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  1. Psychosis fear is raised

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    The public servants’ strike could prompt some psychiatric patients to turn psychotic. According to the DA’s Gauteng health spokesman, Jack Bloom, about 100 booked psychiatric patients at the Hillbrow Community Health Centre have stayed away for the past two weeks after facing threats and intimidation from “union-linked” people. Bloom, who made the discovery during a visit to the clinic yeste... See full details

  2. Deal for hammer killer?

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    The man accused of bludgeoning to death a young woman on the day she started working for him, wants to reach a plea-bargain agreement with the State. Counsel for Daniel Petrus van der Walt, 30, told the Pretoria High Court yesterday there was a proposed plea bargain agreement on the table, involving the accused pleading guilty. The prosecution, however indicated that it needed more time to s... See full details

  3. Mob torches police homes

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    The SAPS sent re-enforcements to a rural township in North West yesterday after it erupted in violence that saw at least one death and the torching of three policemen’s houses. Reports said a young man was brought to the state hospital in Wolmaransstad from the township of Tselelang for treatment of a suspected bullet wound, after he was seen in the vicinity of one of the burning houses. He ... See full details

  4. Inside Karvelas dossier

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    Murdered principal named cops he accused of brutality Human rights activist and principal Nick Karvelas, who was gunned down in front of his Alberton home, feared for his life after his run-in with three "brutal" police officers. A dossier, which The Star has seen, contains copies of letters and statements Karvelas sent to Gauteng Police Commissioner Perumal Naidoo, Safety and Securi... See full details

  5. Corruption rises in the public service

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    The number of alleged corruption cases in the public service had increased over the past three years, with an average of 82 reported each month. According to a Public Service Commission (PSC) report released yesterday, 4 182 cases were reported, of which 2 296 were corruption related and 1 105 were service-delivery complaints. The cases were reported to the national anti-corruption hotline b... See full details

  6. Czech fugitive back behind bars

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    After eight days of being "missing in action", international fugitive Radovan Krejcir has handed himself over to police. The Czech Republic tycoon was due to surrender himself at the Kempton Park police station at 11am but was instead taken into custody by Interpol at the nearby offices of his lawyer yesterday. Due to a legal technicality, Krejcir strolled out of Modderbee Prison on June 4... See full details

  7. Cable theft blamed for substation inferno

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    This emerged as Ekurhuleni's executive mayor, Duma Nkosi visited the site of the substation to find out what had caused the massive fire that destroyed one of the metro's major electricity supply points. The blaze plunged 16 Boksburg suburbs into darkness, leaving businesses and thousands of households without power. The affected suburbs included Witkoppie, Bardene, Bartlett, Dayanglen, Caso... See full details

  8. The dead who are still waiting for justice

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    Police are no closer to solving old murders, writes Lee Rondganger A year ago, a Cape Town magazine editor lost her way in Joburg and paid with her life. Four bullets pierced the driver's window of Megan Herselman's car exactly a year ago, and her killer or killers have yet to be caught. This week also marks the second anniversary of the gruesome murders of Soweto sisters Lindiwe a... See full details

  9. Tutu break-in suspects in court

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    Four men who allegedly burgled Desmond Tutu's Soweto home have appeared in court. Themba Nkosi (24), Andile Munyai (25), Themba Ntuli (39) and Dumisani Nene (22) were remanded yesterday and are set to appear again in the Orlando Magistrate's Court on June 22. The four are alleged to have broken into the archbishop emeritus's Orlando West home on Sunday and stolen, among others things, Tutu... See full details

  10. Activist principal slain

    Date: 14 Jun 2007
    Human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas, who was shot at close range in what was reported to be a robbery, may have been assassinated. This is the view of a high-ranking police officer who was at the murder scene. "To me it looks like Karvelas was executed and that the gunmen used the domestic worker to lure him to his house," he said. The officer, who declined to be named, ... See full details

  11. House petrol-bombed after threats

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    Incidents of continued violence stemming from the civil servants strike continued to be reported yesterday. In Heildeberg, a house was petrol-bombed after the owner refused to join the public service pay strike. Police spokesman Captain Thivhulanwi Tshilate said the owner was allegedly threatened prior to the attack by colleagues who said they would burn his house down if he did not strike. ... See full details

  12. ‘Join the party or be killed’

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    Cape Town city councilor Badih Chaaba has been accused of bribing fellow councilors to join his new political party to help him unseat mayor Helen Zille. Fresh evidence disclosed yesterday indicates that Chaaban has been recorded in various formats offering councilors business opportunities, money and positions in the council to cross the floor and join the new party. In terms of the evidenc... See full details

  13. Youth ‘hysterical after Dad’s planned murder’

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    A youngster who allegedly got friends to murder his father became hysterical at the sight of him lying dead. This was evidence in the Cape High Court yesterday where John Paul Titus is on trial for the murder of his father, Norman. A family friend, Kelvin Isaacs, told Judge Denis van Reenan that he (Isaacs) innocently got involved in the slaying, in the sense that he drove Titus to fetch the... See full details

  14. Dismissals stand: Minister

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    Government appears to be unfazed by threats of violence if the decision to dismiss hundreds of health workers is not revoked. Instead the state stood by its decision yesterday to fire the “defiant” workers. It became clear at a media briefing that the hard line stance to sack the essential service workers who took part in the public sector strike would not be reversed. In fact, further co... See full details

  15. Spy boss ‘ducked and dived’

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    Former spy boss, Billy Maasetlha, used evasive tactics in his efforts to avoid giving information to the Inspector General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Zolile Ngcakani, NIA Chief Operating Officer Imtiaz Faizel said during his testimony in the Hatfield Community Court yesterday. Maasetlha was facing charges of contravening the Provisional Oversight Act, in allegedly withholding in... See full details

  16. For the record

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    An article appearing on the front page of The Star yesterday, under the headline "Bafana Bafana star accused of threatening to shoot gatecrashers", referred to Kokstad resident Scelo Mthethwa. Johannesburg advocate Sicelo Mthethwa wishes to point out that the story in no way referred to him. The Star 13/06/07 e1 See full details

  17. No tears for 'troublemaker', says ANC town councillor

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    To some he was a hero who fought for the rights of people to move freely around their areas. To others, Nick Karvelas was a menace. ANC councillor Neil Diamond, whom Karvelas was investigating, said that while he sympathised with Karvelas's family, he believed the community would be relieved. "I think any crime-related death is a tragedy, but I don't think the community of Alberton will fi... See full details

  18. President slams 'criminal' strikers

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    President Thabo Mbeki has condemned the thuggery, violence and intimidation blighting the current public service strike. And IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has called for the constitution to be amended to allow for both a prime minister and a president. He said what was happening on the streets spoke "volumes". Both men were speaking in yesterday's debate on the Presidency's budget in the N... See full details

  19. Whistleblower's dismissal fight stands

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    Parliament's former chief financial officer has won the first round in his unfair-dismissal case. The Cape Town Labour Court yesterday rejected an attempt by parliament to block the claim, after its lawyers raised an "exception" and sought a ruling on whether Harry Charlton's challenge was legally sound. They had argued that he was not protected by whistleblower legislation on his Travelgate... See full details

  20. Activist principal slain

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    And top cop believes shooting could have been an execution Human rights activist and school principal Nick Karvelas, who was shot at close range by gunmen in what was reported to be a robbery, could have been assassinated. This is the view of a high-ranking officer who was at the murder scene. "To me it looks like Karvelas was executed and that the gunmen used the domestic worker to ... See full details

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