White Germiston couple endure brutal attack Dec 9 2010

Karl Gaiduschek, 80, survives brutal 3-hour beating, Dec 9 2010 – friend Ursula Arkner, 76, died of heart attack afterwards

Dec 31 2010 – GERMISTON, Klopper Park. Marius Avenant writes that ‘an attack on 80-year old man and his 76-year old lady friend on December 9 2010 still is not deemed important enough to be reported in the newspaper or on the news.”  Today, when the story was placed on Facebook, his daughter wrote:

  • Liza Gaiduschek “Thank you Marius Avenant for placing this article – this is my father Karl Gaiduschek who has been attacked. We are not sure though about the “weapons” he has been attacked with. They did have a knife as the TV’s wires were cut and used to strangle him. It was very clear even 3 weeks afterwards by the marks on his neck, that they tried to strangle him. They did however come in through the front and obtained the keys which was in its usual place on the TV cabinet, not to far from the door. They must have known via the new “maid” who never returned again, where it was stored. I would like to know what the police will say about this matter!” http://www.facebook.com/LizaMarx

Unarmed old man beaten in bed:

On Thursday 9 December 2010 at 12h00 – in broad daylight – Mr Karl Gaiduschek (80) was resting in his Klopper Park, Germiston, residence, when his partner, Ms Ursula Arkner (76) was attacked by three blacks, who apparently gained access via the backyard and a door that was left unlocked. Ms Arkner was tied up and Mr Gaiduschek was attacked and beaten while he was still laying in the bed. It is said that he refused to give them the keys to his safe. He was beaten and strangled until he was unconscious and laying bloody and almost dead. The attackers spent the next 3 hours assaulting him and ransacking the house. They left the scene with Ms Arkner’s vehicle – taking with them clothing, food, liquor, cellphones etc.

Ms Arkner had to listen to her partner being assaulted and eventually she managed to free herself and pressed the panic button – which did not function. Her daughter’s friend later turned up with the police.  It is believed that she called for help by telephone.Ms Arkner stated at that time that she ‘was not hurt’ and refused medical attention. Mr Gaiduschek was hospitalized and is recovering physically, but is very weak and severely traumatized. Ms Arkner died in her sleep last Monday night December 20 2010 – presumably from the after-effects of the shock and the trauma she went through. For Mr Gaiduschek it will be a long road to recovery.” http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001566674423

  • Tel Germiston Police crime office  011 871 5000

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Attacks on ‘white ‘ residents in greater Johannesburg since June 1 2010

 

ATTACKS AGAINST WHITE JOBURG CITIZENS JUNE_DEC312010

http://www.farmitracker.com 

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Why was this not reported to the news media? Why was Mrs Arkner not offered trauma-counselling?

  • We sent the following request to the SAPS Gauteng media liaison office, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini (Contact numbers : 082 411 5311 E-mail : gpmedia@saps.org.za Tel (011) 274 7373 Cell: 082 411 5311 Email: gpmedia@saps.org.za

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Urgent to Lt -col. Lungelo Dlamini, SAPS Gauteng Media Liaison Office of the Provincial Commissioner Dec 31 2010 –

Subject:  December 9 2010 – assault and armed house-robbery against Mr Karl Gaiduschek, 80, Klopper Park, Germiston

I am enquiring about a crime-incident targetting frail elderly people in the Germiston area, which the SAPS has not bothered to report to the local news media. Since May 2010, a group of people have started maintaining an online archive of all such violent crime incidents which are not reported by the SA police… but should be.

Could you please comment on/confirm the following crime:

  • On Thursday 9 December 2010 at 12h00 – in broad daylight – Mr Karl Gaiduschek (80) was resting in his Klopper Park, Germiston, residence, when his life-partner, Ms Ursula Arkner (76) was attacked by three males with knobkieries inside their home. Old Ms Arkner was tied up and the unarmed Mr Gaiduschek was attacked with knobkieries and beaten while he was still laying in bed. He was beaten until he was unconscious and laying bloody and almost dead. The attackers spent the next 3 hours assaulting him and ransacking the house. They left the scene with Mrs Arkner’s vehicle – taking with them clothing, food, liquor, cellphones. Throughout this attack, Ms Arkner had to listen to her partner being assaulted and eventually she managed to free herself and pressed the panic button – which did not function. Her daughter’s friend later turned up with the police.  It is believed that she called for help by telephone. Ms Arkner stated at that time that she ‘was not hurt’ and refused medical attention. However trauma-counselling was not offered to her either. Mr Gaiduschek was hospitalized and is recovering physically, but is very weak and severely traumatized. Ms Arkner died in her sleep last Monday night December 20 2010 –  doctors presume that her death was due to the after-effects of the shock and the trauma she went through.”

QUESTION 1: I would appreciate your advice as to the accuracy of the description above, i .e. did this incident take place as described?

QUESTION 2: Did the Germiston police obtain or even offer any trauma-counselling to these frail victims of this heinous crime against two defenceless pensioners? If not, why not?

QUESTION 3: Has anyone been arrested? If yes, please advise when they will appear on court, where and on which date. Please advise the contact number of the investigating officer and name so that we may follow up this case by obtaining counselling and support for Mr Gaiduschek during the trial.

Thank you.

Adriana Stuijta.j.stuijt@knid.nl

 

also: contact for Victims empowerment programme NICRO Germiston + 27 (0)11 873- 6976

Bloemspruit residents: shoot to kill home-invaders

Besieged SA smallholders threaten to ‘shoot to kill armed invaders’ after latest murders rock Pretoria and Bloemfontein

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December 30 2010 – BLOEMFONTEIN. The gruesome murder of Bloemspruit smallholder Hennie Viljoen on Monday is the latest of a soaring number of very violent murder- robbery- and rape-attacks targetting the Boer residents on the sprawling smallholdings surrounding Bloemfontein. 

It’s a growing pattern: identical problems are also experienced in the rural smallholdings around greater Pretoria, especially Kameeldrift. These working-class Boer smallholders and their families all live in daily fear of their lives. Since June 2010, the record shows that a combined 511 armed-attacks were recorded against ethno-European families, farmers and business people in the Free State and the Transvaal up to December 24 2010.

‘Hire less workers…’  Transvaal Agricultural Union warns

The Transvaal Agricultural union today warned people to ‘hire less workers and become much more wary and alert around their workers’: TAU spokesman Jan Viljoen pointed out that  four Zimbabwean workers were arrested for three recent double farm-murders in that province alone.  The death toll on the farms and smallholdings has soared to 3,770 by Dec 27 2010. Names, dates, sources

AFRICA NOT SAFE FOR ANY EUROPEANS FARMITRACKER DEC25 2010 RECORD  http://www.farmitracker.com

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After Viljoen’s murder on December 27, some Bloemspruit residents indicated that they would do anything to defend their families – even shoot to kill any armed intruders threatening them and their families. Residents also are tightening up their security even more and in many regions they are also re-organising their self-defence systems.

Free State leader of the Democratic Alliance  Dr Roy Jankielsohn accused the SAPS of ‘ignoring their duties to protect the residents even though they knew of the problem.” On Nov 22 he had already urgently warned Thab Manyoni, MEC in charge of the policing portfolio, detailing the great many incidents of violence targetting the residents and the poor responses from the Bloemspruit SAPS to even the most violent armed crimes.

Bloemhof residents complained in statements submitted with Janielsohn’s Nov 22 letter that whenever they placed emergency calls pleading for help while they were under attack by armed black male gangs,  the Bloemspruit police would ‘show up far too late’ to capture the attackers; often claiming that they had a ‘vehicle shortage’. The residents also complained that they received little to none feed-back about the formal incident-charges they lodged at this police station. Manyoni promised Janielsohn last month that ‘these questions would be attended to urgently,’ yet the problems still persist, as the Viljoen-murder showed this week.

On Monday Dec 27 2010, local Boer petrol-station owner Hennie Viljoen was ambushed , stabbed and bludgeoned to death with huge boulders by armed black men who were waiting for him at the entrance to his smallholding at 122 Cypress Drive, Hoëveld at Bloemspruit. Volksblad journalist Vicus Bürger wrote that as Viljoen stepped from his Peugeot 407 to open the entrance gate to the family homestead he was stabbed, attacked with huge rocks and murdered. The attackers tried to use his Peugeot as a getaway car but crashed it and fled on foot. Mr Viljoen is survived by his wife Ciselia and two daughters: Red Cross Hospital clinical technologist Cicelia jr. (23) and Free State student Anette (21).

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 Bloemspruit cops ‘very uncooperative’ –  murder-victim Viljoen’s neighbour Barend Swart.

Viljoen Hennie MURDER WEAPONS ROCKS Dec272010 Bloemhof AH Viljoen Hennie murder scene Dec262010 Bloemspruit AH

Bloemspruit  resident Barend Swart was heading home with fiancee Marilize Hayward when the couple found Viljoen’s crashed Peugeot lying on its roof shortly after the murderers had crashed it and fled on foot. The couple rushed to the victim’s homestead and found a tragic scene at the gate:  Mrs Viljoen, desperately trying to revive her husband with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Swart then helped by massaging his heart. “I realised he was dead but just kept trying,’ the grief-stricken Mrs Viljoen said later. Swart then found Viljoen’s cellphone in the veldt and repeatedly tried to phone the nearby Bloemspruit police station – but only raised them after trying repeatedly. ” And when someone finally answered, the police on the other end claimed that they ‘didn’t know where the smallholding was located,’ he said.http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bloemfonteiner-met-klippe-doodgeslaan-20101228

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“Police investigate internally”

FS SAPS spokesman col Motantsi Makhele claimed that ‘the complaints about the poor police-reaction times are investigated internally.” He said a satellite station Sonskyn was established on 14 Oct ‘to remove the pressures on Bloemspruit’.

Viljoen’s death occurred about a month after the murder of Barend Steyn, 73 on 5 November. Residents say that they are plagued by an epidemic of rapes, thefts and break-ins as well as murder-attacks. Interviews with residents such as Stephen Bopheka confirm that the fear was widespread: ‘What happened to Viljoen and Steyn can also happen to me and other Bloemspruit residents,’ he said. Resident Marilize Hayward was terrified of going home at night and feared for her two-year-old son’s Duwan’s safety. Resident Frik Greyling was up in arms and said he would shoot anyone culprit trying to enter his property. Hennie Nieuwenhuizen said the Bloemspruit police are ‘hopelessly incompetent.’ Ms Hayward agreed and said ‘the only solution was to fire the lot of them and get an entirely new crew at that police station”. Even the ANC’s pretend-‘breakaway’ party spokesman Teboho Loate of COPE felt that the soaring violence targetting Bloemspruit residents ‘was worrying’. And Freedom Front leader Abrie Oosthuizen believed that the murders on farms and smallholdings ‘wil not stop until the death-sentence is reinstated for these murderers…’ “Nobody is safe anywhere any more,’ he concluded.

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Disenchanted South Africans poke fun at poor physical fitness of the SAPS 

South Africans have indeed become so disenchanted with their police-force that they take great pains to photograph them slacking off on duty such as sleeping on the job. Many citizens also poke fun at their obvious lack of physical fitness.. as the following video clip illustrates.

 

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Death Toll of White Farmers murdered up to December 23 2010: Dutch whistleblower website: —  This Dutch whistleblower-website deals with fraud and other major issues surrounding European Union development-aid donations to third world countries, especially from The Netherlands – and please note what they write about South Africa: Its administrator Dr Hans Sluijter took considerable efforet to place a very convenient seperate list of the farm-murder names etc, on an Adobe programme which helps readers to analyse the contents very well. Take a look at it. It’s easy to copy too – so paste it whereever you can in any report. They used the Censorbugbear-Reports archives up to Dec 23 2010 so it would have to be updated with the latest large number of new murders (can be copied from http://afrikaner-genocide-achives.blogspot.com) before copying and pasting it into your own articles. It’s a loudable effort and I do most sincerely hope that people will give Dr Sluijter a great deal of thanks for his hard work. He ‘s a well-known liberal whistleblower and important source, dealing with EU-funding for development aid projects in Third World Countries. http://www.nl-aid.org/death-toll-3769-%E2%80%9Cwhite%E2%80%9D-farmers-murdered-up-to-december-23-2010/

Three Witbank Boers shot with .765 pistol: three attacks

Gordon Cooke, Jannie Brits and Martin Maree of Witbank smallholdings were all shot with .765-calibre bullets this month:  prison warden Brits has died, Cooke and Maree are seriously injured.

Dec 29 2010 – WITBANK. It is very likely that 27-year-old Gordon Cooke, who was shot in the neck execution-style with a .7654-calibre weapon, will be paralysed for the rest of his life. Two weeks earlier prison warden Jannie Brits was also shot dead in the same region with a .765 weapon. And so was another Witbank smallholder, Martin Maree of Kromdraai, also on Sunday December 26.

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Cooke Gordon paralysed after attack Witbank Dec272010_fianceeBiancaBarrand

Gordon Cooke, 27, fiancee Bianca Barrand and their baby girl Abigail, 8 months, were attacked at their Witbank smallholding rental cottage on Sunday . Cooke was shot in the neck and the .765 calibre bullet lodged in his spine. Doctors fear that he may be permanently paralysed from the neck down. Ms Barrand and baby daughter Abigail (8 months) were asleep when Cooke was ambushed upon his return from work.

Cooke told Beeld news reporters Buks Viljoen and Cobus Claassen from his hospital bed that he was deeply grateful that his loved ones remained unharmed throughout their ordeal. Ms Barrand had hid with Abigail on the floor underneath a blanket when she heard Gordon yelling while he was fighting off his attackers. “A new and unexpected life-battle now awaits us,’ said Ms Barrand, referring to Cooke’s medical condition.

Jannie Brits, shot in stomach with .765 calibre-gun, home on Leeuwpoort prison grounds, Witbank Dec 14 2010

Police also investigate two other cases which were carried out in the same region with the same calibre .765 weapon.
Two weeks ago prison warden Jannie Brits was shot dead in his house on the prison terrain on Dec 14 2010.
And on the same day when Gordon Cooke was shot in the neck; only 3 km away, smallholder Martin Mare at Kromdraai AH was also shot at point-blank range in the stomach by three black men with .765 pistol later that evening.

Martin Maree, Kromdraai plot 132, Witbank, shot in stomach Dec 26 2010 with .765 calibre-gun

SAPS captain Eddie Hall said smallholder Martin Mare of Kromdraai plot 132 was also attacked and shot in the stomach with an .765 pistol.The men invaded his homestead at about 02:50 and pushed the gun-barrel against his stomach, and simply fired a shot. Mr Mare is under treatment at the Life Kosmos Hospital in Witbank. “The same caliber firearm was used in each attack and we have formed a task-force and expanded our investigation to all three attacks,’ said Hall.
http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Rowers-se-koeel-verlam-man-dalk-20101229

Van Wyk couple thrown in Brits SAPS cells, racially abused

Police anti-white racist attack against Van Wyk family, Dec 25 2010, BritsVan Wyk couple dumped in Brits SAPS cells, racially abused, threatened with rape:

 VanWykcouple racistabuse BRITS SAPS cells Dec 25 2010 ELSA LOURENS GOT THEM OUT OF JAIL Statement by Brits Freedom Front Plus councillor Elsa Lourens

On December 25 2010 Jaco van Wyk, his wife Mona, their three children and adult family friend Lee Mark left their home at Sonop to spend the day together for a family Christmas outing. They didn’t have an inkling that the Van Wyk parents would be dumped in the Brits SAPS cells at 6pm that evening, racially abused by crude-mouthed black police officers in front of their small children – and the father threatened with gang-rape in the holding cells.

Freedom Front plus councillor Elsa Lourens – who spent many hours trying to get the arrested Afrikaans couple released from the Brits police cells – has issued a detailed statement with visual evidence. After her intervention, the Brits police dropped the charges against the couple. However the party has initiated proceedings to lodge formal charges against the police- and traffic-officials involved in the incident. Ms Lourens condemned the racist abuse this defenceless family was targetted with by government officials. She released evidence in the form of pictures and video material taken of the incidents.

Know your Rights

The Freedom Front Plus says they have received a stream of complaints of racist-abuse and police-aggression against their electorate this season – and today posted a statement on their Facebook page, ‘Know your Rights” , in Afrikaans. VIEW THE VIDEO on the FREEDOM FRONT PLUS FACEBOOK PAGE  http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=477503396215&oid=187645864452

PULLED OVER IN ROADBLOCK UNDER FALSE PRETENCE:

Ms Lourens said the Van Wyk couple were first pulled over in a police roadblock because their numberplate was not attacked to the front; however it had fallen off enroute and Mr Van Wyk had put it in clear view in the front window and told the officials at the first roadblock that he would have it re-attached upon their return home. In that first roadblock the police official also assured the family that it would not be a problem as long as the numberplate was clearly visible – which is was…  (picture below)

VanWyk family car Dec 25 2010 FALLEN OF NUMBER PLATE CLEARLY VISIBLE IN WINDOW

However when the Van Wyk family car was  stopped at a second roadblock, a black police officer started cursing Mr Van Wyk for a ‘white bastard’ and cursed the entire Afrikaner family with foul and very crude language while writing a ticket. Mrs Van Wyk, angered by these crude insults, tore up the ticket and they drove on. A few kilometres further down the road, the Van Wyk vehicle was suddenly surrounded by a large number of police vehicles and forced off the road. Mr Van Wyk was physically dragged from the car after he told the police he did not want to abandon his family in such an unsafe place and would rather follow them to the police station. Mr Van Wyk was then assaulted, and forced at gunpoint by a police officer to lie down,” wrote Ms Lourens.

“You have killed my daddy…’ shouted the weeping child

Ms Lourens continued: ‘One of the small Van Wyk children then jumped from the car, thinking that they had killed her father, and beat at one of the officers with a small plastic toy golfing stick, shouting that they ‘had shot her daddy’. Mrs Van Wyk was in hysterics and tried to get out of her seatbelt while the officers were assaulting her, trying to drag her out of the car. Mr Van Wyk then jumped to his wife’s defence, shouting for them to leave his wife alone. Family friend Lee Mark was meanwhile sitting inside the car, holding the little Van Wyk boy close to his chest to protect him. Another police officer then stuck a gun inside the car, and held it to Lee’s head, ordering Lee to ‘shut the children up’. An eye-witness at the scene who was taking photos and videos with her cellphone also was threatened that they would confiscate her phone: and they broke her keys when trying to rip them out of the ignition while Mr van Wyk was still being beaten repeatedly in the face before he and his wife were handcuffed and taken to the Brits police cells. He was there forced to undergo blood-tests which will only be available in July, the police claimed at the charge-office. Mr Lee then took back the family car to Brits with the three Van Wyk children, taking them to a family-member for safekeeping,” wrote Mrs Lourens.

She spent hours on Christmas Day, trying to get the Van Wyk couple released from the Brits police cells.  Initially the SAPS even denied that the Van Wyk’s were arrested and inside. It took her three hours before she could reach officials at the cells by phone.

Police officers told 14 black detainees in the Brits holding cell: ‘we have brought you a Paulina to rape…’

Lourens wrote: “While driving the cells, one official had pushed Van Wyk’s head outside the window while other officers were constantly beating him against the ear and his head while cursing him constantly. He then was taken to Cell 11 of the Brits police station where the black officers told the 15 black detainees inside that they had brought them a ‘Paulina’ for the weekend and that Van Wyk would be raped until he had ‘learned some manners’ . Van Wyk said he then was subjected to a constant stream of threats of rape and also called “Paulina’ by the detainees who demanded that he send out for cigarettes for them or he would be gang-raped. Meanwhile Mrs Van Wyk was also accosted in the female-section cells because the black women detained there tried to rob her jewellery. She hid her earrings underneath her tongue.

SAPS at Brits denied any knowledge of the arrested Van Wyk parents:

The Freedom Front councillor said that she tried to reach the police station at Brits from 8pm to 11pm by telephone that night and finally obtained some confirmaiton from officials at the cells after the complaints-officials had repeatedly denied that the Van Wyk couple were inside the police station and had denied all knowledge of the incident. However, the official at the holding cells told Ms Lourens at 11pm that the ‘Van Wyks had already been released and were in the complaints office’.  The Van Wyk couple denied this, saying they were held until well after 11pm and that throughout their arrest and incarceration, they were not informed under what charges they were being held. The Brits police also vehemently denied they had carried out acts of brutality and had shouted racist abuse at the couple. Early the next day, the councillor went to the Brits magistrate’s court where Mrs Van Wyk had been ordered to appear purportedly to face charges of ‘interfering in an arrest’ and ‘malicious damage to property”. While she waited in court, Mrs Lourens obtained the video material and photographs from an eye-witnesses there — and went to the Brits police station commander with it.

“A person in civilian clothing at the Brits police station then tried to convince me that the Van Wyks were  ‘distorting the case’ and that there had been ‘no police  brutality,’ she said. “However, when I informed him of the visual evidence he fell silent,’ she said. “I informed him that it even looked from the videos as of an article was taken from the vehicle and placed inside the pocket of an official. I also told him that when Mrs Van Wyk was plucked from the car, her cellphone had fallen out of her pocket, and that an official, dressed in black civilian clothing, then put it in his own pocket. Mrs Van Wyk then demanded her cellphone back and fought with this man who then returned it”. The official then left. Within ten minutes the Van Wyk couple phoned Ms Lourens – informing her that the case against them was dropped. The Freedom Front Plus councillor said however they are not letting this incident rest – they have in turn already initiated proceedings against the traffic officials and the police officers. “What is so worrying is that whenever there is a real emergency, the police claims that they have no vehicles available or officers to respond to the scene. However it was clear that there was no shortage of officials nor vehicles. And the racist comments coupled with the brutal behaviour of the police is not in line with the official “Batho-pele’ policies of the SAPS, which claims that they ‘put people first’. Clearly these  Batho Pele principles posted above the door of this police station, hold no meaning for those officials’.  She called on the community to inform them of any police violence and racist actions by officials. 

PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=477503396215&oid=187645864452

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Censorbugbear-Reports/116752351671946#!/video/video.php?v=477503396215&oid=187645864452&comments

Know your rights: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=477503396215&oid=187645864452#!/notes/vryheidsfront-plusfreedomfront-plus/wat-is-my-regte-/10150114994464180

Dec 27 farm attacks: one Boer murdered, Free State

Hennie Viljoen,  Bloemspruit smallholding, Bloemfontein Dec 27 2010 bludgeoned to death with rocks

BLOEMFONTEIN. – Mr Hennie Viljoen was ambushed on Monday December 27 2010 and bludgeoned to death by armed black men who were waiting for him at the entrance to his Bloemspruit smallholding near Bloemfontein. Volksblad journalist Vicus Bürger was told at the crime scene that the Boer had withdrawn cash from a nearby cashpoint shortly before. He had stepped from his Peugeot 407 to open the entrance gate to the homestead when he was killed. The attackers tried to use his Peugeot as a getaway car but crashed it shortly after fleeing. They then fled on foot. Mr Viljoen is survived by his wife and two daughters.  http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bloemfonteiner-met-klippe-doodgeslaan-20101228

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Willem Jacobus Serfontein, wife Anna injured, armed attack by three blacks, Ficksburg homestead Free State Dec 27 2010

    ‘Willem Jacobus Serfontein and wife Anna, a farm couple in their sixties, were attacked by three black men in their homestead on December 27 2010. Mr Serfontein had stepped outside to turn on his water-pump and when he returned to the homestead his wife was attacked by three black men who were trying to strangle her to death with an electric cord. Serfontein was injured while fighting with the men in an attempt to save her life. He was bashed over the head with an iron bar and sustained heavy bruising across his body as well as an injured hand and arm. He was treated at a local hospital. The Volksblad report does not describe how the couple were rescued and whether anything was stolen at all.. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Soveelste-plaasaanval-in-Oos-Vrystaat-20101228

    Two Witbank smallholders survive attacks with injuries

    Gordon Cooke, shot in spine, Witbank Blesbok Country lodge AH Witbank, 26 Dec 2010 1am, by four black attackers. Cooke now is in serious condition in Pretoria Unitas hospital – other unnamed smallholder also shot and injured that same evening…

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    Cooke Gordin_shot in spine_fiancee BiancaBarrand_WitbankBlesbokcountrylodge 26 Dec 2010

    Marius Avenant writes on Facebook December 28 2010. PRETORIA, South Africa.  “I was in personal contact with Miss Bianca Barrand who lives with her fiance on a smallholding outside Witbank. They were awoken on Sunday Morning 26 December 2010 shortly after 01h00 by intruders who were in the process of gaining access through a bathroom window. Her fiance Mr Gordon Cooke was shot in the neck by one of the two intruders who were already inside. According to Mr Cooke, there were more attackers on the outside – probably two more.
    “His fiancee Ms Barrand hit the panic button and the attackers fled the scene.The panic alarm was answered by a member of the property owner’s family and the neighbourhood watch and police were quick to react to the call. Mr Cooke is in the hospital in Pretoria in a serious, stable condition: the bullet is still lodged in his neck and the doctors suspect that he may be paralysed, but will only know for sure once the swelling is down and more scans and tests can be done. According to miss Barrand she was informed this morning, December 28 2010, that there was another attack on a nearby smallholding where an elderly gentleman was also shot in the stomach. More information is not available yet.” Avenant: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001566674423

    Her mother Benita de Winnaar confirms the story, writing me:

    “The couple are my daughter Bianca Barrand and her fiance Gordon Cooke and their 8 month old daughter Abigail. They lived at the Blesbok Country Lodge, 7 km outside Witbank. On 26 December at about 00:30 Bianca heard some noises  and woke Gordon up. When he walked to the laundry two black guys had already removed the burglarproof guards and one was already inside the house. Gordon shouted at them to try to scare them but that didn’t scare them at all. The one man fired a shot and hit Gordon in the neck. Gordon then shouted at Bianca to call for help.

    “Bianca asked for help on the two-way radio. She took the 8 month old baby , wrapped her in a blanket and hid on the floor between the bed and the wardrobe. The one man walked in and saw Bianca. She asked him ‘not to kill her and her baby but that he could take everything’. The second one then called back the man in the bedroom. On their way out they picked up the Speed Queen washing machine and threw it on Gordon lying injured on the ground. The burglars took a lot of stuff and managed to get away just before the neighbourhood watch arrived on the scene. Gordon was first taken to Kosmos Hospital in Witbank but was transferred later to UNITAS hospital in Pretoria. The bullet is still in his neck and according to doctors it has hit the spine. The damage to the spine and nerve system could not yet be established 100% due to the swelling in his neck. The operation cannot be done due to this swelling and even if they operate there maybe a change that he could be paralysed.” http://www.facebook.com/benita.dewinnaar

    Two Witbank smallholders survive attack with injuries

    Gordon Cooke, shot in neck, Witbank smallholding, 26 Dec 2010 1am, four black attackers, serious condition in hospital – other unnamed smallholder also shot and injured same evening…

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    Two smallholders shot and injured outside Witbank December 26

    Marius Avenant writes on Facebook December 28 2010. PRETORIA, South Africa.  “I was in personal contact with Miss Bianca Barrand who lives with her fiance on a smallholding outside Witbank. They were awoken on Sunday Morning 26 December 2010 shortly after 01h00 by intruders who were in the process of gaining access through a bathroom window. Her fiance Mr Gordon Cooke was shot in the neck by one of the two intruders who were already inside. According to Mr Cooke, there were more attackers on the outside – probably two more.  His fiancee Ms Barrand hit the panic button and the attackers fled the scene. It is not known whether anything was stolen.The panic alarm was answered by a member of the property owner’s family and the neighbourhood watch and police were quick to react to the call.
    Mr Cooke is in the hospital in Pretoria in a serious but stable condition, The bullet is still lodged in his neck and the doctors suspect that he may be paralysed, but will only know for sure once the swelling is down and more scans and tests can be done. According to miss Barrand she was informed this morning, December 28 2010, that there was another attack on a nearby smallholding where an elderly gentleman was also shot in the stomach. More information is not available yet.” Avenant: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001566674423