Monday, 17 March 2008

...maar hy is misdaadvoos en wil vlug

Mar 16 2008 09:20:21:883PM - (SA)

Annelene Moses, André Damons en Herman Scholtz

“Ek is byna bereid om my huis weg te gee. Ons wil vlug, maar ons weet nie waarheen nie.”

Só het mnr. Jack Ludick van Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, “wat steeds in vrees leef” gister gesê nadat rowers verlede week sy bakkie wou steel en by sy huis wou inkom.

Hy het een van die vermeende rowers wat op hom geskiet het, doodgeskiet.

“Ek kan myself dit nie indink dat ek iemand anders se lewe geneem het nie. Ons is kerkmense en probeer altyd die regte ding doen. Dit gaan baie sleg en ek weet nie hoe ons ’n oog hierna gaan toemaak nie,” het Ludick kort ná die voorval gesê.

Die vier mans, waarvan glo net een gewapen was, het probeer om dié sakeman se Toyota Hilux te steel en het skote op hom gevuur. Een van die rowers is in die heup gewond en hul makkers het weggekom.

Volgens insp. Karen Jacobs, polisiewoordvoerder, word sake van moord en poging tot moord teen hom ondersoek, sowel as poging tot moord en diefstal teen die rowers.

Jacobs het gesê Ludick het kort ná 06:00 sy huisalarm gehoor afgaan en uit die bed opgestaan om ondersoek in te stel. Toe hy buite kom, het hy twee mans in sy bakkie gesien sit. Om die draai was nóg ’n man wat ’n vuurwapen op hom gerig het.

Die skurke het die bakkie aangeskakel en die eienaar was op sy balkon op die eerste verdieping, terwyl hulle met sy bakkie in die oprit agteruit gery het. Die gesin se ander twee motors se bande was stukkend gesteek.

“Dit was beslis ’n beplande rooftog. Ons het eers na die tyd besef die veiligheidsligte is vroeër die week stukkend geslaan en daar is met die alarm gepeuter.

“As hulle maar net die bakkie wou vat en wegry, maar die alarm het eers afgegaan toe hulle by die huis wou inkom.

“Die een wat die vuurwapen gehad het, het reg voor my balkon kom staan en op my begin skiet. Ek het teruggeskiet en hom gewond,” het hy gister gesê.

Volgens mnr. Nick Dollman, woordvoerder van Netcare 911, is die gewonde man op die toneel behandel en onder polisiebewaking na die hospitaal geneem.

Ludick het aan Beeld gesê hy het reeds sy huis in die mark gesit en sodra dit verkoop is, gaan hulle na die Wes-Kaap verhuis.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2289319,00.html

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Regarding your video of Pahad:

Glenn Reynolds links to an interesting-sounding book about South Africa's poor whites, a group completely obscured - globally, by the international perception of the apartheid society and locally, by post-apartheid positive discrimination efforts to raise the country's recently oppressed blacks out of poverty. It made me recall a piece I saw some time ago on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's international current affairs programme, Foreign Correspondent, that also examined the lot of disadvantaged white South Africans. It contained a very interesting interview of the ANC government minister Essop Pahad. I have reproduced the business end of the discussion below (the emphasis in bold is my own):

ESSOP PAHAD: What do you understand by socio-economic conditions?

ZOE DANIEL (INTERVIEWER): Well I'm talking about people living in poverty clearly.

ESSOP PAHAD: Yes and where's the overwhelming majority of people?

DANIEL: Look I'm well aware that…

ESSOP PAHAD: No I'm asking!

DANIEL: No I'm well aware most …

ESSOP PAHAD: You see because your questions…

DANIEL: … poor people in South Africa are black.

ESSOP PAHAD: No… look…

DANIEL: What I'm asking is …

ESSOP PAHAD: I don't want to fight with you but your questions are wrong.

DANIEL: … economic..

ESSOP PAHAD: Because all you're doing…

DANIEL: They're questions. They can't be wrong!

ESSOP PAHAD: No but all you're sitting here…

DANIEL: They're questions.

ESSOP PAHAD: … and you're sitting here and worried about whites. I mean no, man sorry. Sorry. Our real fundamental concerns must be the millions of our people who are living under conditions of poverty and under development and they are Africans.

DANIEL: Some of whom are white.

ESSOP PAHAD: Yes but the overwhelming majority – 80/90% are Africans living in rural areas, living in the townships here. You're sitting here and all your questions is about the whites. Sorry, I, you know I mean you may use it. You don't want to use it it's up to you. I don't find it acceptable.

Text alone does not fully convey how remarkably revealing the above exchange was. At the heated part of the interview, Pahad's face radiated profound and complete incredulity that someone would consider that he and his government should be responsible for helping dirt-poor whites, considering that they have taken on the mantle of helping equally dirt-poor blacks (ignoring, for the moment, what we think about such "help"). Is that uncomprehending face really shared by the government of South Africa? Interesting, considering it asserts moral superiority over its predecessor's system with claims of governing for all South Africans. Semantically, I suppose Pahad stayed true to such claims by refusing to describe white South Africans as "Africans". It does not take a genius to realise who Pahad's talking about when he mentions "our people". His choice of words surely demolished whatever morally noble vestiges the ANC retained since the release of Nelson Mandela. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss - only the new guy is into majoritarianism.

I am not saying that the modern regime in South Africa is anywhere near its predecessor in terms of evil, however it appears to be some way down that path. The current programme of discrimination and redistribution known as BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) is not going to achieve the levelling of South African society that is demanded by a population egged on by their government. BEE will only generate a small, super-privileged black elite, a widespread culture of incompetence and mediocrity due to underskilled or underqualified people getting jobs that others could do better, and wealth destruction on a massive scale. When this scenario unfolds and the poor majority of blacks realise they are not better off economically under the new system, the government is highly unlikely to discard BEE as a failure and let the market redress the imbalance over time; conversely, it will claim that BEE does not go far enough. And I suspect, at that time, most people in South Africa will agree, eager for a slice of someone else's wealth that they will ultimately never receive. As a substitute, the bitter cake that the politics of envy will inevitably serve poor South Africans is already being eaten by most in present-day Zimbabwe. People like Essop Pahad make me wonder how far South Africa is behind its northern neighbour.