NPA rejects reports on axing of KZN chief
THE National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu-Natal has axed its acting head of public prosecutions, Simphiwe Mlotshwa, amid reports that he fell out of favour by persisting with the prosecution of two senior ANC politicians.
"Yes, I can confirm that Mr Mlotshwa has been replaced by Moipone Noko-Mashilo. But I want to stress that his replacement has got nothing to do with all sorts of speculations that people have been making," NPA provincial spokesman Natasha Ramkisson said yesterday.
Mlotshwa had been prosecuting tourism and economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni for their alleged roles in a multimillion-rand fraud and corruption scandal . - Canaan Mdletshe
Boeremag accused 'an escape risk'
THE Boeremag's 73-year-old chaplain lost his third attempt to get bail in the Pretoria High Court yesterday.
Judge Niel Tuchten dismissed the bail application of Gerhardus "Oom Vis" Visagie on the grounds that he had tried to escape before and might abscond.
Visagie is one of 20 accused facing 40 charges including high treason, sabotage and murder. Judge Eben Jordaan will hand down judgment on Monday.
He could take up to three weeks to read an abridged version of the judgment.
Visagie underwent heart bypass surgery following an escape attempt by five of the accused at the Pretoria High Court last year.
He applied for bail for a third time before having spinal surgery this week. - Sapa
KFC workers fired for racist anthem
TWO employees of KFC's Gardens, Cape Town, outlet have been fired after playing a racially abusive version of the national anthem on the premises.
The chief marketing officer of KFC South Africa, Dave Timm, said the shift supervisor and a staff member were dismissed earlier this month after the song made headlines.
"Both of the employees implicated in the incident have been dismissed. No other employees have been implicated," said Timm.
Capetonian Tariq Mellett went into the shop at the end of June and heard what he called a "vulgar, profane" version of the national anthem blasted over the music system. He said it included the lyrics "Nkosi is 'n d**s, Mandela is 'n f****n k*****... and so on, at full blast".
Timm would not identify the offenders . - Denise Williams
Four arrested after cops find gold in car
FOUR men have been arrested in Johannesburg for possession of gold, the Hawks said yesterday.
Colonel McIntosh Polela said the Hawks were on routine patrol when they stopped a Volkswagen Golf with four occupants on Sunday. They searched the vehicle and discovered unlicensed gold weighing 1.558kg.
Polela said the men, aged between 28 and 32, were all foreigners and they could not explain how they had come to be in possession of the gold.
They will appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court today. - Sapa