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Andre Grobler

Rugby inquiry starts without Van Rooyen

The South African Rugby Union's disciplinary inquiry into corporate mismanagement allegations against its former president, Brian van Rooyen, started in his absence in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. Neither Van Rooyen nor any of his legal representatives were present when the proceedings started.

Appeal court rules in confidence trick case

Johannesburg attorney Julian Bartlett will get back R1,86-million of about R3-million he lost in a confidence trick involving an offshore sale of gold bullion, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday. Bartlett was tricked into paying R3,1-million in 1999 into the trust account of fellow attorneys Hirschowitz and Flionis, who were not part of the scam.

Ngombane murder: New facts may lead to acquittal

The murder trial of the wife and four relatives of slain senior Free State official Noby Ngombane was postponed in the Bloemfontein High Court on Monday because further information had emerged in the investigation. The court agreed to a postponement until October 23, sought by the state.

Thaba Nchu residents need schools and houses

Better houses, toilets, helping grandparents with school fees and voting for the African National Congress were the topics Thaba Nchu residents discussed with President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday. The president was visiting the town as part of the ANC's door-to-door campaign for the local government elections.

Dihlabeng residents want jobs and houses

Jobs, housing and municipal services are what most residents in the Dihlabeng local municipality want from their new municipal leaders one week before the March 1 local government elections. Topsie Masweu (60) of Bohlokong, who works as a domestic worker in Bethlehem, said on Wednesday that jobs were the most urgent need in the town.

Arms deal: Fakie ‘did not wilfully breach court order’

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) heard on Wednesday that Auditor General Shauket Fakie had not wilfully breached a high court order forcing him to hand over documents relating to the government's multibillion-rand arms deal. Fakie is appealing a court order that found him, among others, in contempt of court.

Top sport administrator dies in bus crash

Rollersport South Africa president Willie van Heerden and his wife, Madeleine, have been identified as the couple killed in Monday's bus crash in the Free State. Van Heerden was one of South Africa's top sport administrators, Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile said.

Shaik granted leave to appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Tuesday granted businessman Schabir Shaik leave to appeal against his conviction on a charge involving ''a generally corrupt relationship'' with former deputy president Jacob Zuma. Shaik had applied for leave to appeal to the SCA after the Durban High Court granted him leave to challenge, on limited grounds, one of two corruption convictions and one of fraud.

The challenges of self-determination

Efforts at self-determination by groups of South Africans still face various obstacles, Rhodes University chancellor Jakes Gerwel said on Friday. ''Though there is room to move forward in terms of Article 235 [in the Constitution] it should not be accompanied by the perception of crude ethnic diversity,'' Gerwel told delegates at a conference on self-determination.

Slain Free State official’s relatives in court

The brother and sister of the wife of slain Free State official Noby Ngombane appeared in the Bloemfontein District Court on Thursday in connection with his murder. Ngombane, who was gunned down at his home, was the head of the Free State government's policy-monitoring and evaluation unit in the premier's office.

Winnie loses another bid to appeal conviction

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed an application by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for leave to appeal against various fraud convictions by the Pretoria High Court. Madikizela-Mandela approached the Bloemfontein court in March this year with an application for leave to appeal.

Court sets aside Laurie Frazer sentence

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday upheld an appeal by Laurie Frazer, who in 1997 made headlines for several failed attempts to get custody of his child, who was given up for adoption without his consent. The SCA set aside his prison sentence and replaced it with a fine, a suspended jail sentence and community service.

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