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  1. Parents warned of exam-driven suicide risk

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Child welfare organisations have called on parents to monitor schoolchildren as incidents of suicide are prevalent around this time, when they get their exam results. This comes after an 18-year-old Alexandra pupil killed herself on learning she had failed her Grade 11 exams. The girl apparently took an overdose of her father's diabetes pills and died yesterday. She was a pupil at Northview ... See full details

  2. Same bullet kills mom and wounds child

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Police are hunting for a man who shot dead a woman and wounded the child she was carrying on her back. According to West Rand police, 27-year-old Sifiso Makamo was close to home when she was shot in the chest on York Street in Krugersdorp at about 5pm yesterday. The same bullet struck her 1-year-old son, Nkosi, in the abdomen. Anyone with information can contact Inspector David Mokoko on... See full details

  3. Pupils urge all to fight violence in schools

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Technology has enabled children from different cities to speak with one voice against violence in schools. Children in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Alexandra and Mauritius yesterday met through cyber dialogues. They called for everybody involved in education to get involved in the fight against violence in schools. In Johannesburg, children from various schools, youth organisations and townships... See full details

  4. DJs accused of R32m fraud

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    SABC takes Lesedi FM husband and wife team to court Popular Lesedi FM DJ Thuso Motaung delivers sermons on ethical and moral behaviour to his 2,3-million listeners - but he has now been accused of defrauding the SABC of more than R32-million. Motaung's wife, Mmamontha and their business partner Joshua Ramme have also been implicated. The trio were arrested yesterday after they ha... See full details

  5. Angry supporters cause havoc at Soweto court appearance

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Loud Backing for their Mama Jackey Mama Jackey Maarohanye has made a brief but eventful court appearance, with her supporters attacking and verbally abusing journalists. As the controversial "Angel of Soweto" arrived at the Protea Magistrate's Court yesterday to face charges of public violence and malicious damage to property, she raised a clenched fist at her throng of supporters. ... See full details

  6. Reject abuse, crowd told

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Posters with the slogan "Say no to child and woman abuse" were displayed by a crowd of about 500 women and children who took park in a march in Vosloorus in support of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children yesterday. The event was organised by the Ekurhuleni metro police and the SAPS, and got under way at the Vosloorus police station at 10am. The awareness campai... See full details

  7. Relative jailed for rape bid

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    A step-uncle has been jailed for five years for trying to rape a schoolgirl at knifepoint in Germiston. Lesley Douglas (52), of Elandsfontein, who does not share the same surname as the victim, was convicted on a charge of attempted rape by a Germiston regional magistrate. By jailing the unemployed first offender for five years, the magistrate, W Geel, said he wanted to send a message to t... See full details

  8. Lesedi FM presenters arrested over fraud of R34m

    Date: 08 Dec 2006
    Two SABC presenters were today arrested for allegedly commiting fraud of R34-million against the public broadcaster. The married couple - Thuso Motaung and Mmamontha Motaung - have been under investigation for more than a year. Thuso is the presenter of Lesedi FM's midday-to-3pm slot at the radio station, and Mmamontha hosts the 9am-to-noon show. "They were informed of the case against t... See full details

  9. Acsa keeping OR Tambo security up to speed

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    With more than R250 million spent on security in the past six years, the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is putting its money where its mouth is. This is in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) 2006 theme of “safety and security – first and always the top priority”. “As with most airport operators worldwide we face a widening spectrum of security issues fr... See full details

  10. Prison rape insanity bid

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    A prisoner who allegedly nearly killed two nurses, and raped one of them at Baviaanspoort prison last year, was not satisfied with a finding that he was fit to stand trial, and wanted to appoint his own psychiatrist, Pretoria High Court heard yesterday. Thabo Amos Masinga, 21, of Mamelodi West, had been referred for observation at Pretoria’s Weskoppies Hospital in August. He claimed he could... See full details

  11. SA Rates badly in corruption league

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Internally and externally SA does not rate highly in the bribery and corruption stakes. At its final meeting of the year in Pretoria this week, the National Anti-Corruption Forum was told South Africa ranks 24th out of 30 countries worldwide on Transparency International’s Bribe-Payers Index. This indicated a “strong possibility” local business would bribe officials in other countries. An... See full details

  12. Two hold-ups in greater Joburg in two hours

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Armed robbers have made two attacks within two hours against Coin Security cash guards in the Joburg area, injuring a guard in one and fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money in the other. The heists were made in outlying suburbs of Johannesburg yesterday afternoon. In the first attack, robbers shot a 30-year-old guard in the face, neck and shoulder after a hold-up at a Spar supermarke... See full details

  13. Mzondo accused opts for legal aid help

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    While police searched for more suspects in the killing of Nonceba Mzondo (22), daughter of jazz great McCoy Mrubata, a 20-year-old Gugulethu man appeared in the Athlone Magistrate's Court yesterday on a charge of murder. With the help of an interpreter, magistrate Clive Erasmus asked Thembisile Nondzaba whether he would appoint his own attorney, accept the free assistance of a legal aid attorn... See full details

  14. Zuma friends warn NPA over new charges

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    The National Prosecuting Authority is subjecting Jacob Zuma to the kangaroo court of public opinion with the help of the media. This is the view of the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust in Gauteng, after reports in The Star that the state had given its strongest indication yet that it intended to recharge the ANC deputy president with corruption. The trust also warned that the NPA would face ... See full details

  15. Top cops pledge support for their boss Selebi

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    The nine provincial police commissioners have met with National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli to discuss damning allegations against their boss, Jackie Selebi. The nine top cops said they were compelled to do so in the wake of scurrilous, defamatory and unsubstantiated allegations against the national commissioner and Interpol head. Selebi has been accused of being entangled in th... See full details

  16. Human trafficking rampant in Joburg as smugglers cash in

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Girls as young as 13 forced into prostitution by syndicates They are promised a better life in South Africa, but instead they are kidnapped, branded and sold into sexual slavery for as little as R380. Women and children, some as young as 13, are falling prey to syndicates operating in Mozambique and Swaziland, trafficking and smuggling them to South Africa on an unprecedented scale. ... See full details

  17. Arrests follow tip-offs

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Reacting on a tip-off from the community, Ekurhuleni metro police pounced on a chop-shop in Katlehong and arrested four men. Spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said that after receiving the information, a patrol hastened to Ramakanope Section, where they caught four suspects yesterday. Maboko said the four were in the process of stripping a Nissan bakkie, allegedly hijacked earlier. One suspect t... See full details

  18. Lenient judge angers deceased's daughter

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Desiree Scott put her faith in the law after her mother's gruesome murder, but she has been left furious and disappointed with a High Court judge who granted bail to the prime suspects. Scott's anger is directed at controversial Judge Justice Ntsikelelo Poswa, who will soon be hauled before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to respond to a litany of complaints against him. Judge Poswa ... See full details

  19. Bid to weed out offenders during festive period

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    Joburg police mount massive roadblocks to catch offenders If you break any of Joburg's laws this festive season, you'll be shown no mercy. That's the short, sharp and strict message from Joburg officials. The city is embarking on a clean-up which will cover everyone from speedsters to those who have not paid their child maintenance. The crackdown, aimed at making for a happier Ch... See full details

  20. Security firms get thumbs down

    Date: 07 Dec 2006
    The oversight committee on Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa's office has expressed a vote of no confidence in the private security companies guarding provincial government buildings. These revelations were made by ANC MPL Hope Mankwana Papo at the full sitting of the legislature which was debating the 2005/2006 annual report of the office of the premier. Papo said the prerogative to guard ... See full details

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