Saturday, 02 May 2009 16:59

Cape Town building on fire

Written by Paul Bedford
A four-storey building in Cape Town caught alight shortly after 13h00 this afternoon. The ground floor of the Bree Street building has been gutted, destroying a restaurant and motorbike shop, and the other three floors are on fire. There have been no reports of any injuries.
Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:48

Traffic blockages for soccer match

Written by Paul Bedford
Streets around Coca-Cola Park, including Sivewright Road, Beit Street, Upper Railway and Miller Street, will be blocked between 08h00 and 21h00 today. According to spokesperson Wayne Minnaar the Johannesburg Metro Police will be using today's match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to showcase their preparations for the Confederations Cup in June.
Thursday, 30 April 2009 23:42

Woman burns to death on N1

Written by Paul Bedford

Netcare paramedics reported that a woman burnt to death inside her car on the N1 highway in Pretoria this afternoon. According to spokesperson Mark Stokoe the accident happened between the Rigel and Atterbury off-ramps at about 15h15.

A truck hit the womon's car from behind which immediately burst into flames. A tow truck driver stopped and tried to help but he was unable to open the car's doors. The N1 north was closed to traffic from about 16h30 until 20h00.

Friday, 01 May 2009 08:15

Troyville Park to be renamed today

Written by Paul Bedford
Troyville Park, east of Johannesburg's city centre, will be renamed after David Webster in a ceremony conducted by executive mayor Amos Masondo today. The event, scheduled for 10h00, is expected to be attended by government ministers, city officials, students, friends and former collegues of Webster. Webster was assasinated by an apartheid-era agent outside his home in the area twenty years ago today.
Thursday, 30 April 2009 18:45

Petrol down, diesel up

Written by Paul Bedford

The minerals and energy department today announced that the price of all grades of petrol will fall by three cents per litre from Wednesday.

The wolesale price of diesel with a 0.05% sulphur content will increase by eight cents per litre while diesel with a 0.005% sulphur content will go up by six cents per litre.

The maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin will also increase, this time by 17 cents per litre.

Monday, 20 April 2009 17:04

HPCSA clears Shaik's doctors

Written by Paul Bedford

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) announced today that the doctors who examined Schabir Shaik prior to his release on medical parole have been cleared of any unethical conduct.

Shaik, who was sentenced to a 15-year prison term after he was convicted of fraud and corruption in 2005, was released on parole in March this year after the parole board ruled that his condition was gravely serious.

Friday, 27 March 2009 09:03

NPA to seek postponement

Written by Paul Bedford

National Prosecuting Authority spokeperson Tlali Thali said yesterday that the NPA will ask for a postponement of the National Police Commisioner Jackie Selebi's corruption trial. The tiral was scheduled to begin on 14 April.

In a statement Selebi said, "The prosecution and the Directorate of Special Operations informed the deputy judge president during the pre-trial conference that they are not able to proceed with a case against me on April 14. I am extremely disappointed that the trial may not continue and that the prosecution attempts to deny me the opportunity to prove my innocence."

Friday, 20 March 2009 19:12

Ramokgopa shocked by daughter's arrest

Written by Paul Bedford
the 18-year old daughter of Tshwane Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa was arrested for dagga possession and assault at her school this morning. She was among six learners who were arrested after a search operation was conducted at the Pro Arte school in Alphen Park by police, metro officials and local security. Approximately 850 pupils were searched during the raid.
Monday, 26 January 2009 01:30

Drug traffickers bust

Written by Paul Bedford

North West police have arrested seven foreign nationals, six Nigerians and a Tanzanian, in Rustenburg. According to spokesperson Tumi Golding the men were arrested for prostitution and drug trafficking.

"The men are alleged to bring girls aged between 16 and 25 from all over the courty to Rustenburg. They then sell them for money and feed them drugs." Golding added, "About R60 000 worth of drugs and three cars were seized during the police raid. Several of the girls havebeen taken in for questioning."

The men are expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

Thursday, 19 March 2009 21:23

Another postponement for McBride

Written by Paul Bedford

Robert McBride, the former Ekurhuleni metro police chief, will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on 12 June. His case was postponed to allow his defence team time to study the documents received from the state just two days ago.

McBride is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and defeating the ends of justice resulting from a car accident in December 2006.

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