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2009-0809 Coen Stoltz, 53, kidnapped farm guard, found murdered in Vaal River by police detective
Aug 09 2009 Loraine Kalp of Volksblad newspaper, Villiers, Free State, reports
VILLIERS. Free State – Mrs Marita Stolz, 50 -- widow of the kidnapped and murdered security guard at an abbattoir farm -- Coen Stoltz, 53, said it was a huge shock to the family to see his tied-up, tortured body after it was found dumped in the Vaal River yesterday. “However at least our worries about what happened to him, are over, We now know he was murdered in a very cruel way. He was tied up and looks horrible.’
Police Insp. Neels du Randt was searching for Mr Stoltz ever since he was reported kidnapped from his job on Thursday-night at an abbattoir farm at the Vaal river and the N3 highway. The office was in great disarray and there were signs of a fight. Two computers were looted and Stoltz’ shoes and a sock were lying next to the office. One of the shoes’ laces had been removed – and the inspector said Stoltz hands were tied up with it when he was found. There were blood-markings at the kidnap scene. The family and police had been searching for him ever since – besides themselves with fear. “We kept hoping that he was just left lying somewhere, tied up, and that we’d find him alive, said Mrs Stoltz. “I have no tears left, I feel all empty,’ she said. “My sons Coenraad 20 of Kempton Park and Lourens, 19, of Middelburg, are in terrible shape after seeing his body. One of his eyes were smashed in and he has terrible wounds. It would have been easier to lose him to some kind of illness, but knowing that he was murdered in such a cruel way, is horrid,’ she added. They still don’t know whether he was just dumped in the water while he was tied up and still alive, or whether he was murdered before he was dumped. The investigating officer, Viljoen, said no-one has been arrested as yet. Anyone with information can phone him at telephone 083-381-1976. Kidnapped body of guard found in river.
Picture: Snr Supt JJ Van Rensburg, Mount Road Cluster, Dir BB Nxabela, Station Commissioner Mount Road, Eric Baatjies, and Asst Comm D Rabie, Mount Road Cluster Commander. Eric put his own life in danger to assist another learner when she was attacked by three robbers. He received a certificate of appreciation for his bravery on 28 July. Photograph used with compliments: Die Burger, Deon Ferreira
Eric Baatjies, 17-year-old pupil at Andrew Rabie School, bravely assisted a fellow learner when three suspects attacked and stabbed her, taking her cellphone. Eric didn't think twice and immediately ran after the suspects. Putting his own life at risk, he ensured that two of the three armed suspects were arrested. Mount Road- Police honour brave learner
Police officer arrested for raping half-sister over 8-year-period
Khayelitsha/Harare squatter camp -- A 25-year-old police constable has been arrested regarding allegations of rape. The constable appeared in the Somerset West Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 30 July 2009. The case was postponed to `14 August 2009 for further police investigation and for him to launch a formal bail application hearing. He was arrested at his home - in Sir Lowry’s Pass - at 21:00 on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 and detained at the Somerset West Police Station. Allegations against him are that he raped an 11-year-old girl (his half sister) over a period of eight years since she was three years old. The allegations came to light after the young victim informed her teacher about the incidents. Disciplinary action is underway against the member whose name could not be used as he has not pleaded to the charges in court yet. Report by superintendent N. Joseph, telephone (021) 4177100, cell 0827776004 Email
Three Home Affairs officials arrested in Port Elizabeth for fraud
For more than a year there was on ongoing intelligence-driven operation which was conducted at the Department of Home Affairs in Port Elizabeth by members of the Crime Intelligence and Commercial Branch. This investigation focused on corrupt home affair officials and accomplices involved in the fraudulent fabrication and issuing of illegal home affair documentation, including passports, marriage certificates, refugee permits, birth certificates and stolen ID documents. On 30 July 2009,three Home Affairs officials: Eric Tube (60), Ntombifikile Luzipo (39) and Martha Lindie Hanabe (36). Eric and Ntombifikile were arrested at the office of Home Affairs at about 09:00 on 30 July 2009. Martha Lindie Hanabe, who is residing in Uitenhage, was arrested at her residence. The accused appeared in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court. The suspects were released on warning. Date of next court appearance is 11 September 2009. Story by Capt. S. Janse Van Rensburg; (041) 394 6358, cellphone: 082 779 7173, Email email@example.com http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=16523
Zimbabwe man arrested in Musina for raping 11-year-old
The police in Musina have arrested a 31-year-old Zimbabwean man for allegedly raping his friend's 11-year-old daughter on Thursday, 30 July 2009. The suspect went to the friend's shack and found the victim with her two siblings. He allegedly chased the siblings away and raped the victim for the first time on 20 July this year. The suspect raped the victim again on 22 and 24 July 2009. The victm told her father when he came back from Zimbabwe who report the matter to the police on 30 July 2009. The suspect was arrested the same day. The suspect appeared in the Musina Magistrates' Court on 31 July 2009. The police in Musina are appealing to the community not to leave their children alone. Story by Captain N F. Nelufule, tel. 015) 290 6274, cell 084 3216 976, email limprov:firstname.lastname@example.org://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=16521
Kimberley dairy robbery prevented by local cops
The Kimberley SAPS Cold Room Squad arrested three robbers before they could robbed a local dairy in West End. The team followed up on information which lead to the arrest of the three suspects. Two of the suspects were arrested before they culd robbed the premises. A third suspect was arrested when he was waiting for his accomplices in the getaway vehicle. The team are investigating a case of attempted armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. A Volkswagen Golf was also confiscated. Anyone with further information can contact Detective Inspector Henk van der Merwe at 082 302 0407 . Story by Captain C M. Ehlers, (053) 8027300 http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=16528
75 teachers convicted of sexual offences named and shamed on SACE website
August 10 2009, The Cape Times newspaper’s journalist Sinegugu Ndlovu reports from Durban that the state-run SA Council of Educators (Sace) website has promised to publish the details of teachers convicted of sexual offences from Monday (today). However by 9am, it hadn’t been posted online as yet.
The teachers’ unions are all said to be aghast at this public naming and shaming – but the Teddy Bear Child-Abuse Clinics ‘ spokesman is delighted.
South African teachers are frequently in the news for sexual offences, the most famous international case being the case against Tiny Virginia Makopo, a matron charged with 13 counts of assaulting and sexually abusing students at Oprah Winfrey's $40 million Leadership Academy for Girls , which story was featured prominently in Newsweek magazine. http://www.newsweek.com/id/69119
In a recent report by Solidarity Trade Union, the latest statistics show that it was also revealed that 530 children a day are raped in South Africa. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/04/anti-child-abuse-march-in-delft-cape.html
In a country where all its citizens are being terrorised 24/7 by violent criminal gangs, sexual offenders moreover are rarely brought to court swiftly—if at all.
A public register listing all the names of convicted teachers would just be a start -- to help parents protect their children better from known sex offenders in their streets, and also to help police trace them faster.
In spite of having one of the world's highest incidences of child rape—including countless horrific rapes of tiny infants—South Africa has a conviction rate of only 5 to 6 percent of all reported sex cases. And those numbers tell only part of the story, reports Newsweek. “Organizations working in the field estimate that the 98,000 rape and sexual abuse charges reported to police between April 2006 and March 2007 reflect as little as 10 percent of the real figure. “
302,000 SA girls raped in 2005/6 – many at schools:
Amnesty International estimated that some 302,000 girls under 18 were raped in 2005 and '06, and much sex abuse takes place in schools. A major survey of children by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) in Cape Town form 2007 revealed that 41 percent of children under 18 years had fallen victim to crime in the preceding 12 months, says Patrick Burton, director of research.
- "Some 4.2 percent of 4,000 children reported being sexually assaulted in the previous 12 months—a proportion that we believe vastly underestimates the problem." The CJCP research indicates that children who have experienced crime have a statistically high chance of themselves turning to crime or antisocial behavior. "We have also picked up a worrying trend toward young people increasingly committing a range of violent crimes, including rape, against other young people. The number of young offenders being arrested has grown in the past decade," says Burton.
So where is the Sex-Pest register on Monday?
However, by 9am on Monday-morning, SACE’s Sex Pest Teachers register had not yet been posted online. This might have something to do with the fact that its own information technology manager Kriya Govender appears to oppose this public naming and shaming of sex pests; at least Govender was quoted in the Cape Times as saying that ‘all one needed to do to check if a teacher had been struck off the rolls was to enter the teacher’s identity number here “…
The Cape Times wrote that the register would also include the names of all those teachers fired for misconduct -- thus giving parents and schools a resource to check the backgrounds of prospective employees.
The Cape Times also reports that the unions are all opposed to it. SA Professional Teachers Union’s secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, called the register ‘stupid’ and ‘an attack on teachers, a pseudo-court’… The National Teachers’ Union spokesman Allen Thompson also wasn’t happy about it. “Teachers who have been struck off the roll are blacklisted by the education department so they can’t be paid. That’s why we don’t understand publication of the list because the department is doing that already,” he said.
SACE’s ethics committee , chaired by Y. Jiya, and members C Ndlela, T Ndhlovu, J Jansen, V Tekani, L Maphila and R Brijraj, still seem adamant to continue the public naming and shaming of all of the country’s convicted sex-pest teachers.
- “The register contains the names of 75 teachers who had been struck off the roll for offences including the physical and sexual abuse of pupils. The list includes names from 2005, the date this council was founded. The council had announced the proposed move last year, but had to wait for its website to be overhauled and relaunched.”
This will help governors hire good teachers
The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA also supports publication of the list, its KZN CEO Anthony Pierce said. And Reginald Chilisa, chairman of the KZN branch of the National Association of School Governing Bodies, also welcomed the move, saying it was important for schools to know the credentials of prospective teachers. He told The Cape Times that it was ‘often difficult to investigate a teacher's professional standing. Schools sometimes hire teachers, not knowing that they are inviting snakes inside their gates... but this will help governors to hire good teachers," he said.
Equally thrilled ws Jacqui Branfield, of Operation Bobbi Bear, which works with abused children, said she was "thrilled" by the move, which was long overdue. "It won't completely protect our children, but we will know (which teachers are on the list). Teachers shouldn't be attacking and molesting children, because they are in the place of parents. And how can we say it doesn't work if we haven't tried it?" she said.
Childline spokeswoman Joan van Niekerk however had ‘mixed feelings” about the move. She was concerned about the country's "preoccupation" with registers and said the country should ‘go beyond registers’.
- Convicted teachers allowed back into class…
- "We do come across teachers who have been struck off the roll, convicted and allowed back into class. We need to take a firmer line against it, but we need to ensure that everyone's rights are protected. Registers often don't protect children,’ she said.
“They encourage parents to be less vigilant than they should be. One in nine children report abuse and only 5 percent of offenders are convicted. Most don't appear in registers. We need more creative ways to protect our children. We've got to think beyond registers," she said.
Reginald Chilisa, chairman of the KZN branch of the National Association of School Governing Bodies, welcomed the move, saying it was important for schools to know the credentials of prospective teachers. He said it was often difficult to investigate a teacher's professional standing.
- "Schools sometimes hire teachers, not knowing that they are inviting snakes inside their gates... but this will help governors to hire good teachers," he said. Page 1 of Cape Times , August 10, 2009