Sunday, 4 March 2007

Oorlogskind - War Child

Speeltuin by Marco Borsato

Please watch this video called "Speeltuin" (Playground) by Marco Borsato which was written for War Child. (English translation included)
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The single word in red that appears on the cross on Brent Hiscock's grave in Pretoria East cemetery says it all. Brent's mother, Barbara, says she chose this simple epitaph to express her heartache.
Brent was shot dead at his parents' plot at Zwavelpoort near Pretoria, on New Year's Eve.,,2-7-1442_2067684,00.html

‘My seun is doodgemartel’
In ’n halfuur lange marteling het moordenaars die 21-jarige Ruan Ferreira in sy kantoor oorval en hom teen die muur gegooi.Toe het hulle ’n bottel petrol byna leeg gemaak op hom, ’n vuurhoutjie getrek en hom aan die brand gesteek ...,7718,752-795_2064105,00.html

Family terrorised in smallholding attack
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.
"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.
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.

Dad dies to keep family safe
"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.

Onslaught against the Peoples of SA

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'I'll never see my child again'

Johannesburg - "I will never see my little curly tops again."A distraught Diederick Esterhuizen, 36, couldn't fight back the tears as he recalled how a gang of robbers had murdered his five-year-old daughter, Danielle, on Wednesday evening.,,2-7-1442_2047886,00.html

'Shut the kids up, or we shoot'
Pretoria - It was going to be a special Friday evening, with dinner at a restaurant for the grandchildren.But four robbers were waiting in the driveway for the family from Rooihuiskraal, near Pretoria.
Six-year-old Amor Armstrong pleaded with the robber who held a gun to her head: "Please don't shoot me."
Her four-year-old sister Bernice, who had started crying, was kicked in the back by another man, and went "sailing over the ground".,,2-7-1442_2043540,00.html

Teen relives dad's slaying in botched robbery
A senior Pick 'n Pay manager was shot and killed in his Lynnwood Ridge home during an apparent botched robbery an event witnessed by his 14-year-old son.Wayne Els, 37, died in the early morning hours at the Wilgers Hospital after two bags of blood could not get his heart pumping on its own again.

'They picked me up by the ears'

Pretoria - "They picked me up by the ears, kicked me in the legs and hit me once in the face."They then aimed a gun at me, but I was not afraid and did not cry. I kept hoping that my sister wouldn't arrive home, because they might hurt her."
These were the words of Zaan Sonnekus, 8, from Elardus Park, Pretoria, who, along with his brother, Duvall, 5 months, and two domestic workers, Maria Seshabela and Jannet Mphalela, and Seshabela's daughter, Kenzani, 2, were overpowered, assaulted and robbed by three robbers armed with firearms and a knife on Monday afternoon.,,2-7-1442_2021403,00.html

Heroic dad recounts horrors of home invasion
A Pretoria father, shot in the face and stabbed several times in the back and neck, repeatedly fought off two thugs trying to rape his 12-year-old daughter and murder his six-year-old son.Describing the horror attack, which lasted 30 minutes, Chris Herbst said on Wednesday that he was asleep in bed with his pregnant wife during the early hours of Monday when his family were attacked in their Elardus Park home.

Self geskiet 8 jaar ná hy pa se moord sien
Agt jaar nadat hy as klein kind moes toekyk hoe ro­wers sy pa in hul ouerhuis vermoor het, is ’n 14-jarige Gautengse seun eergisteraand in dieselfde huis deur rowers geskiet.

'They've hurt my daddy'
Johannesburg - Moments after his father was shot dead execution-style next to him in their new bakkie, his three-year-old son ran to neighbours to get help."They've hurt my daddy," he told a neighbour.
Steven John Lindsay, 32, was probably already dead next to his bakkie.,,2-7-1442_2001156,00.html

Four suspects held for girl's murder
Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of eight-year-old Janine Rooi of Eersterus.The four men, aged 25, 27, 29 and 30, were arrested yesterday morning in Eersterus. Janine went missing over a week ago. Her body was discovered on a hilltop on Saturday evening.

'Samson' fights off eight robbers
Pretoria - Just like Samson in the Bible - is how Wian, five, describes his father's courage in standing up to eight robbers and protecting his family. Gerhard Venter, 38, of Kameeldrift, wife Anita and their sons, Hardus, 10, and Wian arrived home just after 20:00 on Monday.
Anita went to the garage to put a load of washing in the tumbledrier and Venter and the boys started walking towards the house.
The robbers were waiting for them.
When he reached the front door to unlock it, the robbers fired their first shots.
Venter pushed his boys behind him as a robber pointed a pistol at him.
Venter said: "After the first shot was fired and I saw the boys and I were still standing, I decided I wasn't giving up without a fight."
He grabbed the robber's firearm and hit him with his fist. The other robbers circled him and one of them jumped on his back. They all started fighting.
"We fell into the garden. Some of them rolled away and one of them called the man holding my wife."
The man came closer, cocked his 9mm pistol and pulled the trigger - but nothing happened.
Venter said: "He tried this several times, and every time I heard a clicking noise, but there were no shots.
"When he got to me, he just said, 'Hau'."
The robbers decided there and then to give up the fight and fled, flattening the Venters' fence as they escaped. Police later found some of the bullets.
Venter said: "I've always thought that if I should die through a violent act, I would do it fighting and wouldn't get down on my knees.
'It was a miracle'
"You can steal my possessions, but you don't touch my wife and children.
"I can build other furniture, but I won't get such a wife and children again.
"There's a God who looks after His children. It was a miracle.",6119,2-7-1442_1998288,00.html

Now robbers target primary school pupils
A spate of armed robberies on primary school children at schools in Table View and Milnerton has sparked an emergency meeting between headmasters and law enforcement agencies.Some schools have sent out urgent warning letters to parents, suggesting they take special care.
A deputy headmaster, who preferred not to be named, said the robberies of defenceless children showed that criminals would stop at nothing.
"One of our primary school children had a gun held to his throat and had his watch and pocket money stolen, while in another incident a mere 100m from our school, two men accosted and robbed another of our primary school children.

Redemption beckons from depths of this hell
PUNISHMENT: The boy whose rape Gayton McKenzie witnessed should never have been in the cell where he was attacked. But in prisons like this, ‘the warders take care of that; they know what to do to keep the prisoners happy’, says McKenzie
‘He tries to fight, so they hit him. His resistance stops abruptly when one grabs the back of his head and smashes his face into the steel bars’A few days later, Wimpie, a white boy who was dabbling with dagga, is put in our cell. I don’t know how old he really is, perhaps 16 or more, but he looks no older than 14, with skinny arms and short, spiky-crowned, brown hair.
The 28 gang give him a chocolate bar in the morning and it’s obvious what his eating of it preludes. Still, it is strange how even the minds of paedophilic rapists seem to demand some sort of mechanism by which they can excuse their crimes. They’ve given him a chocolate bar and they are going to enjoy having him repay the kindness.
It isn’t meant for Wimpie to be spending the evening in a cell full of libido-possessed 28s, but the warders took care of that. They know what to do to keep the prisoners happy.
The night it happens, I am in a cell with 80 men. What I am about to witness will make ridiculous the notion that someone can be safer in a crowd.
Three-quarters of the men do not want to be part of this, or they are excluded. The other 20, they know one another, and begin the sick game with the boy. He is cocky and tells them to leave him alone.
He tries to fight, and so they hit him. His resistance stops abruptly when one grabs the back of his head and smashes his face into the steel bars ...
The boy has been in prison for weeks now, but this is his first moment of true captivity.
The 20 take it in turns to rape him. It goes on for more than eight hours, almost the whole night. The boy does everything he can, in his pathetic, limited range of action, to try to deter them, but he is ignored. He screams, he cries, he begs, he tries to bargain, he prays.

Boy shot dead, brother wounded, in robbery
A nine-year-old boy was shot dead in Centurion and his brother wounded when robbers tried to break into their house on Saturday morning, Pretoria police reported.Inspector Katlego Mogale said the boy, his 47-year-old mother and 11-year-old brother were awakened by noises as two men tried to break into the house using crowbars at 3.30am.
When the men realised people were awake, they fired a shot through the door and it hit the younger boy in the neck, fatally wounding him, said Mogale.
She said the bullet also hit the boy's brother in the stomach and he was later taken to hospital where he underwent an emergency operation.

2 seuns, meisie aan Oos-Rand verkrag
Twee tienerseuns is glo gesodomiseer en ’n 18-jarige meisie dieselfde dag in ’n onverwante voorval aan die Oos-Rand verkrag.,,3-975_1981148,00.html

New South Africans Rob Family while Child Lies Dead After Car Accident

'My God, they have shot my boy...'
A visit to inspect a property for sale turned into a nightmare for a mother when she saw her only child shot by hijackers.

Robbers drip hot plastic on boy
Swartruggens - A North West woman has told how armed men attacked and tortured her family, pouring boiling hot water on her husband and slashing open his forehead - afterwards strangling him using a shoelace.
"It feels unreal. I won't ever be able to return home."
Daleen Pieters, 33 and her husband, Frans, 44, were attacked in their home on their smallholding just outside Swartruggens while her children, Gideon, 10 and Anuscka, 3, watched.Pieters, a mineworker, had a prosthetic leg.
Daleen Pieters said: "They kicked open the front door at 21:15 while I was watching television. My husband and children were asleep. The robbers immediately attacked me with a knife."
'I don't know if they stabbed him'
They cut her leg to the bone in two places, went to fetch her husband and children and tied up all of them in the television room.
"They melted a plastic bag and dripped the melting plastic on my son. They battered his nose and his eye is black and blue. They hit my little girl once."
She said one of the men pushed the barrel of a 9mm pistol into her mouth and blindfolded and gagged all of them.
"They tortured my husband first before they killed him. I don't know if they also stabbed him."
The men tortured the family from just after 21:00 until 01:00.,,2-7-1442_1967648,00.html

Pupils: Robbers were 'visitors'
Johannesburg - Grade 11 pupils at a suburban school had to receive counselling on Tuesday after a gang of robbers entered their biology class, put a gun to the teacher's head and robbed them of cellphones, watches and cash on Monday.,,2-7-1442_1922542,00.html

Primary school kids robbed on bus
Pretoria - A group of pupils, some of them primary school kids, have been robbed on a municipal bus in Pretoria.The children - most of them from Stephanus Roos primary school in Sinoville - had just boarded the bus and were on their way home.
Those on the upper deck were confronted by two men.
One of them prevented the kids from going down to alert the driver, while the other forced the children to hand over their cellphones.
Ancabe Krebs, 13, saw that the one robber's jacket wasn't buttoned up.
"I could see a gun.
"He took it out and asked one of the children for his cellphone."
A boy who said he didn't have a phone was hit in the face with the firearm.
"In future, I'll sit on the lower deck of the bus," she said.
Bentie Rademan also warned her daughter Rocehelle, 10, not to sit on the upper deck in the bus in future.
Rochelle did not have her cellphone with her.
"I heard a sound like the flick of a lighter and then saw the weapon against the boy's head.
"However, there was no magazine in the weapon - only a gaping hole.
Hanu Krause, 9, said he wasn't too afraid because he was convinced that the Lord would watch over them.
"Most of the children cried when they got of the bus.
After robbing the kids, the two men casually got off the bus and sauntered away.,,2-7-1442_1952913,00.html

Farmer killed holding his baby
Polokwane - A farmer was shot in cold blood in front of his six-month-old baby daughter and his girlfriend's six-year-old son in one of two farm murders in Limpopo at the weekend.,,2-7-1442_1838196,00.html

'McGyver' boy outwits attackers
Makhado - As brave as TV-series hero McGyver - that's how Limpopo police have described a teenager who narrowly escaped death in a farm attack on Thursday.
"He reminds one of McGyver on TV."On Thursday morning, 15-year-old Frits du Toit freed himself from the ropes that bound him, seconds before the fuel with which he had been doused ignited.
He then jumped through the window to flee his attackers and sped to town on a motorbike.,,2-7-1442_1737932,00.html

Bullet hits farmer, daughter
Heilbron - A farmer was paralysed by an attacker's bullet that also hit his three-year-old daughter in the stomach.Juan van Rooyen, 32, his wife Renette and their two children, Anri and Janus, 4, were driving towards their farm on Saturday evening when Juan stopped at an intersection to speak to a farmworker.
A shot was fired, hitting Van Rooyen in the back. The same bullet hit Anri in the stomach.,,2-7-1442_1620927,00.html

Speeltuin by Marco Borsato

Here is the song "Speeltuin" by Marco Borsato again, this time with the War Child video.
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Speeltuin - deur Marco Borsato

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