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  1. Murder suspect in bid to finger detectives

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Was one of the men accused of the murder of Gauteng schoolgirl Kalin Jooste and the robbery of her friend Zeln Maritz physically assaulted by police and forced to implicate himself in the crime? This was the issue confronting Judge Jan Hugo, sitting with two assessors in the Ramsgate High Court, KwaZulu Natal, with the trial due to resume today. Vikile Sinama (20) claims he had a car tyre tu... See full details

  2. Paedophile suspect on run stands to lose car and home

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Asset Forfeiture Unit also gets busy with claim against alleged drug dealer A month after a German fugitive and alleged paedophile managed to stave off an application to have his luxury house and car attached on technicalities, the Asset Forfeiture Unit is after him again. The state alleges that Werner Braun had used his BMW X5 to pick up girls, whom he took to his Somerset West home... See full details

  3. Child sex crime shame

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Youngsters who rape other kids blame the scenes they see on TV Eighty-two children are charged in courts across the country every day - for raping or indecently assaulting other children. An investigation by The Star found that child-committed sexual offences processed by the state have nearly doubled in the past year. Police, prosecutors, social workers and child rights activist... See full details

  4. Many South Africans have their income stripped because of garnishee orders. But in many cases, the orders were gained unlawfully, on the basis of very old, hugely inflated debts

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    If you have one or more garnishee orders on your salary, relating to debt bloated with interest and debt-collecting costs, you may want to check where that garnishee order was issued. In terms of Section 65 of the Magistrate's Court Act, an emoluments attachment order (garnishee order) must be issued by the magistrate's court in the district in which the debtor's employer resides. So, in o... See full details

  5. Pandor's 'time-out' plan for pupils slated

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    A teachers' union has poured cold water on Education Minister Naledi Pandor's proposal to send unruly pupils home to their parents for a short period. She first voiced the idea over the weekend as one way to combat school violence. In the past two weeks, three boys have been stabbed on school premises and two died of their wounds. A spokesperson for the South African Democratic Teachers' ... See full details

  6. Two cops alleged to have shot each other

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Police are baffled by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two police sergeants based at the Mpumalanga Police Station. The bodies of Bongani Phepha (53) and Bongani Fihlela (39) were found at the police station after a volley of shots was heard. Police Superintendent Joshua Gwala said staff on duty heard guns being fired outside and rushed to investigate. They then discove... See full details

  7. Real money, play-play industry

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    It is hoped that a meeting between a security unionand the police will find ways to curb cash heists South Africa's cash-in-transit security industry is doing very little to safeguard its workers. But at a meeting with police and their employees' trade union next month, they will be forced to help draft minimum standards for their industry - or face a strike during the busy festive seaso... See full details

  8. Morning road rage lands taxi driver and motorist in hot water

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    A taxi driver that stands accused of rounding up his friends and assaulting a motorist during the early rush hour yesterday, has branded his alleged victim as a liar and a racist. This is after a 27-year-old man claimed that the minibus taxi driver had cut in front of him without the taxi's indicators on, had moved over to the emergency lane and when the man asked the taxi driver what his prob... See full details

  9. Small arms caches go up in smoke

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    The mangled barrels of more than 1 000 AK-47s lie scattered around the deep crater. These weapons will no longer be smuggled across the border to South Africa and used in bloody cash heists. Nor will they be used to terrorise the people of Mozambique. On Wednesday police blew to smithereens 3 000 weapons, including handguns, landmines and rocket launchers, using five tons of commercial explosi... See full details

  10. SWAT teams are the answer

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Two elements needed to successfully fight the increasing problem of cash-in-transit heists are much better intelligence-gathering, and the creation of fully-fledged, rapid-reaction Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. Without the ability to glean timely and useful information about gangs, and without the capability to forcefully strike at them, we do not stand a chance of stopping them. ... See full details

  11. 'House arrest' for kids

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Education Minister promises to get tough on unruly pupils, schools Teachers may soon have the power to remove unruly pupils from their classrooms and effectively place them under temporary "house arrest" at home. This is part of changes to school laws that Education Minister Naledi Pandor is considering to fight school violence and disruptive behaviour. The minister has also promised... See full details

  12. Big Ears killed her says Mr Pie

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    “Mr Pie”, alias murder-accused Dieter Meier, yesterday insisted his Tanzanian drug dealer “Big Ears” was his wife’s real killer. Counsel for Meier confronted self-confessed drug dealer Alex Talimo (alias Big Ears) with Meier’s version that Talimo had murdered Meier’s wife, Alison, at their Villieria home in April 2004, and threatened that his son was next as Meier owed him money. Meier claim... See full details

  13. Referee sentenced for match fixing

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Premier Soccer League referee Enoch Radebe has become the first match official in the country to be sentenced for match-fixing. He was charged on two counts of corruption and two alternative charges for corrupting a sporting event. Radabe was fined R150 000, R75 000 of which was suspended. Alternatively he is to serve 10 years in prison, five years of which were suspended for five years. ... See full details

  14. Arm severed playing ‘staff riding’ game on train

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    The Mamelodi carpenter who alleged he lost his arm after being robbed and thrown out of a moving train was actually playing a dangerous game called “staff riding” at the time, a Pretoria High Court judge said yesterday. Judge Brian Southwood declared that Transnet and the SA Rail Commuter Corporation were not responsible for the R2,6 million damages claimed by Sipho Manyike, 25, after the incid... See full details

  15. Violence against children in focus

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Yesterday was Global Day of Action to End Violence Against Children. In South Africa between 2004 and 2005 about 23 453 children were raped and 25 941 assaulted, according to the SAPS statistics. About 20 879 cases concerning children involved serious assault, 4 726 were for indecent assault, 1075 were murder cases and 1 378 were for attempted murder. Programme adviser for Save The Childr... See full details

  16. Police honour citizen for bravery

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Firearm specialist Johnny Nicholls who was badly wounded during a shootout in Alberton last month, received a certificate of bravery at the Alberton Police Station on Wednesday night. According to Alberton police spokesman, Captain Raphulu, Nicholls and his son were recognised because they assisted during a shootout when the police were not nearby. “We regard him as a hero. He was prepared ... See full details

  17. Kadwa killed his parents – State

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    Riaz Kadwa, 23, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday accused of murdering his father, prominent Gauteng plastic surgeon Dr Mohamed Kadwa, killing his mother Munirah and then falsely claiming that a robbery had taken place. Kadwa later also claimed that his mother had killed his father. Kadwa, from the Johannesburg suburb of Mayfair, is facing two counts of murder and a charge of... See full details

  18. Manners of murder

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    A man was stabbed to death for asking his attacker why he was not greeting other people at a Silverton small holding in the east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said yesterday. Insp Paul Ramaloko said the victim met the suspect at the communal tap on a smallholding where several rooms are rented out. “He allegedly questioned the suspect why he was always quiet and never greeted others. The... See full details

  19. Suspect shot in the head

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    A 21-year-old man who allegedly killed a Mamelodi hospital doctor during a hijacking, was shot and wounded while trying to escape from police in the east of Pretoria yesterday. Insp Paul Ramaloko said he went to a house in the area after a tip-off. “When the man saw police, he ran away. “Shots were fired and he was hit in the head. Hi is in a stable condition in hospital.” Two other s... See full details

  20. Dumped body case in court

    Date: 20 Oct 2006
    An 18-year-old mother was arrested for allegedly beating her one-year-old son to death and dumping him on a refuse site east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said yesterday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said some children playing next to the dump found the body. “Preliminary investigation showed the baby was beaten to death,” said Insp Ramaloko. He said that while the police were investigating... See full details

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