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  1. Skull fractures show Micah was abused, expert tells court

    Date: 13 Jun 2007
    Two-year-old had also been hugely underweight for his age Baby Micah Bramely Patterson suffered extreme neglect before he died. He was underweight, his teeth had cavities and fractures on his skull were evidence of the extreme force used to kill him. This was what anthropologist Professor Maryna Steyn was able to observe from the little boy's skeletal remains after they were exhumed ... See full details

  2. Court wants footloose Czech to be rearrested

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Moments after the civil section of the Johannesburg High Court set aside a May 21 warrant of arrest for billionaire Radovan Krejcir, it was made known that the Czech Republic had sent a further request and more documents for his arrest and extradition. His exact whereabouts are unknown, but Krejcir is believed to be in South Africa subsequent to the court ordering his release on June 4. Majo... See full details

  3. 4,8 million child workers

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Thee are more than 4,8 million South African child labourers between ages five and 17, the Labour Department said yesterday. AgriSA president Lourie Bosman said yesterday it would be misleading to imply agriculture is the chief contributor to this statistic as it employs just under 800 000 workers. “The statistics are wrong and would have to be verified. We do not promote child labour and o... See full details

  4. Prisoner bemoans delays at court

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    The Johannesburg High Court came to a virtual standstill yesterday, prompting complaints from prisoners. Thirty-eight-year old Mongezi Samual Jingxela of Meadowlands, who has been accused of 261 sexual offences, was especially bitter. He has been on trial since late in January, having pleaded not guilty on November 7, 2006. Jigxela’s trial has been postponed repeatedly due to the unavailabi... See full details

  5. No typing means no murder trial

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Due to the record of the previous court proceedings not being typed as ordered, the Johannesburg High Court trial arising from the murder of a couple on a plot at Muldersdrift near Krugersdorp was unable to proceed. The case against the alleged double murderer, Humbulani Thomas Mudau, 46, of Muldersdrift, was yesterday postponed to October 17. Mudau is accused of the murder of Mr A Katonis and ... See full details

  6. Winterveldt couple robed by gang

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Police have launched a manhunt for a gang of five who robbed a couple before raping the wife in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, on Sunday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said five me armed with pistols broke into the couple’s house in Slovoville at about 10pm, demanded the car keys, and loaded household goods into the couple’s VW Fox, registration number FML206NW. Anyone with any information can co... See full details

  7. Court sends stalker to psychiatric hospital

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    A Hartebeespoort woman, who was previously warned she would be sent to jail if she did not stop stalking a former friend, has again been admitted to a psychiatric hospital. A Pretoria High Court judge first granted an interdict in 2005 preventing Tracey-Lee Vermaak from contacting or stalking her former friend, Shelly Margaret van der Merwe. But Van der Merwe returned to court on several subse... See full details

  8. SANDF’s new eco-warriors

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    The SA National Defence Force’s application of environmental management has been extended to its foreign peacekeeping deployments. Lieutenant Renier van Wyk was the first SANDF environmental officer to be deployed as part of the Comoros mission last year. The lessons Van Wyk learnt there were added to Sgt Wally Botha’s checklist on his return from overseeing environmental considerations in B... See full details

  9. Private firms cash in on state security

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Police stations among property guarded for R270m in 2006 The state paid private security firms a whopping R270-million to guard its property, including police stations, army bases and a host of other government buildings, the Democratic Alliance has said. DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said yesterday that, given that spending had increased by R118-million or 78,5% more than it was in 20... See full details

  10. Strike on a knife-edge

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Cosatu warns of violence over sackings as deal is mooted Some striking hospital workers received dismissal notices as the government and public service unions returned to the bargaining chamber to consider a compromise mooted by mediators. And in a development yesterday, the representative body for all municipalities, the SA Local Government Association, approached the Labour Court t... See full details

  11. Tutu's Nobel prize stolen

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Desmond Tutu's Nobel Peace Prize medal - a gold medallion said to be worth more than R1-million - is among items recovered after a break-in at his Soweto home at the weekend. Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the burglary at the house in Orlando West's famous Vilakazi Street. Police spokesperson Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said the break-in was discovered early yesterday ... See full details

  12. Bafana Bafana star accused of threatening to shoot gatecrashers

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    The Directorate of Public Prosecutions is considering whether to charge Bafana Bafana star Sibusiso Zuma following an altercation and allegations that he threatened to shoot a group of men at a party in Kokstad, in KwaZulu Natal. However, Umzimkulu police spokesperson Zandra Hechter said the football star had also opened a case against the men in the group, accusing them of common assault and d... See full details

  13. City manager looks back with sense of pride

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Flusk aware of the challenges that lie ahead As Patrick Flusk reflects on his first year in office as the city manager of the Ekurhuleni metro, not least of his problems is his chief of metro police, Robert McBride. From the local authority's headquarters in Germiston, Flusk pointed out that due process had to be followed regarding McBride, and if there was evidence against him, the m... See full details

  14. Oasis of Abundance shady, charities warn

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Several charity organisations have called on the public not to give money to an organisation calling itself Oasis of Abundance. They claim it is fraudulently raising funds. This follows a letter being circulated by a Manie Steyn, saying he runs a non-profit organisation and wants donations of R1 000, or food or clothing. He purports to raise the money for Little Eden Home for the Menta... See full details

  15. Service held for 'The Russian'

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    The funeral service for slain Yuri "the Russian" Ulianitski was held late last week at a church in Woodstock, a source close to the bodyguarding industry in Cape Town has revealed. Milnerton Medi-Clinic refused to confirm that Yuri's wife, Irini Ulianitski, had been released from hospital, and said only that her condition was stable. However, according to the anonymous source, she was seen at the ... See full details

  16. Tutu's Nobel Prize recovered after burglary

    Date: 12 Jun 2007
    Desmond Tutu's Nobel Peace Prize - a gold medal said to be worth more than R1-million - is among items recovered after a break-in at his Soweto home at the weekend. The low-key burglary at the house in Orlando West's famous Vilakazi Street has resulted in the arrests of five suspects. Police spokesperson Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said the break-in was discovered early yesterday morning b... See full details

  17. State set to get tough on truck overloaders

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    The government is to tighten the screws on truck operators who persistently overload vehicles, according to Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. Radebe said at the weekend that according to a study conducted by the CSIR, the road damage caused by overloaded heavy vehicles has been estimated to cost the economy more than R600-million a year. This has resulted in increased hazards on the country'... See full details

  18. Hired hitmen orchestrating taxi violence

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    Hired hitmen are behind the latest outbreak of taxi violence in Gauteng, which has claimed eight lives, according to the Gauteng Community Safety Department. The renewed taxi war violence over the past two weeks has left eight people dead and an unknown number injured. "The taxis mafias are back, there are all the signs that the shootings were carried out by hitmen," Taxi Intervention Forum ... See full details

  19. Stripper dad lashes accusers as hypocrites

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    'White South Africans are refusing to move with the times and prefer to operate according to old laws' A father accused of hiring strippers for his son and friends on his 16th birthday says white South Africans are "stupid and old-fashioned". Frikkie Lutzkie, who owns an engineering firm in Middelburg, appeared in the Witbank Magistrate's Court on Wednesday alongside three strippers ... See full details

  20. Shoplifters nabbed in Alberton

    Date: 11 Jun 2007
    A gang of shoplifters, who had been targeting supermarkets in Alberton North, were arrested by metro police officers at the weekend. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Jimmy Maboko said officers from their Tracing Unit staked out a supermarket in Alberton North after receiving complaints that a gang of shoplifters had been targeting supermarkets in the area. He said they noticed five women... See full details

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