Suspected underworld ‘legend’ mysteriously goes missing
Haynes was connected to the murder of Charles Petrus Marais near Randfontein in 1985. Marais was shot and robbed of R14 000.
25 January 2011 | TOBIE VAN DEN BERGH
MIDDELBURG – A man who is some legend in the underworld, Ralph Haynes, went missing here on Friday.
He drove at the time a Ford Bantam bakkie belonging to a well known businessman of the town, Frikkie Lutzkie, and had R400 000 cash with him.
The bakkie was found at Bronkhorstspruit on Saturday night with some grass inside and a broken window on the passenger side. Forensic experts from Middelburg searched the bakkie for clues.
Haynes was connected to the murder of Charles Petrus Marais near Randfontein in 1985. Marais was shot with a submachine gun and robbed of R14 000. Haynes was later charged with three others and received a jail sentence.
The local newspaper, Middelburg Observer, received a number of calls from unidentified persons since Sunday stating that Haynes has done some “work” in town.
Lutzkie picked him up with his helicopter at the Kitty Hawk air strip near Pretoria on Friday. They were going to fly to Nelspruit to fetch gold for testing at a refinery in Haynes’s home town, Krugersdorp.
The two went to the Lutzkie development next to Kruger Dam where Haynes requested a loan from Lutzkie for R400 000 which he was to pay back tomorrow.
“He said he knew who shot me last year and would give me the names,” Lutzkie said yesterday.
He was certain that Haynes would give him the information about his attackers because he knew so many people in the underworld. He also signed an IOU.
Because of bad weather they were unable to fly back to Pretoria and Lutzkie offered Haynes his bakkie. Haynes drove off and has not been seen since.
After he departed his wife Jackie phoned to enquire where he was. She did not report a missing person but his ex-wife Nikkie did.
A cellphone signal of one of Haynes’s five phones was received from the Witbank road and another on the N12 Highway near Ogies and one at Orkney.
Specialist investigator Mike Bolhuis said yesterday he has been investigating Haynes for 10 years and that he owes many people money. –
On May 31 1997 mobster Corrie Goosen died when he crashed his Honda Blackbird 1100 cc motorbike while racing at a speed of over 300km on a highway near Port Elizabeth.
His death was as spectacular and dramatic as his life. Goosen was a legend: a former kick-boxing champion, dragster racer, brothel boss and above all: a gangster of Sicilian proportions. His death came three weeks before he was due to appear in court in Klerksdorp on charges of stealing more than R10 million of diamonds from a family of Afrikaner farmers and prospectors.
Jacques Pauw's DEATH OF A GANGSTER takes viewers on a journey into the heart of the underworld and exposes a litany of murder, diamond smuggling, robbery, prostitution and police corruption as it tells the story of one of Johannesburg's most notorious gangs.
This 90-minute film traces Goosen's life from his poor childhood in the mining village of Randfontein to the sleaze of the Johannesburg underworld. He was a member of one of Johannesburg's most notorious gangs. Other members were Ferdi Barnard, former CCB operative, and Ralph Heyns, who was sentenced to death during the Eighties for a series of bank robberies and spent several years on death row before being reprieved. Heyns, the main storyteller in this film, is currently a boxing trainer.
Goosen is the third member of the gang who has died since 1994. His brother Johan faked his own death in 1992 to pick up a R172 000 insurance claim, but was arrested two years later and convicted of fraud. He actually died in 1995 - also in a high-speed motorbike accident. Another gang member, Eugene Riley, was murdered in 1994.
All the members of the gang grew up in the conservative Afrikaner suburbs of western Johannesburg and Corrie Goosen, Barnard and Riley also worked for apartheid's dirty tricks units during the Eighties. For nearly ten years, this gang reigned supreme. Up to the early Nineties, they committed their crimes under the protection of the apartheid security forces. Although Corrie had several previous convictions for diamond smuggling, he always managed to stay out of prison: by threatening to kill state witnesses and bribing policemen to steal dockets.
Barnard, Goosen and Heyns were a terrifying trio, and although they were investigated for a series of diamond robberies, police could not find witnesses to testify against them. Now victims who were previously too scared to come forward tell their stories to Jacques Pauw.
Diplomat was involved in illegal diamond deals, claims Barnard Stephané Bothma
PRETORIA - A former Austrian consul-general in SA was involved in illegal diamond dealings worth R1,4m and even flew his "agent" and Ferdi Barnard to Swaziland in his official jet to look at uncut diamonds, the high court heard yesterday.
The claim was made by Barnard, a former policeman and Civil Co-operation Bureau operative who has pleaded not guilty to 34 charges including the murder of Wits university anti-apartheid activist David Webster. Other charges relate to fraud involving illegal diamond deals.
State witness Bill Douven told the court that Barnard's alleged crime partner, Corrie Goosen, had borrowed more than R2,1m from him to purchase diamonds. Douven denied being involved in any illegal deal and said his only involvement was to value diamonds for Goosen occasionally and to advance the money. Goosen died in a motorcycle accident last year.
However, through his defence advocate Fanie Coetzee, Barnard claimed that Douven had in 1990 and 1991 acted as an agent for Hubert Krottenberger, then the Austrian consul-general in SA, to purchase large amounts of uncut diamonds.
"Krottenberger even gave Douven a black Mercedes 500 as a reward for acting on his behalf," Coetzee told the court.
Douven strongly denied the allegations, but admitted that Krottenberger had flown him and Barnard to Swaziland on one occasion to inspect diamonds. The "diamonds" turned out to be glass, Douven said.
"The only reason he flew us to Swaziland was because I did not feel like driving there," Douven told Judge Johan Els.
He said Krottenberger, "a very successful businessman and a friend for 30 years currently residing in the US", had also lent him R75 000 which was paid over to Barnard. "That was Krottenberger's only involvement."
Barnard said that the R1,4m diamond deal was arranged by Douven and the sellers on behalf of Krottenberger and that he (Barnard) had merely provided security. Barnard claimed he was paid R50 000 by Douven for his services, which was denied by Douven.
Douven told the court he had lost R2,19m through his dealings with Barnard and Goosen. "I was shocked and disheartened and any other person would probably have taken his own life," Douven, a Kempton Park businessman, said.
Douven also told the court that Barnard had admitted to him his involvement in the 1989 assassination of Webster. "I received an order to kill Webster," Barnard allegedly told Douven.
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COMMENTS BY SONNY
Eugene Riley was one of the first victims in this saga.......
Acting Brixton Murder and Robbery Unit Commander (at the time) Charlie Landman is alleged to have been a 'silent' member of this gang.
Former Commissioner of Police Genl Johan Coetzee, after retirement, investigated the case of Corrie Goosen's brother in law, Vivienne Beukes, who was on Appeal Bail in the early to late 2003's, for his son in law who was a lawyer in Graaf Reinete.
They alleged that Beukes did not know about the brothers Deon, Marius and Fanie Nel robbery in Lichtenburg/Klerksdorp and was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was on the scene as a diamond expert to evaluate the diamonds.
The suspicion was that Corrie Goosen staged his own death to keep Beukes, Barnard and
Calla Botha out of jail. They had used Botha's BMW during the robbery.
This plot just thickens.
Jacques Pauw never got to the bottom of the last Chapter of his book, Dance with the Devil.
Dance with the Devil
I once knew a nigga whose real name was William
his primary concern, was making a million
being the illest hustler, that the world ever seen
he used to fuck movie stars and sniff coke in his dreams
a corrupted young mind, at the age of thirteen
nigga never had a father and his mom was a fiend
she put the pipe down, but for every year she was sober
her sons heart simultaneously grew colder
he started hanging out selling bags in the projects
checking the young chicks, looking for hit and run prospects
he was fascinated by material objects
but he understood money never bought respect
he built a reputation cause he could hustle and steal
but got locked once and didn't hesitate to squeal
so criminals he chilled with didn't think he was real
you see me and niggas like this have never been equal
I dont project my insecurities on other people
he fiended for props like addicts with pipes and needles
so he felt he had to prove to everyone he was evil
a feeble minded young man with infinite potential
the product of a ghetto bred capitalistic mental
coincidentally dropped out of school to sell weed
dancing with the devil, smoked until his eyes would bleed
but he was sick of selling trees and gave in to his greed
Everyone trying to be trife never face the consequences
you propably only did a month for minor offences
ask a nigga doing life if he had another chance
but then again there's always the wicked that knew in advance
dance forever with the devil on a cold cell block
but thats what happens when you rape, murder and sell rock
devils used to be gods, angels that fell from the top
there's no diversity because we're burning in the melting pot
So Billy started robbing niggaz, anything he could do
to get his respect back, in the eyes of his crew
starting fights over little shit, up on the block
stepped up to selling mothers and brothers the crack rock
working overtime for making money for the crack spot
hit the jackpot and wanted to move up to cocaine
fulfilling the scarface fantasy stuck in his brain
tired of the block niggaz treating him the same
he wanted to be major like the cut throats and the thugs
but when he tried to step to 'em, niggaz showed him no love
they told him any motherfucking coward can sell drugs
any bitch nigga with a gun can bust slugs
any nigga with a red shirt can front like a blood
even Puffy smoked a motherfucker up in the club
but only a real thug can stab someone till they die
standing in front of them, staring straight into their eyes
Billy realized that these men were well guarded
and they wanted to test him, before business started
suggested raping a bitch to prove he was cold hearted
so now he had a choice between going back to his life
or making money with made men, up in the cife
his dreams about cars and ice, made him agree
a hardcore nigga is all he ever wanted to be
and so he met them friday night at a quarter to three
They drove around the projects slow while it was raining
smoking blunts, drinking and joking for entertainment
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until they saw a woman on the street walking alone
three in the morning, coming back from work, on her way home
and so they quietly got out the car and followed her
walking through the projects, the darkness swallowed her
they wrapped her shirt around her head and knocked her onto the floor
"this is it kid, now you got your chance to be raw..."
so Billy yoked her up and grabbed the chick by the hair
and dragged her into a lobby that had nobody there
she struggled hard but they forced her to go up the stairs
they got to the roof and then held her down on the ground
screaming shut the fuck up and stop moving around
the shirt covered her face, but she screamed and clawed
so Billy stomped on the bitch, until he broken her jaw
the dirty bastards knew exactly what they were doing
they kicked her until they cracked her ribs and she stopped moving
blood leaking through the cloth, she cried silently
and then they all proceeded to rape her violently
Billy was meant to go first, but each of them took a turn
ripping her up, and choking her until her throat burned
her broken jaw mumbled for God but they weren't concerned
when they were done and she was lying bloody, broken and bruised
one of them niggaz pulled out a brand new .22
they told him that she was a witness of what she'd gone through
and if he killed her he was guaranteed a spot in the crew
he thought about it for a minute, she was practically dead
and so he leaned over and put the gun right to her head
(Sample from "Survival of the Fittest" by Mobb Deep)
I'm falling and I can't turn back
I'm falling and I can't turn back
Right before he pulled the trigger, and ended her life
he thought about the cocaine with the platinum and ice
and he felt strong standing along with his new brothers
cocked the gat to her head, and pulled back the shirt cover
but what he saw made him start to cringe and stutter
'cause he was staring into the eyes of his own mother
she looked back at him and cried, cause he had forsaken her
she cried more painfully, than when they were raping her
his whole world stopped, he couldn't even contemplate
his corruption had succesfully changed his fate
and he remembered how his mom used to come home late
working hard for nothing, cause now what was he worth
he turned away from the woman that had once given him birth
and crying out to the sky cause he was lonely and scared
but only the devil responded, cause God wasn't there
and right then he knew what it was to be empty and cold
and so he jumped off the roof and died with no soul
they say death take you to a better place but I doubt it
after that they killed his mother, and never spoke about it
and listen cause the story that I'm telling is true
'cause I was there when Billy Jacobs and I raped his mom too
and now the devil follows me everywhere that I go
in fact I'm sure he's standing among one of you at my shows
and every street cipher listening to little thugs flow
he could be standing right next to you, and you wouldn't know
the devil grows inside the hearts of the selfish and wicked
white, brown, yellow and black color is not restricted
you have a self destructive destiny when you're inflicted
and you'll be one of God's children that fell from the top
there's no diversity because we're burning in the melting pot
so when the devil wants to dance with you, you better say never
because a dance with the devil might last you forever........
This Chapter is about written......!
Net closing on 'free' robber
Robber defies jail for 7 years
Pretoria - The prosecuting authority was taking steps on Thursday to expedite the appeal proceedings of a convicted armed robber who was still a free man more than six years after receiving a 10-year jail sentence.
Prosecutor Andre Fourie said the Pretoria High Court would be asked to enrol the appeal of Vivian Beukes for hearing as soon as possible.
Should his defence team fail to file the necessary documents by a deadline to be set by the court, he would be jailed immediately.
Beukes was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in January 1998 for a robbery three years earlier, also involving former Civil Co-operation Bureau member Ferdi Barnard.
Beukes and Barnard were convicted of robbing brothers Deon, Marius and Fanie Nel of diamonds worth more than R10m. A third accomplice, Corrie Goosen, died in a motorbike accident before sentence was passed.
Barnard is serving a life sentence in Pretoria's C-Max prison for, among other things, the 1989 murder of anti-apartheid activist David Webster.
In a statement issued through his lawyers on Thursday, he expressed surprise at the fact that Beukes had not yet been jailed.
According to Fourie, an array of administrative bungles were to blame.
When his first appeal failed to the Pretoria High Court against his conviction and sentence, the clerk of the Klerksdorp regional court should have informed Beukes in writing to hand himself over to police within seven days.
This was never done.
Blunder upon blunder
Instead, the clerk informed the police, and when they sought to arrest him, Beukes lodged an application for the extension of his bail pending an application to the High Court for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.
The bail application was granted and Beukes was given until the end of February to lodge this application for leave to appeal, as well as an application for condonation for the late filing. This deadline was also missed, Fourie said.
The state of affairs slipped by unnoticed until May, when the complainants in the criminal matter protested to prosecutors about Beukes being a free man.
Fourie said the prosecuting authority would seek a court date from Transvaal Judge President Bernard Ngoepe as soon as possible.
In his statement, Barnard said he found it ironic that he was the only member of the CCB and directorate of covert intelligence gathering convicted and sentenced for acts committed on behalf of the apartheid government.
He also expressed gratitude towards the late transport minister Dullah Omar and his family for forgiving him for plotting to kill Omar.
Coincidentally Corrie Goosen was personally know to the "main Scorpion investigator, Andrew Leask!"
They all ran together on the West RAND - RANDFONTEIN AREA!