Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Intruders attack elderly man in his home

Ingrid Oellermann

May 28 2007 at 08:43AM

A 76-year-old Richmond man, Douglas Creighton-Jones, was admitted to hospital in a stable condition on Sunday morning after suffering injuries to his forehead, face and arm when he surprised two intruders in his home.

South African Police Service spokesperson Joshua Gwala said that a "blunt object" could have been used to inflict the injuries on Creighton-Jones.

He said the elderly man had returned to his home - situated on Aloe Corner farm in Richmond - at about 10am after visiting the local police station to report a break-in at his shed, when the incident happened.

"When he entered the house he was confronted by two men who had got inside while he was out at the police station. They forced open a bedroom window to gain entry," said Gwala.

He said the intruders had attacked Creighton-Jones, leaving him lying injured on the kitchen floor.

The house had been ransacked, but it was not immediately apparent whether anything was missing.

The injured man had eventually managed to telephone his son, Chris, for help. Creighton-Jones's wife had been attending a church service when he was attacked.

Police had not yet made any arrests.

This article was originally published on page 4 of The Mercury on May 28, 2007

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070528024414992C905622

Top cop's son gunned down



Robbed: Ben Malan, son of a senior Pretoria police officer, has been gunned down while trying to fend off a gang of heavily armed robbers.Photo: Eteinne Creux, Pretoria News

Graeme Hosken

May 29 2007 at 04:35AM

The son of a senior Pretoria police officer was gunned down while trying to fend off a gang of heavily armed robbers breaking into his home.

Ben Malan, 21, a third-year mechanical engineering student at Pretoria University, was shot in the chest when he charged into his bedroom. This was moments after his killers hurled a chair through a window into his room in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The gunmen fled empty-handed after his father, Director Jacques Malan, ran into his bedroom and found them standing near his dying son.

Malan had been upstairs in the bathroom of his family's Lynnwood Ridge home when his killers launched their attack.

'I heard a loud smash and glass shattering from Ben's room'

Malan senior had been working on his computer in the study when he heard his son walk to the bathroom.

A distraught Malan, who works at the SAPS logistics department, said they were devastated over their loss.

"As I was working I heard a loud smash and glass shattering from Ben's room. By the time I ran out of the room Ben was already in his room.

"As I reached his bedroom the shooting had stopped," said Malan.

He charged into the bedroom, but Malan was unable to find his son.

'I cannot believe it'

"As I ran to the window I saw two of the gunmen standing outside. When I tried to hit one of them with my walking stick they ran off.

"It was then that I saw Ben trying to push himself up," he said. It appeared as though his son had thrown himself at the attackers.

Jumping through the broken window to go to his son's aid, Malan watched helplessly as Ben lost consciousness in front of him.

Together with a neighbour Malan carried his son in a blanket to a car before driving off to Wilgers Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

"It was just too late, just too late.

"I cannot believe it," said Malan while comforting his wife, Marita, and daughter, Christine.

Both Malan and his wife said their son was someone who loved life and lived every day to its fullest.

"He loved the outdoors and playing sport. He was good at everything he did and was extremely competitive," said Malan.

The family was battling to come to terms with what had happened.

Describing her brother, Christine said his love in life were his friends and sports.

"He loved the outdoors and playing sports and would always go out to win. It drove his friends mad, but they still loved him," she said, fighting back tears.

Pretoria police spokesperson Inspector Paul Ramaloko confirmed the murder. He said no arrests had been made.

A memorial service will be held for Malan at the NG Gemeente Kerk in Cussonia Street in Skuilkrans on Saturday at 11am.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on May 29, 2007

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070529024648730C698471

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Rowers brand hoeweman se hande met strykyster

May 23 2007 09:07:45:227PM - (SA)

Linda de Beer

Rustenburg. – ’n Hoewebewoner van die Kroondal-omgewing se hande is met ’n strykyster gebrand toe hy oorval is terwyl hy Maandagaand sy motor geparkeer het.

Mnr. Johan Willem Senekal (69) van die Dinie Es- tates-kleinhoewes is deur vier gewapende aanvallers by sy huis ingedwing. Sy hande is vasgebind voordat dit met die strykyster gebrand is, het kapt. Elsabé Augoustides, polisiewoordvoerder, gesê.

Die rowers het met elektroniese toebehore uit Senekal se huis gevlug. Twee is in sy Toyota Land Cruiser vort, terwyl die ander twee vermoedelik in ’n Nissan Sentra gevlug het, het Augoustides gesê. Senekal het daarin geslaag om hom los te woel en hulp te ontbied.

Die Toyota is in die Kommandonek-omgewing opgespoor en lede van die Hartbeespoortdam-polisie se uniformtak het dit gevolg. Daar is op die polisie geskiet en hulle het teruggeskiet. Die bestuurder is in die linkerskouer gewond, terwyl die tweede verdagte weggehardloop het.

Die hoewe waar Senekal aangeval is, is glo skaars ’n kilometer van waar mnr. Hugo Wenhold (55) op 11 Mei geskiet is toe sewe gewapende mans hom en sy gesin aangeval het.

Dr. Paul Swart, DA-raadslid en inwoner van Kroondal, het aan Alta Snyman gesê die inwoners van dié omgewing is radeloos oor die toename in misdaad.

“My werkers het selfone vir hul veiligheid. Ek betaal een werker elke Sondag R50 om in my huis te sit terwyl ons in die kerk is, sodat daar iemand is wat ’n noodknoppie kan druk as daar moeilikheid is.”

Mnr. Herman Bals, lid van Rustenburg se gemeenskapspolisiëringsforum en oudkommandolid, het gesê misdaad het toegeneem sedert die kommando ontbind is. Min oudlede het nog as polisiereserviste aangesluit.

Enigiemand met inligting oor die aanval kan insp. Gys Coetzee van die Hartbeespoortdam-speurtak by 073 181 5907 bel.

Bron:News24/Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2118185,00.html

Verklaring vanaf Gustav Müller 15 Mei 2007

Dit is met groot dankbaarheid teenoor ons Hemelse Vader dat ons Suidlanders nog die genade (tyd) ontvang het om hierdie verklaring uit te reik, moontlik een van die laastes indien nie die laaste nie. Daar is baie nuwe inligting wat die bedreiging nog meer uitlig. Britte wat aktiwiteite in Durban en Suid-Wes Afrika het - verskeie paaie wat landswyd op `n daaglikse basis afgeblok word - stakings wat kwaai toegeneem het en dreig om hand uit te ruk - die media wat baie geheimsinnig is rondom al die toestande in Suid-Afrika - uitlatings wat daagliks geuiter word (haatspraak) rakende "die dag", en vele ander wat geklassifiseer is.

Rondom die "groen lig" (vra maar vir gewese Springbok wêreld rugby beker kaptein.... waarom kry hy nie sy seun se peetpa in die hande nie, op `n selfoon nr. wat hy al sedert 1995 het?) vir nasionale optrede, is spanning besig om daagliks toe te neem. A.g.v baie redenasies uitlatings en klipgooiery in die verlede oor akurate inligting wat deur ons vrygestel is (slegs om die volk te waarsku sodat hul nie onverhoeds betrap wou word nie) het ons besluit om D.V.D nr 3 (wat geweldig baie inligting en bewyse bevat) vir eers terug te hou tot wanneer nodig en eerder te fokus op dit waartoe ons geroep is, ons volk tot hulp te wees sover menslik moontlik ten tye van nood. Moet asseblief nie toelaat dat die laaste 2 maande se argumente u uitkyk op die bedreiging verydel nie.

Die positiewe reaksie wat ons egter uit hierdie gebeure van die afgelope maande ontvang het, het tot gevolg gehdad dat ons noodgedwonge nuwe bykomende "veiligheidsplase" landswyd moes identifiseer (sommige van hierdie punte maak gereed vir tot 5000 en baie ander kleiner groepies.) Daar is kontakpersone landswyd ( Noord Tvl, Oos Tvl, Sentraal Tvl, Suid Tvl, OVS, Natal, Sentraal Kaap, Noord Kaap, Suid Kaap, Oos Kaap en Wes Kaap) maar u moet asb deur Stefan by Web adres suidlanders@gmail.com te werk gaan. Ons vra ook dat mense wat plase beskikbaar wil stel vir hierdie goeie saak ook asb met Stefan in verbinding sal tree. Aangeheg by hierdie verklaring sal u ook `n mini-gemeenskapsplan vind wat vir elke groep of groepie tot groot hulp sal wees, want u gaan u self in `n " mini- gemeenskaps" situasie bevind, vir minstens drie maande voordat die toestand moontlik kan stabiliseer. Heilbron is steeds daar vir enige iemand wat op D-dag nog nie ingeskakel het by enige ander streek nie. Ons doen egter `n beroep op elke groep landswyd om `n afgevaardigde na Heilbron te stuur, sodat ons daardie oorkoepelende kommunikasie tot stand kan bring, om sodoende landswyd te weet wat die welstand van ons mense is, en ook om aan u terug te kan kommunikeer.

Suidlanders doen hiermee `n beroep op mede volksgenote om `n gebeds-saak te maak van elke besluit waarvoor u te staan kom, want met `n antwoord van Bo kan u nie verkeerd gaan nie en kan u sonder twyfel en vrees in geloof optree. Koning Dawid het gesê " Met God aan my sy loop ek `n bende storm."

Die Suidlanders, wil graag opreg hul dank betuig teenoor diegene wat so `n positiewe bydra lewer tot hierdie Volksaak.

By Voorbaat Dankie

Suidland Groete
Gustav Müller

Ons leuse: "Knegte van die Allerhoogste teen die hele wêreld vry."

Oorsprong: Suidlander (http://suidlanders.googlepages.com)
http://suidlanders.googlepages.com/verklaringvanafgustavmüller15mei2007

Monday, 21 May 2007

Elderly pair in 'barbaric' attack

20/05/2007 20:40 - (SA)

Marenet Jordaan

Benoni - An elderly East Rand man has developed gangrene in his hands after lying tied up in his home for 40 hours while attackers ransacked it twice.

His wife died on her bed during the "barbaric house assault" by the three men last Tuesday.

The men pounced on Ted Broome, 81, while he was watering his plants and filling the birdbath in his garden in Atlasville, Benoni, said his son John Broome. They forced him into his house, and began attacking him and his wife Norma.

Broome said the men tied his parents' hands behind their backs, before kicking and punching them.

The attackers left them tied up after ransacking their home.

Dave Protter, the general manager of CMS Response and Rescue, said the attackers returned on Wednesday night and continued the attack on the couple, without untying their hands.

Norma Broome died during the extended attack, while her husband's shoulder was dislocated and he sustained multiple fractures.

Robbers wanted money and firearms

John Broome said the neat home that his parents had lived in for 30 years was trashed, but the robbers made off with no more than "a few pieces of antique jewellery and a cellphone".

John heard from his traumatised father that the men demanded "money and firearms".

The attack was only discovered when the neighbours delivered a newspaper at their home the following morning, as usual, and saw the previous day's paper lying untouched in front of the door.

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the back door was wide open, and Broome was lying in his passage with his hands tied tightly behind his back. "His hands were swollen to three times their normal size," she said.

Norma lay on the bed in the couple's bedroom. "I could see she had already died. She was ice cold."

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2116226,00.html

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Task team to probe farm attacks

19/05/2007 19:22 - (SA)

Rustenburg - North West police set up a task team to investigate farm attacks in the Rustenburg area after two farmworkers and two farmers were attacked in three incidents.

Inspector Erica Roos said four armed men robbed two farmworkers of cellphones and money on Wednesday in Donkerhoek near Rustenburg.

"One was shot in the leg and the other one was shot in the buttocks," she said.

The two men were admitted to the Rustenburg Provincial hospital.

The incident occurred five days after a farmer was killed and another injured at their farms in Marikana outside Rustenburg.

Roos said Willie Potgieter, 53, was shot dead at his farm on May 12 and his vehicle was stolen.

Hugo Wenhold was injured when suspects attacked him on May 11 at his farm about 30km from Potgieter's farm, she said.

Potgieter's vehicle was found abandoned near Pretoria on Wednesday.

Roos said there was no information to link the attacks.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2115986,00.html

Monday, 14 May 2007

Woman Tortured to Death with Boiling Water

Date Posted: Sunday 13-May-2007
[Crime in South Africa's cities is becoming ever more violent. We were warned of this in January of 2007 by some experts.

[Pic] S.Africa: Farm Attacks in Cities - 10,000+ attacks in 1 year

The horrific story below is testimony to the criminals becoming bolder. That is of course because the Govt is so soft on them. Jan]

Take a look at this horrific story below.

This is a photo of Sandy Staats who died from complications caused by having boiling water continuously poured on her body by criminals.



Source: Northcliff Melville Times
Date: 11 May 2007

Source: African Crisis - http://www.africancrisis.co.za
http://www.africancrisis.co.za/Article.php?ID=13125&

Gang strikes twice at farms

14/05/2007 09:39 - (SA)

Beeld

Rustenburg - A father was killed in cold blood and a businessman wounded after a gang of farm attackers hit twice within a few kilometres in the North West Province on Saturday.

Willie Potgieter, 43, was killed with a single shot on his smallholding near Marikana in the Rustenburg area on Saturday.

His wife Marieta found her husband's body in the lapa.

A special task team from North West police were still searching for clues at this farm and on another farm about 24km from it where another farm attack had taken place on Friday.

Police spokesperson captain Elsabe Augoustudes said the attacks were probably related.

Hugo Wenhold, 53, narrowly escaped death after what was suspected to be the same gang fired several shots at him.

'Pure grace'

One of the bullets grazed his head and another penetrated his liver.

Sandra Wenhold, 44, said on Sunday her husband was in stable condition in Unitas Hospital in Centurion.

He was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

"It was pure grace," she said. "God held his hand over us."

The gang of seven men surprised the Wenholds and Arnold Theron, 22, their daughter Benita's fiancee, about 19:00 while they were in the bar area of their house on the Buxtehude Estate in the Kroondal district.

The suspects simply walked in through an open sliding door.

Wenhold started strugling with one of the robbers and was shot in the side. He immediately collapsed.

Mrs Wenhold ran around the bar in an effort to flee through another sliding door to get help. One of the suspects pursued her, but she hit him in the face with a bottle and managed to escape outside.

Theron ran through the kitchen and smashed into a closed sliding door. One of the suspects followed him and forced him to the dining room.

Benita locked herself into a bedroom and pressed a panic button when she heard the anguished shouts and shots.

Son tied up

"We suspect Hugo crept to the dining room in an effort to reach the guns."

Another struggle broke out when Wenhold told Theron "Donder die ding" (Hit the thing) while one of the robbers held a firearm to Theron's head.

Theron was forced down onto the floor next to Wenhold. One of the robbers fired another shot at Wenhold, but the bullet just grazed him.

The robbers, who were on their way outside with Theron in order to steal vehicles, fled when the tenant of a flat on the premises came to Mrs Wenhold's aid.

After the attack the family found that their son Heinrich had been overpowered and tied up in a flat on the premises.

The robbers fled with a laptop computer, several cellphones and handbags.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2112978,00.html

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Mugabe, Mbeki, Maliki: They’re Our Boys

By Ilana Mercer.

“Zimbabwe’s Opposition Leader Is Seized,” blared the New York Times. “Zimbabwe's police have launched a new crackdown on the opposition,” the BBC chimed, decrying the arrest of Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change, and the stepped-up “campaign of violence and intimidation undertaken by the Mugabe government in recent days.” Earlier this month the unfortunate Tsvangirai and other opposition politicians were beaten in police custody.

Politicians and pundits alike, in policy papers and assorted disquisitions (including a State Department Human Rights Report), expound on the tragic tribulations of Zimbabwe. They use strong language and active verbs to implicate Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party henchmen for banning political protest, suppressing “freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, and academic freedom,” rigging elections, rounding up and torturing opposition leaders, to say nothing of detaining them without trial; displacing over 700,000 people by turning them out of their shanties; seizing the commercial white-owned farms which fed the country and generated its exports, causing widespread starvation, and making Zimbabwe aid dependent.

Mind you, the commentariat hasn’t protested the evils of property confiscation so much as it has bemoaned the fact that the land ended up in the hands of Mugabe's cronies, rather than being redistributed “fairly” to all black Zimbabweans. The process “lacked transparency,” one pointy-head complained, as though theft, transparent or clandestine, is ever aboveboard.

Mugabe, we are told, instituted a Soviet style command economy. He nationalized large sectors of the economy and fixed prices. His actions killed off the little economic activity still taking place. As the economy contracted, he continued to promiscuously print money. The result: hyperinflation approaching 2000 percent and predicted by the International Monetary Fund to reach 4,278.8 percent this year. The infrastructure is collapsing. The smell of sewerage hanging over Harare is more than metaphoric—the treatment facilities, like the grid, are not maintained.

At some point in the reams of repudiations and recommendations American writers issue authoritatively about Zimbabwe, they shift mysteriously to the passive voice. Allusions are made to a Zimbabwe where all was sweetness and light. One is told that once-upon-a-time, this helter skelter of a country used to export food. That not so long ago, life expectancy, now 33 years, was 60 years; that in that bygone era, unemployment, now over 80 percent, was extremely low; that Zimbabwe had the “best health care system in Africa,” and the highest literacy rates.

Mugabe reversed all this. That much we know. But who was the Prince among Men responsible for the good times? We are never told. The phantom was Ian Smith, prime minister of Rhodesia, RIP. Smith was ostracized by the international community which refused to recognize his minority rule, and treated him like it treated Saddam Hussein, with boycotts and sanctions. The British would not rest until Smith ceded power. When Mugabe was elected Leader for Life in 1980, he celebrated the West’s stupidity by committing his first major massacre in 1983. While Dr. Robert Mugabe was eliminating 20,000 innocent Ndebele in Matabeleland, his pals in the US were busy bestowing on him honorary doctorates. By the time the Queen of England knighted Sir Robert Mugabe in 1994, he had already done his “best” work.

Yes, Mugabe is plenty cruel. Always has been. At least as cruel as the Iraqi Shiite security forces we’re training and sponsoring, which double up as death squads in their spare time. The “humanitarian disaster” of their making—and ours—is everywhere apparent in Sunni neighborhoods.

The American Founders may have attempted to forestall democracy by devising a republic. Contemporary Americans, however, refused to rest until South Africa too became a democracy. It’s a funny thing, then, that President Thabo Mbeki hardly ever protests Mugabe’s undemocratic antics. But then Mbeki himself is extremely busy—busy implementing a slow-motion version of Mugabe’s program. As columnist Andrew Kenny has observed:

In South Africa, the main instrument of transformation is Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). This requires whites to hand over big chunks of the ownership of companies to blacks and to surrender top jobs to them. Almost all the blacks so enriched belong to a small elite connected to the ANC. BEE is already happening to mines, banks and factories. In other words, a peaceful Mugabe-like programme is already in progress in South Africa.

“Peaceful” is not the right word. The career criminals pillaging, raping and massacring their way across South Africa are certainly in the same league as the Iraqi Shiite death squads and the Zimbabwean state terrorists. My point? Mbeki (South Africa), Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Maliki (Iraq): they’re our boys. We put them there.

The US’s policy toward Rhodesia was slightly more nuanced, given that it equated African majority rule with Marxism. But once Jimmy Carter came to power, Marxism was no longer an impediment to mobocracy. The US joined the UN, Britain and the rest of the international community in a commitment to ensconce that sexy freedom fighter, Mugabe. The rest is history—as is post-colonial Africa.

The peanut gallery’s messiah du jour is Morgan Tsvangirai of the Zimbabwean Opposition Party. They delude themselves that if not for the megalomania of one man—Mugabe—freedom would have flourished in Zimbabwe, as it has in the rest of Africa.

Source: www.ilanamercer.com
http://www.ilanamercer.com/MugabeMbekiMalikiTheyreOurBoys.htm
More articles by Ilana Mercer: http://mercer.dienuwesuidafrika.com

Man gets life for rape, murders

May 11 2007 at 06:01PM

A Winterveld man involved in a series of murders, rapes, housebreaking and robberies in the Lyttelton area, was sentenced to three life terms by the Pretoria High Court on Friday.

Judge Francis Legodi sentenced vegetable hawker Steve Motsweni Motlou, 32, to three life terms and 84 years imprisonment (which will all run concurrently) on two charges of murder.

Other charges against Motlou included a rape charge, six charges of housebreaking with the intent to steal and four of housebreaking with the intent to rob.

Up until the end Motlou insisted that he was innocent, had nothing to do with any of the incidents and that the police had framed him by planting his fingerprints and DNA at the ten crime scenes.

Motlou - a father of four children with a long list of previous convictions - was part of a gang that terrorised Lyttelton and Eldoraigne residents between 1995 and 2005, breaking into a series of houses and progressively becoming more violent.

In the process, several houses were burgled, two women were gang-raped and robbed and two young friends, Eugene van Rooyen and Krappies Rossouw, were shot dead.

The court earlier heard how the seriously wounded van Rooyen, who had been shot in the face, had begged neighbours to help him. Van Rooyen died in hospital ten days later.

His friend Rossouw died inside their house where he was shot.

Motlou was acquitted on one of the rape charges because of a lack of direct evidence against him, although he was convicted on a charge of breaking into the home and robbing the rape victim and her husband of their car and other items.

The woman earlier told the court how two of the intruders had first tried to force her husband to have sex with her and when he could not, raped her in turn with one of the robbers forcing her to say: "fuck me, please fuck me" while he violated her.

Judge Legodi said he had no doubt that the woman had gone through the terrible and horrible ordeal of being raped in front of her husband, but there was not enough evidence to support a finding that Motlou - although inside the house - had been one of her rapists.

Motlou was however convicted of a second rape charge as only two rapists had been in the room at the time and Motlou's DNA was found on a cigarette discovered inside the rape victim's bedroom.

The rape victim earlier testified in tears that she had repeatedly begged the two men who raped her in vain to use condoms.

Judge Legodi said she would for the rest of her life have to live with the thought that her rapists might have punished her with a death sentence of Aids.

The Judge said the victim had clearly been traumatised by the incident and still received counselling.

He said rape was a serious invasion of a person's privacy and society looked towards the courts to protect them against this type of crime, which was on the increase.

Sentencing Motlou to life imprisonment on the two murder charges, Judge Legodi said nothing could replace a life. He said it must have been very painful for the victims' families to loose their loved ones.

The Judge said Motlou had never taken the court into his confidence and even after his conviction failed to explain to the court why he had committed the crimes.

He said it was clear from Motlou's long list of previous convictions - which started when he was still a teenager - that he had since his school days planned that jail would be his home one day.

Family members of Van Rooyen wept while Judge Legodi was delivering judgement.

Van Rooyen's father, Hennie, said no punishment was good enough for the loss of his son.

Van Rooyen's mother, Anita, earlier told reporters she would never be able to forgive his murderers.

She was bitter about the fact that a man with such a long history of crime was allowed out on the streets so that he could kill and rape and blamed the legal system and police for her son's fate. - Sapa

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20070511175145922C887503

Obliterating the History of the Whites in South Africa

Geskryf deur Shaun Willcock

Donderdag, 10 Mei 2007

The ruling black Marxist African National Congress (ANC) is steadily and deliberately obliterating the history of English and Afrikaans South Africans.

This is seen, in a very practical way, in the recent countrywide “renaming” process. Most of South Africa’s cities and towns were planned, laid out, and built by English and Afrikaner South Africans – the two “white tribes”. It is not surprising, then, that the cities and streets and buildings were for the most part named after various white leaders and heroes of the past. Even so, however, South Africa has always had beautiful place names in the black languages as well. But this is not good enough for the ANC. They have embarked on a deliberate policy of what they call “transformation”: the process of “transforming” SA’s cities and towns by deliberately erasing the monuments to English and Afrikaans South Africans, renaming the cities, and renaming the streets after predominantly ANC terrorist “heroes” and others. The plan behind this is to obliterate the history of the whites in SA, to make it appear as if they never came to these shores and never accomplished anything.

Thus, for example, SA’s capital city, Pretoria, named after an Afrikaner leader, has been renamed “Tshwane”, after some black chief who, we are told, lived in the area long ago. The ANC likes to tell us that it is not Pretoria itself that has been renamed, but rather the entire “megacity”, which (according to the ANC’s new demarcations) includes Pretoria and various other towns and townships; but in practice, Pretoria is already being referred to as Tshwane by ANC leaders and the State-controlled SA Broadcasting Corporation. In this way, one of the world’s great capital cities has all but disappeared off the map. It is a deliberate slap in the face of Afrikaners, a huge number of whom still live in and around Pretoria.

And other cities and towns have had their names changed as well. Pietersburg became Polokwane, Stanger became KwaDukuza, and so on. And not only cities and towns. Dams, buildings, airports and streets have all been renamed. In Pietermaritzburg, for example, some nineteen streets were renamed, mainly after ANC revolutionary “heroes”. Johannesburg International Airport, the main gateway to South Africa, has been renamed “O.R. Tambo International Airport”, after the late ANC leader, a Marxist terrorist who oversaw the ANC from outside the country and directed its terror campaign against the State.

White South Africans are feeling like tourists in their own country, so rapid has been the “transformation”.

And the latest city to come under the assault of the Marxist re-writers of history is Durban, SA’s famous holiday destination and the busiest port city in Africa. But in Durban, the massive attempt at rewriting history in the ANC’s image has met with huge and angry opposition, from English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Indian South Africans. The sheer scale of the renaming process in this city, and also the kinds of people whose names are being attached to the streets and buildings, have the residents of Durban up in arms. In the words of the leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, Tony Leon, the choice of the new street names is “a rogue’s gallery of Third World revolutionaries”, which ruthlessly celebrates only one narrow version of the country’s history – the ANC’s version.

181 name changes have been proposed by the ANC-dominated city council! Most of them commemorate ANC “struggle activists” as they are called (their true name: terrorists), but in addition, the names of certain monstrous Marxists and terrorists from other countries are proposed. As John Steenhuisen, the opposition Democratic Alliance’s Metro caucus leader, said: “This ‘kick sand in your face’ kind of approach from the ANC cannot go unchallenged. They are using their majority in council as a blunt instrument to push their will and narrow party political interests.” He said there should be wider community participation instead of decisions being taken by officials behind closed doors. True – but this is of course ever the way of Communists.

As previously stated, it is not only English and Afrikaans South Africans who are incensed at the proposed name changes. Zulu supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) are up in arms over the plan to rename the Princess Magogo Stadium (named after the mother of IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi) after Dumisani Makhaye, a late ANC housing minister. It is also proposed that the Mangosuthu Highway, named after Buthelezi himself, be changed as well. This further enraged IFP supporters, who (rightly) said that only ANC “heroes” were being honoured.

Durban’s notorious Point Road, for decades a centre for prostitution and drugs, has been renamed Mahatma Gandhi Street. This has incensed many Indian residents of Durban, saying Gandhi’s name should not be associated with the most notorious road in the city.

The proposed new name for the Durban Metro police headquarters is Umkhonto weSizwe Building. Umkhonto weSizwe, known as MK, was the name of the ANC’s vicious armed wing during the years of its revolutionary terror campaign. It was the precise equivalent of the PLO, or the IRA. It was responsible for terrible terrorist atrocities throughout the country. For decades, conservative, anti-Communist South Africans warred against this evil organisation. But of course, the ANC is in power now, and MK was incorporated into the SA Defence Force. The Defence Force today, in fact, is MK, for all practical purposes.

Church Street, in the Durban CBD, could soon be renamed after Steve Biko, the Black Consciousness leader who died in prison. Another road that may bear his name is Umgeni Road. Or possibly the Botanic Gardens Road. Field Street could be renamed after Joe Slovo, a sinister leading light in the ANC before his death, believed to have been a KGB colonel. Old Fort Road may be named after the late Chris Hani, the leader of the SA Communist Party, a terrorist leader. Or otherwise, he might get North Coast Road, Parkhill, named after him, or even West Street, a major CBD street.

Smith Street, one of Durban’s most important central streets, may be renamed M.A. Adelaide Tambo Street. She was the wife of the ANC’s Oliver Tambo. Another road which may bear her name is Currie Road, Musgrave. The proposed change for Musgrave Road is to Walter Sisulu, one of the top ANC leaders and a fellow-terrorist with Nelson Mandela. And the famous Marine Parade may be renamed O.R. Tambo Marine Parade.

NMR Avenue (named after the Natal Mounted Rifles) has already been changed to Masabalala Yengwa Avenue.

The proposed new name for the Jan Smuts Highway, Dawncliffe (Smuts was one of SA’s Afrikaner prime ministers, and a world political figure in his time), is Denis Hurley Highway. Hurley was a Roman Catholic archbishop, based in Durban, and one of the top “liberation theologians” (“Catholic-Communists”) who used his considerable influence to throw support behind the ANC during its revolutionary campaign. It is also possible that Queen Street might be named after him instead.

Another leading “liberation theologian” was Beyers Naude – and Umhlanga Rocks Drive might be renamed after him.

Old Main Road, Hillcrest, could soon be renamed after Govan Mbeki, a terrorist comrade of Nelson Mandela and the father of SA’s present president, Thabo Mbeki. And the Durban City Hall, it is proposed, should be renamed the Madiba Building, after the name by which Nelson Mandela is well known.

Then too, there is the plan to rename Edwin Swales VC Drive after one Solomon Mahlangu. Who was Edwin Swales? Was he a Nazi-like white racist, as the ANC loves to portray all whites, past and present, in this country? No. He was white, yes, and he was one of only three South Africans to be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War Two, a war fought against Nazism. But the recognition given to white South Africans is the very thing the ANC wants to wipe out.

A somewhat amusing name change, providing a bit of comic relief in the midst of all this, is that proposed for Cowey Road. The proposed new name is Problem Mkhize Road. Mkhize was a former MK commander. In SA, people understand that many blacks are given such names at birth, often according to something that happened during or shortly after the birth, and the man could not help having the name his parents gave him; but to any foreigner, unaware of this, a road named “Problem Mkhize” will be extremely amusing – and bewildering.

These name changes are all shocking, and disgusting to the sensibilities of all decent-minded people; for many of these people were terrorists. But certainly one of the most shocking of all, because of how “close to home” it is for the people of the area, is the proposal to rename Kingsway Road, in Amanzimtoti, as Andrew Zondo Road, in honour of a terrorist bomber who killed five people. He was sentenced to death in 1986 for planting a bomb in a rubbish bin at the Amanzimtoti centre the year before, which killed two women and three children and injured many more. The DA’s caucus leader in Durban, John Steenhuisen, said, “We will be mobilising people to object. The process and choice of many of the names is deliberately provocative.” Speaking about the call to rename Kingsway Road after Zondo, he said, “”It’s almost akin to renaming a street in New York after Osama bin Laden. It’s highly insensitive.” And Tony Leon said, “To append the name of Andrew Zondo to a highway in Amanzimtoti, where this saboteur killed five people in a bomb attack during the 1980s, looks like a calculated slight to the families of his victims.”

The South African Communist Party (SACP), however, voiced its support for renaming the road after Andrew Zondo. It said: “The SACP... regrets the loss of life in the Amanzimtoti bombing. Comrade Andrew Zondo was a member of MK and part of the armed struggle and he undertook his activities at the height of apartheid repression... [He] sacrificed his life in the cause of the national liberation and is to many a hero.” It called on the municipality to educate the public about the “meaning of his activities as contribution to coming to terms with our past.” It added: “We believe there is a need for those who benefitted from apartheid, to reciprocate the generosity shown by those who suffered under apartheid.” What deceivers and doublespeakers Communists always are! They say they regret the loss of life caused by Zondo – yet they call him a hero who gave his life as a “sacrifice”. He didn’t sacrifice his life, he was executed because of his crimes! He murdered five people – and now we’re to believe that he is the hero? What “generosity” did he show to his victims?

Another proposal, to honour a notorious armed robber, murderer and rapist by renaming a road after him, has been met with shock and anger by opposition parties in Durban. His name was S’bu Mkhize, SA’s most wanted man at the time, who carried out a reign of murder, robbery and rape. Although the ANC at the time distanced itself from his crimes, he was particularly brutal when attacking members of the Inkatha Freedom Party, the ANC’s main rival in the province. He and his gang were cornered in a house in Isipingo in 1992. When he was called upon to surrender, he lobbed grenades at the police and his gang opened fire with machine guns. The police brought in armoured vehicles to demolish the house, and he and his gang were killed. At the time of his death, the police had more than 10 warrants of arrest out for him.

And now the ANC in Durban wants to rename the R603 road through Umbumbulu after this gangster – the very area in which he committed most of his crimes! In the words of the IFP’s caucus leader in the Duran municipality, Thembi Nzuza, the IFP is “sickened” by this proposal. “He killed a lot of our people and our supporters, that one. He was a common criminal who preyed on the weak and the old. He was a murderer and a criminal and a robber.”

IFP leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is not one to whom the ANC listens. This is a pity, for he has wisely cautioned what he calls a “gloating” and “disdainful” ANC to be careful about “airbrushing” certain groups, particularly the Afrikaners and the Zulus, out of history, so as to give prominence to ANC-affiliated people alone. He said that name changes should only be done “with regard for the fact that a part of South Africa’s linguistic and cultural heritage traces its roots to white Africans”, namely the Dutch and British immigrants who started arriving at the Cape 350 years ago. Wise words indeed. As history shows with many examples, this kind of blatant cultural obliteration increases bitterness and resentment, and in time it so often leads to yet further uprisings and bloodshed.

But dictatorial leaders never learn from history. When they come to power, they have an opportunity to make all the diverse peoples living within the geographical territory they rule feel welcome, feel as though they have a place in the sun. But they never make use of this opportunity. Instead, they inevitably advance only the interests of their own people at the expense of all others. And as surely as night follows day, this leads to still further resentment, bitterness, animosity, anger, and eventually, bloodshed. English and Afrikaans South Africans may have lost power in SA; they may at the moment be a despised minority in the country they ruled so well for so long; but the resentment, bitterness, frustration and anger is building up all the time, as they see themselves marginalised, their history eradicated, their people murdered and raped. And inevitably, there will be a backlash. It may not occur this year, or next year, or a decade from now, or two decades. But it will inevitably come. This is the nature of men everywhere.

With the Zulus, it may have already started. After these name changes were proposed, thousands of Zulu protesters, wielding sticks, ran through Durban’s city centre, upending dustbins as they went, and causing minor damage. One protester fired shots into the air. Shops were looted. By early afternoon about 10 000 protesters had converged at the city hall. One of the placards read: “Stop naming our streets after your girlfriends!” Another read: “We All Have Our Heroes.” And another: “Who Are These People?” On the same day, Zulu protesters barricaded the Mangosuthu Highway with dustbins and burning tyres. Traffic lights were smashed.

And then there are the proposals for certain streets and roads to be named after Communist revolutionaries and terrorists from other countries as well!

The proposed new name for Kensington Drive, in Durban North, is Fidel Castro Street! Yes – named after the ANC’s big buddy and fellow-Communist, the brutal dictator of Cuba.

Northway, in Durban North, could soon become Kwame Nkrumah Road, named after the brutal first president of Ghana after its independence.

Somtseu Road, it is proposed, should be renamed after Kenneth Kaunda, the Marxist president of Zambia who destroyed his own country, reducing it to ruin in every possible way.

The Higginson Highway may be renamed after no other than Yasser Arafat, the Muslim terrorist leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, one of the ANC’s great allies during their revolution.

Warwick Avenue, in Greyville, may be renamed after Julius Nyerere, the Marxist president of Tanzania whose foolhardy policies reduced that country to utter ruin.

And Moore Road, in Glenwood, could be renamed after Che Guevara, Fidel’s big buddy and a revolutionary thug.

Broadway could become Swapo Road. Swapo is the acronym for the South West African Peoples’ Organisation, the equivalent in South West Africa (now Namibia) of the ANC in South Africa. Swapo conducted its own terror campaign in South West Africa, until the United Nations saw to it that it became the new government of Namibia.

The choice of street names is “a rogue’s gallery of Third World revolutionaries” indeed, in the words of Tony Leon. And the ANC tells the world that SA is a democracy? What a joke. What we are witnessing daily is the sheer arrogance of the ANC, which knows it is in power for many years to come and which loves to throw its weight around, doing what it pleases when it pleases regardless of the consequences. SA is a typical Marxist country now, honouring not only its own terrorist “heroes”, but those of such countries as Cuba, Namibia, and Ghana. White South Africans would never have imagined it possible, back in the 1980s or even the early 1990s, that the day would ever arrive when men such as Castro, Arafat, Biko, Hani, Mandela, etc., the enemies of South Africa and of everything the West stood for, would be honoured in the cities they built. But it has come to pass. The Communist revolution succeeded, not by winning a war, but by treachery, duplicity, and cunning.

In all likelihood, not all of these proposed name changes will eventually be accepted. But the ANC has been very clever. They have deluged Durban residents with 181 proposed name changes. They knew there would be an outcry. But then, when they scale back somewhat, and only bring in, say, 100 name changes, or 130, it makes them look good. It makes it appear as if they “listened to the people”. In truth, however, they still will get their own way. They will scrap a few proposals, but keep the rest, and still “transform” Durban thereby. Yet they will do so in a way that looks (to the ignorant and uninformed) “democratic” and “consultative.”

And as things stand now, other places could soon follow. Will Cape Town, the world famous and beautiful Cape Town, eventually become iKapa? Will Johannesburg (named after another Afrikaner) become “Jozi” or “eGoli”? Will the entire country, in fact, oneday be renamed “Azania”? It is entirely conceivable, for there are many within the ruling party who want it.

There is only one good thing in all this. At least now, as SA’s cities deteriorate further and further under ANC mismanagement, becoming increasingly like all other Third World African slum-cities, the names of those whites who worked so hard, and accomplished so much, in SA will no longer be associated with the disasters which these cities have become, or are in the process of becoming, under black Marxist misrule. At least now, when people visit SA from foreign countries, they will see, on the street signs, the names of the very people who have brought such collapse and ruin to SA! And then they will look around, at the filth in the streets, the crime and grime, the traffic lights that don’t work, the poor starving street children on almost every corner, the prostitutes and pimps, and all of this will be associated with the names of the ANC’s “heroes” on the street signs. They deserve it. The men who, once upon a time, built SA into the great country it was, and the English and Afrikaner peoples they represented, do not deserve to have their names associated with this degradation and mismanagement.

In the city of Standerton, on direct orders of the ANC mayor, the Great Trek Memorial Stone was destroyed. This monument celebrated the 150th commemoration of the Great Trek, a pivotal event in Afrikaner and indeed South African history, when Afrikaners trekked away from the British-ruled Cape to establish themselves in new territory, and thereby contributed immensely to the opening up of the interior of South Africa and the coming of Western civilization to this barbaric part of the world.

No wonder, then, that the ANC hated the monument! At every turn, these black Marxists are faced with the evidences of the wonderful achievements of the English and Afrikaners in South Africa – and it fills them with envy. They well know that nothing they have done equals or excels such achievements. And this envy leads to anger and hatred. They cannot stand these reminders of achievement and excellence.

The mayor, a black woman named Queen Radebe-Khumalo, gave the order for the Memorial Stone’s destruction. It consisted of a granite stone with tracks in cement on it, commemorating the Great Trek. Her words were, “That piece of thing means nothing to us. It is only a piece of cement with tracks on it. I don’t even know where it comes from” (Freedom Front Newsletter 101, dalien@vf.co.za ). This reveals not only her hatred for Afrikaner history, but also her ignorance of history. She should stop viewing history merely through the ANC’s lenses, and she might learn something. Fat chance of that happening.

On a national level, the ANC only reacted to the destruction after the Freedom Front Plus, an Afrikaner political party, criticised the ANC’s national leadership over their silence. Smuts Ngonyama, the ANC’s chief spokesman, said in a statement that the ANC would be investigating the incident, “because the ANC is not here to destroy anyone’s history” (Freedom Front Newsletter 101). If this were true, then the Memorial Stone would not have been destroyed on the orders of an ANC mayor! But the real truth lies in the fact that the ANC is interested in preserving only the history of its own people, and of its Marxist terrorist campaign against the previous white government of SA. In true Communist fashion, they use doublespeak, saying one thing for public consumption but quite another thing to their own followers and comrades.

Dr Pieter Mulder, the Freedom Front Plus leader, said correctly: “President Mbeki and the ANC leadership’s silence, following the destruction of the Memorial Stone in Standerton, was seen by the Afrikaner community as passive approval of the actions. If these kinds of actions are not condemned by leaders on a national level, such as President Mbeki, it could lead to reciprocal damaging of communities’ cultural goods. It will be destructive for relations in South Africa.” Precisely. This deliberate destruction of the history, and the monuments to that history, of white South Africans, is only going to breed bitterness, resentment, and eventually – rebellion. It is always so. Instead of making SA a country where all its citizens feel at home, the ANC is concentrating solely on the black nations, and doing all it can to obliterate the two white nations. It is accomplishing this through the marginalisation of whites in the workplace and in every other sphere, the destruction of all records of their great history, and the deliberate genocide of their farmers.

The Freedom Front Plus also lodged a complaint with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Language Communities about the destruction of the memorial. “Irrespective of the reaction of the ANC, the FF Plus is continuing with its complaint. We are convinced that the Mayor of Standerton and the provincial ANC have contravened the Constitution with the order to destroy the Great Trek Memorial Stone,” said Mulder. To date, the FF Plus is disappointed with the way in which the Commission has undertaken its duties. It is their work to protect communities’ language and cultural goods.

It is not surprising that the Commission, appointed as it was under the ANC, is, like so much else emanating from the ANC, an organisation that operates according to double standards. All these high-sounding commissions, all these pieces of constitutional legislation, look very good on paper, and give the impression to the outside world that the ANC is committed to a constitutional democracy, the rule of law, the equal and fair treatment of all citizens, etc., etc. But the reality on the ground is far, far different. Even if the Commission actually does something about this mayor and her destruction of a monument to Afrikaner history, no one should be fooled into believing that the ANC is really committed to such ideals. They may indeed act this time, merely because there has been some focus on this and that is potentially embarrassing to them. But if so they will act reluctantly, and only because they want to save face. They do not have the interests of Afrikaners or English South Africans at heart, and they will continue with their insidious campaign to obliterate the history of the two white nations in SA.

Unless white South Africans wake up and take notice, and stand up for what is right, by making use of all legal methods, the process will continue. All white South Africans need to stand up and be counted, and say to this Marxist organisation, “Thus far and no further! We are citizens of this country, with as much right to be here as anyone else!” If this is not done, very soon the records of our great past here at the southern tip of Africa will be gone, and we ourselves will be even more at the mercy of these Marxist thugs than ever before. It is not too late, but time is running out.

Shaun Willcock is a minister of the Gospel, and lives in South Africa. He runs Bible Based Ministries.

Laatste opdatering ( Donderdag, 10 Mei 2007 )

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Saturday, 12 May 2007

The death of the Noble Savage

by Albert Brenner

May 09, 2007 01:04 PM EST

History is pregnant again; ready to foster the future the present is unwilling to bear. A future in which relativism will, yet again, be forced by rationalism to lay bare all miscarriages conceived by its innate inability to rationally nurture ever-expanding life/existence. And first among the stillborn to be exposed will be the Noble Savage – a myth that has, in the West, been the lop-sided smile of cultural relativism.

That this feel good smile is still at its charming best in modern popular culture is evident in cinematographic representations such as Colin Farrell’s The New World and Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves. Films that, in brief, try their sentimental utmost to convince the emotion- intoxicated viewer that primitive societies were (and are) virtuous to the core and that their conquerors, the West, embodies all that human depravity could muster in its quest to destroy all that is beautiful and innocent on the planet.

In the academia, the myth of the Noble Savage has been kept alive by Rousseau’s Romanticism (as evident in e.g. current ecotopian idealism based on disillusionment with the modernity project), the Protagorean relativism and Lockean ‘tolerance’ of Franz Boas, and the Wittgensteinian relativism of Peter Winch. Together, these three bodyguards have ensured the survival of its master since his modern ‘discovery’ on erotic 15th century islands till the Nobel Prize for Peace award ceremony of Nelson Mandela in 1994. A formidable force of intellectual champions indeed, but all with feet planted firmly in the clay of naïve idealism and recalcitrant relativism. And opposed, we only have a handful of rationalists constantly warning that ultimate knowledge and virtue are not in the eye of the beholder; stating explicitly that we simply cannot accept the fact that we are unable, even in our day and age, to say with any philosophically grounded authority that there is nothing morally ‘wrong’ with female circumcision, the stoning of Arab adulterers or the burning of ‘witches’ in South Africa – the rational conclusion engendered by a relativistic world-view! Alas, the legacy of relativism; a world in which all is determined by the existential Satrean individual whose inevitable death does not spell the end of truth.

Sad to admit but, although being a feel good creation of the West’s lucid imagination, and given every opportunity to prove himself, the Noble Savage has never, not once, been able to honour the faith placed in him to rise above perennial Western moral crises, to guide us back to Rousseau’s ‘Paradise Lost’. For example, even though his supposed Noble Savage moral ‘superiority’ (and Noble Peace Prize) demands it, Nelson Mandela’s steadfast refusal to criticize Robert Mugabe’s horror regime in Zimbabwe has left the West stuck, as usual, with the 500-year old dilemma as to what his mythical creation can actually offer morality. Let us be brutally honest here; the standing of the modern world’s two most famous Noble Savages, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, is purely due the fact that they reminded us of certain values and ideals we have cherished for millennia (e.g. the freedoms& dignity of the individual, democracy, etc.). In short; modern moral imperatives that have (and still are), glaringly evident by their absence in their own primitive societies.

But yet, we somehow continue to place the Noble Savage on a glorious pedestal that negates everything we know is scientifically, rationally and morally progressive. Why? Well, the sentimentality evoked by perennial Western disillusionment has something to do with it. According to Rousseau; “I dared to strip man’s nature naked…and showed that his supposed improvement was the fount of his miseries”. Let’s, for example, strip the Noble Savage, Robert Mugabe, to his naked self; what do we find? A primitive man feasting on the misery his fellow countrymen has to suffer because he embodies all Rousseau’s positive ‘regressions, like, e.g. the negation human rights and modern (‘rational’) farming methods. In short; homo homini lupus (man is a wolf to man); something Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud etc, will wholeheartedly agree with.

Staying with the West’s modern-day Hurons and Zande; one shudders to think what other moral atrocities Mandela would’ve condoned (or committed), hadn’t he been locked up for 27 years during the life-or-death Cold War struggle between the freedom of the individual and the integrity of the collective. It suffices to say that Mandela’s claim to fame is just another feel good ‘time-capsule’ which, like the 500-year old myth itself, feeds on the hope of the West to find redemption for perennial ‘sins’ committed in the name of human advancement. Leading from the front is always an incredibly lonely and ungrateful task – something the West is only starting to realize now that its accomplishments are under siege. Nearly everybody has the A-bomb now and the export of our morality (e.g. human rights, democracy, etc) is increasingly running into civilizational tariff barriers we arrogantly assumed would not be in place anymore, given the progressive example we have set.

The way back is shut, and the way forward is fraught with uncertainty. And no amount of imaginative thinking, on the part of the West, will ever detract from the fact that the feel good animation of the ‘Other’ (Mickey Mouse and the Noble Savage) is but a pathetic attempt to find a worthy companion to accompany it on the ultimate quest, yet unfulfilled. There is no going back, something that even less zealous ecotopians are slowly but surely starting to realize. Chaining oneself to railroad tracks to prevent the passing of Atommuell trains in Germany, or the ramming of whaler ships in the Japanese Sea will not save the planet from dire environmental problems; something only the (rational) ‘re-focusing’ of existing technology can accomplish – and definitely not going back to the jungle to join the Noble Savage in his supposed environmentally friendly and morally ‘pure’ Utopia that has, in all its supposed a-historical and all-encompassing ‘truth-filled’ superiority, failed dismally to halt any of the woes besetting 21-century humanity. Why? Well, it has to do with the fact that naïve idealism, like relativism, is innately incapable of rationally tackling the existential problems we face head on.

This brings us to the old-hat Protagorean relativism and the Lockean ‘tolerance’ of Franz Boas, according whom; “The general theory of valuation of human activities by anthropological research, teaches us a higher tolerance than the one we now profess” (The mind of Primitive Man, 1911). Now this is all fine and dandy, but what level of tolerance should we display when, for example, a Noble Savage in South Africa rapes a baby in the belief that it will cure AIDS/HIV or, less sickening, how tolerant should we be when two tribes go to war over a dead cow? The tolerance Locke and Boas demand is very much applicable to philosophical deliberations in the ivory towers of the academia, but has, unfortunately, preciously few answers to give when it concerns moral integrity in a world at war with itself. The cultural relativism of Boas and Peter Winch is underpinned by the belief that people think differently in different cultures simply because all thought reflects the traditions to which it is heir, the society it is embedded in and the environment to which it is exposed. So far so good; especially since Winch uses cutting-edge Wittgensteinian relativism (e.g. ‘all is language games’) to drive a permanent linguistic wedge in between cultures and, at the same time, to dismiss the belief that there is such a thing as an a-historical cross-cultural ‘universal’ rationality.

Be that as it may; following from Martin Heidegger’s notion that ‘language is the house of being’, Winch comes to the following conclusion; “Reality is not what gives language sense. What is real and what is unreal shows itself in the sense language has”. Brutally summarized; what Winch is saying is that the respective discourses (i.e. language games) of disparate societies are what give sense to their approximation of what constitutes reality, in their disparate ‘realities’. Winch therefore comes to the conclusion that the primitive magic systems of Noble Savages actually have the exact same constitutive elements displayed by Western science in so far as both form a coherent discursive universe from which ‘logical’ conclusions and, subsequent, ‘rational’ courses of action can be derived. A very basic example; it is common among South African Noble Savages to interpret the natural phenomenon of lighting as a sign of the anger of their gods/ancestors. And it is also not uncommon to find a sangoma (witchdoctor) running to his tribal chief to consult him on who the culprit (witch) is that caused this misfortune and must, subsequently, be punished – sometimes by being burned alive. This whole process, i.e. occurrence, interpretation and the resultant deliberated action, is, according to Winch, as rational as us Westerners seeing the lightning strike, interpreting it as dangerous (i.e. electro-magnetic discharges of the indiscriminately fatal kind) and, subsequently, seeking shelter. Now, different strokes for different folks you might conclude (pun intended), but the fact remains that Winch is right, depending, of course, on your definition of rationality - but more about that later.

It is therefore no wonder that relativism has prompted postmodern thinkers to come to the inevitable conclusion that ‘we’, as different cultures, are permanently stuck in our ‘own’ a-historical insular socio-historical and linguistic cocoons (worlds) with no hope ever being able to find universal criteria that can determine what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, and what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’, ergo the Lockean tolerance forced on us by cultural relativism to refrain from judging Noble Savage witchcraft as ‘wrong’ and judging female circumcision as ‘bad’. And given its appeal in the West, one cannot blame less courageous philosophers, like the pragmatic Richard Rorty, to come to the cocoon-bound (relativist) ethno-centric conclusion that “I’m an American, before I’m a human being”.

Having accepted Wittgensteinian relativism as truth, thinkers of the more courageous kind, like Steven Lukes and Donald Davidson, are tireless in their efforts to establish inter-linking strands of universal inter-cultural understanding (‘bridgeheads’) by taking the signified ‘tolerance’ itself to task and milking it for everything drop its supposed signifier-determined relativist ‘essence’ can produce by stating that, for example, the Principle of Humanity and the Principle of Charity are what ultimately binds our cocoons together. Now this is all fine and dandy, but fighting the enemy (relativism) from within, according to the rules imposed by the enemy itself, usually doesn’t stand a very good of success. And the mere fact that translators (linguists) can stand with feet in different cocoons, doesn’t help the cause either. That translators are forced to be ‘liberal/charitable’ with cocoon-caused signifiers and their cocoon-bound signified when it comes to translating from one language to another is obvious. For example, when the Noble Savage witchdoctor uses the signifier “Ooga booga” to act as linguistic representation for the sense-filled lightning strike (the burn someone ‘signified’) he just witnessed, and I, as a Westerner, use the signifier “lightning” (the seek shelter ‘signified’), then a translator would surely have a very unenviable task to fulfill in finding a strand common understanding to meaningfully link our respective insular cocoons. To Lukes’ credit though, he realizes that the mere possibility of being able to recognize belief-systems in foreign cultures (cocoons) presupposes the existence of a commonly shared set of criteria through which the truth-value of statements can be determined and whereby, subsequent, conclusions can be drawn from.

It is just a pity that he never developed this insight a bit more, because if he had then he would’ve realized that the mere fact that we are actually able to recognize cross-cultural criteria of ‘rational’ processes, like in my example of occurrence, interpretation and subsequent action (evident in all cocoons), implies that there is such a thing as a universal ‘rationality’. In short; the mere fact that we can see our ‘sameness’ in their ‘otherness’, and vice versa, automatically implies that we are not as mutually isolated as cultural relativism would have us believe. Now, how is this possible, you might ask. Well, it simply has to do with the logical inconsistence that underpins old-hat Protagorean relativism. If everything is relative, then the axiom/statement itself must, to be logically consistent, be relative as well – thereby leaving everything else, except for the axiom itself, open to be non-relative. What the vast scope of this non-relative ‘everything else’ may encompass is, of course, another story, but certainly one that can never be confined to that which it cannot be relative to.

Relativism has always had the uncanny ability to question the integrity of that which we commonly understand as the ‘truth’. Protagoras limits the truth to our status as individual speakers in a world not of our making, whereas Wittgenstein limits the truth to our status as disparate linguistic ‘groups’ fated to get lost in translation whenever we attempt to actually make sense of this world we’ve been thrown into - with 1001 thesauri, but no single dictionary. Now, all being fair and equal, the skepticism of relativists are well founded. ‘Doksa’ (the opinion of the individual speaker) and the ‘language games’ of the powerful (e.g. scientism, religious fanaticism, etc) have caused their fair share of havoc in history. But to automatically rope ‘independent’ truth into the simplistic equations our perennial ignorance evokes, is simply unfair.

This reductionist thinking has emboldened many relativists so much as to actually state that there is no reality (and, by approximation, truth) ‘independent’ of our experience and, following Wittgenstein, no reality ‘independent’ of that which we capture in language. In short; the sum-total of that which our senses and language behold and describe/define, is all there is (be it ‘reality’, ‘truth’, etc.). This nonsense has been taken even one step further by Aestheticism, where the moronic idea that we create (like painters) our world has become very fashionable in our postmodern world.

Be that as it may, relativism regards the possibility of an independent knowable ‘reality’ (and, by approximation, truth) as very slim, to put it mildly. To summarize; the integrity of that which cannot be captured by our senses and expressed in language is questioned by relativism. Now, a Wittgenstein fan might immediately raise the legitimate question and ask what the ‘integrity’ of the signified ‘integrity’ (i.e. the abstract concept thereof) is. Easy; poke yourself in the eye. The signifier “Ouch” has nothing to do with the signified ‘integrity’, but if you poke yourself in the same eye again, you’ll definitely come to the conclusion that there is something abstract like ‘integrity’ – in this case, the integrity of physical pain. The same could be said for all other abstract concepts that have, unfortunately, been forced to placate the fuzzy whims of experience and Wittgenstein’s signifiers. Another example, it’s fashionable to say there is no love, only proof of love. That this is ridiculous is painfully evident when the absence of love reminds your loneliness – as one who has never experienced love before - of its existence. And no amount of seeing (experiencing) others having fun, or reading romantic novels (i.e. abstract love ‘captured’ in language) can ever fill that void, which can only be filled when the ‘independent’ reality of love comes knocking on your door. To summarize; the innate integrity of the signified, with its independence anchored in independent reality, will never be compromised by the relativism perennially engendered by experience and the language we use to describe it.

Now this is all fine and dandy, but how do we, in the final instance, know that there is an independent ‘reality’ (and, by approximation, truth)? Easy; the fact that we die proves it. One can safely assume that one individual’s existentialist ‘self’ and his/her personal ‘world’ of reality, truth, etc., has the same being as that of his/her neighbor. Now, when I die, my existentialist self and my personal ‘world’ die – no dispute there. But when my neighbor dies, the world goes on as before – mine and yours (not his/hers, of course, RIP). This automatically implies that the ‘ultimate’ existence of reality is independent of the temporal being of the beholder, be it all the experiences and all the language games of the individual, the group, civilization or, heaven behold, the species. It suffices to say that we can safely assume that even if a gigantic meteor wipes out all of us, that the Rover explorer on Mars will continue to be (i.e. exist) – as will the name ‘Rover’ written on its side (and all the experience and signifiers that brought it into being) In short; ultimately, we neither determine nor create ‘ultimate’ independent reality, we can only approximate its truth as accurately as possible.

So much for relativism in general; back to the West’s unrelenting worship of the Noble Savage, as demanded by the cultural relativism of its one-sided multi-culturalism. Even if we discard my above critique of relativism in general, we’ll still find ample ‘scientific’ reasons to discard the notion that ‘we’, as various cultures, live in completely different worlds, as Boas and Winch would have us believe. Even just a basic understanding of Darwin will illustrate that life expands, and that any theories based on a static model of existence are doomed to fail. So, even if ‘we’, the various cultures, actually did live in completely different worlds, then the mere fact that ever-expanding life/existence would’ve brought (and did bring) us into contact with each other some or other time, implies that we share a common fate in an independent world ‘outside’ of our insular little ‘cocoons’. In all fairness to Boas and Winch, their static view of existence is inevitable, seeing that if everything is relative, it must be so forever. In other words, in their case, these independent cocoons must exist in isolation for all eternity. That Darwin’s expanding life makes such a preposition ridiculous, is therefore obvious.

Sticking to Darwin, and other scientific facts; the principle of entropy holds, by approximation, that any disorder in a closed system (remember that ‘God is dead’, ‘there is nothing outside the text’, etc) will inevitably affect (spread to) the whole system. Seeing that ‘our’ (humanity’s) original disorder, i.e. ‘we’ all need natural resources to survive – in a ‘closed’ world (sysyem) in which their availability is limited – was always bound to affect the whole system, makes the notion of independently existing a-historical insular cultural worlds (cocoons) even more absurd. In short; we were bound to get ‘inside’ each other’s cocoons – whether we like it or not. And one only has to look at the inevitable cultural exchanges (be it linguistic, scientific, etc.) and adaptive measures (on the part of weaker ‘cocoons’) to realize that we are definitely all sharing the same world. So much for certain relativist assumptions underpinning cultural relativism!

Which brings us back to the myth of the Noble Savage; when the inevitable clash of ‘cocoons’ occurred, some survived better than others and some perished, like the original Noble Savages on their erotic islands - ravaged by venereal disease. In all fairness to their 15-century European conquerors; viruses are also just follow their Darwinian programming to expand their ‘world/existence’ whenever and wherever possible. And it will be brutally unfair towards Westerners to hold them responsible (via White Guilt) for the, then unknown, clash of microbiological ‘cocoons’ caused by their loins. The aforementioned tragedy has, thanks to advances in science, little chance of occurring again – simply because we do have the innate ability to recognize the error of our ways. To be able to do so automatically implies progressive behaviour; something which, given the human condition 2000 years ago, needs no further explanation. Why? Well, error recognition is based, for the most part, on our innate rational ability to recognize patterns. Whether it is the EU’s recognition that Nietzsche’s ‘will to power’ or Fukuyama’s ‘need for/of recognition’ drove individuals like Hitler or Napoleon to be the authors of their socio-cultural locale’s collective discontent, or Einstein’s recognition that mass increases in proportion to an increase in speed, the fact remains that pattern recognition is fundamental to any rational understanding of the truth we so desperately try our utmost to approximate. So, when a Noble Savage in South Africa deems it necessary to kill an innocent person simply because a purely random natural phenomenon like a lightning strike occurred, then we are, as rational beings, obligated to ask if there is actually some or other universally recognizable pattern that justifies this specific course of action. Now, I’m not even going to be politically correct by trying to honour any Noble Savage belief-system by using every-day examples (and experience) to disprove this primitive nonsense. It suffices to say that no universally recognizable pattern will ever emerge when examining such despicably barbaric actions that, ultimately, only succeed in negating all the collective knowledge humanity has painfully gathered over the ages.

This immediately prompts the question which has been conspicuous by its absence throughout my lengthy and, hopefully, justifiable attack on the continued feel good propagation of the myth of the Noble Savage. What constitutes ‘more’ rational behaviour and what constitutes ‘less’ rational behaviour? Now this, obviously, depends on the way you define ‘rationality’. According to the South African philosopher Anton van Niekerk, one of the foremost experts in this field worldwide, any definition of rationality has to, at the very least, include firstly, the demand of logical consistency (i.e. it is irrational to simultaneously claim p and not-p) and secondly, the fact that an agent can be judged as being irrational when s/he acts in a way that is contradictory to his/her own interests. In his excellent book Rasionaliteit en Relativisme (HSRC Publishers, 1992), Van Niekerk, like Juergen Habermas, is relentless in his efforts to broaden our understanding of rationality by including communicative rationality - the innate character of all languages to seek and attain common understanding between speech agents. Unfortunately, the incredibly broad scope of this remarkable discourse falls outside the ambit of this article. I prefer instead to concentrate on banal ‘survivability’ as a vital aspect of any attempt to determine what is ‘more’ rational and what is ‘less’ rational. Getting back to my example of the lightning strike; both my and the Noble Savage’s actions are rational in terms of its teleological intent (i.e. actions taken to satisfy a chosen goal). However, mine differs fundamentally from his in so far as they can be defined as an instrumental action, whereas his is strategic in intent. The former denotes actions whose success can be determined by the survival chances of the agent in the natural (non-social) world, and the latter pertains to survival chances in the social world of the agent. The strategic killing of the chosen ‘witch’ (potential rivals of the tribal king, of course) by the agent (the witchdoctor) is therefore quite rational in so far as the agent secures his continued privileged survival in his group. That the supposed influence of the gods/ancestors initiated this course of action is actually quite irrelevant in the abovementioned rational process.

My instrumental action (to seek shelter) is based on the fundamental recognition of certain universal laws which, through pattern recognition, human logic, etc. has ensured that my survival chances (as a Westerner) are much higher than that of the Noble Savage, whose historical cognizance of instrumental actions, that have proven themselves to be very successful, is very limited. An example; Thabo Mbeki’s refusal to acknowledge that AIDS/HIV is caused by a virus and his Health Minister’s advice to rather eat beetroot than take anti-virals, have definitely lessened the survival chances of their affected countrymen – a 1000 of whom die per day of this dreaded disease. So, in terms of instrumental actions (as demanded by rational behaviour) I can, with absolute certainty say, that my rationality is ‘better’ than that of the Noble Savage – simply because my survival chances are greater.

In terms of strategic (social world bound rationality) actions, things are obviously a bit more complicated when trying to judge whose rationality is better, or are they really? The survival chances of the individual amid the inevitable Darwinian power struggles within a group are infinitely higher when the excesses of the aforementioned are mediated through consciously created institutions (e.g. the Rule of Law) that are not bound to the claims to power of any other individual. That this is obviously not the case in Noble Savage societies is glaringly evident. When tribal kings (like Mandela’s friend, Robert Mugabe) kill their fellow countrymen in order to survive, then their actions are strategically rational – no argument about that. But seeing that we can safely assume that the innocent person to be killed (e.g. the ‘witch’ in my example) has also been amply endowed with the normal Darwinian survival instincts, it would be irrational of her/him not to take adequate strategic actions to ensure his/her continued survival. Without stepping into the field of morality; if non-ruling Noble Savage individuals had acted rationally, according to my notion of ‘survivability’, then a sort of ‘French Revolution’ would’ve been inevitable – something sadly lacking in all Noble Savage societies. In short; in terms of strategic actions, Noble Savage rulers are rational but their followers aren’t. To summarize; Noble Savage societies are ‘less’ rational than Western societies when it comes to engendering successful ‘survivability’ through instrumental and well as strategic actions. So much for much-vaunted Noble Savage superiority!

To conclude; the West’s sentimental attachment to the myth of the Noble Savage is irrational, to say the least. This feel good creation of the West’s, sometimes very naive, idealism is but another burden foisted on him on/in his quest to rationally approximate and understand the truth about this world we’ve been thrown into. Primitive societies are simply what they are namely, primitive. It is absolutely foolish of us to look to them for any guidance in an era which has long since disproved any claim to truth they could ever conjure up. And for us to employ the banal primitiveness of the Noble Savage to act as the conscience (as we did with Mandela!) to issue guilt for the perennial ‘sins’ (e.g. over-industrialization) we inevitably commit in/our quest to find the elusive answers to the questions that have made us the most progressive people on the planet, is even more idiotic. In short; the Noble Savage is dead!

That there are ‘ultimate/final’ truths must be abundantly clear by now, and no amount of cowardly relativism will ever succeed in permanently misleading us into believing that that which we are yet not absolutely certain about is but a figment of our mortal imagination. We have been endowed with all the faculties (e.g. rationality) it takes to make sense and find meaning in a world we are, ultimately, not the authors of. And it is precisely those faculties that have impregnated history again; ready to foster the future the West must now bear…in order for the Truth to be.

Source: The Conservative Voice
http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/24952.html
Albert Brenner
http://www.theconservativevoice.com/profile/2657/Albert-Brenner.html
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