Nun, 86, Murdered in KZN Convent

Sherlissa Peters, IOL News, April 21, 2015

An 86-year-old nun who had worked in Ixopo for 60 years has been raped and murdered in her bedroom.

Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher’s body was found by a fellow sister at the Sacred Heart Home in Ixopo.

The nun, an Austrian immigrant, had been gagged and bound with a cord from an electric typewriter.

Police have launched a manhunt for a group of men who are believed to have broken into the convent at the weekend.

According to Sister Gerald, another nun at the mission, the octogenarian had dedicated her life to uplifting the community. She was especially fond of her work with impoverished children.

“She had a very kind heart and was loved by everyone.”

An emotional Betty Firmstone, 85, a close friend of Sister Gertrud, told the Daily News on Monday night that she was shocked to hear of the murder.

“I met sister in 1952, when I started teaching at a school attached to the mission. We worked very closely together. She loved her work with children.”

She said she could not comprehend how people could commit such atrocious acts against an elderly woman of God, who posed no threat to anyone, and who did not covet worldly possessions.

“This really was an act of savagery against a gentle, caring soul.”

However, Firmstone said that the victim was now safe in the arms of God, whom she had served faithfully for the greater part of her life.

Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that the nun was found on Sunday morning.

She was alone in her room when the robbers struck‚ and they had tied her up and robbed her of a small amount of cash, he said.

“Rape is also suspected in this matter. The victim was found tied with a typewriter cord. She was also gagged‚” Zwane said.

Police were combing the area for the suspects‚ who are facing charges of rape‚ robbery and murder.

“We are following all leads. We are also appealing to the community to come forward with any information that will help us solve this case,” Zwane said.

The Sacred Heart Home in Ixopo has a long history. It opened its doors to nuns who had come to offer their missionary service to the community in 1923.

Although a community with many elderly women, the nuns are active and involved in many forms of service, including educational ministry at Little Flower School and pastoral care at the Christ the King Hospital.

Sacred Heart Home also serves as a formation house for young women aspiring to join the congregation.

The victim was also part of the Educational Outreach Programme that has served children and adolescents from disadvantaged families for more than 12 years.

This is the first incident of this nature in the mission’s 92-year history.

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  • james AZ

    Not surprise because it nothing new for Black on white…… Now there fight against any foreigners out of South Africa ……. I will never donate one cent to Africa………

    • Michigan Patriot

      Both parties , especially the much more anti-White, anti-Christian democrats have and we continue to give your collected tax monies to Africa, so you are paying a lot anyway. You’re paying !

    • Rob

      When I get letters in the mail from my church, diocese and Christian organizations that want me to donate to Africans, Latinos, Black American, Asian and Hispanic groups, I simply recycle those letters and do not pay any attention. I do not want my hard earned money or what I get after most of it is taken as taxes to feed Obama’s welfare queens and Hispanic freeloaders, to go to keep future liabilities alive that will come and kill us and destroy us. So by foolishly and generously giving in charity, we are hastening our own demise.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Why is Betty Firmstone, friend of Sister Gertrude so shocked over her gruesome murder? At 85, this surely sweet lady hasn’t learned a thing about black savagery, cruelty, or the benign indifference other Africans feel about this murder. How tragic to arrive at such a late stage of life and to understand very little of human nature.

    • bv

      No amount of missionary work can change their innate nature to take advantage of a weaker member in society.

      Without fear of swift life ending retribution this heinous act will only increase since there are no consequences.

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    • Luca

      Are you sure the term “human nature” applies in this case?

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Human in anatomical structure, but that’s about it. Even animals don’t do this and when they do, it is for survival purposes to eat or to protect their own species.

    • George Moriarty

      I am certain that both sisters would have been aware of the dreadful atrocities committed against nuns by blacks when the rule of law collapsed in the Belgian Congo following independence back in the early 60s but perhaps they just could not believe it could happen in the “New” South Africa. Perhaps they had been lulled into a false sense of security by all the years of protection afforded by apartheid.
      I have posted this before; whenever an elderly woman is sexually assaulted and then murdered in an outback town here in Australia it is always by an Aboriginal. These elderly women, usually widows have a total an ongoing fear of being attacked by a black fellow as they still call them. (No PC when your personal safety is at risk and they have lived out there long enough to know what happens)
      But as to the crime itself; it is perverted, brutal and savage beyond any sort of normal understanding yet it will be drummed into us that these people are just the same as us except they have a different coloured skin. Just how much longer do we have to believe this lie.

      • Marthinus Potgieter

        Genocide as well as xenophobia is alive and well in south Africa

  • dd121

    SA isn’t on my list of tourist destinations. I wonder when the blacks will have their crystal night?

  • mobilebay

    RIP, Sister Gertrud.

  • MekongDelta69

    “She said she could not comprehend how people could commit such atrocious acts against an elderly woman of God, who posed no threat to anyone, and who did not covet worldly possessions.”

    And how many times have we heard this uttered?

    Rest In Peace Sister…

    • Luca

      People? There’s the problem in a nutshell, she is assuming people did this.

      Afraid not. It’s not people that did this it’s the usual suspects that did this.

    • Light from the East

      How Africans will act cannot be simulated by the experience in a Western society, even with belief. Hope more people know their nature so her death is not in vain.

  • journey

    “It opened its doors to nuns who had come to offer their missionary service to the community in 1923.” = safer times in Africa. The blacks knew the consequences.

  • Mr. L

    No depravity is beneath these vial animals.

  • ejXinMI

    “This is the first incident of this nature in the mission’s 92-year history.” They should get ready for more.

  • Stop and think for a moment about the subhuman nature of the demonic monsters who would gang rape an elderly woman of God. Just stop and think. Let your blood boil. Then, ask yourself what ACTIONS we can take to take revenge.

    Yes, I’m talking revenge. Talk is becoming worthless as reality hits home. It may not be time for a race war YET, but events are moving in that direction. But for now, I’m at a loss as to how to avenge this crime and other similar ones by a group of subhuman trash.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      They certainly are demons. One would think that people of God could recognize demons in human form when confronted by them. Their day is coming…

    • KenelmDigby

      The best we can do is try to agitate to halt all black African immigration to the west.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Put Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and the rest of the “Sun City” crew at the top of that revenge list.

  • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

    How can we get the whites OUT of South Africa?? Does anyone have any ideas on how to rescue them??

    • NoMosqueHere

      Whites are the only group of humans who are ashamed to advocate for their own interests. The whites of SA have to want to leave; or, alternatively, petition for their own sub state from the current SA.

      • InAFreeCountry

        This is Hitler’s legacy: Whites won’t collectively stand up for their own interests in a world where everyone else is.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      You would be surprised but not all want to leave.

      • George Moriarty

        That is true, many families have lived there since their ancestors built a nation on what was then an uninhabited wasteland. The south was too cold for the Bantu and later on until gold and diamonds were discovered in the OFS and Transvaal these areas also were nothing but bleak uninhabited wastelands. The Dutch brought prosperity which attracted the blacks. (Same is happening in Europe today)
        If you created a nation, prosperity and built farms towns and cities why should you have to leave? Also many white families, particularly those in business and tourism will survive and do very well in the New South Africa. It is also quite a beautiful place as well. But the reality is, this will eventually be about 1 -2% of the population. They will do well but live behind razor wire. I think SA will eventually be like Kenya rather than Brazil.
        But, the whites who want to leave or are at great risk of personal attack or living in poverty will simply have to demand that the international community does something to look after their interests.

        • John Smith

          In the end, not worth dying for unless you die fighting for it and your race.

        • Laager

          Calling it a “wasteland” is a bit harsh. “Virgin territory” is more realistic – just the same as the Australia and North America the European settlers found and turned into a productive paradise.

      • John Smith

        Many the same idiots who are pushing gun control and more AA.

      • Kenner

        For the Boers, it is their home; their nation.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      The South African government deliberately intervenes when White South Africans seek refuge abroad. Meanwhile, the U.S. government approved the arrival of 322 South Africans in 2014, all of them black.

      You can see more information from DailyKenn dot com.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Ugh, can’t say that news is surprising. Maybe the S. Africans should just pretend like they’re going on vacation and never come back. Whatever they’ve got there doesn’t seem like it would be worth dying for.

  • AnalogMan

    Pearls before swine. If she loved children so much, how much better would it have been for her to bear and raise a few of her own, instead of wasting her life on these animals.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Casting your pearls before swine, indeed. I’ve always wondered how nuns deal with the maternal instinct. They remain single and childless but seemingly love other peoples children as part of their profession, but not taking the “work” home when the day is done.

      • George Moriarty

        @Samuel Hathaway. I think we have all met or come across women who have no desire to have children or are quite horrified by the very thought of the act of procreation. Most of these women are certainly not lesbians and many do feel the call to help others via the Church. Yes, they possibly do satisfy some maternal instincts by looking after an orphanage or children’s home etc.
        As for casting pearls to the swine; my guess it is something like this, they see helpless but beautiful little children, all so cute, all in need of love and care and they provide it, they also try to teach them to be upright Christians. Unfortunately soon after puberty their natural instincts take over and they become Africans again.

    • dukem1

      That’s cold, man.
      She dedicated her life trying to serve, as most here would agree, the least among us.

      • Rob

        I would have preferred that she served her own race versus a degenerate race that has now killed her in a horrible fashion.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        The term is “suicidal altruism.”

      • John Smith

        Aiding the enemy is still aiding the enemy.

    • InAFreeCountry

      You don’t know. Maybe she was a barren widow. I don’t know either.

  • listenupbub

    They raped her? It almost seems that an 80-something year old white nun is still more arousing to blacks than a black woman in their community.

    (I know, they probably were trying to torture and humiliate her, but I’m having fun)

    • dukem1

      Having fun… HUH?…With this report?
      Have you no decency?

      • John Smith

        Meh, another white do-gooder has it blow back in her face.

        • listenupbub

          It does make me feel a bit vindicated for being a race-realist, too.

      • listenupbub


        EDIT: I could explain, but it would be too long.

  • Lord Sandwich

    “She said she could not comprehend how people could commit such atrocious acts against an elderly woman of God.”
    That’s the problem. I can comprehend it. It infuriates me that others can’t, or won’t.

  • Rob

    I have friends from South Africa that have family there. I must tell them to get them out for good before it is too late. I know abfetr Mandela’s death these negroes would start acting up. I am surprised it has taken this long.

  • Hammerheart

    How could anyone get sexuality aroused by violently assaulting a geriatric nun? Even my dog has more decency than that.

    • Rob

      These blacks have no decency. Even a tree with a hole with get them aroused.

      • John Smith

        I know many claim otherwise, but I still believe one of them assaulted a chimp back in the 1920s Congo and spread HIV rapidly through the prostitutes to the general population.

        • Kenner

          They didn’t catch it from sex with a chimp. They caught it from eating it afterwards.

    • John Smith

      If you could be aroused by a black woman….

      • Hammerheart

        I still can’t wrap my head around this. If they ever catch the perpetrators the only logical response is to line them up against a wall and shoot them. Any society that fails to do this is morally bankrupt and failed. I would love to see a bleeding heart liberal ninny argue for rehabilitation.

        • Cid Campeador

          I agree that it’s what should happen but don’t count on a Black “Government” Justice System to execute another Black for murder and sexual assault on a White victim.

          • Hammerheart

            Ah yes. African government. Equal parts ‘blame it on whitey’ and witchcraft juju. What a joke.

  • a1781054

    This type of stuff doesn’t surprise me at all any more. As sad as it is, it is not surprising.

  • Rob

    The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. It was with good intentions that the white Christian man wanted to uplift these darkies, but now that they have been sort of uplifted, they are biting the hand that feeds and making it hell for us. Their paybakc is in terms of rape and murder.

  • John Smith

    Any white woman is a target, including elderly ones. Too bad do-gooders like the late sister never learn when to get out before their pets turn on them.

    • Cid Campeador

      Don’t forget the cell phone videos recording the agonized screams of a white infant whom they doused with gasoline and immolated him.

  • KenelmDigby

    I can categorically state here that no ethnicity other than subSaharan origin blacks would commit such a crime as this one.
    Even other ethnicities which hate whites and the white man’s religion would have had a natural instinctive repugnance and inhibition in committing such an act. Despite all of that mentally healthy men of any other ethnicity would have found the thought of sexual intercourse with an 86 year old woman utterly repugnant and repulsive, with or without the full religious connotations that go with nunhood, and of course, that this unfortunate woman had ‘never known man’ in all her 86 years.
    For example despite all the horrific things we read about ISIS, the ISIS people would never, ever have done this.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    I genuinely fail to understand why any white person would feel the urge to enter the sewer and help a violent, savage, predatory and witless species like the perpetrators of this horrific outrage…!

  • Lexonaut

    “She said she could not comprehend how people could commit such atrocious
    acts against an elderly woman of God, who posed no threat to anyone,
    and who did not covet worldly possessions.”

    The answer is, they’re not people. They’re human, but they’re not homo sapiens sapiens. It’s like wondering why rabid dogs often bite.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Reminds me of the youtube fable of the Chimp and the frog.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Those are valid points to ponder, but death, however it happens, will see you sooner or later, whether you die peacefully in your sleep at 100 or you die in a head-on collision at age 15 the first day you have a learners permit to drive.
    Dead is dead. Ultimately, it’s the human condition, it’s universal, and there is nothing we can do about it.

  • Tim

    I went to the museum where the Soviets made the Oder River crossing on the way to Berlin. They had footage of Soviet atrocities that were so graphic, the Germans would not show them to their own people, as the sight would have dismayed them instead of spurring them onto to greater resistance. I remember one of a well dressed woman who had been raped to death by the position of her clothes and body. Where her eyes should have been there was only a mailbox size slot in her face. I couldn`t figure it out till I realized it was also the exact size of a rifle butt. I left the place sickened and saddened… Worst image I have ever seen in my life.

    • Cid Campeador

      Did you see the one of the young Afrikaner mother who had been gang raped, her breasts cut off and disemboweled. Take my word for it. Don’t look it up. I couldn’t get it out of my mind for quite some time.

      • Tim

        No I didn`t… And I won`t…

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  • Rob

    Hopefully they get eaten by the lions before they can get to the Mediterranean sea.

  • The All Seeing Bry

    It always makes me sad to ponder how few lynchings go on nowadays.

  • listenupbub

    The Catholic Church won’t do anything. It is a racial issue, and whites are never wronged and always wrong when it comes to racial issues.

  • PissedOffScientist

    I just have no sympathy for nitwits that get hurt or killed after choosing to live among savages.

    • CVB

      No need to show your idiocy to everyone fool.

      • PissedOffScientist

        You should take your own advice.

        • CVB

          You should shut up moron. Your stupid comments should not be on here.

          • PissedOffScientist


  • Marthinus Potgieter

    Zuma is in that range of IQ.