Raymond Lundy, 74, murdered Oct 28 2001 Richmond KZN
Oct 28 2001 – The sugar-cane farmer was murdered a month before his 75th birthday. He was attacked by three black males. His hands and feet were tired up with wire, he was dragged and left amongst the sugar-cane. ‘They told him: ‘we are coming back to kill you.’ They looted the homestead and then returned and split open his skull with a panga. They dumped his body in the boot of his old Opel and dumped his body off a cliff. (The Star journalist Ingrid Oellermann ‘s story was headlined, ‘Savage farm killer jailed for life’ can no longer be found on the internet… ) Judge Pillay said at te time that this was ‘one of the cruellest cases he had ever judged’. Source: his niece Dede Gold. e-mail: email@example.com
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Midland cops nearly 100% success rate in solving farm murders…
20 Jun 2011 – The KwaZulu farming community has high praise for the sterling work being done by a group of dedicated policemen attached to Pietermaritzburg’s Organised Crime Unit under the command of Colonel Piet Scott, who lay claim to a near 100 percent success rate in solving farm murders in the KZN Midlands since 2003.
Of the nineteen Midlands farm murder cases handled by the team — dating back to the murder of Shaun Clark in the Camperdown district in July 2003 — only one: the murder of Flippie Buys in Weenen in September 2003 – is still being classed as “unsolved”.
50 Farm attackers arrested in eighteen farm-murders
The unit arrested a total of 50 culprits in connection with the eighteen “solved” cases with 24 of the killers sentenced to life imprisonment and others receiving sentences ranging from an effective 30 years imprisonment to 18 years imprisonment.
One suspect who was being sought in connection with the murder of Charles Shepard in Bergville in December 2003, committed suicide before he could be arrested.
In addition, one of a number of men charged for the murder of David Varty of Rietvlei in March 2005, also died prior to conviction. Five other men were jailed for life in connection with Varty’s murder.
Koos Marais of the security desk of the KwaZulu Natal Agricultural Union said the organisation and member farmers want to give credit to these highly skilled and dedicated police officers whose support he believes has also contributed to a drop in the murder rate of farmers in the province recently.
Marais said in 2002 KwaZalu recorded 18 murders in addition to 95 attacks on farms; in 2003 there were 91 farm attacks plus 20 murders; and in 2004 there were 70 farm attacks plus eight murders. In 2010 the number of attacks on farms were 39 including 10 murders (with three people being killed in a single incident) and to date this year there were 14 attacks but no murders on farms in KZN, he claimed.
Marais said the solving rate by Scott’s group in the midlands was impressive: “We’ve seen them in action and we get many calls from farmers saying what tremendous policemen they are. “Their work does a lot to restore confidence in the police … They work very long hours under difficult circumstances. We can only salute them,” he added. Of the cases that have been solved by the unit only two are still pending finalisation in the high court.
One of these relates to the murder of Rietvlei farmer Alan Rowe in May 2009, in respect of which five men are currently on trial in the Pietermaritzburg high court. A former employee of Rowe, Sibonelo Duma, who is already serving a life sentence for his role in the murder is now a state witness in the case, which is set to resume again on June 30.
The other murder trial still pending is that of three men charged with the murders of Lorraine Karg and two farm employees, Hilda Linyane and Shayi Mhlongo in the Mooi River area in July 2010. The “Karg” murder trial is due to get underway in the high court in Pietermaritzburg on September 19 2011.
The midlands farm murder cases that have been solved by the team include the murders of:
- Shaun Clark of Camperdown (2003);
- Johannes Bruwer (Camperdown, 2003);
- Parvathie Surapen (Thornville, 2003);
- Charles Shepard (Bergville, 2003);
- Norah Gevers (Wartburg, 2004);
- David Varty (Rietvlei, 2005);
- Trevor Weightman (Winterton, 2005);
- Jacky Chatterton (Boston, 2005);
- Eric Padolski (Cramond, 2006);
- Andrew Main (Cramond, 2007);
- David Green (Estcourt, 2007);
- Alan Rowe (Rietvlei, 2009);
- Erasmus Mncube (and non-lethal attack on his employers, Collin and Nola Barrett at Nottingham Road in 2009);
- Warwick Dorning (Mpophomeni, 2009);
- Lynette Ralfe (Colenso, 2010);
- Lorraine Karg, Hilda Linyane and Shayi Mhlongo (Mooi River, 2010) and
- Rakhesh Anandlal (Cramond, 2010).
Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan, said the management of the SAPF commends Colonel Scott and the unit for their “sterling investigation and their dedication to duty”.
Source – Witness
Farm Killings giving South Africa a bad name – judge…
Aggravating factor: ‘racial connotation’
(May 31 2006 at 08:27am – By Ingrid Oellermann)
Family and friends of murdered Boston, KZN farm woman Jacqueline Chatterton, 46, said they were “relieved” and “impressed” when KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala sentenced the second of her killers to life imprisonment in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
Chatterton was stabbed to death on October 31 last year in what Tshabalala described as “the most savage and brutal killing one can think of”. He said an aggravating feature of the case was its racial connotation and that farm killings gave South Africa a bad name.
“When I was in New Zealand I saw a television clip showing farm killings in the Richmond area. White people in New Zealand think that the people in South Africa are brutal people who kill farmers. “This is bad for the country and the economy. The farmers are there to produce the food we eat and rear cattle for meat… if they are killed this brings down the economy.”
Chatterton’s sister-in-law, Jane Bruton, who attended the trial of Thuthukani Miya, 22, of Donnybrook, along with her sister and brother-in-law, Jill and James Domleo, who are also farmers, said farmattacks were “scary” and a daily fear in the farming community.
Chatterton’s husband, James, who had given emotional testimony earlier in the trial describing his fruitless race to get his severely injured wife to hospital, did not attend the sentencing. Her parents and sister had also felt unable to attend the trial, said Bruton.
Tshabalala said Miya’s accomplice – David Ndlovu, who was jailed for life after pleading guilty in another trial last week – was “lucky” not to have been killed by those who arrested him in Chatterton’s house immediately after the stabbing. “In some situations he would have been killed by all those people who came there (when the alarm was raised). This shows we still have law in this country because they brought the man to justice for him to be tried and for the world to know that the courts pass judgments and sentences that are appropriate.”
Also in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, Judge Leona Theron sentenced two people to life terms and another to 25 years’ imprisonment for the murder of policeman-turned-farmer Chris Moolman, 38, at Cedarville in southern KwaZulu-Natal on June 1 2004.
Theron said although the court was obliged to take into account the youth of two of the accused, she was aware that some of the most heinous, violent and brutal offences were being committed by youthful offenders. Such offenders should not be allowed to hide behind their youth and claim leniency, she said. Nkosiphendule Ludidi, Bukhosibakhe Ntuli, both 18, and Andile Ludidi, 26, accosted Moolman’s gardener after watching him leave the farm. They then ransacked the house taking items including a rifle, shotgun and ammunition and hid waiting for Moolman’s return. When Moolman entered the kitchen he was shot dead with his own shotgun. Moolman’s wife, Annalise, and his father, Kenneth, said after the sentencing they felt justice had prevailed.
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May 31 2006 at 03:20PM – By Sherlissa Peters Increasingly disturbed by the racial connotation attached to farm killings, Zulu-Natal judge president Vuka Tshabalala handed down a life sentence to one of the men found guilty of the murder of Jacqueline Ivy Chatterton amid shouts of thanks and tears of relief from her friends and family.
Chatterton was stabbed close to 40 times on her Boston farm, Mantshonga, on October 31 last year by Thuthukani Miya and his co-accused, David Ndlovu. Their trials were separated after Ndlovu pleaded guilty, while Miya maintained his innocence of the murder.
‘The residents of New Zealand think we are a brutal people’…
Ndlovu was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Pietermaritzburg High Court last week. In sentencing, Tshabalala said the alarming rise in farm killings was giving South Africa a bad name. “When I was in New Zealand, I watched a television special about South Africa, depicting farm killings in Richmond. The residents of New Zealand think we are a brutal people in South Africa. It is deeply upsetting,” he said.
The judge said this was extremely bad for the country’s reputation and economy. “For two people to chase a defenceless woman, who is screaming for help, and then stab her all over the place is behaviour so savage and brutal that no factors can justify this conduct,” Tshabalala said. Jacqui can rest in peace now that her murderers have been brought to book’
Chatterton was stabbed 22 times in the back, thrice in her left lung and six times in her right lung. She sustained a stab wound to the neck, two stab wounds to her left arm, five wounds to her face and one stab wound to the scalp. The post-mortem showed that Chatterton was stabbed with two different knives: a pocket knife and a larger, fixed blade knife. Ndlovu was previously employed on the Chatterton farm, but left following an alter-cation with another staff member.
Miya told the court that when Ndlovu asked him to accompany him to the farm, he did not suspect anything was wrong.Miya said he and Ndlovu had waited in the laundry of the farm until James, Chatterton’s husband, went outside to walk their dogs.He said he watched as Ndlovu put a stocking over his head and was shocked when he ran into the house with a knife.Miya said he subsequently ran inside, closing the door to prevent James from entering the house after he heard Chatterton screaming for help.
She was hunted down by a pack of wild dogs, tracked from room to room – stabbed 22 times by the frantic black knifemen
Miya said when the woman grabbed his clothing, he was shocked and “stabbed at” her. But after he escaped the house through the bathroom window, Miya burnt his clothes and told family members he had ” stabbed the white woman”.Tshabalala said while Ndlovu had a personal gripe with the Chattertons, Miya had no business being on their property that night. He agreed with state prosecutor Deelan Naidoo, who said it was as if Chatterton had been hunted down by a pack of wild dogs after she was tracked from room to room, being stabbed 22 times in the back as she fled from her assailants.A family friend of the Chattertons, Judy Anderson, who has supported the, throughout the court proceedings, said the family were happy and relieved with the sentence. “Jacqui can rest in peace now that her murderers have been brought to book. Justice has been served,” she said. Chatterton is survived by her husband James, and two children, a son and daughter. This article was originally published on page 2 of Daily News on May 31, 2006
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Farmer Koos van Wyk’s feet boiled by farm attackers…
(Posted on April 16, 2006 by rudiprinsloo – April 15 2006 at 02:48PM – By Tash Reddy)
An elderly KwaZulu-Natal couple have been driven off the farm they have lived on all their lives after a brutal and prolonged attack that caused the wife to suffer a heart attack and left the husband with such severe burns to his feet that the soles came off.
Their assailants had forced him into the bath where they scalded him with boiling water. The soles of his feet were later found on the dining room table.Koos van Wyk, 82, and his wife Tina, 57, were surprised by a gang of five armed men last Friday evening at their Gluckstadt game farm near Vryheid and endured hours of torture before the suspects looted their home and fled. Severe internal injuries Van Wyk is recovering at the Bay Hospital in Richards Bay. His wounds are so severe that doctors could only clean and treat them. He will have to wait a further two to four weeks before doctors decide whether a skin graft is possible.
His wife Tina also sustained severe internal injuries, including to her heart, after she was assaulted, stepped on and repeatedly kicked around.After suffering a heart attack, she has spent a week in the intensive care unit at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.The couple said they believed the criminals were motivated by hate and not greed. “If they wanted the money they would have taken it. It seems like they were not motivated by greed but by a need to be brutal and malicious.“We hope that, if they are found, the law gives them the maximum penalty. We don’t plan to go back to the farm. Our belongings will be kept in storage and we will be staying with family,” they said. ‘We will be staying with family’
Van Wyk’s stepson Len van der Merwe said the family was incensed at the police’s inability to find the culprits. “I think it’s pathetic. We’ve received no word from them after the attack,” he said.Van der Merwe said that he was still finding it difficult to accept the events of that fateful night. “They were watching television in the living room when my stepfather decided to take a bath. He had just got out when they heard the attackers break down the kitchen door and also saw them come inside through windows,” he said.“My mother yelled that they were being attacked and they ran to the bedroom but before they could close the door, the attackers got in. They hit my stepfather in the face with the butt of an AK-47 and then tied up both of them with rope. It was so tight it cut through their flesh,” Van der Merwe said.The attackers then took his mother into the living room and left her on the floor before proceeding to the bathroom with Van Wyk.“They turned on the hot water and let it run. They used tape to gag him and put him into the boiling water. It severely burned his feet and buttocks.
“While they were busy with him, the two other guys went to my mother and told her they had killed him. They threatened to cut out her eyes if she didn’t tell them where the safe keys were. They found only R250 and started ransacking the house,” he said. Meanwhile, one of the attackers grabbed the woman by her feet and started to drag her to the bedroom.“I am sure he intended to rape her. He told her that he would make her feel like a ‘special woman’ that night but he was distracted and left her alone,” said Van der Merwe. “She was left in a hallway where all five men stepped on her breasts, legs and stomach.
“After that they loaded my parents’ 4×4 bakkie and fled. My mother heard my stepdad groan in the bedroom and crawled to him by sliding along. She found a penknife on the floor and managed to free them. She then called a friend to call the police,” he said.Det Insp GM Zondo said that when he arrived at the couple’s farm, their home was completely ransacked.“They took the television, two sewing machines, money, three firearms, jewellery and the couple’s vehicle. We have no leads and don’t believe we will make arrests soon,” Zondo said.This article was originally published on page 3 of The Independent on Saturday on April 15, 2006.
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