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“Free key holders with tracking device” - HOAX.
HOAX WARNING - Claims on the internet with pictures of key-holders warning that these are being distributed at service stations by criminal gangs; not to accept them because they purportedly contain ‘tracking devices’… and that gangs will follow you and kill/rob you. It ‘s definitely a hoax despite its elaborate illustrations and fake signatures of people claiming to be police-officers.
The hoax-busting website Snopes.com says the ‘free keyholders with a tracking-device’ claim is a hoax and its origins can be traced to 2008, when the South African Caltex franchise handed out free ‘solar’ keyrings which most definitely did not contain tracking devices and were just an advertising gimmick.’ Description on http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/keyring.asp
Aug 30 2008 By Fiona Gounden
E-mails flying through the electronic ether in South Africa warning of "tracking devices" fitted into free key rings are false and fuel retailer Caltex is infuriated that its promotion at service stations has become a victim of urban myth. The chain e-mails warn motorists against taking these free key rings from petrol attendants because "electronic gadgetry" was giving off a signal that could "be traceable". http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/caltex-hit-by-urban-myth-1.414441
ITS A HOAX
Summary: fugitive French cop-killer couple shot dead; Namibian assassination puzzle: two African-American men smuggled in gun-barrel, scope in their luggage; Abbie Phillipson 80 murdered by gardener in front of neighbours; PRAAG supports controversial visit by Israeli ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni to SA; theology Prof Hannes Viljoen and family survive armed attack Pelgrimsrus; 500 families occupy municipal land in Grens, Potchefstroom; Joburg metrocops arrested while plundering booze-truck near Fochville…
Fugitive cop-killing couple’s dramatic flight ends in their deaths in a Sutherland homestead;
Jan 20 2011 – The French-South African Neniere couple, on the run near the Karoo town of Sutherland after killing a police officer and injuring another one on the farm Hardie while resisting confiscation of their large, illegal arms-cache on Jan 15 2011, were found dead at the homestead of a neighbouring farm just before noon, the SAPS has announced. Insiders say the wife of the neighbouring farm’s owner spotted a ‘movement’ inside her homestead while enroute home and, fearing that she might be shot, warned the police. A reporter at the scene described it as a "Hollywood style movie", overrun with police and journalists. Dr. Philippe Menieré, 60, and wife Agnes Jardel-Meniere, 55, had evaded police since Friday, after shooting dead police-student-constable Jacob Boleme, 27, and wounding w/o Glenwall du Toiet, 42 in the spine on the farm Hardie: where its owner Gerhardus du Plessis had called in the police after he had tried to evict them from his property, where they had been living for 12 years. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/French-couple-barricaded-selves-in-house-20110120
Boer Willie vd Walt, farm De Kroon, Brits, badly injured, brutal panga-attack 5 blacks Jan 19 2011 - one attacker arrested by security company during fierce gunfight BRITS. Farm attack at 5am, Jan 19 2011 –Well known local community leader Willie van der Walt of the farm De Kroon near Brits fought back so fiercely against five black men who hacked away at his face and body with pangas inside his own homestead that he saved his wife Rina, 54, in the bedroom, from also being attacked.The farmer is in serious condition after surgery to his face, which was slashed during the panga-attack. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2011/01/boer-willie-vd-walt-injured-panga.html
Abbie Phillipson 80 retired Roodepoort City cashier, choked to death in front of neighbours:black gardener arrested Jan19201 Krugersdorp - Beeld newspaper - Eighty-year-old retired Roodepoort municipal cashier Mrs Abbie Phillipson was murdered in her heavily-barricaded backyard on Wednesday Jan 19 2011. A ‘trusted black gardener ‘ was arrested for throttling her to death with a shoelace after stuffing her mouth with a rag and taping over her face - in full view of horrified neighbouring workers who had climbed on the roof when they heard her screams. Some of her jewellery was found hidden inside the lawn-mower bag by the cops afterwards. Her cellphone is missing. No other valuables were robbed from the house. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/2-sien-van-dak-af-hoe-man-moor-20110119
Namibian assassination: two African-American men arrested with gun-barrel, scope in luggage from USA – African- American suspects Marcus Kevin Tomas, Kevin Townsend arrested - The Namibian – Two African-Americans were arrested for the execution-style murder of 24-year-old André Heckmaier, the son of a local restaurant-owner in Windhoek. The young man was shot with a single bullet through the right-temple on Friday January 7, 2011 at noon, in Klein Windhoek. The Namibian police reports finding a gun-barrel and gun-scope in the luggage of the arrested Americans who had arrived the previous day and were staying at a guest-house. They are to appear in Windhoek court on March 7 2011 for a bail application. http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/article.php?title=Two_US_nationals_up__for_murder_in_Namibia&id=5378
PRAAG supports visit of ex-Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni to South Africa - "The idea (mooted amongst pro-Palestinian groups in South Africa) that ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni of Israel could be a 'war criminal and should be arrested in SA' is ridiculous," said Dr Dan Roodt of the pro-Afrikaans Action group. "Much rather we should look at the real war crimes ...in our own country i.a. the thousands of farm murders; the constant incitements to genocide by ANC-office bearers such ...as Julius Malema." http://www.yallakadima.co.il/fullArticleDetails.aspx?id=244
Land occupation: 500 families: municipal-owned Grens area, Potchefstroom - Frustrated Promosa residents marched to the town council offices on Thursday demanding promised land-rights on the municipal land referred to as “Grens’. (border). Chris Drift, spokesman for Promosa Concerned Residents Association, said they are incensed at official spokesman Maphetle Maphetle for reneging on a land-settlement deal with acting mayor Eddie Modiakgotle – wherein 500 families from Promosa township were promised land-sites at Grens. Maphetle then refused to negotiate further. The 500 families then occupied the ‘promised land’ by 6 January despite a stand-off with the municipal security guards, the infamous Red Ants. They threaten with lawsuits at the High Court and Constitutional Court if they are not allowed to stay. ,.http://www.potchefstroomherald.co.za/top10.htm#1
Theology Prof Hannes Viljoen, family escape unharmed from armed attackers in Pelgrimsrus - Prof Francois “Hannes’ Viljoen of the Theology faculty at the University of Potchefstroom was attacked by an armed gang with his family while celebrating his 50th birthday at a holiday-chalet. The family was robbed of several valuables but remained physically unharmed. http://www.potchefstroomherald.co.za/index.htm
Joburg metrocops arrested for plundering booze-lorry in NW - Jan 20 2011 – FOCHVILLE, North West police arrested a team of metro-cops from Johannesburg while they were plundering a liquor-transport on the N12 freeway between Potchefstroom and Fochville, reports the Potchefstroom Herald. http://www.potchefstroomherald.co.za/index.htm
- one attacker arrested by security company during fierce gunfight
BRITS. Farm attack at 5am, Jan 19 2011 –Well known local community leader Willie van der Walt of the farm De Kroon near Brits fought back so fiercely against five black men who hacked away at his face and body with pangas inside his own homestead that he saved his wife Rina, 54, in the bedroom, from also being attacked.
Madibeng Pulse editor Cynthia Dreyer relates that the farmer had briefly stepped outside to investigate ‘suspicious noises’ at dawn on Thursday while his wife remained in the bedroom, finger hovering above the security-button of their private security-response company. Van der Walt stepped back inside the homestead where he was immediately ambushed by five black men, who hacked away at his face and body with pangas. He screamed loudly to ‘take anything they wanted’ and Mrs Van der Walt immediately pushed the panic-button and alerted the security company.
Its officials arrived with screaming tyres within just a few minutes. A fierce gun-fight erupted with the attack-gang shooting at the security-officials, and them returning fire. Four attackers then fled the homestead - but the security-officials captured a fifth one, who now is in police-custody.
Mr Van der Walt is in a Brits clinic and described as being in ‘serious but stable’ condition after he underwent surgery to his face. Mrs Van der Walt suffers from shock and trauma. The security company says only a watch and two cellphones were missing from the homestead. There’s been no comment from the police. http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=31676&HeadingText=CrimeAlert+200111+panga#NISSAN
Abbie Phillipson 80 retired Roodepoort City cashier, choked to death in front of neighbours:black gardener arrested Jan19201 Krugersdorp
Beeld newspaper details the gruesome manner in which eighty-year-old Mrs Abbie Phillipson was murdered in her heavily-barricaded backyard on Wednesday Jan 19 2011. A ‘trusted black gardener ‘ was arrested for throttling her to death with a shoelace in full view of horrified neighbouring workers who watched from the roof. Some of the retired Roodepoort City cashier’s jewellery (picture)was found hidden inside the lawn-mower bag by the cops afterwards. Her cellphone (also pictured) is still missing. No other valuables were robbed from the house.
Two neighbouring workers – writes Beeld journalist Jacques Steenkamp – were asked by alarmed neighbour Mrs Joekie Rautenbach, 70, to climb on top of her roof to look into the back-yard -- after they heard Mrs Phillipson’s terrifying screams coming from her backgarden, which is protected from intruders by electrified razor wire atop a high brick wall.
Neighbouring workers Maxwell Nsube (41) and Bob Metshe (40) climbed the roof and watched in horror, Steenkamp says, as they saw Mrs Phillipson’s gardener - known only by the nickname “Star’ -- standing over the frail old lady, taping up her mouth.
Neighbour did not know the number of the local neighbourhood watch!
- Mrs Rautenbach immediately phoned the local cops but, receiving NO REPLY at the cop-shop she said; she immediately contacted her son Louis and asked him to in turn contact the local neighbourhood watch – she clearly didn’t have their number herself (and one wonders why not… )
Apparently the two black males working for Mrs Rautenbach didn’t even dream of storming into the garden themselves to try and rescue the old white lady from being choked to death. And there was a very good reason for this: Mrs Phillipson’s backyard, like most South African suburban backyards these days, had been turned into a prison: the old lady, who lived alone since her husband’s death in 2003, had barricaded herself well against outside intruders, with swathes of electrified razor-wire across pallissades all draped across a high brick wall.
SAPS captain Jacob Raboroko, asked to comment, claimed they were ‘on the scene short after the arrival of the neighbourhood watch’.
- When all the rescuers eventually arrived, Mrs Phillipson was still managing to somehow ‘breathe through her nose: her throat had been closed up by a tightly-wound shoe-lace and her mouth had a rag in it and then was taped over,’ said Raboroko.
She was found lying in the outside room in the backyard, but within minutes of the arrival of the paramedic team, she had died, said the police officer.
Meanwhile Star was found hiding inside Mrs Phillipson’s heavily-barricaded backyard and arrested. He will be charged soon for her murder. With so many witnesses and arrested on the crime-scene, it would be rather silly for him to plead not guilty – but South Africa is a very strange place.
Police found some of the retired municipal worker’s jewellery hidden inside the lawn-mower’s bag. Her cellphone is still missing. Her daughter Mrs Elaine Ackerman (54), said her mother had worked as a cashier for many years at the Roodepoort City Council. She’d been living alone in her Krugersdorp home since her spouse’s death in 2003. Mrs Ackerman also volunteered the information that the arrested man ‘had worked for the past three years for some five local families as a gardener.’ http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/2-sien-van-dak-af-hoe-man-moor-20110119
Cattle Baron owner’s son Andre Heckmair assassinated in Namibia Jan 7 2011:
The Namibian – Hundreds of relatives and friends joined the influential Heckmair family in Namibia on Friday to grieve the unexpected loss of 24-year-old André Heckmair, murdered execution-style on Friday January 7, 2011 in Klein Windhoek. Young Heckmair’s body was found in a Land Cruiser station wagon at noon, slumped behind the steering wheel, shortly after he was shot execution-style: one bullet, fired through the right temple.
Police say the gunman must have stood outside the car and fired the shot shortly before a motorist spotted the Land Cruiser in the middle of the road in a small street at about 13h00 and called the police. Heckmair was shot in broad daylight. The police’s immediate investigation put them on the trail of two American men who were arrested late on Friday afternoon at a guest house in Windhoek West on charges of illegal marijuana-possession.
Grief-stricken family and friends spilled out of the church’s main hall into staircases and onto the entrance steps of the Christuskirche, as the church was filled to the brim with a community still trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of a young man at the start of his life. Peter, Birgit and Bianca Heckmair, the grieving father, mother and sister of the deceased, listened as friends and family summarised a young man’s life, a task no one had imagined would be necessary for many years to come.
Heckmair’s girlfriend in Switzerland, Christine Brühwiler, did not attend the Windhoek memorial, but a video montage put together by her was shown at the memorial. On the same day as the memorial held in Windhoek, another was held in Switzerland, where Heckmair was studying.The two Americans accused of the murder, Kevin Townsend and Marcus Kevin Tomas, made a third appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday. This time, the men appeared on charges of murder, robbery, possession of firearms without a licence and possession of ammunition.
NamPol Deputy Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa on Friday confirmed that shortly after the Police arrested Tomas and Townsend at a guesthouse on the day of Heckmair’s murder, the barrel of a gun and a silencer was found in their luggage. This evidence, plus SMSes linking the accused with Heckmair and witness accounts stating that the Americans had made several enquiries about Heckmair after their arrival in Namibia, are seen as strong evidence of their involvement in the murder.
- Speculation as to the motive is rife, but increasingly there are indications, reports Namibian, that Heckmair became known to Tomas and Townsend through a third party, Heckmair’s girlfriend Brühwiler. According to sources, Brühwiler is ‘being questioned by police and other authorities investigating the murder, in order to establish a motive for the murder’, reports Namibian.
March 7 2011 bail application:
State prosecutor Meriam Kenaruzo asked the court to postpone their next appearance to March 7 to allow further investigation. Nolan Swarts, Tomas’s legal representative, and Vetumbuavi Uanivi, Townsend’s lawyer, confirmed that a formal bail application will be made on the same day.