Saturday, 13 June 2009 17:19

68 held in overnight crime operation

Written by Paul Bedford
Inspector Lorraine van Niekerk said today that about 68 people were arrested by the SAPS during a crime prevention operation in the Booysens area. The suspects held during the operation, conducted between Friday and Saturday morning, will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court soon.
Saturday, 13 June 2009 00:56

Colonial Building damaged by fire

Written by Paul Bedford

The 19th century Colonial Building in Pietermaritzburg's city centre was severely damaged in a fire earlier today. The fire, which was discovered about 11h00, was finally extinguished by 15h00. The cause of the fire is unkown at this stage.

The building, with its colonnaded brick frontage, was being renovated to house the offices of the master of the High Court.

Friday, 12 June 2009 18:26

Another SABC board resignation

Written by Paul Bedford
Independent Electoral Commission chief Pansy Tlakula is the latest SABC board member to resign. She joins Bheki Khumalo, Andile Mbeki and Desmond Golding who resigned yesterday.
Friday, 12 June 2009 18:22

Man shot in crime crackdown

Written by Paul Bedford

Police, conducting a crime crackdown ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup, shot a man in Bree Street in the Johannesburg City centre earlier today.

The man apparently pulled a gun on officers who tried to search him. The officers immediately shot the man, wounding him in the somach.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:16

Mathe guilty

Written by Paul Bedford

Mozambican Annanias Mathe, dubbed the Houdini of C-Max, has been found guilty of 64 of the 71 charges he was facing in the South Gauteng High Court. Judge Geraldine Borchers completed her three-day judgement, in which she found Mathe guilty of rape, attempted rape and attempted murder among others, at noon today.

Mathe's lawyer, Liz Serrao, requested a week's postponement to establish if she could bring a phychological report in mitigation of sentencing. In response Judge Borchers said, "The accused before me strikes me as a hardened criminal. His behaviour has been vicious .... largely abnormal, I'm interested to know if we have some psychological abnormality."

The case was postponed until 10 June 2009.

Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:24

Snow a possibility in Cape

Written by Paul Bedford

A major cold front is likely to bring icy weather, gale force winds, stormy seas and snow in high-lying areas when it hits the Western Cape on Friday. Climatologist Candice McKechnie said, "Capetonians can say goodbye to sunny weather."

The South African Weather Service's Kieth Moir said gale-force winds of up to 65 km/h can be expected along the coast between Cape Agulhas and Plattenberg Bay. Falls of more than 50mm of rain in 24 hours were recorded in some areas when the last cold front hit Cape Town two weeks ago. While falls from this front are not expected to be as heavy, up to 50mm could be recorded in the mountainous areas.

Maximum temperatures are expected to be below 15° over the entire Western Cape on Friday, increasing slightly on Saturday as the cold front moves towards the Eastern Cape. 

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 16:59

Bus stike over

Written by Paul Bedford

Gabu Tugwana, a City of Johannesburg spokesperson, today announced that the five-week Metrobus strike is over. Tugwana said that the SA Municipal Workers Union had accepted the deal offered by Metrobus and had gone to consult their members. Bus services should be fully operational by Friday.

The resolution of the strike means that Thursday's planeed sympathy strike will not take place and thus the planned Labour Court application to stop it will not be made.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:28

Joburg men injured on Durban pier

Written by Paul Bedford
Two men, believed to be from Johannesburg, have been taken to St Augustines Hospital suffering from multiple lacerations and hypothermial. An angler found the two men clinging to the columns supporting the North Beach Pier at about 03h30 this morning. The men had apparently jumped off the pier to go for a swim but were battered against the pier's columns. The NSRI were called but by the time rescue officers arrived the men had managed to make theri way to shore.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:30

Large parts of Joburg without water

Written by Paul Bedford

Johannesburg Water spokesperson Baldwin Matsimela announced earlier today that "technical problems" at the Linksfield reservoir hald led to a "shut down" of water services in Linksfield and surrounding areas.

Matsimela said, "Residents have been lrft without water from 08:00 on Tuesday, until such time as technicians sort out the problem." He added that it was not yet known when the water would be turned back on.

The affected areas include Linksfield, Orange Grove, Highlands North, Sydenham, Mountain View, Orchards, Norwood, Glenhazel, Lyndhurst, Sandringham, Fairmount, Rouxville, Precelia Estate and Balfour Park.

Thursday, 21 May 2009 16:24

Dramat to head Priority Crime Directorate

Written by Paul Bedford

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that Anwar Dramat, a deputy provincial commissioner in the Western Cape, will head the new Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation. Speaking at parliament earlier today Mthethwa said Dramat was largely involved in the intelligence gathering wing of the police and has many years of experience working underground.

The new unit, created due to the merger of the Scorpions and the police's Organized Crime Unit, will have staff drawn from former Scorpions and the ranks of the police.

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