Disabled woman burns to death in Wendy home

20091130 Double-leg amputee Carol Poggenpoel, 40, burns to death inside her Wendy House, Delft 

November 30 2009 – DELFT, South Africa. A wheelchair-bound woman burned to death in her Wendy House home in Delft on Monday afternoon, said Western Cape police. Captain Joe Wilson said patrolling police investigating billowing smoke found the woman’s little hut on fire in the backyard of a house  at 1.15pm. Local residents were frantically trying to put out the blaze, which also burnt down the main house.

It was only after emergency services had extinguished the flames that the charred remains of double leg amputee Carol Poggenpoel, 40, were found inside the hut. She was alone at the time of the fire. Wilson said the cause of the blaze was not known.  Sapa. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20091130165712282C749625

Delft, South Africa:

    Delft is situated approximately 34 km north east of Cape Town, and approximately 7,5 km from Bellville. It was established to be one of Cape Town’s first mixed race township including ‘coloured’ and ‘black’ residents. In 2000, it had a population between 25 000 and 92 000 inhabitants. [1] Delft is currently 60% Coloured and 40% Black African with almost no Whites or Indians. The most prominent languages are Afrikaans and Xhosa while English is used as a second language. The majority of residents have not finished their matric. Official unemployment levels are at about 43% (although unofficially, this might be much higher).[2] 

    Delft is subdivided into six sections all named after Dutch towns namely: The Hague (Den Haag), Rosendal, Voorburg, Eindhoven, Leiden and Delft South. The first three sections are predominantly ‘Afrikaans-speaking coloured’ while Eindhoven is partially inhabited by ‘coloureds’ and blacks and Delft South and Leiden are predominantly ‘black’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delft,_Cape_Town

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Policing reports Nov 30 2009

Young Brits woman (23) locked up on trumped-up drunk-driving charges in Brits police cell with four men

26 November 2009 By Cynthia Dreyer Locking up a young woman of 23 with four intoxicated men at the dead of night in the Brits Police Station cells, is asking for rape – similar to such incidents reported by South Africa’s best investigative journalist, Susan Puren, reporting in the TV programme Carte Blanche.  A young woman in Brits also described to the Madibeng Pulse online newspaper that she had been locked up under trumped-up charges of ‘drunk driving’ after a car had ‘bumped into hers’ just as she was stopped at a stop sign opposite Bridgestone in Brits’ industrial area.

The programme om MNet’s Carte Blanche aired on Sunday night,  described the traumatic experiences of two young Afrikaner women at the hands of policemen, one in Kempton Park and one in Rustenburg. Both women were raped by the police, and one of them was severely beaten and dumped in a parking lot afterwards. The other victim had great difficulty in laying a charge as police seemed reluctant to take down details or to investigate. Even the Independent Complaints Directorate encountered deliberate obstructions with identity parades.

MadibengPulse writes that a similar situation could have easily developed at Brits Police Station after the local young woman’s arrest on dubious charges four weeks ago. The young woman concerned confirmed the incident to MadibengPulse but said that she was advised by her parents not to talk about it as they were in the process of taking legal action. MadibengPulse pieced together the events from different sources considered to be reliable.

Driving with three friends
The young woman was driving with three friends on the R511 between Brits and Hartbeespoort at around 22:30 when she stopped at the Bridgestone stop. There, a Toyota Tazz with three or four black male occupants ‘crashed’ into the back of her car, and when the men got out of the car, it was obvious that they were intoxicated. The police were called and when the police arrived the young woman was arrested by the policemen and dumped in the same police van together with the driver of the Tazz on charges of drunk driving. The woman then was shut up in a cell at Brits Police Station with four males and left there for between four to five hours. It was only several hours later that the woman’s lawyer was able to gain access to her and to have blood samples taken at Brits Hospital.

  • A source told MadibengPulse that a four to five hour delay in taking blood samples would seriously compromise the validity of blood tests for both the young woman, who claims she was sober at the time, as well as the driver of the Tazz, which had ‘crashed’  into the back of her car.

Whether it is police policy for suspects to be locked up with others of the opposite sex is questionable, writes Cynthis Dreyer of Madibeng Pulse. “We left a message, stating our question, for the Station Commissioner at Brits, Director Mbuluke for his comments on the matter on Wednesday morning. However, according to Captain Aasje Bothma of North West Police Communications, different sexes should not be locked up in the same cell. “Any complaints in this regards should be directed to North West Police for investigation. Supt. Lucas Makgale of Brits Police told MadibengPulse that their policy is  “straightforward, males with males, females with females and juveniles with juveniles”. Supt Makgale asked for the complainant’s contact number, but we pointed out that the Station would be hearing from her lawyers. http://ping.fm/1uUQv


Standerton women terrified: police brought suspects to their homes for ‘identity parade’

2009-11-29 Secunda. Mrs Wilma Coetzer, 23, who was injured during an attack outside the Dutch Reformed Church in Standerton, now lives in fear – as do her mother and the 12-year-old-daughter of a friend: police had brought the two suspects to the victims’ homes to be identified just after the street attack…

Journalist Coetzer Wilma Standerton attacked police brought suspects to her flat Nov 292009 Beeld Arisja Jacobs reports in Beeld newspaper that Mrs Coetzer, ( pictured) and the 12-year-old daughter of a girl-friend were walking back from Shoprite at around 18:00 on Friday when they were attacked by two young black men in front of the Dutch Reformed Church in Cullinan Street, Standerton.

She was struck in the face with a ‘blunt, hard object’ and shouted at the twelve-year-old to flee while Wilma fought against the men –  who tried to drag her into a dark corner next to the church building.

One of the attackers briefly chased the little Afrikaans girl, but had turned back when the child ran into Mrs Coetzer’s office at Zelatech company, which is located next to Kasselman security company, and raised the alarm.

Kasselman’s security guards rushed to Mrs Coetzer’s aid – who was still putting up a fierce fight against her two attackers near the church. They were beating her repeatedly over the head, she said. “I can’t recall everything which happened, but I realised that they could easily rape and then kill me if they got me into that dark corner, because nobody would have seen us from the road. That’s why I fought back so hard,’ she told Beeld.

However her trauma did not end there. The security guards had cornered the suspects and handed the two men over to the police. “I was taken to the doctor for treatment and the police told me I could stop by the next day to submit my formal statement,’ said the injured woman.

However when she returned from the doctor, two police reservists were waiting for her at her apartment building – with one of the suspects. They demanded that she identify the suspect right there and then. And the twelve-year-old girl, already badly traumatised, also saw this suspect because she had gone back to the flat while Mrs Coetzer was at the doctor.

Tannie,’ the child told the attacked woman’s mother Mrs Ria Coetzer,  “I am scared because now he knows where I live.’

Mrs Coetzer is equally scared about this: she had also been at her daughter’s apartment while the police and suspect were there. After the police left, the mother took her daughter to her own home to give her pain medication and a sleeping pill, and to put her injured daughter to bed.

At around 22:45 the mother’s phone rang and simultaneously,  she heard people calling to her from outside her home. “When I opened my front door, those same two policemen of earlier were standing on my stoep, demanding that my injured daughter had to be taken to the police station for a statement –  in their police van. They refused to give me their names. Then they told me that those same attackers were inside that same police van which was parked in front of the house. When I confronted these police officers about endangering our safety this way, they told me ‘don’t worry, they do not want to harm you…’  Mrs Coetzer told Beeld.

The mother instead took her daughter to the police station in her own car that night to make her statement. She was then given a case number and a telephone number of a police detective who was supposed to be investigating the case. However the cellphone number provided remained unanswered throughout the weekend, Beeld reported.

Meanwhile the two suspects are expected to appear for a remand hearing in the Standerton magistrate’s court. Provincial police spokesman captain Joseph Hlatswayo said he didn’t know anything about the incident – but would ‘follow it up with the station commander today’. This is pure censorship and control of the news media: which has recently been ordered to contact only the provincial police spokesmen about confirmations of crime-incidents, as  local station commanders were no longer allowed to issue statements about local crime incidents unless they could report ‘good-news’. http://ping.fm/OEDLd


Murdered KZN farm foreman Ken Eva’s widow sues SAPS for negligence

Eva Priscilla husband Ken murdered farm Eshowe KZN by farm occupiers 2007  November 28 2009. Johannesburg. Picture: Murdered farm foreman’s widow Mrs Priscilla Eva has placed a cross at the Eshowe farm-site where her husband Ken was murdered by six black men during an illegal farm-occupation in 2007. Mrs Eva this week lodged a court intention notice that she will lodge a formal claim of R7,5-m ($750,000) against the SAPS for gross negligence, writes Willem Pelser of RAPPORT newspaper on 28 November 2009.

Her attorney, Jurgens Bekker of Bedfordview in Johannesburg, writes in the 26-page document submitted to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, that only one of the six murderers were ever arrested although their names were known, that an important witness has disappeared in the witness-protection programme, that none of the hundreds of people present have ever been questioned by the local police, that no police-forensic report was ever drawn up, and that the police hadn’t even bothered to secure the crime-scene although high-level police officials had been present at the time. Mr Eva was hacked and bludgeoned to death by six black men armed with pangas aned knobkieries while the foreman had been asked to attend a meeting about the illegal occupation of a disputed portion of the farm. This formal meeting was attended by high-placed members of the KwaZulu-Natal government and many police were present from Eshowe and Melmoth.

The documents maintain that only one suspect was ever briefly arrested for this murder: a man named  Sipho Shangwe – who was released the very next day on bail. Mrs Priscilla Eva has become destitute after the murder, and now demands R7,5-m in damages, amongst others for loss of income, emotional trauma and general damages.  She also demands immediate access by to specific police documents pertaining to her husband’murder, and that the police start investigating this murder properly. 

Mrs Eva told Rapport that she is grieving for her husband, that she is unable to get over her husband’s unsolved murder, that she is emotionally exhausted and financially in dire straights. “It’s high time that the police start doing their jobs and that they also compensate me for my big loss,’ she said.

Bloodied fingerprint on Eva’s cellphone-battery – police ignored it:

Bekker submits in the documents that the police had been negligent at the meeting because no attempts were made to stop the murder of Mr Eva. Furthermore after he was slain, the murder scene was not made secure and nothing was done by the police who were present to stop people from removing or destroying the forensic evidence at the scene.  Also pointed out was that the police was totally disinterested in a blood-coated fingerprints which they found on his cellphone’s battery. Mr Bekker maintains in the documents that the reason for this lack of interest in securing forensic evidence ‘possibly could be’ that members of the local police had a personal interest in the land-dispute and had also shown a very clear sympathy with the farm-occupiers.Missing Police Crime Dockets point to massive fraud among cops

Bekker writes that since the 2007 murder, the police have never taken any official statements from the police members who had attended the meeting, nor from any other witnesses of this crime – and there had been hundreds. Furthermore, the police forensic team did not examine the scene properly, neither did they take the necessary photographs of the scene, nor produce any kind of report about any forensic evidence they may have found.

Picture: Front page, Saturday Star, Nov 28 2009: Hundreds of crime-dockets go missing in police-stations countrywide,pointing to massive fraud and bribery by the SAPS

One woman who had come forward with knowledge about the murderers of Mr Eva, Mrs Faneleni Mhlongo, was never questioned and instead was placed in a protected witness programme – and has since disappeared.The investigating police also made no efforts to find out who had telephoned Mr Eva with threats that he would be murdered shortly before he went to the meeting. The farm-occupiers claim that the own a portion of the farm because it purportedly belongs to a local tribal chief. Strangely, the legal owners of this farm were not interviewed for this RAPPORT article. http://ping.fm/4JbnL


Suspected Brits smallholdings-attacker arrested
Nov 3 2009 – BRITS. A man who has been terrorising the families on plots, smallholdings and farms around the Hartbeespoort area was arrested by police at the weekend. He is known as “Petori” according to Superintendent Lesego Metsi of North West Communications. Petori has been linked to several cases of house robbery in the area and will appear tomorrow Dec 1 2009 at the Brits Magistrate’s Court, reports
Cynthia Dreyer of the Madibeng Pulse. http://ping.fm/1NjQh

Squatter camp victims can recognise attackers by their voices:

Traumatised victims of two house robberies at the Marius Squatter Camp during the early hours of Saturday morning have told Hartbeespoort Police that they would be able to recognise their attackers by their voices, according to Superintendent Lesego Metsi of North West Police Communications in Potchefstroom. The victims say the robbers had “singular voices”, he said.

  • In the first incident during the early hours of Saturday morning, four suspects cut the chain on the door of a shack with a bolt cutter where the occupant was sleeping with a friend. Four men burst into the room, one with a firearm, one with a knife, one wearing a balaclava and one wielding the bolt cutter. A shot was fired which hit one of the victims in the heel. The robbers then ransacked the shack, taking with them two Nokia cell phones, a car battery, a Vodafone and R600 in cash before exiting. The injured man was taken to Brits Hospital. No one was arrested, but the victims are certain they would be able to recognise the suspects by their voices.
  • In the second incident a few hours later also in Marius Squatter Camp, the same modus operandi was used to enter the shack, namely by the use of a bolt cutter. One of the suspects was wielding a knife, and the other a bolt cutter. They demanded cash from their victims taking R500 as well as a home theatre system and a cell phone. No one was injured  and no one has been arrested, but again, the victims say they would be able to recognise the perpetrators by their voices. .http://ping.fm/ruWtH


Two more suspects held over white woman’s hot-iron torture

Police have arrested two more suspects in connection with a Sandton robbery in which a white woman was tortured with a hot iron. This brings to six the number of arrests and the search continues for the final member of the gang. The robbery took place at the Bryanston complex in which convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti’s family were held up in 2007. A man was arrested on Thursday evening in a flat in Florida, north of Joburg, in possession of a laptop that allegedly belonged to the victims. The suspect led police to another flat in Turffontein, south of the city, where his suspected accomplice was taken into custody. Police recovered more stolen items at the second flat, including a 9mm gun, a bracelet and several household items. The two suspects are due to appear at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court today.

On October 22, the gang took the home owner hostage and tortured the white woman in a bid to open a vault containing her husband’s hunting weapons. It was feared that the two domestic workers – one of whom had been with the family for over two years – had also been kidnapped. However police followed up leads and arrested the workers, Mrs Patricia Moyo and Tracey Khalima in a flat in Hillbrow, seizing some of the stolen jewellery.

They then pounced on Leonard "Golden" Dube, who was found with a R-4 rifle and R40 000, and Brett Hutchings, the owner of a pawn shop.By Alex Eliseev The Star 30/11/09

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Italiaanse regse vleuel verwelkom Switserse minaretverbod

‘n Minister en ander politici in Italië het gister die uitslag van ‘n Switserse referendum ten gunste van ‘n verbod op die konstruksie van nuwe minarette verwelkom en dit ‘n les in demokrasie genoem.
“Switserland stuur daarmee vir ons ‘n helder sein: Ja vir kloktorings, nee vir minarette,” het…

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Iran beplan verrykingsaanlegte in trotsering van VN

Iran het gister planne om tien industriëlegrootte uraanverrykingsaanlegte te bou, goedgekeur, ‘n dramatiese uitbreiding van die program wat die VN se eise dat die land verryking moet staak trotseer, en ‘n skuif wat waarskynlik spanning in die Weste gaan verhoog.
Die besluit kom enkele dae nadat die…

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Switserse verbod op Moslem-torings maak Moefti moeilik

Egipte se Moefti, Ali Gomaa, het uitgevaar teen ‘n referendumuitslag in Switserland wat nuwe minarette verbied, en het dit ‘n “belediging” teen Moslems regoor genoem terwyl hy ‘n oproep op Moslems gedoen het om nie deur die skuif uitgelok te word nie.
‘n Soliede meerderheid Switserse kiesers het in…

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2010: Nie plek vir toetsrugby nie

Volgende jaar se toetswedstryd tussen Suid-Afrika en Frankryk op die 12de Junie, kan nie in Suid-Afrika aangebied word nie, weens die Sokkerwêreldbekertoernooi wat dan reeds begin het. Die wedstryd, wat deel van die Franse se seisoeneindetoer uitmaak, sal na Europa verskuif word. Dit blyk dat die…

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Bedorwe Proteas gee saggies oor

Sou daar ‘n wedstryd op St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth wees, sal dit die kaptein betaam om te luister na kenners wat dié blad en die omstandighede ken, iemand soos, sê nou maar, Keppler Wessels. Hy het ‘n vrag wedstryde daar gespeel, meeste as kaptein. En hy sal vir die kaptein sê, in die…

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Rapists must be forced to test HIV — SA Minister

Nov 29, 2009 – SAPA – Rape victims ‘should be encouraged to apply for compulsory HIV testing of alleged rapists’, says the Minister of “Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities”, Mrs Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya. She was speaking at an annual Anti-violence against Women event in Durban.

"Rape survivors should fully utilise the provisions of the Sexual Offences Amendment Act. Survivors have a right to request compulsory HIV testing of an alleged offender.We have to ensure that survivors know about this provision and are able to utilise it," she said. http://www.timeslive.co.za/news/article213604.ece

Under the present SA Constitution however, blood-testing for HIV-AIDS can only be undertaken on a voluntary basis as a part of the Human Ríghts Charter – although blood-testing for alcoholic and drugs-content are compulsory for traffic-related incidents under South African law.  It’s not widely known among the SAPS and the victims of rape that the victims (instead of the investigating SAPS members) must always apply to have their captured rapists tested for HIV: a legal process which can take many months and which even allows court appeals before testing can take place…

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10 dinge om voor dankbaar te wees

Ek rig hierdie aan elke Suid-Afrikaner wat so nou en dan negatief voel. Daar is dinge in Suid-Afrika (glo dit of nie) waarvoor ons kan dankbaar wees, hier is 10 dinge waarvoor jy vandag voor kan dankie sê:
1.) Die petrol prys gaan op. . .”what goes up must come down”
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