Sunday, 31 May 2009

Killers leave man's Merc 4x4

28/05/2009 22:36 - (SA)

Hilda Fourie, Beeld

Pretoria - An 80-year-old woman on Thursday found the body of her murdered stepson in front of his garage on his smallholding in Mnandi, Centurion.

Bernie Leibbrandt, 66, had been shot in the head.

"They took his cellphone. Not his new Mercedes 4X4. Nothing, nothing. Bugger-all," said his best friend, Rudolph du Plessis, 43.

"This was no robbery, it wasn't a break-in, it was just plain murder."

Leibbrandt, who also lives in Mnandi, had been visiting Du Plessis on Wednesday night. Just before 21:00, Leibbrandt went back to his smallholding. It borders on an upmarket golf estate.

"When he arrived at his smallholding, he was shot in the head," said Du Plessis. "He even fell on the bag of potatoes I gave him."

A friend of Leibbrandt's, Rosaly Seidler, said his stepmother, Vera Leibbrandt, 80, found his body in front of the garage on Thursday morning at about 08:00. Vera lives in another house on the same smallholding.

She became concerned when he didn't answer his cellphone, so she went to his house.

Seidler said some of Leibbrandt's possessions were on the stoep, but nothing was gone except for the cellphone.

"It's so sad and senseless. I have no idea what the motive could have been," she said.

"I'm bitterly sad that someone has done this to my pal," Du Plessis said. "He had a heart of gold. He was adored by each and every person he met.

"I'm his closest pal. He was like a father to me."

- Beeld

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,9909,2-7-1442_2523782,00.html

Sakeman getuig oor nag van hel

May 26 2009 02:00:58:800PM - (SA)

Carryn-Ann Nel

Kaapstad. - Sy het gehuil waar sy opgekrul by die ingang van die deur gelê het. Haar hande was met 'n telefoonkoord vasgebind. Haar eerste woorde was: "Ek is verkrag."

'n Sakeman van Gordonsbaai het gister in die Wes-Kaapse hooggeregshof getuig oor die nag waarin hy en sy gesin beroof en met messe gedreig is nadat 'n groep mans moontlik deur 'n oop venster gekruip het.

Sy swanger verloofde is in die voorval na bewering verkrag.

Dit is ook dieselfde nag toe sy buurvrou, me. Joy Retief van Aarde (78), of "aunty Joy" soos hulle haar geken het, met 'n vleishamer vermoor is.

Die nege beskuldigdes wat van die misdade verdink word - mnre. Luyanda Zaza, Simon Lolo, Mzamu Ncwana, Thembile Ngxowe, Siyathemba Tshanyela, Lungile Mayo, Thomas Baraza, Vuyile Msaseni en Siyabonga Zanzele - ontken skuld op die aanklagte teen hulle. Zanzele staan alleen tereg op die aanklag van verkragting van die vrou.

Die sakeman - wie se naam nie genoem word nie om die identiteit van sy verloofde te beskerm - het gister in detail getuig oor die nag van geweld van 21 Mei 2006.

Sy het hom die aand wakker gemaak nadat sy iemand in die huis gehoor het. Hy het na sy seun se kamer geloop en 'n man by die trap sien staan. "Hy het só met 'n mes in sy hand gestaan," het hy getuig en sy hand regs en bo van sy gesig gehou. "Ek was natuurlik bang. Hy het my begin aanval, maar ek het net probeer om die mes van af my te hou. Daar het binne 'n paar sekondes nog mense bygekom."

Hierna het hy gevoel hoe sy lyf brand. Hy is "getik" met 'n mes, só dat die mure met bloed bevlek was.

Een van die aanvallers het hierna die hoofslaapkamerdeur oopgeskop en die sakeman op die bed gedruk. Sy gesig is afwaarts gedruk en sy hande met 'n deel van sy kamerjas vasgemaak. "Die ou aan my regterkant het my glad nie toegelaat om op te kyk nie."

Uit die hoek van sy oog het hy gesien hoe sy verloofde deur een van die mans weggelei is. "Ek het aangeneem hulle het nog goed in die huis gaan soek."

Hy het vir tussen 10 en 20 minute op die bed gelê. In dié tyd het hy sy seun (wat ook vasgebind op die bed gelê het) se hand vasgehou om vir hom te sê als gaan oukei wees, het hy getuig.

Nadat die groep mans in sy bakkie weggery het, het hy homself losgemaak en na sy verloofde gaan soek. Hy het haar by die ingang van sy kantoor gekry.

Hy het gister in die hof gesê vier van die beskuldigdes (beskuldigdes 2, 6, 7 en 9) se gesigte lyk vir hom bekend, maar hy kon nie sê waar hy hulle gesien het nie.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2522366,00.html

‘My naaste pel is vir bokkerol geskiet’

Mnr. Bernie Leibbrandt

May 28 2009 08:40:19:973PM - (SA)

Hilda Fourie

’n 80-jarige vrou het gisteroggend op die lyk van haar vermoorde stiefseun voor sy motorhuis op sy kleinhoewe in Mnandi, Centurion, afgekom.

Mnr. Bernie Leibbrandt (66) is in die kop geskiet.

“Hulle het net sy selfoon gevat. Nie sy nuwe Mercedes-4x4-bakkie nie. Niks, niks. Bokkerol,” het sy beste vriend, mnr. Rudolph du Plessis (43), gesê.

“Dit was nie ’n rooftog of ’n huisbraak dié nie, maar moord.”

Leibbrandt het eergisteraand by Du Plessis, wat ook in Mnandi woon, gekuier. Kort voor 21:00 is Leibbrandt terug na sy kleinhoewe. Dit grens aan die Gardener Ross-gholflandgoed, wat deur Ernie Els ontwerp is.

“Hy het op sy kleinhoewe aangekom en hy is in die kop geskiet,” het Du Plessis gesê.

“Hy het nog op die aartappels geval wat ek vir hom saam huis toe gegee het.”

Me. Rosaly Seidler, Leibbrandt se vriendin, het gesê sy stiefma, me. Vera Leibbrandt (80), het gisteroggend omstreeks 08:00 op sy lyk voor die motorhuis afgekom. Me. Leibbrandt woon in ’n ander huis op dieselfde kleinhoewe.

Sy het bekommerd geraak toe hy nie sy selfoon antwoord nie en hom toe by sy huis gaan soek.

Seidler het gesê daar was van Leibbrandt se besittings op die stoep, maar niks behalwe sy selfoon is weg nie.

“Dit is hartseer en sinneloos hierdie. Ek weet nie wat die motief kan wees nie,” het sy gesê.

Volgens Du Plessis was Leibbrandt in sy jong dae ’n fantastiese krieketspeler. Hy het vir die Harlequins-krieketklub gespeel.

“Ek is bitter hartseer dat iemand dit aan my pêl gedoen het,” het Du Plessis gesê.

“Hy het ’n hart van goud gehad. Elke mens wat hy ontmoet het, was mal oor hom.

“Ek is sy closest pel. Hy was soos ’n pa vir my.

“Ek is hartseer hier waar ek sit.”

Die polisie ondersoek volgens kapt. Dumisani Ndlazi, woordvoerder, ’n saak van moord.

Leibbrandt laat twee dogters en ’n seun, almal in hul 30’s, agter. Die kinders is in Engeland en Nieu-Seeland.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2523736,00.html

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Hart óf wond eis boer

May 21 2009 08:26:48:860PM - (SA)

Amanda Roestoff

’n Boer (74) is gisteroggend vermoedelik weens óf ’n hartaanval óf ’n kopwond dood nadat hy op sy kleinhoewe by Elandsfontein, sowat 10 km buite Fochville, aangeval is.

Drie verdagtes is intussen vasgetrek en word weens die moord op mnr. Koos Maas ondervra.

’n Buurman het sy lyk met sy hande steeds vasgebind ontdek nadat sy vrou, Anna (72), haarself binne die huis kon loswikkel en hulp ontbied, het supt. Hennie Maas, stasiekommissaris van die Fochville-polisiekantoor, gesê.

Die oorledene is ’n neef van die stasiekommissaris se pa.

Mnr. Maas is omstreeks 05:00 by die huis uit om oudergewoonte die waterpomp aan of af te skakel.

Drie of meer mans het Maas vermoedelik oorval terwyl hy op pad was om ’n hek oop te maak.

“Hy is vasgebind en vermoedelik met ’n stomp voorwerp oor die kop geslaan,” het supt. Maas gesê.

Mnr. Maas is toe vir dood agtergelaat.

Die rowers is toe na die huis waar hulle mev. Maas oorval het.

Hulle het haar na die hoofslaapkamer geneem en daar vasgebind en aangehou, terwyl hulle geld en vuurwapens geëis het.

Die rowers het met ’n 9 mm-pistool en ’n onbekende bedrag geld gevlug.

Mev. Maas het haarself ’n hele ruk later losgewikkel gekry en hulp ontbied.

’n Buurman het haar man se lyk omstreeks 07:30 ontdek.

Volgens die polisie sal die presiese oorsaak van mnr. Maas se dood tydens ’n lykskouing bepaal word.

Daar word vermoed hy het dalk weens die skok ’n hartaanval gehad nadat hy aangerand is.

Supt. Maas het gesê drie mans in hul twintigs is in die woonbuurt Kokosi naby die kleinhoewes vasgetrek.

Hulle is nog nie amptelik in verband met die aanval aangekla nie, maar word ondervra.

“Ons wil nog kyk of ons die mans positief met die misdaad kan verbind,” het supt Maas gesê.

Mnr. Trevor Slabbert, voorsitter van brand- en rampbestuur van Fochville se boeregemeenskap, het gesê dit is vir boere onaanvaarbaar dat die regering nie genoeg aandag aan die aanvalle en moorde op plase gee nie.

“Ons verwag iemand (in die regering) moet nou opstaan en sê ‘genoeg is genoeg’.

Hulle moet nie net praat nie! Hulle moet ook iets daaromtrent doen!”

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2520500,00.html

Man moontlik permanent verlam ná skote in voortuin

May 22 2009 06:59:32:603PM - (SA)

Sonja van Buul

Vanderbijlpark. – Die 29-jarige man van Vanderbijlpark wat ’n week gelede gewond is toe rowers hom en sy vrou in hul voortuin geskiet het, is moontlik blywend verlam.

“Mark is ’n sterk man en ek glo hy sal hierdie beproewing oorkom,” het mev. Angela Erasmus (29), sy vrou, gesê.

Mnr. Mark Erasmus, ’n elektroniese ingenieur, is na die Vereeniging-Medi-Clinic geneem waar hy steeds behandel word nadat hy tydens die rooftog op 15 Mei in die nek en regterbeen geskiet is.

Drie gewapende rowers het mev. Erasmus, ’n rekenmeester, in die linkerbeen gewond.

Rowers het op die egpaar, wat vier jaar getroud is, toegeslaan het toe hulle die aand tuisgekom het.

Die rowers het mnr. Erasmus se beursie en selfoon geëis voordat hulle hom aangerand, verskeie skote geskiet en gevlug het.

Volgens paramedici wat mnr. Erasmus die aand van die skietery behandel het, het hy kort ná die skietery al geen gevoel in sy bene gehad nie.

“My man is steeds verlam van sy bors na benede en dit lyk nou of hy blywend verlam is. Hy kan wel sy arms beweeg,” het mev. Erasmus gister aan Beeld gesê.

Sy was vandeesweek self weer in die hospitaal vir ’n operasie om die skade aan haar kuit te herstel.

Sy is intussen ontslaan, loop met ’n beenstut en hoop sy sal ten volle herstel.

Volgens mev. Erasmus is sy op soek na ’n rehabilitasiesentrum waar haar man kan leer om aan te pas by sy nuwe lewenswyse en om selfversorgend te wees.

Hy sal na so ’n sentrum gaan sodra hy uit die hospitaal ontslaan word.

“My man het gesê hy het nog nooit sulke emosionele en fisieke pyn soos nou beleef nie. Ons is tans nog verslae, maar ek weet hy sal dit oorkom. Ons sal dit saam oorkom,” het sy gesê.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2520931,00.html

Two nabbed for murder

May 20 2009 at 05:25PM

Two men were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly murdering a well-known Vanderbijlpark business woman, Gauteng police said.

Inspector Kinnie Steyn said Dianna Angelbauer, 64, was murdered on Tuesday at 6pm, during a robbery at the pawn shop she owned.

"We are investigating that she may have been hit with a hammer, as she suffered blows to the head," Steyn said.

"Cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken from the shop."

In a police search for her killers, two men, aged 21 and 26, were arrested at their home in Sebokeng at 1.30am.

"No stone was left unturned in our aim to bring the perpetrators to justice."

The were being detained at the Vanderbijlpark Police station, she said. - Sapa

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20090520152241239C481688

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Twee voor vir moord op gas by troue

May 18 2009 08:12:12:227PM - (SA)

Die twee mans wat vir die moord van ’n bruilofsgas by die Avianto-landgoed in Muldersdrift aan die Wes-Rand aangekeer is, het gister vlugtig in die Krugersdorpse landdroshof verskyn.

Mnre. Phelelani Zuma (24) van Diepsloot en Phumelelo Mlilo (29) van Berea staan tereg op aanklagte van moord en gewapende roof.

Twee gewapende mans het mnr. Wilfred Roddrick Berrington (60) op 24 April in sy kamer oorval.

Berrington het die onthaalsaal verlaat om iets in sy kamer te kry toe hy aangeval is.

Die mans is die afgelope naweek aangekeer en ’n vuurwapen wat glo tydens die voorval geroof is, is opgespoor.

Die mans sal in aanhouding bly tot hul volgende verskyning op 25 Mei.

Albei beskuldigdes het aangedui hulle wil om regshulp aansoek doen. – Amanda Roestoff

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2518608,00.html

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Farmer dies in land claims 'hit'

14/05/2009 22:41 - (SA)

Sandile waka-Zamisa

Rietvlei - A KwaZulu-Natal midlands commercial farmer was ambushed and killed on Wednesday night, in what is believed to be a land claims dispute related hit, at his farm in Rietvlei. Bloemendal Estate farm owner, Alan Rowe, 58, was attacked by two assailants who had been hiding at a garage in his farm waiting for his return.

On his return home from a friend's house at 20:15, shots were fired at his Mazda Drifter bakkie. It is believed that there were two hit-men, one shooting from the left, while the other one hid in the garage and took cover behind a parked bakkie. A 9mm handgun and a Point 22 rifle was used.

A friend and neighbour, Gavin Hill who was first to arrive on the scene said he found his friend's jacket abandoned on the grass. "I believe he took off the jacket because it's a bright yellow colour and he thought his attackers would not see him in darker clothing." Unfortunately, his assailants caught up with him and gunned him down. He was shot twice in the chest, and one of the bullets went through his arm.

Not a robbery gone wrong

Hill believes Rowe's murder was a "planned hit", but there is no clarity on the real motive. "This was not a robbery gone wrong, it was not a hijacking gone wrong. They chased him, and hunted him down with the intent to kill a farmer." Police spokesperson, Henry Budhram said the killing is linked to land claims disputes but did not give details on the issue. Hill said according to his knowledge there was no land claim dispute about the farm.

The slain farmers's brother, Michael, also declined any land claims issues on the farm but said there were plans to sell the farm to a black buyer.

Rowe visited Hill and his partner Donna Lay on Wednesday at about 18:30. He left Hill's place at 20:30 and at 20:45 a foreman at their farm received a call about the shooting.

Hill and Lay rushed to the farm but when they arrived it was too late. "We grabbed the guns and came here, we found the bakkie with its lights on but he was nowhere to be found. We called him and heard his cellphone ringing from the grazing camp." Searching further down, they found his body.

The police are positive that the perpetrators will be found.

- The Witness

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2516724,00.html

Saak uitgestel van man met paar se selfoon

Akhona Inocent Gini in die landdroshof in Cullinan. Foto: Hilda Fourie

May 11 2009 08:42:52:360PM - (SA)

Hilda Fourie

Met ’n Superman-T-hemp aan het ’n man wat na bewering ’n egpaar op Goeie Vrydag op hul kleinhoewe oos van Pretoria vermoor het, gister vlugtig in die landdroshof in Cullinan verskyn.

Mnr. Akhona Inocent Gini (25) staan tereg op twee aanklagte van moord en ’n aanklag van roof met verswarende omstandighede.

Gini, wat vroeër in diens van mnr. Johan van den Bosch en sy vrou, Cobi, op hul kleinhoewe by Mooiplaats was, is Vrydag by sy huis in ’n plakkerskamp buite Witbank gearresteer.

Dít was sowat ’n maand nadat mnr. Van den Bosch (63) in sy melkstal oorval en vermoedelik oor die kop geslaan is. Mev. Van den Bosch (60) is kort daarna in die huis dood nadat sy in die bolyf gesteek is.

Een van die egpaar se twee selfone wat die dag gesteel is, het die polisie Vrydag na Gini se huis gelei. Dié selfoon is in sy besit gevind. Gini het sedertdien ’n bekentenis gedoen en uitwysings gedoen. Landdros Petro Engelbrecht het sy saak vir ’n week uitgestel vir verdere ondersoek en sodat hy om regshulp kan aansoek doen. Hy bly tot dan in aanhouding.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2514828,00.html

Sy reël glo beurs vir verdagte

Dr. Gerda Kemp (regs) en mee. Danolien Postma (links) en Chrisna Hoffman vertel gister vrolik hoe hul ma, mev. Lien Grönum, se lewe gevier behoort te word. Foto: Cornél van Heerden

May 12 2009 07:41:24:367PM - (SA)

Herman Scholtz

Mev. Lien Grönum was besig om ’n studiebeurs vir haar huiswerker te reël toe dié haar na bewering vermoor het.

So het Grönum se drie dogters gister buite die Pretoriase hooggeregshof gesê nadat die verhoor van me. Nnyadzeni Rasivhaga (19), die huiswerker, en mnr. Vincent Singo (25), ’n voormalige plaaswerker van die Grönums, weer uitgestel is.

Dié paartjie, wat in ’n romantiese verhouding was, staan tereg op aanklagte van moord, roof en die onwettige besit van ’n vuurwapen en ammunisie.

Grönum (71) is op 18 April verlede jaar in haar plaashuis op Geluk, buite Brits, verskeie kere met vermoedelik ’n mes gesteek. Haar man het haar bebloede lyk in die gang van die huis gekry toe hy teruggekom het van die winkel waarheen hy van sy werkers geneem het.

Die verhoor is tot 16 November uitgestel nadat die staat geweier het om hul pleitverduidelings te aanvaar.

Die verhoor is eergister ook vertraag toe die twee beskuldigdes se weergawes van die gebeure verander het en hulle op die nippertjie weens botsende belange twee verskillende regsverteenwoordigers moes kry. Rasivhaga het onder meer “vingers gewys” na Singo.

Dr. Gerda Kemp van Cornelia in die Vrystaat, me. Danolien Postma van Brits en me. Chrisna Hoffman van Nelspruit het gesê hul ma het ’n “ongelooflike zest vir die lewe gehad”.

“As iemand in die asblikke gekrap het, het sy vir hulle kos gemaak. Sy het altyd vir die armes klere bymekaar gemaak,” het hulle gesê.

Grönum het ook volgens hulle probeer om vir Rasivhaga ’n beurs te reël om onderwys te studeer.

Kemp het ook buite die hof gesê hulle het volle vertroue in die regstelsel. Veral die ondersoekbeamptes, insp. Moses Mmatli en konst. Selina Chengwe, verdien lof, het die susters gesê.

Rasivhaga en Singo bly in aanhouding.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2515417,00.html

Egpaar beroof, ure aangehou

'n Polisievoertuig buite die huis op die plaas Tripolitania, waar mnr. John Leguori en sy vrou, Tersia (51), aangeval is. Foto: Maradine Ehitehorn

May 12 2009 07:41:42:913PM - (SA)

Loraine Lalp

Ladybrand. – ’n Egpaar is Sondagnag wreed op hul plaas in die Oos-Vrystaat aangerand en ure lank aangehou in die tweede plaasaanval binne twee dae in die Vrystaat.

Die egpaar het later daarin geslaag om te ontvlug terwyl hul aanvallers op hulle geskiet het.

Sers. Tshifiwa Muifa, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê mnr. John Leguori (52) en sy vrou, Tersia (51), het saam met vriende op hul plaas, Tripolitania, naby Ladybrand gekuier. Nadat die vriende vertrek het, is die egpaar laataand na hul kamer.

Volgens ’n bron het mev. Le-guori op die bed gelê terwyl mnr. Leguori gestort het.

Die drie aanvallers, wat volgens die polisie die huis deur ’n badkamervenster binnegekom het, het mev. Leguori drie keer met ’n mes in die bors gesteek. Volgens die bron het die mans mnr. Leguori met messe in die kop en nek gesteek.

Muifa het gesê die rowers het die egpaar aangerand en mnr. Leguori se hande agter sy rug vasgebind. Hulle het mnr. Leguori gedwing om hulle te wys waar hy sy vuurwapens bêre en ook die egpaar se selfone geroof. Die aanvallers het alles wat van waarde is in sakke gepak.

Die rowers het volgens Muifa met die egpaar in mev. Leguori se motor in die rigting van die Caledonrivier gery.

By die rivier het een van die verdagtes volgens Muifa in ’n stadium uit die motor geklim, in die rigting van die rivier gestap en sy twee makkers by die egpaar in die motor agtergelaat.

Een van die aanvallers het probeer om mev. Leguori uit die motor te trek. Mnr. Leguori het hom losgewoel en die een aanvaller begin skop. Muifa het gesê die egpaar het die mans uit die motor geskop en weggejaag. Die verdagtes het op hulle geskiet.

Mev. Leguori het teen ’n boom gebots, maar hulle kon daarin slaag om na ’n buurplaas te hardloop waar hulp ontbied is.

Enigiemand met inligting kan speur-insp. Kobus Coetzee by 083 258 5350 bel.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2515393,00.html

Sterf toe hy sy gesin beskerm

May 12 2009 10:50:37:177PM - (SA)

André Damons en Amanda Roestoff

’n Pa van drie kinders is eergisteraand by sy huis in Sundowner in Randburg, Johannesburg, doodgeskiet nadat hy met sy kaal hande teen gewapende rowers geveg het om sy gesin te beskerm.

Mnr. Keith Ward (58), ’n verkoopsman, het omstreeks 19:36 van die werk af by sy huis in Putticklaan gekom en ’n groep rowers in sy oprit aangetref.

Ward se vrou en drie kinders van twee, 13 en 19 jaar oud het hulself in die hoofslaapkamer toegesluit en die noodknoppie gedruk, het insp. Karen Jacobs, polisiewoordvoerder, gesê.

Die familie wou nie die vrou en haar drie kinders se name bekend maak nie.

Luidens ’n verklaring deur die familie het Ward se gesin bewus geword van die aanvallers toe die hond begin blaf het. “Hoewel hy nie gewapen was nie, het hy sy gesin probeer beskerm en ’n struweling het ontstaan. Hy is drie keer geskiet.”

Die verklaring lui voorts Ward is dood terwyl sy gesin deur die venster gekyk het om te sien wat aangaan.

“Die vrou het ’n man met ’n blou-en-geel sportbaadjie by die kombuisvenster gewaar waar hy ’n pistool op haar gerig het. Die vrou het gehoor hoe skreeu haar man om hulp en toe gaan ’n skoot af,” het Jacobs gesê.

Luidens die verklaring het Ward se 19-jarige dogter haar ma uit die pad gestoot toe die rower die pistool op haar gerig het.

Veiligheidswagte wat op die noodalarm gereageer het, het Ward in die motorhuis, wat in ’n ontspanningskamer omskep is, buite die huis aangetref.

Jacobs het gesê hoewel daar ander items in die kamer was, het die rowers net ’n rekenaarkas gevat en gevlug omdat hulle waarskynlik geskrik het.

Volgens mnr. Nick Dollman, woordvoerder van Netcare 911, het een van die koeëls Ward teen die kant van kop getref. “Ongelukkig was sy beserings te erg en het hy baie bloed verloor en is op die toneel dood. Sy vrou en kinders is gelukkig nie beseer nie, maar erg getraumatiseer.”

Volgens hom het van hul traumaberaders na die gesin omgesien. Die erg getraumatiseerde gesin is steeds bang om die huis te verlaat.

Die polisie ondersoek sake van moord en roof en het gevra dat enigiemand met inligting insp. Jan de Bruyn, ondersoekbeampte, by 079 694 6843 bel.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2515497,00.html

'Hy is 'n hero'

May 14 2009 11:09:15:873AM - (SA)

Tom de Wet

Welkom. - "My man het my en ons kinders se lewens gered deur die moordenaars van ons slaapkamer weg te lei. Daarvoor het hy met sy lewe betaal. Hy is 'n hero."

Dit was gister die woorde van 'n baie hartseer mev. Stella Vieira (39), wie se man, Edward (40), Dinsdagnag in hul huis deur inbrekers geskiet is.

Bloedspatsels oral in die een helfte van die huis, verste van die slaapkamers, getuig van hoe die gewonde Vieira met sy aanvallers gestoei en hulle van die slaapkamers weggelei het.

Mev. Vieira het snywonde aan haar arm opgedoen toe sy die vensterruit in die slaapkamer gebreek het om uit te kom terwyl haar man om sy lewe teen die aanvallers geveg het.

Die swaar gewonde mnr. Vieira het daarna deur 'n baie klein kombuisvenster na buite ontvlug waar hy aan 'n skietwond in sy rug dood is.

Hy het verskeie snywonde aan sy hande, arms en voete opgedoen toe hy die kombuisvenster bokant die wasbak gebreek en daardeur ontsnap het.

Die twee aanvallers het met leë hande weggehardloop.

Kapt. Magda Muller, polisiewoordvoerder, sê Vieira het in die TV-kamer op die bank gelê en TV kyk toe twee mans omstreeks middernag die glasskuifdeur in dié vertrek van buite gebreek, ingekom en Vieira oorval het.

Mev. Vieira het haar man hoor skreeu en die polisie gebel. Sy het haar kinders agter die geslote kamerdeur gelos en 'n ruit gebreek om na buite te kom waar sy ook ander mense gebel het om te kom help.

Vieira se pa, mnr. Vincent Vieira van Odendaalsrus, sê hy is baie ontsteld en kwaad oor sy seun se dood.

Die egpaar is nog maar 'n jaar terug in Welkom nadat hulle lank in die Kaap was. In dié jaar is hulle in 'n huis in 'n ander woonbuurt in die stad deur inbrekers oorval en beroof en het besluit om die huis in Falstaffstraat, Bedelia, te koop omdat hulle geglo het dat dit veiliger daar sou wees.

Die egpaar het drie kinders, Natalee (13), Chantel (9) en Nicolas (5).

Enigiemand met inligting word gevra om kapt. Piet van Eck by 083-790-8964 te bel.

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‘Dit was nie roof, boer is gejag’

Mnr. Alan Rowe se familielede op die toneel van die moord - sy broerskinders, Graham en Laura Rowe, en hul tannie, me. Bev Rowe. Foto: Sandile Waka-Zamisa

Pietermaritzburg. – Die moord op ’n boer van die KwaZulu-Natalse Middellande wat “gejag” en doodgeskiet is, hou moontlik verband met grondeise.

Mnr. Gavin Hill, ’n buurman, meen egter ’n huurmoord het mnr. Alan Rowe (58) se lewe eergisteraand geëis.

“Hierdie was nie ’n kaping of rooftog wat skeefgeloop het nie. Hulle het hom ‘gejag’ met die doel om hom dood te maak.”

Rowe, eienaar van Bloemendal Estate by Rietvlei, het omstreeks 20:45 van Hill se huis teruggekom toe twee mans wat in sy motorhuis weggekruip het, op hom in sy Mazda Drifter-bakkie geskiet het.

Rowe het agteruit probeer wegry, maar die mans het aangehou skiet – een van sy linkerkant en die ander van agter ’n ander bakkie in die motorhuis.

Verskeie skote van ’n 9 mm-pistool en ’n .22-geweer het sy bakkie se voorruit getref.

Rowe het klaarblyklik uit die voertuig gespring en deur ’n heining geklim om na die pad se kant te loop. Sy selfoon is later naby dié heining gevind.

Die mans het hom egter ingehaal en twee keer in die bors geskiet. Een van dié koeëls is ook deur sy arm.

Sr.supt. Henry Budhram, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê die moord kan met ’n twis oor grondeise verbind word, maar wou nie meer besonderhede gee nie.

Hill het gesê hy weet nie van enige probleme met grondeise op die plaas nie. Rowe se broer, Michael, het bevestig daar was nie grondeise nie, maar gesê daar was planne om die plaas aan ’n swart koper te verkoop.

Bloemendal Estate is ’n melk- en beesplaas, met sowat 375 melkkoeie en nog 50 beeste.

“My suster het nou uit Australië hier gekuier en ons het almal saam gekuier. En nou het dit in ’n tragedie geëindig,” het Michael gesê.

“Ons moes die nuus aan Alan se vrou, Jenny, oordra wat by hul huis in Howick was. Sy is in die hospitaal weens die trauma.”

Mnr. Bhekumuzi Magubane, voorman van Bloemendal, het gesê hy het nie Rowe se bakkie gehoor nie.

“Daar was net skote en ek het dadelik die ligte afgeskakel. Ek het deur die venster gekyk en die bakkie in trurat sien ry, en Rowe wat uitspring.

“Ek het dadelik die polisie gebel, maar daar was geen antwoord nie. Toe bel ek ’n polisieman wat ek ken en Hill se voorman.”

Hill en sy vriendin, me. Donna Lay, het hulle na die plaas gehaas, maar dit was te laat. Hulle het Rowe se liggaam gevind.

Die polisie is vol hoop dat die skuldiges vasgetrek sal word.

Budhram het enigiemand met inligting gevra om konst. Bonginkosi Dlamini by 033 417 0712 of 073 324 1974 te bel.

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Family left traumatised after father's death

May 12 2009 at 01:15PM

A 58-year-old father of three was killed in his Sundowner, Randburg home during a botched robbery, police said on Tuesday.

"Keith Ward was returning to his residence in Sundowner. His wife was in their house with three children, aged 17, 13 and two, when she heard a noise," said Inspector Karen Jacobs.

Ward's wife looked out of the kitchen window and saw a man pointing a firearm at her. She then fled with the children into the main bedroom.

"On the way they heard Keith Ward shouting for help and a shot went off. She locked the door of the bedroom and pressed the panic button," said Jacobs.

The security guards arrived and found Ward in an entertainment room outside the main house.

"The 58-year-old father and husband was shot in the head by his attackers, sadly his injuries were too severe and he died at the scene," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman.

Dollman said while the rest of the family was not injured, they were traumatised and required counselling.

At this time, police could only say that a computer "tower box" was missing from the residence.

It was not yet known how many attackers there were. - Sapa

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Bludgeoned old woman 'was very frail'

May 13 2009 at 09:30AM

By Caryn Dolley

She had been so frail and weak, she was unable to walk far.

This is how Gerrit Skitter described his last visit with his mother-in-law, Johanna Retief van Aarde, 79, about three months before she was bludgeoned to death in her Gordon's Bay home on May 21 three years ago.

Skitter on Monday testified in the Western Cape High Court in the trial of nine men accused of breaking into Van Aarde's home, murdering her and then breaking into a neighbouring home.

There, they allegedly held four people at gunpoint, including a five months' pregnant woman, who was raped.
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Luyanda Zaza, Simon Lolo, Mzamu Ncwana, Thembile Ngxowe, Siyathemba Tshanyela, Lungile Mayo, Thomas Baraza, Vuyile Msaseni and Siyabonga Zanzele face charges of housebreaking, robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder.

Zanzele also faces a rape charge.

On Tuesday Skitter, who arrived from Britain, was called as a state witness.

He said about three months before Van Aarde's murder, he and his wife had moved to Britain.

When prosecutor Lenro Badenhorst questioned him about Van Aarde's physical strength, he said she had been frail.

"She could walk but she couldn't walk for very long distances. She was weak," he said.

He said his mother-in-law had lived alone and, before he and his wife had emigrated, they had visited her nearly every day.

Skitter identified her home using photographs and pointed out the windows where he had installed burglar bars.

Before he was called as a witness, a police constable, John Pieterse, had been cross-examined about the arrests of four of the suspects.

He said the four had been arrested in the Gordon's Bay area the night of the robberies, when police officers had seen them running away and found them hiding in bushes.

Pieterse, who saw the arrests but was not involved in them, said it had been dark and he had not been able to clearly see their faces.

When the four were in the Gordon's Bay police station before being taken to the holding cells, Pieterse had then got a better look at them.

However, one of the accused who Pieterse said was arrested that night, Thembile Ngxowe, said he had seen Pieterse for the first time when the constable was called as a witness in court on Monday.

Pieterse said this was "impossible".

caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

This article was originally published on page 4 of Cape Times on May 13, 2009

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Men found guilty of murder

May 13 2009 at 01:17PM

By Sherlissa Peters

The two men accused of the murder of Cliffdale husband and father Marc Pohlman have been found guilty in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Judge Herbert Msimang convicted Msiko Malinga, 27, and Felakuphi Zondi, 22, on Tuesday of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Malinga was found guilty of further charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The men pleaded not guilty, in the face of overwhelming evidence against them which included ballistic evidence that matched spent cartridge casings at the scene of the murder with the firearm found in Malinga's possession on his arrest, as well as fingerprint evidence that linked the men to the crime scene.

Msimang said: "The evidence submitted by both accused men is clearly false beyond all reasonable doubt. There can be no question as to the guilt of the accused."

He said they were two of the worst witnesses he had ever had the misfortune to come across.

In mitigation of sentence, defence counsel for Malinga and Zondi conceded that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances present to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment on the murder charge.

Msimang agreed with this submission, adding that the duo had showed no mercy to the Pohlman family.

"They could have simply taken what they wanted and left the family intact. However, they decided to attack this young family and leave them without a husband and father," he said.

Prosecutor Dalene Barnard labelled the murder a "senseless" killing.

"The family were vulnerable targets that posed no threat to their assailants."

Barnard said it was shocking that in the face of incriminating evidence against them, the men had still pleaded not guilty and had shown no remorse for their actions.

The matter was adjourned to Friday to allow for the defence and prosecution to research a certain case law that might have an impact on sentencing.

Pohlman, 31, was shot dead on his smallholding on February 22, 2008.

He was shot twice in the chest. His killers got away with three cellphones, cash and a bottle of brandy.

Pohlman is survived by his wife, Caroline, and two children.

In her testimony, his wife said that on the day of the attack she had been sitting on the veranda at about 7pm and her husband had been sanding the stairs with a machine.

She said their children, aged three and four, were with them.

"We noticed two men enter our front gate and approach us. It initially looked as though they were having an argument and were no danger to us, but then we saw that one of the men had a gun," she said.

She said her husband had tried to calm the situation before telling her to get out with the children.

"I turned to grab my kids and that's when I heard the first gunshot. I rushed the children into the bathroom and because it does not have a lock I physically barricaded the door with my body."

Pohlman said the assailant had then tried to break down the bathroom door. That was when she had heard the second gunshot.

"He kicked and pushed and eventually got his head and arm around the door. He slapped me and managed to get in and then dragged me back to the veranda."

She said the man had demanded cellphones from her.

"At that point the gunman came toward us and told his accomplice that they needed to go. My assailant let go of me. That's when I ran back to the bathroom to my children and barricaded us in again."

Several minutes had passed before she opened the door to shout to her husband.

"I got no response. I came out of the bathroom and did a quick check of the house to make sure the attackers were gone. I took my children and put them into the car. That's when I saw my husband lying close to the fence."

This article was originally published on page 3 of Daily News on May 13, 2009

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Kleinmond pair sentenced for killings

Fatima Schroeder

May 14 2009 at 05:05PM

Two Kleinmond men have been sentenced to 75 years behind bars after pleading guilty to the August 2008 murder of elderly relatives of Cape Town model Minki van der Westhuizen.

However the men, Lindikhaya Sigidi and Siyabonga Cosa, will only serve an effective 30 years after the Cape High Court ordered that some of the sentences be served concurrently.

Acting Deputy Judge President Dennis van Reenen sentenced the men after they entered into a plea bargain admitting to the murders.

They appeared nervous and stared at their feet as the court asked them to confirm the plea agreement.

Schalk van der Westhuizen, 78, and his wife Marie were killed shortly after hosting a party to celebrate her 71st birthday.

Mrs Van der Westhuizen had been saying goodbye to the last guests and, when she went back into the house, she witnessed the men bludgeoning her husband with a hammer.

They then attacked her before fleeing with several valuables, including two cellphones, a DVD player, jewellery, a laptop computer, camera, video camera and an MP3 player.

A neighbour discovered their bodies next morning. A post-mortem showed they had died from blows to the head.

Photographs of the bodies showed the extent of the couple's injuries.

During the investigation, Sigidi's fingerprints were found at the scene.

The police also found the stolen items in the possession of both men.

In the plea and sentence agreement with the State, the men admitted that they had broken into the Van der Westhuizens' home and attacked the elderly man with a hammer to subdue him.

They said that neither the man nor his wife offered any resistance.

In negotiating the plea agreement, the parties took into account that the couple were elderly and that their families were traumatised by the murders.

However, the mitigating factors taken into account included that both men were first offenders.

Sigidi was 22 at the time and Cosa was 23.

Before sentencing the men, Judge Van Reenen said he was satisfied that the agreed sentences were just and fair.

He commended the police for their investigation of the murders and also thanked the men's advocate, Patrick Loots, for continuing to represent them even though he had left the Legal Aid Board to practise privately.

The men were each sentenced to 35 years, of which five years were suspended, for each of the murders.

They were also sentenced to 15 years for housebreaking.

The sentence for the housebreaking conviction and one of the murder sentences was ordered to run concurrently with the remaining murder sentence.

This article was originally published on page 8 of Cape Argus on May 14, 2009

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Murdered farmer had received threats

May 15 2009 at 10:25AM

By Sharika Regchand

Unresolved land claim issues could have been the motive for Wednesday night's murder of a 57-year-old farmer at Bloemendal farm, at Rietvlei, near Howick, say police.

Alan Rowe had been shot twice in the upper body at about 8.30pm. A source close to the investigation said he had been threatened previously by farm dwellers living on his property.

The vice-chairperson of the Mooi River Farmers' Association, Peter Ward, said the murder raised fears of further violence. "This is something that can only get worse unless the government deals with it," he said.

Ward added that several land claims in the area were "dragging on for too long" and that the government should address them immediately.

Investigations had established that Rowe had been returning home from visiting another farmer in the area. He was alone at the time.

"It is believed that Rowe was approaching his shed in his vehicle when he was confronted by an unknown person, who fired shots in his direction," Police Superintendent Henry Budhram said.

Budhram said Rowe got out of his vehicle and tried to drag himself into his house, but collapsed and died. A neighbour had heard the gunshots and called the police.

Police appealed to anyone with information to contact Constable Bonginkosi Dlamini, of the Rietvlei Detective Services, at 033 417 0712 or 073 324 1974, or to supply information anonymously to Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

sharika.regchand@inl.co.za

This article was originally published on page 3 of The Mercury on May 15, 2009

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The killing was 'senseless', says MEC

May 15 2009 at 10:15AM

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for agriculture and rural development Lydia Johnson on Friday condemned the killing of a farmer in Rietvlei outside Mzimkhulu on the province's south coast.

Alan Rowe was shot by unknown attackers while driving home on Wednesday night.

"I condemn as senseless and criminal the killing of farmers in KwaZulu-Natal. The death of Mr Rowe leaves us as the agriculture community that much poorer," said Johnson.

The newly appointed MEC promised to prioritise safety and security in the farming and rural communities.

"In this regard we will work closely with the MEC for police in the province Mr Bheki Cele and all the relevant security structures to ensure that rural areas are safe places for all to live in," she said. - Sapa

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Rivonia man lying in ICU after attack

May 04 2009 at 08:14AM

By Angelique Serrao

A house robbery in Rivonia, Joburg, has left a man fighting for his life in ICU and a woman waiting for HIV test results after she was bitten by robbers.

A gang of about eight men gained access to the house in Terry Place Road on Saturday when a domestic worker was returning from the shops.

Two men walked up to her and pointed a gun at her head, demanding that she open the gate to the property.

'There was blood all over the show'

Ed Dednam and his wife Laura came upon the robbery when they returned home.

Their son, Sean, 36, their daughter-in-law and grandchildren, a three-year-old and a six-month-old, were in the house.

Dednam said he and his wife had seen two cars parked in the street and a man standing in the street outside their home.

"My wife opened the car window and asked if he was looking for our domestic. He said no. I pressed the remote to open the garage and saw tools lying everywhere," he said.

Assuming his son had made the mess, Dednam went inside the house. When he opened the door to his kitchen he saw his daughter-in-law lying on the floor with a man standing over her with a gun.

That was when he realised his house was being robbed. He slammed the door and ran out of the house with a robber behind him shouting that he would shoot.

"I shouted to my wife to 'go, go, go' because she was still in the car and I ran to a neighbour to ask them to call the police."

But his wife was not able to get away immediately. One of the men grabbed her hand and started biting her fingers to get her rings off.

Another man came from the other side and bit her on the arm as she was struggling.

The gang fled and the Dednams found that their daughter-in-law and domestic worker had been beaten and their son was unconscious in the passage.

Dednam said four men had taken Sean to a bedroom where the safe was and had asked him to open it.

Sean had told them he did not live at the house so he did not know the code.

That was when they went to the garage to look for tools and came back to smash the safe open with an axe.

Sean was then brutally attacked. He was strangled, hit on the head four times with a blunt object and kicked.

"They hit him and chopped four cuts in his head," said Dednam. "They also kicked him. There was blood all over the show."

Paramedics took Sean to Sunninghill Hospital, where he is still in ICU. Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said Sean appeared to have been tied up and beaten until he was unconscious.

He was taken to hospital in a serious condition. His wife had been kicked in the head and chest. The children were untouched.

"It was over in a flash," said Dednam. "But everyone is very shocked and my wife has to wait for HIV tests."

Laura believes the gang had been waiting in the road looking for any target when their maid came along.

She said: "It was potluck. They were just cruising in the street and unfortunately my maid was coming home."

Passports, laptops, cellphones, jewellery and a green BMW were stolen.

Inspector Moses Maphakela said the police were looking for the suspects. They believe about eight men were involved in the robbery.

Maphakela said that while one did hear of house robberies taking place during the day, this type of robbery was unusual.

This article was originally published on page 6 of The Star on May 04, 2009

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Saturday, 9 May 2009

Farmers' 'killer' in court

08/05/2009 09:50 - (SA)

Bloemfontein - The case against a Lesotho citizen arrested in connection with the murder of two Free State farmers was postponed in the Viljoenskroon Magistrate's Court, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.

Moeketsi Mokoena, 25, was earlier referred for observation to the Bloemfontein Psychiatric Centre.

Free State police spokesperson Maselela Langa said Mokoena's case appeared before court, but was postponed to Friday, when the court would hear his psychiatric report.

Mokoena, who claimed he was a traditional doctor, was arrested on the farm of Jan van Wyk, 82, at Vierfontein, by members of Free State Agriculture's rural safety organisation in April, after neighbours suspected something was wrong.

It was reported that Mokoena was found sweeping the veranda and making food on Van Wyk's farm when the organisation's members found him. Van Wyk's mutilated body was found in the dining room of the house.

Mokoena was also accused of killing another Vierfontein farmer, Basie Venter, 65, less than 24 hours earlier.

Venter's wife, Mary, 68, apparently watched through a window as her husband was attacked with an iron rod.

- SAPA

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Saturday, 2 May 2009

Bejaarde dogter en ma oorval

Apr 30 2009 11:29:00:800AM - (SA)

Alta Snyman

Mooinooi. – ’n Rustige aand van televisie kyk het vir ’n bejaarde ma en dogter wat op ’n plaas in die distrik bly in geweld geëindig.

Mev. Anna Verster* (66) en haar 87-jarige ma, mev. Ina Muller*, albei weduwees, is verlede Maandag kort ná 20:00 aangeval. Verster het in die sitkamer na 50/50 gekyk terwyl Muller in haar kamer, ironies genoeg, Law and Order gekyk het.

“Die honde was in die huis en het verskriklik begin blaf. Toe ek opkyk het twee mans in die gangdeur gestaan. Hulle het vuurwapens in hul hande gehad.

“Ek het gevra wat hulle soek en hulle het die hele tyd gesê: ‘Be quiet, be quiet.’

“Die honde het vreemd opgetree. Hulle is redelik aggressief, maar daardie aand het hulle niemand gebyt nie,” sê Verster. “Alles was vir my ’n blank. Dit het deur my kop gemaal dat ek moet doen wat hulle sê.”

Haar ma, wat vanweë haar ouderdom moeilik beweeg, het kom kyk wat aan die gang is. Sy het op ’n stoel gaan sit, maar die mans het haar op die grond gegooi en haar geskop. “Sy het die hele tyd kliphard gebid.”

Die mans het Verster eers met ’n baadjie probeer vasmaak en het daarna bandjies van klere afgesny om hulle daarmee vas te maak. “Ek het dit met my tande begin losmaak, maar hulle het my gesien en my kop teen die teëlvloer gestamp. Hulle het my toe nog stywer vasgemaak.”

Die rowers het twee makkers gehad wat buite sig gebly en die huis deurgesoek het. Hulle het elektriese ware, selfone en die motor en die bakkie se sleutels gevat, maar net met die motor gevlug. Dit is die volgende dag verlate by die Sekulane School gekry.

Toe alles stil raak, het Verster op haar maag tot by die paniekknoppie geseil, haar teen die muur opgewikkel om dit te druk en kamer toe geseil om ’n mes te kry. “My ma het haar al effens losgewikkel en sy kon my hande lossny. Gelukkig het iets bo-op die telefoon gelê sodat die rowers dit nie gesien het nie en ek kon toe die polisie bel.”

Die vroue sê Extrasec, ’n veiligheidsmaatskappy, mnr. Louis van Wyk van BurgB (burgerband-radio) en die polisie was binne 15 minute op die toneel.

“Die polisie was baie behulpsaam en het regtig moeite gedoen.”

Daar was geen dokter beskikbaar nie om Muller, wat ’n hartlyer is, te behandel. Die plaaslike veearts, dr. Magiel van Wyk, het by haar gesit nadat sy ’n hartpil gedrink het.

Die polisie het die voorval bevestig.

*Die vroue se name is op versoek verander.

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Boer vermoor wyl vrou naarstig patrone soek

'Grootste Bul-aanhanger in hemel' Mev. Bella Honeyborne vertel hoe sy desperaat na koeëls vir hul vuurwapens gesoek het voordat haar man doodgeskiet is. Foto: Cornél Van Heerden

May 01 2009 10:10:48:950PM - (SA)

Herman Scholtz

Middelburg. – ’n Boer wat ’n paar jaar gelede bygebring is nadat sy hart weens ’n bye-aanval gaan staan het, het gister met plaasaanvallers se 9 mm-koeël in sy bors gesterf.

“Die wêreld se grootste Blou Bul-ondersteuner is nou in die hemel,” het mnr. Hennie Snyman, ’n familielid van mnr. Piet Honeyborne (50), gesê.

Honeyborne se vrou, Bella, het voor die moord “histeries” na patrone vir die sowat tien vuurwapens in die huis gesoek. Sowat vyf aanvallers het gisteroggend omstreeks 01:00 by die huis op die plaas Goedehoop by Blinkpan ingebreek en deur die kamers begin loop.

“Hulle het Ouma (die 98-jarige mev. Gerda Honeyborne) in haar kamer gekry en rondgesleep,” het Bella gesê.

“Ons was in die kamer aan die agterkant van die huis en het gehoor hoe Ouma praat, maar sy praat gewoonlik hard. Die volgende oomblik was dit asof iets op haar gesig was. Ek het gedink dis haar hondjie wat op haar gesig klim.

“Ek het opgestaan om te gaan kyk en in ’n man (in die gang) vasgeloop.”

Sy het hom gevra wat hy doen en hy het op haar afgestorm.

“Ek het die rewolwer in sy hande gesien en teruggehardloop kamer toe.”

Sy het oor ’n klein trappie gestruikel en oor die kantoorvloer na die kamer gekruip.

“Ek het geskree ‘Help! Hy het my!’ toe my man verby my gang se kant toe storm met net ’n onderbroek en hemp aan.”

Sy het haarself in die kamer toegesluit en die ligte aangeskakel, maar toe nóg twee boewe by die kamervenster gesien en die ligte afgeskakel.

“Ek het platgeval en om die bed gekruip na die bedkassie waar die rewolwer is. Daar was nie patrone in nie.”

Familielede het eergister met die gewere gaan skiet en nuwe patrone gekoop, maar nie die vuurwapens herlaai nie.

“Chantelle (haar skoondogter) het hom (Piet) nogal gevra of sy die rewolwer moet laai, maar hy het gesê ons kan dit vandag (gister) doen.”

Bella het dadelik haar seun, Pieter, en Chantelle, wat langs die hoofhuis bly, gebel om te vra waar die patrone is.

“Hulle is hier om my dood te maak! Waar is die patrone?” het sy oor die foon vir Chan-telle geskree.

Sy het dit uiteindelik in ’n klerekas gekry en twee skote deur onderskeidelik die kamervenster en badkamervenster afgevuur. “Toe was hulle al weg. Ek het Piet in die gang gekry met ’n 9 mm-koeël in sy bors.”

Hy is op die toneel dood.

Die polisie het volgens supt. Abie Khoabane, woordvoerder, gister ’n man aangekeer wat dalk met die moord verbind kan word.

Die motief vir die misdaad is nog onbekend. Sover bekend is niks uit die huis gesteel nie.

Honeyborne se bejaarde ma is gisteroggend hospitaal toe geneem en sterk steeds aan ná erge trauma.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2510004,00.html

4 held for farmer's murder

29/04/2009 21:37 - (SA)

Bloemfontein - Police arrested four people in Sutherland, Northern Cape, after the body of a 71-year-old farmer was found in his farmhouse near town, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Superintendent Hendrik Swart said the arrests followed the discovery of Klaas van Wyk's body on the farm Keerom early on Wednesday.

"Neighbours of the farmer found his bakkie overturned alongside the road that leads from the farm to Sutherland," said Swart.

The police were contacted and officials went to the farm to investigate.

Blood was found in the homestead and officers discovered the body of Van Wyk in one of the bedrooms.

"He had a visible neck wound," Swart said, adding that the house had also been ransacked.

Van Wyk apparently stayed alone. Farm employees told police they had heard loud laughter at about 21:00 on Tuesday coming from the farmhouse.

Swart said four people were arrested on Wednesday morning in Sutherland while driving around in a white Volkswagen Golf.

They were expected to appear in the Sutherland Magistrate's Court soon, facing a charge of murder.

- SAPA

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2508788,00.html

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