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Chaos as residents run amok
JOHANNESBURG - A major Johannesburg highway had to be closed for hours yesterday as the city saw yet another protest against lack of service delivery.

At least six people were injured and several arrested during a confrontation between police and residents of Orange Farm informal settlement.

Murder: third arrest expected
JOHANNESBURG - The arrest of a third suspect in the brutal murder of a retired estate agent in her Brooklyn home in 2006 was imminent, the Pretoria High Court was told yesterday.

Prosecutor Andre Wilsenach told the Pretoria High Court new evidence had come to light and the arrest of a third susp...
Mbeki accused of attacking press freedom
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki is under fire for signing into power the Films Publication Amendment Bill, a move seen by many as an attack on press freedom in South Africa.

The Bill will allow all content of media organisations to be placed before the Film and Publications Board for editin...
Prisoners say strike goes on
SPREADING: Sapohr warns on more action

THE South African prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr) has warned of serious repercussions should the Department of Correctional Services fail to intervene in the indefinite hunger strike by prisoners at the Baviaanspoort Medium Security Prison,...
Reward for missing man
THE family of a missing 58-year-old man has offered R250 000 for information leading to his safe return.

Dirk Domenico Cortesi went missing on Thursday last week and has not been seen since.

Gauteng police spokesman, Superintendent Eugene Opperman told The Citizen “The search for Cortes...
Modise and his R500 000 in NPA’s sights this week
THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Might announce its decision this week on the missing R500 000 donation allegedly given to the South African Communist Party’s (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande, spokesman Tlali Tlali confirmed yesterday.

This means that Charles Modise, the businessma...
Winter could still be alive
A PHONE call to a second cellphone number and answered by an unknown man has offered the Winter family renewed hope Kerry Winter, 35, is still alive.

Winter’s brother Kurt and nephew David Giles called Kerry’s second cell number at the weekend and somebody answered it. The man who answered spoke...
Killer claims he blacked out
A SCHOEMANSVILLE man yesterday told the Pretoria High Court he had not made sure if his wife was dead after he had apparently shot her because he was afraid his three-year-old daughter might see the terrible sight of her mother with blood all over her face.

Richard Van Ameron, a furniture factory...
Arms deal whistleblower dies
BHEKI Jacobs, the former ANC spy who blew the whistle on arms deal corruption and who was arrested in a bizarre murder plot against Thabo Mbeki, died yesterday of cancer.

Born Uranin Solomon, he had at least 10 aliases, of which his favourite was Behki Jacobs.

He was trained as an intelligence...
Scammers targeting elderly
PERSUASIVE: They said she would own a shop

THREE women and a man have been arrested and charged with coning two retired nurses out of more than R50 000 in a scam competition.

Gift Charlotte Mashele, 40, Grace Mmole Makole, 48, Ida Moranoke, 49, and George Mashele, 40, have appeared in the Rus...
Back to campus
NORTH West University’s Mafikeng Campus, closed last week due to violent protests, will reopen next Monday.

University spokesman Louis Jacobs said management decided on Friday to resume lectures on September 15. Residences would reopen on the 14th.

“To recover lost teaching time, all classes ...
Cops arrest 390
A TOTAL of 152 people were arrested during crime-fighting operations in Hillbrow, Braamfontein, Parktown, Berea and Joubert Park over the weekend.

Police said this brought the number of those arrested in Johannesburg at the weekend to 390.

Alleged crimes included murder, street robberies, assa...
Robber held
WITBANK police arrested four robbers who were firing at them during a high-speed chase on the N4 highway east of Pretoria yesterday.

Three unlicensed firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash were recovered.

The drama began when the men entered a supermarket in Witbank at about 7am. They hel...
Tripartite heads lash out at cartoonist
Unapologetic Zapiro 'wanted to make a point'

The ANC is fuming after award-winning political cartoonist Zapiro depicted ANC president Jacob Zuma about to rape a blindfolded Lady Justice in his latest satirical offering.

In an angry joint statement yesterday, the ANC, the ANC Youth Leagu...
It's your duty to protect courts, FW tells Mbeki
FW de Klerk has urged President Thabo Mbeki to actively protect the judiciary from attack, in line with his constitutional duty as head of state.

This could include invoking the common law relating to contempt of court, the Riotous Assemblies Act, the Equality Act, as well as civil interdictory a...
Lost in translation as language proves a barrier in murder case
Financial planner Awelani Muhanelwa has been questioned at length about apparent omissions in a statement he made to the police shortly after the gruesome murder of Avhatakali Netshisaulu in 2006.

Muhanelwa is a former colleague of accused number three, Mulalo Sivhidzho, who worked with her at th...
Zuma's lawyer denies representations to NPA
Jacob Zuma's lawyer has denied that the ANC president is preparing to show prosecuting boss Mokotedi Mpshe why his corruption case should be dropped.

Michael Hulley yesterday denied National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tlali Tlali's weekend claims that Zuma's legal team would make represe...
Prisoners' activist Bhudu jailed
Prisoners' rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu and two former warders have been given long jail terms for helping an inmate to escape.

In the Wynberg Magistrate's Court yesterday, Bhudu (47) and a co-accused and former warder, Graccion Maimela (32), were given an eight-year sentence each for aidin...
'I will sue the cops who tortured me'
A Moroccan immigrant, allegedly tortured by the police and then released without being charged, is suing the Department of Safety and Security for millions of rands.

Hassan Zahir (45), who has lived in South Africa for five years, has asked his lawyers to proceed with the lawsuit against the depa...
Mother and son reunited after case is dismissed
Boy was not molested, and social worker acted incorrectly

It took a child psychologist just three sessions with a 4-year-old boy to dismiss a social worker's claims that a Benoni mother was sexually abusing her son.

The allegations made against the mother were based on a social worker's...
Zapiro won't apologise for Zuma rape cartoon
The ANC and Zapiro began a bitter war this morning - over a cartoon.

And South Africa's most famous cartoonist is adamant he won't apologise for his controversial work which appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday.

It depicts ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and secretaries general of t...
Police arrest 238 suspects
A CRIME prevention operation led to the arrest of 238 suspects in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Johannesburg police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said the suspects were arrested during a crime prevention operation that began on Friday and ended in the early hours of yesterday.

“Serious crimes ...
Govt scraps key hospital
JOHANNESBURG - Another scandal – this time fraud – has resulted in the Gauteng Health Department cancelling its tender for construction of the notorious 300-bed Jabulani Hospital.

Government decided to cancel the R692 million contract after it emerged last week that Ilima had submitted a fraudule...
DA wants arms deal action
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) to revive its role in the arms deal investigation and take action instead of creating further delays.

Eddie Trent, DA spokesman on the arms deal, has called upon Scopa’s chairman, Themba Godi, ...
Cop joins crooks in the dock today
JOHANNESBURG - Six suspects, including a police officer, will appear in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court today after they were found in possession of stolen goods worth R4 million.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Captain Hlathi said six suspects, including the police officer, were arrested in Mpumalang...
Mandela square robbery
POLICE are searching for three armed men who robbed a Nelson Mandela Square jewellery shop of goods worth R1 million at the weekend.

Johannesburg police spokesman Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said the robbery took place at the Worlds Finest Watches at about 10am on Saturday.

“They held up a s...
Teacher on rape charges
A MULSIM religious teacher is to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court today on two charges of rape after a second boy, aged 10, reported being raped by the suspect, according to Germiston police spokesman Captain Steady Nawa.

This comes after a 12-year-old boy broke his silence last Wednesd...
Widow ‘did not need comfort’
THE daughter-in-law of the City Press editor-in-chief did not seem in need of comforting at the murder scene of her husband, a friend told the Johannesburg High Court on Friday.

Mulalo Unity Sivhidzho is accused of masterminding the murder of her husband of seven months, Avhatakali Steven ...
Police arrest 238 suspects
A CRIME prevention operation led to the arrest of 238 suspects in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Johannesburg police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said the suspects were arrested during a crime prevention operation that began on Friday and ended in the early hours of yesterday.

“Serious crimes ...
Ex-SACP officials may face perjury allegations
Former SA Communist Party heavyweights Willie Madisha and Phillip Dexter will know this week whether they are to be charged with perjury following extraordinary new claims against them.

Controversial businessman Charles Modise, who stands accused of fraud in an unrelated matter, alleged last wee...
Saved from a life of hell
Family Advocate slammed for bid to take girl from mom

A 3-year-old Joburg child would be in the care of her convicted criminal ex- American soldier father - if the local Family Advocate had its way.

But, thanks to a critical ruling from the Johannesburg High Court, M will remain in Sou...
New lover may help bid to find Winter
The search for missing Durban woman Kerry Winter is still on despite the Dubai police last week dismissing it as an illegal gathering.

Clint Winter, Kerry's brother in Durban, said things had not been easy for the family, especially those in Dubai, since their efforts to find 35-year-old Kerry, ...
Shock for couple on way to ceremony
Police are investigating a case of murder after a man was found lying with a big gash to the back of his head.

The unidentified man, believed to be in his 30s, was found at about 6.20am yesterday at City-Corn Section of Etwatwa in Ekurhuleni.

According to police, the grisly discovery was mad...
ATM inside shop robbed off cash
ATM bombers have taken their trade from the streets and into stores.

This comes as a group of bombers broke into a butchery in Tsenelong section in Tembisa early on Saturday morning.

Police said the robbers ignored the meat and headed straight for the Absa ATM inside and blew it up with expl...
The Star and Stats SA reach a settlement
Statistics South Africa and The Star have reached a settlement, resolving the complaint lodged by Stats SA with the Press Ombudsman in relation to a report published on January 8 2008, appearing in some issues under the headline "R600m state survey bungle - Stats body says error-ridden data cannot b...
'I don't recall shooting Jana'
Murder accused weeps bitterly in court

'I loved her with my whole heart. I never planned to hurt or kill her. I would have done anything for her." This was the evidence of Richard van Ameron (33), who three years ago "emptied" his firearm on his fiancee, Jana Venter. Three of the 13 shots ...
Ex-pats scour Dubai City for woman
Several hundred South African expatriates combed the streets of Dubai yesterday in a bid to find out whether Kerry Winter might still be alive.

Aided by some British expats and a few local residents, they wore T-shirts bearing the face of the missing South African and handed out flyers in Urdu a...
Home Affairs need you!
… to help them identify corruption

The director-general of the Department of Home Affairs, Mavuso Msimang, has emphasised that tipoffs by members of the public about corrupt officials is central to turning his dysfunctional department around. This comes after two Home Affairs officials wer...
Racist rugby fans a ticking timebomb
Now there areplans to banbooze in grounds

South Africans are being assaulted in racist attacks at rugby stadiums every week - but the attacks aren't being reported. Staff at rugby stadiums and fans told the Saturday Star they blamed the uncontrolled consumption of alcohol.

And now ther...
Disgruntled taxi bosses threaten 2010 chaos
The taxi industry, which controls the lion's share of the country's public transport system, is disgruntled over being sidelined in the planning of transport for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Industry leaders have warned that there can be "no 2010 without taxis".

But the 2010 Local Organising C...
Burnt man's wife wouldn't go to cops, court told
Mulalo Sivhidzho - a widow accused of orchestrating her husband's murder - dismissed all pleas to seek help from the police while he was in danger.

This is according to the man who drove her while the two searched for Avhatakali Netshisaulu on the night he was found burnt beyond recognition in t...
Police's claims over death of man shown up
Postmortem reveals numerous contradictions in deceased's arrest

It may never be known whether Douglas Khumalo was a criminal, but it's now clear what he died of after being arrested by the police's national Crime Intelligence Unit - "blunt-force head injury".

Khumalo's widow, Johanna M...
NPA official in dock over fraud
A senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official in Kimberley is facing criminal charges for allegedly making false travel and subsistence claims to the law-enforcement agency.

And despite this, Solani Gift Ngobeni (37) is still working for the prosecuting body.

According to the charge...
Reward offered for missing man (58)
A 58-year-old South African financial adviser, Dirk Cortesi, who came from Australia to visit his father for his birthday, has disappeared.

The family have offered a R250 000 reward for information leading to his being found alive.

Cortesi went missing on Thursday after withdrawing cash from...
Daughter held after trying to dupe dad
A West Rand man is set to testify against his daughter after she allegedly masterminded her own "kidnapping" in order to swindle him.

The saga started last Monday when the man, from Kagiso, received a phone call from a person who told him that his 21-year-old daughter was in danger and that he w...
The truth is out there: in Zimbabwe, to be exact
A series of alleged alien sightings swept through Zimbabwe a few years ago, leaving unsettled witnesses in their wake.

Now American researchers are visiting Zimbabwe and South Africa to learn more about these sightings. They are visiting South Africa because millions of Zimbabweans now live here...
Cops kill robber and wound another suspect
A bobbing beam of light from a torch led police to three armed men who had just robbed a house.

According to Ivory Park police spokesperson Lesiba Manamela, three male suspects, two of them armed, forced their way into a house in Ivory Park Extension 2 at around midnight.

The armed men held up...
Court examines science of drinking
Chemist testifies in Motata trial

Scientific testing, blood alcohol levels and the complications involved in calculating how much a person has had to drink were the focus areas again today in the trial of Judge Nkola Motata.

Judge Motata stands accused of driving under the influence on ...
Man raped by four women
IN the second case of its kind in Rustenburg since July, a man has told police four women in a black BMW abducted and raped him in a veld.

“The investigation is proceeding and will soon reveal all,” Rustenburg police spokesman Constable Botshelo Mothutsane said.

The 23-year-old victim said he ...
Dubai Consul no help
FRUSTRATION has turned to anger for Kurt Winter, who has mounted his own search for his missing sister Kerry.

Speaking from Dubai yesterday he said the South African Consulate General there had failed him. He said Kerry’s ex-boyfriend Mark Arnold, 42, a Briton being held as a suspect, was given ...
Pikoli vetoes political answer
JOHANNESBURG - Suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli has rebuffed an idea of a political solution to the criminal prosecution of ANC president Jacob Zuma, according to media reports.

Pikoli, suspended by President Thabo Mbeki citing “irretrievable” breakdown in working r...
Home Affairs deal to end fraud
JOHANNESURG - A historic agreement aimed at smashing the remaining corruption within the Department of Home Affairs was signed in Pretoria yesterday.

The department together with the National Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the Public Servants Association (PSA) also committed them...
Man says sorry for killing his wife
"I am asking you humbly for forgiveness for ending your life. I have deprived you of many things.

"I always thought I would give my life for you, but in a moment, without thinking, I shot you. Not once, but until there were no more bullets left in the firearm. Nothing you did deserved this barbar...
Police distressed over big revamp
Uncertainty as all jobs are re-evaluated

Every police officer in the country's 1 114 stations - from constable to station commissioner - is now occupying a "vacant" post and has just days to fill in a form to "reapply" for their position.

This week, the first wave of the police's massi...
Hunt for leopard skin trader
KwaZulu Natal police are trying to track down a Jozini man linked to the slaughter of at least 120 leopards.

The rare and specially protected hunting cat's distinctive spotted pelts often adorn the shoulders of the Zulu royal family.

The man was arrested four years ago when police found the ...
Woman says Sars staff tried to rob her at OR Tambo
A Cape Town teacher says she was detained by airport officials trying to "scam" US dollars from her.

Instead of leaving the country and heading off to Zanzibar for a few weeks, the Newlands resident says she missed her flight while she was detained at OR Tambo International Airport, where offici...
Sealift ship could fill a crucial gap in navy
SA 'in new era' after acquiring fleet in terms of arms deal

South Africa is poised to buy a multibillion-rand sealift vessel - in the place of a fifth corvette.

The sealift ship would be used to convey supplies and equipment for far-away peace-keeping missions - a capability that sever...
Lawyer was bribe go-between to make drugs case 'go away'
A Joburg-based lawyer has admitted to "acting as a conduit" to bribe two prosecutors to make a R50-million drugs trial "go away".

The sweetener was not only hard cash but also promises of jobs as magistrates.

Frans Mashele, who ran his own legal practice, yesterday confessed to one count of ...
Cosatu could join bid to prevent Zuma trial
Concern over effects of ANC president losing his case

Cosatu is considering joining a court application to stop the prosecution of ANC president Jacob Zuma, saying a proposal to hold his trial on the eve of the 2009 elections was a political manoeuvre to discredit him.

"The latest prop...
Netshisaulu's weary mother unwavering in her testimony
After 15 gruelling days in the witness box, the tired mother of Avhatakali Netshisaulu - who was found burnt beyond recognition in the boot of his car - has completed her testimony.

Dzudzanani Netshisaulu travelled from her Venda home in Limpopo to testify in the Johannesburg High Court in her so...
Judge was sober is defence's theory
Magistrate takes media to task over allegations

Judge Nkola Motata was sober the morning he crashed his Jaguar into the wall of a Hurlingham house.

In fact, his blood alcohol was between 0,02g and 0,03g, indicating that he was below the legal limit of 0,05g.

This was the defence's ...
Huge desert search for SA woman
Two thousand expatriates living in Dubai - including many South Africans - will head for the desert tomorrow morning to search for missing Durban woman Kerry Winter.

"Many of the volunteers who are going to help us search have 4x4 vehicles, which will be a great help," said Winter's worried broth...
Missing man found dead
South African IT consultant Brian Gauldie (33), who left Johannesburg three months ago to work in Sydney, has been found dead.

Gauldie went missing a week ago and public appeals were issued by Australian police.

This morning Gauldie's mother, Ryna Gauldie of Randpark Ridge in Joburg, confirmed...
JSC must probe Erasmus – DA
JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille wants Judge Nathan Erasmus probed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for “misconduct” after the court ruling against the Erasmus Commission.

This follows this week’s High Court ruling that the commission, headed by the judge, was se...
More Xeno Camp Tension
THE Gauteng government could not be reached yesterday to comment on reports that there is a crisis at the Klerksdorp refugee shelter in Pretoria.

Refugees there have been complaining that the Tshwane Metro Council refuses to feed them.

Last month the municipality withdrew all services to the c...
How drunk was judge?
He was four times over legal limit - expert

Judge Nkola Motata's blood alcohol level was four times over the legal limit when a district surgeon extracted his blood.

The legal limit is 0,05, yet the judge's alcohol level was 0,2g three hours and 30 minutes after crashing his Jaguar int...
Slain man's wife suspected of affair
Accused's relationship fraught with infidelity claims

A widow being tried for her husband's murder allegedly had an affair with her co-accused.

And so fraught with accusations of infidelity was the relationship between Mulalo Sivhidzho and Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of City Press ...
This deadly drug does not show up in tests
GHB has been around for some time, cop says

Gauteng youngsters are overdosing on a potent date-rape drug which is difficult to trace in the body.

Gamma-hydroxybutric acid, or GHB, was originally produced as an anaesthetic in the 1960s, but was discontinued because the drug was found to...
Minister may be cited for contempt
The minister of Home Affairs faces being held in contempt of court over the state of the Joburg refugee office.

This week a group of businesses gave Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula seven days to abide by a court order and end the public nuisance caused by overcrowding at the refugee reception c...
Children take on roles in anti-xenophobia drive
Here's Zimbabwe's new government!

Zimbabwe has a new president … and he is only 11 years old.

Yesterday, Steven Chitaya and four of his "cabinet ministers" received a warm welcome at the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria.

Steven was elected president of Zimbabwe after his school, Ekuk...
Probe of brutal attack on boy has varied focus
Police are considering different angles - including a case of child neglect - in the case of a boy who was gutted open with a broken bottle near Kya Sand.

Detective Constable Joshua Shilajoe said the investigation into the child's attack was complicated and there were a number of different angle...
Drama as Agliotti spots 'stolen belt'
During the violent robbery at Glenn Agliotti's house in March last year, the criminals took more than 100 of his belts and left him with four.

In the Wynberg Magistrate's Court today, he saw a man wearing what he believed to be one of his exclusive leather belts.

He was so sure of his discov...
Grim tale of sex, rape and robbery
Women were kidnapped at gunpoint, teen tells court

A 17-year-old has told a court how he and two other men robbed, raped and indecently assaulted two women after kidnapping them at gunpoint.

In one instance, one of his accomplices gave their victim a choice: give the teenager oral sex ...
Successful interdict could slash ANC majority
Travelgate has come back to haunt MPs as they grapple with the ramifications of allowing members involved in the voucher scandal to participate in dismantling the very unit that investigated or prosecuted them - the Scorpions.

And as MPs wrestle with this legal conundrum, a private citizen is pr...
Locked up for leaving ID at home
She was arrested, stuffed into a packed police van, held in a cell for six hours and released only when she paid a R300 "fine" for loitering - all because she had left her ID at home.

So claims Vuyisiwa Bessie (22) - and now she is determined to bring to book the Hillbrow police officers who all...
Multi-million heist guard in dock
A SECURITY guard allegedly involved in a multi-million rand heist at an Absa cash depot in Witbank, Mpumalanga on Saturday has appeared in court.

Emmanuel Ndlovu, 30, was arrested together with three other suspects.

Mpumalanga police Captain Leonard Hlathi could not confirm the amount of mon...
New twist in arms deal probe
DA: Scopa asked to invite Moketedi Mpshe to its next meeting

JOHANNESBURG - The woes surrounding the arms deal have taken another turn.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) this week challenged Scopa’s chairman Themba Godi to invite Mokotedi Mpshe, the Acting National Director of Public Prose...
Dubai cops puzzled over Kerry
THE family of Kerry Winter, 35, who is missing in Dubai, is leaving no stone unturned in trying to uncover her whereabouts.

The international events co-ordinator went missing two weeks ago on August 20 after she was allegedly battered by her ex-boyfriend, a British man.

She has been living in ...
Hooligans get campus closed
THE Mafikeng campus of North West University has been closed for the second time this year due to student violence.

It is believed to stem from an unsuccessful appeal by four students against their expulsion in May this year.

University spokesman Louis Jacobs said campus Rector Professor Dan K...
Teen crime spree ends in court
A TEENAGER went joy riding with “two adults” and ended up being involved in nine crimes including kidnapping and rape, Johannesburg High Court was told.

The youth, who has since turned 17, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping, two of aggravated robbery of motor vehicles and personal effects...
‘We need a Zuma solution’
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has declared the prosecution of Jacob Zuma is against the country’s interests and called for a “national consensus” on the case.

The ANC national working committee (NWC) said: “This case has been and continues to be divisive.”

The statement continued: “It has become dee...
Cop’s pain for shot woman
JOHANNESBURG - A police constable has told the Pretoria High Court how bad she felt on learning of the death of a Schoemansville woman because she had failed to convince her to lay a charge against her lover for abuse eight months earlier.

Constable Hermien Oosthuizen testified yesterday in the ...
Lying ‘won’t’ bring son back’
‘WHY would I lie, a lie won’t return my dead son”, the mother of the murdered son of the City Press editor-in-chief told Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

She was being cross-examined at the trial of her daughter-in-law and two co-accused.

Her son, Johannesburg accountant Avhatakali St...
Life terms for killers
Two men who hired guns for the murders of a manager of a Hillbrow block of flats and his interpreter have been sentenced to two life terms each.

The Johannesburg High Court had on Monday found Xolani Ngubane (22), of Dube hostel in Soweto, and Zachariah Mngoma, (29) of Kranskop in KwaZulu Natal,...
Lengthy search ends well for father and son
A nickname, a name of a ship and the longing of a son to meet the father he never knew. That was all a private investigator had to solve a 30-year-old cold case.

But last week, he closed the case when his client Richard Terwin returned from Cuba after meeting his dad.

Their reunion was the c...
Cosatu asks ANC to allay fears on judiciary
While the ANC has questioned whether prosecuting its leader Jacob Zuma was in the country's interest, Cosatu has appealed to the ruling party to be responsible and reassure "the minorities" that the judiciary was not under threat.

Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Chris Nicholson will hand down ...
Missing woman's ex admits he beat her
The ex-boyfriend of a South African woman missing in Dubai has told her brother he left her in the desert with injuries to her head and face.

According to reports, the former boyfriend, a 42-year-old British national, has admitted to beating Kerry Winter, and has been in police custody on assaul...
Child rapist's life sentence cut to 13 years
Decision understandable, say activists

The Supreme Court of Appeal has slashed a child rapist's life sentence because his young victim's age and alleged mental retardation were never proved in the court that convicted him.

But anti-rape activists say the decision to reduce Bongani Vila...
Safety MEC backs cops in shooting
Cachalia meets officers who mistakenly shot fleeing couple

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia has defended the police officers who injured a couple in Alberton last week when they opened fire on the couple's vehicle while responding to a house robbery.

"As far as what I hav...
Another Eudy murder case delay
The rape and murder trial of five men accused of killing former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane has been postponed for the umpteenth time.

The case - which was called at noon in the KwaThema Magistrate's Court - has been dragging on for about four months, with no High Court dates set yet.
ANC delays Motlanthe fight debate
The ANC has shelved discussions on the spat between its Youth League and party deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

It will instead focus on preparations for the court appearance of ANC president Jacob Zuma for judgment on his review application.

At its meeting in Joburg yesterday, the ANC's ...
Lotteries board urged to pay out pledged funds
Protesters have disrupted a meeting of the National Lotteries Board, demanding that the lottery body pay outstanding funds promised to their cash-strapped not-for-profit organisations.

After a two-hour sit-in protest on Friday at the NLB offices in Hatfield, Pretoria, the board's management had ...
Court hears details of editor's SMS
City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu claims he did the right thing by not attending his son's funeral in Venda.

This was revealed in an SMS that Tsedu sent to Mulalo Sivhidzho, the widow of his late son Avhatakali Netshisaulu (31), on the night after the funeral.

In her SMS, read out in...
Ashanti killer crash accused faces new trial
More than two years have passed since the horror crash that killed international R&B star Ashanti's cousin - and in the eyes of the law, the boy arrested for causing the accident has become a man.

Today, 19-year-old Kershan Naidoo was due to appear at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court after a plea-...
R100m airport heist trial 'games'
The wheels of justice in the OR Tambo International Airport heist trial were ready to turn when one of the accused sprung a surprise that incensed the judge.

Just as the trial was to start, Chris Billings - one of the accused in the R100-million heist - asked that the case be postponed. Billings...
Boy found with intestines hanging out to go home soon
The little boy whose abdomen was sliced open with a broken bottle will soon be discharged, thanks to dedicated hospital staff and messages of support from readers of The Star.

Last week The Star reported that 5-year-old Sibusiso* was treated at the Netcare Olivedale Hospital after he was found l...
Local IT consultant missing in Sydney
South African IT consultant Brian Gauldie (33), who left Joburg three months ago to continue his career in Sydney, has disappeared.

Australian police have issued appeals for public assistance to find Gauldie, who went missing in East Sydney last week and hasn't been seen since.

According to ...
Saru condemns racist attack at match
It was the first time Ziningi Shibambo had ever been to a rugby match. The atmosphere was exhilarating, the national anthem was sung with gusto, and when the Springboks took to the field, the crowd erupted into a thunderous roar.

The Tri-Nations match between South Africa and Australia was living...
McBride spat hots up
JOHANNESBURG - Robert McBride is back on the beat and Ekurhuleni’s new mayor has been challenged to explain more than 60 instances of deviation from established procedure by City Manager Patrick Flusk.

This is according to the Independent Ratepayers’ Association of SA (Irasa), which has been at l...
Some refugees may be deported
THE proposed consolidation of Gauteng’s refugee camps will have to wait until the refugee status has been finalised by the Department of Home Affairs.

“Some people at the shelters do not have legal status and might be repatriated,” said provincial spokesman Thabo Masebe.

There are just over 2 ...
’Kill Scorpions reports wrong’
KWAZULU-NATAL Cosatu secretary Zet Luzipho has denied media reports that he made a statement insinuating the dismantling of the Scorpions had something to do with ANC president Jacob Zuma’s trial.

“All I said was that the Scorpions must be disbanded because they are not doing their job,” Luzipho ...
Two brothers join list of ‘Great Plane Robbery’ accused
A LOCAL attorney and his brother are expected to be added to the list of those accused of taking part in the R100 million “Great Plane Robbery”, the theft of flight SAA 237 at OR Tambo International Airport.

Prosecutor Wilhelmien Vos undertook to inform the defence by the end of the month if att...
Body found after dam suicide
STRESS: Old age and illness to blame for frail couple’s depression

PRETORIA police divers yesterday retrieved the body of an 88-year-old man who committed suicide by jumping into the Bon Accord Dam, north of Pretoria, after killing his frail 79-year-old wife in a suicide pact at the weekend.

Two women arrested for stabbing man to death
TWO women were arrested for allegedly stabbing a man to death in Soweto at the weekend.

Soweto police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubela said the man was stabbed in the chest by one of the women.

“We arrested a girl found with the murder weapon and she said that her friend committed the crime....
Robbers held for murder of officer
FOUR suspects will soon appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the murder of a police officer in Actonville, Benoni last week.

Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman said four suspects were arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of the police Inspect...
Traders’ grants ‘blackmail’
PENSIONERS and recipients of social grants say shop-owners, with special government ATMs in their stores, often force them to spend their money there before allowing them access to the machines.

The North West South African Social Security Agency says it is disturbed by complaints about this prac...
More hassles at heist trial
IT happened again yesterday, the “bad karma” which has dogged South Africa’s biggest cash heist trial of R46 million from the FNB cash depot in Selby Johannesburg, for the past three months.

The trial will not be held today and will resume only tomorrow because one of the legal representatives is...
Help end road rage attacks
JOHANNESBURG police have called on motorists to abide by the law and refrain from getting involved in road rage incidents.

This after two road rage attacks were reported in Johannesburg this week.

Police Superintendent Eugene Opperman said incidents of this nature cannot really be stopped as l...
Wife shot dead during ‘tantrum’
JOHANNESBURG - A Schoemansville man told his church minister he had shot his wife 13 times because she had kicked the blankets off him in bed and he had lost his temper, the Pretoria High Court heard yesterday.

Werner Venter was testifying in the attempted murder and murder trial of one of his c...
Four nabbed after restaurant robbery
Joburg metro police are looking for the owner of a suspected stolen or hijacked Mercedes-Benz truck following the arrest of four men driving it after a robbery at a Sandton restaurant.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the men were cornered after two metro police highway patrol officers cl...
Racist attack sours rugby win
Controlling body offers R10 000 reward for information on culprits

It was the first time Ziningi Shibambo had ever been to a rugby match. The atmosphere was exhilarating, the national anthem was sung with gusto, and when the Springboks took to the field, the crowd erupted into a thunderous...
Pupils take a stand against rampant crime at schools
Primary school learners pledged their alliance to a crime-free lifestyle after students were arrested at a high school in Munsieville.

This follows a school search conducted by the South African Police Services (SAPS) partnering with the local community policing forum (CPF).

Twelve students ...
Better safety is about the basics
Some 30% of South Africans don't feel safe at home. This is according to the findings of an online consumer survey conducted by Dial Direct Insurance.

The survey found that:

20% felt at risk no matter what they did to protect their properties;

10% said they were not safe because they...
Vigilantes held for killing 'lost' man
3 due in court over death of suspected housebreaker

A man accused of housebreaking was killed by a speeding train after the people who accused him of stealing allegedly placed his badly beaten body on the railway tracks.

Before he was dumped on the tracks, the man suffered a severe bea...
Daughter in fight for truth over man killed by the police
Gunshots pierced the night air and groups of men and women were sent scattering after a gang fight in a Joburg neighbourhood turned deadly.

What happened on the night of April 5 this year at the tenement flats in Claremont, near Sophiatown, depends on who you talk to.

What is true is that 56...
Sorry plight of the refugee children
Forced into a makeshift life since the xenophobic attacks in May, they face an uncertain future

After the food van drives by carrying provisions - bread, polony, tea and fruit - Alquidio Macamo whistles piercingly.

"They're here," he shouts in Shangaan, gesturing to friends. "Let's go ...
Death of editor's son a 'media publicity circus'
The death of Avhatakali Netshisaulu, son of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu, was turned into such a media circus that it attracted even top government ministers and business people.

It allegedly caused a lot of bickering between Tsedu and the Netshisaulus - the in-laws of Avhatakali's ...
Editor comforted Sivhidzho at scene, court told
As the car belonging to Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu was ablaze, with his body inside, Tsedu allegedly hugged his daughter-in-law and asked: "What are they doing to you, my daughter?"

And only a day after the incident, his widow Mulalo Sivhidzho all...
State seizes luxury assets of auditor accused tax fraud
A prominent Joburg auditor accused of defrauding the taxman of R29-million has had his three-storey home and 10 luxury cars seized by the state.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) this morning restrained eight properties, 40 bank accounts and 69 close corporations connected to Ivan van der Linde, on...
Driver involved in Callie death in court
The driver of the car that was involved in an accident that later claimed the life of Isidingo actress Ashley Callie, has appeared in court in connection with her death.

Nicolaas Pretorius (21) appeared at the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday to face a charge of culpable homicide relating to...
Couple shot while opening door for domestic
A woman was killed and her husband seriously injured during an attempted robbery at their house this morning.

Armed robbers accosted Marge (53) and Dave Wilson (67) at their home in Drakens Avenue in Quellerina, Roodepoort, just after 7am. They were accompanied by the couple's domestic worker.
Innocent couple shot by cops on the mend
An innocent woman shot multiple times by police reacting to a house robbery in Meyersdal, Alberton, is out of the intensive care unit.

But her husband, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the same attack, was still in the intensive-care unit, even though his condition has stabilised, Union ...
Major breaches in SA's most secure jail
Cellphones, dangerous weapons smuggled in

South Africa's most secure prison is allegedly being used as a centre to plan criminal activities, using smuggled cellphones.

The Star has established that there have been a number of serious security breaches at C-Max prison over the past six ...
Gauteng recovery cops are tops
Gauteng police have walked away with honours in the nominations of the country's top stolen and hijacked vehicle recovery team.

The top police vehicle recovery unit was the West Rand Flying Squad, which recovers up to 20 hijacked and stolen cars every night.

The policeman nominated as the be...
Taxpayers foot monthly blank cheque for suspended officials
Suspended civil servants cost the fiscus millions each month. Some have sat at home on full pay for more than a year. Others have been placed on special leave because they face criminal charges or because of internal inquiries taking place.

These public servants come from all tiers of government...
Parliamentary villages descend into lawlessness
The parliamentary village of Acacia Park in Cape Town would be better named "Crime Central", say fed-up MPs whose homes have been repeatedly looted despite a round-the-clock police presence.

And they suspect that those behind much of the crime are not strangers but rather residents' dependants a...
'They took my life when they killed my only girl'
Alice Polley, a single mother, doted on her only daughter Lizel, a model with striking features and long blonde hair.

They lived in Edleen, Kempton Park, but on January 15 last year, Lizel was found in a bath with her arms and legs tied and her face crushed beyond recognition. There was no sign ...
Boy gutted for his 'meat'
Goodwill triumphs over nasty attack

A 5-year-old boy lay in an open veld for hours with his intestines hanging out after a man gutted him open with a glass bottle.

Close to death, the boy's life has been saved by a range of good Samaritans who came to his aid when he needed them the mos...
Leaders launch drive against crime
'Time for communities to recapture their freedom and security'

Political heavyweights Cyril Ramaphosa, Roelf Meyer, Cheryl Carolus and Graca Machel are spearheading a new anti-crime movement aimed at reducing the high crime rate within three to five years.

Both men spearheaded the maki...
Mbeki in final attempt to save Zimbabwe talks
President Thabo Mbeki was due today to launch a last-ditch effort to rescue Zimbabwe's deadlocked power-sharing talks after summonsing all the key Zimbabwean negotiators to Pretoria.

The negotiators from Zimbabwe's key political parties landed in Joburg last night for what now appears to be Mbek...
Presidency paid R9m Zuma bill
The Presidency has confirmed that it has forked out R9,6-million towards ANC president Jacob Zuma's legal fees, but has denied funding his Mauritian trips.

Although Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad did not want to speculate on the estimated future legal costs for Zuma, he pointed out yeste...
Deal has crippled Navy - expert
The government's multibillion-rand arms deal has crippled the South African Navy.

And, says one of the country's leading arms deals experts, the Navy does not even have the money "to fully or properly operate or support" the costly frigates or submarines that have devastated its budget.

The ...
MK vets lament 'frozen souls' and ANC's paralysis'
The ANC's war veterans say they are disturbed by the ruling party's paralysis while the judiciary is targeting their members for "persecution".

This is according to Kebby Maphatsoe, chairperson of the MK Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA), which represents the interests of members of the ANC...
Furious Balfour wants name of accuser in car saga
While Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour is fuming at mysterious accusations that he did not declare a luxury car a "gift", the parliamentary ethics committee is still awaiting his explanation.

The furious Balfour denied that his German sport utility vehicle was a gift. He has demand...
State lawyers query age of consent
South Africa's highest court has questioned whether it had the right to criminalise sex among teenagers who are between the ages of 16 and 17.

Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs this morning responded to the National Prosecuting Authority's argument that the age of consent should be increa...
Navy needs billions to purchase patrol ships
South Africa's navy wants to spend billions more of taxpayers' money on patrol ships - because the hugely expensive corvettes they bought to monitor the country's seas are not ready or up for the job.

This has emerged from a staff paper commissioned on behalf of the Chief of the Navy, Vice-Admir...
JRA worker attacked by robbers
A JOHANNESBURG Roads Agency (JRA) employee was shot and wounded and then robbed of his valuables while on duty on the M2 West near the Cleveland off-ramp.

JRA spokesman, Conel Mackay said Amos Makhubela who is an acting area supervisor was accompanied by a JRA contractor when accosted by three me...
Just another day in Hillbrow
ENGINES rev, sirens blare and shots ring out as Hillbrow police plough into their prey, splintering groups of suspected drug dealers and other wrongdoers into shards of confused humanity.

One of the suspects hares down an alley with police and photographers in hot pursuit, the report of rubber bu...
Action on camera bribe
RED-HANDED: Metro cop caught on CCTV accepting money

ACTION is expected to be taken against a Metro police officer who was captured on CCTV accepting a bribe from a taxi driver.

As part of Killarney’s increased security, the New Killarney-Riviera Association has joined forces with Security Co...
Mother of deceased grilled
IT was denied in court yesterday that the main accused had said her husband’s body was in the car.

In the trial of Mulalo Sivhidzho, wife of Avhatakali Steven Netshisaulu, the deceased, son of City Press editor-in-chief, Mathatha Tsedu.

“It is a lie,” Advocate Christo Mering, told the d...
Hijackers caught out
TWO suspects were arrested by Johannesburg Metro Police officers yesterday after an attempted hijacking in Oaklands, Johannesburg.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said two suspects were arrested by police officers who were patrolling the area as the two suspects tried to...
Motorist shot
A MOTORIST sustained serious injuries when he was shot several times in his abdomen at the William Nicol Drive and Fourways Boulevard intersection in Fourways, said Netcare 911 yesterday.

According to Netcare 911’s Nick Dollman the victim’s vehicle had many bullet holes in it with more than 10 in...
Campaign to restore values of ubuntu
People from all walks of life have pledged their support to the launching of the Ubuntu Campaign.

At the Walter Sisulu Freedom Square in Kliptown, Soweto, yesterday, they agreed on the need to re-awaken moral regeneration in line with the developmental goals of the country.

The National Heri...
Bid to sell British teen sex slave
JOHANNESBURG - Police in Durban have arrested a Nigerian who allegedly kidnapped a teenage British girl and was attempting to sell her into slavery.

The dramatic rescue of his alleged victim was carried out by members of the police Crime Intelligence Service who cannot be named.

The drama unf...
Schoolgirl’s alleged killers facing seven charges
DETAILS of the robbery which culminated in the death of schoolgirl Emily Williams aged 12 emerged in the documents filed in the Johannesburg High Court trial.

Arrested in the vicinity, allegedly while still in possession of some of the stolen jewellery, David Busakwe, Innocent Skotseni and Shadra...
Accounts raided in clone scam
VICTIM: Journalist one who fell prey to thieves

WHILE The Citizen’s consultant and acting news editor Mike Cohen was sitting at his desk in his office working, thieves were busy emptying his bank account.

Cohen only discovered he had been cleaned out when he tried to use his debit card...
Nigerians nabbed for drugs
THREE Nigerians, a Namibian and a South African are the latest to be nabbed by Cape Town police drug busts.

Cape Town International Airport has been the scene of all the arrests with the first Nigerian caught with 3kg of tik valued at R900 000 in his possession.

A search of another Nigerian’s ...
UN takes over problem camp
JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane’s problem Klerksoord refugee camp, north of Pretoria, has been handed over to the United Nations (UN) Commission for Refugees and the Gauteng Provincial Government.

The city executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa said this during her visit to displaced foreigners in Mamelodi yester...
Muti murder trial n court
A TRADITIONAL healer who allegedly needed a human head for muti, and the two people who allegedly provided it, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

The three were charged with muti murder, violation of a dead human body and unlawful use of human tissue.

Siphiwe Khanyile allegedly...
DA, Gauteng website hacked
THE NATIONAL democratic Alliance website was the first to be hit by hacking, now the party’s Gauteng website has fallen victim.

“We think it is not coincidental,” DA’s James Lorimer told The Citizen yesterday.

He said although it was absolute who was responsible for the hack job, the DA...
ID want lion man probed
THE Independent Democrats (ID) have called for an investigation into circumstances surrounding Mark Scott-Crossley’s alleged “jumping” of the prison parole queue.

Scott-Crossly, was convicted along with two other men, for the murder of his farm employee Nelson Chisale who was assaulted and thrown...
Taxi drivers protest over ‘Metro police brutality’
KEMPTON PARK commuters are urged to utilise alternative transport today, as taxi drivers in the area mobilise for a planned march on the Department of Transport.

The protestors say they are taking a stand over alleged police brutality by Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officials, and ar...
Navy in need of billions
Arms deal failures make it unable to perform duties

South Africa's Navy wants to spend billions more of taxpayers' money on patrol ships - because the hugely expensive corvettes they bought to monitor the country's seas are not ready or up for the job.

This has emerged from a staff pap...
Legal eagles square up to fund
Attorneys are poised to take further legal action against the Road Accident Fund which, they claim, has not made a single payout since it was stopped from introducing its direct payment system three weeks ago.

The problem is widespread, with firms throughout the country involved in public injury...
Minister's child crime figures 'wrong'
Law expert says problem is decreasing

A child law expert says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula got his figures wrong earlier this week when he spoke about the government's alarm at an apparent increase in the number of children committing crime.

Dr Ann Skelton, of the Centr...
DA slams 'sausage factory' bills
Parliament is being turned into nothing more than a "sausage factory", compelling MPs to process about five bills a day.

This is according to Democratic Alliance chief whip Ian Davidson.

He was reacting yesterday to ANC proposals to cut short the already much-shortened parliamentary programm...
Shoddy upkeep at hospital blamed for stillbirth
A baby died during a power failure at Coronation Hospital this month, leading to allegations that the hospital's poor maintenance systems are putting the lives of patients at risk.

On August 12, a mother needing an emergency caesarean was forced to push instead.

She had been taken to theatre...
Shock municipal literacy study
One in three municipal councillors cannot read or write, and more lack basic competencies to run local government finances.

Some councillors are even embarrassed to admit they do not understand English and are therefore unable to follow council proceedings or training sessions.

It is recomme...
Man acquitted of murdering lovers
Evidence was based on 'a classic case of hearsay', judge finds

The parents of two murdered Soweto lovers wept uncontrollably as the suspected killer was acquitted.

As relatives tried to console Bongani Malinga and Mpho Sibande's parents, other relatives bayed for the blood of the suspe...
Dog owners reach out to mauled child
The owners of the dog that mauled baby Tshepang Taeli say they did not know that their dog had escaped through an open gate on Monday evening.

They claim to have known about the attack only a few hours later and tried to get the family's address that night but failed. They wanted to apologise an...
Protesting prosecutors at breaking point
After more than a week of demonstrating against the failure to implement salary increase promises, the Director of Public Prosecutions has written a letter saying the situation has reached breaking point.

Since August 18, prosecutors have been demonstrating outside the courts during their lunch ...
Reaching out with open hearts
The image of a burning Ernesto Nhamuave, on his hands and knees on the main road leading into the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Ekurhuleni, came to symbolise the hatred of xenophobia that swept across South Africa.

But in the midst of the chaos engulfing the country it was the images of thous...
'Ghost told me to be a Satanist'
Samurai boy may have personality disorder, says doctor

A ghost he saw in a field told 18-year-old Morne Harmse to become a Satanist.

This was the testimony today of the doctor who first examined the alleged samurai killer.

Dr MM Mlefi-Litheko said Harmse knew what he had done and m...
Owner 'says nothing' after dog attack
Woman closes door on badly mauled toddler

A pitbull that escaped through an open gate has viciously attacked a toddler.

And, once bystanders had pulled the dog off the child, its owner whistled for it to go inside and closed the door, leaving the badly mauled child on the street.

Five years for his daughter's life
A father accused of beating his 6-year-old daughter to death with a belt has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Looking remorseful and much older than his said age, Raveendran Pillay (32) yesterday pleaded guilty to culpable homicide in a plea agreement at the Durban Regional Court. He further agreed...
Weeping torturer jailed
TWO Mozambicans and an HIV-positive south African who brutally tortured two elderly men on their Bronkhorstpruit farm, killing one of them, were yesterday sent to jail for 30 years by a Pretoria High Court judge.

Mozambican Joseph Kobele, 27, burst into tears after Judge John Murphy sentenced him...
Upsurge in child crime ‘not verified’
JOHANNESBURG - A children’s rights advocacy organisation has dismissed recent reports of an upsurge in crimes committed by children, particularly violent and sexual offences.

The Child Justice Alliance (CJA) said, in a statement, that it was extremely concerned about the reports as there was a la...
Vlok launches pardon plea
APARTHEID Law and Order Minister Adrian Vlok has launched a presidential pardon plea in a bid to expunge his criminal record, according to media reports.

Vlok and co-accused were given suspended sentences for the attempted murder of Reverend Frank Chikane, then director-general in the presidency....
Arrested trio had car theft tools
THREE suspects were arrested after a high-speed chase and shootout with police in Randburg yesterday.

Police spokesman Inspector Hein van Heerden said they were patrolling in North Riding when they spotted a suspicious-looking grey BMW 5-Series driving without number plates.

They followed the ...
Whistleblowing is working
WHISTLEBLOWING is making a meaningful contribution to bringing criminals to book.

Evidence comes from CrimeLine, the anonymous SMS crime reporting service run jointly by the Police Service and Primedia.

This is month 14 of CrimeLine and it has seen its arrest success rate pass the 500 mark.

Man nabbed for rape
GAUTENG police have arrested two men in Katlehong, one suspected of rape while the other shot at him because the victim was his daughter.

Police Captain Mega Ndobe said the victim was forced into a house and raped.

Upon hearing the news, the victim’s father shot at the man, but missed.

By C...
Boos for law services
A NATIONAL candidate attorney programme was launched in Pretoria yesterday.

Constitutional Development and Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla sees it creating a skills base of qualified attorneys and ensuring poor communities will have access to free legal services.

The programme is being run ...
In court for hijacking
TWO suspects will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today, after they were arrested in possession of a stolen taxi.

Johannesburg Police Captain Bhekizizwe Mavundla said the two were found in the taxi that had been hijacked by four men in central Johannesburg on Sunday.

“The taxi dr...
Controversial judges among applicants for top jobs in judiciary
No candidates shortlisted for Constitutional Court vacancy

Eight judges are to be interviewed for three top posts in the judiciary - including a judge accused of failing to investigate apartheid-era hit squads properly and another accused of racism.

Yesterday, the Judicial Service Commi...
Focus on MPs in fight for Scorpions
Lawyers for businessman Hugh Glenister are preparing court papers to be served on hundreds of MPs in one of his desperate efforts to save the Scorpions from being disbanded.

Yesterday, he told the Cape Town Press Club his lawyers wanted to block MPs implicated in the Travelgate scandal from taki...
Assaulted man clings on to MP's car bonnet
Even as an MP one would be forced to concede that crime is a tad out of control when an assault victim bleeds on the bonnet of your moving car - hanging on for dear life.

This was how it was literally delivered to the gates of parliament yesterday by startled Freedom Front Plus MP Willie Spies. ...
Extradition challenge criticised
Alleged Fidentia fraudster Steven Goodwin is pinning his hopes of avoiding trial in South Africa on the country's highest court.

But Goodwin's counsel, advocate Hilton Epstein SC, yesterday seemed to get little sympathy from the Constitutional Court in response to his bid to challenge South Afri...
AFU seizes mayor's luxury assets
An ex-Limpopo mayor accused of fraud and corruption involving R30-million was rudely awakened by the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) yesterday.

The AFU and police officers began work around 6am at the home of Kgaola Mafiri, who will be tried for fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The seizur...
Home Affairs told to get act together over refugee centre
Sort out your refugee reception centre problems - that's what the Johannesburg High Court has told Home Affairs.

In a brief ruling, the court yesterday ordered that Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula "abates the nuisance at 19 Planet Avenue, Crown Mines, Johannesburg".

This is the...
Asthma attack hit robbery victim
One of the victims of First National Bank's R46-million robbery suffered an asthma attack during the brazen attack, the Johannesburg High Court has heard.

Seipati Lesego Mosetlhi was testifying in the trial against Elias Gabriel Thutse (34), Fabian Damons (32), Daniel Makhuthusa Mathaba (42), Di...
'In society with no moral compass, children go astray'
School violence is a result of social, cultural and religious degeneration, wherein ideas about individual rights undermine the spirit of ubuntu.

This is according to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, which yesterday ...
Speedsters stand to lose licences
Speeding motorists may soon have their drivers' licences suspended when new legislation is passed.

The traffic amendment bill, being considered by parliament, makes provision for licence suspension for two categories - motorists caught driving 30km/h over the speed limit in an urban area and tho...
Visser’s sex trial delayed
JOHANNESBURG - The sex crimes trial of Cezanne Visser, alias “Advocate Barbie” experienced another delay after her defence lawyer fell ill this week and was admitted to hospital.

Acting Pretoria High Court Judge Izak Luther provisionally postponed Visser’s trial to October 7 when a trial date wil...
Minister laments number of awaiting trial prisoners
IF the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DJCD) could just find a way, thousands of awaiting trial prisoners sitting in jails because they cannot afford bail, could be released into their communities.

Deputy Minister of the DJCD Johnny de Lange said in Pretoria yesterday that t...
Hospital robed again by two ‘police officers’
SOUTH Rand Hospital suffered a break-in and robbery on two consecutive days last week.

Police said two thieves, reportedly posing as police officers conducting an investigation, robbed the hospital on Friday.

DA Health spokesman Jack Bloom says the incident occurred in broad daylight.

The “...
Teens crash tragedy
A TEENAGE girl survived a road accident at the weekend only to die minutes later in another crash on the same road.

The girl, 13, and other survivors were being taken to hospital by a policeman when he lost control of the Toyota Condor he was driving.

Inspector Wilmarie van der Merwe of the no...
Pupils to tackle troubles
SCHOOL violence, drug and alcohol abuse, xenophobia, crime and violence are just some of the topics that will be addressed by Gauteng youth this week.

Mafrika Tikkun, a community development NGO, the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation and the Junior Council will host Gauteng’s first annual Big Talk ...
Murder duo in court
TWO people accused of murdering their way out of the Randburg police cells appeared briefly in Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

Leareill Naidoo and Jawaad Abbobaker had been arrested on 21 charges involving rape and indecent assault.

According to the High Court indictment on the evening of O...
Boost for firefighting
THE North West government has since 2006 allocated R60 million to incapacitated municipalities to help them with firefighting and disaster management resources.

Eleven local municipalities received assistance to upgrade their fire services, said North West Developmental Local Government MEC Howar...
Man shot by officer
A MAN was shot in the stomach at the weekend when he allegedly tried to stab a policeman who had come to arrest him for breaking his father’s furniture.

The wounded man, who is 32-year-old is being treated in hospital in Carltonville.

He allegedly tried to stab a policeman who arrived at his f...
Request to visit mall in Tsedu murder trial fails
THE trial arising from the murder of the son of the City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu continued in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday with a request that the court relocate to the Northgate shopping center for an inspection.

This came during cross-examination by defence counsel ...
Woman gang-raped
THREE men broke into a house on a smallholding near Rustenburg on Sunday, dragged a woman who lived there outside and gang-raped her.

The woman and her husband were surprised by the men in their bedroom while they were sleeping, said Inspector Wilmarie van der Merwe of the North West police.

Home Affairs hostage taker gets leave to appeal sentence
Kabelo Thibedi (23) has breathed a sigh of relief as leave to appeal his conviction was granted in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, two years after taking a Home Affairs employee hostage.

This follows an incident in 2005 where Lanelle Small, a Home Affairs employee, was held hostage with a t...
Defence stalwart Masilela dies in crash
Defence Secretary January Masilela has died.

He was apparently involved in a car accident early on Sunday morning in Mpumalanga, his grieving family in Pretoria told Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota last night.

Defence spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said the minister had heard of the accident onl...
Seven pupils said to have been in on 'massacre' plan
A week after the Krugersdorp school slaying, police have ruled out further arrests and have begun lining up potential state witnesses.

Morne Harmse (18) - charged with slashing a fellow pupil to death with a ninja sword and wounding three others - is due to make his second court appearance tomor...
Gag comes off NPA protest
Prosecutors have swopped their "silent protest" at the government's failure to deliver on promised pay increases for loud and dance-filled demonstrations.

Carrying placards and singing, nearly two-thirds of prosecutors based at the Johannesburg High Court yesterday gave up their lunch break to e...
Ministers shocked by number of children in jail
Cabinet agreed there was urgent need to boost moral rejuvenation project

The government is determined to pump resources into its flagging moral rejuvenation project after hearing that a growing number of children are committing serious crimes, including murder and rape.

A report recen...
Pardon bid in Chikane case
Former apartheid police chief General Johann van der Merwe and his four co-accused in the attempted murder of Reverend Frank Chikane, director-general in the Presidency, have applied for a presidential pardon.

It was confirmed yesterday that the multi-party Reference Group of MPs, tasked with ev...
Engineer shot dead in his bedroom
Robbers attack Dutch couple living in SA for 25 years

His wife, who does not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, said the gunman shot dead the 66-year-old man early yesterday morning without saying a word.

"He woke up and screamed 'what are you doing' … And then bang, they jus...
Kebble's widow under spotlight
Slain mining magnate Brett Kebble's widow "apparently does not want to believe" the man accused of killing her husband did it.

So says Kebble's father Roger, who has suggested that John Stratton's self-described close friendship with Brett and Ingrid Kebble was behind her extreme reluctance to g...
Cops crack foreign money fraud syndicate
Police have delivered a blow to a syndicate targeting Joburg's wealthy, robbing them of their offshore investments and money stashed in foreign bank accounts.

A third man has been arrested in connection with operations that have siphoned foreign currency out of offshore accounts and investments,...
Xenophobic riots fanned by misinformation (Part 1)
'It is time to accept that migrants have been the lifeblood of the city since it was founded," said Joburg mayor Amos Masondo.

There are many urban legends in South Africa today. Several of these focus on the extent of foreign immigration into the country.

Heard the one emanating from Pretor...
Xenophobic riots fanned by misinformation (Part 2)
What are those realities? As the country counts the cost of the xenophobic violence, we see three realities that will shape the future challenges of immigration policy.

The first is that continuing and probably increased immigration is inevitable. South Africa - Africa's richest economy - has lo...
Car-theft suspects arrested
Three men have been arrested after a car chase and a police shootout in Northriding.

Patrolling Douglasdale police officers saw the three driving a grey BMW 5 series without number plates in Randburg yesterday.

They followed, intending to stop it and search the driver and his two passengers....
Alleged ATM bombers nabbed
Police have foiled an attempted ATM bombing, arresting two men and a woman found with explosives in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni.

Captain Ephraim Shezi said they received information an ATM was to be bombed at a Spar store in a shopping complex on Sunday morning. "Police saw a suspicious-looking car pa...
Joburg school calls cops to deal with locked-out pupils
A Joburg school has resorted to drastic action to deal with its latecomers - they get locked out and are sent home.

And when they refuse to go home, the police are called.

Yesterday, hundreds of pupils at the Chris J Botha Secondary School in Bosmont, western Joburg, were locked out for arri...
'Cops used my car for a joyride'
A woman has lodged a complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate after her car was allegedly taken for a trip while at a police station.

Madelene Diedericks' car was recovered after a suspect drove into a pole with it at the De Deur flee market, where she was set to auction livestock o...
We can't sell land we don't own - Ramos
Transnet has rejected as "false, misleading and irresponsible", claims that it "sold the sea to foreigners" in the R7-billion V&A Waterfront deal and said it had never owned Table Bay's seabed.

Transnet chief executive Maria Ramos was reacting to an article in the Sunday Times which said Transne...
'Police threw me over wall during arrest'
A Soweto man injured during his arrest has claimed he was denied treatment while in detention, and later told to go home to heal before his case could go to court.

Bashimane Mokobane (46), of Orlando East, said he was arrested for theft last Tuesday and "broke" his leg when police allegedly forc...
DNA technology helps reduce vehicle theft
About 90 000 vehicles are stolen around South Africa per year, but thanks to a vehicle DNA system that makes a car what criminals call "contaminated" - the number looks set to decrease.

The Data Dot Technology uses 10 000 dots just 1mm in diameter that are laser-etched onto 88 positions througho...
Foreign money fraud bust
Police swoop on gang targeting Joburg's wealthy

Police have delivered a blow to a syndicate targeting Joburg's wealthy, robbing them of their offshore investments and money stashed in foreign bank accounts.

A third man has been arrested in connection with operations that have siphoned ...
Four injured as 'drunk' top cop crashes into patrol car
A national police commissioner has been left red faced after crashing into a police patrol van while apparently driving drunk.

Commissioner Sean Tshabalala, who is the divisional commissioner for SAPS Protection and Security Services, allegedly crashed into a patrol van on the corner of Gibson a...
Mother shot dead in casino robbery
When a gang of AK47-wielding robbers stormed through the doors of Gold Reef City's casino, Gloria Moropane probably knew exactly what to do.

After all, the mother-of-three had worked at the casino for 10 years. She took cover behind the cash desk.

But the robbers, holding security staff host...
Cancel Zuma trial and save SA from anarchy, says SACP
Call for political solution to end legal woes

A political solution to ANC president Jacob Zuma's legal woes must be found urgently to avoid taking the country to the brink of disaster, the SA Communist Party has said following this weekend's meeting of the central committee.

"(Zuma's t...
Zim parliament to reconvene today
Zimbabwe was to reconvene parliament today amid continuing acrimony among the three parties about who gets the coveted post of Speaker.

The three parties were by late yesterday still trading accusations of employing underhand methods to ensure that their respective candidates land the post.

Tracking takes months
The investigation of a fraudulent transaction against a South African's foreign currency funds is a lengthy and arduous process.

"A criminal needs only a few minutes to perform a couple of Internet bank transfers to move the money around," said Director Lesley Maxon of the SAPS Commercial Crimes...
Foreign money fraud bust
Police swoop on syndicate who were targeting Joburg's wealthy

Police have delivered a blow to a syndicate targeting Joburg's wealthy, robbing them of their offshore investments and money stashed in foreign bank accounts.

A third man has been arrested in connection with operations that ...
Minister of Sport, officials face grilling
Spotlight on Beijing failure, administrative foul-ups

The Minister of Sport, his departmental officials and their provincial counterparts are to be grilled by MPs in the wake of the country's Beijing debacle.

Adding salt to the wounds is that two reports tabled in Parliament this week ...
Cape Town suspends metro police boss
The City of Cape Town has suspended its metro police chief, Bongani Jonas, on full pay to allow for an internal council investigation into criminal charges.

These relate to the alleged illegal conversion of a military driver's licence to a civilian one six years ago.

Jonas said his suspensio...
Soccer star's family robbed
A heavily-armed gang robbed soccer star Mark Fish's wife Loui and their 10-year-old son, Luke, at their Mooikloof, Pretoria, home on Thursday night. They were entertaining friends when five men, armed with guns including an AK47, burst into the house.

Dragging Luke by the neck, the gunmen demand...
Botanist on tree rescue mission
Barcoding project to create a DNA database

Michelle van der Bank inherited her love for botany from her "absolute naturalist" father, and now the pioneering plant researcher is hoping to help rescue Africa's tree species from extinction.

Van der Bank, a senior lecturer at the Universit...
Report exposes fishing industry's toll on seabirds
The "wasteful" killing of South Africa's magnificent seabirds at the hands of the commercial fishing industry is exposed in a new report that highlights the threats jeopardising the ultimate survival of albatrosses and petrels.

Over the past decade, according to the report released this week by ...
SA team to discuss ivory sale in the East
The government is sending a delegation to China next month to discuss the details surrounding the controversial sale of its ivory stockpiles to the Asian nation - one of the world's biggest traders in illegal ivory - and also plans to meet with Japanese officials.

The Department of Environmental ...
Bank robbery breakthrough
One of five dangerous Cape suspects arrested in Joburg

In a breakthrough arrest in Joburg, police have caught a man they believe is one of five bank robbers who escaped from the Athlone Magistrate's Court's holding cells in Cape Town over three months ago.

Thabo Richard Mnkandla (35) w...
Scott-Crossley's parole defended
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour has defended his department's decision to parole one of the country's most notorious convicts, Mark Scott-Crossley.

The farmer was one of three men found guilty of throwing Nelson Chisale's body to lions in Hoedspruit, Mpumalanga, in 2004. His initi...
Guards held over unlicensed guns
Five security guards were due to appear at the Hillbrow Magistratre’s Court today after being found in possession of unlicensed firearms and bogus licenses.

Four of the men were arrested while on duty in the Joburg CBD, while another one was arrested at his home in Berea. They are believed to wo...
Words were racist, Motata trial told
'The word maburu is a highly charged word'

Peter Mokaba has been dead for six years, but his name has come up in Judge Nkola Motata's drunk-driving trial.

The late ANC firebrand's name finds itself in the trial because of two words - leburu and maburu - that the judge used on the morni...
Home Affairs hostage taker gets leave to appeal sentence
Kabelo Thibedi (23) has breathed a sigh of relief as leave to appeal his conviction was granted in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court - two years after taking a Home Affairs employee hostage.

This follows an incident in 2005 where Lanelle Small, a Home Affairs employee, was held hostage with a ...
Soweto residents loot cement train
When a goods train carrying cement got stuck on a railway line in Kliptown, Soweto, it was a free-for-all for the residents.

Some of the first to see the train called others, and they all raced to the railway track, looting the cement.

Young women, teenagers and smaller children all went to ...
Cop helps pregnant woman give birth at police station
A baby boy may be called Police after being born inside a police station in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.

Police officers at the Actonville police station yesterday had to act quickly when a seven months pregnant mother walked into their station in the afternoon asking for an ambulance to be called.

Handwriting analysis identifies a lonely teen in turmoil
Morne Harmse's handwriting is similar to that of many convicted serial killers. He might appear to be an obedient child, but was doomed to be a bad boy.

These are some of the conclusions drawn by Yossi Vissoker - a forensic graphologist, or handwriting expert - who analysed the teenager's writin...
In Cold Blood: The Lady killers (Part 1)
Violent, criminal women are on the rise in SA

Since time immemorial women have been seen as nurturers and life-givers. When it comes to violence, they have predominantly been victims, not perpetrators, but this is changing.

When four men stormed Vernon and Anastasia Norton's Lansdowne ...
In Cold Blood: The Lady killers (Part 2)
In a superficial look at the current trials of Petersen and Sivhidzho and the arrest of Dimba, Bergh says that none of the women were poor.

"They don't seem as though they need to struggle to provide for a family. They seem powerful."

"In my experience, female criminals are very intelligent....
Sword victim laid to rest
With pieces of ivy in their hands, pupils of Nic Diederichs Technical High School stood on the church steps waiting for Jacques Pretorius's funeral to start.

They had specially chosen the Amazing Grace ivy for the occasion - its green symbolising peace, its white, purity.

Jacques was laid to r...
Elderly gunman hated women, say residents
Engela Bester was taking her washing off the line, chatting to her friend Lilly Mohammed, when a man approached them.

They knew Raul Sardinha as a fellow resident at the Annie Burger Old Age Home in Crown Gardens, southern Joburg.

Then he pulled out a gun.

Police spokesperson Inspector Lorr...
Lost tooth DNA fingers R46m robbery suspect
Daniel Makhuthusa Mathaba has been positively linked to the R46-million robbery of First National Bank in the Joburg CBD through a piece of tooth found in a getaway car.

His DNA blood sample also matched the DNA found in the blood-stained white shirt found at the scene after the February 11 2006...
Keep shelters open for next five weeks — ConCourt
JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government is going ahead with its plan to consolidate shelters housing victims of xenophobic attacks into one bigger shelter.

This is after the Constitutional Court ordered that the shelters for displaced foreigners should stay open for another five weeks wh...
‘Maximum force’ order
JOHANNESBURG - Police will use maximum force if they are under siege, Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Susan Shabangu said yesterday.

Shabangu was briefing the media during an emotional National Commemoration Day for officers who have died, held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

She s...
SACP – judiciary is biased
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called for a “speedy” transformation of the country’s judiciary “to end bias towards the rich and white”.

The party also called on South Africans to immediately engage in a debate to find a “political solution” to ANC president Jacob Zum...
No audience for Morgan
JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki has allegedly refused to meet Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) who flew back to Harare on Saturday.

The Citizen can confirm that Tsvangirai is going to meet parliamentarians in Zimbabwe today aft...
Toy-gun robber is beaten to death
Toy-gun robber is beaten to death

ONE man died and another was critically injured after the two were caught robbing a house in Lenasia South at the weekend.

Lensasia police spokesman Inspector Mpho Kgasoane said the men in their early 20s broke into a 56-year-old woman’s house at 6am and threa...
Victim’s poor health doesn’t save killers
JOHANNESBURG - Assailants could not hide behind their victim’s poor health or negligent medical treatment as an excuse for their deeds, a Pretoria High Court judge said yesterday.

Judge John Murphy convicted Joseph Kobele, 18, Antonie Sithole, 18, and Joseph Sithole, 33, on charges of murdering a...
Metro’s terrible seven
JOHANNESBURG - Key witnesses in the State’s case against Ekurhuleni Metro Police (EMPD) chief Robert McBride claim they fear for their lives after being tipped off that known criminals are shadowing them.

The man allegedly dogging every move of State witnesses Stanley Sagathevan, Ithumeleng Koko ...
R124 000 for mistaken identity victim
JOHANNESBURG - Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula must pay R124 000 damages to an engineer who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome after being arrested, slapped in handcuffs, thrown into a police cell and wrongly charged because of a case of mistaken identity.

Pretoria High Cour...
Settlement for stenographers
STENOGRAPHERS at the Pretoria High Court were yesterday overjoyed after reaching a provisional settlement with the Department of Justice.

The department agreed to withdraw letters sent to 35 of the court’s stenographers, which purported to terminate their services with effect from the end of Augu...
Man held after intruder dies
NORTH West police said a 42-year-old undertaker was arrested and faces a murder charge after allegedly shooting a man who had broken into his shop.

Police said the businessman ran to his business in Lebaleng, a township in Makwassie, at about 8.45pm yesterday after being told by a neighbour that ...
DA helpers’ homes attacked
THE homes of two people working for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ikageng. Potchefstroom, have been attacked.

MP Juanita Terblanche said Martha Ngati and Jerry Rampai had laid charges.

She said an ANC councilor held a public meeting in the township on August 19 at which he allegedly accused ...
Illegal march: 13 arrested
THIRTEEN taxi protesters will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court today after being arrested for an illegal march.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said about 50 members of the Kempton Park Taxi Association yesterday blockaded Tembisa roads, robbing one motorist and slashi...
Bid to exclude forensic evidence
THERE were some heated exchanges in South Africa’ biggest cash heist trial yesterday with the defence team going all out in an attempt to have excluded forensic evidence allegedly linking their clients to the crime scene.

Three of the legal representatives, Renier Spies, John Bauer and Chris Era...
Arrests costs Minister
A PRETORIA High Court judge yesterday ordered Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula to pay R50 000 damages to a Mokopane farm manager, who was twice unlawfully arrested in connection with weapons belonging to his employer’s deceased husband.

Judge Chris Botha ordered the Minister to pay da...
Pensioner (68) shoots two at old age home
A pensioner went on the rampage, shooting and seriously injuring two residents at an old age home, before turning the gun on himself.

The incident happened yesterday at the Crown Gardens Old Age Home near Southdale, south of Joburg, according to Booysens police spokesperson Inspector Lorraine Imm...
DA questions sale of land near Blaauwpan
An opposition councillor wants to know how an agreement to build a museum and entertainment centre on a piece of environmentally sensitive land changed into a proposal for a townhouse development.

Ekurhuleni Democratic Alliance councillor Andre du Plessis yesterday outlined his concerns about th...
State accused of gross negligence as case fails
"Gross negligence" and "empty promises" by the state have resulted in a case involving more than 150 racketeering and robbery charges of 10 suspects being struck off the roll.

This was the contention yesterday of defence lawyers in the case involving Gershwin Hartzenberg (25), of Parkwood, Cape ...
MP insists arms deal is 'rotten'
President Thabo Mbeki's failure to sue over sensational claims that he was implicated in a R30-million kickback from a German arms company reinforced perceptions that the president and government were scared of an independent scrutiny of the country's arms deal.

This is according to Democratic A...
Police security guard sent to prison
He continued with his crimes despite a previous pardon

A security officer at the police head office in Pretoria has been sent to prison for an effective nine years after being found guilty of breaking into the offices.

Pretoria magistrate Solomon Mkhabela said yesterday that although h...
Concourt justices lash Hlophe's squatter ruling
The Constitutional Court's battle with Cape Judge President John Hlophe did nothing to dampen the justices' criticism of his landmark eviction order against 20 000 Western Cape squatters.

Justice Kate O'Regan yesterday exprsudanessed disquiet over Judge Hlophe's controversial order thsudanat the...
SA men held in Uganda for 'terror activities'
The government is to meet with their Ugandan counterparts to verify and establish the circumstances leading to the arrest of two South African citizens in that country.

This follows reports that Mufti Hussain Bhayat, of Lenasia, and Harroon Saley, of Azaadville, near Kagiso in Krugersdorp, were ...
Stratton questions motive for claim by Brett Kebble's father
Roger Kebble has denied allegations that he had ulterior motives, including personal gain, when he instituted an R8,6-million claim against John Stratton and Glenn Agliotti, the men accused of his son Brett's murder.

Kebble senior insists the claims stem from a genuine need to maintain his four ...
Robust manners unnerving, court told
Dzudzanani Netshisaulu's cross-examination was marked with complaints of exhaustion and intimidation as the murder trial of her son continued.

The weary-looking mother of Avhatakali Netshisaulu yesterday pleaded with Johannesburg High Court Judge Naren Pandya to ask defence counsel Christo Meiri...
Man's life in ruins as sale of house is said to be invalid
'Lover sold house without permission'

Buying his first property should have been the most exciting time of Thulani Skosana's life, but has turned out to be his worst nightmare.

The 25-year-old school teacher saw an advert by Triponza Trading and put in an offer to purchase in 2004 for ...
'Our tiny, scrawny, bullied son 'Parents of alleged killer say he wanted to make a stand
Machiel and Liza Harmse, the parents of Morne Harmse (18), the boy alleged to have gone on a bloody rampage at the Nic Diederichs Technical High School and killed fellow pupil Jacques Pretorius (16) with a samurai sword on Monday, have spoken out in an open letter.

Their counsellor was involved i...
Teen's highway U-turn kills 2
Two young boys died this morning when a teenager tried to make a U-turn on a highway in peak-hour traffic.

Seventeen people were injured when the 18-year-old driver, travelling on the N12 east, tried to cross to the N12 west and hit a taxi near Avalon Cemetery, Soweto.

Joburg Emergency Manag...
Robbers kill couple in crazed rampage
Six men were arrested this morning in connection with the killing of two people and the wounding of four others in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni, during a spate of robberies.

Superintendent Pitsi Kgomo said that when arrested, the men were found with goods believed to have been stolen. They were found ...
‘Mbeki, Erwin and Manuel must be charged’
JOHANNESBURG - “We are watching the space and looking.” So said the Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana yesterday, reacting to persistent allegations that President Thabo Mbeki facilitated a R2 million bribe for ANC president Jacob Zuma with the balance of R28 million for the ANC.

Mushwana refused...
Court battle of two rights
JOHANNESBURG - A gay music teacher’s right to equality and dignity should receive precedence over the N G Church Moreleta Park’s right to religious freedom, his Counsel yesterday told the Pretoria High Court.

Ronel Tolmay SC argued that the Pretoria High Court should find in favour of music teach...
Police hunt for missing schoolboy
PROTEA Glen police are searching for a seven-year-old boy who went missing on route to school two weeks ago.

Anga Ludidi, the boy’s mother, yesterday said she suspected her ex-boyfriend of abducting her son because they had a fight a few days before he went missing. The man was arrested for sett...
Another youth arrested for stabbing schoolmate
ANOTHER schoolboy was arrested for a stabbing which occurred yesterday in Ratanda, west of Heidelberg.

According to Captain Thivhulawi Tshilate a 13-year-old boy in Grade 8 stabbed a fellow Grade 8 pupil, 13, with a knife at the Qhaqholla Primary School at about 1.30pm.

“What is disturbing is ...
Hijackers ‘pose as beggars’
JOHANNESBURG Metro Police have warned motorists to be aware of hijackers who are posing as beggars on the roads.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said three armed men disguised as beggars hijacked a Chinese man at the N3 Marlboro off-ramp on Monday.

By Citizen reporter...
Three safe after hijackings
THREE people escaped unharmed from two hijacking incidents in Boksburg.

East Rand police spokesman Constable Tshietsi Lamola said the first hijacking happened in Beyers Park on Tuesday night.

A woman was waiting outside a friend’s house when a red sedan with three men drove up to her. They po...
SA banking cards safe: experts
SHOCK: British gang has been caught looting new banking technology

SOUTH African banking experts are adamant that the “chip and pin” card system cannot be hacked despite it being cracked in the United Kingdom.

This follows a report in the International Express after thousands of accoun...
Slots: Cops sued
IMPOUNDED: Then they were stolen

THE owner of a Potchefstroom gambling house has claimed over R2,8 million from the police and the North West Gambling Board after 144 of her machines were stolen while in the board’s possession.

The claim by Sarah Bennet, who owns the Pink Panther Entertainmen...
Counsel outraged by Hlophe 'cut'
Judge's conduct 'may fall within the ambit of a crime'

Dishonest editing of quotes, a dispute over "friends", possible criminal prosecution and accusations of plagiarism - the Johannesburg High Court heard it all in the Hlophe matter yesterday.

Cape Judge President John Hlophe edited a ...
Indians to boost SA auditing
More than 100 senior Indian chartered accountants have been recruited to help audit local governments' books,

The first group of 20 are expected within a month, while the remainder will follow over the next three years.

"It's meant to last for two to three years to help us to build the pipel...
Unwavering eye of justice traps nine Joburg burglars
The empty streets of Joburg, and not a lawman in sight, or so they thought.

Early Tuesday morning, two groups of burglars, breaking into businesses, made the same mistake - they didn't notice the camera scoping them from across the street.

Two CCTV cameras bust nine burglars in the space of ...
Company's treatment of sick staff questioned
When medical specialists diagnosed at least 10 cases of manganese-specific illnesses at a factory in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu Natal, the Assmang manganese company dumped them "like hot potatoes".

They replaced them with a new team of doctors that revised the diagnoses to suggest the sick workers migh...
Mayor and MP in trouble
Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana has recommended disciplinary actions against a municipal mayor, a city manager and an MP after more than R25 000 was donated to a parliamentary constituency office.

He condemned as "unlawful, wasteful and irregular" a R25 856 donation paid by Kungwini municipal...
Guard scared after attack at complex
Three youngsters have allegedly assaulted a security guard inside their townhouse complex, saying "we should have killed that baboon" as they walked away.

At 4.15am on Tuesday, Peter Matlakwane was patrolling the Montana Hills complex in Krugersdorp on the West Rand. It was the first time he gua...
Editor afraid of being at funeral
Insurance policy payouts, a bank card and the relationship between the deceased and his father, City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu, have dominated the hearing in Avhatakali Netshisaulu's murder trial.

This was as Netshisaulu's mother, Dzudzanani Netshisaulu, was cross-examined by the defe...
'My fingerprints were left after cops assaulted me'
One of the R46-million FNB robbery accused has claimed his fingerprints ended up on the car stashed with cash when police assaulted him.

Themba Maxwell Mahlangu's denial came after Captain Lamson Rathumbu, of the Criminal Record Centre, yesterday testified he found the fingerprints of Mahlangu (...
Robbers in crazed rampage
Ivory Park in shock after couple die, four wounded

They came in the dead of the night, when all their victims were asleep. They were after cellphones and cash, and even when this was handed over, the robbers still turned their guns on their dazed victims.

When their reign of terror end...
'Blunt' display swords for sale
As South Africa reels from the shock of Monday's school murder, The Star asked Krugersdorp residents how 18-year-old Morne Harmse managed to accumulate a collection of deadly weapons.

According to one of his best friends, who didn't want to be named, the youth - "a ninja obsessive" - had many sw...
Trying to comprehend a wicked act
Satanism seen as a big threat, driving youngsters to do evil on the West Rand

"Satanism is big in this area. These kids are getting up to all sorts of evil," said one person. Dead animals, pentagrams and any interest in the occult were mulled over.

The Freedom Front Plus' Jaco Mulder e...
Getting men to talk, not shoot
As the country battles with gender-based violence and child abuse, police believe a newly formed forum for men may be an answer to the scourge.

Men For Change was established by the SA Police Service to get men to talk about problems rather than resort to violence.

While the forum started in...
3 cops probed on missing dockets, hijacking, guns
MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia has set up a task team to investigate three policemen working at the Rabie Ridge police station.

This came after members of the Rabie Ridge Community Policing Forum gave the MEC information relating to corruption at the station.

According to the CPF me...
State chips away at disabled kids' rights
Special needs schools battle in the face of cuts in subsidies and staff

The rights of disabled children in Gauteng are violated every day.

This is according to schools for children with special needs in Gauteng, and Parents for Children with Special Educational Needs (Pacsen).

The ...
The tiny boy behind the horror mask
It's hard to imagine the tiny boy with bony shoulders, who sat in the dock this morning with his eyes downcast, swinging a 60cm ninja sword with enough force to slash a fellow pupil's jugular.

It's even harder to believe this innocent-looking face - not adult enough to show stubble - was the one...
No hope of redemption for rapist
A SERIAL rapist who kidnapped and repeatedly raped a seven-year-old girl and two young women, while serving a suspended sentence for indecent assault, was yesterday sentenced to two life terms.

Sentencing Pieter Olivier, 34, of Oukasia in Gauteng to two life terms and 31 years imprisonment on mul...
Deported family wins case
JUDGE: Home Affairs must let them return

A PRETORIA High Court judge yesterday ordered Home Affairs to allow an Indian family who were deported despite being South African citizens to return to the country.’

Judge Ben du Plessis set aside the Department’s decision to deport businessman...
Legal heavyweights line up in court
Judge Hlophe case fascinating sideshow for profession

Five High Court judges, 10 advocates, two state attorneys, dozens of pages of legal argument and a carefully guarded court file all came together in the Johannesburg High Court this week - because of a disputed press statement.

Rose legend shot at home
Renowned South African rose grower Ludwig Taschner has been shot in one of a series of Pretoria house robberies in which gunmen raped a prison warder and tried to gun down a family.

The attack on Taschner was one of four in the Kameeldrift area early yesterday morning.

The attacks come three...
Correctional Services boss orders probe into contracts
Correctional Services national commissioner Vernie Petersen has launched a probe into several major contracts worth millions between his department and private companies.

This comes days after Petersen defied Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour and went ahead to invite companies to te...
Prudence finally gets chance to smile
Prudence's life was turned upside down after she was dragged into a domestic fight that left her entire body badly burnt and disfigured.

Eight years old at the time, she was living in a shack with her aunt and her aunt's boyfriend in Soshanguve, Pretoria, when the man - after continuous fights w...
Move on possible recusals for Scorpions vote
A special multi-party subcommittee has been appointed to investigate whether MPs who have come under the scrutiny of the Scorpions should be allowed to vote on the doomed unit's future.

This was despite parliament's legal advisers arguing yesterday that while a conflict of interest could possibl...
SA facing an 'elite energy crisis'
Poor forced to pay more for electricity and are most affected by air pollution

A 10% power cut for a Sandton man means his air-conditioner gathers dust; for the Soweto man it means he spends his nights in darkness.

This is skewed equity Eskom-style, says environmental activist Bobby Pe...
Stolen weapons found in cop's car, court told
A Joburg police inspector has appeared in court after investigators found guns stolen from two guards during a cash heist hidden in the cop's BMW.

Samuel Tshioma was arrested at his desk at Jeppestown police station on August 6 - five days after a gang ambushed three security guards filling an A...
The polite, shy loner with a deadly obsession
The boy behind the mask was a quiet, polite boy who had an obsession. But Morne Harmse's fixation with ninjas and masks turned deadly the day he brought a sword to school, intending to wield it.

One of his best friends, a fellow Grade 12 pupil at Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdo...
Tighter borders not the answer to xenophobia
Experts on refugees and resettlement have warned the government against tightening the country's borders or making immigration policy restrictive, as this will encourage more xenophobic attacks.

Dr Loren Landau, director of the Forced Migration Studies Programme at Witwatersrand University, urge...
School stunned by quiet killer in its bosom
Teachers were concerned after boy's 'silly' answers

It was one of the best secured schools in Krugersdorp. Fences guarded the school from the threats of the outside world, security cameras caught everyone who went in and out and teachers regularly spoke to children to find out if anything ...
Residents pointed out FNB suspect
Joburg residents played a critical role in the arrest of one of nine men accused of robbing First National Bank of R46-million.

Daniel Makhuthusa Mathaba (42), according to evidence before the Johannesburg High Court, was initially spotted fleeing from the scene of the robbery at the corner of T...
Car towed away after bribe refusal
A motorist whose licence disc expired has had his car towed away because a metro police officer allegedly wanted to punish him for not paying a bribe.

Modise Sikhosana said the Ekurhuleni officer said she would teach him a lesson. The incident happened outside Nedbank on Voortrekker Road in Albe...
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