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  1. Hijack suspects held

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    Irate Ivory Park residents arrested three suspected hijackers after several shots were fired at random in Extension 7 on Wednesday night. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said members of the community took to the streets at about 10pm after they heard shots being fired in the vicinity. They came across police officers chasing three suspected armed hijackers - aged between 25 and 33 - who disap... See full details

  2. Excited hostage-taker finally gets his ID

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    November 30 is a date that Kabelo Thibedi is unlikely to forget. On that date, exactly a year ago, he made headlines when he took Home Affairs employee Lanelle Small hostage with a toy gun after battling for two years to get his ID book. Yesterday, exactly a year ago to the day, he walked into the police station in the centre of Johannesburg and emerged clutching the new green book. "I... See full details

  3. On the ball and on top of things in Randburg

    Date: 01 Dec 2006
    While the Randburg police and CPF have successfully managed crime in the area, they admit there is room for improvement Ever escaped from criminals by using your fingertips? Well, that's what the Randburg Community Policing Forum (CPF) seeks to achieve through its project to train residents and police officers to use e-mails, SMSs and MMSs to report and counter criminal incidents. ... See full details

  4. Delays in military sex-pest case slammed

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    General accused of groping female colleague in a Stockholm hotel A sexual harassment case against a general has led to renewed calls for a review of the military justice system, amid concerns that the case has dragged on for three years. Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge said yesterday the case against SA National Defence Force inspector-general Major-General Mxolisi P... See full details

  5. Victims of crime feel helpless as police fail to act

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    In one house, a 35-year-old woman was nearly raped by her lodger. Despite having reported the matter to the authorities in September, the mother of two girls claims her case has been overlooked. And her husband, who knows about the attempted rape, has become friends with the tenant and often shares jokes with him. The lodger still lives with the couple. In another house, just a block away, 2... See full details

  6. Mama Jackie apparently no angel in eyes of law

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    Jackie Maarohanye, the much maligned "Angel of Soweto", has had several brushes with the law. This emerged yesterday when Kliptown police station commissioner Director Dimakatso Ndaba confirmed that Maarohanye was facing several charges. Tomorrow, she is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property, housebreaking and theft.... See full details

  7. Goniwe says sex - pest claims have broken him

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe says he is a "broken man" who is unlikely to return to parliament - even if he is cleared of the sexual harassment charges against him. Goniwe is on extended sick leave after being accused of propositioning a parliamentary worker at his house after his birthday party. He now faces an inquiry by the ANC's national disciplinary committee, headed by Kader Asmal. ... See full details

  8. Gunmen rob two groups of foreign tourists within hours

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    A bus full of foreign tourists was held up and robbed moments after leaving a restaurant late last night - the second attack on tourists in Cape Town yesterday. Both took place in Langa. Late last night, a Dutch tour bus was held up and robbed, and earlier seven other foreigners were robbed at gunpoint by a gang of teenagers as they left a township school. The two attacks have sparked fe... See full details

  9. Child-killers face rap for another murder

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    The killers of Makgabo Matlala, Transvaal Judge President Bernard Ngoepe's granddaughter, will wait until February to face charges for another gruesome murder. Lucky Ndlovu and Steve Tsietsi Mhlanga are serving prison sentences for the murder of 4-year-old Matlala at her home in Lenasia South. A few days after being sentenced, police linked them to a murder committed in December. The t... See full details

  10. Online casino gaming could cost punters a R10m fine

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    South African judge turns down Swazi bid to cater for Gauteng gamblers Online gamblers in South Africa could be fined R10-million or jailed for 10 years. This was the ruling in the Pretoria High Court yesterday when Judge Willie Hartzenberg dismissed an application by Casino Enterprises of Swaziland to have residents of Gauteng gamble online. The casino had taken the Gauteng and th... See full details

  11. Justice system failed little Jandre, says DA

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    The Democratic Alliance has blamed the justice system for the death of 4-year-old Jandre Botha. DA spokesperson on child abuse Mike Waters yesterday reacted with outrage to the jail sentences meted out to Jandre's killers - his mother Hannelie Botha (31) and her lesbian partner, Engelina de Nysschen (34) - on Monday in the Vereeniging Regional Court. Botha was sentenced to 15 years' jail f... See full details

  12. Sportswear counterfeiters flee from cops

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    Metro police officers have confiscated counterfeit sportswear worth R3-million. Joburg Metro Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the police had acted on a tip-off last night when they pounced on five shops owned by Ethiopian nationals in the Joburg city centre. "The shopowners ran away and left the workers inside the shops when they saw metro police officers (approa... See full details

  13. Contract killing accused attacks photographers

    Date: 30 Nov 2006
    Alleged hired killer Orlando Mandoza attacked photographers with high-heeled shoes and a brick in his bid to prevent them from taking pictures of him after his brief court appearance. Mandoza was allegedly hired to kill Albert Matudutu Mojapelo on September 28 last year. The state alleges that the deceased's wife, Tinky Sophie Mojapelo, hired Mandoza and Antoinette Mkhentsane to kill her hu... See full details

  14. Scotland Yard did not clear Selebi

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Scotland Yard has distanced itself from claims it helped clear embattled Commissioner of Police Jackie Selebi of any wrongdoing. Earlier this month the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) held a Press conference in which Tommy Tshabalala, the head of investigations for the ICD said Scotland Yard had assisted his organisation to clear Selebi of any wrongdoing. Tshabalala said British det... See full details

  15. Car puts Selebi back in hot seat

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi is again the subject of questions raised in Parliament – this time over his alleged use of a stolen vehicle. The leader of the Independent Democrats (ID), Patricia de Lille, questioned at the weekend Selebi’s use of a luxury Toyota Land cruiser said to have been impounded by the police. Selebi has been the subject of speculation, mainly over his fri... See full details

  16. Vigil to spotlight sex slaves’ plight

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    An all-night candlelight vigil in the heart of Pretoria’s red light district will tonight focus on a particularly abused group of women – Sunnyside’s sex slaves. The vigil has been organised by Solidarity’s Helping Hand Fund as its contribution to the national 16 days of activism campaign. “Little is done to rescue prostitutes from the hands of Nigerian pimps and drug peddlers in Sunnyside a... See full details

  17. Battered baby not protected

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    The DA has urged the Justice Department to conduct an inquiry as to why little Janre Botha was returned to his mother after he had been removed from her care. This is after the four-year-old’s mother, Hanelie Botha, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for her passive role in the murder of her son. Botha’s lesbian lover, Engeline de Nysschen, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ... See full details

  18. Men caught red-handed grinding safe

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Three suspected thieves were caught while grinding a warehouse safe in Silverton east of Pretoria yesterday. Inspector Katlego Mogale said the incident happened at Northern Steel and Pipe at about 2.30am. The three men held a security guard at gunpoint. One of the men kept an eye on the guard while others went inside the yard. They cut open the roof and apparently disabled an alarm. T... See full details

  19. Two worlds of Mama Jackie

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Angel of Soweto hides in luxury home as pressure mounts in US Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela have all requested copies of the explosive exposé that has branded the woman once described as the "Angel of Soweto" as a liar. As the controversy around Jackie Maarohanye intensified, however, the woman accused of using the plight of vulnerable students to solicit money hid b... See full details

  20. Selebi named in court battle

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Lawyers fight to keep top cop's accuser - fired security boss - from taking the stand Jackie Selebi's name has been brought up in a legal battle involving claims of human smuggling, lesbian affairs, and corruption at OR Tambo International Airport. Yesterday, lawyers representing the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) fought to gag Paul O'Sullivan - the man behind the explosive alle... See full details

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