Monday, August 31, 2009

Where is Hlophe?

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe was not back in his office at the High Court on Monday, court staff said.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) last week decided not to pursue a misconduct investigation against Hlophe.

The decision followed claims by two Constitutional Court judges last May that he approached them about the now abandoned corruption case against President Jacob Zuma.

Hlophe, who was on special leave while the matter was before the JSC, was expected to return to work on Monday.

However, his secretary said on Monday afternoon he "hasn't arrived yet".

She had no idea when he would come in.

Other court staff said they did not know whether Hlophe's deputy, Jeanette Traverso, was still acting judge president

The Resource Curse


Africa is blessed with untold wealth in the form of its huge reserves of natural resources. Anything and everything is available throughout the continent, from oil to diamonds, and some of the worlds most productive bauxite, gold and copper mines. And yet Africa suffers from an almost complete lack of wealth. As P.J. O'Rourke once remarked, Africa is exceptionally wealthy in "other ways".

But none of those ways involve actual money. Many many commentators have sought to explore the reasons for this, but the proverbial elephant in the room is what we might call "African culture". Before I start African-bashing once again it's important to lay out exactly what the issues are, and also to reply to an anonymous commentator on a previous post about Botswana's economy, one of the most persistently successful in sub-Saharan Africa (relatively speaking of course).

One of the main issues is the so-called Dutch Disease, named after the Netherland's experience of discovering huge gasfields in the early 1960s. It is directly relevant to Africa in that Africa is fabulously wealthy in natural resources.

Discovering natural resources in an undeveloped economy is comparable to a, er, person of low income and education, who suddenly wins the lottery. Evidence has shown that such people are frequently bankrupt within three years, through a combination of binge spending and ill-advised investments. Ironically, only someone who is already quite well established is likely to make a success of a decent-sized windfall.

Similarly with countries, the only countries that have made a success of their natural resources are countries that were already doing quite well. Norway instantly springs to mind. Poor countries frequently end up worse off than before, the best example of which being oil-rich Nigeria, the most indebted nation in Africa.

How the Dutch Disease works is that mining resources employs relatively few workers and is highly dependent on technology, which has to be imported. The country exports its mineral, driving up the value of the currency, thus affecting other exports particularly in the manufacturing and farming industries. Wealth tends to accrue to the very few, while the many are driven out of what little employment they have.

There is no real antidote for this. The law of Comparative Advantage theoretically suggests that the country in question should specialise in exporting its minerals and live off the profits. That is the kind of thinking that most African nations seem to have adopted. Most processing of the resources happens abroad in any case, as the instability of African nations has encouraged investors to keep these operations in Europe and America.

Africa is uncompetitive in everything it does. That's almost a universal law. Its workers are the world's least efficient, and even when it comes to basic products, Latin America is more efficient at almost everything. That's one of the reasons Africa is losing out to Latin America with international aid agencies and Western governments. Africa is also losing out to the Far East, and mineral wealth is one of the only things Africa has to trade with the world.

Nationalisation is often mentioned as a natural solution to this problem, but this has never worked. Without the experience and technology required to run the industry, mining quickly becomes inefficient and dangerous. Corruption and theft destroy what's left of the economy, which has already been ruined by the Dutch Disease.

Even if an operation could be made profitable, the wealth earned will be spread too thinly to alleviate poverty. African government have proven they're not too good at maths. Many seem to believe they can sell their resources and then redistribute their profits and there'll be enough to go around. In socialist fairyland, maybe, but in the real world many other factors come into play to keep this in the realm of fantasy.

Botswana has found the best answer for Africa. They were able to strike a deal with diamond producer De Beers, some details of which can be found here, here and here. It allows the government to extract a fair rent for its resources, and allows the company to reinvest profits without fear of government interference, keeping shareholders happy. This situation provides maximum stability and efficiency, and is a template for the rest of Africa.

Botswana has crucially managed to fend off the worst effects of the Dutch Disease. For now. But it is a stable country with a small population, an exception by African standards. South Africa, in contrast, has a large population and a dwindling manufacturing sector. Its small businesses are being plundered by government, while its public sector employees are being awarded huge pay increases during a recession. This is a recipe for disaster, and nationalisation of the mines may occur in the not too distant future if present demands for it continue.

South Africa has all the right resources, natural and human, to keep at bay the worst effects of the Dutch Disease, and even to diminish it completely. But a government that refuses to learn from history, and from one of its neighbouring economies, is doomed to failure. Determined to strangle the golden goose, and the belief that it can always falls back on its mining industry, has all the hallmarks of impending disaster that is the signature of many African countries.

Cheating Chuene doesn't change his spots

Now here's something strange: an article in the Citizen dated 13 August 2009 states that Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe ordered the Sunday Times to publish an apology for articles published last year about Athletics SA (ASA) president Leonard Chuene and his personal assistant (PA), Humile Bogatsu. Here

This was 5 days before Caster Semenya won the women's 800 m.

Why would Chuene have a go at the Sunday Times just before the race about a story that appeared one and a half years ago?

Is the huge fuss about gender testing and allegations of racism just a smokescreen to divert attention away from wide scale corruption and abuse of power at ASA?

Remember this article in the Sunday Times in March last year?

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Athletics SA boss Leonard Chuene allegedly sent his secretary lurid SMSs and organised her a fat pay rise.

Leonard Chuene, one of the longest-reigning presidents in South African sport, has sparked an outrage over an illicit love affair.

Chuene — the boss of Athletics SA (ASA) since the mid-’90s who will be seeking re-election next month — allegedly secured a salary increase for his personal assistant, with whom he is said to be romantically involved.

Chuene, 55, and Humile Bogatsu, 21, yesterday denied having a sexual relationship.

But the Sunday Times has seen transcripts of three SMSs Chuene is alleged to have sent to Bogatsu.

In one, sent at 8.36pm on January 27 2007, the sender says: “Hu Darling miss u lots of love am late I will be there.”

In another, sent at 10.39pm on January 4 2007, the sender says: “Hu darling if indeed luv can play around with a person the way it does with me then I don’t want mind lots and lots of luv goodnite my sweety pie luv u very much it hurts.”

The third, from 10.52pm on October 29 2006, is written in SePedi: “Melawana ya go ja kuku [Rules of having sex]”. The SMS went into details “until ejaculation”.

Chuene, a married father of four, denied sending any SMSs to Bogatsu declaring his love.

Chuene allegedly made the motivation for Bogatsu’s pay rise to the ASA board in January last year without disclosing the nature of their relationship. Her salary was apparently bumped up to R15000 a month from R5000, which was in line with her position as his PA.

Angry observers say Chuene should resign, citing the Paul Wolfowitz case, where the World Bank president was forced to quit last year because of a pay deal he arranged for his girlfriend. Wolfowitz’s action was considered a violation of ethics.

The Sunday Times has been told there were early attempts to cover up the affair soon after it started in 2006, and initially it was made to look as if Bogatsu was dating a young man in the organisation.

They were protecting the boss’s girl,” said an athlete. “It (the affair) is public knowledge now. Everybody knows but they’re looking away.”

The Sunday Times has heard that at a party in Stellenbosch last year the couple cavorted openly in front of staff and officials. Chuene and Bogatsu danced together provocatively, grinding their pelvises together, and Bogatsu even licked her boss’s fingers.

Bogatsu denied that. “I have not taken any ‘dirty dancing’ lessons as yet. I don’t even suck my own fingers.”

Added Chuene: “She has not sucked my fingers. We Pedi people do not do that.”

Bogatsu has accompanied Chuene on overseas trips, notably to the 2007 World Championships in Japan and to the IAAF awards dinner in Monte Carlo late last year, but she said she had travelled “as part of my functions”.

There is growing discontent within ASA over Chuene’s autocratic leadership style, but he faces little opposition from a board that is composed largely of lackeys.

“He’s a tyrant, he’s a Robert Mugabe,” said one disaffected high-ranking ASA official. “He’s a frightening man.”

Chuene replied, saying: “There’s an election around the corner. So if I am indeed a Robert Mugabe, the constituency, the people that put me in this position, will vote me out of office.”

Chuene, who also sits on the council of the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics, is close to Butana Komphela, the chairman of Parliament’s sports portfolio committee. Chuene says their relationship is professional.

Soon after the Sunday Times began investigating the story last year, Komphela phoned on Chuene’s behalf and tried to stop its publication.

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But, as the late-nite Verimark ads tell you, there's more! A lot more about financial irregularities that were discovered at ASA at the same time! Here, reproduced below:

Sport Minister Makhenkesi Stofile has entered the fray over the love antics within Athletics South Africa, saying ASA president Leonard Chuene was “totally out of order” if he had organised a pay hike for his mistress.

The Sunday Times reported last week that Chuene, 55, had failed to disclose his romantic relationship with his personal assistant, Humile Bogatsu, 21, when he motivated for her salary to be increased from R5000 a month to R15000.

“For heaven’s sake, he can’t be party to the determination of his girlfriend’s salary rise,” said Stofile, adding that he first learnt of the illicit love affair last year from a letter written by ASA’s vice-president, Simon Dlamini.

The letter — headlined “Allegations of financial and other irregularities surrounding an alleged romantic relationship between yourself and your personal assistant” — was sent to Chuene, and copied to Stofile and ASA’s executive members.

Dlamini did not mention the pay hike, but warned: “My lawyers advised me that the allegations against you are very serious indeed, and that if proved in a court of law, they might have serious implications not only for you, but for all the ASA executive.

“The legal implications might include, but not be limited to, lack of good judgment, neglect of fiduciary duty, financial mismanagement, and indeed corruption or fraud.”

Stofile said he had phoned Chuene, who “of course denied involvement with his personal assistant”.

Dlamini withdrew the letter soon after issuing it, following a discussion with Chuene. He said: “There’s no issue, we’re working very well now.”

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times can report today that Chuene has received remuneration as ASA president, a fact he has always denied. He earned nearly R400000 for the year ending February 29 2004, during which time he famously criticised Sam Ramsamy for drawing a salary as president of the then National Olympic Committee of SA (Nocsa).

Although not illegal, the preferred practice in SA sport is that elected officials should not hold salaried posts. Chuene’s package in 2004 totalled R398276.94.

According to an auditor’s working note, seen by the Sunday Times, his medical aid comprised R70746, and company car R58262.94.

The remaining R269268 apparently included cellphone and petrol costs. His basic was about R15000 a month.

He was given a bonus late last year “as a token of thanks for all the good work he has done”, said Dlamini, also chairman of ASA’s finance committee. He didn’t say how much Chuene received, but the Sunday Times has heard it was “substantial”.

Dlamini denied Chuene earned a salary, but said he gets reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses (small change, then - Ed.).

The Sunday Times has also learnt that more than R2-million was stolen from ASA in 2002. An auditor’s working note reads:

“During the audit, management advised that petty cash of R2099398 and emergency funds of R2000 had been stolen by the accounts clerk during the year. The theft of petty cash was not timeously detected.” (More small change, then ...)

Then CEO Banele Sindani gave himself a loan of nearly R175000 without the board’s consent, also in 2002.

“There was no formal approval by the board for a loan granted to the CEO during the year. At year-end the balance of the loan was R173311.95.”

ASA paid more than R30000 for a hired car for development manager Molatelo Malehopo from May-August 2004, after his personal vehicle had been stolen.

Sources claim that in spite of mounting allegations against Chuene, he and his cronies are unlikely to be toppled at next month’s ASA elections which, they insist, will be a sham.

“I’ve seen people holding notes with names written down so they don’t forget who they’re supposed to vote for,” said one.

Sports observers said the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) should demand a forensic audit into ASA.

The National Sport and Recreation Amendment Act gives Sascoc the power to order an investigation into a federation beset by allegations of “any malpractice”.

Chuene and Sascoc are already involved in a spat over allegedly spurious comments the athletics boss made about the macro-body.

Butana Komphela, the outspoken chairman of Parliament’s sports committee, has already sided with Chuene. Using atrocious spelling, he fired off a letter to Sascoc accusing them of conducting a witch-hunt — spelt “witchant” — against Chuene. Komphela even spelt Chuene’s name incorrectly, referring to him mostly as “Lonard”, and once as “Lornard”.

(Can't trust this lot to get their facts right. Typical to revert to the race card when things predictably go off the rails.)

Respected Black Preacher: Obama hates the white man

By Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson (WorldNetDaily)


… an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil.
– Luke 6:45

Barack Obama hates white people – especially white men. Sorry folks, but the truth will set you free!

Why else would Obama falsely accuse Sgt. James Crowley and other Cambridge Police officers of “racial profiling” and claim they “acted stupidly” – creating a national racial controversy?

For months, I have said that Barack Obama was elected as a result of white fear (guilt) and black racism. Whites voted for him because of guilt and the fear of being called “racist.” And the 96 percent of blacks who voted for the “Messiah” did so because of his race and his “spread the wealth” notions.

Despite the stark reality of Obama’s close association with black racists like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., many white Americans hoped for the best and cast their ballot for the “post-racial” candidate, Obama.

The new president assembled his left-wing policy wonks and Chicago henchmen, and within six months into his presidency he has tried to radically alter and fundamentally socialize every major American industry from banking to health care.

What can we learn about our new president by analyzing his personality quirks? Find out what the experts say in Whistleblower magazine’s “Narcissist in Chief” edition

When Obama intentionally maligned the Cambridge police officers it shocked America, especially whites. A growing number of Americans were questioning his out-of-control spending ($1 trillion in six months), but they didn’t see him as racially polarizing. That all changed after he weighed in on the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and accused the white cops of racial profiling without knowing the facts. For the first time he spoke from his heart without the aid of a teleprompter, and we saw the real Barack Obama. (Now we know why he relies on the teleprompter!)

Barack Obama is Jeremiah Wright Jr. He is the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus! He embodies the aspirations of every left-wing black group that wants to tear down this country and take power away from the “oppressive” white man. He’s not an obvious race hustler like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson; but Obama is a smooth pathological liar – with a wicked heart.

It’s no coincidence that he nominated the “wise Latina” Sonia Sotomayor and appointed Eric Holder attorney general. Holder, best-known for signing off on Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, also stirred controversy when he referred to America as a “nation of cowards.” Obama wants to transform the judicial system and rule of law into “social justice” to address “racial inequalities” – and he has a committed comrade in Eric Holder.

For instance, note the Holder Justice Department’s order to dismiss the charges against the New Black Panther Party members (including one who wielded a nightstick) who had been charged with voter intimidation in Philadelphia during November’s election. This was considered to be one of the most blatant cases of voter intimidation since the ’60s, yet Obama’s chief law enforcement officer once again let the criminals walk.

Read full story at WND.com

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is founder and president of BOND Action, Inc., a 501 (c) (4) cultural action organization, which exists to educate, motivate and rally Americans to greater involvement in the moral, cultural and political issues that threaten our great country.

Are there any ANC success stories?


Is there anyone out there that can tell us of any new law, or successful implementation of any anc policy, that actually worked from the word go?

I have been thinking for a long time now of anything that we can really say, "now here is something that is working".

This is after hearing this morning that the start of the "Bus Rapid Transport" system that kicked off in Gauteng this morning has resulted in the taxi "industry", boycotting the Soweto/Johannesburg route, resulting in huge queues, students getting to school late and workers getting to work late.

The only thing I can think of is SARS, they have made collecting taxes into an artform.
And they also, of course, always manage to get the politicians salary increases through Parliament in record time.

Other then that, everything since 1994 they have tried to impliment has had to either go back to be re-written or has turned into a total disaster.

Or am I wrong? are there any other success stories that anyone can think off.

March for your rights

I thought it apt to tell you this story to demonstrate the difference between our response to violence versus that of Australians. Bullying is a growing problem worldwide and Australia is no exception. Most schools in Australia have strict anti-bullying policies which are largely effective but kids being kids will always do what kids do, fight. On Friday a schoolboy was tragically killed in a fight at a school in a little town.

If it had happened in South Africa, we would have heard about it and thought "thank goodness it wasn't me or someone I know". But not in Australia. The people were incensed and today marched in their hundreds through the town demanding an end to the bullying problem. Every death is mourned, every tragedy is felt by the community and people want answers. This in a country with a murder rate just 0.4% of South Africa's.

On the other side of the pond, what do we South Africans do? We observe as 50 of our citizens are killed every day and do nothing. When marches are organised, we are too busy. We pretend we don't know about it. Or we think, bah, what will one more person achieve? Besides the rugby's on. The last turnout organised in June 2008 attracted only 5000 people. The march before that was in 2006. The march today in Australia in a town of about 3000 people got 900 marchers. When Hugh Glenister tried to stop the Scorpions disbanding, no one joined him, in spirit or financially.

We're our own worst enemies. We're an insular lot, too concerned with ourselves to grasp the fact that if we want to make South Africa our home, we cannot ignore the problem of crime. Writing to the editor does nothing. Talking with people over dinner does nothing. The solution lies with us joining forces and talking as one voice. We really must rethink our attitudes. We need to march, we need to protest, we need to scream at our politicians. Like the Americans do in their Town Hall meetings. United they must listen to us. They can't lock everyone up. Take a leaf from the page of the strikers. They go in numbers, create havoc and go home, no one is arrested. Do it until you get results from the government. Start doing it now or leave the country because nothing will change otherwise. It's sad that we as a people are so diffident when the Aussies and Americans are showing us what true community participation is about.

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The father of a 15-year-old schoolboy who died after a schoolyard scuffle called for calm and peace during a mass walkout from the northern NSW school today.

Jai Morcom, 15, died in a Gold Coast hospital on Saturday after a fight at Mullumbimby High School at recess on Friday morning.

Hundreds of students and parents, some wearing green armbands and carrying signs, walked out of the school, marched through the town and gathered in a park.

For some, the walk was a protest against a so-called “culture of bullying and violence” they say exists at the school and led to Jai's death.

For others, it was an opportunity to grieve their young friend and share memories.

Jai's father, Steve Drummond, was initially against the walk, telling students gathered outside the school to return to the schoolgrounds where Jai had been injured and remember him there.

“Look inside yourselves, find a bit of peace...stop your bickering,” Mr Drummond told the students.

However, Mr Drummond later joined the crowds in the park and led those gathered in a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.

"That's the message," he said afterwards.

"Think peace everybody."

Police are continuing to interview students and teachers who witnessed the violent incident on Friday morning.

Inspector Owen King said there was a fight between two boys at recess over lunch tables, but Jai was not involved.

He said Jai was involved in an incident that followed.

One student told The Australian that Jai had stepped in to break up the fight between the two boys.

Inspector King rejected a suggestion that Jai had been thrown against a wall and said there had been no “all-in brawl”.

He said no charges had been laid and police had not identified any persons of interest.

Man kills himself after Home Affairs rejects ID application

Man kills himself after home affairs official tears up application, insults him

Johannesburg (Sapa) - Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she would not tolerate officials who "think they rule the world" following the suicide of a man whose identity document application was allegedly torn up by an official.

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People who work in those offices, majority of them, [think] they rule the world," said Dlamini-Zuma at a media conference in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, were a service delivery workshop was taking place.

In a sound clip of the conference supplied by the department, she said she had received a distressing call on Friday night to inform her that Douglas Skhumbuso Mhlongo had killed himself, after an alleged incident at the Pinetown home affairs office.

She explained that from what she understood, Skhumbuzo Mhlongo, who was born in 1987, and did not seem to have parents, had been trying to get an ID.

Obtaining an ID without a birth certificate requires late registration and involves drawing on statements from people who say they know the applicant, as well as an interview with the people and the applicant by the department.

"The... person who was conducting the interview was not satisfied with the information and then said this young man was lying and tore the papers and threw them at them, and said that clearly they are not even South African and used this derogative word that they use for foreigners, and basically chased them away and condemned this young man to no life.

"And of course what is worse is that he was looking forward to starting a job but obviously they had said he must bring his ID when he comes to work and if he doesn't have an ID then they [will] give it to someone else.

"And of course when it became clear that they are not prepared to give [him] an ID, they are not even prepared to accept him as a South African he then decided to end his life."

Sounding upset, Dlamini-Zuma said: "Obviously as a person who has that portfolio it's very difficult, so we hope that it won't happen again...

"We are going to find the person who acted in that way and we won't have tolerance for people like that."

Dlamini-Zuma said they would identify the official who allegedly tore up the documents, but said:
"That's not enough because we have to get rid of this culture".

She said the department was a "difficult" one which had never had a proper culture of service or ubuntu.

She said without an ID, people have no life and this should make officials sensitive and vigilant in making sure they are not frustrated in their quest for documentation.

"But for some reason it seems to have the reverse, people think it's power, they can demand what they want from the public. They can demand money, they can demand whatever. and if people don't give the bribes, then they don't give us the service," she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said many of the difficulties officials faced were not envisaged when the department's processes were drawn up.

Women with young children die and the children are not registered, for example. The grandparents do not know the father, and they do not know what to do.

"And then it becomes an endless problem just to get a birth certificate [for those] children."

Even if their parents were dead, the children had rights, she continued.

The workshop, attended by a wide sector or society representatives, should assist the government in "getting wisdom from the community" when formulating procedures.

She urged officials in the department to treat people as they would like themselves or their families to be treated.

"Don't do something that you wouldn't like done to you or to your mother or to your grandmother or your sister, just do what you would expect if you were the client or the customers."

Mo Shaik to head Intelligence Agency?!

From the Are You Shittin' Me? dept. Mo, the bro of shyster Schabir Shaik, terminally 'ill' (like all of us), Mo, member of the infamous crooked Shaik mafia, is to be placed in charge of the national spy agency? Is Zuma for real? This is like putting Hitler in charge of Auschwitz. The Mo & Bros show trundles on. It's a circus, the country is a circus, the playground of the well-connected camarilla in the ANC.

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The Democratic Alliance will oppose the reported appointment of Mo Shaik, one of President Jacob Zuma's closest advisors, as the National Intelligence Agency's (NIA) new director general.

Shaik's appointment would "fan political flames" in the NIA, party MP Theo Coetzee said in a statement on Sunday.

"The Democratic Alliance believes that Mo Shaik is exactly the wrong person to be appointed as the head of the NIA and we will oppose his nomination, if indeed his name is put forward."

According to weekend newspapers City Press and Rapport the contract of the current head, Manala Manzini, expires on Monday.

'Mo Shaik is deeply involved in faction fights within the ruling party'
Quoting an unnamed source, City Press reported that Shaik was set to take over the post.

According to Coetzee: "The appointment of Mo Shaik, who is an important political ally and close personal friend of President Jacob Zuma, would no doubt fan political flames within the NIA.


"Mo Shaik is deeply involved in faction fights within the ruling party, and we must therefore assume that his appointment will further politicise the NIA."

Zuma had "set about deploying all those people most loyal to him, to key positions in the state".

"Significantly - and increasingly - these cadres are being deployed to positions which should be independent of the state and to positions which, at the very least, should be defined by that person's expertise in a given area, as opposed to their political credentials.

"It was this trend that defined much about the centralised, autocratic and, ultimately, factionalised nature of government under Thabo Mbeki."

Shaik told Rapport that he had not yet received an invitation to join the NIA.

The NIA could not be reached for comment on Sunday afternoon. - Sapa

'South Africa is our country, Australia is home'

When Andrew Freeman, a diesel mechanic for Caterpillar, arrived at Tullamarine after the 13-hour journey from Pretoria, South Africa, with his wife, two sons and all their possessions in four suitcases, he became part of a momentous immigration revolution that is quietly transforming Australia.

Mr Freeman, who arrived on a 457 temporary skilled migrant visa sponsored by an employer, typifies the new migrants that are flooding into Australia.

They are skilled, they have choices and increasingly will be fought over as more and more countries seek to cherry-pick the world's most skilled or in-demand migrants.

Crime in South Africa drove Andrew and Liza Freeman to think about emigrating. Their home in Pretoria had been broken into three times and Mrs Freeman, who worked for a bank, had endured several armed robberies.

Mr Freeman considered the US but decided to gamble on Australia, a country where they knew no one and had never visited, but which they thought would offer a lifestyle and culture, minus the violent crime, that was familiar.

He contacted William Adams, the Caterpillar dealer for Victoria and Tasmania at the beginning of June and after sending his resume and after several phone interviews was offered a job under the 457 visa for skilled temporary migration.

The Freemans sold everything in Pretoria and arrived in Melbourne three months later. They hopped into a rental car and drove to Werribee, where they had arranged to look at three rental houses. They chose a house on the spot and after hot showers drove to Harvey Norman to buy three mattresses and a fridge.

Mr Freeman started work at Laverton the next week. Last year, he was named Employee of the Year, winning an overseas trip and a subsequently promoted to management.

The family spent last weekend in Perth watching the Wallabies play the Springboks but their loyalty is clear. ''South Africa is our country. Australia's our home now.''

Kennedy liked to joke about....Chappaquiddick

Related:
Gordon Brown's sickening eulogy to Ted Kennedy
Ted Kennedy - Inglorious Basterd


[...what kind of person jokes about an incident that left a young woman dead in the back of his own car?

As long as we’re on the subject of humor this morning, what kind of jokes did the late Ted Kennedy like to tell his closest friends? One of Kennedy’s close friends, former editor of Newsweek and New York Times Magazine Ed Klein, tells the Diane Rehm Show that Chappaquiddick jokes were high up on the list (see video):

I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?” That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

Jules Crittenden wonders (with a great deal of snark) if “you had to be there.”



Mark Hemingway is aghast:

EXCUSE ME? If that’s true it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly haigographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he’s trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he’s trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn’t the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I’m sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond “you had to be there.”

If nothing else, it puts to rest the notion that Kennedy’s remorse balances out the undeniable cowardice of his actions at Chappaquiddick. Even allowing for the best possible spin on his actions that day, what kind of person jokes about an incident that left a young woman dead in the back of his own car?

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White South African granted refugee status in Canada

Aren't you glad you read ILSA? Canada throws white South Africans a lifeline. For those of you who cannot get out because you do not meet minimum entry requirements, well, good news, Canada will grant you refugee status. About time I say. Well done Canada.

Related:
We need skilled South Africans to return - Jacob Zuma: Speech to the Jewish Board of Deputies, August 29 2009

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An Ottawa man has been granted refugee status after an immigration board panel ruled he would be likely be persecuted if he returned back to his native South Africa — because he is white.

A Canadian immigration and refugee board panel ruled Thursday that Brandon Huntley, 31, could stay in Canada because he presented "clear and convincing proof of the state's inability or unwillingness to protect him."

"I find that the claimant would stand out like a 'sore thumb' due to his colour in any part of the country," tribunal panel chair William Davis said in his decision to grant Huntley refugee status.

It's likely the first time a white South African has been granted refugee status in Canada claiming persecution from black South Africans, said Russell Kaplan, Huntley's immigration lawyer.

"There's a hatred of what we did to them and it's all about the colour of your skin," Huntley said of the violence wrought by black attackers on many white South Africans.

Huntley first came to Canada on a six-month work permit in 2004 to work as a carnival attendant. He returned home to South Africa and came back to work in Canada in 2005 for a year and stayed illegally for an additional year until he made a refugee claim in April 2008.

Growing up in Mowbray, a town near Cape Town, Huntley was attacked seven times — including three stabbings — by black South Africans during attempted robberies and muggings.

During these attacks, Huntley told the refugee board that he was called "a white dog" and "a settler," a reference to South Africa's colonial past based on racial apartheid.

"If you have got the money, you can protect yourself," Huntley said of the armed security guards wealthy white South Africans hire to protect themselves.

Huntley's "subjective fear of persecution remained constant and consistent" up to the time he made his refugee claim, Davis noted in his decision on Huntley's claim.

The decision also took into account testimony by Laura Kaplan, 41, the sister of Huntley's lawyer, who immigrated to Canada last year from her native South Africa.

Laura Kaplan testified about being threatened by armed black South Africans and the torture of her brother Robert in 1997 when a gang of black men broke into his house, tortured him for eight hours, shot him three times and left him for dead.

Davis said the evidence of Huntley and Laura Kaplan "show a picture of indifference and inability or unwillingness" of the South African government to protect "White South Africans from persecution by African South Africans."

Sunday, August 30, 2009

'Give poor whites RDP houses'

Call me a cynic (defined as one who says seeing is believing) but whites have better odds of winning the lotto than getting free homes. Hmm, was the media present by any chance? Yes it was.

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Free State premier Ace Magashule has ordered that a list of poor white people in the province be compiled so that they could be given RDP houses, Beeld reported on Friday.

Magashule said that he had asked Sandlana Smith, of the African National Congress' desk for minority groups, to compile a data base of poor whites in the Free State who would qualify for government RDP houses.

Smith has also been told to assist these people with their applications.

During a visit to Jagersfontein, where several development projects are underway, Magashule asked: "Where are the white people on the list of residents who are jobless? They can also be deployed to do the work.

"Go and compile a list. In Jagersfontein, there are white families without any breadwinners. There are white families here without any income," he said.

"This province belongs to everyone - white and black." - Sapa

Gordon Brown's sickening eulogy to Ted Kennedy

So I'm not the only one who wasn't swept up by the BS that followed rat bastard Ted Kennedy's demise. When I see people eulogising a man who let a young woman die, I feel sick to my stomach. Would you believe 50 000 sheeple lined up to walk past his coffin? Have people lost the ability to think for themselves? Really, what the fu*k have the Kennedys ever done for anyone? Being born rich, spoilt and having the right political connections to get elected does not make you a good person, it makes you a politician and keeps you busy that's all. And having the benefit of having oodles of cash to keep your rich fat ass out of jail is always nice.

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By Damian Thompson (the Telegraph UK)

Gordon Brown has written an article in the Boston Globe that credits Senator Edward Kennedy with – well, saving the world, basically. I wouldn’t expect the Prime Minister to attack Kennedy right after his death, and some sort of tribute is perhaps appropriate, but this nauseating eulogy is an insult to the British victims of a terrorist organisation to which Kennedy offered moral support over many long years.

Here’s an extract from Brown’s piece. Sick bags at the ready:


Northern Ireland is today at peace; South Africa is free of apartheid; more children not only in his nation, but in the poorest nations, are going to school and have health care. We owe a great debt to the vision and courage of Ted Kennedy.

Ted Kennedy courageous? Not during the IRA terror campaign of the 1970s, when he didn’t utter a word of condemnation that might upset the Boston Irish machine that indirectly helped pay for those nail bombs. And not on another occasion, you may recall, when a phone call to the police was mysteriously delayed.

Incidentally, did you know that Gordon Brown was one of Senator Kennedy’s best friends? Me neither, but apparently so:


I was fortunate to get to know Ted years ago. He invited me to Cape Cod during a number of summers in the 1990s. Almost immediately, even as he masterfully navigated us around the Cape in his boat, our discussions focused on what America and Britain could do together to tackle the scandal of child poverty. At the dinner table where he had sat with his father, brothers, and sisters and been interrogated himself, he interrogated me about current events - as I suspect his father had done with him. He asked in detail what Britain was doing on health care, welfare, and education, about our international engagement on disarmament and, later, terror. His abiding interest in an Irish settlement helped the United Kingdom enormously. He was a massive force in bringing the factions together to make peace in Northern Ireland possible. This was one of the many reasons why this year Her Majesty The Queen awarded Kennedy an honorary British knighthood.

It’s the last sentence that really sticks in the craw. Kennedy’s honorary KBE marked a low point in the history of the honours system. It was a Brownite stunt that caused scandal in all Britain’s main parties. Yes, I know that knighthoods are awarded in the name of the Queen, but Brown’s article makes it sound as if she came up to him one day and said: “Prime Minister, we really must do something to honour dear old Ted.”

I wouldn’t presume to speculate what Her Majesty thought of that grotesque gesture. But it wouldn’t surprise me if, at some stage, the name of Lord Mountbatten of Burma crossed her mind.

Humour: Angry Kid Series: What's a wanker?

It's Julius Malema.

It's a mad, mad world

It's the same everywhere. Blacks are a pathetic lot. From Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, most African countries to Haiti to black communities in Western countries to China to aboriginal Australia, these people are incapable of pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and sorting themselves out. Yet they claim always that they can.

Despite billions being thrown at them, in the form of food, handouts, jobs, free housing, free schooling etc, aboriginal people in Australia still suffer the highest rates of rape, child rape, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, disease, child neglect, malnutrition and crime. Sound familiar? Houses built for them are stripped to make wood fires. When the government tries to intervene by prohibiting the sale of alcohol and restricting access in certain areas, they scream racism. They want the free moola but not to be told how to spend it.

So enter that most august body the UN (sarc) to contribute its two pennies' worth to the debate. Yes, the representative declares, police and government intervention to PREVENT child abuse and alcohol and drug abuse is racist. Wtf?! How about this statement, "Anaya described as "demeaning" the policy of forcing Aborigines to set aside a portion of their welfare checks for essentials such as food and rent." I'm speechless. Read below and tell me if Leftists live on the same planet.

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Canberra, Australia —
Australia breached international obligations on human and indigenous rights by imposing radical restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child abuse in Outback communities, a United Nations expert said Thursday. [oops, its an "expert" so must be seriaaas...what has whitey done now?]

The U.N. special rapporteur on indigenous human rights, James Anaya, said his 12-day fact-finding tour of Australia revealed that the Aboriginal minority still suffers from "entrenched racism."
["entrenched" hmm, what does that mean? Let's see if we get an explanation further..]

Anaya's comments came as Australia launched its latest bid to address inequality, ill-health and poverty among the country's 500,000 indigenous people that have dogged the country since white settlers arrived more than 200 years ago.
[200 years and still stuck in the stone age you mean]

The government said Thursday it would set up a new national representative body this year to advise it on policies relating to Aborigines.

Aborigines make up about 2 percent of the country's 22 million-strong population. In recent decades,
billions of dollars have been thrown into community programs, housing and education. Yet Aborigines remain the poorest, unhealthiest and most disadvantaged minority, with an average life span 17 years shorter than other Australians. [like Africa, where people come to depend on donor money, there is NO incentive to help themselves. Cut off the funds and the problem will right itself. But that would be "inhumane" then. No winning.]

Anaya, a University of Arizona
human rights law professor, said he was particularly concerned by restrictions imposed on Aborigines in the Northern Territory in response to a 2006 government-commissioned report that found child sex abuse was rampant in remote indigenous communities. [concerned about restrictions to stop rampant child sex abuse?! Are you fucking serious?! When I see "human rights lawyer" I reach for my gun..]

The government suspended its own anti-discrimination law so it could ban alcohol and hard-core pornography in Aboriginal communities and restrict how Aborigines spend their welfare checks. The restrictions do not apply to Australians of other races.
[duh, you arsehole, because most Australians are responsible with their welfare cheques. Are aboriginals totally blameless then?]

"These measures overtly discriminate against aboriginal peoples, infringe their right of self-determination and stigmatize already stigmatized communities," Anaya told reporters in the national capital of Canberra.
[because the rest of the country is not out gang raping little kids and drinking themselves into a stupor every day]

The measures were too broad and had been imposed for too long, despite a lack of evidence that the ban on alcohol had reduced alcohol abuse, he said.
[every little bit helps douchebag, people will always circumvent the law to get alcohol but better to do something than nothing. Damned if you do, damned if you don't]

Anaya described as "demeaning" the policy of forcing Aborigines to set aside a portion of their welfare checks for essentials such as food and rent. "They have to carry a card around that marks them as someone who can't manage their own funds," he said.
[oh the horror, having to spend their welfare cheques on food for the kids, oh the inhumanity!! If they spent their welfare money wisely, kids wouldn't be suffering from neglect and malnutrition]

The restrictions were "incompatible" with Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, he said.
[well there ya go, rights and stuff..more important than feeding kids and stopping rapes..tell the six year old gang raped girl that her rights are protected]

Anaya — who has made similar tours in Brazil, Nepal and Botswana before visiting Australia at the invitation of the government and indigenous groups — welcomed the announcement of plans for an indigenous representative body.

The new body will be independent of the government and serve as a less powerful version of a national Aboriginal organization that between 1990 and 2005 administered billions of dollars in funds for indigenous programs and whose leaders were elected by Aboriginal constituents.
[flush more money down the toilet]

The previous conservative government abolished that organization — the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission — in 2005 amid corruption and mismanagement allegations, and folded its operations into other departments.
[and this body will become just as corrupt as the previous one, as sure as day follows night]

"Today is a day when, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, we begin a new journey and express our determination to put our future in our hands," said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma.
[*yawn* - in your hands you mean]

The Associated Press.

Geert Wilders Compares Prophet Mohammed to a Pig

These creatures (there's no other term to describe them) make even the weirdest black cultural practices seem space age by comparison. Wilders has to have the biggest cahones in Europe today. Good man.


The Hague - Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders has seized on a news report from Saudi Arabia for peppery written questions to the cabinet. In these, he compares the Islamic prophet Mohammed to a pig.

Wilders has requested clarification from Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen on a marriage in Saudi Arabia between an 80 year old man and a 10 year old child. The child had run away from her elderly husband, but was brought back to him by her father, the English-language website Arab News reports based on a Saudi newspaper.

Wilders asks the minister if he shares the view that "this man is behaving like a pig, just like the barbarous Prophet Mohammed, who married the six year old girl Aisha." The PVV leader wants Verhagen to summon the Saudi Arabian ambassador to express his repugnance.

Click to view Geert Wilder's short film Fitna. Warning graphic.

Blacks Don't Want To Transfer Skills Either?

By Lyndall Beddy (Richmark Sentinel)

Related:
White South Africans threatened with "revolution from blacks"


Why do blacks like Zuma use white professionals and lawyers?

If government is transformed why is it non functional?

If Jimmy Manyi has this pool of black unemployed professional why does not government employ them in vacant posts?

It surprises Jimmy Manyi that black managers are also resistant to transferring skills. It does not surprise me.

I had a claims clerk who was the best in her field. She came to us in her 50s and I trained her myself. She resisted ever transferring any of her skills in house, but she trained most of the new female claims clerks of the opposition (lending them the manual I wrote – which is how it eventually got lost).

Eventually the MD insisted she be replaced by a new bright young thing. I insisted she stay – as my secretary. Within six months the bright thing had destroyed the claims department and had bailed out to a marketing, not administrative, job and I could put my secretary back where she belonged. She was richer than me and even richer than some of the bosses. She was a childless widow with a pension and savings, who supported a number of nephews and nieces, including one disabled nephew very close to her heart. I had a client once who asked me if she was my mother, because she was so protective of me. She worked FOR FUN! She died peacefully in her sleep, but still employed in the firm I worked in, aged 76.

Not wanting to transfer skills has nothing to do with race, but to do with not training up your replacement. And the more unemployment rises, the worse it will get.

Jimmy Manyi and Terry Oakley Smith from Team Absolute (a white woman who makes a fortune forcing other whites out of jobs) were a depressing duo to listen to on the After 8 Debate this morning.

They answered none of the hard questions.

Why do blacks like Zuma use white professionals and lawyers? No answer.

If government is transformed why is it non functional (health, education, Eskom etc)? No answer.

If Jimmy Manyi has this pool of black unemployed professional why does not government employ them in vacant posts? The answer was nuts – Jimmy says these vacancies are either unfunded, or really a result of turnover and private sector poaching from government??????????

And Jimmy Manyi told the public that he was “desperate to name and shame” the companies who would not fire their whites ,and gave the public his contact details to report them to.

It did not even remind me of Verwoerd. At least he was honest about what he was doing.

It reminded me of Hitler convincing the Germans to scapegoat the Jews.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shoppers under siege

By Sentletse Diakanyo

Shopping in South African malls has become a dangerous affair. Adrenalin junkies may find the prospect of being caught up in a violent armed robbery a thrilling experience; while the rest of us tremble at the mere thought of having AK47 assault rifles being shoved in your face or becoming the sad victim of a stray bullet. Soon we may have to wear bullet-proof vests and military helmets when we visit malls; and first do a reconnaissance of the parking lot before proceeding inside the death trap. It is clear that nose-picking and unarmed security guards are not going to keep any of us alive or even prevent the robbery from taking place in the event that gun-totting ruffians strike.

These brazen criminals must be salivating in anticipation of festive season which will soon be upon us as these unsecured malls will be flush with cash. In previous years we have seen a drastic increase in cash-in-transit heists during the festive season; but why would robbers want to risk being killed when they can go to the source of this cash – malls. Malls are sitting ducks because management has opted to employ untrained blokes to masquerade as security guards. Wearing a uniform and holding a baton is not going to keep anyone safe let alone scare a determined criminal from committing a crime. I would not expect any untrained person who is paid less than R2,000 a month to put his own life at risk in order to protect mine. I would simply be expecting too much from these vulnerable blokes if I was to do that.

There has been an alarmingly high increase in armed robberies at malls during the month of July (25 robberies) and August 2009 (12 and counting) compared to only 50 robberies in the entire 2005. This increase in violent crime is an indictment on the law enforcement authorities and their crime intelligence services. We are seeing a government that is increasingly becoming more reactive to these incidents of violent crime when they should be using their intelligence (“intelligence” used very loosely here) to prevent these crimes before they are committed. What is the National Intelligence Agency doing besides tapping phones of political opponents?

It is a good thing that the South African Council of Shopping Centres has recognised that new security measures are needed to stop these armed robberies. However, what they fail to acknowledge is that for as long as malls do not have armed guards, criminals would continue to turn them into their playground. The excuse that having armed guards may result in innocent bystanders being killed because criminals may turn the mall into the wild-wild-west is plain ridiculous. Already innocent and unarmed people are being killed at malls. If you need to give security guards rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) then so be it but criminals need to know that they may not return from their criminal adventure.

In Afghanistan recently armed robbers were mowed down by security guards and the police when they attempted to rob a bank. This surely was a clear message sent to their buddies that, “we will kill you!” The suggestion that installing metal detectors and having check-points at entrances is may just prove not only a deterrent to criminals but to shoppers too for whom convenience is everything when out for some retail therapy. I certainly don’t want to feel as though I am entering Fort Knox when going to a shopping mall; where I have to frisked and inconvenienced, etc. That is why I am one of those who hardly visit Montecasino in Fourways.

Visible policing is necessary as the Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Khabisi Mosonkutu has promised; but that alone cannot be enough to deter criminals, because we know that the police have an uncanny habit of not having vehicles to respond to incidents of crime. Perhaps the MEC can donate one of his luxury German sedans as a police armed response vehicle. The fact that an armed robber simply has to turn his back to the police to prevent being shot at is absurd. Criminals know very well that the law is on their side and provide them with protection from serious harm. “Skop, skiet and donner” approach in dealing with armed criminals is not the only solution but it is the only effective solution to addressing this problem. If the police want to be taken seriously, they should start carrying heavy calibre automatic weapons instead the sissy-type 9mm pistols that get stolen from them so very often.

It is about time that the owners of these shopping malls invest their profits in hiring decent security guards; not only trained but intimidating security guards. The scrawny buggers in oversized uniform are not going to instil confidence in me that they can prevent an armed robbery; and recent events clearly show that they’re useless in doing so. So why have them in malls? Call them ushers or something but not security guards. They are providing no security to any property or anyone for that matter.

It appears that Bro Jackie’s connection with the criminal underworld may have helped in bringing down cash-in-transit heists and ATM bombing. Bheki Cele who has a striking resemblance of a pimp with his hideous and colourful outfits may just be the right person to deal with crime; only if he stops talking and starts acting. We sure need someone who looks like a criminal to deal with criminals.