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Angry employee sets fire to boss

2011-03-07 09:03

Modimolle - The co-owner of the Kranskop fuel station next to the N1 highway in Modimolle in Limpopo is fighting for his life after an aggrieved petrol attendant threw a petrol bomb into his office.

Jaco Rossouw, 34, is in a critical condition after sustaining 95% burn wounds in the incident, which took place at about 09:00 on Sunday morning.

The petrol attendant sustained burns to his own arms in the process. He is being treated in hospital under police guard.

Shocked motorists at the garage put out the flames on Rossouw's body with a fire extinguisher. He was treated by paramedics and rushed to Warmbaths provincial hospital in Bela-Bela before being transported by helicopter to Muelmed Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday afternoon.

A friend, Mark Harper, said late on Sunday night that "he is not doing well at all. The doctors only bring bad news but we hope and trust that God will perform a miracle".

Disagreement

The petrol attendant and Rossouw had apparently had a row. It is not clear what it was about, but some of the other petrol attendants said Rossouw had fired him.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said after the row, the petrol attendant threw petrol into a bottle, set it alight and threw it through the window of the office building.

Natasja Kotze was heading back to Meyerton from Polokwane on Sunday morning when she stopped at the fuel station. "You never think you will experience something like that. It was awful to see."

Kotze said they saw how the badly burnt Rossouw was treated by emergency rescue workers outside the office section of the fuel station. They also saw the petrol attendant in a police van.

Kotze said some of the petrol attendants told them their colleague had threatened to throw petrol through Rossouw's office window earlier on Sunday morning. "They then stopped him and said they didn't see him pouring petrol in the bottle later."

Stopped breathing

Trompie Jonker of the private Tromar ambulance service said the fire extinguisher that bystanders used to put out the flames on Rossouw's body, caused him to inhale some of the substance sprayed by the extinguisher. It also badly damaged his lungs.

Rossouw stopped breathing while emergency workers from Tromar as well as the provincial ambulance workers treated him. "His hair, eyelashes and almost all his skin was burnt off. His lungs and windpipe were also damaged by the smoke he inhaled," said Jonker.

Ledwaba said the attendant would appear in court this week on charges of attempted murder, arson and theft of petrol.

Rossouw and his wife, Edna, live in Bela-Bela. They have two young children, Ruben, 4, and Emma, 2. His wife was with him in hospital on Sunday evening.

She wrote on her Facebook page on February 7: "Seven wonderful years together, my husband! You are a gift from God to me and the children! Couldn't have asked for a better man!! Love you lots."
 

Comments
  • Kevin King - 2011-03-07 09:12

    Don't forget R2,000 bail. My prayers are with this family.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-07 10:12

      @mlh - This had nothing to do with race. So please don't cheapen this barbaric incident by bringing up the race card. A man is fighting for his life here. Keep your racial issues to yourself & pray that he survives so he can be with his family again.

      green_goblin - 2011-03-07 10:36

      @zmaswazi.. agree with you whole heartedly bud!! could not have said it better myself

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-07 10:47

      95% percent burned? If that is true then his chances are near zero. I expect the charges to be amended to murder pretty soon. I feel for the mans family and friends and wish them strength in these difficult times. How sick is the nation when this is the way a labourdispute is dealt with?

      lldoidge - 2011-03-07 10:48

      You're on the button Zamaswazi. Keep race out of it.

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-07 11:29

      @gbrits...exactly. My point about the attack is the barbarism involved and SADLY most barbaric attacks [farm murders...!} in this country are committed by a majority....it is what it is.

      Jo - 2011-03-07 11:30

      I agree with Zamaswazi, and I'm not sure how prayer in addition to medical care will harm this man? Maybe prayer will also comfort his family through this awful time - if that's ok with everyone?

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-07 12:12

      What other comfort Jo, but prayer.

      Pokkels_LOL - 2011-03-07 13:58

      Every day we read stories like this on News24, barbaric attacks, barbaric rapes and barbaric murders. All we do is hope and pray it won’t happen to us and pray for the families whom it happened to. I’ve travelled the world and everywhere I go, no one wants to go to South Africa on holiday. If we get the death penalty initiated we won’t be sitting with these senseless crimes and it would be a far nicer place to live in and other countries will actually come to South Africa on holiday and spend money here that will boost our economy in effect.

      Neutral-brow - 2011-03-07 14:05

      @mlh... whites r not setting black on fire... not in this country though... but have u read what happened in Greece last month? Just making a point. Nothing to do with race but individual.

      lukas2 - 2011-03-07 17:04

      South Africa needs the death penalty...

      Zebedi - 2011-03-08 08:46

      I say let him loose to the people. We have a 14" tyre that will fit just nicely around his body, pinning his arms so that he cannot escape the flames that he so justly deserves.

      Lanfear - 2011-03-08 09:13

      @ Zebedi - well said, mob justice may be the only justice left. @ lukas2 & others about the death penalty - it amaze that people think bringing back the death penalty will be an instant cure to our country's crime problems. It won't, countless research has shown as much.

  • Spoofed - 2011-03-07 09:13

    Absolutely barbaric! what is happening to us? =,( I hope your daddy gets well soon little ones. and is able to live do see you guys grow up.

      Tigra - 2011-03-07 12:28

      @freaky - The majority of people in our country are Africans... So it would stand to reason that most crime is committed by Africans... DUH?!? Although my definition of an African is someone who was born in Africa - no matter what your skin color...

      Pocahontas - 2011-03-08 10:05

      Savages!!

  • zulufox - 2011-03-07 09:15

    Burn the hand that feeds you! WTF? This is really really cruel, I hope he rots in jail! NO matter what the circumstances were, this is totally unacceptable!

      The Ted Vos - 2011-03-07 12:18

      Who are you and what have you done with zulufox?

      Felix - 2011-03-07 12:42

      I think he's having an off troll day. Good to hear some sense from you umfowethu!

      zulufox - 2011-03-07 13:57

      LOL The Ted Vos! Come on guys, I am human! Heard this on 702 Radio this morning and almost fell off my bed with shock! This is really bad and sad... I hope the family stays strong!

      Fanie - 2011-03-07 14:04

      What do you mean "burn the hand that feeds you"....are you saying this guy wont get three square meals a day in prison?

      zulufox - 2011-03-07 14:13

      @Fanie prisoners all over the world get meals... don't really get your point here...

      Fanie - 2011-03-07 16:07

      @zulufox..my point is that the guy acted in anger because "the hand that fed him" had fired him. However,by and large, he (the accused), will still be fed by me and you in prison through the tax we pay...in short, now he is our real and immediate problem.

  • Lestor - 2011-03-07 09:16

    What a douche

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 09:18

    This man needs an anger management course

      lpiet35 - 2011-03-07 09:26

      This man needs the death sentence

      henk - 2011-03-07 09:27

      Too late for that! He needs to burn to death! We dont need Sh88t like that walking our streets!

      Johnny - 2011-03-07 09:55

      ....death penalty for that petrol attendand.... ....hang them high....

  • henk - 2011-03-07 09:25

    Jaco, ek bid vir jou herstel sodat jy onder andere jou kinders kan sien groodword. Dink dan ook aan al jou vriende en familie. So wreed en sinneloos., maar dit gebeur al meer in SA want wet en orde is lankal by die deur uit.

      vorsterhenk - 2011-03-07 09:33

      Can't believe it, people like this should be removed from society PERMANENTLY!

      The_Fox - 2011-03-07 10:53

      Dis baie hartseer, hy verdien dit nie. Alhoewel ons nie baie close is met Jaco-hulle nie ken ons hulle en dit voel absoluut aaklig om te hoor wat gebeur het. Hoe barbaars kan een mens wees? Ergste van alles is hulle is in dieselfde hospitaal opgeneem. Ons bid vir julle Edna, julle is goeie, eerlike mense en verdien nie wat gebeur het nie.

  • Colline - 2011-03-07 09:32

    I pray he survives. i'll say no more because if i do then i'll be branded a "racist"

      Tseleng - 2011-03-07 09:52

      No your not, we might have differences but killing is not on. He must be dealt with, I was once fired and no one died and here I am doing multi fine. Let him rot in jail.

      Jo - 2011-03-07 11:31

      agreed, Tseleng.

      Ntsikei - 2011-03-08 10:19

      Glad U stopped right there.....coz this had nothing to do with the petrol attended being an African...........the fcuker just lost his nuts & marbles, and decided to let anger control him............the next thing he will go to jail for a short time & Jaco will be disfigured for the rest of his life if he lives anyway! what a sad world we live in.........

      centre claus - 2011-03-08 11:43

      Yes u would be a racist cos there is no where on the article where the race of the perpetrator is revealed. yes we know the race of the victim. anyway that s definatly not a way to deal wuth labour disputes, unions,CCMA and courts are competent and available to deal with such disputes.

      Edgar - 2011-07-20 13:44

      That's good we'll pray he get well soon

  • Susannomore - 2011-03-07 09:34

    This poor man had to wait for an hour for the paramedics, according to a witness who phoned in to Talk 702 this morning. Apparantly, the argument was about him being 2 hours late for work (the attendent). And now a family is destroyed. My prayers to Jaco and his family

      Hlabirwa - 2011-03-07 11:15

      So he was late and fired and that means two families were destroyed.The only difference is that the first one was destroyed through power and the second was destroyed through vicious attack. Both of them could have been prevented.

      Jo - 2011-03-07 11:38

      Um, the worker would have battled, but could still get work and apply for a grant - the owner, who employs many other workers, could die. Which means that he can never work again, and the business may have to wrap up as part of his estate, and all the other workers may be unemployed. If you can't see that this action was wrong because it was cruel and inhuman, then at least see the economics of destruction.

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-07 12:24

      @Atheist get over yourself you ponce. Go play on the train tracks or go sit in the corner and cry yourself to sleep, we're really not interested in your ill-informed opinions.

      bytjies - 2011-03-07 12:55

      Hlabirwa, So if a eployee does not do his job correclty, you should not fire him, because he has a family, or because your afraid he burns you? The only way the first tradegy could have been avoided was if the employee had been on time as is stipulated in his contract. How is that the managers fault. and where is power the problem?

      lindz.aylward - 2011-03-07 13:49

      @LogicBomb....I totally agree with you about A THEIST! Before you know it she will be contacting you privately via e-mail! Might i add that she is a very confused little girl too! Waste of time! I pray that this family get through this awful ordeal! Nobody deserves to go through this!

      Susannomore - 2011-03-07 14:05

      Jo - I hope your comment isn't aimed at me. I did not state in this comment that I thought it was right or wrong. I was stating what I had heard a witness say. And if you read the rest of my comments, you will see that I thought it was VERY wrong. UM???

      Jo - 2011-03-07 14:12

      No, Susannomore - I was replying to Hlabirwa.

      pointblankza - 2011-03-07 15:09

      @logicbomb & linda, get a room..

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-07 15:16

      @pointblank *golf clap* for your incredibly original attempt at satire. Ponce. *yaaaaawn*

      Avron Lucas - 2013-06-07 13:20

      Hlabirwa - This is for you. Do you know the circumstances surrounding the firing of the person? You only see and read because he was late. Was this the first time he was late? Was he given warning prior to this? You and I do not know this. Maybe this was his umpteenth offence. Needless to say, this is the culture of us all turning an unhappy situation into a disaster. Violence will not solve issues. Why don’t you say, thanks for him who created the job opportunity in the first place. He who is on his post every day to support his family and provide a service to the community. He who now lies in hospital fighting for his life. May God’s richest blessing go to Jaco and his family through this trying time. My prayer is for a peaceful country where we can live in harmony which each other.

  • traceyroux - 2011-03-07 09:37

    Lets keep this family in our prayers.

  • Perfume - 2011-03-07 09:42

    What bloody next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      yttocs69 - 2011-03-07 12:19

      The whole Engen site possibly !!!!!!!!!!

  • Mgayi - 2011-03-07 09:43

    Surely the disagreement could have been settled via a mediation process i.e. CCMA ? Setting another human being alight is inhuman !!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 10:27

      That is the worst reaction to a disagreement

  • Caz - 2011-03-07 09:48

    May he recover, his life will never be the same, i really feel for his children, the petrol attendent must get life!!!!

      Truds - 2011-03-08 14:49

      Caz, he won't get life. It's because criminals have no respect for our justice systems that they commit crime willy-nilly! No one deserves what happened to Jaco.

  • Jennic - 2011-03-07 09:48

    At a total loss for words - so shocked at the sheer barbarity of this act! Thoughts and prayers are with Jaco and his family.

  • grproclean.es - 2011-03-07 09:54

    do the same to the pussy petrol attendant. Lets face it man - there is still a lot of resentment hangover from apartheid days. Theres just way too much hate.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-07 10:30

      And it is evident in the comments above.

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-07 12:26

      @Zamaswazi. My comment above is most certainly NOT being said with hate in mind! I said it because this is the reality of the SA we live in. It is not intended, or directed, to obvious peace-loving citizens like yourself.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-07 13:46

      @mlh - I hope you see the irony of your previous comments. If you find me to be peace-loving, then your general claim that the majorities have sheer hatred for the minorities is now being negated by your current statement. By generalizing, you demonized me as well.

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-07 15:47

      @Zamaswazi - what I said is that MOST of SA's crime is committed by the majority....[based on statistics and - reality]. NOWHERE do I say the majority is filled with hate.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-07 16:23

      @mlh - Maybe you need to go back & re-read your own comment. You hold a view of there being general sheer hate for the minority, which is what I dispute. Those who hate minorities are as racist as the minorities who hate the majority. (I think we have exhausted this discussion. I hope we both take something away from it. No matter how little). Cheers!

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-07 16:57

      Oh come on Zamaswazi, methinks you are beginning to show a chip on your shoulder. (sadly). Try as you may you will NOT misquote me [sounds like the blame the media gets all the time...]. You are, as the saying goes, 'trying to put words into my mouth'. I know EXACTLY what I said and retract nothing. Its plain, simple English. Shall we end this discussion by saying you misunderstand[stood] me? :-)

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-07 17:25

      @mlh - I have not once words in your months. Your comments are all there, so you can always go back & read them (as per my suggestion). I'm really not so sure why you are suddenly so upset with me. I asked to end this conversation already, but I guess you wanna end it on YOUR note. Fine by me. Sharp!

  • Random - 2011-03-07 09:58

    Most of the comments here are idiotic and irrelevant. What has race got to do with anything? A man was petrol-bombed for running his business the best way he knows how. If you can't do your job, I will fire you. Does that mean I have to be burnt to death for that. Hope he gets better soon. Black, white or pink is no excuse for such behaviour.

      oarabile26 - 2011-03-07 10:16

      Amen to that

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 11:37

      I agree with you

      Totman - 2011-03-07 13:05

      Most of the remarks before you are not referring to race. Only on or two. I am actually impress how all is standing together in there comments. Well done. See, we can do it! 1st read all above your's before comment. I agree with the rest of your comment.

      Truds - 2011-03-08 14:53

      @Totman - you should have seen the Afrikaans comments...

      David Khumalo - 2013-06-20 17:34

      @Truds, what about the Afrikaans comments, please show me where the racist comments where. it is people like you that make everything into race. What Random said is 100% correct "WHAT HAS RACE GOT TO DO WITH IT ???????".

  • Santapola - 2011-03-07 10:00

    Some people cannot take the pain of losing a job..it was not a good idea to do that but ben fired???We also like to see our kids having something to eat..

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-07 10:13

      well, now he will be in jail for years, so who the F is going to feed his kids now, huh? keep it real, please

      Tchaik - 2011-03-07 12:12

      Santapola...WTF?

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-07 12:25

      @santapola are you braindead? Time to pull the plug on whatever is keeping you alive and spewing your bile.

      gary.gecko - 2011-03-07 13:23

      Perhaps he should have thought about his kids having something to eat before he came 2 hours late?

      Neutral-brow - 2011-03-07 14:20

      @santapola, if u want to see ur kids eat everyday... then wake up on time and make sure u get to work on time. That attendant is the only one that was fired... there others saw a need 2 feed their kids... that is y they kept their jobs.

      Susannomore - 2011-03-07 15:44

      Sure. No problem. Any grivence, you go ahead and get that petrol can. Are you for real???!?

      Michael - 2011-03-25 10:55

      OH SO YOU WOULD SET SOMEONE ALIGHT TO FEED YOUR KIDS? WHAT MESSAGE WOULD THAT SEND TO YOUR CHILDREN? NO MATTER WHAT NOBODY DESERVES THIS!!

      Kgope Tsie - 2013-06-07 12:36

      You'll be surprised the extent to which people will go to secure their own. When apartheid was conceived, the 'founding fathers' had just that in mind...security for their own. I think it worked out pretty well in their case.

      David Khumalo - 2013-06-20 17:37

      #Kgope, why the hell would you bring apartheid into it ? The man was late for work, maybe not the first time, and he got fired. If I am late for work or I do not do my work I will get fired as well that is how business works, at least how it should.

  • Shino - 2011-03-07 10:03

    Why don't they name the scum for crying out loud??! [Insert generic murderer and terrorist here]

  • jasmin.haumann - 2011-03-07 10:04

    Am from south africa living in singapore.The law is so strict in this country.if something like that should happen.there will be know time for bail.he will be hang the same day

      AJ - 2011-03-07 10:35

      Hence why they would not think of doing it there.

      Truds - 2011-03-08 14:55

      Now that sounds like a plan...

  • carolyn.mciver - 2011-03-07 10:06

    once again.....violence is used if they dont get their own way.. sickens me...barbaric moron.....hope he rots in hell....but guess what...he will be out of jail and back to do it all again in no time at all.....

  • sectioneightsolutions - 2011-03-07 10:11

    A man burns another man nearly to death, for what ever reason, I care not, I also care not which one was black or white. This type of action HAS to be stopped. Example must be set. I believe we need some real justice in this country. We have no more Rule of Law.

  • Morwakgwadi - 2011-03-07 10:13

    God forgive us all, its horrible not matter what the story behind is, hope for healing for all, the staff, Jaco and family, and the evil bomber, i hope Jaco do not live to see some of these stupid comments

  • Anné Leonard - 2011-03-07 10:16

    It changes completely when your brother tell you that he actually went to school with this guy (Jaco Rossouw)... It is not just a crime statistic. God, please, please, please help Jaco, his young family and every person who reads this: we need Your calmness and healing.

      Susannomore - 2011-03-07 14:07

      Why should it change? Compassion should be felt for Jaco, or any other person in a similar situation, regardless who they went to school with

      Truds - 2011-03-08 14:57

      @Susannomore - I think what Anné means is that it hits closer to home when it is someone close to you. It's not just a name in the newspaper - this one has a face as well. We tend to want to believe that it will never happen to us and when it does, it just hurts so much more.

  • Collen - 2011-03-07 10:20

    Sometimes people can make you angry, but killing is something else. Set his car alight, at least, not HIM. That's unbearable. *No race cards attached, and not that I fear anyone*

      DW - 2011-03-07 13:27

      Collen I do understand anger, but really? Set his car alight? Why does everything have to come down to violence? There are better ways to deal with your frustrations than killing someone or destroying property. If he had been unfairly treated he could have gone to CCMA. If he was fairly treated then he should take his punishment like a man. Please do NOT condone destruction of property as a solution to any kind of dispute.

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-07 14:02

      You utter idiot. No violence. Maybe you watch too much TV such as CNN

      Lucyinthesky - 2011-03-08 10:05

      Yes right. You're making me angry right now- tell me where you parked your car so I can set it alight. Idiot.

  • Phineas - 2011-03-07 10:23

    I pray for unity and tolerance amongst all race, tribe, language, belief and gender in Jesus Name. God heal our land in the Mighty Name of our Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

      Picasso - 2011-03-07 11:02

      As they say in Tears of the Sun. God left Africa a long time ago.

      Totman - 2011-03-07 13:10

      Maybe for you Picasso. No, I think you just referring to what was written. It is us that left HIM!

      Neutral-brow - 2011-03-07 14:27

      @Picasso - Athiest comments!

      Lanfear - 2011-03-08 09:51

      @ Neutral-brow - you said "Athiest comments!" I say "so what?!" Besides, learn to spell, its athEIst.

      Lanfear - 2011-03-08 09:58

      @ Neutral-brow - you said "Athiest comments!" I say "so what?!" Besides, learn to spell, its athEIst.

  • 24newsreader - 2011-03-07 10:29

    If the population is 10 to 1 it means that for the crime ratio to be equal there should be a similar ratio never mind the poverty ratio etc.We are one nation and we can all hate terrible stories like this.

  • whyte58 - 2011-03-07 10:32

    Jarre julee is almal sad that has now turned this into a racial thing...but wait where does it state the petrol attendant is BLACK??? This dude snapped for some reason and its sad that he went this far...just remain focussed that a man-husband-child-father-brother-cousin is fighting for his life...he never expected in his wildest imagination this would ever happend to him!! so bugger off all you racist people its not about race its a people doing these acts!!! since all races are guiilty of crime whether it appears in the news or not!!!

      whyte58 - 2011-03-07 10:54

      I wish for once we could all unite and put ur differences aside and come together as a unit and just pray for this man and his family PLEASE.Is that asking for too much?

      Mgayi - 2011-03-07 12:21

      @whyte58 I'll put my head on the block and say we are not racist in assuming that the attendant is black ,call me racist or stoopid but this incident bears the hallmarks of an angry black dude .I can imagine him shouting at his employer "ke tla go bolaya ka go pantitela jou moerskont "

      Ntsikei - 2011-03-08 10:31

      @ Whyte58 the fact is South African whites are rich and educated so it is 100% unlikely to get a white Petrol attendant in S.A

      NicolaG - 2011-03-08 15:34

      @Ntsikei - Are you sure all whites are rich? Read the story in the Sowetan about white people queuing for RDP homes. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2011/03/08/white-squatters-queue-for-rdp-homes

      David Khumalo - 2013-06-20 17:50

      @phangolicious, have you ever seen the white townships at Pretoria, those people are poor as sh*t , the educated part is our own fault. We do not give enough energy and time in getting our kids educated instead we leave it for this failure of a government to do.

  • Belbeans - 2011-03-07 10:36

    To Edna and her family. We pray for you at this time and send blessings that all will be well. After that one can concentrate on justice being done.

  • Moi1980 - 2011-03-07 10:37

    Absolutely shocking! I really hope he makes it through this. My thoughts are with his young family.

  • MaLemmer - 2011-03-07 10:38

    Savage!

  • zbt - 2011-03-07 10:44

    My heart goes out to the families on both sides, both the attendent and Jaco as NON of them deserve this. The comments here make me sad for the future of our world and I wish we could all live as John Lennon proposed - lyrics below. Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one

      justinclark412 - 2011-03-07 11:09

      This song is so true,

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-07 14:03

      dream on. in the meantime a man is fighting to stay alive.

      David Khumalo - 2013-06-20 17:51

      Nice reference @zbt, John Lennon was going to change the world.

  • The_Fox - 2011-03-07 10:47

    He was fired for stealing from the convenience shop. My daughter is good friends with their son Ruben. Jaco en Edna - ons bid vir julle en sterkte. Mag die Here julle help deur hierdie aaklige episode.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 11:43

      My heartfelt wishes to you and to his family that he recovers

  • Gaynor - 2011-03-07 10:48

    Where will this barbaric ruthless savage violence lead us too and eve end! Our protection laws in SA fail us law abiding citizens miserably! Absolutely shocking.

  • 24newsreader - 2011-03-07 10:53

    What rubbish stop whatching John Wayne movies partner

  • Welleducated - 2011-03-07 10:54

    Sadly, this guy is going to prison and will vote ANC with a huge smile on his evil face. Disgusted!

      matla - 2011-03-07 12:24

      what has the ANC got to do with this, stupido?

      tshwanecc - 2011-03-07 15:41

      Did they mention anywhere in the story that the assailant was ANC? As an educated person you should analyse issues properly. Your anger clouds your judgement.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 16:13

      You are not educated at all, your qualifications have expired

  • justinclark412 - 2011-03-07 10:58

    Crime, crime, crime. Another issue giving South Africa a bad name. Gaan jy jou die hande wat jou kos voorsien, of voorsien het so vernietig. Hy kan mos maar net n ander job gesoek het. Waar het daardie anger vandaan gekom. Eks bang om trug te kom Suid-Afrika toe. Alle sterkte aan Jaco en vrou en kinders.

  • PP - 2011-03-07 11:01

    So much of hatred. Eish.

  • Gary - 2011-03-07 11:03

    i was at the garage when it happened , it was devistating, we could only stand by helpless as we watched the poor man suffer. i asked the petrol attendant ( at the time didnt know it was him who threw the bomb or i would have broken every bone in his face ) what happened all he did was cry in pain as the skin hung from his arms. I offer my sympathy to his wife and children, no man deserves to lay there on the floor in hat condition. what has this country become???? gary

  • izzonline - 2011-03-07 11:05

    People must learn to move forward and comment on the matter at hand, not on the race, for which this incident pretty much has little to do with it, but labour issue. It is unfortunate that he was not stopped again from committing this barbaric act. This man's kids are pretty young and I wish him to recover and for an investigation into this 'labour dispute' and successful prosecution of the offender. And also, to those who feed their fellow humans to lions, stop reminding others that they are regarded as non-human. Let us learn from the non-racial public debates of countries Benelux countries.

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-07 14:06

      When last did you see a white person stoning, setting alight or axing his employer for being fired? Wake up to the reality, and comment on that, and be honest for a change.

      Picasso - 2011-03-08 08:10

      @ izzonline You guys are always refering to the lion guy (one case in 20 years). Two things: 1. The guy was already dead when he was fed to the lions 2. He had two (2) BLACK accomplishes. How come no one ever mention that small but critical part of information?

  • BB23 - 2011-03-07 11:09

    What a scary nation we are when we resort to violence to deal with conflict. And we wonder what makes a grade 2 pupil kick another in the stomach. All we have to do it look at the parents / adults. Great example guys! Sickening. And the human species is the most evolved? or rather devolved...

      lldoidge - 2011-03-07 11:29

      No, humans could learn a lot from animals! You'd never find this kind of barbarism in the animal kingdom.

  • A THEIST - 2011-03-07 11:20

    WHERE IS GOD IN THIS SICK SOCIETY ?

      happygolucky - 2011-03-07 11:32

      yip...the lights are on, but nobody is home...must have gone fishing

      system.reset1 - 2011-03-07 12:29

      Atheist - I think you may be the kind of guy who campaigns to get Christianity and any mention of the name Jesus Christ removed from schools, media and society as a whole - and then you ask "Where did He go?"

      gekko - 2011-03-07 12:44

      On every blog you try and bring GOD into the conversation.You don't believe in GOD but you are so obsessed with him.Dude you are a serious PHSYCO!

      liana.prinsloo - 2011-03-07 12:53

      You sure do spend a lot of time and energy propagating your 'doubt' in the existance of a God. It does pose the question, are you compensating for something, or in other words, are you in fact trying to convince yourself that you are right?

      Totman - 2011-03-07 13:30

      A THEIST you do have the right to comment, but doing it every few minutes with the same gain is not practicing your right. Maybe He is busy fighting for your and others's souls that you all can have a pleasant next live, while let His children be killed because He know they are saved. Food for thought: All the people that started this disbelieved[your leaders] begged forgiveness on there deathbeds[if they were so lucky to had the opportunity] None of the believers rejected Him on the deathbeds. Why??? It should make you think. Do not believe me. Read a bit. Do research. Nope, you do not have to read religion books to find these reports.

      Mj - 2011-03-07 13:46

      hiding under the table...?

      lindz.aylward - 2011-03-07 13:54

      Wait till she mails to your personal e-mail! She might even threatens to hit your face with a stick etc. etc. Then she will offer her personal telephone number so that you can phone her in order for her to tell you off! Feisty! Scary too, in a freakish way!

      Johnny - 2011-03-07 13:59

      ....God left in 1994.....

      Susannomore - 2011-03-07 15:47

      That's the spirit. The racisim thing isn't really working here, so lets thrown religon into the argument. G-O A-W-A-Y

      brown_bread - 2011-03-07 16:03

      Im not agreeing to his/her views but 'A Theist' is different from 'Atheist'. Like 'A round' and 'Around'...just a perspective...sos/he is a theist

      Paco7 - 2011-03-09 11:56

      God is everywhere u filthy vermin,it is man that is barbaric and ignorant like yourself

  • BigChris - 2011-03-07 11:25

    All you people that are commenting on this article and using race as basis of you're arguments are sick.This was a tragic incident,plain and simple .What ever happened to just being a mad in you're head.And let me just say one thing,just because it's states that a "petrol attendant" did that,does not mean that he couldn't be white.Or is being a petrol attendant just a black and coloured man job.Get a life

      greydan4 - 2011-03-08 07:42

      The problem is that it is always black men that get mad in the head and it is mostly whites that suffer.

  • Derrick - 2011-03-07 11:45

    I don't think the South African justitice system can do this one justice.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 12:01

      This has nothing to do with the ANC

      DW - 2011-03-07 13:32

      @ Paul - no-one said anything about the ANC. Stop being so defensive. The SA justice system will, all things being equal, find this man guilty and put him in jail where he will get out after a number of years for this being a crime of passion (in anger). He should be hanged.

      Aj - 2011-03-07 13:38

      already linking justice to the anc..? whahahahahah there is none.. 51% of people displeased with service delivery.. STRIKE VIVA VIVA AMAAAANTHLA...

  • thecrawl240 - 2011-03-07 11:50

    you reap what you sow, there goes the fruits of bantu education

      Johnny - 2011-03-07 12:08

      ....there is no excuse for "barbarism"....

      thecrawl240 - 2011-03-07 12:36

      barbarism is the state of being primitive or lacking civilization, education and civilization go hand in hand as far as am concerned. Am not condoning what this person did but people should acknowledge the direct link between apartheid and violence. Everynone is pointing to the violent blacks but what made them to be like that.

      lldoidge - 2011-03-07 13:04

      Bantu education was a damn lot better than what is dished out now! So, are we going to excuse ALL scholars since 1994?

      liana.prinsloo - 2011-03-07 13:07

      What a creative way to blame Apartheid. Perhaps, the reason that SA is in turmoil, is because everyone refuses to take responsibility for their actions? You can observe this right through society, from the school children failing because they 'can't write the exam in their mother tongue', to service delivery, to politicians, and now murderers apparently also jumped on the bandwagon. Perhaps we should start taking responsibility for the choices we make and stop passing the buck to everyone else?

      thecrawl240 - 2011-03-07 14:13

      Today's violence is rooted in history – it is the ghost of apartheid come back to haunt its creators. One must look at that legacy to understand this upsurge in violence. It has bred social deprivation, fostering frustration and the potential for violence. This does not always take the form of political violence, but permeates society through increased crime rates, murder, rape, wife battery and child abuse. by Lloyd Vogelman & Graeme Simpson, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Well keep on denying that apartheid led to the violent behaviours amongst some individuals in our society, the writing is on the wall. By the way, Julius thinks his songs are not bringing any harm to anyone.

      Picasso - 2011-03-08 08:56

      @thecrawl240 "Everynone is pointing to the violent blacks but what made them to be like that." Ever came to mind that Apartheid was implemented because of the violent nature of the masses in the first place? http://www.topix.com/forum/world/south-africa/TTAN0QGPFJ9O3M667

      Paco7 - 2011-03-09 11:59

      who do we have to thank for bantu education ?

  • mboneni.radebe - 2011-03-07 11:57

    A reminder to everyone what this nation should all be about,it's easy if we all unite against any injustice from any race,this nation can be a better place! Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, Yizwa imithandazo yethu Uit die blou van onse hemel, Uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes, Waar die kranse antwoord gee Sounds the call to come together, And united we shall stand, Let us live and strive for freedom, In South Africa our land

  • Soberology - 2011-03-07 12:16

    So this is what we've come to. A man sustained almost 100 percent burns at the hands of another human being, and we debate which race has committed the most atrocities and we insult each other. God help both those men, and God help us.

  • Sharief - 2011-03-07 12:20

    this is South Africa so we have to analyse all possibilities...

  • The Ted Vos - 2011-03-07 12:26

    A few days ago a bunch of guys got caught on a train without tickets. What did they do? They torched the train. Today, a guy gets caught stealing from his employer. What did he do? He torched his employer. "with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall destroy this country" - The Mugger of Africa

  • Mbongeni - 2011-03-07 12:29

    the man was obviously wrong but our law recognises provocation as a defence. the facts need to be established

      Gerhard - 2011-03-07 12:47

      Provocation is never a defence. It might be a mitigating circumstance but never a defence.

      Mj - 2011-03-07 13:45

      to burn,to attempt to murder or destroy is extremely extreme....totally unacceptable.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 13:55

      Unamanga Mbongeni

      Mj - 2011-03-07 14:05

      i suppose the victims family can now defend themselves and now justify burning the hateful man's children or wife...??

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-07 14:10

      Yes, get your facts straight. Provocation may be mitigating, but does not detract from a verdict of guilty.

      grproclean.es - 2011-03-07 18:56

      Yes maybe as a provocation for an assault but burning the guy almost to death? Comeon Mbongeni. I agree there must be a lot of incidents that incite clashes between people but if everytime someone fired someone do you think its normal for the said party to then have to fear for his life? How would you feel if you had a business, you fired an employee and they torched you? Would you be feeling so kind? It amazes me how flexible people seem to be regarding these things. I know where its coming from but there are legal channels to go through if the dismissal is unfair. Burning someone to death is not acceptable and as long as people seem to think so we ALL have a major problem here. One day this lawless behaviour is going to get completely out of hand and none of us will have any country left to speak of. The apartheid system was a huge disgrace, but that doesnt mean that the next lot in charge just get to repeat the same behaviour. What did people fight and die for? To tear it all apart? What people dont realise is everyone was done in by apartheid. We have to work together and call a spade a spade. No provocation justifies setting a man on fire. Walk away and go see someone who can take legal action if you need to. Jeesh people. Lets get real. How would you feel if it was you or a family member? If that is a rule of thumb then next time someone looks at me in a way I dont like why dont I just plug them on the spot? Sounds fair. No?

      greydan4 - 2011-03-08 07:45

      Provocation???? You sir are a first class moron. The worker was late. 2 Hours late. It was probably habitual. What you are saying is that it is OK to be mediocre. This is why the country is in the sate it is in under the ANC.

      Paco7 - 2011-03-09 12:02

      there is no defence for this horrific crime and admit that this filthy mongrel needs to be hanged

  • Tammy - 2011-03-07 12:45

    All you venting ignoramouses going on about racism and God etc - this is a simple story of a disgruntled employee going bos and setting his boss on fire - Focus People Focus!!! - my heart goes out to Jaco and his family.

  • AnalleVratte - 2011-03-07 12:46

    No matter What all say. I would not even throw a petrol bomb at a tree...

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-07 16:16

      I have made and thrown a petrol bomb before 1994, very dangerous