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Zimbabwe on verge of momentous deal
While hopes are high for a breakthrough to bring political opponents in Zimbabwe to agree on final terms for substantive negotiations, it was not clear whether President Robert Mugabe and rival Morgan Tsvangirai would come face to face today to sign a momentous memorandum.

If they agree to sign,...
Sporting body accused of playing with fire
Fiery MP Butana Komphela's deputy has cautioned that they will not be "held to ransom" or intimidated by "a kangaroo court" of sporting codes who have threatened to boycott parliamentary committee meetings.

Sport portfolio committee deputy chairperson Cedrick Frolick yesterday said the decision ...
Light shed on Kebble, Stratton
M-Net news magazine programme Carte Blanche has flighted a programme on John Stratton, a leading protagonist in the Brett Kebble saga.

However, Stratton proved to be an absent lead character for the most part in the Australian-made documentary aired yesterday, as he twice failed to arrive for in...
Fired military legal boss puts blame on top brass
Military legal boss Brigadier-General Ernest Zwane claims South African National Defence Force top brass knew he was a convicted fraudster before they made him head of military prosecutions.

And, in an explosive letter addressed to Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota and SANDF chiefs, Zwane claims h...
Home Affairs in about-turn on Zimbabwe refugees
Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa could soon be spared mass deportation, with Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula likely to approve a special dispensation for those in the country illegally.

This is in line with a call from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN...
'Dream became nightmare'
"God, please, please forgive us."

Before a multicultural congregation of about 3 000, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu begged God to forgive South Africans for the horrors they committed on foreigners during the recent xenophobic attacks.

All Anglican churches in Joburg were closed yesterday...
Suspect nabbed after rape
Orange Farm community members have assisted in the arrest of a man who allegedly abducted a woman in front of her house and then raped her in the nearby veld.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the 26-year-old Lakeside Extension 2 woman was accosted at gunpoint by two men.

"I had just l...
Lubowski murder arrest plea
A Namibian businessman who claims he has evidence proving that Civil Co-operation Bureau members were involved in the 1989 assassination of anti-apartheid activist Anton Lubowski is seeking the arrest of the men involved.

Charles Courtney-Clarke said he can prove that the CCB monitored Lubowski ...
Hidden agenda behind court merger?
Constitutional law expert believes move will put ANC in position to control judiciary

A merger of the country's two top courts is politically motivated and would put the ANC in a perfect position to control the judiciary, a top constitutional law expert has warned.

Marinus Wiechers, a ...
Mass exodus of air traffic controllers
Increased flight delays and fuel costs amid warnings that situation could become a safety risk

South Africa's airspace is under strain as a mass exodus of air traffic controllers has led to a shortage, limiting airspace and forcing airlines to suffer increased flight delays and extra fuel ...
Tutu decries billions spent on weapons as millions go hungry
Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu has lashed out against the "war on terror", declaring that trillions of dollars were being spent on instruments of death while people were going hungry.

Tutu was speaking this week on the global food crisis hosted by development group ActionAid and The Elders - a...
False ads lure girls into prostitution
Cape Town teenagers, some from top southern suburbs schools, are being duped into prostitution by misleading advertisements offering huge salaries and incentive bonuses.

The advertisements, run in daily newspapers, offer posts for "masseuse/ receptionist R8 100 per month or potential earnings of...
Trouble runs in this family
The prominent Narandas family from Durban just can't stay out of the newspapers. Almost every member of the family has found himself or herself embroiled in controversy at one point or another.

And if Rosanna Narandas didn't hog the limelight enough in 2005, when she and former KZN provincial go...
21 killed for money
Victims were mutilated ininsurance scam

An insurance scam is believed to have spawned the serial murder of at least 21 women. The victims, all prostitutes or homeless, were lured to their deaths and then brutally disfigured as their killers hacked their features to make identification diff...
Hidden agenda behind court merger?
Constitutional law expert believes move will put ANC in position to control judiciary

A merger of the country's two top courts is politically motivated and would put the ANC in a perfect position to control the judiciary, a top constitutional law expert has warned.

Marinus Wiechers, a ...
Zim power-sharing talks begin soon
Tsvangirai has finally agreed, report Angela Quintal and Fiona Forde

Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed to power-sharing talks with Robert Mugabe, saying Zimbabweans have suffered enough and it's time for the country's crisis to end.

This was the upshot of yesterday's decision by President T...
Reservists are suspects in gas depot raid
Three men in a Pretoria police van are on the run for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery and kidnapping.

The heavily armed trio, thought to be police reservists from Atteridgeville, allegedly held up security guards and staff at the Contigas depot, which distributes gas canisters to t...
Motata trial heads for record books
JOHANNESBURG - There has been speculation outside the courtroom that the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court drinking and driving trial of Pretoria judge, Nkola Motata will make the Guiness Book of Records.

Presiding Magistrate, Desmond Nair, who is the Chief Magistrate of Pretoria, has appealed to t...
One in three house robbers a killer
One in three house robbers has murdered and, on average, they commit 104 crimes before the law finally catches up with them.

And with each crime perpetrated over a seven-and-a-half-year period, they become more violent.

This is the disturbing profile of a convicted house robber revealed in a...
Insult to injury for robbed shopowners
Mother and brother-in-law jailed after shooting

Pistol-whipped and bitten by armed robbers at her shop, mother-of-three Yasmin Hajat expected police officers to bring her comfort.

What she got instead was a cold night in jail.

Hajat, a store manager in Joubert Park, said this was t...
Baby, pregnant refugee injured in shootout
1-year-old child and a pregnant woman are among six people who were injured when police shot rubber bullets at a group of residents at the Rifle Range temporary shelter in Glenanda.

Violence broke out at the shelter yesterday morning following a standoff between the police and residents.

Wife is adamant that her husband was the victim of cops' abuse
Police insist he masterminded bank robberies

Who was Douglas Khumalo? A loving husband abducted and murdered by the police, or the kingpin of a notorious gang of bank robbers who tried to evade capture?

Mystery has engulfed the death of the 37-year-old man who died at Johannesburg Hosp...
Judge Motata decision soon
The trial-within-a- trial held to determine the admissibility and authenticity of recordings of Judge Nkola Motata's outburst is over.

After two weeks of testimonies from experts and people present at the scene of the crash, Judge Motata will know by Tuesday whether the recordings will be used a...
Refugees take guards hostage
Six refugees were injured and 10 arrested this morning at a temporary camp on Rifle Range Road in Forest Hill, south of Joburg.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini, the refugees - who are housed at the camp after fleeing xenophobic attacks recently - held four ...
Cop accused of beating up 'foreign' YCL leader

July 17, 2008 Edition 4

Angelique Serrao

Chairperson of the Young Communist League spent last night in jail after he was allegedly assaulted by police, treated in hospital and then detained.

David Masondo went jogging last night in Sandringham, Joburg, when he came across a stop and se...
Stench of death on the Zim border
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabweans fear Zanu-PF so much that crocodiles and electric fences hold no terrors.

Reportedly, about 4 300 people have been victims of politically-motivated violence between 1 March and 15 June of this year.

And more than 100 opposition activists have been murdered, while ro...
The face of SA’s ‘most lethal thief’
‘SPEARMAN’: Alleged killer, rapist now in Gauteng – police

SOUTH Africa’s most wanted house robber has been linked to an armed robbery in Primrose, Gauteng.

Petros Mthethwa – the man described as the most dangerous and violent house robber in the country – is being sought by the KwaZulu-Natal...
Evictions must stop:Protesters
JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of angry residents from Schubart and Kruger Parks flats took to the streets of Pretoria demanding the city’s mayor to immediately stop evicting them from dilapidated council buildings.

About 500 residents handed over a memorandum to Councillor Subesh Pillay who was on beha...
Red Ant arrested at eviction site
JOHANNESBURG - At least one member of the infamous Red Ants security personnel was taken into police custody at the site of an eviction in Johannesburg yesterday.

Police had to conduct body searches on some Red Ants personnel after one of them was caught with a DVD player in his pants. Residents ...
‘Hijackers’ crash
THREE alleged hijackers will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today after crashing a hijacked car into a truck in a high-speed chase in Douglasdale late yesterday.

Police said three men allegedly hijacked a white City Golf on the corner of Witkoppen Road and Main Street in Douglasdal...
Lenasia ATM bombed
POLICE are searching for five suspects who blew up an ATM in Lenasia South yesterday.

Police Inspector Mpho Kgasoane said a security guard heard a loud explosion from the side of the ATM.

“He saw five armed men at the scene. One grabbed him and pointed a gun. They removed the money from the ...
Roger Kebble's court application angers Brett's widow
'I have nothing to do with this and I have no comment." This was how Brett Kebble's widow Ingrid yesterday responded to a court application brought by her father-in-law Roger, in which he alleged she was unable to support her four children "to the full extent of their needs".

Roger is claiming R...
Blow as Tsvangirai refuses to sign up for talks
Zimbabwe's power-sharing talks have been dealt a blow after the Movement for Democratic Change refused to sign up for the negotiations, despite Zanu-PF's apparent willingness to put an end to all violence.

The signing of a memorandum of understanding to guide the proposed intensive talks was sch...
Pensioner (82) gunned down while trying to save wife from robbers
An elderly pensioner, who recently survived cancer and a stroke, was gunned down execution style while saving his wife of 46 years.

Andries Visser (82) was shot six times moments after five men attacked his wife Deborah (70) as she was about to lock up their Wonderboompoort, Pretoria, home on Tu...
Disturbing study finds that house robbers become more violent
They commit 104 crimes on average before they're arrested

One in three house robbers has murdered and, on average, they commit 104 crimes before the law finally catches up with them.

And with each crime perpetrated over a seven-and-a-half-year period, they become more violent.

State closes case in Motata trial within trial
The state has closed its case in the trial-within-a-trial of Judge Nkola Motata but did so without the testimony of one witness.

The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard today that Paulinah Mashilela, one of the metro police officers who went to the scene when Judge Motata allegedly drove into ...
Judge Hlophe in defamation case standoff
Application due over 'security for costs' against US-based professor

Cape Judge President John Hlophe wants a US-based law professor intent on suing him for R6-million to cough up before he goes to court.

Judge Hlophe was due today to oppose Florida University Professor Winston Nagan's...
Fleeing robbers with cops in pursuit drop boxes of jewellery
Ken Rayner's lunchtime relaxation was rudely interrupted when two armed men jumped over his wall and dumped boxes of jewellery worth thousands of rands.

The pair were running away from the police in Orange Grove, Joburg, yesterday after robbing a jewellery store.

"I heard gunshots but though...
Changes can easily be made to digital data, judge's trial told
The recordings of Judge Nkola Motata's alleged outburst when he crashed his car could have been "seamlessly" changed.

This is according to two experts who testified at the judge's trial-within-a-trial at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Frederick de Jong, a technical director a...
Socialite in court after fatal nightclub stabbing
A Durban socialite born into a prominent KwaZulu Natal business family has appeared in a Gauteng court on a murder charge.

The former co-owner of the Groove nightclub in the Point Waterfront precinct, Rajiv Narandas (21), appeared restless when he emerged from the holding cells at the Randburg M...
'They must tell me why he died'
For five days, 22-year-old Johanna Mtombeni searched for her husband.

She heard horror stories of how police officers grabbed him at a traffic circle in their township, and handcuffed and beat him until he lost consciousness.

Then, witnesses told her, they bashed his head into the car and dr...
Father and son to be tried for attack on farmworkers
The case against a father and son who were arrested over an apparent racially motivated attack on two farmworkers has been set for trial in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court.

The accused, Chris Smit (40) and his 21-year-old son Chris Smit junior, allegedly assaulted Samuel Marumola and James M...
Crime hurting township traders
Small business owners in the townships and informal settlements are being hit the hardest by crime - with aggravating circumstances - compared with their counterparts in the inner city and high-density suburbs.

This was one of the findings of a Small Business Project survey-based report on the i...
Suspect accused murdered woman of loving another man
Boyfriend refused to resolve differences before shooting

The night she was murdered, Phelisa Mkhuma arrived home with Tefo Joseph Khoza in tears.

She then told a tenant in the house, Nokuzola Dani, that Khoza had accused her of having many men friends and that he suspected that she was...
Kebble seeks R15m for murder
Dad sues Agliotti and Stratton over shooting of Brett

The father of murdered mining magnate Brett Kebble is claiming more than R15-million from the men accused of killing his son.

Roger Kebble says in papers before the Cape High Court that he has to support Kebble's four children aged ...
Zanu-PF militias ‘terrorise opposition’
JOHANNESBURG - Zanu-PF militias are actively terrorising Zimbabweans who hold a different political view to their party.

Nqobizitha Mlilo of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said: “We are aware of the violence and the attacks by the Zanu-PF militia. This brutality is making it difficult f...
Today’s ANC has lost the plot – Holomisa
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has lost its political significance and is now more like a rudderless ship, United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa has said.

“This is not the ANC that the people used to know, the one many of us supported to topple the apartheid regime,” said Holomisa, a former promine...
Ekurhuleni’s new mayor welcomed by opposition
JOHANNESBURG - Former Ekurhuleni Council Speaker Helen Ntombi Mekgwe has been elected as the Metro’s new mayor.

She replaces Duma Nkosi who resigned two weeks ago.

Mekgwe was sworn in together with the new Speaker Patricia Khumalo at a special council meeting in Germiston yesterday.

Those ...
Life in jail for killing farmer
JOHANNESBURG - The cold-blooded execution-style murder of an Evander dairy farmer two years ago resulted in one of his killers being sentenced to life imprisonment in the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

Acting Judge Ephraim Makgoba sentenced Steven Moloi, 24, to life and 25 years imprisonment – to...
Hefty fine for clothing firm
A CLOTHING manufacturing company has been fined R4,1 million in what unionists see as a victory for the labour movement.

The penalty was imposed on Rowmoore, a Qwaqwa-based company, by a labour arbitrator for failing to pay workers annual bonuses, outstanding wages and annual leave pay.

The So...
Drugs, equipment worth R9m seized
Joburg police have seized drug-manufacturing equipment, dagga and tik valued at R9-million at locations in Muldersdrift, Isando and Spartan.

Police said yesterday a 27-year-old woman was arrested and several other suspects had been identified and would be arrested soon.

A suspected drug lab i...
Two years to axe corrupt chief
Military prosecuting boss and convicted fraudster Brigadier-General Ernest Zwane has finally been fired - nearly two years after Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota claimed he'd already done so.

The South African National Defence Force has however denied that there was anything untoward about Zwane'...
Report seen as part of smear campaign
The top politicians fingered in an explosive report on corruption in the former administration of the Eastern Cape say the findings are nothing more than a political smear campaign to discredit them.

Three of the four men named in the report are foes of Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela, wh...
Joyrider fingered by tracking device
Have you ever wondered how your precious car is treated when you entrust it for the day - or longer - to a motor dealership or panelbeating company for a service or repair?

Capetonian Tim Bishop had no such concerns when he took his wife's car for its first service at the Chrysler Jeep Dodge Lif...
Pupils arrested in chop shop raids
Police have uncovered two suspected chop syndicates, recovering hundreds of thousands of rands in stolen vehicles and arresting six people, including two Mamelodi High School pupils.

Police yesterday raided a house in Mamelodi East, arresting the two 17-year-old pupils who were seen driving a ba...
Many Joburg filling stations agree with call to close at night
Unanimous decision is needed for oil companies to agree

The Fuel Retailers’ Association is drumming up support among its members to lobby the government to put pressure on oil companies to close service stations at night.

Soaring fuel costs and low gross-income margins for service stat...
Another police big fish is arrested
Superintendent implicated in violent armed robbery

The dominoes are tumbling in the case that saw six police officers arrested for armed robbery.

Now, a superintendent has been brought before court and added as an accused.

Implicated in the violent robbery at a Wynberg, Joburg, fac...
Family of surviving Skierlik victim want answers
Three-year-old Onkarabile Lottering became the first victim of multiple murder accused Johan Nel's gunshots - but his name was still not listed among his surviving victims.

This has outraged his family, who are now demanding answers from all the authorities who were tasked to investigate the fat...
Why only me, Rasool would like to know
Sacked premier wants NEC explanation

Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool wants to know why he has to go, and why the ANC leadership has acted only against him in the province.

He did not question the ANC national executive's decision to fire him, but wanted the NEC to explain its reaso...
McBride may quit if package is good
An opposition Ekurhuleni councillor has claimed that metro police chief Robert McBride will hand in his resignation if he receives a large severance package.

McBride was put on special leave after being charged with drunk driving and defeating the ends of justice. In December 2006 McBride is all...
Distrust rules in refugee haven
Gauteng authorities expect the camps for displaced refugees affected by xenophobic violence to be empty by next month, but no one seems to know what will happen to the people afterwards.

"We hope that, by then, everybody inside the camps would have made a decision where to go," said Thabo Masebe...
Judge must now confirm or deny his 'racist remarks'
The Judicial Service Commission has asked Judge Nkola Motata to respond to allegations that he made racist remarks the night he crashed his vehicle.

This is regarding an incident last year when he allegedly said: "No boer is going to undermine me. This used to be the white man's land, even if th...
Church eases pain of robbery at shelter
Help has started to pour in for the owner of a Joburg Aids orphanage who was robbed in front of her children last week.

And among the first to lend a helping hand was the Anglican Church. The church's dean of the Johannesburg diocese, Gerard Sharp, said R5 000 was on its way to the Thuthuzela Ai...
Bethleham police blitz nets dozens
THE first batch of wrong-doers arrested in Bethlehem, Free State, over the weekend began appearing in court yesterday; with police promising more to come.

Police spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said a total of 30 suspects were arrested – mostly for serious crimes such as the possession of unli...
Five injured in parking space brawl
A ROW has errupted between Chinese and Pakistani nationals, which resulted in five people being rushed to hospital.

Durban police Captain Vincent Pandarum, said about 20 Pakistani and five Chinese nationals were involved in a fracas after a Pakistani tenant became upset and threatened one of the ...
Four arrested for theft
THE Akasia Crime Prevention Unit, following up information after a tip-off, arrested four men and recovered stolen goods worth more than R300 000 north of Pretoria at the weekend, police said yesterday.

Captain Lucas Sithole said the unit swooped on the suspects in their Soshanguve homes at about...
Two to be tried for killing cop
TWO Pretoria residents who were in custody on rape charges are to stand trial in the Johannesburg High Court in a few weeks time for allegedly murdering their way out of the Randburg police cells.

Leareill Krishan Naidoo, 28, and Jawaad Aboobaker, 24, both of Laudium were arrested on 21 charges a...
Stop deporting: UN TO SA
Call: grant Zimbabweans temporary legal status’

THE United Nations’ refugee agency has called on South Africa to stop deporting Zimbabweans while UN sources indicate that, in the last 40 days alone, about 17 000 have been deported through the Beit Bridge border post.

The deportations are goin...
Farmers live in Wild West
TARLTON farmers are living in the Wild West.

Every night while they are sleeping, the farmers say, criminals have been targeting them – relentlessly.

Over the past six months, the farmers have lost fences, fence posts, pumps, irrigation systems, diesel, quad bikes, telephone and electricity ca...
Incident sparks row between two private security organizations
SPARKS are flying between two security service providers, following an incident in Parkhurst.

According to Greg Margolis, managing director of NYPD, two of his security guards were forcefully searched, harassed and intimidated by heavily-armed Core Tactical officers in 4th Avenue.

The two new ...
I’m not guilty, I had stress
JOHANNESBURG - The defence for a Metro Police Superintendent who gunned down his police captain fiancée outside a police station argued yesterday that he should not be convicted of murder since he was stressed, severely depressed and provoked at the time.

“When he fired the first shot he clearly ...
Eliminating ‘is not killing’
JOHANNESBURG - ANC Youth League president (ANCYL) Julius Malema has refrained from using the word “kill” but he has now resorted to “eliminate”.

This became evident during the funeral of the former ANCYL Free State secretary Thabo Moeketsi in Vredefort.

Malema said: “We must intensify the str...
Vavi won’t apologise for comments at funeral
JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi is sticking to his guns. The Cosatu leader will not apologise for statements he made during the funeral of a senior Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union member almost a month ago.

Echoing statements made by ANCYL president Julius Malema, Vavi said at the funeral th...
'Insurance murder' suspects in court
The man accused of murdering his eight-months-pregnant partner in an alleged attempt to claim R2-million insurance money has appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court with two of his co-accused.

Brooklyn Murrely Lorenzo Moon (35) of Bergtuin, Thapelo Tumelo Kekana (21) of Soshanguve and Floren...
No bail for Simelane accused
One of the five men accused of raping and murdering former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane has been denied bail.

Tsepho Pitsha, the only one who applied for bail, yesterday said he was not present when Simelane, his neighbour, was raped and killed in the early hours of April 28. She was kil...
Dentist shot dead at shooting range
A 74-year-old dentist has been shot dead with his own gun while practising at a shooting range.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said paramedics responded to a call regarding a shooting at a shooting range in Manufacta, Roodepoort, yesterday.

When they arrived they found that police off...
Caught in the act
Our team accompanies cops as they pounce on thieves after stake-out

'I love it when a plan comes together," Inspector Devlin Phillips whispers as he takes a hearty bite from his peanut butter sandwich.

His radio buzzes. It's Inspector Bryan Kimmel.

"I wish you could see what I can ...
JSC in quandary over evidence by top judges in Hlophe case
The Judicial Service Commission has called for written submissions on whether the country's top judges should give oral testimony and face gruelling cross-examination in public.

This relates to the sensational complaints before it from the Constitutional Court and Western Cape Judge President Jo...
Detained boys said to be part of gang
Police have smashed two suspected chop-shop syndicates, arresting six people and recovering goods worth hundreds of thousands of rands.

In the first raid, on a house in Mamelodi East, police yesterday arrested two 17-year-olds as they drove in a bakkie, which they had allegedly stolen during a b...
Intimidation rife, union says after racism claim
Some staff members have distanced themselves from an accusation of racism against Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

Without providing the number of staff members distancing themselves from last Wednesday's petition by the National Education Health and Allied W...
Transfusion of blood safer from HIV than ever
Reports of possible infection cases played down

No blood transfusions have been linked to HIV infections since more sophisticated testing started more than two years ago, says the South African National Blood Service.

"We are safer than we have ever been," says SANBS medical director D...
Concern over protection of SA citizens' privacy
South Africa's snooping laws are again under scrutiny after the Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence raised a few red flags over proposed changes to the National Strategic Intelligence Act.

This act established the National Communications Centre, which houses the state's electronic snoo...
More dismissals on the cards after ANC axes two premiers
The ANC this morning defended the National Executive Committee's decision at the weekend to fire two provincial premiers on the grounds that immediate action was needed to prevent further splintering of the party.

"The NEC received a report on a number of provinces where it was necessary to take ...
Cops are blindsided by failing eNaTis
The fight against vehicle theft in Gauteng is being crippled by the failure of the Transport Department's vehicle registration system.

Every time the multi-million-rand Electronic National Transport Information System (eNaTis) fails, undergoes repair or maintenance work, or is upgraded, the SA P...
Firms, garages hit by scams as fuel costs soar
Police have uncovered a scam by which truck drivers siphon fuel from their company vehicles and resell it.

Five people have been arrested for theft after a police operation.

The rising cost of fuel has led to a number of arrests recently for the theft of petrol - usually with the driver spee...
More delays in Mkhuma slaying trial
The man accused of killing Pretoria News editor Zingisa Mkhuma's sister Phelisa has had his bail application postponed for the fourth time.

Like on two previous occasions, the hearing was postponed at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto because Tefo Khoza's lawyer, Owen Khumalo, failed to ar...
Injured boy left off Nel's charge sheet
Prosecuting authority to look into Skierlik killings omission

Murder accused Johan Nel has not been charged for allegedly destroying 3-year-old Onkarabile Lottering's shoulder with a hunting rifle.

Onkarabile's name was left off the list of names mentioned in the Swartruggens Magistrat...
Joburg metro cops still await day of reckoning
Three weeks have passed since Joburg's metro police blockaded the M2 highway and clashed violently with their fellow law-enforcers during a wage protest.

This is the results scorecard of investigations carried out so far:

Arrests: 0

Prosecutions: 0

Internal disciplinary actions taken...
Sport proves extra tool against crime
Young people in Alexandra have a new place to congregate - thanks to The Star Partnership Against Crime.

Recently, an excited group of youths were the first to make use of a new Combi-Court's at the East Bank Recreation Centre in Alexandra.

This latest phase in the Street Soccer project init...
Multi-murder suspect goes to high court
Alleged Skierlik shooter ran short of bullets, sought more, and shot ostrich

Murder accused Johan Nel's trial has been transferred to the high court and another charge of shooting dead an ostrich after its owner refused to give him bullets has been added.

This was contained in the indi...
E Cape premier purged by JZ
IN a dramatic turn of events the ANC has sacked Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela.

Apparently Balindlela was removed as premier at the emergency meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) held at Luthuli House on Friday. The party has not confirmed this.

The sacking came hours...
‘Shun Zim’s phoney poll’
Liberia: Ours started 30 years of war and devastation – President

LIBERIAN president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called upon African leaders to denounce the recent run-off elections in Zimbabwe that saw Robert Mugabe re-elected as president.

Johnson Sirleaf addressed hundreds of national and in...
Manuels to take driver’s seat at Land Bank

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel is to take over the reins at the troubled Land Bank from Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana, the Sunday Times has reported.

Xingwana has been under fire in recent weeks for the reported mismanagement of the bank’s finan...
SA pleased with UN council ruling
STATE SANCTIONED: UN acknowledges the nature of the violence in Zimbabwe

THE South African government has welcomed the United Nations Security Council decision not to impose sanctions against Zimbabwe.

This included a travel ban and asset freeze on President Mugabe and other individuals.

Inspector shoots his wife
A POLICE inspector shot and wounded his wife before locking her for eight hours in their caravan in Lindo Park, Pretoria on Thursday night, police said yesterday.

The woman managed to escape in the early hours of Friday and called for help. She was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condi...
Bogus police steal car
POLICE are looking for four bogus police officers and three men in plain clothes who robbed a home in Vereeniging on Thursday night.

Police spokeswoman captain Shado Mashobane said men dressed in police uniform, driving a car with a police siren, stopped a 75-year-old man outside his home. The v...
Tshwane resettling headache
DISPLACED: SA citizens told to go back home

WITH only 15 days left before all refugee camps are to be shut down, the City of Tshwane is faced with the challenges of re-integrating the more than 2 000 displaced people in Klerksoord camp north of the city.

The city council said not all of the d...
Minister’s driver was drunk
TRANSPORT Minister Jeff Radebe’s chauffeur appeared in court last week on charges of drunken driving.

Morris Sithole, Radebe’s chauffeur of 14 years, was arrested after being stopped by police in Cape Town.

His alcohol/blood was measured at five times over the legal limit.

rapport ne...
3 Arrested for illegal guns
THREE men were arrested after they were found in possession of unlicensed guns in Ivory Park, at the weekend.

Ivory Park Police spokesman Superintendent Tobie Strauss said that officers caught a 25-year-old with an unlicensed 9mm pistol on Friday.

The arrest took place during routine patrol.
Judge warned to withdraw report on alleged E Cape fraud
Judge Ronnie Pillay - who compiled an explosive report detailing corruption in the Eastern Cape government - has until tomorrow to retract the allegations against three politicians and a technocrat or face a legal challenge.

The threat came from Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, Eastern Cape A...
Infection scare as boy gets HIV+ blood
Medical specialists in Durban have questioned the safety of blood transfusions after a young boy was given HIV-contaminated blood during brain surgery at a major city hospital.

The boy has subsequently tested negative for the virus and is out of the window period.

But The Star has received a...
Firms, garages hit by scams as fuel costs spiral
Police have uncovered a scam by which truck drivers siphon fuel from their company vehicles and resell it.

Five people have been arrested for theft after a police operation.

The rising cost of fuel has led to a number of arrests recently for the theft of petrol - usually with the driver spee...
Abalone from SA on Far Eastern menus
It is impossible to find wild abalone on the menu in Cape Town these days, especially after the government banned the catching of the sought-after shellfish in February.

But in Singapore, Malaysia or China, abalone is widely available.

Julika Kennaway, a film-maker living in Cape Town, could...
False insurance claims are soaring
Desperate South Africans are reporting false hijackings and housebreakings and inflating genuine thefts in a bid to be paid out by insurance companies and nullify monthly payments.

"Since the rise in interest rates and the fuel price, there has definitely been an increase in insurance-related fr...
More arrests expected in Zulu case
There are "probably" going to be more arrests in the investigation into the obstruction-of-justice case involving Durban businessperson Prince Sifiso Zulu, according to police.

Provincial SAPS spokesperson Director Phindile Radebe said the investigation was continuing and people were still being...
People's Poet in trouble with the law again
People's Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli is in trouble with the law again. Barely a month after he was granted bail of R2 000 in a case of assault, kidnapping and pointing a firearm, Mbuli could now face arrest after his wife, Nomsa, sought a protection order against him this week.

He has until August 4 to l...
Plunderers having a ball in our oceans
Tens of millions of rands worth of rock lobster and Patagonian toothfish is poached along SA's south coast every year. The poached fish is frozen, secretly exported and sold at exorbitant prices to restaurants abroad.

This comes despite reports that the availability of the resource had increased...
How Big Brother protects the state
Did you know that every time a minister, a director-general and some senior government officials make a critical phone call, they push a secret red button to avoid interception or eavesdropping? It sounds fictitiously James Bondish, doesn't it? Or something out of the paranoid lunacy of the Cold War...
Bombing ATMs is big business (Part 1)
Solutions desperately needed for burgeoning crime trend

The massive 3 000% increase in ATM bombings in just two years is an unprecedented crime trend in the country. But crime experts say the bombings can't be seen as isolated and have to be looked at in the context of an increase in busin...
Bombing ATMs is big business (Part 2)
Standard Bank spokesperson Ross Lindstrom said they were taking the bombings very seriously and working with a number of role-players to address the scourge.

Twiname said it was each bank's prerogative to implement their own security measures. While some of the banks did have surveillance, this ...
Ginwala's whispers hold telling truths (Part 1)
Despite the government's best efforts, Pikoli is proving a hard nut to crack

Frene Ginwala - who is heading the inquiry into suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli's fitness to hold office - has an unfortunate habit of leaving her microphone on.

On the day Ginwala privately urged the g...
Ginwala's whispers hold telling truths (Part 2)
After Nthai finished his public cross-examination of Nel, Semenya seemingly tried to cast doubt on the Scorpions' evidence. Politely and in direct contrast to Nthai's often abrasive style, Semenya pointed out there was no specific mention of the "warrant issue" in the agenda of the Mabandla meeting,...
Impact of explosives used enough to cut off your head
Explosives used in the spate of ATM bombings across South Africa need only a few milliseconds to detonate, but can have an impact equal to pounding an ATM with a sledgehammer. The explosion can dent a car standing nearby and dispose of pieces of steel strong enough to cut off one's head, according t...
Gas-slash target 'an empty slogan'
South Africa has termed an agreement on climate change by the world's wealthy nations to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 as an "empty slogan without substance".

"To be meaningful, a long-term goal must have a base year, it must be underpinned by clear, unambiguous and ambitio...
Warning signs of a national emergency
Bombings at ATMs have become a regular news item in South Africa. And with recent statistics indicating a 3 000% increase in incidents in just two years, experts are warning that if the crime isn't brought under control soon, it will push over the brink SA's already horrific levels of aggravated rob...
Hlophe faces another fight
US professor takes judge president to court over alleged comments

Cape Judge President John Hlophe will be in court yet again this month - this time defending a damages action against him by a US law professor .

Professor Winston Nagan has applied to the High Court for permission to su...
ANC says judges must expect actions to be examined
The ANC has warned judges not to "undermine the integrity of the courts" and the judiciary must be prepared "for their actions to be scrutinised, discussed and criticised".

The ANC yesterday defended the attack of its secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, on the Constitutional Court's justices, add...
Zuma and NPA in tax spat
'Conspiracy accusations nothing but political propaganda'

Jacob Zuma's prosecutors say his conspiracy accusations against the state are aimed solely at generating "self-serving political propaganda" and have applied for the claims, as well as a document detailing Zuma's history in the stru...
Brothers are Durban's latest victims of police violence
In the latest incident of police brutality in Durban, two brothers have been violently assaulted for an hour by metro policemen while they were handcuffed. This resulted in them sustaining fractured ribs, internal injuries, cuts and lacerations.

This week, Chatsworth scrapyard manager Daya Pilla...
Asmal wants the constitution upheld
Former ANC national executive committee member Kader Asmal hopes his declaration against recent political threats to kill for party president Jacob Zuma will lead to a national body that defends and enhances the country's constitution. Asmal also expressed his regret about the call by Democratic All...
Zuma denies interfering with Concourt judges
JOHANNESBURG - ANC president Jacob Zuma has denied the ruling party has interfered with the country’s judiciary.

In a wide-ranging interview with Business Day yesterday, Zuma said there was no constitutional crisis in South Africa.

His assertion comes shortly after ANC secretary-general Gwede ...
MDC denies dialogue claim
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe’s mainstream opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has rebutted reports that the dialogue between the MDC and Zanu-PF will resume soon.

His reaction was directed at Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who claimed he had received communications from both faction leaders of ...
Xeno violence hits activists
CAPE TOWN – Xenophobia and racism have struck close to home for the activist group People Against Suffering Suppression Oppression and Poverty (Passop).

Passop’s Du Noon leader, Cosmos Liyeto, was recently attacked by a South African near Brooklyn, Cape Town.

According to Passop, the attacke...
Call to sack ‘corrupt’ Stofile
JOHANNESBURG - A leaked commission report has nailed Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile for “corruption”.

Also named are his brother Mike, and several top ANC officials.

Now DA leader Helen Zille has demanded President Thabo Mbeki fire his Minister.

Given the gravity of the findings of the ...
Judge slams lazy State officials
JOHANNESBURG - Lazy officials should have to personally pay the wasted court costs which resulted, a Pretoria High Court judge said this week.

Judge Moses Mavundla sharply criticised officials from the State Attorney’s office for delaying an urgent application by a Louis Trichardt second-hand dea...
Relative held for murder of matron
Inquiry on insurance payout raises police's suspicions

The suspected killers of a pregnant Pretoria hospital matron - who include a sangoma and a man close to the victim - have been arrested.

Police has also uncovered a suspicious life insurance payout that could well have been the mot...
PAC's alleged abuse of pardonsfor prisoners probed
The Department of Justice is to launch a probe into allegations that the Pan Africanist Congress is taking money from prisoners with the promise of facilitating their applications for presidential pardons.

Ministerial spokesperson Zolile Nqayi yesterday said they would be investigating the alleg...
Rivals divided over power-sharing deal
Zanu-PF and and the MDC have advanced tentative power-sharing proposals, but are still divided on who will lead a possible coalition.

This is the fractious contention between Zimbabwe's two main parties, who met yesterday in Pretoria for the first time since the controversial presidential run-of...
Liberian president favours sanctions
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has backed sanctions against Zimbabwe and suggested that an outside mediator could help in ending the political crisis in that country.

"Sanctions don't always work, but it does send a strong message," Africa's first female head of state said yesterday at...
Shut up on Hlophe case, say judges
Senior members of the judiciary have urged politicians and commentators to shut up and not prejudge the dispute between the Constitutional Court and Cape Judge President John Hlophe any further.

In a brief statement yesterday, the country's heads of court expressed concern about the sides taken ...
Legal firm accused of excessive soliciting
A storm is brewing over one of the country's top property-law firms amid allegations that it was involved in touting.

The Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) has filed a High Court application to strike the directors of Dykes Van Heerden - which has seven branches across South Africa - ...
Four detained for Mandrax dealing
In what police have described as one of their biggest drug busts this year, 24 000 Mandrax tablets, with a street value of about R1-million, have been seized near Cape Town International Airport.

Four people have been arrested in Cape Town and in Joburg.

In two other police raids this week, ...
Mandoza drunk driving rap dropped
Kwaito star Mandoza won't face drunk driving charges for a car crash in which two people died.

Instead he will face two charges of culpable homicide - alternatively negligent and reckless driving.

According to metro police, Mandoza (real name Mduduzi Tshabalala) was not drunk at the time of ...
Aids centre terrorised by thugs
Three robbers quickly put behind bars after benefactor's luxury car is stolen

With a 1-year-old baby in her arms and a gun to her chest, Elizabeth Monyela begged the robbers not to kill them.

The gang had struck at the home in Marlboro, north of Joburg, that Monyela uses to run a care ...
Headless infant found near Soweto graves
A man and his sister-in-law cutting grass have made the grisly discovery of a decapitated newborn baby girl near a graveyard in Soweto.

This was the second baby girl to be found in two days. Another one was found in a plastic under a bridge in Zola.

Percy Thusi, a father of 10 children, was ...
Fraser-Moleketi accused of racism, nepotism
Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, who is accused of promoting minorities at the expense of blacks, said today she was committed to transformation and equity.

Ironically, Fraser-Moleketi's ministry has to account for all government departments' implementation o...
Airport needs better security: ID
A SPECIALISED unit is needed if safety, security and other police operations are to improve at OR Tambo International Airport, say the independent Democrats (ID).

A statement by ID’s MPL in the Gauteng Legislature, Rose Gudhluza, reads: “An airport looking at hosting tens of thousands of additio...
Use ‘more money on rehab’
WITH a recidivism rate of over 90%, the country’s prison bosses would be better advised to spend more on rehabilitation rather than “unnecessary and wasteful” public relations exercised.

This was how the Democratic Alliance reacted to a written reply to a Parliamentary question that revealed the...
Selebi: Mabandla shocked
JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla was shocked when she learned of the impending prosecution of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, according to Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel.

The “dramatic and traumatic” June 25, 2007 meeting (in which the Scorpions briefed Mabandla on...
Joburg man shot dead at home
A Glenadrienne resident has been fatally wounded in an apparent failed burglary.

Wim Bowman (61) and his wife Pia had just returned from dinner at about 8.30pm when they were attacked by three assailants.

According to Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, a nei...
Senior ANC officials hold discussions with Mugabe and Zanu-PF
Agreement to hold substantial meeting about crisis

ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and ruling party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe have met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare.

A Zimbabwean travel ban on Mantashe was indirectly lifted as he was "warmly" welcomed into ...
Ginwala: Amazing Nassif plea
Minutes of meeting with 'shocked' Mabandla produced

A drug dealer's requests to be let off the hook for murder, attempted murder and multiple other crimes - in exchange for his evidence against police boss Jackie Selebi - has been addressed in a secret Ginwala Inquiry hearing.

And the ...
Mbeki seen as exacerbating negative views of SA
President Thabo Mbeki is harming South Africa's reputation abroad, new research has revealed.

An analysis of global media coverage on SA over the past 18 months, undertaken by research group Media Tenor, shows that when Mbeki looks bad, South Africa looks bad.

The report suggests that Mbeki'...
Ginwala: Nassif plea shock
One of state's main accusations against Pikoli disproved

A drug dealer's requests to be let off the hook for murder, attempted murder and multiple other crimes, in exchange for his evidence against police boss Jackie Selebi, has been addressed in a secret Ginwala Inquiry hearing.

And t...
New, secure GP plates set to identify vehicles
Gauteng motorists could by October be fitting to their vehicles the new Intelligent Number Plates, which are aimed at reducing crime.

The Gauteng provincial government's Department of Transport said this week it was going ahead with its electronic vehicle identification project, announced last y...
Big blow to case against Pikoli
Justice minister said Selebi's pending arrest 'would shake the country's foundations'

Lead Scorpions prosecutor in the case against Jackie Selebi, Gerrie Nel, has blown a massive hole in the government's case against suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli.

Testifying at the Ginwala Inq...
Grisly find in tree after hijack bid
Leaving for work this morning, residents of Buitendag Street in Kempton Park made a grisly discovery.

A wounded robber had taken cover in a tree but failed to survive the night wedged in the branches.

A chunk of the tree had to be sawn off to remove the stiff body of one of four who failed to ...
'Drunk' judge witness drama
The tenant into whose wall Pretoria High Court judge Nkola Motata crashed while allegedly driving drunk was "persuaded" by his landlord to make a statement, and testify at the trial, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard this morning.

Chewing gum and wearing a blue windbraker, Lucky Melk - te...
Charges against Prince Zulu withdrawn for now
The police have announced that they are "provisionally withdrawing" the obstruction-of-justice charge against Prince Sifiso Zulu, hours after his private investigator appeared in court on a similar charge.

Nicholas Noome (43), with links to Enforce Security, was arrested on Monday by police just...
Metro cops back tapes made at Motata crash
I did not hear judge use vulgar words, court is told

Two metro police officers have described as accurate audio recordings of conversations involving them after an alleged drunk driving crash involving Judge Nkola Motata.

He faces charges of drunk driving after he crashed his car into ...
No bail for suspect in grisly brothel murder
A man who throttled and bludgeoned his girlfriend to death with a brick in full view of patrons at a Hillbrow brothel has appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Mandla Zulu, who is accused of murdering Thandiswa Sithole on December 2007, applied for bail yesterday.

According to inv...
Zulu prince hurt in 'escape' plunge
Businessman linked to crash deaths jumps from building

Prominent Durban businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu is under police guard in hospital after apparently jumping from a second-storey window last night.

Zulu first allegedly stabbed himself in the neck several times, while police pounded...
Insufficient evidence delays Eudy rape and murder trial
The rape and murder trial of former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane has been delayed by conflicting statements about the involvement of one of the accused.

On the second day of Tsepho Pitsha's bail hearing yesterday, the Springs Magistrate's Court said it still had insufficient information ...
Bail for senior cop held in armed robbery case
The Joburg police captain arrested for armed robbery has been released on R10 000 bail and has explained his involvement by pinning the blame on one of his co-accused.

Nathaniel Ramahotswa, who has 28 years' service, was released yesterday by the Wynberg Magistrate's Court after spending the wee...
Violence in NW ANC is slammed
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says a spate of violent incidents involving the ANC in North West is a sign of the “Zanufication” of the ruling party.

Describing the incidents as “faction fighting,” DA leader in the province Chris Hattingh said they were “indicative of a political par...
Hunter kills two for love
JOHANNESBURG - A senior advocate with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and his lover were gunned down by a love rival in a pre-dawn ambush yesterday.

The killer, a top big-game hunter, then killed himself.
The gunman, Chris van Wyk, 48, used a rifle with a telescopic sight.

He is believ...
I would have defied Mbeki...
JOHANNESBURG - Suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli was prepared to defy President Thabo Mbeki in his pursuit of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

This emerged during cross-examination at the Ginwala Commission of Enquiry into Pikoli’s suspension which continu...
MDC call for sanctions
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe’s opposition has called for stronger sanctions against Robert Mugabe’s regime.

Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Nelson Chamisa, yesterday told The Citizen that international sanctions are better than the Zanu-PF’s “sanctions” against the people of Zimbabwe.
KzN municipal officials arrested in licence scam
DURBAN police have arrested seven municipal law enforcement officials and four members of the public for alleged drivers’ licence fraud and corruption.

Captain Vincent Pandarum said the corruption charges emanated from allegations that learners’ and drivers’ licences had been issued for fees rang...
Forget Zim unity govt, says Leon
THE official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has rejected President Thabo Mbeki’s call for a government of national unity (GNU) for Zimbabwe.

The party’s foreign affairs spokesman Tony Leon, said: “An unqualified government of national unity will do nothing at all to restore democracy; the r...
Scorpions defend Pikoli's plea deals
Advocate Gerrie Nel dismisses state's case in 10 minutes

The Scorpions boss leading the corruption prosecution against Jackie Selebi is under fierce attack by government lawyers.

State counsel Seth Nthai SC yesterday suggested that the Gauteng head of the Directorate of Special Operati...
Alleged cash van robbers in court
Nine men have appeared in court over their involvement in a foiled cash heist.

Eleven men were arrested but charges were dropped against two men because of lack of evidence.

The men allegedly tried to rob a Coin Security crew outside the Shoprite/Checkers in Edward Avenue, Westonaria, on Sun...
'Murder suspect raped me'
The murder suspect who last month handed himself in to Soweto's top cop, Inspector Amos Maneta, is facing three additional charges.

This comes after a witness came forward and said she had been repeatedly raped by the suspect on the night of the murder.

On May 31, the night of the bar fight ...
Horror murders at smallholding
A trail of blood and a set of dentures in a garage at a Meyerton smallholding bore testimony to the gruesome way in which a man allegedly killed his wife and mother-in-law.

The dust covering a car in the garage indicated that Hazel van Vuuren drove frantically on a dusty road on Monday to get to...
Hijacked woman fuming over police
Claire Jones is looking for hijackers who wear Axe deodorant, drink bootleg whisky, listen to violent music and can't drive.

Jones was hijacked on May 25 at the gate of her Linbro Park, Joburg, home by three armed men and badly beaten. She got her car back, badly damaged, two weeks later, but is...
Schools not acting within law over pupils' fees
Many schools are acting illegally by barring children from school when they can't pay school fees.

This was the finding in an article published in the July issue of De Rebus, the South African Attorneys' Journal, by Phillippa Tucker, of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies.

Tucker found that...
Evidence implicating Selebi 'a flawed fairy tale'
The government has slammed the plea deals implicating National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi in corruption as "flawed", "unlawful" and "reading like a fairy tale".

And counsel for the state Seth Nthai SC, this morning strongly suggested that the magistrate who sanctioned the Scorpions' deals...
5 ATMs blasted in dawn raids
A gang of robbers pulled off a brazen ATM attack in the front foyer of Absa's Kempton Park office in the early hours of this morning, blowing up four ATMs and fleeing with cash.

Another ATM was bombed in Elsburg, also on the East Rand, an hour later.

At around 2am the robbers rigged four ATM...
‘Final solution’ for the MDC
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF and its leader Robert Mugabe are planning to step up a state-sponsored terror campaign against dissident voices, according to sources within the Zimbabwean Security Services.

Upon his return from the African Union summit in Egypt, Mugabe is said to have briefed t...
‘Army made Bob stay’
JOHANNESBURG - According to the Washington Post Foreign Service, President Robert Mugabe allegedly told his top security officials on the afternoon of March 30 he had lost the presidential vote the previous day and that he planned to give up power the next day, according to the written notes of one ...
Nasty mask of crime
CRIME levels in South Africa make it increasingly difficult to distinguish between criminals and law-abiding citizens, the farmers’ union RAU SA has said.

Responding to reports of the murder of Tienie Nel, near Leslie in Mpumalanga last week, union president Paul van der Walt said: “That Nel’s w...
Make Hlophe hearings public, DA urges JSC
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to make its hearing into the conduct of Judge President John Hlophe open to the public.

“The gravity of the JSC’s hearings demands that this issue be resolved as expeditiously and transparently as poss...
North West: a tapestry of violence
JOHANNESBURG - ANC politics gets stormier and stormier in North West, with fresh reports at the weekend of shootings and thuggery after last week’s stabbing of a regional organiser.

Two men, who were in court on Friday for the stabbing of Mpho Madevu last Tuesday, are now themselves in hospital w...
Refugee centre is ‘a disaster’
JOHANNESBURG - The situation at Crown Mines Refugee Reception Centre has been described as “emotional xenophobia” by displaced people waiting for permit renewals.

Last week The Citizen reported on the use of pepper spray and police on horses to disperse a 4 000-strong crowd. The newspaper was con...
‘Cash or baby’s life’
ROBBERS held a knife to the throat of an 18-month-old baby to force the parents to hand over cash after breaking into their home at 4am yesterday.

The two did not harm the baby but fled with cash, computer equipment, jewellery and cellphones on a farm in Waterkloof, outside Rustenburg.

By Citi...
US cash for a SA firm
A US army contract modification means a R400 million plus windfall for a South African defence industry company.

BAE systems Land Systems OMC of Benoni will modify 111 RG Mk5 armoured vehicles for the American armoured land-based force.

This is the third time the company benefits from US milit...
Dealer caught with R360 000 worth of Dagga
Three alleged dagga dealers were arrested yesterday.

The men were caught by police doing a routine check at a stop street on the N2 in the Gonubie district, reported superintendent Mtati Tana.
Killed by vigilantes
UITENHAGE – Two alleged robbers found inside a house in the area were beaten with bricks and later died from their injuries in hospital, reported Eastern Cape police yesterday.

Vigilante killing
SOSHANGUVE - Residents killed an alleged armed robber who had allegedly shot a man during an armed robbery in Soshanguve, Pretoria, police reported yesterday.

“He was beaten to death by members of the community,” said Captain Solly Marindi.
419 scam pair to spend 15 years in jail
Victims and banks fleeced out of thousands of rands

A South African and his Nigerian co-accused have been jailed for 15 years each over the so-called 419 scam.

Jabu Nkabinde (33) and Olusegun Justus Davies (35) opened a bank account using a dead man's identity and then defrauded four p...
Now heads of two judges on the block
AfriForum accuses 'drunk' Judge Motata of racism

Two judges now face the possibility of being fired.

Yesterday, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) confirmed receiving a complaint against Judge Nkola Motata, facing drunk-driving charges.

"The complaint against Judge Motata pendin...
Guards' R25m heist backfires
Supervisor, manager among suspects arrested over diamond, cash robbery

In pre-dawn darkness, four security guards colluded with their friends to execute a multimillion-rand theft at the SA Diamond Centre in the Joburg cbd.

Today, the four guards, including the area supervisor, manager ...
Cable theft sparks Joburg power cuts
Escalating copper cable theft has been blamed for the worsening electricity problem in Gauteng.

Some Joburg areas were without power yesterday morning, and many of the problems are believed to be due to cable problems.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse said areas like Alexandra, Bramley...
Protest over killing of lesbians
A year ago their bodies were found dumped in the veld. They had both been shot.

But still today the families of lesbians Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Maoosa are no closer to finding their children's killers.

Instead they spent the day taking part in the 07-07-07 Campaign march to end hate, whi...
Robbers kill Lion Park visitor
Father-to-be (27) walks in on armed gangsters

Kurt Huppe cherished big dreams for impending fatherhood and marriage.

His first child with girlfriend Stacey Woolley was expected in December and the couple planned to marry soon.

But their dreams lay in tatters yesterday … shattered b...
Holomisa gets rough
JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC member Bantu Holomisa has accused the ruling party of being in “regression mode” for having Jacob Zuma as its leader.

United Democratic Party (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa was reacting to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s reported charge that the UDM, along with the C...
ANC internal strife now delays two conferences
INTERNAL rifts besmirching the ruling party have led to the postponement of two provincial conferences, according to media reports.

Yesterday, the Sunday Independent reported that the Western Cape and Limpopo had to delay their conferences as ANC members were at each other’s throats.

Police chief row grows
A VEIL of secrecy surrounds the new Tshwane metropolitan police chief whose predecessors' contract was abruptly terminated.

Former metro chief Hlula Msimang’s position became redundant through a restructuring exercise, which involved the incorporation of a municipal community safety department in...
Case against Hlophe to be pursued
THE Judicial Services Commission (JSC) has decided to pursue the Constitutional Court justices’ improper conduct complaint against Cape Town Judge President John Hlophe.

JSC spokesman Marumo Moerane said the JSC had arrived at a conclusion to hear the oral evidence from both parties due to “confl...
Displaced foreigner back in the Cape
A RECENT victim of xenophobia has been sent back to his home in Cape Town – one of the first for Pretoria’s displaced foreigners.

Malcolm Guirlhero, an Angolan man arrive at the Acacia park Refugee Camp over a month ago with his wife, Ligio and two-year-old daughter Elviera from their home in Mil...
Hunt for manhole thieves
THE Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is appealing to members of the public and motorists to be on look out for a red EI Camino bakkie registration LXF 142GP.

According to the agency, the occupants in the vehicle were spotted removing manhole covers from roads in the Booysens area and the freeway a...
Kidnapper, victim killed
THE two people killed by a train on Friday were a kidnapper and his victim.

The deaths occurred between the Crown and New Canada Train Stations.

Captain William Mpondo told The Citizen: “I can confirm that the deceased are the suspect and the victim of the kidnapping reported on Thursda...
Air cargo industry in for a regulatory facelift
THE country’s aviation cargo sector is set to undergo major changes in the next six months to eliminate weaknesses and deficiencies.

This will ensure there is no compromise when it comes to either aviation safety or security, the SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

The regulations, schedul...
Suspected robber shot and wounded
HOUGHTON – A robber was shot and wounded by the home owner.

Captain Phillip Maganedisa said a man attempted to break into a house in Houghton on Saturday morning by breaking one of the windows.

The owner saw the robber outside the house and fired a warning shot. The robber then threw a brick ...
Couple shot and three-year old beaten
Chris Hani Park – Police reported that a couple were asleep in their home when they were confronted by two men, who demanded money.

The woman was shot twice in the stomach and once in the arm and her husband was shot twice in the head. The young three-year-old was pistol-whipped and sustained cu...
Female cop raped
Eastern Cape - A female police constable was hijacked, raped and assaulted by two gunmen police reported yesterday.

Superintendent Mike Fatyela said “The constable was waiting outside the Madeira police station on Saturday when she was approached by two armed men.

“They order ordered her int...
Police deal takes on crime in Alex
JOHANNESBURG- Although Alexandra residents expressed appreciation for the police’s crime-fighting efforts, unemployment and xenophobic tensions were still major challenges, they told British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Miliband was talking to residents at the Alexandra police station while ...
Air crash cops are recovering
JOHANNESBURG - Having miraculously escaped death following a helicopter crash last week, three police officers are recovering in the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

The trio sustained serious injuries on Friday after their helicopter crashed in the veld in Meadowlands, Soweto.

They h...
Six drug tests identified for schools
Urine method detecting wide range of drugs the best

The Department of Education has proposed six different types of school drug tests - one of which is open to manipulation.

Five of them are urine tests and the sixth a wipe test, which involves wiping surfaces such as hands or school d...
PAC gives only MP boot after appeal
The PAC has fired its sole MP and former president, Dr Motsoko Pheko, after a committee at the party's congress dismissed an appeal by its most senior leader.

Pheko was expelled in absentia yesterday, but he claimed that party officials had turned away his representative, who was meant to presen...
Man (65) accused of copper theft dies in cell
The Independent Complaints Directorate is to investigate the death of an elderly suspected copper thief who died in a police station.

The 65-year-old man was arrested in Pretoria West by members of the area's local Crime Prevention Unit on Saturday, after he was found in possession of allegedly ...
'Change of Zim govt a necessity'
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has blamed some of the causes of the squalor in Alexandra, Joburg, on President Robert Mugabe's wanton plundering of the Zimbabwean economy.

Miliband was speaking after a visit to the township yesterday as part of Britain's efforts to reinforce the partne...
Cash heist gang foiled
Police and public join forces to track robbers down

Eleven armed robbers have been arrested moments after a cash-in-transit heist when members of the public, police and security assisted in hunting them down.

At 9.30am yesterday, a Coin Security crew had just completed their transactio...
Mother accused of abusing son (4)
June 25 is a day Lizette Kruger* will never forget.

It's the day she was accused of sexually abusing her son and the day he was taken away from her, only able to see him under supervised visits.

Now Kruger is desperate to clear her name and be reunited with her 4-year-old boy.

On that We...
Ramphele hangs her head in shame at Mbeki's stance
Dr Mamphela Ramphele has openly criticised the government and political leaders for ignoring their responsibilities and not putting the people's interests first.

The former UCT vice-chancellor was addressing a public speaking forum, hosted by the Chief Rabbi of SA, Dr Warren Goldstein, at the Go...
Living in a world that hates you
It's still dark when Aron Madjaya walks to the Primrose Gold Mine for the first time since May 16.

To reach the mine from the workers' hostel, he has to walk through a squatter camp situated in between.

Madjaya is on the morning shift. He starts at 5am.

He hides his face under a blue hat...
Confusion over the cause of chopper crash
The police's Gauteng air wing unit is investigating what caused one of its helicopters to crash in Soweto, seriously injuring three of its officers, early yesterday.

By late yesterday, the craft's three occupants, Captains Carl Bernardo and Willie Steyn and Sergeant Paul Steyn, remained in a ser...
Hlophe is a scapegoat for Zuma, says top ANC official
While ANC leaders continued their public attacks on the nation's top justices yesterday, lawyers for party president Jacob Zuma opted not to expand on his concerns about the Hlophe saga to the Constitutional Court.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, in an interview with the Mail & Guardian pu...
Pikoli condemned over plea bargains
The government has launched a heated attack on the Scorpions' case against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Lead state counsel Seth Nthai SC yesterday strongly suggested that the unit's plea bargain deals with accused Brett Kebble murderer Glenn Agliotti and convicted drug dealer Clin...
Battle joined as judges go to war (Part 1)
The JSC has its work cut out when it meets today, writes Angela Quintal

It hardly made a blip on the national radar screen. In a week when shell-shocked and financially squeezed South Africans faced another fuel hike, in which crime stats underplayed the obvious and top spook Manala Manzin...
Battle joined as judges go to war (Part 2)
Justice Moseneke, who was on long leave when the Constitutional Court sat to hear the search and seizure application by Zuma in March, riled Zuma's supporters earlier this year with comments he reportedly made at his birthday party.

Judge Hlophe believes that it was Justice Moseneke who organise...
'Racist' remarks prompted audio recording
Motata called to order after court outburst; defence questions authenticity of recordings

Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata's racist remarks to Hurlingham homeowner, Richard Baird, are what prompted Baird to call his attorney, who advised him to record the interaction.

Judge Motat...
Police chopper crashes while in pursuit of robbers
Three police officers were injured in a helicopter crash this morning, at about 8.30am in Meadowlands Zone 7, Soweto.

Superintendent Eugene Opperman said police chasing a gang, who had robbed a man at gunpoint in Florida central business district, had asked for helicopter backup when the robbers...
Land Bank witness fears for life
WHISTLEBLOWER: Five hours to move his family to new home

A KEY witness to alleged corruption and financial mismanagement at the embattled Land Bank now fears for his life and that of his family, after being left out in the cold.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Democratic Alliance (DA...
Police chief row
THE Freedom Front Plus (FF+) will approach the Public Protector on the appointment of Mpho Mmutle as Tshwane police chief.

The party said yesterday Mmutle was appointed although other applicants scored higher marks during interviews.

Conrad Beyer said Mmutle was the metro police chief and left...
‘Selebi probe was the cause’
STATE: Claims that he withheld information

FACING fierce cross-examination, Scorpions boss Vusi Pikoli has maintained that his suspension was due to the elite unit’s investigation of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

“It is quite clear I was suspended to stop the arrest and prosecut...
Game for a fight
WITH full membership of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation secure the Hunters and Game Conservation Association will become far more confrontational in its dealings with government.

“This because we know full well the importance of biodiversity conservation,” said chief ...
Homicide case investigated
SUN City police are investigating a case of culpable homicide against a delivery vehicle driver who allegedly knocked down and fatally injured an eight-year-old girl at the resort this week.

Station commissioner Superintendent Warren Alberts said statements were being obtained over the death of C...
Off-duty cop nabs thieves
SIX suspects appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday after they were arrested on Wednesday for robbery.

Johannesburg Police Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said yesterday the arrest followed after an off-duty police officer stumbled upon the crime shortly after it happened.

Jewel thieves shot dead
TWO robbers were shot dead and at least two others were wounded yesterday morning at a shopping mall in Potchefstroom.

North West police spokesman Senior Superintendent Pieter du Plessis said that police seized a pistol and an R5 rifle.

Five suspects arrived at the mall at 2am and smashed a je...
Police deny they abused patrons of roadhouse
POLICE have dismissed claims of assault after patrons of a roadhouse alleged they were assaulted by police on June 22.

Matthew O’Connor, a complainant, said he and his family were at the Burger Lane in Ontdekkers Road when two police officers arrived. O’Connor said the roadhouse was full and oth...
Judiciary ‘heading for crisis’
JOHANNESBURG - Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s attack on Chief Justice Pius Langa and his deputy, Judge Dikgang Moseneke, could have dire ramifications for the independence of the South African judiciary, politicians warned yesterday.

Hlophe has accused Langa and Moseneke of being politically ...
SADC NGOs to hold conference in July
JOHANNESBURG - The Southern African Development Community Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) hopes to address some of the pressing issues regarding the region at a conference in July.

“The conference should explore concrete ways in which the Zimbabwean crisis can be ended, and ...
Angry refugees pepper-sprayed
JOHANNESBURG - Tensions ran high yesterday at the Department of Home Affairs and Refugee Reception Centre in Crown Mines, Johannesburg.

An estimated 4 000 displaced people flocked to the centre to have their permits renewed while others were there to be registered on the database as refugees seek...
Land Bank witness fears for life
JOHANNESBURG - A key witness to alleged corruption and financial mismanagement at the embattled Land Bank now fears for his life and that of his family, after being left out in the cold.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Democratic Alliance (DA) reacted angrily to reports this week that th...
Selebi faces R42m claim
Top cop was 'part of conspiracy'

Five years after losing his job and going to war against the country's police commissioner, Paul O'Sullivan is out for retribution - and R42-million will cover his pain, suffering and loss of income.

Yesterday, the former security boss of the then Johan...
Mbeki 'supported Zuma raids'
ANC president Jacob Zuma will use evidence from suspended prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli to bolster his political conspiracy claims against the state.

The Star has established that Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, used Pikoli's submissions to the Ginwala Inquiry in a failed bid to convince the Maur...
Langa, Hlophe unlikely to face JSC grilling
Chief Justice Pius Langa and Cape Judge President John Hlophe will be spared having to testify and face cross-examination when the Judicial Service Commission meets about their unprecedented complaints against each other tomorrow.

Supreme Court of Appeal president Craig Howie, who is to chair pr...
'We gather with heads bowed in shame'
'Never again." This was the resounding message that President Thabo Mbeki and other dignitaries sent to South Africans and foreign nationals at the remembrance of the victims of xenophobic attacks.

At the Pretoria City Hall yesterday, Mbeki lamented how South Africans - whom he defended as non-x...
Police captain accused of robbery stays in custody
After 28 years of service, Captain Nathaniel Ramahotswa will spend the weekend behind bars.

Yesterday, his lawyer's battle to start the bail application failed and the case was postponed to Tuesday.

The 47-year-old officer will now remain in custody at the Alexandra police station, in which ...
Bullets fly as gang grabs cash
A gang of men fled with an undisclosed amount of money after robbing a security cash van in Cyrildene, Joburg.

The incident happened shortly after 10.30am yesterday.

According to Johannesburg Central police station spokesperson Inspector Xoli Mbele, six men in a green BMW ambushed two securi...
Fleeing driver's family still puzzled
20-year-old was not a hijacker or a fugitive, says devastated sister

The Toyota Corolla involved in Monday's horror head-on collision that claimed the lives of eight people - including a 4-year-old child - belongs to a Joburg metro police officer.

Speaking to The Star yesterday, the of...
ID hostage taker's case postponed
Two years after taking a Home Affairs employee hostage, Kabelo Thibedi has achieved two of his dreams.

He now has an identity document and a job with the Young Communist League (YCL). But there is one thing he still has to do - successfully appeal against his five-year prison sentence for taking...
Motata called to order after court outburst
Defence in drunk driving trial questions authenticity of recordings of alleged tirade

An outburst by a visibly angry Judge Nkola Motata in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court disrupted otherwise mainly technically focused proceedings of his drunk driving trial.

"Mr Motata, you are now ...
Road hogs to lose movable property for ignoring fines
Motorists who don't pay their traffic fines could have their TVs, lounge suites and cars attached.

According to Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, a new traffic fine system for traffic offenders will be introduced by November in Joburg, and failure to pay fines will result in motorists' movable pos...
Probe into Zuma based on 'apartheid intelligence' - Pikoli
Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has blasted the Scorpions' controversial spy probe into Jacob Zuma as sourced from "old apartheid military intelligence".

And he has accused National Intelligence Agency Director-General Manala Manzini of lying about his "excited" response to the "Special B...
Crime against kids soars
ACTIVISTS and politicians have reacted with horror at the increase in violence against women and children revealed in the latest crime statistics.

The statistics show child murders have increased by 22.4%over the past year, with a 13.7% increase in attempted murders of children.

This means tha...
Foetuses – the refuse of South African society today
POLICE are probing a possible illegal abortion shop on the West Rand after three fetuses were found at a Krugersdorp dump.

Dump site workers made the grisly discovery and tipped off police. Medical waste lay nearby.

Two other fetuses were reportedly found at the same site two weeks ago.

MDC says it will not talk unless
CONDITION: Mbeki must have counterweight

ZIMBABWE’s main opposition has said it will not talk to Robert Mugabe’s regime unless the African Union (AU) appoints another mediator besides President Thabo Mbeki, violence in Zimbabwe ends and Mugabe recognises it as the winner of the country’s last le...
Zeno violence alleged at Pretoria Central prison
XENOPHOBIC violence erupted in the Pretoria Central prison on Sunday leaving scores of foreigners with injuries, a former awaiting-trial prisoner from Angola said yesterday.

Serge Christiano said about 20 prisoners, all of whom are foreigners, were injured.

He said foreigners were separated fr...
North West ANC official stabbed
A REGIONAL secretary of the ANC was stabbed and a fellow party member allegedly assaulted on Tuesday evening when they tried to serve suspension papers on party members in Vryburg, North West.

Mpho Madevu suffered four stab wounds and was admitted to hospital for treatment. He was discharged yes...
Priest ‘flight risk’
A PRETORIA High Court Judge has dismissed an urgent application by a Randburg Catholic priest, who has been charged with indecently assaulting four boys at a first communion weekend camp, to get his passport back.

The priest, who will appear again on August 18, asked the court to force the invest...
Tutu warns of ‘kill for leader’ mentality
JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has warned against the “prepared to kill for a leader” mentality.

“See what happens. We have to remind some in our country that there are those in Zimbabwe who have been ready to kill for Mugabe,” said Tutu during a panel discussion at the Universit...
Agliotti will not be alone
JOHANNESBURG - A trial date will be set at the next appearance of Glenn Agliotti in connection with the murder of Brett Kebble.

Agliotti, suspended national police commissioner Jackie Selebi’s friend, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday and found that progress had been made ...
Zim’s whites and needy denied help
JOHANNESBURG - Political correctness has reached the stage in Zimbabwe where white elderly people and the needy are not receiving any assistance at all.

“Donations distributed by the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme are apparently being withheld from these people,” said Dr Danie Langner, ...
Lakeside child killers get life and 48 years
JOHANNESBURG - There is finally some degree of closure for the Esterhuizen family whose five-year-old daughter Danielle was killed by hijackers.

Mother Anel Esterhuizen sobbed uncontrollably as Johannesburg High Court Judge H Saldulker sentenced Mpho David Ngomane, Tsakane Sithole and Thabang Ja...
Doctor, chemist held for scam
JOHANNESBURG - A wealthy Pretoria pharmacist and a medical doctor were arrested and charged yesterday for fraud involving more than R4 million on a medical aid scheme.

Officers from Mpumalanga Organised Crime and Asset Forfeiture Units swooped in the early hours of yesterday, attaching millions ...
How Pikoli took on Mbeki
Suspended NPA boss disagreed with President over Selebi probe

'Mr President, I think you are on thin ice." This was what National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli told President Thabo Mbeki in the minutes after he suspended him for "entertaining the possibility of granting immunity t...
Justices' conduct 'violated my rights'
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe says the Constitutional Court's public statement accusing him of gross misconduct may have compromised the Judicial Service Commission's ability to give him a fair hearing.

The claim is a clear signal that the judge's "defence" strategy could conceivably ...
ANC to get tough with dissident members
ANC president Jacob Zuma says the party's national executive committee will take a tough stance against members taking the organisation to court.

The NEC - the highest decision-making body between conferences - is to meet next weekend.

All the ANC provinces, except KwaZulu Natal, have almost...
It wasn't possible to predict violence, Kasrils tells DA
The country's "spooks" could not have been expected to predict the outbreak of xenophobic violence that rocked the country in May.

However, they should be better prepared to forewarn on social breakdown that could result in threats to national peace and stability.

That is according to a writ...
Hacker with conscience never took money from 'small man'
For more than two years, Alistair Peterson headed an elaborate online bank-hacking syndicate.

He was the thorn in the side of South Africa's four giant banks whose top cyber experts were left red-faced every time he hacked through several security features and accessed their "secure" banking acc...
Mbeki back in Scorpions battle
President Thabo Mbeki has re-entered the legal fray over the future of the Scorpions.

Mbeki - together with Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula - yesterday indicated that he would oppose Joburg businessman Hugh Glenister's Constitutional Court a...
Home Affairs dawdles over refugees
This year just 19 Zimbabweans were granted refugee status in South Africa.

They were part of the lucky 5% of this year's 10 338 Zimbabwean applications that Home Affairs managed to finalise.

Statistics extracted from the department by the SA History Archive (SAHA) after a two-year wait show ...
Hlophe attacks Moseneke over ConCourt's complaint
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has questioned the bona fides of the man widely expected to become the country's top judge if President Thabo Mbeki has his way: the current deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke.

In a comprehensive 71-page response to the Constitutional Court's complaint...
Life sentence little comfort for parents
The killers of Danielle Esterhuizen have been sentenced to life in prison - but this is of little comfort to the 5-year-old's parents.

Yesterday, Danielle's parents, Anel and Diederick, walked out of the Johannesburg High Court disappointed that the death penalty was not a permissible punishment...
Mkhuma accused's bail application delayed
The bail application of Tefo Joseph Khoza, the man arrested for the murder of Phelisa Mkhuma, has been delayed. This was after Khoza's lawyer failed to arrive in court yesterday.

The 37-year-old man was expected to launch his bid to be released on bail in Soweto's Protea Magistrate's Court since...
Eudy accused denies rape, murder charges
The Eudy Simelane rape and murder trial has hit another snag after the court heard conflicting statements about how the crimes were committed.

The bail hearing of one of the men accused of the crimes was subsequently postponed to Tuesday, when the Springs Magistrate's Court will hear more eviden...
'This is our home' (Part 1)
Mall rats are young people who spend a lot of time hanging around in shopping malls with their friends. - Collins English Dictionary

These are the real mall rats. They live below the surface of one of the largest shopping malls in Joburg, where middle-class children go to movies and show off the...
'This is our home' (Part 2)
A group of eight guards arrive. Their blue uniforms identify them. They pick up sticks and have batons ready. The boys scream and run into the pipes - a place into which nobody is willing to follow.

"These rubbish must go," screams one guard. "They smoke glue and it doesn't matter what we do, th...
Tearful Selebi denied bribe claims - Pikoli
'I never thought he could be charged'

Suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli believed National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi when the police boss tearfully denied receiving any bribes.

Describing a meeting he had with Selebi after alleged Brett Kebble murder participant Clint Nassi...
Police captain, 5 officers held for robbery
A day after police revealed a sharp spike in business robberies, a senior police captain has joined five of his officers in the dock over a violent robbery at a Joburg factory.

The officers were allegedly on duty, in uniform and drove a marked vehicle to commit the crime.

They claimed to be ...
'Drunk' judge's rantings heard
Court finally listens to what Motata said at crash scene

The controversial recordings of Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata's outbursts following his alleged drunk driving incident last year, have at last been played in court.

Five audio-recordings made by Hurlingham home-owner Ric...
Zim thumbs nose at world
JOHANNESBURG - Zanu-PF has told Western countries to “go hang a thousand times” while expressing its disgust over criticism of Mugabe’s regime.

In another development an MDC spokesman has denied it is involved in any negotiations for a government of national unity.

Responding to criticism of M...
Judge back on drinks trial
THE allegedly four times over the limit drinking and driving and defeating the ends of justice trial of Pretoria judge Nkola Motata resumes in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today.

This follows an unsuccessful June application to the Pretoria High Court over the trial Magistrate’s decision f...
Metro men face heavy charges
THE Human Rights Commission (HRC) says last week’s violent confrontation between the Police Services (SAPS) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is another illustration of a deep culture of violence in society.

“This is why the Commission stands by its previous statements that all ...
Bravery in the sky rewarded
PARAMEDIC Mike Murray and colleague Peut Holtzhausen became Centrum Guardian finalists by rescuing a man stranded 12 storeys up on a crane.

On June 7 Murray was called out after a man who climbed 41m up a tower crane and got stranded.

Murray climbed the 12 storey structure to assess the patien...
Cat factory trial set
A DECEMBER 1 trial date has been set for five accused charged after the discovery of an illegal crystal methamphetamine laboratory in the Weltrevreden Park area.

Pierre Roy Brydges, 40, of North Riding, Daniel Schwartz, 27, of Glendanda and three co-accused are charged with dealing in drugs and m...
Scorpions case goes to ConCourt
JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg businessman Hugh “Bob” Glenister’s bid to save the elite crime-fighting unit, the Scorpions, will go to the Constitutional Court.

President Thabo Mbeki’s lawyers filed a notice of intention to oppose Glenister at the Constitutional Court yesterday.

“We’re somewhat s...
Zim zaps regional tourism
JOHANNESBURG - The Tourism Business Council (TBCSA) maintains political turmoil in Zimbabwe is adversely affecting the regional economy.

Chief executive Mmatsatsi Marobe said the South African travel and tourism industry is feeling the effect of the drawn-out political stalemate in Zimbabwe with...
Scepticism over less SA crime
JOHANNESBURG - Politicians and organised business have rubbished the latest government crime statistics as an attempt to pull the wool over their eyes, saying that more must be done to paint an accurate picture of the crime epidemic.

Releasing the 2007/2008 crime statistics on Monday, police main...
There's nothing sinister in my discussions about Zuma (Part 1)
Judge John Hlophe has responded to the Constitutional Court judges allegations to the Judicial Service Commission.

Here is an edited version of events:

"Had the Constitutional Court judges cared to consult me about these vicious allegations before publishing them I would have informed them o...
There's nothing sinister in my discussions about Zuma (Part 2)
"The conversation was radiant and very jovial. Justice Nkabinde then asked me about my problems in the Cape. In particular she said "My brother, are all your problems in Cape Town over now?"

"My response was that they had significantly become less than in the past.

"As with Justice Jafta, th...
Hlophe files reply to court's complaint
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has submitted a 71-page reply to a bombshell complaint against him by the Constitutional Court judges in his fight to save his career.

He is expected to know as early as this weekend whether the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will institute an impeachme...
Spy chief 'driven by vendetta' against elite police unit
Manzini refuses to explain how he got affidavit

The Scorpions investigating National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi did not purposely lie to get access to classified police documents related to the police boss's corruption prosecution.

This is according to suspended National Prosecu...
Man fined for making false claim
A pawnshop deal for a cash-strapped 44-year-old man went horribly wrong - when he committed perjury.

Amos Tefu was fined R2 000 and given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for five years.

On February 24 2007 he sold his Volkswagen minibus to a pawnshop in Orange Grove, Joburg.

When th...
Inspector confirms airport syndicate
Explosive affidavit used to deny suspects bail

A police detective from the Johannesburg Organised Crime Unit has confirmed the existence of at least one syndicate that followed victims home from OR Tambo International Airport.

As more bail applications were shot down at the Wynberg Mag...
Mother feels let down by 'system'
All that Evelyn Tyatya wants is answers and justice for her daughter, who was beaten up, raped, murdered and left to die in the veld at the Zandspruit informal settlement in Honeydew.

But her numerous questions remained unanswered yesterday after her 40-year-old brother-in-law who has been charg...
Mom hijacked outside kindergarten
Minutes after dropping her child off at preschool, a woman was hijacked, bundled into the back seat of her car and driven about 15km.

The 26-year-old mother was leaving Jolly Tots nursery school in Kibler Park, Joburg south, yesterday when she saw two men approaching.

"Out of instinct, she t...
Fuming commuters block buses
Metrobus says fee hike was inevitable given rising fuel prices

There was chaos at Ghandi Square in the Joburg CBD this morning when angry commuters pulled passengers from buses and barricaded the roads with dustbins.

Others stood in the middle of the road, preventing the buses from ent...
Elders blast Zim sham
MANDELA’S Elders have called on the African Union (AU) not to recognize President Robert Mugabe as the head of state after his “sham” run-off election.

“As leaders gather for the AU summit, we ask that they clearly state that the results of the June 27 elections in Zimbabwe are illegitimate,” rea...
New land legislation stalled
WORK on the Land Expropriation Bill – which has had the property industry hopping over the past few months and left organised agriculture hopping mad – has been halted temporarily.

Government has been under pressure to ditch the controversial piece of legislature, which would discard the “willing...
Violent police clash probed
IT is just a matter of time before criminal charges are brought against Metro Police officers who unlawfully used their firearms at a wage protest in Johannesburg last Wednesday.

SAPS spokesman Eugene Opperman said investigations on charges relating to attempted murder, obstructing traffic and il...
Food supplier to refugee camp withdraws its aid
CONDITIONS in refugee camps in Pretoria and Johannesburg are being labeled as inhumane and chaotic.

The Citizen received information that the camps for displaced people in Pretoria have deteriorated to such an extent that inhabitants are erecting their own plastic tents and sharing one tap...
Air Force sex pest gets boot
NO PRISON: Judge says sergeant has already paid

A former Flight sergeant in the Air Force who was sent to jail for his inappropriate sexual deeds with a female trainee and his abuse of power has been dishonourably discharged but will no longer face imprisonment.

Pretoria High Court Judge Roge...
Bail upped in fake Joko case
The Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court has increased bail to R50 000 for a Robertsham, Johannesburg resident due to go on trial relating to fake Joko tea and fake Ingrams camphor cream.

Accused Mohammed Neffies successfully applied for permission to visit his father in Tunisa, and the extra R20 ...
Escape trio back in jail
THREE suspects who escaped from the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court last month were arrested at the weekend.

Johannesburg Police said two of the suspects were arrested in Soweto on Friday and the third in Roodepoort on Saturday.

Richard Dube, 31, Dumezweni Duma, 27, and Bravo Sibanda, 38, were...
Awards to honour real SA heroes

Benoni man Marcel “Moz” Nordin is a finalist in the Centrum Guardian project, which celebrates courage among the unsung heroes of the emergency services.

Moz Nordin, an ER24 paramedic, noticed a plume of smoke rising from the Benoni CBD. ...
Rape officer interdicted
A HERCULES police inspector has been permanently interdicted from visiting the residence of or coming within five metres of his alleged rape victim.

Acting Pretoria High Court judge Legodi Phatudi granted an interdict against the policeman after an urgent application by a 37-year-old woman who sa...
Aviation plans to go green
Aviation plans to go green

THE aviation industry has committed itself to becoming more eco-friendly in the wake of escalating fuel prices and mounting concern over global climate change.

According to Engineering News, global aviation companies are looking at several ways of cutting thei...
New crime stats paint ghastly picture
JOHANNESBURG - You are now even less safe in your home, your business is more likely to be robbed and you are more likely to have your car hijacked or child killed — but still the police say overall crime in the country is down.

Compared to the same period (between April 1 2007 and March 31) last...
Mbeki must go, says Nadeco
JOHANNESBURG - The National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) wants President Thabo Mbeki kicked out of office for his reported endorsement of President Robert Mugabe.

“It is time to unseat Mbeki by means of an earlier general election in South Africa,” said Nadeco spokesman Margaret Arnolds.

ANC ‘too much like Zanu-PF’
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the African National Congress (ANC) for behaving like Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF by pre-empting the results of next year’s election and for arrogant remarks.

In the budget debate held at the Gauteng Legislature yesterday, DA’s Jack Bloom said remarks made last wee...
Observers tell of Mugabe’s reign of terror
JOHANNESBURG - Robert Mugabe plotted his “win or war” campaign long before the March election, say two members of the Southern African Development Community observer mission.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard and Manie van Dyk, both of the Democratic Alliance, said Friday’s sham run-off election bore the fru...
Mauritian legal blow for Zuma
An application by ANC president Jacob Zuma to be involved in a case about documents that could be used as evidence against him by the National Prosecuting Authority has been rejected by the Mauritius Supreme Court.

Speaking to The Star last night, Zuma's attorney, Michael Hulley, confirmed that h...
Security for 2010 on track
South African police have submitted a comprehensive security plan to Fifa for the 2010 World Cup.

The police yesterday revealed some details from their ambitious scheme to secure the skies, highways, stadiums and streets, which will see the police spend R665-million on procuring equipment and a ...
Pro-Selebi spy chief slated over Scorpions 'vendetta'
Manzini refuses to explain how he got affidavit

South Africa's most powerful spy boss has been accused of waging a vendetta against the Scorpions to protect National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi from facing corruption charges.

But National Intelligence Agency (NIA) director-general...
Scepticism over minister's list of 'improved' statistics
Opposition parties and analysts have reacted sceptically to the "improved" crime statistics, despite a heartfelt appeal from Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula for their moral support.

Briefing the media in Pretoria yesterday, Nqakula said the government was "really serious" about ensu...
Fleeing driver causes horror accident
Eight die as car makes U-turn on M1 while chased by police

A pocket book belonging to the Joburg metro police department has been found in a car involved in an accident that claimed the lives of eight people.

Fleeing from the police early yesterday morning, the driver of a metallic gre...
Starving as Mugabe crows (Part 1)
President Robert Mugabe, who took his sixth oath as Zimbabwean leader since independence, joked with reporters shortly after casting his vote that he was hungry.

He made a similar jest when he addressed a rally in Chitungwiza in March, that he had had a cold bath because there was no electricity...
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