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  1. Serial rape case delayed for decision about court

    Date: 05 Sep 2006
    The trial of an alleged serial rapist did not go ahead as expected in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday. Thabang Nkadimeng, 23, had his trial postponed for the second time, to October 9, for a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding which court will hear the case. The accused, from the Mamelodi West Hostel, has been in custody since January last year. Nkadimeng’s cas... See full details

  2. Police keep mum over Kebble case

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng police are still keeping a tight lid on their investigation into the murder of Brett Kebble. This includes refusing to say what happened to the homeless man who last week made the startling statement that he had witnessed the murder and would be able to identify those at the scene. The charges of housebreaking against Lesego Amos Yekane were withdrawn in Bloemfonte... See full details

  3. Argument turns fatal

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    In an orgy of violence a man shot dead his daughter and a friend, fired at police and finally crashed his car in a rural North West village at the weekend. One of his victims, an innocent bystander who had come to investigate the gunshots, survived with a bullet wound in the neck. The body of Mbuti Kgositata, 43, was found behind the steering wheel of his car on Saturday night. It is not... See full details

  4. Students continue protest

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    JOHANNESBURG – Students of the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshan-guve Campus continued yesterday to defy management’s order to vacate the institution’s premises north of Pretoria. The management closed the institution last week until further notice and ordered the students to vacate the buildings by Friday 10am. Yesterday the president of the student body, Mametle Sebei, said the no... See full details

  5. Corpse recovered

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Police recovered the body of a schoolboy dressed in his uniform at the weekend from a sewerage pit in Wolmaransstad in the North West. It is believed Thabang Danieal Moabi, 12, fell into the pit and drowned. His body was discovered by employees of a construction company. The 3m deep pit was three-quarters filled with water and sewage. Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.citizen.co.za" t... See full details

  6. Body taken out of toilet

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Police have recovered the body of a young woman from a pit toilet in North West. “There was a cloth in her mouth, but no visible injuries,” said Const Bontle Diphoko. The 20-year-old had been reported missing by her family on August 24. Police have made an urgent appeal to anyone with information to call Inspector Tshwaro Thuwe on 073 246 0010 Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.cit... See full details

  7. Woman dies in car flames

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    A woman burned to death and her son was seriously injured when the car they were travelling in was hit from behind and burst into flames on the N1 over the weekend. Johannesburg Emergency Services said a BMW hit the car from behind, and the woman’s son was flung from the car. The BMW’s driver was arrested on a charge of drunk driving. Citizen Reporter <a href="http://www.citizen.co.za" targ... See full details

  8. Tortured boy ‘still unable to eat’

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    JOHANNESBURG - The mother of a toddler allegedly tortured by two older boys is sick with worry over an apparent complication in his recovery. Nomsa Ratsoana, 20, told The Citizen yesterday her 18-month-old son, Seiso, is unable to eat and his stomach is badly distended. She said the recovery from injuries to his stomach and genitals was proving slow and doctors wanted to do more tests. “T... See full details

  9. Ex-mayor guns down wife and children, then kills himself

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    The town of Klerksdorp is in shock after its former mayor, Andries "Jaycee" Nxamakele, shot his wife and two young children before killing himself. Nxamakele shot and killed his 6-year-old son Nkululeko, his 5-year-old daughter Sabelo and his 39-year-old wife Nokhaya at their Jouberton, North West, home at the weekend. Nxamakele's two older children were not at home when the incident occur... See full details

  10. Hunt for girl after dad found unconscious

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Police dogs, a helicopter and Joburg's Emergency Management Services personnel joined a frantic search for a missing 17-month old baby girl on a mine dump last night. The search was initiated after two men walking their dogs near the top of a mine dump near Roodepoort West stumbled across a man who, they said, appeared to be having convulsions. One of the men, Clemence Ndlovu, said the man... See full details

  11. Uranium study draws warnings from Earthlife

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    South Africa is falling into the same trap as the apartheid government by wanting to enrich uranium, according to environmental agency Earthlife Africa's Mashile Phalane. He maintains the government will only be pursuing a costly programme that will severely affect the health of workers. Phalane was responding to confirmation by the Department of Minerals and Energy that its minister, Buye... See full details

  12. Suburban Joburgers march against drugs

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    A band of Kensington residents made their feelings about drug abuse perfectly clear when they held a "No to Drugs" march down the main street of their suburb. "Crack is Wack" and "I'm Anti-Ecstasy" read some of the colourful placards held by residents pushing their children in prams or walking with their dogs as they tramped about 3km yesterday from the corner of Langerman Drive and Grays Terr... See full details

  13. Cosatu set to probe alleged spying complaint

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    The Congress of SA Trade Unions has confirmed it will investigate a complaint against one of its leaders for alleged spying on South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande. In the latest scandal to hit the trade union federation, City Press newspaper reported at the weekend that the surprise resignation of Cosatu's first vice-president, Joe Nkosi, on Friday came barely a week... See full details

  14. Magnate admits having illegal SA passport

    Date: 04 Sep 2006
    Harare - Controversial tycoon John Bredenkamp has pleaded not guilty to breaking Zimbabwe's tough immigration laws, although he has admitted to having a second passport. Prosecutor Fungai Nyahunzvi told the Harare Magistrate's Court that Kimberley-born Bredenkamp (66), who was detained for four days in July, had illegally acquired a South African passport in 2001. He said on Friday the Sou... See full details

  15. Cigarette-smuggling syndicate cracked

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    Suspects caught red-handed at warehouse in Pretoria For five months they watched and waited. As two trucks crossed the border between Botswana and South Africa, with its cargo of 15-million smuggled cigarettes, they stood by. Finally, as the consignment was offloaded into a warehouse near Pretoria, authorities pounced and bust 10 alleged members of an international syndicate - and ch... See full details

  16. Knife-gang leader escapes

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    Police are furious after the leader of the notorious "Sandton Knife Gang" escaped from custody. The gang had robbed and terrorised residents of upmarket townhouse complexes for months. William "Big Spender" Lehasa and his accomplice, Siphelele Quvane, are on the run following a daring escape from the Wynberg Magistrate's Court yesterday. Moments after six members of the gang were denie... See full details

  17. Kebble death claims rubbished by expert

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    The forensic pathologist who examined Brett Kebble's body has dismissed a homeless man's account of how the mining magnate was slain. "It doesn't fit in with the forensics," Professor Hendrik Scholtz told The Star yesterday. Scholtz was responding to a 24-year-old Bloemfontein man's claims that he witnessed Kebble being gunned down in Melrose in September last year. According to the ho... See full details

  18. State rejects defence claim as speculative

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    'It is vital that Zuma's guilt or innocence be exposed' Skimpy, speculative and without substance - this is how the state referred to Jacob Zuma's claims that he has been injured politically and personally by having to wait to be tried for corruption and fraud. In its 141-page heads of argument prepared by Wim Trengove SC and put in to the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday, the s... See full details

  19. Yengeni just one of the crowd, says Balfour

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    Fraudster Tony Yengeni is wearing a prison uniform and is being treated like any other convict, according to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour. Balfour was responding yesterday to a question in the National Assembly about Yengeni's alleged special treatment. The Democratic Alliance's Rafeek Shah said Yengeni reportedly had a special bed and a 74cm TV set in his cell. Balfour... See full details

  20. Call for full probe of Judge Hlophe's conduct

    Date: 01 Sep 2006
    In an extraordinary move, one of Cape Town's most senior advocates has petitioned the Judicial Service Commission to launch a full investigation into Cape Judge President John Hlophe with a view to "impeachment proceedings". In two letters sent to the commission, dated August 8 and August 10, Peter Hazell SC, who has practised law for 33 years, calls for a fuller investigation into the conduct... See full details

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