Alison: Possible parole for attackers

2012-01-16 22:49

Johannesburg - Two men who raped Alison Botha in Noordhoek, in Port Elizabeth, in 1994 and then slit her throat, could get parole soon after serving just 17 years of their sentence.

Theuns Kruger and Frans du Toit, who'd left her for dead, were both sentenced to life behind bars in August 1995.

However, in terms of legislation which came into effect in June last year, all prisoners who were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment before 2004 and have already served 13 years and four months, can apply for parole.

Du Toit and Kruger raped Alison, stabbed her more than 30 times with a knife and tried to slit her throat 16 times. She was left for dead in the veld. They'd told the Port Elizabeth High Court that the devil made them do it.

Alison's aorta and larynx were not severed, which enabled her to breathe. She had to gather her intestines and tuck them into her shirt while she held her head on her body with her other hand.

She staggered to the nearest road, where a medical student saw her and rushed her to the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.

The following morning Du Toit and Kruger used the bloodied knives with which they'd slashed Alison to butter their bread.

Kruger, who is doing his time in Pretoria, appeared before the parole board on December 14 and is said to be bragging to other inmates that he will be out of there soon.

Puleng Mokhoane, the Free State spokesperson for correctional services, said Du Toit had appeared before the parole board at the Grootvlei prison in Bloemfontein on January 10.


She said the "necessary procedures" would be followed.

Alison had not been aware of the possible parole for Kruger and Du Toit before being contacted by the media.

She said she was extremely shocked as she'd already applied last year to appeal against their possible release should parole be considered.

"I now realise that I'd clung to a false sense of security and never even considered the possibility that they could be freed.

"I will be frightened if they are released and I would very much like to be part of their parole hearing."

Sonwabo Mbananga, the minister of correctional services' spokesperson, said parole applications were not granted or turned down by parole boards.

They are merely part of an "administrative process" after which the case is referred to the National Council of Correctional Services, where factors such as the Judge's comments during sentencing, psychological reports and the prisoner's rehabilitation are considered.

The final decision rests with the minister, Mbananga said.

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-01-16 23:01

    Let the victim decide on this issue.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-16 23:25

      Alison we are all behind you and it will not happen!

      Sean - 2012-01-17 00:26

      This is a bloody joke !! Obviously once again the system fails !!

      Max - 2012-01-17 05:56

      I agree, just think about what kind of criminals are released on a daily bases under this legislation.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-17 06:24

      Death penalty no problem with parole ect. Gives peace of mind to all!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 06:25

      I hope sanity prevails and the parole board keeps these men where they belong. Why should victims have to go through a second round of fear?

      RE - 2012-01-17 06:44

      welcome to south africa.. where rapists, murderers n thiefs get away free, i must give it 2 u ANC, u made sure ur brothers can get away doing their hobbies.. best law under the sun, NOT!!

      Markrschulz - 2012-01-17 06:47

      There is such a thing as a 'point of no return'. When someone is capable of dismembering another human being and almost decapitating their head, then there is no place for them in a normal society. Further, to then brazenly claim that 'the Devil made them do it' indicates a lack of respect for other people's intelligence. These miscreants knew exactly what they were doing, and took pleasure in the rape and brutal, gratuitous suffering they inflicted on their victim. That she survived at all is probably due to this fact, not indicative of their ineptitude at slaughtering another person. A quick death is too good for these scoundrels, they should be put in a hole, chained to a wall and have just enough prison canteen leftovers shoved down their throats to sustain them until the next round of food arrives.

      craigtjames - 2012-01-17 06:53

      Markrshulz, they will come and just blame the devil again when they get up to the usuals. This is just not good - not for us, not for Alison.

      Ina - 2012-01-17 07:47

      I couldn't agree more! Let Alison decide. If it was me that this happened to I would have no problem asking the authorities to deny bail. Such barbarity should have ended in the death sentence, but as that has been abolished, let them stay in jail until they die.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-17 08:10

      I have her signed book. What an incredible human being. The two heathens are pyschotic and should sit for another 17 years. If the South African justice system releases them it will be symbolic of how the authorities have failed us yet again.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-17 12:13

      The absolute cheek to brag to other inmates of his release. Let them rot right where they are.

      Ann - 2012-01-17 13:22

      Our justice system is looking more and more like a joke every day! Please, PLEASE let Alison have a say in the fate of these excuses for human beings ...

  • geneburrow - 2012-01-16 23:05

    Wow wow wow. After what they did to Alison, they deserve nothing less than LIFE behind bars, not a mere 17 years. My heart goes out to Alison.

      braams - 2012-01-16 23:14

      I think even life behind bars could be too much. This would be a really good argument to reopen the debate on the death penalty. If 100 citizens were gathered and everything explained to them, like a jury in the US court system, I don't think too many would vote against the needle for these guys. Based on the info in the article, I would have no moral qualms to send them to their final destination sooner rather than later...

      Michelle - 2012-01-17 04:20

      Again I need to state that I firmly believe in the death penalty. These two "things" deserved to be sentenced to death. What if they do get parole and commit another heinous crime??? It has happenend before where "rehabilitated" individuals who were out on parole have committed crime again. Come on - give us "normal" people who cannot afford bodyguards and bluelight convoys a break.

      frans.h.marais - 2012-01-17 05:55

      I also agree that a life sentence is too light for these guys. The tax payer is keeping them alive, for what? If they get out, the devil may again tell them to do something horrible like this to someone else...will it only then be good enough to end their earthly lives? They deserve to be with their master! We should arrange the reunion for them.

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-17 05:59

      I am sure Alison is devastated, 17 years of trying to put her life back together,that kind of attack is something that one never fully recovers from, and now there is a possibility that her attackers will be free. According to Wikipedia those serving a life improsonment sentence may apply for aprole at 10, 15 and 20 years. Again the powers that be have seen fit to change things " However, in terms of legislation which came into effect in June last year, all prisoners who were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment before 2004 and have already served 13 years and four months, can apply for parole." What is however a grave matter of concern is her assailants outlook towards the justice system "Kruger, who is doing his time in Pretoria, appeared before the parole board on December 14 and is said to be bragging to other inmates that he will be out of there soon." Again the concept of responsibility and accountability has gone out of the window because it doesn't matter how heinous the crime the criminal is eligible for release in minimal time. Does that really constitute as a form of punishment?

      Schmee - 2012-01-17 07:42

      Alison was not even their first victim.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-01-16 23:07

    Nooooo!!!!!! How?

  • Daniel - 2012-01-16 23:08

    Yep, SA - the country where law-abiding citizens enjoy less regard for their safety than murderous criminals do for their freedom.

      Steve - 2012-01-16 23:49

      well said

      Mathilda - 2012-01-17 07:00

      This must be one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the history of South Africa. If anyone deserves to be behind bars forever (if even alive), it's these barbarians. I am appalled at the thought of their possible release.

      Peter - 2012-01-17 08:33

      @Daniel - you have a way with words - very well said, and very true. Why the 2004 cut-off, and why only 13 years of a life sentence. 13 years is not a life sentence - what are they thinking ??????

  • Gollum - 2012-01-16 23:10

    25 years would be too soon to let these animals out their cage

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-17 08:15

      100% The other thing is that he does not seem to have any remorse - bragging about possibly being released. Alison has been so brave through all of this and even travelled around the country delivering motivational speaches. I feel really sorry for her.

      Patsy - 2012-01-17 16:10

      Please don't insult animals....savages is a better word!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-16 23:20

    They must stay where they are that was such a malicious and sadistic attack they are most likely to do it again to someone else. Keep them locked up.

  • RemoteMedic - 2012-01-16 23:22

    No human is allowed to cast justice on criminals, only God has that right. All we can do is arrange the appointment.....

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-01-17 05:09

      God will judge them for sure, but it is up to us to maintain society standards and keep our women and children safe. Let them hang, and then God alone can judge them.

      Ben - 2012-01-17 05:10

      Yes but we have a responsibility to protect innocent people which does not mean letting the devil loose amongst them. They have proven that they are not suitable to be let loose in society.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-17 06:10

      Agreed RemoteMedic, we need to arrange that appointment asap.

      Garth - 2012-01-17 06:30

      Agreed RemoteMedic - `Kill em all, let God sort them out.'

      RemoteMedic - 2012-01-18 23:36

      To those 130 dislikes... You go and tell your reason for disliking my post to Alison in her face.

  • kelvin.strachan - 2012-01-16 23:22

    Someone in the prison needs to do the same to them and make it count. They mustn't get out. That poor woman. She must be feeling so helpless.

      Louise - 2012-01-16 23:55

      Kelvin, Alison Botha might feel helpless against decisions made concerning the release of these animals, but she has been an inspiration to all of us - since her tragic experience, she has written a book about it, and has become a well known inspirational speaker. She has used her bad experience for the good of society. HOW CHEATED MUST SHE FEEL NOW? (Not helpless, though...) I salute a very brave woman, who didn't let evil destroy her.

  • Henry - 2012-01-16 23:24

    If these two misfits ever see the outside of maximum security, then The Law is an ass. They cannot destroy Alison's for a second time. HP

      Tessa - 2012-01-17 10:02

      TYED OF THE CRUELTY IN SOUTH AFRICA Henry thats cool if they do get out. The time has come and the public will take the Law into there own hands. As in the case with Kotze. Sorry but there is no other option. The Law has garn just one step too far and we are not taking this no more.

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-01-16 23:28

    Shocking - since when did life become 17 years? No wonder our crime rate is sky high. Let them rot in jail till after death.

      Guy - 2012-01-17 07:55

      "Life" is never for life. Only the death penalty can ensure "forever"

  • John - 2012-01-16 23:35

    Another "get out of jail free" card.... And they wonder why people take the law into their own hands and we have kangaroo courts.

  • Steve - 2012-01-16 23:48

    WHY call it LIFE

  • Lodewyk - 2012-01-16 23:59

    But if it were Clive Darby Lewis it would have been a different story!! Then the victim’s family would have been the first to appeal!!!

  • piet.strydom - 2012-01-17 00:17

    If I remember correctly, the announcement of the abolition of the death penalty, on the front page of the Star, was flanked by this incident on the one side, and a child (toddler) muti killing on the other....

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-17 00:19

    I think a petition list against their release might do the trick? If she feels its necessary to get some help then she can just ask and we can start that list in time.

      Alicia - 2012-01-18 11:33

      There is a petition list just Google it, i signed it this morning!!! Over 1 500 people signed already!!!! Do it and share it!!!! :) Bastards can rot in jail and if not rot, get killed

  • Joe - 2012-01-17 00:49

    Kill the f**kers.

  • jenni.leonard.hinrichsen - 2012-01-17 01:20

    This is madness !!!!!!!!! Alison has lived semi / almost free ish for the past 17 yrs, [ not refering to her emtional pain etc, now she must look over her shoulder / wonder if they will do it again to other's / rehash what was done to her. While justice was done, why on earth undo it ????????? Come on Goverment dont let us down, dont let Alison down !!!!!!!!! Dont let the next victim down !!!!!!!!! Show the world we are not a bunch of heresay's

  • Louise - 2012-01-17 01:25

    NO! NO! Even I will be scared knowing monsters like that are walking the streets! They must stay for life!

  • Joe - 2012-01-17 01:31

    How can they even consider releasing these animals into normal society? Maybe true justice will come when these sick f**kers go do the same to the parole "people" who release them - maybe then parole will be considered a little more carefully in future.

  • brian.r.welch - 2012-01-17 02:07

    I think it best that Alison's wishes be granted and that she be allowed to play a part in the parole hearing.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-01-17 02:58

    It's simple. If they get out, arrange for them to be snuffed!

  • Mabs - 2012-01-17 03:14

    These two must never see the outside of the prison. I cannot even believe they are even allowed to apply for parole. If it was my daughter / sister I could not be responsible for my actions if they walk.

  • Mary - 2012-01-17 03:26

    This is how the criminals Cele and Selebi rely on not being prosecuted - a seriously flawed judicial system.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-01-17 05:00

    Shocking, shocking, shocking. These animals should have been hung a long time ago.

  • Sanesh Allopi - 2012-01-17 05:29

    Would it not be a good thing if the people responsible for releasing people from prison were also held accountable ? In other words, if they're paroled and commit a crime, the Judge and other people who've been involved in unleashing them should go to jail. Would certainly make them understand the gravity of their decisions.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-01-17 08:02

      I have to second that one Sanesh.

      Sharon - 2012-01-17 08:24


  • Ian - 2012-01-17 05:59

    I will be setting up an online petition to stop this, those bastards should have hung

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-17 06:07

    The citizens of this country need to form hit squads to eliminate creatures like this from our society if the government releases them. If the government can't protect us, we have no choice but to do it ourselves. There is no way I will ever believe creatures that can perpertrate an act like this can be rehabilitated. They need to be eliminated, just now they get the chance to breed and their evil genes are carried by their offspring. I feel like vomiting just thinking about what they did!

      Jerhone - 2012-01-17 08:25

      i think you should then start with the government for their stupidity

  • Sarah - 2012-01-17 06:17

    These monsters must stay locked up FOR LIFE - as they were sentenced. The parole board ought to be held responsible for any further crimes committed by felons they release. These bugs will never be rehabilitated. Alison will live in fear of her life, and that's a life sentence!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-17 06:23

    This is exactly why we need the death penalty. This woman could then sleep in peace until she's old and never have to look over her shoulder

      Johan Alta-Mari van Staden - 2012-01-17 07:00

      They will never bring back the death penalty, if they do almost half the government will have to face it. Its a faild system run by corrupt officials.

  • braamc - 2012-01-17 06:28

    I don't know why we bother with jails, close them down, means nothing

  • Robin - 2012-01-17 06:55

    Those b*****ds must rot in Hell (read Jail) for ever and a day. This is another example of a sick society and a failed system.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-17 07:02

    Being a victim of many types of crimes towards myself, most of which I am still fighting the justice system, to date, for conclusions, I believe as an individual, that Alison, should have a say in this matter. If the criminal is already bragging about his parole, it could mean that he may or may not seek Alison out again, and could take revenge on her, or her loved ones, for sending him to prison. He should have been given the death sentence, but this is my opinion. Hereto, I feel for Alison.

  • Eugene - 2012-01-17 07:03

    I hope they slit the throats of those who set them free.

  • Johan - 2012-01-17 07:04

    Life imprisonment should mean exactly that, LIFE, not 17 years

  • SamuraiMama - 2012-01-17 07:04

    Show us recent photo's of these bastards prior to releasing them. They won't last long on the outside.

  • Ian - 2012-01-17 07:09

    Morning all. I ahve set up a petition. Please help by signing. Heres the link

      Ian - 2012-01-17 07:10

      or you can find it on my fb page

      danie.theron - 2012-01-17 08:39

      Everybody should sign this

      SGL - 2012-01-17 09:00

      Can't find the link....

      SGL - 2012-01-17 09:21

      Found it. Have signed. Please everybody, sign this petition. Thanks for setting it up Ian.

      Chris - 2012-01-17 09:54

      Thanks Ian, everyone should sign this and network it to their friends and colleagues!

  • Peter - 2012-01-17 07:11

    This should not happen. There is only one place for people like this and that is not in society.

  • Anne Benade Kleynhans - 2012-01-17 07:17

    They should be in jail forever. They harmed an innocent woman.

  • Paula - 2012-01-17 07:24

    And this is called "JUSTICE"... Alison you fought for your life and won in 1994, do it again, we are all behind you!!

      Paula - 2012-01-17 08:05

      If we all keep blaming the "black/white" thing, and wish these criminals dead, are we not in keeping with them.... our focus should be on making sure that criminals like this stay imprisoned and use our energy to support the victims like Alison.... we should all sign Ian's petition!!!

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-17 07:25

    The justice system in this country is a farce.

  • Mark - 2012-01-17 07:31

    Life behind bars must mean exactly chance for parole. If you commit murder or in this case attempted murder which only by the grace of God, she didn't die, then oyu forfeit your opportunities in society. A callous and brutal act means you get locked away from society because we don't kill people in prison, and the victim didn't ask for their sentence, be it death, rape etc. Let justice be done....and be seen to be done. Society as a rule needs to believe that our individual lives and well being matter in general, and we rely on our courts and police to enforce that sense that we matter, and belong.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-17 07:34


      Jerhone - 2012-01-17 08:31

      no Andrew rather use the lethal injection on the minister and cut those monsters throats like they did to a helpless woman

  • anien.searle1 - 2012-01-17 07:34

    we are behind you all the way alison!

  • Lucy - 2012-01-17 07:35

    A few years ago in Cape Town, a rapist paroled after serving only 4 years of his 8 year sentence (the sentence was a joke to begin with) for the rape of a very young girl, which if memory serves me correctly was either a family member, or a daughter of a girlfriend, went back and raped and killed that young girl. Are we to believe that our already overcrowded prisons, which are understaffed and backed by completely inept and unlearned department of Corrections are able to implement successful rehabilitation programs for such people? I'm not much of an activist, but I sense that the time for Revolution is nigh, if not, we're either landing up like our Neighbours Zim, or all of us are going to the Kalahari with a fence around us, while the corrupt and evil run the land.

  • Moi - 2012-01-17 07:37

    There is no way that these two monsters should be allowed out! What are they thinking, allowing them to apply for bail?????

  • Phumi - 2012-01-17 07:37

    If Hansie can be forgiven for blaming the 'Devil' for the betrayal of his countryman and the nation then I do not see why these man cannot be forgiven. We need to be consistant where law is conserned. Personally I think we have too much liberal justice system in this country and will forever call for a total overhaul of it!

      Felix - 2012-01-17 07:46

      Did you have an extra cup of stupid this morning?

      margyhp - 2012-01-17 07:48

      How the hell can you compare Hansie to these evil barbaric scum????? How can you compare the 2 crimes. You're a real plonker

      Markrschulz - 2012-01-17 07:49

      A bridge is missing its little troll. Blaming Satan is a lie, and a bad one at that. Hansie and these two got caught and then deferred to an external source of evil to account for their actions. The truth is that they all knew what they were doing and then dug for sympathy in order to try to escape punishment. They are the evil ones, not some red guy with the pitchfork who will punish you for not voting for the ANC and forces people to break the law in his spare time.

      Garth - 2012-01-17 08:04

      I had to read this idiocy twice in order to lower my intellect to the base where I could understand what this cretin is trying to say. I understand his message now: `I am a racist, ignorant troll.'

      Albert - 2012-01-17 08:12

      This phumi(gation) guy must be a retard.No logic.

      Isabella - 2012-01-17 08:20

      Phumi have you ever been raped? Have you evever had your throat slit? You have no idea what it is like to survive trauma like that. Forgiveness???? I think not, they should rot in jail and go to hell

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-17 08:37

      please please please tell me that was sarcasm

      burleigh1 - 2012-01-17 10:51

      It's crazy to compare what Hansie did compared to what these two did, besides Hansie's life sentence of having no part in cricket at all for the rest of his life would've been a life sentence with no parole and he never hurt anyone.

      Lesley - 2012-01-17 14:31

      Don't know what planet you inhabit Phumi. There is no law or justice in this country. To be what is termed as, a law abiding citizen, is to be scorned upon. The government is on the side of all criminals and not their victims. Just by the way Hansie Cronje never harmed anyone and is not here to defend himself so let him be, there is no comparison. Besides would you forgive them if it were your wife or girlfriend that they mutilated?

      Alicia - 2012-01-18 11:37

      YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!! Did someone surgically remove your brain matter, or did u even have any!!! U should be behind bars with them you prick

  • Starlight3 - 2012-01-17 07:38

    This is why I am in favour of the death penalty! The fact that these people may be allowed to walk our streets and seek revenge on Alison is NOT the sort of justice that we, the people, want! These barbaric monsters should have been removed from society, permanently, by execution!

  • Janice - 2012-01-17 07:41

    If anyone has read her book, they will know that these whackos belong on another planet entirely!!!

      Garth - 2012-01-17 08:10

      Preferably Venus - she is beautiful, but she is covered with a deadly cloud of toxic gas and has surface temperatures of 450 degrees. A fitting place for all rapists, murderers and child molesters. The so-called legislators that dreamed up this lemon would also benefit the earth by retiring to that planet.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-17 07:42

    The majority of South Africa live in a lost society as a result of poor education and cultural belief. However the government are the real sick society for allowing such criminals to roam free. The judge alone is responsible for such idiocy and should pay for the crimes he allows to happen because of his inability to protect the general public.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-17 07:45

    The problem with all of this is, that we live in AFRICA, and dog eats dog ! There is no justice in AFRICA !Its all self indulgence and financial gratification for those in charge of this so called Rainbow Nation ! This is a country of Murderers, Terrorists, and Thieves in charge of Law Abiding People ! In Africa, you do get away with anything ! What do expect from this type of Justice System ? Gatvol !

      Albert - 2012-01-17 08:28

      Andrew ,i blame the old gentlemen of the nat party that sold us out to these cretens.Today,we sa`s hide,to sh-tscared to toy-toy,or loose our jobs or get branded as a racist by our own people.The pulling up of shoulders with "what can i do?".Our loveones get murdered and we calm ourselves with"God has a plan".Then we carry on living like it is our last days on earth.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 09:55

      Phangolicious - its 2012 my bru! Time to move on. To add, 18 years later its only got worse for the most of us!

      Ina - 2012-01-17 10:27

      phangolicious. What a troll you are! Go spread your pathetic propaganda and lies somewhere else.

      Garth - 2012-01-17 10:35

      @phangolicker - your answer to criticism of this country's administrators is typical of the arrogance one has come to expect from an ignorant supporter of the ineptocracy. Merely because one is `gatvol' of a current system, situation, maladministration, etc. does not mean that one should emigrate. That will not ever solve the problem. What did your father and mother and ancestors, for you are obviously young, do during the apartheid era? Did they run away like the anc leaders, or did they stay and protest from within the bounds of that system? Methinks they stayed, either that or you are a recent immigrant. So, to all of you ignorant anc supporters out there: we are not going anywhere and the inept, evil regime that you support will fall. Good, comes to all those who wait.