RETURN TO REASON
Blade runner killing and the media blackout
Exclusive: Ilana Mercer reveals realities of South Africa’s ‘color of crime’
21 February 2013
After decades of indifference from America’s infotainment industry, imagine my surprise to hear TV anchors like Megyn Kelly of Fox News allude to the killing fields of South Africa.
South Africa should be in the news every day. It isn’t. Scant few among the West’s Yellow Press care to chronicle the country’s favorite blood sport: murder. The Afrikaners, in particular – arguably that country’s founding people – are being killed off at genocidal rates with nary a murmur from the media – although the same crowd is on the scene to report on Nelson Mandela’s every wheelchair-bound move.
According to Genocide Watch, South Africa under the African National Congress is now at stage 6 of the 8 stages of genocide. However, were it not for a little-known, heroic Internet journalist (cited in “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa”), few would know who the victims of this racial onslaught are and how they die.
Soon jurist Alan Dershowitz was chiming in about “how dangerous” life in South Africa was. Dershowitz even denigrated the country’s judiciary as “a very politically correct judiciary,” “filled with people from the ANC and supporters of the ANC”; most certainly “not one of the finer judiciaries in the world.”
A subject that had been submerged since 1994 – the ramshackle state of post-apartheid South Africa – was suddenly being raised, if in veiled terms.
The reason for the heightened awareness among the criminally comatose is Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius’ run-in with the law. The Olympian amputee killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in what he contends was a case of mistaken identity. This being South Africa, the crime scene in suburban Pretoria is rumored to have been contaminated by the new and notorious South African Police Services. And the prosecutor has overreached, charging Pistorius, who has no priors, with premeditated murder.
The high-profile murder is PC and TV perfect for a left-liberal media, in South Africa and beyond, that wish to peddle the myth of “colorless” crime in South Africa. It is no such thing. In the aggregate, violence in the Rainbow Nation – more appropriately called the “Rambo Nation” – is unidirectional: black on black and black on white. Violence against women generally flows in the same direction. Considering, moreover, that the country now has one of the world’s highest murder rates and lowest conviction rates, a South African thug can safely pursue his vocation without fearing the consequences.
South African authorities, universities and think tanks no longer provide information about victimization patterns by race of victim and offender. Nevertheless, in the research for my book, I uncovered data according to which, at 76.6 percent of the population, blacks committed 76.4 percent of “intimate femicides” (defined as “the killing of a female person by an intimate partner”). And they committed 68.3 percent of “non-intimate femicides”: “the killing of a woman by someone other than an intimate partner.”
Whites have proven woefully inadequate to the task of filling their pro-rata crime quotas (page 38). At less than 9 percent of the population and dwindling, the corresponding numbers for white South Africans were 3.9 and 2.6 percent, respectively.
With respect to incarceration rates, whites “underperformed” again. According to the South African Department of Correctional Services, 113,773 criminals had been sentenced as of June 2008, of whom only 2,190 were white. Whites make up only 1.9 percent of the number of sentenced criminals.
Weighing in with 90,013 sentenced individuals – approximately 79.1 percent of the total number of criminals sentenced – blacks more than filled their per-population crime allotment.
This high-profile celebrity case involves a class of people – wealthy white South Africans – whose role in the country’s violent crime is statistically insignificant. Trust a hypocritical media to turn a statistical outlier, an anomaly, into a perfect foil for the continued blackout on the color of crime in South Africa.
The incontinent gushing over Pistorius has given way to condemnation. Paranoid about security is how the athlete’s “obligingly stupid” journo friends are now labeling him. They had only ever jetted in from low-crime or no-crime countries for an interview.
More at home among the international glitterati, Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius is no Afrikaner “everyman,” says activist Dan Roodt, who is such a man. Even so – and for all his privilege – Pistorius knows the rapacity and invincibility of the criminal class in his country. Like every other Afrikaner, he knew in his gut what infiltrating gangs would do to a legless Boer. He had seen images of the mangled bodies.
Perhaps Pistorius will speak up.
Life stinks for these families
Timeslive article on Afrikaner poor in Daspoort Pretoria
SIPHO MASOMBUKA | 26 February, 2013
A nauseating stench spews out of the dilapidated house on Charl Cilliers Street, in Daspoort suburb, about 11km north of Pretoria.
Dog faeces, dead rats and trash lie everywhere in the yard. A heap of rubbish stands in the backyard, where at least six creaky wooden shacks stand.
This is home to pensioner Nicolaas Krugel, for which he and about eight others pay between R700 and R1000 a month.
“No one deserves to live like this. Look around you: it is a sea of filth. There’s no electricity,” says Krugel, a retired motor mechanic.
The divorced father of three said he moved into the “rubbish dump” in November. His R1200 state pension goes to his R700 rent, leaving little for food.
“I am starving. It is hard,” he said, struggling to get up from his makeshift bed in the tiny shack he shares with three others.
His 58-year-old shackmate, Arther Coetzee, ekes out a living as a car guard at Pretoria Garden Church. Coetzee became homeless after his mother died.
Life is an uphill struggle for these backyard squatters but car guard Henry Venter says they have nowhere to go.
On average, the 37-year-old makes R60 a day and has to pay R50 for transport to and from a Centurion mall.
Venter’s unemployed wife, Lynette, 49, says they get food from a local grocery store once a week.
The couple pay R1000 rent a month. Venter said: “We are not proud to be living here but it is better than the streets.”
The couple are on the waiting list for an RDP house in Danville, Pretoria West.
Tenants say they share a “dirty” toilet in the house and at night they use buckets.
Isabel Potgieter, the owner of the property, said food, beverages and cigarettes were included in the rent but tenants dispute this.
She threatened to sue The Times if the story were published and said she would dump the “people at your offices . if you damage my name in the newspaper. I have a very f*** good lawyer”. She later apologised for her comments.
- Magda Stroebel, founder of the Angels At Work welfare organisation, said there were about 5000 destitute people squatting in backyards in the suburb.
“These are poor people who have lost everything,” she said.
About 26 families live in her back yard – in wooden shacks and a camping tent. She said “they pay a small amount”.
Why I joined AfriForum
05 February 2013
Rabelani Dagada says the organisation provides a platform for those who wish to fight against new forms of racism
I have little respect for racially based organisations like the Black Management Forum and the Afrikaner Boerderbond, especially during this era of a democratic dispensation. Be that as it may be, few months ago I joined the AfriForum, which is wrongly perceived as being a white, and specifically an Afrikaans, organisation.
If AfriForum was truly an exclusively white organisation I wouldn’t have joined; never! I joined AfriForum because the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), and its government, have abandoned their non-racialism principles.
They have betrayed the ideology that propelled Nelson Mandela to fight for liberation: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination”. It is sad to note that today, South Africa is not “a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities” as Mandela had cherished.
We have become a country where some of those, who have recently become members of the elite, are also the new oppressors. The oppressed in this instance are our minority groups – coloured, white and Indian.
Due to our history, the ANC has correctly realised that there was a need for redress to balance out socio-economic anomalies amongst the racial groups. Unfortunately, the ANC has used affirmative action and black economic empowerment (BEE) policies, in some instances, to deny the minority groups educational, employment, and commercial opportunities.
Other than creating new forms of discrimination, these policies brought unintended consequences.
Firstly, BEE has made a small elite very rich while the majority of black Africans remain very poor. These ‘elites’ didn’t acquire wealth by engaging in entrepreneurship; but through gaining a shareholding in existing companies without adding any value.
Secondly, BEE has actually benefited those white experts who were involved in deal structuring as well as the banks that financed those deals.
Thirdly, affirmative action has led to unnecessary unemployment, early retirement and emigration of technically skilled white professionals.
Fourthly, these policies don’t create new jobs, but rather see a person from a designated group replacing a white person in an existing position.
This is not the right way of creating employment. If you appoint a highly experienced artisan, regardless of race, her contribution to innovation and economic development may create at least ten new jobs and previously disadvantaged people will benefit from these newly created positions.
The perpetuation of these policies has led to economic stagnation and disempowered the very people they intend to empower. Lastly, affirmative action has, mostly in government and state owned enterprises, put black African professionals in positions that require technical skills.
As a result, billions of taxpayers’ Rands are spent on consultants because these black administrators lack technical know-how. It is my strong view that genuine black empowerment can only be achieved through proper education and skills development.
It is heartbreaking to note that the standard of education in South Africa has plunged drastically under the ANC government and that there are many young people who leave the schooling system before they reach Grade 12. The provision of inferior education and the offering of subjects like Mathematics Literacy and English Second Language constitute the continuation of ‘bantu education’ under the ANC’s administration.
It appears that, both in the party (ANC) that Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo worked so hard for and in its government, only black Africans can occupy the positions of president and deputy president.
The possibility of Trevor Manuel, one of the ANC’s bright minds, becoming either a deputy president or president of the ANC or of the Republic is very slim indeed because he is not black enough. I am not putting up a fight for Manuel; he is a big man and can take care of himself. My problem is the treatment of the ordinary coloured people, the rank and file.
Look at how they were treated by the Department of Correctional Services which argued that coloured officers cannot be promoted because they were overpopulated in the Western Cape Province. You see? Jimmy Manyi, who once said coloureds were over concentrated in the Western Cape, has supporters in critical places.
In other words, if coloured officers wanted to satisfy the Department of Correctional Services’ Affirmative Action Plan, they would have to move to other provinces, in line with Manyi’s tirade. When Manuel lambasted Manyi for his racist utterances, he received no support from the ANC.
Actually, it was as if it was Manuel who was out of order. The disillusioned Manuel thus declined nomination to the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) during the last congress in Mangaung. It is this discriminatory treatment of the minority groups that drove me to join the AfriForum.
The AfriForum provides a platform and voice for those who want to fight against new forms of racism by the ANC government. I want to encourage our black Africans to fight against new discrimination in our country. During the struggle against apartheid, there were many compatriots from minority groups who joined forces against the apartheid regime.
Amongst others, these include Helen Suzman, Neville Alexander, Ahmed Kathrada, Beyers Naude and Bram Fischer. We should all be appalled with the way the ANC’s policies have led to an increment in poverty amongst our people. Are we going to do nothing when the government lacks political will to prevent farm murders? The plundering and looting of our resources by a few of the ANC’s aligned elite requires us to engage in a new struggle. Aluta continua!
Dagada is a development economist based at the Wits Business School. You can follow him on Twitter: @Rabelani_Dagada.
An edited version of this article first appeared in the Sunday Times.
Afriforum is a South African civil rights organizations that fights for -, and promotes …”equal rights and responsibilities for the total population, including the members of minority communities”.
You can read their Civil Rights Manifest here
Source for the story:
Why I joined AfriForum
The Afrikaner Journal, News Digest – 13 January, 2013
Compiled by: Jacques Maré
Highlights of stories focusing on the plight of Boere-Afrikaners in South Africa.
- Cosatu’s communist insurgents continues “striking”.
- ANC body, threatens action against Afrikaans university.
- Vicious ANC sponsored murders of Afrikaner-elderly, continues unabated.
- Four Afrikaner men charged with conspiracy to set off explosives at the ANC’s Manguang conference, denied bail.
- Hate Speech demonizing Afrikaners, increase.
- Letter to Amnesty International
- Jacob Zuma threatens “unfair” expropriation and warns that inequality is bad for reconciliation.
- Destitute at the receiving end of ANC discrimination – NO food aid if you’re not an ANC member!
- Afrikaners defending themselves against murderous attacks, arrested for assault
- Twist in Boeremag trial – case postponed to 24 January 2013
Cosatu’s communist insurgents continues “striking”.
The year started ominously and violently in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Communist insurgents, belonging to the African Nationalist governments labour alliance, COSATU, continued destabilizing the province. This comes in the wake of promises by the union that they will make this province “ungovernable”.
The Western Cape province is the only province, not run by the African Nationalist government. The Democratic Alliance (DA) governs this province and it has been a thorn in the side for the ANC ever since the DA took power, several years ago. Embarrassingly, the DA is making a huge success of delivering services, in contrast to the ANC who is home to at least two failed provinces under its administration, that of the Limpopo province and the other, the Eastern Cape – where service to the public has all but disintegrated.
Union secretary general Tony Ehrenreich and Western Cape ANC party leader, Marius Fransman has taken it upon themselves to amass hordes of “fake” farm workers to protest a wage dispute, and at the same time, high-jack the real concerns of farm workers for their own political agenda. It is clearly a blatant attempt at disrupting a fully functional province in the way the ANC is handling the issue.
Wage negotiation in South Africa is based on the principle of supply and demand – just like in other countries. Agreements between employer and employee is furthermore governed by legislation – promulgated and enforced by the state through its Labour department. The department is tasked with setting minimum wages for the different industries. They do this through consultation, by convening meetings between stakeholders to ascertain the needs of both employers and employees – before publishing minimum wages that employers must follow.
It is crystal clear from the above that COSATU’s actions in the Western Cape, amounts to much more than striking for wages. It is also very disturbing that the government is allowing the situation to continue and the violence to spread when it is IN THEIR POWER TO STOP THE ANARCHY AND CALL A HALT TO THE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AND THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY OF THAT PROVINCE – which leads us in turn to the only reasonable conclusion for the governments ambivalence – that it is in fact, part of the ANC government’s plan to violently disown Afrikaner farmers, by means of communist anarchy and thuggery.
The ANC government has issued a call (in the meantime) to suspend the strike, but it has allowed its lackeys to run amok on a very long leash, to do serious damage to the industry and the local economy.
Farm workers may now be faced with a very unsure future and many may lose their jobs. The ANC hasn’t called any of the perpetrators to book about the violence, intimidation and damage to property and we don’t expect that it will ever happen.
In related news, the Cape secessionist party (Cape Independence) has called upon the citizens of the Western Cape Province, to rally together behind the idea of independence, reject the failed administration of the ANC and secede from the republic to form their own independent nation. It is a call that seem to have found a lot of willing ears on social networks such as facebook and Twitter.
These are the links to the stories describing the clashes between police and insurgents,most of whom hails from the failed neighboring province of the Eastern Cape.
Also notice how the South African media plays along with the notion that these anarchist are ”farm workers” when they are actually Xhosa “seasonal invaders” following orders of their ANC masters.
ANC body, threatens action against Afrikaans university.
The Afrikaner Journal copied an article published by Times Live, describing the bizarre attack on the newly established Afrikaans language University, Akademia by the Higher Education Transformation Network.
According to the Network the university “potentially discriminates against students who wish to study in other languages and is therefore “unconstitutional”.
The Solidarity Movement’s Dirk Hermann said in response:
“Even though Akademia teaches in Afrikaans, it does not mean that only Afrikaans students are allowed to attend.”
The Solidarity Movement and many other pro Boere-Afrikaner organizations, view this as a direct assault against the Boere-Afrikaner nation, their language, their culture and their people.
It is inconceivable that an association related to government, should be so concerned about NOT allowing a minority to exercise their constitutional rights, that they would actively seek to stop these rights, because it “MAY POTENTIALLY HARM THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE BLACK MAJORITY” – however bizarre that may be.
You can read that story here:
Vicious ANC sponsored murders of Afrikaner-elderly, continues unabated.
Four Afrikaner men charged with conspiracy to set off explosives at the ANC’s Manguang conference, denied bail.
Lani Fouché reports for OFM:
Bloemfontein – Closing arguments and verdict of the bail application of the four alleged right-wingers, accused of plotting to kill top ANC officials during the Mangaung Conference in December last year, has been postponed in the Bloemfontein Regional court.
The state alleges that they planned “The Battle of Mangaung” which involved eliminating the country’s top leadership. The men have denied the claims as well as alleged meetings that took place during which the plot was conceived.
The investigating officer claims to have a strong case against the four.
OFM’s Lani Fouché reports that the families of the accused are frustrated at the postponement and that it was once again an emotional day in court. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=412915618782925&id=100001934720901&refid=48
Hate Speech demonizing Afrikaners, increase.
Letter to Amnesty International
Censorbugbear posted this letter to the international human rights watch group, Amnesty International, written by Adriaan Parker.
The letter is a very well written argument explaining the reasons why Afrikaners feel that they are at the receiving end of genocidal policies.
This is not the first letter of its kind sent to Amnesty International and will in all likelihood, not be the last. Most responses from the organization have been dismissive, thus far.
AI basically denies that the ANC is acting with deliberate intent to destroy Afrikaners and refuse to link evidence presented to them, as possible proof of such events taking place.
Judge for yourself:
Jacob Zuma threatens “unfair”expropriation and warns that inequality is bad for reconciliation.
The ANC president made a lot of controversial statements last week.
At the ANC policy conference he proposed that the “willing buyer, willing seller” approach be dropped as it was too costly and slow, according to the Independent Online.
It (the ANC) also agreed that expropriation of land with “just and equitable” compensation was the preferred alternative.
The ruling party would “not have to” change the constitution, as it makes provision for “expropriation with compensation in the public interest”, according to IOL.
The nature of the compensation offered, will show whether the government is expropriating fairly. If the compensation is not based on current market value, it will be unfair and cause for legal challenge. Unfortunately the regime will be the judge of what is fair, and we can expect expropriations of property for ‘way below’ the real value as a unilateral decision by the Africanist regime, with no recourse or possibility for appeal except maybe, via the courts.
I foresee that Afrikaner-farmers will face many exhaustive legal battles for many years to come. Battles that will ultimately result in the loss of their ancestral land and in many cases – their only means survival.
Should the constitutional court however find in favour of farmers – it will signal the end of the honeymoon period (of equality for all in the New South Africa), as the ANC will be “forced” to adopt many “qualifying amendments”, to give effect to their land policy.
This will eventually change the constitution from “free” to ”totalitarian” – making way for a communist ANC dictatorship.
In addition the head of the ANC said that “inequality is bad for reconciliation”, a statement that seems agreeable to most people who agrees that the gap between rich and poor are indeed a huge problem in South Africa.
The problem with this statement lies in the way the ANC has attempted to narrow the divide over the years. These attempts not only failed, but in retrospect, clearly amounts to acts of genocide against the vulnerable minority Afrikaner population.
They have literally done everything in their power to marginalize Afrikaners (and whites in general) by:
- barring them from the certain jobs,
- restricted access to the labour market,
- trying to restrict access to services like charity,
- complained about Afrikaner attempts to start a Afrikaans university,
- barring Afrikaans students from certain study areas at state universities,
- complained about Afrikaans as a medium of education in schools,
- refusing to investigate incidents of hate speech against its own members,
- making themselves guilty of hate speech,
- refusing to investigate charges of genocide against Afrikaner-farmers,
- initiating expropriating policies to turn Afrikaners into internal refugees,
- denying Afrikaners the status as a minority group,
- refusing to declare farm murders a priority crime
- and a host of other, overt measures pointing to African Nationalism as a racist genocidal instrument.
It is in the light of the above that Zuma’s statement of, “inequality is bad for reconciliation”, should be read. It is not as benign as one would have hoped.
This statement is a threat – a declaration of intent to intensify the murderous policies of dehumanization of Afrikaners that will lead to their ultimate demise.
Destitute, at the receiving end of ANC discrimination – NO food aid if your not an ANC member!
Afrikaners defending themselves against murderous attacks, arrested for assault.
Intimidation has taken on a new form in South Africa.
The south African police are locking up both the victims, as well as perpetrators of violent crimes together. The practice has been going on for a while and it is suggested that it may have come about, because most perpetrators of crime realize that they can influence the outcome of the judicial process, if they lay counter-charges against their victims, and - also because the SAPS must give effect to the constitutional rights of detainees as well, by complying with their wish to lay counter charges, should they wish to do so.
This action then forces the police officers to act against both parties, sometimes locking both up together in the same cell, where the victims trauma is extended for days and months, afterward.
These innocent citizens then have to endure physical abuse at the hands of their aggressors, while the guards sometimes, may turn a blind eye.
In desperation, and as a way to escape physical harm, victims would then drop the criminal charges against the perpetrators hoping that it will secure their release.
In some cases this blackmail, accompanied by a fat bribe will do the trick.
It is unacceptable that the legal system in South Africa will allow a victim to be victimized twice – first, by the perpetrator, and a second time by the legal apparatus and the perpetrator, together.
Victims of violent crimes now know that “defending yourself”, has become a sure way of ending up being treated like a criminal and landing up with a conviction, yourself.
Take the following incidents as disgraceful examples of this travesty of justice taking place:
In the first story, Gert Seegers (75) en Willie van Zyl (56) managed to apprehend a burglar, who then alleged that the two elderly Afrikaner men, “assaulted” him.
Needless to say, the police then arrested the two men as well, on a charge of assault.
They were given bail of R500 each, but must still appear in court to face charges of assault.
A perpetrator – who knows very well that the unlawfulness of his actions may result in harm to himself – takes revenge on his victims by laying a bogus assault charge, to get back at his victims and defeat the ends of justice in the process….
Let me spell it out for you….. a 75-year-old man, defending his home from a violent 25-year-old invader…..is charged with assault …??????
Has defending yourself become illegal in South Africa????
In the second story an Afrikaner woman Chrystal Grobler, who owns a gas station in Johannesburg, was attacked by a black man when she inquired about his strange behaviour.
Apparently, he was copying information on products stocked inside the shop – without Groblers consent.
In the argument that followed, Grobler sustained a broken nose when the aggressor kicked her in the face.
Again, the police arrested both parties on charges of assault.
Both will have to appear in court.
Even if you take race out of the picture, a man….. kicked a woman… in the face and broke her nose ….. and SHE IS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ????
Now put race and cultural identity BACK into the equation, and ask yourself whether the South African Police would have acted the same if the actors in the stories above, had been of the same race or cultural identity…….
We will leave you to decide what is universally accepted norms, values and practices and, whether the above amounts to gross violation of minority rights in South Africa, instead.
Twist in Boeremag trial – case postponed to 24 January 2013
Pretoria – Boeremag members found guilty of high treason could apply for their convictions to be overturned, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.
They claimed new evidence of a police conspiracy against them had surfaced. Judge Eben Jordaan postponed the action by 20 Boeremag members to January 24 to give them time to seek the advice of a senior advocate.
Paul Kruger, who represents some of the accused, said a former policeman, Captain Deon Loots, had made statements about the alleged conspiracy which were published in a Sunday newspaper in October last year.
The Rapport published two articles which quoted Loots claiming police spies had planted evidence and enticed Boeremag members to commit crimes. He said crime intelligence eavesdropped on conversations between the accused and their lawyers while they were in custody.
Initial indications were that they might bring an application in terms of Section 38 of the Constitution, which deals with the right to approach a court concerning the violation of fundamental rights. He said he was only allowed to consult with Loots in the middle of December because he had to work through Loots’ lawyer, who initially did not want to let him talk to Loots. “I could not put a gun against the man’s head. I was in his hands,” he said.
Senior prosecutor Paul Fick objected to the trial being postponed. “The court has already made a finding and cannot review itself. The application will have to be made before another court.”
Defence advocate Bernard Bantjes said if there was substantial evidence, the men’s conviction would have to be set aside by another court. Jordaan started giving judgment in the nine-year trial in July last year. He convicted the last of the 20 accused – master bomb maker Kobus Pretorius – in August last year.
All 20 were convicted of high treason resulting from a far-right wing plot to overthrow the African National Congress-led government. The Boeremag’s bomb squad – Kobus Pretorius, his brothers Johan and Wilhelm, and Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws Ä were also found guilty of attempting to murder former president Nelson Mandela.
In addition, they were convicted of murdering Claudia Mokone, who was killed when a piece of steel dislodged by a Boeremag bomb planted on a railway line was flung into her shack in Soweto in October 2002.
During his judgment, Jordaan rejected claims the State had taken part in planning a coup. Although the accused claimed they were involved in a legitimate war against a “racist regime”, Jordaan said they could not have believed that civilian structures, such as a mosque, were legitimate targets. – Sapa
If you are interested to read more about the story of the Boeremag trialists, you can get access to more information here:
Better still – why not befriend them on facebook, and learn why these young men (incarcerated for ten years and now waiting to be sentenced for high treason against the African Nationalist state) – would commit actions (similar to the ones Nelson Mandela had been convicted for) – in the name of freedom?
Let it be known that where there is injustice – there will be resistance
Pro-Boere Afrikaner news stories, related to the above, can be accessed at the following websites in Afrikaans:
For additional news sources in English:
Afrikaans university threatened with closure by ANC
Imagine the following scenario:
The US federal government decides that universities teaching exclusively in English, are racist because it will exclude Spanish speakers,
Or for an European example:
Imagine the Belgian government decides to ban a Flemish University because it discriminates against French speakers.
Well, read what the African Nationalist government’s attitude is toward Akademia, the only distance education university in the world, serving Afrikaans-speakers of ALL ethnic backgrounds.
Afrikaans institution against our constitution.
A year after its establishment, officials at a tertiary institution specifically targeting Afrikaans speakers have hit back at critics who have labeled the institute as “exclusive”.
Akademia, a private institution registered with the Department of Education, was criticised at the weekend over its language policy by the Higher Education Transformation Network.
“Akademia only admits Afrikaans students and thus potentially discriminates against students who wish to study in other languages,” said the transformation network’s chairman Lucky Thekisho.
The network wants the education authorities to “review the institution’s accreditation” and is even willing to take legal steps.
However, Solidarity Movement’s Dirk Hermann said: “Even though Akademia teaches in Afrikaans, it does not mean that only Afrikaans students are allowed to attend.”
Akademia uses distance learning and is an independent institution within the Solidarity Movement, said Hermann. It is registered with the Department of Education.
It is this registration that the Higher Education Transformation Network now wants to challenge.
“We wish to question the criteria and guidelines utilised by the Umalusi (Council for Quality Assurance in the General and Further Education and Training) and CHE (Council for Higher Education) granting provisional accreditation status to Akademia College.”
The transformation network believes Akademia’s Afrikaans-only policy is inconsistent with the constitution, the Education White Paper of 1997 and the Higher Education Amendment Act of 2011.
“Contrary to promoting the interests of a unified South African society to advance economic prosperity and fight poverty, Solidarity and Afriforum are playing a very divisive nefarious role in higher education by seeking to entrench the exclusion of blacks from higher education,” claimed the network.
But Hermann said that Akademia was founded to make higher education more accessible.
“If South Africa has a higher education landscape that is only English, then it would be exclusive,” said Hermann.
The country already has too many institutions teaching exclusively in English, he said.
“The constitution promotes multilingualism and it can only work in practice if there are institutions serving different language communities,” Hermann said, adding that the majority of Afrikaans speakers were not white and that Akademia is ideally suited to serve poor communities such as in the Northern Cape.
He said that the Solidarity Movement was willing to engage with other stakeholders to roll out the “Akademia model” for mother- tongue instruction in other African languages.
Higher Education South Africa acting CEO Jeffrey Mabelebele said it would be premature to comment as he had not seen Solidarity’s submissions to Umalusi and CHE or the reasons Umalusi gave for supporting the institute’s registration.
UNPO publishes report on unrepresented South African minorities
Compiled by J. Mare
30 December, 2012
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
According to their website, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is… “an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
Although the aspirations of UNPO Members differ greatly, they are all united by one shared condition – they are not adequately represented at major international fora, such as the United Nations. As a consequence, their opportunity to participate on the international stage is significantly limited, as is their ability to access and draw upon the support of the global bodies mandated to defend their rights, protect their environments, and mitigate the effects of conflict.“
South African members
The African Nationalist regime of South Africa does not acknowledge existing minorities within its borders, even though South Africa is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural territory. There are at least 13 distinct languages spoken in South Africa that enjoys constitutional protection, although the nations speaking those languages, are not recognized.
In addition to the report on Southern Africa, UNPO also published details on all its other members in the report. To access the full report and view the concerns, conditions and issues effecting minorities in your area – click on the link at the end of this excerpt
Members examined: Rehoboth Basters, Vhavenda, Afrikaner
The pursuit of economic and political stability of Southern Africa is a great concern to the countries in the region.
Like many other nations in the continent, colonialism has left its mark on development, but has also led to the coming together of new cultures and the creation of new traditions to represent these changes. The main factors impeding economic growth of today’s Southern Africa have to do with poverty, corruption and discrimination, which represent some of the same struggles our Members experience in the region as well.
The Rehoboth Basters
In central Namibia lies the Rehoboth Basters people, descendants of European Colonists and Indigenous Khoi-People. During colonial times, they set up their own political system, which guaranteed them the right to selfdetermination.
The German occupation, however, ended at World War I, and Namibia (formally called South West Africa) became a League of Nations Mandate territory, administered by the Government of the Union of South
During the South African occupation, much of the Basters rights were suppressed, and their land alienated. In the late 70’s South Africa passed the ‘Rehoboth Selfgovernment Act’ granting the Basters autonomy, allowing them to grow and develop.
In 1990, Namibia became an independent nation and the Baster self-Government was abolished. Seeing that it was the self-Government itself who owned the Bastercommunal land, with its extinction, all the land was seized and claimed by the newly formed Namibian government.
The pretext for this illegal shift of ownership was that it was public property under the South African rule. The Basters were the sole minority community to not receive any compensation for their loss. Furthermore, their traditional authorities are also not recognized due to the fact that they no longer hold any communal land. It is thus clear that the Basters lack the same status as all other ethnic groups of Namibia, as they are also the only ethnic community to not be included in the 2002 Communal Land Reform Act.
In the coming years, the Rehoboth Basters have made several attempts to regain control of their land, but their rights remain neglected. Besides land and property rights issues, Basters also suffer discrimination against their language and cultural heritage.
In the last year, UNPO worked closely with the Basters to guarantee further awareness for their cause. In August 2012, the organization brought to the attention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Prof. James Anaya, the main issues facing the Basters, and appealed to him to visit their community during his official visit to the country the following month. The Special Rapporteur thus met with Baster leaders, where they discussed their struggles pursuing economic, social and cultural development.
In the neighboring country of South Africa, two Members also strive for greater representation and respect for their cultural heritage.
The Vhavenda are a tribal community living mostly near the South African border with Zimbabwe. During the apartheid era, the National Party of Venda was the ruling party of the Venda homeland, a self-governing region.
Nonetheless, as South Africa transitioned to democracy,in early 1990’s, the National Party of Venda was suspended and the Venda homeland re-absorbed into South Africa, in 1994. In the same year, the Venda Pension
Fund, which was created in 1979 for the Venda Civil Servants working for the homeland, was privatized and liquidated. Beneficiaries were promised their proceeds before the amalgamation of the funds.
The privatization exercise, nevertheless, did not live up to the desired objective as the beneficiaries did not receive the benefits they were entitled to. They were denied their rightful pension claims from
the beginning, although it corresponds to a constitutional right in South Africa.
The case was brought before the Court, but no favorable resolution has yet been reached. UNPO will thus continue to press strongly for the
recognition of their rights within South Africa and plans on pursuing a campaign to bring more international awareness to their cause.
Also in South Africa, another group has been struggling to preserve their cultural identity and language: the Afrikaners. Afrikaners are the descendants of early European settlers that migrated to South Africa during the seventeenth century. Afrikaners are mostly a Germanic ethnic group, descending from mostly Dutch, but also French and German origins.
South Africa was under Dutch control until 1795, when itwas taken over by British forces. The Afrikaans-speaking community soon became discontent with the new colonial rule and migrated to the country’s interior, hoping to establish independent republics. Two of them were
founded in the 19th century and unrest soon erupted asgold was finally found in the region. This led to a series of gold rushes, which attracted prospectors to their land and caused tension with the local Afrikaner population. As war broke out, the Afrikaner republics were reinstated
under British rule, and were later combined to form the
Union of South Africa.
As segregation policies were gradually implemented, discrimination legislation soon led to the separation ofpublic spaces based on ethnic divisions. The Apartheid era was finally declared over in the early 1990s, when Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, among others, paved the way for
democratic elections upon holding a referendum on thematter. In 1994, the Freedom Front Plus party wasfounded to represent the Afrikaner interest within thenewly formed democracy. The importance of the creation of the party lies on the fact that in the past years, the Afrikaner community has witnessed increasing disregard for their cultural, economic and political rights, despitespecific guarantees by the Constitution.
Language rights are one of the key issues. Over 50% of the schools that used Afrikaans as a language ofinstruction have been dismantled since the end of Apartheid. Also, towns and place names in Afrikaans have been deliberately changed and there are much fewer of them left as a result. The language issues may well force Afrikaners to learn other traditional African languages, but also imposes a threat to the cultural identity of the
In early 2012, the government expressed interestin changing the name of the country’s executive capitalPretoria to Tshwane. However, surveys have shown that most South Africans are against the name change is it may bring further disagreement among its people.
In addition to this, Afrikaners, especially farmers, havebecome a key target for ethnic violence. The governmentoften describes these attacks as intrinsic to the largerscenario of violence prevailing in the country. However,many believe particular attacks to be motivated by antiwhite
motivations, as an attempt to drive the farmers off
UNPO vehemently condemns the unlawful killings ofAfrikaner farmers and calls for ongoing monitoring of thesituation in South Africa. In 2011, the UNPO Program Coordinator paid a visit to South Africa and met with
young Afrikaner representatives to discuss future project ideas and implementations by the organization and the Freedom Front Plus. The promotion and protection of cultural and political rights is of particular value to UNPO and we will continue to campaign for accountability within
the South African government.
The Afrikaner Journal, News Digest – 09 December, 2012
Compiled by: Jacques Maré
Highlights of stories focusing on the plight of Boere-Afrikaners in South Africa: This week:
- New petition site for Boere-Afrikaner friends and supporters in the USA – 02/12/2012
- Afrikaner civil rights movement, Afriforum announces successful conference on Afrikaans and minority rights hosted by AfriForum in The Netherlands – 04/12/2012
- Censorbugbear-reports: Dutch parliament hears Afrikaner plight – 05/12/2012
- Farm unrest in the Western Cape province continues – reports by BKA (Boer Crisis Action) – 04/12/12/2012
- SA farm murders grow more sadistic, Space van Adriana – 02/12/2012
- Special procedural assembly in the second chamber of the Dutch parliament, hosted prominent Afrikaners, discussing the plight of the Afrikaans language under African Nationalist rule.
- Prominent Afrikaners present report on the Afrikaans language to the Dutch Language Union – 07/12/2012
New petition site for Boere-Afrikaner friends and supporters in the USA – 02/12/2012
The petition site http://www.petitions.whitehouse.gov has registered a new pro-Boere-Afrikaner petition. The site is host to many petitions soliciting support from the United States government.
Most petitions besiege the White House to get involved in all sorts of issues that range from the mundane, such as requesting funds for public projects to the more serious such as, requesting stays of executions and clemency for convicted prisoners and, to intervene in mass atrocities and genocide, internationally.
These petitions work, because the US government (in most cases) does not have a legally obligation to act and it is up to the American public to put pressure on the state apparatus to realize its moral obligation to intervene in contentious issues of national and international concern. The public pressure ultimately results in the promulgation and enactment of legislation to give voice to the publics demand for intervention.
The new pro-Boere-Afrikaner petition, aims to do exactly that.
“Sanction South Africa for its Genocide of White Farmers!” – petitions the White house to intervene in the slaughter of South Africa’s white Afrikaner farmer population, by imposing sanctions against the African Nationalist government.
The petitioners demand the following:
“We petition the government of the United States, to impose sanctions on the present government of South Africa for allowing the torture, murder, and eradication of the White farming class of South Africa.
Since our U.S. media does not report this genocide against Whites, we petition our government to make a public announcement to inform United States citizens about what is being done to the White population of South Africa.”
The Afrikaner Journal requests all United States citizens, friendly to the Boere-Afrikaner cause, to aid us by signing the petition and spreading the link to the petition site.
This will help tremendously as the US president will automatically be informed of the petition as soon as the number of petitioners reach 25 000.
We thank you in advance for your help in this regard. SOURCE: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/sanction-south-africa-its-genocide-white-farmers/kjN0NSN0
Afrikaner civil rights movement, Afriforum announces successful conference on Afrikaans and minority rights hosted by AfriForum in The Netherlands
AfriForum hosted a most successful conference on minority rights in The Hague, Netherlands. Several internationally renowned opinion makers and minority rights experts attended the conference.
The speakers included, among others, Derk-Jan Eppink (Member of the EU Parliament), Jan Diedrichsen (Director of the Federal Union of European Nations / FUEN), Prof Karen Magrethe Pedersen (University of South Denmark) and Prof Reinier Salverda (University College of London and Director of the Fryske Akademy).
The theme of the conference was:
“The position of cultural minority groups with special reference to the Afrikaans minority in South Africa”.
According to Alana Bailey, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, the purpose of the conference was to create international awareness for the challenges faced by the Afrikaans-speaking minority in South Africa, as well as to create an opportunity for European and South African experts in the fields of minority and language rights to share their knowledge.
The contributions of the speakers and the open discussion afterwards proved that both Europe and South Africa still has much to do to understand the needs of minority groups adequately, and to ensure that their constitutional rights are realised.
Minorities do not want preferential treatment, but neither can they be treated as second-class citizens.
“It is encouraging to see that European experts are more than prepared to make their expertise available to the Afrikaans-speaking minority and are looking forward to closer cooperation with us in future,” Bailey said. “AfriForum today established a platform that can be used with great success in future.”
Additional News from Afriforum: 2012 12 05 – AfriForum lightens children’s hearts
Censorbugbear-reports: Dutch parliament hears Afrikaner plight – 05/12/2012
Adriana Stuijt reports on Censotbugbear-reports that the Dutch parliament are to examine plight of Afrikaners:
“Dec 5 2012 – For the first time since the Anglo-Boer war of 1899-1902, the plight of the Afrikaner people under the current regime will be discussed in Dutch parliament. On December 5, the Lower House of the Dutch parliament’s permanent foreign affairs commission will be examining the problems faced by this small ethnic-minority in South Africa.
The hearing was arranged on the initiative of Dutch MP Raymond de Roon of the PVV ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Invited to address the commission hearing: – Professor Koos Malan of the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria. – Kallie Kriel, chairman of the civil rights movement Afriforum.
Several days earlier Mr Kriel also delivered a detailed report about the suppression of minority-rights in South Africa to the United Nationsl human rights council regarding minorities.
Tabled for discussion on Dec 5 in the Dutch commission hearing are:
- Farm murders: ‘plaasmoorde’; details of the great many sadistic murder-attacks carried out against Afrikaners and their families countrywide;
- Structural discrimination against minorities like the Afrikaners under the ruling SA government’s ‘black economic empowerment’ laws;
- Land confiscations specifically targetting Afrikaner farmers;
- Hatespeech campaigns specifically against Afrikaners: with leading ruling-coalition members singing “Shoot the Boer’ etc
- The severe limitations placed on even the best-performing Afrikaner youths and other ethnic-European minority-members to access higher education only because of their ‘race’.
- Ethnic cleansing in the form of the destruction of ‘Afrikaner’ names on the SA map such as ‘Pretoria’.
- Destruction of the Afrikaans language in education – (the home-language of nearly 7million South Africans as per 2011 Census).
Details of hearing venue 5 december – can be heard via internet: 10h30 Klompé hall; Lower House of Dutch Parliament building (‘Tweede Kamer’).
Farm unrest in the Western Cape province continues – reports by BKA (Boer Crisis Action) – 04/12/12/2012
Boer Crisis Action: Update on ‘FarmStrike:
“Presently in most West Cape rural areas there are reports of ‘very few to none’ violent protests. The majority of workers were informed well about the negotiations of the past two weeks.
It seems that the Boers have informed the permanent workers that they would lose their jobs if they stayed away from work (the strike is illegal and unprotected). Most permanent workers are at work. (AJS: This was also confirmed by WC premier @HelenZille). One mostly sees the seasonal (temporary) worker at the meetings and there are also indications that from tomorrow people [will] be driven in by buses from other regions.
This COSATU ‘rent-a-crowd’ has been causing most of the problems thus far. They can be mobilised at short notice.
The BKA then issued this warning and advice:
“We ask our members in the area to be calm and aware. Don’t let their threats cause fear. None of the roads have been closed thus and as far as we are aware, only two incidents of stone-throwing [have been] reported. Four whites have been questioned after they were stopped at a road-blockage and weapons were found in their possession.
BKA then asked its members to make sure that all the weapons in its members’ possession are legally registered, and that transportation of the said weapons occur in the prescribed legal manner. Members were also advised, that no police officer can arrest anybody or detain people for ‘questioning’ if all weapons are properly registered.
The quote from the facebook page update of the Boer Crisis Action gives us an idea of how much the tension in that region of South Africa has escalated.
The government affiliated COSATU workers union started a wage strike, demanding R 150-00 wage for farm workers per day. Most Afrikaner farmers can not afford the demand and it seems as though the government is very skillfully playing workers and employers off against one another to further the cause of the (NDR) National Democratic Revolution (a communist based trash-ideology document, which demands that all farmland should be redistributed and the current owners, stripped of their property rights).
The government hopes to fast track changes in the agricultural sector in line with their communist policies by inflaming the tension between the workers and the farmers, abusing the emotional vulnerability of the workers and using them as the tool, for the government’s agenda for communist change.
SA farm murders grow more sadistic, Space van Adriana – 02/12/2012
‘Space van Adriana’, published this very disturbing report on farm murders. It claims that SA farm murders, are indeed growing more sadistic every year. The website quotes an interview with the now famous ‘blood-sisters’, Eileen de Jager en Roelien Schutte, so named, for their gruesome occupation of cleaning up crime scenes.
“The Rapport newspaper ‘s Llewellyn Prince interviewed the two Afrikaner sisters, who last year alone cleaned up 117 farm-crime scenes countrywide through their company Crime Scene Cleanup. They have been doing this for 13 years. The sisters say they can ‘read a murder-scene very quickly and accurately’.
“The things which happen during these farm murders are very cruel. I don’t believe people realise the cruelty used when the farmers and their family members are murdered in their homes’.
People also are erroneous in their assumption that the younger farmers fight back more during an armed attack: actually the older victims fight back more because they have collected more valuables during the years and want to protect them.’
Often everyone inside the homestead is killed: even the pets…
‘However every farm dweller is targetted – there’s no age-discrimination.’ De Jager also added that over the years the farm murders have become ‘increasingly sadistic’. “Often everyone inside the homestead are killed – even the pets. And people often are tortured in their homes for DAYS before the attackers finally leave.
“The public must know how cruelly these people are being murdered. We were at scenes were people’s skins were peeled off their bodies; where children are drowned in boiling water. It’s horrific’.
Lately De Jager said many farmers are also installing ‘very solid doors’ into their homesteads which make it more difficult for attackers to break into the homes.”Many farmers have also started patrolling their own farm-borders in attempts to protect themselves and their families’. http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Plaasmoorde-is-uiters-wreed-20121201″
The rest of this very insightful article, featuring the latest in the massacre of Afrikaner farmers can be read here:
Additional: The Solidarity Movement has, for the first time published a report on farm attacks available in PDF format here:
The website, “Farmitracker” has been keeping exact details of these vicious attacks for a several years now. Their database can be accessed here:
Special procedural assembly in the second chamber of the Dutch parliament, hosted prominent Afrikaners, discussing the plight of Afrikaners and the Afrikaans language under African Nationalist rule.
On December 5, 2012, Kalie Kriel (Afriforum) addressed the Dutch parliaments Second Chamber, in the Netherlands. He explained the precarious position of Afrikaans and the discrimination and violence inflicted on its speakers (Afrikaners), under African Nationalist rule.
Kriel appeared as a guest speaker at the conference, according to the PRAAG (Pro Afrikaans Action Group) website.
According to Kriel, subtle diplomatic pressure [by the Netherlands] on the ANC regime may result in a positive contribution, for a better future for all South Africans.
Professor Koos Malan (University of Pretoria) added that foreign countries (like the Netherlands) should set strict conditions for investment in South Africa, implying that countries like the Netherlands should examine and call the South African government to account about corruption and human rights abuses brought to its attention. He also expressed the hope for stronger ties between the Netherlands and South Africa, first established in 1652 with the arrival of the first Dutch settlers.
The descendants of those brave pioneers, the Boere-Afrikaners are appealing to the Netherlands (as their ancestral “motherland”) for help to stave off the relentless attack by the Africanists on their nationhood, their identity, their language and security.
Kalie Kriel furthermore appealed for a student exchange program between South Africa and the Netherlands.
Malan said that it seems as though the ANC is following a totalitarian marxist ideology, replacing qualified persons by unqualified loyal party members, resulting in the disastrous decline service quality to the public.
Kriel said that the Afrikaner minority are at the receiving end of systematic discrimination, weakened and painted as enemies of the regime. The Afrikaans language are supplanted by English [in Schools and public life]. Many [Afrikaner] farmers are robbed and murdered in the most gruesome fashion (the so-called “farm murders”). White farmer are murdered at a rate that is 6 times higher than the average.
Dutch member of parliament Van der Staaij (SGP) said that the house had had a lot to say about South Africa in the past, but lately, no-one seems bothered.
De Roon (PVV) said he will address the issue of the plight of Afrikaners “our blood-brothers”, during the debate on the budget of the Foreign Affairs Office.
Prominent Afrikaners present report on the Afrikaans language to the Dutch Language Union – 07/12/2012
According to Leopoldt Scholtz of Die Burger newspaper, it was an historical occasion when Afrikaans was heard for the first time (according to him) in the Dutch parliament on two different occasions this week.
The first of these happened on Monday when Henry Jeffreys (Ex Editor of the Burger Newspaper), Flip Buys (CEO of Solidarity), Dr. Michael le Cordeur (Afrikaans Language Council) and Prof Koos Malan (University of Pretoria) addressed the Dutch senate on invitation by the Dutch Language Union.
Scholtz says that it was an extremely emotional experience to hear Dutch and Flemish parliamentarians ask questions in their own languages about the plight of Afrikaans in South Africa and hear the melodic sound of Afrikaans in response to the questions.
According to Scholtz it seems as though a renewed eagerness can be detected among Dutch organizations to aid the Afrikaans language. At the moment the Dutch Language Union represents three dialects, Dutch, Flemish and the dialect spoken in the Dutch colony of Suriname.
Scholtz says that the DLU is limited in its capacity to influence government, but that both the Dutch and the Flemish governments seem willing to promote increased cooperation between language and civil organizations of all three countries.
The message that Afrikaans (spoken by 7 million people in South Africa) is sidelined by the ANC regime and actively supplanted by English came across clearly in the presentation by some delegates. The threat to its survival due to ANC policies and the failure to protect traditional Afrikaans schools and Universities, were proffered as sufficient reasons for the perceived threat.