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  1. Sodomy suspect set to face an extra charge

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    A fifth count of indecent assault was due to be added today when police formally charge a man suspected to have sodomised four teenagers in Germiston over the past two months. Captain Steady Nawa of the East Rand police said that since the man's arrest on Monday, the police were investigating whether he could be linked to other indecent assault cases reported in the area over the past few mont... See full details

  2. The pirates, the house and the wardrobe

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    Behind a high wall, similar to others in Cyrildene, is a modest suburban house … until you go inside. There, expertly hidden, a multimillion rand fake DVD and CD factory was being operated. According to police, the four-bedroom house, situated in a quiet street in the heart of Cyrildene, was like no other pirating operation they had raided before. There was a lounge with a cream leathe... See full details

  3. Wildlife filmmakers reeling after car stolen with tapes inside

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    Johannesburg may be a concrete jungle - but the last thing a crew of wildlife filmmakers expected was for 31 of their master videotapes to be stolen. Over R1-million of budget and two weeks of hard work are at stake, and the producers of White Lion are offering a R10 000 reward for the safe return of their precious tapes. Production manager Carine Stander told The Star yesterday that the c... See full details

  4. Khoza says attack on soccer boss was an isolated incident

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    The 2010 Fifa World Cup organising committee has downplayed an attack on South African Football Association CEO Raymond Hack. Organising committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said the attack on Hack on Monday morning was an isolated incident. "Crime is something that takes place every day, everywhere and it happens to everybody. No one is immune," Khoza said, adding that Hack was attacked whil... See full details

  5. Police find dog poison in suspects' car

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    The lifeless body of a man lay face up next to an ambulance and a police forensic van on the side of the road. About 50m away, a grey BMW stood facing the road with its rear crashed against a lamppost. Just next to the driver's door, clothes drenched in blood and two pairs of takkies lay scattered on the blood-stained ground. This was the scene of a shootout in Crystal Park, Benoni, yester... See full details

  6. Soccer boss 'tackles robber'

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    SA Football Association boss Raymond Hack has been attacked in his home, 702 Eyewitness News reported this morning. It is understood he was injured in the attack at his Waverley, Joburg, home in the early hours of yesterday morning and drove himself to hospital for treatment. However, Joburg police spokesperson Cheryl Engelbrecht said today the police had not received a report on the inciden... See full details

  7. TV to show Michaela verdict

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    The SABC has been allowed to film the Johannesburg High Court judgment in the murder case of six-year-old Michaela Ganchi. Reasons given were public concern at the number of children being kidnapped and murdered, and the outrage of the community in which the little girl lived. “It is in the interests of justice that the application be granted,” Judge Winston Msimiki said yesterday, indicatin... See full details

  8. ‘Sleepy’ rapist jailed for 16 years

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    A Winterveldt man who fell asleep after robbing and raping a woman received a 16-year sentence in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court north of Pretoria yesterday. Katlego Ndebele, 21, was sentenced to 10 years for rape and six for robbery, to run concurrently. Ndebele was arrested two years ago, fast asleep in the house where he dragged and raped a 24-year-old woman coming from a tavern. B... See full details

  9. Policeman gets job back after 14 years

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    A police constable, who has been fighting for the past 14 years to have his suspension from the force lifted, will not only get his job back but also his outstanding salary and benefits. A Pretoria High Court Judge ruled yesterday that Constable Jerateng Harry Malungane’s contract of employment was of full force and effect and ordered the police to pay him what he was due. Malungane said in ... See full details

  10. Police officer killed while chasing cash-heist suspects

    Date: 04 Apr 2007
    A Limpopo police officer was killed when his car overturned during a chase after a failed cash-in-transit heist yesterday morning. Seven suspects were arrested later in the day after the attempted heist along Polokwane, Zebediela and Burgerfort roads. “Credit must be given to the provincial task team known as Vuvuzela for the arrests,” said Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba A Coin Security ... See full details

  11. ‘Zuma will be charged again’

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    JOHANNESBURG – Jacob Zuma’s lawyer believes he will be charged with corruption following a major court blow yesterday. KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Judge President Phillip Levensohn granted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) application seeking a letter asking Mauritius authorities to hand over documents held by the Mauritius High Court. The letter will allow the Scorpions to obtain original evide... See full details

  12. Gospel singer in custody over rape

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    JOHANNESBURG – A gospel singer arrested for the rape of a 16-year-old girl was held in custody by the GaRankuwa Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Sipho Lucas Xlale of the band, Mojeremane and All Stars, was in court north of Pretoria expecting to apply for bail. The court heard there were more charges that would be pressed against him. He was held in custody until today when he is expected to bring... See full details

  13. Three men arrested after farm killing

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    NORTH WEST police have arrested three men in connection with the cold-blooded murder of a 66- year-old woman on a Potchefstroom smallholding last week. Crystal Friedrichsen was shot several times. Her husband, Edgard, 73, survived the attack with three bullet wounds in the face, arm and hip. The killers apparently climbed into their home on the Wilgeboom plots in Potchefstroom through the ro... See full details

  14. Metro police officer loses battle with depression

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    JOHANNESBURG – A Metro police officer took her own life yesterday morning after suffering a severe bout of depression. Thoko Malele 36, who was based in Midrand, shot herself in the head with her service pistol around 9am at her Rabie Ridge home. The domestic worker, hanging up washing in the yard, heard the gunshot. She rushed back into house while all three children followed her to the be... See full details

  15. Police launch SMS service to fight crime

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    JOHANNESBURG – Ennerdale police station launched a new crime fighting strategy yesterday using SMS. This initiative is a three-year pilot project and the first of its kind in South Africa. The station commissioner, Superintendent Gideon Mundalamo, told The Citizen that they were serious about fighting crime in Ennerdale. It is hoped the SMS service will improve service delivery and manage... See full details

  16. City Parks view ‘misleading’

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    Johannesburg City Parks “must stop lying”. This is the advice from TJ de Klerk, a man who has led numerous group walks at The Wilds in Houghton. De Klerk was referring to the statement made by City Parks acting managing director Geoffrey Cooke that security had been “jacked up” at the conservatory. “It is reckless to tell people it’s safe when it’s not. There haves been several attacks and s... See full details

  17. Experts say organ trade will hit donations

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    Exploitation of donors slated as kind of 'medical apartheid' Illegal trafficking of human organs from poor to rich countries threatens to undermine donation programmes in industrialised states, according to transplant experts. Exploiting poor donors, especially for kidneys, is creating a kind of "medical apartheid" that risks turning public opinion against transplantation schemes and... See full details

  18. Zuma loses diary battleJudge agrees to help Scorpions get vital papers

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    The state's investigation of Jacob Zuma for corruption got a boost in the Durban High Court this morning. Deputy Judge President Phillip Levensohn agreed to ask Mauritian authorities to hand over 13 sets of documents, which could be used as evidence in a corruption and money laundering case against the former deputy president and French arms company Thint. The entire proceedings in Court D l... See full details

  19. Inside the room of alleged sex fiend

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    Newspapers lay scattered around the dingy, corrugated-iron shed - their headlines proclaiming the crimes of a serial sodomist of boys. Next to them lay a police identikit of the man they wanted to interview - and this was his home. Soft-spoken, calm and walking with a limp, the 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning at Germiston's Golden Walk mall. He admitted the shed, erected o... See full details

  20. Suspected robber killed in shootout with police

    Date: 03 Apr 2007
    Man believed to be a member of gang terrorising Ekurhuleni area The lifeless body of a man lay face up next to an ambulance and a police forensic van on the side of the road. Some 50 metres away, a grey BMW stood facing the road with its rear crashed against a lamppost. And just next to the driver's door, clothes drenched in blood and two pairs of takkies lay scattered on the blood-stain... See full details

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