South Africa dentist face attempted murder charge for whipping Malawi gardener:

A South African dentist Jan van Tonder who allegedly beat an unsuspecting Malawi gardener Muhammed Makungwa  with a sjambok, could be facing an attempted murder charge, according to Cape Argus newspaper .

Jan van Tonder appeared at the Wynberg Magistrates Court on Thursday morning on charges of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, crimen injuria and defeating the ends of justice. Photo: Henk Kruger

Jan van Tonder appeared at the Wynberg Magistrates Court on Thursday morning on charges of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, crimen injuria and defeating the ends of justice. Photo: Henk Kruger

Makungwa was beaten with a sjambok yesterday after being mistaken for a robber. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams.

Makungwa was beaten with a sjambok after being mistaken for a robber. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams.

Van Tonder, who also serves in the army, appeared at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning on charges of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, crimen injuria and defeating the ends of justice.

But the case was postponed after prosecutor Nathan Johnson asked for time to consult with the victim to discuss pushing for a charge of attempted murder.

Makungwa, the gardener was late for work in Rondebosch on Sunday morning and was running along Palmyra Road when he said he was almost run over by someone driving a white BMW X5.

“I kept on running and then he tried to drive his car into me,” Makungwa told the Cape Argus earlier this week. “I stopped and he got out and started whipping me with a sjambok. He just went crazy and didn’t give me a chance to explain myself.”

Johnson said Makungwa had sustained several severe injuries and was bleeding from the mouth.

The prosecutor said Van Tonder had been awoken by a sound near his motor vehicle that morning.

When he went to investigate, he saw Makungwa and suspected that he was breaking into his vehicle. “He realised after beating him that he was the wrong person.”

The case was postponed until November 21.

Van Tonder was released by police this week.  His lawyer Deon Perold did not want to comment on the case, or allegations that this was a race-related crime.

The gardener’s employer Nadia Kamies told the Cape Argus on Tuesday: “(Mukungwa) is quite scared and nervous… He’s a very gentle person and that’s what has made us all so angry that he had to go through this.”

Kamies said he was staying with her other employee, Oscar Namata, who comes from the same area of Malawi as Makungwa does and got him the job.

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Kakha Erutu
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Icho ndiye chikwama chachikhakire koma uchidyela kulimba

kassim Daudi
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Koma nde KK tu kudyela kulimba! Choncho mwachaje satafuna.

EAGLE'S NEST
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THIS YOUNG MAN SUSTAINED HEAD INJURY.HEAD INJURIES CAN BE FATAL WHAT IF HE LATER DIES OF THE WOUNDS;THIS MAN OF EUROPEAN ORIGIN MUST B CHARGED WITH MURDER.MALAWI MISSIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA FOLOW DIS CASE

EAGLE'S NEST
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PLS MALAWIANS ,DO NOT EVEN CALL THESE EUROPIANS AS WHITE PEOPLE.LOOK AT THE PICTURE,DOES HE LOOK WHITE??CALL A SPADE “SPADE”.IT IS BECAUSE U CALL DEM WHITE ,DATS WHY DEY ARE POMPOUS.AND LET ME ASK MALAWIANS-ARE AFRICANS BLACK? BY THEY WAY I LIKE BLACK SHOES.MY SHOE IS BLACK BUT MY SKIN IS NOT BLACK!!

drakes
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Typical of a BOER, no regards for blacks and he must be arrested, unfortunately the whites control the Judicial and its difficult for an African to get a fair trial. But this man must be marked and his face must be put on all Malawian Borders entries and prohibit him entry into this country any attempt to do so he should be met by force of arrest.

Atuganire
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GoM, deport ALL boers that are milking Malawi at this very hour! No more red carpet treatment for these baboons! They have stinking attitudes even within Malawi. They always want to make me throw up when I look in their very old UGLY pink faces men and women alike no exception. Always smoking very strong zifodya.
Black by popular demand….dear sisters and brothers come home this is enough. We will be watching the movie ‘SARAFINA’.

Signature tune: Freedom is coming tomorrow, freeeedom is coming tomorrow!

SAWUBONA ma BOERS nonke!

Savambaro
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Let the law be taken into action without fear of favor coz none is above the law!

Martin
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80% of white South Africans have got very stinking behaviour towards the black population. I don’t know who told them they are superior than black human beings. Even those that you work for always pretend to love and respect you as fellow human yet they just love the work of your hands but behind your back they dispice you as a sub-human or even worse. They stuck in their own world where they believe whatever a black person does is shit no matter how decent, intelligent, educated he/she might be. Because they have this mentality of taxi drivers misbehave alot… Read more »
Chikadzakuwani
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Bwanawe akakupatsa chipukuta misozi unyamuke kumeneko ayamba kukupha mabuno ndiwoipa, udziwona uja wopanda miyendoyu anachitila bwenzi wake uja.

Maso ambeta 1
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Osadandaula mnphwanga udya compazation nyatwa its how god give to the poor

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