Holding cell horror


With tears in his eyes and a stammer in his voice, Doctor Gule, pleaded with the magistrate not to send him back to Sun City as the conditions were unbearable. Gule, who has already been found guilty for theft, was in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court yesterday for his sentencing, but his case had to be…

Magistrate’s xenophobia mars sentencing


A magistrate made xenophobic comments while sentencing a foreign minor in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today. “You people are abusing the hospitality of this country and that’s why you come here to steal. I can assure you, you wouldn’t have done the same if you were in Mozambique,” said Magistrate Jabulani Skhosana. Skhosana made this…

We MUST learn vernac


There is no need to learn vernacular languages in Higher Institutes of learning They say. English will get you further because it is the language used in business and other formal platforms They remark. What businesses are these and what formal platforms do they speak of? They have shown great disdain for the University of…

Monster mother meddles


A meddling mother was the trigger that led to an assault between her daughter and her ex-lover the Johannesburg Magistrates Court heard today. Sophie Kid, a 33 year old woman from Brixton, was assaulted by Thabo Simelane, the father of her child, at the Bree taxi rank on January 21, 2013. Kid said she arrived…

Turner tax turmoil


A business woman went from living comfortably in her Hartbeespoort home to taking handouts from family members after being convicted of tax evasion. Bianca Ruth Turner, a 33-year-old woman, was the director of BKJ Consultants CC but did not file tax returns for three years. By 2011, the company owed over R39 000 to the South…