20091005

Big Brother Cop monitors your emails… spooky!

 

Censorship alert: “The SAPS has an entire department being kept busy with these emails…’  Aldino Hutchinson, Gauteng resident says…

  • “Emails with urban myths fuel 2010 fears,’ claims SAPS 

CensorBugBearDesignByRudiPrinsloo Oct 3 2009 -- Emails containing urban myths from overseas websites are’ giving South Africa a negative image and causing unnecessary panic before the WC2010, warns a SAPS spokesman in an interview with Fiona Gounden of The Independent.

“Recent e-mails containing information downloaded from www.snopes.com - a US website - are being sent to South Africans with headlines such as: "Is this what is going to happen to the tourists when they reach beautiful Africa in 2010?" and "Come on 2010 visitors, we criminals have new techniques to try on you."

The journalist describes some of these ‘urban myths” as follows:

  • Criminals cloning vehicle’s  remote alarm devices,
  • Burglars  checking newspaper obituaries so they could clean out homes while the residents were away attending funerals
  • Rapists trapping victims by “posing as police officers and stopping traffic in isolated areas.”

(note: these aren’t however ‘urban myths’. All these incidents have been recorded as genuine in South Africa. The police spokesman Mdunge’s claim that these are ‘urban myths’ is in fact the biggest ‘urban myth’ of all. 

SAPS spokesman Supt Vincent Mdunge insists however that ‘these e-mails were misleading the South African public and causing "unnecessary panic… Police have never heard of such happenings and this is definitely not the case,’ he claims."This hype is definitely not good, especially as we near the World Cup," Mdunge said.

Question: What business is it of the SAPS anyway? Was anyone financially defrauded?

  • One e-mail doing the rounds is about crooks supposedly being able to clone car-alarm systems.
    The e-mail states: "I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again. Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation. I quickly jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars."
    “Aldino Hutchinson, a sales and technical support specialist for a Gauteng firm, said he had sent the e-mail to many of his friends only later realising it was an urban legend…”
  • (CCB notes: we have been unable to find anyone on the internet by the name of Albino Hutchinson. Please come forward Mr Hutchinson – and tell us the manner in which you were made aware by the Police that these emails you were sending out, were ‘urban myths?”  Or is Mr Albino Hutchinson also an ‘urban myth”… the plot thickens… a.j.stuijt@knid.nl )

SAPS IS WATCHING EVERYBODY’S EMAIL….

Whether he’s invented or not, an interesting comment was attributred to him, namely that "the SAPS has a whole department being kept busy daily with these sort of e-mails being distributed."

Another e-mail being circulated talks about burglars checking newspaper obituaries so they can clean out homes while the residents are away attending funerals.

  • The e-mail states: "It's been rumoured that thieves scan the obituary and wedding announcements to see which house to hit. The criminals, police said, specialised in burglaries from homes of vacationers, honeymooners and deceased persons after careful perusal of newspaper death notices and society pages.The suspects inflicted added emotional turmoil by ransacking the homes."

“Stop downloading from overseas websites,” urges SAPS…

Mdunge said the “ negative chain e-mails could be eradicated if people stopped downloading information from overseas websites.

  • "If these e-mails don't stop now, then it is going to spiral out of control by the 2010 World Cup. People who have already sent out such e-mails should now send out other e-mails explaining that these are urban myths."

Meanwhile, David Mikkelson, the operator of http://www.snopes.com, said: "We receive various submissions from people and we make it clear on the website that the information is based on urban legends."

relevant background:

IT expert 'hindered' in probing hoax emails

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA Oct 01 2007 -- A computer expert testified in court on Monday that he was hindered when analysing whether former spy boss Billy Masetlha and his two co-accused had fabricated controversial hoax emails about an alleged African National Congress conspiracy, as he was given hard copies and not the electronic versions.

  • The Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court heard state witness Daniel Myburgh (37) testify that he was given 74 pages of electronic communication, which were hard copy and not electronic versions, when tasked with investigating the matter.

Don’t know method of collection:

Myburgh  had no explanation of how the 74 pages were collected, nor of the methodology and the type of software used to create the emails.

  • "The influence of limitations was that I could not test the electronic route of the emails," Myburgh said.

Masetlha, IT specialist Muziwendoda Kunene and former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) manager for electronic surveillance Funokwakhe Madlala are facing charges of fraud amounting to R152 000.

The charges relate to alleged hoax emails implicating senior African National Congress members in a conspiracy against former deputy president Jacob Zuma.The three pleaded not guilty to one count of fraud.

  • Myburgh said he” could only form an educated guess of how the emails were created.”..

Magistrate Dawie Jacobs asked Myburgh if his educated guess was due to lack of evidence of how the emails were generated and he agreed. “"I had to consider how they [the emails] were created when analysing them and then formulate an idea of all the possibilities," he said.

  • Myburgh, an expert with seven years' experience, said he formulated his opinion bearing in mind that the emails could have been authentic or that they could have been fabricated by monitoring, and by typing, copying and pasting the documents.

In a plea explanation read in court by his attorney, the accused IT specialist Kunene said ‘the emails in the state's possession were not the same ones he handed over to the NIA.”

Police reports Oct 5 2009

 

Scheepers, Capt Carl 39 shot dead Pretoria Oct 4 2009Scheepers Jean Jacques dad Capt Charl shot dead Oct 3 2009 Beeld Theana Calitz Oct 5 2009 – The Pretoria News reports on its front page that the country has lost yet another crime fighter with the killing of Captain Charl Scheepers, 39, shot dead in the city by a suspect who ignored the policeman's command to drop his weapon. (left).

Also on its frontpage is the story about the private investigator who took only 48 hours to help police arrest the killer of Cullinan smallholder Piet van den Berg (killed July 2009) – who was murdered and his wife locked in a cupboard before the house was torched. Mrs Madeleine van den Berg managed to escape. Picture right: his grieving son Jean Jacques, picture by Theana Calitz of Beeld.

The private investigator, from East London, happened to be in Joburg on a case. He also had a weekend free during which he decided to try to solve the murder of Piet van den Berg. His quest, with the help of a stolen cellphone and fellow PIs, would take him only 48 hours to complete.  By Saturday three men had been arrested in Bertrams, one allegedly in possession of items stolen from the Van den Berg residence.  The murder took place in Cullinan, when three men armed with knives and firearms went on to the Van den Berg smallholding. They shot Van den Berg dead,  then locked his wife, Madeleine, in a cupboard. The men covered Van den Berg's body with newspaper and set it alight. They also set fire to their small cottage house  - but Madeleine was able to escape from their working-class cottage alive. Very little of value was actually ‘robbed’.

20091005 Another white farmer, 40, shot dead execution-style, Cullinan smallholding

October 5 2009. A thus-far unidentified Cullinan smallholder was shot down execution-style on Monday-morning by three armed black men on Sunday-night. Police constable Sally Skosana said the farmer’s wife had gone outside to check why the dogs were barking – and was forced into the homestead at gunpoint, where they shot the farmer at point-blank range. they could have looted the entire homestead but only took two cellphones and a laptop-computer. Earlier a three-member gang also broke into a nearby farm-house and stole a rifle, police said. " Further details are not yet known at this stage. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/78010d23728b4ace94a585548a394eac/05-10-2009-11-36/Cullinan-man_in_sitkamer_doodgeskiet

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PI finds Cullinan smallholder Van den Berg's killer in 48 hours

5 October 2009, 07:41 By Shaun Smillie – Pretoria News -- “It was the sight of a daughter in tears on the Carte Blanche tv-programme as she described her father's murder (in July 2009 at their working-class smallholding in Cullinan) and how his body had been burnt that compelled private investigator Daryl Els to act. “

Berg vd Piet murdered house torched July 12 2009 Cullinan AH Berg vd Piet murdered July 12 2009 Cullinan AH torchedPictures: the murdered Piet van den Berg and their torched Cullinan homestead. The alleged killer and two accomplices are now under arrest. The suspects allegedly had driven all the way from Bertrams in Johannesburg to attack the working-class Afrikaans family on their Cullinan smallholding. Very little of value was ‘robbed’…

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Said Els: "I just saw (on Carte Blanche) how upset the daughter was, and I realised these guys had to be taken down," said Els.  Carte Blanche interviewed the surviving family members in its September 2009 story about South Africa's crime statistics , focusing on the terrifying crime-rate at the smallholdings in Cullinan. http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?Id=3761

The private investigator, from East London, happened to be in Joburg on a case. He also had a weekend free during which he decided to try to solve the murder of Piet van den Berg. His quest, with the help of a stolen cellphone and fellow PIs, would take him only 48 hours to complete. By Saturday three men had been arrested in Bertrams, one allegedly in possession of items stolen from the Van den Berg residence.  The murder took place in Cullinan, when three men armed with knives and firearms went on to the Van den Berg smallholding. They shot Van den Berg dead,  then locked his wife, Madeleine, in a cupboard. The men covered Van den Berg's body with newspaper and set it alight. They also set fire to the house  - but Madeleine was able to escape from their working-class cottage alive. View our list of farm murder victims: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/09/afrikaners-besieged-throughout-south.html  Read entire story on The Pretoria News front page,  October 05, 2009

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Four more people found dead:

Hijackers at Noordhoek Boat Club rape victim because she only had R150 in the bank…
Port Elizabeth. – Oct 5 2009 – Hijackers were so angry that a woman they’d kidnapped from the Noordhoek Boat Club only had R150 in her bank-account, that they raped her, according to police inspector Alwin Labans. Her friend, also kidnapped, was also assaulted. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. Beeld newspaper approached the young man’s father for comment, and who confirmed the incident. “Both families are too shocked and traumatised to say anything about it. It was very cruel and we decided not to talk to the news media about it,’ he commented. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/0bed9b65ac154509904f834671b7eac4/05-10-2009-0859/Kapers_verkrag_vrou_toe_sy_net_R150_het

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Berserker knifeman in Koornfontein: Mozambiquan suspect dies in crowded cell…

 

Pretorius Rika right_ Terblanche Maria left Middelburg crime victims beserk knifeman Oct 1 2009 October 4 2009 - Aletta Otto of Beeld newspaper reports from Middelburg that a berserker knifeman, Nando Lomina, 27, who killed one woman and also stabbed two teenagers in the mining town of Koornfontein on October 1 2009, was found dead in a pool of blood in the Blinkpan police cells -- only five hours after he was arrested by police at 8.35am on the Broodsnyers Farm. There were eight other suspects in the holding cells with the Mozambiquan migrant. Police captain Leonard Hlathi said one of these cellmates had been arrested for murder, the rest for theft and possession of drugs. What’s worrying though – he said – was that ‘a great deal of blood was found outside and inside the cell.”The independent police directorate has launched an investigation into Lomina’s death. After his arrest, he was positively identified as the casual worker who had cut the throat of an Afrikaner family’s long-time housekeeper Mrs Maria Sibeko, 48, and attacked two Afrikaner mineworkers’ families, injuring 15-year-old Kimberley Pearce and 17-year-old Evette van Rensburg in a ‘berserker knife attack', and also attacking Mrs Rika Pretorius, 39, and her mother Mrs Maria Terblanche, 65, pictured. Lomina was arrested by a police search party after the attacks. And Mark du Preez, 21, identified Lomina as the knifeman after his arrest. A post-mortem examination will be carried out Tuesday to establish the cause of his death, police said. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/6b6d277e1fca43d487f7df4960d2e683/04-10-2009-11-28/Broodmes_Verdagte_sterf

 

Scheepers, Capt Carl 39 shot dead Pretoria Oct 4 2009

Afrikaners besieged throughout South Africa -

http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/09/afrikaners-besieged-throughout-south.html