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Families of dead cops await verdict
Final chapter in Jeppestown massacre trial

On the first day of the Jeppestown massacre trial eight months ago, police widow Leonie van Heerden wept as 12 men and a woman were led into the dock.

Yesterday, she sat composed as the trial finally came to an end.

Now Van Heerden, and th...
Thato murder trial grinds to a halt
The trial of the remaining three men charged with the rape and murder of 14-year-old Thato Radebe has stalled after their counsel withdrew.

Stanley Masemola (21), Mandla Mtshali (22) and Thabiso Zweli Ganta (22) were due to be tried after they indicated in the Johannesburg High Court that they w...
Court nails stingy dad who's ducking and diving Down Under
'For the first time I can say the justice system works'

A woman who has been waiting for her former husband to pay maintenance for their twin daughters for the past eight years has finally taken her battle to court.

After years of pleading, begging and waiting, Lynette Smith (not her r...
Road-rage shooting outside primary school
A woman was shot and wounded this morning during a road-rage altercation between a taxi driver and a motorist outside Sharonlea Primary School in Randburg.

The woman, a passenger in the taxi, sustained injuries to her arm and was taken to Helen Joseph Hospital in a stable condition.

According ...
New premier lists priorities
JOHANNESBURG - Stamping out crime and paying special attention to service delivery are among the list of priorities for new Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile.

Mashatile, who occupied the position of Finance MEC, was elected the province’s new Premier at a special sitting of the provincial legislatur...
Red Ants raid slammed
Treatment is inhumane

THE Tshwane Faith Forum yesterday condemned the dismantling of Klerksoord refugees’ tents, which left hundreds of women and children without shelter north of Pretoria on Monday.

Bishop Jo Seoko said in Pretoria yesterday church leaders deplored in the strongest ter...
Trio to appear for murder
THREE suspects will appear in court after they stabbed a man to death for allegedly touching his daughter-in-law’s private parts.

Bethlehem police spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said on Sunday, Harry Mashinini and his daughter-in-law were traveling from town.

“It is alleged while boarding ...
Nabbed stepdad released
A MAN who was arrested after his stepdaughter was found strangled and raped was released from Cullinan police custody in Pretoria yesterday.

Police spokesman Johannes Jaftha said they had questioned the man and he was released pending the results of the DNA test.

At this stage, no one has been...
Kidnap car found in Alex
A VEHICLE used to kidnap an Egyption man in Pretoria on Sunday night was found abandoned in Alexandra township on Monday night, police said yesterday.

However, there was no sign of Tamer Ahmed, 27, forced into the boot when the car was stolen in a house robbery in Erasmus, west of the city. He h...
Crime-free environment
IN a country where the thought of taking the train sends shivers of fear down many spines.

The Gautrain has been designed with the safety of users from criminals in mind.

The network will sport 450 closed-circuit television cameras in the cabins of the Gautrain as well as on platforms and in s...
‘Houdini’ evades trial again
ANOTHER year down the line and another remand for Ananias Mathe, although his more than 70-count trial was scheduled to start in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday and was to run until July next year.

Mathe, dubbed the “Houdini of C-Max”, first appeared in the Johannesburg Court on November 12...
We are containing virus: MEC
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa said authorities ensured that the mysterious virus, that claimed three lives in Johannesburg, was brought under control.

Hlongwa yesterday said: “We have been addressing the issue, trying to get all the information.

“We have moved with speed and ...
‘No more cases of mystery disease’
JOHANNESBURG - Wilderness Safaris in Zambia said they were deeply saddened by the death of their employee, Cecilia van Deventer, and the related deaths which seem to be the result of contact with bodily fluids.

Chairman Malcolm McCulloch said he had appointed Dr Simon King to provide expert advic...
Barbie’s trial set for early 2009
JOHANNESBURG - The sex crimes trial of Cezanne Visser, alias “Advocate Barbie”, will only begin in the Pretoria High Court in February next year.

Acting Judge Chris Eksteen yesterday postponed Visser’s trial to February 16 next year in the absence of her senior advocate, Johann Engelbrecht, who ...
Robbers tie up woman in flat
Krugersdorp police are searching for two suspects who fled after robbing a flat in Krugersdorp yesterday.

Police spokesperson Inspector Pogiso Khambula said a woman in her early 30s was entering her home at Sandoring Flats around 1.30pm yesterday, when two knife-wielding men accosted her.

Rape victims' chilling testimonies
Alleged Randburg serial rapist Piet Meya wasn't alone when he sexually violated two women aged 54 and 23 - and his accomplices are still at large.

Meya (29), who lived in the bushes in the area, is accused of 15 counts of rape, six of kidnapping, five of robbery with aggravating circumstances an...
100 people under observation
Joburg doctor found killer virus through 'blind luck'

The link between the first two people who died from a viral haemorrhagic fever in Joburg was discovered by accident.

"It was blind luck," said intensive care specialist and pulmonologist Dr Nivesh Sewlall, who realised the cases wer...
NPA pay woes: Blame her, says Mpshe
Acting prosecuting head Mokotedi Mpshe has laid the blame for the nationwide prosecutor-pay crisis firmly on ex-justice minister Brigitte Mabandla and her department.

In a memo to National Prosecuting Authority staff on Monday, Mpshe stated that Mabandla was responsible for the NPA's failure to ...
Family praise rapist brother
They're proud he took blame for his role in girl's attack

The family of the self-confessed killer and rapist of 14-year-old Thato Radebe have praised him for admitting his role in the "horrible crime."

Themba Kenneth Mndaweni (19) yesterday pleaded guilty to murdering and raping the yo...
Metro cops reopen N1 probe after Star proves witness's claim
Original internal investigation cleared officers

An internal Joburg metro police investigation ini- tially cleared four officers patrolling the N1 less than an hour before a Joburg man was killed there.

But when The Star highlighted the discrepancy in the amount of time the patrol car ...
Boys-in-car mother free for time being
A mother facing a probable charge of child abuse has been released on her own recognisance after she was able to give the Cape Town Magistrate's Court a fixed address.

The 26-year-old was arrested on September 28 after police found her two preschool boys alone and locked in her car in Woodstock,...
McBride's pal gets his job, senior official suspended
When Robert McBride was placed on special leave, Ekurhuleni's deputy city manager, Mkhabela Sibeko, filled his shoes.

Now, Sibeko has been suspended and a man closely associated with McBride has taken up the top job.

The latest suspension, which follows McBride being fired a fortnight ago, h...
Plan was to hire cars while fleet stood idle
An investigation is being launched to determine why a fleet of nearly 500 Ekurhuleni metro police cars has been gathering dust in a parking area instead of patrolling the streets.

The municipality's head of community safety, Aubrey Nxumalo, confirmed yesterday that "something went wrong somewher...
Robbers make off with clinic's smart-card laptops
Armed robbers have stolen electronic equipment worth R223 237 intended for the newly launched smart-card system at Diepkloof Clinic.

Police spokesperson Captain Phephi Matlou said the four robbers tied up a security guard before stealing 21 laptops from their customised cases, as well as a compu...
Judge dismisses bid to halt murder case
Mulalo Sivhidzho, accused of plotting her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu's killing, has not paid her lawyer, prompting a request for a postponement - which incensed the judge.

"I am not prepared to proceed on such an uncertain basis. I ask that the matter stand down until (today)," defence counse...
Drugs and alcohol took deadly toll on their lives
Recovering alcohlics tell how AA helped them see things clearly

At the height of his drug addiction Myles Meyjes (29) was spiking heroin every 30 minutes, snorting 4-5 grams of cocaine and smoking R10 000-worth of crack a day.

His insatiable, highly expensive habit saw him lose his tow...
Pre-teen strangled, stepdad arrested
CULLINAN police were yesterday still questioning the stepfather of an 11-year-old girl who was found raped and strangled in her Onverwacht home, east of Pretoria, on Sunday morning.

Police spokesman Johannes Jaftha said the man had not yet been charged.

“We are also waiting for results from th...
AWB man held over guns
POLICE have arrested a former secretary-general of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) on charges of the illegal possession of four rifles and a shotgun.

Inspector Buzani Kiti of the Klerkskraal police confirmed yesterday that Nico Prinsloo, 48, was arrested on his farm in Ventersdorp on Frida...
Pyramid scheme case delay
THE criminal trial of the accused in the Krion pyramid scheme case has been delayed pending the outcome of an application to permanently stop their prosecution.

Acting Pretoria High Court Judge Chris Eksteen yesterday postponed the trial of the seven accused to December 8, pending the outcome of ...
Poverty ‘cause of most crime’
WELL over two-thirds of South Africans believe poverty is partly responsible for crime, while over 50% blame crime on past racial discrimination.

This from a survey of 2 000 South Africans in seven metropolitan areas.

TNS Research Surveys’ Neil Higgins said that, in regard to poverty causing c...
Pretoria court arson probe
POLICE are investigating a case of arson after a fire on the second floor of the Pretoria High Court building in Vermeulen Street disrupted court proceedings and caused extensive smoke and water damage.

Deputy Chief Fire Office Frans Glanvill said that the fire brigade was called first just after...
Battle to beat killer disease
Experts believe Congo fever may be culprit

Four people have died from a mysterious disease, and while experts try to pinpoint the cause, details of the struggle to contain it have emerged.

Yesterday, health authorities finally traced the families of Maria Mokubung (37), from Slovoville...
Uproar over racist Facebook site supported by students
University promises to act against those involved

A racist Facebook site supported by students from the University of the North West for people who believe "k****rs should go k*k" is indicative of the racist attitude still prevalent at some formerly white institutions of higher learning.
ANCYL warning over probe
The ANC Youth League says action will be taken against any board members of its investment arm, Lembede Investment Holdings, if an auditors' probe uncovered dubious dealings.

ANCYL treasurer-general Pule Mabe, speaking in Sandton yesterday at the announcement of a new board for Lembede, of which...
Debate on judiciary 'encouraging'
An intimidated judiciary subservient to those who wield power becomes an extension of the executive, and cannot be trusted to deliver justice, Chief Justice Pius Langa has warned.

However, he said South Africa's strong constitutional guarantees and public vigilance were defending judicial indepe...
Jeppestown Massacre prosecutor gambles on convictions
It was a big bet in a trial watched by the nation, but prosecutor Joanie Spies has closed her case without striking a deal with the only Jeppestown Massacre accused to plead guilty.

Instead, Spies relied on the work of police detectives who built their case against all 13 accused - hoping to con...
Court hears of gang-rape horror
A woman was raped under a tree in her own street and was warned against looking at her violators. This emerged in the 27-year-old's testimony in the Johannesburg High Court.

Her ordeal began while she was returning from work on May 23 2006 and was about to enter the gate of her Northriding home ...
Girl's alleged rapists, killers in the dock
Mutilated body found on soccer field

Four men who allegedly raped, stabbed and stoned to death a 14-year-old Bedfordview High School girl were expected to answer to the charges against them this morning.

The accused - Stanley Masemola (21), Mandla Mtshali (22), Themba Kenneth Mndaweni ...
Hospital cleaner dies after patient, paramedic and nurse are struck down
A fourth person died of a highly infectious disease last night - and Gauteng health officials have admitted they have no idea what they're dealing with.

A woman brought to the Morningside Medi-Clinic in Sandton from Zambia, the paramedic who accompanied her, a nurse at the clinic and now one of t...
Man due in court after murder, suicide attempt
A MAN will appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court as soon as he is medically fit after shooting his girlfriend dead and then shooting himself.

Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesman Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said the suspect from Mofokeng Section in Katlehong was cornered at his home hours after ...
Officer commits suicide
A PRETORIA police sergeant committed suicide by hanging himself in his room at the city barracks yesterday.

Police captain Bonginkosi Msimango said the girlfriend of Sergeant Tumelo Kekana, 43, made a gruesome discovery when she visited him in the morning.

The couple were together until 10pm o...
Crime Line tip-off nets crooks
CITIZENS’ DUTY: Police react promptly to good information

THREE suspects were arrested and a stolen car and truck parts worth R200 000 were recovered on the East Rand at the weekend following an anonymous tip-off to Primedia’s Crime Line.

Acting on the tip-off, members of the Johannesb...
Smuts also lashes out at ANC
JOHANNESBURG - Another high-profile ANC member has lashed out at the ruling party “for allowing un-ANC tendencies” to take over the party.

Smuts Ngonyama, who headed the ANC presidency for almost a decade, did not mince his words during an exclusive interview with The Citizen and accused new part...
Eskom will migrate to online vending in a bid to foil thieves
Thieves are costing state-owned power utility Eskom millions of rands in lost revenue every year by selling electricity credits from stolen credit dispensing machines across the country.

And since these machines were designed to operate independently, there is no way of determining exactly how mu...
Inmate uses chilli in escape bid
In a desperate bid to escape a 108-year prison sentence, a 29-year-old man tried to escape from police custody by blinding them with chilli powder.

Bongani Motha, from Piet Retief, was convicted of robbery, burglary and theft. According to Piet Retief police spokesperson Constable Bheki Mbatha, ...
High alert after highway murder
Metro cops under fire for not stopping

Police yesterday stepped up highway patrols after a Joburg man was ambushed and killed on the N1. But Joburg's metro police have still to explain why a patrol car that passed minutes before didn't stop to remove the rocks from the road - or assist ano...
Wife-killer sentenced to 22 years
Pretoria panelbeater Pieter Viljoen (34) has been sentenced to 22 years in jail for the "brutal and callous murder" of his pregnant wife, Amelia.

Pretoria High Court Acting Judge Mahomed Ismail said he could not understand why a person with Viljoen's background and upbringing could do such a "he...
Cash dumped in high-speed car chase
Chatsworth residents must have thought they were in the middle of a Bollywood movie as they witnessed the bizarre scene of police cars chasing another police car, firing shots at it and then thousands of rands being flung out of the pursued vehicle.

It is all part of a crackdown by Durban's elit...
R88m folly
Nearly 500 new metro police cars have sat idle for six months

They should be patrolling the streets of Ekurhuleni, but almost 500 metro police cars - which cost taxpayers R88-million - are gathering dust in a parking lot.

By the time the desperately needed new fleet is put to use, it w...
Third person dies from mystery disease
Health officials are on high alert after three people died in Joburg over three weeks from an "unknown highly infectious disease" believed to have originated in Zambia.

The national Department of Health announced the alert after the third person died yesterday.

She was a 34-year-old nurse at...
Power supply under strain due to metal theft
The electricity supply to Boksburg and Benoni remains under threat this morning as Eskom technicians battle to repair four tower structures.

Eskom spokesperson Chriska van der Merwe said yesterday the area was currently feeding off a single powerline after several of the giant structures went do...
Joburg emergency workers end strike
Joburg emergency workers who embarked on an illegal strike that crippled the city's entire emergency service for several hours all returned to work at the weekend.

The City of Joburg had to go to the Labour Court to get an urgent interdict to force its essential-services employees - paramedics, f...
Lover shoots woman dead in street in front of her friends
First he followed his lover to work and shot her dead in the street, in full view of her friends.

Then, when police officers cornered him at his home to ask him about the shooting, he ran into the house and tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.

But he survived. And while h...
Callie culpable homicide case postponed
Nico Pretorius, charged with culpable homicide relating to the accident that killed soapie actress Ashley Callie, has appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, only to have his case postponed until November 20.

Pretorius's lawyer Ronald Lotz asked the magistrate, Lalitha Chetty, on Friday for...
Pienaar's girl behind failed charges against him - again
The woman who this week laid a charge of assault against Bafana Bafana and Everton footballer Steven Pienaar, which ended with him in the Liverpool police cells, is the same woman who had him arrested in Amsterdam three years ago on a false charge of domestic violence. Senior UK police sources told ...
No panic at the Presidency
JOHANNESBURG - The Office of the Presidency was ready for any transition even before the recent change of the President, Director-General Frank Chikane said in Pretoria yesterday.

Chikane was briefing the media during the release of the Presidency’s annual report of 2007/08.

Speaking on how he...
Row over parole for Chris Hani’s killers
JOHANNESBURG - A war of words has erupted over the possible release on parole of struggle icon Chris Hani’s killers.

Janusz Walus and former Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis were initially sentenced to death for the assassination of the SA Communist Party chief and Umkhonto weSizwe chief o...
Split in ANC ranks on the cards
Former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota has given the clearest hint yet that he might divorce the ANC, an organisation which he no longer recognised and whose practices he believed had become dangerous to democracy.

While he studiously avoided confirming that a new political party was indeed on th...
Comrade vs comrade …
Open letter from disenchanted Lekota triggers Radebe attack

Open letter to ANC Secretary General Comrade Gwede Mantashe, Luthuli House, Sauer Street, Johannesburg, October 2 2008:

Dear Comrade Secretary General

I have decided to take the unusual step to write you an open letter beca...
Poor health care caused death of babies, says report
Audit of Eastern Cape records reveals ineptitude

More than 140 babies died in the Eastern Cape during the first three months of this year mainly because of "poor healthcare to a vulnerable community", the long-awaited report into the crisis has revealed.

The Health Department yesterday...
Popcru members march to protest racism
Hundreds of policemen, traffic officers and prison warders have marched to Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia's Joburg office.

Among those at the front of the singing and dancing throng yesterday was SA Police Service member Shirley Madumbo (39).

"With our housing allow-ance, we can...
'Judge didn't cost Mbeki his job'
Judge Chris Nicholson's "political meddling" inferences against former president Thabo Mbeki were not what cost him his position - Mbeki's "sometimes questionable leadership" was.

So argue lawyers for ANC president Jacob Zuma, who are fighting Mbeki's efforts to have Judge Nicholson's adverse co...
Scorpions bills herald new crime-fighting unit
The parliamentary committees on safety and security and on justice have met with the SAPS to report on the progress of the so-called Scorpions bills.

It is a process that marks the beginning of the end of the crime-fighting unit and the evolution of a new organised crime-fighting organisation. Wh...
Church becomes shelter for stranded refugees
Gauteng's last refugee camps closed this week.

With that, hundreds of foreigners have been left on the street after accepting financial assistance from aid organisations with the understanding that taking the cash meant they'd have to leave the camps.

Among them are 35 Burundians Congolese a...
Is this the return of highway robberies?
The highway ambushers are back. Early yesterday morning they gunned down and killed a Joburg man after his car crashed into rocks they had placed on the N1 highway near the William Nicol exit.

The slaying of Arren Mahabir (32) has once again raised the spectre of armed gangs preying on motorists...
Emergency services grind to a halt in Joburg
Johannesburg Emergency Management Services came to a standstill yesterday as employees downed tools.

Firefighters, ambulance operators and rescuers marched to the call centre in Constantia Park.

Their demands include better pay, transformation, a safer work environment and for each emergency s...
Suspect shot dead in botched robbery
A botched robbery turned into a bloodbath when a gang battled to get their hands on a store’s cash.

By the time the gunfire stopped, two robbers – one of whom was bleeding – ran out into Third Street in Wynberg, north of Joburg, leaving behind a dead accomplice and three wounded workers.

Ambushed motorist shot dead
Husband killed after car hit rocks placed across N1 highway

A 32-year-old man was shot and killed with his own gun in a botched hijacking on the N1 highway early this morning.

Arron Mahbeer and his wife were travelling in their silver Hyundai Getz, on their way to visit relatives in Du...
Flying squad booster
METRO-SAPS: Double strength crimebusting

GAUTENG residents can now expect quicker police response time.

A new crack emergency squad has been formed by officers from the Johannesburg Flying Squad and the Metro police.

Provincial Commander in Gauteng for the Flying Squad, Direct...
Zimbabwe knifeman caught
A ZIMBABWEAN man was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly stabbing a man to death in a fight in Ramagoli village, north of Pretoria, police said yesterday.

Three men argued over a woman, 24, in a tavern, near GaRankuwa on Sunday night.

Inspector Matthews Nkoadi said the men, all from Zimbab...
Produce a licence or walk, say cops
JOHANNESBURG - Authorities have expressed shock at an apparent increase in the number of unlicensed drivers.

Now Johannesburg Metro Police will tighten the screws on them.

Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said no driver caught without a licence will be allowed to proceed with his journey.

“In t...
Pienaar’s charges dropped
JOHANNESBURG - English football team, Everton, yesterday confirmed that charges of assault brought against Bafana Bafana midfielder Steven Pienaar had been dropped.

This came after the 26-year-old was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of assaulting a woman in Liverpool.

Pienaar handed himse...
'We'll see you in court'
They're angry, they feel betrayed and they've had enough. Now prosecutors are threatening to take legal action against the National Prosecuting Authority for failing to honour its promise of a pay increase.

The NPA failed on Tuesday to comply with a settlement agreement with the unions representi...
Teenager back on her feet again after shooting horror
Razelle Botha, the feisty teenager who touched the lives of thousands of people across the globe when she was shot by robbers, has the world at her feet again.

One of Gauteng's top matriculants in 2007, Razelle (18) and her father, Professor Willem Botha (63), were shot during a robbery at their...
Sasol faces R3,7bn EU price-fixing penalty
The European Union's competition regulator has slapped a fine of €318,2-million (about R3,7-billion) on the European wax division of petrochemicals producer Sasol for leading a price-fixing cartel dubbed the "paraffin mafia".

The penalty, payable in three months, is nearly 10 times the R381-mill...
Verdict on woman accused of plot to kill husband
Carmen Fortuin, who has been charged with four others of conspiring to murder her husband, was due to find out today if she and two remaining co-accused are to be convicted by the Cape High Court.

Leonard Fortuin was shot at on December 30 2003 while driving his taxi. He crashed into a neighbour...
E-mail to Hani's wife on parole hearing angers SACP
The South African Communist Party has criticised the Department of Correctional Services for sending an e-mail to Chris Hani's widow inviting her to a parole hearing of one of her husband's killers.

The e-mail sent to Limpho Hani asked her if she or her family would like to make a representation...
Bid to calm fears over future of the Scorpions
The committees responsible for finding a replacement for the Scorpions have met with Directorate of Special Operations staff to address concerns about the future.

The meeting, at the crime-fighting unit's offices in Pretoria yesterday, also provided them with a peek at what the new unit could lo...
Siblings 'believed' God wanted murdered parents
Westville, Durban, teacher Riekie Lotter was electrocuted with a "shock" gun, her hands tied with cable ties and her mouth gagged with a sock and taped with duct tape before her killers tried to inject air bubbles into her veins.

She died in a pool of her own blood on the kitchen floor after bei...
Robbers hack woman to death
A woman was hacked to death and her daughter seriously injured at their family's business in Waaldrift, on the outskirts of Vereeniging, yesterday.

According to police spokesperson Captain Shado Mashobane, the woman's husband had earlier left their scrap-metal shop with his son, aged 21, to atte...
Uncle nabbed for allegedly raping niece
A 44-year-old man has been arrested over the rape of his 8-year-old niece. Boksburg police spokesperson Inspector Mack Mngomezulu said the suspect was arrested at the Angelo squatter camp in Boksburg yesterday.

His arrest comes after the girl's parents questioned her about money she had on her. ...
Slain policeman’s wife and ‘hit men’ are all arrested
THE wife of the slain Pretoria police Protection Services captain, who allegedly hired hit men to kill her husband, was arrested in Mamelodi yesterday.

Members of Pretoria Serious and Violence Crime and Intelligence Units swooped on the wife in her Mamelodi West home at about 4am.

Captain Bong...
McBride will fight his sacking
TAXPAYERS: Facing another costly legal wrangle

ROBERT McBride is to fight his sacking as Ekurhuleni police chief.

The council will defend the bid.

For McBride this is the latest in a series of legal battles that has already cost taxpayers millions.

There are at least nine cases related t...
Police ‘under constant attack’
LINE OF FIRE: Criminals are upgrading their arsenals

THE South African Police Service (SAPS) has a difficult and dangerous task, a fact illustrated by the murder of 14 officers in KwaZulu-Natal alone this year.

More recently, Captain Frans Ramashilo, a presidential VIP protector, lost his lif...
Indaba on school violence
JOHANNESBURG - Putting an end to violence in schools is going to take more than metal detectors, guards and searches.

What is needed is a national indaba on the topic, says South African Council for Educators chief executive Rej Brijraj.

He sees the most immediate need being the physical secur...
Hlophe appeal likely
JOHANNESBURG - The Chief Justice and 12 Constitutional Court judges who complained to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) about alleged misconduct by Cape Judge President John Hlophe have under two weeks to determine their way forward.

They are expected to apply for leave to appeal a Johannesb...
Closing of Xeno camps illegal, say lawyers
THE Gauteng government’s decision yesterday to close down two of the three refugee shelters in the province was illegal, lawyers for the refugees said.

The Citizen is in possession of a notice issued to foreigners living at the Rand Airport and Glenanda shelters that they should vacate the...
ANC rejects DA's 'new' Scorpions model
The ANC wants the organised crime-fighting unit that is to replace the doomed Scorpions to have no independent crime intelligence-gathering capabilities and says it must report to the minister of safety and security, be subjected to stricter vetting procedures and be headed by a deputy national poli...
Mom tortured before being killed, court hears
Teacher Riekie Lotter was shocked with a "shock" gun, her hands tied with cable ties, and her mouth gagged with a sock and taped with duct tape before her killers tried to inject her with air bubbles.

She died in a pool of her own blood on the kitchen floor after being repeatedly stabbed.

'You got it wrong, judge!'
NPA hammers Nicholson for the judgment that felled Mbeki

The "political meddling" inference by Judge Chris Nicholson that cost Thabo Mbeki his job should never have been made.

This is the contention of Jacob Zuma's prosecutors, who have slammed the judgment that stopped Zuma's prosecut...
Chinese products in SA melamine-free
The chemical milk additive melamine, responsible for the deaths of at least four Chinese babies, has not been found in any products tested so far in South Africa.

This is according to the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, which said goods implicated in the scandal and available in the coun...
Court refuses to reinstate apartheid-era police bomber
Employing former brigadier 'won't promote reconciliation'

An apartheid police bomb expert and multiple killer won't get his job back, thanks to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Five appeal court judges yesterday dismissed Brigadier Wybrand Andreas Lodewikus "Wal" du Toit's second court bid...
Court refuses to reinstate apartheid-era police bomber
Employing former brigadier 'won't promote reconciliation'

An apartheid police bomb expert and multiple killer won't get his job back, thanks to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Five appeal court judges yesterday dismissed Brigadier Wybrand Andreas Lodewikus "Wal" du Toit's second court bid...
Angry Marlboro residents up in arms over service delivery
Rocks, burning tyres and other debris were scattered in the streets of Marlboro as residents protested against housing delivery.

Old Pretoria Main Road was blockaded early yesterday as were several side streets while metro police officers battled to douse the flames and dozens of angry protester...
Cops surprise crime syndicate
Hijacking report led to arrest of suspects in seemingly routine stop

To anyone in Vilakazi Street, it would have seemed like nothing more than metro police officers pulling over a white VW Jetta.

But the encounter in Orlando West, Soweto, led to the arrest of three suspected members of...
Con man facing rape, robbery charges denied bail
A man who allegedly lured women with promises of getting them modelling contracts and jobs in show business has been denied bail.

The 29-year-old, who allegedly called himself Sean Parys and claimed to be the CEO of a top modelling agency, is accused of indecent assault, robbery and two counts of...
Child porn case on hold while images viewed
The case against a man arrested for being in possession of tens of thousands of child pornography images has been postponed for five weeks so that the defence can view the footage and videos involved.

He faces one charge of being in the possession of 65 616 child pornography images, another for t...
Australian visitor is still missing
POLICE are still searching for a missing 58-year-old man from Australia, a SAPS spokesman has confirmed.

Dirk Domenico Cortesi went missing on September 4. He was last seen by his family when he left for Cresta Shopping Centre in his father’s red Toyota Corolla.

His bank account reveals that ...
Gauteng liquor awareness
TO halt non-compliance with liquor regulation, the Gauteng Liquor Authority has declared October Liquor Awareness Month, with the tag line, “who’s responsible”.

“The campaign has its origins in the high levels of non-compliance in the province and aims to educate traders and citizens,” an authori...
Two shot in KFC robbery
A SECURITY guard was shot and wounded in the chest and a customer was hit in the foot yesterday when robbers opened fire during a hold-up at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Rustenburg.

Rustenburg police spokesman Constable Botshelo Mothutsane said that four men, two of them armed, burst into the shop i...
‘Probe graft in Tshwane’
ALLEGATIONS: FF+ wants metro honcho investigated

THE FREEDOM front Plus has lodged a complaint with the Public Protector to investigate allegations of corruption, nepotism and mismanagement against Tshwane Metro Police former commissioner Mpho Mmutle.

The party’s Conrad Beyers said yesterday ...
419 Kidnappers in court today
Two Nigerians who stand accused of kidnapping Swedish and American businessmen as part of an elaborate 419-type scam have been remanded in police custody until their next court appearance.

Seven of their alleged accomplices, including one South African, will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’...
Traffic blitz to continue
METRO police arrested almost 100 motorists in Johannesburg, Albert and Primrose over the weekend, and they vowed to continue their clampdown until the end of the year.

On the East Rand, officers from Ekurhelini’s Warrant Section Unit launched operation Pay Your Fine and assisted the Alberton and ...
R1M in stolen goods seized
POLICE seized stolen property worth an estimated R1 million at a house in Lenasia, Johannesburg, following an anonymous tip-off to CrimeLine.

The Gauteng police said the stolen property – electrical light fittings used for illegal electricity connections – was found in an empty house.

“The Cri...
Hlophe attacks ‘racists’
JOHANNESBURG - Cape Judge President John Hlophe has lashed out at “racist” elements who are downplaying his court triumph against the Constitutional Court.

“The suggestion that the JP’s (Hlophe’s) victory is hollow represents a wish of persons who have made it a pastime to attack particularly bla...
Mboweni mum over lawsuit
JOHANNESBURG - Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni is keeping quiet about the pending R1 million “racist” lawsuit against him.

“The matter is being dealt with by Mboweni’s lawyer,” Reserve Bank spokesman Samantha Henkeman said yesterday. Henkeman was responding to threats of an impending R1 millio...
JSC to deal with Hlophe complaints
The Judicial Service Commission will decide next month how to proceed with the Constitutional Court's complaint against Judge John Hlophe and his counter-complaint against its justices, according to a commission spokesperson.

The JSC is scheduled to meet in Cape Town from October 13 to 17, and i...
Still no sign of report on baby deaths
Department misses another deadline

Four months after a horrific spike in the number of baby deaths in the Eastern Cape, the families of an estimated 150 victims are no closer to finding out how and why their children died so suddenly. The Department of Health yesterday missed another deadl...
Jail inmates don gloves in SA tourney
Boxing is part of teaching discipline and dedication, say senior officials

Jonathan May may not have won a gold medal in the inaugural offender national boxing tournament, but that didn't dishearten the 23-year-old, as he had finally realised his lifelong dream.

May, serving a 16-year ...
Man fingered by judge for slaying is still at large
Nearly 3 years later, sisters want to know why cops have done nothing

When murdered policewoman Anna-Marie Potgieter was laid to rest in January 2006 her family and colleagues wept with police Commissioner Perumal Naidoo who broke down at the graveside.

Since that day two men have gone ...
'Don of the Alex mafia' tipped for premier's post
If Jacob Zuma is the unstoppable tsunami, then Paul Mashatile is the wave of power and influence washing over South Africa's wealthiest province.

But the man likely to replace Mbhazima Shilowa as Gauteng's fourth premier has had a great deal of trouble keeping his head above the murky waters of ...
Majority willing to stay in SA
South Africans still think our country is the place to live despite the high levels of anxiety felt about crime.

This is according to the SA Advertising Research Foundation's bi-annual All Media and Products Survey which analysed attitudinal statements made by a sample group on their perceptions...
Left defenceless after paying for security
Test your alarm system every month, advises firm's GM

For eight years Annil Pargas had been a diligent subscriber to an armed response security company. To his knowledge his account was up to date and he was covered.

But an administrative error on the company's part on August 9 left th...
Reds wants new Pikoli probe
JOHANNESBURG - Axed President Thabo Mbeki’s probe into the sack ing of the National Prosecut ing Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli is under attack from the Communist Party.

“The present (Frene) Gin wala Commission, hand-picked by the very forces that appear to be im plicated in wrong-doing, is ent...
Man killed, girl raped
POLICE have launched a manhunt for three suspects after a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death and his girlfriend gang-raped in Duduza near Springs.

According to police spokesman Captain Johannes Rampholo, the victims, who were returning from a party, were accosted in their room at about 2am on S...
DA man’s tyres slashed
GAUTENG Democratic Alliance youth leader Khume Ramulifho has expressed concerns at the country’s safety readiness for the 2010 Fifa World Cup after his car tyres were slashed at OR Tambo International Airport last week.

“I had just attended a provincial federal executive committee meeting,” he to...
Cops seek robbery help
POLICE are urging people in Warden to help them find two armed robbers.

The robbers stormed into a clothing shop in Warden on Saturday morning, ordered the manager to open the safe and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sergeant Mmako Mphiring said one of the suspects was wear...
Access to govt information
THE SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) together with the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) will hold the annual Information Officers Indaba today – International Right-to-Know Day.

“Despite the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the principles of Batho Pele … research ...
Rage more likely in Gauteng
WHEN it comes to road rage Gauteng has the dubious distinction of being the province where drivers are most likely to either physically assault or use a weapon.

This is one of the findings in the latest road rage survey conducted by Sandton-based Synovate. The company has researched road rage in...
New leader fails to impress the opposition
Parties say Motlanthe won't deliver

Opposition parties have refused to buy into President Kgalema Motlanthe's assurance to the nation that there was political stability in the government and that his administration would continue to deliver services.

Reacting to Motlanthe's first addre...
SA's true character will now emerge - Motlanthe
President Kgalema Motlanthe says the country has survived a week of "uncertainty and doubt, hurt and anger" following the political power shift that shook the nation and the markets.

In one turbulent week, South Africa had three presidents - Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri was acti...
Cracks begin to show in McBride's invincibility
Ever since Robert McBride walked away from death row 16 years ago, he has become one of life's great survivors - but now his cloak of invincibility may be starting to slip.

The embattled Ekurhuleni metro police chief, involved in at least three court cases and reportedly at the centre of 18 poli...
I won't interfere, pledges new justice minister
The new justice minister, Enver Surty, has promised not to interfere with the prosecution of crime, while Health Minister Barbara Hogan prioritised the subject that was almost a taboo to her predecessor - HIV/Aids.

Crime will be top of the agenda of new Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethw...
Police trainer forced recruits to eat filthy stompies
Police are investigating allegations that the female head of the police's Chatsworth Training College in Durban used unorthodox training methods, including forcing male platoon members to eat cigarette butts out of urinals.

An SAPS official grievance form dated August 28 has implicated the comma...
NPA takes on Mbeki
Ex-president could derail state's battle with Zuma

The National Prosecuting Authority has taken on former president Thabo Mbeki in its ongoing legal battle with ANC leader Jacob Zuma. In its firmest indication yet that it plans to recharge Zuma with corruption, the NPA intends to prove tha...
Ports on alert for tainted food
Thabiso Thakali reports on an international crackdown on contaminated milk products from China

South African ports of entry have been told to be on high alert as anxiety grows over Chinese food products tainted with the toxic industrial chemical melamine.

This follows the European Unio...
Xenophobia victims quit camps, some out in the cold
As the deadline to leave Gauteng shelters for people displaced by xenophobia looms, more than 30 victims of the May violence were kicked out of the Glenanda camp in southern Joburg this week.

Gauteng government officials had earlier ordered immigrants who had received a R750 grant from the Unite...
Billionaire sex addict opens Cape sex clinic
Lord Irvin Laidlaw, who was treated for sex addiction in Cape Town, is now subsidising rehabilitation facilities, as he promised to do when he admitted himself to a clinic.

The rehabilitation community is abuzz with the news that one of the first facilities the billionaire will sponsor is the st...
Family just want justice
The family of missing South African woman Kerry Winter maintain they aren't seeking the death penalty for her British ex-boyfriend but want justice to be served if it is proved that he did beat her to death.

Winter (35) has been missing in Dubai since August 20 and was last seen alive when Mark ...
Pollution problem played down
The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry should be "open about the full picture" of radioactive and chemical toxicity in the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment area from over a century of gold mining along Joburg's western reaches.

Last week, the DWAF said a team of "world- renowned experts" depl...
Ruling against chief justice, Concourt 12 hailed as historic
Judge's finding 'refutes political manipulation of courts'

The Johannesburg High Court’s finding that the country’s top justices had violated Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s constitutional rights was not a hollow victory, and had helped to restore the judiciary’s integrity, according to...
Two 'snuffed out in most brutal way'
A desperate craving for drugs that led to the hijacking and murder of an Eldorado Park couple has landed two men behind bars.

Jason Marais and Conrad Jacobs, both from Ennerdale, wanted money for drugs on the night they got involved in the hijacking and deaths of Kevin Geswent (22) and his girlf...
Another 419 kidnap victim rescued
Japanese man's family asked to pay R40m ransom

The second foreigner lured to South Africa this month under a 419 scam has been rescued from a house in Alberton where he was kept hostage.

Japanese national Osamai Hitomi (47) arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday, expecting...
Two gangs hit big stores, and hairdresser held for rape
Six men who posed as police officers were arrested after robbing a Game store in the Joburg city centre.

Police spokesperson Captain John Maluleke said the armed gang of 10 entered the store via a gate used by security guards on Saturday night.

Two identified themselves to the guards as polic...
Yengeni 'unjustly enriched' by Kebble front company, liquidators maintain
Murdered mining magnate Brett Kebble's liquidators are claiming R840 000 from former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni in money paid to him by a shelf company in Kebble's stable.

The money was allegedly held by fraudulent means in the name of a former agent of the apartheid government's Civil Co-opera...
Thousands of revellers trash Joburg park
wild, illegal party with about 6 000 revellers all but trashed Pioneer Park in Wemmer Pan over the weekend.

Yesterday morning, La Rochelle residents woke up to the sight of thousands of broken bottles in the park and in the lake.

Local ward councillor Bev Turk and South of Joburg (Sojo), an...
Don't get robbed twice - blacklist your stolen cellphone
I've had a number of reports from readers whose cellphones, or those of their family members, were stolen, and they didn't block their SIM cards, believing their networks or service providers would pick up the bill in the interests of combating crime.

Why did they believe this? Because a policem...
Hlophe wins one case, but still on trial
Judge John Hlophe has won a High Court judgment, saying the Constitutional Court (Concourt) treated him unfairly - but lost the bigger battle to stop the Concourt's complaint against him.

Judge Phineas Mojapelo yesterday ruled in Judge Hlophe's favour in the Johannesburg High Court, but bluntly ...
Hit-and-run killer sought by police, as family forced to hire private detectives
Every day, Simon Streicher waits for his father to come home, and when he doesn't arrive, he tries to comfort his mother by telling her he will be home tomorrow.

But Streicher's father, also called Simon, will never come home again. He became yet another fatal cycling statistic when he was kille...
Two charged for 36 rapes
JOHANNESBURG - A case of multiple rape against a taxi driver and his passenger was postponed when they appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Police spokesman Inspector Sabata Modupe said a high number of rape cases had been reported in the De Deur, Evaton and Orange Farm areas...
SA Navy ‘far from shipshape’
SKILLS SHORTAGE: ‘Basic repairs not being done’

TOO cash-stripped to pay for their maintenance and lacking the skills to properly operate them, the SA Navy are running their controversial new warships into the ground and failing to properly maintain them, in some cases because they cannot afford...
Winters seek ‘other woman’
BROTHER: ‘Cost of the search for Kerry has escalated’

KERRY Winter’s family have approached the South African Police Service and Interpol in an attempt to get them to coax Tanya Trichard to come forward.

Trichard is the girlfriend of Briton Mark Arnold, who is being held by Dubai police in co...
Rabies bites Limpopo
AFTER three rabies cases in Limpopo, the province yesterday embarked on a massive campaign to alert communities.

Provincial Health spokesman Phuti Setati said two cases of rabies have been reported in Vhembe and another in Capricorn District.

A person bitten by an animal must seek medical assi...
Car park mechanics arrested
THIRTEEN mechanics were arrested in Savoy, Johannesburg yesterday after they were found operating a repair shop in a parking lot.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the suspects had been operating at a parking lot on the corner of Louis Botha and Newick fo...
Mayor’s center helps kids
ORPHANED, destitute and vulnerable children have been offered a safe haven at the newly launched Bob Mmola Drop-in-Centre situated in Rebone Township, Polokwane.

Rebone township is located approximately 100km north of Mokopane Town.

Today sees the official launch of the center, although it was...
Man nabbed with stolen goods worth R1,5m
Lenasia police have swooped on a house believed to be a warehouse for a truck hijacking syndicate, confiscating electrical appliances worth about R1,5-million.

Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said police had received a tip-off about boxes being stored in a house in Extension 9.

The anonymous ...
Motlanthe restores order
Cabinet shake-up sees Manto losing ministerial post

Newly elected President Kgalema Motlanthe's first task as head of state has been to send the right signal at home and abroad - by establishing stability and certainty in the government.

He announced his new cabinet yesterday barely an...
'He's friendly and smart'
Friendly, soft-spoken and quiet. This is what the people responsible for keeping Kgalema Motlanthe's residential area safe had to say about South Africa's new president.

"He'll take time to greet you, unlike some of the other people here. When he speaks to you, you can see that he's not pretendi...
Opposition parties demand much from Motlanthe
Opposition parties have urged President Kgalema Motlanthe to rise above his party's infighting and reassure an anxious nation and unnerved markets.

The ruling party, of which Motlanthe is deputy president, yesterday said his election "sends a signal … of the ANC's commitment to maintain stabilit...
Motlanthe's pledge to South Africa (Part 1)
Today I make a solemn pledge that I will do all to live up to these expectations and to undertake this task to the best of my ability.

I wish to record my sincere thanks and appreciation to outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, in whose cabinet I have had the honour to serve these last few months.

Motlanthe's pledge to South Africa (Part 2)
These policies are the property of a collective. They do not belong to any one individual. And it is not for any one individual to change them.

The policies of this government are clear. They are based on the 2004 Manifesto of the African National Congress, enhanced by the decisions of both the ...
Motlanthe set to appoint Mbete as deputy
New head of state to name cabinet - and Madlala-Routledge likely to make a comeback

With Kgalema Motlanthe firmly in the driving seat, the new president of the country was expected to appoint Baleka Mbete as his deputy today.

The Star has reliably learnt that Mbete, the Speaker of the N...
Zuma takes on Mbeki in top court
ANC president is wasting no time challenging country's former leader

ANC president Jacob Zuma is taking on ousted president Thabo Mbeki in South Africa's highest court.

Zuma will oppose Mbeki's Constitutional Court bid to clear his name of damaging "political meddling" findings made ag...
Ekurhuleni metro staff fingered in R31m land scam
Ekurhuleni metro officials have sold themselves dozens of parcels of municipal land in dodgy deals since 2004 that cost ratepayers millions.

Reports on an independent investigation into the deals were handed to an Ekurhuleni council meeting in Germiston yesterday. Discussion was deferred until n...
Suffocation killed editor's son
A pathologist who examined the charred remains of Avhatakali Netshisaulu's body has laid bare the grisly details about his corpse.

And as Dr Gina Rowe methodically went through her findings, describing in cold detail what she encountered, Netshisaulu's father, City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha...
Agliotti recognises size XXL undies and his James Blunt disc
Police kept exhibits in a safe in case they disappeared

An unexpected encounter, a James Blunt music mix and an empty box of Glenn Agliotti's Hugo Boss boxer shorts.

Yesterday was another bizarre day in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, where three men are on trial for a violent robbery ...
Arrests at illegal workshop
The people of Savoy in northern Joburg will get some reprieve after metro police closed an illegal workshop that had operated on a parking lot for the past three years.

Residents and shopkeepers in the area used to watch helplessly as motorists brought their cars to be fixed. When the mechanics ...
Learning to live together after the violence
Indunas (leaders) from hostels in Alexandra township got to sample some new flavours when they dined on traditional food from Côte d'Ivoire at a gathering organised by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in Yeoville this week.

As they feasted on attieke (crushed tapioca) and aloko (fried bananas), ...
Court date set for strip club boss
Striptease boss Lolly Jackson today found out that he was to go on trial in February next year for allegedly firing shots at an employee.

Jackson is alleged to have shot nine rubber bullets at one of his staff members earlier this year, apparently following the man's involvement in a dispute with...
Southern Sudan Trade & Investment Missions 2008 - October 2008
14th-17th and 28th-31st October 2008.

Charleston Travel Ltd together with the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) through the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Supplies organized the 1st ever Southern Sudan International Trade & Investment Exhibition (JITFIE) in Juba-Southern Sudan from November 27...
Billions to be spent on warship: Lekota
LEKOTA: Plan to bypass procedures for fifth ship

JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota’s plans to bypass constitutionally enforced defence acquisition procedures and spend billions on a fifth warship for the navy looked legally “dubious” yesterday.

On September 4, Lekota annou...
Local groups slam UN over crisis
JOHANNESBURG - Civil society has hit back at the United Nations criticism that non-governmental organisations played “a negative role” during the May xenophobia crisis in SA.

Earlier, a joint report by civil society detailed the alleged failure by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to ac...
‘Move out by tomorrow’
JOHANNESBURG - Foreign nationals at the Rand Airport shelter on the East Rand who received financial assistance to find alternative accommodation have been given until tomorrow to vacate the camps.

This occurred after they were ordered to leave the shelter on Tuesday or face arrest.

Speaking t...
Hundreds are left ‘hopeless’ as tents dismantled in Klerksoord
JOHANNESBURG - Refugees’ tents in Klerksoord camp were dismantled leaving about 800 people “hopeless” north of Pretoria this week.

Members of the army, SAPS, Red Ants and Metro police pulled down the tents. Displaced men, women and children had sought shelter after the xenophobic violence which f...
Xenophobic victims ‘coerced’, then evicted
JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) have expressed deep concern at the plight of victims of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng.

This comes as nearly 800 foreigners at Klerksoord shelters near Pretoria were evicted on Tuesday.

Army personnel and Red Ants removed all 100 tents, leaving the ...
Motlanthe set to appoint Mbete as deputy
New head of state to name cabinet - and Madlala-Routledge likely to make a comeback

With Kgalema Motlanthe firmly in the driving seat, the new president of the country was expected to appoint Baleka Mbete as his deputy today.

The Star has reliably learnt that Mbete, the Speaker of the ...
Mbeki lauded as he bows out
Exclusive: President's last words to cabinet

An "emotional and aggrieved" cabinet have paid tribute to Thabo Mbeki for his achievements, defended his integrity to the bitter end and elected Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri as acting president for about 12 hours.

The term o...
Zuma regrets chaos over cabinet
ANC president Jacob Zuma has expressed regret at the sudden departure of cabinet ministers and the chaos that followed.

Speaking to the media in Stanger yesterday during a Heritage Day event to commemorate the late Zulu monarch King Shaka, he said the challenge the ANC had when deciding to recal...
'Floundering' ANC cautioned over rash moves
As South Africa bids adieu to Thabo Mbeki, his brother and political commentator Moeletsi has warned against an ANC leadership that is punching above its weight, a movement that is a far cry from the black elite that guided black society for close to 100 years.

Recalling Mbeki from office based ...
End of the road for Waterkloof Four
The "Waterkloof Four" have exhausted all avenues to try to stay out of prison.

They will now have to serve their 12-year jail sentences each, after the Constitutional Court turned down their applications for leave to appeal.

Ten of the Constitutional Court justices found that the application...
Councils are owed more than R45bn
Householders are the main culprits

South African households have been fingered by the government as major culprits who owe local and district municipalities more than R10-billion in services.

This was revealed by outgoing Provincial and Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi in a wr...
Kidnapped 419 scam victim rescued by cops
A Swedish man flew all the way to Joburg to close a deal in what turned out to be a 419 scam.

Police rescued him after he was held for ransom by two men who had lured him to the country.

Kenth Sadaaki Suzuki met his two supposed business associates at OR Tambo International Airport at about ...
Missing woman's family turn to Interpol
The family of Durban woman Kerry Winter, missing in Dubai for more than a month, have called on Interpol to assist in the search.

Winter's ex-boyfriend, Mark Arnold of Britain, last week confessed to murdering her and dumping her body in the sea. He has yet to be charged.

The missing woman's...
New traffic demerit system to hit Gauteng drivers soon
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng traffic law enforcement is set to change drastically soon and holds extreme implications for local motorists who face having their cars, furniture and other valuables sold – and eventually losing their driver’s licences if violation notices are ignored and unpaid.

They coul...
Gov’t promises action after shocking crime stats
THE safety and security ministry has promised action and is urging South Africans not to concentrate on the negatives, following media reports that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is being short-changed by government.

Last week The Citizen reported that woeful shortfalls in funding...
Aerospace, defence skills shortage now ‘a crisis’
THE skills shortage in South Africa’s aerospace and defence sectors has reached crisis proportions.

This is according to Simphiwe Hamilton, executive director of the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association. He cites Benoni-based BAE Land Systems as just one example.

“The com...
Campus opens as violence continues
VIOLENCE continued on the Mafikeng campus of North West University on Monday night, after the campus was reopened on September 15.

Police arrested four people in the latest riots. One is apparently not a student.

“Last night again, saw perpetrators setting alight two guard houses as well as c...
Water may have made kids sick
THE Gauteng education department has started an investigation into the poisoning which hit over 80 primary school pupils.

But spokesman, Panyaza Lesufi told The Citizen the suspect was now contaminated water.

“The food at the school was thoroughly checked and we found all to be in orde...
African prisons indaba
REPRESENTATIVES from South Africa are among those from many nations meeting in Zambia for the launch of the African Correctional Service Association.

The SA Correctional Services Department confirmed yesterday that it was sending a delegation to the launch to take place on Friday. About 23 Afric...
Two ‘cops’ appear in court
TWO suspects will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today for impersonating police officers.

Police spokesman Captain John Maluleke said they were busy with a roadblock when they stopped a dark grey BMW where one suspect said he was an officer.

“The suspect had a false police appo...
Manuel assures Motlanthe he will stay on
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel did not mean to take "factional" sides or create volatility in the financial sector when he tendered his resignation to the Presidency, he told the media.

Manuel's resignation, which was announced along with that of 13 other ministers and deputies yesterday, caused...
Defence deputy says his decision to go wasn't based on emotions
Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George became the 14th senior government member to tender his resignation in a day that saw the executive implode in solidarity with President Thabo Mbeki, their beleaguered leader.

George insisted yesterday that his departure was not part of a "mob" decision, but...
'No need to panic'
• 11 ministers resign
• Rand plummets after Manuel quits

The ANC is desperate to contain an unprecedented political and economic crisis, precipitated by yesterday's shattering resignation of the country's deputy president and almost a third of the cabinet.

Party leader Jacob Zuma earlier...
Mapisa-Nqakula is loyal, while Manto hangs in
Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula yesterday proved that she was in deed one of "Thabo Mbeki's people", choosing loyalty to the president over party discipline, when she broke ranks with other ANC MPs in parliament over his resignation.

Ironically, the woman, who Mbeki was accused of ...
Opposition leaders use cabinet exodus to hammer ANC leaders
Mood in National Assembly tense as MPs gather

Alarmed opposition parties have accused the ANC of risking the country's economic and political stability by bungling the transition between President Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.

This follows yesterday's announcement that Deputy Pres...
Chief justice treats Mbeki's bid as urgent
ANC president Jacob Zuma has until Friday to decide whether to take on President Thabo Mbeki in South Africa's highest court.

The Constitutional Court yesterday directed Zuma and acting national prosecuting boss Mokotedi Mpshe to give notice by September 26 of any opposition they may have to Mbe...
Now Phumzile quits
Deputy president's marriage to Nguka always seen as part of the plot to get Zuma

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has resigned - just over a day after President Thabo Mbeki told the country he was stepping down.

Mlambo-Ngcuka's spokesperson Denzil Taylor confirmed her resignatio...
Drugs drove me to it, says addict
One of the men accused of hijacking and murdering a young Eldorado Park couple is a drug addict who will do anything to feed his habit.

Jason Marais told the Vereeniging High Court yesterday that he started using drugs at the age of 13, and while people usually get high on two Ecstasy tablets, h...
Joburg woman slain in flat
A 50-year-old woman has been found dead in her flat in Windsor West, Joburg.

Linden police spokesperson Inspector Bokkie Keulder said the discovery was made around 4am yesterday.

When the Linden police were notified of the murder, officers were dispatched to the scene, Keulder said.

On t...
Killer teen may end up at crash scenes
The teenager who killed R&B star Ashanti's cousin won't go to jail - but he will hear on Friday whether his community service will include going with police officers to road accident scenes.

On that day, Kershan Naidoo, who was 17 when he caused the horror accident that claimed 20-year-old Quins...
Dad and son in court over Road Accident Fund fraud
A father and son have appeared side by side in court for allegedly defrauding the Road Accident Fund.

Neil Bone (45) made his second appearance with Pieter Zandberg (35) - both police officers - and Samson Hlungwani (45) in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

Four others - Th...
Pupils scared by robberies on school premises
A school that has experienced numerous incidents of crime has called on the Gauteng Department of Education to provide security.

Last week, half the pupils at Azara Secondary School in Lenasia, south of Joburg, refused to come to school after two of their fellow pupils were robbed inside the sch...
Basson's legal team calls for trial postponement
The Health Professions Council of SA hearing into the alleged unprofessional conduct of Dr Wouter Basson has been postponed yet again.

While the HPCSA indicated yesterday that it was ready to call its new witness to the stand, Basson's legal team called for a postponement.

The council had in...
Choice of Motlanthe seen as goodwill gesture
The ANC's preference for its deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe, to replace outgoing head of state Thabo Mbeki is an attempt to reassure a depressed cabinet and an anxious nation.

ANC president Jacob Zuma yesterday indirectly hinted that Motlanthe was the ruling party's candidate for president ...
It's unfair and unjust - Mbeki
Sacked president seeking to contest Zuma ruling in court

President Thabo Mbeki is fighting back. Less than 24 hours after he publicly announced his resignation, he has asked South Africa's highest court for the right to urgently challenge the ruling that quashed ANC president Jacob Zuma's ...
Tutu deeply disturbed by decision to axe Mbeki
Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has slammed the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki, warning that the way of retribution led to a banana republic.

He said the constitution should be changed to allow for the direct election of the president, following the "deeply dis...
His is the voice of reason they often turn to
To friends and relatives he is fondly known as "Mkhuluwa", or the elder one. But to you and me he is now President Kgalema Motlanthe, the man who will lead the country into the next general election.

Quite some political leap from the minister without portfolio position he held only yesterday.
SA group's case against 23 companies back in US court
The Khulumani lawsuit, which targets 23 foreign multinationals for having assisted the apartheid regime "to perpetrate gross human rights violations", is set to go back to court in New York.

And the Khulumani Support Group, the national organisation that helps apartheid-era victims and survivors...
City 'held property owners to ransom'
The City of Joburg has been extorting money from property owners and holding them to ransom.

So said Judge Percy Blieden in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday after property owners Mike Lingwood and Noreen Wade took on the council to force it to issue Section 118 clearance certificates.

Is Mbeki recall a coup d'etat?
The events of last weekend have the makings of a constitutional crisis. In the early hours of Saturday morning, September 20, the NEC of the African National Congress resolved to "recall President Thabo Mbeki before his term of office expires".

In a statement issued following this meeting, the A...
Airport gangster jailed for 15 years
These robberies gave SA a bad name, says magistrate

'We won't tolerate this sort of c**p. It affected everything from foreign-investor confidence to tourism."

These were the words of a Joburg magistrate when he sentenced a man to 30 years' imprisonment for his part in the spate of arme...
Editor's hopes dashed by forensic analyst
Avhatakali Netshisaulu, whose charred remains were found in the boot of his car, was burnt alive.

Netshisaulu was the son of City Press editor Mathata Tsedu,

A forensic sample taken from Netshisaulu's remains indicated he had inhaled a lot of smoke in the confined space before finally succum...
'Evil spirits' hit 70 Soweto pupils
The Gauteng departments of health and education are investigating a Soweto primary school after 70 pupils were hospitalised in two days after collapsing at the school.

The bizarre drama unfolded at Bottom Primary School in Slovoville, Soweto, on Friday shortly after assembly.

Principal John ...
McBride trial delayed yet again
Five months before "the chief" stepped into the dock, the National Prosecuting Authority made a prediction: "The case against Mr McBride is a relatively simple one."

Yesterday, six months after the trial began, Robert McBride's drunk-driving case was postponed yet again.

The only development...
Police stations must 'talk' more
It is no secret that "trio crimes" - residential and business robberies and hijackings - are the most prominent types of crime perpetrated against Gauteng residents on a daily basis.

But the Gauteng Department of Community Safety has devised and begun implementing an initiative called the Aggrav...
Your groceries a crime target
Did you know that between April 2007 and March 2008, nearly 4 000 South Africans reported having their groceries stolen?

Or that 24 police officers were found guilty of taking unauthorised naps? And what about the 147 shoe-prints analysed in police laboratories?

These are some of the countle...
Two officials in hot water after internal audit
Both cases said to involve misuse of money

Two senior Joburg council officials are under the spotlight following a routine internal audit.

Yakoob Makda, the City of Joburg's director for Region E (Sandton/Alexandra), was suspended last week over alleged irregularities.

It is claime...
2 cabinet ministers quit
Mbeki defiant to end as he denies NPA interference

Azapo president and Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena and Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad will follow President Thabo Mbeki, who bowed out of office last night.

Pahad said his "personal decision" was that his resig...
He leaves chequered legacy, opposition parties say
"Dignified and presidential" was how Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille described Thabo Mbeki's resignation speech which was broadcast live on SABC TV last night.

Mbeki announced that he had handed his resignation to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete earlier yesterday and that he will o...
Stand up 'Baba' and tell us if we can count on you to lead us
When in trouble, turn to the top. But as the past few days have shown, when in crisis don't depend on the leader of the ANC.

Ever since Thabo Mbeki was publicly stripped of his state powers two days ago, for allegedly abusing them, nothing has been seen of the man who is about to step into his s...
Mbete, Motlanthe in line for caretaker role
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was expected to forward President Thabo Mbeki's letter of resignation to Chief Justice Pius Langa today, a step that will kick in the process of electing a "caretaker" president as early as this week.

In terms of the constitution, any vacancy must be filled...
Mbeki defiant to the end
President denies interfering with NPA in farewell speech

A defiant President Thabo Mbeki has bowed out from office, proclaiming his innocence while pledging loyalty to the organisation that unceremoniously ousted him as head of state.

And, in a surprise turn of events, the ANC's prefer...
A president's final farewell to his cabinet team
Cabinet ministers loyal to Thabo Mbeki arrived at the Union Buildings yesterday armed with their letters of resignation.

However, the president refused to accept them, saying they couldn't resign to him and that he wanted to carry his own cross.

Among those expected to formally resign before...
Lot of unfinished business waiting to be resolved
President Thabo Mbeki declared 2008 "Business Unusual" for his administration, but given his early exit, there is plenty that will remain "unfinished" instead.

This includes the fate of the man whom he suspended, National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli, whose fitness to hold office is th...
Legal protection in times of trouble
Where do you turn if you earn too much to qualify for state-sponsored legal aid, but not enough to pay for a lawyer?

Given that most people fall into this legal no man's land, it's not surprising that the legal expenses insurance industry developed to cater for them.

It's a massive industry ...
Ruthless, paranoid leader orchestrated his own fall (Part 1)
His intention to challenge Judge Nicholson's inference that he interfered with Zuma's prosecution was the 'political smoking gun', write Deon de Lange and Chiara Carter

This weekend's tumultuous events that have created a temporary governmental vacuum and a presidential crisis were prophet...
Ruthless, paranoid leader orchestrated his own fall (Part 2)
While humiliated at home, Mbeki is a hero abroad. Even when he was still in the ANC, his diplomacy was highly criticised by proponents of the armed struggle.

While he was delivering a unity breakthrough at Harare International Conference Centre, his own party was discussing his uselessness in Jo...
'It's like any other case, I was just doing my job'
Judge Nicholson says he was surprised by the wheels his judgment set in motion

KwaZulu Natal Judge Chris Nicholson has been surprised by some of the far-reaching consequences of his September 12 ruling on the Jacob Zuma case.

While declining to comment on the judgment itself, Judge Nic...
Cop shot dead in charge office
A police inspector is dead and a constable is wounded after a man who came to the police to open a docket lost his cool and opened fire in the charge office.

It's not clear what led to the shooting and stories range from the man being kept waiting to him having an argument with the inspector - w...
Conman's lies catch up with him
He could have been "Jesus", but ended up being nothing but a conman who has worked his way through Joburg's Anglican churches - from Edenvale to Parktown to Auckland Park to Brixton.

His story was always the same: his mother died of Aids the night before, he is the eldest son and he needs to get ...
Stand up 'Baba' and tell us if we can count on you to lead us
When in trouble, turn to the top. But as the past few days have shown, when in crisis don't depend on the leader of the ANC.

Ever since Thabo Mbeki was publicly stripped of his state powers two days ago, for allegedly abusing them, nothing has been seen of the man who is about to step into his s...
Top-notch detective work ends in quick sentencing
Just three months after a top Soweto policeman arrested two men for the murder of their friend, they will spend a significant amount of time behind bars.

A few days after 22-year-old Themba Kubheka (20) was murdered on June 15, two men were arrested by Detective Inspector Amos Maneta.

Last w...
Motorists mad with Metro
GAUTENG motorists say Metro police are out of line by unfairly ticketing them on some of the province’s busiest highways.

Gautengers have been forced to inch along busy N1 and N3 highways for a very long time, as the ambitious Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) took shape around them.
Flying crime-busters give crooks the bird
YET another weapon will shortly be added to the arsenal to fight crime in South Africa.

It is a hi-tech drone that can track criminals and suspects without bringing those in pursuit into danger.

Known as the Kiwit – from the Afrikaans name for the plover (kiewiet) which noisily harasses...
Three held over firearms
THREE suspects were arrested in Germiston, Ekurhuleni yesterday after they were found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesman Inspector Jimmy Maboko said police were patrolling the Phumula area after they received a tip-off on possible taxi violence....
Teens kill their own babies
HEALTH DEPARTMENT: ‘We appeal to parents’

PARENTS are not being supportive during their child’s pregnancy – a major contributor that results in teenage mothers killing their children, the Eastern Cape health department said yesterday.

This comes after a 19-year-old woman threw her three-year...
Zuma ‘to prioritise’ crime
THE ruling party is confident about the fight against crime, and will be prioritising it over the next five years, ANC president Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

As Zuma unpacked his crime-fighting strategy during a keynote address at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, yet another set of shocking statist...
President's guard shot dead while asleep at home
A presidential police protection officer was murdered in his home on Thursday morning.

Captain Frans Ramashilo (52), who was attached to the President Protection Unit, where he was a close protection officer to President Thabo Mbeki, was shot dead while sleeping in his Soshanguve home near Preto...
Orange Farm community say protests are their last resort (Part 1)
They've been waiting 14 years for service delivery, writes Thabiso Thakali

When a police Nyala drove through barriers of burning tyres and rubble that had been used to barricade the Golden Highway, Bricks Mokolo was reminded of the grim events of September 1984.

Then, the protests in t...
Orange Farm community say protests are their last resort (Part 2)
Mokolo's memories of random violence and frustration, with people destroying their own communities, are vivid because he took part in the Vaal uprisings. He saw the riots damage many households in other ways. They sent many of his comrades on different paths. He could, he said, have joined those who...
Gangs go for Joburg's well-heeled
It seems they're only after pricey watches

So-called Rolex gangs, seeking valuable top-end jewellery, are attacking high-profile business people in greater Joburg's affluent suburbs.

At least five attacks have been recorded in upmarket Hyde Park, Houghton, Sandton and Glenhazel since M...
Timeline of a titanic power struggle

Thabo Mbeki becomes deputy president. Jacob Zuma is appointed MEC for economic affairs and tourism in KwaZulu Natal. He is elected national chairperson of the ANC.


Zuma is elected deputy president of the ANC.

Cabinet approves the multibillion-rand arms deal.

Penis-envy killings 'premeditated'
Some of the men accused of killing three patrons at the Merseyside pub at Umbilo in Durban last week were allegedly seen removing the licence plate from one of their vehicles moments before they allegedly carried out the crime.

The five suspects - Nithanandan Ganess (37), Julian Naidoo (31), Nae...
Ecological catastrophe
Sections of the Jukskei River are now eroded and dying

Samantha Martin calls it a "canyon" near the heart of Joburg: a polluted and deeply eroded section of the Jukskei River that is threatening local wildlife and human health.

The young lawyer believes a catastrophe is now in the maki...
School indifferent to stabbing
JOHANNESBURG - A 16-year-old school boy was stabbed five times over R12 he won while gambling at the Vlakfontein Technical High School in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria yesterday.

Another 16-year-old pupil was arrested for the stabbing but his two accomplices are still at large.

The incident began...
Two cops unharmed after hail of robbers' bullets
Overwhelmingly outnumbered and outgunned, two Pretoria police reservists miraculously escaped unscathed when they took on a gang of AK-47-wielding robbers.

Inspector Julius Zinserling and Sergeant Tobias Swart, of the Hercules police station, were on patrol when they received a call about an ATM...
Cabinet meltdown
If Mbeki is fired, half of executive would step down out of loyalty

Most cabinet ministers loyal to President Thabo Mbeki have vowed to go down with him if he is pushed by the ANC, although the Jacob Zuma camp wants Finance Minister Trevor Manuel to remain in the interests of stability.
Judge 'allowed bias to cloud judgment'
Disturbed appeal court quashes murder conviction

Ajudge president tipped for a post at South Africa's highest court has been rebuked for his allegedly biased handling of a racially charged murder trial.

And the Supreme Court of Appeal was so disturbed by Northern Cape Judge President F...
Let's hear all the beans being spilled (Part 1)
It is a strong wind that has been blowing through the body politic since Judge Chris Nicholson's groundbreaking judgment a week ago today, when he ruled that Jacob Zuma had been denied his right to be heard before he was again charged by the National Prosecuting Authority last December.

Why they...
Let's hear all the beans being spilled (Part 2)
In that light Nicholson's remarks may be no more than semi-findings. But as he said, conspiracy rarely comes with hard evidence.

It's too late to speculate now, anyway. The die has been cast, and Nicholson's words have wreaked untold collateral damage on the powers-that-be.

This may be what ...
Cabinet slams Zuma judge
The gloves are off, with the cabinet tacitly backing the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to appeal Judge Chris Nicholson's judgment, saying many of his inferences were incorrect.

This was confirmed by cabinet spokesperson Themba Maseko at a post-cabinet media briefing this morning.

Family's anxious wait after Winter murder admission
Dubai police have been conducting deep-sea searches for the body of South African Kerry Winter after her ex-boyfriend confessed to her murder.

This is according to Winter's sister in-law Lia, who said Dubai police had told her husband and Winter's brother Kurt about the search when he met them y...
'Alleged killer's confession not written by cops'
A Soweto magistrate has rejected claims that a murder confession was written for him by the police.

Magistrate Deon Pool of the Protea Magistrate's Court was giving evidence in the trial-within-a-trial of Mbuso Ndlovu (33), charged with the murder of his brother Thokoza Ndlovu in 2006 and the mu...
Robber shot after terrorising three
A robber was killed after a shootout with police in Lenasia yesterday.

Two men jumped the walls of a house in Lenasia Extension 3 around noon and accosted a domestic worker, her 3-year-old daughter and her employer's daughter (10).

Lenasia police spokesperson Mbulaeni Netshivhodza said that ...
Probe into police chief'sactions
Reports that suspended metro police chief Robert McBride is back at work will be investigated by the Ekurhuleni city manager.

Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesperson Prince Hamnca said yesterday that as far as the city was concerned, McBride is still on special leave.

"But we have been getting repor...
Probe into metro cops' violent Joburg strike far from complete
Almost three months after metro police officers allegedly opened fire on police during a violent strike in the Joburg CBD, the first arrest, suspension or dismissal is yet to take place.

The police's excuse is that forensic and ballistic tests are holding up investigations, while the Johannesbur...
'Criminals posing as cops abducted me'
Andries Makgoka's only wish was that his hijackers would leave his body where it would be easily found, so his family could give him a decent burial.

But he wasn't killed, and yesterday the father-of-three related his harrowing story, a day after he was hijacked and abducted by criminals masquer...
Netshisaulu suspect 'made a big mistake'
About two months after Avhatakali Netshisaulu was found dead in his burnt-out car, the prime suspect in his murder, Ntabudzeni Matsenene, admitted he had made a grievous mistake.

This was revealed by Ntabudzeni Netshilaphala, a colleague of Matsenene, in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.
'Mlungu madala' recognises crook in blue overall
At first, Dan Levin didn't notice that the man in a torn blue overall had been frog-marched into his office.

But when their eyes met, the 73-year-old businessman rose from behind his desk and stormed towards him.

"Hello, my old friend!" he boomed, his custom-made gun - with its delicate ivor...
Park killer sentenced to 18 years
'Zimbabweans involved in more and more crimes'

More and more Zimbabweans responsible for violent crimes in South Africa are abusing the comfort this country is offering them, a Johannesburg High Court judge has said.

Judge Mahomed Jajbhay expressed this sentiment while sentencing an il...
ANCYL lashed over call for president’s head
THE ruling party does not take orders from its youth wing, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has warned the young “kingmakers”.

“While the Youth Leage has a right to articulate its own positions, the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) does not tail the ANC Youth League,” said Mantashe.

Mother ‘killed five in fire’
A MOTHER allegedly locked the doors of a family home and set it alight, killing five people, including a three-year-old girl.

In court, the prosecution alleges that Carol Simmers, 30, of Westbury, Johannesburg, crept out “in the early morning hours of June 10, 2007, set the house alight and left ...
NPA action ‘a waste of money’
JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to apply for leave to appeal against last week’s judgment that set aside corruption charges against ANC president Jacob Zuma was yesterday described by the SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) as a continuation of the political persecution ...
Appeal angers Zuma supporters
JOHANNESBURG - Jacob Zuma’s allies have come out strongly against the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to continue its quest to prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The NPA is to apply for leave to appeal against Judge Chris Nicholson’s judgment on Zuma’s arms deal corruption case.
Cosatu ‘to strike for JZ’
JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court judgment will be met with rolling mass action.

“The fact that NPA wants to continue this case is a declaration of war on our people,” said Zet Luzipho, provincial secretary of the Congress...
Back-at-work McBride keeps low profile, remains defiant
JOHANNESBURG - Robert McBride is now openly stalking the halls of the Public Safety building in Bedfordview – in direct contravention of mayoral orders explicitly forbidding him from doing so.

This came to light when The Citizen spotted the Metro police chief’s vehicle parked in front of the buil...
Kempton cops hunt robbers
POLICE are searching for three men who fled after an attempted business robbery in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, yesterday.

Kempton Park police spokesman Captain Jethro Mtshali said four men armed with three pistols and an R5-rifle entered.

“The suspects held up the staff at gunpoint before tying ...
Male ‘rape victims’ lied – police
TWO men who claimed in separate cases to have been gang-raped by women were lying, according to the Rustenburg police.

“Cases of perjury are being investigated and both men have been arrested,” police Constable Botshelo Mothutsane said in a statement.

It was not clear whether the men were conn...
Tsedu tells of murder arrest
PRODUCER, presenter and former Muvhango Soapie actor, Mpho Tsedu (and the son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu) told the High Court yesterday how he came to be involved in the arrest of his murdered half-brother’s business partner.

Avhatakali Steven Nethisaulu had a cellphone bus...
Prisoner guilty of attacks
CRIME: Tried to kill nurses

A PRISONER who almost decapitated two Baviaanspoort prison nurses three years ago was yesterday convicted in the Pretoria High Court on charge of attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping and rape.

Convicting Thabo Amos Masinga on all charges relating to the gruesome i...
IEC poll jitters over Mbeki
Mystery SMS 'rattles' staff at Union Buildings

An "anxious" Independent Electoral Commission will consider plan B for possible early elections as the ANC's axe is aimed at President Thabo Mbeki at the weekend.

The IEC's senior officials were due to meet today at a workshop that will di...
Four life sentences each for family's killers
Cruel and brutal to the extreme.

This is how a Pretoria High Court acting judge yesterday described the actions of two Chinese nationals who murdered a family of four - including a 4-year-old child - before he sentenced each man to four life imprisonment terms. Judge Khami Makhafola ordered that...
SA hostages not yet released by militants
Mom says she will believe after hearing her son's voice

Yesterday was a rollercoaster ride for the families of the South Africans kidnapped in the Niger Delta.

In the morning, reports indicated that Robert Berrie and former SA Navy diver Dan Laarman had been released, but by the aftern...
Judge finds inmate guilty of 'horrendous' crimes
A former Baviaanspoort Prison inmate who is currently being held in C-Max Prison in Pretoria has been convicted on seven charges, including attempted murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and indecent assault.

Thabo Masinga, who was 21 in March 2005 when the incidents occurred, se...
Ten arrested in roadblocks across Randburg
Metro cops, SA Police Service officers and sniffer dogs have been out in force in Randburg, in a blitz that targeted unroadworthy vehicles, drug users and the disorderly.

Police set up five roadblocks across the Randburg CBD yesterday morning, stopping and searching some 1 200 vehicles.

Suspect denies confessing to murder of nephew
A Soweto man who admitted killing his brother with an axe now claims he never made a confession to a judge about a second murder, that of his nephew.

Magistrate Deon Pool of the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto was among a list of witnesses due to give evidence in the double family-murder tri...
Officers come upon hijackers in the act
Policemen who happened to be at the right place and at the right time have stumbled upon a pair of hijackers.

Yesterday, while patrolling an area in Wynberg, north of Joburg, the officers managed to apprehend a suspect red-handed as he attempted to hijack a woman.

Plainclothes police officer...
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...
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