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  1. Killing was ‘spur of the moment’, man testifies

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    A man aged 42, who drowned his gardener in a bath yesterday, told the Pretoria High Court he was not a racist. He killed the man on the spur of the moment. Judge Natvarial Ranchod found Martinus Nel of Komatipoort guilty of murdering his gardener, Bonginkosi Sydney Tsobolo, in June last year after Nel admitted guilt to the charge. The charge sheet states that Nel, in a bar with friends, had... See full details

  2. Mxit sting traps sex predator

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Suspect caught after detective pretends to be teenage girl A sexual predator lured a schoolgirl using a cellphone-based messaging service – and police have used the same method to catch the man. The 39-year-old suspect – who abducted the 16-year-old girl for five days – had apparently developed a cyber relationship with her through Mxit, a popular messaging service used mostly by teen... See full details

  3. Taxi violence erupts in Boksburg

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Ekurhuleni metro police impounded 40 taxis after violence erupted between operators at the main taxi rank at the Holomisa squatter settlement in Boksburg. Metro police spokesperson Inspector Johnny Nhlapo said six taxis were gutted last night after being set alight during the skirmish between taxi owners. He said one group of taxi operators "illegally invaded" the Holomisa taxi rank, which... See full details

  4. Robbers gang-rape woman in front of husband

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    A Boksburg North couple were robbed at gunpoint and the wife was gang-raped by three men. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the couple, in their 20s, were walking in Main Reef Road in Whitfield at 7.30pm on Monday, when they were threatened by three men armed with knives and a firearm. The attackers took the couple into the veld, where they ordered the man to strip and then took turns raping ... See full details

  5. Thieves' explosive bid to rob ATM fails

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Thieves who used commercial explosives in their bid to open a Standard Bank ATM failed, leaving it damaged. West Rand police spokesperson Inspector Zelda Viviers said the community of Munsieville on the West Rand were woken up by a violent blast in Mamogale Drive yesterday. Viviers said the thieves caused R500 000 damage Security guard Thomas Chikobi said he found the front part of the... See full details

  6. This is the enemy, crime analysts say, the police are going to have to confront if they want to crush the cash-in-transit gangs running rampant in the country

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    In recent weeks, cash-in-transit robbers have shocked and awed South Africa with their brutality. Last month, three security guards were burnt to death in their cash van in Limpopo and then last week, 15-month-old Khensani Mitileni was shot and killed while she was still strapped to her mother's back during a heist in Bree Street in the Joburg CBD. Police statistics released recently by Saf... See full details

  7. Nigel fisherman shot at Blesbokspruit

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Nigel detectives are investigating an attack on a 69-year-old local resident while he was fishing in the Blesbokspruit. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the man was fishing near Groenfontein Road, Nigel, at about 5.30pm on Monday when he was confronted by an assailant who had apparently also been fishing along the river. The attacker shot the fisherman in the side and his right arm and robbed ... See full details

  8. Some politicians getting away, claims travel scam accused

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    At least one of the travel agents involved in the criminal trial following the alleged abuse of parliamentary travel vouchers has vowed to find out why several politicians have not been charged. Reuben Liddell, counsel for travel agent Soraya Beukes, told the Cape High Court yesterday she felt she was not being treated equally before the law, as she was entitled to be under the constitution. ... See full details

  9. Don't damn this dad

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Plea from an ex-Springbok who shot dead his daughter by mistake Afather who accidentally killed his daughter came to the defence yesterday of a man who left his son to bake to death in a locked car. Former Springbok rugby player Rudie "Vleis" Visagie is backed by the national director of Childline. Joan van Niekerk said yesterday the death of 17-month-old Janosch Wilkinson was "a t... See full details

  10. MPs raise eyebrows at edited Jali report

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    But Balfour insists it's above board Members of parliament have raised questions about their oversight role being trimmed after an executive summary of the Jali Report was tabled instead of the full report. Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour yesterday presented MPs with a 60-page executive summary report and promised that it was not "distilled" in any way. The Nationa... See full details

  11. 'if you live by the sword, you must die by the sword'

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    "It would be best if the death penalty were reinstated. Let it be a case of an eye for an eye. If you live by the sword, you must die by the sword." These were the words of Elize Jansen van Rensburg, the mother of Hennie Botha, one of the four security guards burnt to death in a cash-in-transit heist near Lephalale in Limpopo two weeks ago. Van Rensburg was speaking shortly after four of th... See full details

  12. Scorpions advocate refused bail

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Scorpions senior state advocate Portia Kgantsi was denied bail at the Randburg Regional Court yesterday. She was arrested earlier this month for bribery, corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice. Magistrate George Andrews denied bail because she is regarded as a flight risk. Kgantsi had failed to tell the court and the National Prosecuting Authority of her previous conviction fo... See full details

  13. Jali Commission suggests shutting C-Max prisons

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    But minister says they're needed to secure dangers to society C-Max prisons are institutions of torture and therefore unconstitutional and should be banned, according to the long-awaited Jali Commission report. However, Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour yesterday shot down this recommendation, saying there was no way the hi-tech secure facilities would be disbanded. ... See full details

  14. Male hookers’ pip talks

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    A police hostage negotiator and a former “pimp” testified yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court trial of two alleged male prostitutes charged with murdering a client after attempting to extort R57 000. “They worked together. I helped them to place a male prostitute advertisement in The Star newspaper under ‘Black Stallion’”, Christiaan Crowthen testified. Called to the witness stan... See full details

  15. Bogus policeman ‘preyed on illegal immigrants’, arrested

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Bogus policeman ‘preyed on illegal immigrants’, arrested Police have warned that anybody found impersonating a police officer and in possession of a police uniform will be arrested. This comes after a man pretending to be a policeman was arrested in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni yesterday. The 20-year-old suspect was arrested while dressed in police uniform after the community tipped off ... See full details

  16. Negligent nurse dismissed

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    A nurse employed at the Sharpeville Clinic in Gauteng has been dismissed by the Gauteng Health Department. Earlier this year, a newborn baby died after the nurse bathed it in hot water. The nurse, found guilty of gross negligence, was dismissed on Friday. The parents of the newborn claimed R207 900 in damages, but the actual settlement figure is unknown. The department revealed recentl... See full details

  17. Axe killings: new questions raised

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Was convicted double axe killer Madeleen Bredenhann trying to protect someone? This was one of the puzzling questions that emerged during argument in Bredenhann’s appeal against her conviction before a full bench of the Pretoria High Court yesterday. Judgment was reserved in the application. Bredenhann was sentenced in November 2004 to two life terms for the gruesome slayings of her moth... See full details

  18. Bid to push piracy fight

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called on the government to speed up the process of amendments to the Copyright Act, which has been in the pipeline for more than eight years. BSA said software theft has increased locally and abroad, particularly through digital technology and file sharing. BSA attorneys, Bowman Gilfillan, have written to Trade and Industry Minister Mandiswa Mpahlwa ... See full details

  19. Township blows corruption whistle

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Angry residents of Block MM in Soshanguve called yesterday on Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa to appoint an independent task team to investigate corruption in Ward 27. The call was made during a residents’ march to the council officer in Pretoria, where they handed over a memorandum. Residents were concerned about council officials allegedly evicting people from land they occupied illegally in ... See full details

  20. Fraud flaws agency’s image

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Financial misappropriation has tarnished an almost successful year for the National Development Agency its annual report states. The report was tabled in Johannesburg yesterday. It confirmed that there had been misappropriation of funds by a former agency staff member. The employee, whose identity has been withheld, allegedly swindled the agency of more than R8 million during the past thr... See full details

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