Sunday, 28 June 2009

ANC - VIP's of Violence

By MisgavAM: A fully factual, well researched and presented documentary on the actions of the ANC that it was hoped would never surface in public - ANC - African National Congress, ruling party in South Africa. What was said in 1987 still applies today, most Black people have not seen a dramatic change in their circumstances.

Nelson Mandela never did renounce the use of violence.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
the more things change, the more they stay the same. Cest la Vie.

ANC VIP's of Violence Part 1 of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAqXOfJQQTE

ANC VIP's of Violence Part 2 of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVVgjonw3wM

ANC VIP's of Violence Part 3 of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvZL91yVA2Q

If you cannot see the embedded video, click here

Source: MisgavAM's Youtube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/MisgavAm

Beskawingsbotsing: Waarom die PVV die Afrikaner se saak behoort op te neem

Afrikaner perspektief: Geskryf deur JH du Toit

Mens kan vir seker sê dat die Westerse wêreld bykans globaal onder druk verkeer. Nie alleen word die Weste geleidelik oorspoel deur immigrante vanuit die derde wêreld nie, maar boonop is westerlinge se natuurlike aanwas heeltemal te laag. Dit is juis hierdie verhouding, met betrekking tot Moslem en ander derdewêreldse immigrante, wat meebring dat daar in lande soos die Nederlande 'n sterk politieke swaai na regs aan die plaasvind is.

Die onlangse prestasie van die Party vir die Vryheid (PVV), van die regse politikus, Geert Wilders, tydens die Europese parlementsverkiesing, is die resultaat van hierdie beweging regswaarts. Natuurlik speel groeiende Euro-skeptisisme onder Nederlandse kiesers 'n belangrike rol in die PVV se goeie vertoning by die stembus. Die PVV het oornag vanaf 'n miniskule party tot die tweede grootste in Nederland gegroei. Wie sou ooit kon dink dat 'n regse politieke party 'n potensieel toekomstige regering in die Nederlande, van alle plekke, sou kon word? In die 2006-algemene verkiesing het die PVV slegs 6% steun gekry. In die 2009 Europese verkiesing het die party 17% steun getrek en daardeur die tweede grooste politieke party in Nederland geword. Die grootste party, die Christen Democratiese Appèl (CDA), het 20% gekry.

Die PVV sou dus werklik 'n volgende Nederlandse verkiesing kon wen. Geert Wilders kan dus wel nog Eerste Minister van Nederland word. Vir Afrikaners moet dit ondenkbaar wees dat die eens linkse Nederland in der mate tot sy sinne kon kom. In die tagtigerjare het hierdie belangrike stamland aktief die Afrikaner se ondergang aangehelp deur die kommunisites-afrikanistiese terreurgroep, die ANC, aktief te ondersteun. Hoewel apartheid nie 'n volhoubare politieke sisteem was nie, is die moordryk wat dit vervang het sekerlik die ergste nagmerrie wat kon gebeur. Die sogenaamde demokratiese Suid-Afrika bevestig waarom Afrikaners destyds nie die mag wou afstaan nie.

In stede van 'n totale magsoorgawe moes Afrikaner-leiers vir 'n aparte Afrikaner-staat onderhandel het. Die redes waarom dit nie gebeur het nie is kompleks, maar hou hoofsaaklik met FW de Klerk se verraad verband. Nogtans, hoewel die Afrikaner lank gelede die meerderheid in Suid Afrika se voorganger-state was is ons nou net 'n skamele 5%. Ons is oorspoel deur volksvreemdes wat ons uitdelg op elke terrein. Boonop is Afrikane se beskawingsvlak en kultuur totaal vreemd aan die leefwyse van die Westerse Afrikaner. Ons Europese uniekheid word deur die Afrika-hordes as 'n konstante bedreiging gesien en gevolglik word ons stelselmatig uit die weg geruim.

Indien Europa nie sy huis in orde kry teen onbeheersde immigrasie nie, sal konstante instroming en die hoë bevolkingsgroeikoers ons stamlande uiteindelik ook vernietig. Addisioneel is die Moslem-immigrante gewoonlik godsdienstige fundamentaliste en dus meer dikwels ook ontvanklik vir radikale Islamitiese politieke ideologie. Die Moslem-kultuur se wesenlike aggressiewe aard sal meebring dat hulle gedurig daarna sal streef om hul eie invloed en getalle ten koste van ons Nederlandse en Vlaamse broers en susters uit te brei.

Dit is hier waar die Afrikaner vir die PVV van strategiese belang is. Indien die PVV belangstelling in die Afrikaner se lotgevalle toon, mag dit nie net die Afrikaner se toekoms verander nie, maar dit mag ook die verloop van politiek in die Lae Lande bepalend beïnvloed. Sou die bloedige lot van die Afrikaner deel van die Nederlandse bewussyn raak, sou ons stamgenote nie net 'n blik kry op wat dit beteken om deur 'n antagonistiese kultuur oorheers te word nie. Nee, die gewig van ons krisis sal baie dieper in die Hollandse gemoed sink. Wanneer die werklike bedreiging, van die derde wêreld, wat aan hul deur klop, tot hul deurdring, sal Nederlanders in baie groter getalle besef dat Geert Wilders se PVV die enigste anwtoord op hierdie gevaar is.

Oorsprong:Perspektief Blog
http://perspektiefblog.blogspot.com/
http://perspektiefblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/beskawingsbotsing-waarom-die-pvv-die.html

3 polisiekantore, 1 kaping, geen aksie

Mev. Stienie Potgieter vertel hoe sy en haar man, Dries (Nollie), die naweek gekaap en ontvoer is. Foto: Leon Botha

Jun 23 2009 08:22:03:183PM - (SA)

Hilda Fourie

’n Gekaapte egpaar van Pretoria is gestrand gelaat nadat nie een van drie polisiekantore op hul noodkreet gereageer het nie.

Al drie dié polisiekantore – Akasia, Silverton en Boschkop – het gister aan Beeld bevestig hulle ondersoek die saak.

Drie mans het mev. Stienie Potgieter (63) en haar man, Dries (Nollie, 70), Saterdag omstreeks 18:15 voor hul huis in Heatherdale, in die noorde van Pretoria, gekaap.

Mev. Potgieter het uit die motor geklim om die hek oop te maak toe die mans in ’n afleweringsvoertuig agter hulle stilhou.

Twee gewapende mans het uit die afleweringsvoertuig gespring.

Hulle het mev. Potgieter teen die muur by die hek laat sit en haar man uit hul Mercedes-Benz Kompressor geruk en hom teen ’n telefoonpaal laat sit.

’n Voertuig wat in die pad af gery het, het die mans vermoedelik laat skrik waarna hulle die egpaar in die afleweringsvoertuig ingedwing het. Hulle is nie vasgemaak nie.

Een van die kapers het die Mercedes-Benz bestuur. Hy het ’n lang ruk agter die afleweringsvoertuig gery waarna hy verdwyn het.

Die kapers het sowat drie uur lank met die Potgieters rondgery, onder meer in Mamelodi, oos van Pretoria. ’n Vuurwapen is heeltyd op hulle gerig.

Een kaper het vir mev. Potgieter gesê hulle is nie moordenaars nie, hulle wil net die motor hê.

“Dit was so donker. Kort-kort het ek my man se hand hier langs my gevoel. Dan druk ek dit so ’n bietjie dat hy net rustig kan wees,” het mev. Potgieter gesê.

Die kapers het die egpaar eindelik op ’n grondpad naby die Sammy Marks-museum afgelaai.

“Toe ek die bome en bosse sien, het ek gedink hier gaan hulle ons doodskiet en verkrag,” het sy gesê.

“Nadat hulle ons uitgelaai het, het ek my man se hand gevat en vir hom gesê om sy oë toe te maak en te loop. Ons het net gehoor hoe hulle ry.”

Die egpaar het by ’n huis ’n paar honderd meter verder gaan hulp vra.

Dié mense het die Silverton- én Boschkop-polisiekantoor gebel, maar niemand het uitgekom nie. Albei het gesê dit val in die ander polisiekantoor se gebied.

Beeld het vasgestel dié gebied val in die Silverton-polisiekantoor se jurisdiksie.

Die egpaar se dogter, Yonelda, het hulle gaan haal waarna hulle na die Akasia-polisiekantoor is. Die egpaar is daar mooi gehelp.

Niemand is egter van dié polisiekantoor na die Potgieters se huis gestuur nadat hul seun, Andries, hulle as vermis aangemeld het nie.

Polisie se kommentaar

Akasia-kantoor sê:

Supt. Sam Seleke, stasiebevelvoerder, sê hy weet nie wat het gebeur dat die patrollievoertuig nie na die Potgieters se huis is nie. “Dit blyk dat hy nie die adres kon kry nie. Die polisielede ken die gebied, dus sal ondersoek word wat fout gegaan het.”


Silverton-kantoor:

Sr.supt. Charles Matji, stasiebevelvoerder, sê hy het by Beeld die eerste keer van die voorval gehoor. Hy sal ondersoek instel.


Boschkop-kantoor sê:

Sers. Marinda Stoltz, woordvoerder, sê dit blyk dis ’n student wat Saterdagaand die telefoon geantwoord het en nie die boodskap reg oorgedra het nie.

“Al is dit nie in ons jurisdiksie nie, sal ons mense uitgaan en op die toneel wag tot die regte polisiekantoor se mense opdaag.

“Indien dit blyk dat die student nie haar werk gedoen het nie, sal sy departementeel aangekla word. Die saak word ondersoek,” het Stoltz gesê.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2532815,00.html

'Ek is besig om te sterf'

Jun 24 2009 05:33:52:570AM - (SA)

Sonja van Buul

Vanderbijlpark. – “Hulle het my geskiet. Ek is besig om dood te gaan.”

So het ’n man van die Ro-sashof-kleinhoewes hier gisteraand aan sy vrou gesê kort nadat rowers hulle by hul snoepwinkel oorval en hom geskiet het.

Mnr. Eben Coetzee (57) en sy vrou, Suretta (45), het pas hul winkel gesluit om huis toe te gaan toe die rowers toegeslaan het. Die egpaar, voorheen van Mooinooi in Noordwes, woon die afgelope drie jaar in die Vaaldriehoek.

“Die twee rowers het gesê ek moet oopsluit, maar ek het gesê ek sal nie,” het die erg geskokte vrou gisteraand op die toneel gesê.

Volgens mev. Coetzee wou sy tyd wen en is toe met ’n vuurwapen oor die kop geslaan.

“Ek het gedink dit sal my man kans gee om hulle te skiet, want hy het ons vuurwapen by hom gehad.”

Sy het sy skote gehoor, maar haar man daarna op die grond gesien lê.

Die rowers het met net mnr. Coetzee se vuurwapen weggehardloop.

“Hulle het ewe skielik net so verdwyn.”

Mev. Coetzee het die hulp van mnr. Hilgard Berg, die opsigter van die winkelgebou wat hulle huur, ingeroep.

“Ek was in die huis langs die snoepwinkel op die kleinhoewe, maar het nie die skote gehoor nie,” het Berg gesê.

“Ek het wel geweet hier is moeilikheid toe Suretta sê Eben is geskiet.”

Hy het na die snoepwinkel gehardloop, mnr. Coetzee se gesig met ’n nat lap afgevee en hom moed ingepraat.

“Hy het nog gelewe, maar is dood terwyl ons met hom gepraat het.”

Mev. Coetzee het haar man gevra om haar hand te druk as hy haar kan hoor.

“Maar hy het net vir my gekyk en toe is hy dood.”

Dis volgens mev. Coetzee se broer, mnr. Abrie Hanekom van Vanderbijlpark, die tweede keer dat rowers by die snoepwinkel op die egpaar toegeslaan het.

“Hulle is in April ook beroof. Hulle is toe net vasgebind en nou dít.”

Die polisie sal volgens insp. Aubrey Moopeloa, woordvoerder, tydens die nadoodse ondersoek vasstel of mnr. Coetzee met sy eie of ’n ander vuurwapen doodgeskiet is.

“Ons ondersoek die moord en rooftog,” het Moopeloa gesê.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2532461,00.html

Man ‘sny aanvaller se keel half af’ ná kaping

Jun 25 2009 05:38:55:360AM - (SA)

’n Man van Johannesburg sê hy het ’n kaper se “keel halfpad afgesny” en nog ’n aanvaller twee keer met ’n mes in die linkeroog gesteek nadat hy verlede Woensdag in Midrand gekaap is.

Die kapers is egter nog skoonveld.

Mnr. Ray Sampson (34) van Orange Grove sê sy kennis van taktiese vegkuns het sy lewe gered.

Sampson sê sy kennis van Ghamgitsu, ’n Oosterse vegkuns wat onder inwoners van die Kaapse Vlakte bekend is, en Krav Maga, ’n Israelse vegkuns, het die deurslag gegee toe hy ná sy kaping sy aanvallers aangedurf het.

Sampson, ’n verkoopsbeampte, sê hy is omstreeks 12:00 die betrokke dag in Olifantsfonteinweg oorval toe hy met sy Subaru Forester stilgehou en uitgeklim het om ses koeldranke vir ’n bedelaarvrou en haar kind te gaan gee.

Twee gewapende mans het hom oorval en in sy motor gedwing. Een het voor langs hom gesit en die ander agter. Hy is aangesê om na Diepsloot te ry.

Daar het nog twee mans bygekom en hy is in sy motor se bagasieruim gedwing. Die kapers het in die rigting van die Hartbeespoortdam gery.

Hy is op ’n verlate grondpad naby ’n brug uit die motor gedwing, van alle kante toegetakel en van waardevolle items gestroop.

Sampson sê hy het die tegnieke wat hy jare gelede oorsee geleer het, toegepas en sy voorarms na sy bors toe getrek en sy rug gebuig om sy belangrikste organe te beskerm.

“Ek het net bly wonder hoe de hel gaan ek uit hierdie ding kom,” het Sampson gister vertel.

Die kapers het Sampson glo verskeie kere probeer skiet, maar die wapen wou nie afgaan nie. “Toe wil hulle my met pepersproei en ’n mes takel.”

Sampson het sy liggaam inmekaargetrek en gemaak of hy ’n hartaanval kry.

“Terwyl ek my borskas vasgeklem het, kon ek my Cult Steel Spike-mes in die hande kry uit die harnas wat onder my arm versteek was.”

Hy het sywaarts in die stof begin rol en sy aanvallers woes begin steek.

’n Aanvaller wat hom van agter om die nek vasgegryp het, het weggehardloop nadat Sampson “sy keel halfpad afgesny” het. ’n Ander wat hom van voor wou takel, het hy twee keer in die linkeroog gesteek. Die res het hy “rond en bont met wilde messteke verwilder”.

Sampson sê hy kon daarin slaag om met sy eie voertuig weg te jaag. – Amanda Roestoff

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2532869,00.html

‘Ek soek jou’ – toe verkrag hy 2 keer


Mev. Santi Britz en haar man, Pieter, omhels mekaar buite die streekhof in Potchefstroom nadat haar verkragter lewenslank tronk toe gestuur is. Foto: Linda de Beer

Jun 24 2009 08:01:31:157PM - (SA)

Linda de Beer

Potchefstroom. – ’n Sakevrou van dié stad het gister hier in ’n oop hof emosioneel getuig hoe ’n sluipslaper haar in Januarie twee keer kort ná mekaar in haar slaapkamer verkrag het.

Mev. Santi Britz (48) het aanvanklik versoek om agter geslote deure teen Budi Modukaneng (26) te getuig, maar streeklanddros D.J. Nel het haar oortuig om in belang van die gemeenskap in ’n oop hof te getuig.

Haar “volledige en gedetailleerde” getuienis het eindelik tot Modukaneng se skuldigbevinding op albei aanklagte van verkragting gelei. Hy is tot lewenslange tronkstraf gevonnis.

Britz het op 21 Januarie nog geslaap toe Modukaneng haar omstreeks 07:00 in haar slaapkamer in die gesin se huis op die Bult oorval het.

Haar man, Pieter, saam met wie sy ’n eiendomsagentskap in Potchefstroom besit, was tydens die voorval in die hospitaal ná ’n operasie.

“Ek soek jou,” het Modukaneng vir Britz gesê toe sy geskree en gevra het wat hy in haar kamer doen.

“Hy het bo-op my gespring . . . Ons het begin stoei. Ek het verskriklik geskree en verskriklik gebaklei. Op die ou einde het ons op die vloer beland,” het Britz getuig.

Modukaneng, wat haweloos was en op enige plek in die stad geslaap het, het vir Britz vertel hoe hy haar vooraf dopgehou het. Hy het haar die eerste keer verkrag nadat haar kop ’n ysterbankie getref en sy ’n paar sekondes lank haar bewussyn verloor het.

Hierna het Modukaneng Britz gegryp en op die bed gegooi, waar hy haar onder meer beveel het om hom “oopmond” te soen. Sy het haar kop weggedraai, maar hy het hom op haar afgedwing. Sy is hierna wéér verkrag.

Modukaneng het skuldig gepleit op die eerste aanklag van verkragting, wat saamgeval het met ’n aanklag van huisbraak met die opset om te verkrag.

Hy het onskuldig gepleit op die tweede verkragtingsaanklag, met die verweer dat hy so gou as moontlik ná die eerste verkragting wou wegkom. Dit sou volgens sy getuienis ook nie vir hom fisiek moontlik wees om so gou weer ’n ereksie te kry nie.

Nel het dié getuienis verwerp.

Britz het toestemming gegee dat haar naam en foto gepubliseer word, omdat sy iets goeds uit haar ondervinding wil sien voortspruit.

“Ek gaan nie my pyn mors nie. Die Here het my tot nou hierdeur gehelp. Ek sal graag ander vroue (in soortgelyke omstandighede) wil help.”

Sy het gesê sy hoop die strawwe vonnis wat Modukaneng gekry het, sal voornemende verkragters afskrik.

’n Groep van Britz se vriendinne het gisteroggend buite die hof betoog.

Hulle is besig om ondersoek in te stel na moontlikhede om ander verkragtingslagoffers te help.

’n E-posadres, rapehelp@ gmail.com, is reeds geskep.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2532819,00.html

‘My gelukkige dag’: 2 aanvallers se vuurwapens gaan nie af

Jun 24 2009 08:01:36:140PM - (SA)

Retha Grobbelaar

“Dit was maar seker my gelukkige dag.”

Só het mnr. Wynand Pretorius (55) van Delmas, Mpumalanga, gister gesê nadat sy twee aanvallers tydens ’n rooftog eergisteraand elkeen hul vuurwapen se snellers getrek het om hom te skiet, maar nie een se wapen afgegaan het nie.

Die aanvallers het ook herhaaldelik kookwater oor hom, onder meer in sy ore, gegooi en hom gewurg

Agt gewapende aanvallers het Pretorius en familielede van omstreeks 18:15 sowat twee uur lank in hul huis op ’n hoewe in Katboschfontein naby Delmas aangehou. By hom was sy vrou, Lydia (52), twee van sy kinders, Annette (27) en Gerhard (30), mev. Pretorius se ma, me. Doris Engelbrecht (72), en ’n vriend van Annette, mnr. Julian Pringle.

“Hulle het my ingewag. Eers het die een sy vuurwapen se sneller getrek en toe die ander een. Ek weet nie eintlik wat ek gevoel het nie, dis seker my gelukkige dag,” het Pretorius sr. uit die N17-hospitaal in Springs gesê.

“Hulle het my geslaan, toe maak ek of ek bewusteloos is. Ek het nog so gelê, toe begin hulle die kookwater oorgooi. Dit was baie seer. Hulle het ook kookwater oor my vrou gegooi.”

Pretorius het brandwonde aan sy kop, nek, rug en bors opgedoen en is gistermiddag geopereer. Mev. Pretorius is ook in die N17-hospitaal. Haar wangbene en neus is onder meer gebreek.

Die ander mense is net lig beseer en nie in die hospitaal opgeneem nie.

Volgens Engelbrecht was sy besig om Egoli in haar woonstel aan die huis te kyk toe sy ’n geskreeu gehoor het.

“Annette het ingekom met een van die aanvallers. Hy het my aan die nek gegryp en gewurg. Hy het my met sy vuurwapen na die eetkamer toe gestoot en net (in Engels) geskree: ‘Slaap!’ Ek sal nooit sy gesig vergeet nie,” het sy vertel.

“Ek wou nie opkyk nie. Ek was te bang hulle skiet my dogter (Lydia). Hulle het haar verskriklik gemartel. Hulle het haar met ’n staalknipper geslaan. Sy het gepleit hulle moet haar nie seermaak nie.

“My papegaai het bly roep ‘Ma, Ma’. Ek was so bang hulle gaan die diertjie doodmaak, maar hulle het nie.”

Die rowers het onder meer twee bakkies, sewe selfone, drie skootrekenaars, drie televisies, drank en geld gevat.

Hulle het die goedere omstreeks 20:00 in die bakkies gesit en gery. Mev. Pretorius het die polisie toe oor ’n burgerbandradio geroep.

Een van die bakkies is sowat 200 m van die hoewe gekry.

Die polisie ondersoek ’n saak van gewapende roof, maar kan later ’n aanklag van poging tot moord byvoeg, het supt. Abie Khoabane, woordvoerder, gesê.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2532815,00.html

Family tortured by robbers

2009-06-25 10:08

Retha Grobbelaar

Delmas - An Mpumalanga man says it "must have been my lucky day", after two attackers each pulled a trigger aiming to shoot him during a robbery on Tuesday night, but neither weapon fired.

The attackers also repeatedly doused him with boiling water - even pouring it into his ears - and also choked him.

Eight armed robbers held up Wynand Pretorius, 55, and his family for two hours in their home on a smallholding in Katboschfontein, near Delmas.

With him were his wife, Lydia, 52, two of his children, Annette, 27, and Gerhard, 30, his mother-in-law Doris Engelbrecht, 72, and Julian Pringle, a friend of Annette.

"They were waiting for me. First the one pulled his gun's trigger, then the other one did the same. I'm not really sure how I felt at the time, I suppose it was just my lucky day," said Pretorius from the N17 hospital in Springs.

Beating, boiling water

"They were beating me, so I pretended to be unconscious. I was still lying like that when they started pouring boiling water all over me. It was extremely painful. They also poured boiling water over my wife."

Pretorius sustained burn wounds to his head, neck, back and chest, and had surgery on Wednesday afternoon. His wife is also in the hospital with various injuries, including a broken nose and cheekbones.

The other people only sustained light injuries, and did not require hospitalisation.

Engelbrecht says she was watching Egoli in her flat (which is attached to the house) when she heard screaming.

"Annette came in with one of the attackers. He grabbed me by the neck and choked me. He used his gun to push me into the dining room and kept shouting: 'Sleep!' I'll never forget his face," she said.

Scared

"I didn't want to look up. I was too scared they might shoot my daughter (Lydia). They tortured her terribly. They beat her with steel clippers. She pleaded with them not to hurt her.

"My parrot kept calling 'Ma, Ma'. I was so scared they would kill the bird too, but they didn't."

The robbers took two bakkies, seven cellphones, three laptops, three televisions, alcohol and money.

After about two hours they placed their loot in the bakkies and left. Annette then called the police over a CB radio.

One of the bakkies was found about 200m from the smallholding.

The police are investigating a case of armed robbery, but might later add a charge of attempted murder, said police spokesperson Abie Khoabane.

- Beeld

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/74fdbb17e37f433cad1e7ddb547b9cfb/25-06-2009%2010-06/Family_tortured_by_robbers

2 rowers en inwoner sterf toe skote begin klap


Jun 25 2009 08:16:52:530PM - (SA)

Jan Gerber

Kleinmond. – Dié Kaapse vakansiedorp is geskok deur rooftog waarin twee rowers en ’n inwoner dood is.


’n Man het Dinsdagoggend die twee rowers in sy huis doodgeskiet. Sy vrou is noodlottig getref in die skietgeveg tussen hom en die rowers.

Mnr. Jans Badenhorst (34) het die mans in sy huis in Delportstraat aangetref nadat hy sy twee kinders by die skool gaan aflaai het.

Hulle het hom met vuurwapens gedreig en geld geëis, het kapt. Bernadine Steyn, ’n polisiewoordvoerder, gesê. Hy het hulle na die hoofslaapkamer geneem, waar ’n stoeiery ontstaan het.

Hy het sy vuurwapen in die hande gekry en ’n skietery het uitgebreek. Die twee aanvallers is noodlottig gewond en het op die toneel gesterf.

Sy 36-jarige vrou, Marné, is blykbaar deur een van die rowers in die oor-en-weer-skietery in die kop gewond, het Steyn gesê.

Sy is in ’n kritieke toestand in die slaapkamer aangetref toe die polisie omstreeks 08:10 opgedaag het. Sy is by haar aankoms by die hospitaal dood verklaar.

Badenhorst is ook raak geskiet. “Hy is in die hospitaal behandel vir ’n skietwond in die been en later ontslaan,” het Steyn gesê.

Mnr. Hoffie Hofmeyr, mev. Badenhorst se kollega by die makelaarsonderneming waar sy gewerk het, het eergister gesê haar moord is angswekkend en ’n groot verlies vir almal wat haar geken het.

“Die gemeenskap het ’n warm, energieke ster verloor.”

Sy het glo na haar man as “Liggie” verwys omdat sy hom as die lig in haar lewe beskou het. Me. Doreen de Wet, ’n vriendin, het gesê sy kan dit steeds nie glo nie.

“Sy was werklik ’n spontane mens wat altyd ander se behoeftes voor haar eie gestel het – iemand op wie jy enige tyd van die dag of nag kon staatmaak.”

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2533254,00.html

Man tronk toe weens moord op 72-jarige

Jun 26 2009 09:09:46:120PM - (SA)

Marietie Louw-Carstens

Die Zimbabwiër wat ’n vrou van Limpopo se vingerpunte met ’n snoeiskêr afgesny het is lewenslank tronk toe gestuur.

Brian Ncube (25) is vroeër vandeesmaand in die streekhof in Modimolle (Nylstroom) skuldig bevind aan onder meer die moord op mnr. Theuns Janse van Rensburg (72) van Mookgophong (Naboomspruit).

Ncube is ook skuldig bevind op ’n aanklag van aanranding met die opset om ernstig te beseer omdat hy mev. Hettie Janse van Rensburg (72) se vingerpunte aan haar linkerhand afgesny het. Haar regterarm was so erg gebreek dat twee bene by die vel uitgesteek het. Sy het ook erge kop- en gesigwonde opgedoen.

Ncube het die egpaar op 2 Desember 2007 in hul huis in Sewendestraat in Mookgophong aangeval.

Hy het by mnr. Janse van Rensburg se tuindienste-onderneming gewerk. Mnr. Janse van Rensburg is herhaaldelik oor die kop en lyf geslaan. Nadat sy vrou aangerand is kon sy daarin slaag om in die hoofslaapkamer se badkamer weg te kruip.

Mnr. Janse van Rensburg het nooit sy bewussyn ná die aanval herwin nie en is ’n paar dae later dood. Sy vrou kon weens haar erge beserings nie eens sy begrafnis bywoon nie. Sy woon sedertdien in ’n versorgingsoord in die Kaap.

Lede van die gemeenskap het Ncube twee dae ná die aanval vasgetrek. Hy het aan Beeld gesê hy wou mnr. Janse van Rensburg “seermaak”, want hy het hom glo “sleg” behandel.

Ncube, wat nooit om borgtog aansoek gedoen het nie, het in Julie verlede jaar probeer ontsnap toe hy ná ’n hofverskyning na die aangrensende polisiekantoor begelei is. Hy is ná nog ’n ontsnappoging na die gevangenis in Modimolle oorgeplaas.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2533695,00.html

Sakeman se oorskot skaars 1 km van sy verlate bakkie gevind

Jun 26 2009 09:09:45:493PM - (SA)

Marietie Louw-Carstens

Polokwane (Pietersburg). – Die oorskot van die vermoorde sakeman van Bela-Bela (Warmbad) in Limpopo is skaars ’n kilometer gekry van die plek waar sy verlate bakkie ná sy verdwyning gevind is.

Mnr. Giovanni (Johnny) Abbatemarco (58) se oorskot is Woensdag op sy plaas, Thaba Monate, buite Bela-Bela gevind.

Polisiehonde van Limpopo en Pretoria het die plaas etlike kere saam met spoorsnyers gefynkam sedert Abbatemarco se verdwyning in Februarie.

Sy erg ontbinde oorskot is egter eers vandeesweek in ’n vlak graf gevind.

’n Polisielid wat deel is van die ondersoekspan en anoniem wil bly, het gesê die plantegroei op die plaas is ruig. Daar is dele wat ook moeilik bereikbaar is en dis klipperig. “Ons weet nie hoekom die honde nou eers die lyk gekry het nie,” het hy gesê.

Abbatemarco was die eienaar van onder meer die Thaba Monate-landgoed, die Abba-wilds?plaas en ’n drankwinkel in Bela-Bela.

Hy is moontlik die aand van Vrydag 27 Februarie oorval op sy plaas, terwyl hy in sy viertrek Toyota-bakkie gery het. Die bakkie is die volgende oggend verlate naby ’n dam op die plaas gevind. Abbatemarco se selfoon, ’n mes wat hy altyd onder die bakkiesitplek gehou het en R8 000 wat hy in die bakkie gehad het, is glo gesteel. Polisieduikers het tot in die dam na Abbatemarco gesoek.

Mnr. Josias Mokubedi (35), ’n voormalige werknemer van Abbatemarco, is sowat drie weke ná sy verdwyning in hegtenis geneem. Mnr. Lucas Machaba (39), ’n vriend van hom, is ook aangekeer. Albei het weens roof en ontvoering in die Bela-Bela-landdroshof verskyn. Hulle is borgtog geweier, is nog in aanhouding en sal Donderdag ook op ’n klag van moord in die hof verskyn.

Geen begrafnisreëlings is nog getref nie.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2533696,00.html

'Killers' found inside the house, shot dead

June 24 2009 at 08:13AM

A Kleinmond man has shot dead two men who killed his wife and injured him during an attack at their home on Tuesday.

Marne Badenhorst was shot dead while her husband was out taking the couple's two young children to creche. He was only out of the house for ten minutes, but it was enough time for the killers to strike.

Both Badenhorst and her husband, who may not be named while police are investigating the incident, were former police officers and it's believed that only the man's special forces training saved him from being shot dead as well when he came home and discovered the attackers still in the house.

Read the full story in today's Cape Argus.

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=iol12458232332K455

Elderly couple attacked on diary farm

June 23 2009 at 07:09PM

An elderly couple were attacked and robbed at their daughter's dairy farm in Chissismeer on Tuesday, Mpumalanga police said.

Captain Leonard Hlathi said three men entered the farm belonging to Tracy Pemberton, 41, at 9:30am.

"The suspects accosted her father, Donald Gubb, 65, while he was outside and forced him inside the house.

"They tied him up before doing the same to his 65-year-old wife, Yvonne, their daughter, and their employee, Samuel Lukhele, 57."

He said the men demanded money from the victims.

"When they were told that there was no money, they stabbed Mr Gubb in the head, took a piece of metal and hit him on the head, and then stabbed him in the chest. They also hit Mrs Gubb with a piece of metal on the head."

The men then took three cellphones belonging to the victims and a R50 note before fleeing the scene.

The couple were taken to the hospital and were in a stable condition.

Police were investigating, Hlathi said. - Sapa

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20090623174454438C962645

Gardener in dock for couple's murder

June 22 2009 at 03:08PM

By Sherlissa Peters

The gardener of the couple whose bodies were found burnt beyond recognition last week is to appear in the Howick Magistrate's Court on Monday, charged with murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The 23-year-old man was employed by Alan O'Neale and Hannetjie Blom for several months at their residence at 26 Vear Road, Merrivale.

Superintendent Henry Budhram said the motive for the murders was believed to be revenge, because the gardener was angry with the couple after a recent confrontation.

According to police, the couple had discovered that he had stolen a cellphone belonging to Blom.

Blom was believed to have told the gardener she would not press charges on condition that he returned the phone, which he did.

However, it was believed the gardener remained angry and held a grudge.

Sources indicated that two suspects gained entry through a window at the back of the house.

The window pane was carefully removed and the suspects were alleged to have drank beer in the house while they waited or the couple.

Blom was the first to arrive home and the suspects held her while waiting for O'Neale. The couple's hands and legs were bound.

Blood was found in their bedroom. Police believe there was a struggle before the pair were taken from their home.

Budhram said the pair were strangled before being taken to a thick, dense, bushy area at Beverly Farm, where their bodies were set alight.

The couple's charred bodies were still smouldering when they were found a day after the murder.

Blom's employer, Vicky Smith, said she was a sweet, caring person whose life had turned around for the better when she met O'Neale.

O'Neale's employer described the killing as a senseless crime and hoped the killers would be severely punished. "Nobody deserves to die like that," he said.

O'Neale, 57, and Blom, 40, married in April and their neighbours des-cribed them as an unassuming, happy couple.

Budhram said the identities of the couple were confirmed when one of the vehicles belonging to the couple's employers was found near the Dargle-Impendle T-junction, and the other on the N3 highway near Hilton.

Police said the first vehicle, a VW Jetta, was discovered at a time when they were unaware of the murders, and the second vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, was discovered on the highway with a flat tyre.

O'Neale was said to have been burnt beyond recognition, while part of Blom's face could still be identified.

Police believe that after being killed at their home, the couple's bodies were loaded into the two vehicles and driven to the spot where they were burned.

Police are looking for a second suspect is under way.

This article was originally published on page 5 of Daily News on June 22, 2009

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20090622110752298C831077

'Fortunately, I had my own James Bond'

Hanti Otto

June 22 2009 at 01:30PM

A Pretoria advocate received a great birthday present on Friday, when a charge of murdering a policeman was withdrawn against him in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Advocate Gerhard Philip Retief, 35, heard that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions had declined to prosecute him for shooting off-duty railway police officer Constable Romeo Mahlake, who apparently had tried to hijack him and his wife.

"I was relieved when I heard charges were withdrawn, but there is still a lot of stress and questions left," said Van Rooyen. "The one attacker is still free and I'm disappointed with the legal system.

"The police say we are responsible for our own safety. However, if we do protect ourselves, we are prosecuted. It was like that movie scene where James Bond asked Goldfinger: 'What do you expect me to do?'"

'If we do protect ourselves, we are prosecuted.'

However, his Ukrainian wife, Nataliia, proudly described Van Rooyen as "my James Bond", recalling how he had fired a warning shot past her through the passenger window of their car on March 1 this year at Fort Klapperkop.

"The view of the city from Fort Klapperkop was the first place I had taken her to, so it was a special place, and we went there again that Sunday night," Van Rooyen said.

While driving to the lookout point, the couple saw a vehicle driving past.

"The sun was just setting and the city lights flickering on. We sat with the windows open. Then we saw the same vehicle, with two men inside, driving towards us. I immediately felt uneasy," the advocate recalled.

The driver of the vehicle parked next to them, asking directions. After Van Rooyen assisted them, the two men in the other car spoke to each other before getting out of their vehicle.

"The driver walked straight to us, drawing a big black pistol from his side. He cocked it and pointed it at my wife," Van Rooyen said.

He said he shouted "No, no,"and pulled out his own firearm.

Van Rooyen fired a warning shot through the passenger window, over his wife, who had sunk down in her seat.

"I couldn't believe seeing a gun next to my head. Fortunately, I had my own James Bond," Nataliia said.

They heard at least one other shot fired.

As Van Rooyen reversed into the road, he saw the accomplice running away. Then he saw the driver lying on his stomach in the road, his pistol next to him.

It was later established that Mahlake's police radio and service pistol were both in his possession, yet they were supposed to have been handed in as he was off duty.

Van Rooyen phoned the 112 emergency number while driving to the Brooklyn police station.

There he and his wife laid a charge of attempted robbery and gave statements. The police dispatched a unit to the scene.

On the following Monday Van Rooyen received a call, saying the incident was under the jurisdiction of the Sunnyside police and he should come in for "further questioning".

"As I had already given a statement and knew the attacker was a cop, something appeared fishy. So I took my attorney with me."

He was then arrested for murder and locked up.

He was later granted bail of R1 000. Nataliia heard about his arrest only when Van Rooyen returned home.

"It is much safer in the Ukraine," she said. "There you can walk in the streets at night.

"We are a young couple; what are we supposed to do? You can't go anywhere, except to a restaurant, and even then you still feel like you are walking in a minefield."

Van Rooyen is still deciding whether he should sue the police for wrongful arrest.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on June 22, 2009

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20090622061951207C101704

Monday, 22 June 2009

Waarom alle volksbewuste Dietsers moet saamwerk


Geskryf deur JH du Toit

Nog nooit was die tyd so ryp, soos juis nou, vir die drie hoof Dietse sustervolke, die Vlaminge, Afrikaners en Nederlanders, om op poltieke terrein saam te werk nie. As klein volke is ons onderskeie stryde die versinnebeelding van dít waarop die algehele Westerse stryd om voortbestaan afstuur.

Geen volk is vandag 'n beter voorbeeld van waarheen die Westerse wêreld op pad is, mits vroegtydig opgetree word, as juis die Afrikanervolk nie. Nadat ons vir eeue as minderheid in Afrika oorleef het, het ons onsself aan die antagoniste onderwerp op aandrang van die ganse wêreld. Vandag betaal ons die prys in bloed.

Indien die Afrikaner nie voortgaan met sy huidige ontwaking nie, sal ons as volk binne twee geslagte nie meer bestaan nie. Die Afrikanisties-Kommunistiese alliansie wat Suid Afrika regeer, is nie net besig om kulturele en ekonomiese volksmoord (etnosiede) op ons te pleeg nie, maar bevorder ook die stille biologiese volksmoord (genosiede) van ons mense met sinistere aanhitsing en terselfdertydse ontkenning.

So is die Vlaminge ook besig om 'n dubbele stryd te voer teen die instroming van vyandige allochtonen (gekleurdes, veral Islamiete), maar ook teen ekonomiese en politieke uitbuiting deur die Franssprekende Wallonië. Die Vlaminge se stryd vir 'n onafhanklike Vlaandere, los van die saamgeflansde België, is 'n triomf in afwagting wat noodsaaklik is sodat onregte, wat teen daardie sustervolk gepleeg word, tot ‘n einde kan kom.

Dis egter veral die onlangse enorme prestasie van die Nederlandse party (PVV) van Geert Wilders in die Europese parlement wat vandag as jubelende inspirasie vir alle volksgerigte Dietsers dien. Die PVV het van 'n miniskule en onbenullige partytjie gegroei tot die tweede grootste in die Nederlande.

Vooraanstaande kommentators beweer dat indien daar nou 'n algemene verkiesing in die Nederlande gehou sou word, Wilders se party heel moontlik so 'n verkiesing sou wen. Dit sal nie net 'n enorme oorwinning vir die Nederlanders wees nie, maar wel vir die ganse Dietse wêreld.

Só 'n oorwinning sou hernude momentum aan die Vlaamse stryd gee, maar ook 'n broodnodige inspuiting en bondgenoot vir die Afrikanervolk verskaf. Die prestasie van die PVV tydens die pas afgelope Europese verkiesing is reeds genoegsame rede om volksbewustes in Afrikanergeledere tot optimisme aan te spoor.

In ons veldtog om 'n outonome Pretoria Stadstaat te verkry, is dit van kardinale belang dat ons internasionale bondgenootskappe smee. Niemand is beter geposisioneer vir daardie rol as Vlaams Belang en die PVV nie. Die Vryheidsfront+ het die potensiaal om in die komende plaaslike verkiesing wel Pretoria van die ANC weg te neem, weens Afrikaners se demografiese sterkte in hierdie stad.

Wanneer ons beheer van die stad kry, sal ons die swart dorpe, wat die ANC onwettiglik by ons stad ingelyf het sodat hulle ons kan oorheers, losmaak van Pretoria. Ons sal die Vlaminge en Nederlanders se hulp verwelkom in ons stryd om voortbestaan. Die Afrikaner se oorlewing het geestelike waarde vir ons mede-Dietsers. As ons ten gronde gaan, sal hierdie derdewêreldse periferie ‘n kleedrepetisie vir die Westerse eerste wêreld word.

As ons 'n onafhanklike Pretoria kan tot stand bring, sal dit daarop dui dat laer trek die enigste oorlewingstrategie te midde van die vloedgolf is. Binne die Europese konteks is die Nederlanders en Vlaminge klein volke. Om hul eie voortbestaan te verseker, is geestelike eenwording met die Afrikaner se saak 'n formule om mekaar te inspireer en die gety teen ons te laat draai.

Oorsprong: Perspektief Blog
http://perspektiefblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/waarom-alle-volksbewuste-dietsers-moet.html

Sunday, 21 June 2009

You were merciless, judge tells hijacker

June 16 2009 at 07:18AM

By Kamini Padayachee

Monstrous and merciless.

That is how a Durban High Court judge described the murder and hijacking of beauty therapist Jennifer-Rae Hall before he sentenced one of the hijackers to life imprisonment on Monday.

Hall, 22, of Winston Park, Gillitts, was killed and her friend, Kate Flemming, was wounded when they were shot in a hijacking at Amanzimtoti on June 14 last year. Amy Lansdell, who was also in the car, was not injured. The car they were travelling in was stolen.

The three had been on their to a Scottburgh caravan park to watch the sardine run and had stopped to change drivers.

Sifundo Mkhize, 23, of Illovo township, near Amanzimtoti, was convicted of Hall's murder, and further charges of attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mkhize had denied his involvement, saying he had been at home at the time.

In addition to the life sentence, Mkhize was also sentenced to 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and 10 years for attempted murder. These sentences would run concurrently with the life sentence. He would not be eligible for parole until he had served at least 25 years.

Judge Ronald McLaren said Sduduzo Madida, who was an accomplice after the crime, had been a good witness. Madida testified that he had seen Mkhize and another man in a white VW Polo on June 14. He, Mkhize and others had used the vehicle to go to a wedding at Gingindlovu later that day.

Madida had been granted indemnity against prosecution in return for his testimony.

While the State did not prove that Mkhize had shot Hall, the judge found that he had acted in common purpose with his accomplice, who fired the shots and who has not been arrested.

"The State proved the falsity of the alibi of (Mkhize). The accused and his co-assailant acted in common purpose to rob the victims," the judge said.

Judge McLaren said: "In a business area in Amanzimtoti, they literally pounced on their victims. The victims were not given the opportunity to surrender their property in exchange for their lives. The deceased (Hall) was shot in cold blood at close range before she was given an opportunity to hand over the keys to the car. This all happened in broad daylight. Society is disgusted by the wanton lawlessness and brutality of the assailants."

Surrounded by friends and supporters outside court, a tearful Lansdell said she was pleased with the sentence.

"I am glad that justice has been done and that it is over. We are happy with the sentence but it will never bring Jennifer back. It is also very sad that Jennifer's parents could not be here because her father is very ill."

Lansdell thanked the supporters who had attended the case, including a wheelchair-bound woman who had flown from Johannesburg to attend the trial because her husband had also been killed in a hijacking.

Speaking from London, Hall's brother, Justin, echoed Lansdell's sentiments. "It doesn't bring Jen back but he got what he deserved. I wish that I was there or that I could fly to be with my family. My mom just called me and told me he got a life sentence and started crying."

He said his family was considering hiring a private investigator to find Mkhize's accomplice.

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Mercury on June 16, 2009

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20090616052833697C178507

Ermelo-skool rassisties in taalbeleid, betoog LUR

Jun 18 2009 09:56:32:430PM - (SA)

Philip de Bruin

Die Hoërskool Ermelo en sy beheerliggaam se geveg om Afrikaans as onderrigtaal te behou is gegrond op vasbeslotenheid om vas te klou aan “Afrikaanse oorheersing in navolging van rasse-gebruike” van die verlede.

So betoog die LUR vir onderwys in Mpumalanga en die minister van onderwys in stukke wat gister by die konstitusionele hof ingedien is.

Hulle het in dié hof aansoek gedoen om te mag appelleer teen ’n bevel van die appèlhof dat ’n skool se beheerliggaam die reg het om die taalbeleid te bepaal en nie ’n LUR nie.

Die hofgevegte het ontstaan toe meer as 20 leerlinge wat in Engels onderrig wou word toegang tot die skool geweier is. Die LUR het ingegryp, ’n komitee saamgestel om namens die beheerliggaam ’n taalbeleid te bepaal en toe beveel dat die leerlinge toegelaat moet word en in Engels onderrig moet word.

Die appèlhof het bevind die LUR het sodoende onregmatig opgetree.

In die LUR en die minister se betooghoofde sê advv. B. Tokota SC, D. Skosa-na en Z.Z. Matebese die geforseerde situasie van Afrikaans as onderrigmedium in die skool het bestaan “sedert ’n mens kan onthou” en tot met die skole-onluste van 1976 voortgeduur.

“Die beheerliggaam van die skool probeer deur die beleid van Afrikaanse onderrig aan die Hoërskool Ermelo om dié oorheersing van Afrikaans te behou en om beter geriewe vir Afrikaanse leerlinge te reserveer ongeag die eise wat ’n veranderde samelewing stel.”

Die staat sal nooit sy grondwetlike plig om onderwys aan alle leerlinge te gee kan nakom as skole se beheerliggame toegelaat word om Afrikaans as eksklusiewe taal by sekere skole te behou nie. As skole die staat “frustreer” in sy pogings om sy grondwetlike pligte na te kom, het die staat – in hierdie geval die LUR – geen keuse nie as om in te gryp, lui die betooghoofde.

Die skool en sy beheerliggaam sal begin Julie betooghoofde indien.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2530968,00.html

‘Ek is hier om jou te verkrag’

Mev. Ohna Strauss en haar man, Jaco, is eergisteraand in hul huis beroof. (Foto: Alet Pretorius)

Jun 18 2009 09:56:10:197PM - (SA)

Daniel Maluleke

"Julle wit mense lewe so lekker hier, terwyl ons swart mense daar buite sukkel.”

So het een van die vyf mans wat eergister ’n egpaar in hul nuwe huis in die luukse veiligheidslandgoed by die Roodeplaatdam by Kameelfontein, oos van Pretoria, beroof het, aan sy slagoffers gesê.

Die vyf het eergister in die vroeë oggendure by mnr. Jaco (33) en me. Ohna Strauss (27) se huis in Sable Hills Waterfront Estate toegeslaan. Een van hulle het ’n vuurwapen gehad, een ’n bobbejaansleutel en ’n derde ’n koevoet.

“Een van hulle het na my toe gekom en gesê: ‘Ek is hier om jou te verkrag’, en het meteens sy hand in my klere ingedruk,” het me. Strauss gister huilend vertel.

Sy het gesê een van die boewe het vir ’n ander een gesê die baba (die Strausse se 14 maande oue dogtertjie, Anni) gaan huil en hy moet haar ’n bottel gee. Dit het een van die rowers wel gedoen terwyl sy makkers die egpaar vasgebind het.

Die booswigte wou by mnr. Strauss weet waar sy vuurwapen en skootrekenaar is.

Toe hy sê hy het nie sulke goed nie, het hulle die egpaar van vertrek na vertrek aan hul hare rondgesleep en waardevolle items en klere bymekaar gemaak sover hulle gegaan het. Hulle het onderklere in hul slagoffers se monde gedruk sodat hulle nie kon skree nie.

Die boewe het R1 000, juweliersware, onderklere, klere en ’n rekenaar wat waardevolle inligting van die egpaar bevat, gebuit.

Een het daarna sy eie tekkies en baadjie uitgetrek en van mnr. Strauss se klere aangetrek.

Die baba het in ’n stadium van die bed af geval en haar gesig in die proses teen ’n bedkassie gestamp. Sy het haar neus effens beseer.

Hulle het mnr. Strauss in die badkamer toegesluit voordat hulle sy sleutels gevat en gevlug het.

Nadat die rowers weg is, kon me. Strauss haar loswikkel en om hulp skree. Bure het hulle te hulp gesnel en die polisie is ook dadelik ontbied.

’n Buurman moes die badkamerdeur oopbreek om mnr. Strauss te bevry.

Volgens mnr. Strauss het hulle twee weke gelede in dié huis ingetrek.

“Ek is dankbaar dat ons nog lewe en dat hulle ons nie seergemaak nie,” het me. Strauss gesê.

Konst. Portia Maleka, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê niemand is nog in verband met die aanval in hegtenis geneem nie.

Die polisie het beslag gelê op die klere wat een van die aanvallers agtergelaat het toe hy van mnr. Strauss se klere aangetrek het, en sal dit in hul ondersoek gebruik.

Die rowers het vermoedelik op die een of ander manier by ’n hoekpaal oor die elektriese heining geklim.

Mnr. Braam Fourie, veiligheidsbestuurder van die woonkompleks, het volstrek geweier om kommentaar oor die voorval te lewer. Hy het onderneem om vanoggend kommentaar te lewer as Beeld se verslaggewer kan bewys hy werk wel vir dié koerant.

Op die ontwikkelaars van die kompleks se webtuiste maak hulle ’n groot ophef van die premie wat hulle op veiligheid plaas.

“As ’n mens die toenemende misdaadsyfers in ag neem, is dit van die uiterste belang dat ons verseker is van die veiligheid van ons gesinne.

“Ons het derhalwe verseker dat die hele landgoed ’n veiligheidsheining het en dat toegang beheer is, met wagte 24 uur per dag by die ingangshek. Niemand kan sonder toestemming van die inwoners inkom nie,” lui die webwerf.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2530995,00.html

Man lag toe hy pa doodskiet

Mnr. Ernest Stieler

Jun 18 2009 09:55:59:587PM - (SA)

Daniëlla du Plooy

’n BMW-bestuurder het ’n pa langs sy twee seuns doodgeskiet in ’n vermeende padwoedevoorval en “gelag terwyl hy die sneller getrek het”.

Die polisie het ’n identikit uitgereik van die man wat mnr. Ernest Stieler (39), ’n vervoerbestuurder by UTi Sun Couriers, op 16 Mei op die R562 noord van Johannesburg met ’n silwer rewolwer in die bors geskiet het.

Die moontlikheid word ondersoek dat dit ’n padwoede-aanval was, het supt. Sefako Xaba, Gautengse polisiewoordvoerder, gesê.

Stieler se broer, mnr. Lucas Stieler, was kort ná die voorval op die toneel. Hy het gister aan Beeld gesê Ernest en sy twee seuns (13 en 16) het die betrokke Saterdag omstreeks 18:00 in ’n seegroen Toyota Hilux-dubbelkajuitbakkie op die R562 (Olifants-fonteinweg) in die rigting van Midrand gery. Die Stielers woon in Midrand.

“ ’n Swart BMW X5 met getinte vensters en ’n GP-nommerplaat het agter hulle gery,” het Xaba gesê.

“Die verdagte, saam met drie insittendes, het sy ligte geflikker. Toe Stieler nie na links beweeg het nie, het die verdagte tot langs hom gery.”

Volgens Xaba het die motorbestuurder ’n skoot op Stieler geskiet. Hy is in die bors getref en op die toneel dood. “Die verdagte het weggery.”

Stieler het ’n verkeerslig genader en reeds begin spoed verminder toe hy geskiet is. Een van sy seuns het die handrem opgetrek wat die motor tot stilstand gebring het.

Volgens Lucas Stieler het die twee seuns traumaberading ontvang.

“Hulle het egter aan my gesê die man het vir hulle gekyk en gelag terwyl hy die sneller getrek het. Dít krap aan hulle.”

Die seuns het gehelp om ’n identikit van die verdagte – ’n swart man in sy 30’s, oorgewig en met ’n kaalgeskeerde kop – saam te stel.

Daar was glo onder andere ’n swart vrou met lang, krullerige hare in die motor saam met hom.

Enigiemand met inligting kan insp. J Faull, ondersoekbeampte, bel by 082 301 2410 of ’n anonieme wenk laat by Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2531002,00.html

Skrywer, joernalis André Potgieter sterf ná aanval

Jun 19 2009 09:53:14:410PM - (SA)

Bloemfontein. – Die bekende skrywer en koerantman André Potgieter (72) is gisteroggend dood nadat hy verlede naweek aangeval is.

Potgieter is in die Pelonomi-hospitaal oorlede toe sy organe ingegee het weens die erge trauma wat hy in die aanval beleef het.

Supt. Leon Potgieter, sy seun, het gister ook gesê hul pa se dood en die manier waarop hy gesterf het is “tragies” vir die hele gesin.

Hy is verlede naweek op sy kleinhoewe in Jan Coetzeelaan, Waterbron, buite Bloemfontein met ’n koevoet en piksteel in sy bed oorval. Hy is ook met ’n mes gesteek. Hy was jare lank ’n joernalis en skrywer.

Potgieter word oorleef deur sy vrou, Mara, seuns, Leon en Piet, en vier kleinkinders.

Begrafnisreëlings is nog nie gefinaliseer nie.

Die aanklag van poging tot moord teen mnre. Isaac Molefe (24) en Joseph Lechuti (36) sal verander word na moord wanneer hulle Woensdag in die Bloemfonteinse landdroshof verskyn. – Loraine Kalp

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2531294,00.html

Smeulende lyke: Tuinwerker in arres

Jun 19 2009 09:52:46:223PM - (SA)

Dries Liebenberg

Die 23-jarige tuinwerker van ’n pasgetroude paartjie wie se erg verbrande lyke begin vandeesweek nog smeulend in ’n bloekomplantasie in die KwaZulu-Middellande gevind is, is in verband met die moorde in hegtenis geneem.

Volgens sr.supt. Henry Budhram, polisiewoordvoerder, is die man eergister in die Merrivale-omgewing naby Howick aangekeer. Elektroniese toerusting wat tydens die aanval Dinsdag op mnr. Alan O’Neale (57) en sy vrou, me. Hannetjie Blom (40), geroof is, is glo in die man se besit gevind.

Sowat ’n week voor die moorde was daar probleme tussen die egpaar en die tuinwerker oor beweerde diefstal uit die huis, het Budhram gesê. Op die oog af was die kwessie opgelos en die egpaar het nie ’n klag by die polisie ingedien nie.

Die polisie glo nou wraak was die motief vir die moorde.

’n Lykskouing het gewys die egpaar, wat net meer as twee maande getroud was, is verwurg voordat hul lyke in die plantasie langs die Beverley-gasteplaas by Dargle aan die brand gesteek is.

Me. Vicki Shaw, Blom se voormalige werkgewer, het vroeër gesê die egpaar was vriendelike mense “wat die klere aan hul lyf sou weggee om iemand te help”.

Die Volkswagen Jetta wat aan Shaw se biltongwinkel in Howick behoort en wat Blom gebruik het, is Dinsdagaand op die pad tussen Dargle en Impendle gekry waar dit teen ’n padteken gebots het.

Die egpaar se lyke is die oggend in die plantasie ontdek nadat mense die rook gewaar en gaan ondersoek instel het.

Die Jeep Cherokee waarmee O’Neale gery het, maar aan sy werkgewer behoort het, is die volgende dag langs die N3-hoofweg by Hilton gevind.

Die tuinwerker sal na verwagting oormôre in die landdroshof in Howick verskyn.

Oorsprong:Beeld
http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2531333,00.html

Friday, 19 June 2009

die revolusie begin eerste op die plase

Clinton V du Plessis


die kinders skype op sondae

uit kanada, koud

bewe die beelde

bons die stemme van die mure terug

die kleinkinders se monde

vorm die woorde vreemd en ongemaklik,

onafrikaans glimlag hulle,

hulle ken nie die

lekker bollemakiesie van die taal op die tong:

klouter, kleuter en kielie,

koggelmander en kwikstertjie,

oupa se hande wens om vir

die seuntjie

'n draadkar te maak

die mik van 'n kettie te laat voel

die knapie op sy knie te laat sit,

ouma leun oud in die kamera in

haar bril soek dof die sproete op die dogtertjie se neus,

later sou hulle op die internetweergawe van die sondagkoerant

al die detail lees,

hoe die drie mans, 16, 18 & 20

die ou man

vasgebind het,

hom met die gloeiende strykyster die kluis laat oopsluit,

later moes hy kyk hoe hulle die ou vrou

oopmaak en elkeen

by haar ingaan,

hy het sy siel toegeknyp

voordat hulle die sneller teen sy kop afgetrek het,

die polisie het die verminkte lyke eers laat die

maandagmiddag gekry,

een van die aanvallers

het kordaat bo-op die swart stinkhouttafel in 'n spierwit bord gekak.

hulle't van kanada ingevlieg,

die plaas in die mark gesit,

die as saam met hulle teruggeneem

en nooit ooit weer oor

grandpa of granny se

farm in that godforsaken fucked up country

gepraat nie.

Oorsprong:LitNet
http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=67110&cat_id=160

Gaan jy 'n ander se afgod dien?

Anton B 2009-06-08

Hier is 'n hipotetiese scenario. 'n Groep regses word aangekeer omdat hulle daarvan verdink word dat hulle sabotasie beplan. Daar is bewyse dat hulle hulp van 'n buitelandse moondheid, in die vorm van opleiding en wapens, gekry het.

Twee van die aangehoudenes ontsnap uit aanhouding, maar word weer aangekeer. Die skuldiges word skuldig bevind en tot lang tronkstraf gevonnis. In die tronk hou hulle egter vol dat 'n gewapende stryd geregverdig is. Tydens hulle termyn in die tronk word addisionele onskuldige, swart burgerlikes in terreuraanvalle vermoor. Die ringleier hou egter vol dat 'n gewapende stryd geregverdig is.

Hulle word later vrygelaat, waarná die ringleier afgeneem word waar hy tussen 'n groep militante regses op aandag staan en sing: "Maak swartes vrek!"

Sy vrylating lei ook regstreeks tot 'n omwenteling, na 'n blanke regering wat 'n ongekende vlaag rassisme teen swartes ontketen, waarvolgens daar op 'n hele aantal terreine teen hulle gediskrimineer word. Hulle word byvoorbeeld op grond van hul velkleur effektief verbied om 'n senior pos in die staatsdiens te bekom.

Op 'n dag besluit die blanke regering dat die ringleier se verjaardag in alle skole gevier sal moet word. Skoolkinders, en ook swart skoliere, sal 'n gedeelte van hulle tyd moet afstaan om hierdie ringleier se lewe en "prestasies" te vier.

Ek kan my indink dat só 'n besluit 'n resep vir moeilikheid sal wees. As Soweto se skoolkinders in 1976 uit protes teen Afrikaans as skoolvak geprotesteer, klippe gegooi en skole afgebrand het, sal 'n viering van 'n blanke terreursaaier se verjaardag tot ongekende geweld lei. Dit is te verwagte: so 'n regse leier is tog op geen manier 'n held vir 'n swart skoolkind nie. Inteendeel.

Bostaande scenario, soos die meeste lesers sekerlik al agtergekom het, is bykans 'n woordelikse beskrywing van die Rivonia-verhoor en die gebeure wat daarop gevolg het. Die regse ringleier in die scenario is bloot 'n blanke weergawe van Nelson Mandela. Mandela het inderdaad, nádat hy vrygelaat is, gesing "Maak dood die Boer".

Tydens president Zuma se toespraak verlede week het hy dan ook voorgestel dat skoolkinders 67 minute van hulle tyd moet afstaan om Mandela se 67 jaar van die struggle te vier. Ek het geen probleem daarmee as swart skoolkinders, die Britte of blanke sikofante se kinders so maak nie.

Ek het wel 'n enorme probleem daarmee dat my eie kind moet deelneem aan iets wat 'n verering van ander se afgod verteenwoordig, ʼn "heilige" wat 'n gewapende stryd teen my volk gelei en openlik gesing het dat mense soos ek en my kind gedood moet word. Dis absurd en 'n resep vir verset.

Oor my dooie liggaam sal my kind dus meemaak aan die verering van Sint Mandela. Die owerhede moet inteendeel bly wees dat ek as Afrikaner te beskaafd en ordentlik is om gewelddadig hierteen protes aan te teken, soos wat die swart skoolkinders in 1976 gemaak het. Sou daar egter wel een of ander vorm van eer aan Mandela van ons kinders vereis word, al is dit bloot om 'n opstel te skryf, sou een of ander vorm van vreedsame protes wel geregverdig wees.

Hy is moontlik vir die Britte, swartes en verwarde blanke gatlekkers 'n afgod, maar my afgod is hy baie, baie beslis nie.

Anton B

Oorsprong:LitNet
http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=67855&cat_id=160

Sunday, 14 June 2009

2010 Soccer World Cup South Africa

2010 Soccer World Cup South Africa

South Africa World Cup 2010, and the shooting's already started

Only 70 miles from a 2010 World Cup football stadium, a farmer's wife and a boy aged 13 learn to defend themselves with lethal weapons. They say thousands of white landowners have been killed by Zimbabwe-style marauders; their black rulers accuse them of belligerence and right-wing tendencies. Aidan Hartley reports on the war of words you won't read about in your World Cup holiday brochure.

By Aidan Hartley

Last updated at 2:31 AM on 14th June 2009


Farmers' wives learn how to defend themselves on a farm-attack prevention course near the Zimbabwean border in South Africa

Bella wakes. She hears a strangled, gurgling sound. It’s the dog, she thinks.

‘Peter, there’s something wrong,’ she says to her husband. Noises emerge from the room of her mother-in-law, who’s 98 and confined to a wheelchair.

It’s 1am. Bella gets up and walks out of the bedroom. In the hall she sees a young man who at first she thinks is her son. Except he’s black, wears a balaclava and is pointing a gun at her.

‘He comes for me,’ says Bella, her hand before her tear-stained face.

‘He’s going to shoot me! I trip as I run back to the bedroom. Peter comes to the door but he has nothing in his hand, no pistol. I hear a gun go off. I hear my mother-in-law screaming. I lock the door and telephone my son. I tell him: “I think they shot Pa!”’

Two men are outside the bedroom window with a rifle. She loads the pistol Peter keeps by the bed.

‘I take the gun and say, “Come on! I’ll shoot you!”’

Back in the hall she finds Peter dead, a trail of blood across the kitchen floor. Her mother-in-law Gerda is bruised and beaten.

‘I can’t tell you how hopeless I felt,’ Bella says. ‘I will see it in front of me for weeks, months, years.’


Vet's son Barend Harris (right), 13, learns to shoot

Days after Peter is cremated, the attackers return. The survivors are sleeping elsewhere by now, so the gang finds only the dogs in the house. They torture the animals with boiling water before soaking them in petrol and setting them on fire.

I ask Bella for a motive and she says a group of black South Africans who are squatting on their farmland have repeatedly threatened them.

After the family find the dogs, Bella’s son Piet calls the police. Weeks later the attackers are still at large; police arrested one man in connection with the killing but he was later released.

I am in her home. The bullet holes are still clearly visible. I ask her what she is going to do.

‘If we stay here they will kill us. You can’t say this was a dream, or rewind what happened. They want our land.’

This is Bella’s account of an attack that happened last month in South Africa, in the north-east of the country. Her home is a long way from the vineyards and beaches of Cape Town, but South Africa is to host the 2010 World Cup and five of the centres for players and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who will come with them are here in the north.

Preparations are in hand but this is against the backdrop of a country gripped by ultra-violence. Officially there are about 50 murders a day, and three times that number of rapes. Most victims are poor blacks in South Africa’s cities: reported deaths last year totalled more than 18,000.

But among the casualties of the violence are white farmers, whose counterparts in Zimbabwe are singled out for international press coverage; here in the ‘rainbow nation’ their murders, remarkable for their particular savagery, go largely unreported.


Farmer's wife Ida Nel learns how shoot an AK-47 and a pistol on a 'farm protection weekend'

There are no official figures but, since the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994, farmers’ organisations say 3,000 whites in rural areas have been killed. The independent South African Human Rights Commission, set up by Mandela’s government, says the number is 2,500.

Its commission’s report into the killings does not break down their figures by colour; but it says the majority of attacks in general - ie where no one necessarily dies - are against white people and that 'there was a considerably higher risk of a white victim of farm attacks being killed or injured than a black victim.'

It states that since 2006, farmer murders have jumped by 25 per cent and adds: 'The lack of prosecutions indicates the criminal justice system is not operating effectively to protect victims in farming communities and to ensure the rule of law is upheld.'

I have lived and worked in Africa for 20 years, reporting from countries all across the continent. I know that the truth is very hard to find here. Stereotypes are everywhere. Blacks give no credit to successful white businesses. Whites give no credit to the black populace, refusing stubbornly to acknowledge that they themselves are physical reminders of a brutal colonial past.

What is certain is this: since the mid-Nineties, 900,000 mainly white South Africans have emigrated from South Africa - about 20 per cent of the white population - most of them due to soaring crime rates. In an eerie parallel with Zimbabwe, farms have been reclaimed by unqualified workers.

The police say don't fight back. You must fight. It's the bullet or be slaughtered

Commercial agricultural production has taken a massive hit where land reform has occurred. And as the attacks on white farmers continue, the police seem increasingly powerless and ineffective, and farmers are turning to vigilante behaviour as their way of life comes under violent assault.

The ANC government's response to this has been largely defiant. As Charles Ngacula, Safety and Security Minister under the previous administration of Thabo Mbeki, said: 'They can continue to whinge until they're blue in the face, be as negative as they want to, or they can simply leave this country.'

Ida Nel is learning to shoot an AK-47 and a pistol on a 'farm protection weekend'. The course is being held only 70 miles from the 2010 World Cup venue of Polokwane. Ida is married to farmer Andre. They farm guavas and macadamia nuts near Levubu in Limpopo province.

Sonette Selzer a violinist, on her farm near Ermelo. She is trained to use a variety of guns and always carries a rifle over a shoulder and a pistol on her belt

'I'm used to guns,' she says. 'My dad taught me how to use one when I was a kid but I need to get confident and to know what warning signs to look out for in a farm attack.'

On the course with her are farmers, and their wives and children. Among the children is 13-year-old Barend Harris, the son of a vet, who brought his family 9mm gun. Those taking part in the weekend courses for about 50 people at a time learn to leopard-crawl with a gun and are taught self-defence (with knives and guns), how to look for signs that their homes are being targeted, bush tracking and how to shoot from a moving vehicle. They are given target practice with AK-47s, pistols, R4 and R5 assault rifles and 308 hunting rifles.

Driving around Mpumalanga Province, east of Johannesburg, in what used to be the Transvaal, I found myself called by the farmers to a string of grisly murder scenes. In some the blood was still drying on the furniture or the street. In others, witnesses gave me accounts of killings involving rituals of extreme brutality: of victims boiled alive, forced to kneel and shot execution style and tortured in ways so unimaginable they are too horrendous to print. The same goes for the many pictures I have been shown of the barely identifiable corpses and horrific crime scenes.

Sonette Selzer, who lives on a forestry holding with her husband Werner, has made sure that she and her two boys are weapons-trained. At home in Mpumalanga province, Sonette, who is a trained medic, claims she usually gardens with a pistol at her side and a rifle strapped to her back. She is fully armed as I arrive - rather conveniently, I think.

'It's very tiring but even in the garden you have to be alert to what's happening around you all the time. You can never, ever relax your guard,' she says.

When she hears of a man who got into a gunfight with three robbers she shakes her head: 'I'd hate to get into that situation. You need to finish it quickly.'

She gestures to her vicious-looking Ninja knives and I realise the chilling intent behind her words - you need to finish 'them' as quickly as possible.

She says she and Werner sleep in separate beds at either end of the house, with their guns and knives within easy reach. Their children Francois, 18, and Jaques, 16, are at boarding school in the nearby town.

'When they were very small they learned how to use guns and how to reload,' Sonette says of her boys.

Each dawn and evening the Selzers check in on the VHF radio with other members of the Farm Watch organisation, neighbours whom they find more reliable than the South African Police Service (SAPS). The couple are heavily armed, but what good will that do them if a group of attackers assault the house in the dead of night? The home is an ill-fortified outpost 40 minutes' drive from the nearest Farm Watch neighbours or SAPS station that could respond in the event of an attack.

'You must carry your gun and your Bible together at once,' says Werner Selzer.

And at the farmers' houses I visited, when grace was said at table, a semi-automatic rifle or pistol with extra magazines was prominently on display. (Once again, it's hard to say if they are just placed there for effect.)

Werner is adamant that only he can protect his family: 'The police say don't fight back. But you must fight back. It's the bullet or be slaughtered. If you're going to rape my wife and kill my children you must understand I have nothing to lose. But you can run away. And if I shoot back you will run away.'

Since the 19th century, Boer farmers were organised into farm militias known as Commandos. These defended rural communities from assault and, just over a century ago, they formed the vanguard of the rebellion against the hated British Empire.


'We kept the British busy until they killed our women and children in the concentration camps,' one man told me. The two Boer wars were as much of a catastrophe in their minds as the crisis now facing them.

'The Afrikaner Boer doesn't like war but we will fight if we have to - and the Africans are scared of us.'

Such right-wing sentiments have done the Boers no favours under the ANC, which suspected them of links to white extremist groups such as the neo-fascist AWB. In recent years the government has moved to disband the Commando units as part of a security plan to improve policing nationwide.

The Commandos had been accused of brutality towards black farm workers; indeed, there have been reports of belligerence and abuse by white farmers, leading to a sense of reciprocity about some of the recent attacks.

Danzel Van Zyl, a senior researcher at the Human Rights Commission, says: 'There is a feeling among black people that many white people have not come to the party yet. Reconciliation has only come from one side, and this is felt especially with regard to the farming communities. They are perceived to be conservative, with a block of them voting right-wing and for parties like (the ultra-right wing) Freedom Front Plus.

'Old ways still play out in a lot of rural South Africa, where you will see farmers keeping the seat next to them in their truck for their dog, while workers sit in the back. A lot of farmers were killed by disgruntled farm workers who had been maltreated by them.'

"Even in the garden you have to be alert to what's happening around you."

He adds: 'The increase in farm murders is also due to the removal of the Commando system. They were notorious and feared by farm workers. But the problem is, nothing came in place of them.'

He insists there is no concerted political campaign to drive out white farmers; but all parties agree on one thing: land ownership is the burning issue.

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, whites still own about three-quarters of the country's agricultural land. The ANC has sought to redistribute land to black South Africans by legal means. In this it has followed a radically different path to that of Robert Mugabe in neighbouring Zimbabwe, where the rule of law collapsed in the last decade as gangs of state-sponsored thugs drove off 6,000 white families.


The family of murdered farmer Nico Boonzaier at his funeral

In Mpumalanga, black South Africans are lodging hundreds of legal 'land claims' in which they must prove their rights to property based on family historical records. The land claims are adjudicated in court and, if successful, the state buys out white farmers at what the property owners themselves told me was a fair price.

But as a tribe of farmers, the Boers are resisting the loss of their land because, they say, it spells the end of a way of life for a community.

And this is what they claim has sparked bloody violence that they say is politically motivated all the way to the top of the ANC. The TAU, or Transvaal Agricultural Union, draws a link between land claims and attacks.

'When there is a farm claim I say "Look out!" because attacks may follow to scare the farmers,' says TAU regional director Piet Kemp.

This after all is the country where the President, Jacob Zuma, used as his election campaign song an old war chant from his days in the ANC's military wing, Mshini wami - 'Bring me my machine-gun'. And where YouTube posts include footage of Mandela singing another song, 'Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer'.

Mugabe may be a pariah across the world but in South Africa he has long been given standing ovations and rapturous applause at ANC events.

Widow Tracey Pemberton is 41 but looks 20 years older and appears to be malnourished. She dreams of emigrating to the UK but her British husband died five years ago and she lives on a 200-hectare farm in a ramshackle cottage. The area, set among huge forests of planted pine, is so dangerous that on the main road outside Tracey's gate there are big signs that warn CRIME ALERT - NO STOPPING!

'I'm stupid to stay but I don't know where to go,' she says. 'It's awful to have to say "Who's that over there? What's that noise?" I definitely want to go. Because you're a woman and alone they take advantage of you. My husband had a British passport when he passed away.

He'd had enough of struggling and failing in this country...'

By the eve of the elections that brought Zuma to power earlier this year the family had already been robbed six times over the years. Then one night Tracey was woken by noises from her mother Yvonne's room. She found a man sitting on top of the 65-year-old woman. 'I can't get that picture out of my mind.'


Farmers learn rural survival techniques on the farm-attack prevention courses

The attacker stabbed her mother 17 times, but miraculously she survived. Sonette Selzer rushed to the scene to help save her. But, insists Tracey, the harrassment continues. 'They switch on all the taps outside in the middle of the night to try to persuade you to go outside.'

And she thinks they climb about on the roof, although it could be the branches from the oak tree brushing against the tiles.

My visit to Mpumalanga came immediately after crossing the frontier from Zimbabwe and what struck me was how similar the landscapes were after redistribution had taken place. Once productive maize fields now grow only weeds. Citrus orchards are dying, their valuable fruit rotting on the branches. Machinery lies about rusting. Irrigation pipes have been looted and farm sheds are derelict and stripped of roofing. Windbreak trees have been hacked down and roads are potholed.

Few of those being resettled on former white farms are qualified to work them. Commercial properties are becoming slums where the poor live a hand-to-mouth existence in mud huts, surrounded by subsistence patches of maize. Meanwhile, black workers are put out of their jobs without compensation.

'Now we are in big trouble,' says Messina, a black foreman at what was Figtree farm.

He says his employers had to sell, 'because their lives were in danger, definitely. This place is not safe any more.'

Messina says the land resettlement on his employers' property was orchestrated by black elite figures from town, not people close to the land.

'If you look at them they are driving smart cars. They want to look big in their four-by-fours. They say they will help us - but nothing. No job. We are suffering.'

For all South Africa's aims to be following the rule of law, there are comparisons here with Zimbabwe and other calamitous reforms under the banner of 'Africa for the Africans'.

'I saw people with heads cut off, horrible things,' says farmer Ockert van Niekerk as he sits his toddler daughter on his lap at home.

"Cops tracking cases lack experience. Dockets vanish and criminals get out."

'The aim is to scare white people. The attacks are not just crimes. They're political. You don't wait for a farmer for eight hours, kill him and steal a frozen chicken. In warfare you learn to soften the target, and the aim is to break us mentally and spiritually.'

But he then tells, in alarming detail, how he would respond to an attacker: 'I will cut in seconds all the main arteries: the neck, gut and groin.' He whips out two knives from either pocket. 'I feel quite safe with these.'

What the farmers dub 'hit squads' are well armed with AK-47s, deploy in gangs and if they are ever arrested they are allegedly found to be from outside the district - 'recruited', the farmers say, from cities hundreds of kilometres away.

At a farmers' day, or Boerdag, in a marquee tent surrounded by maize harvesting machinery, I meet a string of farmers with attack stories. One elderly man too scared to be identified tells me how a gang broke in at five in the morning, tied him and his wife up, then got an angle grinder from the workshop and sawed into the flesh of his legs with the blade, demanding, 'I want money! You must talk!'

One of the gang picked up the couple's mobile phone and inadvertently called their daughter, who then had to endure hearing the robbery unfold in screams and shouts.

The more brutal and incredible the stories, the more doubt creeps in: are they over-egging this for political impact? Are they perhaps deeply racist at heart? But then I remind myself: I have seen the pictures and read the local newspaper reports. I've been to the funerals.

It is said that the signs always lead down a road to the farmstead: bunches of long grass knotted like corn dolls, the strands of wire fences twisted into cat's cradle configurations, and stones, tin cans and plastic bags stacked in circle and arrow patterns.

These 'attack signs', which can supposedly warn if trouble is coming to your farm, are a macabre coded language. Farmers widely believe in their existence; they have been decoded by Special Forces veterans.

At first I wondered if the 'attack signs' story was a result of mass hysteria. But the hairs on the back of my neck stood rigid when I began to see what appeared to be sets of signs outside farms near where attacks had already occurred.

Each sign is said to mean something: a forked stick signifies a woman in the house, the corn dolls map out the farm buildings and signs dubbed 'triggers' are set to either 'off' or 'on' - meaning 'attack'.

White farmers read these runes and arm themselves because they have nothing else. New police units promised to substitute the old Commando system have yet to be formed. And people isolated on remote properties are worried by the fact that licenses for their firearms are not being renewed.


Two young men suspected of being involved in the murder of a white farmer in the North West province are arrested

As a South African Police Service (SAPS) officer, Derek Jonker investigated 52 separate farm attacks and he says, 'There has been a decline in the abilities of the police. There is a power struggle in the police and investigators are not qualified.

'Crime prevention has collapsed totally,' he adds. 'And cops tracking cases lack experience and resources to gather evidence and arrest offenders. Dockets vanish and criminals get let out of jail.'

In the provincial town of Ermelo, I meet a policeman who's tired and angry. He says SAPS can't be bothered to fight crime any more. Only four out of 16 police vehicles at the station are still in working order. I ask what happens with the vehicles that are in working order.
He shrugs and points across the street to Ermelo's main supermarket. And there they are: four police prowlers parked in a row. The police are inside doing their shopping while at a street corner crime scene that we've just come from, the blood still glistens wetly in the sunshine.

And at that murder scene I met another police officer who dismisses the idea that the ANC was involved in a conspiracy against white farmers.

It is much worse than that for South Africa as a whole, 'It's worse among the black people - all those rapes and killings,' he says. 'I feel sorry for these people. Everybody suffers, not just white people.

'You can buy an AK for a bag of maize meal. This causes hatred between blacks and whites - and this is boiling up to what? Every time it's very emotional because it's black against white, but you must think with your head and not your heart.'

As we talk I'm looking at the blood on the ground. It's the policeman's brother-in-law who just got shot.

'The whole criminal system is a balls-up for white and black people,' he says. 'We just don't need this.'

South Africa's proposed new law and order plans include better policing for those urban areas expecting visitors during the World Cup next year. It will be the most heavily policed World Cup in history, with 200,000 specially recruited officers and equipment ranging from surveillance cameras to water cannon.

But it will remain unnerving for those who travel that these brutal killings are happening within just a couple of hours' drive.

Source:Mail Online (Daily Mail UK)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1192088/South-Africa-World-Cup-2010--shootings-started.html

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