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  1. ANC wants answers on Kebble’s R25m funding

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    The ANC will seek answers from its branches this week about R25-million in funding it is alleged to have received from slain mining boss Brett Kebble, according to party spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama. Forensic auditors have uncovered records indicating at least R25-million had been paid to ANC regions and prominent party members and BEE leaders. The alleged recipients include the ANC Western C... See full details

  2. Hansie crash probe

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai, together with senior Nationwide Airlines captain Bruce Hyde, will today begin hearings into the death of SA’s disgraced former cricket captain Hansie Cronje. The inquest into the death of Cronje and two employees of Air-Quarious Charters – the pilot and co-pilot of the Hawker Siddely freight plane Cronje was on – was originally to be held in the Magistrate’s C... See full details

  3. Tackle court backlogs, urges DA

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Court backlogs should be tackled by the Department of Justice, the DA said yesterday. According to Democratic Alliance spokesman on Justice Sheila Camerer, department director-general Menzi Simelane should stop “making empty promises about sorting out the chaos in the courts and rather fix a situation that is still deteriorating”. Referring to figures about court backlogs presented by the Di... See full details

  4. Hunt on after dad sees girl die

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A hunt has been launched for a man who shot and killed his girlfriend in full view of her father in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Saturday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the man was arguing with his girlfriend at her home in Extension 4. “He shot her in the head and she died at the scene. He also threatened to shoot her father before fleeing. The man is known and will be arrested soon.” ... See full details

  5. Saulsville man shot seven times

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A 23-year-old Saulsville man was shot dead west of Pretoria yesterday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said Vuyisile Khumalo and his brother were confronted by a group of men while they were standing next to a car in the street at about 1am. “They fired several shots at Khumalo and fled on foot.” Khumalo, who was shot seven times, died later in the Kalafong Hospital. The motive for the shooting ... See full details

  6. Public sector crime down

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    Fraud, theft, misappropriation, negligence and bribery appear to be on the decrease among government employees, according to the Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC released its overview of financial misconduct in the public service for 2004/05 yesterday. During this financial year, the number of reported cases was 513 with an attached cost of more than R120 million at national and prov... See full details

  7. Stabbed after row at school

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    A pupil from Vanderbijlpark had to have six stitches after he was stabbed with a pair of scissors by a schoolmate. Etienne du Toit, 15, a Grade 10 pupil from Vanderbijlpark High School was stabbed with a pair of scissors after he had argued with the brother of a senior boy. The 16-year-old classmate had slammed a safety door shut in his face. The two boys were taken to the principal’s off... See full details

  8. Arrests over illicit land sale welcomed

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    The ANC-controlled Tshwane metro council has expressed its satisfaction with the arrest of seven council officials in connection with charges of fraud. The African Christian Democratic Party 0ACDP) and Freedom Front Plus were also positive about the arrests for an apparently fraudulent sale of vacant council-owned land in Mamelodi, while the DA has called for a full inquiry. Mayoral spokesma... See full details

  9. Dispute over laws to regulate the military

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    Envoy’s concerns about anti-mercenary bill slammed An ANC MP has shot down a top British envoy’s concerns about the anti-mercenary bill and denied it will criminalise South Africans working in foreign armed services. ANC MP Somangamane Ntuli said yesterday that defence training was a specialised skill, “but it can be used in a dirty manner”. Ntuli was speaking during deliberations ... See full details

  10. Concern after alleged child abuser acquitted

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    If alleged sexual abusers continue to walk free, more children will be molested and those who know about it would not bother to report the cases. This is what Luke Lamprecht, spokesperson for the Teddy Bear Clinic for abused children, fears will happen after an alleged child abuser was acquitted of 24 cases relating to child abuse at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. And the family ... See full details

  11. Scorpions seize assets

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) has seized assets belonging to suspects in a multi-million rand fraud scam in KwaZulu-Natal. The assets belong to Johan von Stander, 45, his wife Cornelia, 42, of Glenashley, Durban, and Laurel Murray, 54 of Howick. All three face charges of fraud, theft and contravention of tax laws ... See full details

  12. Drug duo out after paying R75 000 bail

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    After a month in Pollsmoor Prison as awaiting trial prisoners, one night in the Sea Point police cells and one more night in Pollsmoor, alleged drug manufacturers and traffickers Jacobus Johannes Venter and Jacques van Rensburg were finally released on R75 000 bail each yesterday. They are alleged to have manufactured the drug “cat” from a luxury apartment in Sea Point. They face three charg... See full details

  13. Women to tackle sex trafficking

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    A young woman has been freed from the clutches of her captor after being abducted in Swaziland and held in a rented room as a sex slave for almost five months. During that time the 24-year-old woman was raped repeatedly. Police arrested a 40-year-old man the night after the woman’s ordeal became known. It is alleged he lured his victim from her home in Swaziland on February 11 this year; ... See full details

  14. Student with firearm is arrested

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    A high school student was arrested yesterday in Nigel, Ekurhuleni after being found in possession of a firearm. A 15-year-old boy had gone to the toilet at Alra Park Secondary School when an older pupil pointed a firearm at him. “The boy ran to the principal’s office and reported this, and the principal then contacted us,” said East Rand police spokesman Superintendent Andy Pieke. The ol... See full details

  15. ‘Don’t call juveniles criminals’

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    The label “criminals” should not be used to describe juvenile delinquents, according to participants of a child justice conference. And the youngsters’ rights to education, development and safety should not be compromised as a result of their transgressions, the conference, which ended yesterday, concluded. Child rights activists still want a Child Bill, which was proposed a decade ago. “... See full details

  16. Owner and tenants threatened in ‘bid to hijack building’

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    Heavily armed guards said to have surrounded block of flats A well-organised gang has started hijacking fully occupied buildings in Johannesburg’s inner city. This is according to a property owner – identified only as Jonathan – who claims that nine uniformed security guards bearing automatic rifles arrived unexpectedly at his block of flats in Yeoville in the middle of the night rec... See full details

  17. Spotlight on nature of violent crimes

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The government is concerned about the violent nature of social crimes, which threatens to destroy the family fabric. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said in Pretoria yesterday that such crimes often saw family members murdered, assaulted or raped by those close to them. “Our study indicates that between 70% and 80% of the murders that happen in South Africa are a consequence of ... See full details

  18. Confusion - reshaping of police force is put on hold

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The massive restructuring of SA Police Service has ground to a halt. On Monday, an internal communication was sent to every police officer to inform them that the scrapping of the area level – between the local and provincial levels – was on hold. Police maintain that no wheels have come off and that the project will continue “full steam ahead” – once the final details are sorted out. But p... See full details

  19. Nine appear in court over pension fund fraud

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    Nine men accused of stealing a staggering R213-million in assets from various pension funds have made a brief appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. The accused – some in designer suits, while others entered the courtroom in leg shackles – appeared before magistrate HR Louw in Johannesburg yesterday. According to a thick volume of documents forming part of the state’s charge ... See full details

  20. Fury as ‘abuser’ walks free

    Date: 02 Aug 2006
    The acquittal of a suspected paedophile accused of sexually abusing youngsters over a period of several years yesterday met with an outcry for strengthened child protection laws. Raymond Godfrey, 59, was yesterday freed on all 24 charges relating to the alleged abuse of nine little girls and a boy from 1998 to 2001. It was alleged that he abused the little toddlers while they visited the Swa... See full details

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