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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
16:40 | Posted by A Stuijt | | Edit Post
Huge gangs along R300 cause crashes
... rob badly injured drivers, even strip their cars:May 15 2012 CAPE TOWN: Paramedics, cops confirmed: large gangs cause deliberate car-crashes to rob badly injured victims on Cape Town highway adjacent to squatter camps: case of Claudia Dalias,29, who lost a leg: all her belongings were looted and her car partially stripped while paramedics were stabilising her:
Ms Kim McCusker (25) was dragged hundreds of metres by a taxi which drove at her and her fiancee on Sept 13 2011 at Lonehill Blvd, Fourways.
The white couple were enroute to a gymnasium in their bakkie at 6.30 am when a taxi 'bumped' into their bakkie. While her fiancee was trying to exchange insurance information with the driver, and Ms McCusker was standing in front the taxi, the driver got irate and drove off at high speed - according to the great many bystanders who ran after the taxi, yelling at him to stop: because Ms McCusker had fallen underneath the speeding taxi and was being dragged along underneath. She was critically injured.
DOZENS OF BYSTANDERS SAVED HER LIFE
All praise to the many dozens of South Africans who ran after the taxi, forced the driver to stop, and detained him in a citizen's arrest waiting for the police to arrive.
|Kim McCusker, with fiancee: a Kim McCusker Support Group was opened on Facebook|
Above, pictures and graphic of the trail left behind by Kim McCusker while she was dragged underneath a taxi at Lone Hill Boulevard. Many taxi-passengers and pedestrians who witnessed the horrific assault rushed in to help the injured woman. The taxi driver has been arrested and charged with attempted culpible homicide meanwhile. The many onlookers and Lonehill security guards had run after the taxi, forcing the driver to stop, and helping the get the critically injured young woman from underneath while the taxi-driver was held by the crowd until police showed up. . The incident was witnessed by many onlookers. Her family are at the hospital with her. On 15 September she reportedly was in critical condition and fighting for her life: with extensive injuries all over her body, face and skull. http://afrikaans.news24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Vrou-geopereer-na-taxi-haar-sleep-20110913
Picture left: taxi-passenger and one of the many witnesses, Martha Morudi, photographed by Beeld newspaper.
Lonehill Residents' Association head Rob Gillespie said the taxi driver claimed to him afterwards that he drove off because 'the man assaulted him'. The newspapers interviewed many witnesses who did not however mention this alleged assault. "The taxi dragged her while pedestrians gave chase, screaming for him to stop," Gillespie said. "When he reached a congested area, he was forced to stop and was arrested by Lonehill security guards." Police spokesman Warrant Officer Balan Muthan confirmed the taxi driver had been taken into police custody. Justice Project SA (JPSA) chairman Howard Dembovsky called for the driver to be charged with attempted murder, as well as negligent or reckless driving. "The state will have no problem in proving this charge, given the high volume of witnesses both in[side] and outside the taxi. The man was able to get up after being knocked down by the taxi, but Ms McCusker was dragged under the vehicle. Members of the public freed the woman before paramedics arrived. She had abrasions, tar burns and possible fractures.” Muthan said the driver would appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court soon. - Sapa http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Jogger-hit-dragged-by-taxi-20110913
Trevor Du Bois, 25, survives vicious attack: was fixing tyre burst in hijackers' spike- trap September 14 2011 source: Mpume Madlala - Two black attackers were arrested by the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit after the car hijacked earlier from resident Trevor Du Bois overturned on the Umbumbulu Road near Mid Illovo.Police lt Joey Jeevan said the suspects had on Sunday evening approached Trevor Dubois, 25, who had stopped alongside the road to repair a flat tyre. In South Africa people are often forced to stop to fix flat tyres when hijackers salt the roadway with spikes. Jeevan said the two suspects had "helped Du Bois repair the flat tyre. Then they assaulted and dragged Du Bois to a nearby sugarcane field where they had taken his wallet and cellphone and left,” she said. Jeevan said a few minutes later the men had returned and forced Du Bois to give them the PIN for his bank card. They then assaulted him again until he lost consciousness. The suspects then fled in his Opel Corsa bakkie.“About an hour later Du Bois regained consciousness, crawled to the road and flagged down a passing motorist, who then contacted the police and emergency services,” she said. email@example.com http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/hijackers-caught-after-car-crash-1.1136896
Other similar cases: a history of mysterious deaths in traffic: In South Africa a great many people also are often intentionally killed or attacked in traffic, also by the policing-authorities. Many Afrikaner "whites" are being run down and killed in public by so-called hit and run drivers and just recorded as traffic-fatalities: unless someone had the courage to come forward to testify about the incidents.
World-famous Olympic swimming champion Nathalie du Toit for instance, became disabled when her scooter was run over by a ‘hit-and-run taxi driver’. These racist murders and attacks in traffic can however hardly ever be proven. Road traffic fatalities and homicide account for a significant proportion of non-natural deaths (National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMMS, 2005).
South Africa’s homicide rate of 72.5 per 100,000 population (2007/8) is about five times the world average of 14.0 per 100,000 population and the road traffic death rate in 2001 of 43.0 per 100,000 population is twice the world average of 21.6 per 100,000 population (WHO, 2002). The exceptionally high levels of violent crime sets South Africa apart internationally (McCafferty, 2003). The United Nations survey of 69 countries from 2001 already revealed South Africa to be second to Columbia: as having one of the highest firearm-related homicide rates worldwide (Schonteich & Louw, 2001). Egger (1993) argued that ‘homicide’ , the most serious form of violent crime, is likely the most reliable index of violence in a society given its high report rate.
Extending this view, Whitlock (1971) proposes that both homicide and roadtraffic fatalities (in SA registered as 'culpible homicides') are manifestations of ‘violent societies’.
“Defined as ‘violent deaths’, homicide and road traffic fatalities are the leading categories of non-natural deaths in South Africa.' Also: the study: “The Relationship between Homicides and Road Traffic Fatalities” by the SA Medical Research Council. -------------------------------
Anton Vermeulen, security worker, father of three run down and killed on his bicycle by speeding, red hit-and-run vehicle, July 6 2011, Brakpan, Dirk van der Hoff Street, between 9 – 9.30pm
15 July 2011. BRAKPAN – source: LookLocal.co.za journalist Thelma Koorts. As has only come to light a week later, Anton Vermeulen, the hardworking Afrikaner dad of three young children, was run down and killed while pedalling home on his bicycle after buying a bread for his family. The red car which hit and killed him is nowhere to be found. Police say they merely are investigating a case of ‘culpible homicide’ – not murder. His heartbroken mom Hannetjie Oberholzer (43) said her son ran his own security company. He had no car, travelling everywhere on his trusty pedal-bike. People knew him as very reliable in his work, she said. Many people in Brakpan knew the friendly young Afrikaner: who used to work as a low-paid carguard until he got into the security business. Pieces of the red car which hit the white man and then just drove away, were found at the scene. "Anton worked very hard to look after his wife Nicolene and the three daughters Nadia (9), Sonja (7) and Hannetjie (5). We will picked up a bread at scene where he died; he probably bought it earlier that night.’ His funeral took place Wednesday July 13 2011."
Pieter Coetzee, 60 and Johannes P Kruger, 32, killed on their motorbikes 16 October 2010
2010-12-21 - Pretoria North: The SA Police say they know the identity of a male driver of a Hummer, a citizen from Zimbabwe -- who was witnessed by many road-users as he ran his Hummer towards the bikers at high speed, killing two men and permanently disabled a third man on their bikes. Pieter Coetzee and Johannes P Kruger were killed, Pieter Coetzee junior was left permanently disabled. The three Afrikaner men - members of the Christian Motorcyclists’ Association - were riding to an early-morning prayer meeting in Pretoria North on 16 October 2010, said warrant officer Matthews Nkoadi .
20090717 Traffic-accident disabled Dr Ceval Mills’ was robbed of his patented electronic voice simulator, attacker also shoots down his dad Dr Neville Mills, 63 - critically injuring him…
Jul 19 2009. source: Hilda Fourie of Beeld newspaper.
‘ Are you happy now?”screamed the armed gangster afer gunning down Dr Neville Mills Senior of Evander. Dr Mills was gunned down and critically injured when he came running from his room after his wife Ria, 61, shouted when a gunman threatened to shoot their nearly totally disabled son Dr Cival Mills, 34. Dr MIlls has been unable to move anything except his eyes and thumb/index finger of his left hand ever since he was injured in a traffic ‘accident’ outside Shongwe Hospital near Malalane, where he worked as a rural doctor. The traffic accident’s injuries had left him with the locked-in syndrome (a neurological complication whereby a patient loses all voluntary muscle function except for the ability to move the eyelids). He gained fame two years ago as the winner of Mpumalanga province’s Fundza for Fun (Reading is Fun) writers’ competition for his book “This too will pass’, which sold out its first printing within just weeks. It took him four years to write the book on a laptop computer using his thumb and index finger. He also developed a patented computer mouse enabling himself to type just as quickly as he did before he was disabled. For the three years before he was attacked, he worked as a researcher at the medical aid schemes Momentum Health and Discovery Health. He also developed an electronic voice simulator with which he communicates – and which was robbed. This innovative, self-designed IT apparatus functions with controls that are activated with only the thumb and forefinger of his left hand and which he has named Thingy. He was also working full-time to develop two different IT devices that will make computers more user-friendly for other disabled people with (extreme) limited hand function. A patent has been registered on his first design Thingy -- and a grant was approved by the Department of Trade and Industry for its development and marketing. He is currently registering and developing the second device, which he has called Penpal. Mrs Mill’s daughter Mrs Madie Dittrich, a Pretoria lawyer, said the first words to her mom and disabled brother by the robber gang as they stormed into the Mills home were: “Do you want to die today"?” They ripped off Cival’s patented cellphone he designed himself, and which he wore around his neck, and pushed a handgun to his head.“They told my mom they are going to shoot Cival dead. My mom screamed, and this alerted my dad who was on his bed. He jumped up and rushed to the living room – and when the gunmen saw him they shot him down. Then they screamed at my mother ‘Are you happy now?’ While Neville Mills was lying on the floor, bleeding and critically injured, the gunmen calmly took the family cellphones and laptop-computers and strolled out of the sliding door they had broken through to get into the house. Her brother still tried to push the gangsters with his wheelchair but her mother intervened, stopping him from doing so, Mrs Dittrich said. Neville was rushed to Unitas Hospital where one kidney was removed during a six-hour surgical procedure and his stomach, which also was struck by the bullet, required repairs. Mrs Dittrich said that her mom and brother were very traumatised. Police supt. Abie Khoabane confirmed ‘the incident’ and said nobody was arrested. http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2540163,00.html
- Memoir by Dr Cival Mills Becomes Overnight Bestseller - http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=8859
Magdel Steyn, attacked by aggressive Pretoria traffic cops – caught on candid camera
Magdel Steyn was merely parking her car at a PRIVATE parking lot when the lone Afrikaans woman was arrested by an aggressive Pretoria police force in front of a huge crowd -- but the abusive cops were caught on camera by Afriforum civil rights movement…March 14 2010 – PRETORIA AfriForum has released shocking visual material of Pretoria metro male police officers unlawfully yanking around an Afrikaans woman in front of a large crowd and then illegally arresting her. Her ‘crime?” – she was accused of double-parking at a private parking lot…During the broadcasting of the M-Net programme, Carte Blanche, on Sunday 14 March 2010, the story of the 24 year-old Magdel Steyn was told. She was arrested in front of her relatives by the (Pretoria) Metro Police on a fake charge of “reckless and negligent driving” -- after allegedly double-parking at a privately-owned parking lot. It’s not known why the Pretoria metropolitan police were present in such large numbers just to arrest one defenceless Afrikaans woman who had done nothing wrong.Nantes Kelder, head of community safety of AfriForum, the visual material shows shocking images of Steyn’s human rights being violated under the pretense of a very minor traffic violation. “AfriForum has already discussed the matter with Mr Francois Beukman, the Executive Director of the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD). The incident is regarded in a serious light and the ICD will investigate it further,” Kelder said. AfriForum’s legal team also served a letter of complant to the Head of the Metro Police, Commissioner Mutle. In the letter AfriForum asks for the latter’s undertaking that action will be taken against the metro police members involved immediately. AfriForum also demanded that these members should be suspended, or be withdrawn from active policing duties. Kelder encouraged members of the public to tell their stories about incidents of power abuse by police members at http://www.afriforum.co.za. ALL THE PICTURES: http://www.afriforum.co.za/?p=4473 homicides and traffic-report fatalities report at: http://www.mrc.ac.za/crime/homicide.pdf
Traffic murder of Afrikaans pupil Bernadine Kruger: taxi-driver Percyval Matji found guilty of her murder
Friday, 11 September 2009 - Bernadine Kruger's taxi-murderer Percyval Matji found guilty of murdering Afrikaans pupil Bernadine Kruger, left. The high school pupil was riding on her scooter and was followed across two empty lanes, with high-speed, honking taxi-driver Percyval Matji, 31, hot on her heels, switching from lane to lane, and according to witnesses, ‘ intent on wanting to force her off the road’ on 23 February 2009…Initially Matji was charged with culpible homicide – but the Prosecuting Authority agreed with the formal petitions lodged by her mother and the Freedom Front Plus party ‘s legal team to change this charge to murder -- due to ‘overwhelming and convincing evidence before the court’. Handing down judgment to Percyval Matji, Magistrate Edmund Patterson said: "It was not a mistake. It was not negligence."On hearing judgment Kruger's grief-stricken mother Elsabe Homan let out a loud "yes". Patterson said from the evidence it was determined that Matji deliberately followed Kruger and "wanted her out of his way". He said Matji had made a lethal weapon of his vehicle by driving at speeds far exceeding the limit.” The murdered girl’s mother Elsabe Homan, Freedom Front city councillors Dr Conrad Beyers and Advocate Anton Alberts, councillor on the Johannesburg city council, all said they welcomed the decision by the Prosecuting Authority, describing as a watershed-case. “This sends a message to all reckless drivers that they will have to pay a high price for taking someone’s life, ‘they said in a statement. “This specifically applies to the country’s minitaxi-industry, of which some of its members drive as if they have no responsibility towards anyone else. This decision shows that human life still has some value in our land.’ The Freedom Front Plus will now assist Mrs Homan in lodging civil claims against various people involved in this case. ( for more comment telephone Adv Anton Alberts, tel 083 950 9272.) Beeld journalist Herman Scholtz reports that one of the witnesses, Mrs René van Zyl, testified in the Pretoria Regional Court on August 13 2009 that she and her 11-year-old daughter saw ‘Bernadine flying through the air” while slowly moving in the rush-hour traffic. Her daughter watched the event unfold and shouted ‘the taxi doesn’t stop,’ testified Mrs Van Zyl, who said her daughter also screamed: ‘He’s going to hit her, he’s going to hit her..’ as she saw the schoolgirl fly throught the air for several metres, and getting hit by the taxi after she fell on the tarmac. Other witnesses, Hugo Vermaak and Mrs Sanet Venter, also testified, as did Mrs van Zyl, that the taxi-driver was ‘honking his horn loudly, constantly and aggressively as he was approaching the girl on her schooter from behind at high speed. They all saw the taxi hitting the girl in the adjacent east-bound lane while the three witnesses were moving very slowly, stuck in a traffic jam going in westerly direction. All testified that the east-bound lane was clear, with no other traffic next to the taxi and Bernadine’s scooter going in the same direction.
Pictures: Bernadine Kruger, above, who was murdered by high-speed taxi-driver Percyval Matji, right, on 23 February 2009, while riding to school on her scooter on an near-empty eastbound dual-carriageway in Pretoria. Three witnesses testified about the taxi-driver’s aggressive behaviour during this incident. He was found guilty of her murder on Sept 11 2009. Matji, had approached the girl on the scooter at high speed and did not slow down, riding her bumper and following her from late to lane although the dual-carriageway was empty of other traffic, witnesses said. She tried to move over to the left lane but the taxi then hit her at such high speed that she flew through the air and fell several metres further in the roadway – at which point the same taxi-driver then drove right over the stricken girl. She died on the scene.
Scooter awarenessclub launched after rash of deadly taxi-accidents: The scooter-awareness club, launched after many such incidents, launched a Facebook to draw the public’s attention to this growing problem. Its Facebook page notes that ‘driving in South Africa is becoming more of a dangerous challenge by the day. Taxis doing what ever they want just to squeeze in one more person. SUV's driven by people that care about nothing else than their wallet. Trucks driving 90km/h in a 70km/h zone.”
“Tailgating and overtaking in dangerous places at dangerous speeds... When something goes wrong, the other driver only has a few scratches to worry about on his shiny new SUV, Taxi, BMW. The scooter driver, in some cases, will never worry again... “ Examples cited:
Top swimmer Natalie du Toit became disabled in scooter accident: The founder, Eugene Maartens, also noted that it was a scooter accident which caused the loss of her left leg of the superb South African swimmer Natalie du Toit – world’famous for her amazing gold medal wins at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the ‘able-bodied’ Commonwealth Games. She qualified to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, becoming the first female amputee swimmer ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in a field of 24 in the 10,000m swim.
In February 2001 her left leg was amputated at the knee after she was hit by a car while riding her scooter back to school after swimming practice.Bernadine Kruger: Also noted was the death of Bernadine Kruger, who died from the criminal actions of taxi-driver Matji. http://www.facebook.com/groups.php#/group.php?gid=53627019214