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  1. Nephew gives more details of sexual abuse while a schoolboy

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Former school principal admitted he himself was molested, court hears At the height of the years of sexual abuse at the hands of his trusted uncle, one incident filled an 11-year-old nephew with such revulsion that he realised what was being done to him was "sordid and wrong". Peers Bailiff (32) yesterday testified against his uncle, Erling Dreyer (55), who is on trial in the Boksburg... See full details

  2. 'Sex pest' pastor accused of spiking woman's tea

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A 56-year-old pastor from the ZCC church in Leboeng Section, Tembisa, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a member of his congregation. North Rand police spokesperson Eugene Opperman said a 30-year-old woman went to the pastor on Wednesday afternoon as she needed to consult him. She felt sick and wanted him to pray for her. He took her into his house and gave her some tea al... See full details

  3. Trio held over stolen clothing and bid to bribe cops

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Reiger Park police have arrested three men for possession of clothes stolen from a delivery truck that they were trying to sell on the streets at a fraction of the price, and for trying to bribe police officers. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the arrests followed a tip-off that someone was selling new clothing, including T-shirts and sports shoes, at a fraction of the price. Two suspects ag... See full details

  4. I lost my job, my memory, my best friend

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Wayne Korras was a successful doctor before a drugged-up driver crashed into him while he was jogging, leaving him brain-damaged and claiming the life of his best friend. Now, while the 42-year-old father of two fights to recover from his devastating ordeal, the Asset Forfeiture Unit is fighting for the right to seize the cars of drugged or drunk drivers - and to ensure that such drivers pay w... See full details

  5. Corruption watchdog takes aim at fake licences

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Tens of thousands of drivers are about to lose their licences in a massive clampdown on corruption by the Special Investigating Unit. The clampdown is part of a huge effort by the government corruption watchdog to stamp out fraud. The SIU yesterday revealed major dents made in fraud syndicates targeting the state. These "dents", claimed SIU head Willie Hofmeyr, include the impending confi... See full details

  6. Minister wants to sue e.tv after lax security exposed

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    In the latest breach of security at the Groote Schuur ministerial complex, a television crew was allowed access to a cabinet minister's home and managed to film its interior, including his bedroom. The incident has left Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour furious and police red-faced, days after burglaries at his home and that of Education Minister Naledi Pandor. This despite a multi... See full details

  7. Murdered taxi driver described as peaceful man

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A pair of rubber gloves lying on a blood-soaked seat next to a blood-stained white cap is all that Sigwili Ndlovu found when he looked inside his minibus taxi. A mortuary van next to the taxi contained the body of his brother Xolani Mngoma, with three bullet wounds to the head. Ndlovu was called on Wednesday afternoon and told that his brother, whom he had employed to drive his taxi betwee... See full details

  8. Lihle’s short life of agony

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    For 14 months she was hit with a stick and an electric cord, and sometimes tied up during the night. She was refused food and water, but eventually death brought peace to five-year-old Lihle Majaja. At first her mother, Deliwe Brenda Majaja and live-in lover Rudzani Chester Makhale claimed she died of natural causes. Then they insisted the child had been “attacked by a cat”, and then take... See full details

  9. Team to ensure safer trains

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Safety requirements in trains have been expanded from the presence of security guards and police officers to include compulsory inspections by engineers. This is due to the new Railway Safety Inspectorate, launched in Johannesburg yesterday. The launch was attended by Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe. “It is fitting that this launch takes place at the beginning of Transport Month, when w... See full details

  10. Airport head axed amid fraud claims

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Polokwane – A former provincial transport chief and now managing director of Gateway International Airport has been suspended following fraud and corruption allegations. Ben Mehale was suspended by Polokwane Gateway Airport Authority on Tuesday because of the allegations, which may involve millions. This followed the submission to Gateway of a forensic audit report claiming that tenders were... See full details

  11. Murdered woman’s car found

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Police divers pulled a Chrysler PT Cruiser out of Hartbeespoort Dam yesterday, three days after recovering the body of its murdered owner. She was identified as Mmapula Makua, 26, the daughter of Tsele and Minah Makua of Pimville, Soweto. Someone apparently went to a lot of trouble to make Makua’s death look like suicide, allegedly forging a suicide note that was found at her townhouse. I... See full details

  12. Officer traps most-wanted killing suspect

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    A police officer waiting for public transport in Ebony Park identified one of the most wanted murder suspects, standing next to him yesterday morning. Recognising the suspect he alerted detectives by phone from a house nearby. The wanted man was later found still waiting and identified by the investigating officer. It is alleged that Bheki Masango, 28, shot and killed Jack Mohokare in Ivory... See full details

  13. Officer robbed, youth leaguer denies hijack

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    A member of the VIP Protection Unit escaped unharmed when three armed men pounced on him and stole his gun in Midrand. Police spokesman Eugene Opperman said the officer was off duty on Saturday afternoon. “The robbers held him up at gun point and drove off with the pistol.” Oppermann says the gun has not been recovered and the robbers are still at large. Meanwhile, controversy surround... See full details

  14. Taxi driver shot dead on duty

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    A Johannesburg taxi driver was killed while picking up passengers in Hillbrow yesterday. Constable Mduduzi Zondo said an unknown man crossed Clarendon Street, went straight to the taxi driver’s side and shot the driver three times. He died at the scene. A 41-year-old man who was seated next to the driver was also shot in the upper body. He was taken to Johannesburg Hospital in a serious ... See full details

  15. Marais acquitted of fraud

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Former Western Cape premier Peter Marais was cleared in the Bellville Regional Court yesterday on charges of corruptly receiving donations totalling R400 000 in the Roodefontein golf estate controversy. But fellow accused David Malatsi, Marais’ former MEC for the environment, was not so lucky. Magistrate Andre le Grange found him guilty of corruptly receiving a R100 000 donation from the Roo... See full details

  16. Barbie trial will only continue next year

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    The sex-crimes trial of Cezanne Visser, alias Barbie, will continue in the Pretoria High Court only in March next year. Judge Essop Patel yesterday reinstated Visser’s bail after she spent 30 days under observation in the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria. Visser was referred for observation after her counsel, Johan Engelbrecht SC, submitted she suffered from post-traumatic stress ... See full details

  17. Pensioner shoots wife, himself

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    An apparent family argument has left a Pretoria pensioner in a critical condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the face and his wife in hospital after he allegedly shot her in the back. The drama started just before 10am yesterday in Waverly. According to police the 59-year-old woman, a Post Office employee rushed out of the house and was followed by her firearm-brandishing 78-year... See full details

  18. Beware of fund-raiser using SANParks name

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    South Africa’s largest conservation organisation SANParks is being used as a front for unscrupulous “fund-raisers”. Now active on the West Rand, the “fund raisers” carry documents bearing the SANParks logo and its website address. They were “most definitely not” associated with the organisation, said chief executive Dr David Mabunda. This is not the first time these fraudsters have appear... See full details

  19. Plan to use retired cops to help fight crime

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Business wants improved criminal justice system Retired policemen with expertise in solving serious crimes will soon be brought back into the police service to assist in cracking some of the gruesome crimes rocking the country. This is part of an agreement between the government and business, which was reached at a meeting in Pretoria yesterday. The meeting involved at least six ... See full details

  20. R100m housing tender graft

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    The Star can today reveal the contents of an explosive forensic report into tender irregularities worth over R100-million in the Gauteng Department of Housing. Implicating the most senior officials in the department, the report - which was never made public - was so damaging that it is understood its author was forced to omit certain details. The two men at the centre of the allegations ar... See full details

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