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  1. Conviction brings closure

    Date: 07 Apr 2007
    Ronald Jones was found guiltythis week of murdering Ghairoenisha, but her familyaren't celebrating just yet Flashes of lightning glimmered from behind dark rain clouds that had gathered over Eldorado Park, before it started raining gently. The few street lamps around barely shed any light on the empty streets. Outside Abu and Magdeline Ganchi's house, the smell of wet soil and grass ... See full details

  2. Feared God but 'loved' young girls

    Date: 07 Apr 2007
    'Bewitched', the attractive mother-of-three changed after she /i> Convicted paedophile Cornelius Gerhardus (Gert) van Rooyen was described as "flamboyant and a sexual braggart" by some people and a "God-fearing man", who claimed to be a preacher, by others. Van Rooyen (52) often told guests at his Capital Park, Pretoria, home about his sexual exploits with young women and with girls as y... See full details

  3. Don't eat Klip River's fish, says expert

    Date: 07 Apr 2007
    Don't eat Klip River's fish, says expert The fish-selling business is booming at informal fishmongers alongside the Golden Highway, south of Johannesburg - and no one seems fussed that the fish come from the nearby Klip River, which is polluted. And Easter time, say unlicensed fishermen, sees them each take home about R1 000 a day. "On a good day we earn R1 000 but we normally ea... See full details

  4. Cyber crook caught red-handed in sting set up by Scorpions

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    Intended victims stood to lose millions in Internet fraud The Scorpions have smashed a multimillion-rand online bank hacking syndicate after arresting its mastermind. On Tuesday, after striking a plea bargain with the state, the 30-year-old Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, man was sentenced to eight years in jail - five of which have been suspended. This was after he confessed to a range of ... See full details

  5. Eyes of a child killer

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    Tears flow at court as Michaela's murderer is labelled a liar and convicted These were the eyes 6-year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi looked into as Ronald Ambrose Jones slit her throat and pounded her head with rocks - this after raping and sodomising her. Yesterday, these eyes expressed disbelief when the 27-year-old was found guilty in the Johannesburg High Court. Also in the ... See full details

  6. Release vehicles attached after DJ's arrest, court rules

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    The Johannesburg High Court has found that when the Asset Forfeiture Unit attached alleged fraudster and radio presenter Thuso Motaung's assets, they included vehicles not belonging to him. Yesterday, Judge Kathleen Satchwell ordered that the AFU release six minibuses, two buses, three private cars and two trailers to their rightful owner, Bloemfontein taxi and bus operator Sindezama Singonza. ... See full details

  7. Spending a billion becomes a marathon

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    Bekkersdal got the promises, but there's very little action The Gauteng government has very little to show as proof of how it spent the R1,2-billion it got three years ago for the development of Bekkersdal, a township west of Johannesburg. This is the view of the Democratic Alliance and Johnny Mokeme, who headed a team of nine community liaison officers tasked to be the contact peopl... See full details

  8. Father and son shot in head during robbery

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    As usual, Ekurhuleni scrap metal merchant George Helmand and his son Ryno stopped outside their business early in the morning to unlock for the day. But yesterday was to be the last time. The two were ambushed by armed robbers who killed them in cold blood. An eyewitness told the police that the 56-year-old man and his 23-year-old son were unlocking their premises - BG Scrap Metals in the Br... See full details

  9. de Lille ordered to pay up

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    The Constitutional Court ruled yesterday a book on the life of Patricia de Lille invaded the right to privacy of three women by disclosing their names and HIV status. The court ordered the Independent Democrats leader, author Charlene Smith and New Africa Books to pay the women R35 000 each in damages. And the names of the three women must be deleted from all unsold copies of the book Patricia ... See full details

  10. Court OKs Stratton extradition

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    South African authorities can now go ahead with an application to Australia for the extradition of businessman John Stratton to stand trial for the alleged murder of Brett Kebble. Stratton, a 72-year-old cancer sufferer, yesterday launched a failed bid to stop the National Director of Public Prosecutions from requesting his extradition, pending the outcome of his application to have the extradi... See full details

  11. Motorists be warned: law enforcers out in full force

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    As the Easter traffic rush starts today motorists have been urged to drive carefully ,and not become yet another road death statistic. Traffic law enforcers will also be out in full force from this morning, when traffic volumes are expected to increase steadily as thousands of people make their way down to holiday hotspots and religious gatherings. The Department of Transport yesterday warne... See full details

  12. Husband’s confession ruled admissible

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    A Pretoria panelbeater’s confession about his pregnant wife’s murder was admissible as evidence against him, a Pretoria High Court judge ruled yesterday. Judge Mahomed Ismail ruled that Pieter Viljoen, on trial for a second time for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife Amelia, had not been threatened or assaulted before he made confessions to two policemen and a magistrate. Judge Ismail foun... See full details

  13. Dogs trusted to sweep jet of President

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    The final explosives check on the presidential jet is performed by a trained dog, because there isn’t a machine with a nose as sensitive. Centurion-based business Mechem is hoping this skill will play a bigger part in the country’s fight against illegal explosives, drugs, contraband and even rhino and ivory horn. “The technology behind the Medds is not new,” explains CE Braam Rossouw. “It w... See full details

  14. Bank robbers killed in Irene shootout

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    Two bank robbers were killed and five injured in a shootout with the police at Irene, south of Pretoria, yesterday. Police Inspector Katlego Mogale said the men were part of the group of seven or more suspects who stormed into the bank at Centurion Mall. They held the staff at gunpoint and took an undisclosed amount of cash. Lyttleton police, responding to the bank alarm, surprised the su... See full details

  15. Metro police unveil new-look patrol vehicles

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    Metro Police have changed the face of their fleet of vehicles. A total of 62 cars were presented to the Press at JMPD headquarters yesterday, showcasing the new logos. The word “Police” is now more prominent on vehicles, and the area designated to the patrol officer is now included. Another visible change to the vehicles is the Johannesburg Metro Police logo that has been shortened and simpli... See full details

  16. Ex-metro cop guilty of murder

    Date: 05 Apr 2007
    Former metro police officer Barend van den Berg is guilty of murder, and will be sentenced on Tuesday. Van den Berg was accused of fatally wounding Stacey Woodburn on August 7, 2004 at the Madhatter’s Bar in Kempton Park. Van den Berg, who was a metro police officer at the time, went to Madhatter’s to find a man named Nick, who had erlier that night broken his little finger. He carried... See full details

  17. Zimbabwe a matter of great seriousness, says Mbeki

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    He feels the pain of the people of Zimbabwe, President Thabo Mbeki has said, and acknowledged that time to find a solution for the impasse was running out. "This is a matter that all of us must approach with great seriousness because the pain that is felt by the people of Zimbabwe is the pain that we feel, and it is really our task to walk together with them to resolve the problems that they f... See full details

  18. Angry mob kills alleged robber, tries to burn his body

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    'Feared man stoned to death for terrorising Ekurhuleni community' Burnt maize canes, blood-stained stones and the handle of a broken umbrella in the middle of a maize field marked a spot where an alleged criminal lay dead after he was attacked by a mob of enraged residents. The community had taken the law into their own hands and accosted the 34-year-old man in the fields near Palm R... See full details

  19. Staggie murder: arrest of Pagad man upheld

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    More than a decade after the murder of Hard Livings gang-leader Rashaad Staggie, a Cape High Court judge has ruled that a Pagad leader - who was acquitted of his murder charges - had not been wrongfully prosecuted and was probably involved in the murder. Four members of Pagad (People Against Gangsterism and Drugs), including its security chief, Salie Abader, were tried for murder and inciting ... See full details

  20. 'Mugabe doesn't want to negotiate, so let's fight'

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    It started out peacefully, but a Cosatu and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions protest nearly turned violent when officials at the Zimbabwean consulate in central Joburg took their time to come out and accept a memorandum from the demonstrators. Yesterday's march, which started at Beyers Naudé Square and ended at the consulate in Anderson Street, was held to show solidarity with workers who had... See full details

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