News Dec 23 2010

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SAPS sgt Richard Green, 41, shot in leg, Erasmia by suspect who stole his gun

  • Police denies attacker of two cops near Velmore Estate in Erasmia was Al-Qaida terrorist – nobody in custody

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2010-12-23. Thursday. Hilda Fourie of Beeld reports that Erasmia SAPS sergeant detective Richard Green, 41, was shot in a leg at the Velmore Security Estate near Erasmia by a man who stole his service-pistol and shot him with it. Police hastened to deny rumours that the attacker was an Al-Qaida terrorist, saying they were ‘still investigating’. Nobody was arrested. Five men fled after Green and a colleague were trying to arrest them.

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GREEN Richard Det-sergeant Erasmia SAPS shot at Velmore Estate Erasmia Dec20102010 by AL QAIDA RUMOUR

Two Erasmia police-officers, Green and warrant-officer Abram Khalo, were investigating a ‘suspicious group of men on a bakkie which kept driving around the high-security Velmore Estate.

Green said the man ‘clearly was well-trained in the use of firearms. He grabbed my gun, cocked it and shot.’

The two men had complaints from a Velmore worker who asked the police to help trace a suspect vehicle driving around on the security-estate without permission. Green and Khalo went there at around 10am after being alerted that the man in the suspect bakkie was driving around again. They stopped the vehicle: four people were on the back and one person was in front.  Green and Khalo searched the four people on the back of the bakkie first: one then threw a bag underneath the bakkie, another ran away but was caught, and the police officers then took the men and locked them temporary into a small room while taking the man who had thrown away the bag outside. “Khalo said he was going to get handcuffs while I was holding that man. Then the others jumped from the windows and ran away. The one I was holding then struggled with me, grabbed my gun, shot me in the upper leg and ran away.’

Green said he still wanted to chase the man but Khalo stopped him and took him to hospital instead. Police deny rumours that the attacker was a member of Al-Qaida. The article does not say what happened to the mysterious bag. Pic: Beeld journalist Alet Pretorius http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Ondanks-wond-wou-lid-skieter-probeer-vang-20101221-2

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Article being awaited: 

SAPA NEWS TICKER: “CRIME-DEBEER:TWO FARM WORKERS KILLED AFTER ASSAULTING WOMAN   23 Dec 2010 0:33”
http://www.sapa.org.za/public/browse.cfm

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Melkbosstrand station commander Capt Themba Khumalo, 39, off-duty, arrested for drunk-driving 

Khumalo Themba 39 SAPS COMMANDER MELKBOS CAPE ARRESTED DRUNK DRIVING DEC 22 2010 Maygene de Wee Die Burger reports that Melkbosstrand’s SAPS station commander Themba Khumalo, 39, was arrested on Sunday around 19:45 on suspicion of drunk driving. Die Burger’s reliable information was that he was caught in a rad-block on the corner of Mnandi- and Dumani Street in the Dunoon township.  SAPS col. Billy Jones confirmed that Khumalo was off-duty at the time and was driving in his private vehicle. A blood sample was taken. Khumalo was released on warning and ordered to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s court on 8 March. Mr Pierre Jenkins, spokesman of the Melkbosstrand community-policing forum, said it was ‘ very unfortunate that someone in Khumalo’s position, who is supposed to set an example, was arrested for alleged drunk-driving. http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Stasiebevelvoerder-het-glo-dronk-bestuur-20101223-2

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860 have already died in road accidents Dec 1 to December 21… it’s a carnage

 

Washing laundry in Witbank POTHOLES Picture by Barney Graham Dec232010 BEELD

Eyewitness News quotes the national road management department that 860 people have already died between December 1 and 21 in road-traffic accidents.  South African roads are ‘a warzone of recklessness’, they warned. And one out of every 12 road-deaths is caused by badly potholed roads.http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/860-sterf-reeds-op-SA-paaie-20101222

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Grape-farmer Izak du Toit, 55, Jason’s Hill estate, Rawsonville, shot dead during fall on farm http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Skietongeluk-eis-bekende-druiweboer-20101223-2

2010-12-23

 Ilse Krige Die Burger — Stellenbosch – Well-known grapefarmer Sakkie du Toit, 55, Du Toit Izak 55 shot dead hunting accident Rawsonville Dec202010 of the estate Jason’s Hill, died in an accident while shooting dassies at around 7am on his farm at the foot of the Slanghoek Mountains. His daughter, award-winning winemaker Ivy du Toit, 30, said her father had gone into the vineyards to shoot the dassies which were eating the vines. An hour later he was planning to drive with his son-in-law to go fishing at Struisbaai and to join wife Ivy, 53 who already was there. “His bags and fishing gear were packed,’ ready to go, said Ms Du Toit.

When he didn’t show up within half-in-hour, the friend he was travelling to Struisbaai with, went into the vinyard to search for the farmer: and found him shot dead. “His foot was stuck inside a hole. It looks as if he fell backwards and that his head had struck a rock. A doctor, called to the scene, said there was no way my dad could have survived such a fall. It also does not look as if he suffered’,’ said his daughter.

SAPS warrant-officer November Filander confirmed that the police will be conducting the usual post-mortum investigation. ‘His .22 gun was next to him when his son-in-law came across him’. http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Skietongeluk-eis-bekende-druiweboer-20101223-2

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

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