Friday, October 31, 2008

Child rape capital of the world

We have published these gruesome crimes and statistics before and will continue doing so as long as there are people telling us there is only some crime here and there in South Africa.

Sexual violence against children, including the rapin
g of infants, has increased 400% over the past decade

According to a report by BBC news, a female born in the new South Africa has a greater chance of being raped in her lifetime than learning how to read.

In 1994, there were already 18,801 cases of rape per year, but by 2001 there were 24,892. Numbers vary by different institutions but are nevertheless extremely troubling. The Institute of Race Relations found that more than 52,000 rapes were reported in 2000, and 40% of the victims were under age 18.

The University of South Africa reports that 1 million women and children are raped each year.

This has now become so bad
that the South African Police have placed a moratorium on the release of statistics. They have now adopted the "let's keep very quiet and pretend this never happens" approach.

Well, we will continue publishing the facts , as these crimes are now mainly ignored by the main stream media, politicians, Human Rights Watch and the most powerful and influential charity in South Africa, the Multimillion dollar Nelson Mandela Children’s fund. See their financial report here

Here is but one of the rapes that occur every 26 seconds in this utopia of democracy, human rights and equality for all rainbow nation.

** How can someone do this? **

A 12-year-old HIV-positive girl from Gugulethu is in hospital after she was raped and stabbed in her bed, allegedly by her uncle who was looking after her while her grandmother was working the nigh
t shift. A relative, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, said the grandmother had cared for the girl since the death of the child's mother. The girl had been taking anti-retroviral drugs since the age of five.

"Her grandmother was working night shift and it was not the first time the child had been left in the house with her uncle," the relative said. The girl had apparently asked her grandmother to wake her at 6am because she had an examination to write and did not want to be late.

When her grandmother telephoned at 6am she could not get through, so she called another relative.

"When we went to the house, we could not get in because the locks had been changed. When we finally got in w
e found the door to (the child's) room locked from the inside," that relative said. Her uncle has not been seen since.

"I think she was scared and locked the door because she thought her uncle might come back," she said. She jiggled the key out of the lock and got it from under the door. When she entered, she found the child lying on her bed covered in blood. Her pyjama top was tied around her neck and she had been stabbed. "I saw two wounds in her back. I don't know how many times she was stabbed," she said.

"How could a human do that to an innocent child?"

Police spokesperson Captain Elliot Sinyangana confirmed the incident and said a rape case was being investigated by the Nyanga police. "The child was also assaulted in the incident," Sinyangana said." The suspect is still at large and we are following every possible lead

He said the child was rushed to hospital where she was reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

Baby rapes shock South Africa

South Africans are left revolted and bewildered. Two men are due to appear at a court in Johannesburg on Tuesday, accused of raping a five-month-old girl who was discovered covered in blood and in tears.

Every day the newspapers bring awful revelations: a nine-month-old girl gang-raped by six men; an eight-month-old raped and left by the roadside.

Rape statistics from South Africa are so shocking as to be almost unbelievable - women's rights activists say one South African is raped every 26 seconds. A widespread rumour - that having sex with a virgin cures Aids. Traditional healers, or witchdoctors, are blamed for spreading this idea, and encouraging child rape. Source

Shocking Rape Statistics

South Africa has been called the rape capital of the world. "It is almost impossible for us to imagine the frequency in which these horrific crimes happen, not only to women, but also especially to the children," Oprah says.

Shocking statistics:

  • In South Africa, more than 1 million women and children are raped every year. (The London Times, October 14, 2004)·
  • Each and every day in South Africa, at least 50 children are victims of rape. (South African Press Association, June 2005)·
  • More than 90 percent of rape victims know their attackers. (South African Press Association, June 2005)·
  • A young girl born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than of learning how to read. (BBC News, April 2002)·
  • In South Africa, one in four girls faces the prospect of being raped before her 16th birthday, according to the child support group, Childline South Africa. Source
According to the latest report by South Africa's Police Service, children are the victims of 41 percent of all rapes and attempted rapes reported in the country.

Over 15 percent of all reported rapes are against children under 11, and another 26 percent against children 12-17. For the year 2000, some 58 children were raped or the victims of rape attempts in South Africa every single day. The trend is worsening. Babies as young as only a few months old are being raped almost daily.Many black South African men infected with AIDS erroneously believe that by having sex with a virgin -- even a baby -- they will be cured of AIDS or their HIV infection.

South African police statistics show that last year alone, 21,538 rapes and attempted rapes of children under the age of 18 were reported. Source

21,000 child rapes, and some 37,000 adult rapes, were reported in South Africa last year. According to the South African Police Service, only one in 35 are actually reported.

The actual incidence of rape could well be
in excess of a million per year.It can only be speculated and extrapolated then that the actual incidence of child/infant rape has reached alarming and phenomenal proportions that should signal urgent intervention from the highest levels of government, and society-at-large. Source

Results of a national survey in South Africa of more than 11,000 women aged under 50 years--detailed in a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET--suggest that child rape is becoming more common, with a third of rape of girls perpetrated by school teachers. Source

One-third of child rape in South Africa committed by school teachers. Source

The number of child rapes in South Africa is so embarrassing that the government has placed a moratorium on government crime statistics, stating that they needed reassessment. Source

"South Africa has in recent years had one of the highest per capita rates of rape and sexual assault in the world," according to the New York Times. Source

Horrified police officers on Monday said that what was happening was a national crisis which needed to be dealt with immediately. Source

A study by Interpol, the international police agency, has revealed that South Africa leads the world in rapes. A woman was raped in South Africa every 17 seconds. This did not include the number of child rape victims. It was estimated that one in every two women would be raped. Source

Of every 25 men accused of raping a child or adult woman, 24 walk free - and one in every eight rape suspects is under the age of 17.

These are just some of the disturbing statistics that have emerged from South Africa's largest ever rape study, which has exposed how local police and justice authorities are failing rape survivors. Only 4,1 percent of reported rape cases resulted in a conviction. Source

Emboldened Lekota to add more vowels to name


Rebel politician Mosiuoa Lekota says he wall reward loyalty at the polls by adding more vowels to his name because the masses like a chief with a long name.

According to Lekota aides, he is likely to rename himself Moiiuoaieiosiouaeuuoia Lekota, although pundits agree it will make little difference as his name will still be unpronounceable.

Lekota and former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Barney Barnato Shilowa are currently planning their first national conference, where they will try to explain to voters why their policies are completely different from and entirely identical to those of the ANC.

"People are still a bit confused," said Lekota spokesman Pipsqueak Sephuma.

"They are saying, 'But aren't you the same politicians who got the country into a mess under Thabo Mbeki, and endorsed quiet diplomacy with Mugabe, and denied Aids, and bought weapons while your people starved, and undermined the judiciary, and damaged race relations, and ignored crime?'

"But what we're saying is…"

"What we're saying is…"

He then asked to be excused, saying he had "made a terrible terrible mistake".

He is believed to have resigned.

However new party organizers say they are confident that their new slogan –
"Better The Corrupt And Arrogant Politicians You Know Than The Corrupt And Arrogant Politicians You Don't" – will make a difference at the polls next year.

And Lekota has vowed to "give back to the people" by dramatically lengthening his name should the party make serious inroads in Parliament.

According to one party insider who did not wish to be named but is believed to be Lekota's auntie Ivy, the politician has "always understood that the masses like chiefs with a long name".

"If you can't have a big mshini then you must have a big name," she said, adding that Lekota had always had "something of a crush on Sri Lankan cricketers because they have those wonderful long names".

She revealed that Lekota's imaginary friend as a child had been called Nelson Terrorpatrickterrorpatrick Lekotalekotalekota Youdaman Lekota.

"That's why he got on so well with Thabo Mbeki," she said. "Thabo also had an imaginary friend. Two, actually. Funny little pixies, one on each shoulder, and they'd tell him what to do and what to say, and he grew to love them very much."

Asked what their names had been, she said she thought they might have been called Essop and Aziz Pahad.

Jacob "Zol Maan" Zuma

Eish, my muney, no cry, no woman, no cry...

The ANC’s Jessie Duarte has found it necessary to issue a statement clarifying exactly what sort of “zol” ANC President Jacob Zuma smoked with the late Billy Nair.

Zuma told mourners at the Nair funeral that the two used to smoke zol together. Zol is slang for marijuana with most.

But Duarte explained it as follows:

“The African National Congress has noted reports in a number of newspapers today [Friday] suggesting that ANC President Jacob Zuma and the late Billy Nair smoked dagga.

“Speaking yesterday [Thursday] at the funeral service of struggle veteran Billy Nair, Zuma said that the two used to smoke ’zol’ together.

“He was talking about tobacco rolled in paper, often referred to on Robben Island as ’zol’.

“For the record, Zuma and Nair did not smoke dagga together.”

Hopefully that will clear the air.

Iraq vet's message to Obama

You have to watch this. 11,3 million hits. The most watched YouTube video of the 2008 US elections.

Iraq vet featured in YouTube video is interviewed, finally..

Urban Myths - Hoax Chain Emails

Hardly a week goes by, especially since I started blogging, that I don't receive at least one hoax chain email warning of this or that new crime or criminal act - and today, coincidentally, I received two such emails.

A reader forwarded me the first chain email about a 3-year-old girl and 9-month old baby. First off, let me say that I do appreciate the reader sending the email to me. I have no doubt in my mind that people that forward these emails are well-intentioned but I must question the motives of people that draft the hoax emails. The second email arrived from a family member. Both appear below. By now, both emails have probably done the rounds throughout the world.

What we must understand is that in a climate of fear, panic sets in easy and South Africa, being the breeding ground of criminal innovation and terror, it is safer to believe these stories "just in case". The people that draft these hoax emails know that you would rather play it safe and pass it on than be responsible for not warning a loved one. Maybe it is a game for them to see how far the email goes and how long it remains active.

Folks, this is unhealthy. We must not panic and allow fear to rule our lives. I have offered as I do again to do the homework in ascertaining whether a story is factual or not and to post it should the email prove true. That is what we are set up to do. Before you press "send", divert it here and let us evaluate it first - like the reader did - before you worry someone unnecessarily.

We stress enough as it is, we do not need to compound it with false chatter that serves no purpose other than to further diminish the quality of our lives. Why believe manufactured stories when there is ample true horror stories to keep us going?

See also; 'Changeroom rape' a hoax
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Hoax email #1: Subject: FW: 3 year old girl & 9-month-old baby

Last week a 3 year old girl in South Africa was beaten and raped. She is still alive. The man responsible was released on bail yesterday. He is walking the streets.

If you are too busy to read this then just sign your name and forward this on. This is a very important petition. It is an essential part of the justice system for children. You may have already heard that there's a myth in South Africa that with a virgin will cure AIDS . The younger the virgin, the more potent the cure. This has led to an epidemic of rapes by infected males, with the correspondent infection of innocent kids. Many have died in these cruel rapes.

Recently in Cape Town , a 9-month-old baby was raped by 6 men . Please think about that for a moment. The child abuse situation is now reaching catastrophic proportions and if we don't do something, then who will?

Kindly add your name to the bottom of the list and please pass this on to as many people as you know.

If you are signature no.: 1000- please forward the mail-list to

Please don't be complacent, do something about the kids of South Africa ...

You can make a difference. That child is fighting for life. This is just 1 of the million cases of child abuse, so please pledge your support and help keep CPU (CHILD PROTECTION UNIT) open. Please give your support to the petition and ensure that it goes to as many people as possible.

Please don't just leave it, make a difference

In order to write your name copy this message and paste it in a new mail (compose). Or click on forward and add your name to the list and send it on to others. Again, if you are
number 1000 please send this to:

[there were already 753 names on the list]

Hoax email #2: Subject: Be Alert & Cautious / Must read!!

A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female who was putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no, but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.

She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.

Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.

This drug is called 'BURUNDANGA' and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them like REPEATED GANG RAPE. This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.

So take heed and make sure you don't accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets. This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services .


Lekota party wants Whites

I have stated previously that Lekota's views towards the white population is very different to that of his [ex]pals at the ANC.

Lekota/Shilowa understand that a prosperous future for South Africa is simply not gonna happen without whites. It is that simple. Whites built up the country, whites drive the economy, whites contribute the most to the treasury - facts that apparently fly over the heads of those two giant intellectuals LaZooma and Malema.

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The white population, the middle-class and entrepreneurs were assured by former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa that they had a role to play in the new party to be formed by ANC dissidents.

Addressing a meeting of young professionals in Johannesburg, Shilowa said the new party would be inclusive of all South Africans.

"What is wrong with having a party in South Africa attracting whites? The party should not be non-racial on paper but in character, values and participation," he said.

Shilowa said the middle-class was vital as they were in a position to create wealth. /"How can we create wealth if we are all poor? We need to use the presence of all people — rich, poor, educated, and entrepreneurs," he said.

Shilowa said the new party would embrace academic excellence. It wanted new leaders with fresh ideas.

"It is you we want to emerge as leaders of this party. You cannot have a party that does not modernise. We need professionals," he said.

Obama: Redistribution of wealth? No thanks, keep the change.

McCain Ad: Obama says Iran is "tiny". Really?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama’s positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel’s government.

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as “utterly immature” and comprised of “formulations empty of all content.”

Obama visited Paris in July, and the Iranian issue was at the heart of his meeting with Sarkozy. At a joint press conference afterward, Obama urged Iran to accept the West’s proposal on its nuclear program, saying that Iran was creating a serious situation that endangered both Israel and the West. According to the reports reaching Israel, Sarkozy told Obama at that meeting that if the new American president elected in November changed his country’s policy toward Iran, that would be “very problematic.”

Can anyone blame him? Europe does not want direct presidential-level negotiations with Iran — they want the mullahcracy isolated. They need American strength behind that position in order to wring concessions from the ruling Guardian Council. With the price of oil plummeting over the past two months, the economic sanctions on Iran finally have a chance to bite the mullahs hard. Obama’s stated policy would undo everything just at the moment that it has a chance of producing real change.

In fact, Sarkozy believes that Obama would wind up being more unilateral than George Bush in his foreign policy. When a French politician uses the word “arrogant” as an accusation, that means something. Apparently, their brief meeting during the Obama World Tour did not set Sarkozy’s mind at ease. He saw something that makes him extremely uneasy with Obama in charge of American diplomacy.

"Formulations empty of all content". Sounds familiar, no? It has the ring of "Hope and Change".

Here’s the video of the original incident:

ANC economic policy: 'Goodbye real world'

If you thought the Rand was in trouble as my fellow bloggers have been saying (see here and here) then be prepared to purchase a wheelbarrow a la Zimbob to cart your money.

Warning: Read the following at own risk. May lead to alcoholism and/or nervous twitching.

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Make no mistake about it. Despite his reassuring words in Washington last week Jacob Zuma and his comrades in the SA Communist Party and Cosatu want to transform the South African economy with eye-popping changes.

Should he be elected next May they will radically alter the political, economic and social landscape, the way the country is governed and everything in between.

The post-Mbeki power-seekers do not intend to just shift deck chairs on the ship of state. They are preparing for a 180 degree course correction.

If you don't believe it read the SACP's statement on state power of September 10 (see here). Then the Alliance's report on its Economic Summit of October 19 (see here). Note what the Declaration leaves out. That's as significant as what is in it. The SACP's finger prints are all over it.

In a nutshell the ANC-SACP-Cosatu Alliance plans to transform South Africa from a largely market-driven, business-friendly, economy in which government's role is mainly to set rules to ensure an even playing field, consumer protection, fair labour practices and the delivery of essential public services to one in which the central government plays a decisive role.

An Alliance government's over-riding objective? Generating work. The first four pages of the Declaration contain no fewer than 10 references to job creation. A sample:

"Decisive action is required to transform the pattern of wealth production and distribution

"The creation of decent work for all South Africans.... must be the primary focus of all economic policies

"The priority is ... to create decent jobs and combat poverty and unemployment" (my italics)

How many new jobs? No less than five million in five years. At present only around 12 million have paid employment out of a population of 48 million, with unemployment up recently from 23.2 million to 23.5 million.

Making job creation the alpha and omega of economic policy will require "fundamental micro-economic interventions that transform the structural character of our economy along with macro-economic policy choices. That in turn will require high-level planning, evaluation and monitoring".

To push through this radical transformation Zuma proposes to establish a Planning Commission that he himself will head up. It will have the power to align the work of all [government] departments and organs of state to the government's development agenda ... Industrial policy ... must lead transformation of the economy instead of simply following investment decisions...".

The ANC-SACP-Cosatu Alliance also intends to divide the Cabinet into two tiers. A senior tier of ministers will set strategic targets and a junior tier will oversee the implementation of specific developmental projects within each department.

To be sure, there is an urgent need for more coordination among government departments when implementing government's developmental programmes. And for fewer under-experienced, under-trained, inept bureaucrats to be involved in executing key projects.

But whether adding a Planning Commission to the mix will help remains to be seen even if they are to be armed with a daunting arsenal of weapons to deploy in pursuit of their ambitions.

They include fiscal incentives; development finance; public procurement; state-owned enterprises; import and export taxes; licensing; Black empowerment; and trade agreements. Prescribed investments that require the provision of social infrastructure for housing and job creation will also be mandated.

In the sphere of national finance the Planning Commission will "align government budgets with developmental planning", set broad targets and make strategic risk assessments. Even the Reserve Bank will be strong-armed into doing the planners' bidding and accept the primacy of job creation. Whereas its present mandate is price stability and the management of exchange rates both "need to be calibrated to take account of industrial policy imperatives. Its new mandate should also include employment and economic growth".

So get ready for higher prices, lower interest rates and a weaker rand.

But wait. There's more.

".... An Alliance government strongly believes everyone should enjoy social protection .... Everyone should have free water, electricity, sanitation, basic education, subsidized housing, health insurance, retirement benefits and cover against disability, occupational accidents, unemployment benefits, child support grants and a uniform pension scheme".

A national health insurance scheme would provide all "with free health care at the point of delivery".... Government departments are to be "realigned ... to implement this agenda of social protection for all".

One can only gasp at the cost of this laundry list of state provided social benefits and wonder how it will be financed. From new taxes? From borrowing? The Alliance doesn't say except to reveal that its three members will "together elaborate a programme to ensure the necessary funding...was secured and integrated into the national budget.

They must be joking!

Only the wealthy industrial nations could hope to enjoy a social welfare regime of such magnitude. Isn't South Africa still a developing country struggling to finance even an effective AIDS programme, combat urban and rural poverty and mitigate the burden of high rates of unemployment in a global economic environment that is deteriorating before our eyes?

The core problem at the heart of the Alliance's grandiose plans is that it is putting the cart before the horse. Job creation, social welfare, and an end to poverty depend first and last on the economy's capacity to generate more wealth. On its ability to achieve growth in real GDP at high and sustainable rates. And that this in turn requires high levels of investment, public and private, entrepreneurs willing to take risks, and a market-led system of allocating resources to where they will earn the most income. In the first quarter of 2008 the contribution of private sector investment to GDP reached an all-time high of 15.9%. That compares with 3% by public corporations and 2.8% by general government spending.

As Professor Raymond Parsons put it in a recent address to the SA Property Owners Organisation (SAPOA) "... it is in fact mainly the private sector that is investing for our future. Private sector investment rose from 10.8% of GDP in 2002 to an all-time high of 15.9% in Q 1 2008. In other words, 70% of the 7.2 percentage point rise in investment from 14.5% of GDP in 2002 to 21.7% in Q 1 2008 is the result of higher private sector spending...."efforts thus far by the public sector to raise its investment from levels that were patently too low are being dwarfed by the efforts of the private sector to raise its production capacity--- and this is how it should be in a market-driven economy. What matters is our ability to maintain acceptable and strong growth rates with primary reliance on private investment activity". (my italics)

The problem the ANC faces is that this sort of realistic assessment is anathema to its two Alliance partners. It doesn't seem to realise that allowing the SACP to fulminate about "monopoly capitalism" and the need for "working-class hegemony" and to hijack the Summit with its ideological nonsense is precisely what undermines investor confidence and encourages the emigration of those with skills a growing economy desperately needs.

No matter his other failings Thabo Mbeki understands this. So do Trevor Manuel and Tito Mboweni. But how long will they want to stick around? The ANC should have known better than to allow its Economic Summit to be hijacked by a handful of power-hungry ideologues.

At this point it is understandable if you reach for a stiff drink.

'Dad now an angel with wings'

Too many good people dead. Too many. Needlessly. All because a ruthless, uncaring, despotic regime DOES NOT CARE.

Dead victims, living victims. Lives ruined forever.

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Richards Bay - She wants to see her husband's murderers behind bars to stop them from putting another family through the hell that she is experiencing now.

This is what Zelda Hunter, 34, said on Thursday after she, for the first time, came face to face with the man accused of murdering her husband, Clive, 35, on the city's main beach during a robbery in July.

All that was taken was her husband's fishing-tackle box, worth R60 (US$5.50).

Clive, a prizewinning angler, was shot as he created an opportunity for his wife to flee. Simo Mthiyane, 28, who was arrested at the beginning of this month, allegedly fired the shot that pierced Clive's lungs and heart.

On Thursday he stood in the dock at the Richards Bay Magistrate's Court along with his two co-accused, Mzikayifani Zondi, 19, and a seventeen-year-old boy. (come on, let's blame apartheid)

After she and her parents-in-law, Errol and Cookie Hunter, had attended the court proceedings, the widow said she was glad the police had caught three of the four suspects within three months.

"The biggest consolation is the knowledge that they won't be able to hurt anyone else," said Zelda.

The last three months have been "hell on earth" and her daughter, Megan, 6, was really starting to miss her dad, she said.

"At first it was like a fairytale to her that her father is now an angel with wings," said Zelda. But now Megan was starting to miss her dad and she's asking a lot of questions.

Zelda is also struggling with feelings of guilt because she ran away like her husband had told her to.

Tito the Builder brings down the house

I love this guy.

Best line: “This is to intimidate Colmes.”

I must be a racist. I like how the Hispanic guy has a better view on our world than the black guy or the white guy.

How can a guy, a migrant from Colombia, who speaks English as a second language, articulate the case for the people of the United States far better than the president of the Harvard Law Review and a retired naval officer? It's easy. He speaks the truth, he speaks from the heart, and he loves his country.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ok all together now... Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya...

He says: "You are the eyes and ears of the ANC... you are the foot soldiers of the ANC... you are the defenders of the revolution... You are the prosecutors of the revolution, and when they (the black opposition) arrive here, they must find you on guard... they must find you ready... AND YOU MUST KILL THEM!"


Thank you to Jan Lamprecht for lifting this off SABC 3

Go ahead, make my day: Call me a racist

Compensation for Surrendered Firearms

Hmmm, it seems that not only have the ANC (insert appropriate adjective here) been moving in, under the stewardship of the far left (Genius Carpenter Malema -et al), to establish a command economy, grab land from white farmers, but has also looked to wrench all forms of property rights from Citizens (or is that subjects?)

Remember people: Farmers, gun owners and the like are usually the "canaries in the coal mine" The Zim Land grab issue has received much attention (not enough in my opinion). However, attention needs to be shed on another corner stone of freedom ... gun ownership

The issue that really gets up my nose with this story, is that the ANC refuses to comply with its own communist laws, while liberal apologists continue to promote the ANC as a "freedom fighter's club" of sorts.

The next few months or year, will be a test for the ANC. The way that they, and their supporters, handle a challenge to their seat of power will expose their true terrorist colours. I do not believe that the far left ANC will surrender power without a bloody struggle.

Having said that: go ahead, make my day... call me a racist. See if I care


JASA has filed papers in the Cape High Court seeking declarations that the refusal to pay compensation to persons who surrender firearms as required by the Firearms Control Act, 2000 offends against the Constitution.

For over 4 years since the relevant legislation came into force the Minister and National Police Commissioner have refused to comply with section 137 of the Act. JASA alleges in its affidavit that the State has acted 'unreasonably and arbitrarily, and without procedural fairness, in that most applications are rejected out of hand, ignored or simply filed away', contrary to section 33 of the Constitution which requires just administrative action for all persons.

Both individuals and dealers have suffered financial hardship; in one of several supporting affidavits filed in court it is alleged by one dealer that she suffered a loss of over R.2m as a result of refusal by all three Respondents to assist her after she had surrendered her stock of firearms. In another affidavit a lady of over 70 years of age tells of how she was treated with disdain and discourtesy, and repeatedly told she was not entitled to compensation, when she surrendered one firearm at her local police station. JASA alleges a further breach of the Constitution in that section 25 forbids deprivation of property without compensation.

JASA lays the blame for this appalling state of affairs squarely on the shoulders of the Minister and SAPS Commissioner who, on 8 June 2005 and 12 October 2005 respectively, stated in Parliament, in defiance of the Act, that no compensation would be payable to those surrendering firearms.

Parliament clearly intended that s.137 of the Act should encourage the surrender of firearms, a aim which JASA wholly supports in our crime-ridden society. The Minister and SAPS take a different view. Ultimately the Constitutional Court judges must decide.

Affidavits and the Notice of Motion filed in the suit may be found on our websites.

Information supplied by the Justice Alliance of South Africa

Footnote: GOSA

Malema to dress up as himself for Halloween

ANC Youth League commissar Julius Malema says he will dress up as himself for Halloween this year, ending speculation that he was going to dress up as a pair of lips stuck to Jacob Zuma's buttocks.

According to Malema he is also going to pioneer a n
ew Halloween tradition called Trick or Treat or Kill in which people who don't give sweets are eliminated.

Speaking to journalist at the ANCYL Huggies Playpen headquarters this morning, Youth League spokesman Mengistu Tshabalala said that the League had "always" celebrated Halloween.

"Certain reactionaries still try to insist that Halloween is an American holiday that has been grafted onto South Africa," said Tshabalala.

"That is patently racist and false. Halloween has been celebrated here since at least 2001, which is much further back than any human being can remember. "Or at least any human being who believed our election promises and voted for us."

He added that Halloween was "as truly South African as The Bold and the Beautiful, KFC drive-throughs and R&B music videos, aait?"
Asked if it was true that Julius Malema was going to Trick or Treat disguised as a pair of lips fixed to Jacob Zuma's bottom, Tshabalala said that while the ANCYL leader did admire Mr Zuma's bottom and had considered the disguise, he had decided to dress up as himself instead.

"Halloween is all about frightening people," said Tshabalala, adding that research had shown that Malema was terrifying to most whites, many Sesothos, all Xhosas, and most of his extended family. He said that Malema was also planning to introduce a new holiday tradition.

"He is calling it Trick or Treat or Kill," said Tshabalala.

"Basically he rings your doorbell, shouts 'Trick or Treat!' and if you don't give him sweeties you will be eliminated." He said Malema would "probably not shout out the 'Or Kill' option" as it might dissuade people from opening their doors.

Asked if this meant that families who failed to provide sweets would actually be killed, Tshabalala demanded that the media stop putting words in the mouth of the ANCYL. "I didn't say that. Eliminate is the not the same as kill. Although it could be, and sometimes is. "In this instance we are saying we will eliminate, as in liquidate, without the aspect of killing, although that stays on the table, because the ANCYL is open-minded and never takes anything off the table, including our feet and elbows."

He closed the press conference by informing the media that Malema is particularly fond of Caramello Bears.

"Use it or don't use it," he said. "The ANCYL is not saying that stocking up on Caramello Bears might save your life.

"But we will also not deny it."

Happy Halloween

Girls fed sweets, glue for sex

Marble Hall - Four Limpopo men aged between 27 and 68 have been accused of having sex with girls aged 11 to 15 and giving them glue to sniff and sweets to eat in return.

"The girls were also allegedly paid R20 each in exchange for having sex with the men," said police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Jackson Tlemo.

He said three of the girls recruited two others, who alerted the police.

The men, who come from Maklerekeng village near Marble Hall, were not asked to plead to charges relating to having sex with minors when they appeared in the Moutse magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

They are expected to apply for bail on November 7.