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  1. Corpse in fridge: no charges?

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    A Pretoria man who kept the corpse of his mother for five years may face no charges if it is found he had permission to keep her body. Pretoria police said the man had kept his mother’s body in a refrigerator ventilation machine at his Colbyn home for five years following her death from a stroke. Inspector Katlego Mogale said the body was kept in a coffin inside the machine, which appeared t... See full details

  2. Police still hunting robbers

    Date: 18 Sep 2006
    Police were still hot on the trail yesterday of two of 10 men who robbed a supermarket and bottle store in Leondale, Alberton, where the owner and his 11-year-old son were seriously wounded. Most of the other members of the gang were arrested. The owner of the business, aged 41, and his son were seriously wounded in a shootout after the armed robbers stormed in and stole an undisclosed amount ... See full details

  3. A vision of life behind the prison looking glass

    Date: 17 Sep 2006
    It all happens after 3pm. The plotting of crimes outside the prison walls, the dishing out of retribution, the violence and the sexual assaults. There's nothing to do after 3pm. Prisoners, 45 to a cell, are cramped together in a space meant for less than half that number. In most cells, the TV doesn't work. Many do nothing except stare into space. Some sleep; others plan, organise, fight. It's... See full details

  4. Overcrowded cells with their smells are hell

    Date: 17 Sep 2006
    Brace yourself for a flood of inmates. This is Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula's warning to the Department of Correctional Services, which has battled with overcrowding for years and cannot cope with the current influx of criminals. Figures at the end of December last year showed that South Africa had more than 157 000 prisoners. Of these, around 46 000 were awaiting trial and ove... See full details

  5. Alleged serial killer faces more charges

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    Fourteen more charges of murder were yesterday added to the charge sheet of the alleged Olievenhoutbosch and Samrand serial killer. Richard Jabulani Nyauza (36) of Olievenhoutbosch already faced one charge of murder. After his appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court yesterday, he now faces 15. The accused was arrested on September 5, and the court explained his rights to him. Nyauza ... See full details

  6. Torture victim not fit to be transferred

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    Baby Seiso may have to stay on longer at Odi Hospital as his doctor has advised the family that he is not in a condition to travel to Potchefstroom Hospital, where his family want him moved. According to Seiso's father, Peete Letsie, the family will have to bear with the situation until the toddler, the victim of torture by two 11-year-old boys, is fit enough to be transferred to another hospi... See full details

  7. Another body found in Moffat Park

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    Police have recovered the remains of another body in Moffat Park, near South Hills, bringing the number to four over the past nine months. According to police spokesperson Captain Schalk Bornman, the body was found by two passers-by yesterday. "The remains are those of a female, around 60 years old. It is believed that she had been dead about three to four days," said Bornman. "The cause of death ... See full details

  8. Elderly couple found slain

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    Police have found the bodies of an elderly couple in their home in Suideroord, south of Johannesburg. Pamela Leslie (68) was found in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head while her friend Thomas Leach (75) was discovered in the garage with a stab wound to his throat. Captain Schalk Bornman said police were called to the house at around 1.15pm yesterday. "Neighbours said they had seen the c... See full details

  9. E- Mail aware warnings - just incase

    Date: 15 Sep 2006
    For those who would rather be safe than sorry - Webmaster: During the next several weeks be VERY cautious about opening or launching any e-mails that refer to the World Trade Center or 9/11 in any way, regardless of who sent it. PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, "WTC" STANDS FOR THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. REALLY DANGEROUS BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL OPEN IT RIGHT... See full details

  10. Magistrate defends her decision to free suspects held for 48 hours

    Date: 14 Sep 2006
    "I had to let them go. It would have been a human rights violation to keep them in custody for more than 48 hours and, at 4pm on Monday afternoon, the 48 hours would have expired." That was the view expressed yesterday by Kimberley magistrate Kubashni Padayachee about her decision to scrap the cases of 11 suspected criminals from the roll, leading to their immediate release. The men, of whom... See full details

  11. 'Brett Kebble conned own father'

    Date: 14 Sep 2006
    Former partner's claims set cat among the pigeons in High Court Slain mining magnate Brett Kebble cheated his father out of millions of rands, according to papers before the Cape High Court. The charges follow the granting of a default judgment to Roger Kebble against Brett's business partner, Charles Cornwall. Now Cornwall, who is applying to have the default judgment rescinded, ... See full details

  12. Cheers, wails at policing change

    Date: 14 Sep 2006
    The move to have the metro police placed under the banner and control of the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been met with widespread concern as well as cheers. Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula announced earlier this week that the Police Act would be amended next year to make provision for one-command-and-control structure for policing, and to widen the power of the metro... See full details

  13. Freeing of 13 to be probed

    Date: 14 Sep 2006
    Authorities were working around the clock yesterday after a magistrate allegedly refused to do so on Monday, which resulted in the release of 13 suspected criminals. Kimberley magistrate Kabashni Padayachee apparently scrapped 13 cases from the roll when the clock struck 4pm. The 13 suspects involved in the cases, including an alleged rapist who had been sought by police since 2000, were con... See full details

  14. Held for killing ANC councillor

    Date: 14 Sep 2006
    Four men were arrested in Hammanskraal yesterday over the murder of an ANC ward councillor in Soshanguve, Pretoria. Councillor Komiki Motubatse of Ward 37 was shot dead while sitting in his vehicle with a woman friend on August 16. “Two men forced their way into the car and shot Motubatse before throwing him out of the vehicle. “The suspects then drove away with the woman,” said Pretoria ... See full details

  15. Gang case deferred

    Date: 14 Sep 2006
    The case against the seven Sandton “Knife Gang” members in the Wynberg Magistrates Court was yesterday postponed to September 22 for investigation and an identity parade. Six of the gang members face 12 counts of robbery and attempted murder. Lebogang Moiloa, gang member William Lehasa’s girlfriend, is charged for hiding Lehasa when he and Quvane miraculously escaped police custody – in leg ... See full details

  16. DRC could face probe over torture of SA men

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    South Africa might raise the unlawful detention and torture of 19 South Africans on allegations of attempting to topple the government of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila at talks between the two countries. The South Africans, along with three Americans and four Nigerians, were arrested on May 18 by Congolese security forces for allegedly plotting a coup. The arrests were... See full details

  17. Three hurt in Mbuli home burglary

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    Victor Bulabh, the father-in-law of TV personality Vuyo Mbuli, sustained minor injuries when he was attacked with an axe during a robbery at his son-in-law's home. The three assailants gained entry to the Houghton, Joburg, home at about noon yesterday. "They told one of the helpers that they were there to fix something. When they were allowed in, all hell broke loose," said Mbuli, a present... See full details

  18. Cop shot dead while cooking dinner

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    Armed intruders kill veteran policeman in front of his son A policeman who spent 32 years fighting crime was shot and killed on his plot near Lanseria Airport while preparing supper for his family. Inspector Louis de Beer (50), of the Vehicle Theft Unit in Diepkloof, Soweto, was shot in the head on Monday evening, metres away from where his 15-year-old son was watching television. ... See full details

  19. Son lands KPMG chief in hot water

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    A South African business giant is fighting allegations that he interfered with a state witness to prevent his son facing trial on charges of armed robbery. Now KPMG chairman and BEE stalwart Raboijane Kgosana's phone call to company employee Brian von Holdt could damage his 21-year-old son's bid to get bail. Kgosana's eldest son, Obakeng, and four alleged accomplices face charges of armed ro... See full details

  20. Deputy governor's security guards injured

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    A group of armed men stormed the property of a deputy Reserve Bank governor during an attempted robbery last night. At about 7.45pm, the robbers in a red Mazda arrived at deputy governor Xolile Guma's home in Groenkloof, Pretoria. According to police, the men overpowered and assaulted two security guards. Police spokesperson Inspector Katlego Mogale said the guards were robbed of their firearms an... See full details

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