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Oppenheimer robbed at knifepoint
BRIDGE Oppenheimer the 87-year-old widow of mining magnate Harry and one of the world’s wealthiest women was robbed at knifepoint in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Oppenheimer was reading in the bedroom of her La Lucia mansion “Milkwood” at around 1am when two youths and a middle-aged man ...
Activist to run from Pretoria to Cape Town
A YOUNG South African anti-arms campaigner will run from Pretoria to Cape Town calling on government to sign a cluster bomb ban treaty.

Kenny Mabasa announced in Pretoria yesterday morning he would embark on a grueling run of more than 1 400km from Union Buildings in the city to the Houses of Par...
Convicted man soldiers on
THE lawyer for the three of the four Pretoria men, from the so-called Waterkloof Four, Oeloff de Meyer told The Citizen yesterday that he was meeting with his clients today to pave a way forward.

The men, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt are expected to report to the ...
Trouble in ‘the place of peace’
JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni’s City Manager Patrick Flusk is accused of financial mismanagement over the past two years.

Things are heating up in the metro rocked by a succession of high-profile scandals as the Serious Economic Crime Unit of the police, the Auditor-General and the Public Protector’...
50 foreigners set to be deported
JOHANNESBURG - More than 50 of the foreign nationals, who were released from police cells on Wednesday, are to be deported after they were found to be in possession of fraudulent documents.

Home Affairs Department said yesterday that following their release from the cells in Krugersdorp, more th...
Mbeki hits out at comments
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki has slammed claims that he refused to comment over the on- going Zimbabwean talks facilitated by South Africa.

This follows an scoop detailing the alleged agreed deal in Zimbabwe’s new transitional government.

This week sources within the negotiat...
Man tackles minister over crime spree
House robbery victim in High Court application

A businessman fed-up with crime after being shot in a house robbery is taking Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula to court.

Byron Gerber, of Krugersdorp, is claiming that Nqakula is failing in his duty to protect South African cit...
ANC puts managers on leave after audit
Six top managers at the ANC's parliamentary caucus support services have been placed on special leave pending an internal investigation into allegations of cronyism and the misappropriation of funds.

The ruling party declined to provide details of the alleged theft yesterday, but it confirmed at...
Full bench considered in Hlophe vs Concourt case
A full bench of judges is expected to hear Judge John Hlophe's challenge to the Constitutional Court and the Judicial Service Commission.

"The matter is important not only to the litigants but also to the rest of the country," Judge Phineas Mojapelo said in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday....
Mbeki adamant he has not been party to foreign probe
No need for judicial inquiry into arms deal claims

In another concerted effort to quash renewed rumours calling into question President Thabo Mbeki's integrity and his involvement in the multibillion-rand arms deal, his office has responded to a number or parliamentary queries raised by op...
Upset ministers to meet ANC
Cabinet ministers are so concerned at intemperate statements being made about the country's judiciary that they want to meet the ANC's top brass to discuss the problem.

This comes as influential legal bodies expressed concern at the nature and virulence of politicians' attacks on the judiciary i...
Man killed at Sandton intersection
Police are hunting three robbers who shot dead a 53-year-old man in Sandton yesterday. The victim - whose next of kin had not been notified by late last night - pulled up in his blue Toyota Tazz at the intersection of South Road and Marlboro Drive between 6 and 7pm.

Police spokesperson Constable...
Raid busts gang linked to murders
Police have arrested a gang of suspected armed robbers who have been terrorising the Actonville/Benoni area and murdered at least three people.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an SAPS Tracing Unit, working with the Ekurhuleni Metro Police, raided three residences in Wattville, Emandleni i...
Najwa's son tells of man with gun
Najwa Petersen was crying as an armed intruder ordered her around in her house shortly before her husband Taliep was shot, her son has told the Cape High Court.

Achmat Gamieldien (26), her son from a previous marriage, was called to testify in her defence.

Petersen is accused of orchestratin...
Court admits Motata note
Scrawled words entered as evidence in trial

A handwritten note made by Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata on the night of his alleged drunk driving incident has been admitted as evidence in court.

Repeated words, spelling mistakes and scrawled handwriting tilt across the page hande...
ATM bombers blasted
Police have dealt a crippling blow to ATM bombing syndicates, killing three suspects, wounding one and arresting four in a matter of hours across the country.

In what is being described as a victory against ATM bombers, police shot dead two suspects and wounded a third outside Pretoria during a ...
Lawyer part of airport robbery gang
One of the people linked to the R100-million brazen armed robbery at the OR Tambo International Airport is a lawyer.

The lawyer, Rooshdeen Rudolph (45), was re-arrested on Tuesday along with his 44-year-old brother Shaheed.

The two were earlier arrested in connection with the robbery but cha...
'We don't want you to do crime'
"Whatever you visualise you will realise."

These were the pearls of wisdom former Stander gang member Allan Heyl imparted to pupils at the Greyville Primary School in Lenasia, south of Joburg, yesterday.

Heyl addressed the young children at the launch of Primedia's "Crime Line Life's Good Ro...
Teacher to face extortion charges
A Joburg teacher is facing extortion charges over allegations that he threatened to rape and kill a 10-year-old pupil if she refused to steal money from her grandparents for him.

It was only when the missing money drove her grandparents to fight among themselves that her mother was called and th...
Several incidents this year
The stabbing of Linda Zimase was the second killing at a school this week.

On Monday, a schoolboy was stabbed to death, allegedly by a fellow pupil, after an argument at a school in Kwa Mhlanga in Mpumalanga.

The victim, aged 17, was stabbed by an 18-year-old at Senzangakhona High School in ...
Mocked for being fat, then stabbed to death
Pattern of abuse emerges after attack at school

Linda Zimase was known as Phumba because his classmates thought it was funny that he was fat like the cartoon warthog.

The 16-year-old boy was teased incessantly, had no friends and came home upset almost every day.

He preferred to wa...
Zim man's mystery VIP car not SA state-owned
The mystery of the armoured Mercedes-Benz has been cracked.

Police are winding up their investigation into the bizarre link between a controversial Zimbabwean politician and a R1,4-million car registered to the VIP presidential protection service.

The Star has learnt the police's probe showe...
Suspect shot after roadblock U-turn
A suspect was killed and one wounded after a shootout with police in Marlboro, north of Joburg.

At about 8pm on Friday night, police noticed a silver Renault sedan with four occupants making a U-turn away from a roadblock. Police chased the car and found it at the corner of Lillian and Zinian ro...
Counterfeiting operation bust
POLICE smashed what they believe to be a major counterfeiting and forgery operation that was churning out not only ID documents and drivers’ licences but bank statements.

Four arrests were made yesterday after Crime Intelligence Service agents swooped on the forging operation which had been under...
No amnesty for Bob, urges DA
ROBERT Mugabe will be the ceremonial president and Morgan Tsvangirai the executive prime minister in Zimbabwe’s new transitional government.

This is according to information apparently leaked to the media this week by sources within the negotiation process to resolve the country’s political crisi...
Protest delays trial
JOHANNESBURG - Yesterday’s strike action delayed the commencement of the trial arising from the brutal murder of the son of the City Press Editor-in-chief.

“There will be no delays whatsoever once we start,” said acting judge Naren Pandya, who with two assessors, will preside over the trial of th...
Scorpions get backing from ex-police boss
The beleaguered Scorpions have received support from an unlikely quarter through a former member of the supposedly hostile SA Police Service.

Superintendent Ivan Myers yesterday spilled the beans on what he believes is a "dysfunctional" and "sick" police service that is being destroyed from with...
Zim's feared security chiefs in SA talks
Members of Zimbabwe's feared Joint Operations Command - the junta that has effectively been running Zimbabwe - were in Pretoria to meet with President Thabo Mbeki's emissaries to the Zimbabwe dialogue, it has been established.

Led by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the JOC consists of the heads of Zimbabwe'...
Presidency on attack over Mbeki arms claims
President seeking legal advice over Sunday Times report alleging R30m kickback

President Thabo Mbeki is consulting his lawyers on whether to take action against the Sunday Times for its "so-called" report of his corrupt involvement in the arms deal.

Minister in the Presidency Essop Pah...
Scorpions linked to global warming in heated debate
ANC MPs have found themselves on the back foot as public submission after submission slammed the ruling party's motives and method of closing down the Scorpions.

The second day of public hearings at parliament into the so-called Scorpions bills saw tempers flare as those for and those against sh...
'Rule of law is undermined by slurs on judges'
The Law Society of South Africa has become the latest body to call for an end to the "unrelenting, improper and thoughtless" attacks on the judiciary.

It expressed its full confidence yesterday in the legitimacy and independence of Chief Justice Pius Langa, the judiciary and the courts, and appe...
Residents vent anger on police, motorists
While thousands of people converged in Pretoria for the Cosatu strike, trouble brewed in Zandspruit informal settlement and prompted police to intervene.

Residents stoned passing cars and dumped garbage on the road, blocking it. Others burned tyres and a man jumped on the bonnet of a car that ha...
Murder trial of editor's son delayed again
City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu has returned to court hoping that the trial of his murdered son will start.

But for the fifth time the case was postponed in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday because there were no interpreters and stenographers available because of Cosatu's one-day ...
From beauty to drug wreck
Mother's anguish over daughter's life ruined by heroin addiction

Charlene, aged 7, looks like a doll. Fourteen years later, she could be a model.

She has rosy cheeks, blonde hair and her blue eyes sparkle.

These are the only pictures her mother has left of her little girl.

At 2...
Refugees' fate still in the balance
More than 200 refugees and asylum-seekers arrested for camping by the roadside last week may have had their charges dropped, but they were not freed.

Yesterday, the men appeared in smaller groups so they could fit into the public gallery in Court D at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court, until al...
MK vets create alarm, says ACDP
JOHANNESBURG - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKVA) has come under fire for threatening violence in the event ANC president Jacob Zuma is found guilty of corruption.

“These threats are regrettable and totally unacceptable as they cause fear and alarm to the public, foreign ...
Zim man's mystery SA VIP car
Justine Chiota wants in on the talks … but why does he have a car allegedly owned by the state?

Police are investigating how a controversial Zimbabwean politician - hell-bent on stalling the power-sharing talks - has come into possession of a R1,4-million armoured Mercedes-Benz allegedly r...
'Bitter fruit' from demise of Scorpions
Unit accused of lawlessness, inefficiency

South Africa would one day reap the bitter fruits if the "ploy" of shutting down the Scorpions under the guise of improving law enforcement was allowed to go ahead, Democratic Alliance MP and justice spokesperson Tertius Delport has warned.

Counsel to do battle over Zuma trial date
Praise-singer Philani bunks school, but gets a big thank you from ANC leader

ANC president Jacob Zuma and his prosecutors have nine days to privately resolve their deadlock over his trial date - or battle it out in open court.

After being informed that the legal teams for Zuma and the ...
Parliament warned foreign criminals also use SA phones
DA raises concerns about eavesdropping on citizens

The country's top eavesdropper has warned parliamentarians against a blanket objection to intercepting South African telephone numbers, because foreign criminals are also subscribers to domestic networks.

During a discussion on the pro...
Parliament pressured to regulate party funds
With nine months to go before the general elections, business and researchers yesterday vowed to pressurise parliament and politicians to stringently regulate party funding to curb corruption.

The call was made on the last day of the anti- corruption conference in Johannesburg, with delegates po...
Sars manager's tax evasion case set down for November
The former head of the internal audit unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars), Edward Mushanganyisi, will have to wait over three months before hearing evidence against him relating to tax evasion.

Mushanganyisi yesterday made a brief appearance at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court wh...
R100m robbery kingpin to go free
He is believed to be the mastermind behind the R100-million OR Tambo Airport robbery but Sean Soobramoney will not go to jail.

It was revealed in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday that Soobramoney and a co-accused, Nazir Ishmail, pleaded guilty and agreed to turn state witnesses on Friday.
Pupil critical after scissors stabbing at school
A fight between two 16-year-old boys at their school has ended with one in critical condition and the other in jail.

One, affectionately known by his friends as Phumba, was stabbed in the temple by a classmate at Roodepark High School in Roodepoort on the West Rand yesterday.

Pupils said the...
Daring heist attempt on N17 freeway
Robbers flee empty-handed before police arrive

A bullet-riddled van and its very relieved occupants bore dramatic evidence yesterday of a cash-in-transit heist attempt on the N17 highway.

On the opposite side of the freeway, about 3km from the N3 Pretoria/Durban freeway split, the wife...
Cyrildene residents decry hookers, drugs and bribes
A hub of prostitution, human trafficking, Triads, the illegal sale of abalone, drug dealings, gambling, the infringement of by-laws and bribery.

This is what has become of Cyrildene in north-eastern Joburg, residents claim.

They called an emergency meeting with their councillor at the weeken...
Adults must set ethical example, educators told
The only way to teach children ethics is by example.

"Children learn about ethics and values primarily through observation of adult behaviour," said Wits honorary professor of education Jonathan Jansen yesterday.

"The kind of husband my daughter will choose will depend crucially on how I lov...
Cyclists denied right to protest
Authorities have denied cyclists the right to stage a protest ride to highlight the issue of cyclists' safety.

Durban cyclists planned to hand over a memorandum today to city authorities, calling for greater security after the death of cyclist Willem van Heerden in a hit-and-run accident last we...
NPA would just ‘charge him again’
JOHANNESBURG - Several sources in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have told The Citizen that, if the State lost its case, the remedy would be for the NPA to charge ANC leader Jacob Zuma again.

And if Zuma were to win, and the judge were to declare the charges unlawful, the only result wo...
Opposition call for Mbeki’s head over bribe allegation
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki has denied taking arms-deal bribes, but political parties have urged him to explain himself and appoint a commission of inquiry.

The parties were reacting to allegations that Mbeki received a bribe of R30 million from a German ship-building giant to cement its...
Secrecy shrouds Zimbabwe talks
JOHANNESBURG - Zanu-PF has taken over several hospitals in rural areas and is denying MDC supporters access to treatment.

Buhera in Manicaland Province is a no-go area for MDC victims despite the calls to end the state-sponsored violence which started after the March 29 polls.

According to a s...
Police ‘undermine road safety efforts’
JOHANNESBURG - The Automobile Association (AA) claims that the SAPS and Metro police are undermining road safety efforts by not adhering to the basic rules of the road.

The AA’s head of public affairs, Rob Handfield-Jones, explained that the examples set by enforcers is reflecting in road safety ...
Stranger who got lucky is acquitted
Mistaken identity: court overturns rape conviction

Was it rape or was it not? That was the question the Pretoria High Court had to deal with.

But as it turned out, it was in fact a case of mistaken identity.

The "victim" is a beautiful Pretoria woman in her 20s who appeared to have...
Government denies graft is on increase
But top official says corruption rampant

The government has fought back at allegations made by the Public Service Commission that it was riddled with corruption, arguing instead that there had been a decline in graft among state employees.

Public Service and Administration Director-Gen...
'Murder bid' by splinter group mars PAC indaba
Political shenanigans in the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) took a dangerous, dramatic turn as shootings and intimidations marred a conference organised by the party's splinter group.

The faction calling itself the real PAC, led by former secretary-general Thami Ka Plaatjie, is disillusioned with...
Good govt is 'bastion in fight against corruption'
Integrity indispensable - Fraser-Moleketi

A strengthened "national integrity system" focusing on good governance in all spheres should be at the heart of the fight against corruption, Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has said.

"Corruption engenders p...
Zuma: Push for pre-poll trial
Defence refuses to accept April date

Prosecutors are trying to force ANC president Jacob Zuma to go on trial for corruption and racketeering in April, a month before South Africa's national elections.

The Star has confirmed that, behind the scenes of Zuma's Pietermaritzburg High Court ...
Cops don't care, claim cyclists
While police search for the driver of a vehicle that knocked down four cyclists at the weekend, the wife of a Durban cyclist killed in June still waits for justice.

And, last week, a fifth cyclist, Willem van Heerden, was knocked down and killed on Snell Parade.

On June 1, Allan Seagar was k...
What's the charge, accused asks after 6 weeks in jail
Joshua Witbooi finally knows what charges he faces, after appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for the fourth time.

Moments before being led down to the cells after appearing in court yesterday, Witbooi (31), who has been in custody for a month and two weeks, raised his hand and aske...
Domestic worker in plot to rob boss's house
Under heavy police interrogation, a domestic worker has confessed to conspiring to have her employers' home robbed.

On June 27, three armed men stormed into a house in Henry Road, Rivonia, held up a domestic worker and her employer and made off with electrical goods, jewellery and a car, with a ...
What to do when you're pulled over on the road
Motorists have few rights, so stay calm and co-operate with the officers

What can motorists do when they are pulled over? Do they have any rights?

Early on July 27, a 21-year-old woman travelling alone in her car was stopped and pulled over by two uniformed Metro Police officers.

This invitation was advertised in The Star recently and I have inserted it into the News to ensure that as many people as possible get a chance to speak out on the proposed Ammendment Bills that I feel most of us good citizens (hopefully still the majority) of South Africa are against.

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Mbeki must tell all – DA
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki must come clean on his alleged multi-million rand involvement in the controversial arms deal, opposition parties have demanded.

“Mbeki must now explain himself to the nation in a televised address without delay,” said Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille yes...
De Lille slams ANC’s fools
JOHANNESBURG - Arms deal whistleblower and Independent Democrats (ID) leader Patricia de Lille has slammed “ANC fools” for “attacking the judiciary”.

“I am very concerned that the judiciary is under attack. Every fool in the ANC criticises the judiciary,” said De Lille, during the ID provincial c...
RAF now more equitable
JOHANNESBURG - Changes to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) will ensure fairness and transparency for road accident victims, Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe said last week.

One example of this is minibus taxi commuters.

“These commuters were, under certain circumstances, only entitled to R25 000 ...
Scrapyard dealer held over steel thefts
JOGHANNESBURG - Joint action by the SA Police Services and the Johannesburg metro police ensured the recovery of a small fortune in stolen municipal property in central Johannesburg yesterday.

Law enforcement officials carted off 15 heavy stolen steel frames from a scrap-yard in town. The frames ...
Baby deaths report is missing
THERE are mounting calls for the heads to roll over the disappearance of a damning report on the deaths of 144 babies in the Ukhahlamba, Port Alfred and Emahlahleni areas of the Eastern Cape.

President Thabo Mbeki has now been asked to “intervene urgently” – amid calls for the axing of Eastern Ca...
Robber commits suicide
JOHANNESBURG - A would-be bank robber killed himself on Friday after he and two accomplices were cornered in a house in Rustenburg where they had taken three people hostage. His two accomplices were arrested.

The hostages – two domestic workers and a gardener – were unharmed, but were treated fo...
ANC's Zuma show of force
Call on NEC to attend hearing

The ANC's top office-bearers are expected to stand shoulder to shoulder with their president in the Pietermaritzburg High Court as Jacob Zuma launches a last-ditch attempt to stave off prosecution for corruption.

The entire national executive committee, th...
Man in dock over wife's killing
A husband of a woman who was shot several times and killed in a car on the N4 last month was due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court today.

The suspect would appear on a charge of murder, said police spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ndlazi.

The suspect was arrested on Friday night.

Police on major Zuma alert
Several units on standby for first court appearance

Pietermaritzburg was due to come to a standstill today as throngs of supporters from across the country converge on the KwaZulu Natal city to see whether the man who would be king, Jacob Zuma, will eventually ascend to the throne.

I have a clear conscience, says President
Mbeki slams allegations as 'grotesque'

President Thabo Mbeki yesterday said he had a clear conscience about the countries multi-million rands arms deal.

This follows a Sunday Times report which said Mbeki was allegedly paid R30-million by a German shipbuilding company to guarantee it w...
Number of legal arguments facing judge
Whatever is due to happen outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court today in court number one, Judge Chris Nicholson will have to deal with a number of legal issues.

The morning is likely to start with applications from TV and radio stations requesting permission to cover the proceedings. Without ...
Cyclists hurt in hit-and-run smash
Four Durban cyclists have narrowly escaped death in a hit-and-run accident.

The driver burst his car's tyres and drove off on the wheel rims.

The cyclists were seriously hurt yesterday, and some underwent surgery.

The incident follows the death of Durban cyclist Willem van Heerden, who w...
Two robbery victims stoned to death
Two men were stoned to death after they had been robbed in Orange Farm, south of Joburg.

On Saturday morning, the body of 40-year-old Jacob Raleti "Ma-walker" Pule was found near his house in Orange Farm, Extension 3.

He was allegedly robbed off his shoes and then stoned to death.

His sh...
Hopes for justice as trial moves to high court
The Tyatya family believe that justice may just be served after all. This comes after the case against a 40-year-old man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Gofaone Tyatya (7) in Zandspruit was transferred to the Johannesburg High Court for trial next year.

The man who cannot be named as...
Wild highway chase claims three lives
Nine people killed on M1 at the weekend

It was supposed to have been a routine vehicle stop. But when the police officers tried to pull over the red Opel Corsa with its headlights off, it triggered a wild car chase through several Joburg suburbs that ended in deaths on the M1 highway more ...
Operation Shield sharpens security forces' skills for 2010
The bomb squad technician walks slowly towards the empty Dakota airplane, his body wrapped in a 40kg suit of armour.

Like an astronaut doing a space walk, he vanishes inside the aircraft to emerge with a small box. He back-steps and carries the item used by terrorists to hijack the old military ...
'No racism at UJ residence'
Student was nicknamed 'Charcoal' after dirtying a piece of paper

There is no racism at the University of Johannesburg's Dromedaris residence, and a black student was nicknamed "charcoal" because he had sullied a piece of paper.

This was the message from the house committee of the resid...
Hawker shelters found at yard
A Chinese woman has been arrested after police found R150 000 worth of stolen hawker stands among the scrap material that she is dealing with.

Two of her employees were also nabbed as they tried to flee, while four other men who were also at the woman's business premises managed to evade arrest ...
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Teacher, pupil in school kissing scandal
Cellphone footage showing a 21-year-old female locum teacher, and a Grade 12 pupil engaging in "indecent behaviour" in a classroom is doing the rounds at a Durban school.

The footage, which is being circulated by grade 11s and 12s at Wingen Heights Secondary, has become a "hot talking point", sa...
Couple soon to get reward for rapist's capture
The conviction and sentence handed out this week to serial rapist Johannes Mowers means a farmworker couple will soon be paid the R100 000 police reward for stopping him.

Mowers would probably still have been conducting his reign of terror in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus if he hadn't ...
'Najwa fired the lethal gunshot'
Najwa Petersen spent two days in the witness stand giving her version of what happened the night her husband Taliep was shot dead. Then state advocate Shareen Riley spent two more days showing that her story didn't add up.

According to Petersen, intruders locked her in the main bedroom with her ...
Children planned to plead insanity over slain couple
Even before they allegedly killed Johan and Riekie Lotter, their children, Nicolette and Hardus, and Mathew Naidoo had already decided that if they were caught, they would plead guilty by reason of insanity. This came out during the police's interrogation of the trio shortly after their arrest.

MXit gets tough over malicious lists
If your name and number have appeared on the "slut" or "bastard" lists on MXit, go to the police and open a case.

That's the advice of the teen cellphone chatline, which is now working with the police to find out who started the defamatory lists.

They intend to make an example of those they ...
Government prepares to tackle climate change
The government this week outlined its "ambitious vision" to ensure that South Africa tackles climate change in the decades to come, committing itself to ultimately limit the country's emissions of polluting greenhouse gases.

In 2006 the government launched its Long Term Mitigation Scenario Proce...
Female sex offenders are rare
Under-reporting and shame may account for small percentage

Less than 1% of sexual offenders tried in South Africa are women. But experts warn that many of these sexual offences probably go unreported.

Tiny Makopo, the former Oprah Winfrey Leadership academy matron, is one of only three...
Zuma's judge a 'crusader for justice'
Judge Chris Nicholson might not need his quick wit or knowledge of Wagner to get proceedings under way, but he will be required to divorce his mind from mountains of controversial and explosive opinion that have surrounded the state's case against ANC president Jacob Zuma.

He will have to delibe...
'Choking game' blamed as another teenager strangles himself with a rope
A Pretoria teenager may have become the latest casualty of a fatal "game" played by teenagers, which involves asphyxiating themselves to achieve a euphoric state.

It was while apparently playing the "choking game" on Monday that Kobus van der Watt of Elandspoort (17) strangled himself with a rop...
Selebi's legal team tell of break-ins
Minister's evidence would not have withstood scrutiny, says advocate

Members of Jackie Selebi's legal team have been the victims of break-ins at their offices and homes - and have lost computers, diaries and electronic equipment.

The unsolved thefts on the nights of July 14 and 15 emer...
Plane passenger caught with card skimmer
A 30-year-old British man has been arrested at Cape Town International Airport after stepping off an international flight for being in possession of a state-of-the-art card-skimming device, as well as hundreds of cloned credit cards.

The man was found with the device - known as an encoder - 273 ...
Uproar over attempt to dupe refugees
Prepared affidavit may be underhand way to secure easy deportation. Justine Gerardy reports

A prepared affidavit handed to arrested refugees and asylum-seekers - to get them to surrender their internationally guaranteed protection - has raised concerns of an underhand attempt at easy depor...
Oprah matron close-ups barred
When the trial against alleged sexual offender Virginia "Tiny" Makopo resumes in the Sebokeng Magistrate's Court in October, the media will not be allowed to take close-up photographs of her.

If they do wish to take a close-up pictures, they will have to ask magistrate Thelma Simpson for permiss...
Mkhuma accused withdraws bail bid at the eleventh hour
It took the state almost two hours to oppose the bail application of Tefo Joseph Khoza, the man accused of the murder of Phelisa Mkhuma.

And when the Protea Magistrate's Court was to rule on the matter yesterday, Khoza abandoned his bail application, citing "safety" reasons.

Mkhuma is the si...
Fraudster faces sentencing in style
Former cricket director to serve at least 20 years

Diteko Modise, a former financial director of the United Cricket Board, is struggling to let go of his expensive suits for a prison uniform following his incarceration.

Modise (39) yesterday came to the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes C...
Police nab truck hijacking suspects
Seven suspects arrested on the N12 East highway south of Joburg this morning are said to be behind a string of truck hijackings.

Captain Manaka George Raphulu, of Alberton SAPS, said pro-active police work lead to the arrests.

According to Raphulu, one of the detectives at Moroka police stat...
Labour Court ruling on rights a blow to sex worker
Sex workers have no labour rights under the constitution, says the Women's Legal Centre.

This after the Labour Court dismissed a Cape Town sex worker's application to force the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to hear her unfair dismissal case against a Bellville mas...
This invitation was advertised today and I have inserted it into the News to ensure that as many people as possible get a chance to speak out on the proposed Ammendment Bills that I feel most of us good citizens (hopefully still the majority) of South Africa are against.

If you feel strongly abou...
ANC ‘loses coloured voters’
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC’s internal squabbles have driven disillusioned coloureds in Gauteng to leave the party in droves.

The Citizen has learnt that the once ANC-affiliated South Western Joint Civic Association (Sowejoca) withdrew all its members (from more than 100 branches) from participation i...
DA calls on Mbeki to explain about-face
JOHANNSBURG - The DA wants President Thabo Mbeki and his Cabinet Ministers to explain their “about-face” on the dissolution of the Scorpions.

The DA has written to Parliament to summon Mbeki, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula to state their case f...
Malema being probed by police over outburst
JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed they are investigating ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said.

This follows a complaint laid by the DA to the Cape Town police regarding statements made by Malema that he would “take up arms and kill” for ANC presid...
RAF in secret deal with court
JOHANNESBURG - A secret settlement was reached yesterday in an urgent application by a Pretoria firm of attorneys to stop the Road Accident Fund (RAF) from making direct payments to thousands of their clients.

Pretoria High Court Judge John Murphy issued an interim order, with a return date of Au...
New cop guns in question
JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane is throwing cold, hard cash at the South African crime epidemic.

That municipality reportedly spent around R1 million more than it had to, on a controversial tender for the acquisition of 2 000 imported service pistols for its Metro police department.

The expensive new ...
Why one justice was gravely concerned
The lone Constitutional Court justice who ruled in favour of Jacob Zuma has expressed "grave concern" over the Scorpions' raids against the ANC president and his lawyers.

Justice Sandile Ngcobo was one of the three Concourt justices who was visited by Cape Judge President John Hlophe, now accused...
'Hlophe didn't succeed in influencing the court'
If Cape Judge President John Hlophe had tried to influence the Constitutional Court improperly, he failed.

That's the opinion of Chief Justice Pius Langa, who heads the Constitutional Court, and noted in yesterday's ruling on four cases around the pending prosecution of Jacob Zuma.

The Judicia...
Mixed bag of reactions to failed bid
Case was first post-apartheid political trial, claims SACP

Reaction to ANC president Jacob Zuma's failed challenge in the Constitutional Court has been mixed with most grudgingly accepting the judgment.

The ANC said it respected the principle of equality before the law but that its pres...
Honesty of ANC chief, legal team questioned
South Africa's highest court has said prosecutors were right to doubt ANC president Jacob Zuma's honesty - and questioned the honesty of his lawyer.

Constitutional Court Chief Justice Pius Langa yesterday defended the Scorpions against attacks from Zuma's legal team over its controversial August...
Motata's defence takes off the gloves
Judge Nkola Motata's defence team have gone for the jugular in a surprise bid to discredit the state's star witness in his drunk-driving trial.

The bombshell - which threatens to lay bare Richard Baird's private life - dropped just minutes before 2pm yesterday at the Johannesburg Magistrate's co...
Zuma 5, State 31
That's the score of all the judges who have voted for and against the ANC's president

Jacob Zuma has been buried in a legal landslide: 31 to 5. Thirty-one is the number of civil rulings against the ANC president in the past three years.

Five is the number of judges who have supported Z...
Hlophe's alleged bid to sway judges has failed, says Langa
All but one of the judges of SA's highest court dis- missed ANC president Jacob Zuma's efforts to quash alleged evidence of his corruption.

Referring to Cape Judge President John Hlophe's alleged attempt to influence the Constitutional Court to rule in Zuma's favour, Chief Justice Pius Langa this...
Thieves blow up yet more ATMs
Witpoortjie attack takes number of machines blasted to 290

Two FNB ATMs next to a Pick n Pay in Witpoortjie on the West Rand were blown up early this morning, causing damage estimated at between R400 000 and R500 000.

According to West Rand police spokesperson Captain Siphiwe Ndlovu, t...
Timeline (Part 2)
August 01, 2008 Edition 1

December 1997: Jacob Zuma elected ANC deputy president.

November 1998: Cabinet approves arms deal.

June 1999: Zuma appointed deputy president of SA.

September 1999: Minister of Defence Mosiuoa Lekota approves Auditor-General audit review into the arms deal p...
Timeline (Pat2)
On August 18, prosecutors seize 93 000 documents from 22 premises, including Zuma's homes and former office, and from his lawyer's office. These search and seizures were contested in court, until the Constitutional Court upheld them yesterday.

October 2005: Zuma and his lawyer Michael Hulley bri...
Zuma 5 - State 31 (Part 1)
Road to court

On November 6 2000, prosecutors started a preparatory investigation to see if there were grounds to investigate corruption and fraud in the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

The investigation itself started the following year, and by October 2002 it included Jaco...
Zuma 5 - State 31 (Part 2)
The Thint Group

The Thint companies are arms dealers who operated in various countries, including France, Mauritius and SA. Company names and directors changed during the period investigated.

Thomson-CSF International, later called Thales, and Thales International Africa Ltd (Mauritius...
Labour Court ruling on rights a blow to sex worker
Sex workers have no labour rights under the constitution, says the Women's Legal Centre.

This after the Labour Court dismissed a Cape Town sex worker's application to force the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to hear her unfair dismissal case against a Bellville mas...
'Others may have hurt baby Tammy'
The massive injuries that led to baby Tammy's death may not have been inflicted by her adoptive mother only but by the nanny, her adopted father or other people.

This was the argument of a magistrate and defence lawyer in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday at the murder trial of Zaibu...
Fraudster faces sentencing in style
Former cricket director to serve at least 20 years

Diteko Modise, a former financial director of the United Cricket Board, is struggling to let go of his expensive suits for a prison uniform following his incarceration.

Modise (39) yesterday came to the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes C...
Subdued Ma-eleven in the dock once more
Leeuwkop Juvenile Prison's youngest inmate - "Ma-eleven", serving a two-year sentence for theft - has made a brief, poker-faced appearance at the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

The 14-year-old, shackled in leg irons and under the watchful eye of a prison warder, yesterday sat quietly with his head...
Mkhuma accused withdraws bail bid at the eleventh hour
It took the state almost two hours to oppose the bail application of Tefo Joseph Khoza, the man accused of the murder of Phelisa Mkhuma.

And when the Protea Magistrate's Court was to rule on the matter yesterday, Khoza abandoned his bail application, citing "safety" reasons.

Mkhuma is the si...
Time running out for shelter refugees
Salumu Seneforose is one of the few refugees still staying at the Glenanda temporary shelter in southern Joburg.

At the peak of the xenophobic violence - which swept across the country two months ago - the shelter housed more than 2 000 displaced refugees.

Yesterday, only 280 people were sti...
Cop begged judge to co-operate, says Joburg homeowner
Motata 'refused' to get out of car after hitting wall

One of the metro police officers on the scene of Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata's alleged drunken driving accident went down on his knees to beg him to co-operate, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard this morning.

Hell-hole rapist Mowers sentenced to 210 years in jail
The Whisper Fund hopes to raise money to help with girls' schooling

Serial rapist Johannes "Hansie" Mowers, who held two girls hostage in a dug-out hole in Hermanus, was today sentenced to life and more than 210 years imprisonment.

The years of imprisonment will run concurrent with his...
Madisha had fair hearing – union
THE ousted president of teachers’ union Sadtu, Willy Madisha, was given a fair disciplinary hearing with every opportunity to state his side of the story.

This is according to the union’s secretary-general, Thulas Nxesi.

Nxesi said this after the embattled Madisha spoke at the media briefing y...
Sasco accuses Scorpions, judges of bid to ‘finish off Zuma politically’
JOHANNESBURG - The Scorpions and some judges are undermining the country’s democracy in their agenda to finish off ANC president Jacob Zuma politically, according to the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco).

“Students can’t stand aside and look while our democracy, that we fought and paid the...
Madisha fired ‘for telling the truth’
JOHANNESBURG - Sacked South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) president Willy Madisha yesterday said he was fired by the union for telling the “truth”.

Speaking for the first time after he was dismissed by Sadtu on Tuesday, Madisha labelled his detractors “political imbeciles”.

He said...
‘Not enough judge’ to hear Joburg cases
THE prosecuting advocate in the Johannesburg High Court trial arising from the brutal murder of the City Press editor-in-chief’s son was almost in tears yesterday when it came to light that the judge she had been allocated was busy with a part-heard trial.

The allocating officials had alle...
Calls for Mmutle probe renewed
THE FF Plus called yesterday for the corruption, nepotism and mismanagement case against Commissioner Mpho Mmutle to be reopened.

Mmutle “was mysteriously reappointed as Tshwane metro chief,” according to FF Plus councillor Conrad Beyers.

Beyers said that, according to the reports, Mmutle conf...
Police slam mob justice
SILVERTON police were waiting to find out yesterday if a victim of mob justice is to open an assault case before taking action against members of the Nellmapius Community Policing Forum east of Pretoria.

This follows a report and a picture, published in yesterday’s Daily Sun, of a 17-year-...
In court for ATM bombings
THREE men suspected to be involved in ATM bombings in Gauteng and other areas appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Sibusiso Vilakazi, Stephen Ndadlana and Lucky Tyesi appeared on charges of attempted murder, theft, malicious damage to property and contravention of the Explos...
HRC voices alarm over delay in foreigners’ trial
JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission (HRC) yesterday expressed concerns that a case against a group of foreign nationals has been postponed again.

The 270 men, mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, appeared at the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court charged with breaking Sou...
Accident fund decision unlawful: law society
THE Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) yesterday instituted an urgent application to set aside what it calls an “unlawful decision” announced on one week’s notice by the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

According to the society’s communications manager Barbara Whittle, the decision is aimed at stopping ...
Legal profession up in arms
A PRETORIA firm of attorneys will today ask the Pretoria High Court for an urgent interdict to stop the Road Accident Fund (RAF) from making direct payments to thousands of their clients.

A similar application by the Law Society of SA on behalf of the legal profession will be heard in the Cape Hi...
Madisha lashes 'political imbeciles'
The names of "political imbeciles" who kicked out union president Willie Madisha will be revealed when he goes to the Equality Court to fight his dismissal.

He was expelled by the SA Democratic Teachers' Union this week for indirectly criticising ANC president Jacob Zuma before the party's conte...
Concerns over proposed plan on information regulation
The law would exclude the need for judicial authorisation

Members of parliament have raised the alarm over a controversial cabinet proposal that would grant the intelligence minister sole discretion to authorise eavesdropping on foreign communication signals entering, leaving or passing th...
D-Day as top court rules on Zuma cases
The Constitutional Court is due to rule today on the Jacob Zuma cases at the centre of the court's ongoing battle with Judge John Hlophe.

It is understood ANC president Zuma's lawyers were taken by surprise by the last-minute notice and left scrambling to get onto flights to Joburg in time for t...
ANC MPs dismiss drive to save Scorpions
Belief that petitions don't reflect view of majority

No amount of public pressure will save the Scorpions, and only the voters can decide next year if they disagreed with the ANC's decision to disband the doomed elite police unit.

This is the unequivocal message from ANC MPs Maggie Sot...
Concern over proposed restrictions on state secrets
Rights groups say information bill is against the constitution

Government efforts to regulate state secrets have come under fire from rights groups who claim the new proposals are unconstitutional and give the Intelligence Ministry far too much power.

The Protection of Information Bill...
Alexandra festival to highlight SA's diversity
Aim to heal community after xenophobic violence

Alexandra, east of Joburg, is gearing up to erase the recent xenophobic blot on its history through a celebration of South Africa's diversity, with children taking centre stage.

The African Diaspora Forum and the Alexandra Community Polic...
Hemel-en-Aarde hell-hole girls taking it day by day
The two young girls held captive in an underground shelter by Johannes "Hansie" Mowers, during his reign of terror in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, are slowly recovering from their harrowing ordeal.

The pair were held in a cage in the ground between December 2005 and March last year. ...
ANC talks tough ahead of Zuma trial
Party says he is 'persecuted' in bid to deny him SA presidency

With five days till ANC president Jacob Zuma's court appearance, the ruling party's national working committee has reaffirmed its view that he is being "persecuted" in a "political trial".

Zuma is facing corruption charges ...
Court admits Motata note
Scrawled words entered as evidence in trial

A handwritten note made by Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata on the night of his alleged drunk driving incident has been admitted as evidence in court.

Repeated words, spelling mistakes and scrawled handwriting tilt across the page hande...
Domestic worker seeks only 15 years' jail for killing
The domestic worker who masterminded the murder of her widowed boss's new lover wants to be sentenced to just 15 years' jail.

Busisiwe Zodwa Ngema (53) was found guilty, along with Bheki Mahlangu (29) and Lybon Makhubela (29), on charges of murder and two counts of robbery with aggravating circu...
Chinese murder accused trial delayed by interpreter
A Chinese citizen facing four counts of murder has to wait until Monday to know whether his case will go for a retrial.

The accused, Zinlong Bao (31), made an application in the Johannesburg High Court asking it to rule that the interpreter, Stanley May, who was appointed in his trial, did not h...
Judges' absence stalls killing trial
The "unavailability" of judges in the Johannesburg High Court appears to be stalling the trial of Mulalo Sivhidzho, arrested for the murder of her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu.

Netshisaulu, a chartered accountant and son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu, was found burnt beyond recognition i...
My 10-year search for justice
July is the saddest month of the year for Michael Lingwood. It comes to haunt him every year, he says.

For the 11 other months of the year, he has learnt to deal with the pain that rages inside him.

He has learnt to live with scars - made by a surgeon's scalpel - that map his torso and remin...
Action taken on alleged racist varsity attack
The University of Johannesburg has taken serious action against students who allegedly perpetrated a racist attack in one of its male residences.

Two first-year students were woken up early on Tuesday when a fire extinguisher was opened in their room, allegedly by white senior students. This was...
No cosmetic changes for new Ekurhuleni mayor (P 1)
Lentheng "Ntombi" Mekgwe takes some good-natured teasing from her work colleagues because she is wearing makeup.

Ekurhuleni Metro's new executive mayor has been on the go since 6am on Tuesday for an interview with It's meet-the-press week. She confesses to not being a "makeup person" and p...
No cosmetic changes for new Ekurhuleni mayor (P 2)
How she deals with police chief Robert McBride is also going to be carefully monitored.

The SA Municipal Workers' Union has voiced vehement opposition to his continued employment.

A three-week strike over pay by the union featured his axing as a demand.

McBride is currently involved in n...
Scores of foreigners pack court
More than 200 displaced foreigners have made a brief court appearance on charges of contravening the Road Traffic Act and Criminal Procedure Act.

They were arrested on Monday after camping for six days alongside the R28 freeway next to the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

Yesterday, the accused ...
Interpreter not qualified, says murder accused
Court proceedings in the trial of a Chinese citizen facing four counts of murder could start afresh if the interpreter is found unsuitable for work in the high court.

The latest development in the case against Zinlong Bao (31), charged with the murder of four of his relatives, follows his applic...
ConCourt could ‘halt dissolution of Scorpions’
JOHANNESBURG - Although the ANC holds the aces in the dismantling of the Scorpions, the Constitutional Court can halt the process in the case of insufficient public participation.

This is the view of Advocate Kevin Malunga, lecturer at the Wits University Law School. “It is important to note the ...
ANC top brass to back JZ
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC National Working Committee and provincial leaders will rally behind Jacob Zuma during his arms deal case hearing in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

Party spokesman Jessie Duarte told the media the recent broadening of Zuma charges from the previous indictment, including charges...
Motive for ‘hit’ expected
STARLING revelations which could indicate the motive for the “hit” on chartered accountant, Avhatakali Steven Netshisauli, son of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu, are expected to be made today in the Johannesburg High Court.

On trial is the deceased’s wife of a few months, Mulal...
Free our husbands, say refugees
THE wives of foreign nationals detained in police cell around Krugersdorp and Randfontein have demanded the immediate release of their husbands.

The women accused police of acting “improperly” when they took their men away “without telling us”.

The detained men were part of a group of foreigne...
Drunk driving complaint laid against cop
THE independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) yesterday announced it had taken over the case of a police inspector who was involved in an accident and refused medical treatment from a white doctor in Kimberley at the weekend.

Kimberley police spokesman Mashay Gamaldien said the inspector was drivi...
Firearms board’s ‘ignorance’
JUDGE: Don’t rule on guns if you know nothing about them

A PRETORIA judge has said it was unacceptable that no members of the Firearm Licence Appeal Board had specific knowledge of firearms.

Acting Judge Piet Ebersohn overturned a Firearm Appeal Board’s refusal to grant licences to a Rustenbu...
Interdict granted to department
THE PRETORIA high Court has granted the North West Education Department an interdict to effect restraining orders against organisations and individuals behind the boycotting of classes in Khutsong near Carletonville.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, the Department’s spokesman Charles Ras...
Court orders state to help man in Zim land battle
The Pretoria High Court has made a landmark ruling in favour of a Free State farmer who lost his farms and business in Zimbabwe.

Judge Bill Prinsloo found yesterday that Crawford von Abo, of Bothaville, had a right to diplomatic protection from the South African government where his rights were ...
Burglars use MXit to study targets
One of three burglars has been nabbed moments after breaking into a smallholding.

The three, who operate from Vanderbijlpark, are alleged to target their victims through the cellphone messaging service MXit.

Private investigators from Specialised Security Services in Pretoria responded to ca...
Commission rejects Hlophe's request
There was no evidence that Cape Judge President John Hlophe, with his experience and knowledge, could reasonably believe that four Judicial Service commissioners would be biased in the inquiry against him.

This is one of the reasons provided by the Judicial Service Commission yesterday for rejec...
Stratton slams Roger Kebble, denies any role in Brett's death
The Australian businessman wanted in South Africa for the murder of Brett Kebble has launched a scathing attack on the slain magnate's "selfish" father.

Kebble's former business partner, John Stratton (74), believes Roger Kebble is heading a "vicious" campaign against him, to the detriment of hi...
Driver error blamed for daycare horror
A baby was killed and nine others were seriously injured when a car, driven by a child minder, slammed into a room at a daycare centre.

The tragedy unfolded shortly after 3pm yesterday - close to the time when many of the toddlers attending the Oriental Daycare in Pietermaritzburg would have bee...
Oprah girls tell of sex attacks
Fearful 13- and 14-year-olds say matron molested and beat them

Unwanted kisses, inappropriate touching, slaps and kicks - all the details that led to the arrest of a former dormitory matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy have now been revealed.

The trial against Virginia Tiny ...
Chinese murder accused trial poser
Court proceedings in the trial of a Chinese citizen facing four counts of murder could go for a retrial if the interpreter is found unsuitable to work in the High Court.

The latest development in the case against Zinlong Bao (31), charged with the murder of four of his relatives, follows his app...
Trial for slaying of editor's son begins
It has been almost two years since Mulalo Sivhidzho was arrested for allegedly orchestrating the murder of her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu.

The couple had been married for only a few months.

On the night of December 7 2006, motorist Netshisaulu - son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu - ...
Re-instate police narcotics bureau: DA
SOUTH Africa’s apparent inability to clamp down on drug usage and manufacture has been highlighted in the latest United Nations World Drug Report.

According to the report the southern tip of Africa is the continent’s drug capital.

This because, among others, it produces cannabis (dagga) for ex...
Road Accident Fund dragged to court
LAWYERS are taking on the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in the High Court this week in a bid to stop new legislation – due on August 1 – that will remove the right of injured road users to use private health care and to claim proper compensation.

The Law Society and the SA Association of Personal Inju...
He may have killed wife, ‘but don’t give him life’
A CRIMINOLOGIST yesterday told the Pretoria High Court she could not find any motive for Pretoria panel beater Pieter Viljoen to have murdered his pregnant wife seven years ago.

Dr Irma Labuschagne testified that Viljoen had no history of violence, came from a loving ordinary middle-class family ...
Police human resources chief leaving
THE person responsible for human resources at the South African Police Service is leaving.

Deputy National Commissioner Mala Singh will move back into the academic field in November when she takes up the position of executive director of human resources at Unisa.

This ends nine years with the ...
45 ATMs hit this month
JOHANNESBURG - Forty-five automatic teller machines (ATMs) have been blown up countrywide this month alone. Since the beginning of the year 325 ATMs have been bombed.

The bad news for bank clients, whose charges seemingly climb every time an ATM is hit, is that police have only arrested five susp...
Mayor puts issue under microscope
JOHANNESBURG - New Ekurhuleni Mayor Lentheng Mekgwe is studying a report that will determine the future of metro police boss Robert McBride.

This was disclosed by Mekgwe during a wide-ranging interview with the media yesterday.

“There are labour laws of the country which have to be respected,”...
Public rallying behind Scorpions
More than 100 000 South Africans have so far become involved in the battle over the future of the Scorpions - and they want the specialised crime-fighting unit to stay.

The Democratic Alliance yesterday presented parliamentary officials with written public submissions - in defence of the beleagu...
Carbon tax in the offing in climate plan
Measures touted as insurance policy

Plans for an ambitious climate change protection plan - including carbon taxes for companies like Eskom and Sasol, and a commitment to curbing national carbon emissions from 2020 onwards - have been announced.

Environment Minister Marthinus van Schal...
Peaceful refugee removal next to highway
They moved quietly, gathering the few belongings they had and without the violence so many had expected.

At about 4.15pm yesterday, a large contingent of police moved in to remove the around 600 refugees who had been camping alongside the R28 highway next to the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

Fears that SA land reform is going the Zim route
Fears have been expressed that the controversial Expropriation Bill currently in parliament could lead South Africa down the same road as Zimbabwe.

Opposition parties and non-governmental organisations joined hands to oppose the controversial bill at the first of two meetings of the ad-hoc Commi...
Editors resolve to fight moves to muzzle media
Any attempt by the government to control the media would be opposed, the SA National Editors' Forum has said.

In a statement yesterday, Sanef reiterated its firm opposition to any attempt by the government to control the media, such as the statutory media tribunal proposed by the ANC.

The de...
Taliep was broke before murder, Najwa tells court
Musician Taliep Petersen was left penniless shortly before his murder after losing R4-million on two deals, of R2-million each, involving "diamonds" and "a money-making scam".

This is according to his widow Najwa, who is accused of his murder. The mother-of-three was the first witness for the de...
Judge unamused by comedy of mishaps
Alleged airport robbery gang mark time as trial stutters again

In the Lindela Repatriation Centre sits a man who dearly would like to stay in South Africa. In Namibia, another is anxiously waiting for the Department of Home Affairs to grant him a work permit.

Should the two meet, the t...
Cops in dock after shots fired at crowd
The four Ekurhuleni metro police officers accused of shooting at a group of protesters have appeared in the Germiston Magistrate's Court.

The officers briefly appeared yesterday on 20 counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property.

It's alleged th...
Kidnapped baby found dead in veld
Thabang Petersen was born in winter on a Joburg street but will never see summer.

Last week he was snatched from his homeless mother's arms while she slept on a street corner in Fordsburg.

Three days later, his six-week-old body was found in the veld.

Last night his mother, Mary-Ann Pete...
Elusive accused pleads guilty to 28 charges
Johannes "Hansie" Mowers has pleaded guilty to 28 charges, including seven of rape and two of abduction.

He also has agreed to serve a possible life sentence behind bars.

Initially Mowers - on the run for nearly four years before his arrest in March last year - faced 41 charges.

Incessant cough disrupts trial
Two-and-a-half years after her naked body was found in a rubbish heap, the murder trial of Anna-Marie Potgieter - allegedly killed by her lover's employee and friend - has finally begun.

But her family's relief was cut short two hours into the trial during the testimony of the first witness beca...
Cops in dock after crowd shot at
The four Ekurhuleni metro police officers accused of shooting at a group of protesters have appeared in the Germiston Magistrate's Court.

The officers, dressed in their uniforms, briefly appeared yesterday on 20 counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to pro...
Trial of SA's most notorious Houdini has another delay
Court in too much disarray to try Mathe

For months, police investigators have criss-crossed the country tracing Annanias Mathe's victims and getting them ready to testify.

Ahead of the first day of trial, specialised police units held workshops to make sure the "Houdini of C-Max" did n...
No judge available for murder hearing
Mulalo Sivhidzho - the woman accused of orchestrating the murder of her husband, Avhatakali Netshisaulu - has made a nervous appearance inside a cramped Johannesburg High Court.

Sivhidzho (29) was due to stand trial yesterday with alleged accomplices Nthambudzeni Matzhenene (30) and Johannes Rod...
Segway makes crowd control easier, faster
To be updated with cameras linked to control rooms for 2010

It is the latest equipment in security technology that is fun, easy to manoeuvre, is environmentally friendly and can improve response time.

It is called the Segway Personal Transporter (PT), a two-wheel, battery-operated tran...
Judge defends sentence of wife-killer
In an unusual move, a Durban High Court judge repeatedly cautioned that anyone who wanted to criticise his apparent leniency in not sending a 77-year-old wife-killer to jail should first read the transcript of the trial and fully acquaint themselves with the facts of the case.

"A person who does...
Suspect shot dead after roadblock U-turn
A suspect was killed and another wounded after a shootout with police in Marlboro, north of Joburg.

At about 8pm on Friday, police noticed a silver Renault sedan with four occupants making a U-turn away from a roadblock. Police chased the car and found it at the corner of Lillian and Zinian road...
City Power not to blame for losses
Destruction of City Power's electricity cable is up 323% over last year. And the bad news is that residents will have to foot the bill for damage to appliances caused by the power surges as a result of vandalism and theft.

According to City Power, it is responsible only for damage caused by its ...
Children pimped to sell pornographic movies
CHILDREN are being pimped to push pirated movies and pornography on the streets.

Police arrested 33 people in Johannesburg and Alberton over the weekend, of whom six were minors.

They seized R140 000 worth of unclassified pornographic and pirated DVDs in the raids which cost legitimate busines...
Resist ANC attempts to control media – De Lille
THE challenge to media freedom today is about finding a balance between constructive engagement with government and the danger of becoming embedded journalists.

This is the view of Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille, who was speaking at the awards dinner of the SA national Editors’ Fo...
Mamelodi: 3 die violently
THREE men were killed in separate and unrelated incidents in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, at the weekend.

Police Captain Mahlahlane Maheso said a person was killed and another wounded after a man entered a Mamelodi East shebeen and fired random shots at patrons.

In the process, said Maheso, oth...
Zimbabwean dies in robbery
A ZIMBABWEAN immigrant was killed during an armed robbery at the Mabopane fast food outlet north of Pretoria at the weekend.

The incident began when two men entered the outlet pretending to be customers on Saturday at about 9pm.

Police inspector Matthews Nkoadi said the men placed an order.

Flaws in property bill – DA
JOHANNESBURG - The legislative process on the Expropriation Bill is seriously flawed, according to the Democratic Alliance.

Hearings in the provinces have been poorly advertised and organised, in what at times appeared to be a deliberate attempt to restrict public participation in the process.

Boy beats up armed thug
2 held after 8-year-old saves mom from robbers

An 8-year-old has saved the life of his mother after overpowering an armed robber and beating him up.

It is the second time in the past six years that he has saved his mother - as well as his family - from armed robbers.

During the ear...
Inefficient officials must be axed, says Zuma
ANC president Jacob Zuma says lazy government officials must be fired, and ministers must stop treating their departments as traditional chiefdoms.

Without directly criticising President Thabo Mbeki's government, Zuma said that if he became president he would introduce a more effective managemen...
Judge defends sentence of wife-killer
In an unusual move, a Durban High Court judge repeatedly cautioned that anyone who wanted to criticise his apparent leniency in not sending a 77-year-old wife-killer to jail should first read the transcript of the trial and fully acquaint themselves with the facts of the case.

"A person who does...
Najwa testimony surprises expected
The lawyers for murder accused Najwa Petersen could have some surprises in store when she takes the stand in the Cape High Court.

While it emerged last week that Petersen would testify today and that her son, Achmat Gamieldien, as well as forensic pathologist Leon Wagner, a ballistics expert and...
Now asylum-seekers face new threat
Arrests on cards today as government drags its feet

Xenophobia refugees outside the Lindela Repatriation Centre on the West Rand faced arrest today for breaking the law by camping next to a highway.

This is despite an interim solution suggested by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) which...
Naidoo is evil personified, says the community
Brother and sister Hardus and Nicolette Lotter weren't the only ones under Mathew Naidoo's spell.

Naidoo, alleged to be the leader of a religious cult, had many other "followers", say residents of Durban's Phoenix suburb, who called him the "product of some evil force".

Police sources confir...
'Baby born on tar'
Incensed minister lashes out at roguegrants agency

The Social Security Agency (Sassa) - which pays out R5.5-billion a month to more than 25% of all South Africans - is being investigated for rank mismanagement. This comes four months after the department extended a three-year deployment of...
Pretty penny for Hlophe court battles
And it will be taxpayers who foot the bill. Angela Quintal reports

As the country's top justices battle it out in the Judicial Service Commission and now the Johannesburg High Court, it is the taxpayers, and not the warring judges, who will foot the multimillion-rand bill for the impressiv...
Pretoria scrambles to house victims
Four days on, and destitute Kruger Park residents are still salvaging their belongings from their acrid-smelling flats.

Tuesday started out with the eviction of 38 tenants at Schubart Park flats in Pretoria's city centre, but the day ended with five people dead, including a toddler, and more tha...
Chop-shop raided after tipoff
Pretoria police have smashed a suspected city chop-shop and recovered hundreds of thousands of rands worth of cars and vehicle parts.

The seizures came after police from the Pretoria Flying Squad yesterday received a tipoff about a suspected chop-shop being operated near the Saulsville train sta...
'We killed our parents'
Son, daughter, and boyfriendadmit to double slayings

Faced with numerous death threats, concerned parents Johan and Magdelena "Riekie" Lotter feared only for their children's safety. The Durban couple were so concerned, they hired private investigator Brad Nathanson to investigate. But las...
It's none of your business, says Sars
The SA Revenue Service is reluctant to say if it is investigating millionaire metro police constable Sbu Mpisane after it was discovered he owned a multimillion-rand mansion in La Lucia while earning a constable's salary.

The house, estimated to be worth more than R12-million, led to calls from ...
'No plan, so move impossible'
Inadequate planning by the government looks set to derail its own efforts to reintegrate victims of xenophobic attacks back into communities living in informal settlements and townships in Gauteng.

This emerged this week as the two-month deadline for reintegration drew closer, with officials at ...
Woman blames pesticides for illness
A Limpopo occupational therapist claims her exposure to a restricted pesticide, allegedly sprayed by a pest control company in the school building where she worked, has left her severely ill.

Annalie Botha, a 34-year-old mother-of-two, was forced to give up her job at Groblersdal Primary School ...
Through the hurt barrier
Susan Hurter was 76km into the 160km Washie ultra-marathon from Port Alfred to East London, when she was attacked last Saturday.

The petite 46-year-old Pretoria registrar of deeds and ultra-marathon runner, who won the race the year before, was running in the early hours of Saturday morning, whe...
Home Affairs accused of heavy-handedness
The Gauteng provincial government this week removed hundreds of xenophobia refugees from the Glenanda camp when they refused to apply for temporary identification cards.

"They'll be kicked out of the shelter and then they'll see for themselves," said Gauteng government spokesperson Thabo Masebe....
An old bus becomes a school of hope for xenophobia refugees
It was nothing more than a ramshackle bus. But for Patson Madzimure and his team of six volunteer teachers, it has become a place of "hope for the hopeless".

For the past two months, the double-decker, abandoned near the perfunctory fence that encloses the Rand Airport refugee camp near Germisto...
Overcrowding and bad food taking toll
A handful of cases of pneumonia and respiratory infections at refugee camps across Gauteng have underlined the health risks there.

Health practitioners are confident the situation is under control, but concerned that overcrowding may pose a threat in the long run.

"It's a risky situation bec...
Judges mince no words in rebuking the department
Some of the descriptive words and phrases used by South Africa's judges during litigation against the immigration and asylum procedures of the Department of Home Affairs are very revealing. They include "shameful", "horrifying", "dysfunctional", "unconstitutional", "unlawful", "hypocritical nonsense...
Counsel in ConCourt case 'must be equal'
"Inequality of arms" should be avoided if at all possible, says the country's top judge, when it comes to the formidable legal teams squaring up in the battle between the Constitutional Court and Judge President John Hlophe.

In a July 16 letter to Judicial Service Commission secretary Vuyelwa Mas...
Nod for Motata recordings
The five digital audio recordings of Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata's alleged drunken ramblings are acceptable evidence.

Joburg magistrate Desmond Nair ruled yesterday that the recordings would be accepted.

Judge Motata, who crashed his Jaguar into Hurlingham resident Richard Baird's...
Gauteng hate victims yet to see justice
More than two months after arrests, no special courts have been set up. Candice Bailey reports

More than two months after the first arrests were made for xenophobic attacks in Gauteng, none of the cases have been finalised or completed.

And after widespread media reports that specialis...
No heads rolling yet over metro police blockade
When Cape Town's metro police officers blocked a major highway and protested against pay disparity last year, they were identified from recorded footage and 87 officers were suspended.

But when Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) officers caused as much chaos on the M2 highway - blockadi...
Mbeki under fire for role in arms deal
But ANC says task team has not produced document on issue

President Thabo Mbeki has come under fire for his role in South Africa's controversial arms deal … from his own party.

But advisers to an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) arms deal task team have been far less harsh on ANC...
Bullets rip woman police reservist's mouth, legs
As Inspector Joyce Mofokeng recovers in hospital after having her mouth and legs shattered by ATM bombers' bullets, her colleagues are combing the scene of two more ATM bombings.

During the early hours of this morning, two Absa ATM machines were blown up and an undisclosed amount of money taken....
Officers seriously injured
TWO police officers were seriously injured when they were shot at the scene of an ATM bombing in Mofolo, Soweto, in the early hours of yesterday.

Captain Mpande Khoza said at about 1.30am seven armed men entered a Sasol garage and ordered the staff to lie down.

“After placing explosives on the...
Cop ‘shot dumped his lover’
A POLICE Superintendent will appear in court today after he allegedly assaulted and shot his girlfriend in Tembisa, Johannesburg.

Captain Manyadza Ralidzvhivda said the suspect’s girlfriend was visiting a friend near her home in Tembisa when she saw a missed call on her cellphone from her boyfrie...
Our leader or death – ANCYL
JOHANNESBURG - ANC Youth League (ANCYL) President Julius Malema and leaders of various ANC-aligned organisations, said yesterday that “only death” can stop them from ensuring that Jacob Zuma becomes the country’s next President in 2009.

Jacob Zuma’s allies were speaking ahead of Zuma’s hearing, w...
NIA blackout on Document X
JOANNESBURG - Young Communist League secretary-general Buti Manamela yesterday made damning public allegations against the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Manamela told a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday that he had a document at hand to prove his allegations.

The Citizen has learn...
Hlophe petition mystery
JOHANNESBURG - A blanket of silence has been thrown over the August 7 pre- emptive urgent Johannesburg High Court application said to have been made by legal representatives for Cape Judge President, John Hlophe, for a “declaratory order” and an “interim interdict”.

Reliable information is that a...
Professor leads flats fire probe
JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane Metro Council yesterday defended the appointment of Unisa professor David Mosoma to lead the independent task team appointed to investigate the Kruger Park flats fire in Pretoria this week.

Mosoma’s appointment as a head of the task team was questioned after the Memoran...
Gauteng gets new traffic unit
JOHANNESBURG - A new provincial force, the Gauteng Traffic Police, was launched in Pretoria yesterday.

The unit will also be active in fighting crime.

Gauteng safety MEC Firoz Cachalia also unveiled a fleet of 137 vehicles which traffic police will use to make provincial roads unsafe for crimi...
Mbeki will abide by judge's ruling on bid to save elite unit
President Thabo Mbeki has backed out of opposing a Joburg businessman's legal bid to save the Scorpions - for the second time.

Lawyers for Mbeki yesterday indicated that the would not get involved in Hugh Glenister's Constitutional Court attempt to stop the government from processing legislation ...
Mom wants to join other displacees
A young Congolese woman among displacees stranded in no-man's-land outside Randfontein has given birth to a baby boy.

Janine Muke, who speaks French and Lingala, gave birth to Bidad on Tuesday at the nearby Leratong Hospital, she said through an interpreter.

The mother, who returned to the c...
Cameraman's equipment, valuable footage stolen
Eight tapes filled with priceless images - and now they are gone.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, car thieves broke into cameraman Rob Wilson's car in Parkmore, Sandton.

They made off with camera equipment, but more importantly eight tapes that contained footage from a trip to Rwand...
Stratton may win right to be heard in extradition case
South Africa's highest court has given alleged Fidentia mastermind Steven Goodwin the right to be heard in a landmark extradition case - but refused that same right to Brett Kebble's alleged murder mastermind.

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that Goodwin, who is currently languishing...
Not sober as a judge anymore - Malema
Jacob Zuma's supporters have savaged the judiciary, calling into question the integrity of judges.

They claim there is a sinister plot to keep Zuma from becoming the country's next president.

"We want to make it clear that as long as judges want to discuss political issues in shebeens and ni...
ANC arms deal bombshell
NEC task team questions Mbeki in explosive report
In an explosive report by an ANC task team, President Thabo Mbeki has come under fire for his role in South Africa's controversial arms deal.

But advisers to an ANC national executive committee (NEC) arms deal task team have been far less...
Cop dies at alleged brothel
A Pretoria police officer dropped dead in a suspected brothel while "hard at work".

Captain Sello Molofo (47), who lived in Sunnyside, with his wife, died yesterday after allegedly complaining of feeling ill.

Molofo, who is believed to have told his wife he was working night shift, was stati...
Zuma lacks evidence in Scorpions battle
ANC president goes to court over political conspiracy claims

ANC president Jacob Zuma wants the Scorpions to pay for slamming his political conspiracy accusations against the state as "unfounded, scandalous, vexatious and often irrelevant".

But, in an affidavit before the Pietermaritzb...
Hlophe again takes aim at chief justice
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe knows he is treading on "uncharted territory", but has told the Johannesburg High Court he has "no choice" but to ask it for relief against what he believes is the unconstitutional conduct of the country's top justices, including Chief Justice Pius Langa.

Stratton may win right to be heard in extradition case
South Africa's highest court has given alleged Fidentia mastermind Steven Goodwin the right to be heard in a landmark extradition case - but refused that same right to Brett Kebble's alleged murder mastermind.

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that Goodwin, who is currently languishing...
Truant lawyer holds up bail ruling
The ruling in the bail application of the man suspected of shooting and killing Phelisa Mkhuma has been delayed because his lawyer did not appear in court.

This was not the first time that the case could not proceed because of Owen Khumalo's unavailability. Before his client's bail application c...
Deputy mayor's murder accused wants to reveal all
Businesswoman Florence "Sdudla" Lukhele, the alleged mastermind in the assassination of Govan Mbeki deputy mayor Thandi Mtsweni, "desperately" wants to confess.

"I want to make another confession," said Lukhele yesterday, moments after Evander Magistrate Danie Senekal referred her case to the Se...
Disgraced paramedics win appeal
Ban on pair who abandoned 'dirty' homeless man reversed

Two paramedics who left a 57-year-old homeless man to die because he was too dirty may soon be back at work.

The names of Adriaan Craukamp and Johan Erasmus were erased from the register of the Emergency Care Professions Board in ...
Bloody week as ATM bombings soar past 320
ATM bombers have taken their hunt for cash to new levels, wounding three police officers and a security guard in one of the bloodiest weeks since the attacks began.

The latest victim, shot in Soweto yesterday morning, is 27-year-old police reservist Inspector Joyce Mofokeng.

At least five AT...
HRC let Vavi ‘off the hook’
THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its dismay at the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for “letting Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi off the hook”.

This after the SAHRC accepted Vavi’s explanation for the context in which he used the “prepared to shoot to kill for ANC president J...
Tshwane orders flat blaze probe
MANAGERS: Under spotlight

AN independent task team has been set up to investigate the Tshwane Metro Council decision to evict residents from two council-owned blocks of flats.

The evictions ended after one block caught fire, killing six.

Earlier the security group said that the Red Ants ha...
Nqakula in R1,2m damages claim
THE family of an air services company man, who was shot dead by a deranged employee in front of a policeman three years ago, has instituted a R1,2million damages claim against Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula.

The claim by 56-year-old Mrs Rucille Botha and her son Ruan, 24, of Boksbur...
Judgment in murder trial starts
JUDGEMENT started yesterday in the Pretoria High Court trial of two Chinese businessmen accused of murdering a Chinese couple and their daughters four years ago.

Judge Khami Makahfola summed up most of the evidence presented during the three-year-long trial, but will only draw conclusions tomorr...
Cops and soldiers arrested
Detectives on Tuesday arrested a SA Police Service explosives unit officer, two other police officers and two Defence Force soldiers in connection with an ATM bombing in the Vaal Rand area.

Police Superintendent Eugene Opperman said a special investigation team and detectives from the Vaal Rand S...
Drugs, booze… kill millions
THE World Drug Report, released in South Africa yesterday, reports that tobacco kills at least five million people a year, alcohol about 2,5 million, and illicit drugs about 200 000 people a year worldwide.

Released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the report sounds an alarm about the “very, ...
Zim refugees slam SA govt for ‘unfair’ treatment
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe Refugees Forum (ZRF) has censured the South African government over its treatment of xenophobic attack victims.

To make matters worse, ZRF says the government’s “excuse” that the victims refused to register for six-month refugee status “stinks”.

But a spokesman for for...
Doctor pays price for allegedly slapping child
A South African doctor has paid dearly for allegedly slapping an autistic Irish child in front of his horrified grandmother.

Dr Beyers Oosthuizen, who was accused of slapping a 5-year-old patient on the arm after he touched the doctor's computer, agreed to pay the boy's family a £7 500 (about R1...
'God's messenger' told them to kill
Durban brother and sister Hardus and Nicolette Lotter, who have made a brief court appearance charged with the murder of their parents, had apparently belonged to a religious sect.

They had been influenced by Nicolette's boyfriend and co-accused Mathew Naidoo, who claimed he was "God's messenger...
Foreigners stranded near Lindela
Hundreds of foreigners have reportedly been stranded without shelter, food and water next to a filling station - a stone's throw away from the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

The group - which included women and children - were part of a contingent of more than 700 displacees taken from Joburg's Gl...
Hlophe launches new attack in JSC saga
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has dropped yet another bombshell in his battle against the country's Constitutional Court justices, and has now sought relief from the Johannesburg High Court.

Yesterday, Judge Hlophe's attorney quietly filed an application for a declaratory order, askin...
Cops nabbed for ATM bombing
As the war against ATM bombers raged in the streets this week, police detectives arrested two of their own officers and a soldier for allegedly being involved in the attacks.

The officers, one of whom is with the police's explosives unit, were due to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court ...
Court revives judge's child sex case
Three South African judges have revived the child rape and abduction case against Namibia's former judge president.

South African Appeal Court judges Piet Streicher, Kenneth Mthiyane and Fritz Brand, who are also acting judges in Namibia's Supreme Court, have granted Namibian prosecutors the rig...
Plucked from jaws of hell
Pregnant woman tells of being saved from tiny ledge on 31st floor

'I thought I was dying. I thought that I was going to burn to death." These were the words of terrified seven-months-pregnant Nokuthula Ntshangase, who was rescued from a window ledge in Pretoria, yesterday.

Ntshangase, ...
Refugee camp numbers dropping
Just under 4 000 people are left in refugee camps across Gauteng, the provincial government estimates.

An official count was due to take place today, said spokesperson Thabo Masebe, while a final deadline for breaking down the centres would be decided within days.

Almost two months have pass...
Stop, thief!

Some Joburg inner-city construction workers have briefly downed tools, but not because of the strike.

Having heard the calls of a woman who had been mugged, the workers joined the chase and caught one of the two men who had grabbed the woman's handbag.

The workers then beat him up, with on...
Firm seeks to block SABC-Sony deal
R383m World Cup contract under scrutiny

The SABC board has given digital broadcasting rights for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to a multinational foreign company, to the detriment of a locally based black-owned company which won the initial bid.

According to papers before the Johannesburg Hi...
‘You’ll pay for injustice’
OFFICIALS: Damages warning from another judge

A SECOND PRETORIA high Court judge has warned that state officials who do not do their job are going to be held personally liable.

Judge Ferdi Preller made the remark yesterday during applications by three Pretoria Central prisoners, who are seeki...
Evictions put on hold at urgent court hearing
THE deaths at the Kruger Park flats yesterday were on the hands of Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa, angry residents said yesterday.

A member of the Schubart and Kruger Park Residents’ Committee, Ronnie Mahlangu, said the mayor’s steadfast refusal to take their grievances about the slum conditions in...
Two to be charged for murder of parents
TWO of the adult children of German industrialist Johan Lotter and his wife Riekie will appear in court today charged with the murder of their parents on Sunday afternoon. Joining them in the dock will be the 26-year-old daughter’s boyfriend.

All three have confessed to police “but have not yet ...
ATM bombing foiled
A CASE of malicious damage to property has been opened after police foiled an ATM bombing in Wynberg, Johannesburg yesterday.

Johannesburg Police inspector Moses Maphakela said police spotted 10 men attempting to blow up two ATMs at around 1.30am. The suspects ran away.

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Power lines probe
STAKEHOLDERS with environmental concerns about the impact of overhead power lines to link the Bravo power station to the national grid will have their say.

Objections or areas of concern will be studied in the environmental impact report (EIR) being undertaken by Zithole Consulting.

Meetings h...
Constitution ‘under threat‘
JOHANNESBURG - Barely 14 years into democracy the country’s Constitution is under serious threat, according to Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille.

“An ambitious and influential group within the ruling party is preparing for power by any means necessary and it is prepared to undermine the spir...
‘Put aside differences’
Zimbabwe opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has urged his fellow signatories, President Robert Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara of the MDC faction, to join him in putting aside their differences.

He said this after signing a memorandum of understanding with Mugabe and Mutambara committing to dialogu...
Fight to save foreigner camps
JOHANNESBURG - LAWYERS for Human Rights (LHR) will fight a bid by the Gauteng government to demolish temporary shelters set up to house victims of xenophobic attacks across the province.

The provincial government announced yesterday that the shelters will be destroyed by the end of the week with ...
Case of the sleeping policemen
JOHANNESBURG - Durban police have arrested two of the three men who robbed provincial Premier S’bu Ndebele’s official residence earlier this year.

They know the remaining member of the gang, who is believed to be on the run in the Transkei.

The robbery, which took place on May 8, was initial...
Asset Forfeiture Unit grabs 'drug lab' without any fuss
State says property was distribution point for international syndicate

Accused multimillion- rand hashish trafficker Dimitrio Paparas did not put up a fight when the state permanently confiscated his alleged "drug laboratory" smallholding.

The elderly and ailing father of alleged drugl...
Fatal plunge to flee inferno
Air force and police helicopters pluck 14 from burning building

Early yesterday the evictions began. Six hours later, six people had died - at the block of flats across the street. Two plummeted 23 floors to their death and four others perished in an inferno.

The Red Ants had begun evi...
NIA gags Business Day over document
Business Day has been ordered by the Johannesburg High Court not to publish extracts from a classified document belonging to the National Intelligence Agency.

Yesterday, the High Court ordered that the financial newspaper had to return the document, simply referred to as "Document X".

Judge ...
Extradition in Kebble murder case challenged
Australian businessman John Stratton believes the Scorpions' bid to extradite him for mining magnate Brett Kebble's murder is imminent.

And the 74-year-old wants South Africa's highest court to help him stop the crime unit's plan in its tracks.

Stratton's legal team has filed an application ...
Emotions high as Narandas gets bail
Emotions high as Narandas gets bail
July 23, 2008 Edition 2

Thandi Skade

Broad smiles, emotional hugs and tears greeted Rajiv Narandas's freedom on R5 000 bail.

Narandas - the son of wealthy Durban businessman Krish and socialite Rosanne - appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Cou...
Calls for Judge Hlophe hearing to be public
South Africa's major newspapers have presented a united appeal for the Constitutional Court's battle with Cape Judge President John Hlophe to be heard in public.

Independent Newspapers, Avusa Limited and Mail & Guardian Limited yesterday made a joint 29-page submission to the Judicial Service Co...
Metro cop guilty of killing girlfriend
A metro police officer who shot and killed his lover has been found guilty.

Acting Judge Nathan Jacobs ruled yesterday that Superintendent Oupa Oliphant Lethebe (45) had shot and killed Jubrel Mamotsiri Tladi with the direct intent to murder her.

The finding, in the Johannesburg High Court, ...
'We have been treated very badly here'
Cops on hand as bitter refugees leave Joburg camp peacefully

The woman and child peering through the window of a bus had a haunted look that said more about their utter hopelessness than any words.

They gave the place that had been their home for the past few weeks a last look before h...
Glenanda refugees quietly quit camp
Although not happy, about half register as asylum-seekers

The heavily armed police, dressed in full riot gear, came prepared for a fight.

From early yesterday, scores of Joburg metro police and their SA Police Service counterparts arrived at the Glenanda refugee camp in Southern Joburg...
Magistrate to rule on judge's 'drunk ranting' evidence
Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata will have to wait until Friday to hear whether or not the recordings of his alleged drunken rantings will be accepted as evidence in his drunk-driving trial.

The final words of a trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of the recordings were hear...
Bid to save Scorpions now heads to ConCourt
JOHANNESBURG - It’s all systems go as businessman Hugh Glenister takes his bid to save the Scorpions (Directorate of Special Operations, or DSO) to the Constitutional Court next month.

The Constitutional Court will hear Glenister’s application on August 20 for leave to appeal the Pretoria High Co...
Manuel to stay put at bank
FINANCE Minister Trevor Manuel will stay in the driving seat of the Land Bank until the troubled bank is back on its feet.

The National Treasury gave this assurance yesterday amid reports suggesting that some bank board members were not happy with the idea of Manuel being in charge.

Manuel hel...
Murder of developer: wife and father-in-law arrested
THE wife and father-in-law of the property developer whose body was found at the weekend buried in a shallow grave, have been arrested by police.

The badly decomposed body of Wayne Bruton, 29, was found in Seshego, outside Polokwane, almost a month after his disappearance was reported.

Sanet B...
Robbers on the run
SEVEN members of a gang of 25 who fled after robbing a Pick’n Pay supermarket in Boksburg on Sunday are still on the run.

Police said the armed men entered the Vosloorus shop at 6.30pm and held up staff and customers. Officers nabbed 18 suspects and they will appear in the Vosloorus Magistrate’s...
Armed robbers nabbed
TWO armed robbers have been arrested following a robbery at a fast-food outlet in Springs, police said yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Johannes Ramphora said the suspects held up the owner and his wife at gunpoint after placing an order for a packet of chips. They then demanded money and als...
2 arrested fore rape
TWO men were arrested yesterday for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl on two separate occasions in Germiston.

Germiston police spokesman Captain Mega Ndobe said two men aged 24 and 28 were arrested at Sonoabo informal settlement where the girl had been held captive since Saturday.

“She was ...
Poverty ‘no reason to kill foreigners’
JOHANNESBURG - Poverty, unemployment or lack of service delivery is not a valid reason for xenophobic violence and tension, said Brigalia Bam Chairman of the South African Women In Dialogue (Sawid) yesterday.

Bam was speaking on the first day of a three-day conference being held in Alexandra and ...
ANC, allies condemn Zanu-PF
JOHANNESBURG - Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF has betrayed its liberation-movement values by waging a campaign of violence against its political foes, says the Gauteng ANC and its alliance partners.

In a statement released yesterday by the ANC, Cosatu, the SACP and Sanco, the parties accuse Zanu-PF of u...
Drink judge video ‘authentic’
JOHANNESBURG - The prosecuting advocate in the Judge Nkola Motata case yesterday said it was not often in drunk driving cases that a trial had “such a unique opportunity” to admit as evidence audio and video clips of the accused’s speech at the time of the alleged offence.

Advocate Zaais van Zyl ...
Zuma in bid to iron out ANC problems
ANC president Jacob Zuma has visited the troubled North West in a bid to solve party problems that include divisions and infighting in the province.

Zuma and some members of the party's national working committee spent the day in closed-door meetings with the recently elected provincial party le...
Extradition in Kebble murder case challenged
Australian businessman John Stratton believes the Scorpions' bid to extradite him for mining magnate Brett Kebble's murder is imminent.

And the 74-year-old wants South Africa's highest court to help him stop the crime unit's plan in its tracks.

Stratton's legal team has filed an application ...
McBride's defence might play for time
Robert McBride's drunk driving case could be postponed because the defence first wants the Pretoria High Court to hear his application in which he seeks access to several criminal dockets where he might be a suspect.

Prosecutor Christo Roberts said yesterday that the state was ready to proceed w...
Recordings of judge after crash 'made by liar'
The man who recorded Judge Nkola Motata's alleged rantings has been described as unreliable and a liar who had an axe to grind with the judge.

According to Judge Motata's defence counsel, advocate Danie Dorfling, Richard Baird - whose garden wall the judge crashed into and who also made the reco...
Council accused of neglecting theft of manhole covers
When The Star arrived in Ramaphosa Extension 5 yesterday morning, the manhole Delano Goelman had fallen into on Sunday was covered.

But by 2pm, the cover had apparently fallen into the hole and the rushing water could be seen.

Less than 40 metres away was another manhole with an opening in t...
'Mob ignored my screams not to kill my husband'
Xenophobic violence returns to Ekurhuleni after Mozambican thought it was safe to go back

For more than a month, Francisco Nobunga took refuge at his workplace to escape the xenophobic attacks at Ramaphosa informal settlement on the East Rand - leaving behind his beloved wife of 11 years. ...
Boy found 37km away after plunge
Death of 3-year-old brought policemen to tears

As 3-year-old Delano Goelman's tiny body was retrieved at the sewerage works, emergency service workers and police broke out in tears.

The toddler was playing with his friends on Sunday when he fell into an uncovered manhole at Ramaphosa E...
Anti-drug drive aimed at pupils
Bereft parents launch campaign after death of daughter at party

'If I had one day's knowledge like I have now, it would have been so different."

These were Subeth Kriel's words spoken hours after the launch of the Lezaan Kriel Anti-drug Forum (LK-ADF) - an educational tool to create aw...
Alexandra women revive tolerant culture through dialogue
Alexandra township is historically known as a multi-cultural settlement that has in the past peacefully housed foreigners and a variety of different ethnic groups.

But in order to begin to instil peace and reconciliation in the area following the recent xenophobia attacks, South Africans need to...
Gem theft accused fingers cops
One of the men accused of stealing diamonds and jewellery valued at R14-million has claimed police forced him to sign a statement incriminating himself and three others.

Petrus Maheso (34), one of the four security guards arrested in connection with the theft from Art Ash Company, told the Johan...
State-of-the-art trailers to boost safety on roads
Joburg metro police have acquired new state-of-the-art trailers that will, among other things, enable motorists to pay their fines on the spot.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said they had invested more than R60 000 on each of the six trailers, which they would use to increase roadblocks on ...
Angry refugees refuse to sign temporary asylum cards
The deadline to register for temporary asylum cards has ended but the majority of the victims of xenophobic violence being housed at the Glenanda temporary shelter have refused to sign up for it.

Now, their future hangs in the balance as the government was today due to deport anyone who does not...
Telkom losing battle as cable thieves become more daring
Telkom has stopped supplying phones in areas where there are constant cable thefts, much to the frustration of residents who now have to cope without landlines.

Pat de Luca, who lives on a smallholding in Honeydew, north-west of Joburg, has been having problems with breakdowns for the past two y...
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