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Skipping rope spat in C-Max
Lets Pretorius is hopping mad over the confiscation of his son’s skipping rope.

The father of three of the Boeremag-accused inmates, who is himself an accused out on bail, has gone public saying warders at Pretoria’s C-Max prison are acting against a court order giving his son Wilhelm permission ...
Police bullies are charged
A Burgersfort, Limpopo, family is charging police after 12 allegedly invaded their home and bullied them at the weekend.

James McKinlay, 53, was driving home when a driver allegedly cut in front of him. They had words and the man threw an apple at him and McKinlay picked up a bolt and threw it a...
30 children rescued
An anti-child trafficking officer at the Amazing Grace Children’s Centre rescued 30 Mozambican children over the festive season.

The children were rescued in the KaMaqhekeza township near Malalane in Mpumalanga, after being discovered by Vusi Ndukuya in a taxi rank, where they were working as haw...
No abortion clause
The proposed conscience clause in the Abortion Amendment Bill has not been included, despite the trend being followed in most democracies including Belgium, Denmark, Tasmania and Cyprus.

The Bill is to be voted on today in Cape Town.

Most democracies have a conscience clause for health profess...
Have you seen Piet?
The family of Piet Abdullah, 70, who went missing in Davidsonville, Roodepoort, during the holidays have appealed for information.

Abdullah has a dark complexion and was wearing a blue jacket.

Anyone with information please contact Cathy Smith at 073 246 1253 or John Smith at 073 814 9952, or ...
Doctor in trouble
A doctor at Ga-Rankuwa’s George Mkhari Hospital, arrested for allegedly growing dagga in his Eldorette home north of Pretoria two months ago, will go on trial in March.

Makgale Bennedict Mokgoga appeared yesterday on charges of dagga dealing. The street value was said to be R10 000.

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Five men arrested
Eastern Cape police have so far arrested five men for an attack on an 85-year-old Joubertina farmer.

Three men were initially taken into custody for the crime but two more have subsequently been arrested, police spokesman Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said yesterday.

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Heist gang bail shock
Five robbers killed by cops faced other charges

Of the 11 robbers shot dead in a foiled cash heist last month, two were wanted by police and five were awaiting trial.

Police have finished profiling the brazen gang and discovered that one of the robbers was awaiting five separate trials...
Angry Selebi vows to fight NPA's decision
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi will not get into the dock without a fight.

The Star has confirmed that Selebi who was given written notification that his first court appearance on corruption charges has been proposed for January 30 will pursue his Pretoria High Court bid to overturn ...
Skielik killer a loner who was attacked twice as boy
Family unsure about what triggered shooting spree

The teenager who allegedly killed three people at the Skielik informal settlement in North West has been described as a quiet, well-mannered chicken farmer.

Seven people were wounded and are still recovering in hospital after the shooti...
Baghdad hostages' wives face difficult choice
Financial woes could force the wives of four South African men who went missing in Iraq 13 months ago to declare them dead.

The wives of the so-called Baghdad Four - André Durant, Callie Scheepers, Hardus Greeff and Johann Enslin - recently learnt that in order for them to get their husbands' pe...
Government slammed for tardiness in Pikoli case
Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has slammed his suspension as "arbitrary and unfounded" - and has called for it to be withdrawn.

In a scathing letter written to Frene Ginwala, Pikoli's lawyers said the only conclusion to be drawn from the government's repeated failure to make a proper case...
Cops say Nel probe not over
Police are undeterred by their failed bid to charge Scorpions advocate Gerrie Nel with corruption - and want to "outsource" his possible future prosecution.

Lungelo Dlamini yesterday said their decision to apply for an outsourced prosecution of the "continuing" investigation was "motivated by e...
Death wore camouflage for the people of Skielik
Residents of rural Skielik in North West were relieved at the arrest of a teenager after the killing of three people in a race rampage this week.

The 17-year-old white youth, with a previous conviction for attempted murder, was nabbed by police after his father told them where he was hiding.

Woman in court parole scam released
A 30-year-old Johannesburg High Court staff member arrested for allegedly being part of a syndicate that released convicted prisoners for a fee has been released.

The woman was arrested at her home on Tuesday, four days after the arrest of her senior, Refilwe Mahuma, the alleged mastermind of th...
Officer threatens Star man with death
The chase was on. The cops were chasing the robbers and we were chasing the cops.

We had met up with a small contingent of police in Mayfair West hot on the heels of a gang of robbers who had held up a supermarket yesterday.

Finding no suspects in Mayfair, and acting on information, the offi...
Cops scour Joburg for armed robbers
Policeman wounded, two arrested after Mayfair supermarket and customers held up

A police helicopter hovers low, orbiting a patch of dense bushes sandwiched between a railway line and residential homes.

On the ground, police officers, with pistols drawn, make their way into thick, metre...
Trial date set for Oprah academy staffer
The woman at the heart of the Oprah Winfrey Academy scandal will stand trial for sexual offences against several school girls in April.

In a two-minute hearing at the Sebokeng Magistrate's Court this morning the woman was informed that her trial would go ahead on April 21 and 22 in the same court...
Expert witness called in lover's murder trial
The trial in the Johannesburg High Court of Superintendent Oupa Oliphant Lethebe (43), the Ekurhuleni metro police officer who shot and killed his customary-law wife, police Captain Jubrel Mamotsiri Tladi, in August 2005, has been postponed to enable a defence expert witness to be present when prose...
Anger as ANC attacks judiciary
OPPOSITION: Criticism of top judge ‘rubbish’

Scathing ANC criticism of the judiciary has incurred the wrath of opposition parties.

“The attack on Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke is rubbish,” said Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille.

“The ANC is making a habit ...
Elderly woman raped and stabbed with fork
A 77-year-old woman who lived alone is though to have been raped, then stabbed to death with a dinner fork in Aberdeen at the weekend.

Eastern Cape police yesterday confirmed Susanna van Zyl was assaulted and murdered in her house on Meintjies Street on Saturday. A bloodstained dinner fork was f...
Waterkloof four to appeal
The four former Waterkloof schoolboys jailed for 12 years for murdering an unknown black man, will appeal against their conviction and sentences on April 29.

Pretoria regional magistrate Len Kotze sentenced Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwayk and Reinach Tiedt – all in their e...
What restraining order?
A METRO policeman on trial for murdering his fiancée, a police captain, was cross examined at length yesterday about a domestic violence restraining order she had obtained against him.

The former metro traffic superintendent claimed he knew nothing of the restraining order, but the prosecution pr...
Clerk faces fraud charge
Johannesburg High Court personnel spoke in shocked whispers yesterday and pointed to the first floor where a clerk was allegedly running a private free-the-prisoner scam for R50 000 as a sideline.

The clerk, Refilwe Mahuma, 44, who faces charges of corruption and fraud, was arrested at her office...
‘Jeppe siege 13’ in court
The 13 accused in the ‘Jeppe siege’ murder trial were back in the Johannesburg High Court agains yesterday.

The trial is a sequel to the fatal shooting of four policemen and eight others in Jeppe, Johannesburg, a year ago.

Eleven of the accused have spent the past months in C-Max Prison.

Husband shoots wife
A Tygerberg man shot his wife in front of their two children in the driveway of her house in Equestria, east of Pretoria, yesterday morning. She was reportedly planning to divorce him.

Karin Kruger, 47, was on her way to drop her children at school when she was confronted by her husband, Hein Kr...
Hit-and-run killing
A 17-year-old teenager died in a hit-and-run accident in Durban yesterday morning, police said. The incident took place on Challen Road in Phoenix after 4am, when a car knocked down Joseph Moses.

The motorist drove away. He has not yet been found, but police opened a culpable homicide case.

KZN gunmen kill two
Two people were gunned down by four armed men in Durban’s KwaMashu area, police said yesterday.

Inspector Michael Read said four men walked up to Tabani Zulu and shot him in the head on Monday. They then shot Mdende Shandu several times before fleeing.

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ICD nails police ‘cover-up’
Three policemen have been arrested for shooting a Fort Beaufort farmer they had mistaken for a criminal.

They then allegedly attempted to cover their tracks by pretending the man had died in a car accident.

The incident occurred on a farm outside Seymour in May 2006, but the three policemen – ...
Study of DNA to aid police
ANALYSIS: to strengthen the case against Kunene

After months of painstaking scientific work police have finally managed to perform DNA analysis on the burned corpse found in the passenger seat of Ballito estate agent Lyne Hume’s car.

Although a suspect, Muziwendoda Kunene, has al...
Kunene lawyer misses court hearing
An attempted-murder case against hoax e-mail accused Muziwendoda Kunene did not go on as expected in the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court yesterday, because his lawyer was not in court.

Kunene, who was expected to bring a formal bail application, was in court but during the court proceedings the...
Local authority faces procurement probe
A Free State local authority is to be probed by the Special Investigation Unit in connection with procurement.

The probe was gazetted last November almost a year after an Auditor-General’s report brought the issue to light in the Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality, which incorporates Harrismith, Keste...
'Drop the charges'
As state seeks further inquiry delay, axed NPA boss demands:

Suspended prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli has slammed his suspension as "arbitrary and unfounded" - and called for it to be withdrawn.

In a scathing letter written to Frene Ginwala, Pikoli's lawyers said the only conclusion to b...
Ruling party criticises the deputy chief justice
The new ANC leadership has nailed its colours firmly to the mast with a blistering attack on the impartiality of Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Justice Moseneke is one of the justices who will preside over ANC president Jacob Zuma's Constitutional Court challenge relating to the fraud an...
How Mpshe's early-morning call to Mbeki spoilt the party
It took a 3am phone call from Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to convince President Thabo Mbeki that one of his guests at his New Year Eve bash National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi might be a crook.

Advocate Mojanku Gumbi, legal counsel to the president, yest...
Youth held after killing spree in North West
Residents of rural Skielik in North West were still trying to retrace the steps of the killer who sowed mayhem in a few short minutes in the area.

A 17-year-old youth, with a previous attempted murder conviction, was arrested yesterday after his father led police to him.

Shortly after 2.30pm...
Mbeki's imploding security structure
When President Thabo Mbeki's cabinet announced the creation of the National Security Council in 2000, some of its key functions included responding to "internal destabilisation".

None of the members of the council ever imagined that eight years later "internal destabilisation" would actually thr...
Mbeki's imploding security structure (Part 2)
Gilder's predecessor at Nicoc, Jeff Maqetuka was forced to resign from one of the country's key security departments - Home Affairs - after administrative challenges.

The department is still unstable.

Interestingly, Maqetuka succeeded Gilder at Home Affairs while the latter replaced one Bill...
Selebi still waiting for date of his trial
Jackie Selebi was this morning still waiting for the Scorpions to summon him to court for corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was expected to move on the national police commissioner as early as today, but has so far said there are "no changes" ...
Businessman (69) shot in tussle with robber
At 69 years old, Peter van Wyk is neither strong nor young enough to fight off armed robbers.

But when his Eldorado Park liquor store, south of Joburg, and his employees were at the mercy of robbers on Monday afternoon, he used his bare hands to fight off a robber pointing a gun at him.

He pus...
Another 'freedom for cash' arrest
Another Johannesburg High Court employee has been arrested for allegedly being part of a syndicate that has been releasing prisoners fraudulently.

The 30-year-old woman was arrested at her home yesterday and was to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today.

Her arrest comes after h...
Concern after illegal abortions uncovered
Dangerous procedures 'are getting out of hand'

Blood-splattered walls and floors, unsterilised medical equipment, bloodied latex gloves and used condoms.

This was the sight that greeted Joburg metro police officers who raided an inner-city building to fine people for contravening by-law...
Puppy pedlar is collared by police
Animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that a roadside hawker who threatens to harm puppies and kittens unless motorists buy them has been arrested.

The hawker shocked motorists along William Nicol Drive, north of Joburg, by threatening to strangle the animals unless they were bough...
Breast op saves woman from rape
A woman whose breast was removed to prevent cancer from spreading has the mastectomy to thank for saving her from being raped.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, Linda Watkins, her husband Trevor and their 19-year-old son were held hostage by five gun-toting men at their cottage in Cha...
700 protest after 3 die in 'racist' shooting
In what the locals are calling a racially motivated attack, three people were killed and seven others injured when a young white male opened fire in Skielik, an informal settlement near Swartruggens in North West.

Among the dead yesterday was a 3-month-old baby, shot while her injured mother car...
Homeowners rest easy with quick Spot checks
A security device the size of a cellphone could end up saving your life while simultaneously acting as a crime fighting tool.

It is the latest in cellphone and security technology and it's called Spot on Guard.

Spot on Guard is a wireless DIY camera that captures and sends live video streami...
Call to probe arrest
A written complaint will be submitted to the police oversight authority – the Independent Complaints Directorate – for an official investigation into who ordered the warrant for Nel’s arrest and why.

Speaking in support of the complaint, DA Safety and Security spokesman Dianne Kohler-Barnard said...
Lekota nabbed over speed
Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota has reportedly been arrested for speeding.

Traffic officials allegedly intercepted a speeding Lekota at the Grasmere toll plaza, south of Johannesburg, on Sunday night.

Details of the arrest are still vague, and there has been no official comment from the Minist...
NPA raps police over Nel saga
TLADI:Co-operation between SAPS and Scorpions to continue

The National Prosecution Authority trumped the police in the Gerrie Nel saga yesterday.

Not only was the Nel case thrown out of court, but the police will be called on to explain their actions to the Independent Complaints Direct...
Appear for cruel murder
Three men, accused of the cold-blooded murder of British Citizen Fred Picton Turbervill, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday.

Mozambican Petro Morkel, 27, Thokozane Nhlapo, 23, of Alexandra, and Rafel Thembe, 18, also from Mozambique, were arrested in Tembisa on Friday last week.

Brutal murder in table view
WESTERN Cape police are investigating the brutal murder of a Table View woman at the weekend, and ask that anyone with information to please contact them.

Police and family members found the partly clothed body of Andiswa Mpumza, 27, in her apartment in Table View on Saturday. She had bee...
DURBAN – Shop owner shoots robber
UMBILO DURBAN – The owner of Waltons stationery store shot and wounded a robber after the gang held staff at gunpoint. He shot one of the robbers and hit him in the hip.

The Umbilo police responded to an emergency in progress and caught a second robber. Two others escaped in a getaway ca...
Two women shot while performing traditional ritual
Popo Ngwenya and Ntombikayesi Ntsuntsha who where performing a traditional ritual at the Moyeni Farm in Mooi River were shot and wounded around 9.30pm on Sunday, reported Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

While the women were conducting the ritual unknown gunmen fired on them before fleeing th...
Officer shot in hijack bid
An off-duty policeman was wounded during a hijacking attempt in Durban at the weekend.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said the incident took place on Copperfield Road in Newlands West at 6pm on Saturday.

Inspector Raj Gounden of the Berea police was returning home with h...
Man stabbed, killed in fight
Kwazulu-Natal police arrested a suspect for allegedly stabbing a 33-year-old man to death following an argument at the weekend.

Police spokesman Captain Charmaine Struwig said the incident took place in Ladysmith at 2.20am on Sunday.

“Musawenkosi Buthelezi and another man were having an argume...
Mob kills two aliens
IMMIGRANTS:Targeted after church is burled

Fourteen Soshanguve residents were arrested for allegedly taking part in mob justice which left two foreigners dead north of Pretoria on Sunday, police said.

The incident started when residents of Soshanguve South apprehended two men who...
Woman knifed
A security guard was patrolling near the church premises in Thuthura village near Centrane, Eastern Cape yesterday when he heard screams. A woman approached him who was bleeding profusely and collapsed and died of multiple stab wounds.

A man was seen running into the bushes on the outskirts of th...
Suspected rapist – Nabbed
Katlehong – A 37-year-old man was arrested in Katlehong near Germiston yesterday.

Police said the man was arrested at 6am on Sunday for the alleged rape he was linked to two years ago.

89-year-old woman raped
An 89-year-old woman was raped by a man who enter her home in Yholeni Village, Eastern Cape yesterday, he gained entry by breaking a window.

The police urged the community to contact 047 401 3468 with any information on the case that might lead to an arrest.

Body at train station
The body of a 35-year-old man was found at the Rossburgh Railway Station in Umbilo, KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

Police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said he was found with gunshot wounds to his neck and back at about 5.10am.

A murder case is being investigated.

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Questions Selebi must answer
panel backs decision to charge police boss

The report that convinced prosecutors to charge National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi with corruption has shaken his claims that there is a lack of evidence against him.

Based on untested evidence gathered since 2006, a four-person panel ...
NPA to discuss the upshot of charging top cop
A top-level strategic meeting of the National Prosecuting Authority's senior executives will culminate in the charging of Jackie Selebi with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Today's meeting is more of a tactical indaba on how to deal with the consequences of prosecuting the country'...
'Derailing bid triggered racial attack'
In what the community is calling a racially motivated attack, three people were killed and seven others injured when a young white male opened fire in Skielik, an informal settlement near Swartruggens in North West.

Among the dead was a three-month-old baby, who was shot while her mother carried...
A-G damns Home Affairs
The Auditor-General has issued a damning audit of the Department of Home Affairs, including a report on wasteful expenditure of about R60-million and inadequate controls to sensitive areas and confidential information.

One of the quirks identified was that access to the information and technolog...
Mbeki refuses to address MPs over his lack of action
President Thabo Mbeki will not explain himself to parliamentarians regarding the Selebi saga.

The Democratic Alliance has urged Mbeki to come clean on why he refused to suspend Selebi earlier, despite knowing for months that his top cop was being investigated for corruption.

Opposition parti...
Five runaways still missing
The Eastern Cape Department of Health says it is still trying to trace five patients with XDR-TB and MDR-TB.

At least one of the five was diagnosed with XDR-TB (extremely drug-resistant TB) and the others with multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

They are part of a group of 118 patients who fle...
'Could be a sign of better things to come'
Even if you have never met or seen Jackie Selebi live, watching him on television, you cannot miss the impression he creates of being a very flamboyant and loud person, and a very self-confident man who loves power and is ready to use it ruthlessly.

These impressions have been enhanced by the ch...
Selebi drama impacts on robbery trial
While top Gauteng Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been set free on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, another court drama has unfolded in the Glenn Agliotti robbery trial.

Thanks to National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi's urgent application to prevent the Scorpions...
The questions tainted Jackie Selebi will have to answer
Panel of experts affirms call for explanation after reviewing evidence

Jackie Selebi has a lot to explain if he is to avoid the "inescapable" conclusion that he is guilty of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

This was the verdict of an independent panel set up to review all ...
'Give me money for this puppy or I will kill it'
Hawkers harassing motorists to buy pets or else

A group of hawkers have hit on a novel way of making money by threatening to kill puppies and kittens in front of motorists if they don't buy them.

Motorists along William Nicol Drive, north of Joburg, have recently found themselves haras...
Drama over top cop stalls robbery trial
While top Gauteng Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been set free on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, another court drama has unfolded in the Glenn Agliotti robbery trial.

Thanks to National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi's urgent application to prevent the Scorpions...
'Mastermind' behind jail scam held
Senior High Court clerk surprised at work over prisoners' unlawful release

The alleged ringleader behind the unlawful release of hardened criminals including some members of the notorious Majimbos Gang works for the Johannesburg High Court.

Refilwe Mahuma, a senior registry clerk, was ...
Traffic officer says he is sorry for killing his wife
A traffic officer has pleaded for forgiveness after killing his customary wife for allegedly having a series of extramarital affairs.

Superintendent Oupa Oliphant Lethebe (43) yesterday told the Johannesburg High Court he was sorry for killing Jubrel Mamotsiri Tladi, a police officer who was sta...
Provisions made for extra trained guards education dept
Schools soft targets for criminals during the holidays

Mbeki stays clear of JZ
NO-SHOW: His absence from ANC events is cause for concern

President Thabo Mbeki has again snubbed Jacob Zuma and his allies – by not attending the ANC 96th anniversary rally in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on Saturday.

Mbeki also missed the funeral of former diplomat Mlungisi Sisulu yester...
Call to review Pikoli case
President Thabo Mbeki should review his decision to suspend National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli, and his appointment of the Frene Ginwala inquiry, several organisations said yesterday.

“The DA insists that such a review takes place immediately and will ask for an urgent parliame...
Selebi quits as head of Interpol
ARM’S LENGTH: World body distances itself from any alleged crimes by its ex-president

Embattled National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has stepped down as president of Interpol.

His move comes after President Thabo Mbeki sent him on extended leave of absence pending the outcome of ...
Selebi’s stand-in has an illustrious record
The Deputy National Commissioner: Crime Intelligence and Crime Detection will replace Selebi while he is “on leave”.

Timothy Charles Williams has been associated with the SA Police Service since 1994.

According to Sapa, he was deployed in the Safety and Security Ministry in 1994 as a member of...
Metro police bust city abortion ring
Eleven foreign doctors suspected of carrying out illegal abortions will appear in court today.

The doctors were arrested at the weekend by the Johannesburg Metro Police.

According to JMPD spokesman Inspector Edna Mamonyane, nine of the doctors have valid permits to practise, but two of them do...
Two in court over murder
Two men were arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Pretoria at the weekend.

Following intensive investigations by investigating officer Sergeant Wimpie van den Heever, of Brooklyn police station, the two men were arrested in connection with the murder of 46-year-old Fred Picton-Turbe...
R10 000 reward for info
A Johannesburg man is offering a R10 000 reward for information on the identity of suspects who robbed his children and granddaughter at gunpoint in Florida Glen last week.

The man, Citizen photographer Wessel Osthuizen, said he was offering the reward for any names or information which co...
Murder on parade
A fight at a Lenasia Crime Prevention Unit parade on Friday left a captain dead and a constable seriously wounded.

“A captain had a row with the constable,” said Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini.

“The constable shot the captain,” Dlamini said. “The station superintendent then shot the constable...
Balloons a reminder of missing kids
A thousand balloons bearing the names and faces of missing South African children have been released to highlight the scale of the problem.

According to the police's Bureau for Missing Persons, about 1 150 children are missing. "Every year between 1 500 and 1 700 children are reported missing an...
NPA's top brass to discuss Selebi issue
A top-level strategic meeting of the National Prosecuting Authority's senior executives will culminate in the actual charging of police commissioner Jackie Selebi with corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

The meeting of the NPA's top brass today is more of a tactical indaba on how to de...
Selebi strikes back at his accusers

Jackie Selebi, who has resigned as head of Interpol on the eve of being formally charged for corruption, has slammed "scandalous" prosecuting bosses for lying to President Thabo Mbeki.

And, the national police commissioner claims, he "doesn't underst...
Panel's report that sank police chief
The report that convinced prosecutors to charge National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi for corruption has shaken his claims that there was a lack of evidence against him.

Based on untested evidence gathered since 2006, a four-person panel appointed by acting National Prosecuting Authority bo...
Probe of engine mishap absolves Nationwide
An investigation after an engine fell off a Nationwide Airlines Boeing 737 at Cape Town International Airport last year has absolved the airline of any wrongdoing, according to Nationwide commercial director Roger Whittle.

Whittle said the University of Pretoria's department of metallurgy had de...
Victim's SIM swop fraud nightmare (Part 1)
Banks and cellphone service providers are washing their hands of their vulnerable customers' misfortune saying that it's their own fault. Justine Gerardy reports

Derick Lindsay was playing golf in George in the Western Cape when his cellphone number was hijacked almost 1 200km away in Sowe...
Victim's SIM swop fraud nightmare (Part 2)
New-media expert Lucien Pierce, of Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys, said banks and cellphone companies would have a clause in contracts stating non-liability, unless they had been grossly negligent. Pierce said cellphone companies had an obligation to do proper and thorough checks before authori...
I was drunk, says Agliotti, as he changes tune again
Self-confessed drug smuggler tries desperately to save his own skin as the NPA's noose tightens

Glenn Agliotti woke up with more than just a hangover after he spent a drunken evening with high-ranking police officers at a Sandton hotel.

And now the self-confessed drug smuggler is despe...
Selebi 'already irrevocably tarnished'
It will "not be long" before the national commissioner of the South African Police Service and head of Interpol is criminally charged.

In fact, Mokotedi Mpshe, the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, said outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday that Jackie Selebi's urgent applicati...
Bread price to rise - but probe still not over
The case of the three South African companies involved in last year's bread price-fixing scandal has not yet been finalised, as one of them is still being prosecuted.

This information comes to light against the background of the price of bread increasing by at least 40c a loaf from Monday, a mov...
Selebi nailed
Sensational claims as SA's top cop loses last-ditch court bid

National Police Commissioner and head of Interpol Jackie Selebi will stand trial for corruption. His hopes of avoiding prosecution were dealt a blow yesterday after a Pretoria High Court judge dismissed his urgent application to...
Banks clam up as clients lose millions in scam
The country's four major banks threw a wall of silence this week around investigations into online banking theft following 162 fraudulent SIM card swops reported by mobile operators.

And police estimate that at least R2-million has been stolen in more than 30 cases reported so far, but the banks ...
Reputation 'already irrevocably tarnished'
It will "not be long" before the national commissioner of the South African Police Service and head of Interpol is criminally charged.

In fact, Mokotedi Mpshe, the acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, said outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday that Jackie Selebi's urgent applicat...
Home Affairs staff nabbed over fraud
Clients on alleged kingpin's list paid up to R60 000 for a passport

Three senior Home Affairs officials have been arrested on 39 charges of fraud after the detention of a Durban-based alleged fraud kingpin last week.

The arrests took place in Pretoria and on the Swaziland border on Fri...
Eight arrested in drug busts
Tipoffs from the public have led the police to seize illicit drugs, worth about R60 000, destined for the streets of Joburg and Ekurhuleni.

The weekend busts included highly addictive crack cocaine.

Ekurhuleni metro police raided a Boksburg home on Saturday, arrested five men and found 1kg o...
Toddler runs away from dogs, then hit by bakkie
The toddler may have escaped the dogs, but not the reversing bakkie driven by an unlicensed driver.

Ekurhuleni metro police responded to a bizarre call on Saturday afternoon which featured one young girl's bad luck - and one couple's irresponsible parenting.

A 3-year-old girl, who was trying...
Nel's possible prosecution could affect other cases
Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel was to learn today whether he would stand trial for corruption and defeating the ends of justice, or have his case thrown out of court.

Nel nicknamed "the Bull Terrier" was to make an appearance at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to hear the decision from chief ...
Many schools soft targets for criminals over holiday period
Department of Education set to open new unit to tackle security woes

Some principals opened their schools last week to find their classrooms vandalised, computers stolen and windows broken.

Many schools, particularly in township areas, find themselves soft targets for thieves over the ...
NPA to fight Selebi’s bid to get details of probe against him
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will “vigorously” oppose National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s High Court application to compel it to give him information about the Scorpions’ investigation into his alleged criminal activities.

The embattled police chief lodged an urgent applicati...
Criminals score while agencies feud
Organised criminals are hoping feuding South African law enforcement agencies will “squabble themselves to destruction”.

This is according to Peter Gastrow, Institute for Security Studies director.

He was speaking of the open enmity between the Scorpions (Directorate of Special Operations) and...
Probe Mbeki role in arms deal, says ID
There should be an investigation into the “role which President Thabo Mbeki played during the arms deal”.

This is the view of ID leader Patricia De Lille and other politicians and analysts, who are calling for an entirely independent arms deal probe.

De Lille said untested allegations prompted...
Inventor listed for R1m prize
SURVIVOR of a rare blood disorder Andrew Nathaniel is one of ten finalists lined up to win a R1 million prize, in the nationwide search for the most inspirational and pioneering entrepreneur in South Africa.

Nathaniel, 44, was diagnosed at birth the Thalassaemia Major, a major blood disord...
CHECKS: Using cancelled ID a ‘clear-cut case of fraud’
The Land Bank remains tight-lipped about alleged irregularities following chief executive officer Phil Mohlahlane’s exposure for illegally registering companies, buying properties and opening bank accounts using a cancelled identity document.

These were discovered during a routine check by the Na...
Attacks on foreigners rise
There seems to have been an alarming increase in the number of attacks on foreigners during the past few months, and unless action is taken xenophobia may become firmly entrenched in South Africa culture.

Although foreign immigrants were initially welcomed by the government following the demise o...
Get me to jail now, says accused
A man charged with a stabbing on December 16 yesterday told a Pretoria magistrate not to waste his time in court, but send him to jail right away.

Sonny Noah Sedibe, 30, who allegedly hit another man in the mouth with a bottle before using the broken bottle to stab him in the chin and chest, is c...
Killed son to keep boyfriend
The case of a pregnant woman accused of infanticide is expected to go before the court this week.

The 20-year-old Newcastle woman was arrested after she confessed to strangling her three-year-old son, apparently in a desperate bid to keep her new boyfriend.

Police said the woman had confessed ...
Taken for a spin
The owner of a used-car outlet in Newcastle was hijacked at gunpoint this week.

Police said a well-dressed “client” persuaded the shop’s owner to take him out in a Toyota Corolla, then drew a 9mm pistol.

The owner was dropped off 40km away and the Toyota had not been seen since.

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Arrest in chef murder
Police believe the brutal murder of French chef Yvonne Cosson, 69, over the weekend can be attributed to a disgruntled former employee.

The Umtata man was taken into custody this week.

The 21-year-old, who had been employed as a waiter at Cosson’s award-winning La Petite Normandie restaurant o...
Murder suspects held
MPUMALANGA Organised Crime Unit has arrested five people including a teenage girl for the alleged robbing, stabbing and burning of a Chinese businessman in Ogies on January 2, police said yesterday.

Police recovered a computer, two cellphones, two carry bags, three pairs of jeans and a pai...
Death threats, then a killing
“He told me he was going to kill her,” the aunt of a murdered police captain told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday at the trial of a metro policeman.

The aunt was describing the volatile relationship between the couple, who were on the point of being married.

Witness Elizabeth Tladi was d...
Shot 3 times in his home
A 24-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot and wounded during a house robbery in Brooklyn, east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said yesterday.

The incident happened when the man’s father was allegedly taking the dogs out to relieve themselves at about 3am.

Head and genitals worth R2 000
An inyanga offered R2 000 for a head and genitals, the Johannesburg High Court heard yesterday.

He allegedly handed over R500 after being provided with the organs of an adult male.

On trial were the inyanga, Khanyile Siphiwe, 23, of Diks informal settlement, Newcastle, and Xolani Khubeka, 27, ...
Double murder case postponed
A MULDERSDRIFT resident appeared in the high Court charged with robbing and murdering an elderly couple on a plot in the Krugersdorp district.

Mr and Mrs A Katonis were battered to death after being attacked and tied up in their home. Their bodies were found the following day, in a culvert wher...
Arrest smacks of ulterior motives, Nel claims
Two police officers seeking an arrest warrant for Gerrie Nel admitted that there was insufficient evidence to charge him and that they were carrying out instructions from "higher up".

This is one of the startling revelations in an affidavit by the Gauteng Scorpions boss made following his arrest...
'Battle for unit's survival behind campaign'
Jackie Selebi was "the life and death" of the Scorpions, and this, not any alleged criminal activity, was the real motivation behind the elite unit's pursuit of the national police commissioner.

This is the crux of Selebi's urgent application to the Pretoria High Court - which was scheduled to b...
What police chief wants court to do
1 Stop the criminal prosecution against him and interdict them from taking steps to continue with the prosecution;

2 Prevent the respondents from arresting him on charges relating to the present investigation and prevent them from taking steps to obtain a warrant in the future;

3 Give him fu...
Sex assault earns three years in jail
A weeping Dutywa Nguquko has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl he met at a drum majorette exhibition.

Judge Geraldine Borchers ordered in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday that one year of the sentence be suspended for five years.

The ...
Selebi rocks Scorpions
Unit loses witness as Agliotti backs police chief

the Scorpions' star witness, Glenn Agliotti, says he never bribed Jackie Selebi dealing a huge blow to the case against the national police commissioner.

Agliotti also claims he was bullied by the Scorpions into taking part in a "politi...
Police boss believes he is going to be prosecuted
National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is so convinced that a decision has been taken to prosecute him, he has run to court to stay out of jail.

This is clear now because Selebi himself has given the strongest indication yet of what the verdict is.

In the founding affidavit of his urgent...
Contradiction over physical arrest
In his urgent application against the Scorpions, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi says physical arrest is reserved for when "no other means exists" to secure the suspect's presence in court.

This refers to growing anxiety about his looming arrest and the warrants obtained and later aba...
Scorpions withheld footage, says Selebi
Cameras were also fitted on Agliotti's cars

The Scorpions had the home of Glenn Agliotti under surveillance on the night a gang of robbers struck there, but refused to release their footage, impairing the police investigation.

This dramatic claim is made in the founding affidavit by Na...
Sheriff's assets seized over R5m debt
He kept money owed to firm contracted to evict residents

A Midrand sheriff has received a taste of his own medicine.

Yesterday, the entire contents of the Halfway House-Alexandra sheriff's office, his luxury Waterkloof Ridge home in Pretoria and its contents and his vehicles were attac...
4 robbers held after shootout
Five robbers held up a family in Fourways last night, ransacked their house, loaded up their loot … and were ambushed by police as they tried to flee.

A shootout erupted in the driveway of the Sunset Boulevard townhouse complex and one robber was hit.

Gauteng police spokesperson Superintenden...
‘Mpshe must act or go'
Acting National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mokotedi Mpshe must urgently act on the National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi case or he must get the chop.

This is the emphatic view of Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party.

“If the responsible individuals in th...
Nel’s arrest has big implications
The Pretoria arrest of high-profile Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel may have far-reaching implications for the Brett Keble murder case, but is unconnected to it.

Prominent local advocate Laurence Hodes, representing Glenn Agliotti, the only one charged so far, although at least five others are ...
Was Scorpions boss tipped off?
Late yesterday a team of police detectives left the home of Gauteng Scorpions boss advocate Gerrie Nel empty-handed, their search having accomplished nothing.

Nel was possibly tipped off that the police were coming for him.

Speaking from his London home former Airports Company of South Africa ...
Crime syndicate boss held
Ekurhuleni Metro police and officials arrested a prominent member of a hijacking and housebreaking syndicate in Tsakane Ext 11, Brakpan, yesterday.

The man, regarded as a kingpin in widespread criminal operations, is allegedly the leader of the notorious triple Z (zonke ziya zenzela) gang in Tsak...
Cops sniff out car theft
Members of the North East Rand’s police dog unit attached to the narcotics division recovered two hijacked vehicles and made three arrests in Benoni this week.

Police on patrol noticed the occupants of a white VW Golf acting suspiciously, and decided to pull them over.

It was established the v...
Woman charged over false abduction story
A 21-year-old woman has been charged with perjury after she allegedly falsely reported the kidnapping of three friends to the police in December.

For more than 24 hours, police searched for the ‘victims’, deploying the Air Wing of the SAPS in the process, before it emerged the whole story was a h...
Baby thrown in loo
A 27-year-old Umlazi woman was arrested this week after allegedly throwing her newborn baby girl into a toilet pan, the police in KwaZulu-Natal confirmed yesterday.

Captain Khephu Ndlovu said: "The woman gave birth, wrapped the baby in a denim skirt and then threw it into the toilet pan.”

By C...
School burgled
The first day of school got off to a chaotic start at a Soweto primary when staff discovered that it had been burgled with equipment valued at over R40 000 stolen.

These included computers, stationary and microwaves, said Khuthalani Primary principal Bathabile Kanetsi.

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Aircraft turns back
Safety trouble has recurred AT nationwide Airline, just recently allowed off the ground by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

An aircraft flying from Livingstone in Zambia to Johannesburg ran into mechanical problems yesterday.

The plane was forced to turn back minutes into the flight because...
Doctor’s trial delayed
The trial of a medical doctor arrested two months ago for allegedly growing dagga at this home in Eldorette, north of Pretoria, was postponed to next week for the disclosure of the docket.

Makgale Bennedict Mokgoga, a medical doctor at Ga-Rankuwa’s George Mkhari Hospital, appeared in the Pretoria...
Bread probe ‘flawed’
UNION: Review needed on price-fixing scandal

The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) has called on the Competition Commission to re-institute a probe into the break price-fixing scandal, saying earlier investigations were “flawed”.

Tiger Brands were fined R98,7 million when ant...
Beuthin’s co-accused granted bail
Legal representatives for security consultant warren Schertel, co-accused of former bouncer Gary Beuthin, brought a successful urgent application in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday for bail.

The application was heard in the judges’ chambers because of a power failure in the main court build...
Stray shot deadly for pensioner
LEG WOUND: Neighbour charged with murder

A pensioner has been charged with murder after a stray bullet fired from a rifle killed an elderly neighbour.

Daniel van der Merwe, 68, is a resident of a home for the aged in Ventersdorp.

He appeared in the Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Cou...
‘Metro cop murdered her’
A witness told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday he had seen a metro policeman murder a colleague of the witness outside the Vosloorus police station.

The accused, who turned a gun on himself after shooting his fiancée, claims he was unaware of what he was doing at the time.

Advocate Cassi...
DJ tried to con cops after being arrested for fraud
Cape Town – A British national working in Taiwan as a radio DJ was yesterday fined R18 000 (or three years’ jail) on six counts of credit card fraud.

Jonathan Duncan, 26, apologised to the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court for the disgrace he had brought upon himself.

His lawyer, Tilly Terblanch, t...
Lotz ‘witness’ now probed
Police believe Werner Carolus, who claimed to have witnessed the murder of Stellenbosch student Inge Lotz, misled them.

During the trial it emerged that Carolus, a member of the infamous “tik gang” who is awaiting trial in Pollsmoor prison, confessed to burgling Lotz’s flat.

Carolus also claim...
‘Suidlander’ in the dock
GUSTAV Muller, alleged leader of an extremist religious group known as Die Suidlanders, appeared in the Bloemhof Magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

Muller is charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, and was arrested at a caravan park in Mossel Bay last month.

He has been remanded in custo...
Murder suspect in court
LUDWE Gxowa, the man accused of murdering reggae star Lucky Dube, will appear in the Balfour Magistrate’s Court today on theft charges.

Gxowa and six others are accused of stealing copper cable valued at R150 000 from an Eskom power station near Grootvlei, Balfour, in September last year.

Desperate police 'ignored lack of evidence'

The police were so desperate to get Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel behind bars that they defied state policy, lied to the National Prosecuting Authority and refused to accept the opinions of several prosecutors - who told them they didn't have a case.

Now acting National Prosecuting Authori...
Man followed from airport, then shot dead
The 37-year-old Nigerian man probably didn't notice the maroon Mazda Sting following him from the airport.

That is what witnesses believe happened before the man was gunned down yesterday morning outside his plush estate home in Vorna Park, Midrand.

Witnesses, who did not want to be named, s...
Taxi owner in intensive care after giving Star interview
A top taxi official has been shot several times - just a few days after he was interviewed about the underlying causes of taxi violence.

Faraday Taxi Association (FTA) spokesperson and taxi owner Johannes Kgatitswe is in a critical condition at an undisclosed hospital after he was shot several t...
Tainted Tony Yengeni under spotlight in arms-deal probe
Amid the announcement of a new ANC probe into the arms deal, Tony Yengeni the man who allegedly played a "very substantial" part in quashing the first inquiry into the deal has landed one of the party's plum positions.

This comes as the ANC announced it would appoint an ad hoc committee to draw ...
Cops comb sleuth's home for evidence
Gauteng police have denied that about 20 armed police officers carried out the high-profile arrest of Gauteng Scorpions boss Gerrie Nel on Tuesday.

Speaking as members of the SAPS special task team rummaged through Nel's Garsfontein home, in eastern Pretoria, for evidence yesterday, Gauteng poli...
'Bull Terrier' on short leash
Scorpions boss calm amid cops' 'display of power'

Top Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel walked into court flashing his trademark smile the one that gives nothing away.

The man leading the probe into National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi walked to the dock and slipped inside, never t...
Stabbed pupil a bully who abused alcohol, court told
The family seemed cheerful despite the fact that they had come to learn the fate of a young family member, a former Forest Hill High School pupil, who last year pleaded guilty to the murder of Nkosinathi Mbele (19).

But those smiles soon stopped after magistrate Martin van Wyk postponed the matt...
20 cops swoop on home of Scorpions' Gauteng boss
Selebi investigator held

Top Scorpions prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been arrested. This morning the man leading the Jackie Selebi probe was sitting in a holding cell at a Pretoria police station after being handcuffed and led away from his wife and young children at 9pm last night.

Nel ha...
Reopen arms probe: call
COMMITTEE: To compile detailed factual report

Opposition parties are demanding the reopening of the official probe into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

“The ANC has gone out of its way to obstruct a proper investigation into the arms deal. Too many questions remai...
Analysts slam NPA on Selebi
INSTITUTE:Public should already have been told

The National Prosecuting Authority must ‘come clean’ and stop keeping the public waiting for their decision on National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, according to the analysts who spoke to The Citizen.

Legal expert Shadra...
Land-reform boss charged
Limpopo Land Commissioner Mashile Mokono will appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court today on multiple charges of perjury and fraud amounting to R2,5 million.

Despite his December 13 arrest following a four-year undercover investigation by a Scorpions task team, Mokono is still in the employ ...
Man arrested for fraud
A Shoshanguve man was arrested in possession of two identity documents bearing his photos but different names on Monday, Pretoria police said yesterday.

Captain Solly Marindi said the 32-year-old was arrested during a raid in his house while following information on other crimes he allegedly comm...
Gun-free lobby fires Salvo
Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) has promised to intensify its campaign for stricter gun laws.

Concerns follow the number of children killed during the holidays.

GFSA Director Judy Bassingthwaighte said handguns were still the most common weapons used by criminals to rob and murder law-abiding cit...
Bomb hoaxer arrested
A 40-year-old man who allegedly made a hoax bomb threat to the police headquarters in Pretoria last year was arrested yesterday after four months on the run.

It was alleged the man had gone to the Dennilton Police Station in Mpumalanga to report his dissatisfaction over the protection order his g...
Murder trials back in session
Many people seeking closure

With the Johannesburg High Court 2008 first session soon to get underway, mothers, fathers, policemen’s partners and scores of families are hoping to find closure during murder trials.

▪Danielle, age five, was shot on her mother’s lap in an attempt...
Mbeki faces ANC probe into arms deal
President Thabo Mbeki could be grilled by his own party on what he knows about the multibillion-rand arms deal.

The ANC's new national executive committee (NEC) has appointed a committee to draft a "detailed factual report" on the deal.

Asked if Mbeki was likely to be called to testify befor...
Corrupt education officials fired after Star exposé

The provincial government has replaced the entire Gauteng Department of Education Learner Support Material unit after accusations of price-fixing and corruption.

Gauteng MEC for Education Angie Motshekga announced yesterday that at le...
Parents told to frisk pupils for drugs, weapons
Minister of Education Naledi Pandor has encouraged parents to help teachers make schools safer by searching their children for drugs and weapons before they leave home.

Pandor was speaking at the symbolic Torch of Peace handover by Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe at Tshepisong Primary School i...
Police hot on trail after Razor gang's reign of terror
Wits professor and Sandton pastor's families relive their horrendous ordeals

The terrifying trail of a gang of robbers - headed by a man known as Razor - has begun emerging in Joburg's northern suburbs.

Police believe the gang is behind the brutal robbery at the home of Wits professor ...
Abandoned ... and all his mother could say was 'sorry'
'I don't know what made me dump him there'

A two-month old baby boy who was found abandoned in the veld has been reunited with his parents.

He was found in Lenasia, south of Joburg, last week when a woman heard him crying and phoned the police.

Police took the baby to Grace Mashaba...
Burglars' new power strategy
Robbing a house could be as easy as disconnecting its power supply and waiting for the alarm system's back-up battery to run flat.

If your alarm system doesn't monitor your property's power supply, your security company won't receive a notification when your power goes out.

They also won't r...
The NPA keeps SA waiting
SELEBI CASE: Minister has ‘no say’ in NPA verdict

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and not the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, is holding back the “imminent” prosecution of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

On December 16 last year, the NPA ...
Bloody outlook for local politics
STORMY: Councillor in hospital after stabbing

Local politics promises to be as stormy as national politics this year, with residents allegedly stabbing a controversial councillor in a North West town.

A day later police intervened to stop a mob stoning a bus in Lebaleng, which is...
Tampering with 40% of airport bags
OR TAMBO: SAA loses R80 million

About 40% of all baggage passing through OR Tambo International Airport is tampered with, an undisclosed source working at the busy airport told 702 News.

This is in line with a report claiming baggage pilfering on SAA had skyrocketed from just 17%...
Old people thrown off bridges
Callous robbers who allegedly killed old people by throwing them from bridges are believed to have used money they stole from their victims to book into the Palace Hotel at Sun City.

A married couple and a third suspect are alleged to be con artists who ambush their elderly victims outside banks,...
Illegal power sparks 51 arrests
Fifty-one people were arrested in Khutsong, near Carletonville, at the weekend for allegedly having illegal electricity connections to their homes – a practice that has caused large-scale disruptions to the township’s water supply.

Lucky Leseane, chief operations officer of Merafong City Local Mu...
Locals, aliens clash
Seventeen Soshanguve residents arrested for looting foreigners’ shacks and shops north of Pretoria at the weekend were released on warning yesterday.

Their arrest on Sunday followed a violent clash between Soshanguve South residents, Zimbabweans and Mozambican immigrants.

Residents accused the...
Metro police stranded in Johannesburg High Court lifts
Last week it was curses up and down the stairs because of dysfunctional lifts. Yesterday it was fire Department officials rescuing two metro police officers, who were attending a Johannesburg High Court trial, from a lift.

Section Commander Chief Superintendent Danie van Eeden and Superintendent...
Draft targets judiciary
POLOKWANE: Resolution gives Justice Minster control

Continuing clashes between the government and the South African legal community may be on the cards this year, as the ruling party tightens its noose on an already embattled judiciary.

The judiciary, already trying to shrug off ...
Police send SOS for clues in murder probe
Police are asking for assistance from the public in solving the murder of 22-year-old Anisha van Niekerk.

Sergeant Marinda Stoltz, of Bronkonhorstspruit police, said progress was being made – but due to the sensitivity of investigations no further details could be released as yet.

Van Niekerk ...
214 arrested in Joburg blitz
Johannesburg police yesterday reported that more than 200 people were arrested for various crimes in Johannesburg and surrounding areas at the weekend.

Captain Bhekizizwe Mavundla said a total of 214 suspects were arrested during the “clean-up” operation.

“We seized a total of 176 parcels cont...
Mbeki skips crucial meeting of the ANC
Zuma graft charges top agenda as president hosts Chinese official

The first ANC national executive committee meeting post-Polokwane was held yesterday with President Thabo Mbeki's conspicuous absence while the party had to manage the political and legal woes of its head, Jacob Zuma.

Dangerous TB patients are on the run
The Department of Health is expected to take a firmer stand on ordering patients with deadly strains of tuberculosis to stay in hospital for lengthy treatment, after dozens ran away to go home for Christmas.

Eleven patients with drug-resistant TB are still being sought by Eastern Cape health aut...
ANC, at 96, must take stock of all its failures
The ANC is 96 years old today. And while it prepares to party this weekend, it faces its biggest organisational crisis since it swept to power in 1994.

This is because recently elected leader Jacob Zuma faces criminal charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering, money-laundering and tax evasion. ...
Parents battle over mounting hospital bills
The mother of a 9-year-old twin allegedly infected with HIV in a state hospital has as a last resort turned to selling raffle tickets to help pay her daughter's medical bills.

This as they wait to take legal action over Anna's HIV infection.

Amid constant threats from debt collectors over An...
Cellphone gives dumb crook away
Switching off your cellphone is a good idea when you're attending an important business meeting, watching a movie, and certainly when you're reporting it stolen at a police station.

In the world of dumb crooks, 2008 seems to have already started with a bang.

Gauteng police issued a press sta...
Officials await info on KLM engine failure
The Civil Aviation Authority was late yesterday still waiting for details about the unscheduled return to Joburg of an international flight earlier in the day.

CAA spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu said the organisation was waiting for a report on the aborted KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight.

"We w...
Selebi: SA must be told
TIME UP: NPA decision was made by mid-December

The DA has demanded the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) give its decision on National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi soon.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard, DA spokesman on safety and security, asked why the country had been made to wait so l...
Rock lobster catch cut
Recreational and commercial rock lobster fishermen are the latest to suffer under South Africa’s dwindling maritime resources.

They, along with their commercial counterparts in the abalone sector as well as others dependent on the sea’s bounty for their livelihoods, have had their quotas cut by E...
Now Mbeki faces the kiss-kiss revolt
President Thabo Mbeki signed and passed the new Sexual Offences Act on December 17 causing mass outrage.

The new amendments to the Act criminalise kissing, or any light sexual behaviour, among people under the age of 16 – even if the contact is consensual.

The motive behind the amendments is t...
Charged in teen death
A 24-year-old man accused of dumping a teenager’s body at a dumpsite after he had raped and killed her appeared in the Balfour Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabne said the man was not asked to plead. The case was postponed to January 21.

Six face firearm rap
Six men aged between 25 and 40 were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today on charges of possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, police said.

Captain Bheki Mavundla said Johannesburg Flying Squad members acted on information about the suspects’ plan to rob a rest...
War on foreigners
Soshanguve residents torched shacks, attacked foreigners and stole goods from homes on Saturday night.

Police said the unrest followed a rumour that a South African had been killed, leading to a tense stand-off between locals and foreigners. Three shacks were torched and one person injured.

Bomb suspect nabbed
A police investigation has led to the arrest of a Pretoria man believed to be behind a series of ATM bombings in the Pretoria area over the festive season.

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday in Oievenhoutbosch, Pretoria. Police said the man was found in possession of explosives and a...
Mother denied bail
A young mother who allegedly killed her newborn baby by throwing it from a window was last week denied bail in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court.

The woman was being held at Roodepoort Police Station and would appear in court on murder charges later this month, said police captain Siphiwe Ndlovu....
Coloureds attacked for using 'whites-only' showers
Shower cubicles that were allegedly set aside for white people are at the centre of a racial attack.

Police are investigating a case of crimen injuria after a Cape Town family lodged a complaint after allegedly being pulled naked from the showers at a camping site in Langebaan on the West Coast ...
Woman hit in SIM swap scam
Fraudsters have now found a way to accessbank accounts through victims' cellphones

A Joburg businesswoman was defrauded of more than R160 000 this week when she fell victim to a crime syndicate that used an illegally swapped cellphone SIM card to plunder her bank account.

Toni van der ...
Stepfather wipes out girl's family
A Durban teenager who witnessed four members of her family being gunned down by her stepfather is unable to attend her mother's funeral this weekend.

Speaking from her hospital bed at King Edward VIII Hospital, where she is recovering after being shot in a shoulder during the incident, Hlengiwe ...
Trafficking in drugs takes its toll on SA
Country's busy borders make it a favoured transit point, reports Babington Maravanyika

At least 850 South African citizens have begun the new year locked up in foreign jails for drug-related offences and many face the prospect of languishing behind bars for another 15 years.

The impris...
Frauds could be work of national syndicate
Four alleged SIM swop scammers from Joburg, who have been linked to a nationwide syndicate, have been remanded after their bail application was postponed.

Nigerian-born Joseph Felix, Patric Mohashoa, Ntombovuyo Ntshoko and Thabo Cyril Nene were arrested at their homes in Joburg on December 19 an...
Cops not amused by speed-trap website
Traffic authorities have warned the owners of a website against "poking fun" at the speed-trapping cameras in and around Durban.

People have painted cameras bright colours and placed gnomes and cartoon characters on these cameras in central Durban, along the N2 southbound as well as in certain a...
Police probe hijacking claim
Police are investigating whether a woman who flung herself from a speeding car deliberately misled them.

Lulama Mgijima claimed she was walking to a friend's place on Tuesday in Windsor, near Cresta, Joburg, when a red Toyota stopped next to her and a Nigerian man offered her a lift.

Four prayed and then disappeared
Pakistani syndicate is believed to be responsible

Majid Saleem and three friends attended prayers on a Friday and friends and relatives haven't seen them since.

Now, almost two months later, Saleem's wife Zainub is frantic, and she fears the four Pakistani nationals were abducted by a ...
Take a bow, SA motorists
Death toll down as zero-tolerance strategy pays off

Law enforcement's big-stick approach is finally working on South African roads.

Zero tolerance for reckless and drunk driving has significantly reduced the number of casualties, authorities claim.

More roadblocks, greater police v...
Little boy safely home as his abductor surrenders
A child-minder who allegedly abducted 2-year-old Owam Ngqengqa has turned herself in to the police and returned the toddler to his mother's warm embrace.

Nokubona Jack was arrested after handing herself to Nyanga police station yesterday.

The 42-year-old apparently took the child from his ho...
Partying parents lose their kids
More children run away or are being abducted during the holidays, reports Justine Gerardy

One child disappears every six hours in South Africa - 120 a month last year until the end of November. While official police statistics are not yet available for December, experts warn cases usually ...
Cops in the dark about fireworks trade
The sale of illegal fireworks is out of control in South Africa, but police admit they haven't got a clue who is behind the multimillion-rand trade and are battling to stem the tide.

This admission comes as both pyrotechnics experts and police confirm an increase in dangerous fireworks being sol...
Ex-mayor murder: two held
Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of Teboho Mofokeng, 45, former mayor of the Xhariep District Municipality in the Free State.

The men led them to the scene of Mofokeng’s brutal murder in a field in Mangaung after they were arrested when they attempted to cross the border...
Zuma blood threat rethink
CALM: Cosatu spokesman counter KZN man

COSATU members will not resort to violence, says spokesman Patrick Craven.

He was responding to a warning by the union federation’s KwaZulu-Natal leader Zet Luzipho that blood would be spilled in courtrooms because of the decision by the National P...
Cops on alert at mall
Members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) yesterday converged on a centre at the Southgate Mall where pupils get their results annually.

This comes after the centre’s management approached the JMPD following problems that were experienced in previous years.

Speaking to The ...
Cops lament fatalities
Seven lives saved on our roads is not good enough. This is according to Inspector Edna Mamonyane from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).

She was reacting to statistics reflecting the number of accidents and fatalities that occurred in Johannesburg over the 2006/7 festive periods.
State witness wants to set record straight in Zuma's defence
Vivian Reddy relishes chance to explain 'loans' to JZ

A state witness in the fraud and corruption case against Jacob Zuma says he can't wait to take the stand - to defend the ANC president.

"I am hoping that I will be called so that the truth can finally be told," KwaZulu Natal busines...
Top birder shot dead in home robbery
Sandton supper turns into nightmare for family

Renowned birder Robin Guy (75) has been killed during an attempted robbery in Sandton.

He was having supper with his family in Bryanston on Wednesday when two armed men appeared and ordered everyone to keep quiet.

It is unclear how the...
Parents finally find wandering KZN tot
There was a happy ending yesterday for a 3-year-old boy found lost in Newcastle a month ago.

Police and child welfare authorities had been trying to locate his family.

Yesterday they did so.

Previously known only as Velaphi, the boy was found in Newcastle's city centre on December 9.

Baby a gift in more ways than one
A baby abandoned by one woman has become a gift for another.

"He is my gift for the new year," said Grace Mashaba, who is caring for the three-month-old boy she has named Gift.

The baby was found abandoned in the veld in Lenasia, south of Joburg, about 2am yesterday when a woman heard him cr...
He is a boy who lived next to a tuckshop …
A 3-year-old boy spent Christmas and New Year without his family after he was found wandering alone in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal.

Now Missing Children SA and the family with which he was placed for safekeeping are trying to find his parents.

The boy, who calls himself Velaphi, says he was put...
Zuma and team in no hurry for speedy trial
Lawyers likely to try have case thrown out on technicalities

Jacob Zuma's legal team is almost certain to be in the dock when the battle to choose South Africa's next president hots up towards the end of the year.

In an interview with Talk Radio 702 today, his attorney Michael Hulley in...
Selebi not off the hook
TOP cop, National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, is not off the hook yet.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Brigitte Mabandla, is taking her time in studying the report submitted by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) following their decision about what Selebi’s fate sh...
Back to Sterkfontein
A panel of psychiatrists are still undecided what role, if any, work-related stress played in a former policeman’s alleged murder of his wife.

This is after the accused spent 30 days in Sterkfontein Hospital under observation.

Yesterday the Johannesburg High Court agreed to a further period of...
Curses in the courts
The new year got underway in the 12-storey Johannesburg High Court building with curses up and down the stairs.

The lifts were as usual, dysfunctional and the air conditioning inoperative.

Staff members had to carry bags of reference books up the stairs and legal representatives with civil mat...
Drugs smuggler stays put
COURT RULES: Bid for freedom must wait

A convicted US drug smuggler who claims he should have been released from prison when the alleged murderer of Brett Kebble, Glenn Agliotti entered into a plea bargain under the Drugs Act will not have his application for release heard by the Johannes...
'I decided I'd rather be killed than raped'
Kidnapped woman leaps from speeding car .She tells cops a man is locked in the bootn Police begin search only 20 hours later

Members of the Johannesburg Flying Squad saw a woman falling out of a speeding car, but failed to give chase when they heard that a man was locked in the boot.

Fake DVD bust likely SA's biggest ever
Shipment worth about R200m seized at airport

Police have intercepted what is believed to be the largest shipment of fake DVDs in South Africa's history.

The haul is estimated to be worth more than R200-million.

Also uncovered were other fake goods which could be worth several milli...
Extra police help keep the peace
SAFER: Zero tolerance pays off

New Year’s revellers had to contend with strict security measures as they whiled away the last hours of 2007 at carnivals, concerts and private parties.

Police and traffic officials were out in force on Monday night to contain the rowdier elements a...
Cops want to silence me – Van Heerden
A former Western Cape police commissioner and now head of a private investigative firm at the heart of the Cape Town city council spy saga has been arrested.

But Neil van Heerden (55) yesterday said the police had acted to “shut his mouth” and that the charges he faces “have no substance”.

Dad slain by gunmen
Marloth Park – Stephanus Keyser, 42, was shot and killed by two unidentified gunmen outside his home on Saturday night.

Police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said Keyser was shot twice, in the leg and chest.

Keyser and his family were returning from a restaurant when the shooting occur...
SPCA has its work cut out thanks to fireworks
SPCA branches around Gauteng have been swamped with calls of stray and injured animals following New Year's Eve.

Inspector Neil Visser from the Roodepoort SPCA said he managed only an hour's sleep due to the large number of callouts.

"It was crazy, we had people calling from many areas repor...
Joburg Hospital a war zone as 2008 dawns
A teenager with a gashed face cried quietly in a corner, a drunk moaned loudly while a doctor stitched his back, and paramedics in bullet-proof vests rushed in yet another bloody and bandaged man.

It was just another New Year for Johannesburg Hospital's trauma unit.

By the last minute of 200...
Zuma stands accused of a decade of corruption
New charges claim his influence was cash-strapped Schabir Shaik's greatest asset

In its case against Jacob Zuma the state has set out to prove that the newly elected ANC president abused his positions in the party and in government for almost a decade for his own gain.

In a scathing 84...
Loyal security guard – beaten to death
Wesselsbron - Free State police said yesterday that Koos Mei Motsoeneng, a security guard, was beaten to death after being attacked by three men around 8am on Saturday. He was guarding the farmhouse for his employer who was away on holiday and refused to hand over the keys police said yesterday.
19-year old woman raped
A 19-year-old woman from Chizela Village in Dutywa was rescued by the brother of her kidnapper.

Eastern Cape police said yesterday that the 25-year-old man was going by the old Xhosa Ukuthwala custom in which men would kidnap women and declare them to be their wives without their consent and then...
No free Christmas rides for Lindela illegals
Department of Home Affairs officials get cagey about the media visiting the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

The reason for this is not difficult to establish.

Over the years, since the place's establishment, there have been incessant stories coming out of it, depicting a dark, harrowing world i...
Conservationists angry over illegal plant
ear that toxic chromium may have already contaminated groundwater in the Benoni area

Environmentalists are angry at what they believe to be a chromium-processing plant operating "clandestinely and illegally" from an important catchment area which provides water to half the Tshwane area.

Two take their own lives after failing exams
At least two matric pupils committed suicide at the weekend after failing their exams.

Childline national co-ordinator Joan van Niekerk said one pupil shot himself while the other is believed to have died from a drug overdose.

The pupils were from Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal.

Van Niekerk s...
Newborn tossed out of window
A newborn baby has survived after been thrown out of a hostel window in Roodepoort.

The baby sustained minor injuries after falling about 1,5m onto a patch of grass.

The baby's 20-year-old mother was arrested on Saturday for concealment of birth.

She has been taken to a local hospital fo...
Zuma charged
Now money laundering and racketeering added to dossier

Just 12 days before he was to make his ANC state of the nation address, Jacob Zuma has been charged again. This time the National Prosecuting Authority has added three new ones - money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion - to the ...
Big brother watching Joburg
Big brother is watching over Johannesburg.

Through the new operator Omega Risk Solutions, the city is under surveillance with a total of 216 cameras being installed, each covering a three kilometre radius of its surrounds.

By April 1, 2008 Omega will be able to boast having the biggest hard dr...
Woman ‘pushed’ off N2 highway
A woman escaped unharmed after two vehicles tried to “push” her off the road on the N2 south in the vicinity of Nandi drive, Durban.

Two vehicles travelling in the same direction “pushed” her off the road causing her vehicle to overturn, she said. The woman escaped with minor injuries.

A case...
NGO probed about condoms
Following the discovery of the defective condoms dumped near Ngonweni primary school north of Durban on Christmas Day, KwaZulu-Natal police were still questioning the suspected NGO yesterday.

Spokesman for the KZN environmental affairs department, Mbulelo Baloyi, said police were questioning the ...
Mamelodi heroin arrest
Four men have been arrested for possession of drugs and illegal firearms during a festive season crime prevention operation yesterday in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, police said.

Captain Mahlahlane Maheso said while they were doing stop-and-search in the streets of Section N, they arrested a 57-ye...
Cops after 4 robbery suspects
Vaal Rand police are searching for four men following a house robbery in Hartebeesfontein at De Deur, south of Johannesburg yesterday.

Spokesman Captain Shado Mashobane said four armed men stormed into a house after the owner – Susan Venter, 49, - who was with her family at the time, opened the d...
Suspected bombers
Two men believed to be members of the ATM bombing syndicate were arrested in Mabopane, north of Pretoria yesterday.

Police confiscated 17 items of explosives, 18 Durafuse connections or explosive cartridges, five metres of ignition cords, an R5 rifle with 63 live rounds and 9mm pistol.

The two...
Technical hitch delays flight
Airline 1Time was hit by yet another technical glitch leading to a delay by several hours of its 1T201 flight to Durban yesterday.

It was a second setback in less than two weeks after 1T901 to Zanzibar was cancelled on December 17 at OR Tambo International also due to technical problems, leaving ...
Policeman turns himself in
The policeman who shot and killed his girlfriend on Christmas day has turned himself over at Bethal police station in Mpumalanga, the police said yesterday.

Police spokesman Abie Khoabane said “After questioning him, he said that he had tried to shoot himself after he shot his girlfriend, and no...
Suicidal police can get help
CRISIS:Programmes monitor officers’ mental health

Measures are in place to prevent depressed police officers from committing suicide, national police spokesman Captain Percy Morokane said in Pretoria yesterday.

Capt Morokane was speaking after an incident in which two members of ...
Alleged rapist nabbed
A 19-year-old woman who was abducted, raped and severely beaten has led the police to arrest the suspect. The woman, from Tembisa, had been walking alone last Thursday when a car stopped in front of her. A man jumped out, grabbed her and pushed her into his BMW.

On the way, the man stopped to ex...
Cousin Barry goes right off the wall
Comedian Barry "The Cousin" Hilton threw a tantrum inside an art gallery before allegedly making off with paintings worth more than R10 000 to settle a debt.

This emerged when Hilton appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of robbery and crimen injuria after the in...
Man gunned down while walking dog
Family suffers yet another attack

Dennis Polack was fighting for his life after being shot while walking with his wife and dogs on a Midrand smallholding on the Day of Goodwill.

"Three men came out of the bush, shooting. They shot my father three times and he is now fighting for his li...
VIPs’ bodyguards turn killers
SHOOT girlfriends and themselves in Christmas love tragedies

Two member of the crack SAPS VIP Protection Services Unit killed themselves over Christmas after first murdering their girlfriends.

The constables, charged with protecting the country’s leaders, used their own guns.

Thousands of defective condoms found dumped
Tens of thousands of defective condoms were found illegally dumped in Ngonweni, north of Durban, on Christmas Day.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Agriculture and Environmental Affairs said yesterday that local residents found condoms strewn on the road near Ngonweni Primary School.

The discovery was made thr...
Man nabbed after killing girlfriend, firing on sister
Metro officer helps track down accused through his job at security company

A metro police officer saw her sister's boyfriend shoot her on Christmas Day - and still managed to help bring the killer to justice after being fired at herself.

Metro police officer Kosi Sitle was about to rep...
Izingane Zoma star held on two rape charges
A member of Izingane Zoma, a popular maskandi music group, has spent Christmas behind bars on two counts of rape.

The suspect, whose name is known to The Star, was arrested on Sunday afternoon at his record company's offices in the Joburg CBD on charges of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter and...
NGO helped to find 43 missing kids this year
A national NGO which searches for missing children was kept busy this year - and already has work for next year.

Missing Children spokesperson Pieter Boshoff said yesterday the organisation had helped to find 43 children this year.

The bodies of another six missing children were found, and t...
Newborn found in bag stirs emotions
She was wrapped in a plastic bag and abandoned outside a shopping centre in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, on Christmas Day.

This was the fate of a newborn baby girl found alive and well by passers-by just before lunchtime on Christmas Day. Her soft cries attracted their attention.

Metro police...
Christmas in jail for witness in Agliotti case
Robert Lee Lottman, the only witness still in custody in the multimillion-rand drug case against Glenn Agliotti, will spend Christmas behind bars.

This comes after the mandate of his previous lawyer, Colin Geoffreys, was cancelled following a "simple error".

Lottman's new attorney, William B...
Killings spark fear and outrage
Cop, man walking to synagogue among casualties

The Jewish community in Joburg is outraged after a middle-aged man was shot dead while walking to a synagogue.

The man was shot just 100m from Chabad Lyndhurst on Saturday morning.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Mark Stokoe said three men in...
Road carnage still mounting
A case of culpable homicide is being investigated against a motorcyclist after he collided with a van within sight of a metro police officer.

According to Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, the officer was helping out at the spot where a bus had broken down on t...
Customs link in robbery probed
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is probing a Joburg family's claim that OR Tambo international customs officials are linked to an armed robbery outside their Randburg home.

Last week, the Saturday Star reported on Desiree Makamba*, her husband and their 8-year-old daughter who arrived a...
Missing kids head for the beach
For many parents it will be a sad and lonely Christmas anxiously waiting for news of their children who went missing in KwaZulu Natal - itself a favourite destination for runaways from all over the country in the summer months.

So far this month, 66 children have gone missing in the province.
Death-trap buses bust in blitz
In a massive clampdown on unroadworthy, death-trap buses, the Joburg metro police have confiscated the operating licences of 11 buses found to have defective parts, including steering wheels.

In one incident at a roadblock this week, metro police were shocked to find a 70-seater bus headed for H...
Inebriated pedestrians targeted
Drunken pedestrians will join drunk drivers in facing a bleak Christmas behind bars - even if they are not behaving in a disorderly manner, authorities warned yesterday.

Justice Department spokesperson Zolile Nqayi warned that anyone arrested on the weekends before the Christmas and New Year hol...
Gangster who has Mo's back
But controversial figures posing as security do little for Zuma's cause

Close Jacob Zuma associate Mo Shaik created a stir at the ANC conference in Polokwane by bringing along Cape Town underworld chief Cyril Beeka as his bodyguard.

It is understood the pair arrived at the University o...
We'll look after your baggage, says Acsa
SAA reports a 40% increase in thefts

Baggage looters at OR Tambo International Airport are the target of a new crack team headed by a former New Scotland Yard detective to stamp out widespread pilfering.

The Airports Company SA (Acsa) will foot the R5,4-million annual bill for the team...
Built for speed and safety
The biggest concern for taxi commuters has always been that the vehicles that transport them are not roadworthy, but with the new Toyota Quantums, taxi users can sit back and relax until they reach their destination without worrying about the doors or wheels falling off.

The government has commi...
Stop! Or I'll splash you with paint!
Business and homeowners who rely on armed-response companies for their security have been warned to check that those mean-looking guys in the uniforms are armed with real firearms.

The SA Intruder Detection Services Association (Saidsa) issued the warning this week after it discovered that a num...
Highly infectious patients flee
Eastern Cape Department of Health hunts for contagious sufferers of extreme TB strain

A desperate hunt is on in the Eastern Cape after 52 patients infected with highly contagious tuberculosis decamped from a Port Elizabeth hospital last week.

The patients escaped over a number of days ...
Traffic cops turn a blind eye
The ANC's national conference in Polokwane could easily have been mistaken for a speed freak's convention, as traffic law enforcement appeared to have been suspended for the duration of the conference.

Or perhaps traffic officers simply grew tired of apologising to cabinet ministers, provincial ...
Outrage over talk of arrest
Timing is odd, maintains ANCYL after NPA says it plans to prosecute

The National Prosecuting Authority - doomed to lose its crack investigative unit, the Scorpions, by June next year - has upped the political ante by clearly saying it intended to prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.

A d...
Corruption swoop
Police arrested 15 Home Affairs officials in Fouriesburg yesterday for helping illegal immigrants.

The arrest has brought to 23 the number of Home Affairs officials arrested for corruption this month.

Two weeks ago the department arrested eight of their own in possession of IDs without photos,...
Piracy an SA navy priority
SEA ROUTES: Fresh look at crimes

Apart from overseeing South Africa’s maritime security, the SA navy has, in association with other African navies, given priority to cracking down on human trafficking, piracy, arms and drug smuggling.

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu maintains t...
Man caught in the act of illegally connecting power
A man was caught red-handed illegally connecting an Atteridgeville house to the power supply on Wednesday, Pretoria police said yesterday.

Metro police and the SAPS found two men on top of the roof of the house, which had been disconnected because the owner defaulted on payments. They were recon...
1 438 motorists arrested
A staggering 1 438 motorists have been arrested in SA roads since the beginning of December – and many may just spend Christmas behind bars.

Most of the arrests related to drunk, reckless and negligent driving, speeding and overloading, the Department of Transport said yesterday.

Topping the a...
Council finances ‘in a mess’
The South African Municipal Works’ Union (Samqu) says the Madibeng Local Municipality’s financial status is “in a shambles”, and that they are not certain whether workers will receive their salaries in January 2008.

Full-time shop steward July Khoza said Samqu was shocked when the municipality di...
'Dad was tokoloshe who raped daughter'
Her daughter had nightmares and was aggressive towards her father. The parents got people to pray for the child. They were told it was the "tokoloshe" who caused the girl's behaviour.

"But the tokoloshe was residing in our house - it was him," the mother said as she pointed to her husband in the...
Cops may have wrong man in applauded arrest
Did police bust the wrong man in their much hyped and publicised swoop on a restaurant last month?

That's the question after the alleged robber - arrested while he was eating - was given bail of R5 000 yesterday.

The defence had claimed Michael Maphosa's arrest was one of mistaken identity. ...
SABC boss's studio invaded
The dramatic clean sweep of the ANC's leadership has led to the targeting of the SABC.

A group of ANC Youth League members yesterday stormed the state broadcaster's makeshift studio at the ANC conference venue in Polokwane and allegedly threatened SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala.

Cosatu yes...
NPA boss floored as bell tolls for Scorpions
A disappointed acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, believes the Scorpions should have been given a chance to reform themselves before being given the chop by the ANC.

"If people were unhappy with anything the Scorpions had done, the matter should have been taken up w...
Outrage over talk of arrest
Timing is odd, maintains ANCYL after NPA says it plans to prosecute

The National Prosecuting Authority - doomed to lose its crack investigative unit, the Scorpions, by June next year - has upped the political ante by clearly saying it intended to prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.

A d...
Former top cop shocked by police raid
A former Western Cape police commissioner says he is shocked and stunned that police searched his house even after he had promised his full co-operation.

Private investigator Neil van Heerden is now head of George Fivaz and Associates in Mossel Bay, the firm embroiled in the Cape Town council sp...
Police smash massive Joburg forex fraud
Victims' private papers seized from townhouse

The tax returns, bank statements, marriage certificate and birth certificate of Sandton resident John Jeremy Thornley-Stobbs are among the many documents seized in a police raid on a Randburg townhouse which has led to the cracking of a syndica...
Rogue security guards' cases mounting in court
Magistrate calls for company to be charged for employing man with false ID

Seven days, one courtroom, five cases - and they all involve rogue security guards.

In a mini-investigation, The Star has tracked down cases of security guards - many of whom are in the country illegally and are...
NGOs want sex offenders monitored
The removal from the Sexual Offences Bill of a clause that sexual offenders may be monitored after completing their sentences has alarmed NGOs.

Marcelle Londt, who treats sex offenders, says it is a matter of time before a paedophile commits another offence.

Most paedophiles released from pr...
Customs link to family mugging
While police investigate the possibility that customs officials could be linked to the armed robbery of a Joburg family attacked in their driveway on their return from holiday, no arrests have been made.

"I cannot say exactly what the situation is at this stage," said Captain Joseph Mashabane, t...
Meals boost for reservists
For the 250 police reservists who have given their time to serve their community, their dedication has not gone unnoticed.

Southern Sun Hotels has, as a gesture of goodwill, decided to provide meals to the reservists over December.

In total, the hotel chain group will donate 3 000 lunchboxes...
Desperate mother jumps with son and baby daughter
A young woman clutched her two small children in her arms and jumped over her Hillbrow flat balcony, falling nine storeys to her death.

The woman, in her late 20s, and her 3-week-old baby girl died when they hit the ground early this morning. Her 3-year-old son miraculously survived, being caugh...
Serial rapist not cursed
SIX life terms for man whose brain cannot control sex drive

Claims of a high sex drive and almost permanent erections after being bewitched, have failed to get a reduced sentence for self-confessed serial rapist, Beki Armstrong Mchwanazi.

He was sentenced by Judge Winston Msimiki in the...
Lotz case detectives slammed
REVIEW CALL: Investigators ‘ignored’ vital evidence

Prominent rights activists are calling for a probe into the conduct of the State investigators involved in the Inge Lotz murder case.

Stellenbosch student Lotz’s boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver, was charged with her brutal murder early i...
Zuma on Cloud 9 but…
HE MUST have his day in court, says the opposition

The newly-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma might have triumphed during the ANC conference in Polokwane, but dark clouds are hanging over him.

Yesterday, Cape Town Mayor Hellen Zille and DA leader and ID leader Patricia de Lille told ...
Elderly beaten to death
An elderly couple were beaten to death at the Rietvalei informal settlement near Krugersdorp on Tuesday.

West Rand police spokesman Joseph Mogai said the couple were hit with a blunt object and died of multiple injuries.

“The old man was on his way to work at about 6am when he was forced back ...
Baggage theft: buck stops with individual airlines
While airports, and the Airport Company of South Africa (Acsa) all have a role to play in combating baggage pilfering and theft, the responsibility for passengers’ luggage rests finally with the individual airlines, says Acsa.

Acsa’s Solomon Makgale said that when passengers handed in luggage at ...
3 brothers – murder charge
Paulpietersburg – Three brothers have been arrested for allegedly beating a man to death with knobkerries after an argument at the Lunerberg Farm on Friday, said Supt Vincent Mdunge.

Two brothers, arrested on Monday were to appear in court yesterday and the third was arrested later and due in cou...
Con artist poses as cop
Police maintained yesterday that they had no knowledge of an incident involving a bogus “tourist” policeman implicated in the robbery of tourists in Gauteng.

This follows a report on 702 Talk Radio about a Zimbabwean couple who were travelling from Louis Trichardt towards Pretoria over the weeken...
Kagiso’s do-nothing police
Despite making noise urging members of the community to report crime, the police are not doing enough to put criminals behind bars.

This is according to Sunday Tshabalala from Swanneville in Kagiso on the West Rand.

Tshabalala expressed disgust with the officers at the Kagiso Police Station.
Granny laments lost luggage
Granny Lynette Oosthuizen of Roodepoort left South Africa in high spirits with her hand luggage loaded with presents for her children and grandson in Hungary earlier this week only to have her luggage stolen inside the international departures hall at OR Tambo Airport.

“I put the bag down next to...
Teenage burglar – burnt to death
A teenage boy was found burnt to death after being wanted for a house robbery, which occurred on Monday.

A mob of 50 people allegedly set the 18-year-old boy alight in KwaNdengezi, south of Durban when he tried breaking into a house, reported KwaZulu-Natal police.

No arrests have been made.

Mother and baby - hijack
A mother and her baby were hijacked and dumped at the side of the road and the father was dropped off at another location, Pietermaritzburg police spokesman Superintendent Henry Budhram said yesterday.

The car is still missing and no arrests have yet been made.

Beuthin’s co-accused in brutal attack denied bail
Gary Beuthin’s co-accused in the alleged brutal attack on former Hell’s Angels president Edward Jacobs were denied bail in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Warren Schertel (34) and Melanie van Niekerk (31) are charged with attempted murder, armed robbery with aggravating circumstances, ...
Do something mayor urged
With the festive season proving to be anything but festive for residents of Pretoria and surrounds, calls for the metro mayor “to do something” are again being voiced.

Murders and shootings in Eersterus, Centurion, Lynnwood and Menlo Park in the past week have left residents jittery, and oppositi...
Security beefed up to ensure safety
Security has been beefed up considerably at one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.

With the “house full” signs up at all accommodation in and around Isimangaliso Wetland Park on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, park management has drafted the services of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, M...
Chaos at OR Tambo
PASSENGERS’ litany of grievances

Chaos reigned at the country’s busiest airport on Monday, when irate travellers were plagued by delayed and cancelled flights.

Two flights scheduled to take off from OR Tambo International Airport were delayed by mechanical faults – and one was fi...
Nationwide back in business soon
The SA CIVIL Aviation Authority (CAA) plans to wrap up their inspection of Nationwide Airlines this week, which might signify a full return to service for the airliner.

Nationwide has been given the green light to resume its London-Gatwick schedule, and has resumed some domestic flights. The CAA...
Son found father on the bank of Umfolozi
The body of Johannes Mchunu’s, a respected elder in the community, was found on Monday on the Umfolozi River bank by his eldest son, Bongani.

It is believed that Johannes went to see an Inyanga (witch doctor) on Sunday prior to his disappearance.

Umfolozi police spokesman Captain Jabulani Mdl...
Doctor in McBride driving case gets bail
The doctor accused of issuing who is a medical certificate to cover for Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride's alleged drunk driving has handed himself over to the police.

Dr Joseph Morolong Moratioa (44), of Montana Park, Pretoria, appeared in the Pretoria District Court yesterday, supp...
ANC reveals Oilgate money returned in full
The ANC has for the first time publicly acknowledged that it repaid in full a controversial R11-million donation from empowerment company Imvume Management, and that its finances have been in the black for the past two years.

In December 2003, Imvume channelled taxpayers' money from the state oi...
Lion chases poacher into rangers’ ready arms
Mpumalanga police have arrested two men in connection with a shootout that took place on Thursday night between rangers and illegal hunters in Kruger National Park.

Police said the men were arrested on Saturday morning after the local community alerted the police to the men’s whereabouts.

Pretoria teacher stoned to death
A primary school teacher was stoned to death in an argument over a woman in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria at the weekend.

The killing took place when the teacher allegedly took his mistress to the man with whom he suspected she was having an affair, at about 8pm on Sunday night.

Capt Thinav...
Drug dealer nabbed
An alleged Nigerian drug dealer was arrested when he fell into a police trap in Pretoria West at the weekend.

Drugs worth about R4 000 and R2 400 in cash were found on him.

Captain Dumisani Ndlazi said the arrest was part of an anti-drug operation in the area.

The operation first netted a w...
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