Look­ing back on year of liv­ing dan­ger­ously

High-pro­file crime dom­i­nated as un­der­world in­trigue un­folded around a se­ries of killings

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - 2011 - BIANCA CA­PA­ZO­RIO

WHILE po­lice sta­tis­tics re­leased in 2011 showed a drop in the crime rate, sev­eral high­pro­file crimes were recorded across the coun­try.

And 2011 was also a year in which rhino poach­ing soared in SA, with more than 400 poached so far. In the Western Cape two rhi­nos were de­horned at Aquila Game Re­serve in Au­gust, one of which died. Two more were de­horned at Fairy Glen, near Worces­ter, at the be­gin­ning of this month.

In March, un­der­world boss Cyril Beeka was shot dead, al­legedly by a gun­man on a mo­tor­cy­cle, near Bel­lville. The driver of Beeka’s ve­hi­cle was also shot. He was re­cently iden­ti­fied as Ser­bian hit­man and fugi­tive Do­brosav Gavric, and is set to fight his ex­tra­di­tion to that coun­try. Although no ar­rests have been made in con­nec­tion with the mur­der, sus­pi­cion orig­i­nally fell on Czech fraud ac­cused Radovan Krecjir af­ter his house was raided and a “hit list” bear­ing Beeka’s name was found there.

Beeka, an as­so­ci­ate of slain strip club boss Lolly Jack­son, was not the only per­son linked to Jack­son to lose his life this year.

Mark An­drews, a former busi­ness part­ner of Jack­son’s, and Jack­son’s lawyer Ian Jor­daan were mur­dered in Jo­han­nes­burg in Septem­ber. An­drews was found with his hands tied, with a sin­gle bul­let wound to the head. Just days later, Jor­daan’s charred re­mains were found in a sil­ver dou­ble- cab bakkie. The two mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been linked, but no ar­rests have been made.

In Au­gust, Roz van der Vyver re­sponded to a false ad­vert on pop­u­lar web­site Gumtree for a job at a su­per­mar­ket as a ca­sual stock taker. A hor­ror or­deal, dur­ing which she was drugged and gang- raped, en­sued. She suf­fered mas­sive brain trauma and died the fol­low­ing month.

The next month, Jo­han­nes­burg model Nom- fundo Tyulu was found dead in an up­mar­ket guest­house in Sun­set Beach. Thabo Bester, also known as the Face­book rapist, who lured sev­eral mod- els from around the coun­try, and who is serv­ing a 50-year sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to two rapes in Dur­ban, will stand trial for Tyulu’s mur­der in the new year.

In Oc­to­ber, SA’S cen­sus kicked off, with sev­eral cen­sus­re­lated crimes tak­ing place across the coun­try as crim­i­nals used the op­por­tu­nity to gain ac­cess to the homes of un­sus­pect­ing South Africans.

In the Western Cape, the first cen­sus-re­lated vic­tim was a cen­sus worker whose bag was snatched by one of the peo­ple she was count­ing.

In Novem­ber a spate of farm at­tacks oc­curred across the Western Cape. In one in­ci­dent a Malmes­bury cou­ple was at­tacked and beaten for more than an hour. A Grabouw wo­man was shot in an­other at­tack, and in the third at­tack an el­derly cou­ple in their eight­ies was at­tacked in their Vre­den­dal home.

Also in Novem­ber, a young Pre­to­ria mother was shot dead by a gun­man on a mo­tor­bike mo­ments af­ter she dropped her five-year-old son at school. Two men, one a sus­pended po­lice of­fi­cer, have pleaded guilty to the mur­der of Chanelle Henning, and are serv­ing 18-year sen­tences. Three other men have been ar­rested, but the mas­ter­mind be­hind the at­tack has yet to be re­vealed.

This month Hawks cap­tain Es­mer­ald Bai­ley, well known for her work on the Baby Jor­don Leigh Nor­ton mur­der case, was ar­rested for al­legedly sell­ing po­lice uni­forms and am­mu­ni­tion.

bianca.ca­pa­zo­rio@inl.co.za

MUR­DER SCENE: Po­lice on Mod­der­dam Road where Cyril Beeka was shot and killed by an al­leged gun­man on a mo­tor­bike.

PIC­TURE: LEON MULLER

VIC­TIM: Cyril Beeka

PIC­TURE: BREN­TON GEACH

FUGI­TIVE: Do­brosav Gavric

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