Muldersdrift murders, drug-dealer cops and other justice stories

Muldersdrift, a suburb west of Johannesburg, is the scene of many violent crimes. (Photo: Sowetan Live)

Muldersdrift, a suburb west of Johannesburg, is the scene of many violent crimes. (Photo: Sowetan Live)

Wave of violent attacks hits Muldersdrift

Police say Muldersdrift, a suburb west of Johannesburg, is a quiet and peaceful place by day, but a scary place once the sun goes down, The Star reports. The area’s murder rate per capita (50.5 murders per 100 000 people) is far higher than the national average of 31.8 murders per 100 000  people. Estate manager Paul Schulte is Muldersdrift’s latest murder victim. He was shot this week and his wallet and firearm stolen.

Police kill Mamelodi man in possible mistaken identity case

A memorial service was held yesterday for the founder of a drug addiction recovery centre who was shot dead by a policeman who may have mistaken him for a hijacker. S’khumbuzo Jele’s mother said the 35-year-old had had a good relationship with the police, who referred patients to his Second Chance Recovery Centre. The Star reports that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the matter.

Crime prevention officers accused of drug dealing

Five crime prevention officers from Mdatsane police station in the Eastern Cape have been arrested for alleged drug dealing, The Sowetan reports. The officers are accused of selling drugs seized during raids on the homes of drug dealers. Read more.

Magistrates strike set to continue

The magistrate’s strike which began on March 18 is set to enter its fourth week, The New Age reports. The judicial officers undertook industrial action to express their dissatisfaction with their salary, which they say is far below that earned by judges. The pay dispute between the magistrates and the Department of Justice dates back to 2010. The department has called in 500 acting magistrates and says that court operations are running smoothly. Read more.

NPA considers perjury charges against Tatane witnesses

Business Day reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appears to be confused over whether or not to investigate and prosecute two police officers who recanted their statements, leading to the recent acquittal of seven SAPS members accused of killing activist Andries Tatane. Read more.


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