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  1. Manuel scores with World Cup, crime

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Finance Minister Trevor Manuel scored several goals yesterday, announcing he would spend an extra R80-billion over the next three financial years. The most significant beneficiaries will be the 2010 World Cup infrastructure and the fight against crime. A total of R15,1-billion has been set aside to build or upgrade the 10 World Cup stadiums and develop new transport infrastructure. Spe... See full details

  2. R200 million ‘mystery’

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The Gauteng Department of Transport has failed to clarify to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) where more than R200 million in unauthorised expenditure went in the 2004/2005 financial year. In addition the head department admitted to Scopa that he had over-ruled a decision by his acquisitions committee when he awarded a multimillion-rand taxi recapitalisation contract to Integra... See full details

  3. Pick’n Pay senior buyer shot dead

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    A senior Pick’n Pay employee was shot and killed during a house robbery in the Murrayfield security complex east of Pretoria yesterday. Wayne Els, 37, who was general merchandise senior buyer for the Pick’n Pay northern region, died in hospital after he was shot in the chest yesterday morning. Els and his 14-year-old son, Ashley, were asleep on the second floor of the house. He was awakened... See full details

  4. Mob justice not the way – safety body

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    There were people and state institutions with the responsibility of arresting criminal suspects, Phumla Sekhonyane of Community Safety pointed out yesterday. She was reacting to an incident in Diepsloot in which seven suspected criminals narrowly escaped mob justice. They were rescued by police from angry residents yesterday. It is alleged that the seven, after being involved in a series ... See full details

  5. Jali report tabled – without names

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    South African prisons are rotten to the core, according to a report by the Jali Commission of Inquiry, which was tabled in Parliament by Minister Ngconde Balfour yesterday. It presented shocking evidence that most prison officers were consciously and systematically disregarding rules and regulations. But the president of the SA Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights, Golden Miles Bhudu, said ... See full details

  6. Nigerian arrested for rape, murder

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Intensive investigations by police have led to the arrest of a Nigerian man for the fatal assault and rape of a woman found near the Boksburg Prison at the weekend. The Citizen sports journalist Rod Knight was driving in Van Dyk Park to a road race when he saw two men stading next to the woman, who had been severaly assaulted and raped. “I had already passed them but I made a U-turn and went... See full details

  7. Beware lift clubs

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Lift clubs, promoted by the Department of Transport, might land motorists in trouble with the law. The idea of lift clubs is to have fewer cars on the roads. But experts warned yesterday they could become a minefield of illegalities and liabilities for motorists who wanted to become members. While many of these clubs are possibly illegal, claiming from drivers in case of injuries during acc... See full details

  8. School head hands herself over

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    A Soweto school principal sought by the police for weeks has handed herself over. Ithutheng Trust principal Jacki Maarohanye was wanted in connection with an illegal protest march by pupils on October 7. The students went on the rampage, burning tyres and disrupting traffic on the Old Potchefstroom Road. “The protest march was apparently over police failing to arrest a man who allegedly sta... See full details

  9. No forgiveness for son’s killer

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The angry mother of a Komatipoort murder victim told the Pretoria High court she did not accept her former employer’s apologies for murdering her son. Sellinah Tsobolo testified in the trial of former policemen Thinus Nel, who earlier pleaded guilty to murdering his gardener, Bonginkosi Sydney Tsbobolo, by drowning him in June last year. Tsobolo, who had worked in Nel’s house at the time, to... See full details

  10. Rape sentences

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Rapist off to jail for 19 years A man has been jailed for 19 years after he raped a woman in September 2004. Steven Mbatha, 26, was found guilty in the Sasolburg Regional Court of rape and robbery. The 39-year-old victim had been walking home from a stokvel in Zamdela, Sasolburg, with her two brothers. They were attacked and robbed by a group of men that were following them. <p alig... See full details

  11. Family accused of parents' gory murder

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Led by his dog, cop finds doctor lying in pool of blood in bed A former police officer summoned to the murder scene of Johannesburg plastic surgeon Dr Anwar Kadwa (50) and his wife Munirah (49) had found the alleged murder weapon inside the house, and the couple's son, daughter and daughter-in-law screaming. This was the evidence led yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court trial of 2... See full details

  12. Top official probed over awarding of tenders

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The top Gauteng government official implicated in a R5-million tender scandal is being investigated. Following an exposé by The Star a fortnight ago, the Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Public Works, Ignatius Jacobs, said yesterday that he has appointed auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers to investigate allegations of corruption against his head of department, Sibusiso Buthelezi... See full details

  13. Call for action on violence at schools

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    It's time to move beyond shock and into action to stop school violence. This is the view of the Democratic Alliance's education spokesperson in the Gauteng Legislature following an attack on a pupil at Edleen Primary School in Kempton Park this week. David Quail MPL said yesterday: "It's no longer good enough for officials to respond to yet another school stabbing with expressions of shock and ... See full details

  14. Cop bungles cost R6,7bn

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    SAPS swamped with brutality, negligence and misconduct cases The police have been hit with record-breaking civil claims totalling R6,7-billion - which is equal to one-quarter of their annual salary bill. The amount - the highest ever to be claimed from the SA Police Service - includes R253-million in claims for shooting incidents, R1,67-billion for alleged police assaults and R1,9-bi... See full details

  15. Managers learn to manage

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    Correctional Services takes steps to arm demotivated, under-trained staff with skills When Ubuhle Ndlovu became an education manager at Waterval Prison three years ago, she was never taught how to manage people, let alone the male offenders she had to teach. So for three years, the educator struggled through the tough and sometimes unforgiving working environment of a prison, trying ... See full details

  16. Jali seeks review of some sentences to ease squeeze

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    The Jali Commission has recommended that the Criminal Procedure Act be amended to give the prisons commissioner the right to apply for certain prison sentences to be reconsidered in favour of non-jail terms. The recommendation is contained in the full Jali Commission report which was tabled in parliament yesterday after last week's furore over the department's decision to release an abridged su... See full details

  17. Forest Hill drug raid yields green pickings

    Date: 25 Oct 2006
    They arrived at the school unannounced and, with sniffer dogs in tow, went from class to class searching for drugs. Afterwards they went through pupils' school bags, looking for weapons. Although the Johannesburg metro police's raid at Forest Hill High yesterday morning yielded no weapons, they found dagga stashed under a rubbish bin next to a netball court. The dagga was wrapped in pages ... See full details

  18. Boy, 13, is ‘stabbed by fellow pupil’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A 13-year-old pupil was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed by a fellow pupil at Edleen Primary School yesterday, said the Gauteng education department. “It is disturbing because this time it is primary school pupils,” said spokesman Panyaza Lesufi. The boy was allegedly stabbed while waiting for his transport outside the primary school in Kempton Park. “He was bleeding quite badly wh... See full details

  19. Killing his gardener a ‘mistake’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A 42-year-old Komatipoort man told the Pretoria High Court he deeply regretted having drowned his gardener in a bathtub. Martinus Nel testified in mitigation of sentence after Judge Natvarial Ranchod found him guilty last week of murdering Bonginkosi Sydney Tsobolo in June 2005. There had been a break-in at Nel’s house on the Friday before the incident, but he told the court he had not suspe... See full details

  20. Fingerprints shows that ‘accused lied’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    The Johannesburg High Court hearing the trial of an alleged male prostitute charged with holding hostage and murdering a South African Airports Company employee, was told yesterday a fingerprint expert found the accused’s right thumb print on a statement he claimed the police fabricated without any input from him. “When the defence stated in court last week that accused two (Victor Judge) denie... See full details

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