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Capetonian Quinton Cordom was handed in effect two life terms for shooting dead a traffic officer and a rival gang member.]]> |||
Cape Town - Capetonian Quinton Cordom was handed in effect two life terms on Monday for shooting dead a traffic officer and a rival gang member, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.
Provincial NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said 27-year-old Cordom was sentenced on 10 counts by the Western Cape High Court.
He was handed two life terms to run separately for the murders, six years for gang offences and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
He received five years each for three counts of having an unlicensed firearm and a year each for three counts of possessing ammunition without a licence.
Traffic officer Wesley Woodman, 35, and motorist Said Ariefdien were shot dead on Prince George Drive, in the Lavender Hill area, in April last year.
Ntabazalila said Cordom was a member of the Luciano Boys gang and heard Ariefdien, a prominent member of rival group Junky Funky Kids, had been pulled over by Woodman.
“He rushed to the scene with a firearm with the intention to kill the ‘enemy’,” he said.
“Cordom decided to shoot Woodman so that he did not shoot him when he shoots his enemy. He then shot his enemy, Said Ariefdien.”
He apparently decided to take the officer's pistol because he had previously lost a firearm to the police.
Ntabazalila said that according to the rules of the gang, Cordom was expected to replace a firearm if he lost one.
“As the NPA we welcome the harsh sentences that were handed down to Cordom. We argued strongly for life sentences for the two murders and for lengthy sentences for the other charges,” he said.
“The nature of the crime, the brazenness, the callousness and the brutality of the Cordom’s conduct show that he attached no value to other people’s lives or physical integrity or to their dignity.”
“It bothered me to an extent and then I started losing my temper.”]]> |||
Cape Town - Murder-accused Johannes Christiaan de Jager was angry because a teenager entrusted in his care stayed in bed instead of looking for a job, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.
De Jager, 49, testifying in his own defence, said slain teenager Charmaine Mare had nearly always stayed in her bedroom when she moved to him and his girlfriend Carol's Kraaifontein home in Cape Town last year in January.
On January 9, two days before her death, De Jager and his friend Carlo found her sleeping in the room during the day.
They were washing their hands in the bathroom opposite her room at the time.
Prosecutor Romay van Rooyen asked if it had bothered him to discover she was sleeping.
“Yes it did because she was supposed to be looking for a job. It was also the instructions of Carol that I had to send her around to go and look for a job,” he testified in Afrikaans.
Van Rooyen asked why it bothered him so much if it was ultimately not his problem, because he could not control her movements.
“Then she would have lied (sic) on our shoulders. She's not so lazy to sleep and that's even what Carlo said,” De Jager said.
“[It bothered me] to an extent and then I started losing my temper.”
De Jager has pleaded not guilty to killing the Mpumalanga resident. He has also denied raping and killing prostitute Hiltina
Alexander, 18, in Cape Town in May 2008.
The court heard that Mare had missed a job interview he organised that Tuesday and he had shaken her ankle.
The day before that, he claimed she had been wearing transparent pants and no panties when he called her to fetch a cooldrink at night.
He had not made mention of this in his evidence-in-chief but told Van Rooyen it stood out in his mind.
She asked what he thought of Mare's choice of clothing.
“I just looked. That's all. I did not say anything,” he replied.
“But it was something that stood out for you?” Van Rooyen said.
“I was sitting in front of the TV and she came out there. You could see it. A man is not blind,” he replied.
De Jager's cross-examination will resume on Tuesday.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate arrested a constable for assaulting a man who is now in a coma.]]> |||
Cape Town - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) arrested a constable and a civilian on Monday for assaulting a man who was now in a coma, a spokesman said.
“The arrest was carried out today (Monday ),” Moses Dlamini said in a statement.
“It is alleged that on February 21, the constable tried to arrest a robbery suspect in Kwanonqaba, Western Cape. The suspect stabbed the constable with a knife and ran away.”
The constable then called for backup and went to look for the man.
After finding him, it is alleged the constable assaulted the man.
“The victim was taken to Kwanonqaba CID offices where the groundsman also assaulted him,” Dlamini said.
His head was bashed against the brick walls of the office which led to severe head injuries.
The man was taken by ambulance to George Schuur Hospital. He had brain, head and spinal injuries.
The pair were expected to appear at the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of attempted murder.
A State witness says he refused to meet with his friend to get their "story straight" over the death of an ex-Royal Marine.]]> |||
Durban - A State witness refused to meet up with his best friend to get their “story straight” over the fatal beating of a former Royal Marine, the Durban Regional Court heard on Monday.
Grant Cramer told the court the morning after Brett Williams died in a brawl with his friends, one of the accused - Blayne Shepard - called him up.
“He asked me to come over (to his house) so we could get our story straight. I told him no. I wasn't involved. He said I was involved and I got very upset.”
Cramer earlier told the court he and Shepard had been the best of friends and were gym partners.
Events began to unravel when his girlfriend and Shepard started trading insults after the match between the Sharks and the Melbourne Rebels at Kings Park on March 23, 2013.
Shepard, along with his younger brother Kyle, Andries van der Merwe, and Dustin van Wyk are accused of killing Williams.
Apart from a charge of murder, the four also face three charges of assault, one of crimen injuria, and one of public violence.
It emerged during the reading of the charges that one of the security guards claimed to have been called “a kaffir”, and that this had led to the crimen injuria charge.
The four men are out on bail of R5 000 each. All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Charges against Cramer were dropped last year because of a lack of evidence linking him to the crime.
He had faced one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Cramer told the court that he and Williams had twice had an altercation during the night, after Williams had allegedly sworn at his girlfriend.
After he had seen paramedics attend to Williams, he saw Williams throw a punch at Kyle Shepard.
He said he heard Williams call the younger Shepard “a fucking faggot”. This was then followed by a punch.
It was then that a brawl broke out as the older Shepard and the other two accused joined the fight.
Cramer said at one stage he found himself holding Kyle Shepard in a bid to prevent him getting involved in the fight.
After his conversation with Blayne Shepard, he reported his involvement to the police a few days later, after which he was later charged.
Williams is expected to be cross-examined on Tuesday.
Williams's fiancee Louise Scott watched the proceedings from the public gallery.
Before proceedings started, a tearful Scott, who was accompanied by an unknown friend, sat outside the courtroom watching the four men chat with their family, friends and lawyers.
She entered the public gallery and sat at the back of the courtroom with her head bowed.
Christo van Schalkwyk, for the Shepard brothers, told magistrate Trevor Levitt there was “a lack of objective, unbiased, constitutional, investigative process”.
He told the court he would argue that the State had failed to preserve and test blood tissue from William's post mortem. The State should have photographically recorded the post mortem and there were concerns about how it was conducted.
He would contest the holding of an identity parade after his clients' identities had been made public.
He said he would also make an issue about the lack of investigation of a previous alleged assault on Williams, and the effect this might have had on him.
At their appearance in June 2013, prosecutor Krishen Shah said Williams allegedly had an altercation with Cramer outside the stadium on the night of March 23.
Cramer had a choke-hold on Williams and he lost consciousness, Shah told the court. Paramedics revived him, but the other four allegedly kicked and punched him in a second altercation later.
Paramedics were unable to revive Williams again, and he was declared dead at the scene.
Williams and Scott, who lived in Taunton in the county of Somerset in south-west England, have a daughter.
Scott flew out from England over the weekend to attend the trial.
The trial continues on Tuesday.
The department of water affairs issued a flood warning for some provinces after heavy rainfall soaked most parts of the country.]]> |||
Johannesburg - The department of water affairs issued a flood warning for some provinces on Monday after heavy rainfall soaked most parts of the country.
“The department of water affairs is warning the public of possible severe flooding in the central, northern and eastern parts of the country which have been receiving persistent rains over the past two weeks,” said spokesman Mava Scott.
He said the soils were very wet and many dams were full, with continued rain causing an increase in river levels and possibly flooding.
An increase in river levels would also occur through releases from major dams when the gates were opened.
“The Grootdraai and Vaal dams are full and the Bloemhof is rising quickly,” said Scott.
He said people living near major rivers and those crossing low-level bridges should be warned to be cautious.
“Communication is going on between the department of water affairs and disaster management centres to ensure that warnings are disseminated promptly,” said Scott.
He said the capacity of the Vaal dam has increased to approximately 105 percent, with seven gates open.
Meanwhile, Ekhurhuleni disaster and emergency services relocated 63 families from Pollack informal settlement in Thokoza after heavy rains over the weekend.
The municipality was set to relocate 35 families from Vusimuzi informal settlement in Tembisa, as their homes were close to the river, said spokesman Roggers Mamaila.
One of the men accused of killing Bruno Bronn struggled with his emotions as he told the court of Bronn's trust in him.]]> |||
Cape Town - One of the men accused of killing night club owner Bruno Bronn, Frederick Willem John Coetzer, battled tears on Monday, as he told the Western Cape High Court of Bronn's trust in him.
Bronn, owner of gay night club The Bronx in the city's CBD, was strangled in his Sea Point home on Monday night, February 6, 2012.
Prosecutor Carine Teunissen alleges that Coetzer, co-accused Fareez Allie, and Achmat Toffa attacked Bronn in his home, and that Coetzer, Bronn's “right hand man”, had a key to Bronn's home.
A fourth accused, Kurt Erispe, turned State witness, and will be indemnified against prosecution if the court rules, at the end of the trial, that his testimony was satisfactory in all respects.
Coetzer, Allie and Toffa have pleaded not guilty before Judge President John Hlophe and assessor Jaco van Reenen, a retired chief magistrate, to charges of premeditated murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Erispe worked as an inspector in his mother's security firm, and on the night in question was supposed to visit various sites to ensure that security guards were at their posts and not sleeping.
Instead, Erispe drove Coetzer, Allie and Toffa around in the company car and during the evening dropped Coetzer off at the Bronn home.
Coetzer said Bronn answered his knock on the door, and once inside they discussed a problem that Bronn was having involving traveller's cheques.
He noticed on Bronn's surveillance monitor that Erispe's car had stopped in front of the house.
Coetzer and Bronn walked to an outside guest room, when Allie suddenly appeared and passed a small firearm to Coetzer with the words, “Keep him here and keep him quiet”.
Coetzer said Bronn saw the firearm, and started to panic.
“I told Bruno not to worry, to trust me, and that I would not harm him. I tried to remove the bullets from the gun to prove to him that I would not harm him,” he said.
“Bruno tried to push pass me, and I grabbed him to stop him because I knew we would be harmed if he went back into the house. The bullets fell to the ground, and Bruno started to wrestle and fell against a chair.”
Coetzer said he threw Bronn to the ground and put his arm around his neck to calm him.
“I told Bruno to scream for help, so that someone might hear and call the police. Bruno did so, and Allie came running out of the house to us and told me to go inside and to give him my belt,” he told the court.
“In the house, I saw Toffa filing bags with items from Bronn's home.”
Coetzer said he tried to get away in Bronn's car, but Toffa told him to take the bags with him.
Questioned by his lawyer Patrick Scott, Coetzer told the court he tried to stay calm as he drove away in Bronn's BMW.
Scott asked him if it was part of the plan for him to drive away in Bronn's car after the incident.
Coetzer said, “No, it was not even in our plans to attack Bruno at all that night”.
Asked if there had been any plan that night to rob Bronn, he replied: “No, I didn't need to rob him. On one occasion, when I needed money, I borrowed from him and repaid the loan. I had no need to rob him.”
Coetzer was asked how he injured himself at Bronn's home on the night in question.
“My injury happened when Bruno stumbled as we struggled, and we landed on the floor wrestling. I remember glass breaking, but don't know if it was a vase or what it was,” he said.
Coetzer was shown a police photograph of the room in which the struggle had taken place.
He pointed out certain objects in the room, including a carton containing narcotic drugs.
He said Bronn had smoked dagga and the drug known as cat (methcathinone), and people told him that Bronn had also smoked tik (methamphetamine).
Coetzer said he thought that Bronn was still alive when he left Bronn's home in Bronn's car.
Coetzer said he drove to Toffa's home in Brooklyn and, after parking, tried to phone and send sms messages to Bronn.
Asked why, he battled tears and said: “I wanted to tell him not to worry, and that I will be back soon with his car and everything will be okay. He always trusted me a lot.”
The trial continues on Tuesday.
The pathologist who inspected Charmaine Mare's body never found a heart tattoo near her pelvis, the Western Cape High Court heard.]]> |||
Cape Town - The pathologist who inspected 16-year-old Charmaine Mare's body never found a heart tattoo near her pelvis, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.
Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 49, previously testified that she showed him the tattoo while they were sitting on a bed at his home in January last year, three days before her death.
He has pleaded not guilty to killing the Mpumalanga resident. He has also denied raping and killing prostitute Hiltina Alexander, 18, in Cape Town in May 2008.
He testified last week that Mare pulled her pants down and showed him a tattoo of a small heart with “Nikita” in it, near her panties.
He alleged that the following evening, she revealed she was a lesbian, had previously been raped, and did not have a boyfriend.
This was put up as an explanation for why she brushed off De Jager's sexual advances.
On Monday, prosecutor Romay van Rooyen asked him whether the tattoo being revealed had been surprising.
“Yes it was, and for me it was also a bit daring,” he testified in Afrikaans.
He said she was not shy and he did not reprimand her for showing the tattoo.
Van Rooyen said the pathologist did not mention the second tattoo.
In the pathologist report in Sapa's possession, Dr Celeste Joanette de Vaal had noted a tattoo of a star and a birthdate on Mare's left wrist.
Under the heading 'dismembered body of a juvenile female', no tattoos were noted.
De Jager was adamant the tattoo had existed and said the pathologist either missed it or it had burned away when he set Mare's torso alight.
He did not remain at the fire to see what happened to her body.
“Well, if the pathologist did not find it, it must have been burned away,” he said.
The court heard that before Mare went to bed that evening, she showed the tattoo, and De Jager made a joke with her.
“I made a joke with her that she must not sleep so late and if she doesn't get up [the next morning], I would jump into the bed next to her,” he said.
Mare did not say anything but laughed, according to him.
Van Rooyen said it was strange he would joke like that when the two did not have a romantic relationship. He could have simply said she must get up earlier, she said.
De Jager replied that he had tried that approach but it did not work.
She asked why he would sit on the bed with a 16-year-old “girl”.
“It was at the foot end [of the bed]. I was not sitting next to her and there were no chairs in the room,” he replied.
Van Rooyen wanted to confirm that he had no intimate or romantic intentions.
“That's correct,” he said.
A 19-year-old man accused of raping two young girls wrestled with police officers during his appearance in court.]]> |||
Mbombela - A man accused of raping two young girls wrestled with police officers during his appearance in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday.
The 19-year-old man, who cannot be named until he has pleaded to two charges of rape, argued with Magistrate Willie Wilkins about the postponement of his case, a Sapa correspondent reported.
The matter was postponed to May 6, and the man would remain in custody.
The accused refused, saying this was too long to wait.
Wilkins told him: “You will appear on May 6. There are no other dates available... Otherwise you'll have to wait for June 12, August or September... Please do not play games with me.”
The man then told Wilkins that he was sick, and that he would die in custody.
“The date is too far. I am sick, I cannot go back,” he said.
The man was arrested last May for allegedly raping two girls, aged seven and 10.
Wilkins then changed the postponed date to June 12, for further police investigations.
When a police officer attempted to remove the accused from the dock, the man told the officer not to touch him.
“I want to talk to the magistrate. Do not touch me. I do not want to go.”
When the officer attempted to remove him a second time, the man jumped towards the magistrate, but the officer grabbed him.
The accused then wrestled with the officer, pinning him to the ground.
A second police officer, who tried to help his colleague, was also overpowered.
When court officials tried to help the police officers, the man repeatedly hit his head against a wall. His head began to bleed.
He is now back in police custody.
Police arrest two men in Durban in possession of drugs with a street value of R600 000.]]> |||
Johannesburg - Two men were arrested in Durban on Monday for dealing in drugs, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
Police were trailing a man through the city's central business district when they saw a white Volkswagen Polo parked at the side, said Colonel Jay Naicker.
They recognised a drug dealer sitting in the Polo, searched the vehicle and found a few ecstasy tablets.
“The policemen then proceeded to John Ross House, where the suspects reside,” said Naicker.
Police searched the premises and found 10 packets of ecstasy tablets and two packets of the drug methcathinone, which is also called cat, with a street value of about R600 000.
“The suspects were charged with dealing in narcotics and will appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday,” said Naicker.
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the arrests showed police had not loosened their grip on drug dealers.
The trial of Owen Serero, linked to the attempted murder of investigators in a case against Radovan Krejcir has been postponed.]]> |||
Johannesburg - The trial of Owen Serero, linked to the attempted murder of investigators in a case against Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, was postponed on Monday.
The matter was moved to March 17 because Serero could not be brought to court, prosecutor Penny Pillay said outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.
“He is refusing to come to court. He is not responding to his name when it is called. It is difficult to find someone who does not want to be found in a full holding cell.”
Pillay said she could not say why Serero was refusing to come to court because doing so would hamper investigations.
“On his next appearance he will be dragged out of the cell to court if that will be necessary.”
Serero faces three charges of robbery, two of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, three of motor vehicle theft, one of contravening traffic laws, one of interfering with an investigation and one of escaping from custody.
He was also part of a group of people arrested in connection with the attempted murder of investigators in Krejcir's case.
The UKZN has come under fire for charging four masters students who penned an open letter criticising the institution.]]> |||
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has come under fire for charging four masters students who penned an open letter to the vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, criticising the institution.
The four have been slapped with several charges for contravening the rules for student discipline.
The university has been castigated for its response, with critics alarmed at what is seen as the suppression of freedom of expression. Universities are seen as institutions which encouraged debate, rather than stifled it, critics said.
The students are to appear before a disciplinary tribunal at the university’s Westville campus on Wednesday.
The students are facing four charges.
- Writing an article containing inaccurate, false and/or defamatory statements and information and having it published in a newspaper and other media;
- Acting in a manner contrary to the policies of the university;
- Acting in an insulting, indecent or improper manner towards the executive members of the university - but not limited to the vice chancellor; and
- Bringing prejudice to the good name of the university.
UKZN’s spokesman, Lesiba Seshoka, said management was investigating the matter and asked the “rights of all parties concerned to be respected and official due processes be allowed to take its course”.
He did not respond to detailed questions emailed to him.
The four students - Lukhona Mnguni, Mnikeni Phakathi, Thembani Khumalo and Siyabonga Khumalo - circulated the open letter to newspapers and on-line media - after the university failed to respond to the plea to extend the final registration date, so that students could raise money for fees.
The students, who are all in the masters’ programme in the College of Humanities, raised several other issues in their open letter, including the alleged low morale of lecturers, students and academics.
The other concerns were over:
- The university’s handling of students’ financial challenges;
- Tuition and residences fee hikes, which they said were excessive;
- Security on campus; and
- The use of the police and the courts to intimidate students.
In response, the university claimed the four students had contravened the Rules for Student Discipline code. The students were charged with publishing an article containing inaccurate, false and defamatory statements.
The university alleged that they had wrongfully infringed the fundamental rights of other persons, acted in a manner that was contrary to the provisions of the institution, and acted in an insulting and indecent manner to Makgoba and the university’s executive members. Their conduct, the university claims, could damage the good name of the institution.
One of the accused, Phakathi, said on Sunday that when they asked for clarity on the charges before the start of a mediation process, the university responded with formal charges and ended the mediation process.
Phakathi said he and the other three students were “activists” who were concerned that they were not being allowed to raise their concerns freely. He said there was nothing to suggest disrespect to any individual in the letter.
The organisation Right2-Know applauded the four UKZN students for exercising their rights, saying it believed the charges were unjust and unconstitutional.
Right2Know has demanded that the university drop the charges immediately and said its campaigners would be supporting the group on Wednesday.
“Freedom of expression is a right that belongs to all... In the university space, this right should be upheld most highly in order to groom passionate, critical, outspoken and upright thinkers that will take our nation forward,” the organisation said in a statement.
“When students have the courage to speak out on issues that directly affect them and those within their university community, they should be afforded an ear and not be treated as ‘enemies’ and subjected to heavy-handed disciplinary measures.
“It is outrageous that the university management has, instead of listening and opening a dialogue about the issues that the students raised, tried to silence their concerns by adopting a defensive and wholly misplaced legalistic response.”
Right2Know also accused the university of stifling free thinking and the public’s right to receive information.
“We call on all who value freedom of expression… to defend the students’ right to speak out and call on the university to drop these charges. We call on all student formations, especially at UKZN, to speak out and mobilise against this intimidation.”
The SA Students Congress (Sasco) in KwaZulu-Natal said it was “appalled and dismayed” by the university’s response.
Sasco's provincial chairman, Dumo Ntyinkala, said the body was alarmed that university managements across the board were stifling students and had formed a top-down style of approach toward criticism.
He said academics at universities did not want to be challenged and believed they had all the answers and tried to exclude the students by silencing them.
“This practice is unconstitutional and undermines the ability of students to be independent and critical scholars.”
Said Ntyinkala: “By seeking to silence these four students, the university management is playing into the hands of a tyrannical practice whereby academic leaders believe that they are beyond reproach and in fact they see themselves as Messiahs of the problems in our society.”
Ntyinkala said the institutions were not respecting the choices of students, and being arrogant in trampling on the democratic values “as if universities exist as some ivory towers that are ungrounded” in the reality as experienced in the country.
Charges against a private security boss relating to allegations of a multimillion-rand tax evasion have been withdrawn.]]> |||
Durban - Charges against a private security boss relating to allegations of a multimillion-rand tax evasion have been withdrawn.
On Friday the State withdrew charges in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court against Mohamed Yacoob and Khuselani Security and Risk Management. But it instituted charges against a previously defunct entity named Khuselani.
The newly charged entity pleaded guilty to charges of defrauding the SA Revenue Service of R9 444 412 between 2008 and 2009 and was fined R500 000.
This fraud was perpetrated by the then chief financial officer of the company, Robin Hazell, who has since committed suicide.
Hazell was the mastermind behind incorrect declarations to Sars and was also previously convicted of fraud.
According to the State, intent could not be established against the entity now charged, but it was conceded that the entity ought to have known what had transpired at the hands of Hazell, and should therefore be held accountable.
After a protracted legal battle between the parties, it was conceded by the State and Sars on Friday that the charge sheet be amended by removing any reference to Khuselani Security and Risk Management and Yacoob as accused parties.
The newly charged, defunct entity was restored to trading status last month by order of the Pietermaritzburg High Court after an application by Yacoob to stop its liquidation.
The Daily News reported at that time that this would allow Yacoob to enter into a plea bargain with the State as a representative of the company, so that he was not charged in his personal capacity.
In his affidavit, Yacoob said that in 2006, he and Hazell acquired Khulesani, which was insolvent at that time.
He became the sole director and focused on marketing, while Hazell took financial control of the operations.
Yacoob said he decided to step away from the company in 2009 because he had started another security company which was bigger and needed more attention.
Mohammed Suyee was appointed director and he and Hazell ran the day-to-day operation at Khulesani.
Yacoob maintained his financial interests in the company as the main shareholder.
In November 2009, Hazell committed suicide.
Suyee established that the financial records of the company were a “shambles”.
Khulesani went into voluntary liquidation on January 25, 2010.
Yacoob paid R9 444 412 to Sars on March 9, 2012.
He said that he felt it his moral and ethical obligation to do so.
Two policemen accused of assaulting a naked man in Cape Town's CBD were granted bail of R1 500 each.]]> |||
Cape Town - Two policemen accused of assaulting a naked man were granted bail by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday.
David Alexander Gunn, 43, and Gerrit Donovan Januarie, 45, made their first appearance on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm following their arrest on Friday night.
The State requested that bail be set at R2 000 each.
“In respect of both accused the State is not opposed to bail your worship,” control prosecutor Adiel Jansen told the court.
He said neither had other pending matters, previous convictions, or outstanding warrants of arrest.
Lawyers for both policemen asked that bail be reduced because they had been suspended pending investigation and did not have high salaries.
They were granted bail of R1 500 each and were told to return to court on May 9 following further investigation.
A number of bail conditions requested by Jansen were set.
Gunn and Januarie were ordered not to make contact with any witnesses and not to visit or speak to employees of the Cape Town central police station.
Both would have to report to their closest police station every Monday and Friday evening.
They would not be allowed to visit the Sky nightclub in Riebeeck street, near where the alleged assault took place on Thursday.
A person in a nearby building used her cellphone to record a Nigerian being assaulted in the street. The video clip soon went viral on social media.
It shows two police officers handcuffing the man, watched by two men wearing neon-yellow city safety unit vests.
One of the officers is seen removing his pants, leaving him exposed in the road. The footage shows the man being punched and kicked in the groin, while his arms are held at his sides.
The shocked voices of others in the building can be heard on the video.
A woman, opens a window and shouts: “Police brutality. That's not how you treat a person. Why are you kicking him? Why are you kicking him?”
One of the officers is seen wagging his hand at her, before walking towards the building.
The court ordered that the victim's name not to be published. The order applied to the names and identities of all witnesses.
Two men who went to the Cape Town police station on Saturday to make statements related to the assault appeared directly after the policemen.
They were arrested on an assault charge after making their statements, but no further details were made available.
Their names were being withheld as per the court order.
Jansen asked for a week's postponement to get further bail information.
Marthino van Schalkwyk, for the men, said the matter should be rolled over to Tuesday.
“There seems to be different justice for different people.... I always thought the justice system should be a fair system,” he said.
Jansen said the cases were totally different because one of the men had an outstanding warrant of arrest.
“We are not treating the accused in a different light, but what is clear as the light of day is he has a warrant of arrest. It's like chalk and cheese,” Jansen said.
The men would remain in custody until Wednesday.
Unisa has instituted a disciplinary procedure against Vincent Mdunge for the “submission of an alleged fraudulent certificate”.]]> |||
Minutes before taking the stand to testify in the trial of former police spokesman, Vincent Mdunge, Unisa’s head of student discipline tried to serve a notice on the former policeman to appear before a disciplinary committee.
Mdunge has pleaded not guilty in the Durban Regional Court to fraud and uttering charges after he allegedly used a fake matric certificate to join the police force in 1987.
The notification had not been served by Unisa on Mdunge before as the university did not have his address. Gerhardt Waldeck tried to serve it on Mdunge outside the court, but he had refused to take the notice, Waldeck told the Daily News. Arrangements were later made to give it to Mdunge’s attorney.
Giving evidence on Monday, Waldeck confirmed that Mdunge had passed Criminal Law 3 and Investigations of Crime at the now defunct Technikon SA in 1996.
However, Unisa had instituted the disciplinary procedure against Mdunge for the “submission of an alleged fraudulent certificate”.
A requirement for registration was the supplying of a valid certificate, he said.
Waldeck said the decision to discipline was based on affidavits from the Department of Education.
In 1997 Mdunge had received his National Diploma in Police Administration. If found guilty, Waldeck said, the diploma would be withdrawn.
On Friday the court heard that the highest qualification received by Mdunge was a Standard 8 according to Richard Chiliza, a senior administrator in the Department of Basic Education.
Chiliza, the State’s first witness, said that according to the department’s records, Mdunge failed the 1985 matric exam and the 1986 supplementary exam.
Mdunge, who resigned from the police last year when allegations emerged, has been charged with four counts of fraud and uttering.
The State contends that he used the fake matric to secure a job and subsequent promotions in the police. If found guilty, the State wants to recoup some or all of the R3.6 million Mdunge earned during his more than 20-year career, as it believes he was not entitled to it.
Mdunge’s lawyer, Saleem Khan, told the court that Mdunge had not been given the money “for sitting on his laurels” but had earned it for doing his job.
Khan said that Mdunge’s high school teacher would be called to testify that he had passed matric.
Two of Mdunge’s fraud charges relate to his presentation of the alleged fraudulent certificate to the SAPS when he joined the police.
Another fraud charge relates to his presentation of the alleged fraudulent certificate to Unisa .
Mdunge pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Chiliza said the certificate Mdunge used to obtain the police job was that of a person who completed matric in 1983.
He said the certificate was invalid because the exam number on the certificate was 83, not 85, the year that Mdunge claimed he had written matric.
According to Chiliza’s testimony, Mdunge received 40 percent for Zulu, 23 percent for Afrikaans, 33 percent for English, 18 percent for maths, 21 percent for economics and 34 percent for accounting.
Khan told the court that in 2010, Chiliza had contacted Mdunge to tell him that he had discovered a number of false matric certificates of policemen and government officials and asked him to investigate.
Chiliza denied speaking to Mdunge. Khan said he would get cellphone records proving Chiliza had spoken to Mdunge.
He also denied Khan’s assertion that he had met Mdunge at the department’s Malgate building in Durban to discuss fraudulent matric certificates.
The last thing paramedic, Ceron Lennox, expected while at the scene of an accident in Durban was to deliver a baby.]]> |||
Durban - The last thing paramedic, Ceron Lennox, expected while at the scene of an accident in Durban was to have to deliver a baby.
But that’s what happened just after midnight on Thursday, when she and a colleague went to the corner of Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) and Sandile Thusi (Argyle) roads, where two bikers had been injured in an accident.
Lennox was in the ambulance when she heard an ear-piercing scream. It was not coming from one of the injured bikers though - it was the cry of a woman, Amanda Ngeleka, in labour.
Her husband (who did not want to be named) had run to the ambulance and explained to Lennox that his wife, sitting in his bakkie, was experiencing labour pains.
Rescue Care Paramedics spokesman, Garrith Jamieson, said on Sunday that Lennox had rushed over and confirmed the woman was in labour.
Because the bakkie seat could not recline, Lennox grabbed a spare mattress from the ambulance and placed it next to the bakkie.
“Lennox carefully delivered the baby, wrapped it in other sterile linen savers and a blanket that mom had,” Jamieson said.
Mother and daughter were taken to King Dinuzulu (formerly King George V) Hospital and were discharged yesterday. The injured bikers, meanwhile, were treated by another paramedic and taken to a nearby hospital.
Lennox said yesterday she was glad to have assisted in the birth - and chuffed that Ngeleka had named her daughter Luthando Ceron Ngeleka.
“She named the child Luthando which means love in Zulu. Then she asked the meaning of my name, which is beloved.
“I was a bit ecstatic when she included my name.”
The mother of three said that it was an incredible feeling bringing a healthy baby with no complications into the world.
“This is not the first time I (have) helped a woman give birth. I have been working in the emergency medical services for nine years and something like delivering a baby is incredible,” she said.
“To see the joy on the father’s face was amazing and gave me goose bumps.
“It’s not often that we deliver a baby, so it’s a special occasion,” Lennox said.
The deal with the family of Reeva Steenkamp is the latest instance of "chequebook journalism" by NBC.]]> |||
US TV channel NBC News has agreed to pay the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman killed by Oscar Pistorius, for a series of interviews.
The deal is the latest instance of “chequebook journalism” by NBC, which has lined up a series of other newsworthy individuals by offering, in some cases, more than $100 000 (R1.1 million) for their co-operation.
The practice of paying sources is routine among European and US tabloid journalists but is considered ethically questionable by mainstream organisations.
Critics say such payments could induce a news source to dramatise or distort their account. It can also create a conflict of interest that could introduce bias into the reporting of a story by putting an otherwise independent news organisation into a financial partnership with a source.
Last week NBC’s Today programme featured an interview with June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, billing it as “exclusive”.
NBC News spokeswoman Ali Zelenko said the British unit of Peacock Productions, an NBC News subsidiary, paid “a very modest licensing fee” to the Steenkamp family. The fee, which she declined to disclose, covered “materials” to be used in three documentaries Peacock was producing “for various outside clients”, she said.
She declined to identify the clients or comment on how Today’s interview with Steenkamp came about.
Since last year, NBC has aired a series of exclusive interviews by offering cash and other inducements to people who have become newsworthy.
For example, the network signed a six-figure deal with the teenage Californian kidnap victim Hannah Anderson and her father Brett last year. NBC featured the Andersons on several programmes and said it would produce long-form programming about the Andersons’ ordeal through Peacock Productions.
In November, NBC’s news division agreed to pay nine sky divers and two pilots who survived a spectacular midair accident $100 000 for appearances on programmes.
NBC News appears to have taken a more aggressive approach to securing the biggest “gets” under new president Deborah Turness.
NBC says it only pays sources to license home video, photographs and other personal material, and does not pay for interviews. However, one of the sky divers, Mike Robinson, said at the time the group’s agreement with NBC gave the network exclusivity on TV interviews for a two-week period.
The arrangements are only vaguely described to viewers and sometimes not disclosed at all.
NBC is under intense pressure to overtake Good Morning America,the ABC programme that ended Today’s long reign as the top-rated US morning news programme, the most lucrative period. - Washington Post]]>
A prisoner facing double murder charges has fatally shot himself in the cells at New Hanover Magistrate’s Court.]]> |||
KwaZulu-Natal - A prisoner facing double murder charges has fatally shot himself in the cells at New Hanover Magistrate’s Court.
Sibelo Cebekhulu, 38, who was charged with the murder of Bernard Mkhize and another person in June, grabbed the firearm of a court orderly.
Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said the shooting occurred at about 3pm on Friday.
“The policeman wrestled with the prisoner for the gun, but (he) ran off… and shot himself inside one of the cells. The firearm was recovered next to the prisoner’s body,” Zwane said.
Cebekhulu was arrested for a double-murder and house robbery in Wartburg in December last year.
An inquest has been opened and investigations are under way to determine how Cebekhulu could have grabbed the weapon out of the court orderly’s holster.
The bodies of two men who had been assaulted and stabbed have been discovered at the KwaMashu hostel in Durban.]]> |||
Durban - The bodies of two men who had been assaulted and stabbed, have been discovered at the KwaMashu hostel.
Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said the bodies of the men, in their 20s, were found on Thursday.
Just a week earlier, KZN provincial police commission-er Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni addressed a platoon of national intervention unit (NIU) police deployed to assist with policing in the politically volatile area.
KZN MEC for Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu said the increasing incidence of murder was worrisome and had turned the hostel into “a murder city”.
“It is alleged the two victims were suspects in a rape case and were out on bail,” said Mchunu.
“Preliminary information reveals that community members spotted them and allegedly beat them to death.”
Mchunu condemned the attack, calling on hostel dwellers not to take the law into their own hands.
Instead, he appealed to the community to work with the police and safety structures to eliminate crime in the area.
“Recently the Department of Community Safety and Liaison met the hostel block chairperson with a view of understanding internal dynamics that cause so much crime in this hostel,” the MEC said.
“We resolved with them that they will also play an active role in ensuring that we, together with them, develop concrete measures to arrest the scourge of crime. I urge the community of this hostel to work with the police.”
Reports of cyber hacking and the leaking of candidate lists have confirmed the fierce rivalry between parties.]]> |||
Cape Town - Reports of cyber hacking and the leaking of candidate lists have confirmed the fierce rivalry between parties in the Western Cape in the run-up to the elections on May 7.
Last week, DA Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said informants had given him the names of nine candidates in the top 14 on the ANC’s provincial list.
“I was further advised that of the remaining 11 ANC members currently in the legislature, eight were considered to be unelectable, two were being redeployed to Parliament and one was retiring,” he said.
Carlisle’s statement enraged senior ANC members, and provincial chairman Marius Fransman said the list was wrong. “It’s total hogwash, there is no such list.”
Last week the Western Cape ANC’s Twitter account was hacked, forcing the party to change its password.
Fransman said: “We’ve seen the hacking taking place. I can’t say it’s the DA but what we can say is that we are picking up a kind of desperation from the DA in the Western Cape.”
Provincial DA leader Ivan Meyer denied spying on the ANC, saying there was open resistance in the legislature towards Fransman.
“The DA is freely getting inside information… ANC members are calling us with information, even MPs in the National Assembly,” he said.