Sunday, March 14, 2010

We are living among savages!

We are living among savages, and I’m getting sick and tired of this! I normally do not report on crime issues on this blog because it is near impossible to keep up with this, -- but occasionally incidents of a barbaric nature occur so close to home, -- so revolting and so shocking, that I feel compelled to express my anger and utter disgust…. But on second thought, there are no words to describe this!

The two horrific crimes I’ve mentioned below were the topics of discussion all weekend here in Pretoria, wherever I went. People are visibly shocked by the horrendous nature of these crimes. Whoever is responsible for committing these despicable acts, clearly have no respect for God’s creation at all, whether it be humans or animals.

The scary thing about Anika Smit’s murder is the fact that she must have been familiar with her attacker(s), as there were no visible signs of a forced entry into the home. This really complicates the whole business of crime-prevention, because no one, not even your neighbours, can be trusted anymore.


A Pretoria school girl who stayed at home with an ear infection was stabbed to death and had her hands chopped off, Beeld newspaper reported on Friday.

The father of the 17-year-old Anika Smit found her naked body at their home at Theresa Park in northern Pretoria on Monday afternoon when he returned from work.

"When I saw the overturned chairs in the dining room, I knew something was wrong. I called her, but she did not answer," said Johan Smit, 54.

Moments later he found his daughter's body in her bedroom.

"She was lying on the floor, without clothes. Both her hands were cut off and gone, they must have taken it with them.

(The victim obviously scratched her assailant(s) – leaving skin samples with DNA evidence under her fingernails, hence the reason why her hands were chopped off and removed from the crime scene.)

"The police told me she was stabbed six times in the neck. They are investigating the possibility that she was raped," said Smit.

Police spokesperson Constable William Mahlaole said a post mortem would be conducted to find out if she was raped.

Smith lived alone with his daughter, who was a Grade 11 pupil at Hoërskool Gerrit Maritz in Pretoria. – Sapa

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The Rietvlei Nature Reserve bordering Pretoria-East is practically on my doorstep, and when I read the headlines of this article, on the second page of the “Pretoria News” yesterday morning, my first thoughts were, -- “We are living among savages!”

Two white rhinos have been killed for their horns at Rietvlei Nature Reserve by what police believe is a hi-tech organised poaching syndicate. Nature conservation staff made the gruesome discovery of the two carcasses on Monday.

According to the evidence collected from the scene it appears that the poachers darted the animals from the sky. Tshwane Metro Council Spokeswoman Dikeldi Phiri said, “the poachers left the crime scene by helicopter."

Plans are underway to dehorn the seven surviving rhinos in the reserve.
(I wonder why this wasn’t done sooner!)

No arrest have been made yet.

The number of rhinos in South Africa that have been poached for their horns, is astronomically shocking! According to this report, 253 rhinos were killed by poachers in the past five years. 87 rhinos were killed in 2008, and 104 died in 2009.

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