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  1. Dead teen: help sought

    Date: 24 May 2007
    Johannesburg police have appealed for help with their investigations into the discovery of a teenage boy’s body last week. The corpse was found lying along the railway line between the Langlaagte and Grosvenor railway stations. According to Brixton police spokesman Inspector Mosima Manganyi, security guards who were patrolling the lines made the discovery last week. “The boy, aged between... See full details

  2. Tokoloshes made him a sex fiend

    Date: 23 May 2007
    A self-confessed serial rapist “was sexually aroused on seeing any woman, including the nursing staff in the hospital section of the Johannesburg prison”, so he was put on drugs “to take away erections”. He was so depressed that he was suicidal and even suggested “penile amputation”, the consultant clinical psychiatrist for the Department of Correctional Services, Dr Maxwell Matjane, said in th... See full details

  3. Sky-train boost for taxi owners

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Taxi owners operating within the corridor where the R12 billion Soweto “sky-train” will run will be rewarded with free scrapping and upgrade of their old vehicles. This was the latest revelation made by Jeyakumar Varathan, CEO of Newcyc Infra-Projects, the leading consortium, amid discontent from taxi owners and drivers over the monorail. Varathan said yesterday part of his motor transport p... See full details

  4. ‘Smart’ ID card system in the spotlight again

    Date: 23 May 2007
    The government’s proposed “smart” ID card system and its data security implications will be in the spotlight again this week. Speaking at the ITWeb online security summit which starts in Midrand today, Toby Stevens of the British Enterprise Privacy Group is to discuss the implications of the proposed Home Affairs system. So-called “smart” identity cards were supposed to have been introduced ... See full details

  5. Awaiting trial for nine years and counting

    Date: 23 May 2007
    A fraud case against Johan Myburg, who has already spent nine years awaiting trial was yet again postponed in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday. Myburg, who is conducting his own defence, brought an application for access to the library to prepare for his case. The case was postponed to June at his request. The accused told The Citizen the State did not want to give him a free ... See full details

  6. Breather for ex-policemen

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Former members of the police who stood to lose their membership of Polmed medical scheme have been granted a temporary reprieve, but will have to supply reasons for their continued membership before May 31. Trade union Solidarity and a group of former policemen and women yesterday turned to the Pretoria High Court for an order forbidding Polmed to unilaterally cancel their membership. Only a... See full details

  7. MEC to launch safety project

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Gauteng MEC for local government Qedani Mahlangu will tomorrow launch the Jukskei River safety project at the Alexandra east bank community hall. The project is aimed at educating residents, and particularly children, about the dangers the river presents. It has also been extended to include safety in general, and an anti-crime drive. Issues such as fires, which pose a great threat to reside... See full details

  8. Alleged muti killers in court

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Two men accused of killing and mutilating a four-year-old Nellmapius girl, Connie Ncube, allegedly for muti, will know in two months if their case will be heard in the Pretoria High Court. Lorenco Erica Ngobeni, 30, and Mandla Zulu, 45, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday on murder charges. The case was postponed to August 1 for a High Court date. Ngobeni and Zulu were reman... See full details

  9. MPs pass long-awaited Sexual Offences Bill

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Cape Town - The National Assembly has approved the long overdue Sexual Offences Bill, a fortnight after the country's top court chose not to expand the definition of rape to include forced penetration of men. The bill, which will now go to the National Council of Provinces before it can be signed into law, amends, among other things, the definition of rape. "Penetration may now be anal or ... See full details

  10. Family slam decision to send Shaik back to jail

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Removal of fraudster from hospital ahead of appeal hearing 'unnecessary' Barely 24 hours before Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was due to make his final bid for freedom, the convicted fraudster was sent back to jail. And Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour insists that Shaik - whose appeal against his conviction and 15-year sentence for fraud and cor... See full details

  11. Monorail 'pie in the sky'

    Date: 23 May 2007
    No way it could carry 1,5m people a day, says expert The proposed monorail between Soweto and the Joburg CBD, planned to solve the city's transport problems by carrying 1,5-million commuters a day, can't possibly work, say experts. Basic calculations show that, in order to meet this demand, the system would need 6 000 carriages to depart from Soweto in a three-hour period. The Gaut... See full details

  12. Houdini Mathe's trial venue changed to Joburg

    Date: 23 May 2007
    For about 15 minutes, C-Max Prison escapee Annanias Mathe stood in the dock listening attentively as a magistrate read out his indictment - 76 charges, among them attempted murder, rape, robbery and car theft. Prisoner number 205653293 was appearing in the packed Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday with an armed police officer watching his every movement. In leg irons and handcuffs, ... See full details

  13. Czech fugitive loses battle to declare his arrest unlawful

    Date: 23 May 2007
    While his teenage son has been riding rollercoasters at Gold Reef City, he has been fighting the cold spell inside a police holding cell. And yesterday, Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir lost his legal battle for early release from custody when a magistrate ruled that his arrest last month and detention were lawful. Last week, the billionaire's defence team launched a complex legal argument c... See full details

  14. Cop murder case shock

    Date: 23 May 2007
    A High Court judge has apologised to the family of top cop Anna-Marie Potgieter for a shock delay in her murder trial - now set to take place more than two years after her grisly murder. The eight-month postponement, announced yesterday by Judge Max Labe, brought Potgieter's distraught sisters to tears. They had been promised that the trial would start, but now say they have been let down by... See full details

  15. No-No to Mono

    Date: 23 May 2007
    Taxi operators threaten to derail transport system Taxi operators are threatening to derail the multi-billion-rand Soweto monorail project. Work on the project is scheduled to start in September, but the taximen say it’s intended to get rid of them and pave the way for other modes of transport. “Government did not consult the taxi industry about this new mode of transport that will... See full details

  16. Toddler’s many injuries ‘no accident’

    Date: 23 May 2007
    The injuries of a toddler were so horrendous the prosecution later had the body exhumed, and a pathologist made worse discoveries, indicating long-term abuse. The child, Micah Bramly Peterson, 3, had been “so neglected” it was alleged in the High Court trial of his mother and stepfather that even his teeth were rotten. The autopsy, according to previous evidence, revealed a fracture of the s... See full details

  17. Falcon plane to be sold for tax debt

    Date: 23 May 2007
    The SA Revenue Service (SARS) won the latest round in its legal battle against businessman Dave King when the Pretoria High Court yesterday authorized the sheriff to sell the Falcon aircraft belonging to the bankrupt Hawker Air Services. The Supreme Court of Appeal in April this year granted an order for the liquidation of Hawker Air Services (HAS), a company of which King is a director, after ... See full details

  18. Malawian is serial-rape accused

    Date: 23 May 2007
    A Malawian accused of committing a number of counts of rape and robbery dating back to 2003, appeared in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The accused was remanded to May 28 pending investigations. The 37-year-old faces charges of rape and robbery involving more than 10 victims in the Ekurhuleni area. Police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamani said some of the victims from K... See full details

  19. Mother gets nod to sue son’s school

    Date: 23 May 2007
    A Bela-Bela mother has been given the go-ahead by a judge to sue the Limpopo Education Department for damages after her eight-year-old son was locked up in a classroom overnight. Pretoria High Court Judge Willie van der Merwe granted an order condoning the mother’s failure to serve a notice of her intention to institute an action for damages within the prescribed period, and granting her leave ... See full details

  20. ‘Shaiky’ prof resigns

    Date: 22 May 2007
    Within hours of being asked a series of questions about his friend Chippy Shaik, Professor Viktor Verijenko used e-mail to resign from his position at the University of KwaZulu-Natal yesterday morning. His resignation follows hot on the heels of an exposé by the Sunday Times that Chippy Shaik’s PhD thesis, which Verijenko supervised, was plagiarized from a number of articles from scient... See full details

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