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Afrikaner woman’s throat slit: Msinsi game reserve

 2010-08-28 Erica Croeser, 32, supervisor at Msinsi game reserve Albert Falls Dam, killed; throat cut, husband SAPS constable Morne seriously injured

  • 300 guests at annual bass-fishing tournament upset over gruesome murder attack on Afrikaner couple

Pietermaritzburg – Aug 29 2010 – The Witness reports that a wildlife lodge supervisor’s throat was cut and her policeman husband  was stabbed with the same knife at their game-reserve homestead at Msinsi Game Reserve, Albert Falls Dam, in the early hours of Saturday.

Croeser Erica throat slit supervisor Msinsi lodge Albert Falls Dam KZN Aug282010

Mrs Erica Croeser, 32, had her throat slit with a knife that was also used to stab her 34-year-old husband, Constable Morné Croeser of the SAPS dog unit, in the stomach . When paramedics arrived they found the knife still lodged in his stomach. 

The scene was described as “very, very gory” and the 300 fishermen-guests who were at the lodge for the annual bass-fishing tournament were shocked and horrified. Erica had been working at Albert Falls as a tourism assistant for 10 years.
It is believed that the couple had just arrived home when they were attacked. A source said that while Morné parked the car, Erica went to open the front door of their house. Two armed men were waiting in ambush and pounced on her.  The couple’s two young daughters, aged 6 and 10, were staying with their grandmother at the time of the attack.

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Distraught neighbour Hlekisile Nkala told The Witness that she heard a gunshot just after 02:00, and about 10 minutes later she heard a male voice screaming for help. She quickly woke her husband and called the police. An employee at the reserve said the incident  had shocked the more than 300 participants staying there for the annual bass fishing tournament, which started on Friday. “The customers have also expressed shock and fear over the gruesome murder. They keep asking if the murder really happened and if it was that gruesome,” said an employee. “Since the
murder attack  we have increased the number of security guards from two to four. We are also looking at more ways of increasing the security,” said Msinsi Holdings marketing manager Ray Naguran.

SAPS spokeswoman Joey Jeevan said Morné Croeser was in a serious but stable condition in hospital on Sunday. She said when paramedics arrived at the scene with police, the knife used to stab him was still lodged in his abdomen. “Paramedics removed the knife and put up a drip and treated him before he was taken to hospital.” Jeevan said no arrests had been made, adding that nothing seemed to be stolen. “At this stage police believe that this is linked to a labour dispute. She was a supervisor, and responsible for hiring and firing.” Mrs Croeser’s mother Francoisana Schafer said the family are coping with “the sad story”, but was unable to comment any further. - Stephanie Saville and Bongani Hans, The Witness http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Womans-throat-slit-in-nature-reserve-20100829  http://www.msinsi.co.za/albert-falls-dam.phpCroeser Erica throat slit supervisor Msinsi lodge Albert Falls Dam KZN Aug282010_LODGE

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The Afrikaners are starving - pictures

Dutch, Flemish students visit Afrikaner squatter camp; foreign journalists increasingly interested in reporting on the growing ‘poor-white problem’ in South Africa…

August 30 2010 -- South Africa’s 3-million Afrikaners are in increasingly desperate straits, with nearly one-third now living in dismal squatter camps where they are denied government benefits, food-aid and denied access to medical care and the job market…

Solidarity trade union’s charity Helping Hand said in a recent letter to SA President Jacob Zuma that without government subsidies and food-aid, many Afrikaners will start dying of starvation and poverty-related diseases. Reports of babies and elderly Afrikaners dying of malnutrition are increasingly common this year. Solidarity’s letter also includes a series of pictures taken of some of the more than 650,000 homeless, impoverished Afrikaners. ( We publish some of those pictures below. )

There also is growing interest from abroad in the growing ‘poor white’ problem. Dutch investigative journalist Saskia Vredeveld    and Australian photo-journalist Dean Saffron both were only the latest of a growing number of foreign journalists who reported extensively from the Afrikaner-poor camps this year. 

And this month, a group of Dutch and Flemish students also visited the  Eagle’ s Nest-squatter camp in Pretoria North. They visited the camp with its 100 poor residents and played a traditional Afrikaner sport called “Jukskei’ with the residents as part of the Dutch-South African Society youth-exchange programme. Dr Danie Langner, executive director of Helping Hand, said it was ‘very important for (foreign) students to be exposed to all the realities in South Africa, including the large number of Afrikaners who are now falling into permanent poverty and destitution. The students experienced at first hand the reality of the (more than 650,000) Afrikaners who have to survive without water, electricity or food-supplies each day. This squatter camp’s hundred residents live in horrific circumstances in which they are exposed to the elements each day”. The three-week visit by the Dutch-speaking students was sponsored by four universities, the Afrikaner League, the Afrikaans Language- and Cultural society, the Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Associations, Solidarity and the Foundation for the Empowerment of Afrikaans.  http://www.zuidafrikahuis.nl/node/28 

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Defenceless elderly Afrikaners slowly starving to death…

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Above: Sarie Rossouw lives with her husband Hennie in a Pretoria squatter camp and is badly malnourished. She has only been visited once by a social worker this past year. Her husband Hennie, 70, tries to look after her as well as he can, but it’s difficult without daily health-care and no regular food supplies.

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Sixty-three percent of the residents in Pretoria’s 77 white squatter camps and tent-towns alone, are older than 60 years. There is only one social worker for every 4,000 South African resident. A total of 2,100 cases of dire poverty amongst whites are currently being investigated in the town Centurion by its Council for the Elderly. In Pretoria, an average 1,000 cases are reported of whites being abused and left uncared, in dismal conditions.  Yet the government’s National Youth Development Agency (the former Umsobomvu Youth Fund) still rules that disability benefits are not granted to such impoverished, elderly Afrikaners. The government’s social-welfare agencies also refuse to dispense food-stamps to destitute Afrikaners.

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Above: these squatter huts are occupied by whites and are now seen all over the country, writes Solidarity to pres. Jacob Zuma. “Serious health problems are caused by the lack of water- and sanitation-services.’

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Jurie and Susan Austin live in a 2 X 2 m square pump-house and beg on the streets to survive each day.

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Above: Martin Venter and Gert van Vuuren live underneath this tree.

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Above: Elsie Botha, left, lives in this adapted water-tank.

 

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http://www.newint.org/columns/essays/2010/01/01/afrikaners-hit-bottom/index.html