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Summary Sept 19 2011 Free State court proceedings: Impoverished Afrikaner youth CJ Geldenhuys sent to prison for killing his benefactor Dr Alida Oosthuizen; and the contract-killing conspiracy trial of 10 men (4 cops) in murder-attempts against Wesselsbron farmer Karel Marais nears completion in Virginia court
2011-09-18 VIRGINIA, FREE STATE. Volksblad journalist Tom de Wet writes that ten men are expected to hear judgment this week in a conspiracy trial which included four cops and ex-cops as well as the brother of an influential MEC in the Free State legislature.
The ten men stand accused of conspiring to kill the wealthy businessman and farmer Karel Marais and two police-investigators, SAPF inspector Lizelle Herbst and inspector Nico Smith of the Falcons special investigation unit the Falcons.An ex police-informant was the last to testify, admitting that he was paid R7,500 for his share in the conspiracy.
Judge Faan Hancke is expected to deliver his verdict in the Virginia court this week.
The accused men are: Mr Molehane Mabuza of Wesselsbron, police-informant Faan Rossouw, Christiana funeral director Andrew Scheepers, Christiana resident Barney Booysen, SAPF insp. Xolisile Blom, insp. Jabulane Xaba, ex-police officer Japhta Khotule (brother of Free State legislature MEC Dan Kho-thule) SAPF insp. Steven Mtwala, Mr Sechaba Masiane and SAPF insp. Sello Mtsala.
MEC Dan Khotule, although not charged, was called to testify, and denied earlier testimony made during the trial that he had provided the funds for the 'contract-killing’ of the three Afrikaners.
The men were charged with kidnapping, theft, armed robbery, conspiracy to murder three people, impersonating police officers and using an official vehicle without permission.
Wesselsbron farmer Karel Marais was threatened with death, was kidnapped, and was forced to pay hundreds of thousands of Rands to the accused.
Testimony was submitted that the men had conspired to kill Marais and the two police-investigators while they were in prison at Odendaalsrus. The public prosecutor is Advocate Antoinette Ferreira. The legal counsellors representing the accused are adv. Terance Tshabalala, adv. Oupa Makhene, adv. Willem Edeling, adv. Jan Nkhale and Mr Dawie Reyneke. ____________________________________________________ Also in the same court: Afrikaner youth C J Geldenhuys, 18, sentenced to 22 years prison for brutal, deadly assault on his benefactor Dr Alida Oosthuizen, 76 September 19 2011, Eighteen-year-old C J Geldenhuys was sentenced to 22 years prison for the murder of Mrs Alida Oosthuizen, 76 on September 11 2010. Judge Faan Hancke found him guilty of robbery with extinuating circumstances and of murder. Mr Geldenhuys was 17 years old when he attacked the elderly Afrikaner doctor – who had taken in the destitute Mr Geldenhuys’ and his family to try and give them a better life, the court heard. Dr Oosthuizen was so brutally beaten in the face that she was unable to talk or eat – and hours later was only able to write down her attacker’s name for the police. He was arrested the same day. Tw months later, Dr Oosthuizen died of multiple-organ failure caused to septicaemia in her wounds. The court heard that Dr Oosthuizen had been involved in many community-upliftment projects and was particularly concerned with the welfare of young people. She met the Geldenhuys family through her community-work. Geldenhuys has however shown deep remorse for his cruel attack on Dr Oosthuizen and has given has full cooperation to the police – which counted as an extenuating circumstance, said the judge. ________________________________________________________________ SOURCES: CONSPIRACY TRIAL:
Also in the same court:
Afrikaner youth C J Geldenhuys, 18, sentenced to 22 years prison for brutal, deadly assault on his benefactor Dr Alida Oosthuizen, 76
September 19 2011, Eighteen-year-old C J Geldenhuys was sentenced to 22 years prison for the murder of Mrs Alida Oosthuizen, 76 on September 11 2010. Judge Faan Hancke found him guilty of robbery with extinuating circumstances and of murder. Mr Geldenhuys was 17 years old when he attacked the elderly Afrikaner doctor – who had taken in the destitute Mr Geldenhuys’ and his family to try and give them a better life, the court heard. Dr Oosthuizen was so brutally beaten in the face that she was unable to talk or eat – and hours later was only able to write down her attacker’s name for the police. He was arrested the same day. Tw months later, Dr Oosthuizen died of multiple-organ failure caused to septicaemia in her wounds. The court heard that Dr Oosthuizen had been involved in many community-upliftment projects and was particularly concerned with the welfare of young people. She met the Geldenhuys family through her community-work. Geldenhuys has however shown deep remorse for his cruel attack on Dr Oosthuizen and has given has full cooperation to the police – which counted as an extenuating circumstance, said the judge.
SOURCES: CONSPIRACY TRIAL:previous reports in Marais-trial: : Thursday, 27 January 2011
Marais family of Wesselsbron targetted by cops and hired killers:
Armed attack by six uniformed 'cops' created permanent fear, trauma for Marais farm family in Wesselsbron.
Four alleged contract-killers were captured by Wesselsbron Farm-Watch in October 2010. It is reported that the killers had allegedly been paid from R1,000 each or more to Kill Mr. Marais. The farmer testified as the State's star witness in a high-level corruption and conspiracy trial which allegedly even involved a high-level ANC member in the Free State Legislature. The wealthly farmer and businessman testified that he and his family were the targets of a stream of death-threats after the men were arrested. The family was attacked by four black police officers, an ex-cop who is the brother of a leading ANC-MEC in the FS legislature. He testified: "We try to stay positive but it's not so easy every day, to know that our lives are still being threatened. We have lost all our faith in the police." Despite repeated threats against his life and that of his family, and the fact that four contract-killers had already been captured by the local Marnet farm watch when they were trying to kill him, Marais courageously testified yesterday in the corruption-trial of the six unnamed, highly-placed black Free State men. Marais had also testified on 4 October 2010 that four hired black killers had also been sent from Gauteng to his farm to kill him so that he would not be able to testify at their corruption trial yesterday. Members of the local farm-watch Marnet captured the men in a road block on his farm…
The Boer businessman’s testimony was backed up by SAPS inspector Nico Smith who testified that he himself also was threatened with contract-killers if he pursued his investigation - and that it was established that the four black men arrested by the farm-watch while trying kill Marais, had been paid R1,000 ($100) each for it. Smith also handed in signed and sworn statements from specific, well-informed prisoners at Odendaalsrust confirming that a contract-killing was taken out against Marais.
Volksblad journalist Tom de Wet has attended the trial throughout its long process. He wrote that the six black men on trial for corruption - four black police officers, one black ex-police officer and the brother of an ANC-MEC in the Free State legislature -- had shown up at the Marais farm dressed in police uniform, and attacked the family, holding them up at gunpoint.
Mr Marais had to install thousands of Rands worth of security equipment, now has to pack a gun every day for self-protection as the family "very likely still being earmarked as targets by contract-killers. It would be impossible for the family to join the witness-protection programme because of his business interests and his farm. His attorney Tom Bothma confirmed that Marais has lodged a civilian damages-law suit of more than R2,8million against the SAPS. Newspapers first described the attacks as having been carried out by ‘bogus police officers.” However -- instead they turned out to be on-duty cops, a former cop and the brother of a high-level ANC- provincial MEC who used official police-vehicles to carry out their ‘hit’.
Free State police spokesman col. Motantsi Ma-khele said in reaction to the contract-killers’ attack on Marais that he had already called on the SAPS months ago to provide protection and security for besieged farmers like Marais – and that he was then accused of ‘suffering from paranoia’ by certain politicians…
Jan van Niekerk, Freedom Front Plus member of the Free State legislature, was bitterly unhappy with the poor security provided for Marais.
“The fact that various police officers are accused of corruption in a trial he has to testify at, as the star-witness, combined with the many threats against Marais’ life, are more than sufficient reason to provide him with 24/7 protection. All the available information indicates that the police are completely incapable of guaranteeing his safety. “As the main witness his life definitely is in danger and everything possible must be done to protect him.’ he said.
October 4 2010:
Free State farmer Carel Marais and wife escape unscathed from four hired killers
- Sent to kill him before his testimony in 24 January Free State corruption trial:
2010-10-04 Tom de Wet reported in Volksblad from WESSELSBRON that local farmer Carel Marais, 59, had his life saved by the restlessness of his little Jack Russell-dog which usually is very calm. He said the dog alerted him and his wife to the presence of four armed black men who ‘were there to kill me so that I would not testify in a corruption trial.’Marais is the main witness in the trial of nine men which is scheduled from 24 January next year at the Virginia High Court. One of the investigating officers in the case, inspector Nico Smith, confirmed that he was also threatened with contract-killers. Said Marais: “I have no doubt that those four men from Gauteng, who were each found with R1,000 cash on them after their arrest, had come to kill me.”
The SAPS also obtained sworn statements from specific prisoners at Odendaalsrus confirming that a contract-killing was taken out against Marais. He and his wife Ina were first alerted by a ‘bird in the garden making very strange noises,’ they said. Only later did they realise that the four armed attackers were whistling like that to communicate with each other. The couple also were alerted by the fact that their little dog was jumping up and down and barking loudly near some bushes in the front garden. When he walked closer he saw a black man pointing a firearm at him – but Marais was faster, fired off a shot and ran behind a wall to hide – running smack-dab into three other gunmen who fled. His gun failed to fire at that point and he yelled at his wife to lock the front door while he rushed inside through the backdoor and immediately raised the alarm on the Marnet-farm-security radio network. Neighbours arrived within five minutes and other farmers also set up road-blocks, capturing the four armed suspects within half-an-hour about 2km from the homestead. Their firearms were ‘missing’ said Marais.
Agri-Free State security chief Hennie Gerber said the farm-watch units had acted pro-actively by setting up road-blocks. They had done exactly the same thing a week earlier during the attack against Mrs Cecelia Steynberg, who had shot an attacker inside her bedroom before he could kill her. “If our security plan is in place and the cooperation is there, the suspects won’t get away”, Gerber said at the time. SAPS sergeant Mmako Mophiring, confirmed that the four suspects – all from Gauteng province, were in the custody of the Falcons, the organised crime-unit and that their vehicle was confiscated.