We will kill you Boers…
27 October 2011 Leave a comment
We will kill you Boers… vicious attack has torn the Van Vuuren family of Jagersfontein’s lives apart
FREE STATE HIGH COURT, BLOEMFONTEIN. Oct 26 2011 – The Van Vuuren family of Jagersfontein’s lives were torn apart by a nightmare attack inside their home on 21 March last year. A peaceful Sunday-evening in front of the TV erupted into an orgy of knife-stabbing and assaults with a spade targetting the men: two of whom are disabled and wheelchair-bound.
82-year-old Boet van Vuuren and his wife of 55 years, Francina, 76, never recovered from the horrific trauma of that night in Harrison Street: Francina died eight months later and Boet is stricken with grief over the loss of his beloved wife. Boet and his son Marius, both disabled and wheelchair-bound, were viciously mauled although totally defenceless, while Tienie van Vuuren’s attacker tried everything he could to stab out the Afrikaner’s eyes, the court was told yesterday. The hearing continues.
March 21 2010: The Van Vuuren family of Jagersfontein had their lives destroyed by a vicious black racist attack from men who shouted : we are going to kill you Boers”: from left: Marius, Jean, Tienie and Boet. Picture: Charl Devenish, Volksblad. Story: Mike van Rooyen.
The four Van Vuuren men told Volksblad of their horror-night after they had earlier told judge Corné van Zyl in the High Court about their ordeal: testifying against alleged attackers Molefu Ishmael Penethe, 27 and Lebohang Saul Jan (23), both of Jagersfontein on four charges of attempted murder, housebreaking and armed robbery.
Boet van Vuuren, disabled due to Guillain-Barre-sydrome, testified that he and son Marius, disabled after a car-accident, were watching a religious programme in the old man’s bedroom when they heard Francina screaming. The next moment Penethe stormed into their room; turned over beds; followed shortly thereafter by ‘a taller man’ who turned Marius over in his wheelchair while Penethe was assaulted the disabled man with a garden-spade. Marius was defenceless, on the floor, trying to ward off the blows with an arm.
The old man testified: “pretend to be dead. These people are here to kill us,’ he whispered to his son.Penethe held a knife against the old Afrikaner’s throat, threatening to kill him if he did not give him money. Penethe then opened the family safe and took cash from it. At that point Tienie van Vuuren entered the bedroom – and was immediately attacked. Tienie fell down bleeding: and it looked as if he was choking from his own blood: his eyes were closed up by the blood. The old man begged the black attackers to take anything but please not hurt his wife. “I was married happily for 55 years. Then I was pushed into the soil by fate. I lost my wife,’ he testified.
We will kill you, you Boers:
Marius testified that as Penethe came storming in he said: “We will kill you, you Boers.’ Penethe then hit Marius’ arm, injuring it gravely with a garden spade. Marius also identified the second attacker as the other accused, Lebohang Saul Jan, 23.
Tienie testified that Penethe had tried to stab out his eyes with a knife. He suffered bleeding on the brain afterwards and cuts to his eyelids.
“I want justice done. It feels as if it happened yesterday, even though it happened last year. Nobody can bring back my mom. I am happy the case is coming to an end now so that my heart can rest,’ he told Volksblad.He said about his attacker Penethe: “I will never, ever forget his face. That’s the person who ruined our lives.’
The hearing continues. Adv. Sandile Mthethwa is the State-prosecutor. Adv. Oupa Makhene and attorney Mrs Leona Smit represents the two accused.