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Lessons in prostitution slated
'It's inappropriate and dangerous for primary school children'

Children as young as 10 are being taught natural sciences using a primary school textbook in which an HIV-positive sex worker sleeps with four strangers a day and abandons her child. A shocked mother slammed the Grade 5 case st...
Selebi review team named
The heat is on the country's own top "Law & Order team" - the four esteemed legal minds and detectives who have a month to review the National Prosecuting Authority's case against Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

The four experts are international investigator Frank Dutton, advocate Mbuyiseli ...
Thick as thieves, but now they're turning on each other
Barely a month before this picture was taken, the smiling men it captured were milling around a bullet-riddled luxury car that belonged mining magnate Brett Kebble.

Both men would cry at Kebble's funeral and call him a friend. Now they are alleged to have planned his death.

Accused crime bos...
Kebble's security chief turns on Agliotti
This is a never-before-seen picture of Clinton Nassif and Glenn Agliotti celebrating barely a month after their friend, mining magnate Brett Kebble, was gunned down in his luxury car. The close friendship captured in the image is now all but a memory.

Yesterday, two years after this picture was ...
Creditors may not benefit from sale of ill-gotten gains
Curators are hoping to raise millions of rands from the sale of the Roodepoort home belonging to accountant and Fidentia kingpin Angus Cruickshank, who was found dead in the bedroom of his holiday home at the Pecanwood Golf Estate at Hartbeespoort Dam in September last year.

He had apparently co...
High life of alleged tik maker exposed
Suspected druglord Pierre Brydges (37) led a lavish life and wouldn't hesitate to splash out millions on racing bets.

This emerged yesterday as the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the SA Police Service seized his Shelby Can-Am racing car, two BMWs, an expensive Cartier watch he had bought for hi...
Judge president's law and disorder
The storm clouds that have enveloped controversial Judge John Hlophe have been gathering over several years. From race rows to free lunches, the judge president has made the news for reasons other than legal rulings.

Yet few foresaw the drama and headlines to come when the former academic from a...
Army deaths investigated
Separate probes will determine how nine soldiers were killed in training


An internal probe and a police investigation are under way to unravel the cause of a horrific army training accident that killed nine soldiers and wounded 14.

Army chief Lieutenant-General Solly Shoke was today s...
Armed gangs pillage shops in CBD
Small businesses in bustling trading area of Joburg are frequent targets for robbers

Gangs of armed robbers are terrorising shopowners in the Joburg city centre in an area no bigger than two football pitches.

Heavily armed and often violent, the gangs have targeted linen and clothing s...
Hit-and-run accidents claim the lives of two
Two men are dead and two are under arrest following a weekend of serious accidents.

A 38-year-old man was struck and killed by an unidentified vehicle on Saturday, near a shopping centre in Rabie Ridge, Midrand.

An hour later, a 35-year-old man was also struck and killed by a vehicle on the ...
No bail for spiked drinks accused
The man charged with supplying drugs that allegedly led to the death of West Rand girl Lezaan Kriel (17) was again denied bail when he appeared in court yesterday.

Jacques de Kock (20), who is also charged with drug possession, was refused bail in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court because the ma...
SABC2 presenter held up at gunpoint
Lee-Anne Manas, co-presenter of Morning Live on SABC2, was robbed by four armed men at her home in Northcliff on Thursday evening as she arrived home from work.

The robbery comes a year after the Houghton home of her co-presenter Vuyo Mbuli was robbed and his father-in-law and two domestic worke...
Teen takes footage of theft and helps police find suspects
Group filmed as they leave residential complex with loot

A quick-thinking Eldorado Park teenager hid behind a curtain and used a cellphone camera to capture a group of men breaking into an apartment.

The girl was at the back of a high-rise residential complex last week when she saw fou...
Licensing stats a good sign on corruption
Fewer driver's licences are being issued because corruption is being rooted out, said Gauteng officials yesterday.

Gauteng processed about 72% fewer driver's licences in September than in August.

"Government has tightened its systems aimed at reducing corrupt practice at driver's licence tes...
Mbeki still backs Selebi
Deadlock: He can’t act on allegations alone

President Thabo Mbeki has full confidence in Jackie Selebi, regardless of allegations levelled against him.

And the Cabinet says he does not need to come clean on his suspension of prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli.

Spokesman Themba Maseko made these...
Hlongwa ‘covering up woes’
DA provincial health spokesman Jack Bloom yesterday urged Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa to stop covering up problems at hospitals.

Bloom has laid a charge of assault and theft on Wednesday after he was allegedly manhandled when he wanted to take pictures of long outpatient queues at Johannesbu...
Shock at release of muti suspects
Removed: Eyes, ears, lips, nipples, genitals

A Nellmapius family was shocked to hear the case against two men who allegedly mutilated and killed their four-year-old girl, for muti, was thrown out of the Pretoria Magistrate Court yesterday.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions w...
Officer ‘kept stolen car’
The SA Municipal Worker’s Union (Samwu) is calling for the suspension of two senior Johannesburg Metro Police officers.

“We ask for the suspension of Abel Nkosi and Ms De Beer. Nkosi is the Deputy Director of Internal Affairs and De Beer is a sergeant,” said Samwu spokesman Duminisani Langa.

...
Big spenders face fraud, theft charges
A brother and sister who allegedly converted a stolen ID document into their own by replacing the photograph, then used it to buy goods worth R40 000, made their first appearance in the Bellville Regional Court on Wednesday.

Sauley Benjamin, no age given, and his sister Jasmina Benjamin, 48, both...
Murder suspect mum
A young man accused of strangling and stabbing teenager Samantha Uys to death has closed his case without giving evidence.

Kabelo Tebogo (KB) Mokwena, 19, elected not to testify in his defence on charges of murdering Uys in November 2005 and robbing her of her mother’s car.

Mokwena’s co-accuse...
New police training tool
The days of illiterate and seemingly deaf police officers attending to the public will hopefully soon be a thing of the past.

Collaboration between Unisa academics and SA Police Service members saw a training DVD launched yesterday.

The brainchild of Zien Kruger, an English teacher at the univ...
Scorpions and cops in Cape turf war
Offer to DA leader to join another party allegedly recorded

Democratic Alliance Western Cape leader Theuns Botha unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a bitter turf war between the Scorpions and the South African Police Service that has drawn local politicians and government spies int...
'Throw my case out too'
Zuma uses NPA chief's suspension to call for a review of his own case

Jacob Zuma is adamant that National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli's suspension is grounds for the Scorpions corruption investigation against him to be reviewed and possibly abandoned.

And Zuma wants any reas...
Scorpions reel as two of their own are arrested
The elite Scorpions unit has been dealt a blow with the arrest of two of its Western Cape investigators for allegedly obstructing justice.

Wynand Koekemoer and Deon Veldthuysen were suspended by Scorpions provincial head Adrian Mopp yesterday and then arrested by police in Cape Town.

Police ...
Student leaders threaten to bus in more protesters to UJ campus
Protests at the Auckland Park campuses of the University of Johannesburg were expected to continue today after student leaders threatened to bus in sympathisers from other centres if their demands were not met.

UJ student representative council (SRC) president Mhlobo Hoyi said more than 8 000 st...
Kriegler slates stand on Hlophe
Bar Council blasted for failing to act on judge's 'unethical behaviour'

Retired Judge Johann Kriegler has waded into the Cape Bar Council for not taking a stronger stand over Cape Judge President John Hlophe's unethical and damaging behaviour.

Judge Kriegler said the Cape Bar Council's...
Hospital boss, politician in fracas
A senior hospital official was so angry to find an opposition MPL checking up on his hospital that he grabbed the politician's cellphone to stop him taking pictures.

"He manhandled me and forcibly took away my cellphone camera," Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng spokesperson on heal...
Selebi power abuse claim
SCORPIONS raid allegedly over police chief blocking extraditions

Two of the charges being investigated against Commissioner of Police Jackie Selebi relate to allegations he abused his office in Interpol to protect criminals from extradition.

Secretary-general of Interpol Richard ...
Pikoli was ‘onto Selebi’
Parliament has shielded another ANC member from facing questioning on a controversial issue.

This time, acting Speaker Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde rejected the DA’s call to investigate whether Reverend Frank Chikane, director general in the President’s office, had “misled” opposition leaders on the su...
Limpopo arrests after heist
Limpopo police have arrested seven men who allegedly ambushed and robbed a Coin security van of large sums of money, leaving a guard critically injured on the N1 near Makhado on Monday.

The men, aged between 22 and 50, were arrested in different places around the province and in Gauteng within 24...
Gambling equipment seized
Police seized gambling equipment worth R500 000 this week from a Rustenburg hotel previously the scene of the abduction and robbery of a patron.

Captain Elsabe Augoustides of the Rustenburg police said a search warrant was authorised by Rassie Erasmus, of the North West Gambling Board.

Police ...
Gigaba not off the hook
Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana has not abandoned investigations into allegations of impropriety against Home Affairs Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba – but has temporarily suspended them.

His spokesman said the National Assembly’s portfolio committee had decided that Gigaba should answer media r...
The condom scam case postponed
A corruption case relating to millions of defective condoms released to the public was postponed to next month in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

Sphere Fikizolo, 36, Sajeev Joseph, 35 and Jeffrey Hurwitz, 511, appeared on fraud and corruption charges. The case was postponed to N...
'As if you had birthed her yourself'
Wait is over for a spirited Baby R and the couple who never gave up on her

There is something fearless about Baby R. It's the same thing that made her tiny, newborn self refuse to die in the bottom of a plastic bucket.

And, perhaps, it's the same thing that carried the little girl thro...
More say Hlophe should quit
Members of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town are the latest influential group in legal circles to question whether Cape Judge President John Hlophe is fit to occupy his position.

"Judge Hlophe should consider whether his continuation in high judicial office in our legal system wi...
Massive weapons haul gets a meltdown
Tons of firearms and ammunition seized by police are sent to a furnace in ongoing fight against crime

It took more than nine months and joint operations between members of the Special Investigation Unit and detectives from the Violent Crime Unit to confiscate thousands of firearms.

But...
Children targeting peers for sex crimes, experts warn
Incidents of sexual violence committed by children against other children are rising, yet many of the culprits don't even know what they are doing or that it is wrong.

Joan van Niekerk of Childline said that of the cases they had seen, 43% of sexual crimes against children were committed by chil...
R2,7m cocaine seized at airport
Gauteng police made their second largest drug bust in two weeks at OR Tambo International Airport when they seized R2,7-million worth of cocaine destined for Mpumalanga.

The intelligence-driven operation yesterday led to the discovery of cocaine stashed in cartons listed as containing sewing mac...
Police arrest woman for 'killing her own baby'
First she allegedly tried to flush her newborn baby down the toilet, but when her efforts failed, she killed the infant by smashing a window and squashing the infant between the exterior burglar bars.

The 23-year-old mother was arrested this morning shortly after her new-born baby girl was found...
Crime victim's lawsuit on hold
A freelance photographer, who was severely assaulted by a sex offender in August 1995, wants to increase her claim against the ministers of justice and safety and security to R4,436-million.

The amount is R4,25-million more than the R177 000 Alix Carmichele (40) initially claimed when she instit...
Alleged cop-killer finally in the dock
Murder was committed 10 years ago

It took 10 years but Sandile Mahambahlala has finally appeared in court for allegedly murdering a cop.

Yesterday, Mahambahlala (40) of Rustenburg in North West - who is accused of murdering police officer Vusumzi Joseph Tshabalala and wounding his frie...
Shots fired as student protest gets out of hand
Police arrest dozens after High Court ruling is ignored

Police have lined the tops of student residences and conducted sweeps of rooms as University of Johannesburg protests against proposed fee increases turned violent.

The Doornfontein campus was on lock-down yesterday morning, follo...
Hostage drama: Man arrested
A 43-year-old lman was arrested for allegedly holding his family hostage for eight hours in Eldoradoraigne, south of Pretoria yesterday.

The man allegedly held his wife, 43,- and son, 14, at gunpoint in their Centurion home demanding money for drugs on Monday night.

Hostage negotiators were ca...
Hearsay allowed in murder trial
A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday ruled that hearsay evidence of a murder accused’s confession about the gruesome murder of teenager Samantha Uys was admissible.

Judge Tholi Vilakazi ruled it was in the interest of justice to allow the evidence of Uys’ former boyfriend, Joshua Bebington, who ...
No Selebi deal, says Agliotti
But 'Kebble killer' may turn on top cop's friend today

Glenn Agliotti is under enormous pressure to take the stand against his "friend", National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

But the man dubbed "The Landlord" and accused of killing mining tycoon Brett Kebble is adamant there will...
Growing calls for Selebi to step aside
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is under increasing pressure to step aside or be suspended while acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe reviews the Scorpions' case against him.

In the wake of Monday's call by Mpshe himself for Selebi to take leave while he cond...
Dozens of advocates urge Hlophe to quit
A number of senior members of the Cape Bar Council have rallied around their nine colleagues who publicly endorsed a call by retired Judge Johann Kriegler for their judge president to resign.

About 50 advocates yesterday attended a meeting at which it was decided that the Bar Council should expl...
MPs delay changes to abortion law
Progress in processing proposed amendments to the country's abortion law has stalled.

This was because there were too few MPs in the National Assembly's health committee to form a quorum yesterday following the recess period.


Only four of the committee's eleven members arrived for the sche...
Selebi set-up bid exposed
But Agliotti stands firm and says he won't make deal to turn on police chief

Glenn Agliotti is under massive pressure to take the stand against his "friend", National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

But the man dubbed "The Landlord" and accused of killing mining tycoon Brett Kebble ...
Lawyers in turmoil over Hlope row
Retired judge called 'hypocrite' over 'uncalled for' attack

A s the controversy continues to rage over Judge John Hlophe, the scathing attack on his conduct by retired judge Johann Kriegler has generated praise and criticism from all sectors, with the chief justice choosing to remain mum f...
Alleged cop-killer finally in the dock
Murder was committed 10 years ago

It took 10 years but Sandile Mahambahlala has finally appeared in court for allegedly murdering a cop.

Yesterday, Mahambahlala (40) of Rustenburg in North West - who is accused of murdering police officer Vusumzi Joseph Tshabalala and wounding his frie...
12 nabbedin CBD over dagga
Twelve foreigners have ben arrested for being in possession of dagga.

Joburg police yesterday found 700g of dagga, a small amount of cocaine, two DVDs and a TV in a house on the corner of Goud and Market streets.

Police were patrolling when they saw women preparing small parcels of dagga.

...
Hlophe affair splits legal profession
Strong reactions to Kriegler's call for judge to be axed

Judge Kriegler, a former judge of appeal and Constitutional Court judge, came down hard on Judge Hlophe at the weekend and questioned his suitability for the bench.

The crisis deepened yesterday, with eight highly respected senio...
Pikoli suspension, warrant for Selebi worry Tutu
Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu says the suspension of prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli and the unfolding events around police chief Jackie Selebi have left him bewildered and surprised.

"I must say I don't know all the details of this matter. I can only say that I am very surprised and bewildered...
New Intelligence chief to focus on the task at hand
South Africa's new intelligence co-ordinator isn't particularly worried about infighting among spies.

"I need to focus on the real work and leave things that are not a priority for the country," Silumko "Soks" Sokupa told The Star.

"The impression I have is there is a willingness to co-operate...
Fears that reports will remain secret
No action has been taken on Iraqi oil-for-food allegations

The inquiry into suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli looks set to end in another "secret" report that the public will never see.

An investigation by The Star has revealed that, in addition to being denied ...
Three robbers killed in shootout with the police
A Diepkloof, Soweto, family were rudely awakened by the sound of gunfire - and when they emerged from the bedroom, they discovered that their dining room window had been shattered by bullets.

"We heard the sound of guns, and we could hear that they were not far away, and we did not know what was...
Agliotti faces new threat
Kebble ' killing mastermind' joins him in the dock and may now turn state witness

The alledged organiser in the murder of Brett Kebble is a shocking new accused in the multimillion rand drug case against Glen Agliotti.

Kebble's former security head Clinton Nassif looks set to spill the...
We can fight crime together
This page is aimed at arming you, our readers, with tips on how to protect yourself against crime, and informing you of the latest trends that criminals are employing to target you.

In addition we will feature what communities - especially community policing forums - individuals and security per...
Protesting students throw stones at motorists
Police had to fire rubber bullets after University of Johannesburg students began pelting passing motorists with stones on Saratoga Avenue, Joburg, just before 11am today.

Earlier this morning, more than 20 students from the university were arrested after they allegedly pelted police with stones...
Judge interdicts protesting student leaders
The University of Johannesburg has served its protesting students with a court interdict to prevent them from disrupting classes during final exams.

Yesterday, hundreds of students mainly members of the South African Students' Congress (Sasco) gathered at the university entrance to protest again...
Dad locks rapist in handicapped daughter's room
An informal settler was enraged after finding a man raping his mentally challenged daughter, locked him in the room in their shack and summoned the community's help.

Gauteng police commissioner Perumal Naidoo said the incident happened at the Barcelona informal settlement in Etwatwa, Benoni, earl...
Shot four times for R5
Trivial debt for packet of balloons led to maiming

Soweto's top cop, Amos Maneta, is building a case against a man he believes shot a street hawker four times at point-blank range over a debt of just R5.

It's an unusual case which revolves around a packet of party balloons and which we...
Caught red-handed by Green Scorpions
Woman arrested after hazardous waste dumped in Boksburg

Ekurhuleni metro environmental health officials kept a woman under surveillance as she illegally dumped hazardous waste with a potential community health-risk on behalf of a Boksburg chemical company.

They alerted the Green Scorpio...
Mama Jackey does dance of victory at court
Within minutes of having her kidnapping case struck off the roll, Mama Jackey had swopped her black suit for camouflage military fatigues.

Better known as the Angel of Soweto, Jackey Maarohanye danced on the steps of the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto yesterday while hundreds of her pupils ...
SA's Iron Lady speaks out against graft
Dr Frene Ginwala is passionate about good governance, and still refuses to bow to the powers that be

I t's inevitable that her ANC national executive committee membership keeps coming up, agrees Dr Frene Ginwala, but she is unconcerned.

"This has nothing to do with it," the former speak...
Pikoli saga sets stage for security shake-up
The country's security establishment is due for a shake-up this week.

Several senior government sources said the drama around Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli would draw in others in the National Prosecuting Authority and South ...
Cheap heroin is killing our children
Highly addictive heroin available at R20 to R30 a fix is hitting teenagers across the country with devastating effects. The price of various low-grade heroin mixes - "nyaope" in Gauteng, "sugars" in Durban, "unga" in Cape Town and "pinch" in Mpumalanga - means teens can pool pocket-money to share a ...
Church could face class-action abuse suit
Writer reveals more abuse by Bishop

The Catholic Church in SA could face a class-action suit after another ex-Boys Town pupil came forward with allegations of molestation by the late Bishop of Joburg and founder of Boys Town, Reginald Orsmond.

This week, the Saturday Star received a ca...
Scorpions forced to retreat, for now
The Scorpions came within inches of persuading Brett Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti to testify against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

But then it all fell apart for the elite crime-fighting body, which - instead of preparing to take the Kebble case to the Johannesburg High Cou...
Selebi's web
Corruption, fraud, defeating the ends of justice and racketeering … the net tightens

A web of one-time police informants, security company operators and associates of slain mining magnate Brett Kebble lies at the heart of the Scorpions' sensational probe into the country's top cop, Commiss...
Many educators who molest get away with it
One held for sexual assault is still teaching,while another avoids criminal charges altogether

A West Rand music teacher has appeared in court on charges of indecent assault and the possession of child pornography. During their investigations police also discovered that the man, who has no...
3 die in cops vs robbers chase
Three suspected robbers were killed in a shootout with police this morning just outside a Soweto high school.

In the aftermath of the action on a residential street in Diepkloof, one dead suspect lay face down on the concrete, while two more lay lifeless in the back of a getaway bakkie riddled w...
Social worker made demented patient sign will
A social worker claims that a "moment of clarity" resulted in her 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient making her a beneficiary in her R700 000 estate

A Pretoria High Court acting judge has expressed concern over a social worker "assisting" her patient in drawing up her will in which she (the social ...
Hlophe unfit for bench, says fellow judge
In an astonishing attack on a fellow judge, former appeal court and Constitutional Court judge Johann Kriegler has denounced Cape Judge President John Hlophe as unfit for the bench.

The outspoken human rights advocate and former Independent Electoral Commission chair harshly criticised Judge Hlo...
Two held in Kempton after schoolboy robbed
Quick reaction by police officers from Norkem Park police station in Kempton Park led to the arrest of two armed robbers and the recovery of two stolen firearms.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said two pupils were walking in Breërivier Road in Norkem Park on Friday when they were accosted by two...
Arrested couple linked to four stolen vehicles
A man and a woman have been arrested and four stolen vehicles seized at an upmarket complex in Kempton Park.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said Crime Intelligence Unit detectives swooped on an address at Glen Erasmia Boulevard in Kempton Park and seized the four vehicles. They arrested a couple,...
High-earning Joburg tourism head suspended
Yet another head of one of the City of Joburg's entities is about to roll.

Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC) chief executive Eddy Khosa has been suspended.

Spencer Pillay, the acting chief executive of the JTC, confirmed the suspension and said an investigation was being conducted, but said...
Gays are targets of hate speech, crime
As Gay Pride comes of age today, Gauteng gays and lesbians toast civil unions, adoptions, gender-neutral definitions and a protective constitution.But with hate speech and hate crimes on the increase, these liberties are under threat.

A research project by the Joint Working Group - a collaborati...
No reprieve on sentencing for convicted rapists
Rapists will, in future, feel the full force of the law as judges sentencing powers are cut. From next year judges will no longer be able to reduce minimum rape sentences based on the rapist's cultural and religious beliefs, or the victim's sexual history.

Previously judges were allowed to argue...
Ginwala ‘wrong for probe’
Former speaker Frene Ginwala is not the right person to head an inquest into the Scorpions boss Vusi Pikoli’s suspension.

This is the view of the Inkatha Freedom Party and the DA.

“As an ANC NEC member, we believe Ginwala is not the appropriate person to lead such a significant inquest into wh...
Man blames drugs for murder
IN SHOCK after the incident

A Meyerspark man yesterday told the Pretoria High Court he had been under the influence of drugs when he strangled an employee during an argument.

Judge John Murphy convicted Daniel van der Walt, 29, on a charge of murdering Antoinette Marle Mauer at ...
‘We killed for drugs’
SCHOOLKID tells judge his friends stabbed teenage girl

A Pretoria teenager was allegedly murdered by two of her friends because they wanted to sell her mother’s car for alcohol and drugs.

The boyfriend of slain teenager Samantha Uys, Joshua Bebington, gave evidence against two of...
Robber shot dead
A robber was killed during a shootout with a plot owner north of Pretoria yesterday.

Police said the incident happened when six men entered plot 108 in Strydfontein, near Akasia, and fired at the occupants without warning at about 9am.

Captain Lucas Sithole said the plot owner retaliated, kil...
Newspaper hostage man fit for trial
A man who held eight staff of the Pretoria News hostage earlier this year has been declared fit to stand trial, according to a report from the Pretoria Weskoppies Hospital.

The report was released in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday after Lionel George, 32, had spent 30 days in the ho...
Kebble case, Selebi probe disintegrating
Kebble case, Selebi probe disintegrating

The Brett Kebble murder case and the Scorpions' probe into Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi are coming apart at the seams.

The Star has established that although accused Kebble killer Glenn Agliotti came under pressure to accept a plea-bargain ...
Pikoli's deals with criminals probed
Suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli stands accused of making deals with murderers - including the men who allegedly killed Brett Kebble - in his efforts to nail National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

The government yesterday announced that it would investigate whether Pikoli's decisions ...
Wits students still on rampage over fees
Protests at Wits University continued yesterday when hundreds of students stormed lecture halls disrupting classes and intimidating non- striking students.

After a few hours of marching around the university, the students gathered in the reception hall of Senate House and chanted struggle songs ...
Man shot, stabbed 14 times and shot again
Hundreds of people were expected to gather at the Bryanston Catholic Church today to mourn the life of a community stalwart who was ruthlessly killed by a gang of housebreakers.

Mike Thomson, a member of the Craighall Park Primary School governing board and a former Paulshof Community Policing F...
Robber stabs Reiger Park boy
Pupil viciously attacked outside school grounds

A teacher says a pupil was stabbed outside a Reiger Park school's grounds as the result of a robbery, and the incident was not related to violence among the learners.

Peter Harmse, a Grade 12 maths teacher, yesterday said the pupil, Andile...
Paedophile imprisoned for 39 years
Judge says there was no reason to declare child rapist a dangerous criminal

Gordon Joubert was convicted of raping eight minors and indecently assaulting 10 others, yet a Johannesburg High Court judge has declared him "not a dangerous criminal".

Despite this statement, Acting Judge Nar...
Cops injured after shootout with robbers
Spent cartridges, an abandoned magazine and a bullet-riddled police van marked the street where a policeman was shot and seriously injured in a Joburg industrial area.

The sergeant was shot several times yesterday when he and his inspector colleague drove past Ames Agencies in Kruger Street, Den...
Cops, Wits students clash at protest
Police have fired rubber bullets and arrested students during a protest march at the University of the Witwatersrand.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said two students were arrested after protesters started throwing stones at police and damaging vehicles yesterday.

"The students...
'Castrate me' child rapist gets 192 years
Gorden Joubert, a convicted paedophile, stood motionless in the Johannesburg High Court this morning when he was given a collective sentence of 192 years on eight counts of raping minor children.

Passing sentence, Acting Judge Naren Pandya sentenced Joubert (49), of Muldersdrift on the West Rand...
Murdered by police
Ticket scam: Suspect killed and dumped on highway

Two former policemen and a reservist were yesterday convicted of kidnapping a suspect and murdering him, before leaving his body on the highway.

Pretoria Judge Khami Makhafola found ex-policemen Magiel Burger, Felokwane David Goqo...
Escaper back behind bars
A wanted criminal is behind bars again after his escape from Randburg Magistrate’s Court more than three years ago.

Thabiso Reginald Makwela, 26, allegedly shot and wounded four police officers and three awaiting-trial prisoners during his escape from the court.

On the day he escaped from the ...
Khutsong pupils arrested
Tensions flared between Khutsong matric pupils and residents of Taung, North West again on Tuesday and early yesterday, resulting in 25 arrests.

Although no further disturbances were reported, North West police spokesman Superintendent Louis Jacobs said the atmosphere was still “tense”.

Reside...
Forced to hand back Kabila jet
RULING: Not part of what’s owed

The presidential jet with which a Pretoria businessman hoped to recover millions allegedly owed him by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government was the property of the late President Laurent Kabila and could be sold in execution.

This ...
Pub gambling to be licensed
Owners and operators of bars in Gauteng currently enjoying a windfall thanks to illegal gambling machines on which they do not pay VAT will find this source of revenue gone come next December.

The Gauteng Gambling Board is currently rolling out limited payout machine (Lpm) licensing across the pr...
Son poison: bail
A 21-year-old woman has been granted bail of R2 000 after she allegedly gave her one-year-old son rat poison mixed with his milk.

The child is in the Intensive Care Unit of Potchefstroom Hospital.

The woman appeared in the Khutsong Magistrate Court on a charge of attempted murder.

The cas...
Selebi's warrants traced
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has been the subject of four different warrants and they were granted by a Johannesburg High Court deputy judge president and a Randburg magistrate and academic.

While prosecuting and government authorities have consistently kept mum on the existence of...
Pikoli's report shows how drama has affected NPA
Staff shortages, severe pressures and the draining of morale were, ironically, the issues highlighted by suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli in the prosecuting authority's annual report.

Several of the management faces in the report for the last financial year, tabled ...
Mbeki rapped for way he fired Masetlha
The president has been sharply criticised for the way in which he fired intelligence director-general Billy Masetlha - with two of South Africa's most powerful judges describing the axing as a "violation".

Constitutional Court justices Sandile Ngcobo and Tholie Madlala yesterday slammed the spy ...
Case against Pikoli
1 Prosecutions boss unfit to hold office 2 Offered immunity deals to criminals 3 Failure to recognise minister's authority

Suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli stands accused of making deals with murderers including the men who allegedly killed Brett Kebble in his efforts to nail Nationa...
Mbeki won't have to give evidence on spy's firing - court
President Thabo Mbeki should pay axed spy boss Billy Masetlha all the money and benefits he would have received if he had not been suspended … but Masetlha should not get his job back.

This was how the Constitutional Court this morning decided the increasingly bitter battle between the president...
The man who nailed Shaik now eyes Zuma
After six years and three court battles, Scorpions advocate Billy Downer and his team have proved their fraud and corruption case against Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, beyond any doubt.

And now, after the Constitutional Court yesterday dismissed Shaik's appeal against his...
Crashes claiming lives of special people, says minister
Speakers at road safety conference tell of the need to change attitudes

Soccer stars Gift Leremi and Fernando Matola are just two of the thousands of "shining lights" lost on South African roads this year.

Speaking at the launch of the Road Traffic Accident Investigation Conference at ...
Sting operation nets smash-and-grab pair
Robbery victim helps police lay trap for suspects

A woman's intuition and a covert operation by Joburg metro police officers has led to the arrest of two suspected smash-and-grabbers.

Marliza Mulder became a smash-and-grab statistic on Monday when her handbag containing her watch, wall...
Poor policing blamed for many fatalities on roads
Speakers at safety conference tell of the need to change attitudes

Soccer stars Gift Leremi and Fernando Matola are just two of the thousands of "shining lights" lost on South African roads this year.

Speaking at the launch of the Road Traffic Accident Investigation Conference at Emper...
2 killed in shootout
Two suspected robbers were shot dead and a third wounded during a shootout with police in Randfontein yesterday.

The Randfontein Robbery Reaction Unit spotted a suspicious looking vehicle on Main Reef Road and tried to stop it. The occupants fired.

Two members of the public were injured in th...
‘Victims’ shock in Barbie trial
NEW JUDGE to be appointed and the ordeal will start all over again for State witnesses

The five alleged victims in the so-called “Dirk and Barbie” sex trial will have to take the stand again.

The trial of Cezanne Visser, alias “Advocate Barbie”, was provisionally postponed yester...
In Court after brother dies
A 21-year-old man will appear in court today after he allegedly stabbed his brother to death during a heated argument in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.

According to the deceased’s landlord, the 21-year-old knocked on his door because his brother had refused to open the door for him.

“Later there was an ...
US Navy arrives in the Cape
The US Navy is in Cape Town conducting exercises with the SA Air Force ad Navy.

Exercise Indunduma (hill in isiZulu) saw the American Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman and a USN P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft working with an SA Navy frigate, submarine and other naval elements...
Table mountain security plan
Plans have been put in place to prevent attacks on visitors to Table mountain.

An increase in co-operation between park personnel and the 13 police stations bordering the park with the creation of a joint operations center at Caledon Square police station is the focal point of the new plan.

Th...
Hoax e-mail accused stand firm
The defence in the hoax e-mail saga has made certain admissions in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. However, this did not change the three accused's denial that they did not fabricate or falsify intercepted electronic communication.

Computer forensic expert Danny Myburg earlier ...
Now Zuma's the next target
Prosecutors celebrate final court triumph over Schabir Shaik

After six years and three court battles, Scorpions advocate Billy Downer and his team have proved their fraud and corruption case against Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, beyond any doubt.

And now, after ...
Silent Mbeki may have to testify on Pikoli
President Thabo Mbeki maintained his silence yesterday about the crisis involving top cop Jackie Selebi, ostensibly because he may have to testify in suspended prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli's disciplinary hearing.

It is believed he could be called to make a submission to the Ginwala inquiry into...
Hijacker triggers panic on Ben Schoeman Highway
Chaos reigned on the Ben Schoeman Highway during a shootout between Pretoria police and a gun-toting hijacker.

The high-speed chase saw scores of motorists swerving off the highway as the gunbattle erupted during yesterday's midday traffic.

The pursuit, which took place between Jean Avenue a...
16 judges, 3 trials, 1 verdict for Shaik
16 judges, 3 trials, 1 verdict for Shaik

Schabir Shaik's last hopes lay in tatters yesterday as the man who secured a bribe for Jacob Zuma learnt he would be in prison for many years to come.

His last chance of clearing his name, or having his 15-year sentence reduced, vanished when 10 ...
Hoax e-mail trial becomes Internet lesson as accused plead not guilty
For a political thriller, it has the potential to grip like a best-selling novel. Instead the first day in court of the alleged hoax e-mail accused turned out to be more a lesson in the basics of computer science.

Former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) director-general Billy Masetlha, former ...
McBride case, deputy's suspension are not related
The drunk-driving case against Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride is an external matter resulting from an investigation by the National Prosecuting Authority, while the suspension of one of his deputies, Themba Mvelase, arose from a disciplinary action instituted by the metro.

The two ...
State opposes Motata trial within trial
Judge Nkola Motata's drunk-driving trial has been delayed again this time by his request for a trial within a trial on the admissibility of footage forming part of the state's evidence against him.

In a long-winded argument yesterday, Judge Motata's counsel, Danie Dorfling, did his best to persu...
Bid to release 12-year-old from prison must wait
The 12-year-old convicted criminal "Ma-eleven" is notorious among staff at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto.

The boy is currently serving two jail terms for stealing cellphones sentences of two years each, which are running concurrently at Leeuwkop Prison.

He is the youngest inmate in...
Six police officers sue McBride for R900 000
Controversial Ekurhuleni metro police Chief Robert McBride is being sued for R900 000 by six police officers.

The six officers were scheduled to serve a letter of demand to McBride yesterday in which they were laying a claim of R900 000 against him.

The claim comes after an incident in June in...
Police conduct in teen murder case was ‘flawed’
Counsel for one of the alleged killers of Pretoria teenager Samantha Uys argued yesterday that his client’s rights might have been explained to him six times, but that it was never done properly.

Morgan Kekana, appearing for Kabelo Tebogo Mokwena, 19, argued that his client’s pointing-out of both...
Fraudster to clean station
An accountant who conned Safmarine out of R850 000 has to perform cleaning services at the Table View police station as punishment.

Catherine Hill, 32, who is mother of a teenage daughter, appeared in the Bellville Commercial Crime Court, before magistrate Amrith Chabilall, who also placed her un...
Family murder trial delayed
The Pretoria High Court trial of two Chinese nationals accused of murdering a Chinese businessman and his family was yesterday postponed for a week.

Judge Khami Makhafola postponed the trial of Siyuan Liu, 48, and Jiansen Bai, 54, to October 8 as a Chinese interpreter was not available.

The co...
Can’t recall whether he slit gran’s throat
A Johannesburg High court judge issued “a strongly-worded request” yesterday for the co-ordination of psychiatric data on an accused who had been so high on drugs that he did not know whether he had slit his grandmother’s throat.

This was admitted many months ago by Miguel Emmanuel de Freitas, 20...
Shock review of NPA cases
The case against ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma will be one of the high-profile cases to be reviewed by new acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe.

President Thabo Mbeki asked him to review all pending cases being investigated by the National Prosecuting Authority, mostly...
Ginwala's Pikoli probe to begin soon
Mbeki said to be furious at Selebi affair


The inquiry into suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli is expected to start within the next few days.

Former National Assembly Speaker Dr Frene Ginwala, who has been tasked to lead the inquiry, refused to talk about deadlin...
Boksburg cash gang sought
Police have launched an intensive search for between seven and 10 cash-in-transit robbers after they ambushed a Fidelity cash van at a shopping centre in Atlasville, Boksburg.

Reza Patel, the chairperson of the Benoni Safety Forum, yesterday said the robbers, who were armed with heavy-calibre mil...
Ordinary folk winning crime battle
Joint effort is reaping rich rewards in Tembisa

A community has rolled up its sleeves and tackled crime head-on, proving so successful that soaring crime statistics have been significantly reduced.

Emperors Palace, in association with Community Monitoring Services and the SA Police Serv...
Language errors used to establish author's identity
Seen as more reliable means of revealing sources of anonymous documents, linguistic analysis is now used in court cases

Forensic linguistic analysis is not a term that many South Africans would be familiar with, but it is gaining recognition in the legal field as a means of identifying - b...
The big crime bust that went belly-up
It was billed as one of the biggest crime bust operations in Randburg involving a joint operation by members of the police, Joburg Metro police, local security companies and the Home Affairs Department.

But in the end, the Metro police snubbed it and only a handful of SAPS officers turned up, jo...
Sunday Times sticks to its guns over Selebi's 'arrogant' quotes
Jackie Selebi has accused the Sunday Times of lying in yesterday's front page report about his denials of a warrant for his arrest.

The Sunday Times, in return, today said it stood by its report.

The paper's lead story yesterday under the headline "They will never arrest me" quotes the natio...
Child labour verdict lauded
A guilty verdict on charges of using child labour, handed down in a KwaZulu-Natal court, has been welcomed.

“The verdict, when added to programmes such as Towards Elimination of Child Labour, is heartening in the national action against this abuse of basic human rights,” Advocate Ilene Barrie, co...
DA to charge Qunta
The Democratic Alliance will today lay a charge against Christine Qunta, a President Thabo Mbeki ally and a likely SABC Board chairman.

DA health spokesman Mike Walters will head to the Cape Town police station to charge Qunta with the contravention of the provisions of the Medicines and Related ...
Convicted Court to rule on Shaik’s appeal
Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik will know tomorrow whether his appeal against conviction and confiscation of his assets has been successful.

Judgment in the appeal brought by his legal team after his conviction on fraud charges is set to be handed down in the Constitutional Court.

In June 20...
4 Robbers arrested
Four suspects were arrested after allegedly robbing the Bedfordview licence department at the weekend.

They were found in possession of a 9mm pistol, 16 live rounds and an undisclosed amount of money. They will appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court today.

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R12 million for gender war
The war chest against gender-based violence in South Africa has been boosted by R12 million – thanks to the USA.

US ambassador to South Africa Eric Bost and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nquakula have signed an agreement for a new US-SA law enforcement co-operation as part of President Bus...
Casino suspect shot
A man allegedly linked to several Casino robberies dating as far back as 2005 was arrested by police at the weekend.

The suspect, who is believe to be part of a gang that carried out robberies at Monte Casino in 2005, Carnival City last month, and at the Standard Bank in Rivonia Boulevard a coupl...
Officers assault a hawker
A female hawker from Hillbrow has claimed that several Johannesburg Metro police officers assaulted her and took her stock at the weekend.

Aby Mncube said they took her stock and did not issue a receipt as required by law.

South African National Traders’ Alliance spokesman Edmund Elias said it...
Canefield killer: more bodies found
Three more bodies have been found in sugarcane plantations on the KZN South Coast.

This brings to eight the number of bodies recovered by police in recent weeks.

The latest discoveries were made by police on Friday as part of their investigation into the murders of several women in the Umzin...
Ginwala's Pikoli probe to begin soon
Mbeki said to be furious at Selebi affair

The inquiry into suspended National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli is expected to start within the next few days.

Former National Assembly Speaker Dr Frene Ginwala, who has been tasked to lead the inquiry, refused to talk about deadline...
Sailor fatally stabbed on SA Agulhas
The environmental protection vessel Sarah Baartman was due to leave Table Bay today to retrieve the body of the Cape Town seaman who was stabbed to death aboard the Antarctic supply ship SA Agulhas yesterday.

Edward Hulley (22), of Brooklyn, is believed to have been killed by a fellow crewman af...
'Big Daddy' bishop sex shock
Author of new book claims founder of Boys Town molested him

One of South Africa 's most prominent Catholic bishops has been described as a child molester in a new book.

Author Mario d'Offizi pulls no punches, giving explicit details about his alleged sexual encounters with the late Reg...
Top businessman fronted for Virodene
Today the Saturday Star can reveal how businessman Max Maisela was the frontman for an "investor" channelling tens of millions of rands in US dollars to the developers of the so-called Aids vaccine, Virodene, long after it had been discredited by South Africa's Medicines Control Council.

The fun...
Magistrate lays down the law to defiant judge
Judge Nkola Motata has been defiant in his response to the state's drunk driving case against him: arriving late at court, talking back to the presiding magistrate and snorting derisively at witness evidence. Yesterday, however, magistrate Desmond Nair laid down the law for the Pretoria High Court j...
Cop raped me in van, woman says
An evening of fun for friends partying on Clifton's famous Fourth Beach in Cape Town turned into a night of horror for a young woman when she was picked up by a police van, taken to a quiet spot and allegedly raped by a policeman.

At one stage during her ordeal two weeks ago, the 20-year-old wom...
State withdraws safe-theft case
Suspects - including two cops - back at workwhile all the stolen money is still missing

The state has withdrawn its case against two police inspectors and two civilians accused of stealing $13-million and R1,5-million after drilling through the safe of Benoni police station last year.

...
Mbeki returns to political storm
Calls for president to address 'potential constitutional crisis' arising from Pikoli's suspension

The fate of the country's top law enforcement chiefs hangs in the balance this weekend after President Thabo Mbeki returned from the United Nations to a storm of criticism and warnings of a "p...
Maisela and the mystery 'Investor'
ANC-linked businessman was able to pump millions of rands into the disgraced 'Aids cure' project even as the funds were misappropriated, writes Fiona Forde

Hot on the heels of allegations that placed the Presidency at the heart of the Virodene affair comes fresh evidence that links the ANC...
Manuel rounds on Absa over PSL report
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has slammed banking giant Absa for allegedly proposing to pay members of the Premier Soccer League executive committee R50-million for awarding it a half-a-billion-rand sponsorship deal.

In a strongly worded letter to Absa CEO Steve Booysen published in City Press, ...
Selebi denies hinting he's above law
In his first extensive interview since allegations that there was a warrant for his arrest, Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi speaks to Talk Radio 702's Yusuf Abramjee about the allegations and his relationship with Vusi Pikoli

Yusuf Abramjee: You are quoted in the Sunday Times as saying "...
Prove my alleged criminality, and I'll meet you in court - Selebi
Embattled National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi would like to have his day in court but he would only face his detractors if they have concrete proof of his alleged links to criminality.

In an extensive interview with Talk Radio 702, Selebi said that if anybody could prove that he had delv...
Major breakthrough as cops arrest robbery suspect
Police believe they have made a major breakthrough with the arrest of a man believed to be part of a gang responsible for a trail of casino and bank robberies in Gauteng.

The man a Zimbabwean national in his late 30s was arrested in Fordsburg on Saturday following a tip-off from the public, acco...
Frightened gays and lesbians march against township homophobia
Gays and lesbians in Soweto have had enough of the homophobia in the huge township.

On Saturday, they took to the streets in a march aimed at stressing the need for more protection for homosexuals in the township.

Several of the 150 participants - mainly women - who joined the third annual Sow...
Attacks on students on rise in Melville
Streetchildren target area near University of Johannesburg

A group of streetchildren are being blamed for the increase in assaults and muggings of university students in Melville.

Nine robberies, some of them at knifepoint, have been reported to police this year by students of the Univ...
Beware the foreign tax evader
Don't believe that you can't suck blood from a stone; the SA Revenue Service has mastered the art.

You can buy a property for R2-million or more from a South African and walk away after the money has been paid, but the days when you could do the same if you bought a house in that price range fro...
Sars intensifies its search for tax dodgers
The South African Revenue Service is targeting 28 000 businesses and individuals who have neglected to submit their tax returns for more than four years.

On Thursday, Sars officials, joined by customs and SA Police Service officers, fanned out across the country to deliver summonses to businesse...
Lioncase shockscott-Crossley freed of murder
Mark Scott-Crossley, the man accused of feeding a farm worker to lions, has had his murder conviction overturned.

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein this morning upheld Scott-Crossley's appeal against his conviction for murdering Nelson Chisale, whom he admitted th...
20 years’ jail for violent rapist
A violent rapist, who severely assaulted his victim before repeatedly raping and indecently assaulting her, has been sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.

Pretoria High Court Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann sentenced Shimane Piet Juba, 44, of Brits to an effective 20 years on charges of assault, kidnap...
On trial for strangling wife
A 37-year-old Trichardt man who allegedly strangled his wife during a drunken argument is to go on trial in the Pretoria High Court in November.

The State alleges that in October 2004, Etienne Jacques Nienaber had assaulted his wife Carol to such an extent that she called the police.

After the...
Life for killing ex-girlfriend
A 44-year-old panel beater who shot dead his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Pretoria High Court Judge Aubrey Ledwaba sentenced Sipho Kubheka of Emhalenhle to life imprisonment for the March 2005 killing of Lucia Mahlangu.

She died after being shot four times through her...
Four holes in judge's drunk-driving trial
Judge Nkola Motata is doing all he can to keep audio recordings of his alleged inebriated and abusive rantings away from the court trying him for drunk-driving.

Because, if the five audio recordings are found to be real and admissible evidence against the Pretoria High Court judge, the swearing ...
Special cabinet meeting on Pikoli
The cabinet has held an unscheduled meeting in Pretoria to discuss the suspension of National Prosecuting Authority chief Vusi Pikoli.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko yesterday confirmed that the special meeting of ministers took place, but said it was against protocol to say who had atten...
Judge mounts his fight-back
Judge Nkola Motata will fight the state's drunk driving case against him every step of the way - and he has already won a small legal victory in his battle for acquittal.

The Pretoria High Court judge's legal team this morning stopped the state from handing in a copy of a misspelt note he allege...
No bail for suspect in KES murder case
A 17-year-old boy arrested over the murder of a Grade 11 King Edward VII School pupil has been denied bail.

Before his application was heard at the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday, magistrate Stanley Mkhari ruled that the matter must be heard in camera, thus barring journalists from the hea...
Parents warned after matric pupil shoots himself
Education experts have warned parents to refrain from subjecting their children to undue pressure during the stressful matric exam period, as this could lead to tragic results.

This comes after a Grade 12 pupil killed himself with his grandfather's gun, citing poor performance in his trial exams...
Shot priest fears returning to SA - but will
Seven months after he was left for dead in his home near Pretoria, Irish priest Father Kieran Creagh explains why it fills him with a sense of foreboding ahead of his return to the Leratong Hospice.

Speaking from his Belfast, Northern Ireland, home, the 45-year-old Catholic priest says it fright...
Selebi warrant: Did it lead to Pikoli axing?
'Mbeki played role in preventing arrest'

The Scorpions have been planning to arrest National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi for at least three months.

And it is believed National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli's decision to pursue Selebi may have been the final step that led...
Councillor theft claim ignored
The Democratic Alliance caucus leader in the Ekurhuleni metro, Eddie Taylor, wants to know why the Speaker isn't investigating allegations of theft against an ANC councillor.

But the Speaker, Ntombi Mekgwe, has told Taylor that she will proceed with an investigation only if he provides her with e...
Surprise as top officer Byleveld promoted
Top cop Piet Byleveld has, in a surprise bypassing of stringent police protocols, been promoted to the rank of director.

Byleveld was informed of his promotion yesterday by national Commissioner Jackie Selebi, who, along with top management, had conspired to surprise the humble detective with th...
Boffins make ATM blast breakthrough
In a forensic first, police have conclusively linked bank notes seized from an accused robber with series of ATM bombings in Gauteng and Durban.

Bruce MacInnes, the investigating officer into the spate of ATM bombings throughout the country, told the Durban Magistrate’s Court this week that foren...
R5 for silence
A 44-year-old Limpopo man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl before buying her silence with five sweets and a R5 coin was arrested yesterday.

Thohoyandou police said the girl’s grandmother had asked the neighbour to help her fill in some forms.

When the girl went to his house with the form...
2 Networks commissioned
Yesterday’s commissioning of two advanced satellite-based communication networks will maximize aviation safety and efficiency over Africa.

The upgraded Very Small Aperture (VSAT) networks will support new communication, navigation and surveillance technologies for communications between African a...
Man arrested for stolen firearms
A man was yesterday arrested after two stolen pistols were found in his car, broken down along the N1 near the William Nicol offramp.

Gauteng police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman said they became suspicious because the man was nervous while they were assisting him, so they searched his...
Mine MD wins interdict to stop death threats
The managing director of a diamond mining concern has got a final interdict against a former contractor who put him, his family and staff through “absolute hell” by instigating repeated death threats.

Judge Roger Claassen granted a final interdict against Klerksdorp businessman Pieter Bekker and ...
Union's 'missing millions' probed
The Labour Department has asked Hospersa to explain millions of rands in expenditure that appears to have been given as loans to some in its leadership.

The Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is affiliated to the Federation of Unions of SA and claims to ha...
Cop implored judge on knees
'I beg you, please, please, co-operate with us, I am begging you'

A metro policeman was so desperate to remove an allegedly drunk Judge Nkola Motata from his crashed Jaguar that he got down on his knees and pleaded with the Pretoria High Court judge to co-operate.

But the judge refused...
SA is second least corrupt in Africa
South Africa is perceived to be one of the least corrupt countries in Africa but globally it ranks 43 out of 180 states monitored by Transparency International in its latest corruption report.

"Overall, corruption and lack of transparency clearly remain a serious challenge across the continent," ...
Pikoli row: reporting structure of NPA blamed
Justice minister kept in the dark

Amid the speculation and confusion about the suspension of National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli, the institution has now been accused of defying the constitution.

A senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, Jake Moloi, yesterd...
NPA prosecutors stand by Pikoli
Official reasons for his suspension met with scorn, disbelief

A fresh row has erupted over the official reasons given for the suspension of National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli.

Senior prosecutors and NPA staff have reacted with disbelief and shock to a Government Communicat...
Pikoli clashed with, shamed his bosses
Suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli continually embarrassed Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and overrated his importance to President Thabo Mbeki, which eventually led to his downfall.

Details of the circumstances around his suspension emerged yesterday as the coun...
Two cops held over truck hijackings
Police hoping for more arrests after major breakthrough

Two Ekurhuleni metro police officers are among a gang of men arrested for being involved in a truck hijacking syndicate.

So far, six suspects have been arrested and police are still hunting for two remaining suspects.

Police s...
Mom lies on top of kids in hijack horror
"I was willing to die for my little girls," said a Germiston mother who lay on top of her three young children to shield them from a hijacker's bullet.

Karen Ballack (28) yesterday said she faced every mother's worst nightmare when she stopped outside her home in the suburb of Dinwiddie after fe...
Anger at ban on police station visits
The Democratic Alliance is appalled that Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Perumal Naidoo has instructed station commanders that they can no longer give permission to members of parliament to visit their police stations.

This is after Mike Waters, the party's MP for Kempton Park, Edenvale, Phomolon...
Hijackers held after car crash
Two gunmen were arrested by Ekurhuleni metro police shortly after hijacking a silver-grey Hyundai Getz in the Kempton Park suburb of Edleen.

Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said some of their officers had been working night shift on Tuesday and were on their way to drop off one of their colleagues when th...
ATM bombers make off with cash
The burnt shell of an ATM marks the latest ATM bombing to occur in Gauteng.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, robbers made off with an undisclosed sum of cash after bombing a Standard Bank ATM at a BP petrol station in Dobsonville, Soweto.

This comes just three weeks after another...
We've had two deaths Joburg in one year... there will be more'
Boys Town's Joe Araujo says principals of 'respectable schools' sit in ivory towers


Educators don't want to involve parents in what is really happening in the playgrounds


Schools are practising corporal punishment because teachers don't know how to cope

A whole wall is covered with n...
Judge's drunk-driving trial delayed
Judge Nkola Motata, dressed in a navy blue pin-stripe suit and green tie, and wearing dark glasses, arrived at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today for the start of his trial on drunk-driving charges.

But the trial was delayed without any reason being given and had not started by noon.

...
Katz cleared of beating wife
State closes case after failing to call witnesses it had promised to

Media mogul Stan Katz has been found not guilty of beating up his ex-wife.

Katz was on trial after Philippa Sklaar-Taubman, a chef who now lives in the US, charged him with two counts of assault with intent to commit ...
More arrests expected
More arrests are expected in connection with the murder of a Soweto policeman, Gauteng police said yesterday.

Spokesman Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said police arrested two men in there thirties on Monday night.

The suspects were arrested after they were suspected of being involved in the mu...
Police ordered to pension off officer
The National Police Commissioner has been ordered by a Pretoria High Court judge to pension off a senior policeman who has been battling post-traumatic stress and severe depression for years.

Judge Roger Claasen set aside decisions by the Commissioner, who refused to pension-off Senior Superinten...
Weekend had 550 collisions
Over the long weekend Netcare’s call center dispatched emergency vehicles to nearly 550 collisions throughout South Africa.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman gave The Citizen the following breakdown of motor and pedestrian collisions:

*Johannesburg had 136 motor and 30 pedestrian colli...
Scam victims can talk
Judge: Throws out gag bid and damages claim by Shefer

Controversial businessman Niko Shefer has unsuccessfully applied for an interdict to stop a disgruntled investor from publishing allegations that he owed investors millions of rand.

The businessman south to interdict Graham Torrington of Hu...
‘I was asked to remove stolen cutlery’
A would-be thief lost his loot of restaurant cutlery, put in a black refuse bag under a table at the restaurant, when a homeless man walked off with the bag.,

Vagrant Taylor Mazububu, no age given, told the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court he was seated at an empty table on the veranda of the restaur...
Prosecutors stand firm behind Pikoli
Official reasons met with scorn and disbelief

A fresh row has erupted over the official reasons given for the suspension of the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Vusi Pikoli.

Senior prosecutors and NPA staff have reacted with disbelief and shock to a Government Communication ...
SA and UK cops crack R5bn drug ring
In a first operation of its kind, South African and British detectives teamed up to smash an international drug syndicate believed to have smuggled R5-billion worth of cocaine and dagga.

Local police officers travelled to London to help convict one of the syndicate's kingpins and, in November, U...
Now Selebi faces probe
Hot on the heels of his action against Scorpions boss Vusi Pikoli, the president is to act against national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Thabo Mbeki is to order an inquiry into allegations that Selebi, also the head of the international police institution Interpol, has links with crime syn...
Why Mbeki booted Pikoli
Top prosecutor to be axed 'for failing to rein in Scorpions'

President Thabo Mbeki is going to fire National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli.

Impeccable sources have independently stated that Mbeki's suspension of Pikoli, announced yesterday, is a prelude to sacking him.

...
Principal's alleged murderer gets bail
One of the accused arrested in connection with the murder of human rights activist and principal Nick Karvelas has been granted bail of R5 000.

The investigating officer, Inspector Francois Horn, did not oppose bail in the Alberton Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Mandla Professor Mbele (37) wa...
Murder accused claims confession was made up
A 26-year-old man has claimed that police concocted a confession linking him to the murder and robbery of 57-year-old Cheryl Carter.

Lybon Makhubela (26), who stands accused of murder and robbery along with Busisiwe Zodwa Ngema (52) and Bheki Mahlangu (26), took the stand yesterday to say he was...
Child labour rampant in SA
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) revealed its finding yesterday of a study into the state of child work and labour in South Africa.

The study, conducted by Judith Streak of the Child, Youth Family and Social Development (CYFSD) research programme, was administered in three provinces (We...
Scientists probe crime
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has launched a probe into violent crime in SA.

It will include key questions on crime and violence – from contributing factors and types of interventions to links between low-violence areas and high levels of community cohesion.

A preliminary report s...
Police nab stolen shoes
Police yesterday intercepted a truckload of stolen shoes worth an estimated R200 000.

The joint operation between the South African Police Services and Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) netted three suspects, a Tanzanian and two Zimbabweans, who had allegedly paid the warehouse security...
Man killed, officer injured
A shootout at the Dube hostel in Soweto yesterday left a police officer injured, police said.

Captain Jacqueline Mbatha said members of the community alerted the police about the body of a man who had been shot dead.

“Upon arrival, the police were told that the suspect was standing at a stree...
‘Selebi is incompetent’
The tardy safekeeping of police issued firearms looks set to trip up National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi – and it’s on the Parliamentary record.

In January he told the Standing committee on Public accounts (Scopa): “I think this is the last time you are going to be asking me about firearms...
No arrests regarding poisoning
No arrests have yet been made following a spate of dog poisoning in which approximately 140 dogs were killed in various parts of the East Rand, the police said.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the police viewed this matter in a very serious light.

...
Why Mbeki booted Pikoli
Top prosecutor to be axed 'for failing to rein in Scorpions'

President Thabo Mbeki is going to fire National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli.

Impeccable sources have independently stated that Mbeki's suspension of Pikoli, announced yesterday, is a prelude to sacking him.
...
Zuma 'link' to NPA shock
Validity of Mbeki 'puppet' suspension being questioned


Barely hours after National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli was suspended, there were already rumblings from the Jacob Zuma camp that the move was directly linked to their man.

Pikoli, the National Director of Public Prose...
Medic who blew whistle takes on prison bosses
The whistleblower doctor who was suspended after speaking to the inspecting judge of prisons about health conditions at Pollsmoor Prison is to take on the Department of Correctional Services.

The move follows the department's refusal to allow him to return to work after his suspension was lifted...
Heart attack claims life of security boss Reeves
Controversial security company boss Norman Reeves has died of a heart attack.

Montague Kenneth Norman Reeves was the owner of the Combat Security Company.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics were called to Reeves' La Lucia, Durban, home around midday yesterday and tried to r...
Man shot for smoking in shop
A customer found that smoking can be dangerous when he was shot during an argument over whether he could smoke in a grocery store.

Joburg metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the man walked into a Joubert Park grocery shop at the corner of Bree and Twist streets around midday on ...
Moms' regret, grief over dead sons
When Queen Rikhotso told her mother that she was coming to Giyani, Limpopo, to fetch her son for a visit in Joburg, the elderly woman refused to let the child go.

But Rikhotso, missing her son, went to Giyani and brought 4-year-old Bafana Nxumalo back to Mzimhlophe, Soweto, with her.

Three d...
Police officer slain while investigating a murder
Yet another police officer has been killed in the line of duty.

The police officer died yesterday, hours after he was shot while investigating a murder at Dube hostel in Soweto.

The inspector and his partner, a woman inspector, were patrolling near Dube hostel about 8am yesterday when people...
Benoni safety forum goes the extra mile
Eager volunteers are where they're needed when they're needed

No task is too big or too small for the men and women of the Benoni Community Safety Forum (CSF), who believe in being multi-skilled - from fighting crime to point duty and even being able to administer first aid.

Funeral pro...
Forum boosts empowerment of local women
Community safety, but especially the eradication of domestic violence, in their neighbourhoods is their priority.

About 300 women, including local councillors and community leaders, attended the fifth annual community safety women's forum meeting in Germiston on Friday.

It was the fifth cons...
Study exposes chemical risks from tap water
Scientists have found evidence of chemically induced sex changes, sperm damage, missing penises and other sexual problems in fish and animals at Rietvlei, a large nature reserve on the outskirts of Pretoria and Joburg, sparking fears of a wider threat to people.

The pioneering study was carried ...
Ambulance crisis worsening
Resident waits six hours for ill man to be picked up

The lives of Joburg residents are being jeopardised because the city has less than half the number of ambulances it needs.

There are only 50 ambulances running, but the fleet should be 110 to cope with the city's population, accordin...
Schools' sex shame
Terrorised by gangs of boys, girls are 'tortured, groped and beaten'

Criminal charges have been laid against two Krugersdorp schoolboys who are alleged to have beaten, tied up, groped and tortured three schoolgirls during class - one even filming the abuse with a cellphone.

The Christi...
Now Manto spends public money to attack ruling
Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' money spent on newspaper adverts attacking a court judgment has plunged Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang into a new controversy. The advertisements contain articles relating to her legal battle with the Sunday Times over her medical records.

The Health...
Potch council hit with R2,5m sexual harassment suit
Five women employees claim the city failed to protect them from its chief financial director

Five female employees of the Potchefstroom municipality are suing the council and its chief financial director for R2,5-million in one of at least three cases of sexual harassment involving major c...
No picnics today at lake - and here's why
Riot triggered by traffic snarl-up, impatience and alcohol


Frustration and impatience - worsened by alcohol consumption - are to blame for the stabbing of 10 people as well as the trashing of Germiston Lake.

That is the view of an eyewitness to the riot that occurred at the lake on S...
Policemen accused of dealing in seized dagga
Two Joburg police officers who made drug-related arrests have themselves been accused of dealing in dagga.

Inspectors Yugendron Govender (33) and Sandile Hadebe (33) were allegedly videotaped selling dagga to undercover agents.

During their bail application at the Johannesburg Magistrate's C...
Scorpions prosecutor feels the sting
"You will outlive me," reassured defence attorney JD Pretorius.

Moments after Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi was sentenced to an effective 10 years in prison, her aged father looked worried and weary, his gaze downcast.

Slowly shaking his head, Moroe Bernard Kgantsi pondered the future ...
‘No’ to Manto query
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will not have to face questions about her reported theft conviction in Botswana.

She was protected again yesterday when another question on her criminal record was disallowed.

“The Questions Office’s decision to disallow another question from the DA on ...
Four boy robbers nabbed
Brackendowns police yesterday arrested four 17-year-old junior secondary schoolboys for robbery.

The four had just robbed two pupils from another school of their cellphones and a ring.

It is alleged the victims were confronted in the street, threatened with a broken bottle and robbed. They re...
REPORT: 66 stolen weapons a day fall into criminal hands
Civilians lose guns too: police
According to a South African Police Service (SAPS) report, 14 682 firearms were reported stolen in the 2006-2007 financial year.

This means weapons are finding their way into criminal hands at the rate of 66 a day.

And, police say, the problem is in fact worse ...
‘New facts’ in Petersen case
A high-powered legal team, including a senior counsel, took over the defence yesterday in the high-profile case I which the widow of slain entertainer Talliep Petersen is accused of his murder.

Senior counsel Herbert Raubenheimer went on record in the Wynberg Regional Court, replacing Petersen’s ...
More remains found
The National Prosecuting Authority’s missing persons task team has uncovered more human remains, this time outside Rustenburg.

Excavations had been under way for two days when the team, working at a site where unidentified people were buried, discovered the remains of two young men with multiple ...
Reconciliation – then shooting
WHISTLE-BLOWER: Wife would have called neighbours to help

A Saulsville man Thomas Digomo, 31, claims his wife was accidentally killed during a struggle for his gun while he was trying to reconcile with her.

The wife had previously obtained a protection order against him.

Yesterday he...
Zuma facing another legal hurdle over documents
Twenty-four hours after Jacob Zuma was backed as Cosatu's choice for ANC president, his legal team was today due to battle to stop the state from furthering its fraud and corruption investigation against him.

Zuma was not expected to appear at his seventh court battle with the National Prosecuti...
Dad blamed for son's bad driving
Two months before Albert Wessels turned 17, he crashed his father's bakkie, seriously injuring a friend. Yesterday three judges held Albert's father responsible.

Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Heher, with judges DG Scott and BJ van Heerden concurring, said Stephanus Wessels was negligent...
KES stabbings: court drama
Abuse hurled at suspected killers

'Murderers! Uncover your faces so that we can see you," women taunted the five schoolboys as they left the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The five two in Athlone Boys' High uniforms - had appeared briefly in connection with the murder of KES pupil Mfundo...
Art dealer given deadline to reveal where painting is
An art dealer has been ordered by the Joburg High Court to reveal the whereabouts of a missing oil painting he apparently sold without permission.

The painting is a flower study by South African impressionist artist Adriaan Boshoff, and is worth an estimated R300 000. It was one of four paintings...
Colleagues work fast to track metro cop's hijacked car
It took Joburg metro police less than two hours to recover their hijacked unmarked vehicle.

Four armed men pounced on Mohammed Siraj Hussain of the dog unit while he was in the driveway of his house in Lenasia last night.

The men ordered him to lie on the ground and asked for his firearm.
...
Community boosts station's arrests
A community initiative has helped the Yeoville Police to make 12 arrests in the past two months.

Yeoville Police approached the Observatory community for assistance in purchasing a Morpho Touch - a device used to scan fingerprints, vehicle registration numbers, firearm serial numbers and ID numb...
Boy almost loses eye in another school stabbing
A 17-year-old Ferndale High School girl who attacked another pupil with a broken bottle has been suspended from school.

The stabbing incident took place on Tuesday afternoon on the school grounds after the two pupils were involved in an argument.

Speaking to The Star this morning, the 16-yea...
Blitz - Cops clean up city's most lawless street
At last, nearly two years after The Star first exposed it, Joburg's metro cops today swooped on the city's most lawless street.

Tempers flared this morning as at least two dozen metro police and several tow trucks blitzed cars parked illegally in Diagonal Street between Pritchard and Kerk.

O...
Metro film leads to fear
A businessman who secretly filmed a lawyer apparently implicating his own clients, says police had broken open his front door this week and raided his home without a search warrant.

The 34-year-old who took video footage of lawyer Saleem Ebrahim allegedly implicating suspended Ekurhuleni Metro po...
Nqakula ordered on shacks
REBUILD: Judge takes side of homeless again

Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula was yesterday once again ordered to rebuild shacks of the Moreleta Park squatters, despite being given leave to appeal against a ruling that he was in contempt of court.

Judge Bill Prinsloo for the ...
Court orders Minister to pay R50 000 damages
A Bronkhorstspruit man had to go the Pretoria High Court to force Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula to comply with a magistrate’s order granting him damages.

Judge Jerry Shongwe gave the Minister until October 10 to comply with an order by a Bronkhorstspruit magistrate in terms of whic...
Another arrest in pupil murder
A fifth suspect has been nabbed in connection with the murder of Mfundo Ntshangase, a King Edward VII pupil stabbed to death at the weekend.

The police yesterday confirmed to The Citizen that they had arrested a fifth teenager in connection with the crime that has devastated the renowned s...
Dad faces daughter rape rap
A father who allegedly raped his own daughter and her cousin while he was on parole for rape was yesterday refused bail.

The man, who may not be named, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court before magistrate Jesthree Steyn, who said it was not in the interests of justice to release him on ...
Campus militant barred
REBEL A Tshwane University of Technology student became so militant and violent that he has been barred from the campus by the courts.

After hearing he was regarded as a threat to the lives and safety of fellow students and university staff Pretoria High Court Judge Willie van der Merwe in...
Ekurhuleni number plate blitz
The Ekurhuleni Metro Police have launched an operation to clamp down on motorists who drive vehicles without number plates.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasogo said motorists had been seen driving in the Ekurhuleni area without number plates to avoid being caught by speed ...
Ex-Scorpion guilty of taking bribes
Judge finds she was 'evasive, brazen and talkative'

For a moment former Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi stopped her incessant chewing.

Judge Ezra Goldstein had just found her guilty of accepting bribes from a Nigerian fraudster.

"In our view she was an appalling witness, evasive...
Pupils take sides in aftermath of tragic KES stabbing
School rivalry cited as an issue

Out on the streets, battle lines have been drawn among pupils fuming about the vicious stabbing of Grade 11 King Edward VII School pupil Mfundo Ntshangase.

Meanwhile, principals are calling for calm and unity in the fight against growing violence in scho...
Park will be safe haven for children
Children in Extension 5 Lenasia finally have a safe place to play.

Yesterday, Rose Park was opened with much fanfare by city officials.

Previously, the area was not maintained - it was largely unused by the community and the grass was left to grow uncontrolled.

Now it is hoped the several d...
Transport officials talk tough to taxi operators
Taxi operators identified as the cause of the ongoing taxi violence at the Bree Taxi rank will be deregistered.

"It's not going to be business as usual," Gauteng public transport registrar Sam Ledwaba warned.

He said the permits of the taxi operators found to be involved in violence would be...
Court staff fraud case delayed
Two Johannesburg Magistrate's Court staff who allegedly freed convicted prisoners unlawfully by doctoring their appeal documents have had their cases postponed.

Nicole Dawson and Andre Ali appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday after they were granted bail last month.

Daws...
Fiancée is off murder hook
It has been the worst time of my life, says lover

For three years the finger of suspicion was pointed at the fiancée of a murdered pub owner.

But a cellphone stolen during the robbery in which Dumisani Morwede was gunned down has finally led to the arrest of his alleged murderer.

A...
Yizo Yizo ex-star's puppy stolen
Former Yizo Yizo star Shelley Meskin has been robbed of her pride and joy a prized nine-week-old bulldog.

She and her partner Marc Immerman were the proud owners of the puppy which they named Yentel.

They bought the dog two weeks ago from a breeder who lives a three hour drive from Joburg.
...
Guard hurt, seven hurt on N12
A security guard died and seven were injured, one of them critically, when a truck and a car collided near the Kraft Road onramp on the N12, near Alberton.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said the accident happened about 8am yesterday.

A 4-ton truck truck collided with a whit...
Ambulance services in crisis
Ekurhuleni metro's emergency services has a 49% response rate to calls in less than 15 minutes -- the best of the three metros in Gauteng.

Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance spokesperson for health in the legislature, last night confirmed that only 21% of high priority emergency calls were resp...
Principal lashes out at violence
Now Saheti pupil lays charges against KES boy

The violence started early on Saturday evening, when a pupil from the Saheti school was allegedly beaten up by a number of older pupils from King Edward VII School.

Later that night, at a house party in Randburg, an 18-year-old KES boy was ...
No right to kill – judge
PUBLIC TOLD: Roll up your sleeves to cut crime

A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday berated an unemployed man for claiming to be a Christian yet committing murder.

Judge Solly Sithole sentenced Jerry Lungu, 31, to 45 years’ imprisonment for murdering and robbing a Diepsloot prostitute’...
Alcohol charges unfounded: police
The Johannesburg Metro Police have shrugged off the possibility of their officers being under the influence of alcohol while on duty.

This comes after motorist Darryl van Niekerk informed The Citizen he had noticed a pile of rubbish where the metro police officers had sat manning a speed t...
Top BEE man dies with shot to head
A Pretoria leader in the BEE construction industry with large government and private sector contracts has been murdered outside a friend's home in Hammanskraal.

Mandla Ndlovu (55) - managing director of Fikile Projects and executive chair of Fikile Construction - was shot once in the head while ...
Breakthrough in Baby R adoption
Constitutional Court to rule on US couple's application

When Baby R turns 3 years in just under two months, she should have the greatest gift of her young life - her own family.

The Constitutional Court was today expected to order that the Children's Court fast-track the adoption heari...
Court thwarts move to boot out immigrants
Two skilled immigrants have won urgent applications against the Minister of Home Affairs, allowing them to stay in the country long enough to get work permits for the jobs they have been offered.

Maruti Satyappa Tamnnavar, an electrical engineer from India, and Zare Jovanovic, a granite cutter a...
Town reels from jailbreak mayhem
Police task team set up to snare runaway cop-killers after double shooting and triple hijack

They were just metres from a police station, supposed to be under heavy guard, but four suspected cop killers were still able to make a bloody escape from a magistrate's court.

Stephen Botha (2...
No bail for duo held after drugged teenager's death
Two men charged with drug dealing and possession of drugs following the death of a West Rand teenager who was drugged at a party, have been denied bail.

Eighteen-year-old Seph Davel and Jacque de Kock (20) were arrested after Lezaan Kriel, a Grade 11 pupil at Florida High School, died on her way...
More arrests in KES killing
One piece of puzzle is now in place, mom says

Police expect to make more arrests in the fatal stabbing of a schoolboy at a house party over the weekend.

Detectives, said police spokesperson Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht, were working around the clock to crack the case.

Last night plai...
Rape accused admits he was not fond of condoms
None among the scores of women bedded by the man accused of being Joburg's worst serial rapist ever asked him to use a condom, he says.

Yesterday Mongezi Jingxela told the Johannesburg High Court how the use of condoms was "highly forbidden" where he grew up and that he had never used one himsel...
Suspect believed 'blacks' would steal evidence
The man accused of murdering and dismembering Shirley van Rensburg was sure that thieving "blacks" would ensure all the evidence against him would disappear.

Wayne Nass and Boyce Matya stand accused of murdering Van Rensburg and burying her body at a game farm near Thabazimbi, Limpopo, where the...
The Star boosts crime-fighter's push
A woman's determination to make a difference in the fight against crime has prompted The Star to assist her in achieving the goal.

Yesterday, Domestic Watch co-ordinator Penny Steyn was presented with a R60 000 cheque on behalf of The Star to aid her with her basic monthly expenditures.

"Thi...
Katz assault trial turns into a dogfight in court
Stan Katz's former wife, Philippa Sklaar-Taubman, is in love and going on honeymoon this weekend - but in the meantime she has been painted as a bitter woman out for revenge against her ex-husband.

During the domestic violence dispute involving retired media mogul Katz and Sklaar-Taubman in the ...
KES murder breakthrough
Police arrest four pupils from rival school in their classroom

A team of police detectives has pulled four schoolboys out of class and locked them up on suspicion of murder. Just more than 48 hours after a vicious stabbing at a house party, four Randburg police station detectives tasked wi...
Domestic kept mum about moving
The domestic worker accused of killing her employer's lover was unperturbed by the fact that she would have to vacate her home and workplace of 13 years.

She did not even mention the fact that they would have to move until a week after Cheryl Carter's murder, her daughter Primrose Ngema told the...
Still no clues in 'killer' boyfriend hunt
Twenty months after daughter's death, parents have been left physically, mentally and financially exhausted

Lauren Sleep was the life and soul of a party, the girl whose trademark smile appears in the scores of photographs stuck to her parents' fridge.

Today, Lauren would have been 27 ...
'Bitten, thrown down stairs'
Media personality's ex-wife tells of vicous fights and horror assaults

The ex-wife of retired media personality Stan Katz this morning gave the Randburg Magistrate's Court a detailed account of how Katz allegedly assaulted her during their two-year marriage.

The high-profile trial star...
Parking mayhem on Joburg CBD streets
Cars sometimes park as many as nine deep in road

Joburg motorists have taken to free for all parking in Diagonal Street between Kerk and Pritchard streets.

Some of the cars have treble-parked down the road and at the corner of Kerk are nine deep. Many of the cars have their doors open ...
Joy as Alex mom gets R1m for role in combating fraud
Just a month ago she had to cash in part of her annual leave to pay for her children's school fees, but now she is South Africa's latest millionaire.

Irene Bopape (42), an Alexandra resident and mother of three, was on Sunday awarded a R1-million cheque by Standard Bank for her role in combating...
Serial rape accused says 'victims' were his lovers
The man accused of being Joburg's worst serial rapist is merely the victim of "jilted lovers" who felt betrayed when they discovered he had a wife and children, he says.

Painting a picture of a modern day Casanova who had extra-marital "love relationships", 38-year-old Mongezi Jingxela told the ...
Tortured Seiso's 'miraculous recovery'
Delay in sentencing of teenagers who burnt babyM/i>

Seiso Ratsoana is recovering well at a Joburg home for young fire victims a year after being brutally tortured by older children.

Yesterday should have been the day the two boys, aged 13 and 14 respectively, who pleaded guilty to the tort...
Taxi boss's final bid for freedom fails
Joburg vigilante taxi boss Sydney Mkhize will start serving his 15-year prison term after he lost a bid to stay out of jail early this morning.

In a brief judgment lasting no more than five minutes, Johannesburg High Court Judge George Maluleke dismissed the application brought by Mkhize's advoc...
Church support for killing accused
The court's public gallery was awash in a sea of red and white as members of the Inter-Pentecostal Church made their presence felt.

Domestic worker Zodwa Busisiwe Ngema is the mastermind behind the murder of her employer's lover, the state argued before the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

...
Man ‘helped friends rape wife’
In one of the most depraved cases set for trial in the Johannesburg High Court, a husband is accused of holding down his wife for a forced abortion after he had helped relatives and friends, including her brother, rape her.

He also allegedly assaulted his three children. The prosecution claims h...
It wasn’t rape, says Jingxela
ON TRIAL Accused in jail 'because of wife's jealousy'

Mongezi Samual Jingxela – allegedly one of South Africa’s worst sex predators – said at his 261-count Johannesburg High Court trial yesterday that he frequently cheated on his customary union wife, and that it was because of jealousy th...
Proudly SA take on crime
Although government is ultimately accountable for crime prevention, it cannot fight this scourge alone.

With this in mind Proudly South African is to become part of the solution, and will be following advice in a report researched and compiled by member company Corporate Governance Research Insti...
Music man in bid to quash damages award after sex
Controversial Afrikaans music promoter Louis van Wyk has launched an appeal against a ruling ordering him to pay damages to former employee Vanessa Schmidt, who had accused him of twice raping her.

Van Wyk claimed he had consensual sex with Schmidt.

Rather than lodge criminal charges against...
Madisha faces union's wrath over donation claim
Already facing disciplinary action from the SA Communist Party, Cosatu president Willie Madisha took more heat yesterday, with trade union bosses not ruling out that he may yet be removed from the federation's helm.

Madisha is under fire for accusing SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande of embe...
Metro officers appear on over 3 000 charges
The disciplinary hearings of three suspended Ekurhuleni metro police officers who are to be witnesses in Robert McBride's drunk driving trial has begun in Benoni.

Some of the more than 3 000 charges were read out to Stanley Sagathevan, Patrick Johnson and Paul Itumeleng Koko, as well as their le...
Hunt for KES boy's killer
Warning to parents: supervise matric events

A special police task team is investigating the motive behind a vicious fight at a 17th birthday party that left one boy dead and another badly injured.

As Thabo Linda (19) recovers at home and Nonhlanhla Ntshangase prepares to bury her son Mf...
Delay in sentencing of torture teens
Two-year-old victim makes brave recovery after many ops

Seiso Ratsoana is recovering well at a Joburg home for young fire victims a year after being brutally tortured by older children.

Yesterday should have been the day the two boys, aged 13 and 14 respectively, who pleaded guilty to ...
Community urged by MEC to take charge
House and business robberies, hijackings, teenage drug peddling and assaults are major challenges facing the Orlando community.

The "Take Charge" campaign aims to alleviate these problems.

The "Take Charge" campaign, launched in March this year, was designed to encourage community members to...
Alexandra explores every avenue in the fight against crime
Young soccer players stand to win bursaries from Boston City Campus and City College

Crime in Alexandra has prompted the youth to take to the pitch, or rather the pavement, in an unusual partnership with police.

The township's two month-long One Pal Street Soccer tournament, organised ...
KES boy tells of party killing
Pupil watches his best friend being stabbed to death

A King Edward VII School pupil's 17th birthday turned into a knife fight that left one boy dead and another injured.

Thabo Linda (19), a Grade 11 pupil from the renowned KES in Houghton, was stabbed in the chest during the clash that...
DA in parliament to ask presidency about Virodene scandal
The Democratic Alliance will ask parliamentary questions to the Presidency about financial involvement in the controversial drug Virodene.

Independent Newspapers revealed at the weekend that millions of rands were allegedly paid from the Union Buildings to the developers of the Aids drug in 2000...
Crime campaign on
The Gauteng-wide awareness campaign to educate and inform communities about crime prevention and policing started at the weekend.

On Saturday, the Westonarie/Bekkersdal/Randfontein area was first on the receiving end, followed yesterday by Southgate Mall and the Baragwanath taxi rank.

Today, t...
Donation saga not over
NO TRACE: SACP chairman Gwede Mantashe announces the findings of a task team set up to investigate the alleged donation of R500 000 to the SACP, at Cosatu house yesterday.

The mystery surrounding the “missing” half-a-million-rand donation meant for the coffers of the South African Communis...
Magistrates keen to join single judiciary
Magistrates are determined to be part of one independent judiciary with judges, moving away from the role of civil servants.

"We are absolutely committed to a single system, but there needs to be more debate on what that means," Deputy Minister of Justice Johnny de Lange said at the magistrates'...
Guard shoots woman after fight
Police are searching for a man who shot and killed a 27-year-old woman following a tiff in a house they rented in Newlands.

According to Betty Mahlangu's husband, Simon Sithole, his children were playing in the house.

"(The man) opened his door and wanted to strangle my child. My wife interv...
Madisha faces 'false accusation' rap
Cosatu President Willie Madisha will be disciplined for "falsely" accusing SA Communist Party head Blade Nzimande of embezzling a R500 000 donation.

However, the bank accounts of both Madisha and Nzimande - and their families - will be probed by auditors to ascertain these allegations.

These...
Huge backlog crisis in courts
Minister urges magistrates to tackle the problem to remain 'legitimate'

Clear the backlog of cases to maintain the legitimacy of the courts, the Ministry of Justice has told magistrates.

"It's actually a disaster in the criminal law," Deputy Minister Johnny de Lange told hundreds of ma...
Mbeki link to toxic 'cure'
The R40-million Virodene trailleads straight to Union Buildings

Tens of millions of rands were sourced from the Presidency and pumped into the drug Virodene four years after the controversial "Aids drug" was banned in South Africa.

It is unclear whether the cash belonged to the governm...
Court upholds assassination attempt ruling
Last year Minneldhevi Iris Naidoo hired an assassin to murder her sister's allegedly abusive husband.

After her arrest and court appearance, Naidoo, of Phoenix in Durban, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder, admitting she paid the assassin R10 000.

Yesterday, the widow lost her ap...
Weed-and-munchies bust
A plump BBQ chicken brought in for a prisoner at a Durban police station had an interesting herbal stuffing - 15 grams of dagga. Inspector Dumisane Sithole and Constable Jabulile Goba arrested the man who had brought in the chicken for a "potentially dangerous criminal arrested for a serious crime e...
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