Saturday, September 06, 2008

Arsezania Watch: Unidentified Negro Male Impaled On Fence While Attempting To Break Into Museum In East London, South Africa

A South African Negro who attempted to break into the East London Museum got more than he bargained for when he impaled himself on a security fence. While trying to escape the scene he ended up with one of the fence’s sharp metal spikes up his bottom. Full story published September 5th, 2008 in the East London (SA) Dispatch. Additional photos HERE. Additional analysis published by the South Africa Sucks blog.

According to Rod Botha, who serves as the museum's senior administration officer, the incident happened about midnight on Wednesday September 3rd. The museum’s glass door was smashed when someone tried to get inside, which then triggered the alarm. The suspect apparently then tried to run away, and climbed into a tree between the museum and Selborne College. Authorities aren't sure if he merely slipped, or if he was trying to jump over to Selborne College, but he ended up impaled on the fence.

The man’s screams were heard by a tow truck driver nearby. The driver went to investigate, and when he saw the would-be thief impaled on the fence he called the police. After the local fire brigade arrived, they had to work slowly, carefully, and deliberately, using angle grinders to cut the steel spike from the fence so that they could remove him off the fence. The spike measured some 30cm long.

The unidentified man, in his early 20s, was transported to Frere Hospital, where the steel spike was removed. He is currently under police guard. However, the steel spike damaged the rectum and the intestines, so a colostomy bag was inserted for immediate relief. The man is currently in stable condition, and will appear in court to face charges of house-breaking as soon as he was fit enough to stand trial.

Last year the East London Museum was targeted by vandals and thieves who stole copper pipes four times in two weeks.

A rather humorous story was posted as a comment to the South Africa Sucks blog. For reference, Gauteng is the province where the once-proud city of Johannesburg is located. Find out what's happened to Johannesburg since the end of apartheid HERE:

Gauteng Metro policeman pulled Sipho’s car over and told him that because he had been wearing his seat belt he had just won R5 000, in an Arrive Alive safety competition.

Sipho could hardly believe his luck.

What are you going to do with your cash?” asked the traffic cop.

Well I guess I’m going to get a drivers license,” Sipho answered.

Oh, don’t listen to him,” yelled Dipuo in the passenger seat. “He tries to be smart when he’s drunk.”

This woke up Rodger in the back seat who took one look at the cop and moaned, “I knew we wouldn’t get far in a stolen car.”

At that moment there was a knock from the boot and Zakes’ voice said, “Are we over the border yet?”

TNB - the same everywhere you go.

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