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  1. Serial rape accused delays trial by refusing line-ups

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    The 60 women who were allegedly raped by Mongezi Samuel Jinxela during his alleged 10-year rape spree around Johannesburg will have to wait another month before they see the wheels of justice turn. This is because the 38-year-old Jinxela has refused to have his photograph taken and will not co-operate with the police during identification parades. During his appearance in the Johannesburg ... See full details

  2. Platinum smuggling case delayed by a year

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    It will be a year before seven suspected members of an international platinum smuggling syndicate go on trial on 83 charges related to stealing precious metals worth R200-million. This was because some of alleged kingpin Hendrik Boekhoud's co-accused have applied to the Legal Aid Board for defence counsel to represent them. The accused appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, but... See full details

  3. Detained Scorpions prosecutor has criminal record

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    She allegedly asked for R350 000 to destroy the case file of two Nigerians Senior Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi failed to disclose to the National Prosecuting Authority that she had a previous conviction when she applied for a job. This startling allegation emerged in the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday when Kgantsi (39) appeared on charges of corruption, attempting to de... See full details

  4. Tales of senseless terror

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    In February this year, a Grade 10 pupil at Veritas Secondary School in Meadowlands, Soweto, was stabbed to death by another pupil. The incident happened while they were playing a dice game. In May this year, 15-year-old Thulani Shisana, of Sikhanyisele Primary School in Mamelodi, near Pretoria, was killed when a 15-year-old pupil opened fire on a group of his schoolmates. Thulani was eating hi... See full details

  5. Boy predicted school death

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    14-year-old suspect arrested for murder of fellow pupil 'If I don't leave this school, I am going to die." This is what Grade 10 pupil Nkosana Mbhele repeatedly told his mother, Maria. He told her that he had "enemies" at Forest High School in southern Johannesburg and complained about the constant fighting and drug abuse at the school. Wanting the best for her child, Mbhele insis... See full details

  6. Asians targeted, shopowner claims after deadly robbery

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    A 21-year-old customer's refusal to hand over her handbag resulted in her death at the hands of a gang of robbers who were in the process of holding up a clothing store in the centre of Johannesburg. The woman had come to the store, Joburg Fashion, in Von Brandis Street, with a friend when - according to shop- owner Kamal Arab - six armed men walked in just before 5pm yesterday. "They pushe... See full details

  7. SAPS set to create 37 ‘super stations’

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Super police stations are to be created nationwide as part of efforts by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to improve service delivery and combat crime. This comes after changes were made in Gauteng and members of disbanded specialised units were redeployed to police stations, and new station commanders took control of the 29 stations with the highest crime rates. According to a report... See full details

  8. Suspected sexual predator finally on trial

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Dozens of women seized then raped in veld over period of a decade He allegedly raped 60 women over a 10-year period, making him one of South Africa's worst serial rapists. While the country was celebrating the advent of a democratic dispensation in 1994, Mongezi Samuel Jinxela allegedly began sexually assaulting young women as he embarked on a rape terror spree that ended with his cap... See full details

  9. Conduct of Cape judge president up for discussion

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    A report into a complaint against Cape Judge President John Hlophe was expected to be discussed at a meeting of the Judicial Services Commission today. The complaint follows reports that Judge Hlophe was doing work with assets management group Oasis for which he was paid monthly retainers of R10 000. Judge Hlophe denied the allegation and said he had instead received out-of pocket- expense... See full details

  10. Cruise and anti-aircraft missiles and spy planes the fruits of partnership

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Cruise missiles for our naval frigates, anti-aircraft missile batteries for our army, and spy-planes for our air force and marine and coastal management agency may be among the leading military spin-offs from the India-Brazil-South Africa (Ibsa) partnership. This has emerged hot on the heels of the conclusion this week of the visit to South Africa of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who i... See full details

  11. Demand letters deemed disgraceful

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    The wording of a letter of demand sent by a firm of attorneys to a former Telkom account holder has been described as a "disgrace to the attorneys' profession" in a complaint to the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. And although the LSNP decided last June that this was "bringing the profession into disrepute", JM Attorneys of Randburg continued to send out similar letters to ex-members of... See full details

  12. Hi-joke horror

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Passenger's prankon kulula.comflight groundsplane and landsjoker in slammer A flippant but unwise remark sparked by irritation at limited leg-room aboard a kulula.com flight led to a six-hour hijack drama at Cape Town International Airport yesterday. According to passengers, about 20 minutes into the 11.11am Johannesburg-bound flight, a passenger complained about not having enough le... See full details

  13. 25th heist gang suspect arrested

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Kwazulu-Natal police early yesterday swooped on another suspect believed to be part of the gang arrested earlier this week in connection with numerous cash-in-transit heists and other violent crimes. The arrest was made at a Durban hospital at about 4am, only hours before the 24 other suspects appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court under heavy police guard yesterday. It is believed the la... See full details

  14. Two Britons held after cocaine bust

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Two British citizens were arrested in Durban yesterday after police found cocaine worth millions of rands in a storage container belonging to them. “Uncut” cocaine worth R45-million was found hidden in mirror frames inside the container, believed to be destined for the UK. “We had been monitoring the suspects for some time. It was an undercover operation by the Crime Intelligence Unit, Orga... See full details

  15. Sergeant in dock over student strip

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria police sergeant who allegedly ordered a female police trainee to undress in front of a physical training class appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Sergeant Thembinkosi Skhosana is charged with indecent assault and crimen injuria. The case was postponed to October 24 for further police investigation. The accused is out on warning. Skhosna was arrested after... See full details

  16. SA Navy on ops to protect Africa

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A three-ship SA Navy deployment is steaming up Africa’s east coast on a regional and continental security and co-operation exercise. The supply ship SAS Protea, accompanied by strike craft SAS Isaac Dyobha and SAS Galeshewe, left Maputo on Wednesday for Dar es Salaam and Mombasa on Exercise Interop. They will proceed to Reunion for Exercise Bourbon. This is part of SA Navy chief Vice-Admi... See full details

  17. The Whistleblower

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    He breaks his silence on ‘R100m housing tender corruption’ This is the man who was fired after he wrote a top-secret report exposing tender irregularities worth more than R100-million in the Gauteng Department of Housing. Chartered accountant Pascalis Mokupo yesterday broke his silence about the investigation, which, he claims, cost him his job at the forensic unit of the Gauteng Shar... See full details

  18. Car seizures scrutinised

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Drunk drivers' cars are the means by which they break the law - and should therefore be forfeited to the state. This is the argument that the Asset Forfeiture Unit is using to justify its proposed seizures of drunk drivers' cars. The AFU has appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the ruling given by Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Richard Jones, in which Jones ruled that the state... See full details

  19. Fraudulent claims take a dive

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    While corruption is rampant, making many South Africans wonder if we'll ever be an honest society, some good news has put hope back on the table. Fraudulent life insurance claims are down by almost R76-million. This spot of good news comes from the Life Offices Association. Communications manager Lerato Mametse says this major reduction in fraudulent claims is a "welcome respite after ... See full details

  20. Kids' home hit again

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Thieves have struck again at a home for disadvantaged children with chronic diseases. This time they stole computers, a cellphone and a scooter from Marang House in Northcliff, Johannesburg. Spokesperson Pieter Ernst said the thieves apparently didn't have enough time to steal the TV and other electronic equipment when they struck early yesterday. The karaoke machine, which was used daily,... See full details

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