Ryk 'saddened' by burglary

2011-09-28 09:56
Karen Ebersohn, Beeld
Pretoria - Ryk Neethling’s swimming academy for the disadvantaged and disabled in Pretoria has been stripped bare by burglars.

“It makes me very sad. You try so hard to make a difference in your country. Then it is one step forward and two steps back,” he said on Tuesday.

Items worth at least R50 000 were stolen from the Ryk Neethling Foundation’s academy in Garsfontein, which he founded about two months ago.

“A group of instructors teach 80 disadvantaged or physically disabled people to swim each week. It is for 40 children and 40 adults.

“The swimming lessons are part of a rehabilitation process for those with physical disabilities.”


Burglars stole all the equipment on Monday evening. This included cables used in the water, towels, swimming trunks, a sound system and radio and even coffee and sweets given to the children.

“When some of the people arrived for the lesson this morning, they asked why it was so quiet. We usually play music for them and now even the radio has been stolen.”

Neethling said what made this especially sad was that the project was very popular and had received positive feedback. “Over the last few weeks so many parents said their children reacted well to the swimming therapy.”

Neethling said people who had heard of the burglary had said they would help with new equipment.

There have also been three burglaries at Neethling’s residences.


  • John Right - 2011-09-28 10:01

    Ye ... Welcome to South Africa. Where you have so have no soul and no heart to be successful and survive VIVA ANC you sick bastard Mageza's

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-29 08:30

      Affirmative shopping is now our national sport.......i think SA are World Champions in this "discipline!"

  • Will99 - 2011-09-28 10:07

    Crime is crime and it's all over, but this is wrong!!!

  • ObieKonobie - 2011-09-28 10:16

    Another example of ubuntu at work. And they wonder why they are such a spectacularly unsuccesful people

  • freddie van eyk - 2011-09-28 10:17

    A sad place this can be for sure. The criminals are prospering and good people have had enough.

  • Edmund - 2011-09-28 10:20

    To the criminals a life/person has no value unless they can sell it of course in slavery or use for ransom attempts. Sad truth is people will get killed cause the criminals in this country see a R5 as more valuable than a life. Only the death penalty would help but our politicians are more worried about protecting the criminals than the public in general.

  • Enigma - 2011-09-28 10:23

    Thank goodness they could not steal the water.

      Jotham Ben Uzi - 2011-09-28 11:33

      Water will be the gold of the next decade. Do you know how much the council would charge you for 100'000 L were it to be stolen? And did you know that they are charging in excess of the IBT tariffs advised on the reverse of July 2011 accounts? I have witnessed water theft already, and it will become more prevalent. Don't be surprised of thieving water bowsers are content to fill up at fire hydrants, as a Rainbow Chicken's vehicle used to do in Wapadrand last decade. It is not unreasonable to expect them to run hoses into domestic swimming pools to commit theft this way too.

  • Ginty - 2011-09-28 10:29

    Welcome to the real world Ryk! It's sad but unfortunately crime has got out of control. Maybe we need to introduce vigilante groups to sort out the problem if our law and order officials are unable to do their jobs efficiently.

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