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Oct '09

Day 86: Monday, 26 October 2009

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

Categories: Buddy and Me

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
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GRIP (Mpumalanga)
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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

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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