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  1. SA urged to intervene over Sudan's UN stance

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Khartoum in about-turn on AU troops, but DA worried about peacekeeping motives The Democratic Alliance has called on the South African government to use its influence to convince Sudan to allow the UN to deploy a peacekeeping force in Darfur. The DA's concern was triggered by a new wave of warfare that has killed scores of civilians. Sudan did an about-turn yesterday by indicatin... See full details

  2. I'm not Knife Gang mastermind, court told

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Lehasa, rearrested after daring escape, claims he is innocent of attacks The alleged leader of the notorious "Sandton Knife Gang" says he was "stupid" to escape from custody, but denies masterminding at least 18 violent burglaries in the area. William "Big Spender" Lehasa made a brief appearance yesterday at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, the same court from which he had escaped a w... See full details

  3. Prosecutor probed over sale of dockets to criminals

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    Police are investigating the possibility that a prosecutor might have sold hundreds of court dockets to dozens of violent-crime syndicates. Court dockets were apparently found in the possession of the 28-year-old prosecutor, who was arrested north of Pretoria on Tuesday. During her arrest, police also found 36 dockets hidden in a car. After questioning the woman, they were led to a house w... See full details

  4. Tracking device used to find deceased's car

    Date: 07 Sep 2006
    A day after a Pretoria businessman was shot execution-style, one of his alleged murderers drove his luxury car to an unoccupied suburban house. Five-and-a-half hours after Desigan Govender, a former area manager at a security company, had parked Mohamed Asif Ayob's BMW M3 at the house, police used a satellite tracking device to track it down. When Govender (28) arrived at the house in Waterk... See full details

  5. Lift plunge raises questions on employee safety liabilities

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    The lift maintenance company whose employee fell down a shaft from the 16th floor might face criminal charges. The Department of Labour was due to hand over its findings and recommendations for prosecution against Highpoint Elevators yesterday. The department's investigators have concluded their probe of the August 8 accident in which Oscar Mabori, a casual worker, suffered multiple injuri... See full details

  6. Plea to jail pair over R17,5m fake goods

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    Men in court over bogus household products valued at millions of rands An alleged al-Qaeda operative and a suspected Israeli crime kingpin have been implicated in a multimillion-rand counterfeiting scam operating in Gauteng. Mohammed Hendi and Sirhaan Ghassan appeared in court yesterday, accused of counterfeiting household goods such as Omo, Sunlight Liquid and Dawn lotion valued at ... See full details

  7. MEC praises cops over gang leader's rearrest

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    For a second time, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety has congratulated police for arresting the leader of the notorious "Sandton Knife Gang". "I am ecstatic at the speedy re-arrest of the gang leader and I want to congratulate the police on a job well done," Firoz Cachalia said yesterday. "The Sandton community must be relieved, especially the victims of the gang, as the news that he was outsid... See full details

  8. New DNA machine will ease and speed up forensic testing

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    South Africa is a world leader when it comes to the analysis of DNA samples. This was revealed at the unveiling of the multimillion- rand automated Genetic Sample Processing System (GSPS) at the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria yesterday. The R75-million GSPS, sponsored by the European Union, is the first of its kind in the world, and can process up to 800 DNA samples a day. ... See full details

  9. Stem cell accused try to draw Mbeki into case

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    Stephen van Rooyen and his American wife, Laura Brown, who are facing extradition to the US for allegedly running an international stem cell scam, have served papers on President Thabo Mbeki to try to stave off their deportation. They face 51 charges relating to stem cell scams. Van Rooyen (44) and Brown (35) are challenging the constitutionality of an extradition treaty signed by the Unit... See full details

  10. Cries of nepotism over 27-year-old woman's top job at Home Affairs

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    But confident manager denies her mother played a role in her appointment She is 27, studying, and has no experience working in government, and yet Lerato More-Afilaka has been appointed to one of the most senior positions in the Department of Home Affairs. More-Afilaka started as Gauteng West area provincial manager on March 1 and, as advertised, is earning R35 600 a month. But l... See full details

  11. Up to R5m to be spent on security at Mbeki's retirement house

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    Between R3-million and R5-million - that is what the Department of Public Works told parliament it will spend on security for the president's retirement home in Johannesburg. The information was contained in a "memorandum by the minister of public works setting out particulars of the building programme for 2006/07" tabled in parliament earlier this year. Few spotted it either before or aft... See full details

  12. Pastor up for raping girl, 9

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    A former gospel singer, Kori Moraba, now a pastor, who allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl, will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Police spokesman Inspector Paul Ramaloko said Moraba, 58, was arrested in July and was released on R1 000 bail. Moraba allegedly lured the girl, his neighbour’s daughter, into his car on the pretence of taking her to church. She told police... See full details

  13. Request to see Yengeni’s cell

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    The Prisoners’ Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) has requested a visit to Tony Yengeni in Malmesbury medium security prison. The organisation’s president Miles Bhudu, Golden Miles Bhudu, said they wanted to see whether the former ANC chief whip was receiving preferential treatment, saying: “Yengeni is treated like any other offender of his category, according to policies applicable”. B... See full details

  14. Klerksdorp rocked by shootings

    Date: 06 Sep 2006
    A man allegedly shot and wounded his wife and a friend in the early hours yesterday before turning the gun on himself in another multiple shooting in Klerksdorp, North West. Abe Muller, 45, shot himself as police arrived at his brother-in-law’s home in the suburb of Flimieda. Muller died at the scene. His wife, Juliana, 40, and a friend of hers, Johan Lubbe, 42, were locked in a room in t... See full details

  15. Knife-gang leader nailed

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Delighted cops rearrest 'Big Spender' after five-day manhunt Five days ago he made a daring escape from court - but the leader of the notorious "Sandton Knife Gang" is now back behind bars. William "Big Spender" Lehasa was rearrested last night in Tembisa after escaping from the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Members of the Sandton Tracing Task Team pounced on Lehasa aft... See full details

  16. ID parade could foul case

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    The case against the suspects arrested in connection with the bloody Jeppestown shootout with police earlier this year could be jeopardised by the manger in which their identity parade was held recently. The 16 accused are in police custody following the massacre, which claimed the lives of four police officers and eight suspects at a deserted Jeppestown house on June 25. The robbers alleged... See full details

  17. Yengeni said to be living high life inside

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Prisoners at Malmesbury Prison in the Western Cape are up in arms about the "preferential treatment" being afforded one of their fellow convicts, Tony Yengeni. Following numerous complaints from behind the prison walls, the South African Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr) claims that the convicted former ANC member of parliament could be receiving "excessively five-star preferen... See full details

  18. Lion-killing case: no bail

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Mark Scott-Crossley, the Hoedspruit farmer sent to prison for life for assaulting and throwing a worker into a lion camp, will remain in jail pending the outcome of his appeal against his conviction and sentence. Pretoria High Court Judge Jerry Shongwe yesterday denied Scott-Crossley bail, saying the case had attracted much publicity, and the court should preserve public safety. The judge sa... See full details

  19. Pupils held over attack

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Three pupils have been arrested in connection with the assault of a pupil at FH Odendaal High School in Pretoria on Friday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said yesterday the boys were arrested at their schools. Reports said Marius van Loggerenberg, 18, was beaten with a sjambok by schoolboys during break on a rugby field in Jan Niemand Park. His attackers allegedly included pupils from Silverton, ... See full details

  20. Tender deal ‘flawed’

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    Some irregularities have been found in the awarding of housing tenders to a controversial North West construction company in Klerksdorp (Matlosana), an ad hoc committee has found. The inquiry into Toro Ya Africa company was instituted by the legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Developmental Local Government and Housing, led by Mahlakeng Mahlakeng. An ad hoc committee appointed in Klerksdorp... See full details

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