Archive for July, 2008

30
Jul
08

Mbeki wil voedsel verder verafrikaniseer

http://praag.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2408&Itemid=402
Geskryf deur die redakteur
Dinsdag, 29 Julie 2008

Die plan wat Mbeki het om voedselproduksie en –verspreiding in Suid-Afrika te beheer, is tipies sosialisties en is geskoei op die model wat onder Nyerere in Tanzanië toegepas is.

Deur die prys van voedsel te beheer, word plaaslike boere en produsente se mark vernietig want hulle moet onder die produksieprys hul goedere verkoop. In die plek daarvan sal ingevoerde voedsel teen ʼn gesubsidieerde prys verkoop word, net soos in Tanzanië en ander Afrikalande gebeur het. Dié voedsel word gewoonlik deur Westerse hulpfondse gefinansier. In die geval van Suid-Afrika sal die blanke en korporatiewe belastingbetaler vir die gelag moet betaal.

Die voedselplan gaan hand aan hand met grondhervorming. Albei is daarop gemik om die blanke en spesifiek Afrikanerboere van hul plase af te dwing en die grond in die hande van ANC-handlangers en sogenaamde “gemeenskappe” te plaas. Sodanige “gemeenskappe” staan natuurlik gewoonlik onder die beheer van ʼn plaaslike partysjef van die ANC.

Soos ons in Zimbabwe gesien het waar Mugabe voedsel as ʼn instrument vir politieke intimidasie gebruik het, maak dit politieke sin om voedsel te beheer. Indien die massakieser nie vir die ANC stem nie, kan sy gesubsidieerde kos dalk skielik opdroog.

Of Mbeki sy voedselplan as ʼn teenvoeter vir die Zuma-faksie sien wat tans besig is om sy greep op die party en provinsiale administrasies te verstewig, is ʼn ander vraag.

Aan die positiewe kant is daar die “gebrek aan kapasiteit” van die SA staat, oftewel die terminale luiheid en onbekwaamheid van sy amptenare. Die privaatsektor sal waarskynlik aanhou om voedsel te produseer en te versprei totdat die staat drasties ingryp. Soos ons in Zimbabwe gesien het, moet ʼn mens egter nie die vermoë van ʼn sogenaamde bevrydingsbeweging om alle rede oorboord te gooi, onderskat nie.

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24
Jul
08

Oudpolisieman se sel-hel

http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2362943,00.html

Jul 23 2008 10:27:36:783PM  – (SA)

Linda de Beer

’n Jaguitstappie het in ’n nagmerrie ontaard vir ’n oudpolisieman toe hy weens crimen injuria ’n naweek lank in ’n vol sel aangehou is met mense wat hom aangerand het en wou verkrag.
(Lees verder.)

23
Jul
08

Not the Gandhi of South Africa

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24001171-17062,00.html

Alan Gold | July 11, 2008

ON an overcast day in London’s Hyde Park, dozens of the world’s most famous glitterati recently came together to join with a crowd of 50,000 adoring fans to shower Nelson Mandela with their love and unquestioning devotion on his 90th birthday.

When presidents, prime ministers and Hollywood superstars line up to wish you happy birthday, and when your bash is hosted by superhero Will Smith, you know you’ve reached the very zenith of international recognition and are already inscribed in the annals of hagiography.

There are very few international statesmen or women as famous as Mandela. Since his time in prison and his subsequent presidency of South Africa, he has superceded Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa and pope John Paul II as the moral conscience of the world. All Mandela has to do is to speak out against something he perceives as evil or wrong, and it immediately becomes holy writ for journalists, politicians and tens of millions of idolising disciples who see him as a rock of integrity standing firm against a tidal wave of straw men.

While the rock concert was in full swing, I received an email from a South African friend, somebody who has long been mystified by the international reverence of Mandela.

“Why,” my friend wrote, “are these kids cheering for him and treating him like some messiah? Don’t they know his history, that he was an advocate of violence and sat idly by while his organisation committed murder and torture?”

It’s remarkable how time can ameliorate history. What the congregation rocking in Hyde Park probably didn’t know was that long before most of them were born, Mandela was one of the leaders of the African National Congress, who created an armed wing called the Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation, which was dedicated to bombing civilian, industrial, military and government targets. South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has accused it of torture and executions without due process.

And far from being a prisoner of conscience during his time as inmate 46664, Mandela was jailed for advocating the violent overthrow of the government. In his quarter of a century in prison, Mandela refused to publicly renounce terrorism as a weapon.

The universal hatred of the apartheid regime in white South Africa has blinded us to the reality of the acts of murder, torture and terrorism committed by the Spear of the Nation, which Mandela and his colleagues presided over in their leadership of the ANC. This helps to explain why, until the beginning of July 2008, Mandela was still on the US list of terrorists.

Of course, it’s easy to understand why Mandela is so revered. He’s the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and in the past four decades has been awarded more than 100 prizes, citations and degrees. Nor should his accomplishments since being released from his prison be diminished.

More than any other, he is the leader credited with bringing down the hated and racist apartheid regime.

But before he is accorded the same Mahatma status as Gandhi, who peacefully reclaimed India from the British and a man whom Mandela says was his guiding light and inspiration, it’s important to examine his record as a freedom fighter. What it shows is that like so many black Africans fighting the evil of apartheid or colonialism, he has a record of advocating and condoning violence.

During his presidency of South Africa, he deliberately courted leaders of nations who abuse the human rights of their citizens. It’s by examining his often overlooked past that Mandela is revealed as anything but a saint. And it’s all too tempting to forgive him and his colleagues their excesses because they were fighting a brutal and oppressive white racist regime that treated blacks as subhuman.

But were we to justify the means in light of the end result, then we would have to condone every act of terrorism and the carnage of every freedom fighter’s atrocity. Gandhi showed the world that non-violent non-co-operation is a far deadlier weapon than bombs and bullets.

Since he stepped down from the leadership of a nation with rising tides of crime and infection, his legacy can be divided between the man who ended white racist rule and the failed leader who left South Africa far worse off than when he was elected.

Yet he is still elevated to near sainthood by a largely unquestioning West, an icon carried aloft on the idealism of the young and the shoulders of those who hate racism.

Because of the reverence in which he is held, few in the media ask him why it is that he has made a profession of befriending and supporting those dictators who are the declared enemies of the West.

During his time as president, Mandela was a strong supporter of Uganda’s insane dictator Idi Amin, of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, of Hafez al-Assad of Syria, of Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, of Fidel Castro of Cuba, of the theocratic leaders of Iran, and many other dictators. This may be viewed as guilt by association, but when he became president and apartheid was demolished as an instrument of government, Mandela rarely publicly acknowledged that it was the sanctions and disinvestment by Western governments and corporations, and the voices of men and women of conscience in the West, who had been largely responsible for the overthrow of white rule.

Yet despite his nation’s debt to America, Europe and nations that went out of their way to oppose apartheid, Mandela has been hugely critical of the West, associating instead with its enemies.

It’s a pity that so few people looked beyond the iconic image when he emerged from incarceration and questioned Mandela’s actions and principles. If they had they done so, it’s likely that his 90th birthday flock would have been much smaller.

Alan Gold is an author and was a delegate to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

19
Jul
08

‘They jumped on her’

16/07/2008 23:00  – (SA)

Photo right: Andries Visser and his wife Deborah

Virginia Keppler and Elana Carstens, Beeld

Pretoria – An 82-year-old grandfather of Lombard Street, Wonderboom South, in Pretoria, fought with an axe until his death to protect his wife from five armed attackers.

Andries Visser was shot six times – in the stomach, chest and under his chin – during the attack.

This was after the attackers jumped on his wife Deborah, 70, and hit and kicked her.

Andries heard his wife’s calls for help and set upon the attackers with an axe.

After he was shot, he hobbled down the passage and collapsed in front of the bathroom door where he “died in a pool of blood”.

Deborah is being treated in the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Pretoria.

The couple, who are the organisers of the annual national jukskei competition for senior citizens in Kroonstad, were attacked in their kitchen at about 21:00 on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Mirna von Benecke said Deborah had wanted to lock a door outside when she was attacked at her kitchen door.

Father ran from the bedroom

The couple’s son Dries, 40, of Centurion, and his children Juan, 9, and Henning, 5, had visited them between 18:00 and 19:00.

“At 22:00 I received a call from my mother who said that my father had been shot,” Dries said sadly.

“The robbers attacked my mother first, jumped on her and kicked her.

“They jumped on her,” he repeated in disbelief.

He said his mother screamed and his father ran from the bedroom to the kitchen to help her.

“I don’t know where my father found the axe, but he tried to fight back and managed to hack one of the robbers.

The robbers shot him six times during the attack.”

Dries said that the numerous bullet holes in the walls of the passage testified to the fact that his father had been shot at more than six times.

He said the neighbours heard his mother’s cries for help.

“When they went to investigate, they saw the robbers jump over my parents’ gate and flee through a hole in the fence across the road, onto the hill.

“The police fine-combed the hill at the reservoir with the help of helicopters but the robbers got away.

“My father is dead and they stole a cellphone and my mother’s handbag containing less than R200.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said.

Dog poisoned a month ago

Dries said he and his sister Zeldi van Straten, 43, were deeply concerned about their mother because she has heart problems and high blood pressure.

Andries and Deborah’s godchild Elna Lubbe, 39, visited Deborah in the hospital on Wednesday morning and said she was very muddled because of the shock.

“Ouma repeatedly told the story how Oupa lay in the passage in his own blood.”

Lubbe said that Andries and Deborah’s dog had been poisoned a month ago and that Deborah apparently saw a green car hovering in front of the house three days before the attack.

“It’s as if they’ve been planning it for months,” she said.

Von Benecke said the police were investigating a charge of murder and house robbery.

Andries leaves behind two other grandchildren, Zeldine, 9, and Zandré 14.

19
Jul
08

‘Klein, fyn’ oumagrootjie beroof en vermoor

Jul 18 2008 10:07:13:243PM  – (SA)

Linda de Beer

Klerksdorp. – ’n Oumagrootjie van 81 is Woensdagaand in Randlespark in dié stad vermoor in die huis wat haar man twee dekades gelede gekoop het sodat sy nie “hoef te swerf” nie.

Mev. Mollie Opperman se lyk is eergisteraand eers ontdek nadat ’n bekommerde buurvrou haar oudste seun, Fanie, gebel en hy haar gevra het om te gaan ondersoek instel.

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18
Jul
08

‘Julle gaan voel hoe is seerkry’

Jul 17 2008 09:41:43:017PM  – (SA)
http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2359508,00.html
André Damons

“Julle Suid-Afrikaners gaan nou voel hoe dit voel om seer te kry. Ons gaan julle doodmaak.”

Só het ’n groep mans, vermoedelik Kongolese, by die Glenanda-vlugtelingkamp in Johannesburg gister glo aan ses veiligheidswagte wat hulle as gyselaar gehou het, geskreeu.

Mnr. Theuns de Lange (38) van die Interactive Protection- veiligheidsmaatskappy, wat al die vlugtelingkampe in Johannesburg oppas, het gister buite die kamp, waar hy en vyf ander wagte aangehou is, vertel hoe hulle met die dood gedreig is.

“Die dreigemente het sterk gekom. Hulle het gesê hulle gaan ons almal doodmaak as die polisie kom. Dit was nie lekker nie want jy het nie geweet wat om te verwag nie,” het De Lange gesê. Die bende het ook glo probeer om ’n kollega se pistool af te vat.

De Lange is omstreeks 06:10 gisteroggend saam met dié kollega deur sowat sewe Kongolese in die kampe aangehou. Dié Kongolese, wat glo deel van ’n bende is, het die vorige aand ook De Lange se vier veiligheidsbeamptes as gyselaar geneem. Hulle was met messe gewapen. Die gyselaars is later met behulp van die polisie sonder beserings vrygelaat.

Daar is nog sowat 2 000 ontwortelde vlugtelinge in die kamp waarvan die Kongolese die grootste meerderheid uitmaak.

Volgens mnr. Nantes Ry?kaart, besturende direkteur van Interactive Protection, is die Kongolese bendegroep ’n groot probleem in dié kamp. Hy het ook dié kamp as die mees problematies beskryf.

“Die bendelede hou die ou mense uit die kostoue en wil later hê die mense moet vir die kos betaal. Hulle wil nie die veiligheidsbeamptes hier hê nie sodat hulle kan oorvat,” sê Rykaart.

Supt. Lungelo Dlamini, polisiewoordvoerder, het gesê tien mense is gearresteer nadat hulle glo die polisie met klippe bestook het toe hulle dié veiligheidswagte ná 09:00 wou gaan bevry. Die polisie het met rubberkoeëls op die mense losgebrand.

Die aangekeerdes sal na verwagting vandag op aanklagte van openbare geweld in die hof verskyn. Dlamini sê die moontlikheid dat hulle ook van menseroof aangekla kan word, word nog ondersoek.

Volgens ’n Malawiër, wat drie keer met rubberkoeëls getref is, het die polisie sonder rede op die mense begin skiet.

“Ek het probeer om die wagte te gaan help toe die polisie ons geskiet het,” sê die man. Hy is onder meer in die regterarm en linkersy en -boud gewond. Die polisie was teen gistermiddag laat nog op die toneel om seker te maak die situasie bly onder beheer.

06
Jul
08

SA tweede op die lys van moordlande

05/07/2008 20:14  – (SA)

Dawie van Heerden

http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2352653,00.html

Johannesburg

Suid-Afrika is die naasgrootste moordmekka ter wêreld.

Dit is ook die land met die derde meeste verkragtings en is in die vyfde plek wat die aantal rooftogte betref.

Net in Colombia word meer moorde as in Suid-Afrika gepleeg. Dáár word 61 uit elke 100 000 mense jaarliks vermoor. In Suid-Afrika was daar in die jaar van April verlede jaar tot Maart vanjaar 18 487 moorde (38 uit elke 100 000 mense), blyk uit die misdaadstatistieke vir April 2007 tot Maart 2008 wat die polisie die afgelope week bekend gemaak het.

Jamaika met 32 moorde uit elke 100 000 mense is derde.

Die minste moorde word jaarliks in Katar gepleeg. Net een mens uit elke 100 000 in dié land word vermoor.

Volgens onlangse statistieke op Nationmaster se webtuiste vergelyk Suid-Afrika se dalende geweldmisdaadsyfer steeds sleg met dié van ander lande.

In die Seychelle word 78 uit elke 100 000 vroue jaarliks verkrag. Australië is ’n kortkop agter met 77 en volgens die jongste statistieke word 75 uit elke 100 000 vroue in Suid-Afrika verkragtingslagoffers.

Volgens Nationmaster se statistieke het Suid-Afrika eers die meeste verkragtings gehad met 119 slagoffers uit elke 100 000. Die minste verkragtings is in Saoedi-Arabië, 3 uit elke 100 000.

Net in Spanje, Chili, Costa Rica en Estland is daar meer rooftogte as in Suid-Afrika. In Spanje word 1 232 uit elke 100 000 mense jaarliks beroof. Chili is tweede met 692, Costa Rica derde met 479, Estland vierde met 356 en volgens die jongste statistieke is Suid-Afrika vyfde met 247.

Katar, met 4 rooftogte uit elke 100 000, en Jemen, met 8, is laaste op die lys van die lande waar die meeste rooftogte uitgevoer word.

Selfs lande met heelwat meer inwoners het die laaste klompie jare aansienlik laer misdaadsyfers as die pas aangekondigde Suid-Afrikaanse syfers.

In Duitsland, met sy 82,5 miljoen inwoners, was daar in 2006 byvoorbeeld net 2 468 moorde, 8 118 verkragtings en 53 696 rooftogte.

In Brittanje, met ’n bevolking van 58 789 194, was daar in 2007 net 160 moorde, 37 000 rooftogte en 1 919 verkragtings.

In Amerika, met sy bevolking van 304 507 000, was daar in 2006 volgens statistieke van die FBI 17 034 moorde – 1 453 minder as in Suid-Afrika, met ’n bevolking van net meer as 40 miljoen.

In 2006 was daar volgens die FBI 447 403 rooftogte en 92 455 verkragtings in Amerika vergeleke met Suid-Afrika se pas aangekondigde 118 312 rooftogte en 36 190 verkragtings vir die tydperk tussen April 2007 en Maart 2008.

Met die “mees onlangse inligting tot sy beskikking” sê Nationmaster ook onder meer Zimbabwe is per capita (per 100 000 mense) 16de op die lys van lande waar die meeste moorde gepleeg word. Pole is 20ste en Australië 43ste.

Pole is tiende op die lys van lande waar die meeste rooftogte plaasvind. Australië is 15de en Zimbabwe 17de.

Australië is, volgens Nationmaster se webtuiste, derde op die lys van lande waar die meeste vroue verkrag word. Zimbabwe is sewende en Pole 29ste.