Category: South Africa


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Oscar Pistorius Verdict

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“If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces a mandatory life sentence, meaning he will be behind bars for 25 years before he can be considered for parole.

Masipa can also convict Pistorius of murder but without explicit premeditation, a lesser crime that still carries up to 20 years in jail. The sentence can be reduced on presentation of “substantial and compelling” circumstances.

If Masipa is not convinced of Pistorius’s intent to kill, he could still be jailed for culpable homicide based on negligent or reckless discharge of his 9mm pistol into the toilet door.

Culpable homicide carries a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Alternatively, Masipa could accept Pistorius’s primary argument of “putative self-defence” – meaning that he fired into the door because he genuinely believed his life to be in danger from a perceived intruder – and acquit him.

In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius is accused of three lesser weapons offences: One count of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of discharging a firearm in a public place.” 

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Oscar_Pistorius/Oscar-Pistorius-tense-as-judgment-looms-20140907

If you want to refresh your memory read this- http://www.enca.com/oscar-trial-13-big-inconsistencies

I’m not sure what time the verdict will be released, so I am going to post three helpful links which you can check for details on the verdict.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/oscar-pistorius
http://www.enca.com/coverage/oscar-pistorius-case
http://www.iol.co.za/news/special-features/oscar-pistorius

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The last time I blogged about mousebirds / muisvoels I got a good response in the comments section. I know very little about them except that they are insect eaters and as you can see in the photos taken this morning they love to perch with their stomachs facing the sun.

 

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Info from Wikipedia : Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about 20 in lightly wooded country. These birds build cup-shaped twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. Two to four eggs are typically laid, hatching to give atricial young which develop quickly and soon leave the nest and acquire flight.

 

For the past week the morning air was filled with the sound of “kwe .. kwe”, “kwe .. kwe”, I blindly focused my camera into a far away tree where I could hear the bird song coming from and only when I downloaded it could I see the elusive Grey Loerie.  The Grey Loerie is a large bird and usually perches right at the top of the highest trees. The small berries on this tree might have enticed it to climb in amongst the branches.

 

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Info from Wikipedia: The grey go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor), also known as grey lourie,grey loerie, or kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “go away”. The crest is raised when excited.

Its diet is mainly fruit (such as wild figs and berries), flowers, buds, leaves,termites, and snails. The habitat it occupies is dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks, and suburban gardens, often near water.

 

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Source newspaper clipping here

Selling stuff online.

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We decided two months ago to sell some stuff online. The reason being we need to downsize and move to a smaller place. It was a difficult decision because we are hoarders.
We have decided to sell everything we have not used in the past 18 years.
We were not sure where to start but after selling a few items this is what I have learnt:
We received more responses when we advertised on Olx but it was not possible to find our location on their standard advert form and I had to type it in under description and choose a town close to ours.
Gumtree has a more detailed town listing but not many genuine buyers responded.
We met some of the buyers at our places of work and so far everyone was polite and friendly.
Many people say they are interested and for some or other reason you hear nothing else from them.

Here is a fun advert. Enjoy your day!

CAPE TOWN – Sulking over a bike bought for love, one Cape Town man would like to trade in his two wheeler and girlfriend for a little bit of cash and perhaps a side serving of revenge.

This is not Gumtree’s first time being involved in a revenge case due to thwarted love. A year ago, another man in Cape Town sought to sell his half of the bed after he found out that his wife was cheating on him. It must be something in the water. 

 

 

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http://ewn.co.za/2014/08/14/Selling-bicycle-and-girlfriend

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After having warmer winter days we suddenly woke to a chilly breeze this morning. Instead of doing some chores outside I decided to unpack a cupboard containing old handbags and shoes. I had packed the stuff there in 2000 when we moved into this house and never used them again.
We are preparing for our next move which will probably happen within the next two years and I decided to delve in and see what I could throw out. I put 10 pairs of shoes and some old children story books out onto the pavement and luckily they disappeared in 1 hour. Glad to be rid of that lot.
Then I found the handbag my parents had bought me in 1994. How do I know this you might ask … we’ll the original crumpled news paper was still inside to keep its shape.
I had a quick look at it to see the news on the day the newspaper was printed which was March 6, 1994.
The Gert van Rooyen case seemed to be one topic in the headlines. For those unfamiliar with Gert van Rooyen, he is a notorious South African alleged to be a paedophile, who shot his girlfriend and himself when police had them cornered but no one knows to this day what happened to the victims.
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 RAPPORT NEWSPAPER CLIPPING 6 MARCH 1994
“Van Rooyen and his lover, Joey Haarhoff’s killing spree started in August 1988.
Tracy-Lee Scott-Crossley, 14, disappeared on her way to Cresta shopping mall in Randburg.
Two months later Fiona Harvey, 12, of Pietermaritzburg, disappeared. On June 7, 1989 Joan Horn, 12, of Pretoria, disappeared.
A 16 year old Durban girl, Janet Delport, escaped the couple’s clutches after she was abducted in a mall in July 1989.
On September 22, 1989, Kempton Park girls, Odette Boucher, 11, and, Anne-Mari Wapenaar, 12, went missing.
The saga, which gripped the nation’s attention finally came to an end in January 1990 when their final victim escaped from their home in Capital Park.
Joan Booysen, 16, was handcuffed, drugged, indecently assaulted and locked up but managed to escape. A few days later Van Rooyen shot Haarhoff, then himself during a police chase. “http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/ghost-of-paedophile-haunts-swartruggens-1.429874 
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A psychic tried to help

Sacrificed to Satan

In Belinda’s mind there’s no doubt. The girls were sacrificed to Satan and their bodies incinerated afterwards.

Gert and Joey followed Satanism,” she tells the mothers. “They wanted young women for Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Equinox and Halloween festivals. You’ll find their disappearances are within a few days of these festivals. Satanists allow 48 hours either side for the rituals to take place.”The dates of five of the six girls? disappearances loosely correspond. The odd one out is Tracy-Lee Scott and police have always been sceptical that her case was linked to the rest.

Fiona Harvey went missing on 22 December 1988 (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, which Satanists everywhere adhere to, is celebrated on 21 and 22 December), Joan Horn on 7 June (Summer Solstice is 21 and 22 June), Annemarie and Odette on 22 September 1989 (Equinox is on 22 September) and Yolande on 2 November (Halloween is on 31 October).

Easy target

“They were unable to find a girl to abduct for Halloween and that’s why poor Yolande was taken – a family member, an easy last-minute target,” Belinda says.

She says the girls were drugged with sleeping pills that Joey had been addicted to all her adult life. But their bodies were kept in perfect condition for the sacrificial ceremonies – they even had make-up put on in preparation.

“Belinda gives frustratingly little detail on how the girls were killed except to say they died peacefully before the “rest of the repulsive proceedings” took place. Afterwards Gert dug holes – although not on the premises where he and Joey lived.

“She opens her eyes and smiles. “But they want you to know their passing was not traumatic. Their consciousness left quickly.

Twisted sex ring

“For Babs the pain worsened when it emerged it was probably her own sister, Joey Haarhoff, who lured the young women into Gert’s twisted sex ring. But there was to be no closure because Gert shot Joey, then himself, as police closed in on them. They took their vile secrets to the grave.”  http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Psychic-sees-missing-girls-20030804

 

This mystery is no closer to being solved than it was in 1994.

On a lighter note an advert on the same front page of Rapport. I guess it is almost old enough to be a classic advert.

 

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The message loud and clear was that if you smoked these you would have a happy girlfriend and you would be a winning success at whatever you attempted.

A final story I came across while searching for facts on the case concerns Gert van Rooyen’s son.

“Gerhard van Rooyen, the son of notorious paedophile Gert van Rooyen, has been given a suspended sentence in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court for fraud.

“Van Rooyen (45) pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud, and was sentenced to five years in prison, wholly suspended on condition he repaid an amount of R241 800 owed to several plaintiffs, Beeld reported today.

“Van Rooyen’s lawyer, Donald du Plessis, told the court yesterday his client had found work as a debt collector, where he earned a salary of R25 000 a month, so he could repay the debt.

“It was the seventh time in Van Rooyen’s life that he was sentenced for criminal offences, ranging from theft to fraud and escaping from prison.

“Van Rooyen’s father, who committed suicide, was convicted of abduction and the sexual assault of two girls in 1979 and later linked to the disappearance of at least six girls in the late 1980s.
http://www.citypress.co.za/news/paedophiles-son-pay-back-stolen-money/

 

I would love to see some comments on the topic. Thank you for reading.
 

 

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