Cop shot while getting dinner
04/09/2007 07:53 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A female police officer was shot dead in Gugulethu on the Cape flats, the SABC reported on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Billy Jones, said the officer, 32, was based at the Gugulethu police station.
She was shot when she and a colleague had bought food at a local takeaway.
She was also robbed of her service pistol. A case of murder was opened and police appeal to the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the incident.
Cop held for dagga (weed) possession
04/09/2007 18:27 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A police constable faces a charge of dealing in dagga after he was allegedly found with eight and a half bags of the drug in a police van near the Lesotho border on Monday.
Police spokesperson Zandra Hecter said on Tuesday eight and a half bags of dagga were found in the back of the van.
The Plessislaer-based constable - who was with a civilian at the time - was stopped at a roadblock between Himeville and Sani Pass, near the Lesotho border.
"The constable and the civilian were arrested and face charges of dealing in dagga," said Hecter. The officer had also been out of his policing area.
Jhb cop shot during robbery
06/09/2007 18:25 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A policeman was shot while responding to a robbery, paramedics said on Thursday.
"The officer was struck by a bullet in his lower left leg and was taken to Netcare Garden City Clinic where he is in a stable condition," Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said.
It happened after a Fairvale couple was woken by the sound of breaking glass in their Wilson Street home in the early hours of the morning and they alerted police.
Paramedics said when police arrived on the scene, the robbers allegedly opened fire on them. The police shot back and a suspect was believed to have been wounded. Johannesburg police were not immediately available for comment.
Man poses as cop for 26 years
06/09/2007 22:50 - (SA)
Colombo - A security guard who posed as a police officer for 26 years was arrested when his pretence was discovered during a background check on the family so his son could work as a law enforcement officer, a local newspaper said on Thursday.
The unnamed man from Meegahatenna, Kalutara, 50km south of the capital, was in possession of a police uniform, medals and badges supposedly gained for good performance and a fake pistol when police arrested him, the Island newspaper said.
He had married claiming he was a police officer attached to the National Intelligence Bureau where he is not expected to be in uniform, but was in fact working as a security guard for a private firm which has no link with the police, the newspaper said.
During the course of the 26 years he had produced for his family fake performance and promotion letters.
Police investigations have revealed that the man had not resorted to criminal activities while in uniform, but wore it to earn the respect of his family and neighbours.
The impostor?s double-life was discovered when police checked the family's background after his son sought a permanent appointment in the police force. Police said the father is to be charged with posing as a policeman and the son will be charged for making a false declaration about his father's profession. - Sapa-dpa
'Heist cop' appears in court
13/09/2007 11:19 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A policeman who allegedly supplied ammunition to heist gangs pleaded to be released on bail because "his wife was sick and home alone", the Sowetan reported on Thursday.
Mabutana Richards Msibi, a metro police officer, appeared briefly before Magistrate Samuel Mashimbye in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of possessing ammunition and an unlicensed firearm.
Prosecutor Thabo Motlhamme told the court that Msibi was not a doctor, so his presence at his house would not alleviate his wife's pain.
Msibi was arrested on Monday after police found him in possession of 133 rounds for an AK-47 and 103 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
This was the second time within a year that the officer had been arrested for the same offence.
In December, he was allegedly caught with ammunition and R10 000 in counterfeit money. That case was thrown out of court because vital information had gone missing from the docket.
Msibi was reinstated about six weeks ago. He was remanded for a formal bail application on September 21.
Car thief runs down metro cop
18/09/2007 13:47 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A 34-year-old Johannesburg metro policeman died in hospital after being driven over by the driver of a stolen car in Meadowlands on Tuesday, said police.
Inspector Edna Mamonyane said the officer tried to stop a white Volvo at about 10:00 when it knocked him down, seriously injuring him.
He was airlifted to Milpark Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Other metro policemen gave chase after the accident and arrested two men who had stopped behind the Volvo when its driver fled.
"The Velocity was apparently escorting the Volvo," she said. The Volvo had been stolen in Florida Hills.
Cop 'bashed suspect to death'
20/09/2007 15:18 - (SA)
Emalahleni - A police charge office turned into a murder scene when a policeman bludgeoned a suspect to death with a brick.
The blows were so hard that blood spattered 11 other cops in the charge office at the Vosman police station near Emalahleni (formerly Witbank).
The 56-year-old inspector was not asked to plead to a charge of murder when he appeared in the Witbank magistrate's court on Monday.
He was released on R1 000 bail and the case was moved to September 24 for further investigation.
The victim was 33-year-old Sipho Modise Sibanyoni, who had just been arrested for housebreaking and theft.
According to Mpumalanga Superintendent Abie Khoabane, Sibanyoni had asked the inspector for permission to give his girlfriend some money to buy him cigarettes.
The inspector agreed, but Sibanyoni escaped.
"He quickly dashed out of the visiting room and disappeared into thin air," Khoabane said.
He said other officers gave chase and caught Sibanyoni 500m down the road.
"When the inspector saw him, he became very angry and asked why he wanted to get him fired for incompetence," said Khoabane.
The inspector had a brick in his hand and before anyone do anything, Sibanyoni was hit in the face and on the head.
"When Sibanyoni fell down bleeding, the other officers thought he had just fainted, so they poured cold water on him to resuscitate him, but he was dead," Khoabane said.
He said the officers were all spattered in blood.
They immediately arrested and charged the inspector with murder. The inspector has not been suspended from work yet, pending results of an internal investigation, which is currently under way.
Cop robbed and assaulted
25/09/2007 13:02 - (SA)
Uitenhage - A man who allegedly robbed and assaulted a policeman during a street fight over the weekend has been arrested, Uitenhage police said on Tuesday.
Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said the KwaNobuhle policeman and a colleague had been responding to a complaint of street fighting between six men on Sunday morning when the incident took place.
The policeman tried to intervene and his firearm was stolen during a scuffle and he was threatened to "back off" until the thief ran away. The thief was arrested shortly afterwards and the policeman's firearm recovered.
Cop death: More arrests coming
25/09/2007 08:22 - (SA)
Johannesburg - More arrests are expected in connection with the murder of a Soweto policeman, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.
Spokesperson Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said police had arrested two men in their thirties on Monday night.
The men are suspected of involvement in the murder of a 38-year-old police inspector on Monday morning.
Nkwashu said police were sure one of the men arrested was the main perpetrator and another his accomplice.
More arrests were still possible, she said.
The arrested men had also led police to the firearm, said Nkwashu.
The police officer died in Milpark Hospital on Monday afternoon after he was shot in the chest as he and a female colleague were investigating a murder at Dube hostel.
The inspector and his partner were responding to a report of a murder and robbery around 08:00.
The pair was shot at while driving towards a group of people standing outside the hostel. People the officers had questioned had pointed the group out to them.
The inspector, stationed at the Meadowlands police station, was hit in the chest. His 38-year-old partner was robbed of her cellphone.
The man was taken to Milpark Hospital where he died shortly after 17:00.
The two officers were investigating the murder of a man in his forties. It was believed that he had been robbed. Police were investigating cases of armed robbery and murder.
Hijacked cop car recovered
21/09/2007 09:07 - (SA)
Johannesburg - An unmarked Johannesburg Metro Police car that was hijacked on Thursday in Lenasia was recovered within 30 minutes after its tracker system was activated.
Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said a member of the Metro Police was hijacked by four men in his Lenasia home driveway in Lenasia about 19:00.
He was wearing plain clothes at the time.
However Minnaar said the hijackers must have been watching him because they demanded his service pistol.
They then drove off in his car.
The officer alerted his department who activated the police tracker system.
"The car signal was followed onto the N17."
Officers from the Canine Unit went after the car and the four men abandoned the car and ran off into the bushes. "No arrests have been made as yet."
Cop charged with rape
24/09/2007 14:30 - (SA)
Durban - A policeman has been arrested for allegedly raping a prostitute, Durban police said on Monday.
"The police officer was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly raped a prostitute," Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said.
The man together with a colleague picked up the woman in a police vehicle, Mdunge said.
"The officer then dropped off his colleague and drove to a secluded spot in the Brighton Beach area where he raped her." The officer left the woman in the same area and drove off.
The woman reported the matter to police.
"She identified the police officer who was then taken to the district surgeon for tests. The woman was also taken for tests."
The officer was then immediately arrested and charged with rape, said Mdunge. The officer would appear in court soon.
Cops in dock for sexual abuse (against teens)
26/09/2007 15:33 - (SA)
Phuthaditjhaba - Two police sergeants were pointed out during an identity parade in QwaQwa as the men who allegedly sexually violated two 15-year-old girls at a police station.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said the identity parade took place on Tuesday and the two men were expected to appear in the Tseki Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
They face charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault.
Ntepe said the two policemen helped the girls serve a summons on an older sister who was receiving a social grant on their behalf and not using it to their benefit.
After the court order was delivered the policemen allegedly took the girls back to the police station.
"Instead of leaving the girls at their place of residence they told them that there was an emergency at the police station that they had to attend to."
Ntepe said it was alleged that one policeman raped a girl while the second policeman tried to rape the other girl.
"They reported their ordeal to their grandmother and the following day she accompanied them to the police where they laid charges against the two cops," said Ntepe.
She said the victims were taken to a doctor for medical examinations and the results showed sexual assault.
An internal investigation would also be conducted which would determine if the two policemen would be suspended. Reacting to the incident, Free State police commissioner Amon Mashigo said the police could never allow members to tarnish the value of the service by abusing the powers given to them and "not protecting our women and children".
just some of the shit that goes on here
DA to visit police stations
26/09/2007 16:30 - (SA)
Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance is to visit police stations throughout South Africa over the next few weeks, the party announced on Wednesday.
This comes a day after Gauteng's Provincial Police Commissioner, Perumal Naidoo, allegedly instructed police station commanders to deny permission for members of Parliament to visit police stations.
DA spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard said on Wednesday that despite the instruction the party would visit police stations "the length and breadth of South Africa" to fulfil their oversight function.
"In order to assure the public that there is adequate equipment, personnel and facilities at station level, it is essential that members of parliament be allowed to access police stations without having to obtain prior permission from the relevant local police authorities," she said in a statement. Kohler-Barnard said the DA would be writing a letter to Minister Charles Nqakula on the issue.
Cops 'determined' to get killers
25/09/2007 09:45 - (SA)
Pietermaritzburg - Five men, including a 36-year-old man described as the "main suspect" have been arrested in connection with the murder of five women whose decomposing bodies were found abandoned in sugar cane fields in Umzinto on the south coast.
Following up information that at first led them on a wild goose chase up and down the coast, police conducted an early-morning swoop on a house in Chatsworth on Monday, where they found items belonging to the dead women.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Zandra Hechter said a combined force of detectives from the Organised Crime Unit in Port Shepstone and members from Durban police made the arrests.
The breakthrough came after the detectives followed up information that led them to Stanger and then to Port St Johns and back to Chatsworth.
The suspect was arrested in a house together with four other persons and certain items belonging to the deceased were found in their possession.
Task team 'determined'
"All five men will appear in an Umzinto court on Wednesday morning on charges of murder."
"The sheer determination of the task team, who worked day and night, ensured this breakthrough. Investigations are continuing to determine if there are any more victims involved," said Hechter.
Fears of a serial killer were raised after five women's bodies were found in the cane fields over a period of a week-and-a-half this month.
The first body was found on September 2. She had been reported missing on May 31, said Hechter.
The bodies were found in various stages of decomposition, after extensive searches by police sniffer dogs.
Police engaged a crack team of experts in the investigation, including pathologists and psychological crime profilers.
Post-mortems on some of the bodies revealed that the victims had been strangled and possibly raped.
Hechter said on Monday that the bodies had not been officially identified because of the advanced stages of decomposition. "We are busy with DNA and forensic analysis."
The grisly scenes at the cane fields have shocked those in the area after the head of one of the victims was found to be missing from her body. The victim's head was later retrieved from a dog nearby.
Witness: Judge was staggering
26/09/2007 16:04 - (SA)
Witness: Judge was staggering
26/09/2007 16:04 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A man staggering and groping like a blind man and swearing like a sailor was a picture of Pretoria High Court Judge Nkola Motata painted by the State's first witness at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
"The language from the judge was very colourful... there was lots of swearing," said Richard James Baird the State's first witness and the owner of the Hurlingham home which Motata allegedly drove into.
"He was saying 'fuck you' repeatedly, he kept pointing at me and singling me out while I was standing in a group of people."
Baird said the judge also hurled racial slurs at him saying: "Fuck the white guy".
This was said countless times and was ongoing.
The witness told the court that the judge was drunk during the early hours of January 6 when the incident occurred.
'Eyes were swimming'
"He couldn't stand up without holding on to his car, he smelled of alcohol.
"The look in his eyes... they were swimming," he said.
Baird said two more factors had led him to believe Motata was drunk.
"His speech was drawn out, laboured and his sentence construction was inadequate.
"The other thing that led me to believe he was drunk was the way he handled his vehicle".
He said that the fact that Motata had crashed the back of his Jaguar into the wall had indicated to him that he was drunk.
The witness told the court how he had taken pictures on his digital camera of Motata in the vehicle. He also made cellphone audio recordings of some of the abusive language after calling his lawyer from the scene who in turn advised him to do so.
Baird had earlier applied to the court to prevent his name from being published and photographs of him being taken but his application was dismissed by magistrate Desmond Nair.
Motata has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
He is charged with driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and alternatively, reckless and negligent driving.
He is also charged with defeating the ends of justice, with an alternative charge of resisting arrest. The trial continues.
Man 'couldn't help' shot partner
26/09/2007 09:46 - (SA)
Johannesburg - Every time he tried to help his partner, who was lying in a pool of blood, the robbers assaulted him.
Ouboet Venter, 53, from the Hartbeespoort Dam area, was in tears on Tuesday as he told how Stienie Botha, 61, was shot in the chest by one of four robbers in their house on a smallholding early on Monday morning.
The couple had moved into the house on Wednesday last week. It is inside a fenced area which is being developed as a security village.
Venter, a diesel mechanic, said he was powerless.
They were attacked at about 01:30. One of the robbers had a pistol, while the others were armed with a knife, screwdriver and spoon.
"I heard somebody shouting 'Hey!' and a shot went off," said Venter with tears streaming down his cheeks.
'I couldn't help her'
"I only noticed she (Botha) was shot when they switched on the lights. She didn't make a sound when she was shot. She didn't even move. They tied our hands and then removed her rings."
"Stienie kept saying: 'Ouboet, don't move. Just lie still'.
"I couldn't help her. When I looked at her or touched her, they kicked and hit me.
"I couldn't help her," he kept repeating.
According to Venter, a robber hit him on the head with a pistol twice. They then removed all his clothes and forced him to lie on the floor.
He and a friend, known as Mariska, who was also inside the house, were later locked in separate rooms. Before Venter managed to untie himself and break down the door, the robbers had stripped the house and fled in his car.
Venter sought help at a nearby smallholding.
Botha was conscious until she arrived at the hospital. She was in a critical condition in the high care unit of Montana Private Hospital on Tuesday.
"Stienie is such a good person who did not harm to anybody. She doesn't deserve this. She must be okay. She doesn't need this," said Venter.
Inspector Mary Modise, a spokesperson for Hartbeespoort Dam police, confirmed the incident.
She said the robbers had broken open the back door. Nobody has been arrested yet. A case of house robbery was being investigated.
Mbeki says rich nations still abuse their power
President Thabo Mbeki speaking at the UN General Assembly
September 26, 2007, 12:30
Rich nations continue to use their powerful positions to advance their narrow interests which disadvantage poor countries of the world. This was President Thabo Mbeki's message to world leaders at the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.
“Indeed, even as we agree on the important programmes that should bring a better life to billions of the poor, the rich and the powerful have consistently sought to ensure that - whatever happens - the existing power relations are not altered and therefore the status quo remains.
“Naturally the dominant and the powerful very often respond positively to agreed programmes if these would advance their own narrow interests," President Mbeki said.
After France called a meeting on peace and security in Africa, President Mbeki told members that Africans can resolve their own conflicts. But, in his first address to the Security Council since South Africa took up its non-permanent seat, he told members to come forward with other assistance. "What is missing is the capacity and the resources, but we would like to address these matters ourselves."
But the US leader was having none of that and went on to lay down the rules for the Sudanese Government. US President George Bush said: "We expect Bashir to observe a ceasefire over the next month. We are tired of people trying to escape the noose of pressure."
Earlier, Bush had rubbed up a number of members the wrong way by referring to countries like Iran as repressive regimes. This amid intense diplomatic efforts to avoid a standoff over Irans' nuclear enrichment program.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said: "Iran has fulfilled its obligations. Some powers try to exert pressure on the IAEA to try to deprive Iran from exercising its rights."
When he delivers his speech later today, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is likely to also hit back at Bush for calling him a tyrannical leader.
Yesterday the Cuban delegation walked out of the General Assembly when the American leader said the cruel dictatorship of Fidel Castro was nearing its end.
Several African leaders addressed the opening session of the UN General Assembly yesterday. The speakers were able to use the stage to address issues that particularly affect their continent - specifically peacekeeping in conflict zones, poverty, and climate change.
President Thabo Mbeki summed up the message African leaders brought to the UN General Assembly, that the world body must begin to take more action in a more urgent manner.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he expected the next few years to be the "most intense" in UN history. "We need an internal climate change at the United Nations. We need to think freshly about how we do our work to deliver on the world's high expectations of us, we need to be faster, more flexible and mobile. We need to pay less attention to rhetoric and more attention to results, to getting things done."
African leaders realise importance of climate change
African leaders dwelled on climate change, which is the general theme for this session of the General Assembly. Climate change is a particularly important issue for Africa. The continent often receives the brunt of damaging change to the Earth's climate system in the form of drought or floods, which affects crop production, having a huge impact on communities.
Ghanaian President John Kufuor called on the UN to set up a new body to forecast the future impacts of climate change, saying that poor nations cannot deal with the problem alone. "Leaving the problem to the individual nations, especially those in the developing world, cannot be the way forward. There should be shared responsibility, even if varied solutions are sought."
Kufor, who is also the current head of the African Union, welcomed efforts by the UN to bring peace to Darfur, and urged increased support in other conflict zones. "Conflicts, particularly those in the developing world, have consistently undermined policies to improve the circumstances of our people. Sustainable development can only be achieved in the international environment of peace and security."
Distribution of power
Leaders also discussed the skewed distribution of power in the world, which replicates itself in global institutions like the UN - largely to the detriment of developing countries. President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal noted that although 70% of the business of the Security Council relates to Africa, no African country has a permanent seat there.
Mbeki called the distribution of power a "global system of apartheid".
"The rich and the powerful have consistently sought to ensure that whatever happens, the existing power relations are not altered and therefore the status quo remains the same."
Meanwhile, US President George W. Bush spoke early in the session, calling for increased freedom and human rights around the world, announcing sanctions on Burma, and singling out Zimbabwe as a government he thinks is repressing its people.
"Ordinary citizens suffer under a tyrannical regime. The government has cracked down on peaceful calls for reform and has caused millions to flee their homeland," Bush said.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will address the assembly today.
SA govt denies Selebi probe
September 26, 2007, 09:30
Government spokesperson Themba Maseko has denied media reports that the Directorate of Special Operations has been conducting investigations into the national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi.
Maseko said this after media reports this morning suggested that investigations were under way. Yesterday stated that President Thabo Mbeki was on the verge of ordering an inquiry into allegations that Selebi had links to crime syndicates.
Maseko says it is up to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) whether or not to press charges against the police boss. Selebi has previously admitted he was a friend of alleged crime boss Glen Agliotti, but denied knowing of his alleged underworld connections.