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  1. Cruise and anti-aircraft missiles and spy planes the fruits of partnership

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Cruise missiles for our naval frigates, anti-aircraft missile batteries for our army, and spy-planes for our air force and marine and coastal management agency may be among the leading military spin-offs from the India-Brazil-South Africa (Ibsa) partnership. This has emerged hot on the heels of the conclusion this week of the visit to South Africa of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who i... See full details

  2. Demand letters deemed disgraceful

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    The wording of a letter of demand sent by a firm of attorneys to a former Telkom account holder has been described as a "disgrace to the attorneys' profession" in a complaint to the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. And although the LSNP decided last June that this was "bringing the profession into disrepute", JM Attorneys of Randburg continued to send out similar letters to ex-members of... See full details

  3. Hi-joke horror

    Date: 09 Oct 2006
    Passenger's prankon kulula.comflight groundsplane and landsjoker in slammer A flippant but unwise remark sparked by irritation at limited leg-room aboard a kulula.com flight led to a six-hour hijack drama at Cape Town International Airport yesterday. According to passengers, about 20 minutes into the 11.11am Johannesburg-bound flight, a passenger complained about not having enough le... See full details

  4. 25th heist gang suspect arrested

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Kwazulu-Natal police early yesterday swooped on another suspect believed to be part of the gang arrested earlier this week in connection with numerous cash-in-transit heists and other violent crimes. The arrest was made at a Durban hospital at about 4am, only hours before the 24 other suspects appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court under heavy police guard yesterday. It is believed the la... See full details

  5. Two Britons held after cocaine bust

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Two British citizens were arrested in Durban yesterday after police found cocaine worth millions of rands in a storage container belonging to them. “Uncut” cocaine worth R45-million was found hidden in mirror frames inside the container, believed to be destined for the UK. “We had been monitoring the suspects for some time. It was an undercover operation by the Crime Intelligence Unit, Orga... See full details

  6. Sergeant in dock over student strip

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria police sergeant who allegedly ordered a female police trainee to undress in front of a physical training class appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Sergeant Thembinkosi Skhosana is charged with indecent assault and crimen injuria. The case was postponed to October 24 for further police investigation. The accused is out on warning. Skhosna was arrested after... See full details

  7. SA Navy on ops to protect Africa

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A three-ship SA Navy deployment is steaming up Africa’s east coast on a regional and continental security and co-operation exercise. The supply ship SAS Protea, accompanied by strike craft SAS Isaac Dyobha and SAS Galeshewe, left Maputo on Wednesday for Dar es Salaam and Mombasa on Exercise Interop. They will proceed to Reunion for Exercise Bourbon. This is part of SA Navy chief Vice-Admi... See full details

  8. The Whistleblower

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    He breaks his silence on ‘R100m housing tender corruption’ This is the man who was fired after he wrote a top-secret report exposing tender irregularities worth more than R100-million in the Gauteng Department of Housing. Chartered accountant Pascalis Mokupo yesterday broke his silence about the investigation, which, he claims, cost him his job at the forensic unit of the Gauteng Shar... See full details

  9. Car seizures scrutinised

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Drunk drivers' cars are the means by which they break the law - and should therefore be forfeited to the state. This is the argument that the Asset Forfeiture Unit is using to justify its proposed seizures of drunk drivers' cars. The AFU has appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the ruling given by Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Richard Jones, in which Jones ruled that the state... See full details

  10. Fraudulent claims take a dive

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    While corruption is rampant, making many South Africans wonder if we'll ever be an honest society, some good news has put hope back on the table. Fraudulent life insurance claims are down by almost R76-million. This spot of good news comes from the Life Offices Association. Communications manager Lerato Mametse says this major reduction in fraudulent claims is a "welcome respite after ... See full details

  11. Kids' home hit again

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Thieves have struck again at a home for disadvantaged children with chronic diseases. This time they stole computers, a cellphone and a scooter from Marang House in Northcliff, Johannesburg. Spokesperson Pieter Ernst said the thieves apparently didn't have enough time to steal the TV and other electronic equipment when they struck early yesterday. The karaoke machine, which was used daily,... See full details

  12. Nephew gives more details of sexual abuse while a schoolboy

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Former school principal admitted he himself was molested, court hears At the height of the years of sexual abuse at the hands of his trusted uncle, one incident filled an 11-year-old nephew with such revulsion that he realised what was being done to him was "sordid and wrong". Peers Bailiff (32) yesterday testified against his uncle, Erling Dreyer (55), who is on trial in the Boksburg... See full details

  13. 'Sex pest' pastor accused of spiking woman's tea

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A 56-year-old pastor from the ZCC church in Leboeng Section, Tembisa, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a member of his congregation. North Rand police spokesperson Eugene Opperman said a 30-year-old woman went to the pastor on Wednesday afternoon as she needed to consult him. She felt sick and wanted him to pray for her. He took her into his house and gave her some tea al... See full details

  14. Trio held over stolen clothing and bid to bribe cops

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Reiger Park police have arrested three men for possession of clothes stolen from a delivery truck that they were trying to sell on the streets at a fraction of the price, and for trying to bribe police officers. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the arrests followed a tip-off that someone was selling new clothing, including T-shirts and sports shoes, at a fraction of the price. Two suspects ag... See full details

  15. I lost my job, my memory, my best friend

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Wayne Korras was a successful doctor before a drugged-up driver crashed into him while he was jogging, leaving him brain-damaged and claiming the life of his best friend. Now, while the 42-year-old father of two fights to recover from his devastating ordeal, the Asset Forfeiture Unit is fighting for the right to seize the cars of drugged or drunk drivers - and to ensure that such drivers pay w... See full details

  16. Corruption watchdog takes aim at fake licences

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    Tens of thousands of drivers are about to lose their licences in a massive clampdown on corruption by the Special Investigating Unit. The clampdown is part of a huge effort by the government corruption watchdog to stamp out fraud. The SIU yesterday revealed major dents made in fraud syndicates targeting the state. These "dents", claimed SIU head Willie Hofmeyr, include the impending confi... See full details

  17. Minister wants to sue e.tv after lax security exposed

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    In the latest breach of security at the Groote Schuur ministerial complex, a television crew was allowed access to a cabinet minister's home and managed to film its interior, including his bedroom. The incident has left Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour furious and police red-faced, days after burglaries at his home and that of Education Minister Naledi Pandor. This despite a multi... See full details

  18. Murdered taxi driver described as peaceful man

    Date: 06 Oct 2006
    A pair of rubber gloves lying on a blood-soaked seat next to a blood-stained white cap is all that Sigwili Ndlovu found when he looked inside his minibus taxi. A mortuary van next to the taxi contained the body of his brother Xolani Mngoma, with three bullet wounds to the head. Ndlovu was called on Wednesday afternoon and told that his brother, whom he had employed to drive his taxi betwee... See full details

  19. Lihle’s short life of agony

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    For 14 months she was hit with a stick and an electric cord, and sometimes tied up during the night. She was refused food and water, but eventually death brought peace to five-year-old Lihle Majaja. At first her mother, Deliwe Brenda Majaja and live-in lover Rudzani Chester Makhale claimed she died of natural causes. Then they insisted the child had been “attacked by a cat”, and then take... See full details

  20. Team to ensure safer trains

    Date: 05 Oct 2006
    Safety requirements in trains have been expanded from the presence of security guards and police officers to include compulsory inspections by engineers. This is due to the new Railway Safety Inspectorate, launched in Johannesburg yesterday. The launch was attended by Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe. “It is fitting that this launch takes place at the beginning of Transport Month, when w... See full details

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