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  1. Escaped murder-accused still on the run

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    The man who stabbed a prosecutor in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court building last month was still on the run yesterday after he escaped from police custody last week. Sipho Mnisi, 33, escaped from Lyttleton police holding cells, south of Pretoria, on Thursday. Mnisi was held there for an identity parade after appearing in the Pretoria High Court for murder, robbery and attempted murder. P... See full details

  2. Slain parents case delayed

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    There were murmurs in the public gallery at the Johannesburg High Court case of Riaz Kadwa when they realised there would be another wasted day. Kadwa faces trial for the murder of his plastic surgeon father, Dr Mohamed Kadwa, and his mother. State advocate Beverley Edwards placed on record there would definitely be a judge available to day for the accused to plead and the trial to start. ... See full details

  3. Police seek young mother’s killer

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Pretoria police are looking for a man after a woman was stabbed to death at the Mamelodi informal settlement at the weekend, police said yesterday. Insp Paul Ramaloko said the neighbour of Lorraine Matabane, 25, heard a baby crying and went to her shack to investigate. “She found her lying in a pool of blood and her baby sitting on the floor. The baby was unhurt. “Matabane had stab wound... See full details

  4. State blows whistle on corruption

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A deafening sound filled the hall of Gallagher Estate in Midrand at midday yesterday when 700 people blew the whistles at once to signal the end of the road for corrupt municipal officials. The enthusiastic crowd of mayors, MECs and councillors from all over the country were led by provincial and Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi. Mufamadi said the national anti-corruption strategy w... See full details

  5. About R300 000 worth of cellphones were confiscated.

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    R300 000 of stolen cellphones seized A cellphone store used to unblock stolen phones at the corner of Simmonds and Bree streets in Johannesburg was bust by metro police yesterday. About R300 000 worth of cellphones were confiscated. A 30-year-old Nigerian was arrested after he tried to bribe police. “He will be charged with possession and dealing in stolen property, and defeating the e... See full details

  6. Swindler ‘still at it – in jail’

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A Scorpions investigation, triggered by a complaint from a woman scam victim, led to a convicted swindler serving 18 years in jail – where he was allegedly conning more victims with new scams gleaned from the Internet in Pollsmoor Prison. The victim, Mariana Ferguson, had met swindler Maurice de Grandhomme at the Pollsmoor Prison golf driving range – a popular venue for rich foreign tourists an... See full details

  7. Another school stabbing, and a cell suicide

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    A 15-year-old pupil has committed suicide in police custody, while another was taken to hospital after being stabbed by a fellow schoolmate. According to Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi, the 15-year-old pupil from the Heidelberg School of Industries was arrested over the weekend for allegedly stealing a television set. He was found dead in a police cell on Sunday. ... See full details

  8. More crime

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Boksburg Spar robbed; rape arrest Thirteen gunmen held up clients and staff at a supermarket in Impala Park, Boksburg North, and escaped in four getaway cars. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the robbers struck at North Point Spar about 5pm on Sunday. They took cash from the store, plus cellphones and cash from some customers, before fleeing. ___________________ N... See full details

  9. Boksburg Spar robbed; rape arrest

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Document says employees must be paid well enough to discourage them from stealing The naming and shaming of councillors and local government officials convicted of fraud is part of a new anti-corruption strategy unveiled by Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi. The department has held pilot projects based on the new strategy in KwaZulu Natal, the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalang... See full details

  10. Ivory Park cops seek help

    Date: 24 Oct 2006
    Ivory Park detectives have appealed to the community for help in locating Nomvula Mabaso (33). Mabaso is one of six suspects police would like to question in connection with the killing of one of Ivory Park's best known crime fighters, Dan Seepe (44). Seepe was shot dead on Saturday night. Khatsutelo Rambuda and Justinos Phele were wounded in the same incident. Superintendent Eugene Oppe... See full details

  11. Crime blitz nets 300

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    East Rand police have arrested some 300 suspects for a variety of offences. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the suspects were arrested for murder, rape, shoplifting, fraud, possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of drugs, assault, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Most of the arrests were for liquor-related offences, and 48 illegal immigrants were among those detained. P... See full details

  12. Murder suspect in bid to finger detectives

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Was one of the men accused of the murder of Gauteng schoolgirl Kalin Jooste and the robbery of her friend Zeln Maritz physically assaulted by police and forced to implicate himself in the crime? This was the issue confronting Judge Jan Hugo, sitting with two assessors in the Ramsgate High Court, KwaZulu Natal, with the trial due to resume today. Vikile Sinama (20) claims he had a car tyre tu... See full details

  13. Paedophile suspect on run stands to lose car and home

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Asset Forfeiture Unit also gets busy with claim against alleged drug dealer A month after a German fugitive and alleged paedophile managed to stave off an application to have his luxury house and car attached on technicalities, the Asset Forfeiture Unit is after him again. The state alleges that Werner Braun had used his BMW X5 to pick up girls, whom he took to his Somerset West home... See full details

  14. Child sex crime shame

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Youngsters who rape other kids blame the scenes they see on TV Eighty-two children are charged in courts across the country every day - for raping or indecently assaulting other children. An investigation by The Star found that child-committed sexual offences processed by the state have nearly doubled in the past year. Police, prosecutors, social workers and child rights activist... See full details

  15. Many South Africans have their income stripped because of garnishee orders. But in many cases, the orders were gained unlawfully, on the basis of very old, hugely inflated debts

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    If you have one or more garnishee orders on your salary, relating to debt bloated with interest and debt-collecting costs, you may want to check where that garnishee order was issued. In terms of Section 65 of the Magistrate's Court Act, an emoluments attachment order (garnishee order) must be issued by the magistrate's court in the district in which the debtor's employer resides. So, in o... See full details

  16. Pandor's 'time-out' plan for pupils slated

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    A teachers' union has poured cold water on Education Minister Naledi Pandor's proposal to send unruly pupils home to their parents for a short period. She first voiced the idea over the weekend as one way to combat school violence. In the past two weeks, three boys have been stabbed on school premises and two died of their wounds. A spokesperson for the South African Democratic Teachers' ... See full details

  17. Two cops alleged to have shot each other

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    Police are baffled by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two police sergeants based at the Mpumalanga Police Station. The bodies of Bongani Phepha (53) and Bongani Fihlela (39) were found at the police station after a volley of shots was heard. Police Superintendent Joshua Gwala said staff on duty heard guns being fired outside and rushed to investigate. They then discove... See full details

  18. Real money, play-play industry

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    It is hoped that a meeting between a security unionand the police will find ways to curb cash heists South Africa's cash-in-transit security industry is doing very little to safeguard its workers. But at a meeting with police and their employees' trade union next month, they will be forced to help draft minimum standards for their industry - or face a strike during the busy festive seaso... See full details

  19. Morning road rage lands taxi driver and motorist in hot water

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    A taxi driver that stands accused of rounding up his friends and assaulting a motorist during the early rush hour yesterday, has branded his alleged victim as a liar and a racist. This is after a 27-year-old man claimed that the minibus taxi driver had cut in front of him without the taxi's indicators on, had moved over to the emergency lane and when the man asked the taxi driver what his prob... See full details

  20. Small arms caches go up in smoke

    Date: 23 Oct 2006
    The mangled barrels of more than 1 000 AK-47s lie scattered around the deep crater. These weapons will no longer be smuggled across the border to South Africa and used in bloody cash heists. Nor will they be used to terrorise the people of Mozambique. On Wednesday police blew to smithereens 3 000 weapons, including handguns, landmines and rocket launchers, using five tons of commercial explosi... See full details

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