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  1. Murder trial told of blackmail to have sex for the last time

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    When a Cape Town man failed to show up to make final preparations to marry the Soweto woman he had met through an SMS dating service, he told her that he had been in New York making a movie. Erefaan Valli Khan had told Valerie Ndlela he loved her so much that he was willing to pay lobola of as much as R100 000. A few months later the two were reconciled and Khan moved in with Ndlela at her... See full details

  2. Trial within trial in Le Roux case

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    The fraud trial involving former Springbok fast bowler Garth le Roux and his accountant, Gideon van Heerden, in the Wynberg Regional Court, has been bogged down in a trial within a trial about whether the testimony of investigating officer Lorenzo van Vuuren is admissible. Both men have pleaded not guilty to 48 counts of fraud involving millions of rands, alternatively theft or violations of ta... See full details

  3. Bare Boks will face a courtroom battle

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    The DVD: Kamp Staalraad: The True Story is headed for court as Pro-Tect International and its owners, Adriaan Heijns and Jan Steyn prepare to fight an interim order which has put a hold on its release. Heijns and Steyn were in charge of the notorious Kamp Staaldraad, which was supposed to build team spirit among the 2003 Rugby World Cup Springbok squad. Images of naked rugby players i... See full details

  4. State probing disappearance of Mbeki’s son

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    The National Prosecuting Authority said yesterday it was following leads on about 477 people who vanished without trace during the aparheid era, among them President Thabo Mbeki’s son. NPA spokesman Makhosini Nkosi said this was as a result of a mandate given by the president for investigations on outstanding matters such as that of the missing people after the Truth and Reconciliation Commissi... See full details

  5. ‘Did he kill our girl?’

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    A Bela Bela couple who found their young pregnant daughter dead in a pool of blood in her house five years ago are still looking for answers to her murder. Koos Britz and his wife, Annatjie, yesterday again attended the second trial of their former son-in-law, Pieter Viljoen, who has denied murdering their 24-year-old daughter, Amelia, in April 2001. Amelia, who was eight months pregnant, wa... See full details

  6. DA slams ANC message in family killing

    Date: 13 Sep 2006
    The DA accused the ANC of elevating former Matlosana (Klerksdorp) mayor Jaycee Nxamakele almost to a position of martyrdom, despite his having been a multiple murderer and suicide case. Provincial party leader Cris Hattingh said he was concerned at the message sent out by the ANC in the emotional run-up to the funeral of Nxamakele, his wife Nokhaya, and children Nkululeko, 7, and Sabelo, 6, on ... See full details

  7. Fear rises as the sun sets on Orange Farm's shacks

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    Extension 9 Ward 4 of Orange Farm is better known as Dark City among its residents. That is because there is no electricity, and when the sun sets, darkness engulfs the area, which is dominated by a landscape of shacks. At night those who have gates lock them. The cries of a person in distress go unanswered because of a fear of the dark. A few months ago, a local businessman was shot a... See full details

  8. METRO COP SHAKE-UP

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    From fining motorists to tackling armed gangstersMinister unveils crime-fighting strategy Their days of mainly punishing traffic violations are over - metro police will now be at the forefront of the battle against crime. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula yesterday announced a major shake-up at police stations. This includes the expected relocation of metro police under the... See full details

  9. Fired spy chief to be charged over e-mail saga

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    Dismissed spy boss Billy Masetlha is to be charged with contravening the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, according to the Office of the Intelligence Inspector-General. "We confirm that a criminal summons has been issued and is to be served by the police this week," Mpho Nchabeleng, the acting chief operations officer in the I-G's office, said yesterday. However, Nchabeleng could not p... See full details

  10. Dog's foot pads were scraped off, court told

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    A hapless dog swung behind a Mercedes-Benz like a "merry-go-round swing" on a rope tied to its neck while the driver of the vehicle turned a corner, allegedly at high speed. "The dog ran, fell, was dragged on the road, struggled up again, fell," Thomas Vosloo told the Pretoria District Court yesterday. He was one of the people who witnessed how Oupa Jan Seemo (32) allegedly dragged his lon... See full details

  11. Alarming figures on drug overdoses 'just the tip of the iceberg'

    Date: 12 Sep 2006
    Doctors' efforts made difficult because they are described as 'collapses' You battle to breathe as your heart beats slower and slower. Your body is limp and, before you slip into a coma, you start gurgling. As many as 16 people in Joburg will experience the hell of a drug overdose in the next 24 hours. Some will be dumped at petrol stations, pharmacies and security huts to endure ... See full details

  12. Alex kids steal dogs for fighting

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    A gang of children as young as 12 are stealing dogs from the suburbs of Johannesburg and making them fight in a pit for “entertainment”. Dog owners have been warned to be on the alert for these cold-blooded youngsters who operate out of Alexandra. A police reservist, who wished to remain anonymous, said a colleague’s two dogs, a Pitbull and an Alsation, had been stolen. “We knew a colleague... See full details

  13. Police find body in elevator shaft

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Johannesburg police stumbled upon a decomposing body lying at the bottom of an elevator shaft at an abandoned building in the city centre on Friday morning while searching for suspects who robbed a nearby shop. According to Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesman Malcolm Midgley, police requested their help in recovering the body after making the discovery. He said police found the unident... See full details

  14. ANC members' lottery link sparks debate

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Opposition parties have raised questions about a report in a Sunday newspaper that top ANC members are part of the Gidani consortium which has been identified as the preferred bidder by the National Lottery Board to run the national lottery from next year. According to the report, ANC national executive committee members Cyril Ramaphosa and Max Sisulu as well as Chris Nissen, former ANC MEC fo... See full details

  15. Soccer player stabbed to death over team selection

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Players and spectators watched in horror as a soccer player was stabbed, apparently by a teammate, and bled to death at Northdale Stadium in Pietermaritzburg yesterday. Emmanuel Lefuna (25), a player in third-division side Msenti Aces, was called to play after half-time by coach Philemon Diko. Lefuna was attacked as he was about to take the field, allegedly by the player he was replacing. ... See full details

  16. SA third on world serial killer list - but quick to capture them

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Joburg and Pretoria country's worst affected areas South Africa is setting world records when it comes to the speedy arrest of serial killers. This accolade is, however, marred by the fact that the country ranks among three of the world's most notorious countries when it comes to serial murderers. The other two are Russia and the United States. Since 1936, 71 serial murderers hav... See full details

  17. Mystery summons for former spy boss

    Date: 11 Sep 2006
    Former spy boss Billy Masetlha was expected to be served with a summons by the police today, according to his lawyer, Imraan Haffegee. However, Haffegee said he had no idea what the summons would contain and he would be able to get details only this morning. He said police had contacted him on Friday. "I presume the summons will have the charges … and he needs to be in court sometime in Oc... See full details

  18. How cops trapped suspects in taxi

    Date: 08 Sep 2006
    At 8.30pm on Wednesday, suspected gangster brothers Dumisane and Siphelele Quvane jumped into a minibus taxi that they believed would whisk them to a hideout near Soweto. What they didn't know, however, was that their "taxi driver" was an undercover policeman and they were being driven straight into a trap. As the taxi approached the Houghton offramp, police pounced and arrested the men su... See full details

  19. 'He robbed Phumzile'

    Date: 08 Sep 2006
    Women say suspected Knife Gang boss boasted of break-in The alleged leader of the Sandton Knife Gang boasted wildly about burgling the luxury Sandton home of Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. So say two women who claim William "Big Spender" Lehasa proudly admitted he had grown tired of "petty crime" and decided to do a "high-profile" job. The Star, which is in possession o... See full details

  20. Accused in docket case 'not in danger'

    Date: 08 Sep 2006
    A serious miscarriage of justice to refuse bail, says court The prosecutor accused of stealing about 200 dockets might be in danger. State prosecutor Tania Carstens told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court yesterday that Annemé Bam (28) gave names to the police of known drug dealers who might kill her and that she was also a witnesses in a Scorpions case. Carstens said she feared Ba... See full details

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