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  1. Witnesses to bicycle tragedy sought

    Date: 19 Oct 2006
    The family of a cyclist who was knocked down on Swartkoppies Road in Alberton have appealed to eyewitnesses to contact them. Derrick du Preez (41), a local sportsman, died at about 5pm on Tuesday October 3. He was knocked off his bike while travelling in a westerly direction on the corner of Klipriver and Swartkoppies roads, opposite Rietvlei Zoo Farm. His brother, Anton du Preez, described ... See full details

  2. Mom charged with murder after baby's death

    Date: 19 Oct 2006
    Toddler had serious injuries three weeks before being brought to hospital The mother of a 21-month-old-old baby who died of severe injuries two days after being admitted to hospital has been arrested and charged with murder. Accompanied by her husband Donovan, Zaibunisa Herman handed herself over at Booysens police station yesterday after a warrant of arrest had been issued for her. ... See full details

  3. President’s first good news on arms deal

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    A business deal gone wrong may have led to President Thabo Mbeki being named as an arms deal suspect. The Citizen established that an investigation into corruption in the SA arms deal as started when German businessman Nicholas Achterberg wrote a letter to the Dusseldorf public prosecutor’s office fingering Mbeki as involved in the arms deal. So far only one German television station ... See full details

  4. Schoolgirl’s killer hunted

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    A manhunt is under way for a 21-year-old man who killed a Mulima schoolgirl in Limpopo, stabbing her 28 times on Monday, Chembe Area police said yesterday. Inspector Thivhulawi Tshilate said Pinky Maduwa, 17, and her ex-boyfriend were walking home from school when they started to argue about their broken relationship. “The man took out a knife and stabbed Maduwa 28 times. She died at the sc... See full details

  5. Dicey officials cost R12,5m a month

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Municipal officials suspended on full pay are costing South African ratepayers more than R12,5million each month in salaries. Some of the officials have been suspended for long periods while disciplinary proceeding drag on. The Northern Cape has the longest suspensions period in SA, with three officials suspended for 13, 19 and 34 months – and still getting paid. The figures were disclose... See full details

  6. Naming-shaming case solid: dept

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    The “naming and shaming” campaign carried out by the Department of Correctional Services to expose corrupt officials could be a good step, but it borders on defamation if truth and justification are not guaranteed. This is according to Professor Ian Currie of the Wits Law School, in response to questions on whether the officials “named and shamed” by Minister Ngconde Balfour had a constitutiona... See full details

  7. Four cash heist suspects remanded

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    The four suspects arrested for allegedly being involved 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. The four, Emmanuel Malepo, 34, Molefi Malebese, 47, Alpheus Msiza, 30, and Kenneth Moitshela, 35, appeared on charges of murder and attempted cash-in-transit robbery after they were arrest... See full details

  8. Killing was ‘spur of the moment’, man testifies

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    A man aged 42, who drowned his gardener in a bath yesterday, told the Pretoria High Court he was not a racist. He killed the man on the spur of the moment. Judge Natvarial Ranchod found Martinus Nel of Komatipoort guilty of murdering his gardener, Bonginkosi Sydney Tsobolo, in June last year after Nel admitted guilt to the charge. The charge sheet states that Nel, in a bar with friends, had... See full details

  9. Mxit sting traps sex predator

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Suspect caught after detective pretends to be teenage girl A sexual predator lured a schoolgirl using a cellphone-based messaging service – and police have used the same method to catch the man. The 39-year-old suspect – who abducted the 16-year-old girl for five days – had apparently developed a cyber relationship with her through Mxit, a popular messaging service used mostly by teen... See full details

  10. Taxi violence erupts in Boksburg

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Ekurhuleni metro police impounded 40 taxis after violence erupted between operators at the main taxi rank at the Holomisa squatter settlement in Boksburg. Metro police spokesperson Inspector Johnny Nhlapo said six taxis were gutted last night after being set alight during the skirmish between taxi owners. He said one group of taxi operators "illegally invaded" the Holomisa taxi rank, which... See full details

  11. Robbers gang-rape woman in front of husband

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    A Boksburg North couple were robbed at gunpoint and the wife was gang-raped by three men. Superintendent Andy Pieke said the couple, in their 20s, were walking in Main Reef Road in Whitfield at 7.30pm on Monday, when they were threatened by three men armed with knives and a firearm. The attackers took the couple into the veld, where they ordered the man to strip and then took turns raping ... See full details

  12. Thieves' explosive bid to rob ATM fails

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    Thieves who used commercial explosives in their bid to open a Standard Bank ATM failed, leaving it damaged. West Rand police spokesperson Inspector Zelda Viviers said the community of Munsieville on the West Rand were woken up by a violent blast in Mamogale Drive yesterday. Viviers said the thieves caused R500 000 damage Security guard Thomas Chikobi said he found the front part of the... See full details

  13. This is the enemy, crime analysts say, the police are going to have to confront if they want to crush the cash-in-transit gangs running rampant in the country

    Date: 18 Oct 2006
    In recent weeks, cash-in-transit robbers have shocked and awed South Africa with their brutality. Last month, three security guards were burnt to death in their cash van in Limpopo and then last week, 15-month-old Khensani Mitileni was shot and killed while she was still strapped to her mother's back during a heist in Bree Street in the Joburg CBD. Police statistics released recently by Saf... See full details

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. '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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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