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  1. Parole man on 6 rape charges

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    A man on parole after a rape sentence allegedly committed another six rapes. Documents submitted to the Johannesburg High Court claim Armstrong Mkhwanazi, 36, of Daveyton Beononi, lured his victims with offers of employment. He allegedly kidnapped, robbed and raped them. One victim was left naked, as her clothes were stolen. Mkhwanazi faces 15 charges – six of rape, four of kidnapping, t... See full details

  2. Govt was ‘right on Rashid’

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    The immigration officers who arrested, detained and deported Pakistani national Khalid Rashid had acted lawfully and within their powers, the Pretoria High Court was told yesterday. Counsel for Home Affairs argued before a full bench of the Pretoria High Court, headed by Transvaal Judge President Bernard Ngoepe, that the court should not grant an order declaring Rashid’s arrest and deportation ... See full details

  3. Long wait for DNA test

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    JOHANNESBURG – Acting judge in the Johannesburg High Court Chris de Jager expressed dismay yesterday that the trial of John Mnisi, charged with killing two of his lovers, had to be postponed again because DNA-test results were still awaited. The judge expressed his “dissatisfaction” on being told that it would take “another 10 weeks” to produce the results, requested in May. The prosecutor,... See full details

  4. SA: Approach with caution

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    JOHANNESBURG - President Thabo Mbeki may not think the country is about to descend into lawlessness, but internationally South Africa is viewed with growing scepticism. Mbeki acknowledged the country’s high crime rate at a media briefing in Cape Town on Sunday, but added: “There wasn’t any suggestion the country is about to drop into the Atlantic Ocean because of crime.” The latest Business ... See full details

  5. Arrogant criminal is no match for police

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    One of the country’s most wanted criminals was so arrogant in trying to evade arrest he broke into a police station and destroyed police dockets. The amazing story of how police had to start their investigation against Xolani Mlilwana, 33, from scratch was relayed to The Citizen by national police spokesman Director Sally de Beer yesterday. Mlilwana’s modus operandi was simple: he pre... See full details

  6. Guards want charges dropped

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers are to approach the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions to withdraw public violence charges against 33 security guards, all members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union, who allegedly went on the rampage through the Cape Town CBD in May. The group, with Tony Ehrenreich, Western Cape general secretary for Cosatu, made their third appearance... See full details

  7. Confusion over cell hanging

    Date: 29 Aug 2006
    Police have dismissed claims that a suspect who allegedly committed suicide while in police custody was actually killed by police officers in Orange Farm, Vaal Rand. Mandla Ntombela was picked up from his house on August 5 after a charge of attempted murder had been opened against him by someone he had a fight with earlier that day. He was taken to the Orange Farm police station where he all... See full details

  8. Fight to be free of crime is far from over: DA

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    While national Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi trumpets the praises of his crime fighters in arresting 39 criminals a top Tshwane Metro councillor insists the struggle for freedom is not over. Natasha Michael, DA chief whip in the country’s administrative and diplomatic capital, has lashed out at Pretoria’s crime prevention abilities following the murder of a 52-year-old woman in a botched hi... See full details

  9. 'Cops killed my dad'

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Son says he does not believe police's claim that his father committed suicide An eyewitness saw uniformed policemen arrest and assault Orange Farm resident Mandla Ntombela before he was shoved into a police van. Twenty-four hours later he was dead. Police claim he hanged himself in a holding cell. His family, however, claim he was murdered by police officers. Vaal Rand police... See full details

  10. Yengeni silence ‘is deafening’

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    The DA has called President Thabo Mbeki’s silence about the controversial former chief whip of the ANC and convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni “deafening”. The ANC has been severely criticised by political analysts and opposition parties for its reaction to Yengeni’s imprisonment. Scores of cheering supporters, among them senior ANC leaders, accompanied Yengeni to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town ... See full details

  11. Meet the tough magistrate who is the scourge of Joburg's drug dealers

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Dealers, runners and users, and the lawyers who defend them, fear ending up in this man's courtroom Magistrate Johan Budricks is waging a quiet but powerful war on some of Johannesburg's worst drug dealers. His preparedness to hand down heavy sentences has made him the nemesis of the city's drug underworld. And the magistrate believes that South African law empowers courts to hand do... See full details

  12. Fraud in dental sector on rise

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Fraud and abuse in health care have again surfaced – particularly in the dental sector. “Fraud costs the industry billions a year,” said Heidi Kruger of Healthcar Funders, respresenting more thatn 90% of medical schemes. “We take a strong stand against possible incidents of fraud.” She said dentists and technicians often collude. “Some technicians pad invoices offering a discount to dentis... See full details

  13. Selebi sings cops' praises for recent successes

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Hijackers, drug mules among those arrested In the light of a concession by President Thabo Mbeki to business leaders that crime remains a major problem, the South African Police Service has embarked on its own spin offensive to highlight police successes. National Commissioner of Police Jackie Selebi, in a statement yesterday, said the provincial commissioner of Gauteng and other pro... See full details

  14. Police post large reward in axe murder case

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Police have offered a reward of R100 000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer (or killers) of three boys and a teenage girl found hacked to death in Limpopo. The bodies of siblings Lavhelesani (6), Shumani (10) and Nyadzani Sivhugwana (14) and their cousin Ndivhuwo Tshilimandila (19) were found two weeks ago near the village of Tshivhilidulu, outside Thohoyandou The three boy... See full details

  15. Probe of child’s death by grenade

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    The South African National Defence Force has launched an internal investigation into one of its bases after a child was killed after finding a hand-grenade near his home in Porchefstroom. Gift Suping, 5, was killed while he and Daniel Mfeka were playing with a M27 grenade which they had found in a nearby field. The grenade exploded while they were playing with it. The Mooi River police sa... See full details

  16. Four held as robbery fails

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Four members of a gang which tried to rob a guard collecting money at the Bryanston Shopping Centre were arrested yesterday. About seven suspects forced the Coin Security guard to hand over the money boxes. “He started shooting at the suspects who returned fire,” said Johannesburg police spokesman Sergeant Sanku Tsunke. He was shot in the neck and the suspects fled on foot. Four suspects... See full details

  17. Taxi bosses threaten havoc on the roads

    Date: 28 Aug 2006
    Chaos on our roads and highways That's what independent taxi associations from around the country have promised if the government doesn't change the long-awaited Taxi Recapitalisation Programme and specifically the plans to scrap ageing fleets taxis and pay owners R50 000 a vehicle. The have vowed to cause "havoc worse than the security guard strike". The Cape Amalgamated Taxi A... See full details

  18. Government not trying to muzzle the media, says spin doctor

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    Cabinet agrees to uphold free press and not infringe its rights Chief government spokesperson Themba Maseko says the government will uphold the rights of a free press and is not about to muzzle the media. Maseko was yesterday referring to Wednesday's cabinet decision to approve the controversial Film and Publications Amendment Bill, but with the proviso that media organisations be co... See full details

  19. If you don't have a car, ride a donkey, police told

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has lashed out at police who failed to tackle crime or to help people in danger. "If you do not have a car, ride a bicycle or a donkey," he told police officers who blamed lack of transport for their slow response to crime calls. Speaking in Pretoria at an awards ceremony for police, the minister said he would not tolerate apathy. "We are li... See full details

  20. Labs face massive DNA test backlog

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    It could take up to 10 months or more after a woman or child has been raped or sexually violated for DNA samples to be tested, MPs have heard. Day one of the public hearings into gender equality and violence against women, which were held in parliament yesterday, revealed that the state's two laboratories in Cape Town and Pretoria were buckling under their massive workloads. Lisa Vetten, f... See full details

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