‘ People don’t bother to phone the police any more.. ‘
Thursday 22 October 2009 By Cynthia Dreyer, co-editor of Madibeng Pulse
BRITS --- What do you do when there has been an attempt on your husband’s life and you cannot get a case number from the police? This is the strange situation that Mrs Antoinette Pretorius has found herself in after two rogue detectives reluctantly took details down days after the attempted murder incident against her and her husband -- but never entered it in the police crime register!
The miracle of Psalm 27
MadibengPulse reported on the case on 23 June at 23:30 in Broederstroom when pastor Charl Pretorius was shot at apparently from about three metres through a glass door with a 9mm pistol, but miraculously wasn’t hit.
- The family have attributed the miracle to the fact that Pastor Charl was reciting Psalm 27 shortly before the shooting.
The Pretorius family was looking after a home whose owner was away overseas at the time. After Maxi Security had responded to their panic button, the family was helped to move their most vital possessions in the middle of the night to their in-laws in Skeerpoort, with no reaction from police who were apparently attending to another shooting in Broederstroom. No one came out the next day to take statements or collect evidence and eventually after having a student constable slam down the phone, Mrs Pretorius phoned the Station Commissioner, Senior Superintendent Matlala on the Monday.
He apologised and sent two investigators out -- but they didn’t even give us a case number afterwards.
- “You want to feel the police are there for you!” she told Madibeng Pulse at the time. “Now people are not even bothering to phone the police, they are just doing things themselves. It’s scary!”
Previously police had given her a case number by sms when there was an attempted burglary in May. Mrs Pretorius says that she contacted the Hartbeespoort Community Policing Forum after MadibengPulse told her to report the incident to them as they are the liaison between the public and the police -- and was shocked to hear that the two investigating officers who attended to her case “had left the Hartbeespoort Police Station under a cloud.”
- Meanwhile, she still has no case number - What do you think? Email us