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20090427 Salmina Paul, 45, son Gregory, 10, Uitkyk, Kareedouw EC
- Sixteen-year-old Kareedouw youth arrested for cutting a boy’s throat and bashing a hard-working mom to death
KAREEDOUW, Eastern Cape. Gregory Paul, an 10-year-old local boy and his hard-working widowed mother Salmina, 45 - famous locally for her home-baked products which she sold to provide for her family’s subsistence -- were found cruelly murdered in the small Wild Coast town of Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape at 06:45 on Sunday morning, 27 April 2009. She leaves a 15-year-old daughter.
Picture: the local Uitkyk community residents staged a protest at the local police station. A community leader noted that ‘the street lights have been out of order since December last year…”
Reylon Ruiters, 34, brother of the murdered woman, Salmina Paul, had discovered her ‘gruesomely mutilated body’ when he’d walked over to her house to borrow a cup of rice. When he investigated further, he also found his little nephew, his throat sliced through from ear to ear.
The widowed mom was terribly mutilated, with wide stab-wounds across her face and the back of her head, and broken front teeth, said Aubrey Bosman, manager of the Koukamma funeral services said it looked as if if tried to flee, but was caught and beaten to death. Her mother Agnes Ruiters, 69, required treatment for shock at the local hospital when she heard the news.
The local community is still trying to come to grips with the double-murder. She was known to everyone there because she always sold her homebaked products at local sports meets and on the streets. An immediate protest meeting was held at the police station and an emergency meeting was called by the local business community to try and get beter security measures in place at Uitkyk.
He has called an emergency meeting with the local business community to get better security for the Uitkyk community.
Community leader Efraim Goede (34), ’said “We are all shocked, It’s a peaceful and quiet suburb. But the street lights have been out of order since December last year’.
Mrs Paul and her son will be buried together after a service at the local Pinkster Protestant Church.
‘Community very upset about the double-murders,’ - police
Police inspector Gerda Swart (tel 082 779 7283) says there is great anger in the community about the murder of the mother and son. The murdered woman leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter who was not at home during the incident. She apparently slept over at her grandmother’s house, she wrote in an email.
"I know the 16-year-old boy will only go to court tomorrow in Kareedouw. At this stage the 16-year-old will stay in custody because the community is very upset about the murders. The community even planned to march to show their dismay with the incident. Salmina has a 15-year-old daughter which was not at home during the incident. She slept over at her grandmothers house, apparently.,” she wrote me. Read story in Afrikaans here
However, the impression that this is a peaceful and quiet community, belies the official SA Police Service statistics. The beauty of this ‘Wild Coast’ community also hides a proportionally high crime rate for such a small population.
In this small rural community of about 7,000 souls, according to the 2007/8 SAPS crime statistics, (i.e. they are 18 months old, but the very last ones available publicly…) there were an incredible 12 violent deaths (i.e. 7 murders plus 5 culpible homicides), 2 attempted murders, 87 armed assaults/robberies, 3 armed home-invasions and 75 home burglaries, 21 robberies/burglaries of (the few) local businesses, and a whopping twenty stock-thefts from adjacent farms.
Kareedouw lies at the entrance to the Langkloof, 120km from Port Elizabeth Airport, between the Tsitsikamma and Suuranys Mountains. Its name derives from the Khoe phrase meaning 'path by the karee trees'. Kareedouw was settled by Cape Afrikaners from around 1750. However, the First People of Africa have lived in this area for eons: a 2,000-year-old mummy of a man, 1,45metres tall, was discovered in April 1999 in a shelter on Mr Fanie Gerber’s farm, estimated to be 2,000 years old. There were rock art paintings on the walls, which seem to indicate that this person was very important. Local craftsmen still manufacture beautiful and unique stinkwood furniture. John Vorster, South Africa’s prime minister from 1966 to 1978 had a house nearby and is buried in the Kareedouw cemetery next to the Dutch Reformed Church. 
Police arrested a 16-year-old local youth as a suspect at 4pm the next day, together with what was described as 'a large amount of cash.'
The unnamed youth will appear in court on Thursday, 30 April 2009, on two charges of murder in the Kou-Kamma municipality ‘s magistrate court, near Uitenhage.
- police inspector G.P. Swart, tel. (041) 996 3056, cellphone: 082 779 7283 Email: UITENHAGE-COMMUNICATION@saps.org.za http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=15023
- Die Burger, 8 July 2002, page 3: Classen, E. 2002. Mummie was 2000 jaar gelede dalk BBP.
- Farm murders, Kareedouw, Uitkyk: Mr Bouwer, who lived alone on the farm Uitkyk, Kareedouw, was murdered on 10 September 1998.(unrecorded on our current list of farm murder victims). http://www.stopboergenocide.com/61801/36501.html?*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*
more news today:
29/04/2009 DURBANVILLE, CAPE TOWNDie Burger reports that Greg Milne, 37, a professional diver of Durbanville, was shot dead by a man who merely took his cellphone. Milne was offloading a worker at around 9pm on Potsdam Road near Du Noon settlement when he was murdered execution style.
One of his sisters, Mrs Jenny Chapman, said her brother was ‘a gentle giant’. He and her son sons, Justin and Sean, were very fond of one another, she said. He was single and lived in Sonstraal heights in Durbanville. He leaves his mom Mrs Denise Milne, his sisters Mrs Chapman and Ms Shirley Milne, and two nephews.
29/04/2009 “Old woman, today I kill you,’ said the rapist of an 80-year-old Magaliesburg farm woman (not the woman in this picture) while he raped her repeatedly in her Seekoeihoek farm homestead, tortured her with a rope, a hammer and a knife, the court heard today. Police inspector Rupert van Zyl, who is the investigating officer, testified in the court of magistrate Keith Page in Krugersdorp that the self-confessed rapist of the old woman, Alfred Lubelo, had beaten his frail victim on 14 January this year with a hammer, had twice tried to choke her to death with a rope. Lubelo admitted guilt last month to all the charges. The unnamed 80-year-old woman was reading a book in bed when she was attacked in her homestead. Lubela also used ‘very crude language’ to the old lady when he told he was going to rape her, the court heard in earlier testimony. He tied her to the bed and raped her. She then managed to get herself lose from her bonds after she’d sent him to the kitchen to fetch water, and managed to lock herself in her sewing room. This had angered him immensely, he broke down the door with a hammer, dragged her back to her bedroom, and raped her for a second time while also trying to kill her by choking her with a chord. He then tried to flee in her car with some bling jewellery and her cellphone. He was unable to do so however because he had ripped out the immobiliser himself. Detectives of the Magaliesburg police station testified that they found Lubelo several days after this gruesome attack on the old lady in the streets of Magaliesburg. His victim had been able to give the police a very good identity sketch. The hearing was postponed to 28 May. Story here
‘Baby dies in hospital while doctors went on strike’, doctor tells Beeld newspaper…
28/04/2009 “It was shocking to me when I saw medical professionals just suddenly decide to strike, walk out of the wards and start toi-toiing. (South African protest-dancing). “I have family members who don’t have health insurance, and they have to be delivered into the hands of this,’ a disgusted young Afrikaans doctor of Limpopo told Beeld newspaper on Tuesday. She works at one of the State hospitals which have been nearly paralysed by ongoing doctors’ strikes countrywide, who in its second week. She’s also terrified of providing her name because of reprisals from her fellow-doctors – however, she told the newspaper that a baby had died in one of the hospitals ‘because a Caesarian-section delivery could not be performed in time …’ Only two Afrikaans doctors have jobs at this hospital – and we are both working. All the rest of them are striking,’ she said. “It was a ‘foetal distress’ case. We don’t know whether it was due to the strike, but the doctor on duty simply did not respond to the emergency calls made to his cellphone…’ She’s so disgusted that she has ‘no intention of working in any state hospital after finishing her required two-year tour of community duty.’
‘These doctors don’t care about their own people…’ 336 striking doctors at Ga-Rankuwa…
“These striking doctors don’t care about their own people. I don’t even know if I want to stay in the country if things continue like this.’ Meanwhile all the ‘striking doctors’ have allegedly received letters saying they’d been fired over the past two days, Sowetan newspaper reported. Gauteng health department spokesman J P Louw also noted that 24 striking doctors had also immediately returned to work at Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal near Pretoria when they were handed their walking papers. However officials are still trying to find all the 336 striking doctors at the Ga-Rankuwa state hospital. At this hospital, which serves a community of 1,5-million destitute people, military doctors were put to work to help out those few medical personnel who were still refusing to strike. It’s being claimed that the ‘dispute has been settled and that they will all go back to work today or tomorrow. Story here
28/04/2009 Cloete and Faas, drug-dealers who were convicted of the murder of baby girl Michaela Kok, who was shot dead in her father’s arms in 2006, have been sentenced to an effective 22 and 24 years in prison.. Michaela was murdered on 16 November 2006 while seated on her father Lucas (left)’s lap at their home in Swakopstraat, Spandau Village, Eerste rivier. She was shot twice in the head while watching TV with her dad. The bullets targetted her father, who was fingered by police in the trial is a local drug-dealer. The two murderers, Cloete and Faas, also were found guilty of attempted murder.s ook skuldig bevind op dié aanklag van poging tot moord.