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Emergency services crisis
Staff shortages fears for 2010 lack of skills old vehicle fleet

The wheels have come off Gauteng's fire and emergency rescue services they are struggling to cope with emergencies now, and 2010 will be a nightmare if nothing is done.

This is according to an internal report by the Gauten...
Soul Brothers singer waits in cells
The reality that Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo was going to spend the next seven days behind bars was too much for his family to bear.

"Siyabonga, they have refused him bail. What can we do? Let's just go," Masondo's sister told her brother as other family members wept uncontrollably i...
Row still raging over church raid
Uproar continues over the "act of xenophobia" by police at the Central Methodist Church in Joburg.

"Their reason for raiding the church was that it was one of the (crime) hotspots in the city. But I think the message they certainly sent out was that immigrants were targeted. It is clear they were...
Bid to reduce fire-related deaths in homes
A shocking 76% of fire-related deaths happen in people's homes. And, of these, 52% are alcohol related.

So said Rodney Eksteen, public education division chief for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), speaking at the relaunch of the Basic Emergencies, Safety and Fire Education (Besafe) centre at Jo...
ATM gang bust after shootout
Cops 'lured into trap' by by woman with fake licence

A chance spotting of a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz with a bullet hole in it this morning led Joburg metro police to arrest a pair of suspected ATM robbers.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the breakthrough had later culminat...
C-Max accused ‘high’ at court
ANGER: Judge slams prisons over drugs claim

A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday expressed concern about security at Pretoria’s C-Max prison after an alleged violent rapist’s dagga abuse delayed his trial.

Acting Judge Solly Sithole postponed the trial of alleged Baviaanspoort prison rapist ...
Citizen to appeal McBride ruling
The Citizen intends to appeal against an order by Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke yesterday awarding R200 000 plus interest and costs to Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride.

“We will lodge an application for leave to appeal,” said acting editor Martin Williams.

Student’s Bara terror
SECURITY: They didn’t do anything, says latest victim

SOUTH AFRICA has lost another promising young medical student – this time due to safety concerns at the county’s hospitals.

“I just can’t go back there,” 24-year-old Crystal Eaglestone, a straight-A Wits medical student in her sixth year o...
Alleged habitual ‘copshop’ robber
A 31-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow for allegedly breaking into police stations around Johannesburg 16 times.

Issac Rasesemola was arrested late last year on an indecent assault charge and his fingerprints were tested.

“We were surprised with out results. We found that the suspect...
Scramble to snap the Jeppe gang
PANDEMONIUM broke out in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday with photographers scrambling to photograph the Jeppestown gunbattle accused in the dock, and as they were led out of court.

The court has ruled that pictures may be taken of the 13 accused when the court is adjourned, despite their p...
Condemn all murders: AfriForum
The civil rights initiative AfriForum yesterday called on ANC politicians and others to condemn all murders in the strongest terms possible, regardless of whether the victim is black or white.

The call was made during the court appearance of three men who allegedly killed Rinda Abrahams, 55, the ...
Reservists up-in-arms
There was more than 100 police reservists gathered outside the Pretoria City Hall yesterday before marching on to the Union Buildings.

The chairman of the group Michael Mabuza said the reservists were demonstrating to highlight their demand for better working conditions.

Mabuza said that they ...
Killed gay couple for drugs cash
A 26-year-old drug addict yesterday confessed to the Pretoria High Court that he had strangled a gay couple to get money for heroin.

Acting Judge Joshua Dolamo yesterday convicted Lafras de Jager of murdering and robbing Steven Dummer and his life partner Theo Holtzhausen at their Akasia home in ...
Rape suspects detained
NORTH WEST police have arrested two suspected rapists in separate cases, one of whom allegedly abducted and raped a five-year-old girl.

A 14-year-old girl was raped when she gave a glass of water to a man who arrived at her home on February 1. “When the victim’s mother got home the girl told her...
Caught red-handed
A thief was caught red-handed stripping a minibus at his Soshanguve home north of Pretoria this week, police said yesterday.

Captain Prince Mkhabela said members of Pretoria North’s Crime-Prevention Unit were directed to a house in Block R by a tip-off.

They found a 35-year-old man stripping t...
Top student shot in back faces a long road to recovery
A Pretoria student who was shot in the back by a gang of house robbers faces one of the toughest battles of her life.

Razelle Botha (18), who dreams of becoming a doctor and working in this country to save lives, will be left with only 30% movement in her legs if she's lucky.

Razelle, who wa...
ANC to resist bid to start new arms deal probe
MPs threaten that they will take a party-political position in debate on DA's proposal

The ANC will close ranks against any attempt to reopen investigations into the contentious multibillion-rand arms deal, as ruling-party MPs threaten to take a partisan position on the matter next week.
Electricity quota penalties planned for homes, businesses
Homes and businesses using more than their quota of electricity will soon be penalised.

The government calls it a "differentiated tariff structure", which means that once you use more than a certain amount of power, the rate at which you are charged automatically increases.

The announcement ...
Plans to expand in Botswana
South Africa is selling Botswana up to 350MW of electricity now, but in a few years expects to buy nearly six times that amount from its neighbour.

On Monday, the Botswana parliament listened to a budget speech that outlined hopes for that country's Mmamabula Energy Project.

Botswana's Finan...
Jailbreaks a global trend, says Balfour
South Africans should not concern themselves too much when prisoners escape from correctional facilities, because this happens all over the world.

But Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour assured the public that the crooks would be recaptured and those responsible in the department wou...
Milk producers deny allegations of price-fixing
Eight firms will face tribunal tomorrow

Milk producers have blamed the retailers for the high price of milk and have told the Competition Tribunal that they formed mutually beneficial relations with each other to prevent milk from being "poured down the drain".

These are some of the re...
MEC to probe cops' church raid
The decision to raid the Central Methodist Church in Joburg has landed the police in hot water. Yesterday,

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia said he would be meeting the police officers who were involved in the raid. He raised concerns about the number of serious allegations he had rec...
Mom relives day child was shot dead
The mother of Baby Khensani weeps during court testimony

At only 15 months, Khensani Mitileni still strapped to her mother's back became the youngest victim of a cash-in-transit robbery

Today, 16 months after the wild shootout in the Joburg city centre, her mother, Cynthia Mitileni, ta...
Where is the security?
They guard health head's home …

Hundreds of thousands of rands of taxpayer money has been spent providing round-the clock private armed security guards at the Joburg home of the head of Gauteng's Health Department.

The Star has confirmed that public money was spent on personal security...
Court told how woman's body parts were found in hole
DNA tests run on samples lifted from the vehicle of murdered Shirley van Rensburg confirmed it was human blood.

This was part of the evidence of senior forensic analyst, Captain Clement Mitchell, in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

He also said sweat from the waistline of a pair of dark...
Local police escort for Chad evacuees
Police formed a ring of steel around five South Africans evacuated from war-ravaged Chad when they arrived at OR Tambo International Airport.

The five - Willem van Staden, his son Christopher, Coenraad Landman, Philip Manyozo and Mpho Gift Thanyame - touched down at the airport shortly after 2pm...
'Massacre 13' hide from cameras
They stand accused of one of South Africa's boldest gunbattles against the police - but the "Jeppestown Massacre 13" fell over each other in a desperate bid to hide their faces from the cameras.

The media yesterday won a court ruling allowing photographers to capture the faces of the men on tria...
SAA general manager under cloud again
Controversy seems to follow South African Airways general manager for commercial services Rushj Lehutso wherever he goes.

Just 21 months into his new job in Joburg, the former chief financial officer of the City of Cape Town has been suspended by SAA for alleged misconduct.

Yesterday morning...
Victim of knife-wielding thieves tells of his ordeal
Trapped in his room with two knife-wielding robbers, 18-year-old Jonathan Muchnick was ordered not to alarm his sister, who had heard a noise from upstairs.

"I've had a bad dream," the karate champion shouted.

"I'm coming downstairs."

Suddenly a pain shot up through his back and, after f...
SA needs Scorpions: DA
South Africa cannot afford to be without the Scorpions, says the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The party yesterday presented a discussion document which argues for the retention of the Directorate of Special Operations (DS) – known as the Scorpions.

The ANC has called for their forced inclusion in...
Rape accused knew what he was doing – expert
There were at no stage any signs that the Baviaanspoort prisoner who allegedly almost killed two nurses and raped one of them two years ago was not rational and fully aware of what he was doing, a psychiatrist told the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Dr Herman Pretorius testified in the trial of T...
McBride defamation verdict
Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride will know today if he has won his defamation case against The Citizen when Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke give his judgment this morning.

In 2003, when McBride was being considered for the post which he has vacated pending the out...
Infant dumping turning into national crisis
Every year, police and medical services find thousands of discarded foetuses and numbers of newly-born children, dumped in rubbish bins and public toilets.

Even as pro-life demonstrations ground down across the country this weekend, paramedics discovered yet another dead baby, with its placenta a...
Robbers kill Soweto pupil
Two men were arrested in Soweto, Johannesburg yesterday after they allegedly robbed and killed a school pupil.’

The men, who were armed with knives, attacked the 20-year-old boy while he was walking home from the shops.

“An off duty metro officer saw the suspects rob and stab the boy and calle...
4 ‘bombers’ seek bail
Four men arrested in connection with three ATM bombings in Pretoria last year will apply for bail next month.

This was heard in the Pretoria Regional Court during the appearance of Shadrack Motsepe, Clement Manamela, Sydney Mkhabela and Rhino Legoabe, also charged with possession of weapons.

Love triangle shooting
INSPECTOR: Charged with gunning down colleague, wife

A Pretoria police inspector who allegedly shot a fellow captain dead and wounded his own wife in a love triangle, will know in the next two months when his case will be heard in the Pretoria High Court.

Meshack Leshaba, 40, from Sun Valley, ...
Heist four appear
Four men appeared in Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto yesterday in connection with the theft of R2,8 million.

The four were arrested on Saturday for allegedly stealing the money at Baragwanath shopping centre.

They were remanded in custody while the case was postponed for further investigat...
SAPS rape accused to sit
A police constable who allegedly raped two Mpumalanga girls was denied bail for the third time in the Amersfoort Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The 31-year-old constable cannot be named as he has not yet pleaded to the rape charges involving two girls, aged nine and 11.

The accused was remanded...
Farm worker arrested
A farm worker was arrested after the death of a Rietfontein woman east of Pretoria on Saturday.

A 39-year-old farm worker was arrested on Sunday and was linked to the investigation.

A man collecting firewood on the smallholding found the body of Elize Havenga. She was half –naked and had wire...
Top matriculant shot during robbery
As they return home, teenager and her father surprise intruders

One of Gauteng's top student's dreams of being a doctor have been shattered after a gang of armed robbers shot her in the spine during an armed robbery.

Razelle Botha (18), who obtained eight distinctions when she wrote ma...
Milk producers deny allegations of price-fixing
Eight firms will face tribunal tomorrow

Milk producers have blamed the retailers for the high price of milk - and have told the Competition Tribunal that they formed mutually beneficial relations with each other to prevent milk from being "poured down the drain".

These are some of the ...
Dalton case struck off the roll
Former Springbok rugby hero James Dalton yesterday proved that he could still run and sidestep when he tried to avoid reporters and photographers after the attempted murder case against him was struck off the court roll.

The magistrate's words were not yet cold when Dalton jumped up from the dock...
Most SA pupils feel unsafe at school - survey
A new study has shown that South African pupils fear bullies, thieves and thugs at schools.

South African Institute of Race Relations education researcher Thomas Blaser claimed yesterday that South Africa's schools are the "most dangerous in the world".

Blaser based his information on the da...
Victim of knife-wielding thieves tells of his ordeal
Trapped in his room with two knife-wielding robbers, 18-year-old Jonathan Muchnick was ordered not to alarm his sister, who had heard a noise from upstairs.

"I've had a bad dream," the karate champion shouted.

"I'm coming downstairs."

Suddenly a pain shot up through his back and, after f...
Tears of joy as robber gets 20 years
"It's over now, it's over."

So exclaimed Susan van der Merwe happily as the man who nearly killed her 5-year-old daughter when he throttled her and locked her in a wardrobe descended the stairs to begin his lengthy prison sentence.

Yesterday Johannesburg High Court Judge Lucy Mailula sentenc...
South Africans head home from Chad
Five South Africans evacuated from war-torn Chad were expected to touch down in Joburg today.

However as the five headed home, three others were yet to leave the heavily guarded central zone in the capital, N'Djamena.

A scheduled Ethiopian Airline flight was to land at OR Tambo International...
Cop relives death horror
'Mayhem at Jeppe firefight'

A wounded policemen helped drag his injured colleague from the middle of a fierce firefight to what he thought was safety - only to see him shot dead moments later.

In court yesterday, Sergeant Willem "Wimpy" van Niekerk described in chilling detail how he w...
Church to tackle cops over abuse of refugees 'Rights ignored during raid'
'Rights ignored during raid'

Worshippers at the Central Methodist Church in the Joburg CBD have vowed to fight tooth and nail against police who violate the rights of refugees staying at the cathedral's premises.

This follows last week's raids by the police at the church, during which ...
Cop's parents hear details of killing
They shouldn't have gone into Jeppestown house, says his mother

Coming face to face with their son's alleged killers was too much for Nelie and Stanley Schoeman to handle.

The parents of Inspector Gert Schoeman, who was one of the four officers killed in the Jeppestown massacre, cried ...
R100m airport heist carefully planned
Fourteen accused make brief appearance in court

One of South Africa's biggest armed robberies, in which more than R100-million was stolen, was meticulously planned over four months.

According to the charge sheet against the gang of 14 who have been charged with stealing the millions out...
Commissioner questioned over Yengeni
As Goodwood's police station commissioner today faces the first day of a disciplinary inquiry over events that happened on the night convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni was arrested for drunk driving, senior officers say he is the only policeman so far also to face criminal charges. Nearly two weeks af...
‘President must save democracy’
APPEAL: Zille calls on Mbeki to address issues

HELEN Zille has called on President Mbeki to resist attempts by the ANC to make the judiciary accountable to the ruling party.

Speaking in Johannesburg yesterday she said: “If the President does not act now, he will be responsible for opening th...
R4,5m legal wrangle
The City of Cape Town may be subpoenaed for failing to pay consultancy fees of R4,5 million for a project that is still the subject of an internal forensic investigation, reports LegalBrief Today.

Vincent Botto, head of Cape Town’s Forensic Audit Unit, said the city did not have the necess...
Court told of robbery
A BRYANSTON man who was held at gunpoint before his home was ransacked gave evidence yesterday in the trial of three men accused of robbing and assaulting businessman Glenn Agliotti.

Paul Raymond-Paul, listed on the charge sheet as the first complainant, told the Wynburg Magistrate’s Court that d...
Toddler case delayed
The mother of toddler Ethel Mitileni, shot dead on her mother’s back during a shootout between robbers and coin security staff, had hoped the trial, rescheduled last week, would start yesterday.

But advocate Deon van Wyk, prosecuting, said the legal representative for one of the four accused was ...
Runway heist 15 in court
FIFTEEN accused appeared yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court on charges of stealing a substantial amount of cash from a plane parked at OR TAMBO airport.

The plane was diverted out of sight of security cameras. Two policemen and two others were held up while a gang removed $14 720 000 and R...
Dairies in pre-trial hearing
EIGHT of South Africa’s leading dairies will this week sit in a pre-trial conference before the Competition Commission to discuss how the proceedings regarding the dairies implicate in price-fixing allegations should proceed.

Clover Industries Ltd, Clover SA, Parmalat, Nestle SA, Ladismith Cheese...
Three hurt in shootout
Two shoppers were wounded when security guards exchanged fire with robbers in a Krugersdorp retail store yesterday morning.

NetCare 911 media liaison Mark Stokoe said one person had been hit in the arm and chest and another in the abdomen after the gun battle erupted in a store in Krugersdorp yes...
Third sub prompts questions
With the German construction component of the SA Navy’s new generation of ships complete, the official opposition is still unhappy about the use of the new military equipment.

Last week the SA navy took command of the Third Class 209 submarine acquired in the Strategic Defence Arms Acquisition Pa...
Lekota slams wild party at military base
Ten Military Health Services students, arrested for allegedly being involved in drinking binges and "wild sex parties", have appeared in court.

Yesterday's appearance of the 10 came as Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota blasted those caught in the early hours of Sunday morning by military and SA Po...
The hospital that just can't fix it
Bara head admits upgraded security still a major problem

Five months after a medical student was raped at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, staff still fear for their safety.

And even the hospital authorities admit they have a security problem.

Theft is rampant, cars are stolen from...
Extradition confusion could benefit Kebble suspect
The alleged mastermind behind Brett Kebble's killing, Australian businessman John Stratton, will be extradited to stand trial for the magnate's murder if prosecutors have their way.

But, while National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the state was still intent on seeking the ...
Drunken SANDF students, cops clash
Army medical students have clashed with military police after alleged drunken sex orgies at SA National Defence Force barracks in Thaba Tshwane.

Yesterday's skirmishes, which forced the military police to ask for help from the Pretoria Flying Squad and other police stations, saw SANDF members st...
Police sent to their deaths
Cops went into Jeppe ambush unprepared, without any radios

They knew they were about to storm a house where at least 18 heavily armed robbers were hiding. They knew they had no stun grenades, no teargas … that they had no radios.

But they went anyway into a fierce firefight.

When p...
'Serial rapist forced to admit to killings'
Richman Gcinumzi Makhwenkwe, the alleged Moffat Park, Joburg, serial rapist and killer, has denied police claims that he had ever admitted to killing five people and burying them in shallow graves.

This revelation emerged during the cross-examination of Captain Mike van Aardt, who testified last...
Security guards still modest after crushed-car heroics
They are being praised as heroes, but Kambomba Kabelengele and Richard Aligustino say they were only doing their jobs.

The two - both car guards at the Carnival shopping centre near Brakpan - were responsible for saving the lives of eight-month-old Lizandra van Zyl and 12-year-old Eddie Blignaut...
Software piracy stunts SA growth
Microsoft is receiving more than 100 reports a month from frustrated consumers and companies that were duped by resellers installing illegal software.

Consumers often called when their software wouldn't work, or was installed without the corresponding licence, certificate of authenticity, disks ...
Man who choked girl (5) 'had intention to kill her'
A robber who throttled 5-year-old Lee van der Merwe, who tried to prevent him from stealing her daddy's goods, has been found guilty of attempted murder.

This was the unanimous verdict of Judge Lucy Mailula and her two assessors on David Papi Matladi (36), who stood trial on charges of robbery w...
Days of endless break-ins over as residents unite
Know-your-neighbour session two years ago finally bears fruit in Linden's 2nd Street

In a suburb that is seriously struggling with crime, Linden's 2nd Street is setting an example of what the power of working together and being proactive can achieve.

The 2nd Street Block Watch started ...
Pledge to weed out crime in E Rand township
The Gauteng provincial government is racing against time to combat rampant crime in the township of Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

From housebreaking and theft to violent offences such as rape, armed robbery and murder - all these crimes are spiralling out of control and turning residents' lives into he...
Our thin, buckling blue line
Last week the looming, long-anticipated corruption trial of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi snatched headlines across the country.

But there are many other cases looming that indicate something rotten at the core of the security sector.

This month the Christian Party called for the ...
What the DA expects
Leaders of the Democratic Alliance Helen Zille and Sandra Botha will today present the DA’s expectations of President Thabo Mbeki’s State of the Nations address.

Zille has been vocal about what she called “the growing perception of a constitutional and moral crisis” in South Africa. She recently...
More metro police arrested
Four Pretoria Metro traffic officers, three of whom are still students, were arrested for bribery and corruption on Friday. They had apparently solicited R500 from a truck driver driving without licence plates.

On January 27, a Metro Police officer was arrested for soliciting bribes from motoris...
Massive power squeeze
DME: New laws and a Govt power takeover

The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has released a proposed set of electricity regulations for comment which advises far-reaching strategic initiatives to combat the ongoing power shortage.

According to LegalBrief Today, these include fit...
Search party’s sad find
POLICE and community members joined forces yesterday in a search for the missing – later found dead, Rietfontein mother of a nine-month-old baby.

A search party organised by anti-crime group e-Blockwatch in Pretoria discovered her body late yesterday afternoon.

The dead woman had apparently be...
SPCA takes SAPS to task
The SPCA has lodged an official complaint against an inspector from the Mount Ayliff SAPS as well as an alleged animal abuser.

Doug Wolhuter of the Kokstad SPCA was alerted to a pregnant sow with slashes on her legs, lacerations and a shattered skull.

According to the SPCA, it took five hours ...
Safety not Buscor’s worry
Those travelling on buses face the same risks as people who visit “shebeens or taverns late at night” and are responsible for their own safety, senior Buscor spokesman John Ngombe said this week.

Ngombe was reacting to a News24 report that Buscor had been called to account for the deaths o...
Police officer nabbed
A 38-year-old police inspector has been arrested after he allegedly shot and wounded a man with rubber bullets while they were drinking in a house in North West on Friday night.

Lebogang Gilbert Simon, 30, has been admitted to a local hospital for treatment of injuries to his chest, ribs and righ...
Shot over car crash
A truck driver was shot after crashing into a family car in Randburg on Friday afternoon.

Netcare 911’s Nick Dollman said a mother and two children were injured. Her husband allegedly shot the truck driver.

The injured were taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, and police arrested the gun...
Hunt for AK-47 armed gang
JOHANNESBURG police are hunting for several suspects who fired on a police patrol this weekend, wounding one police officer.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said a police patrol flagged down the occupants of two vehicles in Mondeor, south of Johannesburg, at about 4am on Saturday.

They had “act...
Driver outwits robber gang
A potential cash-in-transit heist was averted by the quick actions of a security driver who denied an organised gang of robbers their prize on Saturday morning.

Police spokesman Captain Lucas Sithole said 10 heavily armed men had attempted to rob a security cash van in Soshanguve after the van ha...
Mplshe has Scorpions’ vote
SCORPIONS’ investigators slammed media reports yesterday which claimed they had passed a motion of no confidence in the acting national director of the Public Prosecuting Authority, Advocate Mokoatedi Mpshe during a meeting last week.

NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said representatives who met with NP...
Mother's semi-naked body found in dense bushes
Oblivious to the frantic and desperate search for her mother, 9-month-old Arista sat on her grandmother's lap making baby sounds.

Now Arista, who grinned and cooed at all the policemen in the lounge, will never know her mother.

Elize Havenga's semi-naked body was found lying sprawled among tre...
Serviced power units will ease pressure on national grid
Focus on tightening quality control

Eskom is hoping that pressure to the national grid will ease in the next couple of weeks, as power units come back on line and coal supply problems are ironed out.

Eskom head of generation Ehud Matya said at the weekend that three units that were off...
Drug use rampant in schools
Cases of children as young as 4 sees fatality rate rising

Six years ago, the average age of a first-time drug user was 19. Today it's 10. It has become so bad that experts say every school in the country now has a drug problem and that it's out of control.

A member of the drug training...
'I will be a dead man', says Mann
The British mercenary yanked from his cell in Zim's Chikurubi prison and deported to Guinea, Peta Thornycroft reports.

Convicted mercenary Simon Mann was seized from his tiny cell at the maximum-security prison Chikurubi in Harare in the early hours of Thursday and rushed to an Air Force s...
Zuma shifts media lawsuit
ANC president Jacob Zuma yesterday dropped the biggest portion of his multiple defamation lawsuits against media owners, publishers, editors, reporters, cartoonists and newspapers.

Zuma had lodged claims of R65-million - the largest defamation suit in South African history - in 2006, accusing th...
Engineer's rise to power could net him a fortune
An electronics expert in Betty's Bay has come up with a simple way of softening the blow of Eskom's untimely blackouts.

Russell Witthuhn, an electronics and software engineer, has extended the lifespan of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to last an average of three hours, compared to its cu...
Former Fidentia auditor to shaft boss in plea bargain
The first head has rolled in the billion-rand Fidentia financial scandal. "Deeply remorseful" former company auditor Graham Maddock (53) has agreed to a seven-year jail sentence and R6,3-million fine in return for spilling the beans on his friend, former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown.

In terms of...
Selebi's 30 accusers
Murderer and murder accused line up against top cop

A former policeman, convicted for beating a criminal suspect to death, is to testify against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Machiel Andries Burger was once lauded for rescuing kidnap victim Liam Aspeling, but is now fighting ...
The men accused of sinking Saambou
Financial experts set to testify in what could be one of SA's most complex trials

When it became clear that Saambou Bank was in serious financial difficulty in 2002, it set off an unprecedented run on the bank by desperate clients who withdrew R1-billion of their savings.

Fearing they ...
Long delays at OR Tambo as passengers wait for baggage
Chaos ruled at OR Tambo Airport yesterday on the first day that a new ramp handling company began operating, with some passengers having to wait up to three hours for their baggage. Among the flights affected were Swiss Air, Iberia and Air France and by the afternoon tempers were reaching boiling po...
'Let Mbeki tell everyone why he suspended me'
Vusi Pikoli wants his case to be heard in public and hopes that the matter will be resolved soon, reports Glynnis Underhill

While the government wants the case of suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli to be held behind closed doors, his legal team say there's no threat ...
Old R5 coins still okay, despite the fakes
The old R5 coins, which the South African Reserve Bank intended phasing out following the discovery of countless counterfeits, will now remain in circulation for a few more years because the international criminals responsible are behind bars.

Maggie Mogapi, the Reserve Bank's assistant general ...
Shortage of beds delays justice for many
Families of the Skierlik shooting victims could wait months for the trial of accused Johan Nel, with an evaluation planned for the teenager in one of the country's backlogged forensic psychiatric wards. Nel's attorney, Frikkie Pretorius, said he would apply at Nel's next court appearance on February...
Identity-theft risk from pay-slip info
A leading life assurer has warned that some public and private sector employers are unwittingly playing into the hands of identity thieves by including detailed personal and financial product information on pay slips.

As a result, an urgent review of pay-slip practice is necessary in order to pr...
Eskom recruiting retired engineers to offset chronic skills shortage
Desperate Eskom is not only digging old equipment out of mothballs to help solve the energy crisis - it is also recruiting retired engineers.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said they were looking for technical experts, but could not confirm how many retirees had come on board.

Another spokespe...
Foreigners in jail after raid
Illegal immigrants given just five minutes to consult with lawyers, reports Justine Gerardy

At least two dozen allegedly illegal foreigners were allowed a mere five minutes to consult with their lawyers in the holding cells of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday before being rema...
Selebi in the dock
Selebi, however, would suffer no such humiliation, after Mpshe assured the Pretoria High Court - where the police tried to urgently halt their chief's arrest - that he would be summoned to appear in court, not handcuffed and detained.

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Girl (5) 'was seconds from death'
The robber who throttled 5-year-old Lee van der Merwe was only three seconds away from killing her.

As his hands tightened around her neck, Lee suddenly stopped screaming. And as more pressure was applied, her airway closed.

She couldn't breathe or beg her assailant to let her go. Her nose s...
Judge gives advice to rapist before sentence
A Pretoria High Court Judge yesterday gave a rapist some fatherly advice before giving him a suspended sentence for raping a “sexually experienced” 13-year-old girl in 2006

Acting Judge Arnoldus Phatudi told a weeping Bertie van Dyk, 29, he should “stay away from playing with women” and say to th...
Robber gunned down
An armed robbery suspect was killed and a constable injured in a shoot-out-in Mamelodi yesterday.

The police intervention Unit spotted a blue Uno with three occupants and pulled it off the road.

Police Captain Prince Mkhabela said the men stopped, jumped out of the vehicle and fled.

One fir...
School security slated
VIOLENCE in schools has once again been put under scrutiny following a robbery incident that took place at the Bryanston Primary School this week.

Some of the teachers were held at gunpoint by two men, one of them armed. They took a laptop before fleeing the scene.

The Democratic Alliance cal...
Murder trial postponed
A murder case against Allan van Rooyen accused of killing a man outside Teazers strip club in Villeria three months ago, was again postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday for a regional court date.

Van Rooyen, 25, was in court yesterday on a murder charge. The matter was set down ...
Lawyers pleads: don’t jail killer
A Trichard locksmith who strangled his common-law wife in their caravan after a drunken argument should not be sent to jail because his children would suffer, the Pretoria High Court was told yesterday.

Advocate Tom Sawyer, representing Etienne Nienaber, 34, argued that Nienaber should be sentenc...
Bookkeeper on R800 000 theft rap gets custody warning
A woman bookkeeper, who is out on warning on a charge of stealing about R800 000 but keeps delaying her case, has been warned she will land back in custody.

Isobel Lourens, 49, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Court charged with stealing R884 000 from her employer, BP Laing Ltd in...
Deep in the parlour (Part 1)
The Black Knight: Gary Player

· Not even this golfing legend escapes being named in the Selebi affair.
· In his interview with the Scorpions in 2006, Selebi claimed that Agliotti loved to name-drop and that Player was one of his favourite targets.
· Agliotti, Selebi claimed, always ...
Deep in the parlour (Part 2)
The Seroius Brit: Tony Tenger

· From the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
· Several high-profile names in the business world are also caught in Selebi's web.
· Agliotti has accused these people of befriending Selebi to land good business deals.
· These include: Microsoft's Ga...
Deep in the parlour (Part 3)
The Seroius Brit: Tony Tenger

· From the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
· Several high-profile names in the business world are also caught in Selebi's web.
· Agliotti has accused these people of befriending Selebi to land good business deals.
· These include: Microsoft's Ga...
Skills shortage affects service delivery - DA
South Africa faces a severe service delivery crisis because the public sector is unable to attract and retain skilled workers, the Democratic Alliance warned yesterday.

The research based on official government figures reveals a vacancy rate of just over 10% across the entire national public sec...
Gloves off as Equity Aviation boss lays into SAA
Equity Aviation was fighting battles on several fronts yesterday. The company has taken the Airports Company SA (Acsa) to court for terminating its services.

Equity Aviation, which until today oversaw all ramp-handling services for Acsa and employs 3 500 casual and permanent employees, has lost ...
Rodrigues in bid to appeal her conviction
She was found guilty of hiring hitmen to kill her lover's child

Dina Rodrigues has begged for the chance to challenge her conviction and life sentence for the murder of six-month-old Jordan-Leigh Norton. And, within the next two weeks, she will find out if she has it.

Two Supreme Court...
Two pupils attacked at Joburg schools
Two teenage boys have been assaulted at their schools this week with no teachers in sight. And they didn't receive the medical attention they needed.

Keenan Volmink (17) has a broken collarbone after he was surrounded by a group of eight boys who allegedly began beating him up during break at Re...
Light at end of dark tunnel
Joburg has plans to cope with power blackouts

The City of Johannesburg has revealed massive plans to alleviate electricity blackouts as Eskom's regular load shedding of 4 000MW a day kicked in to stabilise the national power grid.

From next week, 200 000 geyser "ripple controls" will b...
For the record
On November 21 2007, in an article headlined "Dead child left for mom as 'a surprise'", we reported that a person on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter had accused his wife of having affairs "including with Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto". It was reported that the wife had stated that she had vi...
4 more Cape residents killed
FOUR Cape residents have been found murdered in their homes since the weekend.

Yesterday police said the bodies of an elderly woman and the badly decomposed body of a 39-year-old man had been found in Franschoek and Kensington.

This is just days after the weekend slaying of Joyce Jantjies in h...
Fundis to testify at child-killer trial
The trial of the Brakpan mother found guilty of murdering her two young sons in a hotel room at Carnival City four years ago was yesterday postponed in the Pretoria High Court to April for further expert evidence.

Sharon Soombar, 35, was last year referred to the High Court for sentencing after a...
Life in jail for the tongue-bitten rapist
A Pretoria magistrate handed down a life jail term yesterday to a man who lost part of his tongue while kissing a rape victim two years ago.

Lazarus Mnguni, 33, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court for sentencing after he was found guilty of three counts of rape.

Mnguni had ‘dragged a 30-ye...
Cohen killers hunted
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the murder of former Amalgamated Appliances CEO Sheldon Cohen, shot dead while waiting for his son outside the Balfour Alexandra Football Club on Monday night.

Cohen was sitting in his car waiting for his 16-year-old son to finish soccer practice. It’s believed...
Woman’s ashes found
The ashes belonging to a woman whose coffin was found by patrolling metro police in the veld in Kempton Park two weeks ago have been found.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers were patrolling when they came across a coffin in the veld which had the name of the deceased, the date of birth and the bur...
Call girl idea under fire
OPPOSITION: ANC proposal is ‘immoral and a big joke’

The proposal on prostitution being legalised during the 2010 Soccer World Cup was yesterday described as “immoral” by several political parties.

This after an ANC MP George Lekgetho suggested on Tuesday that this is one of the things that wo...
Crime outrage as businessman is laid to rest
'He was a wise and kind person'

Sheldon Cohen was supposed to celebrate his 48th birthday yesterday, but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, family and friends gathered to bury him.

Cohen, a businessman, was sitting in his car waiting for his son to finish training in Highlands North when ...
'Man hired four people to kill wife'
Wheelchair-bound multiple-murder accused Tebogo Phillip Tau was jilted by his common-law wife. So, to punish her, he hired people to murder her family in cold blood.

This was the evidence of a tearful Busisiwe Clementia Mkhwanazi in the trial of her ex-husband Tau (35) and three others for allege...
Friends and Foes (Part1)
As National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi prepares to step into the dock tomorrow, The Star brings you the second instalment of the sticky web spun around the top cop and the men and women wriggling in it.

After two years of investigations, the Scorpions’ case against Selebi has been exposed...
Friends and Foes (Part 2)
Selebi's Enemy: Warren Goldblatt

· It seems Paul O'Sullivan is not the only one vying for the position of Selebi's nemesis.
· Goldblatt, owner of a security outfit called AIN, has also made the list
· Agliotti said Selebi hated AIN and was out to destroy it.
· AIN was contracted ...
Friends and Foes (Part 3)
The Mandrax Queen: Madam Chang

· According to Anthony Dormehl, Madam Chang was also known as "mommy" and had an assistant named Kitty.
· Kitty spoke fluent English and she did most of the negotiations.
· Chang's name comes up in the 2002 Mandrax bust during which over a million pill...
Call for heads to roll over power crisis
Ministers accused of being grossly negligent

ANC MPs closed ranks around their cabinet colleagues as opposition parliamentarians called for resignations or firings over the electricity crisis.

This came out of a heated debate during a special parliamentary sitting yesterday.

Surprise state move to assist Selebi
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will fight the corruption case against him with Justice Department attorneys.

This is despite Selebi taking legal action against justice authorities over what he describes as the "bad faith" investigation and prosecution conducted against him by the Sco...
Price-fixing probe into milk producers
Eight dairy firms facing heavy fines

Milk producers are set to follow in the footsteps of bread producers when they appear before the Competition Commission over price-fixing next week.

The eight dairy firms, which together have a monopoly in the South Africa dairy market, could face f...
Brits raise alarm on 'reckless' biofuel bid
SA goes slow on alternative, waiting for more research

While British MPs have called for a moratorium on biofuel initiatives to prevent further environmental destruction, the South African government is saying it always knew biofuel wasn't the silver bullet it was claimed to be.

The co...
Gang hits Sandton school
Parents and teachers at Bryanston Primary School were left reeling this morning by an early robbery in which the head of the pre-school was terrorised.

Principal Johannes Mouton said the incident had happened shortly before 7am when two armed men - pretending to be parents - had entered the scho...
Joburg obtains its first clean audit
The City of Johannesburg has, for the first time in 15 years, received a clean audit from the Auditor-General.

Making the announcement yesterday, Joburg mayor Amos Masondo said it was a significant milestone in ongoing efforts to ensure clean and accountable governance in the city.

"This mea...
Robbery leaves girl (5) terrified
A Joburg woman has testified how her 5-year-old daughter- who was throttled and for left dead by robbers - has now begun seeing people as either black or white.

According to Susan van der Merwe, Lee used to be an outgoing child who never distinguished between people because of their colour. Howe...
Operation to target dangerous vehicles
180 000 buses and taxis to be checked for roadworthiness

With more vehicles back on the road - now that schools have reopened and people are back at work - an intensive operation targeting all freight and passenger vehicles will soon get under way.

This operation comes soon after the f...
'Massacre 13' plead not guilty 23 times
The "Jeppestown Massacre 13" have defiantly pleaded not guilty to 23 charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery and contravening the Firearms Act.

The trial began this morning at the Johannesburg High Court with state prosecutor Joanie Spies putting the charges to the 13 accused.

The not-gu...
Acsa is accused of using delaying tactics
Equity Aviation's attempt to force the Airports Company SA to continue using its services will be heard in the Johannesburg High Court.

Judge Thami Makhanya postponed the matter yesterday in order for him to take a look at extensive papers filed by Acsa. The case will resume tomorrow.

Tangled Web Of Crime, Intrigue (Part 1)
For more than two years the Scorpions have been scratching in the darkest corners of the barnyard and have finally cast sunlight on the cobwebs - which few prominent politicians, businesspersons and crimelords have escaped.

The case the Scorpions built against Selebi - since the dramatic murder ...
Tangled Web Of Crime, Intrigue (Part 2)
The Back Up: Diane Muller, Martin Flint & Carol Plaatjies

· The trio have been lined up to testify about the money Selebi allegedly received.
· Diane Muller is Agliotti’s ex-fiance and ran an events management company called Maverick Masupatsela in Melrose, Joburg.
· She, together w...
Tangled Web Of Crime, Intrigue (Part 3)
The Sting: Andrew Leask

· The Scorpions head of special national projects and a chief special investigator.
· He was credited with cracking the Kebble murder case, the Mark Thatcher case (Thatcher was arrested in Cape Town in 2004 on charges relating to the “possible funding and logis...
Where is missing Home Affairs cash?
Furious MPs, "sick-and-tired" of the chaotic state of the Department of Home Affairs, want directors-general to be held criminally liable for missing funds.

This was after Home Affairs' annual report revealed perennial qualified audits and what MPs described as chaos.

MPs are considering cal...
Four weeks of hell
Government's harsh plan to pre-empt grid meltdown

Four weeks of massive load shedding lie ahead, followed by four months of power rationing. Eskom and the government hope this will drop national demand by 10%.

The mining industry is already on electricity rationing, and other sectors a...
Little Dumo's alleged killer still free
Somewhere on the streets of Joburg, the alleged arsonist who killed 6-year-old Dumohle Sibanda in her London home is walking "like a free man, with no worries".

So believes Dumohle's mother, Sindi Mhlanga, who keeps returning to Joburg in the hope that she will find George Champion Sithole - the...
Pair accused of breaking the bank
State sets out to prove Saambou was fleeced

In what has been described as the biggest insider-trading case in South Africa's legal history, two former Saambou Bank officials whose conduct allegedly led to the collapse of the bank in 2002 have pleaded not guilty to 13 charges.

The colla...
Eskom tables its plan to mayors
Municipalities agree to help reduce demand

South Africa's major municipalities are preparing strategies that will see them reduce electricity consumption by 10% in an effort to avert a meltdown of the national electricity grid.

The mayors of South Africa's bigger councils and chief exec...
Readers come up with some ideas
Admit there is a problem and no short-term technical solution.

Appeal on radio and TV for people to act immediately to reduce consumption in specific, easy-to-understand, easy-to-do ways. Repeat the message hourly.

Most do not understand "load shedding" or "rolling blackouts", they do no...
Security guard hurt during shootout with robbers
The tranquillity of the Joburg suburb of Linden was torn apart by gunfire as two men exchanged shots with security personnel and police.

The men, posing as meter readers, were spotted in the suburb earlier yesterday. They are believed to have hijacked a Volkswagen Golf 3 before trying to gain en...
Study trip turns sour after heist
What was supposed to be a 10-day visit to South Africa's media houses has become a nightmare for a group of Malawian newspaper executives.

The group of five were held up at gunpoint and robbed on Sunday morning just after their arrival in the country.

The editors and managers of The Nation g...
Informant's tipoff led to serial rape accused's arrest
Moffat View suspect worked as gardener

Richman Gcinumzi Makhwenkwe, the alleged Moffat Park serial rapist and killer, was initially arrested for being an illegal immigrant in South Africa, the Johannesburg High Court has heard.

This was the testimony of Inspector Ferdi Ungerer, who tol...
Legalising prostitution for 2010 'despicable'
Women's organisations have condemned the proposal of an ANC MP to legalise prostitution during the 2010 World Cup.

"It is one of the things that would make it a success because we hear of many rapes, because people don't have access to them (women)," George Lekgetho told parliament's portfolio c...
Jeppe copslaying trial starts in earnest
The much-awaited trial of the Jeppestown massacre gang was due to start in earnest today.

State prosecutor Joanie Spies has finished consulting with the 10 defence counsel for the accused about what evidence they will accept or challenge.

The process - which has delayed the trial by two days...
Eskom tables its plan to mayors
Municipalities agree to help reduce demand

South Africa's major municipalities are preparing strategies that will see them reduce electricity consumption by 10% in an effort to avert a meltdown of the national electricity grid.

The mayors of South Africa's bigger councils and chief exe...
Alleged baby killers' case postponed
The trial of four who allegedly killed a 1-year-old baby strapped to her mother's back during a violent armed robbery in Joburg was postponed until Thursday.

The trial of Phana Muzwenhlahla Makhanya (29), Menzi Hlongwa (22), Sigidi Siphamandla Gasela (23) and Phikani Sibongiseni Ngidi (25) was p...
'Husband-killing plotter' appears
The trial of Mulalo Unity Sivhidzho, who allegedly hired two men to kill her husband, was postponed until July 28 in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Sivhidzho, of Northriding, Randburg, stands accused along with Johannes Arnold Sello (29) her boyfriend and her slain husband's relative and...
Hijackers track victims by GPS
Imagine surviving the trauma of a hijacking, only to come home a few days later to find your house has been broken into and ransacked.

Your initial thoughts may be that it's a coincidence or perhaps a case of seriously bad luck.

But this may not necessarily be the case if you are the owner o...
Wounded dog hero chases four robbers
MAX, a German shepherd/border collie cross, is the hero of his family after he was shot during a robbery and still managed to chase the four armed intruders over the garden wall.

“He should get steak and pudding every night for the rest of his life,” his owner, Netta Henegan, told The Citizen<...
Police see orange: paint ball boys bust for treason
Two Limpopo teenagers who mistakenly assumed the police have a sense of humour have been charged with high treason after they peppered a police station with paintball pellets at the weekend.

The two, aged 17 and 18, have also been charge with attempted murder, malicious damage to property and res...
Jailed 20 years for murdering nurse
There were emotional scenes outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday after a self-confessed drug dealer was sentenced to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment for bludgeoning to death a young nurse four years ago.

Judge Joshua Dolamo sentenced truck driver and self-confessed drug dealer Willie Str...
Jeppe siege trial before court today
ARMED police yesterday secured the courtroom for the Johannesburg High Court appearance of the 13 Jeppe siege accused in which 12 people died, including four policemen.

Besides the 13 accused there were nine Legal Aid representatives, and the public gallery was crowded.

Prosecutor Joanie Spies...
Kills two, then hangs himself
An Eastern Cape man, who was out of town for the weekend, made a gruesome discovery when he returned home on Sunday.

A friend who had been staying over had apparently hanged himself after bashing in the heads of his girlfriend and the homeowner’s wife with a hammer.

Two of the visiting couple’...
Saambou due in court
‘NOT GUILTY: One accused says he was only following orders

Two of the men allegedly involved in the collapse of Saambou Bank yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria High Court to charges of fraud, theft and contravening the Companies Act.

Gerhardus de Clercq, former general manager of Saa...
Briton’s killing probed
Police were yesterday still investigating the murder of British citizen Fred Picton-Turbervill four weeks after the incident.

This was heard in the Pretoria Regional Court during the appearance of Petro Morkel, Rasel Thebe and Thokozane Nhlapo.

The men were on charges of housebreaking with int...
Court told how dog found body
Dog-Handler Inspector Mike Grobbelaar was searching for a missing person in an unrelated matter when his dog discovered the first of the Moffat Park serial killer’s victims.

“I scratched away some of the ground and saw that it was a decomposing body,” he testified in the Johannesburg High Court t...
Coin-murder trio appear
Phana Makhanya and thee co-accused appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday charged with two counts of murder.

The four were also charged with nine counts of attempted murder, and robbery.

It is alleged that while robbing Coin Security employee members, the four fired indiscriminately...
Killing suspect flushed out
There was no place to hide for a suspected killer flushed out of dense bush and arrested a few hours after allegedly murdering a woman.

Hartbeespoort Dam police searched the area around Selosesha Camp, Oberon with the help of a helicopter before nabbing the 36-year-old suspect.

That was two ho...
Azapo disarmament plan
The Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) is challenging government to disarm civil society and restrict guns to police and other law-enforcement officers.

Azapo spokesman Strike Thokoane said they had initiated a campaign that would run country-wide.

“We are also in partnership with the churc...
Transport officials suspended
Seven North West government officials were suspended yesterday on suspicion of involvement in the sale of fake taxi operating licences and other documents.

They are employed by the Department of Transport and Roads.

MEC Phenye Vilakazi said parts of the province were being flooded by illegal o...
Murder trial mental twist
The mental capabilities of two confessed drug abusers who are on trial for the murder of TV actor Kobus Kleynhans have come under the spotlight in their Johannesburg High Court murder trial.

Prosecutor Zaais van Zyl had led all the prosecution evidence when the defence for James Breedt, of Newlan...
Dalton sues cops for R1,2m over his arrest and detention
Former Springbok hooker James Dalton is once again in the news.

This time he is claiming R1,2-million from the minister of safety and security and a constable for wrongful arrest and having had to spend two-and-a-half hours in detention.

The matter was yesterday postponed in the Pretoria Hig...
Pair accused of breaking the bank
State sets out to prove Saambou was fleeced

In what has been described as the biggest insider-trading case in South Africa's legal history, two former Saambou Bank officials - whose conduct allegedly led to the collapse of the bank in 2002 - have pleaded not guilty to 13 charges.

The c...
Logistics company takes Acsa to court over luggage deal
Equity Aviation - one of South Africa's major airport baggage-handling companies - has taken the Airports Company SA to court for terminating its services.

Bedfordview-based Equity Aviation oversees all ramp-handling services for Acsa and employs 3 000 casual and permanent employees.

The com...
Group accused of racketeering freed as state asks for yet another delay
Magistrate feels right to speedy trial infringed

Twenty-one people accused of operating South Africa's biggest international abalone-smuggling ring have walked out of court free men - without any evidence being heard against them.

In a blow to the prosecution of organised crime in the ...
Coin broker to act on threatening e-mail
"I am going to hunt you down like the Israelis hunted down the Palestinian terrorists that killed their athletes in the Munich Olympics."

This was the e-mail threat that SA Coin Corporation CEO Mark Andersen allegedly made to former employee and senior coin broker Christine Jones after she refus...
Widow faces 'massacre 13'
Inspector Leoni van Heerden wept quietly in the back of Court Room 4a of the Johannesburg High Court as alleged members of the Jeppestown massacre gang were today led to the dock.

Van Heerden, whose husband and colleague Frikkie was gunned down during the June 25 2006 shooting, was the only wido...
Ex-premier faces music over bribes
Ramatlhodi unaware of Scorpions' case

Gauteng Scorpions head Gerrie Nel has finally prepared a prosecutable corruption case against former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi, four years after it was announced that the ANC leader would be charged.

The Star has reliably learnt of Scorpion...
Police widow breaks down in court
Survivor of shootout with robbers face to face with alleged killers

Inspector Leonie van Heerden wept quietly in the back of court 4A as alleged members of the Jeppestown massacre gang were led up into the dock in the Johannesburg High Court.

For the first time yesterday, she came face...
'Husband-killing plotter' appears
The trial of Mulalo Unity Sivhidzho, who allegedly hired two men to kill her husband, was postponed until July 28 in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Sivhidzho, of Northriding, Randburg, stands accused along with Johannes Arnold Sello (29) - her boyfriend and her slain husband's relative -...
How mom heard daughter was dead
The last time Virginia Lindiwe Sibiya saw her daughter alive was when she left for school, dressed in her uniform.

But 16-year-old Vanessa never returned home.

She was found raped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave in Moffat Park, in southern Joburg, by an alleged serial killer, Richman...
Car thieves try to cross border without passports
It may be extreme bravery or severe stupidity, but two men have been arrested for trying to tow each other across the Lebombo border in two bakkies and with no passports.

Police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao has revealed that routine checks at the South Africa- Mozambique border over the we...
Tearful child begged robbers
'Please leave my daddy's things alone." This was how a tearful 5-year-old girl begged robbers before they allegedly throttled the child and left her for dead.

Ntombini Mweli, a domestic worker, was testifying against David Papi Matladi (37), who stands accused on charges of attempted murder, rob...
Mom's fake-licence horror
Jailed - but she did everything 'by the book'

A young mother was locked up overnight in a filthy, blood-spattered police cell after she was accused of being in possession of a false driving licence.

Vivienne Midlane, who vigorously denies the allegation of fraud, has described her expe...
Girl (5) throttled and bundled into wardrobe
Domestic worker knew one of the robbers

'Please leave my daddy's things alone." This was what a tearful 5-year-old girl begged robbers before they allegedly throttled the child and left her for dead.

Ntombini Mweli, a domestic worker, was testifying against David Papi Matladi (37), who...
Beuthin's bid to 'set the record straight' shot down
Infamous bouncer Gary Beuthin, whose name once cast fear in the Joburg nightclub fraternity, came to the Randburg Magistrate's Court prepared.

He needed to say something. He wanted to set the record straight. But even before he could do so, his request to address the court was shot down by the n...
Hijackers using stolen GPSs to get more loot
Security firm warns owners not to programme in their addresses

Imagine surviving the trauma of a hijacking, only to come home a few days later to find your house has been broken into and ransacked.

Your initial thoughts may be that it's a coincidence or perhaps a case of seriously bad ...
Kensington woman killed, husband hurt in robbery
A 76-year-old Joburg woman has been killed in a house robbery in which her husband sustained head and facial injuries.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the Kensington woman was declared dead on arrival by paramedics around 4am on Saturday.

It is alleged that the pair were held up b...
Judge ‘has to rescue himself’
MOSENEKE:YCL says it ‘doubts his integrity’

Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke is once again in the firing line.

This time the Young Communist League (YCL) is demanding that he rescues himself from ANC President Jacob Zuma’s appeal on his corruption trial....
Criminals arrested – East Rand Police
Katlehong - 101 criminals were arrested for various crimes over the past two days, East Rand police said yesterday.

Amongst the range of crimes committed were assault, the pointing of a firearm, theft and possession of suspected stolen property and murder said spokesman Captain Mega Ndobe.

He ...
Police catch hijackers
Two men who allegedly hijacked a minibus taxi in Rivonia on Saturday were caught out when they skipped a roadblock yesterday.

“The men told the driver of the taxi that they wanted a lift to Rivonia. They pulled out pistols and hijacked the vehicle,” said Norwood police spokesman Captain Phillip...
Car guard assaulted
A car guard was allegedly assaulted and hit be a car near the entrance to the Northgate Mall in Randburg at the weekend.

According to emergency workers, the 31-year-old guard sustained a sever jaw fracture.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman said witnesses alleged that a group of young men had...
2 Officers wounded in a shoot-out with suspect
Two police officers were injured in a shoot-out with a suspect in Limpopo at the weekend.

Spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo said police were following up a complaint about a man who was threatening to wipe out his family.

When they arrived at his Maungani home, the man had fled to a nearby rive...
Targeting Ramatlhodi
A prominent ANC member and Jacob Zuma backer is about to be stung by the Scorpions.

Former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi is soon to face the music on corruption charges, City Press said yesterday. He is alleged to have received financial kickbacks for awarding tenders to certain indiv...
Casino robbed by gang
Yesterday, the Boardwalk Casino in Port Elizabeth was robbed.

Inspector Hazel Mqala said 10-14 men armed with rifles or pistols arrived at the casino where they overpowered the security guards.

They then headed for the cashier’s office and took an undisclosed amount of money and escaped.

'Why Pikoli must go'
▪ Used security agency for raids ▪ Tried to split Scorpions and NPA ▪ Conduct relating to sensitive report

Justice bosses want suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli permanently axed, and have given the Ginwala Commission 11 reasons why they think he should go.

But Pikoli...
Teacher faces the music in court
For a man accused of indecently assaulting boys, Paul Potgieter (41) put on a brave face at the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on the West Rand yesterday when he appeared for a bail application.

Potgieter, who worked as a school choir coach in Estcourt, KwaZulu Natal, and gave private lessons at...
Powell co-accused off the hook
The charge against the third person arrested this week alongside Scorpions detective Ivor Powell and alleged Americans gang boss Igshaan Davids has been dropped.

Notorious Small, also known as David Bambizo, a former uMkhonto weSizwe cadre, was released from the Cape Town Magistrate's Court late...
Scorpions won't go quietly
Investigators protest acting NPA head Mpshe's 'fait accompli'

The Scorpions won't go quietly into the South African Police Service in July. This week, senior members of the elite unit throughout the country have been checking with lawyers to find out whether the ANC's decision to have them...
Justice for Missionaries
Yesterday in the Pietermaritzubrg High Court three young Port Shepstone men who had gang-raped and robbed two Mormon missionaries in 2006 were each jailed for an effective 44 years.

Agesat the time of the crime the three young men were Siyabonga Nzimande (21), Wonderboy Mthembu (18) and Bonganii ...
Squashing Scorpions does justice a disservice - Pikoli (Part 1)
Suspended National Prosecuting Authority head advocate Vusi Pikoli has warned it would be a "step backwards" in the fight against corruption if the elite crime-fighting Scorpions unit was disbanded and its members merged with the police.

"Definitely, if I get my job back, I would make my views k...
Squashing Scorpions does justice a disservice - Pikoli (Part 2)
An open inquiry could prove an embarrassment for the government. A detailed letter written by Pikoli to Mbeki in May last year, outlining his concerns about Selebi, the allegations and the ongoing investigation against him, will form part of the subject of the inquiry.

But Pikoli - a lawyer and ...
Spotlight on the hidden costs of the power crisis
We're all vulnerable to Eskom, and it's hitting us in all sorts of ways

Like so many of you, I suspect, I'm having a schizophrenic reaction to the realisation that my life will probably be disrupted by electricity blackouts every day for at least the next five years.

One minute I'm thi...
How crisis plan will hit you
Who's sorry now

The government has stepped in to address the electricity crisis with the announcement of a slew of power-saving measures including solar power and "smart" power cuts aimed at saving over 5 000MW of power.

The announcement by Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica ...
Kensington woman killed, husband hurt in robbery
A 76-year-old Joburg woman has been killed in a house robbery in which her husband sustained head and facial injuries. Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said the Kensington woman was declared dead on arrival by paramedics around 4am on Saturday.

It is alleged that the pair were held up by a ...
Sniper shoots ring leader to break siege
It was one fatal mistake - a quick peek around a steel cell door - and it was over.

A single shot ended the nine-hour hostage drama that had thrown the Witbank Magistrate's Court into chaos on Thursday. It happened at 11.30pm when a member of the SAPS Special Task Force got the target he had bee...
How police stormed a cell under siege
It was one fatal mistake a quick peek around a steel cell door and it was over.

A single shot ended the nine-hour hostage drama that had thrown the Witbank Magistrate's Court into chaos yesterday. It happened at 11.30pm last night when a member of the SAPS Special Task Force got the target he ha...
Powell’s laptop, cellphone seized
HELD: Details of probes against SAPS brass

Witness statements, intelligence reports and detailed information of the investigations into suspended National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and other top policemen are in the hands of Western Cape police after they arrested top Scorpions’ investiga...
Train hits killer of parents
ROW: then Son flees

A nineteen-year-old died under a train yesterday after apparently stabbing to death both his parents and wounding a friend.

Schalk Erasmus’s body was found on the tracks 20km from home in the small North West town of Leeudoringstad.

Renee Jonker, 26, survived the blood...
Cup security boss in court
The 2010 Soccer World Cup security chief, Linda Mti, has made an unscheduled appearance in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg.

Mti was due to go on trial on charges of drinking and driving on Monday, January 28.

This date was set in December, when he was unable to appear for trial...
Speeding controlled the old way
JOHANNESBURG Metro police officers said they would continue trapping people in Joburg the old-fashioned way yesterday.

This involved using a laser gun, not a camera and manually pulling people over and issuing tickets.

This comes as traffic authorities across the Witwatersrand region scramble ...
Coffin case breakthrough
INVESTIGATIONS are complete and an arrest is expected today in the case of a coffin found at Kaalfontein, Kempton Park, earlier this week.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police found the coffin in the veld. It had the deceased’s name, date of death and burial date on it.

“We were able to locate the busines...
Man slit his wife’s throat
KILLER: Convicted 7 years later

SEVEN years after his young pregnant wife was found with her throat slit from ear to ear, Pretoria panel beater Pieter Viljoen was yesterday finally convicted in the Pretoria High Court of the gruesome murder.

Acting Judge Mahomed Ismail and two assessors unanim...
Bail for Beuthin friend
APPEAL: Magistrate was wrong, rules judge

GARY Beuthin’s fiancée, Melanie van Niekerk, won her bail appeal in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Previously a Randburg magistrate had refused her bail in connection with an attack on former Hell Angels president Edwin Jacobs.

Jacobs allege...
Police kill hijacker
A Hijacker was killed in a shootout with police in Durban earlier this week.

Krishanlall Kisson, 60, had dropped off his grandchild at school on Wednesday morning when he was approached by two men, one armed.

“They hijacked his Toyota Conquest and took him with them,” said Inspector Michael Re...
Man killed for phone
A 30-year-old Durban man was killed for his cellphone and a female police officer attempting to arrest his attackers was wounded in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

Captain Thembeka Luthuli said the incident occurred in Pickering Street in the Point area.

“The man was walking in the street when he was...
Woman killed in truck hijacking
A 25-year-old woman was shot dead and her boyfriend wounded in a hijacking in Durban early yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal Inspector Michael Read said the incident took place on Maydon Wharf Road at 3am. The couple were sitting in a horse trailer when four armed men confronted them.

“The suspects sh...
Battle for justice our No 1 problem
No individual or institution should be allowed to abuse the country's legal system for their own benefit

Forget Eskom's load shedding, which has catapulted us back into the Dark Ages. It's a major inconvenience that will slow down our economic growth and change life as we know it. But I do...
Ruling party projecting collective leadership
Cautious of the impact of Jacob Zuma's criminal accusations on its election performance next year, the new ANC leadership's strategy is to deploy all of its top leaders to face the nation.

Already this week, ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe is addressing a rally in Mpumalanga tomorrow, par...
Two to appear after Powell arrest
A fugitive who has been on the run for nine years and an alleged gang leader - both of whom were in the car with a Scorpions investigator arrested for drunk driving - were due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court today on separate charges.

And three days after Scorpions member and forme...
Metro police accused of delaying family on transplant rush
Father gives notice to cops but still gets a fine

The possibility of a new lease of 20-year-old June Maharaj's life was marred after her family were stopped by Joburg metro police officers as they were making their way to hospital.

June was called out to the Wits University Donald Gord...
This is the 'killer kid'
Murder accused Johan Kleynhans Nel arrived at court this morning in handcuffs and leg irons, guarded by police who had come prepared for a riot.

There to greet him was an angry crowd … so angry that they would later hold his car hostage.

After Nel's brief appearance in the Swartruggens Magis...
Police guesthouse killing
SECOND BODY: Woman officer had been ‘stoned to death’

Two police officers were killed in two separate incidents around the country yesterday.

A 50-year-old police captain from Upington attending a course in Pretoria was shot dead in a guesthouse in the early hours of yesterday.

The captain...
Mystery coffin: Cremator found
EKURHULENI Metro Police yesterday located the undertaker who cremated the woman whose coffin was found dumped in the veld in Kaalfontein, Kempton Park earlier this week.

“Yesterday we were able to locate where the business premises of the undertaker were, and we were shocked at what we found.

Animal ‘traders’ held
A SYNDICATE is believed to be behind the shocking incidence of street hawkers threatening to abuse cats and dogs if motorists did not buy them, the SPCA said yesterday.

Metro police officials have arrested a number of hawkers for selling puppies and kittens along William Nicol Drive in Sandton.
Train fires a mystery
GAUTENG’S top public transport official believes last week’s train-torching incident in Pretoria had nothing to do with power failures.

Mbongeni Radebe said the burning of six trains at four stations in the north of the Tshwane Metro could not be explained away by peoples’ frustration over gettin...
Armed man arrested
Officers attached to the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Tracing Unit yesterday arrested a man allegedly found in possession of unlicensed firearms in Thokozo.

Inspector Jimmy Maboko said the suspect was arrested around the Phola area at about 9.30am when police responded to a tip-off.

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Hijacked truck found
SWIFT action by metro police officers led to them recovering a cargo truck minutes after it was hijacked in Alberton, Ekurhuleni.

Police officers from the North East Rand Dog Unit were alerted to be on the lookout for the truck while they were busy with a routine patrol.

Police spokesman Super...
Acquitted man sues
An attorney representing an Angolan businessman acquitted last year after serving seven years awaiting trial yesterday served the National Commissioner’s office with a letter of demand.

Serge Christiano’s attorney, Nicholas Ngwenya told The Citizen they are suing the police for R4 million ...
Pirated copies crushed
The South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact) has destroyed about 82 000 pirated copies of films, television series and console PC games at a facility in Kyasands.

The street value of these discs is estimated at over R4 million and represents a potential loss of R12m in sales to l...
Tsotsi piracy rap off
The Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court has withdrawn charges of making numerous pirate copies of South Africa’s award winning move, Tsotsi, against a film laboratory employee.

Auckland Park resident Glynnis Lincoln, 31, was out on bail of R30 000 on charges of copyright fraud and forgery...
Fraud trial deferred
The headless corpse insurance fraud trial of an Edenvale resident has been crowded out of the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court and postponed to March 6, 2008.

Killed in a train accident, the accused allegedly identified the headless corpse by the feet and toes as the body of her husband.

Arrests in taxi 'hit’
Western Cape: Two taxi owners and another seven men were arrested for the murder of taxi owner Thando C Makanda at Browns farm.

They had fled themurder scene in a white Polo, police said yesterday.

Bail ‘may lead to more violent acts’
The chief investigating officer in the Boeremag treason trial was convinced that on of the accused, Kobus Pretorius, would flee and “commit further acts of violence” if he was freed on bail.

Superintendent Tollie Vreugdenburg said the State had a strong prima facie case against Pretorius and his ...
Hunt for grandpa after pupil 'sells' fake R100 notes
The police are searching for a man who apparently has a large number of fake R100 notes in his possession.

Yesterday, a pupil from Boepathutsi Secondary School, in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, was found with a large number of fake notes on him at the school.

The Grade 9 pupil claims he too...
Not all whites are racist, families of deceased told
DA politician visits Skielik settlement

The family and relatives of those slain in the informal settlement of Skielik insist they harbour no hatred towards white people and instead blame the killer alone.

Yesterday, Sandra Botha, the Democratic Alliance's parliamentary leader, visited ...
Unit's merging with police will be painless, says NPA head
Acting National Prosecuting Authority boss Mokotedi Mpshe has committed himself to ensuring that the Scorpions are disbanded by June.

But, in an e-mail sent by Mpshe to prosecutors yesterday, the NPA head did not provide any details of whether and how Scorpions staff would be incorporated into t...
Risk management firm calls for retention of Scorpions
The Scorpions have found an unlikely ally in the corporate world, with risk-management experts calling for the retention of the top crime-busting unit.

The retention of the beleaguered investigative unit forms part of a list of policies mooted by a major South African chartered accounting firm s...
Motorists urged to check on legality of speeding fines
Every speed camera in Joburg has been deactivated and any motorist snapped speeding after January 21 should go to court to check the validity of their fine.

This comes as traffic authorities across the Witwatersrand region scramble to file applications and gain permission to legally operate thei...
'Good imam lured women'
Joburg man held in marriage scam

A Joburg imam a Muslim priest allegedly ran a lucrative illegal marriage scam for months from an office at his mosque in Joburg.

Together with two "runners", Imam Mohammed Rashaad Ramdin reportedly would lure unemployed single young women to the Mayfair...
Sentencing of 'friendly rapist' postponed
Tshilidzi* considered Andries Mudzanani a friend. But he turned into a rapist and a thief.

Mudzanani broke into the shack where she and her sister Alu* were sleeping and raped them at gunpoint. At the time of the incident, the siblings were aged 22 and 19.

Tshilidzi's sister, who was studyin...
Mall closed after suspicious activity at bank
A Soweto shopping centre was evacuated after suspicions that a bank could have been broken into, and that the perpetrators were hiding inside.

Curious onlookers and store workers watched from a distance as police officers went in and out of the Dobsonville shopping centre yesterday morning in se...
Scorpion's link with 'gang boss' still a puzzle
Investigator admits he had a drink before driving car

A Scorpions investigator arrested in his duty vehicle with alleged Americans gang boss Igshaan Davids has admitted to his attorney he did have "a drink" before getting in the car.

But it is yet to surface why Ivor Powell - who was a...
Rival KES and Athlone pupils bury the hatchet
It was a scene nobody would have imagined a few months ago - Athlone and King Edward VII schoolboys sitting together vowing "never again".

The two schools were involved in a bitter rivalry in September last year when a KES pupil, Mfundo Ntshangase, was stabbed to death by a group of boys from At...
The time has never been more apt for South Africans to diversify their energy sources and consider alternative means of powering their homes.
The time has never been more apt for South Africans to diversify their energy sources and consider alternative means of powering their homes.

According to Eskom the country's power woes look set to continue well beyond 2012, allowing more than enough time for the expensive initial outlay to pay ...
For the record
In its final edition yesterday, The Star reported that Gauteng Scorpions' boss Gerrie Nel had arrived at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court to ask for a postponement of the Brett Kebble murder case.

In fact Nel had been held up in traffic and the case against Glenn Agliotti was handled by anoth...
Domestic worker's trial postponed
Final trial proceedings against a domestic worker who allegedly hired people to kill the new woman in her widowed employer's life has been postponed in the Johannesburg High Court.

Domestic worker Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema (52) stands accused, along with alleged assassins Bheki Mahlangu and Lybon Mak...
Skills exodus ‘picking up’
South Africa faces an exodus of skilled workers the like of which has not been seen since the mid-90s.

Uncertainty about future policy direction under ANC president Jacob Zuma, concerns about a rift in the ruling party, a lack of confidence in the police added to Eskom’s inability to keep the cou...
No plea deal for Agliotti
SELEBI:Top cop’s case is causing delays for friend

The Selebi matter has delayed a High Court trial date for his friend Glenn Agliotti, charged in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Keble.

But a deal in the murder trial in return for testimony against police commi...
Nurse’s killer to be sentenced
A self-confessed drug dealer who bludgeoned to death a young nurse after she gave him a lift home will be sentenced in the Pretoria High Court next week.

Counsel for Willie Strauss, a truck driver and self-confessed drug dealer, argued yesterday there were mitigating circumstances, and that Strau...
Murder suspect in court
Allan van Rooyen, accused of killing a man outside Teazers strip club in Villeria three months ago, will know at the end of this month whether his murder case will be transferred to the regional court.

The Pretoria Magistrate heard yesterday the investigation into the October incident had been co...
Three baptism bodies found
Police divers have recovered the bodies of a church minister, his assistant and a woman who all drowned on Sunday during a baptism ceremony near Taung in North West.

The bodies of Aleseng Ezekiel Moshotlwa, Johannes Letlogonolo Monnamorwa and Letlhogonolo Joyce Molehane were recovered in the Kgom...
YCL: They are deplorable
The Young Communist League (YCL) has ripped into politician Bantu Holomisa and law expert Shadrack Gutto for their views on the Scorpions’ Imminent dissolution.
“The attacks by these two deplorable individuals on the ANC resolutions taken by delegates specifically as it relates to the absorption of...
Mass funeral for 4 slain victims
SWARTRUGGENS is bracing for the court appearance of alleged racist shooter Johan Nel and the funeral of his four victims at the end of the week.

It is expected that Nel’s lawyer, Frikkie Pretorius will ask the court to refer him for psychiatric observation.

Nel, 18, is scheduled to make his se...
Coffin in veld shocks metro cops
Patrolling Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers were left in shock when they discovered a coffin lying in the veld in Kaalfontein, Kempton Park earlier this week.

Metro police spokesman Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said officers were busy with their patrol when they came across the coffin in the veld next ...
Twice-cut youth sues
JUSTICE Alliance SA (Jasa) yesterday filed a civil case in the Bisho High Court on behalf of an Eastern Cape teenager who was forcibly circumcised for the second time.

Jasa said Bonani Yamani, 19, was subjected to violent traditional circumcision on March 3 last year.

Yamani, who is about to b...
New audit tracks massive drop in public confidence
'SA democracy threatened if trend continues'

An alarming slump in public confidence in the country's leaders and representative institutions is a crisis striking at the root of South Africa's democracy.

An annual audit by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has found tha...
Another top Scorpion held
Sleuth nabbed with gang boss for drunk driving

Another Scorpions heavy- weight has found himself behind bars, after being arrested for drunk driving with one of Cape Town's most notorious gangsters.

Barely a week after corruption charges against Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel were w...
Clock ticks for Agliotti's murder trial
Scorpions want exiled Stratton in the dock at the same timee2

Brett Kebble's violent death caused a war between police and prosecutors forcing National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli out of their jobs.

Now, more than two years after the mining magnat...
Joburg set to roll out solar street lights soon
Joburg streets are going solar in a new initiative to elevate the city's road chaos during power cuts.

Thousands of street lights fitted with solar panelling are set to roll out across the country in the next couple of weeks.

They might even be here by February it all depends on how quickly ...
Power outages top cabinet lekgotla agenda
The government has finally admitted that the country was facing an electricity crisis following disruptive power cuts over the past weeks.

Yesterday, the cabinet summoned Eskom bosses and deliberated on the matter for the first time since the country was plunged into intermittent darkness.

Experts slam school safety
Pupil deaths could have been avoided with proper training

South African schools have been condemned as death traps after 31 children died last year. Many other children may have died later in hospitals from injuries sustained at school or in school-related activities.

Dirk Senekal, a m...
Cosatu hits at state over negligence on Eskom power advice
Cosatu has joined the power outages' outrage, accusing the government of gross negligence for spurning Eskom's advice to expand its capacity to produce electricity about a decade ago.

"Cosatu is outraged … We regard it as gross negligence, which was brought about by (government's economic strate...
Building hijack witness killed days before trial
A woman due to testify against two policemen accused of hijacking buildings has been murdered.

Police believe the killing, which happened last week Thursday, was an attempt to scare other witnesses from testifying against them.

Lindiwe Mthembu was to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Cou...
Witness killed days before building-hijack case
A woman due to testify against two policemen accused of building-hijacking has been murdered.

Police believe the killing, which took place on Thursday, was an attempt to scare other witnesses from testifying against them.

Lindiwe Mthembu was to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yes...
Authorities to take action over bread price increase
State to step up monitoring to prevent manipulation

The SA Bureau of Standards has vowed to take stern action against retailers found to be violating the legal requirement for producing bread.

Regulatory executive director Moses Moeletsi said yesterday the SABS had been inundated with ...
Now freed Nel faces Agliotti from the other side of the dock
A week ago, Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel stood in the dock of the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, with his hands behind his back … and heard that the police's bid to charge him with corruption had failed.

Today the investigator who led the graft probe into National Police Commissioner Jackie Se...
Suspects are ‘flight risks’
Employees of an authentic rural Zulu village at the Neia Safari Ranch listened in disbelief, and protested at the bail proceedings for the five accused of murdering their employer Franz Richter, 80, of Muldersdrift.

The Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court hearing was last week postponed because of a p...
Odendaal murder: trio face ID parade
A murder case against three men who allegedly tortured and raped a woman before killing her in Lynwood Manor, east of Pretoria three months ago was postponed for an identity parade.

The men, aged 23, and 45, who cannot be named as they have not yet pleaded to a sex-related charge, appeared in the...
‘Scam syndicate’ due to stand trial
Two alleged syndicate members who the prosecution will seek to prove facilitated the unlawful entry of 185 people from India into the United Kingdom via South Africa have been ordered to stand trial in the Johannesburg High Court.

The scam, which cost between R5 000 and R10 000 per person was car...
Eskom sparks migrant exodus
ESKOM appears to be the leading cause of South Africans of all race groups wishing to emigrate.

Shortly after the Polokwane conference that elected Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC, The Citizen phoned many emigration consultants who said they had not experienced any major increase in que...
Mama Jackie case delayed
The sentencing of disgraced Soweto “angel” and Itumeleng Trust principal Jackie Maarohanye, also known as Mama Jackie, was yesterday postponed to February 13 for a pre-sentence report.

Maarohanye and two associates appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court, Soweto where they were to be sentenced ...
Metro police rely on public
Metro police in Pretoria are relying on the public to let them know of intersections where load shedding is causing gridlock.

“We just don’t have sufficient personnel to deploy on point duty at all the major intersections under our jurisdiction,” spokesman Alta Fourie said.

With this in mind a...
Durban man shot
Durban - A hijacking victim had been shot in his shoulder and stomach during a hijacking in the suburbs of Umlazi yesterday morning, police reported.

Police said he had been taken to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in a critical condition.

The car has not yet been found.

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Arrested for rape
Two hostel dwellers were arrested at the weekend in connection with a rape charge in Umlazi, KwaZulu –Natal.

Police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu said a woman reported she had been raped by two men on Friday.

They were allegedly found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and nine rounds of...
Parties preparing lists for amnesty applications
PAC and Azapo still have to verify how many members are in prison for political crimes

Although the deadline for presidential pardons is three months away, political parties say they expect the interim period to be laborious as they verify their respective lists of political prisoners.

Bok coach would have liked to meet assaulted family
The police are investigating the alleged assault of a Paarl man and his 14-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, at Boland Rugby Club in Wellington.

George Mike, from Newton, his daughter Angelique and his 10-year-old son Keenan reportedly wanted to meet the new Springbok coach Peter de Vill...
Murder accused stood to inherit R1m
Woman 'wanted to own conservationist's ranch'

A 35-year-old woman accused with four men of the murder and robbery of Franz Richter was his common-law wife and was to inherit R1-million from the conservationist's estate.

This emerged in affidavits read during the bail application of fiv...
Three held after body of missing tourist found
Police have confirmed that a 71-year-old Danish tourist who went missing more than a week ago is dead.

Preben Povlsen, described in the Danish press as being a retired millionaire, left his Gordons Bay, Western Cape, holiday home last Monday to play golf. His wife reported him missing only on Tue...
Prof in court on abuse charges
A West Rand music professor had to run between two courtrooms as he faced several allegations of abusing boys in separate incidents.

Yesterday, Paul Potgieter first appeared in regional court 2 at the Randfontein Magistrate's Court, where he made his first appearance on charges of assault and on...
Criminals use ADT uniforms in robberies
Residents urged to be vigilant amid attacks by bogus guards

Their slogan reads: "Always there", but doubt has begun to creep into the minds of Sunninghill residents concerning one of South Africa's well known armed response security company's - ADT.

The speculation comes in light of th...
Scorpions set to be disbanded by June – if ANC gets its way
The Scorpions will have ceased to exist by as early as June this year – if the ANC has its way.

ANC deputy secretary-general Gwede Mantashe dropped this bombshell at the conclusion of two days of high-level discussions between the party’s national executive committee and the Cabinet.

Mantashe ...
Independent Complaints Directorate to probe arrest
The Gerrie Nel case will be investigated by the Independent Complaint Directorate, the DA said yesterday.

Last week the DA officially asked the police oversight organisation to investigate the arrest of the top Gauteng Scorpions investigator, the day after his case was struck from the roll in the...
Spate of shootings in Jhb
There were several shooting incidents across Johannesburg this weekend.

An elderly women was fatally shot in Sandown, while an adult male was killed by robbers in Parkmore.

On the West Rand, two men were in a serious condition after opening fire on each other in a Lewisham bar.

In Parkden...
Commuters burn six trains
Angry Metrorail commuters set fire to six trains in Pretoria this weekend as frustrations over delays due to power cuts reached boiling point.

SA Rail Commuter Corporation chief executive Lucky Montana has since announced that trains along the Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa lines have been suspended.

Sister’s grief over New Year ‘police assault’
NONCEDO Luhani from Pinetown, south of Johannesburg, has expressed concern and disappointment at the actions of Ennerdale police station officers.

Speaking to The Citizen, Luhani said her brother Mthembisi had been in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital since New Year’s Day after being ass...
Three up on hijacking charges
Midrand police have arrested three men on hijacking charges on Friday.

Police Captain Mega Ndobe reported that police followed a dark-grey BMW X5 from Sandton and stopped it in Midrand.

Police found three 9mm pistols, 11 cellphones and jewellery in the car and on investigating found that the c...
Scorpions to lose sting by June, ANC lekgotla rules
The government will abide by instructions from the ANC to disband the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions) by June.

This follows a clear directive issued by the party's national executive committee (NEC) during a weekend lekgotla in Midrand.

The meeting was attended by cabinet m...
Big hitters say they won't be munching
In an apparent political scam, a Cape-Town company is raising hundreds of thousands of rands by claiming to host a gala dinner for ANC president Jacob Zuma and the country's deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both Mlambo-Ngcuka and Zuma have distanced themselves from the company.

However, ...
Agliotti witness is finally released
Robert Lee Lottman, a star witness in the multimillion- rand case against Glenn Agliotti, was finally released from the Voorberg Prison in Porterville yesterday.

In addition, Lottman, an American citizen, was granted a ministerial exemption from Home Affairs allowing him to stay in the country u...
R5000 fine and a file of angry soldiers for Lekota
Irate soldiers called for Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota to be locked up yesterday outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court where the former ANC national chairperson pleaded guilty to speeding.

Members of the SA National Defence Union hounded Lekota with posters such as "Terrible Lekota, a d...
Paying for sex could land you behind bars
Sexual Offences Act allows for the clients to face the full force of the law

A sex worker's breakfast is around 6pm - but it's not bacon and eggs or a bowl of high-fibre bran before hitting the dimly lit streets of the capital's red-light district. Instead she'll shoot up on heroin or smok...
'Shame on you, Selebi. Shame'
After exposing a criminal syndicate operating at ORTambo, whistleblower vows to fight corruption

Paul O'Sullivan has vowed to continue his crusade against corruption in the highest corridors of power in South Africa.

Speaking this week to the Saturday Star, the man who spent almost sev...
Selebi's stand-in 'cut off at the knees'
Jackie Selebi is in charge. He may be on extended leave as the National Prosecuting Authority negotiates that he face corruption charges on February 1. But the national police commissioner - who is not suspended - remains the boss. Security experts and others who know Tim Williams - Selebi's deputy ...
Teacher bust fiddling again
A West Rand paedophile music teacher has been locked up after being caught once again with a boy this week.

Off-duty police officers spotted the notorious paedophile sitting with a 17-year-old boy and another 21-year-old man at a popular pub on the West Rand. It is believed the music teacher was...
Taxi owner killed in hail of bullets
He knew he was going to die, says grieving widow

The ongoing taxi violence in Joburg has claimed the life of a taxi boss.

Christopher Mphostoli Tswayi was ambushed outside his house in Malvern just after 10pm on Saturday.

Tswayi, a member of the Faraday Taxi Association (FTA), arri...
Two slain in secure Sandton complexes
Boom gates, high walls and security guards couldn't prevent the cold-blooded shootings of two people in places they considered safe.

A Sandown woman was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon inside her secure complex.

This was after one of the three assailants allegedly held a security guard...
Woman says cops laughed when she reported assault
A 25-year-old woman, who alleges she was beaten up by her boyfriend, has laid a complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate, saying she was ridiculed by police officers when she tried to report the incident.

On December 13, just three days after the end of the 16 Days of Activism for N...
Scam freed many criminals for R50 000: police
An audit is to be carried out at the Johannesburg High Court, Magistrate’s Court and prison, to try and find out how many hardened criminals have been released in a scam involving corrupt Justice Department employees.

“There is going to be an extra burden placed on the police to get them back to ...
Selebi’s lawyers and NPA agree on February 1 court date
Former Interpol head and National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will appear in court on February 1, despite his legal team having requested an earlier appearance.

The top cop, who is on voluntary extended leave, was initially supposed to appear in Randburg Regional Court on January 30, but as...
SMS plea before suicide
APPEAL: Police urged to use counselling services

The police have urged officers to use police counselling services, after another apparent suicide.

Mzwandile Shabangu, 27, a constable from Ekulindeni village near Badplaas in Mpumalanga, was found hanging from a tree on Tuesday, reports ...
Alleged family killer in custody
A man who allegedly killed his wife and daughter in a jealous rage in Mabophane on Tuesday was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Petros Phoshoko was in court on double charges of murdering his wife Lindiwe and daughter.

He was remanded in cust...
Skielik shooting claims a fourth victim
Three days ago, the Moiphitlhi family, of Skielik in North West, was preparing to bury their three-month-old baby, Keditlotse.

Now the family is preparing to bury the child's mother too.

Keditlotse's mom, Annah, died in hospital yesterday, on the same day that their alleged killer, Johan Nel,...
ANC shows confidence in Moseneke
The ANC has accepted that Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke's controversial comments were innocuous and that "no ill was intended".

A major collision between the judiciary and the new ANC leadership was averted at a meeting this week between Justice Moseneke, Chief Justice Pius Langa and ANC...
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