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  1. Mamelodi duo trial

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    The trial of two men arrested over the murder of three Mamelodi schoolgirls did not proceed as was expected in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday. The State asked the court to postpone the case for another month because DNA results were still not available. The men, ages 23 and 34, from Mamelodi, who cannot be named a they also face a sexual offence charge, appeared briefly in court. The... See full details

  2. Court reinstates cop’s salary

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    The former commander of the now defunct police Narcotics Bureau obtained an urgent Pretoria High Court order to reinstate his salary pending the outcome of his review application to be medically boarded due to posttraumatic stress. Judge Willie van der Merwe ordered National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi to restore Superintendent Dup du Plessis’s salary and benefits pending the outcome of a... See full details

  3. Prison 'records' could go

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Correctional Services is a “place of new beginnings where we strive towards bringing humanity to incarceration and drive towards making rehabilitation the centrefold of all our work”. That is according to director Willie Pretorius, who was addressing those attending the launch of Correction Week at Johannesburg’s biggest prison, “Sun City” yesterday. The event was in line with the nationwide... See full details

  4. Putter bids to alter plea

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Benoni resident John Peter Putter, who confessed to the Johannesburg High Court in March 2005 that he kidnapped, molested or raped schoolgirls while pretending to be “an undercover cop searching for drugs”, told the court yesterday he wanted the conviction set aside and a not guilty plea entered. Putter, 34, who has on a number of occasions changed his legal representative, had been expected to... See full details

  5. Suffer the children

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    South Africa’s children will suffer because of a decision by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to close down the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units. This was the claim from child protection and welfare organisations yesterday, when all except one FCS unit was closed in Gauteng. Units in other provinces are soon to suffer the same fate. While the SAPS mai... See full details

  6. Aids 'cure' sold despite charges of fraud

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    It's a thick brown liquid akin to sludge that filled silver pots in a dirty warehouse somewhere in KwaZulu Natal. Just what is contained in it is unknown, but according to its manufacturer - a former truck driver from KZN - it's a combination of herbs, revealed to him in a dream, which he claims can cure HIV/Aids. The product, Ubhejane, is being sold illegally as an Aids cure. According to... See full details

  7. How Makgabo (4) died

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Suspects high on drugs as they killed judge's grandchild and raped nanny A day after 4-year-old Makgabo Matlala's lifeless body was found under a bed at her home, her killer made a tearful confession to a friend explaining how and why he killed her. Yesterday, Makgabo's family, including her mother Joan, father Steve, grandmother Siphora Ngoepe and grandfather Bernard Ngoepe, the Tra... See full details

  8. Images to rid the world of weapons

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Exhibition timed to raise awareness of UN arms trade treaty This week, a powerful exhibition by some of the world's top news photographers will be launched at the State Theatre in Pretoria. The exhibition - Caught in the Crossfire - will be shown simultaneously in Brazil, Japan, the UK, India, Nigeria and at the United Nations. South African photographers include The Star's forme... See full details

  9. Mixed reactions to redeployment of special units

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    The redeployment of specialist investigators to police stations will further victimise and traumatise victims of abuse. This is according to a host of non-governmental organisations dealing with child and women victims of sexual and physical abuse. The impact is already being felt. According to Shaheda Omar, of the Teddy Bear Clinic, a young child who had been physically abused was tak... See full details

  10. Police officer accused of preying on tenants is freed

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Charges have been dropped against Tello Motu, one of the policemen suspected of running a hijacking syndicate that exploited inner-city tenants. Motu (38) and Sean Twala (36), from the SA Police Service's Housing Anti-hijacking Task Team, faced charges of corruption, extortion, defeating the ends of justice and intimidation after being arrested by their colleagues from Johannesburg's Booysens ... See full details

  11. Trio up for slaying of toddler, 4

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    The three young men accused of murdering little Makgabo Matlala, the granddaughter of Transvaal Judge President Bernard Ngoepe, are expected to go on trial today. The case against Johannes Molefe, 22, Steve Mhlanga, 22, and Joseph Ndlovu, 21, was postponed and moved to the Vereeniging High Court during their last appearance in May. The trio were arrested and detained days after four-year-old... See full details

  12. Specialist cops are dispersed

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    Child welfare groups have met today’s official disbanding of specialised police units, consisting of experienced and skilled officers, with great concern. National police spokesman Director Selby Bokaba confirmed to The Citizen yesterday that several policing units, such as all the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units in Gauteng, would be dismantled and closed down... See full details

  13. Violent West Rand weekend

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    A man was killed and another injured in separate arguments that turned violent on the West Rand at the weekend. A 30-year-old man was stabbed after he had an argument with another man over small change in Bekkersdal, Westonaria. “After the man was stabbed he retaliated by smashing the windows of the vehicle belonging to the man who had stabbed him,” said West Rand police spokesman Inspector ... See full details

  14. Two robberies at butchery on the same day

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    Three people were injured when robbers struck a central Johannesburg butchery twice in one day. In the early hours of yesterday morning, robbers smashed two walls and the back door of the TS Meat Spot butchery at the corner of Sauer and Jeppe streets in the Joburg CBD. The men made off with equipment worth thousands of rands and an undisclosed amount of cash. As if that wasn't enough, ... See full details

  15. Shoppers dive for cover in wild mall shootout

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    Robber dies after being shot by guards during attempted heist Patrons at the upmarket Cresta shopping mall in north-west Johannesburg feared for their lives during a shootout between robbers and security guards. When the gunbattle had ended, a dead robber was slumped near the top of an escalator. Some shoppers were outraged that they had been placed at risk, with money being move... See full details

  16. Surge in illegal medicines

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    Consumers at risk as Health Department fails to stem tide An illegal medicines industry is rocketing out of control as unregistered products - many claiming to cure diseases such as cancer, TB and HIV/Aids - are sold across the counter or on the streets. The Department of Health, which, by law, has to ensure that all products purporting to be medicines are registered, is struggling t... See full details

  17. Prosecutor who faced death praises family and friends

    Date: 26 Sep 2006
    She's on the road to recovery following attack in her office by knife-wielding thief For prosecutor Marissa Booyse, the only "bad" thing about recovering "miraculously well" is that she might soon have to iron her washing again. Facing death - with more than 10 stab wounds in her upper body, of which one punctured a lung - has not stolen the sense of humour from this control prosecut... See full details

  18. N West road death stats shock MEC

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    GAUTENG – A staggering 461 people were killed in 367 road accidents in North West alone between December last year and last month. Of these, 173 were pedestrians, 163 passengers and 125 drivers. This week four teachers were killed on their way to school in Brits when their car collided with a bus. The four teachers will be buried on Saturday at Oukasie in Brits. North West Education Depa... See full details

  19. Young children accused of bludgeoning kangaroos

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    Two children, aged 10 and 11, are to appear in the Robertson Magistrate's Court for beating a pair of miniature kangaroos to death and stealing their baby. The boys are set to appear on October 11 on a charge of malicious damage to property, but more charges may be brought against them. Wynand Viljoen of the Robertson police station in the Western Cape said the boys apparently broke into B... See full details

  20. Helicopter dock carrier on navy's wish-list

    Date: 25 Sep 2006
    A multi-role naval vessel that looks like a pocket aircraft carrier may be the next purchase by the South African Navy - if the current thinking by fleet officers manages to sway the minds of those who hold the national purse strings. Coming hot on the heels of the revelation in the military publication Jane's Defence Weekly earlier this month that the SA Navy would exercise its option to purc... See full details

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