KZN woman strangled with scarf

2012-04-09 09:29

Durban - A man was arrested in connection with the murder of an elderly woman in Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, police in the province said on Monday.

On Sunday, the man, 23, was arrested at Gcilima Ward for the murder of 76-year-old Rita Coetzee on Thursday, said Captain Thulani Zwane.

"Initial investigations indicate that she may have been strangled with a scarf by two suspects who took her DVD player, cellphone and a handbag before fleeing."

Zwane said a second arrest was expected shortly.

The man would appear in the Ramsgate Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

  • deon.gower - 2012-04-09 09:34

    How long must this go on before someone does something about this!!!!!!!!!!!

      Eric - 2012-04-09 14:18

      Alicia, it is nothing less than ANC approved genocide of the white people. Finish en klaar!

  • Marle - 2012-04-09 09:48

    And then they say crime is on the down ?

      Irma - 2012-04-14 16:12

      Crime being down doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-09 09:49

    The lady was 76, what threat could she possibly pose to a 23 year old? The value of her life was measured in the few belongings he took. And it was peanuts. So sad! Condolences to her loved ones :-(

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-09 09:56

    Bring back the death penalty

      Irma - 2012-04-14 15:28

      Oh right, that'll magically fix everything.

  • Newsreader - 2012-04-09 10:00

    If we had to give dvd players to 76 year old black women I wonder if they will also suffer the same fate? Lets see the trolls jump on this one?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-09 10:03


      Koos - 2012-04-09 10:09

      @Newsreader: Probably not. Next time you watch news about service delivery by non paying communities look closely. You will find that those boxes burning in the background are boxes of 32” plasma TV’s and if you look at the houses you will find that most have satellite dishes and at least an aerial.

  • Godfrey - 2012-04-09 10:11

    3 life sentences each!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-09 10:21

      They'll probably get a pardon from the president

      nick.sailer - 2012-04-09 11:14

      Death sentence once each is much easier to administer, a lot cheaper on the taxpayer and no chance of a presidential pardon, and society and esp those close to the victim will have a far stronger and more secure sense that justice has been served and society suitably purged of unwanted murderous vermin. Some things make so much sense.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-09 11:34

      They do Nick, but unfortunately there are senior government officials who have blood on their hands so if the death penalty were to be applied - where and with whom does it begin? We have those guilty of rape (which used to carry the death penalty) ans those guilty of planting bombs and killing innocent civilians - these people are moving freely among us. There are whites who also committed crimes in the name of peace who are still incarcerated - the playing field is not level.

  • Vince.York - 2012-04-09 10:19

    These are all symptoms of FAILED GOVERNANCE!!! and ANC quite rightly needs be charged in ICC The Hague The loss of value for fragile life! Frustration by majority youth in only attaining marginal education Frustration of citizenry in general at lack of MEANINGFUL long term opportunity with benefits Lack of access to "QUALITY OF LIFE" Loss of meaning of life = = = = = = Concentrated CENTRALIZATION of a handful of of political decision makers (dictators) All Day Political Play Concentration of economy into centralized government hands All Day Political Play Ease of theft of common funds swept under carpet by deployed nepotistic crony cadres Emergence of NEED FOR EXTREME SECRECY for these "centralized political decision makers" All Day Political Play Resurgence of twisted meanings at different venues among differing parts of a diverse population via different official languages WITH DIFFERING INFLECTIONS & NUANCES All Day Political Play Attained: All Day Political Play RAW CONFUSION All Day Political Play WRONG is RIGHT. All Day Political Play POWER IS ALL THAT COUNTS and pictures of the few dictators must be continually thrust into everyones face 24/7 All Day Political Play DRUG ABUSE and child rape All Day Political Play Failed legal system All Day Political Play Misdirected belief structures aimed on base popular advocacies (race tribalism etc) All Day Political Play Hooliganism & gangsterism ( similar to top threatened government cabal) All Day Political Play BRUTAL DEATH

  • josi.ramolobeng - 2012-04-09 10:28

    How many more lives must w lose before someone can do something about it,what did the poor old woman do to die so cruel for her belongings,bring back the death penalty so that a human life can be valued n respected again,its stand in the book of exodus 'thou shall not kill' and whoever kill must also be killed,this goverment value of the perpetraters more than that of the victim,poor taxpayers,we have to support these bustard in prisons,they live so luxurious thats why this mayhem wont stop!my sincer condolences to the family and friends,our prayrs are with you!

      Jeremy - 2012-04-09 10:42

      We will have to lose many many many more before we even begin to satisfy the deranged thinking encouraged by the CancER party. They need to dip their symbolic spears in symbolic blood to try and feel adequate in a world that they have no control over. A culture that believes the ancestors are guiding them, that witch doctors are still powerful, that raping a defenceless woman is manly and that killing the old , young or weak is honourable is seriously in trouble long term. Right now, it suits Zuma et al to have this chaos going on at street level to ensure the fear keeps the people voting for them and the rest in general state of unease. They feel in control by having this fear pervade society. They have no plan so smoke fear and mirrors are the way forward. If anything else was true, the TRUE ANC would have stopped this shame years ago.

  • Judith - 2012-04-09 11:17

    Violent crimes like this are a direct result of the levels of pollution being condoned in our air, water and on our land. Lead pollution is a direct cause of violence as it damages the brain. We must be alert to pollution incidents and press the DWEA for action.

      Anne-Marie - 2012-04-09 12:25

      Please do not give these people more excuses. Next they will be appearing in court and claiming that it is due to pollution that they carried out these despicable crimes. They are just savage individuals.

      Irene - 2012-04-09 12:54


      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-09 15:32

      Judith, I think you forgot to mention ManBearPig.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 21:24

      @JudithNkwe - I think you might be a victim of that same pollution. Please contact your nearest Dept of Health ASAP before you too start killing people

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-09 13:15

    Yes, black farmers and black people in townships and elsewhere also get killed by, guess who? by comparison, no incidents of the reverse (whites entering black houses and killing the occupants)took place since 1994. There were cases of whites not behaving, but it has not assumed critical proportions, and are seldom ( I recall about five incidents in 18 years) instances where the intention had been to kill just for the sake of killing, or where four to how many? whites target black households.

      Themba - 2012-04-10 22:48

      That's because most whites live well and are busy with their wonderful lives. Also a good number of white people are still suppressing black people at work and in business in general. Additionally white government used to kill black people and one wonders how many black families are affected by those acts. Question is- are we collectively doing enough to help improve the lives of all South Africans for a better future for all.

  • vumani.d.tshabalala - 2012-04-09 15:59

    Hai no,Blacks are a disgrace,I am a black person but this is bad (but this is what they get for killing us first) a wise man once said \around blacks,never relax\

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-09 16:04

    Always murder, or rape, or some kind of violence involved. But it has nothing to do with black on white racism, does it?? Time to fight back.

  • Mart - 2012-04-09 17:22

    Because of overpopulation and in-breeding, it is quite apparentr that a certain class of human has mutated backwards and no longer deserves the protection afforded by thE Human Rights Bill. To give this country a fighting chance at acheivang normality, Wouter Basson should be pardoned and tasked with reducing the unproductice element of the population to realistic levels. We must also stop giving away billions of rands worth of antiretrovirals to mutants who clearly put their own gratification ahead of anything else (generalisation of course.), and let nature do it's thing. This country can support 35 million people and provide these with the means to enjoy a decent quality of life. For each person over 35 mill one other person WILL suffer.

      Irma - 2012-04-14 15:57

      This country is big enough and has more than adequate resources to support at least a hundred million. Maybe we should just kill the misanthropes.

  • Karl - 2012-04-09 20:33

    We atleast better..... @US 48 mudders are reported daily but news do not fly aroud dirty website news like they do on news24...

  • Karl - 2012-04-09 20:33

    We atleast better..... @US 48 mudders are reported daily but news do not fly aroud dirty website news like they do on news24...

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 21:29

      40 people die on South African roads everyday - that's just the roads. Consider the physical size and extent of the USA and the total population that occupies that space. THEN you must look at the USA's capture rate and successful conviction rate. After you've done all that, you'll see that per capita, we have more violent deaths in ZA than anywhere else in the world. Not even war zones come close.

      Irma - 2012-04-14 16:03

      Well in fact the worst cities in the US are not that far behind South Africa in murder rate. Australia and Canada tend to take second and third place for rape. It's also false that South Africa has more violent deaths than anywhere else in the world. People tend to keep repeating this as a truth without bothering to check the numbers themselves. None of that means we should ignore the problems or that crime levels are excessive, but let's keep the facts straight.

  • Brett - 2012-04-09 21:13

    Cowardly hateful primitive savages.

      Raj - 2012-04-09 21:23

      Go back to the other article you commented on. Brett you are the moron here, all I did was copy DODG33ZY message and re-paste it with my comment in the last 3 lines starting from A comment such as .......... Go back and check his comments, if you agree with it, then you are no better than he is.

      Brett - 2012-04-09 22:54

      @Raj ? What are you on about?

  • Jim - 2012-04-10 17:12

    I used to love going to beautiful SA How it has changed. No law no security Cannot see how I can justify returning. Really miss all our friends there. Its such a pity to see such a wonderful country being destroyed by ignorance and greed.

      Irma - 2012-04-14 16:11

      No law? No security? Higher risk than some of the surveillance states in other countries perhaps, but there is certainly law, and enforcement. I know many foreigners, from the countries that are popular places for South Africans running away, who have come to live in South Africa because they're tired of the safety uber alles attitude that has polluted their home countries. Security and safety are worthless when one has no real personal freedom.

  • Irma - 2012-04-14 15:55

    Amazing how when the victim is white it not only gets reported in the newspapers, but never fails to bring the white racists out of their fetid little holes. You can bury your heads if you like, but black people too are subjected to vicious crimes. And no the perpetrators are not violent psychopaths because they're black. We have a lot of damaged people, and it should hardly be surprising that they're usually not white. You can pretend that the brutal, totalitarian, essentially one party state that existed in South Africa for nearly 50 years had no impact on the people or indulge fantasies about how the resultant fallout should be easily fixable in a couple of decades, but the truth is at a minimum we're looking at two generations, i.e. at least 50 years. Anyone who thinks the death sentence is a deterrent is ignorant of reality. There isn't even a correlation between it and murder rates. Drug smuggling is rampant in China in spite of their regularly killing people for it. And if you think it is quick and cheap then think again. There has to be a very thorough due process. Educate yourself on the major issues with almost all standard forensic evidence and witnesses. Even countries that do their best to investigate properly have made many errors. Others like the Asian and Arab countries have probably wrongly executed hundreds, maybe thousands, of people each. Most pretty much rush to conviction.

  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-08 13:51

    its only ever going to get worse.

  • Billy Andrew Croucamp - 2013-04-08 14:23

    and the carnage still continues

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