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  1. I did not withhold info, ex-spy boss tells court

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Billy Masetlha has pleaded not guilty to charges under the Intelligence Services Over-|sight Act. The former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) appeared in a Pretoria court yesterday and denied withholding information from or refusing to answer questions put to him by the Inspector-General of Intelligence, Zolile Ngcakani. The state alleges Ngcakani required informati... See full details

  2. For the record

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    With reference to the article in The Star on Wednesday, "Bid to weed out offenders during festive period", the South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it must correct an inaccuracy. The perception the article created, that Sars officials will arrest South African taxpayers at roadblocks for outstanding taxes during the festive season, is factually incorrect. Sars has no legal mandate to ... See full details

  3. Armed cops mount massive raids on gold hostel

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Vast scope of illegal mining shows daunting task police face More than 5 tons of gold-rich dust, plundered and smuggled by gold mine pirates, have been seized by police in two raids at a notorious illegal smelting house in the Free State. Yesterday morning, 230 armed police officers descended on G-hostel in Welkom to arrest criminal miners - known as the "zama zama" - and confiscate ... See full details

  4. CEO again falls victim to credit card fraudsters

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Fortunately the bank was able to cancel transactions in time The chief executive officer of a medical company was leading his normal life in Johannesburg unaware that, thousands of kilometres away in Britain, a devious criminal syndicate was buying R80 000 worth of computers with his credit card. Had it not been for Dr Fundile Nyati wanting to use his credit card at a shopping mall a... See full details

  5. Body of Editor's son found in boot of his car

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    The son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu has been brutally murdered in an apparent hijacking. Avhatakali Netshisaulu, a 31-year-old chartered accountant, left his North Riding, Randburg, home at 8pm last night. He phoned his wife while he was driving, telling her that two cars were boxing him in, and he suspected they were trying to hijack him. His car was found at about 10pm near Nooit... See full details

  6. Wife of Kadwa murder accused walks free

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    The daughter-in-law of slain Johannesburg surgeon Dr Anwar Kadwa has been cleared of charges of being an accessory to murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice. Twenty-two-year-old Nabeela Kadwa walked free yesterday, but similar applications by her husband Riaz (23) and his sister Nabila (18) were refused in the Johannesburg High Court. Contemplating the possibility of going to ... See full details

  7. Parents warned of exam-driven suicide risk

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Child welfare organisations have called on parents to monitor schoolchildren as incidents of suicide are prevalent around this time, when they get their exam results. This comes after an 18-year-old Alexandra pupil killed herself on learning she had failed her Grade 11 exams. The girl apparently took an overdose of her father's diabetes pills and died yesterday. She was a pupil at Northview ... See full details

  8. Same bullet kills mom and wounds child

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Police are hunting for a man who shot dead a woman and wounded the child she was carrying on her back. According to West Rand police, 27-year-old Sifiso Makamo was close to home when she was shot in the chest on York Street in Krugersdorp at about 5pm yesterday. The same bullet struck her 1-year-old son, Nkosi, in the abdomen. Anyone with information can contact Inspector David Mokoko on... See full details

  9. Pupils urge all to fight violence in schools

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Technology has enabled children from different cities to speak with one voice against violence in schools. Children in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Alexandra and Mauritius yesterday met through cyber dialogues. They called for everybody involved in education to get involved in the fight against violence in schools. In Johannesburg, children from various schools, youth organisations and townships... See full details

  10. DJs accused of R32m fraud

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    SABC takes Lesedi FM husband and wife team to court Popular Lesedi FM DJ Thuso Motaung delivers sermons on ethical and moral behaviour to his 2,3-million listeners - but he has now been accused of defrauding the SABC of more than R32-million. Motaung's wife, Mmamontha and their business partner Joshua Ramme have also been implicated. The trio were arrested yesterday after they ha... See full details

  11. Angry supporters cause havoc at Soweto court appearance

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Loud Backing for their Mama Jackey Mama Jackey Maarohanye has made a brief but eventful court appearance, with her supporters attacking and verbally abusing journalists. As the controversial "Angel of Soweto" arrived at the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday to face charges of public violence and malicious damage to property, she raised a clenched fist at her throng of supporters. ... See full details

  12. Reject abuse, crowd told

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Posters with the slogan "Say no to child and woman abuse" were displayed by a crowd of about 500 women and children who took park in a march in Vosloorus in support of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children yesterday. The event was organised by the Ekurhuleni metro police and the SAPS, and got under way at the Vosloorus police station at 10am. The awareness campai... See full details

  13. Relative jailed for rape bid

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    A step-uncle has been jailed for five years for trying to rape a schoolgirl at knifepoint in Germiston. Lesley Douglas (52), of Elandsfontein, who does not share the same surname as the victim, was convicted on a charge of attempted rape by a Germiston regional magistrate. By jailing the unemployed first offender for five years, the magistrate, W Geel, said he wanted to send a message to t... See full details

  14. Lesedi FM presenters arrested over fraud of R34m

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Two SABC presenters were today arrested for allegedly commiting fraud of R34-million against the public broadcaster. The married couple - Thuso Motaung and Mmamontha Motaung - have been under investigation for more than a year. Thuso is the presenter of Lesedi FM's midday-to-3pm slot at the radio station, and Mmamontha hosts the 9am-to-noon show. "They were informed of the case against t... See full details

  15. Acsa keeping OR Tambo security up to speed

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    With more than R250 million spent on security in the past six years, the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is putting its money where its mouth is. This is in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) 2006 theme of “safety and security – first and always the top priority”. “As with most airport operators worldwide we face a widening spectrum of security issues fr... See full details

  16. Prison rape insanity bid

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    A prisoner who allegedly nearly killed two nurses, and raped one of them at Baviaanspoort prison last year, was not satisfied with a finding that he was fit to stand trial, and wanted to appoint his own psychiatrist, Pretoria High Court heard yesterday. Thabo Amos Masinga, 21, of Mamelodi West, had been referred for observation at Pretoria’s Weskoppies Hospital in August. He claimed he could... See full details

  17. SA Rates badly in corruption league

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Internally and externally SA does not rate highly in the bribery and corruption stakes. At its final meeting of the year in Pretoria this week, the National Anti-Corruption Forum was told South Africa ranks 24th out of 30 countries worldwide on Transparency International’s Bribe-Payers Index. This indicated a “strong possibility” local business would bribe officials in other countries. An... See full details

  18. Two hold-ups in greater Joburg in two hours

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Armed robbers have made two attacks within two hours against Coin Security cash guards in the Joburg area, injuring a guard in one and fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money in the other. The heists were made in outlying suburbs of Johannesburg yesterday afternoon. In the first attack, robbers shot a 30-year-old guard in the face, neck and shoulder after a hold-up at a Spar supermarke... See full details

  19. Mzondo accused opts for legal aid help

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    While police searched for more suspects in the killing of Nonceba Mzondo (22), daughter of jazz great McCoy Mrubata, a 20-year-old Gugulethu man appeared in the Athlone Magistrate's Court yesterday on a charge of murder. With the help of an interpreter, magistrate Clive Erasmus asked Thembisile Nondzaba whether he would appoint his own attorney, accept the free assistance of a legal aid attorn... See full details

  20. Zuma friends warn NPA over new charges

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    The National Prosecuting Authority is subjecting Jacob Zuma to the kangaroo court of public opinion with the help of the media. This is the view of the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust in Gauteng, after reports in The Star that the state had given its strongest indication yet that it intended to recharge the ANC deputy president with corruption. The trust also warned that the NPA would face ... See full details

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