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Tourist murder rocks Wild Coast

2011-03-24 11:36

Pietermaritzburg - The Hawks are investigating the murder of a KwaZulu-Natal man who was gunned down while he and his wife were holidaying in Port St Johns on Tuesday afternoon.

It is believed that Gerald Roberts, 60, who works for the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department, was shot and killed while driving along Ferry Point Road near Ageterus Beach at about 17:00.

His 61-year-old wife, Ingrith, was rushed to Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha after sustaining a serious gunshot wound in the stomach.

She was later taken by ambulance to St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg where her daughter, Petta van Ghent, 34, met her.

Approached by three men

Port St Johns police spokes­person Captain Mduduzi Godlwana said the victims were approached by three men, one of whom was armed with a pistol.

“The men appeared from a thick forest and fired several shots and hit the man in the right arm and behind the right ear.

“He died right away while his wife, who has a gunshot wound on the stomach, was rushed to hospital.”

He said Ingrith told the police that when the shots were fired, Gerald lost control of the couple’s double-cab Ford bakkie and it overturned.

Godlwana said one of the attackers ran to the vehicle and grabbed a wallet before they disappeared into the forest.

“We are working on something, and very soon we are going to make arrests because we have an eyewitness who knows one of the attackers,” he said.

Hawks investigating

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Ernest Sigobe said the Hawks, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, are investigating a case of murder, attempted murder and robbery with a firearm.

The couple from Howick were “cornered by three males in their thirties who fired several shots to the direction of the car”, Sigobe added.

He said police believe the motive for the attack was robbery. The stolen wallet contained an undisclosed amount of cash.

Ingrith’s sister-in-law, Eileen Rasmussen, said the couple had stayed in a hotel before moving to a campsite.

“They are great nature lovers and Gerald is a keen wildlife photographer.

“They chose the Wild Coast because of its breathtaking beauty and tranquillity.”

She said she had heard from her husband, Neil - who accompanied Ingrith from Mthatha - that her condition has improved.

The couple’s son, Gareth Roberts, 31, immediately flew from the Middle East, where he is working in nature conservation, to be with his mother.

Fears for local tourism industry

Port St Johns municipal manager Zola Hewu said the incident took him by surprise.

He said he feared that this might negatively affect the local tourism industry.

“Serious crimes like these are not normal in Port St Johns, according to crime statistics, although we do experience petty crime such as theft.

"Tourism is very important for our economy, and as a result we are negotiating with police authorities to intensify the investigation."

Hewu said the municipality has also appealed for more police visibility and patrols in the areas, which are mostly frequented by tourists.

He said police told him that the couple’s cameras were not taken.

 

Comments
  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-24 11:42

    The motive was not robbery; it was murder, pure and simple. My condolences to the family.

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-24 12:10

      What difference does it make what the motive was? Those bastards murdered someone cold-blooded for a f'ing wallet?!!

      Sipho - 2011-03-24 18:15

      Why has it 'rocked' the Wild coast. murders like these are a dime a dozen in this area (and in all the country for that matter) so I fail to understand why it is made out that it is a rare occurance!!!

      Yoni - 2011-03-24 19:45

      @Sipho: Thanks for the information, I remember a few years ago some foreign tourists got raped in Lusikisiki. The Eastern Cape is indeed one of the most beautiful parts of our country, but when friends from London visited in December I warned them not to sleep over in that area. In fact, I tried to convince them not to drive from George to Umhlanga Rocks at all given the crazy road conditions in the Eastern Cape. Luckily they made it in one piece, despite the mad drivers, animals straying onto the road and the potholes in the Kokstad area. In all fairness, en route their car overheated a few kilometres outside Kingwilliamstown and they were assisted with water by some friendly local people. Everyone is not the same but what if thugs got to them first? When they drove back from KZN they took a detour through the Free State, and only encountered road works, hee-hee! Seriously, what is it with the high murder and rape rate in the Eastern Cape? They really seem to be a violent bunch, is that why there were something like Eight or Nine K****r Wars between the Brits and the Xhosas? Until their prophetess Nonqawuse convinced them to kill all their cattle and the white man would be chased into the sea. The rest is history but unfortunately the superstition and barbaric heritage not. One day I hope to holiday there again and do the hiking trail from Port Edward to Port St Johns. If only the locals will start to be sort out the crime scourge - they stand to make millions from tourism.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 11:48

      @Yoni. Stop generalising based on your ignorance. I went to school in that part of the world and murder there is no more significant than it is in Cape Town ore Johannesburg. It is not acceptable, but it is not unique there. Murder of tourists is not a regular occurence, though murder is. I have driven through the Eastern Cape several times, as recently as February and the scariest encounter is with bad roads and animals on the road. I ran out of petrol near Berlin and thanks to a local, who led me to a nearby BP garage. 4x4 enthusiast visit the Wild Coast often. Words like ROCK are media words intended to create a powerful headline

      Wild Coast Web - 2011-03-25 11:58

      This is a terrible and tragic crime, but judging from the comments below, people have a hard time separating the Transkei as it was in the 80's and 90's from what it is now. This is the second shooting incident I've heard about in the past year or more, and the only one involving tourists in many years. The other incident involved a shopkeeper near Mdumbi, and had no fatalities. Prior to that, an ex-policeman running a trading station near Hole in the Wall was murdered 2 years ago, and there was a hijack near PSJ about 3 years ago with no fatalities. Please keep some perspective, people. These crimes are statistically insignificant when compared with the incidences prior to 2000, or compared to urban areas elsewhere in SA. My knowledge is not encyclopedic by any means, but I have lived on the Wild Coast for 11 years on and off, and have been running www.wildcoast.co.za for over 14 years. It is an extremely rare occurrence! Yoni, you should learn a bit more about Xhosa history before spouting forth: There were 9 Frontier Wars. The reason was that the amaPondo and the amaGcaleka refused to submit to colonial usurpation of their land. Nongqawuse and the great cattle killing was a huge contributing factor to the eventual submission of the Gcaleka people in the Willowvale district, but the Pondos were over 100km away and totally unaffected. They never did submit, and that was one of the primary reasons for the formation of the homeland.

      Meanleader - 2011-03-25 14:45

      Wild coast web . Get educated son . Prior to 1990 , there were fewer than 5000 cases of political murder over 45 years . After 1991 , there were more than 5oo0 killings in the first 5 years of ANC . The crime rate has escalated exponentially since 1990 .. THIS IS A NATIONAL FACT . wHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS WITH SA BEING VOTED THE RAPE CAPITAL , AND NO TWO FOR MURDERS IN THE WORLD . Wake up son , you need to get some perspective !!!!

      Colin - 2011-03-25 14:46

      As you stated it was not robbery, that was an after thought seeing the vehicle had rolled and badly damaged. Murder is easier here because all guns used are brought in over our wide open borders and cannot be traced so you don't get caught.

      Wild Coast Web - 2011-03-25 21:13

      @Meanleader: Firstly, I'm not your son. I've been in the Transkei since long before 'independence' - and I'm here for good. (Hell, I'm probably a lot older than you are.) SA may be the rape and murder capital of the world, but I take offense when people try to suggest that the Wild Coast is even a small part of that "crime capital" statistic. I've been here all the time. Have experienced the kindness and hospitality, and shared the unfortunate circumstances of these beautiful people: I've had free accommodation and food when hiking along the coast, when I was in need. I've experienced the goodness of these people in many, many ways. Where the hell were you? If you were here and experienced otherwise, I'm all ears. I'd love to hear examples about how Transkeians refused charity to anyone in need. How they persecuted anyone on account of their colour or creed. Please. Don't make un-substantiated condemnations, or obfuscate one small area - of which you apparently know absolutely Nothing! - with the rest of this entire God-forsaken country. You need some perspective. Maybe you should research the area a bit more, and actually visit yourself sometime.

  • Felix - 2011-03-24 11:42

    Search and Destroy these criminals.

  • Darwinian - 2011-03-24 11:45

    If the hawks cant even find the right House, how in earth do you think they going to find the Wild Coast???

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:55

      bwhaaaaa!!

      Kaapie - 2011-03-24 12:01

      Hawks may have gone to the wrong house but they have been very succesful thus far.. give credit where its due

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-24 12:03

      Ja Kaapie, what big name has taken a fall for corruption?

      Steen - 2011-03-24 12:19

      they have been very succesful in many cases. why are we so negative? condolences to the family. Once you arrest those 3 cowards hand them over to the community to deal with them.

      amy0aylif - 2011-03-24 12:26

      Hehehehehe!!!!!!!!!!

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-03-24 12:40

      Because you are always negative, take a mirror and look at your aging face.

      Godesha - 2011-03-24 13:04

      @Paul Mandla Nkosi. What relevance does your comment have? Please put it in context for me.

      Flinger - 2011-03-24 13:50

      Why is everyone laughing in this forum? Who gives a sh*t about the hawks....take it to the other forums about beeka. This is tragic and just keeps proving how savage the rurals have become since the ANC took over. Gives a new meaning to "the masses are revolting".

      Zebedi - 2011-03-24 13:56

      Well if it is reported to have happened in Ageterus Beach, they definitely won't find it. It is Agate Terrace, named after the agate stones that used to be found on the beach. Condolences to the family.

      Tgif - 2011-03-24 15:51

      Hauw Wena!you think it is a joke? Dis ting can fly and see very far and the ancestors they protect dis ting it can see with muti it weel find dis criminals noww!

      Realist - 2011-03-24 16:17

      @Kaapie, do they have their suspect yet? The answer is no, so please elaborate on this perceived success!

  • SlapTjip - 2011-03-24 11:45

    This is just another incident for the ANC. Their total ignornace toward crime in this country is shocking to say the least. May God be with this family & be rest assured, those animals who did this will get their day.

      vlarisma - 2011-03-24 11:51

      Tjip - please don't compare these murderous criminals to animals!

      lifeasitis - 2011-03-24 11:55

      Slaptjip, animals dont do this kind of thing, only homo sapiens does. Animals has no concept of murder, anger, jelousy etc, only you and I have...

      VIC - 2011-03-24 11:55

      Yep its just Another New Crime!!!

      Realist - 2011-03-24 16:21

      Stone Thrower, if you dont understand how the subservient attitude towards crime by government aids and abets crime, then there is simply nothing left to explain to you. The fact that they do nothing because they are criminals themselves, just condones the behaviour of criminals!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 11:51

      So, if criminals kill, it is not their lack of respect for life, but it is the ANC? Do you people even think before posting? We need to take responsibility for our actions. Just as apartheid is not to blame for crime, the ANC cannot guard all 50 million of us. Crime happens. It is the callousness and the total disregard for life that is concerning.

  • djg - 2011-03-24 11:45

    dont hang these bastards, if they are ever caught.....poison them ....slowly

  • Nick1983 - 2011-03-24 11:48

    FFS!!!!!!

  • 123online123 - 2011-03-24 11:50

    The Hawks are suddenly getting a lot of publicity... Mmmmmm.... I smell a plot brewing.

  • cecil.harley - 2011-03-24 11:50

    "although we do experience petty crime such as theft" - Maybe that is the problem - accepting that theft is petty crime??

      marie - 2011-03-24 13:21

      yea, maybe starting to curb "petty crime" is a solution. back to grass roots as it were.

      Lost 4 Words - 2011-03-24 15:41

      My thoughts exactly ... Cecil. MMMMMM stealing is petty ???? Just shows that level of acceptance. It is appaling. My condolences to the family. Mr. Zola wake up and smell the sh1t you shovelling.

      Realist - 2011-03-24 16:56

      @Steen, well then why dont you re read the comments and see who started it! I dont think there is a single true South African who wants to see the country in ruin, despair and down the same road as Zimbabwe. It is safe to say that the majority of SA would like to live in a non racial, democratic, peace loving country, however it is not the case, and just because the government are accused constantly of stirring racial hatred not only by their very verbal comments, but by their policies and actions, does not mean that everybody is racist. People of all races criticise the government, all non white in this country were previously disadvantaged, however many of us from other non white communities have moved on and forward, why does anyone in this day and age feel justified in adopting the previously disadvantaged mindset we see displayed here. We have got to move on, it is physically impossible to walk forward when you are looking back all the time. There is a reason why people are anti ANC, and that is because the ANC are following the footsteps of Zimbabwe, the very reason why we all complain, nobody wants to see SA destroyed. We all live here! The black people still feel like they are being marginalised, but it is not only the whites who are now marginalised, but again the coloured and the indian race groups. You guys need to get over yourselves, remove those blinds that keep you in mental enslavement to your party, see the truth, and come join the rest of us in this fight!

  • SamuelMabena - 2011-03-24 11:51

    The ANC government are NOT doing enough to stop the spread of crime and violence in our society. The ANC are directly to blame for the state of crime in our nation !!!

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:56

      I agree... SO LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND VOTE THE USLESS THUGS OUT...

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-24 12:13

      @temakhafola, wow,you are clear example of what is wrong with South Africans. Here is a notion, if the white criminal van Riebeek would not come to SA, than you would still be running around naked in the bush and your life expectancy would still be around 35 years! stupid comment from a stupid fool.

      AJ - 2011-03-24 12:17

      @temakhafola So if white people had never arrived, you would all be living crime free? That's hilarious.

      SamuelMabena - 2011-03-24 12:17

      @ tema ... I believe you meant the 'barter' system. Butter is what you smear on bread. Long before the whites arrived, our clans and tribes were murdering each other. You know that. At least we had some sense of law and order with the so called 'european' laws. We are slipping back to the stone age under the ANC. No law, no order.

      Bachbabe - 2011-03-24 12:18

      @temakhafola.....typical, now it is the white people's fault again....always passing the buck and playing the victim......

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-24 12:18

      Hahaha! Somehow, somewhere its all just the 'white man's' fault isn't it temakhafola? And please try remember that 'history' is never truth but simply someone's subjective telling of events. As long as Africans of all races keep playing the blame game we will never truly prosper. The sad truth is that the rest of the world couldn't care less if this backward, hell hole of a continent sinks into the ocean... and everyone is just out to get whatever he can grab. Perhaps the bigger picture is that we need to look in our own hearts for the 'cause' of crime...

      AJ - 2011-03-24 12:18

      @temakhafola: For the record I dont think a group of criminals opened fire on a middle aged couple on the Wild Coast in March 2011, killing one of them, because of Jan van Riebeck.......sigh..

      Mike - 2011-03-24 12:21

      @ TEMAKHAFOLA you are an idiot, you people only did subsistance farming to provide food for one family the whites introduces large scale comercial farming to supply the contry with food go back to school an try and pass a level higher than grade 7, dumbass

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 12:22

      @temakhafola I would say I'm flabbergasted by your level of ignorance, flippancy, lies and deceit, etc. but I'm not. Why? Because you're just another brainwashed ANC zombie. Let go of your dreams of a "butter" system and join us in the 21st century. Or, remove yourself from the gene pool.

      Steen - 2011-03-24 12:23

      @SamuelMabena i am glad that the Apartheid goverment got you this far.

      molefeP - 2011-03-24 12:29

      @Temakhafola, Your ancestors might have used the butter system. Mine used Barter instead. Let me ask you something? How many people do you know who have been murdered? How many oeople close to you have been affected by violent crime? Are you happy with that? Well, you can keeping cheering for the ANC if you want, and ridicule those of us who want to live in a just and lawfull society. But until your ANC either starts caring more about the people, and less about enriching themselves..... Your family will keep getting robbed, raped and murdered. That is the facts.

      SamuelMabena - 2011-03-24 12:31

      @ tema ... You are the one who sounds enslaved in their minds. You are a slave of the ANC and their corrupt, deceitful way of thinking!

      Dude28 - 2011-03-24 12:33

      ROFL at "butter system"

      Common_Sense - 2011-03-24 12:40

      @temakhafola: So by your argument, if I gave you a gun you would feel compelled to go out an shoot somebody? Your thinking is exactly the type of thinking that keeps Africans in the dark ages. I put it to you that crime was always in South Africa, you just have another word for it. It's called "Take" and unfortunately you don't see anything wrong with it.

      Adrian - 2011-03-24 12:43

      @temakhafola. Its you who doesn't know his history. The 1652 african tribes didn't barter (butter?) amongst each other. They raped and pillaged as they went.(murder and theft). The zulu certainly didn't trade with the Xhosa etc. It was the white man who introduced the barter system into africa. Africans might not have had guns but they certainly had spears , daggers and such with which to attack and steal from each other. Even today we see that colonialism was necessary for the development of Africa. We are currently at the situation because of greedy power hungry idiots who have no inclination whatsoever to educate provide service or uplift the masses. There is just no intelligent leadership.

      temakhafola - 2011-03-24 12:44

      @All, I see if a person differs with morons like you is labelled a racists. Verwoerd came up with a plan to make a black person think they will never survive without a whote person and I see that in some of you right here on this blog. I am most certainly not a racist but a realist. Please go to the freedon charter that was adopted in 1955 at the real Congress of the people which was organised by the ANC so that community members could also have a say in this very important piece of document. White people killed Steve Biko because they did not manage to enslave him mentally which is something that I can not say for some of you here in this blog. "Black man you are on your own". For today to exist is because of yesterday and for tomorrow is today, up until you change your mindset and be part of the change you want to see in this beautiful country of ours you will continue being mental slaves of the apartheid regime. be the change you want to see morons

      hughfh - 2011-03-24 12:50

      To temakhafola: No-one should pretend that what happened in the past (Land Act, carrying passes, the list is too long sadly) can be swept under the rug and forgotten about. I think you and many others are angry because too often it feels like this is the case and where is the justice in that? I would back you 100% in that. But I hope you agree with me that blaming new settlers from 300 years ago for introducing the current killing weapon of choice in the 21st century as being the reason this crime occurred is simply nonsense? Swords, spears, poisons, bow and arrow - all killing weapons than have existed for thousands of years. But you and I choose not to use any of them because we know they are dangerous and cause much heartache to others and inevitably me. I believe that crime needs to be brought firmly under control first; then the injustices of the past can be dealt with fairly and free from distraction. If you try to do it the other way around, everyone loses and the injustices will never be fully righted.

      molefeP - 2011-03-24 13:16

      @Tema... You sad sad little man. It must be so horrible in your little world. Everybody is out to get you, everybody wants to somethign bad to you. Nobody can do anything around you without them being out to get you. They have a name for this disease of the mind you know..... Now, be honest. You really want to say that this "Malungu" got what he deserved? Becausethat is what it sounds like.

      Godesha - 2011-03-24 13:23

      @temakhafola. You are soooooo funny!!! Thanks for a real good laugh and please do me a favour. Go back to school and study the history of this country again. While you are at it, please get some spelling and grammar lessons. You are trying to sound very intelligent, but in fact you are a stupid ignorant fool. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

      hughfh - 2011-03-24 13:51

      My (non-South African educated) wife's spelling is awful. Are you telling me she is therefore not intelligent/ignorant/a fool? Then you are the fool. Only uninformed and probably insecure people associate spelling and grammar perfection with intelligence. Let's all agree to drop that tired old record, please.

      Godesha - 2011-03-24 14:03

      @hughfh. I did not say that he is an ignorant, stupid fool because of his spelling or grammar, but because of the arguments that he posted. Maybe you should learn to read properly too.

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-03-24 14:25

      Tema is a troll - Tema is a troll! Na-na-na-na-na.......

      temakhafola - 2011-03-24 14:27

      @MolefeP. What is "Malungu"? All I am saying is that you are too quick to point out fingers instead of dealing with the problem head on moron. @Godesha, swaering does not make you intelligent so if you think people will perceive you as intelligent by saying tsk that will not work. What is it that you know about the history of our country? It seems you think you know more so entice us please.

      Felix - 2011-03-24 14:36

      temakhafola, F off to Zim. Your dream awaits...

      Mangaliso Buthelezi - 2011-03-24 15:18

      Temakhafola.... As a fellow Black man I feel embarrassed by what you are saying. To still keep blaming this country's problems on the mindset that Verwoerd attempted to instill in Black people during Apartheid is synonomous with saying that the reason you had diaorreah this morning was because of a wrotten burger you ate 40 years ago. Wake up man. Eish, its time for everyone to start taking responsibility for their own actions- Blacks, Whites, Indians, Coloureds, Purple People included. To still be blaming crime, murder and corruption that is occurring today in South Africa on what happened decades ago is cowardly, irresponsible, weak and unmanly. Grow up little boy. The ANC today is not the ANC I voted for in 1994. People change, organisations change, and so should your attitude and mindset if you actually want to contribute towards a crime-free South Africa.

      temakhafola - 2011-03-24 15:36

      @Mangaliso Buthelezi, we still have people with that mindset I tell you. The other day we were handing over a house to one old lady and she only thanked white people for the house which was built by us during the Habitat for Humanity project. I am not blaming the crime today on apartheid but just pointing out that we are where we are today because of yesterday (Apartheid) and the only way for us to curb crime is to work together and stop pointing fingers. One thing I have realised about people in this blog is that they are anti ANC. You would get a story that has nothing to do with ANC and they still manage to drag it to the story and they end up calling black people k*ffirs, savages, animals and all sorts of names. My argument is that stop pointing fingers and be the change you want to see in this country of ours. As for you feeling embarassed that's your problem and not mine so deal with it.

      Steen - 2011-03-24 15:42

      Of all the things Tema said what stands out for me is “BLACK MAN IS ON HIS OWN” and this shows by the comments from majority of whites bloggers, black people are still regarded as incapables you can attest to that by reading the comments. As a person who wants to see change and better government that will work for all of us it scares me if this is how my fellow countryman thinks about another group. The reality is if whites continue to insult blacks, blacks in return will never vote for DA which happens to be the only Party that can save this country. Please think about the impact of you comments before posting them.

      Point Blank - 2011-03-24 16:29

      @tema, Habitat for Humanity is sponsored by the company you work for, that means they paid for the house to be built... you HELPED build the house. I know, I have built three houses with my company... Of course they going to thank whomever PAID for it... If you feel hard done by because you didn't get a pat on the back then you building houses for the wrong reason.

      Realist - 2011-03-24 17:00

      @Steen, well then why dont you re read the comments and see who started it! I dont think there is a single true South African who wants to see the country in ruin, despair and down the same road as Zimbabwe. It is safe to say that the majority of SA would like to live in a non racial, democratic, peace loving country, however it is not the case, and just because the government are accused constantly of stirring racial hatred not only by their very verbal comments, but by their policies and actions, does not mean that everybody is racist. People of all races criticise the government, all non white in this country were previously disadvantaged, however many of us from other non white communities have moved on and forward, why does anyone in this day and age feel justified in adopting the previously disadvantaged mindset we see displayed here. We have got to move on, it is physically impossible to walk forward when you are looking back all the time. There is a reason why people are anti ANC, and that is because the ANC are following the footsteps of Zimbabwe, the very reason why we all complain, nobody wants to see SA destroyed. We all live here! The black people still feel like they are being marginalised, but it is not only the whites who are now marginalised, but again the coloured and the indian race groups. You guys need to get over yourselves, remove those blinds that keep you in mental enslavement to your party, see the truth, and come join the rest of us in this fight!

      Perfume - 2011-03-24 20:51

      @Mangaliso....saying that the reason you had diaorreah this morning was because of a rotten burger you ate 40 years ago......excellently put!!!!!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 11:52

      What would you suggest they do? Should we take responsibility for our actions and consequences instead of expecting political parties to control everything we do? Next when the ANC take away our civil liberties, we will jump and down and call them names)

      Realist - 2011-03-25 13:13

      @lenand40. You are a bitter individual, one of those ANC supporters who follow blindly, even though you are still being marginalised. Maybe from your perspective you have had bad experiences, but the ANC must be accountable to the citizens of this country for lack of service delivery, for lack of efficient policing, for the reduced standards in our education and healthcare system, the previous government cannot be blamed 17 years later for the demise and disintegration we are experiencing in every facet of our lives. They must be held accountable, because they have been elected to GOVERN!

      Godesha - 2011-03-25 13:56

      @temakhafola. I could not resist visiting this forum again and low and behold I was rewarded. "Tsk, tsk, tsk" is not a swearword my friend and I cannot see where I ever used a swearword in my comments to you. And as far as the history of this country goes, I have done my research and could probably teach you a thing or two, but usually people like you will only take from history what you want to know and ignore the rest. Please go and read Mangaliso Buthelezi's comment again and learn something from him.

  • Paul Bedford - 2011-03-24 11:55

    Don't you mean Agate Terrace, not Ageterus Beach?

      abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2011-03-24 17:20

      The lady sustained, "a serious gunshot wound in the stomach," at "Ageterus Beach". Perhaps the gunshot wounds in the stomach at Agate Terrace are non-serious.

  • K_za - 2011-03-24 11:57

    This is what you get if you let criminals run a country!!!! Remember when you vote that these murderers have the right to vote too. Not only that, they get free lodging, food, TV and are even able to get a university education at OUR expense, thanks to the ANC. Word wakker mense!!!!

  • Honoris - 2011-03-24 11:58

    That some more people are gunned down isn't strange; what is strange is that it makes the news! I say this with the deepest sympathy for the loved ones, and cannot express my shock and horror sufficiently. But, we deserve the government we have else we would vote them out. Nobody remembers these incidents, the poor service delivery, the blatant racism and racist pronouncements, when they stand in the queue at the polling station. But, like the apartheid monsters who spawned the habits of the current lot, they too will pass, but it will take a long, long time.

  • logical007 - 2011-03-24 11:59

    The hawks couldnt convict a criminal even if the criminal handed himself in... The hawks would somehow, someway botch up the case and the criminal would get off scott-free! Name change: canaries! Make a lot of noise, no action!

  • Dave - 2011-03-24 12:00

    Bring bakc he death penalty for these savages

      123online123 - 2011-03-24 12:27

      Could not agree more but the ANC will never do that... they'd have to hang most of their supporters.

      Mervin - 2011-03-24 14:03

      Will the "white" savages also be hanged?

      exocist - 2011-03-24 15:40

      and half the goverment

      alousav - 2011-03-25 12:46

      @Mervin - the dealth penalty should be brought back for ALL criminals who take a life. I don't think anyone on this forum suggested that the dealth penalty be brought back just for black. Take the chip off your shoulder.

  • Ion James - 2011-03-24 12:03

    Suicide ... white , unarmed and in public .

  • Grazy - 2011-03-24 12:03

    Now where are the colourblind idiots that will say the photo is a negative and the attackers were white. Bloody fools.

  • ji - 2011-03-24 12:04

    DEATH PENALTY .

  • Peter - 2011-03-24 12:06

    Considering The Hawks 48 hour track record , maybe these clues will help. 1) Mr Black 2) With a pistol 3) At the wild coast

  • marc - 2011-03-24 12:08

    I'll make sure I never spend one cent in Port St Johns again. Its an absolute disgrace what happened there.

      marie - 2011-03-24 13:46

      according to previous posts, it's verwoerds fault. so the killers are innocent.

      jeremy dannheisser - 2011-03-24 14:00

      That's plain stupid. If you live in gauteng, I suppose you never spend a cent here either or anywhere else in South Africa because there is crime. So 1 rotten apple means that everyone else in Port St Johns must suffer, (assuming you are spending an absolute fortune to uplift the wonderful community that lives there) Duh!

  • Slapper - 2011-03-24 12:13

    Another Day, another atrocity. My condolences to the Family and friends. It is unfortunate that this will not be a blip on the radar, in less than a week, as we go through this kind of Sad news daily, with no end in sight.

  • Wildebeest - 2011-03-24 12:20

    Find them and kill them in the most violent way you can think of. Savage animals!

      Rapier - 2011-03-24 12:32

      Animals are better @Wildebeest....I am sure you will agree.

      marie - 2011-03-24 13:48

      animals kill on instict - don't think these brutes did they did it just because they can, for fun, for laughs and for a few dollars more

  • leraz/kuyuz - 2011-03-24 12:28

    sooo sad!! yerrrrr!!!

  • leraz/kuyuz - 2011-03-24 12:29

    yeeeer! this is sooo sad!

  • 123online123 - 2011-03-24 12:30

    Also wish they'd bring back the death penalty but the ANC never will -- they'd have to hang most of their lying murderous raping supporters... How would they win another election then?

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-03-24 12:30

    Why are the Hawk's investigating this crime? we see armed robberies and murders everyday, and these are investigated by normal detectives from the area or by the serious and violent crimes units? Why the Hawks? I am curious... is there more to this story?

      Barry M - 2011-03-24 12:57

      If the hawks can't find the right house - what will the regular fuzz do - I am willing to bet that they couldn't find a beer in a brewery!

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-03-24 14:26

      Elections coming up???

      BLACKMAMBA - 2011-03-24 17:06

      yeah there is,is because they are white people.we gotta save our beloved white people

  • Rapier - 2011-03-24 12:31

    Yesterday Walkerville, today Port St Johns.....and so the saga continues. Animals are not found only in the Zoo these days. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • JackMeoff - 2011-03-24 12:45

    This is sad...very sad. Condolences to the family. Judging by the photo, they were still very much a couple in love after all these years. Don't anyone ever tell me that we are "all the same" in this so-called rainbow nation. Frikking 3rd world savages !

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-03-24 12:49

    Watch the hawks run into the wrong forest in the wrong town !

      exocist - 2011-03-24 15:44

      i think they sent out a search party to find the hawks (dorks), they got lost in the wild coast

  • jono.mundell - 2011-03-24 12:50

    Absolutely SHOCKING ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Having spent 35 years growning up along the wild coast , these unfortunate murders rear their ugly head from time to time of which Port St John's seem to carry most of the more serious crime. The Saps needs to address the issue of the safety of all local & overseas tourists along the Wild Coast and increase their visibility. As for all murderers , feed them to the Sharks My sincere condolences to the family

  • the rock - 2011-03-24 12:58

    All of you who want to turn this into balck and white argument are complete morons. crime knows no colour. i know police of Kwazu Natal do not take tjotjo with criminals, they permanently remove them from society. continue with the good work. condolences are in order

      jono.mundell - 2011-03-24 13:06

      Brother , u right ,,, the only thing these negative okes talk about the the black / white story ....... they are not part of the solution

  • Neil - 2011-03-24 13:00

    @ Terrawatsiname butternut. I figured out where I know you from. That article about the so called "witches" that were stoned to death in Limpopo. You were probably the first one to cast a stone or even better, a butter brick! Wake up! Get out of the dark ages you fool. Your hatred will kill you before it kills anyone else.

  • inigomontoya - 2011-03-24 13:03

    @teemaakjouvolja jou peanut...

  • inigomontoya - 2011-03-24 13:04

    @teemaakjouvolja jou patetiese peanut...

  • Badger - 2011-03-24 13:07

    "Nothing Kills Tourism Like A Dead Tourist"

  • R-Jaydee - 2011-03-24 13:14

    What type of savage that has absolutely no regard for human life is currently being bred in this country? 2 x lives for what may been an empty wallet!

  • Nanette - 2011-03-24 13:23

    Absolute and utter disgrace we are being murdered off one by one WTF is this government going to do about this.

  • Zingara - 2011-03-24 13:24

    Losing a beloved member of your family because some prick with a gun thinks they're worthless... it must be so difficult. Condolences to the family.

  • Paco7 - 2011-03-24 13:24

    Condolences to the family,i hope they catch these bastards and give them long prison terms

      exocist - 2011-03-24 15:46

      more tax for you to pay

      alousav - 2011-03-25 12:50

      "If" our police ever catch them - put them in front of a firing line. They don't deserve tax payers paying for their prison stay, court apprearances, food, shelter, lawyers, etc etc.

  • edmead - 2011-03-24 13:34

    THESE BIG BRAVE XHOSA WARRIORS ARE SOMETHING ELSE THEY MUST BE THE BIGGEST COWARDS ONE COULD IMAGINE. I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE, A HUMAN LIFE TO THEM MEANS NOTHING. FELIX SAYS DESTROY THEM I AGREE, WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING A MEDAL WILL BE GIVEN TO THEM FOR BRAVERY.

  • Vintage - 2011-03-24 13:40

    Police believe the motive for the attack was robbery !!!!!Absolute drivel.The motive for the attack was murder.Catch and hang the bastards

  • marie - 2011-03-24 13:40

    lets see 1966, verwoerd died. that gives us 45 years. a little lame to still blame him for todays lack of education ie maths and science as per article in the xpress and comment elsewhere in the article about couple shot in port st johns. how long does it take a black person then to understand - is 45 years not enough time????? what is the minister saying?? is this confirming their slowness. i think it is horrible for the minister to say that about black ppl.he seeems to be the one saying black ppl cannot learn maths and science. come on ppl - stop blaming everything and everyone. as for the guys yieldings guns in port st johns........ to do it because the can!!

  • Billy - 2011-03-24 13:41

    Muedered for a bloody wallet, cold-blooded f'ing urchins. Justice must be served!

      alousav - 2011-03-25 13:02

      The only justice served in this country is if it involves stealing from the government, accidentally throwing your drink on the "president", showing the president the finger or stopping a speeding MP vehicle. No justice for murder or rape!!!

  • Riaan Steenberg - 2011-03-24 13:43

    This is very sad. I love that area and was considering it as a holiday destination in December 2010. After a previous personal incident a few years ago in which my girlfriend at the time was robbed at knife point in front of Spar in the middle of the day, I have decided against it. I have read bad things about Kosi bay and the Wild Coast and I am currently avoiding that whole area. After this article, my wife and friends will unfortunately never experience this lovely town or area. Riaan

  • Riaan Steenberg - 2011-03-24 13:44

    This is very sad. I love that area and was considering it as a holiday destination in December 2010. After a previous personal incident a few years ago in which my girlfriend at the time was robbed at knife point in front of Spar in the middle of the day, I have decided against it. I have read bad things about Kosi bay and the Wild Coast and I am currently avoiding that whole area. After this article, my wife and friends will unfortunately never experience this lovely town or area. Riaan

  • Kahki Boshoff - 2011-03-24 14:00

    @temakhafola. Criminals have no colour and they dont have judgement. Neither do lost idiots who cling on to Apartheid as a tool for blame. Nothing will ever improve in your life as long as you write such sacreligious hypocritical 'caveman' views. Put your stones down and pick up a book on African history and read what Africans have done compared to the rest on the civilised world. You have no chance of being a success when you have so much resentment for white people!

  • marie - 2011-03-24 14:12

    very few countries in the world can "boast" that they do not have "settlers". why should we be made to feel guilty about that. how pathetic is that!!! i wonder what they call "black americans" and pls dont say slavery is to blame, blame the chief that sold them in the first place.

  • BigD - 2011-03-24 14:14

    You see Cele, this is what was missing in your report. How are you going to stamp out these brutal murders in SA.

  • Worsie_Se_Pa - 2011-03-24 14:20

    You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. - Attributed to Adrian Rogers1

  • Lauren - 2011-03-24 14:36

    A person was murdered. Why does this have to turn into a black/white fight again. Granted, some chop brought up Van Riebeeck in all of this, but are we really doing ourselves favours by insulting black people wholesale in this forum? It just makes us all look like bigoted idiots. Address the person, not the race. Please.

  • Big Mouth - 2011-03-24 14:40

    I was planning a fishing trip there next month, with 4 friends. Guess not.