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Blog 61 – The final – 4th July 2013

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It is now 18 months since I officially finished my travels in Buddy – my trusted mechanical steed Beach Buggy – and having spent almost 8 years travelling in him over a distance of 189 000 kilometres through 14 countries – some of them, in the form of Botswana and Namibia four times – and which included visiting almost every South African town and city 4 times each and having interviewed thousands of individuals in all walks of life which included many newspaper reporters and radio presenters – Police Officials – Teachers – Politicians – Prison Officials – NGO’s – NPA Officials and of course many victims of child rape as well as their mothers and other family members to identify the devastating impact child rape has on the small victim and the family as a whole, I have decided to write the ‘FINAL CHAPTER’ to ‘Buddy and Me – Searching for a Solution to Stop the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Child in South Africa’

The main reason I have taken this long to write this ‘FINAL CHAPTER’ is because I have been asked so many times by people who have been following my project almost religiously “So Steve what is the solution to stopping the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa and why is it happening at an ever increasing rate?” and so I have spent the last 18 months seriously contemplating this and analysing all the information, comments and opinions I gleamed from the project over the 8 year period to come up with a ‘solution’ and reason why it is happening and why it is increasing at a horrific rate and to ensure that I had covered all these points in my blog 60 ‘The Conclusion’ – but apart from this I have been patiently awaiting an out-come to a Government decision in the form of the ‘Correctional Services’ or rather ‘Recreational Services’ as I have come to realise it should be called, on what was the worst case I was ‘involved’ in while on the project.

But first I will start by re-iterating why – in my humble opinion – child rape is occurring in South Africa at an ever increasing rate:

We are – according to information provided by hundreds of police officials and NGO’s I interviewed – experiencing, on average, around 600 child rape cases daily in South Africa (it is believed that only 15% of these cases are being reported) and this involves only children in the 1 day old to 12 years of age group of children, with our current conviction rate standing at a miserable 4% and of those who are convicted, they spend a very short period of time (when compared to the pain and suffering they have caused) in actual jail and in comparison to the sentence handed down by the courts – and so based on this information I have in fact come to realise that our esteemed Government is using the South African courts as a ‘propaganda’ tool – by publishing convictions and making headlines of ‘harsh’ sentences being passed down by our courts for convicted child rapists – only to release them early once focus has been taken off the case – and I will provide living proof of this later in this blog, which I am sure will shock the hell out of anybody who is prepared to read it.

Information provided by NGO’s and police officials confirmed that it’s a fact that 90% of the despicable crime of child rape is being perpetrated by family members in the form of; fathers – step fathers – uncles – grandfathers and cousins – all individuals who, if identified, prosecuted and convicted, will have a devastating effect on the family-life and in particular result in a financial burden on the mother as well as the rest of the family – For this reason the mother cannot report the rape and sexual abuse of her child to the police – hence the culprit gets away with it – I relate this to the following situation: If I was a criminal and I was robbing people and the people I was robbing were not reporting me to the police, the police cannot stop me or prosecute me because “ a crime has not been committed”, therefore I will continue doing what I am doing – robbing people – and in so doing receive financial benefit as well as pleasure from my crimes – and when I realise that I am on a ‘good thing here’ I will escalate my crimes to get even more benefit and pleasure out of it – and this is exactly what the child rapists are doing.

I have throughout the project written extensively about this situation and as I said earlier, I have expanded on it in detail in blog 60 and so I would encourage you to read blog 60 in order to understand why I have made the comments I have made in the paragraph above. But in a ‘nutshell’, in my humble opinion which is based on the information, opinions and comments I was provided during my 8 years of research on the subject – I am honestly of the opinion that the reason children are being raped is because quite simply ‘the culprits are getting away with it’ – and our esteemed Government is responsible for this – and should be charged themselves for the abuse of our children for allowing it to happen and for not ensuring that the culprits are held responsible and accountable for their crimes AND for not providing a ‘user friendly’ system for the mothers and children reporting the crime which would encourage them to report it – the current system – and I include the so-called wonderful ‘concept’ of the ‘Thuthuzela Care Centre’s’ – which I have written about extensively on this website as well as in blog 60 – which are in my opinion, as they are currently being implemented, a total waste of time and money – in general is shocking, to put it mildly.

And so I come to what became the most horrifying story I was made aware of over the 8 years of researching this horrible and despicable crime which is resulting in the total destruction and mutilation of the children of South Africa (“Our countries greatest assets and future” – according to our Governments frequent comments) in the form of RAPE! – and believe me I was made aware of MANY horrifying cases with only a few of them being identified on my blogs.

So now to this shocking case which proves my point that the South African Government through the department of ‘Correctional Services and Parole Board’ – is undoubtedly guilty of not doing everything in their power – and in fact are guilty of ‘encouraging’ the barbarians populating our beautiful country of South Africa – to rape and sexually abuse children by not enforcing the sentences handed down by our courts and in so doing punish the culprits appropriately for their barbaric crimes.

While travelling in the Durban area on the ‘Buddy and Me’ project in November 2010 (Blogs 10/11&12) I was contacted by the Manager of the Beares store in Chatsworth who told me of the horrific story which had appeared in the Chatsworth newspaper involving the rape and brutal murder of a 10 years little girl – Natasha Sukdeo – which had occurred approximately 15 years previously. The newspaper story related the fact that after having been found guilty of committing this brutal crime and after having served a mere 15 years of his 60 year sentence, the State, in the form of the ‘Correctional Services – Parole Board’ was intending, and trying their best, to have the piece of human garbage – Dhevapragasen ‘Dean’ Munsamy – released from prison!!

I was fortunate enough to be able to make contact with Natasha’s mother – Sharon Jeenabhai – and after a truly emotional meeting with her, which in-spite of my having had many meetings with victims and their families, shocked me to my roots on being presented with the shocking and horrific details of the case which still haunts me to this day – and now our esteemed Government and the ‘Correctional Services – Parole Board’ have brought it all back and have caused Sharon – her husband and Natasha’s sisters – devastating heart break and sorrow having been forced to relive the entire horrific episode again!– So once again here is the story of the incredibly lovely little Natasha Sukdeo – May she rest in peace and be thankful of never having to be afraid of the piece of human waste and piece of absolute garbage named Dean Munsamy of Chatsworth South Africa – may he one day – soon – rot in hell.

    Here then is Sharon’s story:

To: The Chairperson/ Minister of Correctional Services
Correctional Supervision and Parole Board
Regional Prison Services

Dear Sir/Madam

Representation to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board

I am a 45 year old female living in Bayview, Chatsworth.
I am the mother of the victim in the case in which Mr Devapregasen ‘Dean’ Munsamy was sentenced to 60 years for the abduction, rape, torture and murder on 07/08/1995 in Durban High Court.
The possible release of the offender should be considered with due cognisance of the impact which this crime has had on me and my family. I would like to deal with the impact under the following headings:

EMOTIONAL

He robbed Natasha of the following:
• Her entire childhood was taken away, her future, her possible children and their children were removed from the face of the earth.
• She was robbed of reaching puberty and having a boyfriend and her first innocent kiss.
• She was robbed of falling in love and knowing the joy of dating.
• She was robbed of knowing what it was like to go to high school and getting through Matric and going to Tech or University.
• She never had the chance of having her first dance or the thrill of a wedding or the joy of motherhood.

He robbed her mother of the following:
• I was robbed of seeing my child reach maturity and of any possible grandchildren she would have given me.
• I was robbed of witnessing the joys of seeing her grow up and reach the above mentioned milestones.
• I have suffered from severe depression related to the murder and required regular hospitalizations and trauma-counselling for about 5 years after the incident.
• I also required sexual counselling for years as I was unable to be intimate with my husband as a result of what was said in court about the sexual perversions that were inflicted on my innocent child, which almost led to the breakdown of my marriage to a wonderful man who had taken in Natasha and Jennifer as his own daughter’s and didn’t deserve to be treated like he was a sexual pervert in his own home by his own spouse.
• He also suffered the trauma of being named as a possible suspect because he was her stepfather and his whole life was invaded and investigated, which led to further marital problems between us which required marital counselling.
• I still suffer with severe depression and psychosomatic illness around Natasha’s birthday and in the weeks leading up to and after the anniversary of her trauma.
• Despite receiving counselling, I still suffer with post-traumatic stress symptoms like having flashbacks to the incidents surrounding the circumstances around Natasha’s death and the trial, severe anxiety and insomnia, severe mood swings and also become incapacitated by blinding headaches and nausea at times of stress related to this incident, to the point where I am unable to go to work or take care of my family and sometimes have to be hospitalized.
• I am currently medicated on chronic antidepressants, (Fluoxetine and Valium), but they do not seem to be having the desired effect.

He robbed her siblings of the following:
• They were robbed of having the joy of having a big sister to go through the experiences of life with them.
• They were robbed of having future nephews or nieces from her.
• They were robbed of having a normal life unmarred by her tragic, gruesome and horrific death and had to constantly have their lives disrupted by reporters, curious people who asked questions of them that they were unable to answer and questioning from peers and school friends.
• They had to grow up with parents whose lives were wracked by pain and torture knowing that their baby girl had lost her innocence and her life in the most cruel, barbaric and horrific way.
• They had to contend with a mother who, for years was lost in a cloud of depression and as a result their upbringing had to be done by their older sister who was only 8 years old at that time.
• They were deprived of a mother who had to be hospitalised on numerous occasions for depression related psychosomatic illnesses every time that it was Natasha’s birthday or the anniversary month of her death.
• They had to live with parents who live with mortal fear every time the girls have to leave home for any reason.
• Jennifer at 8 years, was old enough to require counselling at the time of the murder, but due to financial constraints she was only counselled by child welfare, church counsellors and General Practioners and to this day she still suffers the emotional scars of the responsibilities placed on her due to the trauma of the murder and the devastation that her mother suffered that rendered her incapable of being able to care for her family. Responsibilities that NO 8 year old child should have to deal with.

Mediation between family and perpetrator:

In all the years since this has happened the perpetrator has never attempted to make contact with the family in any way to explain his actions or apologise for what he did and his family continues to harass us to this day. They live 3 doors away from us and despite the trauma of continuously being subjected to their harassment; we have been unable to move away due to the lack of finances.
He says that he is sorry about what he did, but he showed no remorse or fear when he told everyone at the court hearings of how his friend raped and tortured Natasha and then how he raped and tortured my innocent child himself even though he could see how scared and traumatised she was.
He never tried in any way to stop his friend or himself from doing what they did, he watched while his friend raped and tortured her despite reporting that she pleaded with him for help. He was prepared to tell everyone about his part in it so he could use it against his friend to get an easier sentence.
As a result of him changing his story so many times to suit his needs, his accomplice in the crime managed to get away scot free on a technicality after he turned state’s witness.
This shows that that he did not really have any remorse for his horrific crime, but was just trying to help himself.

He also stated that he was “high on drugs” when he did all these things to Natasha, then how did he come to my door, look me in the eye and say that he saw her going to the tuck-shop and offer his services to help us in assisting to form a search party to look for the child, knowing that they had her locked up in the cellar. If he was so drugged up, how did he know how to fool the community for 3 days while going back and raping and torturing her again and again?

It shows that they knew exactly what they were doing and how to cover it up. If they were “high on drugs” when they were committing the crime, how did they remember the details of what they did, who did what, when to go and come as they pleased and who to speak to in order that he could get a much more lenient sentence.

He has not once in all these years seen fit to attempt to answer all the questions I have as to the exact extent that they hurt my child, leaving me with unanswered questions and to fill in the gaps with my own imagination. The scenarios that go on in my head are endless, leaving me traumatized with the endless possibilities and depths of trauma that she must have endured.

PHYSICAL

What are the implications for our family if he is released:
This man does not deserve to be set free. A family can only deal with a certain amount of devastation.

So how much of time justifies all these losses to not only Natasha but to the rest of her family.

How much of time justifies a sweet innocent 10 year old girl being raped, tortured and sodomised and forced to perform oral sex at knifepoint and being beaten to a pulp and having her bones broken from the beating?

How much of time justifies a child being held for 3 terrifying days, with her raped and torn body and broken bones fearing what was coming next?
How can anybody add the mortal fear of this monster coming back and attacking one of our other three daughters or our granddaughter to what we have already been through?

If this man is let out, how do we know that if he marries and/or has children they won’t also be psychopaths?

It is clear that he has no remorse when one looks at the facts that together with his friend:
1. He abducted Natasha at knifepoint and repeatedly raped, sodomized and beat her till her bones were broken
2. Kept her in a basement, stuffed in a hole cut out in the base of a bed, with a mattress over it with barely any space to breathe, unable to move because he had broken her hands and legs, and no-one to hear her screams
3. Kept her starved of water and food with no toilet facilities for three days
4. Led the search party and diverted attention away from the crime scene, knowing that she was still alive. (NB. Please note that the post mortem revealed that she was murdered 3 days after her abduction).
5. Murdered her and then dumped her body away from the crime scene to help them get away from the crime.
6. He never admitted guilt at the time of the murder and was only caught because an investigating officer noticed the blood on his shoe.

All the above facts show that this heinous crime against an innocent 10 year old was an intelligent premeditated crime of rape, sodomy and torture with an elaborate, extensive cover up.
That alone makes one wonder if any child of any age can be safe with a psychopathic individual being let loose in any community.

FINANCIAL

Natasha was not the only victim of this crime but her family were also victims of the pain and horror that followed. What happened changed everyone and their lives. They were all robbed of their normal pain free lives that they would have had if he had not done what he did to Natasha.

And the biggest irony of it all is that technically her parents, as Taxpayers in this country paid for all his medical bills, education and food for the last 16 years.

Who paid for our medical bills for the psychologists and for my repeated hospitalizations throughout these 16 years?

Who has compensated Natasha’s siblings for all the income lost from their mother not being able to work because she underwent several breakdowns and had to be hospitalized?

Who is compensating them for all the money that was spent on psychologists, doctor’s and medication throughout the years since the tragedy occurred, when this money could have helped to further the other children’s education or relocate the family to a place where there were no constant reminders of what had happened to Natasha.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POSSIBLE PLACEMENT CONDITIONS

How can anyone say that being locked up for 15 years with a roof over his head, 3 meals a day, a free education, free medical care and free psychiatric help, justifies what he did to Natasha?

How can anyone say that there is justice in him being able to lead a full normal life that he has deprived so many other people of?

How can anyone say that this justifies what he did to her family?

So ideally he should not be released, however, if parole is inevitable, the following should be taken into consideration:

• He says that drugs caused him to do what he did to Natasha, how is anyone going to guarantee that he will not start taking drugs again outside of prison, so he should be subjected to regular drug testing.
• What if he has to get involved in the wrong company again and starts doing terrible things again, so his contact with people should also be monitored.
• If he is so sorry and is not considered a dangerous person anymore then why was his family or friends threatening our family while we were doing the petitions to keep him in prison? If released, there should be restrictions in place, protecting our family from any kind of harassment or contact with him or his family and friends.
• He raped, sodomised, molested, beat and murdered a child, which puts him in the category of a

PAEDOPHILE

, and if released into the custody of his family, it places him on the perfect predatory ground to feed his perversions because the Primary school in the area is only 2 km’s away from their home.
• He is in the prime of his youth now and has not been exposed to the temptation of having young girls around him while being incarcerated. There is a huge possibility that like any other addict, a paedophile is addicted to sex with children, and once exposed to the objects of his addiction, he may not be able to resist the temptation, which would then leave more innocent children at risk of his continued perversion.
All the above facts show that this heinous crime against an innocent 10 year old was an intelligent premeditated crime of rape, sodomy and torture with an elaborate, extensive cover up.

That alone makes one wonder if any child of any age can be safe with a psychopathic individual being let loose in any community.

With all due respect, one has to wonder if the depth of justice guarantees the safety of any child in our area should he be paroled. The government wants so much to protect the rights of children but in actual fact the children are being let down and abandoned to perpetrators like this who think they can rape, torture and murder innocent little children. These children are supposed to be the future of our country, but sadly sometimes the law is guilty of letting down not only Natasha but every other child out there.

COMMENTS

Our endeavours to prevent the release of this prisoner, are not directed at obtaining compensation despite all the trauma our family has been through but rather is a fight to obtain better justice for all other children regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, who have been through similar ordeals and to prevent any other children from being exposed to this kind of atrocity in any possible way.

Our dedication to finding justice for all can be traced to our efforts of pairing up with Steve Heath from the Buddy and Me project for which Natasha is now the poster child and our national and international email petition to increase awareness about these kinds of crimes.

Kind regards

Sharon (Thavamonie) Jeenabhai
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So now having read this – here is the story which appeared in the Chatsworth (South Africa) newspaper on the 19th June 2013

 

Child killer gets parole 19 June 2013

The man who was sentenced and charged for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old pupil will be granted parole next month after 18-years in prison.

After spending 18-years-behind bars for the kidnapping, rape and brutal murder of 10-year-old Bayview school girl, Natasha Sukdeo, a Chatsworth man will walk free.

Dhevapragasen Dean Munsamy, now 36, will be released on parole in July, after serving part of his sentence for the rape and murder of Natasha in 1995.

The ruling was made by the Parole Board on Tuesday at Ncome Prison in Vryheid. However, while this may be good news for Munsamy, the verdict has opened up old wounds for Natasha’s beloved family and friends.

Her mother, Sharon Jeenabhai, 47, said that the judgment has been a low blow to the family and Natasha’s memory. She said that she is going to ask the Prison Board to re-evaluate their verdict and would leave no stone unturned.

An emotional Jeenabhai said that the family’s intention of going to the hearing on Tuesday was to close this traumatising chapter of their lives and let their deceased daughter have some kind of peace.

“I am still in shock following the outcome of the hearing as I feel this is a total injustice to my child. The past 18 years have been the most difficult years of my life. It has destroyed my family and I, both physically and emotionally. It has affected my marriage, the lives of my children and my own. Losing a child is one form of pain, but losing them in such a brutal way is one of the most difficult experiences for a parent and siblings,” said Jeenabhai.
The distraught mother said that she does not see herself ever facing Natasha’s killer. She said, “From the first day he was in court until his last appearance, he had shown no form of remorse. He is arrogant and was unable to tell the truth throughout all his appearances. I did not see any change in his behaviour, even though he says that he is going for Bible studies. In fact, I do not believe that a prison sentence is enough. There should be harsher sentences for these criminals. He took my child’s life, he does not deserve to have freedom.”

Jeenabhai stated that she was willing to accept his apology and was prepared to find closure, but his behaviour hindered that decision.

“I cannot find closure if the man responsible for my child’s death is still speaking about an innocent girl in such a degrading manner. All I want is for my daughter to rest in peace, but she cannot do so with this taking place,” added Jeenabhai.

The family will hold a protest in the weeks to come to oppose the decision. Residents who want to be involved in the protest can contact Clive on 082-877-3348.

Natasha’s brutal murder in 1995

According to Jeenabhai, Natasha was last seen alive when she went to a nearby tuck shop in 1995.

Jeenabhai said, “Natasha went missing after her visit to the tuck shop. The entire community united to search for her. Little did we realise that the killer was a part of the search party. When my daughter’s body was discovered, it was cold and was barely recognisable. Luckily, my husband’s nephew was a policeman and after questioning everyone, he noticed blood on the accused’s shoes and at first the accused denied the allegations, but later confessed to the crime.”

So after having read this shocking and mind blowing story, do you think the South Africa Government in the form of the Department of Correctional Services – Parole Board – was right in releasing Dhevapragasen ‘Dean’ Munsamy on parole after having only served 15 years in jail? The most amazing part of this story, is the fact that this barbarian not only studied and obtained university degrees while in jail – one of them being a degree in Theology (The study of the Bible – OF ALL THINGS) but received extensive counselling at the States expense (the South African tax payers’ expense) – while Sharon and her family had to pay their own costs for counselling to get them through the last 15 years of hell and now have to face the future with this barbarian living a mere three houses away from them with his mother and family!!!

You can send your opinion and comments to me :
Steve Heath c/o steve@buddyandme.co.za or june.porta@gmail.com Att: Steve Heath
I look forward to receiving your comments on this issue and your opinions and comments on the child rape issue in South Africa in general. Unfortunately a glitz occurred with the steve@buddyandme.co.za email address and so should anyone have tried to contact me via this email address and not heard from me, you have my sincere apologies, however Rory Albertyn of Radiant Networks.co.za (the host company for the www.buddyandme.co.za website) has assured me that the email address is, or soon will be, up and running again and so hopefully I will be able to catch up on any messages I have missed.

I thank you for reading this blog and I hope you will pass on the details of the www.buddyandme.co.za website (Facebook page: Stop the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Children in SA) to all your family members and friends and in so doing help – even if it is in the smallest way – to ensure that our Government and the families of the victims of this horrendous crime – do everything in their power to ensure that the crime of child rape IS REPORTED and that the culprits perpetrating this barbaric act are brought to justice and punished accordingly – I have heard opinions on why the death penalty should not be implemented – even for this barbaric crime – and I believe that if our South African Government choose to remain adamant that the death penalty will never be implemented, even if only for the barbaric crime of child rape, then I am adamant and firmly believe that the culprits convicted of this disgusting crime, should be removed from society permanently and NEVER be given parole or the opportunity to be part of our South African society EVER again – and not as has happened with Dhevapragasen ‘Dean’ Munsamy – but that they should rot in prison for the rest of their natural life.

So that finally brings the ‘Buddy and Me – Searching for a solution to Stopping the Rape and Sexual Abuse of Children in SA’ to an end – The project had a devastating impact on me personally which apart from the emotional impact resulted in a huge personal, financial and physical impact –

Unfortunately the main supporter to the project – Beares Furnishers – could no longer support the project due to ‘policy changes’ made by their holding company Ellerines and African Bank and so I am forced to hang up Buddy’s keys – but to the Management and staff of Beares Furnishers my sincere and heart-felt thanks goes out to you all for having stuck with ‘Buddy and Me’ for so long and for providing the support which allowed us to continue with the project for almost 8 years and I hope we have accomplished something to support the fight against the rape and sexual abuse of children in South Africa – your assistance with the project proves that ‘Beares really cares’ and I hope you continue pressing home this motto. To all the other amazing and wonderful people who provided incredible support to the project, which there are far too many of to name all of them, but to name a few included: Round Table International – Protea Hotels – Cell C – Translux Bus Services – Pick n’ Pay – as well as the many private individuals and owners of B&B’s who generously and with open hearts invited me to stay in their homes – God speed to all of you – and keep all children safe.

From ‘Buddy (the Beach Buggy) and Me (Steve Heath)