SA fugitive arrested in Namibia

2011-01-02 22:23

Johannesburg - A 62-year-old businessman who fled the country to avoid serving a prison sentence has been arrested in Namibia, the Hawks said on Sunday.

Colonel McIntosh Polela said Louis George Rademeyer was arrested on New Year's eve while on holiday in Namibia.

"The Hawks believe he fled to the United States. Mr Rademeyer returned to Namibia for a visit during the festive season. The Hawks received information on his whereabouts and notified Interpol.

"Mr Rademeyer was arrested and locked up in Namibia on December 31 2010."

Polela said Rademeyer, who was a respected businessman in Kuruman, was part of eight people convicted on a charges of public violence and culpable homicide in 2004. They were sentenced to five years for public violence and another five years for culpable homicide.

"They appealed the sentence, but lost the appeal, and were expected to start serving their sentences in 2006. Mr Rademeyer fled the country just six days before reporting for sentence," he said.

He said the case against Rademeyer started in 1995 when members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) marched in Kuruman.

A group of white citizens of the town decided to hold their own march, resulting in clashes with Samwu members.

The clashes ended in the death of a Samwu member.

Extradition application to have him returned to South Africa to start serving his sentence were expected to start on Monday, Polela said.

  • yster1 - 2011-01-02 23:56

    @bobbejaan...your name cant be bobbejaan. It must be the missing link.......youre a lost soul bru

  • Howzitekse - 2011-01-03 01:02

    Bring back the death penalty. Somebody died - 5 years? No wonder life is cheap.

  • stephensphotos - 2011-01-03 01:18

    news 24 should really control which comments are allowed to be published, so that stupid people who only have stupid things to say such as the comments that have been made here so far, do not get published. If you really have something intelligent to say that adds to an article, or discounts it, or corrects it, or supports it, then say that instead. Please don't resort to juvenile behaviour if reading this emotes you. THINK!

      veebot - 2011-01-03 07:22

      agree with you stephen. i believe that some of these dumbass comments do nothing but fuel the volatile thoughts that a few unworthy people harbour inside their heads. but then again we will never hear the end of 'freedom of expression' pugilists. yes FOE is a constitutional right but every right must have some kind of humane limit - IMHO.

      perrrleeez - 2011-01-03 08:11

      Right on Stephen and Veebot. We all have a wonderful ability to be better people than we portray ourselves many a time and yet some of us can't but see negativity in everything. There's a negative world out there and its killing our minds. Why add to it? If someone gives you a rose, see the petals and not just the thorns. Its also very healthy for us to do so.

  • Zion - 2011-01-03 06:46

    Pity Majali is not around to do his time.

  • Brieuse - 2011-01-03 06:46

    Does this mean that all those that blocked hospital entrances not so long ago will also get 5 years?

  • briansmith702 - 2011-01-03 08:11

    Danny- No chance they were all ANC supporters.Two justice systems in RSA now!

  • JustNorman - 2011-01-03 08:37

    does any of you guys who comment on this have any idea what actually happened in kuruman on that day? i guess not.

      WhatsTrue - 2011-01-03 16:45

      Thank you for pointing that out JustNorman, I added part of what happened at the bottom. News24 tends to fuel racial tension at times by only portraying one side (and not even the whole) of a story.

  • pawsaw - 2011-01-03 08:43

    Did the businessmen of whom Mr Rademeyer was one, have permission to hold a counter march to SAMWU? How many businessmen and how many SAMWU members were there approx.? I don't remember this incident at all and feel the sentence really hinges on those two questions. If the businessmen had permission to march then one must establish how a man among the SAMWU members came to die. Can someone refresh our memories? Was Mr Rademeyer instrumental in leading this counter march perhaps and where are the other people who were sentenced? Let's not start hurling racist insults unless we know all the facts.

  • Your Boss - 2011-01-03 09:10

    To bobbejaan, my haert goes out to u and your familie. Remember life is a bitch. To the Rademeyer familie my u find strengh and the lord be with u. To the community of kuruman my u get it in yourself to forgive the man, there was never evidence that he killed that worker. And remember those six men are "heros" because they stood up for the rest of the community and risk there lifes to keep the children save, from those thousends (samwu) workers destroying our town.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-01-03 15:40

      He was found guilty and lost on appeal thus I have no sympathy for him and his family. I bet you family knew where he was and why didn't they inform the police.

      WhatsTrue - 2011-01-03 16:46

      @paulmandlankosi - the whole town knew where he was and knew that he didnt kill the guy.

  • Theo - 2011-01-03 10:50

    Ooh Bobbejaan, Bobbejaan ... whe see Bobbejaan all around us. We see potholes - cause the roads are not maintained, we see crime,rape and murder - cause Bobbejaans prefer lawlessnes, we see poverty spiraling out of control - cause Bobbejaans beleive BEE will fix it all. Ooh Bobbejaan, please Bobbejaan travel Africa and see what Bobbejaan's are getting right. I rest my case

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-01-03 15:51

      Just increase his sentence and lock him in Cmax like all who behave like him.

  • VAM - 2011-01-03 13:59

    Jail the bastard for life, and all others like him who think black life is cheap, know that 'you will be found and dug out'

      missgremlin - 2011-01-03 14:16

      Democracy means same rule for all.

      WhatsTrue - 2011-01-03 16:49

      first find out what the whole story is before you make your statements.

  • Bobbejaan - 2011-01-03 15:05

    @Theo, Grant & co How pity it is to be ruled by AIDS riddled Bobbejaans who continue wrecking the country! Got an idea for you Canada, Russia, Britain, waiting with open Arms!There are opportunities for street sweepers or security guards that side. Dept of homeaffairs can issue you with an exit permit, blive you me you'll never be missed...maybe your colleagues Koekemoer Security in vanderbijlpark might...

      Theo - 2011-01-03 15:33

      Yes Bobbejaantjie - I know all about Australia and Canada where my grandchildren can take the bus into the city at night to watch a movie without being mugged, raped or murdered. You only know what the word clean means once you have traveled the countries you mention. You are going on about ONE white guy that in your opinion is a criminal - fact of the matter is that 87 per cent of prisoners in South Africa is Bobbejaanties like you - you fool. Since 1994 the prison population increased by 58 per cent - where have you been? Maybe you are from Zim where there is NO Tv OR Media Freedom for the past 10 years. Take a trip to Australia, Canada, Russia, Britain and the USA to see for yourselve how 1st world countries do it? I can only hope that you will one day taste true freedom ... but then again you wont understand.

  • Tinus Brink - 2011-01-03 15:31

    @bobbejaan, My only comment is. Why did the fights brake out? Why could the people that decided to march as well not be left in peace? Have you ever seen a Cosato march without fights breaking out? NO. I believe however if you commit murder the same centance should apply for all. PS: All the racist people blogging here, please move out of SA, we dont need negative people here.

      WhatsTrue - 2011-01-03 16:54

      bobbejaan obviously doesn't know what happened. The samwu members had marched for a few days, vandalised the town each day whereafter when they left the Kuruman residents cleaned the mess up and just had to repeat it the next day. The businessmembers got sick of this (I would too if my town was being vandalised daily and my children threatened at school) and took the law into their own hands as nothing was being done otherwise. I dont agree with the fact that someone had to die - be it black, white, green, blue person.

  • WhatsTrue - 2011-01-03 16:44

    I think News24 has to show the whole story - the Samwu crowd vandalised Kuruman and threatened the schools (only the white schools) so as that the schools had to be evacuated. The community were fed up after a few days of vandalism and the final straw was the children being threatened so they took the law into their hands and tried to sort it out. The people who were arrested and sentenced (including Rademeyer) weren't even the ones who killed the SAMWU member - that person wasn't sentenced. The people who don't live there wouldn't understand as there are 13 townships surrounding Kuruman so the colour ratio is about 10% white vs 90% black. I think the whole story should be published of what happened and by the people who experienced it. It's so sickening to always see black vs white articles - the news shouldn't help fuel tension between different races. @Bobbejaan - you really are ill-informed and put the species of babboon to shame by associating yourself with them.

      AllHoliday - 2011-01-05 15:36

      Agree with you fully. Reporters should report the facts and not their political opinions. We will have a lot less racial tention if the facts are reported acurately. This is typical of what is going on these days, one is not allowed to protect oneselve or one's property anymore, especially if you are white! Our constitution is worthless, if the government of the day cannot protect it's citizens.

  • David - 2011-01-10 10:35

    People You have no idea what this whole political game is about. I lived in kuruman for 15 years, I was in Kuruman when this happened. Local businessmen were targeted as "Racist attackers" this is absolute bull...! Some of the so called attackers were innocent by standers / targeted because they were white!!. We" that lived in Kuruman, know first hand that this was an opportunity to get back at the white people of Kuruman. All targeted were hard working men, making an honest living, nothing else! There was no mention of the whites murdered and burned in their vehicle that same day, there is no mention of the rubbish that was brought in from the rural towns and dumped in the main streets of Kuruman, and no mention of who cleaned up the mess the first and second time. Crime is out of controle in Kuruman, and has been for a long time.Black's and white's are fed up with the crime and violence. No wonder people pack up and leave South Africa, Black and White. I left Kuruman/ my home my friends and my family, the choice I had to make before I ended up in the same situation as Louis Rademeyer. Tired of the currupt system the crime and the attitude of the government. Louis, we will we pray for you and your family my Friend. In "God" we can trust and believe... but they will answer to him one day. Unfortunately these poor white men were used to make a political statement. There have been many such flare ups in Kuruman. Covered up by the powers that be..... We know! ... we were there!

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