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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16 thoughts on “South Africa dentist face attempted murder charge for whipping Malawi gardener:”

  1. Kakha Erutu says:

    Icho ndiye chikwama chachikhakire koma uchidyela kulimba

  2. kassim Daudi says:

    Koma nde KK tu kudyela kulimba! Choncho mwachaje satafuna.

  3. EAGLE'S NEST says:

    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

  4. EAGLE'S NEST says:

    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!!

  5. drakes says:

    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.

  6. Atuganire says:

    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!

  7. Savambaro says:

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

  8. Martin says:

    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 on the road, obviously they’re black, therefore in the eyes of many of south African whites all blacks are dogs. They’re crazy people that you can’t even understand where they came from, they think, judge,treat, and look at blacks the way no normal human being could and the question is why? Correct me if I’m wrong, why is it that no black person enjoys total freedom in the land of the whites yet whites controls even what belongs to blacks and treat them like slaves in their own land?

  9. Chikadzakuwani says:

    Bwanawe akakupatsa chipukuta misozi unyamuke kumeneko ayamba kukupha mabuno ndiwoipa, udziwona uja wopanda miyendoyu anachitila bwenzi wake uja.

  10. Osadandaula mnphwanga udya compazation nyatwa its how god give to the poor

  11. Mhango says:

    Thats a true boer we know, they still habour that aphartheid hatred, they see black they see kakie.this boer guy must face music, i wish the victm lawyer should be a old black guy coz he is to understand what really transpired and what trigered this crime which is definetly black hatred,

  12. loool…anthu akuda tinabadwila mavuto basi each and every time we are suspects,shame on you whites pple.When you will stop treating us in such bad way like this??but you need to remember that one day every body will stand in front of one man in heaven and ans his or her deeds.

  13. Time says:

    RAcism too much especially in cape town. Muntu asathamange??? Basi my brother iwe watola chikwama basi, boa sanathyoke mafupa. Uchira ndipo ukhala bwino in Jesus Name. Ndalamazo invest here at home and go back to work. Sapatsa pa manja.

  14. Peter Muthanyula says:

    The boer has to pay the boy. Pressing attempted murder charges will not benefit the boy in anyway. He must seek a big compensation basi, and return home to enjoy his money. You cannot prove that there was intent to murder. The white man will win the case and the boy will continue suffering. Achina Danwood Chirwa muli ku RSA konko, muthandizeni mwana

    1. Mirella K. says:

      Danwood can’t bite the hand wch feeds him aise. He is employed by a prominently white varsity and can’t risk his job

  15. machendy says:

    anyamata pa joni

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