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Two men found strangled on Boschkop plot – nothing stolen
November 25 2009 SWAWELPOORT, Boschkop. An unnamed man and his gardener were found murdered on Wednesday at a Zwavelpoort plot in Boschkop, police said.The men's bodies were discovered by other workers at 8am, said Inspector Hans Mashishi. "They had been strangled with a rope. Nothing was stolen and no one saw anything," said Mashishi.
Crime Intelligence Initiative - Zwavelpoort
A notice was placed on the Boschkop police-community forum that there are major problems in this region: with members Mike Strange and Petro Anderson writing: ‘for some time now it has been apparent that we, as a community, need to get actively involved in Crime Intelligence (Intel) gathering. Although this is the function of Provincial & National structures, we find that the Intel is either, non-existent or not effective or in-effectively used in combating the types of crimes we commonly experience in our area.
“At this stage we have a high incidence of fence cutting, house burglaries & vehicle theft; all of which are often accompanied by dog poisoning.Criminal elements active in our area are definitely way ahead of us in the Intel game and we need to do something urgently to change this. We have traditionally tried to interrupt the criminals’ planning phase with the use of SAPS Crime Prevention strategies. SAPS Reserve Force blue-light patrols & road-blocks
CPF Sector incident reporting & info dissemination, and E-Blockwatch notifications.
“To this end, Lukas Swart, of Swartberg ISS and author of ‘Oorwin plaasaanvalle’ -- an exposé of African criminal field-signs, codes or battle signs - is currently conducting an intensive exercise in the Zwavelpoort-Tiegerpoort area, to demonstrate the effectiveness of good Intelligence gathering in the prevention & eradication of serious crime. Swartberg ISS is currently doing work in the Kameeldrift agricultural holdings which has been plagued by extremely violent crimes in the past few years.All interested persons in the local area are invited to attend a feed-back session which will be held on:
- Wednesday, 25 November 2009,
starting at 19h00, at MVUBU LODGE, in Zwavelpoort
Please note that this is an independent initiative and not done under the auspices of Mooiplaats Safety Initiative (MSI), Conserv, SAPS, CPF or MBPA; although their support will be welcome. Regards - Mike Strange – 076 701 5286 – email@example.com Petro Anderson – 083 604 0074 – firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.dundas.co.za/boschkop/content.php?contentID=8
Horrific censorship by SAPS :
One disturbing aspect of these kind of reports these days is the fact that the police release no detailed information about them other than to say they had been strangled and that nothing was robbed: they did not identify these dead men with any names, ages, race, nor backgrounds, or whether they had families. This media censorship is a growing problem in South Africa: police barely provide any information about the average 90 people a day who die in murders and homicides each day.
Local police station commanders are usually not allowed to release such information – it has to be filtered through the provincial police spokesman before it’s released to the news media unless they can report ‘good news’ i.e. by announcing that arrests have been made.
- Very often, murders aren’t even notified to the news media unless the police have actually arrested suspects and the case goes to trial…
Man drowned in Die Draai river: And In a separate incident on Tuesday, the body of a man in his 20s was also recovered from the Die Draai river. This man had been crossing the river at 2.50pm when he slipped and fell in. A womanw alking in the same direction saw the man struggling to climb out and called the police. Divers were called in from Pretoria and his body was recovered two hours later, said Mashishi. – Sapa - http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20091125184011730C184071
Surplus Grain Traders’ owner, 73, killed execution-style
Other murders today: Emergency service Netcare 911 reported that an unnamed 73-year-old businessman had been shot dead during a robbery at the Johannesburg fresh produce market in City Deep on Wednesday.
Netcare 911 spokesman, Chris Botha, said that when paramedics arrived at the scene the man had already died. He said gunmen had entered the premises of the Surplus Grain Traders grain outlet and shot the man, who was one of the owners.
Police spokeswoman Inspector Lorraine Van Emmerik said the shooting happened around 2.45pm. The gunmen had fled in a blue Toyota Corolla. Nothing was robbed-. The email for Surplus Grain Traders is email@example.com
Surplus Grain Traders was established 30 years ago to deliver grain products to small –to medium traders, pre-packers, retail outlets and hawkers. They mostly work on a COD basis and would have cash on the premises – however nothing was robbed. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20091125154347252C502621
Burglar brandishing a panga shot dead by Seshego police
November 25 2009 – PIETERSBURG/POLOKWANE -- A suspected burglar holding a panga was shot dead by pursuing police officers in Seshego township near Polokwane late Tuesday afternoon. The dead man, named by police as Phillemon Moloto, was fleeing from police near Moletji just outside Seshego when he ran into a resident's home. Seshego police spokesman Sergeant Mothemane Molefe said Moloto got hold of a panga and struck the resident on the forehead. Cornered by the police, he apparently advanced on a police constable while threatening the police officer with the panga. The policeman shot the man who died on the scene. The resident was taken to a nearby hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. Molefe said the Independent Complaints Directorate had been informed and would investigate the matter. – Sapa http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20091125181512849C341453
Sandton robbery-suspect arrested with two comrades
2009-11-25 -- A Sandton was attacked in their upmarket, high-security home on Wednesday-morning and tied up. The men, armed with knives, struck at the home in River Club estates shortly after 7am. They tied up the unnamed owner, his wife and two children, a maid and security guard before fleeing with a firearm and the family car, said a police spokesman. However the police managed to chase them and trap the stolen car in Marlborough. One man was hurt in the groin, police said, although they didn’t say who had done the wounding. His comrades also were arrested, writes Beeld journalist Daniëlla du Plooy . http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/a34879bb9c2c4f95b0c3b99f4ae07985/25-11-2009-11-15/Vermeende_rower_gewond,_makkers_vas
All in a day's work: R/Const Weni, Const Mavango, Const Cummings and Const Skwebu of the Duncan Village Crime Prevention Unit with the dagga with a street value of R8,600 they had confiscated. Photograph by Capt Stephen Marais. Duncan Village Detectives also clamp down on truck looters in the Chalumna Cuttings just outside East London by arresting three suspects, two of them twins. The members managed to recover clothing to the value of R25,000. Thereafter everthing snowballed as more and more suspects were arrested and property recovered. All the suspects appeared in the Mdantsane Magistrates' Court on charges of possession of suspected stolen property…Duncan Village denting the dagga dealers financially
Suspected farm attacker, child-rapist and murder suspect Elliot 'Papinana' Matheba (27), who was arrested by the Lebowakgomo police, appeared in the Thabamoopo Magistrates' Court on 24 November 2009. It is alleged that he conducted his operations in Gankoana and Mamaolo where he raped and murdered a six-year-old girl and an old woman from GaNkoana. He was remanded in custody as his application for bail was denied. LEBOWAKGOMO- RAPE, MURDER AND STOCK THEFT SUSPECT REMANDED IN CUSTODY
“Ancestors wanted to double his pension money’ – Odendaalsrust herbalist arrested by community; handed over to police… From left to right: Const Kgwanthi Rakometsi holding papers cut to the size of money notes, a safe that had been cut open, Constable Gauhelo Chalale holding the black cloth that was covering the papers inside the safe – and the arrested suspected Ugandan herbalist has his back to the camera
Apparently a 57-year-old teacher in Kutloanong was approached by a herbalist from Uganda. He related to the teacher that the ancestors wanted to double his pension money to make him R4 million richer. The teacher withdrew R600 000 in cash from a bank in Odendaalsrus. The cash was put in a safe and it was explained to the former teacher that after two weeks the money will be R4 million. The herbalist came back on 20 November 2009. He instructed the teacher to withdraw another R250 000 and the money was also put in a safe.
- Residents arrested the Ugandan scam-artist:
- Residents in the vicinity where the teacher was residing got suspicious of the Uganda herbalist and he was attacked and handed over to Odendaalsrus Police members with a safe that was found in his possession.
The Police arranged that the safe be cut open since the key was missing according to the herbalist. After the safe was cut, a lot of papers cut to the size of money notes were found and the cash was missing. A case of Harmful Business Practice and theft is being investigated by the Commercial Branch Task Team. After the case was reported to the unit, a girlfriend of the suspect was approached and R65,900 in cash was found in her possession. Should anyone have information with regards to this money scam, please call Detective/Inspector Mutsumi Tladi of Commercial Branch Task Team at cell nr. 0722 070802
14 members of computer-fraud syndicate arrested for R74-million fraud-scam:
Lee Wan Fong, a 51-year-old male from Sandton with Taiwanese citizenship, was arrested on fraud charges on 15 October 2009. He presented fraudulent documents for the purchase of goods to another company through the bank. There was a loss suffered of R500 000 in his case. He remains in custody. The Hawks police unit arrested also another 13 people yesterday for computer-related bank frauds – including suspected master-mind Bonga Sithole, 29, of Sandton. Police said he is suspected of being the mastermind behind the syndicate that had been responsible for stealing R74-million from various commercial banks in South Africa using computer technology. The case was postponed for further investigation.Inspector PJ. van der Linde, tel (012) 393 1974 firstname.lastname@example.org
“SA is on the verge of a constitutional crisis when people with friends in high places believe themselves above the law…’ -- Pretoria High Court judge Roelof du Plessis
Nov 25 2009 - Civil rights organisation AfriForum says Ermelo businessman Hendrik Celliers has won his court bid to get back his Caltex fuel distribution business which had been taken over by an armed criminal gang headed by local self-styled warlord Percy Masinga in 2007.
Picture: The businessman questions the apparent refusal of the State and the SAPS to protect businesses from illegal “Zimbabwe-style takeovers”, and says his constitutional rights are being violated. Similar takeovers of white-owned small business outlets have also been reported elsewhere in the country – but this is the first Supreme Court case dealing with the growing problem… His website: http://www.firstsatakeover.co.za/w-affidavit-of-henk-p-celliers-display.php
Celliers on Tuesday had asked the High Court in Pretoria for an urgent eviction order against Masinga -- and another order enabling the sale in execution of Masinga's shares in a company called Ufundu Transport.
Celliers had obtained fourteen previous court orders over the past two years in which the localSAPS was ordered to arrest and jail Masinga for 30 days for contempt of court and to expel his gang from the premises. Celliers also lodged formal charges of theft of large amounts of fuel by Masinga and his gang – charges which thus far have never been investigated by the ermelo police, he said in his documents before the court. Celliers also noted in court documents that the SAPS had persistently refused to cooperate in trying to arrest Masinga, who said he had ‘friends in high places and is above the law.” Celliers then launched his challenge to the SAPS in the Pretoria High Court this week. This is the 15th time that Celliers has obtained a successful court order against Masinga – yet the man is still at large.
Celliers has now obtained a new court order to have Masinga arrested and also to imprison him a further 60 days' imprisonment for contempt of court – in addition to the previous 30 day sentence.
"(The) court order now forces the South African Police Service in Ermelo to enforce these court orders to protect Celliers' diesel distribution business and personnel," a spokesman for AfriForum, which supported Celliers's court bid, said in statement.
- SAPS has finally undertaken to carry out these court orders…
- "It is the 15th court order in Celliers' favour, but the SAPS has now for the first time undertaken before the court to actually carry out these court orders. "In terms of the court order, Percy Masinga and his accomplices, who are currently again illegally occupying Celliers' business, must be removed from the premises and his personnel must be protected against further interference by Masinga. Masinga must also be arrested."
Victory for the rule of law:
Afriforum's executive director, Kallie Kriel, said the ruling was not only a victory for Celliers, but also for the rule of the law."It is a disgrace that the SAPS had to be taken to court simply to do their job and protect businessmen’s and citizens' rights," Kriel said.
- South Africa close to constitutional crisis:
- Judge Roelof du Plessis warned in his ruling that South Africa was standing on the verge of a constitutional crisis because of people like Masinga who, thanks to contacts in high places, thought they were above the law. - Sapahttp://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20091125154337709C833864
Masinga: ‘When have you ever seen white empowerment? Never!’
Celliers said his nightmare started on 26 February 2007 when an armed seven-men gang, comprised of Moses Khumalo, local warlord Percy Ndaba Masinga and five other well-known gang members pitched up in several black Range Rovers without number plates. Self-styled warlord Masinga – who described himself as ‘having contacts in high places and being above the law’, then took over his Caltex business in a ‘Zimbabwe-type takeover’ and started selling his fuel supplies – stealing R186,000’s worth of diesel for their own gain, Celliers alleged in the documents.
- When the Afrikaner business-owner confronted them they told him: “We are above the law. We are the law. When have you seen white empowerment? Never!’
Cilliers said the trespassers had taken over the service station’s stock and business operations, chased its personnel from the premises, threatened to kill them, and hurled abuse at them. He said he had lost at least R186,000 in two days, while his personnel were traumatised and required trauma-counselling.
Shortly after the start of the incident, Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Malcolm Mokomene confirmed in an interview with The Citizen ‘s journalist Ügen Vos that ‘a case had been opened with Ermelo police and that a “thorough investigation” would be conducted into the matter.” http://www.security.co.za/fullStory.asp?NewsId=6853
However, Mr Cilliers questioned in his interview with Vos ‘why the group and the commissioner were in regular cellphone contact with one another’ and “why police failed to act against the troublemakers – despite his obtaining two interdicts against them.”
Mr Kriel said Mr Masinga claimed to be a shareholder of the land owned by Ufudu Transport, and on which Mr Celliers’ rented business premises are located. However, Masinga was unable to provide documents to prove his claim. One of Ufudu Transport’s previous owners Steve Ngwenya told Beeld newspaper that while Ufudu Transport was sold, the rental contract specified that the lease-businesses on the premises could continue as before. “the law states that a legal rental contract is transferred whenever a property is sold. Our contract is valid for another two years and all the payments are up to date,’ said Celliers’ lawyer Mr Conrad Botha.
Masinga nevertheless continued to blackmail and intimidate the Afrikaner businessman, for instance by hanging skinned animals on his doors, and constantlyh demanding payouts from the fuel-distribution business. Mr Celliers obtained two court orders to stop Mr Masinga from intervening in his business enterprise and also lodged a charge of theft of R150,000 of diesel-fuel against the land-owner with the police.
Police refused to intervene when Mr Masinga nevertheless continued to block the entrance to Mr Celliers’ business with his armed gang. The documentation in the court shows that the police have repeatedly and openly refused to carry out the court order; that Mr Celliers obtained a second court order on 27 October last year and that Mr Masinga was sentenced to 30 days in prison for ignoring the first court order placing him under warning to stop intervening in Mr Celliers’ business operations.
Mr Kriel said despite the sentence, Mr Masinga has never been arrested by the police to serve his prison sentence, nor have the police ever even investigated the theft-charges lodged against Masinga. Celliers submitted in the court documents that Masinga ‘has many contacts in high places and believes he is above the law’.
On 25 September last year, Masinga and his gang occupied Celliers’ business again ‘without the police raising a finger to stop it, the documents noted.
“The police’s refusal to carry out the orders of the court is a serious threat to law and order maintenance in South Africa. AfriForum will continue to place pressure on those who are responsible for this mismanagement so that they can be called to order,’ said Mr Kriel. The Ermelo businessman’s rental lease expires early in 2012.
Background Information – Statement:
From Mr Henk Celliers Email email@example.com Cell no 0825791363
I am a businessman in the Ermelo area for the past forty years being involved in farming and also in the Fuel Distribution business since 1992.
- In September 2006 I started a business on an old Caltex premises that was run by a company called UFUDU but because of circumstances the Depot was closed down. I negotiated with them and with Caltex Head office in Cape Town and started a joint venture and have a lease contract until 2012 on the premises. Within a couple of months we sold over a million liters a month.
In February 2007 seven men walked into my offices and they forcefully took over my business and told me they are now the new owners of the business.
They couldn’t validate anything of what they said and they forcefully evicted me and my personnel from the premises and took over all my equipment and fuel stored in the tanks. Attached is a summary of Court Hearings and Court Appearances that took place over the last 18 months of which speaks for itself.
- I have valid Court Orders against all relevant parties involved but I don’t have any assistance form the Sheriff of High Court, the Police or any state department which I approached.
Mr Celliers was arrested by 30 cops from Pretoria: They even sent 30 policemen from Pretoria in 2008 to arrest me unlawfully to be jailed on a Friday afternoon. In September in 2009 the men again invaded the business evicted all my people and unlawfully took control of the business. Nonetheless 14 Court Hearings later nobody is prepared to enforce the Supreme Court orders given.
- Violation of my constitutional rights:
- My Constitutional right as a South African is being grossly violated and this makes a mockery of our Democracy. A thriving business that was supplying fuel to the Construction, Mining and Farming industry has come to a grinding standstill.
I hereby call on everybody that still has the desires in their heart for a free and safe South Africa to get involved and support me in getting this, probably the first kind of Zimbabwean way of takeover to be stopped.
Prepared to apply for political asylum to demand his rights as a citizen with rights to be protected:
am even prepared to take this whole issue to the United Nations Security Council and applying for Political Asylum that can protect my rights as a citizen and a tax payer of a country. If my country of birth can’t protect me in my business actions and the law of the country cannot be enforced then even the last post of democracy in Africa will vanish.
I also have a DVD available of the first takeover in 2007 and is available if needed. The man who took over my business illegally said: “I am a very influential businessman with contacts in the government and the security forces, I am above the law…’ Statements like these are enough to raise the concern of any decent citizen in South Africa but when these words become actions and one sees the South African Government is powerless or reluctant to remedy this matter, one wonders has our CONSTITUTION FAILED US or are we unable to enforce it, i.e.:
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
“The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, was approved by the Constitutional Court (CC) on 4 December 1996 and took effect on 4 February 1997. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. No other law or government action can supersede the provisions of the Constitution. South Africa’s Constitution is one of the most progressive in the world and enjoys high acclaim internationally.”
Above-mentioned citations that we have the most progressive Constitution in the World and that it enjoys high acclaim internationally leaves many reasons for concern. In words, these are wonderful, but the deeds are not being enforced by the Government.
- The Government needs to be reminded that all the people partook in the process of creating our Constitution BUT the Question remains that only a few certain (individuals) benefit from it.
Human rights in South Africa
Human rights are those basic and fundamental rights to which every person - for the simple reason of being human - is entitled to. These rights are inalienable: a person has them forever and they cannot be taken away.
The natural rights of South Africans received no protection before the country became a constitutional democracy in 1994. (See the history of the Constitution for the background to the struggle for human rights and democracy.)
Chapter 3 of the interim Constitution introduced legally protected fundamental rights to South Africa for the first time. Now fundamental human rights are entrenched in Chapter 2 - sections 7 to 39 - of the 1996 Constitution.
The Bill of Rights is arguably the part of the Constitution that has had the greatest impact on life in this country. As the first words of this chapter say: "This Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom."
It has also been the source of the majority of the groundbreaking rulings the Constitutional Court has handed down. To read more about selected rights and the way the Constitutional Court has interpreted them, see children's rights, women's rights, gay and lesbian rights, workers' rights and access to information.
Our Government says:
1. This Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
2. The state must respect, protect, promote and fulfill the rights in the Bill of Rights.
- Permanent Link- 2009 11 22 - Businessman of Ermelo to Court as Police does not execute court ord
25 November 2009
South Africa claims it’s pulling out of recession – however it now includes income earned from drugs, prostitution, and wildlife poaching in its economic growth calculation for the first time. Analysts slammed the claimed $465-million earnings from illegal activities last year as ‘far too low,’ however...
Statistics South Africa claims that illegal and underground activities “only make up 0,2% of the economy in the country totalling $465-m, however the country has the world’s highest violent-crime rates. Analysts thus immediately cast doubt on the illegal-earnings estimate of 3,5 billion rand ($465 million) for 2008... pointing out that the country is ‘seen as a haven for drugs’ by the international crime syndicates.
Picture: Tik, a major problem in the Western Cape.: also known as crystal meth, the drug is commonly known to cause violent behaviour in users. Image ref: vocfm.co.za
The government’s statistics agency released previously “non-observed” activities in its gross domestic product calculations for the first time. The new category includes many activities like prostitution, abalone poaching and the growing and selling of drugs.
“I think it is a bit conservative,” said Freddie Mitchell, economist at research group Efficient. “The international community sees South Africa as a haven for drugs, so I think 3,5 (billion rand) is a bit of an under-estimation.”
Carjacking is common in South Africa and drug use is rife in some areas and among young people. Marijuana is seen as a cash crop in many rural areas.
Stats S.A. said in the release of third quarter data, which also revised and rebased previous figures, that Africa’s biggest economy measured 2,284 trillion rand, of which illegal activities make up 0,2%. It stressed the figure was an estimate and could not give a breakdown of specific activities, including prostitution.
- “It’s difficult enough to estimate normal GDP before delving into the dark world of organised crime and illicit activities,” said Russell Lamberti, an economist at market analysts ETM. “We appreciate what they are trying to do but we need ... to treat the figures with caution,” he said. Reuters http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1091468
Raped child was gnawing on a bone, tied to the leg of a table
2009-11-24 – JOHANNESBURG – ETWATWA – Afrikaans journalist Magdel Fourie reports on one of the worst cases of child-abuse imaginable -- in which an emaciated, 5-year-old girl from the Etwatwa township was found by a neighbour: the child was tied to a table leg, was grimy, gnawing on a bone – and showed signs of long-term rape.
The little girl was found by a neigbour who had heard a ‘meow’ sound, kicked down the door of the shack and found the child. Her mother, presumably a prostitute, who might even have rented out her child, is now being charged with child neglect.
Philip Stoneman of the iThemba rape and trauma support centre in Benoni said a water bowl stood on the floor next to the girl, she was very dirty and ‘it seems she even ate some of her own faeces."
She was found with thick calluses on her knees, ankles and elbows, unable to walk or talk, and was unable to use a toilet.
- "She was very aggressive and laughed loudly. She showed absolutely no response to the love showered on her by care workers. When one of the workers gave her a doll, she simply threw it away."
Clear evidence was found of repeated rape over a long period, Stoneman said. It is unclear whether the rape was committed with an object or a penis. Her mother is being detained, said police spokesman Timothy Masilela.
Since "Little L", as the staff at iThemba call her, has been placed in the care of a care worker in Etwatwa, her condition and behaviour has already improved significantly, said Stoneman.
The Ithemba rape and trauma support centre was launched after a fund-raising campaign was launched by Radio 702 after public outrage over the rape of a four year old girl who had been violently raped by a 26 year old and then re-victimized when she was taken to a provincial hospital in Springs.
- While she was playing in her grandparents yard in Daveyton, she was lured to a veld with the promise of money for sweets. It was here that Sanele Mahlangu – who has since been sentenced to life in prison – had raped her. Her screams alerted the community who then saved her and restrained Sanele.
The injuries she sustained shocked detectives from the North Rand child protection units. Her non treatment at the provincial hospital led to a a media and community outcry. It was only 24 hours later that she received treatment and was also examined by a district surgeon who performed a forensic examination. Little iThemba (which means Hope in Zulu) was then taken to a private hospital for rehabilitative treatment. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/b261311969d94172b79c9a11bc92574b/24-11-2009-10-48/Girl,_5,_tied_up_like_a_dog