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SA blast victims leave kids, fiancée behind

2012-09-19 10:21

Johannesburg - Two of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide blast in Kabul, Afghanistan were identified in a newspaper report on Wednesday.

The girlfriend of one of the men had recently given birth to his second daughter, reported Beeld.

Willow, the second daughter of pilot Brandon Booth, 47, of Balgowan in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, is 2-months-old.

"We've just had a baby... this is a terrible time," said Booth's girlfriend Darryl Wood, who told Beeld the couple also had a 5-year-old girl Zara.

Beeld identified another pilot, Fraser Carey, 32, who was survived by his fiancée Lisa Sella.

The newspaper reported that all those killed had been employed by the Johannesburg company, ACS/Balmoral.

Carey, from Johannesburg, had worked as a "bush pilot" in Maun, Botswana, before going to Afghanistan.

Booth previously worked for the United Nations in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and had been in Afghanistan for two years.

The South African victims included another pilot, three flight engineers and a woman who worked in ACS/Balmoral's operations room at Kabul airport.

The suicide bomber, thought to be a woman, also died in the attack, as did the Afghan minibus driver, a ground crew member from Kirgistan, and a pedestrian.

Comments
  • frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-09-19 10:33

    And all this due to the intolerance of a bunch of fanatical morons too stupid to differentiate between the real and imaginary enemy. RIP!

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-09-19 10:38

      Does religion make people go this crazy?? This is so wrong.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-19 10:51

      I agree, its so damn unfair! Deepest condolences to those left behind.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-09-19 10:51

      Religious belief, particularly Islam and it it's apparent promise of rewards in the afterlife for such acts, is largely responsible for such acts. When uneducated people or simply indoctrinated people, or even both, are convinced of these beliefs and the potential rewards, there is not much they won't do. It is quite likely that those with agendas, who manage to convince such gullible people to carry out such atrocities, don't truly believe what they manage to convince the gullible to believe. The gullible are simply the mule / vehicle of those with the agenda.

      megala.arxithia - 2012-09-19 11:03

      Muslims are big fat hypocrites!! i dont understand why the hell American wants to help Afghanistan..let that country burn into the hellhole it is!!

      flysouth - 2012-09-19 11:06

      @Bob.Cee123 Simplistic and deceptive words - it is not 'religious belief' per se but a belief in Islam and the teachings of Islam that brings about such atrocities. There have been very few such attacks that anyone can recall by Christians, Buddhists, Hindus etc - only Muslims.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-09-19 15:09

      @ flysouth - that was why I qualified my post with the words 'particularly Islam'. Please don't be misleading and inconsistent in your replies before researching your claims. Using a phrase like 'only Muslims' means exactly that, yet you also state that there have been a few examples of religious terrorism by other religions. Make your mind up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_terrorism http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/christian-terrorism-and-islamophobia/

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-09-20 06:40

      Will we ever know how much pain this bunch have caused to innocent people in Afganistan? People who leave SA to work in other countries know what they in for and they take the risk for the money.

  • drishworth - 2012-09-19 10:33

    Tragic - strength to the families of these victims.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-19 11:02

      Why can I not find any story on any news site where the ANC has condemned this attack on South Africans?

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-19 15:36

      And Fidel why do you think they are "occupied"? Had nothing to do with flying jets into American buildings and killing 3000 of them, huh? Afganistan is where the plot was worked out with the blessing of the regime. What did they think would happen?

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-19 15:39

      fidel. your logic defies explanation. Just because they weren't targeted does not mean the ANC and the president should not condemn the attack. One has to wonder, if the victims weren't white, would there have been condemnation of the attack. Yeah I know, the old race card, we deserve it etc. blah blah.

      Raymon - 2012-09-19 19:41

      A little off topic, just a question at Fidel: Do you realise how many 'thumbs-down' you get. The observation is not just on this post, but for almost every post you make. When will you get the message ?

  • erich.goosen - 2012-09-19 11:20

    What a senseless and immoral act by a bunch of lunatics. I am really missing some form of condemnation from the peace-loving Muslims of South Africa.

      yusuf.ahmed.1276487 - 2012-09-19 14:14

      Did you apologize to the muslims when your brothers killed an innocent man in Magaliesberg over his beard? Cowards!!!

      erich.goosen - 2012-09-19 16:37

      Yes Yusaf, I did so and so did many other white people and readers of other races. I said that it was a senseless and unprovoked deed and some of the commentators even said that the two should hang.

  • Mmamokete Dolly Mokawane - 2012-09-19 11:22

    people have lost their lives and typical south africans turn it into race/BEE row! how petty can you be? is the government to blame for the blast in Kabul? condolences to the families

  • Phelamanga - 2012-09-19 11:23

    All Zuma does is offer condolences and technical support,yet he doesn't realise that these young men and the young woman would have been working and contributing to the the betterment of all South Africans if it weren't for the racist and discriminatory policies of the Tripartite Alliance. There are thousands of South Africans living and working outside the country because of this. Condolences to the people who are grieving now. Such a waste of life.

  • taahir.asmal.3 - 2012-09-19 11:28

    I am a Muslim south African male aged 25 and I would do anything to protect my family and I love my religion and my prophet and my god before I love anything else. What happened was tragic and Islam doesn't teach us violence, on the contrary it perpetuates peace. What many people don't understand is that propaganda can make you believe anything. Of the world's 6billion+ people majority of people subscribe to one of three faiths. Now after stating the obvious let me ask you a question. Why is it that when Sharon and Bush and Blair and whoever else invaded other countries the headlines weren't "Jew kills 2000000 people" or "Christian killed 10000". Hey is it that when a Palestinian who has lost everything or a patriot of Afghanistan who wants invaders out does it then it's "Islamist kills eight". Because Islam is the dominant religion in those areas doesnt make it right to brainwash the masses in into believing in one direction. And now all of a sudden when our coutrymen die we want to get all worked up. If Obama invaded the Vatican and Christians did the same then it would be a different story. So please don't generalize rather open your eyes and realize what you are being fed by those in power. No animal is more equal than the other.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 11:50

      Taahir, religion can be an ugly thing when people misinterpret it. The difference between the examples you use and what's happening in the Arab world at the moment, is that those people didn't invade the countries on the basis of saving their religion. They had their own reasons, but religion was not used as one of them. These terrorist attacks are always in the name of Islam, and saving Islam, and defending Islam. So of course that will be the comparison: Islam = terrorism. I do not see the Islam world standing up against these murders either, which is worrying, and is also the reason why it will always be associated with terrorism, a lack of tolerance, and murder. I have a lot of Muslim friends, and I realise that this is not the case, but unfortunately you are known by the company you keep, and this is the company your religion is keeping currently.

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-19 15:47

      Thaair, the reason they are there is because the Muslims attacked America on 9/11. Or did you forget that detail? Israel occupys land they won after being attacked back in '69. They are under no obligation to give it back just to improve their enemies position to attack them further.

      leo.strelley - 2012-09-19 16:08

      Did you not read the article stating that a father used the bible to justify having sex with daughter? Same diffs

  • taahir.asmal.3 - 2012-09-19 11:28

    I am a Muslim south African male aged 25 and I would do anything to protect my family and I love my religion and my prophet and my god before I love anything else. What happened was tragic and Islam doesn't teach us violence, on the contrary it perpetuates peace. What many people don't understand is that propaganda can make you believe anything. Of the world's 6billion+ people majority of people subscribe to one of three faiths. Now after stating the obvious let me ask you a question. Why is it that when Sharon and Bush and Blair and whoever else invaded other countries the headlines weren't "Jew kills 2000000 people" or "Christian killed 10000". Hey is it that when a Palestinian who has lost everything or a patriot of Afghanistan who wants invaders out does it then it's "Islamist kills eight". Because Islam is the dominant religion in those areas doesnt make it right to brainwash the masses in into believing in one direction. And now all of a sudden when our coutrymen die we want to get all worked up. If Obama invaded the Vatican and Christians did the same then it would be a different story. So please don't generalize rather open your eyes and realize what you are being fed by those in power. No animal is more equal than the other.

  • taahir.asmal.3 - 2012-09-19 11:29

    I am a Muslim south African male aged 25 and I would do anything to protect my family and I love my religion and my prophet and my god before I love anything else. What happened was tragic and Islam doesn't teach us violence, on the contrary it perpetuates peace. What many people don't understand is that propaganda can make you believe anything. Of the world's 6billion+ people majority of people subscribe to one of three faiths. Now after stating the obvious let me ask you a question. Why is it that when Sharon and Bush and Blair and whoever else invaded other countries the headlines weren't "Jew kills 2000000 people" or "Christian killed 10000". Hey is it that when a Palestinian who has lost everything or a patriot of Afghanistan who wants invaders out does it then it's "Islamist kills eight". Because Islam is the dominant religion in those areas doesnt make it right to brainwash the masses in into believing in one direction. And now all of a sudden when our coutrymen die we want to get all worked up. If Obama invaded the Vatican and Christians did the same then it would be a different story. So please don't generalize rather open your eyes and realize what you are being fed by those in power. No animal is more equal than the other.

      james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-19 11:48

      no such thing as innocent muslim, never where never will be!!. every bomb dropped in afganistan on taliban and the like is righteous kill.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 12:00

      James, that is a bit far fetched, "no such thing as innocent muslim", really? I know a lot of amazing Muslims, who are most definitely innocent. I understand your stereotyping, I just don't think you can use it so blatantly against a whole group of people who are unfortunately associated with these terrorists, but only through apparent religion (I say apparent because I do not believe that the Muslims in our country for instance condone murder), nothing else.

      erich.goosen - 2012-09-19 12:30

      @ Tahir - I was expecting this kind of reaction where the emphasis falls on the wrongs that were done previously to Muslims. I recall that numerous condemnations by your kind when a Muslim was senselessly killed by two men in Magaliesburg. It just shows your selective morality - these 8 men did nothing to insult or belittle the Prophet.

  • joann.ingram.986 - 2012-09-19 11:40

    Condolences to the families, this is a terrible thing that has happened

  • taahir.asmal.3 - 2012-09-19 11:56

    Actually many Muslim leaders including many in south Africa are condemning these acts. If there was a way to forward you some lectures on this same topic I would..

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 12:12

      That's good to hear! Maybe they need to be a bit more vocal about it, but I am very glad that there are leaders comdemning it. Like I said, I have a lot of Muslim friends who are very dear to me, so this does sadden me since it is unfortunately a reflection on the entire religion.

  • djim.bie - 2012-09-19 12:00

    Blame anc for this, these pilots are in Kabul because of BBBBBBbbbbbbeeeeee.

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-09-19 12:28

    I am a Muslim and I condemn such acts in every sense of the word since this type of act is totally against the teachings of Islam. The sad reality is that any terrorist, extremist, fanatics, radicles and the likes thereof are not confined to any particular religion. However, the common platform they share is the atrocity that they inflict on the innocent. Therefore to ridicule religion is to ridicule all…….dammm we lucky that McBride was not Mulism or is he now?

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 12:45

      Riad, well said. I just wish these terrorists would stop using Islam as the reason behind their atrocious actions.

      james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-19 18:17

      really. Lets see you condem the firebom thrown at a kosher restaurant in paris? lets see you condemn thousands of rockets launched at innocent civillians? Go ahead .. we are waiting!!

      riad.mahomed - 2012-09-19 18:49

      @ james.peterson.14289210: allow me to point out that your concern as already been covered in my opening remarks and should you have missed it, it read “I am a Muslim and I condemn such acts in every sense of the word since this type of act is totally against the teachings of Islam.” So I suppose that there is no reason for you wait any longer.

  • destruktorobots - 2012-09-19 13:33

    The world would be better without ALL forms of religion. religion is the BIG evil.

      riad.mahomed - 2012-09-19 13:58

      @destruktorobots: If I may, I don’t think that religion is evil, it’s more man that is the “big evil” cause man uses religion as an excuse for his evil doings be it bombing, killing, raping etc………

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-19 14:28

    Condolence to the families, may their soul rest in peace and as for the woman bomber burn in hell for all i care NXA.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-09-19 15:34

      Does the bomber get 72 virgins as well? Male or female? Or are they shemales? As for you Yusuf, it's a pity you are reinforcing the muslim stereotype.

  • nicholas.dorfling.7 - 2012-09-19 15:47

    I honestly thought in times like these, we as a country could stand together for those who lost their lives. Not making this about religion, race or equality. We are quicker to point fingers and blame, than think & support those who died & their families. I have lost faith in humanity & am ashamed to call myself South African.

  • ferialm - 2012-09-19 16:16

    I guess everyone here feels that Fayaaz Kazi deserved to die in Magaliesburg just because he was a Muslim _ that is the sentiment I pick up here. Where was all this outrage when he was attacked specifically on the basis of his race, attire and religion. I am sad, very sad for those who have lost family, but I am also sad to see how many people who don't know my hate me because I am a muslim. I believe there is reward for one who dies defending his home and family - that is soldier on soldier - there can be no heroism in killing innocent people.

      james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-19 18:21

      yes show compassion for you neighbours starting with the people that where ruthlessly killed in afganistan, and no not the muslim terrorists 9 for the sake of argument muslim = terrorist and terrorist = muslim) so muslim terrorist is redundent. anyways , lets see if you are capable of showing compassion to innocent people blown up by terrorists for absolutley no reason other than the braindead believe system of worshipping a cult

  • karen.styane.9 - 2012-09-19 18:00

    The world should wake up and smell the roses! We can't defend ourselves against brainwashed maniacs who are pickled in the 7th century teachings of a paedophilic jew hater unless we recognise their teachings for what they are. This is anything but a 'Religion of Peace'. Check out http://www.thereligionofpeace.com - I never thought I would see South Africans on their death checklist! Condolences to the families RIP

  • Duane K Smith - 2012-09-19 18:16

    Should we as South Africans not show compassion for our boys?

  • darren.peach - 2012-09-19 19:30

    Spoke to the best friend of one of the Deceased today and he is pretty torn up. I take back my comment I made the other day about tolerance, Why should we tolerate innocent South Africans getting wiped out over some Idiot in America who provoked this event and to all the Religious Zealots who endorse this sort of violence. RIP.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-09-19 20:43

    The perpatrators do gross injustice to Islam.Man must not use the Almighty's name to portary his personel views and deeds.Condolences to the families of the innocent.

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-09-19 21:52

    Please, honor our fallen heroes when they get home Mr Zuma and South Africa, its the right thing to do.

  • franc.jacqui.mendes - 2012-09-19 22:38

    The majority of the comments here are made by clueless people who are ignorant and cruel! Brandon Booth, one of the victims, was my friend. He was a very good man who would not harm a flea. I too am a pilot who a few years back did exactly the same work that Brandon was doing! To call us mercenaries or tools of the oppressive regime is ridiculous and so narrow minded. We go to these countries because of various reasons, but not for political or mercenary reasons. Let me outline the reasons in no particular order. (1) Pilots need a job to feed families too.(2)They require experience in multi-engine turbine powered aircraft before airlines will consider them and this is a way to build such experience. (2) The flying we do there is of a humanitarian aid nature. We fly organizations like the UN, Red Cross, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders (MSF) or contractors who are trying to build infrastructure. It helps the people of this country. (3) Some pilots are attracted to this work because they love the challenges and the feeling of making a difference - I know I did. I understood the risks and I know Brandon did too. I spoke to him less than 2 months ago and he was attempting to get a job with an airline that I work for in China. Please stop making unfounded statements about things and people you do not even know. That country is one of several hell holes around the world. Unless you have been there, lived there and experienced it, you will NEVER understand. RIP my friend.

      jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-09-19 23:26

      Well said! My ex boyfriend flies for Solenta and was in Kabul as well. These guys are NOT MILITARY or in any way affiliated with the military. They are doing good work out there and making a true difference because pilots with their qualifications are very sought after for these types of contracts. Those of you who don't know anything about what these guys do for a living, shut the heck up!!

  • brendan.oconnell.545 - 2012-09-20 11:08

    Feed the suicide bomber's body parts to a pig and it'll quickly stop this kind of rubbish. If there is a God, or Allah then let him deal with the "terrible" infidals when one day they pass to the after life, but until then just get on with whatever religion you prescribe to and leave others alone. I'm sick to death with the zero tolerance Islam has for the rest of the world and is always the 1st to cry wolf when they feel ofended.

  • hawthorne1955 - 2012-09-20 11:30

    Most religions are a form of brain washing just that Islam is top of the list as regarding brain washing

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-09-20 12:07

    I share the sentiments of feeling sad at the tragic loss of life, but I have to ask this : If you stand under the chicken coup long enough, some chickens will sh*t on you, it is unevitable. If you go to Afghanistan, you are making yourself a target for suicide bombings, so why go?

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