Thursday, July 26, 2012

Amaro Viana : A 12-year-old boy was drowned in a bath of boiling water by robbers who raped his mother before killing both his parents in a violent house robbery.

Violent death: Amaro Viana was brutally killed in a bath of boiling hot water because he have identified his parents' murderers

Violent death: Amaro Viana was brutally killed in a bath of boiling hot water because he have identified his parents' murderers

Three men broke into the family's home in Walkerville, Johannesburg, where they assaulted and shot dead Tony Viana, 53, and brutally raped and killed his wife, Geraldine.
They then tied up and gagged the sobbing boy, Amaro, and pushed him into a bath of boiling hot water to drown him, 'because he would be able to identify them'.
The family’s gardener, Patrick Petrus Radebe, 24, their domestic servant’s son, Sipho Mbele, 21, pleaded guilty to three charges of murder and one charge of rape each, reported Sowetan Live.
David Motaung, 20, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to robbery charges.
They then left the South African court and walked back their cells laughing, according to Beeld newspaper.

The family dog was killed by having his stomach cut open.
The men’s lawyer told Vereeniging Regional Court that they had broken into the house to steal and to get revenge for the way they had been treated by 42-year-old Mrs Viana, their employer.
The court heard that Mr Viana arrived home at the house to be attacked with a golf club and a machete-like 'panga' and ordered to open the family's safe.

He was tied up and his wife and son, who arrived shortly after, were tied up in separate rooms.
Mbele then raped Mrs Viana while Radebe helped restrain her by standing on her face before raping her too. They then shot her with her husband’s gun before shooting him in the head too, reported
The accused admitted they then realised Amaro would recognise him.

Torn apart: Amaro with his mother Geraldine and father Tony, who were shot to death by the robbers, along with Gabriela Correia, Mr Viana's daughter by his first marriage

Torn apart: Amaro with his mother Geraldine and father Tony, who were shot to death by the robbers, along with Gabriela Correia, Mr Viana's daughter by his first marriage

Sick attack: Amaro, pictured with half-sister Gabriela, was tied up and gagged before being scalded to death

Sick attack: Amaro, pictured with half-sister Gabriela, was tied up and gagged before being scalded to death

Their statement said: 'We went to the bathroom and turned on the tap. We went to [Amaro] him and gagged him because he was crying. We forced him into the bath face down, knowing that he would drown.'
According to Beeld, Mbele and Radebe admitted guilt on charges of burglary with the intent to steal, robbery with aggravating circumstances, the possession of an unlicensed firearm, the illegal possession of ammunition and intentional damage to goods.
From forensic evidence tendered in court, it was clear that the boy was held down in boiling water. The exact cause of his death has however not yet been determined by state pathologists. The boy’s hands and feet were tied.
The men will be sentenced on September 6.
Poignant pictures published on Facebook show the family, who are of Portuguese descent, relaxing together on holiday in the luxury South African resort of Sun City.

Appalling crime: The three men laughed as they walked back to their cells after pleading guilty at Vereeniging Regional Court, pictured

Appalling crime: The three men laughed as they walked back to their cells after pleading guilty at Vereeniging Regional Court, pictured

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Steve Tew : New Zealand Rugby Chief To Help In South Africa Rape Probe.

New Zealand rugby chiefs pledged Tuesday to fully cooperate with a South African police investigation into a rape accusation levelled at a member of its under-20s team.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew, pictured in 2011, has pledged Tuesday to fully cooperate with a South African police investigation into a rape accusation levelled at a member of its under-20s team.
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said two players, the one at the centre of the allegation and a team-mate who was rooming with him, had provided DNA to police investigating the alleged incident.

Police were called in Saturday after a 22-year-old Cape Town woman said she was raped on Friday night, following the team's loss to South Africa in the final of the Junior World Championship.

Tew said the rape allegation was "as serious as it comes". He said the team and management waited for clearance from police before leaving South Africa and would continue to cooperate with the investigation.

"There's no doubt we will cooperate fully with any work that is done," he told reporters.
Tew confirmed the player, whom he described as "very upset" about the allegation, had been drinking on the night in question. He said the player's room mate was not present when the alleged incident occurred.

"It's disappointing, but let's be clear, we're still dealing with an allegation. No charges have been laid, no one has been detained, no one's even been to a police station," he said.
Tew said it was clear that a player broke team protocols by taking a woman to his hotel room but what subsequently happened was for the police investigation to more

South Africa: Man invaded a woman's home and killed her because she was lesbian

A young Nyanga woman has been shot dead in her home in front of her mother and niece – because she was a lesbian, a gender group believes.

Phumeza Nkolonzi was shot three times by a gunman who kicked down the door to her Mau Mau, Nyanga, home and, without saying a word, fired at her on Saturday evening. She was 22 and open about being lesbian. The gunman is not known to the family.

The motive remains unclear, but lesbian and gang lobby group Free Gender believes Nkolonzi was shot because she was a lesbian.

Solly Nkolonzi said the family were trying to figure out why his sister was killed.

“We hope someone will come forward with information,” he said.

“We don’t know why Phumeza was killed. She was not a naughty child. She was a lesbian, but she never did any wrong things.”

Solly said his sister had returned home shortly after 8pm on Saturday. Her mother and six-year-old niece were watching television.

Soon afterwards, the gunman kicked down the door and opened fire at Phumeza. Solly said the man had not said anything.

“My mother told us when the man shot her, Phumeza asked him what she had done, but he shot her again and then a third time. For someone to shoot someone in front of their own mother and six-year-old niece is ruthless. They are both shaken by the incident,” said Solly.
He said the gunman took his sister’s cellphone and left.

Free Gender chairwoman Funeka Soldaat said members of the group had known Phumeza casually after meeting her at the funeral of Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka, the lesbian whose body was found hidden in a wheelie bin at her neighbour’s home in Mau Mau last year.

Soldaat believes that Phumeza’s murder was a hate crime.

“We are concerned that it is becoming a norm for lesbians to be attacked in that area,” she said.

“It is the same neighbourhood where Nontsikelelo was murdered because she was a lesbian.

“It seems like some people in that community don’t want to tolerate lesbians.

“It is scary to see young people being killed brutally because others are simply not comfortable with their sexual orientation.”

Cape Times


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

#Africa #Rape:Is Rape A National Sport In South Africa ?

Naomi Wilcox

WVoN co-editor

With recent high profile cases involving gang-rape and serial rapists hitting the headlines, South African newspaper The Southern Times has asked whether rape has become a ‘national sport’ in South Africa?

Last month there was the horrific story of a 17-year-old girl with the mental age of five, who was gang-raped by seven men.
The crime was recorded on one of the men’s mobile phones and quickly spread throughout the community.  It provoked widespread outrage, even in a country where rape and sexual violence has become commonplace.

This story followed just days after the news that in just one day last month, the Johannesburg High Court heard 62 rape cases – shockingly committed by just nine men, including one father and son team.

South Africa holds the dubious distinction of having some of the worst rape statistics in the world. Indeed, some sources claim that women there are more likely to be raped than to learn how to read.

The most recent figures show more than 66,000 sexual offences are reported to the police annually. But as Tiny Moloko, a social worker at People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) says, “Those numbers aren’t even a true reflection, as many rape victims don’t even come forward to tell their story.”

The Medical Research Council (MRA) estimate it could be as many as four times this number.

A survey carried out in 2010 revealed truly disturbing attitudes towards rape, with 37.4% of men freely admitting to have committed at least one rape. Nearly 7% said they had participated in a gang rape.

Appallingly, the survey also found that 32% of men and women agreed that “in any rape case, one would have to question whether the victim is promiscuous,” while 20.1% of men and 15.6% of women said that “in some rape cases, women want it to happen.”

Other news reports reflect the increasing occurrence of ‘corrective rape’ (in which lesbians are raped by men who believe it will change their sexual orientation), and very high incidences of child and baby rape, often fueled by the myth that sex with a virgin will cure a man of HIV or AIDS.
Clearly South Africa has a massive problem, and it is no wonder that in a letter to The Star, a South African newspaper, rape was described as ‘a national sport.

The causes of the problem are multi-faceted, from changes in the policing of crimes against women and girls, to deeply seated attitudes towards women and a culture of violence in which such crimes are tolerated.

Executive Director of the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre Lisa Vetten, says that the position of women has not improved despite South Africa’s post-apartheid laws.

“When  you have a society that’s been as unequal as ours along gender lines as well as race and class,” she said, “it takes a long time to change that.”

The National Congress Women’s League  (NCWL) called for South Africans to work together to address this endemic problem.
“South Africans need to come together as we did during the struggle for freedom and restore the morality in our society,”  Troy Martens, spokeswoman for the NCWL said in a press release.
“We need to find the cause of this scourge in our society and talk openly about the problem that clearly exists so we can root it out. Communities need to work with Government and police to identify out all criminal elements in our society.”'s+Views+on+News)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

#Algeria: Three Child Suicides In Less Than 24 Hours!

Three children between the ages of 11 and 12, two of them from the same school, committed suicide by hanging themselves in less than 24 hours in Algeria’s northeastern province of Tizi Ouzou, local and regional media reported on Thursday.

Algeria's El-Khabar newspaper on Thursday quoted local medical sources as saying that poor school results and lack of proper communication with the children might have led to their suicide.

However, the explanation has failed to dispel the state of fear which has spread among local residents demanding a thorough investigation into the suicides shrouded in mystery.

Eleven-year old Mohand Agli, known for Sadiq, was found dead on Monday inside his room in the village of Abhlal, part of Tizi Ouzou province.

“The child’s sister called her brother several times to have coffee with her before she went, knocked ate the door and force opened the door to find him hanging from a sport belt,” the UAE-based al-Bayan newspaper quoted one of his relatives as saying.

The child’s relative described his family’s state as “hysterical.”

He said the funeral was held in a state of fear and terror among residents who now fear that their children could commit suicides at any time.
Hours before Sadiq’s death, a 12-year old child whose name was mentioned only as Zidan, was found dead, having hanged himself in an abandoned house in the village of Ikhribn.

Zidan and Sadiq were attending the same school, despite living in different places.

Only one night before the two children were found dead, another child from a nearby village committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at about 9 p.m. Algerian newspapers did not mention his name but said he was 11 years old and a student of the fifth grade.

#SierraLeone: Child Soldiers - At just nine-years-old, Leone was abducted by rebels

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At just nine-years-old, this young man was abducted by rebels in Sierra Leone. He fought with them for six months and was forced to commit unimaginable atrocities. Listen to his story and how children's charity SOS Children helped him turn his life around by providing him with an education and helping him become independent. Today, he is a peace activist and campaigns against the use of child soldiers.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#Kenya #Obama Birth Certificate Surfaces In Africa

By Africa

Now it is here and places the president in the African continent.

The debate surrounding it will now end after the revelation, and those who have not been telling the truth will have to be made answerable one way or another.

The revelation, however, coming during this election year 2012 is doing no good to the democratic party.

 API on Tuesday the 6th March evening received President Obama’s genuine birth certificate. API decided not to hurry in publishing it immediately because we wanted to be sure of the content value.

Now that the scrutiny has been done, the publishing of the Birth certificate that will clear the air once and for all is being done without prejudice. This may force the US president to apologise to the American people for having been kept in the dark on the issue for a long time now on demanding the publishing of the birth certificate by President Obama. Coast province? Check it out Coast province? Check it out
 API will scan in here a letter from Coast Provincial Birth Registration Office in the next few hours or days, depending on how quick API is cleared to do so.

The purpose of scanning the official letter is to ensure that what we have received as you see here is fully collaborated officially. : Obama registration sir edward of lavender was the colonial registrar in Mombasa in 1961? Check it out and satisfy yourself by weighing the facts individually. : Obama registration sir edward of lavender was the colonial registrar in Mombasa in 1961? Check it out and satisfy yourself by weighing the facts individually.

Everyone knows that the documents are very sensitive and are not for misuse by any person to gain upper hand in political games.

It is, however, fair that the whole truth is brought to light and have the whole saga put to rest once and for all.

Many people seem to be of the opinion that there is a plan to hide from them the real thing.

The US President says he is born in Hawaii.

Many documents being circulated worldwide says otherwise.

Therefore, it is very important to be outright and get the real thing on the table without witch hunt or without trying to malign the president’s name, unless the truth is not what he personally has said.
A duly signed official letter and a very special document will be scanned here for all to see – this comes in a few hours or days, depending on how quick API gets the clearance to do so. The two documents will put the issue to rest and clear the air once and for all who wish to know the true facts of this case file that has bothered a section of the American people!



#Somalia: Visa and Passport Requirements:

#Kenya #Somalia :Video - Judith Tebbutt Speaks About Her Release...

#Kenya #Somali Judith Tebbutt : Somali pirates free British hostage Judith Tebbutt

A British woman kidnapped from a resort island on the Kenyan coast has been released, a Somali pirate and a militia official said today.
Judith Tebbutt was kidnapped by Somali gunmen from a beach resort north of the coastal city of Lamu last September.

The gunmen killed her husband, David Tebbutt, during the attack.

Somali pirate Bile Hussein and Mohammed Hussein, an official with the militia Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama, said Mrs Tebbutt was released by pirate captors today and is expected to be flown to Nairobi.

The pirates attacked the Tebbutts during a string of assaults and kidnappings in coastal Kenya.

Kenyan troops moved into Somalia soon after the spate of attacks.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

#Johannesburg : Man in court for raping 33 girls

A 40-year-old man accused of raping 33 girls appeared in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning.

The case was stood down for later on Tuesday to give the man's wife time to arrange his legal representation.

The man cannot be identified until he has pleaded.

The lawyer expected to represent him told the court the accused had approached him but he did not want to represent him.

The man is accused of raping 33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14. He also faces 33 counts of attempted murder. He was arrested in Eden Park at the end of January after one of the girls followed him to his home and alerted the police.

The girls, from Gauteng's East Rand areas of Katlehong, Thokoza, and Vosloorus, were apparently lured into the veld and raped between 2007 and 2011.

During an earlier court appearance he said he was convicted for rape in 1997 and released from prison in 2005.

He attempted to speak to the court about the merits of the present charges against him but was told he would have to speak to an attorney.

Because of the seriousness of the matter the case will be moved to a high court at a later stage.

Eastern Cape:PE couple in court accused of child rape

A couple accused of raping a 14-year-old girl have appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday (08/03/2012).

The pair appeared in court on Wednesday. Their bail application would begin on March 13, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg said.

They were arrested on Monday.The girl and her nine-year-old brother were placed in the woman’s custody six years ago.

"The school noticed that the girl was showing signs of abuse and contacted the family violence, child protection, and sexual offences unit,” Van Rensburg said.

The siblings were taken to a place of safety. - Sapa

#Nigeria :British hostage killed in failed Nigeria rescue

A British hostage was killed during an attempted rescue mission in Nigeria, David Cameron said.
The effort to free Chris McManus, from the North West of England, and an Italian hostage was launched by Nigerian forces with the assistance of the UK.

The Prime Minister said the pair appeared to have died at the hands of their captors, either before or during the course of the rescue bid.

It was launched after the UK received credible information about their whereabouts and that their lives were under increasing threat, a spokeswoman said.

There have been a number of foreigners kidnapped while working in Nigeria in recent years.
In September 2008 two Britons were held by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta.

A Scottish oil worker was abducted and his guard killed in April 2009, in the Rivers State capital Port Harcourt.

Three Britons and a Colombian were kidnapped in January 2010 and in November of the same year, four men from the US, Canada and France were taken 7.5 miles offshore on the Okoro field.

In January last year two French hostages were kidnapped from Niamey, the capital of neighbouring Niger to Nigeria's north.



Monday, February 20, 2012

#Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza To Visit London - Will Cameron Lock The Media In The Closet AGAIN ?


Last month, Burundi opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije was arrested and detained in Tanzania at the request of the Burundian government. He was unlawfully detained in Tanzania and subsequently released when no charges were laid against him. These arrests seem to be part of a pattern common in Burundi over the past few years — a pattern of harassment of political opposition members, lawyers and media organisations using all arms of the criminal justice system: The courts, prosecutors and the police.
Various human-rights organisations and representatives of the United Nations itself, have raised concern about the harassment of the media and lawyers in Burundi and the subsequent restriction of freedom of expression. Journalists and lawyers are often intimidated or arrested and detained in what is thought to be a response to stories or actions that are perceived to be critical of the more


CAMERON Censors Media At NHS Hospital

Saturday, February 11, 2012

#Congo - Rape In A Lawless Land

December 2008

In the villages of Eastern Congo, beyond the reach of the UN or aid agencies, lies a horrifying truth. Marauding Hutu and Tutsi militias are raping females, from one-year-old babies to ninety-year-old women.

Leah Chishugi is a nurse and survivor of the Rwandan Genocide. Returning to her homeland of Congo for her mothers funeral, Leah records the testimonies of over 400 females who have been abused. Ive got three children born out of rape, including the one in my arms, tells one young woman. In these villages there are hardly any men left. Most have been killed. The remaining women and children group together for support. The majority of them have been raped and with both the Tutsi rebels and Hutu Interahamwe attacking them, there is no hope of safety. They forced my son to have sex with me and when hed finished they killed him, describes one woman calmly. Then they raped me in front of my husband, and then they killed him too. The woman finally breaks down crying. Leah finds a 90-year-old woman who has been raped by five men. The sixth one came and said he couldnt do it, so he just put the gun in her womb instead. When Leah takes the woman to hospital, she realises just how little help there is anywhere. There is no medicine in the hospital and a severe shortage of beds. Im not getting any treatment, says one patient, the pain is going straight into my heart.

#Kenya : UK Colonial Abuse - Elderly Kenyans Threaten UK Lawsuit

(AP)  NAIROBI, Kenya — Thousands of elderly Kenyans are preparing to sue the British government over abuses — including torture, illegal detentions and rape — its forces allegedly committed during its suppression of a 1950s anti-colonial rebellion, a lawyer representing the group said Wednesday.

The group of Kenyans is motivated by the progress of a case by four other elderly Kenyans, who were given the go-ahead by a British court last year to sue the U.K. government for alleged abuses during its colonial occupation of Kenya, said lawyer Donald Rabala.

The British government had tried to have the case by the four thrown out, saying it could not be held legally responsible for the long-ago abuses. It argues that all the powers and liabilities of the colonial administration passed to the Kenyan government on independence in 1963.

Rabala said his firm has taken statements from more than 6,000 people who claim to have either been tortured, detained illegally, raped, forcefully displaced from their land, among other abuses.

Rabala said his firm, with the help of a U.K. law firm, is collecting more statements from Kenyans allegedly held by the British in detention camps after a 1952 uprising led by a militia group known as the Mau Mau. Britain imposed a state of emergency that lasted until 1959.

"The victims know some of the names of those who raped them, tortured them. They have scars and some have documents showing when they were incarcerated and where," Rabala said.

He said he expects the British government to settle the case out of court because if it goes to trial it will consume a lot of time and taxpayer money.

During the uprising in 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent British soldiers to help colonial administrators capture the Mau Mau fighters and send them to detention camps. African soldiers under the King's African Rifles regiment also took part in the assault on the Mau Mau and their supporters.

President Barack Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was one of thousands of Kenyans detained. Obama's grandfather died in 1979.
"It is right that those who feel they have a case are free to take it to the courts. We understand the pain and grievance felt by those, on all sides, who were involved in the divisive and bloody events of the emergency period in Kenya," a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.

"Our relationship with Kenya and its people has moved on since the emergency period. We are now partners and the U.K. is one of the largest bilateral donors in Kenya."

Among the 6,000 planning to sue is the wife of Dedan Kimathi, one of the most Mau Mau's most revered, Rabala said. British fighters arrested and hanged Kimathi. He has since been honored by the Kenyan government as a national hero.

His widow, Mukami Kimathi, was incarcerated by the British, according to Rabala, though he declined to go into the details of what she experienced during her detention.

The new potential cases were inspired by a ruling by British High Court Judge Richard McCombe, who last July found that the four Kenyans "have arguable cases in law," and their suits can go ahead.

Britain's Africa Minister Henry Bellingham said at the time that the government would continue to fight the claim, "given the length of time elapsed and the complex legal and constitutional questions the case raises."

He said Britain understood "the pain and grievance felt by those, on all sides, who were involved in the divisive and bloody events of the Emergency period in Kenya."


Associated Press writer Meera Selva in London contributed to this report.