Monday, February 23, 2009

No matter where you live, you gonna get nailed

Moments after telling his heavily pregnant wife that his biggest dream was to hold his unborn daughter, a Pretoria father-to-be, Johan Boshoff-Serenata, 28, was gunned down in front of her.

"That's the last thing he said to me. Those were his last words," said an emotional Grazietta Boshoff-Serenata, 29.

Johan, who owned the company Hand-O-Man which designed and developed sporting fields, was shot dead on Saturday night in his Pretoria East home in Savannah Hills Country Estate - described by residents as the safest security complex in the capital.

The couple had only hours before completed their move into their new home, built close to Silverlakes Estate.

As the two prepared to go to bed, Grazietta, who is nearly seven months' pregnant, was alerted to a group of men breaking into their house by the barking of their dogs.

The men, who were armed with guns and knives, apparently dug a tunnel under the perimeter wall near the N4 highway to gain access to the complex, which is surrounded by high voltage electric fencing as well as CCTV cameras.

Looking out of the window, Grazietta spotted two men climbing through a window.

Screaming for her husband to lock and barricade their bedroom door, Grazietta watched in horror as the robbers opened fire, shooting him twice as he tried to keep their attackers out.

After kicking open the door, the gunmen continued to shoot, hitting Johan again as he lay bleeding to death on the floor.

As she hid in a corner to protect herself and her unborn child, one of the gunmen tried to rip her wedding ring off her finger.

Unable to do so, the man tried to bite her finger off to remove the ring. He was stopped by one of his accomplices as Grazietta pleaded with him to leave her alone and allow her to take the ring off.

Grazietta managed to suck her ring off her finger and give it to her attackers.

As she tried to move towards her dying husband, the men beat her before ransacking her house, stealing cellphones, jewellery and other valuables.

Describing her husband as the most adoring man in the world, a distraught Grazietta on Sunday said all he wanted to do was hold his unborn daughter.

Grazietta said the attack had felt like it was never going to end.

"There was so much noise. People were screaming and shouting. I just remember Johan screaming at the men over and over again to leave us alone but they wouldn't.

"He was not trying to fight them. All he was doing was trying to protect me and our unborn child.

"When they started shooting, he yelled and then fell. That was when they came inside.

"They carried on shooting before one of them jumped over the bed while the others attacked me.

"I was petrified. I did not know what was happening.

"All I could think of was protecting my baby and saving my husband.

"I tried so hard to help Johan but they would not let me. They kept on stopping me," she said.

Grazietta said they had moved to the estate because of its renowned security, only for this to happen.

"It is clear that your life is never safe no matter where you live. There is no such thing as a safe place in South Africa.

"The proof is that I am a widow at the age of 29 and that my child is fatherless because of crime."

Police spokesperson Constable Mabel Sibande said the suspects, who had yet to be arrested, had stolen a laptop computer, three cellphones and jewellery.

She confirmed that the suspects had gained access to the estate by digging a hole under the perimeter wall.

Sibande said a case of murder and armed robbery was under investigation.

10 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

How long did it take to dig the tunnel? Did anyone notice? Or did they dress up like council workers or something?

What's next? A minefield? A croc-infested moat, with access only via drawbridge?

Anonymous said...

This looks like organised crime, it is so well thought out. But organised crime is not run by just blacks, a lot of it is run by whites.

In our current situation of general lawlessness, organised white criminals have climbed in on the act big time and they don't care if they kill their own kind. They get blacks to do their dirty work.

Piet Byleveld - who is getting divorced, I'm sorry to read, too much overtime getting on his wife's nerves - said that white Afrikaners as well as Nigerians are behind most of the illegal drug production in SA. With drugs you get more and more violent crime.

I have absolutely squat against Afrikaners, but this is what our society has come down to. Poor whites are being used to spread drugs among young children.

This is what affirmative action is reducing white people to. We are starting to kill each other. I have seen zonked out white teenagers staggering around Afrikaans neighbourhoods - haven't you noticed?

Anonymous said...


There is an area with a high carrying capacity that owns the sources of its rivers, is easily defendable and is very sparsely populated. Not only this but the Boer People have more of an historical right to this part of SA than any other people (bar the true Southern San who are now extinct)! However I'm worried about making this public as the last two occasions I've done this - putting my thoughts known on sites like praag and boerevryheid, the anc has quickly moved people into these areas in large numbers, thereby making any UDI very difficult indeed!

Any ideas?

We need UDI of at least part of SA NOW! It recently worked for Kosovo and Lichtenstein. It must work for us! The "Kosovans" had an ethnic homeland already (Albania) and a religous homeland (in the form of Bosnia), yet they were granted Independence against the will of the majority (and the government)of Serbia! We have neither an ethnic NOR religous homeland in close proximity to SA. If we fail on either ground, it will show the world who really runs "the West" (those who hate the Christians and those who hate the ethnic Gallileans)!

Pleas, any ideas on getting this info. out to Boers (any white african Christians) without the ANC getting wind of it! We need this area and there are others we need to approach BEFORE any of the foreign controlled parties (ANC, Cope, DA, ID) get wind of it!

Many Thanks
I Care

RyanR said...

This is absolutely disgusting! Now how are people actually expected to raise children in this place... After reading something like this I can't understand how some people still sit with their blinkers on and think things in SA are normal!

Anonymous said...

@Anon 09:45. They will shoot and eat the crocodiles as well. A minefield seems like a good idea unless you have small children or pets likely to get blown up by them.

The wall was next to the freeway, so nobody noticed, and if they did, they would not have been able to do anything about it. Pull over and call the police when you see something like that happening? Do me a favour ...

Never buy a property with a perimeter wall next to a freeway. Never live in a property which is on the edge of a boomed off area with part of your wall facing an area which is not boomed off.

Never live in any kind of townhouse, criminals will move in right next door. Never live on a farm, you will be tortured and murdered for the fun of it.

The list is endless.

RyanR said...

@Anon 11:44

Good heavens, where is one supposed to live then?! :-P

Black Coffee said...

This is really tragic and it makes me wonder how many more cases like this have to happen? A commenter on IOL points out that this happens in townships also but never gets reported on. Although I still believe that culture of brutality instilled under apartheid has a lot to do with what you have today with the levels of violence in SA I believe people have right to protect themselves. I am also well aware tat when I was in SA I was well-protected on Wits u's campus, a luxury most South Africans do not have. So if house invasion rate really is this bad I would suggest everyone own firearms, licensed or not, and be ready to act. The criminals need to know that the cost and risk to them for invading the house is just not worth it.

Anonymous said...


Each Nation to its own Country WILL bring peace and safety!

I see now there is a pending split in COPE: Xhosa faction against Sotho faction. These guys have NEVER BEEN ONE NATION! Which fool (other than the likes of one deluded idiot who sometimes comments here) thinks one country can be home to many Nations?
People who propose such a thing are either insane or criminals, seeking to steal from the different Nations of Southern Africa, just like the Rotschilds and Oppenheimers!

Seperate the Nations NOW!
Viva Apartheid!

Anonymous said...

I would welcome reverse apartheid!!
let the africans ship us out to white homelands - we would have them turned into cosmopolitan cities in no time, specially if the area was coastal.
let them ban us from their system - please - and let us have our own countries.
but wait - wouldn't we find ourselves "reintegrated" in no time?

Canadian said...

Yes, "cime".............NOT!!!!
More like systematic extermination