Policing News Jan 3 2011

 

Summary: Afrikaans couple locked up 2 nights in overcrowded, cockroach-infested Namibian cell for ‘not having the right stamps in their passports’’; Wikus van Zyl held captive 3 hours by six black males in Sebokeng – but four police stations refuse to take his complaint

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“Idols” singer Andriette Norman, boyfriend Marcel Olivier locked up 2 nights in cockroach-infested, overcrowded Namibian police cell – they didn’t have ‘the correct stamps in their passports’…

Norman Andriette and friend Marcel Olivier in WANAHEDA POLICE CELLS NAMIBIA JAN32011

Jan 3 2010 – Volksblad reports that the Afrikaans “Idols” contestant Andriette Norman and boyfriend Marcel Olivier were held for two nights in the overcrowded police-cells of Wanaheda near Windhoek, Namibia because they didn’t have ‘the correct stamps in their South African passports…’

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Janice Keogh reports in Volksblad that the young couple were arrested on Sunday-evening and released on Tuesday-morning. In a fast-track ‘trial’ the following morning, they werefined R10,000 and ordered to leave Namibia at once.

The couple, Norman (24) en Olivier (26) had spent New Year’s Eve in Swakopmund and were enroute to Marcel’s family friend Martin Wiese when the white couple were stopped at a road block by immigration officials at Brak­rivier near Windhoek – it’s not a border post…

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‘ This was a human error yet they were treated like criminals: ’

Local taxpayer Mr Wiese, testifying on their behalf two days later, told the Katutura magistrate that the young couple were arrested ‘because they had only obtained stamps in their passports on the South African side. They didn’t know that they also had to get stamps on the Namibian side,’ he said. “This was the first time they had ever travelled alone to Namibia. This was a human error and yet they were treated like criminals.’

Ms Norman said after their release: ‘when one is young one learns of one’s mistakes.’ She also couldn’t wait to take a bath after leaving the police-cells. “I felt like a rotten dog.’ She and Olivier saw each other through the bars of the cells where they were locked up seperately with about 30 other men and women. “There was no place to lie down’, she said. They tried to sleep hunching down. The cells were covered in cock-roaches. “I cried terribly when I was inside. It was a horrifying experience for me’ she said. “I told my dad over the phone that I could not remain another night like that I felt like a criminal.”

The couple never realised that they would be dumped in an overcrowded, coackroach-infested Namibian police cell for two nights, Volksblad writes: ‘just after their arrest, Marcel Olivier still wrote on his face book page: “Awesome ride saam die Namib Polisie!!! Lekker free akkomodasie vanaand!” (Awesome ride with the Namib police Nice free accommodation tonight…’

Namibian foreign affairs spokesman Clayson Monyela also got in his official two-cents worth by saying that they ‘didn’t know about the incident’ but that the family ‘could contact the authorities to clarify matters’. http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Idols-ster-vrygelaat-na-twee-dae-in-polisieselle-20110104-2

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2011-01-04 Wikus van Zyl, 38, kidnapped held at gunpoint by 6 blacks in Sebokeng township – cops refuse to investigate

  • “Be happy you are alive – we can’t help you,’ said Sebokeng cops…

Sebokeng

2011-01-04 PARYS. Free State. – 38-year-old Wikus van Zyl of Parys went through a three-hour nightmare kidnapping ordeal, when six armed black males kept him imprisoned in a small house in the dusty, crime-infested Sebokeng township, about 30km away from Johannesburg. One black man kept threatening to kill him, ominously running his knife across Van Zyl’s body. 

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The traumatised Van Zyl said he kept thinking of his wife, their two-year-old son and their unborn baby throughout his ordeal. And then to add insult to injury, four police officers at four different police stations then refused to help him lodge a formal complaint or to even investigate the house.

They claimed “that could only be done at Sebokeng” – and Van Zyl was terrified of going back into the township. “I could show the police right now where that house is located in Sebokeng, I can identify four of the six men who held me captive,’ he said. I cannot understand why the police don’t want to help. It’s always as if they don’t feel like helping.’  Parys SAPS spokesman Maselela Langa claims it was all a ‘misunderstanding.’ “Let the man go and speak to the station commander,’ he added.

Van Zyl got drawn into his ordeal after he had arranged to find a buyer for his bakkie, a Namibian man, and had arranged to meet the Namibian man at a dealership in Vanderbijlpark. The two men went to the bank after the buyer had viewed the car. The man claimed at the bank that he didn’t have the entire cash amount for the car and that another meeting would have to be arranged. This was done just before Christmas, again in Vanderbijlpark.  “The man already knew my car and as I arrived at the parking lot of the dealership two men climbed into the bakkie with me and told me to drive to Sebokeng. The prospective buyer was waiting for him there with five other men, who all claimed they were ‘police detectives’. They accused Van Zyl of smuggling diamonds and threatened to ‘arrest him’. They took him to a small house and kept him inside, with the man with the knife threatening him while others kept on intimidating him demanding that he give them his bank card and pincode.

“A sturdily-built man came to me then and told me I had to go with him. I thought to mysef well this is it, I am going to be murdered’.  The kidnappers then told Van Zyl to ‘drive away and never come back again’. The terrified Van Zyl’s ordeal with the cops started shortly thereafter when he stopped a police vehicle in Sebokeng. “Those cops told me I should be happy that I am still alive and that they can’t do a thing for me,’ he said.

Then Van Zyl drove to the police stations at Sasolburg, Parys eand Vanderbijlpark, where he also was turned away..http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Polisie-wys-man-glo-weg-na-nagmerrie-ervaring-20110104

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

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