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  1. UN bid after 9-year wait for justice

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    A man who has spent more than nine years awaiting trial intends to take his fraud case to the UN’s International Court. Johan Myburgh, 46, who is conducting his own defence, told this to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he is facing 32 charges of fraud. Myburgh said he wanted to appeal for bail or the withdrawal of charges in the international Court of Justice in The Hague. ... See full details

  2. Four suspected poachers nailed

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Four men, two of whom have allegedly been identified as members of a syndicate, were arrested for poaching abalone and crayfish near Hout Bay in the Cape Penisula, the SABS reported. Spokesman for the Table Mountain National Park, Phumza Mngxashe, said law enforcers followed a vehicle from the harbour. The occupants had just loaded a boat on the trailer of the 4x4 vehicle, which police confi... See full details

  3. Youth urged to steer clear of deadly ‘tik’

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Don’t dare experiment with the drug methamphetamine or “tik” young people have been urged. Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool said the drug had devastating effects on the youth, and government was working with police and communities to stop the destruction it was sowing in the province. The premier was talking during the launch of the “Tik Off – There is Hope” campaign. He said: “My mes... See full details

  4. Cops on 3 raps is suspended

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    A police inspector facing charges of corruption, theft, assault and crimen injuria in three different cases has been suspended from duty. The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court heard this yesterday, when Ismail Kamaldien, of the Kensington police, made his third court appearance since his June 29 arrest. In one case he appears alone, charged with theft, assault, crimen injuria and the illegal poss... See full details

  5. Caregiver in court for selling baby

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    A social worker appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday for allegedly selling a baby for R1 500, Duduzile Ngubane was arrested on suspicion of corruption for placing a three-month-old baby with a potential adoptive parent for financial gain. National executive director for Child Welfare South Africa, Ashley Theron, said the organization and one of its member organizations, Durban... See full details

  6. Home Affairs clerk held for ID-book theft

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    A Pretoria Home Affairs clerk was allegedly caught red-handed trying to steal 10 identity documents at the weekend. Donnah Boloka, based at the Department’s ID production unit, was arrested at shift-end during a routine search that allegedly revealed she was hiding 10 identity documents under her armpits. She was charged with theft and remains in custody while investigations are under way to... See full details

  7. Zuma calls for rethink on crime

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma says it's time to review some of the country's laws in the fight against crime. However, he stopped short of saying criminals had more rights than ordinary citizens. In a wide-ranging radio interview on SAfm yesterday, Zuma said the constitution did not state that criminals' rights should be respected, but spoke only of human rights. He recalled that whe... See full details

  8. Media dragged into spooks' battles - editors Law allowing intelligence agents to raid property worries Sanef

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    South Africa's editors want a public commitment from the intelligence agencies not to recruit or spy on journalists, infiltrate spies in newsrooms or allow agents to repre- sent themselves as reporters. The call by the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is contained in a submission to the ministerial review commission on intelligence, headed by former deputy safety and security minis... See full details

  9. Night of fun ends in death

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Mystery surrounds death of Soweto pair They had hoped for a night of party hopping and good times - but all that two young Soweto women got were fatal bullet wounds to the head. Salome Masooa (23) of Meadowlands and Siza Sigasa (30) of Mofolo North were found dead in an open piece of veld near Zone 1 in Meadowlands on Sunday. Their bodies lay close to Sigasa's Mazda - the car it ... See full details

  10. Boys flee initiation horror

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Police burn school after youngsters sound the alarm Dusty - save where tears ran over sjambok scars - scared and stunned. This was the face of manhood - or rather its cost. Eight boys, aged 12 and 13, were snatched from their illegal initiation school yesterday, moments before it was razed by Orange Farm police. Earlier, three other initiates had escaped to alert the authorities.... See full details

  11. Boys flee initiation horror

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Police burn school after youngsters sound the alarm Dusty - save where tears ran over sjambok scars - scared and stunned. This was the face of manhood - or rather its cost. Eight boys, aged 12 and 13, were snatched from their illegal initiation school yesterday, moments before it was razed by Orange Farm police. Earlier, three other initiates had escaped to alert the authorities.... See full details

  12. Hot pursuit, icy plunge, cool reception

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    The icy waters of the Klein Jukskei proved too much for a fleeing robber who decided to surrender to security officers rather than face hypothermia. The burglar being chased through Jukskei Park, north of Joburg, dropped his loot and dived into the Klein Jukskei River to escape. He quickly changed his mind and gave himself up to SAS Response personnel. By Anna Cox <a href="http://www.st... See full details

  13. UCB's ex-finance chief a liar - Bacher

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Ex-cricket boss denies writing e-mail authorising transfer of funds Alleged to have siphoned off R7,4-million from the United Cricket Board, its former financial manager, Diteko Modise, has tried to explain some of the money away using a mysterious, incriminating e-mail. But the man he targeted as the alleged author, cricket supremo Dr Ali Bacher, was at pains to explain to Joburg's ... See full details

  14. Chaos as Sonja's alleged killer appears in court

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Police officers wearing bulletproof vests had to shield the man charged with murdering 2-year-old Sonja Brown from hundreds of protesters who included local politicians. And while protesters tried to push their way into the Worcester Magistrate's Court, in the Western Cape, the suspect's shocked siblings struggled to get close enough to him to talk to him. The suspect, Booi "Booitjie" Mart... See full details

  15. Move against McBride delayed

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    The lawyer for the three Ekurhuleni metro police officers who turned on their chief, Robert McBride, says their urgent application for a protection order has been delayed to get it "100% right". Saleem Ebrahim said last night the papers had been"signed, sealed and ready", despite being delayed since Friday. The bulky affidavits had taken longer than expected to finish but the application w... See full details

  16. Emergency response boost

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Ekurhuleni metro has placed an order for 23 new emergency vehicles at a cost of R21,7-million to improve its capacity to respond to fires, accidents and other emergency calls in all its communities. The new fleet, which is being built by a Boksburg company, will be deployed to fire stations across the region. Ndosi Shongwe, who heads the metro's community safety portfolio, visited the compa... See full details

  17. Four nabbed with copper cables

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    A routine traffic check by Joburg metro police has resulted in the recovery of stolen copper cables worth about R100 000. Spotting a suspicious-looking vehicle matching a description of one involved in a recent spate of robberies, police yesterday pulled over the Toyota Conquest, with tinted windows, around noon on Nirvana Drive between Poortjie and Lawley, south of Joburg. According to me... See full details

  18. Green Scorpions crack whip on developers who flout the rules

    Date: 10 Jul 2007
    Property developers have been identified as some of the culprits who break environmental laws in their bid to make a profit. According to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, developers sometimes ignore statutory building procedures, and in the process, harm the environment. This failure to abide by the procedures was found to be the cause of power failures, waste ge... See full details

  19. The McBride cover-up

    Date: 09 Jul 2007
    Explosive claims that 'drunk' metro police chief faked medical report Robert McBride drank glass after glass of Johnnie Walker Black Label and Jack Daniels whisky before crashing his state-owned car. He was then treated by a doctor related to Chief Superintendent Stanley Segathevan and later secretly travelled to Durban in search of a bogus medical certificate. These are some of th... See full details

  20. DA blames senior law enforcers, police over crime

    Date: 09 Jul 2007
    The Democratic Alliance has now called on Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula - already under heavy criticism following the release of the crime statistics - to "read the riot act" to his MECs and senior members of police management. The DA's spokesperson on safety and security, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, yesterday said some of these top-ranking officials appeared to show very little resp... See full details

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