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Taxi violence accused in court, and other brief reports ...

Published in: Legalbrief Today
Date: Fri 19 June 2009
Category: General
Issue No: 2338

  • Three people accused of murder in two incidents of taxi violence appeared in court yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal police said. One of the accused was a taxi owner and an IFP councillor, Sibusiso Zungu (38). He is accused of the attempted murder of another taxi owner, Zacharia Zwelibanzi Ndwandwe (28) and the murder of Ndwandwe's girlfriend Zanele Mncwango (25). The other two men - Mzokhona Dlame and Sifiso Xulu, both 38 - are accused of the murder of two brothers, Bhekwayinkosi and Thabani Nkosi. All three had their cases postponed until 29 June when they will apply for bail.
    - IoL

    - Cape Times

  • Many companies were in their third round of retrenchments as they battle to remain afloat in the faltering economy, AstroTech CEO Liza van Wyk said. Many companies have cut staff by up to 25%, the training organisation said.
    - Business Day

  • A 64-year-old Barrydale man, accused of raping his daughter over a six-year period, was granted bail yesterday in the Swellendam Magistrate's Court. The man was released on his own recognisance by the magistrate.
    - Cape Times

  • Three High Court judges said a Mpumalanga magistrate conducted an 'unfair trial' that resulted in a Congolese man being sentenced to 100 years in prison. In 2006 Nelspruit Magistrate Annemarie van der Merwe found Claude Djaji, who could not speak any local language and had no legal representation or a translator, guilty on four charges of drug dealing and sentenced him to 25 years in jail on each charge. The judges set Djaji's conviction and sentence aside.
    - Sowetan