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  1. 'Mama Jackey' turns her trial into a farce

    Date: 01 Mar 2007
    Maarohanye arrives at court dripping in jewels and mocks her accuser Jacqueline "Mama Jackey" Maarohanye is accused of public violence, malicious damage to property and robbery, but that hasn't stopped her from turning her court appearances into a soap opera. Yesterday afternoon, the elegantly dressed Maarohanye, the principal of Ithuteng Trust School in Soweto, came out of the Protea... See full details

  2. Tragedy strikes at upmarket complex

    Date: 01 Mar 2007
    Tributes pour in for Ann Fraser after garden attack Ann Fraser (68), described by friends as "the St Francis of all things good", died in her garden after being stabbed in the throat by an intruder. Fraser was killed on Friday night in The Inandas, one of Sandton's most upmarket secure complexes. The events, pieced together from information from Fraser's family, are that she had ... See full details

  3. Sheldean case suspect ‘had molested 10 girls’

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    A Pretoria man who was alleged to have indecently assaulted 10 young girls in an area west of the city appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday. John Christodoulos, 38, was in the dock to face a charge of indecent assault. He was remanded in custody until March 16. Christodoulos was arrested on Monday for questioning in connection with the disappearance of seven-year-old Shelde... See full details

  4. Mayor slammed for abuse of power

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Opposition parties on one of the poorest municipalities in the country have accused the mayor and the ANC majority of abuse of power, wasting taxpayers’ money and covering up their misdeeds. They have also accused Moretele executive mayor Asnath Molekwa of buying a Toyota Prado worth more than R400 000 without council approval, of holding a lavish inauguration the municipality could ill afford,... See full details

  5. Ceremony for shot girl

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Scores of frustrated South Africans flocked again to the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where two men appeared in connection with the murder of Danielle Esterhuizen late last year. Among those who participated in the peaceful demonstration and wreath-laying ceremony in honour of Esterhuizen and other victims of crime, were musicians Adam Tas and Elizma Theron. South African Olympi... See full details

  6. Another arrest over test station fraud

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Police have arrested another suspect in connection with the issuing of fraudulent vehicle clearance documents. Constable Sefako Xaba said a 58-year-old man was arrested at his Dobsonville home in Extension 5 yesterday. Police found identity documents, motor vehicle licences and receipts in his possession. The second arrest comes after West Rand police pounced on the first suspect on Monda... See full details

  7. Take gun licence test via Internet

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    As the Firearm Control Act’s deadlines creep closer, South Africans who want to renew and/or apply for gun licences can do so by Internet. The computer-based testing service, e-Test, was officially launched yesterday on behalf of the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (Sasseta). The new system, developed by the computer-based testing and assessment company, Prometric... See full details

  8. Costs amount to R10 000, home-owner claims

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Hurlingham home-owner whose wall was destroyed by Judge Nkola Motata's car has billed the judge for R10 000. He said Judge Motata's attorney had refused to pay this and "requested direct costs and quotes". "But it is not easy as that. The panels were difficult to get and I had to get someone to do them to try to match the entire wall so that my house does not look tatty and lose its va... See full details

  9. Mama Jackey out on bail despite cop's efforts

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Soweto magistrate, who once released Jacqueline Maarohanye on bail on a charge of committing a violent crime has done it again. Releasing Maarohanye on bail of R10 000 yesterday, magistrate Herman Badenhorst, of the Protea Regional Court, ruled there was no evidence before him suggesting the state's case was strong. In his decision, Badenhorst ignored an affidavit compiled by investigat... See full details

  10. Where is this child's mother?

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    A case of child neglect has been opened and police are looking for the mother of a 3-year-old girl found wandering in wet clothes next to a road in City Deep, Johannesburg. The child - who said her name was Simphiwe - has claimed that she was thrown into a pond on Monday morning and left there. She was found by a Netcare 911 ambulance crew wandering near Vickers Road. The isiZulu-speaking... See full details

  11. Masetlha tells court why he withheld vital facts

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Billy Masetlha, withheld important information from Inspector-General of Intelligence Zolile Ngcakani because he regarded him as part of a campaign to discredit him. The Hatfield Community Court heard yesterday that Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils had launched a campaign to get rid of Masetlha. "You (Ngcakani) were regar... See full details

  12. Mama Jackey out on bail despite cop's efforts

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Soweto magistrate, who once released Jacqueline Maarohanye on bail on a charge of committing a violent crime has done it again. Releasing Maarohanye on bail of R10 000 yesterday, magistrate Herman Badenhorst, of the Protea Regional Court, ruled there was no evidence before him suggesting the state's case was strong. In his decision, Badenhorst ignored an affidavit compiled by investiga... See full details

  13. Cachalia lashed for delay in making statement to cops

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    There is growing outrage over the failure of Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia to timeously make a statement about his mugging to the police. Cachalia, at the forefront of the province's fight against crime, and his wife Nazira, who heads the Johannesburg City Safety programme, were enjoying an evening stroll in the gardens at Emmarentia Dam on Friday when they were accosted by tw... See full details

  14. CPF unhappy after successful policing project is dumped

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Public banned from using police radios The relationship between Honeydew police station, its community and its "phenomenally successful" nine-year project is under threat. The station's Community Policing Forum chairperson, John Baisley, has slammed the suspension of the Eyes and Ears project, which gave selected CPF members permission to monitor police radios and assist at crime sce... See full details

  15. Brazen clinic robbery leaves staff shaken

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Three armed robbers brazenly sat in the Morningside Medi-Clinic reception this morning before jumping the counter, holding a clerk up and then escaping with money in a waiting getaway car. The attack on the hospital's administrative clerk took place between 8 and 9 this morning and was pulled off by snazzily dressed men in suits. According to one eyewitness, the men had been lurking in the... See full details

  16. Drunk driving suspect shielded behind closed doors

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Most alleged drunk drivers have to appear in open court - but Pretoria Judge Nkola Motata was allowed to appear behind closed doors in a magistrate's chambers this morning. The judge was in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court after an incident earlier this year when he rammed his silver Jaguar into the wall of a house in Hurlingham. At the time of the incident the Joburg metro police and the S... See full details

  17. Scorpions hit at decision to strike Zuma case off the roll

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    Ex-deputy president described as less than honest in dealings with investigators Judge Herbert Msimang's decision to strike the case against Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thint from the court roll was "open to criticism". This was the view yesterday of a top Scorpions investigator, Johan du Plooy. The senior Directorate of Special Operations member has described Zuma as "vague... See full details

  18. Emmarentia sees a spike in crime just after safety drive

    Date: 28 Feb 2007
    The Emmarentia area has again been hit by violence as a woman was shot in a leg when a gang attacked security guards delivering cash to an ATM at a Shell garage. Yesterday morning's events occurred just a few days after Gauteng Safety and Security MEC Firoz Cachalia and his wife were mugged in the same area on Friday evening. The men fired randomly as the gang struck at about 9.30am yesterd... See full details

  19. Lawyers quit Thato case

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    Legal aid lawyers yesterday withdrew from representing three suspects who appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of Thato Radebe. Nqobile Sibisi, 18, Stanley Masemola, 20, Mandla Mtshali, 20, Themba Mndaweni, 18 and Thabiso Ganta, 21, are charged with rape and murder after Thato Radebe’s body was found in a field near Emndeni Library earlier this month. A leg... See full details

  20. Man stung issuing fake car papers

    Date: 27 Feb 2007
    An inspection officer at the Langlaagte testing station was caught red-handed yesterday issuing vehicle clearance documents for R1 000 each. The officer, who holds the rank of inspector with the SA Police Service’s Department of Vehicle Identification, had been issuing clearance documents since last year without inspecting the cars, or checking whether or not they had been stolen. West Rand ... See full details

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