Tuesday, 16 November 2004

Farmer paralysed after attack


16/11/2004 08:50 - (SA)

Jo Prins , Beeld

Johannesburg - A Heilbron woman's hopes that her husband would one day walk again were dashed on Monday when she was told his spinal cord had been severed.

Jaun van Rooyen, 31, and Anri, his two-year-old daughter, were both injured by the same bullet after a hijacker opened fire on them.

The bullet penetrated Van Rooyen's back and lungs before hitting Anri in the stomach.

The shooting happened on Saturday afternoon while Van Rooyen, his pregnant wife, Renet, 30, and their two children were on their way home to their farm.

Van Rooyen had stopped along the road to pick up farm workers when a stranger appeared at his window and opened fire.

Van Rooyen tried to drive on, but after only a few metres his lower body became paralysed.

The men fled on foot, and Renet phoned for help.

Father and daughter were taken to a Vereeniging hospital, where an emergency operation was done on Anri.

Considered bringing in German specialist

Van Rooyen was transferred from Vereeniging Medi-Clinic to Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday night.

Anri is still being treated in intensive-care at Vereeniging Medi-Clinic.

The family had held on to the hope that Van Rooyen's spinal cord was not permanently damaged.

They had even considered bringing in a specialist from Germany to do a stem-cell implant.

But, on Monday afternoon, an emotional relative, Erica Carstens, said a magnetic resonance (MR) scan had been done on Van Rooyen and it was found there was nothing doctors could do.

"It is very bad for us... Renet is in a state.

"We had hoped so much they would give us good news. It's really a very emotional time for the family."

Meanwhile, the family has offered a R25 000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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Mother on trial for 'ritual killing' of baby

Karyn Maughan

November 15 2004 at 01:04PM

A Khayelitsha mother, her boyfriend and a self-described "trainee sangoma" will stand trial in the Cape High Court on Monday for the alleged "muti" murder of the woman's one-year-old daughter.

Little Phelisa Msengana, whom relatives said had just "begun to run", was hit with a blunt object and strangled, before her intestines were allegedly removed and fried in a pan to make muti for her mother's boyfriend, who was looking for a job.

Her badly decomposed body was found in a large area of open veld between Khayelitsha sections 54 and 56 in July last year.

It had been hidden by shrubs and long grass for several weeks.

In her bail application before the Khayelitsha magistrate's court in August last year, 28-year-old Lindiwe Msengana said 52-year-old traditional healer Duma Hlathi Duda had killed her baby with a kudu horn.

He had later given her then-unemployed boyfriend, Bongani Mzizana, 36, muti mixed with intestine, as well as "instructions" on how to use it when asking for a job, she said.

Mzizana was not Phelisa's father.

Msengana revealed that her boyfriend had received work at the Cape Town harbour the day after the murder.

According to Msengana, the healer told her not to tell anyone what had happened to her baby, and said that she should stay indoors for two months.

She had been too scared of Duda to tell the police about what she had witnessed, she told the court.

Despite Duda's instructions that she stay inside, Msengana left home five days later, after a row with Mzizana.

Msengasna, Mzizana and Duda, who shared a home in Khayelitsha, were arrested by members of the community and handed over to the police some two months after the murder.

They all face a murder charge, as well as a charge of mutilating a body for cutting Phelisa's body open and removing her intestines.

The state, represented by advocate Greg Wolmarans, contends that Msengana, Mzizana and Duda were all responsible for Phelisa's death - either by directly taking her life or allowing her to be murdered.

Wolmarans is expected to call the police witness who secured the scene where Phelisa's body was found, as well as several of the little girl's relatives.

It is not yet known whether Phelisa's father will attend Monday's hearing before Mr Justice Deon van Zyl.

Court officials expect large numbers of Khayelitsha residents to attend the trial, after hundreds of people packed the Khayelitsha magistrate's court for Msengana, Mzizana and Duda's bail hearing.

Msengana, Mzizana and Duda are all in custody.

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Monday, 15 November 2004

Bullet hits farmer, daughter

15/11/2004 07:13 - (SA)

Tom de Wet , Die Volksblad

Heilbron - A farmer was paralysed by an attacker's bullet that also hit his three-year-old daughter in the stomach.

Juan van Rooyen, 32, his wife Renette and their two children, Anri and Janus, 4, were driving towards their farm on Saturday evening when Juan stopped at an intersection to speak to a farmworker.

Renette saw two men approach, one of whom pulled out a gun.

A shot was fired, hitting Van Rooyen in the back. The same bullet hit Anri in the stomach.

Van Rooyen tried to drive on, but after only a few metres his lower body became paralysed. The men fled on foot, and Renette called for help.

Father and daughter were taken to a Vereeniging hospital, where an emergency operation was done on Anri.

The bullet shattered vertebrae in Van Rooyen's back.

Fritz van Rooyen, Juan's brother, said they were in a serious but stable condition.

Captain Rosa Benade for police said the man Van Rooyen greeted was helping with the investigation. His father works for Van Rooyen.

Source:News24
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Saturday, 6 November 2004

Dentures rammed down throat

04/11/2004 00:02 - (SA)

Retha Fourie

Lephalale - The dentures of an elderly woman who was murdered on a Limpopo farm last year were forced so deep down her throat that a doctor struggled to extract them during the post-mortem.

This fact came to light on Wednesday during the hearing of two men, Jan Medupe, 23, and Oriel Monyebodi, 28, in connection with the murder of Rina du Plessis of Malbourne farm, Tom Burke, in December last year.

Du Plessis was overpowered and murdered by two men when she went out to feed her chickens.

Her husband, Doep, also was overpowered and money was demanded from him, but the attackers fled when he took out a gun. He was seriously injured during the attack.

The attackers finally fled with only R9 in small change.

Had to make cut in throat

Inspector Jurg van Heerden, investigating officer in the case, was testifying at the High Court in Lephalale (formerly Ellisras) on Wednesday before Judge Mahomed Ishmail.

The court was told that during the post-mortem, Dr Charles Kauene spotted an obstruction in Du Plessis's throat and tried to remove it.

Van Heerden, who was present at the post-mortem, said the obstruction was rammed so deep down her throat that the pathologist had to make an incision in her throat.

He then used an instrument to shove the object upwards to remove it through her mouth. Only after he removed it did he recognise it as dentures.

In a statement read in court on Wednesday, captain Herman Lubbe testified that Medupe recounted after his arrest how he put a cloth with an iron bar in Du Plessis's mouth when she started screaming after they overpowered her.

Waited for her husband

Lubbe also testified that Medupe said they tied her hands and feet and hid her behind a bale of lucerne in a shed.

According to evidence, they waited for her husband who was out in the field during the attack on his wife and assaulted him.

André Fourie appears on behalf of the State and M J Mosopa on behalf of the accused. The case continues.

Doep du Plessis died in a car accident earlier this year.

Edited by Iaine Harper

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Thursday, 21 October 2004

Stab victim writes matric exam in hospital


Gill Gifford

October 21 2004 at 08:05AM

A teenage girl who fought off her mother's attacker with her bare hands and was stabbed in the process has written her first matric exam from her hospital bed.

Krystal Theron, 18, of Dersley Park in Springs, was pulling out of the driveway at her home on Monday night while her mother Vivianne was closing the gate.

They noticed a smartly dressed young man walking across the veld towards them.

"My mom warned me to be careful of the pedestrian," learner driver Krystal said.

The man approached her mother and asked for a job.

Theron said she had no work to offer him. He then lunged at her and grabbed for her handbag, which she threw over the wall as he pulled out a knife.

Krystal, who hadn't seen the knife, jumped out of the car and threw her shoes at the man.

"That obviously did nothing, so I started screaming and jumped on him, punching him anywhere I could reach," she said.

"He turned around and it felt like he punched me back, but he'd actually stabbed me. I thought he'd just hit me until I saw the blood."

'I'm glad it's over, and I think I did okay' Krystal's father, hearing the commotion, ran to help but could not unlock the security gate. He fired a shot into the air, which prompted the attacker to run off.

Theron bundled her injured daughter into the car and drove to their doctor, who told her she needed to be hospitalised immediately as the blade had punctured a lung.

Reluctant to wait for an ambulance, Theron took Krystal - a provincial hockey and tennis player and top athlete - to the Far East Rand Hospital, where they spent more than an hour waiting for medical help.

"There were people all over, lying on the floor and everything. I was pressing on my wound because it was bubbling, and nobody came to help us," recalled Krystal.

"It felt like I had knives in my back and it was really scary because I didn't know if I was okay.

A neighbour, Mel Boucher, came to help and insisted they go to a private hospital, even though Theron had been told that she would have to pay R50 000 upfront before Krystal could be admitted.

"Mel took over and she negotiated things for us. Eventually we got Krystal to the N17 private hospital and they were very good to us," Theron said.

Krystal had a drain put into her back to remove the air pockets which had been filling her injured lung, causing it to collapse. She was admitted to the surgical ward and heavily sedated.

Her English teacher arrived that afternoon to give her some last-minute coaching for her exam, but the drugged teenager was too drowsy to concentrate.

Her school sent over a video recorder so that she could spend Tuesday night watching Macbeth on video - her final preparation for her English literature finals.

On Wednesday morning Krystal was not given any painkillers. An invigilator was sent to sit with her and she wrote her three-hour exam at a desk set up in her ward.

"I'm glad it's over, and I think I did okay," she said afterwards.

She was due to write her economics final paper on Thursday, again in hospital.

Krystal is hoping to be discharged soon and will write another four exams next week.

This article was originally published on page 3 of The Star on October 21, 2004

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Monday, 18 October 2004

Benoni family trial: accused admits to rape

Baldwin Ndaba

October 16 2004 at 01:53PM

A Johannesburg man admitted he raped a 53-year-old woman and was part of a gang which dumped her body and those of her three family members in the veld.

"I raped Georgina van der Merwe after hearing Clement Makua was busy raping her daughter-in-law in another bedroom."

Themba Radebe was testifying in the Secunda High Court about the day they held four family members hostage in their house in Benoni on February 8 this year.

Radebe, 44, of KwaThema, Springs, stands accused along with Vincent Khubeka, 22, Lucky Peter Mbalati, 20, of Hillbrow and Clement Boy-Boy Makua, 24, on two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, four of attempted murder, four of rape, four of abduction, four of murder, two counts of theft and two counts of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The charges following the abduction of Frans van der Merwe, 57, his wife Georgina, 53, their son Darryl, 31, and his 24-year-old wife Melissa from their homes in Benoni on February 8 this year. Their bodies were found near Loskop Dam Resort in Mpumalanga - 200km away - a day later.

On Friday, Radebe supported a confession he made to a Benoni magistrate, where he admitted to raping Georgina and transporting all four victims to Loskop Dam Resort where they were killed execution style. Radebe said they held their victims hostage for 12 hours in Darryl's house.

Giving the rape and murder details, Radebe said: "We were at that house on Saturday after hearing from Vincent (Khubeka) that his boss (Darryl) was selling a car. Clement and Vincent talked to Darryl and promised to purchase the car the next day.

"We returned to the house the next day and while Darryl showed us a boxing brochure, Clement pulled out a gun and pointed it at Darryl. At that time, Vincent was holding his wife hostage with a screw-driver. Vincent then ordered me to follow Clement's instructions, failing which I would also die," Radebe said.

He said Makua demanded cash from Darryl who told him the location of his safes in the bedroom. Radebe said they found R3 500 cash in one safe and a pistol and a rifle in another. He said his gang was not happy with the cash and demanded Darryl summon his parents to his house.

On their arrival, the pair was also held hostage. The court also heard how they were fed coffee poisoned with Rattex or muti "to sleep quickly".

"While I was guarding Darryl and his parents with their hands bound with ties Vincent came to me and said Clement was busy raping Darryl's wife.

"Minutes later, Lucky (Mbalati) came and pointed the rifle at me and said I should rape Darryl's mother. He ordered her out of the room and told me to follow her. He then ordered me to rape her or face the consequences. I then raped her," Radebe said.

He only admitted to the rape and said Makua and Mbalati shot and killed all four victims near Loskop Dam Resort.

DNA results linked Radebe to rape.

However, Makua and Mbalati disputed the major part of his confession.

Khubeka pleaded guilty on charges of robbery and theft, while Makua and Mbalati claimed an alibi in spite of the fact that Judge Nico Coetzee admitted all evidence against them after a trial within a trial on Friday after Radebe, Mbalati and Makua alleged that police had tortured them. Judgment is expected on Monday.

This article was originally published on page 9 of The Star on October 16, 2004

Source: IOL

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Wednesday, 13 October 2004

Unhappy birthday in family murder 'nightmare'

October 12 2004 at 10:54AM

By Shoneez Bulbulia

Sonia van der Merwe of Benoni will spend her 33rd birthday on Tuesday listening to evidence in the Secunda High Court trial of four men accused of murdering her parents, brother and sister-in-law.

"This is definitely not a happy birthday for me," Van der Merwe said.

Her father Frans van der Merwe, his wife Gina, their son Daryl and his wife Melissa were found dead near Loskop Dam in Mpumalanga on February 9. All had been shot.

Themba Luke Radebe, Lucky Peter Mbalati, Clement Bay-Bay Makua and Vincent Mokhosonke Khubeka face 22 charges, including murder, attempted murder, rape, theft and abduction relating to their deaths.

Dressed in a baby blue suit the petite blonde said that giving testimony on Monday had been exhausting.

"This whole thing just does not feel real. It is all a nightmare. After this I have to find a way to carry on. The only thing I have had to do with courts was when I watched Ally MacBeal, but now I am actually here."

She said that on Monday Khubeka's mother Beauty had approached her and apologised for what her son had allegedly done.

"She said she could not believe it. It was very brave and nice of her," Van der Merwe said.

Jackie Clarkson, mother of Melissa said: "I was not going to come today. I could not face it. But I have received lots of support. And I decided to come and support Sonia because it was her birthday."

On Monday Van der Merwe told the court that she discovered that something was amiss when she went to her parents' house at Farrarmere, Benoni, on the East Rand after her father and Melissa did not turn up for work on February 9.

She found the house in disarray and her father's Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Bantam bakkie missing. Her brother Daryl and his wife Melissa's house nearby was also in disarray, and Melissa's Opel Corsa missing. Police later recovered the bloodstained Jetta and the bakkie in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The Corsa was found near the crime scene in Mpumalanga.

She said she had known Khubeka since he was a toddler. He had been employed in the family's business.

"Vincent's father used to work for my father for over 20 years. I even know his uncle," she told the court.

The accused arrived on Tuesday wearing smart casual clothes and new sneakers, with one carrying a Bible in his hand.

Pretoria-based advocated Fanus Maritz was appointed by the Legal Aid board to represent three of the accused while the parents of the fourth, Mbalati, agreed to pay for a private lawyer.

Judge Nico Coetzee is presiding.

Khubeka has pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery and one of theft, and the other three have pleaded not guilty to all 22 charges. - Sapa

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Tuesday, 12 October 2004

Durban mom's 18 hours of terror

Anil Singh

October 11 2004 at 11:51AM

It's a nightmare every woman dreads - being stopped at gunpoint and raped.

A 27-year-old Hillcrest mother was terrorised for more than 18 hours and held captive and gang raped after she and her three-year-old son were hijacked at the weekend.

But it took detectives from the Durban Serious Violent Crime Unit and Operation Greed a couple of hours to arrest the alleged rapists.

The woman and her son were returning to their smallholding after shopping in Pinetown on Saturday when her terrifying ordeal started.

The slightly built mother was no match for her attackers.

She was bundled into the boot of her car and told that her son would be harmed if she screamed or attracted attention.

The woman told detectives that she was driving towards her farm at about 11.30am when she saw a man flagging her down, but she did not stop.

The next moment a gunman jumped out from the bushes and pointed a gun at her head.

The gunman was then joined by another man who ordered the woman into the boot of of car. They told her son to remain in the back seat and not to cry otherwise they would kill his mother.

The attackers then drove off in the car for several hours and even stopped at a garage to fill up with petrol.

The woman told police that through a gap in the boot she could see that they had stopped on the forecourt of a service station.

The men also withdrew money from the woman's cash card after threatening to kill her child if she did not give them the pin number.

The woman was taken to an abandoned shack in the Molweni area, were she was raped repeatedly. She was then tied up.

The two men then took her son with them and went on a joyride in the Pinetown area. It is believed that just before midnight the men withdrew more money from the woman's account.

The attackers returned and again raped the woman.At about 4.30am on Sunday they gave the woman her car keys and told her that she was free to go.

The terrified mother grabbed her son and then drove off as fast as she could.

She stopped at the first garage she came to and phoned her family and told them what had happened.

The family who had been looking for the mother and child raced to her side.

On Sunday the woman was taken to a district surgeon at Addington Hospital and later given anti-retroviral medication.

While she has to deal with the traumatic situation of having been raped, she also has the agonising wait to see if she has been infected with HIV and Aids and also the possibility of pregnancy.

On Sunday the Durban Serious Violent Crimes Unit and Operation Greed - a rapid response crime fighting unit - took over the investigations.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Danelia Veldhuizen said within hours of the rape being reported detectives made a breakthrough in the case.

A team of detectives, led by Captain Muzi Sibiya and Inspector Sagie Govender, arrested a 24-year-old man in the Hillcrest area late on Sunday afternoon.

The detectives worked throughout the day and just before 10pm arrested a second man at a house in Mariannhill.

They also took possession of a gun and a bank card belonging to the rape victim.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Daily News on October 11, 2004

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Monday, 11 October 2004

Nobel winner: Aids a WMD

09/10/2004 16:02 - (SA)

Nairobi - Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, on Saturday reiterated her claim that the AIDS virus was a deliberately created biological agent.

"Some say that Aids came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys (since) time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that.

"Us black people are dying more than any other people in this planet," Maathai told a press conference in Nairobi a day after winning the prize for her work in human rights and reversing deforestation across Africa.

"It's true that there are some people who create agents to wipe out other people. If there were no such people, we could have not have invaded Iraq," she said.

"We invaded Iraq because we believed that Saddam Hussein had made, or was in the process of creating agents of biological warfare," said Maathai.

"In fact it (the HIV virus) is created by a scientist for biological warfare," she added.

"Why has there been so much secrecy about Aids? When you ask where did the virus come from, it raises a lot of flags. That makes me suspicious," Maathai added.

Africa accounts for 25 million out of the estimated 38 million across the world infected with HIV, and the vast majority of infected Africans are women, according to UNAids estimates.

The United States on Friday congratulated Maathai on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, but tempered its praise over her claims about AIDS.

"She said (HIV/Aids) was invented as a bioweapon in some laboratory in the West," a senior state department official said. "We don't agree with that."

The official pointed to a report of those comments published in August in Kenya's daily Standard newspaper, in which Maathai was quoted as saying that HIV/Aids was created by scientists for the purpose of mass extermination.

Edited by Tisha Steyn

Source: News24.com

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Zimbabwe family now belongs here

EDITORIAL: Zimbabwe family now belongs here

16.09.2004 - Paul Taggart

If ever there was a need for Immigration Minister Paul Swain to throw the rule book out the window and show some compassion it is with the Oosthuizen family.

The loss of Leon Oosthuizen in a Pakowhai Road crash on Monday was a heart-breaking tragedy for his wife Margie, and their children Lendl, 17, Jessica, 14, Hannah, 11 and Byron, 8.

Yet even while they attempt to deal with their grief, another cloud hangs over their heads - doubt over whether they will be able to remain in New Zealand after the death of their husband and father.

The family fled from Zimbabwe, where they had a successful business, to escape the vicious and corrupt regime of President Robert Mugabe. They had to pay bribes to smuggle their tractors to South Africa just to enable them to leave with a little money.

They were refugees in everything but name. Those who are official refugees can happily opt for a life of crime or on a benefit in this country knowing they cannot be sent home to the land whence they came.

But even at a time of enormous grief there is no such security for the Oosthuizens.

They are in New Zealand thanks to a business visa after they bought the Redskins Nursery between Clive and Hastings. But everything is now up in the air. The visa expired with the death of Mr Oosthuizen.

The family is hard-working and loving and involved in the community. Mrs Oosthuizen is, among other things, a PTA member of both St Patrick's School and Sacred Heart College. Their business also employs two New Zealanders.

It is possible for Mrs Oosthuizen to apply to become the family's principal applicant and continue to run the business, but if she cannot manage to do, or the application is rejected, what then?

The Government's response, so far, is starkly different to what it was in the case of Tuvaluan wife-beater Senee Niusila. Niusila came to New Zealand in 1998 on a three-month visitor's visa, became an overstayer and has now been allowed to remain as he requires State-funded kidney dialysis.

That is despite committing offences which include punching his wife in the face while she was breastfeeding their 18-day-old son.

How fair would it be if the Immigration Service were to send the bereaved Oosthuizen family back to certain poverty and misery in Zimbabwe, while Niusila is allowed to remain in New Zealand, courtesy of the taxpayer, six years after his permit ran out?

Immigration Minister Paul Swain has chosen "not to get involved" with the Oosthuizens. Sometimes it is rather difficult to understand politicians.

©Copyright 2000 NZ Herald

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Saturday, 9 October 2004

South Africans are world champions in crime

Fana Peete

October 06 2004 at 08:56AM

"Crime has become our national sport, and if we could commit ourselves to sport like we do to crime, we would become world champions."

This was the parting shot of Judge Theo Grobbelaar, 73, during his last appearance in the Pretoria High Court, as he reflected on his 15 years on the Bench.

Sentencing the Marble Hall cash-in-transit accused to six life terms in jail each and a total 137 years imprisonment, Grobbelaar said it would appear that the current laws were not forcing criminals to think twice before committing a crime.

It had become difficult for South Africans to enjoy the freedom that came with democracy as a result of criminals who forced them to stay behind high walls and electrical fences in fear of murderers and rapists who had no regard for the law.

"In the past people were afraid to walk freely with their families at night."

"Today they are even afraid to travel in their vehicles during daytime. Even churches are no longer safe. I doubt if these things are happening in other countries," said Grobbelaar.

The public were "sick and tired" of criminals, and he agreed with them.

"If sentences for serious crimes are lenient, the administration of justice will be brought into disrepute and the victims may take the law into their hands. We will not allow that to happen," he said.

"This is my last sentence in this court and I feel compelled that after my life of service as a judge, I must talk about my observation: crime has become our national sport."

"The illegal possession of firearms and ammunition has grown out of proportion and the community feels that the courts are not doing enough to deal with the criminals. They think the courts are encouraging criminals to do as they please and think they themselves must sort them out by taking the law into their hands."

Grobbelaar said an appropriate sentence for each accused was life imprisonment for the six murders (individually) and 10 years for the four attempted murders.

The sentence covered crimes ranging from robbery with aggravating circumstances (including for vehicles and firearms) to the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Those who had licensed firearms were declared unfit to possess them.

The 15 men - Bongani Mabena, 29, Paul Mokwape 36, Absalon Molefe, 38, Oupa Chpane Paahla 34, Jackson Mokganedi, 41, Solomon Makubela, 39, Selale Hendrik Maloma, 45, Rudolph Pehlane Ratale, 43, Joseph Mpho Moepi, 42, Andries Meselane Madubanya, 39, Andrew Moropeng Madubanya, 39, Ignatius Vishinsky Kwakwa, 58, Abel Sibeko, 74, Thamsanqa, Cosmos Maifadi, 43 and Oupa William Ndlovu, 39 - were earlier found guilty on six counts of murder, four of attempted murder, four of robbery with aggravating circumstances and two of theft of motor vehicles.

The charges arose from the R8,5-million robbery on the Pretoria-Marble Hall road in December 1997 when the accused attacked SBV cash-in-transit vehicles.

This article was originally published on page 2 of Pretoria News on October 06, 2004

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Farmer's wife shoots back at intruders

Aziz Hartley

October 08 2004 at 10:07AM

An elderly farmer's wife in Somerset West in the Western Cape has single-handedly fought off six armed robbers under fire.

The men surprised the couple while they were watching television, wounded the farmer and shot at his wife, but she fired back, putting them to flight.

The woman, 65, was treated for shock and discharged, but her husband, 68, remained in hospital, Somerset West police spokesperson Anneke van der Vywer said on Thursday night.

The farmer was shot in the thigh and stomach To protect the couple, they and the hospital would not be named as no one had been arrested yet, she said.

"The farmer and his wife were sitting in their TV room on Wednesday night when six men appeared at the window and fired two shots," Helderberg police superintendent Mike Reitz said.

"The woman ran to the upstairs bedroom and locked the door. The intruders meanwhile gained access to the house and robbed the injured farmer of money he had in his wallet.

"The men went upstairs and fired several shots through the door. They fled when the farmer's wife returned fire from inside."

The couple called the police. It is not known how much money was taken.

The police's serious and violent crime unit has appealed for information to help them find the attackers.

Anyone with information should call investigating officer Ninette van der Merwe at 021 935 9600 or 082 780 5747. Calls may also be made in confidence to CrimeStop, 08600 10111.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2004

Farm attackers get 42yrs

22/09/2004 14:27 - (SA)

Nkosana ka Makaula

Nelspruit - Two Mpumalanga farm attackers have been jailed for a total of 42 years by the Nelspruit regional court.

Randy Mbuyisa, 25 and Wiseman Nkambule, 23, of Mjindini in Barberton, attacked two farms in the Barberton area on February 17 2003 and March 9 2003.

They pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, pointing a firearm, assault, attempted murder and theft of a motor vehicle.

On the first farm, Rouxville, they pistol-whipped Johannes Kriel into submission and then stole a car, a firearm, cellphone, clothes and appliances to the value of R7 210.

They also stabbed Andre du Plessis and stole a cellphone and R1 000 in cash.

On the second farm, Esperado Valley, they beat up owner Robert Butler, held up him up at gunpoint and stole a 9mm pistol, a pump-action shotgun and goods worth about R8 000.

They were arrested on March 27 2003.

In court on Tuesday, Magistrate Andre Geldenhuys acquitted a third man, and Michael Zulu, 21, of the charges because there wasn't enough evidence against him.

But he found Mbuyisa and Nkambule guilty and said they had behaved "like animals".

"People no longer feel safe in their own houses because of people like you," he said.

He sentenced Mbuyisa and Nkambule to 15 years each for aggravated robbery and five years each for attempted murder.

Mbuyisa was sentenced to an additional two years for possession of stolen property.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1593545,00.html

Friday, 20 August 2004

Mandela Honorary Degree at Antwerp University Protested

ANTWERP. Belgian students have demanded the withdrawal of a Mandela honorary degree at Antwerp University.

Students at Antwerp University published a press release demanding the withdrawal of the university's decision to award an honorary degree to convicted terrorist and subsequent first Azanian (New SA) president Nelson Mandela on May 26.

Student Leader Gert Gillis said the NSV (the student society publishing the press release) opposed awarding the honorary degree to veteran ANC leader -- because they see him as being co-responsible for the farm attacks due his "inaction' during his presidency to stop these.

The students said Mandela, as the ex-president of South Africa and still a highly influential veteran ANC leader, undertook nothing to effectively stop the killing of white farmers, which started in 1991.

The statement read: “As former president of South Africa, and still an influential veteran leader of the communist ANC, Mandela is and indeed must be seen as co-responsible for this horrendous ethnic-cleansing campaign targeting [white] Afrikaner farmers, and which the international news media remains so silent about."

Source: Southern Cross Africa News
http://www.scafrica.com

Monday, 16 August 2004

Hijackers execute young father

13/08/2004 07:52 - (SA)Lieze du Preez

Potchefstroom - Hijackers, who placed stones on a road outside Potchefstroom, executed a young father from North West in cold blood after they withdrew all his money from an autobank.

The murderers first drove around with Corne van Zyl, 29, from Klerksdorp in the boot of his own car before they crossed over the Vaal River and shot him in the head at close range amongst some trees along the Vermaasdrift road in the Free State.

The murderers overpowered Van Zyl on Saturday night after they packed stones on a road in the New Machavie/Mooibank area outside Potchefstroom and he drove over the stones.

When he stopped to check whether his vehicle had been damaged, the attackers overpowered him.

Van Zyl's body was found in a clump of trees on Wednesday after police received a tip-off and arrested two suspects in the Khuma township outside Stilfontein.

Van Zyl's family reported him missing on Sunday after he did not return home on Saturday night. He had been visiting friends in Potchefstroom and left for home shortly before midnight.

The murderers allegedly held Van Zyl at gunpoint at the place where he drove over the stones and drove him to Stilfontein in his Toyota Corolla.

Here they filled up the car with petrol and apparently drew R1 000 from his bank account. After midnight they allegedly returned to the autobank to withdraw a further R540.

Van Zyl apparently tried to escape at the filling station, but the boot was slammed down on him.

Superintendent Louis Jacobs, police spokesperson, said the suspects crossed over the Vaal River into the Free State early on Sunday morning. This is where they shot and killed Van Zyl.

Shot him in the back of his head

The murderers apparently forced him to lie on his stomach and shot him in the back of his head at short range. They left with his money, cellphone and gun in his car.

Police started their search immediately after Van Zyl was reported missing. The two suspects were in possession of Van Zyl's cellphone and car when police arrested them. They took police to the body.

Although Van Zyl's gun is still missing, another gun that was earlier stolen in the Ikageng township outside Potchefstroom was found in their possession.

Van Zyl's father, JP van Zyl from Polokwane, is devastated.

"One wants to speak to people, but one does not know what to say. The incident makes one feel rebellious and angry. At least we now know where he is."

Van Zyl, a diesel mechanic at Transem milk distributors in Klerksdorp, turned 29 on August 1.

He is survived by is wife, Zelda, son Wesley, 11, and daughter, Micaylin, 6.

The suspects will probably appear in the Stilfontein magistrate's court on Friday on charges of murder and armed robbery.

Police warned that people should be on the lookout for objects stacked in the road. Motorists should not stop immediately after driving over such obstacles. Two police officers were stranded on the R42 route in the same area when they drove over stones wrapped in black plastic bags.

Edited by Jannie Momberg

Source: News24.com
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1572434,00.html

Sunday, 8 August 2004

Rape 2 and call me in the morning

Posted: August 7, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern
By Jani Allan

© 2000 WorldNetDaily.com-->© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

The term "quack doctor" takes on a whole new meaning when you consider the situation in Southern Africa. There are more than 400 tribal groupings in South Africa. All of them come from a tradition in which ancestor worship is the norm and evil spirits cause misfortunes and disease.

According to this belief system, there are only three reasons for something bad happening to you:

Someone has bewitched me and caused this to happen to me

The ancestral spirits are angry with me

Evil spirits are haunting me and making me sick

Someone who has grown up with this belief system will not embrace such notions as "human immunodeficiency virus." Rather, they will tend to believe: "I have been poisoned. Witchcraft medicine was mixed into my food and that is why I have contracted the flat tire disease (AIDS)."

It is the norm for people who live with these beliefs to take revenge for the actions of the person whom they believe poisoned them. Sometimes it means eliminating the people whom they are convinced did harm to them.

Not surprisingly, there are 200,000 traditional healers who carry out more than 80 percent of the country's medical consultations. "Traditional healer" is one of those marvelous politically correct descriptions that Americans are worn away like a collective pumice stone to accept – despite the fact that the collective consciousness knows what a nonsense it is. These days, instead of emerging from a mud hut to toss the bones, the sangoma or traditional healer is likely to have a suite next to your nice Dr. Stott.

Western medical practitioners in South Africa are finding it increasingly difficult to bridge the chasm between Western science and indigenous voodoo.

Although mainstream traditional healers (nyangas and sangomas) say they don't recommend rape, it is not an uncommon prescription in Africa for everything from boosting a business to exorcising the evil spirit in your mother-in-law. Yet these "traditional healers" are rarely prosecuted. Why, the victim or victim's family wouldn't dare go to the authorities, lest the traditional healers casts a spell on them!

In a country ravaged by AIDS, the number of child rapes grows like Hydra's heads. In a story written this week by Afrikaner activist Fred Rundle, it is claimed that there are 961 child rapes a day in South Africa. In the small town of Theunnissen (population 40,000) in the Orange Free State, there are six children raped every week. Says Rundle, "It must be clear that all the rapes are committed by blacks."

According to Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Durban Westville, as the deadly virus tightens its stranglehold on South Africa, the myth that sex with a virgin will cure AIDS is become standard received wisdom. This could certainly account for the horrific rape statistics that emerge from that troubled land. Justice officials and AIDS workers say that in KwaZuluNatal alone at least five rapes cases involving girls under eight are being dealt with daily in every magistrates court in the province.

There are similarities between the way in which sexually transmitted diseases were dealt with in Europe in the 19th century and modern day "treatments" prescribed by some "traditional" healers. In the 19th century, it was widely believed that sex with a child would provide a cure for syphilis. Quack doctors kept brothels in Liverpool in the United Kingdom for this purpose. But as a noted British journalist pointed out, "This is the 21st century and not the 19th. What the ANC's Marxist rule has done in effect is drag the country back two centuries. Except few people dare to say so for fear of being seen to be 'racist.'"

AIDS researchers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria confirm that the myth also exists in these countries where the rate of child rape is also high.

Black men believe that raping a child will cleanse them of AIDS and also acts as a preventive measure to avoid contracting the HIV/AIDS virus from older women.

A 23-year-old black respondent told an AIDS worker: "Everybody over 12 years old in the township might already have the virus, so its better if you go for the 6- or 8-year- olds. ..."

Another 20 year-old added: "If I have HIV, I can just go out and spread it to 100 other people so we can all go together. Why should they be left behind having fun if I must die?"

The overwhelming silence over AIDS and the lack of real discussion about sexuality among Africans is where the real problem lies.

"People back off the issue. It has become a taboo within the AIDS taboo," says Jan Lamprecht, author of "Government by Deception."

Stephanie Shutte, a counselor for Childline in the Western Cape thinks the increase in child rape is directly related to the way HIV and AIDS is understood in the community. (The community is another PC word. It actually means "the herd of sheep.") The belief is that the cleanliness and pureness of the child will strip the virus away. Both girls and boys are being raped because of this belief. A dose of purity is rendered ineffective with a condom.

While Americans continue to export cargo-loads of condoms to the continent, they remain blithely ignorant of the true uses to which the condoms are put. The current favorite use is to put jelly in the condom and throw it at a car windshield. When the driver stops and attempts to clean it off, he will be attacked while the other hijacker speeds off in his car.

Rape perpetrators are not often arrested and brought before the court. In the rare cases that they are, they seldom acknowledge the offense, so it is difficult to know the motivation that lies behind the crime. Sometimes the motivation is a complex mix: "I'm HIV positive and angry, I want to take revenge and infect as many people as possible, but raping a baby will cure me. ..."

In a country ravaged with disease, there is deep irony in the fact that the country's health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, is up for a prestigious award from the World Health Organization.

Just as Hillary Clinton's vision for health care promised to be all encompassing, so does Tshabala-Msimang's politically correct and terrifyingly asinine vision threaten the populace. Not long ago, South Africa was shocked when a 2-year-old boy was discovered near Soweto. His thumbs had been cut off and there had been an attempt to gouge out his eyes. It is a known fact that muti (the "medicine" used by traditional healers) is considered more powerful if the innocent victim is still alive when the parts are removed.

It was also reported that a man had slaughtered his 6-year-old like an animal (at his home in Diepkloof). He emasculated him, split open his chest, removed his heart and cooked and ate it. The dead child's genitals were in his pocket when he was arrested. According to Johannesburg's muti-king, Dr Kessavan Naidoo, "Thumbs are used as medicine to call up ancestors, while human eyes are gouged out and ground into a paste which users apply to their foreheads in the hopes of obtaining 'third eye vision' enabling them to see the spirit world."

In the new South Africa, these "traditional healers," who throw the bones and prescribe what you have read above have been co-opted into the South African Department of Health.

They are embraced in the same way as practitioners who hang their certificates from Edinburgh University on the wall and carry out complicated brain surgery. They consult alongside specialists in state-controlled health facilities.

In the country where the world's first heart transplant operation took place, primary health care has become primitive health care. Yet no one will say, "The emperor isn't wearing any clothes."

Such is the madness that exists in South Africa today.

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Saturday, 7 August 2004

The rape of a nation

THE SHAME OF A NATION

By: Cindy-Lou Dale

If the future of a country is said to lie in its children, why then is South Africa so determined to obliterate and defile theirs?

The violent culture in South Africa has bred another abomination - babies are being raped, infected with HIV/AIDS and then dumped in trash cans and garbage dumps. These latest victims cannot say ‘no’ - they are too young to speak or walk.

Police statistics state that 58 babies are raped daily; this number could effectively be doubled as Interpol warns that upward of 50% of serious crime goes unreported.

"Political correctness, Marxism, the Mandela myth, race-blame and affirmative action be damned – there are tribal medicine men that have the bizarre belief that sex with a virgin, even a baby, will cure HIV/AIDS," says Phillip and Pat Van Rensburg, a Cape Town couple who have turned their home into a hospital called "Little Angels" and rescue victims of baby rape.

Some baby rapists have gone beyond penile penetration, pushing broken bottle tops or sticks into the victim’s vagina.

Some 5-million South African are infected with HIV/AIDS. Yet the government still drags its heels in its inaction in the fight against the deadly disease. President Mbeki has described the antiretroviral drug as "toxic", and questioned the link between HIV and AIDS, whilst the Minister of Health insists "a diet of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and plenty of root vegetables", will assist in combating the effects of HIV/AIDS.

SAPA are quoted as saying that women born in South Africa have a greater chance of being raped, than learning to read.

Citizens are afraid to report crime as police are arrogant, insensitive, incompetent, lack professionalism and few cases are investigated. Perpetrators are rarely held accountable for their actions, deterrence is non-existent and prison sentences are light.

A shocking UCA report states there to be sharp discrepancies between official statistics and those of Interpol and the Medical Research Council. One observer is quoted as saying that the "easiest way for the police to reduce the crime rate is simply to do nothing but record only those crimes where a case number is absolutely mandatory". Numerous experts are quoted as suspecting "serious under reporting"; "perhaps these figures are concealed for political reasons’; "the reason for this under reporting could be the desire to change the ongoing reputation of South Africa as the crime capital of the world."

There is now general societal acceptance of these monstrous actions. According to a child support group, Childline, one in four girls faces the prospect of being raped before the age of 16.

A report to the Parliamentary Task Group of Sexual Abuse of Children is quoted as stating, "… society is sick since it views children as disposable, views sex as casual, tolerates degrading depiction of women and to a large extent tolerates rape."

A teenage mother found that her screaming and bleeding 9-months old had been brutally raped and sodomized by a male friend.

Another 9-month-old baby girl survived a gang rape attack and underwent a full hysterectomy and further surgery to repair intestinal damage.

A one-month old baby was raped by her uncles.

Two men raped a five-month-old girl.

The youngest victim yet was one week old.

A two-year-old was raped and sodomized to death but her rapist and killer walked free after a policeman bungled the murder scene, examining her young corpse and deciding "nothing was wrong".

Could this be a ‘legacy of apartheid’, as the ruling ANC government claim? "Nobody cares about anybody, other than themselves, which manifests in aggressive behavior of whatever kind, says psychologist and volunteer at a rape crisis centre, Penny Tywana. "Most of the rape offenders are young men - many born and raised in the mid to late1980s, the most violent days of apartheid."

What is the government response? The Police Commissioner has accused the media of "feeding the nation a ‘psychosis of fear, despair and distrust in the authorities" and requested that all media communications be channeled through police HQ.

The criminal justice system has failed women and children in South Africa. Baby rape is clearly not a priority.

Upwards of fifty percent of serious crime goes unreported.

Fifty percent of all drugs delivered to the country's Government-run hospitals get stolen from their storerooms.

Every twenty-six seconds a woman is raped in South Africa.

Ninety four percent of all persons released after serving a sentence immediately become re-offenders.

South Africa has the highest recorded per capita murder rate, second only to Columbia.

One in four South African policemen is illiterate.

The per capita murder rate in the USA was six per 100,000 while in South Africa it was fifty-nine per 100,000.

For every 100,000 crimes committed in South Africa only 430 criminals were arrested. Of these, only seventy-seven were convicted and barely eight of these were sentenced to two or more years of imprisonment.

In the first five years of ANC rule, violence and crime in South Africa officially increased by thirty-three percent.

In the forty-four years from 1950 to 1993, there was an average of 7,036 murders per year. This covered the turbulent times of the apartheid years of conflict, terrorism and riots.

However, under the ANC rule, Interpol’s statistics state the murder rate has averaged 47,882 per year.

What happened to all the enlightened folk that banded together and boycotted companies doing business with South Africa in the 1980s? Where are the howls of rage from Whoopie Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover? They have gone conspicuously quiet.

In the time it has taken you to read this article, nine women have been raped in South Africa and one baby girl is in the tortured process of having her life destroyed.

"Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."

The thugs who strike at night

August 06 2004 at 06:48AM

By Graeme Hosken and Cindy Zeilhofer

Pretoria's supermarkets and shopping complexes are being besieged by gangs of heavily armed thugs who specifically target late-night shoppers.

The gangs, believed to consist of South Africans, Zimbabweans and Mozambicans, are responsible for at least 12 attacks on the capital's shops since April. These have claimed the lives of five people, including a policeman and three robbers, one of whom was a South African Air Force lance-corporal.

Six people, including a 16-year-old Centurion girl, have been seriously injured by the robbers.

The thugs, who operate in groups of 10 to 15, are armed with various weapons, including semi-automatic machine-guns and pistols.

The robbers, believed to live and operate from outside of the city, operate in a number of groups targeting stores scattered throughout the Greater Tshwane area.

The latest attack to be orchestrated by the robbery syndicate, believed to consist of more than 50 members, took place on Saturday night at the Garsfontein Pick 'n Pay.

Between 10 and 15 men armed with handguns and an Uzi sub-machine gun stormed into the store shortly before closing time, attacking staff and customers.

As the men fled, a customer opened fire on the robbers, shooting two dead.

Three men were taken in for questioning shortly afterwards and several weapons, including an Uzi, were recovered.

The Pretoria News has learnt that police are investigating the possibility that this gang is responsible for a number of the attacks which began in April.

The Pretoria police communications office refused to divulge the number of attacks on shopping centres and supermarkets because of the crime statistics moratorium, or reveal the number of people arrested for the attacks because of the sensitivity of the investigations.

However, the Pretoria News has, through its own records from articles published, established that the first attack allegedly committed by the syndicate occurred on April 13 followed by attacks on May 2, May 5, May 9, May 16, May 26, May 27, June 24 and June 27 with the last occurring on July 31.

These attacks claimed the lives of Inspector Riaan Nortje, 38, and Jurie Kemp, along with three robbers, and left Kemp's wife Tina, Centurion teenager Charne Vermeulen, 16, William Songo, 30, cash-in-transit guard Michael Mokwela and Centurion Game Store employee Grace Makhubela seriously injured.

The attacks have sparked an outcry by shopping complex and supermarket owners who are demanding that police do something to put an end to them.

"We are worried that this is going on because these groups seem to be targeting our shops.

"Every second store is being hit and we do not know what is going on," said Jacques Goosen, a Wilgers Spar store manager.

Goosen said these hits were affecting business and that they had noted a "definite decrease in the number of customers shopping after 6pm".

"If you look at the robberies most of them have happened at about 6.30pm to 7pm. People are too scared to shop at night any longer," he said.

Riaan Bester, Atterbury Super Spar manager, said the store had their own security, "specifically at night".

"The police also work together with us. Often we will phone them during cash up times and they will send a car to park outside."

"We have to have a strong police and security presence because we have to protect our business and our customers," he said.

Bester said the Newlands Spar, as well as the Garsfontein Quick Spar, had been hit in the past six months. Elardus Park Spar was also hit last year.

Floris von Zweel, of Garsfontein Spar, said they were hit in December, and again two months ago.

Police Inspector Percy Morokane said investigations by the Pretoria Serious and Violent Crimes Unit into the attacks were at a very sensitive stage.

He declined to comment on the cases for fear of jeopardising the investigations.

Morokane said if people found themselves in a store which was being attacked they should obey the instructions of the suspects, not resist. "Try to take notice of as many details of your attackers as possible, such as clothing, characteristics, height, built, tattoos and anything else that you can remember which will help police," he said.

Morokane said anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the robbers could contact the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit on (012) 334 4421 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Source:iol.co.za
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20040806060340733C302101

Serial rapist paedophile gets 270 years

August 06 2004 at 02:51PM

Fanwell Khumalo, a convicted serial rapist, may spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Khumalo was sentenced in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday to a total of more than 270 years in prison after being convicted on 103 counts of rape, kidnapping and indecent assault. He received 42 life sentences and may never be considered for parole.

Convicted by Judge Max Labe for raping young schoolgirls over a three-year period by pretending to be a policeman, Khumalo has maintained his innocence despite 23 positive DNA tests from samples taken from victims and their clothing.

"You have caused untold suffering to more than 40 children and their families," said Labe while passing the sentence.

He said it "would be wrong to single out some of the rapes as being more serious and others as less serious".

Labe also said he felt sure the sentence passed "would satisfy the community" as well as the victims and their families.

"You set out on a deliberate campaign of raping and abusing young girls because you were angry with them," he said adding it was the court's duty to ensure children were protected from Khumalo's "heinous crimes".

"I apologise for wasting taxpayers' money on this (18-month) trial that could have been used for the sick and hungry," Khumalo told the court on Wednesday, still professing his innocence.

Khumalo, a former chef who used to cater for visiting Hollywood stars at Gold Reef City, was arrested on March 7, 2001.

Psychologist Gerard Labuschagne who was called by the prosecution to place aggravating factors before the court, testified that there was "no possibility the accused will be rehabilitated".

He classified Khumalo as a "paedophile and serial rapist", saying serial rapists had a compulsion to rape but knew the difference between right and wrong.

"Serial rapists almost never stop their activities of their own accord," said Labuschagne, a police senior superintendent in charge of the investigative psychology unit in Pretoria.

He added that serial rapists often became serial murderers. In the beginning Khumalo committed a rape a month. Before his arrest this had escalated to a number of rapes a month.

Labuschagne said in South Africa there were no specialised programmes to treat serial rapists in prison.

The trial lasted for almost 100 days. - Sapa

Source: www.iol.co.za
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=qw1091796122660B263

Marxists destroy new South Africa

By Anthony C. LoBaido© 2004

WorldNetDaily.com

NELSPRUIT, South Africa – Heidi Le Roux sat weeping in her spacious farmhouse on the South African veld as the leaves turned gold and saffron in the glorious autumn twilight. Blonde and pretty, boasting of three young, healthy children and a devoted, hard-working husband who runs a huge multi-million dollar sugar and macadamia farm, it would seem that Heidi's life is a page out of apartheid's "glorious" past.

It is a not-too-distant past when farmers were the "lords of the manor" and the future seemed bountiful and perhaps even endless. In the "New South Africa," however, nothing is as is seems. The old axiom, "The more things change the more they stay the same," comes to mind in this mad dance where neither the past nor the present makes sense.

Against this tumultuous backdrop, plots and intrigues inspiring notions of Shakespeare have become the faire du jour.

"I don't want to have to leave the farm. I don't want my children to get exposed to and debased by the paganism in Western culture," Mrs. Le Roux said during an extensive WorldNetDaily interview.

"I want my children to grow up speaking Afrikaans. We have talked about moving to New Zealand. So many South Africans have fled overseas. We will remain a people but not a nation. Yet this farm is our home. We've worked so hard. But we have to look honestly at the future – if there is one."

Heidi's husband, Stephan, is a South African Defense Force veteran who fought in Angola during the Border War of the 1980s against the former Soviet Union and Cuba. Like many South Africans, he is struggling to reinterpret the past, navigate through a violent present and ascertain just where the African National Congress, or ANC, will take South Africa in the future.

Stephan Le Roux seems to have come full circle during his family's epic struggle to survive and even thrive on the land.

"After the Boer War (1899-1902), there was another rebellion against the British. My grandfather had his farm taken away by those who sided with the British against our own people," he said while walking through robust fields of sugarcane.

"My grandfather was extremely sad. But he trusted in God and began to slowly get back his land again. He did this by trading advice on farming and animal husbandry with the very people who'd stolen his farm in exchange for little bits and pieces of it. In time he got back all of this land and much, much more."

Farm killings

"Today however, I am caught in a conundrum," said Stephen Le Roux. "This farm is worth 22 million rand, but no one will buy it. People are afraid about all of the farm killings. The [neighboring] black farmers and farm workers will only get more jealous of me the more successful I become. Sure, I could sell the farm to the government, but others have done that and only gotten a promissory note from the bank and never received any money from the ANC government. When you look at how the farms have been taken away from the whites in Zimbabwe and Namibia, its makes you wonder about your destiny."

Since 1994, over 1,600 farmers have been tortured and killed by criminal elements lurking in South Africa's rural areas. This figure is augmented by another 9,000-plus recorded attacks on a total farming population of 40,000 – making the white South African farmer the highest at-risk murder group on earth. The world average murder rate is 7 out of 100,000. For the South African farmer it is 313 out of 100,000.

Genocide Watch has monitored the situation carefully. But it is not only whites who are targeted. Black farm workers also have been killed in the attacks.

Moreover, the South African media have reported stories of white farmers mistreating black farm workers, some of whom work for very low wages while fleeing Robert Mugabe's nightmare across the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe. One black farm worker was fed alive to a pack of lions. Another was dragged to death by a farmer's truck. Such incidents, while rare, receive major media coverage and inflame an already tense situation.

Says Heidi Le Roux, "I often say to my husband, '… and how would you feel if you had been born black?'"

"There is so much hatred and distrust between the farmers and the farm workers, it's just a vicious cycle," said Heidi's sister Katrina, a South African medical student living in the nation's capital of Pretoria-Tswana. "I often ask myself, 'What on earth is happening to my country?' I want to understand, but nothing seems to make sense."

It is a lament shared by many South Africans – black, white, colored and Indian alike.

21st century Stalinism

More people today in the world live under Stalinism than live in the United Kingdom – over 50 million. Countries like Belarus, North Korea, Cuba and Laos are all Stalinist regimes. In South Africa, cultural Marxism is rife, yet Stalinism has reared its ugly head on several levels.

Consider that in response to the farm killings. Dr. Rocky Williams, a prominent African National Congress spokesman, said that the Boer Commandos – which had protected the rural areas for decades as rear guard troops, in case the Soviets or Cubans broke through – would be replaced by mostly ex-MK cadres (part of the ANC's now-defunct military wing, trained by Mainland China, Libya and the Soviets) modeled on "the militia of the old Soviet Union" during World War II.

Saki and Louise Van der Merwe, who live on a farm next to the Le Rouxs, called this a case of "the fox guarding the chicken coup." Louise's first husband was killed in a car crash, and his death affected her deeply. However, Saki doesn't keep a gun in the farmhouse in case of an attack.

"I believe in angels," he said.

Their friend Mandy Branch, decidedly less optimistic about reliance on angelic intervention, has been studying martial arts and knife fighting in preparation for a would-be attack on her home.

"I say we must prepare for the worst and hope for the best," she said stoically and defiantly.

While clinging to notions of Stalinism might seem strange to some, the ANC and its elite still refer to one another as comrade and use Marxist-Leninist jargon in their speeches and meetings. The most notable exception is the way the ANC has embraced neo-liberal economic theory, much to the chagrin of its allies in the South African Communist Party and in the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Inside the ANC

According to Perion Rayford, a top Cape Town-based researcher for the Democratic Alliance – the African National Congress' main opposition in Parliament – the secret, inner workings of the ANC reveal that its elite are steeped in Stalinist tendencies at the very top. (Editor's note: Perion Rayford is a pseudonym to protect the researcher's identity).

"Thabo Mbeki will be running South Africa long after he moves on to Ethiopia to steer the new African Union," Rayford said. Along with this writer, Rayford has been asked to prepare a brief on the use of mercenaries in Africa for a prominent Democratic Alliance member of Parliament.

Much of what Rayford and her staff uncover cannot be openly stated in Parliament, since "The DA is afraid of the totalitarian tendencies of the ANC regime. You have to keep your head down," she said. "Mbeki is asking himself if he wants to position himself with the U.S., European Union or the Non-Aligned Movement. He has chosen the latter, along with Brazil and India."

"Mbeki wouldn't set up the new African Union's parliament in Cape Town. That would be too obvious," she said. "So it will be set up in Ethiopia. Mbeki has set up committees in South Africa on black empowerment and the Internet. The ANC made technology agreements with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. All of these committees report directly to Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki is a micro-manager. Not much goes on in South Africa that he does not personally sign off on."

Rayford said that in addition to those committees, Mbeki controls South Africa by painting the Democratic Alliance as the party of the whites, and relying on overseas technology and drug money (through friendship with Brazil and an alliance with the now deposed "Father" Aristide of Haiti, who was only recently given asylum in South Africa.) In addition, Mbeki relies on his partnership with ABSA Bank and the Afrikaner Bond. When the ANC announced that all future mining ventures would have to be at least 50 percent black-owned, the mining stocks lost $6 billion in value in a single day. Understandably, Mbeki has chosen to keep such matters quiet.

Rayford also said Mbeki relies on controlling the mostly foreign-owned media of South Africa, the educational system and the nation's economic policy to keep a huge, disenfranchised mass of people ready for a war against the whites if and when that sad day should come. (According to this South African rumor, during "Operation White Clean Up" all of the nation's whites will be killed on the night of Nelson Mandela's funeral.)

"It is sad how Mbeki oozes contempt and hate for whites, but must still beg for their [European] money to fund his initiatives," Rayford said. "It is so pathetic. First he said that HIV does not cause AIDS. Then he ups his anti-white rhetoric while pleading with the same West he despises for his very subsistence. The poor man, I almost feel sorry for him."

Writing in a column titled, "We come to the G-8 not as mendicants," in the June 10, 2004, issue of This Day (just before he attended the June 2004 G-8 summit), Mbeki told the world:

Henry Kissinger writes in his book "Does America Need a Foreign Policy?" Africa is destined to become "the festering disaster of our age." In his view, only the "moral commitment of the American people and international community can save us from that fate. ..."The premise is that Africans lack the capacity to save themselves and must rely upon the kindness of strangers … in the public imagination of the [Northern Hemisphere] we will still be poor relations crashing the party."

Rayford's analysis of Mbeki has been seconded by Harry Wu – one of the world's most respected living human-rights dissidents – who told WorldNetDaily, "Mbeki is definitely a communist. He was trained in the former Soviet Union."

South African Communist Party honcho Jeremy Cronin has publicly lamented "the ZANU-ification" of the ANC leadership – a reference to the dictator Mugabe's ruling party in Zimbabwe known as the ZANU-PF.

Prominent British journalist Christopher Hitchens said Nelson Mandela was being "used as a fig leaf for an increasingly repressive regime."

In fact, the ANC is currently trying to pass legislation limiting freedom of the press and is working even harder on total gun confiscation while at the same time making it almost impossible for doctors and pharmacists to engage in their respective professions.

"Only those willing to accept ANC rule will be able to live in The New South Africa," said Rayford. "In 2004, the ANC won 70 percent of the vote. Even though the turnout was very low (less than half all eligible South Africans voted), this was still a massive victory for the ANC. They are here to stay 'until Jesus returns,' as one prominent ANC figure told the South African media, much to the chagrin of the opposition and other critics."

Mbeki can't be understood without understanding his own cognitive processes, argues Rayford. This theory of "actor-action indispensability" – meaning that a world leader's policies can't be understood unless one understands what makes that leader's cognitive processes tick – was first popularized by Arizona State University professor Dr. Stephen Walker.

"Thabo Mbeki wrote a treatise on Shakespearean poets while he was still a university student in the UK," explained Rayford. "This has led Mbeki to organize many intrigues along Shakespearean lines – be it with the NNP, white mercenaries, HIV/AIDS or the G-8."

Rayford cited the recent appointment of the New National Party leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk (the NNP, a product of the architects of apartheid, has made an alliance with the ANC, which has all but destroyed it) to the cabinet portfolio of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. This appointment has in the recent past embarrassed the NNP over a shady cash-for-zoning-clearance boondoggle concerning a South African golf course allegedly funded with Italian mob money."It is no accident Mbeki put the only white cabinet minister in this particular portfolio. It only serves as a Scarlet Letter of white greed and corruption, which in turn deflects attention away from the ANC's own horrific greed and corruption," he said.

Continued Rayford: "Everything concerning Mbeki involves careful planning and scripting. This is the Russian way coming out in him. The Soviets always had a plan for everything. Moreover it is the Shakespeare coming out in him."

Rayford commented on how Mbeki's own 88-year-old mother had been "wheeled out on national television" right after Mbeki was re-inaugurated in front of the entire world in recent months.

"This was to show South Africa he is still mommy's little boy – an ordinary person, when he is anything but," she said.

"Mbeki's [recent] inaugural speech was filled with the usual bitterness, hypocrisy and anti-white hatred for which he is well-known. Mbeki is the only world leader to embrace Aristide. The ANC was caught sending arms to Aristide's police force. Isn't it sad, Mbeki speaks in English and Afrikaans, wears Western clothes, gets funding from Europe and even uses the European term 'Renaissance' to describe his most important program and vision?"

When asked about the ovation Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe received at Mbeki's recent re-inauguration, Rayford said, "It is the 'African Big Man' philosophy playing out. Mugabe is senior to Mbeki, and because of that Mbeki cannot challenge him. That is the African way. It is a long-standing tradition and it is understandable in the broader context of black African culture. Yet would Churchill have tolerated Hitler or Stalin just because they were older than him?"

Rayford explained that there was an internal split within the African National Congress and that understanding this split is a key to the inner workings and intrigues of the ANC elite.

"During Operation Vula, when the ANC sent in operatives to infiltrate the apartheid state in anticipation for their eventual takeover of the nation, the intelligence operatives on the ground did the real hard work. They were hunted and captured by the security forces. Meanwhile overseas, Mbeki was playing the great role of the anti-apartheid activist and meeting with liberal European elites. Those who paid the greater price on the ground during the war for national liberation really resent Mbeki and those who lived an easier life in exile and then 'came home' to take over the new Marxist South Africa," she said.

"Mbeki visited the Mbokodo or 'Grinding Stone' camps in Angola where ANC cadres suffered horrendous human-rights abuses by their own ANC cadres. This does not bode well for him. The blacks in South Africa do not know Mbeki. They do not like him. Nelson Mandela never wanted Mbeki to succeed him and has gone on public record about this. But Mbeki was well connected in Europe to the futuristic plans of the transnational elite of the Northern Hemisphere. There were, and remain, plans for a United Africa, NEPAD (The New Economic Program for African Development) and the idea of reorganizing Africa as a singular economic bloc that would fit in with the greater plan of one-world trade and one-world government."

Rayford added that France provided the communications technology the ANC used while in exile and that the much-hyped and scandal-ridden arms deal South Africa made with certain European countries in the mid-to-late 1990s was "merely payback for that help."

The arms scandal is far-reaching. It involves the chief buyer for the defense force, a European defense company called Thompson CSF/Thales, which provided the ANC with the technology for naval Corvettes, Denel (the export arm of ARMSCOR) and PRODIBA.

France also sold weapons to the apartheid state and thus was playing both sides of the fence, waiting to see who would win out in the end. It also did this during the Angolan war, during which the French state oil company allegedly paid bribes to the late UNITA anti-Marxist rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in exchange for a promise not to attack French petroleum facilities.

"European corporations tend to hunt in packs. German manufacturing has German banks heavily involved in their operations. They are like Japan in that way. Germany has strong dealings with the ANC," Rayford told WorldNetDaily.

Speaking about the farm killings, Rayford explained: "They are soft targets. The attacks are easy to coordinate. It is terror – plain and simple. They are denigrating to the Afrikaner. They denigrate unity. This gives the ANC pleasure and appeals to both the ANC elite and rank and file judiciously. It is the same as in Zimbabwe. It appeals to base emotions. The farmer is the master of his domain and the lord of the manor. The farmer controls the population and cares for his workers … but no more."

"It is now South Africa's worst-kept secret that at least some of the farm attacks are coordinated from Shell House, the ANC's headquarters. One farm killer admitted to the police that he received his orders from Shell House. Another farm killer was given his gun to carry out an attack by a black, pro-ANC policeman. Rarely is anything stolen in these attacks. Snipers are used. The attacks are earmarked with military-style precision. When the Executive Outcomes mercenaries stopped all of the farm crime in the tiny town of Rhodes, the ANC made them pull out. Why? Executive Outcomes (EO) said they could stop all of the farm crime with only 2,000 soldiers spread over the entire country. The old commando structure had around 25-30,000 troops. Again, the same ANC which sent EO to destroy UNITA in Angola now says 'no' to the use of these same elite soldiers. The ANC wants the farm killings to continue. What hypocrisy. But no one has the guts to call the ANC's bluff on this."

Asked if South Africa would turn into another Zimbabwe, Rayford replied: "Personally, I don't believe that it will. In Zimbabwe there were few whites. South Africa has more than 3 million whites. Yet Zimbabwe is not an issue for Mbeki, nor is the plight of the South African farmers. Mugabe made the white farmers an issue by playing the race card. Zimbabwe is a tobacco, export-based, agricultural economy. In South Africa, in the Western Cape you have grapes and therefore some of the best wine in the world – and trade with the EU is involved. Mbeki is not going to want to mess that up. Do you see the wine growers being attacked? No you don't. Quietly, the word has been put out – hands off the vineyards in terms of farm attacks. Of course, international trade is important for the ANC. The U.S. is No. 1 in terms of exports, and then you also have Germany, France, the UK and Japan. [Editor's note: In late July 2004, for the first time, the wine growers were threatened with a "land invasion" unless they made conces
sions to ANC-aligned forces in South Africa.]

"Land is very valuable. The African dream is ownership. But it is the housing crisis that is the real problem. Only to the PAC (the Pan African Congress) is the Maoist land-reform program critical, and they have zero support. I can tell you that the ANC government has a solution to the housing issue – government-owned land. So they won't throw the farmers off the land. White farmers are the colonial image. They are a dying breed. For example, there is only one white farmer left in Kenya. Yet no one is driving that single farmer out. The government in Nigeria has asked for white farmers to move up there from the southern portion of Africa to start working the land. As long as there are white farmers you can make a fuss about colonialism."

Rayford explained how Mbeki views the whites in South Africa: "Whites don't know what it is like to live in the township with no water or electricity. Most whites have not been to the rural areas. They live in a Western, First World environment and this has come at a cost to others," she said.

"Apartheid was about controlling people. It's still all about control. Mbeki sees all whites as racists with blinders on who in fact believe all black Africans are wild. This is opposed to the view of Nelson Mandela who said that the Afrikaners were 'decent people misled by their leaders.' Mbeki likes seeing the white tribe drowning in despair. But the Freedom Front (a conservative South African party that seeks to protect Afrikaner interests) and [its leader Dr. Pieter] Mulder are turning this all around now. During President Bush's last trip to Africa, Dr. Mulder gave Bush a video documentary on the South African farm killings. Bush promised to review the situation."

Continued Rayford: "We in the Democratic Alliance believe a lot of what goes on in the Bush White House in regard to AIDS/Africa packages is driven by often well-meaning homosexuals and political correctness. We in the DA understand the new rules of the game. Dr. Mulder sees this as well. To him, the Afrikaner is now the victim, not the oppressor. The ANC has had to invent the Boeremag (a small, extremist group accused of planning to overthrow the government). There is no threat from the so-called 'right wing' to the government. Now the Freedom Front is using the international language of self-determination and minority rights. That is a very smart strategy.

"Many whites are leaving South Africa now. For Mbeki this eases transformation. They will never accept ANC rule. That's the way he looks at it. Lawyers and doctors are going overseas to make a new life. The ANC is making it impossible to practice medicine. The ANC is bringing in Cuban engineers and teachers. This is politically significant because it expresses solidarity with Cuba. It is a massive anti-U.S. statement. Needless to say, Cuba and the war in Angola is a touchy subject."

Rayford went on to describe how she and the Democratic Alliance believe Mbeki will achieve his goals.

"Again, how to achieve what he wants to achieve? That's Mbeki's question. It is like religion – one must offer hope," she explained.

"You keep making promises to solve problems and keep hope alive. But you never intend to fulfill those promises. As long as the people have wants, Mbeki will have promises. The DA can't stand up and say this in Parliament, but it is true. This is why the seemingly self-destructive policies of the ANC make sense in the broader context.

"So what are the results of all of this? Afro-pessimism is one of them. The ANC concentrates on black empowerment, which will one day be rued just as we rue apartheid. But does anyone really care? Africa is a dismissive part of the world economy, comprising only 1.2 percent, and South Africa has almost half of entire GDP of sub-Saharan Africa."

Speaking about South Africa's involvement in the Congo, where over 2.4 million have perished in the past decade in the bloodiest conflict since World War II with scant coverage from the Western establishment media, Rayford told WorldNetDaily: "Putting troops in the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] is acceptable and desirable for Mbeki and the ANC. We must take the pursuit of wealth as a given. The Congo is the jewel. There is mineral exploitation going on, but is it for the benefit of the local people or the elite? Mbeki wants to be seen as a peacemaker in Africa. Is South Africa the new colonizer up country?"

Zimbabwe also has sent troops to the DRC where untold mineral wealth has been extracted and is headed for the coffers of Mugabe's henchmen.

Voices in the wilderness

Understanding the ANC and Mbeki's relationship with the U.S., European Union, Islamic World and Non-Aligned Movement of nations including Brazil and India is a challenge many South Africans are only beginning to face up to.

Stephan Le Roux told WorldNetDaily: "I am growing macadamia nuts because they are an export crop. They have low cholesterol and the Germans and Japanese are fond of them. Hopefully that will signal 'hands off' to the ANC in regard to the macadamia farmers."

Adds Rayford, "I still have hope for Mbeki. He recently spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations and attended Ronald Reagan's funeral. Why? Well, because he knows that he is a Clinton-era foreign policy appointee, so to speak, and that the Bush Jr. administration has taken a hard line against North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, Libya and other pro-terrorist states. Remember, Dick Cheney voted in Congress against the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, and he is only one heartbeat away from the presidency. Mbeki's anti-Americanism has not been lost on the White House, the Pentagon or the U.S. military academies at West Point, Annapolis or The Citadel.

"Yet more importantly, Mbeki understands the South African economy and South Africa's place in the global economy," Rayford continued. "The value of the Rand is not determined by the ANC or the Reserve Bank but rather by macroeconomic forces. The South African economy is basically commodity driven – wine and nuts are a part of that. You see, the ANC can and has changed the name of Pretoria to Tswane, but they can't change the fundamentals of the South African economy.

"Many white South Africans are ready to embrace Mbeki, but only if he continues to campaign and walk the streets as his did prior to the recent elections as a man of the people, dressed like a lumberjack instead of in his fancy suits. When he did this, even I thought, 'This is what a decent man and a good leader would do.' But he must not stop being a regular guy.

"The devil has taken all of us out to the desert at one time or another and made all of us promises. But if Thabo Mbeki won't protect a handful of farmers, then how can we trust him to run all of Africa from atop the African Union?"

Willem Ratte, considered a great Christian patriot and hero by the Afrikaners, and who led the Recce Wing for the SADF during the war in Angola against the Russians in the 1980s, told WND: "Nelson Mandela was and is the smiling goody-goody face of the New South Africa. Thabo Mbeki is closer to what black rule is about – racist, corrupt and brutally efficient at eliminating all opposition."Ratte, imprisoned by the ANC for staging a peaceful protest, survived his ordeal – which included a hunger strike that nearly killed him – and now runs, among other ventures, a museum dedicated to the memory of the current Afrikaner farm holocaust.

Kevin Fitzgerald, who also fought in Angola with both the old SADF as well as with the mercenary organization Executive Outcomes, told WorldNetDaily: "When you think of the ANC's foreign policy in regard to Iraq and Haiti, you have to ask yourself, 'Do they know what they are doing? Is this a mistake or is this all by design?' If it's by design then we've got big problems in this country."

Bert Sachse, a 34-year veteran of the Rhodesian and South African special forces and the man who ran the mercenary war in Sierra Leone for the UK-based group Sandline/Plaza 107, mixes deep patriotic sentiments with the flexibility of a modern mercenary.

"If you switch sides at the end of the day then what do you have?" he asked. "That is why I could not fight in Angola against UNITA. I helped train UNITA. I knew Jonas Savimbi. Mercenaries have always been misunderstood. But if it weren't for the soldiers fighting (under the apartheid regime) all of the order and wealth and beauty you see all around us in Cape Town would have been destroyed just as it has been in the rest of Africa."

Recently, South African intelligence helped trap a team of South African mercenaries led by the infamous British ex-SAS leader Simon Mann in Zimbabwe for allegedly attempting to overthrow the leftist regime in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. The men now face the death penalty. The ANC has promoted the mantra, "There is no place in Africa for white mercenaries" – of course, with the notable exception of destroying UNITA. In reality, both the U.N. and UK have floated white papers about the legalization of mercenaries as "private military companies." However, Mbeki and the African Union, along with the approval of the G8, have now outflanked the Simon Manns of the world and are busy setting up regional, rapid deployment forces around the African continent.

Says Rayford, "Mbeki likes Shakespeare, but it appears he likes chess even more."

Even the highest-level leaders of the Old South Africa are trying to match wits with the fluid tactics used by the ANC. For them, the struggle to make sense of the past and the present is an unending one.

P.W. Botha: 'No way to fight'

Former South African Prime Minister and President P.W. Botha, now 88 years old and living in retirement in the South African town of Wilderness told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview: "America says that it wants to fight terrorism. President Reagan had the ANC on the State Department's terrorist list. When I fought the terrorism of the ANC, America put sanctions against me. There is no way to fight against all of this insanity. We can only let the madness run its course."

Says Botha's second wife, Barbara: "Nelson Mandela called our house not long ago to talk with P.W. Nelson is 85 and P.W. is 88. They are around the same age and that is important. Nelson likes to reminisce about the old times. P.W. told him, 'Be careful, Islam is your enemy.'"

Barbara Botha told WorldNetDaily how P.W. had organized special medical care for Nelson Mandela when he was in prison: "Nelson was afraid the apartheid doctors would try and kill him. But P.W. organized doctors from Switzerland to fly to South Africa and treat him. P.W. didn't have to do that, and I believe only now that Nelson is beginning to appreciate that. Instead, the apartheid doctors tried to kill P.W. after he refused to accept bribes from certain European leaders to turn over South Africa to the ANC. Talk about Shakespeare!"

Commented Rayford: "That kind of anecdotal information makes so much of everything else that goes on irrelevant."

Said P.W. Botha: "I had a stroke shortly after a visit from my doctors. I don't know what they did to me, but they did something to me."

"I don't know how P.W. ran this country," Barbara Botha said. "He had half of his cabinet against him and global sanctions. The CIA and British intelligence, Europe and United Nations, Soviet Union, China and the Islamic world were all against South Africa in the 1980s. Still, I believe in the future of this country. There is only one answer if the Afrikaner is to survive – we have to pray South Africa back to God."

Source: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/
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Farm attacker gets 43 years

05/08/2004 22:32 - (SA)

Zenzele Kuhlase

Lephalale - A farm attacker has been jailed for life and an additional 43 years for stabbing a farmer to death and then lying about it.

Abel Makgai, 31, of Shongwani village in Limpopo was handed the stiff sentence in the Lephalale circuit of the high court on Wednesday because he insisted on his innocence.

This is despite the fact that the farmer had shot him twice in the leg while trying to defend his family.

"Because of his stupidity, Makgai was given life imprisonment plus 43 years in jail," said Bushveld police spokesperson Malesela Ledwaba on Thursday.

His co-accused, Hendrik Mosima, 43, had pleaded guilty to the charges, which were murder, housebreaking, armed robbery, and the illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, and got a lighter sentence of 32 years in jail.

The two men had attacked De Kuil farm in Villa Nora near Bela-Bela in October 2002.

Farmer Douw Gerbrandt van Tonder, 25, his wife and sister-in-law were at home when they heard a knock at the door and Van Tonder went to answer it.

When he opened the door, Makgai and Mosima repeatedly stabbed him, but he managed to draw his gun and shot Makgai twice in the leg.

Van Tonder then collapsed and died.

Mosima then forced the two women to give him all their money, which didn't amount to much, so they took some household goods too.

He then tried to carry Makgai away, but eventually dumped him when he became too heavy.

Edited by Elmarie Jack

Source: News24.com
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1568863,00.html