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  1. Asylum-seekers go to High Court

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    A group of Zimbabwean asylum-seekers have taken Home Affairs and the Refugee Affairs Committee to court. They claim the department’s procedures are unlawful and unconstitutional. The group applied in the Pretoria High Court to have decisions refusing them refugee status set aside. They also seek an order to declare certain procedures at the Rosettenville and Marabastad offices unlawful. ... See full details

  2. Community helps find arms cache

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Intensive investigations and working together with the community led police to discover an arms cache in Dobsonville, Soweto yesterday. Crime intelligence officers led by sniffer dogs discovered the arms and ammunition in the veld in Braamfischerville Phase Two. “We found a rifle, eight handguns and a quantity of ammunition buried under rocks,” said police spokesman Senior Superintendent Mar... See full details

  3. Relatives identify murdered woman

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    The body of a woman found assaulted and raped hear the Boksburg Prison at the weekend was finally identified by her relatives yesterday. Yolandi Lindeque, 27, was found by The Citizen sports journalist Rod Knight while he was driving in Van Dyk Park to a road race. He saw two men standing beside the prone woman, who had been viciously assaulted. “I had already passed them but I mad... See full details

  4. Wife foresaw death

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Munirah Kadwa, wife of murdered plastic surgeon Dr Mohamed Kadwa, had foreseen her death. This was submitted yesterday at the Johannesburg High Court murder trial of the couple’s son, daughter, and daughter-in-law, by defence counsel advocate Mike Hellens SC. Dr Kadwa’s brother-in-law, Yousuf Desai of KwaZulu Natal, told the court “She (Munirah) used to talk to me for hours on the phone abou... See full details

  5. Police find dead baby in box

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Joburg police made a gruesome discovery when they found a dead baby lying among fruit in a box on a busy street. The baby, whom paramedics believe was born about four hours prior to the discovery, was wrapped in newspaper. The body was found on Wednesday afternoon in Hancock Street, Joubert Park. Police spokesperson Inspector Kriban Naidoo said they received a call that a baby was in a box. ... See full details

  6. Suicide dismissed in couple's gory murder

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Family say doctor's wife couldn't use a gun and hated firearms The maternal family members of Riaz Kadwa have denied that the accused's mother was capable of using a firearm, so she could not possibly have killed her husband and committed suicide. The defence said it would prove the innocence of 23-year-old Riaz, his wife Nabeela (22) and his sister Nabila (18) by calling a mullah (Is... See full details

  7. Judge in child pay row

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    He says 99,99% paternity test is inconclusive A Pretoria High Court judge is refusing to pay child maintenance to his former lover, saying the paternity-test results showing a 99,99% probability that he is the father of her illegitimate son are inconclusive. Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa - who was recently criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal when he released two suspected murderers on ... See full details

  8. Soweto streets are safer over the past six months

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Fewer hijackings, killings and robberies as police and community join hands Soweto crime levels have decreased during the past six months. There are now fewer car hijackings, murders and robberies than a few years ago. And illegal scrapyards involved in the theft and sale of vehicle parts have been closed. These are some the achievements that have been brought about as a result of the... See full details

  9. Cops find chop-shop in Olifantsfontein veld

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Swift reaction by members of the Benoni Flying Squad resulted in the discovery of a chop-shop for hijacked vehicles in the veld in Olifantsfontein. Superintendent Eugene Opperman said members of the unit were responding to information about a number of stripped vehicles standing in the veld off Porcelain Street in Olifantsfontein. A police unit was dispatched to investigate. On their arriva... See full details

  10. Fundraising for JZ's legal costs stepped up

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    While the Presidency has set aside R10-million of taxpayers' money to help cover Jacob Zuma's legal costs, private fundraising efforts have been accelerated. In a statement yesterday, the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust said that although his corruption case had been struck off the roll, there were still outstanding legal costs. It did not elaborate on the amount involved, although in August it ... See full details

  11. Kebble assets worth over R10m snapped up at auction

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    Assets of slain mining magnate Brett Kebble have fetched over R10-million during auction. About 250 people, including foreigners, attended the auction in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, yesterday, where his 1958 cream Cadillac convertible was sold for R470 000. Auctioneer Martin Dibowitz said a 4 000m² Bishopscourt plot was sold for R7,6-million. Dibowitz said all the goods, artworks, antique f... See full details

  12. Gauteng dept 'loses' cars worth millions

    Date: 27 Oct 2006
    An estimated 600 cars worth R90-million of taxpayers' money cannot be accounted for by the Gauteng Department of Transport. The department has not kept a register of who had which car when it took over the Government Garage six years ago. This emerged in the 2005/6 Auditor-General's report on the department. There seems to be no record or account of what has happened to the vehicles, which a... See full details

  13. Teachers back crime talks

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Union demands responses to violence in schools The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has supported the call made by the Young Communist League for the Minister of Education to hold a summit on violent crime in schools. They insist there must be immediate workable responses to the trouble in schools. Sadtu also called for programmes to be introduced to pinpoint underl... See full details

  14. Escapees are rearrested

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A Pretoria magistrate and a prosecutor who were presiding when two suspected car thieves escaped from court will be called as witnesses, chief prosecutor Matric Luphondo said yesterday. This followed an incident in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday in which the suspects jumped from the dock and ran away. One of the suspects was re-arrested not far from the court. The other was arreste... See full details

  15. Union protests over police ineffectiveness

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Trade union Solidarity has joined two other unions in protesting that police do not do enough to prevent crime. Fedusa (Federated Unions of SA) and the Motor Transport Workers’ Union representative met national police Commissioner Jackie Selebi earlier this month in an attempt to seek a solution to the growing incidence of cash-in-transit heists and the dangers faced by those transporting larg... See full details

  16. R200 million ‘explained’

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    The Gauteng Department of Transport says it explained more than R200 million in unauthorised spending to the Standing Committee on Public Account between January and last month. According to a written response to question posed by The Citizen, the department said the unauthorised expenditure was “a result of funds budgeted for a workfare programme under Use of Goods and Service, instead ... See full details

  17. 103 nabbed in Hillbrow

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    In a sting operation Hillbrow district police arrested 103 people on Tuesday night. In the operation, headed by the Crime Prevention Unit, people were arrested for rape, drunken driving and armed robbery. Police Inspector Kriban Naidoo said one of the men had been walking around looking suspicious in the area. “When he saw the police he started running. It was later discovered by using a... See full details

  18. Giggly trespasser off to jail

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Call him the happy giggler – moonlight prowler Ricardo Carolus even giggled as he stepped from the dock into police holding cells in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court to start a three-month jail sentence for trespassing. But his reason for prowling at an upmarket home at 3am – to sell something to the madam – nearly set magistrate Ingrid Freitag off giggling as well. She asked him “Must I bel... See full details

  19. Limpopo six in court

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    Six men accused of involvement in the Limpopo cash-heist in which a security guard was shot dead and three others burnt to death, appeared in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Four of them, Emmanuel Malepo, 34, Molefi Malevese, 47, Alpheus Msiza, 30, and Kenneth Moitshela, 35 appeared on charged of murder and attempted cash-in-transit robbery. “The two other suspects were arrested o... See full details

  20. Killer tells how friend aided him

    Date: 26 Oct 2006
    A self-confessed murderer yesterday testified against a former friend who allegedly helped him kill and rob a retired Air Force officer in Centurion two years ago. David Tshabalala, who is serving a life sentence for the February 2004 murder of Pieter Liebenberg, testified in the trial of his former co-accused, Tsholo Kgafela, 25. Kgafela denied charges of murder and robbery with aggravating... See full details

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