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Deaths mar Christmas

2011-12-26 07:27

Johannesburg - At least three people died violently countrywide on Cristmas Day - one was stoned to death, another died by his own hand and in the Eastern Cape, a man was beaten to death.

A 72-year-old doctor appeared to have shot and killed himself in Marble Hall, Limpopo,  SABC radio news reported on Sunday.

No suicide note was left, according to police.

An inquest docket has been opened.

In neighbouring North West, the body of a man in his forties was found at Moshawane village, near Mahikeng.

Police spokesperson Sam Tselanyane said it appeared that the man was stoned to death by a group of people while walking home.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, the body of a 32-year-old man was found lying in an open field near Michausdal township, Cradock.

He had sustained head injuries.

Police have opened a murder docket.

Comments
  • arne.verhoef - 2011-12-26 07:35

    Barbarians. Not even a day of compassion can be shown

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-26 07:39

    Surely its gauranteed that at least 3 people will die when we have a population of over 50 million. The headline trys to make this seem like something unusual. Xmas is associated with a lot of alcohol consumption, and the consequences of its abuse, so I would expect slightly more people than usual to die on this day.

      Vegi - 2011-12-26 08:42

      I agree with you. It is possible that most violent deaths have not yet been reported.

  • Peter - 2011-12-26 08:23

    Sorry to all victims family and friends.I wish you strength in this time!!!

  • Errol - 2011-12-26 08:28

    The stats for the war in Iraq,say that over 150 000 civilians have been killed since the USA invasion in 2003.In the same period more than 150 000 South Africans have been murdered.More than 3500 American soldiers have died in the middle east wars;more than 3000 farmers alone,have been slaughtered since 1994.Loss of life is SAD and needless...but...in South Africa,we clearly have a problem???

      Vegi - 2011-12-26 08:46

      Are you trying to distance yourself from the violent legacy? How accurate are your statistics? Who brutalized this population?

      Errol - 2011-12-26 08:53

      Vegi..facts are facts!If the sun shines it's daytime...etc.Past present or future!

      John - 2011-12-26 09:01

      Vegi, nobody brutalized the poor SA black population! The ANC lied when all this BS suffering was held up to the world and their only goal was domination of the whites and the money to be stolen. We are living this life because of idiots like you are still trying to push this BS agenda because you are too lazy to work for anything in your sorry-ass life! You are still as dumb as mud!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-26 09:37

      Vegi, the past may have caused a lot of our current problems, the problem is you guys have no will to correct the current mess. Who do you think will change the current situation if your only solution is to blame the causes? Other countries have risen again after mass genocide, huge devastating wars. How did they manage? I'll tell you, they had the ability to look forward, and they pulled finger and fixed things, they did not lie back and whine in the hope that someone would come and do it for them. Stand up dude ...

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-26 09:42

      John, to be fair to Vegi "nobody brutalized the poor SA black population". Are you for real? You must have lived a pretty sheltered existence during apartheid years if you never witnessed our brutality. We need to defend unfair allegations against us, but your statement is a bit ridiculous dude, we all went to the army, we all did and saw things that not all of us are proud of. If we're gonna defend our race, lets do it in such a way we aren't made out to be bull sh#tt#rs as well. Accept reality, and lets try to sort out this mess.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-26 22:30

      i'm so sick of white south africans who always generalise and call all blacks lazy!! You have no idea how much it took for black south africans to survive the apartheid era. They were fighters then and they are fighters now! Damn it, i've never asked for anything from white people. I have a career, a car, a home and good medical insurance. We don't sit on our butts all day plotting to kill or rob the white man. Get over yourself.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-26 22:30

      i'm so sick of white south africans who always generalise and call all blacks lazy!! You have no idea how much it took for black south africans to survive the apartheid era. They were fighters then and they are fighters now! Damn it, i've never asked for anything from white people. I have a career, a car, a home and good medical insurance. We don't sit on our butts all day plotting to kill or rob the white man. Get over yourself.

  • Wendy - 2011-12-26 08:37

    It is 2011, and yet people are being stoned to death?? Is there no compassion or justice anymore?

      Barefoot - 2011-12-26 13:32

      It is really difficult to get a gun in S.A

  • Vegi - 2011-12-26 08:39

    What do you expect on a day when limitless amounts of alcohol are consumeed with reckless abandon. Its a pity the victims were apparently not involved in any drunken brawls. May their souls rest in peace. I don't shed a tear for any individual who dies as a result of involving himself/herself in drunken altercations.

      Wendy - 2011-12-26 08:56

      Vegi, I understand you don't shed a tear for those who die due to drunken altercations, but I wonder how many have families that care .. and just generally for our society .. such a bad example.

  • Achmat - 2011-12-26 08:58

    Christmas is a time of joy and giving not violence and murder

      Anthony - 2011-12-26 10:40

      culture?

  • Garth - 2011-12-26 09:35

    Thumb up, all those who think that it is time we put the vegetable on to boil.

      John - 2011-12-26 10:30

      Garth, I was an old timer on Timeslive before they succumbed to the PC BS and turned it into a kindergarten for wimps. Our esteemed vegi was the village idiot there and was laughed off the forum on a daily basis. He started off as this quasi-intellectual moderate but became more and more militant as the other posters saw through his BS and started nailing him as a matter of course. If anything is to be said of him is that he has the hide of a rhino and the persistence of a blue@rse fly. Other than that he is a full zero as far as anything of substance is concerned.

      Garth - 2011-12-26 10:39

      You get a `thumb up' too!

  • Johannes - 2011-12-26 16:25

    Human life should be respected. Lot of deaths this Christmas. Road accidents, terror attacks, suicides. The devil enjoys destroying human life. There should be an answer. I am sad, very sad indeed.

  • charockthony - 2011-12-26 20:11

    Whereishappnes enemies are rit der .

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