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Rape accused told: 'Go exercise with the ghosts'
There are ghosts in C-Max Prison, according to Thabo Masinga, who is accused of brutally attacking two nurses at a prison hospital in 2005.

He made the claim during his trial at the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Masinga, up for attempted murder, kidnapping and rape, pleaded not guilty to al...
Deputy slammed for giving police a 'recipe for chaos'
Critics say her 'shoot the bastards' speech gives cops permission to break the law

Law experts and human rights activists have slammed a deputy minister’s urging of police this week to shoot first

and ask questions later.

Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu,

spea...
Strip club boss faces assault rap
Striptease boss Lolly Jackson was scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on charges of assault this morning.

Jackson, who is alleged to have assaulted a former staff member who worked at the Teazers strip club in Midrand, handed himself over to the Sandton police yesterday morning...
Agliotti's tearful daughter testifies on robbery
Glenn Agliotti's daughter could not hold back her tears this morning when she emerged from the courtroom where she testified in camera at the trial of three men accused of robbing and terrorising the family.

The teenager emerged from the courtroom, turned a corner and broke down.

As she crie...
Girl (9) killed during visit to family friends
When Denise Swartz kissed her 9-year-old daughter goodbye on Saturday night, she would never have imagined that it would be the last time she saw her alive.

But the unthinkable became Denise's reality on Tuesday after she discovered that her daughter Dennielle had been beaten, stabbed to death a...
Rights commission hits back at black forum's head
The Forum for Black Journalists has ignored two requests by the SA Human Rights Commission for a "substantive response" regarding the barring of white journalists from its activities.

This was the HRC's response yesterday to criticism by FBJ steering committee chairperson Abbey Makoe that its ju...
Baby's head injuries, fractures signs of abuse, court told
Another doctor has testified that the injuries sustained by Baby Tammy, and to which she later succumbed, were a classical case of child abuse.

Professor Gert Saayman, a forensic pathology lecturer at the University of Pretoria, testified at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that head...
Girl (9) murdered during visit to family friends
When Denise Swartz kissed her 9-year-old daughter goodbye on Saturday night, she would never have imagined that it would be the last time she saw her alive.

But the unthinkable became Denise's reality on Tuesday after she discovered that her daughter Dennielle had been beaten, stabbed to death an...
They called him a koelie then shot him in the head
BUSHBUCKRIDGE - "Hey, koelie! Give us money! Give us money! We know koelies don't have bank accounts. You bank your money under your mattress!"

These were the poisonous words of four armed thugs before they shot shopkeeper Jamshaid Chaudhry (50) in the head on Wednesday night.

Chaudhry ...
Tshwane Metro blitz bags 27
TSHWANE metro Police have arrested 27 people during Operation Xenophobia to clamp down on drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants west of Pretoria yesterday.

The operation was conducted following a xenophobic attack which left two illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe dead and scores displaced from thei...
Metro cops blitz taxi ranks
GUNPLAY: Armed raid has commuters fleeing

PANDEMONIUM broke out at a Johannesburg taxi rank when nearly 50 Metro policemen clashed with taxi drivers yesterday.

Commuters ran for cover as a large contingent of police, armed with revolvers and AK47’S, stormed the ivory Park Taxi Rank.

They we...
10111 crash solution sought
PROBLEM: Key Telkom link failed and there was no backup

GAUTENG police are scrambling to find solutions amid fears of another catastrophic breakdown of their R600 million information and communications network.

Basic services such as the licence plate verification on suspected stolen vehicles...
Slain Magistrate arrest
A 45-year-old man was arrested in Limpopo yesterday in connection with the murder of a Giyani magistrate.

Nuel Maluleke, 58, of Mphangane village near Giyani, was found dead by women who were walking through the bush in the early hours of Tuesday.

Limpopo police Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba...
Battle for Johannesburg
POLICE, followed by a pack of journalists, stormed into the stinking bowels of the Jack Mincer taxi rank last week in the latest skirmish in the battle for Johannesburg.

The raid was one of many on such problem areas in recent weeks, despite dangerous and often unpleasant conditions.

And those...
Firing of staff ‘fair’
MORE than 300 warehouse staff working for the Department of Education in Limpopo who lost their jobs have also lost the labour arbitration which determined that they had been fairly dismissed.

But the trade union representing them at the hearing says it will now take the matter to the Labour Cour...
World lawyers slam Zim police
The International Bar Association yesterday demanded the Zimbabwean authorities end the incommunicado detention of officials from the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission.

The association voiced its deep concern that the detained officials are denied legal representatives.

Executive director Mark E...
Liquor licences under scrutiny
THE City of Johannesburg is taking a hard look at the issuing of liquor licences, as part of an initiative to turn things around within the CBD.

Earl Stoles of the city’s Community Safety Programme said alcohol abuse seemed to be a South African sickness, and the social impact of liquor outlets n...
Ex-Generations star out on bail
A former Generations actor, accused of allegedly assaulting a female cashier at a Midrand petrol station, was released on bail of R500 yesterday. The trial has been postponed to April 30.

Midrand police said the man allegedly became aggressive at a petrol station in Vorna Valley on Sunday night,...
Mother ‘joined sex depravity with child’
As a mother she had a duty to protect her child from harm.

But she joined the child’s father in his sexual depravity – and was herself filmed “licking” her daughter’s private parts.

This is alleged by Johannesburg High Court prosecutor Carla Britz in the indictment of charges for the Roodepoor...
SA man on ‘pirate’ charge
SOUTH AFRICAN journalist Mark Klusener is still under house arrest in Israel following his arrest for allegedly operating a pirate radio station.

He was released on R50 000 bail on Tuesday.

He can speak to his lawyers, but not to the other staff members arrested or “organize gatherings or meet...
Convicted man can appeal
JUST when they were getting over their loss, a Johannesburg family is facing further heartbreak with a murder conviction appeal.

Almost three years after the imposition of a 20-year jail term for the murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy – whose burned body was found on a Wetbury sports ground – one ...
Serial rapist now witness in rape trial
Mongezi Jingxela, the man labelled the country's worst serial killer, has had to endure questions from a rape suspect in court.

Andile Mpongwane and Fana Motlatsi are accused of raping a woman in 2001, and Jingxela, who is currently serving 55 life sentences for the rape of 60 women, is a witnes...
Long outage blamed on cable theft
A 12-hour blackout in Homestead Park, Joburg, has been attributed to two faulty cables and a burst bar at a power station - and not load shedding.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse said yesterday it was not normal to have two faults on a cable and a burst bar at a substation at the same tim...
R500 000 worth of liquor seized at show
Confiscating alcohol from teenagers is nothing new for the police - but the amount that was seized outside the Rand Show at the weekend was something they had never seen before.

Thousands of bottles of beer, cider and spirits were taken from teenagers, from 14 years up, who were trying to get int...
'In memory of speedsters' victims'
Westbury residents barricade street, claim council not interested in helping with traffic calming measures

The death of 4-year-old Anitra Jacobs has sparked fury among Westbury residents.

They are now standing in solidarity to demand better service delivery in the area

This morning...
Court lifts ban on pants, attackers told to apologise
The Umlazi Equality Court has overturned the ban on women wearing pants in the township's T-section.

This comes after an attack on Zandile Mpanza in the area in July last year.

She was beaten, stripped and had her home burnt down for contravening a community "law" preventing women from weari...
Kill the criminal bastards, deputy minister urges cops
Pretoria police have been given a licence to kill by a deputy minister.

"You must kill the bastards (criminals) if they threaten you or the community. You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility.

Your responsibility is to serve and protect," were the fiery words from ...
Bravery's triumph and tragedy
One hero lived to tell the tale, the other paid the ultimate price

The worlds of Claudene Walsh and Dane Attwell couldn't have been further apart. But their selfless acts make them both heroes - in life and in death.

Walsh, a plasterer from Germiston, not only stood up to her armed wou...
Long-awaited children's act becomes law
The United Nations and various children's rights groups have lauded the move by President Thabo Mbeki to sign the long-awaited Children's Amendment Act into law.

The wide-ranging law - which aims to protect children against all forms of abuse - has been in the making for more than a decade, but ...
Deadline for demise of Scorpions to be missed
The Scorpions will not be closed down by June. It is now clear that the deadline set by the new ANC leadership at its first meeting in January will be missed, raising questions about the government's commitment to adhere to the contentious directive and whether the party has allowed sufficient time ...
Secrecy a prerequisite, claims Eskom
LEGAL ACTION: Solidarity says public has right to know

ESKOM’s bid to block public scrutiny of its applications for tariff increases is said to be in the interest of protecting the utility’s “hard-core” coal buying.

Eskom has applied to the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) for a 53% tariff ...
Police search for killer continues
POLICE are continuing with their search for a man who shot and killed a 12-year-old smash-and-grab suspect in Boksburg at the weekend.

The boy allegedly smashed the motorist’s window at the Rondebult Road turn-off on the N17 and stole his cellphone.

Police Captain Mack Mngomezulu said w...
FBI detains Fidentia 'fugitive'
MASTERMIND: Slipped out of SA just before Brown's arrest

JOHANNESBURG - Fidentia's "fugitive from justice" was detained in the US over the weekend by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, roared South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority in a news release out on Tuesday. With any luck, t...
More attacks on envoys
ROBBERIES: There’s no immunity for SA’s diplomatic corps

DIPLOMATS from at least seven countries have been hit by violent crime while stationed in and around Pretoria in the past 15 months alone.

Four robbers entered the Groen Kloof home of an Egyptian diplomat early on Saturday morning, afte...
New shock for victim
KATIE Harmse, already devastated by being the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, was in for a second shock when an X-ray showed an unidentified object lodged in her pelvic area.

Harmse and her husband Danie, 65, were traveling along Portland Drive, Vrededorp, Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon, ...
Biggest penalty yet
The competition Commission levied its biggest ever penalty by fining recyclers the New Reclamation Group (Reclam) R145 million for price-fixing.

The amount represented 6% of Reclam’s annual turnover, which they must pay in three increments over 24 months. Reclam is a national recycler of glass a...
Employers ordered to hand over kids
Fired domestic worker wins legal battle for custody

Twin girls have been handed over to a domestic worker after the Pretoria High Court ordered her former employers to return the children to her.

The court yesterday set aside an earlier interim order granting the temporary custody of t...
ATM bomb suspect nabbed
Abortive bribe sparks wild chase

A suspected ATM bomber has been arrested after Joburg metro police chased him through the streets of Alexandra - forcing him to jump through a glass window in a vain bid to escape.

The man, who was with two others in a blue Volkswagen Golf, drove straig...
He harassed and abused me, singer's wife tells court
Stories of a man who used his gun to alert his family to his homecoming, forced rituals boosting a dwindling business, and accusations of infidelity were heard at the first day of David Masondo's trial.

A couple's differences that led to the crumbling of the once fairytale marriage of Masondo - t...
Worker found guilty of killing employer's girlfriend
Domestic worker Zodwa Ngema, cried as she was led down into the holding cells at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

The 51-year-old woman and her two co-accused were found guilty of conspiring to rob and murder the new woman in her widowed employer's life.

Ngema, together with Bheki Mahlan...
Soft targets and easy pickings lure robbers
Criminal gangs have stepped up their attacks on ATMs recently, because they are soft targets and in many instances risk free, as bombers strike at night.

The gangs also tend to choose ATMs that are secluded, giving them time to arm their explosives.

Police and the banking industry have seen a ...
A litany of blasts
April 2: Two men bombed an FNB ATM in Jouberton. They were arrested after a shootout. Three North West police constables also appeared in court in connection with the bombing.

April 1: An Absa ATM and an FNB ATM - 200m apart - were bombed in Thokoza. No arrests have been made. Money was taken onl...
Family murders:suspect in court
Neroy Singh, arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, her sister and husband, winked nonchalantly at a friend in the public gallery as he was escorted from court.

The 39-year-old was making his first appearance at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto yesterday after the deaths of h...
Technology makes officers' job easy
Joburg metro police have technology to thank as Cape Town tries to track down the city's top serial traffic offenders.

The City of Cape Town said yesterday the worst of its top 10 traffic offenders had 86 warrants of arrest to his name.

Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent W...
'I never knew my child was in pain'
Baby Tammy suffered serious injuries while in the care of her adopted parents but it was outsiders, not her parents, who noticed that all was not well with the child.

When she was six months old, Tammy's elbow was fractured, but neither parent noticed she was in pain.

Even though Zaibunisha He...
Damaged cable behind 10111 chaos
Telkom has identified the cause of the eight-hour crash of the police's emergency call centre on Friday.

Telkom said yesterday that it lost signalling on three transmission links in its East Rand exchange area on Friday after a fibre-optic cable was damaged by a building contractor's grader, cau...
Motivator 'reignites the fire' in SAPS
One moment, one day, one decision and one individual can make a difference."

This was one of the pertinent messages American human behavioural specialist Dr John Demartini delivered to 350 senior South African Police Service officers at Montecasino in Fourways yesterday.

Demartini's talk, en...
Black journalists reject HRC ruling
Barring whites unconstitutional, says commission

The Forum for Black Journalists will continue to operate as a racially exclusive organisation despite the Human Rights Commission finding that it acted unconstitutionally by barring white journalists on the basis of race.

Acting FBJ chai...
Gamblers with problem can now ask to be kept out
Board seeks co-ordinated 'self-exclusion' system

As punters make their way through the metal detector at the entrance to the Gold Reef City Casino, the black-suited guards check if their faces match photos of those who have been banned, as well as those who have applied for "self-exclusion...
Children easy prey for Web sex predators
Experts find some families are to blame too, as 6-year-olds post almost everything on Facebook

Children as young as 6 are being exposed to paedophiles and bullies through social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

A recent study done by international communications watchdog Of...
Family fury after abusive man kills 3
Slayings put spotlight on protection-order catch-22

Anisa Rehman moved out of her home to live with her younger sister's family because she wanted to escape from her abusive husband.

Still, this didn't deter him from harassing her. Time and again, he would go to her sister's house in L...
Judge Poswa avoids gruelling JSC interview
Arguably one of the more colourful judges on the Pretoria Bench will not be transferring to KwaZulu Natal, after a last-minute withdrawal of his Judicial Service Commission application.

Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa was one of three candidates for a vacancy on the Natal bench.

The reasons for the w...
More on Crime
Taxi boss in court for hit on rival

TZANEEN - A Limpopo taxi boss and three suspected hitmen have appeared in court in connection with the assassination of the chairman of the Bolobedu Taxi Association.

Lebeko Michael Malatji (60), who was also the chairperson of the Molol...
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Soldier appears in packed court for family murder

THOHOYANDOU - A soldier appeared in a packed court on Monday on charges of hacking his three children and their mother to death with a spade on Sunday.

Mishack Kharivhe (35), a member of South African National Defense Force...
DA seeks clarity on Scorpions
SPOKESMAN: Wrote a letter to committee head

THE DEMOCRATIC alliance (DA) is demanding clarity on the dates for the submission of the General Law Amendment Bill (GLAB) to Parliament, plus the public hearings on the proposed disbandment of the Scorpions.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard, MP and DA spokesma...
McBride’s lawyers rake in millions
THE Ekurhuleni Municipality is veering towards a precipice as a result of the drunk-driving case against former police chief Robert McBride.

Senior officials now find themselves contending with charges of fraud, serious financial mismanagement and negligence.

According to chairman of the indep...
Scorpions need boost to keep SA green
THE environmental inspectorate – the green Scorpions – investigated over 1 756 criminal dockets in 2007/2008 and made 2 612 arrests.

Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said there was a desperate need for additional inspectors as well as better training and equip...
DA up in arms over waste dam
THE DA is tackling Harmony Gold Mining Company over its plans to build a mega-tailings storage (slimes) dam on the outskirts of Fochville, near Carletonville.

The party’s chairman in North West, Herman Groenewald, said in a statement the dam would cause pollution and health hazards for people and...
Manhunt nets gang of nine
NINE members of a gang of armed robbers were arrested after a massive manhunt in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria yesterday.

Four Zimbabweans, two Mozambicans and three South Africans were found in possession of seven illegal firearms.

Police said members from the Protection and Security Services...
Row over jail radios
THE South African Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) has called on the Correctional Services Department to explain why portable radios are not allowed in prisons.

This comes after a group of awaiting-trial prisoners at the Johannesburg Prison embarked on a “hunger strike” after the...
Liquor, copper, guns seized
MORE than half a million litres of alcohol have been confiscated in a period of seven months around Pretoria during Operation Thiba, national police said yesterday.

Director Phuti Setati said the Firearms and Liquor Control under the auspices of the Visible Policing Division raided about 505 busi...
SA HAS ‘Hospital from Hell’
SA HAS ‘Hospital from Hell’

NELSPRUIT’S Themba Hospital is living up to its notorious reputation as South Africa’s “hospital of hell”.

More patients are likely to die at Mpumalanga’s biggest hospital after surgery than at any other hospital in the province.

According to the provincial Depar...
Lenasia shooter guarded
A LENASIA man is under heavy police guard in hospital after he allegedly shot dead his wife, sister-in-law and brother-in-law on Sunday afternoon.

“The middle-aged man, who was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, had recently been separated from his wife,” said police spokesman Constable Edw...
Legislation needed to make toys safer for our children
Play time is supposed to be fun time for children, but the lack of legislation ensuring that toys are safe exposes them to the danger of injury and, in extreme cases, death.

It is up to parents to ensure their children's safety.

Toy manufacturers and distributors are left to regulate themselv...
Gem dealer sticks to his guns in battle with cops
Three cops wrongly branded as diamond robbers are suing the South African Police Service for millions of rands after the case against them fell apart.

But the man who identified them, a Guinea-born diamond dealer charged with money-laundering and defrauding Absa of R42-million, has not backed do...
ANC to probe Youth League 'vote rigging'
Luthuli House will investigate complaints of vote rigging after the ANC Youth League's conference was adjourned last night following complaints from seven provinces that the election of the new leadership was not free and fair.

Now the senior ANC will convene either a special elective conference...
Egyptian diplomat's family, Greek envoy's children held up
Robbers terrorised members of Pretoria's diplomatic corps over the weekend, attacking two families in their homes.

The attacks on Saturday saw two gangs, armed with an assortment of weapons, holding up an Egyptian diplomat and his two young children and the three children of the Greek defence at...
Family upset over neighbours' anti-Semitic outburst
A Cape Town couple will appear before the Equality Court in June after they allegedly called their neighbours "f***ing Jews" and said "Jews should all go to the gas chambers and burn".

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies said comments of this nature were "anti-Semitic, extremely vile and ...
Teen held over deadly 'wrestling moves'
A teenager was expected to appear in court today on suspicion of killing a 2-year-old boy last week in an incident that has shocked a Breede River Valley town.

The beaten body of Romarco Arries was found in his home on the Deo Gloria farm at Rawsonville last Monday and a 14-year-old was arrested ...
Public and police feel effects of R600m flop
Radio network in major crash

When the police's multimillion-rand emergency call centre went digital six months ago, it was hailed as world class and expected to give officers the edge against criminals.

But the R600-million digital radio network, which the police's top brass said would...
Officer's alleged rape victim' a scheming woman'
An accused rapist, who is also a police officer, has claimed he was offered R500 to drop an unrelated charge against his accuser.

Details of the alleged sex scandal and corruption emerged in the Protea Magistrate's Court during the officer's bail application yesterday.

A 34-year-old Soweto w...
Family fury after abusive man kills 3
Slayings put spotlight on protection-order catch-22

Anisa Rehman moved out of her home to live with her younger sister's family because she wanted to escape from her abusive husband.

Still, this didn't deter him from harassing her. Time and again, he would go to her sister's house in L...
Residents do their own traffic calming
Residents of Florida Street in Westbury are tired of their cries falling on deaf ears, and have decided to do something about the road they call "the highway of hell".

Yesterday, about two dozen residents used picks and shovels to make three holes in the road where they say speed bumps must be bu...
Some words missing in McBride's legal-cost invoices
Altered invoices for the legal costs of Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's alleged drunk-driving car crash have surfaced.

The Star is in possession of two sets of invoices with the same invoice number, the same date. But in the one case, the words "motor accident" have been removed. ...
Advocate says state's case against Petersen is vague
Najwa Petersen, who is accused of the murder of her playwright husband Taliep Petersen, says the state's case is so vague that she cannot understand the proceedings against her and will not be able to instruct her lawyers on how to conduct her defence.

This emerged in the Cape High Court yesterd...
A loud roar in the war against crime
Thousands of motorbike enthusiasts from around Gauteng were out in full force to take their stand against crime.

The west wing of the Brightwater Commons shopping centre parking in Randburg was on Sunday a sea of glistening motorbikes after thousands of young and old bikers - clad in the traditi...
Inspirational speaker may lift police morale
World-renowned motivator says SAPS must be appreciated

He has inspired over a billion people worldwide to realise and maximise their full potential and he is hoping to rub off some of his inspirational magic on the SAPS in a bid to combat crime.

World renowned human behavioural special...
Smash-and-grab boy of 12 killed
Cops hunt driver who chased and shot thief

The smash-and-grabber shot dead by an unknown motorist in Boksburg on Friday afternoon has been identified as a 12-year-old child.

Police spokesperson Captain Mack Mngomezulu this morning said the boy's mother had been informed of her child's ...
Nine robbery suspects arrested
NINE suspects were arrested after a Shoprite supermarket in Westonaria on the West Rand was robbed at the weekend.

Fifteen suspects armed with pistols and AK-47s entered the supermarket at around 7pm and held up customers and cashiers.

“They took money from the tills and also robbed the custom...
It’s muggers’ game to visit Signal Hill
THE closure of the country’s most famous beacon to tourists after 9pm is sending out the wrong signal to tourists.

Cape Town’s Signal Hill is no longer open after dark because of fear that tourists will be mugged.

But Simon Grinrod, a mayoral committee member for economic development and touri...
Lady luck not smiling on addicts
BLACKLIST: Chronic gamblers can’t shop around anymore

CASINOS have upped the ante against gambling addicts by pooling their blacklists to prevent gamblers from using other casinos to indulge in their addictions.

While casinos were able to blacklist problem gamblers and gamblers with afflictio...
Film exposes cable thieves
FOUR security guards were caught on camera allegedly stealing cables, chocolate and biltong while on duty in two separate incidents in Pretoria at the weekend.

In the first incident three security guards were arrested for stealing computer cable worth about R800 000 in Midrand.

Pretoria police...
Child’s screams save gran
The screams of a small grandchild saved his granny, 60, from being raped by a 17-year-old.

The incident happened in Tshiawelo, Soweto during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Inspector Kay Makhubela said the granny woke up and found the 17-year-old trying to rape her.

She asked him if he h...
76 Arrested in Vosloorus
A JOINT venture between the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, the South African Police Service, Community Safety traffic officials and community patrollers saw 76 people arrested during a crime prevention operation in Vosloorus at the weekend.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesman Inspector Jimmy M...
Cachalia speaks on high crime
JOHANNESBURG - More needs to be done to improve the capacity of the police if crime is to be brought under control, according to Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Chachalia.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Citizen, Chachalia admitted the level of crime in Gauteng was unacceptab...
Two held after pigeons shot dead
A medical stock controller and a computer programmer have been arrested after a two-hour shooting spree at a Pretoria hospital in which 18 pigeons were killed.

Police investigations have revealed that Eugene Marais Hospital management had apparently sanctioned the killing spree.

The two were...
Robber massages woman before rape
Family decide to emigrate after nightmare ordeal

Minutes before she was raped next to her 6-year-old son, her "kind" rapist untied her sore hands and even massaged them to get the blood circulation going. Then, as a "parting thought", he raped her.

This is the ordeal to which a 35-year...
DA wants peacekeeping force to be deployed
Leon urges Mbeki to request African Union to step in

As the world anxiously awaits the official results of the president-t ial election in Zimbabwe, former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has called on President Thabo Mbeki to arrange for an African Union peacekeeping force to be sent...
New smart ID cards to be rolled out soon
A pilot project on a smart-card identity system, which will replace the current green ID books, is to be rolled out before the end of the year.

Home Affairs Director-General Mavuso Msimang assured a meeting of Business Unity SA in Joburg yesterday that his embattled department was on course with...
McBride wants case declared a mistrial
Police chief's lawyers claim three key State witnesses colluded outside court before all had taken the stand

Robert McBride's defence team is considering having his drunk driving trial declared a mistrial, when it resumes on April 21. The Ekurhuleni metro police chief's lawyers claim the t...
Oz lures scorpions
Cream of SA's investigators look to head Down Under

The Scorpions are packing for Perth and elsewhere. A mass exodus of staff from the embattled unit, which the ruling ANC wants disbanded by mid-June, is under way.

Gauteng head, Gerrie Nel is strongly rumoured to be the latest member t...
Freed Pilot enjoys home comforts
For Brent Smyth, the taste of his first beer on home soil is a "small treasure" and one the Midrand helicopter pilot declares he will appreciate the rest of his life.

"I really enjoyed that Amstel... But the biggest treasure after kissing my fiancee and mom at the airport was playing with my thr...
Principal's speech spreads passion
The headmaster of a private school in Joburg never imagined his rousing speech to pupils, and about 50 of their grandparents, on being passionate South Africans would become a global phenomenon.

Dave Knowles, head of St Stithians College, "can't keep up with my e-mails" after his speech was circ...
Fast Food? No, fast Draw
An off-duty police constable shot and wounded two gunmen who tried to rob a fast-food outlet where he was eating supper in Fourways on Thursday night. Constable Mothadi Lekota was having dinner with his family when six armed men entered the McDonald's at Fourways Crossing at 8.25pm.

The men told...
Citizens fork out for high crime rate
Private security firms thrive, but Sars says there's no tax relief for private individuals. Deon de Lange reports

South Africans are picking up a monumental tab for the state's apparent or perceived failure to protect them from crime but individuals may not claim tax relief for these expen...
Car's accidental colour scheme a surprising offence
Motorists beware. If your car has been damaged and any replacement part is a different colour to the rest of the body, it could be declared unroadworthy, regardless of the condition of the car.

An infuriated Surprise Lebyane said his car was damaged in an accident two weeks ago. He bought a repla...
Motorist attacked after girl run over
Sade Jacobs has precious little to remember her only child by after 4-year-old Anitra was run over and killed by a man with no driving licence and who allegedly was intoxicated.

Anitra had been playing at the Oval stadium, a soccer field in Florida Street, Westbury, across the road from where he...
'We're being ripped off'
Leaked invoices on McBride's legal fees show ...
How police chief's drunk-driving case is costing taxpayers millions


Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride's legal fees for his drunk driving case amount to more than R1,7-million, according to documents leaked to The Star.

In addition,...
Dehal and McBride go way back
The relationship between Robert McBride and advocate Roshan Dehal goes back to the days of the Ekurhuleni metro police chief's trial following the deadly Magoo's bar bomb blast on Durban's beachfront in the mid-1980s.

In McBride's book Robert McBride, a Coloured Life, he also mentions Dehal, who...
Legal fees signed by subordinate
All the invoices leaked to The Star were signed by Robert McBride's second in command, Ash Boodhoo.

In a letter to the city manager, Patrick Flusk, dated October 18 2007, Boodhoo queried an outstanding payment on behalf of Dehal and said he had flown to Dehal's law firm in Durban to have a meeti...
Figures 'grossly incorrect'
The Star asked both the Ekurhuleni metro's city manager, Patrick Flusk, and chief financial officer Colin Pillay about the legal fees' invoices.

The city manager cannot sign for applications for legal representation in excess of R10 000 - unless permission is given by the executive mayor.

Do...
Cash heist gangs meet their match
A new initiative is tackling the problem head-on and enjoying remarkable success in safeguarding money on the move

Working as a cash-in-transit guard is the most dangerous job in South Africa. But this is about to change, as the police, cash management companies and the banking industry ha...
Woman who claimed hijackers stole her baby caught out
She claimed she had been hijacked and that three men stole her baby shortly after she gave birth - but Michelle van Zyl lied. Now the 25-year-old Germiston mother faces possible imprisonment for perjury and child abandonment.

When her relatives found her nearly a week after she went missing, she...
Baby-snatcher could spend 15 years in jail
Former Free State teacher Alletta du Plessis admitted she stole a baby to keep her boyfriend happy, and her advocate has suggested that she be sentenced to correctional supervision and community service.

But it remains to be seen whether magistrate Pieter du Plessis will agree. If he doesn't, sh...
DA, MEC spat takes ugly turn
KICKED OUT: Clash over ‘rich developments’

DEMOCRATIC Alliance (DA) member of the provincial legislature Paul Willemburg, spokesman Hendrika Kruger and two environmentalists were kicked out of a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday after a war of words erupted between Agriculture MEC Khabisi...
Smash and grab spate
GARSFONTEIN police are warning about a spate of smash and grab incidents east of Pretoria this week.

Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said they were distributing pamphlets asking motorists to cover up valuable items.

“If a would-be thief can’t see any valuables, there is no way he will break the w...
Murder: Student held
A STUDENT at the University of Pretoria was arrested for the alleged murder of a nightclub bouncer and the injury to another in Brooklyn, east of Pretoria, yesterday.

Police said the incident started in the bathroom of the Good4fellas nightclub when three men were involved in a fight at about 2am...
ATM blast in Soweto
AN ATM machine was bombed in the early hours of yesterday in Naledi, Soweto.

Police said an FNB ATM at the Naledi complex was bombed at about 2am and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

People who live close to the Soweto complex said they heard a loud bang and called the police.

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Police pounce on 26
TWENTY-SIX people were arrested during a crime-prevention operation in Katlehong, East Rand on Wednesday.

Captain Mega Ndobe said nine people were arrested for common assault and for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. All the arrested were to appear in court yesterday.

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Death threats to SABC staffers follow mugging
MYSTERY surrounds the attack on SABC weather presenter Tshidi Diphoko, and death threats made against two of the broadcaster’s political reporters.

Diphoko was apparently robbed at gunpoint in Braamfontein on Saturday, March 22 in what the SABC described as a “cowardly attack”.

The attack on t...
Taxi rapes increase
POLICE are concerned about the safety of women who use taxis to get around Johannesburg Central, following several incidents in which taxi drivers have raped and robbed female commuters.

Inspector Xoli Mbele said at least four such incidents had been reported, and were under investigation.

He ...
Security guard in court
A SECURITY guard arrested in connection with the murder of a young ballet dancer in Faerie Glen was remanded in custody in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The man, 25, who cannot be named as he still has to appear at an identity parade was in court on charges of murder and house robber...
Relative threatens newsmen
It was beyond bizarre. The Roodepoort Magistrate's Court had adjourned for a tea break. And this reporter and photographer Matthews Baloyi sauntered out of the building to the green palisade fencing.

There, Baloyi yielded to an urge to have a drag on a cigarette. We were so deep in conversation ...
School head faces rape accusation
A secondary school principal facing a charge of rape has been granted bail of R2 000 in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court.

He was called into the dock of Court F just before the lunch-hour recess yesterday.

He avoided eye contact with those seated in the public gallery - including his mother...
Jeppestown Massacre witnesses to be grilled again
Willem van Niekerk, the only policeman to emerge from the Jeppestown Massacre, has been called back to the witness stand and forced to relive the horror for a second time.

Despite its sensational start, the trial of the men accused of killing four policemen on June 25 2006 has slowly been wrappi...
Hijacker on crutches: now cops have seen it all
A Tracker crew, hot on the heels of a gang of five hijackers, were amazed to find that one of the robbers they arrested was on crutches.

The bust happened yesterday morning in the Western Cape when the tracking company moved in on their targets within 10 minutes of the hijacked vehicle's device ...
Dad shot dead trying to help robbery victim
A Good Samaritan trying to assist an armed robbery victim was gunned down in front of his 3-year-old son.

About noon yesterday, a man who had just returned to work in Kempton Park from a bank after withdrawing R10 000 was approached by five armed men who demanded cash, his cellphone and his fire...
Rent and not Qur'an led to murder
Husband and wife guilty of killing Sandton landlady (70)

An outstanding rent bill of R500 led to the murder of 70-year-old Bridget Theresa Cairns.

This was the finding of Johannesburg High Court Judge Frans Malan yesterday when he found Liyaquath Ahroon (31) and his wife Cachandra de V...
Cop arrested for allegedly raping detained woman
A Soweto police officer who allegedly raped a woman who was a detainee at a police station will stay behind bars until his formal bail application on Monday.

The 38-year-old man, who is an inspector at Diepkloof police station, has been charged with three counts of rape and kidnapping. He is bei...
Murder a cover-up, says mom
INVESTIGATION: A morass of bungling and missing evidence

One ordinary Thursday afternoon turned into Alice Polley’s worst nightmare. Her daughter, 21-year old Lizel, had been brutally murdered.

When Alice arrived home from work she found Lizel floating in a bathtub filled with her own blood.
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Security expert gets involved
DOCTOR Johan Burger from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), who has regular contact with the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) about missing dockets, has now stepped into the breach.

Burger said he had passed on information relating to Lizel Polley’s murder to senior police official...
Addicts: call for control
STRICTER controls need to be put in place to protect people from falling prey to drug, gambling and alcohol addictions.

This is the view of the Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) which is seeking support from individuals and companies to reach out to the poor who can’t afford drug rehabilitation.

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Racism ‘still rife in police’
RACIAL hatred and stereotyping within the south African Police Service (SAPS) is still taking place, according to a union spokesman.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has lashed out at acts of racism within SAPS.

Popcru spokesman Benzi ka-Soko said the union was disturbed by c...
Murders: call to convict
FAMILY KILLED: Chinese businessmen in the dock

THE State yesterday urged a Pretoria High Court judge to convict two Chinese businessmen of four gruesome murders, calling the case “overwhelming”.

Prosecutor JP Marais argued the court should convict both Siyuan Liu, 48, and Jiansen Bai, 54, on ...
Cash-in-transit arrests
FOUR men who allegedly held up two cash-in-transit security guards loading a cash box into their van were arrested in Cleveland, Johannesburg yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said they had waited for the guards to collect money from a shop and held them at gunpoint, but were...
E Cape initiates die
TEN boys died and 77 others had to be rescued from illegal initiation schools in the Eastern Cape during the school holidays.

Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said yesterday the department had closed down nine illegal initiation schools after traditional leaders in various areas had rejec...
Robbers get no loot
SIX armed robbers fled empty handed, leaving behind three people suffering serious injuries after a botched armed robbery in Diepsloot, south of Pretoria yesterday.

The incident started when the suspects stormed into the Rise and Shine Supermarket in Extension Two at about 9:30am.

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Police ‘field robber
A bid to bomb at ATM ended in a high-speed chase along North West’s country roads yesterday morning.

The bombers fired shots at pursuing police and came to a halt in a Lucerne field after evading a roadblock. One man was arrested. The ATM was blasted in Jouberton near Klerksdorp.

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Murder case adjourned
The trial of Pretoria panelbeater Pieter Viljoen, convicted of murdering his young pregnant wife seven years ago, was yesterday adjourned in the Pretoria High Court.

Acting Judge Mahome4d Ismail and two assessors in January this year unanimously found that Viljoen was the killer responsible for t...
Killed ‘to keep her job’
JOHANNESBURG - Four years after a 71-year-old homeowner’s wife died, his new girlfriend wanted him to move to a townhouse.

So George Janssens’s domestic worker for 13 years allegedly had the girlfriend murdered.

“She was afraid she would lose her job and with it her accommodation in a cottage ...
Editors’ forum praises Pius Langa over press freedom
THE South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has lauded Chief Justice Pius Langa for his views on media freedom.

“The forum expresses its appreciation of Langa’s recognition of the importance of the media’s self-regulatory mechanisms, set up to address public complaints against the print med...
Suspected serial sodomist set free
East Rand cops fear he might molest more boys

A man suspected of sodomising six teenagers is on the loose, and police are worried that he might abuse more boys.

The 21-year-old was arrested on April 2 last year after a spate of attacks on teenage boys in Germiston.

But after months...
Pastor sired three children with his own daughter
A self-proclaimed pastor who fathered three children with his own daughter has been found guilty of raping the child over a period of eight years.

The 50-year-old man from KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, was found guilty of nine ...
Former health chief in court over irregular contracts
Rina Charles accused of giving tenders to brother-in-law

The former head of the Mpumalanga Health Department, Rina Charles, has appeared in court on 18 fraud and corruption charges.

Her co-accused, businessman Percy Siboza, who owns KaMagobeni Holdings (Pty) Ltd and who the state claim...
Parties fight for tax rebate on citizens' security costs
Freedom Front Plus says state has constitutional responsibility to protect all

The Freedom Front Plus has submitted a private member's bill proposing tax rebates for individuals who incur costs for their security.

This was in the wake of calls by two other political parties earlier thi...
Warning for Mbeki over increasing xenophobia
President Thabo Mbeki has been told there is an urgent need to address the growing problem of xenophobia in the country.

And, addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) in Pretoria yesterday, Mbeki spoke out against the recent attacks on women wearing miniskirts at the Noord Str...
SA pilot arrested in Zim awaits release
South African pilot Brent Smyth (31), arrested in Zimbabwe while there to fly a chartered helicopter, was hoping to be allowed to return home today.

Smyth was arrested last Tuesday and is currently facing immigration transgression charges.

"We understand that the worst-case scenario is that ...
Rocky the wonder dog strikes again
Rocky, the wonder dog who feature in The Citizen last year for his part in saving the life of a stab victim, has done it again.

This time Rocky helped save a woman being assaulted by her boyfriend, maybe saving her life.

Owner Sean Cartman was taking Rocky for a stroll through a Johanne...
An old fool gets off
There’s only one thing worse than an April fool – an that’s an old fool, according to Bellville’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court magistrate, Amrith Chabilall.

He said this applied to Paarl estate agent Ephraim Barens, 63, when prosecutor Esmarelda Johnson withdrew a fraud charge that Barends...
Granny raped, killed
POLICE are searching for the killer who attacked and probably raped a 79-year-old woman in her bed in Christiana, North West.

A neighbour found the body of Elizabeth Tanye in her home in Utlwanang at 9:30am on Monday after she had not seen her since Friday.

She had blood on her face.

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Body found hanging
The badly decomposed body of a middle-aged man was found hanging in a room he rented in Soweto yesterday.

Inspector Kay Makhubela said the man was renting a room in Zola and had gone missing since Good Friday. The owners of the room then changed the lock on the door after he disappeared.

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Skweyiya skew again
ZOLA Skweyiya, Minister of Social Development, is in the spotlight again this week.

Last week allegations emerged of a R3bn social grant tender for his wife’s business partner.

It is alleged that his department has now apparently lost R4,5bn as a result of its tardiness in replacing a defectiv...
Double tragedy in Delmas
JOHANNESBURG - Seven tragic hours have left two eastern Highveld families reeling.

An Evander woman and her father died violently in two separate incidents.

Sharon Knoetze, 30, mother of a two-month-old son, died in a car crash.

Then, as her father went to buy food for well wishers who had...
Magistrate awarded R3m over malicious NPA actions
Triumph after six-year legal saga

Magistrate Sekele Moleko was still dressed in his court robes when police charged him with defeating the ends of justice, all because he had overruled a prosecutor and released two alleged hijackers on a warning.

Now, after the Supreme Court of Appeal ...
Pityana's attack on Zuma irks SACP
Jacob Zuma's lieutenants rallied around him yesterday, hitting back at outspoken Unisa vice-chancellor Professor Barney Pityana, who described the ANC president as a "flawed character".

The SA Communist Party and its Young Communist League issued statements supporting Zuma and accusing Pityana o...
Top brass to fight citizen's Scorpions case
President Thabo Mbeki, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will oppose a Joburg businessman's bid to stop the disbanding of the Scorpions.

But they have yet to indicate whether their opposition to Hugh Glenister's Pretoria High Court challenge will...
Taximen in court over assault
A Noord Street rank taxi driver and an accomplice who had allegedly pushed around and slapped a female passenger are out on bail just a day after their arrest.

Muzi Madide (32) and Zimbabwean Mtoliki Nkomo (43) made a brief appearance in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on common assault charges ...
Poaching of DRC, Nigerian doctors probed
The placement of at least 300 medical doctors from developing African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria is under investigation by the Department of Health.

The placements, which have been flagged as suspicious, are being investigated after an audit showed that the ma...
'Qur'an motive behind killing'
A Joburg judge has been asked to rule that the motive for the murder of 70-year-old Bridget Theresa Cairns - a devout Christian - was her failure to perform Islamic ritual cleansing before touching the Qur'an.

The bizarre request was yesterday made by one of the defence lawyers in the Johannesbur...
Guard dies trying to shield woman from bullets
A protection order and a security guard weren't enough for a Benoni woman who is fighting for her life after she was shot and wounded, allegedly by her husband.

While Elsie Lumka was lucky to have survived the attack, her security guard was not so fortunate.

He died trying to shield her from...
'God, please help my mom get out of jail'
Child sees mother arrested in Soweto family-abuse case

As Sarah Mabalane was driven away to the police station, her 11-year-old son Thabang cried and begged the police to stop.

Three weeks earlier, his parents had a violent fight and Sarah smashed a candlestick holder over her husband'...
Dancer's death: guard arrested
Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the brutal murder of dancer Estee Janse van Rensburg.

The police closed in on the man in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, at about 8.15 this morning.

Last Wednesday the petite 19-year-old dancer was found dead in her parents' bed, her body sprawl...
Three gangs hit Durban
POLICE are hunting for more than 15 robbers in three gangs which robbed three premises in Durban on Sunday.

Durban police spokesman Inspector Solomon Mbhele said the first robbery took place at a house in Kloof, where security officers responding to a security alarm were involved in a shootout wi...
Ghetto fears in Pretoria
FEARS that some of Pretoria’s higher-income suburbs could almost turn into ghettos have again resurfaced in the city.

A council plan to build about 130 000 houses in the next three years for lower-income groups was first mooted two years ago, but vociferous opposition saw it put on hold.

Now i...
Klerksdorp home burns
A family returned home from a visit to relatives at the weekend to find their house in Alabama, Klerksdorp, up in flames.

Police are investigating a case of arson since a window was apparently broken.

Captain Adele Myburgh of the north Wet police said the Van Wyk family had found their home in...
Homes ‘sold to aliens’
The community of Alexandra is furious about RDP houses allegedly being sold to foreigners.

The Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee (AVCC) is up in arms with housing authorities for the alleged illegal allocation of Reconstruction and Development Programme houses in Alexandra’s Extension 7.

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SA Passport rejected
HONG KONG – More than 100 SA visitors to Hong Kong were flabbergasted when they were refused entry into China on the Lo Wu-Shenzhen border, and escorted back to the Hong Kong side under police escort. “SA passports no good. Wait for policeman,” visitors were told.

Businessman MW de Wet of Parys...
Zille seeks Zuma
LEADER of the Democratic Alliance Helen Zille yesterday asked to meet ANC president Jacob Zuma to discuss the future of the Scorpions.

Zille said: “I have written to Mr Zuma to request a meeting with him to discuss the ANC’s plans to disband the unit. If granted I will seek his views on several ...
Quickest and safest?
PEOPLE who believe an ambulance ride is the quickest and safest way to get to hospital better think again.

Last year half the ambulances in Gauteng Province – or about 204 of the province’s 400 total – were involved in road accidents, and 28 of them were written off.

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Foul play suspected
Police are looking for answers in the mysterious death of a man who may have been pushed from a moving truck traveling towards Bethlehem this weekend.

The driver of a vehicle tailing the carrier truck stopped when he came upon the body.

If you have information, call 072 250 1158 or 058 307 570...
Still waiting for R100K damages
A RIETFONTEIN man who was awarded more than R100 000 damages after his unlawful arrest, has turned to the Pretoria High Court for relief after battling for almost a year to get his money out of the police.

Judge Francis Legodi granted an order declaring that Gerhard Combrink was entitled to payme...
Investigate deportation case, says Minister
MPUMALANGA’S MEC for Safety and Security has joined the chorus of those seeking justice in the now disgraceful case of the reserve police constables and the Mozambican deportees.

The Minister Fish Mahlalela wants the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to urgently and fully inves...
Prince’s car in smash
JOHANNESBURG - Police are seeking the man who smashed Zulu prince Sifiso Zulu’s luxury BMW 4X4 into a church congregation before escaping from the scene of the fatal accident.

At 9pm on Saturday night ER24 paramedic Derrick Banks was on duty and parked on Durban’s NMR Avenue when he heard the cr...
Doctors who took kickbacks must pay price
Two doctors who took kickbacks from radiologists have failed to wriggle out of performing community service, despite suggesting that the punishment would unfairly rob them of their R800-R1 200 hourly rates.

Doctors Julius Preddy and Percy Miller's pleas for sympathy from the Supreme Court of App...
Boys, girls equal before law, court rules
Ages of consent to sexual activities discriminating

While it is in line with the constitution to set a legal age of consent to sexual activities, the distinction between that of boys and girls amounts to unfair discrimination and is unconstitutional.

This was the finding yesterday of t...
'Flawed Zuma a flip-flop leader'
Unisa principal Barney Pityana has launched a scathing attack on ANC president Jacob Zuma, describing him as a "flawed character in his moral conduct" and accusing him of having no backbone.

In contrast, he lauded President Thabo Mbeki as "one of the best statesmen Africa has ever known".

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Freed Harksen tells of past and future (Part 1)
After his time in jail, the convicted fraudster's life is looking rosy, writes Karyn Maughan

Jurgen Harksen is a free man, "very much in love" and ready to make a plea-bargain deal with South African justice authorities.

Speaking to The Star exclusively yesterday, the convicted fraudst...
Freed Harksen tells of past and future (Part 2)
Once home to a Nazi concentration camp, Fuhlsbuettel jail is notorious for housing some of Germany's most violent and dangerous criminals.

According to Harksen, his refusal to pay protection money to the gangs operating inside the prison resulted in his being violently assaulted in October 2003,...
Angry wife set shack alight, killing 3
A woman who allegedly burnt three people, including a 2-year-old, has told the Johannesburg High Court that her action was a bid to defend her marriage.

Nonkululeko Bazana (28), of Bophelong, Vanderbijlpark, is accused on three counts of murder and one count of arson.

The state alleges Bazan...
Two families' pain over missing young mothers
Dolores Schmidt and Sipho Malinga are complete strangers, but share a similar pain.

Both their loved ones have mysteriously disappeared, plunging them into a life of pain and confusion. Schmidt's heavily pregnant daughter, Michelle van Zyl (25), went missing on Wednesday while Malinga's lover of...
'Fire top Ekurhuleni staff over McBride fees'
An Ekurhuleni metro councillor has called for the resignation of the municipality's city manager over police chief Robert McBride's legal costs.

The costs - allegedly amounting to R6,9-million, paid to Roshan Dehal, of Dehal Attorneys in Durban, are related to McBride's alleged drunk driving car...
Turning East Rand 'crime den' around
It is a township notorious for its high crime rate and a place many fear to go to.

But a group of dedicated community members from Tembisa, on the East Rand, together with the SAPS, are making a tremendous difference in the fight against crime.

The Winnie Mandela Community Project is an anti...
Tik ingredients reclassified
The medicines Control Council (MCC) has announced that key ingredients of the drug tik will be reclassified to make it harder for backyard manufacturers to produce this potentially deadly substance.

Although these measures are only being effected three years after the proposal was first made to t...
More blackouts from Eskom
JOHANNESBURG - Rolling blackouts are back today, according to Eskom, who have planned for power cuts to last for at least the next two months.

Eskom says it needs to stabilise its system before June to ensure an adequate reserve margin for the winter season. It says the system is currently workin...
Stander survivor shot dead
JOHANNESBURG - A quarter of a century after being shot by a member of the notorious Stander gang, Marlene Henn succumbed to a bullet at the hands of another gang of armed robbers.

Henn survived the attack 25 years ago, but she lost her life as the result of a bullet wound in the chest on Friday n...
Four killed as train hits bakkie
JOHANNESBURG - Police are investigating why the driver of a bakkie, laden with 20 people, failed to stop at a level crossing in North West where it was hit by a goods train killing four of the occupants.

Seven of the people in the bakkie, which was fitted with a canopy, were children aged betwee...
Security did not save him
JOHANNESBURG - Even the “beefed up” security 85-year-old Albert Johnson installed at his home could not keep out the killer or killers who attacked and beat him to death on Friday night.

Johnson had put up a pallisade fence around his house in the quiet suburb of Adamayview, Klerksdorp, after one...
Wife shoots adulterous husband in the groin
JOHANNESBURG - A straying husband caught with his pants down almost lost a lot more than his dignity at the weekend when his furious wife shot him in the groin.

Luckily for him, she was a lousy shot.

Inspector Carina Fourie of the Lichtenburg police said yesterday: “He is not missing any body...
Same bullet hits mother and toddler
Three-year-old girl put on life support after robbery

A mother and her 3-year-old daughter are recovering in hospital after being shot with the same bullet during a house robbery in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion.

Cliëster Stanley tucked little Dannica behind her on the bed she was sharing w...
Taxis impounded for obstructing free flow of traffic
For three months, Balfour Park residents and shop owners have been plagued by an illegal taxi rank on Louis Botha Avenue that they say has caused major traffic obstructions, insufferable noise, pollution and even harassment.

Ward councillor Ray Wolder said the situation on the corner of Louis Bo...
SA could pay price for passivity
South Africa's passive attitude to an escalating number of illegal Zimbabweans is dangerous, with cross-border movement unlikely to slacken, new research has found.

Failure to convincingly answer tough questions around migration showed a "lack of realism and failure of leadership" by the South A...
Atteridgeville is racked by abuse, torture and brutal flames
Not for the first time in the past week, Father Kieran Creagh watched the flames of the burning shacks light up the hill on the far side of the Atteridgeville valley on Monday evening. Not so long ago, the 45-year-old clergyman wouldn't have thought twice about running to the scene of such hideous x...
Unsafe Joburg Hospital to become fortress
Johannesburg Hospital is to divert more than R40-million from patient care to turn it into a high-security complex for patients and staff.

Hospital management have warned there would be inconveniences, with access funnelled through fewer entrances and visiting hours sharply restricted to one hou...
New lease of life for Joburg's inner city
Joburg has been undergoing massive transformation since the signing of the inner-city charter.

Already 86 law enforcement officers, including Joburg metro police specialising in by-law enforcement, now patrol the streets each day.

This includes 20 environmental health officers, eight buildin...
Metro police official in alleged house 'hijack'
Family appear to have been fraudulently evicted from state-owned Joburg property

A 72-year-old man has been evicted from a house he rented in Parkhurst in an apparent attempt to "hijack" the municipal-owned property involving a senior Joburg metro police department employee.

The house ...
Presidential about-turn on Khampepe report
Just days after refusing to release the Khampepe Commission's report to the Democratic Alliance on the grounds that this could threaten national security, the Presidency has made a dramatic about-face, promising to release the full report - when the time is right.

This week the Presidency batted...
Lottery's charity like Lotto draw
The National Council for the Blind is outraged after applying for funding from the National Lottery, getting less than half of the amount approved and then being told they had not submitted the necessary paperwork, despite having a receipt.

It is just one of many charity organisations depending ...
Hijacker no match for brave motorist
Jeremy Reingold had a split second to decide if he was going to save a life or not.

He floored the accelerator of his car and sped towards the gunman trying to hijack a female motorist.

His decision probably saved Edna Ramsay's life, her husband Martin said yesterday.

Reingold was on his w...
No one is safe from crime...
JOHANNESBURG - No one in South Africa can say they are safe with any level of confidence.

That was the startling confession by Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George at a crime conference yesterday.

He was responding to journalists who asked him how he felt about his own safety.

The worksh...
Police hide 26 deported aliens
JOHANNESBURG - The corruption apparently endemic in large sectors of the SA Police Service has again been brought to the fore following the deportation of illegal immigrants to Mozambique.

Illegals detained at the Lindela holding facility outside Krugersdorp were last week transported to the Moza...
Metro cops’ sex scandal
JOHANNESBURG - Sexual harassment has taken its toll on Johannesburg’s city police.

A senior official has been fired while two others have resigned.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) yesterday came clean on the sexual secrets of some of its members.

Four metro police officers w...
Child Justice Bill has more delays
Three government departments were sent packing from parliament yesterday for supplying contradictory statistics on children in conflict with the law.

National Assembly justice committee chairperson Yunus Carrim said he was disappointed by the shoddy work done by the justice, correctional services...
Man shot dead in front of family
Elray Appel was sitting in his car waiting for his girlfriend to load bags in the car, while his son sat on his lap, when three bullets were pumped into his chest.

The bullets narrowly missed his 10-month-old son Kealan as the family were preparing to leave their Eersterus home near Pretoria.

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Scorpions report blow
It's official, the Khampepe Commission of Inquiry's full report into the Scorpions will not be made public.

Citing threats to national security, official sources yesterday confirmed that Judge Sisi Khampepe's report would remain secret, despite growing pressure for it to be made public.

Pres...
Sheldean accused disputes confession
The body of 7-year-old Sheldean Human was so badly decomposed by the time it was discovered that she could be identified only by her skirt and her build.

All that was left of her face was a skull with a few strands of blonde hair.

This was the evidence heard yesterday in the Pretoria High Co...
Committee in bid to combat senseless xenophobic attacks
Recent xenophobic attacks in certain parts of the country have been met with anger by parliamentarians, who condemned the violence as meaningless.

MPs in the multiparty National Assembly committee on home affairs said on Wednesday that the attacks on foreign nationals in Atte- ridgeville, near P...
Horror of angry mob's fury
Zimbabwean tells how he managed to escape while friend was burnt to death

Throughout Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday morning, John* was holed up in a shack in Atteridgeville with two fellow Zimbabweans. One of them was 35-year-old Tamunorwa Kufandada. He was about to becom...
Tender for 'jiffy bag' female condoms pulled
Row lands health department in hot water

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's insistence on "jiffy bag" female condoms has landed her department in court and with a hefty legal bill.

Following a court challenge by a condom marketing company, lawyers for Tshabalala- Msimang and Fi...
Clause can't save car dealer in court
Fine print should never be the saviour of the stupid.

This was the message from the Supreme Court of Appeal, which yesterday dismissed a car dealer's bid to wriggle out of paying for a luxury car stolen from his premises after staff lost the vehicle's keys.

East Rand Mall-based Mercurius Mot...
Toddler cough and cold medicine scare
Cough and cold medicines that have been pulled off shelves abroad amid safety fears remain available in South Africa.

The medicines, for children under the age of 2, are being pulled off shelves and being sold under restricted conditions as parents in the UK are being warned about the dangers of...
Guards accused of assault at school
Youth with fractured jaw says it was racially motivated

Two youths are nursing injuries as a result of what they claim was a racially motivated attack by security guards at a prestigious Joburg school.

Yesterday, 19-year-old Banzi Malindi told The Star from a hospital bed that he was o...
Pilot on fraud charge
ZIMBABWE police have pressed fraud charges related to a hotel booking against the Johannesburg pilot arrested while flying Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai to election rallies, the party said yesterday.

Zimbabwe police were not able to confirm his arrest or provide reasons,...
R101 million cable racket
The last five months of last year saw Telkom spend a staggering R101 million replacing stolen cable.

This represented a 314% increase over the past two years.

“A significant surge in copper cable theft has happened. This is the result of the international increase in copper prices, primarily ...
Elderly bystander shot
An elderly bystander was shot in the abdomen by fleeing gunmen in Durban yesterday.

The woman was shot after five armed men had entered a shop and held ups staff at gunpoint.

Durban police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said the men made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the shop...
Attacks on aliens slammed
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAGRC) yesterday met leaders of the violence-stricken community of ‘Brazzaville’, an informal settlement in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.

Among those who attended the meeting were Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Tshwane Metro Execut...
Tobacco clampdown
Government is still putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to tobacco.

A revised Tobacco Products Control Act is open for public comment, and proposes a big increase in fines.

The fine for selling or supplying tobacco to people younger than 18 increases from R10 000 to R100 000.

...
Councillor’s car burnt
MUNICIPAL workers have burnt a councillor’s car in Rantanda, Heidelberg, following a protest over salary increases.

Police Captain Julia Claasen said: “On Tuesday people were trying to burn the local library, and threw rubbish all over the municipal properties”.

She said no arrests had been ...
Healthwork trade union deregistered
HOSPERSA: Dodgy loans leave 100 000 members in the lurch

The 100 000-member health sector trade union Hospersa is being deregistered amid allegations that top officials pocketed more than R14 million in “irrecoverable loans”.

According to a report by The Times, this follows an investiga...
Emergency services row
JOHANNESBURG - An unhealthy clash has erupted over the Gauteng Health Department’s planned takeover of clinics and ambulances of the Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane municipalities.

The SA Local Government Association (Salga) says bringing these vital services under the umbrella of the provin...
Government ignores Scorpions deadline
Opposition parties urge Mbeki to release Khampepe report

The government has missed the deadline set by President Thabo Mbeki to table the draft legislation authorising the disbanding of the Scorpions before parliament by the end of this month.

Mbeki had told MPs, during his state of th...
Relief as butcher's knife suspect sent for evaluation
Fifteen months after 19-year-old Vaughn Prepok's throat was slit, his alleged killer is to be psychologically assessed to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Yesterday, Guiseppe Avalone (20) appeared thinner and more stressed since his last appearance in the Germiston Magistrate...
Rise in child sex crimes
Criminal activities also a big concern

As of September 17 last year, 480 children had been sent to jail for sexual or violent crimes.

A further 1 213 children, most of whom were awaiting trial, were in detention.

In the same month, police arrested and charged 11 656 children - 860 ...
Sheldean's friend tells of abuse at hands of Jordaan
The mother of an 8-year-old who was allegedly repeatedly raped and sodomised by the alleged killer of Sheldean Human never bothered to ask her daughter about the allegations because "she knew there was nothing wrong with her little girl".

Meanwhile, the tiny dark-haired girl, dressed in pink tro...
Illegal aliens living in your church, MPs tell cleric
Good Samaritan Bishop Paul Verryn, of the Johannesburg Central Methodist Church, has come under fire from parliamentarians who accused him of breaking the law by harbouring illegal immigrants and criminals.

Verryn appeared yesterday before the National Assembly's committee on home affairs, where...
Save Our Scorpions
Most South Africans want crack unit to stay

Almost two-thirds of all South Africans believe the Scorpions should not be disbanded. Just under half believe their incorporation in the police service will lead to an increase in crime and corruption.

This is the result of an Ipsos-Markinor...
Smile as killer is jailed for 5 years
Jonathan and Houston Peters stabbed their uncle to death after he refused to give them money for drugs and alcohol.

Then, shortly after they had spent the R150 they had taken from his pocket, the two young men returned to Das Moses' house and took his TV, DVD player and sound system.

For thi...
Ex-bouncer gets 24 years for killing
Former Elite bouncer Jonathan Street sat impassively as he was sentenced to an effective 24 years in jail for the murder of 18-year-old art student Kyle Norris.

Street was found guilty of shooting Norris in the head at the Mac X sports and strip club in Edenvale, east of Joburg, on November 19 2...
Life for ongoing rape of his daughter
Parents photographed 'foul' acts of indecency

The 56-year-old father didn't flinch as he heard he was being sentenced to life in prison for each of the six times he raped his 10-year-old daughter while her mother photographed them.

The man, who may not be named, to protect the identity...
Seventh postponement for Lucky Dube murder case
The murder case of Lucky Dube has seen its seventh postponement, five months after four men were nabbed just three days after the reggae star was shot dead.

It was postponed, for the fourth time this year, in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday, pending a decision by the Directorate of...
Vigilante gets 27 years' jail for fatally shooting alleged robbers
A Joburg man will spend 27 years behind bars for the cold-blooded killing of two people suspected of being robbers.

Siphandla Sihle Jali, from Berea, was sentenced in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday for shooting and killing Sibongiseni Dlomo and Vusi Ntuli, also from Berea, on March 17 las...
Unit to patrol Joburg parks, spaces launched
Police stations on standby to assist during emergencies

The mugging of Gauteng MEC for Safety and Security Firoz Cachalia and his wife Nazira at Emmarentia Dam last year prompted Joburg City Parks to start a park safety unit.

City Parks entered into a partnership agreement with the Job...
Three held over lodge owner's abduction ordeal
Woman spent 52 hours locked in her car's boot

Three men have been arrested over the kidnapping of a Limpopo lodge owner who spent 52 hours locked in the boot of her car.

Hennielene Botha (46), who owns the Iketla Lodge in Ohrigstad with her husband Albert, was held up after two men bro...
Father kills 2 daughters, then himself
Pretoria man shot dead his two young daughters before turning the gun on himself this morning after a fight with his wife at their home.

Police spokesperson Captain Julia Claassen said the 35-year-old Silverton man threw his wife out of the house and locked the door during an argument at 6.40am....
Torture killing: second arrest
A SECOND suspect – believed to have been the mastermind – has been arrested in connection with the torture, rape and murder of a 61-year-old woman in a small farming town two weeks ago.

The 31-year-old man was on Monday tracked down in the farming area surrounding Ottoshoop, which is between Zeer...
UN refugee agency worried
The UN refugee agency is “deeply concerned” about the increase in violent mob attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

Xenophobic violence in Western Cape and Gauteng had seen aliens killed, and widespread looting with refugees an asylum seekers as victims, the agency said.

The agency, which mon...
MEC ignores the law, says DA
CLAIMS: Eight ‘suspicious interventions’ made in big projects

GAUTENG’s Agriculture, Conservation and Environment MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu is accused of actions which could lead to charges, jail and heavy fines.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wrote to premier Mbhazima Shilowa last week, asking him ...
Robbers grab bowsers
LIMPOPO police are hunting six men who stole two fuel tankers at gunpoint at an Engen depot in Mokopane at the weekend.

Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the gunmen tied up two security guards then drove off.

The empty tankers were found abandoned in Pretoria North and Marble Hall on Monday...
It’s bullets, not eggs on bloody Easter Monday
VIOLENT crime hit many during the holidays, with NetCare 911 reporting three shooting incidents on Easter Monday.

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

Four people were seriously injured, two men were under arrest, and two ...
Butcher stabbed
A butcher was stabbed during a robbery at his butchery in La Rochelle, Johannesburg at the weekend.

On Saturday three armed men forced their way into his shop and assaulted him.

Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman said during the robbery the butcher was hit twice on the head with a large butche...
Lump delays the Jeppe trial
EXCUSES for being caught up in the Jeppe massacre, such as “I was waiting for a traditional healer”, “I was taken there after being hijacked” and “I was hiding in the toilet” have been given by the accused.

The last two accused were due to give Johannesburg High Court their explanations for being...
Child murder on increase – stats
JOHANNESBURG - Murder – the most extreme form of violence – is on the increase against South African children.

Statistics gathered by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention Solidarity’s Helping Hand Fund said a staggering 1 152 children were murdered in the country last year.

“An extrapol...
More opt to escape Joburg
JOHANNESBURG - The prospect of a Jacob Zuma presidency, high levels of crime and the electricity load shedding are just some of the factors driving people out of South Africa.

A snap survey conducted by The Citizen on 10 estate agents in Johannesburg showed that 60% of the people selling their pr...
20 years for torturing, killing a dad
JOHANNESBURG - A young man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for torturing and killing a father in front of his family in Swartruggens, North West in July 2006.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a man who has survived 17.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T...
‘Teen kills brother’
Two people were stabbed in two incidents in Durban yesterday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACSA is now urging "proper and extensive investigations" before anyone jumps to con...
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