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15-Year-Old Boy Tortured, Killed Because He Wasn’t Manly Enough

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Targeting Gays and Gender Conformity

Contrary to some reports, none of the teens involved in this story openly identified as gay, though certainly they were perceived that way.

Melanie Nathan, an international human rights advocate known for her LGBTQI asylum work and her fight against corrective rape in South Africa, has suggested in her continuing coverage of this story the case may amount to a hate crime based on a potentially lethal prejudice such groups hold against gay people.

The so-called Iron Guards’ philosophy, Nathan notes, includes a staunch view of gender boundaries where effeminacy and being gay are thought of as synonyms, and for that reason both are not tolerated.

As Nathan explains, there is an interest now in seeing how deep this particular thread of the story runs as the case continues to unfold, to see if it can be established that Iron Guard-affiliated groups are willfully harming gay, or perceived to be gay, teenagers.

Camp Leader Claims a Conspiracy is Afoot

Mr. de Koker has said that the charges against him are part of a conspiracy. He also disputes Wilma Buys’ version of events.

A statement released by de Koker’s X-Military Leaders in 2011, a copy of which can be found here at post 130, alleges that Raymond Buys was “cast away due to his rebellious nature,” by his mother and her boyfriend and that they were willing “to pay thousands of rand just to be rid of him.”

It also suggests that camp officials attempted to talk with Wilma Buys about her son’s so-called “behavioral defects,” but they were unsuccessful. The statement goes on to make a number of claims that the authorities have an ulterior motive for arresting de Koker and that the criminal investigation has been biased and has ignored facts — though no evidence for this is provided.

As to Raymond’s injuries, the 2011 statement mentioned above alleges that “The young man [Raymond Buys] had a Stroke [sic] under the supervision of the Leader who actually rushed him to hospital.”

This would in no way account for Buys’ incredibly poor and emaciated condition, his broken arm or burn wounds, and such claims did not appear to mollify the court during the 2011 bail hearing in this case. It is unlikely to do so now.

Both Mr. de Koker and Mr. Erasmus have pled not guilty to the charges.

Unanswered Questions in the Raymond Buys Case

The Raymond Buys murder trial has been suspended until later in May and Mr. de Koker and Mr. Erasmus remain in custody. A number of unanswered questions remain, however, including why de Koker’s sentence in the Calinz case was so lenient, why the van der Walt case was ruled a natural death despite evidence of foul play, and crucially, why Alex de Koker was allowed to keep running his camps even when police seemed to suspect they were little more than white supremacist training groups.

And last, the largest question of them all, whether Raymond Buy’s life could have been saved had action been taken sooner.


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8:37PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Something isn't adding in this story. First off, the child who was murdered already had been diagnosed as having mental issues. Now there is no boot camp, 12 step program, or any other type of recovery program that will make that go away, so why on earth did his mother send her son there in the first place?
Secondly, if his own brother worked at that camp, wouldn't he try to keep his brother away from such a terrible place?
Either the mother is a moron, and the brother is a sadist, or something is missing from this story.
Like the other readers already have asked, why was that man allowed to keep running his "camp" if there were already two fatalities on record?
Something isn't right here.

12:28PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

These men are sick but I am left wondering if the cases we know about are the only cases involving these men. I hope they will be in prison long enough to ensure that when or if they leave they are no longer able (physically) to carry out this sort of abuse again.

12:07PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Sick, twisted monsters, I hope they rot in prison until they die.

11:53PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

This is just evil

11:42AM PST on Nov 8, 2013


11:36AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

There is no way you can change the "manliness" of a person. Not all people are born to be Superman. Accept your child for what he is and love him for what he is because you are very fortunate to have the child.

6:15AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Terrible!!! That place should have been shut down from the very first case and not taken so lightly. As a punishment those monsters should be treated the same exact way. But I guess that won't happen...there is always a loop-hole!

3:57PM PST on Nov 3, 2013

This is absolutely horrible. I sure hope those creeps get what's coming to them.

3:10PM PST on Nov 3, 2013

Sickening. Who says you can't get away with murder?

12:45AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013


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