Friday, 06 February 2009 13:04

Another bus catches alight

Written by Paul Bedford

A Pucto bus caught fire in Oxford Road, Rosebank during rush hour this morning. All the passengers in the bus were able to disembark safely and no injuries were reported. Johannesburg emergency personnel extinguished the blaze.

This is the second such incident in as many days. Yesterday another Putco bus caught fire in Roodepoort.

Friday, 06 February 2009 07:48

Hijackers shot on N3

Written by Paul Bedford

Police shot and killed two hijackers and wounded a third in a shoot-out on the N3 highway near the Linksfield Road offramp in Johannesburg yesterday evening. It is believed that the three suspects hijacked a vehicle in Primrose, Germiston and were driving along the N3 to get away from the scene.

The suspects were caught in a traffic jam caused by the ongoing construction work on the freeway. Police officers, also stuck in the same traffic jam, started looking for the men. When the police approached the hijacked car a shoot-out took place. The freeway way closed for a number of hours while the police competed their investigation.

Monday, 02 February 2009 14:14

Trains crash in Joburg

Written by Paul Bedford
Two commuter trains were involved in an accident south of Johannesburg earlier today. At least 17 people were injured when the trains collided between Midway and Lenasia stations shortly before 07h00. Although most of those injured only sustained minor injuries, five people, including a pregnant woman, were taken to hospital.
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 22:54

New coins for SA

Written by Paul Bedford

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said that South Africa is to get some "exciting and hip" new coins. Speaking at parliament following the fortnightly Cabinet meeting, he said "The proposed design changes for vaious coins were approved [by Cabinet]. The new designs will be gazetted shortly."

Saturday, 07 June 2008 17:12

Judge not yet on leave

Written by Paul Bedford
Spokesperson for the justice ministry Zolile Nqayi said today that a request for leave by Cape Judge President John Hlophe has not yet been approved. He said, "I'm not sure when the request was made, but I only saw it yesterday.....It hasn't been approved, we are still processing it."
Friday, 06 June 2008 22:30

State asks for two life terms

Written by Paul Bedford
State prosecutor Andre Fourie today asked the Pretoria High Court to impose two life sentences on convicted paedophile Andrew Jordaan. Fourie told the could that a minimum sentence of life imprisonment will be appropriate on the charges of the murder of seven-year-old Sheldean Human and the rape of her friend.
Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:11

Fuel price up again

Written by Paul Bedford
The department of minerals and energy announced today that the retail price of all grades of petrol will increase by 55c per litre next Wednesday.

The wholesale price of diesel with a 0.05 percent sulphur content will increase by 71 cents per litre while diesel with a 0.005 percent sulphur content will go up by 72 cents.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will rise by 55.5 cents a litre and the single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin by 74 cents a litre.

Friday, 14 March 2008 09:18

Skierlik: postponed again

Written by Paul Bedford
Johan Nel, the teenager accused of murdering four people and wounding seven others at the Skierlik informal settlement in the North West, will appear in the Swartruggens Magistrate's Court on 14 April. According to Superintendent Louis Jacobs, Nel could not appear in court yesterday as scheduled as he was still uder psychiatric observation.
Thursday, 13 March 2008 20:06

Concourt reserves judgement in Zuma case

Written by Paul Bedford

The Constitutional Court today reserved judgement in Jacob Zuma's and French arms manufacturer Thint's appeal against a Supreme Court of Appeal judgemet upholding controversial search and seisure raids in 2005. They are also attempting to have a letter requesting documents from Mauritius, which was authorised by Judge Phillip Levensohn, ruled invalid.

Zuma, his attorney Michael Hulley, Thint (Pty) Ltd and Thint Holdings Southern Africa brought four related applications for leave to appeal against three judgements the Supreme Court of Appeal made on 8 November 2008.

Tuesday, 05 February 2008 14:16

Disciplinary hearing for Goodwood commissioner

Written by Paul Bedford
Goodwood station commissioner Senior Superintendent Siphiwe Hewana will face charges of misconduct in terms of "standing orders and regulations of service" at a disciplinary hearing scheduled to begin today according toSenior Superintendent Billy Jones. The hearing, at the provincial police office in Cape Town, is expected to continue for the rest of the week.
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