Shocking violent crime

Violent crime is mercifully rare in our municipal area, so it is shocking to hear about an incident as happened on June 5.

No motive for the crime has been revealed at this stage, but a man was at his home in Nemato late at night when he answered a knock on his door and was attacked by four people who put him in the boot of a car and drove him to Bathurst, where the intention was to apparently kill him.

It sounds like something out of a movie, but it was real life. Imagine the terror in the man’s mind as he was in the boot of the car, wondering where he was being taken, and then when they started stabbing him.

There are diverging reports of how he survived the attack, with the initial report by Sky Alarms saying the man had been left for dead after they tried to slit his throat, then after his attackers had left he stumbled towards the lights of houses. In the police response to TotT’s questions, they say he escaped his abductors and was found by the Sky security officer.

If the intention was to kill the man, it is unlikely he could have escaped from four people, so it sounds more plausible that he was left for dead. Thankfully he survived.

Looking back on another violent crime, one year has passed since Bathurst resident Stephne Evans was murdered, and no one has been arrested.

And the police are to be commended for tracking down and arresting four suspects, which means that the victim, or someone else, could identify the assailants.

Looking back on another violent crime, one year has passed since Bathurst resident Stephne Evans was murdered, and no one has been arrested.

In this case, police have let the family of Evans and the community down.

At one point, early in the case, it seemed there were promising leads as, of the two cellphones stolen from Evans and her partner Andre Malan, one was still in the possession of one of the murderers and was being tracked by police.

At the time, Port Alfred Cluster Commander Brigadier Morgan Govender said: “My sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the victim. This cruel deed by these ruthless attackers is strongly condemned. I urge the community to work with the SAPS in bringing these perpetrators to book. The investigation will be overseen by a senior seasoned investigator.”

A year later, this case has gone cold. And the Bathurst community, which was so galvanised over the murder at the time, with a record attendance at a community policing forum (CPF) that same month, has drifted back into apathy and the CPF has not met since last year.

– Jon Houzet

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