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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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