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  1. Strong support for Goldin's mother as trial is postponed

    Date: 07 Mar 2007
    There were emotional scenes outside the Cape High Court after the trial of two men accused of murdering Brett Goldin and Richard Bloom was postponed for more than two months. Goldin's mother, Denise Goldin, was tearful outside the court building yesterday and hugged several people, who included former Miss World Anneline Kriel - a friend of the Goldin family - Survivor SA host Mark Bayly and D... See full details

  2. Fragile teen stayed strong for 4-year-old who depended on her

    Date: 07 Mar 2007
    She speaks in whispers only. Her soft, brown eyes are still trusting … Yet here sat a child who had just emerged from a nightmare. This is the teenage girl held hostage in a hole in the ground for more than a year, allegedly by accused serial rapist Johan Mowers. She and a 4-year-old girl were found by police in a hillside burrow in the Hemel en Aarde valley near Hermanus on Sunday morning.... See full details

  3. Accused's confession in Michaela murder trial admissible, court says

    Date: 07 Mar 2007
    The Johannesburg High Court has ruled that the confession and the pointing-out of the crime scene by rape and murder accused Ronald Jones are admissible as evidence. Jones had claimed during his trial that the police had assaulted him so much that he was forced to admit to having raped and murdered 6-year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, in October 2005. ... See full details

  4. State wants Mauritian evidence

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    The national Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is pulling no punches as it tries to secure documents from Mauritius that it believes link former Deputy President Jacob Zuma with a bribe agreement. The State is seeking a letter of request to the Mauritian Attorney-General under the International Co-operation in Criminal Matters Act to obtain these documents. In its answering affidavits to those fil... See full details

  5. The two-week-long search for Sheldean Human has ended after her decomposed body was found.

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    The two-week-long search for Sheldean Human has ended after her decomposed body was found. The 7-year-old's body was found near a stormwater drain last night not far from the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market in Pretoria. A massive search had been launched to find the Pretoria Gardens girl, who went missing while playing in the front garden of her home on February 18. According to senior polic... See full details

  6. Investigators ‘blocked’ from probing Sheldean kidnap

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Investigations into Sheldean Human’s kidnapping have provoked a row between private investigators and police. Investigators claimed yesterday members of the police were trying to prevent them proceeding with their inquiry. Last Friday private investigator Henry D’Almeida was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer. He said he was arrested after being called to the Pretori... See full details

  7. Guards get a better deal

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has amended the law to accommodate demands made by security guards during last year’s protracted nationwide strike. The amended Sectoral Determination allows lunch breaks, maternity leave, study leave and deals with other aspects raised during the strike. The move has been hailed by spokesman for the SA Trade and Allied Workers’ Union Ronnie Mamba as a br... See full details

  8. Slabbert murder suspects identified

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Police confirmed yesterday that they had identified two suspects who can possibly be linked to the murder of Meyerton farmer Willie Slabbert. “We have identified two suspects but no arrests have been made yet. “The investigation is continuing, and it is at a very sensitive stage,” said Vaal Rand police spokesman Inspector Trudie Wilken. ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma visited Slabbert’s f... See full details

  9. Dept set to act over Sudan red

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Someone is going to burn for the alleged contamination of South African peri-peri spices with a potentially cancer-causing dye. The Department of Health has mobilized it’s structures across the country to remove spices from shelves and they are threatening legal action. The department issued a directive yesterday that not only were six different spices, believed to contain the dangerous Suda... See full details

  10. Scorpions probe break-in as armed gang robs Agliotti and his family

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Glenn Agliotti and his family have been robbed in the Sandton mansion where the alleged criminal mastermind is under 24-hour house arrest. Agliotti, who is currently on trial for the murder of mining tycoon Brett Kebble and for allegedly heading an international drug-smuggling syndicate, was with his fiancée, ex-wife and daughter when the robbers struck at his Bryanston house. Police confi... See full details

  11. Yes, we do have a plan, says Selebi

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Police chief says he is aware of crime, and letters of complaint just waste energy National police commissioner Jackie Selebi gave a spontaneous interview yesterday and spoke openly on a wide range of crime issues. The commissioner, who is at the centre of damning corruption allegations and has been accused of being entangled in criminal syndicates, is also president of Interpol. ... See full details

  12. Six arrested over cash machine explosions

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Dynamite and hijacked vehicles found at house in Leondale as police deal big blow to gang The arrest of a suspect in Leondale, Germiston, and smart detective work by members of the SAPS's Intervention Unit have led to the arrest of six suspects who might be linked to the recent spate of ATM bombings in the province. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said police also took possession of f... See full details

  13. No special treatment in jail for sickly Shaik

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    The five-star luxury that Schabir Shaik was rumoured to be enjoying at Westville Prison in Durban was nowhere in sight when the National Council of Provinces' select committee on security and constitutional affairs paid a visit. The committee yesterday embarked on a five-day oversight visit to KwaZulu Natal amid a host of complaints they had received on the services provided by the departments... See full details

  14. The Hole of hell

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    And the woman who helped capture an alleged serial rapist This tiny tin-roofed burrow, filled with filth and nightmares, is where a suspected serial rapist kept two girls captive. But its days as a den of evil are over - thanks to the bravery of a determined farmworker. As the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near Hermanus in the Western Cape, breathed a collective sigh of relief at the rearre... See full details

  15. Mayor pledges to tackle criminals after priest shot

    Date: 06 Mar 2007
    Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa has admitted that violent crime is a serious problem in the capital. She made the admission yesterday to BBC journalists at the scene of the shooting of Irish priest Father Kieran Creagh. Ramokgopa and senior government officials are, however, determined not to let violent crime tarnish the image of the city or South Africa. Ramokgopa and acting ANC chief whip ... See full details

  16. Danny K’s dad in hijack drama

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    Popular musician Danny K’s parents became the latest victims of crime when they were hijacked at their complex in Johannesburg at the weekend. Danny’s mother Pam Koppel, who is also his manager, said they had gone to dinner at Melrose Arch with the singer’s father, Gavin Koppel and were hijacked on their return home. When the couple arrived back at the complex they realized something was wro... See full details

  17. It’s time for action – Balfour

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    The time for endless policy-making and workshops in the Department of Correctional Services is over. This is the strongly worded message from Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour after the second appearance by his department before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) in the one financial year. “We are now at a stage where we have to focus on implementation of key deli... See full details

  18. Rat poison bid to kill Icelander?

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    A month before Icelander Gisli Thorkelsson was slain and encased in concrete, an unsuccessful attempt may have been made to kill him with rat poison. This emerged at the weekend during the Johannesburg High Court trial of Andre Koekemoer, Hendrik Breedt and Willie and Linda Theron. They previously all denied involvement in the murder of Thorkelsson the night he returned to South Africa from ... See full details

  19. Speed trap cheat bust

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    Speed trap laser jammer arrested Metro police got their man at the weekend when a motorist was arrested for allegedly jamming a speed camera. The man was charged with defeating the ends of justice after a laser jammer was found attached to his car’s number plates in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. Metro police said a speed camera had failed to record the man’s number plates after he was caug... See full details

  20. Son of family-killer sues cops for support

    Date: 05 Mar 2007
    In one of his gun-toting tirades, Neil Brooks shot dead both his wife and daughter. Now his 26-year-old son is suing the Safety and Security Ministry for R2,8-million in the Cape High Court for having failed to get his father declared unfit to possess a firearm. Aaron Brooks, an apprentice motor mechanic in Goodwood, Cape Town, says he has now lost the support of both parents - his father is s... See full details

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