ANC metro council destroys another Afrikaner home!
09 August 2011
ANC destroys another home.
Today I visited the home of Elsie Brits (30). She lives on the property of the house of her mother in law in Claremont Pretoria. Elsie is the mother of four beautiful children: Anthony (9), Ockert(7), Adriaan (4) and three month old baby Elmarie.
Elsie and her family has called this structure home for the last year.
The call for help
I woke up to the news yesterday morning, that another Afrikaner family faces the loss of their home at the hands of the ANC metro council of Pretoria. This did not come as a surprise to me – I’ve been expecting the council to intensify their campaign to eradicate Pretoria of every living descendant of those proud Boer pioneers that had founded the city of Pretoria.
Accompanying me on the trip to the suburb of Claremont were George and Magda Stroebel, of the ‘Angels at Work’ charity in Daspoort. George and Magda have been in a protracted battle with the same council for the very same reason since 9 N0vember 2010.
We arrived just after four in the afternoon at the corner of Claremont and Wilhelm Streets where the doomed structure is situated. From the outside we could already detect the decay. We were let through a hole in the wall the serves as a ‘door/gate”.
Inside we were met by Elsie Brits and baby Elmarie, three months old. As we moved onto the property I could see several dogs and children playing in the dirt. The children waved shyly at the newcomers. Elsie introduced us to her children and her mother-in-law.
I could see the lines of suffering edged on every face I met.
I tried my best to arrest the emotions of utter despair welling up inside me.
I felt so lost and – as I sitting here writing this, I find it difficult to describe the sights, sounds and smells.
The hole in the wall, leads to this view of the side of the structure the ANC intends to demolish.
Inside her house Elsie told us that the family has lived in this extension to the main house for a year.
She says that they received notice that the shack will have to be demolished last week Thursday. She says, an official looking man arrived with a summons. The man told her mother-in-law that she must demolish the structure before Friday, 12 August 2011 or they will come and do it themselves.
In response to his announcement her mother-in-law then asked him what they are supposed to do about the occupants, to which he replied that if she doesn’t comply she’ll have to,
“……greet her family because she, won’t be seeing them for a long time”.
This apparently refers to a possible 12 month sentence hanging over her head, because she allegedly contravened building regulations.
In addition she says, her mother-in-law will have to pay a R4000-00 fine for erecting the structure.
“How can they call my house a shack, this is my home!” … and …”if the blacks in Bremer Street are allowed to live like this, then why can’t we!?”
She was referring to the shacks erected a little further down in Bremer Street.
The Metro council is ‘biased’ and ‘racist’ in their implementation of the national housing policy
According to Edwin Leeman:
“In Bremer street (Pretoria), these houses…”( of the Blacks)…” were rebuilt (following a court order)”.
He then asks: …. these Black squatters ….” do they pay taxes?”… because the White property owners do and, not only do they pay their ‘Rates& Taxes’ but they own their properties.
Why is the ANC metro council biased in their approach towards citizens based on the colour of their skin?
Shacks of Black people in Bremer Street, Pretoria – Photo source, Edwin Leeman.
In fact the Metro council seem to be intensifying the assault on the rights of poor Afrikaners in the West moot area. Some property owners can testify to openly aggressive responses to their inquiries and objections.
This is the area in question. An estimated 5000 Afrikaners are living in squalor, in the backyards of property owners who, themselves sometimes struggle to make ends-meet.
What is the Solution?
It is clear that the housing crisis in South Africa is reaching catastrophic proportions. Poor South Africans, of all races are struggling to survive. The ANC promised a … ‘better life for all’…. in their election campaigns, throughout the years and before every election – but have failed to deliver the goods.
For some members of the South African community (Black citizens) there is, at least the ‘hope’ that change will occur in their life-time, but others (like the Afrikaner community), face a sure and certain future of government neglect, with no hope or opportunity – a downward spiral to obliteration from the demography of the South African landscape.
The ANC’s policies of ‘Redistribution of Wealth’, ‘Black Economic Empowerment’, Affirmative Action’ (Racist Job Reservation legislation) and ‘Integration’ seems to be designed to destroy Afrikaners.
Maybe the only solution is clear and decisive action by the international community – pressure on the ANC, to conform to international norms about the treatment of minorities.
Maybe the Afrikaner/Boer should wake up and realize, that the only solution is: ‘self-determination’ – to insist on the recognition of their ‘cultural identity’ and, their right to ‘self-governance’.
Establishing a national council (Volksraad) with a democratically elected process, to act on their behalf, will lay the foundation for ‘international recognition’ of the mandate by the people to rule themselves. This will allow them then, to take their future back from the ANC and reverse the harm done – but this is only possible, if they make the conscious and deliberate effort to work towards autonomy.