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  1. Man arrested ‘for trying to bribe officials’

    Date: 15 Dec 2006
    A man, who allegedly tried to bribe officers into releasing an illegal immigrant being detained at the notorious Lindela Repatriation Camp on the West Rand, has been arrested. Luis Defsreipus, a South African citizen of Portuguese origin, allegedly approached the officials at the facility and attempted to pay them an amount of R15 000 for Djeddie Abdelohani’s release. Abdelohani, an Algerian... See full details

  2. Task team to tackle SA pornography

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Government met the media and business sector yesterday in Tembisa to find possible ways to protect young South Africans from pornography. The meeting was also used as a platform to launch the findings of a research report titled Internet Usage and Exposure to Pornography, dealing with access to pornography by pupils in South African schools. “Some labelled it an ambitious programme, but it’s... See full details

  3. Who will pay bill for Phumzi’s flight home?

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    It is still not clear who will have to cough up the almost R1,3million for the Deputy President’s controversial flight back home after her trip to Britain. The Presidency yesterday referred queries regarding Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s return flight to the national Defence Department, which in turn refused to speculate on who would settle the bill. Mlambo-Ngcuka has come under fire for her R4,5... See full details

  4. Air Force strapped for cash

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    It’s not certain whether the South African Air Force (SAAF) is capable of supporting foreign policy initiatives or ferrying VIP’s, as “it appears it cannot do both.” This latest salvo, fired in the war of words over Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s recent charter flight, comes from opposition defence spokesman Roy Jankielsohn. He maintains Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota’s decision ... See full details

  5. Reservist traps suspect

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    A vigilant police reserve sergeant helped arrest a suspected thief who allegedly broke into houses in Waterkloof east of Pretoria yesterday. The man was arrested a few minutes after breaking into a car parked in front of a house. He was on the wanted list after four warrants of arrests had been issued against him. Inspector Anton Breedt said the arrest was made when a reserve policewoman ... See full details

  6. Illegal firearms supplier arrested

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Five men, including a suspected illegal firearms supplier, were arrested in Mamelodi east of Pretoria yesterday. The arrests were made when Mamelodi East police task team acted after a tip-off. They traced a Toyota Corolla in the area. Inspector Anton Breedt said there were three occupants inside. The car was searched and three illegal firearms and DVD and CD players, were found in their p... See full details

  7. 65-ye-old man killed for bicycle

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    A 65-year-old man’s body was found in Venterspost, Westonaria after he was apparently killed for his bicycle. Police spokesman Milicia Bezuidenhout said on Monday afternoon Piet Swanevelder volunteered to clean up his church in Westonaria. “Swanevelder never returned home,” Bezuidenhout said. The motive for the killing appears to be the theft of the man’s R300 bicycle. A group of quad-bi... See full details

  8. 35 held in crime blitz

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Members of the Hillbrow Crime Prevention Unit arrested 35 South African citizens for various crimes on Tuesday evening. Spokesman Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said the police officers received a tip-off that led to the arrest of the South Africans. “The men were arrested for various crimes such as common assault, loitering, robbery, armed robbery and theft,” Mariemuthoo said. Eight illegal immi... See full details

  9. Limpopo mob kill rape suspect

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    A suspected Limpopo rapist was stoned to death by a mob in Vuvha yesterday. Superintendent Ailwei Mushavhanamadi said a 22-year-old man allegedly raped a 34-year-old married woman in her house. The man left the woman’s husband in a shebeen and went to his house. He broke a window to get into the house and raped her. After several weeks on the run, the man came back to the village yesterd... See full details

  10. Kebble's 'suicide drills'

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    First it was a plane crash, then a carjacking - Agliotti Brett Kebble pains-takingly orchestrated his own killing and repeatedly conducted death "dry runs". This is according to alleged crime-lord and Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti, who claims the slain mining magnate was willing to commit murder in a bid to cause his own death. During a bail application in the Johannesburg... See full details

  11. Probe to chart all of deputy president's flights for the year

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    A defence force inquiry into Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's latest "gravy plane" fiasco has been broadened to include all her air travel for the year. Mlambo-Ngcuka is in the middle of another storm, this time relating to the chartering of a plane owned by information technology billionaire Mark Shuttleworth. According to reports, the Swiss plane chartered for her trip to the UK... See full details

  12. No legal aid for Yengeni

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Parliament has turned down a request by former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni that it pay for his planned Constitutional Court challenge to have his fraud conviction overturned. Parliament's spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs said yesterday the institution was not in a position to assist him financially, nor was it able to refer the matter to the state attorney on his behalf. "Parliament can pay the ... See full details

  13. Now SACP climbs on the Gautrain-bashing bandwagon

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    The South African Communist Party has accused President Thabo Mbeki of playing the race card, with the party also tearing into his views on the Gautrain project and raising more questions about political connectivity. Noting Mbeki's "contemptuous" dismissal of concerns about senior ANC political figures and the Gautrain, the party said yesterday that waving the race card detracted from the ver... See full details

  14. Agliotti to feature in two major criminal trials

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    The Scorpions believe that Joburg businessman Glenn Agliotti is the boss of an international crime syndicate accused of, among others, involvement in a multimillion-rand drug-smuggling network. Agliotti, who was yesterday named by police as "The Landlord", is now at the centre of two major criminal trials. In the first case, Agliotti was expected to appear in court today in connection with... See full details

  15. Cosatu accused of bid to buy Sanco support

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Civics organisation's allegations dismissed as 'totally absurd' The Congress of SA Trade Unions has been accused of corruption and trying to buy support to influence the SA National Civic Organisation's leadership election. The claim was made by outgoing Sanco president Mlungisi Hlongwane yesterday at the start of the embattled civic organisation's national conference in Bloemfontein.... See full details

  16. Families eager to discover fate of 4 kidnapped in Iraq

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    The devastated families of four South Africans are anxiously waiting news about what happened to their loved ones, who were abducted in Baghdad. This comes after the five Iraqis with whom they were abducted were released yesterday. "What makes matters worse is not knowing what has happened to them. We cannot relax until we know what is going on there," a relative of one of the men said yeste... See full details

  17. Scorpions prosecutor on fraud rap is again denied bail

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Portia Kgantsi, the Scorpions prosecutor facing multiple charges of corruption, has failed once again to persuade the court that she should be granted bail. Kgantsi (39), who was arrested more than two months ago following allegations that she had demanded R300 000 from two Nigerian fraud suspects in exchange for quashing their case, launched another bid for bail in the Randburg Magistrate's C... See full details

  18. Smell of R2m dagga was a giveaway

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Dagga worth about R2-million - concealed at the back of a truck believed to be owned by a Soweto man - has been discovered. The 35-year-old driver, believed to be from Cape Town, was arrested by the Free State border police, but his accomplice fled the scene and is still on the run. Police said two men driving in a Toyota Hino truck with Gauteng registration plates had stopped behind a boo... See full details

  19. There's no place to hide in Soweto, criminals warned

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    The Soweto Community Policing Forum has declared war on criminals, warning there would be no space for them to terrorise residents. This emerged during this week's CPF board crime prevention meeting at the Indaba Hall in Protea. The meeting was attended by representatives from the 11 police stations in greater Soweto as well as members of the SAPS, CPF structures, Liquor Traders Against Cri... See full details

  20. Choirboy's bail bid

    Date: 14 Dec 2006
    Glenn Agliotti has portrayed himself as a do-gooder and former choirboy. In a glowing, self-penned testimonial for the Johannesburg Regional Court, Agliotti repeatedly drew attention to his support of charities and described himself as a businessman. He yesterday laid out his life history in a bid for bail. According to his affidavit, Agliotti was born in Germiston on November 22 1956 and ... See full details

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