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  1. Robbers assault family

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    A man, his wife and their two daughters were held at gunpoint and assaulted at their home in Clearwater Estate, Boksburg North early yesterday morning. The robbers gained entry into the house through a half open window. They stole a shotgun, rifle, pistol, hi-fi stereo, DVD player and other electrical appliances, clothing and jewellery from the house. The men loaded the goods into the famil... See full details

  2. Potch drugs rape accused walks free

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    A 23 year-old-man accused of spiking a student’s drink, taking her home and raping her has walked free from the Potchefstroom Regional Court after being found not guilty. Regional magistrate Daan Nel told Lennox O’Reilly he would probably have sent him to jail for 15 years if he had been found guilty. However, he said the police forensics laboratory had failed the State and the complainant b... See full details

  3. SAPS discusses its 2010 security plans

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    There will not be much deviation from the security, operational and planning strategies used for past big events when the 2010 World Cup rolls around. This was revealed at a seminar organised to give an update on the country’s security readiness for the World Cup in 2010 by the South African Police Service in Pretoria yesterday. According to Johan Burger, one of the organisers, in agreement ... See full details

  4. Man up for murder gets bail

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    The Eersterust man who had been arrested for the murder of eight-year-old Janine Rooi was released on R5 000 bail in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday. The case against Nathan Peterson, 29, was postponed to November 23 for further investigation. Peterson was arrested on September 18, two days after the gruesome discovery of Janine’s body, in the hills bordering Eersterust, east of Preto... See full details

  5. Road rage case stalls

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Defence counsel for a call centre supervisor, Edward Kekana, accused of a road rage triple murder yesterday told the Johannesburg High Court it was “deplorable” that he had to wait to present closing argument. But the advocate who prosecuted during the trial has left. Although the case was a month ago set down for yesterday for closing argument it had to be postponed to November 28. Advoc... See full details

  6. R1,2m to stay at home

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Finance MEC is hit by fresh scandal amid suspended official's claims of fraud For the past 27 months, the Gauteng Department of Finance and Economic Affairs has paid Crish Naidu R1,25-million for doing nothing. Naidu, a former director of management services with a monthly salary of R46 000, says he was suspended after he uncovered cases of fraud involving at least six members of staf... See full details

  7. Shaik must pay R34m to state if bid fails

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    He exploited Zuma as his 'in-house celebrity', appeal court told Schabir Shaik could be in jail sooner than most people think. Shaik's legal team have hinted that Shaik may opt to take his corruption appeal to the Constitutional Court. However, Shaik was refused leave to appeal against his three-year sentence for fraud by both the original trial court and by the Supreme Court of Appe... See full details

  8. More cars, but also falling fatality rate

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    More people died on Joburg's roads in the first eight months of this year than in 2005. But, with half-a-million more vehicles on the country's roads, the fatality rate is down. Between January and August, 526 people died on Joburg's roads, according to the metro police. Last year over the same period, 454 road users died. "More people died, but statistically there has been a drop with all... See full details

  9. Makgabo's killers face future behind bars

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Showing no emotion at all, the killers of little Makgabo Matlala stared straight ahead as the judge read out a detailed account of how they killed her, raped her nanny and robbed her home. Judge Gerhard Hatting yesterday found Siphiwe Molefe, Lucky Ndlovu and Steve Mhlanga guilty of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and rape at the Vereeniging Circuit Court. While Molefe and N... See full details

  10. No judge available to hear Masetlha case

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Ousted spy boss Billy Masetlha will face President Thabo Mbeki and Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils in court some time in the future when he challenges his axing from the National Intelligence Agency. The matter was called yesterday in the Pretoria High Court, but Judge Willie van der Merwe removed it from the roll as there was no judge available to hear the case. Masetlha's attorney, ... See full details

  11. Teenager in fatal drunken driving case set to admit his guilt

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    A 17-year-old drunk driver who allegedly caused an accident that killed the cousin of American R&B star Ashanti in Randburg five months ago is likely to plead guilty. The teenager, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of reckless and negligent driving, driving under the influence of liquor and culpable homicide... See full details

  12. Gauteng's crime figures

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Crime Category 2004/2005 2005/2006 Murder: 3 611/3 434 Rape: 11 923/11 562 Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm: 50 563/48 205 Attempted murder: 6 237/5 370 Robbery with aggravating circumstances: 55 139/49 784 Common robbery: 29 272/24 420 Indecent assault: 2 007/2 001 Kidnapping: 841/784 Abduction: 1 332/1 134 Neglect and ill-treatment of children: 1 325/... See full details

  13. Good, bad news as crime stats released

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    Between April last year and March this year 18 793 South Africans were murdered, 54 926 were raped and 119 726 were violently robbed. Yesterday, however, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said the "future looks even rosier than the present". Crime-weary South Africans will see little "rosy" in the daily incidents of murder, rape and hijacking which for many is still their daily ... See full details

  14. Johannesburg's most deadly street

    Date: 28 Sep 2006
    On one piece of road stretching no more than a kilometre, in the heart of Hillbrow near the infamous Summit Club, more than a dozen murders were committed in the past year. On one corner alone, seven murders took place and a mere block away another four people were killed. On a police crime map showing murder flashpoints in Hillbrow, Claim Street is littered with little red Xs indicating the m... See full details

  15. Rape: girls testify

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Two Pretoria North girls who were allegedly raped twice by robbers who invaded their home in March last year testified behind closed doors yesterday in the Pretoria High Court. A 32-year-old Soshanguve man, Emmanuel Ghauke, pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery, rape, and the theft and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. The State alleges Chauke and a Zimbabwe, Ernest Mupambi... See full details

  16. Police officer shot in leg

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    A police constable was injured in his leg after he approached two men acting suspiciously on Monday in Etwata, Benoni. North Rand Police Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the policeman had just confronted the two when one of them took out a pistol and shot him in the leg. Opperman said the policeman managed to draw his service pistol and fired back in self- defence, critically wounding one... See full details

  17. Police reel in big fish

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Hard work by police has led to the arrest of a number of wanted men. Tholapi “Rush Hour” Soane, 26, was arrested last week after escaping from police custody in January. He had been in custody in connection with an armed robbery at Arthur Kaplan Jewellers in the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria in December 2005. Director Sally de Beer said police received a tip-off Soana had returned t... See full details

  18. Hunt for armed rapists

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    The search for three rapists who attacked a woman at a Brakpan dam yesterday continues. The 42-year-old woman was camping with her husband and friends at Jan Smuts Dam when she was gang-raped on Monday. They were sleeping in tents when they were woken by the three gunmen in the early hours. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the men told the family not to move and to stay on the ground. Th... See full details

  19. Paramedics targeted by criminals

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Paramedics in Johannesburg are being attacked by criminals lurking around emergency scenes. This comes to light after it was reported that two Netcare 911 paramedics were assaulted while on duty last week. Various emergency services operating n Gauteng confirmed yesterday that they had encountered incidents where criminals targeted paramedics. According to Malcolm Midgley, spokesman for J... See full details

  20. Nine appear in hijack case

    Date: 27 Sep 2006
    Nine suspects briefly appeared in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of attempted murder for the attack on Johnny Nicholls and his six-year-old son. Nicholls was seriously injured when he was shot several times while his son, also Johnny, was hurt when 10 men attempted to hijack them in Alberton earlier this month. Senior prosecutor Kenneth Ramavhoya said yesterday the susp... See full details

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