Mpumalanga murder accused escapes in name mix-up

A murder suspect has escaped from a Mpumalanga court. (Photo: Montana Dept of Corrections)

A murder suspect has escaped from a Mpumalanga court. (Photo: Montana Dept of Corrections)

Mix-up allows man to escape from custody

A man accused of killing a shop owner in April escaped from the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court last Thursday in a name mix-up. The New Age reports that Phakamani Hamilton Nxumalo managed to escape when police officials called Sthembiso Nxumalo and ordered him to go home after the court released him. Taking advantage of their shared surname, Phakamani pretended to be Sthembiso. Read more.

Scrapyard owner blows whistle on cops selling copper cable

Two North West police officers have appeared in Stilfontein Magistrate’s Court near Klerksdorp after the owner of a scrapyard reported them for selling copper cables to his company. According to The New Age, the two warrant officers were charged with possession of copper cables and were granted R500 bail each when they appeared in court on Friday. Their arrest came just days after two other officers in the province were arrested for business robbery in the Mahikeng area. Read more.

Metro police silent on incident involving MP

MP Thandile Babalwa Sunduza has received no response from Johannesburg’s Metro Police, a week after JMPD officers allegedly crashed into her car. Sunduza, who chairs the parliamentary portfolio committee on arts and culture, said she phoned the office of the chief of police and left a message, but hasn’t heard anything. The New Age reports that Sunduza is no longer able to use her vehicle as it has developed mechanical problems following the incident. Read more.

New anti-bullying law comes into effect

The Protection from Harrassment Act came into effect on Saturday, making it easier for victims of school bullies and social network bullies to get justice, according to The New Age. Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, says a victim can get a court order to make the harasser stop his/her behaviour. Contravening the court order is an offence and the harasser is liable to a fine or a five-year prison term. Read more.

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