Now picture this tenfold (one million people that have left since 1994) and understand what South Africa has lost - and continues to lose. I said recently that the requirements to enter Fortress Australia are some of the most stringent anywhere (ask me, I know) and it is understandable. Australia is an awesome country and the demand to move here is oversubscribed many times. Australia can literally afford to cherry pick the best entrants.
South Africans who have moved to Australia have the best jobs and earn the most.
They have better qualifications than immigrants from Europe and America and also live in the wealthiest suburbs, said professor Dharma Arunachalam, a professor in political and social studies at the Australian Monash University.
He said they did not realise how much talent South Africans were bringing to Australia until they started checking census statistics in 2006.
"We were surprised by the facts," he said.
SA immigrants are generally younger than other immigrants and are well-qualified with professional and managerial skills. Most bring their families and earn more than any other group.
They live mostly in wealthier suburbs in Queensland and in the western part of the country.
Before 1996, the immigrants were mostly English-speaking South Africans, but more Afrikaners, Indians and black people have joined their ranks.
The SA population in Australia has grown from 55 821 in 1996 to 104 129 in 2006.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Now picture this tenfold (one million people that have left since 1994) and understand what South Africa has lost - and continues to lose. I said recently that the requirements to enter Fortress Australia are some of the most stringent anywhere (ask me, I know) and it is understandable. Australia is an awesome country and the demand to move here is oversubscribed many times. Australia can literally afford to cherry pick the best entrants.
I have to believe these raids on people associated with the Arms Deal forms part of the Zuma camp's game of requital with the Mbekigarchs and boy, isn't payback a bitch?
For years teflon Zuma has ducked Mbeki's efforts to shut him out (they may yet succeed) but I think we are down to who blinks first. Zuma is running the show now and he will move fast to close out those he knows were involved in the scam that was the Arms Deal. The question has to be asked: if the Arms Deal was legit, how did Fana here become so wealthy overnight? Can you feel the stink?
The mystery of Mr Moneybags Billionaire - keeps low profile and high company.
A series of raids by the Scorpions this week have thrust a media-shy Johannesburg billionaire into the spotlight.
Latest arms probe goes to the heart of government
How Britain put the finger on Hlongwane
So little is known about Fana Hlongwane, a former freedom fighter who became an arms pedlar, that it is only the trappings of his wealth that sets tongues wagging in his tiny circle of powerful acquaintances and beautiful women. “Styles”, as he is also known, is renowned for his rap star-like lifestyle and his penchant for beautiful women, Cuban cigars and Dom Pérignon champagne.
On Wednesday, the Scorpions swooped on the 49-year-old lawyer’s homes and businesses as part of a massive new investigation into corruption in the country’s arms deal. Hlongwane has not been arrested or charged in any arms deal-related cases. But it appears that the source of the money he uses to fund his extravagant tastes has come back to haunt him.
The elite unit acted on claims by the British Serious Fraud Office that billions of rands worth of kickbacks or illegal commissions were paid by the UK-based defence giant, BAE Systems, to individuals or companies in South Africa.
Apart from being chairman of a large defence-and arms-related business, Hlongwane owns a 30% stake in LSM Distributors, the company that has exclusive rights to import Porsche vehicles to Southern Africa. It is probably not surprising, then, that the man has a luxury car for just about every day of the week.
His personal fleet includes a R4-million Lamborghini Murcielago, a R6-million Bentley Azure, a R1.6-million Porsche Cayenne Turbo FL, a R2-million Ferrari Spider, an R800 000 Mercedes-Benz convertible and a low-key BMW 3 Series that costs between R546,500 and R602,200. The cars are estimated to be worth at least R15-million.
Always the snappy dresser, he earned the nickname “Styles” from his days in exile. These days, he apparently has his shirts made specially for him in Italy. He is also believed to own a string of houses across the country, many of them registered under a company name. Two of these — one in Johannesburg’s Hyde Park, dubbed the “Playboy mansion” after the Hugh Hefner TV series, and the other at Zimbali Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal — are conservatively estimated to be worth more than R100-million.
According to previous reports in the Mail & Guardian, Hlongwane contracted a company in 2006 to install a cigar room and gym and renovate the patio and main bedroom in his Zimbali home for R1.1-million. This probably confirms why his house parties are generally the talk of the town, particularly among the pretty young women who crack an invitation. He is also known to belt out a tune or two while playing the grand piano at his Hyde Park home and is known to talk “affectionately” of the roses spread around his expansive garden.
Hlongwane rarely, if ever, attends any of Johannesburg’s highbrow functions and the only known photograph available of him is one taken in 1998 after he joined the board of Denel. He has, on occasion, been spotted at high-profile struggle veterans’ funerals, for which he reputedly paid. Among the various “Fana tales” doing the rounds is that he has several girlfriends at once, for whom he has bought fancy cars and who he has taken on lavish joint shopping sprees, including abroad.
Another story relates how, while having his hair cut, he saw a beautiful woman in the salon and paid the owner big bucks to close for two hours so he could woo her. He walked away with the woman, who was engaged, and is even alleged to have repaid her fiancé’s lobola.
Hlongwane eats at Johannesburg’s best eateries and some of Mandela Square in Sandton City’s more up-market bars and restaurants. He is sometimes spotted with a cigar firmly clenched between his lips, surrounded by women and ordering bottles of Dom Perignon Rosé. He also regularly hires private dining rooms at The Saxon boutique hotel, just down the road from his Johannesburg house, for business meetings. He is chairman of the Ngwane Defence Group, a black-owned company specialising in aerospace, military and security solutions. Its CEO is former army chief Siphiwe Nyanda, an influential member of the ANC’s national working committee.
The company sells, among other things, specialised military vehicles, sniper and assault rifles, riot-control gear and equipment aimed at emergency relief. Its board of directors includes former bigwigs in the SANDF as well as diplomat George Nene.
Hlongwane, who studied law in the former Soviet Union, is also listed as a director in a host of other companies relating to defence, manufacturing and healthcare. He left South Africa in the ’70s and became a ranking commander of Umkhonto weSizwe, living in several African countries including Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is here he is believed to have forged his close ties with the late Joe Modise, who signed most of the arms deals while defence minister in 1999.
Hlongwane returned from exile in the early ’90s and was part of the MK delegation that testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about their activities in South Africa during apartheid. Prior to 1994, he was spotted at Modise’s side during the Codesa talks and later became his adviser. He was regarded as the main man between the government and the overseas arms dealers touting for business.
But he was found to have been playing both sides because one of his companies, Tsebe Properties, was listed as a shareholder in Osprey, the company used by BAE Systems as an agent to disburse commissions.
An official in the Department of Defence once said about Hlongwane: “Someone like Fana would see the money bags hanging in the air and immediately market himself, saying: ‘I am your man, I know everybody.’"
After all the human effort, indeed, after all the summits and champagne-negotiations, the demonstrations and obscene violence, could it really be that regional leaders in Southern Africa have been jolted into a change of tone by a little, albeit, lethal creature?
3,000 dead from cholera in Zim
Zim Cholera still spreading
It seems that this little parasite, the bacteria called Vibrio cholerae and the debilitating ailment that it causes has introduced the “Cholera Effect” into the seemingly intractable Zimbabwe problem. As my friend Teri put it recently, “we may have just gone one diarrhoea too far”.
Surely, the region can no longer pretend not to smell the odour coming from the land between Zambezi and the Limpopo.
The public health implications for the region mean that self-interest will require regional leaders to engage more actively beyond the dilly-dallying of recent times. When Zimbabweans screamed for help most regional leaders reacted as if they were hallucinations from outer space. They reacted like the polite son-in-law who upon finding himself alone with his mother-in-law in a confined space senses an unusual and unpleasant atmospheric change but nevertheless pretends nothing is amiss even though he knows very well that only one person could have caused it. And that he himself had not caused it but out of politeness, maintains a dignified silence.
But the Rubicon has now been crossed. Now that Vibrio cholerae has entered the scene, with its non-discriminatory effect, it has become imperative to do something about the grave situation in Zimbabwe.
The little creature is, of course, a symptom of a greater problem; a signification of the lacunae in the structure of governance in Zimbabwe; that Zimbabwe does not actually have an operative government that is capable and willing to provide social services to its people. Hospitals are closing, drugs are hard to come by, the sanitary architecture has broken down, schools are shutting down and food is scarce. There is no proper government that is able to provide the basic services and resources to the ordinary people.
Now, a couple of weeks after SADC issued a porous communiqué on November 9, 2008, the language seems to be changing. In the last week, there have been three key signals coming from South Africa that seem to indicate a seismic transformation in approach. For Mugabe and a Zanu PF regime that has been bleating about sanctions as the cause of all the problems in Zimbabwe, the first would have come as a very unpleasant surprise from South Africa’s new president.
First, South Africa decided to withhold from Zimbabwe a financial package of R300 million which it had promised in early November. That announcement had been celebrated in Harare, the government interpreting it as an indication of the seemingly perpetual entente cordiale between the two governments which was prominent during the reign of President Thabo Mbeki.
That South Africa has now decided to withhold that support is tantamount to imposing a mild form of sanctions against the Zimbabwe government. Friends do not take away with one hand what they have offered with another. What President Kgalema Mothlante has done is to offer a carrot with one hand hoping perhaps for better behaviour on the part of the recipient but taken away with another, itself an apparent stick with which to whip into line an errant friend that continues to run amok leaving ordinary people in the lurch. This has a great deal of significance, it being a public admonishment of the regime, behaviour which President Robert Mugabe has traditionally associated with the West, on whom he shifts all responsibility for the country’s ills.
The second was the loaded statement last weekend by President Motlanthe to the effect that Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara must be sworn in to enable them to start the business of forming an inclusive government. Never mind the legal accuracy or otherwise of the statement, it carries tremendous political weight in so far as the new administration in SA views the Zimbabwe regime. It says, quite simply, that SA does not, as yet, recognise Mugabe’s legitimacy. It suggests that the hurried swearing in of Mugabe after the Pyrrhic victory in the June 27 one-horse race of a presidential run-off was a political non-event.
Also notable were the words of South Africa’s Health Minister, who said recently when responding to questions about the cholera crisis in Zimbabwe that there was not yet a recognised government in that country. This appears to be reflective of the thinking within the new South African government, that Zimbabwe does not have a legitimate government capable of speaking on behalf of the people.
If this interpretation is correct then, surely, it represents a sea-change in South Africa’s approach toward Zimbabwe from the days of the Mbeki presidency. This must come as a devastating blow to Mugabe. He is very keen for his legitimacy to be recognised and respected especially by those he regards as regional allies and he would have been hurt very deeply by the new pronouncements from Pretoria.
Third, is the more recent statement by Botswana’s Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani who suggested in a BBC interview that regional countries ought to “squeeze” the Zimbabwe government by closing their borders and completely isolating it. This is an ominous sign from a senior diplomat in the region, speaking as he does, for his government which for long has challenged the legitimacy of the Zimbabwe government.
The weight of Skelemani’s statements is more apparent when viewed against the background that they were made around the same time that Botswana’s President Ian Khama had just attended key meetings in South Africa. There is an implication here that President Khama must have got sufficient confidence from South Africa to speak in such tough tongues. Perhaps it’s a view that South Africa shares?
It shows that privately Sadc is as exasperated as are Zimbabweans with the ‘see-saw politics’ in Zimbabwe. It indicates that the region is frustrated at the failure of the politics of persuasion, signified by quiet diplomacy, which has so far failed to halt the unprecedented decline in Zimbabwe, a decline that now threatens the region’s health and safety.
The question now is whether and how Mugabe’s regime will react to these signals. There is every chance that with its fragile skin, the regime will feel insulted and provoked, especially by the conduct of Botswana, a neighbour that it traditionally regards as a military non-entity. Recently, when President Khama called for new elections in Zimbabwe, Patrick Chinamasa a senior Zanu PF official, called it “an act of extreme provocation”.
Later Botswana was accused of providing training bases for MDC militias, allegedly to destabilise Zimbabwe although no evidence has been given to substantiate the allegations. Botswana has also offered to provide political asylum to Morgan Tsvangirai should he need it. For a neighbouring country to offer sanctuary to the face of Zimbabwe’s struggle is a strong statement of condemnation.
Mugabe is, quite plainly, in a tight spot. Sadc did not give him the Carte Blanche to form a government of his own choice. It has to be an Inclusive Government and it cannot be so without Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara. There are also signs of change in regional leaders approach. It has been gradual, disappointing at first, but there are signs that the days of appeasement may be in the past. With Mbeki no longer a commanding force in the region, Mugabe must feel that friends are few and so far away now.
Then again, you can never underestimate the reaction of a cornered cobra.
In 1971, Dr. Phillip Zimbardo of the Stanford University, conducted his infamous and controversial “Prison Experiment”.
Most scholars of Psychology agree that to replicate this experiment today will be impossible, because of human rights. The world will simply not allow this to happen.
Yet we see this experiment being replicated on a grandiose scale and the world sits and watches, doing nothing.
The Zimbardo experiment is being carried out in South Africa as you are reading this.
The entire experiment can be seen on Dr. Zimbardo’s website.
Here are the main points:
Dr Zimbardo used volunteers; students he paid $15 a day. Dr. Zimbardo was looking for some answers to his questions. What happens when good people are put in positions of authority in an evil place? Would evil triumph or would humanity prevail?
Twenty four normal, healthy, intelligent, white students were selected and split up into “Prisoners” and “Guards”. The basement of the university was used as cells. The experiment was suppose to last 14 days, but was cancelled after six days, because of what it did to the students. The “Guards” became extremely sadistic and the “Prisoners” severely depressed and showing signs of extreme stress.
Over the next few days you saw “Guards” and “Prisoners” really getting into their roles; prisoners rebelling, Guards suppressing them, etc. if you read the report it is quite shocking.
Less than 36 hours into the experiment one student began suffering from acute emotional disturbance, disorganized thinking, uncontrollable crying, and rage, telling other prisoners, "You can't leave. You can't quit."
The guards made the prisoners suffer, forcing them to do menial, repetitive work such as cleaning out toilet bowls with their bare hands. The guards had prisoners do push-ups, jumping jacks, whatever the guards could think up, and they increased the length of the counts to several hours each.
One prisoner (#819) broke out in tears and couldn’t handle it anymore. Zimbardo told him to go wait in another room. One of the guards lined up the other prisoners and had them chant aloud: "Prisoner #819 is a bad prisoner. Because of what Prisoner #819 did, my cell is a mess, Mr. Correctional Officer." They shouted this statement in unison a dozen times.
Zimbardo realised that #819 could hear the chanting and raced back to the room. This is how he accounts it:
“I suggested we leave, but he refused. Through his tears, he said he could not leave because the others had labeled him a bad prisoner. Even though he was feeling sick, he wanted to go back and prove he was not a bad prisoner. At that point I said, "Listen, you are not #819. You are [his name], and my name is Dr. Zimbardo. I am a psychologist, not a prison superintendent, and this is not a real prison. This is just an experiment, and those are students, not prisoners, just like you. Let's go."
He stopped crying suddenly, looked up at me like a small child awakened from a nightmare, and replied, "Okay, let's go."
Another prisoner called #416 went on a hunger strike. When he wouldn’t eat after several attempts from the guards, they put him in solitary confinement for three hours and still he refused to eat.
At this point #416 should have been a hero to the other prisoners. But instead, the others saw him as a troublemaker. The head guard then exploited this feeling by giving prisoners a choice. They could have #416 come out of solitary if they were willing to give up their blanket, or they could leave #416 in solitary all night.
Most elected to keep their blanket and let their fellow prisoner suffer in solitary all night.
The Parallels to the New South Africa
There is little doubt in my mind that since 1994, Afrikaners in the “New South Africa” find themselves in the roles of the prisoners and that the black ANC supporters find themselves in the roles of the guards.
We see on a daily basis that blacks are becoming increasingly more sadistic. Blacks are attacking whites on farms and in their homes, often for no financial gain. They torture whites for hours without stealing anything. This corresponds perfectly with Dr Zimbardo’s experiment where the guards worked overtime for no additional pay, just for the joy of punishing the prisoners. Blacks in South Africa think it is their duty to punish whites and thoroughly enjoy it, just like Zimbardo’s guards.
Whites in South Africa, and in particular Afrikaners, accept their roles as “Prisoners”. They are being made to feel so by the ANC, who tells them on a daily basis that they are “Bad Prisoners” just like #819. They feel they deserve the punishment and when told that they are not prisoners and that they can leave, they refuse to. They want to stay and prove that they are NOT “Bad Prisoners”.
Further, Afrikaners and whites treat their rebels like prisoner #416. Instead of calling them “Heroes”, they call them “Troublemakers”. This “Bystander Apathy” is sickening in the “New, Improved, South Africa”. Afrikaners will stand and watch their women and children being raped and slaughtered, tortured with boiling water for hours, but won’t lift a finger to help. They are like deer that are stunned by the lights of an oncoming truck.
But there is hope. There is a light shining at the end of the tunnel. In one of my previous posts, I called on the ANC to step it up a gear. I want them to oppress the Afrikaners more. Why? It is founded in a letter that Dr. Zimbardo received from a REAL prisoner of an Ohio penitentiary after being in solitary confinement for 37 months!
"I was recently released from solitary confinement after being held therein for thirty-seven months. The silence system was imposed upon me and if I even whispered to the man in the next cell resulted in being beaten by guards, sprayed with chemical mace, black jacked, stomped, and thrown into a strip cell naked to sleep on a concrete floor without bedding, covering, wash basin, or even a toilet....I know that thieves must be punished, and I don't justify stealing even though I am a thief myself. But now I don't think I will be a thief when I am released. No, I am not rehabilitated either. It is just that I no longer think of becoming wealthy or stealing. I now only think of killing -- killing those who have beaten me and treated me as if I were a dog. I hope and pray for the sake of my own soul and future life of freedom that I am able to overcome the bitterness and hatred which eats daily at my soul. But I know to overcome it will not be easy."
So yes Mr. Zuma. Take cognizance of this fact. The Afrikaners are waiting for that day that they will be free just like you, a one time prisoner, waited. The resentment amongst the Afrikaner youths are growing, because they are realizing that they are NOT prisoners and are being punished for things that happened before they were even born. You think you know Afrikaners because you engage in dialogue with them…I talk to them when you are not around. I hear what is REALLY going on in their minds. They tell me things that they will never repeat around a table with you. Let me tell you Mr. Zuma…The Afrikaners are starting to sing, “Bring me my machine gun!”
In fact, most of them can’t wait to start shooting and slitting throats. Most of them can think of nothing else, nowadays. They live for that day that they will be given a chance to avenge their mothers and sisters who were brutally raped and murdered.
So my advice to you and the ANC, Mr. Zuma, is to keep up the oppression of Afrikaners. I know them intimately. They are a nice, peace loving, and God-fearing people, until it becomes time not to be nice.
See, Afrikaners never started any of the wars on this continent, but if you want to LOSE a war…then the Afrikaner is your man! Start a war with Afrikaners and you will see what I am talking about. Don’t think numerical superiority will help you either. Afrikaners don’t back down in the face of numbers. Ask the Zulus and the British. Ask the Cubans and the Russians. Afrikaners are true warriors. They pray for peace every day…with a rifle in their hands. They don’t want to fight, but if forced to, they will not back down and they won’t hold back. Every day you oppress them more, they just become tougher and more resentful. It will just make it so much easier for them to avenge their dead at the end of the day.
You better start listening Mr. Zuma, and listen closely. Not to your so called Afrikaner buddies like Dr. Wingard around dinner, but keep your ear to the ground.
Zimbardo’s experiment proved that if you awaken the evil in normal, peace loving human beings, you are opening Pandora’s Box. Do you really want to go that way Mr. Zuma? Keep singing “Awuleth’ Umshini Wami”! De La Rey is saddling up his horse and he is coming! May God be with you, for I won’t be able to help you that day.
Listen to the real Afrikaners and give them a country of their own before it is too late.
The recent political shake out in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) brought about a unique political structure in South Africa. During previous post apartheid elections the voters would normally decide who would be the largest party and the leadership of the winning party would assume power in all aspects of government.
Separation of powers, is the model usually used today for the governance of democratic states. Under this model, the state is divided into branches or estates, each with separate and independent powers and areas of responsibility. The normal division is into an executive, a legislature, and a judiciary. A country’s constitution, laws and parliamentary regulations provide the necessary checks and balances to ensure the separation of powers and to regulate the three estates.
Political parties have their own constitutions, and one would have expected that there would be no clash between the constitution of the ruling party and that of the state.
Some two years ago the constitution of the ANC was changed during a national conference at the insistence of the Mbeki supporters. A motion was accepted by the ANC’s congress to change the constitution such that, although it is desirable for the leader of the ruling party to be the President of the country, it would not be essential. It was argued at the time that the country’s constitution limited the state President’s tenure to two terms, that limitation should not apply to the party leadership as well.
Political observers realized at the time that the subtle change would open the back door for Mbeki to be elected as president of the ANC, to allow a surrogate president, (he publicly envisaged that to be a woman) would become the state president.
She would take her instructions on policy matters and key appointments from him at Luthuli House in Johannesburg and not from the Presidency in Pretoria, the country’s capitol. The change would allow Thabo Mbeki to effectively rule over the ANC and hence over the state, after he retired as state president in the 2009 elections. The country’s constitution prevented him to serve in a third term of office, but this Machiavellian manoeuvre would have given him effective control over the state, even though he would not be a member of government any longer. Two centers of power would thus be created, with the president of the ANC being the de facto supreme power without any constitutional constraints, checks or balances.
Not being bound by the country’s constitution or the rules of parliament, he could interfere with impunity with any branch of state. That was the bed Mbeki made for himself in an effort to cling to power as long as possible, in a move rather more elegantly than Robert Mugabe, his mentor in Zimbabwe.
It is unlawful for the state President or indeed any cabinet minister to interfere with, for instance, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), who has the sole right to decide whether to prosecute or not. That was exactly the point on which Judge Chris Nicholson declared the prosecution of Jacob Zuma to be unlawful, as he found that there may be merit in Zuma’s assertion that he was being persecuted by the NPA, acting under pressure from the President, to discredit Zuma, preventing him from becoming the country’s next President.
During the following National conference at Polokwane in December, 2007, the Zuma supporters prevailed, catching the Mbeki camp napping. Jacob Zuma inherited a situation where he could neatly avoid being the country’s interim state President when Mbeki was recalled by the new leadership, until his name had not been cleared by a court of law. But he would retain the chairmanship of the Deployment Committee, which decides on all key state appointments. The modified ANC constitution provided him that gap, a trap set by Mbeki’s supporters two years before.
Whilst it was illegal for President Mbeki to interfere in the workings of the National Prosecution Authority, there is nothing in hard law that prevents Jacob Zuma, the leader of the ruling party, to do so, as he is not constrained by the constitution, rules of parliament or any other laws. Jacob Zuma is just another ordinary citizen in his present capacity…
apologizing to Mr So, it would not be too far fetched for the new NPA to publicly announce that all charges are withdrawn against Mr Zuma and that he has satisfied himself that Mr Zuma is innocent of all charges of corruption against him, even publicallyZuma. Purists may argue that the NPA has more than 90,000 documents to prove Zuma’s guilt and that a prima facie case exists, but others would argue that the NPA still has to prove Zuma’s intent to defraud the state or to have actually swung any deals towards the donors.
His name would be cleared juridically and the coast would be cleared to become the country’s next state President after the April elections. In so doing he would again unite the two centers of power by reversing the strange and undesirable constitutional situation created by Thabo Mbeki.
Or would he?
One reason we spend a lot of effort on this blog is not to talk the country down but rather to shake people from their self-induced slumber as regards the realities of South Africa. I'm sure most of you have spent a lot of time arguing with friends and family about the direction of the country, that things are just not right and that unless we change the country, it is doomed to fail.
Being a cup-half-full kinda guy, I persist in my quest because I am certain that all is not lost - yet. The tipping point has not been reached and the challenge is to find a way to avoid getting there.
I believe there are bad apples in all spheres of society and like any rotten produce, they make the most stink. Let's face it, the ANC has been a disaster for South Africa. Everything bad you see around you is the causal effect of bad Marxist and racist policies by the ANC. That leaves us with one conclusion: the ANC must go. The irony and sad part is that despite their woeful record as a 'government', the ANC will win next year's election and probably with an even larger majority. Why? Because people refuse to participate in the political process, leaving their fate in the hands of politicians who "know better". That is such a naif mentality. Politicians act for themselves. Our many postings about gravy junkets for example, proves that.
And one would also think stories like the one below would stir people to action but that is not the case. South Africans are an apathetic lot. Even with the world's worst crime figures, a recent Anti Crime March attracted just 5000 people.
But, whether we/they are ready or not, I believe things are coming to a head in South Africa and it is about time. The tension was getting to all of us. With the economic meltdown, with resources more stretched and with new players (COPE) to challenge them, the true terrorist origins of the ANC is coming to light. Faced with a real challenge to its domination, the ANC and its followers are dropping all pretences of being democratic, of wanting to get along with minorities and those who oppose them, indeed, the zanuPFication of South Africa is underway.
What this also means is that even affirmative action appointees (in this particular case below, the police) will care less about maintaining the facade of wanting to peacefully co-habit the country with others, mainly the White minority. Most police are honest but there is a core of bad rubbish that no one seems capable (or willing) of removing and I fear that their attitude will become the overriding posture of the police. With this same police being the so-called front line against crime, and crime being our main problem, if their attitude towards law-abiding people is as shown below, what hope is there that we can right this country unless WE say "enough" and take our country back.
A Kyalami, northern Johannesburg, man who filmed a police officer assaulting him and his wife on his cellphone has laid charges in the hope that "the matter will be dealt with at the highest level".
Baden Hall, who owns a corporate landscaping business, was following one of his trucks on Thursday morning on the way to a filling station in Lonehill, north of Joburg, when it was pulled over at a police roadblock on Lonehill Boulevard.
"I pulled over at the layby as they wanted to arrest two of my workers, because they didn't have papers.
"I spoke to the female sergeant and told her I had all my workers' registration papers on file at the office, and would bring them to the police station," Hall said.
He was told that the men would be taken to Morningside police station, and when he queried this as Douglasdale police station was closer, he was insulted.
"So then I told her I wanted to see her appointment card, as by law she has to identify herself when asked before executing a police function.
"Then a female inspector in command of the roadblock stepped in. She shrugged me off, and when I asked her to wait she told me to fuck off and get out of the way," said Hall.
He was outraged, but as a former police reservist himself, he knew that while he could not legally photograph a police official's face, he could photograph their name badge.
"I set my phone to camera and went to photograph her badge and she hit me on the left side of my face with her fist, and then backhanded me on the right."
Taken off guard, Hall grabbed the woman by her collar.
"Then she started screaming a string of political abuse at me along the lines of 'You white shit, you are going to die here with your money. We will make sure you never leave this country, you will die here first'," said Hall.
He then stepped back and called his wife Melanie, telling her that he was not planning on leaving the roadblock, and wanted her to accompany the truck, and pay for the petrol so that his workers could continue.
"Mel arrived and yelled at the policewoman for assaulting members of the public, and the woman came for her. So I put my phone on video mode and as she came to hit me, she missed and hit Melanie with a glancing blow," Hall explained.
The seven seconds of footage on his phone shows an angry policewoman storming the camera aggressively, striking out in front of her as a loud slap sounds. Then the picture ends suddenly as the phone was knocked out of Hall's hand.
The couple said the attack caused a commotion, as other police members entered the fray and restrained their aggressive colleagues.
According to Hall, a commanding officer from Sandton arrived, and he then tried to reason with this officer.
"Basically the Superintendent tried to labour the point of the workers with me, and I told him that was not the issue.
"It was the fact that an arresting officer refused to identify herself, then struck me twice when I tried to photograph her lapel badge.
"He said I had grabbed her, and I pointed out I had been unprovokedly attacked and was entitled to defend myself."
Speaking to The Star shortly after the incident, Hall said he was devastated, and would lay a charge of assault against the woman.
"Nobody was in control there. The inspector told me to fuck off at least three times, and I intend opening a case and reporting this to the Independent Complaints Directorate in the hope this will be escalated as high as possible."
Melanie Hall said she was horrified by the assault. "You feel so helpless. They join ranks around you."
The SAPS said they could not comment at this stage.
SA's roads need R100bn to eliminate maintenance backlogs. South Africa has 596 000km of roads and the replacement value of the country's road network is estimated to be R1.047-trillion. "The findings are very worrying," said an AA spokesperson. "South Africa's roads need R100-billion spent on them to eliminate maintenance backlogs and current levels of funding are only a quarter of what is needed to maintain the country's road network into the future." The AA said inadequate road maintenance also resulted in an increase in traffic crashes. "The report shows that about 60 percent of national and provincial roads are in poor or very poor condition, compared to about 22 percent in 1998," the spokesperson added.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Don't forget, Monday 1st December is "Springbok Day", a protest action day where people are asked to wear Springbok regalia be it hats, jerseys, gloves, scarves, shorts, t-shirts, blankets, anything with the Springbok emblem on it, to protest political meddling with the Springbok emblem.
Wear it to work, school, church or parliament if need be - as long as it is visible.
Forward this notice to everyone you know that resides in South Africa so they are aware of the protest on Monday.
Remember, SUPPORTERS DO IT IN GREEN - WITH THE BOK ON THEIR CHESTS!
And oh yes, don't forget to send Stofile a great big Up Yours! For Stofile's email address click here.
Western civilization is plagued with traitors who are cheerleaders for the destruction of the West. This assertion is not new, for British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell delivered his famous “Rivers of Blood” speech roughly four decades ago, and in his speech, he derided his countrymen for pursuing policies that served as a detriment to England. At one point in his speech, he declared that:
“We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependents, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancés whom they have never seen.”
He went on to say, “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood.’”
Very few politicians in the United States are like Powell who are willing to confront the problem head-on—Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) was one of the few, but he did not seek re-election and will soon be out of the House of Representatives. Patrick Buchanan and Lou Dobbs are also willing, if not eager, to tackle directly the problem of cultural subversion through mass immigration, but unfortunately neither are elected officials who can implement policies that will save the country.
The last stand of the West is being made in Europe, where right-wing nationalist politicians like Nick Griffin of the British National Party, Heinz-Christian Strache of the Freedom Party of Austria, Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party for Freedom, Jean-Marie Le Pen of the French National Front, Filip Dewinter and Frank Vanhecke of the Flemish Vlaams Belang, Christoph Blocher of the Swiss People’s Party, and Umberto Bossi of the Italian Northern League, along with a handful of others, are doing all they can to defend Europe from the Third World threat that endangers the very survival of Europe.
The primary threat to Western civilization, however, comes not from without, but from within. Just a few years before Powell gave his famous speech to warn his countrymen of the impending doom that their culture faced if policy changes were not implemented, an ex-communist American author—James Burnham—published a book entitled The Suicide of the West, which diagnosed the ideology of Western suicide, which is modern liberalism. This is overt with what he wrote in the final chapter of the book:
“Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide. When once this initial and final sentence is understood, everything about liberalism—the beliefs, emotions and values associated with it, the nature of its enchantment, its practical record, its future—falls into place.”
Liberalism ignores that which threatens the very survival of the West and is incapable of dealing with these problems, for liberals do not recognize the West as being superior to less-civilized tribes. Liberals, therefore, view Western culture as not worthy of preservation for progeny. In effect, liberals attack the very willpower needed to defend the West. Burnham observed that to defend the West:
“There would have to be a rejection, in particular, of the quantitative reduction of human beings to Common Man; and a reassertion of qualitative distinctions. Quite specifically, there would have to be reasserted the pre-liberal conviction that Western civilization, thus Western man, is both different from and superior in quality to other civilizations and non-civilizations. . . . And there would have to be a renewed willingness, legitimized by that conviction, to use superior power and the threat of power to defend the West against all challenges and challengers. Unless Western civilization is superior to other civilizations and societies, it is not worth defending; unless Westerners are willing to use their power, the West cannot be defended. But by its own principles, liberalism is not allowed to entertain that conviction or to make frank, unashamed and therefore effective use of that power.”
Since the threat to the West “is present—a clear, immediate and sufficient danger, both from within and from without,” it is necessary to confront the real problems if the West—arguably the civilization with the most splendor and magnificence—is to last. Burnham’s diagnosis of that which threatens the West is as true today as it was when he wrote his book in the early 1960s:
“The crucial present challenges are, I believe, three: first, the jungle now spreading within our own society, in particular in our great cities; second, the explosive population growth and political activization within the world’s backward areas, principally the equatorial and sub-equatorial latitudes occupied by non-white masses; third, the drive of the communist enterprise for a monopoly of world power.”
He goes on to suggest how the threats have observably affected Western countries:
“History has a remarkable way of providing striking visual symbols of what is really going on, that tell us much more than the pretentious statistics of the sociologists. In the parks of our great cities, exactly as in all jungles, honest men may no longer move at night; when the sun goes down they must stay near the fires, while the beasts prowl.”
Are good people preyed upon in our jungle-cities by beasts? When one analyzes crime statistics, one can only come to the conclusion that Burnham’s assessment is true.
According to the United States Department of Justice in a report entitled “Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2005 Statistical Tables,” the American government reported that of 111,490 white women who were raped in the country that year, 33.6 percent of them were raped by black men (37,460 black-on-white rapes). Of the black women who were raped by white men that year, the number of victims is so low that the U.S. government just labels it 0.0 percent. The Justice Department even put an asterisk next to the 0.0 percent to announce that the total number of white-on-black rapes was less than ten that entire year. In contrast to that, on average, 103 white women were raped in the U.S. every day that year. And those are only the reported rapes.
In another report released by the United States Department of Justice entitled “Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1987,” the government noted that blacks kill twice as many whites as whites kill blacks; that black-on-white robberies and gang attacks occur 21 times as often as white-on-black; and that when it comes to gang robbery, blacks attack whites 52 times more often than whites do blacks.
In a U.S. News & World Report article entitled “What Should Be Done” (8/22/1989), the author notes that whites choose black victims only 2.4 percent of the time, while blacks choose white victims more than half of the time.
Only a self-hating liberal would ever propose that African immigration to Western countries is a good thing. Diversity is a fraud; it enriches our culture no more than Indian savagery enriched the culture of the first American settlers. Heaven help us, we do not need such cultural enrichment.
Most people of European descent are not fully conscious of their Western identity, for they have largely forgotten the heroes of the West, the victories their people have had over the enemies of their civilization, and are not educated well in Western history, for the average Caucasian person only knows enough of Western history and culture to condemn it for what self-hating liberals have trained them to loathe: Western colonialism (but not the Third World colonization of the West), Western aggression (but not the aggression of Muslim invaders who caused much grief to Western peoples over the centuries), Western genocides (but most Western liberals are either unconcerned with or unaware of the genocide of white South Africans and white people in Zimbabwe today), and Western oppression (but not the oppression of Westerners over the years by foreign invaders including Huns, Carthaginians, Islamic Moors, Islamic Turks, pagan Persians, or any other tribe that has waged aggressive war against the West).
There is for the most part no racial or cultural unity among Westerners, which is evidenced by their tendency to overlook transgressions committed against their people and countries in ancient and contemporary times.
Liberals are the scum of society, and they and their fellow travelers include communists, socialists, and leftists of all kinds (i.e., Marxists, Trotskyites, Maoists, Stalinists, and so on), sexual deviants, cultural Bolsheviks, and eccentric college professors and ignorant public school teachers who ruin the minds of their students by indoctrinating them with degenerate filth. What the liberals and radicals of various left-wing political persuasions have in common is that they are all traitors to Western civilization.
Jean Raspail, a self-proclaimed “Man of the Right,” wrote a novel in the 1970s entitled The Camp of the Saints, and in this book, he describes how treason is so very common within Western civilization:
“You know . . . there’s a very old word that describes the kind of men [they] are. It’s ‘traitor.’ That’s all, [they’re] nothing new. There have been all kinds. We’ve had bishop traitors, knight traitors, general traitors, statesmen traitors, scholar traitors, and just plain traitors. It’s a species the West abounds in, and it seems to get richer and richer the smaller it grows. Funny, you would think that it should be the other way around.”
The most recent act—and arguably the vilest act—of treason committed against Western civilization occurred on November 4, 2008 when B. Hussein Obama was elected to serve as president of the United States.
When Greece was invaded by hordes of Persians, the Spartans fought them off; when Europe was invaded by savage Muslims, the Europeans fought them off; and when Rome was invaded by barbarians, Rome tried to fight them off. But in the contemporary West that is plagued with self-hating liberals, the electorate voted into office a man who represents all that is antithetical to Western civilization, for B. Hussein Obama hates our culture, our heritage, and as evidenced with his long relationship with Reverend Wright, he also hates the European race. Obama also supports—or at least is not opposed to—mass immigration from Third World countries, race-based preferential treatment for non-whites, and the redistribution of wealth. White people cheering at Obama’s political rallies make about as much sense as Romans cheering on the barbarian invasion that ended up wiping out their civilization or white farmers in Zimbabwe whose wives will be raped by AIDS-infected Africans and whose farms will be stolen by black Marxists cheering at a political rally for Robert Mugabe. The “change” Obama will bring about as president is the continuing transformation of our great cities into jungles, where good people are preyed upon by savages. Obama is the personification of the de-civilizational process that afflicts the West today.
Western civilization is rapidly declining, because Westerners have largely lost the willpower needed to defend their countries. As the First World populations of Western countries are replaced with Third World peoples, the countries will quickly become of the Third World. First World countries are advanced and civilized, because they have First World populations; when a First World country is deprived of its First World population, it is no longer part of the First World. What is ironic about the colonization of Western countries by Third World peoples is that liberals of yesteryear were quick to condemn European colonization of Third World countries, but when their own countries are colonized by uncivilized outsiders, they either remain silent or actively cheer on the foreign invaders.
Burnham is not the only individual who wrote a book critical of liberalism, for Robert Bork wrote a book entitled Slouching Towards Gomorrah. In his book, he offers a “devastatingly insightful exposé of a country in crisis at the end of the millennium, where the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism . . . and radical individualism . . . has undermined our culture, our intellect, and our morality.”
Burnham and Bork both understood that liberalism will be the undoing of Western civilization, and I fear that Westerners will learn the hard way that what they will reap is what they are sowing. If the Islamic invaders of Europe today are not halted and driven out of Western countries in a way that would make Charles Martel proud, the Muslims will eventually gain power. Sharia law will become the law of the land, and when the liberals raise a fuss over it, they will likely be stoned to death by their new overlords. The Third World savages will rape our daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers; and will beat, rob, and kill our sons, brothers, and fathers. One only need to cite the examples of South Africa and Rhodesia as evidence of what the future will hold for the West if liberalism is not rejected.
Hopefully, Westerners will heed Burnham’s advice: “At some point the guardians of a civilization must be prepared to draw the line.”
What can motorists do when they are pulled over? Do they have any rights? The short answer is NO. You are at the mercy of the metro cops. Now that's a pleasant thought huh? They can detain you and do with you whatever they want, even arrest you for no reason other than a suspicion of guilt for..um..anything. Wonderful.
Read one of the 'tips' below. Phone 10111 and speak to the operator while the cops are with you. Yeah right, as if. When last did any 10111 phone call ever get answered? What a load of bull!
Early on July 27, a 21-year-old woman travelling alone in her car was stopped and pulled over by two uniformed Metro Police officers.
They approached her from a marked Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) bakkie. One officer asked to see her driving licence and if she had been drinking. She replied that she had drunk one glass of wine.
"He said I may be over the limit. He asked me to do a breathalyser (test) and (then) changed his mind, saying: 'I don't think a girl like you wants to go to jail.'
"I asked him to do the breathalyser (test) because he wanted to take me to jail, but he refused and he said if he did the breathalyser (test), I would probably be over the limit," she said.
In the meantime, the second officer was apparently pacing between the two cars.
The first officer informed her they were going to take her to Linden police station, where she could apply for bail of R1 500.
"I never did a breathalyser (test), so I wasn't sure why I had to go to jail. He asked me what we could do about this."
She said the officer then got into her car with her, and the other officer followed them in the bakkie.
On the way to the police station, the officer allegedly repeatedly tried to solicit a bribe, asking: "What can we do about this?"
"He didn't mention money specifically, but said he wanted something. He told me to stop and park on Frederick Drive, Northcliff, and went out to his friend. He came back and told me his friend needed something."
The officer finally returned her licence and she drove off.
Her experience prompted The Star to look at motorists' rights in such a situation. Alarmingly, they don't have any.
According to JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, motorists have to obey any orders or instructions from a uniformed officer.
"A motorist is required to comply with the officer until the officer has completed his or her inspection, issued the motorist a ticket or executed an arrest," he said.
It is only once a motorist has been arrested and booked at a police station that they may exercise their right to pay bail, be released from custody and appear in court.
Until then, Minnaar said, a motorist had no choice but to do what they're told.
Commenting on the woman's experience, Minnaar said the officer was within his rights to arrest the woman on suspicion of drunken driving, even though he allegedly refused to do the breathalyser test.
He admitted that it was bizarre that the officer refused to do the test, because it could have been used as evidence to support his suspicion.
"It's odd, but he has the authority to arrest her on suspicion alone," he said.
He advised motorists who suspected an officer of trying to solicit a bribe to make a note of the person's identity and report the officer to the JMPD's Internal Affairs Investigation Unit.
"If an officer is talking in the way of soliciting a bribe, take down some form of identity so that there can be an investigation into the matter.
"Try to take down the officer's number plate, the vehicle number, precinct and name," he said.
Uniformed JMPD officers have the authority to stop any motorist:
- For a routine check;
- For a traffic offence; and
- To check for suspected stolen vehicles or suspicious drivers.
- Thoroughly check the inside and outside of the car;
- Request personal information such as names and addresses from any person in the car, including driver and passengers; and
- Inspect the car and driving licence.
- Pay bail;
- Be released; and
- Appear in court.
- Stop if you are ordered to do so. Remain calm and be co-operative.
- Take down the police officer's registration number and vehicle number written on the side of the car.
- Call 10111, tell the operator that you have been stopped by the police and you would like them to keep talking to you until you have identified the officers.
- Give the operator the officer's name, rank and force number, but make sure the police can hear you as that will reduce the chances of them trying to bribe or harass you.
I must admit, having been on the end of three attempted hijackings myself, once with my wife and kids where we were shot at, there can be few crimes as frightening as car hijacking - as it invariably involves guns and violence.
The criminals are hyped up, there is the effect of shock and awe, you are out of your element and guns are pointed at you. I think South Africans can deal with most crimes but hijacking has to rank near the top as the most dreaded. Forty cars are hijacked in South Africa every day or 14201 in total (2007/08). A frightening amount.
In the SAPS Crime Stats report for 2007/8 financial year, hijacking figures rose by 14 percent. and truck hijackings soared to 1 245 from 892 incidents in 2006/07, an increase of 39.6%.
A Uitenhage man was shot in the face and died when hijackers stole his brand new car, police said on Friday.
Tamsangqa Makana, 45, was leaving a house in KwaNobuhle's Panayo street when he was confronted by two men who demanded the keys to his blue Volkswagen Polo, Superintendent Priscilla Naidu said.
When he screamed to alert people inside the house he was shot in the face. While he lay bleeding the men jumped into his car and sped off. He died on the way to hospital. The car has not been recovered.
You whites must fuck off!
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As the death toll and scale of depravity becomes known in Mumbai following the islamic terrorist attacks, it is important that we do not forget that these creatures from hell want you dead. Why? Because you are different to them, because you wear a blue shirt, because you listen to music, because you talk to the opposite gender, because, because.. who the fuck cares why? They don't need an excuse. The video below will tells you what their plans are. You'd be wise to pay attention.
And moderate muslims, if there is such a thing are obligated to stand up to these extremists in their midsts and stop this terror once and for all or face being vilified by all humanity as belonging to a cult that preaches murder and destruction.
When South African commandos plunged into act- The Hindu newspaper
Mumbai toll rises to 155
Mumbai death toll reaches 195
!Warning! Graphic images
When the Western world, with the connivance of then-President FW de Klerk and his National Party, finally forced the white government to surrender to the ANC, a massive chain-reaction was set in place: the steadily eroding reputation of South Africa as a once-stable country in a violent Africa. Despite all the problems that came with an apartheid government, South Africa was still relatively calm and peaceful. Now, it has erupted into chaos.
Prior to the 1994 elections, the western world was suffering from a guilt-ridden conscience and needed a country or a people to project their insecurities onto. That arrow was aimed towards South Africa and its governing white minority. Indeed, it had been pointing in that direction for a generation prior to 1994.
When de Klerk, with encouragement from the West, surrendered power to a rag-tag Marxist-inspired terrorist group, he achieved what all of South Africa’s military enemies could never have achieved - the destruction of a once-powerful and once-proud South African Defense Force (SADF). It has been replaced with a force, known as the South African National Defense Force, which is far inferior to the old SADF. Instead, it has become a clone of the ANC’s rag-tag band of terrorists, unable to maintain discipline, unable to execute effective military operations and tainted by crime, prostitution, drugs, AIDS, murder, drunken orgies, rape and more.
With the dismantling of the SADF came the demise of the South African Police (SAP), once South Africa’s “thin blue line” in the fight against crime. It was replaced by overweight, illiterate and ill-trained group now known as the South African Police Service. Indeed, it has become the best police force money can buy - from a criminal point of view. The new SAPS has proven beyond any doubt that it is not to be trusted, nor does it have the fight against crime at heart. Instead, it too has a large number of members in its ranks that moonlight as criminals.
The power supply utility, ESKOM, has, because of the policy of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Affirmative Action (AA), effectively destroyed itself.
There has been massive downward trend in investor confidence, industry, mining, manufacturing and tourism. Small businesses can no longer function effectively. Larger companies are facing massive financial losses - yet there seems to be an attitude of “we couldn’t care less” by government. An industrial meltdown is of no apparent concern to the ANC and its fellow travelers.
The standard of education has plummeted in recent years. No longer is a South African qualification internationally sought-after. It is now somewhat of a joke. Many students cannot read or write, but it is politically correct to advance them to the next grade, regardless of their results. Passing from grade to grade in schools and even universities is becoming easier by the day.
Our hospitals are in a state of decay. Our infrastructure, carefully planned and built over generations, is crumbling. Unemployment is on the rise. Our water utilities are rapidly approaching collapse. The tourist industry is in disarray. Businesses can no longer run on real time due to failing traffic lights. Instead we all have to work on “African” time. Major operations need to be rescheduled. Planned business dinners is no longer possible. Telephone and internet disruptions are causing businesses massive financial losses. Sewage systems are collapsing. South Africa has reached a state of near-implosion.
Yet, South Africa measures “success” by having one of the highest crime rates in the world. South Africa measures “success” by having an extraordinary high AIDS population. South Africa measures “success” by having the least educated president-to-be with the most wives and children in the world. Our “success” is also measured by how rapidly the currency devalues, how poor our national teams perform. Our “success” is also measured in terms of ridiculous government corruption.
The collapse of South Africa started several years ago. The rapid decline into chaos has transformed a once-stable country into a banana republic. Yet, the collapse of South Africa is deemed internationally to be “progress”.
By Jan Lamprecht
Johannesburg - She don't lie, she don't lie... well, yes she does every now and then, but she still manages to get herself bust by the customs and embarrass the punters.
Officials at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport have impounded the first cargo of an American energy soft drink called Cocaine, the drink's distributors said on Friday.
As a result, "Cocaine's" first South African launch in Durban this weekend has been halted. Wayne Sardinha, managing director of 2xM Beverages, said the cargo "has all its papers in order and we have been told it's being inspected simply due to its name".
"We expect the cargo to be released by Monday... We do apologise to those that were attending the launch in Durban."
"Cocaine's" caffeine content is said to be high - 280mg, a reputed 350% more than the local market leader.
Besides the United States, the drink is also being sold in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Europe.
Johannesburg - A man was shot dead on Friday minutes after he and his accomplices blew up an automatic teller machine in Mabopane, Pretoria police said.
Four men blew up an ATM machine inside a supermarket store at Itsoseng around 11:00.
After the man was shot, the other three robbers managed to escape with an undisclosed amount of money, Captain Lucas Sithole said.
"He was shot by the shop owner outside the shop while they were escaping. His accomplices managed to flee in a red VW Golf," said Sithole.
The Golf and a firearm were recovered two kilometres away from the scene.
Police are investigating a case of armed robbery.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Police officials in the Eastern Cape say they have taken note of Parliament's recent finding that the province has the worst police force in the country. However they have now admitted that they have lost the notes that were taken, and the only constable trained to write new ones is not yet back from patrolling the KFC drive-through in Alice.
The embattled province finished last in the Parliamentary overview of the quality of the country's policing, fairing slightly worse than Mpumalanga which has no police whatsoever.
Speaking to journalists this morning Safety and Security MEC for the Eastern Cape, Caligula Mbete, said she and her staff had taken note of Parliament's indictment of her ministry, but said that the notes had been subsequently lost.
"We put them in a filing cabinet which has given us lots of trouble in the past in that any document you put into it always goes missing," she said.
"It is like a magical filing cabinet."
She conceded that it had been a mistake to put the notes in a magical filing cabinet that made documents disappear, but said that it could have been worse.
"That's what you learn in the Eastern Cape. It can always be worse. And it often is."
She explained that the police force's Spelling Constable – an officer specifically tasked with the difficult assignment of spelling entire words correctly – had been summoned to write new notes, but that he was not yet finished patrolling various fast-food drive-throughs and would only be back once his one-hour lunch break finished some time in the next three days.
However she said that despite the setbacks the Eastern Cape police was still trying to carry out its mandate of "Batho-pele", or "people first".
"That's our watchword," she said. "People first. They're usually local politicians, those people. Then senior officers second. Then constables. Then criminals. And finally victims, if we haven't put the dockets in the magical filing cabinet."
She rejected Parliament's accusation that the capacity of station commanders was questionable.
"They have immense capacity," she said. "Just yesterday I watched four of them eat four entire quiches at a teambuilding retreat."
She also denied the allegation that the province's police stations were crippled by absenteeism.
"We don't use that ugly word in the new South Africa," she said. "It's not 'cripple', it's 'physically challenged'. If you want to make elitist judgments at least say that our stations are physically challenged by absenteeism.
"And frankly our officers are only absent from work. They're definitely somewhere else. So really they have just redeployed their skills."
Asked where they were, she said that most liked to redeploy their skills at drive-throughs.
However she denied that such redeployments had left with province with unacceptably low response times.
"Yes, response times range between three and four hours. But once we answer the phone we are there in under an hour, depending on how quickly the McNuggets are ready," she said.
As time passes, more revelations concerning Mbeki's chicanery is coming to light. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Mbeki's racist paranoia with all things Western and White is becoming more evident. As with the Aids issue, it seems we are closer to gaining an insight into the warped workings of Mbeki's mind too as far as Zimbabwe is concerned and may help explain why Mbeki stood by while a despot destroyed a country.
Two big nails were hammered this week into the coffin of Zimbabwe’s doomed September 15 power-sharing agreement.
As Zanu-PF and MDC officials met in Pretoria last Tuesday to salvage the agreement Robert Mugabe and Thabo Mbeki all but killed any prospects of success.
Mugabe unilaterally announced the extension for a full five-year term of Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono’s contract which expires on November 30. At the same time newspapers in South Africa published parts of a letter Mbeki wrote to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai which accuse him of being a puppet of the West.
Any pretence of impartiality was discarded by Mbeki who confirmed in that letter suspicions that he saw himself as Mugabe’s ally in a fight against Western imperialism.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the three parties to the Agreement clearly states that all senior appointments must be agreed upon by all signatories. In today’s Zimbabwe the Reserve Bank Governor is de facto the most powerful man in the country after Mugabe. Since his appointment in 2003 Gono has been allowed to amass powers not possessed by any central bank governor anywhere in the history of the office. He is now the focal point of government with tentacles that extend to every aspect of national life.
Government ministries no longer look to Parliament for funding. They go to Gono cap in hand to get in front of the queue. He dispenses money and goods to the favoured few whose well-being is critical to the survival of the regime. Money, cars, farming equipment and inputs, and even television sets and dishes are given to defence force chiefs, judges and the top brass of Zanu-PF. Gono has an open licence to print money which is used to fund government and Zanu-PF programmes. The money is also given to an army of black market foreign currency dealers to change into hard currency.
The Reserve Bank has become a cesspool of corruption with Gono only answerable to Mugabe. Even that is to a limited extent given Mugabe’s scant knowledge of the arcane world of finance. Gono has abysmally failed to carry out the core functions of a central bank governor – to protect the value of the currency and control inflation. The Zimbabwe dollar is now so valueless that it is only legal tender in name. The United States dollar and South African rand are now the two currencies people trade in even for the most mundane transactions. Not even Gono knows what the rate of inflation is. Does it matter anyway whether it is 500 million or a trillion? All that matters to the pompous governor is to print money and line the pockets of those critical to the survival of the regime.
The Reserve Bank is now at the core of the rot in Zimbabwe.
To clean the system the first point of call for a new government is the Reserve Bank. Mugabe cynically allocated the ministry of finance to the MDC so that he could keep all security portfolios so central to his rule. In yet more evidence of his disdain for the agreement and the MDC he unilaterally took a decision to extend Gono’s contract. He fully knows that the MDC wants Gono out. Mugabe is telling the MDC that even if the inclusive government comes into being they will not be part of the decision-making process. They will be frozen out. They will only be in government to give his presidency legitimacy and solicit funds from the West.
Their minister of finance will be as invisible and irrelevant as the current one and his two predecessors. Gono will continue to be the main man only answerable to the president.
The MDC has raised the issue of Mbeki’s lack of impartiality as mediator. But it was not raised consistently and firmly enough. As a result Mbeki continued to abuse his position as mediator to push Mugabe’s agenda. It went well beyond bias. He was actually scheming and strategizing with Mugabe.
Furthermore Mbeki used his clout as South Africa’s president to steer SADC in the direction of supporting Mugabe by mischaracterizing the nature of the crisis. He only desired one outcome – the continued rule of a fellow liberation movement. The MDC did not seem to realize how critical it was to remove Mbeki as mediator. They failed to stand up to SADC on this matter.
Mbeki was angered by a letter written to him by the MDC critical of the stand taken by a SADC summit three weeks ago. Ironically in his angry response he confirmed the validity of allegations of bias levelled against him. The letter made it clear that he shares the Zanu-PF view that MDC are lackeys of the West.
Tsvangirai was correct in the aftermath of the publication of the letter’s contents to call for Mbeki’s removal. He did this in a letter written to current SADC chairman South Africa’s President Kgalema Motlanthe.
He must not do what his party has done in the past – backtrack on the issue when met with SADC resistance. They must unequivocally and firmly state that they will not participate in further talks under Mbeki’s mediation. Evidence of Mbeki’s antipathy towards the MDC over the past eight years is overwhelming.
They must present it to SADC and insist that another mediator be appointed.
Mbeki’s outburst and the unilateral extension of Gono’s contract have extinguished the slim hope of saving the agreement. This is not a bad thing since its main purpose was to confer legitimacy on Mugabe. Botswana is quite correct to point out the failure of SADC initiatives on Zimbabwe. It is futile to travel along the path set by the 15 September agreement which even Mugabe detests. International efforts must be focused on putting real pressure on Mugabe to allow the people of Zimbabwe to have a final say on who governs them.
The current agreement negates the will of the people and rewards violence.