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Farmer badly beaten up by SAPS Hartbeesfontein

December 1 2010 - Ottosdal cattle-farmer Willem Grobbelaar, two farm-managers and two workers were released on low bail amounts after they were arrested over a fisticuffs with local squatters related to destruction of farm-fencing and wandering livestock. Grobbelaar was released from hospital only yesterday -- he was hospitalised after he was seriously injured by the arresting police at the Hartbeesfontein police cells after his arrest on Monday November 22, he testified at his bail application.

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OTTOSDAL TRUCKED IN COSATU PROTESTERS FARMERS TRIAL DEC 1 2010 The case has of course created a new excuse for Cosatu trade union to truck in ‘impromptu local resident protestors’ who were foot-stomping and yelling hatespeech as usual outside the magistrate’s court yesterday.

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Susan Cilliers of Beeld newspaper says arrested were Willem Grobbelaar, 46, farm managers Daniël Dupper (41) and  Willie Pienaar (30), and the workers Andries Senatle (25) and Dawid Melamu (24). They are facing ‘attempted murder’ charges after a mutual fight between two squatters on the Grobbelaar farm, Ezekiël and Phillip Letlakane last Monday. The family-members of the accused men hired private security vehicles to transport the accused men safely through the screaming crowd.

Captain Jerry Maboitshega, who investigated the event on the farm, told the court during the bail application that the Letlakanes live on Grobbelaars farm Kareekuil ‘but do not work for him. They are part of a large group of people who lived on the land when Grobbelaar purchased it a few years earlier.’

Their legal counsel Advocate Louis Vertue said the fight erupted between the two groups because the Letlakane-group regularly break down fthe encing adjacent to the highway – and that Grobbelaar feared that his prized bulls – each worth around R31,000 – will be run down while wandering away and onto the highway. Vertue said on the day in question the bulls had wandered off again and Grobbelaar had taken his four co-workers with him to chase the animals back to their camp.

While chasing the bulls the farmer and his workers got into a fisticuffs about the fence-destruction habits of the squatters. Things got out of hand, the court heard: Ezekiël Letlakane was in hospital for a few days after being knocked out and sustaining injuries to his face, head and an arm as did Phillip.

However three of the five accused also sustained injuries – but the injuries sustained by the farmer during and after his arrest were very serious: Pienaar testified that he was assaulted by the SAPS at the Hartbeesfontein police cells – and was released from hospital only yesterday-morning after he was treated for ‘serious injuries’.  

State advocate Sello Maema did not oppose bail. Grobbelaar said he would remove his livestock from the farm altogether, because one of the conditions of bail is that the accused men are not allowed to go to the farm nor have any contact with the squatter-group there.

 

OTTOSDAL FARMER AND WORKERS ACCUSED OF ASSAULT DEC 1 2010 OTTOSDAL COURT

http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Borgtog-vir-5-na-voorval-op-plaas-20101130

Widower UK woman never wants to return

‘Dewani never wants to return to Cape Town’

December 1 2010 Cape Times journalist Caryn Dolley has interviewed Max Clifford, the British public-relations specialist hired by Shrien Dewani, the widower of murdered honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani. He was quoted as saying that “Dewani does not want to return to Cape Town ever again.”  She reportedly spoke to Clifford by telephone on Tuesday. caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

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Dewani, Anni and Shrien_She was murdered in Gugulethu SA on honeymoon

Nov 16 2010 - Shrien Dewani reportedly had ‘pleaded with their kidnappers not to separate him from his wife, Anni, 28. Instead they put  a gun in his ear and pushed him out of their still-moving taxi. As he sprawled by the roadside in the Cape Town slum, they drove his new wife into the night. Just hours later her body was found inside the abandoned taxi. She had been shot at least three times.  Dewani’s publicist Max Clifford may be contacted at: MAX CLIFFORD ASSOCIATES, Moss House15-16 Brooks Mews MayfairLondon  W1K4DS Tel 0207 408 2350 Fax 0207 409 2294 email  max@maxclifford.com

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“The last place in the world he ever wants to go to again is Cape Town. But in order to help police ... he’ll do so,” Clifford reportedly told the Cape Times journalist. Clifford said Dewani was currently staying at his home near Bristol under a doctor’s supervision as the strain of his wife’s murder and the media speculation about it had affected his health.

Dewani Shrien never wants to return to Cape Town where wife Anni was murdered“He’s been through so much trauma and shock as you can imagine. He was madly in love with someone and very, very happy. That was destroyed in a minute. It turned into the worst nightmare in a minute.”

Clifford said media reports suggesting Dewani was a suspect in his wife’s murder were false and had taken a toll on Dewani and his family. It’s obviously made a horrible nightmare even worse. So many lies have come out of South Africa that (the family is) getting used to it.” Clifford said the South African media was reporting “one lie after another day to day” and he was not sure who the source of the inaccurate information was. “You tell me. You’re there.”

He did not say anything negative about British newspapers. “According to my sister, who lives in South Africa, it’s very predictable. Billy Gundelfinger (Dewani’s Johannesburg-based attorney) says this is the way (the media) does it in South Africa.” Dewani was not keeping in touch with South African police and was relying on Gundelfinger to keep him up to date. “Police have just contacted him to say ‘you’re not a suspect’,” Clifford said.

On Monday, three black  suspects, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, Xolile Mngeni, 23, and the driver of their car, Zola Robert Tongo, 31, appeared in the Wynberg Regional Court, where the case was postponed to next Monday.

Details about a plea agreement involving Tongo, who was driving Shrien and Anni Dewani when they were hijacked, are expected to emerge then. Police are reportedly looking for a fourth suspect, but are refusing to comment. caryn.dolley@inl.co.za - Cape Times

A Google search reveals 126,000 hits related to the Annie Dewani murder:

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  http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/dewani-never-wants-to-return-to-cape-town-1.894590

Limpopo province flooded by millions of illegal Africans

Freedom Front opposition party wants State of Emergency to close down the border… however Zimbabwe opens a passport office to help its illegal migrants with SA documentation

25 November, 2010 - The Limpopo province's leader for the opposition Freedom Front Plus, Mr Louis Trichardt, warns that a State of Emergency must be declared to try and limit the extremely dangerous security situation in the overcrowded province. “Literally millions of illegal strangers now live in our overcrowded Limpopo province because of the lack of border-control…’ he warned.

He wrote this warning in an open letter to ANC-premier Cassel Matahle regarding the latest farm-murders of defenceless citizens. He wrote that the triple-massacre had left the community horrified and angered. Mr Pieter Blomerus Van der Lith, a former Freedom Front municipal candidate, wife Henna and their worker Edward Ndou were found murdered on November 15 2010.  Police believe that the worker was shot dead after he had cooperated with the murderers. SAPS spokeswoman Lt.kol. Ronel Otto said the triple-massacre was mysterious as nothing appeared to be stolen. Mr Ndou was found shot to death in his cottage.  Mr Van der Lith ‘s Toyota Land Cruiser was parked 20 metres from his body – which was tied up to water-pipes leading to the farm dam.  He was tortured to death. His wife was shot to death inside their farm-house. Nothing seemed to be robbed: Mr Van der Lith’s personal belongings also were still inside his vehicle…

The triple-murders occurred about two weeks after the murders of Johan and Annelise Greyvensteyn of Musina/Messina on 4 November. Their tortured bodies were found inside their bakkie on their smallholding.  The Transvaal Agricultural Union’s spokeswoman Ms Marie Helm  said they were deeply shocked about the murders. Farmers were helping police in attempts to track the killers. Thus far this year, 46 people have been murdered in this small border region surrounding the Van der Lith farm, said Mr Trichardt. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Egpaar-en-hul-werker-op-Limpopo-plaas-vermoor-20101116

Pretorius Peet Furniture City Pietersburg attacked 3 armed black men

Picture: The Pietersburg business community also suffers from the crime-tsunami in the province: For instance, local businesman Peet Pretorius was amongst the many businesses which suffer from the large numbers of armed criminals now roaming the once so peaceful provincial border town. He was attacked by three armed black men in his shop, who fired shots at him and tried to rob him. The men then fled into the apartment building opposite his shop in Schoeman Street and then simply disappeared without a trace. Mr Pretorius still pointed out their trail to the apparently non-plussed SAPS officer who arrived to investigate the robbery.
Attempted murder was not investigated however, although mr Pretorius was fired at. Picture:  Danél Esterhuysen http://www.observer.co.za/content/sakeman-deur-rowers-oorval-trek-sneller-

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Murdered farmer was Freedom Front municipal candidate:

Mr Trichardt said that the late Mr Van der Lith had been a FF-candidate during the previous municipal election and planned to represent the party again next year. "He was a respected and valued person in our society,' said Mr Trichardt. "These gruesome and cruel murders are similar to the 46 murders in the same region. This is due to the total lack of border-control allowing the untrammeled arrival of undocumented foreigners from other parts of Africa. Literally millions of strangers now live in an already overcrowded Limpopo province due to this lack of border-control. And if these murderers are found they are charged with ordinary crimes instead of terrorism. Moreover, such illegal criminals even receive free legal counsel from our State-resources, while innocent victims and their families have to pay the price.' He urged the Limpopo premier to announce a State of Emergency for the province regarding the severe security situation'.

"Such a State of Emergency would allow a limit on the movements of unauthorised individuals and would give the police and property-owners expanded powers to enforce existing regulations and laws. http://www.observer.co.za/stories/vryheidsfront-plus-vra-afkondiging-van-n

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Zim-government sets up ‘temporary’ passport office in Pietersburg to help illegal border-crossers get legal SA documentation:

Asylum seekers face many days of chaotic violence waiting to submit applications in sA

61% of the officially-registered 364.638 asylum-applications in South Africa in 2009 were not processed within a year: refugees wait up to 4 years in squallid squatter camps where they receive free water and other municipal services while ‘waiting for answers from Home Office.” South Africa ‘s 260 registered squatter camps in 1994 have mushroomed to more than 2,700 by November 2010 and millions of these illegal Africans resort to crime to stay alive. The Freedom Front Party in Limpopo province warns that the province now is overcrowded with ‘millions of illegal Africans still streaming across the uncontrolled borders’…. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/10/backlog-of-640000-asylum-seekers.html

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Shortly thereafter, the authorities announced that 'Zimbabweans who want to regularise their status in South Africa no longer needed to travel to Makhado or Musina to do so as an office for that purpose was opened just outside Pietersburg in the Ivydale area. With the 31 December deadline for Zimbabweans lurking around the corner the Zimbabwean Embassy has temporarily moved its operations from Tshwane to Polokwane to enable Zimbabweans to get their passports easier because of the large number of people in need of documentation."

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma held discussions with representatives of the "Zimbabwe Stakeholder Forum"  to review the process of the documentation of all Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa by the end of December 2010.

According to information no passports will be issued at Cosatu House in Johannesburg for the time being.

  • Mr Bertus Venter, Immigrations Officer at Home Affairs told Pietersburg/Polokwane Observer that the change in location is “only temporary and aimed at ensuring that as many Zimbabweans as possible can access services for passport applications within the set time frame. “

Zimbabwe’s Pietersburg office is located in Fairly Street, Ivydale, adjacent to the N1 South. It is claimed that this ‘Special Dispensation and moratorium on deportations, as per agreement between the governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe will come to an end on 31 December 2010.

  • "This process is intended to regularise qualifying Zimbabwean nationals with permits in terms of the Immigration Act,” Venter said.
  • The work, study and business permits that will be issued to all qualifying Zimbabwean nationals through this process will be made available free of charge.The requirements for all these permits are valid Zimbabwean passports, proof of study, work, self employment or business. No fees will be charged for these applications. Home Affairs has also established a call centre with telephone number 0800 60 11 90. The email address for enquiries is zimbabwean.enquiries@dha.gov.za
  • Repeat: it is claimed that the Special Dispensation will be terminated on 31 December 2010.
    http://www.observer.co.za/stories/special-dispensation-zimbabweans-now-gra

SQUATTER CAMPS IN SA_THERE WERE 260 IN 1994 AND 2900 BY 2010... In 1994, South Africa had 260 squatter camps, mostly housing South African blacks who had left the countryside for the cities. By 2010, the number of squattercamps had mushroomed to more than 2,700 – and they house many millions of illegal Africans who stream across the wide-open borders from every country in Africa, and all need access to the country’s rapidly-dwindling resources…