Thursday, 29 March 2007

Hijacker shoots man in the back

March 29 2007 at 10:15AM

A 59-year-old Germiston man was shot dead when two men, one armed with a firearm, hijacked him and his wife in front of Afrikaans Hoerskool in Landton, Germiston, police said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Captain Steady Nawa said the couple had been waiting in the car for their 14-year-old son to finish rugby practice around 5.30pm.

"They [the men] grabbed the car keys from the ignition... when the man tried to get out of the car [as the attackers had told him to do] then the man shot him in the back," said Nawa.

The men then told the couple to leave everything inside their gold Toyota Corolla and stole the woman's cellphone before driving away in the car.

The man was treated at the scene, but later died at the Rose Acres hospital.

Police were investigating a case of murder.

Anyone with information could call Captain Phineas Boshomane on 082-319-9887.- Sapa



Anonymous said...

Nelson Mandela: Wrong Path To Freedom

Nelson Mandela is a man that is hard to classify. He had all the right ideas on what the issues and problems of his time were, but his actions on trying to change the problems cannot be ignored.

The cause was Apartheid rule over the black people in South Africa. Apartheid is defined as: “An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.”(Dictionary) Nelson Mandela was living in a mostly black country with almost no black rights.

In 1942, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress (also known as the ANC), a group that traditionally petitioned the government for change, but had not been successful. Nelson Mandela, along with a few of his friends, started the African National Youth League in 1944. According to the ANC, the ANCYL aimed at the attainment of full citizenship, direct parliamentary representation for all South Africans. In policy documents of which Mandela was an important co-author, the ANCYL programme paid special attention to the redistribution of the land, trade union rights, education and culture. The ANCYL aspired to free and compulsory education for all children, as well as mass education for adults. (ANC)

All of these are very worthy causes, the ANCYL allowed the use of “boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-co-operation” as means to liberate the African people (ANC). Martin Luther King had the same idea, “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” (Brainy) Both of these men had the right to protest for change, but Mandela did not stick to a non-violent campaign for long.

The ANC records show Nelson Mandela’s beginnings with the non-violent protesting. Nelson Mandela was involved in the “Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952. Mandela was elected National Volunteer-in-Chief. The Defiance Campaign was conceived as a mass civil disobedience campaign that would snowball from a core of selected volunteers to involved more and more ordinary people, culminating in mass defiance. Fulfilling his responsibility as Volunteer-in-Chief, Mandela traveled the country organizing resistance to discriminatory legislation.”(ANC) He was a leader with pure motives; his non-violent protest was at its highest peak. Martin Luther King Jr. said that the “Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.” (Sas). Those words apply to all who fight for the right cause, including Nelson Mandela.

“For his part in the Defiance Campaign, Mandela was convicted of contravening the Suppression of Communism Act and given a suspended prison sentence. Shortly after the campaign ended, he was also prohibited from attending gatherings and confined to Johannesburg for six months.” (ANC) During that time, Nelson had written the attorney’s admission examination and was admitted to that profession. He and his friend, Oliver Tambo, opened a practice in Johannesburg serving the lower class blacks. But it wasn’t long till the authorities tried to move their practice to the back of the city, where no one could reach them. Nelson and Oliver decided to defy the law for the right cause. They were willing to take any risks to keep their practice afloat, willing to pay the penalty than to accept the unjust treatment of the authorities. The judge ruled in their favor and the practice was kept open, Nelson Mandela had acted in a peaceful manner (ANC). He was indeed a true “freedom fighter”.

In 1956, Nelson Mandela was arrested and charged with “high treason”. For 5 years, Mandela was on trial in the “mammoth Treason Trial” (ANC). While on trial, Mandela and others was detained for the ANC’s alleged involvement in the Sharpeville Massacre where 69 people had been killed and over 150 were injured. The ANC was banned forcing its leaders to meet in secret. (Mandela pp.207-208) The Treason Trial collapsed in 1961 as South Africa was headed in the direction of adopting a republic constitution. (ANC) Mandela and the others on trial were not found guilty, they were free to go.

After being acquitted from the high treason charges, Nelson Mandela started a group called the Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation, also known as the MK for short), a guerilla fighting force which was to be trained to fight, using violence to “spread the message”. "At the beginning of June 1961, after long and anxious assessment of the South African situation, I and some colleagues came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be wrong and unrealistic for African leaders to continue preaching peace and non-violence at a time when the government met our peaceful demands with force. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle, and to form Umkhonto we Sizwe...the Government had left us no other choice." (ANC) The ANC was acting through the MK to try and bring an end to apartheid. After many years of using non-violent tactics, the ANC had lowered its standards to using violence as a means to change the government. "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Martin Luther King would disagree with Mandela. (Zaadz)

What is a freedom fighter? A freedom fighter is one who is engaged in an armed rebellion or resistance against an oppressive government. Was Nelson Mandela a freedom fighter? I’m inclined to say yes, because the organizations that he was involved in were not peaceful, they became violent. Underneath the ANC’s cover was a pure idea covered in corrupt and evil solutions. When one has a pure motive but uses the wrong means, his motive is no longer seen as pure, violence puts focus on the weak side of man; the meaning is lost among the fighting.

Nelson Mandela was part of the ANC, but the ANC was later proven to be a very violent organization, banned for possible involvement in the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960. Would Martin Luther King Jr. approve? No, Mr. King would not. He had a vision of peace between the white man and the black man, but his vision was not one that was laced with violence and torture, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." (Brainy)

Nelson Mandela also had ties with the communist party. Although Mandela denies it in his book that he is not a communist, he is the author of a pamphlet called, “How to Be A Good Communist”, in which he endorses communism through and through (Free). In his book, The Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela admits the ANC’s involvement with the communist party:
“Although I could have been sent back to jail for voicing such views, I did not hesitate to reaffirm the tremendous support the communists had given us.” (219)

“It is true that there has always been close cooperation between the ANC and the Communist Party. (…) I did not deny that I was attracted by the idea of a classless society, or that I had been influenced by Marxist thought. (320)

Mandela also claimed to be a fan of the Democratic government as well (321) He wanted the freedom of his people, but he made the lines very fuzzy as to what party he belonged to.

“During my life-time, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die” (322).

In 1962, Mandela was arrested for leaving the country illegally; he was convicted for illegal exit from the country and incitement to strike (ANC). While on trial, the African Police raided the Lilliesleaf farm in Rivonia (secret base of the Umkhonto we Sizwe), and found a document entitled Operation Maybuye, a “plan for guerilla warfare in South Africa.” (305). Because he was the ringleader of the Umkhonto we Sizwe, Mandela was charged with sabotage and attempting to overthrow the government violently, he was sentenced to life in prison and sent to Robben Island Prison (ANC). Martin Luther King never endorsed the use of violence as a means to liberate an oppressed people, "If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos." (Zaadz).

While in prison, Mandela did not condemn violent acts done by the MK, acts that seemed “justified” by the cause including the later dubbed, “Church Street Massacre”. Is the taking of innocent civilian life ever justified?

“Nineteen people were killed and more than two hundred injured. The killing of civilians was a tragic accident, and I felt a profound horror at the death toll. But as disturbed as I was by these casualties, I knew that such accidents were inevitable consequence of the decision to embark on a military struggle.” (451)

Even after 27 years in prison, Mandela still condoned the use of violence by the MK; he had not changed his mind. His associated with the ANC had tainted his fight for freedom.

The ANC itself came under serious scrutiny for its actions later on in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. World Net Daily reports that, “The crimes committed by the ANC in the name of liberation are legion. First, there was the practice of "necklacing," in which a gasoline-filled tire is placed around the neck of a victim and set ablaze -- an action carried out by Winnie Mandela and her minions. Another horror was the "Church Street Massacre," in which Nelson Mandela approved of a bomb set to explode at rush hour to maximize casualties of Afrikaner women, children and babies.” (WND). Can an organization that condones violent actions be promoters of peace at the same time? This is contradictory; one cannot be a promoter of peace and be involved in violent acts at the same time.

The ANC has admitted that torture and "staggering brutality" were committed at their Angolan re-education camps in the 1980s and "could have caused prisoner deaths." In an internal report, the ANC documented 17 eyewitness accounts of detainees who survived the camps. ”The ANC routinely violated its own code of conduct with physical and psychological torture," said the report. One detainee has written a book about the camps, which he referred to as "a scene from [the film] 'Spartacus.'" The report -- which was authored by two ANC officials and an independent advocate -- did not single out any ANC members responsible directly for torture […]. Nelson Mandela has refused to apologize for what he said were "inexcusable" violations of human rights during the ANC's terror campaign against the white-led regime. Mandela did, however, admit that torture occurred at ANC prisons and camps. But the report now documents that this abuse was widespread and far-reaching. (WND)

Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison rejecting two offers of release, one that would require Nelson to side with the Apartheid government, and one to renounce the use of violence. On February 2, 1990 President de Klerk made a speech announcing Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and the unbanning of the ANC (ANC). Why would Nelson Mandela not renounce violence? Why would he hold on to something that had put him into prison? As Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do what is right” (King). Violence had not solved the problems with Apartheid, the1989 free elections did. (Tiscali)

In February 1989 state president Botha suffered a stroke that forced him to give up the NP leadership and later the presidency. He was succeeded in both roles by F W de Klerk, who promised major constitutional reforms. In February 1991 President de Klerk announced the intended repeal of all remaining apartheid laws. In March he announced legislation to abolish all racial controls on land ownership, enabling all South Africans to purchase land anywhere. In June 1991 all the remaining racially discriminating laws were repealed. (Tiscali)

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.” (Think). Martin Luther King Jr. knew that and became a freedom fighter with peaceful and non-violent ways. “After a long and anxious assessment of the South African situation, I, and some colleagues, came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable…” (ANC) These are the words of Nelson Mandela. When the time was right to do what was needed to do, Nelson Mandela responded with violence, his fight for freedom would forever be tainted. Everyone has the right for freedom, but only through peaceful ways can you achieve the ultimate freedom. As Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.” (Think)

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Anonymous said...

Atrocities of the Marxist ANC
'Truth' commission reveals Mandela's bloody path to power