2 held for Belgian's murder
Pietersburg - Limpopo police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of a Belgian national on his farm last week, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Etienne Cammaerts, 61, of the farm Corn Hill in the Villa Nora area was found murdered last Friday, said Senior Superintendent Ronel Otto.
He went missing after taking workers to their homes at around midday.
Neighbours later found him in the veld with his hands and feet tied and his throat slit.
Nothing was stolen from him.
A 29-year-old and a 20-year-old were arrested by the organised crime unit in villages around Villa Nora on Monday, she said.
The Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) said it was shocked and horrified by the murder.
"Our prayers are with the next of kin of all the victims, and also the government and people of Belgium," said Theunis Botha, acting chairperson of the CDA.
Beeld reported that Cammaerts and his wife had lived in the area for six years.
Belg het baie veilig in SA gevoel – suster
Den Haag. – Die 61-jarige Belg wat op sy plaas in Suid-Afrika vermoor is, het baie veilig gevoel in die land.
Die Belgiese koerant De Standaard het gister berig ’n vriend (wie se naam nie verstrek is nie) van mnr. Etienne Cammaerts het gesê die oorledene was besonder gelukkig en het veilig gevoel. “Hy het tot dié Vrydag nooit probleme gehad nie.”
Cammaerts is verlede Vrydag op sy plaas naby Lephalale (Ellisras) vermoor.
Volgens die koerant het Cammaerts, wat as ’n “suksesvolle sakeman” beskryf is, sy koeriermaatskappy agt jaar gelede verkoop en saam met sy vriendin, Ingrid (wie se van nie verstrek is nie), na Suid-Afrika vertrek om ’n nuwe lewe te bou.
Ingrid het tydelik by vriende op ’n buurplaas ingetrek.
Cammaerts se bejaarde ouers woon in Wezembeek-Oppem, net oos van Brussel. Sy suster (wie se naam ook nie genoem is nie) het aan De Standaard gesê sy weet Suid-Afrika staan bekend as ’n onveilige land, maar sy het gedink dit is ’n probleem wat net in die stede voorkom.
Sy het gesê haar broer het goeie betrekkinge gehandhaaf met wit en swart Suid-Afrikaners.
“Ook sy personeel was lief vir hom. Hulle het hom op die hande gedra omdat hy hulle so goed behandel het.”
Murdered Belgian businessman Etienne Cannaert felt ‘perfectly safe’ on Limpopo farm
Invested his life savings in the Cornwall Game Lodge next to Botswana border
ELLISRAS. The Belgian news media is headlining the gruesome murder of 61-year-old Belgian businessman Etienne Cammaerts on his Limpopo farm this week. He hails from the Wezembeek-Oppem municipal area in Flanders and was found murdered after he was kidnapped.
Cammaerts rented out tourist cottages for nature lovers who visited his newly-built Cornwall Game Lodge next to the Botswana border. When he failed to respond when his life partner Ingrid tried to raise him on their walkie-talkie on Friday-afternoon, friends and police mounted a large search. The Belgian news media claims that he was ‘robbed’- however his friend in South Africa Marco Ruiter and SAPS Supt. Ronel Otto said there was no evidence of this. His hands and feet were trussed up together and his throat was slashed next to a water-pan. He was found next to his farm-vehicle. http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/det...cleid=NU2MUSSI
“ Far away from the stress..’
It was reported from Tervuren in Belgium that Cammaerts had sold up his courier business Distridi there to ‘realise a dream’ – moving to South africa to ‘build up a new life – far away from the stress. However his dream turned into a nightmare. He was brutally murdered at his estate close to Botswana – and where he’d built the Cornwall Game Lodge. (contact info: +27 (0)14 763 4110 +27 (0)72 329 2360 firstname.lastname@example.org )
He treated his workers so well…
Ingrid meanwhile has moved temporarily to friends at a neighbouring farm. She informed Cammaerts family in Belgium. His sister told the news media that ‘her brother felt perfectly safe on his South African estate. Of course South Africa is known as an unsafe country. However that’s mainly a problem in the city not on the farms.’ She also said that her brother had made many friends: “He had built up a good tie with other Belgians there and with white and black Africans alike. His personnel also liked him - indeed they adored him because he treated them so well…’
Radio Pretoria also reports that police were said to be 'dumb-founded about a motive' in the murder of Belgian man. Radio Pretoria described how he was murdered: he was kidnapped when he returned from dropping off his workers on Friday-afternoon kidnapped in his own vehicle and found with his throat slashed next to his vehicle on a remote farm road. Radio Pretoria also noted that 'his farm had been in an area which was earmarked for black-economic empowerment.”
The Belgian couple had lived on the farm for the past six years; said family friend Marco Ruiter to Beeld newspaper. He said the murder was ‘gruesome’. Ingrid had already arranged to have her husband’s body shipped back to Belgium for a forensic post-mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death, said Ruiter. “We don’t want to say anything about it. He will be buried in Belgium after the post-mortem’. No-one was arrested.
“Land-Reform’ blamed for many farm-murders:
Despite the dramatic failure of its sonamed ‘land-reform programme’ – which alienates agricultural land from ‘white’ farmers and hands it to black tribal communities who have no experience nor knowledge of commercial farming – the regime continues to force white farmers off the country’s scarce agricultural land. At the moment only less than one percent of the country’s total land surface is still being food-cropped as a result of this self-destructive policy – black farming communities usually fail to produce excess food for the commercial market within three months to a year of being given these alienated farms – for free. The news broadcast noted that "Mr Damas had refused to sell up and was determined to remain on the farm." Apparently his body is already scheduled for shipment to Belgium. http://www.radiopretoria.co.za