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Friday, 27 March 2009

Veteran murdered in retirement village

Mr Pieter Bosch (

Mr Pieter Bosch ("Oom Fietsie")

Beeld reports that a WWII veteran was shot and killed in his retirement home in the Oranjehof village of Kempton Park. This in spite of the fact that the retirement village has 24-hour security presence.

Mr Pieter Bosch (83), who earned the nickname “Oom Fietsie” (uncle bicycle) because his war injuries made it difficult for him to walk and thus he used his bicycle wherever he went, and his wife Hannie (71) were attacked around 01:30 am on 24 March 2009 by 4 black savages.

Mr Bosch tried to protect his wife by holding the bedroom door shut, but the black savages shot him through the closed door hitting him in the heart. Hannie then attempted to flee, but was tripped by one of the savages as she ran out the front door and broke her arm as she fell to the ground. She was then kicked and beaten. One of the savages threatened to kill her.

Hannie told the reporter from her hospital bed that the men broke through the sliding French doors and cut the telephone line. She then described their ordeal and how she ran screaming to the neighbours for help. The couple had been married for 49 years.

Mr Bosch had been an aircraft technician at South African Airways for 25 years. He dedicated his life to help less priviledged people and doing missionary work. To that extent he even built a church in Daveyton close to Benoni.

As is standard practice in South Africa today, incidents like these enjoy media black-out (yes, pun intended) in the English press. Only Afrikaans newspapers report on such matters. This of course limits the exposure to the international audience.

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