May 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Taxi driver punches cops at taxi rank
A taxi driver operating from Bree Street rank is facing charges of assault and resisting arrest after punching officers and trying to hurl bricks at them yesterday. The Star reports that the incident was captured on CCTV. The defiant driver, who was alleged to have been washing his vehicle in the street, was initially approached by 3 female JMPD officers but eventually had to be subdued by more than 10 officers. The taxi was impounded, according to JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar.
DNA rules out accused in Anene Booysen case
“Zwai”, whom Anene Booysen named on her deathbed as one of the men who had raped and mutilated her, was set free yesterday, after all charges against him were dropped. Prosecutors said DNA tests ruled “Zwai” – real name is Jonathan Davids – out as a suspect. Davids told The Star that being in prison for the last four months was the worst experience of his life. Read more.
Witness contradictions lead to acquittal of Carl Pistorius
Carl Pistorius, the brother of murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, was yesterday acquitted of killing Marietjie Barnard in a 2008 car accident. The State’s case against Carl is said to have collapsed after witnesses crumbled and contradicted each other, according to The Star.
Gauteng police ordered to work 16-hour shifts
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros has ordered Gauteng police to work 16 hours a day without overtime pay or rest days, The Times reports. Read more.
Gauteng deputy police commissioner accused of intimidating colleagues
Maj-Gen Phumza Gela’s suspension over his involvement in the Gupta saga has been lifted, but he is still faces accusations of intimidating two senior officers. According to The Times, the SA police union applied to the Labour Court for a protection order against Gela and Brigadier Vuyokazi Ndebele. Read more.
Nabolisa sues Dept of Correctional Services for right to education
The New Age reports that convicted drug dealer Frank Nabolisa has filed an application against the Minister of Correctional Services at the Joburg High Court. Nabolisa wants to study and to be reclassified as a Group A prisoner so that he can get certain privileges such as his own computer. Read more.