Think twice before becoming a Christian missionary in Southern Africa…
We post this brief summary of Christian Missionaries recently murdered and/or attacked in Southern Africa – to make people aware that foreign and local Western missionaries run a particularly high risk of being shot, attacked and murdered: although these attacks appear to have robbery-motives, there are invariably also hidden political motives: Christian missionaries – especially females – are often seen as a particular danger to the occult-powers held by local witch-doctors over local black populations. In South Africa moreover, the witchdoctors and herbal healers are registered as ‘medical practioners’ on an equal basis to Western doctors under the Traditional Health Practioners Act. Christian missionaries who dare to challenge their parishioners’ continuing and very firm belief in the powers of occult ‘medicine’, referred to as ‘muti’ – are often attacked: they are then seen as a particularly powerful threat to the political powers which are held by the Traditional Healers.
20090102 Rev Philip Bergh Dutch Reformed Church minister shot injured Quaggapoort Pretoria
January 2 2009 – Beeld journalist Hilda Fourie writes that just before Rev. Philip Bergh of the Quaggapoort Dutch Reformed church was shot in the neck, he still courteously greeted the two men who gunned him down a minute later.
And the black gunmen greeted back – just before shooting him. It was the third time over the past two years that the dominee has been robbed at gunpoint: last time they just stole a cellphone, and broke into the house. And two of the previous microbuses for transporting congregation members also were hijacked at gunpoint and robbed. He has been the dominee of this congregation for the past 30 years. On New Year’s eve, he was planting new plants in his garden at 6am when two men strolled past casually. He greeted them cheerfully and went back to his work. Then he walked over to his old Volkswagen microbus in his garage to go and check up on the oil before taking a planned trip to Middelburg. As he climbed halfway into the combi to adjust the seats, he heard men talking – and the same men who had greeted him earlier pointed guns at him. He said a ‘heavenly peace came over me. I asked them what they wanted and grabbed the one with the gun. I had the gun in my grip when he shot me in the neck. The bullet missed the artery and bones.”I can praise the Lord that I am still alive. My gratitude for being alive, exceeds my wish for revenge over the shooting,’ he said. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2448044,00.html Afrikaners besieged throughout South Africa:http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/09/afrikaners-besieged-throughout-south.html
20081011 Protestant Missionary Rianne Henning executed – trying to escape with her children from black attackers: Honeydew smallholding
Mrs Rianna Henning, 31, of the Fisherman’s Village Christian Centre at Honeydew north of Randburg, Gauteng, was shot dead in a particularly cruel manner on 11 October 2008. A black gang had ambushed the female manager at the entrance of the mission station as she tried to drive into its guarded gate with her two small children in the car. The gang had been waiting for her in ambush after overpowering the staff at the mission station. She became frightened when she realised the danger to her children, and in her fear reversed into a tree while trying to flee when she saw that armed robbers were inside the compound. As she sat behind the wheel of her crashed car, with her children crying in the back-seat, she was shot dead execution-style by the armed gang. Mrs Henning and her husband Abri, 35, had only joined the mission station six weeks earlier. The mission station was run by pastor Linda Patterson, who founded it as a refuge for poor people on a smallholding. Mrs Patterson’s eldest daughter Heather Costaras (35), said she suspected that the armed gang was still hiding in the reeds next to the veld. There’s no precise record as to whether, if anything, was ‘robbed.’ http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2408027,00.html
20080819 South Korean Christian missionaries robbed, Timrand, Wierdabrug Pretoria smallholding –
March 3 2007 – Pretoria: Irish priest Kieran Creagh gunned down at Leratong AIDS-hospice
The family of father Kieran Creagh, 49, the Belfast missionary priest who shot in South Africa say his condition has improved. Creagh was attacked and shot twice by armed black men at the hospice he founded to help Aids sufferers in Johannesburg.
Following surgery to remove a bullet from his lung his family, who are at his bedside, said yesterday that he had a comfortable night. Sunday Life (Belfast, Northern Ireland), March 4, 2007 It took him more than a year to recover from his wounds. On 23 July 2008 his two attackers were convicted and jailed. And the Belfast priest then told the Belfast Telegraph of his relief after two men were convicted of his attempted murder. He was left for dead at the AIDS hospice he helped build in the poverty-stricken township in Pretoria by the armed gang. Fr Creagh, who is originally from north Belfast, spent a lengthy period in hospital recovering from his injuries. The shooting sparked a massive outpouring of support for Fr Creagh and condemnation towards his attackers. He said he had ‘no feeling of revenge.” However he also felt relieved… “ because at one stage I thought these guys are not going to be convicted and what do I do then? At the same time it wasn’t a happy feeling of relief because there are two guys going into prison now. I would intend to meet them at some stage, when possible, just to chat to them. I do forgive them, I did that last year. When I woke up in intensive care I said ‘I forgave them’. I have never harboured any resentment towards them at all. I couldn’t keep that in my heart. I had so many other things to think about, such as getting strong and getting off the machines in intensive care. I’m hoping that I can now draw a line under it and move on.” Fr Creagh said that he had made a good physical improvement from his injuries, but still suffered some pain. “My energy levels aren’t as good as they used to be, I get tired easily,” he said.Fr Creagh is now concentrating on putting the finishing touches to the £700,000 hospice and clinic he has spent years building. “People back home in Ireland have been exceptionally generous, I think the shooting helped a little bit with the fundraising,” he said. http://www.leratong.co.za http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/fr-kieran-creaghs-relief-at-murder-bid-verdicts-13918704.html#ixzz0ZX9SyYCx
US medical missionaries’ supplies robbed:
Steve Kingsley of the Greater Good South Africa Trust said the loss of their medical equipment is terrible. The three missionaries – a doctor and two dentists – will not be able to treat their patients without this equipment. They had just arrived in South Africa and were followed from the airport by the heavily-armed gang.’ http://www.myggsa.co.za/connect/stories/927/http://www.myggsa.co.za/connect/requests/1323/ http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2374043,00.html
Biell, Barbara, missionary, attacked on Strydom farm, Vereeniging
Barbara Biell, missionary, attacked on farm, Vereeniging Feb 8 2011 Tue Feb 8 2011
Strydom couple, and two missionaries including Ms Barbara Biell attacked on mission-station/farm, Vereeniging Vaal river .. Tue Feb 8 2011
”One gets used to this evil,’ said priest before murder: http://bit.ly/qA9pYd 2011-07-27 Pretoria – A Diepsloot man on Wednesday confessed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to murdering Catholic missionary father Louis Blondell, 70. After Nelson Kabelo Malope of Diepsloot shot the priest, he left him behind to bleed to death … Mon Dec 7 2009
2009-06-01 Father Ernst Plöchl, 78, Catholic missionary, killed at rural Marianhill mission, Western Cape June 1 2009. Kokstad. A venerated Cistercian missionary from Upper Austria who had build two community halls and three schools was gunned down in cold blood. Mon Jun 1 2009 1:52:00 am
20090430 Senior leaders of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints attacked, Mozambique May 30 2009 Maputo, Mozambique. The Deseret News reported that Dr. Russell M. Nelson … Sat May 30 2009 1:55:00 am
When the United States ambassador to the United Nations praised Robert Mugabe as ‘a man of peace’ – a week later, Mugabe’s armed militia ‘military veterans’ carried out the gruesome massacre of British missionaries at the Elim Mission station. The women were all raped, the small children were murdered with their mothers and fathers. Although items are sometimes looted, the attacks against missionaries in Southern Africa are primarily motivated by political reasons: often fuelled by the all-powerful ‘tribal healers and witchdoctor culture’ … Wed Jul 27 2011
Somalian shopkeepers torched by large black mob, Botshabelo, Free State 2011-06-01 Johannesburg Sun Jun 5 2011
Father Jeremiah Roche of Kiltegan Fathers murdered in Kericho, Kenya
December 12 2009 Nairobi, Kenya – Irish Catholic priest father Jeremiah Roche of the Kiltegan Fathers, was murdered in Kenya at his home in Kericho, 200km west of the capital Nairobi.”He was murdered last night when thugs broke into his house… they used blunt objects and metal rods during the raid,” said Francis Munyambu, regional police chief. He did not say whether anything had been robbed, adding that no one had been arrested so far. Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said they were in contact with Kenyan authorities “to ensure that a full investigation is carried out and that every effort is made to apprehend Fr. Roche’s attackers.” Roche had worked as a missionary in Kenya since 1968. – Sapa-AFP http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=68&art_id=nw20091211171826523C853822&newslett=1 KENYA- Human rights body calls for protection of refugees
Whites murdered for body-parts for cannibalistic medicine (muti)
Michael van Eck Muti-murder Welkom – http://bit.ly/fITxzH – Michael van Eck, 24: slaughtered for muti, rural Welkom cemetery April 2 2011:
April 2 2011. Single Afrikaner electrician Michael van Eck, who worked at Beatrix goldmine’s Nr 4 shaft, was apparently lured to his death in a rural cemetery outside Welkom – through a Facebook appointment with a girl he’d never met before. Some of his body-parts were ‘neatly amputated’, he was cut into pieces and his remains buried in a shallow grave. His head, right-arm and left-foot are missing. The gruesome murder has all the signs of a so-called muti murder ‘: the live harvesting of body-parts for resale to ‘traditional healers’. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Jong-man-in-stukke-opgesny-20110404-2 (source: Tom de Wet and Marisa Phillips, Beeld). http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1636824774&sk=wall
Van Eck’s parents last saw him alive on Saturday-evening just before he went to an appointment with a Facebook female friend he’d never met before. After police traced them when they found his abandoned car at a Welkom taxi rank, Michael’s parents discovered in a large puddle of blood and his bloodied tshirt hanging on the gate of the cemetery on Sunday-morning. A police tracker dog named Xander, under control of warrant-officer Fanie du Plessis of Bethlehem, then found his torso and some body parts – half-buried beneath a pile of sand, at the rural cemetery beneath a tree. His head, right-arm and left-foot are missing. His torso and severed limb-parts were discovered by a police-dog metres from the murder scene in the shallow grave. Buried with him were his denims, but his underclothes and shoes are missing. SAPS sergeant Puleng Motsoeneng, said ‘Michael’s limbs were neatly amputated. Both legs were cut off at the knee. The left-lower limb has no foot.The right-lower leg with the foot attached was with the torso in the shallow grave. The upper-torso had several stab-wounds.’The search for him began after police found his car abandoned at around 8am on Sunday with the keys in the ignition at a taxi-stand in Welkom by the police, who also arrested a black man who was getting into the car. His parents Naas and Henriëtte van Eck were traced and that’s when one of his colleagues mentioned that Michael would be meeting a ‘new girl-friend he’d met on Facebook’ at the cemetery just outside Welkom. The parents rushed in their car to the cemetery, came across a pool of blood and their son’s bloodied t-shirt, and the police dog-team was alerted.Motsoeneng said there were drag-marks around a building several metres from the gate and that ‘condoms were found there’. Next to the building there was another very large blood-stain. A double-track trail leads to the trees and to his shallow grave. Michael worked as electrician at the Beatrix-gold mine’s Nr 4 shaft in Welkom and still attended the Welkom Gymnasium. He is survived by his parents and four sisters Natasha, Michelle, Bianka and Hendriena. His father and Hendriena insisted on going to the shallow grave to view what the murderers had left of their loved one.The police issued a call for anyone of any knowledge, or who had seen anything, to call the SAPS duty officer at 082-301-3075 http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Jong-man-in-stukke-opgesny-20110404-2
Afrikaans teenager Anika Smit, 17: first hands chopped off, then murdered: Pretoria March 11, 2010
Clear indications that this may well have been a muti-related murder. It cannot be proven: her killers have never been found. The girl had stayed home from the Gerrit Maritz Afrikaans High School with an ear-infection, said her father Johan, 54. Her parents are divorced and she lived with her dad. Thursday-morning he still said goodbye to his only child before going to work. She still said to me ‘I love you dad,’ before I left. Those were the last words my baby said to me’, the distraught dad said. When he returned at 4pm at their Theresa Park, Pretoria home he saw overturned chairs in the living room and knew ‘something was wrong’, he told journalists of the Afrikaans-language daily Beeld. “I called to her but she did not reply’. Seconds later he discovered her lifeless body. “She was lying on the floor without clothes on. Both her hands were cut off and missing. The people (her murderers) must have taken the limbs along with them,’ he said. “She was cut six times with a knife in the neck. Police examiners will have to determine if she was raped.’ From the crime scene it appeared that she fought back or tried to run away. The father had tried phoning her earlier but received no reply. He had arranged for medicine to be delivered to the house – but around noon the pharmacy phoned him with the news that no-one had opened the door.’“I phoned her around lunch-time but I thought she didn’t reply because she didn’t feel well,’ he said. The flag at her school was hanging at half-mast yesterday. André Snyman, head of the community crime watch organisation eBlockwatch, said they had helped to find Anika after she ran away from home in 2007.”We do not know why she ran away. “For this to now happen is terrible. It’s a tragedy,” he said. Mahlaole said ‘the motive for the murder was unknown”as all her valuables including her cellphone were left intact. Nothing at all was missing from the house, which was found unlocked. He said no arrests had been made and appealed to anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the killers to contact the police. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/437d236d77b146dc85130adcb4a716d5/12-03-2010-06-33/Kind_se_hande_afgekap_in_moord http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/6291297/__ANC-leider_veroordeeld__.html
20090401 Farmers Jan van Wyk, 82, and Basie Venter, 65, mutilated cruelly on their farm, Vierfontein Viljoenskroon, Free State
Bloemfontein – Free State Agriculture president Louw Steytler strongly condemned the cowardly and gross manner of the two murders carried out against local elderly farmers Jan van Wyk, 82 and Basie Venter, 65, found cruelly mutilated on their Vierfontein, Viljoenskroon farms in the Free State. This follows the arrest of an unnamed, 25-year-old black man on Tuesday morning on the farm of Jan van Wyk, 82, at Vierfontein. It was reported that the man was found sweeping the veranda and calmly making food on Tuesday morning, when he was discovered by Johan Engelbrecht and other members of Free State Agriculture’s rural safety organisation. The man ran inside the homestead and threatened the security detail with gardening shears. They were able to apprehend him, however, reported Tom de Wet and Marisa Phillips of Beeld newspaper. see . Van Wyk’s mutilated body was found in the dining room of the house. One of the suspected murder weapons and beads covered in blood were found buried in the fields next to a lion camp on Venter’s homestead.Van Wyk, a retired policeman who only alone stayed on his farm over the weekends, was allegedly lured outside where he was bashed over the head with a shovel, dragged inside the homestead while still alive — and then mutilated. This is a clear indication that this was a ‘murder to harvest body parts for ‘traditional medicine’, as this is inevitably done while the poor victims are still alive.Johan Engelbrecht of Free State Farm Security said he was investigating the muti-murder of another neighbouring farmer, Basie Venter, 65, a few hours before when another farmer stopped him on the road and warned him that he ‘suspected trouble’ on the Van Wyk farm next door, too. Van Wyk wasn’t on his stoep as he usually did early in the morning, reading his Bible. There seems little doubt that the same man was also involved in the murder of Basie Venter. Venter’s widow Mary, 68, had witnessed the attack around 21:15 on Monday through a window in the house. Venter was attacked with an iron rod, police said. Steytler said the murders, which seemed muti-related, were ‘barbaric and had no place in a modern world’.
Kroonstad police spokesman Maselela Langa confirmed the murders. He said the 25-year-old man, a Lesotho citizen who claimed he was a ‘traditional healer’, appeared in the Viljoenskroon Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He did not provide the arrested man’s name nor his motives. The matter was postponed to April 7. see
CANNIBALISTIC MUTI-MURDERS – A CRUEL OCCULT PHENOMENON:
Muti-related murders occur very frequently in South Africa. For instance, the South African Police Service reports reported on August 20, 2008 that three men were arrested for selling traditional medicine in Bushbuckridge, Limpopo province – and jailed for it: however the witchdoctor who had ‘ordered’ the body-parts, was not charged.
Left to right: South African restaurant-owner Floyd Mokoena, son Toto and friend Justice Ndubane in the Bushbuckridge Magistrates’ Court, for the muti-murder of Floyd’s nephew Clarence Brown on 15 August 2008. They slaughtered Brown alive for body parts on 23 February 2008 on behest of a witchdoctor which made ‘lucky potions’ out of this human flesh for them, and were found guilty. The witchdoctor was not charged.
SA Police captain L Hlati reported that on 15 August 2008, three suspects were arrested by his team for a case related to a ‘muti’-murder (human body-parts harvested for ‘traditional medicine’) and that they were charged in the Bushbuckridge Magistrates’ Court. Businessman Patrick Floyd Mokoena (58), his son, Sydney Toto Mokoena (33) and his son’s friend Mjojo Justice Ndubane (28).They admitted that they had brutally murdered Floyd’s nephew Clarence Brown (25) on 23 February 2008, and were jailed. Their testimony was that Floyd told his son that he desperately needed human body parts ‘to make his four businesses quickly churn big bucks’. The suspected businessman owns the Lebohang Bar Lounge, a restaurant in Tekamahala Trust, another in Oakley near Hazyview as well as a liquor-outlet in Oakley.
Body parts had to come from a family member said the witch doctor:
His son Toto asked his friends — Mjojo Justice Ndubane and another unidentified suspect — to help. They went in search for Floyd’s nephew Clarence Brown — as the witchdoctor’s advice was that the body parts needed to be of a family member. The victim was found drinking at the Sizanani 2 Bar Lounge in Oakley with his friends. The suspects waited at a bridge where the nephew was supposed to pass when going home – and offered him a lift.The suspects made formal admissions to the arresting police that they ‘cut his body parts while he was still alive’ – while seated inside a blue Venture kombi belonging to Floyd.They then threw the victim’s lifeless body in the middle of the road in Oakley, under the false pretense that the victim had been involved in a hit-and-run accident.The three suspects were arrested by the Organised Crime Unit between 13 and 14 August 2008 while sitting relaxed at their homes, thinking that their evil deeds had gone unnoticed, Captain Hlathi wrote in his police report. see