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NW debates morality
The North West Youth Commission and Department of Social Development are worried about “shocking levels of violent crime” in South Africa, as well as the “inhumane” treatment given to citizens by civil servants.

These are two subjects the commission will be discussing at a series of summits on mo...
Robbie’s appeal boosts police
JOHANNESBURG – Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie yesterday successfully appealed to Gauteng companies to donate GPS systems for 221 police squad cars in the province to speed up response time in emergencies.

About 700 were donated within hours, allowing the station to donate the systems to other prov...
Exclusion okay – ANC
JOHANNESBURG – ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday there was nothing wrong with black journalists coming together to discuss issues of common interest.

He was responding to a question on whether the party’s president Jacob Zuma should have addressed an exclusive meeting of black j...
702 has agenda: Makoe
JOHANNESBURG – The exclusion of white journalists from a Forum of Black Journalists (FBJ) gathering has been blown out of proportion by media organisations holding a particular agenda, claims the man behind FBJ, Abbey Makoe.

In an interview with The Citizen yesterday Makoe, the SABC political ed...
DA attempt to save Scorpions
JOHANNESBURG - Another spoke has been put in the wheel of those seeking to either grind the Scorpions into dust or turn them into part of the police.

In a last-ditch effort before Parliament makes the elite unit disappear, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the Presidency to make the full rep...
Be ready, judge warns State
PRETORIA – A domestic worker and her son who allegedly brutally murdered the woman’s employer at her Brooklyn home in 2006 are to go on trial in the Pretoria High Court in September.

Acting Judge Peter Mabuse yesterday postponed the trial of domestic worker Don Mashadi Maloka, 46 and her son Samu...
Schoolgirl murder suspects get bail
Minor says he suffers from severe asthma and allergies

Two youths arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old schoolgirl Cassandra van Rooyen have been granted bail.

Appearing in camera at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday morning, the accused - aged 15 and 18 - we...
Jeppestown accused says cops tortured him with tube
Jeppestown Massacre accused Senzo Mweli has denied that he forced his co-accused and girlfriend, Mary Maleke, to confess to a magistrate and disputed her evidence that their relationship was over.

He said that, contrary to her testimony, they had never had problems and that the only difference t...
Shaik Did Bribe Zuma
Frank admission during bid to free his millions

Schabir Shaik has admitted he bribed ANC president Jacob Zuma "with the intention to corrupt him".

But, in a final legal bid to stop the state from confiscating R33-million from him, Shaik's lawyers yesterday insisted the state never prov...
Commission damns Cosatu boss
Willie Madisha's days as Cosatu president are numbered. A commission of inquiry has found he brought the union into disrepute for claiming SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande embezzled R500 000.

The Star was reliably informed yesterday that Cosatu's central executive committee is...
University outraged at racist student video
A video of University of the Free State staff on their knees eating food which had been urinated on has been condemned by the university.

The video, made by the Reitz men's residence, surfaced yesterday and adds to an already tense situation at UFS after riots over its hostel integration policy....
Scorpions boss plays down unit's sting
Scorpions boss advocate Leonard McCarthy has bizarrely underplayed his controversial unit's image as the country's top crime-busters.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, McCarthy said the perception that the Scorpions were better than the police, was both dangerous and misleading.

He told the ...
'Sweeping weapons ban will leave women defenceless'
Concern over government plan to outlaw anything from guns to catapults, zappers and pepper sprays

The proposed banning of an array of dangerous weapons by the Safety and Security Ministry could be to the detriment of women.

Sanette Smit, self-defence expert and author of The South Afri...
Youngsters accused of killing matric girl are granted bail
The two youngsters arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old schoolgirl Cassandra van Rooyen are out on bail.

Appearing in camera at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court this morning, the accused - aged 15 and 18 - were given R5 000 bail. The case was postponed to May 27.

The two y...
Increase in fraud cases in provinces
The Western Cape has reported the highest number of cases of financial misconduct among civil servants in the country, representing 44% of the total number of cases reported by provinces.

According to the Public Service Commission's latest report on financial misconduct, released last week, a ma...
Man found hanging in singer's double-storey balcony
The family of Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo woke up to a shocking sight when they found a body of a man hanging on the balcony of their double storey house in Soweto.

According to police spokesperson Inspector Kay Makhubele, the 27-year-old man - identified as Nkosana Dlamini - had all...
Pupils agree to resolve race conflict
Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested after an alleged racially motivated fight at a Joburg school.

The brawl is believed to have started after a confrontation between two groups of learners at Riverlea Secondary School yesterday morning due to the alleged "constant bullying of black learners"...
Joburg residents still waiting for a better life
'ANC urged to deal with serious problems soon'

Joburg is not a world-class African city. Residents are beset by load shedding and violent crime, and many are still waiting for that better life for all that was promised years ago.

So said Democratic Alliance Joburg leader Mike Moriarty in his ...
Singer's family in shock
The family of Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo woke up to a shocking sight this morning when they found a body of a man hanging on the balcony of their double storey house in Soweto.

According to police spokesperson Inspector Kay Makhubele, the 27-year-old man - identified as Nkosana Dlami...
Magistrate wants answers in rugby death
Samuel Lephadi, a senior magistrate in Fochville, North West, is seeking answers about his son's death.

Karabo (15) died at Lenmed clinic in Lenasia on Thursday, two days after a rugby practice on the grounds of Hoërskool Wonderfontein in Carletonville.

A postmortem will be conducted this wee...
Father stabs son to death
JOHANNESBURG - Three people were killed in separate stabbing incidents at the weekend.

A 44-year-old father stabbed his 21-year-old son to death after they had an argument.

Western Cape police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie said the father was preparing to have supper at his home when an argu...
Man admits strangling boy
JOHANNESBURG – Charged with murdering his aunt and her family so he could take over their business, property and vehicle, Zinglong Bao said in a plea statement he had only strangled the five-year-old son “with a cable”.

But Johannesburg High Court Judge Lucky Mailula entered “not guilty” pleas on...
ANC probe ‘is not a forensic audit’
JOHANNESBURG – The ANC is not conducting a forensic audit into empowerment deals and tenders that were received by its investment company, Chancellor House, the party said yesterday.

“The ANC wishes to place on record that it is neither conducting an investigation nor a forensic audit into the co...
Teen dies at school
JOHANNESBURG - Another teenager lost his life this weekend following an argument with a schoolmate.

Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said the 18- year-old was stabbed to death in Dutywa, in the Eastern Cape, by a fellow pupil, after he referred to him as a “boy”.

Manatha said the vict...
Jailed for raping daughter
PRETORIA – A single father, who molested his own daughter for years and indecently assaulted her best friend, was yesterday sentenced in the Pretoria High Court to 15 years’ imprisonment.

The father was convicted on charges of raping, assaulting and indecently assaulting his daughter.

The abu...
‘Held her legs as she was murdered’
JOHANNESBURG - She was partly naked when she was murdered. This was the testimony by murder accused Boyce Matya yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court trial arising from the death of Shirley van Rensburg, 37.

She died in the bedroom of the Northriding plot where she lived.

Her body was then ...
34 petrol bombs found
JOHANNESBURG – Western Cape police found 34 petrol bombs stashed in the Precinct 6 area of the N2 Gateway housing project in Delft, outside of Cape Town.

Police were unwilling to speculate on whether this had anything to do with the ongoing housing dispute in the area, in which several protesters...
The ‘coconuts’ strike back
JOHANNESBURG - Journalists and the public will be given an opportunity to debate the recent show of racism towards white journalists.

The two journalists from Talk Radio 702 who expressed anger after being labelled “coconuts” have been invited to take part, SA Human Rights Commission chairman Jod...
Renewed battle to secure Shaik's release from prison
Schabir Shaik's last court fight for the R33-million he is accused of scoring from his corrupt relationship with ANC president Jacob Zuma could boost or bash his hopes of securing an early release from prison.

According to Shaik's brother Mo, who yesterday told The Star he was concerned about hi...
Alleged slayers of matric schoolgirl in bid for bail
A 15-year-old boy looked out of place in the dock as he stood accused of killing Cassandra van Rooyen, whose naked body was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

While his classmates were busy preparing for exams to be written in two weeks' time, the boy listened as the investigating officer e...
Emotional mother reunited with stolen baby
A woman has been reunited with her two-week-old baby, who was snatched from a hospital on Friday.

Mamelodi resident Phumeza Pulwana, cradling her baby Siyamthanda in her arms, said yesterday she had been worried sick. "I spent the whole weekend crying. I was thinking all sorts of things. I canno...
Apartheid blamed for murder of two
SA man in bid to avoid Botswana gallows

A South African man facing a death sentence in Botswana has blamed the apartheid government and alcohol for his involvement in the murder of two Zimbabweans seven years ago.

Michael Molefe (47), of Dobsonville, Soweto, argued this in mitigation o...
Promise of better baggage handling
New ramp handlers Bid Air Services and Menzies Aviation have promised improved services and a drastic decline in baggage pilfering at airports.

They will start operations on Saturday.

Equity Aviation, which until recently oversaw all ramp-handling services for the Airports Company South Afri...
You have rights, but with rights come responsibilities
A lot of South Africans seem acutely aware of their rights, but how many care about their responsibilities?

A joint initiative between the National Religious Forum and government intends to make people more aware of what these are by introducing a Bill of Responsibilities for South Africans.

Suspected revenge bid seeks dirt on Mbeki
Old political chickens are coming home to roost as the new ANC leadership tightens the screws on President Thabo Mbeki.

Treasurer-general Mathew Phosa and national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale are believed to be the main movers behind efforts to dig up dirt on Mbeki - apparently in re...
Furore over blacks-only meeting hots up
Two Talk Radio 702 employees have lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission over the use of the word "coconut" at the "blacks only" meeting, hosted by the Forum of Black Journalists at the weekend, and attended by Jacob Zuma.

Yusuf Abramjee, 702's group head of news, submitted a let...
Smiles as two murder accused get bail
Two men accused of killing and robbing a Sandton man have been released on bail. They were arrested after the deceased's stolen cellphone was traced to them.

Applying for bail at the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday, Onyeruchi Chukwa (31) and Manuel Paulo (25) stated in their affidavits tha...
Boy's death after rugby practice still a mystery
Samuel Lephadi, a senior magistrate in Fochville, North West, is seeking answers for his son's death.

Karabo (15) died at Lenmed clinic in Lenasia on Thursday, two days after a rugby practice on the grounds of Hoërskool Wonderfontein in Carletonville.

A letter to The Star suggested that the ...
Jeppe accused claims forced confession
Boyfriend threatened me, woman tells court

Mary Maleke, the alleged "insider" of the Honeydew Pick n Pay robbery that led to the massacre in Jeppestown, has painted herself as a hapless victim who was forced to confess her role in the crime by her abusive boyfriend.

The robbery was fol...
Husky-killer handed R1 500 fine
It was a lucky escape for self-confessed husky-killer Craig Gibson when he was let off the hook with a R1 500 fine.

Gibson, who was earlier found guilty of contravening section 2 (1A) of the Animal Protection Act, was sentenced yesterday to a R1 500 fine or three months' imprisonment, suspended ...
Residents spend a fortune to ensure safety at home
High walls, electric fences and CCTV all recommended - if you have the money

The escalating crime rate in South Africa has forced millions of people to fork out thousands in the hope of preventing opportunistic criminals from gaining access to their properties.

Motorised wrought iron g...
Jacob no chicken about his showroom duty
His curriculum vitae reads: Jacob, head of security at Street Life Motors in Fordsburg, Joburg. His track record is flawless and his duties, like any security guard, include patrolling the car dealership lot and ensuring the cars aren't stolen.

So what makes Jacob extraordinary? He's a turkey!
Wildlife disaster as bank's diesel spills into river
A diesel spillage into the Braamfontein Spruit has devastated wildlife in Sandton.

The Johannesburg Voluntary Mounted River Rangers - horseback riders who patrol the river - discovered a brown, oily substance on the surface of the water along the entire length of the Braamfontein Spruit between ...
HRC to quiz black journo body
KOLLAPEN: Wants FBJ to explain why they excluded whites

SABC political editor Abbey Makoe and other leaders of the Forum of Black Journalists (FBI) will be brought before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to gexplain their conducth.

This follows the exclusion of th...
Citizen vs McBride: Round 2
APPEAL: Paper prepared to fight defamation finding

THE CITIZEN has entered the next round in the fight for media freedom and its court battle against Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride.

The paper is seeking leave to appeal to either the Supreme Court or a full bench of ...
Safe blown up
A dropsied safe at a tiles wholesaler in Menlyn, east of Pretoria, was blown up early yesterday.

Police believe an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said the incident happened just after 1am when police received a call about an explosion heard in the area.

Street robber held
A man involved in a spate of street robberies in Villieria was arrested after a car chase north of Pretoria on Saturday, police said.

Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said three men in a Datsun car stopped and robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint. The victim waved down a police van, which gave chase. On...
Man accused of slaying, then burying family
ZINGLONG Bao, 29, of Bruma in Johannesburg will appear in the local High Court again today for allegedly murdering his aunt, her husband and their two young children so he could take over their property, business and vehicle.

Prosecutor Lethabo Mashiane will seek to prove the accused rented the d...
Our cold-case busters
Rape accused caught after almost 10 years on the run

For nearly a decade, a man wanted for raping a 17-year-old girl over a period of eight years evaded the police. His luck finally ran out when a police task team tracked him to a flat in a Free State town.

The suspect is one of nearly...
Pupils expelled for stabbing 2 boys
Two Pretoria high school boys who allegedly stabbed two of their fellow pupils during a fight have been expelled.

The two Hoërskool Akasia matriculants, along with another pupil, appeared before a school disciplinary hearing on Saturday in connection with the stabbing of Wikus van der Merwe and ...
Zuma's secret mission hits brick wall
Port Louis - A Mauritian judge has refused to allow Jacob Zuma to make conspiracy claims against President Thabo Mbeki and the state in secret.

Judge Rehana Mungly-Gulbul ruled last week that Mauritian Attorney-General Rama Valayden must be notified of Zuma's latest legal bid to stop the Nationa...
Two held over shooting of teenager
Former companions having trouble coping with grief

Two teenage boys have been arrested over the murder of a high school girl whose body was found with a gunshot wound to her head.

A 15-year-old boy, who attended school with Cassandra van Rooyen and was believed to be her friend, has be...
Manto frees African traditional medicine from Western trials
Proposals regarding policy and procedure on how to deal with traditional medicine topped the agenda at this year's African Traditional Medicine Policy Indaba.

Speaking at the opening in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said African traditional medicines s...
Soweto man faces the gallows
Ex-political exile found guilty of murder in Botswana to plead for jail term instead

A South African national's fate hangs in the balance after he was convicted for murder in Botswana, where the sentence for the crime can be death.

Michael Molefe, a former liberation fighter, is expect...
Conservation group now under threat
A conservation organisation that has fought for more than a decade to protect the only pair of black eagles to breed in an urban area in the world is facing closure after a property development company applied for its liquidation.

Now the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans (BEPR) fears the "ultimate...
Judge in court over paternity
Pretoria High Court Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa has lost yet another application pertaining to the bitter legal battle between him and his former lover, who claims he is her son's father.

Free State Judge CHG van der Merwe, who was sent to Pretoria to hear the matter, ordered last August that the mai...
Chaaban's sex, lies and audiotape
Reams of evidence with the Erasmus Commission paints a sordid picture of the intrigues that gripped the Western Cape during the floor-crossing season last year - a world of spies, sleaze and bribes.

This includes claims that a senior Democratic Alliance politician was having an affair; sexy mess...
State vows to bring Barbie's sex trial to a climax
The end is in sight for former advocate Cézanne Visser's sex trial, the state assured the Pretoria High Court this week.

Visser - dubbed Advocate Barbie - briefly appeared in court early this week, only to be told once again her trial was to be postponed. But prosecutor Andre Fourie this time ga...
Going nowhere fast!
Pleas to council fall on deaf ears as development gallops ahead with no infrastructure to support it, reports Sheree Béga

Thousands of residents and businesses in suburbs across northern Joburg have banded together to try to prevent the council from giving the green light to any more dev...
'Victim of racism' will have his day in court after all
The Erasmus family were a right-wing cause célèbre in the small North West town of Vryburg after their son Christoff was stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors by classmate Andrew Babeile.

But now, nearly 10 years later, there is no fanfare for Marieta, Christoffel and Christoff Erasmus, wh...
Armed with lasers and comfortable chairs, traffic officers lie in wait for speedsters
Gauteng motorists who have been speeding since traffic departments were forced to shut down their remote trapping cameras because of a bureaucratic bungle, could be in for a nasty surprise.

While legal departments try to sort out the red tape, 30 teams of metro cops, armed with hand-operated las...
Alleged bouncer brothers caught in super-sleuth's net
Ace detective Piet Byleveld has delivered another blow to Joburg's "bouncer mafia", arresting two more alleged industry kingpins.

Byleveld and his team, who have been working to bring down Joburg's violent bouncer industry, arrested brothers Jacques and Deon Willemse on the West Rand on Thursday...
Smoking to be banned in open stadiums
The days of fans puffing away in the stands at sporting events will be a thing of the past when an amendment to the law prohibiting smoking in public places, including open-air public places, is passed.

The current legislation is being amended to ban smoking in open public places, such as stadiu...
TV licence dodgers will be nabbed by new technology
The SABC is planning to get tough with people who haven't renewed their TV licences by identifying defaulters at "the touch of a button", thanks to sophisticated new technology.

In the next few months, teams of SABC inspectors will use the state-of-the-art technology, which will replace the curr...
Electricity capacity to soar by 2025
Eskom has embarked on a massive campaign to double its power-generating capacity to 80 000MW by 2025, which includes a combination of coal-, nuclear-, gas- and wind-powered electricity-generating facilities.

Delivering his Budget this week, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced a massive R60-...
Officials' misconduct costs taxpayers R130m in a year
Even the highest office in the land is not immune to financial misconduct, with the Presidency suffering losses of R5-million in the 2006/07 financial year, according to the Public Service Commission.

The amount is part of a massive R130,6-million in losses suffered by national and provincial dep...
Shades of apartheid
This time, white journalists are barred from a media briefing featuring ANC president Jacob Zuma as the guestspeaker. Fiona Forde reports

White journalists were excluded from a media briefing at the Sandton Sun yesterday - at which ANC president Jacob Zuma was the guest speaker - on the ba...
Teachers will be taught conflict skills
Department to allow police searches at schools

The rampant violence among pupils has prompted the Gauteng Department of Education to equip teachers with skills to help curb fights at schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga recently launched Project Hlayiseka (Shangaan for "be sa...
DA challenges Gauteng leadership over delivery failure
Gauteng has the biggest population of all the provinces, but its government lacks the true grit to demand a bigger slice of the budget and fails to speak out on major service delivery problems.

In his first speech as the Gauteng leader of the Democratic Alliance, Jack Bloom yesterday challenged ...
Crime link set to be probed
The alleged murderers of reggae star Lucky Dube could be linked to other crimes through a firearm seized at their arrest, the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday.

Motivating a request for a week’s postponement for the four suspects, prosecutor Cosmos Mbele said palm prints were to be ...
Grandfather up for murder
The 43-year-old grandfather of Boitumelo Maripane, 3, has appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court charged with her murder.

Rustenburg police’s Captain Elsabe Augoustides said police were waiting for the results of DNA tests before proceeding.

A body believed to be that of Boitumelo was found ...
CP calls for probe of Health crisis
The Christian party (CP) has asked the offices of the Public Protector to investigate the health crisis in Mpumalanga which it believes is caused by high levels of pollution in the water system.

The province has experienced accelerated economic growth and, according to the CP, this growth has had...
Fraud in govt up by 186%
JOHANNESBURG – More and more employees are defrauding the government – so much so that the Public Service Commission has reported a 186% increase in financial misconduct during the past year.

Making matters worse most financial misconduct occurs on levels six and seven – the first line of supervi...
Hunters back controls on exporting horns
JOHANNESBURG - Two top South African hunting organisations have come out in strong support of major controls being implemented for rhino hunting.

Wildlife Ranching and the Professional Hunters Association want the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to put regulations in place to prev...
Rhino sale plan sparks outrage
JOHANNESBURG – The possible auction of 50 white rhinos by SANParks has sparked controversy among animal rights groups.

SANParks has called for expressions of interest from possible buyers to buy these rhino at an auction.

SANParks’ reason for the proposed auction is to raise funds which would...
Minister must pay R605 000
PRETORIA – A Thabazimbi farmer who hurt his back when he was arrested, thrown in the back of a police van and detained after legally shooting a troublesome hippopotamus on his farm, is to receive almost R605 000 in damages from Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.

Pretoria Acting High Co...
Zuma’s plot claims ‘a cause for concern’
JOHANNESBURG - The presidency regards the allegations of conspiracy made by Jacob Zuma against President Thabo Mbeki as “very serious”.

No pronouncement would be made, however, until Mbeki himself had seen the contents of the allegations, spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga said yesterday.

MEC to pay damages
PRETORIA - The Gauteng Health MEC was yesterday ordered to pay R3,55 million to a Faerie Glen man who walked into Kalafong Hospital with backache six years ago, but was wheeled out a paraplegic three days later.

Ordering the MEC to pay damages to Marc Dellieu, 36, Judge Hans Fabricius said Dellie...
Accused turns on his buddy
JOHANNESBURG - Stung by his co-accused dumping all the blame on him, a murder accused told the Johannesburg High Court yesterday he had been lying for three days in the witness box and would now tell the truth.

Boyce Matya then told the court he had not only helped bury Shirley van Rensburg, 37, ...
Attempt to curb crime
JOHANNESBURG – Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has allocated more than R10 billion over the next three years towards addressing the rising cost of crime.

The 2008 Budget allocates additional money to justice, crime prevention and policing, geared towards the expansion of police numbers to more tha...
I was beaten: Jeppe accused
JOHANNESBURG - A Roodepoort magistrate told the Johannesburg High Court Jeppe massacre trial yesterday she saw no fresh injuries on Senzo Mweli, who claims he was severely assaulted in custody.

Magistrate Andrea Davie said there were numerous old scars on Mweli. An interpreter and the constable ...
Shootout suspect denies knowing how to use gun
A suspected robber has been killed during an exchange of fire with policemen.

A constable in a marked police car was shot in the left thigh during the shootout in Bramley, northern Joburg, yesterday.

Two other suspects were arrested, police said.

Spokesperson Inspector Moses Maphakela sa...
Manuel sounds sombre land note
The government's land redistribution programme could bankrupt the whole country if not properly managed.

This was the word to MPs from Finance Minister Trevor Manuel yesterday.

Speaking to the joint budget and finance committees a day after presenting his Budget, he also noted that farming was...
Zuma's Mauritian trip a hot topic
Who paid for ANC president Jacob Zuma's trip to Mauritius? That's the question on many South Africans' minds, if an online discussion is anything to go by.

Zuma has been in Mauritius to try to thwart the state's bid to obtain evidence of corruption against him, and asked the Mauritian Supreme Co...
Rapists jailed - 18 years/20years
Judge Andre Erasmus found Sicelo Tyatyeka 23, of Lingelihle, Cradock, guilty on Wednesday of raping a 55-year-old woman on July 28 last year and was sentenced to 18 years jail term.

Tyatyeka accosted the woman when she walked to a spaza shop in Lingelihle, where he assaulted her with a broken bo...
Female guard killed in Hillbrow
Gauteng police reported that two men entered the Firebrand supermarket in Hillbrow around 10.30 and fired four shots. Two women security guards, aged 30, were hit and one died at the scene. The other security guard was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The men, aged 19 and 20 were appr...
Missing teen found dead
The body of a 17-year-old girl who had been missing since Monday has been found with a bullet wound in her head.

Inspector Solomon Sibiya of the West Rand police said the girl had rented a room in Tarlton and attended school at Bekker High. She was found behind the building. The girl went missin...
Jeppe accused confessed to me, magistrate tells court
In the four years that Mothilall Bissessar has been a magistrate, more than a dozen people have walked into his office to make a confession. But after explaining their rights to them, they all walked out without confessing except Mary Maleke.

Bissessar, a Roodepoort magistrate, was testifying in...
Woman recalls taxi drivers' assault
'I can't believe it is still happening - this madness has to stop'

Two sisters have broken the silence about their humiliation at the hands of taxi drivers, after the horrifying story of Nwabisa Ngcukana, who was stripped naked at a Joburg taxi rank.

Ngcukana (25), of Soweto, was saved...
City of Joburg on the move to make roads safer
Plans are afoot to make Joburg's roads safer.

Rehana Moosajee, the member of the mayoral committee responsible for transport, has launched a major project targeting the 109 wards in the city.

Every city councillor has been put through a two-day training course and will now be expected to hol...
On the track of the country's great train robbers
Scrap-metal dealers who accept any scrap despite knowing it has been stolen are the 'biggest destroyers of our industrial heritage'

Valuable heritage items are being stolen for scrap metal.

The steam trains which puffed their way through the country's early industrial era have come to ...
United they march
In silence they marched with solemn faces, children carrying strongly worded placards with messages far from innocent.

"When I grow up I want to be alive", "Kill crime before it kills us", "u Mashiniwam? Where are our leaders? The lambs will no longer be silenced" and "We are the future, don't k...
Woman's crime rampage
She is linked to at least 15 thefts and shooting of jeweller

For eight years, a Soweto woman allegedly robbed and stole from businesses across Gauteng but her crime spree came to a bloody halt when she tried to take on a gun-toting Benoni jeweller.

Now the police are beginning to piece...
Teachers will be taught conflict skills
Department to allow police searches at schools

The rampant violence among pupils has prompted the Gauteng Department of Education to equip teachers with skills to help curb fights at schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga recently launched Project Hlayiseka (Shangaan for "be sa...
Gun used in Lucky Dube murder stolen
One of the guns used in the murder of reggae icon Lucky Dube had been stolen from Kliprivier, south of Joburg. This emerged this morning at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, where Sifiso Mhlanga, Julius Xowa, Thabo Maroping and Mbuti Mabe - all in their 30s - made another appearance.

The four...
Murder confession admissible
PRETORIA – A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday ruled that a confession by a Delmas man, accused of murdering his wife by hitting her with a spanner and slitting her throat, was admissible as evidence against him.

Acting Judge Peter Mabuse ruled that a statement made by murder-accused Ockie van ...
‘War room’ set to cut crime
Police stations around the country will be keeping an eye on Honeydew SAPS, which has announced the establishment of a state-of-the-art operations centre.

Police believe the ‘war room’ will help stabilise and reduce incidences of vehicle crime, carjacking and robbery.

If the pilot programme is...
NW taxi syndicate cracked
The North West Transport Department says it has cracked a syndicate involved in the issuing of illegal taxi operating permits in the province.

“This follows the suspension of 13 officials form the department, and the arrest of a civilian believed to have been colluding with them,” departmental sp...
Shot man fights for his life
Donovan Pillay, 26, shot five times in the attempted assassination of Durban taxi boss Duncan Armugam’s wife, was still fighting for his life yesterday.

Pillay was transporting Leanne Armugam to work on Tuesday when two cars blockaded his vehicle outside a primary school, and the occupants fired ...
Charges against students out
The charges of public violence against about 40 University of Johannesburg students were withdrawn in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The students were arrested in October last year following massive protests against fee increases.

The group appeared in court shortly after 9am.
Train coach torched
A mob of angry passengers allegedly torched a metrorail coach in Phoenix, Durban yesterday.

“There was a fault and the train could not move until a repairman could attend to the problem,” said Metrorail spokesman Thandi Mkhize.

Passengers became angry and burnt it.

By Citizen reporter >a h...
Derby-Lewis claim delay
PRETORIA – A R1,3 million damages claim by Gaye Derby-Lewis against Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula for wrongful arrest and prosecution has been postponed indefinitely in the Pretoria High Court.

Derby-Lewis, wife of one of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani’s killers, Clive Derby-...
Court told of cruel rape
CAPE TOWN – After allegedly raping and murdering an 11-year-old schoolgirl, security guard Richard Engelbrecht stuffed her panties into her vagina.

State pathologist Itumeleng Molefe told the Cape High Court yesterday she had to remove the blood-stained panties from the girl’s vagina during the p...
Holomisa to act on Scorpions
JOHANNESBURG - The United Democratic Front (UDM) has been advised there are grounds for challenging the legality and constitutionality of dismantling the Scorpions.

“At this stage we will not go into details of the reports from our lawyers. We have instructed them to prepare for such a legal chal...
Board denies graft charges
NORTH WEST PROVINCE – The North West Parks and Tourism board of directors – stung by reports it is in a crisis – has rejected allegations of financial mismanagement, corruption and poor corporate governance.

The board also re-affirmed its confidence in embattled CEO Charles Ndabeni, and the execu...
Council bid to beat corruption
NORTH WEST PROVINCE – Madibeng City Council has vowed to pursue senior officials and councillors implicated in fraud and corruption uncovered by a wide-ranging forensic and criminal investigation.

Municipal manager Mohlopi Mapulane gave details to the media of the council’s intention to report su...
Anti-eviction team in trouble
JOHANNESBURG – Several irregularities have emerged surrounding Tuesday’s eviction of more than 1 000 squatters from a housing project on the Cape Flats, and those championing their cause may be heading for troubled waters.

The squatters, who occupied 1 600 houses earmarked for government’s flagsh...
Zuma awaits Mauritian court's ruling
Jacob Zuma has fingered President Thabo Mbeki and Vusi Pikoli, the suspended prosecuting boss, as the chief suspects in an alleged conspiracy against him.

And the presidential hopeful has stated under oath that the decision to recharge him and French arms company Thint for corruption was part of...
Spread of criminal justice allocation the tricky part
More detail needed on where money will be spent, analysts say, while warning of unfulfilled promises

The heavily overloaded SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory, which has been battling to clear a backlog of cases built up over many years, is to receive a R250-million cash injection.

The m...
Science fiction scenario could be the answer to woes
It could come from outer space - not aliens or falling spy satellites - but Eskom's answer to the energy crisis in 2050.

Satellites orbiting Earth 36 000km away would gather solar energy and then beam it back to Earth using microwave technology - to be converted to electricity. This is not scien...
Muti killing feared in child's disappearance
A biscuit was all it took to lure a 4-year-old girl from the safety of her home into the clutches of the man who murdered her for muti.

Seven months ago, 4-year-old Mologadi vanished just metres from her home, in Hlalanikhahle village off the R555 national road, near Steelpoort, in Mpumalanga.
Attorney's absence delays Jeppestown massacre trial
The trial of the Jeppestown massacre accused has been delayed because one of the 10 defence attorneys could not make it to court.

Advocate Oscar Ngcoko, representing accused No 5, Khumbulani Mabaso, initially informed the Johannesburg High Court yesterday he would be an hour-and-a-half late but c...
Spread of criminal justice allocation the tricky part
More detail needed on where money will be spent, analysts say, while warning of unfulfilled promises

The heavily overloaded SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory, which has been battling to clear a backlog of cases built up over many years, is to receive a R250-million cash injection.

The m...
Reduction in violent crime
Over the past two days, Gautengs MEC's have outlined their departments plans for key government programmes for the year, after Premier Mbhazima Shilowa's address at the opening of the legislature this week. Anna Louw reports

Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia said that while crime levels ...
Judge Motata's drunk-driving case on track, says state
The state is confident the drunk-driving trial of Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata will go ahead as planned in July.

This follows Judge Motata's application to the High Court to review the decision of the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court allowing the prosecution to play the video clips with...
Schools have sufficient powers to protect pupils: Dept
A double stabbing at Hoérskool Akasia in Pretoria has highlighted the violent conditions permeating many South African schools, which has even given rise to legislation legitimizing weapons searches on school premises.

The Education Department yesterday confirmed that schools had “sufficient auth...
Application deferred
The bail application for the six suspects accused of the murder of Johannesburg conservationist Frans Richter had to be postponed again yesterday when one of the defence attorneys failed to arrive in court.

Accused Celiwe Mbokazi carrying her newly-born baby, asked the magistrate if she could see...
Cadets case postponed
The case against 12 army medical cadets, arrested after an illegal drinking spree which ended in a violent clash with the police, was postponed to next week in the Thaba Tshwane Military Court yesterday.

Eleven men and a woman were facing charges of public violence, malicious damage to property, ...
Car strippers arrested
EKURHULENI Metro Police have arrested two men, suspected of stripping vehicles of their parts in a maize field between Zonkezizwe Zone 1 and 2, following a tip-off from a community member.

Police said one of the suspects had tried to flee when he saw officials from Ekurhuleni’s Public Order Polic...
Theft causes power failure
Several areas in Johannesburg were without power yesterday, City Power spokesman Louis Pieterse said.

“A copper cable, stolen at about 3.00am, affected the power supply to areas of northern Johannesburg including Randburg, Randparkridge and Bush Hill.

“We worked on the problem throughout the m...
Drink drive case judge fights back
JOHANNESBURG – Pretoria Judge Nkola Motata has lodged papers with the high court asking it to intervene in his drinking and driving and defeating the ends of justice court case, which started in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court last year.

Motata in his founding affidavit alleges that a decisio...
Accused ‘saw them shooting’
JOHANNESBURG - “I saw them shooting at policemen” one of the Jeppe massacre trial accused – who for his own safety is in custody in a different place from his co-accused at C-Max – said in a statement admitted as evidence yesterday.

Accused three, Mzamo Mchunu, 31, of Hillbrow, was shot in both l...
Wife stabbed to death, but husband ‘can’t remember’
PRETORIA – A 39-year-old Delmas man, accused of murdering his wife by hitting her with a spanner, slitting her throat and repeatedly stabbing her with knives, yesterday claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress and depression, and could not remember the incident at all.

Ockie van den Berg pl...
Two wounded in taxi bloodbath
JOHANNESBURG – Gunmen fired on the wife of a taxi boss outside a Durban primary school yesterday, riddling the car she was travelling in with 24 bullet holes.

The attackers reportedly boxed in the vehicle before firing R-5 rifles and 9mm pistols, hitting the driver, Donovan Pillay, 26, five times...
Barbie’s sex trial in July
PRETORIA – The sex-crimes trial of Cezanne Visser, alias Advocate Barbie, will have to wait its turn on the Pretoria High Court’s criminal roll because of a shortage of judges.

Acting Judge Chris Eksteen postponed Visser’s trial yesterday to July 28. Her bail was extended.

Prosecutor Andre Fou...
Witnesses slain, four walk
JOHANNESBURG – Despite the fact that four men were found with small amounts of stolen cash, the National Prosecuting Authority has had to withdraw its case against the suspects accused of stealing more than R100-million, due to a lack of evidence.

The murder of four potential witnesses and the di...
Accused ‘saw them shooting’
JOHANNESBURG - “I saw them shooting at policemen” one of the Jeppe massacre trial accused – who for his own safety is in custody in a different place from his co-accused at C-Max – said in a statement admitted as evidence yesterday.

Accused three, Mzamo Mchunu, 31, of Hillbrow, was shot in both l...
Drink drive case judge fights back
JOHANNESBURG – Pretoria Judge Nkola Motata has lodged papers with the high court asking it to intervene in his drinking and driving and defeating the ends of justice court case, which started in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court last year.

Motata in his founding affidavit alleges that a decisio...
Minister wants sanctions against bread price fixers
Agriculture Minister Lulu Xingwana wants firmer sanctions to discourage price-fixing following the recent collusion in the bread and dairy sectors.

Xingwana yesterday said she was "gravely concerned" about the escalation in the price of bread and said the country would have to increase its produ...
Read Zuma latest
The Star's reporter Karyn Maughan is in Mauritius covering the latest round of ANC president Jacob Zuma's battle against his prosecution for corruption.

Zuma's application to stop the Mauritian Supreme Court from handing 13 incriminating documents to the National Prosecuting Authority was due to...
Vodacom forced to end 'illegal' SMS car 'lottery'
It's over - Vodacom has stopped its controversial "100 Cars in 100 Days" competition after the National Lotteries Board asked the network to halt what it termed the "illegal lottery" immediately.

But Vodacom has responded by claiming it wasn't pushed - it jumped.

Yesterday, Vodacom managing ...
Ministers defend plan to dissolve Scorpions
It will take crime fight to new level, says Nqakula

The ANC will not shoot itself in the foot in the war against crime, Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has vowed in defence of the government's plans to disband the Scorpions by June.

"I am certain that the ANC cannot sabotage its own...
Eskom denies giving ANC company special privileges
Chief executive claims tender process was vetted by independent auditors

The R38-billion Eskom tender awarded to an ANC-linked company was above board and followed a thorough forensic process, Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga has told MPs in parliament.

The ANC's funding front, Chancellor House,...
Slapping or suspending staff can get expensive
Can being slapped across the face by your employer constitute grounds for constructive dismissal?

The Labour Appeal Court says so.

This and a string of other labour cases were discussed in Joburg yesterday during the court's annual review.

Labour24 director Jeremy Crawford presented the ...
Jeppestown massacre accused to plead no contest
One of the Jeppestown massacre accused has decided not to contest the confession he made to a Roodepoort magistrate about the day four police officers were gunned down in a hail of bullets.

Mzamo Mchunu, accused three in the trial of 13 people facing charges of murder, attempted murder and armed...
Justice delayed for dead man's family
The family of slain conservationist Franz Richter have expressed dissatisfaction at another court postponement, saying that each time they faced the suspects was very traumatic.

Richter's daughter Gaby Burgmer stood among a group of protesters at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday, cal...
Speeding Lekota also involved in red-light offence
Four months before Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota was arrested for speeding, he was involved in an accident after he allegedly jumped a red traffic light.

Lekota was clocked last month doing 189km/h on the N1 North near the Grasmere toll plaza.

A week later he pleaded guilty in the Johannesb...
Beit Bridge cops nab ton of heroin
Two South African men have been arrested after trying to smuggle pure heroin over the border.

The men were caught at the Beit Bridge border post by police on Monday afternoon with more than 1 300kg of drugs worth R750-million hidden in the trailer of their truck.

Police spokesperson Captain ...
Two held after shootout rocks quiet suburb
"I was sitting in my house drinking tea when all of a sudden we heard gunshots. It was like a shootout at high noon!"

This was one woman's account of a house robbery in Robindale, Randburg, that ended in a classic cops-and-robbers-style shootout in 7th Street, Linden. Two suspect were arrested a...
Man gets life after boiling water attack
He initially helped the police to arrest his fellow murder accused, who he said had repeatedly poured boiling water over a 68-year-old Joburg woman.

He then pleaded guilty for his role in the murder and offered to turn state witness, hoping for a lenient sentence.

But yesterday, the Johannes...
Man due in court over sex with streetkids
A Joburg restaurant manager is suspected of preying on the vulnerability of streetkids to satisfy his sexual desires.

Jon Patterson Bainbridge (41), of Paros Taverna in 7th Street, Melville, was arrested in his house in the early hours of February 17 with a 16-year-old boy after allegedly offeri...
Taxi drivers lambasted over sexual abuse of women
Taxi drivers who humiliate and sexually harass women because of their dress code should feel the wrath of the law.

This is the contention of Gauteng MECs Qedani Mahlangu and Ignatius Jacobs, who both condemned the behaviour of taxi drivers who stripped and molested a young woman wearing a minisk...
Mall CCTV footage helps top cop finally get his suspect into the dock
Key bouncer underworld leader taken into custody after witness beaten up

Theuns Grobbelaar, a key figure in the bouncer underworld, has been arrested.

Director Piet Byleveld nabbed Grobbelaar at his Floracliffe home on the West Rand on Friday night, just days after the burly bouncer al...
Court's eviction ruling a victory for homeless on housing rights
Residents may get alternative shelter

A landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court has ordered municipalities to enter a process of meaningful engagement before evicting people from their homes.

The court, however, stopped short of ruling that alternative accommodation should be found...
Plenty of firepower as 'Superman' appears in court
Shackled in leg irons and escorted by six heavily armed prison guards, one of Joburg's most wanted fugitives has made his first appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.

Four guards positioned inside regional courtroom 2 yesterday kept their eyes glued on Thabiso Reginald Makwela, who faces ...
Top cop nabs 'Big muscle' bouncer on assault charge
Theuns Grobbelaar, a suspected key figure in Joburg's murky bouncer underworld, has been arrested.

Top cop Director Piet Byleveld nabbed Grobbelaar at his home in Flora Cliff on the West Rand on Friday, just days after the burly bouncer allegedly beat up a potential witness against him in a theft...
Stolen cellphone links two to Sandton murder
A stolen cellphone and good police detection have led to the arrest of two men wanted for the murder of a Sandton man.

One of the two robbers put a gun to Markus's head, told him to get down on the floor and asked for his wallet. The men took his cellphone, Odendaal's wallet as well as his phone ...
Thieves steal power from Joburgers
Several Joburg suburbs were left without power after a cable was stolen at one of the sub-stations in Beyers Naude Drive this morning.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse said the cable was stolen at 3am and, coincidentally, a fault occurred at the same sub-station at 6.30am.

He said the re...
Robbers blow Soweto ATM
A group of robbers blew up an ATM at Pimville Square in Soweto after tying up a security guard this morning

Kliptown police spokesperson Felicity Radebe said the men tied up the security guard and used explosives to blow up the ATM.

"They tried to open the safe but while they were still busy...
Jeppe case officer gives evidence in High Court
He said he did not have a problem repeating what he said to me before a magistrate, Inspector Richard Nziyana testified in the Johannesburg High Court Jeppe massacre trial yesterday.

This was in respect of Senzo Mweli, charged only in respect of the Pick n Pay Honeydew armed robbery and with the ...
Witness tells of girl’s last hours
SHIRLEY van Rensburg thought she was going from North Riding, north of Johannesburg, to see animals at a bush lodge near Thabazimbi.

But she was murdered and her body driven to Thabazimbi, where it was apparently dismembered and buried in an animal burrow in the bush lodge grounds.

This was th...
Victim of released rapist wins
STATE: Accepts liability for negligently freeing assailant

The Ministers of Safety and Security and Justice have accepted full liability for the damages suffered by a domestic worker who was raped and almost killed in an attack by a man erroneously released while waiting trial on similar charges....
Decomposed body ‘may be missing Boitumelo’
RUSTENBURG police believe the decomposed body found on Sunday on a Groenkloof farm is that of three-year-old Boitumelo Maripane, who went missing on February 8.

Police spokesman Captain Elsabe Augoustides said the police, acting on a tip-off from the community, found the tiny body of a baby girl ...
Would-be thieves leave explosives at crime scene
FREE State police confiscated explosives left at the scene of a failed robbery yesterday, sending it to police laboratories for further analysis.

Police said robbers attempting to break into a Ficksburg Shoprite-Checkers left behind their explosives after failing to blow up the branch’s safe.

Mbeki ‘must be clear’ on arms deal: DA
PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki “must be clear” about his role in the arms deal, said Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Eddie Trent yesterday.

He was reacting to media reports that former ambassador Barbara Masekela had confirmed she had arranged a meeting between Mbeki and an arms deal company, which is co-accu...
Airport heist shock
Witnesses are either dead or missing

The murders of four witnesses and disappearance of a fifth has destroyed the state's case against police officials accused of stealing more than R100-million recovered from Gauteng's most outrageous airport heist.

And police say they have little hop...
Blow for policewoman's murder trial
Another postponement after judge steps down

The recusal of a High Court judge, foiled attempts to hold discussions behind closed doors and the tears of distressed sisters characterised the start of the trial of the men accused of murdering police captain Anna-Marie Potgieter.

The stepp...
Robber recounts boiling water attack
A man who took part in the brutal attack on Sandy Staats has described how a fellow accused poured boiling water over the Joburg resident.

Isaac Mako (45), of Alexandra, pleaded guilty to charges

of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances in

the Johannesburg High Court yesterda...
Twist in Jeppestown massacre trial
The trial of the 13 "Jeppestown Massacre" accused has been adjourned after lead defence advocate Robin Stransham-Ford claimed that new developments had emerged.

These developments, he said, arguing for an adjournment, would change the future of the trial.

The trial, now in its fourth week, b...
Court postpones case of man accused of raping US girl (14)
The trial of a Soweto man facing two counts of raping a 14-year-old girl from Washington DC has been postponed in the Johannesburg High Court.

Stanley Tizirai Mabona (21), of Pimville, Soweto, stands accused on two counts of raping the girl in the veld and in the backyard of a house in Soweto on...
Talkshow host in tears over abuse
Humiliation of woman at taxi rank triggers anger

Talk Radio 702's Redi Direko cried openly on air when she recalled how for many years she had suffered the "worst form of sexual harassment" at the hands of taxi drivers.

This came after she read the story of Nwabisa Ngcukana, who was hu...
Brave security guard fights off robbers
Ernest Ngwenya is one security guard who takes his job seriously, regardless of the risks involved.

That's why he didn't just look on helplessly when he and one of the tenants of the townhouse complex he guards were at the mercy of armed robbers. He single-handedly disarmed the gun-wielding man,...
Beware the boys with the blue bulbs
Their modus operandi is to either dress in full metro police uniform or use blue South African Police Service (SAPS) lights and sirens to hijack unsuspecting and vulnerable motorists.

They are the notorious "blue light gang" and have so far terrorised occupants of three vehicles in Gauteng over ...
Call to reinstate NPA head Pikoli
MULDER: Disband the Ginwala Commission

OPPOSITION parties are demanding an immediate reinstatement of Vusi Pikoli, the suspended head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Scorpions.

“Pikoli must be re-appointed immediately.

“The Frene Ginwala Commission (tasked with investig...
Business joins calls to keep the Scorpions
BUSINESS Against Crime (Bacsa) has added its voice to the growing calls for the retention of the Scorpions.

Bacsa believes the independent status of the Scorpions has been key to its ability to detect and prosecute high level individuals.

“This body… was agreed by business and government as a...
Hidden stash ‘kidnapping’
FREE State police have arrested three men and charged them with kidnapping a Clarens farm worker, and threatening to tie him to a rock and drop his body in the Caledon River.

The farm worker, in his early forties, had last month noticed 16 bags of dagga hidden on a farm in the Damascus district.
Detainees ‘pay for release’
BRIBES: Police officers are ‘breaking their own laws’

SOUTH AFRICAN police have been accused by Munjodzi Mutandiri of the Zimbabwe Youth Network of taking bribes to ensure the release of foreign detainees.

At a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZSF), Mutandiri blasted South ...
Government body criticised
The government body tasked with managing South Africa’s marine resources has received yet another damning report.

The Auditor-General’s latest report on the Marine and Coastal Living Resources Fund goes a step further than the previous four years’ disclaimers. Its newest report, submitted more t...
Police seize weapons
EASTERN CAPE police wrapped up a busy weekend yesterday. Spokesman Inspector Mlungisi Matidane said 18 people were arrested in the Mount Ayliff area on Saturday in a joint operation between police, traffic officers and Home Affairs officials.

The suspects were apprehended for offences ranging fr...
Helicopters are here
SIMONSTOWN – The final addition to government’s strategic arms acquisition package has been concluded on time and in budget.

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday oversaw the first landings of the Super Lynx maritime helicopters onto three of the navy’s four frigates which mark the successful...
Editors hit at police meddling
TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE: ‘It smacks of media censorship’

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) says it is deeply concerned at the increase in instances of police interference with journalists.

There have been several recent cases where law enforcement officials have been accuse...
Money machines under siege
CRISIS: Steady stream of ATM bombings continues unabated

AUTOMATIC teller machine (ATM) bombings have continued at a steady pace throughout the year.

In the latest incident an Alberton ATM was blown apart on Friday, just after another explosion at a Limpopo shopping mall on Valentine’s Day.
Manuel's gag attempt raises censorship fears
Court order application seen as worrying trend in SA

An urgent Cape High Court application by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has once again catapulted the issue of pre-publication censorship into the spotlight.

Manuel lodged the urgent application against economist and activist Terry C...
Cemetery scam nipped in the bud
Unscrupulous cemetery staff have been selling plots at R800 each in the wake of a severe shortage of burial space.

The syndicate operating out of Durban graveyards was uncovered last week after the arrest of a supervisor.

Parks department head Themba Ngcobo said investigations showed "a co-o...
We're useless, cop tells motorist after hijacking ordeal
"Listen, we can't help you. Go to the newspapers."

This was the advice of a policeman to a motorist who just minutes earlier had stabbed an armed would-be hijacker in the neck.

And that is just what Matt, who did not want to be named, did on Friday. He told The Star of how, in the space of a...
Telkom gives up on E Rand residents after cable thefts
Telkom is making residents pay for and lay their own underground cables - if they want phones.

An angry group of Pomona residents have been without lines since last March following cable thefts.

Don O'Donovan, spokesperson for the group of 12 smallholders near Kempton Park, said that during ...
Shock as Eastern Cape game farmer is jailed
Ivar Thorer Henriksen went from being "king" of a Norwegian waterworks department to the skelm of the Eastern Cape's Schelm Drift farm.

Last week, Henriksen, a former civil servant in Norway, was jailed for eight years for corruption, ordered to pay 63-million kroner ( about R90-million) to the ...
No speed cameras for now
All the speed cameras set up in Joburg, Alberton, Randfontein and Westonaria remain unauthorised and should not be in operation.

Traffic fines issued to motorists caught speeding by any cameras in these areas since January 21 are not valid and should be withdrawn, according to Charin de Beer, di...
Men on trial over boiling-water death
Other victim to testify only if accused deny charges

The trial of two men who allegedly killed their victim by repeatedly pouring boiling water over her head was due to start in the Johannesburg High Court today.

The state alleges that Isaac Moka (46) and Sibusiso Phakathi (35), both o...
No sign of ANC going to polls early
From the disbanding of the Scorpions to calls for the government to step down, the past week at parliament was anything but humdrum business as usual.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula attracted cheers and jeers when he surprised MPs in the National Assembly by bluntly stating that th...
Documentary on rape and the church
Women across the country searching for solace after the horrific trauma of rape have often found that the church offers them cold comfort. This is the core theme of a hard-hitting documentary focusing on the roles the church and society play in dealing with rape.

Every 26 Seconds is the brainchi...
Pikoli delivers affidavit to Ginwala Commission
Suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Vusi Pikoli has informed the Ginwala Inquiry that he did indeed brief President Thabo Mbeki and Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla about the Scorpions investigation into Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi on numerous occasions.

This is i...
Stop wasting my time, says protector
The public protector's office was not established to investigate complaints by members of parliament and high-profile individuals out to score political points.

So says the public protector, advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who is so annoyed at the deluge of complaints he receives from politicians wh...
Rush for coal in Mpumalanga
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is finalising an environmental management framework to deal with more than 2 000 applications to mine for coal in Mpumalanga.

Spokesperson Mava Scott said the framework would cover the Dullstroom, Belfast, Machadodorp and Waterval Boven regions...
Silenced: the song of abuse by a prominent singer
Black strips covered an explosive article published yesterday that named a prominent Afrikaans singer as musician Robbie Klay's alleged sexual abuser.

An interim interdict brought by singer Jurie Els on Wednesday night forced Media24 titles You and Huisgenoot to publish the censored version of a...
Radioactive contamination study
A team of specialists will begin work by the end of next month to deal with the radioactive contamination of the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment, west of Joburg.

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) said this week it had created "committees to address the current challenges regarding...
Protecting soldiers is her business
Security forces and soldiers fighting in Africa and the Middle East may owe their lives to a woman living in South Africa, whose company is a world leader in the manufacture of body armour and other protective equipment.

Louisa Garland-Els, of Durban, is the founder and managing director of Impe...
Coal mine bid sparks eco war
Rare and endangered birds and plants under threat

Legal papers were being drafted this week in what conservationists and farmers say could be the "mother of all battles" against a coal mining company that has its sights set on one of SA's most pristine natural areas.

The result of thei...
Baby-dumping sorrow of desperate mothers
Infants are being abandoned in open fields, in malls,and even thrown into open pit toilets in rural areas

Single, pregnant, alone and unable to pay her rent. That was the desperate situation in which a 24-year-old BCom student living in Pretoria found herself.

"I could not afford my re...
School body is in hot water
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is investigating claims of nepotism at a primary school north of Joburg where the school governing body (SGB) allegedly gave jobs to family members.

Members of the SGB not only hired family, but also sat on the interview panel that awarded the jobs, it h...
Emily Williams is laid to rest as mourners weep
It seems South Africa is no place for children, as threelittle girls have been murderedwithin days of each other,reports Janet Smith

The disturbing deaths of three girls within days of each other have shocked South Africans. Emily Williams would have become a teenager next month, but she d...
Teacher hurt in housing dispute
Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, teacher Adrian Adams, who is at the centre of a row over ownership of a Khayelitsha house, was attacked at his home early yesterday morning, allegedly by the previous owner.

Adams told Independent Newspapers that he had been hit in the face with a brick.

The teach...
Zuma's bid to bar evidence
He asks Mauritian court to stop NPA from getting 'damning' documents

Presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma has travelled more than 3 000km to wage a fresh legal battle against his prosecution for corruption.

The Star can confirm that Zuma yesterday served notice on the Mauritian Supreme Court...
Mama Jackey is free, but kidnap victim feels betrayed
Mama Jackey has been fined R8 000 for kidnapping, assaulting and parading Simphiwe Ncoguthu naked in Soweto, which has left him bitter and incredulous.

Mama Jackey, whose real name is Jacqueline Maarohanye, was convicted along with her accomplices Ronnie "Papa Action" Nyakale and Mpho Makhate on ...
Zuma starts bid to derail trial
ANC president and heir-in-waitig to preside over the country Jacob Zuma yesterday launched a desperate last-minute legal bid to derail his pending prosecution.

This comes a day after his lawyer confirmed that Zuma had met legal representatives in Mauritius about documents that allegedly contain p...
'How did we go from Mandela to this man?'
Crime, drugs, suspected corruption committed by top public figures. A BBC reporter on SA asks… 'How did we go from Mandela to this man?'

"Are you a crook?" He laughs, unsure how to respond to the brutally frank question.

Jacob Zuma tries to make light of it, then plays for time by aski...
Mbeki defends police force
President Thabo Mbeki has criticised the perception that the police play second fiddle to the soon-to-be disbanded Scorpions.

In his response to the parliamentary debate on his State of the Nation address yesterday, Mbeki strongly defended the police, whose National Police Commissioner Jackie Sel...
It’s a plot says rape accused
HIV+FATHER: Says he did not sodomise his son

A 29-year-old Mamelodi man charged with raping his nine-year-old son and attempting to murder him, claimed yesterday he was the victim of a conspiracy “to let him rot in jail”.

The father, who admitted that he has been HIV-positive since 2001 and kn...
Victim cooked for accused
Not realising she was about to die, Shirley van Rensburg cooked a meal of pork chops for her alleged murderers.

She also packed a pork chop in a container and gave it to one of the two visitors to the Nkwe Bush Lodge in the Thabazimbi district to take home to his wife.

Then she went missing.
Woman's body found wrapped in plastic
Police are baffled by the bizarre murder of a young woman whose body was found tied up and wrapped in plastic by the side of a dirt road outside Pretoria.

The body was found in a kneeling position near the R511 by an Erasmia farmer early on Thursday morning.

The woman's hands had been tied tog...
Zuma in Mauritian bid to bar evidence
He asks court to stop NPA getting 'damning' papers

Presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma has travelled more than 3 000km to wage a fresh legal battle against his prosecution for corruption.

The Star can confirm that Zuma yesterday served notice on the Mauritian Supreme Court, asking for the ...
Mbeki gives police higher rating than Scorpions
President Thabo Mbeki has publicly anointed the country's Cinderella police as the nation's top crime busters, but also offered hope to the Scorpions' rank and file.

In what was arguably one of his better replies to the annual State of the Nation debate, Mbeki yesterday went out of his way to bo...
Protector wants DA MP disciplined
Waters unco-operative over Manto allegations

The public protector, advocate Lawrence Mushwana, has lashed out at a Democratic Alliance MP for making "unsubstantiated" allegations against President Thabo Mbeki "to score political points".

This follows an investigation by Mushwana into a...
Top cop asked to explain how he got confidential note
Acting National Prosecuting Authority head Mokotedi Mpshe has accused National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi of unlawfully gaining access to a top Scorpion's confidential human resources file.

And Mpshe has publicly challenged Selebi to explain his possession of a private document belonging t...
Scan this barcode and you'll get more than just a price …
For nearly three years the race has been to find the gene that would open up the plant kingdom to a multitude of scientific disciplines.

It was a race to find a genetic marker to enhance the study of medicine, help in the understanding of biodiversity and even assist in the fight against crime. ...
4 in court over Emily's slaying
Four men accused of murdering 12-year-old Emily Williams have appeared briefly in court.

The men's identities are known to The Star, which has agreed to a prosecutor's request to withhold their identities as they still have to undergo an identification parade.

Yesterday, the accused two of t...
Jeppestown massacre trial delayed
Proceedings against the 12 men and a woman standing trial for the Jeppestown massacre has stalled due to an injury sustained by one of the defence counsel.

As the ongoing trial started yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court, prosecutor Joanie Spies informed Judge Ratha Mokgoathleng that advoca...
Young inmate 'Ma-eleven' could go home soon
As arch-criminal "Ma-eleven" is led through the Protea Magistrate's Court by three prison guards, something is different.

Like many times before, his legs are in irons and the youth shuffles slowly towards courtroom 3. But after seven months at Leeuwkop Juvenile Prison, serving a double sentence...
23 children crammed into vehicle meant for 10
Jimmy Maboko, spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police department, said the roadblock was set up in MC Botha Drive, a main arterial in Vosloorus, as part of Operation Clean-up, "a low-profile drive to catch elusive drivers who break traffic laws. This region is overpopulated with people driving ...
Fairland to tighten security after schoolgirl's slaying
The death of 12-year-old Emily Williams has prompted Fairland, Randburg, residents to mobilise to ensure the security of their neighbourhood.

The residents, at a very emotional community policing forum (CPF) meeting on Tuesday night, decided to form a task team to address security issues in the s...
Policeman gets 20 years for robbery
Pensioners tied up in home and held at gunpoint

A police sergeant who robbed two pensioners while dressed in full uniform and driving an official police vehicle has been jailed for 20 years.

Two police inspectors were acquitted because the couple, both in their 70s, were unable to posi...
Friends rally round devastated parents
No one should ever have to witness the senseless death of a loved one.

But for the Williams family, whose 12-year-old daughter Emily was hit by a stray bullet in the head when a shootout broke out in the midst of a house robbery, that painful and traumatic incident will haunt them and be forever ...
Zuma in Mauritius over arms deal documents
Jacob Zuma was in Mauritius yesterday in connection with the corruption case he faces.

Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, confirmed by phone from the Indian Ocean island that the ANC president had met with legal representatives about documents held in Mauritius that allegedly contain proof of bribes ...
Drug scam charges ready
The investigation into tender collusion between four large pharmaceutical manufacturers was finalised this week.

Documents and affidavits were tabled at the Competition Commission’s Tribunal, and Adcock Ingram, Dismed Criticare, Thusanong Health and Fresenius Kabi will have to answer to the charg...
Madibeng to act on fraud, corruption
MADIBENG City Council, which incorporates Brits and Hartbeespoort, has vowed to pursue officials and councillors implicated in fraud and corruption.

Municipal manager Mohlopi Mapulane gave details of the council’s intention to report suspected fraudsters to the police, auditors, the North West Go...
Price fixing hits poor
COSATU: Paying a fine is not sufficient punishment

The poor and the sick have been hit hardest by the bread, milk and drug price fixing scandals exposed by the Competition Commission, says Cosatu.

The union federation says fining the culprits will not suffice since they will just absorb the bl...
Drug-factory case against top surgeon is dropped
The case against Centurion’s top lung specialist, accused of manufacturing drugs in his luxury home, was provisionally withdrawn in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

This followed the appearance of Dr Gideon Naude and his alleged accomplice, Christiaan Jacobs van Schalkwyk, on two drugs ...
Armed robbery foiled
TIP-OFF: Eight men, including policeman, arrested in Senekal

FREE State police have foiled an armed robbery that was to be executed by a highly organised gang of eight men – including a policeman.

Spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the gang was going to rob a Senekal filling station this ...
Injured hijacker
Cape Town police are hunting for a suspected hijacker who crashed his stolen vehicle on the N7 outgoing at Kontemanskloof late on Tuesday night.

The driver of the VW Chico was seen running from the scene.

ER24 media liaison Derrick Banks said it was suspected the driver had major injuries.

Zuma in Mauritius over arms deal documents
Jacob Zuma was in Mauritius yesterday in connection with the corruption case he faces.

Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, confirmed by phone from the Indian Ocean island that the ANC president had met with legal representatives about documents held in Mauritius that allegedly contain proof of bribes ...
Irregular, unfair axings to be challenged
Any unfair dismissal or appointment by the new ANC government next year will be challenged in the public service. This was stressed by Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi yesterday.

She was responding to a question from the media about fears of instability when t...
Home Affairs has turned corner, says Mr Fix-it
About 230 junior and senior Home Affairs officials have been fired or suspended for corrupt practices, less than a year after the department's new director-general, Mavuso Msimang, was appointed.

The man dubbed Mr Fix-it said yesterday that although the department had been plagued by financial m...
Scopa agrees to revisit arms deal reports' resolutions
DA's call to reopen probe rejected

The door has been left slightly ajar for further investigations into the arms deal after parliament's standing committee on public accounts agreed to follow up on unfinished business contained in existing reports on the subject.

Scopa members yesterday...
Crime-ridden SA can't afford to lose Scorpions - Pikoli
Law expert says reshuffle will direct unit away from politicians

Suspended NPA boss Vusi Pikoli says if a better crime-fighting machine is created with the amalgamation of the Scorpions and the police's Organised Crime Unit (OCU), then he will support the move.

"The country can't aff...
Judge lashes state, lawyer
Shock over suspect's bizarre plea bargain

A n incredulous judge has slammed an attempt by the state to have a bizarre plea agreement accepted in court.

This would have enabled one of the men accused of murdering police captain Anna-Marie Potgieter and dumping her body on a rubbish heap ...
'Accused Skierlik teen shot me five years ago'
Man says then-13-year-old shot him after he tried to get work on his dad's farm

Petros Mabe has a permanent reminder of being shot by murder accused Johan Nel five years ago - he has to wear a colostomy bag forever.

Mabe (48) suffered near fatal gunshot wounds while collecting grass alo...
Life for brutal murder of actor
A judge took less than 15 minutes to send the two killers of soapie actor Kobus Kleynhans to jail for life.

This was 15 minutes less than what 7de Laan fans spent daily watching their favourite actor while he was still alive.

James Breedt (27) and Harry Abbott (30), nephews of former heavywe...
Painstaking Jeppestown sleuthing
The scale of the police's quest for convictions in the Jeppes-town massacre case has been revealed.

Skin cells delicately scraped from jacket collars, fingerprints lifted from every inch of cars found at the scene, and top brass to explain the scientific structure of a single particle of residue...
Plea to spare Mama Jackie
Embattled Ithuteng Trust principal Mama Jackie has launched a desperate attempt to avoid doing time for her crimes.

Mama Jackie (50), whose real name is Jacqueline Maarohanye, was convicted in November of kidnapping and assaulting former student Simphiwe Ncoguthu (24) along with her two accompli...
Crooked ex-cricket official faces jail
Former United Cricket Board financial head Diteko Modise has spent his first night in jail as he awaits sentencing after being convicted on nine counts of fraud, theft and money laundering.

His bail of R50 00 had been revoked because Joburg magistrate Jerry Janse van Vuuren saw him as a flight r...
Top metro cop charged with rape out on bail
A chief superintendent at the Joburg metro police department charged - for the second time - with the rape of a subordinate has been released on R500 bail.

The officer, who cannot be named until he has pleaded to the charge, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday after his cas...
Zwelithini pleads for safety in schools
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called on the government to beef up security at schools, which had become "preying grounds for shameless criminals".

Delivering the keynote address during the official opening of the legislature in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, Zwelithini said schools were soft ta...
Girl sues mother for right to keep her baby and boyfriend
Father of child is facing rape and fraud charges

A teenager is taking her mother to court, seeking permission to marry her 23-year-old boyfriend, who is facing charges of statutory rape and fraud.

The Cape Peninsula girl ran away from home, along with her four-month-old child, to live ...
Judgment continues on ex-UCB finance boss

Judgment in the R7,4-million fraud trial of the former finance and administration head of the United Cricket Board (now Cricket SA) has been adjourned in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

Magistrate Jerry Janse van Vuuren was due to pick up today on the evaluation of evidenc...
Tsvangirai robbed in Joburg
Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, has been held up by three armed men who followed him from the OR Tambo International Airport.

Tsvangirai, who will in a few weeks' time contest the Zimbabwean election against his arch-rival, President Robert Mugabe, was attacked ...
Mbeki still mum on Selebi
President Thabo Mbeki’s office refused yesterday to comment on allegations by acting prosecuting boss Mokotedi Mphshe that Mbeki had been fully informed of the corruption investigation against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

President Mbeki has repeatedly stated that he had not acted ...
UDM man dies after ‘hit’
Police have confirmed that controversial United Democratic Movement (UDM) councillor Isaac Mokgatla, 38, who was recently shot in the face, has died in hospital.

Mokgatla, a UDM councillor for the Metsimaholo Local Municipality, was driving past Tshepiso informal settlement on January 31, when tw...
Father in court charge with sodomising his own son
A father who allegedly sodomised his nine-year-old son, well knowing that he was HIV-positive, yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria High Court to charges of attempted murder and rape.

The 29-year-old Mamelodi East man did not give any explanation of his plea, but told the court he did not...
Nationwide sues SA
Nationwide Airlines has sued South African Airways for damages, claiming the airline’s anti-competitive conduct had cost it millions of rands in revenue.

A civil case between Nationwide and SAA started in the Pretoria High Court yesterday.

The case arises from a decision by the Competition Tri...
Nel waits for psychiatric examination
Bearded and looking more tense than at his last court appearance, Johan Nel applied to the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court yesterday to be sent for testing by a psychiatrist.

Magistrate Andre Kleynhans acceded to his request, but his attorney Frikkie Pretorius said finding him a bed in a state ho...
R2M theft case delayed
The case against four Soweto men accused of stealing over R2 million from a cash management company was postponed yesterday pending an investigation.

The four appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court. They were arrested with the help of a police sniffer dog in Diepkloof while busy off-loading t...
Protest against ‘New Year’s brutality’
A number of Krugersdorp residents protested yesterday against, what they claim, was police brutality following arrests during New Year festivities on December 31.

A protest march was organised after 16 people appeared in court for refusing to pay fines issued for being drunk and rowdy in public.
Taxi operator shoots ‘Hitman’
A Durban taxi owner narrowly avoided death at the hands of an alleged professional hitman earlier this week, turning the tables on his intended executioner.

The taxi operator was confronted by an armed man standing on his veranda when he arrived at his home, near Pinetown, at around 11pm on Monda...
Scorpions to be dissolved
President Thabo Mbeki has survived opposition calls for his head in parliament. But it was a different tale for the Scorpions, who were officially relegated to the dustbin.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday announced during the debate on Mbeki's State of the Nation address t...
Embedded chip will help cut fraud
A new chip-encoded credit card which provides an extra layer of security against fraud is being rolled out to customers of Standard Bank.

The chip is embedded in the plastic of the card and is similar to a cellphone SIM card. It requires credit card users to enter a PIN every time they make a tra...
Hijacker guns down woman (80)
An 80-year-old woman has died in hospital after being shot in an attempted hijacking in Lyndhurst, Joburg.

The woman was shot twice in the driveway of a business that sells wheelchairs and other home nursing supplies for the elderly. The incident happened at about noon yesterday.

Police spoke...
Cop-killing case postponed
The family of murdered police officer Anna-Marie Potgieter will have to wait at least another day for the trial of her alleged killers to start.

The case against Justice Anthony and John Arthur Dhlomo was scheduled to begin in the Vereeniging High Court today - 25 months after Potgieter's murder...
'Abbott curse' upon soapie star's killer
When former South African heavyweight boxer Jimmy Abbott heard in 1999 of his brother's conviction on charges of murder and assault, he knew the family curse had struck again - and predicted that the sins of the father will be punishable to the third and fourth generation.

Yesterday in the Johann...
Judge president relinquishes controversial Sexwale shares
KwaZulu Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala has returned more than R6-million in share options he received from businessman Tokyo Sexwale.

Judge Tshabalala yesterday confirmed he had relinquished the share options. He forwarded a copy of the letter he wrote to the Judicial Service Commission (...
Pandor pushes pupil oath
Education Minister Naledi Pandor has reassured parents that they have nothing to fear from the national schools pledge because it was based on universal values and the constitution.

Pandor unveiled the pledge yesterday and added that it could be introduced in schools as early as next month.

'Mbeki did meet with arms company'
A high-profile ambassador has confirmed that President Thabo Mbeki met with the French arms company accused of bribing Jacob Zuma - this despite the president's repeated claims that he could "honestly not recall" doing so.

Former South African ambassador Barbara Masekela publicly confirmed for t...
Criticised judge among candidates
The Judicial Service Commission has released a shortlist of candidates for 10 vacant judges' positions - including a judge who refused to pay child maintenance because he didn't believe in the validity of a paternity test.

Judge J Poswa is named as one of four candidates shortlisted for the sing...
Balfour tells Correctional Services to settle lawsuits
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour has criticised his own departmental officials for failing to settle millions of rands in litigation cases lodged by two nurses who were raped by inmates.

Between last March and January this year, the department faced R89-million in lawsuits, includi...
Civil serviceboss says it's time to punish dismal DGs
System of evaluation not effective

It is time that top civil servants were held accountable for their performance and sanctioned if necessary, public service director-general Richard Levin believes.

He acknowledged yesterday that the current system to evaluate the performance of direct...
Robber's bullet kills girl of 12
A 12-year-old girl on her way to school with her mother, 10-year-old sister and two young friends was shot and killed this morning after a house robbery went wrong.

It is believed Trinity House pupil Emily Williams was hit in the head by a stray bullet when the robbers opened fire on security gu...
Anger as murder suspect's case is postponed
More than 80 police officers in full riot gear escorted murder accused Johan Nel into the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court this morning.

Few people watched as Nel was driven in the back of a police van from the local police holding cells to the court, which is situated opposite to the cells.

Passenger in car held for insulting metro policeman
A car passenger has been arrested for backchatting a metro police officer.

Cherie Palmer (24) and her friend Rochelle Fisher (20) were pulled over by a metro cop in Eloff Street in the Joburg CBD yesterday.

The officer approached the car and informed Fisher, who was driving, that she had com...
'I was Nel's shooting victim five years ago'
Man suffered near fatal gunshot wounds while collecting grass

Petros Mabe has a permanent reminder of being shot by murder accused Johan Nel five years ago - he has to wear a colostomy bag forever.

Mabe (48) suffered near fatal gunshot wounds while collecting grass alongside a railway ...
Nightmare that came true
Schoolbook bears mute testimony to girl's worst fears

Emily Williams wrote in her classroom journal that her biggest worry was burglars breaking into her house.

Yesterday, 12-year-old Emily, a top academic achiever, was shot and killed a few metres from her home in Fairlands, Joburg.
Bloodbath bullet may tell new story
Jeppestown killing could have been cold-blooded

The Jeppestown massacre saw a hail of bullets blow through the tiny house on 54 Mordaunt Street - but the story of a single bullet could open a new dimension to the shooting.

Court evidence has shown that 27 firearms were found inside the...
Eviction protesters fight with police
Angry protesters, among them women taking their clothes off to show their disapproval, clashed with police after an eviction order was served on Ekurhuleni residents who are behind in their rental payments.

One resident, Mmilo Eseman, yesterday accused the metro's housing department of corruptio...
Cop's alleged murderers face court
The trial of two men accused of murdering policewoman Anna-Marie Potgieter was due to go ahead today.

The case against Justice Antony and John Arthur Dhlomo was yesterday delayed for a day, but was scheduled to go ahead today in the Vereeniging High Court, two years and a month after the 39-year...
At the stroke of a ballpoint
Boy loses his eye after alleged revenge attack by school prefect

A Soweto teenager has lost an eye after being stabbed with a ballpoint pen by a fellow pupil outside the gate of his school.

But the principal of Mncube Secondary School in Mofolo claimed he knew nothing about the assault...
Longer outages less often
Joburgers can expect revamped load-shedding schedules within a week.

"They just need to be taken through the political protocol," City Power managing director Silas Zimu said yesterday after a discussion in Midrand on the power problems.

The new schedules were drawn up by City Power and Eskom,...
Judge censures Minister
MABANDLA: There is no legal obligation to look at pardons.

A Pretoria High Court judge yesterday gave Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla three months to consider the applications of 384 prisoners for a presidential pardon.

Judge Willie Seriti granted an order to the prisoners, supported by th...
Govt declares war on looters
There is a veritable war on against people stealing the nation’s heritage says Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan.

The theft of artefacts and heritage objects from museums, galleries and churches has reached the stage where a special forum has been established to deal with them, he says.

Man killed as police open fire on racers
A suspected drag racer was killed and seven police officers were injured when scores of people defied an order to stop illegal car drag races in Bhuga, near Nelspruit on Sunday, police said yesterday.

The incident happened when a group of mourners blockaded the main road after the funeral of a lo...
Mbeki knew about Selebi
Affidavit claims president was told repeatedly

Ten meetings with then prosecuting boss Vusi Pikoli - as well as a "top-secret" letter - did nothing to convince President Thabo Mbeki that there was a corruption case against National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

In an explosive aff...
Parties call for govt to dissolve
A motion of no confidence in President Thabo Mbeki's government is unlikely to succeed, unless opposition parties have the support of the ruling party.

Opposition parties, especially the Democratic Alliance, are adamant that the National Assembly must be dissolved.

So far, the ANC and its pr...
Alleged killers of '7de Laan' star await their fate
The alleged killers of SABC soapie 7de Laan actor Kobus Kleynhans, who was stabbed 56 times with a pair of scissors, will know their fate in the Johannesburg High Court today.

The accused, James John Breedt (26), a self-confessed drug addict since the age of 9, and Harry Abbott (28), were standi...
New load-shedding regimen for Joburg
Joburgers can expect re-vamped load-shedding schedules within a week.

"They just need to be taken through the political protocol," City Power managing director Silas Zimu said yesterday after a discussion in Midrand on the power problems.

The new schedules were drawn up by City Power and Esk...
Jeppestown judge mulls whether to recuse himself
Defence in massacre trial claims he is biased

The Jeppestown massacre trial judge was due to announce this morning if he will recuse himself after being labelled "hostile", "impatient" and "biased" by the defence team.

Twelve men and a woman are on trial for the June 25 2006 massacre, ...
IT lessons will boost efficiency among cops
Two companies donate computers and offer lessons to police

Using a computer has been a challenge for Captain Rebecca Mollo, an officer at Parkview police station in Joburg.

In fact, all she has been able to do is switch on the "magic box" and get into the system that allows her to perf...
Focus on major factor in school violence: drugs
There are no fences high enough to keep drug dealers out of our schools. This is what provincial government officials learned after embarking on a programme to provide vulnerable schools with proper infrastructure, such as fences.

When fences are broken, it's easier for drug dealers to go in and...
Five teenage boys arrested
Mossel Bay – Five teenage boys were arrested following the murder of a teenager on Saturday at D’Almeida, Western Cape.

Western Cape police spokesman Ntobeko Mangqengqwe said “The suspects were arrested yesterday morning. They were arrested after a swift follow-up action by the police to locate ...
Giant Headache after ‘drug deal’
A 37-year-old man has been arrested in Witbank, Mpumalanga for attempted murder after he drove over a man who allegedly sold him Panado tablets instead of cocaine.

The supplier allegedly did not have the drugs and was forced to give the man Panado tablets after he refused to leave without his coc...
Raped by two men
Police are on the hunt for two men who raped a 15-year-old girl who was on her own at home, and then again hours later they returned and raped her again.

The rape occurred about 11pm on February 3 at the girls sisters house in Maratapelo village near Lebowakgomo, Limpopo.

Lebowakgomo police sp...
Teenager raped
De Aar, Northern Cape – Yesterday police reported that a man had been arrested after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old teenager.

On Friday night the girl was walking alone when a man approached her and offered her money in exchange for sex. She refused and the man allegedly dragged her into a vac...
Man strangles wife
A man has been arrested after he allegedly strangled his wife when she tried to stop him from going drinking with his friends in Stilfontein on Saturday.

Police spokesman Captain Adele Myburgh said the woman followed her husband and friends when he left home. They argued, he grabbed her neck and...
Hammer gang jailed
Three men who attacked Potchefstroom farmer Willem Jacobus Mostert, 60, with a hammer in 2006 have been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Elias Hatang, 25, Richard Mokoto, 24 and Piet Mfundise, 28, were sentenced last week. Simon Majake, 23, pleaded guilty to armed robbery. His sentence was 25 ye...
No room for Kgalema
Mbeki: no cabinet reshuffle; crime fight needs special unit

President Thabo Mbeki will not accommodate any of the ANC's new guard in his cabinet, including party deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Mbeki said yesterday there would be no cabinet reshuffle and that it was not necessary t...
Shot teenager upbeat ahead of surgery on lung
Razelle Botha, who had a bright future ahead of her before she was shot a week ago, is in for another setback.

The pretty 18-year-old was due to be operated on again today - this time to close a hole in her lung.

Razelle, who obtained eight distinctions in matric last year, was on the brink of...
Parlotones' lead singer robbed at gunpoint in garage
The lead singer of one of South Africa's most popular bands has been robbed at gunpoint.

Kahn Morbee, of multi-award-winning group The Parlotones, was forced to sink to his knees and cover his eyes after two men held a gun in his face in the garage of Sovereign Entertainment's Ferndale, Randburg...
Police abuse haunts homeless
Dreadlocked Zimbabwean musician Tafadzwa* woke up from a deep slumber and looked straight into the blinding torchlight of a policeman.

"It was about 12 at night. I looked up and saw some flashes of torches. It was dark and the light was blinding.

"After some adjustment, I began to see some p...
Trio in dock over stolen-goods scam
Three men arrested for hiring expensive construction equipment, reporting it stolen and selling it to unsuspecting clients were due to go on trial today.

But police are investigating whether the trio have been using their awaiting-trial time in prison to pull off more cons by renting out property...
The government's feeble response to power crisis
Four weeks after Eskom started load shedding, government leadership is still fumbling around in the dark.

"Move slower, a lower speed will increase the efficiency in terms of km per energy unit," instructs a bizarre pamphlet on energy efficiency tips handed out last week amid fanfare by Minister...
Mother bitter after her dead son is ignored
For 15 hours, Christine Rafunya sat sobbing next to the lifeless body of her three-month-old baby at the Central Methodist Church in Joburg.

Rafunya (32) - one of the Zimbabwean nationals who have taken refugee in the cathedral - said her ordeal started shortly before 10pm on Thursday. She could...
Alleged Skierlik killer's dad in court
The father of Skierlik teenager Johan Nel, who allegedly went on a shooting spree, killing four people, last month, appeared briefly in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court in North West yesterday.

Hennie Nel (right), faces charges of contravention of the Firearms Act after his son allegedly used...
Farmers claim nuke waste ruined water
A West Rand farmer whose dam is so contaminated with radioactive material that he can no longer earn a living has slammed the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) as a "big liar".

This comes after the NNR this week refuted reports of radioactive contamination of water and food produced in the Wonder...
Time for lame-duck president to go, says Zille
From "Age of Hope" in 2006, last year's whip-cracking attitude and this year's "Business Unusual" themes, Thabo Mbeki's presidency is still being bombarded by opposition party criticism.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said yesterday that Mbeki spoke as a manager, and not as a leader of t...
A real promise or just a sting?
Nobody's quite sure after Mbeki's obfuscating speech

The Scorpions may soon be extinct. While President Thabo Mbeki, in his State of the Nation address, avoided making any direct statement on the future of the Directorate of Special Operations - the Scorpions - which his party wants closed...
'Active duties' curtailed as military orgy raided
A 21st birthday-party-turned-drunken-orgy ended this week with battles between military medical students, the SAPS and MPs.

Taking control of stairwells and passages at the SA Military Health Services training barracks in Thaba Tshwane, students - placed "on guard" in case of intervention by off...
Shops force women to buy for grant
A company contracted by the Department of Social Welfare to disburse grants has illegally outsourced the job to some supermarkets.

And these shops are forcing the beneficiaries to buy exorbitantly priced groceries from them when they collect their grants.

Pensioners and women collecting chil...
Paedophile McNeil now staying at Happy Valley
The "Santa Claus" paedophile, James McNeil, released from Pollsmoor Prison in December, is living at a home for the destitute in Simon's Town called Happy Valley.

McNeil (77) was ordered to take part in a community-based sex offenders' rehabilitation programme on his release, although it is not ...
Emotions high at KES killing trial
The mother of murdered 17-year-old King Edward VII School pupil Mfundo Ntshangase sat quietly reading as she waited for court proceedings to begin yesterday.

Nonhlanhla Ntshangase sat in the courtroom surrounded by friends and family as she faced the seven schoolboys who were arrested over her s...
Tripping the (sun)light fantastic
South Africa's solar industry is set to boom with a government plan to ban all non-solar-enabled electric geysers to improve electricity supply and offset blackouts.

Recently published regulations to the Electricity Regulation Act 2006 state that no electric geyser may be installed without solar...
Deceased's mom fumes at sentence for accused (15)
Inappropriate to impose jail sentence, magistrate rules

The 15-year-old boy convicted of stabbing to death a 19-year-old fellow Forest High School pupil stared sullenly ahead as he heard that he was not to be sent to prison.

The boy, who cannot be identified because he is underage, this...
Victims of cash-in transit heist speak
Two of them still have bullets lodged in their bodies

Some of the victims of the Bree Street shooting, which claimed the life of a 15-month-old baby, still have bullets lodged in them.

Testifying in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, the victims gave detailed accounts of how they we...
Amnesty no blanket’
MCBRIDE CASE: Call for press freedom

The granting of amnesty to Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief Robert McBride should not make the expression of particular points of view out of bounds, says Jane Duncan, Freedom of Expression Institute executive director.

She was reacting to a Johannesburg High ...
Fear of foreigners ‘problem’
Despite measures put in place by law, South Africa is still a xenophobic country experiencing hatred and fear of foreigners.

This was made clear in a panel discussion at Wits University on the Johannesburg Central Methodist Church raid last week by Johannesburg police in which 300 Zimbabweans wer...
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