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  1. Driver of car shot dead

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    A man was shot dead and a woman wounded by a gunman who opened fire at an intersection in Boksburg. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the attack occurred at about 9pm on Monday, shortly after the couple had put petrol into a white Opel Astra at a Total garage on Old Heidelberg Road, Klippoortje smallholdings. "The couple pulled off from the garage and stopped at the intersection when someone op... See full details

  2. Fire engines and reservists a boon

    Date: 11 Oct 2006
    A new rescue force consisting of 350 reservist emergency workers and three state-of-the-art fire engines are to form part of a drive by the Ekurhuleni metro to beef up its emergency services. The community safety head in the metro, Ndosi Shongwe, said the metro wanted to ensure it was always ready to respond to any kind of emergency. She said the department had taken a major step forward by... See full details

  3. Agency red faced over corruption

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Failure of projects funded by the National Development Agency (NDA) to spend donations as stipulated has landed the organisation in hot water. In terms of a report by the Auditor-General, the NDA will have to repay some of the nine million euros (R87 million) it received from the European Union, as the money was spent inappropriately. NDA spokesman Lunga Mangcu said 72 projects in Limpopo, K... See full details

  4. Scorpions prosecutor victimised in prison

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Suspended Scorpions senior prosecutor Portia Kgantsi is now feeling the sting of the Correctional Services system as she is allegedly being victimised by fellow prisoners. The regional magistrate in Kgantsi’s case of corruption, extortion and trying to secure four kilogrammes of confiscated hashish, George Andrews, is to ask for her to be placed in a single cell in Johannesburg Prison. Kgant... See full details

  5. Hostage murder trial under way

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Two alleged male prostitutes charged with demanding R57 000 for the release of a kidnapped hostage appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday. After five days the hostage was killed and his body dumped in a dustbin. Anthony Gozia Chinedu, 34, of Hillbrow and Victor Judge, 30, of Pretoria, appeared before Judge Lucy Mailula. Deon van Wyk, prosecuting, was ready to proceed, but due t... See full details

  6. Three in court over murder

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Two former Thabazimbi Game Lodge employees appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday for allegedly murdering a friend, and trying to bury her body in a “hole made by an animal” on game lodge property. Shirley van Rensburg (nee du Toit) and friends lunched together and then “went to a bar to play pool”. She was driven back to her North Riding flat where she was murdered and her body tak... See full details

  7. South Africa’s teenagers are ‘in crisis’

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    As we celebrate World Mental-Health Day, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), says about 90% of teen suicides have a mental illness. Sadag found Zane Wilson said, “Our teens are depressed and often have no one to turn to.” This was the result of family problems and a lack of resources. A study revealed that 5% of pupils admitted to having thought of suicide, while 8% ad... See full details

  8. Murder accused ‘wasn’t himself’

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    The mother of a Pretoria panel beater accused of slitting his pregnant wife’s throat told the Pretoria High Court yesterday he had “not been himself”, and seemed afraid, when he made a confession to a magistrate. Pieter Viljoen, on trial for a second time for the murder of his wife Amelia five years ago, after initially being discharged, earlier claimed he had been tortured and coerced into mak... See full details

  9. Plan to hit govt over crime levels

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Sue the state over the high crime levels, a Johannesburg man has urged. And Scottish-born naturalised South African Norman Gray has also warned that should crime not be dealt with now “one robbery, killing or rape in 2010 and South Africa will be finished in the eyes of the world”. Gray, himself a victim of crime, has since spent thousands on security at his home. He said he had been keeping... See full details

  10. DA bemoans 'shoddy' police station shake-up

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    'So much for placing crimes against women and children first' While the top brass of the SAPS continue to play chess with police officers, children who are in desperate need of attention are just not getting it. This is the opinion of Mike Waters, the Democratic Alliance spokesperson on child abuse in the Gauteng Legislature. He pointed out that of the 40 police stations in Ekurhul... See full details

  11. Ex-mining firm boss in bid for plea agreement

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    Like his former business associate and alleged partner in crime, Roger Kebble, who plea- bargained and got a fine and suspended sentence, Hendrik Christoffel Buitendag is trying to avoid going to prison by doing the same thing. Yesterday, Buitendag, a former director at JCI mining company, appeared in the Johannesburg High Court on several charges, including five of fraud and three of insider ... See full details

  12. Serial rape accused delays trial by refusing line-ups

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    The 60 women who were allegedly raped by Mongezi Samuel Jinxela during his alleged 10-year rape spree around Johannesburg will have to wait another month before they see the wheels of justice turn. This is because the 38-year-old Jinxela has refused to have his photograph taken and will not co-operate with the police during identification parades. During his appearance in the Johannesburg ... See full details

  13. Platinum smuggling case delayed by a year

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    It will be a year before seven suspected members of an international platinum smuggling syndicate go on trial on 83 charges related to stealing precious metals worth R200-million. This was because some of alleged kingpin Hendrik Boekhoud's co-accused have applied to the Legal Aid Board for defence counsel to represent them. The accused appeared in the Johannesburg High Court yesterday, but... See full details

  14. Detained Scorpions prosecutor has criminal record

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    She allegedly asked for R350 000 to destroy the case file of two Nigerians Senior Scorpions prosecutor Portia Kgantsi failed to disclose to the National Prosecuting Authority that she had a previous conviction when she applied for a job. This startling allegation emerged in the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday when Kgantsi (39) appeared on charges of corruption, attempting to de... See full details

  15. Tales of senseless terror

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    In February this year, a Grade 10 pupil at Veritas Secondary School in Meadowlands, Soweto, was stabbed to death by another pupil. The incident happened while they were playing a dice game. In May this year, 15-year-old Thulani Shisana, of Sikhanyisele Primary School in Mamelodi, near Pretoria, was killed when a 15-year-old pupil opened fire on a group of his schoolmates. Thulani was eating hi... See full details

  16. Boy predicted school death

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    14-year-old suspect arrested for murder of fellow pupil 'If I don't leave this school, I am going to die." This is what Grade 10 pupil Nkosana Mbhele repeatedly told his mother, Maria. He told her that he had "enemies" at Forest High School in southern Johannesburg and complained about the constant fighting and drug abuse at the school. Wanting the best for her child, Mbhele insis... See full details

  17. Asians targeted, shopowner claims after deadly robbery

    Date: 10 Oct 2006
    A 21-year-old customer's refusal to hand over her handbag resulted in her death at the hands of a gang of robbers who were in the process of holding up a clothing store in the centre of Johannesburg. The woman had come to the store, Joburg Fashion, in Von Brandis Street, with a friend when - according to shop- owner Kamal Arab - six armed men walked in just before 5pm yesterday. "They pushe... See full details

  18. SAPS set to create 37 ‘super stations’

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Super police stations are to be created nationwide as part of efforts by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to improve service delivery and combat crime. This comes after changes were made in Gauteng and members of disbanded specialised units were redeployed to police stations, and new station commanders took control of the 29 stations with the highest crime rates. According to a report... See full details

  19. Suspected sexual predator finally on trial

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Dozens of women seized then raped in veld over period of a decade He allegedly raped 60 women over a 10-year period, making him one of South Africa's worst serial rapists. While the country was celebrating the advent of a democratic dispensation in 1994, Mongezi Samuel Jinxela allegedly began sexually assaulting young women as he embarked on a rape terror spree that ended with his cap... See full details

  20. Conduct of Cape judge president up for discussion

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    A report into a complaint against Cape Judge President John Hlophe was expected to be discussed at a meeting of the Judicial Services Commission today. The complaint follows reports that Judge Hlophe was doing work with assets management group Oasis for which he was paid monthly retainers of R10 000. Judge Hlophe denied the allegation and said he had instead received out-of pocket- expense... See full details

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