Thursday, 25 March 2010

Anti white violence in South Africa Continues

Three days of unremitting violence

Youth Survives Panga attack

March 24 Randberg youth survives machete attack when his family home was invaded twice in seven hours.



Elderly woman viciously assaulted

25 March 2010: "I am just grateful he didn’t rape me,’ said 79-year-old Afrikaner resident of Bloemfontein Mrs Hester Thomas after her attacker stabbed her above the eye, beat her purple and blue, choked her, jumped on her chest and kicked her during a so-called ‘house robbery’ in which very little of any value was actually ‘robbed’. Volksblad journalist Vicüs Bürger reports that this is the third attack on elderly Afrikaners in Bloemfontein within a week. She was admitted to Pelonomi Hospital. The attacker merely ‘robbed’ some meat, cheese and clothing…

News report


Gruesome attack on Family

23 March 2010: “It was like something from a horror movier,” says Mr. Johan van Vuuren after five of his family members were violently attacked in their parents house in Jagersfontein.

His parents, Boet (80) and Francina (77), brothers Marius (44 - pictured above) and Marthinus (35) and nephew Juan (13) was attacked on Sunday evening in their house in Harrington street, Jagersfontein, by six men armed with spades and knives.

The attackers showed no mercy and left a bloody house behind..

Even Boet and Marius were cruelly assaulted, even though both are paralysed and in wheelchairs due to a marrow virus and a car accident respectively.

Francina van Vuuren remains critical in hospital

News report and here


Elderly couple attacked on farm

25 March 2010: An elderly couple was seriously injured in a farm attack near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga police said on Thursday.

"The couple was found by their gardener when he came to work early in the morning and he went straight to the farm manager who phoned local security and police," said Inspector Dawie Pretorius.

The attack against the 82-year-old woman and 81-year-old man occurred on their farm, "Ooswes", in the Sterkspruit area in Nelspruit around 2am on Tuesday morning.

A group of men smashed through a glass door and attacked them before fleeing the scene with two cellphones and their truck.

The woman sustained serious head injuries and is in a critical condition in hospital.

News report


Hat Tip: Dina and Censorbugbear

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Facebook South Africa

From Dina and Monica

So few weekends pass without a farm murder

The latest South African farmer to dies was Koos van Staden was shot through the door of his bedroom on Saturday morning while he was trying to prevent his assailants from entering the room whilst his wife went for a gun.

Van Staden, a vegetable farmer in the Kleinfontein district, was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. His wife was unhurt.

One of the couple's dogs had been poisoned, but the second survived. Nothing was stolen from the house and no arrests had been made.

News report
Reported by Dina

More South African Revalations


10. The Marklives! blog post breaking the story that FIFA's lawyers had just squashed Kulula's "Unofficial National Carrier of the ‘You Know What'" advertisement:

The website reported that "News broke on [the airline's] official Twitter account (@kulula) with the following post; "oh dear letter from FIFA's lawyers says we broke their trademark of the use of "South Africa" and think our non-WC ad was about soccer..." Apparently the lawyers are objecting not only to the use of "South Africa" but also to the use of soccer balls and the image of a stadium. Even use of our national flag was an issue." The offending advert follows below:

9. John Kane Berman's column in Business Day on the bright side of the ANC's internal squabbling:

Kane Berman notes that, "Apart from its entertainment value, the antics of the three-ring circus keep the comrades occupied. The more they party the better, since they then have less time to interfere with universities, impose import tariffs, undermine the judiciary, or gatecrash schools as Malema likes to do." He also observes: "The ANC loves power, and the trappings of power (blue-light convoys), and grandiose projects (the World Cup). But they lack interest in all the things that governments have to do at the level of the nitty gritty, such as fixing broken traffic lights or making sure that public hospitals have enough medicines and schools enough text books. This is why we need a professional civil service."

8. The Carte Blanche report on the brutish arrest of one Magdel Steyn by a gang of Tshwane Metro Cops for a traffic violation:

Steyn was parked outside the CIPRO offices in Pretoria waiting for her mother, when she was accosted by a Tshwane metro cop in mufti. The incident escalated until Steyn and her mother were surrounded by a crowd of about ten cops. Steyn told the programme: "'I just remember someone grabbing me at my shoulders. They were like picking me up. The next moment I was thrown against the towing truck.' A female officer hauled Magdel to a waiting police car, while verbally abusing her. Magdel: 'She just told me, 'Walk you f****** 'white' cow'...Magdel was taken to the Sunnyside police station about a kilometre from where the incident had happened... She would spend the next 15 hours locked up in police cells.'" Footage of the incident itself was captured on CCTV and posted on You Tube by Solidarity:

7. Rob Brand's web post on the potentially worrying consequences of the Equality Court's finding that ANCYL President Julius Malema was guilty of hate speech:

Malema had been taken to court for his statement that, "Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money. In the morning, that lady [Zuma's rape accuser] requested breakfast and taxi money." Brand notes: "Malema's words were undoubtedly hurtful to many people. They may, at a stretch, be construed as ‘advocacy of hatred' based on gender. But did they constitute incitement to cause harm? I think not. And so, offensive though the words were to our sensibilities, they should be protected by the Bill of Rights."

6. The eyewitness account in the Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes on the assault of Eyewitness news photographer Tshepo Lesole by Jacob Zuma's bodyguards:

Grootes, an Eyewitness News reporter, had asked Lesole to take a photograph of the presidential motorcade parked outside Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. As the two of them were walking back into the building Lesole was grabbed by two VIP unit thugs. Grootes writes: "Tshepo was dragged around a corner. I was still with him, and by this time the head of the detachment was there. He and his colleagues were refusing to talk to me, saying that they would only talk to him. I said that was ridiculous; he was my colleague. Once around the corner, he gave in. I really can't blame him. He deleted the pictures."

5. S'Thembiso Msomi's column in The Times expressing disquiet at the way in which the ANC had condoned Julius Malema's singing of ‘shoot the boer':

Msomi concludes his survey of the history of struggle songs by arguing: "Sure, freedom songs should continue to be sung. But there is a rich repertoire of songs that could be chosen that are no threat to non-racialism. If there is a lesson to be learned from the slogans and chants of the South African revolution, it is that each song spoke to the realities and demands of the time. Now is the time for nation-building, and the songs we sing should not undermine that objective."

4. The Star report on how ANCYL President Julius Malema had visited the hip hop artist Molemo ‘Jub Jub' Maarohanye, in prison, ahead of the latter's bail application following the killing of four schoolboys in a car crash:

Alex Eliseev wrote that an anonymous warder from the facility "has described how Malema and his entourage were escorted by warders, allowed to meet in a private room and forced some officers to work overtime. The warder, who asked not to be named, claimed Malema and Maarohanye were treated to Nando's chicken. Another witness claimed to have seen the group of visitors at the prison. They had parked their luxury cars - including a 4x4 and a BMW - outside a gate where normally no parking is allowed."

3. The complaint by 19 political hacks against the ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu:

In the document, published in the Daily Maverick, the journalists stated that Shivambu's actions in trying to peddle an intelligence dossier on City Press' Dumisane Lubisi - and then threatening those who refused to report on it - "was less about exposing unethical behaviour in the media, and had more to do with wanting to silence us with threats of public embarrassment over our private lives. We wish to place it on record that Shivambu's efforts sought to intimidate political journalists from doing their legitimate work."

2. The announcement by Kumba Iron Ore that the Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs had allocated a "prospecting right" to the 21.4% share in the Sishen mine previously held by Mittal to a "third party":

The company stated that its subsidiary, the Sishen Iron Ore Company had "lodged an appeal against the grant of the prospecting right and Kumba is currently engaged in discussions with the Department of Mineral Resources in relation to the 21.4% residual right in respect of the Sishen mine." It was reported the following day that the "third party" was an ANC linked shell-company Imperial Crown Trading 289.

1. Rian Malan's special report in the Daily Sun (see here and here) on South Africa's municipalities in crisis:

Malan compares the way the best and worst district municipalities in South Africa are run. On the one side, West Coast, north of Cape Town. On the other: Alfred Nzo municipality in the old Transkei. He writes that when the DA took control of West Coast municipality new executive mayor Rene Kitzhoff "decided senior managers were spending too much on themselves. So she told the ‘fat cats' to hand over their credit cards and cut them up with a scissors!" Over at Alfred Nzo meanwhile financial management is so lax that when government auditors arrived to check the books in 2008 only R108m out of R203m of income "actually showed up on its statements!"

The Daily Sun also published eight ideas for fixing the problem. The included cracking down on lazy workers, enforcing the law, making skills a top priority, having strong opposition, and saying phansi to bad affirmative action:

YouTube -

Sunday, 21 March 2010

ANC spokesperson 3x the legal limit

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu

Cape Town - ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu was arrested for drunken driving in Cape Town on Thursday morning, officials said.

But this did not put him off doing his job - he did a phone interview with Sapa about youth leader Julius Malema around 09:00, an hour after the arrest, when he was apparently still being held at the Mowbray police station.

He was more than three times over the legal limit, said JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security in Cape Town.

Drove in bus lane

"Jackson Mthembu was arrested this morning [Thursday] on the N2 for driving in the bus lane. When they pulled him over, there was a strong smell of alcohol and they arrested him," said Smith.

The arrest was made around 08:00 on the N2 near the Pinelands off-ramp by the so-called ghost squad, the City of Cape Town's special unmarked high performance traffic unit.

Mthembu gave a lengthy telephone interview with Sapa around 09:00 about the criminal complaint against youth leader Malema singing "kill the boers, they are rapists", during which Mthembu at one stage started singing the song over the phone.

When called back later to ask if he had been arrested for drunken driving, Mthembu replied: "I can't comment".

Colleague tried to stop arrest

Smith said a colleague driving behind Mthembu pulled off the highway and tried to stop the officers from cuffing him. It was only then the officers realised he was a high-ranking politician, said Smith.

Mthembu was first taken to Mowbray police station. Smith said a constable at the station did not want to process his case because he was a senior African National Congress member.

"They were unwilling to process the details against Mthembu. There was a threat made that our officers would be arrested," said Smith.

"The officers felt they were being intimidated because of the political credentials of the person involved."

The ghost squad members then took him to the Safely Home Anti Drunk-driving Operations War Room (Shadow) in Athlone.

"The law should not protect politicians," said Smith.

Report continues

From Dina

The graddaddy of all potholes


Saturday, 20 March 2010

South African revelations


10. Jacob Dlamini's column in Business Day on recent academic research showing how the notorious 1913 Land Act did not, as is commonly assumed, place an absolute bar on black land purchases outside of the native reserves:

Dlamini cites a recent academic article by Harvey Feinberg and Andre Horn which noted: "between 1913 and 1936... [black] Africans bought about 3200 farms and lots outside of native areas." Black South Africans could apply for exemptions from the Act, and according to the authors, "between 1913 and 1924, under the governments of Louis Botha and Jan Smuts, there were 302 exemptions granted, amounting to 35% of the total. Between 1924 and 1936, when JB Hertzog was in power, there were 565 exemptions granted, amounting to 65% of the total."

9. The Carte Blanche story on the dumping of police dockets from the Burgersfort police station:

The programme reported that year two former high ranking police officers, Charles Bosch and Daryl Els, stumbled across thirty three dockets in a black bag in a road just outside of Burgersfort. "The cases in these dockets [were] related to armed robberies, attempted murder and kidnapping between 2005 and 2007." Carte Blanche managed to track down and interviewed two victims of violent crimes - whose dockets were contained in the bundle - Kgomotso Mehlape and Wayne Farmer. Mehlape's store had been robbed, while Farmer had been abducted by two armed men at an ATM. "They bundled him back into the boot of the car and drove around for four hours, waiting for midnight, so that he could withdraw the maximum amount from his bank account. And then they let him go."

8. The report in Die Burger on how the ANC government, having spent billions of dollars on purchasing hugely expensive Hawks and Gripens for the South Air Force, has not bothered to allocate enough money to allow pilots to train and fly on them:

Pieter du Toit writes that according to an Auditor General's report the use of the Gripen fighter jets will have to be kept to a minimum and those trainee fighter pilots - on the Hawk program -will have to be satisfied with half the required flight hours. Together the Gripens will be allocated 550 hours flying time this year. In 2011-2012 and the year after 250 hours, hopelessly insufficient by European and American standards.

7. Tim du Plessis' column in Beeld on how, during the great awakening of South African civil society, one institution remains sleepy and servile:

Du Plessis notes: "'n Nuwe tydsgees is aan die ontwaak. Mense, gemeenskappe, minderhede, noem maar op, staan op en sê: genoeg is genoeg. Nou vat ons ons regte terug. Groepe en instansies uit alle sfere kom in verset teen die versmorende ANC-hegemonie van die afgelope tien jaar. Die Pretorianers veg vir hul stad se naam. Belastingbetalers weerhou dienstegeld uit protes. In die townships is die middele van protes anders, maar die boodskap dieselfde: ons eis die regte wat die staat aan ons verskuldig is....Oral word die regerende party se groot projek - die ‘nasionale demokratiese revolusie', gemik daarop om die ANC in elke uithoek van die SA gemeenskap te laat domineer - in trurat gedwing. Oral behalwe by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch (US). Daar gebeur die teenoorgestelde - regte word geabdikeer."

6. Tim Cohen's comment in Business Day on decoding alliance language:

Cohen notes that the squabbling within the ANC alliance is articulated "in a special language called ‘alliance code', characterised by the excessive overuse of the passive voice. Hence Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of union federation Cosatu, announced on Thursday that a campaign had been mooted to oust both Zuma and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the ANC's general council meeting in September. The ANC called Vavi's statement ‘not only misleading but also divisive', alliance code for ‘absolutely true'." Cohen notes: "The simple fact is both nationalists and leftists within the ANC are angry: the leftists with Zuma's decision to stick with real-world economic policies, the nationalists with the leftists opposing their attempts to use the state as tool of organised kleptocracy. Zuma needs to step in decisively, yet his big concern seems to be morality - his code for people questioning his right to unprotected intercourse with anybody he wants."

5. The IT Web story on the decision of the minister of trade and industry to place CIPRO CIO Dr Michael Twum-Darko on special leave:

The latest move stems from the continuing aftershocks caused by the inexplicable decision to give a little known company Valor IT the contract to implement an ECM system for CIPRO despite its R153m bid being two-and-a-half times as expensive as that of Faritec's. Twum Darko told IT Web's Martin Czernowalow that he was the victim of a racist conspiracy. "'I have always faced a challenge from my white counterparts,"... adding that he had been tasked by the DTI's director-general [Tshediso Matona] to replace white executives with black staff." Meanwhile, ValorIT chairman Josias Molele explained why Valor IT had yet to deliver on the system, a full year after the tender was awarded: "Our side of the project is finished. We have completed the new Web site, the intranet and file system. Cipro has admitted it is having problems with getting the infrastructure in place."

4. Kader Asmal's letter to The Times on the shameful decision by the police to revert to military ranks:

Asmal writes that "the egregious police commissioner, Bheki Cele, has requested MPs (nogal) to address him as ‘General Cele'." Yet the former cabinet minister notes: "Under section 205 [of the Constitution], the police are described as a service and under subsection (3), they are enjoined to uphold and enforce the law, which would involve strict adherence to the Constitution. As for Cele's burgeoning head, he will have to look at section 207(1), which refers to the appointment by the president of the national commissioner. There are also provincial commissioners. In passing those idiotic proposals, the Cabinet no doubt took into account these constitutional provisions. Will there be constitutional amendments to fit these whimsical fancies?"

3. The Mercury report on how a powerful ANC KZN politician, John Mchunu, had been handed some R40m worth of tenders by the eThekwini (Durban) Municipality:

Wendy Jasson da Costa writes that Mchunu is the chairman of the most powerful ANC region in KwaZulu Natal, and a member of the provincial legislature. He apparently "benefited financially from tenders awarded [by the municipality] to two of his companies, Inyameko Trading 148 cc and Zakhele and Mondli Trading Enterprise cc." The newspaper quoted the DA's John Steenhuisen as saying "many of the municipality's officials, including [Municipal Manager Michael] Sutcliffe, reported directly to Mchunu. ‘For tenders and contracts in Durban, the buck stops with him'."

2. Anthony Butler's column in Business Day on the agenda behind ANCYL President Julius Malema's call for the nationalisation of the mines:

Butler notes that under ANCYL proposals the state mining company would take up to 60% of the shares of mining houses. "This would amount to a giant corporate welfare system for over-leveraged and politically connected miners. Almost all of them, moreover, will see the proposed "partnerships" as opportunities to unload exhausted mines, and legal responsibility for the industry's environmental legacies, onto the state: the people as a whole shall share in the country's toxic mine wastes." One likely source of funding for the scheme, mooted by govt, are "public-sector workers' pension funds (ie the life savings of unionists)." Butler notes: "The incredible truth, then, is that Malema has persuaded many young communists, SACP cadres and Cosatu activists to campaign for a wholly bogus nationalisation programme. What they will get is a state-owned mining house that will bail out fat cats by looting unionists' own pensions. And the left says it is Malema who is stupid?"

1. Nadira Naipaul's controversial and contested article in the London Evening Standard on her meeting with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela:

Madikizela-Mandela told the Naipauls that the "great Mandela" has "no control or say any more. They put that huge statue of him [in Sandton] right in the middle of the most affluent ‘white' area of Johannesburg. Not here where we spilled our blood and where it all started. Mandela is now a corporate foundation. He is wheeled out globally to collect the money and he is content doing that. The ANC have effectively sidelined him but they keep him as a figurehead for the sake of appearance."

Sunday, 14 March 2010

17 year old murder victim mutilated

Anika Smit

A father arrived home from work on Wednesday to discover the body of his teenage daughter, naked and with her hands hacked off.

That morning, Johan Smit had said goodbye to his only child, 17-year-old Anika, before he left their home in the north of Pretoria for work.

When he got home she was dead and had presumably been raped. Her hands were cut off between the elbow and wrist and were missing.

"When I saw the dining room chairs were overturned, I knew something was wrong," said Smith, 54, from Theresapark, as he fought back his tears.

"I called her, but she didn't answer."

Body in bedroom

Moments later, Smit discovered his daughter's body in her bedroom.

Nothing was stolen.

Police spokesperson William Mahlaole said a post-mortem will confirm the cause of Anika's death and whether she was raped or indecently assaulted.

Anika, who lives with her father, was alone at the home on Wednesday. She had stayed home from school due to an ear infection.

Smit arrived home after work at about 16:00 and saw the outside gate and security gate standing open with their locks missing. Anika's scooter stood at the front door.

When he went into the house, he saw the dining room table had been moved and the chairs were overturned. When he called his daughter and she didn't answer, he went to her room.

"She was lying on the ground, naked. Both her hands were gone, they'd been cut off. They must have taken them."

Full report here

From Dina

NOTE: Typically the report does not say so, but the only reason I can think of for taking body parts from the victim, and that is for use in muti medicine.

Mandela let us down - Winnie

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has bitterly lashed out at Nelson Mandela in an interview published in the London Evening Standard this week.

She said South Africa's first democratically elected president, who is also her ex-husband, had become a "corporate foundation" who was being "wheeled out to collect the money".

Madikizela-Mandela also called Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a "cretin", in the interview with Nadira Naipaul, who visited her with her husband, the writer VS Naipaul, in Soweto.

"Mandela let us down," said Madikizela-Mandela.

'Bad deal for the blacks'

"He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically, we are still on the outside.



Farmer escapes death when assailant's gun explodes

Betty Hasler, 78, was expecting to spend a relaxing hour in front of her television on Sunday evening, but instead found herself being dragged from her bed at gunpoint and tied up alongside family members.

She also watched from the floor as her husband Willy, 64, was hit over the head with a heavy meat hook and wounded when a gun held by one of the robbers "exploded".

News source

What has become of the ANC?

By South African Columnist Max Du Preez

The ANC has become an insult to all those who carry its membership cards and those who voted for it last April - and to the many who died for it over the years.

Yes, sir, I mean you too, you who loves sending angry messages, often with accusations of racism, to the comments section whenever anyone criticises the government or those in Luthuli House.

What has become of the self-respect of this once proud organisation that was formed 98 years ago and brought us giants such as Sol Plaatje, Albert Luthuli, OR Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Chris Hani and Nelson Mandela?

If I were a member of the ANC, I would stand up and demand that my leadership immediately deal with Youth League president Julius Malema with his gangsta lifestyle, with his blatant lies and with his insults to the media and all others who don't like him.

Come on, the entire nation knows that you cannot buy a R814 000 AMG Merc, a R250 000 Breitling watch, two houses worth more than R5m, a dressing room full of Fabiani and other designer clothes, a Louis Vuitton handbag worth R4 800 (yes, Juju wears handbag) and who knows what else on a salary of at most R40 000 (he said the other day his salary, rumoured to have been R20 000, had at least been doubled recently).

His monthly payment on his bonds of R2.35m on the two houses (it is there for anyone to see in the Deeds Office) alone cost him R23 462 a month.

Life is expensive

I have a very good idea about how expensive life is if your name (or your benefactor) is not Tokyo Sexwale or Nicky Oppenheimer.

I live in a modest home in a working class Cape Town neighbourhood, I drive a four-year-old Peugeot station wagon, I buy my clothes from Woolworths and Cape Union Mart, I have a six-year-old Swatch watch I bought on a sale and I have very little spare cash at the end of every month. (I don't even have a handbag.)

Yet I am double Juju's age, I have two university degrees (plus an honorary one), I have been a newspaper editor, a television executive and a university lecturer and I have published eight very successful books.

Malema has a bad matric and absolutely no training for anything apart from political rabble-rousing.

(Oh, ok, I only have degrees in law and political science, but Juju has an honorary doctorate in Tenderpreneurship.)

Come on, we all know Malema was lying when he said he didn't have anything to do with any companies in business with local and provincial government.

Not only is his name still registered on those companies' books, he even declared (repeatedly) that he had resigned as director of SGL Engineering Projects when he was elected to his Youth League position - but SGL only came into existence after that date!

Stealing from the poor?

Malema doesn't even respect the public enough to manufacture credible lies.

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Sars investigates Malema

Since he was elected president of the ANC Youth League two years ago, Julius Malema has apparently not paid any tax.

In addition, not one of the four companies of which he was still a registered director and shareholder, complied with tax regulations.

It also transpired that his engineering company SGL at the end of last year was awarded an additional 13 contracts by the Polokwane municipality.

This was apart from the tenders of more than R140m that SGL received from another eight municipalities in Limpopo between 2007 and 2009.

An inquiry last month found that construction on all of these contracts was extremely shoddy or never completed.

Finally the South African Revenue Service has appointed a senior investigation team to look into Malema's affairs.

Malema recently said that Sars was welcome to investigate him and said he was being targeted.

From Dina

Other Malema stories:

Farm attacks continue

Elderly and frail farmer murdered

68-year-old Robert Hunter was killed on his smallholding in Mullerstuine near Barrage in the early hours of Friday March 7th.Mr Hunter, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease and joint and bone illnesses, was found by his son shortly before 5am.

The son, Freddy Hunter, who lives in another house on the same property, woke up to find three men attempting to steal his father's car. They fled after he fired several warning shots. He then called a security company and together they entered his father's house.

Robert Hunter was found with a large wound in his chest caused by a sharp object.

Next to the father's car they found a hunting rifle and shotgun. Several bags of groceries were later discovered in a neighbouring field.

News source

Farmer shot in bed

A week later a second farmer narrowly escaped death when he was shot through his bedroom window while sleeping on his farm near Potchefstroom,

The 46 year old man was attacked with a shotgun around midnight on Saturday March 13

Police did not know the motive of the shooting, nor how many attackers there were. A police spokesman said "They (the attackers) did not break into the house and nothing was stolen."

News source

Hat Tip: Dina and Denise

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

A Different Way of Thinking.

By Robin Hind

A foundation for political strategy in South Africa is the "redistribution of land ". This is a racist tactic intending that land ownership be moved to Black-Africans from White-Africans.[i] This clearly has enormous implications to the national economy and internationally, with grotesque precedents in countries such as Zimbabwe.

Revelations about the failure of land distribution which has already occurred. The key politician in the "redistributed” is the Minister Of Rural Development and Land, Gugile Nkwinti whose confession about these “repossessions” was reported in the (Johannesburg) Times, 3 March 2010.

He said: "The Department has purchased going concerns and because they were going concerns, there was always that hope that they would continue to produce. The reality is that that has not happened.

"We have not talked about the revenue that the state has lost because farms totalling 5.9 million hectare, which were active in accruing revenue for the state, were handed over to the people. And more than 90% of those farms are now not functional. They are not productive and the state loses revenue. We cannot afford to go on like that"

Said another way, government simply had not thought of, or provided for that contingency.

This is a confession of the total absence of financial planning and control, and is a culpable defect, only revealed because the Minister does not have the insight to realise that he is exposing this gross incompetence.

He says “these farms were handed over to “the people” “– This reveals another entrenched Black-African delusionary political stance that “anyone” can run a successful farm, if given land.

A Tragic Loss. Lipton, the largest tea producer in the world, invested in a tea estates in South Africa[ii]. Four million tea bushes were exquisitely cultivated, a delight to see[iii] and a monument to White-African creative endeavour.[iv] When the threats to “repossess” the land were made Lipton simple walked away, abandoning their investment: They were not going to attempt discussion with people who appeared incapable of reason.[v]

Today the estates are entirely overgrown with bug weed, and do not produced one cup of tea. Six thousand four hundred workers lost employment, with a far larger loss of seasonal workers and secondary impoverishment.

On one occasion, after the transfer of the land to government, when it was derelict as a producer, a band appeared, dresses in Communist Red. A short-lived attempt at work on a tiny portion of the estate was soon abandoned.

Shortly after these Black-Africans held a placard demonstration saying that they had “Not Been Paid” and demanded income. They have not been seen since.

Europe, give us money, now! In much the same style, having ousted White-Africans from the productive economy of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, President, recently visited Britain in order to "encourage trade and investment with South Africa". In almost the same breath he said that he was "Worried about foreign purchases of land, and that the government would need to step in to stop these foreign purchases".

Is he unable to recognise that these foreign purchases of land are effectively the very "trade and investment" which he is seeking?

No foreign purchaser of productive farmland is going to do so unless assured of a return on investment and the security of ownership. That is what trade and investment is all about.

So the circle turns back again to the “redistribution of land” charade.

For some the penny might have finally dropped. In an ironic parallel many Black nations (but not South Africa) are now inviting skilled White-African farming professionals to re-colonise their lands, and once more take over the responsibility of productive agriculture.[vi] What are the probabilities that these, now productive, lands will be expropriated once they are “going (and profitable) concerns”?

Forcing black squares into round holes. South African Airways had, at one stage, a capable and experienced CEO in the form of the White-American, Colman Andrews. His management and long-term planning for the airline was very successful. However he was subject to a campaign of vilification (all the pointers are that this was because he was White), and eventually he decided that it was not worth the candle, and resigned

South African Airways, in its determination to have a "Black" head of the airline, then appointed Khaya Ngqula as "chief executive officer", a Black -African who had failed several times previously to run other businesses. The result was financial and operational catastrophe for the Airline. His personal assistant resigned saying that she "could not work for somebody who only worked eight hours a month". One reason was that Ngqula spent his time earning directors fees on numerous other "Boards of Directors". Since he showed no capacity for, commitment to, or conscientiousness towards managing South African Airways one can only speculate on his useful contribution to these other businesses.

Khaya Ngqula was ultimately accused of mismanagement and given “Special Leave” in February 2009. After Ngqula’s very costly dismissal Chris Smyth, a White-African, was appointed as "acting” chief executive officer. He had been CFO with Virgin Nigeria, and assisted the financial turn-around of Kenya Airways. The airline improved dramatically, successful financially and operationally. He could easily have been left in place, but once again the obsession with replacing him by a Black-African prevailed.

Smyth was replaced in March 2010 by Siza Mzimela a black woman with some experience in the small SA Airlink. She had significantly less experience than

Smyth and had inferior formal qualifications.

I want a Magic Porridge-Pot. These shenanigans reveals an attitude, seemingly general, if not universal, amongst black Africans politicians, which holds that a "going concern" it will continue to run, as if by magic, whoever owns it, or whoever is CEO. All that is necessary is to wrest it away from the previous owner/ CEO, and the benefits will continue to flow into the new owner’s coffers.

Such is the naive blindness to understanding and a lack of appreciation that "going concerns" operate successfully only because of the sustained endeavour of extraordinary capable people.

Where is responsibility? A variation of the above viewpoint is that these innocents believe that Black-Africans only have to be given a “title”, and parody the role, to summarily become capable of fulfilling that role. These puerile politicians imagine that very ordinary Black-Africans have only to be slotted into office, after which they will receive a supernatural gift, allowing them to instantly emulate the pioneering creative successes of the past, the product of highly selected and extra-ordinarily capable White-Africans.

A bleak outlook for the future. Fort Hare University was created by White-Africans in 1916, and paid for by White-Africans, in their attempt to educate Black-Africans. Graduates who owe gratitude to those White-Africans include Nelson Mandela (expelled but completed his degree at Witwatersrand) and Robert Mugabe.

Research has subsequently been conducted at Fort Hare seeking to clarify the reasons for Black-African students entering tertiary education, and the way they intended structuring their future careers.

The overwhelming attitude of the undergraduates was that by having gained admission to university they needed to do nothing further. Their perception was that, having crossed the barrier of Matriculation from school, all that was now required from them was to act and behave like "students".

Arising from this (perhaps inevitably) have been the demands of "pass one pass all". The students believed that every student should be passed automatically. The next level of demand was for free tertiary education, universal to all. To emphasise the fine points of their arguments this week, on many campuses in South Africa, the South African Student Congress went on “strike” throwing rocks and burning objects.

The National President, Mbulelo Mandlana declared that the funding must come from a new tax on companies.

Simply, they do not know that they do not know.

Robin Hind

[i] This is not the occasion to counter the over-laboured and monotonously repeated fallacy that “White- Africans stole these lands and must now return them to the ‘original owner’”. It will be addressed in later posts.

[ii] Further information:


[iv] The land was rented at a nominal cost from the government, because of the high costs of developing the difficult terrain the very large investment in equipment and ongoing inputs. The great benefit was primarily to the nation, by saving import costs, and (mainly) as an employer of the local Black-Africans.

[v] Other reasons included the low productivity of Black-African workers, such that the wage bill was 85% of turnover (!), and the South Africa cost per unit tea produced was eight times higher than in Sri Lanka.

[vi] Mozambique, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Nigeria,

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Lifestyle audits 'already exist'

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday dismissed calls for lifestyle audits of politicians as populist, and declined to comment on the furore over tenders given to companies linked to ANC youth league leader Julius Malema.

Answering questions in the National Assembly, Motlanthe stressed that lifestyle audits were a special measure used by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to investigate more than 10 000 individuals in the past two years.

He said anybody who harboured suspicions about an individual could blow the whistle to the tax service, possibly triggering such an audit.

But existing corruption laws and regulations on disclosure of assets and interests for Cabinet members and MPs and their spouses did not need to be backed up by routine audits.

"In the light of the above, Cabinet has not considered lifestyle audits as it is clear that there are all these measures already in place," Motlanthe said.

Measures already in place

His reply echoed a recent rebuff by President Jacob Zuma to calls by the Congress of SA Trade Unions for lifestyle audits to target politicians who are enriching themselves.

"It is a term in vogue now, but if the mechanisms to conduct such lifestyle audits are not in place we can also create other difficulties, and the public representatives are already subjected to all these measures," Motlanthe said as one opposition party after the other endorsed the call.

"Where we are aware that here is an individual who has ill-begotten wealth the agencies are there; there is even an Asset Forfeiture Unit that can seize or impound that ill-begotten wealth."

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Top Female Farmer Evicted

Kero Kgobe

A couple of emaciated cattle, sheep and pigs are all that remain of what was once a prize farm, Vergesocht, outside Bloemfontein. It was rented from the government by a female farmer.

Kero (Karoline) Kgobe, 46, who was named Female Farmer of 2008 by the Free State department of agriculture, was evicted from Vergesocht by the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs.

On Monday, the Bloemfontein sheriff removed Kgobe's luxury leather couches, a large plasma screen television, designer clothing, computers and chairs from the once luxurious farmhouse. Her BMW X3 vehicle stood in the garage.

Her eviction came after an order was issued by the Free State High Court. Kgobe was supposed to have left the farm by July 23, but disregarded the order.

Hungry dogs

Six emaciated dogs were sniffing among Kgobe's possessions. When the kitchen contents were being carried out by the sheriff, the dogs grabbed a loaf of bread and wolfed it down, plastic bag included.

An irate Kgobe said she didn't understand why government had entrusted her with a farm and then took it away again.

"I didn't ask for the farm. Why did they give it to me and why are they taking it away again? This is a good example of how government is letting its people down."

She said the land affairs department didn't even offer her alternative lodging.

"What am I supposed to do now? I have nowhere to go."

Opened a bar

Gani Ramagaga, chief executive of Free State rural development and land affairs, said there were many valid reasons why Kgobe was asked to vacate the farm.

She was accused of several transgressions, including opening a bar on the farm and selling alcohol. This led, among other things, to the murder of a woman by a farm labourer.

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From: Dina

90% of South Africa's black owned farms unproductive

The South African government have admitted that 90% of farms redistributed to South Africa's black population from white farmers are not productive

Land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti warned the land might be repossessed if the farms continued to fail.

Almost 60,000 sq km (23,000 sq miles) have been redistributed under policies aimed at benefiting black people who were allegedly left impoverished by apartheid.

Unlike in Zimbabwe to the north the land was bought from white farmers who sold up voluntarily.

Sensitive issue

The SA government had set a target of 2014 to redistribute one-third of white-owned land to the black majority.

But Nkwinti acknowledged that the deadline would not be kept.

He said the focus would now shift to helping the black farmers make their land productive.

"The farms - which were active accruing revenue for the state - were handed over to people, and now more than 90% of those are not functional," he said.

"They are not productive, and therefore the state loses the revenue. We cannot afford to go on like that... No country can afford that."

At the end of apartheid in 1994 almost 90% of land was owned by the white community, which made up less than 10% of the population.

Land reform is a sensitive issue in South Africa and has been brought into sharp focus by the decline of agriculture in neighbouring Zimbabwe, where many white commercial farmers have been violently evicted.



Use land or lose it - Nkwinti

The "use it or lose it" principle will be applied firmly to redistribute farmland to ensure South Africa's agricultural output does not decline further, minister of land reform and rural development, said Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Tuesday .

"You know, use it or lose it will work now, with the recapitalisation and development with the strategic partnerships we will form with farmers whether active or retired," he told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"Our view is that [we should] give them a chance, establish a clear system of managing these farms, provide necessary support and those who do not want to work the land, take them out.

"There is not going to be any compromise on that part. The only thing that we thought we should strengthen is the support."

Failed or declining

Nkwinti pointed out that the principle would not apply to people who were given land as part of the reconstitution process.

"But those who got land through redistribution, if they don't use that land, we will take it."

The minister revealed last year that more than half the farms bought by government as part of its Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme had failed or fallen into decline.

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From Dina

Five more farm deaths in Limpopo

The unreported carnage continues in South Africa. At least five white have died violently in the Limpopo area alone since the beginning of February.

In the most recent incident, the third farm murder in four days, the body of 70 year old Ron Smith was found at his smallholding in the Droogekaloof area. According to reports Mr Smith was on his bed with his hands tied behind his back. A gun shot wound to the old man's knee suggested he may have been tortured prior to death.

This killing follows the gruesome murder of Belgian farmer, Etienne Cannaerts, 61, was found with his throat cut at his farm near Lephalale (Ellisras)

In another incident, Paul Dunn, 49, a White farm manager at Constantia Products, a citrus farm in the Letsitele district outside Tzaneen, was shot dead in his home in the early hours of Saturday morning. (News source)

This spate of killings come at a time when complaints have been made to the world cup governing body FIFA over the fact that the FIFA 2010 World Cup Stadium in Limpopo is named after Peter Mokaba considered by many to be an instigator to the widespread murders of Afrikaners.

In the early 1990s, Peter Mokaba became notorious for his slogan “Kill the boer, kill the farmer” – which calls for the killing of all whites as blacks refer to all whites as ‘boers’ and is still widely chanted by black activists countrywide (One way hate-speech rule does not stop ANC-racists from chanting the Mokaba-slogan) . Mokaba also denied the existence of HIV. (Source – Censor bugbear)

The fact that a man who called for such murders is lionised, not only within South Africa, but internationally, at a time when the very killings he called for are actually taking place is further evidence of the manner with which world brainwashed by political correctness chooses to disregard the genocide of groups to whom they have been programmed not to grant victim status.
Hat Tip Dina and Mary Jane