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Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president, has ordered hundreds of troops into the sprawling area of townships known as the Cape Flats in Cape Town to combat gang-related violence that left 14 people dead in 24 hours last week. Six policemen have also been shot and injured in the past week. An official said it was like a “war zone”, adding “We have reached a state of emergency”.
- Daily Telegraph, July 13, 2019
The significant increase in farm attacks and murders since 2012, and especially following the national elections, is a source of grave concern for TAU (SA). According to Henry Geldenhuys, Vice President of TAU (SA), this development, particularly regarding the inhuman torture of the victims, can no longer be accepted. “The national murder figure of about 53 people per day is unacceptable for us as an organisation as well as for our members. During May alone, there were 46 attacks and 7 murders on farms. June is barely 3 days old and already 5 attacks and 1 murder have been carried out on farms and smallholdings. This excludes towns and cities,” Geldenhuys said. The agonising question of when the government, SAPS, and NPA will take concrete action to halt the undeclared war that is being waged on South Africa’s farmers, remains unanswered. Daily statements that farmers - who produce food for all inhabitants of South Africa - have stolen their land, are made from political platforms. Yet the President, the entire cabinet and especially the Minister of Police remain silent about the attacks and murders that escalate daily. Is it possible that their deafening silence, in fact, condones this unacceptable situation? “This situation can certainly no longer continue! TAU (SA) challenges the government, SAPS, and NPA to implement an effective and workable solution to these tragic events within the next month. The foundation of their plan must be the effective, unbiased implementation of the laws of this country. It remains the legally binding duty of the SAPS to protect private property, combat terrorism, arson, trespassing, murder, rape, and incitement. The collapse of the rule of law in our country can no longer be accepted. The government has to take urgent action to prevent the total collapse of society.” He strongly urged farmers, both black and white, to sharpen up their security measures and to strategically include farm labour. “Arm yourself, know how your firearm works and use it within the framework of the law to protect yourself and your family. If you are not yet part of a Security structure, we would admonish you to urgently join up.” TAU (SA) directed an invitation to all agricultural organisations, agri suppliers, security companies and all organisations involved with Rural Safety to bring pressure to bear on the government and their various structures to work toward combatting this scourge. Geldenhuys also requested agri’ suppliers to contribute to TAU (SA)’s various security campaigns. “Without farmers, there is no food on our tables, you as an agri supplier will no longer exist and large areas of rural South Africa will be permanently ruined. This is truly how serious this situation has become as a result of the ever-growing wave of attacks and murders. This all while farmers in large parts of South Africa are struggling to survive amidst an ongoing drought of disastrous magnitude while simultaneously battling epidemic levels of theft of livestock and agricultural products. The demand on our finances for assistance from numerous sectors is great." He warned that this state of affairs can no longer continue and that there is a very real danger of the situation coming to a head in the near future.
- Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release, June 3, 2019
- News24 on-line news service reports, May 26, 2019
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contact in the United States,
From 1 January to 31 December 2018, there were 460 farm attacks and 64 farm murders in South Africa. That equates to one farmer being murdered every 5.7 days and 1.3 farm attacks per day on average. Whilst the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the ANC government is denying the existence of these attacks, the horrific fact is that the White minority are under siege and Black leaders are openly calling for the killing of Whites.
South Africa Today,
The outcome of the parliamentary review committee that proposed that the country's constitution be amended to provide for expropriation without compensation did not come as a surprise to TAU SA as it was expected in the light of the dubious processes and the emotional uproar. This proposal means that many farmers are now in doubt whether they must plant for the new season. It costs more than R6 000 per hectare to plough and plant, and farmers will think twice to incur those huge costs if there is a great possibility that the land can be taken, and they are at risk to lose everything. The president of the country should give reasons why farmers should continue to plant. Furthermore, TAU SA will continue with its international campaign and the UN Human Rights Commission will be informed by the end of this month that the South African government wants to amend its constitution to steal land from its people while the South African farmers got their land lawfully and did not steal it.
Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release,
Crime in South Africa and particularly farm murders is now internationalised. Comments emanate from far and wide. Social media has put paid to the ANC’s hopes that their shenanigans will go unnoticed, and while t-shirts and food hampers may sway their hapless followers, the world out there knows what’s going on. It took some time, but the penny has finally dropped. President Ramaphosa’s gaffe during his recent visit to the United Nations in New York revealed a president either out of touch or simply lying through his teeth. His fabrication wasn’t an off-the-cuff aside in a corridor: it was during an interview with Bloomberg, a major global provider of 24-hour financial news and information and one of the most important financial institutions in the world. Bloomberg has 327 000 subscribers for its professional services, almost one million global circulations of Bloomberg Business Week and over 150 news bureaux internationally. What you say to Bloomberg matters – it travels around the globe in a matter of seconds and it lands on the desks of important people: investors, government advisors and CEO’s of the world’s top corporations. Unfortunately for the president, he was caught on video. There are no ambiguities about video: there he was pontificating about President Donald Trump being “clearly misinformed”, followed by an astounding statement: “There are no killings of white farmers in South Africa and there are no land grabs in South Africa”. The video went viral in South Africa. Some tried to excuse him (there will always be apologists for politicians in power!). They said the president spoke “out of context”. These defenders simply sank into Mr. Ramaphosa’s quagmire. The lie was there for all to see and hear. He “lied through his teeth” declared TAU SA president Louis Meintjes. He did not “misspeak”, nor did he tell an “untruth”. There was no “out of context”. Only last year he told the SA parliament: “We condemn the farm killings that continue to take place in our country, because we can never justify any form of taking a life. The farm killings must come to an end.” He meant what he said because he said it. The president is often described as a “measured speaker”, not one to rush in or talk hastily off the cuff. He elocutes quite slowly, as he did recently in New York. The United Nations Human Rights Commission presents the eleventh session on Minority Rights in Geneva at the end of November this year. TAU SA is of the opinion that this theme has reference to “landlessness” which is facing South African farmers and other land owners should the SA government’s policy of expropriation without compensation begin. TAU SA will attend this commission and present a paper. South Africans are used to “food on tap”. Supermarkets are replete with the world’s best food, at excellent prices. Extra large eggs sell at R2 each and top quality avocadoes go for R3.50 each. Our meat is world famous for taste and quality, as are our vegetables. The president and millions of others take the production of SA’s commercial agriculturalists for granted. They probably never give a thought to those farmers who get up every morning not knowing if they will survive the next 24 hours. During the viral circulation of President Ramaphosa’s deceitful pronouncement, it was reported that eight farm attacks occurred from September 21 to 28. These happened all over the country. According to figures issued by TAU SA, since 1990, 1977 farmers or their workers were murdered, and there were 4790 attacks. This is up to and including mid September 2018. The annual figures have remained fairly consistent during this period, with spikes in 1998 (104 murders), 2002 (119 murders), 2004 (115 murders) and 2017 (82 murders). It is believed Mr. Mike Pompeo, the United States’ Secretary of State, has been instructed by President Donald Trump to investigate farm murders and the general crime situation in South Africa. Mr. Pompeo formerly headed the CIA and now runs the State Department. It is interesting to read his own department’s 2018 warning to US citizens about crime in South Africa. It is thorough, detailed and all-encompassing. It could actually serve as a general warning to all South African citizens. It ranges from CRITICAL-THREAT locations such as Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, to the numerous no-go areas within the country. It says “violent crime remains an ever-present threat in SA.” It described as “common” crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery, carjacking, home invasions, property theft, smash and grabs and ATM robberies. “Armed robbery is the most prevalent major crime”, says the report, most often involving hand guns or knives. Of particular concern to the State Department, with regard to US citizens in South Africa, are home invasion robberies and the accompanying violence. This includes farm attacks which are by definition mostly in the farmhouses. “Victims who resist or fail to comply with demands may be killed or seriously injured”, says the State Department report. The report adds financial and cyber theft, the dangers of walking in quiet tourist areas and in townships (specific locations are prohibited for US citizens), road safety and poorly marked and maintained roads and vehicles, bribes asked by traffic policemen, the high rate of fatal traffic accidents, and that a GPS could sometimes direct travellers to “dangerous neighbourhoods”. The warnings go on and on – ten long pages: the pilferage of luggage at airports, following airline passengers home and robbing them, fake “police officers” who pull motorists over at gunpoint, ethnic violence, unrestrained and disruptive civil unrest. (In the 2016/17 SAPS reporting year there were 10,978 peaceful demonstrations and an additional 3 715 violent demonstrations. This averages around 40 per day.) The country’s wildcat strikes are highlighted – these lead to destruction of property and assaults, resulting in “numerous deaths, injuries and extensive property damage”, says the report. Law enforcement is not good. While shops are looted, “the police have been videoed standing idly by. Citizens of other African countries are murdered, and the perpetrators are seldom successfully prosecuted.” Nothing goes unmentioned in this American report: pollution, environmental hazards, a crumbling infrastructure, the relentless theft of copper wire and cables, police detention and harassment and street level shakedowns for money. “South Africa is the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa and serves as a trans-shipment point for cocaine and heroin, primarily destined for Europe”. The South Africa we knew is now unrecognisable. The savagery of crime is a terrifying phenomenon. The atrocities perpetrated on farms now fill books. In many cases, only a cell phone is taken. One episode graphically illustrates this feral trend: three former employees broke into a home south of Johannesburg. They assaulted and shot dead the father, then raped and killed his wife. They tied up the sobbing son and pushed him into a bath of boiling hot water to drown him. According to the accused in court, they “mutually raped the wife and restrained her by ‘standing on her face’”. The family dog was disembowelled. How does this tie in with the fulsome media praise of the South African president’s “new dawn”? His United Nations lie about farm murders reveals a daunting level of delusion. He never publicly refers to the remorseless and merciless crime perpetrated on his fellow citizens. He ignores the farm barbarity, the sewage in the streets, the pollution of our water and the demolition of our infrastructure by mindless mobs. There is virtually no law and order. South Africa is beginning to resemble those countries to the north where the big man pretends to rule, makes sure his party will win the next election, rewards the faithful with jobs and patronage while his country slips into anarchy. The SA president has no thought of replacing the incompetents and thieves infecting local government, even though the collapse is blatant and catastrophic. He needs to stay in power, and he can’t upset too many applecarts. Gareth van Onselen told the recent TAU SA annual congress that “the rule of law is, for the most part, what holds anarchy at bay. When it is eroded, chaos can spread and multiply. And there is every indication that, today, the rule of law is at the weakest it has been for a long time. South Africa is now home to its own form of gigantism, only it has little to do with building or construction; rather, destruction and the depth and breadth of our collective descent”. Despite this, South Africans are gratefully overjoyed at the appointment of yet another ANC minister of finance, and everything’s going to be fine. He has “saved the day” according to some media. Fish rots from the head and no manner of shuffling the Titanic deck chairs in the South African government will make much difference. Says van Onselen: “When a government is not in control, when there is no growth and contemporary emergencies define your programme of action, the future very quickly becomes the present. The government cannot invest in the future, for it is too busy holding the present together”. The prescience of so many people who years ago warned of the oncoming ANC peril is yet another example of whether prescience is a gift or a curse. This point is of course academic now. Nobody was listening, and we have reaped the whirlwind. Our president is unambiguously ANC, and he should be judged on that party’s record, not on his latest patch-up cabinet appointment.
Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release,
SOUTH AFRICA’S WAS AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE
- article by Jani Alan, The Epoch Times,
In a video clip recorded during Pres Ramaphosa’s visit to the United Nations in New York, he categorically states that no White farmers are being murdered on their farms and that no illegal land grabs have taken place. This after at least 43 people have been murdered on farms this year of which 20 were White farmers. A number of illegal occupations of land taking place in South Africa were reported by the national media. Where the president gets his information, only the man on the moon will know. Clearly his grasp of brutal realities in South Africa is the result of seriously twisted ideological tunnel vision. He is lying through his teeth.
Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release,
According to the SA Police Service 62 murders were committed on agricultural properties during the last financial year. However, the TAU (SA) data base reflects a figure of 70 which implies a slightly more than 10% higher figure than the official statistics. This difference and the necessity to speak with one voice on a topic which is increasingly receiving international interest, demands to be consolidated. In this regard TAU (SA) has approached the Minister of Police on several occasions to discuss the matter as well as other related issues, but to date no constructive response has been forthcoming. “It is imperative that in a matter of national (and even international) concern, the problem requires joint and integrated action. Bearing this in mind, a National Agriculture Safety Strategy in support of the SAPS Rural Safety Strategy, has been drafted, approved at ASUF level and duly implemented,” says Mr Louis Meintjes, President of TAU (SA). “It is trusted that both the Minister of Police as well as the National Police Commissioner will realise that the ongoing threat of extremely violent and senseless crimes against farmers, their families and other farm dwellers requires a dedicated and unified effort to ensure a safe and secure environment for isolated communities responsible for ensuring food security in South Africa”.
Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release,
There is no reason for government to be satisfied and there is no reason for farmers to be content. This warning comes from Mr Henry Geldenhuys, Deputy TAU (SA) President and Chairman of the union’s Safety and Security Committee as a follow-up on TAU (SA)’s announcement of attack and murder figures for the first six months of the year. Between January and June, 206 farm attacks and 33 murders occurred according to TAU (SA) figures. This shows an improvement when compared to last years’ announcement for the same period when 220 attacks and 44 murders were recorded. “As long as a zero figure is not recorded, we have no reason to be happy”, says Mr Geldenhuys. “Every life is important, and every murder is one too many. Government cannot afford to sit back and be content, purely because the 2018 statistics are better than that of 2017”. Mr Geldenhuys believes that the improvement could be ascribed to an increased awareness and resulting preparedness amongst farmers, as well as cooperation with private security companies supporting farmers in their quest for a safer environment. “TAU (SA) wishes to convey it’s appreciation to members of the South African Police Service who have rendered excellent services, but there still is room for improvement, especially with reference to the identification and apprehension of murderers. Too few are arrested and the lack of successful prosecutions is cause for concern”, said Mr Geldenhuys. He also called upon farmers to improve the standard of security as well as the establishment of more farm watches under the auspices of organised agriculture to contribute to more favourable outcomes.
Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release,
Mr Henry Geldenhuys, Deputy President of TAU SA and Chairman of TAU SA's National Committee for Rural Safety, expressed his concern that, despite the fact that farmers have made a lot of effort over the past to see to their own safety and the safety of farm workers, there is still a rising tendency of farm attacks and murders. Farmers had to become better equipped to look after themselves because the state does not fulfill their responsibility in this regard. According to Mr Geldenhuys, the focus should not be shifted from the real problem, namely that every murder on a farm is one murder too many. We keep ourselves busy with how statistics are gathered and updated instead of focusing on the crime itself. TAU SA's letter to the minister of police requesting an opportunity for cross-checking statistics as well as discussion regarding the formation of a specialist unit to investigate farm murders is still unanswered.
Transvaal Agricultural Union (South Africa) Media Release,
A Free State dairy farmer, Kobus, has been arrested and charged with murder after he shot dead 13 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members who had occupied his farm and threatened his family. According to records, Kobus, has a 1,250 hectares farm which he mainly used for dairy farming. The incident happened in mid-November. The farmer is said to have been woken up by noises and toyi-toying at his property and was shocked to see close to 20 people wearing EFF regalia telling him to leave the farm. Kobus was born and raised at the farm and his great-grandfather built the farm and it was handed over to generations before him. The violence quickly escalated when an angry Kobus fetched his gun and fired warning shots. Not to be deterred, the EFF members are believed to have retaliated by throwing stones and moving towards Kobus’ house.Things quickly took a turn for the worst when Kobus opened fire on the invaders. The aftermath saw, 13 EFF comrades, 9 of which were men and the rest women, lying dead in the dust as the remaining protesters ran away with their lives.Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call from Kobus himself and he was arrested on scene and charged with man slaughter.He will appear in court soon.
British singer Jon Moses was working for Fred Olsen Cruises when he was violently raped, in South Africa. "I was drugged... raped... beaten... neglected medically and denied the right to even have my clothes forensically examined!" said Jon Moses. When Jon got home, he spent three weeks in hospital because his injuries were so severe. After what he's been through, he's now lost vital income as a result of being a victim of this vicious attack.
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A British couple said they were “lucky to be alive” after being stabbed and robbed as they climbed Table Mountain in South Africa. Yvonne and Don Cormack, from Harlow in Essex, had been walking with a group of seven fellow hikers in the Cape Town reserve on Saturday morning when two of them suddenly pulled out knives and demanded they hand over belongings, including their mobile phones. Those who refused were then stabbed and hit with rocks. The incident is said to have happened 30 minutes into the climb. Mr.Cormack, 71, was still in hospital yesterday being treated for nine knife wounds whilst his wife, 67, was also stabbed as she tried to protect her husband. She suffered cuts to her neck and arm as she hit one of the robbers with a walking stick. One of the hikers was in a critical condition, after being hit on the head with a rock. The South African National Parks authority, which runs the Table Mountain National Park, said that it had stepped up patrols following an increase in recent muggings.
INCREASING CRIMES ON FARMS AND SMALL HOLDINGS
According to TAU SA statistics, 2017 indicates that 2017 compares badly with the situation over the same period last year. In 2016 295 attacks and 52 murders were recorded whilst the same period this year reflects an increase of 347 and 65 respectfully. “The situation on South African farms and small holdings is critical and it is clear that the SAPS Rural Safety Strategy is not producing favourable results”, according to the TAU SA Deputy President and Chairman of the unions’ Safety and Security Committee. “The question may well be posed whether violent crimes on farms and small holdings are truly enjoying priority status, whether the required resources are available in rural areas to counter the threat and whether Crime Intelligence is utilised to prevent attacks against law abiding farm dwellers?”
- TAU SA Media Release,
Once the most wealthy and developed nation on the continent, South Africa is quickly facing economic collapse and brimming with racial tensions that many fear could spill over into civil war. Stoking the fears of race wars is South Africa's President Jacob Zuma who recently held a rally for 20,000 people in which he warned the White population that he was coming for their land. "They are telling us that we will be breaking the law when we take the land - but they broke the law first by stealing our land!". Zuma had earlier informed the South African parliament that he planned to introduce a new law allowing land seizures to go ahead without compensation, saying all Blacks should unite to "take back the land". Mzwandile Masina, a prominent member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), made his own incendiary contribution, warning that 'we will crush' anyone who stands 'in the way of nation building'. Whites, who comprise four million out of a total South African population of 50 million, should expect that things will be 'very, very rough' for them, Masina warned. He told the crowd that while the White population is small in number, "we are many". The ANC is currently training thousands of 'national rural youth service corps' at military bases. There are reports that volunteers on the two-year programmes have been promised land. Zuma wants a "pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns" to help decide which lands need to be taken, and has said that "We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the Black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution." Zuma is calling for this radical action in response to the rise of a rival political party known as the Economic Freedom Fighters, who have long called for the confiscation of White owned lands. Julius 'Ju Ju' Malema, a former ANC youth leader tipped as a future South African president, made a chilling speech recently in which he said: "We are not calling for the slaughter of White people - at least for now". He has also proposed a plan which calls for the removal of all Whites within five years. Many South Africans have seen the writing on the wall for some time after Robert Mugabe in neighboring Zimbabwe [formerly Rhodesia] began confiscating White farmers land and redistributing it, often with violence. In a similar fashion to Zimbabwe, South Africa, once a net exporter of food - is now forced to rely on imports to feed the population. Crime is rampant - with more than 50 murders a day, many sadistic and barbaric - while South Africa is shamed by an appalling record on rape, with a woman sexually assaulted every 23 seconds.
Prophecy News Watch,
DARKEST MONTH EVER
The most attacks and murders were recorded in February 2017 which is one of the worst months yet. According to official statistics of TAU SA, the numbers of murders and attacks on farms and small holdings are as follows:
Attacks – 45
Murders – 17
The total for 2017 :
Attacks – 71
Murders – 21
These statistics are shocking. TAU SA would like to extend its condolences to families who were attacked and to those who have lost family members. We would also like to express our gratitude to the SAPS and everyone involved with investigations and the arrests of suspects in certain cases. Urgent action is now required from the government as well as from the SAPS. Your plans no longer work! To the farmers, don’t become a victim, become more vigilant. Carry your weapon and be sure you know how to use it. If you keep your weapon in a safe, rather sell it please. Become part of the Farm and Neighbourhood watch and get involved with safety initiatives, it does not matter which organisation arranges it Pray every day for the Lord to protect you and join in prayer days wherever it is organised.
- TAU SA Media Release,
The great South African patriot and hero and former Conservative Party MP Clive-Derby-Lewis died at his home in the Transvaal on Friday 4th November 2016. Clive Derby-Lewis was a skilled orator and a tireless champion for the maintenance of civilised standards in South Africa. For this reason he was feared and targeted by the ANC terrorist regime, who managed to frame and imprison him for a crime which he clearly never committed. Prior to entering politics Clive Derby-Lewis served with distinction in the SADF, winning the John Chard Medal for his bravery, and was also a successful businessman. (A full obituary to Clive Derby-Lewis appeared in the December 2016 Edition of the Springbok Cyber Newsletter).
All-dominating political noise is drowning out what is shaping up to become a more immediate crisis with the supply of, and access to, water in South Africa. While a news storm centred around President Jacob Zuma, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the issue of so-called state capture, the combination of the worst drought since 1903, collapsing infrastructure and pollution of water sources is fast developing almost unnoticed into a major crisis. Some areas in the country, like the Amatola district in the Eastern Cape, have already been confronted with life-threatening situations, and in parts of the economic heartland of the country, dependent on the Vaal River system, besides encountering supply problems, communities are running the risk of serious health threats due to pollution, including from raw sewerage. Awareness of the problem with sewerage dates back some time, and in 2015 the Mail & Guardian reported that the town of Deneysville on the banks of the Vaal Dam, next to its wall, is “being overwhelmed by streams of human waste”. But the problem not only comes from human waste and fertilisers being used in agriculture. As recent as this past weekend it was reporterd that a Harvard Law School investigation has found that the extraction of gold by mines has left a “dangerous” environmental legacy. “It includes having left some communities with contaminated water, soil and air with elevated levels of heavy metals, including uranium. “Elevated concentrations of heavy metals and radiation can cause immediate and long-term medical problems ranging from asthma and skin rashes, cancer and organ damage,” notes the report. Yet the government has not fully met its obligations to ensure that communities in these areas can exercise their rights to health, a healthy environment, water and housing, the report states. At a July 2016 Green Building Conference, University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton said “… our sewage plants throughout the country are collapsing. We produce five-billion litres of sewage a year and only 20% of that is treated to a standard that makes it safe to be discharged back into rivers and lakes.” In reality, however, in many instances this insufficiently treated water does go back to rivers and dams. In the case of Deneysville, from where water in the Vaal Dam is released to areas downstream on the Vaal River, insufficiently treated water goes to the dam because the sewerage treatment plant of the Refenfkgotso (Sasolburg area) is hopelessly under-capacitated. The problem is further exacerbated by the drought and the resultant low levels of dams, pushing up the toxic bacterial concentrations in the water. The present crisis dominating our political and news scene does not only distract from the attention the developing water crisis deserves and needs, but adds to the problem. This was, almost unnoticed, illustrated at the end of last week when the latest dramatic development in the political drama burst onto the news scene. Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, filed papers with the High Court in Pretoria asking it declare that, as finance minister, he is not obligated to help the Guptas in their battle with South Africa’s largest banks, which all terminated their banking relationships with the Guptas and their companies earlier this year. The papers reveal a list of “suspicious” bank transactions by Gupta-owned companies at the heart of allegations about ‘state capture’, totalling almost R7bn. On the list of 72 “suspicious” transactions is one of R1.3bn in which the funds from the mining rehabilitation trust fund of Optimum was paid to the Bank of Baroda, an Indian bank that still does business with the Guptas. The Optimum mine was bought by the Guptas’ Tegeta Exloration and Resources from the mining giant Glencore under highly controversial circumstances. In his affidavit Gordhan expresses his concern that the Guptas could have appropriated the rehabilitation fund for other purposes. This fund, according to law, should only be used to restore the environment after a mine falls into disuse. There has been much speculation that Tegeta intended to raid the rehabilitation fund in order to repay loans likely obtained to buy Optimum in the first place. It is, however, not only on this level that funds intended to secure clean, safe drinking water to the South African population is under political and maladministration pressure. Also last week, again almost unnoticed, it was announced that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has set up a task team to investigate allegations of corruption following claims that she used her ANC influence in the so-called ‘watergate’ scandal. Mokonyane came under fire early this year after accusations of political interference in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The Democratic Alliance claims that the minister had a hand in the manipulation of processes to award tenders to companies and individuals with connections to the ANC. In the instance of the Refenfkgotso municipality, referred to above, a Carte Blanche report a year ago and an article on BizNews found that the treatment plant for sewerage is under-capacitated to deal with the water because a licence issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation is not properly policed. This allows the pipeline to take the polluted water to the dam where untreated sewerage is then dumped. The political crisis in the country is exacerbating a problem that is an immediate threat to the health and quality of life of millions of South Africans as well as inhibiting attention being paid to it.
- report sent by Piet Coetzer, October 18, 2016
A British historian who spent almost 20 years as a tour guide specialising in the Zulu War has died after a savage beating by armed robbers at his home in South Africa. Robert Gerrard trained under David Rattray, the most celebrated historical storyteller in the regionand a close friend of the Prince of Wales. Mr.Gerrard became the resident guide at Isandlwana Lodge in Natal, with a home overlooking the hillside where one of the most famous battles took place. Rattray himself was gunned down in his home by armed intruders in 2007. Mr.Gerrard, a former army officer and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, was tortured and left unable to walkby raiders at his cottage. He died last Thursday following complications from injuries including brain damage, a shattered pelvis and severe burns, his family said yesterday. “He was an incredibly fit and determined man until this,” said his sister, Sally Gerrard Fox. He would be out striding the mountainside on tours every day. But he just wasn’t getting better, he was forcing himself to walk again but it was clear that the attack sounded the end of his career.” Mr.Gerrard was attacked on the evening of February 25th this year on returning home after dinner with guests at the lodge. “As he unlocked the door he saw one guy and punched him on the nose but didn’t realise that there was another one behind him with a gun.” Mrs.Fox said. “They beat the living hell out of him, smashed his head onto the floor, tied him up, poured boiling water over him, fractured his pelvis in several places. Afterwards, he was shattered not only that this had happened but by the brutality behind what had happened, the lack of clear reason for it.” The thieves took two handguns and two rifles, credit cards and a signet ring they broke his finger to wrench off.Mr.Gerrard, 74, a divorcee with two sons in Britain, had lonstanding family ties to South Africa and the military. His great-grandfather, Sir John Robinson, was the first prime minister of Natal and his father was a commanding officer of The Gordon Highlanders, a regiment which had fought in the Anglo-Boer War. He went to school at Ampleforth then served in Kenya, Malaya, Singapore, Thailand and Borneo before moving to South Africa to work as a commodity broker. Working with Rattray at Rorke’s Drift was “where I started to live my passion”, he once said. At Isandlwana Lodge he became legendary among visitors including Jimmy Carter, the former US President. He had, one visitor wrote, “one of those voices that you never got tired of hearing”. Mrs.Fox said her brother had been left profoundly depressed by the attack. “For the first time in my life, I could see that he was almost scared ,” she said. “I have never seen him scared of anything.” A memorial service will be held over-looking the the battlefield on October 29th. Police said they were investigating but no arrests had been made.
South Africa is a failed state on
the brink of total collapse. South Africa is a failed state with a parliamentary
collection of thugs inviting the criminal world all over the world to rape our
constitution, murder our citizens and burglar our resources to leave behind a
devastated nation in poverty, conflict and moral decay. I do believe what I
see, what I hear and where I live in this demoralized desert of Black and some
White South African-haters and criminals. Even exploiting the church community
to condone crime, murder, extortion, lies, same-sex ‘marriages’,
murder by abortion, legalized prostitution, corruption, destroying
infrastructure by incompetent,lazy and corrupt state
employed workers. We live in fear of organized, orchestrated attacks and
murders on White citizens, marginalizing Whites by making them stand last in
the row for jobs, promotion, education and denying them the constitutional
right to be first-class citizens, according to the constitution. Even those who
voted for “freedom” and a better life are running out of water,
electricity, jobs, houses, medical care, education, safety and much more. The
government totally ignores the bill of rights, the legal system and the safety
of its citizens by flooding our country with drugs, illegal immigrants and
international crime syndicates. The legal system supports the actions of
high-ranking officials and turns a blind eye on illegal practices by law
enforcement agencies like police, traffic department, etc. Municipal decay
falls on death ears and most municipality’s are bankrupt and services non
I CANNOT DENY THE TRUTH, THE FACTS, THE SLAUGHTER OF FARMERS, THE RAPE OF OUR HERITAGE BY BLOOD-HUNGRY HOUNDS. THE TRUTH IS EMINENT. FACTS CAN NOT BE A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE OR UNBELIEVING. AS A CHRISTIAN, I CAN NOT LIE TO MYSELF OR OTHERS, SOUTH AFRICA IS A TOTALLY FAILED STATE ON THE BRINK OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ARE YOU READY ?
- report sent by PvB and TS,
HERE THE ANC's LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS
- In 21
years of ANC rule unemployment has gone up by 60%
- South Africa is now the rape capital of the world
- After 21 years of ANC rule we have achieved the dubious distinction of being 140th on a world list of 144 countries for our education department.
- We are officially the country where the most hijacks take place
- We are also on the top ten list for the most murders
- In 21 years the rand/dollar has gone from R3.41 to R12.50
- During ANC rule the petrol price has gone from R1.73 to R13.00 per litre
- In 21 years our defence force has gone from being the iron fist of Africa to a laughing stock that can't defend Disneyland from an invasion of fluffy toys
- On the list of most corrupt governments they have given us a special place right at the top
- In 21 years we have ten times more people in squatter camps and 1000% more illegal immigrants
- In 21 years our roads, railways, military, police, municipal services, old age homes, hospitals and orphanages have literally fallen apart and are worth nothing anymore
- No other country on the planet has more convicted criminals in their parliament than us
- 25% of all South African school girls are HIV+
- Our school girls had 100,000 abortions last year
- We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the world
sent by C.D.,
A shocking report has revealed how large numbers of policemen in South Africa are 'regularly' arresting young women in order to rape them. The 'Broken Blue Line' conducted by the Johannesburg-based Institute of Race Relations, investigated the extent in which police officers in the country plan and execute serious and violent crimes such as murder, rape, and armed robbery - and it drew a disturbing conclusion: that police involvement in serious and violent crimes, including rape and murder, were a 'pattern of behaviour' and not isolated incidents. The report, funded by Afriforum, analysed 100 randomly chosen media reports from April 2011 to January 2015 on alleged police involvement in serious crimes. Of those, 32 were murders and attempted murders, 22 were armed robberies, and 26 were rapes, as well as other serious offences. The results were compared against two sources of information on disciplinary action against police officers implicated in crimes. The project has been undertaken by the IRR since 2011 to track police involvement in criminality. In 2015, it found that officers exploit their official status and equipment to perpetrate crimes and rely on that status to escape arrest and prosecution. The most worrying aspect was that 'it is often with good reason that the public fear the police, especially with regard to sexual violence and rape perpetrated by officers against vulnerable women.' In a number of incidents, the police officer used his authority to force the victims to submit to his demands. In one incident, a woman was raped several times while in custody and in another, a woman was raped in court. It is often with good reason that the public fear the police, especially with regard to sexual violence and rape perpetrated by officers against vulnerable women. Nine out of the 26 listed rape cases occurred in either police station cells or official police vehicles. The report says in a typical case, a police officer would stop a young woman in a public place, before taking her away to be raped in the back of a police vehicle and then setting her free. It found a 'significant evidence of a trend' where police officers detain women in order to rape them. A 2011 version of the report had similar results, including a serious problem with sexual violence by police officers in a country which has one of the highest recorded rates of rape in the world. And while South African Police Service management is attempting to deal with the problem, it is with limited success. It warned that 'violent crime levels in South Africa won’t turn around while the "wolf guards the sheep".' A report in Pretoria News in July 2013 said that almost 1,500 serving police officers had criminal records - which is more than one in every 100 officers in the country. A two-year audit into the police service revealed there were even South African Police Service members behind bars who were paid monthly salaries. The newspaper reported that the shadow minister of police, Diane Koehler Barnard of the Democratic Alliance, had said that the police were, in effect, admitting that their service was 'populated with murderers, rapists, fraudsters and other offenders'. IRR CEO Frans Cronje said that the project is one of the most disturbing ever undertaken by his organisation. He said: 'You would expect the police to safeguard society by infiltrating criminal elements. 'In our country there is much evidence that criminal elements have infiltrated the police.'
- report sent by P.Moller, May 1, 2016
The civil rights organisation AfriForum and the TAU SA announced today that South African farmers and farm workers experienced the most brutal year yet with the most recorded farm attacks since the recording of farm attacks commenced in 1990. The past year’s figures were processed and verified to provide the most accurate reflection of the nature and extent of farm attacks in South Africa. A total of 318 farm attacks occurred in 2015, in which 64 farmers and workers lost their lives. Although 64 murders were also committed in 2010, there has been a gradual increase in farm murders since 2011, in which 48 murders were committed. In the 318 farm attacks in 2015, 570 farmers, their families, workers and guests fell victim. In 40 cases 65 farm workers were direct victims. Although various families with small children and babies were attacked, it seems that older people are targeted more often. This analysis was compiled by the AfriForum Research Institute under the direction of Lorraine Claasen, researcher at AfriForum. Data was collected during 2015 by AfriForum as well as TAU SA and was verified back and forth. Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, said that the statement by the acting Police Commissioner, Lt-Gen. Khomotso Phahlane, that farm murders should enjoy higher priority, was welcomed and that the organisation would gladly cooperate with the police. “The acknowledgement that something must be done to address the crisis does not mean that the problem has been solved, however. It eventually boils down to the figures at ground level – whether there will be a decrease in farm attacks in 2016. We can play a constructive role in this regard. In the meantime, we will continue our campaign to prioritise farm murders.” Henk van de Graaf, Assistant Head Manager at TAU SA, said that farm murders are one of the problems alongside the drought and that the safety of farmers need to be looked at from an holistic perspective for the sake of food security.
- White Genocide Awareness Project,
Water expert Dr. Anthony Turton says that South Africa's water shortage is not
simply the result of the current drought. "The water shortage is also an
induced one. It stems from a lack of strategic planning, a loss of skills to
transformation and the fact that poorly functioning wastewater treatment plants
are spewing close on four billion litres of untreated
or partially-treated sewage into the country's dams and rivers every day,"
he said. These sewage spills are the most serious of the many problems in the
water sector. "Just as a small volume of oil destroys the quality of a
large volume of water, so a small source of persistent sewage has essentially
the sameeffect." Sewage discharges are also
driving the eutrophication of most major dams. Eutrophic water is characterised
by the presence of high levels of nutrients, which, in turn promote, the growth
of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae.
One very common species of cyanobacteria produces a
potent toxin known as microcystin. This is chemically
similar to cobra venom. It is also carcinogenic (cancer-producing) and damages
the liver and central nervous system. "The microcystin
levels found in a number of major dams - including the Hartbeespoort,
Hazelmere, Midmar and Vaal
dams - are amongst the highest ever measured in the world. Microcystin
toxin levels become a concern in developed countries at far below the levels
commonly found in South Africa. Moreover, nothing is being done here to remove
the toxin," said Turton. There are only two
known technologies capable of neutralising microcystin, and neither is in mainstream use in any of the
country's bulk potable water treatment plants. "Worse still, no one knows
whether these technologies can, in fact,neutralise microcystin at the concentrations found in South Africa. In
this regard, we are truly flying blind." Instead of dealing with these
difficult issues, the Government is under-reporting the extent of utrophication. Official reports suggest that only percent
of the national water resource is at risk, but a recent study by the Council
for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has found that at least
two-thirds of South Africa's largest dams are already eutrophic,
he said. The more eutrophication proceeds, the more
the 38 billion cubic metres of water in our dams are
likely to become unusable. "This looming disaster could have been avoided
if a rigid concept of transformation had not been allowed to trump the
imperative to safeguard public health," says Turton.
On Tuesday, two schools in the south of Joburg sent
pupils home because the institutions had no water. However, Joburg
Water managing director Lungelo Dlamini
said City Power had experienced a two-hour power outage, so Eikenhof
power station was not able to pump water. This, he said, left many suburbs without water, among them Lenasia, Brixton, Crowns Gardens, Robertsham,
Ridgeway, Little Falls and Radiokop. On Monday, Joburg Water said Rand Water had notified them of a further deterioration in the bulk supply system, recommending a high level of restrictions.
- report sent by PMR (South
TAU SA's Safety Committee held an emergency meeting in Pretoria to address the unacceptable level of violent crime on farms and agricultural holdings. Farm attacks and murders showed a sharp increase in the last month and so far 62 people have been murdered in farm attacks this year. During November seven people were killed on farms, while TAU SA is aware of 31 farm attacks. So far five people have been murdered on farms during December and 18 farm attacks have been reported. TAU SA demands that the political leadership of the country, particularly the President and his cabinet, express themselves clearly and condemn and reject this situation in unequivocal terms. "It is unacceptable that the government does not display real concern to improve the safety and security of the country's primary food producers," said Mr Henry Geldenhuys, Deputy President of TAU SA and chairman of the Safety and Security Committee. He said the involvement of foreigners, especially Zimbabweans, in violent crimes is a serious concern. "TAU SA is considering a variety of actions to focus public and international attention on the plight of farm workers, the extraordinary brutal nature of the crimes and in many cases and the unsatisfactory response from the police. "In addition to the immediate tightening of security measures, TAU SA is planning to seek legal advice regarding what could be regarded as actions of ‘the reasonable person’ under such circumstances or when a real threat of violent crime exists, as well as to what extent the actions of such criminals could be classified as ‘terrorism'", says Mr Geldenhuys. He also called on farmers to be on high alert during the festive season.
- TAU SA Media Release,
King Goodwill Zwelithini praised the apartheid era during an event in Nongoma at the weekend. The National Party, he said, had built a powerful government with the strongest economy and army on the continent, but then came “this so-called democracy” in which black people started destroying the gains of the past. The King said history would judge black people harshly as they had failed to build on the successes of the Afrikaner regime. The king was speaking at his kwaKhethomthandayo royal palace in Nongoma on Saturday night during a celebration of his 44 years on the throne. He said Black people “loved to use matches” to burn down infrastructure built during apartheid. Delivering a speech which ended just after midnight, the king told hundreds of people packed into a big marquee that he felt lucky that he was born the same year the National Party came to power in 1948. The king’s speech came in the wake of a series of anti-government statements made by the monarch of the Zulu nation in recent months. In September, King Zwelithini ordered that there should be no government banners at royal events, and that the government should stop organising the events. He said on Saturday that this was the first time his anniversary celebrations had been organised by the King Zwelithini Foundation. The king said the apartheid regime had built a mighty army. He said the South African currency and economy “surprisingly shot up” under the National Party regime. “The economy that we are now burning down. You do not want to build on what you had inherited. You are going to find yourselves on the wrong side of history.” He said while people on the ground did not appreciate the infrastructure inherited from apartheid, democratically elected presidents – Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma – were occupying apartheid infrastructure, including the Union Buildings and Parliament. “I am surprised that all presidents who have been in the so-called democracy occupied apartheid buildings where they make all these laws that are oppressing us. “But you on the ground are burning everything that you found here. “You don’t want to use them (buildings), you say this is apartheid infrastructure. Your leaders are occupying buildings where apartheid laws were made to oppress you,” the King said. Despite the National Party’s having created anti-black laws, he was happy that it had treated him with respect. “The Afrikaners respected me. I don’t know how it happened that the Afrikaners respect me so much.” He said at the kwaKhethomthandayo palace there were still medals which the apartheid government had awarded to his kingdom. The King also touched on the South African Human Rights Commission which released its preliminary report last week on his alleged involvement in xenophobic attacks early this year. The commission had recommended that he make a public apology or risk being taken to the Equality Court. Early this year it was reported that the king called on foreigners to pack up and go back to their home countries. He said he would address the Zulu nation in January on the outcomes of the report, which he said were an insult to the nation. The king’s traditional prime minister, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, told The Mercury that the report had exonerated the king, but he said the commission should explain why it had called on the king to issue a public apology. “I am pleased that they exonerated him, but I am confused that they still insist that he must apologise. There seems to be a contradiction.” Political analyst Protas Madlala said the king was playing on the theory that white people could govern better. “He is right, but he should explain deeper the reason behind their success,”said Madlala. Apartheid had been supported internationally, he said.
- The [Natal] Mercury,
A widow and farmer was brutally robbed, raped, stabbed and burnt with a hot iron during a farm attack on Sunday evening near Van Reenen. Two men demanded money from the 57-year-old widow and then tied her up in her farm house, with her hands behind her back. The elderly woman was then stabbed below her knee and also in the shoulder when she told them that all the money she had was in her purse. The men took a hot iron and burnt her badly, numerous times. They then dragged her into a bedroom, where they allegedly raped her. They fled the scene in a white bakkie, making off with money and a mobile phone.
South Africa’s murder rate has jumped 4.6% in the past year, with almost 49 people killed every day. A total of 17,805 murders were committed from April 2014 to March 2015, an increase of 782 deaths from the year before in a population of 54 million. The government admitted authorities were struggling to tackle the problem, but said the 10-year trend showed a decline in overall crime. Opposition parties and analysts criticised the numbers and said there was a lack of clear strategy to bring crime under control. The murder figures, which have risen each year from a low of 15,554 in 2011-12, reflect a reversal of what many had hoped was a long-term progress in reducing violent crime. “17,805 is a number I would expect from a country at war,” said Dianne Kohler Barnard, shadow police minister of the main opposition, Democratic Alliance. Armed robberies, car-jackings and burglaries also increased, showing the country “lacks clear strategies to reverse this dangerous trend”, Gareth Newham, of the Institute for Security Studies think-tank, said. “That robberies have increased raises questions about the extent to which police resources are being effectively used. With some of the best technology in the world, and more than 194,000 personnel, the South African police service should be better able to reduce crimes such as robbery. ”The police minister said South Africa needed “to tackle the violence within our communities”. “To think we can resolve the issue of murder on our own is effectively just hallucination in a sense, because it’s a social problem. It’s a problem that’s got to be tackled at the level of family units,” Nathi Nhleko said. Reported sexual offences, assaults and car thefts decreased. The fall in numbers of rape and other forms of sexual violence by 5.4% could mean that victims did not trust the police enough to report these crimes, Kohler Barnard said. More than 50,000 sexual offences were reported to South African police last year, but the number of sexual victims willing to report these crimes has dropped by 21% from 2011 to 2014, according to a national survey on victims of crime, carried out by Statistics South Africa, a government agency.
When Mandela handed the Rugby World Cup trophy to Francois Pienaar, captain of the Springboks, in June 1995, it became emblazoned in history as a moment of reconciliation at the end of South Africa's long apartheid struggle. But 20 years on, memories of the beaming new president wearing Pienaar's number six jersey and a nation erupting in joy are shrouded with disillusion. On Wednesday this week one of the country's newly formed political parties, the Agency for New Agenda (ANA) will launch a court bid to prevent the South African team from participating in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales next month, claiming its selection process is biased against Black players. The party alleges that there is a lack of transformation in the sport which it says is still dominated by White South Africans. On Friday last week Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer announced a 31-man team for the World Cup that includes eight Black and mixed race [Coloured] players. It is common knowledge that some citizens resist such transformation and continue to practice activities acts and conduct that are premised on unfair discrimination based on a number of criteria including race, the party says in papers to be submitted to the court. After 21 years there ought to have been enough progress made to eradicate the vestiges and manifestations of racial bigotry and discrimination, it argues. The party has also written to the International Rugby Union requesting that South Africa be suspended from the organisation as it still is a White-man's sport. The lawsuit comes amidst growing anger against Meyer for not selecting sides that represent the racial demographics of the country. Ahead of the World Cup selection, the country’s largest trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) called for Meyer to be fired following what they referred to as racist choices and a spate of losses suffered by the national team in the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship. The federation said that five Black Springbok players had approached it alleging they had been ignored by Meyer because of the colour of their skin. Meyer moved to defend his choices, insisting he did not consider race when selecting players and instead chose the best team he could. “I don't look at colour. I look at the best players. I'm totally committed to transformation and I have a great relationship with my players,” he said at a press conference before a recent game against Argentina. Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu's spokesman, has now welcomed the newly selected team, saying it is more representative than any of its predecessors.
- Daily Telegraph,
Police have arrested a 53-year-old man in connection with the mutilation of the bodies of two women at a Durban funeral parlour. The two women – aged 69 and 96 – had died of natural causes and were to be cremated before their bodies were tampered with, allegedly at Doves funeral parlour’s Greyville branch. A routine inspection discovered that their breasts and private parts had been removed, the Daily News reported last month. The funeral parlour put all its staff at the branch through a lie detector test and hired forensic investigators to ascertain how the body parts had been removed. Six funeral directors were suspended. Police spokesman, Colonel Jay Naicker, confirmed that a 53-year-old suspect had been arrested on Thursday and was to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court. Pressed for comment on the arrests, Doves spokeswoman, Refiloe Kgoale, said they would not comment. “This matter is with the police and Doves will not comment on a matter that is under investigation,” she said. Kgoale said it was “not an issue for the media” and the affected families did not want it to be publicised. At the time of the incident, Doves’s operations director, Adriaan Batt, expressed shock at the manner in which the bodies of the deceased had been tampered with and said it made him “sick to the stomach”. “I was never prepared for this and I was angry that people would show such disrespect for the dead,” he said. Batt said at the time that families had been offered counselling.
- The Independent,
“South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess” says Donald Trump. The billionaire business mogul took to social media to vent about the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Yesterday the billionaire developer and personality behind the reality show The Apprentice tweeted: “As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather)”. South Africa has made headlines worldwide recently due to shocking violence against foreigners in a series of horrific xenophobic attacks. This paired with Eskom’s load-shedding shame has shrouded the country in a cloud of negative media coverage. This isn’t the first time Trump has had something to say about South Africa. The real estate tycoon referred to Judge Thokozile Masipa as a “total moron” after she found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide. He later tweeted again: ” Oscar Pistorius only gets five years in prison for killing his girlfriend. Ridiculous decision! Judge couldn’t even read her own writings.” Trump, who has 2,8 million followers on Twitter, got only 21 replies to his most recent tweet. By early Tuesday morning, it had been re-tweeted 116 times and favourited 105 times.
Thousands sought refuge in temporary shelters in South Africa after mobs with machetes attacked immigrants in Durban, leaving at least five people dead, an aid group said Thursday. Heavily armed police have scrambled to stop clashes this week after local residents accused immigrants from other African nations of taking their jobs. The attacks in Durban killed two immigrants and three South Africans, including a 14-year-old boy, authorities said. "There has been an outpouring of support from ordinary South Africans who are disgusted with the attacks not only because they are foreign, or African, but because they are fellow human beings," said Gift of the Givers charity, which is helping those seeking refuge. "We are preparing aid packages for those who may journey onwards to their home countries. "The charity said about 8,500 people fled to refugee centers or police stations this week because of the violence. That doesn't count anyone who fled their homes to other, private accommodations, the group said. It said it hopes the violence is limited to Durban, but assured immigrants that it has a facility in Johannesburg to help those who might need shelter there. "We have tents and all essential supplies on standby but pray that sanity prevails and this does not become necessary," it said. In the past, Johannesburg has been the epicenter of anti-immigrant tensions. In 2008, scores were killed in attacks in the poorest areas of Johannesburg. Most of the victims were Zimbabweans who had fled repression and dire economic circumstances. In that attack, police arrested more than 200 people for various crimes including rape, murder, robbery and theft.
- CNN report,
The owners of land at Ballito which has been the target of an EFF “land grab” since the weekend have accused the party of using this exercise to “gain publicity” through setting up of Facebook pages and hiring of a professional photographer to document the event. On Tuesday Greenlands Farm Pty Ltd secured an urgent interim interdict against the party and its leadership, barring them from setting foot on the land or erecting any structures on it. The EFF has until May 7 to oppose the order’s being made final although provincial spokesman Tobias Mthiyane - who attended the hearing in the Durban High Court carrying the trademark EFF red overall in his hand - indicated that the party might be back in court sooner than that, asking for its own order to stop the company from proceeding with any development there. In an affidavit which came before Judge Fikile Mokgohloa on Tuesday, company representative Ian Deetlefts said it was about to embark on a commercial development of the property, adjacent to the N2 just before the Ballito turn-off. He said the land invasion began on Sunday when people moved onto the land and began digging holes, assumed to be for fences or other supports to prop up makeshift structures. He spoke to Mthiyane, who said “the government was not giving these people land so they were taking it for themselves”. “I asked him directly: ‘How do you resolve this issue?’ His response was: ‘Get an interdict and we will vacate.’” The following day he returned to the property and the police were present. A structure had now been erected, poles had been inserted into the ground and grass had been cleared. A crowd of about 100 people had gathered about 1km [1100 yards] away. They confirmed they were on their way to occupy the land and “set up business” there to sell items to others in occupation. Again, the leaders said they would desist only by court order. Deetlefts said in the meantime two Facebook sites were already “live”, one called “Ground Zero - EFF Land Grab” and another “EFF Land Grab Ballito”. The latter had almost 1,000 “likes” by Monday afternoon. He said it seemed the EFF leadership was encouraging the invasion and suggesting it had the right to do so. “It is clear the EFF is using this to gain publicity. It would appear that a professional photographer was engaged to take a photograph of the shack on the property,” he said. “This must have been arranged in advance with the object of gaining publicity and causing a media sensation.” After the judge explained that she was granting the interim order and the EFF “must stop doing what it is doing”, Mthiyane asked if the company was entitled to do what it wanted with the land. Judge Makgohloa said the company had put up proof that it owned the land and the party must put up opposing papers if it could prove otherwise.
- The [Natal] Mercury,
The families of two men turned away by nurses at Addington Hospital because no doctor was on duty are demanding answers after the two died of the injuries they sustained in a horrific car crash in Durban’s city centre. Marius Hayward, 31, and Nico Nel, 27, clung to life after the crash early last Sunday morning as ambulance paramedics treating them were turned away from Addington. Told by casualty staff there was no doctor on duty, frantic paramedics had to take the injured men to other hospitals, one of which is more than a 30-minute drive from the scene. Both men, who had been violently flung from a bakkie, died shortly after they were wheeled through the hospital doors. Medics maintain that had they not been turned away from Addington, a four-minute drive from where the accident occurred, the men would have survived. A medic who treated Hayward and asked not to be named said Hayward had needed urgent hospital treatment. “I found him on the road next to what was left of the bakkie. He had severe chest trauma and other injuries. We were told by the casualty department at Addington Hospital that there was no doctor on duty, they could not accept the patients and we needed to go somewhere else. The only place we could find to take Hayward was R K Khan in Chatsworth, which is half an hour away,” he said. “He was hanging on by a thread. His chest injuries needed treatment that can be administered only in a hospital. He died shortly after we arrived in Chatsworth. I am sure that had a doctor attended to him at Addington, his chances of survival would have improved dramatically.” Rescuecare paramedic Garrith Jamieson said he was one of the first at the scene and had treated Nel. “A bakkie had collided with a truck and the driver and passenger had been thrown from the wreckage. I started treating my patient, who was in a critical condition. He had severe head and chest trauma and was fighting for his life. When I heard Addington was turning us away, I called King Edward VIII Hospital and, after much pleading, I got them to accept my patient, even though the accident happened outside their area. He died an hour after we arrived at the casualty unit,” he said. “This incident is just one of many. In the past month they have turned away dozens of patients. We need to draw the line somewhere.” Nel’s sister, Anel Meyer, speaking from her Pretoria home, was outraged that her dying brother was turned away. “It makes me so angry that I feel physically ill. He might have lived had the hospital not sent them away,” she said. Nel, a self-employed handyman, had been living in Pennington on the South Coast. “He was so ambitious and things were starting to go his way with his business, and he was so happy. I will always remember his smile and how, just by being in a room, he would lift everyone around him. He was very caring,” said Meyer. Hayward’s brother, Colin, said that if he had the means he would sue the state. “This is the worst thing that could happen, that in my brother’s time of need he was turned away. It is just unacceptable. If I could, I would sue the state, not for me, but for my brother’s two daughters who are now going to grow up without a father,” he said. He added that Hayward was a devoted father to Milandi and Chade, aged eight years and eight months respectively. “If he had his way he would spend his days with his children. He loved them dearly. He was a wonderful man. My brother was the kind of person who would tell stories and make us laugh. He would spend hours doing that,” he said. The head of the Health Department, Dr Sibongile Zungu, said an inquiry had been launched into the incident. “These allegations are being dealt with at the highest level. A full investigation is under way. It is not common practice to have no doctor on duty at a hospital. There would have been several in the hospital,” she said. “Even if there was no doctor in the casualty unit, the nurses know they must accept the patients and then go through the on-call doctor list and raise the alarm. Those patients should never have been turned away,” she added. Addington Hospital, fraught with staff shortages, faces closure as the provincial health department scrambles to renovate the limping health facility. In January, theatres and wards were shut after airconditioning units stopped working, forcing a mass transfer of several hundred patients to other hospitals. In July, provincial health portfolio committee members visited the hospital and expressed shock at what they found. The hospital has a chequered history of turning away the sick and injured. In 2010, Mohamed Khan died in the waiting room at the hospital’s polyclinic. He was turned away at the emergency room by security guards, despite a referral letter from his doctor. In 2006, nursing staff berated paramedics and turned away seven badly injured accident victims.
- Independent On-Line,
who was scheduled to be the television match official at Ireland’s RBS Six Nations match against England in
- Daily Telegraph, February 24, 2015
An urgent application by Clive Derby-Lewis for his immediate
release from prison was postponed indefinitely in the North Gauteng High Court
Orania, a White separatist community in South Africa, has been ordered by the South African Supreme Court to admit Black residents. In a victory speech after the decision, attorney M’bkei Modise stated that “Whites have created an all white community that is economically prosperous and almost entirely crime free. The White Afrikaners claim they merely wish to keep the so-called Afrikaner language, culture and customs alive. It has arguably become the best place in South Africa to live. That is why I want to go there and get out of this dump. Let’s face it, Whites create better cities.” Mr. Modise revealed the extent of his profound self-hatred when he announced his own intention to move to Orania claiming that “The ANC has utterly failed to provide a safe state for Black Africans. Even Bishop Desmond Tutu was forced to admit that South Africa is now worse than it was under apartheid. Unfortunately, I can’t bring back apartheid, but I can try to move to a white area. Let’s face the facts. Our so-called president, Jacob Zuma, is a lunatic who thinks you can wash off HIV with a shower. Crime, poverty, disease and government corruption are at an all time high. We didn’t realize how good we had it in the old South Africa. I blame White liberals and the ANC terrorists who lied to us and stirred us up with resentment against the former system.” A spokesman for Orania issued the following press release upon word of the decision. “We appreciate that many people admire the achievements of our community. We can rightly take pride in those achievements. Our fear is that once a sufficient number of new residents move to Orania, our current way of life will not be sustainable. If necessary, we will be forced to leave and establish new communities elsewhere. We will continue to protest this decision and work to appeal it through the legal process.” In a supremely irrational move, Mr. Modise declared that he is suing American civil rights leaders who campaigned against Apartheid for “stoking the false notion that blacks are better off under self rule and not when they are not under the protective and paternal rule of benevolent Whites. I may also sue the US media next. Under apartheid they attacked South Africa non-stop, but now when things are worse than ever under ANC rule, where are they?” Jesse Jackson has been named in the lawsuit. Mr. Jackson offered no comment when contacted by Diversity Chronicle staff.
- report by Ray Charlston
This is what Anne Els (75) looks like after being savagely attacked by a Black male in her house in Universitas, Bloemfontein. She is currently in intensive care in hospital. The saddest part about this, is the comments from the community, friends, family….and mostly all other White South Africans: “We are grateful she’s still alive. It could’ve been so much worse!!” Attacks like these should not happen. Not even ONCE….in the new South Africa. What is there to be “grateful” for? The gentlemen in the second picture is Mr Koos Kok. Attacked in Luipaardsvlei, Krugersdorp, by Black savages. What kind of country are we living in, where our old people are being attacked like this…on a daily basis!! According to our constitution it is the Government’s first and foremost obligation to protect this country’s citizens, and guarantee their safety. Is this happening? If you execute genocide slowly enough…and keep calling it “random acts of crime”….the entire world will believe you, and do NOTHING to stop it. These are no “crime motivated random attacks”…these old people have NOTHING to steal, or of such value on their properties that it warrants such viciousness. This is the continuation of the WHITE GENOCIDE happening in South Africa since 1994…..
- report sent by J.M, Pretoria,