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  1. Taxi driver in highway carnage 'was drunk'

    Date: 21 Dec 2006
    Lucky survivor says several passengers had screamed at him in vain to slow down The driver of a taxi that killed eight people in a horror M1 crash, including himself, was drunk. This is according to Terence Sekgukulu, one of the eight passengers who survived the carnage on the M1 South, near the Nasrec offramp, on Tuesday night. With scars on his face and bandages on his head and a... See full details

  2. Open hearts to the less fortunate and curb violence, says Shilowa

    Date: 21 Dec 2006
    While Gautengers may find themselves despairing about crime, corruption and unemployment as the year draws to a close, Premier Mbhazima Shilowa's Christmas message is filled with optimism, caring|- and a word of caution. "Another challenging year has passed where we redoubled our efforts to make Gauteng an even better place for all," he said. He does not, however, shy away from the harsh rea... See full details

  3. Petrol station robbery suspects 'sheep by day, wolves by night'

    Date: 21 Dec 2006
    Police have arrested a gang of suspected armed robbers who struck at 27 petrol stations around Pretoria in just 10 days. A police source has described the suspects - who include an insider working at a filling station and two active security guards - as "sheep by day and wolves by night". On one evening the brazen gang hit nine stations, holding up staff at gunpoint and stealing cash, ciga... See full details

  4. Even killer refugees have rights, lawyer claims

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    The refugee status of a foreign national may not be revoked simply because he or she committed a crime - even murder - in South Africa, according to Lawyers for Human Rights. This issue was due to be addressed by the Pretoria high court yesterday in two separate cases, when family members of two foreigners wanted to prevent them from being deported. Both of the foreigners have committed cri... See full details

  5. Kupane murder suspect held

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    Police hot on trail of second man believed to be involved in slaying of designer Police have arrested one of the two men they believe to be behind the gruesome murder of the daughter of a popular Soweto businessman - eight months after she was slain in her home. Angela Kupane would have celebrated her 41st birthday on Monday. But, on April 7, two robbers broke into her family's Johan... See full details

  6. Police net widens in Taliep Petersen killing

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    Police are probing the possibility that acclaimed entertainer Taliep Petersen's murder was a hit and have assigned another 12 detectives to track down his killers. A police source said they were following strong leads that the murder was planned. Petersen's brother-in-law, Naasief Groenmeyer, agreed, saying: "My opinion is that this was a well-orchestrated hit." He said Petersen had return... See full details

  7. Community meet police in bid to combat crime

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    Outraged residents of Kwa-Thema made their point against crime loud and clear when they embarked on a protest. The residents, mostly women and children, yesterday chose to invite the police to a public forum where they raised their concerns and made suggestions on how to combat crime. The residents, led by their community policing forum (CPF), said their main concern was the lack of visibl... See full details

  8. Parents distraught over their missing, mentally ill teenager

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    "My son is not well mentally. He is schizophrenic and needs his medication more than anything else. We've had eight sleepless nights since he went missing. This is really killing us." These are the words of a worried father, Trainos Nyathi, speaking of his son Nhlanhla Ngwenya (15), who has been missing for more than a week. Nhlanhla was last seen leaving his home in Clayville, Midrand, on... See full details

  9. Petersen's murder followed previous threats

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    Police had warned entertainer's extended family to 'watch their backs' The family of Taliep Petersen - the internationally acclaimed entertainer who was shot dead in his Athlone, Cape Town, home on Saturday - were warned by police to "watch their backs" after he received a death threat in May. This is according to his sister Zorayna Dollan, who said yesterday that police told Peterse... See full details

  10. Father furious that kidnap suspect has charges dropped

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    Walking from the packed courtroom, Mzoli Ngcawuzele, who owns the popular Mzoli's Place in Gugulethu, Cape Town, said: "I was very angry when I heard he'd go free. But I took control of my emotions. I just want justice to be served." According to lawyer Reuben Liddell, the state withdrew charges against his client Kenneth Matli (26) yesterday because he was willing to supply information. "... See full details

  11. Badly injured man (73) fights off violent robbers

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    A broken wrist and a severe head injury didn't prevent an elderly man from fighting off two robbers who attacked him and his wife. The 73-year-old man, who didn't want to be identified, told ER24 paramedics that the incident happened at about 10.30am yesterday while he was watching cricket on TV in his Kibler Park, Johannesburg, home. According to the paramedics, the man said he knew he wa... See full details

  12. Masetlha's come-back bid fails

    Date: 20 Dec 2006
    Ousted National Intelligence Agency boss Billy Masetlha will not get his job back. The Pretoria high court today turned down the former spy boss's application to be reinstated. Judge Ben du Plessis said Masetlha's application against his suspension is academic as he was fired. His application for reinstatement as director- general of the intelligence agency was turned down with costs. D... See full details

  13. Cops lauded after robbery suspects held

    Date: 19 Dec 2006
    Police officers from Ivory Park police station have been praised for their dedication and patience which led to the arrest of five suspected armed robbers. North Rand police spokesperson Eugene Opperman said yesterday that Gauteng Commissioner Perumal Naidoo had lauded the local detectives following their recent successes. They had received|a tip-off that at least|five men were planning|a ro... See full details

  14. Sadism and lust for power blamed for robbers' brutality

    Date: 19 Dec 2006
    The recent brutal attacks by armed robbers on their victims have been labelled "sadistic" and "all about power". Victims have been tortured - sometimes for hours - with boiling water, hot oil and even a heated clothes iron. In most of these horrifying attacks in recent months, the robbers, according to their victims, have been cool, calm and unhurried in carrying out their violent tasks. ... See full details

  15. Lekota announces probe into 'gravy plane' flights

    Date: 19 Dec 2006
    We want to know who flew, where, why and at what cost - demands DA Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota has ordered that each and every flight chartered for senior politicians and VIPs during the past two-and-a-half years must be investigated. Lekota said yesterday that a ministerial committee of inquiry would probe the government's hiring of private jets. The investigation will scrut... See full details

  16. FNB ordered to stop running Million-a-Month competition

    Date: 19 Dec 2006
    For the second time in a week, the National Lotteries Board has turned to the Pretoria High Court to clamp down on competitions advertised or run on national television which the board claims infringes on the Lotteries Act. In the latest application, the board obtained an order declaring the FNB Million-a-Month Account competition unlawful. Judge Willie Seriti interdicted First Rand Bank from ... See full details

  17. Shaik: why I should have been charged with Zuma

    Date: 19 Dec 2006
    Constitutional Court told NPA's decision infringed on Schabir's right to a fair trial The decision by former national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka to prosecute Schabir Shaik alone - and not with his alleged co-conspirator, Jacob Zuma - infringed on the Durban businessman's right to equality and a fair trial. This is the argument set out by Shaik in his application ... See full details

  18. Petersen's family may recognise his killers

    Date: 19 Dec 2006
    The family of entertainer Taliep Petersen recognised his three masked killers from their car, clothing and voices, according to a police source, who said investigators were following "a strong lead". In a dramatic twist in the murder case of the well-known Cape Town composer at his Athlone home on Saturday night, sources said the killers had at first mistaken Petersen's stepson Achmat Gamieldi... See full details

  19. Turning troubled lives around

    Date: 18 Dec 2006
    With knife attacks and school murders increasingly becoming a phenomenon in SA, a plan is now being put in place to guide teachers and parents on handling difficult teenagers, writes Winnie Graham Sipho's problems first manifested themselves when he was just seven years old. He was a difficult child whom his parents simply could not manage. They were ordinary folk, bewildered by a child ... See full details

  20. I did not slap woman officer in the face, says McBride

    Date: 18 Dec 2006
    A North Rand policewoman has laid a complaint of assault against Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride, who she claims slapped her in the face during a stop-and-search operation. McBride has denied this, saying the woman behaved in a "drunk and obstructive manner". The alleged incident took place in Kempton Park on Wednesday. The woman works at the Joburg organised crime unit. N... See full details

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