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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Adv. Rosie de Ville, ex- Freedom Front Plus MP and now a Democratic Alliance-councillor in Standerton, is selling up the family home of nearly fifty years and thinking of moving to the Western Cape after the vicious attempted murder-attack targetting his petite wife Monica, 72… But he says it wasn’t political.
STANDERTON – June 27 2010 – Well-known Afrikaner town councillor Adv. Rosie de Ville’s petite wife Monica, 72, survived a vicious daytime attack at their home in Leyds Street – black attackers tried to strangle her with an electrical cord and a towel before stabbing her in the neck with a pair of scissors. They just missed the main artery, and she was able to reach the emergency button - that’s why she survived it, said Advocate the Ville, a former Freedom Front Plus parliamentarian. Beeld newspaper did not state whether anything was robbed..
Advocate Rosie DeVille is best known for his successful legal campaign in April 2009 to restore the Standerton Great-Trek memorial plaque which had been ordered destroyed by the ANC-run municipality’s ex-mayor Queen Radebe-Khumalo.
The municipality was ordered by the High Court to carry the costs for the restoration of the Afrikaner-owned cultural artifact- a set of ox-wagon tracks in concrete in front of the Standerton city hall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Trek by the Boer-voortrekkers.
Even so, Adv de Ville doesn’t believe the repeated invasions of his home over the past five months, culminating in the murderous attack targetting his wife this week, were in the least bit politically motivated.
“I have never received any threats and I think it’s just an ordinary kind of crime which we are targetted by these days,’ the former Freedom Front Plus parliamentarian said. Even so he’s now considering moving to the Western Cape, where he still has a home dating from his parliamentary years. It will be a wrench: they’d have to leave all their friends behind and sell up the home they’d lived in for nearly 50 years.
The former Freedom-Front Plus MP said there were two breakins in their heavily-secured house in the past five weeks. This time his wife’s attackers were able to crawl through the only (tiny) window without burglar bars. She was able to reach the emergency button before passing out.
“When I arrived home I found my little wife (‘vroutjie) in a puddle of blood on the floor of the bedroom. I thought she was dead. Her tongue and lips were blue and swollen.’
The couple have been married for nearly 50 years. After her discharge from hospital yesterday, the De Villes are now living with friends – she’s too traumatised and scared to go back home and they are planning to sell it, reports Beeld newspaper. “The doctors also recommended that I don’t take her back there. She’s still working through the trauma of the attack.’
Rosie de Ville’s campaign to restore the destroyed Voortrekker monument in Standerton
Quote: "That piece of thing means nothing to us. It's just a piece of cement with tracks. I do not even know where it comes from," Standerton Mayoress Queen Radebe-Khumalo…
June 29 2010 – The Environment and Conservation Association on the East Rand in South Africa has lodged a law-suit against its Minister of Water Affairs and its President Jacob Zuma for ignoring the requirements of the Water Act as well as the Constitution regarding the dangerous mine-sludge pollution of the the Hartbeespoort Dam at the source of the Crocodile/Limpopo river system.
Entire 1,770-km Limpopo River basin endangered:
This dam is the primary fresh-water source for the Gauteng province. However, the rapid pollution of this entire riverine system also affects the entire 1,770-km long southern African Limpopo River Basin. Many tens of millions of people, most without fresh-water reticulation systems, rely solely on this water-basin for all their fresh-water needs.
The map, left (the enlarged map is reproduced below this article) of the Limpopo Basin shows that the acid-radioactive waste sludge from the West Rand mines is polluting the source of the entire riverine system. The hippo herds in the Hippo Dam also are endangered.
Ms Nicole Barlow, chairwoman of the Environment and Conservation Association, said the SA government has for years allowed the uncontrolled spillage of heavily-polluted acid mine-runoff sludge (containing toxic and radioactive heavy metals) of up to 60 megalitres per day - (1 ML =1 million litres) into the Hippo Dam -- which is the first receptor dam within the Tweelopiespruit spilling its water into the Hartbeespoort dam.
Barlow told the local MadibengPulse newspaper editor Cynthia Dreyer in Magaliesburg that the Association gets involved in any such pollution problem in the country.
Alarming photos sent to MadibengPulse this week by Ms Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation For A Sustainable Environment, show more dramatically than any words exactly what dangers lurk in the waters flowing into Hartbeespoort Dam, writes Dreyer. “In this case it’s in the Tweelopiespruit (left) which runs into the Crocodile River.
“The Hippo Dam is outside mine property and located within the Krugersdorp Game Reserve. This sludge contains toxic and radioactive heavy metals: and pH shocks cause the heavy metals to be mobilised and solubilised.
“The Tweelopiespruit is one of the sources of the Crocodile River System and of the entire Limpopo River Catchment area.
“The photographs show the heavy crust of precipitated heavy metals which has formed on the bottom of the Tweelopiespruit.
The pollution of the source of this very delicate riverine system affects the entire 1,770km-long southern African Limpopo River basin.
Many tens of millions of people in four countries rely on the Limpopo River basin water
And many tens of millions of people in four countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique, rely solely on this water-basin for their fresh-water supplies.
This important Southern African river system – known as the Crocodile River at its source and the Limpopo at its outflow into the Indian ocean -- flows from the Witwatersrand high plains, drops into the alluvial plain in Mozambique on its semicircular 1,770-km course before emptying as the Limpopo river into the Indian Ocean.
Acid-radioactive crust at the bottom of the Tweelopies Spruit:
For much of its course the Limpopo forms the boundary between the Transvaal/Gauteng region in the south, Botswana on the west, and Zimbabwe on the north. From its source, the river flows northward to the Magaliesberg Mountain (Madibeng/Brits) – traversing into the Hartbeespoort gap, across the fertile Bushveld area to where the Marico River joins it on the left bank.
From there the river becomes known as the Limpopo. In this reach of about 400km, the river receives some tributaries, most of which flow intermittently depending on the scarce rainfall pattern of southern Africa.