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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A medical specialis...
Furious fathers frustrated over delay in sons' murder case
They came to court hoping to see justice done - but two grieving fathers were told they would have to wait another six months for the overloaded justice system to deal with the alleged killers of their sons.

Yesterday morning, Roger Arungasamy and Vishnu Padiachy hung posters on a fence outside t...
Missing boy (8) found mutilated
Grade 2 pupil Themba* would have turned 9 years old last week - but his life was cut short five days before his birthday.

His mutilated body was found by a security guard who had tried to stop a man seen carrying a bag dripping with blood near the Bosmont train station in western Johannesburg, n...
Victim's mom unhappy over long wait for trial date
Referral to High Court postponed as police await results of DNA tests

Happy Radebe is fed up with all the postponements in the case against five boys accused of raping, stoning and stabbing her daughter Thato to death.

She wants the court either to speed up the proceedings or else rele...
Man shot dead in parking lot
A Pakistani national was killed in the parking lot of the Montana Traders north of Pretoria at the weekend.

Police spokesman Captain Lucas Sithole said the body of a 33-year-old man was found inside a vehicle on Saturday at about 5pm.

He had two bullet wounds in the upper body.

The motive f...
Police recover stolen car, firearm
Ekurhuleni Metro Police recovered a stolen Toyota Corolla, firearm and ammunition at a house I Zonkizizwe, Ekurhuleni at the weekend.

The officers were following up information that led them to the house where the car, a 9mm pistol and 12 live rounds were found.

Ekuurhuleni Metro police spokes...
Youth found guilty of filmed assault
A Rustenburg magistrate has found a young man guilty of assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm in connection with an attack on another youth, while they were pupils at a local high school last year.

Zak Niemann was found guilty on Friday.

The attack on Ruan Springorum, who was ...
Chop shop 7 arrested
Seven men believed to be members of a motor vehicle theft syndicate were arrested in two separate places in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, at the weekend.

While following information after a tip-off, police arrested three men in Kagiso on Friday.

Captain Lucas Sithole said the men led them to the...
Warrant issued for Zim fugitive's arrest
Fugitive businessman Billy Rautenbach's days as a free man may soon be over if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has its way. The Scorpions have applied to the Zimbabwean attorney-general for Rautenbach's extradition. He has managed to elude authorities for the past six years while hiding in ...
'Crazy Monkey' star tells of hijack horror
When he was hijacked and driven around Johannesburg, Crazy Monkey co-writer and actor Brendan Jack thought he was going to die the same way as his friend and fellow actor Brett Goldin.

Now the Crazy Monkey - Straight Outta Benoni film actor believes luck was on his side on Saturday, as his seemin...
Groom murdered on honeymoon for presents
Just hours after saying "I do", 27-year-old Mark Sandmann died in his bride's arms.

He was gunned down by intruders in the honeymoon suite of the luxury Kievits Kroon Country Estate north-east of Pretoria.

The tragedy happened about 1am on Friday as Mark, an assistant manager at Pricewaterhous...
Crime decried as robbery victim is laid to rest at lake
"Gino loved life … Gino loved people."

Those were the words of John Evans of the Gauteng Dragon Boat Association, speaking yesterday at the memorial service of Gino Feng, a prominent member of the Chinese community who was gunned down protecting his family during an armed robbery at his Edenvale,...
Irate W Cape premier lashes out at Pagad's 'hypocrisy'
Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool has condemned as hypocrisy a public attack levelled at him by People Against Gangsterism and Drugs in a pamphlet they distributed at Cape Flats mosques.

Pagad claimed Rasool violated Islamic laws by endorsing abortion and was responsible for killing unborn bab...
SA's loneliest woman
Witnessing her daughter Dina being tried for the murder of baby Jordan- Leigh Norton was like "watching a ship sinking … and not being able to stop it", in the words of Mary Rodrigues.

"That's what my husband always says … it's like seeing a ship going under the waves with someone you love insid...
Missing - in a morgue
The parents of a 32-year-old Durban man are heartbroken after it took police six days to tell them he was dead - even though his driver's licence, ID and cellphone were on his body.

They finally found out he had died after he was involved in a collision while riding a new motorcycle.

Diane Son...
Judge tells casino to hand over tapes
A Pretoria man who alleges he was assaulted for no reason by security guards at Montecasino in Fourways on New Year’s Day has obtained a Pretoria High Court order to force the casino to hand over security recordings of the attack.

Judge Fanie Mynhardt granted an order directing Montecasino to han...
Court lauds policeman
The Cape High Court yesterday praised the police captain who in two weeks managed to track down a serial killer-rapist who was this week declared a dangerous criminal for 16 murders and 19 rapes.

Captain Jonathan Morris of the Western Cape Organised Crime Unit took over the investigation in Decem...
Sex pest tag stalks new DG
With the cloud of sexual harassment charges hanging over his head, the new Department of Home Affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang’s appointment has gender groups and opposition parties up in arms.

“If Msimang had a case of corruption to answer for, would we consider it appropriate for him to ...
Fight over Rashid deportation to continue
Controversial Pakistani national Khalid Rashid’s lawyer is to continue his battle to have his client’s deportation declared illegal.

Zehr Omar, Rashid’s SA attorney, said he had received letters from the office of the Judge President that he believed indicated the SA government knew his client wa...
Policeman’s suspected killers nailed
The suspected killer of a policeman was shot dead and his two accomplices arrested this week after a police chase.

The two surviving suspects are in their late teens and early twenties respectively and police are investigating whether they are linked to a series of other serious crimes in Lichten...
Question marks over new Home Affairs boss
Unease over sexual harassment case against him

Opposition political parties have questioned the wisdom of appointing Mavuso Msimang as the new Home Affairs director-general, saying the department should rather have awaited the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

The for...
Media accused of trying to bypass porn legislation
The media is continuing to undermine the laws that the government tries to put in place to fight child and other pornography, according to the home affairs portfolio committee chairperson.

Patrick Chauke yesterday told cellphone operators and members of the National Association of Broadcasters (...
'We're giving criminals no space to terrorise us'
Mondeor locals inspire pride in their police force by getting up and involved

In recent years, people have become accustomed to disgruntled communities marching to their local police stations to display their anger about crime and allegations of police corruption.

When residents of Mon...
Rasuge's body buried in Nkuna's garden - tip-off
Police seem to have made a breakthrough in the case of missing police Constable Francis Rasuge.

According to sources, police were tipped off that Rasuge's body is buried in her murderer William Nkuna's garden in Temba, near Hammanskraal.

The person allegedly told Rasuge's family that the body ...
Judge rejects tale of killers as figment of imagination
Young owner of car dealership was shot in the head execution-style and his body dumped

If he felt any remorse at all for killing his friend Mohammed Asif Ayob, then Desigan Govender showed no sign of it in court when he was found guilty of murder.

Govender (29) and his co-accused, Vines...
Court ruling bolsters press freedom
In a week of court hearings, with implications for press freedom, the Sunday Times has won a small battle against shutting the press out.

Last Sunday, the weekly publication had to recall thousands of its newspapers when an interdict prevented the paper from publishing a front-page story because ...
Serial killer, rapist gets life sentence and then some
A serial killer and rapist has been sentenced to life in prison. And the judge has ordered that, on his completion of the mandatory 25 years, he must return to court to be sentenced to life again.

This unusual sentence by Cape High Court Judge Abdullah Motala means that the murderer, Jimmy Makett...
Benoni - woman murdered
Last night a 44-year-old woman was killed in what looked like an attempted robbery.

Benoni police reported that the woman and three colleagues were walking from their place of work to a taxi rank when they were set upon by two men.

A police spokesman said that one of the men was armed and shot...
Dina's day of judgement
Judge accepts crucial evidence against Rodrigues

Today, after a 15-month-long trial that has enthralled like a courtroom soap opera, baby-killer accused Dina Rodrigues will finally know her fate.

Yesterday, in the Cape High Court, Judge Basheer Waglay began delivering the contents of a...
Vision helps give clue on Rasuge's remains
There is new hope of finding missing police constable Frances Rasuge's remains - despite the fact that it was sparked by a dream.

The dream or vision, thought to have been experienced by a sangoma related to the Rasuges, led the Rasuge family to believe that her remains were buried on her killer...
Couple slain outside their Germiston store
A bullet hole in a wall in an empty car park marks the spot where a husband and wife were gunned down.

According to police spokesperson Juanita Kilian, the couple were shot around 7.30pm on Wednesday, just after they had closed their grocery store for the day.

"Five armed men approached the ...
Chinese pillar gunned down in his own home
eading member of community was active in fighting crime

'My dad is down. He has been shot. What must I do … They're shooting!" Jung Sheng's panicked teenage son shouted down the phone to family friend Colin McDonald.

It was 7.59pm when McDonald's phone rang.

Only minutes before, th...
'I was asked if I wanted to die'
When Kobus van Deventer was told to strip naked by one of the robbers ransacking his house in Vorna Valley, Midrand, he thought he was about to be gang-raped.

As he undressed and thought of the humiliation and pain he would suffer at the hands of the four men, one of them smeared superglue on th...
Couple shot dead in Germiston shop
A man and his wife have been shot and killed in their mini market in Germiston as they attempted to untie themselves while robbers ransacked their shop.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Mark Stokoe said paramedics had received a call regarding a shooting incident in the Germiston area just after 7pm last...
Meek murderer slew 16
One of South Africa’s worst serial killers meekly admitted 16 murders, 19 rapes and other lesser charges in the Cape High Court yesterday.

Jimmy Maketta had conducted a nine-month reign of terror at Philippi on the Cape Flats that caused many workers to abandon their farm homes in fear of their l...
Bid to keep lid on accuseds' nuclear secrets
State doesn't want technology falling into hands of 'rogue states'

Two South African residents have been accused of smuggling nuclear weapons technology to "rogue states" around the world, but the South African government doesn't want the public to know how they did it.

The state's lega...
Defend NPA from attack, urges Pikoli
Prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli has appealed to parliament to protect the National Prosecuting Authority from "unwarranted" attacks and "scandalising" by senior ANC politicians.

Pikoli yesterday said such attacks on the NPA were a threat to democracy and undermined the integrity of state instituti...
New publications bill 'a threat to freedom of expression'
Newspaper editors and owners have been forced to defend tabloids - and in one case, to apologise for a particular story - in parliament, even as they objected to proposals they believe would severely impact on press freedom.

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day today, some of the South African ...
One car, two pictures, four different fines to pay
What are the odds of a speeding motor car being caught on camera at the same spot, overtaking the same car on two different occasions?

An irate Victor Fernandes smelt a rat when he received four fines through the post, all for different amounts.

Although the dates and speeds differed, Fernand...
Charges against soccer star dropped
Kidnap and rape charges against star Orlando Pirates midfielder Jabu Mahlangu - who spent five-and-a-half hours in police cells - have been dropped.

The 26-year-old - previously known as Jabu Pule - handed himself over to Hillbrow police early yesterday after a 17-year-old girl laid charges of r...
Unpaid lawyer pulls out of child-beating, murder case
Failure to pay their lawyer has left a couple, charged with the abuse and murder of their 3-year-old son, without a defence counsel.

Advocate Lydia van Niekerk told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday she was withdrawing from representing Bernette and Quincy Martins of Eldorado Park, south of J...
Woman dies after gang tortures her with boiling water
Police did not even warn neighbours after brutal attack

Enraged when they could not find the guns they hoped were hidden in a house, callous robbers boiled water and repeatedly poured it over the 68-year-old woman homeowner.

Sandy Staats, of Craighall Park in Johannesburg, was so badly...
Legal battle looms in Czech fugitive's bail bid
Billionaire's team vow to fight extradition

A special delegation from the Czech Republic is due to arrive in South Africa to try to stop international fugitive Radovan Krejcir from being released on bail.

This was revealed yesterday when the billionaire, who fled his country to take sh...
Nqakula cornered on crime
Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula appeared unfazed yesterday when confronted by one of his comrades about the escalating crime in South Africa.

SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) leader Toenka Mtila used the podium yesterday to voice workers’ frustration on crime, in addressing tho...
Mdladlana warns employers to stop child labour, abuse
Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has launched a blistering attack on employers who hire underage children and those who abuse farmworkers.

At the Wembley stadium in Johannesburg yesterday, Mdladlana characterised employers who exploited the vulnerable sections of the employed as criminals.
Judge warns community over 'fake attorney' at murder trial
Police requested to probe man who failed to provide legal help

'Ons skrik vir niks (we are scared of nothing)" was the advertising slogan of alleged "fake attorney" Marthinus Gouws.

Yet there was little of that tough veneer to Gouws when he was ordered into the witness box during a mur...
State accused of doing nothing to help rape survivors
New study shows sloppy and reckless care at hospitals and clinics, and among practitioners

Healthcare for victims of rape and sexual assault is in a dire state - and the government is said to be doing nothing about it.

Because of this, the National Working Group on Sexual Offences has a...
Artists paint the town red in anti-crime march
Hundreds of South African artists, wearing red, carrying placards and waving flags, flocked to Pretoria to vent their anger over the country's crime rate.

More than 500 artists from around the country - among them many famous soap stars, musicians, stage actors and painters - marched on the Unio...
Fleeing unlicensed driver kills one, injures two
A woman passenger was killed instantly when an 18-year-old unlicensed driver fleeing the police skipped a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle.

Johannesburg metro police said the suspect, in his 30s, first failed to stop at a roadblock in Naledi, Soweto, yesterday.

"The SAPS and metro ...
Closure of school for disabled put down to history of infighting
The Gauteng Health Department has blamed internal bickering for the closure of the Lebohang Centre for Mentally Retarded and Physically Disabled Children in Sebokeng.

The department withdrew the Vaal school's operational licence in December following a recommendation from the Sedibeng regional m...
Explain crime to SA
More needs to be done locally to explain unacceptably high crime levels and their impact on South Africans.

So said Johan Burger of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), reacting to calls by political parties that the Ministry of Safety and Security needs to interact more locally on crime.

Accused In Rooi killing sought
A warrant of arrest has been issued for an Eersterust man who allegedly raped and killed seven-year-old Janine Rooi in the east of Pretoria last year.

A 28-year-old man, who cannot be identified because he has not pleaded to the charges, and his lawyer were not in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court ...
Man lying in road, shot in the head
A man was shot in the head in what is believed to have been a successful hijacking in Rynvelt Road in Homestead Park on Sunday afternoon.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman said when paramedics arrived at 3pm they found the man lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound above his right ...
R1m demanded for SA worker detained in Chad
After three days of hell in a prison cell in Chad, North Africa, a Pretoria construction worker just wants to come home.

Rudi Lauterbach (49) was imprisoned in horrific conditions in a jail in Chad because the firm he works for has apparently not paid the estimated R1-million in salaries owed to...
Pet food additive also a threat to humans
Expert concerned that 'government agencies were not getting excited'

Melamine, the chemical blamed for killing at least 25 dogs in South Africa, may have been used in pet food for years, according to a professor emeritus at the University of Pretoria.

Worse, human food may also be cont...
3 held in Agliotti robbery
Trial might reveal how home was hit under Scorpions' eyes

Police have pounced on three men they believe are behind the armed robbery at the Johannesburg home of alleged criminal mastermind Glenn Agliotti.

The suspects, from Alexandra, made their first court appearance yesterday, when th...
HOSTAGE terror: suspect's PLEA FOR HELP
"I desperately want to speak to a psychiatrist."

This was the plea yesterday of the tall blond man accused of holding Pretoria News staff hostage.

Appearing in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday, Lionel George, who allegedly held eight of the newspaper's advertising staff hostage for four ...
Fed-up motorists try to storm Joburg vehicle licensing office
Johannesburg motorists whose vehicle licences have expired nearly caused a riot when they - once again - could not renew them.

The licensing chaos has been worsening since the Department of Transport introduced eNatis (electronic national traffic information system), which allows motorists to re...
Alleged hostage-taker too poor to make bail
A polite and well-spoken Francis Blackmore, accused of holding the provincial head of the Human Rights Commission hostage at gunpoint, has been released on a warning after the magistrate heard he could not afford bail.

Blackmore (62), from KwaZulu Natal, appeared exhausted and anxious yesterday ...
R60 million drug bust at airport
Cocaine valued at R60 million was seized as two major busts at OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend dealt illicit drug dealing in SA a heavy blow.

On Saturday three boxes of cocaine were found marked as “engine parts” sent from South America. National police spokesman Senior Superintend...
Africom to ‘promote security’
US says military command center will be aid to Africa

The new American military command center for Africa – Africa Command (Africom) – will not have large numbers of troops, but will promote regional security and stability.

At the same time it will co-ordinate American support for African lead...
Armed robber killed in shootout with police
A robber, 30, was shot dead during a shootout with police after a gang attacked four Pakistani nationals in Sekhukhuneland in Limpopo on Saturday morning.

The Pakistani nationals were at home in Tubatse at about 3am when three armed robbers stormed into their house demanding money and cellphones....
Licence backlogs ‘over soon’
The Department of Transport is positive the government’s new electronic traffic information system e-Natis will clear up the major backlogs at testing stations.

The new system has come in for sever criticism since it was launched in Gauteng earlier this month.

Technical glitches and huge backl...
Killed by serial killers, buried in paupers graves
Black women are the victims of choice for these monsters

The serial murders of at least 156 women, men and children remain unsolved - and the families of one-third of them have no idea that their loved ones are dead.

While police say they have no accurate number of serial-killing victi...
Furious parents take over school
Closure leaves 58 kids stranded after firings, alleged corruption

Disgruntled parents, fed up with the closure of their children's special school, have broken through the gates of the institution and declared it open.

Pushing their disabled children in wheelbarrows, parents marched thr...
Screams lead to arrests
The fortune of two men, who held an Alberton resident at gunpoint in an attempt to rob her, changed when metro police officers heard the victim's screams and ran to her assistance.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said the attack on the 50-year-old woman occurred shortly before ...
Five facing justice over mob killings
Five suspects were due to appear in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court today on four charges of murder relating to a mob killing two weeks ago.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said four men, who had allegedly committed a series of burglaries in Tsakane's Langaville Section, were beaten to death on Ap...
Motorist shot after car is bumped, scratched
Johannesburg police are investigating a case of attempted murder after a man was shot in the head in Mayfair.

The unidentified driver got out of his car after an incident involving three cars yesterday. One of the vehicles had bumped the side of the man's car, leaving a scratch.

"He was shot...
Chilling turn in Woolmer drama
Family may have known killer, Jamaican police say

Jamaican police are heading for South Africa amid suspicion that the family of slain Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer may have met his killer.

The chilling possibility exists that they may have come into contact with this person without them ...
Spotlight on industry leaders' high number of directorships
High-flying business directors lording over multiple boards are coming under increasing scrutiny from the government - as fears mount they may not be able to manage their responsibilities to their shareholders.

The question of whether industry heads were sacrificing the efficient running of thei...
ANC blocks Cosatu demand regarding controversial e-mails
Cosatu says it is not happy at the way the ANC has dealt with the contentious hoax e-mails report and wants the ruling party to discuss the issue with its allies.

But the ANC insisted yesterday that the matter was closed.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the manner in which the ...
Spotlight on security and planning for big game
We quizzed both the soccer authorities and Ellis Park stadium management about whether they have taken into account the recommendations of Judge Bernard Ngoepe in planning security measures ahead of the upcoming match.

*Have safety and security been put in the hands of professionals? If private ...
Chilling turn in Woolmer drama
Family may have known killer, Jamaican police say

Jamaican police are heading for South Africa amid suspicion that the family of slain Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer may have met his killer.

The chilling possibility exists that they may have come into contact with this person without them ...
Babies’ bodies found on dump
Four badly decomposed babies’ bodies have been found at a rubbish tip in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, police said yesterday.

Police Inspector Dineo Koena said people scavenging the Tyundu municipal dump had stumbled on the bodies on Tuesday afternoon and reported the matter.

“The bodies were a day o...
Father, son held after pupil shot
A father aged 53 and his 19-year old son are expected to appear in court soon on charges of attempted murder and the negligent handling of a firearm.

This is after a 17-year-old high school pupil was shot and wounded following a fight, which broke out between a group of pupils outside the Willow ...
Court watches ‘sting’
A senior Scorpions advocate sat beside her defence counsel in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday and watched security video footage of a prisoner placing allegedly extorted money in her handbag just before her arrest.

The arrest was in a sting operation at the Sandton police station.

“That ...
More time needed for accused
Whether James John Breedt, charged with murdering television actor Kobus Kleynhans, knew what he was doing when he went to the actor’s home “to see if there was anything he could take to sell for drugs”, is still being decided.

Co-accused Harry Abbot, of Claremont, appeared again yesterday in the...
Alleged baby killers appear in court
Police confirmed yesterday that two suspects have already appeared in court in connection with the murder of two-year-old Tsanai Obiekwe in Johannesburg earlier this month during a house break-in.

Tsanai was shot in the head during a robbery at a house in Corlett Gardens.

The child and her Nig...
'Drawing no line between bravery and stupidity' in the fight against crime
Those on the frontline in the Rosebank area are determined, but disappointed by local residents' failure to support their efforts

'What way do they expect us to support them? Give them tea, coffee, and feed them? I pay taxes and expect them to do their jobs."

This statement about the po...
Father apologises for hostage-taker's actions
"I want the Pretoria News to know that we as a family are deeply sorry for what our son did."

These were the words of the father of the gunman who held eight Pretoria News staffers hostage for nearly four hours on Wednesday.

Speaking from the family's Danville, Pretoria, home, the man, who c...
Bouncer thought fight had settled argument
Bouncer Jason Domingues believed he had sorted out his problems with Richard Mazham after the two met in an organised boxing match.

He then found Mazham had laid a charge against him.

Domingues made this point in an affidavit presented to the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday during his ...
Hostage-taker used toy gun in drama at newspaper building
Man threatened to commit suicide if he was arrested

The lone gunman who took eight Pretoria News staffers hostage during a nearly four-hour ordeal was armed with two guns - one of them a toy.

The other gun, which had no magazine, had only three rounds of ammunition. He fired one into t...
Arrests in baby killing
Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a 2-year-old Nigerian baby.

Tshahai Obiekwe was sleeping when the robbers opened fire, killing her instantly.

The robbers had stormed into the bedroom in which the she and her mother, Nkechi, were sleeping in Corlett Gardens after ...
Metro cop credit card scam
Fines paid with money skimmed from tourists

Johannesburg metro police department officials have been using the credit card details of European, Australian and American tourists to pay the traffic fines of taxi drivers and motorists.

But despite an internal and SA Police Service investig...
Hostage terror
He felt that something had to be done about crime in the country - so, armed with two guns and a two-way radio, he stormed into the Pretoria News and held eight staff members prisoner.

His actions yesterday, he told his terrified victims, were motivated by the desire to grab the attention of the ...
Taxi industry angry over 'racist' game
Not all taxi drivers are angels - but the industry is willing to clean up its image and needs no help from "white hands" intent on bashing them till they're blue in the face.

So it is claimed in an angry response from the taxi industry to a new Internet game called Taxi Wars, which allows players...
11-year-old burglar outplays Durban police
Evasive boy said to be working with gang of older criminals

They call him the "the 11-year-old from hell". Instead of doing his homework and thinking about school, he is terrorising a luxury Durban suburb, entering homes by scaling walls and squeezing through burglar guards normally too na...
Video evidence points to bribe for ex-Scorpions prosecutor
Former Scorpions senior prosecutor Portia Kgantsi was secretly filmed allegedly soliciting a R40 000 bribe from two Nigerians in order to withdraw fraud charges against them.

She was trapped by her former colleagues after she allegedly received the bribe from the two suspects at the Sandton polic...
Metro cop credit card scam
Johannesburg metro police department officials have been using the credit card details of European, Australian and American tourists to pay the traffic fines of taxi drivers and motorists.

But despite an internal and SA Police Service investigation, the officials are still in their jobs - and may...
Court hears how Sheldean was murdered
Supporters wear pink in memory of girl as case against accused referred to High Court

Seven-year-old Sheldean Human was raped in a field before her killer strangled her and threw her lifeless body down a manhole.

These are the shocking claims made in the state's indictment against Andre...
'Ghost teachers' appear over R800 000 fraud
Two "ghost" teachers who allegedly defrauded the Gauteng Education Department of R800 000 have appeared in the Organised Commercial Crimes Court.

It is alleged that the men, Rendani Nemukula and Zongezile Mboba, of Soweto, had received salaries from the GDE but no records of their appointments c...
Storm over killer sewage spill into dams
'Our eco-system is dead - destroyed by raw sewage which has poured into our stormwater catchment dams, because the Ekurhulen metro did not act swiftly when we reported the problem," says the captain of the Germiston Golf Club.

But a metro engineer said yesterday the situation was under control an...
Power to the people, legal or not
Protesters in the Katlehong community are said to be grabbing free electricity by bypassing the meter system.

The action has been condemned by the mayor's office.

Illegal connections by members of the United Community of Ekurhuleni, started yesterday, in protest against a pilot project in whic...
Robbed Jackson vows to sell up and leave SA
Teazers boss Lolly Jackson has decided to leave South Africa for good after he was robbed in broad daylight - in the street where Nelson Mandela lives.

The 50-year-old businessman had a gun aimed between his eyes as his R400 000 Bentley Breitling watch, his wallet and cellphone were taken, while ...
Teacher shot dead in class
A 30-year-old teacher at Niyona Junior Secondary was busy teaching her class yesterday when a man wearing a balaclava walked into the classroom and shot her.

Eastern Cape police spokesman Captain Namulungisa Jozana said the man entered the classroom at around 11am and shot the teacher three times...
Murder suspects arrested
Three young men were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder and rape of a hawker at Wonderboom train station north of Pretoria two weeks ago.

The arrest follows the discovery of the body of Joyce Baloyi, 44, of Shoshanguve near the station on April 14.

Police spokesman Inspector Paul...
Tears as murder trial is put off
The daughter of a Bronkhorstspruit woman allegedly raped, robbed and murdered after helping her attackers with transport, cried uncontrollably yesterday and had to be consoled after the trial of the alleged killer had to be postponed.

Judge M F Legodi postponed the trial of Lucky Nicolas Kaiser, ...
SA’s policy of dumping sewage questioned
With progress in the ongoing war against perlemoen poaching again being touted by the custodians of the country’s natural heritage, questions are being asked about other aspects of protected marine areas.

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, in co-operation with police, arrested n...
Twist in theatre scandal
Former Performing Arts Council director Meridy Wixley has scored yet another court victory in her quest for information about the misappropriation of R20 million, which closed down Pretoria’s State Theatre seven years ago.

Pretoria High Court judge Ronnie Bosielo ordered the State Theatre and the...
Panic alarm call leads to dog attack
A Durban security guard underwent extensive plastic surgery yesterday after he was attacked by a dog he described as a pitbull terrier.

Operations Manager for ER24 Emergency Medical Services, Neil Noble, told The Citizen that the security guard had been attacked by the dog after he respond...
More criminals arrested
About 300 suspects were arrested by police in the month ending April 13 on charges ranging from robbery to hijacking.

The arrests, said National Commissioner Jackie Selebi, were over and above arrests done in the line of normal duty.

The 296 arrests are a result of police zoning in on wanted p...
‘Chop shop’ four to appear in court
Four people were arrested after police received a tip-off about a chopshop in Doornkop Extension Four, Johannesburg.

Police spokesman Thembi Nkwashu said when officers arrived at the house they found a Toyota Corolla, which had been stolen in Secunda.

They also found a stolen Volkswagen Passat...
'C-Max Houdini' Mathe looks in poor health
Rumours of the C-Max prison "escape artist" being terminally ill have been strengthened by his appearance in court in a wheelchair.

Looking ill and thin, Ananias Mathe (29) sat yesterday with shoulders slumped, wrists cuffed and ankles shackled. He got out of the wheelchair with difficulty when ...
Kidnap scam aimed at Zim illegals bust after blunder
12 women, 2 children found locked in 5sq m room and being held for ransom

Taxi driver Leonard Mvundle allegedly made thousands of rands by kidnapping desperate illegal immigrants, holding them captive in a tiny room in Ivory Park, north of Joburg, and demanding money for their freedom.

Court told how Scorpion tried to help fraud accused
Former prosecutor allegedly sought bribes to help Nigerians get off lightly

In her alleged corrupt dealings with two Nigerians arrested for fraud, Scorpions former senior prosecutor Portia Kgantsi was paid R12 000 in cash and a car was rented for her at a cost of R6 000 a month.

Schoolgirl (12) wounded by stray bullet in police chase
A 12-year-old schoolgirl was injured when she was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout between police officers and suspected car thieves in Soweto.

Her father, Cans Popela, of Bramfischerville Phase 2, found his daughter Daphne lying in the dusty street yesterday.

"She was walking home from...
'Lack of political will hampers rights body'
It would take strong political will and immense support from African heads of state for the African Court on Human and People's Rights to have effective judicial powers over all human rights violations on the continent.

This was Transvaal Judge President Bernard Ngoepe's statement yesterday at t...
Slow relocation angers residents
Residents of Eikenhof informal settlement near Lenasia have snubbed a meeting arranged by the City of Joburg to discuss their housing woes - instead taking to the streets and barricading a road.

Eikenhof is situated next to the Old Vereeniging Road (R554), but is is surrounded by tall vegetation...
Security beefed up at Bree Street taxi rank after shootings
Security measures have been beefed up at the Bree Street taxi rank after a driver was shot dead and several other people were wounded.

The driver, whose name had not been released as his next of kin had not been informed, died when a man opened fire during the afternoon rush-hour on Monday.

School principal to take on police over arrest
The primary school principal who believes he was wrongfully arrested for trying to stop police beating suspects in front of his pupils has decided to sue.

This comes after charges of hindering a police officer from performing his duties, laid against Nick Karvelas when he was arrested on Friday,...
Second shooting at Bree taxi rank
People dived for cover and scattered as gun shots rang out at the Bree Street taxi rank this morning.

This was the second attack since yesterday afternoon's brazen shooting that left one taxi driver dead.

Taxi driver Sipho Mkhize said he heard gun shots being fired just after 9am.

"It's fr...
Drug lab accused 'only visiting a pal'
Ari Nitzah was in Joburg to visit his sick mother, when he walked into a raid - headed by ace detective Piet Byleveld - at a home in Northcliff that had unearthed a drug lab.

This was Nitzah's explanation to the Johannesburg Magistrates Court yesterday for why he had been rounded up along with si...
Ballistics chief sends warning to criminals
Criminals using illegal firearms to commit crimes must beware, as the net is closing on them.

Operational head of the police ballistics unit, Senior Superintendent Burgert Kloppers, made this statement in Pretoria yesterday.

Supt Kloppers was speaking during a tour of the SAPS Forensic Science...
Govt Bigwigs tied to Agliotti haul
Glenn Agliotti, on bail in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble, was also a suspect in the case involving 818kg of seized hashish from which a senior advocate attached to the Scorpions’ anti-corruption unit allegedly tried to steal 10 bricks.

This was evidence given in Johann...
Three million from Zim now in SA
Light has been shed on the number of Zimbabweans now resident in South Africa.

The Zimbabwe Diaspora Civil Society Organisation, formed to assist victims of police brutality at home, said there were about three million Zimbabweans in South Africa.

Vice-chairman Sox Chikohwero appealed to all o...
Joburg cops put in extra
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is to extend its operating hours in order to compensate for increasing backlogs at its testing and licensing stations.

This is according to the JMPD’s Ednah Mamonyane, who said yesterday they were doing everything in their power to curb backlogs ari...
Licence fines may be waived
Johannesburg road users do not have to pay fines for car licences that could not be renewed from April 5.

This is because the metropolitan area’s transport system shut down for a week on April 5 to be upgraded and has been giving traffic authorities headaches ever since.

Johannesburg Metro Pol...
Fraud duo who repaid get less jail
A packed courtroom at the Cape High Court yesterday saw the former joint chief executives of LeisureNet, Peter Gardener and Rod Mitchell, effectively jailed for eight and seven years respectively, on fraud charges involving R12 million.

But they were granted leave to take both their convictions a...
Israeli mafia case in July
The case of Golden Miles Bhudu and four others accused of helping an alleged member of the Israeli mafia to escape from prisons set for July 20.

This after the case was postponed for a third time yesterday in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg.

Bhudu is the president and public fac...
Barred from Jail
There is not the slightest chance that prisoners out on parole can just demand to go back to prison.

This was government’s response to a plea by paroled prisoners who are demanding that they be able to hand themselves over at prisons, because they are struggling to find jobs and gain access to fr...
Rich Czech crime suspect arrested at SA airport
He tried to use fake passport after being on the run since 2005

When millionaire Radovan Krejcir slipped out the back door of his luxury villa near Prague in the Czech Republic, and fled to the Seychelles, a police chief was fired for letting the wanted man escape.

Over the next two yea...
Zimbabwean refugee kidnapping scam bust
Taxi driver Leonard Mvundle allegedly made thousands of rands by kidnapping desperate illegal immigrants, holding them captive in a tiny room in Ivory Park, north of Joburg, and demanding money for their freedom.

Then he faltered, accidentally kidnapping a South African teenager. It was an error...
Stalkers believed to be shadowing Chester's family
A middle-aged couple who have been spotted stalking crèches in Cape Town's northern suburbs have apparently turned their attention to the family of former Springbok rugby player Chester Williams.

Williams' wife Maria says she and her 3-year-old twins have been followed around in Plattekloof and ...
Panic as gunman opens fire
Revenge fears as 'Terminator' kills driver at busy CBD taxi rank

A taxi driver lay dead on the tarmac of the Bree Street taxi rank - believed to be a victim of a renewed outbreak of taxi violence.

Witnesses said last night it was fortunate there was just one fatality and that only four...
'Paedophile principal read to the blind before abusing me'
Court hears graphic descriptions of sexual encounters in classroom and at home

As a boy he recalled accompanying his teacher to an institution, where the educator would read to the blind, after which he would take the pupil into the toilets and sexually abuse him.

Donavan Maasburg was ...
Prosecutor tried to make deal on seized drugs, court told
A Scorpions prosecutor tried to get her hands on millions of rands worth of dope seized in a drug bust so that she could sell it, the Johannesburg High Court has heard.

The Scorpions had intercepted hashish with a street value of R250-million when they bust an international drug syndicates, alle...
Schoolhead vs the Cops
Private primary school principal Nick Karvelas spoke of his terrifying ordeal this morning after being arrested for "hindering the police" … and then freed.

His alleged crime: he tried to stop the police from "brutally" beating two prisoners outside his school in Alberton.

Karvelas is an ang...
Pet food apology
The Star reported incorrectly in some of its editions on Friday that the Royal Canin's Gregory Watine had told Talk Radio 702 that all its exported pet food products and those manufactured locally between March 8 and April 11 were safe. This should have read "unsafe".

We regret the error and apo...
Virtual punishment tools for annoying taxi drivers
If you're South African and drive your own car, there's a good chance you have fantasised about inflicting pain on a taxi driver.

Maybe you've dreamt about popping the tyres of the rusty old taxi that speeds past you in the yellow lane and cuts in front of you just as the robot turns red? Or may...
Nqakula reveals cops' involvement in crime
They're responsible for upholding the law, but Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has disclosed that at least 130 police officers were charged with murder, rape and assault between 2003 and 2006.

In the same period, 62 officers were found guilty of murder in various provinces, 28 were ...
Minister blamed for judge's huge expenses
Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has been accused of "pampering" Labour Court Judge President Ray Zondo and in the process running up a bill of more than R1-million over the past five years.

In a written reply to parliamentary questions, Mabandla revealed that Judge Zondo had cost the departme...
Last week, we stated that it would be difficult for police investigators to link Pietermaritzburg girl Fiona Harvey who disappeared 18 years ago to a skeleton unearthed last August in Umdloti because Fiona was adopted.

We were given this information by an investigator who had worked on the case ...
Teen pregnancies, new measures
As schools around the country struggle to come to terms with their pregnant pupils, the Education Department has developed a set of draft measures aimed at curbing the problem.

Responding to a parliamentary question, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said her department would commission a study o...
Hungarian mafia may have kidnapped woman
Watched by surveillance cameras and handcuffed to a wall, a kidnapped Bulgarian woman endured hours of hell before she was rescued by West Rand police.

Now authorities are investigating the possibility that the woman - who was rescued when 15 police cars swooped on the Northriding plot where she...
Dina and co-accused in last bid to escape prison
Lawyers for the accused in the Baby Jordan Norton murder trial yesterday pulled out all the stops to discredit the testimony of Bonginkosi Sigenu - the only accused to take the stand - in a last-ditch attempt to get their clients off charges relating to the infant's murder.

Yesterday during clos...
Joburg mayor slams city's crime pessimists
Masondo says debate should focus on how to address problem

Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo has lashed out at people who perpetuate the "stigma" that Joburg is the crime capital of the world.

Addressing more than 3 000 people, mostly representatives from various community structures, at...
Increase in teen suicides a threat to SA's future
Experts say trend will continue, and more help from state is needed

Teenagers - who daily battle the reality of Aids, drugs, broken homes and exam pressures - might be committing suicide in greater numbers than ever before. And experts say South Africa lacks the means to reverse the trend....
Residents pinpoint Joburg's main pitfalls
Dismal by-law enforcement contributing to inner-city decay, unscrupulous property owners and indifferent residents with "couldn't care" attitudes.

These are among the problems impeding Johannesburg's development into a world-class city. Along with the thorny issue of poor service delivery, these...
Commuters torch two Metrorail coaches
Angry commuters gutted two Metrorail coaches, injuring five people including Metrorail technicians, in Mamelodi East in Pretoria yesterday.

The incident happened between Pienaarspoort and Eerstefabriek train stations near Hans Strijdom.

A group of commuters, apparently late for work, apparentl...
Move to have child-porn trial dismissed
An entire child-porn trial may have to be dismissed because there was no warrant to search an abandoned vehicle.

The child-porn videos on which the Johannesburg High Court trial of an information technology expert was based were taken from an abandoned car without a search warrant and should be e...
Triple road rage death trial ends
Did a call center supervisor act in self-defence when he gunned down three people and fired in the direction of two others in a road rage type incident?

“Yes” claims the defence.

“Definitely not” submitted the prosecution yesterday in closing argument.

Judge George Maluleke indicated yester...
Rape-a-holic’s case delayed
The reason multiple rapist Armstrong Beki Mkwanazi can’t stop committing rape is still a mystery to the Johannesburg High Court.

Judge Winston Msimiki was due to hear evidence yesterday on the matter from a prison doctor.

Mkhwanazi, who previously pleaded guilty to six rapes while on parole an...
Move to have child-porn trial dismissed
An entire child-porn trial may have to be dismissed because there was no warrant to search an abandoned vehicle.

The child-port videos on which the Johannesburg High Court trial of an information technology expert was based were taken from an abandoned car without a search warrant and should be e...
Warders used excessive force – probe
Colleagues of the six Krugersdorp warders charged with the deaths of three inmates have agreed that excessive force was used in the incident and apologised on their co-workers’ behalf.

This is according to Dennis Bloem of the national legislature’s portfolio committee on Correctional Services, an...
Animal cruelty men in court
Two men appeared yesterday in the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court as a sequel to an incident in which they were caught dragging their dog behind a bakkie.

It is believed the dog had been dragged for about 45m before it was shot dead by a police officer, the Beeld newspaper reported yesterday....
Mbeki travel cash taken ‘too easily’
Daring thieves escaped with President Mbeki’s travel funds – an estimated R1,3 million in dollars and South African currency – when they cracked two safes in the finance offices of Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Foreign currency is kept on the base for use by the SAAF VIP squadron that flies the Pres...
Warders used excessive force – probe
Colleagues of the six Krugersdorp warders charged with the deaths of three inmates have agreed that excessive force was used in the incident and apologised on their co-workers’ behalf.

This is according to Dennis Bloem of the national legislature’s portfolio committee on Correctional Services, an...
Druglord’s appeal today
A full bench of the Cape High Court is to hear an appeal today, launched by Cape Flats druglord Nazier Kapdi, who with four co-accused was refused bail last year on charged of trafficking in the drug “tik”.

The appeal is to be heard by Judge-President John Hlophe and judges Willem Louw and Patric...
Suicide story was cover-up
A man was arrested in Ivory Park, Johannesburg, after he tried to cover up allegedly killing his friend by claiming it was a suicide.

The 29-year-old man told police that his friend, Gabriel Ntsoane, 44, committed suicide by stabbing himself in the head with a sharp object while they were walking...
Rashid needs treatment
The Pakistani national over whom a local legal battle erupted after his “forced disappearance” is suffering from a skin ailment that requires urgent medical care.

Zehir Omar, the lawyer appointed by the family of Khalid Rashid to try and force the South African government to give answers followin...
Abused toddler on road to recovery
A two-year-old girl, admitted to Polokwane Medi Clinic last week after suffering a skull fracture and bite marks, is recovering in a place of safety.

Police Superintendent Ronel Otto confirmed cases of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual offences are being investigated.

The toddler was l...
Teen stabbers behind bars
The case against four teenagers who allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old school pupil was postponed when they appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The boys, aged between 15 and 18, were arrested on Wednesday after they allegedly stabbed and badly wounded Moeketsi Motlhakoana outs...
City couple faces fraud charges
A Johannesburg couple appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of defrauding unsuspecting customers of thousands of rands and defeating the ends of justice.

Ismail Yusuf, 35, and Nazrina Yusuf, 33, were arrested after several cases of fraud were opened against Ismail. ...
Toddler crushed to death by gate
A faulty security gate has claimed the life of a 20-month-old toddler after the nearly 1-ton structure fell on her.

She suffered massive head injuries after she was hit by a sliding gate that had come off its track in Norkem Park, Ekurhuleni.

The child was taken to the paediatric intensive c...
Alleged pimp in court over death of sex worker
Osito Martins Onucha could face life in jail for the brutal rape and murder of a sex worker.

But the 37-year-old showed few signs of worry when he appeared in the Boksburg Regional Court yesterday, sitting next to a journalist in the press box before his case was called.

After it was postpon...
Top cop puts bouncer mafia accused on spot
String of charges includes attempted murder, assault

A leading member of an alleged Joburg "bouncer mafia" shook his head in disbelief as top police officer Piet Byleveld stacked up the charges against him during a formal bail application.

Jason Demegeze, who was arrested along with Pa...
Bizos slams politicians on criminal charges
Veteran advocate George Bizos says politicians facing criminal cases must not scandalise the National Prosecuting Authority and the Scorpions, as this would undermine the constitution and democracy.

Although Bizos did not mention any names to delegates at a national conference to assess the perf...
Legal Aid Board head warns against one-sided justice system
A strong, well-funded prosecutions authority and adequately resourced Scorpions against an under-funded Legal Aid Board might result in a police state and unfair justice system.

This was the warning yesterday from a Supreme Court of Appeal judge.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo, who is also chairperson o...
Quick arrests likely after R1,3m air base theft
Strong clues have been unearthed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, where thieves broke into finance department safes and stole R1,3-million in cash.

Military police Staff Sergeant Johan Cloete said yesterday that a number of strong clues had already been found at the scene and that detectives we...
Tidying up Joburg's toughest corners
The city's central police station is responsible for bringing law and order to some of the nation's harshest areas
Crime-fighting in the Johannesburg precinct seems a huge task by anyone's standards.

Johannesburg Central Police Station has the unenviable responsibility of enforcing the l...
Determined inmate turns his life around
Convict is using carpentry skills learnt in jail to make a good living

He was once a gun-wielding robber. But after spending six years in jail Bafana Mashiya has turned his life around and realised that crime does not pay.

In prison he learnt carpentry skills and that's how he makes a l...
'I believe my mother killed my father'
So far Riaz Kadwa has given three versions of how his mother and father were shot to death - confusing his sister Nabila.

But yesterday Nabila (19) admitted in the Johannesburg High Court that she firmly believed the version that their mother Munirah shot and killed their plastic surgeon father D...
We gotcha, Mr Gotcha
Cop who led brilliant sting 2 years ago held on corruption charge

On October 24 2005, Constable Saravasen Naicker led a brilliant sting operation which smashed an identity document racket and saw its kingpin deported to India.

In the parking lot of the McDonald's in Bruma, Johannesburg...
Top human rights official in heroic stand-off
Colleagues scramble to safety as aggrieved man hauls out shotgun

Faced by an angry man brandishing a shotgun, a top Human Rights Commission official calmly averted a potential bloodbath when he talked the gunman into releasing his colleagues.

Ashraf Mohamed, the HRC's Western Cape head,...
Fed-up matrics vs thugs
Schoolkids say: 'No more crime, we're sick and tired of it'

They were sick of being soft targets for a gang of thugs who had been terrorising their school so - egged on by their deputy principal - the matriculants took action.

This emerged yesterday when Greenside High School was appro...
Dreyer trial told of letter
Brother informed school about child molestation case

As head of a close-knit family, he wanted his brother to see a psychologist to address his "serious sexual deviance" and to leave the teaching profession immediately, as he feared he would molest more children.

Edwin Dreyer told the B...
Gang preys on schoolkids
Thugs used Greenside High uniform in their attacks

They dress in school uniform and mingle with pupils about to go home - this is the battle plan of a gang of thugs preying on Johannesburg schoolchildren.

The modus operandi emerged yesterday when Greenside High School was approached fo...
'Acquit alleged sex abuser over illegally obtained video'
Information technology specialist Gordon Joubert should walk out a free man because the state had used video material evidence - allegedly showing him sexually molesting under-age girls - which was obtained unlawfully.

In prosecuting the accused, the state had relied heavily on this evidence with...
Apologetic warders sing different tune on murders
Krugersdorp Prison warders have apologised to the government for the roles allegedly played by six of their colleagues in the murder of three prisoners.

The "confession" that the six accused might have "accidentally" used excessive force came after the accused had just a few days ago denied any ...
Four teens held after pupil is knifed
Four teenagers will appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the knifing of a Johannesburg Metro police officer’s son.

The victim, Moeketsi Motlhakoana, 17, was allegedly stabbed and badly injured by one of the four outside Greenside High School yesterday.

Six matric ...
MEC’s home is robbed
Two Gauteng MECs have fallen victim to crime in as many months. In the latest incident, the home of Health MEC Brian Hlongwa was robbed with four of his family in it.

He is out of the country on business. His department said yesterday no one was hurt in the incident “bus some items were stolen ...
Tsotsi star fined for fake licence
Tsotsi star, Presley Chweneyagae, convicted of trying to convert a fake Ivory Coast driving licence, yesterday apologised to the nation for what he did.

Chweneyagae gave this information to the media after he was fined R5 000 or six months’ imprisonment for fraud, in the Pretoria Magistrates Cour...
Rape suspect assaulted
A man was severely assaulted by a mob after he allegedly tried to rape a woman in a field near Tembisa, Ekurhuleni yesterday.

The man allegedly forced a woman into the bushes where he robed her and then attempted to rape her. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the woman screamed for help and wa...
Police catch cable thieves red-handed
Alert community members were able to lead police to suspects who had just stolen Telkom cables in Benoni, East Rand yesterday.

Police were called to the scene after two suspects were spotted by pupils from Etwatwa High School in Wattville.

The pupils alerted police officers after they saw the ...
Cash van guards foil armed gang
A gang of armed men fled empty-handed yesterday after they failed to rob a Fidelity van in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni.

North Rand police spokesman Inspector Juanita Kilian said the suspects traveling in four vehicles used two Mercedes-Benzes to ram into the cash van while it was traveling on the R2...
Detectives’ asked for money to release car’
Two Mpumalanga police detectives appeared in the Middleburg Magistrate’s Court this week after they allegedly defrauded Peter Sitanya of R5 000.

Detective Inspector Jan Shembisa Maphanga 44, and co-accused Detective Constable Colin Malatjie 27, paid R3 000 bail yesterday.

Police spokesman Capt...
Ex-Scorpions boss to be own lawyer
Former Scorpions boss Geoffrey Ledwaba, 41, will be going it alone in his high-profile criminal fraud and theft case.

Ledwaba, who had no legal representative, decided he would conduct his own defence.

When the magistrate asked him if he knew how to conduct his own defence Ledwaba said: “I sh...
Cell taken after licence lapse
An upset Johannesburg businessman has issued a warning to motorists to be wary of metro police officers allegedly taking advantage of their authority.

Eddie Devlin yesterday told The Citizen one of his work drivers, Elias Rampyapedi, had his cellphone confiscated by a Johannesburg metro of...
Councilor assault case on hold
An assault case against a DA councilor arrested for the alleged severe beating of his employees was postponed to May 10 for the disclosure of the docket.

Dr Pieter Neethling appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing three charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily har...
Plea not to judge swimmer who was slain in Pakistan
In the moments before he died, slain swimmer Kenneth Smith would have remembered the cross he had tattooed over his heart - and turned to God.

This was according to Pastor Herman Nienaber, a former breaststroke champ, who yesterday conducted the 26-year-old Smith's memorial service at Parktown B...
Pakistani seized in SA 'quizzed over London blasts'
After 17 months in limbo, Khalid Mehmood Rashid has appeared in a Pakistani court in connection with the July 7 2005 bombings in London.

Until his court appearance, it was not known if Rashid was dead or alive since he was seized by South African security agents in Estcourt, KwaZulu Natal, in Oc...
Far from home, horrified exchange students watched tragedy
Sixteen Virginia Tech exchange students studying in Bloemfontein watched in horror as images of the deadly attack on their university were aired on television.

Desperate to confirm that their friends were not among the 32 killed by a lone gunman on Monday, the third-year students - helped by Uni...
'Punish my brother if he killed our parents'
They stand in the dock together - brother and sister - both on charges relating to the death of their parents, Dr Anwar Kadwa (50) and their mother Munirah (49).

But now Nabila has called for her brother Riaz to be punished if he murdered their parents.

Yesterday was another day of drama in ...
'Policeman shot my innocent brother'
Sergeant being investigated after family find body in morgue

A police officer is being investigated for murder after an Ekurhuleni man's relentless search for his missing brother proved that he was shot dead.

Police confirmed yesterday that a sergeant from Parkview police station in Joh...
Armed robbers hit Mec's home
Gauteng MEC for Health Brian Hlongwa has become the second high-ranking Gauteng legislature official to feel the sting of crime.

Four armed men stormed into Hlongwa's upmarket Bryanston, Sandton, house on Tuesday night and removed several household appliances worth thousands of rands.

Video proves guilt, child-sex trial told
The video evidence showing information technology specialist Gordon Joubert raping and sexually molesting under-age girls was overwhelming enough to have him convicted and sent to prison.

Although some of his alleged victims could not be traced, the testimony of three of his former girlfriends -...
Brother says children sang songs about 'gay molester'
When confronted, man claimed it took place too long ago to be criminal act

The brother of a former primary school principal and ex-lay preacher accused of molesting his young nephews 20 years ago has told the court that schoolchildren even sang about him being "a molester of children".

New turn in bail hearing of drug lab suspects
The bail hearing for the seven people arrested for allegedly running a drug lab from a home in Northcliff, Johannesburg, has taken a dramatic twist.

Just an hour into the hearing at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday, the state requested that the court conduct an in-loco (at the locat...
Magistrate attacks girl's molester
A fashion photographer convicted of indecently assaulting a 5-year-old girl was slammed by the magistrate as "an unimpressive witness" whose testimony was "not regarded as the truth".

Neil Hermann (48), who pleaded not guilty to repeatedly indecently assaulting the then 5-year-old girl in his Ta...
Editors concerned about SA’s Press freedom ranking
The National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) meeting in Pietermaritzburg has expressed its deep concerns at the erosion of the freedoms and values enshrined in the constitution.

The editors noted that in a ranking of Press freedom among 167 countries in the world, South Africa had dropped from 16th place ...
Bank’s Industria branch robbed
A cordoned police security area greeted FNB bank clients after an armed robbery at the bank in Maraisburg Road, Industria West yesterday afternoon.

Customers were turned away after robbers held clients at gunpoint and then ordered another client to hand over R60 000 drawn earlier.

Five men ent...
Crime squad successes
Commercial crime detectives have cracked cases involving more than R10 million in a month.

Vehicle finance fraud, tax evasion, Internet banking fraud, theft of trust funds and illegal foreign transfer of funds were top of the SAPS commercial crime list for February.

Three vehicle fraud finance...
Robbers shoot man in head
A Free State optometrist’s son from Vanderbijlpark died after he was shot in the head during a robbery in Sasolburg early yesterday.

Free State police identified the 27-year-old as Pieter de lange.

Police spokesman Motantsi Makhele said De Lange heard a noise in the house the found three robbe...
Rookie cops to be recruited
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) will soon welcome its first intake of 500 recruits I preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Earlier this year Mayor Amos Masondo announced in his state of the city address that 500 officers would be recruited each year to take the tally to 4 00...
Schoolgirl murders: trial starts today
The trial of two men accused of raping and murdering three Mamelodi schoolgirls relaxing in a local park will start in the Pretoria High Court today.

The two men, aged 23 and 35, have not yet pleaded to the nine charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The State alle...
Parcel with dog’s head shocks SPCA
Fears if black magic have struck Pretoria after the head of a Chihuahua was found in a private postal service system en route to Springs.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Pretoria yesterday expressed shock at the macabre package.

“The head was removed cleanly with...
Stenographers still waiting for pay
Court stenographers have apparently not been paid for 48 days despite promises by the Department of Justice they would be by Monday, April 16 at the latest.

Authorities blamed a switchover from casual to permanent workers, and said the matter would be sorted out by the start of this week.

Yet ...
Pupils get crime education
The Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Correctional Services and Pillar to Post, has initiated a project to educate pupils about the harsh reality of crime.

Still in its progressive stages, the project takes 60 pupils per school from a selection of 25 schools in Gauten...
Kadwa upset by crime scene photos of mom
Riaz Kadwa, accused of murdering his parents, was upset yesterday when he was shown rime scene photographs of his mother during his cross-examination.

But he seemed almost indifferent to the fate of his father, eminent plastic surgeon and keen gardener, Anwar Kadwa.

They were gunned down in th...
Missing boy found in Pretoria
Thabang Majila, 10, who went missing in Soweto on March 9, has been found in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria.

He was found after many weeks of hard work with the assistance of and the Pink Lady organisation.

Spokesman for Pieter Boshoff said the search...
Too high on the highway
Drugged drivers, some so high they’re unable to stand or speak coherently, are becoming a greater danger than drunk drivers – and there’s little or nothing traffic police can do about them.

Although the South African Road Traffic Act prohibits people from driving while drunk or “under the influen...
Kids play in medical waste pit
More than ten tons, including blood, dumped

A secret medical waste dumping operation next to a busy Gauteng township may never have been exposed were it not for a quad biker riding on an abandoned mine.

More than 10 tons of hazardous waste, including used syringes, needles, expired med...
Rape, murder accused's crash cost him his freedom
Cops pounced when prostitute's alleged killer went to fetch car at panelbeater

Linda Lindeque's alleged rapist and killer crashed his car in his haste to get away from her bruised and broken body.

It was a collision that would cost Osito Martins Onucha his freedom.

Using informatio...
Court queries son's version of Kadwa couple's deaths
Judge and prosecutor latch on to glaring discrepancies in evidence

Johannesburg High Court Judge Fritz van Oosten and state counsel, advocate Beverley Edwards, have pointed out glaring discrepancies in double-murder accused Riaz Kadwa's testimony.

Kadwa (24) was being cross-examined yes...
Hijacking brought out son's repressed sex abuse memories
When the nephew of an alleged paedophile and former primary school principal was hijacked, it sparked a "terrible fear of being raped" by the gunmen.

It also caused hidden childhood memories of sexual abuse to come flooding back.

Donald Bailiff told the Boksburg Regional Court yesterday that...
Mixed feelings after two held for shooting of priest
The arrest of two men in connection with the February shooting of Irish priest Father Kieran Creagh in Pretoria has sparked both anger and relief in the community.

Leratong Hospice staff are relieved that Atteridgeville police have finally arrested suspects believed to have been involved in the ...
'Perhaps plan was to abduct Baby Jordan, not kill her'
Defence points to evidence that death was possibly a kidnapping gone wrong

Could the June 2005 murder of six-month-old Jordan Leigh Norton have been an abduction which went horribly wrong?

This is the possibility John van der Berg, the advocate representing Dina Rodrigues, has asked th...
Argus forces prisons to release parole conditions
Tony Yengeni can't have a beer until September 23 next year. Nor can he go to any restaurant where alcohol is served.

If there is any suspicion he has been drinking, he will be subjected to a blood test.

If he refuses to undergo the test, he will be deemed to have violated his correctional su...
Shaik sent to state-of-the-art hospital
Two months into his prison sentence in Westville Prison infirmary, convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik is back in hospital - this time at the government's new state-of-the-art Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

According to unconfirmed reports, Shaik - who was admitted yesterday - is sufferin...
Mystery of missing mole on accused
The mole on the upper eyelid of a man accused of sodomising teenage boys has mysteriously disappeared.

Seven of his alleged victims had pointed out the mole as a distinguishing mark when they laid charges against him.

The police, too, highlighted the mole in a identikit they drew of the man ...
Centurion shooting baffles brother
Pretoria police were yesterday baffled by the death of a 22-year-old man at Eldoraigne in Centurion at the weekend.

The body of Martinus Venter was found lying in the garage of his home with bullet wounds.

Venter’s brother found the body after hearing several gunshots in the early hours of Sat...
No treatment for inmates
Wounded inmates of Krugersdorp Prison had still not received medical attention after warders attacked them this weekend, it emerged yesterday.

The attack, after an inter-gang conflict, left three prisoners dead.
They are Simphiwe Tshabalala, 28, of Kagiso who was serving 24 months for assault, 3...
Farm murder: domestic’s son arrested
Police have arrested the son of a domestic worker in connection with the murder of her 48-year-old employer, whose body was found last week in a shallow grave on a North West farm.

A 20-year-old man handed himself over to Wolmaransstad police on Friday night, after which an 18-year-old youth was ...
Woman killed, man shot in jaw
It was a bizarre start of the week for paramedics attending a double shooting incident in Kempton Park yesterday morning.

At 8.15am ER24 paramedics rushed to the scene where a 26-year-old woman had been shot and killed at a BP garage in Tulbagh Road. She suffered a chest wound and was declared d...
Tests to identify body found in veld
DNA and other tests are to be carried out on the decomposed remains of what appears to have been a teenage girl discovered between Carletonville and Randfontein at the weekend.

A passer-by stumbled on the body at 8am on Saturday, said Superintendent Louis Jacobs.

“It is believed the body had b...
Police mum on toddler murder case
Police remained tight-lipped yesterday concerning their investigations into the callous murder of a Nigerian toddler in Johannesburg last week.

Little two-year-old Tsahai Obiekwe was shot in the head during an armed robbery at a Corlett Gardens home in Lyndhurst.

The baby girl died next to her...
Impact of crime on tourism in focus
The Tourism Business Council is to examine crime and its impact on this sector of economic activity next week.

Top of the agenda will be to establish “verifiable’ data on the extent of crime against tourists, CE Mmatsatsi Marobe said.

After that she aims to produce a “coherent report” on what ...
Advocate ‘extorted from accused’
A senior advocate who was attached to the directorate of special operations, generally referred to as the Scorpions, has to answer to 12 charges in the Johannesburg High Court.

This includes extortion and seven counts under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt activities Act, ad the Act on cor...
Kadwa home was hell to live in, court hears
Son tells of the night his warring parents lost their lives

Doctor Anwar Kadwa, to the outside world, was a successful plastic surgeon happily married to Munirah for more than 20 years.

But beneath the veneer of bliss lay adultery, mistrust, betrayal and threats of divorce.

Riaz Kadw...
Why don't you wash your hands
The underlying message of the International Hygiene Council with regards to personal hygiene and preventing the spread of germs and infections is quite simple. People should stick to the basics.

Dr Kgosi Letlape - chairperson of the South African Medical Association and International Hygiene mem...
Strategy sought to address child labour
Almost 800 000 South African children older than 10 are working as labourers, either in or outside the home, according to a new government study.

The statistics have been released as the government prepares to revise its programme for combating child labour at a meeting in Pretoria tomorrow.

Young Baby Jordan murder accused 'guilty'
Dina Rodrigues' jealousy was one of the motives for murder, state says

The youngest of the four suspected hitmen allegedly hired by Dina Rodrigues to kill six-month-old Jordan Leigh Norton was trying to minimise his role in the murder.

This was the submission by state advocate Nicolett...
CPFs welcome government's move to give members stipends
Some Community Policing Forum representatives across Johannesburg have welcomed the government's decision to give members stipends to bolster their efforts to help the police combat crime in their areas.

Financial difficulties have been a dominant concern for most CPFs, with many of the leaders ...
Cases affected as warders bring prisoners late
Court proceeding in some courts west of Johannesburg have been disrupted after Krugersdorp prison warders failed to bring prisoners for their appearances.

Instead, more than 100 officers packed the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday to support colleagues charged with three murders and one ...
Vets Choice products recalled over mystery contamination
Premium dog food manufacturer Royal Canin has begun a recall of its Vets Choice product after it had been found to contain traces of poison.

Since news broke last week that the dog food had been contaminated, several dogs have fallen sick in Johannesburg and Cape Town. A few veterinary clinics r...
Warders accused of murder in court
Six prison warders who allegedly attacked and fatally wounded three prisoners, were to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on charges of murder today.

The incident, apparently related to gang violence, is the subject of an investigation by Judge Nathan Erasmus, head of Judicial Inspecto...
Balfour outraged at prison deaths
DA calls for fresh investigation of Correctional Services Department
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour has expressed outraged by the death of three Krugersdorp Prison inmates, allegedly at the hands of six prison warders.

Balfour demanded immediate action against the warders...
Woman shot dead at petrol station
A woman died instantly when her boyfriend shot her in the chest after a heated argument at a petrol station this morning.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said it all started when an argument ensued between the couple at a BP garage in Kempton Park.

During the argument, the man believed to be...
Squatters can't be evicted in one go, says judge
Court rules that tenants have to be dealt with individually

A Johannesburg High Court ruling on evictions has sent shock-waves through investors in the inner city.

Judge Nico Coetzee last week ruled that property owners could not obtain one eviction order for 24 tenants who are not payi...
W Cape premier hits at racially based attack
Three men have been arrested in connection with a violent, apparently racially motivated clash between a white Cape Town property owner and a group of black people.

At a government imbizo in Khayelitsha yesterday, Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool slammed the incident as "an example of intoler...
The letter that said, 'I' m alive'
Lead gives Odette's and Anne-Mari's families hope that the girls may have been alive after paedophiles Van Rooyen and Haarhoff died

Kempton Park primary schoolgirl Anne-Mari Wapenaar was definitely alive five months after child-sex monster Gert van Rooyen and his lover Joey Haarhoff died -...
Bad Brad vows revenge
Four Limpopo men in court following vicious beating of controversial Big Brother boykie

Brad Wood, aka Bad Brad from Big Brother fame, this week vowed vengeance on the men who attacked him and his friends at a restaurant in Mokgopong (Namboomspruit), Limpopo, over the Easter weekend. And i...
Cops confident they'll nab infant killers
Gauteng police have not arrested anyone for the murder of a Nigerian toddler but are confident they will soon solve the case that shocked South Africa this week.

A burglar - one of a gang of four - shot two-year-old Tsahai Obiekwe in the head in the early hours of Thursday during a robbery at a ...
Judges on trial, Hlophe gets a delay
But the news was a little better for Cape Judge President John Hlophe, after the JSC decided yesterday to postpone his impeachment case until at least June.

Judge Motata looked less than happy yesterday as Johannesburg Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled he would have to stand trial on drunken driving...
Are two still alive?
Beach bones probably not linked to the missing girls

Another skeleton exhumed at Umdloti on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast may hold the key to the fate of six girls believed to have been abducted by child-sex monster Gert van Rooyen 17 years ago.

But DNA tests to try to match the famili...
Cop shoots wife, then commits suicide
A Johannesburg policeman, who shot his estranged wife and then killed himself after evading the police for several hours, may have been planning a massacre.

Constable Simon Mtimkhulu (35) shot Pinky Ellen Riet (24) twice at her parents' Galeshewe, Kimberley, home on Wednesday night before leadin...
15 years on, dad's heartbreaking search continues
Shaunice Adams was only 19 months old when a woman in orange overalls led her away from her aunt's home in Westbury, Johannesburg.

That was 15 years ago, in the same month that two other Westbury babies vanished from their families' homes.

All had been apparent victims of baby-snatching - a c...
Probe into prisoner deaths
Balfour demands action after three inmates are killed

A case of murder has been opened following the deaths of three inmates at Krugersdorp Prison - allegedly after being brutally attacked by prison warders.

The prisoners died on Saturday night following an apparent gang fight. When wa...
Young woman killed but possessions left untouched
A bloodied knife, a bag containing two cellphones and the body of a young woman, her throat slit.

This was a gruesome discovery made by a passer-by in a field near Klipspruit, Soweto, about 8am yesterday.

Police have opened a murder inquiry and said there appeared to be no signs of robbery. ...
Captain's brother vows to fight on
Justice was served for the Alli family this week, but the brother of murdered crime intelligence officer Carrim Alli has vowed to help the "police wherever we can by working and assisting them".

"Although at this stage I wouldn't like to divulge too much, there are definitely other people involv...
Family murders: accused set to take stand
The Pretoria High Court has refused an application for the discharge of two men accused of murdering four members of a Chinese family whose bodies were later discovered in a drainpipe.

Acting Judge Khami Makhafola said yesterday he would give reasons for his ruling at the end of the trial.

Streets of Danger
'It takes a village to raise a child" is an African proverb that teaches an ageless truth. But in South Africa in the 21st century that eternal truth has been lost.

This African proverb was true when communities and families looked after one another - when a child lived in safety.

That villa...
Streets of Danger (Part 2)
In Alexandra, it is normal for police to have three cases of missing children in one week, according to Alexandra police station Superintendent Johannes Pharasi. "It is not a lot of cases, if you compare the number of cases with the population of the township," he stated.

Pharasi said the proble...
Dog owners in a flat panic
Gauteng veterinary clinics and hospitals were in near crisis mode this week as pet owners bombarded their offices with calls of panic as news spread that a popular dog food had been contaminated with a poisonous substance.

And in hospital, on a drip, is one of the suspected victims of the poison...
Two arrested hours after cop killing
Colleagues say murdered detective had been followed for some days before

Police detectives arrested two men just hours after the apparent murder of colleague Lourens le Roux outside Woodstock police station yesterday.

Le Roux, who has two teenage daughters, was mown down just two weeks...
Mom tells how robbers gunned down baby
Baby Tsahai was so precious to her mother, businesswoman Nkechi Obiekwe, that she decided to take leave from work so she could spend time with her child.

Yesterday morning, Tsahai was shot dead by robbers who stormed into a house in Corlett Gardens, Johannesburg, and demanded money.

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