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  1. Gran raped, teen held

    Date: 28 Dec 2006
    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly raping a 79-year-old woman in the Eastern Cape. Spokesman Jackson Manatha said the teenager raped the woman on December 24 in Butterworth. He will appear in court when the investigation is complete. Eastern Cape police have advised all elderly people without family to look after them to apply for accommodation in the Cingela Old Age home in ... See full details

  2. Woman kills children, sets herself alight

    Date: 28 Dec 2006
    A woman hacked her two children to death and then set herself on fire in Libode, near Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. Police spokesman Nondumiso Jafta said the woman took her two daughters, aged three and five, out into the yard early yesterday morning and hacked them to death with a bush knife. The woman then doused her body in paraffin and set herself alight. Relatives heard the woman’s s... See full details

  3. Toddler dies from rape, dad arrested.

    Date: 28 Dec 2006
    A 40-year-old man raped his two-year-old daughter so badly she died, police said yesterday. Even the threat of arrest could not deter the man from continuing to violate his child, and he was allegedly caught red-handed when police arrived at the scene. Inspector Erica Roos of the Marico area police said the man would face a charge of rape and another of murder. He was arrogant and resiste... See full details

  4. Cops grab two after cash heist

    Date: 28 Dec 2006
    Two Coin Security guards were injured in a cash-in-transit heist in Kempton Park yesterday. Police immediately set up roadblocks in the area and two men police suspect may be linked to the heist were arrested near Tembisa in the afternoon. Police spokesman Eugene Opperman said an armed Coin Security vehicle was travelling along Koedoe St in Birchleigh at 12.45pm when a stolen Landrover hit i... See full details

  5. Alberton man shot dead in driveway

    Date: 28 Dec 2006
    A man was shot and killed in the driveway of his Alberton home on Tuesday night. Shortly after 45-year-old Marius Pretorius arrived at his house in mariner Avenue, Verwoerdpark, a car stopped behind him. Spokesman Superintendent Andy Pieke said Pretorius spotted men climbing out of a car at 8pm. He suspected they were about to rob him and he reversed his car into the robbers’ vehicle. “A... See full details

  6. Chopper seized after beach landing

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    A short detour to pick up a mechanic has cost a South African a R28 000 fine from Mozambican authorities who are clamping down on light aircraft landing on that country's pristine beaches. The South African-registered helicopter landed on the white sands of Inhassoro in the southern Inhambane province on Friday and was slapped with a 100 000 new meticais fine by Mozambican civil aviation author... See full details

  7. Horror as 5-year old shot in mom's arms

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    Danielle Esterhuizen (5) wanted a Brat doll for Christmas but she was also looking for a present to buy Jesus. On Wednesday she gave Jesus the ultimate gift, her life. She died after she was hit by a bullet as she lay cuddled in her mother's arms. Danielle went fishing at Riebeeck Lake in Randfontein with her father Diederick Esterhuizen, her mother Anel, her brother Andrico and a family f... See full details

  8. Cops turn a blind eye as rapists target Melville

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    The police don't seem to think rape is a problem in Melville, but still girls continue to be attacked. And business owners are worried that sooner or later young people will stop coming to Melville and they will be forced to close down. Colin Jackson, a member of the Melville Community Policing Forum, said he had sent a letter to the Brixton police station commissioner to tell him about the rap... See full details

  9. More than 5 000 Xmas speedsters nabbed

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    Joburg motorists were doing an average of 145km/h on highways In a week in which South Africa is once again counting the cost of road accidents, Johannesburg metro police trapped more than 5 000 motorists speeding on Christmas Day alone. Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, spokesperson for the metro police, said a total of 5 412 motorists were caught speeding on the M1, M2, N1 and ... See full details

  10. Operator suspended after 12 die in bus crash

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    The KwaZulu Natal Department of Transport has suspended the service of a major national luxury bus company in the province after a horrific accident which claimed 12 lives and left at least 30 injured. The accident happened at 4.40am on Sunday when the bus from SA Roadlink swayed sideways before hitting a bridge pillar on the N3 near the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg. Road Traffi... See full details

  11. Sixth body discovered in Moffat Park

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    A sixth badly decomposed body has been found buried in a shallow grave at Moffat Park, near Rosettenville, southern Joburg. Police said they were investigating a possibility that the discovery could be linked to Richman Makhwekhwe, who is in prison in connection with five murders and three rapes at the park. After a third body - that of a 16-year-old girl buried in a shallow grave - was fo... See full details

  12. State eyes paedophile accused's car and house

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    Court describes accused's property as an instrument used to commit an offence The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions has succeeded in securing a preservation order against paedophile accused Werner Braun. The decision has paved the way for an application to have his assets - including a luxury property in Somerset West and a BMW X5 - forfeited to the state. This follows a... See full details

  13. Cops raise awareness on woman abuse

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    Joburg metro police officers took to the streets yesterday morning to raise awareness about woman abuse - but most women drivers were too scared to open their window and accept a candle. The female metro officers were trying to create awareness around abuse of women and children on several busy intersections in the city. "Some of them were happy to see us, but lots of the women didn't want ... See full details

  14. Girl gang-raped, shot, left for dead

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    A 13-year-old Daveyton girl is in a Johannesburg hospital after a group of men gang-raped her, then shot her and left her to die. A passer-by heard a scream from a field near an informal settlement in Daveyton yesterday morning. He found the half-naked girl in a pool of blood with five bullet wounds in her upper body. North Rand SAPS spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Opperman said that ... See full details

  15. Drunk McBride rolls car

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    Witnesses claim he smelt of alcohol 'Cop beat me up for taking pictures' Robert McBride was drunk when he rolled his car at high speed. Then the officers he called in to help cover up the crash assaulted and threatened to shoot witnesses. This is according to five people who spoke to The Star this morning after having tried to come to the aid of the Ekurhuleni metro police chief. ... See full details

  16. Key witness in Taliep killing disappears

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    Music icon's relative goes into hiding after giving evidence to case investigators A relative of Taliep Petersen has gone into hiding after giving police a sworn statement implicating several people known to the family in the murder of the music icon. Police sources have also revealed that Petersen's diary, believed to be a key piece of evidence in the investigation, has disappeared ... See full details

  17. 'Old man' with pole saves guests from 3 armed men

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    It was the sight of a gunman hitting his wife and threatening to do worse that drove a 64-year-old to turn on his attackers and possibly save the lives of eight people. And this despite him being shot twice. This morning Neville Huxham was in the ICU at Milpark Hospital, recovering from surgery last night to remove bullets from his back and left arm. Hospital spokesperson Amelda Swartz sai... See full details

  18. Drunk taxi driver disobeyed orders

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    His colleagues tried to stop him from driving - even taking his keys - but he forced his way behind the wheel. Hours later, he and seven others were dead. This is the sorry tale of the taxi driver who crashed his taxi into a lamppost on the M1 South while transporting passengers to Pimville, Soweto, on Tuesday night. His boss, Breeze Dlamini, and colleagues at the Bree Street taxi rank in ... See full details

  19. Robbers try their luck, but North Rand police are on to them

    Date: 27 Dec 2006
    One armed robber was shot dead and four others were arrested in separate incidents. Last night was a busy night for the North Rand Police. Superintendent Eugene Opperman of the North Rand police said the robber, wanted in several other cases of armed robbery, was riding a bicycle in Etwatwa when a police officer patrolling the area shouted at him to stop. According to Opperman, when th... See full details

  20. Bloody heist battle

    Date: 21 Dec 2006
    Robber and security man die in shootout after gangsters ram van off the road His shirt soaked with blood, the driver of a cash van ambushed by a heist gang was too dazed to speak. "I can't talk right now. Maybe later," was all he could say to The Star. About 60 metres behind him was his wrecked van, its left side ripped open. Next to it lay a colleague in a body bag. The arme... See full details

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