Monday, 29 January 2007

Terror and 'anti-racist' racism

Vlad du Plessis

In the spirit and morality of the age we live in racism has fortunately become socially and morally repugnant. Though this situation is desirable it is rather clear that we have taken this value to such an extreme that it has made the full-circle back to immorality.

One could refer to it as the immorality of 'anti-racism'. I refer to it as an immorality, not because I am implying that being against racism is immoral, but because fighting racism with a new kind of racism or 'reverse discrimination' has become the new social and political tyranny. In view of this development French philosopher Alain Finkelkraut pointed out that this 'anti-racism' will represent in the 21st century what communism was for the 20th century.

Symptoms of this 'anti-racism' include reverse discrimination such as the enforcement of discriminatory government policies, the general media portrayal of blacks as victims and whites as oppressors, etc. Due to our apartheid past this reverse discrimination has assumed a particularly acute form in South Africa. Symptoms include the elimination of the white (male) from the economy via rampant so-called 'affirmative action' and 'BEE', constant anti-white propaganda (ranging from the blatant to the subtle) via the state and private media, the suppression of Afrikaans, farm murders (and other violence), land redistribution, etc. All this carries on while an intolerable culture of extreme political correctness has been established. This has been done by a regime which justifies the 'positive' aspects of the above, while denying the existence of the negative, in the name of a new racist ideology called Transformation.

In South Africa, today, being white means to cross the T's and dot the I's of political correctness, to silently assume the role of the historically guilty and to never question or criticize the new establishment's intentions. Ranging from board meetings to retail store queues, you have to pretend that you subscribe to the new 'moral' order. The notion is that whites have never suffered and that they cannot be victims. Instead, whites are commonly portrayed as the authors of suffering and hardship. This politically correct dogma has turned into an unprecedented form of Orwellian Thought Policing, not even experienced under apartheid.

The worst aspect of this Thought Policing is the extent to which we enforce it upon ourselves and those around us. Terrified at the prospect of being wrongfully labeled 'white supremacists', we accept the role of the guilty ones, diligently assuming the subservient role of 'happy New South Africans'. To such an extent do we subscribe to this so-called 'anti-racism' that we dare not acknowledge the existence of politically or revenge-motivated hate crimes against us. Instead we prefer to see South African crime as a one-dimensional problem where our only legitimate claim of being victims is through our shared victimhood with blacks. We are scared that our claims of being victims will mean our undermining the so-called 'non-racial' principles of the new order, or that it will brandish our attempts to expose crime as a racist ploy, or because of our inability to believe in the existence of anti-white hate crime, we stare at SA crime through colour-blind spectacles. Intimidated by the propagandists of the regime, who defame us as 'racists' and 'white supremacists', we ignore the complexity of South African crime. In the castrated condition that these unfounded insults leave us, we remain paralysed, unable to insist on any form of just treatment.

We prefer not to cite the possible role of anti-white propaganda (especially since 16 June 2006) in the immense increase in senseless killings and tortures. We fail to see that the motive of violence against white people often dramatically differs from that against blacks, that crime against whites often resembles terrorism rather mere crime. We have become blind to a growing tide of racial intolerance and hatred projected against us. Suddenly we do not seem able or willing to identify the basic social-psychological process by which the regime has demonized us to such an extent that we not only have become the 'legitimate' targets of criminals, but also the objects of the most devious torture and cruelty.

In our constant attempt to stay blind to these facts we seek not to discuss such matters. We carefully censor those that make such attempts. Steering away from such questions, we never research the correlation between regime-inspired propaganda and violence on whites and we never seek to probe the proportion of white victims to the rest of the general population. Claims by white survivors of the anti-white statements by their perpetrators, the military precision of farm attacks or even the mere occurrence of anti-white hate crime goes unnoticed and are consciously ignored by us. Instead of acknowledging the interconnectedness of these disturbing facts, we focus on the fact that a cell phone might have been taken during an attack, thus 'comforting' ourselves that we are dealing with crime and not terror.

Instead of taking any responsibility for investigating the matter for what it really is, we insist on proclaiming an undifferentiated brotherhood of non-racial South African victims. Instead of acknowledging that we are dealing with a deadly blend of crime and ethnic terror, we carry on convincing ourselves that there only exists a criminal dimension to our problem. Rather than confronting the regime and its media apparatus on its dangerous campaign of ethnic mobilisation of the masses, we vigilantly enforce the Transformation ideology's political correctness. Yes, we prefer to live in extreme denial, while we are very possibly heading for a catastrophe on a the scale not yet experienced in this country.


The Genocide In Democratic South Africa

They are conservative, Christian Caucasians, a fact that might help explain why the fashionable left in the West doesn’t much care that they’re being exterminated.

The Boers—or farmers—of South Africa have tilled the land for generations, on small holdings or on large commercial farms. But orgiastic killing sprees by The People, in combination with a Stalinesque land grab by their representatives, is threatening this minority’s survival.

Not to mention making life an inferno for farmers across the county.

Journalists for "Carte Blanche," the South African equivalent of "20/20," conducted a six-month investigation into what has become known as farm murders, or "plaasmoorde" in Afrikaans. The short documentary opens with a funeral, Elsie Swart’s. Elsie was one of three farmers killed in the span of only seven days. She died after being “severely tortured, burned with an electric iron, beaten, and strangled to death.”

The victims of this ongoing onslaught, we are told, are invariably elderly, law-abiding, god-fearing whites, murdered in cold blood, in ways that beggar belief. For the edification of racism spotters in the West, "Carte Blanche" ought to have pointed out that their assailants are always black.

Typically, the heathens will attack on Sundays. On returning from church, the farmer is ambushed. Those too feeble to attend Sunday service are frequently tortured and killed when the rest are worshiping. In one crime scene, Bibles belonging to the slain had been splayed across their mangled bodies. In another, an “old man’s hand rests on the arm of his wife of many years.” She raped; he, in all likelihood, made to watch. Finally, with their throats slit, they died side by side.

Beatrice Freitas has survived two farm attacks. Her equanimity belies the brutality she has endured. She and her husband immigrated to South Africa from Madeira 40 years ago. They built a thriving nursery near the Mozambiquean border. It supplied the entire region with beautiful plants. Some people build; others destroy. Beatrice tells her story as she drifts through the stately cycads surrounding the deserted homestead. There’s an ephemeral quality about her.

When the four men attacked her, Beatrice says her mind “disappeared.” She and her permanently disabled husband, José, were tied up while the home was ransacked. When the brutes were through, they wanted to know where she kept the iron. They then took her to the laundry room, where two of them raped her, coated her in oil, and applied the iron. They alternated iron with boot. When they were through, 25 percent of Beatrice’s body was covered in third-degree burns. They suffocated her with a towel, and left her for dead, but she survived. She says the Lord saved her.

No one was ever arrested—not then, and not after the couple was attacked three years later. This time Jose died “in a hail of bullets.” Arrests and convictions are rare. "Carte Blanche" tells of Dan Lansberg, shot dead in broad daylight. Members of his courageous farming community caught the culprits, but they “escaped” from the local police cells. As I’ve explained before, the newly configured South African police is a corrupt, illiterate, and ill-trained force, “riven by feuds, fetishes, and factional loyalties.” The South African justice system has collapsed, confirms Professor Neels Moolman, a criminologist. In democratic South Africa, a person has over a 90 percent chance of getting away with murder. Or as Moolman puts it, pursuing “a criminal career without fearing the consequences.”

Sky News sent its correspondent to the northern province of South Africa, where the viewers are introduced to Herman Dejager. (CNN’s Anderson Vanderbilt Cooper and his pal Angelina Jolie were nowhere in sight.) Before retiring every night, Herman prepares to fight to the death to protect what’s his. He checks his bulletproof vest, loads the shotgun, and drapes ammunition rounds on the nightstand.

Herman’s father died in his arms, shot in the face by intruders. Kaalie Botha’s parents were not so lucky: “You can’t kill an animal like they killed my mom and father. You can’t believe it.” Kaalie’s 71-year-old father’s Achilles tendons had been severed so he couldn’t flee. He was then hacked in the back until he died, his body dumped in the bush. His wife, Joey, had her head bashed in by a brick wielded with such force, the skull “cracked like an egg.”

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton heads Genocide Watch. He says the slaughter of 2000 Boers is genocide. (One wonders why "Carte Blanche" drastically underreported the number of murdered Boers, pegging it at 1400 all told, when back in January of 2006, Genocide Watch reported a total of 1820 murders.) The rates at which the farmers are being eliminated, the torture and dehumanization involved—all point to systematic extermination.

“Genocide is always organized, usually by the state,” Stanton has written on Genocide Watch’s website. Indeed, according to Sky News, the farmers believe “these attacks are an orchestrated, government sanctioned attempt to purge South Africa of white land owners, as has already happened in Zimbabwe.” Consequently, Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of Africa, is now its dust bowl. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s Marxist President, is greatly admired by Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s strongman, and head of the African National Congress.

That certainly would explain why the ANC plans to dismantle the Commando System, a private Afrikaner militia that has existed since the 1770s, and is the only defense at the farmers’ disposal. More damning—and contrary to the pro-forma denials issued by the ANC’s oleaginous officials—The Daily Mail reported, in February 2006, that the government is dead-set-on forcibly seizing the land of thousands of farmers. By the year 2014, a third of the Boers’ property will have been given to blacks.

In democratic South Africa, dispossession is nine-tenths of the law.

©2007 By Ilana Mercer

January 19

About Ilana

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Sunday, 28 January 2007

Victim watches in horror as robbers close in

Gill Gifford

January 27 2007 at 12:16PM

A woman was forced to watch her CCTV helplessly as four robbers mounted an attack on her home that ended in gunfire between them and her neighbours.

The drama took just 101 seconds - from the time her brother-in-law drove into her home's garage, the robbers dislodged the gate, sneaked in, held him up at gunpoint to when they fled after the shootout.

The first picture was taken at 21.51:47 on Wednesday night.

It shows her brother-in-law's car entering the yard after he had visited his girlfriend. Behind him is the robbers' car in the street.

'It was just a typical armed robbery scenario, according to Brooklyn police officers'

Sandy Stoltz was working on her computer in her Newlands, Pretoria east house when she saw this scene on the CCTV monitor next to her.

Next she saw two masked intruders dashing on to her property just before the electric gate closed.

She activated a panic button linked to the house alarm, triggering the sirens.

"Not too bothered by the sirens, the criminals still struggle away with the gate and basically rip the entire gate off its rail," Stoltz said in an email she sent along with the photographs she had downloaded from the footage.

Once all four men were inside, the first two ambushed her brother-in-law, holding him at gunpoint. They demanded his keys, cellphone and wallet, and questioned him about who else was in the house.

"It was just a typical armed robbery scenario, according to Brooklyn police officers. Luckily my brother-in-law's response was 'no'. At the time, my three kids were sleeping, unaware of the danger lurking just outside their bedroom windows," Stoltz said.

She called the police as her brother-in-law started yelling in panic. At that moment, the men decided to leave.

Her neighbour, alerted by the wailing sirens, spotted the robbers and shouted at them. They fired two shots at him as they made their break for freedom. One of the bullets ripped through the neighbour's second-storey window, where his son was standing, watching the escape.

"My neighbour across the road fired a warning shot, which probably helped convince the criminals they were not welcome. The criminals got into the car, seen in the very first picture behind my brother-in-law's car, and drove off," Stoltz said.

The thing that horrified her most was the manner in which the robbers continued their actions despite wailing alarms, seemingly unbothered by the possible consequences, she said. "I thank God that he directed my eyes towards the CCTV screen at that very moment so I could see the incident happen.

"Things could have gone very far south for me and my whole family. I salute the Brooklyn police and ADT who arrived on the scene within five minutes," Stoltz said.

"And I am thankful for following a premonition I'd had a few weeks earlier to invest in a CCTV system. I had fixed my electric fence and alarm system, which had been out of action for a few weeks." Stoltz empathised with the many families who had been violated and harmed, and called her situation "fortunate".

This article was originally published on page 2 of Pretoria News on January 27, 2007


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Surrendered guns 'used by criminals'

Mbulelo Baloyi

January 27 2007 at 01:05PM

A "sizable number" of guns surrendered to the police for destruction have mysteriously found their way to criminal syndicates and warring taxi groups, according to gun lobby groups and the Democratic Alliance.

It is alleged that crooked police working at firearm centres at several police stations countrywide have been selling guns to criminal syndicates. The guns were meant to be kept in safes pending their destruction.

DA spokesperson on safety and security Dianne Kohler-Barnard said she was collecting affidavits in which people alleged that guns that they had handed over to the police had been used in armed robberies.

Kohler-Barnard said in some instances police went to the homes of some of these people believing they were implicated in robberies - but they had handed over their firearms up to two years earlier for destruction.

She said she had already submitted questions to Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula and was awaiting his response.

"There is an absolute trend where surrendered firearms have been used in armed robberies and it is far more widespread than I thought," she said.

SA Gunowners Association spokesperson Martin Hood spoke of four incidents where surrendered guns have afterwards been used to commit crimes.

"We have raised this matter with the relevant authorities and it seems nothing is being done," said Hood.

He said a firearm that was surrendered at Tugela Ferry in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands early last year was used in an armed robbery at a Spar Supermarket in Broadacres, north of Johannesburg, last November.

He said he had been told one officer dealing with surrendered guns had been selling them to taxi drivers.

This article was originally published on page 6 of Cape Argus on January 27, 2007


Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Family terrorised in smallholding attack

Graeme Hosken

January 23 2007 at 06:26AM

A Pretoria family was bound and gagged by thugs posing as police officers and endured more than an hour of terror as the gunmen ransacked their luxury home on a smallholding east of the city.

The attackers, who were armed with an assortment of weapons including rifles, attacked the Van Rensburg family as they were preparing for bed on Saturday night at their Willow Glen home.

Ringing a doorbell, the gunmen persuaded Christo van Rensburg, chairperson of the Kitty Hawk Flying Club, to allow them into his house.

As the men, three of whom were apparently wearing police uniforms, entered, they overpowered Van Rensburg, hitting him on the side of the face with a rifle butt before forcing him into his office.

'They began threatening to rape Liana and my daughter and I screamed at them to shoot me instead'

Van Rensburg works from home where he runs a mechanical trucking business, USEC.

Running into the kitchen, two of the men grabbed his wife Liana before attacking their 14-year-old daughter, who the couple asked not to be named.

Dragging them into Van Rensburg's office the gunmen threatened to kill them if they did not reveal the whereabouts of the safe.

The gunmen then pushed and pulled the terrified family into the main bedroom where they pulled a plastic Checkers bag over Liana's head, wrapping her in a duvet and trying to throttle her.

Van Rensburg said he began screaming at the men, pleading with them to leave his wife and daughter alone.

"They began threatening to rape Liana and my daughter and I screamed at them to shoot me instead. I pleaded with them to leave them alone," he said.

Releasing Liana from the duvet, one of the thugs grabbed Van Rensburg by the back of the head and shoved a gun into his mouth, threatening to shoot him.

"All I can see every time I close my eyes is the gun being shoved into my mouth and the man's eyes.

"They were dead. There was nothing in them," he said while describing the ordeal.

Liana, who said she was convinced the gunmen were going to kill them, said the men grabbed their daughter before forcing them to open the safe.

Pulling them into the pantry and tying them up with cable ties, the robbers fled with R18 000 in cash, cameras, binoculars, cellphones and car keys.

Van Rensburg managed to get hold of a knife and cut his wife's bonds and she freed him and their daughter.

He then smashed open the pantry window before radioing the Willow Glen Emergency Radio Network for help.

A visibly traumatised Liana said she thought they were going to die.

"I could hear them hitting Christo as they tried to suffocate me and thought that we were going to die. I kept on praying.

"I did not know what else to do," she said.

Provincial police spokesperson Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo confirmed the attack, saying a case of house robbery had been opened and was being investigated.

He appealed for anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the robbers to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on January 23, 2007


Dad dies to keep family safe

January 23 2007 at 06:58AM

"Darling, they've shot me. I can't hold the door closed any longer," said Willem Smit before giving a mighty shove and locking three robbers away from his family.

Smit, 41, of Acasia, north of Pretoria, was shot through the kitchen door on their smallholding in Heatherdale in front of his wife, Magda, 44, and their 13-year-old son, Steven, on Saturday night, reported Beeld on Tuesday.

He had opened the door and security gate to investigate noises.

Magda said: "Willem used his last strength to get the bolt into the door, then grabbed the lock out of my hand to secure it.

He then asked her to phone the police.

"He said: 'I'm going, come and say goodbye,' then he fainted," said Magda.

"The robbers got nothing but they took my husband's life."

Smit was shot in the left side and the bullet hit an artery and his lungs.

"He's my hero," she said.

Her brother, Sampie Esterhuizen, said Smit was the third member of their family to be murdered.

Their brother Kobus Esterhuizen, a police officer, was shot dead in 1995.

Esterhuizen's father-in-law, Douw Kaltwasser, was stoned to death three months earlier. - Sapa


Monday, 22 January 2007

'I just held him close'

21/01/2007 22:42 - (SA)

Buks Viljoen, Beeld

Sabie - "His blood was running through my fingers as I tried to get him breathing," sobbed a wife as she recalled her husband's pub death.

Irma Burger, 39, sobbed as she told her story to Beeld on Sunday morning.

Her husband Wikus, 30, was shot dead in front of her on Saturday night.

The pistol used to kill Burger apparently was stolen the previous day, during another robbery.

The Burgers were cleaning up about 01:30 after a birthday party at Die Boskroeg pub, when three masked robbers attacked them.

Their daughters Amri, 10, and Marzel, eight, were cleaning up in the kitchen with their mom and aunt, Stephanie Maritz, who had been celebrating her birthday at the popular bush pub.

Three robbers burst in

The youngest daughter of the family, Charmi, five, was sleeping in the car at that stage.

The pub is on the Burger's plot, just outside Sabie.

Burger had gone out to fetch a gas bottle.

Maritz said: "We were chatting and teasing in the kitchen when the three robbers burst in, shouting 'Give us the money!' "

The woman screamed and Burger ran into the kitchen.

Three shots were fired and he was hit in the right eye.

He fell against the wall and collapsed at the door, said Maritz. Burger died shortly afterwards.

One of the robbers grabbed her handbag containing R800 and her firearm, and ran off with it.

Irma Burger said: "I got a huge fright and was holding the breadboard in front of my face."

She shouted to the two girls to hide.

"Mom, we must phone," said Amri when she saw her father lying on the ground.

Maritz went to look for help at a house about 300m away.

'I just held him close'

Irma said: "I knelt next to Wikus. There was blood everywhere and I could see it flowing from his eye.

"I knew he had died - I just held him close."

Apparently the killers also were responsible for an attack on a businessman who lives about 600m away, earlier on Saturday evening.


Dad dies in hail of bullets after saving son

January 22 2007 at 05:11AM

By Alex Eliseev and Nomusa Cembi

When 78-year-old Rodney King heard his son screaming in the driveway, he instinctively ran to his rescue - and paid for it with his life.

Brendon King had been wrestling with one of at least four robbers who had ambushed him at his home in Olivedale, north of Johannesburg.

His father, who was visiting his family from Zimbabwe, joined in the struggle and the pair forced the gang to flee empty-handed. But as they were fleeing, they shot wildly at the father and son.

'The family were in a state of shock'

The bullets missed Brendon, but Rodney wasn't so lucky. Two bullets hit him in the chest and he collapsed, dying at the scene.

According to neighbour Merle Wright, the robbers, using a crowbar, broke through the palisade fence that separates the Kings' home from the Little Jukskei River on Saturday evening.

Under the cover of night, the gang crept to the front of the house, past the tennis court and ambushed Rodney next to his car at about 8.30pm. They demanded his keys.

When paramedics from Netcare 911 arrived a short while after the shooting, an unstable situation prevented them from assisting Rodney.

"The scene was very unsafe and there were people with guns running in the road," Netcare spokesperson Nick Dollman said on Sunday. "It was believed the attackers were still on the premises."

'They don't want to say anything'

Back-up arrived soon, and police officers - assisted by security companies - secured the front entrance. But paramedics could do nothing to save Brendon.

"They found one man had been assaulted and another had been shot in the chest. This was a fatal injury and the man died at the scene," Dollman said.

"The family were in a state of shock and the paramedics stayed with them until a trauma counsellor arrived."

The family's security company posted a guard across the road after the incident.

The Star tried to speak to Brendon and his family but was told they weren't ready yet.

"Please leave them alone. They don't want to say anything," a woman told The Star.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Chris Wilken confirmed the details of the shooting and said about five shots had been fired.

Although security guards at the scene said a firearm had been recovered, Wilken denied this.

Wright, who is also the chairperson of the Olivedale Residents' Association, said the entire community was devastated by the incident.

"Why doesn't President Thabo Mbeki come and have tea with these people and see how they feel?" she asked.

Wright had just finished walking her dogs when the shots rang out next door. The bullets pierced through the fence and disappeared in her garden.

She said the police had not been able to find them.

Wright said that, to her knowledge, this was the first murder to have happened in the quiet street.

"We haven't had a violent crime in a long time. Petty break-ins, yes, but not this.

"I don't know what we are going to do in this country. Unless the government wants to change this, we won't be able to change it.

"If Mbeki doesn't believe there is so much crime, he needs to come here to see what the trauma is doing to these people," Wright said.

She said she would love to see Mbeki publicly announce that he would "personally hang" criminals who rape children or rob and kill people.

This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on January 22, 2007


Three arrested for pensioner's murder

January 21 2007 at 01:48PM

Three people have been arrested for the murder of an 81-year-old man in King William's Town, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday.

The three, aged 18, 26 and 30, were taken into custody on Thursday and would appear in the King William's Town magistrate's court on Monday, said Superintendent Mtati Tana.

Benjamin Woyclen was found fatally stabbed 14 times outside his home on Wednesday.

"He had gone outside to throw something in the dustbin and when he did not return his wife went out to investigate and found him lying dead next to the fence," he said. - Sapa


Saturday, 20 January 2007

Hunting rifle fells robber

19/01/2007 06:40 - (SA)

Christel Raubenheimer, Beeld

Pretoria - When a man heard a noise at his neighbour's house, he went to investigate - with his hunting rifle - and shot an alleged robber in the head.

This is the second time this month in Pretoria in which a member of the public has shot and killed a gunman during a home robbery.

In the shooting on Tuesday night in Wingate Park, Pretoria east, police spokesperson Anton Breedt said the neighbour heard a noise coming from the house and went to investigate.

The noise was probably a stone that robbers had thrown through the lounge window about 22:00.

They clambered into the house through the broken window.

Returned fire

Breedt said the robbers were holding up the family, stealing their cellphones and jewellery, when their neighbour came out to investigate.

One of the robbers shot at the neighbour, who returned fire, hitting the man in the head and killing him.

The three other robbers took off and are still being sought.

Forensic criminologist Dr Pixie du Toit says statements like those of President Thabo Mbeki about crime not being out of control in South Africa, make people feel that it's "every man and woman for themselves".


Farmer shot in the head

19/01/2007 15:54 - (SA)

Pretoria - Groblersdal farmer John Prins was shot dead by two robbers on Friday morning.

Police said Prins and his wife were laving their house to look for their dogs when the gunmen shot him in the head.

They tied up his wife, ransacked the house and fled in the couple's vehicle. It was later recovered.

The murder comes just a week after another farmer in the area 78-year-old Sarel Breedt was shot dead.

Breedt and his wife Ina, 77, were attacked while having lunch outside their farmhouse in Honingsdraai, near Roossenekal, on January 11.

Their assailants tied Mrs Breedt's hands and feet and left her in the kitchen while they dragged her husband to the bathroom where they tied him to a chair and shot him in the head.

Breedt's burnt-out bakkie was found 60 kilometres away, at Sekhukhune, on Sunday.

An 18-year-old was arrested shortly after the murder and a 15-year-old was arrested on Saturday when blood spatters were found on his clothes after he was arrested while breaking into another house.

Both are to appear in the Middelburg magistrate's court on Monday. A third robber is still sought.

Agri SA said it was increasingly concerned and upset at such attacks even though the government denied there was a crime problem in the country.

"Since 1991 there were more than 9 600 attacks on farms during which 1 560 people including farmers, farm workers and their families were murdered," it said in a statement.

"There is a need in the farming community that this problem be admitted in the highest sphere of government and be tackled determinedly." AgriSA said.


Farmer's body found near gate

January 19 2007 at 07:13PM

The body of a 68-year-old farmer was found on Friday morning near a gate to his farm outside Vredefort, North West police said.

Superintendent Louis Jacobs said workers found Piet Barnard Venter's body in a patch of tall grass near the gate, about two kilometres from the farm house.

Venter's Toyota 4X4 bakkie was also found abandoned on the road between Parys and Fochville around 8.30am.

Police believed that Venter was overpowered at the gate on his way home to the farm Somerplaas on Thursday night after taking his workers to Parys.

He had no visible wounds of any significance, Jacobs said, but a piece of rope was tied around his neck. It was believed that he had been strangled.

There was no sign of a break-in at the farm house and nothing was missing except his cell phone, which he had with him.

It was believed that his attackers fled in his bakkie, taking the cell phone. The tracking device on the bakkie presumably activated and the vehicle's engine cut out.

Police were still investigating the circumstances of the attack, Jacobs said. - Sapa


Friday, 19 January 2007

Onslaught against the Peoples of SA

ANC & SA Communist Party indiscriminate onslaught against the Peoples of South Africa during the 80's in the name of the struggle and justice. Since coming to power in 1995 the violence has worsened and spiralled out of control!

Monday, 15 January 2007

Teen arrested for farm murder

January 15 2007 at 07:31AM

A 15-year-old boy wearing blood-spattered clothing, has been arrested in connection with the murder of 78-year-old Mpumalanga farmer Sarel Breedt, News 24 reported on Monday.

The blood was thought to be that of Breedt, who was tied to a chair at his Honingsdraai farm and shot in the head on Thursday afternoon.

Police were searching for two other suspects, aged 15 and 16.

Breedt and his wife Ina, 77, were having lunch outside their farmhouse, near Roossenekal, when they were overpowered.

The attackers tied Ina's hands and feet and left her in the kitchen. She was not seriously injured.

Captain Manie van Zyl of Mpumalanga's special investigation unit said the boy was caught red-handed while trying to break into a house in the town on Saturday.

He admitted his involvement in Breedt's murder.

The boy pointed out various tools and household items stolen from the Breedts.

Two suspects were involved in the attack and killing, while a third kept watch at the farm gate.

The police found Breedt's burnt-out bakkie at Sekhukhune, about 60km away from the farm, on Sunday.

It had been abandoned and probably set alight by the killers, said Van Zyl.

The bloodied clothing will be sent away for DNA testing. - Sapa


Saturday, 13 January 2007

Man killed while watching TV

January 12 2007 at 12:20PM

Pretoria police were on Friday investigating the murder of a 47-year-old man who was shot dead while watching television at his home in Centurion.

Dirk van Sittert was shot dead and his wife Adri, 45, wounded when robbers ambushed the couple at their home in Lyttleton Manor on Thursday night, Inspector Paul Ramaloko said.

Last week a woman who happens to be Adri's friend, was found murdered in her home at Kilner Park, Pretoria.

Martie Breet, 49, was found by her son. She had been tied up, strangled and her body left under a bed.

At the time, police said it seemed the robbers stole family's car and music equipment.

According to police, the crime statistics for armed robberies at homes in Pretoria rose from 931 to 1 222 over the last year, the Afrikaans daily Beeld reported.

The series of attacks has led ADT, a security company, to warn residents by SMS in the areas to be careful.

The SMSes warned clients to keep their windows and doors closed and to activate their alarms.

"Police have, since last year, intensified visible policing in the Pretoria area," Ramaloko said.

"However, it cannot be said that we will intensify more than we have already done because of the past incidents."

The robbers in the Van Sittert case escaped with a wallet, handbag, a cellphone and other items.

Adri, who was shot in the upper body, was in a stable condition in the intensive care unit of the Unitas Hospital.

Ramaloko said the robbers had come into the Van Sitterts' house through the back door.

The men shot at the couple when they tried to stand up.

Dirk died on the scene.

Police were investigating charges of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. - Sapa


SA citizens exhausted by crime - ACDP

January 12 2007 at 03:36PM

The citizens of South Africa are driven to exhaustion through crime, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said on Friday in a statement directed to Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.

"Our leaders live well protected in security villages."

The perpetrators know that it is unlikely that they will be caught and then there is the possibility that they can go free on technical grounds," said ACDP's Gauteng spokesperson and Tshwane councillor Annemarie Sparg.

She was reacting to the murder of Dirk van Sittert who was shot dead and his wife Adri, 45, who was wounded when robbers ambushed the couple at their home in Lyttleton Manor on Thursday night.

The couple were shot while watching television by armed men who gained entry to the house through the back door. Both were shot in the upper body.

Dirk died on the scene and his wife was taken to hospital. She is in a stable condition at the Unitas Hospital.

The robbers made away with a wallet, a handbag, a cellphone and other items. Police are investigating an attempted murder and armed robbery.

"Our judicial system is written to give rights to the criminals but the taxpayers paying for the running of the country are not properly protected," Sparg said. - Sapa


Elderly farmer murdered

January 12 2007 at 04:54PM

A 70-year-old farmer was murdered and his wife injured in a robbery at their farmhouse near Roossenekal in Mpumalanga, police said on Friday.

Their two attackers apparently used a wooden block to lift the electric fence around the Honingdraai farm and crawled into the yard on Thursday afternoon, said Captain Klaas Maloka.

"The suspects then gained entry through the kitchen door and held the woman and her husband at gunpoint," he said.

"The men tied the couple's hands and feet with ropes. They took the farmer's three pistols and one of the men shot the farmer in the forehead."

Maloka said the men fled on Thursday night in the farmer's bakkie.

His 58-year-old wife freed herself shortly after the men left.

"She spent the night in the bushes and went to her employee's house this morning (Friday) to get help," said Maloka.

Police found her husband at 5.30am on Friday.

Maloka said no arrests had been made.

The farmer was the second killed this week. On Tuesday a 56-year-old man was clubbed to death with knobkerries and sticks at a meeting with squatters on the farm he managed near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal.

Kenneth Lionel Eva was thought to have been attacked by 250 members of the eSibhonsweni community when he fired a shot into the air during an argument over ownership of the New Venture farm. - Sapa


Friday, 12 January 2007

Be vigilant, security company urges

12/01/2007 10:11 - (SA)

Christel Raubenheimer, Beeld

Pretoria - In yet another violent attack on a Pretoria family in their home, a 47-year-old man was fatally shot and his wife wounded as robbers opened fire on them.

Dirk van Sittert, 47 was shot dead and his wife Adri, 45, wounded after robbers attcked the couple as they watched TV in their Maitland Street house in Lyttelton Manor.

The body of Martie Breet, a broker from Kilnerpark and friend of Mrs Van Sittert, was found wrapped in a duvet in her house last week.

She was apparently strangled and robbed of a few possessions.

Armed attackers entered the Van Sittert's house at about 22:00 on Wednesday while the couple was watching television. Their daughter, Jani, 18, was asleep in her bedroom.

The police woke her up after the attack.

The attackers shot both in the upper body.

Victim shot twice

The couple's son, Barry, 21, said the robbers gained entry through an open back door. They didn't demand anything and shot Mr Van Sittert twice when he jumped up.

Mrs Van Sittert, also a broker, was also shot in the upper body when she stood up. After the attack she called the police and was rushed to Unitas Hospital.

She was in a stable condition in the intensive care unit on Thursday.

Her husband, a project manager at Spoornet, died at the house.

The robbers fled with a few items, including a wallet, handbag and cellphone.

"It's a terrible thing that happened. I cannot sleep - I don't want to sleep. They were watching television when two men entered and killed my son," said Barry van Sittert, Dirk's father.

A few hours after the attack, police were still searching for clues in the house in the quiet, tree-lined street.

Jani and Barry were staying with friends in the meanwhile.

Four murders since New Year's Eve

Criminals earlier on Wednesday night also tried to burgle two other houses in the suburb.

The attack on the family was one of several others in homes and gardens in Pretoria in the past few months during which residents were terrorised, murdered or mutilated.

The series of attacks on people at home at night forced the security company ADT a few weeks ago to send an SMS to clients warning them to keep their windows and doors locked and to activate their alarms.

Most of the incidents took place between 20:00 and 00:00, stated the SMS.

At least four people have been murdered in their homes in Pretoria since New Year's Eve.


Thursday, 11 January 2007

KZN farm manager dies in land dispute

January 09 2007 at 08:47PM

A KwaZulu-Natal farm manager was beaten to death by an angry mob during an argument over land-ownership near Melmoth, north-east of Durban, on Tuesday morning, said police.

Kenneth Lionel Eva, 47, was attacked by 250 members of the eSibhonsweni community when he fired a shot into the air during an argument over ownership of the New Venture farm, which he managed, said police and the KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC).

"They attacked him with knobkerries and sticks... He died on the spot," said Captain Vusi Mbatha. Eva's vehicle was burnt out.

Nobody else was hurt. The exact circumstances of the incident were still unclear, said Mbatha.

No arrests had been made and the police were investigating a case of murder. - Sapa


'You can shoot me, but you can't rape me'

2007-1-10 22:31

Durban - "You can shoot me, but you're not going to rape me," was the thought that flashed through a woman's mind as she thumped an aggressive robber, before diving for her panic button.

This determined action by Adri Keyser, 40, helped to trap three men suspected of at least 10 robberies and the gang rape of three young women in Pennington, on the Kwa-Zulu-Natal South Coast a fortnight ago.

Superintendent Zandra Hechter said the early-morning armed robbery at the Keysers' home at Umtentweni near Port Shepstone on Saturday was being linked to 10 beach and home robberies along the South Coast in December.

This included the two-hour ordeal of a group of young people relaxing at a holiday home in Pennington.

One robber 'really aggressive'

The gang took over their braai, and took turns in raping three young women.

The same group are thought to have robbed a couple from Gauteng in a nearby house, indecently assaulting the woman.

Adri said on Wednesday: "One of the three robbers was really aggressive.

"He kept grabbing my face and saying 'look at my face, I'm going to rape you and then kill you'.

"I could see the devil in his eyes."

The Keysers were surprised in their bed about 03:30 after the robbers apparently drugged the family's three dogs.

They used a ladder they had brought with them to gain access through an upstairs window.

Adri and her husband, Kobus, 44, were forced at gunpoint into the room of their son, Willie, 18, where some friends were sleeping over.

Kobus was beaten with a cricket bat when he did not want to hand over the keys to the safe.

The robbers got hold of two firearms, helped themselves to money and jewellery, and began to ransack the house for more money.

At one stage, Adri offered them Krugerrands, but the aggressive robber did not want the "strange money".

It was then that he threatened her and tried to force her to a chair.

"I knew he wasn't just talking, he was going to do it," she said.

With a supreme effort she pushed him off and dived for the panic button.

The robbers fled, but were arrested at a roadblock a few hours later, after members of the dog unit received a tip-off that armed men were in a taxi headed for Oshabeni near Port Shepstone.

Out on bail

A search of the men's home apparently turned up loot estimated at R150 000.

Mtokozizi Mbambo, 29, Wonderboy Mchunu, 26, and Joseph Shilembe, 23, appeared in Port Shepstone magistrate's court on Monday.

Hechter said Shibembe was out on bail after an unsuccessful burglary attempt at Umtentweni.

He was arrested nearby, allegedly with tools to force an entry into a house.

Police are searching for a fourth suspect.


Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Woman shot in her driveway

January 09 2007 at 09:00AM

By Cornelia du Plooy and Harriet Knight

Hijackings in the driveways of homes in Pretoria have become increasingly common over recent months.

The latest attack happened on Sunday when a woman was shot in her Mountain View driveway just after 8pm. This was the fourth incident of its kind in the past few months.

Awie and Heleen Coetzee paid a visit to their fellow church members Gert and Lanie Daffue on Sunday evening.

'I heard her screams and ran towards her'

Awie had run into the house to drop off some documents, while Lanie waited in the car before she got out of the car with the family dog. Awie said: "When she turned around the men confronted her with guns and asked for the keys.

"I heard her screams and ran towards her, but I fell and as she tried to run away she also fell. In all the commotion the hijackers fired two shots and one hit Lanie in her right foot. The hijackers took off with our Mercedes-Benz."

Lanie Daffue's son Gerhard said his mom came out of the house with pepper spray when she heard the screams: "It must have startled them and that was when they fired the shots. My mother underwent an operation because part of the bullet was still lodged in her foot."

In July 2006 Miems Maxwell went to visit her sister in Meyerspark when she narrowly escaped being hijacked and emerged with little more than a flesh wound to her wrist.

Zelda Saaiman was gunned down in her Brooklyn home in August after trying to escape a hijacker who had followed her home.

On New Year's day Dr Cornelius de Klerk was shot dead and his brother Nico critically injured in a botched hijacking in Brooklyn. The two were confronted by the hijackers in the driveway. Nico had arrived from Windhoek to celebrate the new year with his brother.

LifeMed Ambulance Services paramedic Hugo Minnaar attends to many similar situations.

He said: "Not a week goes by where we do not get called to shootings and hijackings. We're considering wearing bullet proof jackets."

Marius Vermaak of Crisis On Call, an identification system aimed at providing life-saving information to medical personnel in situations where a person is unable to communicate, said such incidents no longer happened to other people: "It happens right here, right now."

Criminologist Irma Labuschagne said it was easy to become a target for hijackings in suburbs. "This is because criminals are able to stake out entire areas. They record the movements of the residents and very quickly one can pick up on certain routines people follow, making those watched very vulnerable. It is important when travelling at night or early evening to keep all doors and windows locked."

This article was originally published on page 2 of Pretoria News on January 09, 2007


Sunday, 7 January 2007

Mom strangled to death by intruders

Image: Shattered: A distraught Melissa Breet, right, is comforted by a friend shortly after learning that her mother had been strangled by intruders.

Graeme Hosken

January 06 2007 at 11:39AM

A community has been shattered by the brutal murder of a loving mother and volunteer worker.

Martie Breet, 49, a short-term insurance broker and a volunteer at Eeufees Huis for the mentally disabled, was found by her son early on Friday morning, hog-tied and strangled, hidden in a duvet underneath her bed in her Kilner Park home.

It is believed that her killers attacked her after she woke up to them breaking a garage window and found them in the passage of the family's Abilia Street house.

Breet's house was the third house in Abilia Street broken into early on Friday morning.

'I just cannot believe that my mom is dead'

Her murder was the third such botched house robbery/killing to occur in Pretoria this week.

Describing his mother, Breet's son Demitri said she was an outgoing person who loved life and lived it to its fullest.

"I just cannot believe that my mom is dead. I just cannot believe it," he said while describing how he had found his mother's body in her ransacked bedroom after coming home from night shift at 4am.

He said his mother, who would always go out of her way to help people she knew as well as complete strangers, always had a smile on her face.

Breet's daughter Melissa said the family was in shock and battling to come to terms with what had happened. "It is very difficult for us. We do not really know what happened and some things do not make sense," she said.

She said that her mother's killers had stolen the family car as well as her brother's sound system, speakers and a music amp, but had left behind money and jewellery.

Breet's neighbour, Anna Wiblin, who scared off two would-be burglars when they tried to break into her home during the early hours of Friday morning, said she was terrified after what had happened.

"I am really scared. I was sitting watching TV when I saw two men trying to force open my lounge window. I screamed before telephoning neighbours and police," she said.

Another neighbour, Hettie Smalberger, said the attack was the third one in Abilia Street on Friday.

"Crime is really bad and is getting worse. It is just a matter of time before someone else is murdered," she said, adding that she was too afraid to go out in the evening.

"It is just too dangerous."

On Sunday 23-year-old Brent Hiscock bled to death on the veranda of his Boschkop home after he was shot in the back by two gunmen. His killers fled without taking anything.

On Monday evening Dr Cornelius de Klerk, 70, was shot five times in the driveway of his Menlo Park after he and his brother were attacked by two hijackers.

His brother was shot in both arms. The killers fled with De Klerk's handgun.

Police spokesperson Constable Brenda Kgafela said no arrests had been made for any of the murders and that the identity of the killers were still unknown.

She appealed to people who had information on the killers to contact police or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 immediately.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on January 06, 2007

Source: IOL

My tannie is verkrag

January 02, 2007, 10:52:24 AM

LYDENBURG - ‘n Vrou van Graskop het vir die hoogste vonnis gepleit nadat ‘n 33-jarige man hier skuldig bevind is aan die verkragting van haar 91-jarige moeder. Dit was nie die eerste keer dat haar familie slagoffers geword het van verkragting nie. Haar eie dogter is drie jaar gelede ook deur vier mans verkrag. Me Marie Venter het met wrewel haar gevoelens jeens David Malomane uitgespreek. "Wat het die vark gedink doen hy? Nie eens diere doen dit nie."

Haar ma, tannie Koekie Roodt (92) is nou doof en in ‘n rolstoel gekluister weens die beserings wat sy opgedoen het. Tannie Koekie het op 24 Maart 2005 die elektroniese hek by haar huis in Graskop oopgemaak, onder die indruk dat dit haar kleindogter was. Malomane het aan die agterdeur geklop en deur die sekuriteitshek vir kos gevra omdat hy kwansuis honger was.

"My ma kom uit ’n era wat jy nooit iemand wat kos vra, wegwys nie. Sy het bloot haar Bybelse opdrag uitgevoer - en dit nog met empatie." Toe tannie Koekie die sekuriteitshek oopmaak om die brood te gee, het hy dit uit haar hand geklap en beweer dat hy eerder geld soek. Hy het haar klere uitgetrek en toe hy haar wou verkrag het die klein tingerige vroutjie al haar kragte ingespan om hom uit die pad te skop. Dít het hom woedend gemaak, waarna hy haar wreed aangerand het voordat hy haar verkrag het.

In die proses het hy haar gesig pimpel en pers geslaan. Hy het ook haar neus, ribbes en heup gebreek. Sy het hulpeloos op die vloer gelê terwyl hy in die huis rondgekrap het vir wat hy kon buit. Daarna het hy haar opgetel, op haar bed neergelê en haar ‘n rustige nagrus toegewens. Marie en haar ma het die afgelope 23 jaar saam gewoon en sy het haar met liefde versorg. Sy was egter tydens die voorval self in die hospitaal weens ‘n knievervangings-operasie. Bedags het haar huisbediende haar versorg, terwyl huisvriende saans na haar omgesien het.

Haar ma het egter die dag haar vriendin laat weet dat dit nie nodig is om oor te slaap nie, omdat haar kleindogter vir haar sou kom kuier. In die halfuur wat sy alleen by die huis was, het Malomane haar verkrag. Haar klein-dogter, wat self ‘n verkragting moes verwerk, het haar verwese ouma op haar bed aangetref.

"Die invloed wat die insident op die familie gehad het, is soos ’n klip wat rimpelings op water maak." Voor die verkragting was tannie Koekie ‘n aktiewe lid van die gemeenskap wat gereeld die senior-burgeraskies bygewoon het. Sy was lief om te bak, in die tuin te werk en te gaan stap. Sedert haar verkragting het sy ‘n bang en ernstige persoon geword. Sy kry gereeld nagmerries en angsaanvalle. "My ma herleef die verne-dering feitlik daagliks waartydens sy Malomane se hande op haar lyf voel." Marie moes intussen haar ma in ‘n ouetehuis plaas omdat sy self nie meer na haar kan omsien nie.

Malomane, wat skuldig gepleit het, het nog ‘n onafgehandelde verkragtingsaak teen hom, asook verskeie vorige veroordelings van diefstal en roof. Twee sodomiesake is ook teen hom aanhangig gemaak, maar is deur die klaers teruggetrek. Die saak is uitgestel tot 1 Februarie 2007 vir ‘n Hooggeregs-hofdatum sodat hy ‘n gepaste vonnis opgelê kan word.

Streeklanddros Dries Lambrecht was die voorsittende beampte en Me Mariaan Bronkhorst die staatsaanklaer. - Die Laevelder

Oorsprong:South Africa the truth

Rapists having fun

January 04, 2007, 10:15:36 AM

Durban - During a three-hour gang-rape ordeal at a South Coast holiday house at the New Year weekend, three attackers carried on with the victims' braai, cooking and helping themselves to beers.

According to sources, the attackers also allegedly forced their victims to eat meat from the braai.

Police said a man was taken in for questioning on Wednesday about the gang rape of three young women in Pennington on Saturday night, but no arrests had been made.

Superintendent Anton Booysen of the South Coast serious and violent crimes unit said late on Wednesday that reports of arrests were untrue.

Were having a braai

Instead, the investigating team comprising various units spent the whole of Wednesday scouring the crime scene.

He said dogs were used to search the holiday cottage for evidence and forensic experts had also been called in.

The three victims - aged 18, 19 and 20 - were part of a group of five young people spending the New Year weekend in Pennington.

They were braaing on the verandah of a holiday cottage in a residential complex on Saturday night when they were allegedly confronted by three men armed with guns and a knife.

All were tied up and forced back into the house. The young men were pushed on to the floor and the young women repeatedly raped.

All the while, the attackers continued to braai meat and eat and drink.

Just 1½ hours later, a couple from Gauteng were accosted while cleaning the kitchen of their holiday home in the same complex.

The wife was indecently assaulted. Booysen said the police team was looking into possible links between the two cases.

He said the modus operandi was the same as well as key elements of the descriptions provided by victims.

Too much coincidence

It is believed that some clothing taken during the first robbery may have been worn during the second.

"There is too much coincidence. I would be very surprised if they were not linked in some way," he said.

Hechter said police were investigating links to burglaries in the area in the past couple of months.

04/01/2007 10:32 - (SA)

Shirley Jones

Source:South Africa the truth

Brothers gunned down in driveway

January 02 2007 at 07:15AM

By Janine du Plessis

An eastern suburbs man was shot dead in his driveway and his brother wounded in a botched hijacking on Monday.

What was meant to be a happy family visit for the De Klerk brothers ended with Dr Cornelius de Klerk, 70, being shot dead and his brother Nico, who had just arrived from Windhoek, being rushed to hospital.

Details are still unclear about what transpired but it appeared that as Nico and his wife arrived at the 24th Street, Menlo Park, house, De Klerk went outside to welcome them and open the garage.

Extremely traumatised

It was then that two men armed with pistols and dressed as security guards approached the silver Mercedes-Benz.

Police spokesperson Constable Brenda Kgafela said that when De Klerk saw what was going on he ran back into the house and fetched his licensed firearm.

"The men were holding up the couple in the vehicle. As De Klerk came outside he fired a warning shot. Then a struggle ensued between the suspects and De Klerk," said Kgafela.Several shots were fired, hitting the brothers and a wall across the street.

According to paramedics, De Klerk was shot three times in the chest, once through the lower abdomen and in the left arm.

Kgafela said: "At this stage the details of what happened are unclear as we only have a statement from the wife, who is in shock."

Nico's wife escaped unhurt but was extremely traumatised.

The two men fled on foot with De Klerk's gun. "It is still unclear what they took. They did not manage to take the vehicle but the gun is definitely missing."

According to an official on the scene, one of the attackers may have been shot and wounded.

Police took a man who was seen running from the scene into custody. "He was seen running away when the police arrived. However, we have not been able to question him yet," said Kgafela.

LifeMed ambulance services paramedic Willie Lightfoot said the men approached Nico and his wife from both sides of their vehicle, opened the doors and pulled them out.

"The younger brother's wife began panicking and screaming and De Klerk came outside and fired two warning shots.

"One of the attackers fled and the other grabbed the younger brother. They struggled and he was shot in the left arm. De Klerk came closer to see what was happening and the first attacker came back and pushed him to the ground. There was a struggle and De Klerk was shot," said Lightfoot. He said it had been a traumatic incident for his team.

Adrienne Geldenhuis, De Klerk's eldest daughter, said the family was in shock and that the incident felt like a bad dream. "We still do not know what happened. We are numb. We spent a happy Christmas together as a family. It was horrible telling my sister, who is overseas, the news," said Geldenhuis.

Neighbours gathered at the scene, saying the murder of De Klerk was testament to the increase in violent crime in the area.

Just before Christmas, Susan Vermaak was murdered in the study of her Brooklyn home.

In October Hennie van den Berg was attacked in his Hazelwood home and died after a heart attack. In the same month Anton Lourens was wounded in his Menlo Park home. A couple of months earlier Zelda Zaaiman was murdered in the driveway of her Brooklyn home.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Superintendent Deon Snyders on 082 778 9425.

Sapa reports that a suspected hijacker was critically injured during a shootout with police in an incident in Olifantsfontein on Saturday afternoon.

"Police came across four armed men hijacking a vehicle," said Superintendent Eugene Opperman.

The hijackers fled, pursued by police, and a shootout ensued. One suspect was critically wounded. "He was arrested and taken to a hospital under police guard."

Police in Maputoland, on the Mozambique border, are searching for a gang of heavily armed hijackers who held up two groups of visitors in a remote area of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.

The seven gunmen stopped two Gauteng-registered vehicles and ordered the occupants to walk through thick bush until they got to a group of Namibian visitors who had also had their vehicle hijacked.

"The drivers were ordered back to the vehicles and told to hand over money and other valuables and to disclose information about the anti-theft devices on their vehicles," police said. "The victims were then left under armed guard while the vehicles were driven off. After about 30 minutes, the guard walked away leaving the people unharmed."

This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on January 02, 2007


Farm Attacks in Cities - 10,000+ attacks in 1 year

By: Sheree Russouw

Sophisticated urban criminals are exploiting the same tactics used in farm attacks to hit homes in residential suburbs in South Africa's major cities.

Henri Boshoff, a military analyst at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), told the Saturday Star yesterday that the military precision "house attacks' in cities were very similar to farm attacks.

After attending scenes of “so-called aggravated house robberies” around Gauteng (Johannesburg) in the past three months, he concluded that the modus operandi criminals used in those incidents was the same as farm attacks.

From March 2005 to March 2006 South Africa recorded 10173 incidents of aggravated house robberies. Gauteng accounted for half, at a staggering 5 909.

Boshoff is calling for the police to classify "house attacks" as a separate crime category, as farm attacks are categorised, because a variety of crimes including murder, rape and hijacking occurred during those incidents.

"The government needs to see this crime as a priority and put a task team on to it. That's the only way to stop these syndicates. We need more-visible and proactive policing," he said.

"There is no difference between these house attacks and farm attacks. Houses are being targeted and someone is doing some reconnaissance. They find out what is in the house in terms of money and jewellery, and the movements of people.

"They are even using the same kind of markings as they use in farms such as Coke bottles, stones and sticks (placed outside the property) to warn others (in the gang) at there are dogs or to be careful because there are weapons in the house.

"Then the team hits the house. They use very military types of actions and all are well armed, very aggressive and violent - that's how they shock the inhabitants. The most obvious times this is happening is when residents are home, because they want them to open their safes."

"You could be busy having a braai (barbeque), and they hold you up and rob you. If you're lucky they won't shoot you, but in most cases they do hurt people."

Most attacks, Boshoff said, happened after 8pm. And often, houses in affluent suburbs, “where they know there is money and jewellery", are targeted.

Cellphones were not valuable to the criminals, while victims' cars were merely used to get away from the scene and were dumped later.

Hangwani Mulaudzi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Safety and Security said he didn't want to comment on Boshoff's findings but said it was unlikely the police would make "house attacks" a separate category.

"It's house robbery. You can't call it an attack. People enter the house, and when you go to court you can dissect the crimes individually. It's already categorised as housebreaking or robbery."

Dr Jotan Burger of the ISS said it was alarming that farm attacks were "seeping into cities".

"It seems as if criminals are becoming bolder by the day, and they can only do that if they have enough confidence that they won't get caught," he said.

South Africans were tired of being powerless victims of crime and had little faith in the police and the justice system.

"If the government is as serious as it says it is, then it must now take the lead and give this fight the sort of urgency one would expect if we were confronted with a military threat - but we don't see that."

Mulaudzi added it was very sad when people generalised about crime in South Africa. "The police are working hard to protect this country and its constitution. Yes, we do have a crime problem but it's not unique to South Africa. It's global."

Source: The Saturday Star, Page 1, 6 January 2007.

Source: African Crisis

Thursday, 4 January 2007

Brutal attack on elderly couple

01/01/2007 22:48 - (SA)

Riette Olivier, Die Burger

Port Elizabeth - An elderly couple from Addo were recovering in the St Georges hospital after being attacked on their farm on Saturday at about 14:00.

Five unknown men entered the couple's home through the back door, tied up the couple and beat and kicked them, said police spokesperson Marianette Olivier.

The 75-year-old man broke an arm and several ribs while his 73-year-old wife suffered bruises.

The couple wanted to remain unnamed and said they only managed to untie themselves at 19:30 when they activated the alarm.

Several fire arms, a bakkie and a TV were stolen.

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, a policeman handed himself over at Alicedale after he apparently tried to shoot his girlfriend.

The couple argued about another woman, during which the girlfriend threatened to leave the policeman and take away their child.

He shot at her with his service pistol, but she was not injured. A case of attempted murder was opened.