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Blog10 – Buddy and Me – Project 3 (19th – 24th November 2010)

Posted by Julia

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The PROPOSAL TO THE PRESIDENT for your perusal. 

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

After bidding farewell to the friendly staff of the Protea Hilton Hotel a little north of Pietermaritzburg, ‘Buddy and Me’ took the highway to Pinetown. As usually occurs in this area, the morning was very misty and cold but cleared up as I got nearer to Pinetown and of course being a Friday the traffic got steadily busier as I neared Pinetown as well.

Friday afternoon and early evening was spent in my son in-law Zak’s workshop (Southern Air air-conditioning and refrigeration) carrying out fibre-glassing repairs to the damage Buddy had sustained when the truck had side swiped us on leaving Jo’burg what seems like months ago and Saturday was spent repainting the fibre-glassing job and watching the humiliating defeat of the Boks by Scotland.

Sunday dawned a misty cool morning but I knew that this meant that it was going to be a pretty hot day, so Zak and his step-father Tom and I loaded the fishing rods and other paraphernalia and headed for Umkomaas to catch up on a bit of fishing, or rather in our case ‘angling’.

 The three ‘serious’ anglers, Zak on the right of picture and Tom on his right, obviously that’s me on Tom’s right. As you can plainly see, there are no fish in sight.

The three ‘serious’ anglers, Zak on the right of picture and Tom on his right, obviously that’s me on Tom’s right. As you can plainly see, there are no fish in sight.

Monday morning found ‘Buddy and Me’ visiting the Beares store in Pinetown where something a member of the SAPS – FCS unit told me proved to be correct. He said that when considering that the rape and sexual abuse of children should be paramount in the minds of our government, it is incredible that when considering the number of the traffic police in Pinetown, and especially the number of traffic police on foot walking around issuing parking tickets compared to the number of SAPS – FCS unit members who are expected to provide essential services to victims of child rape and sexual abuse, the FCS unit members are out numbered by about three to one.

I say this proved correct because I stopped in Hill Street in Pinetown opposite the Beares store and quickly ran into the store to establish if the manager had arranged permission for Buddy to be able to park on the pavement outside the store as he has done for our visit in the passed. When he confirmed he had, I ran back to Buddy, having been gone for no more than a couple of minutes, and a lady traffic cop was busy writing out a R100-00 parking ticket for my having failed to place a few cents in the parking metre. When I explained that I merely parked there for a couple of minutes and explained that Buddy was in fact busy raising essential funds for child rape victims, I got a hostile look and was told “Tell your problems to the magistrate”. While standing waiting for her to complete writing out the ticket, and looking around, I noticed more traffic cops in that one street than the total number of members employed in the SAPS Pinetown FCS unit which provides services investigating child rape to a total of seven other police stations in a large district around Pinetown.

The manager of the Hill Street store arranged for an interview with the local newspaper ‘The Highway mail’ and the reporter, Jason van Deventer has promised to do an especially good article on the project and exposé on what is happening with regard to the rape of children in South Africa.

Staff and guests outside the Beares store in Hill Street.

Staff and guests outside the Beares store in Hill Street.

From the Beares store in Hill Street, ‘Buddy and Me’ headed for the Sanlam Centre shopping centre where we visited the second Beares store in Pinetown where at least Buddy enjoyed the comforts of covered parking and safety of not being hassled by traffic cops.

On Tuesday ‘Buddy and Me’ made a visit to the Beares store and area of Chatsworth where because of a meeting arranged by the store manager Ashley Moodley, I got to meet an amazing lady by the name of Sharon Sukdeo and hear an earth shattering story involving her 10 year old daughter, Natasha.

On the 7th August 1995, Natasha (who was then 10 years old) was abducted by two barbarian savages, one named Devapragasen Munsamy – 18 years old, and the other whose name I have not yet learned but aged 20+, savagely raped and murdered. The two savages were neighbours of Sharon and her family and after raping and murdering Natasha they cut a hole in the base of a bed in the basement of their home and after placing Natasha in it covered her with a mattress. The two savages then assisted in a search for Natasha over the next four days after which they removed her body and dumped it in another neighbour’s yard.

Fortunately this was one of the 4% of cases of child rape that obtained a conviction and so Devapragasen Munsamy was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in jail. However, unfortunately the 20+ year old in-spite of the fact that he was implicated in the abduction and rape of a 15 year old girl two years previously, turned States evidence/witness and was released to be able to go out and rape and murder someone else’s child.

Obviously in cases of this nature, and I speak from experience because May’s (my better half) niece at the age of 26 was raped and murdered by a savage named JP Fourie in Bedfordview Jo’burg in 1996 and he was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, a drop in the ocean when considering that Angie cannot return to her family after 16 years and continue her life as if nothing had happened, but as I said, in these cases it is essential that the family and loved ones get closure by  seeing the savage punished.

In Sharon and her family’s case I think she and her family obtained closure when Devapragasen Munsamy was sentenced to 60 years in jail, in-spite of the fact that the one savage walked free. However, now after a mere 15 years, the South African ‘Correctional Services” and parole board, have decided that because this savage has “Seen the light” and has been studying the Bible while he has been incarcerated, and the fact that some idiot who believes that this savage has been ‘rehabilitated’, he can be released on parole so that he can return to society and rape and murder someone else’s baby child.

The part that I find absolutely incredible is the fact that our law and constitution in South Africa makes it compulsory for a convicted rapist and child murderer to receive counselling, at the South Africa tax payers expense, from the moment he enters our prison and this continues when he is released on parole.

The part that is even more mind blowing for me, is that this ‘State/government/law/constitution of ours does not so much as pay one cent for the counselling of the mother and other family members who are traumatised beyond any comprehension by these savages actions.

I met and spent some time with Sharon and it hurt deeply to see the trauma and hurt this lady is suffering because of the barbaric things these savages did to her beautiful baby girl, and now our sick ‘system’ and some idiots want to destroy her life even more by allowing this savage to walk free and be allowed to do it again to another innocent child, and do it again he will!

Over the passed five years I have heard many ‘do-good’ individuals, who believe that “everyone” deserves a second chance. Well to those ‘do-good’ members of our society I would like to ask the following question? “Can you imagine where we as a country would be if everyone, (every member of our society) as you say, committed rape and murder expecting to receive a ‘second chance’? Why should some individuals be allowed to commit these atrocities against honest, peace loving citizens and be allowed to commit the atrocities and reap the benefits until such time as the law catches up with them, and then be given a second chance. If every member of our society was allowed to do this our country would be in a bigger mess than it already is. It has been proven many times that the only ‘second chance’ they get is the second chance to commit the crimes again and again.

I have received a petition in which those members of our society who believe that by releasing this savage, Devapragasen Munsamy will be an act of gross injustice, you can contact me on my email steve@buddyandme.co.za and I will be more than happy to forward it to you.

I have also asked my good friend and owner of the web company who hosts my website, Rory Albertyn of Radiant Networks.com to place the petition on the ‘Buddy and Me’ website as a link, so keep an eye out for that and ensure that when it appears you place your name on it and get all your family and friends to do the same, this is in the interests of stopping savages such as Devapragasen Munsamy and others like him being paroled and ensuring that they never have the possibility of being included back into society again.

 This is the man who made my meeting with Sharon possible, Ashley Moodley the Beares manager in Chatsworth. Ashley for that I am forever grateful.

This is the man who made my meeting with Sharon possible, Ashley Moodley the Beares manager in Chatsworth. Ashley for that I am forever grateful.

Pic 289 (These are the two ladies who ‘drove’ the ‘Buddy and Me’ project 2 from Beares side, and who provide unbelievable support to project 3. Andrea Bell (Left of picture) the former Marketing Executive of Beares and Bev Wishart, and oh yes that’s me on Bev’s left)

Before signing off, I would like to give a closing message to Sharon and her family and say that there are many people in South Africa, as well as in many other parts of the world, who feel your hurt and will be praying for you, so stay strong, stay well and stay safe.

And to everyone, it is our duty to keep all children safe, and that goes double for our government.

Caring regards from

‘Buddy (The Beach Buggy)

and

Me (Steve Heath)’

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