Another white biker killed deliberately
21 March 2011 Leave a comment
Sasol-cricketer Christo Hattingh murdered in traffic: run over twice
2011-03-20 In yet another deliberate act of murder in traffic — very similar to the earlier death of Afrikaans schoolgirl Bernadine Kruger, 15, who was run over twice by black taxi-driver Percyval Matji, 31, enroute to school on her scooter ion 23 February 2009 — Sasol cricket club’s young cricketer Christo Hattingh, 26, was also run down deliberately while riding his bike from Trichardt to his home in Secunda.
He was killed instantly and his body dragged by the car for some distance, reported Beeld newspaper. Then the unknown driver of the Nissan Nivara which had hit and then dragged the Afrikaner biker, stopped, backed up his car over the white man’s body before chasing away at high speed.
Hattingh was wearing bright reflective clothing for his night-time bike trip back home. He was a single man, living with friends in Secunda about 10km from the accident scene. He and a few players had stopped by a pub, The Hut, after playing his third cricket-game for the club against IFS Witbank earlier that day. His team-mate Doulas Gird said the accident happened opposite the Albany bakery on the main road between Trichardt and Secunda. The police immediately traced the Nissan Nivara – abandoned.. Its owner claimed it was stolen the previous day – but that he had never reported the theft to the police. The man was questioned but not arrested. The police say they are investigating a charge of culpible homicide. Sasol cricket club team captain Jacques Groenewald said Hattingh had played his third game for the club that Saturday. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Man-doodgery-na-krieket-20110320
Afrikaans Garsfontein High School pupil Bernadine Kruger was murdered by black taxi-driver Percyval Matji, 31 on 23 February 2009 while the girl was riding her scooter to school on a double-laned dual carriageway which was nearly empty of cars on her side. Motorists sitting in a gridlocked tailback on the other side witnessed the scene, photographed it and testified against Matji in court. The school girl was riding her scooter when high-speed, honking taxi-driver Percyval Matji drove up fast, rode her bumper, following the girl from lane to lane. Witnesses testified that Matji was ‘clearly intent on wanting to force her off the road’.. Initially Matji was charged only with culpible homicide – but the Prosecuting Authority agreed with the formal petitions lodged by her mother and the Freedom Front Plus party ‘s legal team to change this charge to murder — due to ‘overwhelming and convincing evidence before the court’. On Friday, September 11, 2009, Matji was found guilty of murder and reckless driving by a Pretoria magistrate. His defence: he claimed all the witnesses were white racists who were out to get black taxi-drivers. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/1c793dd123234ef7b48ef00a7f0e526a/10-09-2009%2001-19/Taxi_driver_guilty_of_murder
Taxi driver guilty of murder: said the magistrate: “it was not a mistake. It was not negligence…’
Handing down judgment to Percyval Matji, Magistrate Edmund Patterson said: “It was not a mistake. It was not negligence.” Patterson said from the evidence it was determined that Matji had deliberately followed Ms Kruger and “wanted her out of his way”. He said Matji had “made a lethal weapon of his vehicle by driving at speeds far exceeding the limit.”
Left: this picture by Beeld photographer Cornél van Heerden shows convicted taxi-driver Percyval Matji, 31, at Pretoria Regional Court. He was found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Afrikaans pupil Bernadine Kruger in Pretoria on 23 February 2009 by running her over deliberately. He claimed in court that ‘it was all a white-racist plot by people who hated black taxi-drivers’. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/1c793dd123234ef7b48ef00a7f0e526a/10-09-2009%2001-19/Taxi_driver_guilty_of_murder
The murdered girl’s mother, Elsabe Homan, Freedom Front city councillors Dr Conrad Beyers and Advocate Anton Alberts, councillor on the Johannesburg city council, all welcomed the decision by the Prosecuting Authority. The legal experts described it as a watershed-case. “This sends a message to all reckless drivers that they will have to pay a high price for taking someone’s life, ‘ they said in a statement. “This specifically applies to the country’s minitaxi-industry, of which some of its members drive as if they have no responsibility towards anyone else. This decision shows that human life still has some value in our land.’ The Freedom Front Plus assisted Mrs Homan in lodging civil claims against various people involved in this case. ( tel Adv Anton Alberts, tel 083 950 9272 for comment).
Beeld journalist Herman Scholtz quoted testimony by one witness, Mrs René van Zyl, testifying in Pretoria Regional Court on August 13 2009, that she and her 11-year-old daughter saw ‘Bernadine flying through the air” while they were slowly moving ahead in the grid-locked rush-hour traffic. Her daughter watched the event unfold and shouted ‘the taxi doesn’t stop,’ testified Mrs Van Zyl, who said her daughter also screamed: ‘He’s going to hit her, he’s going to hit her..’ as she saw the schoolgirl fly throught the air for several metres, and getting hit by the taxi after she fell on the tarmac. Other witnesses, Hugo Vermaak and Mrs Sanet Venter, also testified, as did Mrs van Zyl, that the taxi-driver was ‘honking his horn loudly, constantly and aggressively as he was approaching the girl on her schooter from behind at high speed. They all saw the taxi hitting the girl in the adjacent east-bound lane while the three witnesses were moving very slowly, stuck in a traffic jam going in westerly direction. All testified that the east-bound lane was clear, with no other traffic next to the taxi and Bernadine’s scooter going in the same direction. http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2547632,00.html
Top swimmer Natalie du Toit also became disabled in a scooter accident:
Top-swimmer Natalie du Toit also became disabled after she was hit by a car while riding her scooter back to school after swimming practice in February 2001. Her left leg had to be amputated at the knee. As did ‘blade-runner’ Boer athlete Oscar Pistorius, the powerfully-built Boer girl also pursued a sports career by insisting on participating in events against able-bodied athletes. And like Pistorius, she also had to wage a legal battle with the Olympics committee to give her the right to compete with able-bodied athletes. Initially she won gold medals in the 2004 Paralympic Games but then went on to triumph at the Commonwealth games as an ‘able-bodied’ athlete, and became the first female amputee-swimmer to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/08/bernadine-krugers-accused-taxi-murderer.html