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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Erasing the Afrikaner nation

I have recently stumbled across the articles of Ilana Mercer, columnist and author, on the web.  It has been quite a while since any author managed to grab my attention with such well written and thought provoking articles.  This lady has a way with words which is nothing short of brilliant.  All I can say is do yourself a favour and visit her website and blog as linked below.

from Ilana Mercer @ ilanamercer.com and barelyablog.com

CNN’s Kyra Phillips has led her viewers to believe that dangling a noose—an impolite and impolitic form of expression—is a hate crime; a black man beating a white man to a pulp—not so much. Being maimed or murdered, evidently, doesn’t compare to being maligned. Phillips and the feminised establishment media have difficulties differentiating a felony from an affront to feelings. No wonder these wonder men and women are mum about who’s killing whom in the democratic South Africa, the pride of the liberal press.

While black South African criminals are not neglecting other blacks, they are, overwhelmingly, targeting Indians and whites. According to the South African Institute of Security Studies, “Only 32 percent of all blacks questioned knew someone who was a victim of crime,” compared to 66 percent of Indian adults and 56 percent of white adults. The color of crime and its casualties both in America and South Africa is the proverbial elephant in the room—to be touched upon only if the victims can be vilified as racists. 

The BBC as well as New Zealand and Australian television news-networks have covered the racially motivated killing campaign Africans are conducting against the Afrikaner farmers of South Africa. Not Kyra and her colleagues at Fox, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS. No wonder, then, that the orchestrated ethnocide against the entire Afrikaner people has not been brought out into the open, as they like to say on CNN.

Ethnocide, as defined by Michael Mann, a leading historical sociologist, is “state-induced cultural assimilation, through hegemony and suppression.” The warmed-over Marxists governing South Africa with the West’s blessing are leading the charge against the country’s Afrikaner past, patriotism, and institutions.

Afrikaans, in particular, has come under the ANC’s attack, as the government attempts to compel Afrikaans schools to adopt English. Afrikaans-speaking universities, for example, have been labelled racist in the New South Africa and have been forced to merge with “third-rate black institutions so that campuses may be swamped by blacks demanding instruction in English,” to quote the Afrikaner intellectual, Dan Roodt.

The ANC’s attempts to tame and claim South-African history have been extended to landmarks in the annals of the founding people—these are being slowly erased, as demonstrated by the ANC’s decision to give an African name to Potchefstroom, a town founded in 1838 by the “Voortrekkers” (Dutch pioneers). The leader of those pioneers, Marthinus Pretorius, founded the capital, Pretoria. It is now Tshwane! Durban’s Moore Road (after Sir John Moore, the hero of the Battle of Corunna) is Che Guevara Road; Kensington Drive, Fidel Castro Drive. The cherry on the cake is Yasser Arafat highway, down which the motorist can speed on the way to the Durban airport.

As a subject in the school curriculum, history was initially neglected during the transition to majority rule. The establishment of the “South African History Project” changed that. The Project’s aim, according to Sasha Polakow-Suransky of the Chronicle of Higher Education, has been “a resurrection of the subject as a prominent field of study in the national school curriculum.” Unfortunately, following the American academy’s example, the trend has been away from “the pursuit of objective historical truth,” toward a postmodern, politically correct reconstruction of historical events, with the aim of fostering “certain values,” in the words of Kader Asmal, the minister of education in 2000.

“You have books appearing that interpret the history of South Africa only according to the perspective of the liberation struggle,” avers Pieter Kapp, a retired professor of history at Stellenbosch University. Indeed, “Since 1994, tales of European conquest are slowly beginning to disappear from the nation's classrooms, giving way to epic accounts of black anti-apartheid heroes,” writes Polakow-Suransky.

Like it or not, the modern marvel that was South Africa—with its space program and skyscrapers—was not the handiwork of the black nationalist movement now dismantling it; but the creation of those persecuted, pale, patriarchal Protestants.

©2007 By Ilana Mercer


   November 23

The Genocide in democratic South Africa

from Ilana Mercer @ ilanamercer.com

They are conservative, Christian Caucasians, a fact that might help explain why the fashionable left in the West doesn’t much care that they’re being exterminated.

The Boers—or farmers—of South Africa have tilled the land for generations, on small holdings or on large commercial farms. But orgiastic killing sprees by The People, in combination with a Stalinesque land grab by their representatives, is threatening this minority’s survival.

Not to mention making life an inferno for farmers across the county.

Journalists for "Carte Blanche," the South African equivalent of "20/20," conducted a six-month investigation into what has become known as farm murders, or "plaasmoorde" in Afrikaans. The short documentary opens with a funeral, Elsie Swart’s. Elsie was one of three farmers killed in the span of only seven days. She died after being “severely tortured, burned with an electric iron, beaten, and strangled to death.”

The victims of this ongoing onslaught, we are told, are invariably elderly, law-abiding, god-fearing whites, murdered in cold blood, in ways that beggar belief. For the edification of racism spotters in the West, "Carte Blanche" ought to have pointed out that their assailants are always black.

Typically, the heathens will attack on Sundays. On returning from church, the farmer is ambushed. Those too feeble to attend Sunday service are frequently tortured and killed when the rest are worshiping. In one crime scene, Bibles belonging to the slain had been splayed across their mangled bodies. In another, an “old man’s hand rests on the arm of his wife of many years.” She raped; he, in all likelihood, made to watch. Finally, with their throats slit, they died side by side.

Beatrice Freitas has survived two farm attacks. Her equanimity belies the brutality she has endured. She and her husband immigrated to South Africa from Madeira 40 years ago. They built a thriving nursery near the Mozambiquean border. It supplied the entire region with beautiful plants. Some people build; others destroy. Beatrice tells her story as she drifts through the stately cycads surrounding the deserted homestead. There’s an ephemeral quality about her.  

When the four men attacked her, Beatrice says her mind “disappeared.” She and her permanently disabled husband, José, were tied up while the home was ransacked. When the brutes were through, they wanted to know where she kept the iron. They then took her to the laundry room, where two of them raped her, coated her in oil, and applied the iron. They alternated iron with boot. When they were through, 25 percent of Beatrice’s body was covered in third-degree burns. They suffocated her with a towel, and left her for dead, but she survived. She says the Lord saved her.

No one was ever arrested—not then, and not after the couple was attacked three years later. This time Jose died “in a hail of bullets.” Arrests and convictions are rare. "Carte Blanche" tells of Dan Lansberg, shot dead in broad daylight. Members of his courageous farming community caught the culprits, but they “escaped” from the local police cells. As I’ve explained before, the newly configured South African police is a corrupt, illiterate, and ill-trained force, “riven by feuds, fetishes, and factional loyalties.” The South African justice system has collapsed, confirms Professor Neels Moolman, a criminologist. In democratic South Africa, a person has over a 90 percent chance of getting away with murder. Or as Moolman puts it, pursuing “a criminal career without fearing the consequences.”

Sky News sent its correspondent to the northern province of South Africa, where the viewers are introduced to Herman Dejager. (CNN’s Anderson Vanderbilt Cooper and his pal Angelina Jolie were nowhere in sight.) Before retiring every night, Herman prepares to fight to the death to protect what’s his. He checks his bulletproof vest, loads the shotgun, and drapes ammunition rounds on the nightstand.

Herman’s father died in his arms, shot in the face by intruders. Kaalie Botha’s parents were not so lucky: “You can’t kill an animal like they killed my mom and father. You can’t believe it.” Kaalie’s 71-year-old father’s Achilles tendons had been severed so he couldn’t flee. He was then hacked in the back until he died, his body dumped in the bush. His wife, Joey, had her head bashed in by a brick wielded with such force, the skull “cracked like an egg.”

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton heads Genocide Watch. He says the slaughter of 2000 Boers is genocide. (One wonders why "Carte Blanche" drastically underreported the number of murdered Boers, pegging it at 1400 all told, when back in January of 2006, Genocide Watch reported a total of 1820 murders.) The rates at which the farmers are being eliminated, the torture and dehumanization involved—all point to systematic extermination.

“Genocide is always organized, usually by the state,” Stanton has written on Genocide Watch’s website. Indeed, according to Sky News, the farmers believe “these attacks are an orchestrated, government sanctioned attempt to purge South Africa of white land owners, as has already happened in Zimbabwe.” Consequently, Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of Africa, is now its dust bowl. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s Marxist President, is greatly admired by Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s strongman, and head of the African National Congress.

That certainly would explain why the ANC plans to dismantle the Commando System, a private Afrikaner militia that has existed since the 1770s, and is the only defense at the farmers’ disposal. More damning—and contrary to the pro-forma denials issued by the ANC’s oleaginous officials—The Daily Mail reported, in February 2006, that the government is dead-set-on forcibly seizing the land of thousands of farmers. By the year 2014, a third of the Boers’ property will have been given to blacks.

In democratic South Africa, dispossession is nine-tenths of the law.

©2007 By Ilana Mercer

WorldNetDaily.com, also at FMNN, titled "The Kulaks of Democratic South Africa"

    January 19

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

'You can't have your banana and eat it', by Dan Roodt

from BAB's A List, South-Africa

Dan Roodt (Ph.D.) is the author of “the polemical essay,” The Scourge of the ANC. The following op-ed, “You Can’t Have Your Banana and Eat It,” has to be one of the most elegant and elevated logical eviscerations I’ve read in a while. Take it from someone who deconstructs arguments, week in, week out. Suffice it to say that Roodt utterly dismantles Malegapuru Makgoba’s atavistic boorish thesis. Enjoy.

You Can’t Have Your Banana and Eat It
By Dan Roodt

In his “Wrath of Dethroned White Males” Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has dared to offer a biological explanation for the power structure that prevails in the new South Africa. According to him, the white male has been “dethroned” and should now learn to adapt to a subservient, even submissive, role within our society.

Until now, Social Darwinism or the model of society as a competition for resources where the fittest will survive and prosper, has often been associated with notions of European superiority. After all, Europeans from a minute area in north-western Europe managed to get on to little sailing boats to colonise and rule the greater part of the Earth for a few hundred years. Britain is said to have conquered 100-million people in the Indian sub-continent with 800 soldiers and 2 000 Indian auxiliaries.

Makgoba’s view of African male dominance therefore represents a novel departure from a previously Eurocentric idea. However, he is not the first South African to take an interest in biological explanations for human behaviour or politics. Two of his predecessors would be Eugene Marais and Jan Smuts.

Marais was keen on the study of primates, especially baboons, and wrote two books about them, The Soul of the Ape and Burgers van die Berge. The great Afrikaner physician, journalist, poet and intellectual stressed the similarity between human and baboon behaviour, including an occurrence where he observed human boys and young baboons playing together, making clay figures and imitating one another.

This extraordinary incident is recounted in Burgers van die Berge. It fits in with Makgoba’s view that imitation and “aping” are normal features of both human and baboon societies. Nowhere would Marais, however, advance the notion that imitation was solely linked to hierarchy and dominance.

Makgoba is perhaps the leading theoretical Africanist in our country today. I am sorry, therefore, to bother him with Eurocentric logic, but his argument represents a tautology. Because black males are in power, he deduces that they are both dominant and “fitter” than white males. However, it could be that they are dominant for reasons other than their fitness. [Emphasis added]

Not so long ago, Mathatha Tsedu, the then editor of the Sunday Times, caused quite a ripple when he wrote in his column on July 13 2003 that black men sometimes display a lack of prowess. He quoted an anonymous Cabinet member who had told him: “When you come from where we come from and you then have to realise that if you want something done quickly you have to rely on whites, it is really debilitating. You bleed internally, but our very own comrades do not work. There is generally no work ethic.”

Of course, there could be a debate about what attributes an alpha male should have in human society. Should he be intelligent, physically strong or both? Should he be a good manager, highly numerate and literate, disciplined and with a good work ethic? Or are these but the traits of a tame white baboon and are universal criteria for primate success such as aggression, reproductive prowess and dominant behaviour more important?

Makgoba’s assessment leans toward the latter interpretation. However, I do not think that the same conditions of Darwinian survival pertain in the human world as opposed to the animal world. Human beings display altruistic behaviour uncommon in many species so that they would not necessarily subjugate the weaker members of their society as happens in a primate hierarchy.

Take the nuclear project at Pelindaba that existed under the previous government, for example. A handful of white Afrikaner males produced six nuclear bombs, deadly enough to kill millions of people in one fell swoop. In a straight Darwinian contest, they should have used that power to eliminate their black male rivals forever, thereby ensuring their own dominance within Makgoba’s scheme of rivalry between white and black males. Yet not only did they refrain from using the bombs, but they handed over power to the black males and peacefully dismantled their own lethal weapons.

Biologically speaking, such behaviour is absurd. No male baboon would be caught dead playing into the hands of his rival. Yet this is precisely what we have seen in South Africa.

At another level, however, one could argue that a form of social Darwinism is still operative at every level in a capitalist society where individuals and companies are selected for fitness through economic competition. This leads to a further contradiction in Makgoba’s argument, for while exalting black male fitness over white male weakness, he insists on affirmative action and black economic empowerment.

Because of racial-preference measures in our society, Darwinian competition, even at the more civilised economic level —as opposed to brute contests with bared teeth and flailing limbs —is flawed.

Either black males such as Makgoba will have to discard racial preference so that the real Darwinian contest may begin, or they will have to continue invoking sympathy for the poor, downtrodden black male having been disadvantaged by centuries of colonial oppression and racism. In other words, they will have to choose between Darwinism and altruism.

As they would say in the baboon world: you can’t have your banana and eat it.

Mail & Guardian Online

Name change meeting turns into racial war

from SAS

Emotions boiled over at a public meeting in Pretoria yesterday, where the Tswane Metro Council are hosting meetings with residents over the proposed street name changes. A huge fight broke out between whites and blacks after a black person attacked a white resident, hitting him over the head with a chair.

A Police and Metro cops intervened, summoning reinforcements and firing teargas. In scenes reminiscent of Zimboonia, predominantly black police and metro cops stormed into the hall in Pretoria North and started attacking White residents, while pointedly ignoring black troublemakers. They then kicked out the Whites and refused to allow them to participate further in the meeting.

Image: Black Metro pig assaulting what appears to be a young White woman

Kallie Kriel of Afriforum, a pro-White Afrikaans group was assaulted and man-handled by a shitskin Metro cop director who was in charge of the Metro police contingent. Kriel said he pointed out to director Ndumiso Jaca that the person responsible for hitting a White resident over the head with a chair was still in the hall – this after the Metro police had selectively intervened and thrown out only White residents involved in the fighting.

Jaca then attacked Kriel, who subsequently laid charges of assault against the director. “I made it clear that I had no part in the disruption and did not resist, and simply pointed out that the man responsible for the violence was still in the hall. The violence broke out when a black attacked a White, hitting him over the head with a chair. A White man was arrested, but the black who started the fight wasn’t even addressed or questioned.”

A spokesman for the Freedom Front + said the ANC’s reckless handling of the issue had reached crisis proportions and required urgent intervention. Willie Spies, FF+ MP said the police only targeted and attacked Whites but completely ignored black troublemakers.
Afriforum said that it was deeply concerned how the SA Police and Metro Police were being used as instruments by Marxist ANC regime, to target Whites who were opposed to the looming name changes.

In South Africa, we have approximately 8 000 unnamed streets and roads in predominantly black townships, yet the illegitimate terrorist regime, motivated by racist anti-White hatred, simian spitefulness and envy will insist on changing major street names in especially White Afrikaner towns and cities, ostensibly to foment racial discord and fan the flames of conflict.

Streets named after Afrikaner heroes and leaders like Pretorius, Schoeman and Potgieter are to be changed to honour communist dictators and murderers like Fidel Castro and Che Guavara. When the name changes are implemented, the United States Embassy in Pretoria will straddle Fidel Castro Street on the one side, and Che Guavara street on the other.

The cost of the street name changes are astronomical – in Pretoria alone, it is expected to be in the region of R 900 Million (approximately US $ 100 Million) – this while municipal service delivery and other essential social services like policing and medical care are in a state of virtual collapse, due to black mismanagement, incompetence, massive corruption and budgetary constraints. It is clear that the Afro-Nazi regime is driven by a consuming, mind-boggling hatred of Whites, and political parties such as the Freedom Front and Afriforum are openly calling it cultural vandalism and sabotage of the highest order.

A significant majority of blacks also oppose the name changes, as they feel the massive funds required for this would be better spent in service delivery. A number of factors are driving the new political party which is emerging as a splinter of the ANC (mooted the be called the South African National Congress or SANC) and insane name change policies costing billions, at the expense of grinding poverty alleviation and non-existent service delivery are adding to black discontent.

Yesterday’s violence at dissident ANC leader Terror Lekota’s first public meeting is a foretaste of what could very well be the precursor for a looming civil war in South Africa. The open racial clashes at the Pretoria meeting is also unprecedented – up till now, Whites have meekly accepted the ridiculous diktats and whims of the ruling criminal gang, but as is becoming obvious, Whites have now reached a stage where they will take no more. The temperature is being turned up tremendously and racial animus & polarisation is at an all-time high, and the potential for conflict at ominous levels. This Pretoria incident is but one of a rash of incidents in recent days, where violent clashes between White and black are becoming ever more prevalent.

Since taking power in 1994, the ANC has embarked on a deliberate policy of demonising Whites and fanning the flames of racial hatred. This served the purpose in uniting warring tribes and factions of blacks against a perceived common racial enemy, being the former “White colonialist oppressor”. However, with the outrageous corruption, theft and abject lack of social services resulting in a civic melt-down, a large portion of blacks are growing increasingly restless, turning their backs on the ANC. In April this year, the country witnessed unprecedented unrest & rioting in the form of “xenophobia attacks” on foreigners. A high level report concluded this week that the attacks on foreigners, which resulted in a hundred deaths and thousands of displaced indigents were sparked mainly by corrupt ANC officials taking bribes in exchange for giving housing intended for local blacks, to foreigners.

This in turn resulted in the hard communist left within the ANC to make insane promises upon which they could never possibly deliver, unless they embark on a large scale seizure of White assets and land such as encapsulated in the expropriation bill which was put on hold recently after a huge outcry.

As is usually the case, when you are stealing from Paul to pay Sipho, you can count on Sipho’s support, so the communist populists, led by Jacob Zuma was able to hijack the ANC with relative ease. This in turn led to the palace coup where Tarboy Mbeggi was replaced by Zuma proxy Mothlanthe now acting as caretaker president. Panic-stricken investors are repatriating massive amounts of capital from South Africa, and while the MSM is apportioning the crash of the Rand to international market turmoil, a significant component of our financial woes are being driven by the ascendancy of the communist faction.

South Africa has been in an economic recession for the past year, with growing numbers of both White and black people unable to afford their cars and homes. Inflation and skyrocketing food prices are adding to these woes. One can rightfully observe that South Africa has never been this close to the abyss. The bad news is that things are set to become much worse – the global financial meltdown is but one factor in this hair-raising mix, but the spark for complete chaos could well be Lekota’s new party.

It is significant that Lekota, formerly a loyal ANC stalwart, is now justifying his creation of a splinter party by the use of slogans like “save South Africa from tyranny” and bring SA back from the Warlords”. It could be said that Lekota, himself a revolutionary with his nickname being “Terror” is in a sense the pot calling the kettle black with these strong pronouncements. On the other hand the ominous possibility exists that he, as a former insider) might know a few things we don’t. If this is indeed the case, we have much to be concerned about.

Friday, 24 October 2008

What a joke - so you can actually be too much of a 'fat cat'

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Pretoria to get 'Fidel Castro' & 'Che Guevara' streets, or 'How to piss off a Yank'

So I guess when the incompetent ANC comrades get bored, they start playing the "Which superpower can we piss off now?" game.  There could be various reasons why this might be stupid.  First of all, if you believe communism is dead, there aren't many other superpowers besides the Yanks - in fact, they are the only one.  Secondly, even if you believe communism isn't dead, the Yanks are more or less still the only superpower, since the Russian economy won't survive a week if it can't trade that precious black liquid stuff (which you don't need a lot of if you drive a Prius) for dollars in the market.  So you really still piss off the same guys.  But to me the most convincing argument for not pissing off the Yanks is the fact that their leader is a man who refers to the people of Greece as "those Grecians", which to me suggests he is more likely to remember where that red phone on his desk is located to commandeer a Nimitz-class supercarrier to prove a point, than the lecture in Political Science 101 dealing with diplomatic retaliation...  I assume pissing off the whole white population (and probably some blacks and coloureds too) by again messing around with the Springbok emblem just isn't doing it for them anymore...
Pretoria to get 'Fidel Castro' & 'Che Guevara' streets

from the people at SAS

How lovely - the ANC boons are now honouring murderous terrorists and bloody dictators at the expense of some great Afrikaner heroes...funniest of all - and our Yankee friends will love this- the American Embassy will soon be located between Fidel Casto and Che Guevara streets. No, this is no joke or satire folks...if anything, it offers a glimpse of precisely the mindset we White S. Africans deal with daily. Zieg heil to the AfroNazis!
Pretoria - Pretorius Street, one of the main roads cutting through Pretoria, should be renamed after former Cuban president Fidel Castro, the SA Communist Party said on Monday. Speaking at a public hearing at Pretoria's City Hall, SACP member Joan Muller said Schoeman Street should also be renamed after Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
"We must not forget our Cuban allies," she told a small gathering of people who arrived at the hearing on the changing of 27 street names in the city. Other names put forward by the SACP included human rights lawyer Duma Nokwe.
In a statement, Afriforum said the small gathering signified the minimal support for name changes. "According to AfriForum, it is clear that the efforts to change street names of particular cultural historical significance, are incited by the ideological obsession of politicians, rather than by a genuine desire on the part of communities," said CEO Kallie Kriel.
At other public hearings he had attended, which were mostly in Afrikaans suburbs, large numbers of people were vehemently opposed to the name changes. There had only been marginal interest in other areas. "Also in areas where little interest had been shown, at least half of the people present were strongly opposed to the changing of street names as well."
Kriel said it had also been suggested that the money to be used to change the names should rather be spent on education and that history would not be changed by renaming the streets.
"People also expressed opposition to the process followed, as communities feel that they are being involved in the process as an afterthought only," he said.
Tshwane council speaker Khorombi Dau said it had been difficult to find the right times to have the public hearings and that this was possibly the reason for the small turnout. "When is the correct time?" he asked, adding that people were not willing to attend hearings in the evening after work.
Dau said it was important for people to hand in their submissions and "not just talk". Dau said it was not a "done deal" that the names would be changed. The submissions would be recorded and a report given to the council by the public street naming committee.
"We don't want to put pressure on the committee. It might not be a year, it might not be six months," he said when asked how long the process could take. "But my wish is that it should not drag out too long." The deadline for submissions is October 31. Venues and dates of the public hearings are available on the city's website at www.tshwane.gov.za.

Cuban street names insult USA: FF Plus
PRETORIA - Proposals to rename two main Pretoria streets after Cuban revolutionaries are an insult to the United States and the West, the Freedom Front Plus said on Tuesday.
Tshwane councillor Conrad Beyers said the submissions by the ANC and the SA Communist Party that Pretorius and Schoeman streets -- which border the American Embassy -- be renamed Fidel Castro and Che Guevara respectively, would damage South Africa's international image.
This followed a public hearing on the proposed street names at the Pretoria City Hall on Monday. At the meeting the proposal was made by ANC councillor Joan Muller on behalf of the party and the SACP. Said Beyers on Tuesday: "The local ANC is playing with fire with their irresponsible handling of the name issue." Intervention from a higher level of government was urgently needed to "contain" the local leaders.
"Why does the ANC want to hurl a serious insult to the USA by renaming the streets around the US embassy after two of the most bitter enemies of America -- Fidel Castro and Che Guevara? "The ANC is not only busy polarising the communities of Pretoria, they are now also starting to insult the international community," he said.
According to the FF Plus the local ANC's "irresponsible handling" of the matter would become an embarrassment to all South Africans. "The local ANC is trying something far above their competence -- they did not think through all the implications of their insane name changes."
He said Castro remained a sworn enemy of the USA and the West, while Guevara was a terrorist, sowing murder and terror worldwide. The USA has no formal diplomatic relations with Cuba, which Castro led for nearly 50 years.
- Sapa

Monday, 20 October 2008

'No more business with whites'

Buks Viljoen, Beeld

Nelspruit - The Ehlanzeni District Municipality (EDM) in Nelspruit has decided that white people will no longer be allowed to do business with the council.

A racial uproar is looming in the Mpumalanga capital after this decision was taken by the council's senior managers at a lekgotla last week.

The lekgotla was chaired by Hugh Mbatha, the council's municipal manager, and attended by members of the council's mayoral committee.

The decision was officially worded: "Stop the appointment of white consultants, contractors and any other service providers and empower black consultants, contractors and other businessmen."

'A racist decision'

According to documents in Beeld's possession, this decision is being justified in terms of the "implementation of the government's policy and guidelines for broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE)."

Gravett Herbst, leader of the Democratic Alliance caucus in the EDM, said: "This is a racist decision and utter discrimination against whites."

When asked about the decision, the municipality told Beeld the decision would first have to be considered by the council. Caswell Maluleke, speaker of the council, said he was not aware of this decision by the council's senior managers.

"The council presently has no policy that excludes whites. Such a decision would first have to be considered by the full mayoral committee. Then a decision would be made as to whether it was viable, and only then would it be tabled for discussion at a full council session," Maluleke said.

Herbst said: "The decision is just a one-sided matter being instigated by a few people with hidden agendas."

The DA will insist that officials not implement the decision until it has been considered by the council.

- Beeld

Cops 'steal' baby at OR Tambo

Amanda Roestoff, Beeld

Fochville - A mother from this mining town in North West is incensed because two uniformed policewomen "stole" her five-month-old baby to teach her a lesson.

One moment baby Abbegail de Jager was lying in her carrycot in a luggage trolley at OR Tambo International airport, but "within the space of a minute she was gone", said her mother, Janelize Botha, 20, on Wednesday.

On Wednesday at about 12:00, Janelize and her mother, Jeanette Botha, 41, were at the airport to see off her brother, Hennie Botha, 24. He was returning to England where he works

The Bothas were paying for their parking ticket when the machine malfunctioned.

"She was in the trolley next to me. I just wanted to help my mom to press the right button to get assistance. When I turned back, she was gone," Janelize said.

"In that moment, we were completely overcome with panic," said her mother.

Yelling hysterically, the women started looking for the baby. A policewoman emerged from behind a pillar "with a broad smile on her face". She started shouting at the two women, telling them to "Stop it! Stop it!".

A second policewoman came up to Janelize and gave Abbegail back to her "while she laughed" and "we cried".

After a raging argument, the policewomen told the Bothas they just wanted to teach the women a lesson because they had turned their backs to the baby.

- Beeld

Violent crime still on the rise

South Africa's "skyrocketing" violent crime rate and lack of vital policing skills is forcing police management to rethink their crime-fighting and training strategies.
This was revealed at the opening of a three-day SAPS training convention in Centurion on Tuesday.

Assistant Commissioner Chris de Kok, the SAPS's crime statistician, said violent crimes, especially house robberies, hijackings and business robberies had continued to "skyrocket" since the close of 2008's financial year in March.

De Kok emphasised that the understanding of statistics was vital if police were to combat crime.
While he mentioned 2007's statistics for crimes such as house and business robberies, which increased by 13,5 percent and 47 percent respectively, from the 2006/7 financial year to the 2007/8 financial year, and hijacking figures, which rose by 14 percent during the same period, De Kok was reluctant to release the figures for the first six months of the 2008/9 financial year.

"All I can say is that these figures are on the increase.

"What we now need to do is to find out why these crimes are increasing," said De Kok.
He admitted that while the police were on track when it came to reducing crime, there were still a number of gaps which needed to be plugged.

"One of the first things that we need to do is realise that not all crimes are the same.

"In other words, we need to realise that crimes such as murder occur for a variety of reasons - be they because of drunken arguments or the motive to rob," De Kok said.

He added: "Once we understand the dynamics of crime we will be on our way to forming a successful crime-fighting strategy.

"By addressing the smaller components of crime we get an understanding of what causes crime and know how we need to train our members so that they can deal with crime properly." He added that policing priorities were often wrong because crime statistics were misunderstood. De Kok said by understanding statistics one could determine what training was needed.

Voicing his concern over the low conviction rate of criminals, especially sexual offenders, state Advocate Brandon Lorenzo said there was serious cause for concern, especially when it came to the taking of statements, interviews and the compilation of medical reports.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that vital details such as names, dates and times are left out of statements; and that documents such as medical reports are left incomplete.

"It is these human errors and lack of important details which lead to a break in the chain of evidence and ultimately cause the case to be lost," he said.

He cited an example of 72 acquittals at the Germiston magistrate's court recently because crime scene kits had been left unattended and not secured.

Commissioner Gary Kruser, head of the SAPS training division, said such conventions were vital as they would help police in their endeavours to overcome challenges in policing in South Africa.

  • This article was originally published on page 7 of Pretoria News on October 16, 2008

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

ANC heavyweight joins rebellion

The ex-premier of South Africa's Gauteng province has resigned from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to join those calling for a new party.

Mbhazima Shilowa said the rebels, led by ex-Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota, would hold a convention on 2 November.

Mr Shilowa resigned as premier in protest at the ousting last month of Thabo Mbeki as president.

The ANC has been riven by splits between Mr Mbeki's supporters and those of ANC leader Jacob Zuma.

Mr Zuma won a bitter contest to replace Mr Mbeki in December, and is favourite to become South African president after elections next year.


Observers have said a split in the ANC has appeared increasingly likely, though a new party is unlikely to become a major power in South Africa unless it attracts political heavyweights.

The ANC suspended Mr Lekota this week, saying it would take similar action against anyone else from the party who threatened to establish an opposition movement.

Mr Shilowa broke the news of his defection at a press conference in Pretoria.

"I have decided to resign my membership from the ANC with immediate effect and to lend my support to the initiative by making myself available on a full-time basis as a convener and volunteer-in-chief together with comrade Mosiuoa," he said.

"I have taken this decision knowing fully well that I will be vilified," he said.

Mr Lekota had accused the ANC's new leadership of arrogance, saying a split within the movement was "inevitable".

Mr Mbeki stood down after a judge suggested he had interfered in the prosecution of Mr Zuma on corruption charges, something the former South African leader denies.

Xenophobic violence strike erupts again

By Esther Lewis, Niemah Davids and Henri du Plessis
from IOL

Police were on alert on Wednesday after residents in Masiphumelele, near Ocean View, vented their anger after the murder of three-year-old Ayola Adonis by looting shops and clashing with immigrants on Tuesday night.

The latest outbreak of xenophobic violence was described by the UN High Commission for Refugees on Wednesday as a "major setback" for refugees.

Police had dispersed a mob with rubber bullets and arrested several young men after a dozen shops had been looted, said the Ocean View station commissioner, Superintendent Jayce Naidoo. Police confirmed four arrests.

Naidoo said the violence had erupted because the community believed a teenager who had been briefly detained over Ayola's murder was an immigrant.

In fact, the 18-year-old suspect who was taken in for questioning is a South African who lives in Masiphumelele.

Naidoo said the youths involved in the attacks were opportunists.

"There was a misunderstanding that a foreigner was arrested for this murder. But these youngsters are capitalising on this. It's plain vandalism," he said on Tuesday night.

Ayola's body was found on Monday in wetlands about 100 metres from her house.

It is believed that she might have been sexually assaulted.

The violence erupted at about 7.30pm, according to witnesses. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, some of them armed.

But between 40 and 50 youths, in several groups across the settlement, had taken the opportunity to ransack shops, Naidoo said.

When the Cape Argus arrived on the scene, two boys were seen trying to make off with a microwave. They were arrested minutes later.

A Mozambican man who managed to escape the xenophobic attacks earlier in 2008 was injured during the attacks on Tuesday night. His identity is being withheld for the sake of his safety.

A group of boys ran into the man's yard. When he went outside to chase them away, a scuffle broke out and he was hit in the face.

It is not certain what he was struck with, but frantic neighbours waved down a patrol van and police then assisted him.

Close to midnight, police said five immigrants were hiding in the wetlands in an attempt to avoid further attacks.

While the situation was quelled quickly, the atmosphere remained tense. A helicopter and about 40 police, flying squad and Metro Police personnel patrolled the area throughout the night.

A witness who did not want to be identified said: "There were so many women with their children and some youngsters attacking the foreigners. It was terrible."

The woman's tenant is Malawian. His shoe repair business was looted and trashed and some of the contents of the shop strewn across the road.

The man, who now fears for his safety, has fled. His landlord has no idea where he is.

Organisers of a seven-day walk by a small group of people, intended to raise awareness of the dangers of xenophobia, are outraged that the city of Cape Town has denied them permission for it.

Nkwame Cedile, co-ordinator for the People's Health Movement (PHM) - one of the NGOs involved - said he was angry and concerned after the dity denied them permission to go ahead this Saturday.

Cedile said the seven-day event, which would have seen about 20 people walking to different areas and giving presentations at community halls because refugees were still being threatened in townships, had been planned months ago after xenophobic attacks in May.

City events co-ordinator Tyler Washington said the walk was classed as a gathering, for which the speaker's office processed applications.

The city was hosting several big events this weekend and emergency services were occupied.

- West Cape News

Monday, 13 October 2008

South Africa's controversial arms deal

from BBC News

Jacob Zuma

Mr Zuma says he will quit as ANC chief only if a court finds him guilty

Despite his unequivocal election victory as leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma is by no means assured of the presidency in 2009.

After years of investigation, the National Prosecuting Authority is threatening to again press charges of corruption linked to a controversial 1999 arms deal, forcing Mr Zuma to resign if convicted.

Mr Zuma strenuously denies any wrongdoing. Below are details of the lengthy drama.


In 1999, the South African government announced its largest-ever post-apartheid arms deal, signing contracts totalling R30bn ($5bn; £2.5bn) to modernise its national defence force.

The deal involved companies from Germany, Italy, Sweden, Britain, France and South Africa.

Even before the allegations of corruption were made, the spending of billions of dollars on new fighter jets, helicopters, submarines and warships was controversial in a country where millions live in poverty.

Critics also pointed out that there was no credible threat to South Africa's sovereignty to justify the spending.

Latterly, the investigations focused on allegations of conflict of interest, bribery and process violations in the purchasing of equipment.


In 2005, Jacob Zuma was sacked as South Africa's deputy president after his financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of fraud and corruption.

Shaik was found guilty of trying to solicit a bribe from Thint, the local subsidiary of French arms company Thales, on behalf of Mr Zuma.

The prosecution alleged that, in exchange, Mr Zuma was to shield the firm from an investigation linked to the 1999 deal. Shaik said the money was a donation to the Jacob Zuma Education Fund.

Shaik was also convicted of paying R1.3m to Mr Zuma in bribes to use his influence to further Shaik's business interests. The fraud count related to the accounting of the payments.

Shaik is currently serving a 15-year sentence and was ordered to pay $5.5m of his assets to the state.

The court judgement said there was evidence of "a mutually beneficial symbiosis" between the two men, adding that the payments by Shaik to Mr Zuma "can only have generated a sense of obligation in the recipient".


In 2006, Mr Zuma went on trial for corruption but the case collapsed after the prosecution said it was not ready to proceed more than a year after he was charged.

Mr Zuma was alleged to have accepted bribes from Thint to halt inquiries into the arms deal.

Last month, the Supreme Court cleared the way for a second prosecution after it upheld appeals by the state against earlier rulings preventing prosecutors from using documents seized from Mr Zuma.

Items obtained during police raids had been deemed impermissible in court because the search warrants used were illegal.

New evidence may include a diary that allegedly has information of key meetings between Mr Zuma and Thint.

The protracted saga has so far not culminated in a trial, which would either confirm the accusations or exonerate Mr Zuma.

The 65-year-old says that this is unfair, and attributes much of his support within the ANC to the way he has been treated.

His supporters maintain that he is the victim of a political smear campaign.

In May 2006, Mr Zuma was acquitted on charges of rape in an unrelated, high-profile case.


In January 2007, the ex-ANC parliamentary whip, Tony Yengeni, was released from prison in South Africa after serving just five months of a four-year fraud conviction.

His sentence was cut on appeal and further reduced by a general amnesty.

Yengeni was the chairman of parliament's defence committee at the time the government negotiated the arms deal.

He was convicted in 2003 after it emerged he had received a large discount on the purchase of a luxury car from one of the firms bidding for the contract.

He then lied to parliament about the benefit.

Timeline: Zuma's legal problems

from BBC News

Jacob Zuma, the leader of South Africa's governing party, is facing charges of corruption for a second time.

He has been in court several time in recent years - his supporters say he is the victim of a political conspiracy:

ANC leader Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma is favourite to become president in 2009

June 2005

Mr Zuma's close associate Schabir Shaik found guilty of fraud and corruption in connection with a $4.8bn arms deal.

Judge Hilary Squires said there was evidence of "a mutually beneficial symbiosis" and that payments by Shaik to Mr Zuma "can only have generated a sense of obligation in the recipient".

June 2005

Sacked by President Thabo Mbeki as South Africa's deputy president after an outcry over Shaik's conviction.

October 2005

Charged with corruption.

Weeks later the HIV-positive daughter of a family friend accuses him of rape.

December 2005

Charged with rape.

February 2006

Mr Zuma goes on trial for rape. He denied the charges.

April 2006

Acquitted of rape.

But criticised in the press for his remarks about sex:

  • that he knew she wanted to have sex with him because she was wearing a short traditional wrap-around
  • that it was against his Zulu culture to turn down a woman
  • and that he did not use a condom but took a shower to "protect" against HIV infection.

At the time, he was head of South Africa's Aids council.

May 2006

ANC votes to reinstate him in his party duties.

September 2006

His corruption trial is struck from the court list when the prosecution asks for yet another delay to gather evidence.

November 2007

The court of appeal opens the way for charges to be brought again when it rules that the seizure by police of incriminating documents from his home and office was legal.

December 2007

ANC elects him as party president ahead of Mr Mbeki in a bitter contest, making him favourite to become South Africa's next president after elections due in 2009.

Ten days later prosecutors bring new charges of corruption, racketeering and tax evasion

June 2008

Mr Zuma files papers to have his prosecution declared invalid and unconstitutional.

He reveals that if the application fails he would bring a second application for a permanent stay of prosecution.

12 September 2008

Judge Chris Nicholson declares that the prosecution was invalid and throws out the charges on a legal technicality, stressing this has no bearing on Mr Zuma's guilt or otherwise.

He says there was evidence of political influence.

Five days later, the National Prosecuting Authority says it will appeal, sparking fury within the ANC.

The ANC then forces Mr Mbeki to resign as president.

A shit-hole, by any other name...

... would smell like shit.

We lucky Gautengers have a provincial minister of health in the form of comrade Brian Hlongwa. What a surprise! I didn't know we had such things - provincial ministers of health that is, not comrades.

And comrade Brian has been a busy, busy little bee, determined to make a big difference in the sphere of provincial healthcare. But like his comrades in higher office, Brian, though ever willing, is regrettably unable; super keen but mentally castrated - you get the picture. And true to form he has discovered the tried and tested method of hiding gross ineptitude: by renaming stuff!

Indeed, neither over-irked by newborns in cardboard boxes nor much perturbed by the AIDS pandemic (what pandemic?), comrade Brian has spent a year deliberating new names for three Gauteng hospitals, and I quote: "...a lengthy and exhaustive process has been followed since August 2007 to enable the name changes. These are needed to allow a clean break with a past that no right-minded person can be proud of."

So instead of the Pretoria Academic Hospital, repleat with staff 'challenges', wards overrun with dying AIDS patients and a severely anorexic budget, we now have the proud Steve Biko Academic Hospital, with staff 'challenges', wards overrun with dying AIDS patients and a severely anorexic budget.

Similarly, the Coronation Hospital in Johannesburg will become the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, while the Johannesburg General Hospital is to be renamed the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

Fuckin' brilliant, Brian! Just three more official name changes and you'll be in line for provincial premier!
I'm sure every emaciated, wide-eyed TB patient will feel such pride welling within their diseased chests that they will die content in these re-labeled former healthcare institutions, oblivious to the treatment they could have and should have had.

from Verbal Enema

Springbok raus

from SAS

What a farce sport, and especially rugby is in South Africa. It's become de rigeur for the flat nosed, slope-headed ANC baboons to dredge up the 'Springbok emblem' saga at least once a year. Since SA capitulated to the Marxist terrorist gang currently in government, everything and anything dear to White South Africans has been trampled and pissed upon by these vengeful, envious and spiteful race of lowlife apes. Our heroes, our culture, our symbols - everything which represents White achievement (and thus by extension - black inferiority) has been destroyed.

Except for the Springbok rugby emblem. Prior to 1994, all national teams aspired to "Springbok colours" which was the highest sporting honour one could hope to obtain. Since we morphed into the banana republic of Arsezania, all national teams dropped the Springbok as symbol, and became "Proteas". The Springbok was a symbol of oppression and evil White supremacy, and every time a shit skin gazed upon this terrible symbol, he/she dissolved in a pathetic heap of victimhood. The green & gold emblazoned visage of a prancing antelope is to your garden variety bush bunny coon the equivalent emotional distress say of Cohen or Shapiro gazing upon the swastika.

Jungle bunny Butana Kompela, ANC apparatchik who ten years ago worked in my garden and is now occupying some lofty but completely meaningless position as government sports interferer insists that the Springbok is a symbol of racist White supremacy - his actual words to the sports minister were: "Minister, I want you to observe the arrogance of white people on the Springbok emblem".

Consider this unbelievable, hateful statement of this dumb worthless idiot in context to the last year in SA sport - the (black) soccer team is the world's laughing stock. Our Olympic team plumbed the depths of incompetence and redefined the unbelievably low levels these hapless clowns could possibly plunge to. The ONLY team who managed to pull off a magnificent victory is now excoriated, slandered and victimised - for their excellence and brilliant achievement. What's different about this team, you wonder? Well, they are mostly WHITE. If anything, this really goes to show the heart and soul of the communist AfroNazi spirit - envious, spiteful, resentful losers who can only destroy, break and fuck up.

Only two major national teams are exempt from wearing a faggotty bloody flower as emblem - the predominantly black national disgrace masquerading as a soccer team, who has no discernible identity except for the "Bafana Bafana / Banana Banana" appellation, and excels in constantly plummeting to new lows in international rankings (85'th position as of last week) and The mainly White Springbok rugby team, who in spite of incredible odds & ANC hostility (the banana-munching regime boons even threatened to withhold passports to travel to France, because there were "too many White players" won the World Cup last year. Tarboy Mbeggi inveigled his worthless black arse into the proceedings by sneaking onto the field and was joyfully held aloft by the black arse-kissing players, who were later seen preening around that old terrorist Nelson Mandela holding their fists aloft in a sickening black power salute to their own demise.

Victorious coach Jake White, who had to suffer endless harassment, interference and impediments created by the vicious, petty, small-minded White-hating regime chiefs was even bullied into including race traitor white boy Luke Watson into the national team. Watson's ONLY claim to fame is that his cheeky daddy had a big mouth, hated Apartheid and so loved the boons that he would have sacrificed His Only Beloved Son for them. Which he did. Except that sonny boy Luke is a piss-poor underachiever and rank amateur - a joke and a massive liability for any team to have around as anything but a dirty jock collector and beer gopher. So Jake White told Watson to fuck off, and managed to win the World Cup.

Amidst all the latest brou-haha of retaining / banning the Springbok emblem, comes the Watson wanker and tells all of his desire to do a flag-burning equivalent of "kotching on the Springbok rugby jersey" and mouthing off over "those fucking dutchmen who run SA rugby".

I personally wish that the death of the Springboks is hastened. Not only is the issue of the Bok symbol hauled out of the cupboard EVERY year to club & beat Whitey into submission, it is also a tool with which to distract Whites while their gooses are being cooked for them. The sooner we quit screwing around watching sports matches, and focus instead on the genocide being perpetrated upon us, the better. But I fear it is too late in any case.

Johannesburg - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has greeted with shock statements attributed to Luke Watson regarding South African rugby, his Springbok teammates and the national jersey.

SARU has called an urgent meeting on Monday to determine the accuracy of the reports with Western Province, the player’s contracting union, and the University of Cape Town Rugby Club, where the statements were said to have been made.

SA Rugby’s manager of national teams and acting managing director, Andy Marinos said that if the reports were accurate, it was a very serious matter.

He said: “We can’t pre-judge the matter on the strength of media reports and we can make no definitive statement until we have in our hands what evidence there may be.

Marinos said a further statement would be issued following the meeting with Western Province and UCT.

Rapport newspaper reported on Sunday that Watson had said he'd wanted to vomit on his Springbok jersey.

Equality Court
Afriforum meanwhile said it had sent a letter to both Watson and the chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport, Butana Komphela.

The CEO of Afriforum, Kallie Kriel, said in the letter they demanded that Watson withdrew his statement that the problem with SA rugby was “that it is controlled by Dutchmen".

Afriforum said that if Watson refused to withdraw his statement, it intended having him summoned to the Equality Court on charges of hate speech.

Watson allegedly made his hurtful statements regarding Afrikaners when he appeared as a guest speaker at the Umbumbo Rugby Festival at the University of Cape Town on 3 October 2008.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Secret Paramilitary camps: training for Uhuru?

from SAS blog, quite shocking indeed


The past year has seen a chilling new phenomenon rear its head in Azania - secret paramilitary camps jumping up in a number of places. A few weeks ago this blog reported on a training camp supposedly run by the Inkatha Freedom Party being shut down, and 300 of the "trainees" getting arrested.

Just over a year ago, it came to light that a group of approximately one thousand black men had massed on a farm adjacent to the SA / Swaziland border. The alarmed White farmer summoned the police, who investigated. The group told the cops they were former ANC & PAC terrorists who were waiting to be led to a military training camp based in Swaziland. No follow-up was ever reported on this rather sinister story.

Yesterday, fresh reports have come to light of yet another training camp in Northern Natal - this time it would seem the camp is run by the ANC. Interestingly, this camp has not been shut down, nor has anyone (police, army) intervened, in spite of an IFP leader blowing the whistle to cops.

ANC provincial secretary Seno Mchunu has issued the usual denials, stating that although trainees in this latest camp are claiming allegiance to the ANC, they are in fact not ANC members. He further said that he had visited the camp in March 2007, finding that "someone" was recruiting and training these blacks, but he had "no idea" who, or why...
What is quite intriguing is that Mchunu had actually visited this camp as long as eighteen months ago, yet no attempt whatsoever has been made to shut it down or investigate such a flagrant breach of, and threat to state security. This is in stark contrast to the hurried intervention in the case of the IFP camp.

This raises a host of questions...why is the ANC, who happens to be SA's current government, secretly training black men in clandestine camps? To a degree, one can understand the IFP doing this - prior to 1994 there was much cooperation between the AWB and IFP, including the provision of arms and training to resist the ANC, all leading to ferocious "Third Force" fighting in Natal and elsewhere. However the IFP is not in government, nor do they control the SA Armed Forces as the ANC does.

One thing is crystal clear - had this been a reactionary White AWB style camp, it would have been shut down with indecent haste, the recruiters, trainees and financiers summarily arrested and charged with treason, along with a media circus trumpeting the evils of racist & subversive Whites wanting to "drag SA back to White hegemony"...
Could this possibly be the source of all those cash heist operatives, ATM bombers and other paramilitary groups who regularly attack entire shopping malls, banks and supermarkets? Or are there even more sinister issues afoot?

Considering the role played by clandestine militias in Zimboonia, such as the "Green Bombers" and other ragtag murderous bandits employed with great success by the Mugarbage regime against White farmers, business owners and the MDC, and read together with recent developments in SA where the ultra-left communists under Zuma have staged a bloodless coup d'etat, could it be a blueprint for a Zim style land grab, or worse, preparation for a civil war in the fashion of a populist class & race revolution?

Africa has a long and dark history of warlordism, and virtually every country which obtained self-rule from their former colonisers have regressed into factions fighting one another in a wild Mad Max style anarchic bloodbath. South Africa in particular (with its history of extreme racial animus) has often been the subject of conspiracy theorists darkly warning that the race war which is to befall it will make other conflicts seem mild and insignificant. "Uhuru" and "Night Of The Long Knives" are centrepieces of these seemingly wild and inflammatory theories.
While we on this blog cannot vouch for the veracity of these doomsday outcomes, it is troubling in the extreme that a growing body of circumstantial evidence is presenting itself. Why is the government of South Africa turning a blind eye to training camps ostensibly run by the ruling party? For what eventuality, "black ops" or "grand plan" are these men being trained, that the regular armed forces and police cannot be employed? Worrying stuff indeed folks. All we can say is, either get out while you still can, or else keep your guns oiled and stock up on ammo...who knows what the future might bring.

Parties angered over KZN camp
From IOL: Durban - Opposition political parties in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday strongly criticised the police's apparent inaction at closing down a paramilitary camp in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The camp, whose members are allegedly aligned with the African National Congress, is located near an abandoned youth rehabilitation centre in the Vuma area, about 15km west of Eshowe.

Details of the camp and what training was being undertaken were not immediately known, but IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango said he had told police about the camp last month.

"I have raised this with the provincial police commissioner last month and he has not responded. This group is doing exactly the same work as the Mlaba camp was alleged to be doing," said Mncwango.

"I am very disappointed with the manner in which police are acting. They are allowing themselves to be used as pawns for the ruling party and this is precisely what the apartheid government did - use the police for their own political ends."

He said members of the Mlaba camp were arrested because of their affiliation to the IFP.
"Yet police are turning a bind eye to this camp because they are affiliated to the ANC."

In August of 452 people were arrested at Camp Mlaba near the Hluhluwe-Mfolozi game reserve. The members of that camp, who were alleged to be affiliated with the Inkatha Freedom Party's former self-defence units, were charged for contravening the Criminal Law Second Amendment Act of 1992. It prohibits the training of people for "the conducting of any military, paramilitary or similar operation".

ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu said he was aware the camp, but denied allegations of ANC involvement.

"Even though those people are claiming to be ANC, they are not. We did not create that camp," he said.

Mchunu said he visited the camp in March last year.

"We found that somebody was training and recruiting these guys, but it was not the ANC. We also found that the vast majority of them did not qualify for the military, even though they claimed to be soldiers."

Mchunu said he had told people in the camp that the only way to join the military was to apply for military posts by filling out a form.

The Democratic Alliance's provincial caucus leader Roger Burrows said: "It's totally unacceptable that any military or paramilitary force connected to whichever political party is being trained.

"The MEC for Safety and Security Bheki Cele needs to immediately stamp down on this, close these camps and charge those involved. This must be seen to be fair, transparent, and open- handed."

He said that if Cele did not move to close the Vuma camp, it would suggest that "he is protecting his own political party".

Provincial police spokesperson Director Phindile Radebe said she could not immediately confirm whether provincial commissioner Hamilton Ngidi had been informed of the camp.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Rape victim raped again by doctor

A 19-year-old girl was gang-raped by four men and then allegedly raped again by the doctor who examined her, North West police said on Thursday.

Superintendent Kebaaka Metsi said the woman was allegedly raped in Madikwe on Wednesday and was taken to the Swartruggens hospital for examination.

"She was examined by one of the doctors and a nurse. It is then alleged that the doctor took the patient home.

"When the nurse enquired about the whereabouts of the girl she was told by the doctor that the girl took a taxi home," she said.

The matter was reported to the police who then visited the doctor at his home. Metsi said the girl was found hiding in a room in the doctor's house.

"She told police that the doctor raped her four times. Several condoms were found at the scene and all have been taken for forensic testing."

The doctor was charged with rape and is expected to appear in the Swartruggens magistrate's court on Friday. - Sapa

Millions missing from parks board


An explosive internal forensic report revealing widespread corruptionat the embattled Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal parks organisation could lead to extensive prosecutions inside the organisation.

Already the entire board, including KwaAmaZulu football club owner and sugar tycoon Patrick Sokhela, has been suspended because of the report.

The report on the affairs of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, by auditing firm Deloitte & Touche, follows an investigation ordered in November last year after the auditor general found that R22-million allocated for special wildlife projects was missing.

The Mail & Guardian understands that it has already led to a clean-up campaign inside Ezemvelo, with individuals named in the report told to pay up or face prosecution.

The report discovered massive conflicts of interests regarding tenders in Ezemvelo, some relating to board members. It also found evidence of inflated travel claims and failure to disclose business interests.
It is understood that the board comes in for heavy criticism for, among other things, voting to increase members’ annual salaries from about R140 000 to R800 000, despite Ezemvelo’s financial woes.

KwaZulu-Natal’s agriculture minister Mtholephi Mthimkulu suspended the board after the report was tabled at a hearing of the provincial legislature’s public accounts committee last month. The Scorpions were called in to conduct a criminal investigation.
But Sokhela and the four other board members -- Ilan Lax, Philani Shangase, Thulani Nkosi and Obed Shange -- are fighting back. Last week they lodged an urgent application in the Pietermaritzburg High Court to have their suspension overturned.

They argued that the decision to suspend them was unlawful and should be declared void. They said that there was “no duty” on them as board members “to disclose each and every interest that they have”.

The case was adjourned to October 9, but Judge Anton van Zyl ordered Mthimkulu to show why the suspensions should not be set aside. In addition to the board members the report is understood to implicate 47 employees -- three at executive level and 25 at management level -- in misconduct.

Mthimkulu’s spokesperson, Khulekani Ntshangase, defended the decision to keep the report confidential. “It is not prudent to release a report that contains serious allegations against people, splashing their names across the headlines,” he said. “We would rather investigate and conclude before we go public.

“We have put [together] an interim team to administer this entity,” Ntshangase said. “We are looking at finding a suitable chief executive who will help us have clean financial statements coupled with productivity.”

Ntshangase said one employee has already been prosecuted and given a suspended sentence and fine. He also has to repay misappropriated funds.
Another 47 individuals accused of minor crimes will be compelled to reimburse the money they fraudulently took, he said. Five others are subject to criminal investigations, while another had to reimburse Ezemvelo about R180 000.

When he suspended the board Mthimkulu told reporters that “with their suspension they have been given the opportunity to clear themselves”.

Referring to their court action, Ntshangase said board members should not delay the process if they have nothing to hide.

At the time the investigation was ordered Sokhela dismissed the missing R22-million, saying that “it was just not recorded on the annual financial statement”.

He said the money was meant for projects relating to poverty alleviation, nature conservation and alien-plant eradication and that the board had always accounted for such projects separately from Ezemvelo.

Sokhela did not respond to messages sent to his cellphone by the M&G.

In addition Ezemvelo chief executive Khulani Mkhize has been on “special leave” since June, after he allegedly crashed a hired rental van during a tour to Tembe Elephant Park.

This is not the first time Sokhela has been linked to irregularities in a state institution. Earlier this year it emerged that he had not serviced his R800-million loan from the Land Bank, which wanted to call in the loan.

Last year the Johannesburg High Court ordered him pay a debt of R23,2-million to Dynamos soccer club boss Pat Malabela, whom he had bought out to elevate his team to the Premier Soccer League.

Some of his cars and furniture were seized in the process.