May, 2013


Nine held after Diepsloot shooting

Nine people were arrested for public violence and possession of stolen goods after a shop owner shot dead two men in Diepsloot at the weekend, Gauteng police said. A Somali man allegedly shot dead the two, believed to be Zimbabwean nationals, outside his shop on Sunday, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said. Circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear. The man was arrested and charged with murder. He would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Car dealer sued over ‘fake’ car

A businessman from Orchards in Johannesburg is claiming R131 342 from a car dealer, saying he was under the impression he’d bought a new Nissan NP200 1.6 8V, but later discovered 21 components of the car were not Nissan parts. Sydney Harry Gordon, 65, said in papers filed at the Pretoria High Court he had bought the vehicle on 22 February 2012 from Melrose Nissan. The vehicle had a R131 342 price tag, and he entered into an agreement with Absa Bank to finance the deal.

Boy accused of killing family with axe

A 14-year-old boy was due to appear in court on Monday charged with murdering his family with an axe. The boy is alleged to have killed his three-month-old sister, his seven-year-old brother, his mother and grandmother on Friday, but the murder weapon had still not been found at the time of publication.

Law enforcers in court for murder

A police officer and three traffic officials appeared in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court on Monday for murder, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said. Spokesman Moses Dlamini said they were arrested for the murder of Eshowe resident Thokozani Langa. They also face charges of kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice.

UPDATE: Missing girl found dead

The kidnapping of a 19-year-old teenager from Midrand Graduate Institute has not only left her family in shock, but her friends and classmates as well. Update: 9:44: Philasande’s funeral will be held on 25 May and in Kagiso from 8:00am to 10:00am and her family has invited all students who would like to attend. Tom Brown, principal at the Midrand Graduate Instutute said it was very difficult for the school to accept Ngum’s death. “During this incredibly difficult time, special counselling services have been made available throughout the week,” heRead More

A new strategy to ‘win back the streets

The City of Johannesburg is to embark on a multi-pronged approach to deal with crime. Delivering his budget speech on Thursday, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Clr Sello Lemao said his department had decided to try “different tactics” in the fight against crime, including building “a critical mass of citizens who would enforce the law and encourage others to comply”. “By far the most important safety and crime prevention intervention is for communities to join in the fight,” Clr Lemao said.

Girl, 6, raped twice, stabbed 9 times

It was her indomitable will that saved a six-year-old girl from death after she was raped, allegedly by her uncle, stabbed nine times with a spear and left for dead this week. On Saturday, the Grade 1 pupil, stitched from her chest down to her stomach, her hands bandaged and heavily sedated, lay in a hospital bed at Durban’s Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospital. The girl cannot be named because she is a minor and a rape victim.

The Guptas and racism among Indian people

Claims of racism at the Gupta wedding has reminded us of our racial baggage, but we’re ahead in dealing with our division, writes Verashni Pillay. The dust is starting to settle around the Gupta jet-landing scandal earlier this month but an ugly issue remains, needling us like an old wound. It was the claims of racism that occurred during the wedding: Indian guests allegedly preferring white staff over black, and insulting black staff at Sun City by asking them to clean themselves, implying that they were dirty.

Business robbed of computers

A business in Halfway House was robbed of property estimated to the value of R100 000. Police spokesperson Constable Matome Tlamela said the complainant had received a call from a security company that his furniture shop had been broken into. “He went straight to his office and upon arrival he found that the glass door and four wooden doors had been forced open,” said Tlamela.

Police officers hijack delivery truck

Police officers pretending to be on roadblock duty were arrested after hijacking a delivery truck on Le roux Avenue, Halfway House. Police spokesperson, Constable Matome Tlamela said the driver and his crew were stopped by the officers who ordered them to get out of the truck.

Man injured during a robbery – President Park

Property estimated to the value of R60 000 was stolen during a house robbery on Republic Road, President Park. On 5 April at about 04:00, a man was surprised by three armed men whilst sitting in his lounge. Police spokesperson Constable Matome Tlamela said the complainant heard his door being forced

Corruption has no place in the SAPS says SAPS

The arrest this week of nine South African Police Service members by the Hawks for fraud and corruption should serve as a warning to other police officers. The nine, stationed at the Caledonspoort border post in the Free State, are alleged to have allowed people without the necessary documentation to pass through the border between our country and Lesotho – at a fee, of course. Like everyone else, all of the accused must be presumed innocent until proven guilty by courts of law.

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