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  1. Film on Mama Jackey tainted by dishonesty

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Principal accused of using students' plight to solicit money It was a harrowing documentary that received backing from celebrities Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher and Bono, won three major film awards and prompted Oprah Winfrey to donate more than $1-million (about R7,2-million) to a Soweto school. But now it seems that Ithuteng (Never Stop Learning), which is due to be aired on America'... See full details

  2. Brutally tortured boy (2) back home after 3 months in hospital

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    A bubbly Seiso Ratsoana, who was was brutally tortured in August, has arrived home. The 2-year-old - who was discharged yesterday from Odi Hospital, where he spent more than three months - has forgotten about the day he suffered his ordeal, allegedly at the hands of two teenage boys. But for his family, the little boy's scars will be a constant reminder of his suffering. Seiso was burnt wi... See full details

  3. Deadly sea pirates homing in on SA waters

    Date: 28 Nov 2006
    Urgent call to establish intelligence networks between countries Ruthless sea pirates who plunder hundreds of ships each year off the coast of Africa are moving south, threatening South African waters, experts have warned. The United Nations Security Council and international maritime safety organisations have urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to take drastic act... See full details

  4. Envoy says crime could abort 2010

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    The US envoy to South Africa has entered the fray in the row over crime by questioning whether SA is able to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup successfully in the light of high crime levels. Weekend media reports quoted the US ambassador to South Africa, Eric Bost, as asking “who is going to be interested in spending a significant amount of money coming here on holiday, to have a good time, when y... See full details

  5. Shaik poised to challenge his conviction

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    Durban businessman Schabir Shaik, who is serving a 15-year jail sentence for fraud and corruption, is poised to launch a Constitutional Court appeal against his convictions, sentence and forfeiture of R33,7-million in assets. While his lawyer, Reeves Parsee, refused to confirm or deny this yesterday, Trevor White of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the court-appointed curator who is tasked with handlin... See full details

  6. Rape cocktails

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    Mixing alcohol and caffeinated energy drinks is dangerous Partying young women may be as much at risk from drinking alcohol and caffeinated energy drink cocktails as they are from "date rape" drugs. Women across the country are claiming they have consumed caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol and are finding themselves in strangers' beds - and they don't remember how they got ... See full details

  7. Hundreds held in weekend crime blitz

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    East Rand police arrested 477 people for a variety of offences during a crime crackdown at the weekend. Superintendent Andy Pieke said suspects were arrested for robbery; murder; attempted murder; shoplifting; possession of stolen goods, drugs and unlicensed firearms; assault; and driving under the influence of alcohol. Police seized nine unlicensed firearms. Most of the arrests were for liq... See full details

  8. Arrest for killing of Benoni woman (92)

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    Excellent investigative work by detectives from Benoni police station led to the identification and arrest of a 22-year-old man wanted for the murder of a 92-year-old Benoni woman who was beaten to death. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said investigations indicated that Betty Ströh was alone at her home in Farrarmere, Benoni, when a man approached her at the front door. "It seems that she... See full details

  9. Murderers probably tortured farmer

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    Relatives suspect that a Rondebult vegetable farmer was tortured to death for refusing to hand over the keys to his safe to his attackers. Antonio Pestana (47) was found lying on the kitchen floor of his farmhouse, with his hands and feet tied. He had been burnt with scalding water and is believed to have been strangled. Pestana's body was found by his brother, Joao Pestana, on his smallhold... See full details

  10. Chinese say they are 'targets'

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    Police and community work together to find solution to crime issues dogging foreigners The Chinese community believes it is a target of an organised syndicate that robs it because there is a perception that Chinese-owned businesses are rich. Recently the Chinese Police Forum, together with victims of crime, and a consular representative who, in China, had been a deputy provincial com... See full details

  11. Wheel-chair bound cop vows to continue fight against crime

    Date: 27 Nov 2006
    Paralysed after being shot by robbers, he returned to work more determined Inspector Michael Madikane was a detective, running around the streets, investigating cases and arresting criminals. Then, in December 1997, Madikane woke up to find he could not walk. One of the six bullets that hijackers had pumped into his body had damaged his spinal cord and his life hung in the balance. ... See full details

  12. Hunt for 'Houdini of C-Max' sees cops shoot village priest

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Police thought they had cornered one of the country's most ruthless criminals. He thought they were trying to rob him of his groceries. Detectives hunting down C-Max escapee Annanias Mathe shot a frightened man - who turned out to be the village priest. Just hours later, police near the border gate to Mozambique arrested a man they also thought to be Mathe - but who turned out to be someone el... See full details

  13. Crime levels 'justify need for Scorpions'

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Government official says tensions with police inevitable The elite crime-busting unit, the Scorpions, is here to stay, given the high rate of serious crime - and that's official. The government's assurance about the future of the Scorpions comes after yet another public turf war between the Scorpions and the police following the arrest of businessman Glenn Agliotti in connection with... See full details

  14. Cabinet's hammer falls on judges' outside-court profits

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Proposed changes to Judicial Service Commission Act make rules clear The cabinet has approved a draft bill that would ban judges from moonlighting and make it compulsory for them and their spouses to declare their assets and financial interests in a special register. With Cape Judge President John Hlophe and several other judges under a cloud because of their alleged financial intere... See full details

  15. Scorpion, cop tensions inevitable, says cabinet

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    The cabinet will go back to the drawing board to ensure that the turf battles between the Scorpions and the police become a thing of the past and will prosecute those leaking information to the media. In a statement issued after the latest cabinet meeting, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said media leaks relating to the Kebble murder investigation were "unacceptable". "These serve to... See full details

  16. Gauteng departments overspend millions of rands

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa's office has overspent by R5-million, and so have nine of his government departments. Now the oversight committee of the provincial legislature wants to take drastic action. Of all 10 fingered departments, the Department of Health was ranked the highest, with over-expenditure of more than R164-million. The lowest is the Department of Social Services, which over... See full details

  17. Schoolgirls' families still grieving

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Relatives of murdered pupils believe the referral of the case to the High Court will not bring closure Relatives of murdered pupils believe the referral of the case to the High Court will not bring closure. By Fana Peete The Star 24/11/06 See full details

  18. Lawbreaker businessmen land in jail

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    Instead of counting the day's income, 13 businessmen spent the night frantically trying to call friends and relatives to bail them out of jail. This followed their arrest yesterday afternoon for not paying fines for failing to adhere to health and safety regulations. Initially, 15 business owners from the Joburg CBD were arrested and taken to Johannesburg Prison. By 4pm, only two had manag... See full details

  19. R2 500 fine for ANCYL exec in tax case

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    An ANC Youth League executive member and former Randgold & Exploration director, who was charged with defrauding the taxman of R1,8-million, is out of trouble. Songezo Mjongile (33) appeared yesterday in the Germiston Magistrate's Court where he was facing five counts of fraud relating to his income. He was sentenced to five years with an option of a R2 500 fine, which he paid on the spot. H... See full details

  20. Gender violence helpline shows abuse is a growing concern

    Date: 24 Nov 2006
    In any one month, the Stop Gender Violence Helpline receives 36 000 calls from victims of abuse - and the number keeps increasing. The callers are lonely, isolated people. Some of them are abused and living with HIV. Many of the victims choose not to follow the legal route of reporting violence against them. This is according to Lifeline SA, the organisation that operates the Stop Gender V... See full details

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