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“They are shooting the people down like flies..’ – angry dad
2010-06-10 LYTTELTON, Pretoria. Afrikaner golf-coach Madeleine Kleinhaus, 21, was shot ad injured at point-blank range by two black men while she was inside her parents’ bakkie, who had stopped at a road-side stand near the Italian team’s Leriba Lodge in Lyttelton on Thursday 11am.
Ms Kleinhaus, who works as a local golf coach, was rushed to hospital with arm- and leg-wounds, reports Beeld journalist Hilda Fourie. Furious dad Stefan said he was going to ‘take his daughter from this Sodom and Gomorra and take her back to Pongola with them.
“They are shooting the people down like flies,’ he fumed. He and wife Santa had arrived in Centurion on Monday to buy vehicle-parts and withdrew cash at the First National Bank in Centurion – and while returning to Madeleine’s house, had stopped near the low-water crossing very close to the Leriba Lodge, to talk to a man selling tables along the roadside.
Mr Kleinhaus had climbed from his bakkie while Madeleine and her mom remained seated inside.
“Two men walked up to our bakkie from the front and I said to my mom, ‘now here’s trouble’. The women locked the bakkie’s doors. One man tried to open the driver’s door – but when Mr Kleinhaus saw this and walked towards them, the black man pointed a handgun at the father - while the other man pointed a firearm at his daughter – and pulled the trigger, shooting her right through the window.
How did they know her father had just withdrawn cash from the Lyttelton bank?
“They shouted at my mother, screaming, ‘where’s the bag, where’s the bag' !’ (referring to the cash they’d just withdrawn from the bank). “They knew exactly what they wanted.\,’ she said.
“ I felt myself getting very warm and warned my parents that I’d been shot and that they had to help me because I would die otherwise.’
The men stole the cash-bag and walked away – while Mr Kleinhaus alerted a passing motorist who took the injured Madeleine and her terrified mother to the hospital. “We did nothing wrong,” said the daughter. “We were just driving along on the road, and had stopped next on the roadside to buy something, when I was shot. After this event I have discovered that one’s life is not in one’s own hands.” SAPS spokeswoman Ms Aveline Hardaker ‘confirmed the incident’. And that’s all she said about that. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Geskiet-toe-pa-stop-om-iets-te-koop-20100610
Update Jan. 12 2011 – Two former workers at the couple’s lodge have been arrested for the double-murder. Since a coup in March 2010, five Westerners have already been murdered and piracy-incidents have also increased, as well as banditry.
June 11 2010 – Ex-journalist Gareth Walters, 48 and wife Hannetjie Walters-Schoonhoven, 45, a South African couple running holiday cottages on the 600-resident ‘ Ile Aux Nattes” a 5km-big island 35km east of Madagascar, were found murdered – slashed to death with pangas and then torched. They had worked there for 3 years.
It's the first time in the island’s history that such a gruesome double-murder had ever occurred. Hannetjie Walters and her husband had created the kind of life most people can only dream of. The wooden house and spa they built there was less than 10 m from the sea and they had a breathtaking view of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean from their patio. ‘‘It’s paradise; we’re living a dream,’’ bubbly Hannetjie often said when she phoned her 3 brothers in South Africa.
In the end it wasn’t her birthday that lured Gerrit, Coenie and Henk Schoonhoven to their sister’s beloved island. Gerrit and Coenie had visited the island individually before but when all three set off together they didn’t know that it would be the last time they would say farewell to their energetic, creative sister and her artistic, intelligent husband.
During the night of Friday 11 June the couple were murdered and their bodies were put in a generator room and set alight. The spa was also burnt to the ground. Police are still investigating the brutal double-murder. ‘
Gareth and Hannetjie, who’d both been married twice before, had worked in the advertising industry and known each another for years. About four years ago they visited Ile au Nattes, fell in love with it and later sold up in Johannesburg and moved there.‘‘Hannetjie and Gareth lived their dream for three years. They were happier than a lifetime in Johannesburg could have made them,’’ Gerrit says.
Ockie Snyman, another south African running a guesthouse on the island, said the couple's torched bodies were buried about 17 hours after the gruesome murders by some 700 island residents. He was visiting with friends about an hour’s walk away when he got a call between 22:00 and 23:00 that the Walter's place was on fire. "I had to walk about an hour to get there - there are no roads on the island for cars."When I arrived the fire had been put out and Gareth and Hannetjie were 'charcoaled' but one could see it was them'.From what he was told by islanders was that the couple were attacked by people with pangas when Gareth had gone outside to investigate some kind of noise. Their bodies then were dragged to the room containing the electricity generator and the room was torched.One employee claimed that he had earlier gone to the bank with Hannetjie to withdraw money for a tour being planned for Sunday.This money was apparently missing.
That night some 600 islanders showed up to guard the Walter couple’s bodies and the house because the island has no morgue.
`When the police investigated further on Saturday morning ´we discovered that Hannetjie was slashed across the face, in the head and on her back with a panga, said Snyman. `A chunk of her hair was missing and Gareth also had horrendous injuries to his head,´ said Snyman. The couple were buried Saturday at 4.00pm by all the islanders after Snyman had ´obtained formal permission from the SA embassy´. The Walters couple are the first foreigners to be buried on the island.
The Madagascar police force stationed at nearby Tamatave visited the island to talk to the residents and obtain more information and get their help in catching the culprits.`The tribal chief got everybody together. Hundreds of people got together trying to find out who the culprits were and to arrest them.``It was a great shock because nothing like this had ever happened on this island before. Our entire survival depends on tourism,´ said Snyman.
A friend, Manie Bosman, who visited the island several times from South Africa, said ´one can walk the entire circumference of the island in 2 and a half hours.´
Col-ret. Thys Eagar and wife: nearly murdered on 30th anniversary of “Operation Sceptic” against Swapo by his SADF-61st Mechanical Division…
Retired SADF 61st Mechanical Corps colonel Thys Eagar, 78, and his 74-year-old wife survived a vicious torture-attack by armed black men who broke through the roof of their home at 3am Saturday-morning. Ironically, this attack against the retired pantser-officer and his wife took place exactly 30 years after Operation Sceptic – the powerful sweep against Swapo during the Angolan border war, and in which col. Eagar’s pantsers of the 61st Mechanical Corps had played a major role on June 10 1980.
Col. Eagar suffered a crushed cheekbone, broken ribs and stab-wounds - and his wife was also repeatedly kicked and stabbed. The black male attackers were still busy throttling the couple - obviously trying to kill them, since they made no demands. The colonel had already lost consciousness by the time the SAPS showed up, saving them just in time – and capturing one attacker. Hilda Fourie of Beeld newspaper reports that the couple are now recovering at the Unitas Hospital in Centurion.
- Last year, Colonel Eagar and his comrades in the SADF 61st Mechanical Corps veterans held a commemorative ceremony to honour their fallen comrades from Operation Sceptic at Fort Schanskop at the Voortrekker monument - which was also attended by Ret. General Janny Geldenhuys.
Needless, excessive violence against two unarmed old people:
The couple didn’t hear the men breaking in through the ceiling because both suffer from hearing problems. Mrs Eagar, who said the attack took place a day after her 74th birthday, woke up when people fell on them. “I woke up when two people fell right on top of us on our bed,’ she told Beeld journalist Fourie. “I screamed so loudly that our woman neighbour apparently heard it. That’s also when the struggle and the torture started. ‘
One black man pushed a knife against her throat, then tossed her roughly from the bed and tied up her hands and feet – and repeatedly stabbed the defenceless old military wife with a knife and also kicked her. Colonel Eagar also suffered the same fate. “I asked them in their own language, Zulu, whether they wanted food or money, or what it was they wanted. The only reaction I got from them was a crushing blow with something really hard against my cheek, which broke the cheekbone,’ he said. One of the men then threw a blanket over Mrs Eagar and started to throttle her. Colonel Eagar said he also lost conscienceness twice while they were throttling him. “I just knew I was going to die…’ His wife added: “My husband stopped complaining and then I thought he was dead. They ripped off her wedding band and stole their two cellphones. And then thing got quiet – and she felt someone untying her bonds. When she opened her eyes, she looked into the face of a police officer.
Their son André Eagar (50), said the neighbour woke up from all the screaming and noticing that the lights were on in the Eagar home, contacted the police and other neighbours in the complex. The police showed up while the attackers were beating up (and throttling) the couple and arrested one man who was still in the bedroom.
He was named as Siphiwe Phakathi, 21 -- who is expected to appear Monday in the Pretoria magistrate’s court – but mysteriously, only on a charge of housebreaking, not of attempted murder. said captain Agnes Huma. Police are searching for a second man, who’d gotten away in time. “We are grateful that we are still alive,’ said colonel Eagar. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Slagoffer-van-huisrooftog-dink-man-is-dood-toe-hy-ophou-kla-20100609
SADF veterans ‘objected to militancy and combat-gear worn by former ANC-MK veterans”
Col. Eagar is the secretary for the SADF Association, the working committee of ex-military officers which tries to help homeless veterans from the pre-1994 SADF He also runs the website for the SADF 61st Pantser Corps.
- In 2009 the SADF association issued a statement expressing their concern about the ‘militant behaviour of the uniformed Umkhonte-we-Sizwe (ANC military wing)’s veterans (who had invaded the seat of power in Pretoria, the Union Buildings, and had engaged the SAPS in battle while protesting against their pay and living conditions. The SADFA ‘s Infantry league also said in a statement this was ‘not in line with the spirit of military veterans and we distantiate ourselves from this behaviour. They also objected to the MK-veterans wearing their combat-uniforms at public meetings. http://www.sawv.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79:nuusbrief-252009-vir-militere-veterane&catid=35:archive--argief&Itemid=43 His email address is Eagarteagar@absamail.co.za