Friday, August 07, 2009

South Africa: The New Killing Fields

Jaco Pretorius, 37, MD Protea Coin Armed Reaction company, shot dead at Sterns jewellery robbery - 4 Aug 2009 Source

Beeld newspaper reports that Jaco Pretorius, 37, legendary security industry kingpin, the managing director of the armed response unit at the Protea Coin Armed Reaction security company was shot dead while trying to arrest an armed robber at the crowded Irene Village Shopping Centre's Stern jewellery shop in Nellmapius Road, Pretoria.

Pretorius’ father Johan was a well-known Brixton murder and robbery detective. The younger Pretorius was a police detective in Krugersdorp before he joined the special police crime-fighting unit in Pretoria - which specialised in in-transit armed robbery prevention. He quit the police to join Protea Coin ten years ago.

Director Sally de Beer, police spokeswoman said Pretorius, described by colleagues as 'a legendary crime-fighter' was en route to a meeting with a colleague in his Toyota Prado when he noticed an armed robbery in progress at 9am while passing the Irene Village Shopping Centre. He rushed to the aid of the security guard who had come across the robbery by three armed men at the Sterns jewellery shop. A robber shot Mr Pretorius dead through an open window on the passenger side of his car with his horrified female colleague still in the passenger seat. Despite his injuries, Mr Pretorius still attempted to drive to a hospital but succumbed on the R21 highway where his vehicle came to a standstill. The colleague escaped unscathed. She has received trauma treatment. Mr Pretorius was hit in the chest, said Mrs De Beer.

Managing director Jorg Ferreira of Protea Coin Security said 'Pretorius was a legend in the fight against crime. His murder is a great loss for South Africa.' Assistant-commander Bushie Engelbrecht of the Gauteng police said Pretorius' action 'was very typical of him'. "He always wanted to help everybody – people expected that of him, it was his personality. I am very heart-sore and feel sorry for his children and his wife. Jaco was an excellent investigative officer. I always called him 'my son' because he was a bit naughty. We have travelled a long road together ever since he joined our police unit in 1996. We’d always kept in touch,' said Engelbrecht.

Pretorius' dad Johan was also a ''well-known Brixton murder and robbery man' he said. Well known South African police detective Piet Byleveld said he was very shocked. "I saw him grow up in front of me, I am heartbroken'. Pretorius is survived by widow Karen and their two children Ricardo, 8 and Marco, 3.

Lawyer beaten to death

Pietersburg - Gericke Smit, 28, a lawyer was beaten to death. Three blacks confess.

Beeld newspaper reports from Polokwane/Pietersburg magistrate’s court. Two of 3 arrested men who admitted to killing well-known Pietersburg lawyer Gericke Smit by bludgeoning him to death with a shovel had also threatened to kill a relative of the lawyer before the murder.

There had also been threats drawn on a window of the building owned by the father Rampie Smit. Van Zyl said two of the accused, Terence Maredi and Jan Lamola had threatened to cut off a finger of one of Smit's relatives. The three co-accused, Maredi (25), Lamola (27) and Marius Mokgokong (23) have confessed to the murder of the lawyer but were applying for bail this week.

Retired police detective Van Zyl testified that just after the murder he was hired by Rampie Smit, the father of the murdered lawyer to help investigate the murder of his son. Van Zyl testified that a very upset Smit Snr had called him at around 2pm on 18 July and told him: 'My child has been murdered, he's lying in the back room and there's blood.' Earlier in July, before the murder, the words 'Smit is a fuck' was also smeared on a window of the Rampie Smit building. An independent forensic report by Dr Patricia Klepp, a forensic pathologist of Johannesburg showed that the 28-year-old was bludgeoned 17 times with a shovel over his head and in his face. The public prosecutor is opposing the bail application, saying that the suspects would pose a danger to the family of the murdered lawyer and would attempt to flee to escape trial. Maredi had testified two days earlier in the hearing that he had beaten Smit 'twice with a shovel while he was lying on the floor'. Magistrate Janine Ungerer will decide Thursday whether the three self-confessed murderers will get bail.

Tortured for an hour by attackers while housekeeper looks on

4 Aug 2009 - Herman Smit survived torture by 4 black attackers in Brakpan while the housekeeper looked on.

Beeld newspaper reports that Brakman resident Herman Smit, 49, said it was a miracle that he had survived being stabbed 43 times in an hour-long torture by four armed attackers a week ago in his home. Yesterday he again confronted his housekeeper Bettie Sindane, 51, in Brakpan court about the robbery. Mrs Sindane was arrested on Friday and remains in police custody. She had worked for him for 18 months. Smit said he was attacked by four armed black men let into his house in Huilboom Street, Dalpark, Brakpan by Mrs Sindane.

Smit, a father of four children, said his wife Della and youngest son Karel 16, were at work and at school during the attack. He said that he'd had 'a gut-feeling earlier that something was going to happen because Mrs Sindane had suddenly changed her routine. "I wanted to sleep late and had locked my bedroom door. Just after 8am I heard our little dog Lulu, a fox-terrier cross, start barking loudly but I thought she was just chasing something. Then I noticed the bedroom door latch being pushed down and Bettie knocking on the door saying there was something wrong with Kira, the doberman".

He found out later that the champion dog had been poisoned. The little fox terrier meanwhile was wrapped up into bedclothes and pushed into a laundry basket but survived. "When I opened the door, the attackers were on top of me. They tied my hands tightly behind my back to my feet and covered up my mouth and nose with tape. I pushed out my tongue so that I could still breathe air around the sides,' he said. Then the torture started.

He was beaten, bashed and repeatedly stabbed in the back while Mrs Sindane watched. "My front teeth, nose and a few ribs were broken." He was dragged from bedroom to garage three times by his hair. The attackers also tried to burn him with an iron but the electricity failed. After an hour of torture, he was locked in a closet. Personal belongings were loaded into the family's Audi passenger car.

He said after hearing the Audi leave, he 'rolled out of the closet and there, suddenly was Mrs Sindane' with her hands tied loosely. "She loosened my feet. I ran to the backdoor, found the neighbour's gardener who'd seen the robbers flee and had come to help," he said. He alerted the neighbours - the Swanepoel and Labuschagne families - and they alerted the police, who were on the scene within minutes. He required medical treatment and it was determined he'd received 43 stab wounds. The Audi was found thirty minutes later, abandoned in the nearby township of Duduza. Mrs Sindane was arrested on Friday based on information during the police investigation. She was not asked to plead. She remains in custody until her bail application.

Source: Censorbugbear Reports

6 Opinion(s):

Ranger Tom said...

The more I this stuff, the more "Old Testament" I'm becoming.

And Eye for an Eye...

And they'd never find the bodies.

Anonymous said...

They all need a bullet to the head. NO MERCY.

Anonymous said...

At the risk of sounding flippant - thanks eskom for the blackout!

Anonymous said...

@ anon 6:26, indeed.

Anonymous said...

I look at their faces and I see good people going about their business, law abiding, constructive, just doing what is their right, and everyone should take for granted. But because of some rubbish useless dregs of society, these people cease to exist for the few trinkets they may possess or nothing at all. Can one do anything but hate the black race at times like this?

Anonymous said...

Ha! The bloody maid again - dont these people read blogs?