Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shopper wounded in Benoni heist

Oct 31, 2009 12:13 PM | By Sapa


A passer-by has been shot and wounded during a cash in transit heist in Benoni on Saturday, say Gauteng police.


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Constable Godin Nyathi said the incident occurred at the Boxer Supermarket at 7am.

"Two security guards were collecting cash at the supermarket when they were approached by four men.

"They accosted the guards and grabbed the money from them... As they were leaving, they shot at the guards but wounded a passer-by in the hand.

The men then made off with the cash and were still at large.

The heist is the latest in a string of armed robberies at Gauteng shopping centres.

There are fears the number of robberies will increase as the festive shopping season gathers momentum.

Sundasy Times

Comments by Sonny

While Comm Bheki Cele entertains cops, this centre was robbed!

IT boffin's murder 'does not make any sense'

31 October 2009, 11:02

By Graeme Hosken

A Pretoria IT specialist was gunned down in his lounge chair while watching television late at night.

Ibele Kruger's killers fled with nothing except his wife Amanda's cellphone.

Kruger, 56, who had earlier in the evening surprised his family with tickets to the Blue Bulls-Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup final at Loftus, was shot twice on Thursday night while in the lounge of his Magalies Moot smallholding, west of the capital.

Amanda had just gone to bed when the gunmen invaded their Pine Street home shortly before midnight.

It is believed they took Kruger by surprise when they managed to slip into his home through a sliding door which had been left open for the family's dogs.

Speaking from home, Amanda said the family was devastated.

"We can't understand it. It just does not make any sense," she said.

Describing how she had jumped out of bed when the gunshots rang out, Amanda said as she escaped through the bedroom sliding door which leads into the garden, a man came around the corner and attacked her.

Pushing a gun into her face, the man grabbed Amanda's cellphone from her as she frantically tried to call police and neighbours for help.

The gunmen then walked off calmly with Amanda's cellphone, leaving her traumatised and kneeling over her husband's body, which was sprawled in the garden where he had collapsed.

Amanda said the first she knew that the family was in danger was when she heard her husband of 28 years screaming.

"He screamed 'no, no, no' and then there were two gunshots.

"When I heard him screaming and the shots, I knew there was danger and that something terrible had happened.

"I knew I had to get out of the house as fast as possible and phone for help. As I ran outside and tried to phone a man pushed a gun into my face and grabbed my phone before he walked away.

"He did not say anything. He just grabbed the cellphone and walked off. It was over so quickly," she said.

Amanda said when she reached her husband he was already dead.

"There was a bullet hole through his hand and in his face and one in his chest. The police said they think he was shot in the face when he put his hand in the way of the gun," she said.

Amanda said she had found her husband under his TV chair blanket in the garden.

"There was blood everywhere and I just followed it (the blood) until I found him. I think when he was shot he did not realise how badly injured he was and ran outside, with his blanket still around him, in an effort to catch the gunmen.

"He collapsed before he could catch them," she said, while softly stroking a picture of her husband.

Police, said no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspects can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

•This article was originally published on page 4 of The Pretoria News on October 31, 2009

Saturday Star

Comments by Sonny

Just another cellular phone taken?

What happened to the dogs?

Is there a reason why JZ wants to have legal firearms confiscated?

Without compensation?

Maybe there is a master plan that we are over looking?

Friday, October 30, 2009

'Murders will harm 2010 tourism'

2009-10-30 16:00
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Mbombela - Mpumalanga's tourism MEC has said the murder of a well-known couple who owned an award-winning restaurant outside Sabie could spark fears about the safety of hosting the 2010 World Cup in the province.

Department of economic development, environment and tourism MEC Jabu Mahlangu labelled the double murder "shocking and cruel" and lamented that it took place "while the world is watching us".

"Tourism is our goldmine in this province, and such barbaric acts could deter people from visiting us. And here we are one of the host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” he said on Friday.

"This could make potential visitors think twice before using our facilities. We cannot accept this to continue. We hope that the police will leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to book," said Mahlangu.

The MEC said everyone had a right to life and that "no one has a licence to take it".

"We condemn the murder in the strongest possible terms and I send our condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the Steyn couple," said Mahlangu.

Leon and Hetta Steyn were shot with an R5 rifle shortly before 07:00 on Thursday morning in their guesthouse at the disused Hendriksdal Railway Station near Sabie. Next to their house was their well-known restaurant, The Artist's Café, which was highly popular among locals as well as foreign visitors.

Sabie police said the motive appeared to be robbery because the house had been somewhat ransacked, but the robbers fled before they could take anything because they were disturbed by neighbours who came to investigate immediately after hearing the shots.

Acting provincial police commissioner Rex Machabi's spokesperson, Captain Leonard Hlathi, said the case had now been transferred to the Mpumalanga Organised Crime Unit in Nelspruit.

"No person has been arrested yet. We are also appealing to the community to assist the police in tracing down these cold-blooded killers," said Hlathi.

- News24

Comments by Sonny

The R5's connections?

State issued assault weapons.

Sounds like the Third Force was in the area.

Systematic takeover of white businesses in SA.

ANC supports mayor's actions

2009-10-30 19:00

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Pretoria - The ANC in Tshwane on Friday welcomed measures taken by the executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa to deal with allegations of corruption, mismanagement and maladministration in the city.

"We believe that this bodes well for correcting the governance challenges that are besetting the Tshwane municipality," regional secretary Matome Motloutse said.

"We urge the executive mayor and the municipality to leave no stone unturned in implementing measures that are designed to finally deal with all the allegations of corruption, mismanagement and maladministration."

Motloutse said the ANC resolved to support the leadership of the city administration in implementing measures that would help to turn around the "worrying situation" the city finds itself in.

The city amassed a debt of R3.7bn earlier this year, R800m of which was for services not paid by the residents of Mamelodi.

As of September, the city had reduced its debt book by R20m. By October, it had met its target of reducing its overdraft of R1.2bn to R800m.

Ramokgopa announced a council reshuffle on Tuesday. City manger Kiba Kekana was placed on precautionary suspension on Thursday during a special council meeting, pending investigations into maladministration, irregularities and misconduct against him.

"We strongly support the strengthening of the political leadership and welcome the new members of the mayoral committee," said Motloutse.

He said they also applauded the decision to place Kekana on precautionary suspension.

"We urge the city to move with speed in implementing the decision to investigate and to remove obstacles that may divert attention from issues of service delivery."



Comments by Sonny

Only the ANC supports Gwen Ramokgopa!

The gods really are crazy!

Mac Maharaj appointed 'special envoy'

Oct 30, 2009 3:39 PM | By Sapa


Former transport minister and veteran ANC and SA Communist Party member Mac Maharaj as been appointed "special envoy", President Jacob Zuma announced.


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At the same time, Zuma announced the appointment of current South African ambassador to the United States Welile Nhlapo as national security special advisor.

"The Presidency will be greatly strengthened by these appointments," it said in a statement.

"Both individuals bring to their positions extensive experience, expertise and knowledge."

Maharaj played a key role in the negotiation process to South Africa's first democratic elections, and was joint secretary in 1994 of the Transitional Executive Council.

A political activist since the early 1950s, he was a member of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto weSizwe. He went into exile in 1976 after escaping from the house arrest order that was immediately imposed on him in Durban after serving 12 years imprisonment.

After 12 years in exile, Maharaj returned to South Africa as commander of Operation Vula. He served on the ANC National Executive Committee and was a member of the SACP's political bureau and central committee.

Before being appointed ambassador to the US, Nhlapo served as special envoy to Burundi. He was the head of the technical team that assisted then deputy president Zuma in the Burundi negotiations.

In 1995, he was appointed South African ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the Organisation of African Unity and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

In 1998, he was appointed deputy director general responsible for Africa in the foreign affairs department.

In 2001, he was appointed head of the presidential support unit which advised the Presidency on conflict situations in Africa and the Middle East.

He assumed the post of Ambassador to the US in August 2007.
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Oct 30 2009 04:00:35 PM
Zuma's pay back for Mac's support but then why not, if he has the ability to do the job
Report Abuse Oct 30 2009 04:00:44 PM
Great News and we hope they can push the agenda of ending pink 'white" supremacy in Africa.

Europeans languages that were imposed in Africa by the evil Europeans enslaving and colonizing criminals should be removed from our people mouth and replaced with own languages.

Africa's time of glory is now, speaking our oppressors languages mean we are still bellow them and doing their will.

Ban Europeans languages from Africa and replace them with African languages, we are not their slave anymore, there is no reason for us to continue doing their will, they can speak their own languages.

The Europeans are the cause of the mess in Africa; a proof is how they have turned Zimbabwe into a crisis ridden place with their meddling and economic sabotage.

help us prevent our African names from disappearing by making it compulsory for every born African baby to be given only an African name and encourage those grown up Africans with the slave names the Europeans imposed on us to change their names to African names in order to protect our identity and culture.

The enemy colonialism is going on and this time on the TV, newspaper and their website on the internet.

Our time to end that madness is now; we hope these appointments will work in that direction.

Restoring Africa's humanity is only possible if we become ourselves again and reject being people being forced to be European like we have been turned into right now.
Join our movement to end madness those horrible people are running.
Report Abuse Oct 30 2009 04:02:19 PM
Just remind me - was this guy not involved in some major skulduggery which ultimately let him to resign from the Board of a Bank?

Is it a requirement nowadays to have a seriously dented reputation before some appouintment or other is made?

What is this guy going to do in the form of hard work for a massive salary and benefits? Something like negotiations with Mugabe perhaps?

Please enlighten me and indicate whether I am wrong.
Report Abuse Oct 30 2009 04:06:45 PM
TheVillageBoy_with a diploma

Perfect appointment, couldnt have been done it bettyer myself.

Perfect timing.

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Comments by Sonny

Mac is back from the cold.

Let's see him perform in the States!!

Viva Vula!

Judge Joffe refuses to step down

30 October 2009, 12:53

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Judge Meyer Joffe has refused to step down from Jackie Selebi's corruption trial.

And he has painstakingly rebuffed each of Selebi's 16 complaints of bias against him as "ill-founded", "baseless" and "most unfortunate".

In a decision that lasted over an hour, Judge Joffe also refused to withdraw his concerns about the alleged leaking of video footage of star witness Glenn Agliotti to a weekend newspaper.

While Selebi maintained the judge expressed more concern about the leaking of the recording than its contents, which are believed to further discredit Agliotti as a witness.

But Judge Joffe this morning rejected this argument, stating that he was entitled to express his concerns about how the footage came to be shown to a newspaper.

Addressing Selebi's apprehension that the judge should have intervened in prosecutor Gerrie Nel's conduct of the trial, Judge Joffe repeated his earlier sentiment that it was Cilliers' duty to raise such complaints and that he should have done so earlier.

This breaking news flash was supplied exclusively to by the news desk at our sister title, The Star.

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Comments by Sonny

This judgement is amazing!

Let's see how far an appeal goes now.

Justice will be seen to be done!

What is transformation in the judiciary?


Man killed during house robbery

30 October 2009, 11:03
Armed robbers shot dead a man at his house in Hercules in Pretoria, Gauteng police said on Friday.

Constable Patricia Simelane said the two armed men entered the house at around 11pm on Thursday.

The owner of the house who lived with his wife confronted them and was shot in the upper body and died instantly.

The robbers took his wife's cellphone and fled the scene.

Police were investigating a case of house robbery and murder.

Anyone with information could call Crime Stop on 08600-10111. - Sapa

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Comments by Sonny

Is this how the ANC cadres will systematically eliminate whites in SA!

A Cellular phone was not the motive for this murder!