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  1. Government not trying to muzzle the media, says spin doctor

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    Cabinet agrees to uphold free press and not infringe its rights Chief government spokesperson Themba Maseko says the government will uphold the rights of a free press and is not about to muzzle the media. Maseko was yesterday referring to Wednesday's cabinet decision to approve the controversial Film and Publications Amendment Bill, but with the proviso that media organisations be co... See full details

  2. If you don't have a car, ride a donkey, police told

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has lashed out at police who failed to tackle crime or to help people in danger. "If you do not have a car, ride a bicycle or a donkey," he told police officers who blamed lack of transport for their slow response to crime calls. Speaking in Pretoria at an awards ceremony for police, the minister said he would not tolerate apathy. "We are li... See full details

  3. Labs face massive DNA test backlog

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    It could take up to 10 months or more after a woman or child has been raped or sexually violated for DNA samples to be tested, MPs have heard. Day one of the public hearings into gender equality and violence against women, which were held in parliament yesterday, revealed that the state's two laboratories in Cape Town and Pretoria were buckling under their massive workloads. Lisa Vetten, f... See full details

  4. Pandor hits back at DA over 'hero parade'

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    The Democratic Alliance has used the very institution Tony Yengeni was convicted of defrauding to accuse the ANC of supporting criminals rather than their victims. But it was left to Education Minister Naledi Pandor to strongly defend Yengeni yesterday. During members' statements in the house, DA chief whip Douglas Gibson said it was a disgrace that senior ANC members, including Western Ca... See full details

  5. Cops smash R8m hole in counterfeit trade

    Date: 25 Aug 2006
    Concern over influx of illegal items ahead of 2010 Johannesburg police believe that they have made a major dent in South Africa's exploding counterfeit industry. In the past three days, police have seized fake sports clothing worth more than R8-million rom Joburg factory shops. According to police, international crime syndicates are flooding the streets with counterfeit goods wor... See full details

  6. Horror over SA’s short pants sadists

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Crimes of extreme sadism and cruelty are being committed by mere children in South Africa and experts say we can expect an explosion of juvenile violence if the problem is not addressed. One of the reasons is a growing tolerance of aggression and violence by society and even a sense, in the crime-battered public psyche, that it is justified. Experts reacted with shock, revulsion and “great c... See full details

  7. Torture of disabled sparks protest

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    A crowd of about 100 people demonstrated for the return of the commando system yesterday during the court appearance of a your charged with the torture and murder of a Swartruggens man. Protestor’s braved cold and wet conditions to wave placards outside the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court. During a previous protest, they were exclusively white but yesterday a few black people joined the acti... See full details

  8. Solidarity for Yengeni

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Former ANC Chief Whip Tony Yengeni has run out of time. Today he will have to report to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town to start serving his four-year sentence for defrauding Parliament. Yengeni will not be alone though. As he heads for jail senior ANC figures in the Western Cape will reportedly be walking him to the gates in a show of solidarity. Political analysts have slammed this move by... See full details

  9. Stray grenade kills toddler

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    A five-year-old boy was killed yesterday when an M27 grenade exploded while he and a friend were handling it. They had picked up the device in the veld near their informal settlement which adjoins grounds used by a military base. Mooi River area police said Gift Suping was killed and Daniel Mfeka, also five, had shrapnel wounds. Daniel’s condition is stable. Member of the SAPS explosiv... See full details

  10. Schuster burgled – he is not amused

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    South Africa’s internationally renowned king of comedy Leon Schuster, found a recent robbery at his Johannesburg home no laughing matter. Two laptops containing years of work including personal songs, stories and ideas as well as other movie memorabilia were reportedly stolen on Sunday afternoon. Schuster, who was not present at his Honeydew home when the robbery took place, has apparently o... See full details

  11. 'We'll ensure people feel safe in 2010'

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    The government has acknowledged it has a major problem in tackling the crime rate ahead of the World Cup in 2010. Patrick Matlou, the deputy director-general of the Tourism Department, yesterday told MPs during a briefing on preparations for the tournament that a detailed survey of crime-fighting technology was under way. "We recognise this is a major problem … both at a perception level... See full details

  12. Where are my babies' bodies?

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    10 life sentences + 114 years... but Dube takes secrets to jail This is the question Sophie Mbuku desperately wants answered - but which unrepentant serial killer Sipho Dube seems determined to carry with him into his prison cell. Dube, one of Joburg's worst mass murderers, was yesterday sentenced to 10 life terms plus an additional 114 years by Johannesburg High Court Judge Seun Mos... See full details

  13. Staggering increase in use of powerful tik drug

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Ninety-percent of the illegal laboratories manufacturing tik in South Africa are operating in Gauteng. The Western Cape has seen a terrifying explosion of the drug since 2001, but the chemicals needed to produce it are being imported by syndicates living in and around Johannesburg. Five years ago just 15 cases involving tik were reported by 12 police stations in the Western Cape. Last ... See full details

  14. Lawyers, foreigners blamed for accident fund's R18bn deficit

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Lawyers and foreigners were blamed for the Road Accident Fund's R18-billion deficit when the fund's top executives appeared before parliament to lobby for legislative changes. And they had the ear of MPs on the National Council of Provinces' public service committee, who were of the view that, with the World Cup around the corner, a speedy solution to the problem was necessary. One MP note... See full details

  15. Children becoming more deviant

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Difficult family circumstances to blame A combination of violent television, video games and dysfunctional families have produced a generation of children with tendencies towards violent behaviour. This is what psychologists and children's organisations had to say after Seiso Ratsoana, an 18-month-old toddler, was tortured by two 11-year-old boys in Mabopane, north of Pretoria. T... See full details

  16. Medical staff failing rape victims by not completing kits, study finds

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Children are especially compromised as DNA is used to corroborate their evidence in court Medical practitioners around the country are not collecting specimens required for rape kits - making it harder for victims, especially children, whose cases rely on DNA evidence, to prove their cases. This is according to research done by Wits University's Dr Ruxanna Jina, in conjunction with t... See full details

  17. Passengers panic as planes malfunction

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Air passengers from Kimberley had to change Johannesburg-bound flights twice before they could travel. Panic gripped the passengers and their relatives at Kimberley Airport yesterday as the plane, travelling from Kimberley to Johannesburg, was forced to do an emergency landing only minutes after take-off. And the second plane had to do the same after an engine failure. Passenger E van ... See full details

  18. TKZee trio appear on tax evasion charges

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    Heads turned and word spread that members of the kwaito trio TKZee had been spotted in the Joburg Magistrate's Court. But Mzwandile "Zwai" Bala, Tokollo Tshabalala and Kabelo Mabalane seemed oblivious to all the attention they were attracting yesterday. The three men were in court appearing on separate tax evasion charges brought by the South African Revenue Service for failing to pay inco... See full details

  19. 'Happily married' couple found dead

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    An elderly couple have been found dead in their Durban home in what police believe could be a murder-suicide. Their bodies were found by their daughter. The husband allegedly shot his wife in the head yesterday and then shot himself. The couple, described as happily married for 45 years, were in their late 60s. According to media reports, the woman had been confined to a wheelchair... See full details

  20. Cabinet set to face editors over media bill

    Date: 24 Aug 2006
    The government's controversial media censorship proposal has been approved by the cabinet, but is still subject to talks with the country's editors. This is according to government spokesperson Themba Maseko, who said that while the cabinet had approved the proposed Film and Publications Amendment Bill in its current form yesterday, there would be discussions with the South African National Ed... See full details

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