Crime Busters of SA: farm murders 2001-2003
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- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Summary: Bloemfontein police captures member of car-theft syndicate within ten minutes of theft; Burn Gold Mine contractor arrested for stealing explosives; two senior Kwa-Zulu police detectives arrested for rustling and slaughtering a very expensive Bonsmara cow from a local stud farm;
Bloemfontein. Free State police outsmarted two vehicle thieves only ten minutes after they had made off with a stolen vehicle in Westdene, Bloemfontein. On 28 October 2009 at about 14:30, Mr Marc Cornelius from Kimberley (middle) was on tour in Bloemfontein and visited his friend at his work place in the Westdene area. He parked his red Nissan Sentra at a parking bay in Kelner Street. When he returned five minutes later, his vehicle was missing. Mr Cornelius immediately contacted the police.
Insp Peter Louw, (left on the picture) Insp Bennie de Klerk and Const Paul Woityczka (picture right) of the Organised Crime Unit were patrolling the Westdene area at the time when they heard about the stolen vehicle over the police radio. A couple of minutes later, they spotted the vehicle skipping a red traffic light on the corner of Charles and Second Avenue. They gave chase and when the suspects realised that the police were onto them, they stopped the vehicle and ran away. One suspect managed to escape, but the other one was arrested.The arrested suspect appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on charges of theft of a motor vehicle.
The Organised Crime Unit took over the investigation as it is suspected that the suspect could have been part of a syndicate that had been involved in spate of vehicle thefts in Bloemfontein and could lead them to more gang-members. A very happy Mr Cornelius congratulated the police for their swift response that led to the recovery of his vehicle. Report by Captain C Marope, cellphone 0824617473 http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=17413
3 Limpopo farms attacked, one farmer killed, two injured
Wed, 4 Nov 2009 A farmer was killed and two other people seriously injured in separate farm attacks in Baltimore near Lephalale in Limpopo, the Transvaal Agricultural Union's northern branch (TAU SA north) said on Wednesday. http://news.iafrica.com/sa/2031340.htm
This was indicative of the escalation of crimes targeted at farmers in the area, according to union chair Japie Spanio. "Mr Izak and Mrs Mariaan Jansen van Vuuren of the farm Clanwilliam were attacked while going home after church on Sunday. Mr Jansen van Vuuren is badly injured and will have to undergo extensive plastic surgery to his face," said Spanio.
He said the attacks follow a similar one on 24 October in which Pieter Botha of Mokolo Safaris was also badly injured. Botha was attacked just three days after another farmer, 65-year-old Jan Potgieter was killed at his farm. "It is indeed highly suspicious that [there were] three attacks in the same area in ten days," Spanio said.
He said TAU SA North has requested both the Limpopo police commissioner and the safety and security MEC to provide a special task team to investigate "the possibility of an organised attack on the rural community".
Commissioner Calvin Sengani and MEC Dikeledi Magadzi have been invited to join the union at a crime-prevention operation scheduled for Friday. "It is therefore fitting to invite the MEC and provincial commissioner to join this very important crime prevention operation. "Criminals must get the message that the local community and the SAPS will not tolerate violent crime," Spanio said. http://news.iafrica.com/sa/2031340.htm
ANC Youth Leader Julius Malema ‘not above the law’
4 Nov 2009: The ANC-regime claims that it is ‘investigating reports that African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema threw his weight around after being stopped for speeding with his luxurious car in Limpopo…http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=nw20091103222237816C820226
Police rescue Mangaung prison staff from armed prisoners
Tuesday 3 Nov 2009 -- Three prison employees held hostage at a Bloemfontein prison have been rescued by a police task force team. Frikkie Venter, the managing director of the prison's private operator, G4S Care and Justice Services, said the task force had freed the hostages at 5am on Tuesday. "A special task team relieved the hostages and inmates from the exercise area where they barricaded themselves," he said. The employees and the 10 inmates had not been seriously injured during the police action, he said. "The employees were brought to a hospital for observations but we expect them to be released by today (Tuesday)."The group of 10 inmates in the high-security section of the Mangaung Correctional Centre outside Bloemfontein set fire to their cells on Monday afternoon.
National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele applauded the task force for "an outstanding high-level intervention that led to the swift release of hostages in about five minutes without opening fire". He said the police would continue to squeeze the space for criminals to "zero". "We will throw fear to criminals and bring confidence to communities," said Cele. "We will forever encourage police officers to act decisively in all crime combating operations and only open fire when under threat. The mere fact that a large group of prisoners armed with a variety of weapons and obviously hell-bent on making mischief could be arrested without a shot being fired is testimony to the expertise and diligence of our officers." - Sapa http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=nw20091103162835624C171814
Burnstone Gold Mine contractor arrested for stealing explosives
Balfour, Mpumalanga. On 28 Oct 2009 at about 19:30, 24-year-old Patric Oepeng, a contractor at the Burnstone Gold Mine in Mpumalanga, was arrested when he was caught in possession of mine explosives in a police trap. This Great Basin goldmine was recently upgraded with a new vertical shaft at a total capital cost of R1,8bn and now is in full operation.
Acting on information, undercover police officials pretended to be interested in buying the explosives. They arranged to meet with the suspect. The police arrested Patric Oepeng after he had sold nine Megamite explosive catridges, four electric detonators, 29 x 30g boosters and seven shocktube assemblies to the members of the Organised Crime Unit. The police established that Oepeng was a contractor at the Burnstone Gold Mine. He appeared in the Balfour Margistrates' Court and was not asked to plead. The case was remanded to 5 November for his formal bail application. Reported by sergeant S Tshabalala, telephone 017 7730050, cellphone 0798915748. Email address: email@example.com http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=17420
Two senior police officers arrested with 4 others for stealing expensive Bonsmara cow from top KZN stud farm - report by capt. T E B Zwane, Dannhauser.
Dannhauser, KZN -- Two police detectives from Madadeni, namely Captain Charles Xulu (45) and Inspector Kwezi Robert Qumbisa (47) and four other suspects, Mrs Christina Nonhlanhla Mpanza (45), MrSiboniso Zwane (18), Deliza Ndlanzi (24) and Bhejane Ndlanzi (18) were charged with stealing and slaughtering a very expensive Bonsmara cow from a specialised stud farm in the Danhauser area.
They appeared in the Dannhauser Magistrates’ Court and the case was remanded to 26 November 2009 for further investigation. Four of the suspects including the two police officers, were released on R1000 bail while the 18-year-old Zwane and 14-year-old Ndlanzi were remanded in custody.
The docket shows that accusations were levelled on 17 October 2009 that a cow was found slaughtered on Ferroland Grond Trust Farm near Durnacol in Dannhauser. Ferroland runs expensive Bonsmara stud animals on their farm and the loss of one prime cow in breeding condition can run to many thousands of Rands in lost income from her offspring. The skin and intestines were found on the scene and a few kilometers away, the slaughtered cow’s head was found and identified as belonging to him by the unnamed complainant. A case of stock theft was opened.
The Glencoe Stock Theft Unit members received information that led to the arrest of six suspects including the police officials. Captain Xulu’s house in Durnacol was searched and meat suspected to be from the slaughtered cow was found in the fridge. Article by: Captain T E B Zwane, (031) 3254872 , cell 0835395726, email:
Disturbed man stoned to death by mob after stabbing Plessislaer man to death
The police reported on November 3 2009 that a man, said to be suffering from mental problems, was stoned to death by a mob after he had stabbed and killed another man in Plessislaer squatter camp near Pietermaritzburg in KZN. Inspector Joey Jeevan said the police had found the body of Senzo Nzimande, 30, on Monday. He had been stabbed in the neck. "About 100m away from the scene, police found another body... (that) of Mondli Mncwabe Shezi," said Jeevan. He said Shezi also aged 30, had had "open wounds to the face and bruises to the body". It was believed that Nzimande and Shezi were acquaintances who had been visiting another man. There had been an argument between the two men - apparently about Nzimande's mental condition - and Shezi had stabbed Nzimande once in the neck. He had fled the scene. "Community members pursued Shezi and caught him and brought him back to the scene... during the process (Shezi was) assaulted with sticks and stones," said Jeevan. Shezi had sustained severe head injuries and died at the scene. "Police again appeal to the public to report crime and not to resort to taking the law into their own hands," said Jeevan. - Sapa http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=nw20091103144535708C544477
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Police Supt. Heila Joubert and husband Inspector Braam Joubert were arrested in Krugersdorp and dumped in a police cell by junior police-reservists for ‘interfering in an accident scene’. This serious breach of authority was the result of the senior Afrikaans police officers insisting that their junior reservist-colleagues carry out a proper accicent-scene investigation. Such incidents are symbolic of the increasingly serious breakdown of authority inside the SA Police Services …
An Afrikaner couple – SAPS superintendent Heila Joubert and husband Inspector Braam Joubert - were thrown in a police cell in Krugersdorp for insisting that their junior police-reservist colleagues carry out a better investigation of an accident scene in which a pedestrian was seriously injured on Tuesday.
The Krugersdorp cops – newlyweds – were telephoned by Mrs Joubert’s sister Chantelle van den Heever, 27, after an accident involving a pedestrian on Paardekraal-Drive.
Heila Joubert, 36, works at the Kagiso police station at the East Rand. She then asked her husband inspector Braam Joubert, 36, of the Krugersdorp Task Force, to go and help her sister sort out the details around the accident scene.
Inspector Joubert said when he arrived at the accident scene however, he had found only oe police reservist there, a sergeant. He identified himself and offered his assistance. However a row erupted when Joubert insisted that proper measurements and sketches be made of the crime-scene, while the reservist was at that stage, already packing away his paper-work, he told the newspaper. Another reservist then showed up – another sergeant – who then immediately passed legal judgment on the driver, saying: ‘look at the brake-marks, she was speeding..’.
Inspector Joubert said he pointed out however that such decisions are made by law-courts, not by police officers.
- ‘F… off my scene. I’m in charge…’ ‘Bring the shock-machine…’
- The second sergeant shoved the police inspector and told him: “F*** off from my scene! I’m in charge!” The first reservist tried to intervene. Insp. Joubert then called his wife asking her to send the unit commander ‘because his members don’t know their jobs’. A police vehicle then showed up with two more reservists, accompanied by a permanent-force police inspector. This inspector however wasn’t very happy either, shouting: “ “Bring the ‘shock’-machine’, pommeling Joubert in his ribs and then dumping the Afrikaner police officer into a police van.
His wife superintendent Heila Joubert showed up at this point and took photographs on her cellphone, showing her husband being arrested. The inspector told her that her husband was ‘being arrested for reckless driving.’ Superintendent Joubert repliedthat he was ‘ being an idiot, because it hadn’t been her husband who had driven the accident-car, it had been her sister.’
The arresting officer then said he would refuse to open a police docket and also refused to take any witness statements at the scene, Superintendent Joubert said.
- At this stage, a senior-superintendent showed up and released inspector Joubert from the van and a struggle then ensued in which another junior reservist againdumped Braam Joubert back into the van again and drove off with him to the Krugersdorp police station, with Heila following in her car.
While enroute to the Krugersdorp police station to visit her husband in the cells, superintendent Heila Joubert also was waylaid by a junior police reservist and arrested. Both ended up in the Krugersdorp police cells. The couple said they were told they were ‘going to be charged with intervening in a crime scene, crimen injuria and slander.’
However the regional district commander for the Krugersdorp police-cluster, Director T S Maswanganyi, then ordered that the Afrikaans couple be released at once and they were. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/cd9cda0e6be34130bc1d009f47d8fd24/01-11-2009-10-25/Polisiepaar_aangehou
Meanwhile throughout this unsavoury fracas, all these turf-warring police officers seemed to have forgotten the most important reason for their existence: namely to protect the public: no mention has been made in this article whether any enquiries were made at the hospital about the condition of the accident victim.
Izak and Marrianne Jansen van Rensburg fight back against farm-attackers at Marken
- Farmer’s arm broken by attackers
- Elderly couple attacked on farm
- SA farm occupied by 200 militant, armed ‘squatters’
2 November 2009 --- MARKEN, Limpopo Elderly Izak and Marrianne Jansen van Rensburg were attacked on their farm in Marken, nearby Lephalale/Ellisras after the Afrikaner farming-couple returned from their weekly church service on Sunday. Daughter Anél said her mother had climbed out of the bakkie to open the farm gate, but was struggling with it, so her dad also climbed to help her. Two black men approached them pretending to look for work, and bashed the old farmer in the face and then started beating the old man with a hammer, a stick and a hatchet. “My mom jumped in the bakkie and my dad screamed at her to drive away – however the men caught up with her and took her back to the gate where Mr van Rensburg was lying on the ground. The couple were tied up and thrown on the back of the farm vehicle – but the driver was unable to drive and crashed the vehicle against a farm fence. Mr van Rensburg ran away and kept the attackers at bay by throwing rocks at them, and managed to reach the workers’ houses where he got help. Before the police showed up the battered couple was already organising a neighbourhood-watch search party, said the daughter. Her dad is awaiting plastic surgery for his battered face at the H F Verwoerd Hospital in Pretoria, she said. The search party, headed by police, arrested two men who are expected to appear for a remand hearing in the magistrate’s court soon. http://www.nuus24.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1479/f743d91d2ce94cf9bdd43854666bdfb4/02-11-2009-02-42/Egpaar_oorleef_wrede_plaasaanval
Jan Potgieter, 65, of Marken, Limpopo, murdered by gardener who also ransomed family
29 October, 2009 MARKEN, Limpopo The chairman of the Transvaal Agricultural Union, Jan Viljoen, has reacted with shock to the murder of Marken farmer Jan Potgieter, 65, last Wednesday. He said in his condolance-statement to the widow Annelie, their family and the Koedoesrand-area’s farm-watch community, that they were however grateful that the community acted so rapidly to round up the attacker. The Marken Farmers’ Association chairman Roné Hennop said the attack was carried out in broad daylight at 13:00 when the Potgieter family’s gardener attacked their daughter (also Anneliese) and her two children, locked them up in the bathroom of their rondawel (cottage) and demanded a cash ransom. When the elderly Potgieters arrived on the farm, they suspected that something was wrong, and Mrs Potgieter went to the rondawel while her husband went to the homestead – where he was shot at point-blank range. Mrs Potgieter meanwhile went to fetch a gun and fired it at the attacker – who although wounded, managed to escape. Mrs Potgieter raised the alarm of the farm-watch and within minutes the SAPD was on the scene and a police helicopter was brought in together with a private helicopter to search for the injured murderer. Mr Potgieter was declared dead on the scene. http://www.observer.co.za/stories/skok-oor-moord-van-marken-boer
Pieter Woest, 55, butchery manager, murdered by gang, peri-urban Bronkhorstspruit
Picture: Floral tributes were placed at the gate of the Klipeiland butchery on the R25-highway outside Bronkhorstspruit where manager Pieter Woest, 44, was gunned down by a ten-member youth gang. Alet Pretorius, Beeld.
Fanie van Rooyen reports in Beeld newspaper that Mrs Anita Woest, 50, wife of murdered Bronkhorstspruit butcher Pieter Woest, was weeping and screaming loudly: “Please Lord, do not take him away. I cannot live without him’ just after her husband was gunned down in broad daylight
The couple were working at the butchery when a worker warned them that the building next door was being robbed. Mr Woest grabbed his handgun and ran out – but ran straight into one of the armed gang-members. A gun-fight ensured in which one attacker was struck twice – but Mr Woest then was shot down by another gangster with several shots in the back.
Cashier Tokkie Human, 53, who also was held up at gunpoint by the gang, said when she reached Mr Woest, “blood was coming out of his mouth and nose and he was dead on the scene’.
Arrived in a taxi - Police captain Sipho Zulu said the attackers arrived at around 12:30 in a cream-coloured Toyota Quantum minibus-taxi vehicle. Butchery owner Mrs Suzette Olivier said she was working with the cashier behind the counter when the gang burst in, guns at the ready.
“I was serving a customer when a man with a black jacket stormed in, pushing our security guard to the floor and firing one shot into the ground next to him’, she said. The women were forced at gunpoint to open the cash-registers by men constantly screaming that they would be killed, she said.
“The two men next to us then descended on the money like animals, they ran out with the cash and I then heard two shots,’ said Mrs Olivier. “I wanted to run away and was on my way out when I heard another two shots and saw through the window that Pieter was collapsing’. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/24656ac3a12f452fa8f32cefa3c675b9/01-11-2009-11-10/%E2%80%98Ek_kan_nie_sonder_hom_lewe_nie,%E2%80%99_gil_sy
SA losing the fight against corruption
2009/11/02 René Vollgraaff reports that ‘South Africa definitely is not winning the fight against corruption’, quoting advocate Mokotedi Mpshe, acting head of the national prosecuting authority, speaking on Friday at an anti-corruption forum of the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) organisation.
Mpshe is not exactly a shining example of fighting corruption: earlier this year he was in the news with claims that key-elements of his summary drawn up in president Jacob Zuma ‘s corruption-trial was plagiarised from a HongKong court decision.
This week Mpshe said: “we have all the processes and instruments, but our culture of non-compliance and to just accept everything as the norm, makes the battle against corruption very difficult.
Cosatu’s CEO Zwelinzima Vavi agreed with him, and said there were still ‘many challenges ahead of ús.’ “There’s still a sizeable chance that if you get caught out for corruption, you are one of the 75% of the people who will not be punished for it,’ he pointed out… Read the rest of this sickening tale on: http://www.sake24.com/articles/default/display_article.aspx?ArticleId=6-98_2559613