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  1. Knife-gang leader nailed

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Delighted cops rearrest 'Big Spender' after five-day manhunt Five days ago he made a daring escape from court - but the leader of the notorious "Sandton Knife Gang" is now back behind bars. William "Big Spender" Lehasa was rearrested last night in Tembisa after escaping from the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Members of the Sandton Tracing Task Team pounced on Lehasa aft... See full details

  2. ID parade could foul case

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    The case against the suspects arrested in connection with the bloody Jeppestown shootout with police earlier this year could be jeopardised by the manger in which their identity parade was held recently. The 16 accused are in police custody following the massacre, which claimed the lives of four police officers and eight suspects at a deserted Jeppestown house on June 25. The robbers alleged... See full details

  3. Yengeni said to be living high life inside

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Prisoners at Malmesbury Prison in the Western Cape are up in arms about the "preferential treatment" being afforded one of their fellow convicts, Tony Yengeni. Following numerous complaints from behind the prison walls, the South African Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr) claims that the convicted former ANC member of parliament could be receiving "excessively five-star preferen... See full details

  4. Lion-killing case: no bail

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Mark Scott-Crossley, the Hoedspruit farmer sent to prison for life for assaulting and throwing a worker into a lion camp, will remain in jail pending the outcome of his appeal against his conviction and sentence. Pretoria High Court Judge Jerry Shongwe yesterday denied Scott-Crossley bail, saying the case had attracted much publicity, and the court should preserve public safety. The judge sa... See full details

  5. Pupils held over attack

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Three pupils have been arrested in connection with the assault of a pupil at FH Odendaal High School in Pretoria on Friday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday the boys were arrested at their schools. Reports said Marius van Loggerenberg, 18, was beaten with a sjambok by schoolboys during break on a rugby field in Jan Niemand Park. His attackers allegedly included pupils from Silverton, ... See full details

  6. Tender deal ‘flawed’

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Some irregularities have been found in the awarding of housing tenders to a controversial North West construction company in Klerksdorp (Matlosana), an ad hoc committee has found. The inquiry into Toro Ya Africa company was instituted by the legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Developmental Local Government and Housing, led by Mahlakeng Mahlakeng. An ad hoc committee appointed in Klerksdorp... See full details

  7. Serial rape case delayed for decision about court

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    The trial of an alleged serial rapist did not go ahead as expected in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday. Thabang Nkadimeng, 23, had his trial postponed for the second time, to October 9, for a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding which court will hear the case. The accused, from the Mamelodi West Hostel, has been in custody since January last year. Nkadimeng’s cas... See full details

  8. Police keep mum over Kebble case

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng police are still keeping a tight lid on their investigation into the murder of Brett Kebble. This includes refusing to say what happened to the homeless man who last week made the startling statement that he had witnessed the murder and would be able to identify those at the scene. The charges of housebreaking against Lesego Amos Yekane were withdrawn in Bloemfonte... See full details

  9. Argument turns fatal

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    In an orgy of violence a man shot dead his daughter and a friend, fired at police and finally crashed his car in a rural North West village at the weekend. One of his victims, an innocent bystander who had come to investigate the gunshots, survived with a bullet wound in the neck. The body of Mbuti Kgositata, 43, was found behind the steering wheel of his car on Saturday night. It is not... See full details

  10. Students continue protest

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    JOHANNESBURG – Students of the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshan-guve Campus continued yesterday to defy management’s order to vacate the institution’s premises north of Pretoria. The management closed the institution last week until further notice and ordered the students to vacate the buildings by Friday 10am. Yesterday the president of the student body, Mametle Sebei, said the no... See full details

  11. Corpse recovered

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Police recovered the body of a schoolboy dressed in his uniform at the weekend from a sewerage pit in Wolmaransstad in the North West. It is believed Thabang Danieal Moabi, 12, fell into the pit and drowned. His body was discovered by employees of a construction company. The 3m deep pit was three-quarters filled with water and sewage. Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.citizen.co.za" t... See full details

  12. Body taken out of toilet

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Police have recovered the body of a young woman from a pit toilet in North West. “There was a cloth in her mouth, but no visible injuries,” said Const Bontle Diphoko. The 20-year-old had been reported missing by her family on August 24. Police have made an urgent appeal to anyone with information to call Inspector Tshwaro Thuwe on 073 246 0010 Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.cit... See full details

  13. Woman dies in car flames

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    A woman burned to death and her son was seriously injured when the car they were travelling in was hit from behind and burst into flames on the N1 over the weekend. Johannesburg Emergency Services said a BMW hit the car from behind, and the woman’s son was flung from the car. The BMW’s driver was arrested on a charge of drunk driving. Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.citizen.co.za" targ... See full details

  14. Tortured boy ‘still unable to eat’

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    JOHANNESBURG - The mother of a toddler allegedly tortured by two older boys is sick with worry over an apparent complication in his recovery. Nomsa Ratsoana, 20, told The Citizen yesterday her 18-month-old son, Seiso, is unable to eat and his stomach is badly distended. She said the recovery from injuries to his stomach and genitals was proving slow and doctors wanted to do more tests. “T... See full details

  15. Ex-mayor guns down wife and children, then kills himself

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    The town of Klerksdorp is in shock after its former mayor, Andries "Jaycee" Nxamakele, shot his wife and two young children before killing himself. Nxamakele shot and killed his 6-year-old son Nkululeko, his 5-year-old daughter Sabelo and his 39-year-old wife Nokhaya at their Jouberton, North West, home at the weekend. Nxamakele's two older children were not at home when the incident occur... See full details

  16. Hunt for girl after dad found unconscious

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Police dogs, a helicopter and Joburg's Emergency Management Services personnel joined a frantic search for a missing 17-month old baby girl on a mine dump last night. The search was initiated after two men walking their dogs near the top of a mine dump near Roodepoort West stumbled across a man who, they said, appeared to be having convulsions. One of the men, Clemence Ndlovu, said the man... See full details

  17. Uranium study draws warnings from Earthlife

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    South Africa is falling into the same trap as the apartheid government by wanting to enrich uranium, according to environmental agency Earthlife Africa's Mashile Phalane. He maintains the government will only be pursuing a costly programme that will severely affect the health of workers. Phalane was responding to confirmation by the Department of Minerals and Energy that its minister, Buye... See full details

  18. Suburban Joburgers march against drugs

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    A band of Kensington residents made their feelings about drug abuse perfectly clear when they held a "No to Drugs" march down the main street of their suburb. "Crack is Wack" and "I'm Anti-Ecstasy" read some of the colourful placards held by residents pushing their children in prams or walking with their dogs as they tramped about 3km yesterday from the corner of Langerman Drive and Grays Terr... See full details

  19. Cosatu set to probe alleged spying complaint

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    The Congress of SA Trade Unions has confirmed it will investigate a complaint against one of its leaders for alleged spying on South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande. In the latest scandal to hit the trade union federation, City Press newspaper reported at the weekend that the surprise resignation of Cosatu's first vice-president, Joe Nkosi, on Friday came barely a week... See full details

  20. Magnate admits having illegal SA passport

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Harare - Controversial tycoon John Bredenkamp has pleaded not guilty to breaking Zimbabwe's tough immigration laws, although he has admitted to having a second passport. Prosecutor Fungai Nyahunzvi told the Harare Magistrate's Court that Kimberley-born Bredenkamp (66), who was detained for four days in July, had illegally acquired a South African passport in 2001. He said on Friday the Sou... See full details

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