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  1. Top official probed over awarding of tenders

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The top Gauteng government official implicated in a R5-million tender scandal is being investigated. Following an exposé by The Star a fortnight ago, the Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Public Works, Ignatius Jacobs, said yesterday that he has appointed auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers to investigate allegations of corruption against his head of department, Sibusiso Buthelezi... See full details

  2. Call for action on violence at schools

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    It's time to move beyond shock and into action to stop school violence. This is the view of the Democratic Alliance's education spokesperson in the Gauteng Legislature following an attack on a pupil at Edleen Primary School in Kempton Park this week. David Quail MPL said yesterday: "It's no longer good enough for officials to respond to yet another school stabbing with expressions of shock and ... See full details

  3. Cop bungles cost R6,7bn

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    SAPS swamped with brutality, negligence and misconduct cases The police have been hit with record-breaking civil claims totalling R6,7-billion - which is equal to one-quarter of their annual salary bill. The amount - the highest ever to be claimed from the SA Police Service - includes R253-million in claims for shooting incidents, R1,67-billion for alleged police assaults and R1,9-bi... See full details

  4. Managers learn to manage

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Correctional Services takes steps to arm demotivated, under-trained staff with skills When Ubuhle Ndlovu became an education manager at Waterval Prison three years ago, she was never taught how to manage people, let alone the male offenders she had to teach. So for three years, the educator struggled through the tough and sometimes unforgiving working environment of a prison, trying ... See full details

  5. Jali seeks review of some sentences to ease squeeze

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The Jali Commission has recommended that the Criminal Procedure Act be amended to give the prisons commissioner the right to apply for certain prison sentences to be reconsidered in favour of non-jail terms. The recommendation is contained in the full Jali Commission report which was tabled in parliament yesterday after last week's furore over the department's decision to release an abridged su... See full details

  6. Forest Hill drug raid yields green pickings

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    They arrived at the school unannounced and, with sniffer dogs in tow, went from class to class searching for drugs. Afterwards they went through pupils' school bags, looking for weapons. Although the Johannesburg metro police's raid at Forest Hill High yesterday morning yielded no weapons, they found dagga stashed under a rubbish bin next to a netball court. The dagga was wrapped in pages ... See full details

  7. Boy, 13, is ‘stabbed by fellow pupil’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A 13-year-old pupil was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed by a fellow pupil at Edleen Primary School yesterday, said the Gauteng education department. “It is disturbing because this time it is primary school pupils,” said spokesman Panyaza Lesufi. The boy was allegedly stabbed while waiting for his transport outside the primary school in Kempton Park. “He was bleeding quite badly wh... See full details

  8. Killing his gardener a ‘mistake’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A 42-year-old Komatipoort man told the Pretoria High Court he deeply regretted having drowned his gardener in a bathtub. Martinus Nel testified in mitigation of sentence after Judge Natvarial Ranchod found him guilty last week of murdering Bonginkosi Sydney Tsobolo in June 2005. There had been a break-in at Nel’s house on the Friday before the incident, but he told the court he had not suspe... See full details

  9. Fingerprints shows that ‘accused lied’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    The Johannesburg High Court hearing the trial of an alleged male prostitute charged with holding hostage and murdering a South African Airports Company employee, was told yesterday a fingerprint expert found the accused’s right thumb print on a statement he claimed the police fabricated without any input from him. “When the defence stated in court last week that accused two (Victor Judge) denie... See full details

  10. Escaped murder-accused still on the run

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    The man who stabbed a prosecutor in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court building last month was still on the run yesterday after he escaped from police custody last week. Sipho Mnisi, 33, escaped from Lyttleton police holding cells, south of Pretoria, on Thursday. Mnisi was held there for an identity parade after appearing in the Pretoria High Court for murder, robbery and attempted murder. P... See full details

  11. Slain parents case delayed

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    There were murmurs in the public gallery at the Johannesburg High Court case of Riaz Kadwa when they realised there would be another wasted day. Kadwa faces trial for the murder of his plastic surgeon father, Dr Mohamed Kadwa, and his mother. State advocate Beverley Edwards placed on record there would definitely be a judge available to day for the accused to plead and the trial to start. ... See full details

  12. Police seek young mother’s killer

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Pretoria police are looking for a man after a woman was stabbed to death at the Mamelodi informal settlement at the weekend, police said yesterday. Insp Paul Ramaloko said the neighbour of Lorraine Matabane, 25, heard a baby crying and went to her shack to investigate. “She found her lying in a pool of blood and her baby sitting on the floor. The baby was unhurt. “Matabane had stab wound... See full details

  13. State blows whistle on corruption

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A deafening sound filled the hall of Gallagher Estate in Midrand at midday yesterday when 700 people blew the whistles at once to signal the end of the road for corrupt municipal officials. The enthusiastic crowd of mayors, MECs and councillors from all over the country were led by provincial and Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi. Mufamadi said the national anti-corruption strategy w... See full details

  14. About R300 000 worth of cellphones were confiscated.

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    R300 000 of stolen cellphones seized A cellphone store used to unblock stolen phones at the corner of Simmonds and Bree streets in Johannesburg was bust by metro police yesterday. About R300 000 worth of cellphones were confiscated. A 30-year-old Nigerian was arrested after he tried to bribe police. “He will be charged with possession and dealing in stolen property, and defeating the e... See full details

  15. Swindler ‘still at it – in jail’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A Scorpions investigation, triggered by a complaint from a woman scam victim, led to a convicted swindler serving 18 years in jail – where he was allegedly conning more victims with new scams gleaned from the Internet in Pollsmoor Prison. The victim, Mariana Ferguson, had met swindler Maurice de Grandhomme at the Pollsmoor Prison golf driving range – a popular venue for rich foreign tourists an... See full details

  16. Another school stabbing, and a cell suicide

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A 15-year-old pupil has committed suicide in police custody, while another was taken to hospital after being stabbed by a fellow schoolmate. According to Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi, the 15-year-old pupil from the Heidelberg School of Industries was arrested over the weekend for allegedly stealing a television set. He was found dead in a police cell on Sunday. ... See full details

  17. More crime

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Boksburg Spar robbed; rape arrest Thirteen gunmen held up clients and staff at a supermarket in Impala Park, Boksburg North, and escaped in four getaway cars. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the robbers struck at North Point Spar about 5pm on Sunday. They took cash from the store, plus cellphones and cash from some customers, before fleeing. ___________________ N... See full details

  18. Boksburg Spar robbed; rape arrest

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Document says employees must be paid well enough to discourage them from stealing The naming and shaming of councillors and local government officials convicted of fraud is part of a new anti-corruption strategy unveiled by Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi. The department has held pilot projects based on the new strategy in KwaZulu Natal, the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalang... See full details

  19. Ivory Park cops seek help

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Ivory Park detectives have appealed to the community for help in locating Nomvula Mabaso (33). Mabaso is one of six suspects police would like to question in connection with the killing of one of Ivory Park's best known crime fighters, Dan Seepe (44). Seepe was shot dead on Saturday night. Khatsutelo Rambuda and Justinos Phele were wounded in the same incident. Superintendent Eugene Oppe... See full details

  20. Crime blitz nets 300

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    East Rand police have arrested some 300 suspects for a variety of offences. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the suspects were arrested for murder, rape, shoplifting, fraud, possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of drugs, assault, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Most of the arrests were for liquor-related offences, and 48 illegal immigrants were among those detained. P... See full details

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