scam to High Court
Two Gauteng businessmen accused of getting ineligible immigrants from Pakistan to the UK via South Africa appeared in the Johannesburg Regional Court again.

Hassim Mulla and Inyaad Patel were arrested in a police swoop codenamed Operation Coptine. Provisional charges are multiple counts of fraud...
Missing woman found dead
Missing woman Anisha van Niekerk has been found dead.

Van Niekerk, 22, who lived in Cape Town with her biological father, was in Johannesburg for her sister’s wedding on December 1, but went missing on November 25 in Kempton Park.

A corpse was found in a field among bushes near a farmhouse by ...
Rape and mayhem reign at Alex women’s hotel
A situation at the Helen Joseph Women’s Hostel in Alexandra, in which children are running amok, looks set to explode soon.

The new ward councillor, Made Maseko, said a seven-year-old boy was charged with raping a four-year-old at the hostel, which is supposed to accommodate 2 500 people, but now...
Facial surgery helps Little Rock’s scars to fade
An eight-year old girl who was raped, stabbed, bludgeoned and set on fire by a family friend in Cape Town last year underwent successful facial surgery this week and is recovering well.

The girl, who was seven at the time, has touched many people’s hearts on her amazing journey to heal after the ...
Criminals be scared!
Gauteng police will be turning up the heat on criminals this festive season.

Community safety MEC Firoz Cachalia revealed yesterday that law enforcement agencies had embarked on a massive clampdown on criminals in the province.

“We are doing everything in our power to reduce crime and increase...
‘Baby-Killers’ still in cells
Two women who allegedly drowned two babies in a water bucket, and buried their bodies in the backyard, will apply for bail only next year.

Cecilia Seale, 34, mother of the babies, and Rosinah Show, 47, a relative, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday on charges of murder and concealm...
Shakoane case postponed
The indecent assault case of a 15-year-old girl against a suspended Mamelodi Sundowns FC director has been postponed to February 14 for DNA results.

This was heard in the GaRankuwa Magistrate’s Court during the appearance of Alex “Goldfingers” Shakoane yesterday. His R500 bail was extended.

Squatters hit developers
CENTURION COUNCIL ignores petition from local residents

Property developers in Centurion are at their wits end with the increasing number of vagrants and squatters moving onto open land.

“It’s getting to the stage where I’m afraid to show prospective buyers some developments, because th...
Selebi 'arrest' sparks frenzy
The Scorpions have gone to ground over when or whether National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is to be arrested, after a frenzy of "Selebi-spotting".

Tlali Tlali, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said last night they would communicate this week as to what was going ...
Police captain murdered
KwaZulu Natal - Captain Sandlesihle Nzama (38), of the Durban Dog Unit, was sitting on his veranda with a friend when an unknown man opened fire and shot him at least 15 times. His friend was not injured and nothing was taken.

Police believe this murder could be related to a case that Nzama had ...
Taxi driver shot dead
A taxi driver has been shot dead and seven other people have been injured in two separate shooting incidents on the West Rand.

The driver, who belonged to the Dobsonville-Roodepoort-Leratong-Joburg Taxi Association, was shot dead in his taxi when a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle.

'They were young or mature women and most were not virgins'
South Africa's worst serial rapist, Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, doesn't deserve life sentences because most of his victims weren't virgins.

This was the contention of his counsel, advocate Harold Knopp, arguing in mitigation of sentence in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Jingxela was fou...
Beuthin's girlfriend must sit in cell for another six days
Top cop Piet Byleveld opposes bail in case following man's savage beating
The girlfriend and alleged accomplice of former bouncer Gary Beuthin are to spend another six nights in custody before hearing if they qualify for bail.

The pair, Melanie van Niekerk and Warren Schertel, appeared...
Unit gets tough on invalid licence holders
If you own an invalid driving licence, then watch out. The Special Investigating Unit is on your trail.

Yesterday, the Department of Transport and the SIU said more than 1 000 individuals and 70 officials had been arrested and 2 792 licences cancelled.

About 6% of the licences checked have b...
Cops kill 14 in 2 shootouts
In less than 24 hours, police have taken down 14 suspects in their crackdown on criminal gangs.

This morning, three suspects and a police officer were killed in a gunbattle on the corner of Grafton Road and Hendon Street in Yeoville, Joburg.

And yesterday, a bloody shootout ended with 11 robbe...
Cops triumph in cash-in-transit war
Intelligence through networks hailed as 17 robbers killed in less than a month

The hunters have become the hunted. Since the middle of November, police have killed 17 cash-in-transit robbers in Joburg and Pretoria.

Several others have been injured and scores of AK-47s and R-5 rifles ha...
Crime levels decrease in Gauteng
Gauteng's anti-crime programmes are paying off, with the province showing greater decreases in crime than the rest of the country.

So said MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia when addressing the media on the province's planned Christmas campaign yesterday.

Cachalia said crime statistics ...
Stunned family and friends mourn woman
Friends of Lynne Hume were to celebrate her life at a service in Pietermaritzburg today.

A friend of the Humes, who did not want to be named, said her family would not have closure until they received forensic confirmation that the charred remains found in her burnt car in Kestell, in the Free S...
Yeoville shooting adds to police success rate
Police have sent a warning to criminals - take us on at your peril.

This comes as members of the South African Police Service have gunned down a total of 14 suspected criminals in two separate incidents.

In yesterday's shooting, which happened less than 24 hours after police mowed down 11 su...
Father and daughter nabbed over Cat and gems
A man and his 16-year-old daughter have been arrested at their townhouse for allegedly dealing in drugs and uncut diamonds.

The 48-year-old man and the teenager were taken into custody after police discovered "magic mushrooms" worth about R100 000, uncut diamonds worth about R200 000 and R1 800 ...
Agent went missing after visiting Kunene
Hoax e-mail businessman appears over woman's murder

The SMSs came through a few hours after she'd left: "Don't worry about me, I'll be back in the morning."

The next day, similar messages were sent from her phone. "Don't worry, I'll be back soon."

That's when Lynne Hume's family an...
I threw newborn baby out of window, teen tells court
A Zimbabwean teenager has told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court how she threw her newborn baby down four storeys from her flat.

When she went into labour she had no one to turn to, so she gave birth in the bathroom of her Hillbrow flat, wrapped the newborn baby in a plastic bag and proceeded ...
Selebi-arrest rumour sparks media frenzy
A frantic morning of "Selebi spotting" saw dozens of journalists staking out courtrooms in Pretoria and Joburg, waiting at police stations and keeping the cameras glued on the national police commissioner's house.

The rumours spread like wildfire that Jackie Selebi - who heads Interpol and is a ...
R2m to benefit abused women
A massive R2 million cash injection was given to help build secondary housing for abused women as part of the 94.7 Highveld Sterio’s Christmas Wish List.

Yesterday marked the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse campaign, but it also heralded the start of a countrywide 365...
Kunene vehicle seized
SON: Father shot himself to claim a conspiracy

Police have seized a second car belonging to Muziwendoda Kunene – the man accused of producing alleged fake e-mails that pointed to a political conspiracy against Jacob Zuma.

The car, a white BMW, was seized by detectives of the Dur...
‘Stick to your job!’
The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) is acting needlessly, arbitrarily and unconstitutionally, the Law Review Project (LRP) said yesterday.

The LRP was responding to a judgment in the Cape Town High Court which ordered that the AFU return a vehicle seized in response to unproven allegations of drunk d...
Pyramid queen fed-up
South Africa’s “pyramid-scheme queen” Maureen Clifford-Bosch has laid an official complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate, National Prosecuting Authority and the Scorpions, saying that her human rights have been violated.

Clifford-Bosch has accused Scorpion investigators of acting o...
To fight evictions
Lawyers for AfriForum, the civil rights initiative of Solidarity trade union, will try to have the Rustenburg Municipality’s eviction of poor families from municipal rental homes set aside.

AfriForum said 10 of 23 evicted families were given an hour’s notice, and the municipality had not provided...
Corruption charges for 4
Four SAPS members and a reservist are facing charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice involving the arrest and release of two alleged illegal immigrants.

Constable Peter Thamagi, 25, Inspector Andrew Khumalo, 40, Reservist Const Mpshashe Maahlo, 30, Insp Johnny Maleka and Const Joa...
Love triangle case postponed
A Pretoria police inspector, who allegedly shot a fellow captain dead and wounded his own wife in a love triangle, will know next year whether the case will be heard in the High Court.

Meshack Leshaba, 40, from Sun Valley, appeared in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder...
Gang jailed for 25 years for murder
Sentencing a gang yesterday for the murder of a marathon runner during a company robbery, a Johannesburg High Court judge noted that “recently released crime statistics reveal gang-related robbery of business premises has increased.”

Acting Judge Phillipa Kruger also noted company employees had p...
Cable-theft gang arrested
Eight men believed to be members of a cable-theft syndicate were arrested after a tip-off on the Old Warmbaths Road, north of Pretoria yesterday.

About 300kg of cable and a suspected stolen bakkie were confiscated.

Tshwane Metro Police spokesman Superintendent Alta Fourie said the men were app...
Coin boss back in court
SA Coin Corporation CEO Mark Andersen will be back in court next month over allegations that he failed to honour an agreement to provide a client with rare coins.

In terms of an agreement Andersen is being sued for R85 000 for breach of contract.

He was subpoenaed to appear in the Randburg Mag...
Hostage takers steal R40 000
Police are still searching for a group of men who held about 30 people hostage at a shopping centre in the Northern Cape.

About 10 armed men entered Shoprite at the Kathu Centre and hid in the roof overnight.

In the morning they took about 30 people, including staff, hostage and made off with ...
New speeding record
A motorist was granted R1 000 bail after he was caught driving 257km/h in a 120km/h zone.

The driver of an Audi TT was trapped between the Grasmere toll gate and Golden Highway.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Wayne Minnaar said it was the highest speed reading for a motorist capture...
New chief director
The SA army has a new chief director: force preparation.

He is Major-General Vusi Masondo, previously director: human resources maintenance.

Masondo served as personal staff officer to the previous Chief of the SANDF, General Siphiwe Nyanda, and was also director of communication for the forc...
Appeal to taxis
The National Taxi Alliance has appealed to its members to drive safely this festive season.

General Secretary, Alpheus Mlazi urged drivers to make sure their vehicles are road worthy; to rest regularly and to treat passengers with respect.

“We call on associations to ensure that operators and ...
Wrangle escalates
A wrangle between the South African abalone industry and the Department of Environmental Affairs escalated into a full-blown turf war yesterday.

The Abalone Industry Association is seeking an urgent interdict to counter a ruling which allows divers access to all turf along the coast, said Lega...
’Acid cops’ in court soon
Two Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers, accused of pouring acid over their victim before strangling him, will appear in court this week.

Charles Mnguni, 33, and Phumzile Chepape, 28, are facing murder charges relating to their part in the slaying of Springs resident Vusi Makonjwa on November 23, sa...
TV to show rape justice
One of South Africa’s worst serial sex offenders, Mongezi Samual Jingxela, was glum yesterday after his counsel unsuccessfully objected to the media being allowed to televise his Johannesburg High Court sentencing on more than 220 counts.

“I object most vehemently,” advocate Harold Knopp told the...
Children asked to help against crime
Non-economic factors have been attributed to the growing involvement of children and teenagers in crime, according to specialists from ‘Children in Organised and Armed Violence’.

The Institute for Security Studies, together with Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, compil...
Young also benefit from gender equality
Gender equality produces a “Double Dividend” that benefits both women and children, according to a new Unicef report issued on the organisation’s 60th anniversary.

The State of the World’s Children 2007, report focuses on the fact that empowered women have healthy, educated and confident c...
'Splendid work'
11 robbers die in hail of bullets

The message was sent out loud, and brutally clear: the police will stop at nothing to thwart cash-heist gangs.

And to prove it, 11 robbers lay dead next to the R101 highway yesterday while a 12th was seriously wounded.

Acting on a tip-off that a da...
'Klebsiella deaths were preventable'
Minister says hospital was careless

In a reference to the recent outbreak of klebsiella at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has acknowledged the hospital's failure to adhere to proper infection control to prevent the outbreak.

Speaking at the ...
Xmas blitz: drivers warned
SAPS and metro police join forces in ring around Joburg

Motorists who drink and drive in Gauteng this festive season will face a fine of up to R24 000 - and those caught speeding will face immediate arrest.

This was the stern warning from Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia, wh...
Protest over 2010 safety concerns at murder trial
The murder trial of a well- known conservationist took a dramatic turn when the 80-year-old's housekeeper appeared alongside the four men accused of his murder.

Nearly 100 protesters gathered outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday bearing anti-crime posters and questioning the safe...
Doctor sought over 'fake' McBride medical certificate
A Rosslyn, Pretoria, doctor accused of issuing a fraudulent medical certificate to cover for embattled Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's alleged drunk driving has failed to appear in the Pretoria District Court.

Dr Joseph Morolong Moratioa, who has a practice in Mabopane, is named i...
'Cops bagged me and beat confession out of me'
Lehasa rejects evidence that he snitched on a co-accused

Alleged Sandton Knife Gang leader William Lehasa has, for the first time, taken the stand in his own defence and claimed a police officer put a plastic bag over his head and beat him into confessing.

The assault, which "Big Spend...
'She is not a threat to society,' declares judge
After 10 years of escaping detection, well-known road runner Heidi McIntosh must spend at least 30 months in jail before being considered for correctional supervision.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Chris Nicholson in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday.

Last Thursday McIntosh c...
Killers shoot dead 2 men, then drive over bodies
Two men were executed next to the N1 South last night. Their car was then used to drive over their bodies.

The murders took place just before 9pm on the verge of the busy main route between the Malibongwe Drive and Beyers Naude exits.

Joburg police spokesperson Cheryl Engelbrecht today said ...
Kunene arrested over estate agent’s murder
Muziwendoda Kunene, the man accused of producing hoax e-mails proving a conspiracy against axed deputy president Jacob Zuma, was yesterday arrested for the murder of Ballito estate agent Lyne Hume.

The arrest happened in the holding cells of the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court shortly before Ku...
Missing kids website closed
The missing children website which has helped find many children in South Africa is closing down today, but should open again in January.

The co-ordinator of Missing Children SA, (MCSA) Pieter Boshoff, told The Citizen, the website was closing for financial reasons.

MCSA is a privately-...
Murder suspects refused bail
About 100 tour operators and members of the hospitality industry in Krugersdorp yesterday opposed bail for five suspects accused of murdering a leading conservationist, Franz Richter.

Richter, 80, and one of SA’s leaders in game tourism, was murdered near his game ranch outside Johannesburg in a ...
136 New prosecutors
National Prosecuting Authority ranks have 136 new prosecutors, all of whom have come through the authority’s prosecutor programme initiative.

At yesterday’s graduation acting director advocate Mokotedi Mpshe urged the newcomers to serve with integrity. “We have to rid South Africa of crime,” he ...
Group assault thief
A suspected thief is in a critical condition after he was brutally assaulted by a mob in Mooiplass, Pretoria yesterday.

Ten shacks belonging to alleged thieves were burnt down. The group, fed-up with the gang allegedly terrorising the community, embarked on a manhunt.

They were looking for 10...
SA’s top policewoman
A KwaZulu-Natal superintendent is SA’s top policewoman.

Francis Bantham, Community Service Commander at the Ezakheni Police Station, won the SAPS Women’s Network Prestige Award for her readiness to assist others.

She had food parcels, blankets and clothes delivered to more than 800 needy famil...
Legal charter adopted
The final draft of the South African Legal Services Charter was adopted yesterday, and it is expected to go a long way towards transforming the legal sector.

The draft was adopted by the SA Law Society and has reportedly been embraced by attorneys.

In development since 2004, the charter tackle...
‘No hope’ for serial rapist
‘WILD’ libido and a slim chance of rehabilitation

SENTENCE him to the maximum, and reject that his mind couldn’t control his private parts, the Johannesburg High Court was urged yesterday in respect of a self-confessed serial rapist.

Acting judge Winston Msimeki said he had int...
Nurse ‘rapes patient’
MENTAL patient allegedly molested the night before discharge

A KwaZulu-Natal mental patient is eight months pregnant after she was allegedly raped repeatedly by a nurse at the province’s mental institution, the night before her discharge.

The 29-year-old woman was assaulted in Ap...
SAPS raids net 133 suspects
The South African Police Service (SAPS) operation aimed at raiding illegal immigrants produced good results, as many other people were arrested for other crimes.

The two-day operation led to the arrest of 133 suspects, including illegal immigrants.

Ten suspects were arrested for possession of ...
Bruinens family wanted
Jeppe police are searching for the family and partner of Winnie Bruinens, who died on September 27 in Jeppestown.

According to Jeppe police, Bruinens was discharged from Johannesburg Hospital after she was admitted with chest complaints. She died shortly thereafter.

The deceased’s partner, Ha...
'Elders' in human-rights drive
The only way African citizens can fight for their rights is by talking about violations in their own countries, according to Graça Machel.

Machel is one of The Elders, who are in Cape Town to launch a human rights campaign marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....
ANC calls for Vavi 'womanisers' apology
The man who apologised for calling cabinet ministers "dead wood" is again in the firing line, this time for denigrating ANC leaders who support the push for gender equity as womanisers.

The ANC's top leadership body outside national conferences, the national executive committee (NEC), passed a re...
Convicted credit-card cloner ordered to repay banks
A credit card cloner who was caught red-handed at Durban International Airport with 104 cards, which he used to buy R140 000 worth of goods, has to repay the banks and spend 2 000 hours in jail at weekends.

In addition, he was fined R20 000 or two years in jail and given a five-year suspended se...
Acsa tackling baggage and security woes at airports
The Airports Company South Africa is set to overhaul its baggage-handling operations at airports countrywide by stepping up monitoring and supervision.

This will include clamping down on pilfering and the tightening up of security.

Casual workers will not be deployed and all baggage-handling...
Gidani donates R25 000 to girls' centre
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign ended with a bang for the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls in Midrand - a haven for abused and orphaned children.

Bongani Khumalo, CEO of lottery operator Gidani, yesterday presented the centre with a R25 000 donation to m...
Decision to suspend Yengeni cop defended
Authorities are standing by their ruling to suspend without pay the police commander who appeared on television news saying his officers had arrested Tony Yengeni because they had smelt liquor on his breath at an accident scene.

The office of the Western Cape police commissioner has defended its...
Ngoepe killer gets second life term
The killer of Transvaal Judge President Bernard Ngoepe's granddaughter, Makgabo Matlala, was sentenced to another life term in jail for rape and - in an unrelated incident - 20 years for murdering a pregnant woman. Johannes Molefe (23), his accomplice Lebogang Kleinkie Pooe, and another suspect, who...
The device that's going to give cops 'a bit of respect'
Critics say it can cause death, but manufacturers of Taser say it is a safer alternative to conventional guns

South Africans can now buy their own handheld electro-shock guns.

US-based manufacturer Taser International has brought its first shipment of personal protection electro-shock ...
Men vow to rethink gender attitudes
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children may have ended, but a group of men have vowed to make its aims live on.

Yesterday, at the Men Indaba held at the Wembley Indoor Sports Stadium in southern Joburg, thousands of men committed themselves in writing to loving and res...
Court protest for women's rights, justice
Concern over Zuma's stand on issues

A woman chained to a bulky cross outside the Johannesburg High Court lets her head loll to the side. It's hot and the sun is scorching. "Dying for justice" says the sign above her head.

Last year, People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) marched outside th...
Guards catch up to would-be hijackers
Woman fingers suspects from a previous crime

Neran and Shireen Maibchund were stuck in morning traffic on the corner of Langerman Drive and Queen Street in Kensington.

Neran was driving his wife to work in the Joburg CBD and was chatting to her about the appointments he had lined up for...
Killers of mother and son still at large
Police are still searching for a gang which shot dead a mother and her son at a house in Fourways and left three other victims critically injured.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said an unknown number of assailants got into the home in Chartwell, north of Joburg, by breaking burglar bars.

Icelander's body-in-bin killer gets life
Judge says couple's actions were motivated by greed

A man who murdered an Icelandic national - whose body was found stuffed into a municipal refuse bin and set in concrete - in the hope of getting his hands on R300 000 of the victim's money is to spend the rest of his life in jail.

SCA nullifies tender award
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has nullified a multi-million rand tender by the Limpopo Province after it came to light that the province’s Department of Health and Social Development summarily disqualified 13 out of 14 bidders.

Millennium Waste Management, EnviroServ Holdings’ black empowerme...
Police accused of bungling case
CLAIMS made that evidence in Lotz murder trial was fabricated

Western Cape police are facing charges of incompetence, perjury and the fabrication of evidence following their alleged bungling of an investigation into the murder of Stellenbosch student Inge Lotz.

Lotz was stabbed a...
Graft in Home Affairs ‘is a threat to SA’s security
Director-general Mavuso Msimang said the Department of Home Affairs still had a lot of house cleaning to do after six officials were arrested for fraudulently registering marriages between South Africans and illegal immigrants.

Five Home Affairs officials and one former official were arrested in ...
Man’s body found
The body of a man washed away while crossing a river in Naledi, Soweto has been found, police said yesterday.

Soweto police spokesperson Captain Jacqueline Mbatha told The Citizen yesterday that the body was found in the river near Protea South at around noon yesterday.

By Citizen repor...
Two slain in Robbery
Two people were shot dead and three others wounded during a house robbery in Fourways, north of Johannesburg on Friday evening.

Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman said an unknown number of armed men gained entry to a house in Chartwell.

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Fat fight for I-Pod
A 19-year-old was stabbed to death in Mafikeng early on Saturday in a quarrel over an I-Pod.

Two men, aged 20 and 22, were arrested afterwards, said Captain Linda Ramokala of the Mafikeng police.

She said the three had quarrelled over an I-Pod at 3am on Saturday. The knife was found on the sc...
Stepdad on rape rap
Police have arrested a 40-year-old man who allegedly raped his stepdaughter in Fochville, North West.

The 13-year-old victim told police her stepfather raped her on November 28, while her mother was in hospital.

Police said the suspect would appear in court soon.

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Fake-wedding scam busted
Dawn raid nabs Home Affairs syndicate for selling false documents, writes Boyd Webb

Priests, teachers and traditional leaders have been implicated in a multinational fake-marriage syndicate that was operating under the noses of Home Affairs bosses in Pretoria until it was bust in a dawn ra...
Fidentia man still living it up
Despite the noose tightening around J Arthur Brown's neck following the provisional sequestration order against his and his wife's joint estate, the former Fidentia boss is still believed to be living the high life.

And curators are doing everything to establish where the money for his lavish li...
De Kock's book plea fails
Journalist and author Christi van der Westhuizen not only won her court battle against former Vlakplaas boss and convicted murderer Eugene de Kock, he also has to pay her legal costs.

Pretoria High Court Judge Willie Seriti yesterday discharged an earlier interim order obtained by De Kock to hav...
Prosecutors defend Mulder plea deal
Offenders not usually jailed for solicitation of a minor

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has come out with guns blazing, defending the R120 000 fine meted out to former rugby star Japie Mulder for soliciting a minor girl to commit sexual acts.

Herman Broodryk, the Deputy Directo...
Nationwide planes slowly returning to the skies
The aircraft of beleaguered airline Nationwide are gradually getting off the ground again, with its first local and domestic flights taking off at the weekend.

The airline ran a long-haul flight between Joburg and London-Gatwick on Friday night after its 220-seater Boeing 767 passenger plane was...
Highway to hell hits a speed wobble
Gauteng is home to the shady drug laboratories that produce the Western Cape's tik - but drug counsellors warn that its abuse is on the rise here too.

On Wednesday, Social Welfare Deputy Minister Dr Jean Swanson-Jacobs announced that a legal loophole would be plugged in the 2003 law that had mad...
Daredevils party at pal's burial
Friends of a Soweto youth who was killed while "train surfing" wanted to remember him by "surfing" the roofs of the buses transporting them to his burial at Avalon cemetery.

But the traumatised family of Vusimusi Radebe (18) of Senaoane were having none of it - and refused to pay for the buses t...
How serial rapist lured victims
For 10 years Mongezi Samuel Jingxela trudged up the dusty, yellow, hot and hostile dumps that overlook Joburg: with him walked scores of women. Were they beguiled by his promises … or fearful of his wrath?

Once on the summits he raped them … robbed them and left them to find their way home.

Bread scandal boss quits
Bread scandal boss quitsTiger Brands CEO accepts responsibility for price-fixing

Tiger Brands CEO Nick Dennis has stepped down over the company's "indefensible" part in the South African bread price-fixing scandal.

The 61-year-old's decision to seek early retirement was this morning ha...
She's 4 - and doing time in Sun City
Favour is only 4 years old, but she has been in prison for more than half her life.

Her world is one of grey corridors, steely gates and the khaki uniforms of prison warders.

When Favour left Diepkloof Prison, south of Joburg, for a day, she almost got run over as she didn't know she was mean...
Helpline may close
A free service that helps trace missing children and counsels traumatised parents may have to shut down over the holidays, unless it gets a cash boost.

In the past week has helped in 10 cases of missing children.

Besides running a website that disseminates information...
Pair appear for rape
HORRIFIC: Mother allegedly helped boyfriend abuse her child

A Pretoria North mother and her boyfriend have denied guilt in the Pretoria High Court on 11 charges of repeatedly sexually abusing and assaulting her six-year-old daughter.

Neither the 38-year-old woman nor her 24-year-...
Strangler gets 17 years
Her last moments were absolutely horrendous
A 30-year-old Meyerspark man was sentenced yesterday to 17 years for the “brutal, senseless” murder of the attractive, petite young Marlene Mauer last year.

Sentencing the powerfully built Danie van der Walt – a father of two young children – ...
ATM blown up
An ATM at Foro Spar, within earshot of the Tlhabane Police Station near Rustenburg, was blown up by criminals for a second time yesterday morning.

Police said they heard the blast at 3am yesterday. Extensive damage was caused to the ATM and to the Standard Bank housing it.

The culprits fled e...
Victim left lying
A man was shot dead during an attempted hijacking in Kempton Park yesterday.

The man arrived at his home when he was accosted by an unknown man who ordered him out of the car, then shot him.

Police are also investigating allegations that the victim’s body was left lying in the street for hours...
Cases of abuse
Case workers from the Themba Magistrate’s Court near Moretele who deal with domestic violence, rape, child abuse and maintenance will speak to the public as part of the 16 days of Activism campaign today.

Access to the Justice for Rural Women in Makapanstad, will host an open day at the court.

Mayor faces trial
A R30 million corruption case against an ex-Limpopo mayor and his four accomplices was postponed to next year.

The former mayor of Makhuduthamaga, Kgaola Mafiri, businessman Abdul Essa, Collins Malekana, Kgoputso Moreiwane and James Malekana had their case postponed to June 23.

By Citizen repo...
Truck hijacking up 53%
Truck hijackings rose 53,3%, robberies of businesses 29,3% and of houses 7% between April and September, according to crime statistics which Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula released in Pretoria yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner of Information Management Chris de Kok said truck hijack...
Hunt for robber
Kempton Park detectives are looking for a man who robbed Thai tourists travelling from OR Tambo International Airport last month.

It is alleged the tourists from Thailand were travelling in a Toyota Quantum on the R24, near the Barbara Road off ramp when they were stopped by a white Opel Kadett.
Police ‘forced me to confess’
A man accused of murdering an Austrian footballer on a KwaZulu-Natal south coast golf course claimed he was assaulted by police and forced to confess to the murder.

Thokozisi Msani, 25, accused along with his 21-year-old brother Simo Msani of robbing and shooting Peter Burgstaller on November 23,...
Nqakula reports decline in contact crimes
Five months after delivering a grim set of statistics to the nation, the police have revealed a sharp drop in almost all contact crimes, including murder, rape and robbery.

Yesterday, Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula boasted an overall decrease of 5,1% in these crimes between Apri...
Kickboxing naked dancer battles armed thugs
Armed robbers who broke into Teazers boss Lolly Jackson's house didn't have it easy when a naked exotic dancer fought back as they manhandled her.

With only jewellery around her neck, Tanya Tkaehova on Wednesday afternoon used her kickboxing skills to kick and push the men who had entered Jackso...
SA's worst serial rapist
And the hero cops who brought him down

South Africa's worst serial rapist has been found guilty of 66 counts of rape, which he carried out during a 10-year spree.

And the policeman who succeeded in putting Mongezi Samuel Jingxela behind bars, Captain Zakhele Zwane, yesterday called the...
10 years of helping the youth
The founder of Khulisa - an NGO which runs a skills programme for pupils - is proud to see the results of her efforts a decade after it started

As Lesley Ann van Selm sat with her injured daughter in intesive care shortly after the young woman had been shot in the neck in a botched hijacki...
3 Hijacked cars found
Three vehicles hijacked around Kempton Park were recovered in Tembisa yesterday.

Officers from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Task team received information that some stolen cars were at a certain house waiting to be taken to a chop shop.

Our officers found the stolen vehicles at a house in Mangw...
SANDF seeks white recruits
More whites are needed in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

This is the view of the man driving the SANDF’s biggest asset – its people.

Speaking publicly in Pretoria yesterday for the first time since he took over as Chief Human Resources Lieutenant General Derick Mgwebi said h...
Keep your receipts
An irate reader contacted The Citizen this week after receiving a summons to appear in court for an outstanding traffic fine that he paid in April.

He warned motorists to be aware, “as I suspect many people throw away receipts”, he said. Motorists can verify payments at
Woman on forgery charge
The making of pirate copies of South Africa’s award-winning movie Tsotsi, allegedly by a film laboratory employee for financial gain, had a sequel in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court this week.

Pirate copies were also allegedly made for the distribution of Leon Shuster’s movie, Mama Jack....
Man rapes three children
Police are hunting for a 40-year-old man who raped three young girls in Mabopane, north of Pretoria on the first day of the 16 Days of Activism against the abuse of women and children last week.

Police Captain Lucas Sithole said yesterday that the man raped two girls aged five and another aged ei...
Four held for robbing visitors
Four suspects will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow in connection with a spate of robberies on tourists.

The four were arrested on Tuesday night following intensive investigations by the Johannesburg Organised Crime Unit.

It is alleged the suspects followed tourists from ...
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