The real reason for the suspension of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli related to a criminal probe into police chief Jackie Selebi, Pikoli's lawyers said on Wednesday. ''It was to put a spoke in the wheels of the investigation and prosecution of the police National Commissioner, Mr Jackie Selebi,'' they said.
The South African Trade and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) will investigate the leaking of a memo on its R3-million debt, believing this is linked to its forthcoming elections, Satawu said on Wednesday. ''We have no doubt that this memo was leaked deliberately,'' a statement from the union read. ''It was never intended for media or even public consumption.''
The Little Falls Christian Centre, west of Johannesburg, was awash with tears at Thursday's memorial for the four police officers killed in a shootout with alleged robbers in Jeppestown. Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Susan Shabangu broke down as she took the podium.
Eleven of 16 people arrested for Sunday's Jeppestown siege were remanded until July 27 by the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Sunday's shootout in Johannesburg left 12 people dead, four of them police officers. On Tuesday at least 10 police officers with rifles and handguns blocked the doors to the court as the first nine men laboured up the steps from the holding cells.
The Gauteng Rapid Rail team on Thursday unveiled a complex plan of street closures, demolitions and expropriations -- set to begin mid-May -- for the construction of the new Gautrain link between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Digging will start "within weeks" for the first preparations, said project leader Jack van der Merwe.