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Residents to protest over yet another delay
Residents of Lawley, south of Joburg, burnt tyres and threw rocks yesterday on the road from Lenasia to Ennerdale. They were protesting a delay in housing and utility developments.

The protest lasted about four hours before police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, injuring one protester...
Waiting in vain for official help to come
Govt drags its heels getting reintegration process going

Twenty South Africans have found themselves homeless and penniless among 300 refugees at the Midrand camp, north of Joburg.

Some became victims of xenophobic violence because they come from Bushbuckridge in Limpopo and speak Tson...
Scotland Yard blitz nets riches and former PE accountant
Former Port Elizabeth accountant Leslie Sieff stands accused of money laundering in England after a Scotland Yard raid on his London safety deposit company seized six containers crammed with gold bars, drugs, jewellery, 17th-century masterpieces and £53,5-million (R843-million) in cash.

Yard det...
Hlophe strikes back
Constitutional Court justices fail to provide evidence against judge
Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has turned the tables on his accusers and lodged a complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) against the highest court in the land, which includes the country's top judg...
Hlophe: no smoking gun
Constitutional Court justices fail toprovide evidence against judge

The two Constitutional Court justices allegedly lobbied by Cape Judge President John Hlophe to rule in favour of ANC president Jacob Zuma have not provided the Judicial Service Commission with a smoking gun.

The Consti...
Insurance cheats cost everyone else
Insurance companies have noticed a marked increase in fraudulent claims as a result of high interest rates and inflation, a trend which leads to honest consumers paying higher premiums.

One insurance company, Lion of Africa, says high interest rates and inflation are fuelling the increase as con...
Sober, even as he slept in sand
Linda Mti acquitted of drunken driving as key witness in the case suddenly changes his tune

The key witness in the Linda Mti drunken driving case 18 months ago may be the reason why the state's prosecution of the 2010 World Cup security boss fell apart this week. Abe Mashile told the Satur...
Raped child's mother defends killer monster
Police are furious and baffled by 'deviant' reaction

The "strangely" affectionate, defensive and "deviant" behaviour a Pretoria mother showed to Sheldean Human's killer - her daughter's rapist - has left many baffled.

Andrew Jordaan was found guilty in the Pretoria High Court this week...
Op ReachOut breaks R4m mark
The Independent Newspapers Operation ReachOut project has broken the R4-million mark.

Yesterday, the fund, which was set up on May 27 to help people displaced by the xenophobic violence, was further boosted by a donation of R250 000 from the Old Mutual Foundation.

In the past three weeks the...
Undaunted, Skwatsha soldiers on
Tension among ANC members in the Boland has run high as Western Cape secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha returned to the hall where he was stabbed last week.

He was in Worcester yesterday to tell them their executive committee had been dissolved and an interim team would run its affairs.

Skwatsha was...
Envoy slams into police car
A Cameroonian diplomat - who was cruising at 200km/h - crashed into a parked police vehicle.

Two police officers were seriously injured.

Driving at 80km/h above the speed limit, the envoy battled to bring his Audi A3 to a halt when police tried to stop him.

He rammed into the police car ...
Man gets life for killing cop, blinding ex-lover
The man who blinded his ex-girlfriend by shooting her in the eye and murdered a police officer has been sentenced to 27 years and life imprisonment by the Johannesburg High Court.

Tebogo Robert Kgaladi (38) shot his former lover in one eye on June 30 last year, because she wouldn't discuss her H...
SA children intolerant and have negative view of country
Diversity programmes desperately needed

Last month's xenophobic attacks, where in some cases children played an active role, shouldn't come as a surprise. A Wits University study has found that South African children are intolerant to social groups of which they were not members.

Cop cars a menace on roads
Two police vehicles involved in accidents andanother in a highway attack on former top officer

In a spate of horrific accidents, police vehicles have been involved in chaos and tragedy on South Africa's roads during the past two days.

Kyle Harris (20) was killed instantly at a busy i...
Stabbed ANC leader says attackers were intent on killing him
ANC Western Cape secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha believes the people who attacked him at a party meeting in Worcester this week wanted to kill him.

Rolling down a black polo neck jersey to reveal a bandaged wound on the right side of his neck yesterday, he said he believed his life was saved by the c...
Fury over Reserve Bank convoy crash
Fury over Reserve Bank convoy crash
June 13, 2008 Edition 3

Solly Maphumulo

The family of 20-year-old Kyle Harris, killed yesterday when a police car from a Reserve Bank convoy collided with his car, is outraged.

Harris was on his way home to Hamburg on the West Rand after droppi...
SABC joins hands with rival to fight crime
Primedia's Crime Line received a big birthday present last night as the SABC joined the initiative.

The campaign celebrated its first birthday in style at the Constitutional Court with a sparkling gallery of A-list guests. Guests ranged from police top brass to former bank robbers; from universi...
Delay in e-mail trial
ABSENT: Witness fails to appear in Pretoria court

A STATE witness in the hoax e-mails trial failed to appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday leading to a delay of the case which had been dragging on for the past three years.

About four witnesses were expected to testify agai...
Rat on them urges NPA
CRIMINAL acts grow “more violent and dastardly” every day and without citizens’ help government is powerless to control the scourge.

On its own government does not have the resources, says no less a source than National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Bulelwa Makeke, adding, frighteningly enough,...
Dagga-smoking guards threaten protesting staff with firearms
WORKERS in a protest outside a company in Industrial, Johannesburg yesterday claimed, Red Ant riot control guards threatened them with firearms earlier in the week.

In the presence of a news team from The Citizen some of the group of 20 guards smoked dagga yesterday afternoon.

The guard...
No foreigners ‘got houses illegally’
THE Gauteng Housing Department says it has found no corruption in the allocation of houses to foreign nationals in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

This emerged yesterday when MEC Nombula Mokonyane presented a report to the standing committee on housing allocations in the area.

Spokesman Aviv...
Two more ATMs bombed
ELEVEN armed men bombed two Absa ATMs at an Engen garage in Hendrick Potgieter Avenue, Brakpan in the early hours of yesterday.

Brakpan police Inspector Tommy Tomlinson said the men arrived at the garage in three cars at 12.45am.

He said two of the 11 suspects helD up staff inside the shop. M...
10 000 Gauteng teen births
A STAGGERING 10 000 babies are born to teenagers each year in Gauteng. This accounts for 7,3% of births in Gauteng state clinics and hospitals to young mothers whose schooling and life chances are diminished.

DA Health spokesman Jack Bloom suggests child grants may be part of the problem. “We d...
Re-arrests after jail-break
TWO of 11 awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from police custody in a detention facility in Johannesburg have been re-arrested.

Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said Arnold Ndlovu was caught in Diepsloot on Wednesday and Thokozani “TK” Masangu was arrested in Tembisa on Sunday. Two police offic...
Police car in fatal crash
ONE person was killed and three police officers were injured in a collision at the corner of Hendrik Potgieter and Jim Fouche in Roodepoort yesterday.

Netcare 911 spokesman Mark Stokoe said the male driver of a Toyota was killed when his vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a police vehicl...
Judge’s drinks trial set to roll
IT appears there will not be any further delay in the drinking and driving trial of Pretoria judge Nkola Motata.

So far his legal team have no instructions to appeal an unsuccessful review application to the Pretoria High Court for intervention in a decision made by the trial magistrate.

The t...
Four murder suspects set free
THE four people arrested in connection with the killing of entertainer Obed Siluma outside his Joubert Park flat are going free.

Provisional murder charges were withdrawn yesterday.

Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court murder case control prosecutor said there was nothing linking the four to the cr...
MDC arrests hit campaign again
JOHANNESBURG - The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) suffered major blows when both its president Morgan Tsvangirai and secretary-general Tendai Biti were arrested within two hours of one another yesterday.

“It is quite evident that you can never have a free and fair presidential run-off elect...
All quiet in Alexandra
JOHANNESBURG - Most foreign nationals caught up in the recent violence are back in their homes in Alexandra but the situation remained tense in some parts of the township, the Community Policing Forum (CPF) said yesterday.

The Forum’s chairman Thomas Sithole said the 80% of foreign nationals who ...
DA see red over power Reds
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the creation of regional energy distribution groups (Reds).

It blames Eskom, municalities and the Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) for failing to maintain their electricity networks.

The country is now sitting with a R26 billion backlog in mainte...
High Court trial looms after Air Force death
JOHANNESBURG - A former Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier faces trial for murdering a Lieutenant- Colonel in the Air Force and injuring another man after they allegedly referred to him as a “redundant kaffir”.

Samuel Mandla Madonsela, 38, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges ...
Mbeki urges critics to see bigger picture
'Armchair critics' challenged to act, but Buthelezi praised

After months of persistent attacks, with his own "comrades" calling for his head, President Thabo Mbeki has fought back and challenged politicians to take leadership responsibility.

He challenged the opposition and his critics...
Priest in dock for alleged sexual assault on boys
A Catholic priest charged with three cases of sexual assault has appeared in court.

He was not asked to plead.

Most of the day in the Brits Magistrate's Court yesterday was taken up with the priest's advocate, Graham Kerr-Phillips, trying to get the state to release the full Child Protection...
Robbers flee with cigarettes
Eight gunmen hijacked a delivery van full of cigarettes in Protea Glen, Soweto, yesterday.

Two British Tobacco Company employees were held up by robbers who made off with an undisclosed number of cigarette boxes.

The van was set to make deliveries around Protea when it was robbed. Three gunm...
Top ANC man stabbed
Divisions within party spills over into violence

In the latest violent clashes gripping the ruling party's structures, ANC Western Cape secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha has been stabbed at a meeting in Worcester.

Last night's incident happened hardly a week after President Thabo Mbeki and AN...
Selebi decision soon as expiry date looms
President Thabo Mbeki will "soon" announce the fate of National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, who is on extended leave pending criminal charges.

While the cabinet did not discuss the matter on Wednesday, according to government spokesperson Themba Maseko, Selebi's contract expires in 16 day...
21 SA citizens died in xenophobic strife
At least one third of those who died at the hands of xenophobic mobs were South African citizens.

A government task team is also considering a "national day of healing" for the nation to pay its respect to those who lost their lives during the attacks. But this will not be a holiday.

While t...
Gratitude at R1,5m for victims of attacks
Independent Newspapers' initiative "has served as a catalyst to inspire others in the corporate world to donate generously," Dr Imtiaz Sooliman believes.

Yesterday, the founder of the Gift of the Givers Foundation arrived at The Star's offices to receive a donation of R1,5-million from its Opera...
ANCYL trying to get Zuma case struck off roll
The ANC Youth League is mobilising expert legal volunteers and petitions in a final effort to have party president Jacob Zuma's looming court case struck off the roll.

The league's president, Julius Malema, said the organisation's provincial chairpersons and secretaries held a meeting on Wednesd...
Home Affairs IT scandal
The head of the State Information Technology Agency has admitted that tender procedures were flouted on the multibillion-rand contracts awarded to four companies to modernise Home Affairs' identification systems.

Sita chief executive Llewellyn Jones told the National Assembly's portfolio committ...
Finance official quit in 'fear of her life'
A senior correctional services official has resigned after she was apparently scared off by colleagues, following her involvement in uncovering corruption in the department.

While the department is facing massive cases of corruption and financial irregularities, its key financial guru quit witho...
Relief for Aspeling as cigarette gang convicted
Judge impressed that witness wanted to make a clean breast of things

State witness Vernon Aspeling's six years of hell, in which he was shot and wounded and his 10-year-old son Liam kidnapped, has ended in the Cape High Court.

Under heavy guard from witness protection officers, Aspelin...
Camera catches police officer shoplifting
A uniformed eThekwini metro police officer has been arrested after trying to steal nearly R800 worth of clothing from a Hillcrest shop.

Constable Thembelihle Mazibuko was caught by staff at the Jagged Rock Surf and Extreme Wear shop in the Hillcrest Corner centre on Wednesday.

Camera footage s...
Past crimes haunt ethnic violence suspects
Previous convictions have come back to haunt four of the 33 people arrested for allegedly instigating the xenophobic attacks in Tembisa.

The four men - Mziwenkosi Mhlaba (28), Mike Malinga (30), Linda Mnengela (43) and Mbulelo Khanyi (42) - yesterday had their bail application postponed to July ...
Security chief testifies on heist images
He corroborates footage captured at FNB cash depot

The video footage of the R46-million FNB robbery is damning.

It shows in real time how the gang of armed men, some dressed as security guards, burst through the doors of the FNB cash depot in Selby, southern Joburg, and almost pulled o...
Teen (13) on two rape charges shocks court
A 13-year-old boy appeared at the Tembisa Magistrate's Court yesterday after his arrest on Wednesday on charges of raping two girls, aged five. Both the girls were known to the teenager.

Magistrate Zenneth Carolse wasted no time in ordering the public out of the court to hear the boy's case in c...
Teen watched as his friend was shot dead
He was killed as he walked away, court told

A terrified Lenasia teenager watched in horror and screamed as his friend was shot dead in front of him.

Later, the scared youngster was taken to a stretch of veld 15km away, told to walk towards Lenasia South and was then shot in the head as...
Wedding dream shattered by bullets
Prominent businessman Derek Roux, due to be married yesterday, was shot dead the night before he could take his vows.

Roux, who spent his life building companies before retiring two years ago, had climbed to the top of one of the world's biggest, Barloworld.

After several years of working in...
Cyber crooks hit govt
PROVINCES: Spy tool nets syndicate R199 million

THE Government has identified at least 27 cases where a syndicate has stolen over R199 million from government departments in four provinces over the past three years using cyber spyware.

This was revealed by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance and Ec...
‘Tokoloshe behind court delay’
ON Tuesday it was the bomb threat.

Yesterday it was first the long delay for the missing interpreter and then the whispers of the tokolosh - about the same height as an Irish leprechaun – that caused an overload only seven minutes into viewing the images of South Africa’s largest cash heis...
Protest mounts at govt’s new Expropriation Bill
OPPOSITION to government’s new Expropriation Bill is growing with no less than 12 groups, including civic organizations, now seeking ways to stop it going through Parliament.

The group consists of AfriForum, the FW de Klerk Foundation, Agri-SA’s Land Affairs Committee, the Transvaal Agricultural ...
Fraudsters appear in court
TWO men have appeared in the Delareyville Magistrate’s Court in the North West after they allegedly scammed eight local farmers with promises of soft loans.

The two persuaded their victims to pay an up-front administration fee before their “loan applications” were processed.

“During April, peo...
We drove off after hearing shots: 2 accused
AT Riebeeck Lake they parked in a dark spot behind bushes and a little hill, the second of three accused in the failed hijack murder trial of Danielle Esterhuizen, aged five-years-old, told the Johannesburg High Court in testimony yesterday.

Trial evidence was that the Esterhuizen family were fis...
McBride probes ‘separate’
EKHURULENI metro police chief Robert McBride might be a suspect in other investigations into allegations including attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice and fraud, but these dockets were unrelated to his drunk driving trial.

This was revealed in papers filed in the Pretoria High Court i...
March against Xenophobia
COUNCILLORS and officials of the Madibeng (Brits) local municipality will march against xenophobia tomorrow.

Hundreds of people were displaced by attacks on foreigners in the area last month. “In condemnation of the acts, the Bojanala district municipality has organised a march,” said local muni...
McBride probes ‘separate’
JOHANNESBURG - Ekhuruleni metro police chief Robert McBride might a suspect in other investigations into allegations including attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice and fraud, but these dockets were unrelated to his drunk driving trial.

This was revealed in papers filed in the Pretoria ...
Hoax e-mails shocker
JOHANNESBURG - The hoax e-mails trial took a new direction yesterday when a state witness told the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court how he failed to find the author of the alleged messages.

Computer expert Bornard Grobler told the court there could be a possibility that a laptop belonging to IT s...
Drink case judge loses action
JOHANNESBURG - Judge Mkola Motata’s High Court application to exclude five audio recordings from his drunk driving trial has failed.

Judges S P B Hancke and J D Pickering yesterday dismissed Motata’s application to set aside a ruling by the Johannesburg magistrate in his drunk driving trial that ...
Court allowed to hear recordings
Five audio recordings allegedly made at the scene of Judge Nkola Motata's car crash will be played in court when his drunk driving trial resumes next month.

Judge Motata had turned to the Pretoria High Court to have Joburg magistrate Desmond Nair's ruling on the recording set aside. Nair ruled i...
Mbeki anxious over Zimbabwe violence
President Thabo Mbeki has admitted that violence and the disruption of electoral activities of some parties in Zimbabwe ahead of the run-off poll are "cause for serious concern" and needs to be urgently addressed.

Speaking during the presidency budget debate at parliament yesterday, Mbeki said S...
Hlophe vs full bench
Judge president attacks justices, accusing them of abusing powers

Embattled Cape Judge President John Hlophe fired a volley of shots at the country's top judges as he went on official long leave last night, accusing them of abusing their judicial authority by "viciously" sacrificing him on...
Emergency crews up to speed during exercise
A truck carrying sulphuric acid overturned on the side of the road between Lenasia and Impala Road on the N12, blocking traffic for about two hours.

But there were no injuries, because the "accident" was a disaster management exercise conducted by the Johannesburg metro police department yesterd...
Mbeki won't pick next chief justice
South Africa's new head of state, and not President Thabo Mbeki, will appoint the country's top judge when Chief Justice Pius Langa steps down next year.

Succession to the country's highest judicial office is again in the spotlight, given the latest controversy involving Western Cape Judge Presi...
Slain policeman didn't stand a chance
Lufuno Ndou sits sobbing on her bed, inconsolable. Behind her is a newspaper clipping her husband neatly stuck on the wall.

"Well done to Safety and Security Deputy Minister Susan Shabangu for reaffirming the right of police to shoot to kill if attacked …" reads the clipping, with the words "sho...
FNB robbers caught on camera
State shows court footage placing accused at scene of heist

At least eight of the nine men accused of robbing First National Bank of R46-million have been placed at the scene of the robbery.

The state, in its effort to prove that it has water-tight evidence against all of them, showed ...
One held, five cars recovered as cops bust syndicate
Police are closing in on a luxury car-theft syndicate smuggling cars through Botswana for the North African market.

Acting on a tipoff, police arrested a man driving a black Ford Ranger double-cab yesterday and confiscated five other cars in Ekurhuleni.

"He was already on his way and others ...
Mothers finally see accused stand trial over sons' murder
Witness tells how they were kidnapped for money, cellphones

Two Lenasia mothers can at least find comfort, albeit heartbreaking, in that the case of the brutal murder of their children has finally gone to court.

Two years ago, Themashen Arungasamy (19) and his friend Romeo Padiachy (17...
Camps are places of horror, says bishop
Joburg Central Methodist Bishop Paul Verryn had harsh words for government officials during a public lecture on human rights and immigration.

"Our Department of Home Affairs, with due respect, must get their house in order," Verryn said at Constitution Hill in Joburg yesterday.

He also said ...
Killer domestic worker jailed for life
A 58-year-old domestic worker has been given a life sentence for plotting and taking part in the robbery and murder of her employer.

The mother-of-three cried when Judge Neels Claassen of the Vereeniging High Court found her and her accomplices - lover Daniel Moepamore and nephew John Au - guilt...
Tembisa cop shot and killed during fight with attackers
Two police officers have been gunned down in Tembisa in just more than two weeks.

Constable Vhonani Netshivhovdza had just arrived at his home at 5am today when several men, pointing guns at him, demanded his pistol.

Police spokesperson Lesiba Manamela said a fight ensued between Netshivhovd...
Deadly ‘friends’ get 38 years
SAMANTHA Uys would have celebrated her 21st birthday this year. Instead, her promising young life was snuffed out by her two closest friends who sacrificed her on the altar of drugs.

The teenager’s killers, her friends Ricky Godfrey and Kabelo Tebogo Mokwena, both 20, were yesterday each sentenc...
Abortionist convicted
A UGANDAN woman who performed illegal abortions on hundred of young girls in Johannesburg over many years has been sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of R5 000.

Fatima Kobusinge, 27, was arrested in April following an exposé in The Citizen about her abortion clinic in the city c...
Premiums set to rise
CONSUMERS are being warned against escalating insurance fraud that is hitting the industry and will force up premiums.

The CEO of Lion of Africa Insurance, Adam Samie, said fraudulent claims in the short-term insurance industry alone is close on R2 billion a year.

“In the current economic clim...
Four held after Siluma murder
FOUR suspects were arrested in Johannesburg yesterday after the murder of musician and actor Motho Siluma.

Siluma, 43, who was related to slain regae star Lucky Dube, left friends at Delmonico Flats on the corner of Leyds and Wanderers Streets and minutes later gunshots were heard. Captain Bheki...
Province ‘can’t fight pollution’
THE poor of Mpumalanga are succumbing to deadly diseases, and the provincial government is powerless to stem the tide.

This past weekend saw the deaths of two miners in the province who died from the water-borne disease, cholera.

Thirteen others are receiving medical treatment after also contr...
Shoot to kill policy wrong: DA
THE Democratic Alliance (DA) lashed out at the government’s “shoot to kill” policy yesterday.

According to the DA’s spokesman in Mpumalanga Clive Hatch, before any member of the police force acts in a reckless manner, they request that the SAPS ensures that all police stations are fully equipped ...
Accused turn on each other
JOHANNESBURG - The accused in the lakeside murder trial of Danielle Esterhuizen have turned on each other.

Identified by Mrs Anel Esterhuizen as the murderer of her daughter, alleged shooter Mpho David Ngomane commenced testimony yesterday.

Evidence by the previous State witness Inspector Peet...
Four suspects arrested for Siluma murder
JOHANNESBURG - Four suspects were arrested in Johannesburg yesterday in connection with the murder of musician and actor Motho Siluma.

Siluma, 43, who was related to slain reggae star Lucky Dube was with friends at the Delmonico Flats on the corner of Leyds and Wanderers streets when he left them...
Enough is enough, say the angry 5 000
JOHANNESBURG - Only about 5 000 turned out for the Million-Man March Against Crime to the Union Buildings – but they told the government loudly: “Enough is enough.”

They handed a memorandum to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour which called on government to do something about crime.
Abandoned baby found in veld
Three boys were walking near Rabie Ridge, Midrand, when they heard a faint cry and went to investigate. What they found was a tiny baby girl, wrapped in a blanket and abandoned in the veld. The girl's umbilical cord was still attached and she was just a few days old.

The boys took the baby to the...
Drive injured in failed robbery
A truck driver has been wounded in a failed armed robbery in Benrose, Joburg.

Inspector Xoli Mbele yesterday said four armed robbers struck at a company distributing soft drinks. "They started shooting randomly. Three trucks were shot at and one driver was shot in the abdomen."

The injured m...
No Selebi job for taxman
Taxman Pravin Gordhan isn't interested in the tough job of becoming the next national police commissioner.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said yesterday the commissioner "has not expressed an interest to become the next national commissioner of the South African Police Service".

Use own facilities for refugees first, Cape Town urges premier
Application by Western Cape government to be opposed

The City of Cape Town says it will fight a High Court order forcing it to open up community halls to foreign nationals displaced by last month's xenophobic violence.

The city says it wants the Western Cape provincial administration t...
Developer tackles 'malicious' council over prime property (Part 1)
City manager claims unhealthy relations with officials, write Cecilia Russell and Shaun Smillie

It's not the sexiest case on the court roll. And on the surface, it seems one of the easiest to dispense with - after all, all that is being asked for is a Section 82 certificate - a piece of pa...
Developer tackles 'malicious' council over prime property (Part 2)
What is in dispute

The values of the land swopped by the council and Booysen.

First, a committee assumed that the land swap was to settle a claim which Booysen's company Hometalk had with GDACE. The claim - purportedly worth R131-million - was not valid, Flusk contends.

In addition, ther...
Now Lucky Dube's cousin gunned down
TV actor third celebrity victim in a year

In mourning and in shock, Richard Siluma walked with thousands of others in protest against crime - just hours after his cousin, entertainer Obed Siluma, had been gunned down in Joubert Park.

Obed, better known as Tiny after the character he pl...
Samaritan jams traffic for hit-and-run justice
A hit-and-run driver took on more than he bargained when he tried to flee the scene of an accident.

A feisty Sandton woman, Linda Horsfield, gave chase, overtook him and blocked him on Rivonia Road.

Horsfield said she had been driving behind scooter rider Chester Malemela when a Post Office va...
Discontent derails Soetwater evacuation
Tension has been running high at Soetwater, where around 3 500 displaced people are housed in Cape Town's largest safety site.

Thirteen buses ordered by the Western Cape government to evacuate the camp last night stood empty as conflicts between authorities and refugees erupted at the site.

Refugee pupils must go to class
The Gauteng Department of Education has asked schools to accept all children from the tented refugee camps into the system.

Some school governing bodies (SGBs) have called The Star expressing worry over the proposal, saying their schools are already overcrowded and can't afford to take in any ex...
'We are given food that has expired'
People displaced by xenophobic violence are demanding good food and a proper place to live.

"We are tired of eating bread. We are given food that has expired. This is unacceptable," said residents of the Rosettenville, southern Joburg, transit camp yesterday.

An irate Micheline Kasango said ...
Urgent warning as risky stoves vanish
Hundreds of dangerous paraffin stoves and heaters on the verge of being destroyed have vanished from a factory.

Now it is feared they are back on the market.

The South African Bureau of Standards warned yesterday that the appliances were "unsafe for human use" and urged owners to urgently re...
Court blow for man accused of trying to kill HIV+ lover
Tebogo Robert Kgaladi, accused of attempting to kill his ex-lover for allegedly infecting him with HIV, might have lost his last chance to walk scot-free.

His lawyer, to the judge's dismay, asked the Johannesburg High Court to make a finding solely based on his client's main evidence.

Judge orders Cape Town to open up halls to refugees
In a dramatic midnight move, the Western Cape provincial government obtained a court interdict to force the City of Cape Town to open its community halls to allow refugees at the city's seven safe sites to be relocated.

A draft order was obtained just before midnight. It came just hours after a ...
Bomb scare clears Joburg High Court
People in the Johannesburg High Court, including judges and prosecutors, were evacuated from the building following a bomb threat this morning.

Officers from the SAPS Organised Crime Unit entered the different courts just before 10.40am, when proceedings were already under way, and informed the ...
Thuthuzela care centers bring hope to victims of rape
CHILD protection week was marked with little, if any, fanfare in South Africa.

Perhaps its most enduring memory will be that of the guilty verdict handed down by Pretoria’s Supreme Court on Andrew Jordaan for kidnapping and murdering seven-year-old Sheldean Human.

He also attempted to rape her...
Rugger-playing cop is hero
A HALF-NAKED convict – minus the leg irons he had been wearing when sentenced – ran up the steps from the cells and burst into the courtroom where the trial arising from the murder of five-year-old Danielle Esterhuizen was in progress.

The majority of those present sat in frozen silence.

The a...
Party demands report on cholera crisis
MPUMALANGA’s MEC for Health and Social Services, Fish Mahlela, has been told to table a detailed report on the Barberton cholera outbreak by Friday when it deals with his health budget.

The call came from the leader of the Christian Party Louis Marneweck who said the deaths of two Barbeton mine w...
Pupils rampage in Khutsong
A TROUBLED high school in Khutsong, Carletonville, was again the scene of violent disruption yesterday when pupils allegedly set fire to a classroom and a storeroom.

Pupils and teachers from Badirile High School were at the center of almost two years of protests against the inclusion of Merafong ...
Taxi bosses, drivers injured in protest
SCORES of taxi owners and drivers were injured when police fired rubber bullets during their march to the Greater Marble Hall Municipality in Limpopo yesterday.

The incident started when about 1 000 marchers accompanied by 300 minibus taxis took to the streets from Leeuwfontein to Marble Hall at ...
Dealer gunned down
JOHANNESBURG police are investigating the execution-style murder of a man who was shot dead in the James and Ethel Gray Park at the weekend.

It is believed by police that the man, 35, whose name has not yet been made public, was a local drug dealer.

The motive for the crime is thought to be ro...
Suspect attacks cop with chair
A LIMPOPO police officer was wounded when an alleged burglar hit him with a chair and an empty soft drink bottle.

According to Captain Mashudu Malelo, the suspect claimed to be sick following his arrest.

“He was then taken to a local clinic and then to Donald Fraser Hospital.

“When the offi...
Dawn, where are you?
I WAS her best friend and her disappearance has thrown my life into absolute turmoil.

For the past three-and-a-half years I have been on a personal search to find Dawn Burn, a friend I met while studying at University.

Dawn lived in a small cottage in Kensington, Johannesburg after moving from...
‘He was covered in blood’
JOHANNESBURG - A father described to the Johannesburg High Court yesterday how after a phone call for help he went to Riebeeck Lake in Randfontein where five -year-old Danielle Esterhuizen had been shot dead, and found his own son covered in blood.

Wessel Kleinhans said his son, Ferdinand, had be...
Judge hands down life sentence to cop-killer
JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg High Court Judge Seun Moshidi yesterday sentenced cop-killer Kwenzakwenduna Khathi to life in prison for the murder of a metro policeman.

Moshidi also gave Khathi 10 years for attempted robbery and illegal possession of a gun and ammunition. The judge said it was part...
DA shocked by child’s murder
JOHANNESBURG - The DA has expressed its shock and concern over the abduction, apparent rape and brutal murder of a three-year-old girl in Carletonville at the weekend.

“The loss of another innocent child in such a brutal manner is a further charge against the government’s failed moral regeneratio...
Foreigners need UN help: ID
JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Democrats (ID) say there should be “less talk and more action” in addressing the aftermath of the xenophobic violence in South Africa.

ID leader Patricia de Lille said yesterday that there was “very little” international involvement in the temporary shelters set up ...
Reintegration ‘will work’
JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Provincial Government says it is confident that foreigners fleeing xenophobic violence will be successfully reintegrated into their communities within two months.

Provincial spokesman Thabo Masebe said of the initial 20 000 displaced foreign nationals only 6 000 were s...
Million-Man March given thumbs-up
JOHANNESBURG - political parties have come out in support of today’s Million Man March, a protest against crime.

Leader of the United Democratic Movement, Bantu Holomisa who will be attending the march, has urged government to take the march seriously.

“It is not just a once-off event but an e...
Jordaan family plans to appeal
JOHANNESBURG - Convicted Sheldean Human killer Andrew Jordaan’s family have vowed to fight for his freedom.

Jordaan’s tearful family, who tried their best to avoid photographers, said they would definitely appeal against his conviction, but would do so at a later stage.

His elder sister, Jacqu...
Essential-service staff told to return to work or else …
The Ekurhuleni metro has given some of its striking employees, which it says perform essential services, an ultimatum to return to work or face sanctions.

Ekurhuleni mayoral spokesperson Prince Hamnca said the municipality had obtained a court interdict last week in an effort to get the South Af...
'Not enough. He must die'
Sheldean's killer sentenced to life behind bars - But mother of killer's godchild believes Jordaan is innocent

Minutes after being sentenced to life for the murder of Sheldean Human, Andrew Jordaan hugged the mother of his godchild he was convicted of raping - and whispered in her ear: "Ta...
Stratton breaks his silence over Selebi bribes
The alleged mastermind behind mining magnate Brett Kebble's brutal death has broken nearly three years of silence to rubbish bribery allegations against police boss Jackie Selebi.

Weeks before Selebi is due to appear in court on fraud and corruption charges, Kebble's former business associate, J...
Cape Scorpion let off the hook after delays
Powell's reckless and drunk driving case thrown out

The case against Scorpions investigator Ivor Mercer Powell has been struck off the Cape Town Magistrate's Court roll.

When a matter is struck from the roll, it is tantamount to the charges being withdrawn.

Charges may be reinstitu...
'Don't count on opposition saving Scorpions'
South Africans who want the Scorpions to remain, and are bargaining on opposition parties to win this battle, are bound to be disappointed, says businessman Hugh Glenister.

The charismatic businessman unsuccessfully took the government to court over the disbandment of the elite police unit, but ...
Parkview gets lesson in how to fight crime
The Parkview police and a leading local security company, ADT, recently provided a lesson in partnered crime fighting in an exercise code named Operation Red Flag.

Senior Superintendent Nanda Moodley, station commissioner of the Parkview police station, said that partnerships with the community ...
Zimbabwe man guilty of 2 killings in 4 days
Zimbabwean man has been slapped with his second - and unrelated - conviction of murder within a space of four days.

Sipho Philani Ncube (24), of Joubert Park, was initially found guilty in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday along with three fellow Zimbabweans - Freddy Khumalo (24), Mbulelo N...
Ekurhuleni cops ordered to hold fire
Don't shoot at strikers!

That's what the Labour Court has ordered the Ekurhuleni metro and its police.

Yesterday, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said it had won an interim interdict on Friday preventing Ekurhuleni police from shooting at strikers. This, however doesn't take away the...
Accused strolls out of court
In a most undramatic court escape, a man charged with robbery has calmly walked out of a packed court.

The man, identified only as Mr Khumalo, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday along with two other co-accused on a charge of robbery, before he casually walked out in the pr...
Hobo 'dealer' slain in park
A homeless man believed to have been a drug dealer operating in various parts of Sandton has been shot and killed.

The 35-year-old man, originally from Alexandra, was shot twice - once in the forehead and once in an elbow - during the early hours of Sunday at the James and Ethel Gray Park in Abb...
Tight security at tense Soetwater
Disaster management officials took no chances as tension ran high at the Soetwater refugee camp near Cape Town.

The media was denied access all day yesterday; Patrick Chauke, chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee for home affairs, was denied access; and Anglican Archbishop Thabo M...
Long awaited health smart cards due to be out soon
Contract disagreements and technical glitches have been smoothed over

Sixteen months after Gauteng politicians promised a health smart card, officials have battled through contract and technical glitches, and expect to issue the first pilot cards this month.

Department of Health deputy...
DA puts spotlight on theft from luggage at SAA
Baggage theft, damaged luggage and theft from passengers' luggage cost South African Airways R8-million between 2003 and last year, according to the Democratic Alliance.

The DA says about 37 000 SAA passengers will be affected by baggage theft or loss this year.

SAA has declined to confirm t...
Mom hoping youngest crime victim will feel pain
Unlike most mothers who dread the discomfort that surgery causes their children, Lesley Ellerbeck will today look, with hope, for signs that her daughter is in pain.

Paraplegic Courtney Ellerbeck (8), South Africa's youngest crime victim, who was paralysed by a bullet two months before she was d...
Guilty of two murders in four days
Zimbabwean convicted of killing cop, businessman

A Zimbabwean man has been slapped with his second, and unrelated, conviction of murder within a space of four days.

Sipho Philani Ncube (24), of Joubert Park, was initially found guilty in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday along with...
Vendors are heroes or zeros, but here to stay
Some people find them a nuisance, some an invasion of privacy and others a convenience, but whether you hate them or like them, intersection traders and window washers have become a norm seen at most busy intersections.

But motorists are cautioned to be on high-alert when approaching and stoppin...
Mom, daughter nabbed for looting dead man's savings
A Soweto mother and her 19-year-old daughter, both unemployed, spent R11 000 in two months on expensive luxuries.

But they were spending their dead tenant's savings.

They withdrew R1 000 at a time, and also swiped his bank card at retail stores.

While they lived the high life, members of...
SA govt ‘ instigated attacks’
THE South African government is the instigator of xenophobic attacks be-smirching the image of the country, according to the Alliance of Free Democrats (AFD).

“Until we understand that government is complicit in this so-called xenophobic violence we can never appreciate the rationale for this cri...
Xeno attacks tarnish image
XENOPHOBIA has dented SA’s conference destination image.

“Questions about delegates’ safety and possible cancellation of events ranging from 10 to 1 000 delegates are doing the rounds,” said Thomas Overbeck, chairman of the Association for the Conference Industry.

Fedhasa chairman Nils Hecksch...
Balfour meets Mathe
FOLLOW-UP: Minister face-to-face with SA’s Houdini

THE national Department of Correctional Services’ Minister Ngconde Balfour has called on leaders and commentators on correctional services to refrain from demoralizing his hard-working officials.

The Minister said this after visiting the Pret...
Teazers tycoon in trouble with SA REVENUE service
STRIPPER mogul Lolly Jackson is in hot water again.

This time he faces allegations of tax irregularities amounting to about R10million, leveled at him by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

SARS reportedly raided Jackson’s Johannesburg home in Bedfordview and his Teazers strip clubs in R...
Police attack inner city crime
IT’S just after eight, and a man is plummeting from the overturned beer crate he’s been sitting on, spilling his drink across the dirty floor. Unable to get to his feet, the drunk man peers vacuously at the policeman looming over him.

Other law enforcement officers file past, disappearing into t...
Free State ATM bombers escape with cash
AN Automated Teller Machine in Phuthaditijhaba in the Free State was blown up on Saturday, Bethlehem police said yesterday. The robbers escaped with an un-known amount of cash.

Police spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said they were hunting for between four and five suspects who were seen fleei...
Boasting private eyes slammed by cops
GANG rapes, kidnappings, car jackings and armed robberies - Durban police have warned that the prosecutions of some of KwaZulu-Natal's most violent and brutal criminals are in danger of collapsing because of marketing initiatives by private detectives.

In an unprecedented step, Provincial Police ...
Trial for airport accused
TOURISTS TARGETED: Police denied attacks were linked

THREE men accused of a string of robberies on tourists entering the country will go on trial tomorrow for following a Nigerian national home from OR Tambo International Airport and murdering him.

The three suspected killers – Sibusiso Mkize...
Window washers meet their match
THE Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has vowed to continue arresting window washers who harass motorists.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, JMPD’s Chief Superintendent Wayne Minaar said seven of them were arrested in Allendale on Friday. “Smash and grab robbers may hide themse...
‘More poll monitors needed’
PRE-RUNOFF: High level of intimidation witnessed

HARARE – Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgobo has called for more international election monitors in crisis-torn Zimbabwe.

“The levels of intimidation I witnessed on a visit to Zimbabwe last week underline the crucial importance of deploying large...
Tracking system set
A SYSTEM aimed at tracking down computers stolen from various laboratories in the Western Cape, has now been set up.

This comes after it was revealed that between 10%-12% of computers installed by the Khanya Project of the Western Cape Education Department had been targeted by thieves.

By Citi...
Minister still to decide on Hlophe's leave
Beleaguered Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe was due to hear later today or tomorrow if he has been granted special leave by Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla.

The decision, however, is likely to be communicated by fax as Mabandla is out of the country and expected back in South Africa ...
Domestic violence info in a shambles
Most police stations fail to comply with law, report says

Two out of three police stations in South Africa fail to comply with the Domestic Violence Act, even though the particular legislation has been in existence for a decade.

In Gauteng, a report by the Independent Complaints Direct...
Major interest in ways to save power
Dispirited by an energy crunch, Gautengers have descended in droves on a three-day energy-efficiency exhibition in Joburg.

The Nasrec venue saw about 100 service providers exhibiting various technical products - energy-saving bulbs, solar-powered roofing insulation systems, ripple-control geyser...
Refugees in mass suicide scare
Somali rescued after drowning bid

At least one Somali national has attempted suicide by jumping in the Atlantic Ocean as 100 others threatened to do the same in a desperate bid to get the United Nations' attention.

While police and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) prevented a m...
Robbery victim suffocates
A man suffocated after his mouth was filled with pieces of clothing to keep him silent during a house robbery.

Three unknown men had apparently entered the house in Wonderboom South, Pretoria, on Saturday through a window and went to the couple's bedroom.

They then overpowered the elderly co...
Mbeki, Zuma in desperate bid to present united front
Joint letter in paper comes amid infighting raging in ruling party

President Thabo Mbeki and ANC leader Jacob Zuma have again attempted to show public solidarity in a desperate bid to quell growing tension within the party stemming from the bruising leadership battle in December.

A sim...
Online ivory trading soars
Sourcing a piece of illegal ivory could be as easy as a click of a mouse and locating a willing seller on one of the world's largest websites.

That is why the website eBay and investigators with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) believe that the site is being used for illegal ivor...
Councillor claims he is a casualty of Polokwane
The fallout from the ANC's Polokwane conference continues to cause tension within the party, with a councillor in North West going to court to seek retribution.

Zandi Mweli, former mayoral committee member for finance and a ward councillor for the province's Maquassi Hills municipality, has laun...
Drunk doctor on speed rap
A doctor has been arrested on the N1 for allegedly speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 51-year-old was reportedly so drunk that he couldn't stand when metro police officers asked him to get out of his black Mercedes-Benz. He also resisted arrest.

"He told the officers th...
Dead man's savings looted
A Soweto mother and her 19-year-old daughter, both unemployed, spent R11 000 in two months on expensive luxuries.

It later turned out that the two did not sweat for the money but had been spending their dead tenant's savings.

They would withdraw R1 000 at a time whenever they went to an ATM,...
Man dissuaded from jumping off crane
Paramedics had to use a specialised machine to rescue a suicidal man who had sneaked into a cordoned-off construction site.

The 28-year-old man, with an ID book in his pocket, sneaked into the Doornfontein train station, which is under construction, and climbed onto a 35m-high crane. He then sta...
Quieter weekend on roads ascribed to police presence
Joburg metro police recorded 262 accidents over the weekend but, looking back at the previous weekend, claim it was a fairly quiet one.

In the 262 accidents - which ranged from bumper bashes to fatal crashes - 195 people were injured and seven died.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superinten...
Armed men rob filling station
Four armed robbers have made off with an undisclosed amount of money and the filling station manager's BMW after an early morning attack.

The men casually walked into the convenience shop of a Caltex garage in Lenasia, south of Joburg, yesterday. They then split into pairs, with one pretending t...
Alleged girlfriend-killer held
Police have arrested a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend in full view of a Hillbrow brothel's patrons.

The 31-year-old man was set to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today. He was arrested on Friday in a swoop by Hillbrow police after they had received a tip-off.

On Decem...
McBride could be on carpet once more
Metro police who fired on demonstrators during the xenophobic clashes may have acted against new regulations that order municipal police to avoid shooting at crowds.

"Set the highest standards of tolerance and do not use any firearms against the demonstrators except in the case of private defenc...
R1,5m for xenophobia victims
The Independent Newspapers' donation of R1,5-million enables the Red Cross to be ambassadors of hope, according to Mandisa Kalako-Williams.

The newly appointed secretary-general of the SA Red Cross Society and members of the organisation were at The Star's offices on Friday to receive the cheque...
RDP houses at core of the recent attacks
Housing officials say locals are acting illegally

South Africans allocated RDP houses in Alexandra's Extension 7 are illegally renting them out to foreigners or other South Africans.

Extension 7 was one of the first areas to erupt into the xenophobic violence that engulfed parts of the...
Crisis? What crisis? - Mbeki
President refuses to accept any WEF criticism

President Thabo Mbeki has publicly disagreed with the World Economic Forum on Africa that there is a crisis of leadership on the continent. He and other African leaders came under fire in the three-day forum in Cape Town by WEF participants, in...
Sheldean killer 'pays'
Convicted paedophile and murderer is beaten up in jail

Child-killer Andrew Jordaan walked into court in Pre- toria yesterday sporting bruises to his face, a swollen cheek and possibly a broken jaw.

When Jordaan was convicted on Tuesday for murdering 7-year-old Sheldean Human, members o...
Chris Rock's pranksters could be sent to jail
It was meant to be a joke, but South African lawyers aren't laughing.

A practical joke turned horribly wrong when US comedian Chris Rock, who is on tour in the country with his No Apologies show, was accused of having sex with a British minor.

And now the pranksters, including a fake prosecu...
Man held over sex-for-job
A Durban man has been arrested for rape after he allegedly coerced a woman into having sex with him under the false pretence that he would then give her a job.

According to the new Sexual Offences Act, which came into effect in December, any sexual intercourse obtained under false pretences cons...
Criminal Houdini almost escapes
South Africa's most notorious prison Houdini, Annanias Mathe, has nearly escaped again. Mathe, who was under lock and key 24 hours a day, slipped from his cell at Pretoria Local Prison early yesterday morning.

He had managed to get out of his handcuffs, leg irons and stun belt.

He overpowere...
Courageous young Joburg cop says it's all in a day's work
Samuel Felix (26) has become the toast of Joburg's metro police after talking a fellow officer out of committing suicide. He has been hailed as "Joburg's courageous cop" after risking his own life to enter a tense situation where the officer was sitting with a loaded gun against his temple in his So...
SA leadership 'out to lunch' as crime rules
South Africa's leadership vacuum meant the government was effectively "out to lunch", and it was extremely difficult to get anything done, including trying to help the fight against crime, according to a top business leader.

Massmart's Mark Lamberti, who also chairs the Business Against Crime (B...
Hlophe could lose R2m
Huge long service payout is incentive to fight 'tooth and nail'

Cape Judge President John Hlophe, who has gone on long leave after Constitutional Court (Concourt) judges accused him of trying to use his influence in three cases against ANC president Jacob Zuma, faces losing a large tax-fre...
Operation Snowball needs a helping hand
The Star has taken to the streets of Joburg, distributing blankets to the homeless as part of the paper's Operation Snowball. The operation is an annual winter drive that collects blankets and distributes them to homeless people.

Before they were given blankets last night, they had huddled close...
Mystery over attacks warning
THE Democratic Alliance (DA) wants to know who is fooling who over the supposed existence of information warning of the possible outbreak of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

“The failure of intelligence, safety and security and the presidency to co-ordinate their information is an indictment o...
‘State to blame for recent riots’
MOELETSI MBEKI: Lashes incompetence that led to xenophobia

THE government must stop blaming its citizens and take responsibility for the xenophobic violence which engulfed the country recently, Moeletsi Mbeki, deputy chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said in Pretoria yesterd...
Reward for officers is questioned
THERE are those who approve of cash payments to police as reward for a job well done, but others see this as the thin end of the wedge in a service where corruption apparently already goes right to the top.

The Citizen approached a number of former police officers after Deputy National Pol...
Lawyer’s death: Two charged
THE kidnapping and murder of an attorney, whose body was found lying in a cemetery, will have a sequel in the Johannesburg High Court today.

Tshepang Petlele lived in Mulbarton and was kidnapped by robbers who entered his home and removed goods.

The attorney’s body was found at Katlehong cemet...
Jogging thief shot by guard
A WELL-DRESSED would-be-robber who sought to use the coming Comrades Marathon as a cover for his crimes – was shot dead by a security guard at the exclusive Augusta residential estate near Hillcrest on Tuesday.

The area, west of Durban, has been hard hit by a spate of vicious armed robberies in w...
Lawyer suspected of armed robbery freed
A DURBAN lawyer who was expected to appear in court on Wednesday charged with several counts of armed robbery and housebreaking, has been released without charge by the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit.

The lawyer, whose name is known to The Citizen, runs a busy legal practice in the ...
Arrested for smashing ATM
A MAN was arrested for smashing an ATM with a wheel spanner in Kempton Park yesterday.

“He alleged that his card had stuck inside the ATM at a garage and decided to smash it with a wheel spanner,” police spokesman Captain Jetho Mtshali said.

The police are still investigating whether he is par...
Concern over ape experiments

Wild-captured primates are supplied to laboratories for animal experimentation, says Michele Pickover of Animal Rights Africa (ARA).

Pickover said ARA is concerned that Free State Nature Conservation is supplying wild captured primates to the animal exp...
Lake killing cap clue
JOHANNEBURG - Shot between the eyes by a would-be hijacker while snuggled up on her mom’s lap with her mom’s jersey around her, little Danielle, 5, had already died when a family friend returned to Riebeeck Lake to collect their fishing gear.

He found her little pair of pink shoes lying there. He...
Did Mbeki call free Tsvangirai?
JOHANNESBURG - Did President Mbeki’s call to Zimbabwe authorities on Wednesday secure the release of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangarai or not?

Mbeki’s spokesman, Mukoni Ratshitanga, told The Citizen that the President had made representations to Zimbabwe immediately after he had heard of the arrest of...
'Paedophile Jordaan a danger to society'
A psychologist has compiled a report portraying Sheldean Human's murderer, Andrew Jordaan, as a paedophile who poses a danger to society.

Professor Wikus Coetzee stated in his report: "I had from the start no doubt in my mind that he had killed Sheldean."

Coetzee took the stand yesterday to ...
Shock airport murder link
State says suspects positively linked to robberies and killingn Police spent months denying the attacks were at all related

The three men the police believe are behind a spate of robberies committed on tourists entering the country have been linked to the murder of a Nigerian man followed ...
Fears of violence to hit show attendance
Business is starting to feel the pinch following the xenophobic violence that gripped the country over the past few weeks.

The Africa's Big Seven Expo (AB7), to be held in Midrand from July 20 to 22, has become the first casualty ,with the largest individual exhibitor pulling out, citing safety ...
Zuma's legal team slates Mbeki and NPA again
Mauritian court hears of 'plot'

As ANC president Jacob Zuma addressed the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on food prices, more than 4 000km away, his lawyers battled the corruption case against him inside a Mauritian court.

Rain poured down outside Court 9 in the Mauritius ...
Accountant up for R29-million fraud
Witness tells of how accused defrauded Sars

He duped the South African Revenue Service into believing that he was responsible for exporting large quantities of alcohol, soap and toothpaste to neighbouring countries.

He then billed Sars an amount of R29-million for his fraudulent activi...
MEC's prayer for tolerance leaves residents as angry as ever
Resentment that foreigners' needs are met while community suffers

Just a few metres from the spot where Ernesto Nhamuave died, a large marquee sprang up.

It was here in the Ramaphosa informal settlement that Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane wished to lead a anti-xenophobia prayer....
Judge Hlophe needs fair treatment
This is one of those difficult moments for me. I always hesitate before I criticise judges sitting in various courts around South Africa. I do so because I wouldn't want to contribute in any way towards anything that would undermine the image and credibility of our judiciary - a crucially important ...
Outrage over shooting of protesters
Angry Ekurhuleni municipal workers have handed a memorandum to Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa's office, demanding compensation after they were shot by metro police and security guards during a protest.

The SA Municipal Workers' Union members were marching in Boksburg and Kempton Park on Tuesda...
Third Soweto gang held for attacking foreigners
Nothing scared foreigners in Soweto more than being terrorised by a "group of men in a white VW Microbus".

Arriving at police stations, they would report how their attackers went on a rampage; beating them, stealing their goods, smashing their windows and destroying their properties.

Aid agencies ‘stopped from distributing food’
WHILE President Robert Mugabe is attending the World Food Summit in Rome, his administration is preventing international agencies from distributing food to his countrymen.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday accused Mugabe of banning aid agencies from distributing food in rural areas. The Movemen...
‘Assault room’ claim assailed
THE fingerprint room in which the alleged killer of five-year-old Danielle Esterhuizen claimed he was shut and assaulted until he made a false statement “had and still has a broken door”.

If closed it could not be opened again from the inside.

This was evidence in the Johannesburg High Court y...
Judge drink-trial hiccup
THE Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court drinking and driving trial of Judge Nkola Motata – due to resume and run for another month – could be delayed for a considerable time following argument in the Pretoria High Court challenging a ruling by the trial magistrate.

It is almost 18 months since his Ja...
Hit waiter with meat mallet
A RESTAURANT waiter is in a coma after his employer allegedly hit him with a meat mallet.

According to a witness the waiter had an argument with his manager after one of the customers ordered an orange cocktail which they did not get.

She said the waiter went outside to the parking lot followe...
Murder suspect wants bail
ONE of the four suspects in the on-the-way to school murder of Emily Williams, aged 12, still wants to bring a bail application.

Emily was shot on February 12. She was in a car with her mother, sister and friends waiting for another pupil when hit by a bullet during a shootout between security g...
KzN hijack victim critical
AN attempted hijacking left a man in a critical condition in Durban, emergency service ER24 said yesterday.

According to ER24’s spokesman Derrick Banks, the victim had been shot in the neck when paramedics found him on a center island up against a stationary speed camera.

The incident took pla...
Dies after indecent assault
BEFORE Sarah van der Merwe of Kempton Park was fatally injured, her attacker indecently assaulted her by forcing a 350ml shampoo bottle into her anus.

Residents at the same address intervened and she was taken to hospital by ambulance, but died the following day from head and chest injuries.

Indaba calls for total porn ban
2010: Country must be wary of sex tourists preying on kids

A NATIONAL indaba held on International Children’s Day has called for a total ban on pornography.

The indaba decided a complete ban on pornography would help decrease the staggering incidence of child abuse and exploitation.

The in...
Hlophe probe: politicians out
JOHANNESBURG - Politicians on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will be excluded when it meets tomorrow to discuss the latest allegations against Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

Tomorrow’s meeting will not include the MPs nominated to the JSC, who usually take part only in the selection of ...
Pretoria’s fake fines scam
JOHANNESBURG - Motorists with outstanding traffic fines issued in Pretoria must beware.

Tshwane Metro Police’s three notorious “white buses” are hitting the streets daily, clamping down on motorists who have ignored summonses to either pay or to appear in court.

The commander of the metro poli...
Raped and left for dead
JOHANNESBURG - The doctor who treated a 36-year-old mother of three who was left for dead outside a Pretoria hotel last year told the Pretoria High Court yesterday she was surprised to hear the woman was still alive.

Dr Carin Claassen testified in the trial of Louis Brits, 19, and Dirk Grobler, 2...
Advisory role for UNHCR
JOHANNESBURG - Following a meeting yesterday with Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa and members of the Somali Association for SA, Abel Mbilinyi, deputy regional representative for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), yesterday distanced the organisation from demands that they look aft...
Sheldean trial is postponed
JOHANNESBURG - The trial of Sheldean Human’s killer Andrew Jordaan was postponed yesterday to allow him to call a psychologist to testify in mitigation of his sentence.

Acting Judge Chris Eksteen said the court knew very little about Jordaan as a person and it would make his task easier when deci...
Mbeki ‘must act on Tsvangirai’
JOHANNESBURG - The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Helen Zille, has called on President Thabo Mbeki to demand the immediate release of Zimbabwean presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, who is being held at a police station in Lupane, north of Bulawayo.

“If Mbeki does not demand Tsvangi...
'State was warned before babies' deaths
Senior officials from an Eastern Cape municipality rocked by babies' deaths warned the government about the poor quality of water months before babies started dying after drinking contaminated water.

Ukhahlamba District Municipality's director for technical services, Robert Fortuin, told MPs yes...
We were warned, Nqakula admits
Mbeki's seemingly conflicting statements defended

While President Thabo Mbeki denied receiving any intelligence reports warning against xenophobic violence, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has revealed that there had been forewarning about "tensions".

Nqakula said yesterda...
Family attacked after trying to return home
It was recorded as an "incident of arson", but what lay behind the flames at Holomisa, in Ekurhuleni, was apparently a failed attempt by a group of refugees to return home.

After fleeing the initial wave of violence, Martha Mongwe and her family took shelter at a community hall in Vosloorus.

Foreigners leave mess at police station
A hasty removal of displaced foreigners from Bramley police station in Joburg to the new temporary shelters has left the station's backyard in a terrible mess.

The place was left littered with beer bottles, and underwear was hanging from trees.

Piles of blankets and clothes were left stacked...
They're glad to be back in Diepsloot
Foreigners who fled the xenophobic attacks in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, have lauded community leaders for helping to reintegrate them into the informal settlement.

"It's heartening to see community leaders taking centre stage to prevent violence against fellow human beings," said Mozambican Jo...
Xenophobia may cause loss of 600 mining jobs
The xenophobic violence that has plagued Gauteng may have died down, but its effects are still being felt - especially by Joburg's mines.

At Primrose Goldmine many foreign workers, petrified by the scale of the violent attacks by South Africans, have still not returned to work.

This is a dir...
Simelane accused drop bail bids
There will be no bail set for the five men accused of raping and murdering former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane.

The five men, aged between 18 and 24, abandoned their bail applications yesterday.

The attorney of accused Tshepo Pitsha (24) said he may proceed with the application later...
Mother and toddler burnt to death
Police arrest man believed to have fled scene after incident

The bodies of Sizakele Nyembeza and her 11-month-old baby Gracious were burnt beyond recognition as they lay in bed, the door locked.

Joburg emergency services spokesperson Percy Morokane said this morning that while the moth...
Alleged UK-jobs scam probed
The Scorpions and SA Police Service are continuing to investigate an alleged scam that netted 240 victims who thought they were getting jobs in the UK.

Catharina van Eeden and Janine Bosch appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court yesterday and their case was postponed for further investigat...
SA chaos deters investment
ZIMOPHOBIA, a fear SA will go the same way as Zimbabwe, is a growing fear in the minds of mining investors in South Africa, who are threatening to vote with their feet.

Private doctors are also looking for greener pastures with the threat of the National Health Amendment Bill which will bring the...
Reaction to bill disappoints
THE Addition Action Campaign (AAC) is disappointed by the quantity of the submissions to the Department of Social Development’s portfolio committee last month, despite the excellent quality of some of these.

AAC was reporting back on hearings on the Substance Abuse Bill. “The hearings were poorl...
Cele call ‘unconstitutional’
KWAZULU-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Bheki Cele’s call for the ruling party to stop the prosecution of ANC president Jacob Zuma is definitely unconstitutional.

So says Steven Friedman, political commentator and research associate at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa...
Activist slams SA apathy
ACTIVIST groups punting the Sheldean Human case as a watershed moment in promoting the protection of children are demanding the maximum penalty for those convicted of child abuse.

“The Sheldean case sent shockwaves through South Africa, but it must be remembered that her case is not unique,” said...
Accused admits trying to kill, but denies rape
ONE of the men who allegedly raped and assaulted a woman so severely that she suffered permanent brain damage, yesterday admitted he had tried to kill her, but claimed they had consensual sex.

Louis Brits, 19, of Mayville, admitted he had in February last year tried to murder the woman by hitting...
Ex-police staff syndicate ‘stole R2,5m’
NELSPRUIT – Nine suspects – all police employees or ex-police – were arrested for allegedly defrauding the state of just over R2,5 million.

“These people were a syndicate,” said Captain Leonard Hlathi, spokesman for the Organised Crime Unit.

The investigation was continuing against former Capt...
Medicines with ephedrine no longer freely available
COLD and flu medicines and appetite suppressants containing ephedrine and related substances used to manufacture the addictive drug Tik will no longer be available over the counter.

Legislation which went into immediate effect stipulated the all oral preparations and mixtures containing any singl...
SAPOHR boss Bhudu in court
GOLDEN Miles Bhudu, president of the South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr), appeared in court yesterday only to be informed that his case had been remanded to next week Friday.

He was charge along with two former correctional services department officials and two Israeli ...
Ten still on the run
JOHANNESBURG police are still looking for 10 awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped on Sunday.

According to the police’s provincial head Director Govinsamy Mariemuthoo, the men were being held for cases ranging from murder to robbery.

“One was re-arrested and 10 others are still being sought.”
Five heist cash
WESTERN Cape police are looking for five suspects who robbed two Transcash security officers at gunpoint and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash on Monday.

Police spokesman Captain Angie Latchman said five men – two of whom were armed – stole three cash boxes containing an undisclosed amount ...
Lawyers claim death threats
Zimbabwean human rights lawyers claim they are receiving death threats from Zimbabwe’s security agents who have been instructed to kill them.

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) told The Citizen yesterday that several high-profile human rights lawyers are said to be targeted.

Andrew M...
Blanket Zim with monitors – Bush
US President George Bush yesterday urged Mugabe’s regime to immediately halt all attacks, and to permit freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and access to the media.

He said this while Mugabe was attending the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation summit in Italy.

Bush also called upon the So...
Quit talking and help, UN told
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa has lambasted the United Nations (UN) saying the international organisation should do more than “just talk”.

“The UN should stop telling us to do things by their standards and should actually join the party,” Shilowa said.

He was addressing the...
Top court's Hlophe issue splits lawyers
Association wants him to stay put

The legal profession is divided over whether Cape Judge President John Hlophe should be suspended, but all agree that Friday's Constitutional Court complaint against him must be dealt with urgently.

The General Council of the Bar of SA (GCB) has urged ...
Mbeki apologises to Nigeria
President Thabo Mbeki has personally apologised to Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua for the recent xenophobic attacks that claimed the lives of more than 50 foreigners.

It was the first expressed public apology from Mbeki.

Addressing a joint media briefing with Yar'Adua at Tuynhuys yesterda...
'No doubt you killed Sheldean'
Judge convicts liar Jordaan of murder, and also of raping godchild

Andrew Jordaan sat quietly in the dock as he was told he was a "blatant liar who, without hesitation, tried to excuse himself of all wrongdoing by blaming the police".

Yesterday, acting Pretoria High Court Judge Chris Ek...
Scorpions officers abused special fund, court hears
Officers of the elite Scorpions unit have allegedly abused a multi-million-rand special fund designed to pay informers.

Details of how thousands of rands were paid to phantom informants for whistle-blowing on nonexistent crimes form part of the state's case in a fraud and corruption trial of a f...
Judgment on Motata recordings reserved
The Pretoria High Court has reserved judgment on the admissibility of the recordings made after Judge Nkola Motata allegedly crashed his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Richard Baird allegedly made the recordings after Judge Motata crashed his Jaguar into a wall in Hurlingham, Jobu...
Children playing pivotal role in the violence
The role children played in instigating xenophobic violence has emerged just two weeks after the attacks took place in Joburg and elsewhere.

A little-known fact is that the xenophobic attacks in Gauteng were actually started in schools. Two weeks before the attacks flared up in Alexandra, the Ga...
Hlophe battles for survival
Judge urged to lie low till issue resolved

Judge President John Hlophe has started the fight of his life, but it could be a lengthy and bitter process before his fate is decided.

First he must receive in writing the complaint from the Constitutional Court that he improperly tried to in...
Hlope's fate may lie in hands of MPs who favour Zuma Seen as an 'activist' judge who went easy on Travelgate
Seen as an 'acvtivist' judge who went easy on Travelgate

If the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) decides Judge John Hlophe should be impeached, his fate will rest in the hands of MPs affected by the loyalty split in the ANC's succession aftermath.

The JSC is yet to formally inquire in...
Zille warns on property expropriation plans
The Democratic Alliance has attacked the Expropriation Bill, saying it was unconstitutional and would lead to economic decline and disinvestment.

DA leader and Cape Town mayor Helen Zille said yesterday the proposed legislation had nothing to do with land reform, but was about giving the governm...
Angry resident's sleuthing pays off
Surveillance leads to robbers' lair and cache of stolen goods

A Randpark Ridge man intent on tracking down his stolen property perched on his roof to survey the area where he believed the robbers were hiding.

Leslie Taylor's hunch paid off.

After several hours of clandestine survei...
33 appear over xenophobic attacks
As the Gauteng government grapples with relocating, reintegrating or repatriating foreigners displaced by the xenophobic violence, 33 men have appeared in court on charges of instigating the attacks.

The men, aged between 22 and 45, appeared in the Tembisa Magistrate's Court yesterday. They are ...
Simelane accused drop bail bids
There will be no bail set for the five men accused of raping and murdering former Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane.

The five men, aged between 18 and 24, abandoned their bail applications yesterday.

The attorney of accused Tshepo Pitsha (24) said he may proceed with the application later...
8-year-old pupil in shocking sex acts
The governing body of a top Cape Town school has brought an urgent application to the Cape High Court to prevent a suspended eight-year-old pupil, accused of involvement in several sexual acts, from returning to the school.

The school filed a notice of motion with the Cape High Court last Tuesda...
Teenager gets 17 years for rape
"Nothing will ever be good enough … but this is better than nothing," rape survivor Jessica Foord (21) said after one of the teenagers who gang-raped her in March this year was sent to jail for 17 years.

Durban High Court Judge Kate Pillay twice commented on Foord's bravery, both in going public...
Gang rapist jailed for life
A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for life for his part in the gang rape of a Free State teenager who contracted HIV, and says the attack destroyed her life.

It is the first life sentence handed down by a Regional Court in the province, and only the second in the country in terms of amended legis...
Murderer misses his victim
FARM WORKER: ‘She was kind, she gave me goats’

A 57-YEAR-OLD farm worker who slit the throat of his elderly employer and violated her body told a probation officer he missed his victim as she had been kind to him.

“My actions were uncalled for and my heart hurts. I miss the deceased, she was...
Gang shoots doctor and patient in PE hospital
A MAN has been killed and a doctor wounded while the man was being treated at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth, said the hospital’s CEO yesterday.

According to Dr Lulamile Jamjam, three armed men forced their way through before they shot dead Nqowana Luntu, 24, who was being treated for gun...
NPA to safeguard children’s rights
THE National Prosecuting Authority has re-affirmed its commitment to the rights of children at the start of Youth Month.

This entails a court preparation programme, care centers and ensuring young offenders are prosecuted in a way that takes their age into account.

The court preparation progra...
2 arrested for murder
TWO students were arrested in connection with the murder of another student, 21, at North West University’s Mafikeng campus on Friday.

Captain Sabata Mokgwabone said the incident was not linked to student protests that occurred on campus last week.

Two students had an argument with the victim ...
286 busted in Pretoria
ABOUT 286 people were arrested during Operation Tshwara Tsotsi held at the four policing areas in and around Pretoria at the weekend.

Police said yesterday units form Pretoria Central, West, North and Hercules together with members of Dog Unit and City Improvement District embarked on roadblocks ...
Call to question the justice of AA
YET another attempt is being made to remove affirmative action from the South African scene, and this time it is going right up to the Constitutional Review Committee.

The Institute for Constitutional and Labour Law Studies has proposed an amendment to the Constitution, which it hopes the commit...
Phone photo ‘fingers’ killer
WHEN he arrested Kwenzakwenduna Khathi, Inspector Ferdinand James van Zyl found a camera cellphone containing a picture of the pistol used to murder a metro policeman manning a speed trap.

This was evidence in the Johannesburg High Court this week, after prosecutor Paul Nel called on Van Zyl to t...
Accused cops stay on beat
JOHANNESBURG - Only 27 of the 95 police officers charged with murder and 25 of the 92 charged with rape have been dismissed from the SAPS over the past 24 months.

This was contained in a reply to Parliament by the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula on Thursday, after being asked by D...
Police recover bodies of six farm workers from river
JOHANNESBURG - Police divers fished the bodies of six missing farm workers and their driver from a watery grave over the weekend, Free State police said yesterday.

Police spokesman sergeant Mmako Mophiring said police divers were summoned from Bloemfontein to recover the bodies of the seven men f...
Accused cops stay on beat
JOHANNESBURG - Only 27 of the 95 police officers charged with murder and 25 of the 92 charged with rape have been dismissed from the SAPS over the past 24 months.

This was contained in a reply to Parliament by the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula on Thursday, after being asked by D...
Cosatu slams Home Affairs
JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini called on the Department of Home Affairs to “wake-up” and do its job by registering all foreigners in the country.

Dlamini was addressing a handful of anti-xenophobia protesters in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria yesterday.

“Members of ...
Fury over hasty refugee camps
JOHANNESBURG - Tensions continued to build yesterday as residents of various suburbs in Johannesburg protested at the erection of refugee camps in their areas.

Since Sunday, the government has embarked on a massive movement of thousands of refugees from police stations and public buildings to the...
Children playing pivotal role in the violence
The role children played in instigating xenophobic violence has emerged just two weeks after the attacks took place in Joburg and elsewhere.

A little-known fact is that the xenophobic attacks in Gauteng were actually started in schools. Two weeks before the attacks flared up in Alexandra, the Ga...
Interdict stops transfer of foreigners to new site
Displaced foreigners won't be moved to a temporary shelter - for now. Lawyers for Human Rights, the Johannesburg Central Methodist Church and Medecins Sans Frontieres have been granted an urgent interdict preventing the transfer of displaced foreigners to a temporary shelter.

A number of governm...
State ordered to pay judgment debts
Law prohibiting attachment of its property slammed

Hundreds of South Africans who have obtained judgments against the government, but were unable to make it pay, have just been granted more artillery by the courts.

The Constitutional Court passed a ruling yesterday striking down as unc...
Panic as bomb-like device found in building's basement
A device resembling a bomb has been found at The Square office park in Umhlanga, and was being examined by the bomb squad to ascertain whether it was real.

The device, which appeared to be homemade, was found in the basement of the building by an employee yesterday. All employees were evacuated,...
Hlophe's fate known in days
Judge urged to lie low till issue resolved

Judge President John Hlophe's fate will be decided at an emergency meeting of the Judicial Service Commission and President Thabo Mbeki may - pending the investigation of the JSC - make the final call.

"I believe a special meeting will be call...
Flaming man's family left bereft as he is buried (Part 1)
Ernesto Nhamuave was forced to leave Mozambique three months ago to support his family. But his body was brought back home for burial yesterday as his family tried to understand the reasons for his terrible death. Beauregard Tromp reports and Shayne Robin

This morning at 7am the Nhamuave c...
Flaming man's family left bereft as he is buried (Part 2)
When he returned home, he told his family Joburg was a nice enough place, but that Mozambicans were sometimes beaten and robbed after payday. But three months had passed and Ernesto could hardly wait to go back to Joburg.

"He delayed here too long because he loved too much. But a man needs a job...
One night in a refugee camp (Part 1)
On May 28 Alpinos Sibinda watched the bus come for him and the other Zimbabweans at Primrose police station. No one boarded.

"To get on the bus would mark one as a Zanu-PF or MDC supporter," he says, sitting outside tent number 93, one day later. "For us here, I do not think the bus is the answe...
One night in a refugee camp (Part 2)
Standing alone at a small fire among the tents, Hlatshwayo wears a black beanie, a black Von Dutch T-shirt and jeans. He could easily pass for a Wits University student stopping by to ask what residents need.

His older brother Albert (42) is a Mozambican citizen who ran a tavern in the informal ...
Legal hitch causes delay in Emily murder case
A lawyer representing an accused in the Emily Williams murder case has withdrawn his services - the day the man was supposed to apply for bail.

Stating that he was neither being paid nor properly briefed, the lawyer withdrew his services as Nkosinathi Nkosi's legal representative at the Johannes...
Adcock Ingram must pay hefty penalty
The Competition Tribunal has confirmed the consent order agreement between Adcock Ingram Critical Care and the Competition Commission.

The agreement, confirmed by the tribunal yesterday, will see AICC pay an administrative penalty of R53,5-million for contraventions of the Competition Act, but b...
Survivor tells of her trauma as teen rapist sentenced to 17 years
"Nothing will ever be good enough … but this is better than nothing," rape survivor Jessica Foord (21) said after one of the teenagers who gang-raped her in March this year was sent to jail for 17 years.

Durban High Court Judge Kate Pillay twice commented on Foord's bravery - both in going publi...
A haven amid the animosity
Victims of xenophobic violence have been moved from pillar to post in Joburg, but some haven't lost hope for a better life.

A camp in Corlett Gardens, north-eastern Joburg, may not be a proper home, but Martin Mayende, one of the refugees moved from the Alexandra and Bramley police stations, is ...
The JMPD needs you
In a bid to combat crime and traffic offences, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has initiated a mass recruitment drive with the aim of doubling its workforce by 2010.

"The JMPD is embarking on a huge recruitment drive to train young men and women into the department," said Chief S...
Mpofu wins second battle with SABC
Embattled SABC CEO Dali Mpofu today returned to work after the Johannesburg High Court once again ruled in his favour.

Mpofu was caught up in a legal battle with the SABC board after they suspended him on May 6 - just hours after he had suspended SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala for leaking conf...
Hlophe denies he meddled
GOSSIP? Judge calls allegations ‘ludicrous’

CALLS are mounting for Cape Judge President John Hlophe to be removed from office pending a Judicial Service Commission (JSC) investigation.

Hlophe, an acting Constitutional Court judge rumoured to be a possible successor to Chief Justice Pius Langa...
Army doubles into the breach
TENTS: 200supplied for displaced

THE army is more than willing to support law-enforcement agencies in areas affected by the attacks on foreigners.

Briefing the media at the Army College in Thaba Tshwane on Friday, Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Solly Shoke, describe...
Cut-throats hit store
THEIVES made off with cash after cutting a woman’s throat during an armed robbery at the Pick’n Pay in the Jacaranda Centre in Gezina, Pretoria , at the weekend.

Captain Jan Legoabe said yesterday that three men stormed into the store a few minutes before closing time on Friday.

They held the ...
Army air defence system pulled from training
SOUTH Africa’s air defence system is non-existent more than six months after a fatal runaway gun incident at the SA Army Combat Training Centre.

Chief of the Army Lieutenant-General Shoke said the force’s entire air defence weapons system had been withdrawn from training and served while a board ...
SANDF policies shake-up
THE country’s military leadership is having trouble with the “defence in a democracy” concept, and is planning a re-look at least two problem areas.

The first concerns the recent Pretoria High Court ruling, regarding the Constitutional, that people with HIV/Aids cannot be prevented from serving i...
Police call for leads on teacher shooting
POLICE are seeking any information that could lead to the arrest of suspects who shot and killed teacher Matthew Manning at the Weekend.

Manning was shot dead while driving his Mini Cooper in Swan Avenue near Florida Lake in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At the weekend the parents and c...
Police weekend blitz pulls in 69 suspects
POLICE yesterday arrested 60 suspects after an operation in Johannesburg

The police said four people were charged with attempted murder, 11 with fraud, five fore being in possession of stolen property and six for robbery.

The rest of the suspects were arrested for assault, theft, perjury, dri...
Mob justice takes down suspect
A SUSPECTED thief was brutally assaulted in a mob justice in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria at the weekend.

Inspector Tshwaro Thuwe said the house owners heard the sound of a broken window while sitting in the lounge at about 9pm on Saturday and went to investigate.

They found a 20-year-old ...
Manto accuses officials
JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has attributed the deaths of 142 babies in the Eastern Cape to poor sanitation.

In an address given yesterday in Alice, in Eastern Cape, she rapped health officials over the knuckles for not being more co-operative while their departments...
Double killing could have 'rent boy' link
Police in Durban are attempting to link a double murder this week with another slaying two years ago and a circle of men who allegedly used "rent boys" to spice up their drunken parties.

Gordon van Niekerk (23), a former barman at a gay club in the coastal city, appeared in the magistrate's cour...
'Drunk' prisons boss embarrasses officials
The head of South Africa's prisons behaved so badly when he apparently got drunk at an official function that even a prisoner was left red-faced.

The National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Vernie Petersen, stood up at a gala dinner on Thursday night in front of assorted ministers and se...
Minister tackles order to free wife-killers
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour has taken urgent court action over a judge's early release of two convicted wife-killers - one of whom bludgeoned his wife to death for insurance money.

Balfour and Pretoria prison bosses are not contesting whether millionaire stockbroker Barend du ...
Mpofu, SABC board in court battle
The SABC board and CEO Dali Mpofu were due to face each other in court again today as the board tries to overturn a judgment in Mpofu's favour.

Mpofu was again suspended as the legal process continues.

SABC has declined to comment, and board chairperson Kanyi Mkonza ignored requests to comme...
Top judge stunned by allegations against Hlophe
KwaZulu Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala has reacted with shock and astonishment to allegations that his embattled counterpart, Cape Judge President John Hlophe, had allegedly tried to influence two Constitutional Court judges to make a ruling in favour of ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Asked to...
US welcomes conviction of SA rapist
Soweto youth jailed for raping American girl

The US embassy in South Africa has applauded local prosecutors for the conviction and sentence of a 22-year-old man who raped a 14-year-old American teen twice.

Stanley Tizirai Mabona (22) of Pimville, Soweto, was given a collective sentence...
Oppenheimers donate R1m to xenophobia victims' fund
A mining magnate's daughter has pushed The Star's fund for xenophobia victims to more than R3-million.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust donated R1-million when Mary Slack, Harry Oppenheimer's daughter, went to the Primrose, Germiston, police station yesterday.

Slack said she believed it was im...
'We don't want them here'
Anger, concern over hasty relocation of refugees to suburbs

Hours after being shouted down by Midrand residents furious to find tent towns on their doorstep, the MEC driving Gauteng's refugee relocation insisted that "everything is on course".

The relocation to temporary tent camps of ...
Travel firm in R42-million pension ripoff
JSE-listed travel and leisure company Cullinan, which owns Thompson Holidays, Pentravel and Hylton Ross Tours, has been accused of defrauding its members and pensioners of R42-million from the company's retirement fund.

This emerged this week when the curator of the Power Pack Pension Fund, Tony...
Sheldean 'was probably raped'
Seven-year-old Sheldean Human tried to fight off her alleged attacker by kicking him between the legs when he tried to indecently touch her. This angered him so much that he strangled her and dumped her body in a manhole.

This was the evidence in the Pretoria High Court trial of Andrew Jordaan -...
Fidentia co-curator lends a helping hand
A deed of generosity opened the floodgates to more requests after a tearful victim of the Fidentia collapse was offered some assistance by a curator.

After Patience Mawu pleaded for help from a Cape High Court judge this week, Fidentia co-curator Dines Gihwala told Deputy Judge President Jeanett...
Pet dogs get caught in drug wars crossfire
Pets are becoming the latest victims in the Western Cape's drug wars and are often caught in the crossfire during police raids.

In Hout Bay, a dog in an enclosed yard was shot in an eye with a rubber bullet, while in Hanover Park, a small cross-breed was killed when police shot it nine times whi...
Xenophobic attacks - denied, but not over
Emergency funds finally accessed to relocate destitute victims

Xenophobic attacks have continued despite government assurances to the contrary with a leaked police report showing that five foreigners were killed this week.

The report comes as the Gauteng government plans to start a mas...
Judges at war
Highest court in the land targets one of its own

Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe has dismissed devastating accusations made against him by South Africa's highest court as "utter rubbish".

Judge Hlophe yesterday slammed a complaint made by all 11 Constitutional Court justice...
'Bribery? Zuma? We think not'
Schabir Shaik's corrupt relationship with ANC president Jacob Zuma has cost him six legal defeats, 15 years in jail, his health and, now, more than R33-million.

But, even as the Constitutional Court this week found that Shaik received multimillion-rand benefits "as a result of Mr Zuma's support f...
Army wants to tighten up ship
The South African National Defence Force is to undergo a major shake-up, army chief Lieutenant General Solly Shoke said yesterday.

Speaking at an annual state of the army media briefing at Thaba Tshwane military base near Pretoria yesterday, Shoke said red tape was widely believed to be slowing ...
Air force losing many technicians
The SA Air Force has lost dozens of top engineers and technicians in just a few months, with 10 senior technicians resigning in one week to go to Australia.

The 10 technicians were offered jobs by an Australian aviation agency. This comes after 20 aircraft engineers were poached by the same agen...
US teen's rapist locked up for 18 years
A Johannesburg High Court judge yesterday said Stanley Tirizai Mabona (22), of Pimville, Soweto, had shamed his country - and then sentenced him to an effective 18 years in jail for the multiple rape and robbery of a 14-year-old American girl.

The girl was in the country for only three days with...
Fearful cop kills himself on duty
A 43-year-old policeman with 22 years of service has allegedly committed suicide after claiming that his life was in grave danger.

Gauteng SAPS provincial spokesperson Thembi Nkhwashu said the man, an inspector at the De Deur police station in the Vaal Rand, sought refuge at the station on Thurs...
Displaced to be moved to new Gauteng shelters
Three weeks after xenophobic violence hit Gauteng, the province is declaring a state of disaster to speed up the release of funds for relief.

The thousands of displaced people will be moved to 10 new temporary shelters.

Acting Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile made the announcement yesterday.
Nightmare for pregnant refugees
More than 50 living in Cleveland camp

As plans are made to accommodate refugees and repatriate them, pregnant women appear to have been forgotten.

One such woman, due to give birth any day now, lives in a makeshift tent among fellow displaced foreigners at the Cleveland police station,...
‘Tell Us’ to curb child abuse
CAMPAIGN: Launched to tackle shocking incidence rate

RESEARCH shows that 42% of boys and 43% of girls under the age of 18 have disclosed incidents of sexual violence and abuse.

In response to these shocking statistics, Childline SA has partnered with SABC, Netcare, Primedia Outdoors and Sout...
Court to decide on disputed statement
HE had stopped to relieve himself and so was not n front of the would-be-hijackers who had attacked Anel and Dederik Esterhuizen and killed their five-year-old daughter Danielle.

This is contained in a disputed statement by one of the three accused on trial in the Johannesburg High Court.

African leaders’ Zim failure
EX-PRESIDENT: They do not tell each other the truth

AFRICAN leaders have failed the continent over Zimbabwe, according to former Burundi President Pierre Buyoya.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Citizen in Johannesburg yesterday, Buyoya said African leaders did not do enough to hel...
Hotspots declared disaster areas
JOHANNESBURG - Several parts of Gauteng affected by the spate of xenophobic attacks have been declared disaster areas, in a bid to deal with the refugee crisis plaguing the province.

Gauteng acting premier Paul Mashatile said yesterday that as a result of the violence, which has claimed nearly 7...
ANC mum on letter to Bush
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) yesterday refused to comment on President Thabo Mbeki’s four-page letter reportedly berating US President George Bush on his attitude towards the situation in Zimbabwe.

A column this week by Michael Gerson in The Washington Post said: “Rather th...
Tension high among refugees in Pretoria camps
Intervention at ministry level being considered by local council

Tshwane officials are close to calling in the Department of Foreign Affairs in a bid to defuse a crisis which could see scores of refugee women and children starving.

The move is one of the options being considered by the...
Zuma link costs shaik
Top court's ruling strikes another

Schabir Shaik's bribery of ANC president Jacob Zuma has been proved and established, according to South Africa's highest court.

But while ruling that Shaik must pay back the more than R33-million in benefits he received because of his corrupt relation...
Madiba donates R1m to fight against xenophobia
Offering a hand to the needy

Nelson Mandela has joined the The Star's fight against xenophobia with a donation of R1-million to Operation ReachOut.

The donation came from his organisations, and their pledge took the total in the Operation ReachOut account to more than R2,2-million by l...
Operation ReachOut busts R1m mark
The Star's Operation ReachOut project has exceeded R1-million - thanks to a huge donation from cellphone giant Vodacom.

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

Launched on Tuesday, Operation ReachOut was se...
Ex-lover 'shot while trying to grab gun'
Tebogo Robert Kgaladi wants the Johannesburg High Court to believe his version of events instead of his defence lawyers'.

On Monday, Kgaladi (38), of Naledi, Soweto, through his lawyer, advocate Anton Lerm, claimed temporary insanity, saying he did not remember ever firing the shots that wounded...
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