Baboon faces case reopened

2012-03-02 12:14

Johannesburg - A man who allegedly replaced the faces of his employees with those of baboons in photographs will appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court for crimen injuria, the Sowetan reported.

The five men - Prince Makhubela, Steven Moeketsi, Lovemore Mchube, Michael Khumalo and Moshe Ramahlo - laid a case against their supervisor, Harry McGarry at Skycare Maintenance in Lanseria for the incident in 2005.

But the case, opened in Muldersdrift, was struck off the roll due to lack of evidence.

Now the Director of Public Prosecutions has reopened the case, overturning the previous decision.

"We are hopeful that after the trial we will secure a conviction," National Prosecutions Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told the newspaper.

McGarry apologised for the incident last week, but denied he had replaced the faces in the photograph with those of baboons.

He has been summonsed to appear in court on March 28.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-02 12:21

    So, it took them 7 YEARS to find enough evidence to re-open this case...what a waste of taxpayers money and police effort!!! They will never convict this guy, after 7 years, there will just be to many holes for the State to close and hell this smells more like a political agenda or blackmail for settlement.

      Paul - 2012-03-02 12:58

      If they didn't have a massive inferiority complex, they'd let sleeping dogs lie.

      Max - 2012-03-02 13:11

      Give them some Bananas. Maybe the 5 men will then drop the case.

      Moss - 2012-03-02 13:34

      Why apologise if you are innocent?

      Schmee - 2012-03-05 09:07

      I think he should have replaced their faces with those of dogs because they obviously have a bone to pick.

  • Dave - 2012-03-02 12:23

    Surely we have bigger problems to deal with in SA than this?

      rofras - 2012-03-02 12:25

      this is not a small problem...

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 12:35

      Do tell ROFRAS, why do everybody always see racism in everyrhing?

      Bardy - 2012-03-02 12:37

      Hahahaha! I can just see the picture in my head! This is hilarious!

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-02 13:01

      this is a serious problem Dave

      Gerhard - 2012-03-02 13:28

      @Dave: This IS a serious problem, what this guy did was wrong. Yes we have problems to deal with in SA; sadly most of them stem from this underlying issue.

      Thefat - 2012-03-02 14:39

      Sure like the Midget story - that is bigger than this!

      Silvana - 2012-03-02 14:54

      @Gerhard I find it hilarious so please enlighten me. What is the underlying issue? I think this issue is deep seated in your mind not in mine.

  • rofras - 2012-03-02 12:26

    good, teach this idiot a lesson.

      Werner - 2012-03-02 12:35

      rofras your name says it all in afrikaans!! Hahahahaha

      Shirley - 2012-03-02 13:01

      Who cares about you?

  • Yolanda - 2012-03-02 12:33

    A serioulsy racist act :-((

      KallieHungBal - 2012-03-02 14:40

      My post was deleted so I'll try again. Yolanda, you are wrong. What is racist about a bboon?

  • Fussed - 2012-03-02 12:34

    Rock a by baby in tree top, when the win blowes the cradel will rock...... is this ok now news24 after deleting 4 times

  • Fussed - 2012-03-02 12:37

    You are not alowed to use the B word from the above artical. If you do you will be deleted

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 15:59

      Also deleted twice now

  • Garth - 2012-03-02 12:39

    DPP witch hunt; NPA attention diversion; absolute waste of tax payers money; take your pick.

  • emokgojoe - 2012-03-02 12:39

    i cant stand racists,let justice take its course

      Michael - 2012-03-02 13:05

      It is what it is Jaco, Racism!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 12:41

    Get over yourselves! Stop wasting time and money hoping for a nice fat cheque! If it is true-its his facebook page firstlty and I dont see how they will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was them.

  • Leonard - 2012-03-02 12:52

    The baboobs must be pretty pissed off..

      Fussed - 2012-03-02 14:31

      They will be charged for impersonating a .... yes????? ok news24

      Fussed - 2012-03-02 16:14

      What about the anmial ones

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-03-02 13:01

    Quick to judge and complain about racism towards whites, yet quick to defend it saying its a waist of government's money it doesn't matter if he is guilty he should face punishment

      Anne-Marie Botha Lanigan - 2012-03-02 13:33

      You might want to stupidity check your comments before posting. 'it doesn't matter if he is guilty, he should be punished' so you are saying he should be punished if he is not guilty. Please think before you speak.

  • emokgojoe - 2012-03-02 13:04

    Duncan youre right bro, some ppl here want us to close the curtains without closing the windows first...racism is wrong and thats a fact wherether it comes from a white black or yellow yes i HATE RACISTS !

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-03-02 13:07

    Harry McGarry must now face the consequence of his action like a man. Make him a lesson to all those still degrading our people

  • lsmkhwanaz - 2012-03-02 13:11

    News 24 where coward somehow grows the nuts to say stuff they wouldn't dare say to someone's face...

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-02 13:18

      askies, Ok let me just agree. I read btw the lines.

  • Den - 2012-03-02 13:20

    that very funny, ive done the same thing once or twice

      Zoleka - 2012-03-02 14:34

      @Den, How old are you?? 5. Grow up and do something constructive with your sense of humour if thats what you call it.

  • Cindy - 2012-03-02 13:23

    bogom bogom

  • Den - 2012-03-02 13:25

    @duncan, with out white farmers you will starve, all you can farm is cows, goats and meilies. funny thing is im quite sure you can see any harm with those three things.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-02 13:34

      that is a propaganda my friend.

  • JohnnyDee68 - 2012-03-02 13:30

    1. What this guy did was idiotic in the light of the fact that we live in a country where race is such a sensitive issue; 2. How are the courts going to prove that this act was racially inspired?; 3. Why are black people so sensitive to what whites think of them - so what? why not just do the same to him?

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-02 13:42

      Because we need to tolerate each other in light of our "differences", We'd be savage if we lived to exact revenge, Imagine if blacks had wanted revenge post '94, blood-shed i tell u mate!

      Garth - 2012-03-02 15:21

      @Johhny - agree with points 1 and 2, then you ask a silly question. The fact that blacks are sensitive makes it all the more important for us not to commit thoughtless acts like this - when one considers the history of this country. @blaqmonk - do not be so foolishly naive as to believe that if you had declared war in 94 that there would have been anything but massive amounts of black blood soaking into this land. A large portion of the military and police were waiting for the call, just waiting. Mandela defused the situation because he and your other anc masters knew the consequences of any action other than clandestine farm murders and the pre and post 94 slaughter of policemen. If your mk and apla had stood up to be counted, they would have been - in the morgues.

      blaqmonk - 2012-03-02 16:27

      @Garth you missing the point, nostalgia's a bit*h aint it? what does 'post' mean? Blacks were already in power, that's beside the point, which u missed, my point is that we need to tolerate each other. What do you mean my ANC masters? does the fact that i'm black mean i vote ANC?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-02 13:54

    i wonder if i can join the claim?

  • garethallison - 2012-03-02 14:00

    Is Harry McGarry a real name? Or a Dr. Seuss-inspired pseudonym? Pretty cool name either way! Ha!

      Mildly_Amused - 2012-03-05 09:06


  • Den - 2012-03-02 14:14

    @makatika, please show me a succesfull african nation? Other than ones with massive western input? perhap you think zim or swazilands a good example?

      Hugo - 2012-03-02 17:30


  • Thefat - 2012-03-02 14:24

    Perhaps its isnt surprising when you keep on trying to ethnically cleanse a part of the population that one will find pictures of these sneaking onto the scene... one can just imagine if the pictures where those of green aliens ...dark green ones!

  • Zoleka - 2012-03-02 14:32

    This Harry McGarry guy is a joke. Really?? People still do that?? I guess some people just never grow-up. Its all in the upbringing....starts at home.

  • Derek - 2012-03-02 14:32

    Evolution has a sense of humor too....

  • Irene - 2012-03-02 14:51

    Truth hurts doesn't it!

      Garth - 2012-03-02 15:22

      Idiotic and puerile irene.

      Byron - 2012-03-02 15:30

      what truth?

      Hugo - 2012-03-02 17:31

      get your head out of your ass

  • Olivia - 2012-03-02 15:26


  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-02 15:44

    F@ck i hate stupid people.

  • Notsoproudof SA - 2012-03-02 18:36

    This makes me laugh, not because of what was done so much as that it has been blown up like this. And yet I would bet that all of these people laughed at the pictures of Zuma with a shower head...

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