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Summary: Video of Belgian MP confronting Pres Jacob Zuma about farm-murders and Kill the Boer calls by ANC-youth league; the paranoid ANC-police have again arrested hero- Commander Willem Ratte of the ex-32 Battallion on trumped-up ‘weapons possession’ charges with nine other men – all homeless people who lived on a farm and were learning a new trade. These 10 Boers will spend the weekend in a SAPS holding cell. In the year 2009 alone a total of 860 people died at the hands of the SAPS – (compare that to apartheid stats from 1984 to 1993: when an average 20 people a year died at the hands of the police… Also today: Kempton Park businessman Martin Christie, 47, was gunned down while watering his flowers in the front garden by a black man who walked by. Nothing was robbed. Also, a police captain was shot today dead at Carnival Mall, East Rand, Gauteng, her husband was critically injured; their 16-year old son traumatised
Zuma confronted over farm-murders in Belgian parliament: VIDEO:
Sept 30 2010: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM. Flemish-speaking MP Philip Claeys confronted SA Pres Jacob Zuma in the Belgian parliament about the high level of farm murders: Claeys said the Belgian parliament was 'deeply concerned about the murders on white farmers often occur under gruesome circumstances.“ He also questioned the Zuma government’s ‘structural problems’ such as the growing hate-speech calls against Boers, for instance the ANC youth league chairman‘s chanting of "Kill the Boer, kill the Farmer' . “What does Pres Zuma intend to do in the future about this situation?” asked Claes:
YOUTUBE report in Dutch: watch:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb7zETQ6YZw&feature=player_embedded
White Kempton Park businessman shot down, critically injured – was watering his garden, nothing robbed: – not officially confirmed:
KEMPTON PARK. We have just received word from a well-informed American friend of the victim that an English-speaking white SA businessman, Mr Martin Christie, 47, who had just sold his Auto Retailing Business, was gunned down in his front garden while watering his flowers on Wednesday-afternoon. A black man who walked past simply gunned Christie down. Nothing was robbed. Christie is in serious condition at a local hospital with injuries to his liver. Awaiting info from SAPS Kempton Park: 17 Monument Road, Kempton Park, Tel: 011 570 9000 http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/600
2010-10-01 A heavily-armed large group of black men gunned down and killed a police-captain who was visiting the East Rand from Margate in KwaZulu on Friday-morning. Wolfram Zwecker of Beeld newspaper reports that the captain – whose name was not released – was shot six times just as the police-family entered the mall while the gang was attacking a jewellery shop at around 9:15. She was in Gauteng on a visit and was shot dead in front of her husband and 16-year-old son. Bystanders said she was shot four times while she was on her feet – and twice more when she was lying on the ground. Her husband was also critically injured in the neck when he tried to help his fatally-injured wife lying on the ground. The 16-year-old youth ran away in fear and reportedly suffers from severe shock. The gang escaped in three luxury cars. One car was found back in Dalpark, Germiston. It had been hijacked earlier. None of the gangsters were captured. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Rowers-maai-kaptein-voor-man-seun-af-20101001
By Mike Smith 1st of October 2010 - URL: http//boerboel1.wordpress.com/ –
Former 32nd-battallion officer Willem Ratte was arrested and is being held at Witbank police station together with 9 poor, unemployed and homeless Afrikaners who were being taught a new trade to set up their own small businesses, on the farm Balmoral. They are expected in court on Monday. They are being held at WITBANK police station. Among the known arrested people were:
- Willem Ratte, Eugene Becker (48), Justin Schoeman (18), Günther Kotze (32), Corné de Beer (22), Petrus Visser (20), Marais Bouwer (30), Raymond Senekal (43), Wesley Borman (24) , Christopher Meyer (27) and a son of Frieda Mulder.
STIL BROERS – HIER GAAN ‘N MAN VERBY:
“Wilhelm Fredrich (Willem) Ratte is one of the finest soldiers this world has ever seen. He is from German extraction and grew up between South Africa, South-west Africa and Germany. He was a teacher at the German school in Windhoek. When Communist insurgents threatened Rhodesia, he volunteered and eventually became a decorated (Wings on Chest) soldier of the elite Rhodesian SAS. Six years he spent as a Soldier in the bush in Rhodesia, fighting Marxist terrorist scum.
“When Rhodesia was lost, he returned to South Africa and joined as a Lieutenant in the elite 32 Battalion the most decorated unit of the Namibian Angolan Bush War.
“He also trained the forces of UNITA who were fighting the communists in Angola. When that war was over he resigned in 1991 as Kommandant.
- “His sense of morality, integrity and honour would not allow him to serve his former Marxist enemies. Neither did he become a mercenary like some other professional soldiers.”
30 pieces of silver handed to F W de Klerk in Parliament…
“When 32 Battalion was disbanded in 1993, Willem Ratte and his men handed over 30 one-rand coins (with their high silver content) to ex-president FW de Klerk in parliament as a symbol of his Judas treachery to the former soldiers who fought Marxism in the Namibian Angolan Border.
“He is also the man who started the Pretoria Boer Commando as well as Radio Pretoria to counter the Mass Media’s propaganda in favour of the so called “democratic process” which in effect meant handing the country over to Marxist terrorist trash.
When they tried to reign him in, he started another Radio station named Radio Donkerhoek and transmitted from moving vehicles exercising his right to freedom of speech.
After De Klerk handed over the country to the terrorists and resigned from politics Ratte and thirty of his men took over one of the four historic Boer-Republican Forts overlooking Pretoria (built by Germans), Fort Schanskop. link http://www.nordbruch.org/buecher/buch_ratte_engl.pdf
- They caught the guards asleep and disarmed them without injuring anyone... It was a symbolic protest against the selling out of the Boer heritage to Marxist terrorist scum.
Subsequent events proved that Viljoen was wrong and Kommandant Willem Ratte had been correct.
- He managed to escape right through the siege of the Police task force and later made a speech on Radio Pretoria. A few days later the police “found” (read “planted”) ammunition in a special room in the museum of Fort Schanskop behind some oranges and mealie bags. Ratte had no access to this room seeing that the keys were held by the army, specifically the son of Constand Viljoen, Col. Piet Viljoen. Ratte was not present when the found was made, neither could the court ever prove that Ratte had anything to do with it. Ratte refused to acknowledge the validity of the court and did not speak in his defence. Judge M.C. De Witt, sentenced him to 20 years, 15 years were suspended.
In 1995 Willem Ratte officially laid a 53-fold case of murder against Nelson Mandela at the Police Head quarters in Pretoria for the Shell House Shootings where ANC members shot at Zulu protestors from the roof top of their headquarters at Shell House (now called Luthuli House) a gift from the Dutch Government.
When Ratte entered prison in 1996 he went on a hunger strike, his wife’s petitions to the Swiss and German governments to help him fell on deaf ears.In his seventh week on hunger strike about 3000 of his supporters and friends marched on the prison with South African, German, Flemish Dutch and Vierkleur flags to demand his emediate release.
Several newspapers overseas reported that Willem Ratte was ‘determined to die for the Afrikaner and that his death would unite the Afrikaners into resistance”.
- After 57 days and only after an appeal by his people did he end his hunger strike…too weak to even stand up.
This man, Wilhelm Fredrich Ratte, a native German speaker, a south African, a Boer, born in Paarl in the Western Cape, is one of the finest soldiers that ever lived. He is a man of impeccable integrity.
Ratte NEVER used violence in his protests against the present government:
“Ratte is a devout Christian, staunchly anti-communist, never used violence in his protests against the government, nobody died or even got hurt in these protests, yet he is treated like a common criminal when scum like Ronnie Kasrils who pressed the button in the Church street bombings and Robert Mcbride who blew up the Magoos bar are allowed to walk free.
“It is important to notice that Ratte was an officer in 32 Battalion -- a mainly black unit. He also trained black soldiers of UNITA. He helped the Bushmen with a trust. When the Zulus in Khatlehong were besieged by the ANC, he drove in and gave them food, while being shot at with AK47’s. He is no racist whatsoever, but we know that anybody who opposes the ANC Marxist terrorist regime is branded as a RACIST.
You can read more about this man here Dr Claus Nordbruch on Willem Ratte
“This morning Beeld reported that Willem Ratte was arrested on a farm (called Balmoral) her so-named “right-wingers” for the possession of weapons… however they all turned out to be legally-registered weapons and unusable museum pieces such as “Voorlaaiers” (front loaders used in the Boer-Republican era).
The men have to spend the weekend in a police jail, writes Smit. “Amazing how the ANC fears this man, now 63 years old. It is all scare- and intimidatiion techniques. They arrest people on trumped-up charges to scare possible reactionaries off…”
sources and links:
- Kmdt Willem Ratte has been arrested again on Oct 1 2010 : remember what happens to Boers in police prisons: in the year 2009 a total of 860 people died at the hands of the SAPS – during apartheid from 1984 to 1993, an average 20 people a year died at the hands of the police…Report of arrest in Afrikaans pro-ANC media: http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Ratte-en-nog-9-oor-wapens-aangekeer-20100930
- POLICE KILLING STATS:
- Year 2009 – a total 860 people in one year were killed at the hands of the SA police service or died in police-custody:: http://news.za.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=154821265
- 1984 – 1993: average 20 people a year were killed at the hands of the apartheid-era police or died in police-custody: 1984 - 1993: their names: http://www.sahistory.org.za/pages/people/lives-of-courage/pages/wall/deaths-in-detention-1984-1989.htm#1993
Most inappropriate headline of the year: “Tears as killer-flower seller gets life”
CAPE HIGH COURT. Sympathetic Cape Times journalist Aesha Kassiem email@example.com described convicted flower-seller Gershin Hartzenberg, 23, right, as “a broken man, tears streaming down his cheeks…’ when hearing his life-imprisonment sentence pronounced for killing Afrikaans Bergvliet resident Jane van Zyl and robbing Newlands resident Linda Heeger. Judge Sirai Desai described him as a ‘brutal killer’ who showed no remorse...”
Hartzenberg (and two others) had murdered Afrikaans Bergvliet resident Jane van Zyl “in a most brutal fashion”, said judge Desai, adding:
No remorse: ”The impact of your cruelty on Mr van Zyl was terrible: he had to lose his life-partner. None of these people did you any harm,’ said Desai. Accepting testimony by Hartzenberg's older sister that he had been ‘abused and mistreated by his father’, the judge also noted that Hartzenberg showed no remorse, and that his act of absolute brutality had had a tremendous impact on Van Zyl's widower Smiley in particular. “It had been Mr Van Zyl who had had to switch off his wife's life support system in hospital”, Desai said. “To ignore the seriousness of the crime would diminish the humanity of our society,” he said. “Your conduct in this matter (the murder) was so barbaric and brutal that only the maximum sentence that this court can impose is suitable.” Two weeks before murdering Jane van Zyl, Hartzenberg was released on R400 bail although he had 150 serious crime-counts against him.. http://www.iol.co.za:80/news/south-africa/western-cape/killer-of-bergvliet-woman-convicted-1.680323
Hartzenberg – who had pleaded not guilty and never showed any remorse during his testimony – was released on a mere R400 bail only two weeks before Jane van Zyl's cruel death on April 13 2010: despite the fact that the ‘flower seller” was already facing more than 150 serious crime charges...
Van Zyl has now vowed to take on the State for allowing the release of such a dangerously-violent criminal.
Described by the sympathetic Cape Times journalist as ‘a broken man after being sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Bergvliet resident Jane van Zyl”, city flower seller Gershwin Hartzenberg had filed past the Van Zyl family to be taken back to the holding cells in the Western Cape High Court.
Linda Heeger of Newlands was also a victim:
He was also convicted for the violent armed robbery of white English-speaking Newlands resident Linda Heeger. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges…
The widower of the murder victim, Mr Smiley van Zyl, was described by the Cape Times as ‘fighting back tears’ and promisingto fullfill the vow to his deceased wife that she would never be just “another statistic”.
VIDEO: Smiley van Zyl is keeping his vow, launching public meetings to campaign for an end to releasing violent criminals on bail: video of meeting: Smiley van Zyl said ‘highranking officials had been trying to undermine it (but) our criticism is often born from frustration against the justice system, and is not targetted against individual police-officers,’ he said.
Karen Breytenbach, justice writer at the Cape Times, reported his testimony on August 3 2010 as follows: “Sitting at his dying wife's bedside after she had been shot in the head in her driveway, Bergvliet resident Smiley van Zyl had to do the hardest thing he had ever done: he had to hold the cellphone to her ear so that their son in America could say goodbye before life support was switched off…”
“Mr Van Zyl recounted the horror of losing Jane, his beloved wife of 32 years. They have two sons, aged 29 and 27, and were business partners in a skincare company. His younger son in Nebraska wanted to be with the family to say goodbye a day after the shooting, but it would have taken him three days to get to Cape Town.
“On the evening of April 13, 2008, Jane had taken her husband Smiley to the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic for abdominal pain treatment and told him that she was ‘nervous to drive home alone late at night. "I jokingly replied, don't be a girl, keep the windows closed and use the remote control to open the gate. We had a Rottweiler, Caesar, a 70kg animal, and if you opened the gate he would come out and meet the car. I thought there wasn't much that could go wrong. She said goodbye, and turned back and said goodbye a second time. It was unusual for her to do this. Little did I know it was the last time I'd see her alive," Van Zyl said, before breaking down. She was shot in the driveway between 10.30 and 11pm. Only her handbag was stolen.
Van Zyl's nightmare began to unfold while he lay in hospital, when a neighbour called to ask what the noise was outside his house. He became frantic when his wife did not answer the phone. Calling their security company, he was told “not to worry, the lady at his address had been shot, but everything was under control.”
- "My world came to a standstill. I pulled the drip out of my arm. You could say it was perfect timing, because just then my neighbour and the squad car arrived at the hospital."
Widower endured ‘barrage of questions from cops enroute to hospital…’
Smiley van Zyl testified that “he had to endure a barrage of questions from the police on the way home”. At his home, the street had been cordoned off and there was a hive of activity. Desperate to get to his wife, he ducked under the police tape and ran to her car. What he saw was a shattered window and blood, but no Jane. He was told his wife had been taken to hospital, but “everyone remained frustratingly vague about her condition”, he testified.
“At the Groote Schuur Hospital trauma unit, he saw his wife again, bandages around her head. She needed a CAT scan. He got hold of the medical file and saw surgery was "not required" and if her condition did not improve drastically in 12 hours life support could be turned off. That was the first time it dawned on me that the woman I kissed goodbye less than an hour earlier, I’d lost forever."
Mrs Heeger also testified about the robbery in front of her house in Swansea Road, Newlands, between 10.30 and 11pm on March 13, 2008. She could describe the event, but could not identify her attacker in court. Heeger said the man and an accomplice blocked her off by parking diagonally in front of her car. He got out, pushed a gun against her window and demanded her handbag. No valuables, including her wedding ring, were ever recovered…
In the tense Court 8 courtroom the Van Zyl and Hartzenberg familes sat squeezed in next to each other. Hartzenberg stood with his hands behind his back in the dock, looking only at his family and friends as Judge Siraj Desai delivered his sentence.
Speaking after the sentencing, Van Zyl said he felt sympathy for the Hartzenberg family. “I understand why they feel the way they do, they did nothing wrong and I don’t hold any grudges against his family. Two and a half years was a long road to walk, but I got everything I hoped for. “Nothing will bring Jane back, but the law took its course,” Van Zyl said.
Killer’s sister gave false testimony:
The killer’s sister Christine Scout first testified that her brother “was in her care while out on bail - and home on the nights tthat two Southern Suburbs women were attacked and robbed in their driveways in March and April of 2008 – causing Mrs van Zyl’s death.” However Scout unwittingly contradicted herself, telling the court that “Hartzenberg had moved in after their brother's death in July - months later.” She later claimed to remember that Hartzenberg was home on the night of April 13, 2008, when Jane van Zyl was shot and killed in her Bergvliet driveway, “because they would have visited their brother's grave that day.” However that event took place two months later. She said she ‘became confused by the dates.’ http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/sister-contradicts-alleged-killer-s-alibi-1.673566
Van Zyl said he would now focus his energy on taking on the State. He has already lodged a formal complaint to ensure that such criminals with a long history of crime are not let out on bail. COMMEMORATIVE FACE BOOK PAGE FOR JANE VAN ZYL
- Sympathetic Cape Times journalist: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCES AND LINKS:
Advocate Adrian Samuels appointed to defend violent criminal:Author: Smiley van Zyl Thu May 15 20:43:33 2008 - As the husband of the late Jane van Zyl who was murdered in her drive-way in Bergvliet on the 13th April 2008, I would like to ask the following question : I believe that in a 50:50 case every person is entitled to a fair defence. However, in the case of my wife's murder, she was gunned down senselessly and innocently by "a gang of three" as she was turning into her drive-way, (more specifically), and I quote form the media, "Gershwin Hartzenberg (25)of Grassy Park" who had been out on bail from the 1st March 2008 on a 150 similar charges (ie armed robbery, robbery with aggravating circumstances, fraud, etc). I am not even referring to the two hits these guys are linked to on the following evening which led to their arrest. According to the media, Gershwin Hartzenberg has subsequently appointed an Advocate, and I again quote from the media, "Advocate Adrian Samuels", to defend him and apply for bail. My question : Most/many criminals are allowed to fall through the cracks of justice for technical reasons by attorneys and advocates. Your justification would be : "I am just doing my job" If one of these murderers shoot your wife or child : "Is he not just doing his job" ? (After all, this is what they do for a living) ! How do you sleep at night, knowing that, (indirectly) you are now an accomplice ? What about your "OPTION OF REFUSAL" or is the money more important ? I rest my case. http://allafrica.com/comments/list/aans/post/post/id/200805051475.html
Six-year-old Afrikaans girl Monay Mouton guarded her murdered dad Christo’s body through the night after her unarmed father was shot dead in bed by a black gunman who invaded the family home in Drie Riviere, Vereeniging on Sept 29 2010.
Christo Mouton headed the local Child-Welfare organisation for years. He was also injured seven years earlier by an armed home-invader who was caught and imprisoned: the family believes that this convict may have ‘returned to finish the job.’ A local attorney announced that a R40,000 bounty would be paid for credible information which would directly lead to the murderers’ conviction. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/6-jarige-10-uur-by-pa-se-lyk-20100930
Journalist Gloria Edwards of Beeld newspaper writes that the child’s aunt and trauma-psychology experts on the scene all described the child as ‘an incredibly brave girl’. His sister said just after the murder that “everything my brother earned, he plowed back into helping the community.”
Newly-widowed Mrs Coral Mouton, 35, also an accountant -- and who was in Durban for her work at the time of the murder -- said the criminal who had injured her husband seven years earlier, was released a year ago after serving his prison sentence for attempted murder.
During that March 2003 armed attack in the same house, her husband had shot and injured one man in self-defence, leading to his arrest and conviction. “It’s possible that he returned to kill my husband,’ she told the media. However SAPS capt Shado Mashobane says ‘this possibility cannot be proven not can it be ignored.’
Monay waited throughout the night next to her father’s body for their housekeeper to show up at 7:30am. She told her mom that her father was in bed when he was shot dead. “She said she did not hear the shot. She was awakened by three armed robbers who demanded the safe-keys. They searched the entire house and even scratched around in our documents. Monay tried to wake my husband and pleaded with the robbers to phone me but they refused. Later on she asked them to leave the house ‘because they are messing up her father’s office…’
They left behind all the valuables and merely took a cellphone, a TV, a wallet and some computer-screens. Basically he was murdered for nothing. My little Monay now receives trauma counselling but she cannot stop weeping. I can’t take her back to the house, she remembers everything and becomes hysterical,’ the mom said. “Nevertheless I am very proud of her, she was so brave. From the start she was always a mature, independent child.” The Moutons have been married for 16 years. The distraught widow commented that she “cannot breathe without him. He was our everything, the best of the best.’ He also leaves a daughter from a previous marriage, Lisa, now 17.
Local attorney Eric Lyell and Mouton’s sister Mrs Carina Huntly have offered a R40,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Lyell said: “I want to ask the families of these guilty men ‘whether they would do this to their own families?”The funeral takes place Monday 10:30 from the Dutch-Reformed (NG) church at Suikerbos.
My daddy now is with my grandmother:
The murdered Afrikaner’s sister Carina Huntly wept bitterly while telling the newspaper that she had still spoken to her brother and niece at 9pm while the child was watching a story on TV with her dad. She called them again at 21:30 and her brother then told her that he ‘was all set to go to bed.’ At 22:00, he was shot dead. “She first tried to wake him up. But then she sat next to his body, falling asleep every once in a while,’ the aunt said. “Later on she told me ‘My pappa is nou by my ouma (my daddy now is with my grandmother).’ Eblockwatch’sspokesman - which responded to the emergency call - said the child was not injured but the traumatic experience was discussed with her by a trauma-expert to try and make her understand. Mr Mouton worked for Child-Welfare for years and was just re-elected for another term, said his sister. “Everything he earned he always plowed back into the community. He was a good person,’ she said. SAPS captain Shado Mashobane said no-one was of course arrested. Traces were found indicating that the black gunmen may havebroken into the house by tearing out a window in Mr Mouton’s office, he said. Otherwise, the SAPS clearly haven’t got a clue as to where the murderers may have fled nor even whether they’d left by car or on foot. However judging from the stolen items: a TV and several desktop computers, they may have had difficulty running away while lugging such heavy items around?
sources and contacts:
- Child Welfare, Vereeniging: telephone 083 726 3359 Mary Hoogenhout. Nine staffers, serve 3,000 recipients.
- 6-jarige 10 uur by pa se lykkyk
- VEREENIGING MUNICIPALITY STILL BEGS FOR FOREIGN DONATIONS…
- Thirteen clinics in Vereeniging/Emfuleni benefited from a donation of expensive laptops and printers during a short hand-over event at Houtkop by the visiting Eindhoven municipality from Netherlands.The computer donation formed part of the twinning programme between Emfuleni Local Municipality and Eindhoven Municipality. http://www.emfuleni.gov.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=176:emfuleni-clinics-receive-a-major-boost&catid=1:emfuleni-news&Itemid=2
OTHER NEWS THE SAME DAY:
2010-09-29 An armed black man – one of at least four home-invaders - who invaded a farm homestead near Wesselsbron was shot in the neck by the farmer’s wife – leaving the gunman injured and probably permanently disabled. Nothing was robbed. Two suspects are still at large.
Mrs Cecelia Steynberg (51) of the farm Stormpan woke up at around 3:00am from the loud barking of her little dogs inside. She fetched their firearm from the safe where, by law, it has to be locked up, and climbed back into bed. She said her husband Callie works in Kroonstad and she’s alone at home: so she make certain that she was able to protect herself. After a while she heard the security-door inside the hallway leading to the bedroom being broken down. She tried to raise the farm-manager on her Farm-watch link’s two-way radio, but could not reach him: he apparently was busy at the chicken-house.
- A black man then suddenly entered her bedroom, pointed a firearm at her and pulledthe trigger. However she was lucky: the attacker’s gun failed to fire so the man surged towards her while she fired off a shot which hit him in the neck. He was only a meter away from her when she shot the gunman, police said. She then rushed outside and fired off another warning shot to alert the farm-workers. Police and the local farm-watch were on the scene very quickly. SAPS sergeant Puleng Motsoeneng, said the injured man told them that there were three other men with him who were attacking the Steynberg homestead. They got in by cutting through the burglar-bars with a wirecutter. Police confiscated a firearm from him which had its serial-number filed off. They also found another person’s driver’s license and Mrs Steynberg’s car-keys on the injured man. He was admitted to Odendaalsrust hospital under police guard and then transferred to Welkom’s Bongani hospital.
Meanwhile local farmers teamed up with field-trackers and Agri-Free State’s intelligence chief Hennie Gerber and launched a massive search for the three other farm-attackers – arresting a second suspect later that morning who provided information to help track down the other two. However the two are still at large: they managed to get through the cordon put up near Odendaalsrust. .http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Boervrou-skiet-inbreker-in-nek-20100929
2010-09-30 Afrikaner teen Anika Smit, (17) was found murdered at her Theresa Park, Pretoria North home on March 10, 2010 by her father Johan, 55. Her hands and forearms were chopped off and were missing, said SAPS constable William Mahlaole. The SAPS focusses all their efforts to find the killer amongst the girl’s friends and family.
Anika Smit’s gruesome murder struck hard at the Afrikaner community in Pretoria because of the missing hands and the obvious suffering she must have gone through – but also because she was exquisitely beautiful. A commemorative Face book page was even opened in her name which has some 480 members.
Hilda Fourie of Beeld newspaper reports on September 29 2010 that the SAPS is still floundering around, trying to find the killer(s). Private crime experts believe the SAPS should focus on people who carry out ‘muti-murders because the girl’s hands are still missing. Instead the SAPS keeps trying to blame friends and relatives for the teen’s murder. Initially amidst much media-fanfare, they arrested 21-year-old Nico Venter, a male-friend who apparently was the last one to have contact with the teen. However his case was however dismissed two weeks ago in the Pretoria-North magistrate’s court without any reasons being provided …
After the release of Venter her mother Charlotte Eksteen, 51, said that ‘the wounds were reopened’ when she heard the news that the State has withdrawn its case against Venter. Investigating officer Mike van Aardt said on Tuesday there “was currently no main suspect in the case, but "several suspects" are being investigated.” He didn't want to release any more details. However, Van Aardt did confirm that Anika's hands have not been found yet. Byleveld no longer involved
Van Aardt also said top detective Piet Byleveld - who took over the investigation days after Venter was arrested - is no longer involved in the investigation.Eksteen said her greatest wish is for police to find the "right" suspect, since she doesn't want an innocent person to end up in prison."I still miss her every day." Tania Carstens, the prosecutor, said on Tuesday in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court that the charge against Venter was withdrawn “on instruction from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).”She didn't give any reasons for the decision.http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Anika-wounds-reopened-20100914
And this week, her grieving father Johan, picture, said he ‘felt as if he was a murder suspect in the murder of my only child’ after undergoing a gruelling three-hour questioning session at the police station.Smit told Beeld newspaper that ‘the SAPS has now moved their focus to me after I made a statement about finding my daughter’s body on 10 March.” The SAPS allegedly told Smit that ‘his statement did not match “information in their possession”.
First they arrest the wrong guy… now they are looking for the next patsy…
He said: “The SAPS apparently cannot do their jobs as they are supposed to do. First they arrest the wrong guy. Now they are looking for the next patsy and that happens to be me… They try to intimidate me with questions and shite. What should I say to these people. They accuse me of lying and that I talk shite. I have nothing whatsoever to hide. And while I was being questioned it felt to me as if I have suddenly become the chief suspect.
“I am still trying to get to grips with my child’s horrific death and then I get this drama. I don’t know any way to handle this.’ He said the SAPS did ‘not tell me straight-out that I was the chief suspect.’
According to previous reports published shortly after her murder, the girl had stayed home from the Gerrit Maritz Afrikaans High School with an ear-infection that morning. Her parents are divorced and she lived with her dad. That Thursday-morning he still said goodbye to his only child before going to work, he told the news media. “She still said to me ‘I love you dad,’ before I left. Those were the last words my baby said to me’. When he returned directly from work at 4pm at their Theresa Park, Pretoria home he saw overturned chairs in the living room and knew ‘something was wrong’, he told journalists of the Afrikaans-language daily Beeld. “I called to her but she did not reply’. Seconds later he discovered her lifeless body. “ All her valuables including her cellphone were left intact. Nothing at all was missing from the house, which was found unlocked.
“She was lying on the floor without clothes on. Both her hands were cut off and missing. The people (her murderers) must have taken the limbs along with them,’ he was quoted as saying. “She was cut six times with a knife in the neck. Police examiners will have to determine if she was raped.’ (*she wasn’t).
The father said “from the crime scene it appeared that she fought back or tried to run away”. He also had tried phoning her earlier but received no reply. Earlier that morning, he had arranged for medicine to be delivered to the house,. phoning the pharmacy from work – but around noon the pharmacy phoned him with the news that no-one had opened the door.’“I phoned her around lunch-time but I thought she didn’t reply because she didn’t feel well,’ he said at the time….
André Snyman, head of the 60,000-member community crime watch organisation eBlockwatch, provided more information about Anika’s background shortly after the murder - telling Beeld that ‘they had helped to find Anika after she ran away from home in 2007. We do not know why she ran away. For this to now happen is terrible. It's a tragedy," Snyman was quoted as saying. SAPS spokesman Lt.kol. Lungelo Dlamini however claimed yesterday that Mr Smit was questioned for three hours merely ‘to verify a few facts’. He added: “a suspect is someone who has been arrested. Mr Smit was not placed under arrest. “ He would not however elaborate on whether the SAPS investigators now suspected the father of involvement in his child’s murder. “When a case is being investigated anyone can be questioned,’’ he said vaguely…
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National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has urged researchers to investigate the underlying reasons for the very violent nature of South African crime. . http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Why-is-crime-so-violent-Mthethwa-20100930