Harvesting body-parts for ‘traditional medicine’

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Businessman killed by mob for ‘trying to kill women for muti’

July 18 2009 KHOZA, KZN. The Mercury newspaper in Kwazulu-Natal reports that an unnamed businessman was hacked and stoned to death by an angry mob on Friday morning. The mob accused their vicitm of ‘trying to kill women for muti – traditional good-luck medicine –  in the Khoza area outside Eshowe.

"We have been told that he has been killed because he tried to kill one of ten women who were collecting wood in the local bush," said Inspector Mbongeni Mdlalose. The community members claimed that the businessman had allegedly tried to snatch the woman while she was gathering wood in the bush. "The community claim that the women managed to run to the main road and mobilised the community to catch the man. He was hacked and stoned to death." Mdlalose said the community believed the man wanted to kill one of the women so that he could use her body parts for muti to boost his business. No details were forthcoming as to how the mob may have reached this conclusion.  http://www.themercury.co.za/?fSectionId=&fArticleId=nw20090717103125280C298058

Annually in South Africa, an average 200 people are reported slaughtered while still alive to harvest such ‘muti’ body parts – although these facts are not reflected in the official SA Police Statistics. Lately there has been a peak in white muti-murder victims – although in the past, some whites have also been slaughtered for muti, the death rate in this category now is growing dramatically.

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20090715 Accused body-parts traders Batulekile Baloyi and Ben Mongadi: cases postponed to August 17 and July 20.

July 17 2009  A 48-year-old man accused of ‘violating a corpse and selling human body parts” was denied bail at the Acornhoek Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Mpumalanga police said. Captain Leonard Hlathi said Philemon Batulekile Baloyi was one of two men arrested for the crime in June. Baloyi was caught after an “inyanga,” (traditional healer) who he tried to sell body parts to, alerted police.

  • The suspect was found in possession of a white woman’s breast and a manicured left hand. "He told police that he received the body parts from a certain man from Lydenburg Doves Funerals," Hlathi said in a statement.

Baloyi was charged for possession and violation of a corpse. Police made their second arrest at the funeral parlour: "The 35-year-old casual worker Ben Mongadi, told police that he removed body parts at Doves mortuary… from a body that was cremated," said Hlati. Mongadi also claimed he worked at Tswelopele Funerals, but the company denied this, saying he was not even on their pay roll. "Both funeral parlours distanced themselves from the dealings of the suspects," said Hlathi. Baloyi’s case was postponed to August 17. Mongadi, who faces a charge of possession of human body parts, appeared before the Lydenburg Magistrates’ Court and his case was postponed to Monday, July 20. Both accused were ordered to remain  in custody. – Sapa

Capt. Hlathi told the news media shortly after the first arrrest in Lydenburg that they had found Baloyi at the healer’s home, ‘holding a white woman’s breast and manicured left hand, for which he wanted to be paid 800 Euro’. Baloyi, according to the police, told them that he had in turn bought the body parts for 80 Euro from Mr Ben Mongadi, 35, described as a part-time employee at Doves Funerals in Lydenburg.

  • Mongadi – who is being tried seperately for some unknown reason — was also arrested after telling police,  according to earlier reports,  that he had ‘removed the parts from a Dutch tourist ‘s body at the scene of a deadly accident, which was due to be cremated at the mortuary". Management at the mortuary have since distanced themselves from this claim, saying ‘the last cremation at the mortuary had been of a man in April.’

Always carried a ritual knife to harvest body parts:

It is strongly suspected that the body parts belonged to two Dutch tourists, a mother and daughter who had died in one accident in Lydenburg in May. The women’s funeral has already taken place. Two other members of the same family, a father and son who ran a hotel in a small Dutch town, also were seriously injured. Police were meanwhile, a;sp investigating Baloyi’s claims that he had sold body parts to five traditional healers in the Acornhoek area, they said.

Self-censorship of SA news media:

Because of the all-important tourism trade, but also because of the sensitivities of the families involved, we will probably never find out exactly what did happen here –  nor ever know whether these unfortunate Dutch tourists had come to their end only due to the injuries sustained in a tragic car accident – or whether  a  ‘traditional knife’ had also helped hasten their deaths. 

  • Captain Hlathi hasn’t published the results of the DNA investigation of the confiscated hand and breast, whether this has shed any new light on the identity of the white victim (s).  He can be called in South Africa at 27 ( 0) 82 462 0804. He issued a call shortly after the discovery of the white woman’s body parts for relatives of any missing people to contact him for DNA-identification.

 

MutiConvictionsBushbuckridgeFloyd_TotoMokoena_JusticeNdubane_guilty15Aug2008Picture: Hlathi is acknowledged as an expert on the subject of this so-named ‘muti-harvesting’ allegedly carried out to manufacture traditional medicine from human body-parts. His very courageous investigations over the years – carried out in a community which is terrified of angering practitioners of such witchcraft — have already led to at least three convictions and many arrests: due to his perseverence in pursuing the case, convicted muti-murderers Bosbokrand restaurant-owner Floyd Mokoena, 58, son Toto Mokoena, 33, and family friend Justice Mjojo Ndubane, 28, photographed in court by the SA Police, were sentenced to twelve years in prison on 15 August 2008  for the muti-murder of Mokoena’s nephew Clarence Brown on 23 February 2008.  Brown’s sexual parts were removed while he was still alive to manufacture ‘good luck’ medicine for the businessman’s new enterprises. The traditional-medicine practitioner (sangoma) who had, according to their testimony, told the men to harvest the body part of a relative because it would be ‘more powerful’, was not arrested for the illegal possession of human tissue. http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=10428

Government crackdown on 200 annual muti-murders:

The South African government, together with the Council for Traditional Healers, is clearly sincere in its atttempt to stamp out this vile trade in human body parts, to which many children also fall victim – usually their heads are hacked off, but also, little baby girls are raped in the vile belief that raping virgins cures the rapist of AIDS. This is usually done under the guidance of a traditional healer who has to ‘ritually open up’ such virginal babies. However, this murky underground world of witchcraft is particulary difficult to investigate because many police officers remain fearful of those traditional healers who are known to engage in such gruesome practices, scared that harm would come to their families. Many other traditional healers have spoken up against this however, in statements claiming that the manufacture of human body parts is done only by ‘charletans’.

  • Annually in South Africa, an average 200 people are reported slaughtered while still alive to harvest such ‘muti’ body parts – although these facts are not reflected in the official SA Police Statistics. and lately, there has been a peak in white muti-murder victims – although in the past, whites have also been slaughtered for muti, :  in April and May this year, the Afrikaner community exploded into anger after four elderly farm dwellers, two men and two women, were tortured to death and their sexual organs removed in horrendously gruesome torture-rituals:

Afrikaner community explodes in anger over  ‘Kill-the-Boer” blood-slogans in Odendaalsrust, and muti-murders of FS farmers:

LotterMutiMurdersProtestCourtOdendaalsrustBeeldApril182009 On April 1 2009, Alice Lotter, 77, and her handicapped daughter Helen,  57, also were tortured to death on an Allenridge farm near Welkom, in the Free State. The defenceless Afrikaner women were gruesomely tortured: broken bottle shards were stabbed into their vaginas, and the breasts of the daughter removed while she was still alive. The women then died by strangulation: hanged.  Their torture had lasted at least three hours, police forensic examinations have shown. What made this case particularly traumatic for the Afrikaner policemen who investigated it, was the fact that the slogan ‘Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer’,  was ritually-daubed with these women’s blood on the walls of the homestead. Three unnamed men were arrested for these ritual murders and are being tried at the Odendaalsrust magistrate’s court. Members of the Afrikaner community burst into an angry demonstration at their first court appearance (left, front page), with the demonstrators illustrating the gruesome scenes in which the Lotter women had been tortured to death. That day, they also clashed with the local ANC-mayor, who had organised a counter-protest against a Afrikaner farmer who had appeared for a minor charge at the same time and has since been acquitted. Original Afrikaans story here

On May 8 2009, Jan van Wyk, 82 and Basie Venter, 65, also were left to bleed to death after their penises were hacked off on two adjacent farms in Viljoenskroon in the Free State. A self-confessed traditional healer from Lesotho was arrested by a citizens’ patrol and handed over to the police – and the farmers’  hacked-off penises were found ‘in a ritual burial’ on one of the farms. This case also is still pending. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/05/african-witchdoctor-charged-with-muti.html

FIFA CRACKS DOWN ON AFRICAN RITUALS FOR WC2010 

Even FIFA, the world football body organising the tournaments, has had to crack down this month on the traditional rituals in which slaughtered chickens are buried on the four corners and the centres of the artificial grass mats which FIFA has been installing at huge cost in many African stadia. FIFA says the witchdoctors are cutting holes throught the mats and they can’t afford to keep having to replace them all…

news video of muti murders in South Africa:

 

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Media sources white accident victim’s body parts:

Traditional Healers’ Organisation condemns killing of people for muti:

June 23 2009 – South Africa’s Mpumalanga Traditional Healers Organisation has condemned the killing of people for muti purposes after two men were arrested in Acornhoek and Lydenburg for allegedly dealing in human body parts. Apparently one of the suspects confessed to police that he had had dealings with five sangomas. Mpumalanga police are also investigating five sangomas who are suspected of dealing in human body parts in Acornhoek near Bushbuckridge. The investigation follows the arrest of a 48 year-old man for allegedly being in possession of human body parts. Mpumalanga police spokesman Capt.Leonard Hlathi says the suspect attempted to sell the parts to a traditional healer who then alerted the police. The suspect informed police that he got the parts from a mortuary in Lydenburg. Hlathi says a mortuary worker has been arrested following investigations. Medicine murder or muti, involves the murder of someone in order to excise body parts for incorporation as ingredients into medicine. “It is not human sacrifice in a religious sense”. Its practice in the format described below appears in the main to be limited to countries in sub-saharan Africa. However, medicine murder in southern Africa has been documented in some detail in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It is a difficult subject to investigate because of its controversial standing in customary practices and laws. Very few research and discussion documents have been devoted to this subject. Three reports concerning Lesotho were published in 1951, 2000 and 2005 regarding the same events in the 1940s and 1950s; one concerning Swaziland was published in 1993 covering the 1970s and 1980s; and a commission of enquiry held in South Africa in 1995 covering medicine murder and witchcraft in the 1980s and 1990s. http://www.sabcnews.com/portal/site/SABCNews/menuitem.5c4f8fe7ee929f602ea12ea1674daeb9/?vgnextoid=d0cef9bba6e02210VgnVCM10000077d4ea9bRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Forensic report, ritual murders: a white adult male and a negroid youth in South Africa (2004): 

Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, PO Box 2034, Pretoria 0001, South Africa Tel.: +27 12 4203156; fax: +27 12 3192240. PII: S0379-0738(05)00101-5In Southern Africa, human body parts are sometimes used for medicinal (muti) purposes. The human body is seen as being very powerful. Although ritual killing for this purpose is not common, some cases have been reported. This paper reports on an unusual muti murder, where the remains of two individuals were found in a medicine man’s house. Three pots were found, two of which were constructed around human skulls. Various objects, such as coins, bullets, stones, human and animal bones were found inside the pots. They were decorated with beadwork, whistles, skin bangles, etc. Osteological analysis revealed that the human remains probably belonged to a young, white adult male individual, and a juvenile individual of Negroid descent. All associated objects probably have ritual significance. http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/fsi/article/PIIS0379073805001015/abstract

Toverdokters reclame in Zuid AfrikaTraditional healers in South Africa:

Bill legalising traditional medicine on equal level of excellence with Western medical practitioners: http://www.southafrica.info/ess_info/sa_glance/health/traditional-healersbill.htm

Muti museum in Johannesburg:

The 66-year-old museum (why it was originally called a museum is lost in time) is a traditional muti or medicine shop in Diagonal Street in Johannesburg’s CBD, and is described on the board above the door as the "The King of Muti, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies". The sangoma, or diviner, is more concerned with the ancestors and keeping them happy. Some illnesses are believed to be caused by unhappy ancestors, who haven’t been respected or acknowledged sufficiently. The sangoma will throw a set of bones, and give advice to the customer on actions to be taken to appease the ancestors. Some items in the shop are exclusively for use by inyangas and sangomas. Calabashes are used by them to store muti, jackal fur caps are worn by them, as are belts decorated with cowrie shells. The tails of cattle, buffalo and wildebeest are a symbol of power and used as whisks to flick muti onto people, or around a hut or village to ward off disease or evil. At the back of the shop is a hut, stacked with muti, with bones and mats on the floor. Customers and tourists can make an appointment with a sangoma, who will throw the bones in the hut and offer advice. http://www.southafrica.info/travel/cultural/mutimuseum.htm

Harvesting body-parts for ‘traditional medicine’ – case postponed in Acornhoek

 

SA police: ‘A white female’s hand and breast were cut off shortly after the accident with a ritual knife carried by a mortuary worker…’

20090715 Accused body-parts trader Batulekile Baloyi’s case postponed to July 16.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa. July 15, 2009. The trial of a South African man accused of trading in the body parts of a white woman was postponed in the Acornhoek Magistrate’s Court to July 16,  Mpumalanga police said. The Citizen newspaper reported that self-described “Pastor” Batulekile Baloyi’s case was postponed to Thursday to ‘allow for further investigation’, quoting captain Leonard Hlathi, who is an acknowledged SA police expert on the subject of this so-named ‘muti-harvesting’.

  • Hlathi’s very courageous investigations over the years – carried out in a community which is terrified of angering practitioners of such witchcraft — have already led to at least three convictions and many arrests: due to his perseverence in pursuing the case, convicted muti-murderers Bosbokrand restaurant-owner Floyd Mokoena, 58, son Toto Mokoena, 33, and family friend Justice Mjojo Ndubane, 28, were sentenced to twelve years in prison on 15 August 2008  for the muti-murder of Mokoena’s nephew Clarence Brown on 23 February 2008.  (Picture published below this article) Brown’s sexual parts were removed while he was still alive to manufacture ‘good luck’ medicine for the businessman’s new enterprises. The traditional-medicine practitioner (sangoma) who had, according to their testimony, told the men to harvest the body part of a relative because it would be ‘more powerful’, was not arrested for the illegal possession of human tissue. http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=10428

Government crackdown on 200 annual muti-murders:

The South African government, together with the Council for Traditional Healers, is attempting to stamp out this vile trade in human body parts, to which many children also fall victim – usually their heads are hacked off, but also, little baby girls are raped in the vile belief that raping virgins cures the rapist of AIDS. This is usually done under the guidance of a sangoma, who has to ‘ritually open up’ such virginal babies. However, this murky underground world of witchcraft is particulary difficult to investigate because many police officers remain fearful of those traditional healers who are known to engage in such gruesome practices, scared that harm would come to their families. Many other traditional healers have spoken up against this however, in statements claiming that the manufacture of human body parts is done only by ‘charletans’.

  • Annually in South Africa, an average 200 people are reported slaughtered while still alive to harvest such ‘muti’ body parts – although these facts are not reflected in the official SA Police Statistics. and lately, there has been a peak in white muti-murder victims – although in the past, whites have also been slaughtered for muti, :  in April and May this year, the Afrikaner community exploded into anger after four elderly farm dwellers, two men and two women, were tortured to death and their sexual organs removed in horrendously gruesome torture-rituals:

Afrikaner community explodes in anger over  ‘Kill-the-Boer” blood-slogans in Odendaalsrust, and muti-murders of FS farmers:

LotterMutiMurdersProtestCourtOdendaalsrustBeeldApril182009 On April 1 2009, Alice Lotter, 77, and her handicapped daughter Helen,  57, also were tortured to death on an Allenridge farm near Welkom, in the Free State. The defenceless Afrikaner women were gruesomely tortured: broken bottle shards were stabbed into their vaginas, and the breasts of the daughter removed while she was still alive. The women then died by strangulation: hanged.  Their torture had lasted at least three hours, police forensic examinations have shown. What made this case particularly traumatic for the Afrikaner policemen who investigated it, was the fact that the slogan ‘Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer’,  was ritually-daubed with these women’s blood on the walls of the homestead. Three unnamed men were arrested for these ritual murders and are being tried at the Odendaalsrust magistrate’s court. Members of the Afrikaner community burst into an angry demonstration at their first court appearance (left, front page), with the demonstrators illustrating the gruesome scenes in which the Lotter women had been tortured to death. That day, they also clashed with the local ANC-mayor, who had organised a counter-protest against a Afrikaner farmer who had appeared for a minor charge at the same time and has since been acquitted. Original Afrikaans story here

On May 8 2009, Jan van Wyk, 82 and Basie Venter, 65, also were left to bleed to death after their penises were hacked off on two adjacent farms in Viljoenskroon in the Free State. A self-confessed traditional healer from Lesotho was arrested by a citizens’ patrol and handed over to the police – and the farmers’  hacked-off penises were found ‘in a ritual burial’ on one of the farms. This case also is still pending. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/05/african-witchdoctor-charged-with-muti.html

“Violation of a corpse”

Meanwhile the arrested ‘pastor’ Baloyi who allegedly tried to flog the breast and hand of what was claimed to be from a white traffic victim to an Acornhoek traditional healer, faces charges of possession and violation of a corpse’.  The 48-year-old man was arrested on June 20 2009 in Greenvalley, Acornhoek near Lydenburg – after a traditional healer he was attempting to sell a white woman’s body parts to a traditional healer – who in turn called the police. Capt. Hlathi told the news media shortly after this arrrest that they had found Baloyi at the healer’s home, holding a white woman’s breast and manicured left hand, for which he wanted to be paid 800 Euro. Baloyi, according to the police, told them that he had in turn bought the body parts for 80 Euro from a Mr Ben Mongadi, 35, a part-time employee at Doves Funerals in Lydenburg.

  • ‘Pastor’ Mongadi – who is being tried seperately for some unknown reason — was also arrested after telling police,  according to earlier reports,  that he had ‘removed the parts from a Dutch tourist ‘s body at the scene of a deadly accident, which was due to be cremated at the mortuary". Management at the mortuary have since distanced themselves from this claim, saying ‘the last cremation at the mortuary had been of a man in April.’
  • The funeral home’s official  did not however deny that they had arranged the shipment of the bodies of two Dutch tourists, a mother and daughter who had died in one accident in Lydenburg in May, as described by their ex-employee. The women’s funeral has already taken place. Two other members of the same family, a father and son who ran a hotel in a small Dutch town, also were seriously injured.Mongadi has not yet been heard explaining this confession  in a court of law: he is scheduled to appear for a seperate trial later in July.

Police were meanwhile, investigating Baloyi’s claims that he had sold body parts to traditional healers in the Acornhoek area, they said. And the news media are apparently not investigating the most worrying aspect of this case: namely that Mongadi had told police that he always carried a traditional knife with him specifically to harvest body parts through his job at the mortuary.

Tourism industry and the truth…

What is the exact truth here? It’s obviously bad for the South African tourism business, gearing up to cash in bigtime with the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Football tournaments in 2010,  to have mortuary workers going around slicing off body parts from foreign accident victims, alive or dead… And it’s also particularly unpleasant for the news media to investigate and report about such events because of the shock this would inevitably cause to the families concerned.

Self-censorship of SA news media:

Because of the all-important tourism trade, but also because of the sensitivities of the family involved, we will probably never find out exactly what did happen here –  nor ever know whether these unfortunate Dutch tourists had come to their end only due to the injuries sustained in a tragic car accident – or whether  Baloyi’s  ‘traditional knife’ had also helped hasten their deaths. The latest story in The Citizen  is clearly based on a censored statement from the police: it even omits the very relevant fact, previously widely reported, that the body-parts belonged to a white, probably foreign woman. Read the censored Citizen story:  http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article.aspx?pDesc=100257,1,22

Captain Hlathi hasn’t published the results of the DNA investigation of the confiscated hand and breast, whether this has shed any new light on the identity of the white victim (s). With at least one of the two injured male relatives still recovering in a South African hospital, this link should not have been difficult to establish. The body parts were sent to a police lab for this purpose. Capt. Hlathi can be called in South Africa at 27 ( 0) 82 462 0804. He had issued a call shortly after the discovery of the white woman’s body parts for relatives of any missing people to contact him.

FIFA CRACKS DOWN ON AFRICAN RITUALS FOR WC2010 

Lately, SA criminologists have also been warning that the FIFA World Cup 2010 being held in the country next year, is also increasing the call for such ‘traditional’ medicine. .. click here 

And even FIFA, the world football body organising the tournaments, has had to crack down this month on the traditional rituals in which slaughtered chickens are buried on the four corners and the centres of the artificial grass mats which FIFA has been installing at huge cost in many African stadia. FIFA says the witchdoctors are cutting holes throught the mats and they can’t afford to keep having to replace them all…

CONVICTED MUTI-KILLERS: ACORNHOEK:

MutiConvictionsBushbuckridgeFloyd_TotoMokoena_JusticeNdubane_guilty15Aug2008 L to R: Convicted muti-killers, Bosbokrand restaurant owner Floyd Mokoena, 58, son Toto , 33, family friend Justice Mjojo Ndubane, 28, sentenced to 12 years prison on 15 august 2008 because of the muti-killing of nephew Clarence Brown on 23 Februari 2008. The witchdoctor who told them to harvest the body-parts of a relative because it would make ‘stronger muti’ has not been arrested. Read original police report on   http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=414&jid=10428

 

news video of muti murders in South Africa:

 

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Media sources white accident victim’s body parts:

Traditional Healers’ Organisation condemns killing of people for muti:

June 23 2009 – South Africa’s Mpumalanga Traditional Healers Organisation has condemned the killing of people for muti purposes after two men were arrested in Acornhoek and Lydenburg for allegedly dealing in human body parts. Apparently one of the suspects confessed to police that he had had dealings with five sangomas. Mpumalanga police are also investigating five sangomas who are suspected of dealing in human body parts in Acornhoek near Bushbuckridge. The investigation follows the arrest of a 48 year-old man for allegedly being in possession of human body parts. Mpumalanga police spokesman Capt.Leonard Hlathi says the suspect attempted to sell the parts to a traditional healer who then alerted the police. The suspect informed police that he got the parts from a mortuary in Lydenburg. Hlathi says a mortuary worker has been arrested following investigations. Medicine murder or muti, involves the murder of someone in order to excise body parts for incorporation as ingredients into medicine. “It is not human sacrifice in a religious sense”. Its practice in the format described below appears in the main to be limited to countries in sub-saharan Africa. However, medicine murder in southern Africa has been documented in some detail in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It is a difficult subject to investigate because of its controversial standing in customary practices and laws. Very few research and discussion documents have been devoted to this subject. Three reports concerning Lesotho were published in 1951, 2000 and 2005 regarding the same events in the 1940s and 1950s; one concerning Swaziland was published in 1993 covering the 1970s and 1980s; and a commission of enquiry held in South Africa in 1995 covering medicine murder and witchcraft in the 1980s and 1990s. http://www.sabcnews.com/portal/site/SABCNews/menuitem.5c4f8fe7ee929f602ea12ea1674daeb9/?vgnextoid=d0cef9bba6e02210VgnVCM10000077d4ea9bRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Forensic report, ritual murders: a white adult male and a negroid youth in South Africa (2004): 

Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, PO Box 2034, Pretoria 0001, South Africa Tel.: +27 12 4203156; fax: +27 12 3192240. PII: S0379-0738(05)00101-5In Southern Africa, human body parts are sometimes used for medicinal (muti) purposes. The human body is seen as being very powerful. Although ritual killing for this purpose is not common, some cases have been reported. This paper reports on an unusual muti murder, where the remains of two individuals were found in a medicine man’s house. Three pots were found, two of which were constructed around human skulls. Various objects, such as coins, bullets, stones, human and animal bones were found inside the pots. They were decorated with beadwork, whistles, skin bangles, etc. Osteological analysis revealed that the human remains probably belonged to a young, white adult male individual, and a juvenile individual of Negroid descent. All associated objects probably have ritual significance. http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/fsi/article/PIIS0379073805001015/abstract

Toverdokters reclame in Zuid AfrikaTraditional healers in South Africa:

Bill legalising traditional medicine on equal level of excellence with Western medical practitioners: http://www.southafrica.info/ess_info/sa_glance/health/traditional-healersbill.htm

Muti museum in Johannesburg:

The 66-year-old museum (why it was originally called a museum is lost in time) is a traditional muti or medicine shop in Diagonal Street in Johannesburg’s CBD, and is described on the board above the door as the "The King of Muti, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies". The sangoma, or diviner, is more concerned with the ancestors and keeping them happy. Some illnesses are believed to be caused by unhappy ancestors, who haven’t been respected or acknowledged sufficiently. The sangoma will throw a set of bones, and give advice to the customer on actions to be taken to appease the ancestors. Some items in the shop are exclusively for use by inyangas and sangomas. Calabashes are used by them to store muti, jackal fur caps are worn by them, as are belts decorated with cowrie shells. The tails of cattle, buffalo and wildebeest are a symbol of power and used as whisks to flick muti onto people, or around a hut or village to ward off disease or evil. At the back of the shop is a hut, stacked with muti, with bones and mats on the floor. Customers and tourists can make an appointment with a sangoma, who will throw the bones in the hut and offer advice. http://www.southafrica.info/travel/cultural/mutimuseum.htm

Dutch media: ‘South Africa cannot be made secure’

 

AfrikanersProtestingAgainstGenocideJune2009The following article is in Dutch, and is a reaction to an article in the Dutch daily De Pers on July 14 2009 –  which carries the headline, “South Africa cannot be made secure’. Instead of describing the cause, namely the out-of-control violent crime epidemic, it concentrates on describing the effect: the soaring private-security industry in South Africa, and notes that there are some 380,000 private security guards in South Africa. The article ‘s tone implies that all this is based on ‘fear’, rather than the reality on the ground…

Comment follows in Dutch by Drs Allan Secrève, South African expat in Amsterdam:

  14 juli 2009 – AMSTERDAM. In uw artikel "Zuid-Afrika valt niet te beveiligen’, (door uw journalist Elles van Gelder) verwijst u naar het feit dat er een dalende trend te bespeuren is in het moordcijfer in Zuid-Afrika. Als oud-Zuid-Afrikaan die nog goede, warme contacten ouderhoud met Zuid-Afrikanen moet ik toegeven dat ik hier een beetje perplex van sta.

Sinds 2006 is het aantal moorden op de boeren juist toegenomen, gedreven door het motto "Kill a Boer, Kill a Farmer" welke in het leven geroepen werd door Winnie Mandela en wijle Peter Mokaba.

Al meer dan 3,000 boeren zijn bruut vermoord sinds de post-apartheid transitie periode en volgens dr. Gregory Stanton van Genocide Watch verkeren de Zuid-Afrikaanse agrariërs in de laatste stadia van genocide. Het blanke Afrikanervolk als geheel bevindt zich inmiddels in de aanloop tot volkerenmoord. Blanke Zuid-Afrikanen, zelfs sommigen van linkse overtuigingen melden steeds vaker zich niet meer thuis te voelen aldaar, en vrijwel iedereen kan getuigen van een brute moord op een gezinslid of kennis.

2010 will draw crime says Cape Town metrocop chiefMisdaadstatistieken zijn een leugen:

De "dalende trend" is een facade om de illusie te creëren dat het land veilig is voor het aankomende WK2010 voetbal evenement volgend jaar.

Moordstatistieken verborgen achter leugens:

In gevallen waarin gezinnen in hun huis vermoord worden, stelen de moordenaars dikwijls mobiele telefoons om te zorgen dat de slachtoffers niet om hulp kunnen bellen. Achteraf noteert de politie inbraak en roof als hoofdmotief.

  • Eveneens worden mensen weleens uit rijdende auto’s gegooid, welke door de politie genoteerd wordt als ‘verkeersongevallen’ (i.p.v. moorden)…

Men dient eveneens rekening te houden dat ruim een op de drie politieagent in Zuid-Afrika ongeletterd is en opleiding gevolgd heeft dat zeer ondermaats ligt.

De hoofdcommissaris was een drievoudig moordenaar:

De politiehoofdcommissaris aan de Oost Rand (een metropoolgebied ten oosten van Johannesburg), ene Robert McBride heeft zijn betrekking gekregen wegens zijn politieke activisme. Hij had tijdens de apartheid 3 vrouwen vermoord in een bomaanslag welke hij per ongeluk in een verkeerde kroeg had gelegd, en onlangs in zijn ambt als commissaris bedreigde hij een van zijn agenten diens vrouw te zullen laten verkrachten en huisdieren af te zullen maken. Met zulke politiecommissarissen behoort het niet te verbazen dat het land in een dergelijk staat van wetteloosheid verkeert.

AfrikanerGenocide Vanwege de moord op de boeren en gevolglijke voedselschaarste is het gewoon niet logisch te concluderen dat het aantal moorden afneemt. Vooral niet als er jaarlijks ruim een miljoen hongerige zwarten uit mislukte staten als Zimbabwe en Mozambiek op Zuid-Afrika afkomen zonder dat er grensbeheer toegepast wordt. Competitie om schaarse middelen zorgt juist voor een toename van wreedheid en tribalisme.

Om maar te zwijgen over de ‘moeti’ (‘traditionele medicijn’) – moorden — waardoor organen zo pijnlijk mogelijk uit levende mensen gesneden worden om aan toverdokters doorverkocht te worden: 

  • Onlangs is een Nederlandse toeriste in Zuid-Afrika 3 uur na aankomst na een auto ongeval op soortgelijke wijze verminkt toen haar hand en borst geamputeerd werden en zij aan haar verwondingen overleed.

Ofschoon ik mensen niet van hun voetbalvertier wil ontnemen vind ik wel dat de barbaarsheid waarin Zuid-Afrika vervallen is na de apartheid een beetje meer rugbaarheid verleent mag worden in de Nederlandse media.
Drs. A.J. Secrève Amsterdam http://www.depers.nl/buitenland/322106/Zuid-Afrika-valt-niet-te-beveiligen.html

Also: Trauma units like war-zones, says SA doctor

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Zuid-Afrika valt niet te beveiligen

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Door Elles van Gelder, De Pers:  14 JULI 2009 –  “De beveiligingsbusiness in Zuid-Afrika, het land waar de WK voetbal zal zijn, draait overuren. De branche groeit jaarlijks met 8 tot 10 procent.

  • ‘Wilt u een hek met of zonder scheermesjes?’ Verkoper Shaun duwt het oudere echtpaar Robert en Brigitta Käding in de richting van de rollen ijzerdraad. ‘Daar halen ze hun handen pas echt goed aan open,’ zegt hij. Verderop probeert een man een autoraam in te gooien met een baksteen. Hij komt er niet doorheen. ‘Zo ben je op elk kruispunt veilig voor rovers die je raam in willen slaan en je auto willen stelen,’ zegt een blondine.

Beveiliging is big business in Zuid-Afrika. De beveiligingsindustrie groeit elk jaar tussen de 8 en 10 procent en is volgens de Zuid-Afrikaanse organisatie Security Industry Alliance ruim vier miljoen euro waard. Zuid-Afrika kent met 380.000 man ruim 50 procent meer privébewakers dan agenten. Elk huis in de rijkere buurten heeft op zijn minst een hoge muur en een alarm. Maar dat is niet voor iedereen genoeg om rustig te slapen. Bedrijven en consumenten zoeken daarom op de jaarlijkse beurs Securex naar extra beveiligingsmiddelen.

Wat dacht je van de smokecloak? De dertiger Meloshini demonstreert in een luchtdichte ruimte zijn rookmachine. Hij drukt op een knop en de machine spuit in luttele seconden de ruimte vol witte rook. ‘De inbreker ziet geen hand voor ogen en wat je niet ziet kan je niet stelen,’ verwoordt hij de gedachte achter het uitdrijvingsmechanisme. Een fel wit licht flikkert. ‘De stroboscoop zorgt ervoor dat de criminelen in verwarring raken en het hazenpad kiezen. Een basispakket begint bij tweeduizend euro.’

Officiële criminaliteitscijfers dalen? Met 50 moorden, 100 verkrachtingen per dag?

“De officiële criminaliteitscijfers dalen. Toch laat onderzoek zien dat Zuid-Afrikanen alleen maar banger worden. Volgens Johan Burger van het Institute for Security Studies is daar een duidelijke verklaring voor. ‘Over zijn geheel genomen dalen de cijfers. Vijftig moorden per dag is minder dan voorheen. Datzelfde geldt voor de bijna honderd verkrachtingen per dag.

  • Maar er zijn ook misdaden die toenemen zoals berovingen en inbraken,’ zegt de oud-politieman. ‘Daar kun je je tegen beschermen. Je moet er simpelweg voor zorgen dat je huis er zo goed beveiligd uitziet dat ze naar je buren gaan.’

De grootste trend in Zuid-Afrika is het thuis ophangen van camera’s, weten de standhouders. Brandon, die al het grootste deel van zijn leven in de beveiligingsindustrie zit, legt uit hoe het werkt. ‘Je hebt een computer aanstaan die online is. Daar sluit je de camera’s op aan. Als je alarm afgaat worden de beelden opgeslagen op je computer. Je krijgt een sms en kan via het internet inloggen om de beelden te zien. We verkopen er nu tienduizend per maand. Het kost nog geen 700 euro voor vier camera’s en een extra harddrive. Koopje toch?’

De 71-jarige Robert en 59-jarige Brigitta Käding staan nog bij de rollen prikkeldraad. De rookmachine of het camerasysteem gaan wat te ver, zegt Robert. ‘We hopen de criminelen met wat traditionelere middelen buiten te houden.’

  • In de afgelopen maanden zijn er al vier inbraakpogingen gedaan, zegt Brigitta. Eén keer is het gelukt. ‘De buit was gelukkig slechts tuingereedschap.’ Dus moet de muur hoger. En een rol draad met scheermesjes zien ze ook wel zitten. ‘Je huis moet er zo goed beveiligd uitzien dat de dief naar de buren gaat.’ http://www.depers.nl/buitenland/322106/Zuid-Afrika-valt-niet-te-beveiligen.html

Trauma units like war-zones, says SA doctor

 

‘Trauma cases at epidemic proportions in Western Cape – sometimes you go in there on a Monday and the place looks like a war-zone’

 Cape Hospital trauma units under threat warn doctors With trauma cases ‘reaching epidemic proportions’ in the Western Cape, medical authorities are becoming desperate to find quick-fix solutions, such as wanting to merge the medical-emergency units of its tertiary hospitals with its highly specialised, heavily-overburdened trauma units. Cape Town’s legendary Groote Schuur Hospital – where foreign doctors often are sent to learn how to run trauma units — last year treated 11,000 patients for trauma: 4,092 for serious assaults, 2,200 from traffic accidents, and 580 patients with gunshot wounds…  Countrywide, SA public hospitals treated 127,000 bullet wounds…

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Melanie Gosling of the Cape Times, reports  on July 14 2009 that top Western Cape doctors have slammed the provincial government plans to merge the highly-specialised trauma units of their tertiary hospitals with their emergency departments as ‘completely bizarre’. 

The Western Cape’s health department wants to merge the overloaded casualty sections at its top tertiary hospitals with these highly efficient trauma units. However,  these authorities also reject experienced doctors’ warnings that this will  greatly compromise trauma patient care, Gosling writes.

Currently the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, the Red Cross Childrens’ Hospital in Rondebosch and Tygerberg Hospital in Parow all have dedicated trauma units to deal with complex trauma cases that need highly specialised treatment for serious motor vehicle accidents, assaults, stabbings and gunshot wounds. Emergency departments at these hospitals concentrate on entirely different medical emergency, namely the treatment of heart attacks, pneumonia, asthma, diabetes etc. Groote Schuur’s emergency department treats a monthly 3,000 such patients.

Groote Schuur: 580 patients with gunshot wounds last year:

DrudeClive_ArgusBike_Race_AttackSurvivorFeb62008 A typical trauma unit case in Cape Town: cyclist Clive Drude, who was attacked in a bizarre, very violent assault during the annual Argus Cycling Competition in February 2008. Groote Schuur’s trauma unit treated just under 11,000 such patients that year, of whom 4,092 just like Clive, had been seriously assaulted, 2,200 had been in motor vehicle accidents and 580 came in with gunshot wounds. Having a specialised trauma unit increases such patients’ survival rates by between 20 percent and 30 percent, the hospital records show.

 

Trauma on a par with HIV as a killer in South Africa:

Gosling writes that ‘trauma cases are increasing in South Africa, where the trauma rate is the second highest in the world after Colombia, and doctors say trauma is on a par with HIV as a killer.”

She quotes Professor Ken Boffard, president of the Trauma Society of South Africa, who has written to the Western Cape Department of Health as stating: "I would strongly advise that the decision to merge the emergency department and the trauma unit at Groote Schuur Hospital be very carefully reconsidered, with much wider consultation."

Boffard said it had been shown nationally and internationally that where a dedicated trauma unit existed, the mortality rate was "substantially lower than even the large general academic hospitals".

‘The trauma load is massive:’ … ‘it looks like a war-zone’.

Gunshot Head Trauma_TraumaSocietyOfSouthAfrica_log A typical gunshot wound in SA is often inflicted from an AK47 bullet. Countrywide, 127,000 bullet-wounds were treated at the country’s trauma units. The vast majority are never reported to the SA Police. Picture: Trauma Society of South Africa.

Professor Del Khan, head of surgery at Groote Schuur, also said while he fully supported the establishment of central emergency medical facilities at secondary and smaller hospitals, this centralised system "has no place in major tertiary hospitals where we have well-established trauma units.

  • “Trauma has reached epidemic proportions in the Western Cape. The trauma load is massive: motor vehicle accidents, violence, assaults, gunshots. Sometimes you go in there on a Monday and it looks like a war zone," Khan said.

The authorities ‘should increase resources to the creaking casualty section…’ instead of their plan to merge casualty and emergency departments:  "The real problem is the medical emergency side which has been overwhelmed with the workload. The only thing needed at Groote Schuur’s emergency unit is to increase resources," Khan said.

The provincial health authorities have insisted that their proposal does not mean a merger of casualty and trauma units, but a "re-organisation of hospital emergency services". They say they plan to develop a "more integrated way of managing emergency services" with one emergency centre at tertiary and secondary hospitals, with specialised units attached. Beth Engelbrecht, deputy director-general of of the Western Cape Health Department, said emergency services were "too fragmented".

“Trained nurses not doing anything in trauma units… but in emergency, nurses are over-strained…’ claims Beth Engelbrecht of the WC health department…

  • "There is no one in charge. I have travelled in ambulances to get some sense of what is going on," Engelbrecht said.  "We’ve got trained nurses not doing anything (in trauma) but in general emergency the nurses are overstrained. In one part they are playing computer games and in the other one are long queues. Patients are waiting hours on end in casualty," Engelbrecht said.

Engelbrecht said the trauma unit would be "positioned alongside" the emergency centre. Patients would be referred from the central emergency centre to the trauma centre. No extra staff would be hired.

Doctors slammed this however as ‘ a return to the inefficient pre-1980 system. The two sections, casualty and trauma, were amalgamated in the old days and it was a disaster," said one doctor, who did not want to be identified.

You need to be geared up for trauma with a team that’s available 24 hours…

  • "They could not cope. They had patients like diabetics and asthma cases and then a gunshot chest. You can’t work like that. That’s why the two split. You need to be geared up for trauma with a team that is fresh and available 24 hours. Now they’re trying to undo the specialised trauma system, when the real problem is that they have slashed the beds in casualty."

Khan said trauma surgeons could train only at institutions accredited by the Health Professions Council of SA. Groote Schuur’s trauma unit was in the process of being given accreditation.

  • "If we go down the route they (provincial authorities) want, we won’t get accreditation and we won’t be able to train trauma surgeons at Groote Schuur," Khan said.

Groote Schuur’s trauma unit is internationally recognised and has a patient survival rate on a par with the most developed countries. Doctors from the UK and Europe came to work at the unit for six moths or a year to learn from South Africa how to manage trauma. "The UK is now going down the road of having trauma units like ours and Professor Andy Nicol, the head of Groote Schuur’s trauma unit, has been asked to go to the UK to tell them how it’s done here," Khan said. This proposed centralisation of emergency services will happen only in the Western Cape, Gosling writes on Page 1 of Cape Times on July 14, 2009 ‘Hospital trauma units under threat’

Groote Schuur Hospital also gets a lot of medical tourists from abroad:

Mentally handicapped man stabbed to death

 

2009-07-13 Handiman Boet Botha, 58 died during a fierce struggle with a knifeman – nothing robbed


Botha Boet Ment Handicapped Afrikaner stabbed to death July 12 2009 Heidelberg care home nothing robbed Jul 13 2009  HEIDELBERG, ZA. Gloria Edwards reports in Beeld newspaper that Boet Botha, an amiable, 58-year-old mentally handicapped Afrikaner who worked as a handiman at the Prop & XV World in Heidelberg, was repeatedly stabbed during a (clearly) very fierce struggle at his home, as it left a blood-trail all over the house, coating the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom walls and floors in his blood.  “Boet” is an Afrikaans nickname for ‘brother’: his legal first name was not provided in the article.

The murdered man was found by police in a large pool of blood in his bedroom in Museum Street, Heidelberg, stabbed four times with a knife, said police captain Thivhulawi Thsilate. No-one has been arrested. Nothing was missing from the house, said his sister Mrs Magda Botha, who lives with her brother and her mother in the small home. The two women rushed back from their holiday at Marloth Park near the Kruger Wildlife Reserve when hearing the dreadful news.

“It’s so strange. He was murdered so cruelly and without any apparent reason. He was the most lovable person and had no enemies, a helpful man with a very small heart,’ she said. Mrs Botha and her mom Sannie, 80, had taken a few days vacation, but had left their telephone number with Boet’s employer Mrs Annelie Botes, 40, owner of Prop & CV World in Heidelberg. She told Beeld that she became worried when Boet did not show up for work on Monday. “We last saw him at work Saturday-afternoon. When he didn’t show up on Monday we went to look for him at his home. We noticed that the window was broken and he didn’t open the door. We warned the police, who found him dead.’

Mrs Botes and other colleagues spent all Monday scrubbing the blood off the walls and floors of the Botha house before the sister and mother returned home. “We phoned Magda and auntie Botha, who were terribly shocked and are taking it badly. We had to clean the house before they came back because auntie Botha would not have been able to handle seeing such a scene,’ she said. (Note: Afrikaners always refer to older females as ‘auntie’ or ‘tannie’ even when they are not related, and to young girls as ‘niggie’ (cousin).) The investigating police officer is inspector Buks Stuart at telephone 016 – 341-5175. .http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2538413,00.html

UK football journo scared to go to WC2010

 

louisetaylor South Africa is too dangerous for WC2010, writes UK’s Guardian newspaper football journalist Louise Taylor, right, on Tuesday 7 July 2009 17.03 BST guardian.co.uk

Why going to South Africa for the World Cup terrifies me”

“Statistics, anecdotes and research suggest that touring the Rainbow nation as a fan next summer could be a dangerous option. In fact, the 2010 World Cup should have gone to Egypt,’ writes The Guardian newspaper’s football journalist Louise Taylor on 7 July 2009… click for adding your own Comments (488 thus far…)

  • "Awe-inspiring landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful vineyards and amazing wildlife – the Rainbow nation offers something for everyone, where the people and culture are as diverse as the landscape. Africa’s southernmost country has long been the inspiration of travellers the world over … " So says the blurb introducing South Africa in a typical holiday brochure. Few readers could fail to be enticed – well, at least until they spotted the prices – but most will also ask themselves the questions: What about the crime? Is it safe? Happily, South Africa seems to do tourism, particularly high-end tourism, pretty well, and the answers in the overwhelming majority of cases are a resounding: It won’t affect you and Yes.

Fifty people murdered a day…

2010 will draw crime says Cape Town metrocop chief Picture: Recent Cape Argus front page with the dire warning by its new metropolitian police force chief, who says the WC2010 ‘will draw crime’ and tourists will be soft targets because they aren’t street-wise such as the South Africans have become…. read story: WC2010 tourism attracts crime

She continues: “I’ve never been but would love to take a typical Cape Town/Garden Route-type holiday. What I would definitely balk at, though, is touring as a fan at next year’s World Cup – an event, with the final 12 months away, we are counting down to. Indeed, having done a bit of research on the subject, I know I’d be absolutely terrified.

‘Such fears are often as much about perception as statistics, but unfortunately the stats – not to mention much anecdotal evidence – confirm that football fans like me are right to be more than a little scared. After all, this is a country in which approximately 50 people are murdered every day.

Official Foreign Office Travel Advice:

‘Let’s start where the UK government would like us to, with the official Foreign Office travel advice. As a fairly regular visitor to the Middle East, I know this can sometimes seem unnecessarily alarmist but, even so, the South African advisory is still capable of making the most well-travelled England fan think twice.

Here are some selected excerpts.

  • "South Africa has a very high level of crime including rape and murder." "In all areas of South Africa you should be cautious when out after dark." "There have been a number of incidents involving foreigners being followed from Johannesburg airport to their destinations by car and then robbed, often at gunpoint." "The standard of driving is variable and there are many fatal accidents." Meanwhile, "vigilance" is demanded "at all times" in Durban.

“So far so cheery. Then there was the recent news that G4S, the world’s biggest security firm, has declined to work at next summer’s World Cup. Nick Buckles, the organisation’s chief executive, took that decision after revealing that G4S rated South Africa more dangerous than Iraq and Afghanistan.

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“Of course, much violence occurs in the townships but, looking in from the outside, a major problem appears to be the lack of public transport. Where are the wonderful train services that helped Germany 2006 run so smoothly? ‘After reporting on last month’s Confederations Cup, the journalist Gabriele Marcotti wrote: "Public transport is generally poor and, besides, most foreign tourists are told not to take buses and trains." Quite apart from recounting a late-night incident with a shadowy, gun-toting man – probably involved in security rather than crime – while driving in Johannesburg, Marcotti wrote of some long, unpleasant drives in the dark after covering matches.  Commenting on the lack of dual carriageways and lit highways in certain areas, he described negotiating one road heading towards Jo’burg as "like snorkelling in a sewer filled with squid ink". ‘Shortly afterwards came the sad news that a German journalist had been killed in a car accident while driving to a Confederations Cup match’.

‘Talking of the Confederations Cup, remember that players from both the Egyptian and Brazilian teams returned to their hotel rooms after victories over, coincidentally, Italy to find they had been robbed. No matter, though; in March Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the 2010 World Cup, issued a "100% guarantee" that there would not be "a single" security breach or attack on any team or official attending Africa’s first such showpiece. "We’ll have 41,000 extra police and 86,000 added [security] personnel," he said. “Those guests who attended a FIFA draw in Durban in November 2007 may take some convincing. They were shocked when Peter Burgstaller, an Austrian ex-professional footballer, was shot dead while on his hotel golf course. ‘Meanwhile, another hotel guest was mugged en route to breakfast and journalists covering the event were advised to venture out only in groups…. read the entire article on: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/jul/07/louise-taylor-south-africa-2010-world-cup

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She’s right about everything, including the public transport – here’s just a few examples:

20090710  Mom Helen Smith roughed up at Durban train station by guard

Agiza Hlongwane of the Sunday Times of Johannesburg reports on July 12 2009 that young Johannesburg mom Helen Smith was roughed up by a security guard at the Durban train station. She was travelling on the much-vaunted Shosholoza Meyl  luxury train with her five-month-old baby. She fears what will happen to WC 2010 FIFA football tourists who will have to deal with such abusive and rough security guards at train stations, she told South Africa’s largest newspaper. 


Helen Smith's wrist show cuts and bruises from being handcuffed with extreme force by a security guard at Durban train station when she was travelling from JHB to Toti withher mother and kids scene here after the incident with her 5 month old son Daniel Walker-Smith .
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fc MANHANDLED: Traumatised, thirty-five-year-old mom Helen Smith’s wrist shows cuts and bruises from her alleged encounter with a ‘rough’ security guard at Durban train station. Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN, Sunday Times.

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Mrs Helen Smith’s only  “crime”: failing to produce a R10 parcel ticket when she tried to board her next train… No-where are passengers advised that they must pay for their luggage, she noted.

The mother of three has laid a charge of assault against Metrorail and says she fears what will happen to 2010 Fifa World Cup foreign visitors who will have to deal with “abusive” and “rough” security guards at train stations.

Smith, 35, has also accused Metrorail of failing to erect signage informing passengers of the need to pay for their luggage. Smith arrived in Durban from Johannesburg on Friday, with her three children, her 72-year-old mother and their four pieces of luggage.  After travelling for 14 hours on Metrorail’s much-vaunted Shosholoza Meyl, Smith said, she incurred the wrath of a security guard upon their arrival in Durban when she pushed her luggage past an open gate next to the turnstiles, enroute to boarding the Doonside-bound train. She was stopped by security guards demanding to see her parcel ticket — a levy for onboard luggage, which cost R10 per bag. Smith said she had not been told about the extra costs before then. The guards then accused the white woman of ‘trespassing’.

I am going to hit you, said the guard…

“When I went through the gate, all I wanted to do was to get my kids and my mom onto the platform. I said to (the guard) I’d come and pay the ticket. Instead, he grabbed my bag and pulled hard — my hand was really burning … I told him to leave me alone and pushed him away. And he said, ‘I’m going to hit you.’ ” Smith demanded the guard’s name, but he refused to give it. Metrorail spokesman Thandi Mkhize confirmed that there had been an “incident”. http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/Article.aspx?id=1032467

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20090703 Afrikaans woman assaulted on train while scores of men look on and do nothing to help…

Jul 3 2009 RANDFONTEIN, South Africa.

Nothnagel Tanya AttackedTrainRandfonteinJune302009 This is Mrs Tanya Nothnagel, a bank clerk who was assaulted and beaten up in full view of a wagon-load of male passengers – who did nothing to help the Afrikaans woman.

Beeld journalist Cobus Coetzee writes that 44-year-old Mrs Nothnagel was travelling on the metrorail train from Johannesburg to her home in Randfontein from work when a ‘middle-aged man wearing the uniform of a well-known supermarket group” assaulted her, beat her in the face and kicked her for no apparent reason other than that she wanted a place to sit down.

The train left just after 5pm from Park Station. She was assaulted about 45 minutes into the journey while travelling between the Horison- and Princess railway stations. “He and his girlfriend reeked of alcohol and were occupying the entire bench with just the two of them. When I asked them courteously to make room for me, he started yelling at me, beat me in the face, climbed on top of the bench and kicked me in the face.’  None of the other passengers did anything. They merely watched her get beaten up… “The train was jam-packed. There were men all over the place but nobody wanted to help me. Only after the attack did a man and woman help me.’ She climbed off at the Home Lake station outside Randfontein. Her attacker and his girlfriend remained on the train. A week after the attack, her cheeks and eyebanks still are swollen and blue. But she’s refusing to be intimidated and still takes the same train every day, she said. The security on the trains is a huge problem, she told Beeld. “There are no guards on the trains, just at the railway stations’. Police captain Appel Ernst confirms that she’s lodged a formal complaint, which is being investigated by the Roodepoort police station, he said. Metrorail spokesman Sibusiso Ngomane said they ‘can’t afford to place security guards in every train wagon’. http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2535769,00.html

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Chris Joubert dropped to his knees and thanked God after escape from hijacker…  

  July 3 2009 http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20090703052016777C630332

By Thandi Skade , The Star. As he looked down the barrel of the gun, two thoughts occupied his mind: never again seeing his four-month-old daughter, and that the trigger would be pulled.

  • "Get out, get out!" the gun-wielding man shouted at Chris Joubert. Snapping out of his thoughts, Joubert obeyed. The man jumped into the car and an accomplice got into the passenger seat and they drove off.
    ‘I dropped to my knees and thanked God for saving my life’

On Wednesday afternoon, Joubert, a Boksburg Audi dealership employee, escaped a hijacking at a petrol station in Boksburg unharmed, but his client’s new silver Audi Q5 2.0T had gone. He had taken the SUV to a petrol station to be filled before it was to be collected by the owner later that day. "As I was opening the door, a man – on his haunches – approached me. Next thing I saw a gun in my face," Joubert told The Star on Thursday.

"All I kept thinking about was my wife, never seeing my daughter, who is exactly four months old today, and waiting for that shot to go off.  "I was so shocked by what had happened. I dropped to my knees and thanked God for saving my life."

Joubert said he had alerted vehicle tracing firm Tracker, which activated the tracking device that had been installed just that morning. Police units immediately picked up the signal. The vehicle was recovered on the N3 highway travelling north towards the London Road off-ramp in less than 15 minutes," said Tracker communications manager Gareth Crocker. Boksburg Constable Cathy Meyer confirmed that one man had been arrested on Wednesday and the vehicle recovered. The suspect – who had been released on bail two weeks ago after being caught in possession of a stolen vehicle in Booysens – is having his case dealt with at the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court. http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20090703052016777C630332

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