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Offline ryanrich

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'Why am I coming home?'
« on: September 14, 2009, 03:49:55 pm »
Good *** question... :idiot2:

Your guys thoughts? I personally think he's crazy to return after what they've been through and having secured a job and started a new life. How quickly we forget...

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Despite all the terror, Alan Paterson decided to give South Africa another chance.

The decision to emigrate was taken two years ago after the Paterson family was terrorised by the
notorious Razor gang.

During their attack the thugs raped Paterson's daughter, Jamie, then 17, and stabbed his wife Bronwyn, with a pair of scissors.

They also broke three of her ribs, smashed her nose and tore off a piece of her ear.

So Alan Paterson, then a professor of pathology at Wits university, went to Britain to pave the way for the family to emigrate.

But gradually the family's attitude changed.

The Razor gang was behind bars and the family decided they wanted to live in South Africa even though Paterson had set up a new life.
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Last Monday he resigned from his consulting job in Newcastle and planned to return to Joburg in
early December.

Four days later he received terrible news: the Razor Gang was on the run, having escaped from the Alexandra Magistrate's Court.

Like the vicious Sandton Knife Gang in 2006, the alleged leader of the gang "known as Razor" and
one of his most violent accomplices were among nine men who burst to freedom last week Thursday.

Four were rearrested, one surrendered and four remain at large.

After hearing the news at around 4.30pm on Friday, Paterson sat down to write a letter to President Jacob Zuma.

He has vowed not to rest until he receives a response.

He has not cancelled his plans to return and reunite with his family (who were due to join him in Britain), but the escape has forced him to question returning to a country in which such horror befell his loved ones.

This is his letter to the President:
Dear Mr President,
On the evening of 2nd October 2007 my family was attacked by a group of men subsequently labelled the "Razor Gang".

My wife was beaten and stabbed and my then 17-year-old daughter was raped.

My department wrote a letter to the Ministry of Safety and Security condemning the attack. A reply
was sent that it was receiving the attention of the Commissioner of Police, who was promptly suspended.

We heard no more.

In the meantime the gang was caught. We endured bungled identity parades and generally indifferent
performance from police and public prosecutors (not all fortunately).

We also heard of "turf warfare" between the two police stations involved. We were told the case was a priority due to be heard in the High Court, but it ends up in Alexandra Magistrate's Court!
Yesterday the entire gang escaped from the court cells, you may read the details in The Star
today. In addition there are details of the disrepair of the magistrate's court and general disarray within the justice system.

In the wake of our attack, I retired and decided to leave the country, planning to move my family
when I was established.

A year later, after much soulsearching, my family and I decided that as proud South Africans we
would rescind our decision and give the country another chance.

I resigned my post on Monday and am due to return in early December to share invaluable newly acquired skills with colleagues and students back home.

But now we come face to face with more massive incompetence.

My family are devastated and my colleagues here are asking why I want to return. This is something
I must now ask myself.

I would ask that you give this your attention, Mr President. The original attack attracted considerable local and international media attention and, as we approach 2010, an issue such as this will have widespread implications in terms
of the perception that South Africa cannot handle security for our own citizens let alone crowds of international football supporters.

Yours sincerely,
Alan Paterson.


# l Last year, the main prisoner entrance gate at the Alexandra court crashed to the ground. The broken gate was not repaired for two months. Dangerous prisoners were led through a gap in the wall and not driven into the secure yard. The court's electric fencing is torn and there have been problems with phone lines, electricity, water
supply, recording devices, locks, doors and plumbing.

Razor's name is Raymond Zulu while his accomplice is Sibusiso Mashinini. Police officers fear they will be difficult to track down as they do
not hold high profiles in the Alexandra township.

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Offline SusanJ

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Re: 'Why am I coming home?'
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 09:19:51 pm »
I think if this family has, at any point, asked for a sign whether their return is a the right thing to do or not, this would be it. To ignore it would be te dumbest thing they could possibly ever do!
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 09:19:51 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009, 06:34:07 am »
I agree Schalk we are also finding ourselves judgemetal about things in SA but I think all of us are realistic.

Yesterday I read a letter in the newpapers that said that we should stop complaining about the life in SA and that we should adapt or we will die!! I would rather adapt in another country thank you. Since when should this be a choice? and worse of it all is that this letter was written by a white man! :idiot2:

If somebody should say that they want to return to SA, they should read the newspapers of the past 2 weeks and they will cleary see but this man cleary did not read newpapers. :confused:


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Re: 'Why am I coming home?'
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 07:08:29 am »
by the sounds of it - this guy is in UK alone and his wife and daughter who actually went through the trauma are still in SA  :idiot2:  Should'nt he think of them first and get them over to UK or wherever and then take it from there.  It sounds like he is missing his family and that is his primary reason for wanting to return.

Indeed! I think that's it exactly... He's been setting up a new home for them and has probably been missing his family and home, so now he wants to return, but 6 months back in SA is he going to feel the same? Eish... I seriously hope this guy reconsiders.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 08:50:15 am »
My 2c worth as per usual.
This guy has been in the UK setting up a life for his family while they had to "face" their attacks every day back in SA. He was not the one that got raped, he was not the one that lost part of his ear, got 3 of his ribs broken while his nose got smashed in.... He was the one that "setup" their life in the UK. He most probably forgot all the details of that gruesome day while they had to remember it everyday when they checked themselves out in the mirror.
This guy must be one of the biggest idiots that I have heard of in a very long time. Who wants to stay in a place where all of this could happen to one family. Who wants to go back to a place like this where all this happened to your family. If anybody does this to my little girl or my wife and I'm still in that country, they will lock me up and chuck the key away forever because I will be "seen" as the biggest mass murderer SA has ever seen. But like I said in previous posts: "Man live by choice only" and this guy must live with the choices that he and his family makes.
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Re: 'Why am I coming home?'
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 09:11:34 am »
"Man live by choice only"

I like it SaKiwiBoer!  Fortunately we still have a choice  :)
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Re: 'Why am I coming home?'
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 10:30:32 am »
+1 SAKB!

Very well said.

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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 12:11:13 pm »
Well said SAKB  :clap:

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2009, 08:27:02 pm »
chuck the key away forever because I will be "seen" as the biggest mass murderer SA has ever seen.

KB,  Die is wat vir my belangrik is. Baie mense se^ dat ons nie moet "weg hardloop" nie,  ons moes bly om die plek 'n beter plek te maak.  Maar ek glo ook die is iets wat ons doen.  Ons het nie 'n geweer gevat om ons familie veilig te hou nie,  want ons sou automaties in die tronk beland het.  Dit is nie wat ons gedoen het nie (deur om na NZ gekom het),  dit was wat ons nie gedoen het nie (met geweer op die dak le^ en mense wat op jou gras stap dood te skiet)

Die mense wat SA toe gaan het #1,  SA onthou hoe dit 5 jaar terug nog was.  5 jaar terug sou ek nie skuif nie..#2 het vergeet hoe SA was toe hulle geskuif het die eerste keer, want as hulle dit onthou soos dit 8 jaar terug was,  dink ek nie dit gaan hulle gelukkig nou maak nie.
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2009, 08:33:47 am »

http://news.za.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=149712756
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Plea to Zuma answered
The Razor Gang has been arrested again following a letter a professor wrote to President Jacob Zuma about the escape.

KHETHIWE CHELEMU

THE infamous Razor Gang has been arrested again. This follows an emotional letter a professor wrote to President Jacob Zuma about the escape from court of suspected the gang, which allegedly raped his daughter and slashed his wife, prompting him to leave the country.

Constable Neria Malefetse confirmed yesterday that members of the gang — including Raymond “Razor” Zulu and Sibusiso Mashinini — were all back behind bars.

The men escaped from the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday last week with seven other awaiting-trial prisoners.

“All the suspects were rearrested last week. Two handed themselves over to the police, accompanied by their attorneys,” he said.

Responding to Professor Alan Paterson’s letter yesterday, Zuma’s spokesman, Vincent Magwenya, said: “We will definitely make sure that this matter is followed up with the relevant departments.

“The pain that the Paterson family went through cannot be taken lightly. The president would like to see Paterson and his family back in South Africa, back in their home where they belong.”

In an attack on the Patersons two years ago, allegedly by the Razor Gang, Jamie Paterson, then 17, was raped in a bathroom and her mother, Bronwyn, was stabbed with a pair of scissors, three of her ribs were broken, her nose was smashed and a piece of her ear was torn off.

The man who raped Jamie told her mother that he was HIV-positive.

Paterson, a former professor of pathology at Wits University, left for Britain to pave the way for his family but they changed their minds and he resigned his UK job last week to return.

But after hearing of last week’s escape, he wrote to Zuma, saying he was asking himself why he wanted to come back
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Re: 'Why am I coming home?'
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2009, 09:32:42 am »
Well said SAKB.

I could never live through my daughter getting raped, Now this idiot plans to reverse all his plans and work to go back to living in fear. He needs his head read.
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2009, 01:16:45 pm »
I agree Rowan- but they wouldn't have lived to get to escaping from jail and my police clearence would have been all mucked up  >:(
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2009, 07:38:50 pm »
no on read the article i posted,  surely

here is people who break into your house,  rape your daughter,  stab your wife.  Then in a public display , an SA top guy wants to move back and his article is seen in the newspapers,  then even more astounding ,  he gets a response when so many others are ignored............ right?  sound strange?

Then in that article  , you see this .
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“All the suspects were rearrested last week. Two handed themselves over to the police, accompanied by their attorneys,” he said.


Why would these people hand themselves in?  And even bring their own laywers?  were they watching to many movies?

Does anyone else find thise extremely strange?
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2009, 10:43:52 pm »
and lets face it,  he was living in the UK,  he isnt giving up much by moving back to SA.. UK is crime infested anyways so its not like its a big difference being in SA.

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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2009, 01:12:47 am »
Well said, Ronald. Precisley what I was thinking...
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