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  1. Nigel fisherman shot at Blesbokspruit

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Nigel detectives are investigating an attack on a 69-year-old local resident while he was fishing in the Blesbokspruit. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the man was fishing near Groenfontein Road, Nigel, at about 5.30pm on Monday when he was confronted by an assailant who had apparently also been fishing along the river. The attacker shot the fisherman in the side and his right arm and robbed ... See full details

  2. Some politicians getting away, claims travel scam accused

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    At least one of the travel agents involved in the criminal trial following the alleged abuse of parliamentary travel vouchers has vowed to find out why several politicians have not been charged. Reuben Liddell, counsel for travel agent Soraya Beukes, told the Cape High Court yesterday she felt she was not being treated equally before the law, as she was entitled to be under the constitution. ... See full details

  3. Don't damn this dad

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Plea from an ex-Springbok who shot dead his daughter by mistake Afather who accidentally killed his daughter came to the defence yesterday of a man who left his son to bake to death in a locked car. Former Springbok rugby player Rudie "Vleis" Visagie is backed by the national director of Childline. Joan van Niekerk said yesterday the death of 17-month-old Janosch Wilkinson was "a t... See full details

  4. MPs raise eyebrows at edited Jali report

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    But Balfour insists it's above board Members of parliament have raised questions about their oversight role being trimmed after an executive summary of the Jali Report was tabled instead of the full report. Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour yesterday presented MPs with a 60-page executive summary report and promised that it was not "distilled" in any way. The Nationa... See full details

  5. 'if you live by the sword, you must die by the sword'

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    "It would be best if the death penalty were reinstated. Let it be a case of an eye for an eye. If you live by the sword, you must die by the sword." These were the words of Elize Jansen van Rensburg, the mother of Hennie Botha, one of the four security guards burnt to death in a cash-in-transit heist near Lephalale in Limpopo two weeks ago. Van Rensburg was speaking shortly after four of th... See full details

  6. Scorpions advocate refused bail

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Scorpions senior state advocate Portia Kgantsi was denied bail at the Randburg Regional Court yesterday. She was arrested earlier this month for bribery, corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice. Magistrate George Andrews denied bail because she is regarded as a flight risk. Kgantsi had failed to tell the court and the National Prosecuting Authority of her previous conviction fo... See full details

  7. Jali Commission suggests shutting C-Max prisons

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    But minister says they're needed to secure dangers to society C-Max prisons are institutions of torture and therefore unconstitutional and should be banned, according to the long-awaited Jali Commission report. However, Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour yesterday shot down this recommendation, saying there was no way the hi-tech secure facilities would be disbanded. ... See full details

  8. Male hookers’ pip talks

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    A police hostage negotiator and a former “pimp” testified yesterday in the Johannesburg High Court trial of two alleged male prostitutes charged with murdering a client after attempting to extort R57 000. “They worked together. I helped them to place a male prostitute advertisement in The Star newspaper under ‘Black Stallion’”, Christiaan Crowthen testified. Called to the witness stan... See full details

  9. Bogus policeman ‘preyed on illegal immigrants’, arrested

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Bogus policeman ‘preyed on illegal immigrants’, arrested Police have warned that anybody found impersonating a police officer and in possession of a police uniform will be arrested. This comes after a man pretending to be a policeman was arrested in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni yesterday. The 20-year-old suspect was arrested while dressed in police uniform after the community tipped off ... See full details

  10. Negligent nurse dismissed

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    A nurse employed at the Sharpeville Clinic in Gauteng has been dismissed by the Gauteng Health Department. Earlier this year, a newborn baby died after the nurse bathed it in hot water. The nurse, found guilty of gross negligence, was dismissed on Friday. The parents of the newborn claimed R207 900 in damages, but the actual settlement figure is unknown. The department revealed recentl... See full details

  11. Axe killings: new questions raised

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Was convicted double axe killer Madeleen Bredenhann trying to protect someone? This was one of the puzzling questions that emerged during argument in Bredenhann’s appeal against her conviction before a full bench of the Pretoria High Court yesterday. Judgment was reserved in the application. Bredenhann was sentenced in November 2004 to two life terms for the gruesome slayings of her moth... See full details

  12. Bid to push piracy fight

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called on the government to speed up the process of amendments to the Copyright Act, which has been in the pipeline for more than eight years. BSA said software theft has increased locally and abroad, particularly through digital technology and file sharing. BSA attorneys, Bowman Gilfillan, have written to Trade and Industry Minister Mandiswa Mpahlwa ... See full details

  13. Township blows corruption whistle

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Angry residents of Block MM in Soshanguve called yesterday on Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa to appoint an independent task team to investigate corruption in Ward 27. The call was made during a residents’ march to the council officer in Pretoria, where they handed over a memorandum. Residents were concerned about council officials allegedly evicting people from land they occupied illegally in ... See full details

  14. Fraud flaws agency’s image

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Financial misappropriation has tarnished an almost successful year for the National Development Agency its annual report states. The report was tabled in Johannesburg yesterday. It confirmed that there had been misappropriation of funds by a former agency staff member. The employee, whose identity has been withheld, allegedly swindled the agency of more than R8 million during the past thr... See full details

  15. Metro cops nab three over armed robbery

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    A woman has been shot in the abdomen in yet another armed robbery in the Johannesburg city centre. Two Johannesburg metro police officers were on patrol yesterday when they heard three gunshots. Upon investigation, they were led to Bambi Baby Boutique at the corner of Plein and Joubert streets. Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: "The police saw four men runn... See full details

  16. Gauteng to follow Cape blitz on railway crime

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The deployment of railway police in Cape Town had resulted in a massive decrease in crime and fare evasion, and the project will be rolled out to Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, says Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. During July, 6 909 arrests were made related to the national security guard strike, of which 5 269 related to priority crimes. A total of R263 372 was recovered, he sai... See full details

  17. Jeppestown shootout case postponed

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Jeppestown shootout case postponed The 18 men arrested for alleged involvement in the Jeppestown shootout with the police have had their case postponed until January 12 to give police time to carry out further investigations and get the results of outstanding fingerprint tests. Four police officers were killed in the shootout. The men arrived at the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court yesterday ... See full details

  18. Panic buttons, closed-circuit cameras mooted for prison cells

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Panic buttons may soon be installed in prison cells around the country in a bid to protect inmates, according to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour. He was speaking on the eve of the official release of the report of the Jali Commission of Inquiry into prison fraud and maladministration, a year after it was handed over to President Thabo Mbeki. In an attempt to curb the high le... See full details

  19. Guards shelve planned strike for now

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Cash-in-transit guards have postponed their planned strike for this week but have threatened to down tools over the festive season if they don't get protection from the police and the military. The threat comes hours after National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi met the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU) yesterday in Pretoria, where s... See full details

  20. SA gains UN Security Council seat for first time

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    South Africa has been formally elected into the United Nations Security Council. The General Assembly yesterday chose SA without opposition to occupy one of the council's 10 temporary seats for two years from January 1 next year. This is the first time in history that SA has been chosen to occupy this seat. Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma last night thanked African countries in par... See full details

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