Man haunted by brutal farm murder

2012-05-10 10:34

Pretoria – A man has told a Pretoria court how he was traumatised by finding the bodies of his parents following a brutal farm killing in April 2009.

“Every day of my life, I recall even the smallest details of what I saw when I discovered my parents,” the Pretoria News quoted Wim van den Bosch as saying.

He said the murders had left him feeling totally helpless, and he felt no therapist could adequately empathise with his situation, Sapa reported.
Van den Bosch, who also lived on the farm, said he knew something was wrong on the morning he found his parents’ bodies as the dogs were roaming free.

He found his mother’s body in a pool of blood in the house and his father’s body in the dairy shed.

He said he knew his father was dead when he saw all the blood surrounding the body.

A Pretoria judge convicted a former labourer of the murders of Johannes van den Bosch, 62, and his wife Jacoba.

Akona Innocent Gini, 30, was dismissed six months before the murder and was found with the dead man’s cellphone in his pocket.

According to Sapa, the Van den Bosches moved from the Netherlands to South Africa in 1982 to run the dairy farm. They had 12 children and 27 grandchildren.

  • Marion - 2012-05-10 10:43

    Imprisoned in your own mind for life. Can relate to that (and the fact that psychotherapy will not help to eradicate the images) even though it is not murder of my parents that led to my mental imprisonment. Your parents would want you to remember them as they were in life, not as they were in death. May you find at least a modicum of peace in your heart and mind Wim.

      Janice - 2012-05-10 11:59

      Note the b*stards middle name!!! 'innocent'

      Art - 2012-05-10 17:26

      At least the savage b*stard has been caught! May he ROT in jail....

  • JHLR73 - 2012-05-10 10:45

    How can any person ever get over anything as brutal as this? How will he ever live a normal live again? How can he love this country again? But yet farm murders are not a priority for the people in charge of this messed up place called South Africa. We are becoming an angry nation when reading about this evry day, until the anger gets too much, and it will sink this country once and for all.

      Edward - 2012-05-10 11:45

      @JHLR73-My friend, I cannot agree with you more. We are becoming a very, very angry nation and it won't be long when that anger will reach a point of no return and then anarchy will break loose! My heart goes out to Wim and his loved ones, what inexpressable pain to have to endure. We are living in lawless times. I pray for you, Wim...your life is in our omnipotent God's Hands.

      Martin - 2012-05-10 13:14

      there is already a state of anarchy by the definition of anarchy. no government and no law. neither of which dictate the level of violence in sa...its simply racism, hate, and should be dealt with in an eye for an eye fashion, catch em and torch em, cos now he sits with 3 meals a day, drugs, sex, money, a bed... it does not work in my eyes

      Manu - 2012-05-10 17:24

      You ask this question as if farmers are the only people who carry the burden of murders. In a year less than a 100 farmers are murdered. Countrywide some +15000 are murdered. How do you think they cope? Is the murder of a farmer that much worse than the murder of another?

      Grant - 2012-05-10 18:44

      @Manu - all murders count as disgraceful - I think that's obvious! The reason FARM Murders are singled out here are for two main reasons: 1) Farmers stand a MUCH higher chance of being murdered (murders per capita). If you are a farmer, you stand more chance of being murdered than if you are a policeman, security guard or any other job that you would assume to be risky! 2) Government continues to suggest to "the people" that they must take land, and SHOOT THE BOER!! Farm murders are not the only murders, but they are the most specific and targeted of the lot!

  • zane.zeiler - 2012-05-10 10:59

    Bugger the police, it's time to create organized commando militia units that can can track these guys after such an event and take care of them the good old fashioned way, we don't need any support from the government, if we have large enough and organized groups with proper imported weapons & equipment our pathetic police force will be too scared to stand in our way! Amandla!

      Foe - 2012-05-10 11:14

      Its that "good old fashioned way" that has desensitised our community to the extent that we have these grusome killings. The good old SA is responsible for all this...

      Bradley - 2012-05-10 11:16

      fee fi foe thumb i smell

      zane.zeiler - 2012-05-10 11:19

      One can stand and argue all you wan't about the cause for the current physiological status of these criminals, but the fact remains, it is happening and they need to be stopped. Being liberal about it is not going to help, never has & never will!

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-10 11:55

      @ Foe if the 'good old days' as you say is the reason why blacks are killing white farmers then why are black people victims of black criminals. So u are blaming apartheid when a BLACK man kills another BLACK man for his cell phone?

      Lucy - 2012-05-10 12:34

      everyone is too apathetic...we need a mixed race group so it cannot be construed along racial get going...and only then will people join. people of all races gender and age are sick of crime and the non deliverance by this government. it is time the people of this country ...the ordinary citizens of all races stood together and fought back. This cannot and will not happen through elections as there is too much corruption. It is time the outside world also steps in to help as other emerging nations put their best foot forward and are progressing but south africa has become a cesspool full of crime and corruption.

      Lerato - 2012-05-10 12:58

      @hondbyt what's stopping you from creating your militia? Go ahead!

      zane.zeiler - 2012-05-10 13:22

      @Lucy, yes most certainly, an initiative like this must include people from all walks of life, only by working together will everyone be able to root out the vermin from the rural areas, being allies with the people from the local townships would help tracking operations tremendously and by default we will help them get rid of the known criminal entity's in said community's.

  • Piet - 2012-05-10 11:00

    I Malaysia they hang kidnappers....In South Africa they get 3 star rated board and lodging, If they are convicted. And the ANC wants to engage with Afrikaners about the worries they have.......

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-10 11:01

    Wishful thinking on my part of hoping the man hangs! No wonder the people are losing faith in this country, the government has more laws protecting the criminal than protecting the innocent victims.

  • Johan - 2012-05-10 11:04

    And to think that they came to make a living and a life in another country. For Wim, although it may be an other attempt to heal, try a few kinesiology sessions. It does help putting things in perspective. Youcan go to my site and leave a message. I will contact you back then. All my Love.

  • RoadSideBomer - 2012-05-10 11:11

    I agree we need to create tracker groups in the old days when I was in the SADF (SAW and sons) we used to track them where ever they went, no where to hide, I dont know why the farmers employee old 32 and 101 Omega troops to protect them, no criminal will dare attack a farm where these guys operate because we all know what cowards they are, using night as camoflage

      Bradley - 2012-05-10 11:18

      night vision, infra-red their camo will be there enemy.

      zane.zeiler - 2012-05-10 11:26

      Back in the day we tracked and caught these sons of b#tches terrorists faster than they do on CSI Miami...

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-10 12:07

      Tie them to a Casspir and clear the bush. It took real skill to pick the right sized trees to make them suffer.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-10 11:14

    These murderers (savages)don't even blink when they commit these deeds. It is like us swatting a fly. There is no rehabilitation for these types, they need to be removed from society permanently..

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  • izak.greyling - 2012-05-10 11:58

    Government complains about food security,yet they allow and in that encourage farm murders. The idoits should open their eyes. No farmers no food! Personal opinion: Government wants to force whites of their legally obtained land in order to promote land reform. Land reform and food security? Please,that will never happen!

  • kasamkelo - 2012-05-10 12:05

    Blah blah blah back then used to do this blah blah blah yeah right because the then government only protected the interests of the minority. Get over it we are now in 2012 moving forward.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-10 12:16

      It seems that the minorities needs to be protected from the majority.

      izak.greyling - 2012-05-10 12:32

      The facts are clear and simple. The minorty are producing food for the majority! Who's fault is that? Not the minority,but government and the majority! So wake up and realise even in 2012 the majority needs the minority for food!

      Piet - 2012-05-10 12:33

      It sad, we have been dragged down to the black mans standards Kasamkelo....So much for the upliftment of the majority!

      izak.greyling - 2012-05-10 12:37

      The facts are clear and simple. The minorty are producing food for the majority! Who's fault is that? Not the minority,but government and the majority! So wake up and realise even in 2012 the majority needs the minority for food! If minority not protected,the majority will starve to death like in somalia etc.

      izak.greyling - 2012-05-10 12:37

      The facts are clear and simple. The minorty are producing food for the majority! Who's fault is that? Not the minority,but government and the majority! So wake up and realise even in 2012 the majority needs the minority for food! If minority not protected,the majority will starve to death like in somalia etc.

      Lucy - 2012-05-10 12:39


      kasamkelo - 2012-05-10 12:49

      Nobody was dragged down Piet, I'll assume it's age playing tricks on you. @Izak yeah cos the minority still own majority of the land, Mistake that Mandela did to let criminals keep what they and forefathers stolen from people of the soil. People live and did their own things including farming before whites, the ways things are nowadays is because of the system that was introduced and enslavement.

      kasamkelo - 2012-05-10 12:55

      Bulldust ur news24 cadres removed my comment

      Gee - 2012-05-10 13:02

      @kasamkelo, on what planet are you? Look at the news, protests everywhere. The majority is getting fed up of the governments incompetence.

      izak.greyling - 2012-05-10 13:05

      The minorty build the country,the majority is destroying it! Who developed Jhb,Pta,Cpt etc? Who created the wealth that the minoriy wants to share and steal. Stay blinded by ignorance,the truth will hurt to much!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-10 13:13

      @ - kasamkelo! How can you claim to own something you never did? Blacks came from North Africa. This land was owned by the koi-san FYI! And take your racist BS somewhere else! Blacks are murdering the whites finish en klaar... It's time we get the international orginizations to step in! This land is our land just as much as it is anybodies. So STFU!!!!

      Brett - 2012-05-10 13:54

      kasameklo you are the embodiment of everything that is wrong with this country.

      Diana - 2012-05-10 14:04

      @kasamkelo Mandela did the best thing in the situation mentioned by you. He is a wise man and clearly understood danger of cornering the lion. Therefore you should be thankful to him and if you looking for some hypothetical enemies of you country - go to the SA government website.

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-10 15:28

      @Kasamkelo, you are proof of how far this country has come since 1994. When this country had the death sentince blacks and whites were executed. There was no colour to it, I say all violent murderers and rapests should be hung regardless of their skin colour. You just want to protect your murderous black friends, and if you are so friendly with them you are an acomplise. Either you support criminals or you don't, but you obviously you do. You should be hanged.

      Karel - 2012-05-10 18:37

      How can WE move forward with a lot of primates at the steer?

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-11 07:28

      @Kasamkelo...I AGREE with u, I don't think they believe that forceful removing people frm their land and occupy it, is a crime. In the name of farming to produce for the majority is an excuse. So if they came to Africa to farm because Africans never knew how to farm, since they were receiving manna from heaven. then why border them in their own land when they were busy lazing around n enjoying the manna from heaven?

  • Diana - 2012-05-10 13:54

    That's why i believe in death penalty doesnt matter of what race to speak. U take someone's life - pay with yours.

  • Manu - 2012-05-10 17:19

    Is the art of comprehension dead? Do people not know how to read anymore? I ask this question because many of the comments show very little understanding of the story. An excerpt from the story: "A Pretoria judge convicted a former labourer of the murders of Johannes van den Bosch, 62, and his wife Jacoba. Akona Innocent Gini, 30, was dismissed six months before the murder and was found with the dead man’s cellphone in his pocket." So the farmer was killed by a former farm labourer who had been dismissed. This lends credence to those who say that farmers need to find better ways of living with their workers and their community, and that it is this relationship that is the source of the threat. People are now calling for commandos. How do you defend against the enemy within? Why is that person your enemy? Instead of blaming government and the police, and the black community at large the farmers can make social changes that will reduce the tendency toward such crimes. I was taught that prevention is better than cure.

  • Dooie - 2012-05-10 17:33

    Give Akona Innocent Gini the DEATH penalty! He is clearly not so innocent.

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-11 02:33

    Some whites!!! Tjo!!!

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-11 03:02

    Blankes, you are not endangered species here, so stop acting like 1. everybody get killed here, teachers, nurses, shop assistants, the unemployed, babies, farm workers, etc. i dont understand why n how we need international bodies to come investigate when farmers are killed. And you give yourself too much credit for feeding the majority, u must be the kindest race on earth, the majority is doing nothing but busy murdering you but u just cant stop feeding them for fear they migth die of hunger. may the Good Lord hasten your departure, youre too good for this planet.

      Deana - 2012-05-11 11:50

      @Hadebe- do you know that calling white South Africans \Blankes\ is racist? Take the thorn out of your own eye first.

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-11 07:41

    So the reason for the occupation of the land and apartheid system Was for the minority white farmers to produce food for the majority of Africans who did not know how to farm and were lazing around enjoying manna from heaven?

      Gee - 2012-05-11 15:22

      @malavi_ exactly as you said! The white farmers gave food to the majority. You don't have the know-how to produce anything. Apart from chaos of course!

  • nkoanejack.mathabatha - 2012-06-11 23:48

    No one has the right to take life. Hanging/death penalty is also not a solution. We've read of cases whereby people have been convicted for crimes they didn't commit. Only if there was no corruption then criminals could face the music and it has to be proven beyond reasonable doubt that a person is guilty to avoid sentencing the wrong person.Innocent Gini and all those who commit crime against fellow human beings should be dealt with accordingly. Another sad thing is that we keep mentioning education whereas we use the uneducated to do hard labour. Of course education is the key but we still have a long way to go. We can all be educated and build robots to do the hard work for us. I don't see myself as a follower and don't care who runs the country as long as they run it in a civilized manner.

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