Thursday, 31 January 2008

'She was gentle, refined'

31/01/2008 08:38 - (SA)

Jan Gerber, Die Burger

Franschhoek - She lived alone in a large thatched house with green shutters in the peaceful Van Wijk Street with its stately homes.

The decomposed body of Jana de Korte, 81, was found in her garage on Tuesday afternoon, a week after she was last seen.

She was apparently raped and beaten to death.

Three men, aged between 16 and 18, were arrested at the Paarl Magistrate's Court at about 11:30 on Wednesday morning.

Suspects arrested

They appeared for a separate case of housebreaking and theft, said police spokesperson inspector Bernadine Steyn.

De Korte was of Dutch decent. She was a quiet, private person, a recluse, but was much loved in town, said her shocked neighbour of four years, Gary Scott, on Wednesday.

He was one of the men who found her body.

"She was a private, independent person. She was gentle, a refined person. And a good artist," added his wife, Jo. De Korte recently also started writing. "She got up at 04:00 to write."

A friend arrived at De Korte's house on Tuesday morning. She was worried because she had not answered her telephone for two days.

"Jana regularly went out," said Scott, who was not concerned about it initially. But later another woman turned up. She too was concerned.

"I jumped over the wall," said Scott. "I noticed her open bedroom window." He peeped in and saw that her possessions were scattered all over the room and phoned the police.

He couldn't get access to the premises and called De Korte's security company. "I told them she had a studio at the back of the house."

Scott, the security guards, members of the police and another neighbour went to the studio. The other neighbour said he smelled something at the garage.

"We opened the door. She was lying there."

Scott said he didn't sleep much on Tuesday night and was still shocked on Wednesday.

According to Jo Scott, De Korte indicated that she sometimes had trouble with people at the house. She was excited about the Scotts' dogs and the wall they had raised.

According to the Scotts, De Korte recently sold her house and wanted to return to the Netherlands. Her husband died about 10 years ago and it was not known whether she had any children.

The Scotts knew about a brother in KwaZulu-Natal and a sister somewhere in the Cape.

According to Steyn it seemed as if De Korte had been hit against the head with a blunt object. "She was last seen on Thursday afternoon."

According to a police statement access was gained through an open bedroom window at the back of the house. The house was left in chaos and at this stage a laptop computer was missing.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2261887,00.html

‘Ek’s jammer’ – toe klap skoot

Jan 30 2008 10:31:05:593PM - (SA)

Aletta Otto

Witbank. – ’n 25-jarige veiligheidsbestuurder is gister deur een van sy eie werknemers voor sy verloofde in die gesig geskiet.

Mnr. Danie Volschenk (25) het later die aand in die Unitas-hospitaal in Centurion, Pretoria, aan sy wonde beswyk.

Hy is deur een van die veiligheidswagte van Fidelity Springbok Guards by hul plaaslike kantore hier geskiet ná ’n geskil oor die wag se salaris.

Volschenk is die takbestuurder by die Witbank-tak.

Kapt. Eddie Hall, woordvoerder van die Witbank-polisiestasie, het aan Beeld gesê dat Volschenk en die wag gestry het oor wysigings aan die wag se salaris.

“Die volgende oomblik het die wag sy diensvuurwapen uitgehaal en op Danie gerig,” het Hall vertel.

Die twee mans het gestoei en ’n skoot het afgegaan, wat die muur getref het.

Die wag het die oorhand in die stoeiery gekry en wydsbeen oor Volschenk gaan staan en die vuurwapen op hom gerig.

Me. Beulah Bezuidenhout (23), Volschenk se verloofde, het op die wag se rug gespring om hom te keer.

Die wag het Volschenk egter in die gesig, net bo sy regteroog, getref, het Hall gesê.

“Die laaste woorde wat die wag glo geuiter het voordat hy my seun geskiet het, was: ‘Ek is jammer oor wat ek nou doen.’

“Die koeël is reg deur die brein,” het Volschenk se erg getraumatiseerde stiefpa, mnr. Willie Viljoen, gister ná die voorval gesê.

Bezuidenhout het Viljoen net ná die voorval geskakel en hy was vier minute ná die voorval op die toneel.

Volschenk is na die Life Health Cosmos-hospitaal geneem, maar is later na die Unitas-hospitaal in Pretoria oorgeplaas.

“Hy is met sy aankoms daar dood. Ek hoop reg en geregtigheid sal geskied,” het Viljoen bitter gesê.

Volgens Viljoen was sy stiefseun, wat vir hom soos sy eie was, sowat ses jaar in diens van Fidelity Guards.

Die afgelope drie jaar was hy die takbestuurder en het hy sowat 400 wagte bestuur.

“Hy was so ’n liefdevolle, sagmoedige kind,” het Viljoen gesê.

Die veiligheidswag is kort ná die voorval in hegtenis geneem.

Hy verskyn vandag in die hof op aanklag van moord.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2261686,00.html

Hof sien skok-video van moord

Jan 31 2008 07:02:01:957AM - (SA)

Yolandé Hayward

Port Elizabeth. - 'n Doodse stilte het gister oor die hooggeregshof hier neergedaal toe skokkende videomateriaal van 'n geliefde Baai?se minimark-eienaar se laaste oomblikke op 'n televisieskerm gewys is.

Die video, 'n bewysstuk, toon die gewapende rooftog, asook die moord op mnr. Leon Vermaak, eienaar van die Springfield-minimark in Charlo.

Vermaak is op 7 September 2006 in sy winkel doodgeskiet.

Sy vermeende moordenaars - mnre. Andile Gumede (27), Thozamile Lungu (31) en Simphiwe Patrick Joja (24) - het gister weer hul plekke in die beskuldigdebank ingeneem.

Hulle het saam met hul regsverteenwoordigers, die regter, die staatsaanklaer en mense in die openbare galery na die televisie gestaar toe beeldmateriaal van die minimark se sekerheidskameras aan die hof vertoon is.

Op die video sien 'n mens duidelik hoe twee mans saam die winkel binnestap en na die toonbank beweeg. Een van hulle koop 'n item wat soos sigarette lyk.

Vermaak kom sekondes hierna die winkel binnegestap en beweeg agter die toonbank in.

'n Derde man kom binne en stap na die winkel se yskas.

Die eerste en tweede verdagtes stap na die ingang van die winkel, waar 'n ruiling tussen die twee plaasvind. Die eerste man gaan weer na die toonbank.

Die derde verdagte beweeg ook in die rigting van die ingang, waar daar ook 'n verwisseling tussen hom en die tweede man plaasvind. Hy loop ook na die toonbank terwyl die tweede verdagte die winkel verlaat.

Die eerste man ruk 'n vuurwapen uit. Vermaak kyk op terwyl een van sy werkers agter die toonbank induik.

'n Skoot word afgevuur. Vermaak struikel. Hy word nie weer op die video gesien nie.

Die werknemer agter die toonbank strek om by 'n paniekknoppie uit te kom.

Nóg 'n werknemer kom die winkel binne, maar word deur een van die mans na 'n gang agter in die winkel geneem.

Die opname eindig waar die derde verdagte oor die toonbank spring.

Die saak duur voort.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2261862,00.html

Man ontken hy skiet Pta Technikon-direkteur

Jan 30 2008 10:31:14:607PM - (SA)

Jeanne-Marié Versluis

’n Man wat daarvan aangekla word dat hy ’n direkteur van die ou Technikon Pretoria sewe jaar gelede by haar huis in Lynnwood in die stad doodgeskiet het, het gister skuld in die Pretoriase hooggeregshof ontken.

Mnr. Jeffrey Mogatla (30) word daarvan beskuldig dat hy me. Mariana Bothma (47) in die vroeë oggendure van 5 Desember 2000 in haar huis se oprit doodgeskiet het.

Hy word ook daarvan beskuldig dat hy me. Anneline Stroebel hier beroof het.

Mogatla het skuld ontken op aanklagte van moord, roof met verswarende omstandighede en die onwettige besit van ’n vuurwapen en ammunisie.

Hy het nie ’n pleitverduideliking afgelê nie.

Mogatla, wat in Mamelodi-Oos gewoon het, se borgtogaansoek is verlede jaar in die Pretoriase landdroshof afgekeur.

Stroebel het gister getuig sy en Bothma het mekaar van universiteitsdae af geken.

Sy het by Bothma gewoon.

Volgens Stroebel het sy dié oggend omstreeks 02:30 wakker geword toe haar kamerlig aangeskakel is.

Bothma en ’n man met ’n vuurwapen het by die kamerdeur gestaan. ’n Tweede, gewapende man het na haar (Stroebel se) bed gestap. Sy het hom met haar kruk probeer slaan, maar misgeslaan.

Hy het haar in Afrikaans beveel om in haar kamer te bly.

Stroebel het getuig sy het haar vriend per selfoon laat weet daar is gewapende mense in die huis en hy moet die polisie bel.

Sy het toe in die gang afgestap om ’n telefoonboekie te gaan haal.

Sy het haar hond sien lê. Dié was geskiet.

Met die boekie terug in haar kamer, het sy hul buurman gebel.

Die tweede man het weer die kamer ingekom en wou weet of sy die polisie gebel het. Sy het gesê sy het haar vriend gebel.

Die man het haar selfoon afgesit en dit en haar handsak gevat.

Volgens Stroebel het sy later na Bothma se kamer geloop. Een van die mans in dié kamer het haar (Stroebel) beveel om na die badkamer te gaan.

Stroebel het getuig sy het later skote en glas wat breek, gehoor. Sy het uit die badkamer gehardloop. Die polisie was reeds in die huis.

Bothma het buite op die oprit gelê, het sy getuig.

Die saak duur voort.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2261671,00.html

Youths held for Franschhoek murder

January 30 2008 at 06:27PM

Three youths were arrested on Wednesday after the decomposing body of a 81-year-old woman was found at her house in Franschhoek, police said.

Spokesperson Inspector Bernadine Steyn said the boys aged between 16 and 18 were arrested around 11.30am.

Jana de Korte's body was found by her neighbours on a garage floor.

"It seems that the deceased sustained wounds to her head, possibly inflicted by a blunt object. She lived alone and was last seen in the afternoon of January 24."

Steyn said it seemed that entry to the house was gained through an open bedroom window at the back of the house.

"The house was ransacked and at this stage it seems that a laptop is missing. We are still in the process of determining whether anything else was taken from the house," she said.

The three face charges of murder and rape, and would appear in the Paarl Magistrate's Court on Thursday. - Sapa

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20080130173429128C729792

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

How to beat Global Apartheid

By Albert Brenner.

January 27, 2008 01:00 PM EST

Imagine a place where the colour of your skin will be the main reason why you would be refused permission to move from A to B. Further imagine a place where those at point B have spent billions in trying to keep you at point A. They've erected spiked walls, thousands of miles of barbed-wire fences and patrol their borders 24/7 just to make absolutely sure that you cannot enter their domain, not even in the dead of the night. That they don't want you there is heart-rendingly evident every time you see another group of your brothers turned away or another shanty town being erected on the borders by your kin who, like you, must seemingly stay forever on the fringes of the developed world. And then you ask yourself the question; aren't we all equal…..a brotherhood of man? If so, why can't we just simply tear down these artificial race barriers….to live as one!?

Now you would probably answer all excitedly; "Yes, but we did. Apartheid is dead!" And right you would be, were it Apartheid South Africa that was described in the above paragraph. But it was not. It was simply a description of the everyday world we live in. What, in effect, is the difference between Europe's treatment of Africans and Apartheid's treatment of Africans? Isn't the former also doing its utmost to keep Africans away from them – just like the latter did? Let us be brutally honest here; apart from occasionally granting the odd African (or two) political asylum, the EU is definitely not living according to the multi-culti dictum she forced on Apartheid whites namely……to Open All Borders Now! In short; substitute white areas during Apartheid with Europe (or Canada) and substitute Apartheid homelands (tribal areas/reservations) with Africa….then what do you get? Global Apartheid.

Seriously, why can't any (or every) African simply just pack up, ship over to Europe (or Japan, for that matter) and live there forever? Aren't we a 'brotherhood of man'? Doesn't the planet belong to all of us…in equal measure?

Now you'd most probably argue that the difference lies in the fact that Europe belongs to Europeans and that they therefore have the right to allow or refuse entry to anyone they deem fit or unfit. Granted; possession is 9/10s of the law, but is possession 'inviolable' or indifferently acquirable? For example, do white Americans and black South Africans have the same claim/right to ownership of their respective countries as, say, the Swedes or Japanese have? If your answer is yes then you don't discern between inviolable and acquirable ownership because neither the white Americans nor black South Africans were the original owners of 'their' counties (Native American Indians and the San Bushmen were, respectively).

Now, seeing that you agree that ownership can be settled (acquired) through the barrel of a gun (or the tip of a spear), as is the case with white America (and Australia) and black South Africa, why then the moral outcry about Apartheid South Africa? Why is the Law of Conquest allowed for the former but not the latter? In other words, why are white Americans and black South Africans regarded as the rightful owners of 'their' respective countries - even though they had 'stolen' the land by nearly wiping out all the original inhabitants - but white South Africans are seen as illegal 'evil' aliens with absolutely no claim to any ownership whatsoever….even though they had settled vast areas before the blacks did?

Well, maybe it is because the Law of Conquest only applies to those who have applied it to the last bloody letter. For to really conquer a physical territory means to physically kill all those who oppose you until your safety/survival is guaranteed by sheer numbers. This never happened in South Africa…..despite Desmond Tutu's Nobel Peace Prize for claiming so. Roughly equal in number to the white population (1million) in 1910, the black population literally exploded to reach 40 million a century later (courtesy of 'evil' Western health-care, nutrition, education, etc). The white population only increased to 5 million during the same period.

Demographically doomed, white South Africans paid the ultimate price (suicide) for not having been as ruthless as the white settlers of America or the black settlers of South Africa had been. Being the nice guy in Darwin's Zoo is not very wise if you want to survive, now is it? But then, white America will be in the same boat in 2050, and Europe will not last longer than a few centuries more. Mind you, if Africa continues to double in population every 25 years then she could control the whole world by 2200 - because who can possibly outvote 100 billion! To add to Orwell; we are all equal, but some are more equal….because they are more.

Global domination through procreation; this could be the solution Afro/Black-supremists have been looking for because Global Apartheid, like Apartheid South Africa, can only be beaten by barricading the ballot-box with your bullocks.

Source:The Conservative Voice
http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/30469.html

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Verkeersman spog in polisiekantoor dat hy sal uitkom ná hy glo aanrand

Mnr. Henk de Jager is die naweek glo deur 'n polisieman in Vryburg aangerand.

Jan 29 2008 09:26:21:810PM - (SA)

Nicolize van der Walt

Vryburg. – “Kom, ek donner jou dood.”

Só het ’n verkeersman van die Naledi-verkeersdepartement glo aan ’n motoris gesê wat gekla het omdat hy (die verkeersman) in die middel van die dorp se hoofstraat geparkeer het. Harde woorde het glo tussen die twee geval.

Mnr. Henk de Jager (32) en sy vrou, Elmarie, van die plaas Leliefontein was Saterdag dorp toe vir sake en wou iets kry om te eet.

Op pad na die KFC in die hoofstraat het ’n verkeersman in sy motor voor dié eetplek se deurrit stilgehou.

“Ek het vir hom toeter gedruk en hy het uitgeklim en vir my ’n obsene teken gewys. Ons het tot langs hom gery en ek het hom ’n paar harde woorde toegevoeg,” sê mnr. De Jager.

Die verkeersman het De Jager glo toe met die dood gedreig.

“Ek het uitgeklim en na hom geloop – hy het my voor die bors gestamp. Met dié het ’n persoon van die kant gekom en my geslaan. Ek het gestruikel en die beampte het my hande agter my rug vasgehou terwyl die ander persoon my geslaan het,’’ vertel hy.

’n Groot groep omstanders het glo saamgedrom en die slaner en die verkeersman toegejuig en aangemoedig.

“Ek het net gehoor hoe hulle skree. Ek het toe regtig vir my lewe gevrees,” sê De Jager.

Mnr. Gerrit van Straaten en sy broer, Japie, het die lawaai van die oorkant van die pad gehoor en De Jager gaan help. Gerrit is ook toegetakel. Japie het ook tussenbeide getree en saam kon die drie hul weg na De Jager se motor vind.

De Jager en die Van Straaten-broers is polisiestasie toe. Kort daarna het die verkeersman ook opgedaag.

“Hy het vir ons gestaan en lag en gespog dat sy broer hom vinnig hier sal uitkry,” vertel Gerrit.

Die padvalk het ook glo die ooggetuies by die polisiestasie uitgetart en hulle gedreig dat hy hulle “sal kry”.

’n Beeld-leser wat by die polisiestasie was, vertel die “glimlaggende verkeersman” het met polisiebeamptes staan en skerts terwyl ’n erg bebloede De Jager daar naby sy verklaring afgelê het.

“Kort daarna het nog ’n verkeersman by die polisiestasie opgedaag en op van die polisiemanne daar begin skel,’’ vertel dié Beeld-leser, wat anoniem wil bly.

De Jager, sy erg geskokte vrou en die Van Straaten-broers is daarna hospitaal toe vir behandeling. “Ek het veral erge gesigbeserings opgedoen,’’ sê De Jager.

Mnr. David Sikhomba, die plaaslike verkeershoof, het teen druktyd nog nie op Beeld se boodskappe reageer nie.

Die polisie het bevestig dat ’n klag van aanranding met die opset om ernstig te beseer teen die verkeersman ondersoek word.

Laasgenoemde het op sy beurt ’n klag van crimen injuria teen De Jager ingedien.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2261001,00.html

Rowers skiet pa by seun se sokkerklub

Jan 29 2008 09:26:08:687PM - (SA)

Annelene Moses

Die gewapende mans wat eergisteraand ’n bekende sakeman koelbloedig by sy seun se sokkeroefening in Balfourpark, Johannesburg, doodgeskiet het, het heel moontlik gedink hul slagoffer was besig om die polisie op sy selfoon te bel omdat hulle kort tevore ’n vrou in dieselfde parkeerterrein probeer beroof het.

Mnr. Sheldon Cohen (47), voormalige uitvoerende hoof van die elektroniese toestelgroep Amalgamated Appliances (Amaps), was egter in gesprek met sy pa, Jack, die nie-uitvoerende voorsitter van dié groep.

Volgens kapt. Phillip Maganedisa, polisiewoordvoerder, het drie mans oomblikke voordat hulle Cohen doodgeskiet het, ’n ander ouer wat ook by die oefening was, van haar selfoon probeer beroof.

Me. Jos Miller, wat vir haar seun Dean gewag het, het gisteraand aan Beeld vertel dat een van die drie rowers haar motordeur probeer oopruk het, en haar beveel het om haar selfoon vir hom te gee.

“Ek het begin skree nadat hy (die rower) my geslaan het en het toe net ’n harde ‘pop-geluid’ gehoor,” het Miller gesê. Sy het dadelik uit die motor gespring en na die ander ouers gehardloop waar hulle die oefening dopgehou het.

Maganedisa het gesê die aanvallers het glo in hul wegkompoging Cohen drie motors verder in sy blou Toyota Rav4 op sy selfoon sien praat.

Hulle het ’n skoot afgevuur en Cohen is in die nek getref. Hy het op die toneel gesterf.

“Sy vensters was toe, die radio het glo in sy voertuig gespeel, en hy het moontlik nie eens die vrou hoor skree nie,” het Maganedisa gesê.

Mnr. John Killas, nog ’n ouer wat by die oefening was, het gesê dat hulle eers besef het wat aangaan toe Cohen sr. in ’n paniek by die klub opdaag.

“Jack het vertel dat hy besig was om met Sheldon oor die foon te praat, toe hy skielik sê iets ergs gebeur, en die foon daarna doodgegaan het,” het Killas gesê.

José Castel, een van Cohen se seun, Noah (17), se spanmaats by die Balfour Alexandra-sokkerklub, het eerste op die bebloede lyk in die motor afgekom. “Ek het die oom aan sy skouer getik en gevra of hy my kan hoor, maar daar was geen reaksie nie. Sy hele hemp was vol bloed,” het José aan Beeld gesê nadat beraders die spelers en hul ouers gisteraand toegespreek het.

Mnr. Mark Abro, direkteur van die klub en afrigter van die o.19 span wat die betrokke aand geoefen het, het gesê Cohen was altyd by sy seun se oefening. “Hy was ’n fantastiese mens met ’n groot hart en al te vrygewig. Ek kan nie aan ’n meer verkeerde mens dink met wie dít kon gebeur het nie.”

Cohen was ook voorheen voorsitter van die direksie van verskillende maatskappye en trustee van verskeie liefdadigheidsorganisasies.

Hy het ’n MBA aan Harvard-universiteit, VSA, verwerf.

Cohen sal vandag op sy 48ste verjaardag om 12:00 by die Wespark-begraafplaas te ruste gelê word. Die boewe het met leë hande gevlug.

Enigiemand met inligting kan die ondersoekbeampte, insp. George Muir by 0 011 483 4631 of 072 541 2683 bel.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2261013,00.html

Verkrag ná moord-trauma

Die wurgmerke aan Louw se nek.Foto: Carla Mouton

Jan 29 2008 09:26:14:840PM - (SA)

Carla Mouton

Skaars vier maande nadat sy op haar vermoorde verloofde se lyk afgekom het, is ’n jong vrou in haar woonstel in Lydenburg in Mpumalanga aangerand en verkrag.

Me. Mariska Louw (22) sê ’n man het haar Vrydagaand in haar woonstel in Lydenburg ingewag toe sy van ’n partytjie teruggekom het.

Louw het gesê Beeld mag haar naam publiseer, maar wil nie dat ’n gesigfoto van haar in die koerant verskyn nie omdat sy nie op straat herken wil word nie. Sy het verlede maand van Centurion na Lydenburg getrek om ’n nuwe begin te maak ná die trauma waardeur sy verlede jaar was.

Louw se motor is in September verlede jaar gekaap. Tien dae later het haar verloofde, mnr. Werner van Jaarsveldt, mense met die motor sien ry. Hy het die polisie gebel en die motor agternagesit, maar is deur vermoedelik die kapers doodgeskiet. Louw het op sy lyk in Midrand afgekom. Hulle sou in November getrou het.

Oor die verkragting sê sy: “Ek het so 00:20 huis toe gegaan. Die voordeur was gesluit toe ek daar kom. Ek het dit weer gesluit en ’n asbak saam met my boontoe (die eerste vloer van die duplekswoonstel) gevat. Toe ek die badkamerdeur oopmaak, het ’n man kaal daar gestaan. Hy het my aan my keel gegryp.”

Louw, wat talle skraap-, byt- en kneusplekke op haar lyf het, sê sy het hom met die asbak oor die kop geslaan. Ná ’n hewige bakleiery het die man haar aan die hare badkamer toe gesleep en haar parfuumbottel teen die bad se kant stukkend geslaan.

“Hy het gesê: ‘Shut up or I will kill you.’ Hy het my klere wat hy uit die wasgoedmandjie gegooi het, geskeur en my mond, bene en hande vasgedraai.”

Nadat hy haar op haar bed verkrag het, het hy haar kop ook met geskeurde klere toegedraai en haar aan die bad se pyp vasgemaak. “Ek het gehoor hy sluit my kamer se deur. Ek kon nie asem kry nie.”

Louw het haar later losgewoel en by die venster om hulp gaan roep, net om te sien hoe die man uit haar Toyota Yaris klim en weghardloop. Uit vrees dat hy sou terugkom, was sy te bang om weer te skree. Die man is met haar selfoon weg.

Sy het in haar kamer gewag tot sy later die oggend (Saterdag) werkers op die perseel se selfoon geleen het om haar ouers en ’n vriendin met ’n spaarsleutel vir haar woonstel te bel.

Mnr. Pieter Louw, haar pa, sê wat hom die meeste pla is dat die polisie nie opgedaag het nie toe die bure hulle Vrydagaand gebel het tydens die voorval. Hulle het sy dogter se geskreeu gehoor.

“Die bure is later self na die polisiestasie toe en het hulle gaan haal. Die polisie het toe net op die woonstel gelig en rondom gestap en toe weer gery. Die verkragter was toe nog in die woonstel.

“My kind kon dood gewees het en die polisie kon haar gered het,” het Louw gesê. Sy dogter kry antiretrovirale behandeling.

Supt. Abie Khoabane, polisiewoordvoerder in Mpumalanga, het die verkrag- en aanrandingsaak bevestig. Volgens hom het die polisie geen klagte van swak dienslewering ontvang nie.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2261004,00.html

'Something terrible's happening'

29/01/2008 23:09 - (SA)

Annelene Moses and Francois du Plessis, Beeld

Johannesburg - The armed men who shot and killed a well-known businessman in cold blood at his son's soccer practice probably thought he was calling the police on his cellphone.

They had tried to rob a woman at the soccer practice shortly before shooting dead Sheldon Cohen, 47.

But, Sheldon, former CEO of electronic equipment group Amalgamated Appliances (Amaps), was speaking to his father, Jack, the non-executive chairperson of the group.

Police spokesperson Phillip Maganedisa said that moments before killing Sheldon, the three men had tried to rob another parent of her cellphone.

Jos Miller, who was waiting for her son, Dean, told Beeld on Tuesday night that one of the three robbers tried to force her car door open and ordered her to hand over her cellphone.

"I started screaming after he hit me and then just heard a loud 'pop' sound," said Miller.

She immediately jumped out of her car and ran towards the other parents who were watching the practice.

Maganedisa said that in their attempt to get away, the attackers apparently saw Cohen speaking on his cellphone in his blue Toyota Rav4 three cars further along.

They fired a shot, hitting him in the neck. He died at the soccer field.

Frantic father arrived

Maganedisa said: "His windows were closed, the radio was apparently playing in his vehicle, and he possibly hadn't even heard the woman screaming."

John Killas, another parent who was at the practice, said they realised what had happened only when Jack Cohen arrived at the soccer club in a frantic state.

Killas said: "Jack told us he had been talking to his son on the phone, when Sheldon suddenly said something terrible was happening and the phone then went dead."

José Castel, a team-mate of Sheldon's son, Noah, 17, was the first to find the blood-covered body in the car.

José told Beeld: "I tapped Noah's dad on the shoulder and asked if he could hear me, but there was no response. His whole shirt was full of blood."

Mark Abro, director of the club and coach of the Under-19 side that was training that evening, said Sheldon always came to his son's practices.

"He was a fantastic person with a big heart and very generous."

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2261031,00.html

Violent start to 'new life'

30/01/2008 09:49 - (SA)

Carla Mouton, Beeld

Lydenburg - Barely four months after she found her murdered fiance's body, a young woman was assaulted and raped in her flat in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga.

Mariska Louw, 22, said a man waited for her inside her flat in Lydenburg when she returned from a party on Friday evening.

Louw gave permission for her name to be published, but didn't want a photograph published for fear of being recognised in public.

She moved from Centurion to Lydenburg in an attempt to make a new start after the trauma she had experienced last year.

Police 'could've helped her'

Louw's car was hijacked in September last year. Ten days later her fiance, Werner van Jaarsveldt, saw people driving the car. He phoned the police and pursued the car, but was apparently shot dead by the hijackers. Louw found his body in Midrand. They would have married in November.

About the rape she said: "I went home at about 00:20. The front door was locked when I arrived. I locked it again and took an ashtray upstairs (the first floor of the duplex). When I opened the bathroom door, a naked man stood there. He grabbed me by the throat."

Louw, who has several scrapes, bruises and bitemarks to her body, said she hit the man over the head with the ashtray. During a struggle the man dragged her by the hair to the bathroom and broke her perfume bottle against the side of the bath.

"He said: 'Shut up or I will kill you.' He tore clothes he had thrown from the laundry basket and tied up my mouth, legs and hands.'

After he had raped her on her bed, he wrapped her head with the torn clothes and tied her to a pipe.

"I heard him locking my bedroom door. I couldn't breathe."

Louw said she managed to untie herself and screamed for help from the window. She saw the man get out of her Toyota Yaris and run away. She didn't scream again as she was afraid he would return. The man took her cellphone.

She waited inside her bedroom until later on Saturday morning. She then borrowed a cellphone from workers at the premises to phone her parents and a friend with a spare key to her flat.

Pieter Louw, her father, said what bothered him most was that police didn't turn up after neighbours had phoned them during the incident on Friday evening. The neighbours heard her daughter's screams.

"The neighbours later went to the police station to fetch them. The police shone a torch on the flat and walked around it before leaving again. The rapist was still inside the flat at the time."

"My child could have been dead and the police could have saved her," he said. His daughter was receiving antiretroviral treatment.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2261167,00.html

'I really feared for my life'

30/01/2008 09:48 - (SA)

Nicolize van der Walt, Beeld

Vryburg - "Come, I'll beat you to death."

A motorist claims a Naledi traffic official said this to him during an argument about the traffic cop parking his car in the middle of the town's main road.

Henk de Jager, 32, and his wife, Elmarie, from the farm Leliefontein, were in town for business on Saturday and they wanted to get something to eat.

A traffic official had parked his car in front of the driveway to the KFC in the main road.

Serious injury

"I hooted at him, but he just got out of his car and made an obscene gesture. We stopped next to him and I spoke to him angrily," said De Jager.

The traffic official then threatened De Jager with death.

"I got out and approached him. He hit me on the chest. Then another person approached us from the side and hit me. I stumbled. The official held my hands behind my back while the other person beat me," he said.

A large number of curious onlookers gathered and encouraged the traffic official and the man beating him.

"I heard them shouting. I then really feared for my life," said De Jager.

Gerrit van Straaten and his brother Japie heard the noise from the opposite side of the road and came to De Jager's aid. Gerrit was also assaulted. Japie stepped in and the three men made their way to De Jager's car.

De Jager and the Van Straaten brothers went to the police station. Shortly afterwards the traffic official also turned up.

"He stood there laughing and boasted that his brother would get him out soon," said Gerrit.

The official also taunted eyewitnesses at the police station, threatening he would "get them".

A Beeld reader who happened to be at the police station said the "smiling traffic official" joked with police officials while the bloodied De Jager made a statement nearby.

"Shortly afterwards another traffic official turned up at the police station and scolded the policemen," said the Beeld reader, who wanted to remain anonymous.

De Jager, his shocked wife and the Van Straaten brothers went to hospital for treatment. "I suffered serious facial injuries," said De Jager.

David Sikhomba, the local traffic chief, had not reacted to Beeld's messages by late on Tuesday.

The police confirmed that a charge of assault with the intent to do serious bodily harm was being investigated against the traffic official.

The official had in turn laid a charge of crimen injuria against De Jager.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2261273,00.html

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Kleuterhoof in hart geskiet

Mev. Rinda Abraham (55) is in haar huis doodgeskiet. Slegs 'n selfoon is gesteel.

Jan 28 2008 11:02:24:440PM - (SA)

Virginia Keppler

’n Kleuterskoolhoof van Pretoria is Saterdagnag met ’n enkele skoot in die hart doodgeskiet nadat drie gewapende rowers haar en haar gesin tuis oorval het.

Die rowers het met net ’n selfoon uit die huis in Aquilastraat, Waterkloofrif, gevlug.

Mev. Rinda Abraham (55) se man, Eric (60), en twee van hul seuns, Reggie (35) en Christo (34), het vergeefs probeer om haar aan die lewe te hou terwyl hulle op ’n ambulans gewag het.

Mev. Abraham, hoof van die Kleutermaatjies-kleuterskool in Centurion, se dood volg nadat mnr. Fred Picton-Turbervill (46) van Ariesstraat, Waterkloofrif, vroeër vandeesmaand voor sy vrou en kinders in die kop geskiet is. Hy is enkele ure ná die aanval dood.

“Ek gaan my poppietjie nooit weer terug kry nie,” het mnr. Abraham gister huilend gesê.

Christo en sy vriend, mnr. Theunis Claassen (34), het in die televisiekamer gesit en gesels toe die rowers toegeslaan het.

“Die volgende oomblik het iemand sy kop by die skuifdeur ingesteek en gesê ons moet stil en kalm bly.

“Nog twee het hom gevolg. Twee van hulle was gewapen,” het Christo gesê.

Christo se hond het op een van die rowers afgestorm, waarop ’n ander rower ’n skoot afgevuur het wat die hond rakelings op die bolip getref het.

“Nog ’n skoot het afgegaan en het die televisie en DVD-speler getref.

“Een van die rowers het voor my en Theunis gestaan en sy vuurwapen op ons gerig terwyl die ander een by die DVD-speler gestaan het en geprobeer het om dit uit te kry,” het Christo vertel.

Sy ouers het intussen van die skote wakker geword. Mev. Abraham het in die gang afgehardloop terwyl sy na Christo geroep het.

Reggie (35), wat ook al in die bed was, het ook by sy kamerdeur uitgekom.

“Ek het in my kamer teruggegaan om my vuurwapen te kry.

“Skielik was daar ’n rower in die gang wat agter my ma weggekruip het. Toe gryp hy haar aan haar nek en skiet haar in die hart,” het Reggie gesê. Christo het ook gesien hoe sy ma geskiet word. “Haar laaste woorde was ‘Christo, ek is geskiet’ en toe sak sy inmekaar,” het hy vertel. Die rowers het daarna met Christo se selfoon gevlug.

“Ek weet die lewe moet aangaan, maar vir my het dit tot stilstand gekom. Die liewe Here weet alleen hoekom hulle haar vir ’n selfoon doodgeskiet het,” het mnr. Abraham gesê.

Die Abrahams se jongste seun, Eric jr. (30), het gesê sy ma se dood is die hartseerste ding wat ooit met hom gebeur het.

“Ek mis my ma,” het hy gesê en toe in sy hande gesnik.

Kapt. Prince Mokhabela, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê die polisie ondersoek die voorval.

Mev. Abraham word Vrydag om 12:00 uit die Lede in Christus-kerk in Centurion begrawe.

Hilda Fourie berig die drie verdagtes in die moord op Picton-Turbervill het gister vlugtig in die hof verskyn en die saak is uitgestel tot 15 Februarie.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2260330,00.html

Mom shot in heart - for cell

29/01/2008 07:26 - (SA)

Virginia Keppler, Beeld

Pretoria - The principal of a crèche was killed by a single bullet in the heart after three armed robbers overpowered her and her family in their home.

The robbers fled on Saturday from the house in Aquila Street, Waterkloof Ridge, with only a cellphone.

Rinda Abraham's husband, Eric, 60, and two of their sons, Reggie, 35, and Christo, 34, tried in vain to keep their mother alive while waiting for an ambulance.

The death of Rinda Abraham, 55, principal of the Kleutermaatjies Crèche in Centurion, follows that of Fred Picton-Turbervill, 46, of Aries Stret, Waterkloof Ridge, who was shot in the head in front of his wife and children earlier this month. He died a few hours after the attack.

A weeping Eric Abraham said on Monday: "I'm never going to get my poppet back."

Dog grazed by bullet

Christo and a friend, Theunis Claassen, 34, were sitting chatting in the TV room when the robbers struck.

Christo said: "Someone stuck his head through the sliding door and said we must remain quiet and calm.

"Another two followed him. Two of them were armed."

Christo's dog went for one of the robbers, and another fired a shot that grazed the dog on its upper muzzle.

Another shot was fired and hit the TV and DVD player.

Christo said: "One of the robbers stood in front of Theuns and me, pointing his firearm at us, while another one stood at the DVD player trying to remove it."

Meanwhile, Christo's parents had been woken by the shots. His mother ran down the passage, calling his name.

Reggie, 35, in bed by this time, also came out of his bedroom.

He said: "I went back into my room to get my firearm.

"Suddenly, there was a robber in the passage, who had been hiding behind my mother. He grabbed her by the neck and shot her in the heart," said Reggie.

Christo also saw his mother being shot. "Her last words before collapsing were, 'Christo, I've been shot'," he said.

The robbers then fled with Christo's cellphone.

Killed for cellphone

Eric Abraham said: "I know life has to go on, but for me it has come to a standstill. The dear Lord alone knows why they had to kill her for a cellphone."

The Abrahams's youngest son, Eric jnr, 30, said his mother's death was the saddest thing ever to have happened to him.

"I miss my mom," he said, sobbing.

Police spokesperson Prince Mokhabela said they were investigating the killing.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2260325,00.html

Child throttled during robbery: witness

Baldwin Ndaba

January 29 2008 at 08:59AM

'Please leave my daddy's things alone." This was what a tearful five-year-old girl begged robbers before they allegedly throttled the child and left her for dead.

Ntombini Mweli, a domestic worker, was testifying against David Papi Matladi, 37, who stands accused on charges of attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, two counts of kidnapping and charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He has pleaded not guilty.

In his plea explanation, Matladi told the Johannesburg High Court he was standing outside the complex in Senderwood, Bedfordview, and was waiting for someone to offer him a piece job. He said he did not enter the complex but was incorrectly arrested as one of the perpetrators.

However, Mweli testified that, during the robbery on March 22 2006, Matladi and his accomplice, who is still at large, choked her employer's five-year-old daughter, Lee van der Merwe, and, believing she was dead, bundled her into a wardrobe.

Mweli told the court that she knew Matladi.

"I first met Matladi on December 5 2005 during my first day as a domestic worker for Susan van der Merwe.

"He and other people were employed by Susan van der Merwe to install a shower in the flatlet. I saw the other man for the first time (during the robbery) in my life," Mweli testified.

She gave the court a detailed account of how robbers came to her employer's house and told her that they were there to put on tiles in her employer's en-suite bedroom.

She allowed Matladi into the house because she knew him.

She said she was surprised minutes later when Matladi and his friend tied her hands with cable ties.

"They then started to pack clothes, a safe and tins into a bag … I managed to free myself and went to the dressing table with the hope of getting a key to the door leading to outside the house.

"Matladi saw me before I could reach the dressing table. He came rushing to me and scolded me for loosening myself.

"He threatened me. He fastened me again with the plastic handcuffs and ripped apart my overall and then used a piece to gag my mouth and hands.

"Matladi further then saw Susan's hairdryer lying on the floor and he picked it up and then used its electrical cord to tie my hands," Mweli recalled.

She added that they also choked the child, who was crying and asked them to stop taking her father's things.

Mweli said Lee begged as they choked her: "Please leave my daddy's things alone."

According to her evidence, Matladi and his friend then bundled the girl into a wardrobe before disappearing with the goods.

Mweli said she managed to release herself and then went on to rescue the child.

Matladi was caught by security guards outside the complex.

The trial continues.

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20080129030947251C481991

Monday, 28 January 2008

Activist rejects top SA award

28/01/2008 09:12 - (SA)

Wellington - A veteran New Zealand anti-apartheid campaigner has rejected a nomination for a prestigious South African award for foreigners, saying he is dismayed over conditions in the country, local media reported on Monday.

John Minto, nominated for a Companion of OR Tambo Award by a South African government official, asked for the nomination to be withdrawn, the Christchurch Press newspaper said.

"(South Africa) was the democratic country with so much hope and I think for so many people it's been the deepest of disappointments, and certainly it has been for me," Minto said.

"I'm just deeply dismayed at what's happened," he told the newspaper.

The Tambo award is the highest honour granted non-South Africans in recognition of friendship, co-operation and support.

Previous recipients include Mahatma Gandhi, Kofi Annan, Salvador Allende and Martin Luther King jnr.

A union organiser, Minto was national coordinator of the Halt All Racist Tours movement during the controversial 1981 Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand - when an all-white rugby team representing South Africa was strongly opposed by many New Zealanders.

Black South Africans worse off

In an open letter to South African President Thabo Mbeki, Minto blasted the African National Congress government which, he said, had left black South Africans "worse off than they were under (white) minority rule".

"When we protested and marched into police batons and barbed wire here in the struggle against apartheid, we were not fighting for a small black elite to become millionaires," Minto wrote.

"We were fighting for a better South Africa for all its citizens. The faces at the top have changed from white to black but the substance of change is an illusion," he noted.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2259759,00.html

Swanger vrou veg terug

"Hulle het ons dopgehou". Me. Belinda Lentz van Menlopark in Pretoria vertel gister van die gewapende rooftog by hul huis waarin 'n swanger vriendin byna deur een van drie rowers verkrag is.Foto: Herman Verwey

Jan 27 2008 11:48:34:360PM - (SA)

Eagan Williamson

’N Swanger vrou het besluit ’n gewapende rower die stryd aangesê toe hy haar tydens ’n rooftog in Menlopark, Pretoria, ten aanskoue van haar verloofde en ander gaste probeer verkrag het.

Drie mans gewapen met ’n vuurwapen, knopkierie en staalpyp het eergisteraand by die huis van mnr. Dean Lentz (45) en sy vrou, Belinda (45), toegesak terwyl ’n groep mense besig was met aandete.

Dit is die vierde keer in 20 maande dat die Lentz-egpaar onder misdadigers deurloop.

Mnr. André Griesel (25), ’n polisiebeampte van Hartbeespoort en familielid van Lentz, en sy agt maande swanger verloofde, me. Cherezé Ehlers (21), het daar gekuier.

Drie minderjariges, kinders van die Lentz-egpaar se vriende, het saam gekuier toe die voorval gebeur het.

’n Kalm me. Lentz het gister vertel hoe sy nog besig was om nagereg te bedien toe die drie mans al gillend by ’n agterdeur van die televisie-en-eetkamer instorm.

“Ons vermoed hulle moes oor die bure se muur geklim en vir ’n rukkie in ons tuin geskuil het, omdat die kinders nog voor aandete geswem het.

“Hulle moes ons dopgehou het.”

Twee rowers het die mans met hul wapens oor die kop geslaan en Lentz het sy bewussyn verloor.

Daarna het ’n rower sy vrou ook oor die kop geslaan en begin gil dat hulle skootrekenaars, geld en selfone wil hê.

’n Rower het Griesel se vuurwapen by hom afgeneem en, steeds gillend, die huis begin plunder en selfs van die kinders selfone geëis.

Mee. Lentz en Ehlers het onder die tafel gelê toe een van die rowers vir Ehlers begin pols vir geld en goedere.

“Ek het daar op die mat op my maag gelê en die meeste vir my ongebore kind gevrees,” het Ehlers vertel.

“Toe een van die rowers my romp probeer oplig en ek hom gesmeek het om asseblief niks aan my te doen nie, het hy aangehou dreig en my vasgedruk.”

Die rower het daarin geslaag om haar onderklere af te trek.

“Dis tóé dat ek besluit het om terug te baklei en só te probeer om hom af te weer.”

Hy het tou opgegooi en met sy plundertog saam met sy makkers voortgegaan.

“Ek het al my juwele afgehaal en vir hulle aangebied, maar hulle het slegs my oorbelle en verloofring gevat.”

Die rowers het almal later vasgebind en beveel om “niks te probeer nie”, waarna hulle met selfone, elektroniese toerusting en juwele gevlug het.

Een van die rowers het Ehlers se onderklere opgetrek en haar romp reggetrek voordat hulle gevlug het.

“Ons is net dankbaar dat die polisie so vinnig opgetree het en hoop werklik dat daar nou iets aan die land se misdaad gedoen sal word,” het Lentz gesê.

Ehlers is na ’n hospitaal gehaas uit vrees dat sy in kraam kon gaan weens die trauma en is gisteroggend ontslaan.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2259504,00.html

Vrou dood toe rowers bejaardes tuis oorval

Mnr. Fanie Basson (66), eergisteroggend vroeg saam met sy vrou, Dixie, wat deur rowers in hul huis in Kensington in Johannesburg oorval en aangerand is. Me. Basson is dood. Foto: Mario van de Wall

Jan 28 2008 12:08:18:770AM - (SA)

Francois du Plessis

"Sy het nog gesoebat dat hulle haar asseblief net uitlos en vat wat ook al hulle wil hê, maar hulle het aangehou skreeu en slaan totdat als in die huis later net stil geraak het”.

Só het ’n hartseer mnr. Fanie Basson (66) die laaste oomblikke beskryf toe vier rowers hom en sy vrou, Dixie (77), eergisteroggend vroeg in hul huis oorrompel en gemartel het totdat sy uiteindelik in ’n bloedbad in die bejaarde egpaar se slaapkamer gesterf het.

Volgens Basson wil dit voorkom asof die rowers met net twee horlosies, sy selfoon en “ ’n paar rand” gevlug het nadat hulle eers van kamer na kamer in die oënskynlike goed beveiligde huis in Highlandstraat in Kensington, Johannesburg, gegaan en dit “omgekeer” het.

Hy het gister aan Beeld vertel dat hy en sy vrou Vrydagaand eers laat bed toe is omdat hulle saam die eendag-krieketwedstryd tussen Suid-Afrika en die Wes-Indiese Eilande op televisie gekyk het.

“Dit is ’n ding wat my altyd sal bybly; om wakker te skrik en te sien hoe staan hulle om jóú bed met ’n koevoet en messe in hul hande,” het Basson vertel.

Kapt. Cheryl Engelbrecht, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê die rowers het deur ’n venster toegang tot die huis gekry.

Hulle het die Bassons gedwing om op hul maag op die bed te lê en het hul hande en voete met skoenveters vasgebind en stukke materiaal in hul mond geprop.

Mnr. Basson is verskeie kere tydens dié struweling met die rowers met ’n mes in sy linkerhand en -arm gesteek. Hy is ook herhaaldelik met die koevoet oor sy liggaam geslaan voordat die rowers kussings oor sy kop gegooi het sodat hy nie kan sien wat gebeur nie.

“Hulle het geskreeu en gevloek: ‘Bly stil! Bly stil! Waar is die kluis?’ Ek het aan hulle verduidelik ons het nie ’n kluis nie en gehoor hoe hulle na elke vertrek gaan en dit omkeer,” het Basson verduidelik.

Dit het uiteindelik stil geraak in die huis en ’n bebloede mnr. Basson het dit reggekry om van die bed af te rol.

“Dit is tóé dat ek my vrou op die mat sien lê het. Ek het na haar geroep maar sy het nie geantwoord nie. Daar was orals net bloed in die kamer,” het Basson afgemete vertel.

Volgens mnr. Nick Dollman, Netcare 911-woordvoerder, is me. Basson deur paramedici op die toneel dood verklaar.

“Die presiese oorsaak van haar dood is nog nie bekend nie, maar daar was tekens van ’n struweling met die rowers,” het Dollman gesê.

Mnr. Basson is na die Bedford Gardens-kliniek gehaas waar hy sowat 33 steke gekry het om sy snywonde te heg. Hy is eergisteraand reeds ontslaan.

Die egpaar was veral bekend in kerkkringe en was tot omtrent ’n jaar gelede nog in die kerkraad van die NG gemeente Kensington, berig Sarie van Niekerk.

Ds. Gert Els, voormalige predikant van dié gemeente wat in Doebai in die Verenigde Arabiese Emirate bedien, het gister gesê “dit is ongelooflik en baie, baie tragies”.

“Die twee oumense was sulke saggeaarde en wonderlike mense.

“Tannie Dixie was hierdie klein mensie wat so maklik oorrompel kon word, hoekom haar so wreedaardig doodmaak?”

Geen begrafnisreëlings is nog getref nie.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2259595,00.html

Pregnant woman beats off rapist

27/01/2008 23:27 - (SA)

Eagan Williamson, Beeld

Pretoria - A pregnant woman decided to strike back when an armed robber tried to rape her in front of her fiance and other guests during a robbery in Menlo Park.

Three men, armed with a firearm, knobkerrie and steel pipe descended on the home of Dean Lentz and his wife Belinda, both 45, while a group of people were having supper there.

This is the fourth time in 20 months that the Lentzes have been attacked by criminals.

Andre Griesel, 25, a Hartbeespoort police officer and a relative of Lentz's, and his eight-months pregnant fiancée, Chereze Ehlers, 21, were visiting.

Three minors, children of the Lentz couple's friends, were also present when the robbers burst in.

A calm Belinda Lentz told on Sunday how she was serving dessert when the three men stormed in through the back door of the TV room-cum-dining room, yelling.

Wanted laptops, cash and cellphones

"We think they must have climbed over the neighbours' wall and hidden in our garden for a while, as the children had been swimming before supper. They must have been watching us."

Two robbers hit the men over the head with their weapons and Lentz lost consciousness.

Then a robber also hit his wife on the head and started yelling that they wanted laptops, money and cellphones.

A robber took Griesel's firearm away from him and, still yelling, started plundering the house and even demanding cellphones from the children.

Belinda and Chereze were lying under the table and one of the robbers was demanding for money and goods from the pregnant woman.

Chereze said: "I lay on my stomach there on the carpet and feared most for my child."

"One of the robbers tried to lift my skirt and I begged him not to do anything to me, but he carried on threatening me and holding me down."

The robber succeeded in pulling down her underwear.

"That was when I decided to retaliate and try to fight him off."

He gave up and carried on plundering the house together with his cronies.

"I took off all my jewellery and offered it to them, but they took only my ear rings and my engagement ring."

Pulled up her underwear

The robbers later tied everyone up and ordered them not to "try anything", before they made off with cellphones, electronic equipment and jewellery.

One of the robbers pulled Chereze's underwear back into position and adjusted her skirt before they fled.

"We are just thankful that the police acted so swiftly and truly hope something will now be done about the crime in the country," said Lentz.

Chereze was rushed to hospital in case she went into labour as a result of the trauma, but was discharged on Sunday.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2259586,00.html

Saturday, 26 January 2008

‘Help! My huishulp probeer my vergif!’

Die wit water in die botteltjies op die foto is dié wat uit die Bungai-gesin van die Oos-Rand se ketel geneem is. Hulle vermoed dat hul huishulp hulle wou vergiftig. Die botteltjie tweede van links is gevul met gewone kraanwater.Foto: Elize Bungay

Jan 25 2008 11:13:24:940PM - (SA)

Gloria Edwards

‘Nooit in ’n miljoen jaar sou ek kon dink my eie bediende wil my vergiftig nie.”

Só het een van twee vroue van Benoni aan die Oos-Rand gesê ná dit aan die lig gekom het dat hul huiswerkers hul gesinne glo met “moetie vergiftig” het.

Mev. Elize Bungay en mev. Cindy Vaughan het albei afsonderlik en sonder dat die een van die ander geweet het, aan Beeld vertel hoe geskok hulle was nadat hulle agtergekom het dat hul huiswerkers hulle glo maande lank al met huishoudelike skoonmaakmiddels en ander onbekende middels probeer vergiftig het. Die Bungay-gesin het reeds ’n saak van poging tot moord aanhangig gemaak, en die Vaughans was reeds met die polisie in verbinding oor die moontlikheid van ’n strafsaak.

’n Polisiebeampte met wie Beeld die Bungay-saak bespreek het, het by ’n kollega van ’n ander soortgelyke saak gehoor.

Hy het die Bungays en die Vaughans later aan mekaar voorgestel nadat Beeld afsonderlik met elk gesels het.

Volgens Bungay het haar huiswerker van Februarie verlede jaar af dié “moetie”, soos sy dit noem, in die familie se tee gegooi. “Ons het agtergekom die tee proe na seep, maar ek het naderhand gedink my skottelgoedwasser was die oorsaak.”

Bungay het in September agtergekom die water in haar ketel is “melkerig” en dat dit na seep ruik. “Ek het toe die water laat toets en die uitslae het gewys dat daar huishoudelike skoonmaakmiddels, waaronder materiaalversagter, in die water was,” het sy gesê.

Die huiswerkers se kaste is deurgesoek en bottels met die middels, asook “oranje korrels” wat in foelie toegedraai was, is daar gevind. Die huiswerker is afgedank.

Volgens Bungay het bloedtoetse, wat op haar man en twee seuns van onderskeidelik 11 en 14 jaar oud, gedoen is, getoon dat die gifstof fosfaat in hul lewer teenwoordig is.

Bungay het verlede Donderdag ’n tradisionele geneser se hulp ingeroep om haar huis te kom “reinig”. Dié persoon het glo ’n botteltjie met ’n houtpoppie met ’n toutjie en ’n stukkie diervel daarom gedraai, in haar tuin gevind.

Die tradisionele geneser het verduidelik dat dít, asook die skoonmaakmiddels, glo gebruik word om mense “erg kwaad aan te doen”. “Hy’t gesê sy wou ons dood hê,” het Bungay gesê.

In Vaughan se geval het sy verlede week uitgevind dat haar huiswerker “moetie in hul tee en kos gegooi” het. Sy beweer dat haar gesin siek geword en gesukkel het om te herstel.

“Ons het almal allergieë en gastro gekry en niks wat die dokters gedoen het, kon ons gesond maak nie,” het Vaughan gesê.

“Mense dink dié goed bestaan nie,” het Vaughan gesê. ’n Tradisionele geneser het haar huis ook reeds besoek om dit te “reinig”.

Volgens konst. Joshua Dladla, woordvoerder van die Benoni-polisie, wag hulle nog op die uitslag van forensiese toetse in die Bungays se saak. “Sodra ons die verslag het, sal verdere ondersoeke gedoen word,” het hy gesê.

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Polisielid val glo kollega aan

Jan 25 2008 11:13:41:473PM - (SA)

Virginia Keppler

’n Polisie-inspekteur by die Pretoria-Noord-polisiekantoor is glo erg geskok en bang nadat sy deur ’n kollega in dié polisiekantoor se vuurwapensentrum aangerand is.

Beeld het betroubaar verneem dat dié 34-jarige slagoffer se beweerde aanvaller ook ’n inspekteur is by dieselfde polisiekantoor.

Die bron het gesê dié polisieman was reeds aangekla van aanranding met die doel om ernstig te beseer nadat hy na bewering vroeër vandeesmaand ’n vroulike gevangene by die Sino- ville-polisiekantoor aangerand het.

Hy word verder deur nog twee klagte van aanranding met die doel om ernstig te beseer en intimidasie in die gesig gestaar.

Dié klagte is by die Sinoville-polisiekantoor aanhangig gemaak.

Die jongste voorval het na bewering eergister om 11:00 plaasgevind.

“Die polisievrou was besig om ’n lid van die publiek te help met haar aansoek om ’n vuurwapenlisensie toe ’n polisie-inspekteur in burgerdrag by haar lessenaar verby gestap het.

“Hy het onmiddelik begin om papiere bo-op haar dokumente teen die muur te plak,” het die bron vertel.

Volgens die bron het die polisievrou die man gevra wat hy doen en ’n woordewisseling het ontstaan.

“Die polisieman het die vrou agter haar tafel uitgepluk en op haar geskreeu: ‘ You are a lily white bitch, you don’t belong here .’

“Die polisievrou het die man se papiere van die muur afgeruk en agter hom aangeloop en vir hom gevra wat sy naam is. Hy het haar aan haar arm gegryp en van balans af geruk, waarna sy geval het,” het die bron vertel.

Die lid van die publiek wat kom aansoek doen het om haar vuurwapenlisensie, het só groot geskrik dat sy weggehardloop het.

Die bron het gesê die man wou glo weer die polisievrou aanrand, maar ’n ander inspekteur het die tweede aanval afgeweer.

Die bron het gesê die polisieman gaan ook departementeel aangekla word oor sy optrede.

Dié betrokke polisievrou wou by navraag geen kommentaar lewer nie.

Kapt. Thomas Mufamadi, polisiewoordvoerder, het gister gesê hy kry nie antwoorde van die woordvoerders by die onderskeie polisiekantore nie.

Hy kon dus nie die voorvalle bevestig nie, maar Beeld is in besit van die vier saaknommers.

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Thursday, 24 January 2008

Rapist sentenced to 18 years

January 23 2008 at 01:50PM

By Sherlissa Peters

Nineteen-year-old David Ngwane sat quietly in the dock of the Pietermaritzburg High Court as he was sentenced to an effective 18 years' imprisonment for housebreaking with intent to rob, robbery with aggravating circumstances and rape.

The teenager confessed to viciously attacking a 58-year-old at her home in Greytown on December 22 last year.

In his statement to the court, Ngwane said that on the day of the attack, he was with his colleague, S'bonelo Gcabashe.

They both worked as general labourers on a farm neighbouring the victim's. On that afternoon, they had received their wages.

"Gcabashe was not happy with his pay and he came up with a plan to rob the victim. I agreed to assist him and we both went to the victim's home that night," Ngwane said.

Ngwane said that Gcabashe forced open a window and the two entered the house.

They accosted the victim and Gcabashe began strangling and hitting her.

"Gcabashe instructed me to get a knife from the kitchen, which I did. At knifepoint, he demanded money from the woman. She told us where it was and I went to fetch it," Ngwane said.

He said when he returned from getting the money, he saw Gcabashe had moved the woman to a bedroom where he raped her.

"When he (Gcabashe) was done, I took the woman to another bedroom and raped her as well," he said. The two fled, taking R60 000, a cellphone and ring.

The victim was severely assaulted, sustaining injuries, including bruising, several stab wounds and other lacerations doctors believe were caused by being struck with a blunt object.

State prosecutor Nqobile Maphalala labelled the attack one of the most brutal she'd seen. While Judge President Vuka Tshabalala agreed with her, he found that Ngwane's plea of guilty, his show of remorse, youthfulness and willingness to testify against his co-perpetrator all pointed to the possibility of rehabilitation.

He sentenced Ngwane to 15 years' imprisonment for robbery and 25 years for rape, to run concurrently.

He may not be released for parole until he has severved 18 years.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Daily News on January 23, 2008

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Hijack murder sparks outrage

January 23 2008 at 02:42PM

Fed-up residents of Newlands East, Durban, on Tuesday night threatened to take the law into their own hands after the murder of a local resident.

Michael Steinbank was shot during an attempted hijacking outside a relative's home. The hijackers, however, failed to take his car.

The gunman fled in a metallic blue Sentra.

Local councillor Colin Gaillard said he is concerned because the community is infuriated and wants to act.

In a separate incident, a Durban man is in a critical condition after he was shot during an attempted hijacking Tuesday afternoon near a Durban informal settlement.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was shot and critically wounded on Kennedy Road.

Police said investigations revealed the man had been approached by his attackers and when he realised something was amiss, he tried to start his bakkie in an attempt to drive off.

Gunshots had alerted locals who called the police. - Daily News Reporter

This article was originally published on page 3 of Daily News on January 23, 2008

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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Man shot in hijack attempt

22/01/2008 19:02 - (SA)

Durban - A 39-year-old Durban man was shot on Monday night after an attempted hijacking, police said on Tuesday.

Inspector Michael Read said the incident took place on John Dory Drive in Newlands East at 19:20.

"It is alleged that four armed men attempted to hijack Michael Steynburg and when they failed in their attempt, they fired shots," said Read.

Steynburg was shot in the stomach and hand.

The hijackers fled in a Nissan Sentra.

Read said no arrests had been made.

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Brutal murder shocks town

23/01/2008 08:01 - (SA)

Riëtte Olivier, Die Burger

Graaff Reinet - Residents of this historical town were shocked by the cruel murder of a police instructor.

Senior superintendent Erika Heunis, 36, was apparently raped before she was beaten to death with stones. There were supposedly three attackers, but by late on Tuesday police still refused to reveal any facts.

According to a source at the police academy where she worked, she was running as usual with police students along Mountain Avenue, a well-known hiking trial outside the town, when she was murdered about 3km from the turn-off to the road. Her attackers apparently laid in wait for her.

As usual, Heunis continued her jogging after the other students had turned back after about 2km.

Family was too shocked

"When she failed to return to the academy after a while, two police officers investigated," said the source, who wanted to remain anonymous.

These officers found her semi-naked body under a bush along the dirt road. Forensic specialists arrived at the crime scene from Port Elizabeth on Tuesday afternoon to investigate the murder.

Police spokesperson inspector Wena Theron was unable to explain why the specialists at Graaff Reinet did not investigate the scene.

"A full report will be issued on Wednesday morning," was all she said.

Heunis's family was too shocked to comment on the incident. A friend of the family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were very shocked and sad. "We don't know exactly what happened, so we don't want to comment," she said.

Kritzinger Mey, leader of the FF+ in the Eastern Cape, expressed his shock at the "cruel murder".

According to Mey, Heunis's husband Garth was attending a course in Johannesburg when the incident happened. He would have flown back to Port Elizabeht late on Tuesday, and would then have been taken to Graaff Reinet by helicopter.

Dave Mugglestone, principal at Union High School, which was attended by Heunis's two daughters Monique, 12, and Chanzelle, 13, said he got goose bumps when hearing about the incident.

"We are devastated. Her death is not only a loss for the children, but for the whole community. She was a wonderful woman."

Bronwyn Jacobs, a resident, said Heunis's death was proof that "one can never be too careful".

Another resident, Christa Hahn, said residents had been warned not to use the road where Heunis was attacked.

Two people were attacked and nearly raped along this road last year, said Captain Daan Zeelie, head of the detective branch at Graaff Reinet.

Henry Grootboom was arrested shortly afterwards. He was found guilty on assault charges.

By late on Tuesday afternoon no news was available about funeral arrangements.

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Ontdekking toe sy nie opdaag: Dood, met handdoek om nek

Jan 22 2008 10:08:35:663PM - (SA)

Hilda Fourie

’n Vrou (61) van Cullinan is dood in haar kamer gevind.

Volgens mnr. Johannes Jafta, woordvoerder van Cullinan-polisiekantoor, is mev. Connie Janneke vermoedelik deur die nag verwurg. Sy is met haar hande en voete vasgebind en ’n handdoek om haar nek gevind.

Janneke, ’n werknemer van Du Plooy Melkery in Cullinan, het vier dae voor haar dood van Kempton Park na Cullinan verhuis.

Janneke het by haar werkgewer op ’n kleinhoewe in Kaalfontein buite die dorp geloseer.

“Die moordenaars het deur die voordeur toegang tot die huis gekry,” het Jafta gesê.

“Hulle het een van die glasvensters van die houtdeur uitgebreek.

“Die vrou bly aan die een kant van die huis en haar werkgewer en sy gesin aan die ander kant.

“Die eienaar het gesê hulle het geslaap en niks gehoor nie.

“Hy het gisteroggend (eergisteroggend) na die vrou gaan soek toe sy nie vir ontbyt opgedaag het nie.

“Die eienaar het haar in haar kamer gekry waar sy op haar bed gelê het. Haar hande en voete was agter haar rug vasgemaak. Sy het ’n handdoek om haar nek gehad.

“Mev. Janneke is omstreeks 06:20 gevind.

“Ons vermoed dat sy verwurg is, maar ’n nadoodse ondersoek (wat vandag gedoen word) sal die oorsaak van haar dood bevestig,” het Jafta gesê.

Volgens Beeld se inligting is net ’n selfoon gesteel. Die ander inwoners van die huis is ongedeerd.

’n Moordsaak word ondersoek. Niemand is nog in hegtenis geneem nie.


Dit is die derde ernstige misdaadvoorval in die Cullinan-omgewing die afgelope maand.

Op Nuwejaarsdag is mnr. Paul Harris deur vier gewapende rowers halfdood gelos. Die rowers het met elektriese ware weggekom wat die polisie ’n paar dae later teruggevind het.

Die volgende dag is mnr. en mev. Kobus en Lynn Vermaak op hul plaas buite Cullinan deur gewapende rowers oorval. Hulle is nie beseer nie.

Jafta kon nie bevestig of dié sake met mekaar verband hou nie.

Die polisie ondersoek twee sake van gewapende roof.

Enigiemand met inligting rakende die voorvalle, kan die Cullinan-polisiekantoor skakel.

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3 keer verkrag – en weer ’n slagoffer

Jan 22 2008 10:07:07:677PM - (SA)

Marietie Louw-Carstens

Musina (Messina). – Die bejaarde vrou wat verlede jaar hier tydens ’n inbraak wreed in haar huis verkrag is, was wéér ’n misdaadslagoffer.

Inbrekers het Saterdagaand weer by die huis van mev. Ina du Toit (65) en haar man, Hannes (67), ingebreek.

Mnr. Du Toit het drie skote op een geskiet, maar niemand getref nie. “Ek gee die polisie die skuld vir dié inbraak. Hier is elke aand inbrake in die dorp en hulle doen niks,” het ’n ontstoke mnr. Du Toit gesê.

Hy het gesê niemand het die telefoon by die polisiekantoor beantwoord nie. “Een van die bure wat die skote gehoor het, het die polisielede gaan haal.

“Toe hulle hier aankom, sê hulle vir ons die telefone by die stasie werk nie want daar word aangebou.”

Beeld het in September berig oor die gru-verkragting op Du Toit. Sy het daarop aangedring om geïdentifiseer te word omdat sy “wil hê mense moet wakker skrik oor misdaad in die land”.

Sy is drie keer op verskillende plekke in haar huis verkrag en mense landwyd het met skok gereageer.

Die inbrekers het in September die voordeurslot van die egpaar se huis in Bergview met ’n breekyster oopgedwing. Die huis is goed beveilig met veiligheidshekke. Die twee inbrekers het met net R160, ’n selfoon en ’n paar skoene gevlug. Mnr. Du Toit is beseer toe hy herhaaldelik met ’n mes gesteek is.

Niemand is nog weens daardie aanval in hegtenis geneem nie en ook nie weens die naweek s’n nie. Saterdagaand was daar vier inbrekers wat diefwering gebreek het by ’n venster in die sitkamer.

Die een wat ingekom het, het in ’n alarmsensor vasgekyk en deur die venster gevlug. Dit is tóé dat Du Toit drie skote op hom gevuur het.

Du Toit se hy blameer ook die Musina-munisipaliteit omdat straatligte alewig stukkend is. “Die straatlig voor ons huis was stukkend tydens die naweek se inbraak. Dit is gereeld buite werking.

“Ek bly die munisipaliteit bel dat hulle dit kom regmaak, maar niks gebeur nie.”

Mev. Du Toit is opnuut getraumatiseer.

“Ná die verkragting was sy ’n week in die Limpopo MediClinic in Polokwane. Haar hele liggaam het ingegee. Sy is nou nog meer angsbevange,” het haar man gesê.

Kapt. Debra Bob, Musina-polisiewoordvoerder, het gister gesê dit is onsin dat aanbouings die skuld kry vir die onbeantwoorde telefone, maar kon nie sê wat die werklike rede daarvoor was nie.

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Polisievrou verkrag, met klippe doodgeslaan

Jan 23 2008 08:12:53:390AM - (SA)

Riëtte Olivier

Graaff-Reinet. – ’n Polisie-instrukteur en ma van twee is gisteroggend hier vermoedelik eers verkrag voordat sy wreed met klippe doodgeslaan is.

Dié historiese dorp se inwoners is geruk deur die aanval op sr.supt. Erika Heunis (36), ’n instrukteur by die polisie-akademie op die dorp.

Inwoners praat van drie aanvallers, maar die polisie het teen druktyd nog geweier om enige inligting oor die voorval bekend te maak.

Volgens ’n bron by die akademie het Heunis gisteroggend soos gebruiklik saam met polisiestudente gaan draf in Mountainrylaan, ’n bekende wandelroete buite die dorp.

Sy het soos gewoonlik verder gedraf toe die studente ná 2 km omgedraai het, waarna haar moordenaars haar vermoedelik ingewag het.

“Toe sy ná ’n ruk nie na die akademie teruggekeer het nie, het twee polisiebeamptes ondersoek ingestel,” het ’n bron, wat verkies om anoniem te bly, gesê.

Dié beamptes het haar halfnaakte lyk na wat verneem word onder ’n bos langs die grondpad gevind.

Forensiese deskundiges is gistermiddag uit Port Elizabeth na die misdaadtoneel gestuur om die saak te ondersoek.

Insp. Wena Theron, ’n polisiewoordvoerder, kon gister nie sê waarom ’n plaaslike span deskundiges nie self die toneel ondersoek het nie. “ ’n Volledige verklaring rakende die voorval sal môreoggend (vanoggend) uitgereik word,” is al wat sy gesê het.

Heunis se familie was gister nog te geskok om iets oor die voorval te sê. ’n Familievriend het net gesê hulle is uiters geskok en hartseer. “Ons is nog nie presies seker wat gebeur het nie, daarom wil ons liewer nie enige uitlatings maak nie,” het sy gesê.

Mnr. Kritzinger Mey, VF+-leier in die Oos-Kaap, het gister ook sy skok uitgespreek.

Volgens hom was mnr. Garth Heunis, Heunis se man, gister by ’n kursus in Johannesburg toe hy die nuus gekry het. Hy sou laat gistermiddag na Port Elizabeth gevlieg het, waarna hy met ’n helikopter na Graaff-Reinet geneem sou word.

Mnr. Dave Mugglestone, hoof van die Hoërskool Union waar Monique (12) en Chanzelle (13), Heunis se twee dogters, skoolgaan, het gister gesê hy het hoendervleis gekry toe hy van die moord gehoor het.

“Ons is verslae. Haar dood is nie net ’n verlies vir die twee kinders nie, maar ook vir die hele gemeenskap.”

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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Farmer's killer gets 24 years

21/01/2008 19:00 - (SA)

Pietermaritzburg - The 18-year-old-killer of KwaZulu-Natal farmer David Green was sentenced on Monday to 24 years in jail for murder, four years for stealing two cellphones and three years for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Judge Piet Koen ordered in the Pietermaritzburg High Court that Nkosithemba Ntshaba of the Escourt district serve at least 16 years before being considered for parole.

All the sentences are to run concurrently.

Green was shot dead on December 20 at his Escort farm homestead. Ntshaba evaded arrest until January 10 and he pleaded guilty to the murder and other crimes on Monday.

In his guilty plea Ntshaba said: "I suffer from sever eczema for which I require constant medication as the itchiness can be unbearable at times.

"At one of those times I asked my father for money so that I could buy medication but he had no money. He is the sole breadwinner of our household.

"Out of desperation I decided to steal money from Green and took a gun. While on his farm I was confronted by him and I drew the firearm and demanded money. He called for his dogs and I panicked and shot at him and the bullet hit him in the head and he fell down.

"I quickly went into his home and stole two cellphones from the kitchen and I fled."

Koen said that he had callously shot an old gentleman and then went to the kitchen to steal.

He said that until July 2007, persons under 18 years of age were considered minors, but were now considered adults.

Persons under 18 could now be jailed for life for premeditated murder unless there were substantial and compelling circumstances justifying a lesser sentence.

Koen found such circumstances for Ntshaba.

Green, 70, was a council member of the KwaZulu-Natal agricultural union and a pioneer of the Boran cattle breed in South Africa.

He was a palaeontologist who found valuable specimens, had his own herbarium and discovered two types of indigenous plants which bear his name.

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Hijackers allegedly hit nun in the face

Tania Broughton

January 22 2008 at 05:24AM

In what has been described as "military precision", a gang of between 30 and 40 armed hijackers barricaded a main road between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in broad daylight at the weekend, stealing four cars in a matter of minutes and viciously beating some of their occupants.

One was a nun based at St Anne's Convent on the South Coast. She told The Mercury on Monday that although she was "grateful to the Lord" that she had survived, she was constantly on the verge of tears.

Another, South Coast property developer Ian Hardman, was equally traumatised. He only spoke to The Mercury to warn others of the danger of travelling on that stretch of road. He said his wife Maria, who was taken to hospital after being beaten and sjambokked, was struggling to deal with what had happened.

Police confirmed that a gang had set up the roadblock at Pitila on the R603, a busy link road between Pietermaritzburg and Amanzimtoti, apparently to hijack cars to burn at the funeral of a local gangster.

'They forced me out while they beat up my wife'

Hardman said that he and his wife were returning from Ladysmith about 5pm when they saw around 15 vehicles - taxis, a couple of bakkies and a Golf - parked alongside and in the road.

"We thought it was an accident so we slowed down. Within seconds, we were jammed in by vehicles. There were between 30 and 40 armed men; it was like a military operation," he said.

"They forced me out while they beat up my wife. They were pummelling her with their hands, hitting her with guns and tearing her jewellery off."

Hardman said his car did not use a key, but a card to start. He kept trying to give them the card but they didn't believe it could be used to start the vehicle. Eventually he started the car. They then threw his wife out and began beating her and sjambokking her.

The couple ran for their lives into the sugarcane fields. They walked until they came across a couple driving past who stopped for them.

'They hurt me, but not as badly as the others'

In the car was Sister Helena, who had been rescued after being hijacked in the same spot. She had been hit in the face.

The couple took them to the Umbumbulu police station. There they came across a third victim - a young woman who had been stabbed in her shoulder.

Hardman said that at Kingsway hospital in Amanzimtoti, where he and his wife were treated for injuries, he had been told by a trauma counsellor that another couple had come in for treatment after being hijacked on the same stretch of road.

In all the incidents, the vehicles were taken. But Hardman's car was found the same day in a nearby village pumped full of bullet holes.

"I assume it stalled and they didn't know how to restart it. So they just shot it up," he said.

Sister Helena could only say there were "many" cars and armed men.

"They took my car, the cross from around my neck and my watch. The only thing they didn't take was my ring," she said.

"They hurt me, but not as badly as the others."

The couple who had helped her and the police at Umbumbulu were "absolutely marvellous" and had restored her faith in people.

"The police even telephoned the convent on Saturday night to make sure I was all right," she said.

Another victim was correctional services officer Amelia Konstantopolous. She said the gang were wearing orange bibs and appeared to be attending an accident scene.

"As I slowed down, they used a vehicle to crash me off the road. They then assaulted me, hit me with bottles and stabbed me."

She managed to get away and ran up the road where she was rescued by an off-duty police officer.

Police spokesperson Danelia Veldhuizen confirmed that four vehicles had been hijacked.

"All were recovered soon after and are at the police pound."

Investigations had revealed that a notorious car thief had been shot dead and the gang had been intent on stealing cars to burn them at his funeral to "honour him".

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Mercury on January 22, 2008

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Monday, 21 January 2008

Cold-blooded gunmen target security complex

January 21 2008 at 06:11AM

By Botho Molosankwe

Boom gates, high walls and security guards couldn't prevent the cold-blooded shootings of two people in places they considered safe.

A Sandown woman was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon inside her secure complex.

This was after one of the three assailants allegedly held a security guard at gunpoint, allowing his accomplices to follow the woman into the complex and shoot her.

'They gave him no chance'

According to Mark Stokoe of Netcare 911, the motive was suspected to have been robbery or hijacking but they were unable to determine whether anything was stolen.

Another victim, Willem Odendaal, also known as Avi, was killed in front of his partner, Markus, at their Parkmore home on Saturday evening.

The robbers took two cellphones, "a few hundred bucks", a wallet and a laptop.

On Sunday, a grieving Markus was battling to understand why his lover was killed and what his killers did after running into the dark with the loot.

"I asked myself whether, after basically executing him, they were then going to celebrate with the few hundred bucks they got?" the 39-year-old said.

'These are not criminals, they are sick'

Odendaal worked as Markus's area manager at his United Colors of Benetton store and was busy with paperwork in the kitchen when Markus arrived home on Saturday evening.

They greeted each other and later opened a bottle of wine and talked about business, just as they normally did in the evenings. Markus then received a phone call from one of his stores and asked Odendaal to get him a piece of paper to write on.

A few seconds later, Odendaal started screaming. Rushing to where he was and asking "What is it, why are you screaming?", Markus heard a gunshot and saw his lover of seven years falling down. One of the three robbers put a gun to Markus's head, told him to go down on the floor and asked for his wallet.

"I told him that it is in the kitchen and pleaded with him not to shoot," Markus recalled.

The men took his cellphone, Odendaal's wallet as well as his phone and laptop before they fled. A few seconds later they were back, asking Markus to open the gate for them.

Markus couldn't save Odendaal's life.

"Avi was dead. There was blood on the floor - all over. He was shot in the head. They gave him no chance and did not even ask where the money was. He did nothing wrong. They could have just taken anything, but no, they just shot him.

"These are not criminals, they are sick. It is sick what this country is becoming."

If he were given an opportunity to confront the robbers, Markus would tell them: "You have taken from me a reason to enjoy my life. You took something dearest from me."

The couple's friends believe the robbers may have been hiding behind the bushes outside the gate and that they followed Markus as he drove in.

This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on January 21, 2008

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20080121035355387C521144

Jong vrou steek wag dood wat haar oorval, wil verkrag

Me. Chantelle Olivier (20, regs), vertel hoe sy 'n gewapende man wat haar probeer verkrag het, doodgesteek het. Links is haar vriendin, me. Nicky van Rensburg (20), wat haar ná die voorval gaan ondersteun het. Foto: LEON BOTHA

Jan 20 2008 08:55:19:900PM - (SA)

Virginia Keppler

’n Vrou van Lindopark in die ooste van Pretoria het gistermiddag ’n man met ’n mes doodgesteek toe hy haar klere met ’n mes afgesny en haar byna verkrag het.

Me. Chantelle Olivier (20) van Stormvoëlstraat is gister omstreeks 14:45 by haar woonstel deur ’n 21-jarige man met ’n biefstukmes oorval en byna verkrag.

Die man is later op die toneel geïdentifiseer as ’n veiligheidswag by ’n motorhandelaar langs Olivier se woonstel.

Olivier het haar vullisblik buite leeggemaak toe ’n man haar op haar naam noem en van agter gryp.

“Ek was verbaas dat hy my naam ken, want ek ken hom glad nie.”

Volgens Olivier het die man haar by die huis ingedwing en na haar bed gesleep.

“Toe sê hy ‘Chantelle, I love you very much’ en sê ek moet gaan lê.”

Sy het geweier.

Hy het haar op haar rug op die bed gedwing en op haar gaan sit.

“Hy het my hemp met die mes stukkend gesny en die knoop van my broek afgesny.”

Sy het hom van haar afgestamp.

Daarna het sy kombuis toe gehardloop en ’n mes gegryp.

“Hy het my in die kombuis vasgekeer en my gesig teen die muur gedruk.

“Ek weet nie hoe nie, maar ek het dit reggekry om om te draai en hom diep te steek.”

Die man het haar weer gegryp en na haar kamer getrek, maar daar het hy op die bed neergesak en aan sy wonde begin beswyk.

Sy het hom afgegooi en hy is op die vloer dood.

Olivier het toe, met die bebloede mes nog in haar hand, haar ma, Lettie, van haar selfoon gebel en gesê: “Ma, ek het iemand gesteek.”

Daarna het sy by die agterdeur gaan sit en vir haar ma en die polisie gewag.

“Ek kan nie glo ek het iemand doodgesteek nie, maar onder dieselfde omstandighede sou ek dit weer doen,” het Olivier gesê.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2255414,00.html

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