South African Director Taliep Petersen Murdered

South African theatre director and TV personality TALIEP PETERSEN was murdered during a robbery at his home on Saturday night (16DEC06). He was 56. Petersen was tied up and shot in the neck at his home in the Cape Town suburb Athlone - armed men had already robbed six families in the district of mobile phones, money and electrical equipment. Petersen, who appeared on South African TV talent contest IDOLS, produced and directed a string of hit musicals including DISTRICT SIX, KAT AND THE KINGS and GHOEMA; and had taken his productions to London, New York and Los Angeles. The news of Petersen's murder has been met with shock and disbelief across South Africa, with Western Cape Premier EBRAHIM RASOOL saying the country had lost "one of the great gifts of our community to the nation". He added, "He was able to capture our entire history, express our deepest pain, articulate our joy, and demonstrate our humanity through music and drama."


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To the Petersen gamily and friends,my family and I want you to know that God is not blind he sees, he hears and only he knows.It is so sad that Goverment can not share To the Petersen family and friends, I have never met Taliep person to person, but he entertained us in our home time after time.My The good Lord give you strenth and peace in this Holy Season,May the Goverment see this Brutal execution as a reson to bring back the DEATH PENALTY. Here in Namibia we have the Human Rights thing.... Only the murderer and rapist have what thy call 'human rights'I dont have words to explain how I felt while wathcing Kyknet tonight.God Bless Africa.Joan BrownLuderitz, NAMIBIA
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I am deeply saddened by Talieps death.I am from JHB and I was at the Airport to see off people leaving for pilgrimage when I saw him sitting at a table with some friends.We had a short chat and he hailed us goodbye and told us that he was leaving for London.My deepest condolences to his familySalaamFatima
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