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  1. Killer bouncer faces new murder charge

    Date: 23 Nov 2006
    'See what happens when you make trouble?" These were the words shouted out by the killers of 18-year-old Kyle Norris as they sped away after shooting the art student and three other people - including a 59-year-old man and a waitress - in an Edenvale nightclub. And the man allegedly behind the senseless attacks, a former member of the disbanded bouncer group Elite, has links to a key figure in ... See full details

  2. Security firms can do better, says Nqakula

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Police and the army should not be expected to escort security vans for firms that are paid to transport cash, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said yesterday. Hinting that that would amount to government doing free work for those who benefit from winning tenders, he said private security companies need to better equip and protect their guards. Cash-in-transit guards were often gi... See full details

  3. Hunt for Mathe still on

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    The hunt is still on for the suspected murderer and rapist Ananias Mathe, who escaped from the C-Max prison on Saturday night. Govinsamy Mariemuthoo of the Gauteng police said: “We are still following leads, but confident we’ll have Mathe back behind bars.” Mariemuthoo did not want to comment on where investigators were looking for Mathe. Former prisoner Golden Miles Bhudu, of the South A... See full details

  4. Police still looking for Free State murderers

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Free State police are still searching for the men involved in the Steynsrus and Verkeerdevlei farm murders last week. Police found the bodies of Louis Fivaz, 77, and Betty Smit, 72, and a 40-year-old farm worker on the farm Modderbult between Ventersburg and Steynsrus. The three victims’ bodies were found in the house with multiple injuries, said police spokesman Superintendent Annelie Wrens... See full details

  5. Plot murderer gets double lifer

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    One of the gangsters who attacked an elderly couple on their smallholding, bludgeoning the man to death and gang-raping the woman, was yesterday sentenced in the Pretoria High Court to two terms of life imprisonment. Judge Mahomed Ismail sentenced Sibusiso Christopher Zwane, 25, to two life terms and a further 21 years on charges of murder, robbery, rape, damaging property and the unlawful poss... See full details

  6. Five in dock over death of officer

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Five men will appear in the Makwane Magistrate’s Court in Qwa-Qwa over the death of a police officer in Phuthaditjhaba at the weekend. Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said Inspector Matabane “Super” Mofokeng was walking with two women along a street on Saturday. “A Colt bakkie with a KwaZulu-Natal registration number stopped next to them and six armed men got out and demanded the policeman’s f... See full details

  7. Court told how man was shot in front of kids

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    A Laudium woman told the Pretoria High Court yesterday how her husband was gunned down at their front gate in front of her and their two children without the attackers taking anything. Abeda Rahman testified that she and her husband Hoosain, 40, had just arrived home and he was getting out of the car to open the gate when she realised something was wrong, because the gate was half open. She ... See full details

  8. Bystander killed in heist shooting

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    A Soshanguve man was killed and a Coin security guard injured in a failed cash-in-transit robbery north of Pretoria on Monday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said an unknown number of men shot at a security van parked at the new OK shopping mall in Soshanguve at 5pm. A passer-by in his late 20’s was killed in the crossfire. “The driver of the security van sustained injuries from the shattered wind... See full details

  9. Body had multiple stab wounds

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    The body of an unidentified 50-year-old man was found lying in a street in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, on Monday night. Superintendent Johan van Greunen said the body had multiple stab wounds. “The man was lying in the street for no longer than half an hour.” Nothing was stolen from the man. Port Elizabeth police are investigating. Citizen reporter <a href="http://www.citizen.co.za"... See full details

  10. SUSPECT WITH 3 ids NAILED

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Now he faces 33 charges, which include armed robbery and rape It took a special police unit to unravel the bizarre identity mess and charge a most-wanted criminal with 33 counts of armed robbery, rape, housebreaking and theft. Ndlovu, due in court today, allegedly operated for years in Johannesburg's Parkview, Rosebank, Linden, Norwood, Yeo-ville, Sandringham and Hillbrow suburbs. ... See full details

  11. Confusion over call for ex-cops to join fight against crime

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Dozens of former police officers responding to a call by Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula last month to rejoin the police force have been turned away. After an urgent meeting on October 4 between six government departments, Business Against Crime and Business Leadership South Africa, Nqakula said retired police officers and former members of the judiciary would be recalled to help ... See full details

  12. Angel of Soweto's fall from grace just leaves us pulling out our hair

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Perhaps she is conducting genuine business, perhaps she is sitting atop an ill-fated camel at the pyramids - ferociously telling him to go faster in any direction as long he doesn't lead back to her Cairo hotel. That's because Mama Jackie probably realises that, at this point in time, the phone is ringing off the hook. There are burning questions about money; fake stories; falsified letters fro... See full details

  13. Organisation needs adults to guide eager youngsters

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Big Brothers Big Sisters needs more people to come on board to help mentor the youth. For that, the organisation yesterday took some of the children involved in the programme for a graffiti lesson on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Empire Road, where a graffiti artist painted an advertisement to promote the project. The non-profit organisation, based in Melville, Joburg, deals with provi... See full details

  14. Policeman charged over rape case bungle

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    But victim still feels let down over 2002 ordeal as another officer keeps her in dark Rape survivor Marchal Conradie has sought justice for nearly four years - now the policeman who bungled her case is being criminally charged. Conradie's ordeal started on December 10 2002 when she was repeatedly raped at her Lyttelton, Tshwane, home. A suspect was arrested three weeks later and ... See full details

  15. 'School violence is a threat to SA's future'

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Minister says department must act to protect pupils, teachers If violence, abuse and drugs are to become a familiar and accepted part of schooling in South Africa, the country's future will be lost. This is according to Education Minister Naledi Pandor, who spoke at the school safety colloquium hosted by her department in Pretoria yesterday. She said the government was determined... See full details

  16. Nqakula challenges Selebi's detractors

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has joined President Thabo Mbeki in condemning the media and sections of society for the "witch-hunting" campaign against embattled National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. Reacting to calls by religious leaders to investigate Selebi because of his friendship with Glenn Agliotti, who has been arrested over the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebbl... See full details

  17. 'Desperate citizens are paying cash for ID books'

    Date: 22 Nov 2006
    Man still waiting after 11 months, but Home Affairs' story stays the same A Joburg man says Home Affairs is fuelling corruption, as desperation drives people to buy their ID books. Trust Bond (27) has been waiting 11 months for a replacement ID book, which has yet to arrive. Bond says he is not willing to buy an ID book because "I am a church person". But he says he understands... See full details

  18. ‘Probe Selebi now’

    Date: 21 Nov 2006
    There is no need for President Thabo Mbeki to wait for the Kebble murder case to be wrapped up before investigating national police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. According to Johan Burger, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the President nee4ds to order such an investigation immediately to lift the “cloud of suspicion” over Selebi’s head. Selebi has come under imm... See full details

  19. Trust me!

    Date: 21 Nov 2006
    President Mbeki yesterday asked church leaders to trust his judgment on the Selebi issue. With calls for the resignation of Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi echoing around the country, President Mbeki assured church leaders he would not hesitate to act against any wrongdoing. Calls for Selebi’s resignation followed the arrest of his close friend, Glen Agliotti, for the murder of mining magn... See full details

  20. C-Max jail break ‘an inside job’

    Date: 21 Nov 2006
    There is no way suspected murderer and rapist Ananias Mathe, 29, could have escaped from C-Max prison without “some collusion” with prison guards. Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour, speaking on a national radio programme yesterday, said “Nobody can just take off handcuffs… and nobody takes notice of that.” Balfour called for action to be taken, saying: “There must be some inv... See full details

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