Saturday, 27 September 2008

'Blue light bullies' strike

24/09/2008 10:00 - (SA)

Bongani Hans

Pietermaritzburg - A 52-year-old woman from Umlaas Road in Cato Ridge became the latest victim of the "blue light bullies" - abusive government employees driving vehicles fitted with blue lights.

Jude Ward, a farmer and businesswoman, said she was attacked on the N3 near Camperdown on Tuesday morning.

She was allegedly pushed out of the fast lane of the N3 south-bound and was forced to pull over by the two occupants of a white VW Polo Player flashing blue lights in the southbound lane at about 08:00.

After Ward stopped, near the Halfway Garage near Camperdown, the two men, who were wearing name tags, got out of their vehicle and manhandled and assaulted her, claiming she had been hogging the fast lane.

The Witness has confirmation that the Polo Player belongs to the KZN Transport Department.

It was not clear why the occupants were in a rush at the time of the incident.

"As I was entering the off-ramp with the aim of stopping at the garage, following their orders, they cut in front of me and forced me to a dead stop at the off-ramp.

"They jumped out of their vehicle and ran to my car.

"While one of them was pulling me by my hand, through the window, another one was opening my door," said Ward, who reported the matter to the Camperdown police station.

Ward said that as the men were approaching her vehicle, she quickly reached for her cellphone to call her husband.

"As he was pulling me, my husband heard me screaming 'leave me alone, leave me alone' and he heard the man talking back," she said.

Ward said that as one of the men pulled her, she fell out of the vehicle and sprained her arm.

She immediately got back into the vehicle and locked her door.

But as she was trying to close the window, the man forced his hand in, preventing her from closing the window.

She said the attack stopped after another motorist intervened and shouted at the attackers to leave her alone.

Ward was taking her two workers to Hillcrest, one of whom was sitting on the back of her bakkie.

She said she had been driving at 120km/h in the fast lane trying to overtake trucks in the highway, which had heavy traffic.

"Suddenly, I saw this vehicle flashing behind me. I drove fast in order to overtake the trucks and move from the fast lane.

"This vehicle tailed mine and the men used their hands to signal me to move over.

"As I continued to accelerate, they came close and the passenger opened a window and shouted that I pull over," said Ward.

Transport spokesperson Nonkululeko Mbatha offered the following explanation: "There were emergency deployments today (Tuesday) that required vehicles to travel under emergency circumstances."

She had no further details on this specific complaint as night staff deployed had not yet returned.

Police spokesperson Henry Budhram confirmed that Ward had laid a complaint.

He said police are investigating a case of negligence and reckless driving and assault.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2398694,00.html

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Rowers val gaste aan, verkrag

Sep 23 2008 10:00:51:350PM - (SA)

Francois Oosthuizen
francois.oosthuizen@beeld.com

Ses gewapende rowers het Saterdagaand ses gaste by die Hippo Lodge in die Wieg van die Mensdom by Muldersdrift aangehou en twee vroue verkrag.

“Ons woon al 13 jaar hier en dit is die eerste keer dat so iets hier gebeur,” het mnr. Geof Maud, eienaar van die Hippo Lodge, gister gesê.

Die ses familielede, van wie die dogter en haar man in Engeland woon en die lodge vanjaar ’n tweede keer besoek het, het in hul chalet gekuier toe een van die rowers ’n vuurwapen deur die venster gedruk het. ’n Ander een het die voordeur met ’n baksteen oopgebreek.

“Die rowers het . . . die mans vasgebind en toe selfone en juweliersware gebuit. Net een van die rowers het die vrou en haar pa se vriendin verkrag.”

Maud was nog baie emosioneel ná die voorval en het gesê hy kon die afgelope twee nagte nie slaap nie.

“Dink net waardeur moet die slagoffers gaan.”

Hy het gesê hy weet nie hoe die rowers die perseel binnegekom het nie omdat dit met ’n geëlektrifiseerde heining en alarms toegerus is.

Volgens insp. Tebogo Kgomo, polisiewoordvoerder, het die polisie eergister die gesteelde Nissan Tiida waarin die rowers gevlug het, in die Diepsloot- informele nedersetting gekry. “Geen van die gesteelde items is teruggevind nie en niemand is nog in hegtenis geneem nie.”

Dié voorval volg op die moord op mnr. Franz Richter, eienaar van die nabygeleë Heia Safari Ranch, in November verlede jaar.

Die polisie in die omgewing het nou die Trio-taakspan op die been gebring om huisbrake, inbrake by sakeondernemings en kapings hok te slaan.

Kgomo het gesê ondersoekbeamptes van die Florida-, Roodepoort-, Muldersdrift-, Honeydew-, Randburg- en Douglasdale-polisiekantoor gaan kragte saamspan om dié soort misdaad hok te slaan.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2398676,00.html

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Rooftog, nie buffel, eis man

20/09/2008 21:11 - (SA)

Willem Pelser

Hoedspruit

Die ondersoek na die dood van ’n sakeman van die Oos-Rand wat einde Julie vanjaar dood is nadat hy glo deur ’n buffel op sy spog-wildplaas buite Hoedspruit aangeval is, het ’n dramatiese wending geneem.

Twee mans van die Hoedspruit-omgewing is in hegtenis geneem weens sy dood.

Die polisie glo nou mnr. Roy Munks (65) is in ’n rooftog vermoor.

Die aanvallers het hom vermoedelik met messe gesteek. Hulle wou hom waarskynlik vermoor en daarna die plaashuis plunder, maar hulle het op die vlug geslaan toe hy hard begin skree het.

Net ná Munks se dood het die polisie bevind hy het doodgebloei nadat hy deur ’n buffel aangeval is. Tydens ’n lykskouing is bevind die wonde aan sy bolyf het ooreengestem met beserings wat deur ’n buffel se horings veroorsaak kan word.

Daarbenewens het spoorsnyers – wat deur die polisie ingeroep is – net ná Munks se dood bevind daar was buffelspore naby die lyk.

Maar nou het twee verdagtes wat aangekeer is weens huisbraak in Hoedspruit tydens ondervraging hul monde verbygepraat. Hulle het erken hulle was betrokke by Munks se dood.

Die mans is van moord aangekla en word aangehou. Supt. Daniël Ramakgoakgoa, die bevelvoerder van die polisie in Hoedspruit, wou nie Vrydag die verdagtes se name bekend maak nie omdat die saak in ’n sensitiewe stadium is.

Munks se seun, Clive, het Vrydag gesê al het die polisie destyds vir hom gesê ’n buffel het sy pa se dood veroorsaak, het hy van die begin af vermoed daar steek dalk meer in sy dood.

’n Plaaswerker het hom glo vertel hy het die aand van sy pa se dood gehoor hoe Munks uitroep: “Help, hulle het my geskiet!”

Hy is oomblikke later dood. Dié inligting is die aand van Munks se dood aan die polisie verskaf.

“Hoekom sou my pa so iets uitgeroep het as hy deur ’n buffel aangeval is,” vra Munks se seun. “Dis moeilik om te sê of ek nou kwater is omdat mense, en nie ’n dier nie, my pa se dood veroorsaak het.

“Maar ek is minstens verheug dat die aanvallers vasgetrek is. Ek hoop net hulle kom nie maklik los nie, ” sê Munks jr.

Hy sê dis tragies dat sy pa vermoor is, want hy het vas geglo aan Suid-Afrika se toekoms.

Toe ’n familielid in ’n stadium Nieu-Seeland toe is met die oog op moontlike emigrasie, het Munks sy optrede gekritiseer.

Hy het gesê hy gaan nêrens heen nie, hy bly in Suid-Afrika, sê Munks jr.

Oorsprong:Rapport
http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2396862,00.html

Haemophiliac fights off robbers

19/09/2008 09:05 - (SA)

Virginia Keppler, Beeld

Pretoria - A haemophiliac from Pretoria North thought he was going to bleed to death after he was attacked and stabbed in his bed by intruders at about 02:30 on Wednesday.

Frans van Tonder, 52, sustained a head wound and bleeding on the brain after three armed robbers beat him with a steel pipe.

His attackers also stabbed him in the chest, head, arms and hands.

"I would never have thought that something like this could happen to me.

"They got in despite the six-foot-high fence around my stand and all the security gates and doors," Van Tonder said from his bed in Akasia hospital in Pretoria on Thursday.

Fought back

He was asleep when the attackers entered his home.

Van Tonder, an SAB Miller employee, said it wasn't clear how they got in, because there were no signs of a break-in and he knows that he didn't leave his doors open.

"The next moment they were on my bed and on top of me and started hitting me with a steel pipe. They stabbed me in the chest, head, arms and hands, but I fought back," he said.

"I think I must have shouted out really loudly, because the noise woke the couple living in the flat on my property and they came to my rescue.

"They (the attackers) then stole my wallet and a few things and fled."

Van Tonder said the couple immediately called the police and the ambulance service.

He was bleeding profusely. "The once white carpet in my bedroom is now soaked in blood. And my bed too."

The hospital said his blood count was normal and that he was recovering well.

Van Tonder said he usually slept with his gun under his pillow, but had recently started to lock it in the safe.

"I'm actually glad I locked it away, because otherwise they might have knocked me unconscious and stolen my firearms. They could even have shot me with my own gun," he said.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,9909,2-7-1442_2395955,00.html

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Geskiet, maar hy blý in SA

Mnr. John de Jager van Cullinan, oos van Pretoria, is eergisteraand drie keer in die been geskiet. Foto: Herman Verwey

Sep 16 2008 08:35:29:050PM - (SA)

Virginia Keppler

‘Sê vir die minister van veiligheid en sekuriteit ek sal nie Australië toe gaan nie, want Suid-Afrika is my huis.”

So sê ’n suurlemoenboer van Cullinan, oos van Pretoria, wat eergisteraand om 22:30 tydens ’n huisrooftog drie keer raakgeskiet is.

Mnr. John de Jager (37) is drie keer in sy regterbeen geskiet toe hy sy vrou, Petronella (37), te hulp gesnel het nadat drie gewapende rowers haar by hul wasgoeddraad oorval het.

Sy het wasgoed gaan afhaal toe sy skielik begin gil. Hy het dadelik uitgehardloop, het De Jager gister uit sy bed in die Montana-hospitaal gesê. “Ek het ’n man naby haar gesien staan. Hy het niks gesê nie en my sonder enige waarskuwing geskiet. Toe die eerste koeël my tref, het ek op die man afgestorm en toe skiet hy my nog twee keer in dieselfde been.”

Die rowers het hom buite laat lê en sy vrou die huis ingevat.

“Hulle het haar na ons kamer geneem om die kluis vir hulle oop te sluit en toe steel hulle twee vuurwapens en geld uit die kluis.”

Die rowers het ook die paartjie se selfone, mev. De Jager se trouringe en juwele gesteel. Daarna het hulle haar hande met haar man se skoenveters agter haar rug vasgebind.

“Hulle het my hande en voete ook met my skoenveters vasgebind en toe sit hulle op my. Toe ek vir hulle sê ek het mediese hulp nodig, het hulle my gevloek.

“Voordat hulle gevlug het, het hulle ’n kombers oor my kop gegooi.”

Sy vrou kon haar loswikkel en het hom ook losgesny.

“Ek kon nie beweeg nie en het net bly lê.”

Hul seun, Günter (7), het gelukkig deur die hele drama geslaap.

De Jager het meer as ’n week gelede twee kabeldiewe op sy eiendom gevang en aan die polisie oorhandig. Hy reken dit hou dalk verband met die aanval.

Mnr. Charles Nqakula, minister van veiligheid en sekuriteit, het in 2006 gesê mense wat dreig om die land weens die hoë misdaadsyfer te verlaat, moet ophou kla of padgee.

De Jager sê hy gaan nie die land verlaat nie. “Die minister moet eerder afgedank word.

“Sê vir hom (die minister) ek is nie ’n klakous nie en ek sal nooit die land verlaat nie, want waarheen sal ek dan gaan? Ek wil net hê hulle moet die galg terugbring.

“My vuurwapens is nou daar buite en dit gaan in ander gewapende rooftogte gebruik word.”

De Jager het gevra Nqakula moet beter toerusting beskikbaar maak om misdaad te bekamp.

Kapt. Sello Ngobeni, waarnemende bevelvoerder by die Cullinan-polisiekantoor, het gesê hulle ondersoek die voorval.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2394519,00.html

'Tell Nqakula I won't go'

16/09/2008 22:53 - (SA)

Virginia Keppler, Beeld

Pretoria - "Tell the minister of safety and security that I'm not going to Australia, because South Africa is my home."

That's what a citrus farmer from Cullinan, east of Pretoria, said after being shot three times in a robbery that took place at his house on Monday night at 22:30.

John de Jager, 37, was shot three times in his right leg when he came to the aid of his wife, Petronella, also 37, after armed robbers attacked her at their washing line.

She had gone out to bring in the washing when she suddenly started screaming. He immediately rushed outside, De Jager said from his bed in Montana hospital on Tuesday.

Shot without warning

"I saw a man standing close to her. He didn't say anything and shot me without warning. When the first bullet struck me, I rushed at him. He then fired two more shots, hitting me in the same leg."

The robbers left him lying there and took his wife into the house.

"They took her to our bedroom to open the safe for them and then stole two firearms and money from the safe."

The robbers also took the couple's cellphones and Petronella's wedding rings and jewellery. They then tied her hands behind her back with her husband's shoelaces.

"They also tied my hands and feet with my shoelaces and then sat on me. When I told them I needed medical attention, they swore at me.

"Before they fled, they pulled a blanket over my head."

His wife managed to free herself and also cut him loose.

Son sleeps through drama

"I couldn't move and just lay there."

Fortunately their son, Günter, seven, slept through the drama.

More than a week ago De Jager caught two cable thieves on his property and handed them over to the police. He believes the attack could be related to that.

Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Nqakula, said in 2006 that people who threaten to leave the country because of the high crime rate should stop complaining or leave.

De Jager said he wasn't going to leave the country. "The minister should rather be sacked.

"Tell him (the minister) I'm not a grumbler and I'll never leave the country, because where shall I go? I just want them to bring back the death penalty.

"My firearms are now out there and will be used in other armed robberies."

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2394571,00.html

Monday, 15 September 2008

Heart expert's wife murdered

15/09/2008 09:44 - (SA)

Jackie Pienaar-Brink, Die Burger

Cape Town - The wife of a member of the team that carried out the world's first heart transplant was murdered in the early hours of Sunday morning in Hermanus.

The body of Lulu Hewitson, 84, was found in the foyer of her house at about 04:00. She had a stab wound to her back.

Her husband, Professor Rodney Hewitson, survived the attack as he was in another part of the house, said police spokesperson Superintendent André Traut. He was badly traumatised.

The elderly woman was murdered after she presumably pressed the panic button.

The suspects are believed to have gained entrance to the house through a living room window, which they took out. They fled the same way.

'Awful and ironic'

The murdered woman's husband was Professor Chris Barnard's right-hand man during the first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967.

"That he lost his wife in this way is awful and ironic," said Professor Johan Brink of the Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

"As a doctor, he had dedicated himself to the less fortunate. Over the years he helped hundreds of people who had been stabbed in the chest. He was an extremely committed doctor and a mentor for heart surgery all over the world."

One of the couple's sons, Dr John Hewitson, followed in his father's footsteps as a heart surgeon while another, Professor Bruce Hewitson of the University of Cape Town, is an internationally recognised climate expert. A third son is a pilot in Mozambique.

According to Traut, the motive was presumably housebreaking with the intention to steal possessions, though nothing valuable was missing.

No one has been arrested and the murder weapon is still missing.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2393506,00.html

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Fresh evidence stalls case

Zelda Venter

September 09 2008 at 09:39AM

The case against a domestic worker and her son who were allegedly involved in the 2006 murder of Susan Vermaak was on Monday postponed after new evidence of "crucial importance" came to light.

The Pretoria High Court was told the arrest of another suspect in the murder of the Brooklyn resident was "imminent".

The court postponed the case against Vermaak's domestic worker Don Mashadi Maloka, 46, and her son Samuel Maloka, 24, - both from Hammanskraal - to February 2.

They are each facing a murder and robbery charge following the death of Vermaak on December 18 2006.

The cause of death in the indictment was strangulation and a stab wound to the heart. They have yet to plead to the charges.

According to the indictment, Don started working for the Vermaaks at their Clark Street home a month before the murder.

It is claimed she asked her son to get people to help them rob and murder the family.

The son, it is claimed, found two unknown assailants whom he introduced to his mother. Together the four conspired to rob and kill Vermaak, whom they overpowered when she arrived home from the gym.

The State claimed that during the morning the pair let the two unknown assailants into the Vermaaks' home.

After Vermaak was overpowered, she was forced to give her attackers the key to her safe in a study on the lower level of the house.

Her attackers took R75 000 from the safe before tying her hands behind her back.

It is claimed a white plastic bag was pulled over her head and tied around her neck with a rope. She was then stabbed and strangled. Various rooms in the house were ransacked and various items, including jewellery, were taken.

Henry Vermaak, who owned a car dealership near Morula Sun, discovered the body of his wife when he came home at about 6pm. He also found the domestic worker in the study, but loosely tied.

Susan Vermaak was killed a few days before she was due to celebrate her 64th birthday.

She was a retired real estate agent and former ballet teacher. The family had lived in their Brooklyn home since 1985.

Prosecutor Andre Wilsenach on Monday told the court that the case was not yet ready for trial as certain evidence which needed to be followed up had come to light last week.

The evidence, he said, related to outstanding DNA results and further exhibits which would be placed before court.

Wilsenach said it had also come to his attention that the arrest of another suspect in this case was imminent. He said it was unfortunate that this only came to light recently, but it was in the interest of justice that the matter be postponed.

The court, meanwhile, granted R2 000 bail to Samuel, coupled with stringent conditions.

His mother will remain in jail awaiting trial.

This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on September 09, 2008

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20080909071130995C714482

Monday, 8 September 2008

House robberies soar

September 07 2008 at 09:31AM

By Mary Corrigall

The reign of terror unleashed on South Africans in their homes by gangs of armed thugs is worsening dramatically.

Residential robbery is up by 14,5 percent nationally, according to the police's 2007-2008 crime statistics.

Based on these figures, every day almost 40 homes are invaded by armed robbers.

And it is not only robberies that are threatening the sanctity of the home. Sixty-eight percent of hijackings happen in driveways, according to Richard Brussow, a former policeman who runs the National Hijack Prevention Academy.

The 2007-2008 police statistics show that the frequency of car hijacking has increased by 4,4 percent and that there has also been a spike in business robberies, the frequency of which has gone up by 47,4 percent.

These figures prove that crime threatens almost everyone, at whatever level of society, in this country.

"The annual increase in the rate of house robberies poses an immense threat to our personal security," Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher for the crime, justice and politics programme at the Institute for Security Studies, told The Sunday Independent.

"We are under siege."

Residential robbery is differentiated from residential burglary in that it is classified as a crime in which armed individuals enter a private residence by force with the intent to rob.

An example of this was last week's horrific attack in Meyersdal, south of Johannesburg, in which a couple's daughter was gang-raped and both parents were shot and wounded by the police, who mistook them for the robbers.

Residential robbery is a relatively new category of crime, listed separately in the police's crime statistics for the first time in 2002.

"It used to be a sub-category of aggravated robbery. It was smallscale when it started out. But as this type crime grew it began to attract the attention of the police, and the need to record it as a separate crime type became a necessity," said Burger.

During the first year residential robbery was defined, 9 063 cases were recorded and since then the figure has grown steadily, with 14 481 incidents logged for 2007-2008.

"Business robberies have also increased, so when you are at work you are also at risk. Shopping malls and restaurants are all places of work, which means that you are never safe," said Burger.

For those who can afford it, the fight-back is under way.

People are retaliating with state-of-the-art security systems that incorporate lasers and cameras, armed guards outside their homes, by joining community associations and community policing forums, and by setting up websites that monitor and report on robberies in the neighbourhood.

eBlockwatch is one of the largest crime-fighting community networks in the country. It has 60 458 members, according to its founder, Andre Snyman.

Profiles of criminals are posted on the website and information is shared among community members by SMS and on the internet. The information generated by the system is passed on to the police and has led to arrests and convictions, said Snyman.

However, according to the Institute for Security Studies' 2007 victim survey, 60 percent of South Africans do nothing to protect themselves against crime and only 20 percent have attended a meeting of a community policing forum.

But Burger said there was little citizens could do to curb residential robbery.

"Research shows that robbers are highly organised. They use their own transport and acquire the services of people working at security companies and in government departments before they target your home."

The state's response to residential robbery has been very slow, according to Burger.

"The arrest and conviction rate for this crime is low - criminals aren't scared. The chance of getting away with this kind of crime is very high," he said.

In Gauteng, where the incidence of residential robbery is the highest in the country, intensified policing initiatives, such as Operation Iron Fist and Operation Trio, have been introduced over the past few years.

Though they have had some effect, bringing the number of house robberies in the province down by 5,4 percent, the incidence remains high.

"What is 5 percent? Let's say there are 10 robberies in one community - that community is going to be living in terror. All it takes is one tragedy," said Firoz Cachalia, Gauteng's MEC for community safety.

Cachalia said that having an efficient police force was insufficient if the entire criminal justice system was ineffective.

"Our arrest rates were increasing but not our conviction rates: we were getting the police to be more effective but we weren't taking [criminals] out of the system, which is really what counts."

This article was originally published on page 1 of Sunday Independent on September 07, 2008

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20080907084907368C109660

Man killed execution-style at home

September 08 2008 at 08:28AM

By Barry Bateman

A Kilner Park resident was shot dead execution-style in what appears to be a robbery at his Kastaiing Street home. At about 3am on Saturday Johannes Koekemoer (60) was shot once in the back of the head and died at the scene.

The man's wife was baking rusks in the kitchen when three armed suspects climbed through a window and surprised her.

Police spokesperson Inspector Malose Mashiane said said the suspects entered the bedroom and held down Koekemoer's wife, also aged 60.

"One of the suspects used a 9mm pistol and shot the husband once in the head.

"At the scene we recovered a 9mm casing and the projectile. Nothing was stolen from the house and the suspects fled on foot along the nearby railway line," he said.

Mashiane said they were investigating cases of house robbery and murder. No arrests have been made.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on September 08, 2008

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20080908055055290C174742

Rowers skiet pa van België voor seun

Sep 07 2008 09:31:30:067PM - (SA)

Hilda Fourie

’n Pa wat vir sy seun se 18de verjaardag van België gekom het, is eergisteroggend voor dié seun doodgeskiet.

Nadat rowers die 45-jarige pa in ’n veiligheidskompleks in Equestria, in die ooste van Pretoria, vermoor het, het hulle die seun en sy drie vriende, onder wie ’n 17-jarige meisie, ’n uur en ’n half aangehou en aangerand.

Hulle het ook die meisie voor haar broer en kêrel onsedelik aangerand.

Kapt. Jan Sepato, polisiewoordvoerder, wou nie die man se naam bekend maak nie omdat al sy naasbestaandes nog nie ingelig is nie.

Die meisie se ma het gisteraand aan Beeld vertel sy was salig onbewus van wat in die huis oorkant haar gebeur het. Sy wil anoniem bly om haar kinders se identiteit te beskerm.

Volgens die ma het die oorledene Woensdag in Suid-Afrika aangekom om by sy seun te wees wat Donderdag 18 jaar oud geword het.

“Die seun en sy pa het Vrydagaand by een van die seun se vriende gaan kuier. Dié vriend (19) is my dogter se kêrel en bly oorkant ons. My seun (17) en dogter is ook na die vriend toe.

“Om 00:10 het drie gewapende mans die huis ingestorm. Ons dink hulle het deur die deur van die motorhuis ingeglip.

“Toe hulle in die huis kom, het die man opgespring. Hulle het hom onmiddellik in die bors geskiet.

“Daarna het hulle die kinders met kledingstukke, insluitend ’n baadjie van een van die rowers waarop ‘Gert’ staan, vasgebind.

“Die kinders kon hoor hoe die man langs hulle doodgaan.

“Die seun wat verjaar het, het die rowers die heeltyd gesmeek dat hy sy pa wou help, maar hulle wou nie.”

Volgens die ma het die rowers die heeltyd gedreig hulle gaan haar dogter verkrag.

Die meisie se broer het gesmeek dat hulle niks aan sy suster moet doen nie, terwyl die meisie se kêrel daarop aangedring het dat hulle alles moet vat en net moet loop.

Die rowers het die meisie voor die seuns onsedelik aangerand.

Die rowers het die seuns gereeld oor die kop geslaan met ’n kledingstuk waarin ’n harde voorwerp was.

Hulle het te voet gevlug met ’n skootrekenaar, klere en alkohol nadat hulle nie die motor aan die gang kon kry nie.

Die ma het ADT en Netcare vir hul vinnige reaksie geprys, maar tog het sy gesê sy het ’n sigaretstompie en ’n patroondoppie op die toneel gevind toe sy dit gistermiddag laat skoongemaak het.

“Ek is woedend,” het sy gesê. “ ’n Man is vermoor en kinders geterroriseer. Hierdie is forensiese bewyse. Hoe kan die polisie dit op die toneel agterlaat?”

Sepato het gesê ’n saak van moord en huisbraak word ondersoek. Hy kon nie kommentaar lewer oor die bewysstukke wat die ma op die toneel gevind het nie.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2389839,00.html

Man shot dead in front of son

08/09/2008 08:19 - (SA)

Hilda Fourie, Beeld

Pretoria - A father who travelled from Belgium to South Africa for his son's 18th birthday, was shot dead in front of him early on Saturday morning.

After robbers killed the 45-year-old man in a security complex in Equestria, east of Pretoria, they held up and assaulted the son and his three friends - one of whom was a 17-year-old girl - for an hour-and-a-half.

They also indecently assaulted the girl in front of the boys.

Police spokesperson Jan Sepato did not want to release the name of the man, as all of his next of kin had not yet been informed.

The girl's mother said on Sunday night that she was totally oblivious to what was going on in the house across the road from her. She wanted to remain anonymous to protect her children's identities.

Shot in chest

She said the deceased arrived in South Africa on Wednesday to be with his son, who had turned 18 on Thursday.

"The boy and his father went to visit one of the boy's friends on Friday night. The friend, 19, is my daughter's boyfriend and lives across the road from us. My son, 17, and daughter also went to the friend.

"At about 00:10, three armed men stormed into the house. We think they got in through the door of the garage.

"When they came into the house, the man jumped up. They immediately shot him in the chest. They then tied up the children with pieces of clothing, including a jacket from one of the robbers, which had 'Gert' printed on it.

"The children could hear as the man died next to them. The boy whose birthday it was, kept begging the robbers to let him help his father, but they would not listen."

Indecent assault

According to the woman, the robbers kept threatening to rape her daughter.

The girl's brother pleaded with them to leave his sister alone, while the girl's friend insisted that they take everything and just leave.

In spite of all their pleading, the robbers indecently assaulted the girl in front of the boys.

They also repeatedly hit the boys over the head with a piece of clothing in which a hard object had been wrapped up.

The robbers fled on foot with a laptop, clothes and alcohol after they couldn't get a car going.

Forensic evidence left at scene

The mother praised security company ADT and Netcare for their swift reaction, but added that she found a cigarette butt and cartridge on the scene when she cleaned it up late on Sunday afternoon.

"I'm furious," she said.

"A man has been murdered and children were terrorised. Here is the forensic proof. How can police leave it on the scene?"

Sepato said a case of murder and house robbery was being investigated. He did not want to comment on the evidence that the mother had found.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2389884,00.html

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Man help grypdief vang, self aangekla

Mnr. Stefan Kloppers het ’n meisie te hulp gesnel en ’n grypdief platgetrek wat haar van haar selfoon beroof het, maar nou word dié held aangekla van aanranding met die opset om ernstig te beseer.

Sonja Carstens

Pretoria

Mnr. Stefan Kloppers het ’n meisie te hulp gesnel en ’n grypdief platgetrek wat haar van haar selfoon beroof het, maar nou word dié held aangekla van aanranding met die opset om ernstig te beseer.

Kloppers (34) van Cullinan se heldedaad op 20 Julie vanjaar het binne minute in ’n nagmerrie verander toe hy in hegtenis geneem is.

Sy skoenveters en gordel is van hom afgeneem en hy is twee dae lank in ’n sel by die Brooklyn-polisiekantoor toegesluit voordat hy op borgtog van R2 000 vrygelaat is.

“Nooit wéér in Suid-Afrika help ek ’n slagoffer van misdaad nie,” het Kloppers die afgelope week gesê nadat hy vir die tweede keer in die Hatfield-gemeenskapshof verskyn het.

Kloppers word vervolg hoewel die polisie nog nie sy “slagoffer”, die vermeende grypdief, se verklaring afgeneem het nie. Die polisie het ook nog nie die vermeende grypdief in hegtenis geneem vir die roof van die selfoon nie.

Kloppers het op dié gewraakte nag saam met vriende in ’n re-staurant in Hatfield gaan eet. Hulle was op pad na sy motor toe hulle sien hoe ’n lap-swaaier die meisie lastig val.

“Ek het gedink hy soek geld en het aangestap. Skielik het die meisie gegil en geskree hy het haar selfoon. Ek het hom agternagesit en hom getekkel soos wat ek dit gedoen het toe ek op skool rugby gespeel het,” vertel Kloppers.

Hy het die selfoon uit die man se hand geneem en dit aan die meisie terugbesorg. “Hy het nie teëgestribbel nie,” sê Kloppers.

Volgens hom het verskeie omstanders nader gehardloop. Kloppers het in sy motor geklim en gesien hoe van die omstanders die grypdief skop.

“Toe ek by die parkeerterrein wou uitry, het vyf veiligheidswagte in ’n motor my voorgekeer en gesê ek moet net daar bly, want hulle het ‘presies gesien’ wat gebeur het.

Die polisie is ontbied.

“Die polisie het my gevra om agter hulle aan te ry na die polisiekantoor. Ek het dit gedoen onder die indruk dat ek ’n verklaring sou aflê.

“By my aankoms is ek in hegtenis geneem,” vertel Kloppers.

Mnr. Dirk Human, Kloppers se regsverteenwoordiger, het die afgelope week beswaar gemaak toe die staat wéér gevra het dat die verhoor uitgestel word vir ’n verklaring van die vermeende grypdief.

Die hof het gehoor die polisie het die “slagoffer” se adres, maar het hom nog nie opgespoor nie.

Volgens Human het die polisie meer as ses weke tyd gehad om dit te doen. “Die sogenaamde slagoffer is ook ’n vermeende grypdief,” het Human aangevoer.

Hierop was landdros Christo-pher Chokwe se antwoord: “As iemand jou foon steel, rand jy hom nie aan nie. Jy bel die polisie.”

Chokwe het die verhoor vir verdere ondersoek uitgestel.

Oorsprong:Rapport
http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2389299,00.html

Die, the Beloved Country

A Simple Example Of Communal Decline

A Letter From South Africa by Jim Peron (September 1998)

When a country begins sliding into oblivion it really is the little things that get to you. You wake up in the morning and turn to see what time it is. The clock is off. The electricity is off again. Sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for a few hours, but it seems to happen more regularly than before.

You pick up the phone at work to make a call. Nothing. Your neighborhood is without telephone service again. You breathe a sigh of relief—at least if all the phones are out, they'll do something relatively soon to fix it. If it's just your own line, it can take days before they'll do anything.

After the power comes on, you turn on the television to watch a favorite program, and hope you get the right sound with the right picture. Sometimes you get the sound of one show with the picture of another. Sometimes it's just the one or the other. Or a radio station instead of the soundtrack. You've read the papers—a large number of the "old" employees have walked out of the broadcasting studios. They couldn't take it anymore. And since television is an arm of the government, their replacements are appointed politically, not because of their experience or ability.

You drive home after going out for dinner. Entire neighborhoods are without street lights. Well, to be more accurate they are without lights that work. And the lights have been out for months. The city has said it won't fix them.

These are the little things in South Africa today. These are the things that annoy. The big things are too frightening even to consider.

Kafkaburg
For two years I couldn't get a water/electricity/tax bill from the city of Johannesburg. Water and electricity are socialist enterprises here. I didn't have an account number, nor did I know how much to pay. I tried calling the bureaucrats, but no help there: they said they'd get back to me, but they didn't.

On September 25th, they showed up to turn off my electricity for failure to pay. The city workers refused to show identification, wouldn't say whose account they were turning off, and wouldn't show any legal authorization to do so. In fact, they told me they didn't have to speak a language I understood (English). I called the police. I have a videotape of these civil servants telling me they aren't obligated to identify themselves, and that if I refused to allow them on the property they had the right to tear down my gate. When I asked one of them for anything that would show them to be city workers, he replied, "This isn't America you know." I know! I know!

I told him, "It's not Nazi Germany, either." He later chastised me for running down "Nazi Germany." "I'm sorry," I said, "I didn't realize you were a Nazi."

I went to the city hall and waited hours for someone to see me. I was finally told to make a plan to pay the account. I was willing. I had R7,000 (7,000 rand) cash on me. But the bureaucrats wouldn't let me pay or make a plan. They had forgotten to transfer the account to my name, you see; it was still in the old owner's name and the bill was going to the wrong address. I was ordered to wait until they changed it over and sent me a statement.

I pay a R700 deposit and go. Two days later they turn on the electricity. Two months later, and still no statement has arrived. I call and call. "I'll call you back," they say. They don't. I keep calling. Finally I get a sour bureaucrat who tells me I'll have to pay R9,000 immediately and the rest over six months. I asked about the year payment plan. That was discontinued in November. "But I wanted to pay in October and you people wouldn't let me," I protest. "That's your problem," she says.

Back at city hall, I see another woman who spends the entire time screaming at everyone who comes near her. She screams in the phone. She screams at the switchboard for "bothering" her with phone calls. She informs me that it's my obligation to pay my account whether or not the city sends me a statement. It doesn't matter if I don't know the amount owed. It doesn't matter if I don't have an account number to which the money is to be credited. My obligation is to pay an unknown sum into an unknown account, and if I don't get it right they'll turn off my electricity.

I got off relatively easy, though. Today's newspaper told of one man who received an account for R500,000 in water use. The man owns a well and doesn't even use city water. When he went in to talk to the bureaucrats, they were very sympathetic. They told him to pay 50 percent now or have his electricity cut off.

The Rise of Violence
Recently, I went into a print shop to get some flyers printed. The woman there was quite pleasant and we talked about the short blackout that day. She asked what I was doing in South Africa and told me that she and her family want to flee. Her family originally immigrated from India; like some Indians she was quite dark. Clearly she was not a member of the class "privileged" by apartheid. But what she said surprised me.

"My husband and I decided we were better off under apartheid. Sure now we can live next to white people and ride the same bus. But those things aren't important."

What is important? Not being afraid.

Today, the murder rate is ten times greater in South Africa than in the United States. One world atlas reports: "South Africa is the world's most dangerous country (beside war zones), with 40,000 murders a year." It wasn't this way four years ago, before the ANC took power. But the government says the murders are a "legacy of apartheid."

That's part of the problem. Everything that goes wrong is "a legacy of apartheid." The violence in the rest of Africa is a "legacy of colonialism." It's a legacy that has gone on for almost 40 years. Every time something goes wrong (and that happens constantly), the same litany of excuses are recited. "We inherited this problem from the corrupt apartheid regime."

I lived for thirty-some years in the U.S. and never met anyone who had been shot. I was never near a bank robbery. Never heard of a friend's car being hijacked. Only one person I knew suffered a burglary.

In the last two years many people I know have been burglarized. In fact, burglary is so common that people have stopped talking about it. One of my friends was hit six times in one year. The last time I saw him I asked what he had done that day. "I got a new TV," he said. "Oh, how generous of you," I replied. He has since left for England.

White farmers in particular are being targeted. Some, like Werner Weber, president of the Agricultural Employers Organization, believe there is an orchestrated campaign to force whites off the land so it can be redistributed. Farm attacks rise almost every year: 92 killed in 1994, 121 in 1995, 109 in 1996 and 140 last year. In some attacks people are murdered but nothing is stolen, indicating that robbery isn't the motive. Farmer Dudley Leitch told an AEO meeting that while the murder rate among South Africans in general is 13 per 100,000, it is 120 per 100,000 for farmers.

A major cellular phone company placed an anti-crime ad in a newspaper saying, "President Mandela—you were in prison. Now we all are." A top official of the bureaucracy that regulates telephones called the company and the ad was withdrawn. I guess it was too rude to state the obvious.

In America, you don't see what's happening. I know; I watch CNN. It doesn't even come close to telling the truth about the decline and death of South Africa. The American media can't tell the truth now—they have invested too much in telling everyone what a saint Mandela is.

Meanwhile, we live in prisons. My house has a set of bars on the outside of the windows and another set inside. I have a Rhodesian ridgeback dog patrolling the yard. I had a big, spiked, remote-controlled gate put in the drive. I can't afford the precautions that others are taking. You now see individual homes with security guards. Walls over eight feet tall are common, with barbed wire or spikes on top. Across the street, my neighbors put an electric fence on the wall—now a commonplace sight. People are armed and have hired private security companies. In the U.S. following all these precautions would be considered paranoid. Here it's average.

Police Story
On the street where my bookstore is located, a grocery has been robbed a couple of times. So were the post office and bank.

In the last few months, four of my customers have been hijacked by armed gangs, one of them in my parking lot. One was shot through the leg, another was shot at but missed. Another was beaten and spent weeks in the hospital. Well over 3,000 hijackings are reported each year. A family driving to Durban for holiday pulled to the side of the road so the two little boys could get out and take care of business. Several hours later the police found the two children sitting against the bodies of their dead parents; murdered for a car.

The new president of the ANC, Terror Lekota, told the press that the hijackings are the fault of apartheid. He claims the "apartheid regime" gave immunity from prosecution to hijackers in exchange for "intelligence" gathering on the ANC. Last year, another top government official blamed the spate of hijackings on whites. He said there was no crime wave at all, and that whites were inventing crimes just to collect insurance.

The acting head of the Licensing Department for the Johannesburg area, Gerrie Gerneke, issued a report in July 1997 confirming that the department was in the control of criminal syndicates. He said that half of all cars stolen in the Johannesburg area are "legalized" with new official documents within 30 days of being stolen. He said that cooperation between criminal gangs and union members has made it impossible for senior staff members or security staff to take any action. After Gerneke's report to the government was made, two anonymous letters accused him of being a racist. As a result of these anonymous complaints, Gerneke was suspended for five months. A year later Gerneke says the government has not acted on any of his recommendations to deal with corruption. When a car theft ring was recently exposed, five of the 16 individuals arrested were policemen. The chief investigator said, "We found that policemen were receiving stolen cars and then selling them to their clients."

In 1997 corruption reached such a level that Mandela appointed a Special Investigating Unit to look into the matter. According to Judge Willem Heath, head of the unit, there are currently more than 90,000 cases under investigation. If Heath and his crew manage to resolve one case of corruption per day, including weekends and holidays, it will take about 247 years to clear the current backlog. This doesn't include any new cases that will arise. Heath thinks the cases involve a sum of around 6 billion rand.

In 1997 approximately 2,300 police officers were charged with corruption —just about one every three hours. Almost 500 police officers have appeared in court on charges of working with criminal gangs. In the Johannesburg area alone 700 police officers are facing trials for committing crimes ranging from murder to burglary. And everyone assumes this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Over the last two years, there have been dozens of major highway robberies. In broad daylight gangs of a dozen men armed with AK-47s and other "military" weapons attack security trucks carrying large amounts of cash. These robberies have netted millions for the gangs. Government officials blame security companies, banks, and anyone else they can think of. But some arrests have finally been made, the ringleaders have turned out to be ANC activists. The leaders who were arrested were officials in the so-called "armed wing" of the ANC, Umkhonto weSizwe. One gang leader had been Youth League secretary for the Johannesburg area. A close associate of his, also a gang leader, was arrested but "escaped" from jail. Both were recent guests at the birthday party of Peter Mokaba, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. There is evidence that Umkhonto weSizwe activists are not only behind some of the robberies, but that they are working with other armed cadres associated with so-called liberation movements from bordering countries.

In 1997 alone, there were 465 bank robberies. In all about $40 million was taken. Banks are raising their fees substantially to compensate for the losses.

Crime seems to be the only thing that works in South Africa—the risk of being arrested, tried and convicted is minuscule. In 1997, only 14.6 percent of murders led to arrest and conviction. Of 52,110 rapes there were only 2,532 convictions—about 6.7 percent. For the 330,093 burglaries there were 15,710 convictions, about 4.8 percent.

Experienced prosecutors have quit their jobs, replaced by novices who owe their positions to affirmative action.

During the 1997 Christmas season, the police and prisons "lost" almost 300 prisoners. In one instance a policeman took two prisoners to a bar for drinks. One of them borrowed his keys and returned to the jail to release 23 other prisoners. At another jail nine prisoners walked out, leaving behind a note: "We are out for Christmas and will be back on January 3." (They didn't come back.) Several prisoners left a police van when guards didn't bother locking it.

In 1995, Sylvester Mofokeng was taken out of his cell for a soccer game. When he was returning to prison, he simply jumped out of the truck and ran through gates that were left unlocked. He was rearrested three months later, but in August 1996 he escaped again. Somehow he obtained a gun from a visitor and used it to force guards to release him.

Josiah Rabotapi is believed to be the leader of an armed robbery syndicate involved in the theft of up to $14 million in 30 armed robberies. He is also wanted for 16 murders. So far he has been arrested three times and escaped every time. Jan van der Westhuizen, a convicted murderer, has escaped from prison or police custody seven times.

When the police aren't "losing" criminals, they are killing them. A recent government report showed that one person dies every twelve hours either while in police custody or as a result of police action. Two-thirds of these deaths take place during apprehension. According to one report, "an overview of 100 shooting incidents between police and civilians" showed a heavy "imbalance in casualties." David Bruce, a researcher for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation said, "In only five of the cases was a policeman hurt, and in one case a policeman was killed."

In the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, citizens are fighting back. In some areas they have put security guards at the entrance to a subdivision. Entrances are closed off with gates to control who comes in and who goes out. Criminals can no longer simply load their cars with stolen goods and speed out when security guards stop them at the gate. These areas have seen dramatic reductions in crime. But the ANC has ordered the gates removed. It claims these efforts force crime away from white areas and are therefore racist.

This is life in South Africa today.

I've lived in South Africa for six years and I've seen a lot of changes. Even a few for the good. But the standard of living has declined. And people's attitudes have changed: hope is gone, replaced by fear, anxiety, even horror. There is a joke going around: Americans have Bill Clinton, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. South Africans have Nelson Mandela, no cash and no hope.

The Return of Apartheid
Another popular joke is that Mickey Mouse has a watch with the picture of our Ministers of Finance. In the six years that I have lived here the South African rand has depreciated by 50 percent. In just the last year it has dropped 30 percent.

The government has conducted a massive "jobs" program. But since the ANC has taken power the number of jobs has declined, despite sanctions being lifted and increased trade with the rest of the world. The only job increases are in government departments.

South African workers are not particularly productive. But the government has been pushing new labor legislation that continues to drive up the cost of South African labor. No wonder that fewer and fewer South Africans are employed.

The ANC is pushing a new "Equity Employment" bill through Parliament. This bill will force all employers to reserve a number of jobs for blacks. Businesses that don't comply with the mandatory racial quotas face heavy fines. And so apartheid is back—the old laws in new packaging.

Recently, ANC members of Parliament have announced that they intend to introduce legislation applying racial quotas to sports. Specifically, the government wants to control rugby, a sport played traditionally by whites (unlike soccer, which is dominated by blacks). Mandela ordered a commission to investigate racism in the South African Rugby Football Union. SARFU took the issue to court and the court ruled against the commission. ANC officials then proclaimed the judge an unpatriotic racist for requiring Mandela to testify on why the commission was created.

ANC MPs, unable to get control of rugby legally, resorted to intimidation. They announced on the floor of Parliament that unless the leadership of SARFU resigns, ANC members will forcibly close airports to prevent other rugby teams from entering South Africa. Major corporations, all fearful of the ANC, threatened to remove financial support from SARFU unless the ANC got its way. Rugby head Louis Luyt, who had defeated an ANC partisan for the job, was forced out by the threats. After Luyt resigned, SARFU apologized to Mandela for making him go to court.

Communists in Government
The government of South Africa is actually a coalition of three groups. The ruling triple alliance is made up of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the African National Congress (ANC), which leads the coalition. The SACP has a lot of influence in COSATU and together they exercise a great deal of control over the ANC. Thabo Mbeki, who just replaced Mandela as leader of the ANC, and is pegged to be president of South Africa when Mandela steps down, was trained in Moscow. His father, Govan, is an old line Marxist and SACP activist. At a recent ANC conference the hard left solidified its control over the ANC by capturing nine of its eleven top positions. Of the ANC's 240 MPs in Parliament, 80 were appointed by the SACP. The ANC and COSATU also used some of their quotas to appoint SACP members to Parliament.

When Chris Hani was assassinated by Janus Waluz, a Polish immigrant, CNN called Hani, "a top ANC official" or "anti-apartheid activist." But CNN didn't mention that Hani was the head of the Communist Party and that Waluz was a refugee from communism. Instead, the impression was given that Hani was another Martin Luther King.

In the same way, many facts about Mandela and the ANC are never reported by the media. For example, Mandela awarded South Africa's equivalent of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom to Libya's Muammar al-Qaddafi. Mandela has publicly said that Cuba is a model for a free, democratic society that is, in fact, more democratic than the United States. Castro has been here for friendly visits. When U.S. officials complained about Mandela's cozy relationship with dictators, Mandela said that no other nation has the right to interfere in South African affairs—this from the man who supported sanctions against the old government. Curiously, Mandela dropped recognition of Taiwan at the demand of Communist China.

The ANC's Bill of Wrongs
Gay rights are now enshrined in South Africa's Bill of Rights. Gay publications around the world have praised the ANC for this. But in fact gay sex remains illegal. The government has taken no practical steps to legalize homosexuality. When a gay rights group took the sodomy laws to the Constitutional Court, the government opposed its effort. After a world-wide outcry, the government backed down. It appears the ANC is hoping the courts throw out the law, thereby taking credit for being pro-gay while not being responsible for the change. Yet the South African government continues to deny foreign gay partners of South Africans the right to stay in the country legally. The issue is in court, but the government is opposed to changes in the policy.

The ruling ideology is that "there are no absolute rights," so the ANC put "weasel" clauses into the Bill of Rights. Any right guaranteed by the Constitution can be ignored. For instance, the right to engage in enterprise is absolute—unless infringed "by law." Thus the government can do what it wants since it passes the laws. Other constitutional clauses say rights can be limited by government consistent with the operation of an "open" and "democratic" society. And remember, Mandela considers Cuba democratic.

The bill of rights negotiated by various political parties guaranteed freedom of speech. Repressive censorship laws were relegated to the dustbin. But the ANC has been pulling them back out and wiping them off.

A bill to repeal censorship was introduced in Parliament. I even testified in favor of it. The bill was mediocre but livable. Later, the ANC rewrote it in secret and passed it without making a written version available. The new bill actually creates a censorship body. All videos and films must be approved by the censorship board before they can be distributed. So-called "x-rated" material can be sold only in licensed adult shops. Anything deemed "hate speech" is illegal. The new "obscenity" standard is that anything "degrading" is illegal. Another victory for clear, concise legal concepts.

Lindiwe Sisulu, deputy minister of home affairs, said the government "tries" to balance free speech with the rights of "society, in reality, however, there can never be an absolute balance." This means "not all speech can be equally protected." Sisulu interprets the new censorship legislation much more strictly than in the past. She claims that "anyone who downloads pornography from the Internet will commit an offense." Note that she has broadened this beyond the act which banned "degrading" pornography, bestiality, child porn, and hate speech. Now she says that any downloaded porn is illegal. Expanding the prior censorship of films and videos, Sisulu says all photos must be classified by the government before distribution. "No person may screen a film or photograph, including on a computer screen, which has not been classified by the Publications Board. This means that anyone placing material on the Internet must have a classification certificate for that material." In other words the government now claims the right to classify—and ban—all photographs before they are distributed to anyone.

Yet the ANC stills finds the bill of rights too restrictive of government. Peter Mokaba recently gave a speech in a black area demanding that all blacks vote for the ANC so it can get two-thirds control of Parliament. He said this would allow it to rewrite the constitution and end all restrictions on government power. ANC secretary general Kgalema Motlanthe said that if the ANC won two-thirds control in the next election, it could govern "unfettered by constraints."

Supine and Pusillanimous
In the last four years, the nation's largest string of newspapers has lost its independence from the government after being taken over by Irish press baron Tony O'Reilly. O'Reilly's Independent group is cozy with the ANC. An article in The Times of London says O'Reilly has been criticized for "his unhealthily close relationship with the ANC government. He began by appointing an advisory board stacked with ANC supporters and has been vocal in his support for all manner of ANC causes and watchwords." Journalists have been unhappy that O'Reilly brought in his biographer, Ivan Fallon, to run the newspapers because Fallon "is disliked for his refusal to stand up to Government attempts to bully the press into uncritical support."

According to The Times O'Reilly's newspapers have downplayed scandals within the ANC government. In the Virodene scandal, ANC politicians promoted—and still promote—the so-called AIDS drug. Documents show that the company producing the drug was planning to offer a six percent share of the profits to the ANC. O'Reilly's papers "have played down the whole matter, neglecting to cover key press conferences."

Other newspapers, however, still manage to criticize the government, and the ANC and Mandela don't like it. Mandela constantly attacks the press for being "opposed" to the "transformation." In fact the press, on the whole, was staunchly critical of apartheid. Still, Mandela says the media, with the exception of television, are racist. In the next few years, legislation directed against the newspapers is almost certain. Mandela's hero, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, wiped out recalcitrant newspapers by simply turning them over to the government.

Television is exempt from Mandela's criticisms because the three main television stations are already controlled by the government. ANC officials run the stations and they are often deathly silent about the problems in South Africa. But they do have time for endless documentaries on Mandela and the ANC, with titles like "Our Heroes." One new news director is a long-time ANC supporter with no broadcasting experience.

Two new mini-series have been produced for the coming season: one is a glowing film about the life of communist Helen Joseph and her fight for the ANC, and the other is about ANC partisan Bishop Tutu. A new television series, funded by the Labour Ministry, is called "Let's Talk." A recent episode showed the workers, all of whom are called "comrades," on strike. The owner of the factory, who for some reason had an American accent, locked out the strikers. But the company management didn't know how to build their own product, houses, and built them upside down! The government and the trade unions seem to believe that entrepreneurs and management are useless, and that all productivity comes from labor.

The South African Broadcasting System's political allegiances are no secret: one station's promotional commercial shows its on-air talent in "rainbow" clothing and marching with colorful flags to triumphant music. Several flags feature the face of Mandela. In another Stalinoid presentation, the television producers' award show included a musical number with the chorus, "Oh, Mandela, we sing praise to you." Not long ago, the son of the former president of the ANC, Oliver Tambo, who hosts an SABC talk show, ran an hour-long special praising media mogul Tony O'Reilly. No doubt the fact that O'Reilly has cuddled up to the ANC had nothing to do with the praise heaped upon him.

Fascism, South African Style
Civil society is being politicized. Everything must be solidified in the hands of the State and the State must be in the hands of the ANC.

Last year the government nationalized all water resources in South Africa. Under new legislation it will be illegal to dig a well without prior approval from the central government. The ANC attacked critics of the legislation as "racist whites" who want to protect their luxury swimming pools. Meanwhile the new rulers admit they can't find 45 percent of all the water shipped to Johannesburg. Only 55 percent of the water is metered out—the rest simply disappears. But considering that meters are found almost exclusively in white areas, while black areas have unmetered taps, this should be no surprise.

But water is only the camel's nose in the tent. The ANC Minister of Mineral Affairs, Penuell Maduna, called for the nationalization of all minerals, saying that "private ownership of mineral rights is unacceptable to the government." Government spokesmen call private ownership "racist" because not everyone owns mineral rights in a private system. Maduna previously floated the idea that the government should also control all oil companies. Under the current system, price competition in petrol is forbidden and all prices are set by the government.

The hospitals in South Africa have become nightmares. Two years ago Mandela announced free medical care for children. The hospitals are now filled with unemployed women and their children. They sit there for hours to have a cough or a runny nose checked.

Dr. Zuma, Minister of Health, seems determined to make health care in South Africa equally bad everywhere. She has conscripted all medical students to be servants. They are to give two years of their lives to the State, to do what the State orders, anywhere the State orders. The legislation doesn't even specify that the service has to be in South Africa. Speculation is that at least some will be assigned to Cuba.

When it was pointed out to Zuma that huge numbers of doctors and medical students are now emigrating, she called them "traitors," and attributed their fleeing to "racism." Wits School of Medicine reported that 45 percent of all students who graduated in the last 35 years have already left the country. A recent survey of the top doctors in South Africa revealed the almost unanimous opinion that Zuma is destroying the nation's health-care system. The Independent wrote, "Many doctors said that Zuma's apparent intention to introduce a communist or socialist national health system was stifling private practice and initiative. This, coupled with excessive control and interference, has left doctors despondent." A spokesman for Zuma responded by saying that if the proposals are "seen as socialist, then we will continue to do so and offer no apologies."

The destruction of health care has even affected the food supply. Vaccines that are urgently needed to protect livestock have run out. The only legal source for purchasing the vaccines in South Africa is through the government, and the government labs are empty. Farmers who send in their checks to buy the vaccines have the money returned. The top veterinary scientists are also leaving the country. At the Onderstepoort Research Centre only one of the original six specialists is still there. Onderstepoort, once considered one of the best research centers in the world, is now limping along. Scientists say there is a good chance that mutated viruses will decimate the beef, pork, and lamb industries before new vaccines can be developed. They warn that the public should expect a shortage of meat and milk as a result.

Under the old apartheid regime, government schools in black areas were woefully deficient. When the ANC took over the education system things changed. Now all the schools are woefully deficient.—equality has been achieved. But the number of students graduating from high school has declined under the ANC. Those who do well in school prosper only if they are the right color. The student who passed more courses with distinction than any other student in South Africa can't even get a scholarship. Each application he has made has been rejected because he's the wrong color. He has the best scholastic record in the country but no one cares. It isn't wise to give money to anyone not approved by the ANC.

In the Eastern Cape, near Port Elizabeth, is the impoverished Khwezi Lomso Comprehensive School. The principal is Cecilia Behrent. During her tenure the school has achieved a pass rate of 84 percent, well above the national rate of 47 percent and double that of the provincial pass rate of 42 percent. The teachers' union, in cooperation with the government, has been trying to have a union official replace Behrent, who is white. Her ouster is opposed by almost every one of her 1,100 students, almost all the teachers, and over 700 parents who have signed a petition on her behalf. The government refused to accept the petition.

Johannesburg Besieged
Johannesburg was a relatively safe and clean city when I moved here. I moved into a racially mixed area in the city center. I left a year later. Today, I won't drive there in broad daylight. The streets are controlled by criminals. Some gangs sit at street corners and rob passing motorists. They break the car window, take what they want, pile it on the curb, and then wait for another car. They don't even run with the stolen goods. They don't need to; no one will arrest them.

Residents of my old neighborhood, Hillbrow, have discovered a new game: take cans of trash and throw them from 15th floor windows at pedestrians. The streets are filthy and reek of urine. Businesses are moving out. The luxury Carleton Hotel held on for awhile but finally gave up the ghost. No one would stay there, so the hotel closed its 200-plus rooms, and now sits empty.

Mayhem reigned on New Year's Eve. In the Hillbrow section of the city, nearly 200 police officers patrolled an area of just a few square blocks —to no apparent effect. Three people were murdered on the streets that evening. Police who tried to stop looters were pelted from the high-rise apartment buildings. Paramedics were attacked when they tried to aid the injured.

So the ANC took action. Johannesburg is a massive city, and the ANC promised to break its management into several regions. "Local control" would then be achieved with four gerrymandered districts. Each district was drawn in the most convoluted way possible, ensuring that each had enough blacks. The ANC knows where its voters live.

The city hired thousands and thousands of new bureaucrats. In many cases two people did the same job—one black worker with the title and one white worker to do the work. Money was redistributed to the "previously disadvantaged." While black townships haven't improved, white areas have declined. Now Johannesburg, once the wealthiest city in Africa, can't pay its bills, and can't get bank loans. It went from budget surplus to bankruptcy in just two years. More ANC magic.

This black magic is being worked throughout South Africa. The British-based Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy recently said that 281 municipalities in South Africa are now technically bankrupt. That's one out of every three cities in the country.

Public parks are now squatter camps. Broken water mains gush for days before they're fixed. Pot holes remain unrepaired. The city budget allocates less than $100,000 for street repairs for the entire city! Inefficiency reigns. Under questioning in Parliament, ANC officials admitted that roads in Gauteng have deteriorated under their management. Transport Minister Mac Maharaj admitted that only 37 percent of the roads were in good or very good condition in 1997 where this was true of 80 percent of the roads in 1985.

The Political Struggle
In Johannesburg the opposition party to the ANC is the Democratic Party DP). Once a leading anti-apartheid party, it is now the only real opposition to the ANC left, and it has become increasingly libertarian. It supports the rights of gay people and free enterprise. It opposes affirmative action and censorship.

The northern suburbs are now staunch DP territory. And they are in a tax revolt. The government responds by sending in armed goons to terrorize elderly couples. The ANC isn't happy. My area is the one area where the ANC doesn't have a clear majority. It can't institute one party rule here, so it intimidates, punishes, and withdraws basic city services.

To counter the opposition, the ANC now plans to make the entire Johannesburg area a "mega city." No more regions. The DP areas will be swamped "democratically" by ANC supporters, allowing the ANC to continue to steal from DP voters and give to ANC bureaucrats.

Critics of the mega city were, of course, branded "racists". (Today, that term has lost all meaning in South Africa. In fact, if you're not labeled a "racist" one time or another, you're simply not a decent human being.) Various community groups asked for a referendum. The ANC said that was undemocratic, and wouldn't have it.

Local DP politician Frances Kendall called for a private referendum. Hundreds of voting booths were established throughout the city. The ANC ordered its supporters not to vote. In black areas voting booths were harassed and intimidated into closing. Then the ANC said the vote didn't count because there weren't enough voting booths in black areas. Just under 100,000 people voted. The vote was overwhelmingly against the "mega city". The ANC said it didn't care and would ignore it. After all the poll only expressed the views of racists.

When the ANC won power, the election was declared "free and fair" by European Community observers. One observer admitted to a Federal Party official that the election would be declared corrupt if judged by European standards, "but this is Africa." For instance, more voters voted than existed. A recent census showed the population at under 39 million, not 44 million as previously claimed. Since more than half the population consists of children, there can't be more than 19 million voters in the country. Yet more than 19 million cast ballots. No one seems to care that the ANC was elected with millions of fraudulent votes.

I was receiving hourly vote tallies by fax from the Independent Electoral Commission. I remember my amazement when I noticed that the vote total for the Federal Party was higher at 6 p.m. than at 7 p.m. Votes were disappearing. Vote counting went on for days when suddenly it stopped. For two days no results were released. IEC officials met with political party officials behind closed doors before the final results were negotiated and announced.

For the last several years the ANC has done everything possible to manipulate the voting system to increase its totals. First, it proposed that the voting age be reduced to 14 years since the overwhelming majority of youths are black. Public ridicule has quashed this proposal for the time being. Next, the ANC tried to change the laws so that non-citizens could vote provided they were from "neighboring," i.e. black, countries. Because most white non-citizens are from England, Canada, the United States, etc. the white vote wouldn't have increased. Opposition parties managed to kill this proposal as well.

Instead, the ANC achieved the same goal through the back door. The vast majority of "illegal" immigrants in South Africa are blacks from neighboring countries. The ANC granted them immediate citizenship. Meanwhile, "legal" immigrants, who are mainly whites from Western countries, find it increasingly difficult to stay in South Africa. Permanent residency for "legal" immigrants has become more difficult to receive, and the cost of simply applying has increased from less than $100 to over $1,400.

The National Party (NP), once South Africa's dominant party, is fast losing support. It has never really opposed the ANC on anything, and it has made numerous backroom deals with the ANC to retain privileges for its leaders. The job of standing up to the ANC is filled by the "liberal" Democratic Party.

The DP has contested by-elections recently in several NP strongholds. In each case the DP handily beat the NP candidate. White voters no longer trust the NP, and with good reason. In the most recent local election the DP garnered 90 percent of the votes. Just before the election a top NP official said this seat was the NP's "safest" in the country. But the ANC is launching a counter-offensive.

DP activists, many of whom were arrested for denouncing apartheid, are now branded racists by the ANC. ANC media mouthpieces refer to the "liberal racists" of the DP. ANC officials call liberals "bigots" and use the term "conservative liberals" to denegrate ANC critics. Party officials regularly give speeches denouncing critics as being "unpatriotic." And recently they have started claiming that whites are preventing its programs from succeeding.

Mandela openly denounces the DP as racist. His objective is to sideline the DP. Of all the opposition parties—outside the Inkatha Freedom Party, which is strictly Zulu-based—only the DP has a hope of attracting black support. It must be destroyed if a one-party ANC state is to be constructed.

What happens depends largely on how the rest of the world views South Africa. If there is sufficient criticism and publicity, the would-be ANC dictators will back down. They have before and will again. But the ANC is whittling away at the rule of law and the world isn't saying very much. The ANC won't ban its opposition outright—at least not in the immediate future. Total government control of all the media isn't in the cards yet either—but the newspapers will be attacked in the guise of promoting "diversity." But there is a hope. International pressure and continued support for the DP may at least hold things off.

But the odds are against it. South Africa will most likely walk the road to misery, corruption, despair and destruction. Give it time. It won't be any different here than in the rest of Africa.

Source:ourcivilisation.com
http://www.ourcivilisation.com/die.htm

Why the title "Die, The Beloved Country"
Fifty years ago (1948) Alan Paton wrote a book " Cry, The Beloved Country" about the horrors of apartheid in South Africa. It was an overnight best seller, which was eventually translated into more than 20 languages and became a set book in schools all over the world. To date it has sold more than 15 million copies and still sells 100,000 copies a year.

The sentiments in the prose which proved so popular have now been embraced with the abandonment of apartheid, with predictable and unpleasant results. So by altering one word of this famous title, the true effects of the change are described.

Death has prevented the author witnessing the achievement of his dreams, but his widow is still alive and has written a letter to the London Times explaining why she is now fleeing the country her husband loved.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Verwysings na wapens op jeugliga-CD kwel MRK

Sep 05 2008 08:25:31:183PM - (SA)

Carien du Plessis

As dit van die ANC-jeugliga afhang, is die verkiesingsveldtog se klankbaan die geluid van masjiengeweervuur, AK47’s en oorlogsliedere – iets wat die Menseregtekommissie (MRK) laat regop sit.

Die jeugliga beplan om met sy 64ste verjaardagvieringe volgende week ’n CD met die oog op volgende jaar se verkiesing bekend te stel.

Mnr. Floyd Shivambu, jeugliga-woordvoerder, het gister gesê die CD bevat “liedere wat ons in die organisasie sing, niks dramaties nie”.

Die CD is deur die platejoggie Oskido van YFM vervaardig.

Talk Radio 702 het gister ’n eksemplaar daarvan in die hande gekry. Die lirieke van een liedjie, wat in Zoeloe gesing word, lui: “Ons is gewapen met AK47’s. Ons is gewapen met PK’s (masjiengewere). Ons wil veg. Voorwaarts met die stryd, voorwaarts met die oorlog.”

Mnr. Jody Kollapen, MRK-voorsitter, het gesê die kommissie kwel hom oor die liedjies.

“Wat ook al die bedoeling agter dié . . . woorde; die simboliek is iets wat ons moet vermy.

“Die kwessie van geweld in die gemeenskap is so dat ons eerder van die taal van geweld moet wegbly.”

Mnr. Julius Malema, jeugliga-leier, het voorheen deurgeloop nadat hy gesê het die jeug sal doodmaak vir Zuma.

Die jeugliga het ook gister gesê hy hoop om sy ledetal teen die einde vanjaar te verhoog. Dit het van 500 000 in 2004 tot 317 000 gedaal.

Shivambu het gesê dit is weens die registrasieproses wat verander het. Die jongste syfer dateer volgens hom van Februarie, en hy sê voornemende lede bel die jeugliga daagliks.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2388978,00.html

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Wedding ring joins dots for police

Graeme Hosken

September 03 2008 at 07:00AM

A wedding ring stolen off the hand of a young Pretoria mother who was raped and murdered has led to the arrest of her suspected killer.

Police nabbed Elize Havenga's alleged killer during a raid on his shack in Mamelodi on Monday night.

Havenga's daughter, Arista, was nine-months-old when her mother's body was found dumped semi-naked in dense bushes less than a kilometre from their Rietfontein small holding, east of Pretoria, in February. The couple had been living there for a month.

A man was arrested a day after her murder, but released several months later when police were unable to link him to the crime.

Havenga is believed to have stormed out of her home leaving Arista on her own after a heated argument with her husband, Jan Adriaan, who had left moments earlier.

Havenga, who ran a job recruitment agency, was collected by her brother on a dirt road near the family's house, but was dropped off minutes later at the same spot after she told him she wanted to walk home.

Her husband, who drove past moments later, stopped and they apparently spoke before he continued home.

Havenga's body was found a day later. A strip of wire was wrapped tightly around her neck.

Police on Tuesday revealed how through a suspect arrested for being in possession of stolen property - including jewellery taken from Havenga - they were able to trace her suspected murderer.

Welbekend police station spokesperson, Sergeant Marinda Stoltz, said the man was arrested after a suspect, caught for being in possession of stolen property, told police the whereabouts of the man who allegedly sold him several items, including those suspected to have been stolen from Havenga.

While Stoltz refused to reveal what the items that allegedly linked the seller to Havenga's murder were, Havenga's husband, Jan Adriaan, said it was a wedding ring.

Havenga said his wife's wedding ring and his (Jan Adriaan's) great grandmother's wedding ring were stolen from her during the attack.

Stoltz said information indicated that the murder was unplanned and had happened on the spur of the moment. She said investigators were now trying to link the suspect to Havenga's murder through DNA.

Stoltz said the suspect would appear in Welbekend magistrate's court on Wednesday on charges of murder, rape and robbery.

Speaking from his home in George, where he now lives with his parents and daughter Arista, Havenga said they were glad that someone had been arrested.

"My only hope is that it is the right person," he said.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on September 03, 2008

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20080903055839769C201194

KZN killer was after firearms

02/09/2008 16:54 - (SA)

Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal man who confessed to the killing of a Pietermaritzburg farmer admitted on Tuesday his gang was after firearms to use in other crimes.

Mthokozisi Jali, 34, pleaded guilty in the city's High Court to the murder, housebreaking and aggravated robbery of Andrew Main in September last year.

Judge Thumba Pillay said he would sentence Jali on Thursday as he wanted to consider carefully what punishment should be imposed.

Jali agreed with Pillay that his gang could have overpowered the 53-year-old Main instead of shooting him dead as he arrived home.

A former co-accused of Jali, Mxolisi Gcwabashe, pleaded guilty on August 26 to possession of the murder weapon, an AK-47 assault rifle, and was sentenced to seven years in jail.

Another accused, Mzamo Jali, 36, is to stand trial on charges of murdering and robbing Main and possession of the AK-47 on February 2 next year.

Borrowed AK-47

A fourth gang member, Lucky Ntombela, was shot dead when he tried to wrest a gun from a policeman in a bid to escape.

Jali confessed: "Mzamo and Lucky told me that Main had a safe which contained cash and weapons and that we should rob him.

"Lucky and I borrowed an AK-47 from Gcwabashe which Lucky kept until after the execution of our plan, and then I returned it to Mxolisi.

"On Sunday, September 23 2007, Lucky, Mzamo and I went to Main's home. Lucky had the AK-47. Main was not at home and we lay in wait for him.

"At about 23:00 he returned in his LDV. We waited for him to park and alight. As he got out Lucky shot him and he fell. He was dead.

Drove away in Main's vehicle

They broke into the house while Jali kept watch outside.

"Mzamo and Lucky came out with three firearms and ammunition. Lucky drove us away in Main's vehicle. We also took other items."

State advocate Prettygirl Ngcobo said Jali should be jailed for life. In 1996 he was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for robbery.

Legal Aid Board counsel Divesh Mootheram said there were substantial and compelling circumstances for the court to deviate from the prescribed life sentence for the murder.

Jali had pleaded guilty and shown remorse by apologising to the bereaved family and Main's friends.

After the murder, 54 of Main's workers who grew and packed vegetables for supermarkets were laid off. The farm was sold.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2386920,00.html

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

22 Ellispark-toeskouers gaan in rassistiese aanvalle sterf

Daar is opnuut ‘n storm oor ‘n sogenaamde “rassistiese” aanval op Ellispark die pas afgelope Saterdag. Tydens die vermeende insident het drie blanke mans glo ‘n swart vrou beledig en haar arm agter haar rug vasgehou. Sover bekend is die vrou nie beseer nie.

Hierdie insident het onafwendbaar internasionaal oplae gemaak, en ons kan inderdaad vir die volgende paar dae verwag dat al wat ‘n linkse, pienke en liberaal is uit hulle gate gaan kruip, hulle klere gaan skeur en as op hulle hoofde gaan strooi. Dit is onafwendbaar dat die term “rassisme” telkens geopper gaan word in ‘n orgie van hoogheilige verontwaardiging.

SARU het reeds die insident veroordeel, en ‘n belonging van R10000 uitgevaardig om die vermeende aanvallers op te spoor. Oregan Hoskins, die hoof van SARU, het ‘n verklaring uitgereik wat die insident betreur.

Ek gun die mense hulle verontwaardiging. Dis ‘n baie, baie ernstige insident, nie waar nie? Die vrou is immers…uhm…beledig. Glo. Maande se post-traumatiese berading is haar voorland.

Waaroor ek wonder, is wat presies ‘n rassistiese aanval is. Was die vrou aangeval in die sin waaraan mens gewoonlik aan ‘n aanval dink, maw met fisieke geweld? Is sy beseer? Was sy by die distriksgeneesheer om haar wonde of letsels te laat ondersoek? Was daar enige getuies, of is dit bloot haar woord teen die vermeende aanvallers s'n? Is dit nie eerder crimen injuria as iemand verbaal "aangeval" word nie? Was Reitzhuis insgelyks ‘n rassistiese aanval? Is die sogenaamde slagoffers van Reitzhuis, wat toevallig vrywillig saamgewerk het, fisies beseer? Dis nie seker dat hetsy die Ellispark- of Reitzhuis-"aanvalle" met fisieke geweld gepaard gegaan het nie, maar is ‘n gewelddadige aanval oor rasgrense heen per definisie ‘n rassistiese aanval?

As bostaande die geval is, doen ek ‘n beroep op SARU om konsekwent te wees. Want sien, daar was 54000 toeskouers op Ellispark. Van daardie 54000 mense, gaan 22 nie daar wees om volgende jaar se Drienasies te aanskou nie. Statistieke toon dat hulle gaan dood wees. Vermoor. Deel van die 20000 jaarlikse moordslagoffers wat jaarliks die ewigheid in gehelp word deur misdadigers. Die meeste toeskouers op Ellispark was blank. Die 22 dooies gaan, met ‘n groot waarskynlikheid, deur mense van ‘n ander ras vermoor word.

‘n Swart vrou is glo beledig. ‘n R10000 beloning is uitgevaardig.

Twee-en-twintig blanke toeskouers wat Saterdag op Ellispark was, gaan hoogs waarskynlik deur mense van ander rasgroepe vermoor word in die volgende jaar. Gaan Oregan Hoskins en SARU ook so te velde trek teen hierdie aanvalle? Gaan SARU ook 'n beloning uitvaardig? Gaan ons daarvan in die internasionale pers lees? Nee. Nie een van ons is so naïef om dit te glo nie.

Die boodskap is duidelik. Die waardigheid van een swart vrou is meer werd as die lewens van 22 blankes.

Oorsprong:SAmizdat Blog (deur Anton Barnard)
http://afrikaansegeskrifte.blogspot.com/2008/09/22-ellispark-toeskouers-gaan-in.html

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