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Survived: Kenny Baumgart, Red Leaf Botanical Garden, Nelspruit: attacked by 4 black men with machetes

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South Africa safety warning: Famous botanical garden in Nelspruit: visitors increasingly targets of black males with machetes: while the cycads are guarded 24/7 – the visitors to the events are not guarded by the management of the garden at night – they DO guard the cycads though.
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Kenny Baumgart, survives attack by four black men with machetes, Red Leaf Tea Garden,
Nelspruit Nelspruit, Nov 29 2014: during the daytime, the curator of the world-famous botanical garden has guards posted at the rare cycad plants. But at night, the organisers of events
are responsible for security. People are no longer allowed to go down to the river without a guard… The botanical garden is being plagued by armed attacks by black males who speak IsiSwati and are armed with machetes…
Nov 29 2014, NELSPRUIT – “A man attending a wedding in the botanical garden told his wife they should bring their children there some time. A few hours later he was attacked in the parking lot by four panga-wielding assailants.
This was less than a month after a family who had been strolling in the garden had been robbed by men also carrying pangas ( machetes ) . Earlier this year the garden also suffered a spate of attacks.
Mr Kenny Baumgart was attending a wedding at Red Leaf Tea Garden on Saturday November 29. At about 20:30 he went to fetch his wife’s flats from his vehicle which was parked on the other side at Kazuri Restaurant. After he had hitched a ride from friends leaving the party, four men jumped out of the bush with pangas.
“The one took a swing at my head but missed,” he told Lowvelder. They stole his money, phone, shoes and jacket, and ransacked his vehicle. They then tied him up with shoelaces and a rope, and threw his wife’s jacket over his face.
They beat him to the ground and left him in the bush.
Before they left, however, they asked Baumgart when the other people would arrive. He didn’t get a good look at the suspects. “It was so dark and I was lying face down. They left the car behind because I heard the one say none of them could drive. They then tossed the keys into the bush.”
Baumgart said he doubted they were South African as they spoke broken siSwati. He managed to break free and retrieve his keys. “My hands were already turning blue from the blood flow being cut off.” He returned to the party with his car and the police were summoned to the scene.
“I am upset with the security. Now we can’t go there any longer. “There were no lights, and that I can’t understand.”
Mr Taki Mamatsharaga, the curator at the garden, said the security fell outside his jurisdiction after 18:00. “After-hour functions are outside my area of responsibility. “What happens then is up to the organisers of the event.”
Mr Leslie Wright, owner of Red Leaf, said they put a lot of security measures in place during events. “He left his vehicle on the other side of the garden. “On my side we had security, armed guards and floodlights.” He said all his guests were told to bring their vehicles into the garden and were not permitted to walk around.
Mr Shaun Terblanche, operational manager of J&M Security’s armed response team, said they were looking at installing wild cams to try and obtain pictures of the suspects.
“We have determined the routes they use to go in and out of the garden but usually there is too long a lapse in time before we are called in.”
Terblanche and Mamatsharaga confirmed they had three roaming guards in the park by day, along with one at the gate and one in the vicinity of the buildings.
At night they only had one guard at the gate and one guarding the cycads. Mamatsharaga added they were doing everything in their power to prevent another attack on site.
People were no longer allowed to go down to the river without a guard.

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Missing ten days: Jason Stanley Davies 30, student-teacher: was followed from Gautrain Hatfield was his last communication to girlfriend

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Still missing: 11Dec 2014: Jason Stanley Davies, 30, student teacher. Believed to have disappeared at the Hatfield Gautrain station more than a week ago, has still not been found. His last communication was that he believed he was being followed. His roommate, Laura Irving on Wednesday told The Rekord there is still no trace of Davies, also known to his friends as Stan.Irving last spoke to him last Tuesday over WhatsApp. “He was on his way to the University of Pretoria after he got off the Gautrain station in Hatfield,” Irving said. “At 12:36 he told me his cellphone battery was running low and he would let me know when he arrived safely at the university. He said he was at the Hatfield station and suspected he was being followed.”
According to her, Davies said a man got into the same taxi as him near the house they share in the Orchards, Johannesburg. The man then got off at Rosebank Gautrain station, where they boarded the same train and got off at Hatfield station.
Police Warrant Officer Dave Miller said Davies has not been found yet and the investigating officer is following certain leads. At the time of Davies’ disappearance, he carried a blue Quicksilver rucksack containing his laptop. He also had his ID and phone with him. He has short brown hair, light green eyes and is about 1.7m tall with a medium build —

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murder: Asian-SouthAfrican Microsoft programming-engineer Mrs Tahira Mitha 28, murdered at home

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Asian-SouthAfrican programming-engineer Mrs Tahira Mitha 28, murdered: the daughter of a muslim cleric, she worked for Microsoft

Story by Leanne George Thursday 11 Dec 2014
VORNA VALLEY. Taira Mitha, 28, a programming-engineer for Microsoft, has been murdered in her security complex at Vorna Valley Midrand.
Three black men attacked her today between 11h00 and 12h00 at her house in the Vista Villas townhouse complex. She and her housekeeper were attacked.
Family members told the news media that Mitha had also called the police to her home last week when she was worried about suspect males who showed up claiming they wanted to ‘inspect’ the Eskom wiring.
Today, three men knocked on the door – and the women opened it. The men pointed a firearm and walked in,’ said warrant officer oses Maphakela.
The two woman were tied up and Mitha was strangled to death. Mitha’s husband is a businessman who owns fuel-stations. Her father Naseem Mitha, is a muslim-cleric in Laudium, Pretoria.

http://www.netwerk24.com/nuus/2014-12-11-in-veilige-kompleks-vermoor

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