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Teazers' hot shot in the hot seat again
Teazers' owner Lolly Jackson has been arrested for the second time this month - this time for fraud.

A police spokesperson said Jackson was arrested yesterday and was being questioned at Germiston police station in connection with a fraud case.

According to Primedia's Eyewitness News, Jackso...
Most airport robberies involved Nigerians
Nigerians living in SA have welcomed the Nigerian Senate's condemnation of attacks on their fellow citizens in SA, including robberies and "sundry attacks".

This week, Nigerian Senator Grace Bent said the Senate was seriously concerned about the "protracted and unabated intimidation, brutalisati...
What a (store) card! Actress held
A former Generations actress was questioned by police yesterday after a store card was allegedly fraudulently used at a Fourways Mall store. Charity Sehlohole was taken to Douglasdale police station.

Edgars staff said the actress had bought R2 600 worth of clothes and top-brand skin products wit...
Teach values by living them
Former dean urges young people to serve the community.

A top academic has lamented the government's lack of values and compassion in tackling rampant crime, the scourge of HIV/Aids, widespread poverty and the crisis in Zimbabwe.

And this week Dr Jonathan Jansen, a leading education re...
Prison population in SA among the world's highest
South Africa has the world's seventh highest number of prisoners - outranking countries with up to nearly five times our population.

The World Prison Brief places South Africa's total of 166 267 prisoners after the United States (2,3-million inmates), China (1,6-million), Russia (888 014), Brazi...
Whites Gauteng's drug rogues
Warning of dangers children face, top detective says Nigeriansand the poor are hired to act as runners. Kashiefa Ajam reports

Ace detective Piet Byleveld says it is white people who are responsible for manufacturing and distributing most of the drugs in Gauteng, while Nigerians and disadva...
Waterkloof Four fight to stay out of prison
The fate of the Waterkloof Four could be decided this week when they appear in the Pretoria High Court in a bid to have convictions for murder and attempted murder overturned on appeal and stay out of jail.

Reinach Tiedt, Gert van Schalkwyk, Frikkie du Preez and Christoff Becker were convicted n...
Firm denies R12,3m probe
Pasco Risk Management's investigation into the Ekurhuleni workshops did not cost R12,3-million as claimed by the Democratic Alliance.

In a seven-page response to the allegations, Pasco denies the eight-digit cost and notes that the claims could be a result of an attempt by guilty parties to disc...
Racist attacks on campus expose a legacy long simmering below the surface
Racial tensions are running high at the University of Johannesburg's Kingsway Campus after a string of violent incidents, which the student representative council at the institution claims are racially motivated.

Drunk white male students allegedly burst into a women's bathroom and beat up blac...
‘Car part’ was 86mm missile
JOHANNESBURG - The Welkom SA Police Service explosives unit defused a potentially deadly rocket last week after they reacted to reports of a strange object found in an abandoned house in Harrismith, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said a member of the community called ...
Police and Press end their ‘war’
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) have agreed to work towards calming the sometimes stormy relationship between police and the media.

Sanef and journalists met senior police members in Pretoria over the weekend to deal with thorny is...
HRC erred, says academic
JOHANNESBURG - A legal expert has lambasted the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for its ruling against the Forum for Black Journalists (FBJ).

Speaking at the Tshwane University of Technology’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, Professor Shadrack Gutto, a regular SABC commentator, criticised the judg...
SA warned over food security
JOHANNASBURG - South Africa has not invested enough in agriculture to make the country self-sufficient, the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) reportedly said last week.

The body, which advises the Minister of Agriculture and the industry on the marketing of agricultural products, is...
SA Navy uses Internet tolure new sailors for subs
JOHANNESBURG - The SA Navy has resorted to the Internet in its efforts to attract people to serve on its new submarines.

The web page details the number of personnel needed – 129 – to man the three 209 Type 1400 Model SA submarines acquired as part of the multi-billion strategic arms acquisition ...
Mbeki wants NPA ex-boss to shut up
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki is trying to stop suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli from spilling the beans, according to a media report.

The Sunday Independent reported yesterday it had learnt Mbeki’s office had “launched an 11th hour bid to prevent embarrassin...
Mbeki attacks racism
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) have expressed concerns about incidents of racism in the country.

“We cannot claim to be truly free when insidious and blatant racism still exist in our society,” Mbeki said during Freedom Day celebrations taking place in ...
MDC takes its fight to the UN
JOHANNESBURG - The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will tomorrow brief the United Nations Security Council on the Zimbabwean crisis.

“We are going to inform the UN Security Council deliberations about the situation in Zimbabwe,” MDC spokesman Nqobizitha Mlilo told The Citizen.

The MDC del...
Dube case for high court
JOHANNESBURG - The accused in the murder case of internationally-acclaimed South African reggae musician Lucky Dube were yesterday transferred to the Johannesburg High Court for trial.

They have been in custody for six months, and due to the heavy Johannesburg High Court roll, their trial will be...
'Eskom is lying to consumers'
Businesses and families battling lengthy outage

Economist Mike Schussler has torn into Eskom, saying the utility is lying to consumers to convince them and the national regulator of the need to implement an astronomical 60% increase in rates.

Schussler was addressing a congress held at...
Promises and lies enrage Photsaneng villagers who put their trust in Trust
Police probe whereabouts of missing millions belonging to landowners

For years, platinum mines paid millions of rands to the village of Photsaneng for the right to mine their land. The village, not far from Rustenburg in the North West province, sits on one of the richest seams of platinum...
Chinese govt recalls Zim arms vessel
A shipment of weapons to Zimbabwe that raised widespread criticism will return to China because there was no way to deliver it, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said today.

Countries neighbouring Zimbabwe refused to allow the weapons, including mortar grenades and bullets, to be shipped through thei...
Gate rage costs Joost dearly
Former Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen has paid R15 000 to avoid prosecution on charges of malicious damage to property for breaking a security boom with his bare hands.

The father-of-two, who was part of the World Cup-winning team in 1995, was to have handed himself over at Dougl...
Varsity slams race attacks
The University of Johannesburg has condemned the racist attacks which saw three students attacked in residences on the Kingsway campus.

One of the victims had his cheek broken and a steel plate inserted during an operation after he was pushed down stairs last week.


The university said the ...
Man accused of raping wife 18 times faces court
The trial of a 32-year-old man who faces multiple counts of raping his own wife was due to start in the Johannesburg High Court today.

He allegedly raped his wife 18 times and got her brother, his stepfather and friends to do the same. In addition, when she wanted to leave him, he threatened to ...
Lucky Dube murder trial postponed
The three men accused of murdering reggae icon Lucky Dube will spend another six months behind bars before their trial resumes on November 3. Sifiso Mhlanga (32), Julius Gxowa (30) and Mbuti Mabe (29) were told in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that their case would be transferred to ...
Kempton Park power cut causes havoc
Businesses, families battling lengthy outage

A power cut that is expected to last for five days has brought disaster to businesses and greatly inconvenienced families in Kempton Park.

The area battled for the second day without electricity yesterday after a fire at a substation.

Ek...
Protest over lab tests on animals
Every second, about five animals die in laboratories around the world. They are dissected, infected, scalded, drowned, electrocuted, poisoned, de-limbed and brain-damaged, often without the benefit of anaesthesia or painkillers.

Yesterday was World Day for Laboratory Animals.

In Joburg, anim...
McBride takes fight to High Court
Magistrate calls his defence team's argument over documents absurd

Robert McBride is taking his battle to obtain documents to the Johannesburg High Court.

The Ekurhuleni metro police chief is fighting to force the National Prosecuting Authority to show him each and every statement his ...
Risk management project cost metro a cool R12m
The codename "Lusaka" was used by Robert McBride and a risk management company for work which ended up costing the Ekurhuleni metro more than R12,3-million.

This escalated from R100 000 approved for a forensic investigation into "irregularities" at the municipal mechanical workshop.

A forens...
Rape accused ‘was high on cocaine and alcohol’
REPRESENTATIVES from the United States consulate were at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday for a trial arising from the alleged kidnapping, robbery and rape of a 14-year-old girl attending a church exchange learning programme.

Accused Stanley Mabona, 21, of Soweto, went on trial before judge ...
‘Walter Mitty’ faces the law
AN alleged “jack of all trades” who had been defrauding the public while pretending to be an expert in many fields was arrested in Mpumalanga last weekend, police said.

Tshepo Shabalala, 32, had allegedly been operating as a medical doctor, a lawyer, a priest, a police captain, accountant, invest...
Hostel men shoots officer
THE Ekurhuleni Municipality maintained yesterday that nothing would deter it from saving people’s lives be removing illegal electricity connections.

This after angry hostel dwellers from KwaThema, Springs, attacked law-enforcement officers accompanying Eskom officials, who were to remove illegal ...
School crime affects 15%
A STUDY of SA schools has found that 15% of children at primary and secondary schools have experienced some form of violence while at school.

The final results of the study, conducted by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (JCP), will be released at an open seminar at Human Rights House t...
Torture accused strikes again?
ESCAPE: Now police hunt prisoner after double killing on farm

A SUSPECT in a vicious murder has escaped from police custody, and is suspected of committing a horrific double murder on a North West farm.

Police searched farms on the outskirts of Lichtenburg with the help of dogs and a helicop...
Prisons mum on Selebi link
THE Department of Correctional Services could not be reached to respond to reports that one person who helped an awaiting-trial prisoner escape from Johannesburg Prison was linked to Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s corruption trial, despite earlier assurances it would do so.

Talk Radio 702 ye...
‘Shrink’ shortage in jails
PRISONERS: Little hope of them getting help

SOUTH Africa’s prison population of 158 826 have only 33 psychologists and 518 social workers to help them.

The head of the Department of Correctional Services’ psychological services, Dr Laurinda Bergh, yesterday told the Pretoria High Court there ...
Border patrols ‘too small’
THE Freedom Front Plus disputes Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula’s assertion that the police are successfully policing South Africa’s borders.

Spokesman Pieter Groenewald in a statement yesterday said the 651 SA Police Service members who patrolled the border with Zimbabwe, Mozambique...
Shabangu remarks sanitized
ICD BOSS: It’s a matter of the way you interpret them

DEPUTY Minister Susan Shabangu’s notorious “Kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community”, order has been narrowly interpreted.

This is according to Patrick Mongwe, acting executive director of the Independent Complaints Directo...
Eleven KZN officials guilty
ELEVEN out of 34 public servants in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal were yesterday found guilty for fraudulently obtaining government-subsidised houses, the National Housing Department said.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, the department’s spokesman Xolani Xundu said the other 23 were d...
Banking Ombudsman busy with bank disputes
THE Ombudsman for Banking Services (OBS) had his hands full lasts year, recovering R7,2 million from banks in 5 478 financial disputes.

The organization had also seen a 12% increase in the total number of case files closed, compared to 2006.

According to incumbent Ombudsman, advocate Clive Pil...
Fed-up student takes on robbers ... and wins
Fed-up with crime, a Pretoria University student chased down a pair of house robbers who had moments before attacked and left a neighbour for dead.

Joy Mogale, who had stayed at home to look after her sick teenage daughter on Monday, had just walked into the bedroom of her Waterkloof Glen home w...
Council says tap water didn't kill dozens of babies
A district council in the Eastern Cape has vehemently denied that contaminated tap water caused the death of more than 70 infants.

This comes as calls were made for disciplinary action and even criminal charges to be brought against those responsible.

The council instead blamed poverty and o...
City says power-saving measures are on track
The City of Johannesburg insists that it has introduced far-reaching power-saving measures to support consumers.

After The Star asked questions more than eight working days ago, the city responded yesterday with the following statement:

The mayoral committee member for infrastructure and ser...
Ginwala backs down on Pikoli's submissions
Prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli will be able to tell South Africa why he believes he was fired, as long as he keeps mum about the state's case against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Following weeks of legal wrangling between Independent Newspapers and the Ginwala Commission, Dr Frene G...
Study of violence in schools confirms disturbing trends
High schools in Gauteng have by far the highest rate of violence compared to other provinces.

This was one of the findings of a study by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), in collaboration with the Department of Education, on violence in schools.

Over 88 000 pupils in high s...
Activists want Zim arms ship to be halted
Human rights activists have called for urgent international intervention to stop the Chinese weapons shipment reaching Zimbabwe while the ship seems headed for Angola.

Late yesterday, the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) said the An Yue Jiang was still off the South African coas...
Betrayed by system he fought to uphold
Suspects said to have accepted bribes for fake release forms

Three court clerks will be in the dock tomorrow for allegedly setting convicted hijackers and robbers free in exchange for cash.

If Nicole Dawson (23), co-accused Andre Ali and a third clerk are found guilty, this is one of t...
Military base to cater for 2010 World Cup security
The area around Pretoria will play a pivotal role in the security of the Fifa 2010 World Cup tournament. This was announced by the South African National Defence Force during a high-level military media briefing in the capital yesterday.

The air force's Mobile Deployment Wing, at the site common...
Coin security guard shot
FOURWAYS, north of Johannesburg.

A security guard from Coin has been shot and robbed of R2 000 and his gun.

The 37-year-old was shot in the back yesterday as he was returning to his van after picking up money from a drop safe in the Leap Frog shopping centre at 11.00am.

The robber got away...
'Kindest man' killed during burglary
Family puzzled no one heard a thing despite security

He lay in his bed, hands and feet bound with a tie, the duvet cover pulled over his body exposing only his shoulders, a swollen forehead and dried blood around his mouth.

His small cottage on a 4,5-hectare plot in Honeydew, north-wes...
US teen tells court of her rape ordeal
She came to South Africa with a group of fellow American people, including her mother, to talk about the dangers of Aids. Five days later, she was raped.

The 14-year-old girl and her team visited various orphanages and offered peer counselling to several groups, particularly women, in June last ...
Police asked for lift, claim victims
"There are no vehicles. Can you come and pick us up?"

This is how a Lenasia police officer allegedly responded to a call for assistance from a family who had just been robbed.

Aneesa Khan*(not her real name) knew immediately something was amiss when she heard her husband screaming at 5.30am ...
House used for counterfeit racket seized
A house in Cyrildene, eastern Joburg, that was used as a base for a multimillion-rand fake CD/DVD counterfeiting operation has been seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

The house, valued at R600 000, belongs to Ruoquin Chen, a Chinese national living in South Africa.

On March 11, the Nationa...
Diepsloot situationremains stable
JOHANNESBURG - The situation in Diepsloot, east of Johannesburg, remained calm yesterday, following protests by residents there on Monday.

The residents of Extension Two were up in arms over the alleged cancellation of plans to build a tarred road in the area’s main section.

Residents vented t...
Jail teen killers, court told
JOHANNESBURG - Two social workers yesterday recommended that two young men who murdered teenager Samantha Uys three years ago should be sent to jail.

Matome Manyama and K A Pheko said Uys’s murder was premeditated, and she had been killed so that the accused could sell her mother’s car for drug m...
Quack adverts may get chop
JOHANNESBURG - Advertisements promising freedom from erectile dysfunction and other conditions could soon be scotched by the Minister of Health.

Amendments made to the Medicines and Related Substances Act will give the Health Department powers to regulate advertising for any drug which claims to ...
Silence over security scam
JOHANNESBURG - The Private Security Industry Regulating Authority (PSIRA) yesterday remained tightlipped on reports about bogus qualifications for security guards.

This after Talk Radio 702 reported yesterday morning on people finding it easy to buy the qualifications necessary to register.

Sp...
Tik addict grilled on effects of drugs
JOHANNESBURG - A Cape Flats man who allegedly set alight a woman in a drug den, after he and friends had smoked a mixture of the drug “tik” and mandrax, was yesterday questioned at length in the Cape High Court about the effect the mixture had on him.

Ashley Lategan, 24, said tik made him feel re...
‘Thugs’ in ANCYL will be dealt with
JOHANNESBURG -The newly elected president of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema, has embarked on a damage control mission after the ANCYL’s 23rd national congress in Mangaung earlier this month.

Malema, who beat his opponent Saki Mofokeng, lashed out at the behaviour of the delegates who protest...
DA says mayor may have to go
JOHANNNESBURG - Ekurhuleni executive mayor Duma Nkosi may eventually have to “pack his bags and go” for failing to account for R19,2 million in payments related to his police chief, Robert McBride, and city manager Patrick Flusk.

The Democratic Alliance claims Nkosi has failed to tackle the “exo...
3 800 civil servants face fraud charges
More than 400 public servants have escaped criminal prosecution and retained their jobs by owning up to housing subsidy fraud and agreeing to repay the government.

However, 3 800 of their colleagues have not escaped prosecution, following a year-long investigation by the Special Investigating Un...
Zim weapons ship doubles back
The container ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe has been spotted off Cape Town, as rumours grow of its attempts to dock.

The An Yue Jiang had apparently abandoned its attempt to dock in Namibia or Angola, and turned around to head back around the South African coast.

"The vessel is 57 nauti...
Phantom twin blamed for rape
A Mozambican has claimed that it was his twin brother who attacked a family near the Grasmere toll plaza and raped a teenage girl and her aunt.

This is what James Langa told the Pretoria High Court yesterday after his DNA was found on the crime scene, which was also linked to the brutal rape of ...
State wants rape cases finished in nine months
Nine months: that's the most the government wants rape survivors to wait for their cases to be finalised.

But, say rape activists, the ambitious plan could cause more harm than good - as increasing numbers of courts withdraw or strike cases from the roll to keep backlogs under control.

"What...
Alert undercover cops strike it lucky
Wanted criminal nabbed in stolen car

Driving back to Fairland police station, the officers had no idea who they had just arrested.

They had stopped an Audi A3 and taken the driver and his passenger in for questioning.

They didn't know that one of them had bribed his way out of a 15...
Suspect in abuse, killing case of girl (7) ditches bail bid
The 40-year-old man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering his young niece last month has abandoned his bail application.

He stands accused of snatching 7-year-old Gofaone Tyatya from outside her Zandspruit home, north of Joburg, raping her, strangling her and dumping her body in the veld a...
Dispute over rape of US teen
He saw her at a street bash and was immediately attracted to her. So he pulled out a toy gun, kidnapped the 14-year-old US girl and raped her.

This was the plea explanation of Stanley Tizirai Mabona (21) at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Mabona stands accused of one count of kidnappi...
Mother gets 15 years for abuse
A Joburg woman who pleaded guilty to 105 charges of sexually abusing her 10-year-old daughter has been sent to jail for 15 years for her role in the "vile crime".

This was the description given by Acting Judge Chris de Jager after two days of listening to the ordeal suffered by the girl at the h...
Pastor had penchant for back massages
He is a pastor, married and has children - but he has been charged with rape and indecent assault.

Errol Jacobs, a pastor at the Family Worship Centre in Hurst Hill, western Joburg, will have to wait till next month to find out whether magistrate Naomi Manaka finds him guilty of two counts of ra...
Living on lavish promises
How not to manage an energy crisis

Two solar-powered robots, nine subsidies for solar-powered geysers and seven for electric motors; and an unknown number of low-energy light bulbs - this is what The Star has been able to confirm was delivered to consumers in the four months of the elec...
Police in gunbattle as Eskom cuts power
A police officer slowly walkedaway from an ambulance holding a cap and a ragged jacket in his hands.

Inside the ambulance, his female colleague lay on a stretcher with a serious gunshot wound to her head after she was allegedly shot by Kwa-Thema hostel residents near Springs, east of Joburg, yes...
Keeping polluters in line no easy job, says Green Scorpions boss
Economic growth may be the Holy Grail for South Africa, but development and growth at the cost of the environment is too high a price to pay.

Outgoing director of enforcement of the Green Scorpions, Melissa Fourie, points to China as the scenario South Africa wants to avoid.

Unfettered growt...
Zille lambastes commission
DEMOCRATIC Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille yesterday fired a no-holds-barred verbal broadside at the Erasmus Commission of Inquiry, calling it an “unlawful, unconstitutional, political hit squad” conducting a “drawn-out witch-hunt” in the run-up to the 2009 election.

The DA has been at loggerhea...
‘Burglars’ nabbed
Four suspects believed to be part of a gang involved in housebreakings were arrested in Orange Farm at the weekend.

Captain Johannes Motsiri said the suspects took the police to a house they used as a “storeroom” for stolen goods.

Police recovered stolen goods and the four will appear in court...
Burnt to death in a hut
FREE State police are probing the gruesome murder of a 73-year-old woman who was burnt to death in her Qwaqwa home in a suspected arson attack at the weekend.

Eastern Free State police sergeant Mmako Mophiring, said the elderly Roselina Matshepo Nhlapo’s daughter-in-law discovered her “burnt to a...
Hubby ‘aided wife rape’
A HUSBAND accused of holding down his wife for an abortion after allegedly helping relatives rape her appeared again in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

His 34 charges include 18 counts of rape. He also allegedly assaulted their children.

Prosecutor Marilé van Heerden, in the court docu...
Killers still at large
NO arrests have been made yet for the murder of a 71-year-old woman on a farm near Brits at the weekend.

Police said investigations were continuing into the death of Lien Gronum. Her husband, Willem, 71, had given some employees a lift to the shops at the time.

One of the employees has since ...
To testify on rape
AN American teenager has arrived in South Africa to testify in the Johannesburg High Court trial of two men charged with kidnapping, robbing and raping her when she was in the country for a church exchange programme.

The crimes were committed 10 months ago.

The Washington teen, now aged 15, an...
Manto changes are ‘vague’
PRIVATE hospitals say Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has given the wrong diagnosis to private healthcare, in the draft amendments to the National Health Act made public on Friday.

They believe the amendments, made without consulting them, give the Minister draconian powers, including...
HRC Confirms mining probe
THE Human Rights Commission (HRC) has confirmed that three ministers are due to appear before the commission today on allegations of human rights violations.

The HRC subpoenaed the Ministers of Energy, Environmental Affairs and Land Affairs, following complaints about proposed titanium mining at ...
Gang member remanded
A MEMBER of a 12-man gang who allegedly severely assaulted a man and his family during a house robbery in Erasmia was remanded in the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Lawrence Monyane, 24, from Soweto, was in court west of Pretoria on charges of armed robbery and assault.

Monyane w...
Ruling on 'whites-only' holiday resort awaited
The fate of the controversial "whites-only" resort at Broederstroom, west of Pretoria, remains in the balance.

Bertus Pretorius (62) of the Broederstroom Holiday Resort met with various tourism role-players yesterday.

Now North West MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Darkey Africa has ...
Mbeki considers wider special pardon criteria
President Thabo Mbeki is prepared to at least consider whether political prisoners denied amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should also be allowed to qualify for his special pardon.

"He (Mbeki) said he would give serious consideration to our requests, whether or not he will reac...
Ship carrying Zim weapons heading for Angola
Maritime expert says it could transfer cargo to another vessel and refuel while still at sea

The ship carrying weapons from China for Zimbabwe is heading to Angola, and could secretly transfer its cargo to another ship.

Yesterday, London-based maritime research company Lloyd's MIU said...
Students beaten as 'racist' attacks rock varsity
The University of Johannesburg has been rocked by three alleged racist attacks which happened in residences on the Kingsway campus.

The attacks, which happened during a party celebrating the opening of a bar on the campus last week, have left one student with a metal plate in his face after he w...
Mother pleads guilty of sexual abuse 105 times
A Joburg woman who pleaded guilty to 105 charges of sexually abusing her 10-year-old daughter cried when a judge asked her why she did it.

Tears rolled down her cheeks as the woman, whose name cannot be published to protect the identity of the child, was asked by Judge Chris de Jager: "Why did y...
Two battered to death at daycare centre
An unidentified assailant has killed two people and injured two others with a "blunt object" at a daycare centre and residence in Kempton Park.

No arrests had been made and the motive remained unknown.

Paramedics were called to the Kempton Uiltjies daycare centre at about 7am yesterday, wher...
Yet another airport-related attack
A Nigerian computer engineer has become the latest foreign national to be robbed after supposedly being followed from OR Tambo International Airport.

Olugbenga Gbonjubola (37) was in the country for less than an hour when two armed men pounced on him and his driver, Evar Nseka (36), before he co...
McBride trial delayed by demand for more documents
With a fresh legal battle raging over Robert McBride's demand to see all statements made by his "clean-up team", the trial has been delayed yet again.

McBride's defence team yesterday launched an application to force the state to hand over each and every Section 204 statement his three former of...
'Why are they punishing us like this?'
A group of women embraced each other and wept uncontrollably as their container shops were impounded by the police during a raid on illegal trading.

Others simply chose to lock and abandon their makeshift shops to save themselves from being taken away after a throng of Joburg metro police, offic...
Alleged Oprah school abuser's case delayed
The trial of the baby-faced dormitory parent accused of molesting girls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy has once again been postponed.

The case has made headlines around the world since the 27-year-old woman, who The Star cannot name because of the nature of the charges against her, was ...
Watch out for a con-artist claiming to be from Sars
He scams thousands from business people by pretending to help them out of a crisis

He possesses the perfect con-artist attributes: he is well spoken and well dressed, drives a smart car and is incredibly knowledge able on auditing and tax laws.

He is a clever predator who preys on smal...
Trauma debriefing advised amid spate of violent incidents
The trauma of surviving or witnessing a hijacking, armed robbery, smash-and-grab or any other violent crime is a phenomenon that affects thousands of South Africans daily.

"No matter how big or small the incident was, whether an armed or unarmed robbery, housebreaking, smash-and-grab or hijackin...
30 held after orgy of looting
Night of violence as service delivery protest turns wild

Service delivery protests in Lenasia South have left looted shops, a burnt-out security vehicle and damaged homes in their wake.

The situation was tense this morning as hundreds of residents from the Hospital Hill informal settle...
Joburg's water now deemed safe to drink
The water in Joburg's northern suburbs has been declared safe to drink after a water warning that caused panic last week.

On Friday, Joburg Water sent out an urgent notice to residents living in Northcliff, Fairland, Cresta, Linden, Blairgowrie and surrounding areas, stating that the water qualit...
McBribe demands to see claims made by 'clean-up' team
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Police hunt on for 11 of brutal robbery gang
A MANHUNT has been launched for 11 of the 12-man gang who severely assaulted a man and his family during a house robbery in Erasmia west of Pretoria at the weekend.

The gang robbed the family of R25 000 and two vehicles, a VW Polo and Ford Bantam, at the Doringrandgies Plot on Saturday at about 5...
Ruse lures serial-rape suspect
A ZIMBABWEAN national believed to be Pretoria’s worst serial rapist has been trapped, police said yesterday.

James Dube, 31, who allegedly first throttles his victims then rapes them while they are unconscious, was immediately taken to court.

Spokesman Captain Dumisani Ndlazi said Dube alleged...
Dube killing: Three for trial
ONLY three of the four accused arrested for the murder of reggae artist Lucky Dube will be going to the Johannesburg High Court for trial.

The High Court advocate allocated the file for a decision on the nature of the final charges on Friday, authorised lower court Prosecutor Collen Molebatsi to ...
Arms ship heads to Angola
ANGOLA. That is where the ship carrying more than 70 tons of Robert Mugabe’s ammunition and explosives is headed to offload its lethal cargo – and it’s also where the South African representative of the International Transport Federation (ITF) is headed – for exactly the opposite reason.

Speakin...
Sex fiend slays girl
The Eastern Cape police found an 18-year-old Willowvale schoolgirl murdered and sexually mutilated on Saturday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said Lipuo Litsepo Leeuw went with a friend to her boyfriend’s house in Willowvale.

“The friend went inside and left Lipuo outside. When the boyfriend and th...
Squatters turn violent over development plan
ITSOSENG squatters in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria were up in arms against service delivery last week.

Police spokesman Inspector Dikatso Thebe said the protest started on Monday after the squatters apparently learnt about a development project earmarked for their squatter camp.

They s...
Company, mother say goodbye to slain dancer
It has been a long and painful three weeks for dancers at the KMAD dance company since the murder of fellow dancer Estee van Rensburg.

On Saturday, fellow dancers, though still in mourning, held a show in Estee's memory.

The show, themed "Reflections", was staged at the State Theatre in Pret...
Lenasia protesters raze councillor's house
Police and demonstrators have clashed, leaving rubber-bullet casings and debris littering the streets at an informal settlement near Lenasia, south of Joburg.

Thirty residents of Hospital Hill settlement, near Lenasia South, were arrested after the house of the local councillor was set on fire a...
Bulls fans accused of assault, racial abuse
An award-winning Associated Press photographer claims he was assaulted by two rugby fans in Pretoria.

Themba Hadebe yesterday said the assault took place shortly after the game between the Highlanders and the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.

"I was rushing back to the media centre when I came ac...
Claims over arms ship denied
Authorities have disputed sensational claims that the Chinese vessel carrying six containers of weapons and ammunition destined for Zimbabwe has sunk off the coast of Africa.

The Lloyd's Maritime Intelligence Unit website listed a ship by the same name, An Yue Jiang, as a "casualty", claiming th...
Women fall prey to preacher gang
Victims conned by men pretending to be prophets

The Bible is pretty clear on "Thou shall not steal". But a gang of robbers parading as preachers are not exactly practising what they preach.

The group is working across Joburg's northern suburbs, and one police station has even started p...
Airport heist a R9m blow to charity
Sponsorship lost over ambush

A South African-based NGO will miss out on a R9,4-million sponsorship deal from international donors after the organisation's director and two West African colleagues were robbed after leaving OR Tambo International Airport.

Kelebogile Resana, of Youth for ...
Solar-powered robots to make life bearable amid all the gloom
Tuesday 11.30am, and Sandton was in the middle of load shedding.

I had to go to a meeting. I was dreading it, as all the traffic lights were out along Rivonia Road in Sandown and I just knew it was going to be chaotic in the traffic.

But, imagine my surprise when I sailed through the interse...
LaCote escapes from jail
Awaiting-trial fugitive from justice Jean Claude LaCote walked out of the maximum security section of Johannesburg Prison - but it took prison officials more than a week to discover that their flight-risk prisoner had fled.

The French-born LaCote, wanted internationally for murder, fraud and mon...
Flood victims'donations stolen
Clothes stored in mayor's office went missing. Terri-Liza Fortein reports

Tiny Mokwena, senior communications official for the City of Tshwane, insists she isn't a thief and that there are several flaws in the way the city has dealt with her suspension.

Mokwena, Bakang Matlhage and Nth...
Cops find teen who fled with man she had met on MXit
Investigators have found the Orania teenager who apparently ran away from home to stay in Joburg with someone she met through the cellphone chat service MXit.

Chantelynn Janse van Rensburg (15) - who disappeared almost two weeks ago - is now in police custody, according to private investigator D...
Cops find teen who fled with man she had met on MXit
Investigators have found the Orania teenager who apparently ran away from home to stay in Joburg with someone she met through the cellphone chat service MXit.

Chantelynn Janse van Rensburg (15) - who disappeared almost two weeks ago - is now in police custody, according to private investigator D...
Ministers on the HRC mat
THREE government Ministers have been subpoenaed to appear before the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for alleged human rights violations.

Land Affairs Minister Lulama Xingwana, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica have t...
Conflicting tale delay
A DISCREPANCY between the way in which a young Benoni man claimed he had murdered an elderly widow, and an autopsy report, has resulted in a trial delay.

Acting Judge Chris Eksteen earlier this week found Frederick Hendry Koen, 23, guilty of murdering 92-year-old Elizabeth Catharina Ströh at her ...
Two ATMs Bombed
A GANG of about 20 robbers were involved in spreading alarm and fear in the bombing of two ATMs in the East Rand yesterday morning.

The first incident took place at the Delview Filling Station in Brakpan and the other in Impala Park, Boksburg.

Captain Petros Mabuza said a gang of about 20 arri...
Dagga found in boot
TSHWANE Metro Police officers yesterday discovered five bags of dagga worth more than R300 000 inside a car they impounded four days ago.

Spokesman William Baloyi said officers became suspicious when they realized the car had not been claimed four days after it was impounded. Police found the da...
Murder bail bid
The defence for one of the four suspects in the murder of schoolgirl Emily Williams, 12, yesterday obtained a date for a bail application.

Nkosinathi Nkosi, represented by Francois Retief, will apply for bail in Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday April 25.

The other three are not asking...
Kidnap, murder rap
A COUPLE appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday on charges of kidnapping and murder and then setting a hotel room on fire to cover up the crime.

The victim, Concelia Mare, was allegedly lured from her Krugersdorp home and robbed.

The body was found in a Pretoria hotel.

By Citizen...
Minister leaves police exposed
SOUTH Africa’s hard-pressed policemen go to work an average of seven bulletproof vests short at each police station.

That’s just the start of their problems, the Democratic Alliance said yesterday.

Visits by the DA revealed that many stations also lacked other basic necessities – including tor...
Police ‘harass vendors’
MORE than half of all Johannesburg’s street traders surveyed in a study commissioned by the nonprofit organization Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (Esset), say they have experienced harassment at the hands of the metro police.

Most said cases lodged against the police had nev...
What drives xenophobia
With a growing presence of foreign nationals within the borders of South Africa, isolated incidents of xenophobia could lead to full-scale exercises in ethnic cleansing in time, warn experts.

“You don’t have to look on our continent to see examples of what this type of tension may lead to,” said ...
Warning - Not to drink tap water
Reported in The Citizen today is a warning from Johannesburg Water for residents in some areas in Northern Johannesburg not to drink tap water as the quality was not up to standard.

Spokesman Baldwin Matsimela had stated that routine sampling on Thursday found that the water supply was not...
Suspensions follow theft of donations
JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane mayoral spin doctor has been suspended following the theft of clothes donated for victims of floods in Mamelodi, the city council said yesterday.

This comes after 200 residents of Lusaka squatter camp in Mamelodi were left homeless in January, when raging waters swept t...
Explosion over Zim arms cargo
JOHANNESBURG - Reports that a Chinese freighter was unloading its deadly cargo of weapons bound for Zimbabwe onto a fleet of trucks at Durban harbour unleashed a flurry of activity among journalists and activists yesterday, while unions said they would refuse to handle the shipment.

At the same t...
Officer: ‘I was not lazy’
JOHANNESBURG - A senior policeman yesterday strenuously objected to being called “indolent” and said he had investigated a complaint by one of the alleged killers of three Mamelodi schoolgirls that he had been tortured.

This followed complaints by one of the accused’s legal representative that hi...
'Nothing unique' about Zim-bound arms
The weapons destined for Zimbabwe on a ship off Durban are not the first such cargo to cross South Africa.

"This is not a unique thing," said SA Revenue Service spokesperson Adrian Lackay. Customs, which checks imported goods, is part of Sars.

"The mines in this country import explosives. Ne...
Don't be bubblegum, girls urged
Straight-talking Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu has some forthright advice about the birds and the bees.

She warned schoolgirls in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, yesterday that boys would use them like bubblegum and spit them out when they fell pregnant

The deputy minister h...
Star barred from hearing
'Tortured' cop sue

Stripped naked, blindfolded with torn trouser legs, tied to a chair and repeatedly beaten, throttled, and shocked with a cattle prod.

This was the torture that police officers Paul Kgoedi and Serious Mthembi claim they suffered after they were wrongly arrested on sus...
Send in the army, foreigners plead
Thousands of immigrants were terrorised for a third day yesterday as thugs continued to attack, loot and burn their homes and businesses in Mamelodi.

As the violence continued, a Mozambican immigrant rights organisation called on the SA National Defence Force to be deployed to restore peace and ...
Mystery McBride dockets revealed
Documents relating to the investigation of charges of attempted murder, fraud and defeating the ends of justice against Ekurhuleni metro police boss Robert McBride were among those stolen during a robbery at the Johannesburg High Court.

The National Prosecuting Authority yesterday confirmed that ...
Exposed
There is a gang targeting airport travellers, and we told you so, Supt Naidoo

For weeks, police have denied that a spate of robberies aimed at tourists entering the country have been linked to a gang targeting them from OR Tambo International Airport.

Yesterday, two men - Freedom Mukwe...
Star barred from cops' hearing
Two police officers cleared of stealing more than R100-million recovered from a Joburg airport heist claim they were tortured into a false confession.

And Paul Kgoedi and Serious Mthembi believe the police were also responsible for the deaths of another officer and three other men suspected of in...
Yes, Mr Mbeki you did say there was no crisis
President Thabo Mbeki did say there wasn't a crisis in Zimbabwe - but he's adamant he was talking about the election and not the country.

And even after all the furore, he still won't agree there's a crisis.

He was quoted as saying on Saturday at a press conference in Harare after he had met Z...
They're not victims, they're cops
When would-be robbers saw two men approaching from the direction of Ikwezi train station in Soweto yesterday evening, they thought they had found their perfect victims.

When the two men got closer, the robbers pounced. "Hands up," one shouted, pointing a firearm at the victims, while his friend ...
Eina time as cops go all out to get fit
Fit and healthy police officers will make life difficult for criminals if Inspector Sipho Thwala's exercise routines are anything to go by.

Yesterday, dressed in exercise gear, police officers, the young, old, pregnant, fat and thin, forgot about crime as they endured painful exercises.

Whil...
Arms shipment for Zimbabwe
CHINESE VESSEL: Off Durban with huge cache

‘ENOUGH explosives to kill every man, woman and child in Durban,” – that’s what a Chinese ship was prevented from unloading in Durban yesterday.

The shipment of arms, paid for and loaded onto the ship on January 21, 2008 was prevented from unlo...
Pole gets cracking 13 months late
POLLEY CASE: We’ll focus now

THE police have prioritised the brutal January 2007 murder of Lizel Polley – after 13 months of alleged blundering.

Lizel’s story unleashed a flood of sympathy and outrage earlier this month, when her mother poured out her heart about the police’s inability to bri...
Beuthin’s case not urgent – judge
JOHANNESBURG High Court Judge Bosie Mbha yesterday ruled that ex-bouncer Gary Beuthin’s application to be moved from the “convicted” section to the awaiting-trial section at the Johannesburg Prison was not urgent.

Beuthin is now hoping it will be heard in the “ordinary” section on April 29.

St...
Chinese intervention fears
JOHANNESBURG - “God is the only one who can protect us, we need help”. These were the words of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe after the recent bloodshed and violence in Zimbabwe.

After bloodshed in Zimbabwe and with fears voiced about possible intervention on President Rober...
Call on state to block arms heading for Harare
Call on state to block arms heading for Harare

The news of the arms consignment is also expected to exacerbate the growing fear among Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters that President Robert Mugabe's government is planning to unleash the military and Zanu-PF militia t...
Bullard complaint won’t be pursued, says SAHRC
JOHANNESBURG - Complaints received by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about controversial columnist David Bullard will not be pursued, according to a statement made by spokesman Vincent Moaga yesterday.

Bullard was fired from the Sunday Times by editor Mondli Makhanya, following...
Mbeki must ‘commit or go’
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean refugees yesterday asked Thabo Mbeki to commit publicly to impartiality in his SADC facilitation role.

Otherwise an individual whose credibility was not open to question should replace him, they said.

About 200 refugees made the request during their march to the Zimba...
248 held, 179 taxis grabbed in blitz
JOHANNESBURG - A staggering 248 taxi drivers were arrested and 179 minibus taxis impounded as a clampdown on taxi violence intensified in Johannesburg yesterday.

Traffic was brought to a virtual standstill as armed members of the Johannesburg Metro Police, SAPS and Ekurhuleni Metro stopped all ta...
US daily slams ‘quiet diplomacy’
JOHANNESBURG - A leading American newspaper has lambasted President Thabo Mbeki for his stance on the political impasse in Zimbabwe.

The Washington Post writes in its hard-hitting editorial: “Mbeki’s perverse and immoral policy is reaching its nadir in SA’s neighbour Zimbabwe.

“The government...
Johannesburg High Court heist may have been Great No-Brain Robbery
JOHANNESBURG - There is speculation that it was actually the Great No-brain Robbery, and not the great High Court Robbery.

One theory is that the robbers used the 12th floor north wing entrance instead of the south wing entrance – and smashed open the wrong office, having turned right instead of ...
Mystery McBride dockets
Stolen papers link him to attempted murder, fraud case

Documents relating to the investigation of charges of attempted murder, fraud and defeating the ends of justice against Ekurhuleni metro police boss Robert McBride were among those stolen during a robbery at the Johannesburg High Court...
Unrepentant Shabangu again comes out firing
With the firm support of ANC president Jacob Zuma, Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu has stuck to her guns and refused to apologise for her controversial "shoot-to-kill" statement.

Shabangu told residents of Lwandle township, outside Cape Town, yesterday that she was not comprom...
Families of Pakistani nationals want to know if they're dead or alive
The families of four Pakistani nationals, who have been missing for five months, are hoping that six murder suspects arrested for an unrelated crime could reveal the fate of their loved ones.

Majid Saleem, Shahab Hussein, Aman Ullah and Malik Yasir were last seen on November 9 in Joburg after th...
Health minister disputes UN stats on child mortality
South Africa is ranked among the 10 worst countries when it comes to ensuring that children survive beyond the age of 5, but Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang says it all comes down to how you tally the numbers.

Child mortality is number four among the set of eight Millennium Development ...
Internal disputes delay amnesty hearing
The father of one of the Justice Ministry's most powerful officials says he will "end up sleeping on the street" if his son's department doesn't urgently grant him amnesty for defrauding a paralysed woman.

But former defence force colonel Bhekumndeni Simelane's hopes of clearing his name have be...
Scorpions weighed down by apartheid cops, says ANC
The Scorpions are a political organisation filled with former apartheid security police out to nail ANC leaders, according to party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

"In our view, we have committed a mistake by putting a lot of the Special Branch into the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) and...
State wants another two weeks
President Thabo Mbeki, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will miss today's deadline to respond to a Joburg businessman's court bid to save the Scorpions.

But, in a surprise move, legal representatives for the president and his ministers admitted ...
Mayor accused of lack of leadership
Nkosi said McBride's fees were approved by council

Going on record at a media briefing and confirming that R6,9-million was paid to a single law firm that was not on the metro's legal panel of attorneys has put Ekurhuleni's executive mayor "on the spot".

This is the view of Izak Berg, ...
Crucial court time lost over translation
A Joburg magistrate has been left irate after he was forced to postpone all cases on his court roll because no interpreters were available.

One of the cases that was to be heard at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday involves the alleged rape of a woman by Andile Mpongwane and Fana Mot...
My plan is to make sure the community here feels safer
When Commissioner Oswald Reddy was moved from the Gauteng police's headquarters to head up the Honeydew police station, some people thought he was being sent to policing purgatory.

He was, after all, one of Joburg's highest ranking police officers at the time - a man with 26 years of policing ex...
How we caught the Zandspruit suspect
The Zandspruit community was enraged. A 7-year-old girl had been found murdered; a killer was on the loose.

Honeydew Police Station commissioner Oswald Reddy knew that in order for him to restore confidence in the community, the killer needed to be caught soon.

The previous day (March 10), t...
Now mayor, city and DA launch court bids to halt commission
Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille, city manager Achmat Ebrahim and the DA have each applied for urgent interdicts to stop all activities of the reconstituted Erasmus Commission, pending the ruling on a review application for the inquiry to be declared unconstitutional.

The three applications for inter...
Blood flowing in Zim
THERE have been widespread reports of bloodshed in Zimbabwe as police and so-called war veterans hunt down opposition MDC organizers who called for yesterday’s nationwide strike.

“No government, no labour”, was the call from Zimbabwe’s main opposition party. At the same time it announced the mur...
Foreigners under attack
SCORES of shacks belonging to foreigners were burnt down in a xenophobia attack in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, yesterday.

On Monday night a group of local residents allegedly attacked foreigners from Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Phomolong squatter camp. They allegedly took their goods and set thei...
Security complex shooting
THIEVES made off with only a cellphone after shooting a resident several times during a house robbery in his Woodhill security complex home, east of Pretoria yesterday.

The man was taken to hospital in a critical condition and his wife suffered minor injuries.

Police spokesman Captain Phillip ...
Judge orders police to court
A PRETORIA High Court judge yesterday criticised the police for their “indolence” in dealing with a complaint by one of the alleged killers of three Mamelodi schoolgirls that he had been tortured.

The court last November ordered an officer be appointed to investigate the complaints of the 35-year...
Beuthin no-show for urgent application
THE office of the State Attorney is looking into whether the proper procedures were followed when paroled bouncer Gary Beuthin went back behind bars, after his arrest for an alleged baseball bat attack on former Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club office-bearer, Eduard Jacobs.

Beuthin, 43, had an urgen...
Computers stolen
A SECURITY guard at a business in Boksburg East was tied up in a toilet while seven men stole R60 000 worth of computers yesterday.

Boksburg police said the guard was approached by seven men at 3am who took his panic button, cellphone and money.

Anyone with information can contact the Boksburg...
Event to raise cash for Richard Bloom bursary
A benefit event in honour of slain designer Richard Bloom will be held in Cape Town at the end of the month to raise funds for a fashion industry bursary.

Bloom (27) and his actor friend Brett Goldin (28) were found murdered two years ago today.

Yesterday, the Richard Bloom Foundation, toget...
Reitz 'racist' video makers refuse to speak to cops
Free State police have accused the student producers of an alleged racist video of refusing to answer questions about the controversial film, or reveal the whereabouts of its original.

As a result of this alleged "lack of cooperation" Free State police Director Jacob Sumane, who is the head of t...
Mayor backs payment of McBride's legal fees
Ekurhuleni's executive mayor Duma Nkosi has upped the ante in support of city manager Patrick Flusk, against calls for Flusk's suspension with regard to the legal expenditure of Robert McBride.

At a press briefing in Germiston yesterday, Nkosi announced that Flusk would prepare and submit a repo...
Call for pressure on Mugabe
The Southern African leadership should provide more of a definitive role on the crisis in Zimbabwe, ANC treasurer-general Mathew Phosa believes.

Speaking at a business breakfast in Midrand yesterday, Phosa said the weekend's Southern African Development Community summit in Zambia had not done en...
Mufamadi joins 'no crisis' ranks
After 18 days without a word on who should rule Zimbabwe, Local and Provincial Minister Sydney Mufamadi denied the Zimbabwean situation was at a dead end.

He was speaking yesterday in his capacity as a special envoy on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki, who was appointed by SADC last year as a fac...
There is a crisis in Zim, ANC says to Mbeki
Top brass calls for release of results and direct talks

The ANC's top brass have directly contradicted President Thabo Mbeki by unequivocally stating that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.

They also favour a parallel mediation process to the one involving regional governments which is hea...
More time for presidential pardons
More than a thousand applications for presidential pardons are expected to flood in from KwaZulu Natal alone in line with the original deadline announced by President Thabo Mbeki last year for these to be lodged.

However, today's deadline has been extended to May 31, giving latecomers an opportu...
'Zim situation a crisis with negative results'
ANC calls for release of results and direct talks

The ANC's top brass have directly contradicted President Thabo Mbeki by unequivocally stating that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.

They also favour a parallel mediation process to the one involving regional governments which is headed by...
Joburg courts under siege
Brazen robbers breach second building in 24 hours

A second court, in the heart of a police precinct, has been hit by robbers less than 24 hours after a brazen break-in at the Johannesburg High Court.

Now judicial officers say they fear for their safety.

Court officials at the Jeppe...
Accused appear in 'Valium creche' case
A Somerset West day-mother accused of tranquillising the babies and toddlers in her care with Valium has made a brief appearance in the local magistrate's court, and the case was postponed for further investigation.

Monica Helm (61), the owner of Kinderland creche in Cynaroides Street, Heldervue...
Deafening silence tilts the scales of justice
If it's not armed gangs trying to stand in the way of justice, it's faulty phones.

A day after the Johannesburg High Court was robbed, a magistrate at a court across town nearly threw out a robbery case because there were no phones to call a translator.

This comes after three frustrating mon...
Groban concert promoter arrested
The man at the centre of the Celine Dion and Josh Groban concert fiasco has been arrested in Durban on charges of fraud.

Duncan Heafield of Kusasa Commodities Entertainment was arrested on Monday. Durban police spokesperson Inspector Michael Read confirmed that Heafield was arrested by members o...
Knife Gang suspects now facing fewer charges
'Big Spender' a common denominator in all the evidence, court told

William "Big Spender" Lehase and his co-accused stood at attention, waiting to hear how many charges they had beaten after the state closed its case.

Two years since their arrest, and 10 months after the trial began, th...
Triple murder trial awaits bail bid
Neroy Singh, arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, her sister and husband, avoided any eye contact with his in-laws during his court appearance.

The 41-year-old man was making his second appearance at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto yesterday following his arrest last week ...
Safety not compromised, says SAA
South African Airways' technical division says it will not allow staff shortages to compromise the safety of its passengers, and has vowed that employees will not "take shortcuts in their work".

The national carrier has also pledged not to fly aircraft that are not fully functional.

This fol...
Reader reports Bullard to HRC over 'hate speech'
An angry Sunday Times reader, Victor Dlamini, has registered a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission, saying the paper's axed columnist David Bullard "violated his right to human dignity".

Bullard had been writing his Out to Lunch column for the newspaper for the past 14 years...
Deafening silence thwarts scales of justice
If it's not armed gangs trying to stand in the way of justice, it's faulty phones.

A day after the Johannesburg High Court was robbed, a magistrate at a court across town nearly threw out a robbery case because there were no phones to call a translator.

This comes after three frustrating mon...
Woman recounts assault in taxi
Passenger, driver allegedly hit her after protesting about change

With tears streaming down her face, Precious Tshishonga has recounted an assault which occurred inside a taxi full of passengers in Johannesburg.

Tshishonga faced the two men, passenger Muzi Madide and taxi driver Mtolik...
I lied to cops, says Najwa 'hit plotter'
Witness says his statements are false

Najwa Petersen's alleged hit organiser claims his first two statements to the police after the murder of Taliep Petersen were lies.

The admission came in the Cape High Court yesterday under cross-examination as Najwa's defence team chipped away at ...
3-year-old victim has lost use of one hand
Skierlik shooting

Twins Onkarabile and Karabo Lottering (3) lived a normal life until one of them was shot.

Onkarabile watched as his attacker pulled up his hunting rifle and fired shots at him until he collapsed.

He regained consciousness in hospital, where he underwent surgery. H...
Grieving parents find comfort in fellowship
Two years ago, when Denise Goldin lost her son Brett in a brutal double-murder case, she thought she might be swallowed up by a big dark hole and never reappear.

Not long after Brett's death, a couple who had lost their child to cancer walked through the door and shook Goldin's hand.

"Welcom...
Robbers flee empty-handed
ABOUT eight armed robbers fled empty-handed after a botched robbery at a cash and carry supermarket in Hercules, west of Pretoria yesterday.

The incident started when the men allegedly held a security guard at gunpoint.

He was tied up before the men tried to break into a supermarket at about 1...
Killed near his home
A Man in his mid 40’s was shot dead in Mariannhill, Durban at the weekend.

Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said the man was returning to his Nadina Garden home.

“Two shots were fired by the suspects and a bullet went through his car window, grazed his right arm, went through his body and exited...
SCORPIONS STILL AT IT
THE Scorpions are not letting themselves be distracted from their work while the debate on their future rages on.

An investigation has seen four men arrested in Pietermaritzburg in connection with fraud.

The men, three of whom are employed by the Mgungundlovu District Municipality, apparently ...
Farm shellfish safe
The shellfish poisoning scare on the Cape west coast does not affect commercial aquaculture.

The Department of Environment Affairs has rushed to defend its fledgling aquaculture industry after tests showed traces of paralytic shellfish poisoning in abalone.

“Aquaculture products were never at ...
Horn robbers could go stiff
AMOROUS men ingesting rhino horn as an aphrodisiac may find themselves going stiff in a way they did not really expect, the Iziko Museum in Cape Town warned yesterday.

Iziko chief executive Henry Bredenkamp said thieves who lifted priceless rhino horns from the museum over the weekend might have ...
Army-style High Court hit
Professional gang knew precisely where documents were held

The doorbell at the Johannesburg High Court rang shrilly. It was 9.40pm. Someone shouted to the security guards inside the building that a woman had been raped and one of the security men was believed to have been responsible.

...
'Zim situation a crisis with negative results'
ANC calls for release of results and direct talks

The ANC's top brass have directly contradicted President Thabo Mbeki by unequivocally stating that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.

They also favour a parallel mediation process to the one involving regional governments which is headed by...
Robbers smash into jewellery store
A gang of AK-47-wielding robbers smashed their way into a jewellery store in Rivonia Square shopping centre, making off with hundreds of thousands of rands worth of goods.

The owner of the Private Collection Jewellery, Mohammad Ghomeshi Bozorg said yesterday seven men used a heavy hammer to brea...
Supersleuth 'called by God' to become a cop
No one took much notice of the man dressed in a cap and jeans who had quietly taken his place in the food queue.

The same man had followed a bus of mourners from a Soweto cemetery to the funeral reception and had been waiting for his chance to strike.

His chance came when a young man - the o...
Zim civil groups ridicule Mbeki stance
President Thabo Mbeki has been ridiculed and castigated by emotional leaders of Zimbabwe's civil society for his view that there was no crisis in their country.

They also rejected talk of any government of national unity, which is understood to be among the compromise options favoured by Pretori...
Supersleuth 'called by God' to become a cop
No one took much notice of the man dressed in a cap and jeans who had quietly taken his place in the food queue.

The same man had followed a bus of mourners from a Soweto cemetery to the funeral reception and had been waiting for his chance to strike.

His chance came when a young man - the on...
Zim's old order at major parliamentary gathering
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has told parliamentarians from all over the globe that they could not remain silent about Zimbabwe's "democratic process that has gone wrong".

She was speaking at the opening of the 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an organisation representi...
French-style Koo beans recalled
Food manufacturer Tigerbrands is recalling all its 2007 stock of the 215g and 410g Koo French-style green beans after discovering some of the tins are spoiled.

Koo is a subsidiary of Tigerbrands.

Yesterday, Jimmy Manyi, group executive of corporate affairs at Tigerbrands, said certain batche...
Ekurhuleni mayor set to announce steps over McBride fees
City manager Patrick Flusk may be put on paid leave

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Duma Nkosi was expected to announce the fate of city manager Patrick Flusk today, after a stormy week of allegations around the legal fees of metro police chief Robert McBride.

The Star is also in possession...
Jingxela stalls rape case over ill health
Mongezi Jingxela, South Africa's worst serial rapist, has again stalled the proceedings in another rape case, saying he was ill.

Jingxela, who is currently serving 55 life sentences for the rape of 60 women, was to testify in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court against Andile Mpongwane and Fana ...
Gofaone Tyatya case postponed
His demeanour, unlike at his previous appearances, was docile.

Dressed in black pants, a cream jersey and a black jacket, the 40-year-old man accused of raping and murdering 7-year-old Gofaone Tyatya in Zandspruit a month ago, yesterday made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's court....
Tipoff leads to recovery of gun
Soweto's top cop has done it again.

A gun, stolen months ago from a home in Naledi, was found in the possession of a private security guard at the weekend.

Inspector Amos Maneta said that the recovery of the gun led to the arrest of a 29-year-old security guard and his 23-year-old girlfriend, ...
Records of R46m robbery taken from court
It was South Africa's biggest recorded robbery - with a haul of R46-million.

Today nine men appeared briefly in the Johannesburg High Court in connection with the February 2006 robbery at the First National Bank cash depot in Joburg.

Last night the legal records with details of the robbery w...
Domestic workers are part of the fight
Penny Steyn has been a victim of crime a few times over.

Her husband was stabbed to death, her son fell in with bad company and became addicted to drugs and her best friend was recently tortured and murdered during a house robbery.

But going through all of that didn't break her. It made her ...
CSD warn about Douglasdale
Douglasdale police have warned motorists and residents living in the area to practice caution around the N1 William Nicol on-and-off-ramps and the greater Montecasino area, which they have identified as hotspots for crime.

The warning comes after a recent joint crime initiative driven by ADT's C...
Skierlik accused pleads not guilty
Skierlik murder accused Johan Nel showed no remorse when he denied four counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder against him.

Initially, prosecutor Collin Uys told the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court yesterday that he had received the much talked about psychiatric report from Weskoppi...
Court blow for Zanu-PF
JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe High Court has thwarted the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) attempt at recounting 23 of the 210 constituencies.

This comes after the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday opted to legally challenge the ZEC decision to undertake a recount.

Zimbabwe’s Hig...
Zuma gives the thumbs-up to Shabangu
ANC president Jacob Zuma has seemingly given the thumbs up to Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu, who has come under fire for her “shoot to kill” comments.

Shabangu poked her head into a hornet’s nest by saying there would be no negotiations with criminals “hell-bent on underminin...
Skielik delays anger many
MULTIPLE murder accused Johan Nel will appear in Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court today.

The 18-year-old is accused of killing four people and wounding six others during a January shooting spree at the Skielik informal settlement in the North West province.

More than three months later, frustra...
DA man’s race-hate ordeal
ROAD ATTACK: MP and wife injured in incident

DEMOCRATIC Alliance Member of Parliament George Boinamo and his wife were injured in an apparent race-hate attack over the weekend.

The couple have severe bruising and whiplash injuries.

A vehicle full of white men tried to push Boinamo’s vehicle...
Congo-SA military pact
MILITARY relations between South Africa and the Republic of Congo Brazzaville will be formalized today.

The two countries’ Defence Ministers will sign a memorandum of understanding in Pretoria that will, among other points, improve co-operation in knowledge exchange and instructor training for bo...
Shoot-to-kill order nails rapist
A police detective stands on the gun Hlongwane used during his reign of terror. He was too badly hurt to move away from his loaded and cocked gun - which he kept trying to edge towards - Picture by Pau Kirk

FOR over a year Sipho Hlongwane struck fear into the hearts of anyone hearing of his expl...
Two metro cops up for fraud
JOHANNESBURG Metro Police have arrested two of their own for allegedly fraudulently confiscating computers and money “for official business” from a Mayfair businessman on Saturday.

JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the men illicitly confiscated six computers and R2 200 in cas...
Mbeki's view on troubled Zimbabwe slammed
He is misleading the world, says parties

Opposition parties have accused President Thabo Mbeki of betraying Zimbabweans and making South Africa the laughing stock of the world by publicly stating that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe.

The ANC, meanwhile, held fire, opting to wait for a m...
Women win big say in law-making
Without the presence of women MPs, most parliaments would not have adopted laws addressing gender issues, including violence against women, according to a study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The IPU - an international organisation of 146 member parliaments - is meeting in Cape Town this week...
What drives them to do it again and again?
There is something chillingly evil about a serial offender - a killer or rapist who repeatedly carries out a crime, usually following a set pattern. For some reason, Joburg has produced more than its fair share of these warped people.

Not so long ago, the Johannesburg High Court made history by ...
Developer to sue Joburg for clearances
Recovery of arrears on sold properties disputed

Property developers are set to take legal action against the City of Joburg this week to force it to issue clearance certificates in terms of the Municipal Systems Act.

Since November, the city has been refusing to issue clearance certific...
Boy hero was a 'little warrior'
Today was a sad start to the new school term for friends of St Anthony's School pupil Dane Attwell, who died last week after saving his friend's life. The 10-year-old was buried on Saturday.

"Going back to school will not be the same without Dane. We used to always go to school together … I used ...
The horror stories
Some of the heartbreaking stories of children in Joburg:

Jill (16) was a pretty, well-liked girl who did well at school.

She was found at 3am, naked under a bridge. When taken to hospital, sperm from so many men was found on and inside her that the doctor couldn't estimate how many men...
Worried parents to fight child legislation
Parents and experts have vowed to engage government in a debate on the "dangers of the bill" that would see children as young as 12 getting condoms.

Dr Ivan Jardine, of Armed with Information for our Daughters and Sons, would lead a crusade against the Child Rights Bill being turned into law.

...
Schools call for alcohol testing of their pupils
'Parents unaware of the dangers'

Binge drinking among teenagers is so out of control that schools are calling for breathalysers to test if children are drinking at school.

Psychologists and NGOs say they have recently noticed an enormous rise in the number of teens who are drinking, ma...
'Quiet matter' of murder
Najwa Petersen had to endure damning evidence against her this week. Perhaps the only positive was seeing her 8-year-old daughter during an on-the-spot inspection to her Athlone, Cape Town home.

Petersen and three alleged hitmen have pleaded not guilty to the 2006 execution style shooting of her ...
IFP accuses mbeki of grossly violating prisoners' human rights
Accused of gross human rights violations, President Thabo Mbeki has been reported to Amnesty International for failing to pardon a host of political prisoners despite five years of pressure from the Inkatha Freedom Party.

"The IFP, having exhausted all possible democratic means of putting pressu...
Bird-shooting case withdrawn
The case against four men who were caught shooting pigeons outside a Pretoria hospital last weekend has been withdrawn.

Cornelius Botha, Ian de Jongh, Frederick Engelbrecht and Hans Griesecke, all employees of SA South African Air Defence Association, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court on c...
Lost girls in MXit drama
Chat service linked to disappearance

Two teenage girls hooked on the teen cellphone chat line MXit are missing this week. Now investigators believe the service, used by 5,2-million South Africans alone, could be linked to their disappearance.

Their disappearance comes in the wake of ex...
Living in fear of a toxic tsunami (Part 1)
Far West Rand residents claim poisoning, writes Sheree Bega

The pain started in Dawn Potgieter's hands. Each time the 62-year-old ate vegetables from her garden, her fingers - already badly afflicted by arthritis - would swell severely.

But it would be months before she would make the ...
Living in fear of a toxic tsunami (Part 2)
"The water is killing everything. Otherwise the wheat wouldn't be dying … We're at ground zero," Sas proclaims.

"We can't plant crops anymore," says Douw. "We had a successful farm with great infrastructure that has been destroyed because of the mines. We built it up over three generations but c...
Determined teens bust into pound to retrieve car
A mere R485 is all that it would have cost to get their car out of the Tshwane metro police pound.

Instead, two Kempton Park teenagers, determined to get home before their mother discovered that they had been out all night, decided to bust their way in and out of the Vermeulen Street pound.

Th...
Zuma calls for debate on bail for violent criminals
Days after the controversial call from Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Susan Shabangu, for police to shoot criminals, ANC president Jacob Zuma has come out in defence of crime victims, calling for a debate on granting bail to those accused of rape and murder, adding that this country overstr...
Mob threatened us, say Zim nationals
Fifty Zimbabweans living in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, were displaced yesterday after they were allegedly threatened with murder by a mob of local residents.

Although police denied there had been such an incident, a Zimbabwean national, who asked for his name to be withheld, said local resident...
Baby-snatcher gets house arrest
Louisa Roets may have forgiven the woman who stole her baby - but she will never forget.

Alletta du Plessis (44), dubbed the baby thief of Reitz in the Free State, was convicted this week in the Krugersdorp Regional Court and sentenced to three years' house arrest.

"We are all just so glad i...
Pepper balls shot into vehicle
A reward has been offered to anyone who has information which would lead to an arrest in connection with the road-rage attack that left a woman in a Pretoria hospital.

Last week, Comfort Mkhonto, his wife Zanele and brother-in-law Zipho Ngobese were attacked by a man driving a white Nissan Navar...
Demons win last battle with ex-drug addict 'TV star'
Demons win last battle with ex-drug addict 'TV star'

Former drug addict Troy Kote had been clean for more than two years after kicking his habit and was getting his life back on track.

Last year, he starred in a documentary called Families Under Attack, where he talked about his battle to con...
Call to reduce violence on tv after Teen kills 2-year-old
Child rights groups and the parents of the Rawsonville toddler who was suffocated have called for a ban on television programmes promoting violence.

This comes after 2-year-old Rumarco Arries was kicked, punched, thrown to the ground and suffocated with a belt, allegedly by a 14-year-old imitati...
Kids of 2 and 3 found alone
A 38-year-old Joburg woman has been arrested and will be charged with child neglect after police found her two young children locked up in her Troyeville house.

Jeppe police officers were patrolling on Wednesday morning when they heard cries coming from one of the houses. They went in to investig...
Violent acts under scrutiny
VIOLENCE in schools was put under scrutiny at a seminar hosted by Gauteng MEC for Education Angie Motshekga yesterday.

The department’s spokesman Nanagolo Leopeng said the seminar was aimed at sharing information with various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) on what has been done to curb vi...
KzN health chief quits
THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department head resigned from her post on Wednesday, as the Scorpions confirmed they were investigating her department.

Scorpion’s spokesman Tlali Tlali said the department was the subject of a Scorpions investigation, and the offices of Dr Busi Nyembezi, suspended head o...
‘He knew what was going on’
AWARE: Captain’s killer claims post-trauma stress

IN his mirror the policeman saw his fiancée, a police captain, with another man.

Minutes later she lay dead outside the Vosloorus police station and the metro policeman was next to his car with blood streaming down his face. He lost an eye.
...
Sahkoane case delayed
FORMER Mamelodi Sundown’s FC Director Alex “Goldfingers” Shakoane, facing a charge of indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl, will go on trial in July.

This was heard in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court, north of Pretoria yesterday.

The case was postponed to July 18 and Shakoane’s R1 000 bail...
Fake warder in cells
A Bogus Correctional Services officer was arrested in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

He went around promising people jobs in Correctional Services if they gave him their CV and between R1 000 and R2 500 to “secure the job”.

Johannesburg police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said a woman saw a poli...
Police catch hijacker in action
WYNBERG – Inspector Moses, Maphakela reported that two hijackers were spotted trying to hijack a car on the corner of Chatwick and Old Pretoria Main road yesterday afternoon.

Inspector Moses Maphakela said “A hijacker got into the car, but before he could start it police arrested him.”

An acco...
Hunt for ammo men
A MANHUNT has been launched to track down three men who abandoned a bag of R1 rifle ammunition in Mamelodi, East of Pretoria yesterday.

Police said they saw three men looking suspicious and called on them to stop.

The men fled into a nearby hostel, leaving a bag with 90 rounds of R1 ammunition...
Whites should be welcome
JOHANNESBURG - The Forum of Black Journalists leader Abbey Makoe said yesterday white people had a role to play in the FBJ.

It was a complete turnaround after white journalists were thrown out of a recent off-the-record FBJ briefing with Jacob Zuma.

“The FBJ was not formed to discriminate aga...
More censure racial exclusion
JOHANNESBURG - The Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (Abasa) has added its voice to widespread criticism of the Forum of Black Journalists’ (FBJ) race exclusivity policy.

Yesterday Abasa vice- president Tsakani Matshazi said it was both morally and constitut...
Dancer killing: case put off
A MURDER case against a security guard arrested for the alleged killing of Faerie Glen’s young ballet dancer, Estie van Rensburg, was postponed to April 25 for a full indictment.

Aaron Mashishi, 25, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder and armed robbery.

H...
Scorpions 'might abuse power'
The ANC insists the Scorpions will be incorporated into the SAPS, even if the June deadline isn't met.

Former defence force chief Siphiwe Nyanda, a member of the ANC's national executive committee, said yesterday it was vital that the Scorpions be absorbed into a specialised unit within the SAPS...
Police chief suspended for racism
Parliament's portfolio committee on safety and security has suspended Badplaas police station commissioner Captain Cornelius Potgieter with immediate effect.

The suspension follows an unexpected visit to the station by a delegation led by portfolio committee chairperson Maggie Sotyu yesterday.

...
Jail term cut due to police torture
If police obtain evidence against a criminal because they tortured someone, that evidence cannot be used, even if it's damning.

Ten years ago, Tongaat policemen caught a robber and car thief after torturing a suspect. Now, the robber's conviction has been overturned, and the police face prosecut...
Rape accused told: 'Go exercise with the ghosts'
There are ghosts in C-Max Prison, according to Thabo Masinga, who is accused of brutally attacking two nurses at a prison hospital in 2005.

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

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

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

and ask questions later.

Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was released on R50 000 bail on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The reasons for the w...
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