Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Police Rapes: Who guards the guards?

sapgoggles-420x315What more do you need to say about the SAPS than a report is required into the number of officers accused and convicted of rape?  Considering there are officers with homicide cases against them still employed, I wish the civil servant in Community Safety the best of luck in getting anywhere with his requests. 

Source: AllAfrica

press release

Reports that two police officers in Nelspoort are amongst those accused of rape, statutory rape and sexual exploitation of four minors is most concerning and warrants serious attention. This matter will top the agenda of my meeting with the Provincial Police Commissioner on Monday.

The police are entrusted with protecting the inhabitants of South Africa and with upholding and enforcing the law. Whilst the majority of police officers are law abiding and are at the forefront of the fight against crime, we simply cannot tolerate a scenario in which certain South African Police Service (SAPS) officers are perpetrators of grievous crimes themselves.

In terms of my oversight role over the police, this matter will top the agenda at my next meeting with the Provincial Police Commissioner, General Lamoer, on Monday. I will be requesting that the investigation into this matter is properly conducted, considering that police will be investigating the police, and that the full might of the law falls on these individuals should they be found guilty.

I will also request from the SAPS a full report into:

  • the number of SAPS officers accused of rape in the Western Cape in the last year
  • the number of officers that have been convicted of rape in the last year
  • the number of these officers that are now behind bars
  • what measures have been taken to ensure that police stations are not sources of crime themselves, and
  • what measures are being taken to ensure that vulnerable minors and victims of crime are protected when they seek help from the police.

The police service is entrusted with powers to protect South Africans. We cannot allow these powers to be abused for crimes and destructive behaviour. Strong action is needed and the SAPS must be accountable to the citizens of the Western Cape.

Issued by: Western Cape Community Safety

Monday, December 26, 2011

The truth is always out there

We hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones this Christmas.  There are hundreds of thousands of South African emigrants who were most likely far from family and friends.  I can tell you from my own experience that this is something you never get used to.  Not being able to see family and friends at a snap decision.

Rainbow NationYou can ask any citizen from any country who has gone down this route just how difficult it is.  Whether you do it for career prospects or lifestyle.  It is ten times worse when you do it because the country you have helped developed is being systematically raped and plundered, by its own government and civil servants.  Let alone the criminal elements who engage with these corrupt officials in order to enrich themselves.  It is worse, because you inevitably have to leave behind family and friends in an environment which you know is deteriorating on a daily basis.

Now you can listen to arguments all day about how things have improved since the ANC’s version of Marxist democracy was implemented in 1994.  What you have to keep in mind is that South Africa has historically been the strongest economy in Africa.  The only proof you need of that fact is that hundreds of kilometres of electrified fences had to be erected on South Africa’s northern borders during the “evil Apartheid regime’s” tenure, not to keep citizens from leaving like in the good old Soviet occupied East-Germany, but to keep keen Africans out of the country.  Africans with enough grey matter to realise being second class citizens in South Africa was far better than first class citizens in their respective black government African countries.  I dare you to mention this fact alone to the bunch of libtards and wait for their response.  Just don’t hold your breath whilst waiting.

acidThe libtards will tell you how the ANC built houses and gave utilities to thousands living in squatter camps.  They just forget to mention that the people living in squatter camps was a result of scrapping influx control.  That the government has no idea how many illegal immigrants are in the country today.  One of the reasons for numerous xenophobic attacks on other black immigrants is the fact that they obtained jobs rather than the locals, because they were prepared to work harder (or work at all) in light of their experiences in their own black government run African countries.  The libtards won’t mention that the thousands of houses and schools built by the previous government were of better quality than what the ANC provides today.  We posted some of the statistics of the previous government a few weeks ago – research done by Mike Smith.  Read it again and ask yourself what makes sense, what sounds like truth and what is propaganda.  You should know by now that propaganda is the only tool of the libtard.  The only truth you will hear from these people, is their own admission of smoking pot and using drugs, something they are usually proud of.

I recently came across a video clip of Carte Blanche, one of the few sources of some trustworthy journalism from South Africa.  Please watch it and take note of certain parts.  The fact that people are often murdered for no reason at all, like we and others have stressed so vehemently before.  That it is nothing to do with crime, but rather hate crimes against whites and also other races.  Just like farm murders have nothing to do with theft or poverty, these crimes are committed by elements which know they’ll get away with whatever they do.  That in the worst case scenario where they get caught (and you can research the minute minority of cases actually solved), there will be an official prepared to take a bribe to make a case docket disappear.

Also note how a previously disadvantaged individual compares the inferior environment his teenage children has to grow up in to what he was used to.  Note how some whites proclaim that they are prepared to work together if there was a government interested in building a country.

Or believe the propaganda of your local feathered LSD crack-head who tells you that all people emigrating from South Africa are racist supremacists.  Racist supremacists with the kind of advanced education and skills necessary to make a success in countries where even being politically incorrect isn’t tolerated, let alone racism.  Imagine that.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dr. Peter Hammond (1 of 2) My meeting with Nelson Mandela

Dr. Peter Hammond (2 of 2) My meeting with Nelson Mandela

Sunday, December 11, 2011

ANC supports Zanu-PF

zim flag bobJust like Thabo Mbeki’s quiet diplomacy towards Mad Bob Mugarbage’s dictatorship, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has now pledged support to him and his Zanu-PF party for next year’s elections in Zimbabwe.

Nothing says more of the nature of the ANC than this.  Like we said before, they couldn’t give a rat’s bum about the poor and “previously oppressed”.  They’re in their so-called democracy for self-enrichment and that’s that.

For those who still cannot see, we suggest you join the demented chicken, his vile lapdog and their crack-head friend’s little circle.  They openly invite people to join them in their LSD-induced fantasy trips and in that company you don’t have to worry about losing a few million brain cells.  You’ll still be the genius of the crowd.

HT: Censorbugbear

from Citipress:

Mandy Rossouw

Bulawayo – ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe yesterday pledged the ANC’s support to Zanu-PF for the national elections in Zimbabwe, expected to take place next year.

At the opening of the Zanu-PF’s yearly national conference, Mantashe said the two parties have a common history that cannot be wished away.

Mantashe“We belong together, we don’t have the luxury of thinking that we don’t,” Mantashe told the conference, which drew thousands of Zanu-PF delegates from across the country.

Zanu-PF and the ANC form part of the frontline states, which pride themselves as being ruled by former liberation movements.
“Our relationship is steeped in blood, the ANC wishes to affirm her commitment as a trust-worthy neighbour,” Mantashe said.

He pledged support for Zanu-PF for the elections, saying it is payback for the support Zanu-PF gave the ANC “when we needed it most”.

“The ANC will wait for Zanu-PF to come to us for advice about elections. Our teams stand ready to share experiences. You must do it now so that there is still time to change things before the elections,” Mantashe said, referring to the ANC’s recent election campaign for the municipal polls in May this year.

“It is important for us that Zanu-PF regains the lost ground and again represent the interests and aspirations of all Zimbabweans. We must fight the imperialist project because if it succeeds here, we are all in trouble.”

Mantashe also urged Zanu-PF to continue talking to “those who don’t agree with us”, referring to the MDC.South Africa is the mediator in the years-long conflict between Zanu-PF and the MDC.

When asked by City Press whether the ANC’s support for Zanu-PF does not complicate that process, Mantashe insisted the two processes are separate.

“That is government. We are liberation movements. The government was appointed by SADC to mediate, and we are liberation movements that have a history,” he said.

President Robert Mugabe called the Global Political Agreement (GPA), signed by Zanu-PF and the MDC, “illegal” and said elections must take place urgently to “restore democracy”.

Mugabe gave a two-and-a-half-hour-long keynote address which took the conference into the night.

He derided “imperialist forces” that want to rule Zimbabwe and took issue with the way Libya was dealt with by the United Nations (UN) and Nato.

Although he claims to be sad at the demise of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, he showed that Gaddafi was not the leader he purported to be.

“When we asked him [Gaddafi] to invest in Africa, he gave camels to some countries. Here in Zimbabwe we received four camels,” Mugabe said with a hint of sarcasm.

South African Police Farce part 5

SelebiI’ve said it before.  I admire the honest, hard working and noble individuals still doing their best, endangering their lives on a daily basis, to provide effective policing in South Africa.

Reality of course is that they are fighting a losing battle.  How can it be any different though when the leaders are setting such good examples?  One after another is suspended, in most cases with full pay, while the court cases drag on for a year or more.  At the taxpayer’s expense.  It is no surprise then that the infrastructure in South Africa is falling apart, because funds are wasted on crap like this.

I am not even going to attempt to state in my own words what Mike Smith has so eloquently written in the last few days.  I will just note the links here and you can read how two women were raped by uniformed police officers and the criminals at work INSIDE the South African Police Service.

I will leave you with a few photos taken of South Africa’s police force in action.

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Judging by the background, this photo was taken at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Carbon Tax





With the COP17 currently trying to put pressure on the major polluters of the world, and the hysteria around global warming, I have to share the below with you.

It is as if all common sense is thrown out the door, and in SA, where common sense is not always displayed in abundance by the current government, it becomes even more needed to think more about some of the claims made by these wonderful people that has the well being of earth on their agenda.

And strangely enough, here where I stay, wind, solar, and nuclear power is very evident everywhere. The article made me think.

The article is by an Australian for Australia, but it applies to all and everybody. Enjoy reading it.

Carbon Tax

First I should clarify, my name is Terence Cardwell. I spent 25 years in the Electricity Commission of NSW working, commissioning and operating the various power units. My last was the 4 X 350 MW Munmorah Power Stations near Newcastle. I would be pleased to supply you any information you may require.

I have sat by for a number of years frustrated at the rubbish being put forth about carbon dioxide emissions, thermal coal fired power stations and renewable energy and the ridiculous Emissions Trading scheme.

Frustration at the lies told (particularly during the election) about global pollution. Using Power Station cooling towers for an example. The condensation coming from those cooling towers is as pure as that that comes out of any kettle.

Frustration about the so-called incorrectly named man-made 'carbon emissions' which of course is Carbon Dioxide emissions and what it is supposedly doing to our planet

Frustration about the lies told about renewable energy and the deliberate distortion of renewable energy and its ability to replace fossil fuel energy generation. And frustration at the ridiculous carbon credit programme which is beyond comprehension.

And further frustration at some members of the public who have not got a clue about thermal Power Stations or Renewable Energy. Quoting ridiculous figures about something they clearly have little or no knowledge of. First coal fired power stations do NOT send 60 to 70% of the energy up the chimney. The boilers of modern power station are 96% efficient and the exhaust heat is captured by the economisers and reheaters that heat the air and water before entering the boilers.

The very slight amount exiting the stack is moist as in condensation and CO2. There is virtually no fly ash because this is removed by the precipitators or bagging plant that are 99.98% efficient. The 4% lost is heat through boiler wall convection.

Coal-fired Power Stations are highly efficient with very little heat loss and can generate a massive amount of energy for our needs. They can generate power at efficiency of less than 10,000 b.t.u. per kilowatt and cost-wise that is very low.

The percentage cost of mining and freight is very low. The total cost of fuel is 8% of total generation cost and does NOT constitute a major production cost.

As for being laughed out of the country, China is building multitudes of coal-fired power stations because they are the most efficient for bulk power generation.

We have, like, the USA, coal-fired power stations because we HAVE the raw materials and are VERY fortunate to have them. Believe me no one is laughing at Australia – exactly the reverse, they are very envious of our raw materials and independence.

The major percentage of power in Europe and U.K. is nuclear because they don't have the coal supply for the future.

Yes it would be very nice to have clean, quiet, cheap energy in bulk supply. Everyone agrees that it would be ideal. You don't have to be a genius to work that out. But there is only one problem---It doesn't exist

Yes - there are wind and solar generators being built all over the world but they only add a small amount to the overall power demand.

The maximum size wind generator is 3 Megawatts, which can rarely be attained on a continuous basis because it requires substantial forces of wind. And for the same reason only generate when there is sufficient wind to drive them. This of course depends where they are located but usually they only run for 45% -65% of the time, mostly well below maximum capacity. They cannot be relied on for a 'base load ‘because they are too variable. And they certainly could not be used for load control.

The peak load demand for electricity in Australia is approximately 50,000 Megawatts and only small part of this comes from the Snowy Hydro Electric System (the ultimate power

Generation) because it is only available when water is there from snow melt or rain. And yes, they can pump it back but it costs to do that. (Long Story).

Tasmania is very fortunate in that they have mostly hydro-electric generation because of their high amounts of snow and rainfall. They also have wind generators (located in the roaring forties) but that is only a small amount of total power generated.

Based on an average generating output of 1.5 megawatts (of unreliable power) you would require over 33,300 wind generators.

As for solar power generation much research has been done over the decades and there are two types.

Solar thermal generation and Solar Electric generation but in each case they cannot generate large amounts of electricity.

Any clean, cheap energy is obviously welcomed but they would NEVER have the capability of replacing Thermal Power Generation. So get your heads out of the clouds, do some basic mathematics and look at the facts, - not going off with the fairies (or some would say the extreme greenies.)

We are all greenies in one form or another and care very much about our planet. The difference is most of us are realistic. Not in some idyllic utopia where everything can be made perfect by standing around holding a banner and being a general pain in the backside.

Here are some facts that will show how ridiculous this financial madness is that the government is following. Do the simple maths and see for yourselves.

According to the 'believers' the CO2 in air has risen from .034% to .038% in air over the last 50 years.

To put the percentage of Carbon Dioxide in air in a clearer perspective;

If you had a room 3.7 x 3.7 x 2.1 metres the area carbon dioxide would occupy in that room would be .25 x .25 x .17m or the size of a large packet of cereal.

Australia emits 1% of the world's total carbon Dioxide and the government wants to reduce this by 20%t or reduce emissions by 0.2 % of the world's total CO2 emissions.

What effect will this have on existing CO2 levels?

By their own figures they state the CO2 in air has risen from .034% to .038% in 50 years.

Assuming this is correct, the world CO2 has increased in 50 years by...004%.

Per year that is .004 divided by 50 = ...00008%. (Getting confusing -but stay with me).

Of that because we only contribute 1% our emissions would cause CO2 to rise .00008 divided by 100 =...0000008%.

Of that 1%, we supposedly emit, the governments wants to reduce it by 20% which is 1/5th of .0000008 =...00000016% effect per year they would have on the world CO2 emissions based on their own figures.

That would equate to an area in the same room, as the size of a small pin.

For that they have gone crazy with the ridiculous trading schemes, Solar and Roofing Installations, Clean Coal Technology Renewable Energy, etc, etc.

How ridiculous it that?

The cost to the general public and industry will be enormous.

Cripple and even closing some smaller businesses.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Evil Apartheid Regime

n45627790097_1360229_9657The following was sent to me in an email, without citing the original source.  Even though some of the statistics seemed familiar, I could not quite remember where I had seen it.

Turns out the source is Mike Smith’s “Opening Pandora’s Apartheid Box” -series of articles.  It doesn’t surprise me.  He is the type of guy who will do painstaking research into any topic he writes about.  His series on Apartheid South Africa is well worth the read.

But then I am a bit biased.  Because Mike Smith and Uhuru Guru occupy top positions on my most-admired bloggers list.

You have probably heard all the propaganda about the “oppressive” white government in charge in South Africa before the Marxist ANC regime took power.  The millions of blacks killed by the white government.  When in actual fact more died at the hands of other blacks than the government. There is no proof of that phenomena in the “new, improved” South Africa, with the astonishing crime rate, is there?

Look, any right-minded individual will tell you that there were some silly laws that required filing in the dustbin.  Some sooner than later.  But if you know anything about the history of South Africa, you will know that many of these silly laws were ditched long before the criminal ANC could implement their self-enriching, embezzling regulations from 1994.

So how about these interesting statistics about “Apartheid South Africa” then?

From Mike Smith’s “Pandora’s Apartheid Box”:

The Apartheid government built ten Universities for blacks including Medunsa, which is a unique medical university that turned out 200 highly qualified black doctors every year.  All at state costs, paid for by the white taxpayers.  It also trained paramedics and nurses.

Since 1970 the budget for black education was raised by about 30% per year, every year.  More than any other government department.

In the period 1955 -1984 the amount of black school students increased 31-fold from 35,000 to 1,096,000.  65% of black South African children were at school compared to Egypt 64%, Nigeria 57%, Ghana 52%, Tanzania 50% and Ethiopia 29%.

Amongst the adults of South Africa, 71% could read and write (80% between the ages 12 and 22).  Compare this to Kenya 47%, Egypt 38%, Nigeria 34% and Mozambique at 26%.

In South Africa, the whites built 15 new classrooms for blacks every working day, every year.  At 40 children per class it meant space for an additional 600 black students every day.

In 1985 there were 42,000 black students at 5 universities in South Africa, about the same amount at the universities of the homelands.  But many foreigners have never even heard of the homelands.

In an article called "Die Afrikaner", 11 Feb 1987, the quarterly magazine called "Vox Africana Nr 29 4/87 stated that South Africa had 4.8 million whites and 18.2 million blacks in 1987.  The whites paid 77% of the taxes and the blacks only 15%.  Despite this, 56% of the government budget was spent on blacks.

During the time of Dr Verwoerd, the living standards of blacks was rising at 5.4% per year against that of the whites at 3.9% per year.  In 1965 the economic growth of South Africa was the second highest in the world at 7,9%. The rate of inflation was a mere 2% per annum and the prime interest rate only 3% per annum.  Domestic savings were so great that South Africa needed no foreign loans for normal economic expansion.

Even Lord Deedes admitted: "White South Africa grew to become the economic giant of the continent, the other members of the Commonwealth virtually sank into poverty."

At the height of Apartheid in 1978, Soweto had 115 football fields, 3 rugby fields, 4 athletic tracks, 11 cricket fields, 2 golf courses, 47 tennis courts, 7 swimming pools built to Olympic standards, 5 bowling alleys, 81 netball fields, 39 children play parks and countless civic halls, movie houses and clubhouses.  In addition to this, Soweto had 300 churches, 365 schools, 2 Technical Colleges, 8 clinics, 63 child day care centres, 11 post offices and its own fruit and vegetable market.

There were 2,300 registered companies that belonged to black businessmen and around 1,000 private taxi companies.  3% of the 50,000 vehicle owners in 1978 were Mercedes Benz owners.

Soweto alone had more cars, taxis, schools, churches and sport facilities than most independent countries in Africa.  The blacks of South Africa had more private vehicles than the entire white population of the USSR at the time.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Malema guns for pro-Zuma premiers

He’s finished, right?

301654_2349445416478_1260388072_32830475_5931794_nfrom News24:

2011-11-27 16:45

Carien du Plessis, Sizwe sama Yende and Cathy Dlodlo

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is gunning for provincial premiers sympathetic to President Jacob Zuma in a bid for political survival.

Last week, youth league leaders stripped the league’s Mpumalanga secretary John Mkhatshwa of his powers after he snubbed Malema’s call to work towards unseating Premier David Mabuza.

In Free State, where Malema has been since Thursday, the league said it is going to march against Premier Ace Magashule this week.

Half of the Mpumalanga league’s provincial executive committee resigned in protest against Mkhatshwa’s suspension on Friday.

Outgoing deputy secretary Themba Masombuka said the province did participate in youth league programmes, but had to support Mabuza as this was part of their provincial congress resolutions last year.

But league spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy denied that Mkhatshwa was kicked out because he supported Mabuza.

Rather, she said that it was ­because of his “inability to carry out the tasks of the youth league. Everything else is just a rumour”.

Pro-Zuma

A few weeks ago, the league’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee – which was sympathetic to Zuma – was dissolved.

At the meeting attended by Malema in Bloemfontein on Thursday, provincial league chairperson Kgotso Morapela told the crowd: “Away with Magashule.”

Morapela accused Magashule of corruption and said the long-standing provincial ANC chairperson, who is pro-Zuma, should be replaced at the province’s conference next year.

While Malema is firing on all cylinders to overturn the sentence, there are serious concerns that one of the grounds of his disciplinary appeal could land the league in more trouble.

Malema’s lawyers handed in papers to the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeal on Thursday, asking them to reconsider his five-year suspension from the ANC.

One of the grounds of this appeal is an amendment to the youth league’s constitution, which many in the organisation claim was not done at its congress in June, making it illegal.

Some league leaders fear that such an amendment could give the ANC a reason to dissolve the league altogether, but Malema has denied that the amendment was illegally done.

Shore up support
One of Malema’s opponents said they have asked Luthuli House to intervene.

Malema warned that he would continue fighting for the issues he had been campaigning on, regardless of whether his suspension is held.

The league has the support of many ANC provincial secretaries, themselves former league leaders, but it is still trying to shore up support from provincial chairpersons.

This could help Malema if his appeal is ultimately reviewed by the ANC’s national executive committee, on which provincial secretaries and chairpersons serve.

Malema – flanked by party spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who has been suspended from the ANC for three years – hinted on Thursday that he would not take his suspension lying down.

“I don’t care if whether I go or not, I will defend the decisions of the ANC Youth League until I see my grave,” he told the crowd in Bloemfontein.

“Whether I am a member of the ANC or not, in my little corner of the bundus, looking after cattle, I will convince those who are there looking after the cattle with me about the decisions of the ANC Youth League.”

- City Press

South Africa’s Malema admits he’s “finished”

I don’t believe this for a second.

malema12from Reuters:

 

Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:37am GMT

JOHANNESBURG Nov 27 (Reuters) - South Africa's Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the ANC's Youth League, has admitted his political career is over after his suspension from the ruling party for breaking its internal rules, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

The paper said Malema, the main force behind a push to nationalise the mines and banks in Africa's biggest economy, had admitted he was "finished politically" and had decided to go into cattle farming.

"I have 20 cattle now," he told the paper. "We will breed them, take them to the abattoir, slaughter them and then sell the meat."

The African National Congress (ANC) suspended Malema for five years earlier this month for causing rifts in the party and undermining foreign policy by calling for the overthrow of the elected government of neighbouring Botswana.

He lodged an appeal against the ruling this week, although the report in South Africa's Sunday Times suggests he is not optimistic about the outcome.

"I am not this religious person who believes that some intervention will come from heaven. I have looked at the trends. I have listened to the speeches. They are all pointing in one direction," he was quoted as saying.

Malema looked tired during the interview and declined to be photographed, the paper added.

The 30-year-old rose to prominence with calls to seize white-owned farm land and nationalise mines in the world's largest platinum producer, alarming investors.

The calls also won him legions of supporters from the country's poor black majority, who hope to see more wealth from the land and also envision him as a future leader.

Malema's absence from the political scene is also likely to smooth President Jacob Zuma's path to re-election as head of the ANC -- and therefore a second term in office -- at a major party congress in a year's time. (Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Sophie Hares)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Secrecy Bill hits Wikipedia

Secrecy bill wiki

Wikipedia link

 

Apparently Jacob Zuma was approached for comment.  You can read his comments below:

 

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South Africa passes Secrecy Bill

Secrecy billfrom The New York Times: 

South Africa Passes Law to Restrict Reporting of Government Secrets

JOHANNESBURG — Brushing aside protests by press-freedom advocates and heroes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, Parliament overwhelmingly passed a contentious bill on Tuesday that will severely restrict the ability of journalists to report any information deemed to be a government secret.

The legislation, which still must undergo further steps to become law, would make it a crime, punishable by lengthy prison terms, to disseminate anything that any state agency regards as classified. Critics have called the legislation a throwback to the apartheid regime’s harsh repression and say it is meant to protect corrupt officials from press scrutiny.

Anger over the legislation was embodied by the presentation of an article published last week in The Mail & Guardian, a major weekly newspaper here, about Mac Maharaj, the spokesman for President Jacob Zuma. Most of the text had been blacked out. This outcome, the paper’s editor said, was what loomed for South Africa’s press if the legislation became law.

The Protection of Information Bill, as the legislation is called, must still clear a national council of provinces before it takes effect. Critics have said they will challenge it in South Africa’s constitutional court.

“The bill in its current form does take us back to pre-1994,” said Elston Sippie, executive director of the country’s Freedom of Expression Institute, referring to the year South Africa became a democracy. “I do think it is a setback in that we fought hard and long to get our bill of rights accepted amongst all South Africans. And it is that bill of rights that is now under threat.”

The onerous implications have some members of the media here feeling under more pressure than at any time since the fall of apartheid.

On both sides of the debate, people have said the battle between the press and the ruling party speaks to the fact that this country, less than two decades after the fall of apartheid, is still figuring out just how to get democracy right.

“Like the United States, it took many, many decades to have your Constitution developed to where it is now,” said Moegsien Williams, the editor of The Star, a daily newspaper based here. “We are now in that kind of process where we’re trying to kind of live up to and entrench the Bill of Rights.”

The news media and civil rights groups had fought unsuccessfully to get the ruling party, the African National Congress, to include an exception in the law that would allow for the revelation of classified information if it were in the public interest.

On Tuesday, protesters urged people to wear black, calling the day “Black Tuesday,” evoking memories of a similarly titled press crackdown in the 1970s under white rule. Demonstrators picketed outside of Parliament in Cape Town and in front of A.N.C. headquarters here.

Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, a Nobel peace laureate and leading figure in the fight to end white-minority domination, said it was “insulting to all South Africans to be asked to stomach legislation that could be used to outlaw whistle-blowing and investigative journalism.”

The office of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president and emblem of the struggle for democracy, said the legislation was “not yet at a point where it can be said to have met” constitutional standards.

But A.N.C. members stood firm in their support of the legislation, arguing it was repealing a harsher 1982 protection of information law.

“It is our experience that most opponents of this bill have not actually read this bill,” said Luwellyn Tyrone Landers, an A.N.C. parliamentary member. “Today’s events confirm that view.”

The bill will make it a crime punishable by 5 to 25 years in prison for anyone to reveal information that the state labels classified.

Journalists also have expressed concern about a looming proposal by the A.N.C. to create a tribunal that would hear and adjudicate citizen complaints against media outlets over issues of fairness and accuracy.

“These are the toughest times,” said Ferial Haffajee, the editor of City Press, a weekly newspaper here. “Across the board, I think you see attempts to curtail media freedom and free expression.”

Ms. Haffajee said she believed that the legislation reflected the vulnerabilities felt by the A.N.C., which has been the dominant party in South African politics since 1994. It is instinctive, she said, “for people in power to attempt to stifle the media when it makes exposures that are uncomfortable.”

But the protection bill “is not about suppressing the media or corruption,” Siyabonga Cwele, the minister of state security, said through an e-mailed statement from his spokesman, Brian Dube.

“The South African government is clear on the role of the media in our democracy, and our Constitution provides expressly for freedom of expression,” the statement continued. It added that the bill sought to balance “the right to access to information on the one hand, and the critical issues of national security.”

In a bluntly worded report released last year, a media watchdog established by Parliament and led by an A.N.C. member suggested that the media needed greater regulation.

“Freedom of expression needs to be defended, but freedom of expression can also be a refuge for journalist scoundrels, to hide mediocrity and glorify truly unprofessional conduct,” the report read.

The conflict between Mr. Maharaj and The Mail & Guardian came to a head when the paper told him it was publishing information from a confidential interview that Mr. Maharaj had with corruption investigators almost a decade ago. The information proved that Mr. Maharaj had lied to investigators, who were examining allegations of corrupt payments made to Mr. Zuma, who was then a high-ranking official, during a major arms deal in the late 1990s, said Nic Dawes, the paper’s editor in chief.

But under a little-known South African law, it would have been illegal for anyone to reveal the contents of Mr. Maharaj’s statements to investigators because they were made during a process in which he had to waive his right to remain silent. Even though the paper withheld the statements, Mr. Maharaj filed a criminal complaint, saying that it had intended to publish the information.

Mr. Maharaj said the media could not hold freedom of the press above his individual rights.

“There’s no single right that stands in a hierarchy,” he said. “It’s a balancing of those rights, and the process of building a democracy, is an ongoing exercise.”

Mr. Maharaj said he believed that The Mail & Guardian was using him as political football to raise opposition to the protection bill.

Indeed, the day before the blacked-out paper was published, Mr. Dawes posted a photo of the newspaper page on his Twitter feed with the note “A glimpse of life under #secrecybill.

Mr. Dawes also posted a copy of The Weekly Mail, the Mail & Guardian’s former name, from 1986 in which lines of an article were blacked out because of government censorship. It was routine practice in those days, Mr. Dawes said.

“For all of the problems that we have now, we still live in a democracy now and we didn’t then,” he said. “But you can’t avoid the kind of awful analogy that arises in these circumstances.”

Sunday, November 20, 2011

South African Police Farce part 4

HT: Censorbugbear

The problem with criminal thugs running the SAPS, is that it sets a good example for mindless twats.  Like a certain Juda Dagane.  Juda was or still is a forensic investigator at SAPS.

Below is an extract of his comments on the Julius Malema Facebook page.  He hates whites.  He wants to be part of a genocide against them.

We kindly ask that you report the relevant posts on these profiles as offensive.

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South African Police Farce part 3

Just when you thought losing 20,000 firearms in 3 years, 10,000 cops in jail and a criminal former police commissioner and Interpol president being handed a 15-year sentence couldn’t get any worse for SAPS track record…

CeleFrom News24:

Taxpayers fork out R1.3m for Cele's salary

Johannesburg - Taxpayers will spend at least R1.3m a year on suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele's salary, according to reports on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Tummi Shai said the current salary of the police commissioner was between R1.3m and R1.5m a year, the Sunday Tribune reported.

Taxpayers were also expected to fork out millions more on Cele's legal fees.

Cele was suspended on October 24 on full pay, for his alleged role in the procurement of two police leases worth R1.6bn.

Taxpayers had already spent more than R30m on the legal costs for former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride, according to the report.

Selebi was convicted of taking bribes from drug dealers in July 2010 after being suspended between February 2008 and July 2009.

McBride was convicted of drunk driving in April this year after being arrested in December 2006. He was dismissed in September 2008.

Selebi and McBride are both appealing.

Meanwhile, the board of inquiry into the leases was taking formative steps, with the three-member board meeting to receive important documents, the Sunday Tribune reported.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The last Boers of Patagonia

An old article from the Mail & Guardian, but interesting reading nonetheless.

PatagoniaSource: Mail & Guardian online

"Ek verstaan 'n bietjie Afrikaans, maar te praat is nie maklik vir my nie [I understand a bit of Afrikaans, but it's not easy for me to speak it]," says Juan Blackie matter-of-factly.

Nothing about this would be strange if it wasn't coming from a third-generation Boer descendant who has never been to South Africa. Blackie, a jovial, unshorn fellow in his early 40s, lives in Argentina's Chubut province in the small farming town of Sarmiento, about 160km inland from Comodoro Rivadavia, a dusty, wind-swept patch of earth on Patagonia's east coast where the Boers landed in 1903.

The kettle on the stove whistles and he takes it off the boil. He pours hot water into a gourd filled with bitter herbs and takes a sip of his maté, a traditional Argentine drink, before passing it around the room, which is filled with relatives who have been called in from around town to meet the South Africans who have ventured into the heart of Patagonia to track them down.

His aunt, Ana Schlebusch, a woman in her 50s with a broad, toothless smile and a farm-ruddied face, bursts into the living room a few minutes later. "Wie is die Suid Afrikaners?" she asks excitedly, a blush spreading outwards from her too-pink nose. She had received a phone call just minutes before to tell her the news and invite her over. Her eyes fix on the journalist stretching to remember pleasantries in his second language. She grins broadly and launches into a diatribe about how good it is to meet "regte Suid Afrikaners".

The Blackies and the Schlebusches are two of roughly 600 Afrikaner families who came to Argentina in the early 1900s after the Boers' overwhelming defeat to the British in the Anglo-Boer War. They aren't exactly Boers any more -- more an amalgamation of Boer and Argentine, who themselves are a hodgepodge mix of their European, mostly Spanish and Italian, forefathers. Traces of Afrikaner culture remain -- they make biltong from guanacos, a small type of llama native to Patagonia, spice up their Spanish with the odd Afrikaans word and love their brandewyn and Coke -- but over the generations it has obtained a distinctly Argentinian flavour.

Listening to this woman's flawless Afrikaans, you'd be forgiven for assuming you were sitting on a stoep in Blikkiesdorp or Bapsfontein. But she is an exception, one of only a handful of Boer descendants who still keep the language alive.

In 1965 Sunday Times journalist Peter Schirmer visited the town and wrote that in Sarmiento "more Afrikaans than Spanish is heard in the shops, bars and offices", but that is no longer the case. Today names such as Kruger, Van der Merwe, Botha, Van Wyk, De Bruyn and Eloff are still around, but the people who hold them are a far cry from the Afrikaners in South Africa and maintain little of the cultural heritage of their ancestors.

 

The last great trek

Patagonia's east coast is a dry place, not all that dissimilar to the Karoo, which is why the Argentine government, under General Julio A Roca, gave the Boers the land in 1902, thinking that the hard-working South African farmers could draw fruit from the earth. Argentina wanted to attract settlers to Patagonia and the Boers wanted a patch of land in the sun that they could call their own after the British had burned their farms in the Anglo-Boer War.

The first ones arrived in 1903 -- the bittereinders who refused to cede to British rule -- and looked out at the barren horizon on a cold June afternoon. Many couldn't believe this was their new land, bleak sandstone cliffs rising sheer from the icy Atlantic.

It wasn't easy going. There were no houses, no infrastructure and, most importantly, no drinking water. More soon followed and, by 1907, there were more than 600 Boer families in the region, although almost half returned to South Africa in 1938, the centenary of the Great Trek, which saw a huge resurgence in Afrikaner nationalism. Sara De Langer, a third-generation Boer descendant in her early 60s living in Comodoro, says the closest water source was 36km away and it had to be brought in by wagon. She wears the khaki of her forefathers and her face is deeply grooved, weathered by years in the Patagonian wind.

"The Boers used to call this place 'Die of Thirst'," she tells me in word-perfect Afrikaans, which is tinged with a Spanish accent. For a long time they lived in tents and tried to do what they knew best -- work the land -- but the climate in this far corner of the Earth is cold, arid and unforgiving.

The Boers were among the first settlers to arrive in Comodoro. The population in 1903 was just 140; now it's the biggest city in Patagonia with a population of 300 000. They soon began to build roads and telegraph lines so that they could link their land, as well as schools, bridges and dams -- all through their own efforts and resources. They worked hard, subsisted poorly and lived up to their hardy reputation.

In 1907 the Boers' pleas to the Argentine government to search for water were heard and a drilling machine was sent down from Buenos Aires. But instead of water they hit oil, vast deposits of it, much of it on the land they had been given. The drive from Comodoro to Sarmiento today is littered with mechanical giants, limbs reaching into the earth to pump 25% of Argentina's total oil deposits. Had the regulations been different, the Boers may well have developed into an elite enclave of Argentine society, but Argentine law decrees that all mineral rights belong to the state.

"The story of the Boers in Chubut is a remarkable one, in terms of privation, hardship and loss," says Tony Leon, the former Democratic ­Alliance leader and now South African ambassador to Argentina, who, with his wife, has been living in Buenos Aires for just over a year.

Many Boers trekked further into the hinterland, reaching Sarmiento, where they found arable land and running water. The area is an oasis compared with the harsh Patagonian semidesert surrounding it and reminded the Boers so much of their abandoned South African farmland that they decided to set up camp permanently. They planted willows and elms for windbreaks and to prevent erosion, and Sarmiento bloomed.

 

Lekker op die plaas

In Bruce Chatwin's 1977 seminal text on the area, creatively named In Patagonia, the renowned travel writer describes the Boers as such: "They lived in fear of the Lord, celebrated Dingaan's Day and took oaths on the Dutch Reformed Bible. They did not marry outsiders and their daughters had to go to the kitchen if a Latin entered the house." De Langer is quick to dispel this notion. The Boers were forced to acclimatise to their new land, they had to learn the language and the customs of the native people. Certainly, these days Chatwin's assertion holds little weight. Every Boer descendant the Mail & Guardian spoke to had married an Argentine. If their politiek, as Chatwin claims, was once separatist, it is no longer.

Back at the Blackie house, a DVD is put into the machine and the whole family gathers round to watch a documentary made in the 1970s about this intriguing sect of Argentine society. Schlebusch points at the TV: "Those are my brothers," she says in Afrikaans, gesturing to three men seated on a bench. "The one in the middle is dead. The other two still work on the farm, but they struggle a lot." At one time there were several families living on their sheep farm -- about 30 to 40 people in total, Schlebusch says -- but now her brothers are the only ones left.

The documentary comes to an end and a home video of the yearly Afrikaans fiesta is put on. Every February until 2005 about 300 Boer descendants gathered in the veld near Sarmiento, setting up their tents in a big kraal for a weekend of athletics, rugby, braai vleis and sokkie (dancing). In the video an elderly man sits on a stage playing Sarie Marais on his accordion while the youngsters whirl around the dance floor.

Up until a few years ago it was typical for many Boer families to live on a single farm. The festival was a way to bring all the Boers in the region together and because many of them lived in relative proximity it was easier for them to get together. But families gradually began to leave the farms -- their children often got jobs in the city -- and the festival's attendance dwindled. By 2005, with so few families willing to make the trek and attend, it, more than anything else, just petered out.

 

108 years of solitude

At one time the Boer community in Patagonia was the biggest community of Boers living outside South Africa, but exactly how many Boers now live in Comodoro and its surrounding areas is unclear, although Graciela Àguila Hammond, another third-generation Boer, claims a 2008 survey puts the number at about 1 200. Martin Blackie puts the number at about 500.

Leon says "the embassy has no accurate estimation of the number of Boer descendants, simply because, according to our records, none of them are South African citizens. However, during my visit to Comodoro Rivadavia last November, I met about 35 Boer families and was told by them that the community numbered 'several hundred'."

Leon went to Comodoro to address the Boer community shortly after he was made ambassador in August 2009. He said to the congregation (in Afrikaans, of course): "I hope that this community and its heritage and language will survive in Argentina" and was fed some of Hammond's melktert. Hammond runs Die Kleep, a koffiehuis in the town. She started the place eight years ago to mark the centenary of the Boers' arrival here.

At the time the first-generation Boers had almost all died out and she wanted to find a way to preserve Afrikaans culture. She did it through soetkos. On the menu are treats you'd be likely to find at any tuisnywerheid: melktert, koeksisters, konfyt, ardekoekies, sjokolade koek and such. The worn linoleum, the plastic chairs and the warm welcome remind you of a good vetkoek paleis in die Vrystaat, although no vetkoeks are for sale here.

In Hammond's home-cum-coffee shop she proudly displays a bottle of Amarula, some kitsch tribal masks and a print of a lion, all trinkets her cousin brought back when she visited South Africa on holiday last year. Her Afrikaans is almost unintelligible through her thick Spanish accent and the Spanish words she frequently throws into sentences, but she manages to get her point across in her congenial manner, stumbling when she tries to think of an Afrikaans word she can't remember.

"I learned Afrikaans at home -- it was my 'kitchen language' -- but now I speak mostly Spanish," she says. At 18 she left home to study, got married to an Argentine soon after and spoke Afrikaans only at Boer gatherings. Spanish became her new kombuistaal and her children never learned it. Juan Wright (69) lives in Sarmiento. He spoke Afrikaans when he was a child, but has long since forgotten the language. All he can remember are the bad words.

"Damn it!" he shouts suddenly. "What does 'damn it' mean?" The closest approximation I can offer in my sketchy Spanish is diablo -- or devil -- although I know the essence is lost in translation. "I never knew what it meant. My father used to say it when we had done something wrong," he explains through our interpreter, Luis, raising the back of his hand in a mock swipe.

His niece, Ana Wright, says her grandparents didn't allow her father to learn Afrikaans. "Spanish lessons cost a lot. My grandfather said he didn't want to waste his money on his children learning a language if they weren't going to use it." Juan Wright chips in: "When my mother and my aunt came here, they couldn't speak any Spanish. When they went to the shops, they had to point at the things they wanted. Our parents wanted us to be Argentinian so that we didn't have to go through that."

The Argentinian Boers left South Africa before the language was formalised. As a result, none seems to know how to read or write in Afrikaans, although the community hopes to get an Afrikaans teacher to keep the language alive -- at least for one more generation. "Last year we asked Leon for an Afrikaans teacher but we still haven't heard anything," says De Langer. Leon says the embassy is working on it, but in the past year, promoting the Fifa World Cup took priority.

Martin Blackie, Juan's seventysomething uncle, a second-generation Boer whose mother was among the first batch of settlers and whose father was detained in a concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer war, was honorary vice-consul of the Boer descendants in Chubut for 20 years, a position he held with much pride, but with the decline of an authentic Boer community there was no longer need for a consul and his position fell away last year. His children also speak little Afrikaans.

Though the language may disappear, he is right in thinking the Boer descendants in Patagonia will retain many aspects of Boer culture, even if in "20 or 30 years Afrikaans is not spoken here".

They are losing their language, but they express the vibrant spirit of their culture in the Spanish they were thrown into. Their forefathers, with stubbornness and gall, had the courage to venture across the Atlantic in a rusty vessel and today's Boer descendants in Patagonia are following their example, burgeoning forward in a country at once emphatically foreign and completely theirs.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Malema kicked out–with pay

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Suspended with full pay.  In other words a paid vacation.  I wonder if he will spend more time managing his “family trust”, you know, the one which receives bribes for government tenders…

 

 

 

 

 

 

from IOL:

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema had to “vacate his position”, the party's national disciplinary committee said on Thursday.

“The respondent shall vacate his position as the president of the ANC Youth League,” said chairman Derek Hanekom in Johannesburg.

Malema was suspended for an effective five years.

“Malema damaged the standing of the ANC and South Africa's international reputation,” said Hanekom.

The ANC has kicked Youth League leader, Julius Malema, out of the party for five yearsafter finding him guilty of sowing division.

Julius Malema was found guilty of provoking divisions within the ruling party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute on Thursday.

His statements on Botswana were “reckless” , the party's national disciplinary committee chairman Derek Hanekom said.

This was after Malema said earlier this year the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change there.

Malema later apologised for the remarks, but they were widely believed to have caused serious diplomatic embarrassment for the ANC.

He was earlier on Thursday found guilty of interrupting a meeting of national ruling party officials that included President Jacob Zuma.

That guilty finding related to Malema, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

On that charge, the group was suspended from the ruling party for two years on Thursday. The sanction was suspended for three years.

Malema, who was busy writing exams in Limpopo on Thursday, had 14 days to appeal against the ruling.

He would remain on full pay until all the appeal processes were completed, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said. - Sapa

Sunday, November 06, 2011

SA-295–Helderberg

0272229_smallOn November 28 1987, a South African Airways 747-244b aircraft (Aircraft Identification ZS-SAS) with 159 passengers on board crashed into the Indian Ocean, 160 miles north east of Mauritius.  All passengers and crew perished.

Official inquiries into the incident and cause for the disaster never yielded definitive resolution.  The previous government in South Africa, lead by the National Party, was either grossly incompetent in its fact-finding mission or deliberately obstructive.  Then there is also the part played by the ANC.  One “official” cause supplied was that a fire caused by fireworks on board resulted in the disaster.

What follows here is a personal account of a very distinguished gentleman.  A very intelligent man.  But that is only my opinion.  You decide for yourself.

Source:

With Malice and Forethought

“When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
- Clarke's First Law -

Preamble

In the late fall of 1987 I was approached by Colonel Jorrie Jordaan to produce a rather nasty weapon system that would be used in the war in Angola. Since I was already designing the security systems for military bases, borders and key points, and I had worked on advanced and non-conventional systems in the past, the “marriage” of my previous experience with this new ‘purpose’ was a natural transition, as far as Jorrie was concerned.

Jorrie wanted a way to take down the Migs that were giving us so much grief, but he wanted to do it in a way that would make it look like pilot error and keep the Russians and Cubans guessing. The best technological ‘fit’ I could work out at the time was an accelerated laser weapon with a nuclear source. We could constrain a highly energized particle stream inside a “tube” or “ring” laser, bring its energy level up to a few trillion volts and send it into a Mig. It would be like a focused EMP Cannon with a 1/4 wave frequency anywhere from hundreds of yards to thousands of miles in length. The result of a hit on a plane (and the pilot it contained), would be catastrophic, but almost undetectable unless one found the energy transfer point.

A few months after the request had come through to develop the weapon, and the prototypes of smaller units had been constructed as a proof of concept, it came time to build the working device that would be deployed in Northern SWA (now Namibia). There were however problems with the acquisition of parts and materials for the larger device. You can’t walk into a hardware store and buy a few megawatts of Class IV lasers or highly enriched u239. These kinds of components and materials had to come from overseas. Armscor already had a working relationship with SAA (South African Airlines) to move armaments and even though a weapons embargo was in place, it was not being seriously managed by it’s most staunch supporters (ref. 1988 US/Iraqi arms deal with French support delivered through SA for direct shipment to Saddam, for the invasion of Kuwait, this was after the Helderberg catastrophe, but nothing was really any different in 1987 as opposed to 1988) (1).

Colonel Jordaan needed to get the materials into SA, so he did what any loyal Boer would, he handled the purchase and transport himself. After all, this was a very sensitive and highly illegal operation and the success of the operation meant success for all of South Africa. What follows is a bit of the story...

The Events Surrounding the Helderberg Specifically

Jorrie was allegedly at a science conference, that was the cover story and having his wife with him made it look perfectly innocent. What he was really doing however, was between him and very few others. The cover was that  Armscor had told him they wanted him there to examine new technology, possibly for security applications. That’s what he told everyone, like Andre and I, before he left.

I knew a couple of things though, both PMP and Somchem wanted a new Ammonium Perchlorate (APC or AMP) accelerant mix for the solid fuel propellant in SAMS. Atlas needed a contained fissile source for something I had designed for Jorrie and Armscor to take down the Migs in Angola. The Minister and Armscor were not adverse, to ‘strong-arming’ SAA pilots to move weapons and material shipments to get around the arms embargo, by using commercial airlines. To make matters worse, they had ‘bought men’ in the airports to expedite their ‘packages’ and ‘sanitize’ the paperwork.

Then there was the underlying problem with Armscor and the government, both of which had two internally warring factions Jorrie had told me. Armscor was politically fractured, he called the two sides, the hawks and the doves. And either side was capable of doing anything to the other side to further their positions, including killing fellow officers.

The day before Jorrie left Taiwan, he received his “samples” shipped from North Korea through China. Plenty enough material to replicate for PMP and Somchem. He handed this off to an operative for vacuum packaging and transport on the plane. He went back to the hotel, showered and threw out his day clothes. He wouldn’t want the “sniffers” to pick up a problem in the airport. He might not be able to fix that ‘little’ situation.

The next day at the airport, while Jorrie was waiting to clear his tickets and his baggage, one of his “trusted” operatives approached him with guarded urgency. This was a man who should not have been there. He motioned Jorrie aside, away from the crowds and the line of people.  Recognizing him, Jorrie told his wife to wait in the queue while he thought, ‘it must be important’.

The displaced operative whispered to him, “you have to stay, tell her there is a problem with the baggage, I’ll wait”, and that was all he said.

Jorrie turned and visibly checked his wife. When he turned back, the man was moving away and into the crowds of milling people to stand against the outside wall. He would have to think fast.

He had not checked his bags yet. He took his wife out of the queue to sit down and told her, “I will take care of the bags, you can just stay here and read, relax for a bit.”

He had positioned her sufficiently far enough away, in a quiet area where she wouldn’t be able to see exactly what he was up to. Jorrie stood in plain sight for about 10 minutes, then he bypassed the desks and took his bags to his displaced operative standing at the outside wall.

He said, “take these outside, put them in the trunk of a close cab and wait in it, when I come out, I’ll find you, wait till I am at the cab and get out, get your car and follow me to the hotel, take my bags from my cab, wait one hour and drop them off at the front desk, say you are from the airport, give them apologies or something.”

The man raised his hand and nodded in acknowledgment and confirmation, took the bags, found a cab, loaded them in the trunk and waited. Jorrie headed back towards the ticket counter and baggage check area and started waiting, to make his move.

After about fifteen minutes he went over and complained to his wife, “they said there is something wrong with our luggage, it has been taken by security to be checked, can you believe it?”

She asked, “what could be wrong, dearie?”
He shrugged, “I don’t know, yesus, these bloody Chinese, they said to go back to the hotel.”
“But we’ll miss our flight,” she worried.

He responded, “then we will, they said they would honour the tickets, don’t worry, they will sort it out,” he said, “ach, let’s get out of this stupid place.”

And he walked her out the front door to the waiting cab. His associate exited, Jorrie and his wife entered. They made their way back to the hotel and checked in for another night. His wife didn’t notice, she was waiting near the hotel doors, but Jorrie had told the driver to wait five minutes and he would send someone down for the bags. Once upstairs he scheduled his re-return flight to Johannesburg. Downstairs, in front of the hotel, his associate had removed the luggage and was waiting in his car.

One hour later, his operative delivered the luggage to the front desk. He said he was delivering for South African Airlines, there had been a mix up, “please give them our apologies.” The front desk called up. The Op was gone. The desk had the luggage sent upstairs and Jorrie’s wife didn’t know a damned thing about what had just transpired.

On the plane, it was a different story. The pilot and two crew members knew something nasty was coming on board. They didn’t know exactly what even though they had suspicions, they did know it wasn’t ‘good’. As every time before though, there would be a handler and “he” would take care of the cargo. Prior to take-off, the pilot noticed an irregularity, the handler had not boarded. Imagining the worse, with good reason, he refused to take off (3a).

Then the threats came from Pretoria, it was the one call that would change 159 lives. A Minister called and told the pilot that if he didn’t take off they wouldn’t just “release” him from his duties, they would “release” his family and anyone else he cared about for that matter. With his back to the wall, he taxied out and took off, not knowing the two missing passengers names were being purged from all records relating to his flight.

Follow the link to continue reading the rest of this fascinating account…

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

South African Police Farce part 2

It is difficult to decide which is worse.  The absolute corruption in each and every state department in South Africa or the total incompetence of BEE or AA appointees.

Here is another example.  A white 22-year old student is viciously attacked by a black man after a Bible study session at her apartment in a security complex.  Such was the heinous nature of the attack that medical personnel who treated the student described it as the perpetrator virtually dissecting her.

Even though previous warrants are out for this man’s arrest, he was not listed on the SAPS public register for violent criminals.  No, that is not the worst part yet.

So he gets caught.  At which point the demented animals like the vile lapdog, her delusional feathered friend and crack head buddies can jump up and down and shout “Crime is down.  Crime is down.  Criminals are being caught.”

That is until the criminal complains of “feeling ill”, is taken to hospital after the two bafoons disguised as cops remove his handcuffs and leg irons and allow him to escape through a toilet window.

Yet, that is not the end of total incompetence, corruption and thuggery.

The two cops, I mean bafoons, appear in court for defeating the ends of justice.  So a newspaper reporter takes their picture while in court.  They are released on warning.  So what do they do?  They follow the reporter who took their photograph, take pictures of him and note down his vehicle’s registration number.  You can only imagine for what purpose.

Read the complete post at Censorbugbear:

Capture

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Volkstaat Maps Prove Boer Orientation of Afrikaans Self Determination.

While looking at a number of maps for the proposed Afrikaner & or Boer Volkstaat I was struck how ALL of these maps intrinsically make the same basic point I have been making for years. IE: the drive for independence & secession within the broader local White population is far more concentrated within the Boer descended population. [ As opposed to Cape Dutch descendents & English speakers etc. ] There are those who assert that campaigning for Boer independence is "divisive" yet the very maps for the various proposed Volkstaat[s] all vindicate & validate the very point I & others have made. As a matter of fact these maps all recognize this point by noticeably leaving the bulk of the Cape Dutch population OUT of the equation. For example: the Cape Dutch strongholds are not even part of the various maps for the proposed Volkstaat. Therefore: if the Cape Dutch descendents were truly as interested in independence as the Boer descendents are then there should be at least some Volkstaat maps which include the Cape Dutch descended populated area of the Western Cape region within a proposal.

Out of all the maps I have seen: not one of them included the Cape Dutch descended stronghold of the Western Cape [ excluding the generic Western Cape secessionist movement which is a somewhat different matter ] & many even exclude Johannesburg within them. Even none other than the map of Dan Roodt [ who eschews the term Boer & favours the dispossessing term Afrikaner ] consists entirely of Boer populated & or historically held territory while conspicuously excluding the Cape Dutch descended population region. Now I know there is indeed a fledgling secessionist movement to break the Western Cape off from South Africa but that movement is not strictly an Afrikaner Volkstaat movement.

The folks who are most wanting a Volkstaat or Afrikaans language based autonomous state are overwhelmingly of Boer descent as even the various map proposals clearly indicate. Yet many Boer descendents insist on diluting their natural strength [ which comes as a natural result from identifying with the Afrikaner designation ] by ceding authority over to an amorphous Afrikaner macro grouping [ whose leadership naturally usurps the Boers' leadership when lumping the two groups together & consequently sharing a leadership ] - the bulk of whom are not descended from the Boer people & whose strongholds are not even part of the various Volkstaat proposal maps. This stark realization should prompt more of those Boer descendents who still think of themselves as Afrikaners to wake up because struggling for freedom under the Afrikaner designation is analogous to Scots struggling for freedom under the British designation or Quebecois struggling for independence under the Canadian designation.


The map for the proposed Volkstaat from the Freedom Front. Chosen for its sparse population.

The map of Dan Roodt spanning the Cape frontier region where the Boers developed / emerged right up to portions of OVS & ZAR Boer Republics. The Cape Dutch stronghold within the Western Cape is conspicuously omitted yet Boers are expected to classify as "Afrikaners" - a designation which was initiated & promoted by Cape Dutch intellectuals at Paarl starting in 1875 back when the Boer Republics were still independent & internationally recognized.


The map of Robert van Tonder of the Boerestaat Party which was a consolidation of the Orange Free State Republic with most of the Transvaal Republic [ ZAR ] & with the Vryheid Republic. This Boerestaat model was based on areas which were independent & under Boer government.



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Malema faces arrest

m_110616mgNothing will happen.  Because he has the insides on Zuma and the rest of the bunch of corrupt bafoons.  He knows about their corruption, so how will they prosecute him?  You can be sure this is a smokescreen for something sinister in the background.  Aren’t we still waiting for Selebi to start his sentence?

from IOL News

A probe by the special investigative unit, the Hawks, into the financial affairs of Julius Malema, has allegedly uncovered prima facie evidence of wrongdoing relating to the awarding of tenders to companies with close ties to the ANC Youth League leader in his home province of Limpopo.

The Sunday Independent has learnt that it was no longer a case of “if” there was a case for Malema to answer, but a matter of “when” he was likely to be hauled before a court. Sources close to the criminal investigation into Malema said he faced cases of corruption, fraud and money laundering which mirror the cases President Jacob Zuma faced before ascending to the Union Buildings.

The Hawks were investigating, among others, the Ratanang Family Trust, named after his son, which Malema allegedly used as a conduit for bribes, a company owned by Maropeng Ramohlale, the mother of his son, and others that are run by Malema’s friends.

The Sunday Independent was informed that several of Malema’s acquaintances had approached the Hawks requesting co-operation, instead of being arrested.

“We have told them to wait, because frankly, we do not need them to prove our case against him. A decision on whether they will be charged separately later or will testify against him will be taken later,” said the source.

The source said the case against Malema relied heavily on SMSes exchanged between him and several businessmen. “You must know that businessmen do not want to spend a day in prison. Once you visit them, they tell you the whole story and produce the evidence to corroborate their story,” said the source.

The Hawks investigators have not interviewed Malema on the matter yet. On Saturday, Malema confirmed that he was not interviewed by the Hawks. “They must come and interview me. Ratanang, they will talk what? There is no problem. Ratanang has declared its taxes since inception without failure,” he said.

However, he said it was good the Hawks were investigating the matter as those who claim to have paid him money would need to come out in the open. “It is good that this went to the Hawks,” he said

In February 2010, SGL Engineering Projects, a company Malema owned with his friend Lesiba Gwangwa, won tenders worth millions of rand from municipalities across Limpopo. Gwangwa is also the chief executive officer of On Point, a company that was paid R52 million in 2009 to administer the programme management unit of the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department for a period of three years.

On Point is a sister company of SGL Engineering, which started out as Segwalo Consulting Engineers in 2002, and the Ratanang Family Trust has a stake in On Point. Malema resigned as a director of SGL Engineering last year.

Ramohlale has two companies registered under her name – Ratamaropeng Construction and Projects and Bondu Engineering Contractors.

The Hawks have two investigators probing Malema while Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has three. Madonsela’s spokesman, Oupa Segalwe, said their investigation into Malema’s business interests was ongoing.

“Up to so far,” he said, “we have collected documents, identified some of the witnesses and agreed with the Hawks on the approach. We will be getting three investigators to help expedite the case.”

The investigations into Malema started when his lavish lifestyle, expensive parties and houses came to the fore, with many questioning how he managed all these things on his youth league salary.

The Sunday Independent broke the story of his R3m house that was destroyed to make way for a bigger mansion, believed to be worth about R16m.

Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela refused to comment on the investigation: “We are not giving updates on investigations.”

The Hawks have reportedly collected enough documents which point to money laundering, fraud and corruption involving the league leader. The officials – who spoke on condition of anonymity – said immediately after AfriForum’s complaint, the Hawks applied for a court order, requesting it to grant them the power to obtain Malema’s bank records, his cellphone accounts and the list of companies registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, be they under his name or those of his allies.

“We got SMSes. You could see from the records that there was a request for money and it then gets deposited the next day. Malema has made a lot of enemies and most of them are willing to talk.

“Some have approached the Hawks with information and the Hawks have told them to wait until they finalise their investigation,” said the official. During their investigation, the Hawks apparently found a lot of companies registered under Malema and his associates, with “big money moving from one account to another”.

“There’s huge amounts of monies amounting to millions of rand moving from one account to the other,” the official said.

In August this year, a few days after the ANC charged Malema with sowing divisions and bringing the ruling party into disrepute, the Hawks confirmed that they were probing Malema for corruption and fraud.

At the time, the Hawks said the probe was preliminary. In July, Malema said he was not engaged in illegal activities.

“Why would I form a trust to do illegal activities and put my child in that trust and my grandmother in that trust?”

Polela said afterwards the investigative unit had, from the information at their disposal, “enough to tell us that we need to do a full investigation because there’s a lot that tells us that we have reason to worry”.

He said the Hawks investigation was related to the Ratanang Family Trust and other companies linked to him.

“There are a lot of companies that are involved that we need to look into and their finances and how those finances come in and get out and what those finances are used for,” Polela said then.

In May 2008, Malema was controversially elected as the league’s president and, weeks later, the Ratanang Family Trust was registered at the Pretoria office of the Master of the High Court. - Sunday Independent

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