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Monster on the loose By Isabel Venter
The sadistic monster who had kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and then raped her over a period of four days, is still evading police arrest. After receiving medical treatment, the girl was placed in a home of safety by the Makhado Police last week. She still had to be identified as she had no parents or siblings, and came from Zimbabwe to South Africa in search of work. Investigating officers were still trying to obtain a description from the girl about her attacker. The girl was discovered last Wednesday while she was trying to escape the house where she was being held captive in Kleynhans Street. Her hands were still tied up behind her back with an electrical cord. She was completely naked and bleeding profusely. “I will never forget the complete bewilderment in her eyes … it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” said one of the girl’s rescuers to the newspaper this week. The rescuer asked to remain anonymous. “I ran home to fetch a blanket to cover her up and brought her a glass of Coke. As I held the glass to her lips you could see that she was starving … she said that she did not have anything to eat since Sunday [when she was kidnapped],” recapped the rescuer. “I also noticed that she had weird marks on her back and shoulders … it might have been bruises, I’m not sure,” said the rescuer. The rescuer lives in the area, which
has always been a preferred route to school for many children attending the nearby Louis Trichardt Primary School. Many children in the street also play and ride in the streets with their bicycles and skateboards during the school holidays - resulting in escalating levels of panic in the community. According to the rescuer, the girl told onlookers that she was walking in the direction of the school when an unknown man called her over. She then tried to walk away fast, but he quickly caught up with her and dragged her towards the unoccupied house. She then recalled him stuffing a rag in her mouth and she lost consciousness. When she regained consciousness, she was tied up, with the rag still in her mouth and her clothes gone. It is still unclear whether the girl was gang-raped or not. According to local police spokesperson, Const Irene Radzilane, the girl claimed that she was forced to drink something that made her sleepy and weak when she woke up. Radzilane said the girl told them that on the day of her rescue, she did not receive the suspected drug. “She then felt that she had more strength to try and escape from the house,” said Radzilane. Radzilane this week urged the public to work together with the police to catch the girl’s attacker. “We do not want these kind of monsters out there putting the lives of innocent children in danger,” said Radzilane. Apart from this plea for information, the police have also urged the
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public to be more vigilant regarding their surroundings, even more so when there is an unoccupied house situated in their street. “If you suspect any foul play, rather be safe and ask the police to investigate the house,” said Radzilane. In the case of the Kleynhans Street
the rapist, Radzilane have urged parents to also be vigilant about their children’s whereabouts. When walking to a friend’s house or the shops, children should refrain from walking alone. “Always make sure you know exactly where your children are,” said Radzilane.
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house, police have found signs of several people who had squatted there. “We have been warning people for a while now to be vigilant of empty houses, because we have found that they are increasingly being used for criminal activities,” said Radzilane. While police are still searching for
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Death toll on local roads still continues to rise By Isabel Venter
The upcoming festive weekend got off to a tragic start, with two gruesome accidents that claimed the lives of five people. In the first accident, two members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) passed away last Thursday when their military truck collided with two other trucks on the N1 between Musina and Louis Trichardt. According to the SANDF’s spokesperson, Mr Siphiwe Dlamini, there were three members in the truck at the time of the accident. They were busy The scene of the accident on the N1 between Musina and Louis Trichardt last Thursday. Two with a routine scheduled logistic run from Musina members of the SANDF passed away following the crash. Photo: SAPS. to the Army Support Base (ASB) in Polokwane to collect rations for the battalion deployed under Operation Corona in Musina. Dlamini confirmed that the Musina police are still investigating the exact cause of the accident. Provincial police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed that the accident happened about 46km from Louis Trichardt near the Huntleigh turn-off. According to him, two trucks, of which one included the military truck, were travelling in a southern direction when a third truck, travelling in
the opposite direction, lost control and collided with the two trucks. “All civilian members who were involved in the accident suffered minor injuries with no fatalities,” said Dlamini. One of the SANDF members was declared dead on the accident scene. A second SANDF member was rushed to the hospital in Musina, but passed away en route. “The third member was stabilised by the medical team at the hospital, and was airlifted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria the same day for further medical treatment,” confirmed Dlamini. In another accident over the weekend, three people were killed when the bakkie they were travelling in crashed into the Madzhemani River. According to police information, Sylvester Thulari (32) was carrying four passengers and crossing the Madzhemani Bridge, when he lost control and crashed into the river on Saturday. It is suspected that the bakkie capsized in the water. Thulari and two of his passengers, Norman Muoneleli Ndou (32) and Dakalo Mukondeleli (37) drowned. Their bodies were recovered on Sunday by the police’s search and rescue divers. The two remaining passengers, Tshilisanani Sithaba (28) and another unknown male escaped unhurt.
No fine for reckless quad bike driver By Isabel Venter
As far as the newspaper could determine, no fines have been Three people drowned on Saturday when the bakkie they were travelling in left the road and issued to the man involved in the quad bike accident in Louis crashed into the Madzhemani River. Photo supplied. Trichardt last week. The man’s fun-ride came to sudden end when he crashed into a palisade fence – head first – and got stuck. The newspaper could track down the 32-year-old man’s family, who live close by in Waterbessie Street (where the accident occurred). They did not want to be identified or provide their names for publication. A woman, who identified herself only as the man’s mother-inlaw, said he was not injured as seriously as first reported. According to her, he only
stayed in the hospital for a few hours, before being released and then returning to Johannesburg. He was visiting the family when he decided to take the woman’s younger son and a friend for a fun-ride on the quad. “I can’t say what had happened or why they did not wear helmets as I was not home when the accident happened,” said the woman. She further added that nobody from either the Makhado Police or municipal traffic department have been in contact with them over the matter. According to local police spokesperson Const Irene Radzilane, a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened for further investigation. No further details about the case were available.
Spokesperson for the Makhado Municipality, Mr Louis Bobodi, confirmed that they were not aware of this matter. He, however, referred the newspaper to the traffic department, who in turn confirmed that they have received numerous complaints about residents in and around Waterbessie Street who drive around on quad bikes illegally. They also added that the matter is difficult to police, because parents seemingly buy quad bikes for their children without educating them properly on the rules of the road or proper safety. When traffic officials try to impose fines on these children, they simply run away. “We urge parents not to work against the municipality and cover the fines for their children,” was the municipality’s message.
Obey traffic rules this festive season By Ndivhuwo Musetha
Clemour Ngobeni, from The Voice SA fame, photographed during his visit to Zoutnet Publishers last Thursday. From the left to right are Elardus van Zyl, Kaizer Nengovhela, Mbulaheni Ridovhona, Amandea van Zyl, Clemour, Andries van Zyl (editor of the Zoutpansberger) and Anton van Zyl (Zoutnet owner and manager).
Clemour pays Zoutnet a special visit Last week, Zoutnet Publishers received a special from The Voice SA fame. visit from the one and only Clemour Ngobeni Clemour was promoting his upcoming local performance. The Red Carpet Music Concert on Christmas Eve will be held in Waterval as a way in which Clemour wants to thank his fans for their support over the past year. On Christmas Eve (24 December) Clemour will be sharing the stage with other guest artists from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Limpopo and Cape Town in his concert called The Night Before Christmas with Clemour. The event will be held at the Fountains of Life church at Ha-Chabani. “Since The Voice I have done a few shows in Johannesburg and even Cape Town, but MAKHADO CARE GROUP IS A never one at home. Waterval is my home and NON PROFIT ORGANISATION I decided to do the show here to say thank you for the support I have received from my fans WHICH ASSISTS WITH THE … imagine a live music show with a Christmas CARE OF CANCER PATIENTS IN feel and songs … it’s going to be amazing,” said THE MAKHADO AREA Clemour in an exclusive video interview with the Zoutpansberger/Limpopo Mirror.
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Motorists who break the traffic rules will face the full might of the law during this festive season. This was the warning from different law-enforcement agencies during the official launch of their festive season operations held at the Department of Education’s Saselemane circuit office on 19 December. Cllr Mavhungu Lerule, who delivered the keynote address on behalf of Vhembe’s executive mayor, Cllr Florence Radzilani, said that it was worrying that the
district was leading in terms of the high number of accidents recorded for the period September to October, with 116 accidents. Lerule said it was up to every citizen to make sure that everyone is safe on the road. Pastor Mukondeleli Nevhutalu from the Vhembe Bus Association urged commuters to make use of legal bus stops to avoid accidents. Shonisani Mphuma, from Vhembe’s fire brigade, said that they will be working around the clock until early January this festive season. Ndivhuwo Mashige from
Vhembe’s traffic department advised drivers to adhere to traffic rules to avoid accidents. She added that stray animals cause lots of accidents and advised pedestrians to be cautious when crossing the roads. From the South African Police Service, Nndanganeni Likhanya warned that they have allocated holding cells for any traffic offender on the road this December. Tshilidzi Nthambeleni from Vhembe District Management added to this by saying that they were ready to respond to any emergency call from all their stations.
Not something you see every day, but it is not the first time this had happened in Louis Trichardt. Residents were again left dumbfounded the past weekend when seeing that somebody completely blocked off Eland Street, between Baobab and Bauhinia Street, by erecting a tent across the road for a function. Upon initial enquiries, the municipal traffic department could not immediately confirm whether permission was granted to erect the tent. People applying to close a street needs permission from all residents and businesses within a 500 metre radius. The traffic department said they would investigate the matter further. Photo supplied.
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without reservation for general pegging of claims, but that mining leases should be granted to the For this week’s chapter, we return to one of owners and lessees of the land. They also recomthe older streets in town, namely Rissik Street. mended that a piece of land situated between the Rather unimaginatively it was named after farms Turffontein and Doornfontein, known as yet another land surveyor, Johann Friedrich Randjeslaagte, be developed as a new town. This Bernard Rissik. Not that he was a person with- would later become the city of Johannesburg. out ﬂair, or that he did not deserve to have a Rissik played an important role in setting street named after him. He was, after all, the the boundary between the then Transvaal and man who had helped to identify the area that Mozambique, way back in 1887. On instructions we now know as Johannesburg (and hence of the ZAR government he met the Portuguese it was also partly named after him). It is just representative, Col Machado. After a survey the that Rissik did not have a big presence in the two established the beacons of what is still today Soutpansberg. It was thus more of the border between two countries. a challenge to find a local angle On 8 October 1890, a rather and incorporate some of the important ceremony took place region’s fascinating stories (at least for the purposes of into this chapter. our story). Johann Rissik Difficult as it may married Maria Magdalena sound, we did manage Wilhelmina (Mimmie) to find a story that has Leibbrandt. She was all the elements of a the sixth child of Pieter Hollywood blockUlrich Leibbrandt, the buster movie. It is a son of Johann Sebastian story of a hero who Leibbrandt. Mimmie’s turned villain; it is uncle was Abram Joabout politics, war, hannes Leibbrandt, faespionage, a famous ther of another Johann court case and the Sebastiaan Leibbrandt. eventual acceptance His son was Willem of a status quo. HowTheodore van den ever, before continuing Berg Leibbrandt and his to the “local” story, we grandson Meyder Johannes Johann Rissik in need to briefly talk about Leibbrandt. Meyder’s son London, 1905. the man Rissik; after whom was the infamous Sidney Photograph by the street had been named. Robey Leibbrandt, the subject Elliott & Fry. Johann Rissik was born in of our extended story. Holland in 1857 in Linschoten, Before explaining why Robey near Utrecht. His father, Dr Gerrit Leibbrandt is important to the history of Hendrik Rissik, was a physician and surgeon. In the Soutpansberg, we first need to finish the story 1875 the then president of the ZAR, TF Burgers, of Johann Rissik. was on a visit to Holland where he met Dr Rissik. Johann and his wife, Mimmie, lived in a very He was so impressed with the doctor that he imposing homestead “Linschoten” in Pretoria for invited him to come to South Africa and work as 33 years, raising four sons. The eldest, Bernard, the District Surgeon and as the president’s phywas killed at Flanders in 1915 during the First sician. Dr Rissik agreed and the young Johann, World War. The couple were very popular and who at that stage was already fluent in Dutch, their friends included people such as the wellEnglish, German and French, joined him on the known author, Percy Fitzgerald (of Jock of the journey. Bushveld fame) and General Louis Botha. At first Johann worked as an assistant in his faRissik did come “close” to the Soutpansberg in ther’s dispensary in Pretoria, but it was clear that an official capacity in 1899 when the Anglo Boer medicine was not his great love. On 25 February War broke out. He was appointed by Genl Schalk 1882, he received his first appointment as land W Burger to serve as a member of the Special surveyor when State Secretary W Eduard Bok Court for the districts Zoutpansberg and Waterapproved his position as second government clerk berg; and to try a man for high treason. Rissik in the Surveyor-General’s office. His salary was a respectfully declined this appointment, arguing very reasonable £200 per annum. that he lacked the legal training to be able to do Probably one of the most important contributhis. Ironically Rissik was quite knowledgeable tions Rissik made to the country, happened in as far as legal matters were concerned and played 1886. Along with Christiaan Johannes Joubert, he an important role in establishing the country’s was appointed to investigate the Witwatersrand mineral rights laws. farms that were to be proclaimed as gold digRissik served his country in various capacigings. The two of them also had to decide on the ties for the next few decades. He was elected as place where a town was soon to be established. Member of Parliament representing the Het Volk On 12 August 1886, they handed over a lengthy party in February 1907. (He, along with Genl report to the President and Executive Council. Louis Botha and Genl JC Smuts helped form the One of the interesting recommendations made, Het Volk party in 1907; which contested the first was that the goldfields should not be thrown open general election under Responsible Government).
The meeting place of opposing ideologies By Anton van Zyl
Johann Rissik and his four sons, 1903. Inset: Rissik married Mimmie Leibbrandt
The Streets of our Names is a series that Ri ss ik look at the street names in the Makhado muSt nicipal area. We try to ﬁnd out who the people re et were whose names appear on the corners of the streets and also try and establish why they are worth remembering. During the course of the series, we try to touch on both the “old and the new” and, in some cases, the people discussed may be controversial. The idea is not to give a lesson in history (although history is the essential ingredient), but rather to highlight the interesting. There is no political or ideological agenda and if you think the person’s name should never have been on a sign board, then that’s an opinion you’re entitled to. We would like to stay as close to home as possible and would love the more personal stories of these early pioneers. If you have interesting information about some of these characters, please let us know. Also, should you have photos of speciﬁc streets dating back 50 years or more, please send them in. Information or questions can be sent to anton@ zoutnet.co.za.
The first Provincial Administrators, 1910. From left to right: Mr Smythe (Natal), Johann Rissik (Transvaal), Sir Frederick de Wool (Cape), and Mr Ramsbottom (Orange Free State). In March 1907, he was appointed Minister of Lands and Minister for Natives in Transvaal. When the Union of South Africa was established in 1910, Rissik became the first Administrator of the Transvaal. As a businessman he partnered with prominent people such as Loftus Versfeld and JJ Marais. He was associated with the establishment of the Pretoria Portland Cement Company and later with the Delfos Brothers in forming the Pretoria Iron Mines, which later became Iscor (and currently Mittal Steel). Perhaps the last piece of interesting history about Johann Rissik is that he is said to have owned the first motorcycle in Pretoria. He was also very interested in aviation and became the first president of the Aeronautical Society of SA. When he died on 26 August 1925, messages of sympathy streamed in from across the globe. The pallbearers at his funeral included his friends, Genl Smuts, Judge JS Curlewis, Sir Julius Jeppe, Sir Johannes Wessels and his brother-in-law, Pieter Ulrich Leibbrandt. This then brings us back to the Leibbrandt who is the subject of the second part of this article, namely Sidney Robey Leibbrandt. The Leibbrandt story made headlines
Johann Rissik and General Louis Botha outside the Pretoria Club on Election Day for the first Transvaal Parliament under Responsible Government, 20 February, 1907.
ZOUTPANSBERGER, 23 DESEMBER 2016 throughout the world, especially in the first part Rensburg was also suspected of being a double of the 1940s. An important chapter of this history agent on Smuts’ payroll. The Germans believed that the elimination of General Smuts would act plays off in the Soutpansberg, where he, as a as a catalyst to unite the country against the profugitive on the run from the Smuts government, was hiding in the western peaks of the Soutpans- war party. A plan for a coup d’état to overthrow the SA berg mountains. Leibbrandt even left a “legacy” government was devised and in 1941 Admiral here, by (presumably) carving out a swastika Wilhelm Canaris ordered Operation Weissdorn. symbol in a small rock shelter, secluded in thick Part of this plan entailed that Leibbrandt (under bushes. the pseudonym of Walter Kempf) would be sent to South Africa to muster support for the German ideals and set the plans in motion. Leibbrandt left Germany on 5 April 1941 on a confiscated French sailboat (the Kyloe) and completed a journey of over 9 000 miles, to be dropped off the coast of Namaqualand. On board was a radio transmitter and a significant amount of American dollars to help Leibbrandt with his mission. The longer journey was necessitated by the danger of running into British ships. On 15 June 1941, a drenched Leibbrandt (his inflatable boat had capsized close to shore) arrived on SA shores and he started to make his way inland. We unfortunately have to skip past many interesting bits of the history, such as his journey through the desert and his efforts to make contact with the leaders of the Ossewa Brandwag (OB). He did eventually meet with Dr Hans van Rensburg, leader of the OB near Pretoria. It quickly became clear that the two men did not share the exact same ideals and Leibbrandt had no faith in the leadership abilities of Van Rensburg. Leibbrandt felt a need for action and started to canvass supporters for his own ideals. He formed Robey Leibbrandt after he was let out of prison. the Nasionaal Sosialistiese Rebelle, and in secret (Source www.leibbrandt.com) meetings started drumming up support. Those who took the secret blood oath were trained For the sake of the readers not knowing who in sabotage methods such as making bombs. Robey Leibbrandt was, we have to start at the beginning, which is in Potchefstroom in this case, Members of the “militant” wing of the OB, the Stormjaers (Storm Troopers) took a liking in his where he was born on 25 January 1913. His father, Meyder Johannes (“Oom John”) Leibbrandt, radical pro-Nazi philosophies and some 60 fighters joined him. This, naturally, started attracting fought alongside Genl. Jan Smuts in the Anglo the attention of the authorities and before long Boer War, but was never active in politics. The early political influence in Robey’s life may have Leibbrandt had to go into hiding. At that stage the government had heard come more from family members on his mother’s side of the family. Susan Marguarite (née Joyce) rumours that Leibbrandt was back in the counwas of Irish descent and her brother was the well- try, but it was not yet official. Leibbrandt, on the other hand, battled to make contact with known clergyman, Ds William Robey Joyce. During the Second World War a cousin of hers’, Germany and without specialist knowledge the William Joyce (better known as Lord Haw-Haw), radio transmitter that he had brought along from Germany, was of little use. Leibbrandt and one of caused a stir by broadcasting Nazi propaganda. He was arrested after the war and following a tri- his staunchest followers, Karl Theron, recruited al he was sentenced to death. He was executed in a radiographer from Potchefstroom and tried to contact Germany from a farm near Warmbaths England. From Robey’s own memoirs it is clear (Bela-Bela). When this did not work Leibbrandt that he had a lot of admiration for his uncle. and Theron opted to move further north to the Robey started boxing competitively when he farm, Ontmoet, in the western Soutpansberg. The was still a scholar at Grey College in Bloemfonfarm belonged to Andries van der Walt, also an tein. In 1934, at the age of 21, he won a bronze OB member, who was sympathetic towards their medal for South Africa at the British Empire cause. Games in London. Two years later, in 1936, he The farm where Leibbrandt and his helpers took part in the Olympic Games that were held fled to, was ideal for a variety of reasons. It was in Berlin. In spite of seriously injuring his hand extremely secluded and it was adjacent to the in his first match, he went on to finish fourth. highest peak in the Soutpansberg. Here they He narrowly lost in his last match against Roger tried to erect the mast for the radio sender, but Michelot, who would continue to claim gold in again could not succeed in making contact with the light heavyweight class. Leibbrandt became South African heavyweight champion on 31 July Germany. Even in the most remote areas word travels fast and the police at Mara (just below 1937 in Johannesburg, beating Jim Pentz. the farm), heard rumours of strange The Berlin Olympics played an men carrying heavy equipment up important role in Leibbrandt’s life, the mountain. Three of Leibbrandt’s as it exposed him to Nazi Germany men returned to Johannesburg after and one of his greatest heroes, Adolf the second unsuccessful attempt to Hitler. After the games, he returned contact Germany by radio, leaving to Germany and among other things Leibbrandt and Theron at Ontmoet. studied at the Reich Academy for The two of them very brazenGymnastics. When war broke out, he ly even attended joined the German Army and became a function at the first South African to be trained as one of the a “Fallschirmjäger” (para-trooper). His nearby later military training included sabotage training at the infamous Abwehr school. While this was all happening, back at home General Jan Smuts had sided with the Allied Forces. Germany was, understandably, not very content with the state of affairs. The fight for the then German colony, South West Africa, was still very much relevant and Hitler was very aware of the strategic mineral wealth that southern Africa offered. Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop was instructed to increase espionage and propaganda activities in these territories, where there were many German sympathisers. South Africa declared war on Germany on 4 September 1939, but there was an anti-war faction in the country. The most vociferous were the Robey Leibbrandt, the boxer. Purified National Party and the Ossewa Brand(Source: www.leibbrandt.com) wag, headed by Dr Hans van Rensburg. Van
7 farms, with Leibbrandt introducing himself as Mr Lubbe. On 11 September 1941 Leibbrandt was warned by Andries van der Walt (junior) that the police at Mara seemed to have gotten wind of some strange activities on the farm. The two were on high alert, but were fast asleep under some trees when a police delegation, led by Sgt Christiaan Pauley, arrived at the peak the following morning and found them. Constable Willem Beetge managed to disarm them, but some confusion reigned, especially after another of the police officers, Sgt Jacobus Kruger, recognised Leibbrandt. The police, not really knowing what to do with the men (as there was at that stage no warrant out for
Robey Leibbrandt giving the German salute while hiding at the farm of Mrs Eggert in the Magaliesburg mountains. (Source: www.leibbrandt.com) the arrest of Leibbrandt), eventually had to let the two men go. Leibbrandt was very upset with this “traitorous” act and was determined to punish the people who had betrayed them and told the police about their whereabouts. Not long afterwards he heard that two local farmers, Coetzee and Dames, acted as informers. Before leaving the Soutpansberg, he decided to teach them a lesson and drove to the farm Goedgedacht of Coetzee. After luring (whom he had thought was the correct) Coetzee out to the road, he proceeded to give him a severe hiding with a sjambok, so much so that Coetzee had to spend several days in bed recovering. Coetzee’s pleas that he knew nothing of the events fell on deaf ears. Leibbrandt only later realised that he had assaulted the wrong man. Leibbrandt then went to the farm of Johnstone Dames. Dames’ brother-in-law, an Air Force officer Anderson, was on a visit at the farm. Leibbrandt again lured them out to the nearby road and after threatening to shoot them, assaulted them severely. It was only the timely intervention of Mrs Dames, armed with a shotgun, that saved these two men’s lives. After some exchange of fire, Leibbrandt and his colleagues fled for Brits. Leibbrandt evaded arrest for a few more weeks, but now the whole of the country’s security forces were hot on his trail. A reward equivalent to R1 000 for his capture, dead or alive, was put out. After a skirmish with the police, he fled to Magaliesburg where he was assisted by people who were sympathetic towards his cause. At the end of December 1942, he was finally captured and arrested in Pretoria. The arresting officer was Claude Sterley, a fellow Springbok boxer. Leibbrandt, even though he was armed, did not put up a fight in order to avoid a bloodbath. In one of the most talked about court cases in the history of South Africa, Robey Leibbrandt was charged with treason alongside 16 others. The case was first heard in camera in police cells. When he was asked to say something in his defence by the presiding officer, he confirmed his commitment to the ideals of Adolf Hitler and that of National Socialism. He and six others were found guilty and the case went to the High Court. Leibbrandt refused to testify in the case, but maintained that he was innocent. On 11 March 1943, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. Only two of the other accused, Le Roux and Olwage, were found guilty
on minor charges and sent to prison for a period of five years. The Leibbrandt case went on appeal and much to the surprise of everyone, he handled his own defence. This was not very successful and the Appeal Court confirmed the Higher Court’s decision. The time lapse did help him though, as it became clear that Germany was losing ground in the war in Europe. In December 1943, two days before Christmas, Leibbrandt was informed that General Jan Smuts, who had great sympathies for the Leibbrandt family, decided to commute his sentence to life imprisonment. The winds of change swept through the country in the following years and in 1948 Leibbrandt was released in an amnesty deal for war offenders by the newly victorious National Party Government. Their leader, Dr DF Malan, had previously opposed South Africa’s entry into World War II and wanted to remain neutral. Leibbrandt left the prison and was greeted by the crowds as a hero. In later life Leibbrandt remained politically active and he founded the organisation Anti-Kommunistiese Beskermingsfront (Anti-Communist Protection Front) in 1962. He produced a series of pamphlets titled Ontwaak Suid-Afrika (Wake up South Africa). His love for sport remained and he was a passionate hunter. Leibbrandt was married to Margaretha “Etha” Cornelia Botha and they had four sons: Hermann, Remer, Izan, and Meyder Johannes and one daughter, Rayna. Robey Leibbrandt died on 1 August 1966 after a heart attack. The request by family and friends from around the world to let him be buried with full military honours was denied by the South African government. The area where Leibbrandt and his colleagues stayed in the Soutpansberg while avoiding the authorities, is now part of a nature reserve. The late Ed Eastwood, well known rock art specialist, visited the area in the early 2000s. In his book Capturing the Spoor, he writes about a remarkable discovery at the site: “In 1998, a ranger on a routine patrol came across a rock shelter near the ruined foundations of Leibbrandt’s hut. He told us only that engravings had been found and that we should investigate the matter. When eventually we got around to visiting the shelter as part of the survey of that area of the Soutpansberg, we made an interesting and rather menacing discovery. In a relatively small rock shelter secluded in thick bushes we found a deeply abraded image of a swastika, an ominous reminder of fascist designs on the world and, perhaps, a reminder of the now-defunct apartheid regime. One imagines that Leibbrandt, or possibly one of his followers, had proudly cut this image into the rock in order to invoke the ideal of a world of conformity. The swastika, a chilling and violent emblem in the midst of an area full of the gentler symbols of the San religion, highlights two opposing ideologies – one of extreme social control, the other of egalitarianism and individuality.”
The swastika, carved out in a rock shelter on the farm, Ontmoet, in the Soutpansberg. Sources: * Eastwood, Edward and Cathelijne. Capturing the Spoor, An exploration of Southern African Rock Art. New Africa Book, 2006. * Strydom, H, Vir Volk en Führer, Jonathan Ball Uitgewers, 1983. * Le Roux, JH, Robey Leibbrandt, Die Rebel, Instituut vir Eietydse Geskiedenis, UOVS, Bloemfontein, 1976. * Pretoriana, MAGAZINE OF THE OLD PRETORIA ASSOCIATION, Published December 1965. * Robey Leibbrandt vertel alles in Geen Genade, Bienedell Uitgewers (unknown date)
ZOUTPANSBERGER, 23 DECEMBER 2016
Thursday, 22 December
EMERGENCY NUMBERS LOUIS TRICHARDT • SAPS/SAPD
- 10111/ 015 519 4300 / 083 206 5594 • Ambulance/Ambulans - 015 516 4378 015 516 2395 • Electricity/Elektrisiteit - 015 516 2990 • Water - 015 516 2990 • Fire Brigade/Brandweer - 015 516 0551 015 516 0554 • Munisipaliteit/Municipality - 015 519 3000 • Hospital (Government) - 015 516 0148 / 9 • Hospital (Private) - 015 516 0720 015 516 6980 • SPB Dorpswag - 082 251 0827
MUSINA • SAPS/SAPD • Ambulance/Ambulans • Fire Brigade/Brandweer • Hospital (Government) • Municipality • Electricity/Water
- 10111 / 015 534 7601 - 10177 / 015 534 0061 - 015 534 0061 - 015 534 0446 / 7 - 015 534 6000 - 083 457 2183
LEVUBU • SAPS/SAPD
- 015 583 7400 015 583 7418 • Municipal and other services (see Louis Trichardt) BERGCARE MPY is ‘n geregistreerde Openbare Weldaads Organisasie sonder winsbejag wat in samewerking met ander gemeenskapsorganisasies hulpverlening doen binne die breë gemeenskap van Louis Trichardt. Hulle dienste sluit in: ♥ Bejaardesorg ♥ Liefdadigheid ♥ ‘n Welsynswinkel ♥ ‘n Kommunehuis vir minder bevoorregtes ♥ `n Kinderhuis in Tshikota Hulp aan die gemeenskap deur die gemeenskap. Indien u op enige manier betrokke wil raak: KONTAKBESONDERHEDE: Andries Smal (0828999543)
Friday, 23 December
Saturday, 24 December
A thundershower in spots.
A thunderstorm around.
Partly sunny with a thunderstorm.
High: 33oC Low: 20oC
High: 34oC Low: 20oC
High: 32oC Low: 15oC
WHAT IS HAPPENING? DEURLOPEND AA BYEEN Alkoholiste Anoniem (AA)
vergader elke Maandag om 18:00 by die Metodiste Kerk te Munnikstraat 79 in Louis Trichardt en almal wat daaraan ‘n behoefte het om die vergadering by te woon, is welkom. Die AA vergader ook elke Woensdag vanaf 18:00 in Levubu. Vir meer inligting, skakel Jannie by tel. 076 501 8285.
VROUE VAN DIE WOORD Die
BAHÁ’Í INFORMATION CENTRE The Bahá’í Information Centre in Louis
Trichardt holds multi-faith devotionals every Thursdays from 19:30. “Know ye, verily, that the happiness of mankind lieth in the unity and the harmony of the human race, and that spiritual and material developments are conditioned upon love and amity among all men.” For more information phone 081 884 9553 (after hours). Alternatively, visit the website at www.bahai.org.
VLEIS TEEN SAKPASPRYSE
Die NG Kerk Soutpansberg-gemeente bied tans Vroue van die Woord kom elke Dinsdagaand van top-gehalte vleis teen sakpaspryse te koop aan. 18:00 tot 19:00 by Loeriepark se saal bymekaar. Lekker wors en maalvleis is beskikbaar, asook Alle vroue, jonk en oud, is welkom en vir smullekker sosaties, biltong en droëwors. Ander meer inligting, skakel Madelyn Stoltz by 083 422 snitte kan ook op bestelling gereël word. 5248. Vir meer inligting of bestellings, skakel Thea by die kerkkantoor by tel. 015 516 4366. MANNE VAN DIE WOORD Die Manne van die Woord in Louis Trichardt kom INTERKERKLIKE BIDUUR Inelke Vrydag van 05:45 tot 06:45 by Ocean Baswoners word uitgenooi om elke Donderdag vanaf ket in Songozwistraat byeen. 08:00 tot 09:00 saam te kom bid vir die gemeenVir meer inligting kan Tobias Fourie by 082 skap en die land tydens ‘n interkerklike biduur 451 4249 geskakel word. by die Louis Trichardt Metodistekerk. Vir meer inligting, skakel past. Leonie MeyWEEKLY TIME TRIALS The farth by tel. 084 219 4406. Soutpansberg Athletics Club host their weekly time trials at their usual time slot of 17:30 every GEBEDSBYEENKOMS Shammah Tuesday from the Soutpansberg Athletics Club Bedieninge te Rissikstraat 50 in Louis Trichardt house in Breda Street (next to the municipal nooi alle besigheidspersone uit om elke Woensswimming pool). dag vanaf 05:45 tot 06:30 saam te kom bid. For more information, contact Ferreira Nel at “Wees deel van ‘n geleentheid waar ons op ‘n 082 749 0413. ontspanne en informele wyse mekaar H/v Burger & Rissik Straat, bemoedig by wyse van Louis Trichardt gebed en gedagtes uit die Woord. Ons hanTel: 015 516 0284/5/6 teer graag ook spesiale gebedsversoeke,” nooi die gemeente. Vir navrae, skakel past. Francois Strydom by tel. 082 7850 265 of Johan Kruger by 078 451 9211.
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GISTER-SE-JEUG BYEEN Die Gister-se-Jeug klub, waar jonger en ouer seniors welkom is, vergader elke Dinsdag van 09:00 tot 11:00 in die Hervormde Kerk se saal op die hoek van Stubbsstraat en Forestryweg in Louis Trichardt. Vir meer inligting kan Willie Agenbacht geskakel word by tel. 083 453 6597, Flippie Diedericks by 071 671 9866 of Anna Lordan by 082 921 6110. HELP LEVUBU SE GESKIEDENIS NAVORS Die NG Kerk Levubu-ge-
meente het ‘n eie Facebook-blad, met die naam NG Kerk Levubu, begin met die uitsluitlike doel om die geskiedenis van die Levubu-omgewing na te vors van die 1800’s af tot nou. “Ons nooi almal wat foto’s, koerantberigte en enige ander inligting het om dit met ons te deel, of alternatiewelik met Ralda van Wyk (e-pos: email@example.com) in verbinding te tree,” nooi die gemeente. Ralda kan ook geskakel word by tel. 082 854 5910.
ONDERSTEUN BERGCARE CHARITY SHOP Die Bergcare Charity
Shop op die perseel van die Haantjie Kerk (NG Kerk Louis Trichardt) is oop weeksdae van 07:00 tot 12:00. “Kom ondersteun gerus. U is ook welkom om alle onnodige huisraad of klere te skenk. “Die inkomste van Bergcare Charity Shop word gebruik vir die aankope van kos vir die Bergcare Bejaarde-projek,” sê die projekbestuurders. Vir meer inligting, skakel 015 516 3902.
LOSGOEDWINKEL In ‘n poging om
behoeftige gesinne se nood te help verlig, nooi die NG Kerk Soutpansberg alle inwoners om ‘n draai te maak by hul tweedehandse klere- en losgoedwinkel. Die winkeltjie is geleë op die kerkterrein op die hoek van Stubbs- en Andersonstraat. Inwoners kan daar gaan rondkrap vir ‘n winskopie. Die winkel is elke Woensdag vanaf 11:00 tot 14:00 oop.
COMRADES OEFENGROEP Die LUISTER AFSoutpansberg Atletiekklub nooi almal uit wat beRIKAANS OP langstel om deel te vorm van ‘n oefengroep wat MAKHADO FM wil voorberei vir die 2017 Comrades Marathon
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Willie Venter 079 344 2737 Hilbert Sevhugwane 073 864 4231 Anthonie Krügell 072 219 5577 Hennie Knoesen 082 926 9921
Gert Coetzee 083 327 5128 Michael Maynier 082 702 6701 Ettie Sadiki 082 694 8683 Marian Landsberg 072 046 6101
NEEM LEIDING TOYOTA
Inwoners van Louis Trichardt en omstreke kan elke Woensdag tussen 11:00 en 12:00 inskakel vir die Afrikaanse uur op die sender van Makhado FM 107.3. Weekliks word daar oor interessante onderwerpe, in Afrikaans, gesels. Skakel vir Pétria de Vaal-Senekal vir enige navrae, of as daar onderwerpe is waarvan luisteraars meer wil weet of as daar interessanthede oor ons omgewing en sy mense is wat u met luisteraars wil deel. Pétria kan geskakel word by tel. 082 555 1672.
om die klub te nader. Hierdie oefengroep is nie net vir atlete wat belangstel om Comrades te hardloop nie, maar almal wat nog altyd ‘n 21,1 km-, 42,2 km-, 50 km- of 56 km-wedloop wou hardloop. Belangstellendes is welkom om in te skakel by klub se aktiwiteite. Vir meer inligting, skakel Hennie Coetzee by tel. 082 929 8154.
EVE SER24 CHRISTMAS VICE
On Christmas Eve (24 December) a midnight service will be held at St Mark’s Anglican church, situated at 128 Munnik Street in Louis Trichardt. The service will commence at 23:00. “All are welcome to attend the Christmas Evening service and remember the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world and worship Him as Risen Lord and coming King,” invites the church. For more information, Reverend Robbie Novella can be contacted on 083 400 6152.
CURRENTLY UP FOR ADOPTION AT SPCA LOUIS TRICHARDT Contact Insp Lawrence Khodobo Cell 082 965 5151• Follow SPCA Louis Trichardt on Facebook
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ZOUTPANSBERGER, 23 DESEMBER 2016
Sunday, 25 December
Monday, 26 December
Tuesday, 27 December
A thunderstorm in spots, cooler.
Cloudy with a little rain.
A blend of sun and clouds.
A thundershower in spots, warmer.
High: 21oC Low: 15oC
High: 22oC Low: 14oC
High: 23oC Low: 16oC
High: 29oC Low: 18oC
Wednesday, 28 December
Insp Lawrence Khodobo 082 965 5151
• Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk (Musina) Cass Straat 16, Sondag 09:00, Tel: 015 534 2126 • Agapé Gemeente (LTT) Sondae: Afrikaanse diens 08:30 insluitend Peuter-, Kinder- en Tienerbedieninge. Sundays: English service 10:30 including Toddler-, Children- and Teen Ministries, Every ﬁrst Sunday of the month ONLY ONE service at 09:00,Past. Sampie van Niekerk, Tel: 015 516 3725 / 082 926 9538
• Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk (LTT) Tshirululunistraat 28, Sondag 09:00, Tel: 015 516 2272
BACK2SCHOOL RUN The
Road Hogs motorcycle club in Louis Trichardt will kick off their new year with their annual Back2School run at the Adam’s Apple Hotel from 09:00 on 8 January. “Show your support by joining this extremely good cause. Enjoy a trip on the bikes and feast on a pub lunch afterwards. No bike? No problem!” invite the Road Hogs. To take part in the run, all residents need to do is bring along school stationery. “Bring your friends and just enjoy the day together,” say the organisers. For more information, phone 082 976 8956.
• AGS Charisma (LTT) Munnikstraat 70, Sondag 09:00 & 18:00, Past. Leonie Meyfarth (084 219 4406), Tel 015 516 0486 (kerkkantoor)
AGS OPLEIDINGSESSIES Die AGS Kerk in Louis Trichardt
• Baptist Church / Baptiste Kerk (LTT) Ruh Street 25, English: Sunday services 11:00 & 18:00, Rev Seth Meyers, Tel: 084 699 4242. Afrikaans: volwasse Bybelklas 09:15, dienste 10:00 en 18:00, ds. Johan Marais, Tel: 015 516 2714.
sal vroeg in die nuwe jaar twee opleidingsessies rondom die Bybel en die Woord aanbied. “In ‘n wêreld waar mense oorweldig word deur soveel verskillende idees en inligting wil hulle weet wat is die waarheid. Waarin kan hulle glo? Wat is werklik, en wat is maar net stories? Dit is ons verantwoordelikheid as wedergebore Christene om deur tekens en wonders hierdie vrae te beantwoord,” het die gemeente se pastoor Leonie Meyfarth gesê. Die opleidingsessies vind plaas op Vrydag, 20 Januarie, vanaf 18:00 tot 20:00 en Saterdag, 21 Januarie, vanaf 09:00 tot 13:00. Vir meer inligting of navrae, skakel die gemeente se kerkkantoor by tel. 015 516 0486 of besoek die kantoor te Munnikstraat 70.
• AGS El-Shaddai (Musina) Watsonlaan 17, Sondag 10:00 en 18:00, Past. Boetie Visser, Tel: 015 534 3361 / 084 456 6959 • AGS Charisma (Levubu) Sondag 09:00. Past Gys en Bettie Snyman 082 441 3951. • All Nations for Jesus Christian Centre (LTT) 93 Burger Street (Maranatha Centre), Sunday 09:30 & Wednesday 18:00, Past Benjamin Sithole, Tel 083 532 9492/ 015 516 2275 • Anglican Church / St Marks (LTT) 128 Munnik Street, Sunday 10:30, Rev Robbie Novella, Tel: 015 516 5165 • Baptist Church (Musina) Corner of Whyte & Limpopo Street, Sunday 09:30, Rev Paul Richardson, Tel: 015 534 0479 or 082 446 1728
Een van die Kersfees-tradisies by Ons Tuiste Ouetehuis in Louis Trichardt, is oom Willie Agenbacht se jaarlikse Kersbesoek. Hy het Maandag vir die 22ste agtereenvolgende jaar die inwoners by die tehuis op sy klawerbord kom begelei vir die sing van Kersliedere. As deel van sy besoek, lees hy ook vir hulle ‘n stukkie uit die Bybel en bid dan vir hulle die Here se seën toe vir die nuwe jaar. Afgeneem is oom Willie by sy klawerbord saam met inwoners van Ons Tuiste. Agter hom staan Kittie de Bruin, bestuurder van Ons Tuiste.
• Evangeliese Gereformeerde Kerk (LTT) LTT Lodge-saal (Hlangananistraat), Sondagskool 08:30, Sondagdiens 09:15, kontak Riaan Britz, Tel: 082 969 3089 • Gereformeerde Kerk (LTT) H/v Anderson & Songozwistraat, Sondag 09:00 en 10:45, leraar ds. Innes Nagel, Tel. 082 701 5602 • Gereformeerde Kerk (Musina) Wilsonlaan 1, Sondag 09:30, Ds. Cornel Nagel, Tel 015 534 2253/ 084 406 1723 • Hervormde Kerk Louis Trichardt H/v Stubbs & Forestry, Sondag 08:30, Ds. Phillip Horn, Tel: 015 516 0550 / 084 209 5189
die NG Kerk Soutpansberg nooi inwoners na hulle volgende lekker kuier, hul gewilde Steak-aand op 3 Februarie. Almal is welkom om te kom saam braai. Kaartjies kos R80 (300 g Steak en stukkie wors) per volwassene en R50 (200 g steak en stukkie wors) vir kinders jonger as 13. Pap, sous en slaai sal voorsien word. Vir meer inligting, skakel Andries by tel. 082 603 2419.
• Hervormde Kerk Zoutpansberg (LTT) H/v Stubb & Forestry, Elke tweede Sondag om 16:00, Dr. B.J. van Wyk, Tel: 082 828 5711 • Hervormde Kerk Zoutpansberg: Geloofsbond van Hervormde Gemeentes (LTT) H/v Stubb & Forestry, Sondag 10:15, Ds. Ronel Eckard, Tel 072 122 7956 • Hervormde Kerk (Musina) H/v Van Zyl & Celliersstraat, Sondag om 09:00, ds. Eddie Eckard, Tel: 015 534 2519 of 082 958 9095, Kerkkantoor 015 534 2756. • Lede in Christus Kerk (LTT) Joubertstraat 29, Sondag oggenddien 09:30, evangeliedien om 18:00. Past. Christo van Rooijen, Tel: 015 516 0521 / 082 465 8774 • Levubu Christelike Gemeente (Hatﬁeld) Sondag 09:00 & 18:00, Past. Craig Whitcomb, Tel 015 583 0134 of 084 400 8937
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BERRY FESTIVAL The an-
nual Berry Festival in Magoebaskloof will take place on 11 and 12 February 2017, and promises to be a fun activity for young and old. In keeping with the idea of promoting a culture of healthy living, visitors will be able to pick their own berries while local produce and products will be available at the Village Market in Haenertsburg. For more information, visit www.berryfestival. co.za or phone 083 880 8787 or 082 575 5738.
• Chapel of Grace Church Sunday 09:00 - 11:00 at Maurunwa/SIloam/Nzhelele Past Oke Tel 083 461 6455 or 072 976 3448.
• Emmanuel Christelike Kerk (LTT) Koraalboomstraat 3, Sondae 09:00 & 18:00, Jeug Vrydae 19:00, Past. Andries van Heerden, Tel: 015 516 4282 / 083 357 1658
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• Catholic Church (LTT) Corner Burger & Jeppe Street, Mass times: 1st Sunday 10:00 - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday 17:00, Father Frank Gallagher, Tel: 015 516 0566 / 082 664 1393 (Catholic Church Musina, Tel: 015 534 2085)
• St Peters Church (LTT) 33 Breda Street, Sunday 09:00, Tel: 083 377 0984 (Iain Purdon), 084 404 0050 (Soekie Bierman)
• Baird Ministries (LTT) Cnr of Rissik & Reitz Street. Fellowship on Sundays at 09:00 Bertus (founder) Tel 071 078 1631 and Pastor Jan Wilkins Tel 071 161 9254.
• Lewende Hoop Bedieninge (Louis Trichardt) Plaasgemeente, Sondagdiens 09:30, skakel Susan (076 812 4013) vir meer inligting. • Methodist Church (LTT) 79 Munnik Street, Sunday 09:00, Tel. 015 516 0446 • NG Kerk (Levubu) Perseel 316, Sondag 08:30 en 10:15 (LTT - Rondebosch Lapa), Ds. Petrus Kriel Tel: 015 583 002 / 082 898 2081 • NG Kerk (LTT) Erasmusstraat 23, Sondae: 09:00 oggenddiens & kinder- en kleuterkerk; 10:15 kategese; 08:30 Braambos; 10:30 Soekmekaar; 11:00 Waterpoort en Bandelierkop(1x pm); en 14:00 Kutama Sinthumule Gevangenis; ds. Jan Pretorius (079 881 9673), ds. Corné Burger (073 759 0451), Kerkkantoor 015 516 3902. • NG Kerk Soutpansberg (LTT) H/v Stubbs & Andersonstraat, Sondag 09:00, ds. Etienne van Staden (083 274 3227), Kerkkantoor 015 516 4366
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• NG Kerk (Musina) Ds. Henricostraat, Sondag 09:00, ds Anton Kemp, Tel: 015 534 0759, 082 779 2609 / 082 779 2324 • New Covenant Kerk/Church (LTT) 115 Krogh Street, Sondag 09:00 en 18:30, Louis Trichardt, André van Niekerk, Tel 015 516 5305 or 082 926 7313 • Ou Apostoliese Kerk van SA (LTT) Kroghstraat, Sondagdienste om 08:45 en 18:00, Priester JJ Janse van Rensburg, Tel. 072 544 7505. • Shammah Bedieninge/Ministries (LTT) Sondag hoofdiens & Kinderkerk 09:00, Huisselle 18:00, Donderdag: opleiding en geestelik toerusting, Vrydag 18:30 jeugbyeenkoms, Past Strydom 082 785 0265, kerkkantoor 015 516 4018, Rissikstraat 50 • Sewendedag-adventiste (LTT) Groblerstraat, Saterdag 09:00 en 11:00, leraar Johan Steyn, Tel 082 372 7362 • Sewendedag-adventiste (Musina) H/v Turner & Whytestraat, Saterdag 11:00, Marguerite Sindon & Marietjie Diener, Tel: 015 534 3240 / 082 358 2526 • Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk (Buysdorp) Sondag 10:00 (erediens), Ds. H. J. Steyn (082 336 9751) • Volle Evangelie Kerk (LTT) H/v Rissik & Burgersraat, Sondae 09:00 & 17:00, Past. Philip de Jager, Tel: 015 516 0758 / 071 674 7205 • Volle Evangelie Kerk Ebenhaeser (Musina) H/v Turner & Watsonstraat, Sondag 09:00 & 18:00, Past. Jimmy Venter, Tel: 082 920 4493 • Veritas Gemeenskapskerk (LTT) Groblerstraat 80, Sondae 09:00, dr. Philip Venter, Tel. 083 444 7672
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Masindi suffers a blow in High Court By Anton van Zyl
The legal team of Masindi Clementine Mphephu intend to appeal against the decision of Judge Makgoba to dismiss the case in which they challenge the appointment of her uncle, King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, as king of the Vhavenda. The case eventually made it to the Limpopo High Court in Thohoyandou last week. The presiding Limpopo Judge President Ephraim Makgoba was critical of them approaching the court, questioning whether they have exhausted all other avenues to resolve the dispute. He dismissed the case, but gave no reasons. He promised to supply reasons for his ruling, but these would probably only be available in the new year. Masindi’s legal representative, advocate Alan Dodson, tried his best to convince the judge that the case should be heard. The case focusses a lot on the practice of male primogeniture, which Dodson argued should be declared unconstitutional, because it unfairly discriminates against the rights of women. Masindi is the only child of the late King Dimbanyika Tshimangadzo Mphephu, who died in a car crash in 1997. Her uncle, Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, is the half-brother of her late father. Both are sons of the late Chief Patrick Mphephu. In 2010, the Mphephu Ramabulana Royal Council held a meeting to decide who the new incumbent will be. This meeting followed the announcement of the Nhlapo Commission that the kingship of the Vhavenda resides in the house of the Mphephu Ramabulana family. The Royal Family had to decide, based on certain criteria, who the incumbent should be. The recommendation to the President was that it must be Toni Ramabulana. In 2012, this decision by the Royal Council was confirmed by President Jacob Zuma when he announced that Toni Mphephu Ramabulana will be the new king of the Vhavenda. During last week’s court hearing, advocate Dodson tried to convince the court that Masindi was unfairly discriminated against when this decision
was made. Apart from the fact that she was discriminated against as a woman, he argued that the procedures followed were flawed. Dodson referred to minutes of the royal council meeting where a member, David Mphephu, stated that a woman cannot be considered for the position of king. Masindi’s legal team also questioned the validity of the committee that made the decision, arguing that various parties were excluded from the process. In their original application that served before the court, the applicants asked that the court rule on 17 questions, which include matters of jurisdiction, the periods of prescription and the applicable review processes to be followed. The court was also asked to determine whether the President’s decision to acknowledge Toni Mphephu as king of the Vhavenda should first be challenged and whether the legislation was in place to make it a lawful decision. Judge Makgoba was not convinced that the issue of male primogeniture was central to the case. He pointed out that in Venda custom there seems to be no problem with women assuming senior roles. He also wanted to know why other avenues, such as the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims were not followed. Advocate Dodson argued that, for various reasons, the applicable legislation and processes made this impossible. He also argued that President Zuma, as head of State, created an expectation with his announcements that a fair and transparent process would be followed when he announced that the new commission will investigate and advise as to who the incumbent would be. The Nhlapo Commission made no recommendation as to who the new incumbent should be, only saying that it should be from the Ramabulana clan. The Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims took over from the Nhlapo Commission, but passed the decision-making function to government. When Judge Makgoba dismissed the case last Wednesday he ruled that each party should pay their own cost. On Thursday Masindi’s lawyer, Johann Ham-
mann, said that they will seek permission to appeal the ruling. Papers were filed to that effect in the Thohoyandou division of the Limpopo Court on Thursday. Hammann said that their appeal will focus on the procedures that were not followed when a new incumbent was announced. He said legislation must be effected in a transparent manner and processes should not be closed to certain parties. “We were only officially informed in 2013 of the decision that the royal council took in 2010,” he said. The spokesperson for the Royal Family, Mr Jackson Masungwairi, did not want to comment on the outcome of the case this week. He said that it would be more proper to do this after they had received the reasons for the judge’s decision. He did, however, welcome the ruling of the court. On a question of whether the Royal Family will now go ahead with the crowning ceremony, he said that it is not on the immediate agenda.
Masindi Clementine Mphephu.
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE MESSAGE TO ALL THE RESIDENTS OF MAKHADO MUNICIPALITY DURING THE 2016 FESTIVE HOLIDAYS BY THE MAYOR OF MAKHADO MUNICIPALITY - CLLR S.M SINYOSI On behalf of the Council of Makhado Municipality, I wish to extend sincere wishes to all the residents of Makhado Municipality and beyond. The festive season is almost upon us again, and it is a time to be merry in the company of loved ones and friends. 2016 was a special year, marking the 3rd chapter of free and fair local government elections in South Africa. The trust bestowed on us by the electorate of Makhado during the past elections, clearly reminds us the leadership collective, of the urgency to act with speed and diligence in providing quality and basic services to all our people. Over the past hundred days (100), the Council has compiled a Strategic Plan for the next Five Years of Service Delivery. We have handed over three (3) completed roads, seven (7) electrification projects , held 3 public participation meetings (Imbizos) and placed 110 interns on workplace and integrated learning programs funded by LGSETA and the Department of Higher Education. We can do better if we work in partnership to advance human and social progress of our people. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff, labour unions, traditional
leaders, civil society organisations, private sector, and members of the community. Our goal is to achieve a Clean Audit by the year 2018. We congratulate, the newly elected members of the Ward Committees, who are charged with the mammoth task of strengthening people centred and participatory governance in our Municipality. As we prepare to unwind, relax and celebrate, it is important to pause for a moment and remind ourselves of the value of life and families that depend on it. Let us not drink and drive. I f you are tired please stop and rest. We appeal to truck drivers, taxi and bus drivers en route to the Beit Bridge border and other destinations to follow all traffic rules and to avoid speeding and overtaking in barrier lines. Let us be safe on the roads, enjoy responsibly, and welcome 2017 with shared enthusiasm.
Arrive Alive and God Bless. Happy holidays, wishing each one of you every happiness this holiday season and throughout 2017.
Her worship Mayor Cllr SM Sinyosi
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Die agtste vrug van die Gees is nederigheid. Galasiërs 5:23.
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Please consider some of the following safety The following Christmas message was sent in by the chairperson of the Makhado SAPS Sector Crime tips: * Don’t leave your house unattended; Forum, Mr Dirk Meissenheimer:
at is die nederigheid wat van ons verwag word?
Die nederigheid wat van ons verwag word is ‘n gesindheid wat ons in staat stel om onderdanig te wees aan God se wil, ongeag hoe moeilik omstandighede mag wees, en om ander mense met sagmoedigheid te behandel. 1. Die aard van nederigheid. Nederigheid vloei uit liefde (1 Kor. 13:4). Nederigheid is nie net ‘n vrug van die Gees nie, maar ‘n vrug van wysheid wat van bo kom en wat God gee (Jak. 3:13). Nederigheid is ‘n eienskap wat God van Sy kinders verwag en is deel van die lewe waartoe ons in Christus geroep is (Efesiërs 4:2; Kol. 3:12). 2. Die Here Jesus was nederig. Die profete het gepraat van die Messias se nederigheid (Sagaria 9:9). ‘n Kenmerk van Jesus was nederigheid (2 Kor. 10:1), en is soos die Here Homself beskryf het (Matt. 11:29). Onderdanigheid aan God die Vader se wil was ‘n belangrike eienskap van Christus se nederigheid (Heb. 10:7). 3. Die praktiese uitlewing van nederigheid. Dit moet ‘n voortdurende eienskap in die lewe van ‘n kind van God wees (Kol. 3:12). Nederigheid behandel ander met respek, nie vir wat hulle is of hulle houding mag wees nie (Titus 3:2;1 Pet. 3:15). 4. Die belangrikheid van nederigheid. Nederigheid is ‘n eienskap van die Here Jesus wat ons by Hom moet aanleer (Matt. 11:29). Die Here lei die wat nederig is (Ps. 25:9). Dit is ‘n gesindheid wat deel van ‘n kind van God se lewe moet wees (Fil. 2:5-8). Geseënde Kersfees. Mag dit ‘n ware Christusfees vir elkeen wees. - 079 516 8303
t is Christmas time again where friends and families come together. Some people stay at home and some people go on holiday for a welcome rest after a busy and hardworking year. I hereby wish to thank all the Sector Crime Forum members, Brig Eddie van der Walt and all members of the Cluster, Col Mabatha, officers and all the members of Makhado SAPS, detectives, and including their families, residents of Louis Trichardt, the emergency unit members, Chamber of Commerce, Ratepayers Association, the Farm Watch members, the Town Watch members and all the other departments and their families for the very successful year we had. A big thank you for everybody’s loyalty, attendance, assistance, patience and team spirit during this year. For those who will be travelling, have a good rest, drive safely and be ready for the New Year 2017. For the ones staying behind, we must protect ourselves and our properties while we remain peaceful and calm during the festive season.
* Please don’t drink and drive; * Be alert when you go home. If you notice any suspicious person or vehicle, call the SAPS; * Don’t give personal information to unknown callers; * Lock your car doors while you are driving with your windows rolled up; * Make sure your car is locked when you park your car; * Never leave packages or valuables like laptops or money in plain sight. Lock them in the trunk; * Make sure nobody follows you to your car; and * At night, walk only in well lighted areas and try to avoid walking or jogging alone. Christmas is a time of joy and happiness, a time to give and to be sympathetic towards each other and to remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope and pray that 2017 improves and crime is reduced to a minimum. Have a Blessed Christmas and prosperous Mr Dirk Meissenheimer, chairman of the Sector New Year. Crime Forum.
“Mag elke boer sy droom uitleef”
nr. Fanie Havinga, voorsitter van die Soutpansberg Distrikslandbou-unie, het die wens uitgespreek dat elke boer ten volle sy droom kan uitleef om sy grond met liefde te kan bewerk en veilig sal wees. Volgens Havinga was daar duisende frustrasies die afgelope jaar vir die landbouer. “Tog het ons onwrikbare geloof in ons eie vermoë om iets te maak werk, geseëvier. In geheel, ten spyte van verskeie knelpunte, het ons die vreugdevolle wete dat ons Skepper vir ons goed was in hierdie jaar,” het Havinga gesê. Havinga het almal ‘n onbevreesde feestyd saam met hul geliefdes toegewens en die hoop uitgespreek dat almal veilig sal wees en die teenwoordigheid van God Drie-enig sal ervaar. “Mag die Kerstyd u versterk. Mag u vrede en rus ervaar en mag u veilig wees. Dit is die wens van Mnr. Fanie Havinga, voorsitter van die Sout Soutpansberg Distrikslandbou-unie aan elke lid pansberg Distrikslandbou-unie. van ons gemeenskap,” het Havinga gesê.
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Looking back at a hectic news year
(Contd from P14) Another article which attracted a lot of attention, with 14 335 views in fifth place, was that of former Makhado SAPS station commander Brig Francois Ramovha bidding Louis Trichardt and the Soutpansberg farewell. In the edition of 15 January, Brig Ramovha said goodbye to the region. Apart from being promoted to the rank of brigadier as from 1 January this year, he was also transferred to Bellville, Cape Town, in the Western Cape where he took up office as the provincial commander of the anti-corruption investigation unit (PDCI).
The tenth most read article, with 7 461 views, was again one of brutal violence. It was a follow-up article on the arrest of three suspects for the brutal murder of well-known Levubu farmer Mr Hennie Bonnema (62) on 18 October. Mr Tony Strydom’s body was discovered the evening of 2 July not far from his home on a smallholding just outside Louis Trichardt. Although hidden away on page 10 of the Zoutpansberger of 15 January, the article about two bakkies found burnt out after being hijacked was the eighth most read article for the year with 9 487 views. Both bakkies were discovered not far from each other in a piece of veld near Madombidzha. The one bakkie belonged to Mr Thomas Madavhu. His vehicle was hijacked on Christmas eve the previous month. His brother, Mr John Madavhu, a Louis Trichardt hawker, stopped to give a lift to two hitchhikers. One man jumped in the front of the bakkie with him, while the other man jumped on the back. Moments later another four men appeared from the bushes. John drove off with the men, but upon reaching Belkhado farm, the man seated in front with him produced a pistol, hit him through Although hidden away on page 10 of the Zoutpansberger of 15 January, the article about two bakkies the face and ordered him to stop. As the men at the found burnt-out after being hijacked was the eighth most read article for the year with 9 487 views. back jumped off, John managed to get out of the bakkie and fled into the bushes. The hijackers then drove off with the bakkie. To this day, the reason as to why the bakkies were stolen, burnt and dumped in the veld, is unclear. Another short article that attracted a lot of attention from readers was that of the horror crash along the Madombidzha road on Tuesday evevening, 25 October. Four people burnt to death following the accident. A total of 8 386 people viewed the article. The tenth most read article, with 7 461 views, was again one of brutal violence. It was a follow-up article on the arrest of three suspects for the brutal murder of well-known Levubu farmer Mr Hennie Bonnema (62) on 18 October.
Brig Francois Ramovha Position six again goes to another bad news story with 12 343 views. The country’s farming community was again shocked by the news of yet another brutal farm attack early that Monday morning, 25 April. The attack occurred just after 06:00 on a farm outside of Musina. Unconfirmed reports indicated that six armed men had attacked the 69-year-old Mr Johan Kok, a former town clerk of Musina. Kok’s friend, Ms Ina Genis, who was staying with him on the farm along with her son Danie, apparently managed to hide from the attackers. The attackers demanded money and weapons. Kok was forced to hand over his safe’s keys from which two weapons were removed. The attackers were not happy with this and demanded more weapons. Out of anger, they shot at Kok. Kok, however, returned fire. In the ensuing firefight, one attacker was shot and killed while a second was wounded in the leg. Kok himself suffered a wound to the head and arm. Shortly after the attack, police managed to arrest the wounded attacker with the help of a private helicopter. Miraculously, Kok survived. The seventh most read article in 2016, with 11 407 views, was that of the mysterious death of Mr Tony Strydom (45). Strydom’s body was discovered the evening of 2 July not far from his home on a smallholding just outside Louis Trichardt. Initial reports indicated that he was found on the shooting range on the smallholdings with a bullet wound to the back, after he went shooting alone earlier that day. His weapon was, however, never recovered, nor has anyone been arrested for his death.
The article appeared in the Zoutpansberger of 4 November and gave feedback on the court appearance of the three suspects on Monday, 31 October. The three, who were arrested by Levubu police on Friday, 28 October, were all denied bail.
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2016 delivers its fair share of really bad news By Andries van Zyl
Looking back on a hectic news year, the Zoutpansberger decided to take a closer look at the top ten most read website articles for 2016. Sadly, the old newspaper saying that “bad news sells” again proofed true, but it was luckily not all bad. Coming in at first place for the most read article, with 38 641 views, was the article about the Louis Trichardt family who were overpowered and tortured for hours on end in March this year. The family’s nightmarish ordeal started at around 03:00 on Sunday, 6 March. A gang of six ruthless thugs broke into the family’s home and overpowered the Readers really seemed interested in economic development news. The article about the R320 77-year-old grandmother, her two grandsons (aged million mall development in Musina was the second most read article for 2016. 30 and 23) and her eldest grandson’s 24-year-old wife. For approximately two hours the family members were severely beaten with bricks and a sjambok, burnt with an iron, as well as with boiling water. The young woman was also repeatedly raped by gang members. The thugs eventually fled, making off with, among others, the family’s monthly groceries, cellphones and a DVD-player. On a more positive note, coming in at second place with 19 728 view, was the article about the major mall development planned for the border town of Musina. The R320 million development will see the expansion of the current Great North Plaza from 14 000m² to 34 000m² on a prime piece of CBD land acquired by the developers, directly adjacent to the current premises. Upon completion, the centre will be re-branded as the Musina Mall. The Great North Plaza was initially built and owned by the Solly Noor Property Group, but was sold to the Investec Property Fund for R145 million in 2011. Investec has now gone in partnership with the Moolman Group, who will develop the centre Yet another “good news” development article made it into third place. The article about the as co-owners. The sod-turning ceremony for the R4.8 million development of the Tshakhuma Fruit Market appeared in the Zoutpansberger of 12 proposed new expansion of the Great North Plaza took place in January and it is envisaged that the deAugust and drew 17 702 views.
velopment will be fully operational by April 2017. Yet another “good news” development article made it into third place. The article about the R4.8 million development of the Tshakhuma Fruit Market appeared in the Zoutpansberger of 12 August and drew 17 702 views. The project was announced by the Department of Small Business Development’s Minister Lindiwe Zulu. She told the almost 400 vendors at the market that the government had long realised that small businesses formed part of the economic backbone of the country. The market infrastructure has been funded by the Department of Small Business Development through the Shared Economic Infrastructure Facility. In fourth place, with 15 151 views, was the inspirational story of Stefan van den Heever (24) and his girlfriend Chané Crous (18). Stefan and Chané are both rehabilitated drug addicts and took the courageous step to tell of their struggle with drug addiction in the Zoutpansberger of 12 August. Their story also shed some light on the local drug trade.
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Stefan van den Heever and his girlfriend Chané Crous, both rehabilitated drug addicts, took the courageous step to tell of their struggle with drug addiction. (Contd on P13)
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