News Oct 19 2010

 
Summary: Woolworths food-giant warns about high e-coli levels on fresh food irrigated with polluted Hartbeespoort water; Gert Reyneke, 71, shot dead Kameeldrift smallholding; heroic cop Jan Pretorius shot , injured by gangsters 3 months after saving drowning youngster in Balfour; Anna Jacoba Myburgh, 65, dies months after kidnapping ordeal; Johan Wessels, 45, dead at Loch Athlone Dam, Bethlehem OFS; Andrelette Peters of Cape Flats had 120 stab-wounds; Unnamed Chinese businessman found murdered Daniel’s Drift

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2010-10-17 Gert Reyneke, 71, murdered on Kameeldrift smallholding, Pretoria, nothing robbed.

2010-10-18 Gert Reyneke, 71, had gone to visit his granddaughter at a smallholding in Kameeldrift near Pretoria to make a wrought-iron bed for her 14th birthday. Instead, the unarmed old Afrikaner was shot to death by persons unknown – who did not steal anything.

Reyneke Gert 71 murdered Kameeldrift smallholdings Oct172010 NOTHING ROBBED Hilda Fourie of Beeld newspaper said Gert and wife Johanna, 67, arrived from Bloemfontein on Friday to visit his daughter Mrs Thiana Gericke, 45 and to help celebrate his granddaughter Danelle Gericke’s 14th birthday. The Reyneke couple had celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary earlier in the month. They were staying in a flat just metres away from the main homestead. His wife woke up around 1am on Friday from the sound of glass breaking. Her husband also woke up and looked out the window, with Mrs Reyneke warning him to ‘be careful’ while he walked to the room next door where the sound had come from. Then she heard a shot. She looked carefully around the corner and saw her husband lying on his face, bleeding. He was shot in the chest from about a meter away. Mrs Reyneke locked herself in the bedroom and tried phoning her daughter and son-in-law Org Geringer, 43, but was unable to do so. However Mrs Geringer woke up from the gunshot and she woke up her husband who got up to fetch his cellphone from his car. When he noticed the text-message from his mother-in-law he rushed to the guest-flat but Mr Reyneke was dead. “It’s so senseless,’ said their daughter. “The most innocent of people just killed in one careless moment.” He also leaves another daughter Ms Charné Reyneke (42. SAPS captain Jan Sepato, confirmed the murder.Nobody was arrested. Police haven’t a clue who or how many people to even search for and also did not send an SAPS dog-tracker team shortly after the farm-attack. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Oupa-kuier-op-hoewe-geskiet-20101018

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2010-10-18 Johan Wessels, 45, found dead in idling car, Loch Athlone Dam, Bethlehem OFS

2010-10-18 The body of Johan (Wessie) Wessels (45), was found dead in his car at 7am at the Loch Athlone Dam near Bethlehem with the engine still running. SAPS sergeant Majang Mosupa said a post-mortem examination will establish the cause of death. He did not live at the smallholdings-region. His widow Elise did not want to speak to the news media yesterday. He is survived by his wife and three children. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Man-dood-in-voertuig-langs-dam-aangetref-20101018

 

2010 Andrelette Peters. 19, stabbed 120 times, Wolfgat Nature Reserve, Cape Town

2010-10-18 Kaapstad – Cape Flats teenager Andrelette Peters, stabbed to death on October 8 2010 after disappearing from her family home on the Wolfgat Nature Reserve, was so badly mutilated — with 120 stab wounds all over her body — that her mom, Mrs Lonely Taai, was only able to identify her through her tattoo. “She was stabbed 120 times. There were a huge number of stab-wounds to her face, it was ripped to pieces, said her mother. Police have arrested no-one. There seemed to be no motive. http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Tiener-120-keer-gesteek-20101018

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Anna Jacoba Myburgh, 65, dies months after kidnapping ordeal

Myburgh Anna Jacoba 65 after her rescue from kidnap shooting 18Feb2010 2010-10-18  BRONKHORSTSPRUIT regional court – The kidnappers of the late Mrs Anna Jacoba Myburgh, 65, who recently died from the after-effects of a traumatic kidnapping during which she also was tortured with a hot iron, shot and then left for dead with her daughter-in-law Hedri on February 18 2010 — deserve ‘worse than the death-sentence’, said her widower Hans, 67, speaking at the trial of Daniel Motshwarateu, 23 and Helton Matsimela, 28. PICTURE These two black men, found guilty of the stated crimes by Bronkhorstspruit regional court magistrate Magriet Cook, will be sentenced in November. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Doodstraf-nie-genoeg-vir-die-twee-20101018

Matsimela 28 guilty of Myburgh double kidnapping Bronkhorstspruit Oct182010 Mrs Myburgh, her daughter-in-law Edri Myburgh, 28 and housekeeper Paulina Moyana were attacked inside their homestead, forced into a vehicle and driven around on the Spitskop/Sairta road between Bronkhorstspruit and Witbank. Mrs Myburgh senior was stabbed in the foot and also extensively tortured witha  hot iron before they were forced into the car. Matshawarateu and Matsimela testified that Mrs Anna Myburgh was shot behind the left ear and Mrs Edri Myburgh, 28, shot inside her mouth – and that the women were then left for dead on the road: Edri was even driven over when the car rolled. Both men have admitted to the various counts of torturing, kidnapping and shooting the Afrikaans women – but no explanations as to why they had done this. Edri’s husband Henk, 32, also in court to hear the verdict, said the kidnapping left the entire family having to deal with permanent trauma. “Every time we come and sit in the court-room, all the old wounds are scratched open again. We as a family try to avoid it but it has unfortunately become an an integral part of all our lives.’ Edri Myburgh did not attend the proceedings on Monday. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Doodstraf-nie-genoeg-vir-die-twee-20101018

2010-10-17 Heroic SAPS w/o Jan Pretorius shot five times: but shoots dead armed gangster in Balfour gun-fight

2010-10-18 The heroic Afrikaner policeman who in August rescued a drowning youth from a Balfour dam and revive him, was shot five times by an armed gang which planned to blow up the vault of the Balfour Pep Store on Monday, Oct. 18 2010. Warrant-officer Jan Pretorius is in serious condition in Union hospital, Alberton. While he was injured on the ground he however still managed to shoot dead one gangster. The other 4 gangsters ran away. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bende-skiet-held-20101018

Pretorius Jan SAPS warrant officer who rescued child was shot Balfour shop Oct182010

Buks Viljoen of Beeld newspaper reports that Pretorius got engaged in a gunfight at around 5am at a Balfour shop with an armed gang trying to break in. SAPS colonel Abie Khoabane said the gang was spotted trying to climb through the roof of Pep Stores. Pretorius was off-duty but was called by a member of the public who had spotted the breakin in progress. Enroute Pretorius summonsed other police officers. As he showed up on the crime-scene he was shot twice in the right-leg, in both feet and the right shoulder – but still managed to shot dead one of the four men who were shooting at him – and one of his bullets even struck a pistol held by one gangster. This gun it was later established had been stolen from the SAPS. The gang was trying to break into the Pep Stores vault with commercial explosives which were left behind at the scene, said Khoabane. Pretorius is in the Union Hospital in Alberton. In August Pretorius had rescued a small boy, picture, while the child was drowning in a farm dam outside Balfour. He stormed in, dragged the child out and revived him with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He never found out who the child was: the kid jumped up and ran away amongst the squatter shacks.

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2010-10-17 Unnamed Chinese businessman found murdered, N4 highway Daniel’s Drift Silverton

An kidnapped, unnamed Chinese businessman – dealer in computer hardware in the greater-Pretoria area – was found murdered along the N4 highway near Silverton on Sunday at 1pm by a passerby, said SAPS Capt Shawane Sepapo. The SAPS believe that he was killed elsewhere and dumped along the highway. He was last seen alive on Sunday-evening at around 10pm – and his Mercedes Benz motor vehicle was found abandoned near Daniel’s Drift shortly thereafter. Police are investigating a case of murder. http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Sakeman-dood-langs-hoofweg-gevind-20101018

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Woolworths food-giant issues health-warning about water-quality in South Africa – after identifying ecoli bacteria on fresh produce irrigated with Hartbeespoort Dam water…

”We have been finding more and more e-coli on fresh produce…”

2010-10-17 Vanderbijlpark. – Woolworths food-giant has raised the alarm about the unhealthy water-quality in South Africa over the past 18-months after their quality-control expects identify growing levels of e-coli bacteria on their fresh-food products. Woolworths ‘s Interfruit purchaser Noël van Zyl said it has become clear over the past 18 months that there has been a ‘drastic reduction in the quality of the country’s water-supplies. We have been finding more and more e-coli on fresh produce,’ he warned. 

Entire Limpopo River basin affected by South African water-mismanagement (map below)

South Africa still exports food-products, especially to the Middle-East and the European Union. However Woolworths’ warnings will undoubtedly also have an impact unless the ANC-regime quickly intervenes by cleaning up these water-sources: mostly caused by the fact that more than 80% of all its municipal sewerage plants have collapsed from mismanagement. Also, in June 2010, the Environment and Conservation Association on the East Rand lodged a law-suit against SA’s Minister of Water Affairs and Pres. Jacob Zuma for ignoring Water Act requirements – by also still allowing some 600-million liters a day of radio-active mine sludge to be dumped into the Hartbeespoort dam – already grossly polluted with human sewerage overflowing from numerous municipalities in the vicinity of these water-resources. This affects the entire 1,770-km-long Limpopo River Basin: on which thousands of crop-farmers and tens of millions of people rely for their fresh-water supplies. Besides the high level of human faecal pollution, the Hartbeespoort water also is heavily polluted with radioactive mine-sludge being dumped there.

Acid Mine Drainage from West Rand Mines Mariette Liefferink Hartbeespoortdam

Hartbeespoort Dam water is used for crop-irrigation by some Woolworth food-producers:

Van Zyl was quoted while holding talks with North West University’s water-dynamics researchers at its Vaal-Triangle Campus — and specifically warned against the Hartbeespoort Dam water –  sourced from the Crocodile and Vaal rivers – and which is used for crop-irrigation by some of their food-producers. He pointed out that Woolworths had to comply with international food-safety standards as laid down by GlobalGap *( (Global Partnership for Good Agriculture)  – and this also meant that all the irrigation water had to be at the cleanest standards. Five years ago, they did not have such problems with e-coli pollution, he warned. “Back then the biggest problems with fresh produce were frost and chemicals, but water problems? Never. How could this possibly have happened?’ he asked.

Whenever Woolworths purchases fresh products they get tested by their quality-control department for amongst others, bacteria and certain chemicals. If these test positive – as recently happened when e-coli bacteria (which comes from the human gut)  were identified, their contract with their suppliers immediately are cancelled. This in turn has a knock-on health-effect: such rejected fresh products usually end up in the ‘informal sector’s roadside stands and the contaminated food is then purchased by the poor – thus spreading diseases amongst the country’s most vulnerable people, he warned.

Thoms du Toit, spokesman for the non-governmental SAVE THE VAAL (SAVE) organisation, said the government will have to be ‘shocked to its senses’ – because the government is the guardian of the country’s water-resources, and it’s the government which allows their deterioration.

Van Zyl said Woolworths would not want to have empty shelves in their shops – however with the country’s water-quality deteriorating this rapidly, that ‘s exactly what will be happening to everybody. Woolworths does not want to import food because they want to keep their ‘carbon footprint’ as small as possible. “We try to purchase most of our produycts locally but the possibilities for doing so, due to the pollution and contamination of the water-sources – are becoming smaller and the number of food-producers are dropping’.

“The future for the country’s local food-supplies is very uncertain. We have never had to deal with such a problem before. My biggest worry is if things are this bad now, what will the situation look like five years from now?”

He said Woolworths does important fresh food such as asperagus from Peru and small sugar-maize and beans from Kenya – also because the changes in the weather patterns have altered the food-supplies over the past ten years. A decade ago, one could still plant pumpkins in winter at Musina – nowadays they freeze to death.” http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Water-in-SA-kwel-koskettingreus-20101017

Hartbeespoort Gap water flows 1,770km – bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and through Mozambique —  and emptying into the Indian Ocean

Hartbeespoort water basin source of Crocodile Limpopo Riverine system South Africa Map

http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=30703&HeadingText=Environment+280610+mine+acid#n

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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