Sunday, 29 November 2009

Leerling voor Pta-skool beroof

Mev. Lee King (agter) en haar dogter, Candy, wat buite haar skool aangeval is. Foto: leon botha

2009-11-27 00:33

Virginia Keppler

’n Groep seuns het ’n 17-jarige meisie van Mountain View in die noorde van Pretoria gisteroggend voor haar skool met messe gedreig, geslaan, geskop en van haar selfoon beroof.

’n Bakleiery het daarna uitgebreek waartydens die seuns inwoners van die gebied met klippe bestook het.

Candy King, ’n gr.10-leerling aan die Hoërskool Hercules, en ’n vriendin het omstreeks 10:40 voor die skool gesit en vir haar ma gewag toe sy ongeveer 16 skoolseuns van ’n ander skool in die pad sien aankom het.

“Hulle het eers na ’n ander ou gestap en hom deur die gesig geklap en deursoek, maar het niks aan hom gekry nie,” het Candy vertel.

“Daarna het hulle twee ander meisies gepla en toe ek weer sien het hulle voor ons gestaan. Een seun het my in Engels gevra wat in my sak is.

“Ek het gesê daar is niks in my sak nie. Hy het gesê ek moenie jok nie en toe kyk hy in my sak en gryp my selfoon.”

Sy het onmiddellik opgespring. Die seun het ’n mes uitgepluk en teen haar keel gedruk, het Candy gesê.

“Ek het na die hand met die mes gegryp en toe my selfoon uit sy ander hand gegryp. Drie van sy vriende het nader gestap en toe begin hulle my slaan.

“Ek het die een hard geklap en toe klap hy my seker so drie of vier keer deur die gesig.”

Hulle het haar ook op haar lyf geslaan en op die grond neergegooi. “Terwyl ek op die grond gelê het, het een my in die sy geskop en toe gryp hulle weer haar foon. Ek het weer opgestaan en vir my vriendin geskreeu om weg te hardloop, maar sy het bly staan.

“Hulle het my weer omgestamp en in die ribbes geskop en toe hardloop hulle weg.”

’n Man wat Candy probeer help het, het die seuns in sy voertuig agternagesit en een seun gevang en opgelaai.

“Verskeie inwoners het uit hul erwe gekom. Die groep seuns het toe weer teruggekom en met die inwoners beginbaklei en hulle met klippe bestook.

“’n Oom het die seun in die motor geklap, waarna die seun uitgespring het en saam met sy vriende weggehardloop het,” het Candy gesê.

Mnr. Ernest King, haar pa, het gesê hy is “rooiwarm” oor wat met sy dogter gebeur het. “Ons kinders is nêrens meer veilig nie.”

Insp. Louis de Bruin, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê hulle gaan probeer om die seuns so gou moontlik aan te keer. Die polisie weet aan watter skool die seuns na bewering verbonde is.

- Beeld

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Man tells of pain at wife's murder

November 26 2009 at 11:31AM

By Bonile Ngqiyaza

Tears flowed freely at the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday as a husband described the loss and devastation the murder of his wife had wreaked on him and his family.

There were sniffles and tears from relatives as hearing-impaired businessman Jerome Lithins testified in aggravation of sentence of three men found guilty of the slaying of his wife at home in December 2006.

An emotional Lithins told the court that the couple had been two months short of celebrating their wedding anniversary when his wife was shot and killed.

Judge Lucy Mailula ruled on Tuesday that Alfred Phahla, Swana Rusty Lekoko and David Maditsi had acted in concert and in pursuance of a common goal when they robbed the Paulshof family.

The three first held hostage the domestic worker and two visitors for 11 hours in the maid's room before attacking Lithins and his son Jesse outside their Empangeni Road home early in the morning in 2006. They shot dead Lithins's wife Patricia before escaping with about R11 000 in cash.

Lithins said he had had to close his business as a result of the trauma and his son had subsequently suffered stress and depression, and after seven months had dropped out of a post-matriculation course.

The court has adjourned until December 7.

This breaking news flash was supplied exclusively to iol.co.za by the news desk at our sister title The Star.

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Vermoorde se vrou eis R7,5 miljoen van polisie

Me. Priscilla Eva by ’n houtkruis wat sy vir haar man, Ken, opgerig het op die plaas naby Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal waar hy vermoor is.

2009-11-28 23:00

Willem Pelser

Die weduwee van ’n plaasbestuurder wat in 2007 in KwaZulu-Natal deur plaasbesetters vermoor is eis miljoene rande van die polisie weens “growwe nalatigheid en onbevoegdheid”.

Net een van ’n groep aanvallers is kort ná die moord op mnr. Ken Eva in hegtenis geneem hoewel daar letterlik honderde mense – ook polisielede – teenwoordig was toe dit gebeur het.

Die moord het plaasgevind tydens ’n vergadering wat gehou is oor die besetting van ’n deel van die plaas wat deur Eva bestuur is.

’n Geraamde 200 plaasbesetters, gemeenskapsleiers, verteenwoordigers van staatsdepartemente asook polisielede van Eshowe en Melmoth het die vergadering bygewoon.

Eva is deur ses aanvallers met knopkieries en kapmesse vermoor. Net een verdagte, mnr. Sipho Sha-ngwe, is in hegtenis geneem. Hy is egter die volgende dag vrygelaat nadat borgtog aan hom toegestaan is.

In ’n aanmaningsbrief van 28 bladsye wat Maandag aan die minister van polisie, mnr. Nathi Mthe-thwa gestuur is, eis mev. Priscilla Eva R7,5 miljoen vir onder meer “verlies aan inkomste, emosionele trauma en algemene skade”.

Sy eis ook toegang tot sekere polisiedokumente en dat die polisie die moord onmiddellik oplos.

Eva het aan Rapport gesê sy kan steeds nie haar man se dood verwerk nie, is “emosioneel uitgeput” en finansieel in ’n benarde situasie.

“Dis hoog tyd dat die polisie hul werk begin doen en my vergoed vir my groot verlies,” sê sy.

Haar prokureur, mnr. Jurgens Bekker van Bedfordview in Johannesburg, voer in die aanmaningsbrief aan die polisie was nalatig by die vergadering omdat geen poging aangewend is om die moord te keer nie.

Die moordtoneel is nie beveilig nie en niks is gedoen om te verhinder dat bewysstukke verwyder of vernietig word nie.

Ken Eva se familie het later ’n bebloede vingerafdruk op sy selfoon se battery gekry, maar die polisie het glo nie daarin belang gestel nie.

Die rede is moontlik dat lede van die plaaslike polisie ’n persoonlike belang het by die gronddispuut en duidelik simpatie het met die plaasbesetters, voer Bekker aan.

Die polisie het nog nie ’n verklaring afgeneem by een van die polisielede wat die vergadering bygewoon het of enige ander getuies nie, skryf Bekker.

Die ondersoekspan het ook nie die ongelukstoneel behoorlik forensies ondersoek, die nodige foto’s op die toneel geneem of ’n verslag opgestel oor bewysstukke wat gevind is nie.

’n Vrou wat bereid was om Eva se moordenaars uit te wys, me. Faneleni Mhlongo, is ook nooit ondervra nie en nie in ’n getuiebeskermingsprogram geplaas nie. Sy het intussen spoorloos verdwyn.

Bekker voer ook aan die polisie het geen poging aangewend om uit te vind wie telefoniese doodsdreigemente aan Eva gemaak het voor sy moord nie.

Die plaasbesetters maak aanspraak op ’n deel van die plaas omdat hulle glo dit behoort aan ’n plaaslike hoofman.

- Rapport

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Bejaarde vrou op pad kerk toe gekaap

2009-11-23 02:58

WESSELSBRON. – ’n Bejaarde vrou van ’n plaas buite die dorp is gisteroggend op pad kerk toe gekaap.

Mev. Ina Fourie sê haar ma, mev. Rina Wessels (78), was van die plaas af op pad kerk toe. “Skaars ’n kilometer van die plaas moes sy in die pad stilhou, want daar was groot sementbakstene in die pad gepak. ’n Man het langs haar motor verskyn en haar beveel om oor te skuif na die passasiersitplek.”

Sy sê haar ma se voet het aan die stuurwiel vasgehaak en sy het baie seergekry. Die man het vir Wessels gevra waarheen sy op pad is en hy het aangebied om haar kerk toe te vat. Hy het egter van plan verander.

Die man het begin ry, maar is nie ’n goeie bestuurder nie. “ ’n Ent verder het my ma voorgestel dat sy bestuur, omdat hy nie kan bestuur nie. Hulle het stilgehou, maar toe sleep hy my ma uit haar motor.”

Hy het haar na ’n sloot langs die pad gesleep waar hy haar met toue vasgebind het.

Hy is toe met haar motor en handsak weg.

Fourie sê haar ma kon daarin slaag om haarself los te kry en het begin aanstap dorp toe. ’n Motorfietsryer het by haar gestop en hulp aangebied.

Hy het Fourie gebel.

“Dit is ’n baie traumatiese ervaring vir my ma. Haar bors is baie seer want die man het met sy knie op haar bors gedruk toe hy haar met die toue vasgebind het.

“Sy het oral blou kolle. Hy het ook die hele tyd gedreig om haar dood te maak.”

Wessels sterk by Fourie aan. Sy bly in haar eie huis saam met haar seun op ’n plaas.

- Volksblad

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'We even called them sirs'

2009-11-22 22:54

Susan Cilliers

Johannesburg - Two children hid in silence under a blanket last Thursday morning, after robbers had shot their father in the stomach.

Danie Labuschagne, 37, of Brakpan on the East Rand, died a few hours later due to internal bleeding.

"He looked at me as if he wanted to say 'help me'," said Labuschagne's 12-year-old daughter, Monique, on Sunday.

Labuschagne would have turned 38 on Christmas day, according to his heartbroken wife, Madelein, 37, about her high school sweetheart, the man who'd been "her everything".

The robbers had forced open the sliding door to their living room in the early morning hours on Thursday. "Danie and I woke up when they were in our room.

"Three men shone flashlights at us and said: 'Get up, get up'.

"They pulled the blankets off us. When my husband and I stood up, one robber shot him in the stomach. Danie yelled 'eina' and fell to the ground," Madelein said.

Monique and Danie, 14, woke up when their father was shot.

"I prayed that the Lord would save his life," Danie jnr said on Sunday. When she heard her father's cry of pain, Monique “hoped it's not serious", she said.

She went to her brother's room, where the two of them hid next to each other under a blanket in absolute silence. The robbers' haul included jewellery, cellphones, clothing and a laptop.

"My husband took the bullet for us. He didn't argue, and even explained to the thugs where they would find the laptop. We even called them 'sirs'," said Madelein.

She sat at the foot of their bed and said to her husband: "Pray, darling, just pray."

After the robbers had plundered the house and left, Danie snr pleaded: "Hurry up, just hurry up."

His family tried to pick him up to take him to hospital by car, but he was in too much pain, and said they should rather put him down again. He was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he died just after 04:00 on Thursday morning.

"I touched him and told him how much I loved him," Madelein said on Sunday.

- Beeld

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http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/63ed02494f9745879b53ef4f68555c94/22-11-2009-10-54/We_even_called_them_sirs

‘My man het die koeël vir ons gevat’

Danie Labuschagne

Madelein, Monique en Danie

2009-11-23 00:46

Susan Cilliers

Twee kinders het verlede Donderdagoggend tjoepstil onder ’n kombers weggekruip nadat huisrowers hul pa in die maag geskiet het.

Mnr. Danie Labuschagne (37) van Brakpan aan die Oos-Rand is enkele ure later aan inwendige bloeding dood.

“Hy het vir my gekyk asof hy wou vra ‘help my’,” het Labuschagne se dogter, Monique (12), gister vertel.

Labuschagne sou Kersdag 38 jaar oud geword het, het sy hartseer vrou, Madelein (37), vertel van haar hoërskoolliefde wat “haar alles was”.

Die rowers het hul sitkamer se skuifdeur Donderdag in die vroeë oggendure oopgedwing.

“Ek en Danie het wakker geword toe hulle in ons kamer was.

“Drie mans het met flitse op ons geskyn en gesê: ‘Get up, get up’.

“Hulle het die komberse van ons afgeruk. Toe ek en my man opstaan, het een rower hom in die maag geskiet. Danie het: ‘Eina’ geskree en geval,” het me. Labuschagne vertel.

Monique en Danie (14) het wakker geword toe hul pa geskiet is.

“Ek het gebid dat die Here sy lewe spaar,” het Danie jr. gister vertel. Monique het ná haar pa se pynkreet net “gehoop dis nie ernstig nie”, het sy vertel.

Sy is na haar boetie se kamer waar die twee doodstil teen mekaar onder ’n kombers lê en wegkruip het. Die rowers het onder meer juwele, selfone, klere en ’n skootrekenaar gesteel.

“My man het die bullet vir ons gevat. Hy het nie teëgestribbel nie en selfs aan die boewe verduidelik waar die skootrekenaar is. Ons het hulle selfs sirs genoem,” het me. Labuschagne vertel.

Sy het aan die voetenent van die bed gesit en vir haar man gesê: “Bid net my man, bid net.”

Nadat die rowers die huis geplunder het en weg is, het mnr. Labuschagne gepleit: “Maak net gou, maak net gou.” Sy familie wou hom optel en in ’n motor hospitaal toe neem, maar hy het gesê hy het te veel pyn en dat hulle hom moet neersit. Hy is in ’n ambulans hospitaal toe, waar hy net ná 04:00 Donderdagoggend dood is. “Ek het aan hom gevat en hom vertel hoe lief ek hom het,” het me. Labuschagne gister vertel.

Haar man was ’n topfiks elektrisiën wat aktief by die kerk betrokke was.

Hy was ’n marathon-atleet wat onder meer die Comrades gehardloop het. Danie jr. en sy pa het elke oggend 5 km gedraf. “Ek het my pa reeds belowe ek sal steeds elke oggend gaan draf.

“Hy wou altyd aan die Ysterman-kompetisie deelneem en ek het besluit ék gaan dit nou doen as ek 18 is.”

Danie en Monique is albei besig met eksamens.

Danie sr. “het vir die Here geleef”, het sy vrou gesê. “Hy was reguit, behulpsaam, huislik en het gehou van kamp.”

Monique het gesê haar pa “was lief” vir hulle en het hulle “gelukkig gehou”.

Kapt. Mack Mngomezulu, polisiewoordvoerder, het bevestig ’n saak van huisroof en moord word ondersoek, maar die misdadigers is nog soek.

Mnr. Labuschagne word Donderdag-oggend uit die Christian Family Church International in Boksburg begrawe.

- Beeld

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

New Coffins, Old Flags, Microorganisms And The Future of the Boer

Photo: Jan Stürmann

By Jan Stürmann

In a hot tin-roofed workshop, four young men, stripped to the waist, build coffins. With well practiced efficiently, they produce 100 caskets a month, participants in a program to create work for unemployed Afrikaners. Most are sold to bury AIDS victims in the black communities surrounding the all-white private town of Orania.

This town of 600, situated close to the geographic center of South Africa, was established in 1991, as a place where the soon-to-be outvoted Afrikaners, could rebuild a homeland or Boer volkstaat. Thirteen years on, despite bad press and the brunt of endless editorial cartoons, the town has endured.

Earlier in the week, I met with prominent Boer nationalist Danie Theron in the South African capital Pretoria. I had contacted Danie curious to find out how the Boer were faring, ten years after apartheid had ended.

Photo: Jan Stürmann

Theron immediately took the opportunity to stress differences between Boer and Afrikaner, two words, which are often used interchangeably. In the world-view of the Boer, they alone made the Great Trek from the Cape in the 1830’s to establish independent Boer republics inland, whilst the Afrikaners stayed with the British and got rich. Then the Afrikaners supported the British; the Boer fought them during the Anglo-Boer war of 1899. And in 1994, the Afrikaner leaders betrayed the Boer by giving their land to black South Africans. Theron explained the Boer are deeply, conservatively religious and to survive, believe they need self-determination on land they can call their own.

In a country of 45 million, the Boer, with a total population of fewer than 1.5 million, are politically insignificant. They gambled on apartheid and lost. Now they live, a distinct nation, within a country not their own. Many Boer are again circling the wagon. The slogan for the Boer-run Radio Pretoria is “The radio with borders.”

The Boers hope that private all white towns like Orania, or Kleinfontein, 30 km east of Pretoria, will serve as seed-crystals for a future homeland. Today, 300 residents live in Kleinfontein. Residents do all their own work, run their own schools, and take care of the old and the poor. Impressive, permanent homes spread across the grassy hills. But when asked how long it will take to grow into a homeland, town board member Jan Groenewald admits “not in my lifetime.”

Since the end of apartheid, many Afrikaners have fallen on hard times. On the edge of some towns, squatter camps of homeless Afrikaners spread like Okie camps in 1930’s California. To help poor Boer, retired businessman Willie Venter started VolksHulp 2000, a charity organization whose objective is vaguely similar to that of the Salvation Army. It's one of the many social, political and labor organizations sprouting up in recent years to further the Boer agenda.

Theron covers a blackboard with a spider web of affiliations, pyramids of social structures, and pie charts of power bases, describing how these organizations will help the Boer unite and organize their future.

“The Boer are a stubborn, independent, fractious people. It is in our genes. For their contrariness, our ancestors were kicked out of Holland, France and Germany. To get a majority of Boer to unite behind the Volkstaat, will take a lot of work. But we have no alternative. If we don’t pull together, we will simply not survive.”

The next day we make the three-hour drive southeast of Pretoria, to the Hill of Majuba, where on February 27, 1881, the Boer won a decisive battle against the British who, after gold was discovered, had tried to annex the Boer Republic of Transvaal. A week later, the British negotiated peace.

Since 1991, the Boer, return annually to this battle site by the thousands. Some come by horse. A village of tents and campers spread across the foot of Majuba, which rises steeply up from the surrounding grasslands. Pickup trucks share the dusty lot with expensive German sedans. An array of different flags hang off trees, tents, and poles.

Families and old friends talk around campfires; children play between tents; and open fields and teenagers court. Women in long colorful period dresses and stiff sunbonnets mingle with those wearing khaki shirts and wide bush hats, dark from years of accumulating sweat. Large pistols share belt space with cell phones. A group practices whip cracking. Crowds cheer as teams of large, grunting men compete at tug-of-war.

Those who can, make the pilgrimage to the top of Majuba. In air thinner than my coast-bound lungs are used to, I huff up the steep path. At the summit, a group of eight Pretoria University students sit with a large, fluttering flag. They discuss the 123-year old battle—attack tactics, weapons used, numbers killed -- as if each has lived it.

“This flag,” Ebert Myburgh, 21, explains, “is one we created by combining the old Boer Republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State flags. “There are too many flags. What’s needed is one under which all Boers can unite. We hope this will be the one.”

These ordinary university students -- joking, holding hands, trying to outsmart each other -- then circle the summit like pilgrims. I talk with a young man named Andries van der Berg, walking barefoot over the stones and grass. He is studying theater and TV production and wants to use his skills to help further the Boer culture. Already he’s produced two CD’s of Volk songs. “It’s in my blood,” he says. “My great-grandfather was former Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd”

They plant their flag on top of a beacon, link arms in a circle, and sing about their history and people and dreams. A young woman sings a solo, her voice clear and strong and haunting. I walk away, an outsider, witnessing something too private.

Later that afternoon, under an eucalyptus tree alight with the setting sun, five young men tend to their horses. One measures grain into feedbags; another rubs ointment on cracked hooves; the third fixes a broken bridle. Chores done, they sit amongst their feeding horses and talk.

They are part of a commando of forty-five who rode in from Pretoria, a two-day hard trek. Most make their living off the land, tend cattle, grow corn. Pride in their toughness, their horsemanship, their culture, clings to their skin like two days of sweat and grime.

They are shy and awkward around me. Pieter Grobler does most of the talking; he’s a little older, with a full beard and a body like a bear.

I accidentally refer to them as Afrikaners. “We’re Boer,” he corrects, “not Afrikaners.”

I ask Pieter what will be the plight of the Boer in South Africa. He pauses momentarily, “Exactly what happened to the farmers in Zimbabwe. The government will squander the countries wealth, which the Boer created. As they run out of money, they will confiscate our farms to give to their cronies; already this is happening. But we will unite and resist. For me to let them take our land is to stab my ancestors in the back. I will fight and make my forefathers proud. The Boer will survive.”

I ask him if he thinks black South Africans have a right to this land.

“Of course they do. All I want is for them not to mess with me, and I won’t mess with them. They must leave us alone; let us practice our own culture. But the Boer and the blacks are like oil and water: we just can’t mix.”

The day before, in Pretoria, I attended a meeting of the Boer think tank Studiegroep vir Eietydse Geskiedenis (Study Group for Current History). Once a month at an upscale restaurant downtown, this group of mostly elderly men, meet in a private room adorned with scantly clad Greek and Roman goddesses. They sat at white-linened tables, sipped wine, and listened to guest speaker Christo Burger talk about the threat of Islam, the biased media, the Antichrist, and God’s special plan for the Boer nation. His business card describes him as President of the CIA (Christian Intelligence Agency), “Spreading Absolute Truth.”

They asked ponderous questions, heard only what confirms their worldview. Like old lions they sat, growling into their wine glasses, their teeth worn down to stubs, hair gray and falling out. If evoked, their roar will still freeze blood, but most have lost the will to fight. They are disappointed and bitter and dazed. “Adapt or die” the old saying goes. In 1994, when the black South Africans gained power, these men were too old to adapt, too young to die. Now they are old; soon they will die, and be remembered for the mistakes of their past.

It is the young Boers who will lead the Volk forward. The ones who carry new flags up mountains, who live their history, learn the songs and sing them spontaneously on former battlefields. They are too young to be burdened by the guilt of apartheid. They embrace riding in commandoes and the Internet. They live the old traditions and adapt new ones. They can imagine a Boer future and are willing to fight for it.

I spend the night sleeping under an old ox-wagon, as Orion performs a slow back-flip over Majuba. The Boers sing and talk around a bonfire until 3 am.

Early the next morning I hitch a seven-hour ride to Bloemfontein. I rent a room in this small city in the Orange Free State, which was once a Boer Republic capital, and is still South Africa’s judicial capital.

In the evening I walk through downtown, a rare white face in a city turned African. Professional black families sit on balconies to catch the evening breeze. Young men rev hotrods at traffic lights. A large sandstone church, once filled with Afrikaners worshiping their white God, is packed with a well-dressed congregation of blacks singing foot-tapping gospels. The few whites, who had to venture downtown from their walled suburban homes, sit hunched behind steering wheels with the doors locked. Foreigners in their former capital, they pass like cloud-shadows across the land.

At an Orania guesthouse the next day, I meet a retired couple from Nelspruit. They sit on the front porch, sip tea, and watch the sun set. She, with hair shaped into a black helmet and eyes magnified behind thick glass, tells me: “Our children think we are mad coming here, but we have to find a safe place to live. The crime in Nelspruit is terrible, and getting worse. Four times they broke into our home. We have to chain our car to a tree so it won’t get dragged away. I can’t sleep anymore. The smallest noise, and I wake up; have to go check. Our friends have been killed; women we know raped...” Her voice grows with hysteria; eyes wide with remembered fear. “It’s just terrible, terrible. Always locking doors, locking windows. We’re like prisoners in our own home. No one should have to live like this. I’m going mad, quite simply mad with fear.” Her husband tries to calm her. She takes a deep breath and strokes nonexistent wrinkles on her dress.

In an Orania packing shed, young Afrikaners with enviable tans and sun-bleached hair, pack melons for export to Europe. They wear the unofficial uniform of South African farm laborers everywhere - black rubber boots, blue overalls and threadbare tee shirts. They came from towns like Newcastle and Kimberly where work, particularly for Afrikaans males is scarce. Ten years of the New South Africa has pushed these young men to the bottom of the food chain. Undereducated, white and often racist, their only hope lies in finding manual work at a place like Orania. So for $9/day they work where no blacks may; wielding shovels, swinging pick, harvesting melons, pruning 20,000 pecan trees.

They hate it here, but it's a living. The town folk, 51% of whom are university graduates, look down on them. Young women are scare, and extramarital sex is forbidden anyway. They can’t get drunk, can’t play their music too loud. The bright spot for many of them is the racial isolation. The bigotry is blatant, not hidden behind a veil of intellectual contortions: “A kaffir (disparaging term for a Black person) is a kaffir,” says Tiene Martines, 17. “He just stinks.”

In big vats of molasses, children at the Volk School Orania, cultivate microorganisms.

This school, with a graduation rate of 100%, is regarded as a model of progressive education. A self-directed, computer-based learning system called KenWeb, was developed here, and is exported to home-schoolers around the world.

Anna Boshoff, daughter of apartheid-era Prime Minister H.R. Verwoerd, is the principle of the school. The children treat her like a grandmother. One of her sons, Wynand Boshoff, is head teacher. A guest speaker demonstrates an earth building technique. Wynand takes off shoes and mixes mud with the students.

Mrs. Boshoff explains how Effective Microorganisms, or EM, works: “ 80% of microorganisms have little known benefit, 10% are harmful, and 10% are vital to maintain an ecological balance. Conventional farming practices have upset this balance. Through a company in Japan we buy EM spores, which we cultivated in vats of molasses. The EM-rich liquid is then sold to local farmers. They feed it to their cattle, spray it on their crops, put it in the water. In time, animals get healthier, crops stronger, and balance is again restored to the land.”

Maybe Orania is itself a big vat of molasses for the Boer people. A place in the semi-desert where they can preserve their own culture, and cultivate that which they require to survive.

Source:Pology
http://www.pology.com/article/051213.html
http://www.pology.com/article/0512132.html

Blanke solidariteit teen regstellende aksie


Deur Anton Barnard

Regstellende aksie is opnuut in die nuus. ‘n Polisiekaptein, Renate Barnard, is in ‘n hofgeding gewikkel met die SAPD omdat sy vir meer as ‘n dekade nie bevorder is nie, bloot omdat sy wit was. Al is dit verstaanbaar, is dit egter teleurstellend dat nóg sy, nóg Solidariteit wat haar steun in die hofsaak, die moed van hul oortuigings het om dit prontuit te sê: regstellende aksie is en sal altyd niks anders as rassisme bly. Ek gee nie ‘n flenter om of dit ‘n pragtige, positiewe naam soos “regstelling” het nie, rassisme bly rassisme, al is dit swartes wat dit toepas.

Ek doen dus ‘n beroep op Afriforum en Solidariteit om asseblief die ding op sy naam te noem: skreiende, onregverdigbare, naakte swart-op-wit rassisme. Dit stuur ‘n dubbelsinnige boodskap uit as mens probeer voorgee jy steun transformasie, maar dit dan andersyds in die howe beveg. Waarvoor is ons skaam? ‘n Onreg word ons aangedoen. Dit is die rassistiese ANC regime, wat glo teen rassisme gestry het in die verlede, maar dit tans self toepas, wat hom moet skaam.

Jimmy Manyi, die huidige direkteur-generaal van die Departement Arbeid en voltydse Afro-fascis, dreig eweneens om regstellende aksie strenger toe te pas. Lees sy oorlogverklaring op jóú, meneer en mevrou die blanke werknemer, hier.

Siende dat die onregverdige bevoordeling op rassistiese gronde baie gewild is onder die ANC se stemvee, is daar slegs een manier om die ANC se rassisme, soos vergestalt deur Manyi, die hoof te bied, en dit is blanke rassesolidariteit; eendragtige optrede wat ten doel het om sulke rassisme te saboteer, te kortwiek en van binne te rysmier. Die ANC het die mees suksesvolle aspek van sy “Struggle” in die vorm van burgerlike verset geloods, toe hy die land onregeerbaar gemaak het.

Dit is tyd vir blankes om binnelands ons eie “struggle” te loods teen die ANC regime se rassistiese praktyke. Dit is my en jou as blanke se plig om rassistiese praktyke op elke denkbare manier te saboteer, om saam te staan teen die skreiende onreg wat teen ons gepleeg word. Net soos ‘n soldaat mag weier om ‘n onwettige bevel van sy bevelvoerder uit te voer, is dit ons morele plig om ons te verset teen hierdie onreg.

Een manier om dit te doen is om eenvoudig te weier om mee te maak aan die ANC regime se voortgesette toepassing van ‘n wet wat nie meer op die wetboek is nie, die Bevolkingsregistrasiewet. Weier dus om jouself as blank te kategoriseer op enige amptelike vorm. Siende dat Afrikaners glo tussen 7 en 15% “ander” bloed in ons are het, kan ons met groot akkuraatheid daarop aanspraak maak dat ons in der waarheid gekleurd is. Hoe gaan die ANC immers maak – blankes aan ‘n potloodtoets onderwerp? Dit sal uitstekend wees as ons die regime met só ‘n veldtog wel kan dwing om mense weer in rasgroepe te moet kategoriseer, omdat dit ‘n enorme verleentheid vir hom sal wees.

‘n Tweede manier is om subtiel in solidariteit met jou medeblankes op te tree. As jy byvoorbeeld by ‘n winkel iets wil koop, sorg dat jy met die blanke verkoopspersoon handel, en nie met sy swart kollegas nie. Sorg dus dat die blanke sy kommissie verdien, en nie ‘n lid van ‘n ander volk nie. Laasgenoemde word in ieder geval deur regstellende aksie bevoordeel. Waarom wil ons sy loopbaan nog meer bevorder? Gaan koop sover moontlik by besighede wat deur blankes besit word.

Dieselfde geld by jou werk. As jy in ‘n posisie is om mense aan te stel, sorg dat jou eie volk se kandidate voorkeur kry. Daar is maniere om ‘n kandidaat tydens ‘n werksonderhoud hetsy te elimineer, hetsy te bevoordeel. Pas dit op ‘n subtiele wyse toe, sonder om jouself in die moeilikheid te kry. Weier ook om onbekwame kollegas wat nie van jou volk is nie, se werk namens hulle te doen. As ‘n onbekwame bestuurder van ‘n ander volk oor jou aangestel word, sorg dat sy tekortkominge dubbel en dwars openbaar gemaak word deur hom byvoorbeeld telkens tydens vergaderings te verneder met sy onkunde. As jy ondergeskiktes het, sorg ook dat jou eie mense bevorder en bevoordeel word. Diegene wat vir die ANC stem, word reeds onregverdig bevoordeel. Waarom moet jy self meemaak aan die benadeling van jou eie mense?

Weer eens: sabotasie en ondermyning van die ANC regime se onverdedigbare rassistiese wette is al manier vir blankes om ons te verset teen ‘n onreg wat teen ons gepleeg word. Alhoewel ons verswelg word deur die ander en die “demockracy” geen uitkoms bied nie, kan elke blanke tog op sy eie manier die ANC aanvat in die stryd teen swart-op-wit rassisme.

Oorsprong:Samizdat Blog
http://antonbarnard.praag.co.za/
http://antonbarnard.praag.co.za/?p=838

Breek die regte mure af!


Woensdag, 18 November 2009 16:00

Jelleke Wierenga

Die herdenking van die val van die Berlynse Muur 20 jaar gelede het vele liberale met jubeling laat terugdink aan die val van die apartheidsmure, ook so 20 jaar gelede.

Die twee gebeurtenisse word aan mekaar gekoppel as sou die "bevryding" van die swart "verdruktes" en die instelling van ’n demokraties verkose regering in Suid-Afrika ’n wonderwerk wees op die skaal van die bevryding van die Oosbloklande en die beëindiging van die Koue Oorlog.

Ja, die Kommunisme is dood, lank lewe die Kommunisme in Suid-Afrika!

“Die gebeure in Berlyn, die einde van die Koue Oorlog en die koms van die Nuwe Suid-Afrika is onlosmaaklik verbind,” skryf Willem Pretorius in ’n middelbladartikel in Die Burger van 14 November 2009. Hy verwys na ’n peiling in Duitsland waarvolgens 12 persent van die respondente wens dinge het nooit verander nie. Mnr. Pretorius reken ’n mens kan met taamlike sekerheid aanneem dat die persentasie mense met ’n soortgelyke versugting baie hoër in Suid-Afrika sal wees.

“Dit bring die vraag na vore wat in ’n groep moet gebeur om ’n kritieke massa te vorm sodat die skaal na die ander kant oorhel. Wat is nodig sodat die Afrikaanse kwessies waarna Krog verwys [Antjie Krog se onlangse toespraak by die Goethe-Instituut in Johannesburg] bygelê kan word sodat ons vrede met die verlede kan maak, ophou met mekaar baklei en na ’n gesamentlike toekoms met die res van Suid-Afrika kan streef?”

Dus, wat is nodig om die “muur” in die Afrikaanse kop wat volwaardige toelating tot die Nuwe Suid-Afrika bemoeilik, te laat val?

Is dit nie erg retoriese vrae nie? Is die antwoorde nie vanselfsprekend nie? Is ’n mens nie al dodelik moeg vir dié vingerwysing na die Afrikaner (of Afrikaanse, in die politiek korrekte terminologie van mnr. Pretorius) as sou hy die vark in die verhaal wees nie?

In net in één koerant, Rapport van 15 November 2009, vind ek met 'n vinnige deurlees meer as 20 redes waarom die meeste blankes, en seker ’n groot gros swartes, hulle vervreemd voel van die utopie van ’n vry en demokraties bemagtigde Suid-Afrika:

Die Franse bars uit van die lag toe die rasta-sanger Ras Dumisani die Suid-Afrikaanse volkslied by die Springbok-rugbytoets in Toulouse, Frankryk, opmors. Die Franse sê die Suid-Afrikaanse ambassade in Parys het Dumisani aangewys om die volkslied te sing; die ambassade ontken dit.

’n Jong vrou is op die N2 by Chatsworth deur motorkapers van die brug oor die Umkomaasrivier gestamp (bl. 2). Sy het 60 m ver geval, in vlak water geland, is erg beseer en het ure gedryf voor sy gered is.

Jacob Maroga vaar uit teen “wit toesighouding” nadat ’n blanke konsultant hom in ’n verslag gewaarsku het oor die komende energiekrisis.
Prof. Jonathan Jansen vertel aan die Kaapse Persklub dat Julius Malema eintlik baie slim is (bl. 2).

’n Ondersoek deur Rapport dui op ’n kultuur van skietlustigheid, misdadigheid en menseregtevergrype onder die polisie.

Eise teen die polisie beloop R7,5 miljard – met dié bedrag kan die salarisse van 75 000 bykomende polisielede betaal word.

Minstens 568 mense is in die jaar tot April 2009 deur die polisie doodgeskiet en nog 44 mense is in 2008/2009 dood in ongelukke met polisievoertuie. Sedert 1997 het die polisie al minstens 4 681 mense doodgeskiet. ’n Beduidende getal van die “verdagtes” wat doodgeskiet is, was nie wie die polisie gedink het hulle is nie.

Die polisie op Alberton sien die middeljarige blanke egpaar Jan en Millie Kotzé aan vir rowers en skiet 30 skote op hul motor (bl. 4). Albei word ernstig gewond. Blykbaar het die verwarring ontstaan omdat betroubare statistiek daarop dui dat die oorgrote meerderheid rowers moorddadige middeljarige blanke egpare is.

In Rustenburg verkrag vier polisielede na bewering ’n vrou in polisieselle nadat haar gewese verloofde haar weens diefstal aangekla het (bl. 4). “Ek is nie meer mens nie,” sê sy.

By die Wierdabrug-polisiekantoor word ’n driejarige kind 14 uur lank in ’n sel aangehou saam met sy pa, wat van verkragting verdink word. Die kind kry na bewering vir tien uur geen kos nie (bl. 4).

In Midrand word ’n vrou en haar 23 maande oue baba ses uur aangehou nadat sy weens ’n spoedoortreding vasgetrek is (bl. 5).

In Kemptonpark verkrag twee polisielede in uniform na bewering die 29-jarige mev. Martie Olivier, ma van drie jong kinders (bl. 5).

Twee polisiemanne, glo dronk, skiet ’n straatverkoper in Pretoria dood tydens ’n rusie omdat hulle nie vir hul kos wou betaal nie (bl. 5).
Die polisie soek na ’n moordenaar, begin sonder waarskuwing vanuit ’n ongemerkte voertuig op ’n geparkeerde voertuig skiet en tref ’n driejarige swart kind in die bors (bl. 5). Die kind se oom wat by hom in die motor was, is in hegtenis geneem, maar ’n paar uur later vrygelaat. Die kind se pa sit drie dae in die tronk en word dan vrygelaat sonder om aangekla te word. Die polisie bied geen verskoning aan die verpletterde ouers nie.

’n Regskenner beveel aan dat jy moet glimlag, glimlag, glimlag as die polisie jou gryp (bl. 5).

’n Chaos heers in die nuwe ministerie van vroue, kinders, jeug en mense met gestremdhede (bl. 15). Min. Noluthando Mayende-Sibaya word beskuldig van onbevoegdheid en besluiteloosheid. Die grootste deel van die departement se begroting van R23 miljoen word glo aan salarisse bestee.

Onbetaalde skoolgeld word toenemend ’n kopseer vir skole.

Die regering wil die naam van Nelspruit, hoofstad van Mpumalanga, verander na Mbombela (bl. 17).

Rook is nou een van die grootste misdade in Suid-Afrika. Jy kan ’n boete van R100 000 opgelê word as jy lekkergoed verkoop wat lyk soos sigarette of pype.

Jacob Rooi vra in sy rubriek Die ander kant of die doodstraf nie-amptelik terug is. Hy wys daarop dat Fikile Mbalula verlede Maart as leier van die ANC-jeugliga hom sterk uitgespreek het teen die herinstelling van die doodstraf. Op 12 November 2009 het hy as nuwe adjunkminister van polisie in ’n toespraak voor die parlementêre persgalery gesê: “Ons hou by ons uitspraak: Skiet die wetters!” Hy meen ook dis aanvaarbaar en “onvermydelik” as onskuldige mense in kruisvuur doodgeskiet word.

Pollux (bl. 21) vertel van ’n landboukenner wat politici ingelig het oor geneties aangepaste landbouprodukte. ’n ANC-LP hou aan om hom daarvan te beskuldig dat dit geneties gemanipuleerde kos is wat swart vroue deesdae so swaar in die onderlyf maak. Kitskos het volgens haar niks daarmee te doen nie.

’n Leser, Rémi van Rooyen van Port Elizabeth, skryf op die Brieweblad (bl. 23) dat as jy die SA Inkomstediens se tolvrye nommer bel, ’n blikstem jou taalvoorkeur vra. Ná ’n rukkie kom die antwoord: Daar is nie ’n Afrikaanse diens beskikbaar nie.

’n Leser, Pienkes du Plessis, wys in ’n brief (bl. 23) daarop dat die stelling in die vorige week se hoofartikel dat “net sowat 50% van ons leerlinge ’n matriekkwalifikasie verwerf” verkeerd is. In werklikheid is dit net 23%. Van die 1 558 600 leerlinge wat in 1996 skool toe is, skryf 550 000 in 2007 matriek en net 359 300 slaag.

Sou bogenoemde dalk ’n effense aanduiding vir mnr. Pretorius & Kie. wees waarom die Afrikaner hom nie hart en siel by die Nuwe Suid-Afrika tuis voel nie?

Waarom blaf mnr. Pretorius & Kie. gedurig by die heining van die Afrikaner? Waarom betoog hulle nie by die regte adres, breek híér die mure van vooroordeel, rassehaat, diskriminasie, laertrek, skuldverplasing, ensovoorts af nie?

As ’n mens die stories moet glo oor die reuse-aanhang van Julius Caesar Malema, die grootste aanstoker van rassehaat in die land – volgens gerugte sal hy Zuma ontsetel as ’n verkiesing vandag gehou word – wil ’n mens by die Afrikanerhatende artikelskrywers van Nasionale Pers smeek: Asseblief, span elke greintjie energie en oortuigingsvermoë van jul skrywerspenne in om ’n kritieke massa onder die swartmense te vorm sodat die skaal betyds kan swaai om ’n bloedbad te voorkom.

Waarom gedurig die klein – getallewys eintlik niksbeduidende – groep Afrikaners voor stok kry? Mnr. Pretorius hamer weer daarop: “Die heel eerste stap is sekerlik om die verlede vierkant in die oë te kyk, ophou om ander te blameer en gesamentlik werk daarvan te maak om die foute van die verlede te herstel.”

Presies watter verskil gaan dit aan die huidige landstoestande doen? Hoe gaan dit geweldsmisdade verminder? Hoe gaan dit die Afrikaner – alle blankes – volle toegang tot die land se ekonomie en politiek gee? Watter verskil gaan dit aan die muishondstatus van Afrikaans maak?

Hierdie gehamer op die “skuld” van die Afrikaner en sy “foute” van die verlede, die verwyte dat hy hom onttrek, dat hy niks met die belofteryke Reënboogland te doen wil hê nie, dat hy aandring op ’n eie staat waar ordelikheid en rede weer seëvier ... myns insiens is dit maar ’n bedekte manier om te erken: Kyk, sonder julle is hierdie land verlore. Dóén iets!

Maar geen enkele praktiese voorstel uit die monde van die liberale koerantfilosowe en Afrikaner-afkrakers oor presies wát die Afrikaner moet doen nie ... behalwe nou om aanhoudend voete te was, sy bek te hou en sy taal te laat vertrap en verguis.

’n Mens wonder of hierdie mense besef dat die Afrikaners en ander blankes wel nog die land aan die gang hou, op derduisende sigbare en onsigbare maniere: deur swartes en bruines uit barmhartigheid in diens te neem of in diens te hou, selfs al kan hul dienste nie meer bekostig word nie; deur aan te bly in staatsdiensposte en te sorg dat dinge nog min of meer vlot, al is die werkomstandighede hóé onaangenaam en/of gevaarlik; deur sake-ondernemings te begin en aan die gang te hou en mense in diens te neem ondanks alle struikelblokke wat deur die regering in hul pad gewerp word; deur sopkombuise, uitreikingsaksies, opheffingsprojekte en geletterdsheidskursusse vir veral bruines en swartes; deur eerlik en hoopvol voort te gaan om die staat te betaal wat hom nie toekom nie: inkomstebelasting, BTW, munisipale gelde vir dienste wat glad nie of power gelewer word; deur in te gryp in haglike omstandighede waar munisipaliteite geen dienste meer lewer nie en self gate in paaie vul, waterpompe regmaak sodat daar drinkwater is, drinkwater aanry, damme skoonmaak, vullis verwyder ... ook tot voordeel van die swart inwoners, wat merkwaardige inisiatief aan die dag lê deur te toi-toi, klippe te gooi en af te brand.

Wat van al die brugbou-inisiatiewe van Solidariteit, wat alle kleure werkers verteenwoordig en voortdurend bereid is tot gesprekvoering met die regering? Wat van die stille diplomasie van Pieter Mulder van die VF+? Wat van al die Afrikaner-organisasies en hoogaangeskrewe Afrikaner-individue, van boere tot sakemanne tot taalorganisasies, wat maar te gretig is om met die regering te praat en uit te reik na swartes?

Wie onder die Afrikaners, of blankes in die algemeen, stook soveel rassehaat soos Malema en sy kaders in die ANC-Jeugliga; soos Jonathan Jansen en sy bruin Afrikaanshatende kollegas; soos die kaders in die Black Management Forum en die Young Communist League; soos feitlik elke swart burokraat in ’n bestuurspos? Met elke haatlike uitlating vervreem hulle die Afrikaners nog meer, bou hulle die mure van erger as ooit apart-hate tussen wit en swart nog hoër op.

Op die hoofartikelblad reg langs mnr. Pretorius se artikel skilder Dawie ’n donker prentjie oor hoe Suid-Afrika ná die jubelinge van 1994 agteruitgegaan het. Wie se skuld is dit? Die Afrikaner wat halsstarrig weier om die “apartheidsmure” in sy kop af te breek en volwaardig deel van die Nuwe Suid-Afrika te word?

Nee, Dawie maak hom, tipies Afrikaner, skuldig aan blaamverplasing. Hy glo dis die regering se skuld: “Dit is die skuld van ’n president wat nie kragtige leiding kan gee nie. Van ’n regering wat nie die onderwys behoorlik kan regruk, korrupsie in eie geledere kan hokslaan of vir doeltreffende plaaslike regering kan sorg nie.”

Hy eindig sy rubriek met die woorde: “Dit is nog nie te laat nie. Maar nes ’n vis van sy kop af vrot, is dit die kop wat vir ’n gesonde liggaam moet sorg. Daardie kop is pres. Jacob Zuma en sy regering. Vandaar Dawie se oproep vandag: Asseblief, mense, begin eindelik volgens beproefde beginsels regéér!”

Is die “mense” aan wie Dawie hierdie pleidooi rig, die koerantlesers? Sou dit die rassistiese en onbetrokke Afrikaners met die mure in die koppe wees?

’n Mens wonder waarom hierdie stuk van Dawie in Die Burger verskyn. Watter nut het dit nou eintlik, behalwe dat dit ’n Afrikaner soos ek nog net méér woedend en wantrouig teenoor die ANC-regime maak, nóg minder lus vir die paradys van die Nuwe Suid-Afrika?

Wie in die ANC wat enige sê oor beleid het, lees Die Burger? Wie steur hom hoegenaamd daaraan? Het ’n vertaalde weergawe van die stuk in ’n paar swart koerante verskyn? Op Jacob Zuma se lessenaar beland? Wroeg hy en die NUK daaroor?

Om terug te keer na die holruggeryde vergelyking tussen die val van die Berlynse Muur en die val van apartheid:

Waarom moes die Weermag Suid-Afrika se grense tydens die apartheidsjare patrolleer om swartmense van Afrika UIT die land te hou? Waarom het hulle hul eie vry lande, bestuur deur hul eie mense, bevry van die juk van die blanke baas, verlaat? Waarom wou hulle hul met mag en mening onderwerp aan die verskriklike lot van hul swart broers en susters in Suid-Afrika?

Is enige mens – wit, swart, bruin, Chinees, Indiër – belet om die land te verlaat, om te emigreer, om ’n beter toekoms elders in die bevryde Afrika of die wêreld te gaan soek soos dit die geval in die Oosbloklande was?

Hoe is dit dat Suid-Afrika se ekonomie, tegnologie, landbou, infrastruktuur, onderwys, hospitale – noem maar op – gegroei en gedy het onder apartheid in teenstelling met dié van die Oosbloklande? Ons polisiemag (ja, dit wás geïntegreerd, maar mét meriete) en Weermag kon met die beste ter wêreld vergelyk word.

Hoekom het Suid-Afrika sedert die val van apartheid teruggesak in 16 van 20 internasionale indekse?
Waarom is soveel minder mense tydens die verdrukkende apartheidsjare in polisiegeweldpleging dood as vandag onder die vry en demokraties verkose swart regering?

Vryheid is ’n onding, ’n monsteragtige, aftakelende mag as mense nie die innerlike dissipline het om dit te hanteer nie. Is die swartmense vandag beter daaraan toe as tydens die diskriminasie en onvryheid van afsonderlike ontwikkeling? Wat beteken ’n stem as jy geen werk het nie, geen kos of huisvesting, as jou lewe voortdurend in gevaar is, as die “leiers” wat jy verkies het en wat jou moet dien, jou besteel, bedrieg en ontmagtig, en jou land in die ellende dompel?

Hoe erg was blanke “verdrukking” teen die verwoesting van 15 jaar van swart vryheid? En dis nog maar 15 jaar ...

Dít wat vandag in Suid-Afrika gebeur, wat ons aan eie lyf voel, wat ons elke dag sien en hoor en lees, wat ons getraumatiseerd, bevrees, verdeeld, hatig en dislojaal maak – dít wat ’n beskaafde mens mure laat bou teen barbaarsheid en gekheid – dít is die kwessies waarmee mnr. Pretorius & Kie. hulle moet bemoei.

Die stelselmatige uitmoor van die blankes in Suid-Afrika, met die stilswyende goedkeuring van die ANC-regime en sy vennote, ja, dít is ’n misdaad teen die mensdom, dít moet wêreldwye protes en agitasie uitlok, sanksies tot gevolg hê.

Dít is wat mnr. Pretorius & Kie. onophoudelik op elke forum moet laat skuimbek.

Oorsprong:Praag
http://praag.co.za/jelleke-wierenga-magazine-467/6462-breek-die-regte-mure-af.html

Vreemdelingehaat vlam weer op


Geskryf deur Radio Pretoria

Die jongste gebeure by De Doorns in die Wes-Kaap, waar geweld teen vreemdelinge uitgebreek het, is simptomaties van ‘n sweer vlak onder die oppervlak.

Met Suid-Afrika se werkloosheidskoers, gevoed deur hemelhoë verwagtinge danksy verkiesingsbeloftes, verwag die breë gemeenskap vooruitgang en beter salarisse. Nie om te sien hoe buitelanders bereid is om vir die minimum lone baie hard te werk nie.

Dit is dan ook van die buitelanders se belangrikste verwere: hulle sê Suid-Afrikaners verstaan nie werksetiek nie, en die spaza-bedryf teen wie baie meeding, verstaan nie die konsep van groter wins uit hoër omset nie. Suid-Afrikaners wil glo vinnig ryk word deur maksimale wins per item deur onderlinge prysvaspennings. Dit kom neer op die uitbuiting van die publiek.

Baie buitelanders, veral die Somali’s op die Kaapse Vlakte, leer baie gou Afrikaans aan, anders as die aankomelinge uit die ou Trans- en Ciskei, en doen daarom makliker sake met die honderde duisende Afrikaanssprekendes daar.

Die reaksie van Suid-Afrikaners is dikwels nie om selfondersoek te doen nie, maar om die bakhand- en uitbuitingsindroom te wil verskans – met geweld indien nodig.

Die verdere ironie is dat baie van die vlugtelinge in die land is weens die een of ander vorm van versuim van die regering. By De Doorns is baie van die vlugtelinge Zimbabwiërs, ‘n tragiese gevolg van Suid-Afrika se versuim om in dié rampspoedige potensieel skatryk buurland in te gryp.

Die 3 500 buitelanders in ‘n klein dorpie soos De Doorns het na bewering almal werkspermitte – hoe hulle dit reggekry het, is duister.

Talle het in die land gekom deur uiters gebrekkige grensbeveiliging wat hoegenaamd nie tred hou met die omvang van die bedreiging daarvan nie.

Dit is ook nie net vlugtelinge wat die land inkom nie. Uiters gewelddadige Pakistanse misdaadsindikate, Nigeriese dwelm- en prostitusiebase, en vele meer haal gereeld die nuus.

Dit is moeilik om te bepaal hoeveel mense die land onwettig binnegekom het. Selfoonverkoopsyfers dui aan dat heelwat meer selfone besit en gebruik word as die aantal mense wat amptelik in die land woon en normaalweg toegang daartoe behoort te hê. Syfers van etlike miljoen instromelinge word gereeld genoem, heelwat meer as die amptelike werkloosheidskoers.

Ervaring in die verlede leer dat geweld in een gemeenskap dikwels ‘n domino-effek deur die land het. Die land hou nou asem op.

Om bloot vir die bevolking te preek om nie vreemdelinge te haat nie, beteken dadels. Selfs protesoptredes teen ander sake soos swak dienslewering wat in geweld ontaard, is potensieel gevaarlik vir buitelanders in die omgewing. Hulle word in redelose woede geteiken.

Die vraag is, wanneer gaan witmense ook die teiken van daardie geweld word. Ten minste is dit broers wat uit Zimbabwe kom – baie nader familie as wit Afrikaanssprekendes wat nou nog die skuld kry vir alles wat verkeerd gaan. Politici se uitlatings, beleid soos affirmative action, verandering van name, miskenning van Afrikaans... al die dinge maak van ons vreemdelinge in ons eie land. Hoe lank gaan dit wees voor die visier van vreemdelingehaat na witmense draai?

Dit is net die regering wat die kultuur kan verander.

Oorsprong:Radio Pretoria
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How to avoid being shot by the police

John Scott

November 18 2009 at 07:07AM

Now that Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says innocent people will unavoidably be shot dead by the police, there are a few simple precautions we can all take if we and our families wish to stay alive.

First, it's better to avoid all contact with the police. Even if you want to report a crime, there is always the danger that in the absence of the culprit, the police may shoot you instead. So if you come upon a crime scene, walk away, as PW Botha's government tried to make journalists do when they found themselves in the middle of "unrest".

But if a meeting with the police is inevitable, hold up both your hands, smile benignly, and say yes officer, no officer, I have three bags full of goodies for you officer.

At all costs, hide your children from them. You never know when an officer may spot a criminal on the other side of them and start firing. Don't let your children hold up pipes, hockey sticks or anything else that the officer concerned may mistake for an AK-47 and take pre-emptive action against a three-year-old.

At all costs, hide your children from them
Revise your life insurance policy to ensure it covers shooting by the police in the course of duty. You don't want your next of kin to be left destitute because the small print says the company is not liable if you are foolish enough to get between a cop and his suspect.

Don't bother, though, to take out a High Court interdict to stop the police shooting you. It doesn't work. Or it certainly didn't work for taxi boss Bongani Mkhize, shot dead three months after an interdict was granted. The police say he shot at them first. Somehow he managed to do this through closed car windows, looking backwards while his car was in forward motion.

We must take heart from the fact that the police are still shooting more suspects than innocent bystanders. In the 12-month period ended April, 568 people were shot dead by police, of whom only 32 were citizens who accidentally got in the way of their bullets. That's a mere 5.66 percent - one for every 18 crooks, or people the police thought were crooks.

Families of those shot sued the police for R3.2 million, which constitutes a tiny portion of the police budget - hardly enough to buy the minister, his deputy and the commissioner new cars.

In any case, is anybody totally innocent? Not that they deserve to be shot for absent-mindedly forgetting to mention some small amount in their income tax return, or ringing up a collection of parking tickets.

Does anybody listen to anything he says these days?
But shooting suspects on sight will certainly relieve pressure on the courts. It will help to clear the backlog of cases and do away with the lengthy judicial process. It will cut the number of awaiting-trial prisoners. And there will be no need to change the constitution to hang people when they can simply be shot.

Just so long as the unavoidable shooting of innocent citizens can be kept to a minimum, or 5.66 percent of the total. President Zuma has called on police to be careful when they shoot.

Does anybody listen to anything he says these days?

johnvscott@mweb.co.za

This article was originally published on page 8 of Cape Times on November 18, 2009

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Shortage of judges slows murder trial

November 17 2009 at 03:42PM

By Fatima Schroeder
High Court Writer

A shortage of judges at the Cape High Court has led to the postponement of the trial of three men charged with the murder of a Stanford businesswoman.

Thamsanqua Matinise, Sibusiso Ndamane and Daluvuyo Mthanyana are accused of murdering 36-year-old businesswoman Christine Kotze in April last year.

Their trial was supposed to start yesterday, but Judge Siraj Desai postponed it to April 12 because there were no judges to hear it. All three accused are in custody.

Yesterday's postponement comes less than three months after high court judge Dennis van Reenen lashed out in open court at the lack of judges when he was tasked with postponing a murder trial for nine months for the same reason.

He questioned why the accused before him had to remain in custody for an additional nine months simply because of a shortage of judges.

The Cape Law Society's criminal committee is concerned about the situation.

Chairman William Booth described the situation as "worrying". He said the necessary roleplayers might have to meet to discuss possible solutions.

This might include the appointment of more acting judges with experience in criminal law, he said.

While Booth was aware of similar concerns with civil cases, he said that the prejudice to an accused in a criminal case was greater, especially if they were in custody.

In addition, Booth said an accused was deemed innocent until proven guilty, and added that all accused had the right to a speedy trial.

He said an accused faced with an unreasonable delay could apply for bail, or could ask the court to have the case struck from the roll.

Booth said there should be improvements in the system now that regional courts had extended jurisdiction.

In addition, he said that the new system of holding pre-trial conferences was aimed at shortening trials.

This would ensure that judges became available quicker because trials would finish sooner.

He said the pre-trial conferences were successful, but not a solution.

"There isn't any easy solution," he said.

Booth indicated that he intended raising the issue at the next high court meeting.

A High Court Performance Workshop for Criminal Matters is expected to be held on Monday at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

Cape Judge President John Hlophe, Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso, Justice Department regional head Hishaam Mohamed and Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock are expected to speak.

The shortage of judges was also an issue raised by the Cape Town Attorneys Association last month. The group discussed it at a meeting after attorneys had battled to obtain trial dates for civil cases.

This article was originally published on page 6 of Cape Argus on November 17, 2009

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Siblings relive horror of parents' murder

Baldwin Ndaba

November 17 2009 at 08:17AM

All Jan Bijkersma and his sister Hiltje wanted to do was hug and kiss their parents when they returned from holiday.

An excited Hiltje rushed to the front door, and a broken window was the first sign that something was horribly wrong.

"The curtain was slightly opened. I went towards the curtain and pulled it. I saw my father's legs lying on the ground and I then took two steps backwards."

This was how Jan and Hiltje discovered their murdered parents when they returned to their Florida North home on May 2 last year after holidaying at Sabie in Mpumalanga.

'My parents allowed him to stay until he got a new job'

On Monday, the siblings testified in the Johannesburg High Court against their former gardener and chauffeur, Stephanus Modise, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Douwe and Johanna Bijkersma, both 57, and Gelske Afke Wounda, 40, and attempting to murder Johanna Baecidina Durieux, 80.

"I then went back to pull the curtain again and I then saw my father lying on the floor with his head covered in blood. Jan was behind me. I told him not to go inside the house, but he insisted on doing so," Hiltje testified.

Jan testified that he "saw my mother's caregiver (Wounda) sitting dead on the sofa with her eyes and mouth wide open - I immediately knew the same thing had happened to my wheelchair-bound mother", Jan said.

"I saw my mother in her electric chair. I did not want to look at her. It was a horrific scene," he said.

The sibling's grandmother, Durieux, was stabbed in the neck but survived. Durieux died in July at a frail-care centre.

While Jan was in the living room, his grandmother called out to him.

"In Dutch, she said 'We've been attacked by a man carrying a long knife', before laying her face down on the floor," Jan testified. He then called the emergency services.

When asked about their family's relationship with Modise, both siblings testified it was good when he started working for them in October 2004.

The relationship, the court heard, turned sour when he allegedly became aggressive towards their mother, who was wheelchair-bound after one of her legs was amputated due to cancer.

After the amputation, their mother organised a driving licence for the accused to enable him to become her chauffeur.

Jan testified that in one incident, his mother became angry after Modise drove the family car aggressively. He said this was one of the factors that contributed to the family's decision to fire him.

The court heard that prior to the decision to fire him, Modise apparently approached the family and asked for a wage increase.

"My father told him that he was not able to give him an increase. He then advised him to learn a new trade and get alternative employment. He was lacklustre. My parents allowed him to stay until he got a new job," Jan said.

Hiltje testified how Modise went to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to lay a complaint of unfair dismissal against her parents early in 2007.

The CCMA ruled against his parents, who agreed on a payout in favour of Modise.

In August 2007 Modise apparently served the Bijkersmas with court papers, threatening to take them to the Labour Court for unfair dismissal.

Nine months later, Modise allegedly bought a knife at a Roodepoort shop, which he used to kill his former bosses on May 1 - Workers' Day.

Meanwhile, a piece of glove that Modise allegedly wore when he attacked his victims was found by Inspector Gert Pretorius, of the Serious and Violent Crime Unit. He spotted the piece of glove near the body of Douwe Bijkersma.

Pretorius testified that this glove was not one usually worn by detectives at a crime scene, and this had led them to believe it was worn by the killer. A forensic expert is expected to testify about the glove at a later stage.

The trial continues.

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on November 17, 2009

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Seven in the dock after double murder

November 16 2009 at 11:25PM

Seven people appeared in the Sabie Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder of Leon Steyn and his wife Hetta Steyn next to their guesthouse in October, Mpumalanga police said.

Cindy Sambo, 33, Dorah Sono, 36, Nicolas Ncosi Nyalungu, 24, Robert Wisani Mgiba, 19, Nicolas Mndawe, 24, Eddy Ouman Mohlala, 44, and Moses Iven Shebeleza Mokoena, 27 were not asked to plead, said Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The case was postponed to Friday for a bail application.

Hlathi said Sambo and Sono were employed by the Steyns. They were accused of conspiring with the others to kill the couple for money, he said.

The Steyns were shot at close range with a R-5 rifle in their home next to their guesthouse at Hendriksdal Railway Station, between Sabie and Nelspruit. - Sapa

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Suspect freed in cop bungle

November 16 2009 at 07:10AM

By Graeme Hosken
Crime Reporter

Shoddy police work has allowed a robber - shot and wounded in a struggle with a Pretoria homeowner - to go free. The suspect, who is believed to have disappeared after charges against him were withdrawn last week, was shot in the groin when he and his three accomplices attacked the Pienaar family in their home in Edgehill Street, Queenswood.

The family's domestic worker, who was in an outside room at the time, gave those inside the house a warning when she spotted three of the intruders walking past her room. This gave them time to call for help.

First to arrive was the Pienaars' son Waldie, who lives close to his parents' home. He foiled the attack when he shot one of the robbers through a kitchen window, moments before the robber could attack his father.

The two became involved in a struggle

Pienaar's cousin and uncle, who also responded to the call for help, arrested one of the robbers as he fled through open veld.

While searching the man they found Waldie's parents' cellphones and jewellery belonging to his mother.

The two became involved in a struggle with the man when he pulled out a gun hidden inside his underpants and allegedly tried to shoot them.

During the struggle a shot was fired and the attacker was hit in the groin.

The family's relief that at least one of their attackers had been arrested turned to rage when they heard he had subsequently been released from hospital.
'He was let go because no arrest statement was taken at the time of his arrest'

The reason, claim police, is that vital statements used to link an arrested suspect to a crime scene, were not taken.

"When I heard that the man had been released I could not believe it. I was dumbfounded. When I phoned the investigating officer he was arrogant and did not seem to care.

"When I told him it was because of his pathetic work that the gunman was free he told me he did not care about my opinion," said Pienaar, adding that he had only been informed on Friday when he began asking questions after he heard rumours about the suspect's release.

Pienaar said: "They didn't even think to tell us, and they have yet to apologise.

"How can a policeman not do something so small as to make sure that a vital statement needed to link a suspect to a crime scene has been taken," he said.

He said that since the man's release the family had been uneasy as a group of unknown men had been seen parked outside his and his parents' home twice last week.

"These people came into our home the first time to kill us. Their intention was clear then, and it is even clearer now. They know who we are and where we live and they know that we can identify them," Pienaar said.

He claimed that the police work, especially by the investigating officer, was pathetic.

"When the police first started chasing after one of the suspects a lot of them stopped because he was shooting at them. Now, a vital statement linking a suspect to the crime scene has not been taken.

He claimed that despite repeated calls to the investigating officer to hand over their statements, he had not been available.

"The police at the time warned us to be careful about retaliation attacks, but now they have let one of these guys go.

"I am gravely concerned for my family's safety, but can't defend them because my gun has been taken away," said Pienaar.

"How am I expected to defend my family if the cops can't, and I don't have the means to?" he asked.

Police Sergeant Lynnette Erasmus confirmed that the suspect had been released.

"He was let go because no arrest statement was taken at the time of his arrest," she said.

She said an arrest statement was usually made by the first police members on the scene, and was used as part of the court proceedings to link the suspect to the crime.

"It describes what he was wearing, what happened at the crime scene, the arrest process and whether he was injured or not at the time of his arrest.

"We will arrest the suspect once the necessary statements have been taken again from the police on the scene," she said.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on November 16, 2009

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'The commissioner slapped me on my breasts'

Seeking justice: Eddie Hayman and Marcell Erasmus relive their ordeal at the hands of an acting station commissioner and his police officers. Photo: Masi Losi, Pretoria News

November 21 2009 at 03:45PM

By Barry Bateman, Mogomotsi Magome and Graeme Hosken

A moot man spent several hours behind bars after being charged with assaulting a policeman who had allegedly just beaten his seven-month pregnant fiancée to the ground.

Eddie Hayman, 21, was only released on Friday, and the charge of assault against him dropped, once he had agreed to drop the charge of assault he had laid against a senior police officer - acting Moot police station commissioner Superintendent Solomons.

He said he was also threatened that the police would arrest his pregnant fiancée if he continued with his attempt to lay charges against Solomons.

'When he started pushing me to the car, Marcelle came to help'

Hayman's fiancée, Marcelle Erasmus, 19 said she was manhandled by the police.

"As I tried to inquire why they were harassing my husband and his workers, the commissioner slapped me on my breasts and I almost fell flat on the ground, using my hands to stay up.

"I was surprised that police officers would behave in that way when they were supposed to be protecting citizens. I had never seen anything like that before," said Erasmus.

The drama started on Friday morning when police, including Solomons, stopped and searched Hayman's three employees - Klaas Visagie, Bernades Cupido and David Ngwenya - who were working in the family's 22nd Avenue front garden.

Hayman's father, Peter, claims the police manhandled the trio which upset Erasmus. She asked why police were treating the men in such a violent manner but was told in explicit language to mind her own business.

Minutes later all the police left without arresting anyone

Visagie alleged that while he was being searched, Solomons said "julle boesmanne is op in die wit mense se gatte" (you bushmen are up the white people's backside).

Cupido said he wasn't searched but was told that he would be taken to the police station to be "profiled".

"When he started pushing me to the car, Marcelle came to help."

Peter Hayman said when Solomon forced Cupido into the car, Erasmus touched his arm to prevent him from doing so. Solomon allegedly lashed out at the woman, hitting her hard on her breasts.

As Erasmus fell, Eddie Hayan rushed to her aid. It was then that the three officers apparently attacked Hayman. Solomon allegedly throttled him while the other two beat him with fists and a truncheon.

Peter Hayman then arrived on the scene and pulled the officers off his son.

By that time a back-up vehicle had arrived. Peter alleged that the officers threatened to shoot the family's dogs because they were making noise.

Minutes later all the police left without arresting anyone.

Hayman later went to the police station to open up a charge of assault against Solomons. Solomons evidently warned Hayman that if he opened the case there would be consequences.

But, Hayman opened the case and was given a case number. As he was leaving, he was arrested and detained and told he would be charged with assaulting a police officer.

Solomons allegedly told Hayman's lawyer, who did not want to be identified, that if he didn't drop the case Hayman would spend the weekend in the holding cells.

Hayman did eventually drop the case so he could secure his freedom and was released at about 4pm.

"How can a man of his position behave the way he does and think that he will get away with it?" said Peter Hayman.

Hayman said he would take legal advice on what steps to take against the officers and their station commissioner as he was aggrieved by how they were all treated.

At the police station, police spokesperson Inspector Dwayne Lightfoot told Pretoria News Solomons insisted that an assault on a police officer did take place.

He said Solomons would not explain why Hayman was not arrested.

Independent Complaints Directorate spokesman Moses Dlamini expressed concern about the alleged assault, saying that the matter would be investigated immediately.

"What the police have done and their behaviour is completely incorrect, especially that of the station commissioner, whose alleged conduct is totally unacceptable," he said.

He said the police had no right not to assist a member of the public in opening a case and that if they failed to in this case the ICD would assist the victims.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on November 21, 2009

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Man op plaas naby Botrivier geskiet

2009-11-21 01:09

Malani Venter

Stellenbosch. – “Dit help nie ons hol weg nie. Dit is die tye waarin ons leef.”

Só het mnr. Kosie Kellerman van Botrivier gesê nadat sy seun, Bartholo­meus, Woensdagaand op die plaas Stelkloof naby Botrivier geskiet is.

Mnr. Bartholomeus Kellerman (29) het omstreeks 21:00 saam met sy vrou en kind van Grabouw by sy plaashuis aangekom toe hy onraad in die huis vermoed.

Volgens kapt. William Solomons, polisiewoordvoerder van die Caledon-polisie, het Kellerman gesien die huis se ligte brand en die gordyne is toegetrek.

“Hy het onraad vermoed omdat hy weet hulle het nie die ligte aan gelos of die gordyne toegetrek nie,” het Solomons gesê.

Kellerman het besluit om na sy pa se nabygeleë huis te ry. Twee skote is op die gesin geskiet toe hulle deur die plaasingang gery het, het Solomons bygevoeg.

Kellerman is in die linkersy gewond, maar het aanhou bestuur na sy pa se huis en die polisie onmiddellik laat ontbied. Hy is na die Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset-Wes gebring.

Volgens Solomons is dit nog onbekend hoeveel verdagtes betrokke was.

Enigiemand met inligting kan insp. J. Newman by 0 028 214 3916 bel.

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Moet Boere nie ook apologie van die Engelse kry?

deur Chris van die Suid-Kaap

2009-11-19 22:32

Dit is ongelooflik om te lees wat “Moeder Engeland” in die vorige eeue aan derduisende arm weeskinders gedoen het.

Net eenvoudig verwerp, op skepe gelaai en as harde-arbeiders na ander Britse kolonies gestuur.

Dis ten minste verblydend dat premier Gordon Brown nou om verskoning vra.

Die vraag is of 26 000 vroue en kinders van die Boerevolk wat “Moeder Engeland” in die konsentrasiekampe georganiseerd vermoor het, nie goed genoeg was om ook ’n verskoning te regverdig nie?

Die Britse koningin swyg steeds, ongeag die briewe wat wyle mnr. Jaap Marais aan haar en die Britse regering daaroor geskryf het.

Oorsprong:Beeld
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Gereduseer tot slegs 6%

2009-11-17 22:34

Chris Louw

Dit hinder my dat omtrent al wat ’n Afrikaner is deesdae net kritiek op die ANC lewer. Kwalik ’n jaar gelede sou daar leedvermakerige beskuldigings oor ’n magsverliessindroom en ’n terughunkering na apartheid gewees het.

Interessant dat dít deesdae nie so dikwels gebeur nie. Nagenoeg al ons gewese lefties kla nou saam in die koor.

Ek wens ek kon iets konstruktiefs oor die ANC sê. As ek hard probeer, kan ek seker. Maar telkens vind ek my komplimente het bloot betrekking op gevalle waar die ANC regmaak waar hy verbrou het.

Daar’s Eskom en die Godsell-geval, Atletiek Suid-Afrika en die Chuene-fiasko, die nuwe bedeling by die SAUK, die regruk van die Landbank, erkennings dat uitkomsgerigte onderwys misluk het, die herstel van die polisie van ’n “diens” na ’n “mag”, Tokyo Sexwale se planne om korrupsie by die bou van laekostebehuising hok te slaan ...

En as u dink ek verwar die politieke organisasie met openbare instellings, dink weer. Solank kaders ontplooi word, staan al dié instellings in diens van die ANC.

Intussen staan Afrikaners as magtelose toeskouers die gebrou en gade slaan.

Dinge het drasties anders verloop as wat ons sogenaamde verloopte Afrikaners se verwagtinge was toe ons in die 1980’s ons eerste ontmoetings met die ANC-in-ballingskap gehad het.

Die gesprekke in Dakar en Parys en Lusaka en Harare het oor beginsels gegaan – demokrasie, menseregte, die onafhanklikheid van die regbank, ’n regstaat ...

Vandag voel dit of ons onverwante betekenisse aan dieselfde woorde geheg het.

Ek onthou ’n nag in 1989 in Indris Naidoo se woonstel in Oos-Berlyn, met Russiese vodka en eisbein, en gesels tot in die klein ure van die oggend.

Vandag klink dit sentimenteel, maar in die benouende dae van apartheid was dit ’n opwindende ervaring om in die buiteland ’n gemeenskaplike Suid-Afrikanerskap te ontdek met mense wat tuis as die “vyand” gebrandmerk is.

En gesprekke met ’n nog joviale Thabo Mbeki in ’n hotelkamer in Lusaka, pyprook en die klank van KWV in die lug, en drome oor ’n regverdige, menslike Suid-Afrika.

Sonder mag en met baie idealisme was die ANC ’n aantreklike alternatief vir apartheid, vlamme in die townships, bomme in winkelsentrums en wit polisiemanne wat reg en orde met sambokke en R4’s handhaaf.

Ek onthou ook ’n anti-apartheidsbyeenkoms in Parys, Frankryk. In die gehoor Ricky Naidoo – later een van Mbeki se segsmanne – wat dié onsterflike woorde in sy onmiskenbare Indiër-tongval uitroep: “Our people are tired of dying!”

Nou, twee dekades later, kan ek ook met my Afrikaner-tong sê: “Ons mense is gatvol daarvoor om vermoor te word!”

En dan verwys ek nie net na haataanvalle in ons huise en op ons plase nie. Dit ook, ja. Maar ek praat van die listige moord op taal, kultuur, geskiedenis, waardes, selfs menswees. In die 15 jaar van demokrasie het Afrikaners bykans uit die openbare oog verdwyn.

Ons deelname aan die openbare lewe word stelselmatig afgetakel om ons aandeel in die bevolkingsamestelling te reflekteer: 6%. Dit is wat ons standpunt vandag werd is.

’n Druippunt.

Die gevolg van hierdie stroping is dat dié Afrikaners wat kan, al hoe meer sekerheid in materialisme soek. Sonder idealisme is dit al wat oorbly – geld, spoghuise en deftige motors wat, ironies genoeg, juis die sekerhede ondermyn. Want dit sonder ons uit en maak van ons teikens vir afguns en van misdaad.

Ek glo die meeste Afrikaners sal vertroue in die staat bo wêreldse besittings verkies. Maar dan moet dit ’n doeltreffende en regverdige staat wees, wat vertroue verdién.

Afrikaners word voortdurend van rassisme beskuldig. Maar rassisme gaan nie deur beskuldigings of wetgewing uitgewis word nie. Dit gaan net kwyn wanneer individue in gesagsposisies optree op ’n manier wat respek ontlok.

Dis nie wat die ANC doen nie. Die ANC wat vandag aan die bewind is, verraai almal wat aan ’n regverdige toekoms geglo het – insluitend dié Afrikaners wat op hul manier die huidige bedeling help moontlik maak het.

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Verban Afrikaneraktiviste van die Voortrekkermonument?

Gert Opperman se wanvoorstelling van die waarheid

Na aanleiding van die berig in Beeld op 19 Nov 2009: “16 Desember: ‘Geen ontwrigting geduld’”, rig die Pretoria Verkennersjeug graag 'n versoek aan Gert Opperman, HUB van die Voortrekkermonument, om by die waarheid te bly wanneer hy publieke verklarings maak.

Die Pretoria Verkennersjeug is nou keelvol vir die voortdurende verdraaings van die waarheid wat deur Gert Opperman verkondig word ten einde sy swak saak in die publiek te regverdig. Deur die verspreiding van wat ons beskou as blatante leuens en halwe waarhede skep hy verskeie wanindrukke.

Opperman se verklaring dat die Pretoria Verkennersjeug buitelands besoekers beledig het, is ‘n blatante leuen. Daar was geen buitelandse besoekers tydens die geskenkwinkelaksie teenwoordig nie. Indien hy hierdie leuen nie self geskep het nie, moet hy in die vervolg seker maak van die feite wat hy ontvang voor hy dit in die publiek verkondig.

Die vergadering wat vir Saterdag 14 November by die Monument gereel was, was ‘n inisiatief van Orania se jeugbeweging. Opperman het egter die indruk geskep dat dit die Pretoria Verkennersjeug en/of Bravoland was wat hierdie vergadering gereel het. Dit het hom so gepla dat hy vir ‘n regsverteenwoordiger opdrag gegee het om alle Verkenners te verban van die Voortrekkermonument en Bloedrivier. Die Verkennersjeug en Bravoland is as gaste genooi saam met verskeie ander vryheidsgesinde jeugorganisasies. Ons dink eerder Opperman wou die vergadering in sy geheel kelder, omdat hy hom deeglik van ons volk en sy vryheidstrewe gedistansieer het.

Wat die sluit van die hekke tydens die 60-jarige bestaansherdenking betref het Opperman weereens net aangeneem dat dit die Verkennersjeug is. Weereens het hy nie seker gemaak van sy feite nie.

Dit is opvallend dat Opperman poog om van hierdie kultuur saak, ‘n politieke saak te maak, deur na die Pretoria Verkennersjeug as “regs” te verwys. Mens kan seker aanneem uit hierdie uitlating van Opperman dat hy homself as “links” beskou en dit wil verkondig aan die wêreld. As “regs” dieselfde as volksgerig en behoudend sou beteken, is ons trots op die etiket wat Opperman aan ons gegee het. Dit sou egter beteken dat “links” dieselfde beteken as “volksvyandig” en mens kan maar net wonder of Opperman net so trots sal wees op hierdie etiket wat hy aan homself gegee het.

Dit is egter hartseer dat Opperman telkens politiek by die Voortrekkermonument en Bloedrivier moet insleep en dit is net so hartseer dat hy sy eie politieke voorkeure op die Voortrekkermonument en Bloedrivier wil afdwing. Sy poging om verlede jaar se Gelofteherdenking by Bloedrivier in ‘n Versoeningsdag viering te verander, is ‘n sprekende voorbeeld van hierdie feit. So ook sy alewige integrasie pogings by die Voortrekkermonument, soos die sanger uit Soweto wat Boereseun gesing het tydens die 60ste herdenking van die opening van die Voortrekkermonument en die kleurling model wat halfnaak op die senotaaf afgeneem is. Polities gemotiveerde integrasie van hierdie aard, sal lei tot die kulturele disintegrasie van die Afrikaner en mens kan maar net wonder of dit Opperman se plan is.

Ten slotte moet Opperman kennisneem dat die Afrikaner NOOIT bloot sal toekyk terwyl sy erfenis vertrap word nie. Die verset teen die vertrapping sal aanhou en geen dreigemente sal dit stop nie. Opperman moet vir sy eie onthalwe ook nie die wanopvatting koester dat dit net die Verkenners is wat hierdie verset instand sal hou nie, dit mag hom nog baie ontnugtering in die toekoms besorg.
Mag die volksgerigde Afrikaner homself egter altyd by die waarheid hou, selfs wanneer hy verset pleeg.

Werner Smook
Pretoria Verkennersjeug

Die berig in Beeld wat betrekking het:

http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/ff5a908d0e61402d9d787c94694730ab/19-11-2009-10-43/16_Desember_%E2%80%98Geen_ontwrigting_geduld%E2%80%99

Sunday, 15 November 2009

War pilot pensioner beaten to death

November 14 2009 at 10:59AM

By Greame Hoskens
Crime Reporter

A Pretoria pensioner, who fought and survived both World War 2 and the Korean War as a fighter pilot, was found bludgeoned to death at his home.

Frans Swemmer, 89, was found dead in the garage of his Waterkloof home yesterday morning by his girlfriend of 14 years, Anita Stander, 71.

Stander discovered Swemmer's badly battered body lying sprawled in the passage of his Orion Street home where he had been dragged from the garage.

'When I spoke to them later they said they could not see anything that was suspicious'

A blood trail and a brown leather shoe outside the front door indicated from where Swemmer's killers had dragged him into his house.

It is believed that Swemmer, whose white Mercedes-Benz, pistol, clothes and household appliances were stolen, was beaten on the head with a sledgehammer at about 7pm on Thursday night after he went to investigate the theft of beers from his fridge in the garage.

Within hours of Swemmer's body being found yesterday, police arrested a man driving his car in Hammanskraal.

Word of a suspect's arrest quickly spread throughout Orion Street as neighbours and friends telephoned one another to tell of the arrest.

A neighbour, who declined to be named, said he hoped the police would "kill the bastard".

Sitting on the grass pavement outside Swemmer's home as police forensic investigators searched for clues, Stander said the last time she spoke to Swemmer was when he had telephoned her at 6pm to say that thieves had stolen his beers.

While police took fingerprints from a black palisade fence outside the home, Stander described what she saw when she found Swemmer's body. "I could not believe it. It was awful. How could someone do that to a person who was so kind and caring? It is absolutely humiliating and degrading to die like that," she said.

Stander said she had become worried when Swemmer's neighbour and close friend, Martie Kotze, 76, telephoned her on Thursday night to tell her that something was wrong at Swemmer's house.

"She told me that the garage door was open and that the lights were on, but she could not see him or his car. I thought it was strange and tried to phone him, but his home phone just rang and his cellphone was off.

"I became worried because I had spoken to him earlier.

"I told him to phone the police and he said he would and then he would phone me back, but he never did and now he never will," she said, adding that Swemmer had fought in World War 2 and the Korean War as a fighter pilot for the South African Air Force.

It is believed that Swemmer's killers surprised and overpowered him when he went back to his garage after talking to Stander.

Stander, who described Swemmer as a friendly, but quiet person who kept to himself, said she told Kotze to phone his security company. "They sent out patrols twice but could not find him.

"I do not understand how they could not see the blood in the open garage or the blood trail. It just does not make any sense, especially when they reported that there was nothing wrong at the house," she said angrily, adding that when the guards arrived yesterday she had already found Swemmer.

Martie Kotze confirmed she had telephoned the company several times and asked them to check on Swemmer. "When I spoke to them later they said they could not see anything that was suspicious and that the house was all locked up. I thought it strange, but thought that Frans had maybe gone out to visit a friend," she said.

Stander said that she and Swemmer had been very close friends for 14 years and had done many things together. "We often went out and he was my very close friend. I had a very special place for him in my heart," she said, while she was comforted by her daughter Anita Botha.

Police spokeswoman Lynnette Erasmus confirmed that a man had been arrested and taken in for questioning after he was found driving Swemmer's car in Hammanskraal.

"The man was arrested shortly after police circulated a description of the car," she said.

She said when police arrived they found the entire house ransacked and a blood trail leading from the garage to the house. "In the garage police found a hammer and a large pool of blood, and blood all over the walls," she said.

This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on November 14, 2009

Source:IOL
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20091114103909761C889821

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