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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
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.
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?
Then it was into Hartebeespoort and over 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”.
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.
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)
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