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Lawyers up for graft over bribe to cop
Thief wanted to have criminal record erased, state claims

A young thief's bid to keep his record clean has landed him, and two Legal Aid Board lawyers, in the dock.

The three have been charged with corruption after allegedly trying to bribe a police court orderly at the Randburg Magist...
Accused wanted Netshisaulu's wallet
Testifying in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, Inspector Kenneth Matshaba, a detective at the Honeydew police station, said that after recovering the wallet and cellphone belonging to Netshisaulu, his wife Mulalo Sivhidzho - who has been accused of orchestrating his murder - demanded the walle...
Fleeing hijacker drives over bridge
An employee was still missing last night after he and his boss were held up by members of a blue light gang.

Lenasia police spokesperson Captain Mbulaeni Netshivhodza said a Lenasia businessman was being driven by his employee to his business premises in Joburg early yesterday.

He said a car...
Nigerian rebel leader's wife saves SA hostages
The two South Africans held hostage by Nigerian rebels owe their freedom to a heartfelt appeal from one woman.

Azuka Okah, wife of Henry Okah, one of the leaders of the group holding the men, made a plea for the release of Dan Laarman and Robert Berrie, without ransom.

Twenty-five other host...
NPA still thinking of charging Zuma
JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has begun deliberations that might once again lead to Jacob Zuma being charged with corruption, fraud and racketeering related to SA’s R60 billion arms acquisition deal.

Spokesman for the NPA, Tlali Tlali, confirmed that senior legal minds i...
Cosatu lashes media over Zuma reportage
JOHANNESBURG - The media is in the firing line over its alleged complicity in demonising and vilifying ANC president Jacob Zuma.

“Without its lapdog media, the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority), and those influencing it, could never have convinced public opinion to the extent they did that the...
Jail cell reward for guard
JOHANNESBURG - A good Samaritan who found a wallet with cards and a driver’s licence told the Johannesburg court yesterday he was arrested and detained for five days on suspicion of murdering the City Press editor’s son, after trying to find the wallet’s owner.

And while in custody, according to ...
Police may escape sanction
JOHANNESBURG - It appears Johannesburg Metro police will not follow Cape Town’s example in dealing with rioting staff.
This, despite more severe transgressions by Johannesburg Metro officers – they fired live rounds at police and blockaded the M2.

Superintendent Wayne Minaar, told The Citizen th...
Brutal doctor gets life
A DOCTOR has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, and a further 15 years for robbery, Nigel police said yesterday.

According to police spokesman Constable Sindy van Zyl, Dr Louw’s sentencing comes after he murdered Hans Polinsky, who was brutally beaten to death with an iron pipe on Ma...
Bereaved mother claims R1,5m for double tragedy
A YOUNG Letlhabile Mother, who suffered the double tragedy of having her baby snatched from a state hospital and then finding him, only to see him die a year later, has instituted a R1,5 million damages claim against the GAUTENG health MEC.

The claim by 25-year-old Violet Zimo was this week postp...
Zimbabwe trade union livid about agreement
A NEW Constitution is set to be drafted for Zimbabwe with consultation from civic groups, and a referendum is expected to be held between the two ruling parties.

But the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is not happy.

The ZCTU general council said in a statement that: “Government of Nat...
Prisoner ‘of sound mind’
A PRISONER who allegedly almost decapitated two Baviaanspoort prison nurses three years ago was of sound mind and not suffering from any mental illness at the time, a psychologist told the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Professor Jonathan Scholtz testified that Thabo Amos Masinga had “faked” a me...
MEC ignores tender bungle
A SARS official has been suspended for issuing a fraudulent certificate to iLima, the company which failed to build the Jabulani Hospital in Soweto.

But Public Works MEC Ignatius Jacobs will not be taking action against Sibisiso Buthelezi, his head of department, despite the messing up of the R35...
SA Navy on far east mission
THE South African Navy frigate SAS Spioenkop set sail from Cole Point Gate in Simon’s Town yesterday for the Far East.

Countries on the itinerary include Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, India and Mauritius. The vessel is also expected to “interrogate all suspect vessels found in SA’s...
Venter held up at home
Feisty socialite unbowed after staring down gun barrel

Edith Venter had just finished a business meeting in Parktown and was "feeling quite lekker". Minutes later, she was staring down the barrel of a gun,

The socialite had pulled into the driveway of her Atholl, Sandton, home yesterda...
ANCYL warns against reopening JZ's case
The ANC Youth League has warned that anyone thinking of recharging Jacob Zuma would be viewed as public enemy number one.

The organisation is also lobbying senior ANC leaders to remove President Thabo Mbeki from office this weekend.

"Anybody who seeks to reopen it (the case) will be viewed a...
Zille faces hurdles if she prosecutes
Legal experts are sceptical about Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille's threat to privately prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Zille warned yesterday that if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped its case against him and "all other legal avenues have been exhausted," her party wou...
Pikoli dismisses claims of Mbeki meddling over Zuma
He believes judge referred only to Ngcuka, Mpshe

Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has rubbished any suggestion that he was improperly influenced by President Thabo Mbeki's "meddling" in ANC president Jacob Zuma's corruption prosecution.

And Pikoli's attorney, Aslam Moosajee, is a...
Fate of Gauteng refugees still in balance
The 3 500 refugees displaced by xenophobic violence will still be encouraged to leave their shelters across Gauteng, after the Constitutional Court postponed their case.

The court was to hear progress reports yesterday on the integration of refugees, but the lawyer for the displaced people, Andr...
Picking up wallet led to wrongful arrest, court told
Picking up a wallet and cellphone led to five days of wrongful arrest for a man who police initially suspected of killing Avhatakali Netshisaulu, son of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu.

Testifying in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, Khabhudele Mundzelele, of the Zandspruit inform...
Mpofu threatens to sue Mbeki over his suspension
The SABC's axed group CEO, Dali Mpofu, has threatened to take President Thabo Mbeki to court for his alleged failure to stop his accusers from suspending him.

Mpofu's latest move follows the Johannesburg High Court's decision to reject his view that his employer - the SABC board - did not have t...
New Gauteng number plates not legally compliant, says DA
The new registration plates proposed for Gauteng next year will make vehicles illegal and unroadworthy, according to the Democratic Alliance.

In a statement yesterday, the party's spokesperson on transport, James Swart, said the placement of a passive tag on the number plate for highway tolling ...
Youth League incensed by AfriForum 'present'
The ANC Youth League has received a copy of Politics for Dummies, hand-delivered to its offices at Luthuli House, decoratively tied with red raffia.

The gift was sent by AfriForum Youth in reaction to ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema's "radical and irresponsible" statements.

Malema ...
Shaik's hospital bill could rise to R3m
Fraudster Schabir Shaik's hospital bill stands at R219 000 and could ultimately cost taxpayers up to R3-million.

The Correctional Services Department's top officials told MPs yesterday that if Shaik continued to spend time at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban for the next five years befor...
Accused admits to killing his brother
He joined in search after burying him in family's garden

Mbuso Ndlovu accompanied his brother and sister-in-law in the search for his missing brother - after he had already buried him in the family's garden.

Yesterday, he admitted to the Johannesburg High Court that he killed his broth...
Still no leads after couple shot by cops
Two weeks after the horrific shooting, the five men who gang-raped the couple's daughter, assaulted their son, ransacked their home and shot at the police are still at large.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said yesterday they were still investigating all aspects of what happened and that they we...
Tipoff leads police to bust of alleged chop shop
A tipoff by Lenasia residents has led to the discovery of stolen car parts in a garage.

Lenasia police spokesperson Captain Mbulaeni Netshivhodza said police received a call at 10am yesterday about the stolen car parts being stored inside a garage in Murry Street.

The Lenasia police task tea...
Stop cursing our call centre staff, pleads emergency service
The Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) has urged Joburg residents to stop swearing at and racially abusing its call centre staff.

Dispatchers are apparently confronted with racist and obscene language from callers daily.

"It has come to our attention that our call-takers and di...
Thugs call the shots in SA's mean streets
Cops powerless, so communities forced to defend themselves

Nearly every week for almost eight years, Jonny Steinberg, an accomplished author and researcher, spent several shifts in a police patrol van trawling the streets of Gauteng.

His quest: the truth regarding policing in South Afr...
A constitutional crossroad
The unintended consequences of tactical decisions taken in court cases never cease to amaze. National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi cooked his own goose by choosing to bring a premature and unnecessary application to the high court.

This decision presented the National Prosecuting Authority ...
DA will consider prosecution of JZ if he walks
If the state does not pursue fraud, corruption and money-laundering charges against ANC president Jacob Zuma, the Democratic Alliance will investigate the option of instituting a private prosecution itself, said DA leader Helen Zille today.

Zille told journalists in Cape Town this morning that h...
Legal fightback looms over judge's findings
President Thabo Mbeki and ex-prosecuting boss Bulelani Ngcuka may go to court over the ruling that halted ANC president Jacob Zuma's graft prosecution - and cast them as co-conspirators in a political plot against him.

A day after Mbeki confirmed during a Fifa press conference that he had asked ...
Premier to intervene in Soweto hospital debacle
PREMIER Mbazima Shilowa has assured the people of Gauteng that he is following up on the Jabulani Hospital tender debacle.

His statement follows an article published in The Citizen yesterday in which the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Jack Bloom urged Shilowa to “speedily intervene” in the iss...
Damages for burnt child
A POLOKWANE nursery school has been ordered to pay R715 000 damages to a Centurion mother whose one-year-old baby sustained serious burns to his legs and feet when an urn with boiling water fell onto him.’

Pretoria High Court Judge Willem van der Merwe yesterday confirmed a settlement between the...
Navy helps define ‘10th Province’
APART from the use of new ships and submarines in honing military skills the South African navy is contributing to national well-being in other areas.

Not the least of these is a recent 22-day survey mission undertaken by the hydrographic vessel SAS Protea. During this exercise the 36-yea...
Lotz’s family convinced Van der Vyfer is guilty
MURDERED student Inge Lotz’s family has rejected a weekend television programme featuring forensic experts who exonerated her former boyfriend of the crime as a “massive propaganda campaign”.

Lotz was stabbed and bludgeoned to death at her Stellenbosch apartment three years ago. Former boyfriend...
23 arrested at protest
SOME 23 people have been arrested as a protest against poor service delivery turned nasty at Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg.

Yesterday’s protest was the second in the area in less than a week.

Last week, five people were injured as the residents took to the streets of the informal settleme...
Three held for stabbings
FREE State police have arrested three men for murder in two separate incidents.

Police spokesman, Sergeant Mmako Mophiring, said the first suspect was arrested for allegedly stabbing Buti Shai Hadebe, 24, in the throat, killing him on the scene.

Mophiring said it is alleged that the 26-year-ol...
Ex-boyfriend in custody after woman’s house razed
A MAN has been arrested in Jouberton, Klerksdorp for allegedly torching his ex-girlfriend's RDP house.

Police determined that the house in Extension Three had been set alight using a paraffin cloth, said Superintendent Junior Metsi of the north West police.

Selinah Molutsi, 27, returned from a...
Shootout leaves two dead
TWO suspects have been arrested, two shot dead and three injured during a shootout with police following a robbery at Pick’n Pay in Rosettenville.

Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman said officers recovered at least five stolen handguns and two vehicles used by the robbers including s...
Judge Motata also sexist, says cop
JOHANNESBURG - A metro police officer testified in court yesterday at the ‘drinking and driving’ trial of Judge Nkola Motata that the South African Police Service members who arrived on the accident scene were instructed not to arrest the judge.

This was evidence by Metro policewoman Paulina Mash...
Future of arrested Bok still uncertain
JOHANNESBURG - Rugby South African has remained mum on what action will be taken against Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, who was arrested for drunk driving in Cape Town on Sunday morning.

The SA Rugby Union (Saru) website quoted attorney Frikkie Eras mus, who has ties with the Stormers rugby ...
Zuma-ruling fightback looms
Mooted moves by Mbeki and Ngcuka described as 'bizarre'

President Thabo Mbeki and ex-prosecuting boss Bulelani Ngcuka may go to court over the ruling that iced ANC president Jacob Zuma's graft prosecution - and cast them as co-conspirators in a political plot against him.

A day after M...
Cop says she didn't smell liquor on judge
But his incessant talking made her think he had been drinking

The police officer who arrested Judge Nkola Motata on the night he crashed his Jaguar into a residential wall in a northern Joburg suburb has testified that she did not smell alcohol on the judge.

The Johannesburg Magistrate...
Rugby racism victim left feeling like pawn
Her absence at campaign launch angers Saru president

Ziningi Shibambo had hoped that the racial abuse she endured at a Tri-Nations rugby match could be turned into something positive, but today she feels like a pawn caught in the middle of a politicised game.

Last Thursday, Shibambo wa...
Youth League to reveal Mbeki stance
As the ANC's leadership core met last night, its "kingmakers", the ANC Youth League, prepared to go public with its militant stance on the future of President Thabo Mbeki.

And ANC president Jacob Zuma, for the second day in a row, repeated his dovish call for the party to focus on building unity...
Growing call for arms deal inquiry
While the ANC ponders calls from its ranks to oust President Thabo Mbeki, the demand for a commission of inquiry into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal is snowballing.

Several opposition parties have zeroed in on Judge Chris Nicholson's recommendation that a commission of inquiry be ...
Blatter steers media from Mbeki
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has rescued President Thabo Mbeki from a barrage of media questions about his future plans, following his castigation by Judge Chris Nicholson.

"I am not here to protect this president. Let's not confine ourselves to local politics … in the spirit of (Fifa's) fair pla...
Teen admits guilt in death of R&B star's cousin
More than two years after a horror car crash, the teenager who killed R&B star Ashanti's 20-year-old cousin has pleaded guilty.

Kershan Naidoo - 17 at the time - has also pleaded guilty to killing a 26-year-old man in the same accident, driving without a licence, being drunk, and trying to run a...
Grisly Netshisaulu evidence
Dzudzanani Netshisaulu, the mother of Avhatakali, fought back tears as she listened to how her son's charred remains were discovered in the boot of his smouldering car.

For four hours yesterday she sat against the wall in the back row of the Johannesburg High Court - where she was later joined b...
Girl gang-raped at reed dance
Men could be banned from the annual reed dance ceremony, held at eNyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu Natal, after news that a 14-year-old Zulu maiden was gang-raped at the event.

The girl, from Rossburgh in Durban, was allegedly dragged off by a group of local men on Saturday evening when ...
Alex pupils vote for peace and reconciliation
The cabinet of Burkina Faso was elected without contestation, as there was only one candidate standing for each post.

The minister of arts and culture said she was happy to be elected because she really liked acting; the minister of agriculture promised to plant "mealie meal" in the desert; and ...
Protest at Road Accident Fund ruling
Protesters angry at a recent ruling which means that victims of road accidents still need to go through lawyers to access benefits have voiced their concerns on the streets of Joburg.

Gauteng Legislature Speaker Richard Mdakane yesterday accepted one of three memorandums from the South African N...
Interpreter questioned over translation
She recuses herself from Motata case after complaints

An interpreter in Judge Nkola Motata's drunk driving trial had to recuse herself halfway into the start of the proceedings yesterday after the defence questioned her translation.

The translation queried was in connection with the te...
Help for slain cops' families
Project to overcome pension payout red tape

Less than two weeks before Edith Hlungwani was to give birth, her husband Brian Ngomane died of injuries he sustained in a car accident.

Ngomane, a constable who had served more than two years at the Kliptown police station in Soweto, was the...
Officer probing theft 'stole from victims'
A Pretoria woman is warning the public not to allow police into their homes after a policewoman tasked with investigating a house break-in and robbery at her home made off with her facial wash.

Liza Visser and her husband awoke on September 8 to discover that their laptops, her husband's wallet ...
Youth train to save lives
Three-hundred unemployed young people from Alexandra have completed their training as part of the Joburg Emergency Management Services' volunteer programme.

They recently received certificates proving they had finished the three-month training course.

Joburg Emergency Management Services spo...
Judge remarked about my light skin, says officer
When greeted by a female metro police officer reacting to a radio report concerning his alleged drunk driving crash, Judge Nkola Motata's first response was to comment on the lightness of her complexion.

Metro officer Paulinah Mashilela was the state witness called to take the stand in the ongoi...
‘ANC shames memory of biko’
JOHANNESBURG - Black Consciousness Movement pioneer Steve Biko must be turning in his grave because of the ANC’s obsession with power and wealth accumulation, said African People’s Convention (APC) leader Themba Godi at the weekend.

“The painful reality is that a significant section within the ru...
‘Stop ANC before it’s too late’
JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has warned that South Africa could follow the path of Zimbabwe if citizens allow the ruling party to do as it pleases.

“We will go the way of Zimbabwe if you stand by and do nothing,” said Zille, during an evening spring ball hosted by th...
3 sought for gang-rape
JOHANNESBURG - Three men are being sought in connection with the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Selby, Johannesburg over the weekend.

According to police spokesman Captain John Maluleke, the victim and her boyfriend had a quarrel on their way home in the early hours of yesterday.

“Five ma...
‘Charge president’ call
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki must stand trial for his alleged involvement in a “conspiracy” to remove ANC president Jacob Zuma from the political scene.

So says Basil Douglas, a former high-profile ANC member who cited disillusionment as the reason he quit the party. He recently founded t...
SA hostages in oil war fiasco
TWO South African hostages could find themselves trapped in a full-scale war for control of the oil-rich Nigerian Delta following a botched weekend rescue attempt.

Armed militants hijacked an oil supply vessel at the entrance of the Sambreiro River in the delta on Tuesday last week, kidnapping 27...
‘Let Shaik go’ says new PRC party leader
JOHANNESBURG - The People’s Revolutionary Congress (PRC), a newly-formed coloured political party has demanded the immediate release of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik, ANC president Jacob Zuma’s former financial adviser.

“Shaik is the whipping boy. Is it justice when Shaik is in jail while Zum...
Grandson up for murder
A 30-year-old man is expected to appear in the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge tomorrow.

This is after the body of a pensioner was found in the Limpopo town yesterday.

According to police Superintendent Mogale Ramatseba, the deceased, aged 87, was allegedly stabbed in the chest ...
ANC meets on Mbeki's fate
Zuma labels regime a 'dead snake' President denies meddling in NPA

As the ANC's top brass were due today to grapple with the unprecedented crisis over President Thabo Mbeki, party president Jacob Zuma has compared the Mbeki government to "a dead snake".

The SABC reported that Zuma, usi...
Mbeki regime 'a dead snake'
Zuma lashes out as top ANC officials decide president's fate

As the ANC's top brass were due today to grapple with the unprecedented crisis over President Thabo Mbeki, party president Jacob Zuma has compared the Mbeki government to "a dead snake".

The SABC reported that Zuma, using isi...
Teen convicts in the spotlight
Thousands of 16-and 17-year-old offenders could be serving lengthy jail sentences which may be illegal in terms of the constitution, the Centre for Child Law has told the Pretoria High Court.

The centre is seeking various orders that sections of the Criminal Law Amendment Act be declared inconsi...
Winter family pin hopes on Dubai meeting
Consulate hopes to convince police to overturn decision toban a local expert from helping in search for SA woman

The family of Kerry Winter hope a meeting between the South African consulate in Dubai and police this weekend will convince the local police to overturn their decision to refus...
Zapiro furious after detractors lay into and threaten him
Cartoonist Zapiro consistently proves the pen is mightier than the sword, but last night he was furious that some of his ANC detractors were starting to fight dirty. He lashed out at National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and Youth League leader Julius Malema for resorting to gutter politics and mak...
A fresh start or a false dawn?
After standing firm and refusing to pay second fiddle toMugabe, Tsvangirai has capitulated, say commentators

No deal is better than a bad deal, Morgan Tsvangirai told the Saturday Star in an interview less than a month ago. It was a line he would trot out over and over again in the weeks t...
Penis envy tavern killing: all five accused released on bail
Five men, including two Durban police officer brothers, who allegedly killed three people at the Merseyside Tavern and Pub in Umbilo, were released on bail at the Durban Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The five accused, who face three counts of murder and two of attempted murder, made a quick geta...
NPA's plan to punish Zuma backfires
Judge slams prosecuting authority and questions its independence, writes Karyn Maughan

The prosecutors of ANC president Jacob Zuma wanted to make him pay for his political conspiracy claims against them.

But the National Prosecuting Authority's bid to have Zuma chastised by a court of ...
Pikoli calls for transparent appointments
Vusi Pikoli, the suspended national director of public prosecutions, said the judgment should be respected and noted that it weakened the National Prosecuting Authority's case against Zuma.

"When I was the national director I was never influenced, in any way, to deal with any matter in a particu...
High noon for gang of robbers caught in the act
Undercover police have taken on a gang of armed robbers in a close-range gunfight that left two robbers dead and three wounded.

The shootout occurred outside a Pick n Pay supermarket in Robertsham at about 7pm yesterday. Two robbers were arrested.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Super...
Tragic end for missing 2-year-old
Body found at the bottom of toilet in informal settlement

The search for a missing toddler turned tragic when his body was found at the bottom of a toilet.

Two-year-old Teboho Tshabalala went missing on Saturday at Boitumelo informal settlement near Vereeniging, but his parents had clu...
Magistrate roasts mom over adopted child's death
A woman who resorted to adoption when she could not fall pregnant has been found guilty of assaulting and killing the child.

Zaibunisha Herman was found to have started abusing Tammy within three months of receiving her from the adoption agency.

The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court also found...
Metro cops putting a new spin on smash and grab
The Joburg Metro Police Department has, for the first time, started crushing stolen and irreparably damaged vehicles at its Loveday Street pound.

The first 70 were destroyed at the weekend.

The vehicles were previously auctioned, but according to JMPD director Gerrie Gerneke, people would bu...
Home Affairs still running illegal refugee centre
The Department of Home Affairs is running an illegal refugee centre and placing the health of thousands of asylum-seekers at risk as thousands queue daily in an attempt to stay in South Africa legally.

Three weeks ago, the minister of home affairs was ordered by the Johannesburg High Court to "a...
Minister pays up R70 000 for ‘drunk’ cop’s rampage
Minister pays up R70 000 for ‘drunk’ cop’s rampage

AN altercation with an aggressive allegedly “drunk” policeman on the N1 in Pretoria five years ago has resulted in Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula having to pay R70 000 in damages to a Pretoria couple and their friend.

The Ministe...
Illegal abortions spread
BACK-STREET abortionists are spreading despite abortions being available at state institutions.

“Every pole in towns, townships and suburbs have advertisements for illegal abortionists,” said Provincial health spokesman, Nthabiseng Makhongoana.

“Most of the people who use these services come b...
Kid’s murder trial testimony
JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg High Court yesterday heard an account of the events of the night that the son of the editor-in-chief of the City Press newspaper was murdered – as seen through the eyes of a child.

The child turns 12 in 10 days’ time.

On the day of the murder – December 6, 2006 ...
Supporters all fired up for Zuma ruling
Jacob Zuma's supporters marched and burnt images of President Thabo Mbeki yesterday. Last night they danced and sang in the rain.

But police said they weren't expecting any problems at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today.

In Freedom Square, opposite the high court, last night, a small but ...
Dad sets shack alight, killing daughter
A 37-year-old man has been arrested for dousing his shack with petrol and setting it alight, killing his 4-year-old daughter.

His wife and two other children were seriously injured. Police said the incident happened at Palm Ridge Extension 6 informal settlement in Edenpark, Ekurhuleni, on Wednes...
Alleged RAF fraudsters nabbed
The Commercial Crime Unit has swooped on seven suspects, including two police officers, who allegedly defrauded the Road Accident Fund of thousands of rands.

On Wednesday night and in the early hours of yesterday, the gang's year-long crime spree came to a halt when detectives pounced on them. S...
Fired up for Zuma ruling
Thousands gather for key court date

Jacob Zuma's supporters marched and burnt images of President Thabo Mbeki yesterday, but police said they were not expecting any problems at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today.

In Pietermaritzburg's Freedom Square, opposite the high court, last nig...
Whatever the ruling, both sides will battle on
ANC president Jacob Zuma believes there are "in reality" no criminal charges against him - and today he was to find out whether that was the case.

Zuma was this morning due to return to the court that quashed the corruption case against him two years ago, with the hope that it would declare his ...
Size does matter as pub brawlers draw guns
Toilet debate leads to deaths

Three people are dead and two are in hospital after a remark about a patron's penis sparked a shooting spree at a tavern.

Patrons at the Merseyside Pub and Tavern in Umbilo, Durban, had to duck for cover when an argument between two groups of men turned ug...
Prosecutors set to receive their salary increase at last
The government has finally come up with the money to pay prosecutors and state legal officials their long-awaited pay increases.

Justice Department spokes-person Zolile Nqayi yesterday admitted that budget problems had hampered the implementation of the Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) und...
Fresh clues in hunt for gang members
Men allegedly robbed family and raped daughter

Police have released the identikits of two men wanted for a house robbery in Alberton, where police shot a husband and wife returning home from a holiday.

The two men are part of a gang of five who gang-raped a woman and fled when police e...
Two top prisons officials suspended
Two top prison bosses have been suspended amid claims of graft, maladministration and threats against whistleblowers.

The suspension of Free State and Northern Cape Regional Commissioner Zacharia Modise and Patrick Gillingham, the regional commissioner for Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West, was...
Ailing wife wants law deemed discriminatory
Thousands of women could benefit if a Constitutional Court challenge to the Customary Marriage Law by a 76-year-old woman is successful.

Currently, the husband becomes the sole owner of all the property acquired during the marriage. If the marriage breaks down, the man still keeps all the proper...
Accused widow vanished at store, girl tells court
A minor was called to the witness box in the murder trial of Avhatakali Netshisaulu.

And as members of the public filed into courtroom 4E at the Johannesburg High Court for the latest instalment of the sensational trial, a burly policeman ordered them to leave.

Not even Netshisaulu's promine...
Robbery victim's 2-hour wait in vain
Man attacked by gun-wielding thugs, then failed by police

With blood drying on his face from where a robber beat him with a gun, Neville Moodley waited in vain for two hours for the police to arrive.

It was broad daylight when the robbers pounced on him yesterday in the parking lot of ...
NPA won't act over gift to SACP
The SA Communist Party is considering taking legal action against claims that its general secretary, Blade Nzimande, received a R500 000 donation.

This follows yesterday's decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) not to prosecute anyone in connection with the alleged donation to the ...
Rugby launches huge anti-racism stand
"No to racism" - that is the message that will be featured on rugby players' jerseys during this weekend's round of Currie Cup games.

The anti-racism message on the specially designed jerseys comes after the racist attack on Ziningi Shibambo during South Africa's Tri-Nations match against Austra...
Judge orders NPA to show clean-up team's statements to McBride
Ruling seen as a whitewash of prosecutors out to convict him

The magistrate in Robert McBride's drunk-driving trial called it absurd. The state said it was irrelevant. But "the chief" has convinced the Pretoria High Court that his application to see all statements made against him by his "...
Bara CEO relieved of his duties
Department denies he was demoted

The outspoken CEO of Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, Dr Arthur Manning, has been "redeployed".

Manning, who spoke candidly about the dire conditions at Bara during a revelation by The Star - in which three newborn babies were shown huddled next to each...
McBride can see affidavits, rules judge
Robert McBride emerged victorious from the Pretoria High Court this morning after winning his legal battle to force the State to reveal the contents of each and every criminal case being investigated against him.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) now has two weeks to disclose the statemen...
Teazers boss seething over vandalism
Teazers boss Lolly Jackson suspects a religious "happy-clappy" is the mysterious vigilante behind the attacks on his billboards.

The strip-joint king is offering a R50 000 reward for the capture of the blade-wielding vandal.

Eight sporadic billboard hits have now cost Jackson about R160 000 ...
Dad tells of his suspicions
JOHANNESBURG - The editor-in-chief of City Press, Mathatha Tsedu immediately suspected that more than robbery was involved when he saw the smouldering car and charred body of his chartered accountant son, Avhatakali Steven Netshisaulu.

“The scene that confronted me did not make sense,” Tsedu told...
Warder kills superior
A PRISON warder allegedly shot and killed his superior at the Rustenburg Prison this week, because he was unhappy with his posting.

Correctional Services regional commissioner, Patrick Gillingham, said in a statement that it was alleged the suspect reported late for first watch and was not satisf...
Priest says crime was devil’s work
THE devil makes work for idle hands, says a Catholic priest who survived an attempted robbery last year.

Father Kieran Creagh, of Leratong Hospice in Atteridgeville, said a more balanced distribution of wealth, better criminal investigations and a reliable justice system could curb crime levels.
Home affairs faces lawsuit
IMMIGRATION specialists are spearheading a class action lawsuit against the Department of Home Affairs over the unacceptably long waiting periods that candidates face when applying for permanent residence.

Leon Isaacson, MD of Global Migration SA, says that the process of applying for permanent r...
Eskom short-circuits illegal electrical users
FOLLOWING yesterday’s visit to Protea South in Soweto by various Gauteng government departments, including Eskom, several residents were issued with fines for not complying with the city’s regulations.

It was evident that illegal electricity connections were on the rise and that something had to ...
State urged to halt crime now, not after six years
THE brakes must be slammed on road crime now and not in six years’ time when the government plans to address it.

Chairman of the Bridgestone/Cars Committee for Active Road Safety, Gavin Kelly, is outraged and says the government’s planned initiative will, for all its good intentions, miss the bus...
Snake man reimbursed
A MEDICAL scheme administrator has stepped into the breach to reimburse “Mad Martin” Smit with R50 000 after he was robbed on the 85th day of his sit-in with snakes at the Hartbeesport retile park.

The company will make the donation to Save-a-Child, the charity that Smit is supporting with his si...
’Rolex gang’ does not exist
GAUTENG police maintained yesterday that an alleged “Rolex Gang” which according to media reports targets people with Rolex watches, does not exist.

This after a security guard was shot and wounded in the basement of a business park in Illovo, Johannesburg amid a robbery in which an armed gang st...
Hijackers pick on cops
A BRONKHORSTPRUIT detective was shot during an attempted hijacking in Ekangala, east of Pretoria on Tuesday nights, police said yesterday.

Three hijackers stopped next to an unmarked BMW with two police detectives on duty at about 10pm.

Captain Simon Mashiloane said one of the hijackers held t...
Prosecutors and defence in a tangle over case
Jacob Zuma's lawyers have formally complained over the state's "untrue" claims that the ANC president is preparing to persuade prosecuting boss Mokotedi Mpshe to drop his corruption case.

Zuma's attorney, Michael Hulley, yesterday sent a letter to the National Prosecuting Authority in which he ex...
Vow to obliterate any opposition to Zuma
Judges threatened ahead of crucial court ruling

The ANC Youth League will "crush" and "eliminate" anyone trying to prevent ruling-party leader Jacob Zuma from becoming the country's next president.

ANC-aligned youth structures have also threatened judges, while the ruling party will bu...
Parents put faith in training of diver nabbed in Nigeria
Parents of one of the two South Africans kidnapped in the Niger Delta are confident that their son's navy training will guide the group through the ordeal.

Dan Laarman (36), of Cape Town, was one of 13 people - five foreign workers and eight Nigerians - who were hijacked while on an oil industry ...
Regulation on workers guarding property repealed
The Pretoria High Court has ruled that employees who merely protect their employer's property and interests on the property should not be regulated by the Private Security Act, as they were not public security service providers.

Judge Cathy Satchwell yesterday ordered that two phrases contained ...
Editor says son's killing caused family tension
The tension between the Tsedu and Netshisaulu families, and the storm of publicity surrounding the death of Avhatakali Netshisaulu, were central to the cross-examination of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu.

Taking the witness stand for the second day yesterday, Tsedu, the father of Avha...
Another pupil stabbed at school
A 17-year-old school pupil has been stabbed at a school in Lenasia South.

Police spokesperson Inspector Mpho Kgasoane said that at about 10am yesterday they received a call from the school principal about a stabbing at Southview High School.

"When they arrived they found that the boy had sus...
Rape accused fears for his life, wants bail
The man accused of raping two boys after inviting them for "a sleepover" says he isn't safe in prison and is asking to be released on bail.

The 42-year-old Nigel, Ekurhuleni, man is being detained at Boksburg Prison. He has been there for the past week.

The man, who told the magistrate during ...
McBride said to be back at work again
DA wants new mayor to take action

Robert McBride was due to hear this morning whether a court will grant his wish to see each and every statement made against him by his "clean-up team".

He is adamant the statements will prove the three officers who turned on him after his controversia...
Officer injured in roadside shootout with hijackers
Joburg police have seized a hijacked truck, recovering computers and electrical equipment worth R1,7-million.

They were acting on a tipoff about a hijacked truck being escorted by a bakkie in Ermelo Road near Devon yesterday. They ordered the truck to pull over, but the occupants opened fire and...
Youth ready for ‘struggle’ over JZ
JOHANNESBURG - No “sober” judge in any court will rule in favour of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the case of ANC president Jacob Zuma.

His supporters said this yesterday as they prepare to embark on a “mass struggle” ahead of their leader’s court appearance in Pietermartizburg on F...
‘Scrap the Pebble Bed plan’
WASTED: R5 billion has gone down the drain

THE Independent Democrats (ID) want the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PB-MR) project scrapped.

The ID’s Lance Greyling said the PBMR is a white elephant that has already wasted around R5 billion.

Eskom has not only been unable to attract funds from ...
Clamp on Security Act
NOT every worker who provided “in-house’ protection to their employers had to be registered as security service providers under the Private Security Act, as this would lead to absurdities, a Pretoria High Court judge has ruled.

Judge Kathy Satchwell found that certain provisions of the Private Se...
R1 Billion a year theft
OVER 300 000 illegal government grants beneficiaries have been removed from the system in the past three years.

Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya said the phony grants had annual value of over R1 billion.

But he said about R1,5 billion was still lost to fraud and corruption annually.
Greater numbers ‘not cause of refugee crisis’
JOHANNESBURG - A report by the Forced Migration Studies Programme (FMSP) has questioned official views that cite an accelerating influx of refugees as the main driver of challenges facing the country’s refugee reception system.

“Our data suggests that procedural problems at the offices, including...
Snake charmer ducks bullets
EVEN good causes are not safe from criminals.

Three armed men walked into a reptile park in Hartbeespoort at midnight on Saturday and threatened the owner and another man attempting to set a world record for living in a cage with deadly snakes. The robbers walked out with R50 000 in donations fo...
Hunt for two robbers
POLICE are searching for two armed robbers who shot and killed a security guard during a botched cash heist in Yeoville, Johannesburg yesterday.

Yeoville police Captain Thabang Motleleng said security guards were collecting money at the Shoprite cash office when accosted by two armed men.

“A s...
Charity theft charge
A 26-year-old man will appear in court today on a charge of theft after posing as a charity worker in Kempton Park.

East Rand police spokesman Captain Jethro Mtshali said he pretended he was collecting clothes and money for the non-governmental organisation, Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR).
Regulation on workers guarding property repealed
The Pretoria High Court has ruled that employees who merely protect their employer's property and interests on the property should not be regulated by the Private Security Act, as they were not public security service providers.

Judge Cathy Satchwell yesterday ordered that two phrases contained i...
Court ruling made fraud easier, Skweyiya believes
Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya is considering appealing against a Pretoria High Court ruling allowing any form of identification to be used to access grants.

Skweyiya told The Star yesterday that while his department respected the ruling, it left loopholes for fraud and corruption in t...
Guard dies in botched hold-up
A security guard has been gunned down in a botched supermarket heist in Joburg.

The guard was shot as he left the Shoprite in Raleigh Street in Yeoville just before noon yesterday.

Police spokesperson Captain Thabang Motleleng said the guard and the driver of a Group 4 Securicor van had ente...
Ex-cop nabbed over spate of robberies
A former Boksburg police sergeant has been arrested for alleged involvement in a spate of armed robberies, hijackings and cellphone theft.

The 40-year-old man, who left the police in the early '90s, was arrested at a house in Dandelion Street in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni, yesterday. The arrest was...
Priest's 'executioners' get 25 years
Applause in packed courtroom after sentencing

Not even a man of the cloth, serving the community far from his home, is safe or immune from violent attacks.

Atteridgeville Regional Court magistrate Allan Cowan did not mince his words yesterday when he sentenced Lesetsa Godfrey Phatlane (...
Loyalty of ex-security staff in Scorpions defended
The loyalty of members of the Scorpions who previously served in the apartheid-era security police came under scrutiny when MPs were given a glimpse into the composition of the beleaguered unit.

The respected head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), Willie Hofmeyr, yesterday stood up for the Scor...
Prisons boss warns on Scott-Crossley's parole
Convicted "lion murderer" Mark Scott-Crossley will go straight back to prison if he violates even the smallest condition of his parole, according to the Department of Correctional Services.

Mpumalanga Correctional Services Commissioner Elliot Mndawe said yesterday that his office had been floode...
Conciliatory Zuma defends role of judiciary
With his fate in the hands of a judge, Jacob Zuma has broken his silence and reaffirmed his party's faith in the judiciary.

However, he cautioned that the bench was not above criticism and transformation.

His call yesterday for restraint and a truce comes after weeks of concerted attacks aga...
Black hole threat is sci-fi - report
If you find yourself fighting the gravitational pull of a black hole some time today, you will know things went horribly wrong with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

But contrary to predictions by physicists that this will happen, the chances of this cosmic phenomenon occurring during the experim...
Pupil stabs classmate (14) three times after quarrel
A 14-year-old boy has been stabbed three times by a classmate after the two got into an following an argument at a Joburg primary school.

The Grade 7 pupil suffered stab wounds to the neck, back and head while apparently attempting to flee from another Grade 7 pupil on the corner of Commissioner...
Kebble strikes a deal with Stratton
Roger Kebble has backed down from his multimillion rand claim against the men accused of the murder of his mining- magnate son Brett.

Roger Kebble's attorney Kim Warren today confirmed that his client had withdrawn his claim after reaching a confidential out-of-court settlement with Australian b...
Tsedu tells of seeing son's charred remains in car
"There were stumps of burnt-out hands. There were also stumps of what used to be feet, and part of the head near the rear left wheel was equally burnt out."

These were the chilling words of a father describing the charred remains of his murdered son in the boot of a car.

Yesterday, Mathatha T...
Officer injured in roadside shootout with hijackers
Joburg police have seized a hijacked truck, recovering computers and electrical equipment worth R1,7-million.

They were acting on a tipoff about a hijacked truck being escorted by a bakkie in Ermelo Road near Devon yesterday. They ordered the truck to pull over, but the occupants opened fire and ...
Lions 'golden boy' fights drugs charge
Golden Lions rugby player Ryno Benjamin appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrate's Court this morning on a drug charge.

According to provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Opperman, Benjamin was arrested in his flat in Fontainebleau, Randburg, on January 31.

He was arrested ...
'Rapist' wants media out of court
A man accused of raping two boys next to a mosque has told a magistrate he did not want the media to be present during his court appearance.

"I want these people (the media) out of court, this is a very serious case," he said at his first appearance at the Germiston Magistrate's Court yesterday....
East Rand Security Expo - 10 - 12 September 2008
A showcase of the latest security products available for personal and corporate security. A comprehensive range of products will be on display along with great advice and information.

The show will be taking place between 10am and 5pm daily on the 10,11, 12 September 2008 at the Boksburg Civic Ce...
DA focus on Zuma, arms deal
JOHANNESBURG - The chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), Themba Godi yesterday said he would consider the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) request to ensure that corruption related to the arms deal was dealt with properly.

Godi confirmed that he had received a letter from the D...
Chaos as residents run amok
JOHANNESBURG - A major Johannesburg highway had to be closed for hours yesterday as the city saw yet another protest against lack of service delivery.

At least six people were injured and several arrested during a confrontation between police and residents of Orange Farm informal settlement.

Murder: third arrest expected
JOHANNESBURG - The arrest of a third suspect in the brutal murder of a retired estate agent in her Brooklyn home in 2006 was imminent, the Pretoria High Court was told yesterday.

Prosecutor Andre Wilsenach told the Pretoria High Court new evidence had come to light and the arrest of a third susp...
Mbeki accused of attacking press freedom
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki is under fire for signing into power the Films Publication Amendment Bill, a move seen by many as an attack on press freedom in South Africa.

The Bill will allow all content of media organisations to be placed before the Film and Publications Board for editin...
Prisoners say strike goes on
SPREADING: Sapohr warns on more action

THE South African prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr) has warned of serious repercussions should the Department of Correctional Services fail to intervene in the indefinite hunger strike by prisoners at the Baviaanspoort Medium Security Prison,...
Reward for missing man
THE family of a missing 58-year-old man has offered R250 000 for information leading to his safe return.

Dirk Domenico Cortesi went missing on Thursday last week and has not been seen since.

Gauteng police spokesman, Superintendent Eugene Opperman told The Citizen “The search for Cortes...
Modise and his R500 000 in NPA’s sights this week
THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Might announce its decision this week on the missing R500 000 donation allegedly given to the South African Communist Party’s (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande, spokesman Tlali Tlali confirmed yesterday.

This means that Charles Modise, the businessma...
Winter could still be alive
A PHONE call to a second cellphone number and answered by an unknown man has offered the Winter family renewed hope Kerry Winter, 35, is still alive.

Winter’s brother Kurt and nephew David Giles called Kerry’s second cell number at the weekend and somebody answered it. The man who answered spoke...
Killer claims he blacked out
A SCHOEMANSVILLE man yesterday told the Pretoria High Court he had not made sure if his wife was dead after he had apparently shot her because he was afraid his three-year-old daughter might see the terrible sight of her mother with blood all over her face.

Richard Van Ameron, a furniture factory...
Arms deal whistleblower dies
BHEKI Jacobs, the former ANC spy who blew the whistle on arms deal corruption and who was arrested in a bizarre murder plot against Thabo Mbeki, died yesterday of cancer.

Born Uranin Solomon, he had at least 10 aliases, of which his favourite was Behki Jacobs.

He was trained as an intelligence...
Scammers targeting elderly
PERSUASIVE: They said she would own a shop

THREE women and a man have been arrested and charged with coning two retired nurses out of more than R50 000 in a scam competition.

Gift Charlotte Mashele, 40, Grace Mmole Makole, 48, Ida Moranoke, 49, and George Mashele, 40, have appeared in the Rus...
Back to campus
NORTH West University’s Mafikeng Campus, closed last week due to violent protests, will reopen next Monday.

University spokesman Louis Jacobs said management decided on Friday to resume lectures on September 15. Residences would reopen on the 14th.

“To recover lost teaching time, all classes ...
Cops arrest 390
A TOTAL of 152 people were arrested during crime-fighting operations in Hillbrow, Braamfontein, Parktown, Berea and Joubert Park over the weekend.

Police said this brought the number of those arrested in Johannesburg at the weekend to 390.

Alleged crimes included murder, street robberies, assa...
Robber held
WITBANK police arrested four robbers who were firing at them during a high-speed chase on the N4 highway east of Pretoria yesterday.

Three unlicensed firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash were recovered.

The drama began when the men entered a supermarket in Witbank at about 7am. They hel...
Tripartite heads lash out at cartoonist
Unapologetic Zapiro 'wanted to make a point'

The ANC is fuming after award-winning political cartoonist Zapiro depicted ANC president Jacob Zuma about to rape a blindfolded Lady Justice in his latest satirical offering.

In an angry joint statement yesterday, the ANC, the ANC Youth Leagu...
It's your duty to protect courts, FW tells Mbeki
FW de Klerk has urged President Thabo Mbeki to actively protect the judiciary from attack, in line with his constitutional duty as head of state.

This could include invoking the common law relating to contempt of court, the Riotous Assemblies Act, the Equality Act, as well as civil interdictory a...
Lost in translation as language proves a barrier in murder case
Financial planner Awelani Muhanelwa has been questioned at length about apparent omissions in a statement he made to the police shortly after the gruesome murder of Avhatakali Netshisaulu in 2006.

Muhanelwa is a former colleague of accused number three, Mulalo Sivhidzho, who worked with her at th...
Zuma's lawyer denies representations to NPA
Jacob Zuma's lawyer has denied that the ANC president is preparing to show prosecuting boss Mokotedi Mpshe why his corruption case should be dropped.

Michael Hulley yesterday denied National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali's weekend claims that Zuma's legal team would make represe...
Prisoners' activist Bhudu jailed
Prisoners' rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu and two former warders have been given long jail terms for helping an inmate to escape.

In the Wynberg Magistrate's Court yesterday, Bhudu (47) and a co-accused and former warder, Graccion Maimela (32), were given an eight-year sentence each for aidin...
'I will sue the cops who tortured me'
A Moroccan immigrant, allegedly tortured by the police and then released without being charged, is suing the Department of Safety and Security for millions of rands.

Hassan Zahir (45), who has lived in South Africa for five years, has asked his lawyers to proceed with the lawsuit against the depa...
Mother and son reunited after case is dismissed
Boy was not molested, and social worker acted incorrectly

It took a child psychologist just three sessions with a 4-year-old boy to dismiss a social worker's claims that a Benoni mother was sexually abusing her son.

The allegations made against the mother were based on a social worker's...
Zapiro won't apologise for Zuma rape cartoon
The ANC and Zapiro began a bitter war this morning - over a cartoon.

And South Africa's most famous cartoonist is adamant he won't apologise for his controversial work which appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday.

It depicts ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and secretaries general of t...
Police arrest 238 suspects
A CRIME prevention operation led to the arrest of 238 suspects in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Johannesburg police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said the suspects were arrested during a crime prevention operation that began on Friday and ended in the early hours of yesterday.

“Serious crimes ...
Govt scraps key hospital
JOHANNESBURG - Another scandal – this time fraud – has resulted in the Gauteng Health Department cancelling its tender for construction of the notorious 300-bed Jabulani Hospital.

Government decided to cancel the R692 million contract after it emerged last week that Ilima had submitted a fraudule...
DA wants arms deal action
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) to revive its role in the arms deal investigation and take action instead of creating further delays.

Eddie Trent, DA spokesman on the arms deal, has called upon Scopa’s chairman, Themba Godi, ...
Cop joins crooks in the dock today
JOHANNESBURG - Six suspects, including a police officer, will appear in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court today after they were found in possession of stolen goods worth R4 million.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Captain Hlathi said six suspects, including the police officer, were arrested in Mpumalang...
Mandela square robbery
POLICE are searching for three armed men who robbed a Nelson Mandela Square jewellery shop of goods worth R1 million at the weekend.

Johannesburg police spokesman Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said the robbery took place at the Worlds Finest Watches at about 10am on Saturday.

“They held up a s...
Teacher on rape charges
A MULSIM religious teacher is to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court today on two charges of rape after a second boy, aged 10, reported being raped by the suspect, according to Germiston police spokesman Captain Steady Nawa.

This comes after a 12-year-old boy broke his silence last Wednesd...
Widow ‘did not need comfort’
THE daughter-in-law of the City Press editor-in-chief did not seem in need of comforting at the murder scene of her husband, a friend told the Johannesburg High Court on Friday.

Mulalo Unity Sivhidzho is accused of masterminding the murder of her husband of seven months, Avhatakali Steven ...
Police arrest 238 suspects
A CRIME prevention operation led to the arrest of 238 suspects in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Johannesburg police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said the suspects were arrested during a crime prevention operation that began on Friday and ended in the early hours of yesterday.

“Serious crimes ...
Ex-SACP officials may face perjury allegations
Former SA Communist Party heavyweights Willie Madisha and Phillip Dexter will know this week whether they are to be charged with perjury following extraordinary new claims against them.

Controversial businessman Charles Modise, who stands accused of fraud in an unrelated matter, alleged last wee...
Saved from a life of hell
Family Advocate slammed for bid to take girl from mom

A 3-year-old Joburg child would be in the care of her convicted criminal ex- American soldier father - if the local Family Advocate had its way.

But, thanks to a critical ruling from the Johannesburg High Court, M will remain in Sou...
New lover may help bid to find Winter
The search for missing Durban woman Kerry Winter is still on despite the Dubai police last week dismissing it as an illegal gathering.

Clint Winter, Kerry's brother in Durban, said things had not been easy for the family, especially those in Dubai, since their efforts to find 35-year-old Kerry, ...
Shock for couple on way to ceremony
Police are investigating a case of murder after a man was found lying with a big gash to the back of his head.

The unidentified man, believed to be in his 30s, was found at about 6.20am yesterday at City-Corn Section of Etwatwa in Ekurhuleni.

According to police, the grisly discovery was mad...
ATM inside shop robbed off cash
ATM bombers have taken their trade from the streets and into stores.

This comes as a group of bombers broke into a butchery in Tsenelong section in Tembisa early on Saturday morning.

Police said the robbers ignored the meat and headed straight for the Absa ATM inside and blew it up with expl...
The Star and Stats SA reach a settlement
Statistics South Africa and The Star have reached a settlement, resolving the complaint lodged by Stats SA with the Press Ombudsman in relation to a report published on January 8 2008, appearing in some issues under the headline "R600m state survey bungle - Stats body says error-ridden data cannot b...
'I don't recall shooting Jana'
Murder accused weeps bitterly in court

'I loved her with my whole heart. I never planned to hurt or kill her. I would have done anything for her." This was the evidence of Richard van Ameron (33), who three years ago "emptied" his firearm on his fiancee, Jana Venter. Three of the 13 shots ...
Ex-pats scour Dubai City for woman
Several hundred South African expatriates combed the streets of Dubai yesterday in a bid to find out whether Kerry Winter might still be alive.

Aided by some British expats and a few local residents, they wore T-shirts bearing the face of the missing South African and handed out flyers in Urdu a...
Home Affairs need you!
… to help them identify corruption

The director-general of the Department of Home Affairs, Mavuso Msimang, has emphasised that tipoffs by members of the public about corrupt officials is central to turning his dysfunctional department around. This comes after two Home Affairs officials wer...
Racist rugby fans a ticking timebomb
Now there areplans to banbooze in grounds

South Africans are being assaulted in racist attacks at rugby stadiums every week - but the attacks aren't being reported. Staff at rugby stadiums and fans told the Saturday Star they blamed the uncontrolled consumption of alcohol.

And now ther...
Disgruntled taxi bosses threaten 2010 chaos
The taxi industry, which controls the lion's share of the country's public transport system, is disgruntled over being sidelined in the planning of transport for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Industry leaders have warned that there can be "no 2010 without taxis".

But the 2010 Local Organising C...
Burnt man's wife wouldn't go to cops, court told
Mulalo Sivhidzho - a widow accused of orchestrating her husband's murder - dismissed all pleas to seek help from the police while he was in danger.

This is according to the man who drove her while the two searched for Avhatakali Netshisaulu on the night he was found burnt beyond recognition in t...
Police's claims over death of man shown up
Postmortem reveals numerous contradictions in deceased's arrest

It may never be known whether Douglas Khumalo was a criminal, but it's now clear what he died of after being arrested by the police's national Crime Intelligence Unit - "blunt-force head injury".

Khumalo's widow, Johanna M...
NPA official in dock over fraud
A senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official in Kimberley is facing criminal charges for allegedly making false travel and subsistence claims to the law-enforcement agency.

And despite this, Solani Gift Ngobeni (37) is still working for the prosecuting body.

According to the charge...
Reward offered for missing man (58)
A 58-year-old South African financial adviser, Dirk Cortesi, who came from Australia to visit his father for his birthday, has disappeared.

The family have offered a R250 000 reward for information leading to his being found alive.

Cortesi went missing on Thursday after withdrawing cash from...
Daughter held after trying to dupe dad
A West Rand man is set to testify against his daughter after she allegedly masterminded her own "kidnapping" in order to swindle him.

The saga started last Monday when the man, from Kagiso, received a phone call from a person who told him that his 21-year-old daughter was in danger and that he w...
The truth is out there: in Zimbabwe, to be exact
A series of alleged alien sightings swept through Zimbabwe a few years ago, leaving unsettled witnesses in their wake.

Now American researchers are visiting Zimbabwe and South Africa to learn more about these sightings. They are visiting South Africa because millions of Zimbabweans now live here...
Cops kill robber and wound another suspect
A bobbing beam of light from a torch led police to three armed men who had just robbed a house.

According to Ivory Park police spokesperson Lesiba Manamela, three male suspects, two of them armed, forced their way into a house in Ivory Park Extension 2 at around midnight.

The armed men held up...
Court examines science of drinking
Chemist testifies in Motata trial

Scientific testing, blood alcohol levels and the complications involved in calculating how much a person has had to drink were the focus areas again today in the trial of Judge Nkola Motata.

Judge Motata stands accused of driving under the influence on ...
Man raped by four women
IN the second case of its kind in Rustenburg since July, a man has told police four women in a black BMW abducted and raped him in a veld.

“The investigation is proceeding and will soon reveal all,” Rustenburg police spokesman Constable Botshelo Mothutsane said.

The 23-year-old victim said he ...
Dubai Consul no help
FRUSTRATION has turned to anger for Kurt Winter, who has mounted his own search for his missing sister Kerry.

Speaking from Dubai yesterday he said the South African Consulate General there had failed him. He said Kerry’s ex-boyfriend Mark Arnold, 42, a Briton being held as a suspect, was given ...
Pikoli vetoes political answer
JOHANNESBURG - Suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli has rebuffed an idea of a political solution to the criminal prosecution of ANC president Jacob Zuma, according to media reports.

Pikoli, suspended by President Thabo Mbeki citing “irretrievable” breakdown in working r...
Home Affairs deal to end fraud
JOHANNESURG - A historic agreement aimed at smashing the remaining corruption within the Department of Home Affairs was signed in Pretoria yesterday.

The department together with the National Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the Public Servants Association (PSA) also committed them...
Man says sorry for killing his wife
"I am asking you humbly for forgiveness for ending your life. I have deprived you of many things.

"I always thought I would give my life for you, but in a moment, without thinking, I shot you. Not once, but until there were no more bullets left in the firearm. Nothing you did deserved this barbar...
Police distressed over big revamp
Uncertainty as all jobs are re-evaluated

Every police officer in the country's 1 114 stations - from constable to station commissioner - is now occupying a "vacant" post and has just days to fill in a form to "reapply" for their position.

This week, the first wave of the police's massi...
Hunt for leopard skin trader
KwaZulu Natal police are trying to track down a Jozini man linked to the slaughter of at least 120 leopards.

The rare and specially protected hunting cat's distinctive spotted pelts often adorn the shoulders of the Zulu royal family.

The man was arrested four years ago when police found the ...
Woman says Sars staff tried to rob her at OR Tambo
A Cape Town teacher says she was detained by airport officials trying to "scam" US dollars from her.

Instead of leaving the country and heading off to Zanzibar for a few weeks, the Newlands resident says she missed her flight while she was detained at OR Tambo International Airport, where offici...
Sealift ship could fill a crucial gap in navy
SA 'in new era' after acquiring fleet in terms of arms deal

South Africa is poised to buy a multibillion-rand sealift vessel - in the place of a fifth corvette.

The sealift ship would be used to convey supplies and equipment for far-away peace-keeping missions - a capability that sever...
Lawyer was bribe go-between to make drugs case 'go away'
A Joburg-based lawyer has admitted to "acting as a conduit" to bribe two prosecutors to make a R50-million drugs trial "go away".

The sweetener was not only hard cash but also promises of jobs as magistrates.

Frans Mashele, who ran his own legal practice, yesterday confessed to one count of ...
Cosatu could join bid to prevent Zuma trial
Concern over effects of ANC president losing his case

Cosatu is considering joining a court application to stop the prosecution of ANC president Jacob Zuma, saying a proposal to hold his trial on the eve of the 2009 elections was a political manoeuvre to discredit him.

"The latest prop...
Netshisaulu's weary mother unwavering in her testimony
After 15 gruelling days in the witness box, the tired mother of Avhatakali Netshisaulu - who was found burnt beyond recognition in the boot of his car - has completed her testimony.

Dzudzanani Netshisaulu travelled from her Venda home in Limpopo to testify in the Johannesburg High Court in her so...
Judge was sober is defence's theory
Magistrate takes media to task over allegations

Judge Nkola Motata was sober the morning he crashed his Jaguar into the wall of a Hurlingham house.

In fact, his blood alcohol was between 0,02g and 0,03g, indicating that he was below the legal limit of 0,05g.

This was the defence's ...
Huge desert search for SA woman
Two thousand expatriates living in Dubai - including many South Africans - will head for the desert tomorrow morning to search for missing Durban woman Kerry Winter.

"Many of the volunteers who are going to help us search have 4x4 vehicles, which will be a great help," said Winter's worried broth...
Missing man found dead
South African IT consultant Brian Gauldie (33), who left Johannesburg three months ago to work in Sydney, has been found dead.

Gauldie went missing a week ago and public appeals were issued by Australian police.

This morning Gauldie's mother, Ryna Gauldie of Randpark Ridge in Joburg, confirmed...
JSC must probe Erasmus – DA
JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille wants Judge Nathan Erasmus probed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for “misconduct” after the court ruling against the Erasmus Commission.

This follows this week’s High Court ruling that the commission, headed by the judge, was se...
More Xeno Camp Tension
THE Gauteng government could not be reached yesterday to comment on reports that there is a crisis at the Klerksdorp refugee shelter in Pretoria.

Refugees there have been complaining that the Tshwane Metro Council refuses to feed them.

Last month the municipality withdrew all services to the c...
How drunk was judge?
He was four times over legal limit - expert

Judge Nkola Motata's blood alcohol level was four times over the legal limit when a district surgeon extracted his blood.

The legal limit is 0,05, yet the judge's alcohol level was 0,2g three hours and 30 minutes after crashing his Jaguar int...
Slain man's wife suspected of affair
Accused's relationship fraught with infidelity claims

A widow being tried for her husband's murder allegedly had an affair with her co-accused.

And so fraught with accusations of infidelity was the relationship between Mulalo Sivhidzho and Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of City Press ...
This deadly drug does not show up in tests
GHB has been around for some time, cop says

Gauteng youngsters are overdosing on a potent date-rape drug which is difficult to trace in the body.

Gamma-hydroxybutric acid, or GHB, was originally produced as an anaesthetic in the 1960s, but was discontinued because the drug was found to...
Minister may be cited for contempt
The minister of Home Affairs faces being held in contempt of court over the state of the Joburg refugee office.

This week a group of businesses gave Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula seven days to abide by a court order and end the public nuisance caused by overcrowding at the refugee reception c...
Children take on roles in anti-xenophobia drive
Here's Zimbabwe's new government!

Zimbabwe has a new president … and he is only 11 years old.

Yesterday, Steven Chitaya and four of his "cabinet ministers" received a warm welcome at the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria.

Steven was elected president of Zimbabwe after his school, Ekuk...
Probe of brutal attack on boy has varied focus
Police are considering different angles - including a case of child neglect - in the case of a boy who was gutted open with a broken bottle near Kya Sand.

Detective Constable Joshua Shilajoe said the investigation into the child's attack was complicated and there were a number of different angle...
Drama as Agliotti spots 'stolen belt'
During the violent robbery at Glenn Agliotti's house in March last year, the criminals took more than 100 of his belts and left him with four.

In the Wynberg Magistrate's Court today, he saw a man wearing what he believed to be one of his exclusive leather belts.

He was so sure of his discov...
Grim tale of sex, rape and robbery
Women were kidnapped at gunpoint, teen tells court

A 17-year-old has told a court how he and two other men robbed, raped and indecently assaulted two women after kidnapping them at gunpoint.

In one instance, one of his accomplices gave their victim a choice: give the teenager oral sex ...
Successful interdict could slash ANC majority
Travelgate has come back to haunt MPs as they grapple with the ramifications of allowing members involved in the voucher scandal to participate in dismantling the very unit that investigated or prosecuted them - the Scorpions.

And as MPs wrestle with this legal conundrum, a private citizen is pr...
Locked up for leaving ID at home
She was arrested, stuffed into a packed police van, held in a cell for six hours and released only when she paid a R300 "fine" for loitering - all because she had left her ID at home.

So claims Vuyisiwa Bessie (22) - and now she is determined to bring to book the Hillbrow police officers who all...
Multi-million heist guard in dock
A SECURITY guard allegedly involved in a multi-million rand heist at an Absa cash depot in Witbank, Mpumalanga on Saturday has appeared in court.

Emmanuel Ndlovu, 30, was arrested together with three other suspects.

Mpumalanga police Captain Leonard Hlathi could not confirm the amount of mon...
New twist in arms deal probe
DA: Scopa asked to invite Moketedi Mpshe to its next meeting

JOHANNESBURG - The woes surrounding the arms deal have taken another turn.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) this week challenged Scopa’s chairman Themba Godi to invite Mokotedi Mpshe, the Acting National Director of Public Prose...
Dubai cops puzzled over Kerry
THE family of Kerry Winter, 35, who is missing in Dubai, is leaving no stone unturned in trying to uncover her whereabouts.

The international events co-ordinator went missing two weeks ago on August 20 after she was allegedly battered by her ex-boyfriend, a British man.

She has been living in ...
Hooligans get campus closed
THE Mafikeng campus of North West University has been closed for the second time this year due to student violence.

It is believed to stem from an unsuccessful appeal by four students against their expulsion in May this year.

University spokesman Louis Jacobs said campus Rector Professor Dan K...
Teen crime spree ends in court
A TEENAGER went joy riding with “two adults” and ended up being involved in nine crimes including kidnapping and rape, Johannesburg High Court was told.

The youth, who has since turned 17, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping, two of aggravated robbery of motor vehicles and personal effects...
‘We need a Zuma solution’
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has declared the prosecution of Jacob Zuma is against the country’s interests and called for a “national consensus” on the case.

The ANC national working committee (NWC) said: “This case has been and continues to be divisive.”

The statement continued: “It has become dee...
Cop’s pain for shot woman
JOHANNESBURG - A police constable has told the Pretoria High Court how bad she felt on learning of the death of a Schoemansville woman because she had failed to convince her to lay a charge against her lover for abuse eight months earlier.

Constable Hermien Oosthuizen testified yesterday in the ...
Lying ‘won’t’ bring son back’
‘WHY would I lie, a lie won’t return my dead son”, the mother of the murdered son of the City Press editor-in-chief told Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

She was being cross-examined at the trial of her daughter-in-law and two co-accused.

Her son, Johannesburg accountant Avhatakali St...
Life terms for killers
Two men who hired guns for the murders of a manager of a Hillbrow block of flats and his interpreter have been sentenced to two life terms each.

The Johannesburg High Court had on Monday found Xolani Ngubane (22), of Dube hostel in Soweto, and Zachariah Mngoma, (29) of Kranskop in KwaZulu Natal,...
Lengthy search ends well for father and son
A nickname, a name of a ship and the longing of a son to meet the father he never knew. That was all a private investigator had to solve a 30-year-old cold case.

But last week, he closed the case when his client Richard Terwin returned from Cuba after meeting his dad.

Their reunion was the c...
Cosatu asks ANC to allay fears on judiciary
While the ANC has questioned whether prosecuting its leader Jacob Zuma was in the country's interest, Cosatu has appealed to the ruling party to be responsible and reassure "the minorities" that the judiciary was not under threat.

Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Chris Nicholson will hand down ...
Missing woman's ex admits he beat her
The ex-boyfriend of a South African woman missing in Dubai has told her brother he left her in the desert with injuries to her head and face.

According to reports, the former boyfriend, a 42-year-old British national, has admitted to beating Kerry Winter, and has been in police custody on assaul...
Child rapist's life sentence cut to 13 years
Decision understandable, say activists

The Supreme Court of Appeal has slashed a child rapist's life sentence because his young victim's age and alleged mental retardation were never proved in the court that convicted him.

But anti-rape activists say the decision to reduce Bongani Vila...
Safety MEC backs cops in shooting
Cachalia meets officers who mistakenly shot fleeing couple

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia has defended the police officers who injured a couple in Alberton last week when they opened fire on the couple's vehicle while responding to a house robbery.

"As far as what I hav...
Another Eudy murder case delay
The rape and murder trial of five men accused of killing former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane has been postponed for the umpteenth time.

The case - which was called at noon in the KwaThema Magistrate's Court - has been dragging on for about four months, with no High Court dates set yet.
ANC delays Motlanthe fight debate
The ANC has shelved discussions on the spat between its Youth League and party deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

It will instead focus on preparations for the court appearance of ANC president Jacob Zuma for judgment on his review application.

At its meeting in Joburg yesterday, the ANC's ...
Lotteries board urged to pay out pledged funds
Protesters have disrupted a meeting of the National Lotteries Board, demanding that the lottery body pay outstanding funds promised to their cash-strapped not-for-profit organisations.

After a two-hour sit-in protest on Friday at the NLB offices in Hatfield, Pretoria, the board's management had ...
Court hears details of editor's SMS
City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu claims he did the right thing by not attending his son's funeral in Venda.

This was revealed in an SMS that Tsedu sent to Mulalo Sivhidzho, the widow of his late son Avhatakali Netshisaulu (31), on the night after the funeral.

In her SMS, read out in...
Ashanti killer crash accused faces new trial
More than two years have passed since the horror crash that killed international R&B star Ashanti's cousin - and in the eyes of the law, the boy arrested for causing the accident has become a man.

Today, 19-year-old Kershan Naidoo was due to appear at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court after a plea-...
R100m airport heist trial 'games'
The wheels of justice in the OR Tambo International Airport heist trial were ready to turn when one of the accused sprung a surprise that incensed the judge.

Just as the trial was to start, Chris Billings - one of the accused in the R100-million heist - asked that the case be postponed. Billings...
Boy found with intestines hanging out to go home soon
The little boy whose abdomen was sliced open with a broken bottle will soon be discharged, thanks to dedicated hospital staff and messages of support from readers of The Star.

Last week The Star reported that 5-year-old Sibusiso* was treated at the Netcare Olivedale Hospital after he was found l...
Local IT consultant missing in Sydney
South African IT consultant Brian Gauldie (33), who left Joburg three months ago to continue his career in Sydney, has disappeared.

Australian police have issued appeals for public assistance to find Gauldie, who went missing in East Sydney last week and hasn't been seen since.

According to ...
Saru condemns racist attack at match
It was the first time Ziningi Shibambo had ever been to a rugby match. The atmosphere was exhilarating, the national anthem was sung with gusto, and when the Springboks took to the field, the crowd erupted into a thunderous roar.

The Tri-Nations match between South Africa and Australia was living...
McBride spat hots up
JOHANNESBURG - Robert McBride is back on the beat and Ekurhuleni’s new mayor has been challenged to explain more than 60 instances of deviation from established procedure by City Manager Patrick Flusk.

This is according to the Independent Ratepayers’ Association of SA (Irasa), which has been at l...
Some refugees may be deported
THE proposed consolidation of Gauteng’s refugee camps will have to wait until the refugee status has been finalised by the Department of Home Affairs.

“Some people at the shelters do not have legal status and might be repatriated,” said provincial spokesman Thabo Masebe.

There are just over 2 ...
’Kill Scorpions reports wrong’
KWAZULU-NATAL Cosatu secretary Zet Luzipho has denied media reports that he made a statement insinuating the dismantling of the Scorpions had something to do with ANC president Jacob Zuma’s trial.

“All I said was that the Scorpions must be disbanded because they are not doing their job,” Luzipho ...
Two brothers join list of ‘Great Plane Robbery’ accused
A LOCAL attorney and his brother are expected to be added to the list of those accused of taking part in the R100 million “Great Plane Robbery”, the theft of flight SAA 237 at OR Tambo International Airport.

Prosecutor Wilhelmien Vos undertook to inform the defence by the end of the month if att...
Body found after dam suicide
STRESS: Old age and illness to blame for frail couple’s depression

PRETORIA police divers yesterday retrieved the body of an 88-year-old man who committed suicide by jumping into the Bon Accord Dam, north of Pretoria, after killing his frail 79-year-old wife in a suicide pact at the weekend.

Two women arrested for stabbing man to death
TWO women were arrested for allegedly stabbing a man to death in Soweto at the weekend.

Soweto police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubela said the man was stabbed in the chest by one of the women.

“We arrested a girl found with the murder weapon and she said that her friend committed the crime....
Robbers held for murder of officer
FOUR suspects will soon appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the murder of a police officer in Actonville, Benoni last week.

Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman said four suspects were arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of the police Inspect...
Traders’ grants ‘blackmail’
PENSIONERS and recipients of social grants say shop-owners, with special government ATMs in their stores, often force them to spend their money there before allowing them access to the machines.

The North West South African Social Security Agency says it is disturbed by complaints about this prac...
More hassles at heist trial
IT happened again yesterday, the “bad karma” which has dogged South Africa’s biggest cash heist trial of R46 million from the FNB cash depot in Selby Johannesburg, for the past three months.

The trial will not be held today and will resume only tomorrow because one of the legal representatives is...
Help end road rage attacks
JOHANNESBURG police have called on motorists to abide by the law and refrain from getting involved in road rage incidents.

This after two road rage attacks were reported in Johannesburg this week.

Police Superintendent Eugene Opperman said incidents of this nature cannot really be stopped as l...
Wife shot dead during ‘tantrum’
JOHANNESBURG - A Schoemansville man told his church minister he had shot his wife 13 times because she had kicked the blankets off him in bed and he had lost his temper, the Pretoria High Court heard yesterday.

Werner Venter was testifying in the attempted murder and murder trial of one of his c...
Four nabbed after restaurant robbery
Joburg metro police are looking for the owner of a suspected stolen or hijacked Mercedes-Benz truck following the arrest of four men driving it after a robbery at a Sandton restaurant.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the men were cornered after two metro police highway patrol officers cl...
Racist attack sours rugby win
Controlling body offers R10 000 reward for information on culprits

It was the first time Ziningi Shibambo had ever been to a rugby match. The atmosphere was exhilarating, the national anthem was sung with gusto, and when the Springboks took to the field, the crowd erupted into a thunderous...
Pupils take a stand against rampant crime at schools
Primary school learners pledged their alliance to a crime-free lifestyle after students were arrested at a high school in Munsieville.

This follows a school search conducted by the South African Police Services (SAPS) partnering with the local community policing forum (CPF).

Twelve students ...
Better safety is about the basics
Some 30% of South Africans don't feel safe at home. This is according to the findings of an online consumer survey conducted by Dial Direct Insurance.

The survey found that:

20% felt at risk no matter what they did to protect their properties;

10% said they were not safe because they...
Vigilantes held for killing 'lost' man
3 due in court over death of suspected housebreaker

A man accused of housebreaking was killed by a speeding train after the people who accused him of stealing allegedly placed his badly beaten body on the railway tracks.

Before he was dumped on the tracks, the man suffered a severe bea...
Daughter in fight for truth over man killed by the police
Gunshots pierced the night air and groups of men and women were sent scattering after a gang fight in a Joburg neighbourhood turned deadly.

What happened on the night of April 5 this year at the tenement flats in Claremont, near Sophiatown, depends on who you talk to.

What is true is that 56...
Sorry plight of the refugee children
Forced into a makeshift life since the xenophobic attacks in May, they face an uncertain future

After the food van drives by carrying provisions - bread, polony, tea and fruit - Alquidio Macamo whistles piercingly.

"They're here," he shouts in Shangaan, gesturing to friends. "Let's go ...
Death of editor's son a 'media publicity circus'
The death of Avhatakali Netshisaulu, son of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu, was turned into such a media circus that it attracted even top government ministers and business people.

It allegedly caused a lot of bickering between Tsedu and the Netshisaulus - the in-laws of Avhatakali's ...
Editor comforted Sivhidzho at scene, court told
As the car belonging to Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu was ablaze, with his body inside, Tsedu allegedly hugged his daughter-in-law and asked: "What are they doing to you, my daughter?"

And only a day after the incident, his widow Mulalo Sivhidzho all...
State seizes luxury assets of auditor accused tax fraud
A prominent Joburg auditor accused of defrauding the taxman of R29-million has had his three-storey home and 10 luxury cars seized by the state.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) this morning restrained eight properties, 40 bank accounts and 69 close corporations connected to Ivan van der Linde, on...
Driver involved in Callie death in court
The driver of the car that was involved in an accident that later claimed the life of Isidingo actress Ashley Callie, has appeared in court in connection with her death.

Nicolaas Pretorius (21) appeared at the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday to face a charge of culpable homicide relating to...
Couple shot while opening door for domestic
A woman was killed and her husband seriously injured during an attempted robbery at their house this morning.

Armed robbers accosted Marge (53) and Dave Wilson (67) at their home in Drakens Avenue in Quellerina, Roodepoort, just after 7am. They were accompanied by the couple's domestic worker.
Innocent couple shot by cops on the mend
An innocent woman shot multiple times by police reacting to a house robbery in Meyersdal, Alberton, is out of the intensive care unit.

But her husband, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the same attack, was still in the intensive-care unit, even though his condition has stabilised, Union ...
Major breaches in SA's most secure jail
Cellphones, dangerous weapons smuggled in

South Africa's most secure prison is allegedly being used as a centre to plan criminal activities, using smuggled cellphones.

The Star has established that there have been a number of serious security breaches at C-Max prison over the past six ...
Gauteng recovery cops are tops
Gauteng police have walked away with honours in the nominations of the country's top stolen and hijacked vehicle recovery team.

The top police vehicle recovery unit was the West Rand Flying Squad, which recovers up to 20 hijacked and stolen cars every night.

The policeman nominated as the be...
Taxpayers foot monthly blank cheque for suspended officials
Suspended civil servants cost the fiscus millions each month. Some have sat at home on full pay for more than a year. Others have been placed on special leave because they face criminal charges or because of internal inquiries taking place.

These public servants come from all tiers of government...
Parliamentary villages descend into lawlessness
The parliamentary village of Acacia Park in Cape Town would be better named "Crime Central", say fed-up MPs whose homes have been repeatedly looted despite a round-the-clock police presence.

And they suspect that those behind much of the crime are not strangers but rather residents' dependants a...
'They took my life when they killed my only girl'
Alice Polley, a single mother, doted on her only daughter Lizel, a model with striking features and long blonde hair.

They lived in Edleen, Kempton Park, but on January 15 last year, Lizel was found in a bath with her arms and legs tied and her face crushed beyond recognition. There was no sign ...
Boy gutted for his 'meat'
Goodwill triumphs over nasty attack

A 5-year-old boy lay in an open veld for hours with his intestines hanging out after a man gutted him open with a glass bottle.

Close to death, the boy's life has been saved by a range of good Samaritans who came to his aid when he needed them the mos...
Leaders launch drive against crime
'Time for communities to recapture their freedom and security'

Political heavyweights Cyril Ramaphosa, Roelf Meyer, Cheryl Carolus and Graca Machel are spearheading a new anti-crime movement aimed at reducing the high crime rate within three to five years.

Both men spearheaded the maki...
Mbeki in final attempt to save Zimbabwe talks
President Thabo Mbeki was due today to launch a last-ditch effort to rescue Zimbabwe's deadlocked power-sharing talks after summonsing all the key Zimbabwean negotiators to Pretoria.

The negotiators from Zimbabwe's key political parties landed in Joburg last night for what now appears to be Mbek...
Presidency paid R9m Zuma bill
The Presidency has confirmed that it has forked out R9,6-million towards ANC president Jacob Zuma's legal fees, but has denied funding his Mauritian trips.

Although Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad did not want to speculate on the estimated future legal costs for Zuma, he pointed out yeste...
Deal has crippled Navy - expert
The government's multibillion-rand arms deal has crippled the South African Navy.

And, says one of the country's leading arms deals experts, the Navy does not even have the money "to fully or properly operate or support" the costly frigates or submarines that have devastated its budget.

The ...
MK vets lament 'frozen souls' and ANC's paralysis'
The ANC's war veterans say they are disturbed by the ruling party's paralysis while the judiciary is targeting their members for "persecution".

This is according to Kebby Maphatsoe, chairperson of the MK Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA), which represents the interests of members of the ANC...
Furious Balfour wants name of accuser in car saga
While Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour is fuming at mysterious accusations that he did not declare a luxury car a "gift", the parliamentary ethics committee is still awaiting his explanation.

The furious Balfour denied that his German sport utility vehicle was a gift. He has demand...
State lawyers query age of consent
South Africa's highest court has questioned whether it had the right to criminalise sex among teenagers who are between the ages of 16 and 17.

Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs this morning responded to the National Prosecuting Authority's argument that the age of consent should be increa...
Navy needs billions to purchase patrol ships
South Africa's navy wants to spend billions more of taxpayers' money on patrol ships - because the hugely expensive corvettes they bought to monitor the country's seas are not ready or up for the job.

This has emerged from a staff paper commissioned on behalf of the Chief of the Navy, Vice-Admir...
JRA worker attacked by robbers
A JOHANNESBURG Roads Agency (JRA) employee was shot and wounded and then robbed of his valuables while on duty on the M2 West near the Cleveland off-ramp.

JRA spokesman, Conel Mackay said Amos Makhubela who is an acting area supervisor was accompanied by a JRA contractor when accosted by three me...
Just another day in Hillbrow
ENGINES rev, sirens blare and shots ring out as Hillbrow police plough into their prey, splintering groups of suspected drug dealers and other wrongdoers into shards of confused humanity.

One of the suspects hares down an alley with police and photographers in hot pursuit, the report of rubber bu...
Action on camera bribe
RED-HANDED: Metro cop caught on CCTV accepting money

ACTION is expected to be taken against a Metro police officer who was captured on CCTV accepting a bribe from a taxi driver.

As part of Killarney’s increased security, the New Killarney-Riviera Association has joined forces with Security Co...
Mother of deceased grilled
IT was denied in court yesterday that the main accused had said her husband’s body was in the car.

In the trial of Mulalo Sivhidzho, wife of Avhatakali Steven Netshisaulu, the deceased, son of City Press editor-in-chief, Mathatha Tsedu.

“It is a lie,” Advocate Christo Mering, told the d...
Hijackers caught out
TWO suspects were arrested by Johannesburg Metro Police officers yesterday after an attempted hijacking in Oaklands, Johannesburg.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said two suspects were arrested by police officers who were patrolling the area as the two suspects tried to...
Motorist shot
A MOTORIST sustained serious injuries when he was shot several times in his abdomen at the William Nicol Drive and Fourways Boulevard intersection in Fourways, said Netcare 911 yesterday.

According to Netcare 911’s Nick Dollman the victim’s vehicle had many bullet holes in it with more than 10 in...
Campaign to restore values of ubuntu
People from all walks of life have pledged their support to the launching of the Ubuntu Campaign.

At the Walter Sisulu Freedom Square in Kliptown, Soweto, yesterday, they agreed on the need to re-awaken moral regeneration in line with the developmental goals of the country.

The National Heri...
Bid to sell British teen sex slave
JOHANNESBURG - Police in Durban have arrested a Nigerian who allegedly kidnapped a teenage British girl and was attempting to sell her into slavery.

The dramatic rescue of his alleged victim was carried out by members of the police Crime Intelligence Service who cannot be named.

The drama unf...
Schoolgirl’s alleged killers facing seven charges
DETAILS of the robbery which culminated in the death of schoolgirl Emily Williams aged 12 emerged in the documents filed in the Johannesburg High Court trial.

Arrested in the vicinity, allegedly while still in possession of some of the stolen jewellery, David Busakwe, Innocent Skotseni and Shadra...
Accounts raided in clone scam
VICTIM: Journalist one who fell prey to thieves

WHILE The Citizen’s consultant and acting news editor Mike Cohen was sitting at his desk in his office working, thieves were busy emptying his bank account.

Cohen only discovered he had been cleaned out when he tried to use his debit card...
Nigerians nabbed for drugs
THREE Nigerians, a Namibian and a South African are the latest to be nabbed by Cape Town police drug busts.

Cape Town International Airport has been the scene of all the arrests with the first Nigerian caught with 3kg of tik valued at R900 000 in his possession.

A search of another Nigerian’s ...
UN takes over problem camp
JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane’s problem Klerksoord refugee camp, north of Pretoria, has been handed over to the United Nations (UN) Commission for Refugees and the Gauteng Provincial Government.

The city executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa said this during her visit to displaced foreigners in Mamelodi yester...
Muti murder trial n court
A TRADITIONAL healer who allegedly needed a human head for muti, and the two people who allegedly provided it, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

The three were charged with muti murder, violation of a dead human body and unlawful use of human tissue.

Siphiwe Khanyile allegedly...
DA, Gauteng website hacked
THE NATIONAL democratic Alliance website was the first to be hit by hacking, now the party’s Gauteng website has fallen victim.

“We think it is not coincidental,” DA’s James Lorimer told The Citizen yesterday.

He said although it was absolute who was responsible for the hack job, the DA...
ID want lion man probed
THE Independent Democrats (ID) have called for an investigation into circumstances surrounding Mark Scott-Crossley’s alleged “jumping” of the prison parole queue.

Scott-Crossly, was convicted along with two other men, for the murder of his farm employee Nelson Chisale who was assaulted and thrown...
Taxi drivers protest over ‘Metro police brutality’
KEMPTON PARK commuters are urged to utilise alternative transport today, as taxi drivers in the area mobilise for a planned march on the Department of Transport.

The protestors say they are taking a stand over alleged police brutality by Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officials, and ar...
Navy in need of billions
Arms deal failures make it unable to perform duties

South Africa's Navy wants to spend billions more of taxpayers' money on patrol ships - because the hugely expensive corvettes they bought to monitor the country's seas are not ready or up for the job.

This has emerged from a staff pap...
Legal eagles square up to fund
Attorneys are poised to take further legal action against the Road Accident Fund which, they claim, has not made a single payout since it was stopped from introducing its direct payment system three weeks ago.

The problem is widespread, with firms throughout the country involved in public injury...
Minister's child crime figures 'wrong'
Law expert says problem is decreasing

A child law expert says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula got his figures wrong earlier this week when he spoke about the government's alarm at an apparent increase in the number of children committing crime.

Dr Ann Skelton, of the Centr...
DA slams 'sausage factory' bills
Parliament is being turned into nothing more than a "sausage factory", compelling MPs to process about five bills a day.

This is according to Democratic Alliance chief whip Ian Davidson.

He was reacting yesterday to ANC proposals to cut short the already much-shortened parliamentary programm...
Shoddy upkeep at hospital blamed for stillbirth
A baby died during a power failure at Coronation Hospital this month, leading to allegations that the hospital's poor maintenance systems are putting the lives of patients at risk.

On August 12, a mother needing an emergency caesarean was forced to push instead.

She had been taken to theatre...
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