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  1. Where are my babies' bodies?

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    10 life sentences + 114 years... but Dube takes secrets to jail This is the question Sophie Mbuku desperately wants answered - but which unrepentant serial killer Sipho Dube seems determined to carry with him into his prison cell. Dube, one of Joburg's worst mass murderers, was yesterday sentenced to 10 life terms plus an additional 114 years by Johannesburg High Court Judge Seun Mos... See full details

  2. Staggering increase in use of powerful tik drug

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Ninety-percent of the illegal laboratories manufacturing tik in South Africa are operating in Gauteng. The Western Cape has seen a terrifying explosion of the drug since 2001, but the chemicals needed to produce it are being imported by syndicates living in and around Johannesburg. Five years ago just 15 cases involving tik were reported by 12 police stations in the Western Cape. Last ... See full details

  3. Lawyers, foreigners blamed for accident fund's R18bn deficit

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Lawyers and foreigners were blamed for the Road Accident Fund's R18-billion deficit when the fund's top executives appeared before parliament to lobby for legislative changes. And they had the ear of MPs on the National Council of Provinces' public service committee, who were of the view that, with the World Cup around the corner, a speedy solution to the problem was necessary. One MP note... See full details

  4. Children becoming more deviant

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Difficult family circumstances to blame A combination of violent television, video games and dysfunctional families have produced a generation of children with tendencies towards violent behaviour. This is what psychologists and children's organisations had to say after Seiso Ratsoana, an 18-month-old toddler, was tortured by two 11-year-old boys in Mabopane, north of Pretoria. T... See full details

  5. Medical staff failing rape victims by not completing kits, study finds

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Children are especially compromised as DNA is used to corroborate their evidence in court Medical practitioners around the country are not collecting specimens required for rape kits - making it harder for victims, especially children, whose cases rely on DNA evidence, to prove their cases. This is according to research done by Wits University's Dr Ruxanna Jina, in conjunction with t... See full details

  6. Passengers panic as planes malfunction

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Air passengers from Kimberley had to change Johannesburg-bound flights twice before they could travel. Panic gripped the passengers and their relatives at Kimberley Airport yesterday as the plane, travelling from Kimberley to Johannesburg, was forced to do an emergency landing only minutes after take-off. And the second plane had to do the same after an engine failure. Passenger E van ... See full details

  7. TKZee trio appear on tax evasion charges

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Heads turned and word spread that members of the kwaito trio TKZee had been spotted in the Joburg Magistrate's Court. But Mzwandile "Zwai" Bala, Tokollo Tshabalala and Kabelo Mabalane seemed oblivious to all the attention they were attracting yesterday. The three men were in court appearing on separate tax evasion charges brought by the South African Revenue Service for failing to pay inco... See full details

  8. 'Happily married' couple found dead

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    An elderly couple have been found dead in their Durban home in what police believe could be a murder-suicide. Their bodies were found by their daughter. The husband allegedly shot his wife in the head yesterday and then shot himself. The couple, described as happily married for 45 years, were in their late 60s. According to media reports, the woman had been confined to a wheelchair... See full details

  9. Cabinet set to face editors over media bill

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    The government's controversial media censorship proposal has been approved by the cabinet, but is still subject to talks with the country's editors. This is according to government spokesperson Themba Maseko, who said that while the cabinet had approved the proposed Film and Publications Amendment Bill in its current form yesterday, there would be discussions with the South African National Ed... See full details

  10. Narcotics head calls for urgent intervention on heroin scourge

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    The flood of cheap heroin into South Africa's schools must be stopped before it is too late, police have warned. "Heroin is still in manageable proportions, not like in South-East Asia," said Deven Naicker, the Senior Superintendent for Narcotics and Organised Crime. "But it's fast becoming that way." Naicker said the street heroin, which can be bought for as little as R30 a gram, is often... See full details

  11. Tiny girl was beaten, raped and starved, says witness

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    Lihle Majaja was so emaciated at the time of her death that her body was skeletal. The once bubbly, happy 4-year-old girl had been battered and starved over a prolonged period. Her fragile skull had been crushed by a blow from a blunt instrument to the extent that her brain bled. The girl's tiny body was unkempt and dirty. She had been penetrated vaginally and anally. State pathologist... See full details

  12. Employers win ban on violence by cleaners

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    The National Contract Cleaners Association has secured an interim court interdict against 16 striking unions which prohibits the unions from engaging in violent acts. The interdict, obtained in the Labour Court, follows numerous recent incidents of intimidation and violence directed at non-striking staff, a spokesperson for the association, Corné Basson, said yesterday. The cleaning sector... See full details

  13. JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police are demoralised and annoyed by lack of resources.

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    This emerges clearly from responses given to DA spokesman on safety John Moodey in a survey conducted among police officers. About 250 officers responded to the survey, describing their frustrations in no uncertain terms. “We have incompetent, untrained members who have their skin colour to thank for their rank” and “bad planning, long meetings about nothing” are just some of the responses ... See full details

  14. Crime website stirs it up with latest article

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    JOHANNESBURG – A right-wing connection, a boycott of a national retail store and the forming of a political party are the latest developments surrounding the controversial crime expo website. Founder of www.crimexposouthafrica.org Neil Watson was linked to the right-wing website www.africancrisis.org yesterday. This after an anonymous writer for the latter website wrote an article about a tw... See full details

  15. Mobile panic button for kids proves a winner

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    A mobile device created to keep children safe has been well received. Locally developed technology is fitted into a mobile device imported from Britain. Called Kidzconnect, it has pre-programmed numbers and is fitted with a “panic” button connected to an emergency call centre. Once the button is pushed, a voice message, an SMS and an e-mail will be sent to a pre-programmed cell number and... See full details

  16. Police school robbed

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    Robbers raided Johannesburg Metro Police academy in Eloff Street Extension yesterday and made off with 20 computers. Metro police spokesman Edna Mamonyane said robbers handcuffed security guards at the academy and forced their way into the building. Mamonyane said the theft would hurt the academy because the computers had a lot of data stored on them. “We have a lot of students in the aca... See full details

  17. Hunt for Midrand robbers

    Date: 23 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police are looking for four men who held a Midrand family hostage then ransacked their house before forcing a woman with a baby to drive them out of the Midstream Estate on Monday. Inspector Anton Breedt said the men and the family’s car, a dark blue BMW with registration number PVY518GP have not been found. The men broke in at about midnight and held the couple at gunpoint while th... See full details

  18. 'How could they torture my baby?'

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    An 18-month-old baby has allegedly been tortured by two 11-year-old boys - leaving his mother devastated. The two were arrested by police and then released into the custody of their parents. The toddler, Seiso Ratsoana, allegedly had boiling water poured over his private parts and face, the skin on the back of his head and neck had been cut and peeled off, and chilli peppers had been inser... See full details

  19. Dubai man murdered on SA visit

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    A 25-year-old Dubai resident was in South Africa for only one day before he was abducted and murdered. The body of Mohammed Kahn, 25, was found alongside his cousin Rizwan Thathiya, 34, in the boot of a car near Heidelberg on Saturday. Kahn arrived in the country from Dubai last Thursday, only to disappear with Thathiya on Friday. They were last seen in Johannesburg. Both were found in... See full details

  20. Appeal fails, so Yengeni is off to jail

    Date: 22 Aug 2006
    Former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni is almost certainly going to jail – although there is a chance he might finally appeal to the Constitutional Court. He must report to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town before Friday, to serve a four-year sentence for defrauding Parliament. This is after his bid to appeal against his sentence was turned down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) yesterday. The r... See full details

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