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  1. Case against former top Scorpion is 'too sensitive' for open court

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Malicious, sinister and political. That's how lawyers for former Scorpions director Ayanda Dlodlo, facing charges of swindling the organisation and its confidential informer fund of R30 700, have described the accusations against her. And her lawyer, Themba Langa, who claims the basis for the charges against the 43-year-old are too sensitive to be heard in open court, is expected to argue th... See full details

  2. Sick Shaik pays for own guards in hospital

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Fraudster Schabir Shaik is footing the bill for his treatment at a private hospital and is paying for the guards deployed to watch over him. The Correctional Services Department confirmed all of this yesterday. Shaik's transfer to St Augustine's Hospital in Durban for "advanced" medical treatment has raised eyebrows, with medical professionals and former prisoners saying the move is unprec... See full details

  3. 'Whistleblower' auditor is cleared of dishonesty

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Pascalis Mokupo, author of a top-secret report exposing tender irregularities worth more than R100-million in the Gauteng Department of Housing, has won his arbitration case against the state. The chartered accountant was fired in July by the forensic unit of the Gauteng Shared Services Centre (GSSC) for dishonesty. Mokupo - dubbed "the whistleblower" - broke his silence about the investig... See full details

  4. Internet crook drains woman's bank account

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    An angry bank client has had all her money stolen from her account in a fraudulent Internet transaction. Now both Galit Cohen and Absa Bank want to warn customers about potential fraud. Cohen said that a few weeks ago she went to the Rivonia Square Absa branch in Sandton. "I had a problem with the connection and one of the senior bankers suggested I change my password, which I did." Th... See full details

  5. Baby-killer accused to defend himself

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    One of the four men accused of killing a 15-month-old baby during a brazen robbery in central Joburg has chosen to conduct his own defence. Muhle Mazibuko, who together with Fana Makhanya, Lawrence Alfonso and Bhekisizwe Ndlovu is facing charges of robbery, murder and attempted murder, told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that he did not need a lawyer. Asked by the court if he ... See full details

  6. Muggers strike on property show day

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    High walls, electric fences, security guards and urban angst … This is the city of Johannesburg, where private space and the human mind are fortified against an abundance of criminal action. As security measures become more extensive, criminals develop new ways to find loopholes. Now, the question is whether property show days have become the latest fertile ground for perpetrators to make ... See full details

  7. Town of alcohol abuse and gender violence

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Randfontein once featured in Guinness World Records as having the most liquor stores in the world. This could mean that it has the highest rate of alcohol consumption, something the local authorities see as a contributing factor to the gender violence and abuse experienced by the communities in the rural areas around the mining town, west of Joburg. Yesterday, during a crime awareness campa... See full details

  8. Luxury holiday flats nothing but castles in the air for the unwary

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Now couple must do some explaining A couple have been rearrested on fraud charges after they allegedly posted hoax advertisements for "luxury" holiday accommodation in The Star's classified section. Readers were warned last year after some were defrauded of thousands of rands, allegedly by Julius Pretorius (31) and his wife Dion (29). Police said the couple had been advertising ... See full details

  9. Cops 11, Robbers 0

    Date: 29 Nov 2006
    Police gunned down yet another gangster today in a second botched robbery in less than 24 hours. Yesterday police shot dead four armed men and wounded six in a Soweto street battle following a bank robbery. In today's Joburg shootout, one robber dodged the bullets and fled, while his companion died. The drama began at 8.30am when two men, driving a green Mazda, were on their way to For... See full details

  10. M3 Driver caught at 259km/h

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    A 32-year-old man handed himself over to police yesterday, a day after he was caught driving at 259km/h on the East Rand, Ekurhuleni metro police said. The man, driving a BMW M3, was stopped by police on the N3 heading in a northerly direction before the Linksfield off-ramp on Sunday, but drove off before he could be arrested, said Inspector Jimmy Maboko. “He told us that he was speeding bec... See full details

  11. Baby found in Joburg spurs protest march

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    A baby girl found dumped at Diepsloot has spurred residents of the northern Johannesburg informal settlement to march in protest against child abuse. The newborn baby, found in a dustbin, was handed over to staff and volunteers at the Family Life Centre. They were so touched they decided to march to create awareness of children’s vulnerability. Tomorrow, they will be joined by other concern... See full details

  12. Four men killed in street battle after bank robbery

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    "If criminals tata ma-chance they must be prepared to tata ma-bullets - and in this case they took many bullets." That was the no-nonsense reaction from Gauteng Police Commissioner Perumal Naidoo yesterday to the sight of four armed robbers who lay dead, bloodied and bullet-riddled on the back of a bakkie on a Soweto pavement. The robbers, part of a 10-man gang who minutes earlier had robbed... See full details

  13. Mother and lover jailed for son's brutal death

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Boy (5) killed for refusing to call mom's lesbian partner 'daddy' Four-year-old Jandre Botha died for refusing to call his mother's lesbian partner "daddy". Now the two women will spend the next two decades in jail for his death. Magistrate Retha Willemse yesterday referred to Hannelie Botha - the mother who allowed her lesbian partner, Engelina de Nysschen, to assault and kill her... See full details

  14. Robbery suspects arrested

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Members of the North Rand Flying Squad who responded to an armed robbery at a local business arrested two suspects in Alphen Park, Benoni. One of the robbers was wounded after trying to hijack a car and then pointing his gun at a policeman. The second suspect was arrested in a river and the third suspect fled on foot. North Rand police spokesperson Eugene Opperman said an employee at a Jet... See full details

  15. Cops on full alert and taking no prisoners

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Massive blitz on criminals and offenders over holiday period - and residents must play their part The police have promised to step up their visibility with patrols and crime-prevention operations in Ekurhuleni. North Rand police spokesperson Eugene Opperman said the SAPS would be working closely with other law-enforcement agencies and was planning intensified policing activities durin... See full details

  16. Mayhem at Germiston Lake jazz festival

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Three people were injured and six arrested after violence erupted at a jazz festival hosted by the Ekurhuleni metro at Germiston Lake on Sunday. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said problems with the sound system sparked anger among the large crowd, and people started throwing bottles and other missiles at the musicians. "Some of the missiles landed among the crowd and people ... See full details

  17. Prisoners cleared of officer's murder

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Two men charged with murdering a police officer and wounding another during a botched bloody attempted escape have been acquitted. Thulani Ndlovu (30) and Andrew Thobolo (57) were yesterday cleared by the Johannesburg High Court of six charges including murder, attempted murder, and escaping from lawful custody. On July 3, Ndlovu, Thobolo and fellow prisoner Sibusiso Dlamini were being tra... See full details

  18. Caring women rally to help daughter fight fear and pain

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Ninety-year-old Suzan Mdlalose was raped and assaulted while alone in her house. Her only child, Elizabeth Shiule, found her lying in a pool of blood in the passage next to the bathroom, gasping for air and crying. Her face was bruised and swollen. Her left arm had been dislocated. She looked as if she had been trampled on. Her left eye was swollen and she could not move or speak. Her pink... See full details

  19. Celebrities back drive against child abuse

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Some of South Africa's leading personalities have signed a Charter for Children, a project initiated by Childline Gauteng to create awareness of the nationwide Act Against Abuse campaign. The campaign forms part of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children. The movement came into being 16 years ago and is a global initiative to raise awareness of gender-b... See full details

  20. Joburgers take to the streets to highlight abuse

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Joburg residents against the abuse of women and children made their feelings known this morning. Holding placards with different messages addressed to the government, and wearing T-shirts that screamed messages such as "rape is murder'', protesters lined De Korte Street in Braamfontein for motorists and pedestrians to see. Carrie Shelver of People Opposing Women Abuse said the reason for t... See full details

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