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  1. Baby shot dead on her mom's back

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    15-month-old infant becomes the youngest victim of heist terror Her clothes stained with her baby's blood, a devastated Cynthia Mitileni is comforted by her brother after her child's death. Her 15-month-old daughter Khensani was killed yesterday during a wild shootout on one of Joburg's busiest streets - while strapped to her mother's back. Opening fire on shocked people, a gang... See full details

  2. School stabbing accused appears

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    A 14-year-old pupil from Forest High School in Johannesburg accused of murdering his schoolmate Simon Nkosana Mbhele appeared in court yesterday before being released into the care of his mother. Police spokesman Captain Schalk Bornman said the boy would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday next week. The Grade 8 pupil was arrested at his home in Moroka, Soweto on Monday ... See full details

  3. Pandor urges MPs to back school drug tests

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    We need to teach children manners and discipline, says minister following stabbing Education Minister Naledi Pandor has given the clearest indication yet that random drug testing may be on the cards in schools, given what she described as "psychotic" and violent behaviour of some pupils. Speaking in the National Assembly yesterday, a day after Grade 10 pupil Nkosana Mbhele was murdere... See full details

  4. Gauteng transport chief ignored procedures in giving R5m tender

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    Minister's wife a beneficiary to convert taxi recapitalisation permits to operating licences Gauteng Transport Department head Sibusiso Buthelezi awarded a R5-million tender to the company of Nomusa Mufamadi, wife of cabinet minister Sydney, without following proper tender procedures. Buthelezi has acknowledged that he did not follow normal tender procedures when awarding a contract ... See full details

  5. Officials go slow over court killing

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    Court officials are furious and afraid after a policeman was stabbed to death in the holding cells of a North West court building on Monday, just weeks after the stabbing of a prosecutor in Pretoria. All the staff, including prosecutors, orderlies and magistrates, embarked on a go-slow yesterday at the GaRankuwa Magistrate’s Court building to protest against the killing of Inspector Meshack “To... See full details

  6. Girl's body found in Springs

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    The body of a girl, with head and neck injuries, has been found in the veld in Springs. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the body was found near Ermelo Road, Strubenvale, about midday on Monday. The girl was described as between 16 and 20 years old, slim, with shoulder-length brown hair. She was wearing black trousers and a pink top. A black leather jacket was found near the body. Pi... See full details

  7. Mother fears the worst for daughter

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    Police neglect to draw her blood to check if it matches traces found in suspect's car Police have released a 40-year-old man - the prime suspect in the disappearance of a 22-year-old Lenasia woman - due to lack of evidence. Yet, more than seven days after Natasha Myburgh's disappearance, they have yet to draw blood from her mother, Amanda, to determine whether blood found in the suspe... See full details

  8. Pupils try to digest senseless murder

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    After seeing his friend's bloodied and lifeless body lying on the school ground, Delwyn Rajkuar rushed home and went straight to his computer. He inserted a CD and as Tupac Shakur's song Life Goes On filled the room, the 17-year-old pupil broke down and cried. "Why?" he asked the family helper, Josephine Rantsho, with tears in his eyes. "We were supposed to open a dance group together next ... See full details

  9. Store owners left feeling helpless in the CBD war zone

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    Businesses in the Joburg CBD fear they are under siege from armed criminals who are becoming increasingly brazen in their attempts to rob them. Mohammed Hussein, who owns an electronics store in Bree Street, has been robbed three times in the past three years. "We pay our taxes, we try our best to make a living, but these guys (the robbers) don't care. They will kill you if you try to resist... See full details

  10. Driver of car shot dead

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    A man was shot dead and a woman wounded by a gunman who opened fire at an intersection in Boksburg. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the attack occurred at about 9pm on Monday, shortly after the couple had put petrol into a white Opel Astra at a Total garage on Old Heidelberg Road, Klippoortje smallholdings. "The couple pulled off from the garage and stopped at the intersection when someone op... See full details

  11. Fire engines and reservists a boon

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    A new rescue force consisting of 350 reservist emergency workers and three state-of-the-art fire engines are to form part of a drive by the Ekurhuleni metro to beef up its emergency services. The community safety head in the metro, Ndosi Shongwe, said the metro wanted to ensure it was always ready to respond to any kind of emergency. She said the department had taken a major step forward by... See full details

  12. Agency red faced over corruption

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Failure of projects funded by the National Development Agency (NDA) to spend donations as stipulated has landed the organisation in hot water. In terms of a report by the Auditor-General, the NDA will have to repay some of the nine million euros (R87 million) it received from the European Union, as the money was spent inappropriately. NDA spokesman Lunga Mangcu said 72 projects in Limpopo, K... See full details

  13. Scorpions prosecutor victimised in prison

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Suspended Scorpions senior prosecutor Portia Kgantsi is now feeling the sting of the Correctional Services system as she is allegedly being victimised by fellow prisoners. The regional magistrate in Kgantsi’s case of corruption, extortion and trying to secure four kilogrammes of confiscated hashish, George Andrews, is to ask for her to be placed in a single cell in Johannesburg Prison. Kgant... See full details

  14. Hostage murder trial under way

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Two alleged male prostitutes charged with demanding R57 000 for the release of a kidnapped hostage appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday. After five days the hostage was killed and his body dumped in a dustbin. Anthony Gozia Chinedu, 34, of Hillbrow and Victor Judge, 30, of Pretoria, appeared before Judge Lucy Mailula. Deon van Wyk, prosecuting, was ready to proceed, but due t... See full details

  15. Three in court over murder

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Two former Thabazimbi Game Lodge employees appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday for allegedly murdering a friend, and trying to bury her body in a “hole made by an animal” on game lodge property. Shirley van Rensburg (nee du Toit) and friends lunched together and then “went to a bar to play pool”. She was driven back to her North Riding flat where she was murdered and her body tak... See full details

  16. South Africa’s teenagers are ‘in crisis’

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    As we celebrate World Mental-Health Day, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), says about 90% of teen suicides have a mental illness. Sadag found Zane Wilson said, “Our teens are depressed and often have no one to turn to.” This was the result of family problems and a lack of resources. A study revealed that 5% of pupils admitted to having thought of suicide, while 8% ad... See full details

  17. Murder accused ‘wasn’t himself’

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    The mother of a Pretoria panel beater accused of slitting his pregnant wife’s throat told the Pretoria High Court yesterday he had “not been himself”, and seemed afraid, when he made a confession to a magistrate. Pieter Viljoen, on trial for a second time for the murder of his wife Amelia five years ago, after initially being discharged, earlier claimed he had been tortured and coerced into mak... See full details

  18. Plan to hit govt over crime levels

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Sue the state over the high crime levels, a Johannesburg man has urged. And Scottish-born naturalised South African Norman Gray has also warned that should crime not be dealt with now “one robbery, killing or rape in 2010 and South Africa will be finished in the eyes of the world”. Gray, himself a victim of crime, has since spent thousands on security at his home. He said he had been keeping... See full details

  19. DA bemoans 'shoddy' police station shake-up

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    'So much for placing crimes against women and children first' While the top brass of the SAPS continue to play chess with police officers, children who are in desperate need of attention are just not getting it. This is the opinion of Mike Waters, the Democratic Alliance spokesperson on child abuse in the Gauteng Legislature. He pointed out that of the 40 police stations in Ekurhul... See full details

  20. Ex-mining firm boss in bid for plea agreement

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Like his former business associate and alleged partner in crime, Roger Kebble, who plea- bargained and got a fine and suspended sentence, Hendrik Christoffel Buitendag is trying to avoid going to prison by doing the same thing. Yesterday, Buitendag, a former director at JCI mining company, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court on several charges, including five of fraud and three of insider ... See full details

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