Attacks March 7 2011

Summary: Flemish exchange students stabbed with broken bottle, Gugulethu; Boer garage-owner Jaco Rossouw critical after torching  by worker with Molotoff-cocktail at Nylstroom.


Worker threw molotov-cocktail through office-window, torched Kranskop fuel-station owner Jaco Rossouw, 34

Rossouw Jaco 34 critical 95percentburnsTORCHED BY PETROLPUMPATTENDANTMar72011  Nylstroom.  – Jaco Rossouw, 34, co-owner of the Kranskop fuel station next to the N1 highway Nylstroom, Limpopo suffered 95% burn-wounds after a worker threw a petrol-bomb into his office at 9am Sunday March 6 2011. The fumes from the fire-extinguisher used by customers to save him, also badly damaged his lungs and windpipe. He is the father of two young children.(by Marietie Louw-Carstens, Beeld)

The worker was sligtly burned on his arms. He is being treated in hospital under police guard. Shocked motorists at the garage put out the flames on Rossouw’s body with a fire extinguisher. After treatment by paramedics, he was first rushed to Warmbaths provincial hospital adn then transported by helicopter to Muelmed Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday afternoon. Friend Mark Harper, said late on Sunday night that “he is not doing well at all. The doctors only bring bad news but we hope and trust that God will perform a miracle”.

Don’t like your boss? Just torch him…  Lt.col Malesela Ledwaba confirmed that a petrol-attendant threw petrol into a bottle, set it alight and threw it through the window of the office where Rossouw was seated. .Natasja Kotze was heading back to Meyerton from Pietersburg on Sunday morning when she stopped at the fuel station. “You never think you will experience something like that. It was awful to see.” Ms Kotze aid they saw how the badly burnt Rossouw was treated by emergency rescue workers outside the office section of the fuel station. They also saw the petrol attendant in a police van. Kotze said some of the petrol attendants told them their colleague had threatened to throw petrol through Rossouw’s office window earlier on Sunday morning. “They then stopped him and said they didn’t see him pouring petrol in the bottle later.”

Stopped breathing in the ambulance:

Trompie Jonker of the private Tromar ambulance service said the fire extinguisher that bystanders used to put out the flames on Rossouw’s body, caused him to inhale some of the substance sprayed by the extinguisher. It also badly damaged his lungs. Rossouw stopped breathing while emergency workers from Tromar as well as the provincial ambulance workers treated him. “His hair, eyelashes and almost all his skin was burnt off. His lungs and windpipe were also damaged by the smoke he inhaled,” said Jonker. Ledwaba said the attendant would appear in court this week on charges of attempted murder, arson and theft of petrol.

Rossouw and his wife, Edna, live in Warmbaths.They have two young children, Ruben, 4, and Emma, 2. His wife was with him in hospital on Sunday evening. She wrote on her Facebook page on February 7: “Seven wonderful years together, my husband! You are a gift from God to me and the children! Couldn’t have asked for a better man!! Love you lots.” – Beeld


De Jager Hein 28 Dreier store Pta North murder victim 18 March 2008 May 9 to May 9 2011 have been set as the trial-dates for five black males accused of  the execution of unarmed  Dreier store manager Hein de Jager in Pretoria North on Thursday 18 March 2008.

There are five suspects in custody. When the suspects and witnesses appeared in the Pretoria High Court in September last year, the judge said the case was “one of the biggest on the court roll and that three days set aside at the time was too short”. A shocking indictment of the courts surfaced when it was subsequently also learned that one of the suspects arrested had been due to stand trial for serious crimes in Nelspruit and another was a convicted killer who was given bail for murder and armed robbery. He will interrupt his 45 year prison sentence to stand trial for the murder of de Jager.

Captain Simon Tswai of Akasia Police Station confirmed on Tuesday that the dates are 9 to 20 May in the Pretoria High Court. Five men will appear for shooting De Jager in the back of his head. The seven-member gang had entered the store and the Moot building Supplies next door at around 16:30.  Although De Jager, sitting with his back to the door had put up his hands to show he was not resisting and that he was unarmed, the blacks nevertheless shot him in cold blood in the back of the head. His assistant, Mrs Hester Potgieter was forced to open the safe and give the men money. They took her handbag as well and left the centre in two cars, a Nissan Run X and a green Nissan Sentra. Smart detective work and information from the public led the police to Shoshanguwe where Mrs Potgieter’s handbag was recovered and three suspects arrested, writes Madibeng Pulse. Two more were subsequently also arrested, one due to a tip off from the public. One of the seven men has since died.


Belgian students stabbed during stroll in Gugulethu

Janssens Tom Flemish architecture exchange student broken bottle attack Gugulethu March62011SundayArgus

March 6 2011 – GUGULETHU, Cape Town. Dreadlocked Belgian architecture-student Tom Janssens, right, was injured in an attack by three black men, armed with knives and a broken bottle near the tourist haunt Mzoli’s. He was with Matheus Staelins, a fellow-student of Kent University in Brussels who escaped unscathed. The two are in Cape Town to survey townships for their studies.  (pic Sunday Argus: Leon Lestrade,  source: Kowthar Solomons)

The two Belgians had been strolling around Gugulethu and taking pictures of local buildings. They also were robbed of their R20,000 camera. Four hours later, Gugulethu cops arrested one of the three black men who stabbed them, said police spokesman Elliot Sinyangana.  Janssens and Staelins had earlier visited Mzoli’s restaurant in Gugulethu with a group of friends. They went back on their own about lunchtime on Thursday, persuaded a man they met at Mzoli’s to be a guide, and went on a stroll to look at the architecture. Upon returning to their car parked opposite Mzolis three men armed with knives and a broken bottle-head were waiting for them, stabbed Janssens and threatened to kill them if they did not hand over their belongings. Afterwards, Janssens said he sustained a huge cut on his left arm and smaller cuts on his hand and right shoulder.” The students returned to their dormitory in Observatory and told the dorm owner what had happened. Janssens returned to Gugulethu police station at 9pm that night to report new information gleaned from a Gugulethu-based worker at his digs. Four hours later one man was arrested. Apparently they did not need medical treatment. Sunday Argus 

Dewani Anni and Shrien 13 Nov2010 Gugulethu murder turned into ANC propaganda campaign Gugulethu township near Cape Town  also was the scene of the horrific murder of UK honeymooner  Annie Dewani and the kidnapping/attack on her new husband Shrien on November 13 2010. They were visiting the township believing they were safe. The ANC-propaganda machine has  been hurning out its disinformation at full tilt ever since, demanding that the badly traumatised Shrien Dewani be extradited from the UK to ‘stand trial for his wife’s murder’.

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

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