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Killer should rot in jail, says widow
She claims the entire trial was flawed. Kashiefa Ajam reports

'There is no justice for black people at the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court," said Cynthia Mahlati, adding that the man who stabbed her husband Patrick to death should rot in jail.

But Johannes du Toit was sentenced last wed...
Nationwide's chief breaks his silence
Vernon Bricknell, the chief executive of Nationwide, has broken his silence - and denied he secretly flew his assets out of the country ahead of his airline's collapse.

Speaking for the first time since April 29, Bricknell said the decision to put Nationwide into liquidation had been "the hardes...
Watchdog remains toothless
Three years after its executive director quit, police watchdog the Independent Complaints Directorate is still waiting for a permanent boss. But there are hopes that one will be appointed in the next few months.

Since advocate Karen McKenzie resigned as ICD executive director in 2005, the Minist...
Opposition parties back bid to save Scorpions
FOUR opposition parties have banded together in a bid to halt the disbanding of the Scorpions by the country’s ruling ANC.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), Independent Democrats (ID), United Democratic Movement (UDM) and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) have filed a joint submission in the ...
I’m not bitter, says student raped by 3
RENE Burger, sister of springbok rugby player Schalk Burger, has decided to confirm to the public that she was the woman kidnapped and raped last week.

“She is amazingly brave and courageous,” Elna Boesak, appointed to speak on behalf of the family, told Sapa.

A statement released by the famil...
Police to pay damages in farm killing
MINISTER: Admits negligence over murderer's escape with gun

Safety and security Minister Charles Nqakula has admitted liability for damages suffered by a Witbank woman and her daughter after the woman’s husband was shot dead by an escaped prisoner with the service pistol he had stolen from...
Police still after ‘Hammer Gang’
JOHANNESBURG police yesterday continued with their hunt for three suspects from the so-called “Hammer Gang” who escaped from the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court earlier this month.

The men, who made a bad name for themselves by robbing banks using sledgehammers to shatter the tellers’ windows, we...
Attacks: Not us, says IFP
THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has vehemently refuted claims it was behind a violent campaign to drive foreigners out of Alexandra township.

“We would like to reject, in the strongest possible manner, the notion that it is the IFP that has caused the violence in Alexandra,” the party’s parliamen...
Struggle vets want peace
THE ANC military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe Veterans have called on Alexandra residents to stop plunging the township into “anarchy” through attacks on foreigners.

“We highly condemn the recent occurrences of xenophobia,” said MK Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) chairman Kebby Maphatsoe.

“We...
Illegals invited to stay
JOHANNESBURG - Illegal immigrants living in Alexandra police station would not be deported to their home countries, said Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula yesterday.

She was addressing the media at the police station after a meeting between stakeholders.

The meeting was held to see...
Ex-Fidentia boss in cell after being beaten up
JOHANNEBURG - Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown is languishing in a Cape Town cell, after being beaten black and blue on his way to court on Monday.

According to a report in The Times, Brown suffered a broken tooth and cuts and scratches to his face from being assaulted by fellow detainees.

...
SA war veterans slam xenophobia
JOHANNESBURG - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) has called upon war veterans in Zimbabwe to stop terrorising their own people.

MKMVA national chairman Kebby Maphatsoe yesterday told The Citizen “We condemn the situation where war veterans are torturing their own commun...
Holomisa slams Mbeki
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki and his cronies “don’t give a damn” about the running of this country, with his Cabinet showing a similar disinterest, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said this week.

Holomisa drew these inferences from the tabling of the General Laws Am...
Zuma slams xenophobic riots
JOHANNESBURG - ANC president Jacob Zuma has expressed “outrage” at the xenophobic violence in Johannesburg townships.

“Xenophobia has no place in a democratic, free country like ours,” said Zuma, who was delivering a keynote speech at the University of Zululand’s graduation ceremony yesterday.

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NIA role in lack of Scorpions'security checks
While Judge Sisi Khampepe has blamed National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli for failing to ensure that the Scorpions' special investigators are vetted in terms of the law, the National Intelligence Agency may also have to shoulder part of the blame.

This emerged yesterday during a meeti...
Zuma, Thint in bid to have charges declared unlawful
Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thint will use the next few months to try to quash the fraud, corruption and racketeering charges against them.

On August 4 - the date the trial was scheduled to start - Zuma's legal team will apply to have the decision by the prosecuting authority to charge hi...
More cops to be deployed in townships
Police could be deployed in all townships to protect foreign nationals, and a special government task team will investigate the recent attacks against immigrants.

Immigrants have been under attacks sparked by xenophobic clashes, with Alexandra township being the latest hotspot.

The task team...
SABC will fight Mpofu in court
CEO slates suspension as part of 'agenda to get rid' of him

The SABC is opposing Dali Mpofu's challenge to his suspension.

"We are serving our papers now," said advocate Tim Bruinders, SC, appearing for respondents the SABC, its board chairperson Khanyi Mkonza and acting Group CEO Gab ...
Diepsloot mob vents its rage on media and police
Pakistani and Indian businesses targeted as xenophobia spreads

Clutching their cameras, photographers dash for cover with an enraged mob hot on their heels.

A thudding sound reverberates as the crowd pelt vehicles belonging to the media and a local business owner desperately fleeing th...
Jingxela's bid to be released denied
South Africa's worst serial rapist, Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, has made a futile attempt to be set free from one of the country's top maximum-security prisons.

Jingxela (39) returned to the Johannesburg High Court yesterday to appeal against his conviction on 66 counts of rape, which he carried ou...
Zimbabwean helpless as his RDP house is stolen
One minute a Zimbabwean illegal immigrant was a proud owner of an RDP house. Then an anti-illegal-immigrant mob moved in and chased him out.

The house now belongs to a South African man. He has already put on a new lock to indicate that the house is his.

The drama unfolded on Wednesday night...
Mayor gets flack over tender
The mayor of Ekurhuleni and his city manager are under fire over claims of manipulating a bulletproof vest tender worth about R1,4-million awarded to the mayor's daughter and another family member.

They have also been accused of "huge fraud and corruption" within the metro.

Izak Berg, an ind...
Mob violence spreads to Diepsloot
Suburb resembles war zone as police battle to contain attacks on foreigners

Pakistani, Indian and Chinese nationals have joined foreigners from Africa as targets of attacks on immigrants as the xenophobic violence spread to Diepsloot, north of Joburg.

Yesterday, people were attacked, b...
Running the crocodile gauntlet
THOUSANDS of Zimbabweans, desperate to flee President Robert Mugabe, are putting their lives at risk by crossing the crocodile-infested Limpopo River to South Africa.

A team from The Citizen spent two nights along the banks of the Limpopo, and saw men and women with children on their backs...
Unit to absorb Scorpions slammed
THE new unit into which the Scorpions is to be incorporated gives the police sweeping powers reminiscent of the apartheid regime era, according to the Democratic Alliance.

“The proposed Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) will precipitate excessive centralization of power in the S...
McBride: I’m being framed
COPS: They are out to ‘bring me down’ he says

EKURHULENI Metro Police chief Robert McBride has accused the police’s Organised Crime Unit of fabricating evidence and intimidating witnesses in their mission to “bring him down”.

McBride has filed an application in the Pretoria High Court to set ...
No safety guarantee for those returning to Zim
SAFETY is still not guaranteed to Zimbabwean opposition leaders as they return to their country to participate in run-off elections.

The secretary-general of the movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Tendai Biti, yesterday said MDC officials – including leader Morgan Tsvangirai – were to return t...
Zim farm labour ‘exploited’
AS the political turmoil deteriorates in Zimbabwe, stories of exploitation of Zimbabweans being used for cheap labour in South Africa are growing.

The Labour Department has now embarked on a series of raids in the Limpopo area to root out the practice.

The department’s spokesman Zolisa Sigabi ...
Zim gang targets border crossers
ZIMBABWEANS running away from the political violence that has torn their country apart are now having to protect themselves from a new criminal element that has claimed several people’s lives and left many injured.

A group of criminals armed with spears and pangas, known as the Gumba-Gumba gang, ...
Mabandla disappoints
KHULULAMI Support Group, a national membership-based organization of victims and survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations, says it’s disappointed with Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Bridgitte Mabandla.

This after the Minister said she intended to appose lawsuits flowi...
Murdered outside his own home
DURBAN – Murdered for a cell phone and R100

Robbers attacked and shot a 53-year-old Durban man outside his own home.

He was shot several times, a number of 9mm cartridges were found on the scene.

The victims cellphone and R100 had been stolen.

A case of murder has been opened.
...
Jogging cops strike
THREE suspected thieves were arrested after a car chase in Pretoria West yesterday.

Police students were jogging in Mitchell Street when they heard a scream.

They found a woman crying and a man jumping into a car.

A sergeant who was escorting the runners gave chase and arrested three men....
Robbers grab cash
SCORES of business people were robbed inside the Central City FNB IN Mabopane, north of Pretoria on Tuesday, police said yesterday.

Inspector Matthews Nkoadi said four men stormed into the bank just after 3pm, held business people at gunpoint and seized cash and cellphones.

By Citizen reporter...
Eskom lumbers to rescue
VICTIM: Power-theft man finally gets investigation
ESKOM is probing the theft of electricity in Lenasia after desperate resident Moosa Desai told The Citizen of his plight.

Desai caught a man red-handed stealing electricity from the box outside his home.

He tried several ways...
Grandmother murder – 6 arrested
DURBAN – Six men, who are believed to have chopped up a Durban grandmother were arrested, Durban police said yesterday.

Suspects are aged between 18 and 27 were arrested on Tuesday afternoon and will appear in court.

One of the alleged suspects was the victim’s grandson.

The grandmother had...
Chop shop found opposite Jeppe police station
A scrapyard situated opposite the Jeppe police station was running as a chop shop.

This was according to spokesman Inspector Richard Munyai said police received a tip-off about the men on Tuesday.

The owner of the scrapyard had hired out the premises to a man whose was a panel beater, only h...
Military health gets boost
ERGONOMICS, chemical defence and detection and injury criteria are only some of the myriad research projects under way at the behest of SA military Health Services, in an effort to improve the overall welfare and well-being of the country’s airmen, sailors and soldiers.

“We have commissioned worl...
Court urged to accept polygamous marriages
IN the latest case seeking an amendment to the national Constitution, the Cape Town High Court heard a plea that polygamous Muslim marriages should be given legitimacy under South African law.

Until the 1999 Supreme Court of Appeal decision involving an insurance company, a marriage contracted ac...
Cape seas bustling with naval activities
THE seas off Cape Town are bustling with warships and aircraft from three navies taking part in a joint maritime exercise.

Brazil, India and South Africa are taking part in the Ibsamar initiative, whose first stage saw 10 naval ships and eight aircraft at sea for two days, after which the fleet r...
Calmer, but it's far from peaceful
With a massive police presence, Alexandra was significantly quieter last night as xenophobic clashes entered their fourth day.

But groups of defiant residents still caused havoc along London Road. At the same time, metro police were called to quell protests in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, where l...
Taxi driver killed after CBD spat with colleague
A taxi driver has been shot dead in the centre of Joburg in what appears to have been a case of road rage.

Witnesses at the scene last night said both the drivers involved in the incident were from the Faraday Taxi Association.

A third driver from the same association, who witnessed the shoo...
Radical plan for 24-hour criminal courts
Senior advocates in South Africa have proposed a radical plan to tackle rampant crime and the snail's pace of the justice system by introducing 24-hour criminal courts that will be manned free of charge by private lawyers.

The proposals put forward by advocates Sharise Weiner SC, Donovan Smith a...
Erwin digs in heels over Eskom probe
Rejection of an independent inquiry at odds with ANC

Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has rejected out of hand the need for an independent inquiry into Eskom and the causes of the national electricity emergency.

This follows reports that the ANC was considering calling for an ind...
DJ sentenced to two life terms for gruesome killings
Judge Nathan Erasmus has sentenced former nightclub disc jockey Heinrich van Rooyen to two terms of life imprisonment for the 2005 murders of a waitress and law student - and denied him the right to appeal.

"Your arrogance knows no limits," Judge Erasmus said in the Knysna Circuit Court yesterday...
Scorpions' disbanding will not be hurried
Committee will stick to proper procedure despite pressure

Despite the ANC's resolution to disband the Scorpions by next month, tough MP Maggie Sotyu has decided to stick to the due legislative process and "oversight duties", even if it means delaying laws that will effectively bury the eli...
Waratahs' luggage vanishes during flight from OR Tambo
The Waratahs Super 14 rugby team appear to have become the latest victims of South Africa's notorious baggage-devouring airports - arriving back in Sydney empty-handed.

After their gruelling draw with the Stormers in pelting rain at Newlands on Saturday, the team had headed for Johannesburg.

...
Dad's sorrow over fishing trip
Father of girl killed at lake cannot forgive himself

It was the first time he took his family on a fishing trip to Riebeeck Lake - a fun outing which ended tragically.

Diederick Esterhuizen was with his wife Anel, 5-year-old daughter Danielle, 2-year-old son Andrique and family friend ...
'Please help us, Winnie'
Aid workers take on refugee crisis as Alex simmers

Fighting back tears, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stretched out her right hand and touched Herbert Sibanda's wounded head.

She was just one of the high-profile visitors who yesterday came to Alexandra police station, where hundreds of peo...
Cops are still probing Khumalo
The case of drunk and reck- less driving against former Bafana Bafana player Doctor Khumalo is still being investigated.

Khumalo is alleged to have caused an accident by hitting a minibus taxi in the rear while trying to overtake it on the N1 North between the Maraisburg and Soweto off-ramps aro...
Security chief's case postponed
The drunk-driving case against the chief of security for the 2010 World Cup, Linda Mti, has been postponed again.

The state requested the postponement yesterday because its key witness was unable to appear in court as he was writing an examination.

However, Mti's lawyer, Bantubonke Tokota, a...
Children paid heavy price for former MEC's ARV refusal
Shocking testimony at dismissal hearing

Former Mpumalanga health MEC Sibongile Manana was so hell-bent on preventing ARV provision to rape survivors that she made no exception for children.

Anita Kleinsmidt, a former attorney for the Aids Law Project, told the Joburg Labour Court yeste...
Crumbs! Teazers forced to take down billboard
The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Teazers boss Lolly Jackson to remove one of his controversial billboards after declaring it to be degrading to women.

The billboard, situated on Rivonia Road in Sandton, depicts a woman pulling down a pair of jeans and exposing her buttocks, with t...
Schoolchildren shown harsh reality of prison
Prisoners helping to caution them through special programme

Two women are desperate to ensure that children don't turn to crime.

That's because they have learnt the hard way - each is serving lengthy sentences in "Sun City", as Johannesburg Prison is known.

One is a former drug mul...
Man killed during eviction
A security guard killed a man during an eviction that left residents and officials offering explanations as different as day and night.

Daniel Last Sithole was shot at close range with a rubber bullet by a security guard when he contested Turffontein deputy sheriff Robert Swane-poel's eviction of...
Alex door-to-door purge
Cops step in to protect refugees amid lawlessness

Alexandra turned into a war zone last night as hundreds of angry locals armed with pangas, sticks and golf clubs combed Extension 7 house by house.

They marched along chanting "The foreigners are violating our human rights" and other wa...
Cops guard 1 000 refugees
As night descended on Alexandra, foreigners flocked to the only safe sanctuary they had - the police station.

Refugees carried the few belongings they had salvaged … bags, blankets and a few bicycles.

Crying babies were comforted on their mothers' backs.

They flooded into a walled courty...
Crackdown on air cargo
THE South African air cargo industry is undergoing a shake-up.

New regulations are set to tighten cargo handling and security regulations as sundry organisations are consolidated under the banner of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The new regulations will come into effect in ...
IFP councilor assassinated
Monday - Gunmen lay in wait for IFP councilor Peter Nxele, 73, and shot him four times in the chest

Three men were seen running away from the crime scene shortly after the shots were fired around 7.20pm.

Nxele . who was not afraid to vocally voice his opinion on stamping out corruption and had...
Witness got death threats
DEATH threats have been made against a witness in the lakeside murder trial of five-year-old Danielle Esterhuizen.

Prosecuting in the Johannesburg High Court trial of David Ngomane, Tsakane Sithole and Thabang Jane, Advocate Jacqui Steyn yesterday placed on record that outside court an unknown pe...
Attorney gets gag order on sex-claim woman
AN Mpumalanga attorney has obtained a Pretoria High Court interdict to stop a Boksburg businesswoman, who claimed he had made sexual advances towards her, from besmirching his name.

Judge Willie Hartzenberg this week granted an order, interdicting Francis Janette Koutsouvelis from making allegati...
Beuthin bail hearing
ALTHOUGH a Johannesburg High Court ruling last week cleared the way for former bouncer Gary Beuthin to apply for bail on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping, the application is not expected to be heard before this month’s end.

Earlier this year co-accused Melanie van Niekerk and Warren Sch...
Police pay for errors
ARRESTS: But women had done nothing wrong, court hears

TWO senior Home Affairs clerks are to receive R120 000 in damages each from the police after being unlawfully arrested and falsely charged with corruption six years ago.

In terms of a settlement, reached in the Pretoria High Court yesterd...
Eskom brass useless: Staff
A SHOCKING 94% OF Eskom employees believe the company is not doing enough to retain skills. The trade union Solidarity survey focused on 324 middle managers of all race groups, including “highly knowledgeable employees in technical and junior management divisions”.

A full 72% are thinking of lea...
N West to flush out ghosts with cash payroll
NORTH West Education is taking the unusual step of paying all its teachers and officials by hand next month, to eliminate “ghosts’ on the payroll.

Superintendent-General Mathanzima Mweli announced all employees were to collect their salary cheques for June by hand. Spokesman Charles Raseala said...
Why the power thieves prosper
IZINYOKAS (power thieves) get free reign in Lenasia.

This is because:

• Eskom refers people to City Power and City Power doesn’t answer the telephone.

• Police at 10111 don’t respond – a thief was caught red-handed in Lenasia yesterday, but police never came.

It’s outrageous,” said Moo...
Mum tells of Christmas trip that turned deadly
DRESSED in black, bereaved mother Anel Esterhuizen told the Johannesburg High Court about the pre-Christmas 2006 tragedy when her daughter Danielle was killed while sitting on her lap.

“My husband said we must go, but Danielle wanted to stay a little longer saying it was nice there,” she said.

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Trial of MP on hold
TRAVELGATE MP Mnyami Booi, an African National Congress MP, was granted a postponement of his trial, which should have started in the Cape Town Regional Court last week.

The postponement was allowed so that he could use the services of his advocate of choice, senior counsel Jan Heunis, who is no...
Hi-jacked couple at knife point
DURBAN – A patrolling policeman spotted a crime in action in Durban Central yesterday and gave chase.

Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said that the three hijackers had hijacked a couple at knife-point in Durban around 7pm on Monday before the shootout.

One of the three alleged hijackers was wou...
Man found in ditch in Vosman
“Marthinus Johannes Nel, was found in a ditch near the Vulcan Substation next to Kromdraai Road on Monday,” said Superintendent Izak van Zyl.

The 36-year-old man was found with multiple stab wounds,

No arrests have been made yet.

Anyone with information should call Inspector Norman Hauze...
Mbeki condemns attacks on aliens
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki is under pressure over mounting xenophobic attacks, and has urged South Africans to help stop such crimes.

His spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga yesterday told The Citizen the phenomenon of migration had to do with many factors, in the main political and economic
...
Govt will fight apartheid suit
JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Bridgitte Mabandla has said she intends to oppose the lawsuit allowing apartheid victims to sue for damages from 50 international companies.

This follows the ruling this week by the US Supreme Court that it will not intervene in such an action, and will allow the c...
Mandela warns South Africans
JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela yesterday warned against “destructive divisiveness” in the country.

That as xenophobic and tribal division and violence boils over in Alexandra.

“Remember the horror from which we come from. Never forget the greatness of a nation that has overcome...
Mbeki farm story a lie: Presidency
JOHANNESBURG - Allegations that Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe gave President Thabo Mbeki a farm stolen from a white commercial farmer have been strongly repudiated by the presidency.

It is also being alleged that Mbeki and Mugabe jointly own a diamond mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

...
End of the road for Travelgate probe
MPs who owe parliament millions lost in the Travelgate scam will not have to pay up, should the government have its way.

On Friday, a tiny notice in the Government Gazette announced pending resolutions that will stop all civil action against MPs linked to the alleged abuse of parliamentary trave...
Parents liable after son maims hunting guide
The Pretoria High Court has ordered a couple and their son to pay R1,1-million to an elderly man whose leg had to be amputated after the youngster shot him in the ankle.

The court heard that Charles Moller, who was 14 in May 2003 when the accident occurred, had been walking back to the farm alon...
'Stalinist tendencies alive in SACP'
Madisha accuses party leaders of lying to get rid of him

'Stalinism lives." That was the response of sacked Cosatu president Willie Madisha in the wake of a series of attacks on him over the past three days, culminating in the announcement of his formal expulsion from the SA Communist Part...
Alex door-to-door purge
Cops step in to protect refugees amid lawlessness

Alexandra turned into a war zone last night as hundreds of angry locals armed with pangas, sticks and golf clubs combed Extension 7 house by house.

They marched along chanting "The foreigners are violating our human rights" and other wa...
'Like hot water falling on me'
Mom recalls shooting of 5-year-old sitting on her lap

Little Danielle Esterhuizen didn't want to leave Riebeeck Lake - she told her father "It's nice here".

So her mother Anel wrapped her in her father's jacket to ward off the cold and held her on her lap while her husband Diederick to...
Banyana murder case bail decision
All five accused of the rape and murder of former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane have to appeal for bail together.

The court will not split up the case, as the attorney of Tshepo Pitsha (24), one of the alleged murderers, requested yesterday.

The Springs Regional Court ruled that a spl...
Young doctor sues MEC for withdrawing job
He claims he was punished over ARVs

The Labour Court has heard claims that a former health MEC denied rape survivors the only antiretroviral treatment available.

Dr Malcolm Naude (34) told the Johannesburg Labour Court yesterday how his opposition to a decision by former Mpumalanga MEC...
Cops guard 1 000 refugees
Foreigners count cost after 3 days of mob mayhem

As night descended on Alexandra, foreigners flocked to the only safe sanctuary they had - the police station.

Refugees carried the few belongings they had salvaged … bags, blankets and a few bicycles.

Crying babies were comforted on ...
Banyana murder case bail decision
All five accused of the rape and murder of former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane have to appeal for bail together.

The court will not split up the case, as the attorney of Tshepo Pitsha (24), one of the alleged murderers, requested yesterday.

The Springs Regional Court ruled that a spl...
Zuma corruption trial date on special meeting's agenda
The date on which ANC president Jacob Zuma's pending corruption trial is set to proceed is to be the focus of a major discussion.

KwaZulu Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Zuma's legal team and French arms company Thint will meet tomorrow afternoon ...
Man killed during eviction
A security guard killed a man during an eviction that left residents and officials offering explanations as different as day and night.

Daniel Last Sithole was shot at close range with a rubber bullet by a security guard when he contested Turffontein deputy sheriff Robert Swane-poel's eviction o...
Date oversight could see Zuma case postponed
The National Prosecuting Authority's apparent failure to secure a trial date for Jacob Zuma could see the ongoing corruption probe delayed yet again.

The astonishing administrative oversight could see the ANC president still facing criminal charges when he is sworn in as the country's president ...
On the edge of a bloodbath
Cops stop foreigners hitting back on 2nd night of Alex violence

They found him on 9th Avenue, where they knew he would be. It wasn't much of a hunt and a shot to the head satisfied their bloodlust.

As they marched on, Lungile Ndiweni crashed through the narrow alleys between shacks and...
15 years for killing wife
FINDING: Top official beat his wife to death in jealous rage

A SENIOR Pretoria government official who beat his wife to death in a jealous rage three years ago was yesterday sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Sentencing David Linley Sonkosi, 40, for the May 2005 killing of his wife, schoolteach...
Irish baron robbed here
AN Irish baron worth over R5,2 billion and the second-richest person in Northern Ireland was robbed of R100 000 while dining at Melrose Arch Hotel on Friday night.

Lord Edward Enda Haughey Ballyedmond, 64, is yet another in a long line of high-profile figures to be targeted by criminals while vis...
Child trial laws given the boot
JUDGE: Rules parts of Criminal Procedure Act unconstitutional

A PRETORIA High Court judge has declared certain sections of the Criminal Procedure Act, which deals with child complainants and witnesses, unconstitutional.

Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann also directed various government departments t...
Body of missing man found
THE body of an elderly man was found next to the Mabopane Shopping Centre yesterday, three days after he was reported missing north of Pretoria.

Police inspector Matthews Nkoadi said a passerby made the gruesome discovery of the body of the 76-year-old at about 6am.

The man was last seen on Fr...
Death delays heist trial
FOLLOWING the death at the weekend of the fiancé of counsel for one of the nine accused in South Africa’s biggest cash heist of R46 million, the Johannesburg High Court trial could not proceed yesterday.

A different Legal Aid representative is expected to be appointed tomorrow so that Advocate De...
Five protesters wounded
FIVE people were slightly injured near the Golden Highway in Johannesburg yesterday when police officers fired rubber bullets at a crowd protesting at the lack of basic utilities like electricity and running water.

Residents form the Driewiek Informal Settlement barricaded the road and burnt tyre...
Kwaito singer arrested
A POPULAR kwaito musician has been arrested after police found an abused four-year old girl in his Johannesburg townhouse at the weekend.

The Sowetan newspaper yesterday reported that Honeydew police acted after people living in the same complex reported they had seen a girl on the balcony...
Now DA calls for Mbeki’s head
JOHANNESBURG - Calls for President Thabo Mbeki to step down are mounting.

The South African Communist Party set the cat among the pigeons when it proposed Mbeki be relieved of his duties before the expiry of his five-year term of office next year, and yesterday the Democratic Alliance entered the...
When fear and hate turns deadly
HRC wants to look at the problem and find ways to sort it out

Xenophobic attacks have been blamed on the Department of Home Affairs' lack of control of borders; theft of jobs and opportunities by foreigners; and racism against people who are darker than South Africans.

But very little ...
MPs pave the way for Scorpions' dissolution
Bill seeking creation of new police unit tabled in Parliament

The legislative process that marks the end of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), or Scorpions, as a unit independent of the police began in Parliament this morning, with the official tabling of the General Law Amendmen...
Living in the shadow of death
SAHRC wants to look at the problem and find ways to sort it out

While Bramley police station, a stone's throw away from Alexandra, was mostly quiet last night, it was an uneasy quiet.

Right in front of the station's glass door, a group of policemen stood talking in lowered voices - a f...
North West ANC conference turns ugly
Police called in as delegates quarrel over accreditation

Clashes at the North West ANC provincial conference have intensified for the second day, with police firing rubber bullets, injuring and arresting several rowdy self-proclaimed delegates.

The ANC has promised disciplinary action ...
Residents turn on cops
A police minibus was set on fire when residents of Erasmus, Pretoria, took action against police for rescuing a robbery suspect to whom they wanted to administer instant justice.

In a separate incident in Ga-Rankuwa on Friday, a police vehicle was also stoned when residents there also turned aga...
Dads arrested for abusing daughters
'Singer beat her, another raped while mother away'

Two fathers - one a prominent kwaito musician and another a Zimbabwean national - have been arrested for allegedly abusing their children.

While the kwaito star is accused of beating up his 3-year-old daughter, the Zimbabwean man stand...
Murder accused deny charges
The alleged murderers of 5-year-old girl Danielle Esterhuizen have denied the charges against them.

Mpho David Ngomane (32), Tsakane Jwaki Sithole (26) and Thabang Joseph Jane (24) pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the Johannesburg High Court yesterd...
Mandoza car crash probe finalised, say cops
Police have rubbished allegations that they are not investigating kwaito star Mandoza's car crash - in which two people died - because of the singer's fame.

They said they had finalised the investigations and expected him to appear at the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court soon. The only thing outsta...
Another bloody day in Alex
Rampaging residents drive out foreigners in a vicious purge

Hundreds of foreigners, with the little they could salvage, have fled Alexandra or sought refuge in the local police station as xenophobic violence flared for a second day.

As night fell yesterday, police were forced to protec...
Murder accused deny charges
The alleged murderers of 5-year-old girl Danielle Esterhuizen have denied the charges against them.

Mpho David Ngomane (32), Tsakane Jwaki Sithole (26) and Thabang Joseph Jane (24) pleaded not guilty on a charge of murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the Johannesburg High Court yesterda...
Zimbabwean raped four times
A Zimbabwean woman was left too terrified to go home after she was raped and robbed in Alexandra.

"I don't know where I am going to sleep tonight. I am not going back to that shack," she said.

Lungisa Mkhize (not her real name) was among the victims of the xenophobic violence that broke out ...
It's better to be safe than sorry
Experts say homeowners who observe basic security measures at all times are less likely to be caught off guard by criminals

They are often left to "man the fort" … but as a homeowner, have you made sure that your domestic worker and children are "crime-savvy"?

According to Robyn Farrell...
Cop who wanted charges dropped shoots colleague
A police constable allegedly shot and injured an inspector who refused to help quash an assault charge against her.

The constable was to be disarmed after badly assaulting a clerk who works with her at the Cleveland police station.

The suspect, who is a mother to a 10-year-old boy, is allege...
Faces of xenophobic hate
Victims tell of night of terror as mob kills man and injures 60

They came in the night carrying iron bars, stones, sticks and guns. They came hunting foreigners. To punish them for taking their jobs and misbehaving in the community.

So they told 44-year-old Willex Katundu before he and...
Damning report on Eskom
ZIMBABWE: Defaulters received power while SA sat in darkness

WHILE South Africa was labouring under crippling power cuts and industry ground to a virtual standstill, vital consignments of electricity from Mozambique’s Cabora Basa hydro-electric scheme were being diverted to Zimbabwe.

Eskom wa...
Raid: five Jhb bars closed
THE police closed down five taverns in a major raid against lawlessness in central Johannesburg at the weekend.

The massive operation focused on visible policing throughout the city centre as police officials, accompanied by their counterparts in the emergency medical services, fire brigade and M...
The untouchable cop
HIGH LIFE: Super-rich policeman ‘got away with murder’

THE Scorpions are investigating whether a top Durban Metro policeman literally got away with murder before he began living the high life in La lucia – the most expensive suburb of Durban.

Constable Wiseman Mpisane is the officer whose wea...
Journalist missing
THE family of 78-year-old ex-journalist Adri Juyn are frantically searching for him after he disappeared from his family farm, Kromdraai, in the Vredefort Koepel area on May 3.

Juyn lives in Pretoria and was visiting the farm in the western Free State when he went missing.

According to family ...
Student raped
The sister of a Springbok rugby player was raped this week at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, reported the ‘Sunday Times’ yesterday.

The medical student, aged 22-years was kidnapped on Monday but managed to escape from the three armed men who had kidnapped and raped her.

As yet no arrests...
ATM bombers top 200 mark
ATM bombers have been hard at work, striking 12 machines in just eight days.

The latest reported attack, at a tuckshop in Soshanguve, near Pretoria, on Wednesday, brought the toll to 209 attacks in 129 days.

Police spokesperson Captain Solly Marindi said four men stormed into the tuckshop and...
Surprise on other side of trapdoor
Under a small shop, in the shadow of St Mary's Cathedral in Joburg's CBD, police have discovered a secret basement crammed with what they believe to be stolen electronics worth millions of rands.

At midday yesterday, about 10 members of the Johannesburg Organised Crime Unit raided the shop near ...
Town of dirt, death and callous denial
A small mound of raw earth among weeds marks the grave of two-month-old Toka Mateisi in his mother's backyard in a village at the foot of the Drakensberg.

Last month Toka developed diarrhoea. The next day his mother Busisiwe Sease took him to Empilisweni Hospital in the nearby town of Sterksprui...
Man kidnapped, beaten and burnt by mistake
A case of mistaken identity nearly claimed a man's life when he was assaulted by some men who believed he was in an illicit relationship with one of their wives.

Naked and bound in what appeared to have been a warehouse in Fordsburg, Faizal Lorget was beaten to a pulp, scalded with hot water and...
Hunt for men who raped Springbok's sister
Identikits of three suspects who abducted a student, the sister of a Springbok rugby player, at knifepoint outside Tygerberg Hospital before raping and assaulting her, may be issued next week.

The woman (20) a medical student at the University of the Western Cape, is still undergoing trauma coun...
Woman, teen trapped at 187km/h
A 40-year-old woman and 19-year-old man have been arrested for clocking 187km/h in their respective vehicles.

The woman, who was on crutches, was caught along the N1, near the Olifantsfontein offramp, at 10.20pm on Friday in her silver BMW. The woman was also charged for removing her licence pla...
Cop charged after colleague shot
Incident sparked by refusal to drop assault complaint

A police constable allegedly shot and injured an inspector who refused to help quash an assault charge against her.

According to Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht, of the Joburg police, the drama started on Friday when the constable accuse...
Fidentia boss in court today
Fidentia chief executive J Arthur Brown was due to appear in court in Cape Town today after he was arrested on charges of theft, fraud and money laundering.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali said: "J Arthur Brown was arrested on the strength of a warrant following the inves...
Landlord in ugly eviction drama
Chair of water utility allegedly got nasty with tenant in arrears

Rand Water chairperson Jean Ngubane has landed in hot water, accused of taking the law into her own hands to force her tenant to pay rent.

This week, Ngubane allegedly vandalised her own property, at 96 Eugene Marais Roa...
This week's SABC fiasco;
The bitter verbal battles at the Ginwala commission;

The investigations into the arms deal that, according to SACP, could implicate Mbeki's government; and,

The current electricity crisis.

An SACP central committee member said the party was becoming impatient with the ANC leadership for ...
Emily's family emigrating to safer shores
The family of murdered schoolgirl Emily Williams are emigrating to the UK because they no longer feel safe in South Africa.

This week, Roger Williams, an executive director and chief financial officer of chemical supplier AECI, announced his intention to resign before the end of the year and mov...
State on the ropes in Ginwala Inquiry
President Mbeki's closest adviser scrambled to cancel arrest warrants - and then lied - argues Pikoli's legal team

President Thabo Mbeki's closest adviser desperately scrambled to get the arrest and search warrants against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi cancelled - and then lie...
Call records could sink Najwa
Cellphone records may provide the crucial evidence that damns Najwa Petersen and her three co-accused. Najwa, Abdoer Raasiet Emjedi, Waheed Hassen and Jefferson Snyders have all pleaded not guilty to the murder of Cape Town musician Taliep Petersen on December 16 2006.

According to the records, ...
All parties may boost drive to save Scorpions
Johannesburg businessman Bob Glenister will know this week whether all the bigger opposition parties in parliament will boost his court bid to save the Scorpions.

This comes as the ruling ANC and its alliance partners yesterday again welcomed draft laws that will incorporate the Scorpions into t...
Mbeki survives alliance's call to axe him
President Thabo Mbeki is to stay in office despite another attempt by his alliance partners to unseat him.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was yesterday dismissive of calls to have Mbeki removed, arguing that the weekend alliance summit had not decided on the motion put forward by the South...
Snake pit at SABC exposed
Infighting and threats of violence reigned for years

Faked CVs, nasty SMSs, threats of violence and incompetent management, the SABC's Bloemfontein office was a snake pit that had it all.

This is the picture that emerged from a 2006 forensic report on the state of affairs at the SABC's...
Irate mob burn, stone police vans
A police minibus was set on fire when residents of Erasmus, Pretoria rebelled against the police for rescuing a suspect to whom they wanted to administer instant justice after he had robbed a spaza shop in the area.

A police vehicle was also stoned and damaged by the same mob.

In a separate ...
Morgan heading home
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai expects to return to Zimbabwe in the next two days to fight a run-off election.

He describes the country as being in a war situation. “(Mugabe) has unleashed violence on his own children”, who “know the betrayal of ballots being followed by bulle...
Motata wants high intervention
END: Career could be over if found guilty of obstructing justice

PRETORIA judge Nkola Motata will have his case placed under “review” and “argued,” in the Pretoria High Court on June 3.

He wants the High Court to intervene in the alleged four-times-over-the-limit drinking and driving a...
Stripper to hear fate in killing case
RECKONING: Drug-abuser Cilliers sentenced tomorrow

GROWING up among violence and alcoholism, she was into drugs at 15 and at 16 became a stripper.

Now Bernadee Cilliers, 32, of Randpark Ridge, in custody for 17 months, will be sentenced in the Johannesburg High Court tomorrow for being...
SA less safe - Survey
Most South Africans feel generally unsafe, and believe crime is on the increase, according to a survey conducted by Markinor.

Reporting on the survey, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) found that 85% of the ‘Indian’ population believed crime had not changed in their areas over the past fou...
Public confidence in police still going down
CRIME DOWN: But reported cases are up

DESPITE the declining crime levels and good access to the police, the public confidence in the police continues to fall according to a survey conducted by the Institute for Security Studies.

The survey established that crime was down by 12% since 1...
Cop jailed 5 years for graft
A TSHWANE Metro policeman has been sentenced to five years in jail without a fine option after being found guilty of bribery and corruption.

Constable SM Moditsi stopped a motorist for an offence in Vermeulen Street last October and demanded cash to let him go. The motorist said he would have to...
Search for gang goes on
POLICE are continuing with their search for three members of the alleged “hammer gang” who escaped from the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The men, who made a name for themselves by robbing banks using sledgehammers to shatter the teller’s windows, were arrested in September last year...
Taxi killing condemned
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mr Bheki Cele yesterday strongly condemned the killing of an executive member of the Cato Manor Taxi Association in KwaMashu on Wednesday night.

Police say the killing was related to taxi violence between the Cato Manor and Chestervill...
Labelling ruling welcomed
ILLEGALLY imported clothing has played a major role in the decline of the country’s clothing industry, says the Clothing Trade Council of South Africa (CloTrade).

Hassim Randree of CloTrade says the enforcement of the notice on Country of Origin Labelling was a healthy sign of the government’s co...
Pupil lays rape-bid charge
NELSPRUIT – A senior official of the provincial education department faces a charge of attempted rape as well as a departmental probe after a 17-year-old pupil laid charges against him.

Johannes Sibiya, a chief education specialist of the Gert Sibande region, will appear in court again on May 21 ...
E Rand guard arrested
A SECURITY guard at a mine at Pamodzi gold mine in Dunnotar, Ekurhuleni on the East Rand has been arrested for dealing with explosives.

The guard allegedly fell into a police trap when he tried to sell expensive explosives to a private investigator mandated by mining companies to fight the smuggl...
‘Amen’ robbers come to grief
JOHANNESBURG - A car thief, gun in hand, killed himself while his suspected accomplice surrendered after a shootout with the police at an informal settlement outside Hammanskraal yesterday.

The men were allegedly part of a four-man gang who robbed a praying pastor of his Toyota Corolla in Soshang...
More courts needed
JOHANNESBURG - It has become apparent since the beginning of the year – and especially this week – that there is a need for more courtrooms and judges for the Johannesburg High Court.

This is because crime has become so much more complex.

And while more judges and courtrooms are said to be in ...
Ginwala toes the Mbeki line
Dr Frene Ginwala has blocked access to a crucial letter from President Thabo Mbeki which Vusi Pikoli claims ordered him to back off from prosecuting Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Pikoli, suspended director of the National Prosecuting authority, claims the letter was sent to Justice Minister Brigit...
Chinese arms ship is in Angola
JOHANNESBURG - The Chinese vessel Au Yue Jiang, containing a shipment of 70 tons of arms for Zimbabwe, has been found in the Angolan port of Lubito, according to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu).

The organisation representing stevedores in the port told The Citizen yesterday th...
Three life terms for teenager's rapist
Four years after assault, girl says life can now begin

Tears flowed down the cheeks of one of the Grasmere toll plaza rape victims - who was only 14 when she was brutally assaulted - at the sentencing.

This was after the Pretoria High Court yesterday sentenced the culprit to three life ...
Mbeki letter blow for Pikoli
Secret document ruled 'privileged'

President Thabo Mbeki's secret letter to Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla - given to her the day before she ordered prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli not to arrest National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi - will not be made public.

Frene Ginwala, who h...
No load shedding for the seat of power
The cabinet may have apologised for the electricity crisis, but it is not about to remain "in the dark" in solidarity with the rest of the nation.

The Department of Public Works yesterday tabled its building programme for the current financial year, which provides some insight into key spending ...
The 'sham to protect Selebi'
A desperate "sham" to protect national police commissioner Jackie Selebi from prosecution was behind government's attack on the plea bargains used to secure evidence against him.

This is how lawyers for suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli have responded to government's accus...
Najwa went on defence from start
Taliep Petersen's widow, Najwa, appeared to be defending herself long before police considered her a suspect in her husband's murder in December 2006.

When the investigating officer, Joash Dryden, arrived at her Athlone, Cape Town, home two days after the murder to record her witness statement, s...
Bread cartel: more firms could be fined
Companies given 20 days to respond

Having tamed the Tiger, the Competition Commission has gone after Pioneer Foods and Foodcorp in its bid to prosecute companies involved in the country's "bread price-fixing cartel".

If the prosecution at the Competitions Tribunal succeeds, Pioneer Food...
ATM bombers top 200 mark
ATM bombers have been hard at work, striking 12 machines in just eight days.

The latest reported attack, at a tuckshop in Soshanguve, near Pretoria, on Wednesday, brought the toll to 209 attacks in 129 days.

Police spokesperson Captain Solly Marindi said four men stormed into the tuckshop an...
Surprise on other side of trapdoor
Under a small shop, in the shadow of St Mary's Cathedral in Joburg's CBD, police have discovered a secret basement crammed with what they believe to be stolen electronics worth millions of rands.

At midday yesterday, about 10 members of the Johannesburg Organised Crime Unit raided the shop near ...
Pikoli slams 'fabricated' accusations (Part 1)
Inside the Ginwala inquiry

Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has accused the government of fabricating reasons for his dismissal.

Pikoli maintains that he was suspended as National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head because he refused to back down from the Scorpions' prosecution o...
Pikoli slams 'fabricated' accusations (Part 2)
Role Players

Most of those central to the unfolding Vusi Pikoli drama are not attending the hearing that will determine his future.

Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla

Pikoli's main accuser has been conspicuous by her absence from the Ginwala hearings.

In addition to not taking the st...
Traffic-fine dodger is arrested
A WOMAN was arrested along main Reef Road in Johannesburg after she was found to have outstanding traffic fines of R22 800.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesman Inspector Edna Mamonyane said the woman was driving with false number plates. “After she was arrested she told officers she did not know...
AMEN … and robed blind
A SOSHANGUVE pastor was robbed of his vehicle and other belongings during a prayer visit to an elderly couple’s home north of Pretoria yesterday.

Pastor Wandile Bangisi, of the Seventh Day Adventists, had gone to visit the elderly couple, aged 70 and 92, who are members of his church in Block M, ...
‘Stand up and fight crime’
THE public has been called on to stand up against crime by joining Desmond Dube’s “Million Man March,” on June 10 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

An SMS line has been established by the campaign for interested parties to send their comments to as well as donate funds to the campaign.

Inter...
Beer advertising ‘has no effect on alcohol abuse’
THE Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) has ambushed Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s “shotgun” proposal to ban booze advertisements.

Quoting extensive studies carried out overseas, the ARA is convinced “there is no scientific evidence to support the notion that alcoh...
Running short on R26 000
Modise, once one of the top personalities in international sport, was convicted of six counts of fraud and two of money laundering involving a total of R7 419 200 on February 13, and is in custody awaiting sentence.

While the prosecution will be asking for a very lengthy jail term for fo...
Missing councillor found
A North West councillor reported missing by his anxious family has been found safe and well, but in police custody for alleged possession of stolen property.

Relatives and friends were concerned for the safety of Aaron Montswana, 32, a councillor for Migdol and Glaudina in the Mamusa Local Munici...
‘Callous, cowardly killers’
JOHANNESBURG - The Waterkloof Four moved one step closer to jail yesterday when two Pretoria High Court judges dismissed their appeal against their conviction and 12-year prison sentence for murdering an unknown man six years ago.

Judges Willie Seriti and Piet Ebersohn said there was no reason to...
Scorpions ‘must stay out of SAPS’
JOHANNESBURG - The Scorpions should stay separated from the police, say 59% of urban South Africans in a survey released by TNS Research Surveys yesterday.

Mark Molenaar, national director of TNS Research Surveys, told The Citizen most adults living in metro areas felt that the Directorate of Spe...
Fight for secret Mbeki letter
State won't hand over key evidence in Pikoli inquiry

Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla had ordered prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli not to arrest or prosecute National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi for corruption - after receiving a secret letter from President Thabo Mbeki.

Now, as Pi...
Waterkloof Four face prison
Shortly before it was announced that the Pretoria High Court had rejected the appeal of the Waterkloof Four against their murder convictions and sentences, friends who attended the hearing closed their eyes and silently prayed in court.

Now time is running out for the four; if they do not file t...
Selebi's arrest among main reasons for suspending Pikoli
The arrest of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has finally been confirmed as one of the reasons why government wants suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli to go.

Advocate Kgomotso Moroka, arguing for government, this morning told Dr Frene Ginwala - who is heading the inquiry into Pikol...
More woes for ex-UCB employee
Diteko Modise, the former financial head of the United Cricket Board, is facing a jail sentence and having his assets seized.

Modise, convicted of defrauding the UCB of R7,4-million, shuffled into the Johannesburg Specialised Com- mercial Crimes Court in shackles yesterday for the start of senten...
Bust for R23 000 speeding fines
Motorists using false number plates to avoid speeding fines should think again. Joburg metro police have caught a 38-year-old woman who received 63 speeding fines to the value of R23 000 in just eight months.

Yesterday the driver of a silver grey Ford Fiesta was travelling along Main Reef Road u...
Court told of caring side of alleged Knife Gang member
One of the alleged members of the notorious Sandton Knife Gang had a day job of driving groups of children to creche.

This was the evidence heard at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court yesterday, where alleged gang leader William "Big Spender" Lehase and seven other men are on trial.

The men are c...
Accomplice in friend's murder to be sentenced
Bernadee Cilliers, who pleaded guilty to being an accomplice in the murder of her friend, will be sentenced tomorrow.

This comes after the state accepted her guilty plea explanation yesterday.

On Tuesday, she told the Johannesburg High Court she had played a minor role in the gruesome murder...
Shock as killer walks free
A Vereeniging woman intends to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal after the man who stabbed and killed her husband received a suspended sentence and house arrest.

Cynthia Mahlati, whose husband Patrick was killed by Jonathan du Toit, said yesterday she was unhappy about the sentence, which she ...
Presidency aluminium theft a puzzle
Sub-contracted workers may be to blame for loss

Police probing the alleged theft of aluminium from President Thabo Mbeki's official residence in Pretoria are investigating whether it was indeed stolen.

While a case of theft is being investigated, detectives are also looking into the po...
No charges as yet against Khumalo
Charges have not been brought against former Kaizer Chiefs player Doctor Khumalo after a car accident that left four people injured.

While it was reported in The Star yesterday that Khumalo is facing a drunk driving charge, Superintendent Eugene Opperman said no official charges had been put to ...
Civil servant turned into tiger
WIFE: Brutally slain in jealous row by department director

A SENIOR Pretoria government official who beat his wife to death in a jealous rage three years ago was yesterday found guilty on a charge of murder.

Pretoria High Court judge Tholi Vilakazi convicted David Linley Sonkosi, 40, on a char...
Lured friend to her death
She was instructed to sell her dead friend’s possessions, and sold the Mercedes Benz for R120 000 and a gold pendant and bracelet for R3 000. She received nothing from the sale, claimed Cilliers

A MURDER accused went into a Pretoria hotel room and found blood on the walls and the body of ...
Two more security guards wounded
DURBAN – Two security guards were seriously wounded yesterday after being attacked by an armed gang at a pension payout point in Mid-Illovo around 9am.

The security guards, from Cash Payment Services (CPS) arrived at the scene with a cash-dispensing machine and were attacked by the armed gang who...
Gang still on the run
POLICE are still searching for four members of the alleged “Hammer gang” who escaped from the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The men, who made a name for themselves by robbing banks using sledgehammers to shatter tellers’ windows, were arrested in September last year.

Police spokes...
Attempted hijacking by Bogus cops
On Monday Police in Kempton Park arrested a man for attempting to hijack a vehicle.

The man and his accomplices, where impersonating police officers by attaching a police siren to their vehicle. They stopped a woman driving a jeep and demanded her keys. She handed them the keys and got out of t...
‘Wealthy officer’ under probe
Durban – eThekwini Municipality is investigating one of its senior metro police officers for allegedly owning businesses without his superiors’ consent.

Senior Metro Officer Sbu Mpisane is being investigated after his ownership of various businesses and his opulent lifestyle were discovered.

T...
How teen trapped her rapist
JOHANNESBURG - A Washington teenager who was attacked and raped soon after arriving in South Africa with a group on an Aids Education Mission had been “an exceptionally reliable witness”, the Johannesburg High Court found yesterday.

“I can find no reason to suspect she might have fabricated” bein...
Scorpions down, not out
JOHANNESBURG - Businessman Hugh Glenister, fighting for retention of the Scorpions, has welcomed the Khampepe Commission’s report.

Glenister told The Citizen the report would give the public an opportunity to clearly make their decision over the future of the Directorate of Special Operations, kn...
SA land ‘could end up like Zim’
JOHANNNEBURG - South Africa could see itself going the same route as Zimbabwe if the “seriously deteriorating” state of the nation’s land reform is not immediately improved.

This revelation is contained in a startling document highlighting the tensions that have existed in South Africa’s land res...
Mbeki sued over Zim
JOHANNESBURG - A Free State farmer who lost 14 farms in Zimbabwe is suing President Thabo Mbeki and other ministers for R85 million for failing to protect his interests.

Crawford von Abo has asked the Pretoria High Court to force the government to either become party to an international treaty s...
ANC calls for peaceful resolution of the crisis
The ANC says that if Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change stays away from the presidential runoff election, it would effectively give President Robert Mugabe power "on a silver platter".

MDC leaders have previously implied that they would not participate in the coming presidentia...
Top prosecutor among Pikoli's witnesses
Charin de Beer, the woman who prosecuted Jacob Zuma for rape and kick-started the Scorpions' investigation of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, will defend suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli against the government's claims that he is unfit to do his job.

De Beer, the Gauteng Direct...
Managers instructed to defy committee
Provincial bosses fail to show up

Home affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang again provoked angry MPs after he instructed his provincial subordinates to refuse to brief a National Assembly committee.

Provincial home affairs bosses failed to pitch up at the portfolio committee meeting...
No tears as McCarthy goes
ANC unperturbed that Scorpions boss's skills will be lost to World Bank

The ANC has sarcastically wished its arch-nemesis, Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy, the best of luck following the announcement that he is joining the World Bank.

McCarthy will join the global financial institution...
Rapist should have been behind bars
No reason why suspended sentences not enforced

The man convicted on two counts of raping a 14-year-old US girl should have been in jail when he violated her.

The astonishing revelation came minutes after Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke convicted self-confessed rapist and ...
Passenger guns down taximan
Eight months ago, Mbhekiseni Dlamini survived being shot during a spate of taxi violence.

Now he is preparing to bury his brother Lungisani - shot and killed yesterday while driving Mbhekiseni's taxi in Westdene, western Joburg.

A grieving Mbhekiseni believes his brother's killers were tryin...
Beuthin now faces an easier time
While ex-bouncer Gary Beuthin argued with a prison warder in the corridors of the Johannesburg High Court, a judge was revoking heavy restrictions placed on him by the Department of Correctional Services.

Beuthin has accused the department of "cruel, inhumane and degrading" treatment.

Inside...
Accused admits watching murder
"I watched and did nothing to stop my boyfriend from strangling my friend to death in a Pretoria Hotel."

This was what Bernadee Cilliers (31) admitted yesterday as she pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to the murder of family friend Concelia Mare, and stealing her Mercedes SLK and cellphone ...
No charges as yet against Khumalo
Charges have not been brought against former Kaizer Chiefs player Doctor Khumalo after a car accident that left four people injured.

While it was reported in The Star yesterday that Khumalo is facing a drunk driving charge, Superintendent Eugene Opperman said no official charges had been put to ...
Escapees linked to 'Hammer Man'
The three men who broke out of Johannesburg Magistrate's Court were on trial for serving in the ruthless gang of Maxwell "Hammer Man" Khumalo.

The gang allegedly pulled off 16 hits in one year, while Khumalo was linked to 28 robberies.

The 30-year-old criminal called himself the "Robin Hood ...
Explain corruption hotline irregularities - DA
Opposition demands that Gauteng Audit Services head appear in front of finance committee

Jeanetha Brink exposed a deeply flawed corruption hotline, raised the alarm about tipoffs not being investigated and questioned why probes against top Gauteng government officials were derailed.

A ...
Two shoot taxi driver as they alight in Westdene
A taxi driver was shot dead this morning in Westdene, Joburg, after two men posing as passengers fired several shots at him.

The taxi had just dropped off two passengers at the corner of Thornton Road and 4th Avenue when one of them fired shots at the driver. He lost control of the vehicle and i...
Scorpions 'must stay with NPA'
JOHANNESBURG - The long-awaited Judge Sisi Khampepe Commission report on the Scorpions has made it quite clear the elite unit must remain operational under the auspices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

“Having considered the totality of the evidence, the DSO (Directorate of Special Op...
Robbery suspects escape
FOUR members of the alleged “Hammer gang” which targeted banks escaped from the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The men who made a name for themselves by robbing banks using sledgehammers to shatter the tellers’ windows were arrested in September last year.

“While the court was in s...
Racism slurs ‘finished me’
A SENIOR police officer with the police’s Commercial Crimes Unit in Johannesburg has applied to the Pretoria High Court to medically board him, claiming false accusations of racism had finally pushed him over the edge, and he could no longer work as a policeman.

Superintendent Jan Goussard launch...
New Judge appointed – acting inspecting judge of prisons
CAPE – Judge Deon van Zyl has been newly appointed as acting inspecting judge of prisons, this was announced by the Department of Correctional Services yesterday.

Judge van Zyl said ‘I believe this is a service I must render to SA, and I look forward to making a difference,”. Van Zyle succeeded...
Heist accused in leg irons
THERE was a heavy police presence at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday for the trial of nine accused in South Africa’s biggest bank heist involving R46 million.

The accused were handcuffed, and in accordance with legislation also in leg irons.

Despite trial documents having been removed fr...
Infant found dead
An infant was found dead in Actonville, Benoni yesterday.

Police said the baby was found in a rubbish dump near a railway line by community members walking past the line.

Police said the sex of the baby could not be determined as rats had eaten some of its parts.

A case of murder has been o...
Bombers’ efforts fizzle
ATM bombers were dealt a blow when their efforts to blow up ATMs failed in two separate incidents in the East Rand yesterday.

An ATM was bombed in Benoni in the early hours.

Captain Godin Nyathi said when the police arrived the suspects had fled and no money had been taken.

In a separate in...
Pension payout – three killed
Three people died in a heist shootout in Dennilton yesterday.

A pensioner, a security guard from Sonqoba Security company and an alleged robber died in a failed pension payout heist in Vaalkraal yesterday morning.

Superintendent Ronel Otto said they died after a shootout which began after four...
Murder of little girl recalled
JOHANNESBURG - The tragic death of pretty Danielle Esterhuizen, aged five, fatally wounded on her mother’s lap by robbers during a family fishing expedition, was recalled yesterday.

Flowers and wreaths were placed on the pavement and against the fence outside the Johannesburg High Court building....
Wet Nose founder not guilty
JOHANNESBURG - The founder and president of the Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre yesterday burst into tears after two Pretoria High Court judges acquitted her on a charge of stealing a dog.

The ruling by Judges Eberhard Bertelsmann and Cynthia Pretorius finally ended the eight-year nightmare of Trac...
Plot to kill MDC leader ‘unearthed’
Movement for Democratic Change secretary-general Tendai Biti reacted to news that an alleged plot by Zanu-PF to assassinate opposition party officials had been unearthed by saying: “God will be our bullet- proof”.

According to statistics provided by the MDC at least 20 of its party activists have...
Good Samaritan beaten to death trying to save woman
A passer-by who came to a woman's defence while others turned a blind eye paid with his life when he was beaten to death.

According to Inspector Yakub Rasool, of Duduza police station, the incident happened at about 12.45pm on Sunday. Rasool said the 23-year-old man came across a group of five p...
Child rapist may get relief as judges query evidence
A child rapist, who is serving a life sentence for raping a mentally challenged 13-year-old girl twice, has been given a second chance at freedom.

After questioning whether Bongani Vilakazi's victim could not have consented to have sex with him, the Supreme Court of Appeal said yesterday it want...
'Mbeki took action on Scorpions'
While Judge Sisi Khampepe blames President Thabo Mbeki's security ministers for failing to defuse tensions between the Scorpions and the police, the Presidency has defended its own efforts to ensure the elite crime-busting unit functioned properly.

Director-general in the Presidency Frank Chikan...
Tough anti-booze measures mooted
Warning labels first step in 'quest to save lives'

Strict anti-smoking laws may be followed by tough anti-drinking laws if alcohol abuse does not decline with the introduction of warning labels on booze containers next year.

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang yesterday warned tha...
Family bid goodbye to mom, son
"Look back with gratitude. Look up with confidence. Look forward with hope." This is the mantra Chamel Martins (29) lived by.

And this is all her family and friends have left after she died in a car accident last week.

Her son Riaz died with her. Her husband Jan (34) and their eight-month-ol...
Shackled men in court escape
Three suspects in high-profile armed robbery cases have made a daring escape from the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court after assaulting an investigating officer.

Three Zimbabweans and a man from KwaZulu Natal were appearing in connection with a series of armed robberies yesterday when one of the ...
Baffling Soweto murder, suicide
Zinhle Vhelasi and Emmanuel Mazibuko looked good toge- ther, and nobody suspected anything was wrong until they were found naked in a pool of blood.

The two were last seen by a family friend last Tuesday evening, Emmanuel's father, Daniel Mazibuko, told The Star in Zondi 1, Soweto, yesterday. No...
Request to stop payments over McBride's legal fees
The Ekurhuleni metro has been requested to stop all services and payments to its metro police chief Robert McBride's Durban attorneys, Dehal Inc and Pasco.

Pasco is a risk management company which is conducting forensic investigations on behalf of the municipality's city manager.

Izak Berg, ...
DA seeks answers on posts
Ekurhuleni mayor Duma Nkosi has been asked to clarify the appointments of two general managers that are costing the city's taxpayers R1,3-million annually.

The Democratic Alliance called for the clarification after allegations arose that the proper procedures were not followed during the appoint...
More airport gang arrests
Three suspects linked to 14 cases as stolen goods are seized

The police's special unit investigating robberies linked to OR Tambo International Airport has arrested three men suspected of pulling off as many as 14 separate attacks.

Yesterday, the trio made their first appearance at the...
Shilowa urges more power to the people
The province's attempts at improving the lives of people in Gauteng are being hampered by the electricity crisis and increases in the cost of living.

So said Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, giving feedback about the decisions taken at a recent provincial executive council lekgotla.

"While ...
'I have lost a partner ... I have lost everything'
The girlfriend of the late Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane wishes she was raped and killed like her partner.

"I feel the pain she felt when they raped and stabbed her to death. It's better if they come to rape and kill me like they did with her," Sibongile Pearl Vilakazi said yesterday as m...
How safe is your luggage?
Don't you just love the fact that the government can be called upon by the pesky opposition in parliament to reveal how many items of luggage were lost, stolen or tampered with while in the care of our national carrier, South African Airways?

I know I do.

The answers were revealed by Public ...
SOS – save our Scorpions
OPPOSITION: Elite unit is vital to fight corruption

THE Directorate of Special Operation (DSO) should be retained.

So demanded many South African political parties, supporting Judge Sisi Khampepe’s view that the Scorpions must be retained within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Th...
Teen driver loses race with police
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after a high-speed chase in Stinkwater north of Pretoria at the weekend.

Police Inspector Sarah Lesabane said the Pretoria Crime Combating Unit was patrolling in Eersterust when they spotted a suspicious-looking driver in a Toyota Conquest.

They attempted to...
Cops to probe police graft
THE Johannesburg Metro Police Department has promised to launch an internal investigation amid allegations linking some Metro officers to corruption and bribery.

This follows claims made by Zimbabwean refugees in Johannesburg that some officers demanded money and cellphones from Zimbabweans who f...
Tracked car nabs two more cars
A Vehicle fitted with a tracking system led police to recover two more stolen cars in Mamelodi east of Pretoria yesterday.

The incident started when the company’s chopper was following the signal at around 4pm.

It led them to a house in Mamelodi West, C4 section, where they found a black VW Go...
Police arrest hundreds
JOHANNESBURG - More than 100 illegal immigrants and approximately 70 other people who drank liquor in public were arrested in two police operations north of Pretoria at the weekend.

Soshanguve police captain Lydia Ditinti said 111 illegal immi-grants from Zimbabwe and Mozambique were arrested dur...
Stress downs police
JOHANNESBURG - The number of police officers boarded for stress has increased by 146% compared with previous years.

This came to light when the Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Nqakula, revealed that increasing numbers of SA Police Service (SAPS) members are being declared unfit for duty ...
Mbeki denies MDC slur
JOHANNESBURG - As anger mounts, Thabo Mbeki’s spokesman has denied the President labelled Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai a “puppet of the West” who had hampered his mediation role on Zimbabwe.

Mbeki was reported to have lashed out at Tsvangirai while briefing African church leaders ...
Zille denies alleged spying
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition leader Helen Zille yesterday strongly denied allegations that she is spying on councillors for the benefit of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Zille was reacting to accusations made by Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool who submitted documents to the Cape High Court allegi...
Bid to remove 'old baggage' load
The Scorpions might soon be legally dead and buried, but their case load will survive, if the drafters of the General Law Amendment Bill have their way.

The bill, along with the National Prosecuting Amendment Bill, was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday and is expected to be tabled this week f...
Khampepe report a boost for Scorpions
ANC case for disbanding unit similar to those rejected by judge

The ANC's decision to disband the Scorpions was based on key arguments that Judge Sisi Khampepe rejected more than two years ago, Independent Newspapers can reveal today.

Yet, the ANC itself and the public were none the wi...
Family bid goodbye to mom, son
"Look back with gratitude. Look up with confidence. Look forward with hope." This is the mantra Chamel Martins (29) lived by.

And this is all her family and friends have left after she died in a car accident last week.

Her son Riaz died with her. Her husband Jan (34) and their eight-month-ol...
Police get flak and praise in double-murder conviction
Families of murder victims Jessica Wheeler and Victoria Stadler praised police Director Attie Trollip and his team after nightclub DJ Heinrich Urwyler van Rooyen was convicted of killing their daughters.

But, in his judgment, Judge Nathan Erasmus on Friday sharply rebuked local police for "a ser...
Ex-Bafana star faces drunk driving probe
A case of drunk driving is being investigated against former Bafana Bafana player Doctor Khumalo after he was involved in an almost fatal accident at the weekend.

Khumalo and four other people were seriously injured in the crash.

About 5am yesterday, Khumalo's black BMW collided with a minib...
'Stay positive over SA despite slit throats'
Siblings who returned home from holiday to find their parents and a live-in caregiver dead in their living room, with their throats cut, are encouraging South Africans to stay positive.

"People tend to look at the negative and say 'Here's another reason why we should not be in this country'. But...
Violence on rise in all schools
Survey shows wealthier ones as badly affected

A teenager's dreams cut short by a stabbing at a birthday party late last year raised concerns about violence in schools - especially the wealthier ones.

This concern has now been verified by a survey which found that violence was increasin...
Appreciate effectiveness of traffic circles
One of the most confusing road junctions in South Africa has got to be traffic circles or roundabouts, as they are known in other countries. It amazes me that so many motorists just freeze and don't seem to know what to do when approaching, or when they're in, one of these circles.

People hoot a...
Forum defends millionaire cop
S'bu Mpisane, the Durban metro police constable whose lavish lifestyle and business interests are being investigated by the municipality, is a product of the commercialism of policing and should be a role model to other police officers.

This is according to the Metro Police Members' Forum, which...
Suspects caught after couple of Soweto heists
A supermarket robbery turned bloody when a cashier was shot in Soweto.

Just after 8pm on Friday, four men arrived in a BMW at the Hussein supermarket in Protea Glen. They pointed guns at customers and staff, demanding money from the cashiers. A staffer was shot and injured in the process.

By...
Two held over 'racially motivated' attack
Father, son assault two 'for no reason' during visit to farm

A father and his son have been arrested following an alleged racially motivated attack in which one victim's arm was broken at a Swartruggens, North West, farm.

Police said Samuel Marumola and James Mpete, both aged 58, were ...
Racist bouncers batter youths
A group of bouncers from a popular Pretoria night spot allegedly detained two young black men in a security control room and assaulted them for more than 30 minutes.

The apparent racist attack took place late on Thursday night after one of the managers of the Hatfield club, Aandklas, allegedly m...
Workers cheer Scorpions' demise
This week's main May Day rally addressed by ANC president Jacob Zuma in North West provided a platform for Scorpions-bashing and ecstatic celebrations about the news that the unit would be consigned to the nation's crime-fighting history book.

This followed Wednesday's approval by the cabinet of...
Pikoli stung by hacker who wants cash for secret papers
A hacker is threatening to release sensitive documents stolen from Vusi Pikoli's computer to the press - if the suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss doesn't pay for their return.

Just days before Pikoli is due to fight claims that he is unfit to hold office, the former NPA head has aske...
Estate agents targeted
Estate agents in Gauteng are increasingly being targeted by criminals who pose as home buyers and then rob the house on show. Agents from at least three estate agencies told the Saturday Star this week that they had fallen victim to the scourge.

Craig Farah, an agent with Clockwork Properties, s...
'I'm so proud to call her my daughter'
Father of the teen who exposed the sex scandal at the Oprah Winfrey Academy speaks to Kashiefa Ajam

The 13-year-old girl who blew the lid off the sex scandal that put talkshow host Oprah Winfrey in the spotlight for something other than being rich and famous is back at school and excelling...
NPA irate as speedsters snap up plate spray
It's against the law, say the authorities - but which law is that exactly?

Drivers across the country who have been using an invisible spray to prevent cameras from snapping them in the act of breaking the speed limit have been warned that their number is now well and truly up.

One of t...
Greener pastures for head of the enviro crime unit Green Scorpions
The head of the government's celebrated environmental crime unit - the "Green Scorpions" - has resigned.

The national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has confirmed that Melissa Fourie, the director of enforcement, has left its employ with effect from April 14.

Fourie, ...
'Load shedding blew it for Eskom'
Ageing infrastructure couldn't handle the strain, reports Thabiso Thakali

In the wake of Eskom's unexpected about-turn in suspending load shedding indefinitely, experts in the field have questioned whether the practice may have been counterproductive in the first place.

There were stron...
Knysna DJ convicted of murders
'He got his life sentence, we got ours' - slain teenager's mother

On hearing that Knysna DJ Heinrich van Rooyen had been convicted of her daughter Jessica Wheeler's murder, an emotional Dusty Wheeler said: "He's got his life sentence; we've got ours."

After two-and-a-half years, a chap...
Biti most wanted in Zim
THE Secretary General of the MDC Tendai Biti is reportedly among the most wanted political activists in Zimbabwe.

Police in Harare are reported to have addressed a letter to Biti accusing him of treason and of illegally announcing victory by the movement for Democratic Change (MDC) before the ann...
Teachers ‘beaten to death’
AT least two Zimbabwean school teachers were beaten to death yesterday, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary-general Wellington Chibebe said at a May Day rally in Harare.

Already 20 people had died and over 200 had been arrested after the March 29 election in Zimbabwe, the Movement for Dem...
Weapons ship lurks off Luanda
THE Chinese An Yue Jiang, carrying weapons for Zimbabwe, is still anchored off Luanda and shows no sign of returning to China, says the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

That despite the assurance from the Chinese government that the ship is “as far as they know” on its wa...
Now govt blames deaths on hospital
Fatal levels of E.coli and coliform bacteria were recorded in the water supply to the Eastern Cape’s Ukhahlamba district for six months leading up to the deaths of over 80 babies in the region.

Another twenty-five babies in the affected area are still sick with diarrhoea. Negligence on the part ...
Nude body found in stream
The naked body of a man was found lying in a stream in Sunnyside, Pretoria yesterday.

Passers-by made the gruesome discovery while walking past the Walkerspruit on the corner of Leyds and De Rapper Streets at about 9am.

Police spokesman Captain Jan Legoabe said the body of a man, between the a...
Mob kills suspected thief
A suspected burglar was killed by a mob in Ga-Rankuwa north of Pretoria on Wednesday night, police said yesterday.

Inspector Sarah Lesabane said it was alleged a 30-year-old man was spotted moving up and down the street in Zone 5 at about 9pm.

He was later seen attempting to break into a nearb...
Metro cop ‘killed by lover’
A 25-year-old metro police officer was allegedly killed by her boyfriend after a domestic dispute in Crosby, Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

Neighbours said they heard the Inspector arguing with her boyfriend and minutes later a shot was heard.

When neighbours went to investigate they found h...
Why Eskom has stopped power cuts
EVIDENCE: More sub-stations exploding

Not since the days of sub-station bombings during the armed struggle have so many sub-stations gone snap, crackle and bang.


While the electricity network is crumbling under severe strain, Eskom and municipalities are grappling with major skills, m...
Police can now exercise on patrol
JOHANNESBURG - A PROJECT to slim down police officers while combating crime was launched in Pretoria yesterday.

A team of about 20 police officers including administration officials took to the streets of Hatfield to conduct bicycle and foot patrols.

They embarked on a stop- and-search operati...
Beaten horse is safe, well
The link between animal cruelty and violent human behaviour was explicitly made by various experts on the recently broadcast Third Degree on e-tv.

Since the airing of the exposé The First Strike on Tuesday evening, with a coinciding front-page story in this paper yesterday, Citizen readers have f...
Minister spurns farmers
JOHANNESBURG - At a time of concern over food security, the government is treating food producers with contempt, according to the Freedom Front Plus (FF).

“The brutality of farm murders is shocking,” FF+ MP Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.


He said he was waiting for a report by a commi...
UN should intervene in Zim, says De Lille
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Development Community (SADC) must make way for the United Nations (UN) to find a solution to the Zimbabwean political impasse, according to the leader of the Independent Democrats (ID), Patricia de Lille.

“I don’t have faith in SADC. The UN does not need the bless...
Mbeki jail reports ‘are nonsense’
JOHANNESBURG - Both President Thabo Mbeki’s office and the ANC have dismissed as “absolute nonsense” media reports that Mbeki was once jailed in Zimbabwe for weapons peddling.

This is after The Zimbabwean newspaper reported that Mbeki was “jailed at Khami Prison in 1982 without trial for four mon...
ATM bomb suspect dies in crash
A suspected Pretoria ATM bomber has been killed during an early morning high-speed chase with police.

Police exchanged gunfire with at least eight gunmen over nearly 20km yesterday.

It is believed that the gunmen had earlier been involved in the robbery of several late-night revellers near H...
Zuma attacks 'old ANC ally' over Zim atrocities
On a workers' day high

ANC president Jacob Zuma has warned Zanu-PF that old liberation ties would not stop his party from speaking out against the violence and atrocities in Zimbabwe.

Zuma was addressing thousands of Cosatu members yesterday at a Workers' Day rally at the James Motlats...
Scorpions could come back in another form
'Legislation focusing on combating serious organised crime'

Justice director-general Menzi Simelane has rubbished suggestions that the ANC's resolution to disband the Scorpions was aimed as protecting "various ANC members from current and future investigations".

While not referring to ...
Dad devastated as crash motorist freed on warning
The motorist who fled after a fatal accident in which a young Pretoria boy and his mother were killed in a fiery smash on the N1 has been released on a warning.

The warning, which was issued hours after the allegedly drunken 26-year-old motorist's arrest at his Highveld home, is an order to appe...
Police kill man who stabbed baby
In an enraged fit sparked by fears of his girlfriend's infidelity, Andries Nkosi grabbed his 18-month-old daughter, stabbed her behind the ear, was shot twice by police and died in hospital less than 24 hours later.

The drama unfolded on Wednesday evening in the informal settlement of Ratanda, n...
Metro cop found in pool of blood
Boyfriend arrested after argument in Joburg house

'My baby, my special baby is no more … she's gone."

These were Nelly Moloi's harrowing words after discovering that her youngest child, a Joburg metro police officer, had been shot in the head and killed at her boyfriend's house in Cros...
DJ awaits fate in murder case
Former nightclub DJ Heinrich van Rooyen (24) was to hear today whether he was innocent or guilty on two counts of murder, sodomy, malicious damage to property and interfering with a witness. But the state is no longer pursuing a charge of attempted rape.

This week, state advocate Christhenus van...
Eight women freed from forced prostitution
Police have rescued eight women who were lured into forced prostitution through a "R4 000 a week job" newspaper advert.

The women, six from Gauteng and two from the Free State, had been promised lucrative jobs at an "upmarket club" in Welkom.

Police said one of the women told a patron about ...
Troubled ex-NP cabinet minister Rabie dies
Jac Rabie, a former National Party cabinet minister and Reiger Park community leader, has died in hospital, 17 months after his wife was viciously assaulted and strangled in a robbery at their home.

The 69-year-old Rabie died in Sunward Park Hospital's intensive care unit in Boksburg on Tuesday ...
'Why did they have to murder her?'
Ex-Banyana star's family condemn 'senseless' act

The family of former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane have been shocked by her "gruesome, barbaric and senseless" murder.

Her half-naked body was found in an open field next to the Kwa-Thema hostel on the East Rand on Monday morning....
Tip-off leads to creche murder arrest
North West police swoop on suspect

For Hendi Hefer, the news was a small bit of relief after a devastating week. At 10am yesterday a suspect was arrested in the North West town of Vryburg for her parents' murder at their Kempton Park creche last week.

"It was wonderful, it feels like I...
Pikoli stays mum on Presidency settlement deal
NPA Suspended NPA boss claims issues of national importance are being decided

Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli will "absolutely not" comment on the alleged settlement offer made to him by the Presidency, hours before he planned to release documents detailing what he told President Th...
Babies fail drugs test
A MUM and dad were arrested for using drugs after their two toddlers tested positive for handling illegal substances in Doringkloof, south of Pretoria yesterday.

Tshwane Metro Police made the arrest after a tip-off about the couple.

Spokesman Superintendent Alta Fourie said police found the co...
Search for two gunmen
ATTERIDGEVILLE police yesterday launched a manhunt for two gunmen who attacked two people in separate incidents west of Pretoria at the weekend.

The men allegedly shot and wounded a woman, 30 on her way to work on Sunday. They took her handbag with R40 cash and two cellphones before fleeing.

...
Shot dead at a wedding
DURBAN – A northern KwaZulu-Natal man, Mbhekeni Nkwanazi, 38-years-old, and one of three leaving a wedding ceremony, was shot dead after they had been accosted by a 10-man gang.

Mbhekeni died at the scene and the other two men managed run off and were unharmed.

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Sexually assaulted – Toddler
Yesterday a Durban man was arrested for allegedly indecently assaulting a two-year-old baby girl.

The young child went missing on Sunday.

Residents helped search for her and she was eventually found with a man who is “known in the community as someone who can’t be trusted with children,” p...
Appalling footage shocks nation
JOHANNESBURG - Dubbed “the Cornelia case”, a film of the appalling abuse meted out to a horse has sent shock waves through the entire country.

Last night’s broadcast by e-tv’s Third Degree has raised the spectre of unchecked animal abuse leading to human-on-human violence, according to experts.
...
A ‘bloody holiday weekend’
JOHANNESBURG - The holidays degenerated into yet another bloody weekend on South African roads, with NetCare 911 alone responding to 228 collisions throughout Gauteng.

South Africa retains its dubious title as a country with one of the worst road safety records in the world.

According to the ...
Chabangu out on R1 000 bail
JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Bafana Bafana striker Lerato Chabangu appeared in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Chabangu was caught at about 3am on Monday morning allegedly driving under the influence and speeding in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.

Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesman Ca...
Four to sweat another 8 days
The "Waterkloof Four" will have to wait another week to hear whether they are off the hook for beating up an unidentified man and killing another.

Pretoria High Court Judge Willie Seriti and Acting Judge Piet Ebersohn yesterday reserved judgment until May 7.

Jaap Cilliers SC argued on behalf...
Nationwide bedlam
Jinxed airline runs out of money and shuts out staff

Nationwide Airlines has finally crashed and burnt, five months after an engine fell off one aircraft and grounded the fleet.

Yesterday afternoon, following the airline's failure to secure the BEE deal that it hoped would save it from...
D-Day for Scorpions report
President Thabo Mbeki's decision to release the secret Khampepe report on the Scorpions, two years after it was completed, was in "no way" caused by political pressure.

Instead, spokesperson for the presidency Mukoni Ratshitanga this morning told The Star, the release of the report was aimed at ...
Appeal court slammed for taking a soft line on rape
Reduced sentences the rule not the exception, say advocates

Zitha Mabuza, Phillip Simongo and Oupa Sithole escaped a life sentence for gang-raping a child - because they were between 18 and 20 at the time of the crime and grew up poor.

And the success of their appeal to the Supreme Cou...
DJ to face court over double murder
The double murder trial of former nightclub disc jockey Heinrich van Rooyen was due to resume today for closing arguments.

Judge Nathan Erasmus is expected to deliver judgment in the Knysna Circuit Court on Friday.

Van Rooyen (24) has pleaded not guilty to six charges arising from the deaths...
DA ready to fight for elite unit
The controversial bill that will signal the death knell of the Scorpions is expected to be approved by cabinet tomorrow and finally tabled in parliament ahead of MPs returning from their constituency break next week.

It will be accompanied on Monday by the long-awaited release of the full Khampe...
Health officials deny virus killed two KZN infants
The KwaZulu Natal Health Department has denied that there is an outbreak of klebsiella at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi - despite two infants dying there on Friday.

During a media briefing at the KZN Legislature yesterday, the department's chief operations officer, Nhlanhla Nkosi, said ther...
Baby girl found abandoned in street
A baby (above) survived being dumped in an Ekurhuleni street yesterday.

Kempton Park police took in a baby girl who was found at the corner of Voortrekker and Monument streets.

"She is still alive and she is well," Constable Moses Ratsatsi said. He said a passer-by found the baby under a tre...
Tip-off leads to creche murder arrest
North West police swoop on suspect

For Hendi Hefer, the news was a small bit of relief after a devastating week. At 10am yesterday a suspect was arrested in the North West town of Vryburg for her parents' murder at their Kempton Park creche last week.

"It was wonderful, it feels like I...
Beuthin wins three court orders
Clutching his black lever-arch file, notorious bouncer Gary Beuthin shuffled out of the courtroom victorious.

The judge awarded him three crucial orders in his battle against prison authorities over what he describes as "cruel, inhumane and degrading" treatment.

Yesterday, Johannesburg High ...
Relief as lights are back on in Kempton
The lights are finally back on in Kempton Park.

Ekurhuleni Municipality spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said that all areas were with power by 3.30am this morning.

But Ekurhuleni Electricity spokesperson Hannes Roos said the suburbs of Creslawn and Van Riebeeck were still out because of a faulty ...
Cops ignore 'prankster's' call after robbery
A boy pleaded with police to help him, his invalid grandmother and domestic worker after a robbery, but to no avail.

The three were attacked in their Proclamation Hill, Pretoria, home on Saturday by three armed men.

Shimon Theron (11) and Mary Sepeng were bundled inside a duvet and thrown on...
Hell in the dark as fear grips Kempton
Residents of Kempton Park, who have been without electricity for the eighth day running, have begun barricading themselves indoors out of fear of criminals.

Although Ekurhuleni metro municipality spokesperson Zweli Dlamini promised that power was to be restored yesterday, the entire suburb - inc...
Baggage loss at SAA is sky-high
A total of 7 868 items of luggage belonging to South African Airways passengers were reported missing from airports in Joburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London in the three-month period between December 1 and February 29 this year.

That's in stark contrast to figures supplied to...
Don't touch anything at a crime scene
Forensic investigators find meaning in the most unexpected places

Regardless of how insignificant an item may seem at the time, a piece of plastic, a piece of glass, a cigarette butt or even a torn piece of paper towel, never discard it.

This was Captain Sietze Albertse's forensics-pro...
Mom gets seven years for killing sons
'Being down and out and depressed no excuse'

The killing of her two innocent sons was atrocious, a Pretoria High Court judge has told a mother before sentencing her to seven years in jail for the crime.

Sharon Paul (38) cried while family members hugged her in the dock on Friday.

A...
'Acid was to be flung in my face'
The paper simply states "To be taken out", followed by seven names. Mine is third on the list. It was found among the belongings of convicted fraudster Jean Claude LaCote, who is still on the run.

Irish shipping magnate Noel Hanley, the man responsible for bringing LaCote to book on several frau...
R1 000 000 bounty for fugitive
Victim of alleged swindler vows to get his own back

One million rands: that is the price on escaped convict Jean Claude LaCote's head - put up by the man he allegedly swindled.

"I want that man back where he belongs. Behind bars," says Noel Hanley, an Irish shipping magnate, who is put...
White fright over 'panga to your neck' lyrics is seen as justified
The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has ruled that the song Get Out by hip-hop artist Zubz was an incitement to violence.

The ruling followed a complaint in February by the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) against the SABC after the video of the song was flighted on SABC1.

...
Teazers' hot shot in the hot seat again
Teazers' owner Lolly Jackson has been arrested for the second time this month - this time for fraud.

A police spokesperson said Jackson was arrested yesterday and was being questioned at Germiston police station in connection with a fraud case.

According to Primedia's Eyewitness News, Jackso...
Most airport robberies involved Nigerians
Nigerians living in SA have welcomed the Nigerian Senate's condemnation of attacks on their fellow citizens in SA, including robberies and "sundry attacks".

This week, Nigerian Senator Grace Bent said the Senate was seriously concerned about the "protracted and unabated intimidation, brutalisati...
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