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  1. ENatis: Tshwane goes on overtime

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Staff at the Tshwane Licensing Department in Pretoria will work late from next Monday in a bid to beat the eNatis backlog. Mayoral committee member Bongi Lehobye said in Pretoria yesterday that offices would be open until 5pm as a result of the challenges faced since the new system was introduced. Lehobye was briefing the media during her visit to the licensing centre in the city centre. ... See full details

  2. Same traffic fines for everyone on the cards

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Motorists will soon have to pay standard fines regardless of the province in which a traffic offence is committed. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) disclosed yesterday that a standard fine structure for all offences in the Road Traffic Act committed across the country would come into effect in September this year. The new structure will be piloted in Gauteng before being introd... See full details

  3. Two held for loot in bin

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Two Soweto youths are behind prison bars after community members yesterday noticed them pushing around a “wheelie bin” filled with suspected stolen goods in Protea Glen. According to Soweto police spokesman Constable Sefako Xaba, the portable dustbin had a house number on it and the community became suspicious after they found a home theatre system, DVD player, ornaments, cosmetics, and a watch... See full details

  4. Guard slain ‘in love row’

    Date: 18 May 2007
    A security guard was arrested yesterday after he allegedly shot and killed another security guard on Wednesday in Orlando West, Soweto. Matome Motjiyeng, 30, a Fidelity Guards security officer based at an Absa Bank branch in Johannesburg, was killed by an unknown gunman while he was walking home after work. He was found with a gunshot wound in his chest. Paramedics declared him dead,” said ... See full details

  5. Accused given time to get money for own lawyer

    Date: 18 May 2007
    The trial of a director in the Agriculture Department who allegedly assaulted his wife so viciously that she died of her injuries was yesterday postponed to give him time to get money for his own attorney. Judge Tholi Vilakazi warned David Linley Sonkosi, 40, that his right to a legal representative of his choice was not absolute, and that the court would not allow any further delays. Sonkos... See full details

  6. Council staffers fraud case delayed

    Date: 18 May 2007
    A fraud case against a Tshwane Metro employee who allegedly defrauded banks and car dealers has been postponed to July 26 for further investigation. Julius Lesego Meswamere, 32, of Danville, appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday on theft and fraud charges. His R5 000 bail was extended. Meswamere was arrested on March 19 for alleged fraud amounting to more than R300 00... See full details

  7. Just live with flood of refugees, says Mbeki

    Date: 18 May 2007
    'We're not going to build a Great Wall of China to keep them out' South Africans will just have to learn to live with the millions of illegal immigrants flooding into the country, says President Thabo Mbeki. This was his response yesterday to a question from Democratic Alliance chief whip Douglas Gibson on how the government planned to manage the estimated 3,5-million illegal immigra... See full details

  8. That knock on the door could be the taxman

    Date: 18 May 2007
    If you've been fiddling in the VAT jar, the telescopic arm of the taxman is going to come knocking - if he didn't already wake you up this morning. The SA Revenue Service has launched a series of busts against serious offenders in Gauteng, each of whom owe between R1-million and R4-million in unpaid VAT. The taxman yesterday began to attach a variety of assets belonging to offenders - incl... See full details

  9. 'Facts in peer review properly corrected'

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Although the cabinet has denied rejecting the African Peer Review Mechanism report, the government has corrected "quite a number of inaccuracies and misrepresent- ation of facts". Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said yesterday that, as required by the APRM process, the government was "responding to the report, commenting on and correcting facts" before it was considered by African Union ... See full details

  10. Kidnapped boy free after 13 years living in the dark

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Suspect arrested in connection with teenager's alleged abduction He has never been to school, recoils from sunshine and is deeply traumatised. And he has been held captive in a dark room in a house in Durban for 13 years. Now judged to be about 18 years old, his ordeal began when he was 5. These are the heartbreaking circumstances of a youngster rescued by the police and trauma v... See full details

  11. Men linked to mall robberies arrested

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Suspect arrested in connection with teenager's alleged abduction He has never been to school, recoils from sunshine and is deeply traumatised. And he has been held captive in a dark room in a house in Durban for 13 years. Now judged to be about 18 years old, his ordeal began when he was 5. These are the heartbreaking circumstances of a youngster rescued by the police and trauma v... See full details

  12. State slated over boundaries

    Date: 18 May 2007
    The government has come under fire in parliament over Khutsong and Matatiele, although cabinet ministers were quick to reject claims that there was no consultation over boundary changes in these areas. The United Democratic Movement expressed concern about Khutsong yesterday, and accused the government of refusing to listen to residents who were unhappy at being included in North West as oppose... See full details

  13. Delegates upbeat after talks on media control

    Date: 18 May 2007
    The media and Parliament appear to be close to reconciling their differences over the contentious draft Films and Publication Amendment Bill. Trevor Ncube, president of Print Media SA, told Independent Newspapers yesterday that indications were that "democracy and press freedom were safe". It appeared that the vital exemption that allowed newspapers to publish without submitting material to ... See full details

  14. Scorpions 'kept in dark' on crime record

    Date: 18 May 2007
    From joining the Scorpions in 2000 as a senior advocate, Portia Kgantsi had allegedly lied during security clearances about the fact that she was convicted of theft in 1991. Each time the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) gave her a security clearance form to fill in, Kgantsi would state that she had never been found guilty of any offence. Six months before she was arrested for corruption... See full details

  15. Police bust OR Tambo curio-theft syndicate

    Date: 18 May 2007
    For months, a crime syndicate preyed on a single shop at O R Tambo International Airport, stealing African curios worth almost R1-million. The jewellery, sculptures and beautifully crafted ostrich eggs found their way onto the streets of Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, where they were sold. That was until yesterday, when police pounced on seven members of the syndicate, including a security guard and... See full details

  16. Surprise twist in the case of billionaire Czech fugitive

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Bail application delayed as defence claim he was wrongly detained Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's defence team have fought vigorously to prove his detention is illegal and that he should be released immediately - but the magistrate has reserved judgment until next week. The billionaire - with warrants of arrest against him from four provinces in the Czech Republic - was due to start... See full details

  17. No eNaTIS discontent for Winter

    Date: 18 May 2007
    It's not all gloom and doom at licensing offices around Johannesburg as the eNaTIS computer system stutters its way into efficiency. Yesterday, golf writer Grant Winter had a pleasant surprise at Loveday Street office in central Joburg where he went to renew a car licence. He was in and out within 35 minutes. "There were no queues either inside or outside the building and everything was ru... See full details

  18. Small force takes care of a large area

    Date: 18 May 2007
    Brixton's location draws masses of people to the area The challenge of preventing and combating crime with only about 100 police using 33 vehicles, and serving a population of over 200 000 people, can be a daunting one indeed. This task can be particularly onerous when that police station serves one of Joburg's busiest precincts: Brixton. Although the population may be relatively... See full details

  19. Police use rubber bullets to control Khutsong riot

    Date: 18 May 2007
    The police appear to be fighting a losing battle to restore law and order in Khutsong. Rioters hurled petrol bombs and stones at police armoured vehicles yesterday. Khutsong residents are opposed to the incorporation of Merafong Municipality, which forms part of Khutsong, into North West. Yesterday, the protesters set a delivery truck alight and spent hours watching it as it burnt, and th... See full details

  20. Taxman begins attaching assets of serious offenders

    Date: 18 May 2007
    If you've been fiddling in the VAT jar, the telescopic arm of the taxman is going to come knocking - if he didn't already wake you up this morning. The SA Revenue Service today launched a series of busts against serious offenders in the province, each of whom owe between R1-million and R4-million in unpaid VAT. The taxman began attaching a variety of assets this morning belonging to offender... See full details

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