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  1. Opposition parties call for Nqakula to resign

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    Political parties and non- governmental organisations have reacted angrily to statistics revealing that violent crime in South Africa is still well above international norms. While the ANC admitted that it was concerned, pressure groups called yesterday for Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula to go. "It is a standard practice all over the world that a political head should acce... See full details

  2. Two bids to kill Petersen before his death, court told

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    There were two failed attempts on the life of musician and playwright Taliep Petersen on two days before his killers succeeded in murdering him. The first was two days before his murder on December 14 last year, the Wynberg Regional Court heard yesterday. Petersen's widow, Najwa, allegedly instructed hitmen to hijack him after he returned to Cape Town from a trip to London. She told them t... See full details

  3. Zuma rape accuser mystery

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    The woman who accused former deputy president Jacob Zuma of raping her has been granted political asylum, according to reports. Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported today that the Netherlands had granted the woman and her mother permission to stay in the country for the next five years. The women fled to Holland following the controversial trial, which ended with Zuma's acquittal. Howev... See full details

  4. Now girls of 12 can demand the Pill

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    Twelve year olds will now be able to obtain sexual health services - such as contraceptives - without the consent of their parents. And the age of majority has dropped from 21 to 18. These new provisions of the Children's Act, as well as others, were announced yesterday. According to the document, "a child, whether male or female, becomes a major upon reaching the age of 18 years". Eighte... See full details

  5. Mother of two given 6 months in prison

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    After admitting that she defrauded Absa Bank more than 200 times, the mother of two preschoolers was jailed somewhat delicately yesterday by the Pretoria Regional Court. Denise van Schalkwyk (42), of Willow Acres, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment under section 276(1)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act. This means she will have to spend at least a sixth of her sentence - between six ... See full details

  6. Wife tells how mob murdered ANC man

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    Nofisi Radebe was at work when she received a phone call telling her that her husband had been attacked. When she rushed home on Monday morning, she found Ntai Mokoena, an ANC councillor, lying motionless in the street. He was bleeding heavily. Mokoena was stoned and stabbed when a crowd of about 500 residents from the Holomisa informal settlement near Deneysville went on the rampage and s... See full details

  7. 'Personality clash' blamed for traffic system dispute

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    'Personality clash' blamed for traffic system dispute The company accused by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department of wasting R46-million of ratepayers' money has launched a stinging counter-attack. The JMPD terminated the services of 2Big Mobile in writing in January for non-delivery, but the City of Johannesburg's mayoral committee overruled the department and refused to cancel ... See full details

  8. Mob hacks councillor to death over poor delivery

    Date: 04 Jul 2007
    A prominent ANC councillor and the chief whip of a municipality has been hacked to death in a service delivery riot. Ntai Mokoena, a high-ranking ANC member in the Free State, who had been a councillor for the past 13 years, was attacked and killed by a crowd of angry community members in Deneysville, close to the Vaal Dam, yesterday. A crowd of about 500 went on the rampage in Metsimaholo t... See full details

  9. Councillor helps trap city robber

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    A Cape Town politician put his life on the line when he pursued an armed criminal yesterday. Independent Democrats councilor Conrad Poole chased a man who had allegedly just robbed a 13-year-old girl of her cellphone. When the suspected thief realized Poole was catching up with him, he turned around and stabbed Poole in the face with a screwdriver. While bleeding profusely, Poole persiste... See full details

  10. Brothel claim reservist suspended

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    A Pretoria West police reservist, accused of running a shebeen and a brothel, was suspended yesterday. The head of the police reservists in the area Nagesh Chetty said a 36-year-old man “… has been suspended pending further investigations over the allegations against him”. The man has since admitted the allegations levelled against him, but implicated his brother as the person who ran the sh... See full details

  11. Council illegally levied R63 000 fine – judge

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    The Tshwane Municipality has been ordered to repay a R63 756 fine that a property developer was forced to pay under threat that building plans would not be approved. Pretoria High Court Judge John Murphy found the amount had not been levied for “services rendered”, as claimed by the municipality, but was a fine imposed on property developer Radius Projects, and recovered without any legal autho... See full details

  12. Tribal authority gets its way as imposter begins jail term

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    A Giyani undertaker, who has been illegally allocating stands and collecting frees from poor villagers for almost two years despite repeated court orders, has been sent to jail for 18 months. Pretoria High Court Judge Willie Hartzenberg granted a court order to the Hlaneki Tribal Authority, finding Josias Maswanganyi (also known as Mashawu) guilty of contempt of court and committing him to jail... See full details

  13. R46m traffic system scandal

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    Metro police cut ties with firm, but contract still valid It was hailed by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department as a policing system which would take South African traffic enforcement to new levels - but it has left the city and its ratepayers R46-million poorer. The JMPD has paid 2Big Mobile Applications this amount over the past two years for a series of IT services which were ... See full details

  14. A mother's grief for her slain child

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    Police believe the toddler found dead in a drain two days after disappearing from outside her home was murdered. Two-year-old Sonja Brown, of Rawsonville, is the third child in little more than a month to have been murdered in the Western Cape. Her body was found early yesterday by municipal workers checking a drain barely 20m from her home in the De Nova informal settlement. Speaking ... See full details

  15. Girl (2) discovered in drain 'murdered'

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    Police believe the toddler found dead in a drain two days after disappearing from outside her home was murdered. Two-year-old Sonja Brown, of Rawsonville, is the third child in little more than a month to have been murdered in the Western Cape. Her body was found early yesterday by municipal workers checking a drain barely 20m from her home in the De Nova informal settlement. Speaking ... See full details

  16. Public protector, deputy ignore advice on legal spat

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    "The committee has to accept the assurances of both parties that good working relations between them will be maintained, but the committee remains of the view that, in the interests of the dignity, authority and effective functioning of this important office, it is undesirable that the legal action should continue to be in the public domain and remain unresolved," the committee said. By Angel... See full details

  17. Ruling party's plan to integrate Scorpions into SAPS slated

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    Political parties and researchers have warned that the ANC's recommendation that the Scorpions be located within the SA Police Service could hamper public confidence in the government's law enforcement agencies. The ANC's national policy conference resolved that the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions' official name) should be a special unit to deal with organised crime "within" t... See full details

  18. Trouble dialling 10111

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    There is a glitch with the SAPS 10111 emergency number that serves the East and North Rand policing areas. Superintendent Eugene Opperman yesterday said local residents calling from the 011-972 and 011-973 prefixes had told the police they were struggling to get through to 10111. "Whenever they dial the 10111 police emergency call centre in Benoni, a Telkom message says the number does not... See full details

  19. Now broke Goniwe sues parliament

    Date: 03 Jul 2007
    Former ANC chief whip Mbulelo Goniwe has taken parliament to court to demand that it resume paying his salary. He says he has to borrow money to survive and risks losing his house and possessions. The application is to be heard in less than two weeks. The ANC's national disciplinary committee, headed by Kader Asmal, found Goniwe guilty in December of sexual harassment at a birthday par... See full details

  20. Cocaine at OR Tambo

    Date: 02 Jul 2007
    Law enforcement officials seized cocaine worth millions at Johanneburg’s OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend. South African Airways’ security staff, the SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit, and members of the South African Revenue Service found the cocaine on a SAA flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. A team of SAA security personnel had managed to position itself in an appropriate warehouse h... See full details

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