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Hendrik Janse van Rensburg,82; grandson Dean Charles Woodraffe, 17, murdered 7 March 2008: Bronkhorstspruit worker Isaac Masuku told arresting officer he was ‘hungry, bashed the white man to death and strangled his grandson’ - he did not steal any food though…
2010-11-22 Arrested farm-worker Isaac Masuku told the black constable who arrested him in Bronkhorstspruit in 7 March 2008 for the double-murder of 82-year-old farmer Hendrik Janse van Rensburg and his grandson Dean Charles Woodraffte, 17, that ‘the white man ignored his complaints that he was hungry so he got angry and beat him to death with a spade”. However the long list of stolen goods and guns from the farm shows that he did not steal any food after the gruesome double-murders.
Jeanne-Marié Versluis reports from the Pretoria High Court that Bronkhorstspruit SAPS dog unit constable Aaron Kabini testified to the circumstances in which Masuku was arrested on 7 March 2008 on the farm Zusterstroom near Bronkhorstspruit. Masuku denies murdering the old Afrikaner farmer and his grandson, he also denies illegal ownership of four guns, a pistol and ammunition, and denies armed robbery and theft of firearms, electrical- and electronic appliances, a cupboard with china, linnenware and clothing, a matress and R3,000 cash from Van Rensburg’s homestead.
Forensic evidence showed that the old man was bashed to death and sustained lethal injuries to his head; and that his grandson was strangled to death.
Kabini testified that Masuku, who worked on the farm, had told his employer that ‘he was hungry, but that the old Afrikaner walked away from him several times and had mumbled that ‘the kaffir is always hungry.’ This had allegedly angered the worker and he then decided to kill the old man. While he was bashing him to death, the 17-year-old grandson stormed from the homestead with a shotgun – but Masuku grappled the gun away from the youngster and strangled him to death. He then left the murdered Afrikaners on the scene, arranged transport from someone else and loaded the stolen items in a vehicl, taking it to a farm where his girlfriend lived. Kabini testified that Masuku clearly was terrified during his arrest and that he was not beaten nor injured in any way: “I think that if he confessed to everything, there would be no problems’. Masuku took the investigating police directly to the stolen goods which were identified as coming from the Van Rensburg farm. The constable also testified that ‘Masuku was never assaulted in any way and in fact the police protected him because the white farmers in the area were very angry’ about the double-murder. He also made the unsubstantiated claim that ‘if the farmers had gotten their hands on Masuku before the police had done, ‘he would not be alive today.’ The case continues. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Boer-82-kleinseun-vermoor-na-werker-glo-se-hys-honger-20101122
Farmers demonstrate against bail application:
Members of the Transvaal Agricultural ! Union, deeply upset about the double-murder on the farm Zusterstroom, on Monday March 17 2008 held a protest demonstration at the local law-courts against the suspect's bail application. The chairman of TAU-Centraal region, Anthony Scott-Dawkins, handed over a petition to the magistrate on behalf of the entire farming community, opposing an arrested man's bail. He also expressed his condolances with the family of the murdered men. "To lose an elderly, believed father and grandfather, and a grandson simultaneously in such a cruel fashion, makes dealing with the trauma of such a loss so much more difficult,' he said. Scott-Dawkins has called on the local police to also investigate 'anti-white racism' as a motive for the murders."It simply is no longer acceptable that farmers are being murdered in this cruel fashion People don't just get murdered for something as petty as a cellphone.There must be other motives behind this and it's high time that the police investigates these underlying motives much more thoroughly. Every murder on a farmer is one murder too many'. A farm worker from a neighbouring farm, 24-year old Isaac Masutu, made a brief appearance in court and applied for bail on March 17.
It is believed that Masutu was not alone when carrying out the attack and police are still investigating.Scott-Dawkins also issued an 'urgent call to farmers to make sure who they are hiring and to check a potential employee's past criminal records.'The TAU also warned that farmers should exercise strict control over the visitors to their workers' cottages -- to prevent them from 'bringing any criminal elements to the farm'."Farmers must remain alert at all times,' he warned.
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Dutch fingerprint expert Arie Zeelenberg in Inge Lotz murder case: “SAPS must have known that prints on DVD-holder in victim’s apartment were not those of Fred van der Vyver…but had come from a glass in his apartment…
2010-11-23 Cape Town. Senior Dutch police fingerprint expert Arie Zeelenberg testified in the West Cape High Court on Monday that critical fingerprint evidence in the murder of Stellenbosch student Inge Lotz’ apartment ‘could not have been lifted from a DVD-holder’. Zeelenberg – who is a world-acknowledged expert on the subject of fabricated fingerprint-evidence, testified that instead, ‘the form and qualities of the said fingerprints ‘closely coincided with prints from a glass in Van der Vyver’s apartment– and” that the SAPS must have known this.”
Carynn-Ann Nel of Burger newspaper writes that Mr Zeelenberg was the final expert-witness introduced by the defence team on behalf of acquitted murder-suspect Fred Van der Vyver’s R46-million civil law suit agains the SA State. Van der Vyver, left, is suing the Minister of Police for R46-million for illegal and malicious prosectuion after he was found innocent in November 2007 of murdering his girlfriend. Her body was found in 16 March 2005.
One of the critical bits of evidence which the SAPS submitted in their murder-case against Van der Vyver was their claim that they had found his fingerprint on a DVD-holder in the murdered girl’s apartment. The SAPS claimed that Ms Lotz had hired the video “Stepford Wives’ on the afternoon of her murder from a local videoshop – and that the thumb-print on the DVD-holder had placed Van der Vyver in her apartment that afternoon.
However Zeelenberg’s expert examination of this fingerprint proved that it had been liftedfrom a glass in the accused boy-friend’s flat instead; that it had been fabricated evidence. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Dit-was-nie-Fred-se-afdruk-op-DVD-20101123
Shoddiest police investigation:
Picture: Master’s degree student Inge Lotz: who really bludgeoned her to death in her Stellenbosch student flat on March 16 2005? The judge who found her boyfriend Fred van der Vyver not guilty of the murder, said in his summary after acquitting the young man in court that ‘it was the shoddiest police investigation I have ever seen in my entire career’… The case was described in the best-seller "Fruit of a Poisoned Tree' by award-winning author Antony Altbeker, who attended the entire trial.
According to Fred Van der Vyver ‘s legal team - in their submission to the Cape High Court - the SAPS investigators in the Lotz murder case had ‘deliberately provided falsified information to the state-prosecution.”
The murdered woman's boyfriend Fred van der Vyver was found not guilty of killing her and is now suing the SA Minister of Police for R46-million for his ‘illegal prosecution”, and brought an impressive array of top forensic experts to South Africa to help prove his case. It has attracted the attention of the world’s largest association of professional forensic investigators, the International Association for Identification (IAI).
On the first day of the trial against the SA Police Minister, the Cape High court heard that the SAPS investigators had deliberately provided false information in 2007 to force the State to arrest and try Van der Vyver. Ms Lotz, a promising master's degree student at the University of Stellenbosch, was found murdered in her apartment in the university town on 16 March 2005.
The Afrikaans student had been bludgeoned to death on the sofa in her flat. The brutal murder caused immediate shock and revulsion in the Afrikaner-community countrywide – and the shock-arrest and trial of her wealthy boyfriend created ripples worldwide when he was acquitted and it became known that much of the police-investigations’ evidence against him had been fabricated and that witnesses had been intimidated. At the time of her death, Inge was in a steady relationship with 25-year-old Fred van der Vyver. They had started dating a year earlier when they were both full-time students.
One of Van der Vyver's legal representatives, Dup de Bruyn, on Friday told Cape high court judge Anton Veldhuizen that evidence will be presented to show that the police-investigators made 'deliberately misleading and false statements. Facts were also withheld which could have ended Van der Vyver's prosecution at once,' De Bruyn said. "Investigating officers deliberately contributed to the prosecution by deliberately providing false information..'
- Among the expert-witnesses drawn in for the case by Van der Vyver's legal team are Zeelenberg; Mr William Bodziak, an American forensic expert in footprints and Prof Gert Saayman, a South African medical forensic expert.The case was described in great detail in "Fruit of a Poisoned Tree', a best-seller by author Antony Altbeker.
In June 2005, Fred van der Vyver, a young actuary and the son of a wealthy Eastern Cape farming family, was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend, allegedly bludgeoning her to death with a hammer as she lay on a couch in her lounge. The case against Van der Vyver seemed overwhelming, wrote Altbeker in his book: "His behaviour at the time of the murder 'appeared suspicious and incriminating'- and a letter, penned by Inge on the morning of her death, suggested that the two had been fighting… " Moreover, it was ‘the forensic evidence that seemed to prove his guilt: his fingerprints were found at the scene, one of his shoes was matched to a blood stain on the bathroom floor, and traces of blood were found on an ornamental hammer that had been given to him by the victim’s parents."
- However, wrote Altbeker, ' in one of the most sensational and controversial murder trials in South African legal history, Van der Vyver’s lawyers sought to turn the tables on the police, accusing them of fabricating evidence and lying to the judge."
SA Police Superintendent Bruce Bartholomew, he wrote, ‘ had testified in Van der Vyver’s failed murder trial that a bloody mark found on the bathroom floor of Lotz's flat was made by one of Van der Vyver's shoes’. Bartholomew had also told the court that he 'had visited renowned shoeprint expert William Bodziak at his home in Florida USA for advice" and that " Bodziak had agreed with his findings".
However this evidence was refuted when Van der Vyver's team then called Bodziak as an expert witness to Cape Town. Bodziak told the court during the murder trial that 'he had never agreed with Bartholomew and had been shocked and amazed at the lies told to the court."
Judge Van Zyl said in his summary when finding Fred Van der Vyver not guilty that ‘it was the shoddiest police investigation he had ever seen in his career’: "Superintendent Bartholomew gave evidence which was untrustworthy and overall tainted by the serious misleading allegations which he made regarding his visit to Mr Bodziak."http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/forensic-in-lotz-murder-trial-criticised-1.318676?ot=inmsa.ArticlePrintPageLayout.ot
Private detective Niel van Heerden of the firm George Fivaz and Associates also laid charges of obstruction of justice and perjury against the SA Police's investigators in the Lotz murder case – testifying that their team of private investigators had obtained independent statements from witnesses showing that at least six suspects, local people with known criminal backgrounds, had been near Lotz's apartment and that three of them had entered the flat on the day of her death - one person was an acquaintance of hers.
"We had reason to believe their motive was to get money for drugs. All six were known to us and most of them are in jail at the moment waiting to appear on similar charges of murder, robbery and drug dealing," Van Heerden was quoted as saying. One of their witnesses was also visited in jail by two police officers investigating the Lotz case, shortly after Van der Vyver was charged and told to "change his story" or face the 'consequences'... “We know who killed Inge Lotz”
However - the outcome of Van der Vyver’s murder trial was rejected by the family of the murdered girl – the Lotz family have only recently withdrawn a civil law suit against him. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Inge-Lotz-cops-lied-court-told-20101111
Meanwhile despite many statements to the lcocal news media from the local criminal fraternity that they knew the names of the criminal gang which had attacked and murdered Ms Lotz, the perpetrators still have not been brought to justice.
Volksblad newspaper IT-chief Manie Smith, wife Caroline injured by gun-shots from two black attackers, Fleurdal, Bloemfontein home Nov 23 2010
BLOEMFONTEIN. FLEURDAL. Volksblad newspaper IT-chief Manie Smith and wife Caroline were taken to hospital with gunshot-wounds after an attack by at least two armed black men on Nov 23 2010. Nothing was robbed. Police say it’s a ‘house-robbery’ and are not investigating attempted murder charges.
Their daughter Jehané (22) screamed loudly when discovering armed black men in their living room when she went to drink water in the kitchen at around 1:15 am. She ran to her parents’ bedroom. Mrs Smith said the two blacks who stood at their bedroom door both were dressed in black and wore white gloves.
Manie Smith said: “I didn’t even think about it, I just stormed towards them and started yelling.“ The black men fired shots towards them but Smith ran after them and delivered a hefty fist-blow to one of the gunmen. “I hit him sideways and he slipped and fell, breaking our glass table before running from the front door.’
Mrs Smith and son Jaco, 24, who had followed Manie into the living room and hearing the shots, feared that he may have been shot dead. Instead they found him very angered, yelling at them to ‘release the big dogs’. Only after the attackers had fled into the night did the Smith couple realise they’d been shot: Manie in an upper-right leg and left-hand, Mrs Smith in the left-knee and right-foot. She still managed to joke about it: “they took off my calluses,’ she quipped from her hospital-bed at Life Rosepark Hospital, where they were scheduled for surgery to remove the bullets that night. Before his surgery he briefly went home to replace all the locks on their home. Apparently the attackers gained access by destroying locks on the doors.
Lt-col Annelie Wrensch of the SAPS said they were investigating ‘a case of house-robbery.’ She said nothing about attempted murder. The SAPS does not like to put such charges on their annual statistics if they can help it. Nobody was arrested. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Volksbladman-vrou-geskiet-20101123
Summary: below are a number of articles describing the great many ways in which experienced Afrikaner civil-servants are being terrorised from their jobs by the ANC-regime; with trumped-up charges, false arrests, horrific torture in police cells, through terrorising their friends and families, even planting the body of a murdered black man on a farm to create another excuse to carry out a wave of false arrests. This week, the police-commissioner was ordered to pay damages to yet another of the many victims of this ongoing terror-campaign…
Hammanskraal Boer Willie Nel awarded R500,000 for SAPS-torture in illegal ‘Boeremag arrest’- Dec 2002.
23 November 2010 – PRETORIA HIGH COURT - The South African minister of police has agreed to pay R500 000 to Hammanskraal farmer Willie Nel who was illegally arrested with claims that he and wife Esther were members of the Boeremag in December 2002. His wife was awarded R140,000 in an out-of-court settlement earlier with the Minister of Police. The farmer was tortured extensively and forced to sign a statement which led to the illegal arrest of his friend, Advocate Marius Bouwer -- at that stage operational commander of the SAPS’ anti-corruption unit. Adv Bouwer was awarded damaged of R205,000 for his ordeal, which was carried out as an ethnic-cleansing campaign of ‘whites’ from the police force. Nel was tortured extensively while he was kept in illegal custody for 16 days and was kicked in the kidneys so badly that he still suffered from the after-effects to this day.
The SAPS followed up Nel’s illegal arrest by mounting a long campaign of psychological warfare – arresting the traumatised Afrikaner another 16 times on a range of unfounded charges ranging from murder to assault, the court evidence showed.
A settlement reached earlier the Police Minister and Mr Nel for damages of R500,000 and his legal costs, was on Monday made an order in the High Court in Pretoria. Nel submitted evidence in court papers that he and wife Esther were unlawfully arrested at his smallholding near Hammanskraal without any probable cause nor any arrest warrants in December 2002. He then was kept in illegal custody at various police stations and also at a private house in Laudium and severely tortured by members of a special task unit. Nel and his wife Esther were arrested and accused of being members of the Boeremag after a mysterious corpse was discovered dumped on his farm.
Farmer Willie Nel’s friend, Advocate Marius Bouwer -- who was at that stage the operational commander of the SAPS ‘anti-corruption unit – then was illegally arrested in 2003 because Nel had been forced to sign a pre-prepared statement linking Bouwer to the murdered person on the farm - a statement which was signed only after Nel was tortured for 16 days and arresting officers threatened to kill him and his arrested wife Esther. In 2008, Advocate Bouwer also was awarded R205,000 in damages for his illegal arrest and three-day detention: Bouwer had submitted evidence to the court that his arrest had been part of a very deliberate campaign to ethnically-cleanse all the white police officers like him from the force - ‘a witch-hunt against specific white police officers by the assistant-commissioner of the Pretoria metropolitan police Mpho Mmutle. Esther Nel also was awarded R140,000 in an out-of-court settlement with the Police Minister earlier. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2008/11/rawsonville-farmers-in-news-again-but.html
Arresting officer SAPS Sergeant Tommy Pooko told Nel: “You have not yet seen how I assault a Boer’…
Nel submitted in documents to the court that the arresting SAPS members handcuffed him to a chair, tortured him with electric shocks to his genitals, suffocated him with pieces of rubber tubing, and kicked him in his kidneys, back and body with such force that he urinated blood and still experienced problems when he urinated. He was forced to sleep on a bare cement floor without any bedding or protection from the cold while suffering severe pain from these kidney injuries. One of the arresting officers, identified as SAPS Sergeant Tommy Pooko, had threatened to shoot him and told him he had ‘not yet seen how he assaulted a Boer’. Nel stated that this made him fear for his life. He was falsely accused of being a member or taking part in the activities of the so-named ‘Boeremag’, was falsely charged with armed robbery and assault and also illegally was refused permission to contact anyone while in custody.
A campaign of psychological warfare was mounted against Nel which also included nineteen false arrests for a range of unfounded charges from armed robbery to assault … and of which he was always acquitted or which were later withdrawn by the SAPS members who were persecuting him. An earlier damages claim by Nel's wife was also settled earlier when the Minister of Police agreed to pay her R140,000.
Psychologist Kobus Truter, who treated the couple after their long ordeal at the hands of the SAPS, submitted in a medical report to the Pretoria High Court that the Nel couple suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder – and that Nel developed severe anxiety disorder after his torture-ordeal. “The couple was still confused about the 19 cases originally opened against Nel, but later withdrawn. Nel was extremely bitter and uncertain about his future as he felt he was being victimised by the police”, the psychologist stated. Sapa
Slanted anti-white reporting by black newspaper in KwaZulu:
Picture: The Zulu-language newspaper Isolezwe headlined their article about Hammanskraal farmer Willie Nel being awarded R500,000 for his torture-ordeal and persecution at the hands of the SAPS with the word ‘torture’ in quotation marks… as if it did not happen. Its front-page on November 23 2010 also splashed a large large photograph of AWB-members arriving at Ventersdorp magistrate’s court – which yesterday postponed the trial of two black suspects accused of hacking to death the elderly, ailing AWB-leader and farmer, Eugene Ney Terre’Blanche. That trial was postponed to December 10 2010. http://www.isolezwe.co.za/?fSectionId=4051&fArticleId=1.875532&fFeed=region_51
Many SA law graduates ‘lack skills in literacy, numeracy, research, and computers’ … Law body
Nov 22 2010 Johannesburg - The Law Society of SA on Monday warned that “many law graduates are lacking very basic, essential skills”. The LSSA co-chairmen Max Boqwana and Peter Horn said in a combined statement on Monday yhat “a substantial number of law graduates are lacking in a number of essential skills such as research, computer work, literacy and numeracy.’
Put in plain English: the new law-graduates can’t read or write properly, don’t know how to do research and can’t work on computers. How on earth did they manage to pass their law exams in the first place?
LSSA co-chairs Max Boqwana and Peter Horn said in a statement: "Graduates who lack basic skills - which they should already be equipped with when they enter the profession - place a great burden on the attorneys' profession to provide training in these skills, instead of using the time and funding to strengthen the legal transactional skills required in the attorneys' profession.”
Clients in legal matters were placed at risk if new legal practitioners were not properly equipped to assist them.This, in turn, had a negative impact on access to justice. “It seemed that, in general, law graduates were not adequately equipped for the practice of law,” they warned.
A gradual decline in skills over time also appeared to have taken place. The most crucial abilities that should be attained by law graduates included problem solving, English language proficiency, understanding the application of legal principles and research skills.
In terms of legal topics, most faculties included in their curriculum the theoretical learning areas that were regarded as necessary for attorneys by the LSSA. However, there appeared to be a lack of consensus on the skills that were needed.The need for a core curriculum had been raised, Boqwana and Horn said.
LSSA director of legal education and development Nic Swart said the “LSSA was concerned that, even if consensus was reached about the focus certain content should enjoy at all law faculties, this still did not guarantee the quality of tuition. "This is a very high priority which the CHE, the department of higher education and the law faculties must address," Swart warned.
Only 10 of 17 law-faculties offer language-courses…
The LSSA was also concerned about “the disparity between faculties”, in particular as far as depth of tuition was concerned. Some law faculties offered eight times more practical skills training than others, and only 10 of the 17 law faculties offered language courses.
"The LSSA trusts that these issues will be addressed by the relevant authorities without delay. " For its part, the LSSA - with the financial assistance of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund - ‘ will continue to make meaningful interventions to the quality of academic tuition of those law graduates who enter the ranks of the attorneys' profession. The LSSA is confident that the profession will continue to be acknowledged as a partner in the process of review of the LLB curriculum," Swart said. http://www.fin24.com/Business/Law-body-worried-by-unskilled-graduates-20101122
Afrikaner ex-commander of SAPS anti-corruption unit arrested, dumped in cell with hardened criminals
'WITCH-HUNT AGAINST WHITE POLICE OFFICERS BY PRETORIA METROPOLITAN POLICEMAN , HEAD OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY PORTFOLIO MPHO MMUTLE' Nov 11 2008 - Afrikaner advocate Marius Bouwer, testifying in Pretoria High Court: "I prayed that the hardened criminals in that cell did not know I was a cop'... The former 47-year-old operational commander of the SA Police's anti-corruption unit sued the SA regime for his false arrest in connection with the death of an unknown black man, found dead on the farm Soetdorings near Bultfontein, Pretoria in January 2002. Farmer Willie Nel was arrested and forced under torture to falsely link Bouwer to the unknown murdered dead man. Bouwer quit the police service with a medical discharge in December 2003. The dead man's name has never been published, and nothing seems to be known about him. Advocate Bouwer demands damages of R649,000 in his lawsuit against the Minister of security and safety and the Commissioner of police for the false arrest. He was arrested in 2003 after the black man's body was found -- an event, Adv. Bouwer testified, which had also 'set off a vicious witch-hunt against specific white members of the SA Police Service' by the Pretoria-metropolitan police's Mpho Mmutle. Bouwer said although he was accused of the mystery man's death, he knew nothing whatsoever about the death of this black man who, the metro-cops in Pretoria had claimed, had been shot, dragged behind a motorbike and then had a liquid poured down his throat “to make him decompose faster”... "I received a call which confirmed that a witch-hunt had been initiated against specific white police officers by the current assistant-commissioner of the Pretoria metropolitan police Mpho Mmutle.
- (Background to Mmutle: he was the ex-chief of the VIP-protection unit for ex-pres. Nelson Mandela, and in Nov 2008 headed the community safety portfolio for the Pretoria municipal council... ( relevant link: 'Afrikaner farmers, smallholders around Pretoria facing genocide, demand local police chief's removal...' ) Bouwer testified: '"I was told that I would be the next person to be arrested. In December 2002, a huge police task-force descended on his farm during which the doors were broken open and damaged -- and after this event, the tension became unbearable for him at work, he said. "One waited every day that those people (the task-team investigating police officers) will walk in your home and arrest you quite illegally, that's their modus operandus,' he said. During Christmas 2002, Adv Bouwer had a breakdown, and spent five days in the Vista psychiatric clinic. Bouwer told the court he had to be admitted to the psychiatric institution over the Christmas period in 2002 as a result of the stress of waiting to be arrested on some or other charge. And after his arrest and detention, he developed nightmares and panic attacks. He was unable to concentrate, his memory was affected and his family life suffered because he withdrew from everyone. He said the humiliation was so extreme that it affected his self image. He felt as if he was worth nothing and eventually developed a bleeding ulcer because there was no finality in the charges against him.
- “It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth if the employer to whom you had given 20 years of loyal service, made sacrifices for and walked the extra mile simply sits back and does nothing when you’re being treated unlawfully and maliciously,” Bouwer said. On 20 January 2003, he was contacted by Dir. Vincent Ntengu, then the area's chief of police detectives in the Pretoria region, that he ‘needed to give Bouwer a warning declaration about a murder charge pending against him'. Seven days later, Bouwer was arrested. He was not informed why he was arrested: he only heard much later that the investigating police were accusing him of an unknown black man's murder. He was given no access to any legal representative, but instead the Afrikaner policeman was held at three different police stations - in one he was thrown into a cell with 11 hardened criminals, 'murderers, armed robbers and burglars', he testified. Four days after his unlawful arrest, a magistrate in the Pretoria North regional court released him on his own recognisance and two months later the socalled 'charges' were dropped altogether due to a total lack of proof. "At times I cried like a little boy. There's simply not a greater humiliation than to be locked up innocently, and know that you were locked up for no reason at all,' he said. Bouwer was so shaken and traumatised by these events, that he was medically boarded from the police at the end of 2003.
Senior Limpopo detective Johan Fourie fights to get job back - years after he was cleared of deliberately trumped-up 'theft' charges
Pietersburg – December 2, 2008 -- Senior Superintendent Johan Fourie, one of Limpopo province's most senior and experienced police detectives, who has been waging a five-year battle -- doing odd-jobs to stay alive -- trying to regain his job rights via the law courts. Five years ago, he was unceremoniously arrested without any arrest warrant after an amount of R109,000 in cash had allegedly 'gone missing'. However, this recovered cash had been paid over by the police immediately to the security company it had been robbed from and he was found innocent of any wrong-doing: his c/o sr.superintendent Benny Nkuna had ordered the investigating officers to ‘keep quiet about the security company statement that there was no missing cash…’. Five years later he was still fighting to get his job back and asked the Human Rights commission to investigate … http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2377292,00.html
- Yet five years later, Fourie -- totally innocent -- is still fighting to get his job and R1million in backpay restored to him. He says he is being victimised by the deliberate delaying tactics of Senior superintendent Benny Nkuna and asked the Human Rights Commission to investigate the inequal way he is being treated by police management. One of the country's most dedicated cops is now keeping body and soul together by repairing TV-antennas and installing kitchen-cabinets. Five years ago, he was the officer in charge of the organised crime unit in Limpopo and solved several high-profile cases, including important farm murders for which he was featured on the Carte Blanche programme "A Bloody Harvest'. He's one of the best-trained detectives in the country. Now Fourie has asked for his police-pension to be paid out so that he can pay for his legal costs for his forthcoming Labour Court hearing which started in October 2008 - because the police legal-aid fund he'd been paying his fees to all those years, also refused to help him with the court costs...
- The 'fraud' case which had been lodged against him and four colleagues was scrapped off the court rolls within just days, proven to be trumped-up charges, but police management now keeps lodging appeals to keep the Afrikaner policeman suspended without pay and in limbo. The internal police investigation has cleared him, the police personnel-board has ordered Fourie's immediate reinstatement with back pay -- but senior superintendent Benny Nkuna has lodged yet another appeal against this latest decision. Fourie says these are all delaying tactics to keep him off his job and without an income. Fourie is becoming increasingly bitter about the way he's being treated by police management. He has always been innocent, yet he's being treated like dirt. "Police management's willfull actions against me have ruined me financially. I am being victimised,' he said. He feels that the public prosecutor's office and the Human Rights Commission should investigate these human rights violations against him. http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2377292,00.html
Ex-cop Sakkie van der Mescht dumped in Rustenburg cell, threatened with gang-rape – forced to sign fake 'confession'
- 23/07/2008 Linda de Beer, Beeld - Rustenburg - A hunting trip turned into a nightmare for a former police officer when he was kept in a crowded cell for a weekend for trumped up 'crimen injuria' charges, along with people who assaulted him and wanted to rape him.These cellmates also ejaculated into his drinking water. Due to this hell he had to endure in the police cell, and after he was threatened with another seven days just like it, he pleaded guilty on June 30 in Madikwe Magistrate's Court to a charge of crimen injuria. His lawyer is appealing against this verdict because it was extracted under extreme duress.
- Until March, Van der Mescht had been the police's appointed firearm official in Rustenburg. In 2008, he was working as a security manager for a hotel group to keep his family fed… On June 27 2008, the 37-year-old Afrikaner cop was arrested, stripped naked and assaulted repeatedly in the cells by inmates. He also was stabbed in the head with a knife and another sharp object. His cellmates also tried to rape him, but he fought with all his might to prevent this. A knife was held to his genitals while the men threatened to cut them off. After this, he had to sit on the cold cell floor for a long time before his clothes were given back to him, said Van der Mescht on Monday.
Van der Mescht, a father of two, did not eat or drink anything for the whole weekend: his cellmates apparently ejaculated into the water that was offered to him. He said the police visited the cell only once every morning and once every evening. Since his experience at the end of June, nightmares have been preventing Van der Mescht from sleeping. His lawyer, Carl Arnold, said they were waiting on the test results for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections because of the dirty knife that was used on Van der Mescht.On June 27 2008, Van der Mescht was part of a group who went hunting in the Madikwe Trust area. He was at their camp when two fellow hunters in a bakkie were stopped by police.They were unable to show the licence of another hunter's firearm that was in the car. After an assurance that someone would go to show them the licence, the police left without taking further action. Arnold said Van der Mescht -- until March the Rustenburg police's former firearm-license officer -- and another man drove after the police with the other hunter's firearm licence and identity document, but they repeatedly ignored him when he tried to show the documents to them. Van der Mescht and the driver of the bakkie he was in, then stopped at a place where a few police vehicles were standing next to the road. Some of the police officers apparently spotted him and stormed at Van der Mescht. The door of the bakkie was yanked open and he was jerked out by the arm. Van der Mescht said he told them he did not appreciate their actions.At that, he was thrown into the back of a police van. They apparently drove around with him for more than an hour before he was taken to Madikwe police station. He said: "I was arrested for crimen injuria and intimidation." Van der Mescht's wife was rudely chased from the police station when she wanted to see her husband on the Saturday, she told the news-media. She apparently also was threatened with arrest. On June 30, Van der Mescht was forced to plead guilty in Madikwe Magistrate's Court under extreme duress to a charge of crimen injuria, after he was threatened 'with another seven days in the cells.'North West police's Captain Aafje Botma claimed that 'Van der Mescht threatened and swore at the police officer when they were driving next to each other' and that the former police officer 'was taken to a hospital for treatment'.She also denied that his wife had been kept from visiting him -- and said police 'had visited the cells every hour...' However, Botma was at a loss to answer a question about how a sharp object got into the prisoners' cell. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2362959,00.html
Two senior Afrikaner officers of 121 Battallion cleared of trumped-up charges by Appeal Court
NOT GUILTY OF CONSPIRING TO MURDER BLACK MAJOR M MANEKWANE -- Lt.col. Tobie van Eeden and Maj. Ferdinand Labuschagne, of SADF 121-Battallion
Pietermaritzburg Appeals Court Oct 19 2008 - The convictions and sentences of two senior 121 Battallion officers - arrested in front of their men amidst a blaze of publicity in 2004, and who had lost their jobs after their convictions -- were set aside by Appeals Court judges Nic van der Reyde and Piet Koen. Lt.col Tobie van Eeden 45, picture, the ex-commander of 121 Battallion near Mtubatuba and its former judicial officer maj. Ferdinand Labuschagne (39) were cleared of all charges stemming from false accusations which had been made by a black driver, rifleman M Sithole, that the Afrikaner officers had conspired to kill a black 21 Battallion officer (who died of AIDS). Magistrate L Naidoo who convicted them had ‘closed his mind that a black driver could ever falsely implicate the two white officers to conspire in the murder of the second-in-command Maj M Manekwane,’ the Appeals Court ruled. http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Suid-Afrika/0,,752-2460_2412105,00.html
Originally, four Afrikaner officers were arrested in the most distressing circumstances possible for senior military men: in front of the entire 121 Battallion near St. Lucia in 2004. Two were cleared, but LtCol Louis van Eeden, officer commanding of 121 Battalion and its judicial officer Maj Ferdinand Labuschagne were convicted for 'defeating the ends of justice' by regional magistrate L Naidoo in the Eskhawini court near Richard's Bay in November 2004. Each was fined R4 000, or two years jail, plus five years jail suspended. And of course, they also lost their jobs.
"Magistrate Naido had closed his mind...'Judge Van der Reyden said in his Appeals Court summary setting aside their convictions that magistrate Naidoo had "closed his mind to the probability that a black driver, rifleman M Sithole, could ever have falsely implicated the two white officers, i.e. Bronkhorst and Goosen, accusing them of conspiring to murder the second in command, Maj M Manekwane.' The main witness in the conspiracy case against Bronkhorst and Goosen had been Rifleman M Sithole yet, the Appeal Court noted, this sole witness had "submitted three conflicting statements" which should have been examined more closely by magistrate Naidoo...
Black driver was 'forced to falsely implicate the Afrikaner officers' -- he testified:The state had accused Van Eeden and Labuschagne of 'influencing Sithole to retract a first formal statement to the police in which he 'd alleged that the two other Afrikaner officers, Bronkhorst and Goosen, had ' plotted to murder Manekwane."Legal officer Labuschagne had taken Sithole to a Mtubatuba SAPS officer after this first statement, where Sithole had retracted it -- claiming that he had been forced to falsely implicate Bronkhorst and Goosen in the plot to kill Manekwane. When Sithole's retracting statement was handed to a prosecutor she had told the SAPS investigating officer of Sithole' second statement. That very same evening the police had obtained a third statement from Sithole in which he retracted his second statement and said his first statement implicating Bronkhorst and Goosen had been true.
In his judgment at the time, magiistrate l Naidoo – who was found to be prejudiced by the Appeals Court – had said: "this case has all the characteristics of a tragic play where the prejudices, bias and so forth based on race kinmanship, partisanship and other prejudices are rife, and were indeed exposed."
However, ruled Appeals Court Judge Van der Reyden, "one would have expected a regional magistrate to approach the case with an objective and open mind. "However he (Naidoo) did not do so. He lost sight of the fact that Sithole's two statements revealed two possible plots - a conspiracy of white officers to get rid of Manekwane and/or a conspiracy by black officer officers to get rid of white officers.
"It is clear that this magistrate had closed his mind to the probability that Sithole had falsely implicated Bronkhorst and Goosen, that he went to Labuschagne of his own volition and disclosed to him the falsity of his third statement and that his second statement retracting his first statement reflected the true position.This oversight by the magistrate resulted in him defining the main plot solely based on the state case. He also overlooked the fact that a finding that Sithole went to Labuschagne on his own volition and told him the true position - that he had falsely implicated Bronkhorst and Goosen - could only have one outcome: an acquittal on the charge of defeating the course of justice," Van der Reyden said. Judge Koen concurred. - Sapa
Three Afrikaners in Prieska had unfair trial because of anti-Afrikaner judge Frans Kgomo - Supreme court of appeal
Bloemfontein, South Africa. - Sept. 18 2008 -- The Supreme Court of Appeal (on Thursday agreed with three Afrikaner men, Joseph le Grange, son Pieter and a friend Hendrik van der Westhuizen of Prieska, that they did not have a fair trial because of the anti-Afrikaner, racially-prejudiced Northern Cape Judge-president Frans Kgomo. The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the court proceedings against the three men were 'invalid' and that the convictions and sentences imposed on them could not stand.The SCA also ruled that the men should be retried - but that this time, Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo was not allowed to preside over the matter. Judge Nathan Ponnan said in the judgment that when 'taken cumulatively, I have no doubt that ... the learned judge-president was not fair and impartial during the trial'. The found that Kgomo ... “ showed a clear personal prejudice against the Afrikaner defendants.
The SCA upheld the appeal brought by Joseph le Grange, found guilty of murder by Kgomo, and his son Pieter and Van der Westhuizen, who were convicted of being accessories after the fact to murder. Kgomo had sentenced Le Grange senior to 24 years in prison, while the other two were sent to prison for six and five years respectively.
The matter relates to the death of a 13-year-old Prieska boy in March 2004. He had been stabbed with a sword hidden inside a walking stick.The boy, who died in hospital, was allegedly confronted by the Afrikaner men for stealing. The SCA 's appeal hearing - heard by a full bench -- did not consider the merits of the murder itself, but focused solely on certain alleged irregularities in the course of the trial. It held that the three Afrikaner men did not have a fair trial and that the proceedings before Judge Pres. Frans Kgomo were invalid.
The SCA set aside the convictions and sentences and remitted the matter to the Kimberley High Court, ordering that proceedings in respect of the same offence may again be instituted. They found that during the trial an application for Kgomo's recusal had been launched by these defendants - and had been refused. "He (Kgomo) sought, it would seem, from time to time to expedite the hearing of the matter by virtually taking over the prosecution from counsel for the State," the judgement read. However, the SCA found that in doing that it appeared that judge president Kgomo had 'at times overlooked the judge's usual role in a trial and had associated himself too closely with the conduct of the case. ' http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2395637,00.html
Nov 30 2008 – Ex- SAPS reservist, Kyalami businessman Baden Hall assaulted by female cop - video:
Nov 30 2008 - Mr Baden Hall, a former police reservist who runs a corporate landscaping business from his Kyalami smallholding north of Johannesburg, filmed this assault by the police officer. The former police-reservist was following one of his business-trucks on Thursday morning enrute to a filling station in Lonehill, north of Johannesburg, when it was pulled over at a police roadblock on Lonehill Boulevard and his workers arrested “for not having their identification cards on them”. He was told that the men would be taken to Morningside police station, and when he queried this as Douglasdale police station was closer, he was insulted.
- “She (the female police officer) started screaming a string of political abuse at me along the lines of ‘You white sh**, you are going to die here with your money. We will make sure you never leave this country, you will die here first’,” said Hall. The seven seconds of footage on his phone shows an angry policewoman storming the camera aggressively, striking out in front of her as a loud slap sounds. Then the picture ends suddenly as the phone was knocked out of Hall’s hand. The couple said the attack caused a commotion, as other police members entered the fray and restrained their aggressive colleagues.Hall said: the issue is the fact that "an arresting officer refused to identify herself, then struck me twice when I tried to photograph her lapel badge.“
- “They join ranks against you…’ Speaking to The Star newspaper shortly after the incident, Hall said he was devastated, and would lay a charge of assault against the police-woman.“Nobody was in control there. The inspector told me to f*** off at least three times, and I intend opening a case and reporting this to the Independent Complaints Directorate in the hope this will be escalated as high as possible.”Melanie Hall said she was horrified by the assault. “You feel so helpless. They join ranks around you.” The SAPS said they could not comment Victim Baden Hall of Kyalami films assault by black SAPS officer http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=vn20081128052109813C858314
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