Sunday, 28 December 2008
SA couple opens murder-enquiry website for son
Who kidnapped and bludgeoned security guard Mike Jordaan; who was the knifeman with one arm in plaster, who had raped his girlfriend on October 12?
This bereaved South African couple, Lettie en Mike Jordaan senior, have opened a website from Monday to gather information about the gruesome murder of their son Mike, 21, a security guard for the company WesAlarms in Klerksdorp. He was admitted with dreadful brain injuries on 12 October to a hospital in Rustenburg. He died at the hospital on October 17.
The couple were kidnapped at knifepoint at the Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg. Nothing was robbed: many valuables were found in his car, untouched. After the murder, the murdered man’s blood-stained clothes had been mysteriously washed, and his bluejeans and sports shoes scrubbed meticulously clean. The family believes that Mike may have known his murderer(s).
His girlfriend who was with him, was very badly traumatised: she had been raped four times. However the police investigation has been so bumbling that the couple have now opened a website to find out the truth about their son's final hours. Their strapping, very physically-fit son died from his brain injuries on October 17, 2008.
The Jordaan couple says the police investigation into their son's death has been a total shambles - so they have opened the website – active from Monday -- to find out the truth. The car in which he was found for instance, was never examined by forensic experts from the day he ended up in hospital on October 12 until only November 2 - even though the back seat is full of blood stains and part of the injured man’s brain-matter was scattered across the seat - indicating the cruelty with which the young security guard had been attacked.
* The Jordaan family opens the website from Monday - http://www.mikejordaan.co.za -- accessable to anyone who can help them in their enquiries. They offer a reward for the crucial lead which will allow the police to arrest the murderer(s) and the rapist and bring them to justice.
There’s a lot of odd confusion around this case, for instance, the police told the news media he’d died on 20 October, but the parents say they were at his bedside when he died on 17 October. "How are the police carrying out this investigation? If they don't even know what day our child died, their search for the killers can't be very good either. I don't think they even read the dossier,' says anguished mom Lettie.
MikeJordaan_16_and_SchoolFriend_ElisnaFerreira Mike jr, a graduate of Schoonspruit Afrikaans High School in Klerksdorp, and his (unnamed) girl friend (NOT the girl in this picture on the left, he went to his matric graduation with) were kidnapped on 12 October outside the Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg. Again, there are conflicting reports as to exactly how they were kidnapped, but it probably happened when their car was briefly stopped at some kind of traffic sign.
Their kidnapper(s), one man was armed with a knife and had one arm in plaster, then forced the couple at gunpoint to drive to the Rooikranskoppie near town, where he was bludgeoned repeatedly with a baseball bat and stabbed with a knife in his head. The girl was raped four times by the knifeman, she told police and the family.
The family says 'far too many things don't make any sense. Mike was a tall, strong young man. The varied accounts of the way he ended up in hospital are confusing, too. And nothing was robbed, so what was the motive? Inside the car we found two cellphones, wallets, an expensive radio, and then the car itself - nothing robbed. And the police still have not questioned anyone nor even visited the crime scene to search for forensic traces,' said the father.
Questions: Who washed Mike's cloodstained clothes at the hospital; who scrubbed clean his sportshoes and jeans at his lodgings? Who stole the bag with his other clothing?
After he died, the family found Mike's clothing he'd been wearing during the attack inside a bag - still damp, at the hospital. Someone had washed away this important forensic evidence shortly before his death. And his denim jeans and sports shoes he'd also been wearing had been scrubbed meticulously clean. "The car was full of blood stains. He was assaulted very badly and suffered heavy bleeding from his head, yet there's no blood on his clothes?'
WesAlarms Another mystery: shortly after Mike had died at the hospital on October 13, the parents had also stored his belongings, including his sweater he wore that night, in a bag at his boarding house which he shared with his colleagues from WesAlarms (company headquarters above). This bag has now gone missing.
"There are just too many stories. Too many versions of the same event. We suspect my brother knew his murderer(s),’ said his sister Elize. The North West provincial police spokesman was unable to comment about all these questions: he was busy in court and unavailable to reply to their enquiries, Beeld newspaper writes.
While the police dragged their heels, important forensic evidence has also been lost, the sister says.
The car in which Mike was found injured was parked at the police station until 28 October without ever being examined by forensic experts. The family was notified on 28 October that they could come and fetch the car. The very next day however, another police official demanded it back - but the car was only examined on 2 November. Breytenbach says the police are lying outright - the family has determined that the forensic department was never notified that they had to examine the car.
Lettie spends her days and nights crying about the way her boy has died.
They want to find out exactly what happened to him, and who was responsible - only then will they be able to rest.. the family says. Contact information: Elise Breytenbach, tel South Africa 27 83 379 6134.