Crime Busters of SA: farm murders 2001-2003
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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
20:26 | Posted by A Stuijt | | Edit Post
Afrikaner marketing-consultant Marina Kloppers, 23, was forced to strip naked so that two black cops could photograph her with their cellphones. When asked why, they said: ‘Tonight I am God'.2011-08-09 Afrikaner marketing-consultant Marina Kloppers, 23, has placed charges of assault and indecent assault against two black cops from Pretoria West police for forcing her to strip down naked and taking pictures of her on their cellphones on July 21 2011 at 2am. They then took her and a friend Charise de Witt, 22, to the Laudium clinic for blood-tests – where she was forced to strip naked and photographed by the two male cops. She was never charged for anything but they then threw her into a police-cell at the Pretoria West police station, where she lapsed into a diabetic coma and had to be rushed by her father Willem to Eugene Marais Hospital to save her life. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Polisie-neem-my-kaal-af-20110809
Journalist Gerhard Pretorius of Beeld daily interviewed Ms Kloppers and her father after her ordeal. Her father Willem, acting sports-head of Pretoria University of Technology, had to rush his daughter from a police-cell where she had collapsed into a diabetic coma.
Her ordeal started Ms Kloppers was pulled over by a police-car with two officers while she was driving with her friend Ms De Wit in Mayville, Pretoria at 2am. White South African women are often pulled over and molested by blacks when they are driving, including by police officers: so Ms Kloppers was so terrified when she saw the police-car following them that she wouldn't stop at a red traffic light; The cops tried to force the women's car off the road - and while they were driving alongside her, she asked through her window if they could drive to a safer place. She drove to a friend's house and as she stopped in front of it, the two cops yanked the attractive blonde woman to the ground and dragged her across the tar-road. They then sat on top of her to handcuff her.
She and Ms De Wit were dumped in the rear of the police-van and driven around for two hours. The two women were then taken to the Laudium clinic for blood-tests. Even the passenger Ms De Wit was forced to give blood by the nurse. Ms Kloppers then told the nurse that the two police officers had assaulted her during the arrest. The nurse then called in the black cops while Ms Kloppers was in her underclothes and the two men then demanded that she strip down entirely “so that they could photograph her injuries”. Then they took photographs of her entire body with their cameras. "I will never forget this for the rest of my life,' she told Pretorius. Ms Kloppers then was rushed to the Pretoria West police station in the back of the police-van and thrown into a police-cell.
Her father Willem Kloppers - the acting sports-head of the Pretoria University of Technology and friends then arrived to try and get her out. Ms Kloppers and her friends and family were afraid that she would be raped – as happened to many women in SA police-cells late at night. Initially her father was however denied access to his daughter: by the time they were given access to her, she had lapsed into a diabetic coma. Mr Kloppers then rushed to the Eugène Marais-hospital to get her medicine and administered it in the police-cell but she failed to respond: she remained in coma. A constable then told the father to rather take his daughter away- that he would take personal responsibility if anybody asked questions..
She was never charged with any crime. She was rushed to Eugene Marais hospital by her dad - where she was helped to recover from the coma. Ms Kloppers now is undergoing psychologic counselling, and has been given anti-depressants, fear-suppressants and sleeping pills. "In the daytime I am fine, but at night in the dark I keep reliving this. I will never trust a policeman ever again,' she said.
She was terrified that she would be raped. Her father dad he could not understand how anyone can do such a thing to any woman.
Warrant-officer Annabel Middelton confirmed that a case of assault and indecent assault was placed at the Brooklyn police station against the two police members. Station commander Brig. André Wiese also confirmed that 'from my side I will do everything possible to have this investigated correctly.'
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Urgent plea from families of captive South Africans to free Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz after nine months captivity.. Five Somalian pirates sentenced to Dutch prison sentences
http://bit.ly/qLbnPH - Aug 12 2011 - After the criminal court in Rotterdam sentenced five Somali pirates to up to 7 years in a Dutch prison for capturing two South Africans during their attack on a South African yacht , the family of the captives issued a plea to the Somalis to release the young couple after nine months of captivity.
Frantic plea to Somalis to release SA piracy-hostages Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz after 9 months captivity:
The Durbanites were taken captive by pirates after the yacht Choizil on which they were crewing, was captured off the Tanzanian coast.Friday night’s plea came after a Dutch court on Thursday sentenced five Somali pirates up to seven years prison for capturing the couple. The South African regime claims that it has been 'negotiating' for them ever since their October 2010 capture. Pelizzari’s sister Vera said last night they had learned of the sentencing on Friday, but it did not change the fact that her brother and Deborah were still being held captive after nine months.
Tanya Waterworth writes in the Cape Argus that the families issued the plea to the pirates holding them, al-Shabaab and All Somalia to "show humanity – release our family from this emotional famine that has been imposed on us.” The desperate plea will be circulated in the Somali media on Monday.
South Africans charities are feeding the famine-struck Somalis: so please release our people
In the emotional plea for their return, Pelizzari highlighted the work being done by South Africa’s Gift of the Givers in the famine-stricken city of Mogadishu and its immediate surrounds.“Every night we have heard on the news how South Africa, through the Gift of the Givers and the generosity of many South Africans, are assisting Somalia in its famine crisis and saving countless lives. “These two South Africans are people of Africa and innocent of any offence to their brothers and sisters of Somalia. We ask the pirates holding them, al-Shabaab and all Somalia to show humanity – release our family from this emotional famine that has been imposed on us,” said the plea. Deborah Calitz’s daughter, Kerri, said the families were hoping the media plea would help get her mother freed.
“The pirates’ sentencing does not help us at all – my mom and Bruno are still being held.” - Independent on Saturday
The pirates were tried after they were captured by the Dutch navy. The South African authorities refused to prosecute them after the the Dutch navy rescued the South African skipper and his yacht and towed it to Richard's Bay harbour.
The captain of the yacht, Peter Eldridge, submitted testimony to the Dutch authorities and the law courts about the cruel circumstances in which he and his two crew-members were attacked. Eldridge refused to leave his yacht and was rescued by the Dutch navy. The Dutch captured five of the pirates but others managed to drag away the two Afrikaner crew-members, Bruno Pelizzari and his life-partner Deborah Calitz. They have been in captivity ever since October 26, 2010, 'somewhere in Mogadishu'.
In January this year, Peter Eldridge, skipper of the yacht Choizil, returned to South Africa after described his ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates to Dutch police and court officials. It has also been reported that the captured Durban couple, both Christians, were nearly killed shortly after their capture - due to 'a ‘misunderstanding with Somali pirates with a religious agenda’ but that they were said to be ‘safe’ in Mogadishu since that time. The South African authorities claim that they are 'negotiating for their release". The couple have no money for ransom and neither do their family.
Richards Bay yachtsman Peter Eldridge, owner of the yacht Choizil, was exhausted after returning from the Netherlands, where he was interviewed by police and court officials on his hijacking by Somali pirates near Tanzania on Oct 26 2010, reported Bronwyn Gerretsen. Mr Eldridge’s yacht was pirated on the high seas near Tanzania by AK47-wielding pirates on October 26. He, along with his crew, Durban couple Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz, were held hostage for 13 days before the yacht ws run aground. Eldridge was left on the yacht after he refused to disembark, but Pelizzari and Ms Calitz were taken hostage. Five Somali pirates – among those who hijacked Eldridge – were arrested by the anti-piracy task force and put on trial in the Netherlands law courts. Eldridge was returned to Richard’s Bay by a Dutch warship after his ordeal, and last week was flown to the Netherlands to testify. He was first interviewed by Dutch police, to whom he related details of the incident.
“The most important thing now is to get Bruno and Debbie back safely,’ said SA yachtsman Peter Eldridge after testifying at the trial of five captured Somali pirates in The Netherlands, which led to their imprisonment on August 12 2011 in Rotterdam.
He positively identified the accused men as being among the armed pirates who had hijacked the Choizil. “I then went before the magistrate and said virtually the same things, and was then asked questions by the lawyers.” He said that giving evidence there and knowing that some of the men had been arrested had not helped him in dealing with the trauma of the incident. “It is probably something I will never get over… The most important thing now is to get Bruno and Debbie back safely,” he said at the time. - The Mercury http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/skipper-describes-hijacking-to-cops-1.1009939
- According to Sail World’s purportedly 'well-placed source' in February this year a man named Andrew Mwangura in Kenya, and whose links with the piracy-industry in Somalia have in the past were said to be ‘extremely accurate’, the abducted couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were moved to Mogadishu after their capture.
“This followed a 'misunderstanding' between their captors and an Islamic pirate group which has a religious agenda. 'They (the gunmen) are now talking to find a solution,' Mwangura said. South African International Relations spokesman Saul Kgomotso Molobi said yesterday that ‘the kidnappers had not made contact with the South African government nor with the relatives of Bruno Pelizzari and his partner, Deborah Calitz. 'They have not sent any ransom demands so we don't know what they want,' he said. However, Molobi said hope for the couple's safe return has not faded, as pirates sometimes took a long time to make ransom demands. 'We believe they are alive. “
- ‘ SA has not interfered with Somalia by sending in soldiers ‘ – SA spokesman Saul Molobi - “ South Africa has not interfered with Somalia by sending military to that country, so we are taking this as a good sign that hostages from South Africa will not be harmed. In one incident, pirates made a ransom demand four weeks after the kidnapping so there's no reason to lose hope.' http://www.sail-world.com/Cruising/international/Hope--for-kidnapped-South-African-cruising-sailors/77547
Details of Yacht Choizil’s attack by pirates near Tanzania coast:In a blow by blow account of the traumatic hijacking off the Tanzanian coast on October 26, Peter Eldridge, 61, explained that he was prepared to sink his yacht, SY Choizil, if the pirates made it their 'mother ship' to rob other vessels. 'I had made peace that … if they were going to go ahead with their plan to make it their mother ship, I was prepared to sink with my yacht and the pirates,' he said.
Eldridge refused to leave his yacht when the pirates took his crew hostage on November 7. Eldridge, an experienced yachtsman, had lived on his yacht on the coast of Dar-es- Salaam for several years. 'I decided to sail to Richards Bay in November because it was a good time to sail. I approached Bruno and Debbie to be my crew and they agreed because this would allow them to visit their families back home,' Eldridge said at the Zululand Yacht Club. He said the issue of piracy was fully discussed in Dar-es-Salaam with the couple before they set sail in October. 'We believed that in the likely event of being attacked, we would be robbed and then the pirates would leave us,' he said. On October 26, 160km from the Tanzanian coast, two motorboats pulled up on either side of the yacht. He was quickly able to send out a mayday signal. Twelve pirates, armed with AK47 guns and RPG rockets, boarded the yacht. 'Communication was poor but they demanded the satellite radio and any cellphones we had. They disconnected the fixed radio and removed it.' The three were held at gunpoint while the vessel was searched.
'All the presents that Bruno and Debbie had bought for family back home and their money were found. When they came back we repeatedly told them we didn’t have any money and that we were South African,' he said. The pirates stayed on the yacht while a mother-ship carrying drums of fuel delivered food and tea to them. On November 7, the pirates spotted a French warship on the horizon. 'There were two boats. One was from Amsterdam. Their helicopters were hovering overhead. The pirates then began firing at the warship with their AK47s and launched rockets.' He was told to contact the French vessel. Eldridge was able to inform them over the radio that there were eight pirates on board. 'Afterwards, the pirates made us sit on the side of the yacht, facing the warship. They had guns to our heads,' he said. The pirates motored the yacht until the motor seized and it ws run aground on the Somali coast. The couple were forced ashore but Eldridge refused to leave. 'One of the pirates came back,' he said. 'He ripped the microphone from the radio and started beating me. I refused to go. I lodged myself so he couldn’t pull me out. He then discharged his weapon. I was uninjured. He then left.' Eldridge made contact with the warship again and was rescued. http://www.sail-world.com/Cruising/international/I-would-have-gone-down-with-my-yacht.-Pirate-sailor-victim-tells/76978