Mandela Drive 'renaming' case dropped

2012-02-21 09:25

Pretoria - The charges against six men accused of using stickers to rename Nelson Mandela Drive in Pretoria to Clive Derby-Lewis Drive have been withdrawn, according to a report on Tuesday.

The charges were withdrawn by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday, The Times newspaper reported.

Ben Geldenhuys, 38, Jan Beyers, 31, Tommy Harmse, 33, Ewald Graefe, 30, Cobus Pretorius, 25, and Rian Combrink, 27, were arrested for allegedly using stickers to rename the street names on directional boards in Sunnyside on the night of July 17.

Closed circuit television cameras along Nelson Mandela Drive recorded their actions and police rushed to the scene.

Damage to property

The men were found in possession of several replacement stickers bearing the name "Clive Derby-Lewis Drive". They refused to explain their actions to the police and were charged with malicious damage to property.

Geldenhuys claimed that all they had wanted to do was to draw attention to Derby-Lewis's plight in prison.

Derby-Lewis, a former Conservative Party MP, is serving a life sentence for his role in the assassination of SA Communist Party secretary general Chris Hani.

Hani was killed outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, on April 10 1993.

Using a gun provided by Derby-Lewis, Polish immigrant Janusz Walus shot Hani in the head as he stepped out of his car.

Geldenhuys claimed that he was arrested because of his race, the newspaper reported.

"The only reason I was arrested was because I was white," he was quoted as saying.

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-02-21 10:06


  • Warmonger - 2012-02-21 10:21

    And thus they got more 'publicity' than just applying stickers EVER could! Well done Gentlemen for "doing something"... Most of us just sit and complain, others go out and "do"!! I might not agree with everything you do, but I WILL NOT ask you to stop.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 10:25

    Why drop the charges? Why not get them to share a cell with their "hero" until his sentence is up,just so they can truly show their solidarity

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 10:45

      Why don't you show your solidarity with your heros and spend some time in jail. Oh wait you probably got government tenders so you just spend

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 10:54

      @ Gaynor,because Gaynor my heroes would not live to tell the tale if they had changed a street name from verwoerd drive to Walter Sisulu drive in those day,they would have been masacred

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 11:51

      @ elle what a load of c**p. Obviously the minority must show their displeasure but the reason the charges were dropped is because they didn't burn down the pole like your heros would have

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 12:13

      @ Gaynor no Gaynor the charges were droped bacause the case was heard at a court in Pretoria probably by a white magistrate

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 12:18

      Elected by your government

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 12:34

      Not at all they were already there (the magistrates and judged from the previous government), and because Nelson mandela (the one you believe to be a terrorist) wanted reconciliation and not retribution,that is the reason why they were kept.

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 12:41

      Anyone with half a brain would know that unless the existing magistrates agree with the anc policy they would be jobless. Maybe they are white magistrates because they went to school instead of burning them down

      Godfrey - 2012-02-21 12:48

      Elle-Black I am with you on this one. Anyone who shows solidarity with the smooth talking Derby-Lewis scumbag, who hoped to instigate a civil war, is a retarded clot.

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-21 11:38

    Julle wil dan straat name links en regs verander. Nou is die rolle om gedraai, dis lekker ne? BTW, Schabir shaik is out on medical parole, So why cant Clive get medical parole, I mean between the two, at least Clive is legible for medical parole. In June 2010 Derby-Lewis applied for parole on the grounds that he was over 70, and was entitled to parole in terms of South African law for having served in excess of 15 years in prison.[21] In November 2010, Derby-Lewis' lawyer reported that Derby-Lewis was receiving treatment for skin cancer and prostate cancer, hypertension, and for a gangrenous spot in his leg. The Correctional Services department reported that a decision on his parole could be announced in early December.

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 11:42

      It seems to me its because he is white but the other racists on here wouldn't agree snoopy

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 11:52

      Does it not matter that he killed someone?

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 11:59

      Nelson mandela is a terrorist anyone who plants bombs in public killing innocent people is a terrorist so maybe he and clive derby lewis should exchange notes

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 12:11

      @ Gaynor you are a joke Nelson Mandela a terrorist? ANd the police under the previous government who sent letter bombs to peole,what were they? according to Afrikaners only,but according to the rest of the world he is the opposite,but then again according afrikaners they are the only people who have the right idea. everything the freedom fighters did was a reaction to the actions of the apartheid government.

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 12:25

      According to the oxford dictionary a terrorist is a person who uses violence and intimidation in an attempt to achieve political aims. Therefore mandela is a terrorist but its ok because it was for the cause. Elle you are nothing but a racist

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 12:59

      @ Gaynor I dont really care about dictionary definitions they dont define what happens in reality. How can you call me a racist when you are the one who turned this into a race thing? all i said was if they feel so strong about Derby-Lewis maybe they should help him do the jail time. You Gaynor are the one with plenty of race related issues,you might wanna get help the bitterness will destroy you.

      Gaynor Folgore - 2012-02-21 13:09

      On the contrary if I were racist and had "issues" I would be writing this from australia. I am merely discussing two murderers with you. If you consider this bitter well what can I say.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-21 13:13

      @Gaynor Folgore the only reason that could make you to refer to Mr Mandela that way is because you are a racist. Rather Google his name and see what results you got

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-21 11:53

    I'd love to hear WHY the charges was dropped. The info could be handy to many others who also feel the need to protest for some or other reason.

  • TenRas1 - 2012-02-21 12:35

    Arg Why drop the charges? A white man must never win. They all think we blacks are incapable f*#k

  • Trudy - 2012-02-21 12:37

    Why does everything have to be a black and white thing? It seems like there are racists who intentionally troll this news site with the idea to start another race argument riddled with pockets of sub-par intelligence, paralysing short-sightedness and horrible grammar. I vote that ANY hate-mongers, regardless of colour, carrying chips on their shoulders should all be charged and thrown in jail together as bunk-buddies. Let them sort it out among themselves. Young, old, male, female. The whole lot of them.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-21 12:50

      Well said. It is just mindless racism expressed for effect and contributes no value.

  • Ipeleng - 2012-02-21 13:26

    Where does race feature in this case? The guy's in jail for committing Murder 1 (I assume it's murder 1 since it's a life sentence). He'd be serving the same term whether he killed Chris Hani, John Smith, Piet Pompies or Sipho Zulu. There are rules for parole and why he was denied parole depends on how his case fared according to those rules. Kudos to his friends actually getting up and doing something, but this is a case to be resolved in court. IMHO, it's just high publicity because they defaced Nelson Mandela Drive and they should face the same charge even if they put stickers up on Kerk Street. But shoulda, coulda, woulda...and now we've got these fanatics (black and white) mixing emotion with logic and losing sight of the real issue. *sigh*

  • kgaogelops - 2012-02-21 13:28

    Why drop the charges vele?

  • kgaogelops - 2012-02-21 13:39

    "The only reason I was arrested was because I was white," Geldenhuys is one delusional prick, u were we arrested for ur ulwaful actions fool. I think he's also a racist trying to get attention for a person who killed a former comrade due to racism.

  • Ivan - 2012-02-22 13:03

    They should be sharing a cell with Clive..Retarded fascist F#%kwits. Makes you embarassed to be white. Had Hani been around we would not have seen the birth of the likes of Julius. Maybe we can send this lot to Australia where they can sit with the other "when we's" and complain instead of doing something positive for the country.

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-28 22:35

    Arise, ye victims of oppression...ARISE, ye venal slaves enthralled! Let racist government be ended, let us unite to their despair!

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