February, 2013

 

Taxi driver killed after alleged police brutality

A taxi driver from Mozambique has died after being dragged by a police van and then beaten to death in Daveyton, says a report. In an amateur video, broadcast by the eNCA on Thursday, Mido Macia is seen tied to the back of a South African Police Service vehicle and dragged down the street. The channel said he was dragged from the police van for about 400m. Watch footage of taxi driver being dragged by police vehicle – WARNING: Video may be harmful to sensitive viewers According to the Daily Sun on Thursday police thenRead More


SA teachers break absentee record

Truant teachers were absent for close to 7.5 million days last year, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “We have the highest rate of absenteeism in SADC [the Southern African Development Community]. We’re at 19 days [average per teacher] a year. It’s huge. An average of 10 percent nationally,” she told reporters at Parliament on Tuesday. It is understood that teacher absenteeism in other SADC countries is an average of nine days per teacher per year.


Father killed in front of son, family suspects cable thieves

Robbers shot and killed a Vanderbijlpark father in front of his 18-year-old son at the family’s home. Beeld reported  that when Bertus Coetzee, 42, arrived home at 10pm on Monday night, his son Flippie opened the garage door for him so he could park his bakkie inside. According to Warrant Officer Kinnie Steyn of the Vanderbijlpark police, two armed men threatened Coetzee and held him at gunpoint when he got out of the car.


No end to Muldersdrift crime wave

They travel in gangs, terrorising the community at night, shooting their victims and robbing them. And when their victims lie bleeding from their wounds, they ransack their homes, take a few valuables and disappear, only to hit another house shortly afterwards. This is the experience of many Muldersdrift residents. Despite police holding meetings to find solutions, the violent crime continues unabated.


Ekurhuleni chief whip faces fraud charges

The chief whip of the Ekurhuleni metro council and two SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) leaders have been arrested over the alleged theft of R8.2 million from a union trust fund. Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko said Satawu general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu, former Satawu president Ezrom Mabyana, and Robert Mashego, a former deputy president of the union, who is now the Ekurhuleni council’s chief whip, were arrested on Monday for crimes dating back to 2011. “The arrests are in connection with fraud and theft related to the Sarhwu (SARead More


Man beaten up after granny’s rape

BATTERED and bruised after being assaulted by residents of KwaDinidi in the Midlands, a 23-year-old has admitted to raping a 91-year-old woman. The attacker, who made his first appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, was arrested by police on Friday after residents apprehended him. Asked what he intended to plead to the charge of rape, he said: “I did it. I did it all,” drawing shocked gasps from a packed public gallery.


25 years for raping 90-year-old

A man was sentenced to 25 years in prison by the Maphumulo Regional Court on Tuesday for raping and robbing an elderly woman, KwaZulu-Natal police said. Captain Thulani Zwane said Ndumiso Gcabashe, 22, raped a 90-year-old woman in her house in Maphumulo, in the Woza area, on July 20, 2010. The woman was alone when Gcabashe entered the house and threatened her with a knife. “Gcabashe overpowered the woman and raped her,” Zwane said. He also robbed her of R470, which was her pension money. Gcabashe was arrested in theRead More


Report shows corruption within women and children department

Allegations of corruption and mismanagement have been highlighted in a secret report on the women, children and people with disabilities department. Beeld reported it was in possession of the report that was compiled after an investigation originally requested by Minister Lulu Xingwana, and which Xingwana herself, according to the newspaper, does not want to share with Members of Parliament. Among the report’s findings was an allegation that one official was awarded R180 000 for working overtime, a nurse was appointed as a director over someone who was far more qualified for the position, bursaries amounting to thousands ofRead More


Ten things about guns in South Africa

GunPolicy.org estimates that there are six million guns in South Africa, roughly 12 for every 100 people. 1. The shooting of Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, has put guns and gun ownership in South Africa in the spotlight again. The weapon used was a 9mm Parabellum. 2. In January, Pistorius applied for six more firearm licences. They were for three shotguns (a Maverick, a Winchester and a Mossberg), two revolvers (a Smith & Wesson 500 and a .38 Special) and a Vector .223 rifle.


Joburg finance books not clean

The municipality cannot account for some spending, while the billing error saga continues. DA leader in Johannesburg, Mmusi Maimane, commented on the national Auditor-General’s report on the city council, the third consecutive qualified audit. “The municipality took 303 days to collect outstanding debts. This period should not be longer than 30 days, due to a massive number of unresolved billing queries, which inflates the value of outstanding debts, and greatly delays payment of the legitimate debts,” said Maimane.


House in Kyalami robbed

ON the evening of 20 February a house on Howthorne Street in Kyalami was robbed of a laptop, car keys, a Blackberry and Nokia cellphone worth R15 000. A woman said that she was surprised by two armed men who pointed a firearm at her. She was ordered to lie down, then tied up.The men took her property and left, said Midrand police spokesperson Constable Matome Tlamela. The woman could not identify the men as it was dark and everything happened quickly. No one has been arrested   STORY


Malema ‘hides’ valuables: report

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema may have hidden some of his assets to prevent them from being sold at auction to recoup tax debt, it was reported on Sunday. The Sunday Independent reported that Malema’s household contents were auctioned in Polokwane in Friday for R54,000, which was about a fifth of the value of his Breitling watch. The SA Revenue Service (Sars) is trying to recover R16 million, which it claims Malema owes


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