Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Toddler saves mom's life

19/03/2007 23:15 - (SA)

Naranda Nell, Beeld

Nelspruit - He's only two years old and a few bricks and a tickey high, but Joshua Hulley-Miller ran all the way to his grandfather's house a kilometre away to fetch help when his mom was shot by robbers.

Louise Hulley-Miller, 25, was shot seven times by robbers - it's thought there were five of them - who attacked Rodeval farm on the Lydenburg road near Nelspruit.

They shot Louise five times in the legs and once each in the chest and hand, and locked the bleeding woman into the main bedroom with her two children, Joshua and 16-month-old Lauren.

The thugs made off with Hulley-Miller's cellphone, laptop computer, engagement and wedding rings and her Toyota car.

Louise's father-in-law, Stuart Hulley-Miller, said his son, Matthew, was near the Botswana border on business when the robbery took place.

'Someone hurt my mommy'

He said Joshua rang the bell at the gate at 07:00 on Saturday morning.

"I found him at the gate just in his underclothes and knew immediately something was wrong."

Joshua apparently said that "someone hurt my mommy so much".

"While I phoned the ambulance and J&M Security we raced over to their house."

Hulley-Miller found his daughter-in-law slumped over the bedside table in the main bedroom, watching over her daughter.

She was still fully conscious.

Louise had been shot three times in the right leg, twice in the left one, and in her hand and chest.

Hulley-Miller snr said on Monday: "The last shot went through her lung. She's in the ICU at Nelspruit Medi-Clinic and it looks as if she's going to make it."

Andrew Calitz, operational manager of J&M Security said he and Hulley-Miller had loaded her in the vehicle and met the ambulance halfway to the farm.

Hulley-Miller snr said it appeared the robbery took place between 22:00 and 23:00 on Friday night.

Although no one had been able to speak to her yet, it is assumed Louise helped Joshua through the burglar bars to go and fetch help.

"It's a miracle that Joshua found our house and was so brave. He can scarcely reach the bell on the gate. I'm so proud of him," he said.

It's thought that the robbers were wearing police uniforms, because Joshua became hysterical when the police arrived to investigate.

Stolen vehicle found

He kept asking his father who these people were and if they were going to shoot his mommy again.

Hulley-Miller snr said: "I'm angry. How will Louise and the family get through this trauma? They didn't harm anybody.

"Why couldn't they (the robbers) just take what they wanted and leave Louise alone?"

Police spokesperson Dawie Pretorius said the stolen vehicle was found on Saturday morning near the Riverside shopping centre in Nelspruit.



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Barclays' millions help to prop up Mugabe regime

Three British firms provide key finance, allowing the Zimbabwe leader to defy world condemnation

Antony Barnett and Christopher Thompson
Sunday January 28, 2007
The Observer

Barclays bank is helping to bankroll President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, providing millions of pounds of support for his vilified land reforms, The Observer can reveal. Mugabe's opponents describe the bank's activities as a 'disgrace' and an 'insult' to the millions who have suffered human rights abuses.

Barclays is the most high-profile of three British-based financial institutions, which, in total, have provided more than $1bn in direct and indirect funding to Mugabe's administration. The other two companies are Standard Chartered Bank and the insurance firm Old Mutual. According to influential newsletter Africa Confidential, that first disclosed the Barclays' loans, the British organisations provide an economic lifeline keeping Mugabe's regime afloat.

A spokesman for Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, likened the bank's actions to its support of South Africa's apartheid regime and urged a boycott.

One of the most controversial of Barclays' Zimbabwe loans is the £30m it provides to a state-sponsored agricultural 'facility' aiming to sustain land reforms that saw Mugabe seize white-owned farmland and drive more than 100,000 black workers from their homes. The government has expelled more than a million opposition supporters from Harare and Bulawayo, dumping them in the countryside.

Britain backs targeted international sanctions against the regime - although there are no economic sanctions - which prevent Mugabe or his political associates travelling to Europe or the US. It is estimated that Barclays, Standard Chartered Bank and Old Mutual have lent the Mugabe regime about £100m by purchasing treasury bills and government bonds.
Speaking to The Observer from South Africa, Tendai Biti, MDC secretary- general, reacted angrily: 'It is immoral and it is criminal. Barclays defended their immoral actions in supporting the apartheid government in South Africa and they seem intent on repeating history in Zimbabwe.'

Liberal Democrat chief whip Norman Lamb said: 'By going along with the rules provided by the Zimbabwe regime [the companies] become complicit with the actions of Zimbabwe's government and complicit with a corrupt regime ... I struggle to see a justification.'

Any commercial bank operating in Zimbabwe must reinvest 40 per cent of its profits in government bonds. Barclays has arranged finance facilities worth $110m to Zimbabwean companies involved in tobacco, mining, sugar, manufacturing and the horticultural sectors.

Last year Barclays bought South Africa's Absa bank for more than £2bn, making it one of the Mugabe government's biggest private financiers. Zimbabwe has one of the world's lowest life expectancy rates and the highest inflation, expected to hit more than 4,000 per cent this year.

Barclays says it has had customers in Zimbabwe for decades and abandoning them now would make matters worse. A spokesman said: 'We have been in Zimbabwe since 1912 and have 1,000 employees serving 150,000 retail, business and corporate customers in the country. We are committed to continuing to provide a service to those customers in what is clearly a difficult operating environment.

As with all other banks and businesses, Barclays is required to comply with the regulations of the Reserve Bank. This involves participating from time to time in the purchase of treasury bills and government bonds.'

Old Mutual, the London insurance firm, holds investments on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange worth about 16 per cent of the market and has a stake in Zimbabwe Newspapers, which publishes the Herald and the Chronicle. Nobody from Old Mutual was available for comment.

A spokesman for Standard Chartered Bank confirmed his institution had lent Mugabe money through purchase of government bonds. He said: 'This is part of doing business in Zimbabwe.'

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