Tag: Murder

Mother Poisons Herself and Children

Police confirmed an incident where a mother allegedly poisoned her five children and herself. A six month old baby was the only child to survive. The tragedy unfolded in the Phamong Village,  Qwa-Qwa over the weekend. Mangale Mabaso, Pheelo (9), and Teboho (6) were declared dead at the scene. Mangale’s mother found her daughter and grandchildren lying on the floor unconscious and immediately called an ambulance.

The police’s Motantse Makhele said: “She apparently left her house and returned to her parents’ home with her kids. It was on Saturday when her mother found her 29-year-old daughter and her five children lying on the floor. An ambulance was called and the mother and two kids, aged 6 and 9, were declared dead on the scene.”

The other two children died later in the hospital. Mangale’s six-month-old baby was the only one to survive. The mother allegedly poisoned herself and the children after an argument with her partner.

Breaking – Oscar Pistorius Begs for Forgiveness

According to reports in international media, Oscar Pistorius has recently told his former headteacher Bill Schroder that all he needed was the forgiveness of the Steenkamp Family. Pistorius is serving a 13-year 5-months prison sentence for the crime.  He fired four shots into the toilet cubicle at his home east of Pretoria, killing Reeva who was behind the door at the time.  Although he never denied firing the shots, he still maintains that he mistook her for an intruder.  Oscar senior says that his son would probably serve another 2 years in prison before being considered for parole. 

Oscar’s father Henke Pistorius said his son has been begging for forgiveness since the murder of Reeva in 2013.  The UK Sun however reported that Pistorius recently told Schroder that he urgently needed to tell June and Barry Steenkamp how sorry he was for what happened.  Henke Pistorius responded to the rumours saying: “Oscar has already, from the start and over and over asked for forgiveness. He told the first witness who came on the scene how sorry he was. He asked everyone’s forgiveness and said he would work for the Lord for the rest of his life if Reeva’s life could be spared.”

Henke has not recently visited his son in Atteridgeville where he is imprisoned, due to strict Covid-19 restrictions.  Pistorius senior said that when he did see Oscar, Oscar always said: “I am sorry, dad”.  “He has begged so many times for forgiveness. This thing is torturing him.”

According to their attorney, the Steenkamps however did not wish to comment on the claims that the disgraced former olympic athlete wanted their forgiveness for killing their beloved daughter.  Kim Martin, Reeva’s cousin, could not be reached for comment but her husband confirmed that the family would not comment any further.

Local News – Katlehong Girl’s Body Found

The body of missing 8-year-old girl from Katlehong was discovered on Monday in the Motlaung Section of Katlehong.  The girl was reported missing by her mother on Sunday night.  Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, spokesperson for the police, said members of the police was alerted that the body of the child had been found, allegedly behind a backroom in the Motlaung Section.

“On arrival at the scene, police found the little girl’s body behind a backroom.  Paramedics certified the child dead on the scene,” Peters said.  “It has since been confirmed that the deceased girl had been reported missing by her mother on Sunday evening around 22:00.”

Brigadier Peters said that a case of murder has been opened and that police were investigation the circumstances surround the death of the girl.  A post-mortem will be performed to determine the exact cause of her death.

National News: Vernon Philander’s Brother Killed

Tyrone Philander, the brother of former SA Cricketer Vernon Philander, was shot and killed on Wednesday.  The family has asked for their privacy to be respected and for the public to allow them to mourn in peace. 

Tyrone, 32, was shot and killed in Ravensmead, Cape Town, on Wednesday afternoon.  Gasang Abarder, spokesperson for the family, said that the Philander’s were grateful for the messages of support.  “Our family is coming to terms with the brutal murder in my hometown of Ravensmead earlier today [Wednesday].  I would like to ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time,” Vernon said.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear and will be the subject of a police investigation.  “The murder is now the subject of a police investigation and we respectfully ask that the media give the police the space to conduct a thorough investigation.  There are no details around the incident at the moment and speculation will make it very difficult for us as a family to mourn in peace.”

Vernon Philander, former SA Cricketer.

“Tyrone is forever in our hearts.  May his soul rest in peace.  The family will not be taking any calls for comment from the media.” Vernon stated.   Captain FC van Wyk, Western Cape police spokesperson, confirmed the shooting saying: “Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.  Anyone with any information about this fatal shooting incident is kindly requested to contact the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nyameko Mnqayi on 079 894 1278/021 933 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”

Tyrone was shot on the corner of 7th Avenue and Webner street on Wednesday afternoon.  Zelda Trantaal of the Ravensmead CPF said: “He is Tyrone Philander; he is 32-years old.  I spoke to the mother and she confirmed that he is the brother of Vernon Philander. They don’t know what happened.  They were in the yard, busy with the washing and they heard shots.”

National News – Violent Farmers Must Behave

Ronald Lamola, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, condemned the violence of protests in Senekal yesterday.  Lamola criticised calls of mob justice by the community.  Thousands of farmers and citizens flocked to Senekal yesterday as the two accused in the murder of Brendin Horner was due in court.  Chaos erupted outside the court when a group of farmers broke into the courthouse demanding that the suspects be handed over to the public.  In a statement Lamola said: “We urge the law enforcement authorities to ensure that the rule of law is maintained and an important part of that is to ensure that those responsible for undermining the administration of justice and the destruction of public property are brought to book.”

Minister Lamola said that the community undermined the rule of law.  “If such attacks against the rule of law are allowed to go unchecked, our society will run the risk of descending into anarchy. It is in the interest of everyone to ensure that respect for the rule of law is defended and upheld. “However strongly communities may feel about issues, we simply cannot allow individuals to take the law into their own hands,” he said.  In the protests a police vehicle was torched and shots were fired.

The reaction to the brutal murder of Brendin Horner has been one of anger and frustration.  Farmers are saying “Enough is enough”, and are demanding that the Bheki Cele must resign or be sacked immediately.  Farm attacks and murders in South Africa has been cause for concern as the numbers of deaths rise rapidly.  The brutality of the attacks have now reached the international news cycle.  Messages of support are pouring in from all over the world.  Lamola however insisted that vandalism and mob justice would not solve the problems, but rather contributed to the problem .

Breaking News – Farmers Unite for Brendin

Brendin Horner celebrated his 1-year work anniversary on the day of his murder.  Today, thousands of people are meeting outside the Senekal Magistrate’s Court to greet the suspects in the murder.  Horner’s employer, Gillie Scheepers, said: “In my eyes, Brendin was a top class guy, he was amazing. He would have achieved so much working here and reached great heights. He was one of the gears that kept the clock ticking.”


have been pouring in for the young Free State farmer.   The brutal murder of Brendin Horner sparked outrage across the country and people have been arriving in Senekal since early this morning.  A poem by Johannesburg writer Stanley Cierenberg has been shared widely on Social Media.

Provincial Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele told media: “Two suspects were arrested [last Saturday] in relation to the murder of Brendin Horner. The two suspects were arrested by Senekal detectives at Fateng-tse-ntsho in Paul Roux.  Bloodstained clothes and shoes were found and will be taken in for forensic tests.” Horner’s body was found tied to a pole on Friday morning with serious injuries to his head and face.  A knife was found on the scene and Horner’s Toyota Hilux bakkie was found abandoned later, with bloodstains inside.  “It is suspected that the deceased could have spotted them on that fateful day. According to reports, police received a call from other farmers reporting the attack at DeRots farm. Upon their arrival, police found Horner, who was declared dead on the scene, with injuries to his head and face. The two suspects, aged 32 and 43, will appear in Senekal Magistrate’s Court [on Tuesday] on the charge of murder.”

The brutality of farm murders and attacks have been in the media frequently with one shocking attack after another.  Rape, brutal beatings, and murder have become the norm for these attacks while the country begs the government to step in.

National News – “We will Rape You”

Nine attackers threatened to rape a Gauteng farmer’s children if he refused to cooperate and give them what they wanted.  The farmer has 4 children, aged between 6 and 18.  Paul da Cruz and his wife and four children were attacked on their Westonaria farm in Gauteng on Friday morning.  Da Cruz has stated that the attackers directly threatened his children with rape and added that he wanted his family to get into counselling as soon as possible to deal with the trauma of the attack.  Several firearms and laptops were stolen during the attack. Warrant Officer Peter Masooa, the police spokesperson, confirmed the incident.

Police minister Bheki Cele sparked outrage when he recently termed farm murders as “not a priority crime”.  Cele argued that farm attacks usually refer to incidents classified as aggravated robbery on a farm dwelling.  “The most serious of these crimes are grouped into a category and is referred to as contact crimes and include murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and aggravated robbery.”

The young Free State Farmer, Brendin Horner, who was killed recently

Meanwhile, the brutality of the attacks have become more and more inhumane and the agricultural sector is under strain to force the government to act against these brutal attacks.  Recently, two suspects were arrested for the brutal murder of Brendin Horner, a young Free State farmer. He was found dead in an open space in Paul Roux around 06:30 on Friday morning, tied to a pole with a rope around his neck and serious injuries to his face and head.  A knife was found near the scene.  The two suspects, aged 32 and 43, will appear in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

In another case, three men appeared in the Delmas Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of Chantel Kershaw, a local 44-year-old farmer.   Chantel was strangled to death before they went inside the house, where they assaulted her mother and locked a female employee in the bathroom.  They stole several belongings and fled the scene in the family’s Chevrolet bakkie.

Breaking News – Former SA Rugby Player in Court for Kinnear Murder

Former SA Rugby player Zane Killian, was the first person to appear in court in connection with the murder of top cop Charl Kinnear.  Killian appeared in court on Friday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance.  Killian, 39, appeared in the the Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Court just before 10:00 on Friday 25 September 2020.  Killian played in the position of hooker for the Falcons and Griquas.  The powerfully built Zane wore a dark hoody and was handcuffed when he arrived at court.  Several police guards armed with automatic assault rifles surrounded the suspect.  Killian is facing three charges – murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal interception of communications.  The charge of illegal interception is believed to be linked to the tracking of Kinnear’s phone.  

Police outside the court transporting accused Zane Killian

Advocates Blaine Lazarus and Greg Wolmarans represented the National Prosecuting Authority in court and negotiated with the defence team regarding the next steps, which was formally endorsed by the court.  Killian will be detained at the Belville police cells until 5 October 2020 when he will make his next appearance.  Eric Bryer, the defence attorney, told News24 that he hoped a date could be set then for Killian’s bail application.  Major General Andre Lincoln, Kinnear’s ranking officer in the Anti-Gang Unit was also present in court.

“No retreat.  No surrender. We will rage, till the last drop of blood.”

A community memorial for Kinnear was held on Thursday.  Provincial head of investigations, Major General Jeremy Vearey attended the memorial and said: “No retreat.  No surrender. We will rage, till the last drop of blood.”  Major General Vearey was one of late President Mandela’s bodyguards. He later posted his message on Facebook.  It is believed that the accused’s father is a retired police officer who worked in Gauteng for many years.  Killian’s mother, Heila, was killed in a farm attack in April 2018, when she was gunned down by five gunmen.  Heila and her sister, Brenda Thomas, were having a braai with two friends.

Zane Killian, his mother, and the victim, Kinnear

Local News: Ekurhuleni metro policeman murdered at his home.

An Ekurhuleni metro policeman died after being shot at his home in Ivory Park on Sunday.

Constable Mopi Johannes Matloa was transported to Zamokuhle Private Hospital in Tembisa, where he died.

“The MMC for Community Safety, Cllr Phaladi Mmoko, is saddened by the gruesome shooting of one of our dedicated and committed law enforcement officers, Constable Mopi Johannes Matloa.”

The MMC and the entire EMPD is deeply hurt, moreover when a police officer whose entire devotion was to serve and to protect the lives in the communities that he served.

Matloa began his career as a traffic warden in 2008 and went on to train as a metro police officer in 2009. He was deployed at the Edenvale precinct until 2015 when he joined the northern region first-response team.

A case of murder was opened at the Ivory Park police station.

“We urge community members who might have information which can assist law enforcement in tracking down these senseless thugs, to come forward. EMPD shall not rest until the killers are brought to book,” Mmoko said.



Benoni News: Murder trial finally under way after suspect evaded cops for seven years

A murder trial that has been on hold for almost a decade finally got under way on Monday.

Belgian national Jurgen Karel Gunther Vandekeere, 42, is accused of killing Chantelle Barnard, 20, in Benoni in April 2011.

The 20-year-old was allegedly raped and her throat was slit before her killer bathed her body, News24 reported at the time

Suzette Barnard found the body of her daughter in a house on a smallholding in Benoni, where the victim and her mother had lived.

Chantelle had gone there to give her mother keys. The last anyone had heard of her was around noon on 1 April that year.

Her family started searching for her when she did not answer her cellphone and a neighbour later reported that they had heard
someone screaming on the smallholding in the afternoon. Suzette went to the
smallholding and banged on the doors until the caretaker opened them for her.
She asked Vandekeere, who is the caretaker’s son, to remove bandages from his hand and said she could see a bite mark.

A blanket was lying in a pool of blood in the
lounge. She ran through the house and found her daughter’s body in one of the bedrooms. She told Beeld newspaper at the it appeared that the body had been bathed.

“Chantelle was lying naked on the floor and I
could only see the right side of her face. There was not even a drop of blood
on her body but her hair was wet and a container with make-up was next to her

Suzette Barnard told The Star newspaper: “She was so cold and the cut to her throat was so deep. She looked like a porcelain
doll, soft and peaceful on the one side, [but] on the other side of her face it
was blue.”

Vandekeere, then 33, was then arrested and appeared in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court.

After he was granted bail in 2013, Vandekeere fled and had been on the run for seven years until he handed himself over to police in January this year, Netwerk24 reported.

On Monday, Vandekeere reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, rape and defeating the ends of justice.

The trial continues.

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