Boer victim to gunman: Sir are you going to execute me?

Restaurant owner Wouter Myburgh to the black gunman who’d just shot him in the head: ‘Sir….are you going to execute me?

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Pretoria – Fearing imminent execution, a Pretoria man addressed the robber who had just shot him in the head as “sir” and asked him if he had any children, the Pretoria High Court heard on Tuesday.’Restaurant owner Wouter Myburgh, who survived the headshot during an armed attacky at his home in Amandasig, was testifying in the trial of six black men accused of a series of violent house robberies north of Pretoria in May and June 2008.

Accused are Chicco Masemola, Socket Masemola, Thabo Diale, Lucas Mampane, Amos Matsimela and Aaron Mashiloane – all in their twenties and early thirties – and they pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from robbery with aggravating circumstances to attempted murder, rape and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.ANC_Culture_Of_Violence_DurbanPupilsTaughtExecutionGameDurbanMarinaOct172008

picture: Photographer Snowy Smith – author of the blog http://deathofdurban.blogspot.com

Myburgh testified: “I was concerned he was going to execute me and addressed him as sir. I asked him twice: ‘Sir… Are you going to execute me?’, but he told me to shut the f**k up,” he said. Myburgh saw two of the men carrying his plasma television. The attackers also demanded his jewellery. He showed them his watches and told them about an expensive wedding ring he kept in his vehicle.

“They guy next to me said where’s my wife and I said I was divorced. I asked him if he had kids, but he said: ‘Shhh’. I was getting worried, because at that stage I was lying in a puddle of blood. I decided to try and expedite things and told them about other valuables. This seemed to calm them down and I could feel them tying my hands and feet.

“The man with the gun told me he had six children. I said: ‘Sir, then you must be very blessed’… After that he said he’d decided not to kill me and I must stay quiet for 15 minutes after they’d left,” Myburgh testified.

After freeing himself, Myburgh ran to a neighbour’s house for help. His neighbour wrapped towels around his head and took him to hospital.

Myburgh, who showed the court where the bullet had entered and exited the back of his head after apparently being deflected by his skull, said he spent four days in intensive care and battled to turn his head for a long time after the incident.

DOES THIS HELICOPTER BELONG TO A RHINO-POACHING GANG?

Andre Snyman of Eblockwatch writes: “On Feb 1 2011 at about 5pm a farmer took this picture of a helicopter with red and white blades fling over his farm near Hammanskraal. This was flying very low over the rhino on the farm – and long enough for him to take out his camera and get the shot. The red blades should be a giveway as to who owns the copper as not many helicopters have and and white rotos. Please send this picture too pilots you know and ask them to give us feedback. We have a network capped PILOTS AGAINST RHINO POACHING who have joined our anti-poaching dream team and they are using their connecitons to help track down who these guys are.

RHINOPOACHING HELICOPTER OVER HAMMANSKRAAL EBLOCKWATCH CO ZA FEB12011

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

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