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Day 89: Thursday, 29 October 2009

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To make a donation to or information on any of the organisations involved in assisting victims of child rape and abuse, please click on one of the following links:

Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

So today started off pretty great. I only had to be in Pretoria central at 11am, so I had a casual morning. Then it was a quiet drive down the toll road, which is actually the continuation of that waste of money freeway I showed you on yesterday’s blog. I had a quiet but enjoyable day with the staff of both the Beares and Lubners staff in Arcadia and had an interesting chat with two cops from the Sunnyside police station who both said something which could have been an extract from my book, in fact is. They both believe that the politicians of South Africa have forgotten that they are in fact ‘public servants’ and that they are getting carried away with making rash decisions which are costing the tax payers a fortune and they spend it like it’s their money. The other thing they said was like music to my ears and that was that “Child rape can be stopped if the powers that be set their mind to it and listened to what the people of the country say”. They re-iterated what the Reverend in ??? said a few weeks ago, and that is that our ‘democracy’ is weak and too lenient on criminals and that the criminals have more rights than the peace abiding South African. Guys it was a pleasure meeting you and we need more police thinking like you, I wish you well for the future.

<i>Beares Arcadia Pretoria</i>

Beares Arcadia Pretoria

<i>Lubners Arcadia Pretoria</i>

Lubners Arcadia Pretoria

I heard on the Jacaranda Radio this morning that three 14 year-old boys were arrested for rapeing a 13 year-old girl in the Pretoria area. The really sick and arrogant part of it is that they videoed the whole thing on their cell phone. I believe unless the government comes down hard on two facts this country will be facing an extremely serious situation, not that it’s not already serious. One of them I mentioned, for I think the third time so far on my blog, yesterday, and that is if the government doesn’t get tough and repudiate the rumours that “if a condom is used and no semen/DNA is obtained the rapists will get away with it”. A major media exposure has got to be done to repudiate this rumour and it has to be made clear that child rapists will be convicted irrespective of whether a condom is used or not and that the courts do not necessarily need semen/DNA to obtain a guilty verdict. Secondly, and I believe this is probably our country’s biggest problem at the moment, is that is it has been drummed into our kids that they have major rights and it is clear by the actions of many of them that they cannot be punished for whatever crime they commit. We do not have child detention facilities and kids are literally getting away with murder and unfortunately from their actions it is blatantly obvious that they know it.

Just as they have been advised in extensive campaigns of their child rights, they have to be taught that they will be held responsible and accountable if they commit crimes against other kids and society. I have been told by many police officers around the country that kids are being used to commit serious crimes by syndicates because “they will get away with it if they are apprehended and even convicted.

I received a shocking e-mail from May who actually received it from her niece Shireen, so to Shireen “So why didn’t you send me this shocking e-mail of the blatantly disgusting practise which is nothing more than child rape for which not only the new ‘husbands’ should be locked up and the key thrown away, but the parents as well”. So next time you have some interesting and shocking facts on child rape please send them to me, and that goes for everyone else out there, so what do you think of this sick practice of marrying baby girls of 6 years of age off to ‘old men’!

HAMAS PLAYS HOST TO PEDOPHILIA
Posted by thelastcrusade – August 7th, 2009
 
Muhammed married a six year old bride. But Islam has evolved in 1500 years.
In Hamas land, in 2009, the brides are almost seven.
 
 
Mass Muslim Marriage
450 Grooms Wed GIRLS Under Ten In Gaza
by Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
www.thelastcrusade.org
 
A gala event has occurred in Gaza.
 
Hamas sponsored a mass wedding for four hundred and fifty couples. Most of the grooms were in their mid to late twenties; most of brides were under ten.
 
Muslim dignitaries including Mahmud Zahar, a leader of Hamas, were on hand to congratulate the couples who took part in the carefully staged celebration.
 
“We are saying to the world and to America that you cannot deny us joy and happiness,” Zahar told the grooms, all of whom were dressed in identical black suits and hailed from the nearby Jabalia refugee camp.
 
Each groom received a gift of 500 dollars from Hamas. The pre-pubescent girls, dressed in white gowns and adorned with garish make-up, received bridal bouquets. “We are presenting this wedding as a gift to our people who stood firm in the face of the siege and the war,” local Hamas strongman Ibrahim Salaf said in a speech.
 
The wedding photos tell the rest of the sordid tale.
 
 
The International Center for Research on Women now estimates that there are 51 million child brides now living on planet earth and almost all in Muslim countries. Twenty-nine percent of these child brides are regularly beaten and molested by their husbands in Egypt; twenty six percent receive similar abuse in Jordan. Every year, three million Muslim girls are subjected to genital mutilation, according to UNICEF. This practice has not been outlawed in many parts of Africa.
 
The Islamic practice of pedophilia dates back to the prophet Muhammad, who amassed eleven wives and many concubines after the death of his first wife Khadijah in 619 A.D. After Muhammad’s elderly wife, Khadijah, died in 619 A.D., he amassed eleven wives. He arranged the visits to the tents of his women around their menstrual cycles. His capacity for sexual congress seemed to be boundless. Sahih Bukhari, one of the most revered Islamic texts, recounts: “The Prophet used to visit his wives in a round, during the day and night, and they were eleven in number. I asked Anas, “Had the Prophet the strength for it?’ Anas replied, ‘We used to say that the Prophet had the [sexual] stamina of thirty [men].’”
 
For in-between treats, the Prophet kept a stable of concubines, including Reihana, his Jewish captive. His wives and mistresses were compelled by Islamic law to satisfy his sexual needs at any time of the day or night, and the Prophet reserved the right to enjoy them “from the top of their heads to the bottom of their feet.”
 
This might not appear shocking to students of the Kinsley Report, except for the case of Aisha, Muhammad’s favorite wife. Aisha was the daughter of Abu Bakr, the Prophet’s closest friend and most faithful follower. As soon as Muhammad laid eyes on Aisha, he became to fantasize of having sex with her. There was a problem with this fantasy. Aisha, at that time, was a small child of four or five, while Muhammad was a middle-aged man of fifty.
 
Still and all, the Prophet wasted no time in making his fantasy a reality. When Aisha turned six, Muhammad asked Abu Bakr for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Abu Bakr thought that such a union would be improper – not because Aisha was a mere child but rather because he considered himself Muhammad’s brother. The Prophet quickly brushed aside this objection by saying that the union was perfectly right in the eyes of Allah.
 
Abu Bakr consented. And Muhammad took the little girl as his new bride. When they were married, Muhammad, in his mercy, permitted Aisha to take her toys, including her dolls, to their new tent.[4] The marriage was consummated when Aisha was nine, and the Prophet fifty-three. The three year waiting period was not caused by Muhammad’s concern of sexually molesting a child but rather by the fact that Aisha contracted some disease which caused her to lose her hair.
 
Paedophilia was not only practiced by Muhammad but also sanctioned by the Quran. In its discussion of the waiting period required to determine if a wife is pregnant before divorce, the sacred text says, “If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months. The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated”(65:4). Those who think that modern Muslims have abandoned this teaching should study the pictures and videos that accompany this article and recall the words of Ayatollah Khomeini, the most famous Islamic cleric of the 20th Century:
 
A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate; sodomizing the child is OK. If a man penetrates and damages the child, then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however, does not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister. . .
 
It is better for a girl to marry in such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house rather than her father’s house. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.
 

I’m not even going to say anything more on this blog, this sickens me to my stomach, and they should all be shot. I look forward to receiving your comments on this sick practice.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

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  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

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Day 88: Wednesday, 28 October 2009

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To watch Buddy and Me in real time click here, select South Africa under “Global Fleet Logins:” in the left hand panel, enter cellphone number 0822549129 and password Buddy.

To make a donation to or information on any of the organisations involved in assisting victims of child rape and abuse, please click on one of the following links:

Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

So I had a really relaxing night last night, camped here on the Crocodile River at Roos se Oord – Hartebeespoort Dam – sipping on a cold beer and listening to a million, no actually I think I counted a million and two, frogs croaking from the bush on the opposite side of the river. And if you are wondering, no I didn’t catch ‘that big one’, but it was thoroughly relaxing. While gazing at the stars I was reminded of my time in White River where I spent a few days with Cheryl and Horst and Sheryl took me star gazing where we joined a large group of star gazers and saw the stars and planets through a highly sophisticated telescope, unfortunately I don’t have a sophisticated telescope but I still enjoyed the clear star studded night sky.

In my blog on Monday the 26th October (Day 86), I asked if anyone had any info on the outcome of the Erling Dreyer Child Rape/Indecent assault case, and I got a response from none other than Gail, my friend in Germiston who without her help my blog would not exist, so Gail thanks for the info:

Article THE STAR, 21 October 2009

Sexual abuse of boys 20 years ago ends in jail
Sister scotches ex-headmaster’s chances of not going to prison

A FORMER principal of Sunnyridge Primary School in Primrose, Germiston, has been sentenced to an effective five years in prison for indecent assault of three young boys more than 20 years ago.

Erling Dreyer, 59, a former Anglican lay preacher, was sentenced in the Boksburg Regional Court yesterday to five years for each of the three counts of indecent assault on three boys, aged between eight and 11.

The sentences will run concurrently. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Dreyer has 14 days to lodge an appeal against his sentence. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dreyer’s nephew, Peers Bailiff, his cousin’s son, Roald Piper, and Donavan Marsburg Smith had accused him of molesting them.

The State said Dreyer, who was the boys’ principal at the time, had sexually assaulted the youths.

A case was opened by the former East Rand Child Protection Unit 20 years after the crimes were perpetrated over five years in the Boksburg and Germiston magisterial districts in the 1980s.

The complainants are now in their 30s.

Before sentencing yesterday, Dreyer’s sister, Cheryl Bailiff, testified in aggravation of sentence.

She said she disagreed with a probation officer’s recommendation that her brother be given correctional supervision rather than a custodial sentence.

Bailiff said the officer, who she identified by his first name, Geoff, had been to see her and her husband to ask about Dreyer’s situation.

“At that time, he intimated that my brother could get correctional supervision.”

Bailiff explained that the officer’s assessment had been that Dreyer was a property owner and was staying in a good environment.

“But none of that is true. It was then, but it is no more.

“The accused is an alcoholic and his partner is sometimes a crack addict. Under those circumstances, if he were to go to jail, I feel he would be out of that situation and at the same time pay for what he has done.

“About three weeks ago I took him food. They had no food and my husband and I bought them food. The house is filthy – there is hardly any furniture left, it has been sold. The fridge was completely empty when we were there.”

Bailiff also told the court the house had not been paid for for more than a year, and would be repossessed soon.

During cross-examination, Dreyer, who conducted his own defence, said he had sold his furniture and other possessions because he had been seeking specialist treatment.

“One visit to one specialist is R150,” he said.

Bailiff rejected this assertion. “I say you shoot drugs. I say you are an alcoholic!”

Magistrate Shimati Shilubana, who had tried all morning to assist the accused, asked a silent Dreyer if he had any more questions for his sister.

“This is just not my forte, so I’m done, your worship,” he said.

Shilubana found that Dreyer had “abused his position as a teacher and a principal to prey on small children”.

“You did not show remorse. Even now you are still talking… the way you talk, you don’t have that feeling that you did that thing to young boys.

“When (parents) send their children to school, the aim is for them to get an education and not to be molested, to be abused.”

By Bonile Ngqiyaza
The Star 21/10/09e2

So if anyone has information on other cases, please e-mail it to me so that I can include them onto my blog and let the world know about this scum occupying space on our beautiful planet, and in so doing we can “name and shame them”.

So I spent half the day working out the new itinerary due to Beares being forced to ask me to re-schedule the itinerary for December due to work pressures. This has proved to be a bigger task than I initially thought but I will be publishing the new itinerary, which basically entails my ending the existing schedule on the 27th of November and commencing again on the 4th of January 2010 from where I left off, namely Hartswater. After ‘lunch’ Portuguese sardines on about 12 Provita’s, I headed out to talk to people, after all that is what this project is about.

<i>My campsite absolute bliss</i>

My campsite - absolute bliss

So my first stop was a great little pub called ‘The Gem of the Bushveld’ where I indulged in a couple of Millers and had an interesting chat with some of the local community who expressed their “aggressive” opinion on what should happen to scum who rape children, mostly stuff that I can’t publish to the general public frequenting this website. Then it was off to the ‘Sundance Village Pub’ a few hundred metres down the road near the T- junction of the Broederstroom road. While I was enjoying another Millers, the owner of the establishment, Richard swan approached me and told me of their big plans for the Rugby final between the Bulls and the Cheetahs on Saturday. They have a live band as well as The Rodeo Line Girls and the South African super star Elchanté of Jy en jou way fame performing from around 12 pm. He invited ‘Buddy and Me’ as special guests and believes that because of the amount of people they are expecting to attend, the project will receive fantastic support, so guess where ‘Buddy and Me’ will be on Saturday. So everyone who is remotely close to Hartebeespoort Dam cannot afford to miss out on what is obviously going to be a tremendous day.

From the Sundance Village Pub I headed for Hartebeespoort proper, which is situated on the opposite side of the Dam to where I am based. On the way I passed the Pelindaba Nuclear & Space Tracking Centre and crossed over what can only be described as the biggest waste of money I have ever seen in my life. This is a double freeway which was built a few years ago and has never been put into operation but has just been ‘closed down’. Absolutely incredible, I don’t know exactly how far this freeway goes, but I was told that it “goes for quite a few kilometres”. God, if one thinks what this money could have been used for?

<i>Pelindaba Nuclear & Space Tracking Centre taken from the bridge crossing the useless and money wasting freeway</i>

Pelindaba Nuclear & Space Tracking Centre taken from the bridge crossing the useless and money wasting freeway

<i>The money wasting freeway</i>

The money wasting freeway

Then it was into Hartebeespoort and over the Dam wall.

<i>The Dam from afar</i>

The Dam from afar

<i>Approaching the Dam wall and Tunnel</i>

Approaching the Dam wall and Tunnel

<i>The tunnel entrance, the tunnel is only about 350 metre long and then opens onto the dam wall</i>

The tunnel entrance, the tunnel is only about 350 metre long and then opens onto the dam wall

<i>Crossing the dam wall</i>

Crossing the dam wall

I have included these photos because I was told by foreigners that I should put pictures of the areas I travel through on the blog so that they can see where I am travelling, so for the South Africans who know these areas I apologise but there are foreigners who are frequently and in fact regularly visiting this website.

Then it was a visit to the Outlaws Pub. Here I indulged in yet a couple more cold Millers as well as a very interesting chat with the bar lady Simoné, who due to her mother’s inbred and burning desire to travel must have stayed in almost every town and city in South Africa as well as a few outside SA. At all the places I visited I left a pile of flyers depicting the details of the project as well as the website details and hope that I will get volumes of response from people from around SA who will e-mail me and provide details of what they believe needs to be done to stop the raping of children in South Africa.

The responses I got from everyone I spoke to on my ‘travels’ today were pretty much the same, “child rapists should die”, but when I stopped at a small spaza/supermarket on my way back home – home being where my camp is – to pick up some goodies for a chicken curry tonight, I got into a discussion with a group of local residents from a nearby rural settlement and one guy said something that really got the hairs on the back of my neck moving. A few weeks back I mentioned the comment that was made by a woman while I was in Alexandra Township, and that was the fact that “the word on the street is that if a guy uses a condom he cannot be convicted for raping a child, this being due to a child not being able to provide the necessary evidence needed to obtain a conviction. At the time I had been dumbfounded and couldn’t believe what I was hearing, but here at Hartebeespoort I was being told the same thing.

I, of course, told him that it is an absolute load of garbage and that a conviction can be obtained even if semen/DNA is not obtained, but he did not seem convinced. This is, I believe, a very serious problem and the government desperately needs to rectify the situation urgently, and I believe that the only way they can do this is by ensuring more convictions; because it is the low conviction rate that is creating this impression, and the convictions must be published in the press.

On arriving back at my camp at 10 to 5 in the afternoon, I heard a really interesting story on Jacaranda Radio news. Evidently a man in Cullinan, a few kilometres outside of Pretoria, was certified dead from “natural causes”. He in fact was shot dead in a robbery, but I suppose that is typical of the South African situation. We are being hammered on a daily basis with so many violent crime scenes that by dying from violent crime in South Africa should be considered “dying from natural causes”.

<i>Earlier, before sunset when I started doing my blog. Who said men can’t multi-task, look at that – the fishing rods out, the computer being worked on, the chicken curry cooking, a cold frosty near by (look for it – actually it’s a brandy (klippies and coke</i>

Earlier, before sunset when I started doing my blog. Who said men can’t multi-task, look at that – the fishing rods out, the computer being worked on, the chicken curry cooking, a cold frosty near by (look for it – actually it’s a brandy (klippies and coke

Okay so now I have cooked my chicken curry, which of course I know is going to taste superb – it’s probably the only thing I can cook, which even I must say tastes good, and I’m listening to another 1 million and two, possibly three frogs croaking across the river.

<i>Now that looks good, the final product</i>

Now that looks good, the final product

So now it’s 7:30 pm and I am going to sign off and enjoy my chicken curry. So until tomorrow when I visit the heart of Tswane, named after that great Boer general, General Tswane-poel, I will bid you good night, keep well and keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 960.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

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Day 87: Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

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To make a donation to or information on any of the organisations involved in assisting victims of child rape and abuse, please click on one of the following links:

Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

Hi everyone, so this morning ‘Buddy and Me’ went back out ?On the road again?. The day started with a drive out to the Florida Lubners store and, oh man, what a drive this turned out to be. I ended up driving around in circles trying to find the store because I kept being given directions from people I stopped to ask which kept sending me to the wrong arcade, but eventually I found the right one and arrived two minutes later than my scheduled time. At the store I was met by the store manager, Fiona Louis, who I have awarded the first prize of being the bubbliest, most charismatic person – Beares / Lubners staff member – I have met to date, an absolute gem. So Fiona, yes you can pack and join me on my crusade.

<i>Lubners Florida staff – That’s bubbly Fiona second on the right</i>

Lubners Florida staff – That’s bubbly Fiona second on the right

After a pleasant couple of hours chatting to the friendly staff of Lubners Florida, Fiona gave me explicit directions as to how to extricate myself from Florida and to get onto the Hartebeespoort Dam road without having to travel all the way back onto the Western Bypass N1 highway and go the long way around. It was great being at home for the past few weeks, but the only problem is that when you are on the road travelling to different towns virtually every day, you get into a routine and after being at home and being spoilt with breakfast in bed most mornings and having great food cooked for you – on those points, thanks May, as usual you spoilt me rotten – now I have to try and get used to my lousy cooking again and get used to having to get up in the morning to make my own coffee and toast, damn life is hard on the road.

I thoroughly enjoyed the drive out to Hartebeespoort Dam where I will be spending the next week and a half visiting all the Beares and Lubners stores in Pretoria and gathering as many opinions from the public on what they believe needs to be done to STOP the raping and sexual abuse of our children. I find it amazing that every time I pose this question to people they respond with, “They must be executed – killed – their penises should be amputated – they must be castrated”, and when I ask “Is that it, do you think by just doing this we can stop the children being raped?” and every time a coconut the response is “Yes”. I have spent literally hundreds, if not thousands of hours talking to people from all walks of life and in many diverse areas around the country as well as through 12 countries in Africa and have, since commencing this crusade, changed my mind drastically on the subject.

When I started this crusade/campaign, I was convinced that by introducing a harsh punishment system, such as the death penalty or life in jail without the possibility of parole, our problem would be solved. However after having completed the first project through Africa and having spoken to many very informed and educated people on the subject it has become excruciatingly clear that by simply introducing these punishments we will not stop the problem. I have come to realise that there are many very complicated issues involved and these issues have got to be dealt with as well, if we are serious about bringing a halt to the rape and sexual abuse of South Africa’s biggest assets, our children.

As I have previously said, I have been working on putting a paper together which outlines a detailed ‘road map’ which needs to be followed in order to accomplish the dream of bringing a halt to child rape which I hope or rather WILL present to Parliament on my arrival in Cape Town. This ‘road map’ started off with a 5 step plan and has now progressed to a 9 step plan and one of those steps involves the training of Forensic Social Workers, specifically trained to deal with child rape victims. While I was in Groblersdal I was privileged to get to meet a very special lady by the name of Corrie Ludwig who, along with me, gave a talk to a large group of kids at the local school on the various forms of abuse which kids are subjected to. Corrie told me that she, along with a group of other social workers, had been sent on a Masters course in Forensic Social work, she has sent me an e-mail explaining what this involved and exactly how it will be used to help bringing a halt to the rape and sexual abuse of children, so here is her e-mail:

Dear Steve

I see your visit to Groblersdal was well covered by the media, and awareness are so important.

As I promised I want to give you some information on Forensic Social work. I published an article in a professional journal for Social work Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk in August 2009 Volume no 3. Some of the information in my e mail is also in this article.

On 6 May the SAPS employed Social workers to assist Child protection units with sexually abused children. At this stage no formal education was available in SA. There were private Social Workers that developed training from oversees and were training Social workers. In 2006 the University of North West started training Masters Students in specialization namely Forensic Social Work: Child sexual abuse. In SA the Social work Council is still in the process of registering specialization in Social Work.

What the job of a forensic Social Worker in SA entails still needs to be defined. Some of the Masters Students are doing there research on this specific topic. In the US however they do the following:

  • Testify in court of law as expert witness. Provide requested information in general about human welfare needs of individuals, families, groups and communities e.g. what happens to the personalities of children or wives who are abused
  • Systematic evaluations of individuals so that resulting information can be presented in court. Evaluations conducted to answer questions of the court e.g. Is this person responsible for his own actions. What happened in this person’s background that explains the behavior?
  • Conduct investigations where criminal conduct has possibly occurred and present results to court e.g. testify about visits to the home of family whose child has been physically or sexually abused
  • Recommend to courts ways to resolve, punish or rehabilitate those found guilty of crimes or negligence in civil actions e.g. after evaluating a defendant to see how he is likely to react to various punishments
  • Mediate between individuals and groups who are involved in disputes or conflicts that might otherwise require extensive intervention in courtrooms e.g. marital disputes and divorce mediation
  • Testify about professional standards of social work to facilitate cases of malpractice
  • Educate social workers and other professions on social work and the law

In our training we are trained in all existing protocols and forensic excepted methods of forensic investigation with children.

The courts in Pretoria especially the sexual offences court do make use of our service since most forensic workers is in the area. The police have trained workers in Polokwane Johannesburg Pretoria Potchefstroom and Middelbrg as far as I know. One of my colleges has a private practice in Bloemfontein.

I am a member of a multi professional society SAPSAC South African professional Society Against Child Abuse. They have a yearly congress and give out a journal CARSA. You can contact them at:

e-Mail: sapsac@cybertrade.co.za
Web: www.sapsac.co.za
Tel: 012 9910718

They can also give you a lot of information. I cannot remember what else we talked about but send me a mail if you can think of any thing else.

Regards
Corrie Ludwig

This is pretty great and is definitely a step in the right direction, but there are still a lot of other aspects associated with the rape and sexual abuse of children which have to be addressed and soon I will publish my proposal on what I believe needs to be done to stop the scourge. But for now I still have a long way to go on this campaign and I still have many people to talk to in order to ‘fine tune’ my solution to child rape. So if you have any suggestions or opinions on what you believe needs to be done to stop the raping of the children please either e-mail me or register on this site (blog) and place your comments on the blog. After all my ‘road map’ to solving child rape is derived from the many opinions I have been given to date, so the more I get the easier it is for me to come up with the right recipe.

When I visited Soweto (22nd October day 82) and I got to meet that very dedicated police lady, Sergeant Hlatshwayo at the Protea police station, who told me of their unit, which I must admit I have never heard of being associated with the SAPS beore, namely the VEC – Victim Empowerment Centre – ‘Trauma Centre”. She has given me a copy of a report she submitted which outlines the functions the unit has recently been involved in. These functions include:

  • Unit members consist of: Sergeant Hlatshwayo, Constable Molotja, Constable Sibiya, Miss Mofobokoane
  • Trauma centre members distributed pamphlets with encouraging message
  • Pamphlets were distributed to each and every office at Protea Glen police station
  • VEC members also distributed three copies per floor at CIG building ( I think the CIG is the Criminal Information Gathering unit)
  • The aim is to encourage members to keep on going when times are tough
  • To make members value, honour, protect and respect their lives
  • To make members observe life from different angles
  • To promote positive healthy living
  • Other members required explanations about the project – they were explained

Obviously the “members” referred to in the report refers to the members of the SAPS. As I said in my blog for day 82 of the project, this is one very dedicated lady and the police service, hell I nearly referred to it as “the police force” but the change of name hasn’t taken effect yet, needs more members like her and her staff. So to Sergeant Hlatshwayo keep up the great work you guys are doing.

So now my camp site is all set up at Roos se Oordt on the Crocodile River which leads into the Hartebeespoort Dam, if you click on the Bandit link on this site you can see exactly where I am camped. Now I am going to indulge in a cold frosty (Miller MGD), braai a couple of chops and boerewors and relax with a fishing rod to see if I can catch “that big one”. So until tomorrow keep well, keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 960.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

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Tue
27
Oct '09

Day 86: Monday, 26 October 2009

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

So the weekend is over and ‘Buddy and Me’ are both well, I unfortunately went down with a serious stomach bug on Friday morning, I think it must have been the same bug that attacked Missy. But I am fit and strong again today and both Buddy and I woke up this morning ready to tackle another week of our crusade against child rape.

But before I start with a few interesting facts on the subject of child rape, I promised to relay a few comments that were made regarding rugby commentating. Evidently there are a few individuals who believe, and I must say I agree with them whole heartedly, that perhaps if all pro rugby players were made to commentate on the sport prior to actually playing the game they would be better rugby players. I am referring of course to the commentating done by the likes of Warren Brosnian, Joel Stransky and Garth Wright, etc who frequently criticise players for making mistakes with comments such as “now that type of mistake should not be made at this level of the game”. Although they are in fact right, they themselves used to do the same thing when they played the game.

Okay so I got that off my chest, now back to the subject of child rape. I was contacted by a very concerned lady by the name of Sarie Van Niekerk, who informed me that Theunis Botha, the ex Headmaster of the Hoer Volks Skool in Potchefstroom, Van der Bijl Park High School and the Heidelburg High School, was convicted the other day on 7 counts of child rape and sexual abuse. His will be appearing in the Benoni regional court on the 29th October for sentencing and so anyone who can make it to the court, your presence there to show your support against the disgusting crime of child rape and sexual abuse of children will be appreciated. If you want any further details you can contact Sarie on 083 516 0660. I personally hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

The other case I would like to get some information on is the case of Erling Dreyer who was convicted on three counts of indecent assault as well as other charges of having sex with minors. He was also a teacher in the Germiston and Boksburg areas. He was convicted in June this year but I have not heard anything further regarding his sentencing. So if anyone has any info on this please send it to my blog on my website or e-mail me on steve@buddyandme.co.za it will be much appreciated.

I was drawn into an interesting discussion today while standing outside the Beares store in Rosettenville which is situated right next door to the Lubners store in Kenilworth, I found it incredible that two stores can be situated in two different areas – one in Rosettenville and one in Kenilworth – but are right next door to each other.

<i>Two great stores, <b>Beares</b> and <b>Lubners</b<, next door to each other together, fighting against child rape, what a team!</i>

Two great stores, Beares and Lubners, next door to each other together, fighting against child rape, what a team!

But let’s get back to the discussion I had with a local lady from the Rosettenville area. She was commenting on a discussion she had heard on MNet’s Carte Blanche on Sunday in which a doctor (Professor Riana Bornman) was talking about the increased number of child birth defects which are becoming common place occurrences lately and the fact that she (the doctor) believes it is attributed to the mosquito insecticide (DDT) which is being sprayed into the houses which are to be found in the low cost housing settlement areas.

The lady from Rosettenville asked if, because of the fact that more than 90% of the child rape cases are taking place within the family environment, with the perpetrators being fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers, is it not possible that these child birth defects could be attributed to the possibility of in-breeding. This definitely gave me food for thought, because I have been told by many ‘older’ women in the townships and villages I have visited, that they are not happy with the child grant facility which is being paid to mothers by the government, because like in the one case I was presented with, the woman’s daughter has just turned 17 and is pregnant with her fourth baby. She currently receives R250-00 for each of the other three children (R750-00 per month) and will now be receiving R1 000-00 per month when the fourth one arrives soon. The daughter spends the money partying with her friends and the mother is expected to feed and look after the children. The most disturbing fact of this story is that the one child was born as a result of her being raped by her father and because of the extremely difficult financial times the family is facing; the rape was not reported to the police. So the question posed by the lady from Rosettenville has definitely given me something to think about!

To go back to the other point regarding the payment of the R250-00 monthly grant, I was also told by an old lady in Alexandra Township, that there are a number of woman who, “rent out” their children/babies to other woman who use them to beg at traffic lights etc. This to me was quite mind boggling that people are actually ‘breeding’ children in order to receive child grants and then use them as a business to rent out to other people??

After a short chat with the staff of Beares in Rosettenville I headed back to Germiston to bid farewell to all my friends at the Germiston City Sports Club who very generously did a fund raising for me on Friday night – in spite of the fact that I had had to cancel playing (my one man band) for them due to the lousy stomach bug I picked up, but thanks guys your generous contribution towards Buddy’s medical aid is greatly appreciated, only another R8 000-00 to go and we will be back on track with our budget.

<i>Beares staff Rosettenville</i>

Beares staff Rosettenville

On my way back to Germiston, I couldn’t help stopping to take a picture of Jo’burg from the top of the hill over looking Moffat Park, a really great view of Jo’burg.

<i>Jo’burg from South Rand Road Moffat Park</i>

Jo’burg from South Rand Road Moffat Park

So I think that’s enough for today, I am still analysing the e-mail I got from the social worker in Groblersdal and I will put it on my blog tomorrow so that you can tell me what you think of the government/SAPS’s latest strategy against child rape, I think it’s definitely in the right direction. So until tomorrow, keep well, keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

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Mon
26
Oct '09

Day 83-85: Friday to Sunday, 23-25 October 2009

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

Friday the 23rd proved to be a bit of a disastrous day for me. Usually when I get up in the morning, when I am at home that is, our two dogs – or rather the two bigger dogs (we have two small ones as well) – a Boer Bull (Buster) and a smaller Staffi cross Jack Russell (Missy) are full of beans jumping around waiting for their morning munchies. This morning Missy was not her usual self and appeared very quiet and did not look well at all. She refused her usually much sort after munchies and just lay in her box looking at me with very sad and sick eyes.

I needed to get to the Beares store in Rosettenville and so with much concern headed off, but all the time worrying sick about Missy. Five years ago our beautiful male Staffi, Chester was poisoned by some heartless swines and we witnessed him suffer a really terrible death and so my big concern was that Missy had also been poisoned because she had been fine when we had put her to bed the previous night. When I arrived at the Beares store in Rosettenville I discovered that it was going to be a quiet morning and so after a chat with the staff I made the decision to head home and check on Missy and to revisit the Rosettenville Beares store on Monday when I was scheduled to visit the Kenilworth Lubners store which I discovered is situated right next door to the Rosettenville Beares store.

On arriving home I was discovered that Missy was really ill but when May phoned the vet at 12pm to make sure they were open during lunch time, she was told that they were closed until 3:30pm. Missy vomited up a pile of white muck a few times and I sat force feeding her and pouring water into her and by 3:30 she was starting to look a whole lot better and by 4:30 she actually managed to extricate herself from her box, so fortunately all is well with Missy. But the reason I have written about this personal incident is that there have been many incidents of dog poisoning going on in the Germiston area over the past few years and every time I hear of them or read about them in the Germiston City News I am sickened to my stomach by the barbaric and cowardly acts being carried out by the savages living in South Africa, and when the matters are reported to the police absolutely nothing is done about it and in fact they have the attitude, “Well it’s only a dog”.

<i>Missy and Buster</i>

Missy and Buster

So this blog is dedicated to all those magnificent animals which have been brutally murdered by savages, and in dedicating the blog I want to share a story I read in an article regarding this sick practice. The article contained a letter from a dog owner which was published in the Germiston City News a while ago. His dogs were subjected to the horrific fate of being poisoned and I believe his letter truly reflects the anguish any dog lover/owner is subjected to when their loving pet is brutally killed in this horrible manner.

His letter read:

I hope that you are pleased with yourselves, with what you accomplished. You murdered the best K9’s that I have ever known, and just for a car. I hope that in your lifetime on earth you too will someday suffer the same horrible and excruciating death that my dogs had to suffer. I personally had to wrap them up in plastic and take them to the SPCA to be incinerated. God’s eyes never close and He sees everything – your time will come for you to explain your actions. Believe me; the gates of hell are wide open for your arrival. You might think that they were “just dogs” but they were much more than that. They were ‘Dragons’ when my six-year-old daughter played and dressed up with them, and they were soft cushions next to the pool on hot days and warm friends in front of the TV on cold nights. Our family are the people that had to explain to a two year-old and six year-old about the “bad people” that had killed their best friends. But, most of all, they were part of my family, whose lives you decided to extinguish in such a barbaric and horrible manner. May you suffer for eternity for what you have done?

To Lena: May you always run free and be the rough and tough lion that you imagined yourself to be. May you catch all the motorbikes and noisy cars that you were so after, and may the thunder, lightning and fire crackers bother you no more? Rest in peace my beloved friend.

To Deemin: As big and as heavy as you were, may you become the big loving teddy bear you always wanted to be. May there be the roughest grass there for you to scratch your back on, and may you leap over the tallest of walls with ease. I will never forget your smile. Rest in peace my gentle giant.

John Smith (Wychwood – Germiston)

So that is all I am going to write about for now. I sincerely hope that one of the savages that have been poisoning the dogs gets to read this blog and realizes what pain, suffering and anguish their despicable actions are causing.

I received a really interesting e-mail from a lady I met in Groblersdal and who did a talk to the school there with me, so I will share this with you tomorrow which will hopefully generate some interesting comments from the people out there and which, by the way, was already a part of my ‘Solution to Child Rape’ plan I have come up with and will present to Parliament soon.

So until tomorrow, keep well keep all children (and animals) safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

All assistance, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Any excess collected above the necessary amount, will be donated to the three organisations involved in the project, namely The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and The TygerBear Clinic.

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Fri
23
Oct '09

Day 82: Thursday, 22 October 2009

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

Day 82 of the campaign, a day in Soweto, turned out to be a pretty good day as well as a busy one. Soon after turning off the south bound freeway onto the Old Potch Road which is now called the Chris Hani Road (well according to some road signs that is, I was stopped in a long queue which was formed because of a police road block. Eventually when I arrived at the road block there was a long line of cars parked on the side of the road waiting to be inspected after having been pulled over by the police. Obviously I was convinced that I would be pulled over but when I approached the large group of cops they all looked at me in amazement and waved me through! As I passed all I heard was “Hey, I love your little car” and received smiles and waves from all the cops. So this was a great start to my day.

I passed the huge brightly painted ‘Soweto’ cooling towers from which you can do an amazing bungee jump, and continued through to the Jabulani Mall. While driving I was thinking about the issue which has been discussed so often that it’s becoming quite boring, but I wondered why, since so many towns names have been changed, they haven’t changed the name of Soweto. After all this was the place which all the riots took place in during the mid 70’s and so many issues were raised over, also since the name was derived from the words “South Western Townships” and is not, as everyone seems to thinks, an African word.

<i>Soweto cooling towers</i>

Soweto cooling towers

I must say I was very impressed with the cleanliness of Soweto and, in fact, when considering the filthy condition of so many towns I have passed through during my travels on my search for a solution to child rape, including the state of my home town, Germiston, I couldn’t believe how clean and tidy Soweto is. I have visited Joubert Park during the past few years and was devastated at how this once beautiful park has been allowed to be reduced to a filthy jungle in the heart of Jo’burg. This was once one of the most visited sites in Jo’burg especially at Christmas time when it was lit up with a magnificent array of Christmas lights and displays, now it’s a crime riddled cess pit. The three huge parks I passed in Soweto, however, are spotlessly clean and I did not see so much as a piece of paper lying on the beautifully manicured lawns, not to mention the lovely brand new bus terminals which are to be found scattered all around Soweto at regular intervals, incredible! It’s not difficult to see where all the Gauteng rate payers’ money is being spent.

The whole way through Soweto I was met with people shouting greetings and waving to ‘Buddy and Me’ and we thoroughly enjoyed the friendly atmosphere which continued right up to the Beares store in the Jabulani Mall. My biggest problem was keeping people from trying to jump into Buddy’s passenger seat every time we stopped at a traffic light or stop street. The Beares staff at the Jabulani Mall must be in the running for the prize of being one of the friendliest groups of Beares staff I have met on the project to date, and I was given the opportunity to chat to them and get their input in my effort to come up with a solution to child rape, and contribute they did. To Chris Kubheka and his magic group of staff, thanks guys I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and thanks for your kind hospitality and friendship.

<i>Beares staff, Jabulani Mall, Soweto</i>

Beares staff, Jabulani Mall, Soweto

Now if I had been impressed being able to find my way through to the Jabulani Mall, I was even more impressed with Buddy and my ability to locate the Protea Gardens Mall without even having to stop and ask for directions once. When I pulled up outside the Beares store in the Mall I was met by a huge crowd of people who had gathered to watch and listen to a local entertainer singing and dancing on a portable stage in the car park. Initially when I pulled into the car park and because the stage and large crowd was situated only about 30 metres from the Beares store front door, I thought “Wow Jackson, the store manager, has really gone overboard with his planning for a reception committee for ‘Buddy and Me’ but I discovered this was not so. But after saying hi to the staff I wandered over to have a caper at the show. Obviously with me being the only white face for probably kilometres around, I stood out like a sore thumb and the entertainer guy spotted me and must have incredible eye sight to have seen the signage on Buddy because he called out “Hey Buddy and Me are here” which drew a big cheer from the crowd.

<i>Crowd close to Beares store</i>

Crowd close to Beares store

Once again I got to chat to a really great bunch of guys in the form of the Beares staff in the Protea Gardens Mall. The store manager, Jackson Magwa, had arranged for me to meet a sergeant involved in the “Trauma Unit” of the Protea police. To date I have never heard of a “Trauma Unit” associated with the South African Police Service and so I was very intrigued. And so after a chat with the Beares staff I moved over to the Lubners store which is situated in the same Mall, the fact that the two stores are only about 200 metres apart made it even simpler for me and Buddy to locate them and drive to their front door. After a chat with the store manager who, by the way is a real character of note, Lucky Makunyane and his friendly staff I had to make a hurried departure to be able to make my appointment with Sergeant Hlatswayo of the Protea SAPS “Trauma Unit”.

<i>Beares staff, Protea Gardens Mall, Soweto</i>

Beares staff, Protea Gardens Mall, Soweto

<i>Lubners staff, Protea Gardens Mall, Soweto</i>

Lubners staff, Protea Gardens Mall, Soweto

This meeting proved to be really interesting and apart from meeting Sergeant Hlatswayo who proved to be one of the most dedicated police officials I have met to date, I met two of her helpers, Eugenia Mofobokoane and Micholine Molotja – all three being highly dedicated to bringing rapists and especially child rapists to book. They confirmed that, although child rape is happening at an alarming rate in the area, the people, and in particular mothers are not reporting it to the police, and they only receive a handful of child rape (children under the age of 12) a year. This issue was discussed at great lengths and, initially Sergeant Hlatswayo accused the mothers of being the guilty parties and had a rather hard take on this aspect of child rape, until after our discussion in which I raised the fact that the mothers are stuck between a rock and a hard place by the fact that if they report their husbands for raping their children, the families will starve because the Social Welfare Departments don’t have the financial resources to take care of them.

After I had presented my 6 stage plan to combat child rape, which I will release onto this website soon – I just need to fine tune it and hope to present to Parliament – she agreed that it would definitely work and that it would encourage mothers to report their husbands and that it would ultimately lead to the drastic reduction, if not the actual stopping of the disgusting crime of child rape.

I was given some details of a case they are currently investigating which involves a 16 year old girl who has been raped on a regular basis by her step father since she was 6 years old. Her mother was aware of the fact that she was being raped by her husband but because of the financial situation in the family, him being the sole bread winner, she turned a blind eye to the situation. The young girl eventually confided in a close friend who reported the matter to their teacher who in turn reported it to the police. Sergeant Hlatswayo and her team arrested the step father and on appearing in court was granted R1 000-00 bail. Immediately on arriving home he began intimidating and threatening the young girl. The step father was re-arrested and when the mother heard that his bail was going to be revoked forced the daughter to withdraw the charge of intimidation and tried to have the rape charge dropped. Sergeant Hlatswayo explained to the mother that her daughter is not able to have the rape charged dropped because she is not the complainant in the case, the State is the complainant, and the daughter is merely a State witness.

It’s obvious that the mother is going to do everything in her power to ensure that the daughter does not give evidence against her step father or that the evidence will be ‘bad’ which will allow a defence attorney to get him off on a “technicality’. This is the reason that I believe that it is not merely the return of the death penalty which will ultimately bring a halt to the rape and sexual abuse of our children, but a number of issues, which if implemented to the letter, will.

Well that’s all for today, so until tomorrow when ‘Buddy and Me’ visit Rosettenville in the south of Jo’burg, we wish you farewell for now, keep well and keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

All assistance, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Any excess collected above the necessary amount, will be donated to the three organisations involved in the project, namely The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and The TygerBear Clinic.

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Wed
21
Oct '09

Day 81: Wednesday, 21 October 2009

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

Today was a day off for me, so it was spent getting all my ‘admin’ up to date – that means computer stuff, costs and rescheduling my itinerary which will change from the 27th November to accommodate business arrangements of Beares – in other words lots of that stuff I don’t like, like sitting in front of the computer for hours instead of driving Buddy around the highways, byways and countryside of South Africa.

So today I’m going to write about a few topics which have been raised by people from various walks of life and in many diverse areas who I have met during my travels through South Africa. Obviously one of the main topics which has arisen over the last few months is the question, “When are the ‘powers that be’ going to think before making the decision to make the changes they make, which will ultimately cost the tax payers a fortune, and end up being changed again later (usually pretty soon after initiating the change)”. These include name changes to streets, towns, monuments etc. We are unable to purchase an up to date map or street finder in South Africa because the name changes are taking place on a never ending basis.

I love arriving in a town where all the streets are numbered, as in 1st Street, 2nd Street, 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, etc as is the case with Springs and a few other towns I have visited. Firstly, it makes it easy to find the street you are looking for and secondly, we know that the street name is not going to change to the name of someone’s past hero or the name of some politician. The other place I loved was Richards Bay where the suburbs are named after various biological things such as trees, and all the streets have names of various tree species, then another suburb is named after fish with all the streets being various fish species, etc. I think this is a fantastic idea. I personally think that by changing the names of streets and towns shows that the individuals ruling have no initiative and can’t develop anything of their own to name it after.

The other argument I was presented with is that many people actually agree with the changing of the names of towns and streets because they believe that the towns and streets etc which have had their names changed, have deteriorated to such a degree that the original occupants of the towns and the individuals after who the towns and streets were named would turn in their graves if they saw to what degree the places have deteriorated.

My personal pet gripe is the fact that the public is issued with final demands to have firearm licences renewed by a certain date, failing which your firearm will be confiscated, the owner could be arrested and slapped in jail and all sorts of other penalties. I made sure I submitted my new firearm application before the expiry date and went about it strictly according to the law. That was way back on 27th March 2007 and after the sixth enquiry with the police in Germiston today, I was told “Your application is still being processed”. In the ‘old days’ we used to refer to that process as being “typical military – hurry and wait” and I thought this was the ‘New’ South Africa.

And so on to everyone’s latest gripe – apart from the ridiculous electricity price hike Eskom has demanded, that’s just a plain joke, I mean can you imagine if every company who messes up can just demand that the public must pay to correct your stuff up instead of going into liquidation, but I’m not going to go into that economic disaster – but dare I say the words, “Bafana Bafana” or as many people now call them “Ba Funny Ba Funny”. One guy said something that has really got me thinking, and that was the fact that the coach has just been fired – again! And he reckons that the team and the management are already looking for excuses should they be knocked out in the first round, which is currently looking like a strong possibility, and embarrassed in the coming World Cup tournament. Mmmm!!

So that’s all for today, tomorrow ‘Buddy and Me’ are back on the road again and will be visiting three areas in Soweto, Jabulani, Protea and Protea Gardens. I’m really looking forward to that and hope to get a mound of information on the subject of child rape.

So until tomorrow, keep well, keep all children safe.
Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

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Wed
21
Oct '09

Day 80: Tuesday, 20 October 2009

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Both Buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive to Springs this morning. It was a lovely crisp clear morning and even the fellow motorists appeared even more friendly than usual. Drivers were hooting and waiving and as usual many photos were taken of Buddy by passing motorists on their cell phones. I have no doubt in my mind that Buddy is undoubtedly the most photographed Beach Buggy if not motor vehicle in the world. At the Springs Beares store, ‘Buddy and Me’ met a large group of kids from a local school who were magnificently entertained by the giant bears who did a truly spectacular job in entertaining them, man could these bears dance. So to ‘Moses’, the bear in Primrose, my man, you have some really stiff competition from the bears in Springs.

The giant bears entertaining the kids

I also got to meet and chat to a large group of teachers and other guests about the research/child rape campaigns I have undertaken over the past few years and to get their input on the subject of child rape. When addressing a group of people and even when discussing the subject of child rape on a one on one basis with someone, I often ask “If you were made President tomorrow and your instructions from the public in South Africa was to Stop the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa within 24 months what would you do to accomplish this”. Invariably they laugh or giggle and after many mmm’s and aaaa’s the response is “I don’t think it can be stopped”, but mostly the response is “Bring back the death penalty for child rape”. When I give them my 6 step plan to bringing a halt to the raping and sexual abuse of children, they tend to look at me in wonder and say “Yes that will work, why hasn’t the Government implemented such a plan?”

I am not going to provide details of this plan at this stage because obviously with still another 8 months and about 35 000 kilometres to go on this project/campaign I still have a lot of people to talk to and to fine tune my plan. I certainly do not want to get into a situation we as South Africans are witnessing every day where someone in government comes up with a “plan” and it is implemented in a flash of inspiration only to be realised later that “Oh hell sorry we made a booboo” and after having wasted a fortune of the tax payers hard earned money, say “wooow stop the bus, lets change back again” – we have seen that happen far too often.

I have however made enquiries as to how I can have my plan presented to Government/Parliament on completion of this project/campaign or rather when I reach Cape Town at the end of March/begging of April 2010, and in this respect would appreciate any suggestions from people who have political affiliations and connections. I am not politically connected to any political party and from the outset of my campaign against child rape was adamant that this project would not become a political tool for any Party to use for political purposes, gains or brownie points, but obviously in order to get the attention of our Government and Parliament I need the assistance of someone who ‘knows the ropes’ and ‘knows which buttons to press’. So please guys help me out here.

<i>The group of kids, guests and staff of Beares Springs</i>

The group of kids, guests and staff of Beares Springs

From Springs Buddy and I had to find our way to the Tsakane Mall which, I was told, is situated in the heart of the Tsakane Township. Now I must tell you, up until I received the Beares list of stores, I had never heard of Tsakane never mind know where it was, so after having a few people give me directions, mostly all completely different, I decided “what the hell… I now have a general idea of where Tsakane is and I have a general idea of which direction to travel in”, so because I was scheduled to be at the Tsakane Beares store at 1pm I said my goodbyes to the large group outside the Springs Beares store at 10 past 12 and headed off into the blue yonder to locate Tsakane. I must say I don’t know if it was my directional skills or Buddy’s natural ability to find these strange places, but at 3 minutes to one we pulled up outside the Tsakane Beares store, and we only stopped to ask directions once at a garage which happened to be about 800 metres away from the centre in which the Beares store is situated, incredible! Well, I thought so anyway.

Here I met another group of tiny tots from a local crèche and nursery school called the ‘Thusanang Day Care Centre’ who performed another sketch named “My body, nobody must touch my body”. I saw this performed a few days ago, I think it was at the Benoni Beares store; the days are going so fast for me I can’t even remember where I was yesterday, but I am really impressed with it and believe this should be taught to all kids at crèche’s and nursery schools around the country.

<i>Kids doing the sketch on “My body, nobody must touch my body”</i>

Kids doing the sketch on “My body, nobody must touch my body”

Once again I had an interesting chat with the teachers from the crèche as well as the Beares staff and three police officers who popped in to chat. I was told of a child rape case which involved a small three year-old child from the crèche who was raped by its step father. The mother reported the case to the police and the guy was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail. Personally I don’t believe this was even remotely severe enough, because the guy was found to be HIV positive and he had infected both the mother and the child. Fortunately he died a few months ago but the mother unfortunately died recently as well. The child is now being cared for by its grandparents and aunt. Yet another tragic story added to the ‘Buddy and Me’ book of tragic stories relating to child rape.

The Captain from the police force who popped in to chat, told me that they are not receiving many cases involving child rape from the area, and that they have a competent “FCS” unit operating out of Brakpan which seems to have the situation in hand, but once again, does this unit actually, officially exist, or is it because the Station Commissioner has used his initiative and has established a cluster in the area and is making use of a “dedicated’ team to investigate child rape? Also I have come to question the statements made by police officials when they claim that the number of child rape cases taking place in their area is not too serious, because this is based on the number of cases reported to the police and not on the number of cases actually taking place and not being reported.

<i>The kids enjoying Buddy, together with the Beares Tsakane staff and police guests</i>

The kids enjoying Buddy, together with the Beares Tsakane staff and police guests

So that ended ‘Buddy and Me’s’ visits to Springs and Tsakane. It was a really nice day and fortunately I was shown the way out of Tsakane by one of the Beares staff. I can tell you I would probably have spent two days trying to find my way out of the area if I had had to travel the route we took on my own, but I reached the highway at the Carnival City Casino at 3:30 and arrived home a little before 5pm after stopping off at the Gem for a quick cold frosty and chat with Gaston.

So until next when ‘Buddy and Me’ hit the streets, which will be in Soweto on Thursday, we bid you goodbye for now, keep well, stay well and keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9 500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

All assistance, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Any excess collected above the necessary amount, will be donated to the three organisations involved in the project, namely The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and The TygerBear Clinic.


Tue
20
Oct '09

Day 79: Monday, 19 October 2009

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Today my day started with a leisurely drive through the country side on my way to Bronkhorstspruit. Buddy and I took the Witbank highway and after taking the Delmas turnoff passed Bronkhorstspruit Dam and the Chinese Cultural Village which I am told is a really neat place to visit on a Sunday afternoon where you can enjoy a free Chinese lunch, all you need to do is make a donation.

My visit to the Beares store in Bronkhorstspruit proved to be a relatively quiet one and so I spent my time there chatting to the friendly staff. On my way out I was stopped by two ladies who were walking on the side of the road in the small town who insisted on giving me their opinion on “what should be done to stop the raping of our children”. According to them, and I was told that their opinion is echoed by all the residents of Bronkhorstspruit, the problem of solving the raping of the children is definitely the government’s responsibility and that they are the only ones that can solve the problem.

According to these two ladies, no amount of educating can stop the scourge. As I listened to them I became more and more convinced that someone in government should be undertaking this campaign that ‘Buddy and Me’ is doing so that they can get first hand knowledge of what the people are saying. I was told that the raping and sexual abuse of children in the nearby townships is running rampant and that the police have no idea how to stop it.

When I mentioned my suggestion of a national referendum to let the people decide on what should be done to stop it, they both agreed unanimously and they hoped the government will listen to my suggestion. So if there are any politicians reading this blog, I would dearly like to get some ideas on how I go about presenting my findings and opinions of the public to Parliament on what needs to be done to stop the raping and sexual abuse of children in South Africa.

<i>Beares Bronkhorstspruit staff</i>

Beares Bronkhorstspruit staff

Before leaving the Beares store in Bronkhorstspruit I was contacted by a lady from the Delmas Beares store who told me that the police would be waiting for me just outside Delmas to escort me into the town. My chat with the two ladies had delayed my departure from Bronkhorstspruit considerably, but I was not perturbed by this because this is what the campaign is all about, but I did have to ‘move it up’ a bit and I was thankful that GP Beetles had done such a brilliant job in getting Buddy prepared for the rest of the campaign, because Buddy took the rushed drive in his stride. (Wow at one point we were actually doing a staggering 98 kilometres an hour!)

As I approached the spot, or what I believed to be the spot where I was told the police would be waiting for me, I saw two police cars parked on the side of the road and as I got nearer one of them pulled away from the curb and waved to me. I automatically thought that this was my escort and so followed. I was led through the town and eventually we pulled into a large new shopping centre where the traffic cop stopped and just sat in her car. I looked around and could not see the Beares store anywhere in the centre. After a few minutes I climbed out of Buddy and approached the cop. She looked at me and asked why I was following her. I looked at her dumbfounded and asked if she was the cop who was supposed to escort me into Delmas; she shook her head and said no. After I explained the situation she found it to be quite funny and gave me directions to the Beares store in Delmas.

At the Beares store I was met by the friendly Beares staff and a group of young men from a local school who did a cultural dance for me and were joined by other people who were attracted by the music and dancing. I also managed to chat to the staff and a few of the local residents who confirmed that something drastic has to be done really fast to stop the raping of the children. Everyone I spoke to confirmed the belief that the punishment for a child rapist should be either the death penalty or, failing that, a minimum of 45 years in jail without the possibility of parole.

<i>The cultural dancers</i>

The cultural dancers

<i>The cultural dancers and Beares Delmas staff</i>

The cultural dancers and Beares Delmas staff

Then it was time for me to bid farewell to the Beares staff and the cultural dancers who, when they saw Buddy, insisted on having their photo taken with him, and of course Buddy would not forgive me if I deprived him of the opportunity of having kids climb all over him.

<i>The kids and Beares staff with Buddy</i>

The kids and Beares staff with Buddy

On my way back to Germiston I was stopped twice by motorists who wanted to take photos of ‘Buddy and Me’ and as usual for the people to give their views on the subject, which are pretty much all the same, “The swine who rape children should be hung”. The one guy who stopped me commented on the rumours surrounding the fact that the government now wants to incorporate the Metro Police into the SAPS and commented on the fact that the money being spent by the government on establishing all these different/new departments only to later disband them, is costing the tax payers a fortune. He spent half an hour relating the costs involved in the design and manufacture of uniforms, vehicles and signage, documentation and goodness knows what other expenses, only to have it all thrown away because some bright spark has come up with the idea that the Metro police should now be included into the SAPS. Not to mention the fact that they are now considering changing the SAPS to the SAPF (South African Police Force) – more signage of vehicles and documentation, etc to be changed at humungous cost to the tax payers. So what’s next, the establishment of a traffic police department to replace the Metro Police, wow! What a brilliant idea, a police department dedicated to and specialising in traffic control, who would ever have thought of that? (Hello, this sounds familiar…)

So that brought an end to my day and so I returned home where I relaxed and enjoyed a cold frosty or two thinking about how all that wasted money the government was spending on establishing new departments only to smash them down which could be spent in providing a proper infrastructure to support child rape victims and their families.

I receive many e-mails from individuals giving me their comments and opinions on the subject of child rape and although I really appreciate them and encourage people to do so, I would also appreciate it if you would register on the ‘comments blog’ section of the website and log your comments onto the ‘blog’ so that everyone can share in your comments and opinions.

So with that ‘Buddy and Me’ bids you a farewell for now and until we meet again tomorrow when we visit Springs and the East Rand Township of Tsakane, keep well and keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

All assistance, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Any excess collected above the necessary amount, will be donated to the three organisations involved in the project, namely The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and The TygerBear Clinic.


Mon
19
Oct '09

Day 76-78: Friday to Sunday, 16-18 October 2009

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Friday the 16th October, found me heading into Boksburg and being met at the start of Commissioner Street, that’s the main street in the town, by a huge mass of bodies and police. The residents of the nearby township of Reiger Park were busy with a demonstration march through the town of Boksburg, demonstrating against the government’s failure to provide the residents of Reiger Park with proper service delivery. Fortunately for me, and the other residents of Boksburg, the march was a relatively peaceful one, especially when comparing it to places like Standerton and a few other towns I have seen on TV recently. These places look like battlefields and whenever I see them on the TV news I keep thinking that they are flashback news scenes from the 1976 Alexandra and Soweto township riots. But apart from a few of the demonstrators hanging onto Buddy’s roof struts and shaking Buddy while laughing and telling me what a nice little racing car Buddy is, everything appeared to go smoothly and peacefully, although when I told a cop I wanted to go into Reiger Park to chat to an NGO there I was told an emphatic “No Sir, that will not be possible”.

So I had to remain at the Beares and Lubners stores where everyone was on tenterhooks hoping that the peaceful demonstration did not turn into the usual chaos with demonstrators smashing shop windows and generally just messing up the town or city as they usually do, just plain acting like hooligans. The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is that we are seeing the marches for poor service delivery every day and these in the majority of cases usually end up in violence and the destruction of the towns and cities, but although everyone I speak to in the townships and cities always agree and confirm that child rape is happening on a totally unacceptable level, especially in the township areas, but I have NEVER seen or heard of any demonstration march against the raping and sexual abuse of children??

Because of the poor service delivery demonstration march, every cop and newspaper reporter was tied up with the security and reporting of the march, so unfortunately my child rape campaign had to take a back seat for the day, but I got to chat to the friendly staff of both the Beares and Lubners stores and got their commitments to spread the word and to get all their relatives and friends who have internet connections to send the details of the website to all the people listed in their e-mail address books, as I hope everyone reading this blog is doing.

Beares Boksburg staff

Beares Boksburg staff

Lubners Boksburg staff

Lubners Boksburg staff

On my first project, An African Odyssey – Searching for a Solution to Child Rape – When I had visited the Brakpan Beares store, one of the staff members, a lady by the name of Tersia, had written a note to me and had placed it under the rubber cushion on my seat. As I pulled away from the curb in front of the store and while all the staff were waving goodbye to me, she indicated to me that I must look under my seat, and later when I did I found the note. It read “When God opened the window of Heaven, he asked me: ‘What is your wish for the day?’ I said ‘Please take special care of the person reading this’. ~ He who kneels before God can stand up before anything! Have a wonderful and Blessed journey!!” Tersia”. When I had arrived at the Brakpan Beares store on Thursday, I was looking forward to seeing Tersia once again but was given the sad news that she had suffered a severe heart attacked last year and had sadly passed away. The store manager at the time of my visit to the Brakpan store was a man by the name of Nico Jordaan who has since taken over as store manager at the Lubners Boksburg store, so on visiting his new store I showed him my Beares managers book in which he had written his remarks about the project and in which I had stapled Tersia’s note. It brought back some rather sad memories but it was great being able to relate to a really special part of the project. I know that Tersia will be sadly missed by her colleagues and family.

I recently received a really nice e-mail from a lady by the name of Adele Jones of ‘Jad Solutions SA’ who I asked to send the e-mail to my blog so that everyone could read it, which she subsequently did. It’s really interesting so everyone please click on the website blog/comments, and if anyone can help them I’m sure your help and assistance will be greatly appreciated, yet another amazing South African who cares. Keep up the great work Adele and ‘Buddy and Me’ wish you all the best for the future in your crusade. You see I told you I was blessed by being given the privilege of meeting and getting to know some really amazing people. Jad Solutions SA’s website is www.www.jadsolutionsssa.co.za – check it out.

Okay so with Friday behind me, all that was left was to wait for Saturday afternoon when the Sharks (number one on the log) were due to take on the Cheetahs in Durban in the first of the Currie Cup semi-finals games, the other being the Bulls against the Western Province. Well what I can I say, as a born and bred Durbanite; actually Pinetonian, but still a staunch Sharks supporter, once again the Sharks proved me right! We can beat the world champions today but lose to a high school team tomorrow, (but why must it always be the Cheetahs – remember the super 14 this last season). Please Mr. Plumtree, what the hell happened??? How can the top of the log team be beaten by a side that scarcely made it to the semis and scraped into the number four position on the log and then give the Sharks a lesson in how to play the game of rugby! But in all honesty I must say that the Cheetahs looked like they wanted to be in the final whereas the Sharks looked like they were just not interested and it was undoubtedly one of the worst performances I have ever had the displeasure of watching the Sharks play. And this comes from a man who carries the Sharks logo literally for life – Forever! Check this out.

My confirmation that “Come what may I am a Shark supporter Forever”

My confirmation that “Come what may I am a Shark supporter Forever

The one good thing about the day is the fact that it was my daughter Carey’s birthday and she spent the day at the stadium hoping that the Sharks would give her a birthday present and get into the finals, shame on you guys you let her down, but Carey I hope you had a great day anyway, I love you stacks.

Carey on her wedding day with Michaela and me in 2006

Carey on her wedding day with Michaela and me in 2006

And so all that was left was to see who would play the Cheetahs in the final and what can I say, the Bulls did it. So to Gaston (Gem Bar – Lambton, Germiston) and all the other Bulls supporters, I take my cap off to you die hard supporters, your team did you proud, so it’s the third on the log playing the fourth on the log in the final, incredible! But I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, the Cheetahs are going to kick the Bulls asses in two weeks time – I’ll buy the tissues.

So with the weekend over, tomorrow morning, Monday the 19th October I will be heading out to the Beares stores in Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas, so until next when I write my blog, stay well, stay safe and keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
Buddy and Me (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

To assist with Buddy’s medical aid (recouping the R9500.00 spent on repairs to engine and installation of new gearbox, starter motor and front suspension), please make a deposit into the following account:

  Bank: First National
  Branch: Lambton
  Branch code: 251542
  Acc name: Buddy and Me
  Acc number: 622 327 236 78
  Ref: Buddy’s medical aid

All assistance, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Any excess collected above the necessary amount, will be donated to the three organisations involved in the project, namely The Teddy Bear Clinic, Bobbi Bear Foundation and The TygerBear Clinic.