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  1. Feeding scheme dogged by shenanigans

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    While the Social Development Department struggles with its policy over the provision of food for the poor, the school feeding scheme, run by the Department of Education, is battling demons of its own. Allegations made to the Saturday Star by service providers in several provinces range from school principals trying to bribe tender-holders to "doctor" invoices and pay cash kickbacks, to other s... See full details

  2. More heads to roll

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    Scorpions and police fight over investigation The top brass of the Scorpions is sweating in the fallout of charges laid against two of their former bosses. More highly-placed figures could face the axe, and more charges are to be added to the million-rand fraud, theft and corruption already pending against Malala Geophrey "Geoph" Ledwaba and Ayanda Dlodlo. The backdrop is undoubt... See full details

  3. We must spy on them to end crime

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    Cynthia Mitileni fixed her gaze on her daughter's tiny coffin as it was lowered into the grave. She didn't move, nor make a sound. Later she silently scooped a handful of white and pink petals, threw them on the coffin, then slowly went back to her chair. Her mother, seated next to her, slowly rubbed her back in a comforting way and gave her water to drink. Mitileni didn't display any emotion.... See full details

  4. Residents ready to blow the whistle on ‘corrupt’ officials

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    A showdown is looming at the Harrismith Regional Court next week when the trial of 13 residents of Ntabazwe facing a public violence charge resumes. The residents have vowed the time had come for them to spill the beans on corrupt officials in the Free State provincial government. The trial starts on Monday and will continue until Friday. Spokesman for the trialists Msizi Mavuso said it h... See full details

  5. 10 smugglers bust

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    Ten foreign nationals were yesterday arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and jewellery made of ivory through the Beit Bridge border post. A student constable was approached by a Congolese national who offered him a bribe. The Congolese and five other foreign nationals wanted to pass through with a consignment of jewellery made from ivory and elephant tail valued at more than R50 0... See full details

  6. Judge to ponder baffling axe killing

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    One of the most puzzling murder trials ever to be heard in the Pretoria High Court will be canvassed again next week. This is when a full bench of the court hears the appeal of double axe-killer Madeleen Bredenhann against her conviction. The softly spoken former debtors clerk was in November 2004 sentenced to two life terms for slaying her mother, Elma, 59, and invalid grandmother Albertina... See full details

  7. Officer arrested for ‘aiding criminals’

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    A police sergeant arrested for failing to report his gun and bulletproof vest stolen appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Sello Johannes Makena was charged with perjury, aiding and abetting criminals and defeating the ends of justice. He was remanded in custody until October 18, pending further investigations. He was arrested this week after his service pistol and a bullet... See full details

  8. Mbeki throws down arms-deal gauntlet

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has pleaded his innocence in the arms deal, and challenged parliament to investigate him. Responding to United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa during a question-and-answer session in the National Assembly yesterday, Mbeki said the executive did not have veto powers to stop parliament investigating him. "(However) they are not going to find the corruption they ... See full details

  9. Suspect's absence sees R67m heist case postponed

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    The start of the trial of 17 people allegedly involved in a multimillion-rand cash heist at O R Tambo International Airport earlier this year hit a snag when one of the accused failed to appear in court. The accused appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court yesterday. However, proceedings had to be postponed because accused 16, Shikunwela "Fox" Sithole (31), out on R20 000 bail, was ... See full details

  10. Victims of gunfight between robbers and guards speak out

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    Martha Masunda lies silently in a Johannesburg hospital bed, staring straight at the opposite wall, deep in thought. With her eyes wide open, she clutches a cellphone in her right hand, oblivious of our presence in the ward. The 31-year-old mother-of- three is one of the seven people wounded in a gunbattle between robbers and Coin Security guards in Joburg's inner city on Tuesday. Two ... See full details

  11. Stabbed boy's family call for the truth

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    The aunt of the Forest High schoolboy who was stabbed to death at the school shocked mourners at a memorial service by alleging that more pupils were involved in her nephew's death. Bathini Nkabinde yesterday made an impassioned plea to the pupils to point out other children who were involved in her nephew's death. Speaking on behalf of the family, Nkabinde told a packed school hall that h... See full details

  12. When fighting crime is a calling from God

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    The chairperson of Midrand's CPF looks to heaven - and cyberspace - to restore lawfulness Pastor David Broodryk is often seen attending to his small but committed flock in Midrand. On Sundays he conducts services in a church for about 100 people who are members of the Kingdom People Church. But on every other day he is on call to the police. As chairperson of the Midrand Comm... See full details

  13. Suspect kills himself with cop's gun

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    A man charged with the murder of 15-month-old Khensani Mitileni during this week's wild shootout in the Joburg CBD has killed himself. He snatched a policeman's gun while in custody and shot himself in the chest. The 25-year-old suspect - one of four men arrested after Tuesday's Bree Street cash heist - was being driven to his home province, KwaZulu Natal, by three police detectives yesterda... See full details

  14. Mental-test backlog

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    A total of 361 accused in criminal trials are waiting between one and two months in Gauteng for admission to a mental hospital for psychiatric observation. The Democratic Alliance spokesperson for health in the Gauteng Legislature, Jack Bloom, said this was revealed in a parliamentary reply to questions by the DA. He noted that 221 patients were waiting to be admitted to Sterkfontein and 140 to... See full details

  15. Still no sign of guard

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    North Rand police have reported that a local resident, Abram Makobe Mohlala (28), who worked as a security guard, vanished from his house in Ivory Park Extension 2 about three weeks ago. Mohlala, who worked at Midstream Estate in Pretoria, was last seen on September 22. Anyone with information can phone the Ivory Park police station on 011-310-3693 or the investigating officer, Inspector Sam... See full details

  16. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    Date: 12 Oct 2006
    As crime spirals out of control:n Communities take law into own handsn Hospitals treat more and more vigilante victimsn Cash-in-transit guards plead for protection The suspected cellphone thief screams for help as an angry mob tries to strip him naked. He survived the vigilante attack - others have not been as lucky. South Africans fed-up up with crime are increasingly resorting to br... See full details

  17. Police corruption in Joburg” new claims

    Date: 12 Oct 2006
    Allegations of corrupt Johannesburg police officers extorting bribes from illegal immigrants for their release have resurfaced. Last year a television exposé revealed how numerous officers at the Booysens police station allegedly took money from illegal foreigners to have them freed. The footage was met with public and police fury, but according to a Johannesburg family little has been done ... See full details

  18. R2,6 million claim after man loses arm in train violence

    Date: 12 Oct 2006
    In the latest of a series of damages claims resulting from train violence, a carpenter from Mamelodi who lost his arm after being thrown from a moving train is claiming R2,6 million from Transnet and the SA Rail Commuter Corporation. Sipho Manyike, 25, yesterday testified in a civil trial in the Pretoria High Court how three young men had in February 2003 attacked him and had thrown him out of ... See full details

  19. Man held over fake papers

    Date: 12 Oct 2006
    A 37-year-old Home Affairs official was arrested yesterday for illegally issuing marriage certificates, immigration permits and identity documents. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Senior Superintendent Phindile Radebe said the arrest resulted from a joint venture between the police and the Department of Home Affairs. She said the man has been charged with corruption and is expected to appear ... See full details

  20. Police seize R4 million in drugs

    Date: 12 Oct 2006
    Police arrested a 32-year-old Nigerian for possessing R4.2 million of drugs yesterday in Wilgeheuwel. Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht said the man had Ecstasy, Mandrax, cocaine and a new drug called pele from Brazil. He is expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. Citizen reporter Th... See full details

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