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  1. Giggly trespasser off to jail

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Call him the happy giggler – moonlight prowler Ricardo Carolus even giggled as he stepped from the dock into police holding cells in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court to start a three-month jail sentence for trespassing. But his reason for prowling at an upmarket home at 3am – to sell something to the madam – nearly set magistrate Ingrid Freitag off giggling as well. She asked him “Must I bel... See full details

  2. Limpopo six in court

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Six men accused of involvement in the Limpopo cash-heist in which a security guard was shot dead and three others burnt to death, appeared in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Four of them, Emmanuel Malepo, 34, Molefi Malevese, 47, Alpheus Msiza, 30, and Kenneth Moitshela, 35 appeared on charged of murder and attempted cash-in-transit robbery. “The two other suspects were arrested o... See full details

  3. Killer tells how friend aided him

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A self-confessed murderer yesterday testified against a former friend who allegedly helped him kill and rob a retired Air Force officer in Centurion two years ago. David Tshabalala, who is serving a life sentence for the February 2004 murder of Pieter Liebenberg, testified in the trial of his former co-accused, Tsholo Kgafela, 25. Kgafela denied charges of murder and robbery with aggravating... See full details

  4. I smoked cocaine to clear my head – murder accused

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    He had smoked cocaine while his wife lay dead nearby, because he thought it would “take the pain away”, murder accused Rolf Meier told the High Court yesterday. On trial in Pretoria for the April 2004 murder of his wife Alison, Meier again claimed his “drug lords” had bludgeoned her to death with a spade because he owed them money. Meier claimed he found his wife’s body after seeing his drug... See full details

  5. 'Disrespect' gets blame for violence in schools

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Violence in schools could be reduced by implementing programmes on self-awareness, conflict management and putting positive messages across to teachers and pupils. These are some of the findings of research currently being conducted by the University of Johannesburg. The research, entitled "Lived Experiences of Aggression in Secondary Schools in South Africa" is being run jointly by the Un... See full details

  6. Cyber 'kingpin' nabbed

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Suspect used global syndicate to fleece online bank accounts A 3G card, a laptop and a cellphone. This was all a South African man needed to run an international online banking-fraud syndicate which siphoned millions of dollars from people's bank accounts. But it was the very same laptop and cellphone that led a multi-agency force - including the Scorpions, Standard Bank and a UK sec... See full details

  7. Body of mutilated child found

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Residents of Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, are puzzled by the gruesome murder of a 23-month-old baby found with his penis cut off. The boy, who would have turned 2 next Wednesday, was found lying semi-naked on Monday. His severed penis was next to him. It is believed his attacker used a broken bottle to mutilate the child. Staff Reporter The S... See full details

  8. Accused gives three versions on parents' double murder

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Slayings came at start of Ramadan The events surrounding the death of Dr Anwar Kadwa and his wife, Munirah on October 5 last year, remain a mystery. One of the questions which came to the fore yesterday is whether the murdered couple's son, daughter and daughter-in-law are protecting them because their alleged suicide would have brought shame to the family and the Muslim community. T... See full details

  9. Paraplegic claims R16m for police negligence

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A man left paraplegic after his cousin shot him with his licensed firearm is suing the minister of safety and security for R16,5- million. The cousin was out on bail on a murder charge at the time. He had a gun permit even though he had been a patient at Stikland psychiatric hospital in Cape Town. The minister, who has been found liable for damages on the grounds that the man should not ha... See full details

  10. Woman's quest to rescue kitten causes big incident

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A woman was thrown out of a clothing store and threatened with prosecution for malicious damage after creating a hole in a wall because of a kitten. Gail Millard, a charity-shop owner who has about 20 cats, was informed about a kitten that had become trapped behind a partition at Truworths in Campus Square, Auckland Park, on Tuesday. She rushed to a hardware store, borrowed a crowbar and wen... See full details

  11. Zuma's legal fees to cost taxpayers R10-million

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Jacob Zuma and his legal team have received an early Christmas gift from the South African taxpayer - R10-million towards his legal costs. The government has been mum until now on how much of Zuma's defence costs for his corruption trial, since struck off the roll, will be borne by the taxpayer. However, the figure is reflected in the Presidency's revised budget vote in yesterday's mini-bu... See full details

  12. Special team to monitor 2010 spending

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    The government has taken tough precautions to ensure that every cent of the whopping R8,4-billion released to cities for their 2010 World Cup stadiums is spent judiciously. Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi told The Star yesterday that a special advisory committee had been set up to regulate the building of five new stadiums and the renovation of five existing ones. "We took a decision... See full details

  13. Cop-killer shot dead following three-year hunt

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Wild shootout after police corner fugitive sought over murder, robberies and hijacking A fugitive wanted for murder, robberies and a hijacking has been shot dead next to his big-screen television. Bongani Botsotso Gabelo, in his early 20s, died yesterday after three years on the run. Gabelo was arrested on February 28 2003 following the murder of metro cop Stuart Dube, who had be... See full details

  14. Manuel scores with World Cup, crime

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Finance Minister Trevor Manuel scored several goals yesterday, announcing he would spend an extra R80-billion over the next three financial years. The most significant beneficiaries will be the 2010 World Cup infrastructure and the fight against crime. A total of R15,1-billion has been set aside to build or upgrade the 10 World Cup stadiums and develop new transport infrastructure. Spe... See full details

  15. R200 million ‘mystery’

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The Gauteng Department of Transport has failed to clarify to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) where more than R200 million in unauthorised expenditure went in the 2004/2005 financial year. In addition the head department admitted to Scopa that he had over-ruled a decision by his acquisitions committee when he awarded a multimillion-rand taxi recapitalisation contract to Integra... See full details

  16. Pick’n Pay senior buyer shot dead

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    A senior Pick’n Pay employee was shot and killed during a house robbery in the Murrayfield security complex east of Pretoria yesterday. Wayne Els, 37, who was general merchandise senior buyer for the Pick’n Pay northern region, died in hospital after he was shot in the chest yesterday morning. Els and his 14-year-old son, Ashley, were asleep on the second floor of the house. He was awakened... See full details

  17. Mob justice not the way – safety body

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    There were people and state institutions with the responsibility of arresting criminal suspects, Phumla Sekhonyane of Community Safety pointed out yesterday. She was reacting to an incident in Diepsloot in which seven suspected criminals narrowly escaped mob justice. They were rescued by police from angry residents yesterday. It is alleged that the seven, after being involved in a series ... See full details

  18. Jali report tabled – without names

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    South African prisons are rotten to the core, according to a report by the Jali Commission of Inquiry, which was tabled in Parliament by Minister Ngconde Balfour yesterday. It presented shocking evidence that most prison officers were consciously and systematically disregarding rules and regulations. But the president of the SA Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights, Golden Miles Bhudu, said ... See full details

  19. Nigerian arrested for rape, murder

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Intensive investigations by police have led to the arrest of a Nigerian man for the fatal assault and rape of a woman found near the Boksburg Prison at the weekend. The Citizen sports journalist Rod Knight was driving in Van Dyk Park to a road race when he saw two men stading next to the woman, who had been severaly assaulted and raped. “I had already passed them but I made a U-turn and went... See full details

  20. Beware lift clubs

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Lift clubs, promoted by the Department of Transport, might land motorists in trouble with the law. The idea of lift clubs is to have fewer cars on the roads. But experts warned yesterday they could become a minefield of illegalities and liabilities for motorists who wanted to become members. While many of these clubs are possibly illegal, claiming from drivers in case of injuries during acc... See full details

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