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  1. The pump jockey rip-off

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    There are big questions surroundinga multimillion-rand contract to train petrol station attendants A forensic audit has started at a parastatal training authority after the allegedly improper awarding of a R180-million contract to train petrol station attendants. The audit was ordered by the new chief executive of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education a... See full details

  2. Anger after musician's daughter brutally murdered

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    22-year-old found in field near her home with her eyes gouged out and skull cracked The gruesome murder of jazz great McCoy Mrubata's daughter has shattered her family. The body of Nonceba Mzondo (22) was found with her eyes gouged out in a field near her Gugulethu, Cape Town, home yesterday. "I'm in great shock. This is so painful. I am on my way to Cape Town and I am not able to ... See full details

  3. End of the road

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    A security guard has been shot dead during a robbery at a service station in Delville, Germiston. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the guard was shot at by one of two robbers who held up attendants and customers at a Total garage. They fled the scene in a red VW Golf after snatching four cellphones and cash. The critically wounded guard was rushed to hospital, where he died. Germiston ... See full details

  4. Police sued for R2,5m

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Themba Ndaba kept his anger in check on the first day of his R2,5-million lawsuit against Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula. Standing in the witness box in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, he relived his nightmare as he testified about his arrest just more than two years ago. Ndaba, an independent television producer, is suing for a total of R2,5-million, including clai... See full details

  5. Speeding fine system faces challenges

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    An aggrieved motorist is using anofficial document to prove metrocops are in it only for the dough A Durban man is questioning the legality of speeding fines and camera speed traps, and is defending himself in court on seven counts of exceeding the speed limit. Vish Govindasamy (50), the manager of a Durban service station, owes R1 400 and has a total of seven speeding fines dating back ... See full details

  6. Small malls taking on the big guns

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    Who says small community malls can't compete against Johannesburg's big, glitzy shopping centres? That's exactly what Carl's World, a small mall in Midrand, achieved this week when two of its tenants clinched two categories in the Gauteng regional leg of the SA Council of Shopping Centres' (SACSC) Special Star Awards. "I'm chuffed because we're not a really big centre," said proud Carl's W... See full details

  7. Kebble bombshell

    Date: 04 Dec 2006
    An international Scorpions investigation into drug deal- ing, racketeering, money laundering, corruption and murder is "inextricably" linked to the Brett Kebble killing. So said Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy in an urgent application to the Johannesburg High Court last night. His claims were part of a bid to stop the Mail & Guardian from publishing details of an affidavit by a Scorpions wit... See full details

  8. Police ‘invade’ 15 northern suburbs

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    Several law-enforcement agencies have teamed up for a 72-hour non-stop safety and crime-prevention initiative in at least 15 suburbs at 6am today and will continue until 6am on Monday. By then they will have totalled three days of a non-stop, intense, zero-tolerance approach to crime. They will also try to keep criminals out of a 10km stretch along the Braamfontein Spruit, Zoo Lake and the J... See full details

  9. Balfour must look into tenders – DA

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    The DA has called on Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour to institute a commission of enquiry to investigate claims linking high-profile South Africans, including President Thabo Mbeki’s political adviser, to tender irregularities within the department. This follows a Beeld report which named high-profile individuals owning shares in Sondolo IT, which is part of the Bosasa group of c... See full details

  10. Minister takes the rap

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    The Minister of Safety and Security is responsible for the conduct of his police officers even when they are “off-duty”, the Constitutional Court ruled yesterday. This is when off-duty officers put themselves on duty by engaging in work usually done by police, such as the apprehension of criminals. The ruling by the Constitutional Court could have far-reaching implications for the Minister o... See full details

  11. Jail terms for those on death row

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    Death row is empty. While the nation debates the re-instalment of the death penalty as a possible deterrent for violent crime, the last death row prisoners have been given jail sentences to replace their death penalties. Justice Zak Yacoob in his ruling in the Constitutional Court yesterday said all those sentenced to the death penalty and still in South African prisons have been given other... See full details

  12. Good Samaritan saved rape victim

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    The life of a Belgian exchange student was probably saved by: "an anonymous Good Samaritan who phoned the police and told them to hasten to a house as there was a rape in progress”. “All of you accused knew that night that you could not ever afford to let that little girl go.” All the perpetrators were “in a light-hearted frame of mind, laughing and joking” as the 17-year-old virgin “struggl... See full details

  13. Bust at 16-day bash

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    A top local government official was arrested yesterday at Gallagher Estate during the launch of his employer’s campaign of non-violence against women and children – thanks to the efforts of and Rainbow FM. Ironically he was held for the alleged rape and attempted murder of the mother of his five-year-old daughter. The man and his alleged victim work for the South African Loc... See full details

  14. Dismissed soldier wants Minister Lekota jailed

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    A sacked soldier’s attempts to have his dismissal set aside and have Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota jailed for ignoring a court order has been referred for oral evidence in the Pretoria High Court. An application by Private Brian Lemola for his reinstatement, as well as his application to have Lekota arrested for contempt of court after the SANDF failed to produce a disputed attendance registe... See full details

  15. Paper wins late-night court battle to publish Selebi story

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    An attempt by the Scorpions to gag the Mail & Guardian newspaper failed in the Johannesburg High Court last night. The Scorpions yesterday applied for an urgent interdict preventing the newspaper from publishing a series of articles on National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi's relationship with Brett Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti. The main thrust of the Scorpions' argument was that... See full details

  16. Top Scorpion sees red at 'harmful media probes and sensation seeking'

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    Pikoli says reports are damaging NPA-SAPS relations National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli has issued a scathing letter slamming the way the country's media is covering the work of his organisation and its elite Scorpions unit. Pikoli fumed that recent reportage and comment was so harmful, it affected investigations and ruined relationships between the Scorpions and other ag... See full details

  17. Metro cops save two from angry mob

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    Ekurhuleni metro police and members of the SA Police Service have plucked two men to safety before they could be lynched by a mob who accused them of practising witchcraft. Metro police spokes-person Inspector Jimmy Maboko said yesterday the ordeal began when a 22-year-old man was caught digging a hole to "bury" muti in Thinthwa Section, Thokoza. When confronted, the man said he was working wit... See full details

  18. No action three years on

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    Three years ago it was decided to charge three senior Gauteng Health Department officials who failed to declare their interests in state-funded Aids organisations. No action has yet been taken. The Star has a dossier in which forensic investigators at the Gauteng Shared Service Centre recommended to Pretoria region chief director of health Dr Zola Njongwe that she lay disciplinary charges ag... See full details

  19. Woman held for kicking infant to death at hospital

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    A case of murder has been opened against a woman who went on the rampage in a hospital. She grabbed and kicked a fellow patient's newborn child, and ended up killing her. Health Department spokesperson Vusi Sibiya said last night the incident took place on Tuesday morning at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp. It started when the patient grabbed two newborn babies, threw one on the fl... See full details

  20. Scorpion makes another bid for bail

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    In what seems a desperate bid to spend the festive season outside of prison, Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi has fired her lawyer and appointed a new one to launch yet another bail application. Kgantsi (39) has been in custody since her arrest on September 28 following allegations of corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice. Represented by attorney Solomon Mkhabela, she u... See full details

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