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Ex-lover 'shot while trying to grab gun'
Tebogo Robert Kgaladi wants the Johannesburg High Court to believe his version of events instead of his defence lawyers'.

On Monday, Kgaladi (38), of Naledi, Soweto, through his lawyer, advocate Anton Lerm, claimed temporary insanity, saying he did not remember ever firing the shots that wounded...
Heist video contested in court
The electronic surveillance footage of South Africa's biggest bank robbery is a bone of contention in the Johannesburg High Court.

Two days after the R46-million robbery, First National Bank got an electronic surveillance expert to download the footage of the daring heist.

The footage is exp...
Shaik stripped of R33m in assets
Schabir 'paid Zuma to intervene, and gained benefits'

Schabir Shaik will be stripped of the R33-million in assets he received because of his corrupt relationship with ANC President Jacob Zuma, following a unanimous ruling from SA's highest court this morning.

Speaking on behalf of all ...
Bomb scare at Luthuli House
A bomb scare at Luthuli House this morning led to the evacuation of the ANC headquarters in Sauer Street, central Johannesburg, this morning.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said a security guard attached to the ANC received a call at about 7.40am today informing ...
Eskom 25 000 skilled people short – union
APART from its lack of ability to generate sufficient power, the other major problem facing Eskom is a skills shortage that is fast reaching the same crisis level.

Last year the government utility lost almost 350 engineers and artisans at a time when it should be looking at retaining skills, the ...
Refugees refuse SA food
CAMP CHAOS: Somalians embark on hunger strike

CHAOS erupted yesterday at the refugee camp set up in Pretoria North, when a group of foreigners embarked on a hunger strike against South African food dished up for them by local aid officials.

A group of about 1 500 displaced foreigners, followi...
Shaik awaits assets ruling
SCHABIR Shaik will hear today whether or not he will be able to get his assets back.

The Constitutional Court will rule on the assets of Shaik and the 10 companies of the Nkobi Group.

In May 2007 the Constitutional Court heard an application for leave to appeal against the convictions and sent...
I saw metro officer shot, witness tells court
THEY walked to where the two metro policemen were manning the speedtrap. It was only a short distance from where they lived – and soon one of the policemen lay dead.

This was evidence in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday where Kwenzakwenduna Khathi is on trial for the murder of metro policem...
Security beefed up at Zoo Lake
ZOO Lake in Johannesburg has been made safer by the introduction of Zoo Lake Security and Information Centre.

Crime has been rife in the park.

Officially opened yesterday, the center is the brainchild of Johannesburg City Parks and Lucy Taylor, of the Zoo Lake Users’ Committee, who worked to e...
‘I was not at the Danelle death scene’
KEEPING his eyes averted from the parents of murdered five-year-old Danelle Esterhuizen, the accused claimed yesterday he made a statement placing himself at the scene of the crime after a police assault.

David Ngomane said he was in fact at a street party in Power Park, Soweto – far from the mur...
Police probe lion killing
POLICE are investigating how the gates to a lion enclosure on a North West farm were left open on Tuesday morning, allowing six of the animals to attack and devour a worker who was giving them water.

North West police spokesman identified the worker as David Molwane, 49.

He had apparently work...
Waterkloof Four are set for prison
THE Waterkloof Four have almost reached the end of the road, and might have to go to jail within the next month or two if their petition to the Appeal Court for leave to appeal against their conviction and 12-year prison sentences fails.

Pretoria High Court Judges Willie Seriti and Piet Ebersohn ...
Strike shooting claim by union
POLICE allegedly fired rubber bullets at striking municipal workers in Boksburg yesterday, while in Eden Park’s main street strikers brought traffic to a halt by dumping rubbish bins.

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), with 7 000 members on strike on the East Rand since Tuesday, claimed th...
Sued over alleged race insult
A CLERK at the State Attorney’s office in Pretoria has instituted a R153 000 damages claim against a librarian after she allegedly threw hot water on him, and called him racially offensive names.

Symon Luvhimbi, a senior administrative clerk with the Department of justice, claimed in papers befor...
Extra security for Zim run-off
JOHANNESBURG - With only four weeks left before the presidential run-off election, the Zimbabwe opposition has called for peace keepers and election monitors to be deployed from June 1.

Tendai Biti, secretary-general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) this week welcomed the move by the S...
Corrupt Housing Department begs for even bigger budget
Minister hoping to recover R6m in debt from culprits

More than 31 000 potentially corrupt housing transactions, costing the taxpayer millions of rands, have been unearthed in a department whose minister has begged the government for billions more to help house the nation.

Housing Minis...
Agency, not MPs, defrauded parliament
None of the MPs still listed as involved in the Travelgate scam are going to pay any money back to parliament, because they don't owe the institution a cent.

The legal adviser to parliament, Anthea Gordon, made it clear yesterday that the more than 100 MPs - including some ministers - who collec...
Sheldean accused closes his case
Judge may deliver verdict on Jordaan on Tuesday

The man standing trial for the murder and rape of 7-year-old Sheldean Human has closed his case in the Pretoria High Court without calling any witnesses.

Andrew Jordaan's counsel had indicated they were planning to call a witness to testi...
Fleeing duo held in bushes
Joburg police officers have arrested a man and a female passenger after a car chase on the busy N1 highway, causing a traffic jam.

Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said one of his officers spotted a stolen silver BMW trying to make a duck through the traffic at...
Glenister taking Scorpions' case to highest court
Judge Willie van der Merwe is adamant that Joburg businessman Hugh Glenister's court bid to save the Scorpions involves "crucial and important political matters" - but says he does not have the power to decide them.

The judge said he could not interfere with the government's processing of legisl...
Bitter Somalis attack others
Terrified parents try to protect and feed children amid violent threats

Fighting erupted in a refugee camp outside Pretoria as groups of Somalis attacked those seeking medical assistance, food and water for women and children.

The clashes, which Tshwane officials claim are being used t...
Forcing Mbeki to go now would destabilise country, says Cosatu
Cosatu says it is too late to force President Thabo Mbeki to quit, but the ANC must rein him in.

Cosatu has previously joined the SA Communist Party and other ANC-aligned hardliners in blasting Mbeki's leadership and calling for his removal.

But following the federation's three-day central e...
Civil society slams Eskom tariff hike
ncrease will be a disaster for elderly citizens'

Several organisations have united to reject Eskom's proposed 53% tariff hike, saying it will devastate the economy and the poor.

The organisations were making submissions on the Eskom crisis during the second day of public hearings by th...
Scorpions' champion loses fight
Pretoria High Court Judge Willem van der Merwe says he cannot stop the Scorpions being killed, and has iced a Joburg businessman's bid to keep the unit going.

After repeatedly being warned by justice and police bosses not to "interfere" in the planned "restructuring" of the Scorpions, Judge Van ...
Thousands of rands pour into our Operation ReachOut, as Vodacom pledges R400 000
The Star's Operation ReachOut project has exceeded R1-million - thanks to a huge donation from cellphone giant Vodacom.

Vodacom yesterday gave the project R400 000. It also added an extra R100 000, which it gave separately to the Salvation Army.

Launched on Tuesday, Operation ReachOut was se...
Here she is - Amanda smiles again
Running frantically from the police, 3-year-old Amanda Romani fell and gashed her head.

She had been caught up in the xenophobic violence last week at Kya Sand in Randburg.

Little Amanda's injured and fearful face has become a symbol of the innocent victims, both foreign and local, of mayhem t...
Father, son in court for assault
Samuel Marumoloa (58) still walks around with a plaster on his arm, which reminds him of the attack on Workers' Day, May 1.

He was allegedly assaulted by two white men, until his arm and ribs were broken. Marumoloa and his fellow 58-year-old victim, James Mpete, worked as labourers at a neighbou...
Disaster option mooted
Gauteng may be declared a disaster area because of the fallout from the xenophobic violence.

"It hasn't been declared, but there might be an intention to do so," the spokesperson for the Gauteng premier's office, Thabo Masebe, said.

The provincial government executive met yesterday to discus...
Illegal OR Tambo operators held
Police have arrested 42 cab drivers for operating without permits at OR Tambo International Airport - a move hailed by some as likely to curb crimes against tourists.

When officers asked one driver to produce documents showing he had certification from the Airports Company South Africa to operat...
Accused linked to killing of Soweto officer
Murder accused Tebogo Robert Kgaladi has been pointed out in the Johannesburg High Court as one of killers of a Soweto police officer.

Paulinah Bushy Serekwane, who lived in the same street as the accused and knew his family well, identified Kgaladi (38), of Naledi, Soweto yesterday.

George ...
Xenophobia: ‘leaders to blame’
ACADEMIC: Mandela, Mbeki responsible for orgy of violence

PRESIDENT THABO Mbeki and his predecessor, Nelson Mandela, are responsible for the xenophobic attacks that are currently plaguing South Africa.

So says Donrich W Jordaan, head of policy studies at the Centre for International Political...
Open-door disaster: DA
THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has come out strongly against government’s intention to make it easier for foreign nationals to enter SA.

Labelling the plan “a recipe for disaster”, DA leader Helen Zille said this would aggravate xenophobic violence in the country.

“This ‘come-one-come-all’ appr...
Union wants McBride probe
EKURHULENI: Protest over police chief and pay hits services

TRADE unionists are demanding a new commission of enquiry to probe the conduct of Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride.

The Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said there were still “unanswered questions” regarding McBrid...
Mood stays somber in makeshift refugee camp
THE mood in the Jeppe Police Station’s makeshift refugee camp for foreign nationals displaced by xenophobia is as gloomy as the weather.

About 300 Congolese and 110 Burundian refugees are taking refuge there. For them there’s nowhere to run to, and certainly nowhere else to hide.

Metro is mum on police chief
THE Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality yesterday refused to comment on reports that the ANC wanted Mayor Duma Nkosi to get rid of embattled chief of police Robert McBride.

The issue was raised at an ANC regional executive committee meeting in Ekurhuleni on Friday, when executive member Vuli Mapekula a...
Accused claims he was assaulted
DANIELLE Esterhuizen died at the tender age of five. She was shot between the eyes by a hijacker.

This was court evidence by Dr Julian Jacobson, who performed the post-mortem.

For the past three weeks bereaved parents Anel and Dederik Esterhuizen have sat daily in the Johannesburg High Court ...
Guard shoots lover and child, then himself
A 24-year old security guard shot and injured his girlfriend and their 4-year old child before turning his work-issued firearm on himself yesterday.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Siphokazi Thonyama said according to a relative who was in the house at the same time, the man - who worked for ...
New twist in battle to save Scorpions
Less than 48 hours before the Pretoria High Court was due to rule on a Joburg businessman's legal bid to save the Scorpions, parliamentary heavyweights have filed documents aimed at stopping the judgment.

It remains to be seen how Judge Willie van der Merwe - who was due to hand down his decisio...
The Star's readers answer our call to help victims of hate
SA cares fund swells to nearly R60 000 on first day

Funds for The Star's Operation ReachOut, for people affected by the xenophobic violence, have more than doubled.

Readers of The Star responded with their usual generos...
Sharp cops nail hijacking syndicate
Metro policeman among six men arrested

A police blue light incorrectly fixed to the roof of a VW Citi Golf and the vigilance of two eagle-eyed SAPS task team members have resulted in the downfall of a multimillion-rand hijacking syndicate.

Six members of the syndicate, including a metr...
Brothers track down body of 'flaming man'
At the Germiston City Hall, two nondescript Mozambican men bedded down among their compatriots. Unlike the hundreds of weary bodies forced from their homes in Ramaphosa and Meyerton, the two brothers were there last night to be close to their brother.

Fifty metres down the road, in a cold, steel...
Organisations welcome closure of Reitz residence
The Reitz residence on the campus of the University of the Free State will be closed by the end of this semester.

The decision follows months of debate surrounding the hostel after a controversial video surfaced. An institute for diversity would be erected in the hostel’s place, UFS acting recto...
Accused linked to murder of Soweto policeman
Murder accused Tebogo Robert Kgaladi was fingered in the Johannesburg High Court as one of the men responsible for the murder of a Soweto police officer.

Kgaladi (38), of Naledi, Soweto, was linked to the murder by Paulinah Bushy Serekwane, who lived in the same street as the accused and knew hi...
Victims' absence will hamper attempts to convict suspects
Justice minister to make announcement on special courts

After more than 900 arrests, the courts are slowly starting to process the people accused of xenophobic violence, but convicting them won't be easy.

At least 232 accused have appeared in 47 cases in courts around Joburg for crimes...
The old man in room 21
In the wild, predators attack the weak. They hunt the young, the old and the sick. And for one bloody night last week, at the Central Village hostel in Reiger Park, the line between man and animal blurred.

A frenzied mob from a nearby township raided the mining hostel, pulling out victims from t...
Victims urged to stay in SA
AS thousands of Mozambicans flee SA to escape attacks against them and other foreigners here, a call has been made for victims of xenophobia to remain in the country.

Human Rights Watch Africa director Georgette Gagnon said this would help bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.

‘Workers’ champion’ is slain
An “exceptionally gifted shop steward” of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has been killed by prowling mobs – the latest victim of ongoing xenophobic violence against foreign nationals.

Walter Ntombela, a Mozambiquean national who has been a shop steward for the past 10 ...
Mayor launches forum
TSHWANE metro mayor Gwen Ramokgopa launched her ambassadorial forum yesterday, with its first item of business a look at meeting migration challenges – especially apt, given the spate of xenophobia.

The forum will, besides dealing with topical matters, be a platform for metro management and the c...
‘We’re being slaughtered’
THE situation in Zimbabwe has reached boiling point. This follows confirmation yesterday by the MDC that 50 members have been killed since the March 29 elections.

Speaking to the MDC and Zanu PF yesterday, both parties confirmed they were not on speaking terms ahead of run-off elections on June ...
Party official slams SADC for lax Tsvangirai security
A FUMING Tendai Laxton Biti, secretary-general for Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday slammed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for failing to provide security for its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who returned to Zimbabwe over the weekend for the presidential run-...
Report delays hostage case
THE kidnapping trial against Lionel George, the man who held eight employees of the Pretoria News hostage, could not proceed as expected in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday.

The court heard that the pre-sentencing report from a psychologist was not available.

The trial was postpone...
Discharge denied in Sheldean trial
A PRETORIA High Court Judge yesterday dismissed alleged Sheldean Human killer Andrew Jordaan’s application for a discharge on two charges of rape and one of indecent assault.

Acting Judge Chris Eksteen said he did not agree with Jordaan’s counsel that there was no evidence on the rape and indecen...
R71m spent to combat cable theft
CABLE theft has become as much a part of South Africans’ daily lives as having to endure the atrocious driving habits of minibus taxi drivers.

Now it is reaching the stage where the amount of money spent on replacing and preventing cable theft is affecting local authorities’ ability to deliver se...
Three arrested for robbery
THREE suspects were arrested for robbing a cellphone company in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni at the weekend.

Kempton Park police spokesman Captain Lesibana Molokomme said a security guard at the company was overpowered after being held at gunpoint by a group of about 15 men.

They loaded cellphones...
FNB heist video delays trial
THE Johannesburg High Court might never see the cash depot surveillance camera footage of South Africa’s record R46 million heist.

Defence counsel claim the FNB heist video could have been manipulated during the various downloading processes.

If a car could be made to turn into an animal and t...
Accept defeat, MDC urges Bob
JOHANNESBURG - As Zanu-PF launched its second-round run-off election campaign at the weekend, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) continued to urge Robert Mugabe to accept defeat and relinquish power to save Zimbabwe further misery.

Speaking in front of 2 000 party loyalists on Sunday, Mugab...
Mbeki’s TV talk ‘too little, too late’
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki has been accused of doing “too little, too late”, and critics say he should have visited the areas ravaged by xenophobic attacks instead of addressing the nation remotely on television and radio.

Steven Friedman, a political analyst and research associate at t...
Mayor rejects bid to pay out McBride
ANC members want ties with top cop severed

Robert McBride has survived another salvo to remove him from his position as chief of the Ekurhuleni metro police.

This came after a former supporter of his, Vuli Mapekula, asked mayor Duma Nkosi to pay out McBride for the remaining seven mont...
Adcock Ingram to pay penalty
Adcock Ingram has agreed to pay an administrative penalty of R53,5-million after admitting liability for contravening the Competition Act.

A consent agreement entered between the Competition Commission and Adcock Ingram Critical Care and Tiger Brands is to be confirmed on Friday.

The consent...
Ministers upbeat - but violence could still flare
While the xenophobic violence currently gripping the country had been brought under control, sporadic outbursts could not be ruled out.

But the security forces were ready to deal with any eventuality, while health risks were proving to be a problem in makeshift accommodation for those affected. ...
Please help this little girl
...and 47 000 other refugees. we're giving R250 000 to start Operation Reachout

The Star launches a campaign to show the real heart of South Africa

This little girl was caught up in the xenophobic violence in Diepsloot, one of about 47 000 foreigners affected by the attacks that ...
Zuma under pressure as SACP, Cosatu take stock
The senior structures of Cosatu and the SA Communist Party are meeting this week to formulate positions on the direction of the ANC amid differences on how to handle Thabo Mbeki's presidency.

The two organisations, whose leaders have an influential say in the new ANC leadership, are pushing for ...
Team probes cause of violence
Combination of factors led to attacks on foreigners in Ekurhuleni

A combination of socio-economic problems, competition among locals and foreigners, and poor service delivery may have sparked the attacks on foreigners in Ekurhuleni.

This was said by Ekurhuleni mayor Duma Nkosi yesterda...
Self-respect and respect for others define us as human
We hereby add our voices to those of fellow South Africans who have unreservedly condemned the violent outbreak of apparent xenophobic attacks on the African immigrant and refugee communities in our country.

We are appalled and outraged at both the indiscriminate nature and brutality of the atta...
Property owners being 'duped' into paying full arrears of tenants
Refusal to issue clearance certificates angers developers

The City of Joburg has resorted to allegedly conning unsuspecting property owners into paying arrears run up by their tenants. In terms of the Municipal Systems Act, the city is entitled to claim only two years of arrears from prope...
Court hears how lover lost her sight
She was shot in one eye and became permanently blind in both. Now her attacker, a former secret lover, says he can't remember a thing about it.

This was the unfolding and contrasting evidence in the trial oft Tebogo Robert Kgaladi (38), who stands accused on a charge of attempting to kill his ex...
5 accused of killing ex-Banyana star to apply for bail
Five men accused of raping and murdering former Banyana Banyana star Eudy Simelane are to apply for bail.

The case was postponed yesterday to Monday, when all the accused will have legal representation.

Up until yesterday, four of the suspects were represented by one attorney from Legal Aid....
Senior cop guilty of perjury after attempted bribe
Police Inspector Sean Twala showed no emotion when his 18-year career came crashing down in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Magistrate Paul du Plessis found Twala, a police officer stationed at Parktown police station, guilty on charges of extortion and defeating the administration of justi...
Peace message not shared
Some locals believe it's much better with the foreigners gone

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa preached peace - a message not shared by everyone - as he toured the sites of recent xenophobic violence.

Shilowa yesterday met with residents in Thokoza and Diepsloot, stressing the importan...
Ashamed citizens open their hearts
They stand united, carrying a message that echoes across the land. "Parktown Girls say no to xenophobia," they declare.

In the wake of a storm of bloodshed, an avalanche of support is now sweeping through almost every community in Joburg and across South Africa.

This support has ranged from ...
Makeshift school a godsend for displacees
The children of foreign nationals displaced by the xenophobic attacks haven't lost their enthusiasm for education.

Despite the challenges, the founders and teachers take comfort in the knowledge that the children are getting quality education in the makeshift school at the Germiston City Hall. T...
Beware new Telkom account scam
If you receive a call allegedly from Telkom CEO Reuben September advising you that the company's banking details have changed, and requesting you to deposit money into a different account - ignore it.

So warns Thokozani Mvelase, Telkom Assets and Revenue Protection Services executive, over a new...
A day after offering crime tips, I was mugged
Thug said: give us the phone or my friend is going to shoot you in the head

The man who walked up to me at the bus stop looked harmless enough.

"Do you know how to get to the TWL?" He wore a brown sweater and dark slacks. He looked about my age, in his early 20s. We were near Auckland ...
Army is up to it: Claim
JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Defence has tried to quell fears about the army’s ability to help police end xenophobic attacks .

“The SA National Defence Force has been consistent in its competence to meet all ordered obligations at home and abroad,” communications head Siphiwe Dlamini claimed....
Child stats ‘a drop in the ocean’
JOHANNESBURG - Almost 24 000 children were raped and 1 075 murdered in a one year period between 2005 and 2006.

Another 1 378 survived murder attempts and 20 879 cases of molestation were reported.

But it is widely believed that these statistics are just a drop in the ocean, as most crimes aga...
New leadership to be in touch with people, Zuma assures
ANC president Jacob Zuma has indirectly criticised the government and said the new administration after next year's elections - presumably under his leadership - would be in touch with the people.

Coincidentally, the ANC's national executive committee meeting over the weekend also criticised the...
Mbeki slams 'shameful actions of a few'
Politicians were out in force yesterday, trying to bring calm to a nation gripped by violence and intolerance Mbeki slams 'shameful actions of a few'

After two weeks without addressing the nation directly on the issue, President Thabo Mbeki has described the xenophobic attacks as a shamefu...
Special courts to dispense swift justice
Special courts are to be set up around the country to deal with people arrested in connection with the xenophobic violence.

This is to ensure that cases of xenophobic attacks are dealt with "strongly and speedily", a statement released by the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African ...
Vegetable cultivation project to help prisoners
Inmates at Boksburg Prison are being trained in farming.

This comes after the Department of Correctional Services launched its latest skills programme at the prison on Friday.

Under the programme, women from the community who have received training from the Tshwane University of Technology w...
Thieves caught red-handed on camera
They must have thought they had hit the jackpot - a music store filled with expensive equipment and not a law man in sight. But little did the gang of eight know that they were on camera.

A CCTV camera on the street captured them live as they loaded their expensive loot into their vehicles.

Crackdown on the agitators
Intelligence operatives working in hotspots assist police raids

Two weeks after xenophobic attacks hit Gauteng, police have launched an intelligence-driven offensive to root out the culprits they believe are responsible for the violence.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, police,...
Tribalism a big worry for MEC
Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane has warned that if xenophobia was allowed to continue, it could flare into tribalism.

"If this thing gets so bad, it will turn into tribalism, where we find a situation where Xhosas are hunting Zulus and Zulus are hunting Pedis. We are all brothers," she tol...
Zuma grilled by militant audience
ANC president Jacob Zuma's message to the community of Gugulethu, near Springs, was one of peace and tolerance.

But if he was expecting a sympathetic ear among the nearly 8 000 people who crammed into the Bakerton community centre, he didn't get one.

Instead, those community members given an...
Deputy president pleads for ubuntu
Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has urged South Africans not to ill-treat Africans from other parts of the continent.

Speaking at Orange Farm, 45km outside Joburg, yesterday, Mlambo-Ngcuka said South Africans took ubuntu seriously, and the worst thing an African could do was to ill-treat...
MPs to wait for Travelgate debt write-off
Parliament wants to stop recovery and repay legal fees

What do two ministers, the Free State premier, one of the Scorpions' most vocal critics and the MP who threatened to take the Springboks' passports away if they weren't transformed to his liking all have in common?

Answer: They are...
Skills shortage drains SA Navy
In a shocking admission, the South African Navy this week said it was battling to run its ships, submarines and other equipment because of a serious lack of skilled staff.

According to senior naval officers, three-quarters of all submariners trained every year leave the navy.

"We are battlin...
New power scandal
Gross mismanagement plunges

South Africa has been plunged into yet another energy scandal. The Energy Sector Education and Training Authority (Eseta), set up to train engineers to work for power and water utilities like Eskom and municipalities, faces being placed under legal administratio...
Almost a thousand soldiers ready for action in case of a flare-up
The SA National Defence Force has 850 to 900 soldiers and two Oryx helicopters on standby in Gauteng to help police cope with xenophobic attacks. And it is ready to assist if needed in other provinces.

"This is an emergency," said General Kwena Mangope. "We did not foresee that we would be calle...
Ambassadors warned Pretoria a month ago
The South African government failed to act on a warning from African ambassadors last month about impending xenophobic attacks.

This emerged yesterday after a briefing with Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula and African ambassadors to South Africa.

By yesterday, the violence had sp...
'I might be alive but I'm dead inside'
Mother devastated after her two daughtersare burnt to death by her ex-boyfriend

Violet Dikgetsi doesn't want to talk about what happened. Two weeks ago her ex-boyfriend killed himself and their two children - but the reality and shock has only just set in.

On Sunday May 11 Patrick Mocu...
Ultra-sensitive drug-testing kits given green light for use in schools
Controversial random drug testing at South African schools will now include a kit that can pick up narcotic traces on washed hands, inside pockets and on a cellphone keypad.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has identified six fast-working testing devices and called for comments to reach the depa...
Soap star a victim of crime again
Bubbly soap star Florence Masebe - who survived an attempt on her life nine years ago - was again the victim of crime at her home in Bramley, north-eastern Joburg, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Muvhango and former Generations actress had fallen asleep on the TV room couch when an i...
Countries issue travel alerts to nationals
At least seven countries have issued travel alerts to their citizens visiting South Africa, warning about "violent attacks on foreigners".

The countries include Germany, the US, Australia, Sweden, Finland and Canada. Germany was the first country to issue a travel advisory after mob rampages tha...
A shameful pogrom - ANC
South African political and trade union leaders have lashed out at the xenophobia gripping the country, with unionists attacking the government for the crisis.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe described the violence as a "shameful pogrom" and pleaded with ANC members to set up street committ...
Shame on South Africa as weary foreigners dig in heels
Some took up positions on every corner of the bustling streets of Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville, ready to defend themselves and their businesses day and night.

Others were stocking up on food and cash in case the country descended into a race war as the spate of xenophobic attacks spread across G...
They called him Mugza
Neighbour tells story of flaming man's last moments

The man with the brush- cut wouldn't leave without his compatriot. "Go, they are killing your people," warned residents with whom the Mozambican shared a township plot.

The Ramaphosa township was alight. At least four people had alrea...
Safe, but for how long?
A desperate group of women and children were smuggledinto a townhouse complex, writes Thabiso Thakali

Anna du Plessis* was driving home from work on Monday when a teenage girl knocked on her window, begging for help. She immediately thought of the shocking violence against foreigners seen ...
You could the atmosphere with a knife (Part 1)
Boys still play soccer and daily activities resume, but peopleare angry and sad and expect the worst. Janet Smith reports

When Lucky Dube was murdered, even musicians blamed the Mozambicans. Ink wept from letter writers in Maputo, Machava and Vilanculos. The bandits who killed Lucky, they ...
You could the atmosphere with a knife (part 2)
Welcome Madondo, a security guard in a grey suit with a black tie in another nondescript, grimy hallway at a building with no name, said "The people fight here, but they tout anyone, not just foreigners. It's just that here, now, we are all frightened".

But none of this has yet compelled Chandra...
War of hate grips Cape informal settlements
Shops owned by Somalis, Chinese looted as they are forced to flee

Xenophobic violence has spread to the Western Cape with hundreds of foreigners forced to run for their lives from a number of informal settlements.

At Du Noon, in Milnerton, hundreds fled from the settlement and late last...
Son killed in revenge attack
Most bodies lying unclaimed

At 36 years old, Mongezi Mpata was the pride of his family. The oldest son, and a good son at that, his mother and father were proud when he went off to the City of Gold to find work.

But this week the devastated parents travelled by train from Dordrecht, a ...
Army of doubt
SANDF: ‘Cash –strapped and overstretched’

WHAT is seen as a blunted and demoralized national defence force yesterday joined the police in trying to quell the country’s mounting attacks on foreigners.

While opposition parties and analysts praised the move, there are concerns over the army’s op...
Come home – Tsvangirai
ZIMBABWEAN Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday toured the trouble spots relaying a message of hope to beleaguered foreign nationals.

He also announced he was going back to Zimbabwe on Saturday.

He told refugees they had been forced to come to South Africa by...
Attacks show black self-hatred: analyst
ALMOST any force could be orchestrating the xenophobic war, analysts told The Citizen.

Professor Joe Tefo, of the University of Limpopo, lashed out at President Thabo Mbeki for “not being vocal” about immigration and migration control.

“There should be proper management of migration and...
Call to act quickly on hate threats
AN urgent call went out yesterday to law-enforcement agencies to act swiftly to restore peace and order in Durban.

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keoghthe, of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), said hundreds of foreign nationals in the city urgently needed protection from looming attacks.

He said there was a “...
Violence: govt shoots in dark
JOHANNESBURG - Government statements on the issue of xenophobia could compromise efforts to quell the violence, a leading commentator on the migration of people said.

“It is vital that we base policy discussion on fact and sound research, not speculation and myth,” said Loren Landau, director of ...
Metro probe ‘a waste of money’
PASCO Forensic Investigators worked around the clock – and it appears a lot more – an investigating allegations of irregularities at the Ekurhuleni municipal workshops.

In one case the company billed Ekurhuleni R4 5000 an hour for 162,93 hours of work conducted over six days in 2006. There are o...
Hate speech fuels farm killings
AGRI-NORTH WEST says it is “concerned” about utterances by trade unions, government officials and politicians that cast farmers in a bad light, and thus play a role in farm attacks and murders.

“We are convinced hate speech with a racist undertone prompts criminals to attack farmers and their fam...
Double trouble for Moz 2
ARRESTED: For killing of principal, British citizen

TWO Mozambicans arrested for the murder of Pretoria nursery school principal Rinda Abrahams were yesterday linked to another murder – that of British citizen Fred Picton-Turbervill.

Dinis Gentil Nhone and Christovao Fresco Ndima appeared in ...
Sheldean accused wept
JOHANNESBURG - Sheldean Human murder-accused Andrew Jordaan started crying when he showed police where he had strangled, indecently assaulted and dumped the body of the little girl, the Pretoria High Court heard yesterday.

Investigating officer Captain Michael van Aardt testified Jordaan had will...
Dube ‘Hijacker’ is shot dead
A JOHANNESBURG Metro Police officer shot and killed an alleged hijacker in Dube, Soweto on Wednesday.

A Soweto man and his wife were held up at gunpoint by three men in Dube. The hijackers drove off with the couple in their vehicle.

One of the hijackers told the driver to fill his tank. The ...
Botched spy operation cover-up slated
Top judges say Kasrils, Mbeki risked embarrassment

Three Constitutional Court judges have slammed the suppression of documents detailing a "dubious and botched" government spy operation against businessman Saki Macozoma.

While Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils, backed by President T...
R2m vault theft was inside job, claims owner
A Camps Bay man who lost R2-million worth of diamonds, cash, platinum and gold watches at a private vault company finds it hard to believe that it was a random robbery.

The man, who asked not to be identified, said he was referred to a private security company by a major bank as the bank had run...
Ministers clueless
Everyone has an opinion on the causes of the violence in Gauteng's townships - except some of the ministers responsible for sorting it out.

The only thing they are sure of is that service delivery problems have nothing to do with it.

"I don't believe that the reasons for what we are now call...
Grant immigrants amnesty, says Asmal
Former education minister Kader Asmal has called on the government to consider granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants living in the country.

Asmal yesterday said that in the wake of the xenophobic attacks in Gauteng, which have now spread to other parts of the country, many foreigner...
Division in ANC over Mbeki'defiance'
The ANC's national executive committee is likely to be divided on repeated calls to force President Thabo Mbeki to quit amid expected criticism of his leadership from the so-called leftist and radical elements in the ruling party.

The NEC was due to meet today and tomorrow in Kempton Park, east ...
Judge blasts NIA for 'bid to cover up bungling'
Government should not be allowed to use courts to conceal its "bungling and deceit".

This is according to Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob, who this morning gave an extraordinary judgment supporting the release of secret government documents about the intelligence service's bungled surveilla...
Lenasia murder trial delayed for fourth time
Neroy Singh (41), the man accused of murdering his wife, her sister and husband made his fourth appearance in the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto yesterday where he faces three counts of murder and one of domestic violence.

Anisa Rehman (26), her sister Ayesha (29) and her husband Mohammed D...
Robbery accused worked at bank
Simon Mncwango - one of the nine men who allegedly robbed First National Bank of R46-million - was still employed as the bank's security supervisor during the brazen attack.

This was the undisputed evidence led by prosecutor Deon van Wyk in his bid to link Mncwango (40) and his eight co-accused ...
Foreigners fight over food, clothes and blankets
Life's a struggle at overcrowded police station

A week ago, 14-year-old *Bert was a Grade 7 pupil at King Edward School, doing well at school and living with his parents and sister in a flat in Malvern, eastern Joburg.

Today he no longer attends the prestigious school and does not even...
Tsvangirai calls on displacees to go home
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has made an impassioned plea to Zimbabweans in South Africa to go back home to help him solve the crisis their country faces.

"I am going home tomorrow (today) to try and solve this problem. I am hoping that all of you can join me back," he...
Hatred seethes in Knysna, Durban
More than 100 people from other parts of Africa living in an informal settlement in Knysna have sought refuge at the town's police station after five Somali-owned spaza shops were looted.

Although none of the foreigners living in Witlokasie had been attacked or received threats, they felt at ris...
Son killed in revenge attack
Most bodies lying unclaimed

At 36 years old, Mongezi Mpata was the pride of his family. The oldest son - and a good son at that - his mother and father were proud when he went off to the City of Gold to find work.

Little did they realise that this week they would be travelling by train...
Crisis centres ask 'where is the government?'
42 dead, 15 000 displaced and 400 arrests made in 11 days of violence

The sprawling, white-tented camp stretches across the veld in Primrose, Germiston … home to 2 000 people displaced by violent, xenophobic attacks.

In Reiger Park, also in Ekurhuleni, another 5 000 people sleep in chu...
Despair of the 15 000 displaced
42 dead, thousands out in cold - where are our leaders?

The sprawling white-tented camp stretches across the veld in Primrose, Germiston … home to 2 000 people displaced by violent, xenophobic attacks.

In Reiger Park, also in Ekurhuleni, another 5 000 people sleep in church yards, commu...
Party loses 44 to thugs
POLITICAL violence in Zimbabwe has left 44 MDC supporters dead, while thousands of villagers are being displaced ahead of the country’s run-off elections scheduled for June 27.

The spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa yesterday told The Citizen two more of...
SA’s biggest heist trial starts
SOUTH AFRICA’s biggest cash depot-heist trial started in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, with the prosecution asking to have the public excluded to allay witnesses’ fears that the April 13 High Court robbers “might be sitting in the back, waiting to see what they looked like”.

“On April 16...
Bogus metro policeman arrested after hijacking
BOGUS metro police allegedly hijacked a truck loaded with R5 million worth of cell phones in the Hartbeespoort area yesterday.

Three men, including a Tshwane Metro Police employee, were arrested at the scene.

Police Captain Dumisani Ndlazi said the hijacking occurred near the intersection of C...
Mpumalanga riot fears
MPUMALANGA is shaping up to be the next hotspot for xenophobic attacks.

Humanitarian organizations have launched desperate appeals for volunteers to help contain the fallout of continuing violence in Gauteng.

Leading security firms in Mpumalanga have painted a picture of foreign syndicates, mo...
Foreign-hate attacks spread to KwaZulu-Natal
SPORADIC xenophobic attacks in Gauteng are spreading to other parts of the country.

About 100 hostel dwellers, armed with stones and bottles, gathered at Umbilo suburb in Durban yesterday, to demand that foreign nationals leave KwaZulu-Natal.

This follows similar attacks in Gauteng in which 24...
Ethnicity also a factor: bishop
THOSE helping victims of xenophobic attacks are now faced with daunting challenges, including the provision of food and counseling services for thousands.

This emerged yesterday at a media briefing hosted by the South African Council of Churches (SACC) at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesb...
Theft case date is set
AN attorney whose name was struck from the roll after only four years of legal practice, this week made his third appearance in the Bellville Regional Court for the alleged theft of trust funds.

Trust funds are monies which legal practitioners receive on behalf of clients, to be kept in a Trust F...
Xenophobic looters loose
A GROUP of thugs looted businesses in a Hammanskraal shopping center north of Pretoria yesterday. Thousands of rands worth of goods belonging to Pakistani nationals were taken.

Police, who labeled the attack “xenophobic”, were quick to get to the scene, and recovered some of the stolen goods. B...
600 Aliens leave for home
EIGHT bus loads of refugees, who had fled the violence in Reiger Park on the East Rand, left for Mozambique, Malawi and Lesotho yesterday.

The Germiston City Hall battled under the strain of the influx, and didn’t site well with municipal officials, a source said.

A total of 600 refugees board...
Human Rights Watch pressure on AU
JOHANNESBURG - Human Rights Watch (HRW) this week urged the African Union (AU) to publicly call for an immediate end to the violence in Zimbabwe.

In addition HRW expressed its concern, saying the violence may worsen in the weeks leading up to the run-off election scheduled for June 27.

MDC MPs held for ‘incitement
JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe opposition party yesterday berated the Zanu-PF over the arrest of two of its MPs facing charges of incitement.

The spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa told The Citizen the arrest of Ian Kay and Amos Chibaya was a “clear act of harassm...
Poverty, anger intolerance - a toxic recipe
Commentators say an explosive mix of reasons has fed violence

The rich can emigrate but the poor can only hit out at those they see as their nearest enemies.

Commentators said yesterday the xenophobia-fuelled violence in Gauteng was driven by anger with the government, despair at pover...
SANDF asked to supply equipment, not troops
Police want to borrow military equipment and back-up to contain the ethnic violence raging in Gauteng.

President Thabo Mbeki approved the request, said his spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga late yesterday, moments before the president flew to Tanzania for an African Union summit.

"The police, ...
Judge questions honesty in Scorpions case
A Joburg businessman's legal bid to save the Scorpions could be decided within days.

Judge Willem van der Merwe yesterday told legal teams for IT entrepreneur Hugh Glenister and Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula he would do his "utmost best" t...
Still no clear solution to end violence
Experts believe xenophobia is a symptom rather than the cause

After nearly two weeks of violence in Gauteng's shantytowns, refugees are still desperate for help, and police have called in the army for back-up.

President Thabo Mbeki authorised using the military, with the Ministry of Sa...
McBride told to stay on leave
Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride will not be going back to work … yet.

The top cop returned to work on the pretext that there was a crisis and he was needed, and took control of the metro police in the xenophobic violence that ravaged the Ramaphosa informal settlement this week.

Expense on Manto ads not wasteful, says protector
A senior Health Department official is to be investigated for contempt of court after the department last year placed taxpayer-funded adverts in newspapers in which a High Court judgment was severely criticised.

Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana yesterday cleared the department of wasteful expe...
'Plan to attack Home Affairs'
A senior Gauteng Home Affairs manager fears the department's provincial offices and staff will be the next target of xenophobic attacks.

Provincial Home Affairs manager Raynold Ndema told MPs yesterday they were beefing up security to protect officials and buildings throughout Gauteng.

They ...
'Xenophobia used by right-wing populists'
Pahad slams media conduct, says journalists are lazy

Right-wing populist movements could be responsible for sparking the wave of xenophobic violence spreading across the country, according to Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad.

Last week, government ministers, including Home Affair...
Scorpions members seek clarity on merger, says worried Mpshe
Minister, government blamed for not addressing concerns

Acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe blames the justice minister for the low morale and mood of uncertainty within the Scorpions.

He told MPs that the fear among his agents was the "frightening" possibility that suspended polic...
Hellish 13-hour journey home
Wide-eyed and carrying what they owned, they gathered at stations across Gauteng and Mpumalanga for their trip to safety.

On Tuesday night, hundreds, or maybe even a thousand, Mozambicans clambered aboard the 6.10pm train from Park station in Joburg - destination Komatipoort.

They packed the...
Witness safety fears in robbery trial
Documents relating to case stolen from court

The trial of the nine men who allegedly robbed First National Bank of R46-million might be held in camera for witness safety reasons.

Detailing his reasons, prosecutor Deon van Wyk told Johannesburg High Court presiding judge Zukiswa Tshiqi ...
Airport heist trial hits a snag
The state's case against two of seven suspects linked to the spate of robberies at OR Tambo International Airport has been delayed.

Yesterday, the trial of Thomosana Mkhize and Dumisani Moyo could not start at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court because the police had still not managed to rearrest Mk...
Man held after son acts on employee's sex claim
When a Kempton Park businessman heard that his father had allegedly indecently assaulted a female employee, he took action instead of protecting him.

He encouraged the woman to lay a charge with the police. He also fired his father but then lured him back to the business on Tuesday, when he was ...
Refugee crisis grows
42 dead, 15 000 displaced - and where are our leaders?

The sprawling white-tented camp stretches across the veld in Primrose - home to 2 000 displacees from violent xenophobic attacks.

In Reiger Park, another 5 000 people sleep in church yards, community halls and the police station.
Tranquillity - until cops arrive at Ramaphosa
It seemed all was back to normal at Ramaphosa informal settlement. Residents walked about freely completing a portrait of tranquillity.

At 9.40am, casually dressed Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride arrived at Ramaphosa, near Reiger Park.

Metro police quickly lined up and each rece...
Laying it at Mbeki’s door
PRESIDENT THABO Mbeki is to blame for the xenophobic attacks engulfing the country, says the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

SAIRR deputy CEO Frans Cronje said the collapse of proper border control mechanisms saw millions of people gaining entry to South Africa illegally.

Zim killings ‘just Western propaganda’
PRESS: Fabricating Zimbabwe stories, says Pahad

WHILE Zimbabweans are being terrorised and killed in both South Africa and Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF has accused the Western countries of spreading propaganda.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs, this week fingered Western countries...
Shopping center looted
A GROUP of thugs stormed into the Hammanskraal shopping center where they looted businesses belonging to Pakistan nationals, leaving with thousands of rands worth of goods, north of Pretoria yesterday.

The incident, believed to be a xenophobic attack, happened at about 11am near the bus rank. A ...
ANC want army in
THE ANC has joined the chorus of calls for the army to be deployed in Gauteng townships, amid a wave of attacks sweeping the province.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe cautioned that if the violence was not brought under control it could spread to other provinces.

Mantashe said if the army...
Attacks worry UN
THE United Nations and Constitutional Court Chief Justice Pius Langa have added their voices to the growing condemnation of Xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

“The Heads of Agencies of UN organisations in SA implore the security forces, and community leaders, to stop these attacks,” a spokesman ...
Fifa speaks out on SA violence
THE FEDERATION OF international Football Association (Fifa) has expressed concern at the escalating attacks on foreigners in South Africa, and the implications this may have on preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

In a statement to The Citizen yesterday, Fifa’s Delia Fischer said th...
Teenagers arrested
POLICE arrested two teenagers yesterday for hijacking a Mozambican in Soweto.

Police said the hijackers took the vehicle and R1 000 from the Mozambican at gunpoint.

Police recovered the car and arrested two of the three hijackers.

They will be charged with hijacking and being in possession ...
Murder case bail
A COUPLE arrested for possession of goods stolen from British citizen Fred Picton-Turberville, murdered during a house robbery in January, was released on bail in Pretoria yesterday.

Lucky Ntuli and his wife, Cynthia appeared with Petro Markel and Rafel Thembe, who are facing murder charges.

Breakfast for children
THE Johannesburg Child Welfare Society will be hosting its first annual breakfast for businesswomen.

The Women in Business Care Breakfast enables women to network and contribute to making a difference in the lives of 14 000 children the Society cares for.

The society provides direct services t...
17 year sentence for child rapist
GRAHAMSTOWN High Court – Acting high court judge Philip Zilwa sentenced 24-year-old Llewellen Samuel to a 17 years jail term for raping a friends eight year old daughter.

The judge told Llewellen Samuels, of Willowmore that his actions indicated “sexual perversity and depravity”.

Samuels, who ...
Corrections case delayed
THE court involving president of the South African Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights Golden Miles Bhudu, together with two former Correctional Services Department officials, has been postponed to next month.

Bhudu and his co-accused appeared in the Wynburg Magistrate’s Court on charges ran...
Parties get the nod to save Scorpions
Pretoria High Court Judge Willem van der Merwe has granted opposition parties the right to have a say in a Joburg businessman's court bid to save the Scorpions … despite government objections.

Following the judge's ruling this morning, the government legal team dropped its threat to ask for the c...
McBride reads the riot act
But meddling metro chief's efforts end in blood

As if in slow motion, a brown glass bottle sailed over the crowd and smashed near the metro police officers. Without a moment's hesitation they opened fire at the crowd with rubber bullets and buckshot.

The people in front were metres fro...
'Marathon' hunt nets serial child murderer
Hundreds of men in a village desperate to find its missing and murdered children gave DNA samples - and a suspect was pinpointed and on Monday confessed to the killings.

A 45-year-old man appeared in the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Monday, said Missing Children SA spokesperson Pieter Boshoff...
Living in limbo after being displaced from their homes
Foreigners unsure of their future in SA

A week after the violence displaced thousands of foreigners from Alexandra township, those who have taken refuge at the township's police station are now in limbo.

"The thing that gets most to you now is the boredom … and the constant waiting," s...
Hunted down in hostel
Now police call in four crack platoons to stop the violence

Horror scenes presented themselves this morning at a hostel in Reiger Park in Ekurhuleni.

A mob had raided Central Village Hostel in the early hours of this morning - and their bloodlust left at least two people dead, two othe...
Local beaten up by vengeful Mozambicans
Blood streamed down a man's battered and swollen face. The South African was assaulted yesterday in an apparent revenge attack by a group of Mozambicans fleeing the Everest informal settlement in Springs.

As he grimaced and writhed in pain, some of his attackers loudly fingered him - accusing hi...
Three found in pools of blood after rampage
Mob bludgeons foreigners to death in steel pipe clubbing orgy

The blood trails curled around corners, stretching for 30 metres, haunting evidence of a tragedy. They led to three victims of a hostel bloodbath that had taken place in Reiger Park hours earlier.

Another man lay dead in his...
Blind victims tell of pitiful plight
No foreigner has been left untouched by the violence that has erupted around greater Joburg - not even the blind.

Yesterday, more than 100 blind people, who fled their homes on Kerk Street in the CBD on Sunday when violence flared, took refuge at the Jeppe police station.

Confused and huddle...
Stay tight and head for police stations
Remain in groups and go to police stations or government buildings if you are threatened. That's the message to immigrants.

"People are normally attacked when they are alone in their houses. There has been no reported instance where one group went and attacked another group," said Richard Pillay...
Lend a helping hand
A list of sites where you can drop off any goods that might be of help:

Gift of the Givers: They have a collection run for the rest of the week at Village Walk shopping centre in Sandton. You can also drop off goods at their Fordsburg office at 43 Mint Road.

Salvation Army: They have many co...
Soul Brothers singer denies assaulting his wife
Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo has denied claims of pointing a firearm and assaulting his wife after she had refused to take part in a ritual incision ceremony.

Masondo (58) took the witness stand yesterday at the Protea Magistrate's Court, where he was defending himself against six cha...
Local businessman torched
Pretham Singh was a South African - but his house was set alight when a mob went on the rampage looking for foreigners.

His body was found burnt beyond recognition on Sunday at his home in Actonville, Ekurhuleni, not far from the Emandleni squatter camp.

The 55-year-old photographer was asle...
Youths condemn attacks on aliens
Xenophobic attacks have taken centre stage in the youth parliaments set up by the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund to celebrate Madiba's 90th birthday.

The group has set up nine youth parliaments around the country to create a platform for children aged between 12 and 22 to discuss all kinds of so...
This army needs your help now!
Stretched aid organisations appeal for any donations

They've called in the army. But the only arms this army carries is goodwill. Their ranks comprise churches, non-governmental organisations, charities, community workers, political parties, police and government bodies.

They mobilised...
New centre in bid to help those affected by violence
At the newly-launched Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre, the scope and spread of the mob violence flares on the screen in bright red.

The centre was launched this week in Midrand to co-ordinate relief and police efforts to address the rising tide of xenophobic attacks and direct reso...
Burglar shot dead through keyhole
A BURGLAR was shot dead at the weekend while allegedly tampering with a locked door in a North West farmhouse, behind which a man had been sleeping.

The burglar’s accomplice was wounded in the chest by the same bullet, said police spokesman Captain Aafje Botma.

Charges of murder and attempted ...
Looted trader ‘shocked’
BUSHAN Ravjee, a shop owner in the Johannesburg CBD, is still reeling from the shock of his shop being looted by a lawless mob.

The incident was one of countless violent xenophobic attacks in and around Johannesburg at the weekend.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, an incensed Ravjee s...
Whites set upon at braai
JASON Henry says the ongoing xenophobic violence terrorizing Gauteng is a clear indication that the police do not have the situation under control.

This after he and his in-laws’ were attacked in Jeppestown by an angry mob during apparently the first racist attack on white people over the weekend...
Police call on elite unit
Four platoons will help counter unrest as death toll climbs

Police have stepped up a gear, and a disaster management system has been unveiled in the latest attempts to quell the xenophobic violence.

Now in its ninth day, the official death toll was 22, with at least seven people having...
Mob taunts cops as killing spree continues
Three hours before the mayhem erupted, a lone priest stood in the streets and prayed for his township.

In the darkness, Henry Appies prayed for peace. For God to calm the storm.

But the brutal mob inside Ramaphosa, a settlement near Reiger Park in the East Rand refused to release the area fr...
He is here, there and everywhere
Allauddin Sayed is a small man with a grey beard - and a big mission.

"I need blankets, I need food, I need nappies and milk and a place for more than 150 mothers to stay tonight.

"I need tents, I need toilets, I need transport to get these people home," was his battlecry at Primrose police ...
Defiance amid call for tolerance
A police helicopter hovers low, flipping from one direction to another - its blades what seemed like centimetres away from screaming residents as they dart for cover.

This scene unfolded at an informal settlement in Kya Sand, north-west of Joburg, yesterday when the police battled to bring a sta...
Job offer turns out to be too good to be true
Anne-Marie Pienaar thought she was offered the chance of a lifetime: a well-paid job as an office receptionist at Bridgestone in London.

The Cape Town resident was even inches away from quitting her job and already saving up money to get her passport renewed.

But at the last moment she chang...
Mpofu back at work after 'unlawful' suspension
Suspended SABC group CEO Dali Mpofu is back at work.

This morning the Johannesburg High Court declared his suspension by the SABC board unlawful because the board meeting was not properly constituted.

Speaking outside the High Court directly after the ruling, Mpofu said while he was happy th...
More killing as Malawian is set alight
It was a morning of mayhem in Reiger Park. One man was beaten, burnt and left for dead. Another was shot.

The first victim, apparently a Malawian, was beaten with a big piece of concrete and set alight.

Journalists and photographers found him at about 9.15am.

Members of the community tho...
Shops close as fear, tension rock the city
There was fear and tension in the Joburg CBD this morning as foreign shop owners in the city's fashion district to the east of town stayed close.

A street vendor, who asked not to be named, said many of the shops on Commissioner and Market streets were usually open to the public by 8.30am every ...
Stop abusing ANC song - Zuma
ANC President Jacob Zuma has strongly condemned the singing of his trademark song "Umshini Wam" by people venting xenophobic attacks on foreigners, saying this created an impression that the ANC was in support of the attacks.

Zuma was addressing an ANC imbizo at the University of Pretoria's Vista...
Army won’t step in – yet
THE South African Defence Force will respond to the xenophobic violence only if municipalities cannot cope.

This was the word from SANDF spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi yesterday, following sporadic xenophobic attacks in informal settlements and Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

Fears are mounting that attack...
Govt told to ‘stop the anarchy’
VIOLENCE: Mbeki is urged to bring in the army to restore order

AS the death toll continued to mount over the weekend, with xenophobic violence spreading across Gauteng, civil rights organisations yesterday called on the government to intensify its intervention to end the “anarchy”.

Some are c...
Police struggling as violence gets worse
GAUTENG police are close to losing the battle as violent mobs run rampant across the province.

Gauteng police spokesman Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said officers were stretched to their limit as they continued to monitor all areas affected by xenophobic attacks across Gauteng.

Officers in areas und...
Ready for the worst
MORE than 100 informal settlements on the East Rand are bracing for attacks after waves of rioting, looting and burning of foreigners’ homes swept through Gauteng at the weekend.

The Ekurhuleni Metro said its Disaster Management Centre in Bedfordview was fully operational with police on 24-hour p...
More hate attacks loom as aliens flee
XENOPHOBIC wars are spreading,and foreigners are running for their lives

This became evident to The Citizen yesterday in Johannesburg streets, where foreigners were brutally attacked by South Africans who demanded that immigrants should return to their own countries.

Five people were re...
Eastern Cape to rewrite report on baby deaths
JOHANNESBURG - The families of the 142 babies who died as a result of the Eastern Cape government’s negligence deserve better than the Minister giving its officials a second chance to explain themselves.

This is according to Democratic Alliance spokesman Mike Waters, who said rather than letting...
Mbeki urged to bring army in
JOHANNESBURG - As the death toll continued to mount over the weekend, with xenophobic violence spreading across Gauteng, civil rights organisations yesterday called on the government to intensify its intervention to end the “anarchy”.

Some are calling for President Thabo Mbeki to bring in the arm...
A legal expert reflects on what really happens on Death row (Part 1)
In his new book Shepherds and Butchers, Chris Marnewick callsfor reason to prevailin argumentsaround capital punishment, writes Justine Gerardy

Acting Judge Chris Marnewick was on the bench when a murderer put forward an extraordinary request. "Please give me the death penalty," he pleaded...
A legal expert reflects on what really happens on Death row (Part 2)
There are great arguments for the death penalty. You can start by saying the majority of people want it. Or that it's a deterrent.

Add the financial costs of housing prisoners, the oblique argument that it's crueller to imprison than execute, and the idea that rehabilitation is impossible. And t...
Mother, daughter's fate highlights humanitarian crisis
Six-week-old Eva Sithole screamed with hunger. Her mother, Lizzy Mathose, fainted.

The mother and daughter were among the 800 people at the Thokoza Community Hall in Khumalo Street who had fled xenophobic attacks in Ekurhuleni.

Eva was fed sugar water until a food station could be set up.
Hundreds of foreigners flee in fear of their lives
When a mob stormed Grace Chauke's shack and told her to get out, she decided it was time to go home.

She went straight to Johannesburg's Park station to buy a ticket to Komatipoort.

Chauke, originally from Mozambique came to South Africa in search of a better life.

"I would rather die at...
Fearful crowd takes refuge in Joburg church
Worshippers at another church are attacked

A pile of grey cement bricks outside the Central Methodist Church in downtown Joburg was the defence arsenal of illegal immigrants who sought refuge inside the building while sporadic attacks and violence flared around the city.

Herbert Nedi, ...
'Born free' and bigoted
A "born-free" generation with little clue of South Africa's history and with criminal intent on their minds had instigated the shocking violent attacks on foreigners in Alexandra, an MP who was born and bred in Alexandra told parliament yesterday.

Speaking during a debate on the xenophobic attac...
Smiling DJ has Jekyll and Hyde personality
The trial record of Heinrich van Rooyen - now serving a life sentence for the murder of two young women in 2005 - reads like an Agatha Christie novel, his defence told the Knysna Circuit Court during final argument.

"There is so much one doesn't know," said senior counsel Francois Joubert.

Educating the refugees
They have borne the brunt of hateful attacks, but in this one place they are welcome

Amid the storm of xenophobia sweeping over South Africa, there is one small haven of hope for refugee children.

A school for children who are asylum-seekers has been started by a Catholic independent s...
Cops, mobs battle on many fronts
We are back in hell, says policeman as rocks rain on him

The Star reported from several of the battle zones.

Jeppestown and Joburg city centre

Police moved in early yesterday morning after the violence hit the Joburg CBD. While the police concentrated on the xenophobic attacks an...
Cops to the rescue after helpless man beaten
Mob frenzy

A man walking in Malvern, east of Joburg, suddenly found himself surrounded by an angry mob, because he was a foreigner.

They wielded weapons and shouted at him. He tried to ignore them and continue walking but someone grabbed him from behind, ripping his shirt off, and blow...
Mbeki, Zuma condemn attacks; aid agency calls for foreign status
President Thabo Mbeki and ANC president Jacob Zuma have both condemned xenophobic violence that has taken root in the Joburg city centre and areas around Gauteng.

Also yesterday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) called the situation a humanitarian crisis and said there was a ne...
Flames of hate
Reiger Park local laughs after 'necklacing'

From a distance, it looked like a pile of bedding that had been set alight. Then a head peered through the top of the fiery mattress.

Incredibly, arms flailed weakly from the inferno. Not a scream. Not a whisper. Not a word.

"He's still a...
NPA boss warns on 'reckless restructuring' of Scorpions
Fidentia fraud case and others could collapse, says Mpshe

The "unconsidered" disbandment of the Scorpions could destroy the state's R200-million Fidentia fraud and theft case, leaving 73 000 victims high and dry.

This was the warning given by acting National Prosecuting Authority head ...
Fidentia chief sodomised in prison van
Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown says he was sexually assaulted by a fellow prisoner in a police van en route from the Cape Town Magistrate's Court to Pollsmoor Prison.

Brown was arrested a week ago and appeared in court on Monday on new charges of theft, money laundering and fraud.

His l...
Moved Madiba calls brave René Burger
Former president joins others in supporting rape survivor

Nelson Mandela yesterday spent 20 minutes on the phone to René Burger, sister of Springbok rugby hero Schalk Burger, whose abduction and vicious rape in Cape Town has highlighted the ongoing plight of South African women.

René (...
Staff too embarrassed to wear their uniforms and they blame the bosses
Eskom staff are so embarrassed by the bungling of their bosses that they often leave their uniforms at home, and have called for all branding to be removed from their work vehicles.

Disgruntled employees, most of whom have more than 20 years' service, say they'd leave the power utility today if ...
Alex violence victims forced to live on breadline
Five slices of bread and a cup of soup. That was dinner for hundreds of displaced victims of xenophobic attacks, who have been sheltering at the Alexandra police station this week.

Churches, NGOs and private businesses been have donating food and delivering cooked meals to victims who have taken...
The magistrate ignored the evaluations of three psychiatrics
Cynthia Mahlati has accused Vereeniging court officials of ignoring the findings of a state mental institution when they sentenced Johannes du Toit for the murder of her husband.

Last December, the Vereeniging Regional Court referred Du Toit to Sterkfontein hospital for psychological evaluation....
Killer should rot in jail, says widow
She claims the entire trial was flawed. Kashiefa Ajam reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The victims cellphone and R100 had been stolen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crying babies were comforted on their mothers' backs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is because:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No arrests have been made yet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As they marched on, Lungile Ndiweni crashed through the narrow alleys between shacks and...
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