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Murder of Wimpy manager Lambert Theron: 2 in court

 

Monday, September 22 2009 – Two black workers at the Wimpy snack bar in Kempton Park appeared in court today, suspects in the murder of their Afrikaner manager Lambert Theron, 20, on 30 Augus 2009. His mutilated body was found in the Wimpy establishment by his older brother Johan. ( please note the corrected date of the murder).

Remanded to 16 November 2009:

The accused workers, Lloyd Katsande and Fanie Msiza (both 25), were not asked to plead.  The case was remanded to 16 November 2009. The men were ordered to remain in police custody. Police told the news media at the time of these two arrests, just hours after the murder, that they’d found R1,000 in cash, traced from the Wimpy till, as well as Theron's cellphone and other items belonging to the young manager, on the two suspects when they lifted them from their beds.

Family members and friends say that ‘the arrested men’s comments to the investigating police officers at the time, were that the murder had been 'an accident'. 

A journalist who spoke to the murdered man’s 64-year-old father Johan at the court today, said his son had been badly mutilated – and mourners at his funeral were also able to view this fact at first-hand when his bruised face, beaten black and blue, was displayed at the service.

  • Said the father on Monday:  ‘The inside of his lips were torn because of all the many kicks and blows with a meat-hammer  --and he was also cut at least 30 times with a knife.  One of his fingers was cut off and was hanging just from its skin.’

No interest from the Afrikaans news media:

Police also interfered in a photographer’s attempt to photograph the two accused. Moreover, the only newspaper reporting this killing thus far was the local Kempton Express, published by Caxton newspaper. email kemptonexpress@caxton.co.za editor Ms Christa Smit, tel 011 970-3030. They have no website. We thus publish the clipping provided to us about this report below this report. It’s surprising that the mainstream Afrikaans-language news-media has shown no interest in this case whatsoever.

REVENGE ATTACK…

Theron Lambert murdered Wimpy Manager Sept 2009 Kempton ParkPicture: Lambert Theron, 20: photograph from family archives.

As was reported on Sept 10 2009 in the Kempton Express weekly --  a Caxton paper which does not have a news-website -- the young Afrikaner was just closing up shop on August 30 2009 when two black co-workers demanded that he must give them money from the till to 'borrow', according to well-informed witnesses. Mr Theron told them he couldn't - as it was the company's money, not his.

According to the closed-circuit TV video footage of the incident, police said , the black co-workers were then seen to fly into a rage, stabbing the young Afrikaner, kicking out his teeth and hacking into his head with a meat-hammer.

Mourners at his funeral described his face as having been beaten ‘completely black and blue.’

The two co-workers were lifted from their beds at 2am Monday morning after police had viewed the murder on the close-circuit camera videos, Capt Jethro Mtshali said.

The murder was discovered later that night after Theron's father Johan Sr. 64, had sent his other son Johan, 24, to go and look for Lambert  when he failed to return home: in time for  Johan Junior ‘s birthday celebration that day.

The brother  found the mutilated corpse of his young brother in the food-shop -- and the father and brother then contacted the local police. However two of the cops who arrived to investigate, reportedly were 'very arrogant', according to witness reports, and had chased the traumatised father from the Wimpy restaurant.

Comment about this could not be obtained by us from the police, however the police did confirm that, after having viewed the horror-scenes of the young man’s murder on the closed-circuit TV video recording at the shop, the police immediately drove to the workers' homes - finding them asleep in their beds.

Source of picture of news-cutting below:  coertbotha@hotmail.com Theron Lambert 20 murdered in black racist revenge Wimpy Kempton Sept72009

SAPS censors murder report to news media?

Wimpy targetted before:

  • This same Wimpy also was the scene of an armed robbery on 29 May 2006. Staffers then were confronted by two black men inside the diner at about 08:00 and loudly screamed for help, spokeswoman Cynthia Kleinhans said. The pair then ran off and some of the mall's informal, unarmed car guards then gave chase. Police and metro police arrived and one man was arrested carrying a firearm and the restaurant's keys. The second man had run into the veld and was shooting at the police. He was arrested about 20 minutes later in CR Swart road. He was shot in the leg during this arrest.

  • Information gathered by Adriana Stuijt, a.j.stuijt@knid.nl NOTE -- We invite readers to please also send us any pictures, documents etc. they could submit to complete our records, and any public court documents they could obtain for publication during the course of the trial. a.j.stuijt@knid.nl -- We aspire to be as accurate as possible. We would also appreciate any links and clippings of any media-reports in this case.

  • Murder of Wimpy manager Lambert Theron: 2 in court

     

    Monday, September 22 2009 – Two black workers at the Wimpy snack bar in Kempton Park appeared in court today, suspects in the murder of their Afrikaner manager Lambert Theron, 20, on Sunday-evening September 6, 2009.

    Remanded to 16 November 2009:

    The accused workers, Lloyd Katsande and Fanie Msiza (both 25), were not asked to plead.  The case was remanded to 16 November 2009. The men were ordered to remain in police custody. Police told the news media at the time of these two arrests, just hours after the murder, that they’d found R1,000 in cash, traced from the Wimpy till, as well as Theron's cellphone and other items belonging to the young manager, on the two suspects when they lifted them from their beds.

    Family members and friends say that ‘the arrested men’s comments to the investigating police officers at the time, were that the murder had been 'an accident'. 

    • A journalist who spoke to the murdered man’s 64-year-old father Johan at the court today, said his son had been badly mutilated. ‘The inside of his lips were torn because of all the many kicks and blows with a meat-hammer  --and he was also cut at least 30 times with a knife.  One of his fingers was cut off and was hanging just from its skin,’ the father said.

    The only newspaper reporting this killing thus far was the local Kempton Express, published by Caxton newspaper. email kemptonexpress@caxton.co.za editor Ms Christa Smit, tel 011 970-3030. They have no website. We thus publish the clipping provided to us about this report below this report.

    REVENGE ATTACK…

    Theron Lambert murdered Wimpy Manager Sept 2009 Kempton ParkLambert Theron, 20, left, Kempton Park Wimpy manager – police arrested two co-workers after viewing CCTV footage of the young Afrikaner’s last moments as he was closing up on Sunday-night:  he was hacked, beaten and kicked to death in what local Afrikaner community members say is a racist revenge-murder…

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    Sept 10 2009 - The young Afrikaner was just closing up shop when two black co-workers demanded that he must give them money from the till to 'borrow', according to well-informed witnesses. Mr Theron told them he couldn't - as it was the company's money, not his.

    According to the closed-circuit TV video footage of the incident, police said , the black co-workers were then seen to fly into a rage, stabbing the young Afrikaner, kicking out his teeth and hacking into his head with a meat-hammer.

    We invite readers to please also send us any pictures of the late Mr Theron to complete our records, and any public court documents they could obtain for publication during the course of the trial. a.j.stuijt@knid.nl

    The two black co-workers were lifted from their beds at 2am Monday morning after police had viewed the murder on the close-circuit camera videos, Capt Jethro Mtshali said.

    The murder was discovered late on Sunday-night after Theron's father Johan Sr. 64, had sent his other son Johan, 24, to go and look for Lambert  when he failed to return home.

    • The brother  found the mutilated corpse of his young brother in the shop's dressing room, and the father and brother then contacted the local police. However two of the cops who arrived to investigate, reportedly were 'very arrogant', according to witness reports, and had chased the traumatised father from the Wimpy restaurant. Comment about this could not be obtained from the police, however the police did confirm that, after having viewed the horror-scenes of the young man’s murder on the closed-circuit TV video recording at the shop, the police immediately drove to the workers' homes - finding them asleep in their beds.

    Source of picture of news-cutting below:  coertbotha@hotmail.com Theron Lambert 20 murdered in black racist revenge Wimpy Kempton Sept72009

    SAPS censors murder report to news media?

    Wimpy targetted before:

  • This same Wimpy also was the scene of an armed robbery on 29 May 2006. Staffers then were confronted by two black men inside the diner at about 08:00 and loudly screamed for help, spokeswoman Cynthia Kleinhans said. The pair then ran off and some of the mall's informal, unarmed car guards then gave chase. Police and metro police arrived and one man was arrested carrying a firearm and the restaurant's keys. The second man had run into the veld and was shooting at the police. He was arrested about 20 minutes later in CR Swart road. He was shot in the leg during this arrest.

  • Information gathered by Adriana Stuijt, a.j.stuijt@knid.nl

  • I am not a racist – says Judge Hlophe in Constitutional Court Bench interview

     

    Constitutional Court candidate denies being ‘anti-white’

    • He did call Afrikaner attorney Joshua Greeff a ‘piece of white shit… who should go back to Holland…’ and wrote a 64-page report about the ‘white racists in the judiciary’ -- But hey, that’s not being racist, is it?

    Sunday, 20 September 2009 – SAPA reports -- JOHANNESBURG  - The Western Cape’s judge-president Hlophe vehemently denied accusations that he was a ‘racist and doesn’t like white people’.  He argued during his candidacy interview with the Judicial Service Commission for the Constitutional Court that he would ‘love’ to be part of it, describing it as ‘dynamic”on Sunday.Hlophe backers Percy Gumbi_Jabu Khuluse pic Lisa Skinner MGuardian

    The Northern Cape Judge was supported by a small but highly vocal group outside from the Justice for Hlophe lobby group, sporting t-shirts with his picture printed on the fronts.  However, Hlophe denied during his interview for the Bench-job however that he knew its leader, Percy Gumbi, seen left on this photograph taken by Lisa Skinner of the Mail & Guardian, while talking to the media with his comrade Jabu Khuluse.  However – Gumbi was quoted as saying during this July 2009 presser that ‘Judge President Hlophe has actually signed theor nomination letter and he accepted the nomination as such”; and that the funds for theor campaign came from their members' own pockets; http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-07-17-hlophe-and-the-chamber-of-secrets

    Up until last month Hlophe was caught up in a complaint and counter-complaint row, relating to allegations that he made ‘inappropriate approaches’ to two judges last year to try and influence a corruption case against pres. Jacob Zuma – a case which has now been abandoned. After the JSC decided that there was ‘no need for a full enquiry’ however, reports SAPA on Sunday, Hlophe's life changed from facing the disgrace of being removed as a judge, to being a candidate for chief justice as head of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land.

    "We had a fight. It was never personal right from the beginning," he said on Sunday -- explaining that he was just ‘exercising the rights that every South African had when he complained about the judges making their complaint public before he could answer them:’

    • "In my mind Mr Burgess, I have put this behind me..." he said in response to a question by JSC representative Cecil Burgess, who was chosen from the ANC in Parliament and believed they would be able to work in a "collegial" way.

    He rejected a suggestion by Burgess that "newspapers say you are racist* and you don't like white people". He cited two of his judgments to prove that he wasn’t - one where he ruled against a person who did not want his case heard by a white judge, and the other denying an appeal from the security guard who was found guilty of murdering South Africa’s former first lady Marike de Klerk in her seaside apartment.

    • Hlope said he “visited white people, they visited him, they gave lifts to each other's children and had each other's children over at their houses. "So, I am not a racist, I deny it."

    Hlophe, who holds a doctorate from Cambridge university in the UK, and whose CV include lectureships and head of department at the University of Transkei, denied knowing Percy Gumbi, although this man was lobbying for him  under the "Justice for Hlophe Alliance".

    Hlophe JudgeHowever when Hlophe was questioned about his financial dealings with the company Oasis**, problems arose when the outspoken Independent Democrats’ opposition party leader, MP Patricia De Lille asked Hhlophe ‘to describe the terms of his retainer with the company to help her understand the matter.

    Photo: Alan Taylor, Cape Times.

    Some of the JSC-commissioners objected at once -- saying that they had ‘ already dealt with this matter.” They wanted to clear the press and public from the room at this point -- however, both De Lille and the Inkatha Freedom Party's MP Koos van der Merwe insisted that they had to stay, saying ‘it was important to be able to ask questions in public on this issue,” SAPA reported.

    Advocate Isak Smuts had also wanted Hlophe to explain the apparent contradiction that his "fight" with the Constitutional Court Judges was ‘not personal.’ Smuts said that during the JSC preliminary enquiry Hlophe had made certain derogatory statements about the judges.

    After ‘some debate’ the Supreme Court of Appeal Judge President Lex Mpati then decided that he had ‘wanted to avoid such arguments.”

    • What was left out of many news media reports however was the following: the room was then ordered cleared of the media and public – and while waiting downstairs to be called back in again, the media were then moved out of the building altogether: raised voices could be heard inside.
    • Only about 45 minutes later -- at 22:50pm, did this hearing resume  and the public and the news media were allowed back inside, SAPA reported.
    • http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=144201&sn=Marketingweb

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    * Racism issues attributed to Hlophe:

    •  In 2005, Hlophe was reported to have called Cape Town attorney Joshua Greeff, a “piece of white shit who is not fit to walk in the corridors of the High Court”. He also suggested that Greeff should go back to Holland.Greeff is not Dutch. He made the comments in front of witnesses, however later denied making the remarks,
    • In 2004 Hlophe wrote a report to Chief Justice Pius Langa alleging racism at the Cape Bar. He also accused his deputy, Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso, of racism. Hlophe accused certain white judges and leading members of the Cape Bar of racism in a 43 page report submitted to the Minister of Justice in November 2004.
    • In 2005 Hlophe had allocated an Afrikaans language rights case to senior Cape High Court Judge Wilfred Thring “because I knew he would fuck up the trial and then it could be set right on appeal”. He repeated this in front of numerous witnesses, including senior advocate Norman Arendse SC, who wrote to Chief Justice Pius Langa about the incident. Denying he ever made the remark, Hlophe claimed there was a smear campaign against him.
    • On October 9, 2007, nine senior members of the Cape Bar Council wrote to the Cape Town- based Cape Times newspaper in support of former constitutional and appeals court judge Johann Kriegler's comment at the weekend that Hlophe was "unfit for the Bench".They were Schalk Burger (Senior Counsel, former acting judge, a top commercial lawyer and former chairman of Johannesburg Bar Council); Michael Fitzgerald (Senior Counsel and former acting judge); Jeremy Gauntlett (Senior Counsel, former chairman of General Council of the Bar and Cape Bar Council, and at various points advocate for government and senior ANC members); Peter Hodes (Senior Counsel and former leading figure in the Cape Bar Council); Rob Petersen (Senior Counsel, human rights lawyer and apartheid exile); Les Rose-Innes (Senior Counsel and former chairman of the Cape Bar Council); Nic Treurnicht (Senior Counsel, former chairman of the Cape Bar Council); Henri Viljoen (Senior Counsel, former acting judge and anti-apartheid lawyer in the famous "Wit Doeke" case) and Renata Williams (Senior Counsel and former acting judge).

    ** Oasis: In early 2006 it was reported that Hlophe had, without the necessary Ministerial consent, taken a remunerated position on the board of Oasis, an asset management company.  It was subsequently reported that Hlophe had used his position to advance Oasis for,  whilst on the Oasis payroll, ‘had considered a matter involving one of his colleagues’, JudgeSiraj Desai andd Hlophe had granted Oasis legal permission from an order from his Bench to sue Desaj.

    Summary of Hlophe cases: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=3078&set_id=1

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    ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema defends hate-speech charge in Equality Court

    'I will die for you Malema'

    ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema faces racism charge Equality Court JoburgSept212009 September 21 2009 – JOHANNESBURG. ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is expected to be cross-examined in the Equality Court in Johannesburg on Monday on an anti-female hate speech charge.The Sonke Gender Justice Network laid the complaint against Malema for saying in public that President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser "had a nice time".

    Last month, Magistrate Colleen Collis dismissed a complaint of unfair discrimination against Malema, but ruled that the charges of hate speech and harassment remain.

    Malema has been adamant that he ‘will not apologise for his comment’-  made at the Cape Peninsula Technikon in January in the run-up to general elections, saying it had been ‘taken out of context.”

    • His comment was: "Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money. In the morning, that lady requested breakfast and taxi money." Malema was referring to a rape charge against Zuma, on which he was acquitted in 2006 before he became president.

    The Sonke Gender Justice Network said the comment ‘perpetuated rape myths and could affect the lobbying and workshops they did among boys and men to prevent sexual violence’.

    ANC Youth League’s lobby-group in London holds annual general meeting in upmarket hotel on Sept 26 2009:

    London exiles – meet your local ANC youth league!

     

    “ANC-democracy” in action:

    SAYFA New candidates for the executive of SAYFA not accepted  – the list closed on the very same day the AGM-meeting was announced….

    September 21 2009, LONDON  -- The ANC Youth League’s mouth-piece in London, UK – SAYFA – is ‘electing’ a new Executive Committee at its annual general meeting on Saturday, 26 September 2009 at the Bedford Hotel in Balham, London.

    Directions: http://www.pintlocator.co.uk/the-bedford-arms-the-bedford-hotel_1015088-pub.htm

    Nearest Train stations
    Balham station Balham - 0 m
    Clapham South station Clapham South - 0.36 m
    Tooting Bec station Tooting Bec - 0.87 m
    Clapham Common station Clapham Common - 0.95 m
    Clapham North station Clapham North - 1.41 m
    Tooting Broadway station Tooting Broadway - 1.6 m

    However, there’s a catch: new nominations for candidates cannot be submitted at all as its closing date also was on 21 September 2009, the very same day they made the announcement… and only five days before the election is to take place. Repeating the venue: this Saturday, from 12 noon to 16:30pm at The Bedford hotel in Balham, London.

    This is another textbook example of ‘ANC-style democracy” in action: and might well be a small precursor of the way future ‘democratic elections’ are going to be run in South Africa, too:

    • These lackeys of the ANC Youth League in London are clearly not taking any chances that their executive committee could be voted out of power -- and have thus already closed the nominations for new candidates on September 21. They also sent out their invitations for the AGM on 21 September 2009 – and they also set their closing date for any new candidates’ nominations for their executive committee on the same day – 21 September 2009 .http://www.sayfa.org.uk/

    They write in their invitation:Are you a positive young South African between the ages of 18-35, who is passionate about our country and wants to contribute to the community of South Africans living in the UK? If so, then bring your ideas and join us for the SAYFA AGM on the 26 September 2009. “

    Not a cosy little social club:

    This is however not exactly just a cosy little  social club for exiled South Africans in London. The contents of its newsletters and its website show that this instead is a virulently pro-ANC Youth League lobby group in London – and which also does not hesitate to jump on the political bandwagon even when it was a successful launch by other opposition parties:

    • for instance, the Freedom Front Plus and Democratic Alliance opposition parties in South Africa had obtained a successful Constitutional Court interdict ordering the SA government to create polling stations for all exiled South Africans – voting rights which were being denied these exiles by the ANC-regime.
    • As soon as the court order was announced, SAYFA immediately took over this campaign and claimed that it was a SAYFA victory.  This murky group – which has an unknown source of financing – had  already been around for a while by then – but had never raised the exiles’ voting issue all that vociferously… after all, the fact that the vast majority of South Africa’s tens of thousands of exiles in the UK were barred from voting in their own country’s election, did not reflect well on the image of the African National Congress.

    SAYFA’s organisers write in their newsletter on September 21 2009 that the purpose of this forthcoming Saturday’s annual general meeting is to ‘review the organisation’s performance since the last AGM; to elect a new executive committee and to propose any resolutions/amendments to the organisation’s constitution: SAYFA Constitution.

    • However – don’t bother putting forward any new candidates: SAYCO has set the closing date for new nominations for 21 September 2009, the same day they announced the election.

    This event will take place from 12:00-16:30pm on 26 September 2009 at The Bedford, Balham, London. For more details please visit the SAYFA http://www.sayfa.org.uk/ website. Email info@sayfa.org.uk.

    SOUTH AFRICANS VOTING IN LONDON: