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  1. Parties want Selebi's head to roll over crime

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    Azapo sees mini states of emergency as a solution Crime dominated yesterday's State of the Nation debate in parliament, but there were also calls for the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank, the declaration of mini states of emergency and for heads to roll - particularly those of SA's top cop and the communications minister. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula acknowledged th... See full details

  2. Security guard assaulted, wife gang-raped

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    A security guard has been bludgeoned with a hammer and his wife gang-raped by five men who broke into a secondary school in Etwatwa, Benoni. The couple were asleep in their room on the school premises when they were attacked yesterday morning. Three of the suspects have since been arrested. Inspector Juanita Killian, of the East Rand Flying Squad, said a call was dispatched to the 10111 ca... See full details

  3. Call for mini-states of emergency in hotspots

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    Crime dominated the State of the Nation debate in parliament, but there were also calls for the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank, the declaration of mini-states of emergency and for heads to roll - particularly those of the country's top cop and the communications minister. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula acknowledged that crime was an emotional matter and affected many directl... See full details

  4. Uncle sexually abused boy for years, court told

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    Former headmaster in dock more than 20 years later He was once a trusted relative and teacher. Now, 20 years later, three men have accused a former Ekurhuleni principal of sexually assaulting them while they were in primary school. In the dock in the Boksburg Regional Court is 56-year-old Erling Dreyer, former head of Sunnyridge Primary School in Germiston. The case was due to resume ... See full details

  5. Five men assault security guard with hammer, rape wife

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    A security guard has been bludgeoned with a hammer and his wife gang-raped by five men who broke into a secondary school in Etwatwa, Benoni. The couple were asleep in their room on the school premises when they were attacked yesterday morning. Inspector Juanita Killian, a spokesperson for the East Rand Flying Squad, said a call was dispatched to the 10111 call centre in Benoni at 1am yeste... See full details

  6. Man tells court of suicidal thoughts over uncle's abuse

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    The sexual abuse at the hands of his beloved and trusted uncle had ruined his life. This is what 32-year-old Peers Bailiff, one of three complainants in the case against former Sunnyridge Primary School principal who was an Anglican lay preacher, Erling Dreyer, told the Boksburg Magistrate's Court yesterday. The state alleges that Dreyer sexually abused the three boys over a period of five y... See full details

  7. Ganchi accused confessed to killing - doctor

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    Jones did not look distressed, terrified or shocked during examination A day after he was arrested, Ronald Jones confessed to a district surgeon that he had raped and brutally killed 6-year-old Michaela Garoenisha Ganchi two months earlier. When Jones volunteered this information to Dr Thamsanqa Bomvana he appeared calm and did not look distressed, terrified or shocked. Bomvana w... See full details

  8. I had consensual sex with her, alleged rapist insists

    Date: 14 Feb 2007
    The man believed to be one of South Africa's worst serial rapists claimed that one of his alleged victims was his girlfriend and that he had had consensual sex with her. But the woman has dismissed Mongezi Samuel Jingxela's claim, saying he had tricked her with a promise of a job, and had taken her to a secluded area where he raped her. Yesterday, the 36-year-old woman was the fifth complai... See full details

  9. Afriforum case ‘will fail’

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    The plan to take government to court over its apparent failure to protect its citizens has little chance of success, a law expert has warned. Professor Shadrack Gütto said the planned court action of AfriForum to obtain a High Court order forcing the government to comply with its “constitutional duty” of ensuring the safety of the country’s citizens, “has a poor prospect of success”. AfriFor... See full details

  10. Teen death: metro cops held

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    Two Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers have been arrested in connection with Saturday night’s murder of a teenager in Palm Ridge. The officers, stationed at the Katlehong Crime Prevention Unit, have been locked up at Eden Park police station. They will appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of murder. A letter requesting their immediate suspension has already been submi... See full details

  11. Man kills 2 attackers

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    A quick-thinking Pretoria businessman shot and killed two suspected robbers at his factory in Jan Niemand Park yesterday at 7am. The men allegedly surprised the 32-year-old man and held him at gunpoint. Police said the intruders fired a shot at the man, but missed. The businessman then drew his own pistol and opened fire on both men, one of whom died instantly. Villieria police are inv... See full details

  12. Councillor’s son up for fraud

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    The son of a Bronkhorstspruit ward councilor was arrested yesterday for allegedly buying a luxury car using a fraudulent Kingpin Municipality salary advice. The Pretoria crime intelligence unit arrested a 25-year-old man after setting a trap at a restaurant. The man, who is a well-known pastor in the area who also preaches on Ikwekwezi FM, allegedly bought a BMW 330i using a pay slip from Ku... See full details

  13. Teen tells of baby slaying

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    Natasha Norton, mother of murdered baby Jordan-Leigh, wept in the Cape High Court yesterday as a teenager involved in the alleged slaying recounted the planning of it. Natasha, pregnant with her second baby, quietly wiped away tears as the teenager told the court he had been unable to strangle the infant as he had been instructed. So he had handed the baby to his co-accused, Mongezi Bobotyan... See full details

  14. Netshisaulu's widow again refused bail

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    Mulalo Sivhidzo's bid to get out of jail was dealt a further blow when she was denied bail at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court. Magistrate Mariette Louw said yesterday that bail could not be granted, given the prima facie case the state had against Sivhidzo, who stands accused of masterminding her husband's death. She also cited as contributing factors the failure on the part of Sivhidzo's... See full details

  15. FNB hit 12 times this year

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    First National Bank, embroiled in a national controversy over its aborted R20-million anti-crime campaign, is itself under siege. Armed robbers have targeted FNB branches 12 times since the beginning of the year. In only one instance did the robbers fail in their attempt to get money. This was revealed to The Star this morning, the day after President Thabo Mbeki said he had agreed to ... See full details

  16. Zuma accuses state of playing musical chairs

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    Jacob Zuma has challenged the state to positively state whether a decision has been made to prosecute him on corruption charges and, if not, when it will be made. "I am entitled to know this," he said in papers filed with the Durban High Court yesterday. Zuma - whose case was struck from the roll of the Pietermaritzburg High Court last year after Judge Herbert Msimang refused to grant the st... See full details

  17. Balfour set to review 'suicidal' Shaik's diagnosis

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    Schabir Shaik's psychiatrist stands by his diagnosis of the convicted fraudster - and he has welcomed a second medical opinion which has been ordered by Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour. Professor A S Gangat has been in private practice since 1965 and is attached to the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine as an examiner. Last week, correspondence between the psychiatrist and th... See full details

  18. 3-year-old still suffering following torture ordeal

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    Although the toddler smiles and laughs from his hospital cot, he still bears the physical and emotional scars after being allegedly tortured by two young boys in August last year. Boiling water was poured over 3-year-old Seiso Ratsoana's private parts and face, the skin at the back of his head was cut and peeled off, and chilli peppers were inserted into his rectum, allegedly by Mabopane, North... See full details

  19. Model cop, colleague face murder charge after boy dies

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    An Ekurhuleni metro police inspector who won an award for best crime prevention officer of the month is one of two metro officers arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old suspect. Area metro police spokesperson Inspector Jimmy Maboko said yesterday the youth - who was allegedly interrogated for illegal possession of firearms - died after he was severely assaulted at his home in Pa... See full details

  20. Dina paid us to kill Baby Jordan - teen

    Date: 13 Feb 2007
    FATIMA SCHROEDER and Shellee Geduld An alleged teenage hitman has testified that Dina Rodrigues ordered and paid for the murder of six-month-old Jordan Leigh Norton. This was the startling evidence presented in the Cape High Court yesterday when the youngest of the four alleged hitmen testified in the marathon trial. The teenager - who may not be named - chronicled the events that supp... See full details

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