Pretoria mom's killing a hit - claim

2011-11-08 14:25

Johannesburg - The shooting which claimed the life of a young mother in Faerie Glen, east of Pretoria, on Tuesday was a hit, the local neighbourhood watch said.

"There is no doubt, it was definitely a hit," chairperson Fanus Johnson said.

He said witnesses told members of the neighbourhood watch that two people on a motorbike had been seen waiting in the area since 06:30.

Earlier, police said witnesses told them that Chanelle Henning, 26, was driving in Manitoba Drive at about 07:10 when a motorcycle carrying two people overtook her.

Warrant Officer Duane Lightfoot said witnesses told police several shots were fired from the motorbike.

Declared dead on the scene

Johnson said Henning was driving home after dropping off her 4-year-old son at a pre-primary school when she was shot.

Her car veered off the road onto the pavement and crashed into a rock after travelling about 100m.

Neighbourhood watch volunteers pulled Henning from the car, but she showed no signs of life. When paramedics arrived, they declared her dead on the scene.

Lightfoot said no bullet casings were found at the scene. This could indicate a revolver was used to shoot Henning. Revolvers - unlike pistols - did not eject the bullet casings, he said.

Speculation about custody battle

Johnson said the dog squad had been to the scene.

"The dog squad found something in a stormwater drain, but it couldn't be opened," he said.

Johnson said there had been speculation that the murder was related to a custody battle between Henning and her estranged husband.

Lightfoot said this was mere speculation: "It is difficult to say. We are investigating, but for now we don't know what the motive was".

He said the police would "get to the crux of the matter" as the investigation progressed.

No arrests had been made by 13:30.

  • A previous version of this article incorrectly named the victim. News24 apologises for the error.

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  • Marion - 2011-11-08 14:30

    In circumstances like this it has to be someone close or known to her who is responsible for this act. Hope they catch them ALL sooner rather than later and lock them up without option of bail. RIP Chantal. May your little boy be raised by people who will give him the love you are not here to give him.

      mojay786 - 2011-11-08 15:05

      Love to know what type of sicko would give a thumbs down to your statement Marion.

      lee.ferreira - 2011-11-08 15:14

      I have read earlier today that there was a custody court battle in progress between her and her estranged husband. Makes you think does't it?

      rbphiri - 2011-11-08 15:22

      If you check my previous comments in regards to this story, you will clearly see that I have accurately outlined the series of events accurate and provided a possible motive for the hit and added parenthesis on what may have occurred. With the Cyril Beeka and the Lolly Jackson case I managed to do the same and for some reason had my comments removed.

      Ann - 2011-11-08 15:26

      How sad - RIP and may the little boy find love and peace in his future :(

      Braam - 2011-11-08 15:26

      His DADDY will look after him that's why he is the DADDY and not PEOPLE..

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-08 15:50

      @RPhiri, well done, go get the Noddy Badge for being so smart. What do you want, a medal ?

      Tjaart - 2011-11-08 15:53

      Wow Phiri-Phiri you're on fire man! I know of an opening in NCIS if you're interested!

      rbphiri - 2011-11-08 16:25

      @ JohnnyBGood live up to ur name. I don't deserve a badge, providing in depth information to people on this news site is rewarding enough. But thanks for the consideration. @ Pokkels lol I will stick to my journalistic profession for now.

      Daaivark - 2011-11-08 16:40

      What in-depth information ? What you said is just common sense.

      Juicecard - 2011-11-08 16:52

      so true Daaivark,adding 1+1 to get 2 is not what we call in-depth info

      Russell - 2011-11-09 06:56

      Not that the killing is right at all but if someone makes a hit on you , you must have gotton someone really pissed.

  • Levett - 2011-11-08 14:35

    The way certain woman uses children as a playball in divorce cases can easily drive a man to do something like this. If it was the case it will be interesting to hear the man's side of the story. Murder however can not be justified no matter what

      Patrick - 2011-11-08 14:47

      Killing someone can never be justified, but I hear you, and agree.

      dlawre30 - 2011-11-08 14:58

      Divorce always brings out the worst in people. Not interested in the mans side of the story, if he was involved the child will grow up without a mother and a father who is in jail. Not at all ideal.

      Atholl - 2011-11-08 15:01

      There are three totally independent methods to decide custody: ........... Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation ...... Litigation is the 'known', 'familiar' method where parties who are totally unconnected to the issues start (fabricate) and elevate animosity, vilification and emotion .... for their ('neutrals') own benefit. ... the price vs the prize cannot be justified. Mediation and arbitration are in the best interest of the child.

      Levett - 2011-11-08 15:38

      I was only speculating. No need to start insulting the man (or woman)

      eta.adam - 2011-11-08 16:14

      Surely you meant to say the way MOST men use their children !!!! You are under a great misconception that it's usually the mom's that use their children and what makes it worse is that the community and usually the system rather judge the mom than assist or believe her ! RIP Chanelle and may the person that took this Mommy away NEVER again have a moment of peace!

      Levett - 2011-11-08 16:38

      @Adam: No it's not what I mean. Most woman get custody of the children and then abuse access rights for petty issues like jealousy if he e.g. gets a hot girlfriend or whatever silly things woman can dream up. If you on the other side of the stick ... sorry to hear

  • Lana-May - 2011-11-08 14:38

    Insane people in this world!

  • Tonya - 2011-11-08 14:44

    that poor little boy no has to live without his mom. very sad indeed

      marazor - 2011-11-08 15:27

      and if the father is implicated, the child will be fatherless... no one wins, the child is the biggest loser....

  • Cecile - 2011-11-08 14:53

    Wow @ Levett, if 'the way certain woman uses children as a playball in divorce cases can easily drive a man to do something like this', then I feel VERY sorry for the person you have kids with. To kill a woman because she's irritating you, or to get back at the mother of your children is a very very sick mind indeed.

      Levett - 2011-11-08 15:16

      I have no idea what you trying to say

      donderwolk - 2011-11-08 15:17

      using children to get back at a father also is very very sick! kids are human beings, not tools to destroy the next person, be it emotionally or otherwise

      Cecile - 2011-11-08 15:20

      Levett what I'm trying to say is, if you believe a bitter divorce case can 'easily' drive a man to arranging a hit to kill his ex-partner, I'd hate to have had kids with you, as I'd be terrified knowing that your fragile ego (because that's what it surely is if you'd easily be driven to doing something this horrific and killing the mother of your kids) could drive you to kill me some day ...

      Levett - 2011-11-08 15:51

      Cecile I'm bit confused now. Can't decide what your biggest fantasy is. That I murder you or that I have kids with you?

      Cecile - 2011-11-08 16:36

      Levett my fantasy just came true. I just died laughing. ;D

      Levett - 2011-11-08 16:54

      May your scary fantasies RIP ;-)

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 14:54

    News24 should really consider how responsible their reporting is. This is the second article this week where they have slanted their headlines to disparage bikers. Bikers are having a hard enough time as it is trying to change their image and be considered by some narrow minded people as legitimate road users. If you read some of the comments you will see that some people genuinely believe that it is OK to endanger a bikers life. I believe slanted news reports are partly to blame. If the shooter had committed this atrocity from a car would your news headline have read “Pta woman driver shot dead by motorist”? Right now a young kid is fighting for his life because human life means nothing to someone. A guy who is reported to have been more concerned about the condition of his vehicle than his victim who he put in a coma.

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2011-11-08 15:41

      I think you're being far too sensitive here. They are just reporting the news as it is. The shooter was on a bike, just what else could they have said?

      kevlam4 - 2011-11-08 15:46

      PLEASE - note that witnesses saw two people on a motorcycle in the area from 06h30. WHO says that they were motorcyclists BY INCLINATION (such as you apparently are), but were using the motorcycle as the easiest means of escaping their dastardly deed (i.e as a tool). Very insensitive aren't we? Have a little compassion for the child left behind instead of continually jumping to the defence of motorcyclists you jerk.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 16:04

      This is a story about how someone has been murdered. It has nothing to do with motorcyclists. Please refer to the original story and see how many people assumed that this had something to do with road rage and swore to take out their frustration on bikers. Most people won’t let a story affect their actions but some will. I would like News24 reporters to think about that before they write sensational headlines. I do have sympathy. I have sympathy for the victim, for her motherless son and everyone in South Africa who are victims of senseless violence. I’m sorry that also having sympathy for potential victims of commuter intolerance seems to be in someway contradictory.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 16:11

      @ Dewald – If what you are saying is true then I am very sorry for what the biker did to your side mirror. This usually a bikers way of saying “thanks for nearly killing me dude” which makes me wonder what his side of the story would be. Just remember that nothing stops a jerk using any form of transport, but just because that person uses that form of transport does not mean that they are representative of everyone else who uses that transport.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 16:34

      Makatikamusona - November 8, 2011 at 09:02 Damn this motorcyclist, I am not gonna give way for you guys anymore I mean if you gonna kill me thereafter This comment was made by a reader after the original report. Would you like to be on a bike with guys like this on the road?

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 17:01

      @kevlam4 “Pta woman driver shot dead by motorcyclists”implies inclination. “Pta woman driver shot dead from motorcycle” implies mode of transport. I ask reporters to be responsible and that makes me a jerk?

      Fred - 2011-11-09 05:46

      The majority of bikers behave like taxi drivers - no respect for the law. And you want my respect? Forget it.

      Gail - 2011-11-09 13:54

      What inc ident are you referring to here Skinfax1. I understood that only the mother was killed AFTER dropping her son off at preschool. Bikers are suspected of being the villains because they were independently witnessed by bystanders. I realy don't see why bikers in general will be given a bad reputation because the suspected killers were riding a bike and I also believe that had the shooter been in a passing car the headline would have said so. I just hope that the father knew nothing of the premeditated killing as then a little boy of 4 will have lost both his Mom and Dad in one fell swoop. None of us know all the details of this sad event and what led to the divorce etc. and should not jump to conclusions.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-09 18:48

      @Gail Imagine this headline instead…. “Pta woman shot by whites” or “Pta woman shot by men” there would be an outcry. Bet you’ll never see a headline that says “Farmers murdered by blacks” someone would lose his job. But if the sector of the society is generally hated (take note of Fred’s comment) and in a minority like taxis and bikers it’s cool. @Fred When I read about a "Blue Light Driver" who knocks down a young kid at an intersection and doesn’t even have the compassion to see go over to see if the child is ok, I put people like you in exactly the same class.

  • Fernando - 2011-11-08 14:54

    sad that that little boy has to grow up without his mom what has our society become?

      Bigrp - 2011-11-08 15:13

      Agreed...problem is, if this was linked to the divorce, it could be the father that was involved, and if he goes to jail, the poor kid would have lost both parents!

  • Darren - 2011-11-08 14:57

    Seven shots fired yet there only six rouds in a revlover?

      Lana-May - 2011-11-08 15:00

      Several shots....

      zelda.vandalenpretorius - 2011-11-08 15:04

      several shots were fired from the motorbike.

      Alan - 2011-11-08 15:19

      On the other hand Darren there were several shots fired.

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 16:25

      Mmmmm, Darren, you might have just implicated yourself with that comment!!!

      yolie.Landa - 2011-11-08 16:44

      lmao, can you be so blind??

  • rplescia - 2011-11-08 15:05

    @Darren it says 'several' shots not seven...

  • Adelle - 2011-11-08 15:20

    ??? Beeld says her name is Chanelle Henning (26) and her boy 5. News24 says Chantal Hatting (25) and her boy 4. That's a bit pathetic!!!

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 16:26

      The scary part is, Media24/Naspers owns both papers

      Lauren - 2011-11-09 08:18

      Hi Adelle, News24 has subsequently corrected the error. Our news source received the incorrect name from the police and, as quite a few other publications did, we thought it was correct. We apologise for the error. Lauren

  • Thokozani - 2011-11-08 15:22

    It is irresponsible of the cops to speculate or even mention the custody battle at this point (imagine if the guy has nothing to do with it and he has lost a mother of his child) how would he feel??

  • Jane - 2011-11-08 15:24

    If its a custody battle, its a very stupid move on the dad's part. Pity there are a number of websites that seem to promote ex-husbands to take out their frustrations on their ex-wives instead of handling it through the law. I know of a few ex-wives that have been targets of this and all they're trying to do is protect the kids and themselves from further abuse. At Levett, I also know of a few mothers that can be monsters and use kids as pawns, and agree, murder can NEVER be justified. Why resort to murder to solve this? Can't it be done in a civilised manner? If it is daddy, he goes to jail, then who looks after the son? Really stupid way of solving the problem!

  • wendylg - 2011-11-08 15:25

    RIP Chantal. OMW it appears there are real sickos or worse commenting on here. Maybe the police should investigate the computors they are coming from..

  • Tony - 2011-11-08 15:28

    What a sick society we live in. My condolences to this young mothers family.

  • Dawn - 2011-11-08 15:29

    why do some people always have to bring an "angle" into their comments! if it's not racist, it's gender or religious or blah blah blah! for heaven's sake! a young woman has been horribly killed, her little boy is without his mother, and if his father was involved, he will have a father in jail! no child deserves that! when will "people" stop using children as emotional ping pong balls in their divorce proceedings? YOU HAVE NOT RIGHT! any little child is a gift, not a possesion! So now here is one little child with a very sad future. I hope whoever is responsible, no, I know, they will get their Karma one day and it will be severe because you have hurt one of the Makers most precious jewels!

  • Amy - 2011-11-08 15:33

    Poor son! A few hours ago he had a mother, now shes gone for good!

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 16:28

      I am with you Amy. At the end of the day, the little boy is the one that is going to lose. A child should not grow up with either of his/her parents.

      Gregory - 2011-11-09 07:26

      Of course you meant to include the other three letters - 'out', Dirk?

      Kayos - 2011-11-09 08:47

      who has given your comment thumbs down? doesn't make sense

  • Charmain - 2011-11-08 15:58

    mojay786 only a thing with nothing between the ears just shows what has happened to our country since the death sentance taken away. This is very good for the already stuffed up ANC. Praying for the little boy and hope they catch the bastards

  • Darren - 2011-11-08 16:00

    Again, Several refers to seven shots being fired... There are only six rounds in a revolver, No weapon was found by police. My condolences to the family of the deceased.

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 16:30

      Again, you are implicating yourself with you comment, Darren. There is no definition that states that several is synonymous with seven. We understand you might be trying to make a joke, but murdering a little boy's mother is no joking matter.

      Kyle - 2011-11-08 16:35

      3 shots were fired and no, several doesnt mean 7!

      Roger - 2011-11-08 16:39

      "Several" is not Seven Generally used to indicate between 3-5

      Daaivark - 2011-11-08 16:44

      Not very bright, are you Darren.

  • sarelvdwalt - 2011-11-08 16:01

    The poor poor child. What a senseless act! People who do these things need a hug... with a rope... around the neck!

  • lasherza - 2011-11-08 16:17

    Estranged husband Hmmmmm ...wonder if theres a connection...

  • Tsholofelo - 2011-11-08 16:22

    Its amazing how this guy has already been proven guilty even before the trial.. but makes me wonder if the guy would be so stupid as to order such a hit even when he knows circumstances would point to him?, hmm

  • Nastassia - 2011-11-08 16:23

    chanelle was a wonderful person, we will miss her dearly

      Eland - 2011-11-08 22:16

      Natassia, are u a he? will you really going to miss her? why? hmmmmm....I hope u are not reavealing something here...

      Lana-May - 2011-11-09 07:45

      Eland, you are an idiot! you cant even write properly.. "will you really going to miss her" That doesnt make sense... grow a brain...

  • Tanya - 2011-11-08 16:26

    how do you explain to a 4 year old his Mother is never coming home again???

  • Robert - 2011-11-08 16:27

    eish-i wonder!!maybe,maybe not????But God knows who did it.

  • macguire.colin - 2011-11-08 16:28

    My goodness. What is going on in South Africa?? Does a life no longer mean anything? What about the poor child who now has to grow up without a mother. Shocking!

  • Brenda - 2011-11-08 16:31

    I had a friend, long time back, whose husband did the dirty. Later he committed suicide their daughter suffered. Tragic the world has gone MAD.

  • Nosiphom - 2011-11-08 16:38

    "Revolvers - unlike pistols - did not eject the bullet casings, he said." Revolvers, unlike pistols DO not eject ... in ENGLISH!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 17:26

      Nosiphom I can’t believe someone gave you a thumbs down for this comment. Maybe it was the journo who wrote the report.

      donderwolk - 2011-11-08 18:09

      ag, dont be so pedantic!!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 18:58

      @donderwolk – This isn’t being pedantic. You expect a professional journalist to have a reasonable command of the English language. What kind of journalist can’t even spell “motorcyclist”? (see original story) That was the headline! Also it isn’t in print why don’t they correct it? These days you don’t want your kids to read the news because they will pick up bad grammar :P

  • elsie.debeer - 2011-11-08 21:08

    @Rhiri It is clear that the CPF watch saw the bike earlier in the area. It was a sure 'hit" "hire murder' as pieces are being put together by the investigating guys. My regret AND REAL SORROW AND PRAYERS go to the child - again we as parents use our children to gain our "IMAGE" Daddy - it was two of you to tsngo- now none will enjoy - and he will be in total disorientation on family life. You could be mother & farther and happy child - but mom & dad on each own. Prents are crule & not to be parents at all when it ends like this, Who will he ever be able to call "MOMMY" again? Will he be able to say "Daddy'''''''''''

  • Eland - 2011-11-08 22:13

    I fully agree with Braam, the little boy will be well looked after by its own biological father. Stop looking at him as though he is the murderer; let the cops do their work. We men are always treated un-favorably by these biased systems – think of “take girl child to work” - another nonsense by the ANC!

  • Russell - 2011-11-09 07:12

    @ Braam: dont worry about these people that gave you all the thumbs down, you are very correct in saying that "his daddy" will look after him.These people that gave thumbs down , shame on you, i do see you all suspect the father is guilty.Dont make your judgements yet...

  • desiree.nash2 - 2011-11-09 09:10

    if this is true, would you seriously have your estranged wife killed and see your son grow up without a mother?

  • shakila.bali - 2011-11-09 09:36

    So sad, this seems to be the way of the world these day

  • Nathi - 2011-11-09 10:30

    I think the hubby did it. The sad thing is the little boy who is gonna grow up without his mother. Why is it that innocent children are always the victims of these crimes?

      Annemie - 2011-11-09 10:48

      Where do you come off to make such accusations do you even know Nico at all?

  • Annemie - 2011-11-09 10:44

    I know the father very well and he is a very good hearted respected individual in the community and my prayers are with all of them in this very difficult time. He will never do or involved himself with such a cruel deed. Don't jump to conclusions, he loves his boy and respected the mother of his child. Many families goes through bad divorce cases but that does not make them murderers. Think before you speculate. Let the police force do the investigation. I hope everyone of you who already find him guilty will do the effort and apologize. There is always two sides of a story. Jaqueline Fourie

      ruth.marais - 2011-11-14 23:23

      Annemie...Yes, I would say you are right by saying people are jumping to conclusions when they don't know either of these individuals personally or even anything about their lives, but I would also say that many good, respected people are also capable of doing rotten things, depending in what situation they find themselves. Yes...let the investigators do their job and I really do hope that you are not in for the shock of your life.

  • Annemie - 2011-11-09 10:55

    Nico was at our wedding a month ago with his son Benjamen and he is the best parent any child could ask for,it is a pity he dont have any more kids because any child could be so lucky to have such a caring,loving father, who are you people to decide if he is not a good dad get to know him first and the YOU decide! Shame on people who makes all these Horible accusations, not even God judge people, who do you think you are!!!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 00:52

      Good for you Annemie. It takes guts to stand up for someone who you believe in. I respect that. As I have said before on this forum: Guys don't let being ignorant of all the facts stop you from being experts in the matter.

  • Elsje - 2011-11-09 12:19

    people do strange but horrific stuff when they're in pain. i hope for the sake of her son dad is not involved, cause that would be so sad and kids who have this kind of loss need the other parent. my prayers are with her and her family but most of all her son

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