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30 April 2010

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Magistrates Courts

Camperdown

Cop in court for assault - 28 April
Colleagues of a traffic officer charged with assaulting a Cato Ridge woman for failing to get out of his way on the freeway tried to bar the media from photographing him yesterday. Edward Xolani Mtshali's first court appearance was brief and his case was adjourned to May 14, so that his legal team could obtain statements. He works in the Road Traffic Inspectorate's public transport enforcement unit. Mtshali is charged with assault. According to the charge sheet, he assaulted Jude Ward at the Camperdown police station on January 18. - IOL website

See also :

Woman allegedly assaulted by cop in the dock - 20 January 2010
IOL website
[InfoUpdate 1 of 2010]

Woman sues over blue light attack - 3 February 2010
IOL website
[InfoUpdate 2 of 2010]

Traffic cop to be charged over assault - 17 March 2010
IOL website
[InfoUpdate 6 of 2010]

Govt spokesperson accused of threatening journalist - 20 April
The Witness newspaper reported that staffer Chris Ndaliso was threatened by transport, community safety and liaison spokesperson Bheki Mncube while investigating a story about VIP escorts who allegedly bullied a motorist. South African Police Service VIP escort, Constable Hlanganani Nxumalo was arrested for allegedly shooting at a car on the N3 highway near Pietermaritzburg on December 15, 2008. - Mail & Guardian website

See also :

Another long wait for VIP bodyguard - 15 January 2009
Sowetan website
[InfoUpdate 2 of 2009]

Blue light VIP cop in court - 6 March 2009
News24 website
[InfoUpdate 6 of 2009]

VIP driver charged after shooting - 16 July 2009
IOL website
[InfoUpdate 15 of 2009]

Durban

Riaz Kadwa loses SCA application - 29 April
Riaz Kadwa, who shot and killed his parents in their bedroom five years ago, has lost his application to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal. This meant he will now have to hand himself over to Correctional Services officials and start serving his 22 year sentence. - Eye Witness News website

Riaz Kadwa to hand himself over to Correctional Services - 30 April
Riaz Kadwa, who shot and killed his parents in their bedroom five years ago, will hand himself over to authorities on Monday morning, to begin serving his 22 year jail term. - Eye Witness News website

See also :

Surgeon's murder : son gets bail - 31 March 2006
News24 website
[InfoUpdate 13 of 2006]

Pathologists testify in Kadwa case - 30 October 2006
Mail & Guardian website
[InfoUpdate 41 of 2006]

Kadwa's killer son gets 22 years - 27 July 2007
Prominent plastic surgeon Anwar Kadwa and his wife Munirah, were murdered by their only son Riaz, a judge ruled yesterday. The Johannesburg High Court judge found "substantial and compelling circumstances" to impose less than life imprisonment on each of the two murder counts. - The Citizen website

Prince Sifiso Zulu found guilty of culpable homicide - 22 April
Magistrate Thomas Nhleko found Prince Sifiso Zulu guilty of culpable homicide in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Nhleko said the state witnesses presented to the court were very impressive. The state had said Zulu, a Durban socialite, was the driver of a BMW X5 that jumped a red traffic light and collided with a Mitsubishi double cab in March 2008, killing two members of the Soul's Harbour Ministries Church and injuring 10 others. Nhleko said there were numerous contradictions in the testimony of defence witnesses presented by defence counsel Thabani Masuku. - Mail & Guardian website

Zulu to be sentenced in May - 22 April
Magistrate Thomas Nhleko extended Zulu's bail and postponed the case until May 31 for sentencing. - The Citizen website

Jail looms large for Zulu - 23 April
Sifiso Zulu is almost certainly facing a prison sentence after a magistrate ruled yesterday that he was behind the wheel of his BMW X5 when it jumped a red robot and crashed at high speed into another vehicle, killing two young students. But if the surviving victims have their way, they would rather hear him "say sorry" and pay them compensation than go to jail. Apart from being found guilty of two counts of culpable homicide, Zulu was also convicted of reckless and negligent driving, and failing to render assistance to the injured people. - IOL website

Zulu 'deeply sorry' for deadly crash - 25 April
Sifiso Zulu, facing jail time for the deaths of two people when his car jumped a red light, is deeply sorry and wants to apologise to the victims of the crash. Two years after the crash, with victims calling on Zulu to apologise and make amends, he has expressed his regret. This is according to his friend, Elias Khumalo, an entrepreneur and prominent funder of President Jacob Zuma. - IOL website

Germiston

Poet takes on ministers - 26 April
Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli said on Sunday he was laying charges on Monday against the Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the Justice Minister Jeff Radebe for what he called his two years of hell in jail. Mbuli was arrested in 2008 on charges of kidnapping, assault and pointing a firearm at businessman Philemon Masike and his assistant Maki Matsepo. The People's Poet pleaded not guilty on Friday and was acquitted at the Germiston Magistrate's Court. - Eye Witness News website

Johannesburg

Assaulted Randburg toddler serious but stable - 27 April
Medical officials were on Tuesday still closely monitoring a toddler who was severely assaulted during a house robbery in Randburg. The case against Nelson Maphosa and Gerald Nyatumbo, who allegedly attacked the child and her minder, was postponed on Monday in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court because there was no Tsonga interpreter. - Eye Witness News website

Trusted friend attacked baby : police - 27 April
Franscina Sekhu, one-year-old Marzaan Kruger's nanny, didn't think much of it when Chakhoma Machaba visited her on Wednesday and again on Thursday - the day she and the baby were attacked. "I didn't think twice about opening for Chakhoma because I knew him from the time he had done construction work here". She said she and Machaba had got along fine and she considered him to be a friend. - IOL website

Baby assault suspects in court - 28 April
The two men suspected of assaulting one year Marzaan Kruger are expected to appear in court today. The two men, Nelson Maphosa and Geraldt Nyantumbo, briefly appeared in Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Monday. The two face charges of attempted murder and one of robbery with aggravated circumstances.  - NewsTime website

Baby suspect 'has left SA' - 28 April
Police guarding the Lebombo border post to Mozambique are not aware of the search for a Mozambican who is the main suspect in the assault on a one-year-old baby and her minder in Randburg. - IOL website

Baby beating accused want to be freed - 28 April
The two men arrested for the assault on baby Marzaan Kruger and her minder Francina Sekhu asked to be released from custody on Wednesday. The case was postponed to May 12 for further investigation. - IOL website

Muizenberg

See : Man arrested for harassing dolphins [South Africa]

Philippi

You are not a man, rapist tells lesbian - 4 April
A lesbian was allegedly beaten and raped repeatedly for five hours by a man who told her he wanted to "turn her into a woman". With both eyes swollen and bruised, stitches above her left eye and open wounds on her neck, Millicent Gaika of Gugulethu, haltingly told how a man she had known for years attacked and raped her repeatedly on Friday night. Her voice was husky from screaming. He has been arrested and will appear in the Philippi Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. - IOL website

See also : 'No bail for rapists' below

Pietermaritzburg

Murder accused faces rape charge - 27 April
The Hilton man charged with the murder of Nokwazi Mkhize whose charred remains were found on a mattress in a plantation off Hilton College Road earlier this month, told the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court yesterday that he would conduct his own defence. The accused man was also told by the state that an unrelated case, the charge of rape of a minor that had previously been withdrawn against him pending DNA tests, had since been reinstated. He has not yet pleaded. The case was adjourned to May 14 and the accused remanded in custody for a bail application. Magistrate Divesh  Mootheram also advised him to get legal representation. "These are serious crimes you are charged with. If you are found guilty you may be sentenced to life imprisonment". The man had been sentenced to 12 years in jail for previous convictions. - IOL website

Pinetown

See : Prison escapee re-arrested [South Africa]

Port Elizabeth

Absa guilty of reckless lending - 30 April
Absa bank was found guilty of reckless lending after granting a Port Elizabeth pensioner a loan, despite knowing the instalments would be more than his entire monthly income, the Herald Online reported on Friday. Described as a landmark case, the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court found this week that the issuing of the bond was reckless and that the loan should be scrapped. - IOL website
Keyphrase :
National Credit Act

Absa to appeal 'reckless lending' charge - 2 May
Absa Group, the South African bank controlled by Barclays Plc, said it may appeal a charge of "reckless lending" handed down by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court. About 20 months ago, Absa agreed to lend an unidentified 81-year-old client R350 000 to help his daughter's business, Louis von Zeuner, deputy chief executive of the bank, said. - Moneyweb website

Bank mulls over lost bond case - 3 May
ABSA bank was unaware that a Port Elizabeth court had found it guilty of reckless lending until it was contacted by a newspaper last week, a bank spokesman said. After being contacted by The Times' sister newspaper, the The Herald, Absa, one of South Africa's big four banks, started investigating how an 81-year-old pensioner was given the bond when the instalments were higher than his monthly income. - Times Live website

Banks still issue reckless loans despite credit act - 3 May
Complaints of reckless lending by accredited financial institutions in South Africa are averaging up to 600 cases annually, according to banking services ombudsman Clive Pillay. The majority of these cases come from the country's big four banks. Reckless lending has come under the spotlight after a Port Elizabeth pensioner won a landmark court case against Absa last week. - Business Report website

Pretoria

Court hears of attempts to get medical certificate for McBride - 26 April
An Ekurhuleni metro police officer was asked to get a medical certificate for Robert McBride without a doctor examining him, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Monday. Maxwell Mjamba, who was a superintendent in the metro police during McBride's reign in 2007, said he was asked to go to any doctor he knew to get a certificate for McBride claiming he was not drunk at the time of his accident. Mjamba was testifying after three doctors - Dr Yoyombu Tangui Mbange, Dr Allan Soundy, and Dr Kamal Doorgaeershad - testified that they were approached to issue a medical certificate by different people. They said they were approached to do so almost a month after the accident and without having examined McBride. - Mail & Guardian website

McBride was speeding before he crashed, court told - 26 April
Former Ekurhuleni metro police department (EMPD) chief Robert McBride overtook another vehicle on a solid white line at high speed before he crashed his car, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Monday. Eyewitness William Engelbrecht testified that McBride was travelling at between 110km/h and 120km/h in an 80km/h zone when he (McBride) overtook him on the R511 near Hartbeespoort Dam in December 2006. He testified that McBride smelled of alcohol, could not stand on his own and slurred his words. - Mail & Guardian website

Doctor : McBride was drunk - 28 April
Former Ekurhuleni Metro police chief, Robert McBride, was not sober hours after he crashed his car in December 2006, the doctor who treated him on the day told the Pretoria Regional Court on Wednesday. "From the examination he was not sober", Inbanathan Sagathevan told the court. Sagathevan said he had received a call from his cousin Stanley Sagathevan, a colleague of McBride's at the time, who "begged" him to treat the former police chief. - Mail & Guardian website

'McBride asked me to switch his blood' - 29 April
The doctor who treated Robert McBride hours after his 2006 car accident has told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court the former Ekurhuleni metro police chief asked him to switch his blood samples with that of another man. - Eye Witness News website

Another doctor testifies in McBride trial - 29 April
Another doctor on Thursday told the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court that he was approached to issue a medical certificate for Robert McBride. The doctor said he refused to issue a medical certificate to McBride because he was only approached a week after the accident. - Eye Witness News website

Officer in McBride trial tongue-tied over case details - 30 April
The investigating officer in Robert McBride's trial has not been able to explain why the Organised Crime Unit is investigating a case of drunk driving. Colonel Lesetja Kekana also denied that the former Ekurhuleni metro police chief's case was the result of a squabble between the two police departments. - Eye Witness News website

Protea

Illegal land seller in court - 30 April
A Soweto resident, Moses Nkosi, faces 56 counts of fraud and 56 of theft relating to the alleged illegal sale of City of Joburg land. Nkosi, who is out on bail, sold land in Power Park - next to the Motsoaledi informal settlement - to residents who lost thousands of rands in both paying Nkosi R3 500 each in administration fees and in building materials. He sold the stands for between R18 000 and R20 000. Even when the council realised what was happening, and issued orders to the "owners" to stop building, Nkosi continued selling stands and encouraging them to continue building. He gave several residents an attorney's letter stating they were authorised to build and told them to present it to the authorities if told to stop building. In an apparent bungle by the council, some of the plans were approved, but these were later rescinded due to misrepresentation. - IOL website

NPA mum on apparent Jub Jub bungle - 20 April
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will not comment on allegations their murder case against Jub Jub, also known as Molemo Maarohanye, may have been compromised by an apparent police bungle. It was alleged officers conducted drug and alcohol tests on the musician and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala four hours later than the required time. - Eye Witness News website

ANC denies meddling in 'Jub Jub' case - 20 April
The African National Congress (ANC) has distanced itself from reports that senior party officials were asked to intervene in the case against entertainer Molemo Maarohanye (Jub Jub) and Themba Tshabalala, accused of killing four school boys in an accident in March. - Polity website

Randfontein

Attempted murder charge against teen diverted - 23 April
A teenager who allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-boyfriend's mother in Johannesburg has been ordered to attend life skills and anger management classes as part of her punishment. The case against 19-year-old Brittany Mitchell of Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal was withdrawn in the Randfontein Magistrate's Court on Thursday. - Eye Witness News website

Security studies institute supports rehabilitation of teen - 24 April
The Institute for Security Studies said on Friday young people have a better chance of rehabilitation outside of prison. - Eye Witness News website

Roodepoort

Sithole wanted to 'scare victim' - 30 April
Former Orlando Pirates striker Mandla Sithole did not intend to kill Thulani Ndlovu but wanted to scare him. Sithole's lawyer, Jurg Huysamen, told the Roodepoort magistrate's court yesterday that his client swung the knife in front of Ndlovu to "keep him away". "It was during this roving scene that he (Ndlovu) was stabbed", he said. - Sowetan website

Ventersdorp

Eugene Terreblanche, -2010 - http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/user/26544

3 April 2010
President Jacob Zuma condemns the killing of Mr Eugene Terre’blanche
Presidency website

Five facts about Eugene Terre'blanche - 4 April
Moneyweb website

AWB vows to avenge Terre'Blanche's death - 4 April
As news of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder filters through, the right wing party has vowed to avenge his death. - Eye Witness News website

Investigators complete inspection of Terre’Blanche murder scene - 4 April
Crime scene investigators have wrapped up at the Terre’blanche farmhouse in Ventersdorp.They spent the day collecting evidence. He was murdered in his bed at his farm between 6 and 7pm yesterday. Two farm workers allegedly bludgeoned him to death with pangas and knobkerries over a pay dispute. - Eye Witness News website

Zuma calls for calm after Eugene Terre'Blanche is murdered - 5 April
Eye Witness News website

South Africa warns against Terreblanche revenge - 5 April
South African leaders have warned against any attempt by white supremacists to avenge the murder of their leader Eugene Terreblanche. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said such talk would not help the current situation in the country, and President Jacob Zuma called for national unity. - BBC News website

Terreblanche party retracts revenge threat - 5 April
BBC News website

Ventersdorp farmers to meet over Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder - 5 April
The AWB Iron Guard claims the murder had nothing to do with a wage dispute because the workers had been paid a week before the incident. They said the violence of the murder also does not fit the anger of a wage dispute. - Eye Witness News website

AWB says the "Shoot the Boer" song caused Terre'Blanche's murder - 5 April
Eye Witness News website

Racial tensions rising on Facebook over Terre'Blanche's murder - 5 April
Eye Witness News website

Race tension spiked recently : SAIRR - 6 April
"Racial tensions in the country appear to have increased significantly in recent weeks. This appears to be chiefly as a result of incitement by the ruling African National Congress to 'shoot and kill' the Afrikaner ethnic minority in the country", South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) deputy CEO Frans Cronje said in a statement. - Business Report website

Mom of Terre'Blanche murder suspect speaks out - 5 April
The mother of a 15-year-old murder suspect says her son has admitted he killed AWB leader Eugene Terre’'Blanche. The woman has told the Associated Press her son struck Terre'Blanche with an iron rod after the farmer refused to pay him. - Eye Witness News website

A secret trial for Terreblanche accused? - 6 April
My first reaction to a report that the entire trial of the 15 year old accused and his 28 year old co-accused would be held in camera was one of relief. According to George Baloyi, spokesperson for the NPA, the entire trial would be held in camera, due to the age of the one accused. NPA head Menzi Simelane confirmed that there would only be one trial. The problem is, despite the practical problems with conducting two separate trials and despite the trauma that a public trial might inflict on the body politic, I am not sure that having the trial of the adult accused in secret would be either wise or lawful and constitutional. - Pierre de Vos on the Constitutionally Speaking blog
Keyphrases :
Child Justice Act
Constitutional Court of South Africa. 8 March 2007. CCT56/06, CCT80/06 [2007] ZACC 3 ; 2007 (5) BCLR 474 (CC) ; 2007 (2) SACR 28 (CC). S v Shinga (Society of Advocates (Pietermaritzburg)) as Amicus Curiae) , S v O'Connell and Others
Constitutional Court of South Africa. 21 September 2006. CCT58/06) [2006] ZACC 15 ; 2007 (1) SA 523 (CC) ; 2007 (2) BCLR 167 (CC) ; [2006] JOL 18339 (CC). South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others
Criminal Procedure Act

ET murder : legal process begins its course - 7 April
While the nation watched on Tuesday and hoped the streets of Ventersdorp would not erupt in racial violence, another serious and sombre affair was taking place inside the magistrate's court. Here's what happened. - The Daily Maverick website

Race standoff at Ventersdorp court - 7 April
The
15-year-old accused of murdering right-wing extremist Eugene TerreBlanche is the first high-profile minor to be dealt with under the Child Justice Act, which came into force last Thursday. The act, which establishes a parallel procedure for the prosecution of minors and gives them additional protection, will now be rolled out in a highly charged political environment. A dramatic altercation ensued outside the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday when more than 300 people grouped themselves according to race. - Business Day website

Terre'Blanche murder trial to be held in camera - 7 April
National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane said experienced advocate George Baloy would be the main prosecutor in this case, which the public would probably not be allowed to watch. - Eye Witness News website

Terre'Blanche murder accused whereabouts secret - 7 April
The 15-year-old is in a place of safety while the older accused is in police custody. The lawyer representing the teenager, Zola Mojavu, would not give many more details except to say he has not made any kind of legal confession. - Eye Witness News website

Terre'Blanche murder suspect whisked from court, no reason given - 7 April
The two people accused of killing Terre'Blanche were due to appear formally in court on Tuesday. It is unclear why the man was taken away. - Eye Witness News website

Attackers left ET 'exposed' after killing him - 7 April
The two suspects arrested for the murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche have been charged with murder, robbery, attempted robbery and crimen injuria. The crimen injuria charge was brought because of how the two are accused of treating his body afterwards. It is alleged the pair pulled off Terre'Blanche's pants after he died and exposed his genitals. - Eye Witness News website

ET's killing a symbolic murder, says Zille - 7 April
Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Tuesday said Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder demonstrated the levels of pent-up rage felt by some South Africans. - Eye Witness News website

AWB says no violence, racial slandering - 7 April
Eye Witness News website

ANC seeks restraint on 'kill the boer' song - 8 April
Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg the party had asked its members to be "circumspect" in singing liberation songs, in an effort to manage the fallout following the killing of far right-wing leader Eugene TerreBlanche on Saturday and amid a tense debate about racism in SA. - 
Business Day website

TerreBlanche murder puts child workers in spotlight - 8 April
It is not illegal to employ a 15-year- old child, but regulations introduced in January set out strict working conditions that have to be adhered to, according to the Department of Labour. The murder of right-wing leader Eugene TerreBlanche allegedly by a 15-year-old boy and a 28 -year-old man who both worked for him, has raised questions about the legality of employing a minor. - Business Day website

ET crime scene slip-up - 13 April
The Eugene Terre'Blanche murder crime scene was botched. This is the view of a leading private forensic investigator after an AWB leader, Andre Visagie, confirmed he had personally removed the mattress and pillow from the bed on which Terre'Blanche's body was found. This follows The Star discovering a human tooth two days after the murder was committed. But the Hawks, who have taken over the investigation, claim it is not the police's job to remove body parts from a crime scene. Forensic investigator David Klatzow said : "It's a worrying situation. They (the investigators) probably screwed up the whole case and the prosecution. If you miss out on one fingernail, it could all be over".  - IOL website

No condom found at ET murder scene : The Hawks - 13 April
The Hawks (the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation) have publically stated there was no condom found at the scene of the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche. - Eye Witness News website

'ET's kindness led to his death'  - 14 April
It has emerged that the AWB leader's decision to pay for his domestic worker's funeral could have led to his murder. Members of the AWB claim Rose Matheu was killed because she had uncovered a plot to kill their leader, and they want her body exhumed. - IOL website

Media groups seek access to Terre'Blanche trial - 12 April
Several media groups have initiated legal proceedings for access to the trial of the two youths accused of killing right-winger Eugene Terre'Blanche, Media 24 said on Monday. "Media 24 has indeed initiated legal proceedings to gain access to the court hearing", spokeswoman Lutfia Vayej said. "In this regard, we have approached Dario Milo of Webber Wentzel [attorneys] based in Johannesburg. They are also acting on behalf of a number of parties including the SA National Editors Forum and eTV who have applied for similar access". - Business Report website

SANEF joins application for open Terre'Blanche hearing - 13 April
Statement by the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF). Editor's Forum says the imperatives of open justice are against a secret trial. - Polity website

Terre'Blanche case will be in camera : Simelane - 13 April
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will oppose the legal bid by media houses to win access to the trial of Eugene Terre'Blanche's alleged killers, National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane said on Tuesday. He told reporters in Parliament there was no way around the fact that the politically fraught case would be heard in camera because one of the accused was a minor. - Business Report website

Simelane in the limelight over ET trial - 16 April
National Prosecuting Authority chief Menzi Simelane has courted controversy again by opposing the media's attempts to have Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder trial opened to the public. This is the latest in a series of controversial actions from the man who told MPs this week that it was "important to understand that there will be a lot of interventions in many (court) cases", to make sure that "things go according to plan". - IOL website

NPA to fight media application in Terre'Blanche case - 14 April
The lawyer representing the teenager accused of killing Eugene Terre'Blanche on Tuesday said he was very nervous ahead of his client's second court appearance on Wednesday. The first action in court on Wednesday morning is expected to be an application by several media organisations to be allowed into the court room. Both the accused's lawyers have indicated they would be happy for the media to report on the case from inside the court. The National Prosecuting Authority's Mthunzi Mhaga said it would oppose the application. - Eye Witness News website

Terre'Blanche : minor accused abandons bail bid - 14 April
The media will be allowed access to the bail application of the 28-year-old man accused of killing right wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Wednesday. "In respect of the bail application of accused number one [Chris Mahlangu], you will be allowed in", NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga told reporters outside the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court. - News24 website

Terre'Blanche : lawyer denies discussing case - 14 April
The defence for the alleged child offender in the Eugene Terre'Blanche murder said on Wednesday he had never discussed his case with any media. Lawyer Zola Majavu, representing the 15-year-old boy, told Sapa on Wednesday morning that he would not speculate about his client's case in the media and that he had never done that. - News24 website

Terre'Blanche media lock-out 'would fuel tension' - 14 April
A media lock-out of the Eugene Terre'Blanche murder case would only fuel racial tensions, etv lawyer Dan Rosengarten warned on Wednesday. "People have the right to know about this case because otherwise it would fuel existing racial tensions," he told Sapa outside the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court. - News24 website

ET murder bail application to be public - 14 April
Members of the media attending the Eugene Terre'Blanche murder case have been signing themselves in at the Ventersdorp Magistrate Court. "It's only going to be a preliminary enquiry in terms of the new Child Justice Act which is underway right now", said the NPA's Mthunzi Mhanga. The preliminary proceeding has been underway to determine whether he would be competent to go through a hearing. This has resulted in lawyers representing several media organisations temporarily abandoning their applications for access to this case. - Eye Witness News website

Terre'Blanche accused back in court in May - 14 April
The bail application by one of the men accused of killing right-wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was on Wednesday postponed to next month in the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court. "We have been just been informed that the application for bail has been postponed at their request for 10 May," said state prosecutor George Baloyi. The lawyer for the other accused, who is 15, decided not to apply for bail for his client at an earlier private hearing and he will return to the court on May 14. - Mail & Guardian website

ET 'throttled his killer' - 14 April
Slain rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche throttled and assaulted his murder accused on several occasions, a lawyer said outside the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. Puna Moroko, lawyer for Chris Mahlangu told reporters his client first claimed he had been sodomised by Terre'Blanche but further questioning had revealed this could not be true. - IOL website

Lawyer backtracks on sex claims in Terre'Blanche case - 15 April
Initial reports indicated the killing had been sparked by a wage dispute. Police have since said they are also investigating the possibility that it was a sex crime, after Mahlangu's lawyer said his client claimed that Terre'Blanche had tried to sodomise him. But the lawyer, Puna Moroko, backtracked on that version of events on Wednesday, saying he no longer planned to pursue it as a defence. "That one we have abandoned. That one, when I consulted with him [Mahlangu], it didn't make sense to me," he said after Wednesday's hearing. "There is no politics involved," Moroko said. "Terre'blanche attacked his employees and they retaliated". The lawyer for the 15-year-old said his client had not indicated the murder was sexually related. - Mail & Guardian website

New ET death shock - 17 April
Just hours after AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's bloodied body was discovered on his farm in Ventersdorp, police found three minors at the scene. They were questioned. One gave himself up as one of the killers. The other two were whisked away to a place of safety, where they remain this weekend, two weeks later. The Saturday Star has learnt that the two boys were removed because they were either witnesses to the murder of Terre'Blanche or were victims themselves. - IOL website

Worcester

Sex, drugs and a right-winger in court - 24 April
Sex, drugs and right-wing sedition were some of the ingredients in the toxic cocktail that had the Worcester Magistrate's Court agog this week as the state persuaded the court its former security chief should be denied bail. Henry Harding, a self-confessed former member of the AWB who resigned as head of security at the Worcester Magistrate's Court after his arrest, is charged with possession of a cache of illegal arms and explosives uncovered by police in storerooms at the court building early this month, and at addresses linked to him. - IOL website

Wynberg

'No bail for rapists' - 14 April
The man accused of the "corrective rape" and assault of a lesbian is to spend another three weeks at Pollsmoor Prison before his bail application is heard. The Wynberg Magistrate's Court room was packed yesterday with people from Gugulethu and gay rights activists opposed to the man's being granted bail. The man is accused of pulling the woman into his shack nearly two weeks ago, then beating and raping her, while saying he would teach her a lesson for being a lesbian by killing her. - IOL website

See also : You are not a man, rapist tells lesbian above

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