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Human trafficking ‘rife’
The importance of putting legislation in place against human trafficking increases each day leading up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

South Africa is a human trafficking hotspot favoured by elements of the criminal underworld, because there’s no specific law against it, according to Vasu Reddy of ...
Bloodbath trio seeking bail
Three men who allegedly took part in a bloody, botched cash-in-transit robbery near Fountains Valley last month, which left a police officer and four suspects dead, will apply for bail next year.

This was stated in Pretoria Regional Court yesterday during the appearance of Josia Jeffrey Nkosi, Pr...
No bail for siege accused
Most of the accused in the Jeppe massacre will spend Christmas in C-Max, the Johannesburg High Court has decided.

The couple who are alleged to have started it all by suggesting a supermarket be robbed, supermarket cashier Mary Dineo Maleke, 29, and boyfriend, Senzo Mweli 26 , are being detained ...
Letters ‘just vanish’
The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court has its own Bermuda Triangle – where important letters and other documents disappear mysteriously.

Attorney Gerald Shnaps discovered it when on two occasions letters he personally hand-delivered to clerks requesting particulars about a case disappeared.

Shnaps ...
Council ignores court
Tshwane Metro Council is in contempt of court for tardiness in approving or denying a request from residents of yet another Pretoria suburb seeking better security.

The application by First Ridge Estates was even more embarrassing to the council as it was first submitted more than three years ago...
Hunt for missing boy

The search continues for a missing Kuils Rivier boy, police stated yesterday.

The boy, Lorenzo Dulan Kriel went missing last week when his mother was visiting Eerste Rivier and was only reported missing Saturday morning. He was last seen in Shoprite supermarket in Bellville.

The same area w...
ANC women marching in protest
The ANC's apparent failure to honour its 50/50 commitment to gender equality has raised the hackles of hundreds of women, who were due to march to the Union Buildings today.

Many have viewed the march as a direct attack on the ANC Women's League decision last week to support Jacob Zuma in his ch...
Nqakula to release crime statistics more frequently
Following mounting pressure from civil society and opposition parties, the police will finally release crime statistics more regularly.

National police spokesperson Director Sally de Beer said Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula would release statistics for the period April 1 to Septemb...
NPA to request 'Shaik documents'
The NPA was today due to formally request that the originals of the 14 "Shaik documents" stored in Mauritius be handed over to it as it cannot make any public announcement about Jacob Zuma's future without them.

The documents were used to convict Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, o...
Prisoners, officer die in accident
Three prisoners and a correctional services officer have been killed in a head-on collision near Christiana in North West.

They died, according to a statement from the Department of Correctional Services, when a truck towing another truck lost control after a tyre burst about 10am yesterday.

20 years for muggers
Grahamstown High Court - Khayalethu Harmaans (23) and David Hanabe (32), of Kirkwood were found guilty last week of breaking into the home of Joan Schoken (72), an elderly widow of Kirkwood on November 19 last year, of brutally beating the widow with a sjambok and stealing household goods worth R88 ...
Murder accused appear in court
The two men allegedly linked to the murder of Bakhulu Mchunu (35) at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital last month appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday. Their case was postponed to January 22 for further investigation.

By Thandi Skade Th...
Hearing for beating accused postponed
The man and woman accused alongside Gary Beuthin of kidnapping, robbing and attempting to murder a Joburg businessman will spend another week in jail.

Warren Schertel (34) and Beuthin's girlfriend Melanie van Niekerk (31) are applying for bail after having been linked to the brutal beating of Ed...
Interim sequestration for Browns' estate
The Cape High Court has placed the joint estate of Fidentia boss J Arthur Walter Brown and his wife Susan under provisional sequestration after finding that the curators of Fidentia had proved that he is indebted to the company.

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Lack of protection for child victims
Our courts are failing to protect young children and the mentally handicapped involved in the criminal justice system.

These were the submissions the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Mokotedi Mpshe SC, made to Pretoria high court Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann's probe into whether th...
Insurers offer reward for recovery of diamond loot
'It was like they watched Oceans 11'

Fifteen centimetres of steel, concrete and metal mesh lay between the robbers and the glittering diamonds they came to steal.

Under a fountain of sparks and debris, they sliced away at these obstacles until they could slip their hands into three gia...
Station chief in hot water over Yengeni's arrest
The senior policeman who stated on television news that his officers had smelt liquor on Tony Yengeni's breath is facing suspension.

Goodwood station commissioner Siphiwo Hewana was yesterday served papers informing him of his possible suspension.

Last Monday, Hewana said the former ANC chie...
MEC urges men to join fight against child abuse
Sexual assault on children is increasing unabated, Gauteng MEC for Health Brian Hlongwa has lamented.

Hlongwa was addressing the legislature yesterday during a debate on his ministry's 2006/2007 annual finances, for which the Auditor-General gave him an unqualified report.

The MEC said: "Vio...
Police to investigate delay in removal of corpse in Sandton
The body of a woman who is believed to have jumped to her death form a luxury hotel in Sandton lay outside for more than five hours.

It is believed the middle-aged woman had plummeted to her death from the sixth floor of Sandton's Michelangelo Towers, one of South Africa's top hotels, at about 4...
Bombers leave cash
A Standard Bank ATM was bombed in Lenasia this morning but the robbers failed to take any money, although cops found some lying on the ground.

The ATM, at the Caltex filling station in Bangalo Drive, Extension 11A, was damaged and it is believed that at the time of the attack, the filling station...
SA Press Code hits the street
The South African Press Code (SAPC) is now available both online and in print, and promises to go a long way towards ensuring journalistic excellence in the country.

This week the Press Council of South Africa, the Press Ombudsman and the Press Appeals Panel announced the publication of the SAPC ...
Mystery shrouds Zuma’s fate on graft charges
It is unclear when the ANC presidential front-runner Jacob Zuma will know his fate regarding the re-institution of arms deal related charges.

To compound matters, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is giving conflicting statements on the issue.

Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe, acting NPA head, t...
Alleged wife-killer under psychiatric observation
Former policeman Mark Voeght, charged with murdering his estranged wife in front of clients at the bank where she was a manageress, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, and was sent to Sterkfontein Hospital for mental observation.

Work-related and other stress had clouded Voeght’s f...
Church cracks the whip
‘BROTHEL’: But couple say minister defamed them

CENTURION housewife Marianne Ellis and her businessman husband Dolf – one of the founding members of the Doornkloof Ned Geref Kerk – instituted a R350 000 damages claim against Dr Johann Ernst, a minister at the church, after a series ...
Three in court on murder charges
Three men accused of the torture, rape and murder of a woman in Lynnwood Manor, east of Pretoria two months ago will know next year if their case will be heard in a higher court.

The men, aged 23, 29 and 45, who cannot be named as they have not yet pleaded to the sexually related charge, appeared...
'Cold-blooded’ murder ‘merits life’
The cold-bloodedness of the murder of Icelandic citizen Gisle Thorkelsson was “portrayed in the way he was cemented into a dustbin and left on the patio of a house for six weeks”.

Prosecutor Geo Wasserman said this yesterday, urging the Johannesburg High Court to send convicted murderer Willie T...
More police for CBD
Additional Johannesburg Metro Police officers and patrol cars have been deployed to help monitor blind spots in the CBD, as half of the newly-tendered CCTV cameras still need to be installed.

Last Friday, Cueincident, the company which had been running the CCTV initiative since March 2000, shut d...
Authority firm on frozen planes
Despite cautious optimism that airline Nationwide might resume normal operations this week, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) declined to revoke an order grounding all nationwide flights yesterday.

“The status quo remains,” said CAA aircraft safety executive manager Obert Chakarisa following an ...
Holiday killing sparks outrage
MORE robberies despite police presence

The murder of a 50-year-old man has outraged residents and holidaymakers at Marloth Park, Komatipoort.

Mr Rudolph Harris is believed to have been shot within an hour of arriving at his holiday home in the Crocodile River area on the souther...
R1 million ‘malicious prosecution’ claim
A North West Panelbeater has instituted a damages claim of R1,1 million against Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula.

This is after the man’s acquittal on charges of heading a housebreaking and theft ring.

Bloemhof businessman Donovan Leo Seeber instituted the claim after he was acquit...
Two bodies found – mother and daughter
Tthe two KwaZulu-Natal women who were found shot and killed at the weekend, were identified as mother and daughter, the police announced yesterday.

Police Constable Siwe Nxumalo said Zamo Ngobane, 40, and Nonhle Ngobane, 24, were both shot in the head at their Mthombothi Road home in KwaMashu’s J...
Stripper bosses take off the gloves
Phillips to face assault charges after late-night club fracas

The business of naked women just got nasty for two of the stripping industry's most powerful men.

Cape Town stripper boss Shane Harrison claims his Joburg counterpart, Andrew Phillips, beat him so badly that his eardrums bur...
Sting suspect 'won't co-operate'
The alleged leader of a Zimbabwean gang linked to a series of crimes has appeared in court after he was taken down at a restaurant in Joburg.

Michael Maphosa, in handcuffs and leg irons, made a brief appearance at the Germiston Magistrate's Court yesterday after evading the police for three year...
Protest planned over nomination of Zuma
Gender activists are planning to march against the ANC Women's League's nomination for Jacob Zuma as the next party president.

However, Cosatu is threatening to organise counter marches if the activists do not drop their idea.

The Women's League shocked political speculators and the ANC when...
Selebi 1st in Scorpions' sights
He'll hear his fate soon, but Zuma to wait until new year

Deputy ANC president Jacob Zuma is set to contest the election in Polokwane a "free man", after the National Prosecuting Authority indicated that a decision on whether to prosecute him will be made only in the new year.

Acting N...
Murder suspect turns himself in
The man accused of stabbing to death a young Soweto couple has handed himself over to the police after DNA test results positively linked him to the murders.

Accompanied by his mother and a friend, 31-year-old Tshidiso Hlongwane covered his face with a towel yesterday as he was escorted to the h...
Soweto residents take water gripes to court
The City of Joburg is racist and discriminates against people on the basis of poverty and colour.

So argued Wim Trengove SC at the Johannesburg High Court, where he is representing five Phiri, Soweto, residents in their case against the city.

The residents claim that the installation of prep...
Parenthood no cause for leniency - judge
Should courts be merciful to rapists and murderers with young children?

Johannesburg High Court Judge Kathy Satchwell said she becomes concerned when convicted people stress that they have children in the mitigation of their sentences when the majority of the population was made up of parents.
Robbers net R2m in brazen gem heist
Diamond dealers hit by angle-grinder gang

Under cover of darkness, a gang of robbers infiltrated a business park and pulled off a sensational, multimillion rand diamond heist.

Yesterday, the owners of the business were counting their losses from the movie-style break-in, but estimate t...
MEC is accused of R200 000 food binges
Gauteng Finance and Economic Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile has denied blowing over R200 000 at a Sandton restaurant last year.

News broke yesterday that just two months after swiping his government credit card for R96 375 at the five-star Auberge Michel eatery, he returned to spend anther R108 229....
Family want justice after R9m ordeal
Van der Vyvers hope to find out who killer was, may sue state

The family of former murder accused Fred van der Vyver spent R9-million on doing all they could to prove his innocence and ensure his acquittal.

"The scariest part was what would have happened if we did not have the legal su...
Heritage site under crime siege
The Cradle of Humankind is under threat of being overrun by gun-toting, cold-blooded killers.

In the past few months a number of restaurant and lodge owners have been targeted and gunned down on their Muldersdrift properties.

Last week, Franz Richter, a well-known conservationist and owner o...
Mail theft continues to plague SA
Mail theft remains a serious problem for the South African Post Office in spite of a reported 40% increase in profit in the first half of the 2006/2007 financial year.

Joburg resident Günther Linzer is one of many unlucky mail theft victims.

Linzer was sent a package from the UK through the ...
Workers 'Mad' about security
Domestic staff celebrate unprecedented success of their crimefighting initiative

What started off with three people eight years ago has grown into an army of more than 1 000 crimefighters determined to make a difference.

Over 1 000 domestic workers from 11 suburbs around Joburg congreg...
You can play a part in safety
The Randburg Community Policing Forum (CPF) is among the frontrunners in responding to Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia's call for communities to prepare a Community Safety Plan.

The appeal was initially made as a part of the MEC's Take Charge Campaign launched earlier this year.

Birthday gift is 25 years in jail
A 35-year-old Nigerian man got a tough birthday present when a court sentenced him to 25 years in jail for smuggling 114kg of cocaine.

Police at the OR Tambo International Airport were overjoyed that the Nigerian received the stiffest penalty the court could hand down for drug smuggling.

The c...
‘Charge Manto for baby deaths’
REPORT: Health Dept blamed

A call has gone out to hold the Health Minister accountable for the five premature babies who died in hospital last week.

This is after a report on the klebsiela outbreak found overcrowded and understaffed facilities had contributed to the spread of inf...
Blade’s guards withdrawn
SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande could be a casualty of the fierce ANC succession battle, as his police protection unit has “suddenly’ been withdrawn.

This fear was raised by his deputy, Jeremy Cronin, who said this development was “completely bizarre” and “unexplained.”

“In the middle of...
Bid to crack Kune puzzle
MURDER: Police to ‘wrap things up quickly’

Attempted murder and hoax e-mail accused Muziwendoda Kunene will know this week if he is the man the police are ready to charge for the murder of well-known Ballito real estate agent Lynne Hume.

Inspector RC Maharaj, from the SAPS Organised Cri...
Tshwane police close restaurants, fine 86 motorists
A zero tolerance approach towards motorists and the owners of eateries who violate the law was implemented during a Tshwane Metro Police festive season operation north of Pretoria yesterday.

Police set up a roadblock along “the notorious Brits Road which is used by most of the city’s traffic viol...
Two bodies in river
Two bodies of illegal immigrants, believed to be from Zimbabwe, were found floating in the Manini river in Limpopo at the weekend.

It was suspected that the men committed suicide as there were no visible injuries on their bodies.

Thohoyandou police said yesterday they did not suspect foul play...
DA explores alternative sentencing
The Democratic Alliance has called on the Ministers of Justice and Correctional Services to revisit the use of resources allocated to facilitate alternative sentencing.

The DA made the call yesterday after releasing a discussion document that explores alternative sentencing. The document examine...
Crooked police worry party
The Democratic Alliance yesterday expressed concern over the 2% suspension rate of police officers who aided escapees from holding cells.

The party was reacting to a reply to a private question submitted to the South African Police Service during its appearance before the Portfolio Committee on S...
Party to report to the Public Protector
Freedom Front Plus party intends to report Tshwane Metro Council’s ‘corrupt activities’ to the Public Protector.

FF Plus said this yesterday after they had walked out of a council meeting in protest against the endorsement of an alleged corrupt contract on Thursday.

The party said the council ...
Liquor board, director guilty
REPEATED OFFENCES‘because they couldn’t care less’

The Gauteng Liquor Board and its chief director were again found guilty of contempt of court and given a suspended jail term for repeatedly ignoring court orders to issue licences.

Pretoria attorney Marius Blom last week asked the court...
Dead rape victim hailed
The 17-year-old Soweto schoolgirl, Coceka Lubobo, who exposed her rapist and murderer with her dying words has been posthumously awarded for her bravery.

Women Demand Dignity (WDD) a lobby group spearheaded by Nomfundo Walaza and Jane Raphaely has presented white ribbon awards to people who have ...
Kunene shot son, cops say
Controversial hoax e-mail saga information technology specialist Muziwendoda Kunene has been arrested.

Kunene, who was shot a few weeks ago in an apparent attempt on his life in Pretoria, was nabbed by police at his KwaZulu Natal home on Thursday.

He has been charged with the attempted murde...
Tell-all book on Baby Jordan's murder
Karyn Maughan reports on allegations of bitter maintenance battles and disputes about paternity

'If you want money, you are going to have to deal with our lawyers. Just keep your baby away from our family. Is that clear? We want nothing to do with you or your child."

These were the wor...
Diners applaud police after they nab suspect
Special squad uses knives and forks to trap killer
When undercover policemen backed up by special operatives took down a wanted kingpin during a sting at an Eastgate restaurant, patrons burst into applause and formed a guard of honour as he was escorted out.

The 49-year-old Zimbabwean ...
Toddlers survive 16-hour hijack ordeal unharmed
A night of terror for a Pietermaritzburg couple ended in joy yesterday when their two girls were found unharmed after being taken by two hijackers.

Berry and Cindy Brown's ordeal began about 5pm on Saturday when Brown and her daughters Owethu (2) and 18-month-old uZile went to fetch a friend on ...
Party's over for coke smuggler
There was no cake and no gifts. But there was bad news. On his 35th birthday this week, Chikeluba Ogeuke was sentenced to an effective 25 years in prison - the longest sentence ever handed down to a drug smuggler in South Africa.

The Nigerian national was arrested after police seized 115kg of pu...
Joburg comes to standstill
Blaring horns and loud swearing erupted in the Joburg CBD this morning as the city was gridlocked for three hours - for no apparent reason.

Most of the intersections off Bree Street from Sauer up until Eloff streets were the hardest hit with frustrated motorists stuck in the traffic.

Despite ...
Another security guard killed
On Wednesday a security guard was shot dead during an armed robbery in KwaZulu-Natal police informed yesterday.

The police reported that three armed men, later joined by another two, robbed a tyre dealership in Ladysmith.

During the robbery a struggle ensued between a security guard and the ...
Dead baby found in bag
A new born baby, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found in a bag at a landfill site in KwaZulu- Natal on Wednesday police informed yesterday.

The police said that workers from the Durban Solid Waste had picked up rubbish from residential areas and taken it to the Mariannhill landfill s...
Pair found murdered
The owner of the Spaza shop in Ezindlovini settlement in Khayelitsha and his helper were found murdered yesterday after an armed robbery.

Police said two men entered the shop and ordered the 21-year-old owner and his 30-year-old worker to lie down and then proceeded to shoot them both in the head...
No court judge available
When five-year-old Lee was rescued there was blood streaming from her pistol-whipped nose and burst facial veins from a strangulation attempt by one of the burglars, as well as bodily bruising.

To thank for the rescue was domestic helper Ntombini Liflina Mweli, who manages to smash her way out of...
Free help lines sought
Women are petitioning MTN, Vodacom, Cell C, and Virgin Mobile to provide a free service to them when dialling for help.

Women’s Net, Gender Links and NISAA say one in every three women is abused, and more than half live under the poverty line.

Only women with access to a Telkom line can call e...
Cachalia’s way with crime
Skills development and training are essential in the fight against crime in Gauteng, says safety MEC Firoz Cachalia.

Tabling his department’s annual report in the Gauteng legislature, he said 200 Community Policing Forums would be trained throughout the province in this financial year to address ...
Worker framed by boss
R32 000: Court orders damages

Two Pretoria High Court judges have ordered a manager to pay R32 000 damages to a colleague he had arrested and prosecuted on false theft charges.

Jan Diederik Maritz, an area manager at Timber City, must pay Pieter Alberts, a yard manager at the Mo...
Van der Vyver is acquitted
Tears flowed in the Cape High Court yesterday when former Old Mutual actuary Fred van der Vyver was pronounced not guilty of the murder of Stellenbsoch University student Inge Lotz.

Lotz was found beaten and stabbed to death in her Stellenbosch apartment in March 2005. At the end of that year, t...
Outrage over killing of tourism icon
'Live in Africa with Africa." This was the motto that fierce conservation campaigner Franz Richter lived by.

For more than 35 years the former miner and motor mechanic had fought to preserve nature on his game lodge in Muldersdrift, north-west of Joburg.

But the site of his greatest achievem...
Prosecuting head to sweat on Selebi and Zuma reports
The Zuma and Selebi reports have been placed on his table, and Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe now has the unenviable task of deciding whether to prosecute or not.

Yesterday, the prosecuting team presented him with a final briefing on their investigations into ANC deputy pr...
Dina finally comes clean on killing link
Rodrigues says death of Baby Jordan was tragic accident

Dina Rodrigues claims the killing of six-month-old Baby Jordan-Leigh Norton was not the cold-blooded assassination that she was found guilty of, but rather a tragic accident.

For the first time, the 26-year-old has detailed her in...
Shaik to get some of his cash for appeal
The state is set to release some of Schabir Shaik's R40-million which it is holding under curatorship pending the outcome of a Constitutional Court appeal over the confiscation of the money.

But it was unlikely that Shaik would get the R2,5-million he wants to fund the court battle. Last week th...
Prized wine collection among items seized in raid
A former First National Bank financial adviser has been stripped of everything valuable he owns in an early morning raid on his plush Durban home.

Clynton Cotton is accused of defrauding clients of almost R21-million. Yesterday's raid, by members of the Asset Forfeiture Unit and officers from Dur...
Some Emmarentia Dam gates to be shut to enhance security
Three of the five access gates to Joburg's Emmarentia Dam will soon be closed to the public and only opened on special occasions.

The dam is well known as a popular picnic spot, a windsurfing area and for its magnificent rose garden, which houses more than 12 000 rose bushes. It is also known as ...
Crime fears as Joburg's Big Bro shuts eyes
In less than 24 hours, Joburg's Big Brother will close his eyes for the first time in almost eight years.

As technicians manning more than 100 surveillance cameras in the inner city hit the "off" button, blind spots will be cast over the city during the festive "heist season".

The company ta...
Top court agrees with exec's axing
Constitutional Court ruling ends battle between Transnet and fired manager

Dismissed Transnet executive Neliswa Chirwa has lost her case in the Constitutional Court in dramatic fashion.

The epic battle between her and Transnet, which started with her dismissal in November 2002, ended o...
Supreme Court puts stop to vehicle seizure for drunken driving
The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that it would be inappropriate for the state to seize vehicles belonging to people who were charged and convicted of drunken driving.

This follows an appeal by the National Director of Public Prosecution in which it sought the court to endorse its actions of pre...
11-year-old case will have to wait for February
It took police 11 years to catch Collin Makhavho, so having his court case postponed for two months seems hardly a long wait.

Makhavho (31) made a brief appearance at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with a house robbery in December 1996.

His lawyer had two other mat...
Doctor held for allegedly dealing in dagga
A Pretoria doctor faces up to two years in prison after police found a dagga plantation at his home.

The 34-year-old doctor was arrested in Heatherdale, northern Pretoria, in the early hours of yesterday morning after police followed up on information from residents.

The doctor - who works a...
Court told of events leading to man's beating
'Beuthin began assaulting him with the bat and, after getting out of breath, handed the bat to Schertel

Gary Beuthin beat 43-year-old Edward Jacobs with a baseball bat until he was tired, then passed the bat to a friend, top cop Piet Byleveld has told the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

Girl (9) grilled on hijacking
Police blunder leads to dad's wrongful arrest

A 9-year-old child was held and questioned at Fairland police station for hours after her father was wrongfully detained following a shootout in which two hijackers were killed.

The father, Fungai, who wanted to give only his first name, wa...
Is Jingxela SA's worst serial rapist?
Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, charged with multiple counts of rape, faces the prospect of being declared South Africa's worst serial rapist if found guilty on all charges.

Judge George Maluleke was expected to pass his verdict in the Johannesburg High Court today following a marathon trial which last...
Family left bitter as killer is fined
For almost a year Priscilla Mdluli has been praying for justice, but instead she was left feeling bitter and disgruntled with the justice system.

This comes after Makhenza Khumalo - the man convicted of killing her son - was yesterday sentenced to pay a R20 000 fine or two years in jail.

Hijackers missed, he didn't - cop shoots two
Police reservist who saved woman tells his dramatic story
He is my guardian angel, says the doctor who wrestled attacker

He had to make an instant life-and-death decision as he stared at the man and woman wrestling on the ground.

The man was holding a gun to the woman's neck, s...
Children's club starts anti-crime campaign
A Soweto children's club has taken up the fight against crime. Yesterday, members of the Luthando Creative Children's Club, an entrepreneurship development programme, launched the 100 Days of Jinda Mzala Crime Free Campaign, aimed at tackling crime head-on.

The youths said they had realised from...
Better hospital security
The DA has welcomed the increased security budget of R86 million for Gauteng hospitals, announced by health MEC Brian Hlongwa.

DA provincial health spokesman Jack Bloom said: “Hlongwa promised the money will be spent optimally, and the performance of private security companies would be monitored,...
3 held for soccer ace murder
INTERNATIONAL gunned down as he played golf

Three men have been arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of former Austrian footballer Peter Burgstaller.

Burgstaller arrived at Selborne Estate on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast near Pennington last week Friday.

After he ...
Kids must know their rights
North West premier Ednah Molewa says children must know their rights and the laws of the land so they can speak out against abuse.

She was speaking to children in Rustenburg this week, during a walk that was part of the provincial campaign of Sixteen Days of Activism against the abuse of women an...
Youth against crime
Aimed at bringing awareness of a crime-free society to the Soweto area, the 100 days of Jinda Mzala Crime-Free Campaign Road Show will begin on November 29.

The roadshow will run until March 29, 2008, and is an initiative developed by the Luthando Creative Minds Children’s Club in association wit...
NW to hold errant drivers
North West traffic officers have been urged to follow their Gauteng counterparts and arrest motorists with outstanding fines.

Transport MEC Phenye Vilakazi said he had told traffic authorities to “show no mercy” in dealing with motorists with outstanding traffic fines.

Provincial traffic offic...
House arrest for poacher
ILLEGAL: Man caught with 26 rock lobsters

A 49-year-old Hillcrest crayfish poacher has been sentenced to eight months’ evening house arrest after pleading guilty to possession of 26 crayfish without a recreational permit.

Leon Bezuidenhout was arrested by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife o...
Missiles found in manhole
More than 50 anti-aircraft missiles were discovered buried near the manhole to a stormwater drain in Clarina, north of Pretoria yesterday.

Construction workers installing water pipes got the fright of their lives when pulling on a dirty plastic bag to find it contained two belts of M3A7 30mm miss...
Zuma in bid to overrule appeal court ruling
Last-ditch attempt ahead of Polokwane

Presidential frontrunner Jacob Zuma has made his last legal stand against possible prosecution for fraud and corruption 17 days before the battle for the leadership of the ANC is decided.

But, in contrast to his last five court battles with the Nat...
Masetlha's victory a blow for Mbeki
President Thabo Mbeki's battle for the leadership of the ANC has been dealt another blow.

This came after dismissed spy boss Billy Masetlha who has now teamed up with ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma was acquitted for violating the intelligence oversight law.

The Hatfield Magistrate's Court i...
Legendary conservationist slain
Franz Richter 80, was reported to have been found murdered on his Muldersdrift farm, west of Johannesburg, yesterday.

His daughter Gaby Richter stated her father was found shot in the head and chest around 10am on the property of Heia Safari Ranch.

An undisclosed amount of money had been stole...
R99m fine 'too lenient'
The Competition Tribunal hearing into bread price-fixing attracted submissions from various parties. Here are summaries of their cases:

The Human rights commision:

Bread is a basic commodity and anti-competitive practices disproportionately affect the poor. Corporate leniency policies should...
Bakers' reputation 'now equates that of criminals'
Man who blew whistle on bread scandal insists CEO of implicated company must go to jail

The baker has always had a sacred and honourable position in society … until now.

"In our country this reputation has become tarnished and people now equate bakers with the corrupt organised-crime o...
D-Day looms for Selebi
South Africa's top cop Jackie Selebi is likely to know this week whether he will be in the dock soon.

NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe said yesterday that speculation the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) was poised to soon sting Jacob Zuma was false.

In terms of Selebi, however, it appears to b...
Decision about Yengeni 'parole violation' pending
The Department of Correctional Services has completed its investigation into former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni's possible violation of his parole conditions by allegedly driving drunk.

The police stopped him at 9pm on Sunday after his car swerved across the road in Parow, Cape Town, and arreste...
Victorious Masetlha awaits second hurdle
"I will see you in Limpopo", laughed a triumphant Billy Masetlha as members of the Congress of South African Students and the Young Communist League carried him shoulder high out of the Hatfield Magistrate's Court.

Masetlha yesterday told Cosas members that while the first round in the battle to...
Woman's death-defying wrestle
After he was shot he fell off me

Elmarie Wypkema had milliseconds to live. The would-be hijacker she was grappling with had managed to get the better of her and placed the barrel of his 9mm pistol to her neck.

But he never got the chance to pull the trigger - he was shot dead by an off...
Defence denies Agliotti's claims
Glenn Agliotti and his family are expected to return to the Wynberg Magistrate's Court in January to continue testifying against the men who allegedly terrorised them during a robbery.

Yesterday, Agliotti who himself is on trial for the murder of mining tycoon Brett Kebble and for heading an int...
Law excludes whites
The labour Department reacted with outrage yesterday at accusations it was failing to walk the talk on the Employment Equity Act.

This followed a letter from an online organisation to the department claiming the department was not complying with the Act.

It said only 2% of employees in the dep...
Goniwe's victim only wants an apology
'I don't hate him. I've dealt with it and moved on'

Nomawele Njongo holds no grudges against former ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe for trying to elicit sexual favours from her and says she forgives him. But she would like an apology.

The former parliamentary intern and now administrativ...
Prison chiefs mum on Yengeni
The Correctional Services Department remains mum about Tony Yengeni after his Sunday night arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

On Monday, spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said an investigation would be held into Yengeni's possible breach of his parole conditions.

The conditions, released yeste...
Zuma has some space, but time's running out for Selebi
South Africa's top cop, Jackie Selebi, will know this week whether he will be charged, although ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma might have to wait a little longer to learn his fate.

This was the indication from government and security sources yesterday as the rumour mill went into overdrive abou...
Two on trial over strike violence
The violence which dominated last year's national security guard strike is the focus of a Durban High Court trial in which two men are accused of forcing three non-striking guards to jump from a moving train.

Two survived and one died. Another man, apparently a shop steward, managed to flee from...
'He's killing me … I'm dying'
The victim utters her attacker's name, the evidence points to one man - but delays in DNA tests set him free

Mpho Sibanze's chilling words still haunt her mother as she stares into the distance at the very spot in Soweto where her beautiful daughter was attacked, and ultimately murdered.
'Security at parliament didn't spot my pistol'
A woman's claims that security staff at parliament let her through three checkpoints with a gun in her purse were "somewhat distorted", police have said.

Michelle van Acker, a Cape Town financial planner, said she had visited a client at parliament on Thursday with her licensed .38 Special in he...
Hijacked at same place, same time
A meteorite landing on your house, being beamed up by aliens, killed by a falling coconut or how about being hijacked at the same place, same time, exactly a year later?

The odds of it happening are perhaps a billion to one, but tell that to Ernest Ndlovu, who on Sunday experienced a nasty sense...
Cops visit Diepkloof hostel to talk about abuse
The only way the police will be triumphant over violence against women and children is if victims or witnesses of the crimes lay charges against the attackers.

This comes after calculations done at Diepkloof police station revealed that most cases of this type were either not reported, or were r...
Baby abandoned inside plastic bag defies the odds
Little Blessing on road to recovery after being found in the veld

Shortly after Blessing arrived in the world, her mother placed her in a plastic bag and left her to die.

How long baby Blessing remained in that stretch of veld in Meredale, southern Joburg, no one knows.

On Friday m...
Women hope for dawn of better deal
The Democratic Alliance Women's Network (Dawn) has added its support to the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children by delivering a memorandum of grievances to the Johannesburg Maintenance Court.

Yesterday, 127 Dawn women demonstrated in the CBD and delivered the memorandu...
Agliotti's night of terror
The man accused of Kebble murder tells of attack on family

The horror three-hour long robbery at Glen Agliotti's house in March ended with one of the robbers urinating over him, his fiancée and his 17-year-old daughter.

This morning Agliotti told the Wynberg Magistrate's Court the expl...
Trader held for selling Mandrax
Joburg metro police have arrested a man who was caught selling Mandrax from a mini stall in Soweto.

Metro police chief Wayne Minnaar said the 29-year-old suspect had a mini stall where he pretended to sell loose cigarettes. Police became suspicious of him as his customers included people who dri...
DA lists 5 worst cop shops
The country’s five worst police stations have been selected from stations visited by the Democratic Alliance over the past two months.

The DA’s spokesman for safety and security Dianne Kohler-Barnard presented a document listing the stations to the Portfolio Committee and the Minister of Safety a...
On the run after kidnap
A 36-year-old woman who allegedly kidnapped a new born baby boy and arranged to have his mother killed is still on the run, six months after she disappeared.

Detectives from the Hillbrow police station in Johannesburg are looking for Riana Charl Hughes, who has been charged with kidnapping two-mo...
These rumours baseless: ANC
The ANC has rebuffed claims that President Thabo Mbeki subtly labelled his nemesis deputy Jacob Zuma a “criminal and rapist”.

“We object to malicious reports that Mbeki made comments which sought to attack Zuma. It is most unfortunate that the media have relied on anonymous sources to create a s...
94 arrested in roadblocks
Ninety-four people were arrested for drinking and driving at the weekend in Soweto.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said nine road-blocks were set up in different locations in Soweto.

“The roadblocks are a continuation of our festive clampdown on the road...
Youths held in Rustenburg
Rustenburg police arrested ten suspects at the weekend after a spate of robberies.

Five of them are aged between 15 and 16, and were arrested after they allegedly robbed a youth of his cellphone at knife-point in the city centre. Another of the suspects was arrested after he robbed a pedestrian ...
Interpol targets gambling
With Fifa Soccer World Cup fever starting in South Africa an Interpol breakthrough looks likely to assist in cutting at least one criminal aspect of the event.

The international police association has arrested more than 400 people across Asia following a five-month operation targeting illegal soc...
Spats delay amended abortion Bill
Political squabbling between the DA and the ANC has forced the voting on the amendments to the Choice of Pregnancy Termination Bill onto the back-burner.

DA health MP Mike Waters has stated that the ANC is not giving priority to the Bill.

On November 22, amendments to the Bill were set for the...
Murder case only next year
A murder case against Allan van Rooyen, accused of killing a man outside Teazers strip club in Villeria last month, was postponed to next year in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court for further investigation.

Van Rooyen, 25, believed to be a brother of Boeremag accused Herman, was in court yesterday ...
Hijack victim freed, four arrested after car chase
Police manning a roadblock gave chase when a car turned back before reaching it, and arrested four suspected hijackers as well as freeing their captive victim.

Hartbeespoort police were manning a roadblock between Johannesburg and Hartbeespoort when Superintendent Jannie van der Walt saw a maroon...
Fifa officials robbed
Blatter: condemns tourist’s KzN murder

South Africa’s hopes of a crime-free Fifa Soccer World Cup in 2010 were dented yesterday when two German officials were robbed of their briefcases before the preliminary draw in Durban.

German team manager Oliver Bierhoff had his briefcase c...
Stock theft tops in KzN
Kwazulu-Natal farmers are likely to suffer more stock theft losses than in any other province.

The province lost 7 256 head of livestock to rustlers from March 2006 to this September, followed by the Eastern Cape at 7 099. Then comes Free State (4 700), North West (2 878), Mpumalanga (2710), Nor...
Stoning closes roads
Several roads bordering Alexandra were transformed into battlefields this weekend when protesters from the township began pelting motorists with stones and setting fire to tyres.

The protesters spilled onto Old Pretoria and Vasco Da Gama roads on Saturday morning, causing the closure of these roa...
Vigilantes arrested
An eight-man vigilante group claiming to work with the police to curb crime was arrested this weekend after they assaulted residents in Hartebeeskop whom they accused of stock theft.

Superintendent Abie Khoabane said the seven men and a woman were arrested after they assaulted three people.

Beuthin cowed, girlfriend bored
BAIL: Application for three accused set for November 29

The opening salvo in the trial of ex-bouncer Gary Beuthin and his alleged accomplices ended on a subdued note in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, when the case was postponed to November 29 for a bail application.

Mandoza and wife in court
Kwaito king Mandoza appeared in the Randburg Magistrate/s Court on Wednesday on charges of fraud alongside his wife Mpho Tshabalala.

The 29-year-old ’Nkalakatha’ star whose name is Mduduzi Tshabalala is by no means a stranger to the courts.

He was arrested in 2005 for drunken driving bu...
Deadly culture of killer gang
RITUAL: After execution and mutilation of body

The culture of the Rotos gang, which specialised in burglaries in the Ferndale-Randburg area, did not tolerate gang members getting out of line.

The decision to kill Israell Sicelo Mthembu – known in the Rotos (Rats) gang as “Posco” ...
Throttled little girl: in court
The attempted murder of a five-year-old girl during a burglary in Senderwood by a construction worker who locked her minder in a cupboard is to have a sequel in the Johannesburg High Court.

Little Lee “was throttled and assaulted with a firearm and sustained serious injuries. She was also locked...
Crime being recycled
Time to tighten up on criminal justice system

Recent victories of our police over highly organised criminals have not only dealt a serious blow to the scourge of crime, but will go a long way in restoring the public’s confidence in our law-enforcement agencies.

Some of the remarkable su...
Court authorises commission
INQUIRY into affairs of Reverse Mortgage Co given go-ahead

The Pretoria High Court has authorised a commission of inquiry into the affairs of a reverse mortgage company that allegedly conned hundreds of cash-strapped homeowners and “sponsors” out of millions of rands.

Judge Willi...
Leeway to study graft charge
A lawyer for a former Pretoria police officer who allegedly sold a murder docket has been given until next month to study the charges against his client.

This was heard during the appearance of Superintendent Deon Leon Snyders, 42, on fraud charges in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterda...
Beuthin girlfriend on same charges
Convicted kidnapper Gary Beuthin’s girlfriend and co-accused in the alleged assault on a 43-year-old Morningside businessman will face exactly the same charges as the former bouncer, police told The Citizen yesterday.

This means that Melanie van Niekerk will face a formidable array of char...
Girl bandit ‘needs help’
GANG LIFE: Scenes of a member’s execution are ‘still vivid’

Expelled from school for smoking dagga at 17, she joined a gang which roamed the Randburg-Ferndale area, and witnessed the execution of a gang member whose body was cut up for muti.

She helped load the corpse into a car boot and was p...
Ready to probe corrupt police
The SA Police Service has responded to queries about their ability to investigate police corruption by insisting that they do have the capacity to fully investigate such allegations.

“We take such allegations very seriously. We as police have to be able to fight crime in South Africa with clean ...
Suing after father dies
The children of a widowed policeman who allegedly died after being severely assaulted by colleagues following his arrest five years ago have instituted a R400 000 damages claim against Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.

Pretoria attorney Makatso Benjamin Mokoena, appointed curator for ...
Bust with the goods
Two men arrested in connection with a house robbery will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court today.

The suspects, aged 28 and 34, were arrested in the early hours of yesterday after they had allegedly robbed a house in Birchleigh, Kempton Park. Police recovered household goods and a ve...
Mbeki offers new pardon deal for political crimes
President Thabo Mbeki's legacy when he bows out in 2009 will include pardons for those in jail for political crimes committed up until his June 1999 inauguration.

However, the special deal will exclude the killers of SA Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani, Vlakplaas commander Eugene de K...
Murder-suicide points to men, their guns
More than 90% of South Africa's domestic murder- suicides are committed by men who own licensed firearms.

In a mortuary-based study of identified homicides in 1999 of females older than 13, researchers found that 91,5% of intimate femicide-suicide perpetrators owned a legal gun.

Intimate fem...
Jail threat for mother who snatched boy
False passports may result in sentence

Linda Volschenk Berger paid $10 000 for false passports to enable her to snatch her child from her estranged husband and flee from the United States via Europe and Zimbabwe back home to Gauteng.

Now a court has ordered her to explain why she shoul...
Cop killed, eight hurt in chopper crash on border
A routine crime prevention exercise has turned deadly for a group of soldiers and police patrolling the Lesotho border.

A policeman died and eight others were seriously injured when the South African Air Force Oryx helicopter in which they were travelling crashed 20km south of Wepener in the Fre...
Metro police honour Joburg's scholar patrols
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department has honoured scholar patrols from the city's primary schools for their superb work in helping to avoid accidents.

Members of scholar patrols missed their classes yesterday to attend a ceremony at Wembley stadium inTurffontein, where they were given trophi...
The Gary Beuthin riddle
As repeat offender Gary Beuthin's latest alleged victim lies seriously injured in hospital, questions arise as to why a man with such a violent history was released on parole and given the opportunity to strike again.

Professor Michelle Ovens, a specialist in the science of punishment (penology) ...
Reports of police graft pouring in
“Where must people get the money to live, if they police take everything they earn?” asked another legal resident. “That is why so many of them turn to crime”.

Allegations that members of the SAPS routinely exploit their position of power by preying on immigrants to supplement their incom...
Dalton faces charges
A case of attempted murder has been opened against former Springbok hooker James Dalton following an alleged incident against his wife Andrea.

Dalton allegedly tried to drown her in a bath, smother her with a dress and threatened her.

He reportedly also held her at knifepoint, but this has not...
Top fashion designer robbed
THEIVES make off with irreplaceable Miss SA garments

Internationally fames SA fashion designer Peter Soldatos has been robbed of irreplaceable garments which were to be worn by the finalists in the upcoming Miss SA pageant on December 8.

Dubbed the ‘X-factor’ designer of the 1970...
Killed by own gang for muti
MURDERED: Then body gutted to provide magic protection

Chilling details of how a housebreaking gang decided one of their own must be killed, then made into muti to protect them from his relatives, were revealed in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday.

The gruesome details were ...
Police go GTI
Rustenburg police have been given three high-performance response vehicles with which to track down fleeing criminals.

North West police handed over two fully equipped Ford Focuses and a Volkswagen Golf Gti yesterday. Eight drivers have completed an advanced driving course and will operate the v...
Vigilante justice
Residents of Matholiesville informal settlement just outside Johannesburg last week set fire to the shack of a woman resident they believed responsible for the disappearance of a child.

A confrontation between the woman and an angry mob escalated out of control and culminated in the fire.

By C...
Piracy case postponed
Three suspects arrested for alleged piracy of R500 000 of DVDs in Polokwane are out on warning after appearing in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The case has been postponed to March 11 to allow further police investigations.

Last week Polokwane police seized 11 000 DVD’s valued at...
SA reputation ‘damaged’
FF+ leader Pieter Mulder said the government’s reaction to its human rights record logged by UNWatch was “not acceptable”.

“SA’s international reputation as a pro-human rights country is being damaged by the confusing views government is sending into the world,” he said, adding it was not accepta...
Kruger poacher trapped
A six-day hunt in Kruger National Park ended in the arrest of a poacher described as “having been a thorn in our flesh for many years”.

The poacher, well-known to both Kruger rangers and SANParks Corporate Investigation Service, has consistently evaded capture – but when intelligence showed he wa...
2010 operations centre to open
Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa, local government MEC Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu and Health MEC Brian Hlongwa will officially open a R50 million state-of-the-art centre in Midrand, Johannesburg today.

Shilowa’s spokesman, Simon Zwane said the project was in preparation of the 2010 Football World Cu...
Brain scan for berserk officer
A former police inspector who allegedly fired on colleagues at the Phillippi police station, may be sent today for brain scans to find out what caused his behaviour.

Denver Prins’s trial was adjourned early yesterday, to give prosecutor Esna Erasmus time to find out where the scans can be done.
Stung Scorpion cries racism in court
Magistrate accused of rubbishing 'friendship'

The disgraced Scorpion whose corruption conviction sparked a police probe into Brett Kebble murder prosecutor Gerrie Nel has slammed a magistrate's criticism of his ex-boss as racist.

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority deputy director...
Calls for Hlophe to resign echoed in parliament
Controversy over top judge continues to divide the legal profession along racial lines

The national campaign for Cape Judge President Judge John Hlophe to resign has been taken to the heart of parliament.

African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart yesterday told MPs it was the on...
Top cop nabs fleeing Beuthin
Ex-bouncer held on robbery and assault charges

Clad in a Springbok jersey and shorts, the beefy 2-metre-tall man forced to the side of the road by police seemed stunned.

"I thought you were retired … What are you doing here?" he asked.

On the run since Friday, after allegedly kidna...
Dead child left for mom as 'a surprise'
Accused of affair with Limpopo premier

A Ugandan artist on trial in connection with the murder of his stepdaughter has accused his wife of having affairs, including with Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto.

George Mugalula and Faiza Salie came face to face in court 13 of the Cape High Court, ...
Basson inquiry stalls after witness debacle
The evidence by a medical ethics expert against Dr Wouter Basson has so embarrassed the prosecution that they have asked for a postponement to arrange other expert witnesses.

"This morning we are bringing an application to the committee for the postponement of the inquiry," said advocate Marius ...
'Dr Death' defends germ warfare role
Basson fights ethics charge over covert project

Is it unethical for medical doctors to take part in government chemical and biological warfare (CBW) programmes and should "Dr Death" have realised this in the 1980s?

Those are the issues at the heart of this week's Health Professions Cou...
Cash-in-transit heists on decline
Police believe that the five foiled cash-in-transit heists on Monday are proof that they are winning the war against the cash gangs.

In addition, cash security firms point to the recent dip in attacks over the past year as a sign that they too are more street-savvy in dealing with armed and viol...
Victim says police turned blind eye to serial abuse
The protection order has failed. He's outside with a gun.

When she phones the police, they can hear him in the background, screaming that he's going to kill her.

Four hours later, she is on her knees in the veld with a gun to her head.

It was this experience that led a woman - who wants ...
Motorist held over cash, drugs
A motorist whose pockets were filled with R4 000 in cash raised suspicions in the Joburg metro police officers who had stopped him for a routine search.

The man was stopped at Park Street in the city centre on Monday night. They searched him and were shocked to find that his pocket was filled wi...
Ruling angers parents of deceased teens
The parents of two Lenasia teenagers who were murdered more than a year ago are angry that the constant postponements of their children's case are denying them the closure they seek.

This was after they learnt that the accused in the murder of Themashen Arungasamy and Romeo Padiachy will go on t...
Bloody Monday kicks off 'heist season'
Police are ready and waiting fir this year's onslaught for cash hijacks

Monday November 19: heist season starts. 8am Heist gang hit in Sebokeng, two robbers are shot dead and two others wounded, while two more are arrested during an attempted heist to rob an SBV security van.

9am - Rob...
Mbeki arms deal row hots up
ANC MEDIA SALVO: “Shameless fabrications’

Speculation over President Thabo Mbeki’s alleged involvement in the controversial arms deal is hotting up as more details surface.

As a postscript to Mbeki’s weekly newsletter, a vicious attack on the media, “Lies, damned lies”, was adde...
Beuthin did it: victim
A man is in critical condition at a Johannesburg Hospital after he was allegedly assaulted by the notorious Gary Neuthin, an ex-bouncer released from prison five months ago after serving 15 years of a 25-year sentence.

Beuthin was jailed after he had taken his ex-girlfriend Jill Reeves hostage, b...
Kunene to be tried in March
The man accused of fabricating e-mails implicating senior ANC members in a conspiracy against party leaders will go on trial next year.

This was heard during the appearance of Muziwendoda Kunene in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Kunene was in court facing charges of contravening th...
Plea bargain on cards
Another plea-bargain trial is on the cards for Clinton Nassif – former security advisor to murdered mining magnate Brett Kebble.

Nassif, 39, of Meyersdal yesterday again appeared in the Randburg Regional Court on charges of car insurance fraud. He was allegedly paid out R500 000 in respect of hi...
Stabbed at Taxi Rank
A man was stabbed to death in broad daylight at the bustling Rustenburg taxi rank on Friday in what appears to have been a quarrel between two criminals.

Rustenburg police said the suspect and the victim were notorious as two robbers who worked the rank targeting commuters.

“Apparently they ha...
Ripped off and arrested, then fined for speeding
To add insult to injury a Germiston man who was taken for a ride by car thieves received a ticket for speeding – one week after the stolen car he bought had been released from the police pound.

Last year Paul George, 26, advertised his Honda Civic for sale in the AutoTrader.

He said he got a c...
Booms: Use law, citizens advised
Pretoria residents planning to up security by restricting access to their suburbs have been advised to go the legal – rather than the municipal – route.

This follows the recent dismissal of yet another application by concerned residents to erect security booms at main entrances to the First Ridge...
Policing in Hillbrow to increase over the holidays
The SAPS, Emergency Services, the JMPD and other law-enforcement agencies met recently to discuss ways to keep the Johannesburg area, especially Hillbrow, safer over the festive season.

Police said their main focus would be on policing and keeping the public safe on New Year’s eve in Hillbrow.

Another train surfer dies
A 19-year-old teenager became the latest casualty of the “train surfing’ phenomenon when he was electrocuted on the roof of a moving train at Grosvenor train station on Friday.

*The victim had burn wounds. He was thoroughly assessed by the paramedics but the medical equipment showed no signs of ...
Remains of Mamelodi Four may be displayed in public
NPA will keep bones until SA Heritage Resources Agency makes decision

They were meant to have been obliterated, blown to smithereens by high explosives, so that no trace of their story or identities was left behind.

But the apartheid killers of Harold Sefolo, Andrew Makupe, Jackson Maa...
Parties to discuss amnesty process

Opposition leaders will receive a sneak preview tonight of President Thabo Mbeki's plans to involve their parties in a national process that will deal with the thorny issue of presidential pardons.

This comes after the ANC's national executive committee at the weekend gave the thumbs-up to Mbe...
Scorpions boss faces court scrutiny
McCarthy to be called as witness in graft case

Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy faces a grilling over how the crime-fighting organisation's top-secret informer fund was fleeced of hundreds of thousands of rands by one of its most powerful officials.

The state's corruption, fraud and the...
Woman wins back her home after lawyer sold it illegally
Five years ago, after being involved in a near-fatal car accident, Clare Shea lost virtually everything - her unborn child, her business and her house.

On Friday, she took a major step towards regaining some of her life.

The Durbanite won a precedent-setting court battle to reclaim her Berea h...
'Drunk' DA councillor suspended
A Democratic Alliance councillor who was arrested for alleged drunk driving and calling an Ekurhuleni metro police officer a k****r has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

The DA's caucus leader in the metro, Eddie Taylor, said a decision to suspend Gerrie Kriek came after a c...
Accused's sister comforts family of deceased
Sitting a few metres from the man accused of killing her son, Vasie Arungasamy watched as he smiled and winked at his wife.

At the back of the courtroom, his wife, flanked by family members, waved at him.

This little display of affection between Rashid Ebrahim and his wife was too much for A...
'It's just paintball, or maybe not …'
Loud popping noises echoed across the Northmead Square car park as photographer Shane Robinson and I walked into an attempted cash-in-transit heist.

"It's just paintball …" he said as I asked in alarm what he thought was happening. We had arrived to cover an armed robbery at the Steers outlet.
Cash heist season chaos
Six robbers and a policeman killed in spate of incidents

Monday November 19: heist season starts. 8am - Heist gang hit in Sebokeng, two robbers are shot dead and two others wounded, while two others are arrested during an attempted heist to rob an SBV security van

9am - Robbers hit Nor...
'Wedding fraudsters' no longer an item
It was a wedding to remember, celebrated at the Riviera-on-Vaal Hotel with 120 guests - all supposedly paid for by President Thabo Mbeki.

But now the couple, who waved happily from their horse-drawn carriage in December last year, are contemplating divorce.

Lebohang and Benjamin Molotsoane a...
Should private guns take security into their hands?
The fine line between protection and vigilantism

A shadow has been cast over the much-praised Community Active Protection (CAP) project.

This after officers from Core Tactical - the company employed by the Glenhazel Active Patrol, a subsidiary of CAP to beef up security in the area - a...
Bottleneck on busy Joburg road as metro police pounce
This morning Luke Gujadhur should have been working at his desk at Liberty Life - instead he spent over an hour sitting in a Metro Police van, very much deprived of his liberty.

While officers checked whether he had signed for a warrant of his arrest - over a traffic fine of R300 - more and more...
Cops take on robbers in 3 failed morning robberies
Ninety minutes. Three failed cash heists. Four robbers dead. Two policemen injured - and no money taken.

The series of failed heists kicked off at 8am when Vaal police thwarted the attempted hijacking of a SBV security van.

One of the would-be hijackers was killed during the shooting and anoth...
No Case: Magistrate
A magistrate declined to try two police officers who were suspected of being involved in the escape of a child rape suspect from the Protea Magistrate’s Court last week owing to lack of evidence.

Alleged child rapist Paul Mokgomane Mofokeng, 26, escaped from the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Novem...
NECSA shooting: Man held
A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting and wounding of a senior official at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) two weeks ago.

Police said yesterday the suspect appeared in court on Friday and was remanded in custody pending further investigations.

Superintendent Jann...
Pakistanis missing
Booysens detectives are investigating the disappearance of four Pakistan nationals, who were last seen on November 10, Shababudin Hussean, 40, Majad Saleem, 30, and Aman Ullah, 35, were last seen in Turffontein.

Contact Detective Gaolaolwe Dikhing on 082 445 1138.

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City crime clean up
A teenager was arrested for murder and two other suspects, believed to be members of the gang terrorising Garsfontein in Pretoria’s east, were also arrested at the weekend.

The arrests were made during the crime clean-up operation held in Garsfontein on Friday.

Police said yesterday a 17-year-...
The futile wait for justice
Hemispheres apart, two women are desperately hoping to discover the truth behind the most traumatic event of their lives: the murders of their daughters.

But Verlaine McKay and UK-based nurse Sindi Mhlanga share another tragic connection: the failure of police to make any arrest in the unsolved ...
Porsche speedster in a jam despite gizmo
It was meant to let the luxury car slip through the police's radar, and though the hi-tech gizmo did its job well, it still didn't help.

The small black gadget attached to the registration plates of a gold Porsche Cayenne SUV was supposed to jam a laser speed trap.

It worked perfectly on the...
Ex-Wits prof stabbed to death
A former Wits deputy dean was stabbed to death in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town last night.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said Professor Mike Larkin, who joined the University of Cape Town as a commercial law professor two years ago, was walking down Roslyn Road just after ...
Magistrate falls foul of law
But Musa Chauke will appeal after he, wife, and son get a year's jail suspended for receiving stolen goods

A senior Pretoria magistrate, his wife and their son were yesterday sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty of receiving stolen goods.

The sentence was wholly suspend...
Spend Xmas in jail
Speeding motorists and people arrested for drunk driving over the festive season could end up spending Christmas or New Year behind bars. There will be no special arrangements for bail hearings or special courts set up, and magistrates will not be on duty on public holidays over the period, accordin...
ANC visitors exempt from fines
Visitors to the ANC offices in central Joburg are parking on red lines on streets outside the party buildings with impunity - thanks to ANC flags displayed on their dashboards.

ANC security guards place the flags inside visitors' vehicles parked in busy President and Commissioner streets to ensu...
Life in the fast lane for Hlophe
Controversial Cape Judge President John Hlophe wants the government to buy him a Porsche.

In July, Hlophe asked the Department of Transport and Public Works in Cape Town to replace his current Mercedes-Benz ML500 with a Porsche Cayenne S costing more than R828 000.

Judges are entitled to use...
Zim refugee dies in custody
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia and the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) have been asked to investigate the death in police custody of a Zimbabwean asylum-seeker.

Duncan Breen of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa told the Saturday Star late yesterday Me...
Cop's execution-style killing baffles
Cellphone and wallet still in policeman's pockets

Soweto police are mystified by the execution-style killing of a colleague.

Constable Khwezi Jacisa (33) was found in the veld with a gunshot wound to his head.

He was lying near his police vehicle, which was idling. The doors were c...
Soweto drivers sober up … and pay up
The sun had barely set over the skyline when more than two dozen Joburg metro police and SAPS officers descended on the Soweto Highway for an operation to root out drunk drivers.

The officers yesterday set up two roadblocks on either side of the main arterial road leading into and out of Soweto....
'I did it because it was done to me' (Part 1)

Will*, another inmate, says his troubles began with an abusive father who eventually drove him out of the house. He stayed in a children's home for three years.

"There was a lot of sexual abuse going on," he says, "The head of the place did some nasty things to me."

Will then lived ...
'I did it because it was done to me' (Part 2)

"To rape a person made me feel good when I told my buddies. It was normal. To be abnormal was normal." So says prison inmate Mike* in an interview for a documentary by Elena Ghanotakis about rape in SA .

Apart from raping adults, he also sexually abused his niece. His story, like that o...
Face to face with her rapist
A chance encounter in an office foyer brought back frightening memories for a woman when she realised the assault on her nearly 20 years ago was far from buried. Today, for the first time, she tells her story to Janet Smith

'You do wish they would die. But it doesn't always start out like ...
New York gives SA kids smiles
Children of slain police officers in Gauteng can look forward to a merry Christmas, thanks to a cheque handed over today.

The R65 856 that will help them and their parents this festive season comes thanks to the efforts of Rosebank Mall's Alvine Macaskill. The mall has been running the SAPS and ...
'On the far side of the city, people are angry and money's involved'
The editor yells from across the office: "Simon! Story!" Scrambling, I swing my feet from their comfortably lazy position on my desk, drop the half full cup of now-cold coffee and grab my notebook.

The chief tells me it's all going down on the far side of the city, people are angry, money's invo...
'Oprah school abuse ignored'
Dad says he has photo proving principal was toldbut allegedly did nothing

The father of one of the pupils of the Oprah Leadership Academy has labelled the school's former headmistress a liar - and says he can prove it.

The man told the Saturday Star this week that he and his wife had go...
Dogged by a lack of info
Frustration and uncertainty are themes again for this year's 16 Days of of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, but the government is having a tough time driving the campaign as the provinces have largely failed to deliver on the most basic of needs: lists of proposed events...
Teen killed by adrenalin-filled train 'sport'
At 8am this morning a teenage train surfer lay dead on the platform surrounded by his friends.

The 19-year-old from Zuurbekom, south-west of Joburg, became the latest casualty of the outlawed "sport" which sees youngsters risking their lives for an adrenalin rush by standing on the top of fast-m...
Huge outcry won't stop traffic arrests
Defiant Johannesburg metro police will continue arresting motorists despite an outcry that most of the offences were "minor".

And criticism of this policy from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is also unlikely to stop the blitz.

Offences by motorists ranged from driving in the should...
Rape accused, 25, arrested
Police have arrested an alleged rapist in Nqgusi, Centane police communications officer Jackson Manatha said yesterday.

The suspect, 25, allegedly broke into the victim’s house on Tuesday, stabbed her on the forehead, thumb and then raped her in full view of her four-year-old daughter.

The sus...
Cops seize platinum
North West police have arrested two men and seized 44 bags of platinum.

Members of the Precious Metal and Diamond Unit staked out a bushy area in Mogwase, near Sun City, after a tlp-off. “Two suspects arrived and off-loaded a number of bags,” said Superintendent Louis Jacobs of the North West po...
New provincial leader
Outspoken Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng health spokesman Jack Bloom has been appointed the party’s new leader in the provincial legislature.

“Under my leadership, the DA will continue to expose corruption, waste and inefficiency,” Bloom said.

He added he was delighted with being entrusted w...
‘End violence in schools’
Police have called for more to be done to end the scourge of violence in schools.

They join politicians and student representatives who have condemned the violent incidents at some schools.

National police spokesman Phuti Setati yesterday said the police were concerned about the number of pupi...
Class sex pests fired
ABUSE: Black mark against profession

Fifty-five teachers were struck of the roll for school sex offences in the past five years.

These are the latest statistics revealed by the Council for Educators (SACE).

South Africa is already among the worst countries in the world for se...
Former official charged
Former senior Limpopo official Camuel Manaka, 52, will appear in court on charges of indecent assault on February 8.

He appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court a second time earlier this week for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old boy and was denied bail.

Polokwane police spokesman Captain...
Nanny arrested for abuse
A nanny has appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court charged with indecently assaulting a 15-month-old boy.

The boy’s mother died recently and the suspect had been looking after him.

His grandmother noticed this week the baby was experiencing difficulty in walking and urinating. “When sh...
Bad Brad and partner on extortion charge
Notorious for his run-ins with the law, Bradford Wood – also known as “Bad Brad” – and his business partner Ian Levitt have been summonsed by the National Director of Public Prosecutions for allegedly trying to extort money from entrepreneur Douw Steyn.

Steyn owns South African insurance company ...
More arrests – chief cop
Johannesburg Metro Police yesterday said they would continue to arrest people for the smallest of offences – even if the cases kept on getting thrown out of court.

The aim was to “decrease the accident rate this festive season”.

Metro police chief Wayne Minnaar said the police had done their j...
Alleged serial rapist complains
In the last-ditch attempt to avoid spending the rest of his life in jail, South Africa’s alleged worst serial sex offender, Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, has again claimed he could not have raped a number of the 65 victims.

He said he was out of the country for six months, but his “emergency passport”...
Tributes paid to commissioner
SAPS yesterday paid tribute to their late assistant commissioner who they believe helped reduce crime levels in Sunnyside in the past two years.

Assistant Commissioner Mosimanegape Peter Mathongwane died on November 5 after a short illness.

The deputy National Commissioner Andre Pruis told the...
Second-hand coffins?
A house owner was taken in for questioning after the discovery of 18 allegedly used coffins in Soshanguve on Wednesday.

A woman came forward after reports were published in the Sowetan yesterday.

Police spokesman Solly Marindi said: “We are awaiting for the forensic results before we d...
Clever trap helps to convict robbers
Call to stolen cell pinpointed men who shot baby

A false job offer and a dollop of luck led police to the men who almost killed 14-month-old Jordan Hopper in June.

Mlungisi Makhanya (23) and Nkanyiso Gwala (24) were sentenced to 55 years' imprisonment on Wednesday, bringing to an end m...
Motata 'worked as hard as he could'
Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata, who is due to stand trial next year for drunk driving, has himself been under fire for delayed judgments.

The drunk driving incident happened less than three months after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interrogated Judge Motata on why he had taken m...
Raped before turning one
In light of the severe under-reporting of child rape and sexual assault, a useful research site is a medical facility where child victims present with symptoms.

Professor Sebastian van As, head of trauma at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and his colleagues carried o...
Children stuck in cycle of abuse
In South Africa, children under the age of five face a homicide rate more than double the global average. In children over the age of five, firearms are the leading cause of fatal violence, and in children under 10, violent death by a blunt object ranks second.

In another recent report, it came ...
Judgegets a million - for doing nothing
Alleged drunk driver Judge Nkola Motata is enjoying a paid leave of absence which - following the postponement of his trial to July next year - will cost taxpayers almost R1-million.

While the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) remains mum on whether Judge Motata's 17-month "special leave" situat...
Unanswered questions about the hoax e-mail shooting
The shooting of Muziwendoda Kunene a day after he revealed that he was an apparent target of an assassination plot has raised questions about the man at the centre of the country's hoax e-mail drama.

Kunene said yesterday he was shot during a struggle with a suspected assassin who tracked him dow...
Alleged serial rapist's trial nears end
The end is in sight in the trial of Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, the man dubbed the country's worst serial rapist.

Jingxela (38), of Meadowlands, Soweto, stands accused of 261 charges.

All the witnesses testified how the accused lured them under the pretext that he would employ them at a sportsw...
DA official accused of attempted bribery
A Democratic Alliance councillor in Ekurhuleni allegedly called an Ekurhuleni metro police officer a "k****r" after he refused to take a R20 000 bribe from him.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Superintendent Vusi Mabanga yesterday confirmed that the councillor had had an altercation with th...
Mandoza faces theft charge over clothes
Kwaito star Mandoza and his wife have handed themselves over to the police on a charge of theft.

Yesterday, Mandoza's lawyer and manager accompanied the couple to Sandton police station, where warrants for their arrest were executed.

The pair were not detained, but given written notices to a...
School scam exposed
Schools have been charged outrageous amounts for textbooks and stationery - as much as R13,87 for a pencil - and many are being given unwanted materials they have no choice but to accept.

The materials are delivered to the schools via the company EduSolutions, which received a contract from the ...
Hopes of Van Rooyen-killings lead end in disappointment
Hopes of Van Rooyen-killings lead end in disappointment

It was a brief glimmer of hope in one of the country's most enduring crime mysteries - but the latest twist in the Gert van Rooyen saga has led to another dead end.

The Star has established that the bones found this week at a home...
Camera to help fight car theft
Can't find time to get down to police headquarters to pay those parking fines?

Don't worry, Johannesburg Metro Police are coming to you.

Metro police have unveiled South Africa's first "smart roadside check" system that has taken conventional roadblocks to a whole new level.

Using a road...
Bones give hope to Van Rooyen case
Forensic experts will confirm whether findings are really human

Three objects, thought to be bones, buried just metres away from where paedophile Gert van Rooyen's home stood more than a decade ago, might hold clues to one of the country's most enduring mysteries.

On Tuesday at about 5p...
Public Protector is ‘biased, unfair’
The Mail &Guardian newspaper has accused the Public Protector of being biased, acting unfairly misconceiving its powers and not doing its job properly, regarding an investigation into the Oilgate scandal.

It has asked the Pretoria High Court to set aside a report released by the Public pro...
Mbeki ‘froze BAE probe’
More questions on the controversial arms deal are being asked.

This time the Democratic Alliance (DA) is seeking answers from Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota.

“Fresh allegations have been made that President Thabo Mbeki influenced the halting of a probe into allegations of corruption against B...
Security company director arrested
A sole director from a security company employed by various community active patrols (CAPS) in the north-eastern suburbs, has been arrested by members of the SAPS firearms unit from Pretoria.

This follows an incident a few weeks ago in which an officer of the security company shot a person travel...
C-Max gun” warder denies all
STATE WITNESS: They are trying to poison me to shut me up

A C-Max prison warder and an inmate yesterday denied charges relating to a 2004 escape bid in which two top Correctional Services officials were killed.

Warder Heman Makhubela and prisoner Patrick Mabuse denied numerous ch...
Look out! Lousy drivers go to jail
CRACKDOWN: Metro targets minor offenders

Hordes of motorists will be arrested between now and Christmas – even for minor offences – as the Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) declares a zero-tolerance policy.

JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar made this pledge after h...
Remains sent for testing
Skeletal remains found during excavations of a dwelling next door to a house previously owned by paedophile Gert van Rooyen have been sent for forensic testing.

Authorities were called in after pool diggers uncovered the remains in Pretoria.

But the families of Van Rooyen’s victims would have ...
Shakoane case delayed
Police were still investigating a case of the alleged indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl by suspended Mamelodi Sundowns FC director yesterday.

This was disclosed in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court during the appearance of Alex “Goldfingers” Shakoane.

The State prosecutor asked the court ...
Kgantsi refused leave to appeal 10-year jail term
Jailed former Scorpions advocate Portia Kgantsi was yesterday refused leave to appeal by a full bench of the Johannesburg High Court against conviction on three counts of corruption, fraud relating to a security clearance and making a false statement in a bail application.

In September Kgantsi wa...
Planes given all-clear
SA Airways Technical (SAT) which inspected six Kulula/Comair Boeing 737-200s, says they found no fault with any of the aircraft.

The company removed the engines and inspected the engine mounts. They also certified two SAA Cargo freighters as airworthy.

SAT runs one of the largest technical su...
Hunt for 10 jailbirds
A task team is searching for 10 awaiting-trial prisoners who escaped from holding cells at the Marikana police station near Rustenburg this week.

The 10 were being held for murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, rape, theft and possession of unlicensed firearms. An internal investigation is un...
Inmates transferred
About 200 of SA’s most dangerous prisoners will be transferred to the Ebongweni, the country’s most secure jail, in Kokstad, by the end of November.

Correctional Service Minister Ngconde Balfour said Annanias Mathe would also be jailed in Ebongweni Super Maximum Correctional Centre.

By Citizen...
7 wanted for hold-up
Police are searching for seven men who held up Fidelity guards on a money collection run in Soweto, Johannesburg yesterday.

The guard’s vehicle had stopped at a hardware store at the corner of Union and Klip Valley Roads in Kliptown when the suspects held up one guard who was coming out of the st...
Rules for lobster catches
The Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has set the limits for the new recreational fishing season for west coast rock lobster.

Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk yesterday said the total allowance catch set at 2 571 tons would include off and near shore commercial fishing sectors.

Husky death suspect on bail
A man suspected of decapitating a Siberian husky dog after blaming it for killing his African Frey parrot was granted bail in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Craig Gibson was charged under the Cruelty to Animals Act, and is on R1 000 bail.

He will appear again on November 30.

Mystery of the hoax e-mail shooting
The shooting of Muziwendoda Kunene a day after he revealed that he was an apparent target of an assassination plot has raised questions about the man at the centre of the country's hoax e-mail drama.

Kunene said yesterday he was shot during a struggle with a suspected assassin who tracked him do...
'Home is where the danger is' (Part 1)
Not long before little Sonja Brown went missing, she dipped her hands in blue paint and placed them on a sheet of white paper. That was at her crèche where she spent her days with other toddlers.

The picture still hangs on the wall of her mother's one-room shack in the De Nova settlement, which ...
'Home is where the danger is' (Part 2)
Young, unemployed men prowl the streets for entertainment and many have turned to crime as a means of making a living. Shebeens have sprung up in every street near her house and as alcohol abuse goes up, so do violence and crime.

When the electricity in the vicinity goes off - at least twice a m...
Police arrest robbers posing as gardeners
Suspects due to appear in court soon

Soweto police this morning arrested members of a six-member gang who allegedly robbed households around Joburg by pretending to be gardeners and handymen.

The suspects had been sought by police for murder, hijacking and robbery.

The drama starte...
Complementary-health shock
Urgent meetings were held all over the country last night by complementary health practitioners following a health regulation published in the Government Gazette of October 19.

According to the regulation, counsellors, life coaches, psychotherapists and personal development practitioners to ment...
Pretend gardeners held after shootout
Soweto police have arrested members of a gang which allegedly robbed households around Joburg by pretending to be gardeners and handymen.

The suspects members of a six-man gang had been sought by police for murder, hijacking and robbery.

Yesterday's drama began when four men arrived at a Par...
US exchange student raped
"We're definitely not going to tell our friends to come here."

That is the reaction of two furious American exchange students after the rape of a Californian girl at a University of KwaZulu Natal residence early yesterday.

The students claim that university authorities had been alerted sever...
The Star - SMS Feedbacks
· If memory serves me correctly, this is why we used to have a Bread Board, to prevent things like this.

· Impose a new fine, the maximum in terms of the law. Do not make them pay it into the Treasury. Rather instruct the cartel to drop the price of bread to a level which will take the fine in...
Alexandra police do battle with local boys in soccer tournament
Twenty-year-old Thapelo Gift Keteyi is over the moon - he has just been named the best football player of the One Pal Street Soccer Tournament.

The two month-long tournament, organised by the Alexandra Community Policing Forum (CPF) and sponsored by The Star, came to an end recently and resulted...
PSL boss Dipela takes leave amid harassment claims
Flamboyant Premier Soccer League (PSL) general manager Andrew Dipela is facing two allegations of sexual harassment.

Allegations of being a "sex pest" against the 41-year-old Dipela, known as "Druza" in soccer circles, have been levelled by two female colleagues whose names are known to The Star....
Rugby manager assaulted
Golden Lions rugby team manager William Roos was assaulted during a road rage incident in Bruma, Johannesburg yesterday.

Roos told Talk Radio 702 he has been extremely shaken by the assault – so much so that he’s asked not to be recorded.

He said he was driving in Bruma this morning when a man...
Black heads new sub
The first of the SA Navy’s New Heroine Class submarines SAS ‘Manthatisi now has a black commander.

Commander Petrus Beukes took charge of the Type 209 diesel electric sub from Commander Gary Kretschmer during a parade at Simon’s Town Navy base.

Kretschmer was the last man to command the old Da...
‘Rethink Act on jail offenders’
JUDGE: merely academic to ‘punish’ the sentenced

A Pretoria High Court judge said he felt aggrieved that the long-term sentences he imposed on two C-Max escapers was probably only of “academic interest”.

Judge Eben Jordaan sentenced C-Max prisoner Thabo Phofedi to an effective 12...
Bank robbers flee
At midday on Monday in Rustenburg a large gang of armed men tried to rob the main branch of First National Bank.

They fled empty-handed after a teller refused to hand over the money and pressed the panic button instead.

They manhandled people inside the bank but were given no money and fled a ...
Love killing trial date
A man who allegedly killed his female tenant’s husband in a jealous rage in January has had his trial postponed to November 29.

Paul Micheil Prinsloo, 63, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday facing a murder charge. His R2 000 bail was extended.

During his previous appearance, th...
Cable thieves nabbed
Four people were arrested in connection with cable theft in Aeroton, Johannesburg yesterday.

Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said they were caught digging up copper cables worth R60 000.

They will appear in court on charges of theft and possession of copper cables tod...
Govt slams rape
UN DRAFT causes row with the United States

As South Africa gets ready up for 16 days of activism on violence against women and children, government has condemned rape.

Following an American draft resolution on rape at the UN, Foreign Affairs’ Ronnie Mamoepa said: “Rape, no matte...
SMS unites baby with family
A "please call me" SMS has helped to reunite the nine-month-old "miracle" baby with her family.

The girl was lucky to escape an out-of-control taxi which ploughed into a group of people in Diepsloot on Monday.

Her mother, however, died at the Life Fourways Hospital shortly after the accident...
Officer wanted another chance for his exam
The candidate officer accused of gunning down his instructor apparently pleaded for a third chance to write his exam the day before the shooting.

At a memorial service yesterday, SA Air Force College officer commanding Colonel Sibonelo Lembede spoke about the events that led to the murder of Lie...
Judge Motata's case delayed
The magistrate trying alleged "drunk driver" Judge Nkola Motata has slammed the senior judge's latest legal efforts to postpone the case again as an effective "abuse of court process".

And magistrate Desmond Nair yesterday dismissed the Pretoria High Court judge's claims that playing audio recor...
Massive police hunt uncovers murder most fowl
Killing turned out to be something to savour

On the day Nando's celebrated its 20th birthday, Pretoria police found themselves on a wild goose - or chicken - chase.

A massive search-and-rescue operation involving more than 20 policemen with dogs and response vehicles responded to a cal...
The man who caught the Tiger
How hero exposed the giants behind bread-price scandal

Imraahn Ismail Mukaddam is just a little man in the giant multi-billion rand bread industry.

But today he is the hero of millions of consumers.

Mukaddam is the man who exposed the price-fixing cartel set up by renegade senior m...
Theft case accused avoid Winnie's gaze
For the first time since Winnie Madikizela-Mandela accused five of her relatives of jewellery theft nine months ago, she got the opportunity to look into their eyes.

Yesterday, as Paul Githuka (53), his wife Nolwazi (44), daughter Njeri (19), son Mpumelelo (22) and Nolwazi's brother Mbuso Vhuthel...
'I lived a life of hell'
Dead woman's boyfriend out on bail despite defying order

He beat her more than 10 times, pointed his illegal firearm at her and twice threatened to kill her.

Eventually he did - and left her body on her parents' doorstep.

Now the parents of 20-year-old Cyndi Smith want to know why ...
Double jeopardy for battered women
'Some police officers want to act as social workers'

She was a mother, a nurse, a wife, and she had had enough. But days after laying charges of abuse against her husband, 49-year-old Roseline Mathole was missing.

About a week later, her headless body was found near a dam at Vredefort ...
Health officials snub the mentally challenged
'Arrogant and insensitive' Gauteng department neglects to pay grants to homes

Hundreds of Gauteng's mentally challenged residents could go hungry because the province's Health Department has failed to pay grants to the homes looking after them.

It has been four months since the Gauteng...
No courtroom drama could save Angel of Soweto (Part 1)
Mama Jackey's latest trial was to have been her richly applauded follow-up to a towering performance when she and three associates were acquitted of kidnapping and assaulting a journalist.

That had been a flop of a courtroom drama, with the magistrate sighing over the weak evidence of the compla...
No courtroom drama could save Angel of Soweto (Part 2)

Madikizela-Mandela's combat fatigues were not just Saigon chic, but deliberately worn as part of the theatre she created around herself within the liberation movement. She succeeding in enraging white South Africans and entrenching her reputation among them as a danger to society, this image of he...
Move for one emergency number hailed
South Africa is to have only one emergency number - 112.

Yesterday, emergency services welcomed the move, saying the many numbers were confusing.

The decision was published in the Government Gazette of October 18 and is scheduled to come into effect within 18 months.

Harrish Kasseepursad...
It’s make or break for Zuma
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling against presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma could either make or break him.

This is according to political researcher Hannah Botsis, who works for the SA Institute of Race Relations (Sairr).

“The ruling could work both in favour and against Zuma as far as t...
Pahad helped quash arms deal probe: ex-ANC MP
President Thabo Mbeki’s ally stands accused of suppressing an investigation into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

According to former ANC parliamentarian Andrew Feinstein, Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad played a pivotal role in quashing the probe into arms deal corruption.
Oprah school may yet face civil action
The disadvantaged families of the girls who suffered alleged abuse at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls could sue the school for damages if “Tiny” Virginia Makopa is found guilty.

The 27-year-old ex-dorm mother faces 13 charges of indecent assault, verbal abuse and enticing a minor into an immo...
Immigrant slain after reporting two intruders
A German immigrant has been found murdered in his garden a day after reporting two intruders on his property.

A gardener found the body of the man, believed to have been Helmut Ernst Gobel, lying in the driveway of his house at the corner of Allemaigne and Zand streets in Rustenburg at midday on ...
Wife-rape case delayed
Because the court roll is full, April 21, 2008 was set down yesterday for the start of the Johannesburg High Court trial of a husband facing 18 counts of rape, in which he allegedly held down his wife while relatives penetrated her.

For allegedly holding her down while she underwent an abortion, ...
Two ‘plotted to slay detective on their case’
A summary of facts handed to the Cape High Court yesterday alleges two men schemed the murder of a police inspector investigating them for a murder.

The summary was handed in at the trial of Ebraheem Jacobs and Gareth Leetz, charged with two murders: that of Godfrey Hendricks, who had refused to ...
Check on liquor outlets
Police are monitoring clubs and bottle stores in an effort to curb alcohol abuse as the festive season approaches.

Non-compliance with the Liquor Act has been targeted nationally since the start of the month.

“In addition to ensuring compliance, police will look at how they measure up to the H...
Protect pupils, says DA
PROPOSAL: 26-point action plan to improve safety at schools

The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday called for decisive and immediate action to be taken in a bid to protect school pupils.

This comes after schools countrywide are being ravaged by violence.

At a Press conference ...
UCB Judgment delayed
For the fourth time judgment was not ready in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court’s R7,4 million fraud trial of former United Cricket Board finance and administration general manager Diteko Modise.

Extending Modise’s R50 000 bail yesterday, magistrate JJ Janse van Vuuren re-scheduled judgment...
Interpol, police fail young arson victim
NPA closes file on accused's case three years after girl's death

Six-year-old Dumoluhle Sibanda died an agonising death after her aunt's jilted lover allegedly set her family's London home alight and left the little girl to perish.

Her accused killer, George Champion Sithole, then fled...
The great bread scandal
Producer fined R99m for fixing price with cartel

If you think you've been paying too much for bread, you're probably right. Tiger Consumer Brands has been fined R99-million after being caught fixing the price of bread and costs of milling with a cartel of major national competitors and tha...
Now kulula forced to land with one engine
A flight en route to Cape Town from Joburg has been forced to land with only one engine.

Forty minutes into the two-hour flight yesterday, the captain of flight MN103 had to turn off one of the two engines on the MD-82 aircraft after his instruments indicated low oil pressure. He then...
Phillips forced to defend brothel charges
Alleged prostitution tycoon Andrew Phillips will have to defend himself against claims that he operated two of South Africa's most notorious brothels or face possible jail time.

Phillips, who owned the Ranch and the Titty Twister strip club, last week failed to convince Johannesburg magistrate S...
Pahad shoots down former MP's arms deal allegations
Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad says no one will find a shred of evidence to implicate President Thabo Mbeki or the government in alleged arms deal corruption.

Replying to questions from Independent Newspapers, Pahad also stuck to a firm denial that he had tried to bully ANC MPs into aban...
Search for family of miracle baby
A nine-month-old girl woke up in the Life Fourways Hospital this morning as the search for her family enters its second day.

The miracle baby survived a horror accident in which an out-of-control taxi ploughed into a group of people in Diepsloot, north of Joburg, yesterday.

Her mother died i...
Court convicts trio in Icelander's murder case
The man who shot and killed an Icelandic citizen execution style came to court clutching a Bible. But if this was meant to move Judge Kathy Satchwell, it didn't.

Willie Theron (29) was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Gisli Thorkelsson and for concealing his body in a dustbin filled with ...
Business owners fined during Melville raid
Melville's entertainment haven, 7th Street, experienced a different kind of lunch-hour vibe when police swooped on several businesses and slapped owners with hefty fines.

Joburg police, municipal officials and Gauteng Liquor Board Compliance inspectors yesterday swooped on popular businesses that...
SA against creating two categories of rape
This is the position of the South African government in response to a United Nations General Assembly draft resolution to condemn states that used rape as a weapon of war and intimidation.

The resolution put forward by a United States delegation to the UN is aimed at putting pressure on governme...
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