Phillip Jackson, Dillyn Elsley double-murders Feb 23 2011: 2 black male suspects trial scheduled for Germiston Regional March 2012:
4 Nov 2011 – Edenvale / Bedfordview: The case against two black men arrested for the double murder of two Afrikaans-speaking Edenvale residents, Mr Phillip Jackson and Mr Dillyn Elsley, is set to go to trial in March next year at Germiston Regional Court One.
PICTURE OF THE TWO MURDERED MEN: Dillyn Elsley and Philip Jackson: Dillyn, left, the boyfriend of Mr Jackson’s daughter Stacey, was gunned down with her father by three black males who had walked into the Jackson home, shot the two men down, and walked out again. Nothing was ‘robbed’. The double-killing caused a wave of anger and outrage towards the local SAPS in the close-knit community and an emergency meeting was held to try and calm ratepayers down.
Police are still looking for a third man and issued the photofit-picture below. Anyone who has seen this man who appears to have a row of tattooed dots over his forehead, to please phone Sergeant A Y Steenkamp, Protea_Glen_SouthAfrica_Cell_076_876_8803 The Edenvale Case number of 427/02/2011.
The double-murder of the two working-class Afrikaners caused a wave of anger in the close-knit community. Within weeks, a highly-emotional emergency-crime meeting was held during which angry ratepayers made mince-meat of the SAPS: sounding off in detail about the poor service they received from the local SAPS.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?
Anyone who has seen this clean-shaven black man above – and who also appears to have a row of tattooed dots over his forehead - phone Sergeant A Y Steenkamp, Protea_Glen_SouthAfrica_Cell_076_876_8803 The Edenvale Case number is 427/02/2011.
Our Censorbugbear report is based on the writings of local journalist Charmaine Slater of the Bedfordview Edenvale news, who has very persistently produced excellent news-items about this case.
She writes this weekthat two men were arrested shortly after Mr Jackson and Mr Elsley were gunned down, reportedly by three males who had walked into the Jackson family's Sixth Avenue home on February 23 2011.Mr Jackson died on the scene while Mr Elsley, the friend of the murdered man's daughter Stacey, died later at Glynwood Hospital from his injuries.The two suspects have been appearing repeatedly in court since February: they were remanded in custody.In June the SAPS released an identity kit of a man believed to have been the third suspect. Captain John Jones, Edenvale SAPS Detective is investigating the case. link
‘ I feel safer living in Soweto (…) Edenvale is under siege’ Quintine Ndaba, MEC for community safety..
Emotions ran high at the Edenvale Community Police Forum emergency crime meeting
7 March 2011 journalist: Charmaine Slater
“In his address to the more than 600 members of the Edenvale community who attended the meeting, chairman for the ECPF, Mr Andy Crawley, said that he had a dream that Edenvale would be free of crime. “I am sure this applies to each and every one of us here in Edenvale because you would not be here tonight at this important meeting if crime has not affected you in some way or another,” Mr Crawley said. “
History of Edenvale: founded in 1903 around the Rietfontein gold mine; the community grew from the original Boer/Afrikaner/Welsh mineworkers’ and garment workers’ community when its population was boosted by Portuguese refugees who turned to market-farming in SA after the revolutions in Angola and Mozambique; and many Italian immigrants also settled in Edenvale. Since 2003, when ex-SA president Thabo Mbeki threw open the SA borders - allowing the very rapid influx of at least 5-million empoverished, undereducated foreign black-Africans, crime has soared with the arrival of Zimbabweans, Malawians and Mozambicans.
Bedfordview also suffered a wave of violent crime and organised marches on the police station…
He said that he hoped the meeting would be the turning point in the fight against crime. “We are very nervous that after the recent publicity and actions by the Bedfordview CPF the criminals will look towards greener pastures,” Mr Crawley said. “Our neighbours in Bedfordview have over the past few weeks also experienced a wave of violent crime and organised marches on the police station, have rallied support from the community to bolster the CPF and had the MEC for local safety, Mrs Faith Mazibuko, who addressed over one thousand residents in Bedfordview. As I walked out of that emotional meeting I said that Edenvale should not wait for a murder to happen before we get the support of the community, unfortunately my words were not cold and we had the senseless murder of Mr Jackson and Mr Elsley at their house in Sixth Avenue,” Mr Crawley said.
It was previously reported that Mr Phillip Jackson and Mr Dilyn Elsley were both shot at the Jackson family’s Sixth Avenue home on Wednesday, February 20 by men who had fired several shots at the family: killing Mr Jackson on the scene. Mr Elsley was taken to Glynwood Hospital and died during the early hours of Thursday morning.
Mr Crawley encouraged residents to get involved in crime fighting. “Even if it is as simple as getting to know your neighbour. We had an incident here in Edenvale this week where a car was stolen from the street in full view of a neighbour who was painting his house,” Mr Crawley said.Mr Crawley then highlighted the role of the CPF and also the areas in which the CPF has failed. “In our opinion the SAPS has to run as a well-oiled business, the CEO and in our case the station commander has to manage the operation with efficiency.
SAPS: “Personnel attitude, answering of phones…
“In a recent meeting with the SAPS management we addressed some of the following areas of managing the police station which included, personnel attitude, disciplinary procedures, answering of phones, charge office upliftment, reservists and the answering of the sector vehicle telephones regarding etiquette and procedure,” Mr Crawley said. “What we also believe strongly in is that we cannot be presumptuous and tell the police how to do their job and manage their police station, but we are there to help and we will be there to give them a monthly balanced score card on performance and insist on certain areas being improved upon,” he added.
Residents shocked at crime-increase:
Following his address, residents were given the official crime statistics for Edenvale from 2004 to present.
Many of the residents were shocked by the increase indicated by these statistics.The statistics were followed by an introduction of the new Edenvale station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Mmanndo Mailula, by Edenvale SAPS spokesperson, Warrant Officer Jean Olckers.“Col Mailula has been in the service of the SAPS for 23 years. She can make a big difference in Edenvale. She is serious about discipline,” W/O Olckers said.
Since 2004 up to and including April 2010 – which are the latest available official crime statistics - there were 63 murders and 84 culpible homicides in Edenvale alone: a total of 147 criminal violence-related deaths since 2004. And residents suffer from a long history of armed robberies which average 400 a year. The most life-endangering criminal activities for families however are burglaries and arme robberies at homes and carjacking: all of which are high in Edenvale, as the official statistics below show:
Edenvale SAPS Statistics: http://www.saps.gov.za/statistics/reports/crimestats/2011/provinces/gauteng/pdf/edenvale.pdf
Olckers added that “as the official spokesperson for the Edenvale SAPS he would be assisting the station commander in answering questions from the community”. The audience clapped hands in disapproval of the statement. “We would like to know what our station commander is doing in our community,” a member of the audience shouted. He then introduced the other members of the SAPS attending the meeting including Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Roberts.
“We are as angry as you are about the crime in Edenvale,” W/O Olckers said. “Our detectives are working hard on the double murder case,” he added.
Ward 18 councillor John Anticevich, was the next to take to the podium. His comments on the collapse of service delivery was well received and applauded by the community. He said: “The collapse is a handicap in the quality of our life. In the constitution it states that there are equal rights for everyone. But we are looking over our shoulders. The time has come to be proactive. The time has come for the government to get involved and combat crime in the country,” Clr Anticevich said.
Why was an elderly woman arrested at a retirement village by heavily-armed police officers?
Following his address, the floor was opened to questions from the community.
One resident highlighted the arrest of an elderly woman, which saw a number of heavily armed police officers take her into custody at 1am in the morning at her home in a retirement village (See letter’s page). In response to this, W/O Olckers said that “the case was still under investigation and therefore he could not comment on the case but said that if it is found that there was any wrongdoing on the part of the police officers, that an investigation will be conducted”.
His comments spurred comments and questions from the audience.
What happened to that Mercedes Benz A-class donated to the SAPS by Karaglen?
Another resident asked what had happened to the Mercedes Benz A-Class which was donated to the Edenvale Police Station from Karaglen.
W/O Olckers said that “the vehicle was still in the service of the Edenvale SAPS but it had been removed from doing sector patrols in Edenvale”.
Edenvale resident, Mike, wanted to know how many vehicles there were in Edenvale and what sort of a budget the police have and what has been done in terms of getting more vehicles and manpower. “We have applied for more vehicles and more manpower. Edenvale is too big for six vehicles,” Lt Col Mailula said before being seated again. Her response to the question caused the audience to erupt into a flurry of questions.
-- Dowerglen extention 4 resident, Johnny, asked why the station has such a large turnaround of station commanders. “We were perfectly happy with the previous commander,” he said. In response to the question, Mr Andy Crawley said that he agreed that the matter needed to be taken up with Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros to create some sort of stability in Edenvale.
-- Heather Hart said that if Edenvale wanted a first class police station, the work should start at the front. “There is no sense of pride and respect. You are lucky to be greeted when entering the station. If you are not going to answer you phones then remove them,” she said. “We expect and deserve good service,” she added.
‘Police-officers using police-vehicles to do their shopping’ :
-- Speaking on the number of officers seen using police vehicles to do shopping, Bill, also a resident, asked the station commander what was being done to monitor officers and how he can get members of the EMPD to be outside schools in the area to protect the children from speeding parents.
“We have the AVL which in your language is a tracker but we call it AVL. If you see a motor vehicle parked at the road side in the wrong place you can phone us,” Lt Col Mailula.
-- Bill also asked how he can get members of the EMPD to be outside schools in the area to protect the children from speeding parents when there is always a group of officers pulling people over for talking on their cellular telephones just a few blocks away. His second question was answered by Superintendent Gwen Gina from the metropolitan-police, the EMPD. “One of the duties of the EMPD is to enforce the National Road Traffic Act and this remains one of our major duties. We help the SAPS on operations too,” Supt Gina said.
-- Lindsay, a 21-year-old Edenvale resident, said that she would like to know how she can help as a 21-year-old in the community. “Yes we pay taxes but we are not involved in helping out,” Lindsay said. Mr Quintine Ndaba from the MEC for Community Safety’s Office said that in his view ‘one cannot just smile if they are a prisoner in their own homes: We cannot criticise without assistance. Your role as the EMPD is not only traffic laws but also visible policing and crime prevention,” he said in response to Supt Gina.
-- I feel safer living in Soweto… the area of Edenvale is under siege: One resident then stood up to correct Mr Ndaba, saying that every time she needed assistance, the metro police were there – but not the SAPS. “The SAPS is busy picking up and dropping off people. They are a taxi service while the EMPD was there to assist,” the resident said. Mr Ndaba replied: “We are all touched by the murders. In the words of the MEC, the area of Edenvale is under siege,” Mr Ndaba said while the residents applauded. “If you do not get help, come to my department,” he urged. “I live in Soweto and feel safer living in Soweto. Do you know why? Because we as a community joined hands and said enough is enough. “Know your neighbour. If something happens they must be able to assist,” he added.
Before the closing of the meeting, Lt Col Roberts addressed the community. “I do not live in Edenvale. I live in Kempton Park. I also do not know when I will receive the call that my house was broken into. So I have put security measures in place. “Everyone reads about the murders but did you read the crime tips published in the Bedfordview Edenvale NEWS? The crime tips are not simply sucked out of our thumbs they are based on crime trends in the area,” Lt Col Roberts said. He added the SAPS has regular operations to ensure the safety of the community.
Links, background, history of Edenvale:
History of Edenvale:
founded in 1903 around the Rietfontein gold mine; the community grew from the original Afrikaner/Welsh working-class mineworkers’ community with its population boosted by Portuguese refugees from Angola and Mozambique and Italian immigrants. Since ex-SA president Thabo Mbeki threw open the SA borders in 2004 allowing the rapid influx of at least 5-million empoverished, undereducated foreign black-Africans, crime has soared .
Edenvale is a town on the East Rand in Gauteng, South Africa. It started out in 1903 as a small settlement named Rietfontein which sprung up around the Rietfontein Gold Mine. Modern Edenvale has become a very well known part of Johannesburg. It lies about halfway between the O.R. Tambo International Airport and the city centre and is located roughly 12KM by road from Sandton and roughly 9KM from the closes, currently operating, Gautrain station. This makes it a very comfortable spot to live as it is quite close to all the major parts of Johannesburg. Edenvale is a very quiet town which ranges from the middle class areas such as Eastleigh to the upper class areas such as Dowerglen or Edenglen. In 1995, after the local government elections, Edenvale was amalgamated with some surrounding areas, including Modderfontein, and part of Tembisa to form the Lethabong municipality, as part of the short-lived transitional Khayalami Metropolitan Council , which also included Midrand and Kempton Park/Tembisa. This arrangement ended in 2000, and Edenvale is now part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, which includes much of the East Rand, while Modderfontein became part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. In the recent five to six years Edenvale has expanded significantly. Two malls have been erected, Greenstone and Stonebridge mall, as well as an array of complexes and townhouses, in an area now called Greenstone Hill and Greenstone Park, just above Illiondale. This recent, yet rapid influx of infrastructure and added commercial business has bankrupted businesses in Van Riebeeck avenue (also known as Edenvale town) forcing numerous store owners to liquidate their funds.
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Afrikaans SAPS widow Margaretha Liza de Bruin sues SAPS for repeated false arrests: was thrown into police-holding cell with arrested male crime-suspects…
2011-11-02 source: Beeld journalist Hanti Otto - Margaretha (Liza) de Bruin, the widow of sergeant Daniël de Bruin, an SAPS national intervention unit officer who died in July last year with six other colleagues in a police chopper crash, is suing the authorities for R100,000 in damages after she was arrested twice on trumped-up charges and thrown into a police cell with male convicts. http://www.farmitracker.com/reports/view/2018
Twice she was arrested and twice the charges against her were withdrawn. She was never charged with anything, said her legal counsel Carel Taute. He has sent a notice of intention to sue to the authorities. Details submitted show that Mrs De Bruin, 28, Marthinus Nel, 22, and a 17-year-old youth were arrested as suspects in an armed robbery of a pub in March 2011 at Hermansstad, Pretoria. It’s not known why it was referred to as armed robbery: apparently no weapon was pointed and nothing was ‘robbed’.
Mr Nel - the State alleged at the time -- was wearing her late husband's bulletproof vest, SAPS-appointment certificate and gun-holster. The three accused Afrikaners first appeared in the Atteridgeville regional court on 7 March - and at this point the state-prosecutor told the magistrate that 'the dossier was unclear as to exactly what they should be charged with'
- "The accused did not point the claimed weapon, apparently a gas-pistol, to anyone. Further investigations need to be undertaken to determine the exact charges.'
Yet Mrs de Bruin and Mr Nel were held in custody for a week until they were released on R1,500 bail and the teenager was released in the care of his parents.
On 28 April, they appeared in court again. Otto writes that this time, the charge sheet indicated that they were charged with 'pointing an object with could have a person believe that it was a firearm; and for pretending to be police officers.' There were statements submitted to the court that the man and the teenager had gone inside the pub while Mrs De Bruin remained outside in the car.
The charges against them were then withdrawn - but three months later they were charged again: only to have these charges withdrawn against them once again on 25 October. Legal counsel Taute said 'it appeared as if there was not enough evidence nor a case to answer for.'