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Rubinek was killed execution-style outside the Rubinek Diamonds cutting factory in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday-night...
Nov 19 2008 -- JOHANNESBURG. Police are very puzzled about the motive for the execution-style murder of Michel Rubinek, a prominent Israeli owner of a Johannesburg diamond-cutting factory. He was gunned down outside his office Monday after work. According to Israeli news sources, he was the owner of the Rubinek Diamonds cutting factory, located at the South African Diamond Centre, a hub of more than 100 diamond dealing companies. He died of his injuries on the scene. Mr Rubinek was leaving the building at around quarter past seven when five armed black men opened fire with AK47s and 9mm’s, killing him instantly.
Picture: Two cutters at Rubinek Diamonds in Johannesburg, South Africa: the murdered Israeli owner Michel Rubinek, had invested all his dreams in South Africa. His cutting factory teaches disadvantaged black South Africans how to fashion diamonds.
No doubt it was a hit... police outgunned by criminals...
There's no report that anything of value had been stolen during this shooting - so it's not a 'robbery'.
While police cannot confirm that Mr Rubinek's killing had been an assassination - the local news media were told by leaders in the SA diamond community 'they have no doubt that it was a hit.' The Israeli news source also posted a warning: noting that 'personal safety in South Africa in general and Johannesburg in particular has become increasingly compromised, and local police often find themselves outgunned by criminals..."http://www.vosizneias.com/22670/2008/11/18/south-africa-israeli-diamond-trader-murdered-in-johannesburg/
Few merchant ships now safe in Indian Ocean ...
Nov 19 2008 - Meanwhile also on the same day, South African experts are warning that few merchant ships now were safe in the Indian Ocean any longer - after the biggest act yet by marauding Somalian pirates has stunned the international community. This week alone two vessels have been hijacked off the east coast of Africa, seizing one gigantic Saudi super-tanker as well as a Hong Kong cargo ship. The super-tanker was carrying 100-million US dollars' worth of oil and its crew was forced at gunpoint to anchor off a notorious Somali pirate port yesterday. There are widespread reports that international shipping companies are rerouting their shipping away from Somalian territorial waters as much as possible around the Cape of Good Hope instead.
Some 200 mariners now are already in captivity in Somalia -- waiting for their various companies and governments to pay the huge amounts demanded by the pirates to get them and their ships released again. A former SA Navy official, Peter Keane, said on a Cape Town radio programme today that these pirates are 'exploiting Somalian authorities' lack of control.He said that there is no local authority and no local law enforcement once they are in Somalian territorial waters.http://www.capetalk.co.za/news/news.asp#97932
Problems at SA Reserve Bank just won't go away...
Pretoria businessman lodges racism charges against SA Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni
Meanwhile, a Pretoria businessman is expected to file legal papers against Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni today. Mario Pretorius is a reserve bank shareholder and he claims that Mboweni used racist language against him during the bank’s 88th annual general meeting in September.
For a blog dealing with this subject, see:
During the shareholders' meeting, Pretorius had raised a point of order to the meeting and Mboweni had refused to acknowledge him - twice. This often happens to whites at public meetings chaired by ANC-leaders these days. And when Pretorius responded with the comment 'shocking' about this total lack of meeting protocol, Mboweni snarled at Pretorius that "I will not permit you to talk to me like whites used to talk to blacks."
- Pretorius was very insulted by Mboweni's attitude. Pretorius threatened to sue Mboweni for the outburst unless the governor publically apologized for the remarks. Mboweni refused.
Serious complaints of financial irregularities were also raised at this meeting by a German shareholder, Michael Duerr, who holds 5% of the shares. He told Mboweni at the meeting that he had 'wanted to bring to shareholders' attention the deliberate failure to circulate to shareholders important items of special business, i.e. a discussion of flagrant contraventions by SA Reserve Bank employees - but that the item had been deliberately kept off the agenda. Mboweni also found Duerr out of order and would not allow him to speak.
After the meeting, Duerr -- who holds 5% of the Reserve Bank's shares --issued a press statement warning that none of these contraventions by the SARB employees had been investigated, and that no action had been taken 'despite these matters having been brought to the attention of the board". Duerr -- who is a German national -- said he would call an extraordinary general meeting as he was not allowed to speak at Thursday's meeting.Pretorius has informed the news source EWN that he would now be going ahead with court proceedings. http://www.beeld.co.za
How to Buy the Reserve Bank - by Noseweek
Zuma's dangerous, high-speed 1km-long convoy terrifies residents...
Nov 19 2008 - Travelling on the campaign trail with South Africa's future president -- ANC President Jacob Zuma -- is not for the faint-hearted. It's downright dangerous. On Tuesday (Nov 18) the massive vehicle convoy that took Zuma on his pre-election blitz to Limpopo scattered all before it, screaming along highways and pot-holed country roads alike at speeds of up to 180km/h.
Wide-eyed residents gawked as the convoy flashed past road signs that warned "Pedestrians" or "School".With blue and white lights flashing from every light socket, the motorcade zipped over the zebra crossings that dot the tarmac in built-up areas and where the speed limit is clearly marked at 60km/h.
- At one point, the convoy numbered 33 vehicles - 22 belonging to one or another law enforcement agency - and stretched over more than a kilometre. The rest included members of the ANC's "security" section and other hangers-on driving luxury German sedans.
Traffic officers drove ahead, forcing traffic in both directions off the road, while their colleagues blocked off every crossing on the route to allow the convoy swift and unimpeded progress. Dozens of officials manned further roadblocks at service roads and arterials as regular road users waited patiently for the political circus to pass by.
Then came the so-called blue-light bullies of the VIP protection unit, who zig-zagged in front of and behind the three-vehicle hub carrying the ANC leader and his eminent company, including ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa.
- Rifle barrels protruded menacingly from one of these vehicles as motorists scrambled to get out of the way - and the occasional mock head-on chicken run convinced the lethargic to move over a bit quicker.
One astonished-looking driver, who limited his obedience to sticking to the slow lane, whipped out his cellphone and appeared to be making a video recording of the Zuma convoy as it flashed past him. But he could not have captured much - he was left behind in the blink of an eye. The latest display comes as the blue-light brigade begins to feel the sting of an increasingly angry public.
Newspapers and radio stations have recently been inundated with calls and letters from outraged motorists who have complained about the road manners displayed by the VIP squads.
- Constable Hlanganani Nxumalo, from a KwaZulu-Natal VIP protection unit, appeared briefly in court on Monday after he allegedly shot out the tyre of a car on the busy N3 highway, causing a major collision in which eight people were injured.According to reports, a shot was fired from the tinted window of the VIP protection squad vehicle when a Mazda failed to give way fast enough for the liking of this armed guard.
East London traffic cop filmed headbutting civilian: Nov 19 2008 - Buffalo City Municipality is investigating the conduct of a traffic officer who was filmed on a cellphone camera beating and head-butting a Southernwood man, Ndyebo Tiyo. The attack at 5:30am on Sunday morning outside nightclub in the East London suburb left Tiyo with a cut beneath an eye and a gash on the back of his head. All the pandemonium was caught on cellphone and shows the burly officer lashing out at Tiyo with a baton and head-butting him to the ground. Tiyo on Monday claimed the attack was unprovoked and he said he had merely been filming the arrest of another resident by city Law Enforcement officers when he became a target, target. http://blogs.dispatch.co.za/dispatchnow/2008/11/18/traffic-cop-assaults-cellphone-man-claim/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUrKOJQ8kTc
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2008 CASES DETAILED:
20080915 Christopher van Rensburg, 33, Nigel, beaten to death by black cops in cells:
- mom Theresa Mercia van der Merwe awarded R390,000 compensation Aug 15 2008 - PRETORIA HIGH COURT -- The mother of Christopher van Rensburg, 33, arrested in Nigel in September 2005 with another man in trumped-up 'drunkenness' charges, was beaten to death by black cops in the local police cells. Van Rensburg had tried to stop these cops from beating up his friend. Forensic examinations determined that Van Rensburg had been sober, as had been his friend. Police brutality costs the SA taxpayers R120-million paid out in compensation claims like this last year. Yesterday the Pretoria High Court granted compensation to his mother Mrs Theresa Mercia van der Merwe, 53. The Minister admitted in the documents before the court, that actions by State-officials had caused Van Rensburg's death. He had died of multiple injuries inside the police cell while he was beaten up - in front of many witnesses. The police who participated and witnessed the beating also refused to obtain medical care for the prisoner in their care and thus also contributed to his willful death, allowing him to just die untended from his injuries, the Police Minister has admitted. Mother Mrs van der Merwe, a nursing assistant at the Life Suikerbos-clinic in Heidelberg, submitted in the court application that Van Rensburg supported her and other family members financially. Her daughter Theresa, 24, is brain-damaged after a car accident and both women need support. The court agreed that 'due to the illegal actions by the police, causing Van Rensburg's death, Mrs van der Merwe and her daughter have been denied the financial support by the deceased. She has also suffered great emotional shock and has been deeply traumatised by her son's death.' The UNNAMED police officers were not charged with murder, it's not known if they lost their jobs: http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2376934,00.html
20080629 Afrikaner pilot Attie van Schalkwyk robbed at gunpoint by two Pretoria-West cops with a R5 military-assault rifle...
June 29 2008 PRETORIA. Commercial pilot Attie van Schalkwyk, 32, of Hartbeespoort was pulled over on Church Street in Pretoria-West enroute home from the Johannesburg airport near Kempton Park at 10pm after returning from a flight. The two uniformed police officers inside the police vehicle then pointed a R5 military assault rifle at him, accused him of 'drunken driving', said he was arrested -- and then forced him to withdraw large amounts of cash at two cash points nearby which they took for themselves. They took no breathaliser- nor blood-tests. The Afrikaner pilot ran for his life, jumping out at a stop-sign on a turn-off to the black township of Atteridgeville he was being driven to. He and his wife have now placed formal robbery charges at the Hartbeespoort police station and the Police Inspectorate has also been informed. Investigations are ongoing against the two Pretoria-West police officers, who claim the Afrikaner pilot had been 'drunk'. However he and his attorney Wilhelm Mundt provided legal proof that he had been sober at the time. The two UNNAMED police officers who had robbed him at gunpoint, claimed that they were 'investigating a charge of drunk driving' against the Afrikaner pilot, but took neither blood- nor breathalyser tests during his 'arrest'. Van Schalkwyk says he now fears for his life and believes the Pretoria-West cops and their comrades would not hesitate to take revenge.
20080316 Dutch author Tommy Wierenga records 'Jack-booted state-violence' during Stellenbosch police raids targetting Afrikaner students.
http://www.depers.nl/buitenland/181140/De-jonge-democratie.html March 16 2008 - The author of Dutch bestsellers such as "Joe Speedboot' and "RTL Boulevard' writes in the Dutch magazine Privé, published by the Telegraaf newspaper: http://www.telegraaf.nl/multimedia/archive/00164/tommy_164858d.jpg
"The (SA police) show up with automatic guns and shoot into the ceiling - three shots altogether -- and say: "Lie down sir, lie down', Wierenga told the publication. "Those secret agents stormed the student bar filled with revellers as if they were terrorists. Some were sprayed with pepper-spray, some are assaulted and abused. He described how some students had just sat there, terrified and blank-faced, but wanting to believe that it was all just a joke.
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2007 Death of businessman Roy Scallan - castrated live, shot dead...suspect Mdudi Robson dies in cell
Suspect Mdudi Robson commits suicide at Walmer police cells - March 2 2007 - PORT ELIZABETH. Norman Silke of "Die Burger" newsburger in Port Elizabeth writes that Walmer police have closed their investigation into the gruesome death of local businessman Roy Scallan, 54, who was castrated while stile alive and then killed execution-style. In South Africa, witch-doctors often pay large amounts of cash for the genitals of such "alpha-male" community leaders. They make expensive medicine ("muti") from genitals. Mr Scallan had not only been a leading, well-liked businessman, but also was in the prime of his life.
Police senior uperintendent Hein Fourie, commander of the Walmer detective unit, said "police were convinced that his murderer was the suspect who has since committed suicide in the Walmer Police cells." Shortly after the Scanlan murder, police arrested the man, Mdudi Robson, 26, and his brother -- both had been former employees of Scallan.
2003 - 2008: Detained 'Boeremag' members abuse recorded in high-security SA prison:
12/03/2003 22:39 - Mr Michael Teshart du Toit, 43, who has been in detention for the past seven months under claims by the Mbeki regime that he belonged to the Boeremag organization which wanted to overthrow the government -- has contracted the liver disease Gilbert's Syndrome (often contracted from a dirty environment) while in detention in C-Max prison. Testifying in the Pretoria Regional Court, Mr du Toit said he needed urgent medical care. The syndrome causes the body to discharge too much bile and breaks down the blood platelets. His liver and spleen are enlarged and there are signs of liver prolapse, presumably caused by a lack of medical attention. Dr P H J Doussy, his medical practitioner, said the syndrome is found in "unfavourable environments, like prisons" and also worsened by tension is caused by environmental factors. The prosecutor, Advocate Dries van Rensburg, said the state would sent Du Toit to Pretoria Academic Hospital for medical observation for seven days before the bail application could continue. This has now been rescheduled to March 19.
Co-detainee Dr Johan (Lets) Pretorius, 56, of Mokopane (Potgietersrus), was monitoring Du Toit's condition in C-Max prison. None of these arrested Afrikaners have been charged with any formal offences in any court of law thus far. Another of Du Toit's physicians, Dr H P D van Wyk, said prison staff could not be trusted to monitor his condition. A request by Du Toit's brother André Tibert, 32, and Mr Jacobus Christoffel (Rooikoos) du Plessis, 43, for a bail application based on new evidence was however postponed. Du Plessis repeatedly called the investigating officers "cowards" before heavily armed police officials escorted him from the dock to the court cells below. All three accused have submitted sworn statements that they know nothing of the Boeremag which the Mbeki regime claims were planning a coup plot -- and also not members of the Israel Vision Religious Order. Although neither organization has been banned by the State as undesirable organization, the SA police is arresting a large number of Afrikaners on suspicision of belonging to these two groups.
Other civil rights violations being perpetrated against these men: Du Toit also said in his statement to the court that a prison warder had found an eavesdropping device in Pretorius' cell. "We know we can't communicate with each other to discuss the case because we don't know if the police are listening in." "Nor do we know if the consulting rooms with our lawyers are bugged," Du Toit said in his statement. These men have been in detention at the high security prison for the past five plus years...
'State prosecution' has finally 'closed its case' - now it's the defence's turn... June 18 2007
Death sentence has already been passed on one innocent man: Herman Scheepers died from prison-incurred infection after suffering four years of hell in filthy cellsPretoria - Monday June 18 2007 -- After more than four years, the 'State' has finally closed its case in the Boeremag trial. However the incredible suffering of these accused Christian men won't be over for years. They have all consistently denied guilt of all 42 charges.
Thirteen of these 21 accused have been incarcerated in filthy, high-security jail cells and treated like convicted prisoners throughout that time -- including Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws, who still are forced to attend their trial in shackles after escaping from the cells at the High Court and evading police for nine months before they were recaptured.
All of these men suffered extensive torture, physical and mental, while in prison. They were tortured with sleep deprivation, excessive noise, underfeeding, filthy conditions and physical beatings by the investigating police but also their jailers and fellow prisoners.
Indeed this torture became so dangerous to their health that their long-time, dedicated attorney, Paul Kruger of Pretoria, travelled to the Netherlands to personally file their official statements about this maltreatment in prison with Amnesty International in Amsterdam. (pictured left with Adriana Stuijt)
However this so-called 'human rights' organisation which supposedly fights for the rights of all prisoners worldwide, has thus far completely ignored the plight of these incarcerated Boer-Afrikaners -- indeed they did not even have the basic courtesy to respond to the petition, filed in 2003.
Death sentence for the innocent Boer Herman Scheepers:
One of the Boeremag-21, Herman Scheepers -- a hale and healthy Boer before he was dumped in a C-Max prison cell, last month died of a virus infection contracted in jail.This is not surprising: according to their Amnesty International statements their prison cells frequently filled up with the backed-up, infectious sewage from the prison's overflowing sewage plant. Their families also are suffering greatly from the loss of their wage-earners: while one accused was married shortly after the trial started, six have since been divorced.
- The South African taxpayer also directly supports all the expenses of this trial: All the accused have legal aid assistance, and the trial already costs the Legal Aid Board far over R11-million ($1,1-million) to date.
Meanwhile, some of the defence advocates have already indicated that they intended launching an application for their clients' discharge on some of the 42 charges against them. The trial record consists of more than 28,000 pages and these innocent Boers and their defence councils will have to prove the inaccuracy of each paragraph on these 28,000 pages... The trial started in Pretoria's Palace of Justice amidst great public interest and extremely tight security measures over four years ago, with these family men shuffling into court clapped in chains each day as if they already were convicted criminals... It has since moved to the Pretoria High Court building with only a few family members and the occasional journalist attending. There's almost no news coverage now. Almost 160 witnesses have 'testified' for the state, including a highly-paid police spy who claimed that he had 'infiltrated' the inner circle of the Boeremag. Most of the evidence is circumstantial and a lot of hear-say, bar-gossip is also being presented as 'evidence...' http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2132231,00.html htttp://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,6119,2-7-1442_1332258,00.html - also see: Three Afrikaners sue police over torture during false 'Boeremag' arrests
20081024 Farmer Johan Nel roughly arrested in dramatic police task force swoop by chopper
20081023 White SA farmer Ettienne van Wyk Holbane KZN sodomised in cell while 14 violent criminals 'sang very loudly'
Farmer Ettienne van Wyk and his foreman Zacharia Duvenhage had been arrested for a minor infraction - for 'transporting animals without a license...' and then dumped into the Holbane, Limpopo police cell and assaulted. Van Wyk's anus was 'penetrated by more than one man' forensic experts testified, and the foreman showed 'heavy bruising but was not sodomised.'' The testimony was that the police had failed to inspect the cells and also pretended they didn't hear his screams, covered up by' unusually loud singing ' from the gang-rapists. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2414350,00.html
20081012 Farmer Chris Naudé roughly arrested for shooting dangerous rogue lion, picture far left:
20081011 Ranger Rudi Lorist mauled badly rogue lion Kruger Park near Gravelotte
20080704 Street children abused, assaulted by Durban metrocops in runup to WC2010
Pictures and story reported by Joe Walker of the Child Charity of UK -
- Durban street kids ask government protection from abusive metro-cops
20080101 Hundreds of Somali refugees murdered, abused by SA cops - report UN High Commissioner
20080926 Van Sitters family chased by police chopper, roughly arrested for non-existent 'murder'of black maid
Afrikaners Frans van Sitters, 53, son Jean, 16 and his friend Michelle Cloete were terrified when they suddenly found themselves being chased by a police helicopter on the road between Brandfort and Theunissen.In a deeply strange incident the Afrikaner man and the two children with him were were hunted down by police chopper, then brutally arrested by a large group of armed cops. The boy was assaulted and threatened that they would kick in his rib-cage -- and then the family was accused of a murder which actually had never happened. And all this happened on the Van Sittert boy's birthday.Apparently Van Sittert had bought second-hand window-frames from a destitute man along the road.This was reported to local police by two children who claimed the Afrikaner had bought 'stolen goods'.Then this incident was somehow linked to the ACCIDENTAL death of a black maid back in Bloemfontein -- she'd fallen against a washing machine, hitting her nose, and her nose-bone had penetrated into her brain and she'd died. Nobody was present during this accident - however the local cops investigating this freak-accident somehow had been led to believe that the black woman had died in an armed robbery instead.They then linked the Van Sitters and Ms Cloete driving back home from Bloemfontein to the children's claims that they had just bought some 'stolen goods' from the roadside. And then all hell broke lose. Police superintendent Susan Moseki' investigates.
THE MCBRIDE FILES:
20080317 East Rand Ekurhuleni metropolitan police chief McBride: "I will arrange to have your wife raped, kids killed'..
March 17, 2008 - The Pretoria Regional Court has heard that East Rand/Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride (pictured in front, right) - a high-ranking ANC-struggle comrade -- had intimidated one of his officers into not testifying against him in his drunken-driving trial, by telling his comrade that 'he would arrange for his wife to be raped and his children and pets murdered'.It is apparently quite routine for influential ANC-members like McBride to threaten and intimidate others in order to maintain the local ANC's power-base, according to this testimony.
20080601 Picture of McBride's cops shooting Ramaphosa squatter camp resident Qenesane Benjamin Hans and Rapport photographer Christiaan Kotze
May 31 2008 -RAMAPHOSA SQUATTER CAMP. This picture was taken at the very moment while the East Rand/Ekurhuleni metropolitan police had been ordered to shoot at a crowd at the Ramaphosa squatter camp by metro police chief Robert McBride.The incident was witnessed by many journalists and police officers. The pellets shattered the photographer's lens but this picture was taken just before that moment.The man in the red shirt in the foreground was the late Qenesane Benjamin Hans, a South African resident who lived at the Ramaphosa squatter camp. The policemen firing behind him belong to the Ekurhuleni police force - and they had just been ordered to fire by McBride on a crowd at Ramaphosa squatter camp.Kotze and Hans both were injured by rubber bullets and shotgun-pellets being fired in volleys fired from metropolitan-police guns just seconds after this photograph was taken and pellets had also shattered the camera-lens. The two injured men were taken to hospital in the same ambulance. Mr. Hans had suffered severe head wounds and succumbed in the ambulance, Mr. Kotze was treated and discharged. Kotze states that he had noticed that Mr Hans clearly had been an innocent bystander who really was just walking through the area and had not been involved in any 'xenophobic attacks'. Kotze had not noticed him amongst the rowdy crowd behind them before he and Kotze were shot. The entire incident is even more controversial because the officially 'suspended' metropolitan police chief Robert McBride had apparently arrived in the middle of these xenophobic attacks and intervened with the national SA Police's attempts to calm down the crowd -- by taking over command.Shortly thereafter, when a bottle was thrown at McBride from the crowd, orders were given to shoot at them - injuring Hans and Kotze, amongst others.McBride 's actions were so controversial because he had officially been placed on 'extended leave' pending the outcome of his trial for drunk-driving but had simply arrived and taken over control of the national police's riot-control units.
20080418 Geldart James, left, in hospital after he was shot and injured by McBride's EastRand metro cops during wild chase over perceived 'traffic violation'.Top squash player James-Thomas Geldart, 20, shot by Ekhurhuleni metrocops on N12
20080926 Metro police chief Robert McBride 'fired, then rehired' from East Rand/Ekurhuleni metro police
Picture from court records introduced as evidence: : partying with fellow metro-cops last December, he's the one wearing the white t-shirt and giving the victory-sign).East Rand mayor Ntombi Mekgwe announced his dismissal - but McBride was merely put on paid leave instead, apparently.http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2332617,00.html
20080815 Robbery VICTIMS Jan & Millie Kotze, Meyersdal Alberton shot up by police team: car had 43 bullets
Aug 15 2008 -- MEYERSDAL, Alberton, South Africa. A large black gang invaded the house of white Afrikaner homeowners Jan & Millie Kotze in Meyersdal, Alberton. The gang tied up the couple's son Stefan (on the right) after viciously beating him, and then proceeded to gang-rape their daughter Janine. Jan and Millie had been away on holiday, and as it happens had just returned home while this robbery and vicious rape of their daughter still was in full swing inside... As the white couple drove into their own driveway, the black gang opened fire on them from the balcony of the double storey house. Jan rammed his car into reverse and raced out of the driveway as the left side of his vehicle was hit in a hail of bullets. As he did so, the cops, who had pitched up moments earlier, opened fire on him with R5 automatic rifles - claiming that they had mistaken the unarmed white man inside his Land Cruiser (filled with luggage) for armed black robbers. The Land Cruiser finally came to a halt about 200 metres from the house. "Inside the car, a male voice said 'Are you police or metro?' A lady was screaming inside the car. Then someone must have fallen onto the steering wheel, because [the hooter] went on for 15 minutes," said the witness. A policeman, processing the crime scene, said Jan's Toyota Land Cruiser was hit 43 times. Millie took five bullets, and Jan took ten. Miraculously, both survived but spent months in hospital recovering. And unsurprisingly, the entire robber gang escaped unharmed. Stefan is severely traumatised, but not as much as his sister Janine, who was beaten and gang-raped and is now taking antiretroviral drugs as a precaution against contracting HIV/AIDS.
20080626 SAPS captain Ptrick Magonono, head of the Magalies smallholdings region north of Pretoria's CID, arrested for armed robberies with with colleagues
The head of the SAPS CID was arrested and charged with armed robbery in the Jphannesburg magistrate's court -- for carrying out a series of very violent armed robberies allegedly carried out with five other colleagues from the same branch in April. Their reign of terror allegedly had targetted both 'foreign blacks' as well as Afrikaner smallholder families lving in the Brits/Cullinan/Leeuwfontein/Kameeldoring area. Witnesses and victims positively identified them. Beeld journalist André Damons reported that six black SAPS-detectives, all ANCmembers, were arrested enmasse last week by members of the specialised crime-investigations unit of the Gauteng provincial police head-office, who had arrived in a fleet of unmarked police cars to arrest them at their police station. Targetting foreigners, Afrikaners' homes in Magalies area: The state prosecutor said that Magonono and his other five colleagues have already been positively identified by various state witnesses as the men who allegedly carried out armed raids on the homes of 'foreigners' in April. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2347984,00.html
20080626 June 25 2008 -- Protesting metrocops shot national police officers amongst crowded rush-hour traffic crowds with live ammo:
A group of municipal police officers had blockaded downtown Johannesburg at the M2 freeway ramps with Eloff Street -- and then started firing shots with their police handguns at the national police officers of the SAPS who asked them to please clear the highway, to let the workers go home. in spite of the huge number of motorists and pedestrians which were trapped in the downtown traffic melee caused by the illegal strike, these metro-cops had still fired back at the SAPS members with live ammo -- after the latter had been 'forced to fire rubber bullets at the metro police members who had blockaded the city, causing a traffic gridlock.' Seven metro police officers - three women and four men - were injured by SAPS rubber-bullets during the police action and charges are being investigated against some metro-cops of attempted murder. The metropolitan-cops caused the chaos as part of a wild-cat strike by the communists of the SA Municipal Workers Union who are complaning over ' salaries and nepotism '. The communists in SA have been promising to 'make the country ungovernable' with such strikes. Major roads and freeways were blocked, causing traffic havoc and thousands of local office workers were trapped inside their buildings, unable to fetch their children from school and go home. http://www.news24.com/News24/MyNews24/MyNews24/0,,2-2127-2336_2347257,00.html
20071227 Dec 27 2007 Percussionist Dirkie Uys of the Afrikaans group "Foto Na Dans", and friend Chris Welsch arrested, beaten up:No tests or statements were taken of the youths. http://www.playgroundsa.co.za/bands/fotonadans2.jpg Uys suffered bruises and Welsh' nose was broken, accoording to Bear Adriaanse, tour manager of the "2nd Eve Tour" along the Southern Cape tourist routes and in which ten youth bands toured the Cape South coasts' popular tourists spots."We had ten bands in two buses stopping at the night spots. Our last stop was at the Gecko in Hermanus, and there was a huge crowd. The place was overcrowded and the police closed down the spot before our featured main music-band was able to play. Everybody was unhappy."Adriaanse said that after this the bands went to their last venue, Barneys. Dirkie and Welsch were sitting on the terrace sipping a beer while waiting for their appearance -- and the same cops who had thrown out the customers and bands from the Gecko, then arrested them.'The manager said that the police adamantly refused to release the two young Afrikaners from the overcrowded police holding pens, even after Dirkie's colleague, ghitarist Neil Basson, tried to plead with them, earing that they might be raped, beaten up or even murdered by the inmates. "Dirkie was beaten up in the police cells and his cigarettes were looted. Chris was seriously injured by the beatings, his nose was broken.' They were released at 5am. No charges were lodged against them. He said Uys was 'now OK but very unhappy about the incident'. The band consists of Le Roi Nel, Neil Basson, Theuns Schoonwinkel, Dirkie Uys and Alex Fourie. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2244099,00.html
20080222 Feb 22 2008 -- Afrikaner farmer Ettienne Bernard Terblanche, 40, was awarded damages in the amount of R603,701 plus court costs by the Pretoria High Court -- which the SA Police Service will have to pay him for a false arrest in 2005.The farmer was arrested and driven around so roughly by the then-commander of the Cumberland police station that he suffered serious back damage. And the commander then refused hospital treatment and sent him on transport to the Thabazimbi law court - where the charges were dropped at once. Terblanche had been arrested for killing a hippo -- even though he had obtained a legal permit from the Department of Environment beforehand to shoot an aggressive, rogue hippo which was attacking workers and damaging crops.He and his nephew had gone to shoot the animal at the riverside, but had only injured the animal. They traced the injured hippo to the middle of the river and his nephew had then shot it dead.They dragged the animal to his own farm and slaughtered it there. The Cumberland police showed up at the farm shortly thereafter and Terblanche had shown them the legal hunting permit to shoot this animal.Then police inspector M I Mogale -- who has died since then of natural causes -- had shown up and accused Terblanche of destroying a fence (on his own farm) in order to drag the animal through it.
- Terblanche was arrested very roughly by a large police force -- his legal rifle was confiscated, together with his boat and tractor, as well as the meat - which had been earmarked for distribution among the workers. Mogale himself had dumped the farmer into the back of a police van and then had driven him 'very roughly' to the police station - in fact at such a high speed that the farmer was dropped several times onto the floor and had hit his head against the roof of the van. During this drive his back was injured so badly that he was unable to walk to the police station. Mogale had then dragged him to the police station instead and dumped him on the floor in front of the charge counter. Mr Terblanche had lain there in great pain until his wife showed up - and her requests to take him to hospital were denied. Terblanche then was dumped back into the police van in full view of many onlookers and friends from an auditor's firm and taken to Thabazimbi magistrate's court, still suffering incredible pain enroute. At the court, he again had to be physically carried into court by the police constables - he could not walk.At the law court, he was able to prove that he had a license to shoot the rogue animal and the charges against him were the immediately withdrawn. After his ordeal required extensive treatment and bedrest for six weeks at the farm - medical reports submitted to the court showed that his spine had been knocked out of allignment because of the falls sustained during the drive.
- Judge Visser ruled that the police officer Mogale's treatment of the Afrikaner farmer had been 'exceedingly brutal and unwarranted'.
- 'It can be deduced from the police officer's behaviour throughout the arrest that Mogale had had 'an inappropriate personal motive, and it was unforgiveable that he had refused an ambulance and refused to take the injured farmer to hospital. "Mr Terblanche was robbed illegally of his freedom for five hours, was driven around under life-threatening circumstances and also, no apologies nor explanations were ever given to him by the police,' the judge ruled when awarding the cash amount. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2275251,00.html
20080215 Video - Gerhard Groenewald, Eugene Karreman of Hermanus - formal charges of false arrest, abuse against the Hermanus Public Protection service. A video clip was provided to the local newspaper of how one was beaten up in the back of the police van.The two residents Gerhard Groenewald and Eugene Karreman allege that they were arrested several times on false charges when they were on their way to work, shocked, tear-gassed, verbally abused and beaten up in the back of a police van.There were several neutral witnesses to these various events.Groenewald has now fled Hermanus and lives with his brother in Port Elizabeth - an ex-policeman, saying he fears for his life because the Hermanus police keep harassing and arresting him. Karreman made a video recording on his cell phone of Groenewald being beaten while in the back of the HPP van: VIEW THE CLIP: http://www.dieburger.com/Pages/MultiMedia/Video.aspx?uuid=17.0.95361846 story: http://www.news24.com/Regional_Papers/Components/Category_Article_Text_Template/0,,486_2270468~E,00.html
20071107 Benoni motorist Cecil Hunter, 31, kicked, beaten, abused robbed by Benoni police
Nov 7 2007 -- BENONI. Local motorist Cecil Hunter, 31, says he was handcuffed, repeatedly sprayed with pepper spray, kicked, beaten, jailed over the weekend and robbed by two Benoni police officers -- for allegedly going the wrong way down a one-way street - which he denied he did. When jailed in the Benoni police station holding cells he was beaten some more, robbed and deeply humiliated. He denied that he broke any traffic laws but said while he was beaten and taunted in jail, he did curse his police jailers - it was the only defence he had left he said. " It was if they wanted to show they were in charge. "They taunted: 'now you are brave, shitting in your pants...' Hunter said: "I'm half ashamed about it, but they beat me until my bladder and everything was empty. Then they said to me: 'Now you're brave, shitting in your pants'." Hunter was pulled off the road in the early hours of Friday by police from Benoni, for allegedly driving his car against the traffic. He stopped and one of the police officers apparently asked him what he was going to do "about the situation". Hunter denied doing anything wrong and asked the police, a man and a woman, for identification. He claims that they refused to show him any. "The man grabbed me and the woman sprayed me four or five times with pepper spray. "I couldn't see and they cuffed my hands behind my back. I felt them taking my wallet out of my pocket and started screaming. I did resist the arrest, yes, I thought I was being robbed instead," he said. While he was in the back of the police van, Hunter wriggled his hands through under his feet and managed to phone his girlfriend. He then was assaulted, humiliated and robbed of his cash at Benoni police station. His wrists were still raw where the handcuffs had cut into him when he was interviewed. The swelling around his eye had subsided, but it was still bloodshot and he had bruises everywhere. He had asked for medical treatment in the cells and it had been refused. "I think they'd hoped that I would bribe them, but then I made a fuss. They took every note and coin out of my wallet and just left me my cards. "I was very, very angry and humiliated. They robbed me and made me feel inferior. It was if they wanted to show they were in charge. "I'm not going to lie: I shouted and swore at them (after the arrest), but that was all I had left." Hunter appeared without being charged for anything in the Benoni court on Friday, released on his own cognisance and the case was postponed. The court records claimed he was arrested for 'resisting arrest' - not a word about the alleged traffic violation....http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2216328,00.html
2003 - 693 PEOPLE DIED FROM POLICE ACTION- up by 31.3% since last year.
PROBES AGAINST SA COPS SOARED BY 32,4% - - June 3, 2004 - The number of REPORTED complaints against members of the SA Police Service received by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) in the 2003/04 financial year increased by 32,4 percent, ICD investigations manager Tommy Tshabalala said. Briefing the National Assembly's safety and security committee, he said the ICD probed 5,882 complaints against police officers between April 1 last year and March 31 this year, compared to the same period in 2002/03, when 4,443 complaints were received. It was noted that the majority of SAPS members involved in shootings were Africans (67%) ethno-Euros 18%; mixed-race 9% and Asians 6%.
693 people died in SA police custody or police action: -
- 138 people died in police custody and 95% were males:
- Of all these police-action-deaths, 47 percent took place at the scene of a crime or during arrest, 29 percent at a hospital or clinic, and 20 percent in police cells.
1,473 serious criminal offences by SA cops probed - 47% more...: There was also a substantial 47 percent increase in reports of serious criminal offences allegedly committed by SAPS members (a total of 1,473 cases).
- These were the cases reported by the public - and in a phenomenon also seen among rape victims, where an estimated 50% of rapes are never reported; it's also not known how many complaints about police misbehaviour actually remain unreported by an increasingly distrustful public.
- Reported incidents of alleged police misconduct increased by 27.6 percent to a total of 3,716 cases, he said.
Most of the reported officers involved were constables (76 percent), followed by inspectors (17 percent), and sergeants (four percent), Tshabalala said.
SA's image battered by torture - 2007
DEC.10 2997 -- Brutal torture of people in police and military custody has raised major global concerns about South Africa's ability to implement its legal international and national human rights obligations. Amnesty International (AI), the premier international human rights organisation, says it continues to receive corroborated evidence of abuses that include the use of electric shocks, suffocation, forced painful postures, suspension from moving vehicles and helicopters, and severe and prolonged beatings.
- "There are clusters of police stations around the country where repeated incidences of torture are reported," says Mary Rayner, a researcher for Amnesty International's Africa programme in London. "As recently as September, we received a report that the Brixton Murder and Robbery Unit acts with impunity. There are at least 20 to 30 severe cases of torture a year that are reported, but there are many more incidents that are not reported."
- Rayner, part of an AI delegation who visited South Africa in October to investigate torture, says there appears to be a lack of seriousness on the part of authorities in dealing with this matter. "This failure, combined with the deficient resources for monitoring bodies like the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), contribute to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators.
Duxita Mistry, senior researcher for the Institute for Human Rights and Criminal Justice Studies, said: "The ICD is under-resourced, and doesn't have the capacity to monitor torture. They are overwhelmed just by deaths in police custody, they can't even cope with that. "Bodies like the civilian Secretariat for Safety and Security are also an oversight mechanism, but they are barely visible and have really fizzled out. They don't have enough investigators, their budgets are too small, and they don't have enough money for research or to have an office in every province. "The community policing forums would have been another vehicle to monitor police brutality and torture but the public seems to have lost interest in them," Mistry adds. Gareth Newham, a criminal-justice policy researcher for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, agrees with AI's concerns about human rights abuses. "The torture policy that is in place at the moment is very bureaucratic," he says, "and what tends to happen is that police opt to torture suspects outside of the station's precincts. You find station commanders who aren't too concerned about complaints of police torture or brutality." Newham suggests that the most effective way to fight abuses would be to have an internal mechanism, such as a central database, in place where individuals or units who have a high number of complaints are investigated.
2002 - SA Police use "most dehumanising torture imaginable" -- report by "Campaign Against Torture"
November 6 2002- By Graeme Hosken -Suspects in police holding cells in Durban were found tortured 73% of the time - and one arrested man was beaten to death with an iron bar at Chatsworth police holding cells in Durban, according the human rights organisation Campaign Against Torture. Their 23 monitors this year carried out 149 interviews of suspects in Durban area police holding cells - and found that 86 of the 149 arrestees questioned had been tortured. Arrested people are sometimes "assaulted, kneecapped, bitten by dogs, suffocated and subjected to other forms of unimaginably inhumane, violent abuse, such as police batons inserted into their anuses during interrogation."Campaign Against Torture's report states that the SA police had stonewalled the monitoring processs for two years by holding up 23 accreditation badges for its monitors -- and now try to "sweep the report under the carpet" and also are now preventing the organisation from seeing any more arrestees in police cells until the police have perused this report.
Campaign against Torture
C/o The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
Hut 11, University of Natal, Durban
Telephone: 260 1295 Facsimile: 260 1540
Post-1994 black SA cops: raised in the ANC's culture of violence: ANC exiles were tortured, raped in exile camps:
For decades, members of the ANC have been raised in a culture of violence, as described in the article below. Psychological studies carried out in 2007 among Ugandan refugees by world-reknown psychologists found that those refugees who had been most brutalised and traumatised by that country's ongoing civil war, showed that the more traumatised people were, the much likely they were to choose violence to solve any conflict-situations. Peaceful solutions are not often found in the vocabulary of violence-traumatised people.
Picture: One of the victims of Camp Quatro, the ANC terror-camp. This article below summarising these events was written by Paul Trewhela in "Searchlight South Africa" No.5 in July 1990. The stories of most of the women being raped on a daily basis. Many of these women still fear to speak up today, in 2008.
INSIDE QUADRO ANC-CAMP IN ANGOLA:
The first-hand testimony by former combatants of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) about the cruel ANC prison regime are an event in South African history. Never before has such concentrated factual evidence been presented about the inner nature of the ANC and its eminence grise, the South African Communist Party. However, many of the women who suffered under this cruel regimen, fear to speak up even now.
- If people wish to understand the current operations carried out by the SA Police who are invariably now have to be signed-up members of the ruling ANC if they want jobs, they must look the the culture of violence in which they had been raised - they know no other way to solve conflicts except violence:
'SA parents... never know when someone is going to point a gun at you and your children...'
Nov 19 2008. by Adriana Stuijt. Cape Town 's high-profile mom Adele Grosse, pictured left with her four-year-old son , email@example.com - and initiator of the prize-winning In Touch Parenting organisation, wrote the following warning on the community-safety forum of the Observatory residents association. She 's organising a petition to get Spar supermarket in Observatory to move its safe out of the 'high-traffic' area for the safety of shopppers -- after her husband Stef and young son Luca were confronted by an armed robber at the front-entrance - right next to the safe.
She describes how her husband and son saw a security guard gunned down right in front of their eyes on Saturday-morning -- and both father and son now are deeply traumatised. Adele asked the Observatory residents to participate in her petition. See poll on the website: http://www.obz.org.za/neighbourhood-watch.html
"This is a “community call”! Please do not wait for your child [or yourself] to be exposed to a man pointing a gun at him [or you] and then having a security guard shot right in front of his innocent eyes. My husband and 4 year old son were involved in this past weekend's armed robbery at the Spar (supermarket).
"What happened was that when they walked out into the alleyway after shopping at Spar, my son saw the security guard opening the door of the safe, which is situated right next to the entrance/exit, in the alley, of Spar. Being a curious little boy, he walked up to the security guard to ask him what he was doing and it was at that point when an armed robber ran into the alley, pointing a gun at the security guard, and obviously my son & husband. The robber was screaming and shouting demands.
My husband shouted to my son to run as he himself started running. He ran out of the alley into Station Rd, all the time believing that our son was running next to him. He then heard the shot and looked down to see if Luca, our son, was still next to him. My husband then realised with shock that Luca did not run with him as our little boy was in shock to see a man with a gun pointing at him.
- Stef, my husband, turned around not knowing what he was going to find around the corner in the alley. Did the shot hit our son?
Was he going to find Luca lying down? That anxiety cannot be explained to anyone. He found Luca inside scared and unsure of what was happening as it was the security guard right next to him that was shot. My husband grabbed Luca and ran away, got in the car and came home.
Luca’s first words to me were “Mom, I am so scared. A man was shouting at me and pointing a gun at me.” My husband came in the door behind Luca and just started crying like I have never experienced him cry before. He basically just broke down in front of us which was totally understandable once he told me the story. My husband is suffering major trauma and it is affecting our family like I could not imagine.
This past week I have been very fortunate and super excited to be one of the 5 finalists in The Nedbank Cape Talk Small Business Awards. (picture left) The gala evening was Monday night and I came second [out of 3,549 entries] which is an amazing achievement for me. Needless to say, the armed robbery and effect it had on my family totally overshadowed the fantastic achievement which still cannot be celebrated the way it should. But that is not the point.
Everytime we go to Spar we are vulnerable...
The point is that you and me are putting ourselves in a very vulnerable position every time we go to Spar as you never know if YOU might be the one that walks out into the alley and find yourself [and your children] in a situation where someone is pointing a gun at you because they want to take the takings that Fidelity Guards are suppose to collect.
On Saturday at about 10am my husband and son were the vulnerable victims and me and my family will have to deal with the challenge of dealing with trauma. Stef is meeting with a trauma counsellor tomorrow and I pray that we can work through this event without major damage or scars to Stef or Luca.
Spoke to Alcino, owner of Spar:
I spoke to Alcino, the owner of Spar yesterday, asking him to please move the safe to a less high traffic area at Spar -- as I explained to him that he is putting his customers in danger for having the safe right at the entrance/exit. He told me that when they moved Spar premises 2 years ago, Spar head office instructed them to put the safe in a high traffic area which according to them would have kept the criminals away.
Criminals do not care if innocent children die...
We know now that criminals do not care if innocent children or adults gets hurt or even die. Heaven knows what could have happened to Luca on Saturday. Unfortunately my husband has to deal with those images in his head all day long. Alcino says that he has asked the landlord to do the necessary but that the landlord does not see it as a necessity.
I strongly feel that we as a community that wants to support our local businesses need to put pressure on them to ensure that our shopping trips at Spar are NOT putting our lives into danger!
Believe me; our family is all for supporting our community by buying local. We have supported Spar since we moved to Observatory in 2003.This is NOT personal [Please understand this Alcino] but it is something I think us as a community need to fight for. I do not want to feel that my life and that of my child is in danger every time I go to Spar. It is as easy as moving the safe to the back where customers are NOT exposed to this danger. I want to shop at Spar.
I like Obs Spar but I am not prepared to put my life and that of my child in danger. Not again. Let’s make our community a safe place for our families! Let’s petition so the landlord or Spar [who ever is responsible] moves the safe?" Yours in community - Adéle Grosse - firstname.lastname@example.org All her contact information is on the left.
POLICE REPORT -- FORM DOWNLOAD: How to report a crime to the SA Police: To make things simpler here is a pdf of an affidavit form that you can download, print out and fill in at home before you get to the police station to report your crime...
Comrade Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala (left, picture by Denzil Maregele of Beeld) just can't stay out of trouble... but still keeps that lush navy job... ... but could the mere fact of an allegedly faked invoice now finally sink the clearly unsinkable Khanyisile?
Nov 19 2008 - Pretoria military court - An alleged false claim for R600 for guesthouse accommodation could mean the end of the navy's first female admiral's career. Or could it? She has after all, already been found guilty of more serious offences earlier this year - namely for submitting a false claim for a government computer valued at R15,000, for crimen-injuria and for assaulting a junior. Yet she was still kept on in her job as the navy's director of transformation.
And once again, there she was in the military court in Pretoria on Nov 18 alongside a female friend, warrant officer Longanathan Moodley. The two women were in court charged with fraud and the falsification of documentation - namely the account of a Durban guesthouse they never stayed at. And because Litchfield-Tshabalala holds such a high rank, she's not being tried in an ordinary civilian magistrate's court.
The military court prosecutor submitted documents yesterday showing that the women had apparently not stayed at a Durban guesthouse in October last year, but that a claim had submitted with an allegedly false invoice afterwards anyway. They had been in Durban to attend a work session when the alleged offence was committed, the prosecutor said. However, her personal assistant Seaman Makgamathe testified on Tuesday that they had stayed in another hotel instead before checking out on the second-last day of their visit. Moodley had made all the accommodation arrangements and also kept all the receipts. Ms Makgamathe testified that the guest house accommodation had not been to the rear-admiral's liking, so since Moodley was unable to find 'proper accommodation', the admiral and Makgamathe stayed at a friend's house for free, instead -- while Moodley had spent the night somewhere else.
- Litchfield-Tshabalala however denies knowing anything about it: she had not handled her own travel and accommodation claim and had not seen the receipt for the night's alleged accommodation in the guesthouse, she testified yesterday. She only 'became aware of it when military police informed her of the investigation into the alleged fraud' in which accommodation funds were claimed back for all three of them; noting that she had 'immediately paid back the money, but it was also taken off her salary...'
As the SA fleet's 'director of transformation', senior-admiral junior-grade Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala made jubilant headlines worldwide in 2004 when she was appointed as the country's very first female admiral. She was photographed with all the top navy brass and feminists worldwide were hailing it as another 'victory over apartheid'. However the glory soon faded: found guilty in March 2008 of another fraud (click here for her educational background) she also was found guilty of the 'negligent 'loss' of state-property (an R15,000- laptop computer) as well as for crimen injuria and for assaulting a junior colleague. She claimed the computer had been stolen.
- At that time, she was fined a mere R6,000 and given a suspended sentence - and in spite of demands that she had to be fired from her job, the rear-admiral still sits in it to this day.
Submitted her resignation - then withdrew it... She had initially submitted her resignation just before this judgement -- but had then quickly withdrawn it and resubmitted an application for the Navy's lavish golden hand-shake package instead. This 'golden-handshake' application however was placed 'on ice' until this latest fraud trial had been completed. So although a convicted thief and fraudster -- besides also having assaulted a junior navy staffer --- she has thus far still been allowed to keep her top Naval job. It's a great mystery.
When does this child's play turn deadly serious? Robber shot dead: was armed with toy gun...
DURBAN. THE EXECUTION GAME -- This photograph was taken on October 17 2008 by Durban resident Whitey Smith, who lives along the Victoria Embankment. He writes that he had gone down there to photograph a fire and walked through this crowd of about 2,000 pupils at the marina. These tiny children, under the guidance of adults, were playing with a variety of these very realistic-looking toy guns. The game they played was called 'execution' -- pointing the guns at one another's head and pulling the trigger.Whitey writes that when he strolled up the children stopped their game, turning to stare at him with deep suspicion. Then they all pointed their guns at his head and 'pulled the trigger'. ALSO SEE: Tsunami of anti-white hatespeech sweeps across S.A.
ROBBER OF KILNER PARK FAMILY SHOT DEAD - ARMED WITH TOY GUN...
Nov 19 2008 -- IOL reports from KILNERPARK, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA. The local police are trying to locate the family of a suspected house robber who, it was found afterwards, was armed with a toy gun. The young man was killed while trying to run away from the police at the weekend.The suspect is believed to be in his early twenties and it is thought that he is from Mamelodi.
Police were chasing a black Audi A4, stolen during a house robbery in Kilnerpark on Sunday. The officers from the Villieria SAPS spotted the car around 9pm. Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said a high-speed chase ensued. Members of the Pretoria Flying squad also joined the chase and spotted the car in East Lynne. Members of the flying squad then took over the chase, chasing it for 10 minutes to the Derdepoort area where the suspects abandoned the car and fled on foot," he said.
- Shots were fired by the police and one of the suspects was hit on the upper body. dying on the spot while his two accomplices escaped.
Police seized a toy gun, stolen items and vehicle taken in the house robbery.
The name of the deceased will only be announced after his family has been notified. Van der Kooi said the case was still under investigation and police expect to make more arrests.
- Originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on November 19, 2008 http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_Crime%20And%20Courts&set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20081119055555460C629274