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Summary: Aug 5: tourist shot dead Winkler hotel reception Witrivier; Nelspruit family attacked by black AK47-gang; two Afrikaners shot at near Hermansburg. Aug 4 total five farm-attacks took place; Farmer Casper Labuschagne, 66, was brutally assaulted Mara; a black cop arrested for armed robbery and gunshot-injury of security guard Kobus Brits; seven Islamic foreigners murdered and 40 injured by black male gangs attacking Indian and Pakistani citizens; huge cocaine haul at Mozambique border; South Africans whites lose retirement homes and tourists pull out of Mozambique after land-confiscation by regime.
Farmer Casper Labuschagne, 66, beaten black and blue: dog Seuntjie choked to death
22 July 2011 MARA. Farmer Casper Labuschagne, 66, was brutally beaten and his labrador dog Seuntjie choked to death by a large black armed-attack gang on Wednesday. Mr Labuschagne lives alone on the farm. He had gone to Karino to buy bread and milk and returned to his homestead at 7pm. He was ambushed on his stoep. The attackers brandished pick-axe handles and rusty pipes. The gang had gained access to the homestead through a tiny living room window. They beat up the old farmer, tied him up, took his keys, opened the registered gun-safe and took about R10,000 in cash and his shotgun. The investigating officer is Lt Col Robust Hlatshwayo at 082-464-5721.
He was then dragged into the kitchen where he endured more assaults until he passed out. They took his cellphone and fled in his white Honda Ballade vehicle registration CGN 327 MP leaving the unconscious farmer behind. Another dog, fox-terrier Bakkies guarded Mr Labuschagne and apparently barked so much that he woke up. He cut himself loose with his hunting knife and drove to neighbours who alerted police. Mr Labuschagne usually did not have that much cash at him but he had just sold some cattle to a local abattoir the Saturday before. “He has always been very good for his workers. He is defenceless. We don’t know who was responsible for the attack, said Ms Winterbach. Labuschagne cannot recall the number of attackers nor would he recognise their faces. “He can remember that they repeatedly kicked him and stepped on him,’ said his sister. The investigating officer is Lt Col Robust Hlatshwayo at 082-464-5721.
Hazyview constable Descend Ntimane charged with shooting, injuring Kobus Brits, 60, security guard
5 August 2011 – NELSPRUIT - Several policemen appeared in court for crimes varying from attempted murder to corruption and one of them is suspected of having shot a 60-year-old security guard in Hazyview. Arrested for corruption were constables Reuben Mkhonto, 30 and Oral Nkobeni, 33 of the Komatipoort vehicle-theft unit. Also arrested and charged with the attempted murder of Mr Kobus Brits, 60, was constable Descend Ntimane of Hazyview, who allegedly was part of a gang which carried out an armed robbery last Friday at Hazyview Hypermeat.
Brits: "I locked the gate at about 18:15 and walked to a vehicle. I had just got into it when the door was pulled open," he recalled. He counted five black men, one of them demanding cash. One man was threatening Brits with a firearm and he attempted to push him away. The black man then shot Brits - at which point the men fled. Brits said it took the summonsed police an hour to arrive.He was taken to Matikwane Hospital for treatment of a flesh-wound and discharged shortly afterwards.Lt Col Leonard Hlathi, police spokesman, said that, following their investigation, Const Descend Ntimane was arrested on Monday.He appeared in White River Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery. His accomplices have not yet been apprehended.
“We are being murdered one by one”: Islamic foreigners in attack wave: Bushbuckridge
3 August 2011 Journalist Christopher de Wet BUSHBUCKRIDGE - The serious increase in armed attacks against Islamic foreigners Bushbuckridge spurred foreign business owners and community members to go on a regional strike on Thursday.It is not certain how many of the foreign business owners and victims of attacks were legally in South Africa.
Seven murders of foreigners from Pakistan, India: 250 robbery-cases, 40 attempted murders of Islamic foreigners in Lowveld over past 3 months: According to a local business owner, Mr Mohammed Alam, in the past three months there had been no less than seven xenophobic murders, 250 cases of robbery and 40 cases of attempted murder in the Bushbuckridge, Acornhoek, Mohala and Hazyview region alone."The aim of the strike is to bring the local authorities’ attention to the high incidence of xenophobic attacks in the past three months," said Alam.
Anzar Mirza murdered on July 11 - The latest victim in the region was Mr Anzar Mirza, who was shot and killed on July 11 in a hijacking. On Friday the owner of Sana Discount World, Mr Younis Mohammed, managed to shoot and kill one suspect and wound another when six men stormed his shop and held him at gunpoint. He added that four of them managed to flee in his VW Kombi. The attacks are focused on foreign-owned businesses and community members with the victims are all either from other African countries or Pakistan and India. "We have given the council notice of our planned strike and we have consulted with our ambassador regarding the problem.We are being murdered and harassed and the police have not made a single arrest in any of the reported cases," said Alam.
He said that community members in the region would close their shops and march from police station to police station on Thursday until they ended up at the provincial legislature building in Riverside to speak to the MEC for safety, security and liaison, Mr Vusi Shongwe.
"The police say they are trying their level best, but since the new section commander has taken over in Bushbuckridge, the attacks on foreigners have only become worse."We are being murdered one by one," said Alam.
Cocaine recovered at Lebombo border
SA tourists pull out of Mozambique: white pensioners lose their retirement homes…
5 Aug 2011 – Nelspruit - The Mozambican government seizure of a private land development, La Perla in Bilene is spelling doom for the local tourism industry. Journalist Christine Rossouw writes that reports are streaming in of white South African holidaygoers cancelling their reservations at a number of resorts along the coast. They have been streaming in, ever since it was reported that up to 4,000 holiday homes in 600 resorts in Mozambique could be at risk of having their land repossessed by the government.
Mrs Adri and Mr Ivan van Wyk, who were among the 15 homeowners who had their La Perla retirement properties confiscated on July 15 are seeking assistance from the South African High Commission in Maputo to get their retirement home back.
Authorities are seizing resorts and private land sites, claiming they are "authorised under Article 18 of the land law which states that if owners don’t comply with it, the land reverts back to the state."In terms of the Mozambican Land Act of 1997, land cannot be bought or sold in Mozambique, as all land is classified as public domain. Rogerio Gomes, president of the tourist association and vice-president of the business council in Gaza has invited South Africans concerned about land-confiscations to contact him directly on +258-823-969-890.
South Africans lost their retirement homes: South Africans who had their houses in La Perla, Bilene violently ripped away from them on July 15 meanwhile find themselves with their hands tied and without rights. Mr Gomes said In the case of La Perla, developer Mr Braam Bruwer had been granted the right to use the land on which La Perla was to be developed for general tourism purposes only. In 2005, the state became aware that Bruwer was subdividing the land and selling it off to South African investors. Gaza provincial governor Mr Djalma Lourenco, subsequently revoked the concession. But Bruwer continued building the houses he had sold to South African investors until the state eventually terminated his right to the land and reposessed it, along with all the houses that had been developed thereon. Gomes said those South Africans who believed they owned property in La Perla were misled by an unscrupulous developer. "They are recognised by Mozambican legislation.The government had an agreement with Bruwer and it was against Bruwer that the action was taken," Gomes said. Under the Mozambican legislation of 2007 it is in fact possible for South Africans to purchase homes within resorts, provided the developer has applied for timeshare rights. In which case rights for the portion of land that the South African investor will occupy is tranferred over to them.But once a property is repossessed upon termination of the land rights, it belongs to the state, and those South Africans who purchased homes in La Perla for millions have been left with nothing. "They (the investors) have done business with the developer and not the state, and as such don’t have any rights and are not recognised by legislation law," said Gomes. According to him, La Perla was not the first property to be seized by Mozambican authorities and it will also not be the last. There are reportedly up to 4 000 holiday homes in 600 resorts along the coast of Mozambique that could be in jeopardy. Mrs Adri and Mr Ivan van Wyk, who were among the 15 homeowners who had their La Perla retirement properties confiscated on July 15 are seeking assistance from the South African High Commission in Maputo to get their retirement home back.
About 1,2kg of cocaine was concealed on a woman's body travelling by taxi from Mozambique.
28 July 2011 KOMATIPOORT - Police recovered about 1,2kg of cocaine at the Lebombo border to the value of R3,5 million. It was concealed on a woman's body travelling by taxi from Mozambique on Tuesday night. A Lebombo SAPS tracing team received information of possible drug smuggling to occur during the night of July 25, on the N4. Police stopped a taxi at the weigh bridge just outside Komatipoort and searched the passengers. A woman was arrested and the case is being investigated by the organised crime unit of the SAPS. Currently, cocaine sells at R287 per gram which brings this bust to R3,5 million.
Black South African ‘youths’ aged 18 to 35 get issued military arms, receive official military training for ANC rural youth league brigade Narysec:
Above: These attacks must be seen against the background of the ANC-youth league’s constant calls to Kill the Boer , Shoot the Boer --- and its military-training by the SA National Defence force for ‘rural youth guards’ similar to those in neighbouring Zimbabwe…where the reign of terror against commercial farmers is still continuing: Why are ANC youths getting military training and why are white youths excluded?DAILY ATTACKS, MURDERS OF SOUTH AFRICAN WHITES FROM JANUARY 2010 – JULY 2011
From Jan 1 2011 to July 31 2011, a total of 323 attacks, (lethal and non-lethal), were recorded against white families inGauteng, 8 In Mpumalanga, 25 in North West, 2 in North-Natal; 8 in South Natal, 689 in the Free State, 11 in theNorth Cape, 49 in East Cape and 104 in the Western Cape; – also in the rest of Africa: 3 were murdered in Zimbabwe, 2 murdered in Mozambique, 1 murdered in Zambia, 6 murdered in Namibia, and two murdered in Madagascar. Also: an Afrikaans-speaking white South African couple – crew members of a pirated yacht – are held as hostages by Somalian pirates in Mogadishu, Somalia, (where the South African government has an embassy but has made no attempt to get them freed). More than 98% of these attacked individuals and families were Afrikaans-speaking whites, generally referred to by black South Africans as ‘Boers’, as in ‘Shoot the Boer’ and ‘Kill the Boer’…. In only one recorded case, of a homeowner in Linden, Johannesburg, was the arrested attacker a white man; in all the other incidents, the attackers were black Africans. One case has been recorded where a white man is being sought for the allegedly racist-murder of a black man: in Naboomspruit. details on: http://www.farmitracker.com and http://www.censorbugbear.org
Hewn stones from Uitenweerde family’s traditional Boer homestead were used to stone Thinus to death:Mother Bella, 85, was raped by the two ‘youths’ who had killed her son
Picture left; the Uitenweerde family homestead is a humble, traditional Boer abode, built from local sandstone blocks. It was with these hewn stones with which Boer farmer Thinus Uitenweerde was stoned to death, tied up in the shallow grave (right).
Thinus Uitenweerde is to be buried in Boer farm graveyardhttp://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Die-wereld-moet-hiervan-weet-20110803
Above: left: grieving son Martin prayed and wept in the veld near the site where his father Thinus was stoned to death - after that the body was found. The next day, Beeld also photographed the family graveyard, where a gravesite was being dug for the murdered Boer farmer ‘s funeral by neighbour Sakkie Gerber's workers. (pic right)
After husband Piet was shot dead, Madeleine Van den Berg was stabbed in the arm, locked in a cupboard; and told to ”make your last wish, we are going to burn your house down’… ‘then she heard the lighter click’, she testified in Pretoria High Court…
Madelein, 61, widow of murdered Cullinan smallholder Piet van Den Berg, testified in Pretoria High Court that ‘her life and 40-year-marriage with a very good, kind man were destroyed’ on Saturday-morning 11 July 2009. http://bit.ly/oUrR5M
That day, her husband was shot dead and their home at Boekenhoutkloof smallholdings near Cullinan set alight. She had been locked inside a cupboard and told by black South African male suspect Mphanyana Given Kanyane : ”make your last wish, we are going to burn your house down’. And then she heard the lighter click… she said. She managed to escape: but was physically unable to drag her murdered husband's body from the inferno.
PICTURE: Mrs Madeleine van den Berg, flanked by daughters Ilze Theologo, left and Teresa Stander right. All three women wept bitterly during the first day of the trial at the Pretoria High Court. Picture by Beeld photographer Matthew Brewer
PICTURE: The Van den Berg family belongings stacked outside where neighbours rescued them from the couple's torched home July 11, 2009 Cullinan farm. Pic: Cornél van Heerden. Beeld newspaper headlined the story with: “ He will die for not cooperating’ :
Three black South African males on trial deny everything – however the widow identified them ‘very positively’ in court yesterday. On trial are three black South African males: Mduduzi Sbusiso Hlengethwa, Mphanyana Given Kanyane and Wonder Mbongezini Makwakwa. They denied murdering Mr Piet van den Berg, 64 and torching the family homestead at Boekenhoutkloof near Cullinan.
However Mrs Van den Berg unhesitatingly pointed out these three men as the attackers. She saw them from very up close. "These three men,” she said, broke into their home that Saturday-morning, and ‘held her husband at knifepoint in the dining room of their home’. She and her husband then were forced to lie down on their bed. Their hands were tied up. She testified that the accused man she described as 'tall and very aggressive", and identified in the court as the suspect Mphanyana Given Kanyane, “was the man handling the firearms’. She testified that her husband said to her: 'Mama, just give them everything they want.'
He was told by Kanyane ‘to show him where his watch was located in the living room.’ Her husband walked out with Kanyane. Then he was shot dead. She said Kanyane then stormed back into the bedroom and pointed a firearm at her. He told her: "The old man will die today because he won’t cooperate”.
Kanyane started throwing her shoes from the cupboard and ordered her to 'give a couple to my wife,' she testified. Then she was ordered to fetch the wash-room keys by Kanyane and when she walked through the hallway she saw her husband lying there: at that point he was ‘opening and closing his eyes’, she said. When she walked back to the bedroom the 'short one', identified in the curt as Wonder Mbongezini Makwakwa, cut her with a steak-knife on an arm. Her hands were still tied up when she was ordered to unlock their registered safe. It was Mduduzi Sbusiso Hlengethwa, the third suspect, who then packed items into a shopping bag, she testified. Kanyane also threatened that ‘all of them would rape her if she did not cooperate’.
Makwakwa then dressed himself in her husband's blue suit, with a vest underneath, and pulled on one of her husband’s shoes. When she was ordered to find the other shoe, the men pushed her into the main bedroom’s cupboard and locked it from the outside. She heard them 'scratching around in another cupboard' from which four of her rings had disappeared. Speaking to her from outside the cupboard, she then heard Kanyane's voice asking her 'what her last wish would be'. She testified that she wanted to reply: 'I want to go to heaven'. However he then told her he was going to torch the home. She heard a lighter go 'click' and heard the three go out through the back door. The injured woman frantically started kicking around inside the cupboard to get out and had a hard struggle but eventually managed it. She testified promising herself while she struggled: "Lord I will not be burnt to death here'.
The fire was already flaring up on the bed and which she managed to put out. A large pile of burning papers were also located next to her husband's body. And a fire was also set in another bedroom. She desperately tried to drag her husband's body from the house but was unable to. She then jumped in their bakkie and chased to a neighbour's house. He and his workers then went to the house to try and get all their belongings out of the house. They watched the house burn out (picture). The trial continues. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Hy-sal-sterf-oor-hy-nie-saamwerk-20110803
Summary: Pensioners Percy and Noel Whitmore were murdered at Bonaero Park; Benoni principal Dian Cockcroft was assaulted at St Francis College;
Pensioners Percy and Noellen Whitmore brutally killed at Eros/Sud Streets home, Bonaero Park
5 August 2011 – Kempton Park. Mr Percy Whitmore (70) and his wife, Mrs Noellen Whitmore, 65, were brutally killed yesterday morning. Their bodies were only discovered last night. It’s not known if anything was robbed.
LookLocal journalist Bernice Maune quoted w/o Cobus Holloway, spokesman for Sebenza SAPS, as saying that 'the man was hit over the head with a blunt object and then suffocated with a bag. We believe his wife was tied up but managed to get loose and tried to get away. She was stabbed in the back and her throat was slit," Holloway said. "We suspect it happened in the morning because of the condition of the bodies. Everything in the house was thrown about and it is not known what if anything is missing at this stage because of the mess," said Holloway.
Capt Jethro Mtshali, Kempton SAPS spokesman, said the murdered couple were found by their son early Thursday evening. "He had tried to called his parents but there was no answer. He decided to go to the house. He alerted the police to what had happened," said Mtshali. He said the door to the house had been forced open and police were busy with investigations."The bodies were taken to a government mortuary for a post mortem where our forensic experts will conduct an investigation. We would like for people with information to come forward and contact W/O Terence Buchler at the Kempton Park detective office."
Benoni principal Dian Cockcroft of St Francis College attacked, robbed at school
Benoni principal Dian Cockcroft of St Francis college was left with a bruised face and a black eye: she was attacked, beaten and robbed by two black men who threatened to kill her while opening her school at around 6.40am on July 27.
Journalist Clyde Meela noted that Ms Cockcroft was unlocking the front office when a black man approached her “coming out of nowhere.” She asked if she could help him and the man pushed her to the ground, directing her to "shut up" or he would kill her. When she fell to the ground, her laptop, handbag and school keys fell with her. "I started screaming and calling for help," Cockroft said. "I kicked the school keys under the table to stop them from using them to gain access to the rest of the building." The man started hitting her and continued to tell her to keep quiet or he would kill her. A school staff member arrived and heard her screaming. He looked through a window from the other side of the office, but could not get in as that door was locked. He started banging on the door to make the man aware of his presence.The other intruder then joined his co-attacker and they both grabbed what they could and made off with Cockroft's handbag and laptop. Her handbag contained her personal valuables, such as her ID book, wallet, driver's licence, and a camera with school photos. "I have learned a hard lesson, I will never open the school by myself, it will open after 7am like other schools," said Cockcroft. "If anybody has come across my handbag or the items that were in the bag, please contact the school office on 011 849 2124, to make plans for me to collect them." A case of assault and robbery was opened at the Benoni SAPS.