Got a second, sign a petition …..

Alison was abducted, brutally raped and tortured, and then left for dead by Theuns Kruger and Frans du Toit in 1994.

Alison crawled from the scene after these two had left her for dead – with her throat slit and her intestines in her hands, she crawled to a road and eventually flagged down help.

The story is part of the fabric of our society.  We all know about Alison.  We are in awe of her ability to repair her life, and go on to become a motivational speaker, and make her life work, and become a valued member of society – when Theus and Frans could have left her for dead, or she could have lived and continued to life in the darkness of her experience.

Theuns Kruger and Frans du Toit are looking to apply for bail.  I think we would all sleep much better knowing Theuns and Frans remained firmly behind bars, and never had the chance to touch let alone hurt another person.

There is an on-line petition for Alison Botha, to petition for these two monsters to not be released – you can go along and slot your digital signature on.

Background: –

Johannesburg – Two men who raped Alison Botha in Noordhoek, in Port Elizabeth, in 1994 and then slit her throat, could get parole soon after serving just 17 years of their sentence.

Theuns Kruger and Frans du Toit, who’d left her for dead, were both sentenced to life behind bars in August 1995.

However, in terms of legislation which came into effect in June last year, all prisoners who were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment before 2004 and have already served 13 years and four months, can apply for parole.

Du Toit and Kruger raped Alison, stabbed her more than 30 times with a knife and tried to slit her throat 16 times. She was left for dead in the veld. They’d told the Port Elizabeth High Court that the devil made them do it.

Alison’s aorta and larynx were not severed, which enabled her to breathe. She had to gather her intestines and tuck them into her shirt while she held her head on her body with her other hand.

She staggered to the nearest road, where a medical student saw her and rushed her to the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.

The following morning Du Toit and Kruger used the bloodied knives with which they’d slashed Alison to butter their bread.

Kruger, who is doing his time in Pretoria, appeared before the parole board on December 14 and is said to be bragging to other inmates that he will be out of there soon.

Puleng Mokhoane, the Free State spokesperson for correctional services, said Du Toit had appeared before the parole board at the Grootvlei prison in Bloemfontein on January 10.

Frightened she said the “necessary procedures” would be followed. Alison had not been aware of the possible parole for Kruger and Du Toit before being contacted by the media.   She said she was extremely shocked as she’d already applied last year to appeal against their possible release should parole be considered.

“I now realise that I’d clung to a false sense of security and never even considered the possibility that they could be freed.

“I will be frightened if they are released and I would very much like to be part of their parole hearing.”

Sonwabo Mbananga, the minister of correctional services’ spokesperson, said parole applications were not granted or turned down by parole boards.

They are merely part of an “administrative process” after which the case is referred to the National Council of Correctional Services, where factors such as the Judge’s comments during sentencing, psychological reports and the prisoner’s rehabilitation are considered.

The final decision rests with the minister, Mbananga said.


There are few things in life that are as clear as this issue.  There is no conversation or debate to be had.  Men like this, people like this, should never be brought back into our communities.

Sex On Fire …. and other household mishaps

I am working from home this week, for a variety of reasons.

My work, laptop, diary, workbooks and so on are spread over the dining room table, and it is all quite jolly.  I get a fair bit done, as all the kids are at school, so I get to put my head down and just get on with it. No distractions.  Unlimited supply of hot tea and day old bread.  What’s not to love?

Sat down this morning, got started.  Made some toast and some tea.

Was just thinking about how I had this great organisation going on my table, and at that point, I hit my tea mug over with my arm.

Hot tea running all over the desk and over everything I had so neatly organised.

My immediate reaction was to stuff the entire piece of toast in the general direction of my mouth, which would free up my hands to grab my laptop and lift it high away from the spillage.

I did all of this in a split second.  Comparing my split-second and catlike reflexes to a poised athlete – with a large piece of chocolate toast jammed into their mouth.

What I did not allow for was the rush of hot tea <freshly made> pouring into my lap.

For just a moment I started singing Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire …. I really have no idea what the lyrics of that song mean, but seriously my lady bits were on fire, so it made sense to sign the song.