GONUBIE FARMER, SANGOMA DEAD AF­TER ‘CLEANS­ING’ NIGHT­MARE

Man locks kids up, films him­self beat­ing hus­band to death in front of wife

Daily Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - BON­GANI FUZILE

Hor­ri­fy­ing videos, ap­par­ently taken by crazed small­holder Fritz “Ma­jeke” Jou­bert, 45, give some inkling into what drove him into a frenzy of vi­o­lence in which he beat his sangoma trainer, Anele Hoy­ana, 40, to death with the butt of a ri­fle.

Po­lice con­firmed the fa­tal beat­ing at Geluks­dal farm, Brak­fontein near Gonubie, and added that one of their of­fi­cers shot and killed Jou­bert in self­de­fence af­ter the thick­set power line con­trac­tor at­tacked him in the early hours of Satur­day.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened when a “cleans­ing cer­e­mony” turned vi­o­lent.

The bru­tal events, which saw Jou­bert grab Hoy­ana’s two chil­dren — one a two-week in­fant, the other a tod­dler of two years and lock them in a bathroom — were recorded in two macabre cell­phone videos that Jou­bert posted on so­cial me­dia be­fore his death.

The first video, filmed at 4.54am on Satur­day, de­picts a red-faced Jou­bert in a Bok jersey, his face shiny with sweat, tak­ing imag­i­nary view­ers through his smart dou­ble­storey farm­house as he rants in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa about be­ing “the cho­sen one”. In a slurred voice, he shouts

“Amandla! Viva!” and swings the cam­era onto Hoy­ana, who sits head bowed in a chair at the bar.

Jou­bert, pant­ing, pro­claims: “Ev­ery­one thinks I am mal, but I want to show the world to know how Satan [points at Hoy­ana] sits there.”

In a se­cond video there is may­hem as a bare-chested Jou­bert calls Hoy­ana’s wife to “Kom kyk!” as he blud­geons Hoy­ana, who is on the ground, re­peat­edly with his ri­fle.

Jou­bert can be heard swear­ing and seen show­ing the mid­dle fin­ger. He shouts: “P**s, kyk, kyk ... Viva, Viva” while Mrs Hoy­ana screams hys­ter­i­cally in the back­ground and calls out: “Anele!”

In an­other pic­ture on his Face­book page Jou­bert stands in cam­ou­flage gear with his fin­gers sym­bol­is­ing gang­ster-style guns, with three long-bar­relled weapons — two of them with si­lencers screwed on — at his feet.

An­other pic­ture shows Jou­bert on his knees, head bowed, in tra­di­tional Xhosa re­galia with a strap of blue beads around his neck, as an African, also in tra­di­tional gear, kisses the top of his head.

East Lon­don po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Hazel Mqala said: “It is al­leged that the farm owner, a 45-year-old male was with his sangoma friend and wife and two chil­dren who were re­sid­ing tem­po­rar­ily on the farm, were so­cial­is­ing together in the early hours of Satur­day when an ar­gu­ment came up.”

She said the ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated into a phys­i­cal fight, which moved out­side the house to the deck. “The farm owner as­saulted the 40-year-old male friend with his fists and a ri­fle butt, re­sult­ing in the vic­tim sus­tain­ing se­vere head injuries.

When the po­lice ar­rived they found him ly­ing on his back with nu­mer­ous head injuries, al­ready passed on.”

She said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of mur­der and kid­nap­ping.

The In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing of Jou­bert in a sep­a­rate docket.

Mqala said nu­mer­ous phone calls were made by Jou­bert invit­ing neigh­bour­ing farm­ers to come and drink with him shortly be­fore mid­night. One of the videos was shared by one of th­ese guests, and it was they who no­ti­fied Blue­wa­ter and Gonubie po­lice.

“War­rant Of­fi­cer Hen­drick Oden­daal from Blue­wa­ter po­lice re­sponded and was the first per­son to ar­rive at the scene. He en­tered the res­i­dence and the farm owner al­legedly said to him that “no­body is go­ing to leave the farm premises to­day”. At that stage the farm owner had taken the friends’ chil­dren hostage and locked them in the bathroom,” she said.

Mqala said a Con­sta­ble Phillip Bam from Gonubie po­lice sta­tion then ar­rived at the scene. “It is al­leged that the farm owner then locked the door and in­structed the po­lice to place their firearms on the table. They did not com­ply with his in­struc­tion.”

Oden­daal then spoke to Jou­bert while Bam went to the bathroom, where he found the two lit­tle boys.

“Con­sta­ble Bam res­cued both chil­dren and handed them to the mother.”

It ap­peared that while Bam was out­side the house, Jou­bert at­tacked Oden­daal.

“Dur­ing the strug­gle one shot went off and hit the floor. Oden­daal warned the farm owner, but with­out hes­i­ta­tion he at­tacked again. Oden­daal fired one shot in self de­fence and dur­ing the strug­gle the bul­let from his ser­vice pis­tol en­tered un­der the left arm and fa­tally wounded the at­tacker.”

Oden­daal was rushed to hospi­tal with a frac­tured nose and jaw.

Mqala said firearms and am­mu­ni­tion were found in the house — as well as “a big po­lice flag”.

Jou­bert’s for­mer neigh­bour, Victor Baden­horst, trem­bled as he told of how he sold his farm af­ter he was threat­ened by Jou­bert.

“We fought af­ter he opened a road for his trucks on my farm. He even locked me out from en­ter­ing my farm. I had to leave my farm but in just the past week I heard he was telling people that he was go­ing to shoot and kill me.”

In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate spokesper­son Seissa Son­taga con­firmed they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

GUN WOR­SHIP: Jou­bert stands in cam­ou­flage with his fin­gers sym­bol­is­ing gang­ster-style guns, with other weapons at his feet.

TASTE OF THINGS TO COME: Jou­bert posted this pic­ture on his Face­book page on Thurs­day.

IRONY: Part of a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in which an un­known elder con­fers a bless­ing on trainee sangoma Fritz Jou­bert.

Pic­tures from Face­book

FIN­ERY: Anele Hoy­ana in his tra­di­tional sangoma re­galia.

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