1. Report says abuse of migrants rife

    Date: 17 Aug 2006
    AgriSA disputes findings Agri South Africa (AgriSA) has disputed a Human Rights Watch report accusing Limpopo farmers of exploiting vulnerable Zimbabwean migrants. The 54-page report titled Unprotected Migrants: Zimbabweans in South Africa’s Limpopo Province makes starling revelations of how commercial farmers often flout basic employment laws, even for documented migrant worke... See full details

  2. No more trial delays to dodge justice

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    An alleged gang of armed robbers who have dogged justice for nearly three years by having their trial postponed more than 50 times have had their free ride halted. This week, Makhosini Nkosi, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said head of the National Prosecuting Service advocate Mokotedi Mpshe SC had instructed that the alleged gang, headed by Simphiwe Shezi, not be all... See full details

  3. Six hour wait for mortuary van to collect body

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    Pretoria police are investigation the death of an ER214 emergency services branch manager found dead on the back seat of his car in Arcadia on Monday. The body of Johan Kilian, 32, was discovered by a passer-by after being alerted by a car guard who wondered why a man was sleeping in the white Golf. Police spokesman Inspector Katlego Mogale said Kilian had no visible injuries to his body. ... See full details

  4. Outrage at satanic attack on dog

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    The dog yelped and cried, but the boy kept on kicking it. It yelped again and the boy ripped off its genitals and then spray-painted a satanic symbol on its body. He stopped only when he was confronted by a man who heard the screeching cries of the animal. The boy, believed to be between the ages of 16 and 20, then got onto his motorcycle and fled. This macabre scene played itself out at t... See full details

  5. Women living in fear of suspected serial killer

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    Women living in an area south of Pretoria are running scared of the man dubbed the Samrand serial killer. The victims, who have been found in the vicinity of the Samrand Quarry and the Blue Valley Country Club, are all believed to come from Johannesburg and Midrand. Despite denials by senior government officials and police officers, Olievenhoutbosch community leaders claim the bodies of nin... See full details

  6. Search for gang who battered elderly couple

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    Police are on the trail of the men who beat an elderly couple to death at their home. Peter Jacobs (93) and his wife Annemarie (77) were bludgeoned to death with a wooden elephant carving in their house in Robin Acres, Randburg, by men who broke in about 4am on Sunday. Superintendent Chris Wilken, police spokesperson for Johannesburg, said it was believed that the couple had been asleep in t... See full details

  7. Police look for couple’s killers

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    The community of Eldorado Park, Johannesburg appealed for more police visibility in the area while the search for the killers of a young couple continued yesterday. Kevin Geswent, 20, and his girlfriend, Siohban Waterson, 18, were found dead in Ennerdale last week after being hijacked from Ext 4 in Eldorado Park. Community members said more police visibility was necessary to stop the surge o... See full details

  8. Gruesome find infuriates residents

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    Police had to restrain angry resident on the East Rand from burning down a house where the mutilated corpse of a woman was found with parts missing. The residents had already burnt down a shack near the house in Etwatwa, near Daveyton, yesterday where Rebeca Motsi’s body had been found on Monday. The 20-year-old mother-of-two was found buried under the floor of a room in the house. Her head... See full details

  9. Lasers fox speed cops

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    Speed-mad motorists are beating the traffic cops with hi-tech laser jammers that render speed traps useless. Traffice departments pay more than R700 000 for a single laser speed-trap unit – but a simple device costing R3 500 beats the traffic police, one of the manufacturers of the device boasted in a radio interview yesterday. The device – similar ones are in widespread use in countries suc... See full details

  10. Sexual predator wins another delay

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    For the third time, self-confessed sexual predator John Peter Putter has succeeded in having his sentencing postponed, after the Legal Aid Board agreed to provide him with yet another legal representative after he fired his third council. Putter was supposed to have been sentenced a year ago, after he was convicted on nine charges which included one of rape, four of indecent assault and four of k... See full details

  11. Decomposing bodies of infants found

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    The grisly discovery of an infant buried in the garden of an upmarket complex has shocked residents and puzzled police. Dressed in pink and wrapped in an orange towel, the baby’s body was found yesterday after an unsuspecting gardener in southern Johannesburg plunged his garden fork into its shallow grave. Suraya Ramnath, whose balcony at The Terraces complex is 2m from the dusty grave, said... See full details

  12. ‘You just pray that nothing is going to happen’

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    On some days it’s one warder looking after 300 dangerous inmates – but that’s on a good day. On most days it’s one warder looking after 300 dangerous inmates – with a female warder working alongside him – having to supervise the prisoners; count them; feed them; transport them to court; making sure the male prisoners do not sexually harass the women who work with them; and, trying to instil som... See full details

  13. Video pirate accused back to face music

    Date: 16 Aug 2006
    The two former employees of Video Lab accused of illegally distributing pirated copies of award-winning local films appeared briefly again yesterday in the Special Commercial Crimes Court. Sipho Sangweni and Glynnis Lincoln were arrested after an investigation earlier this year by the South African Federation Against Copywright Theft. The duo were allegedly found to be the source of distribu... See full details

  14. Security officer, cops nail Letterbox Gang

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    A gang of robbers believed to have been responsible for a spate of housebreakings in the northern suburbs during the past six months have been bust after a shootout with police and security guards. Four robbers were arrested minutes after robbing a house in Emmarentia yesterday, with one arrested after being shot in the face by SAS Security guard Nkosinathi Nkosi and three others caught in the ... See full details

  15. Woman battered in farm robbery

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    As the result of another brutal farm attack, a woman had to have surgery to repair damage done to her face. Intruders allegedly beat her with a wooden plank before stealing two cellphones and keys. Alida Magrieta Hartzer, 56, was being treated in the Potchefstroom Medi-Clinic yesterday for serious facial and head injuries. Two men apparently broke into the farmhouse on the outskirts of Ve... See full details

  16. Saved by bullet proof vest

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    A Metro Police officer was saved by his bulletproof vest when he was shot by unknown gunmen at his home in Lawley, Johannesburg yesterday. Officer Sebastian Mostert, 21 was opening the gate when three men attacked him. “They jumped on me and went for my gun, which they managed to take,” said Mostert. One of the suspects allegedly panicked and fired a shot, which hit the officer in the chest.... See full details

  17. Judge rules SANDF must reinstate spy

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    A former top SADF spy has obtained a Pretoria High Court order to force the defence force to reinstate him with full rank and benefits, despite the secrecy surrounding his discharge two years ago. Acting judge BH Swart set aside the discharge of Defence Intelligence’s former head of Covert Information pertaining to Western Africa, Colonel GJK Badenhorst and ordered Defence Minister Mosiuoa Leko... See full details

  18. Protectors on the carpet

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana and his deputy, Mamiki Shai, have been summoned to appear before Parliament’s ad hoc committee next week. The committee, which met behind closed doors yesterday, was appointed by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete after a bitter stand-off between Mushwana and Shair, who has claimed that Mushwana sexually harassed her and two other female staffers. Mushw... See full details

  19. Cross-border crime deal

    Date: 15 Aug 2006
    It is hoped cross-border crime between Mozambique and South Africa will diminish following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between law enforcement agencies of both countries. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) chief advocate Vusi Pikoli said the agreement would have far reaching benefits for law enforcement in SA. “In terms of Mozambican law, that country does not extradite it... See full details

  20. Prisons bursting at the seams

    Date: 14 Aug 2006
    While there is an increasing number of calls for South Africa’s criminal justice system to act speedily against child rapists, murderers and armed robbers, prisons are 63% overfull. With about 34 000 staff members, the Department accommodates 189 748 offenders in minimum, medium and maximum security correctional centres. It costs about R40 5000 a year to house one prisoner. The facilities i... See full details

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