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    Zulu Historian's Murder Reignites Fears Over Violence in South Africa

    The widow of one of South Africa's best-known historians condemned the country's "senseless banditry" last night after her husband was gunned down by robbers.

    David Rattray, 48, a friend of Prince Charles and a world authority on the Zulu War, was shot dead after a six-strong gang burst into his home at Rorke's Drift, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

    David Rattray was gunned down at his lodge. His widow has condemned the lawlessness engulfing South Africa

    His grieving widow, Nicky, said that his murder highlighted the lawlessness engulfing South Africa, where 20,000 people are murdered every year.
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    Mad Military Historian murdered in South Africa

    Battlefields legend David Rattray killed

    Durban, South Africa

    27 January 2007 10:19

    Legendary tourism personality and Anglo-Zulu War expert David Rattray was attacked and killed at his lodge at Rorke's Drift on Friday evening, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

    His killer entered his house and fired a single shot before being ordered to re-enter the building to fire another two rounds, according to a source close to the scene.

    The South African Press Association heard on Saturday morning that the leader of the gang had ordered the killer to go back inside Rattray's home, close to his Fugitive's Drift Lodge, near Dundee, after the first shot was fired.

    Only one of the gang had entered Rattray's home while the others, including the man who appeared to be the leader, stayed outside.

    The attackers then fled.

    KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said nothing appeared to have been taken from the house.

    He said the gang had first held up the receptionist at the lodge.

    Rattray was instrumental in putting the province's battlefields on the international tourism map.

    His widow, Nicky, said in a statement on Saturday morning that South Africa had lost a man who spoke to an international audience about, "not only the history of his beloved South Africa, but also about the miracle that he saw us living through today".

    "Tens of thousands of people from Prince Charles to KwaZulu school children have listened to this unique South African deliver his message of nation building and reconciliation.

    "This famous son of South Africa now joins the unacceptable list of citizens who have lost their lives to senseless banditing that is engulfing this country."

    Another well-known KwaZulu-Natal historian and raconteur, Kingsley Holgate, said Rattray had been a huge inspiration to him.

    "We've lost a true son of Africa -- and these people aren't many," he said.

    "How tragic that a man who gave his life to preserving the Zulu culture ... [lost] his life at the hands of the Zulus.

    "There will only be one David Rattray. He's a true icon."

    He added that Rattray had a way with the local people of his area and was very well respected.

    According to the Conference Speakers International website, Rattray was born in Johannesburg in 1958.

    He completed his schooling at St Alban's College in Pretoria, and studied entomology at the University of Natal before managing the Mala Mala Game Reserve.

    In 1989, he and his wife Nicky moved to his family's farm to start Fugitives' Drift Lodge from where they hosted a constant stream of visitors around the battlefields of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift.

    "His exposure to Zulu oral tradition and his studies of his excellent library have left him uniquely equipped for his vocation as a raconteur, and he has entertained many audiences in South Africa and abroad," read the website.

    It added that Rattray was a trustee of the John Voelker Bird Book Fund and the Siyasiza Trust.

    In January 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. -- Sapa
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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    I hate to ask this question after his death but he was living in Kwa-Zulu Natal. That sounds alot like Zululand to me and as I understand it this was a tribal area set aside for Zulus. Is this true? What was he doing there? I hope this guy was not one of those bleeding-heart African liberals who cheered Nelson Mandella into power.

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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

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    ...... a friend of Prince Charles, too ! Is nobody safe? I guess one factor might well be where you choose to live... and who your neighbours might be. But then , some people do not have too much choice .

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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Solar Wolff View Post
    I hate to ask this question after his death but he was living in Kwa-Zulu Natal. That sounds alot like Zululand to me and as I understand it this was a tribal area set aside for Zulus. Is this true? What was he doing there? I hope this guy was not one of those bleeding-heart African liberals who cheered Nelson Mandella into power.
    Kwa-Zulu Natal is a combination of KwaZulu (the tribal area of the Zulus) and Natal (the province of South Africa). Natal has got some strong metropolitan areas, where mostly English White people reside. There are some tourism areas, lodges, nature reserves as well. It sounds as, if he was residing in one.

    I'm not aware of any suspects being caught until now. So I think some of the statements were actually premature. And yes he seems to be one of those bleeding heart, noble savage worshipping liberals. But I don't give to much about what English South Africans are saying. They make as if they are polite with anyone, but actually they are just as fond of Blacks as we are. The Blacks actually know this and hate the English even more for this. When a White person gets killed in South Africa, it gives me some relief to hear that it was one of those leftwinger in favor of the kind of change realizing in 1994.

    But the tide is turning in South Africa. Most people are sick of crime, corruption and government incompetence. In the 1990s many White people were ready to give the ANC a chance. Even "affirmative action" was somehow accepted, as long as the Black dude getting the advantage was at least qualified. This has changed a lot. Since that kind of mention creates even more unemployment.

    Back to Rattray I think any old person dying a violent death is an advantage for us at the moment. Especially is he got some fame like this guy. It helps to get the attention focussed at the problem. Hopefully people start thinking about a solution for this problem as well.
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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    20,000!?!?!?!?

    that is too high a number...any motive?
    every year is getting shorter, never seen to find the time,
    plans that either come to nought, or half a page of scribble lines,
    hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way;
    the time has come, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say.

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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    Quote Originally Posted by nätdeutsch View Post
    20,000!?!?!?!?
    that is too high a number...any motive?
    20.000 violent death per year in South Africa...?! That's most probably to low a number, since they are cooking (lowering) their own figures. The newest ploy is them suppressing a report on crime.
    http://southafricasucks.blogspot.com...-suppress.html
    http://www.news24.com/News24/South_A...061025,00.html
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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    More than 1 500 attend funeral of David Rattray

    Durban, South Africa

    01 February 2007 12:22

    More than 1 500 people converged on the Michaelhouse school in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Thursday for the funeral of renowned historian David Rattray.

    The school's chapel was packed to capacity and more than a thousand people had to watch the funeral service on big-screen television under a marquee in the school grounds.

    Family spokesperson Mark Read said shortly before the service: "I have never come across a man who loved his country with such depth."

    He said the family were thankful to the media "for the subtlety" shown towards the family.

    Read said there was a great sense of relief at Rattray's Fugitive's Drift lodge when news broke that two men had been arrested.

    Earlier on Thursday head of the KwaZulu-Natal organised-crime unit Director Johann Booysen said the two men arrested on Wednesday will appear in court on Friday on charges of murder.

    The funeral service was also being covered by international media, including a large contingent of journalists and photographers from Britain.

    Rattray was to be buried in a simple plain white coffin with a small bouquet of flowers on top. -- Sapa
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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    Rattray funeral plea for action on crime

    By Giordano Stolley

    BALGOWAN – South Africa’s people were crying out to the nation’s leaders to do “whatever it takes” to put an end to crime, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said at the funeral of renowned historian David Rattray on Thursday.

    No fewer than three staff of the Anglican church had recently fallen victim to crime, the Right Reverend Rubin Philip added, in reiterating the call for government action on crime.

    A six-man gang shot Rattray three times on Friday night in a hold-up at his Fugitive’s Drift lodge.

    The police announced on Thursday that two men had been arrested and would appear in court on Friday on charges of murder.

    So many people converged on the Michaelhouse School chapel in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the funeral that hundreds had to watch the service on a big screen television in a marquee outside.

    Among the 1 500 mourners were Buthelezi, Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils and KwaZulu-Natal premier Sbu Ndebele.

    There was also a large contingent of journalists and photographers -- many of them from Britain.

    The family was thankful for the media’s sensitivity in its coverage of the killing, said Rattray family spokesman Mark Read.

    “I have never come across a man who loved his country with such depth,” he said.

    A simple pine coffin which graced the centre of the chapel was wheeled out after the service to the tears of Rattray’s wife Nicky and his sons Andrew, 21, Douglas and Peter. Rattray is to be cremated.

    “He went to great lengths to include all,” Andrew told mourners in a tribute to his father, a keen angler, in which he spoke of their many good times together.

    Rattray had been a “divinely gifted citizen of this country”, Read added in his eulogy.

    “This man leaves behind a family, a community and a nation bereft,” he said. – Sapa.
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    Re: Zulu historian's murder reignites fears over violence in South Afr

    Two arrested in connection with Rattray murder

    Durban, South Africa

    31 January 2007 01:19

    Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of war historian David Rattray.

    While police have not officially confirmed the arrests, the South African Press Association has learnt from sources that the arrests had taken place and more were expected shortly.

    Earlier East Coast Radio reported that two men had been arrested in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Nqutu, near Vryheid.

    Further details were not immediately available.

    David Rattray was murdered last Friday at his at his Fugitive's Drift Lodge home.

    Thousands are expected to attend his funeral service at the Michaelhouse school in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

    South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) CEO Michael Tatalias said on Saturday that Rattray had been one of South Africa's greatest ambassadors, and that he had performed an immense task in telling the story of South Africa and in particular the Zulu people.

    "He reinvigorated the genre of bringing history vibrantly to life by telling the compelling stories of the many human faces of the old history of the region. He was a huge catalyst in the development of battlefields tourism in South Africa, and put the story of the new South Africa and her people's complex past into the forefront of the minds of people around the world," Tatalias said.

    According to Tatalias, it is of huge concern to business owners in the tourism industry that this kind of heinous crime is getting out of hand. "The problem of crime can be solved, but until there is general agreement that there is a problem, we cannot move forward," he said. - Sapa
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