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    Grade 8 pupil Jaedan Lotz didn't violate his high school's code of conduct, according to the Western Cape Education Department.

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    Cape Town - The Western Cape Education Department has said that Grade 8 pupil Jaedan Lotz, 13, had not in fact contravened his school’s code of conduct after he was told his hair was too short.

    Table View High School’s code of conduct stated that boys’ hair may not be completely shaved off and this rule was apparently in place because “bald white boys would look like convicts”, said Jaedan’s mother, Penny Lotz.

    She said it was obvious Jaedan was not bald as his hair was clearly visible.

    Millicent Merton, spokeswoman for the department, said: “In light of this incident, the school will reassess this rule - it will consult other schools on their code of conduct and will again consult the representative council of pupils before making any final decision.”

    She said after investigating the incident it had been found that Jaedan had not contravened the school’s code of conduct.

    “The pupil has also never been denied access to the school, suspended or prevented from attending any classes. The principal has also determined that the pupil was not in contravention of the code of conduct.”

    Merton said Jaedan had never been made to sit in detention, despite being told he would have to.

    Chairwoman of the school’s governing body, Kristin Engelbrecht, said all pupils were required to abide by the same rules, which parents were made aware of when they enrolled their children.

    She said the school governing board would re-assess its rules for boys’ hair cuts. “Our haircut and hairstyle rules apply to all children at the school and are the same for all of the children. One set of rules for the boys and one set for the girls.

    “These rules are clarified to the parents.”

     

    Lotz raised her unhappiness about the rule with the school earlier this year after being told pupils’ hair could not be cut short.

    The Cape Times had received an email from another parent who had experienced the same when their child had been at the school a few years ago. - Cape Times


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    Cosatu Western Cape wants a meeting with Metrorail for an explanation about its train fare hike on June 1.

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    Cape Town - Cosatu Western Cape wants a meeting with Metrorail for an explanation about its train fare hike on June 1, while the Cape Chamber of Commerce has questioned Metrorail’s timing of the increase.

    In an average 6 percent increase single trips cost 50c more, weekly tickets between R3 and R5 more and monthlies R7 to R22, Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz announced on Thursday.

    Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said: “For some people a 6 percent increase may be affordable, but there are train commuters who are low earners and who may not be able to afford it. We will take this up with Metrorail.”

    He was approached to confirm Swartz’s statement that Metrorail had informed business, labour and commuter groups about the increase.

    “Yes they have advised us of their intention to increase fares, but we have not agreed to it,” Ehrenreich said.

    Cape Chamber of Commerce executive Viola Manuel said: “Yes they (Metrorail) have notified us. We understand they have to increase fares and that many aspects of their service have improved. The big issue for us is the timing of the increase. It comes at a difficult time for commuters due to the bus strike.”

    The chamber would ask Metrorail to postpone the fare hike until later in the year.

    Swartz said a R600-million deficit on Metrorail’s books had made a fare increase unavoidable. He said Metrorail received a government subsidy of R600m, but that it had cost the company R1.2bn to operate trains in the province.

    “Talking is good, but how am I going to cover the R600m shortfall and how are we going to finance security? We undertook not to have a double-digit increase like last year. We can’t have high levels of service without a marginal increase in fares,” Swartz said.

    Electricity, staff and maintenance material contributed to the bulk of Metrorail’s expenses. “By clamping down on fare dodgers, closing stations and conducting special actions on trains we have managed to recover R160m more than the previous financial year, exceeding our revenue target by R8m,” he said.

    Vandalism, which had already cost it about R96m over the last year remained a problem, but Metrorail had increased security which included 400 railway police officers and 800 security guards, he said.

    Metrorail spent about R12m a month on security.

    “The fare increase is pro-poor. We promised our commuters a single-digit increase in line with inflation.”

    aziz.hartley@inl.co.za

    Cape Times


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  • 05/10/13--06:47: Man shot outside Cape court
  • A man set to appear in court on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm, was shot outside the Goodwood Magistrate's Court.

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    Cape Town - A man set to appear in court on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm, was shot outside the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Friday morning, Western Cape police said.

    Lt-Col Thembinkosi Kinana said the man, in his 40s, died a short while later in hospital.

    He was apparently walking along the street outside the court when he was approached by an armed person who fired a shot and ran away.

    “There are no indications that the incident is gang-related at this stage. No arrests have been made,” Kinana said.

    The National Prosecuting Authority's Western Cape spokesman, Eric Ntabazalila, said the shooting victim was to have appeared in court for illegal possession of a firearm. - Sapa


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    South African doctor Cyril Karabus is expected to arrive in the country next week, his lawyer said.

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    Johannesburg - South African doctor Cyril Karabus is expected to arrive in the country next week, his lawyer said on Friday.

    “Developments are that authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have decided not to exercise their second appeal against him. We expect that he will have his passport by this weekend,” said Karabus's lawyer Michael Bagraim.

    “He should be in the country on Wednesday morning.”

    The 78-year-old paediatric oncologist has been detained in the UAE since August 18 last year, after being sentenced in absentia for the death of a Yemeni girl he treated for leukaemia in 2002.

    He was acquitted on March 21 and won an appeal, but his return to South Africa was delayed because he was on the UAE's database as a fugitive from justice.

    His bail money of R250 000 was returned to him on Monday, but he still had to wait for his passport from Abu Dhabi prison authorities.

    On Thursday, the international relations department called on the UAE government to allow Karabus to return home.

    Spokesman Clayson Monyela said it had been confirmed that Abu Dhabi prison authorities were in possession of Karabus's passport and “must first clear his name from a database before his passport can be returned”.

    Bagraim said Karabus “remained strong”.

    “He is in a much better frame of mind and is being strong.”

    Karabus has also received support from the SA Islamic Medical Association, which on Friday called for his immediate release to travel to South Africa, Bagraim said. - Sapa


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    No amount of reasoning can justify acts of vigilantism, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said.

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    Cape Town - No amount of reasoning can justify acts of vigilantism, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.

    “The perpetrators of such acts are often perceived as heroes by those who witness such barbaric killings,” he said at the opening of the Lambert's Bay police station in the Western Cape.

    “Well, as the police, we will hunt and arrest these 'heroes' because there is nothing heroic when you burn and kill people.”

    If community members knew of people who had committed a crime, they should report them to police so that they could be properly apprehended.

    “Let this police station bring an end to this trend. It must become a house of pain to these heartless criminals and represent hope to any crime victim.”

    Mthethwa said the safety and security of rural communities was viewed as a priority.

    He acknowledged that rural police stations were often isolated, responsible for vast areas, and situated in communities with high levels of poverty and unemployment.

    “Inadequate response to the needs of rural communities and resource constraints hamper the rendering of effective policing in many rural areas,” he said.

    If communities were unhappy with the service delivered by the police, they should use the proper channels of communication to voice their complaints. - Sapa


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    South Africa's black middle class spends more than R400 billion a year, which is indispensable to the economy, a study says.

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    Cape Town - South Africa’s black middle class is showing “meteoric” growth, and its combined spending power of more than R400 billion a year is indispensable to the economy, a study by UCT’s Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing has found.

    But while the black middle class had increased in size from 1.7 million in 2004 to 4.2 million today, numbers in the Western Cape remained low, the institute’s director, Professor John Simpson, said on Thursday.

    Simpson was presenting the findings of the institute’s study on the black middle class to an audience of 260 marketing agents, bankers, retailers and academics at a seminar in Rondebosch.

    Only 3 percent, or about 120 000 black middle class South Africans lived in the Western Cape, mainly in Cape Town, said Simpson.

    Gauteng, meanwhile, had 46 percent, or about 2 million black South Africans who fell into this group.

    The main reason was the Western Cape’s historically small black population.

    This had given the province a smaller base to grow off, said Simpson.

    He said the Western Cape could expect to see higher growth.

    The seminar dealt mainly with the question of how to tap into the lucrative black middle class market as the spending power of black middle class South Africans surpassed that of the white middle class.

    According to the institute’s study, the black middle class spends more than R400bn.

    This is more than the R380bn spent by the 2.8 million white middle class adults.

    While the white middle class has “stagnated” since 2004, the black middle class has more than doubled in size, despite the recession that struck in 2008.

    The study defined middle class as a black adult, older than 16, and living in a household with a combined monthly income of between R16 000 and R50 000.

    But Simpson said the importance of a growing middle class resonated far beyond new marketing opportunities.

    Internationally, stable and growing countries had a thriving middle class, he said.

    “It’s crucial to the well-being of the country… it’s probably the biggest deal in South Africa today,” Simpson said.

    For its study, the institute analysed AMPS (All Media and Product Survey) databases, the replies of 6 000 questionaires, held video interviews and organised focus groups.

    Simpson said the spending power of the black middle class had become an indispensable contributor to growth.

    “In South Africa, unlike China, we have to spend to grow the economy,” Simpson said.

    This was because the country manufactured relatively few products.

    Simpson said four main factors had contributed to the growth, which had shown no signs of slowing.

    The first was easy credit, especially before the recession. The second was the growing number of black people completing tertiary education.

    Simpson said BEE had also contributed, as had the high growth rate before the 2008 recession.

    But he emphasised that the aspiration to have a better and financially secure life was the main thing driving the growth of the middle class.

    jan.cronje@inl.co.za

    Cape Town


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    A man was arrested for possession of perlemoen (abalone) worth about R1 million in Bellville, Cape Town.

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    Cape Town - A man was arrested for possession of perlemoen (abalone) worth about R1 million in Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Friday.

    The driver of a bakkie and trailer sped away from police when they tried to stop him around 4.30pm on Thursday, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said in a statement.

    He was eventually cornered near Tienie Meyer Street, Bellville. Police caught the 26-year-old man when he tried to run away.

    “They found more than 100 bags filled with abalone stashed away in the bakkie and the trailer. After the suspect could not provide a valid explanation for the abalone he was arrested on possession of abalone charges.”

    In a separate case, also on Thursday, R100 000 worth of perlemoen was confiscated in Strand. Last month police seized abalone worth R500,000 in Beaufort West. - Sapa


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    Cleveland abductions prompt SA woman held in pit to speak out.

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    Durban - It was eight years ago when convicted rapist and kidnapper Johannes Mowers entered their home, lit a cigarette and told her stepfather, at gunpoint, to get under the bed.

    It was the beginning of a horror ordeal for the 20-year-old, who was just 12 at the time, setting off a massive hunt as Mowers held the girl in an underground cave for 15 months, as his sex slave.

    Her ordeal is similar to that of three US kidnap victims snatched in separate incidents around 10 years ago and found alive this week.

    In the latest news about the Cleveland kidnappings the Ohio attorney-general said on Friday that DNA tests showed kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro is the father of the six-year-old born while he allegedly held the girl’s mother, Amanda Berry, 27, and two other women, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, captive for nearly a decade in a “private torture chamber”.

    Attorney-general Mike DeWine said that “forensic scientists worked through the night to confirm that Castro was the father.”

    Castro, 52, was arrested on Monday after Berry called out to a neighbour who then kicked in the door to the suspect’s home to rescue her and the girl. Police arrived on the scene and entered the house, finding other women.

    Castro has been charged with kidnapping and raping the women. He was ordered held on an $8-million (R72m) bond and prosecutors say they plan to charge him with the aggravated murder of unborn babies the women lost during beatings.

    It was further revealed that Castro would buy his captives a cake to mark the anniversary of their abductions. His twisted “alternative birthday party” would also involve him serving them a special dinner.

    Psychologists say to survive a 10-year ordeal of beatings and rapes, his three victims may have shut down mentally on a form of “auto-pilot” to dull the trauma. Police have reported the women are in good physical condition, but they need peace and privacy.

    With the women now free, grim details have begun filtering out about the rapes, beatings, forced miscarriages and periods of starvation that they endured at the house on Seymour Avenue.

    Meanwhile in the Cape, following the freeing of the Cleveland women found on May 6, the young South African woman feels ready to tell her story.

    The cave was in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley: “I remember everything. Sometimes if I tell the story, the whole thing feels like it just happened yesterday,” she said.

    After bursting into the home, then forcing the girl outside, she remember Mowers telling her stepfather: “If you don’t turn around I’ll hurt her, and it’ll be your fault.”

    Her stepfather turned back.

    Before they even reached the cave, where she would be not only his sex slave but also his punch bag and a mother to his then four-year-old daughter, Mowers raped her. When she first saw the hole in the ground, the young woman says, she saw the child lying there.

    “He said it was his daughter.”

    The two girls were together in that underground cave for 15 months, before finally being freed.

    Major-General Jeremy Veary, who was provincial police director at the time, said the pit was about two metres by three metres wide that Mowers had dug out of a bank using sheets of corrugated iron to support the roof. Veary said the girls were so afraid to leave the hole they had to be coaxed out.

    Describing her time in the pit yesterday, the apparently calm and confident young woman said: “I was like a dart board. He’d throw knives at me, and when I ducked he’d tell me not to blame him if I got hit. I thought about running away, but his daughter held me back emotionally cause she was small, I couldn’t just leave her there.

    “And I didn’t know how I got there. He raped and beat me all the time,” she said.

    Like with one of the Cleveland women, Gina DeJesus, this young woman’s abductor was known to her family.

    “He knows my whole family but I never knew him. People have told me he was a good man, and that he went to the same school I went to before,” she said.

    And that’s the only sign of anger she shows.

    When the two girls were finally freed, they spoke only in whispers because Mowers had forbidden them to talk.

    At the time of his trial supporters set up the Whisper Fund to raise money for the girls’ rehabilitation and education, and remain close to its founder Jennifer Mackenzie.

    And what of her relationship with the little girl she cared about too much to escape alone?

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    “Last year I met his daughter at Jenni’s house. She walked through the gate with her bushy hair, and I was so happy to see her. She was so big and what really shocked me is that she only spoke English.

    “We just sat and looked each at other, we were shy.”

    The younger girl asked her about Mowers, and what he’d done.

    “(She wanted to know) what he did to me, how old she had been, and if I knew her mom. We were smiling a lot.”

    Mower’s daughter did not remember much of her past, and she was flabbergasted to hear what her father had done.

    “She said: “Mom, how could someone do something like that?” She had so many questions we couldn’t answer, which is is why we got the two of them together.

    “A lot of her questions have now been answered,” the guardian said, adding that she hoped it would allow the girl to move forward in her emotional development.

    “We go for counselling once a month to work through things. She’s quite okay with her history. She works exceptionally hard. She loves her sport, she’s a beautiful ballet dancer,” she said.

    Meanwhile, the young woman who was her carer in the pit is studying to be a teacher in Hermanus, and dreams about being able to help children with her skills, via the Whisper Fund.

    “I want to become a Grade R teacher. I want to give other children what I got from Jenni. When I’m with Jenni I feel safe, no one will touch me. People support me, I talk to my psychologist about everything.”

    She doesn’t feel sad or emotional now, although she is always vigilant around older men. - Independent on Saturday


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    Swaziland’s King Mswati III has insisted that he rules his country only at the pleasure of his people.

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    Johannesburg - Swaziland’s King Mswati III insisted at the World Economic Forum Africa conference in Cape Town that he rules his country only at the pleasure of his people.

    If they decided the country should transform from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, he would be happy to oblige.

    Mswati was one of several African heads of state who participated in the meeting which brought together more than a thousand political, economic and social leaders for a major chin-wag about Africa’s problems and prospects.

    The others included Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Benin’s President Yayi Boni.

    Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was also a star turn at the conference. President Jacob Zuma participated as the host.

    The presence of Mswati and Kenyatta raised eyebrows; Mswati because as Africa’s last absolute monarch he faces pressure to transform to a constitution monarchy, Kenyatta because he has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged complicity in the murder of scores on political opponents after the 2007 elections.

    Kenyatta shrugged off questions about the indictment at the conference, telling a TV interviewer the indictment would not tarnish Kenya’s image as the world “will focus on whether we respect rule of law, which we will do”.

    Mswati participated in a discussion on how Africans could maintain their traditional values in the modern world.

    Nkosana Moyo, chief executive of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and former Zimbabwean cabinet minister, urged Africa to look to Japan which had retained its traditional values while becoming a modern state.

     

    Mswati was asked whether the best combination of tradition and modernity in Swaziland would not be to move to a constitutional monarchy.

    He said the king did not make decisions on his own as the country’s tradition was for all citizens to have their say through the iSibaya Forum where the whole nation came together to discuss political, economic and social issues. - Saturday Star


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    Sources in the gang underworld report that the hits on two alleged members of the 26s were ordered from prison.

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    Cape Town -

    Friday’s fatal shooting of a suspected gangster outside the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court, just days after a failed attempt on the life of a man believed to be a high-ranking member of the same gang, has sparked fears that a prison numbers gang war is brewing.

    Sources in the gang underworld report that the hits on the two alleged members of the 26s – one of whom was Colin Booysen, brother of the alleged leader of the Sexy Boys gang – were ordered from prison.

    There was pandemonium outside the court on Friday when 48-year-old William Gouws, a suspected 26s member, was gunned down moments before appearing on a charge of possession of ammunition. He was out on bail of R1 000 and had left the court and crossed Voortrekker Road, when two men approached him and opened fire.

    A witness told Weekend Argus he saw two men running across the field from the railway line. Four shots were fired in quick succession, and as Gouws fell forward on to the pavement, the suspects fled on foot.

    According to insiders, the tension is between the 26s and the 28s, which is currently plagued by internal leadership strife.

    On Thursday, in the first attack, Booysen was shot multiple times in the “upper and lower body”.

    Booysen, brother of Jerome “Donkie” Booysen,

    is believed to be a 26s member and a co-leader of the Sexy Boys, in Belhar.

     

    Police say Booysen’s attackers were driving a white Toyota Tazz, and according to reports they first chatted to Booysen before opening fire on him moments after he arrived home.

    He survived the attack, and underwent emergency surgery at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt the same day.

     

    Police spokesperson Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said on Friday night that no arrests had been made in the Booysen attack.

    A case of murder had been opened in the shooting of Gouws, and no arrests had been made.

    Community Safety MEC Dan Plato called for calm, warning that a full-scale gang war would have a devastating effect on the public. - Weekend Argus


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  • 05/11/13--06:53: Motlanthe visits De Doorns
  • Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for co-operation between farmers and farmworkers, SABC news reported.

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    Cape Town - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for co-operation between farmers and farmworkers, the SABC news reported on Saturday.

    According to the national broadcaster, Motlanthe said it was in everyone's best interest that a resolution be found to the problems between the two sides.

    He was addressing the farming community in De Doorns in the Western Cape.

    Farming towns across the province came to a standstill between last November and February during a protest by workers against poor wages and harsh living conditions.

    The protests started with grape harvesters in De Doorns, who were calling for wages of R150 a day. Most earned between R69 and R75 a day.

    The protests led to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant increasing the daily minimum wage for farmworkers to R105, after input by farmers and workers.

    According to the SABC, farmworkers in the area said the increase had made little difference.

    General secretary of Bawsi and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa), Nosey Pieterse who led the protest said the worsening situation was partly due to the farmers now requesting that workers pay rent on farms.

    He said that if government did not intervene, another protest would be inevitable.

    Bawsi is the Black Association of the Wine and Spirit Industry. - Sapa


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    The death of well-known puppeteer Keith Anderson has blown the lid off an alleged child sex scandal.

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    The recent death of well-known city puppeteer, circus performer and set designer Keith Anderson has blown the lid off an alleged child sex scandal.

     

    Anderson died in his sleep at a Salvation Army old age home on May 3, aged 76, but yesterday two of his alleged victims, now in their early fifties, spoke out publicly for the first time, charging that the accolades for Anderson had left them enraged and upset.

    The two men, who were adamant they were not the only two to suffer at Anderson’s hand, both told Weekend Argus independently that young boys were sexually abused, not only by Anderson, but also by a group of paedophiles – his friends – to whom they were “passed around”.

    Following his recent death, Anderson was hailed for his contribution to the performing arts industry in South Africa, which was described as “considerable”.

    A UCT graduate, he joined John Wright’s Marionettes while still in his teens, before going on to create his own marionette theatre company. He also founded the Circus Osler circus school in Cape Town and designed productions from ballets to musicals and operas for all the former national arts councils and major independent theatre companies.

     

    It appears that none of the boys who were allegedly abused by Anderson laid any charges at the time, because they said they were afraid to lose the relative security of the circus school he ran, which had taken them away from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Dieter Sanger, speaking from the Netherlands yesterday, said he hadn’t understood Anderson’s first advances, which came during costume fittings at the Circus Osler, when he was just eight.

     

    “Yes, I was abused sexually for a long time,” he said. The “touching” progressed to the stage when Anderson asked him repeatedly to stay overnight at his Constantia home. For many years, Sanger said, he was at the house “virtually every night”.

    “(Anderson) would click his fingers and you had to run. I had no control. He had all the power. And you can’t bear to tell anyone because you’re so scared.”

    Sanger explained that he did not want to go back to his problem home, or leave the circus.

    But now he wishes he had laid charges.

    “I think I hoped at the time the abuse would stop, but in the nearly 12 years I was with the circus, I was sexually assaulted repeatedly, tied up, beaten and lent out to Anderson’s friends for a good time.

    “And I wasn’t the only one. There were many other boys,” he added.

    Another man, visibly traumatised, disgusted and angry, said at his Cape Town home yesterday that he, too, had been one of Anderson’s victims as a little boy, being raped repeatedly while he was in the Keith Anderson Circus Festival of Youth.

     

    The man, who spent 10 years in Pollsmoor Prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, said that while he was awaiting trial Anderson even offered him R50 000 to exclude details of the rapes, which were to have been included in his mitigation plea.

     

    “My sister thought to advise my lawyer about what happened to me (for mitigation). Somehow the papers got wind of the fact that my lawyer was going to include what happened to me in his presentation to the court.

    “One day I got called for a visitor, an old man with a walking stick and a young man in a suit came through the doors. The lawyer opened a suitcase and pulled out a document for me to sign. The old man said ‘hello’. Suddenly, I recognised him. It was Keith Anderson. I went apes*** and I tried to throttle him,” the man said.

    He said he was 12 when Anderson and his friends raped him and the other boys in Anderson’s caravan.

    “I know for a fact that there were other boys because I was there. I saw a lot of other boys from outside the circus. Sometimes there were more than one of us at a time in Keith Anderson’s caravan. He was raping us, him and his sick friends,” he said, adding that the abuse continued until Anderson left to go overseas.

    Both men named others allegedly involved in the rapes. In one instance they both named the same man independently.

    Asked why he had not laid charges, he said he had been naive and “didn’t know better”.

    “Sometimes a child gets into a situation where there are rewards and promises, and you believe it won’t affect you as an adult. And then you grow older and you’re suddenly faced with guilt, and it’s very destroying.”

    Another man, who was part of Circus Osler with his brother and worked closely with Anderson, said he had refused to believe “all the rumours”, despite his brother’s claims of abuse.

    Since Anderson’s death, he said, “at least 15 boys” (now men) had claimed they were sexually abused by Anderson.

    “We used to joke about being one of Keith’s bumboys… (Anderson) even called me about 15 years ago and asked me to get (my brother) to stop blackmailing him,” he said.

    In 2005, Anderson’s life was featured in a film, The Flyer, by director Revel Fox.

    Fox, who was also trained by Anderson, said yesterday he knew him very well, and had never seen him as anything other than honourable.

    “I never had anything dishonorable happen between me and Keith.

    “But I heard people talk and never understood why people didn't come forward.

    “I have wonderful memories of him being absolutely amazing, but I don’t know about the other stuff. He made such an impact on my life that I actually went and made a movie about it.”


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    A boy was seriously injured and a seven-months pregnant woman was hurt when the boy fell from a cliff on Lion’s Head.

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    A boy was seriously injured and a seven-months pregnant woman was hurt when the boy fell from a cliff on Lion’s Head yesterday, hitting the woman as she walked on the path below.

     

    Darren Francis, Emergency Medical Services spokesman, said the boy suffered a broken arm and a broken leg. Both he and the pregnant woman were airlifted off the mountain then transported to hospital.

     

    The boy was apparently on an outing with his church when the incident took place yesterday afternoon. People said he was running when he slipped and fell down the side of a cliff, crashing through a barbed wire fence. He also suffered cuts and bruises before colliding with the pregnant woman.

    A witness said the boy lay motionless for several minutes after the fall. “He didn’t look like he was breathing. We thought he was dead. Luckily he started moving and paramedics were quickly on the scene.”

    The pregnant woman, who had apparently been out walking with work colleagues, suffered light injuries.


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    Local military installation Silvermine is quietly being stripped bare by copper thieves.

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    While all the attention has been on the Waterkloof Air Force Base after the arrival there of the Gupta wedding guests, local military installation Silvermine is quietly being stripped bare by copper thieves.

    The radio communications hub for the SA Navy has been hit by copper thieves in two separate incidents in recent weeks, Weekend Argus has established.

    Combined with the recent discovery of a dead woman floating in the swimming pool at Makhado Air Force Base in Limpopo, questions are being raised about the level of security at South Africa’s military bases.

    Both Silvermine and Makhado are believed to be national key points, due to the military work conducted there. The government does not identify key points.

    In the first incident at Silvermine, hundreds of metres of copper wire installed on May 2 at the lower antenna farm to replace a previously stolen part, were stolen again just five days later.

     

    And in the second incident, apparently some time last week, guards at the base’s top antenna farm caught five people red-handed trying to steal copper.

    These are the latest of several incidents of copper theft at Silvermine that have over the past 18 months caused naval communications to “go deaf” from time to time.

    Other incidents include:

    l At least four cases reported last year, among them two incidents last February. In one, copper pipes from the base’s air-conditioning cooling towers were stolen. A few weeks later, thousands of metres of copper wire and other copper parts were stripped out of the lower antenna farm by thieves who apparently entered the base through holes in the fence.

    l In January, copper thieves hit the upper antenna farm, effectively cutting the Navy’s communications systems to its fleet.

    Commander Greyling van der Berg, of the SA Navy, would not confirm specific incidents of theft, but said there were “no disruptions affecting our ability to communicate with our ships and submarines”.

    He admitted, however, that theft “remains an ongoing problem”, and that the Navy had deployed elements of its Maritime Reaction Squadron to better protect equipment in outlying areas.

     

    Van der Berg said this had “stemmed” incidents of theft, but had not completely “curbed” the problem.

     

    DA spokesman on defence David Maynier said the Naval Communication Centre at Silvermine was a strategic military facility, and so a national key point.

    “It should be absolutely impenetrable to any unauthorised person, and yet it seems copper thieves breach the boundary fences regularly. The fact that the Naval Communication Centre at Silvermine is ‘deaf’ from time to time because of copper theft is actually a threat to national security.”

    Maynier said Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, needed to fix the problems at Silvermine. “We cannot have a situation where the boundaries of strategic military facilities, which have been designated as national key points, are even more porous than South Africa’s borders.”


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    The longest serving 'Islander' at Robben Island, former prison guard Jan Moolman, has retired after half a century of service.

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    Johannesburg - The longest serving 'Islander' at Robben Island, former prison guard Jan Moolman, has retired after half a century of service, the Sunday Times reported.

    “Robben Island was my whole entire life,” Moolman told the newspaper.

    He started as a trainee in the prison service in 1963 when he was eighteen.

    Moolman guarded over Nelson Mandela and other Rivonia trialists; as well as Pam Africanist Congress founder Robert Sobukwe.

    He said Sobukwe - who was kept in isolation in a fenced-off home - was a “very decent man.”

    “He never tried to get me to do anything for him.”

    Moolman said he had started talking to Sobukwe during his shifts - a dismissable offence.

    “(Sobukwe) knew that and so he would meet me on the seaward side where nobody could see us. He asked me about my family and he would always slip me something beneath the fence - a pear or an apple”.

    Moolman said that he was most “haunted” by his experiences as a ferry skipper on the island during apartheid.

    “Non-white people would be crammed into a tiny space in the bow of the ferry, where everybody got seasick.”

    Moolman and his wife stayed on at the island after it closed in 1996 and became a museum.

    “It was the strangest time. The island was completely silent. No prisoners, no other people”. - Sapa


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    Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for co-operation between farmers and farmworkers.

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    Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for co-operation between farmers and farmworkers, the SABC news reported on Saturday.

    According to the national broadcaster, Motlanthe said it was in everyone's best interest that a resolution be found to the problems between the two sides.

    He was addressing the farming community in De Doorns in the Western Cape.

    Farming towns across the province came to a standstill between last November and February during a protest by workers against poor wages and harsh living conditions.

    The protests started with grape harvesters in De Doorns, who were calling for wages of R150 a day. Most earned between R69 and R75 a day.

    The protests led to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant increasing the daily minimum wage for farmworkers to R105, after input by farmers and workers.

    According to the SABC, farmworkers in the area said the increase had made little difference.

    General secretary of Bawsi and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa), Nosey Pieterse who led the protest said the worsening situation was partly due to the farmers now requesting that workers pay rent on farms.

    He said that if government did not intervene, another protest would be inevitable.

    Bawsi is the Black Association of the Wine and Spirit Industry. - Sapa


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  • 05/12/13--22:49: Hitch a ride on a crime bust
  • Capetonians will be able to "ride along" with law enforcement on patrols in a programme designed to "restore credibility".

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    Cape Town - Capetonians will be able to “ride along” with metro police and other law enforcement officials on anti-crime patrols as early as next month, if the City of Cape Town approves a programme designed to “restore credibility” in the police.

    An initiative of Jean-Pierre “JP” Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, the programme – which has already stirred up controversy – allows members of the public to accompany any of the city’s five safety and security branches as they go about their daily work. These are metro police, law enforcement, traffic police, disaster risk management and fire and emergency services.

    Smith said on Sunday that the programme, which has already been approved by the city’s safety and security directorate, was designed to “fight back” against negative perceptions of the police.

    Applicants must be older than 18, but minors could accompany police if a waiver was signed by a parent or guardian.

    The ride-along policy has a strict dress code. “Inappropriate clothing” includes faded, worn, white or acid washed, torn, patched or mended items. Off-the-shoulder tops, midriff tops, low cut blouses or tight-fitting items are banned. So are mini-skirts or mini shorts, tanks tops, flip flops, high heels and dresses.

    By joining law enforcement officials on patrols, the “credibility gap” between the public and law enforcement would be narrowed.

    The initiative would also serve as a recruitment tool.

    Smith said first-hand experience of policing could encourage the “best and the brightest” of the city’s youth to consider careers in law enforcement.

    But the ANC’s Tony Ehrenreich slammed the initiative on Sunday, calling it a “gimmick” and would make people feel like they were on a “joy ride” in “a New York movie”.

    Ehrenreich, who repeated an earlier call for Smith to step down, said it would put the public in danger. “Everyone in a police car is at risk,” he said.

    “This is not surprising coming from JP Smith,” said Ehrenreich. “He has failed to comprehensively deal with safety and criminality issues in the community during his entire tenure.”

    But Guy Lamb, the director of the safety and violence initiative at UCT, said on Sunday there was a major credibility gap between the public and the police, and the ride-along policy could be a “start” to change this.

    It was difficult to tell how dangerous it would be for the public, said Lamb.

    He said the metro police had up-to-date information on incidences of crime and gang activity, and with ride-alongs they would avoid areas with high crime rates.

    “It’s unlikely they’ll take people into the middle of a gang war,” he said.

    Smith said on Sunday the policy of ride-alongs was based on “best practice” from overseas. The “patrol ride-along programme” of the Sacramento police department in the US served as a model for his proposal.

     

    To ensure the public’s safety during the two to four-hour patrols with metro police, they would only accompany selected metro police officers with the rank of supervisor or higher, who have experience in escorting journalists or researchers in police cars.

    Before patrols, the public would be briefed on safety and police operating procedures, and “would not be put in any high-risk situations”. The cars would patrol “slightly safer neighbourhoods” Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm.

    Only members of the public with written consent, who could motivate their reasons, could go along.

    Officials will screen applicants to make sure they do not have a criminal record.

    Those requesting a ride-along should be “of good character, not likely to endanger the safety of the public or him/herself”.

    No one will be allowed to observe raids, roadblocks and sensitive disaster risk operations without co-ordination and approval.

    “If the member believes a problem may arise, the ride-along should be transferred to another member or returned to the base,” the policy states.

    The SA Police Service is not part of the programme, which will only be rolled out in the City of Cape Town.

    jan.cronje@inl.co.za zara.nicholson@inl.co.za

    Cape Times


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  • 05/12/13--22:55: Peace preacher gunned down
  • Bullets tore into the gang pastor's body... but the will to live gave him the strength to somehow continue driving.

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    Cape Town - Seven or eight bullets tore into the maverick gang pastor and peace preacher’s body… but the will to live gave Pastor Ivan Waldeck the strength to somehow continue driving – until he arrived at hospital and collapsed at the forecourt.

    He is the second gangster-turned-pastor after Albern Martins to be targeted in the past few months.

    Martins, 55, was shot dead outside the Blue Down’s Magistrate’s Court on March 1 as he arrived to appear on charges of abalone smuggling. In 1990, Waldeck and Martins were key in forming Core (Community Outreach Forum), the initial negotiating forum among gang leaders.

    On Sunday, in dramatic scenes in Belville South, Waldeck survived an attempted killing.

    He and his wife had just left the Holy Nation of God church, where he had given his Sunday morning sermon, a fellow church elder said.

    He had been driving near Sacks Circle industrial area when a motorist pulled up next to the car.

    “I stared straight into the barrel of a gun,” Waldeck told Community Safety MEC Dan Plato later. “I can only thank God that I am still alive.”

    Seven or eight bullets ripped into his arm and torso, while some hit his wife next to him in her face.

    With blood splattered in the car, Waldeck managed to drive to the Melomed Hospital in Belville, on the corner of AJ West and Voortrekker roads, “where he collapsed”, Plato told the Cape Argus.

    Plato said he had been alerted by fellow pastors about Waldeck being shot and had visited him a while later.

    “He’s stable, but still in a critical condition,” he said. “His wife is also stable but critical.”

    Plato’s report to the Cape Argus was corroborated by a church elder.

    “With all those bullets in his body… one bullet to one of his vital organs and he would have been dead,” Plato said.

    He said the attempted assassination was “an outrage”.

    “I’m very upset,” he said.

    “The communities on the Cape Flats are in a state of war.

    “This may sound like criticism of the SAPS but it seems as if SAPS cannot stop this war. Week after week, people are killed and wounded, yet it seems there is no end in sight.”

    Waldeck is best known for being involved in the founding of Core, formed after the lynching of Hard Livings gang boss Rashaad Staggie in 1996.

    More recently, Waldeck has worked with the Community Safety Department as a peace facilitator in Hanover Park, Lavender Hill, Belhar, Atlantis and many other parts of greater Cape Town.

    The University of the Western Cape’s Department of Political Studies, described the type of intervention favoured by Waldeck as “controversial”, insofar as it involved “negotiating with gang members to resolve conflict between hostile gangs and ensure periods of peace”.

    “The opinion was raised that such negotiations legitimise gangs and consolidate them as institutions in the communities where they operate.

    “An institution that engages with gangs by employing rehabilitated gang members, with their knowledge of gang structures, to negotiate cease-fires, for example, argues that this is a legitimate and productive way to address gang violence,” the Dialogue on Gang Violence report read.

    But Plato warned: “What is happening on the Cape Flats is that people involved in any way with peace processes, with getting rid of gangsterism and with fighting drugs… all of those people are getting targeted nowadays.”

    Regarding Waldeck’s potential vulnerability, in November he promoted a “Back to God Crusade” on Facebook, featuring “powerful testimonies of ex-drugaddicts (sic), ex-gangsters, ex-drug lords and prisoners”.

    Another feature was a talk titled “Stop the Blood”, detailing “the realities of gangsterism”.

    Plato said he would take up the alleged targeting of peacemakers with the police hierarchy at his weekly report-back tomorrow.

    The MEC recently called for calm, warning that a full-scale gang war would have a devastating effect on the public.

    Waldeck, who was at the Blue Down’s Magistrate’s Court when Martins was shot, told the Weekend Argus at the time of the shooting: “This is a sad day for me. I’m giving up one of my mentors.

    “I see him lying there on the ground and I see a symbol of his life. It is evil, it is unacceptable.”

    Cape Argus


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    Bullets flew and shoppers ran for cover as security guards and robbers exchanged gunfire in a busy Gugulethu mall.

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    Cape Town -

    Bullets flew and shoppers ran for cover as security guards and robbers exchanged gunfire in a busy Gugulethu mall on Sunday.

    The shooting unfolded just after noon, when five men attempted to rob a Jet Mart store inside the Gugulethu Square Shopping Centre.

    Six people were injured, including two security guards, two employees from some of the stores and two of the robbers.

    Sithembiso Sidubulekana, a security guard, said the mall was packed as shoppers flocked to do their grocery shopping and to grab a bite to eat.

    When four young men approached him inside the Jet Store, he assumed they were customers. Another man was standing at the entrance of the store.

    “But they said to me, stay calm, don’t do anything emotional, we are not here to hurt anyone. We just want the money… Then they lifted their shirts and showed me they had guns on them.”

    The security guard said the group was armed with pistols.

    The robbers took Sidubulekana and another security guard, who work together at the shop, to the back of the store.

    “They moved to the tills, and started asking people for their cellphones,” he said.

    But the robbery turned sour after one of the robbers, standing at the door, clashed with a mall security guard at the shop’s entrance.

    “There was a scuffle… Then the other (robbers) just started shooting at the entrance.”

    There was chaos in the store as people started screaming, dropping to the ground to avoid the bullets which were flying overhead.

    Sidubulekana said the gang started to flee, but another set of security guards in the mall opened fire on them.

    “Two of the robbers were shot.”

    Five robbers managed to flee from the scene. While it was not yet established how they left the mall at the time of going to print, police presumed they drove away.

    On Sunday, the mall was closed off as police questioned staff and investigated the crime scene.

    Police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said despite the robbers’ complex operation they didn’t get any cash.

    “In other words, their planned attempt failed and was completely unsuccessful.”

    He added that one of the robbers had dropped their firearm at the scene.

    By Sunday night, no arrests had been made.

    Kinana said police had opened cases of attempted murder and attempted business robbery.

    kieran.legg@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus


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    A former Steenberg police officer arrested for attempted housebreaking is also being investigated for other crimes, police said.

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    Cape Town - A former Steenberg police officer arrested for attempted housebreaking is being investigated for other crimes she may have been involved in, police say.

    Amanda Sheleni was arrested after she was found to be the driver of a getaway car used by an alleged gang of smash-and-grab perpetrators last month.

    The former policewoman was fired from the police force last year and is being investigated for several other possible criminal cases.

    Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said: “She was already dismissed from her job last year in December for a separate criminal case.

    “It is the second time that she has been arrested for being involved in criminal activity.”

    He said police were investigating how many other cases the 30-year-old could possibly be connected to.

    “She will be dealt with according to the full extent of the law.

    “We don’t know how many cases she was involved in,” said Van Wyk.

    On April 23, Sheleni’s two alleged accomplices were arrested for attempted housebreaking in the city centre at a car dealership.

    Police arrested the pair with the help of the City of Cape Town’s closed circuit television system.

    The next day, Sheleni, who was driving a Toyota Yaris, was arrested.

    According to media reports, the three suspects were caught on camera as they tried to smash their way into a car dealership. One of the suspects picked up what appeared to be a large brick and threw it at the shop window.

    Sheleni was allegedly captured on camera driving the getaway car away from the scene.

    According to police, the modus operandi used by the three suspects was to approach the premises of a business, smash a window and grab whatever was of value.

    The trio were denied bail at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court last month and are due in court on May 30.

    natasha.bezuidenhout@inl.co.za

    Cape Argus


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