Sunday, 27 February 2011

Gerrymandering: Social engineering's worst face

Wikipedia definition: “In the process of setting electoral districts, rather than using uniform geographic standards, Gerrymandering is a practice of political corruption that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected, and neutral districts. However, a gerrymander may also be used for purposes that some perceive as positive, notably in US federal voting district boundaries that produce a proportion of constituencies with an African-American or other minority in the majority (these are thus called "minority-majority districts").”

Manyi wanted Coloureds to move out WCape - Solidarity

Dirk Hermann

24 February 2011

Union posts video clip of former Labour DG complaining of minority overconcentration in province

Western Cape has "over-concentration" of coloured people, says Manyi

(In South Africa the term "Coloureds" refers to people of mixed race)

The trade union Solidarity posted a video of an interview with Jimmy Manyi, former director-general of labour and present government spokesperson, where he says there is an over-supply of coloured people in the Western Cape, on YouTube today. According to Manyi, the over-supply of coloureds in the Western Cape doesn't work for them. In the video he states that coloured people should "spread in the rest of the country" and "stop this over-concentration situation" in the province. He says the rest of the country should be looked at to see where there is a demand for coloured workers.

This interview with Manyi was broadcast on KykNet's Robinson Regstreeks in March 2010 while he was still the director-general of labour.

Unless the government repudiates Manyi's statements and withdraws the proposed amendment to labour legislation, these remarks will continue to be regarded as the government's official standpoint.

The proposed change to the Employment Equity Act (EEA), in terms of which national demographics and not regional demographics in provinces must be taken into account, corresponds with Manyi's views. The amendment makes provision for a large-scale social engineering programme according to which the entire country must be an exact replica of the national demographics.

According to Beeld, Manyi also told the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa on 12 May 2010 that absolute representation is the only measure for employment equity.

The proposed amendment to the EEA is therefore not ambiguous. In fact, the amendment is a clear reflection of the effect of Manyi's ideological framework of representation and is not an inadvertent mistake.

Solidarity announced on Sunday that if the proposed amendment to the EEA is implemented to the letter, close to 80%, that is, about one million, of all economically active coloured people in the Western Cape will be over-represented. In addition, if the amendment is adopted, more than 300 000 Indians in KwaZulu-Natal will be over-represented.

"What we did with the figures was to point out the absurd consequences of the ideology of absolute representation. The ideology is now contained in a proposed amendment to legislation. We propose that the proposed change be withdrawn immediately," explains Dr Dirk Hermann, deputy general secretary of Solidarity.

Meanwhile, Solidarity also stresses that the problem with the bill is not limited to the removal of the regional demographic profile of the economically active population. In terms of the current legislation, present and future financial and economic factors can be taken into account in determining whether an employer complies with the EEA. The availability of qualified persons can also be taken into account. The new act does not make provision for these factors.

Hat Tip: JP

Farm attacks: An analysis

writing in April 2010 James Myburgh argues that the criminal does not cancel out the political

JOHANNESBURG - The brutal killing of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche has once again highlighted the murderous phenomenon of farm attacks in South Africa. According SAPS statistics there were 9,378 farm attacks, resulting in 1,437 killings, between 1994 and mid-2007 (at which point the police stopped publishing statistics.) These figures are staggering given that there are an estimated 40,000 commercial farmers in South Africa, down from 60,000 several years ago.

The question previously raised about these killings is whether there is some kind of malign political motive behind them. This concern has recently been sent into hyper drive by ANCYL President Julius Malema's singing of ‘shoot the boer' and the ANC's complacent defence of his right to do so.

But as the Mail & Guardian noted this week the phenomenon, despite being intermittently written about for the past decade, is not well understood. Part of the problem, perhaps, is the way in which it is often assumed that the ‘criminal' element of a killing (theft or robbery) automatically cancels out any possible political or racial motive.

On the face of it, this opposition seems to me to be misconceived. At the extreme: the persecution of prosperous minorities - whether in Germany or Uganda or Zimbabwe - almost always went hand-in-hand with the theft of their property. (Such annihilation processes are driven forwarded by a furious churn of motives - including resentment, greed, hatred and, ultimately, fear of justice and revenge.)

A proper study of the phenomenon of farm attacks would have to dissect the relationship (if any) between the criminal and political. The motives of the perpetrators would need to be teased out and analysed, as well as their political histories or lack thereof.

As far as I am aware this has never been convincingly done. Last year, however, the Daily Dispatch published an brilliant piece of investigative journalism into the phenomenon of attacks on Somali immigrants. This provides a fascinating insight into how prejudice, criminality and government indifference can combine with deadly results.

In his investigation Thaduxolo Jika conducted a series of prison interviews with Andile Tunzana - a criminal responsible for the murder of at least four Somali immigrants in the Eastern Cape. Tunzana explained why he had killed as follows: "We knew they had a lot of money in their shops and had no guns to fight back. We shot those who tried to resist and then looked for money. No one cared for them in the township because they are grigambas."

He added: "I did not care much about robbing any other person who looks like me because I know that they might be struggling to survive. The Somalis were just other foreign people with money and no one cared about them."

From Jika's report it is clear that Tunzana's actions were driven by a combination of criminal, opportunistic and racial motives. Somali shopkeepers were targeted not just because they had money to steal (the criminal), but because they were seen as soft and morally acceptable targets. The fact that the local community was indifferent to their fate made it easier to get away with these crimes.

It seems likely that many of the murders of (often old) white farmers by criminals would be driven by a similar combination of motives. Farmers are isolated and vulnerable. They also possess valuable goods (often guns) which makes them worth targeting. For many young criminal psychopaths this is probably reason enough to attack these targets. The key question is though whether farmers are seen as legitimate targets in the same way that Somali shopkeepers were?

It is in this context that the culpability of the ANC needs to be evaluated. At the very best the ruling party is guilty of malign neglect on such crime. Part of the reason why this epidemic has run unchecked for so long is that the ANC has done little to turn farmers from soft targets into hard targets. Indeed, their interventions (such as disbanding the commandos and pushing whites out of the police force) have tended to run in the opposite direction.

It is also difficult to see how Malema's rhetoric could not but provide a kind of moral green light to those thinking about targeting farmers. It is not just the singing of ‘shoot the boer' that is menacing. In an address to a Black Management Forum conference in October 2009 he stated, to the laughter of delegates, "At the negotiations pre-1994, they [the whites] said to us that for them to agree we must accept the willing buyer-willing seller idea. But now we must say we can't buy the land from you because you stole it from us." Is it really a crime, in other words, to take back ‘stolen' property?

The real problem is that Malema did not invent the song, or this propaganda. He is simply articulating - in a crude, reckless and self-destructive way - deep underlying pathologies within the ANC. As he recently noted he's been singing ‘shoot the boer' ever since joining the ANC, aged nine. No-one complained before. So why all the fuss now?


Hat Tip: JP

Farm murders "hurt SA economy"

From a News24 report 23/02/2011

The wave of farm murders has triggered mounting concern within the agricultural community which is demanding immediate steps to stop it, the commercial farming body Agri SA said on Wednesday.

"I am frustrated that the horror crimes farmers are exposed to are not priority crimes for the government,” said Johannes Moller, president of Agri SA, in a statement.

Moller said farm murders must be addressed as one of the “focal points” if government was serious about its aims to turn agriculture into an area for job creation.

He specifically referred to attitudes, statements and conduct that was needed from political role players to build a community where lives, property rights and cultural heritage was respected.

Full report
Hat Tip Jenny w

More White South Africans murdered

The ongoing carnage of South African whites, which some would have us believe is not happening, continued this week with at least a further three deaths. All the killings were officially blamed on robbery, but there is scant evidence to support such assumptions:

Man dies at Cape Small Holding

A 42-year-old man was found murdered in his home in Kraaifontein on this morning. Police were called by neighbours to a Joostenbergvlakte small holding in Kraaifontein, where the body was found around 05:30, said Captain Gerhard Niemand.

The man's body was found on a couch in his lounge with his hands tied with an electric cord and a stab wound to his chest.

According t the man's young children where asleep inside the house when what appeared to have been a robbery happened. The children were not harmed.

The murdered man's Toyota Tazz, which was stolen during the robbery, was found abandoned near Fisantekraal.

A case of murder and robbery was being investigated.

News report:

Question: if this was a "robbery" why was the only item "stolen" then abandoned?

Deaths at Family Barbecue

Two more white men were murdered earlier in the week, Edenvale residents Philip Jackson, 53, and Dillon Ensley, 21, were gunned down by armed black men while the victims were having a family barbecue in the backyard. There seemed no motive to justify for such excessive violence against an unarmed family: the so called ‘robbers’ only looted a few cellphones and some cash (the "robbery").

Present at the barbeque were Dillon Ensley, his girlfriend Stacey Jackson, 20, and her parents Pillip and Janet Jackson. Edenvale police said that while the four whites were being tied up in the kitchen, the men attempted to resist at which point Jackson was shot dead while Ensley was shot in the stomach. Mr Jackson died at the scene while Dillon Ensley died later in hospital.

The entire Afrikaans report can be read at:

Hat tip Jenny W

Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Unspoken Genocide Continues

Only two days ago, on Friday, I reported the last South African farm killing, the victim of which is now named as Alberto Costa, and now I must update my figures and name another.

The latest victim was Mr. Helgard Muller of Frankfort in the Free State, who turned 66 during the week. He died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

The incident took place on the farm Mara, about 15 km outside Frankfort. Mrs. Marietjie Muller and a domestic worker were alone when two men in their early twenties, armed with a gun entered the house and asked for money. Mrs. Muller, who is confined to a wheelchair, told the men she didn't have the key to the safe and her husband was not there. The men tied them up with shoelaces and rope and left them in different rooms.

An hour later Mr. Muller returned and was overpowered and shot in his head. The men made off with his truck which was later found on a gravel road nearby Frankfort. Mrs. Muller and the domestic worker were able to free themselves with a knife, and, although not hurt, were treated for shock.

News Report

I am told that there are additional reports stating that arrests have been made, and the weapon which killed Mr. Muller has been recovered, however, I am unable to find that story.

In a separate news report, South Africa's News 24 state that there has been a farm attack every day since President Jacob Zuma made his State of the Nation address in which he claimed that certain categories of crime were falling.
Hat Tip: Heather C

Friday, 18 February 2011

South African farmer dies in shooting

An, as yet unnamed, farmer in the hamlet of Cloetesville in South Africa's Western Cape was shot and killed during a shoot-out with a group of men who had broken into his house.

The attack took place when he went investigate a noise at 03:00 am this morning (Friday 18th Feb) and confronted two armed men in his home, at which point a shoot out occurred.

The 44 year old victim, he succumbed as a result of a gunshot wound to his chest. Mercifully his wife and two children escaped the ordeal unscathed.

The intruders left the property empty-handed though police believe a blood trail on the scene suggests one of them could have been injured.

Report at Censor Bugbear