3 Afrikaners murdered Jan 6 2011

 

Johannesburg; High Court stenographer in Agliotti- and Selebi cases; Doris de Jager, 50 murdered execution style by four-member gang, nothing robbed: Feb 4 2011

2011-02-06 Johannesburg High Court stenographer Doris de Jager, 50, was murdered execution style in the driveway of her Ridgeway home on Saturday by one of a gang of four black men who waited for her return from shopping on Saturday with her daughter Margie, 21.  Nothing was robbed and the car was not hijacked.

Mrs De Jager also was an important witness who could verify the accuracy of the court records for many politicallly-sensitive trials which took place at the Johannesburg High Court: for instance, she recDe Jager Doris COURT STENOGRAPHER executed FEB42011 Ridgewayorded the trial records of major court cases – such as the murder trial of Glenn Agliotti (acquitted of murdering mining-magnate Brett Kebble); and the controversial fraud trial of former SA police chief Jackie Selebi, amongst many others.

Beeld journalist Jani Meyer reported that the murder-victim’s son Danie, 29, witnessed his mother being shot to death through the windshield of their car. The gang then chased off without making any apparent attempt to ‘hijack’ her car – yet Beeld has chosen to report this as a ‘hijacking’.

Ms Meyer writes: “the murderers apparently were waiting for Mrs de Jager and her daughter to return home after shopping on Saturday-morning. Margie was engaged in closing the gate to their erf entrance at their Ridgeway home when she noticed two men inside the erf. “One had a pistol in his hand. I ran into the house and yelled to Danie (her brother) while phoning the ADT (security company),’ she told the journalist.

Seconds later she heard two shots. Danie, 29, was on the couch when his sister ran inside. “I heard a scream and flew out of the door,’ he said. He saw his mother inside his silver Corsa-bakkie where she tried to shie away from the gunman. “ His mother rolled from the vehicle and collapsed. “I attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but stuff ran from her mouth and she turned yellow,’ he said. Margie rushed out when she heard her brother screaming and saw her mother dying on the ground. “I heard her rattling breath and knew it was over,’ said his daughter. A neighbour of the De Jager couple and a friend were meanwhile chasing the car with the four gunmen in it – described as ‘hijackers’ by Beeld – but when the gunmen noticed that they were being followed, the unarmed neighbours gave up the chase. The neighbour saw the car before Mrs De Jager was shot. He happened to be in a small park near the De Jager home.

De Jager Doris murdered court stenographer car she was executed“We saw a white Opel Astra with four men inside. The vehicle stopped and two men climbed out. We immediately were suspicious,’ he said. A bit later ‘the vehicle returned’ so the neighbour and his friends walked to his home. While enroute they heard two shots. “We drove around and started following the Astra, but it started driving more slowly and we realised we’d been spotted so we turned around and returned to the De Jager home. We found Danie sitting next to his dead mom.’

Her husband Christian said he spoke to his wife only five minutes earlier by cellphone. “She was my everything. We married when she had just matriculated at the age of 17. Now I am alone,’ he said. Her daughter Margie said she’d ‘wished she was the one who had been shot dead. She was more than my mom, she was my best friend. I have never been without her in my life.’ SA Police Force  warrant-officer Gordon Billing said ‘the incident is being investigated’. Beeld photographer Brendan Croft took the pictures of the grieving family-members and the shot-up car. The De Jager couple’s picture came from the family album.http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Man-sien-moord-op-ma-20110206

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Charl Geldenhuys, 35, chef, Roses Inn guesthouse, Secunda:  torched in car, veldt outside Holfontein squatter camp http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Verkoolde-lyk-gekry-20110206

Charl Geldenhuys, 35, a chef at the luxury Roses Inn guesthouse, was found torched to death next to his burnt-out Volkswagen Golf car in a rural area: in the veldt about 1,5km from the Holfontein squatter camp.

Geldenhuys Charl found next to torched VW Holfontein squatter camp Jan62011

He was identified by a sandal by his parents Nick and Hannetjie Geldenhuys of Limpopo Street, Secunda. He lived with his parents writes Beeld journalist Buks Viljoen. ’The squatter-camp residents saw the car burning at 23:00 the night before but did not investigate, claiming they thought it was a ‘fire at an initiation school.’ They only came ‘across the horror-scene’ the next morning at 9am’,  it is being said.

SAPS captain Leonard Hlathi said a blood-coated car-wrench was found in the back of the car. “It appears as if he was murdered elsewhere,’ he concluded. The car’s hood stood open and remains of the car-radio and CD player were on the front seat. The squatter camp is located some 10km outside Louis Trichardt on the road to Kinross. Police traced Mr Geldenhuys’ parents from the license plate. Roses Inn owner Roshalle Waszilewski told Beeld that he ‘was a giant of a man with a roaring voice, but always friendly anc kind. He was hugely popular amongst the personnel and was a tonic for us at the guest house.”

The last time Geldenhuys was seen alive was Friday-evening when he had to take a food-order to Secunda, she said. When he failed to show up for work Saturday-morning they got worried. “Every morning he took one of our workers to work. When he didn’t pick her up that morning, we tried calling him but his cellphone was off.’ The police only informed the murdered man’s employer of his gruesome murder later that day, wrote Beeld. There were no indications in this story that anything of value was robbed or looted. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Verkoolde-lyk-gekry-20110206 

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Gerhard Groenewald, 47, dad of 4, stabbed to death, Stephanie complex, Stephan Street, Magalieskruin smallholdings, Feb 4 2011 http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Pa-van-4-in-Pretoria-beroof-en-vermoor-20110206

Groenewald Gerhardt 47 Stephanie flats Magalieskruin FEB42011 KILLED 2011-02-06 The SAPS waited three days before announcing the murder of an Afrikaner father of four, Gerhard Groenewald, 47, found dead by his girlfriend with stab-wounds in his back in the Magalieskruin, Pretoria apartment on the smallholdings he was engaged in moving from. 

The SAPF waited with publication until they could report the ‘good news’ that a 25-year-old black male suspect was captured in the murdered Afrikaner’s stolen bakkie in Soshanguve township. Groenewald’s murder was discovered by his girl-friend Eveleen Wilson. He was stabbed repeatedly in the back. Resident Tjaart Botha who lives in the same complex at Stephan Street, Magalieskruin, said Mr Groenewald was in the process of moving. ,Ms Wilson went to investigate his whereabouts after she was unable to raise him by phone. The police discovered during their investigation of the crime-scene that Mr Groenewald’s bakkie was missing. “It was found back around 18:00 in Sohsanguve township northwest of Pretoria being driven by a man who chased away when noticing the police, said a police spokesman. “They chased him and arrested him. He’s expected for a remand appearance in Pretoria North magistrate’s court.’ http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Pa-van-4-in-Pretoria-beroof-en-vermoor-20110206

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

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