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  1. Police racism row grows

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    A lack of response from SA Police Service senior management has resulted in a report on “new racism” in the ranks of the country’s crime fighters being passed to The Human Rights Commission for action. At the same time, Popcru, named as the culprit in many instances of racism reported to civil rights initiative AfriForum, has vehemently denied any involvement. AfriForum chief executive Kalli... See full details

  2. Shooting spree in Bryanston

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    A man was shot and killed and another one injured when armed robbers went on a shooting spree in Bryanston, northern Johannesburg, last night. It is believed the two gunmen gained entrance to their first victim’s house by jumping over the fence, after which they shot him dead. He had been sitting in his back yard at the time of the attack, and the suspects fled with only a stolen cellphone. ... See full details

  3. Two murder suspects held

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    Two suspects were arrested in Soweto yesterday in connection with two separate murders. A 27-year-old man was arrested for the murder of a woman after the public tipped off police. The body of the woman was found in a veld in Eldorado Park extension 4. She had been assaulted, raped, murdered and burnt. In another case a 22-year-old man was arrested in Protea South after he allegedly shot a... See full details

  4. Masetlha gets R10 000 bail and is told to hand over his passport

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    The former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency has been granted bail of R10 000 after he surrendered himself to police. Billy Masetlha's name has been added to the charge sheet in the fraud case against Muziwendoda Kunene and Funokwakhe Madlala, who |are standing trial in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. The charges relate to the so-called hoax e-mail saga. ... See full details

  5. How to avoid road rage in Rosebank

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    With Gautrain's construction going full steam ahead in Oxford Road, The Star shows you how to get where you want to go Oxford Road yesterday became a three-lane one-way south between Jellicoe Avenue and Glenhove Road. If you're travelling in a private vehicle, these are the routes you will now need to take: Northbound *From Oxford, turn left onto Bolton Road (now a thr... See full details

  6. Child-killer begs court for mercy

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    Mother wants suspended sentence or fine for murder Assaulted, maltreated and starved to death, 5-year-old Lihle stood no chance against her abusive mother and lover. But yesterday Deliwe Brenda Majaja, asked the Johannesburg High Court to be spared jail and given a second chance. In October, Majaja and her|live-in lover, Chester Rudzani Makhale (28), were convicted of murdering L... See full details

  7. Tyre cheats put motorists on road to disaster

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    The country's roads and landfill sites have become dumping grounds for millions of worn-out, secondhand tyres and cheap imports that are causing fatal accidents and devastating our local tyre manufacturing and retreading industries. Dr Etienne Human, chief executive of the South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference, said yesterday: "In South Africa 11-million tyres are scrapped every year and... See full details

  8. Domestic to sue for wrongful arrest in child sex orgy case

    Date: 12 Dec 2006
    A domestic worker, is to sue the government after spending 18 months in jail on charges of being part of a sex orgy involving her Pretoria employer's 4-year-old daughter. Bettie Nkosi, who is now 49, was arrested in 2003, along with the child's mother, grandfather and other family members, after allegations that they subjected the child to sex orgies. The mother-of-five was eventually free... See full details

  9. Mourners condemn brutal murder of musician's daughter

    Date: 11 Dec 2006
    'How can someone with a soul do this?' asks friend Jazz musician McCoy Mrubata's daughter Nonceba Mzondo was described as a people's person and her brutal murder was condemned by several speakers at her funeral. About 1 500 mourners attended the 22-year-old's funeral in Gugulethu outside Cape Town yesterday. The Ikhwezi community hall was so full that hundreds of people had to stand ... See full details

  10. Top judge cleared

    Date: 11 Dec 2006
    Hlophe off hook in controversial case Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe will return to the bench after the Christmas break without the threat of impeachment hanging over his head. This after his peers accepted his explanation about his financial interests and decided that there would no useful purpose in pursuing the matter any further at this stage. Yesterday, the Judicial... See full details

  11. Thousands of deaths in jail

    Date: 11 Dec 2006
    A total of 2 669 sentenced prisoners died while in captivity in the past four years, the Department of Correctional Services has revealed. Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour said that in the 2003/4 financial year, 1 313 prisoners died, while 1 356 died in the 2004/5 financial year. The majority of the deceased were men, with a total of 2 626 dying behind bars, in comparison to ... See full details

  12. Cops shot us, say medics

    Date: 11 Dec 2006
    I saw a guard in front of me fall down … I saw blood gushing from my thigh. The police opened fire on us without warning Two paramedics who responded to a distress call during a fatal domestic argument have accused the police of shooting them without warning - and then trying to cover it up by removing evidence. Speaking from hospital yesterday, Elland Mashamaite (37) and Tshilidzi N... See full details

  13. French tourist tells of beachfront rape

    Date: 11 Dec 2006
    'Streetchildren' acccused of assaulting couple in late-night robbery A young French tourist spent her last day in Durban testifying at the hurriedly arranged trial of the men accused of raping her and robbing her and her boyfriend at the city's beachfront. "I don't understand why they did this," she told Regional Court magistrate Sharon Marks through an interpreter on Friday. "We wer... See full details

  14. Cops in big blitz on small crimes

    Date: 11 Dec 2006
    Thirteen men, in various stages of drunkenness, were frisked against the wall of a yard, packed with cars and littered beer cartons, by Sophiatown police officers. Then they were escorted to a police truck outside, where a 12-car convoy waited as they soon set off to the rest of Newlands - the first stop of a police blitz to arrest loiters. But that was just one of the areas they were targ... See full details

  15. Hijack suspects nabbed in Tembisa raid

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Five illegal immigrants have been arrested in Tembisa for hijacking two trucks with goods worth R16 million. Ekurhuleni Metro police were called to Tembisa after a Spartan Truck Hire full of Woolworths clothes was found abandoned on the P51 road. “When our officers checked the truck they found it had been hijacked in Atteridgeville, Pretoria on Tuesday,” said Inspector Mveli Nhlapo. The o... See full details

  16. Six Metro police chiefs back Selebi

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Backing the stand taken by the nine provincial police commissioners on Wednesday, six Metro police chiefs yesterday also gave their full support to National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Metro police chiefs Rob Young (Swartland), Eugene Ngema (Durban), Hlula Msimang (Tshwane), Bongane Jonas (Cape Town), Chris Ngcobo (Johannesburg) and Robert McBride (Ekurhuleni) expressed confidence in Sel... See full details

  17. Inter-police tensions ‘regulated’

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Tensions between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Scorpions have reached the stage where they need to be regulated. Cabinet announced yesterday that, in light of on-going tiffs between the two law-enforcement agencies, legislation has to be created to manage their interaction. According to the statement mad available yesterday the national assembly wants guidelines on the ‘rol... See full details

  18. Police wait on teen strangling

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Eastern Free State police are waiting for a decision from the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether they can prosecute a teenage boy who strangled a seven year-old orphaned boy this week. Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said the 13-year-old suspect allegedly pushed a little boy into the river before strangling him at Maqheleng near Ficksburg. The suspect allegedly confessed in front of th... See full details

  19. Lottery board wants SABC competition halted

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    The National Lotteries Board is asking the Pretoria High Court to declare Winikhaya - a popular SABC win-a-house competition - unlawful. The board claims in papers before the court that the competition infringes on the Lotteries Act. It wants the SABC interdicted from conducting, facilitating, promoting or deriving any benefit from the competition. Board chairperson Joseph Alexander Foster... See full details

  20. Fake ID syndicate may have been broken

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    A man arrested in connection with fake identity documents, passports and computer equipment believed to be used for the manufacture of the documents could be part of a syndicate operating in Johannesburg. The 38-year-old was found in a house in Bez Valley yesterday. "Seven South African identity documents and 96 passports of both African and overseas countries were found and were confiscated,"... See full details

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