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  1. Minister welcomes child abuse report

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi has welcomed the global report on violence against children tabled before the UN General Assembly’s third committee in New York last week. It followed a study by independent expert Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, providing a sobering picture of violence against children. He covered cruel and humiliating punishment, genital... See full details

  2. You have to be one to catch one

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    The South African government should consider using foreigners to help them combat crimes committed by foreigners, a Cameronian criminologist said yesterday. Denis Yomi Tanfa, who completed his doctorate in criminology at Unisa in 15 months, based his suggestions on a thesis he completed on “advanced fee fraud”, also known as 419 scams. Tanfa said the only way to curb that kind of fraud was b... See full details

  3. 'Police rapes covered up'

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Watchdog says cases against officers likely to hit dead end Police officers are protecting colleagues facing rape charges - and the 22 such cases in the past year are just the tip of the iceberg. This is according to police watchdog the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), which says in a report that the 22 complaints - lodged between April 2005 and March 2006 - were the highest n... See full details

  4. The trauma of living with scars of sexual assault

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    The flower tattoos on her wrists cover the scars that were left after her hands were bound tightly by the policemen who raped her. But, while her physical wounds are hidden, Laeticia* can't escape her mental scars. The Bedfordview beautician continues to be haunted by her gang-rape ordeal - and her belief that it was never properly investigated. "They covered the whole thing up," she says.... See full details

  5. Long-overdue prison report to be released

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Almost a year after it was handed to President Thabo Mbeki, the Jali Commission's report into corruption and maladministration in South Africa's prison service was expected to be tabled in parliament today. The 1 000-page report on the state of the country's prisons was presented to Mbeki last November, but has still not been made public. However, Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour... See full details

  6. SABC loses battle to keep findings secret

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Fears that it may now have an excuse to let implicated people off hook The SABC may use the online publication of the "blacklisting" report as a justification to avoid taking disciplinary action against those implicated by the two commissioners it appointed. This emerged after a dramatic sequence of events that came to a head at 1.15am yesterday when a Joburg judge dismissed the publ... See full details

  7. Seized Springs girl is found safe and sound

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    A 16-year-old Springs schoolgirl who was abducted by a man in front of her parents' house nearly a week ago has been found after East Rand detectives worked around the clock following up clues. One of a team of investigating officers, Captain Piet Nel, said they had traced Yolanda Jansen van Rensburg to an address in Carletonville, North West. Nel would not divulge further details. Yoland... See full details

  8. 'Father's forgetfulness led to baby's death'

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Dad neglects to drop off sleeping child and leaves him in vehicle Andrew Wilkinson forgot to take his 17-month-old son to his mother-in-law - and now his family's life will never be the same. The University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer's child is thought to have died of heatstroke after being left on the back seat of his father's car for hours. The outside temperature was 26°C, b... See full details

  9. Travelgate accused get last chance to make deal

    Date: 16 Oct 2006
    Confessions have brought only fines, but trialists face jail At least three MPs who stand accused of committing fraud with parliamentary travel vouchers were expected to conclude plea bargains with the state today. The trial of 28 former and present MPs and travel agents is scheduled to start tomorrow. The start of the trial has also been set as the cut-off point for plea bargains with... See full details

  10. CBD crime rise despite surveillance

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    Criminals more brazen,says camera company A bomb threat in the city centre yesterday has compounded fears that the CBD is sliding into a crime hotspot yet again. And the company that runs the security cameras in the CBD has confirmed that gangs have quadrupled in size and that there has been an upsurge in criminal activity in the past few months. The bomb threat, allegedly from a dis... See full details

  11. Feeding scheme dogged by shenanigans

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    While the Social Development Department struggles with its policy over the provision of food for the poor, the school feeding scheme, run by the Department of Education, is battling demons of its own. Allegations made to the Saturday Star by service providers in several provinces range from school principals trying to bribe tender-holders to "doctor" invoices and pay cash kickbacks, to other s... See full details

  12. More heads to roll

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    Scorpions and police fight over investigation The top brass of the Scorpions is sweating in the fallout of charges laid against two of their former bosses. More highly-placed figures could face the axe, and more charges are to be added to the million-rand fraud, theft and corruption already pending against Malala Geophrey "Geoph" Ledwaba and Ayanda Dlodlo. The backdrop is undoubt... See full details

  13. We must spy on them to end crime

    Date: 15 Oct 2006
    Cynthia Mitileni fixed her gaze on her daughter's tiny coffin as it was lowered into the grave. She didn't move, nor make a sound. Later she silently scooped a handful of white and pink petals, threw them on the coffin, then slowly went back to her chair. Her mother, seated next to her, slowly rubbed her back in a comforting way and gave her water to drink. Mitileni didn't display any emotion.... See full details

  14. Residents ready to blow the whistle on ‘corrupt’ officials

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    A showdown is looming at the Harrismith Regional Court next week when the trial of 13 residents of Ntabazwe facing a public violence charge resumes. The residents have vowed the time had come for them to spill the beans on corrupt officials in the Free State provincial government. The trial starts on Monday and will continue until Friday. Spokesman for the trialists Msizi Mavuso said it h... See full details

  15. 10 smugglers bust

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    Ten foreign nationals were yesterday arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and jewellery made of ivory through the Beit Bridge border post. A student constable was approached by a Congolese national who offered him a bribe. The Congolese and five other foreign nationals wanted to pass through with a consignment of jewellery made from ivory and elephant tail valued at more than R50 0... See full details

  16. Judge to ponder baffling axe killing

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    One of the most puzzling murder trials ever to be heard in the Pretoria High Court will be canvassed again next week. This is when a full bench of the court hears the appeal of double axe-killer Madeleen Bredenhann against her conviction. The softly spoken former debtors clerk was in November 2004 sentenced to two life terms for slaying her mother, Elma, 59, and invalid grandmother Albertina... See full details

  17. Officer arrested for ‘aiding criminals’

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    A police sergeant arrested for failing to report his gun and bulletproof vest stolen appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Sello Johannes Makena was charged with perjury, aiding and abetting criminals and defeating the ends of justice. He was remanded in custody until October 18, pending further investigations. He was arrested this week after his service pistol and a bullet... See full details

  18. Mbeki throws down arms-deal gauntlet

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki has pleaded his innocence in the arms deal, and challenged parliament to investigate him. Responding to United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa during a question-and-answer session in the National Assembly yesterday, Mbeki said the executive did not have veto powers to stop parliament investigating him. "(However) they are not going to find the corruption they ... See full details

  19. Suspect's absence sees R67m heist case postponed

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    The start of the trial of 17 people allegedly involved in a multimillion-rand cash heist at O R Tambo International Airport earlier this year hit a snag when one of the accused failed to appear in court. The accused appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court yesterday. However, proceedings had to be postponed because accused 16, Shikunwela "Fox" Sithole (31), out on R20 000 bail, was ... See full details

  20. Victims of gunfight between robbers and guards speak out

    Date: 13 Oct 2006
    Martha Masunda lies silently in a Johannesburg hospital bed, staring straight at the opposite wall, deep in thought. With her eyes wide open, she clutches a cellphone in her right hand, oblivious of our presence in the ward. The 31-year-old mother-of- three is one of the seven people wounded in a gunbattle between robbers and Coin Security guards in Joburg's inner city on Tuesday. Two ... See full details

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