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The outlaws of the Nuweveld.

Long before the lion took to the Nuweveld mountains another outlaw hid out in these remote borderlands between the Northern and Western Cape. His name was Stefaans Coetzee and he was responsible for the Worcester mall bombings in 1995. According … Continue reading

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What the watchers drink

We have known about this for a long time, now it is just official. A survey by PR company Pressat has revealed that the number one choice of fuel for those defenders of Democracy, the Fourth Estate is coffee. In … Continue reading

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Haunted by a boy’s eyes

In the Katlehong police station spokesman Captain Mega Ndobe had a problem. For two months his detectives had been trying desperately to identify the body of young boy who had been found dumped just metres from the railway tracks in … Continue reading

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When it finally came.

The dreaded day has come and now we muddle through the week. Nelson Mandela died almost quietly, there were no days of panic, or media scrambling on the basis of rumours. Instead it was only during his last hours that … Continue reading

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The drug deal that almost happened

The plan was for a score. Most us journos have had this assignment before. Find a street corner where the view is unobstructed, so to allow a shooter to snap away, with a long lens, as the transaction goes down. … Continue reading

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When photographers drive scary

It happens around the third floor-loose coins float in the VW Polo like bubbles, passengers lift in their seats, only to be held back by seatbelts. What photographer Christopher Collingridge achieves in those frightening seconds, has cost the US government … Continue reading

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Rock hard benches and telling it as it is for 300 years

The stenographer nodded off to sleep. No one could blame her, even in the public gallery the journalists were getting fidgety. Court benches became real hard when you sit on them for a couple of hours. Labour court isn’t as … Continue reading

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Hell and high water… and the refugees from the newsroom.

The smoke could be seen from Kensington, black plumes against the highveld blue of an early morning autumn sky. Twitter announced it: “Fire at The Star newspaper building”. A fire took out part of the second floor of the building. … Continue reading

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Crime stories and tales cops tell

Empty bullet casings litter Sauer street, blue lights flash and a dejected robber sits handcuffed in the back of a police van. Cops and robbers had had a shoot out in the centre of Johannesburg, two people injured and a … Continue reading

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Why the cop wanted to beat the journalist

“You sh*t, how could you have done that, do you know the trouble you got me in.” The policeman was angry, and I didn’t know why. What I did know was that somehow I had made a blabs. They happen … Continue reading

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