This blog normally does not make a big issue of publishing the details of fresh horrific crime stories, because there are simply too many. Besides, there are plenty of other blogs and online news-sites reporting on these matters on a daily basis.
It has however become quite apparent that the South African print-media will rather give prominence to sensational crime incidents and/or stories that will attract international interest, than report on the equally horrifying murders of White farmers in the country. For example, when a British tourist Anni Dewani was recently murdered in Gugulethu almost every single newspaper in the country covered the story on their front pages. News of the killing was also extensively covered by the UK media. While the entire country and the police were making quite a fuss about this tragic murder, local newspapers largely ignored the horrific triple-murder that took place in the Limpopo province on a farm near the town of Vivo. (The Limpopo murders were mentioned in my previous posting.)
Yesterday the Afrikaans Beeld newspaper had a rather interesting crime story, with accompanying photographs splashed all over their front page and also on pages inside the newspaper. In brief, the story is about a 47-year-old Pretoria woman, Manda Reyneke, who allegedly contracted two Nigerian men to assassinate the 21-year-old Blue Bulls rugby player, known as Deon Helberg.
Besides the fact this will be an interesting story to follow when the finer sordid details unfold sometime in the future, I’ve decided to post the story here because it is also a typical example of another ANC/Naspers PSYOPS. To help you understand what this means, I suggest you read this article on the SASucks Blog.
Afrikaans newspapers are becoming progressively more active and also more shrewd when it comes to playing on the emotions of their readers with the purpose of ultimately influencing their future behaviour. Although the story about the Deon Helberg incident appears to be a truthful account of the events, the story explicitly promotes the notion that the two Nigerian criminals are the heroes of the day. Is this the beginning of a new campaign to create the perception in our minds that we should now tolerate Nigerian criminals in our society? (Sorry, I sometimes think aloud while typing.)
According to the news report Deon Helberg was, at some point in time, in a relationship with the daughter of Manda Reyneke. Although it appears that elements of passionate obsession and jealously may be behind Manda Reyneke’s motive for planning the murder, it is possible that there may also be other motives, which will obviously come to light later when the criminal-trial takes its course. (A family member of Deon Helberg has denied that he ever had a relationship or affair with Reyneke.)
Whatever her motives, Manda Reyneke, who also happens to be the wife of a prominent Pretoria doctor, decided that she wanted Helberg dead. She hired two Nigerian men to kill Helberg and requested them to make it look like a botched hijacking. She also gave them R30,000 to buy the weapons, ammunition and other equipment needed to commit the crime, and promised to give them more money when the ‘job’ was finished. According to media reports the total contract price for the murder was R120,000.
This is where the story gets really interesting, because I know for a fact, and also from personal experience, that the vast majority of Nigerians living in South Africa do not earn their income by lawful means. Besides being notorious for their illegal activities in the lucrative drug-business, these scum-of-the-earth criminals will dabble in any activity that promises to make quick and easy money. The Nigerians are also notorious for committing Internet fraud (known as Nigerian 419 Scams) and EXTORTION. it must also be noted that the term “Nigerian Organized Crime” has in fact became an acceptable term used in Law Enforcement Agencies worldwide, and not only in Africa.
In the case with Manda Reyneke it appears that the Nigerians decided to make contact with Deon Helberg, the man whom they were hired to assassinate. There is no doubt in my mind that they were hoping to make some more easy money from the deal, and probably never even used the advanced payment they received from Reyneke to purchase the required ‘equipment’ they needed to finish the ‘job’.
At the end of the day the two Nigerians decided that it would be far more lucrative and also safer for them if they became State witnesses. Although it is not clear at this stage why the Nigerians decided to spill the beans to the police and also cooperate with them, I am reasonably sure they would not have done so if it were not lucrative, or beneficial for them in some or other respect.
(My suspicions are that the Nigerians did not trust the woman who hired them, were sceptical that she would pay the full R120,000 once the ‘job’ was done, had already spent the R30,000 on other stuff, and thus wanted the woman to stop pestering them to complete the ‘job’. The fact that Deon Helberg was a celebrity could also be a reason why the Nigerians changed their minds, as his death would have attracted way too much attention.)
The police then decided to perform a typical sting operation, which involved conning Manda Reyneke into believing that Helberg was indeed dead. A photograph depicting the bloody corpse of Helberg was staged by the police. The photograph was then sent to Reyneke’s cellphone from the Nigerian’s cellphone. This was enough to convince Reyneke that the Nigerians had successfully completed the ‘job’. She then made arrangements to meet the Nigerians in the parking lot of McDonald’s at Atterbury Valuemart in Pretoria-East to pay them her first instalment of R10,000.
The photographs I’ve posted below tell the rest of the story.
Reyneke will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
The above photographs are courtesy of www.news24.com.
Click here if you wish to view more pictures of the incident.
Click here if you wish to view more pictures of the incident.
Online news reports concerning this incident:
- Cougar held in plot to kill Bull
- ‘You’re Deon, we’re paid to kill you’
- Bok fakes his own death
- ‘Blou Bul het ons lewens verwoes’
(Rapport Afrikaans Sunday Newspaper 2010-11-21)