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  1. Police lashed over failure to quiz witness

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    ‘It should have been done in 48 hours. This is clear incompetence’ Six weeks after bloody massacre in Jeppestown, police have yet to take a statement from a key witness. Johan van der Merwe was shot in a leg in the Pick’n Pay robbery that preceded the Jeppestown shootout, and spent a week in Wilgeheuwel Hospital. At the scene of the robbery, police promised to see him in half an hour to ... See full details

  2. Govt in crime denial – Leon

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon accused government yesterday of being in denial about the extent of crime in South Africa. The opposition leader called for crime to be placed at the very top of government’s priorities while addressing a group of concerned Johannesburg residents at an anti-crime meeting at the Ernest Ullman Park in Morningside last night. Unsatisfied with the Presid... See full details

  3. Operation nets hijack suspect

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A “MOST wanted” suspected hijacker was captured by North Rand police in an intensive crime busting operation at the weekend. Shaun Jacobs, 36, is believed to have been involved in more than 22 hijackings and robberies on the North and East Rand. According to Superintendent Eugene Opperman, another man arrested on Friday morning in connection with hijackings turned out to be a member of the S... See full details

  4. One of Pta’s most wanted is arrested

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    One of Pretoria’s four most wanted men was arrested in Mamelodi at the weekend. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the man, who is in his 20s, was arrested after a tip-off. “He was wanted for several cases of murder and house robberies east of Pretoria. Three other men are still at large,” said Insp Ramaloko. Meanwhile, Erasmia police arrested four men and recovered four suspected stolen vehic... See full details

  5. Aerosud lands huge contract

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Centurion-based aero structures manufacturer Aerosud has been awarded a multi-million six year plus contract by BAE Systems to produce components for the Eurofighter Typhoon. One of the most advanced fighters in operational service; it will be a cornerstone of Nato’s defence capability for the next 30 years. The $20 million (R136,5million) contract is the latest BAE Systems order placed with... See full details

  6. Cop killing lifts death toll to 24 this year

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Another Gauteng police officer has been killed on duty, bringing to 24 the number of officers killed in Gauteng since the beginning of the year. According to colleagues, Sergeant Thanda Mokoena, from Actonville police station, was killed by a gunman on Friday afternoon. He confronted a man who was acting suspiciously. When the man became aggressive and tried to run away, Mokoena gave chase. ... See full details

  7. Woman tells how mom ‘bashed’ screaming child

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A former social worker says she saw a mother “bash” her 2-year-old in a department store – and was racially insulted when she tried to intervene. Zimu Qondile, a social worker for 11 years and now a human resources manager in the Department of Local Government, is concerned that the child may be suffering from repeated abuse. She complained to The Star that security personnel at the store re... See full details

  8. New Kebble ANC link

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    The name of slain mining tycoon Brett Kebble has again been linked to the ANC, with forensic auditors finding records that Kebble paid more than R25 million to the part and its ANC Youth League. Kebble, who was gunned down on September 27 last year, is alleged to have channelled payments to the ANC through a range of consultants’ fees, loans and bonuses, according to a report in the Sunday Inde... See full details

  9. ANC wants answers on Kebble’s R25m funding

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    The ANC will seek answers from its branches this week about R25-million in funding it is alleged to have received from slain mining boss Brett Kebble, according to party spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama. Forensic auditors have uncovered records indicating at least R25-million had been paid to ANC regions and prominent party members and BEE leaders. The alleged recipients include the ANC Western C... See full details

  10. Hansie crash probe

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai, together with senior Nationwide Airlines captain Bruce Hyde, will today begin hearings into the death of SA’s disgraced former cricket captain Hansie Cronje. The inquest into the death of Cronje and two employees of Air-Quarious Charters – the pilot and co-pilot of the Hawker Siddely freight plane Cronje was on – was originally to be held in the Magistrate’s C... See full details

  11. Tackle court backlogs, urges DA

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    Court backlogs should be tackled by the Department of Justice, the DA said yesterday. According to Democratic Alliance spokesman on Justice Sheila Camerer, department director-general Menzi Simelane should stop “making empty promises about sorting out the chaos in the courts and rather fix a situation that is still deteriorating”. Referring to figures about court backlogs presented by the Di... See full details

  12. Hunt on after dad sees girl die

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A hunt has been launched for a man who shot and killed his girlfriend in full view of her father in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Saturday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said the man was arguing with his girlfriend at her home in Extension 4. “He shot her in the head and she died at the scene. He also threatened to shoot her father before fleeing. The man is known and will be arrested soon.” ... See full details

  13. Saulsville man shot seven times

    Date: 07 Aug 2006
    A 23-year-old Saulsville man was shot dead west of Pretoria yesterday. Inspector Paul Ramaloko said Vuyisile Khumalo and his brother were confronted by a group of men while they were standing next to a car in the street at about 1am. “They fired several shots at Khumalo and fled on foot.” Khumalo, who was shot seven times, died later in the Kalafong Hospital. The motive for the shooting ... See full details

  14. Public sector crime down

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    Fraud, theft, misappropriation, negligence and bribery appear to be on the decrease among government employees, according to the Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC released its overview of financial misconduct in the public service for 2004/05 yesterday. During this financial year, the number of reported cases was 513 with an attached cost of more than R120 million at national and prov... See full details

  15. Stabbed after row at school

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    A pupil from Vanderbijlpark had to have six stitches after he was stabbed with a pair of scissors by a schoolmate. Etienne du Toit, 15, a Grade 10 pupil from Vanderbijlpark High School was stabbed with a pair of scissors after he had argued with the brother of a senior boy. The 16-year-old classmate had slammed a safety door shut in his face. The two boys were taken to the principal’s off... See full details

  16. Arrests over illicit land sale welcomed

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    The ANC-controlled Tshwane metro council has expressed its satisfaction with the arrest of seven council officials in connection with charges of fraud. The African Christian Democratic Party 0ACDP) and Freedom Front Plus were also positive about the arrests for an apparently fraudulent sale of vacant council-owned land in Mamelodi, while the DA has called for a full inquiry. Mayoral spokesma... See full details

  17. Dispute over laws to regulate the military

    Date: 04 Aug 2006
    Envoy’s concerns about anti-mercenary bill slammed An ANC MP has shot down a top British envoy’s concerns about the anti-mercenary bill and denied it will criminalise South Africans working in foreign armed services. ANC MP Somangamane Ntuli said yesterday that defence training was a specialised skill, “but it can be used in a dirty manner”. Ntuli was speaking during deliberations ... See full details

  18. Concern after alleged child abuser acquitted

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    If alleged sexual abusers continue to walk free, more children will be molested and those who know about it would not bother to report the cases. This is what Luke Lamprecht, spokesperson for the Teddy Bear Clinic for abused children, fears will happen after an alleged child abuser was acquitted of 24 cases relating to child abuse at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. And the family ... See full details

  19. Scorpions seize assets

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    The National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) has seized assets belonging to suspects in a multi-million rand fraud scam in KwaZulu-Natal. The assets belong to Johan von Stander, 45, his wife Cornelia, 42, of Glenashley, Durban, and Laurel Murray, 54 of Howick. All three face charges of fraud, theft and contravention of tax laws ... See full details

  20. Drug duo out after paying R75 000 bail

    Date: 03 Aug 2006
    After a month in Pollsmoor Prison as awaiting trial prisoners, one night in the Sea Point police cells and one more night in Pollsmoor, alleged drug manufacturers and traffickers Jacobus Johannes Venter and Jacques van Rensburg were finally released on R75 000 bail each yesterday. They are alleged to have manufactured the drug “cat” from a luxury apartment in Sea Point. They face three charg... See full details

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