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20 years for torturing, killing a dad
JOHANNESBURG - A young man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for torturing and killing a father in front of his family in Swartruggens, North West in July 2006.

Kabelo Ernest Khoza was arrested soon after Frans Pieterse, 43, was strangled with shoe laces after being subjected to hours of t...
t’s bullets, not eggs on bloody Easter Monday
JOHANNESBURG - Violent crime hit many during the holidays, with NetCare 911 reporting three shooting incidents on Easter Monday.

Spokesman Nick Dollman said they had attended to three shootings close to each other on Easter Monday alone.

Four people were seriously injured, two men were under ...
HRC steps into exhumation fray
JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission of South Africa (HRCSA) has come out in defence of a couple charged with illegally digging up a corpse at a farm in Koppies, Free State.

The HRCSA said it would ask the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop the charges against the man and woman.
Taxi anarchy in suburb
JOHANNESBURG - Highlands North residents accuse Johannesburg Metro Police of doing nothing about taxi drivers who have turned the suburb into an illegal taxi rank.

Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, a resident told The Citizen: “The situation has become unbearable and there ...
Sheldean's last moments alive
Now accused faces more sex charges

The last time anyone saw 7-year-old Sheldean Human alive, her arms were wrapped around the neck of her alleged killer as she playfully swatted his hat off his head.

Then he told her she was "very forward" for her age.

This was the evidence yesterday...
Easter accident rate double that of last year
About 870 accidents countrywide have claimed the lives of 120 road users this Easter.

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation 's Thandi Moya, 120 is the current known figure only of the people who died from Thursday until Sunday.

"The complete and consolidated report that captur...
Ex-teacher takes minister to court
Schools accused of flouting health and safety law

A former teacher has taken Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga to court, claiming that schools do not follow the Health and Safety Act and that the Department of Education has unfair labour practices.

Dirk Senekal, who is also a membe...
No robber will chase store owner away
Over a dozen attacks, but he still lives to tell the tale

Being caught up in a supermarket robbery is unlucky. Living through two or three could be considered a curse.

Meet a man who has survived 17.

Stelios Kassianides opened the Bryanpark Spar in 1991 with his father Savvas. Sinc...
Sheldean accused on new rape charge
The man accused of the rape and murder of Sheldean Human (7) is facing additional charges of raping and indecently assaulting another 7-year-old girl.

The latest charges were added last week. The 25-year-old man, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, is already facing charges of murder, rape...
Police ‘stole our cellphones’
Pupils from Mpumalanga’s Malatse High School have accused police of stealing their cellphones during a raid at the school.

Teachers and pupils at the school claim they were surprised when police paid an unannounced visit to the school last week in search of dangerous weapons among pupils at the s...
SASCO Wants Pandor sacked
The woes surrounding a racist video orchestrated by the students of the University of Free State continue.

The South African Students’ Congress (Sasco) yesterday roasted Education Minister Naledi Pandor, saying she failed to send a strong message to transform South African universities and to con...
Somali refugees facing xenophobia
The Somalis are one group of African refugees and asylum seekers who have settled reasonably well in South Africa, but this is changing as xenophobia rears its head in some rural areas.

These people have consistently avoided major metropolitan areas such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, c...
Skweyiya denies role over tenders
JOHANNESBURG - Zola Skweyiya, the Minister of Social Development, is in the spotlight over allegations of a R3billion social grant tender that might be given to his wife’s business partner, Mazwi Yako.

According to a Sunday newspaper, Thuthukile Skweyiya is a shareholder in Zondwa Resources and Z...
South Africans want Scorpions to stay - survey
Almost two-thirds of South Africans believe the Scorpions should not be disbanded. Just under half believe its incorporation in the police service will lead to an increase in crime and corruption.

This is the result of an Ipsos-Markinor survey of 1 496 adults in urban areas throughout the countr...
No confidence in police and courts
Survey of law enforcement indicates whites, Indians are most negative

The courts and the police get similarly low scores at the bottom end of the scale when it comes to trust and confidence in South Africa's law-enforcement structures.

This was found by an Ipsos-Markinor survey commiss...
Death of boy in jail still a mystery
Aunt doesn't believe 14-year-old hung himself

Eighteen months after a 14-year-old boy was allegedly found hanging by his trousers from a bar in a police cell, there are only questions and no answers.

Leon Booysen's aunt, Sylvia Minies, who brought up the teenager as her own son, wants ...
Opposition stands by Scorpions
Democratic Alliance chief whip Ian Davidson has proposed that parliament suspend any move to disband the Scorpions until there is a decision on a private legal challenge to the plan.

Davidson said yesterday he would write to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete "to request that she halt the le...
Cleaned out
Slick gang robs supermarket of over R250 000

A man walks up to the Spar's cigarette counter and pays for a 2-litre bottle of Coke, a Lemon Twist and two loaves of bread.

At 7.28am he turns away, abandons his groceries and pulls out a handgun.

In a split second he grabs the store ma...
Call for Shilowa to set up inquiry into city projects
'MEC in favour of developers who broke law'

Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has been asked to appoint a commission of inquiry into the granting of approval of a number of multi-million-rand developments by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment and "suspicious interve...
Deepest gratitude to my dogs for saving my life
This is a loving and grateful tribute to my two devoted German shepherds, who saved me from becoming another possible rape and murder statistic while I was asleep in my bed.

I have always considered house robberies, where defenceless and vulnerable victims are awakened by thugs, terrorised and r...
'Adopt New York crime solution'
SA man believes friendliness can cure lack of respect at the heart of country's woes

It's a simple and proven principle that reduced violent crime in New York by 62% in five years.

Now a local man, Justin Foxton, believes the same principle can be adopted in South Africa to reduce crim...
Teens fight off attackers in mall
Just when a Pretoria teenager had built up the courage to venture out after her family were robbed earlier this year, she suffered another blow - she was attacked in a popular mall.

Taryn Vermaak (18) and her boyfriend Sheldon Kearney (18), from Pretoria East, were about to leave Menlyn Shopping...
Breakthrough in Lap murder case
Police have issued an identikit of one of the men believed to have been involved in the attack on a Joburg family in which architect Julian Lap was shot dead.

This is the latest development in the Parktown North attack on Sunday March 3 during which Lap (55), his partner Marilyn Visser (53) and ...
Another NPA boss could face inquiry
The head of yet another embattled security chief seems likely to roll this weekend - with a question mark hanging heavily over the future of Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy.

The advocate could find himself facing a full-scale inquiry into his leadership, after the National Assembly unanimously s...
Report puts paid to claims that syndicates don't exist
Leaked memo says copsare in denial about crimeat OR Tambo airport

An internal report on the perilous state of security at OR Tambo International Airport, which has been leaked to the media, belies recent assurances by airport authorities that criminal syndicates are not operating there.
Police keep heads in the sand despite mounting evidence
Leaked memo says cops are in denial about crime at OR Tambo airport

While police and airport authorities continue to deny the existence of criminal syndicates operating from OR Tambo International Airport, another armed robbery of foreign visitors gave credence to the contrary view.

Woman stands firm on claims of customs corruption
The police and the South African Revenue Service have dismissed a Joburg woman's claims that robbers who ambushed her and her family after they returned home from OR Tambo International Airport were in possession of her customs declaration form.

The woman claimed the robbers dropped her form dur...
From destruction to salvation
International passenger aircraft that fly out of OR Tambo International carry obscure metal canisters usually placed below a passenger seat. They are radioactive transport containers, known as radioisotopes, en route to medical technologists around the world.

This practice has been routine for a...
Courts show no mercy on fraud
Courts have been sending out stern warnings to those who commit fraud, imposing harsh prison sentences with no option of a fine.

Last week, in the Commercial Crimes Court in Durban, Gabriel Nzuza, of KwaMashu, was jailed for an effective three years after he had pleaded guilty to 121 counts of f...
Metro cops crack down on drunks
Joburg metro police have experienced a busy weekend, setting up several roadblocks in and around the city and arresting more than 100 people.

During these operations, which occurred in the CBD, Hillbrow and on the N12 near Protea Glen in Soweto, 60 people were arrested for drunk driving.

In ...
Family live in fear after brutal killings Motive for Northcliff murders still a mystery
Motive for Nortcliff murders still a mystery

The wife and children of a man who was tortured and killed along with his sister fear that the killers might now come after them.

The 45-year-old mother-of-three said yesterday she was devastated by the brutal way in which her husband and si...
Security concerns eased after court gate is fixed
For nearly two months the Wynberg Magistrate's Court was a disaster waiting to happen.

When one of the giant steel doors at the prisoner entrance came crashing down - blocking the entire entrance - the security of the court's holding cells was breached.

But, because of the large volume of ca...
Skeletons tumble from metro closet
Police chief battles former lieutenants

Robert McBride is in the dock, but he is in control. Every few minutes he scribbles a note, tears it from a notepad and signals for his lawyer to deliver it to his advocate. The notes are ammunition in cross-examining state witnesses, and he is often...
All systems go for SA's hi-tech nuclear reactor
Construction to begin in 2009

Controversy and lack of support may have delayed it for almost three years, but the hi-tech nuclear reactor that will produce South Africa's electricity is forging ahead.

The R17-billion capital investment project will provide one of the solutions to SA's ...
Juicy new twist in story of metro police Xmas party
Dirty cops, bottles of whiskey, a giant cover-up and death threats … all that's been missing from the sensational Robert McBride trial is the sex.

This morning, former superintendent Patrick Johnston took care of that by alleging that McBride had been flirting with a woman at a staff function sho...
Charge Chabaan, urges speaker
The speaker of Cape Town Metro Council Dirk Smit yesterday said he would appeal to the President to intervene in the case against councillor Badih Chabaan, of the New People’s Party.

Criminal charges had been laid against Chabaan. During the floor-crossing period last year, Chabaan allegedly pai...
Gardener slew elderly pair
The Johannesburg High Court yesterday convicted a gardener of “butchering two old defenceless people” for whom he worked on a Muldersdrift smallholding.

“He had to kill them because they knew him,” said Judge NJ Coetzee convicting Mohale Cavin Bopape, 22, on two counts of murder and one of aggrav...
Arrested in torture killing
Police have arrested a youth in connection with the brutal murder of a frail 61-year-old woman who was raped, burnt with an iron, beaten and stabbed to death in Ottoshoop, North West last week.

Superintendent Keaobaka Moses of the Mafikeng police said the man, who was “over 20”, was arrested in M...
3 use saw to escape
Mpumalanga police yesterday confirmed they were searching for three men who escaped from the Fakhile police station near Standerton on Sunday.

The men allegedly used a hacksaw to cut open a fence.

Anyone with information should contact Superintendent Thulani Ntsele on 017 714 7149
Mob kills two foreigners
Police yesterday continued to monitor Atteridgeville after two foreign nationals were killed on Tuesday in another Xenophobic attack.

On Tuesday Somali businessman Noor Ali, 25, was shot three times by three men in a group of residents marching to the local police station.

Hours later the marc...
Four robbed by ‘cops’
FOUR people were robbed by a group of men dressed as policemen in Norkem Park, Ekurhuleni on Tuesday night.

Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesman Inspector Lesibana Molokomme said the victims’ car was cut off by a silver BMW on the P91 in Sebenza.

After stopping, four men dressed in police uniform...
No public report on deal: Duarte
JOHANNESBURG - “The ANC has not commissioned a public report on the arms deal,” said ANC spokesman Jessie Duarte.

Duarte responded to a call by Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven on Tuesday that the ANC must publicise its internal report, because the public must know what went on in the arms deal.
McBride ‘organised soft jobs
JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride helped him forge a matric certificate for his “soft job” on the force, a former Chief Superintendent yesterday told the Pretoria Regional Court.

Patrick Johnson, who resigned last year, told the court McBride had also been involved in hi...
Report ‘exposes Minister’
JOHANNESBURG - Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has been asked to appoint a commission of enquiry into alleged misconduct by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and the Environment (GDACE) and its head, MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu.

In an unprecedented move, various environmental groups have tea...
Zero-tolerance stance in Arrive Alive drive
Increase in visible policing, number of roadblocks

A bag with several kilograms of dagga confiscated by the police has marked the start of the Easter weekend's Arrive Alive campaign.

Over the next few days, visible policing will be more apparent as traffic police, the SA Police Service...
'I'm terrified of McBride'
A department rotten to the core, rigged promotions, gross abuse of state resources and a litany of lies to cover up for a terrifying chief, this is the grim picture painted by two of Robert McBride's former senior officers.

During the third day of the Ekurhuleni metro police boss's trial, two of...
Drugged drivers robbed of taxis by conwoman
She goes for only those drivers who own Toyota Hi-Ace Siyayas. She comes across innocent enough, and her urgent request for transport appears genuine.

But some of those drivers who have picked her up have woken up in a Ga-Rankuwa hospital with no recollection of what happened, and their taxis go...
Legal challenge won't affect Scorpions just yet
A Joburg businessman's legal challenge will not affect for now how parliament initiates laws that will allow the government to disband the Scorpions

Speaking to The Star yesterday, parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs said Hugh Glenister was attempting to obtain, but had not obtained, an int...
Mabandla off the testimony hook
Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla will not have to testify to why she believes prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli should be axed.

Instead, the three-day hearing into the former National Prosecuting Authority head's fitness to hold office will consist wholly of legal argument, and most of it will be h...
SA arms deal officials did pay bribes - letter
Details of an explosive German probe into the country's controversial arms deal have been revealed by the Democratic Alliance.

The documents confirm that the Germans are probing whether millions of dollars in bribes were paid to senior South African officials and politicians, including cabinet m...
'Good Samaritan' rapes suicidal woman
A woman about to commit suicide was allegedly raped by a "Good Samaritan" yesterday.

The man allegedly also took a picture with his cellphone of the woman's private parts after raping her.

The incident is reported to have taken place around 10.15am near the Mabopane railway station.

The ...
Sympathetic ear for accused in boiling-water murder case
The trial of a man accused of pouring boiling water over a 68-year-old Joburg woman and fatally wounding her has been postponed due to his ill health.

Sibusiso Phakathi (35), of Alexandra, surprised the Johannesburg High Court yesterday morning when he asked to be taken to a doctor for medical a...
Emily suspects drop bail application
The four men who stand accused of murdering 12-year-old Emily Williams have abandoned their bail application in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

The men, who are being kept at a high-risk detention facility, made a brief appearance before their case was postponed to March 31.

No reasons ...
Abusive dad thought to have killed son
Man cut his own throat with an angle grinder

A 27-year-old man allegedly killed his 3-year-old son before cutting his own throat with an angle grinder.

He was facing a series of allegations of assaulting his son and was due to appear in court. The bloodied tool was found in front of him on a ...
Girl (8) kidnapped by father still traumatised
Relieved mom says school break will help daughter to recover

The mother of Jerine Chetty - the 8-year-old girl who was kidnapped by her father - is relieved that schools have closed for the Easter break.

Mrs Chetty, who preferred not to have her first name published, said her daughter ...
SAA in trouble over incentives
CIVIL CLAIM: Comair seeks order confirming violation of Act

SOUTH African Airlines (SAA) is in hot water over its policies towards the disabled, and its incentive scheme for travel agents, a practice prohibited in terms of the Competition Act.

The company began a desperate rearguard action to...
Child-sex dad could sit forever
PROSECUTION: Says court can impose six life terms

The prosecution submitted in closing argument in a Johannesburg High Court trial of a father who committed sex acts, including rape, with his primary school daughter that the court could impose a sentence of up to 700 years, plus six times ...
7 years for killing
A Middle-aged accountant was jailed for an effective seven years for the murder of his girlfriend with whom he had a stormy relationship.

Sentencing Jacobus Hendrikus Janse van Rensburg, 56, of Weltrevreden Park, Roodepoort yesterday, Johannesburg High Court judge Frans Malan concurred with State...
Police upbeat over ‘reduction in crime’
BETHLEHEM police say targeted operations, mounted to curb contact and property-related crime, had begun to show dividends, and thee crimes had shown a significant reduction over the weekend.

Bethlehem police spokesman sergeant Mmako Mophiring said property-related crimes such as housebreaking and...
Land war: police inline of fire
FIERCE BATTLES: 5 Killed in dispute between rival factions

CONCERNS were raised that police officers could come under fire when patrolling a 1km "demilitarised zone” established between two rival communities that have waged a bitter, undeclared war for almost two decades.

In the past mo...
Shot man ‘critical’
A Rustenburg man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot on Friday night.

Thabo Mabanda, 42, was being treated in intensive care, Rustenburg police said.

Three intruders surprised Mabanda and his wife in their Geelhout Park home wearing what appeared to be police uniforms.

‘Teen kills brother’
Two people were stabbed in two incidents in Durban yesterday.

An 18-year-old boy was arrested after he stabbed his brother to death in M Section in KwaMashu.

Durban police spokesman Constable Siwe Nxumalo said the older brother had asked the younger brother to wash his clothes, but the teenage...
How to be your own bodyguard
If you think like a criminal, chances are your actions would make you far less likely to become a target.

This is the essence of police reservist Casey Christie’s self-published book Be Your Own Bodyguard in South Africa, which contains a battalion of good advice against crime.

Based on...
Community arrest two
A bank manager’s house in Daveyton, Benoni was robbed after he left for work yesterday.

Benoni police said two suspects aged 21 and 23-years broke into the house of the Capital Bank manager’s house and stole a TV set, home theatre system, laptop, bed sheets and R400. Community members embarked o...
Arms deal: ‘public must know’
JOHANNESBURG - The public must know what went on in the arms deal, and senior politicians – including President Thabo Mbeki – need to explain themselves to a High Court judge – not just to ANC office-bearers.

That was the message from the ANC’s most powerful political partner yesterday. Cosatu sp...
McBride’s secrets
JOHANNESBURG - If he had to tell the court of all the illegal actions he undertook on Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride’s instructions, he would be in the witness box for two years, a senior officer told the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday.

Suspended chief superintendent Stanley Saga...
Woman, 68, tortured to death by robbers
JOHANNESBURG - A witness described to the Johannesburg High Court yesterday how a 68-year-old senior citizen, in whose house she was living, had been tortured with boiling water by robbers.

They had first been threatened with being burnt with an iron.

Witness Sanette Janse van Rensburg was cal...
ACSA changes tune on safety
JOHANNESBURG - Scarcely a week after authorities effectively decreed safety concerns at OR Tambo were a figment of the media's collective imagination, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has changed tack.

ACSA is now urging "proper and extensive investigations" before anyone jumps to con...
Monitoring ritual circumcision
JOHANNESBURG - Winter is a time of change, from being a boy to becoming a man, and health officials will be monitoring initiation schools nationally.

Traditional male circumcision is practiced throughout the country in different cultural groups. Initiates often die from complications and under so...
How to be your own bodyguard
JOHANNESBURG - If you think like a criminal, chances are your actions would make you far less likely to become a target.

This is the essence of police reservist Casey Christie’s self-published book Be Your Own Bodyguard in South Africa, which contains a battalion of good advice against crime.

Did McBride drink this bottle? (part 1)
He would be dead if he drank whole bottle, says lawyer

Robert McBride drank almost the whole bottle of Jack Daniel's in the picture on the right before his crash, says his former friend.

Nonsense, says the Ekurhuleni metro police chief's defence, a person with Type 2 diabetes couldn't....
Did McBride drink this bottle? (part 2)
Sagathevan testified that he, McBride, Koko and Johnston had visited various doctors.

They also visited Father Stan of the Aids Hospice in Boksburg.

"Father Stan was requested, because of the media questioning the story, to give us a note that would say that he had given McBride a room on th...
McBride's drinking capability 'nonsense'
Defence picks holes in evidence

Robert McBride was a man who could hold his liquor and had the propensity to consume large amounts of it.

This is what the Ekurhuleni metro police chief's one-time friend, colleague and now chief accuser, Stanley Sagathevan, told the Pretoria Regional Co...
What you are paying for the trial … so far

Ratepayers are reported to have forked out at least R6,9-million in legal fees for Robert McBride, Ekurhuleni's metro police chief.

Last night, Izak Berg, a local councillor and chairperson of the Independent Ratepayers' Association of South Africa, said he had documentation to p...
'Boiling-water killer' pleads innocence against the odds
A man accused of repeatedly pouring boiling water over a 68-year-old Joburg woman and fatally wounding her has denied the charges against him.

He also denied charges of robbing Sandy Staats and her 29-year-old tenant Sanet Janse van Rensburg in April last year.

Sibusiso Phakathi pleaded not ...
Chaos as 18 Eskom generators go down
Courts back up, traffic jams after municipalities forced to pull plug

Eighteen Eskom generators offline, several more running on reduced capacity. The result - widespread blackouts, gridlocked traffic, and chaos at the city's courthouses.

This was the scene that played itself out acros...
Sandton Knife Gang case reopened
The state's case against the notorious Sandton Knife Gang has been reopened.

Prosecutor Adele Barnard has been granted permission to call one more witness despite having closed her case against William "Big Spender" Lehase and his seven co-accused last week.

The gang faces 21 counts of robbe...
Court asked to keep incest child's mom away
The foster mother of the 10-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and sexually violated by her parents has objected to her being reunited with her biological mother.

The objections were raised yesterday at the Johannesburg High Court, where her 56-year-old father has pleaded guilty to raping he...
Culture misused in miniskirt wars
'People tasked with regulating the taxi industry are cutting multi-million deals while women suffer'

The miniskirt. The tiny piece of clothing long enough to cover the essentials yet short enough to keep an onlooker interested.

Small as it is, the miniskirt was at the centre of a heate...
'Expose, shame senseless drivers'
The speaker of Ekurhuleni metro has called on the taxi industry to "expose and shame abusive drivers, who are an embarrassment to the industry".

Ntombi Mekgwe this week condemned "the barbaric and repugnant behaviour" of some taxi drivers who have allegedly attacked and sexually abused women at ...
10 years for mother's killer
Minutes after hearing that the man who had beaten and strangled her mother to death on her 21st birthday was going to jail, Liesl Broers broke down and wept.

This morning the Johannesburg High Court sentenced Kobus Janse van Rensburg (56), who had pleaded guilty to murdering his lover Ilse Broer...
I will not get a fair trial, says police chief
EKURHULENI Metro Police chief Robert McBride feels he will not get a fair trial on drunk driving and fraud charges.

McBride yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria Regional Court to three charges of drunk driving, defeating the ends of justice, fraud and several alternatives.

He claimed i...
'Major cover-up'
WITNESS: Feared attacks on wife and children

A senior Ekurhuleni Metro Police officer yesterday said Robert McBride had threatened to have his wife raped and his children and pets murdered if he exposed the police chief’s drunken driving cover-up.

Suspended Chief Superintendent Stanley Sagath...
No jobs for pals: dept head
The head of the Department of Education in Limpopo, Zwoitwaho Nevhutalu, has denied allegations of nepotism, tribalism and corruption.

Sources in the department sent a 40-page document to The Citizen fingering Nevhutalu for employing a manager in his office who is allegedly married to his ...
Stop your brutality, cops told
WATCHDOG: Says officers have to start behaving

The spate of apartheid-style police brutality has no place in SA, and something must be done to stop it, police watchdog, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said yesterday.

In an exclusive interview with The Citizen, ICD national ...
Teachers ‘taken for a costly ride’
STILL WAITING: Company ‘gains R1m on course never delivered’

A Midrand training company has gained more than R1 millon paid in by 1 500 Limpopo teachers who have waited 18 months for a course that was never delivered.

The company, African Digital Services (ADS), is now claiming a further R1,6 ...
Airport link to robbing of envoys
Robbers have attacked a group of Vietnamese diplomats, after apparently following them home from OR Tambo International Airport.

Four armed men accosted the envoys and robbed them of their cellphones and luggage.

The attack occurred near the intersection of Nicholson and Rupert streets in Br...
Siblings' murder case 'very sensitive'
Residents concerned about safety after horror deaths

Police investigating the double murder of siblings which took place in Northcliff said the case was very sensitive and would not discuss it with the community.

The brutal double murder that left the middle-aged siblings on the floor ...
Court holds 36 after tale of crocodiles
Angry community members of Mhinga and Mhingaville in Limpopo, where 36 people appeared in court yesterday charged with public violence and malicious injury to property, have spoken out against the case.

Community members said yesterday the case was derailing them from their mission of searching f...
Another arrest over shooting
A fourth accused has been added to the case in which a Limpopo councillor's wife is facing charges of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of her husband.

Thulamela Municipality's Ward 17 ANC councillor, Alpheus Mmbudzeni Mulandana (54), of Dzwerani, was shot last month while sleeping...
Sisters raped, hacked to death along with father
Muti killing suspected as murderers cut off private parts and a finger from victims

The Mzamba community in the Eastern Cape is reeling in shock after the gruesome killing of a father and his two daughters.

The three are believed to be the latest victims of what appear to be muti killi...
More workers quit Nationwide
Nationwide has been hit with 160 resignations since an engine fell off one of its planes and forced the airline out of the skies for nine days.

Now the embattled carrier, which maintains the resignations caused by its grounding are "not a lot", is facing legal action from pilots who object to be...
Young, criminal, but not damned (part 1)
The way children are treated in the South African criminal justice system could change before the year is done.

The latest, reworked version of the Child Justice Bill will be assessed by the Justice and Constitutional Development Portfolio Committee in parliament tomorrow.

The purpose of the...
Young, criminal, but not damned (part 2)
The next step proposed in the bill is a preliminary inquiry.

A probation officer is joined by a professional, like a psychologist, to determine if a child can be released.

Incarceration is seen as a solution of last resort and should be imposed for the shortest possible time.

It is also ...
A second chance for young offenders
Emthonjeni, a Zulu word meaning fountain, signifies new beginnings and the bringing of life.

At a facility east of Pretoria, these are new beginnings for youngsters who have gone off the tracks and are trying to start afresh leaving behind lives of violent crime and depravity.

The Emthonjeni...
Take an interest, stop the cycle of crime
Multilevel strategies to address a juvenile's cycle of crime are what determine a successful life in society or life as an adult in and out of correctional facilities.

According to the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Re-integration of Offenders (Nicro), as at December 2007, 908 s...
Tooth fairy project may reveal effect of uranium
Fifty tons of uranium seep into the rivers and spruits of the West Rand every year and simply disappear.

Long-term exposure to uranium, just one of a host of heavy metals found in the river systems of the Wonderfontein Spruit, can lead to kidney failure and even cancer.

But for a long time n...
World heritage site under pollution threat
Locals and tourism suffer as situation in Parys worsens

A world heritage site, the Vredefort Dome in the Free State, is under threat from pollution in the Vaal River, while in the nearby town of Parys the municipal water stinks and is undrinkable and the sewage network is breaking down, th...
Detailed security plan ready for any possible threat
Police receive R1bn to assist in procurement and deployment

South Africa has completed about 90% of its security plan for the 2010 World Cup, and the police are to get a R1-billion financial boost to see them through the event.

This was stated yesterday by Deputy Police Commissioner An...
Daughter's grim discovery
Businessman Kobus van Rensburg has told the Johannesburg High Court how he beat his lover to death on the morning of her daughter's 21st birthday.

Pleading guilty to murdering Ilse Broers (52) on July 22 last year, Van Rensburg (56) said he struck her twice on the head with a wooden bat. When she...
State told to finalise Beuthin case
The Randburg Magistrate's Court has thrown notorious bouncer Gary Beuthin a lifeline.

If top cop Director Piet Byleveld does not complete the kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder investigations into him in the next 24 days, the case will be thrown out of court, magistrate Stanley Makhari war...
'Mayor is going to fire me'
Explosive evidence in McBride trial
Metro boss drank almost a bottle of whisky - witness

As Robert McBride was driven away from his wrecked blue Chevrolet, he began panicking.

"The mayor is going to fire me," he told his "clean-up team". "I made a f***-up!"

Just hours earlier, the...
Young girl raped by father wanted to end it all
The 10-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and sexually violated by her parents hung messages on the walls of her foster-care home saying "I wish I was dead".

This was the shocking evidence heard in aggravation of sentence against her 56-year-old father, who has pleaded guilty to raping her s...
Daughter found mom's body in van
Court hears how man beat dog parlour owner to death

Businessman Kobus van Rensburg has told the Johannesburg High Court how he beat his lover to death on the morning of her daughter's 21st birthday.

Pleading guilty to murdering Ilse Broers (52) on July 22 last year, Van Rensburg (56) s...
Additional guards for Main Street area
The Main Street area in Joburg's inner city is to receive additional security in the form of trained, uniformed guards.

Zurich South Africa, a short-term insurance company which is redeveloping a site west of the Magistrate's Court, has decided to sponsor the training and uniform of the guards. ...
Safety is in your own hands
As an extension to their vehicle tracking and recovery business, Altech Netstar has launched a mobile personal security and recovery device called the Guardian.

The small hand-held GPS and GSM based tracking device has five function keys, one of which is an emergency SOS panic button. When activ...
57 000 citizens now an SMS away from jumping into action
Communities around the country, linked via a website communicating through SMS technology, are being mobilised within minutes of receiving a distress call or missing person report.

The e-Blockwatch network, which was started by businessperson Andre Snyman eight years ago, has grown and spread an...
'McBride drank almost whole bottle of whiskey'
Robert McBride's former friend and subordinate Stanley Sagathaven has taken the stand against him as the first witness in the much-awaited trial.

In the first few minutes of his testimony at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, Chief Superintendent Sagathaven claimed that the Ekurhuleni metro police ...
Siblings die in horrific bloody 'hit'
Mystery surrounds double murder

This is the house where two people met a gruesome death. Behind its white walls lurks a dark mystery ...why a brother and sister were tied up, apparently tortured, and executed in what police describe as one of the most horrific crimes they have ever seen.
Arms deal heat is on Mbeki
PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki faces possibly the most embarrassing showdown of his political career today when Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Eddie Trent asks whether or not he co-operated with the Joint Investigations Team of the Auditor General, Scorpions and Public Protector that investigated t...
Citizen sees cops smash gang
RAID: Police search homes of several notorious KzN gangsters

The Citizen has accompanied detectives from the SAPS Organised Crime Unit, KwaDabheka police station and private investigators from Enforce Investigations in a dramatic raid on the homes of several notorious and dangerous...
Cops ‘help beat up burglar’
Two policemen have been charged with murder for allegedly joining in when a mob of angry residents beat a suspected burglar in Letihabile, near Brits.

The burglar, identified as Freddie Moerane, 31, died in hospital on March 10.

He had sustained multiple injuries in a vigilante beating five da...
Woman found dead in pool
A woman was found dead in the swimming pool of her home in Glenvista, Johannesburg on Friday.

She was discovered by her husband and daughter when they returned home at about 8pm.

We suspect she was followed home from work and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money,” police Spokesman Inspecto...
Two bodies found in home
The bodies of a brother and sister murdered in their home in Waterkloof, Johannesburg were discovered on Saturday.

Inspector Lorraine van Emmerik said the domestic worker heard gunshots late on Friday and alerted the neighbours who contacted the police.

“The extent cause of death is as yet unk...
Land Bank suspends CEO
The embattled Land Bank is currently without a chief financial officer.

Xolile Ncame was suspended for alleged financial incompetence. He is apparently partly to blame for the government’s agricultural sector financing vehicle losing more than R1 billion.

Last year, the bank was subjected to ...
Fraud claims against public works project
The government’s expanded public works programme has been singled out as one of the contributors to the increase in fraud and corruption in the public service.

The Public Service Commission, tasked with monitoring the performance of government and provincial departments, last month released a rep...
Father kills daughter, himself
A man shot dead his baby daughter and himself in a street in a North West township last week.

The child’s grandmother, 50, tried to protect her but was also shot in the face. She is reportedly in a stable condition in hospital.

The shooter had a history of violence and his girlfriend, the inf...
Worries about push to incinerate hazardous waste
An environmental justice lobby group is calling on Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana to investigate the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) for its drive to incinerate waste in South Africa.

In its recent submission to Mushwana, groundWork said waste incineration emi...
Woman found dead in swimming pool
The body of a 48-year-old woman was found floating in the swimming pool at her home by her husband in Glenvista, southern Joburg, on Friday.

The police said the woman, who worked for an estate agency, was possibly followed home from work and robbed before she was killed.

Police said the woma...
House of horror
Mystery surrounds killing of siblings

This is the house where two people met a gruesome death. Behind its white walls lurks a dark mystery - why a brother and sister were tied up, apparently tortured, and executed in what police describe as one of the most horrific crimes they have ever se...
Tribute to slain Joburg restaurateur
Battled for his life in ICU for five weeks after robbery

Hundreds of people, many from overseas, will gather at the Inanda Club tomorrow to pay tribute and last respects to one of Joburg's top restaurateurs.

Wayne Brooklyn, known for his involvement in the Front Page restaurant chain a...
'By de-emphasising collusion the best face was put on unfortunate facts'
The Competition Tribunal has rejected a settlement offer from two hospital groups it has accused of price fixing.

The tribunal's refusal to confirm a settlement agreement between the Competition Commission, the Netcare Hospital Group and the Community Hospital Group (CHG) on the merits was a fir...
Beware O.R. Tambo
Global warning against airport as a crime hotspot

In spite of South African authorities' resolute insistence that crime syndicates are not operating at OR Tambo International Airport, at least four countries are warning their citizens travelling to this country to be vigilant of gangs who ...
Bout's 'accomplice' well known in SA
Arrested man linked to 'merchant of death' lived and worked here or years

Andrew Smulian, a man linked to Viktor Bout - the notorious "merchant of death" - and detained in New York on suspicion of aiding Bout in a multimillion-dollar arms deal, is well known in South African aviation circl...
Victims slam cops for airport syndicate denial (part 1)
Travellers are convinced they were followed from OR Tambo and robbed

The backlash was angry and swift. As soon as the SA Police Service declared this week that criminal syndicates were not targeting travellers at OR Tambo International, airport robbery victims rallied together in condemnin...
Victims slam cops for airport syndicate denial (part 2)
During the Saturday Star's research of this phenomenon of travellers being followed from an airport and then robbed at gunpoint, we found no incidents at any other airport in the country.

Riziki Biwott's* SMS to The Star read: "My aunt was followed from the airport and mugged after arriving at ho...
The crimes are too similar for comfort
National police said this week there was no evidence to suggest a syndicate is operating at OR Tambo International targeting locals and tourists upon arrival. But the number and variety of reported cases tell a different story:

March 7 - A group of American tourists were ambushed outside a Jobu...
Guards no match for heisters
Once credited to the realm of Hollywood movies, the term “cash-in-transit heist” has now become firmly embedded in SA jargon.

By 2004 the SA Banking Risk Intelligence Centre had logged 318 incidents of “aggravated robberies”, and there has been little respite since.

Despite some success in cur...
Odd tale of arson accused
JAILED: “I was wrongly locked up for 17 years’

The man accused of the Luthuli House arson once travelled on foot to Ethiopia to complain of “unlawful 17 years’ imprisonment” to the African Union (AU), The Citizen has learnt.

The man is being held in the Johannesburg Prison.

He claime...
Numsa wants Vavi to be charged with bank fraud
“HANDS off our general secretary Silumko Nondwangu,” said Stan Ndobo, deputy chairman of the national Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in Ekurhuleni this week.

Ndobo was reacting to the threat of laying charges against Nondwangu, who is allegedly being targeted by unionists who are Jacob Zuma’...
Hoax e-mailer admits guilt
DEAL: Court accepts plea bargain from computer expert

Muzimwendoza Kunene, accused of fabricating e-mails that implicated senior ANC members in a conspiracy against party leaders, pleaded guilty yesterday.

He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment suspended for three years by a Pretoria m...
Row over schoolboy killer’s rugby selection
The Mpumalanga Rugby Union (MRU) was slammed yesterday for the inclusion of a convicted murderer in the match between the Pumas and Boland at the weekend.

DA spokesman for sports and recreation Donald Lee said Gert van Schalkwyk, one of the convicted murderers in the Pretoria’s Waterkloof-Four ca...
SAPS’ Apartheid brutality’
The police are still using apartheid era-like brutality in dealing with protesters, charges the Young Communist League.

Spokesman Castro Ngobese told The Citizen a lot needed to be done to achieve transformation in the police force.

He was reacting to a US report that expressed concern ...
Zero tolerance approach
Johannesburg motorists are warned to brace themselves for a zero-tolerance approach to offenders as police gear up for Easter Holidays.

The “Operations Management” patrol, which kick-started in Randburg yesterday, saw five taxis taken off the road while others were impounded.

Johannesburg Metr...
Strip club boss fears for life
INTERDICT: Jackson gets order against associate

TEAZERS strip club boss Lolly Jackson fears for his life.

Jackson and the manager of Teazers in Boksburg, Ingram Ferreira, last month obtained an urgent Pretoria High Court interdict to stop a Boksburg business associate, Ari Zangas and Michael ...
No panic over deadly letter
NPA: We don’t think it was done by a high-profile target

“The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is in control of the situation, and there is no need for either panic or hype,” said NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali this week.

He was reacting to media reports regarding the poison-laced letter addre...
Row over schoolboy killer’s rugby selection
PRETORIA - The Mpumalanga Rugby Union (MRU) was slammed yesterday for the inclusion of a convicted murderer in the match between the Pumas and Boland at the weekend.

DA spokesman for sports and recreation Donald Lee said Gert van Schalkwyk, one of the convicted murderers in the Pretoria’s Waterkl...
Tshwane manager to probe donations theft
PRETORIA - Tshwane Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa has instructed the City Manager Kiba Kekana to carry out an urgent investigation into the alleged theft from her office of articles donated for flood victims.

The instruction by the Mayor follows reports of alleged stealing of clothing items donated to Tsh...
Zuma takes aim at prosecutor Downer
Cross-examination could lead to disqualification

Prosecutor Billy Downer could be forced into the dock - and potentially disqualified from leading the corruption case against Jacob Zuma, if the state is stopped from obtaining original evidence from Mauritius.

State counsel Wim Trengove...
Clerk sold out by rich taste
When creditors clerk Preggie Govender arrived at work one day driving a flashy Mercedes Benz, his colleagues at Mr Price smelled a rat.

And it wasn't long before investigations revealed how he had paid for it - by allegedly siphoning off more than R5-million from the company.

The car that ga...
'Hit me, hit me, rape me, rape me'
Games that kids play reflect extent of violence in SA

Games such as "hit me, hit me" and "rape me, rape me" where pupils as young as seven chased and then pretended to hit or rape each other, are being played at South African schools.

This is among the shocking findings of a report on ...
Moment of hell for girl's mom
It was as if time froze when he stopped dead in his tracks, stared Evelyn Tyatya straight in the eye and grimaced before returning to his holding cell.

The hair-raising moment occurred yesterday in the Randburg Magistrate's Court where the 40-year-old man - accused of raping and murdering Gofaone...
'Guilty, your honour' 105 times
Dad raped and abused daughter since she was 6

'I raped and abused my own child. I failed in my role as a father."

This was the chilling confession of a 56-year-old Roodepoort father who pleaded guilty to raping his 10-year-old daughter six times, photographing her in sexual acts with h...
Taxi ride to rape
It's because I love you, driver told terrified victim as he violated her

Thobeka Jabavu (Not her real name) paid R4 for a taxi trip to church. But instead of being taken to a place of worship, she was driven to a deserted place where the taxi driver ripped off her clothes and raped her.
Most pupils agree that schools are dangerous
Girls go to bunking parties to drink and have sex

Gangs that rob and stab each other, teenage girls who have sex with their teachers, and pupils who attack their teachers - these are just some of the terrible things that teenagers say are happening at their schools.

The Star decided to...
Five held for alleged tax fraud
Criminal investigators, working with the South African Revenue Service, have uncovered alleged VAT fraud to the tune of R35-million.

The six-month-long investigation culminated in the arrest of five people allegedly involved in the fraud. The three women and two men were arrested in and around J...
Fortress couldn't save couple from brutal death
Court hears how pair were murdered on their smallholding

Elderly farmer John Hart was a stickler for detail, a perfectionist who took his and his wife Sylvia's security seriously.

He always took precautions - with a high electric fence running around his smallholding - Swing-gate Farm ...
'We feel your pain and are working hard to stop it'
Tim Williams was appointed to the post after National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi was placed on special leave, pending a criminal case against him.

His reassuring words may strike a chord with many victims of violent crime.

Williams revealed that the police would be reviewing all relev...
Cosatu says court is using delaying tactics
Cosatu has accused Swartruggens Magistrate's Court officials of delaying the prosecution of Johan Nel, the 18-year-old man accused of killing four people and injuring six others in Skierlik in the North West.

The accusation comes after Nel failed to appear in court this morning. Defence lawyer F...
Families split over arrest in child slaying
How a man she trusted might have raped and murdered a little girl is the question Gofaone Tyatya's family are grappling with today.

Gofaone's uncle by marriage was arrested on Tuesday for the rape and murder of the 7-year-old.

"She trusted him and called him uncle," said the girl's aunt and ...
Serial killer to spend life in jail
Convicted Moffat Park serial rapist and murderer Gcinumzi Richman Makhwenkwe raped and murdered a 16-year-old schoolgirl because she could recognise him.

Yesterday he was sentenced to life for murdering Vanessa Thandi Sibiya and 10 years for raping her in Moffat Park, southern Joburg.

Zuma's warrant dispute quashed first trial - state
Disputes over the Scorpions' raids on Jacob Zuma effectively thwarted his first corruption trial, the state has revealed.

Senior counsel Wim Trengove this morning laid bare how challenges by Zuma and French arms company Thint to the warrants used to conduct the August 2005 raids had left the sta...
Suspect 'in the loo' as gunfight raged
A suspect in the Jeppestown massacre has distanced himself from the gunbattle between robbers and police officers, claiming he was in the toilet throughout the shootout.

Siziwe Mbuyani took the stand in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday after the judge destroyed six of the suspects' dreams o...
Centres can’t cope
A set of trauma and stress centres in Soweto, Randburg and Crosby, named after murder victim Leigh Mathews, cannot cope with increasing demands by victims of crime and their families.

Robyn Farrell 1st for Woman Insurance Brokers director says the centres play a critical role in easing the burden...
‘Missing’ call ignored
INVESTIGATION: After seven-year-old girl found murdered

An investigation has been launched into the allegation that police did not respond to a call that a girl was missing.

She was later found murdered in Zandspruit, Honeydew, earlier this week.

The family of Gofaone Tyatya, 7, who...
State: cold-blooded killing
MURDER CASE: First shot fired ‘hit the deceased’

The prosecution in the Johannesburg High Court murder trial of ex-bouncer Jonathan Street yesterday called on the court to find that the accused had intentionally an in cold blood shot an 18-year-old, who was at a nightclub celebrating grad...
‘King of Thieves’ bagged again
NEW BREED: Thieves target supposedly secure residential estates

A team of Durban private detectives arrested one of a new breed of burglars – who target supposedly secure estates and gated communities – for the third time.

A supremely confident Sandile Nxele described himself as: "The genera...
Eskom letter a fraud
ESKOM has distanced itself from a letter being sent to various schools claiming it would donate computers to the school.

The company said a fraudulent letter has been circulated to schools in Gauteng, saying Eskom would donate computers and printers to their school and requested a contribution to...
Serial killer refused leave to appeal – five life terms
The Johannesburg High Court yesterday refused leave to appeal to the man convicted of being the Moffat Park serial killer, and sentenced him to five terms of life imprisonment, and 30 years and six months.

Judge Geraldine Borchers earlier in the day convicted Richman Makhwenkwe, 30, and said he “...
Motorist fined R1 500
A motorist has been fined R1 500 after claiming he was speeding at 179km/h because he was late for a meeting with the North West Transport MEC.

“He initially sped off when ordered to stop by traffic officers. When arrested, he claimed he was rushing for an appointment with MEC Vilakazi in Mafike...
3 pupils bus for drugs
Three schoolboys were among seven people arrested during a drug bust in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria yesterday.

The J Kekana High School pupils were found in possession of Nyaope, dagga mixed with heroin, and an Okapi knife when Mamelodi police clamped down on troubled schools.

Four were arreste...
‘Toxic’ baby’s milk recalled
A day’s batch of tins of infant formula containing possible toxic levels of iron, zinc and copper were recalled by food giant Nestle.

The number of recalled 400g tins of Lactogen 1 could run into thousands as shops, pharmacies and consumers are being asked to contact Nestle if they have any of th...
Man nabbed for firing gun
A Melrose Arch restaurateur was arrested for discharging his firearm at his eatery in the commercial and residential precinct in Atholl-Oaklands yesterday.

Johannesburg Police spokesman Captain Phillip Maganedisa said the 47-year-old man was arrested at around 3am.

“Police found him with a gun...
Officer arrested in robbery
FREE STATE police have arrested three men, including a police sergeant and a former police officer, who allegedly robbed a garage in Warden.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the men held up garage employees at gunpoint and took an undisclosed amount of cash and two cellphones.

As they left the ga...
Wetland mining is slammed by WWF
Two major conservation organisations have come out strongly against mining in wetlands.

“It is economic myopia,” the Botanical Society and WWF said.

Their call not to allow more mining permits to be granted comes when Parliament is debating amendments to the Minerals and Petroleum Resources De...
Big copper theft ring smashed
EX-COPS: Triple raid nets four men, court refuses bail

PRETORIA police have cracked a major international copper theft ring, which includes scrap metal dealers, hijackers, former policeman, armed robbers and specialised drivers.

The syndicate was allegedly exposed by a member of the rin...
Taxi wars ‘barbaric’
Last week’s taxi violence in Johannesburg and Pretoria left 130 drivers without vehicles.

“This type of violence is barbarism, and will not be tolerated,” Department of Transport spokesman Collen Msibi said.

“The department is working with law-enforcement agencies to ensure those responsible f...
Teaching pedestrians
Drunk pedestrians have caused at least 18 accidents this year on a North West road that passes a local tavern.

North West Transport Department has held a campaign on the Letlhakane-Majemantsho road near Mafikeng, to educate the public about pedestrian safety.

The road near the Mgebisi tavern i...
Jeppe discharge plea refused
JOHANNESBURG - The Jeppe massacre accused who sought a discharge will stay in the dock.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng yesterday refused the discharge applications brought by counsel for eight of the 13 accused after all the prosecution witnesses had testified.

But he did acquit all the accused on o...
Outcry after student punches teacher in eye
JOHANNESBURG - An incident involving a teacher who was punched in the eye by a pupil at Welkom High has caused an outcry.

In a protest at violence against teachers, AgriForum reports this was the fourth incident of its kind in the same school.

Nantes Kelder, Head of Community Safety of AgriFor...
'Zuma's got more tricks up his sleeve'
He's likely to raise more objections to case, says state

Jacob Zuma's legal battles to thwart the corruption case against him are unlikely to end in the Constitutional Court, the state argued this morning.

Counsel for the National Prosecuting Authority, Wim Trengove SC, told the countr...
Call to take away some prisoners' privileges
An outspoken ANC MP has again called for an urgent review of the privileges enjoyed by prisoners.

Correctional services committee chairperson Dennis Bloem told parliament yesterday it was time the government showed no mercy to convicted criminals by taking away some of their privileges, includin...
Woman 'rented out rooms, guns to gang'
Mozambicans linked to Pretoria murders and robberies

She was a landlady with rooms to hire, but police believe Cynthia Ntuli supplied an add-on service for the gang of house robbers who resided on her premises in Tembisa, east of Joburg.

Police allege that 35-year-old Ntuli rented out ...
Teachers don't know if they'll come home alive
Violence in KwaZulu-Natal's schools is spiralling out of control, according to teachers, with incidents of harassment, violent attacks and threats now being reported to unions almost on a daily basis.

With a spate of reports of violence and crime at schools over the past few weeks alone, the iss...
Students carry weapons to defend themselves
Pretoria schools have not been exempt from the violence plaguing South African classrooms that prompted a human rights investigation into the matter.

In the first two months of this year, Independent Newspapers reported on three violent altercations there, one of which was apparently racially mo...
Zuma camp worried about future raids
'We may tell him to prepare without notes'

Jacob Zuma's advocate has hotly denied that the ANC president was trying to neutralise evidence of corruption against him.

Kemp J Kemp SC yesterday told the Constitutional Court that Zuma's bid to challenge warrants used to raid homes and offi...
Health boss's security bill rises
The head of the Gauteng Health Department, Sybil Ngcobo, is to pay back an additional R13 000 to the legislature for unauthorised expenditure on security at her home.

Initially Ngcobo was instructed to pay back R240 000, after The Star reported that she had used state funds to pay for round-the ...
4 gunmen hit Westcliff Hotel
Tourist who landed at OR Tambo held up as he checks in

Another tourist has been robbed soon after landing at OR Tambo International Airport.

Police said four gunmen held up the Nigerian businessman this morning as he stepped into the reception area of one of Joburg's top hotels, the We...
When bullying turns to bloodshed
The first person Sandile* saw after a day's absence from school was Nkosana Mbhele - the boy who demanded R200 from him.

Sandile was afraid.

He hadn't come up with the money and he bunked school on Friday for that reason. That Monday morning in October 2006 a furious Nkosana confronted him. ...
Two robbed in the Westcliff's lobby
Two business people, allegedly followed from OR Tambo International Airport, have been held up and robbed in the reception area of the Westcliff Hotel.

The two were said to have arrived in Joburg this morning on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria.

According to Talk Radio 702, the pair claimed they h...
Constitution at risk: Kollapen
Jacob Zuma’s calls for a referendum on the reinstatement of the death penalty would render the South African Constitution a “hollow shell” if successful, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) said yesterday.

HRC chairman Jody Kollapen told the Johannesburg Press Club the commission had a “principled ...
Farm shooting
A flower farm worker was shot during a robbery at Rensburg, Heidelberg.

Captain Thivhulawi Tshilate said two gunmen demanded money, but when they were told there was no money one shot the man before fleeing on foot.”

The worker is in a serious but stable condition.

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Robbers’ booze-up
A domestic worker was beaten-up by boozy robbers in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg.

Two men aged between 18 and 20 forced their way into the house, beat her, and tied her up.

“They took goods and before they fled they drank a whole bottle of whisky,” said Lyndhurst police’s Inspector Hamilton Mazomba...
Nel in for mental probe
SKIELIK: Shooting case now on hold for report

Johan Nel, the youth accused of shooting at least 10 people in the Skielik informal settlement in January, is undergoing psychiatric evaluation in Weskoppies Hospital.

He will therefore not appear in court tomorrow, as scheduled, but will have his ...
I’d rather be hanged than jailed
Jacob Zuma has spoken about a referendum on the death penalty. He knows, as everyone knows, that if South Africans were asked whether they wanted the death penalty, the answer would be an overwhelming “yes” – from all races.

It would be the same in most countries, perhaps all.

South Africans ...
Cool down, orders judge
A judge yesterday ordered a murder trial to be adjourned for emotions to “cool off”, after an interpreter complained of being insulted by the investigating officer.

Mandarin interpreter Stanley May placed on record that he felt insulted by comments made by an Inspector Fouche.

May told the cou...
Zuma's counsel fails to impress bench
Top court says warrants can be vague in war on white-collar crime

The type of "creative conspiracy" Jacob Zuma was allegedly involved in justified broad investigation, a Constitutional Court justice has stated.

And Justice Zac Yacoob yesterday said he had "no difficulty" with the infor...
Government urged to sue over faulty gun
Lohatla tragedy was not first mishap

MPs have urged the Department of Defence to take legal action against the original Swiss/German manufacturer of an anti-aircraft gun that ran amok during a live-fire training exercise last year, killing nine SA National Defence Force soldiers and injuri...
Sex affair makes its way into High Court
A one-night stand more than six years ago is haunting an engineer after the woman's husband found out about it.

Matthys Schoeman has now turned to the Pretoria High Court to get an interdict against Elsie Kruger and her husband Alex. The couple are from Secunda.

Schoeman has claimed in court...
Army disaster blamed on tiny spring pin
Board finds no one was to blame

The "critical mechanical failure" of a matchstick-size metal pin is why nine South African soldiers perished in last year's live-fire training disaster in the Northern Cape.

This is the official finding of a military board of inquiry into why a twin-barr...
Zuma litigation 'gives justice bad name'
ANC president in final bid to have evidence quashed

The National Prosecuting Authority claims Jacob Zuma's attacks on the state have no proven basis in reality - and urged the Constitutional Court to "take a stand" against them.

"It is a case about justice in theory, not in fact or rea...
Zuma fights Scorpions - again ANC president asks Concourt to reverse appeal judges' decision
Once more Jacob Zuma goes into battle with the Scorpions. In their first dramatic legal clash two years ago he won a famous victory when their corruption case was thrown out of court.

Then came a series of defeats ending with the Supreme Court of Appeals rejecting five of his appeals last year.
Six Jeppestown accused could walk free
Six of the 13 Jeppestown Massacre suspects could soon be off the hook and not answer to the 23 charges against them.

That is if Judge Justice Mokgoatlheng agrees with suspects' lawyers that they were in fact innocent bystanders at the Jeppestown house where 12 people, four of them police officer...
Accused found guilty of Moffat Park serial killings
The Johannesburg High Court has accepted the state's evidence that serial murder and rape accused Gcinumzi Richman Makhwenkwe was responsible for the Moffat Park serial killings.

In a preliminary judgment yesterday, Judge Geraldine Borchers and her assessor, AB Viedge, ruled that Makhwenkwe had ...
Dramatic justice for little girl
Hours after 7-year-old Gofaone Tyatya went missing and was found dead, the police have arrested a man who volunteered to help look for her.

Yesterday, the man, whose name is known to The Star, was behind bars following a dramatic arrest at his home - just metres from little Gofaone's home.

State rests its case in Knife Gang trial
The state has closed its case against eight alleged members of the Sandton Knife Gang.

And to mark the day, prosecutor Adele Barnard called three police witnesses: Detective Jones Baloyi, and Sandton tracing task team head Gideon Louw and one of his officers, Jerome Macpherson.

Louw's unit s...
Cops to find way to crime scenes more easily now
The SA Police Service will be able to find its way to crime scenes a lot easier from now on.

Yesterday, it was given 734 Garmin GPS systems by Talk Radio 702 show host John Robbie.

Robbie galvanised his listeners to donate money for the GPS systems on his morning show on Tuesday last week.
Shimmy laid to rest
Scores of mourners gathered at the Kibler Park Recreation Centre this morning to pay tribute to slain actor Shimmy Mofokeng, who was killed last Monday.

Among the mourners was Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia, who said Mofokeng's death should pull communities together.

"Let it help us ...
Excuses, excuses!
Her daughter goes missing and is found murdered ... after cops said: 'its too dark' , 'its too dangerous'

In the final hours of her short life, Gofaone Tyatya (7) lay raped and beaten in an open veld, while the police failed to respond to frantic calls from family members - claiming that t...
Man stabs ‘witch’ to death
FREE STATE police have arrested a 50-year-old man who allegedly stabbed an elderly disabled woman to death in front of her grandson after accusing her of “bewitching” him in Qalabotjha.

Police spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the suspect attacked the woman at her hone in a “revenge attack”...
Nqakula’s son in court
A car driven by Siyabonga Nqakula, 29, son of the Minister of Safety and Security, was involved in a head-on collision after he had driven through the night from Johannesburg to a jazz festival in Cape Town.

Yesterday he told the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court he visited friends the whole day, with...
Rugby boy’s death: no blame, says official
National Education Department officials will visit Hoérskool Wonderfontein in Carletonville this week to further investigate circumstances surrounding the death of a Grade 10 pupil after rugby training last month.

Karabo Lephadi died in the Len Med Hospital in Lenasia two days after being taken t...
No more address info for Customs
COMMUTERS arriving at OR Tambo International will no longer be required to furnish customs officials with their addresses.

This follows a spate of attacks on travellers to and from the airport – particularly after declaring money at customs.

This revelation came at a joint media briefing on ai...
Zuma downplays key comments
INSISTS: The media misrepresented them

ANC president Jacob Zuma has downplayed his statement that President Thabo Mbeki no longer has power, and his comments on the death penalty.

He insists his comments were “misrepresented” by the media.

Zuma also denied having been “summoned” by Cosatu t...
Defence to apply for Jeppe-trial discharges
The defence in the Johannesburg High Court Jeppe massacre trial will today bring applications for the discharge of some of the 13 accused.

The first application is expected to be in respect of Mary Dineo Maleke, 29, of Tladi section, Soweto, who was employed at the Fruit and Veg section of Pick’n...
Mayor fails to pitch
Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa yesterday failed to receive the DA memorandum demanding she declare crime a crisis in Pretoria.

This follows a march of about 200 members of the DA to the Munitoria Building in the city.

Tshwane’s DA chief whip, Natasha Michael, said Ramokgopa’s unavailability was ...
Cachalia rejects death penalty
Way forward: ‘Crime should be defeated through mass action’

Applause from police officers greeted MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia when he rejected the death penalty yesterday.

“You can hang as many people as you like, you will not solve the problem of crime in South Africa, you will on...
Jeppe police slow out of blocks: councillor
Community members are angry at the lame service they receive from Jeppe police officers.

Carlos Da Rocha, ward councillor for Judith’s Paarl in Johannesburg, has expressed concern at police conduct when “it comes to reaction time to a reported crime”.

Da Rocha has been championing the battle a...
‘Cook 4 peace’ gets support
Jewish and Muslim students will join forces this Sunday in the first South African ‘Cook 4 Peace’ initiative.

Chaya Singer, of the South African Union of Jewish Students, told The Citizen: “This event has received wonderful support from the public, who also see the importance of open dial...
16 shops burnt down in NW
Residents of Klipgat in North West went on the rampage at the weekend vadalising, looting and burning at least 16 spaza shops in an apparent revenge attack on foreigners.

It is believed the outbreak is linked to a murder committed on Sunday.

Superintendent Coos Degenerate of the NW police said...
Sale of houses to be probed
The North West government is to investigate claims of the illegal sale of low-cost houses in Tshing, Ventersdorp.

The community made the claim in a memorandum to Mayor Cecilia Phoyane during violent demos a month ago.

Developmental Local Government and Housing MEC Howard Yawa said at a communi...
Wife-killer seeks parole after 8 yrs
A Delmas husband who was sent to jail for 20 years for beating his wife to death has told the Pretoria High Court he is “not an aggressive person”, and wants parole so that he can get married again.

Piet Lombaard was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in 1999 for the murder of his frail, sickly ...
Armed robbers sow fear
Resident of Marite village in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, live in fear of armed men who enter their homes and rob them of their belongings.

Last week the gang allegedly entered a house and raped a 15-year-old girl who was sleeping with her siblings.

After raping the teenager, the gang allegedly...
Woman, 86, dies after attack
An 86-year-old woman has died in hospital a week after she was viciously attacked and possibly raped on a North West farm.

The alleged assailant, who is 20, now faces a murder charge.

Anna Viljoen died on Saturday in a hospital in Bloemfontein, the chairman of the DA in North West, Herman Groe...
Fast, efficient way to nab the bad guys
Speediness offered by technology is proving fruitful to police in solving crimes quickly

It's an accurate and time-efficient method of checking a person's criminal record and it is available to the public for commercial use.

It's the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFISwit...
Poisoned letter attack had nothing to do with prominent cases - NPA
The toxic letter addressed to prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe had nothing to do with high-profile criminal cases, but appeared to be from a disgruntled whistleblower.

The National Prosecuting Authority made it clear yesterday that there was no factual basis to link the letter with corruption ca...
'Jesus' suing cops and MP over 'unlawful' arrest
A Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, farmer, known as "Jesus" in the community, is back in the news.

This time, John Liversage is claiming R500 000 in damages from the police and from an MP over his alleged unlawful arrest and detention.

Liversage made headlines in 2006 when he won R55 000 in a defama...
Damages for boy considered to be 'too dark'
The Minister of Safety and Security must pay a teenage boy R90 000 in damages after the boy was almost deported to Mozambique despite his protests that he was a South African.

Police insisted the boy was "too dark to be a South African" and locked him up for 30 hours with 24 adult males due to b...
UFS had been warned of 'explosive' integration issue
Survey done three years ago shows clear picture of rampant racism

Three years after the University of the Free State was informed of an "explosive" situation which held "tragic consequences" due to racial tensions, the university council has commissioned the same report they had earlier ig...
Scorpions shrug off poison scare
Despite a poison letter scare at their office, it was business as usual yesterday for Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel and his team.

And that meant a brief court appearance at the Germiston Magistrate Court to deal with the bail issues of alleged drug smuggler Stefanos Paparas.

In a quick sitting o...
Animals found abandoned at OR Tambo
More than 600 animals, packaged into three wooden crates that measured less that 1sq m, survived for several days at the OR Tambo International Airport.

The animals travelled for several hours on a flight from Madagascar and were destined for the Czech Republic when they were left abandoned by a ...
ANC arson suspect in court
The 66-year-old man arrested for an arson attack at Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters, has made his second court appearance.

After spending a week in custody, his case was yesterday postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for verification of his address. The first address he supplie...
Anti-crime song launched
"It starts with me. Take charge. Crime stops with me."

This is a song that has been composed by South African musicians as part of the Take Charge Campaign.

The campaign was launched last year to strengthen Community Policing Forums and to address issues related to crime.

Among the artis...
Just a coincidence
Dozens of visitors have been attacked after landing at OR Tambo, but police say it's …

The modus operandi in all attacks on tourists entering the country through OR Tambo International Airport are eerily similar, yet police deny they are linked to a syndicate operating from the airport.
Local construction a red flag for safety
You have a wall around your property, burglar bars on windows and have paid your security firm. So are you safe?

Not according to an audit conducted in one of Joburg's policing sectors … Parkview.

The audit found there are several environmental factors that place residents at risk of becomin...
Mobilising the community to take action and stop living in fear
Pamphlets being handed out at a busy intersection is a common, everyday occurrence.

But last Friday, drivers at the N1 and Gordon Road intersection didn't receive commercial advertisements but pamphlets warning them of smash and grabs.

The warning states "beware, report suspicious behaviour....
Panic, trauma - and now joyMissing boy of 4 reunited with mom and dad after 16-hour search
As the torturous 16-hour manhunt for a missing 4-year-old ended happily this morning, all the little boy wanted was his toys.

"Did you bring my dinosaurs?" Victor Robertson asked his mom as he peered out from behind the curtains in the flat where he was found.

Lindsay Robertson had been up all...
Sequel to farm murders
A farm worker will appear in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court today for the killing of an 82-year-old farmer and his 17-year old grandson.

The bodies of Hendrik Janse van Rensburg and Dean Charles Woodrof were found under bushes just outside a farmhouse in Zisserstroom.

Captain Julia Cl...
Poison letter to NPA sent for forensic testing
SECURITY agents are investigating a poisonous letter which was addressed to NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe, and sent to the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority.

The latter was received by the NPA office in Silverton, Pretoria, on Thursday.

NPA spokesman Tladi Tladi told The Citizen t...
Scorpions report to go public
President Thabo Mbeki last week announced he would make public the findings of the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry – which might well sink attempts by Jacob Zuma’s supporters to close down the Scorpions.

Judge Sisi Khampepe headed an investigation into whether the Scorpions were legal, and whether...
Zille condemns closure of child protection unit
DA leader Helen Zille has criticised the government for closing down the Child Protection Unit (CPU) at a time when cases of assault against children stood at 50 000 a year.

“South Africa is one of the worst countries in the world in which to be a child,” Zille said as she led an anti-drug march ...
Two anti-crime marches in capital
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will embark on another march today to demonstrate the party’s disgust with an alarming spate of murders and other violent crimes around Pretoria.

The DA said they would also voice their disagreement with Tshwane Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa’s reluctance to admit there was a c...
Armed robbers hid in ceiling
Hostage negotiators spent more than six hours negotiating with four armed robbers who were hiding in a ceiling at the Temba shopping centre, north of Pretoria yesterday.

The men allegedly climbed into a Shoprite ceiling when they realised they were cornered after robbing the shop.

The incident...
R10m for Eskom top brass
‘Scandalous’: The DA says the bonus scheme is outrageous

NO heads rolled over the electricity crisis. Now Eskom managers are being rewarded with performance bonuses of shares valued at R10 million.

This comes in spite of the fact that they brought the economy to its knees because of the powe...
Search for kidnapper is still on
The search is continuing for a man who allegedly kidnapped his eight-year-old daughter from a school in Midrand on Wednesday.

Nataniel Chetty, 29, had allegedly threatened to kill himself and his daughter Jerine, before actually kidnapping her on Wednesday at about 12.20am.

Johannesburg Police...
Queues as drivers rush to renew licences
The demand for renewal of driver’s licences hit an all time high in February, and the notoriously long and slow queues at licensing department aren’t expected to abate soon.

This trend is expected to continue until April as the bulk of drivers face their five year renewal period.

On February 2...
15 school kids nabbed for dagga
Fifteen pupils at a high school in Tlhabane, North West, were arrested on the school premises for possession of dagga.

A police spokesman said they received a complaint about pupils smoking and selling dagga at school.

The Tlhabane Crime-prevention Unit arrested 15 pupils between the ages of 1...
2 Woman aged 60 raped at weekend
Two 60-year-old women were raped in two incidents in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.

In Ntlabane Village a woman was raped as she was walking on Saturday at around 7pm.

Eastern Cape police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said it is alleged the suspect just grabbed the woman and instructed h...
Murder at McDonald’s
Police are still searching for three armed men who shot and killed a man during an armed robbery at the McDonald’s in Benoni on Friday night.

The 39-year-old man was killed when the three entered the outlet and held up staff and customers at gunpoint.

“The suspects fired several shots and dema...
253 drivers fined
An operation to net speeding trucks lead to 253 drivers being issued with speeding fines on the R21 and R24 from Wednesday till Friday last week.

“On the fist day we stopped 89 speeding truck drivers, on the second 148 and on the last day 116,” said Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesman Inspector Mve...
Limpopo man kills two pupils
A man who killed two Limpopo pupils in a love triangle on Friday will appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court today.

The suspect, believed to be a security guard, handed himself over to the police after the incident and his revolver was confiscated.

A 22-year-old man went to the Raison Ts...
War on minis spreads
Two Limpopo women fled the Malamule taxi rank at the weekend after taxi drivers shouted at them and allegedly asked them to undress as they were wearing mini-skirts.

The women had to seek refuge inside a tent used as a barber shop.

This attack comes two weeks after Nwabisa Ngcukana, 25, was un...
Four farmers in court on arms charges
JOHANNESBURG - Four North West farmers appeared in the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition after police allegedly seized a large quantity of weapons from them.

Willem van Heerden, 58, and his two sons, Riaan van Heerden, 33, and...
Pay up or I'll sue - Zuma
State attorney and Presidency demanditemised legal bill

Jacob Zuma has threatened the Presidency with legal action over the state's "nonsensical" reluctance to continue paying for his corruption trial defence.

But the state attorney's office is adamant that the Presidency will not unde...
Boy goes missing from flat
I just want to know where my boy is. Is he okay? Is he hungry? What if someone has him?"

Six hours after 4-year-old Victor went missing his mother Lindsay Robertson wept as she begged for answers about his whereabouts.

Last night, dozens of people gathered at Robertson and her husband John's...
Mpshe letter laced with deadly poison
May be same substance used in Chikane case

A letter addressed to prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe was laced with a deadly nerve poison similar to that used to try to kill Frank Chikane 20 years ago.

Although the National Prosecutions Authority yesterday declined to divulge the type of ...
Cops coax robbers from ceiling hideout
Gunmen surrender after a tense six-hour standoff

Police have arrested four gunmen after negotiating with them to stand down while they hid in the ceiling of a shopping complex they had hours earlier tried to rob.

Scores of police officers from various units surrounded the Temba Shoprit...
DA slams absence of flying squad members in Joburg
Despite the crime wave, not a single flying squad officer was found to be on duty in Johannesburg at the weekend.

According to John Moodey, the Democratic Alliance's spokesperson on community safety in the Gauteng Legislature, there were no flying squad members on duty for the nightshift in the ...
Crime worries after Lenasia killing
Mother of three Yasmina Adam still can't believe that her oldest son is dead. The 21-year-old Zaheer Adam died on Friday morning when he stood up against three robbers who were threatening to kill his father in their home.

"He always was very brave", said his 18-year-old brother Aasif. "He would...
Joburg slated over 'illegal' arrears action
The City of Joburg is robbing people of their homes and properties.

So claims property entrepreneur Mike Lingwood, who said that in the past two months, the city was presenting property owners with full arrears accounts, even those dating back longer than three years.

In many cases, it is un...
March to end drug, child abuse
Hundreds of people have marched with Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, calling for an end to drug and child abuse in Vrededorp, Joburg.

The protesters on Saturday called on the government to protect children all over the country, because South Africa is not a safe place to be a youngster. ...
Showdown for pineapple farmers
Eastern Cape pineapple farmers are heading for a legal showdown with a giant fertiliser company after they suffered tens of millions of rands' damage when their crops were contaminated by a Chinese fertiliser.

This month, more than 40 pineapple farmers will launch a R100-million claim against Pr...
Definite 'no' to death row - Asmal
'A referendum can't amend constitution'

Human rights lawyer and outgoing ANC MP Kader Asmal has urged the South African government to intervene on behalf of a South African who faces the gallows in Botswana. This follows the Botswana High Court's handing down of two death sentences to Mich...
BB's bad boy courts attention
In 2001, South Africans became acquainted with "Bad" Brad Wood - a name given to him by the media when he contested the R1-million prize on offer in the first ever Big Brother reality television show. Seven years later, the man is still making news headlines, and he has been linked to alleged crimin...
Lover dealt Douw a low blow
But the multimillionaire is confident of winning his case

Douw Steyn has managed to stay out of the limelight for 20 years. By his own admission, his luck has now run out. "My life is hell," he said in an interview last year.

"My legal costs are more than double the amount that (Bianca...
SA could become a fugitive's paradise
Every extradition since 1996 under threat

A government bungle has left justice authorities powerless to send some of the world's most wanted fugitives - including an accused child pornography ring operator - back to the countries where they allegedly committed their crimes.

Cape Town b...
Kidnapper dad on run with girl
Nataniel Chetty first threatened to kill himself and his 8-year-old daughter Jerine, and then kidnapped the child from her school this week. Still on the run last night, Chetty has told the police he has no intention of telling them where he is.

The drama began last week when Chetty was served d...
Statistics mean nothing when murders continue unabated in Joburg
STATISTICS mean nothing WHEN MURDERs continue unabated in joburgJulian Lap and Shimmy Mofokeng were shot dead on either side of Joburg a day apart. Lap was killed by intruders in his Parktown North home on Sunday and Mofokeng was killed as he chased hijackers in Mulbarton the following night.

Sandton now a favourite stamping ground for criminals
Sandton is one of 10 Gauteng areas that recorded the highest increase in contact crimes between July and December last year, according to the latest provincial crime report. Sandton is known as South Africa's economic powerhouse with its luxurious hotels, multinational corporations and the Johannesb...
Whistleblowers help to win the war
South African citizens have started to take the law into their own hands - literally.

Crime Line, an initiative by the Primedia group and the SA Police Service, has netted more than 370 suspects for crimes ranging from petty theft to murder and armed robbery since June last year.

All of this...
Cycad thieves threaten species
Andrew Hankey calls it the cycad orphanage: a cluster of over 300 of the ancient plants, many confiscated from the clutches of illegal cycad traffickers by the police.

"This is the only home they know," Hankey says sadly as he gestures to the cycad garden that encircles him at the Walter Sisulu ...
Gautengers escape to the southern Cape
Gauteng residents are relocating in droves to the Cape to escape crime.

Even big businesses are adding to the upsurge in relocations to the Cape, particularly the southern Cape and Cape Town.

"There have been a lot of relocations to Cape Town in the past year. People are getting fed up with ...
'Community policing forums are the way forward'
"Crime is a problem but it's no use blaming the South African Police Service for it. Our communities must support their local policing forums."

Geoff Green, project manager for The Star's Gauteng Community Policing Forum initiative, this week echoed the sentiments of The Star editor Moegsien Wil...
How to report wrongdoing
• SMS 32211

• Be specific - give as much detail as possible. If you have names, addresses and descriptions, provide them.

• One SMS costs R1.

• Note:This is not an emergency line. If you see a crime taking place or you are a victim of crime, call 10111 or your nearest police station....
Botswana judge seals death fate for Soweto man
"You shall be hanged by the neck until you die."

Those were the chilling words from a Botswana judge as he sentenced a South African man for the murders of two Zimbabwean nationals.

Michael Molefe, a former South African political activist who was found guilty in the Botswana high court on tw...
Family held up in their home, 21-year-old son is shot dead
A 21-year-old man, who stood up to three robbers threatening to kill his father, was shot dead this morning, at his Lenasia home.

Zaheer Adam couldn't bear to see an armed gunman, who minutes earlier had broken into his family's home, hold a gun to his father Ebrahim's head.

He stood up.

Wild M1 chase and shootout
Three policemen were in hospital this morning following a wild highway chase that ended with a hijacked truck rolling off the road.

Bullets flew on the M1 highway as 10 police cars from the Sandton area tried in vain to stop a refrigerated food truck that had been hijacked at the Grayston offram...
Fix SA, don't move away - Zuma
Jacob Zuma has made an impassioned plea for young white people to stay and fight for their country.

At a meeting with Solidarity in Pretoria last night, the ANC president aimed to deliver a message of hope to the predominantly white trade union. And the majority of the audience felt that he succe...
Taxis damaged as bitter rivals clash
The latest spate of taxi violence in Gauteng has resulted in more than 15 minibuses being damaged and a driver being shot in a hand.

Police were kept busy running from one violent scene to the next when two rival taxi associations attacked each other, smashing windows and causing other damage to...
There is no need for fear, Zuma tells farmers
Continuing his charm offensive, ANC president Jacob Zuma has told Free State grain farmers that they were vitally important to South Africa.

Zuma then went on to woo Afrikaner workers when he addressed union Solidarity's dinner last night, where he allayed their fears on crime and affirmative ac...
Government bungling hampers execution of extradition treaties
A high-flying couple accused of illegally peddling stem cell treatments to sick and dying patients in America will not be extradited from South Africa any time soon - thanks to a government bungle.

A landmark Pretoria High Court judgment delivered yesterday found that South Africa could not extr...
'We used drugs, then killed uncle'
Two cousins change plea from not guilty after state witness's testimony

'We killed our uncle for refusing to give us money for drugs" - after smoking tablets used to treat HIV-positive people.

This was the testimony of cousins Jonathan and Houston Peters in the Johannesburg High Court y...
Tshwane mayor leads miniskirt protest
Two days after a protest march against the abuse of women at the Noord Street taxi rank, Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa took some time off from her official duties to lead another demonstration.

From yesterday's march - the third in less than a week - Ramokgopa went straight to Gauteng Community S...
Over 15 taxis damaged as rivals clash
The latest spate of taxi violence in Gauteng has resulted in more than 15 minibuses being damaged and a driver being shot in a hand.

Police officers were kept busy, running from one violent scene to the next, when two rival taxi associations attacked each other yesterday morning.

The Alexand...
Airport link to tourists' ambush
Ten minutes before a group of American tourists were due to arrive at their Joburg guesthouse, two armed men were dropped off outside the house and hid in the bushes.

When the six women arrived at their Observatory guesthouse around 6pm on Tuesday, the men - along with two other accomplices who ...
Bail for paedophile suspect
A Melville restaurant manager, accused of sexually exploiting a streetchild, has denied that he offered the boy R100 for a sexual favour. The 41-year-old manager told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that he was only trying to help the 16-year-old boy when the police raided his home and...
Five prisoners escape
Five awaiting-trial prisoners escaped while being transported to prison, police said yesterday.

“Ten prisoners had appeared at Umhlali Periodical Magistrate’s Court near Stanger, and were being transported back to Westville Prison when the incident occurred,” said Superintendent Vincent Mdunge.
Life in jail for murderers
Two young men were sentenced in the Potchefstroom High Court this week to life in prison for the murder of a 66-year-old woman who was shot dead on a farm last year.

Jan “Seun” Letsobe, 26, and Kleinbooi Mokhutswane, 24, were both given life sentences for the murder of Crystal Friedrichsen.

Pensioner killed
A pensioner with a disability was found dead in his rented room in Hercules’ Uitsig Plots, west of Pretoria yesterday.

The elderly man’s friend made the gruesome discovery. He alerted police. Police Captain Prince Mokhabela said the man had a stab wound in his upper body.

A murder docket has...
Figures drop, heists up
At least six cases of cash-in-transit (CIT) heists were reported in KZN on Monday. The robberies left two people dead and several injured.

According to the latest crime statistics there has been a significant reduction in CIT heists.

KZN premier Sibusiso Ndebele said police would redouble eff...
Centre under fire
The emergency call centre 10111 has come under fire from the public complaining of inefficiency and lack of training.

From July to December 2007, the centre only attended to 134 514 calls in Gauteng.

Jeppe Police Inspector Richard Munyai said a centre aimed at improving services was opened.

Kidnappers still on the run
Police are still searching for a gang of kidnappers and their victim at Weiler’s Farm informal settlement near Grasmere Toll Plaza.

“The incident happened on Saturday when four men approached Andries Zimba, his girlfriend, Zanele, and her mother,” said Police Inspector Sabata Modupe.

“One of t...
Death penalty put on the table
JOHANNESBURG - ANC president Jacob Zuma has opened the possibility of holding a referendum on bringing back the death penalty – contrary to the Constitution and ANC policy.

He was responding to questions about how he would tackle crime, at a forum on South Africa’s future hosted by Chief RabbiWar...
Gloves come off over racial exclusion of journalists
JOHANNESBURG - Neither the Forum of Black Journalists (FBJ) nor Talk Radio 702 would back down in the row over the racial exclusion of whites from a recent FBJ meeting.

This is despite a public forum yesterday, organised by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to debate the relevance of single-...
ANC ‘in dark’ over dead man
JOHANNESBURG - A week after an ANC branch chairman was so badly beaten up at a meeting that he subsequently died, the party maintains it “doesn’t have a clue” about the incident.

Political thuggery is increasingly becoming a feature of politics in North West.

But ANC provincial spokesman Oupa ...
Unisa teams up with UN agency in anti-crime war
JOHANNESBURG - The University of South Africa (Unisa) is partnering with the United Nations in the battle against crime in South Africa and surrounding regions.

The university signed a landmark agreement with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the main Unisa campus yesterday and accordi...
Join fight against drugs, asks DA
JOHANNESBURG - The Edenvale Branch of the DA has invited residents to join the fight against drug and alcohol abuse by participating in an anti-drug march on March 15.

“Increasing drug and alcohol abuse are having a devastating effect on especially high school children,” said Councillor John Anti...
Jeppe state case presented
JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Joanie Spies, who has called more than 50 witnesses, has almost concluded State evidence in the Jeppe massacre trial in which 12 people died.

A total of 699 photographs have been used in the trial before Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng.

Yesterday investigating officer Supt ...
‘Brothers’ show off navy skills
CAPE TOWN – The level of co-operation between the German and South African military has now reached the stage where the two countries’ navies no longer see each other as partners but as brothers.

This was how German ambassador to South Africa Dieter Haller described the progress of Exercise Good ...
Ex-girlfriend shocked by confession
JOHANNESBURG - Charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, a former girlfriend told the Johannesburg High Court she was shattered when her then boyfriend informed her he and a friend had murdered a female acquaintance.

Accused Stefanie Crause denied covering up for Boyce Matya and e...
Celebration brought death
JOHANNESBURG - They took Kyle Norris, 18, out to celebrate that he had graduated from art school – and he ended up dead on a nightclub floor.

Friend, Graeme Arthur Mansfield, who was shot in the neck but survived, yesterday told the Johannesburg High Court of the night that started as a celebrati...
Business invaders defy local police
JOHANNESBURG - The woes of Caltex Ermelo owner Henk Cilliers and his traumatised staff continued yesterday, as illegal occupiers continued to make their presence felt despite police assurances of swift action.

The business premises were overrun by seven armed attackers eight days ago, and since t...
Annestacia's killer - Double life sentence
Cape Town High Court acting judge Richard Brusser, flanked by two assessors, has given two life sentences to security guard Richard Engelbrecht, for the rape and strangulation of Mitchells Plain girl Annestacia Wiese, age 11.

The judge said it was customary for prisoners serving life sentences to...
Journalists debate racial exclusion
Black journalists should be allowed to determine their own way forward.

At least this much was clear during a hearing into exclusive organisations at the South African Human Rights Commission's offices in Joburg yesterday.

The hearing comes after Talk Radio 702 lodged a complaint with the SA...
Editors slam closed meeting
Editors have condemned the "highly undemocratic" exclusion of the public from attending a workshop in parliament to discuss the controversial bill which contains clauses that seek to censor the media.

The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said the decision by the National Council of Provinces' s...
Priest got into bed with me, boy claims
A Joburg Catholic priest is to be charged with indecent assault.

The priest allegedly climbed into bed with some youngsters wearing only boxer shorts during a church camp last month.

The parent of a 9-year-old said the priest lay in bed with the boy and snuggled up to him. The boy managed to...
Samaritans turned out to be brutal killers
A decision to give two strangers a lift left a son dying in his mother's arms after he was shot in the back of the head.

The 18-year-old boy died at the side of a road in Olifantsfontein, Midrand, on Sunday evening.

Yesterday, the family of the boy were still too traumatised to speak to The ...
Don't rely on Madiba, act like him (Part 1)
Are cracks beginning to emerge in the rainbow nation? Is the Madiba legacy beginning to unravel? Has South Africa embarked on a road of no return, tipping towards a den of repugnant racial tensions?

Not in the view of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which argues that despite events of recent week...
Don't rely on Madiba, act like him (Part 2)
We never imagined how unkind the globalised world would be to us. If we had the kind of economic growth that granted each South African their rightful place in the work force, the issue of racism would be diluted somewhat, he argues.

He recalls the words of Madiba who once said that there is not...
Home Affairs boss lashes out at oversight committee
Home Affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang has adopted a gloves-off approach in parliament, questioning the propriety of a German trip by MPs with oversight over his department.

The visit in June last year was partly sponsored by MAN Ferrostaal, a company with an interest in the smart-card tec...
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