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  1. Gordimer attack: cops work around clock

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Police have not made any arrests after robbers broke into the home of author Nadine Gordimer, assaulting her and fleeing with cash and jewellery. Joburg police spokesperson Sergeant Sanku Tsunke said yesterday that detectives were "working around the clock" to catch the perpetrators. Poet and adviser in the Department of Arts and Culture, Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile, said the 82-year-o... See full details

  2. Nothing clear in Kadwa killings

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Several versions and motives alleged inshooting of plastic surgeon and his wife Riaz Kadwa (23) is charged with murdering his parents Dr Anwar Kadwa and his wife Munirah n their home in Crown North, Johannesburg, in October last year. His sister Nabila (18) and his wife Nabeela (22) are charged with being accessories to the crime and defeating the ends of justice. Different versi... See full details

  3. School dagga bust, but docket goes missing

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    Teachers at the Chinese Kou Ting School in Athol, northern Johannesburg, recently found one of their learners with dagga - but hopes of having the boy pay for his crime have been thwarted by police and parents, they say. Last week, teachers, who asked to remain anonymous, found a popular pupil with dagga on school premises during school hours. They called the police. Officers from Bramley poli... See full details

  4. Nassif out on strict bail conditions

    Date: 30 Oct 2006
    The arrest of businessman Clinton Nassif was "part of a bigger investigation" that the Scorpions were looking into, said Advocate Gerhard Nel, the Scorpions Gauteng prosecutor. Andrew Leask, the chief investigating officer of special projects for the Scorpions, agreed saying: "We wouldn't deal with anything in isolation. We are dealing with organised crime and any offence of that nature, we tr... See full details

  5. Abalone crooks crash on rocks

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Environmental Affairs and Tourism inspectors are winning the war against perlemoen poachers by cracking down hard on the plunderers of this scarce marine resource. This week saw 29 bags containing 3 800 perlemoen seized at Meereensee near Hawston, Hermanus, in a joint operation with police. Four suspects were arrested. The bust follows similar weekend operations that also saw confiscation... See full details

  6. Sinister taxi threat

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    “Board a taxi at your own risk today.” This is a threat issued by some taxi associations in Gauteng through pamphlets circulated at taxi ranks as members of the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) embark on a march to Union Buildings. The threats come despite a stern warning issued by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe last week that operators should act within the confines of the law during their marc... See full details

  7. Police sting puts alleged drug high-flier in dock

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Alleged drug high-flier Nazier Kapdi, arrested last week in a police drug sting, yesterday made his second appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court. He was remanded to late next month for a bail application. Kapdi’s arrest followed weeks of police observation at drug dens in the Cape Town suburbs of Edgemead and Goodwood and at the Kenilworth Shopping Centre. Kapdi, 55, is in the dock... See full details

  8. White officers say they’re victimised

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    A senior police officer who was shown disrespect by a group of junior police reservists is being transferred, resulting in allegations from other officers that he is being victimised. The national head of the Crime Prevention Unit, Assistant Commissioner Ben Groenewald, was involved in an altercation with the reservists in August. He tried to stop them from unlawfully arresting a Taiwanese w... See full details

  9. Court stab suspect rearrested

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    The man who allegedly stabbed a prosecutor in her Pretoria Magistrate’s Court office last month was arrested yesterday, seven days after escaping from police custody. Inspector Anton Breedt said Lyttleton police detectives arrested Sipho Mnisi, 33, in Hammanskraal after a tip-off. “He was found with dagga in his possession. “Mnisi was then taken to a police station north of Pretoria to co... See full details

  10. Police still not ‘bust’ for porn

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Free State police are still waiting for the finding of an investigation into allegations that on-duty officers let emergency calls ring unanswered while watching explicit late-night pornographic movies on television. Free State Provincial Police Commissioner, Amon Mashigo called an urgent meeting following a report by ANC MP Neels van Rooyen, who went to the police station after he was unable t... See full details

  11. Asylum-seekers go to High Court

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    A group of Zimbabwean asylum-seekers have taken Home Affairs and the Refugee Affairs Committee to court. They claim the department’s procedures are unlawful and unconstitutional. The group applied in the Pretoria High Court to have decisions refusing them refugee status set aside. They also seek an order to declare certain procedures at the Rosettenville and Marabastad offices unlawful. ... See full details

  12. Community helps find arms cache

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Intensive investigations and working together with the community led police to discover an arms cache in Dobsonville, Soweto yesterday. Crime intelligence officers led by sniffer dogs discovered the arms and ammunition in the veld in Braamfischerville Phase Two. “We found a rifle, eight handguns and a quantity of ammunition buried under rocks,” said police spokesman Senior Superintendent Mar... See full details

  13. Relatives identify murdered woman

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    The body of a woman found assaulted and raped hear the Boksburg Prison at the weekend was finally identified by her relatives yesterday. Yolandi Lindeque, 27, was found by The Citizen sports journalist Rod Knight while he was driving in Van Dyk Park to a road race. He saw two men standing beside the prone woman, who had been viciously assaulted. “I had already passed them but I mad... See full details

  14. Wife foresaw death

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Munirah Kadwa, wife of murdered plastic surgeon Dr Mohamed Kadwa, had foreseen her death. This was submitted yesterday at the Johannesburg High Court murder trial of the couple’s son, daughter, and daughter-in-law, by defence counsel advocate Mike Hellens SC. Dr Kadwa’s brother-in-law, Yousuf Desai of KwaZulu Natal, told the court “She (Munirah) used to talk to me for hours on the phone abou... See full details

  15. Police find dead baby in box

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Joburg police made a gruesome discovery when they found a dead baby lying among fruit in a box on a busy street. The baby, whom paramedics believe was born about four hours prior to the discovery, was wrapped in newspaper. The body was found on Wednesday afternoon in Hancock Street, Joubert Park. Police spokesperson Inspector Kriban Naidoo said they received a call that a baby was in a box. ... See full details

  16. Suicide dismissed in couple's gory murder

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Family say doctor's wife couldn't use a gun and hated firearms The maternal family members of Riaz Kadwa have denied that the accused's mother was capable of using a firearm, so she could not possibly have killed her husband and committed suicide. The defence said it would prove the innocence of 23-year-old Riaz, his wife Nabeela (22) and his sister Nabila (18) by calling a mullah (Is... See full details

  17. Judge in child pay row

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    He says 99,99% paternity test is inconclusive A Pretoria High Court judge is refusing to pay child maintenance to his former lover, saying the paternity-test results showing a 99,99% probability that he is the father of her illegitimate son are inconclusive. Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa - who was recently criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal when he released two suspected murderers on ... See full details

  18. Soweto streets are safer over the past six months

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Fewer hijackings, killings and robberies as police and community join hands Soweto crime levels have decreased during the past six months. There are now fewer car hijackings, murders and robberies than a few years ago. And illegal scrapyards involved in the theft and sale of vehicle parts have been closed. These are some the achievements that have been brought about as a result of the... See full details

  19. Cops find chop-shop in Olifantsfontein veld

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Swift reaction by members of the Benoni Flying Squad resulted in the discovery of a chop-shop for hijacked vehicles in the veld in Olifantsfontein. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said members of the unit were responding to information about a number of stripped vehicles standing in the veld off Porcelain Street in Olifantsfontein. A police unit was dispatched to investigate. On their arriva... See full details

  20. Fundraising for JZ's legal costs stepped up

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    While the Presidency has set aside R10-million of taxpayers' money to help cover Jacob Zuma's legal costs, private fundraising efforts have been accelerated. In a statement yesterday, the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust said that although his corruption case had been struck off the roll, there were still outstanding legal costs. It did not elaborate on the amount involved, although in August it ... See full details

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