Saturday, 09 May 2009 01:43

Twenty in hospital after train crash

Written by Paul Bedford

At least twenty people have been taken to hospital after a train collision at Pretoria's Wonderboom Station late this afternoon. A moving carriage crashed into the back of a stationary train just after 17h00.

Thursday, 07 May 2009 18:10

Mutineers in court

Written by Paul Bedford

Ten members of the crew of a Taiwanese fishing vessel appeared in the Cape Town Magitrate's Court earlier today. They allegedly commandeered the vessel, the Balena, in international waters on Monday afternoon, demanding that it enter Cape Town harbour. Members of the police's special task force boarded the vessel before dawn on Tuesday and released the captain and first officer, who had been held hostage.

The men will remain in custody until their next court appearance on 20 May. Provisional charges against the men include two of kidnapping. Prosecutor Greg Wolmarans told the court that there was a great deal of investigation to be done, and that the investigation and the process of gathering statements was made more difficult by the need to use Taiwanese, Indonesian, Chinese and Vietnamese interpreters.

Tuesday, 05 May 2009 09:31

"Malema" for sale

Written by Paul Bedford

The Julius Malema puppet used in Nando's TV adverts has been put up for auction with proceeds going to the Self-Help Development Organization, which helps young men finish school and study mechanics, woodworking and electrical enginnering.

Nando's national marketing manager Sylvester Chauke told The Star newspaper, "We didn't want him to spend the rest of his life being an ornament."

"We do expect him to fetch a good price - he has become a celebrity overnight. And his whole wardrobe comes out of the Woolworths children's section. He's completely on trend."

Monday, 04 May 2009 23:25

Rush hour cash heist

Written by Paul Bedford

Rush hour traffic on the N12 highway in Boksburg was disrupted today when a gang of eight armed men robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle making off with an undisclosed amount of money. According to Captain Julai Claasen, a Nissan bakkie drove in front of the cash van near the Jet Park turn off just after 17h30.

The men, armed with AK47 and R5 rifles, opened fire forcing the vehicle to stop. Some of the robbers kept watch while others opened the van and took the cash.

Noboday was injured in the incident.

Tuesday, 05 May 2009 09:11

Search continues for missing yachtsman

Written by Paul Bedford

The search for an elderly yachtsman who went missing on the Vaal Dam will continue this morning. Johan Simon was last seen near Groot Eiland on Friday when he was anchored with a flotilla of other yachts. He left the area when a thunderstorm broke out.

Members of the National Sea Rescue Institute have been searching for him since Saturday but have found no sign of him or his yacht. NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said, "The NSRI will continue the search on the Vaal Dam. We are appealing to anyone who knows Johan Simon to come forward. The next few days will be crucial in the search. We are hoping that something will start to float, but all possibilities are being looked at."

Monday, 04 May 2009 15:30

Taxi driver on trial in August

Written by Paul Bedford

Percyval Matji, the Pretoria minibus taxi driver accused of running over and killing Bernadine Kruger while she was riding her scooter to school in February this year, will go on trial for murder in August. The case was set down for 13, 20 and 21 August when Matji appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court this morning.

Monday, 04 May 2009 15:10

Selebi trial postponed to 5 October

Written by Paul Bedford

The South Gauteng High Court today granted the State's application a further postponement of Jackie Selebi's corruption trial. Selebi faces two charges of corruption and one of defeating the ends of justice.

in granting the postponement, Judge Meyer Joffe said he was unhappy about postponing the case for so long, but the court roll and the availability of judges left him with no choice and warned state prosecutor Gerrie Nel that, barring any extraordinary reason, the trial must go ahead on 5 October.

Monday, 04 May 2009 12:05

Head-on crash kills four

Written by Paul Bedford
Two men and two children were killed in a head-on collision in Pretoria West this morning. Eyewitnesses said one of the vehicles tried to make a U-turn. At least three other people were injured in the accident, two of them critically.
Monday, 04 May 2009 09:58

Metrobus strike enters its second week

Written by Paul Bedford
Despite spending the weekend meeting behind closed doors the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and Metrobus management could not reach agreement on the union's demends. SAMWU confirmed that the industrial action will continue until Metrobus met their demands, leaving Johannesburg commuters to make alternative transport arrangements.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:42

Cops denied bail

Written by Paul Bedford

Four senior policemen, arrested in March on charges related to drug trafficking, were today denied bail when they appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court. The court maintained that if they received bail they would interfere with crucial witnesses.

Senior Superintendent Dumisane Jwara, Capatin Landro Mokgosani, Captain Victor Jwili and Captain Sakhepi Caiphus Shange have been remanded in custody at a Johannesburg high risk facility until their next court appearance on 3 June 2009.

The four are accused of selling drugs seized by police back to drug sindicates and are facing charges including fraud, theft, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.

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