News in brief

By Drum Digital
19 November 2013

Thirteen men arrested in connection with a dog fighting syndicate were granted bail by the Tsakane Magistrate's Court.

Bail for dog fighting syndicate accused

A condition of bail was that all their domestic animals be handed over to a local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) by Friday, said National Council of SPCAs deputy CEO Este Kotze.

The case was postponed until 3 December.

The NSPCA and the police confiscated 14 dogs during a raid on the East Rand last month.


Man arrested for shooting Free State cop

A man has been arrested for shooting dead a policeman and wounding a woman in Mangaung, Free State police said.

Captain Harry Nagel said the 28-year-old policeman and his 36-year-old woman friend were sitting in a car on Sunday when a man approached them and opened fire without uttering a word.

The 39-year-old man fled in a car and later shot himself twice in the upper body and the chin.

He was found by police patrolling the highway and was transported to Clocolan hospital where he is under guard.


Pretoria killer was not violent - psychologist

An Eersterust man who raped and murdered a neighbour and hid her half-naked body under his bed was not a violent man, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard.

"From the information available to me it appears that Jermaine [Marbles] was not a violent person, he was well liked and... the crimes were out of character," clinical psychologist Suzette Heath testified.

Acting Judge Johan Kruger earlier this year found Marbles guilty of raping and murdering Novinia Groom, 18, at his grandmother's house in August 2011. He was also convicted of raping and attempting to murder another young Eersterust woman in July 2010.

Police found Groom's body, dressed only in a T-shirt with a sock stuffed in her mouth, under Marbles's bed after Groom's mother Valery insisted on searching his room.


Bodyguards appear for attempted murder

Two mayoral bodyguards accused of attempted murder appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

Thulasizwe Mbanjwa and Sthembiso Mokoena would be back in court on 12 December to decide if the NPA would proceed with prosecution, said KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson.

The two bodyguards allegedly shot at a motorist on the N3 last month while escorting Umgungundlovu district Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.


Telkom loan to CEO contravened companies act

Telkom's decision to grant a R6 million interest-free loan to its suspended chief financial officer to buy shares might have contravened the Companies Act, Business Day reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper said Telkom granted Jacques Schindehütte the loan to buy the shares three weeks before his suspension on allegations related to personal misconduct.

The paper quoted Telkom saying it "has recognised that the loan made to such executive may not have been in compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act".


Krejir employees arrested

A manager at Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's business Money Point Ivan Savov and a bank employee face charges of fraud and money laundering. They were arrested on Thursday.

The bank employee was denied bail on Monday.

Savov was arrested at the Money Point gold and diamond exchange's office in Bedfordview, on the East Rand.

Last Tuesday, two people died in an explosion at the premises.

The charges against Savov and the bank worker are not related to the blast.


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