It's the Azanian Dream.
Just when you think you read about every sick act of torture the New South Africa (TM) has to offer, another gut-wrenching tale emerges to prove you wrong when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Here in Canada, dinnertime conversation revolves around crime; whose cousin's husband has just been hijacked; which friend's colleague was executed by the side of the road.
Be warned: this one contains unpleasant details.
As a wise man once said, hanging is too good for 'em.
Tortured farm woman Miss Helen Lotter’s cervix and uterus were completey missing: her sexual organs had been extensively mutilated internally and externally…’ testimony by coroner:
2010-06-03 Tom de Wet VIRGINIA. – The gruesome cruelties suffered by the murdered Miss Helen Lotter, 57, and her mother Alice became very clear when coroner Dr Horst Bumba’s report to the Welkom High Court showed that Helen Lotter’s cervix and uterus were ‘missing’ and that her death was caused by ‘sharp trauma and injuries to her lower body’ incurred during the attack against the two Afrikaner women in their Allenridge, Free State farm house on March 6 2010.
Dr Horst Bumba’s report also described that all her front teeth were bashed out and that her entire body was ‘covered in bruises, chafing and stabbing wounds. Her sexual parts were mutilated extensively also internally. Dr Bomba was unable to find the unmarried Afrikaans woman’s uterus or cervix (womb). He described these extreme injuries as 'having been caused by very clear penetration with a sharp object’. Due to the extreme injuries, Dr Bumba was unable to determine whether she had been raped.
Another report by medical examiner Dr Wilhelm van Heusden of the mother Alice, 76, concluded that the old farm woman had died due to ‘asphyxiation after breathing in blood from penetrating stabbing wounds in her neck and throat’.
Gardener ‘s claim that he was forced to sign a confession rejected by the Bench:
A ‘trial-within-a-trial’ was also held by Judge S.P.B. Hancke, assisted by two assessors, to determine the admissability of a conflicting signed and sworn confession by the one of the two accused black men who are on trial for murdering the women; their gardener, Joseph Hlongwane (22) and Joseph Khumalo (21). Judge Hancke examined all the statements submitted to the court by Hlongwane, including his claims that he had been ‘threatened, forced and dictated’ by the police to submit this confession.
However the Bench ruled that Hlongwane had submitted the signed confession ‘from his own free will’ and that he himself had moreover, provided detailed descriptions of the way in which the attack on the Lotter women had been carried out, including what he’d taken away from their homestead.” The Bench ruled the gardener’s confession legally-admissable after examining all the statements by Wesselsbron magistrate J A Smith, SAPS captain Francois Laux; warrant-officer James Mahlatsi, the investigating officer, and Captain André Niemann.
“I’d stabbed her twice in the neck because she owed me money…’
Hlongwane claimed in his confession, ruled admissable by the Bench, that he had ‘stabbed Mrs Alice Lotter twice with a pair of scissors in the neck because she owed me money”, after she had refused to pay him. Before the murders he’d gotten himself drunk at a local shebeen with his comrade Joseph Khumalo, they had returned to the farm and he had gone inside the farm house to argue with Mrs Lotter. He had submitted this statement to magistrate Smith in Wesselsbron three days after the double-murder.
However this also contradicts the old woman’s dying statement to Captain Koos Venter, the police officer who had found the mortally-wounded mother and daughter. Her “death-bed confession’ was that the gardener had broken into their homestead by crashing through a window and that he had ‘hurt “ both women after the mother had spotted ‘a group of men standing outside at their bakkie and had warned them to go away or she’d phone the police’. Mrs Lotter told Captain Venter and an attending paramedic that she had recognised their gardener when he was climbing through the window. (The forensic evidence before the court earlier was that the window had broken into from the outside). The trial continues Monday http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Wreedaardigheid-van-moorde-blyk-uit-verslae-20100603
Picture of murdered Miss Helen Lotter, left: “Cruellest crime scene I’d seen in 31 years of police work…’ testifies SAPS captain Koos Venter at Welkom High Court murder trial of the 2 black suspects accused of torturing to death Alice and Helen Lotter in March 6 2009…
Just before she died, the mortally-wounded Alice had told investigating SAPS captain Koos Venter according to his testimony this week, that the women were tortured by their gardener, Joseph (Hlongwane, 22) – and had pointed the policeman to the worker’s personal details which she kept inside her passport. Hlongwane was also directly linked to the murders of the two frail women by fingerprints lifted from the crime-scene by forensic experts, the court heard.
The mother’s last words to the Afrikaner policeman were “Thank the Lord that you care for us and that we can hide with you…’’ Alice Lotter died shortly after her arrival at hospital, her daughter Helen died several days later.
Both women were ‘extensively mutilated’. This testimony was delivered by Capt Venter at the High Court trial before judge S P B Hancke in Welkom, Free State of the Lotter woman’s gardener Joseph Hlongwane, 22 and his co-accused Joseph Khumalo, 21. They deny all the charges – three murders, one house-breakin with the intend to commit robbery; and aggravated robbery. They deny all the charges. The name of the third-murder victim was not mentioned in this news report in Volksblad.
The Afrikaner policeman, who has 31 years of experience, testified that the scene of women’s torture-murders was among ‘the cruellest crimes he had ever witnessed in his career.’ The two Free State Boer women’ murders on March 6 2009 – Helen Lotter’s breasts were also partially cut off and broken bottle-shards were inserted in her vagina and anus as part of the extensive torture she and her mother Alice had endured -- caused deep anger amongst the Afrikaner/Boer community. Information submitted by police members to the news media shortly after the murder also was that the words ‘Kill the Boer’ had been daubed in the women’s blood on the farmhouse walls.
GRAPHIC RE-ENACTMENT OF THE TORTURE-MURDERS AT ODENDAALSRUST LAW COURT
Shortly before he was also murdered in April 2010 - hacked to death so brutally that he was unrecognisable -- ailing Ventersdorp farmer Eugene Terre’Blanche, leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), also referred to the extreme cruelty of the Lotter women’s torture-murders in media interviews.
Terre’Blanche led peaceful protest actions at the Odendaalsrust law courts when the suspects made their first remand appearances in April last year.
The Boer protestors demanded that the murderers be hanged – and had also carried out graphic re-enactments depicting the exact way in which the Lotter women had been put to death – scenes which shocked many onlookers and caused indignation in the news media.
Shortly before he was murdered a year later - hacked to death so brutally that he was unrecognisable -- ailing Ventersdorp farmer Eugene Terre’Blanche, leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), also often referred to the extreme cruelty of the Lotter women’s torture-murders in media interviews. Terre’Blanche had led the peaceful protest actions at the Odendaalsrust law courts when the suspects had made their first remand appearances and applied for bail in April 2009. The Boer protestors carried out a graphic re-enactment of the way in which the Lotter women had been put to death and also demanded the return of the death sentence for such cruel race-hate crimes.. Their reenactment was so graphic that it had shocked many onlookers and caused outrage in the Afrikaans-language news media.