Saturday 12 February 2011

Blood Stained Nation

Teen age Keith Lewis, attacked together with
his 90 year old grandmother in Zululand

The bloodshed continues in South Africa and the last fortnight has been no different. As is so often the case it is the weak, the old and the very young who are its victims. Like all brutes who run when confronted by someone who can fight the sadistic killers of South Africa revel in the brutalisation of those less able to defend themselves.

The latest farm murder was particularly savage as the following report from South Africa's News 24 confirms:

Grisly farm murder scene 'indescribable'

Pretoria - The son and the sister of a man who was gruesomely stabbed to death and assaulted with a shovel along with his girlfriend have described how the couple's bloody bodies were found.

Deon van Staden, 51, and Babs Strecker, 73, were murdered on Friday evening on their smallholding in Madikwe Village in Bethanie, North West, by someone who presumably knew them.

"The shovel still lay close by," said Mabel du Plessis, 61, from Silverton, Pretoria, on Wednesday.

Du Plessis said her brother, who serviced engineering machines, was still sitting in his fallen chair on the kitchen floor when he was found.

"He was full of knife wounds and he was stabbed with a shovel at the back of his head and on his body.

"It looked like Babs tried to run to the bedroom because her feet were still lying in the kitchen doorway and she was also stabbed numerous times and hit on the back of the head with a shovel," said Du Plessis.

A man who came to deliver wooden poles to her brother found their bodies.

Deaan van Staden, 30, who arrived on the scene shortly after the police, said his father and Strecker were busy playing a board game when they were attacked.

"What I saw, was indescribable. My father just sat in the chair on the ground.

"I don't know anymore, I don't know anymore," he said softly.

Full report

A further Farm murder occurred Limpopo and involved the Uncle of an Afrikaner trace union official.

Solidarity official's uncle dies in attack

Frik Hermann the 78-year-old uncle of Solidarity's deputy general secretary, Dirk Hermann, was killed in a farm attack which occurred earlier this month .

A Limpopo police spokesperson confirmed that Mr Hermann's body was found on his farm near Alma in Limpopo on Tuesday February 9th.

He was found by a friend with his hands tied behind his back. He had been dead for a few days.

Meanwhile in Zululand

Grandmother survives brutal attack

90 year old Vivienne Tillett attended by a doctor

Two men entered a Mtubatuba home and went on a spree of wanton violence, attacking 90 year-old granny Vivien Tillett and grandson Keith Lewis.

Minutes after leaving his house in Mtubatuba on Thursday night, Keith Lewis’ family was brutally attacked. His 90 year-old mother, Vivien Tillett, and son Keith Jnr, were both severely beaten by unknown attackers. Just after 8:30pm, Lewis left his family locked inside the house when he went to a garage up the road. Two male intruders broke the locked gate, entered the house and attacked Keith with sticks. A shot was fired, which grazed his face and then the blows started to rain down on him while the young man was trying to defend himself. Knowing his fragile grandmother was in her room, Keith fought back with everything he had. One of the intruders hissed at Lewis that they were going to rape his grandmother and then kill her.

Keith escaped and ran for help, hoping the two men would follow him and leave his grandmother alone. He ran outside up the dirt road towards town and waved down a police vehicle. Horror awaited father and son as they got home. Lewis Snr’s elderly mother had been dragged from her bed into the backyard. Beaten over the head, ribs broken and arm sprained, Tillett was lying helplessly in a puddle of blood in the dark, waiting for her family to return. The perpetrators were nowhere to be found. Doctor Jorgenson and helpful neighbours Peter and Alan Harrison spent the whole night with the family. No arrests have yet been made.

More whites murdered in the last fortnight

Guest house owner brutally murdered

Mrs, 65 year old Johannesburg guest-house owner, Georgie Jacklin brutally killed Friday Feb 4 2011, he mutilated corpse dumped in her bloodied bed-clothes at a field near Viljoensdrif outside Sasolburg, Free State. two residents came across her mutilated body in a veld near the Vaal River. Her head was caved in with a concrete-block, plastic cabling tied up her mouth, her teeth were bashed out, her nose was broken and her bed-clothes she was found in, were soaked in blood. The police discovered that the concrete-block she was murdered with, ‘had been neatly washed off and placed back at the entrance of her guest house.’ They also discovered her blood at the front door. She was identified by her daughters Vanessa Jacklin-Levin and Natalie Jacklin-Chetty and their dad Normand as the Sasolburg police station.

Court Stenographer Executed

Doris de Jager, the Johannesburg High Court stenographer in the Agliotti and Selebi cases was killed execution style by four-member gang. Ms, de Jager, 50, was murdered in the driveway of her Ridgeway home on Saturday Feb 5 2011 by one of a gang of four black men who waited for her return from shopping on Saturday with her daughter Margie, 21. Nothing was stolen and the car was not hijacked.

Builders mutilated corpse found.

The badly mutilated body of 66 year old Afrikaner builder Ettienne Gert Coezter, 66, was found dumped in Soshanguve township on January 29th, three days after he went missing from his home in Claremont, Pretoria? Three black colleagues at the construction company in Capital Park were arrested for his murder. All three male suspects are from Soshanguve. They are scheduled for a remand appearance soon, he said. Mr Coetzer was assaulted, throttled to death and then his body was dumped without any identification. His torched truck was found Saturday-morning along the Rosslyn road north of Pretoria. One of the three suspects ‘was like a son to him,’ said the victim’s shocked son Mark, 39.

Hat tip: Dina, Jenny, JP and Birdman

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