Monday, 30 August 2010
A police spokesperson said an unknown number of people gained access to the Croeser couple's house in Msinsi game reserve at around 02:30 on Saturday and attacked them with knives.
The gang stabbed the man Morne Croeser, 34, in the stomach before they attacked his wife, Erica, 34, and stabbed her in numerous parts of her body.
She later died from her injuries.
The news report confirms that no property was taken from the couple's home during the attack.
Hat Tip: Jenny
Eastern Cape health spokesperson said three infants and two adults had so far died from a lack of medical care caused by the public sector strike.
The most recent was an adult who died at Komani Psychiatric hospital in Queenstown, due to an untreated wound.
The hospital was among those which had not been assisted by the military.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
She was "down and out", and feared her son would become a well-known criminal like his father, she said.
The 26-year-old Tembisa mother, Batseba Irene Lekgeu, on Monday pleaded guilty to killing her second-born child, Andile in November, 2008.
Lekgeu explained that after killing the child, she cut off his ear and penis to make it look like a muti murder.
Hat Tip : Dina
"We think it is ludicrous in the extreme," he said in response to a petition by an unnamed farmer to the United Nations.
"There is no wholesale attempt or process to commit genocide against Afrikaner farmers. Although we acknowledge that there is crime affecting farmers, government is dealing with all incidents of crime, not just attacks against farmers.
"It is ridiculous, totally ridiculous."
In a petition submitted to the UN, a farmer, who wants to remain anonymous, has accused the ANC-led government of committing genocide against the "Afrikaner Boer".
"The second act of genocide committed against the Afrikaner Boer nation is by the ruling ANC government in South Africa," read the preamble to the petition, which was posted on the website www.stopafrikanervolksmoord.co.za on Tuesday.
"No doubt that the perpetrators of the crime against humanity of apartheid, has become the victims of those people whom they oppressed during the years of apartheid. This petition acknowledges the crime of apartheid," it read.
It was submitted to the office of the UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, assistant secretary general Francis Deng on Wednesday, according to lawyer Fanie van der Walt.
He said he was acting on behalf of the farmer, who had relocated for his own safety.
The petition asked that the UN Security Council and General Assembly "allow the study of the possibility of the ANC government using criminal gangs (including foreigners and particularly Zimbabweans and Mozambique citizens) as well as through the clandestine use of the South African National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the utilisation of the [Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK)] veteran soldiers and the South African Police Services, to execute these farmer murders and attacks".
The farmer also wants United States President Barack Obama to intervene.
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UN hears of "Genocide" claim
Hat Tip: Dina
Mr. Bergman was attacked by intruders who broke into his home whilst he slept. A 50 year old black man has been arrested.
In the same article I reported that a farmer had died in an attack at a farm in the Limpopo area, the victim of that attack has since been named as 46 year old who was shot dead by unknown killers when driving back to his farm.
No arrests have yet been made in the Daffeu killing.
The latest killings bring the number of white farmers murdered since the end of Apartheid to 3118, that is to say between three and four killings a week
Hat tip: T.M.
The curators of the multi-million-rand Emma Smith Educational Fund at the University of KwaZulu-Natal brought the appeal after the high court ruled against them.
The university had sought an order that would delete the words "European", "British" and "or Dutch South African" from the trust that was established according to the will of the late KwaZulu-Natal industrialist Sir Charles George Smith, who died in 1941.
The trust holds that "European girls born of British South African or Dutch South African parents who have been resident in Durban for a period of at least three years immediately preceding the grant", could benefit from the fund.
On Monday, the university, which manages the fund, submitted the phrase "born of British South African or Dutch South African parents" had ceased to have meaning in present-day South Africa.
The words served to undermine the broader charitable purpose which Sir Charles sought to achieve, which was to help poor girls who would otherwise be unable to continue their studies.
"The purpose of the bequest was to oversee disadvantages confronting poor women in obtaining tertiary education," according to court papers submitted by the university.
The university also submitted the words "European", "British" and "or Dutch South African" should be struck from the terms governing the fund as they constitute racial discrimination.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal submitted it was no longer practical to carry out Sir Charles' charitable purpose in the way he had stipulated.
The university's lawyer D Stewart told a panel of five judges that Sir Charles could not have foreseen how South Africa would change.
"(The will) did not foresee that racial exclusion terms would be a problem. (An) embarrassment for the university."
The curators submitted to the SCA that the object of interpreting any bequest was to give effect to the testator's wishes.
"The selection of recipients is a matter of freedom of testation."
The two lawyers appointed as curators further submitted there were still enough applicants falling within the categories selected by Sir Charles for his objectives to be achieved.
If the university found it embarrassing to refuse to help non-white girls, it should ask the court to appoint other trustees.
The curators told the judges to keep in mind that if potential testators got the impression their intended benefits could be interfered with, they would shy away from leaving money for the benefit of others.
"This would clearly be against the public interest."
It was further submitted that the measuring of freedom of testation against unfair discrimination in the Bill of Rights would have serious implications for this "charitable instrument".
Judgment was reserved.
Friday, 13 August 2010
Farmers wife dies following attack - body guarded by her pets
Three Jack Russell dogs belonging to Chrissie Harmzen, 70, climbed on top of her and guarded her after she was so severely assaulted on a farm outside Burgersfort in Limpopo on Friday morning that she died later that day of her injuries.
Johan Harmzen, 72, told how the dogs wouldn’t let anyone near his injured wife. “They were very attached to her.” he said. The couple has five Jack Russells.
Mrs. Harmzen was attacked and assaulted barely five steps from the back door of the house she and her husband rent on the farm, Dresden.They have been living on the farm for the past ten years.
“She was beaten so hard that her lungs burst,” said her husband. She was also repeatedly beaten in the face and hit over the head with an unknown object. Harmzen died of her injuries in the Midmed hospital in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
The couple had been married for 50 years and three months.“We were a part of each other,” said Mr. Harmzen.
Only Mrs. Harmzen’s cellphone, the back door keys and the security company’s panic button were stolen. Nothing was taken from the house.
“It wasn’t a robbery or theft. It was just plain murder. It was a sadist who came here to murder,” Harmzen said.
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Man killed on Smallholding - domestic worker assaulted and raped
A 46-year-old man died after five men gained access to his smallholding outside Tzaneen and assaulted him, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.
Police said five unidentified men wearing balaclavas waited for the man at his gate on Tuesday evening and then assaulted him with pangas and iron rods.
The man died on the scene.
A domestic worker on the property was assaulted when she came to investigate.
She was dragged into the house where two of the men raped her.
The men took cellphones and household appliances, including a television and DVD player. They may have also taken two guns from the safe. Source
Pensioner Survives Farm Attack
An elderly man was assaulted on his smallholding in St Albans, Port Elizabeth police said on Sunday.
According to police, four men attacked Jack Bergman, 86, in his bed after climbing into his house through a window in the early hours of Saturday "The victim had several face injuries and stab wounds to the chest and on the arrival of the security company he was semi-conscious".
A security company found the pensioner, who lived alone, after the house alarm went off. He was taken to Livingstone hospital.
No arrests have been made.
Post Script - A tale of two Couples
Readers in the UK will be aware of the fact that the headlines here last week were full of reports about the "British" couple, Gul and Begum Wazir, who were murdered in Pakistan in what was variously described as an honour killing or a dispute over a marriage. However, to my knowlege there was significantly less mention of the British couple Christopher and Jennifer Early, who were murdered in South Africa , following what was described as a "robbery", I wonder what it could have been that made the one "British" couple so much more news worthy than the other.
thanks to Dina, Jenny and Toppie for alerting me to these news items, most of which never make it into the international news.