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Summary: Floris Kruger, 60, killed on St Albans farm, East Cape; Elizabeth Dorey, 64, badly beaten up and strangled at Hilltop Nelspruit smallholding; SAPS Capt Kevein Marallich killed and fiancee Cathy Potgieter assaulted fishing at Nyoni farm dam; Msinsi game reserve supervisor Erica Croeser ‘s throat cut and husband, SAPS constable Morne Croeser injured at bass-fishing tournament; ex-NP politician Dirk Odendaal, 80 and wife Sophia, 79, injured in farm attack, Verdun near Meets, Bethlehem
- “My father was murdered two days ago… he had no money, all he had was his children”:
- A murdered realtor/pensioner’s daughter writes us: SEPT 3 2010 - “My Father, Floris Kruger, was murdered two days ago on the 1st September 2010 in the St Albans area, Eastern Cape. They stabbed him several times in the chest – torture to get information concerning his bank accounts etc. They tied him by his feet and took him to the bushes using his car (which they stole) -- where they shot him between the eyes and left him there. He was found on the 2nd September 2010. My dad had no money, he had nothing worth stealing in his house, all he had was his children. He was 60 years old. I loved him very much and I miss him. JUSTICE WILL BE DONE.”
2010/09/03 PORT ELIZABETH. Three black men were arrested for the execution-style murder of Afrikaner smallholder Floris Johannes Kruger, 60, whose body was found dumped in the bushes behind Port Elizabeth’s St Albans Prison on Wednesday afternoon. He was beaten so badly that all his ribs were broken. He was shot with his own 6.35mm pistol. He was a realtor, specialising in selling farms and smallholdings, his daughter says.
They have identified the victim as Floris Johannes Kruger, 60, a realtor living by himself on a smallholding in Le Marseilles Road, Greenbushes. Kruger’s body was found on the side of the road by workers fixing a farm fence at about 11am. Kruger was severely beaten and shot twice in the head at close range with a cloth over his head. A police officer close to the investigation said the men suspected of being involved with the murder had been arrested in a vehicle while allegedly trying to flee Port Elizabeth late yesterday afternoon.
- “We received information which led us to a road near the Fairview racecourse, where we found three of the five men believed to have been involved with the murder,” the officer said. “We searched them and found various stolen goods linking them to the murder. We are still searching for two other accomplices.” Police suspect the three Xhosa males were trying to flee to their homes in Transkei.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said detectives suspected Kruger had been the victim of a “botched house robbery: i appears he was attacked by five people inside his house early on Wednesday.” Evidence suggested that the men had beaten and stabbed Kruger nine times in an attempt to get his bank card pin code. Labans said R500 had been withdrawn on Wednesday night from an Absa ATM in Kabega Park.
He said the post-mortem report showed that Kruger had been beaten so badly that all his ribs were broken. “We presume they beat and stabbed him until he gave up his bank details,” he said. “From what we can see, two firearms were also stolen from his house.”
Ballistic tests also showed that Kruger had been shot with his own firearm – a 6.35mm pistol. “Once they had what they wanted, we believe they put a cloth over his face, tied him up and loaded him into his car, a silver VW Polo,” Labans said. “We presume he was still alive as there were no signs that he had been shot in or around the house.” Kruger was a neighbour of Jack Bergman, 86, who was brutally beaten by five robbers inside his home in July 2009 - and died in hospital days later.The three men are due to appear in court on Monday. http://www.theherald.co.za/article.aspx?id=601961
Nelspruit. – 64-year-old Elizabeth Dorey was found in her delapidated farm house with her hands tied behind her back, a rag stuffed into her mouth – and strangled with an electrical cord. And what was her ‘crime”? She had refused to move from the Hilltop-smallholding because her late parents’ ashes were scattered there: she was attacked on her smallholing three times over the past seven years. Colonel Gerrie Agenbag, SAPS detectives-chief in Nelspruit, who knew her well because he had also investigated the previous attacks, said “she was a fragile, defenceless lady who also was very badly assaulted by her attackers before she was strangled”. A worker raised the alarm with neighbours when he showed up for work at 7am and noticed that an entire window had been taken out. He contacted the neighbours 300m away from the homestead – and the neighbours went with him to investigate, and discovered her body in the hallway. Agenbag ‘s contact telephone number is 013 759 1108. Report by Buks Viljoen, Beeld. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Vrou-wou-nie-hoewe-los-toe-word-sy-vermoor-20100902
SAPS Capt Kevein Marallich, of the crime-intelligence unit in Eshowe, was shot dead and fiancee Cathy Potgieter was severely assaulted while the off-duty cop was fishing at a rural dam near Nyoni, 30km north of Stanger on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on Sunday-afternoon.
SAPS superintendent Jay Naicker said the couple had been fishing at a farm dam near Nyoni, 30 km north of Stanger (KwaDukuza) when they were confronted by two black men, one armed with a high calibre pistol. Capt. Marallich was immediately shot in the face, killing him at the scene - and Potgieter was severely assaulted and was found by farm workers floating in the dam. Netcare spokesperson Jeff Wicks said Ms Potgieter was in a critical condition in Umhlanga hospital. Both were from Eshowe and Marallich worked for the police's crime intelligence unit in Eshowe. – three sources: Sapa http://www.themercury.co.za/?fSectionId=&fArticleId=nw20100830080417495C732236 and http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Polisieman-doodgeskiet-terwyl-hy-visvang-20100830#comment_formbox
2010-08-28 Erica Croeser, 32, supervisor at Msinsi game reserve Albert Falls Dam, killed; throat cut, husband SAPS constable Morne seriously injured
300 guests at annual bass-fishing tournament upset over gruesome murder attack on Afrikaner couple
Pietermaritzburg – Aug 29 2010 – The Witness reports that a wildlife lodge supervisor’s throat was cut and her policeman husband was stabbed with the same knife at their game-reserve homestead at Msinsi Game Reserve, Albert Falls Dam, in the early hours of Saturday.
Mrs Erica Croeser, 32, had her throat slit with a knife that was also used to stab her 34-year-old husband, Constable Morné Croeser of the SAPS dog unit, in the stomach . When paramedics arrived they found the knife still lodged in his stomach.
The scene was described as “very, very gory” and the 300 fishermen-guests who were at the lodge for the annual bass-fishing tournament were shocked and horrified. Erica had been working at Albert Falls as a tourism assistant for 10 years.
It is believed that the couple had just arrived home when they were attacked. A source said that while Morné parked the car, Erica went to open the front door of their house. Two armed men were waiting in ambush and pounced on her. The couple’s two young daughters, aged 6 and 10, were staying with their grandmother at the time of the attack.
Distraught neighbour Hlekisile Nkala told The Witness that she heard a gunshot just after 02:00, and about 10 minutes later she heard a male voice screaming for help. She quickly woke her husband and called the police. An employee at the reserve said the incident had shocked the more than 300 participants staying there for the annual bass fishing tournament, which started on Friday. “The customers have also expressed shock and fear over the gruesome murder. They keep asking if the murder really happened and if it was that gruesome,” said an employee. “Since the murder attack we have increased the number of security guards from two to four. We are also looking at more ways of increasing the security,” said Msinsi Holdings marketing manager Ray Naguran.
SAPS spokeswoman Joey Jeevan said Morné Croeser was in a serious but stable condition in hospital on Sunday. She said when paramedics arrived at the scene with police, the knife used to stab him was still lodged in his abdomen. “Paramedics removed the knife and put up a drip and treated him before he was taken to hospital.” Jeevan said no arrests had been made, adding that nothing seemed to be stolen. “At this stage police believe that this is linked to a labour dispute. She was a supervisor, and responsible for hiring and firing.” Mrs Croeser’s mother Francoisana Schafer said the family are coping with “the sad story”, but was unable to comment any further. - Stephanie Saville and Bongani Hans, The Witness http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Womans-throat-slit-in-nature-reserve-20100829 http://www.msinsi.co.za/albert-falls-dam.php
2010-08-30 Jana van der Merwe and Lynda Greyling report in Volksblad newspaper that a well-known Afrikaner politician, Dirk Odendaal, 80, was attacked with his wife Sophia, 70 upon their return from church to their farm Verdun near Meets, Bethlehem, Free State. Mr Odendaal was an ex-member of the provincial council (MPC) for Harrismith and ex-director of the Drakensberg Cooperative and of Sentraboer. He also was the chairman of the Afrikaans cultural organisation Rapportryers in Bethlehem.
Both were ambushed by three black men with balaclavas just outside their homestead at noon. Mr Odendaal was viciously assaulted with a tyre-iron, his wife was beaten black and blue and her nose was broken. The attackers tore her earrings from her earlobes. Their daughter Mrs Rianza van Huyssteen said the man first first her mother to open the house. “One beat her through the face with a loaf of bread they’d bought enroute from the church and she fell over a wall while a knife was held at her throat. Mr Odendaal rushed in when he heard her screams and was beaten by the tyre-iron. He suffered serious leg injuries. The men forced him to open their registered gun-safe and stole a 6.45 pistol. There was no money in the safe. However they beat up the elderly politician until he gave them all the money the couple could find in the house, about R6,000. The couple then was locked into the large cooling-room outside the homestead and fled with the couple’s Bantam bakkie.
Amazingly the old man then struggled for three hours with a sheep-hook to get the cooler unlocked from the inside and break out. “It’s terrible,’ she said. “I don’t know where my dad got the strength to free themselves.” She said he was bleeding copiously. Odendaal, met sy erg beseerde been en bloed wat oor hom stroom, het met ’n skaaphaak drie uur lank gestoei om die deur van binne oop te breek sodat hulle kon hulp ontbied.
- SAPS sergeant Majang Mosupa said no-one has been arrested. He asked the public to be alrt to the bantam-bakkie with registration Nr ,DHD 398bFS and contact the Bethlehem police if they spot it. http://www.koerant.co.za/nuus/bejaarde-egpaar-aangeval-in-vrystaat-1415
Eblock-watch recently launched the “Police the Police” campaign – in which their members phone in at a specific number from which all their conversations with police officers can be recorded via their cellphones...
The need for this service was highlighted once again by the high-profile arrest of Afrikaner rugby-player Bees Roux, (described below), allegedly for ‘murdering’ Pretoria metrocop Nthsimane Mohale. Evidence now comes to light that Bees Roux was a victim of a blackmail scam: he was pulled over for ‘drunk-driving’ but instead, was pulled over to be robbed. Roux’s credit card was used at a McDonalds outlet some thirty to sixty minutes after the rugbyplayer had been booked in, arrested at Sunnyside police station.
- Roux’s credit card was used at a McDonalds outlet by an unknown person some 30 – 60 minutes after the Afrikaner rugbyplayer was already in SAPS custody…
August 31 2010. PRETORIA Magistrate’s Court. Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, may have been defending himself from an armed robbery instead – according to testimony during his bail application. He was granted R100,000 bail and ordered to appear in the same court on 15 October.
“Die Beeld” newspaper writes that the arrested Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux's credit card was used by an unknown person at a McDonald’s outlet – at least 30 to 60 minutes after he was already officially booked in by the SAPS and placed in custody.
“This leaves urgent questions unanswered about the circumstances in which metropoliceman Sergeant Ntshimane Johannes Mohale, 38, was allegedly beaten to death,” reports Beeld.
Roux paid R100,000 bail and was released on Friday after the death of Mohale. His legal counsel Rudi Krause told the Pretoria magistrate's court at the bail-application hearing that Roux's credit-card was used at 02:31 at a McDonalds - between 30 to 60 minutes after he was already placed in police custody.
USUAL RACE CARD PLAYED BY DEMONSTRATORS:
Picture: some 40 demonstrators protested outside the court room against Roux’s bail – playing the race-card. The evidence at the bail application showed that Roux may however have been targetted for a robbery instead…
Investigating officer SAPS sergeant Patrick Mafanel also testified that the 'circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear'. "We know that Mohale was on duty with two colleagues and pulled over Roux on the corner of Schoeman- and Festival Street, claiming he was drunk,' testified Mafanel.
(Note: It is a legal requirement that before a person can be arrested for drunk-driving, they must be breathalysed at the road-block.)
- Mafanel: "Mohale told his colleagues at the roadblock that he would drive Roux's car 'because Roux was drunk'. However we don't know why his colleagues then did not follow him, and why they didn't see the assault either.'
The defence council submitted to the court that there are 'many unanswered questions about the incident.' "Why didn't Mohale's colleagues follow him and arrest Roux for drunk-driving?" "Why did Mohale drive in the opposite direction of the nearest police stations - Brooklyn and Sunnyside? - but drove towards Roux's house instead?
Mafanel also testified that Mohale's two colleagues did not submit any statements after the 'incident' because they didn't actually see what had happened.
Roux also said in a statement read out by his defence council that the 'was not a flight risk, that he has thus far done everything in his power to assist the SAPS with their investigation: and "I have no desire to live like a fugitive…’ His council said Roux would plead not guilty to the charge of 'murder' and submitted that Roux was a tax-paying citizen with a permanent address, and earning R850,000 a year.
Chief-magistrate Desmond Nair, who also commented that the 'circumstances were strange,' granted R100,000 bail, which was paid and Roux was released.
‘You fng dog – I will get your mother…’
Pictures: Roux’s mother threatened: The dead metro-cop's brother Richard Taukobong (48) right, reportedly snarled at Roux inside the courtroom: "You f...ng dog.. I will get your mother!” (picture left: Roux’s parents at the bail hearing).
Emotions ran high inside and outside the courtroom, with some 40 demonstrators holding up placards opposing bail, and 50 metro-cops inside and outside the court room. After lunch the SAPS tactical-reaction unit entered the courtroom to maintain the peace and protect the family and friends of the accused man. Roux's parents Phillip and Yvonne and his girlfriend Ms Carien du Toit also attended the proceedings. A Facebook page supporting Roux has been launched by his friends.
The family have declined to speak to the news media at the moment as the case is sub-judice. Roux's sports-agent James Adams told the media after he was granted bail that the rugby-player wanted to thank his friends, family and legal council for 'helping him through this difficult time'.
The legal rules for cops arresting a drunk-driving suspect:
Die Burger obtained information about the usual procedures for the metropolitican police (in the Western Cape) when arresting someone for 'drunk-driving' is to take them to the nearest police station inside an official police vehicle – but not before it has been confirmed with a blood-alcohol test that the person was actually above the legal limit. Metropolice spokesman Nowellen Petersen said 'no member of the SAPS or the metropolice can take any arrested person inside that person's own vehicle to a police station.' Moreover, that arrested person's blood-alcohol levels have to be tested first on the scene before the arrest. "If there is a passenger in the vehicle with a legal driver's licence and whose blood-alcohol-levels are beneath the legal limit, the passenger would be allowed to drive the vehicle instead. "The person who was arrested can also contact someone else to come and fetch the vehicle. Only if there is no-one else available to remove the vehicle from the road-block, a member of the traffic police or the SAPS can drive the car to the nearest police-station, where it will be booked in, and its keys put in a safe until someone fetches the car.' http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Wiet-sy-kaart-gehad-20100830
Eblockwatch launches Police the Police campaign –
- Look out for rogue-metrocops … what happened to Bees Roux?
“What happened to Bees Roux is no surprise. It was around pay day, after midnight and near a night club or drinking hole... I always warn my kids (they still behave like kids even though they in their twenties) to watch out for rogue-Metro cops especially on the first Friday night after payday…
The local drinking spot on Main Road puts up tabletalkers (little triangular card board billboard...thingies) warning revellers what to do when flagged down by rogue or corrupt police waiting for them to leave.
- They tell them to use eblockwatch’s Police the Police number found on www.eblockwatch.co.za to protect themselves from rogue cops…It is a joke really because they are never outside any other night -- only on Fridays and paydays.
Another interesting observation is that most motorists are pulled over after twelve at night. Coincidence? Or is it that a new daily limit of a R1,000 notes becomes available after twelve at ATM’s?
Another interesting observation is that considering the amount of people drinking shooters till late at night, very few end up in police cells on a Saturday morning.
- Is this because the time it actually takes to make an arrest, then to drive to have blood samples taken, and then to drive back to the police station and fill out a docket, might take corrupt officers away from a lucrative income for too long?
Why is it that we know of so many people who pay bribes to the cops and we never hear of police arrested for taking bribes?
- Is it because corrupt police officers pay off senior officer to operate their turf? Have you observed the same police officers standing beat at the same corners day after day? Is that their turf like the beggars at the robots and car guards at shopping centres? Are they all paying someone further up the food chain? These are observations but they are worth investigating…
“Has Bees Roux “taken the bullet” for all those guilty of paying bribes and has Pretoria/Tshwane Metro Police officer Sgt Ntshimane Mohale paid the ultimate price for all those crooked cops who are on the take?
In response to a rising number of reported incidents about bogus cops and police abusing their power Eblockwatch has launched the “Police the Police” campaign.
- FREE to all registered eblockwatch members - please ensure that your 4-support member details are correct in the system (especially their email addresses!). Please note that normal cell phone rates apply for the call.
Conversations between cops and eblockwatch-members are recorded:
All members please save the number 0822360003 to your contacts. If you are pulled over by the police please dial this number, the conversation between you and the police is recorded and saved on our server. We ask that you try to provide as much detail as possible during the conversation:
- Describe the police car (make, model, colour, the number painted on the side of the car along with the registration number)
- Ask the police person for their name and badge number
- Mention the number of police officers
- Make it clear to the officer that you have just made a call to your friend to tell them where you are etc
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Try to let the phone remain in a position where the conversation can be recorded. When you hang up, a link to the voice recording is sent in an email to your four support members. An additional benefit for our members with the panic button service is that we immediately send an sms notification to them to check their email for your voice recording.
A note about the length of the call: as many people have been testing the service by simply dialling in and then hanging up we have set the system to only send out the email with the link to the recording if the call was longer than 5 seconds. This is to cut down on false alarm situations.
The purpose of this service is:
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- To have your 4-support members get the details of your situation via the recording
The mere fact that the police officer is aware of being recorded will enoucourage the correct behaviour
The eblockwatch team http://www.eblockwatch.co.za
31 August 2010 12:25 Afrikaner cultural leader Anton Barnard writes on the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG) website:
“There’s a big snake in the grass about the alleged (deadly) attack against a metro-policeman by the Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux. For those who are unaware of this, Schoeman Street in Pretoria is a one-way street running West to East in the centre of Pretoria. (map below). He was allegedly arrested for drunk-driving in a road block on Schoeman (and Festival) Street.
The alleged deadly assault against the metropolitan police officer took place a few blocks further down --on the corner of Richard- and Schoeman Streets.
A major traffic artery, Duncan Road, crossing nearby would have been the obvious route to turn right to reach the nearest police station. If you turn right from Schoeman Street into Duncan and take another right you reach the Brooklyn police staton – the nearest one to the alleged drunk-driving offence.
To reach the Sunnyside police station – where Roux eventually was put in SAPS custody - you have to turn left from Schoeman and left again in Pretorius Street to return back to town.
According to the police rules which govern arrest procedures, they have to take you to the nearest police station, ( i.e. in this case Brooklyn or Sunnyside) or to the nearest SAPS blood-testing station to obtain blood-alcohol-testing levels – which is in Pretoria city-centre.
However Schoeman Street does not take you there – it leads you to the N4 highway and Pretoria East.
Roux however lives in that direction. The metropolitan police claims in their statements to the media that their official was enroute with the ‘drunken Roux’ to ‘take him home’.
- This is in fact an outright acknowledgement that something illicit was taking place – because the police rules are that he should have been taken to the nearest police station -- after they established his blood-alcohol levels.
- What policemen are not ever allowed to do is to merely drive a drunk home.
So exactly where was that metropolitian police officer taking to Roux instead? Did he perhaps instead want to take him to the nearest bank to ‘collect a bribe’? Just after passing Richard Street and while travelling on Schoeman Street, there is a shopping centre with a few cash-machines.
And what happened to the other two colleagues of the metropolitan policeman during this process? They claimed that they didn’t witness the (assault) incident – one can therefore presume that they weren’t following Roux ‘s car being driven away by the metropolitan police officer...
Even more damning is the fact (as stated in the bail application) that Roux’s credit card was used at a fast-food outlet when he himself was already in custody at the SAPS Sunnyside station. Did the dead metropolitan police officers buddies ‘transform’ Roux’s credit card and make purchases with it?
- If true, talk about unfeeling: your mate just died but you go and celebrate with a barrel of fast-food… Given the already very poor reputation of the metropolitan police force as far as corruption and criminality within its own rank is concerned, this would not surprise me. A huge number of these metrocops merely are criminals on blue-light motorbikes…
However despite the highly suspect circumstances of these events, the anti-white prejudice against Roux, a South African citizen, already is clearly evident: a Zimbabwean suspected of the (gruesome slaughter) of Eugene Terre’Blanche, and which suspect was acknowledged in court as a high-risk prisoner who would flee the country, was released on a mere R5,000 bail.
Roux on the other hand, a South African citizen, had to pay R100,000 bail.