Monday, September 28, 2009

Shot from behind in farm attack

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2009-09-28 08:05

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Pretoria – A 55-year-old woman was shot dead from behind over the weekend, as she was presumably trying to escape to a guest bathroom to hide from attackers during a robbery at a smallholding east of Pretoria.

Isabel Schonken's businessman husband Lars, 56, was shot in the torso during the attack near Klipkop at 02:00 on Saturday.

Lars's skull and wrist were fractured when the robbers assaulted him and hit him with a pistol. He is currently recovering in the Little Company of Mary hospital in Groenkloof, Pretoria.

Isabel is the second person to be murdered during an armed farm attack in this area in 24 hours.

In the early morning hours on Friday, 18-year-old Sheun Anderson was shot dead during a farm attack on a smallholding at Wag-'n-bietjieskop, outside Bronkhorstspruit.

Sheun's mother, Jeanine Anderson, could only watch as her 47-year-old husband, Robert -the owner of a construction company - was shot twice in the stomach before her son was shot and killed.

Cut through electric fence

Meanwhile, Isabel's sister, Héléne Rumsey, 52, who lives a stone's throw from the Schonkens, said the robbers had cut through an electric fence which stretches all around the smallholding. They were able to get into the house through an open sliding door.

"They attacked Lars in the bedroom," Rumsey related. "It seems as if my sister had fallen asleep in front of the television in the living room and woke up when they shot Lars.

"Shortly thereafter she was shot through the heart.

"The robbers tried to shoot Lars in the heart as well, but luckily it was only a flesh wound," she added.

Lars lost consciousness after being shot. When he came to, shortly thereafter, he fetched his pistol from the safe and shot one of the robbers.

According to Rumsey, the robbers stole her sister's handbag and cellphone and her brother-in-law's laptop.

Lars phoned his daughter, Sonja Smit, and her husband, who also live on the smallholding.

Covered in blood

Smit's husband, who doesn't want his first name mentioned, found his mother-in-law in the bathroom and his father-in-law in the living room, covered in blood.

"She was already dead," he said. He took his father-in-law to the hospital.

Rumsey said the couple's youngest daughter, 17-year-old Alma, wasn't at home during the attack.

Police spokesperson, Monique Vermeulen, said police followed a trail of blood to a gravel road near the smallholding, where the suspects possibly climbed into a vehicle and fled.

The police have asked doctors and medical personnel to be on the look-out for a man with a bullet wound.

According to Rumsey, robbers tried to break into her house two weeks ago, but the alarm was triggered and they fled.

- Beeld


Comments by Sonny

Surely not racist but only crimes of greed!


Accused’s freedom bid fails

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28 September 2009
Dudu Busani


DENIED: Celiwe Mbokazi

CELIWE Mbokazi’s bid to stay out of prison failed on Friday when the Johannesburg high court rejected her application for a discharge.

Mbokazi’s counsel, Dumisani Mkhwanazi, brought the application before court last week, stating there was not enough evidence against his client, so all charges against her should be dropped.

Judge Piet Meyer, after also dismissing discharge applications by three of Mbokazi’s co-accused, postponed the matter to December 14 for the defence to resume its case.
Mbokazi is on trial for the murder of her tourism mogul husband Franz Richter, 80.
He was gunned down in what seemed to be a robbery, allegedly by Tshepo Chirwa, Vincent Dlamini, Dumisani Xulu and Gilbert Mosadi, on his property, Heia Safari Ranch, in Muldersdrift in 2007.

Mbokazi’s alleged motive for having her husband killed was the R1million she stood to inherit from his estate and the fact that she was pregnant with co- accused Mazwi Khumalo’s child.

Sowetan News

Comments by Sonny

A temporary sigh of relief for "Piet Polisieman!"


Zuma meets top cops

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28 September 2009
Kingdom Mabuza


HANDS ON: President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Safety and Security Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele are expected to meet tomorrow to discuss the battle against crime in the country. PHOTO: MARTIN RHODES

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will tomorrow meet more than 1000 station commissioners to discuss the battle against crime.

The meeting comes in the wake of annual crime figures that revealed that about 50 people are murdered every day in the country.
According to the Presidency, Zuma will share his vision with the station commissioners and obtain first-hand accounts from them.
“The meeting forms part of Zuma’s intention to meet public servants who are at the coalface of service delivery to ensure they understand government objectives from the highest office,” the Presidency said.
Zuma, who had on previous occasions indicated his government’s willingness to tackle crime head-on, might possibly emphasise that the police should be tough on crime.
Accompanying Zuma for the meeting at the Monument Function Centre in Pretoria will be Police Commissioner Nathi Mthethwa, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeffrey Radebe, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Social Development Minister Edna Molewa.
All nine premiers and MECs responsible for community safety are expected to attend the 10am meeting.

Sowetan News

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Will they tell Zuma why they "Cooked the stats!"

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Standerton house bombed

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28 September 2009, 08:09

A Standerton municipal official's house was petrol bombed by angry residents during a service delivery protest, Mpumalanga police said on Monday.

"Part of the municipal speaker's house in the Sakhile township in Standerton was damaged after residents petrol bombed it during a protest on Sunday," said Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The protest started around noon on Sunday and residents barricaded roads with stones, burning tyres and litter.

When police arrived at the scene, the crowd dispersed and no one was arrested.

On Saturday, Standerton municipal offices were set alight during the protest.

Hlathi said Sakhile township residents started protesting on Friday demanding water and lights.

"Officials from the provincial government came and addressed them and they dispersed peacefully."

Hlathi said the damage at the offices was estimated at R60 000.

An arson docket had since been opened.

On Monday, police maintained a strong presence monitoring the situation, said Hlathi. - Sapa

The Star

Comments by Sonny

The People's War has begun!

The ANC should improve service delivery or get out of politics.