Sunday, November 3, 2013

'Hostile Media' Exploits Griekwastad Tragedy, AGAIN!


I have unearthed a few interesting things lately while spending quite a number of hours during these past few days reading up on this whole Cornelia de Wet affair, her background, her confessions to the police, her exclusive interview with the Diamond Fields Advertiser (DFA), and her alleged shocking role in the Steenkamp murders.

De Wet, in an exclusive interview with the DFA on Wednesday (30 Oct 2013) from her prison cell in Kimberley, claimed that R100 000 was paid for the “hit” on the Steenkamp family, which she added was aimed at inciting racial hatred, instilling fear – thereby forcing farmers to make use of security services for protection.

One of the interesting facts I discovered was that a large portion of de Wet’s allegations, which she shared with the DFA, is MORE THAN A YEAR OLD!

Although I was not too surprised to see how fast numerous media outlets were running with the story soon after the initial bulletin was published by the DFA, on 31 Oct. 2013, I must confess that I was once again astonished by the manner in which this bullshit story was utilized to its absolute max, with an assortment of creative headlines skilfully calculated for purposes of sensationalism. I couldn’t help notice how well it was all timed to fit in perfectly with the final courtroom-farewells of the Boeremag members on the same day.

The media bosses at Naspers must surely have known about Cornelia de Wet’s crazy allegations for quite some time now, or at least since June 2012 when their crappy tabloid newspaper SONDAG first broke parts of the story last year in an article titled, Die net span al stywer’. They also published a follow-up article on 15 October 2012 titled, Leeuwyf bieg oor moorde - (“Leeuwyf” being an explicit reference to Cornelia de Wet). SONDAG continued publishing several other articles about “Leeuwyf” and all her crazy statements, but I see no point in referencing them all.

Take note: Although I’ve provided the links to the SONDAG reports in the above paragraph, the tabloid no longer exists. I therefore don’t know how long these links will remain active. The tabloid shut its doors last month, apparently due to a shortage of advertising revenue.

Note the two dates highlighted in yellow in the following screenshot of one of SONDAG’s online pages:

Cornelia de Wet (pictured left) - Jaco Scherman, owner of Panzer Protection (pictured right).

In a news report titled, Griekwastadmoorde: regse komplot? - dated 31 OCTOBER 2013 Rapport mentions that they heard about De Wet’s wild allegations more than a month ago… (AFR: Rapport het meer as ’n maand gelede te hore gekom van De Wet se wilde bewerings en dat die polisie dit op die oomblik ondersoek.) So, if they can lie about dates what else are they capable of?

When Volksblad published their doubts over Griekwastad AWB murder claims on the same day (31 Oct. 2013) News24 only republished it on the following day (1 Nov. 2013). By then the damage had already been done (psyops objective achieved) and very few media outlets even bothered republishing the fact that de Wet’s claims have not stood up to scrutiny… In fact, several were still going bananas with the original DFA report – adding titbits of truths near the end of their articles, among others, with melodramatic headlines such as White Genocide? Or genocide by whites? – The shock AWB confession

I suppose some credit should be given to Brett Petzer for at least mentioning the following truths in report, despite the fact that he copied and translated it from the original Volksblad report, written by Charné Kemp and Lecrecia Prins, without giving them a shred of recognition.
“After examination by experts in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, she (Cornelia de Wet) is believed to have been unable to describe the farm and the layout of the farmhouse with much accuracy, and her version of events – for example, regarding the disposal of the murder weapons as the attackers left the scene – do not match the testimony of the accused. In a damning comment, Tobie van den Bergh, editor of the Middleburg Observer in de Wet’s home town, claims to have known her since she was 16, and that de Wet is a fabulist requiring urgent psychological help. “She and her mother have, many times, sat in my newspaper office covered in blood. Both would swear that they had been tortured by black people”. For the moment, investigations are ongoing.”

All things considered -- it should be obvious that the viral story published on 31 October 2013 is part-and-parcel of an ongoing PSYOPS to influence people’s opinions concerning issues related to, among other things, farm attacks and farm murders and the perpetrators of these deeds. It is also obvious that a certain degree of government involvement (through intelligence agencies) have a hand in this psyops.

For those who are still sceptical about this viewpoint of mine allow me to point out a few interesting facts about the Diamond Fields Advertiser (DFA), whose initial story went viral via to whom they’re affiliated to through their membership of Independent News & Media.

For interest sake, the DFA is a daily newspaper published in Kimberley, founded on 23 March 1878. See Wikipedia for more info.

Who owns Diamond Fields Advertiser (DFA)?
Today the DFA is a member of Independent News & Media, with headquarters based in Dublin, Ireland. A 55% stake of the South African division of Independent News & Media is owned by Cape Town businessman Iqbal Surve's Sekunjalo consortium.

The remainder of the stake is owned by two government entities, namely: The South African government (25% stake) and the Chinese government (20% stake).

Incidentally, Sekunjalo recently rebuffed an approach by the Zuma-connected Guptas to take a stake in Independent News & Media group. [Source]

Commenting on the deal University of the Witwatersrand journalism professor Anton Harber said that "the ANC is working with their Chinese allies – ruling party to ruling party, in the way the Chinese government so often works – to increase their influence in our local media and counter what they view as a hostile media sector."[Source]

The following is the latest news report on the Cornelia de Wet saga, published by the subscription-based DFA [E]DITION (Copy of print version):
(Why am I am not surprised that this report was never republished through the DFA’s free public online wing -

 Alleged mastermind denies plot

JACO Scherman, accused of being the mastermind behind the alleged “hit squad” responsible for the murders of three members of the Steenkamp family in Griquatown, has denied ever meeting white female farmer and member of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), Cornelia de Wet.

De Wet, in an exclusive interview with the DFA on Wednesday from her prison cell in Kimberley, claimed that R100 000 was paid for the “hit” on the Steenkamp family, which she added was aimed at “instilling fear and forcing farmers to make use of Scherman’s security services” as well as inciting racial hatred.

During her interview, De Wet implicated Scherman, owner of Panzer Protection, not only as the “mastermind” behind the Griquatown killings and numerous other farm killings, but of also being behind the plan to kill African National Congress (ANC) leaders at the party’s national elective conference in Mangaung during December 2012.

In a telephonic interview yesterday, Scherman, who gave the DFA permission to use his name, strongly denied the allegations made by De Wet against him.

“These allegations are nothing but lies. She has a personal vendetta against me after I refused that she use my company as a front to raise money. She is absolutely crazy. I have never met her and do not know where she lives. I have only spoken to her on the telephone twice,” Scherman said.

He also added that he “was on holiday for a week and far away (from Griquatown)” on the day of the Steenkamp murders, even though De Wet never placed him at the scene of the crime.

He further denied that his security company was “used as a front”, saying it was a fully registered company “specialising in close protection”.

He concluded by saying that he had given numerous statements to the police regarding De Wet’s allegations.

De Wet created a public outcry when she gave the DFA a detailed account regarding the alleged involvement of various right-wing groups in the murder of the Steenkamp family. She also indicated that the same groups were also involved in the Mangaung assassination plot against top ANC leaders.

According to De Wet, those currently facing charges in the Mangaung trail are innocent and were used as scapegoats to protect Scherman’s company, which she described as a “front to train rightwingers for war and terror”.

“I was present at meetings where plans (for Mangaung) were made and weapons ordered. Neither Johan Prinsloo, Mark Trollip or Martin Keevy (three of the four who are currently facing charges in the Mangaung trial) were present at any of these meetings,” she claimed.

De Wet, who has been incarcerated since May 2012 for the possession of ammunition and explosives (which she claimed belonged to Scherman), added that Scherman, as well as one of the other three men involved in the Griquatown murders and the person she claims is responsible for the rape of Marthella Steenkamp, had testified against her and denied their involvement with her.

“This is impossible, as (the alleged rapist) met my children, parents and friends,” De Wet said during the interview.

She added that Scherman had apparently posted a message on Facebook stating: “The call has been made. We are rid of Cornelia de Wet,” shortly after her imprisonment and that she also had e-mails from one of the persons involved in the Mangaung plot, confirming his involvement in the planned assassination.

During her interview with the DFA, De Wet also gave a list of people who she said were on a “hit list” saying Leeuwag and the Boerebeskermingsforum (BBF) had planned to kill, amongst others, Julius Malema, Jacob Zuma, Robert McBride and Kgalema Motlantle.

On top of this list is Scoop Cloete, a former Sondag (newspaper) reporter who published lighthearted articles about De Wet in the tabloid newspaper. He was yesterday unavailable for comment. - [Sourced from DFA]

In the meantime…
The NPA has announced that the trial of the minor accused of murdering farmer Deon Steenkamp and his family will continue next week despite another person confessing to the killings.

Related Post: The Griekwastad Murder Trial

Stay tuned!


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

you have always written that this whole affair has a lot more to it. Good predictions

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I’m posting this in the comment section to place some perspective on Cornelia de Wet’s background:

Cornelia de Wet, born 14 August 1976, was arrested and imprisoned in Middelburg Prison on 29 May 2012, on several charges ranging from High Treason to Possession of Ammunition and Explosives. She is the mother of three children, and lived on a farm Kwaggafontein, in the district of Carolina, Mpumalanga province, with her parents Jan de Wet (65) and Nelie de Wet (62) who live in a farmstead about 50m from her house.

Prior to her arrest she had reported several ‘attacks’ on the farm. All the attacks occurred within a period of slightly over a month, the first being on 17 April 2010 when her wooden house, in which she and two of her children were sleeping at the time, was set on fire. The armed attackers had tied the door with a piece of wire, trapping the victims inside. She used a CB radio to call her parents but the attackers opened fire on them as well. A gunfight lasting nearly two hours followed, before more help arrived. It is estimated that there were between 10 and 15 armed attackers involved in the incident. Police found an assortment of ballistic evidence near the two homesteads, but the attackers were never identified or apprehended. No-one was injured in the attack. A full report was published on News24: House set alight with family inside.

The 5th attack occurred on her farm on 19 May 2010 when she was shot in the leg from a long distance away. She was released from the provincial hospital in Carolina after being treated for an injury to her right calf [Source] - The mobile version of the same news report can be found here.

At some point in time during 2010 Cornelia apparently reacted to an invitation (on Facebook of all places) to join a ‘protection group’ known as Leeuwag -- affiliated to Panzer Protection a registered security company specialising in close protection, located in Springs (East Rand) and owned by Jaco Scherman, a police reservist -- also known in the media by the name ‘Boere Ninja’ who admitted to City Press, during December 2012, that he had trained two of the four alleged far-right conspirators who wanted to bomb the Mangaung conference, but denied involvement in any of their plans.

Cornelia de Wet was apparently appointed as one of the admin members of the Leeuwag Facebook group to help with administrative tasks. Further rumour has it that she used the name of Scherman’s security company for fundraising purposes, a state of affairs that Scherman wasn’t too happy with. From there onwards the story gets so confusing and messy that it’s near impossible to establish who is speaking the truth and who is lying. According to Scherman, and as published in the DFA’s latest article, de Wet has a personal vendetta against Scherman after he refused that she use his company as a front to raise money.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

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Slight amendment to a paragraph in this posting:
A Volksblad journalist has brought under my attention the fact that Brett Petzer ( translated information that he copied from a Volksblad article, without giving Volksblad any credit.

The relevant paragraph in this posting has thus been amended to read as follows:

I suppose some credit should be given to Brett Petzer for at least mentioning the following truths in report, despite the fact that he copied and translated it from the original Volksblad report, written by Charné Kemp and Lecrecia Prins, without giving them a shred of recognition.

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Here’s some interesting news from the court case:

T-shirt torn by force

HEAD ANALYST at the forensic science laboratory in Pretoria, Lieutenant-Colonel Johannes Gerhardus Vermeulen, testified yesterday in the Northern Cape High Court that a reasonable amount of force was needed to tear the blue T-shirt that was found at the crime scene where the Steenkamp family members were murdered.

The T-shirt, that was also splattered with blood, was found in one of the bedrooms at Naauwhoek farm where Deon, 44, Christel, 43, and 14year-old Marthella Steenkamp were shot multiple times on April 6 2012.

It is also alleged that Marthella was raped before she was murdered, although according to the autopsy report there was no evidence of semen or DNA.

Vermeulen pointed to tear marks on both the left and right shoulders of the T-shirt and stated that an equal amount of force was used to tear it.

“The ribbing was stretched along the seams at the neck and along the top of the shoulder. The tear mark coincides with someone pulling the ribbing with a downward movement. It is difficult to judge the exact amount of force used to tear it because it would have depended on a number of variable factors such as the weight of the person, the age and strength of the fabric. It was not just a pull as it is not easy to tear a Tshirt– a reasonable amount of force was needed to tear it.”

A few scenarios were presented to the witnees by State advocate Hannes Cloete in an attempt to determine the cause of the damage to the fabric.

Cloete stated that based on the information, it was common cause that there would have been a considerable amount of movement between the 17-year-old accused and Marthella when the T-shirt was torn.

Vermeulen said it was unlikely that the T-shirt was damaged when the accused pushed Marthella away “because of the blood” if she had grabbed onto him.

“The damage to the left shoulder appeared to be a downward movement rather than a pushing action, because of the way the ribbing was stretched.”

He believed that it was possible for the person who tore the T-shirt to be in a lying position on the ground while the person who wore the Tshirt could be bending or kneeling over her at the time.

Vermeulen did not believe that the T-shirt could be damaged while the accused was taking it off.

Cloete asked whether the material could have been torn by Marthella while she was hanging onto the accused’s T-shirt when he rushed to her assistance when he saw her lying on the ground, because he was under the impression that she was still alive.

Continued in next comment>>

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Continued from above comment

Vermeulen pointed out that the damage to the T-shirt would have had to be executed with a quick reaction.

“As far as I can see, the tear marks run from the shoulder of the T-shirt and not from the body section are indicative of a sharper movement. As the T-shirt was torn on both sides it appears as if she used both hands.”

Defence advocate, Willem Coetzee, suggested that Marthella was lying on her side and that the accused vaguely remembered her pulling herself up against him, when she clung onto his T-shirt when her legs gave in.

Dawid Kgoranyane, a former worker of Deon Steenkamp, denied making any threats about a farm attack to the Steenkamp family.

Kgoranyane had left the employment of Steenkamp after 13 years of service following an argument.

Advocate Coetzee stated that the accused had been informed by Deon that Kgoranyane had warned the Steenkamp family that they would be the first victims in the event of a farm attack.

Kgoranyane, who was working with David Herselman, a neighbouring farmer, at the time of the murders indicated that there were no bad feelings between him and Deon.

Herselman said he had left his farm for Griquatown immediately after hearing about the fate of the Steenkamp family.

“We didn’t know what was going on so in the interest of everyone’s safety we left for town. I called Kgoranyane who had just made a fire for a braai. He (Kgoranyane) packed up everything and drove behind us in his vehicle into town.”

Sourced from: Diamond Fields Advertiser (Subscription required)

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I have a question re the trial.
This was tweeted from the court:
The epithelial cells on revolver belongs to Marthella, none of the boy's DNA found on it. Just the girl's and Deon's @RapportSA #Griekwastad
Could you explain how this could be possible.
This trial is not only be tried in the media but there is a very interesting read at this link.

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Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anon – Regarding the epithelial cells found on revolver:

If the tweeted facts are correct then it means that only Marthella and her father, Deon, could have handled or touched the revolver. It doesn’t make sense because it is common knowledge that the accused also handled both firearms when he picked them up on the scene. I personally think journalists, in their rush to get the news out, are not being precise in their reporting of the finer details of expert testimony. It is most frustrating, but the best approach is to not take in everything they publish as accurate.

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@Anon (10:17 PM) - IF??? the accused is found guilty on all 3 counts of murder he will serve three consecutive sentences (possibly life) for all three murders.

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I have no option but to rely exclusively on media reports when delivering an opinion on this matter. However, it is most frustrating to read the many conflicting reports especially when it comes to the interpretation and analysis of expert testimony, for example, the outcome of DNA tests on the two firearms, the exact placement of the various gunshot wounds and other injuries to the victims, the various type of blood-splatter found on various items, etc. … Was the blood splatter caused by a blunt object or was it perhaps a type of high-speed blood spatter, known as “backspatter” or “blowback” which is sometimes detected on the exterior of the firearm, or (as in this case) on the shooter’s clothing? “Backspatter” or “blowback” only occurs when a gun is fired in extremely close range to a victim.

See in this regard two older postings on this blog:
Update Part 2
Update Part 3

For what it’s worth though – I think the only solid evidence the State has so far is the evidence of blood-splatter on the accused’s T-shirt... That is IF it is high-speed blood spatter as described above. Afrikaans media reports are calling it ‘impak-spatsels’.

The dilemma with the ‘unknown’, fingerprint has apparently been solved: Mysterious Griekwastad print solved.

The following was reported today in Rapport:
Griekwastadmoorde: Seun se 5 ‘leuens’

Now that the State has closed their case let’s wait and see what the defence team are going to achieve.

BTW: The media is already reporting that the case will be postponed for some time before the Judge delivers the final verdict. How long? I don’t know… Sigh!!!

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Jacques Steenkamp's report on twitter is up to date and excellent reporting. You can also hear a report by him on tomorrow. Also Jacques steenkamp rapport.

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12:31 - Coetzee: Dis nie beskuldigde se selle op sneller? Joubert: JA
12:32 - Coetzee: Was seun se selle/DNS op die rewolwer en geweer?Joubert: Nee
12:33 - Coetzee: Net Marthella en Deon se selle/DNS? Joubert: JA
(Copied from Tweets)
Surely the no DNA and DNA found on the trigger says a lot, I would think.
If Christels last sms was at 18:34:10 and the accused arrived at the police station at 18:47, 13min is not enough to commit these crimes and get to the policestation, especially looking at the reporting of the torture of Martella, surely if her torturing took place prior to her parents death, the parents would not have been found in the living room. At some point they would have heard her and surely got up and ran towards her, so would they still be found in the living room. I doubt it. That's why I feel 13 min is not enough to commit the murders taking into account the struggles with brave Martella. No DNA of accussed on trigger, all the blood and no foot|shoe prints (or did I miss that) Why can't media have a heading like: "No DNA found of accussed on trigger". (Or anywhere else for that matter). I'd respect such reporting more. Does anyone know what happenend to the second glass?
Please delete if the copied tweets not allowed,

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The accused could have wiped all DNA off the gun. The accused washed his hands twice in order to remove gun powder residue. 13 mins is sufficient time to kill 3 people and get rid of evidence. The big conundrum is the accused blood on his own shorts which appears to have been missed by the defence and him as they were scratching through their papers and quite perturbed as soon as Coetzee brought it up. They think that Martella must have hit his nose causing a nose bleed and he wiped his hands on his shorts. The torture of Martella was blunt trauma to the head which might have been done with some object; a brick, a stone, and this may have been tossed out of the car on the way to the police station.

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This is surely one of the strangest and most interesting cases I’ve ever come across in my entire life! When I say this, I’m speaking from the viewpoint of a Forensic Ballistic Expert who has witnessed a fair share of crime scenes and court cases over a period of 18 years. Whether the accused committed the murders or not his defence team had a moral obligation to prove his innocence. They could have fulfilled this obligation effortlessly by various means, considering that the State’s case was based solely on circumstantial evidence. Yet, they failed miserably in their task and one cannot help but wonder why!?!

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Tia November 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM
Your comment sums up what a lot of people are thinking. It does not matter if the accused is innocent or guilty. It matters that a 15 year gets the best legal defense team he can. Something is not right.

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A good read also:

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@Anon – I appreciate your visits to this blog, but please use CAPS in moderation when commenting as others my perceive it as shouting ;-)

Life imprisonment (or life sentence) is mandatory in South Africa for certain serious crimes, for example, premeditated murder and rape where the rapist knew the victim was under 18. Life sentences can range anything between 10 to 25 years. For an older person (say 70) to be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, basically translates to life. On the other end of the scale - 25 years for a young person is a lifetime! Bear in mind that there are also formal mechanisms to request parole after a certain period of imprisonment. This means that a convict could be entitled to spend the rest of the sentence (that is, until he or she dies) outside prison. Early release is usually conditional depending on past and future conduct, possibly with certain restrictions or obligations. In contrast, when a fixed term of imprisonment has ended, the convict is free. (Source)

The court will always take the accused’s age into consideration at the time the crime was committed. In cases pertaining to minors, the courts must consider all available sentencing options, especially non-custodial sentences, before considering detention. Detention (prison) for minors is usually considered as a last resort.

Each individual case will be examined on an individualised basis so that an appropriate sentence can be found, which then explains why judgement will be postponed in this specific case.

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Sorry about the caps.
So if the accused is found guilty he can serve 25years x 3 dead people which in effect is a sentence of 75years? Is this correct?
Many thanks

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@Anon (11:22 PM) – That is correct!

As a matter of interest… The serial killer, rapist and robber, Moses Sithole, was sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment for each of the 38 murders, 12 years' imprisonment for each of the 40 rapes, and five years' imprisonment for each of the six robberies. Since his sentences run consecutively, the total effective sentence is one of 2,410 years. Justice David Carstairs ordered that Sithole would be required to serve at least 930 years before being eligible for parole. (Source)

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Only Moses could have lived that long!!

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Have just read on OFM news that legal aid attorney Vinesh Naidu said that if the child is found guilty his maximum sentence for the child will be 15/20 years for each murder to run concurrently (that is 15/20 years in total) and could be eligible for parole after 7/8 years. I guess, if he's found guilty, he'll be happy with that sentence which will give him plenty of time to decide how to spend his inheritance.

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The murder trial of a 17-year-old youth accused of killing the Steenkamp family of Griekwastad has been postponed to March 2014.

The postponement came after the accused ended the mandate of his legal counsel this week.

The Volksblad newspaper reported that the youth’s guardian had said there were insurmountable differences between him and the legal team.

Griekwastad: Seun steek sy regspan in die pad

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Hi Tia,
Thank you so much for keeping us all updated on this case of interest. I heard about the story whilst I was expating in Zambia and have been following your blog on and off on the matter as I view your commentatory on the subject as one from an expert view, based on your past experience. When in March 2014 will the case resume and will you be following up on it?

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Africa and America mirror image. Hal Turner being exposed as a paid FBI informant taught us that gov controlled opposition all over sets us up against each other by the same third party.

Does the shirt confirm Dewets story? I imagine the S.A. gov would love to give any and all assistance to allow her to freely leave the county and get out of their hair if she were so inclined?

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