News Nov 12 2010

 

2010-10-10 Pretoria smallholder Hennie Benadé, stabbed and arm broken by 3 black men, had gun-barrel shoved into his mouth and cursed with ‘you white dog’http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Jy-wou-mos-wit-hond-20101111

A Pretoria smallholder, his wife and their housekeeper were kept hostage for six hours, during which the couple were forced to drink down a bottle of brandy and the husband was remorselessly beaten, for hours. The housekeeper was unharmed.

Benade Hennie and Ann assaulted Honingnestkrans Pta YOU WHITE DOG Nov112010 Drink Boer – when I shoot you you will have to be unconscious…

The couple’s gardener and two black comrades had ambushed and assaulted the Afrikaner couple when they returned home at 1pm — and then held him and his wife captive for six hours. They also tied up the housekeeper but did not harm her or assault her. At one point their gardener Julius had pushed a loaded gun-barrel into Benade’s mouth and yelled: “you white dog, you wanted to slap me…’ when the Afrikaner tried to defend himself from being assaulted by the men with pickhandles and knives.

The men also forced the couple to drink down a bottle of brandy, saying: “Drink Boer, when I shoot you, you have to be unconscious’. Beeld journalist Hilda Fourie wrote that the couple’s six-hour ordeal started at 1pm when the couple, enroute home after delivering a load of bricks in their bakkie, stopped at a neighbour’s house to pick up their dog, Peanut. When they arrived at their homestead next door, Benadé first stopped to talk to the gardener, Julius – who worked in their garden ‘off and on’ for several years. “I went inside the house when two unknown black men jumped me, armed with two pickaxe-handles and knives. They kept on beating me, taking turns. I kept trying to get up but they kept on beating me down. They broke my right arm and cut my left-hand with a knife.”They dragged me up the stairs to the main bedroom, where they forced me to open the gunsafe.’They grabbed his handgun but were unhappy about the small amount of cash inside  — so they started beating him again, he said.Then Julius entered the bedroom and pushed Benadé’s loaded handgun into his mouth, cursing him.Meanwhile wife Ann and housekeeper Susan were forced to lie down on the floor and tied up while the three black men searched the homestead. They found some cash in Mrs Benadé ‘s handbag. Then the white man and his wife were forced to drink down a bottle of brandy.   “He pushed the bottle into my mouth and said : ‘drink Boer, when I shoot you you have to be unconscious’, he told Beeld newspaper. By 7pm the attackers climbed into the couple’s Datsun-bakkie and fled with their loot. Benadé managed to get lose from his bonds and freed his wife and housekeeper before rushing to the neighbours to get help. Mr Benadé also sustained serious head-wounds which required 100 stitches. SAPS captain Katlego Mogale said ‘a charge of house-robbery is being investigated.” However — he said nothing about investigating attempted murder.http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Jy-wou-mos-wit-hond-20101111

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2010-11-07 Barend Steyn, 73, ex-railway worker and farmer, tortured with hot iron, murdered, Bloemspruit smallholding FS- nothing robbed

After the kind old Afrikaner – a former railway-worker who’d scrimped and saved for 30 years to buy his dreamed-of small farm one day — had driven a black pensioner to town on Friday to help her withdraw her pension, he was tortured with a hot iron, beaten with a pick-axe and brutally murdered… and nothing was robbed.

Steyn Barend 73 Bloemspruit smallholdings murdered Nov5 2010 Bloemfontein – A blood-stained sock, pillow and rag were silent witnesses to the gruesome torture-murder of an elderly Free State farmer, Barend Steyn, 73. Earl Coetzee of Volksblad newspaper wrote that the murdered man’s son Callie Steyn found his father’s bloodied body on Friday-afternoon at 6pm after the old man had driven a black pensioner into town to help her withdraw her pension…

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“I drove into the erf and yelled to my dad because he usually comes out to greet me just as I drive in.’ However dad didn’t show and Steyn walked into the homestead.He noticed that the backdoor was open and that the homestead was ‘turned upside-down’ – so he first ran back outside to warn his wife not to climb from the car, but to lock it.The son went back inside and found his dad on the floor of the second bedroom. “Initially I thought he’d been shot because I just saw blood everywhere’.The old man was on his stomach. “A rag was twisted over his head and neck, his hands were tied behind his back. I turned him over, removed the rag to see if he was still alive. I searched for a pulse-beat but he was cold,’ the son wept, telling his story to the journalist.Next to his father’s body he noticed a pickaxe and a hot iron, still plugged in. The room in which he was murdered contained the registered gun-safe.Tools were left behind such as an angle-grinder indicating that there were plans to break into the safe. Electrical appliances and groceries, packed in bags, were in the hallways. Capt Elsa Gerber of the SAPS said the last time Mr Steyn was seen was on Friday around 2:30pm when he returned from town with his shopping.The SAPS’s organised-crime unit the Falcons arrested a suspected man on Sunday and are still searching for other suspects. Bennie said it was shocking that the murder was carried out in broad daylight. “I pleaded and begged with my dad to come and stay with me on my smallholding for his own safety.He lived a sober life – having worked for many years on the railways. It was always his dream to farm one day, so when he retired 20 years ago he bought a smallholding and started farming it.He always helped everyone around him and often drove workers to town. On Friday-morning he’d driven a woman into town so that she could withdraw her pension,’ he said.The old man leaves behind two sons. The brothers have now removed all the valuables from the smallholding and appointed a security company to guard it.They expressed the hope that ‘something can be done to make the elderly living om smallholdings and farmers more aware of the need for better security…’ Volksblad – http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bejaarde-boer-vermoor-20101108-2

 

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

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