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Rustenburg Suspects Sought in Serious Attack
You’re probably already aware of the terrible assault that took place at Jabes Motors outside Rustenburg on Friday 9 September 2016 - but here is an update and a request for assistance, if anyone can. The attached photographs is of Mr. Jan Minnaar - a 68-year old grandfather and farmer and of the alleged suspects in the assault.
A Criminal Case has been reported to Rustenburg SAPS under CAS 345/09/2016. While Mr. Minnaar was attacked inside his vehicle, allegedly by multiple assailants, and while his orbital and other facial bones are crushed to the point of needing surgery and plates installed, the family has informed that the police consider it a case of “common assault."
According to news and family reports, Minnaar was in his vehicle at Jabes Motors after fetghing his two grandkids - aged 11 and 3 - from school. He saw three men searing and shouting at two women who also had children in their vehicle. He tried to come to their aide but telling them to to “leave, because these guys are just looking for shit.”
The three men then turned on him and jumped into his car - where the children are present. They then proceeded to assault him, striking him repeatedly. According to a witnesses it looked like they were pounding a bag - the attack just carried on until they feared he might be killed. Despite fears, he suffered no brain damage, since all the blows were to his face.
Minnaar could eventually escape and he drove to himself to his house on a small-holding, where he stopped a a neighbour’s house to have her look after his grandchildren.
When his wife and their daughter were informed of the attack, they thought it was a farm attack. They were elated that he was not killed - since this is what often happens in farm attacks. They only found out later that this was a vicious attack in broad daylight, at a petrol station with CCTV Footage available.
Minnaar was admitted to high care and he was operated on, on Monday. His nose and orbit were broken and plates will have to be inserted to reconstruct his face.
Apparently the same men were involved in another confrontation at Phillips Motors, earlier on the same day.
Lt. Col. Pelonomi Makau, the liaison officer for Rustenburg SAPS, confirmed the attack to the media. She confirmed that a case of Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily hard has been registered.
Despite requests by the SAPS for the family not to share information on public media for fear of public retaliation, they placed photographs of he involved men and the information on Social Media. The reaction was overwhelming and hundreds of people shared and commented, expressing disgust and calling for swift justice.
According to the family, many people identified the suspects (photos attached) and even several of their own family members (who will not be named, but who are disgusted with their act) came forward and the following three people are now asked to get in contact with police to resolve the matter or to hand themselves over:
Gys Coetzee and Martin Coetzee (bothers) and a friend Marius Vuyk.
According to information received, they all stay in Randfontein area, they drive a black Ford Ka and . While their address is not yet known, there are several people who know exactly where they stay and who are willing to take police to the premises.
There are also concerns that the suspects in the matter are generally aggressive and that family members might be threatened, intimidated or even attacked again - but the family persists. They want justice to be served. They called on the public not to take the law into their own hands but to only assist towards ensuring that the suspects are located and arrested swiftly and for justice to prevail.
Arrests are imminent but the named individuals are urged to hand themselves over as soon as possible to prevent wasting resources on a man-hunt, which will invariably follow.
The family said they understand that there are some people out there who would react more aggressively than others and that anyone could be driven to the point of explosion at any time but that this matter cannot be resolved to conclusion unless those responsible come forward, hand themselves over and allow the courts to decide whether their actions were justified, or not.
Stan Bezuidenhout, the Forensic Specialist from IBF Investigations has been asked to assist with matter, as far as crime intelligence and case management is concerned - to allow the family to grieve without having this to deal with. Anyone with the following information can contact Stan Bezuidenhout directly, via PRIVATE MESSGE on Facebook or via WhatsApp on 0736749268. He needs to confirm the following in order to trace them swiftly:
The Full Names and ID Numbers of the suspects.
Their Vehicle Details (Make, Colour and Registration Number).
Their Cell Phone Numbers.
Where they or their wives/girlfriends work.
Their home address/es.
PLEASE do not post this or any other private information in public. Send it only via PRIVATE MESSAGE or directly to Stan via WhatsApp.
Once this information is received, Stan will be directly in contact with the Detective in the matter and Senior Officials of the SAPS in Rustenburg to arrange an operation to track down and arrest those who have not yet handed themselves over.
For those who prefer to, the above information can also be sent directly to Rustenburg SAPS Detectives. They can be contacted on (014) 590-4139.