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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 'We lost everything'

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Probe brings hope to ripped-off retired top brass from navy Captain Ian Wessels was once one of the most senior members of the South African Navy. Now he sells nuts and bolts to survive. He is one of 42 senior naval officers - including 21 former generals and admirals, five fleet captains, seven colonels and a retired magistrate - who lost a total of R38-million after investing their ... See full details

  15. Top detective to 'look into' rape cover-up allegation

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The detective who headed the rape investigation into former deputy president Jacob Zuma will examine a Gauteng beautician's claims that her rape by two police officers was deliberately covered up. Gauteng police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht told The Star yesterday that the province's head of detectives, Norman Taioe, had spoken to the woman and would "look into" h... See full details

  16. Thirsty Judge Hlophe manages a chuckle on day of organised chaos

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    Pleading guilty turned out to be an exhausting affair for several Travelgate MPs. Their morning began yesterday with the last-minute finalisation of their pleas and sentencing agreements, a visit to Judge President John Hlophe's chambers to have the matter enrolled, and the taking of fingerprints. The size of the group presented a challenge to the police, who ran around with lists checking w... See full details

  17. Soldiers won't help to prevent hold-ups

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    The army will not be deployed to assist embattled cash-in-transit security guards against the carnage they face almost on a daily basis. However, the police will increase manpower, with armed officers, some in plainclothes, accompanying cash vehicles in a bid to protect security guards and deter heists. This follows yesterday's meeting between Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, the Motor Tr... See full details

  18. Court hears of sexual adventures of the Black Stallion

    Date: 17 Oct 2006
    To his potential sex clients, Nigerian national Anthony Gozia Chinedu was known as the Black Stallion. The man whom he is now accused of murdering in July last year, 54-year-old Hendrik Jacobus Adams, was his favourite client. His body was dumped in a municipal bin in Berea, Johannesburg. This was revealed by Chinedu's pimp, Christiaan Donald Crowthen, who told the Johannesburg High Court y... See full details

  19. ‘Crammed Sun City jail is a time bomb’

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    The Johannesburg prison popularly known as “Sun City” has been described as a “time bomb’ waiting to explode”. It needs urgent action to address acute overcrowding. This startling revelation was made by Dennis Bloem, chairman of the portfolio committee in Correctional Services, during the committee’s conclusion of oversight visits to Gauteng prisons last week. Bloem said “Sun City” was th... See full details

  20. March against crime

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Concerned Eersterust residents marched on the local police station this weekend to protest against escalating crime in the east of Pretoria. The group, also composed of mothers of the victims, picketed in front of the station, demanding police act against crime. One of the march organisers, Imelda Louw, said that every week or two, a child or woman was raped or killed in the area. The pro... See full details

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