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War Coming: Suidlanders

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War Coming: Suidlanders
September 14, 2012 by Suidlanders

 South Africa is on the brink of an “economic war” that threatens its security .

As violent protests spiral out of control, researchers, intelligence specialists and security organisations warn of impending national danger and more casualties.

Researcher Michael Hough, of the University of Pretoria’s Institute for Strategic Studies, said the country was in an economic war. “We should be gravely concerned. Economic warfare underlies a vast amount of political conflict. General strikes are known factors for revolutionary ideas and precipitate the final stages of revolutions. They are the cause of economic collapse, which, if infused with politics, as is happening, becomes an uncontrollable revolutionary force”.

He said that though a wage strike could be resolved, it was virtually impossible to resolve politicised mass action disputes “which are becoming more violent. What we are seeing now is becoming worse. People will die. With the country barely able to support the 15million people on welfare there is growing dissent, especially among the unemployed.”

Hough said leadership changes would not help.

“The problem is bigger than leaders. It requires stringent good governance to address the crisis of poor skills development and corruption – driving factors in a revolution.”

According to intelligence sources, the strikes are part of a systematic attack on the economy and there are fears that they will spread to other crucial construction sites.

The Medupi engineer said the targeting of the cranes was deliberate.

“This is orchestrated. It is industrial sabotage linked to current strike action in the rest of the country.”

SA Security Forces Union president Bheki Mvovo said information from the union’s members – several of whom were in military intelligence – showed that Malema was ready to sponsor an Arab Spring-style uprising.

“He has targets: the military, intelligence agencies, police, metro police, universities, construction and mines. It is an attempt to destabilise the country. South Africais facing a real danger,” Mvovo said.

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ANC Youth League: MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS, MARIKANA AND THE WAY FORWARD.

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MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS, MARIKANA AND THE WAY FORWARD.

By: Floyd Shivambu

Our call for Nationalisation of Mines and expropriation of land without compesention is directly linked to the struggles of the people of South Africa benefitting from South Africa’s wealth.

18 September 2012

We have called all of you here as members of the media from across South Africa and the world to speak to all South Africans about the recent political developments, the Mining revolution and the struggles that the people of South Africa are facing 18 years after the democratic breakthrough that transferred only political power from the white racist, murderous regime known the world over as amongst the greatest crimes against himanity, apartheid. Various political formations, the youth movement, civil society, trade unions have since 1994 decried the slow pace of development and transformation which had to accompany political liberation. We speak today an absolute majority of the previously oppressed and economically excluded people are still trapped in the poverty and starvation that existed under colonial and apartheid slavery and domination. More than 50% of the youth who need jobs and are capable of working cannot find jobs and subjected to various forms of suffering and starvation in South Africa’s townships, villages, squatter camps, and some on the streets with no home due to suffering.

As revolutionary political activists and economic freedom fighters, we have been at the forefront of the struggles of the excluded and oppressed people of South Africa, speaking everyday about their siuffering. As revolunary political activists, we have said that the only solution to the crisis of unemployment, poverty and starvation in South Africa is attainment of economic freedom, which we say should find expression in attainment of all freedom charter objectives and aims. To us economic freedom means that all people of South Africa who need jobs should be given jobs and that the wealth underneath and above South African soil should be utilized to benefit all South Africans. Our call for Nationalisation of Mines and expropriation of land without compesention is directly linked to the struggles of the people of South Africa benefitting from South Africa’s wealth.

We have actively done everything in our power to raise the plight of the poor and downthrodden. We have been to the informal settlements of South Africa, and took all key events of the ANC Youth League to the suffering masses of our people. We have been to the Mines and communities in Kuruman in the Northern Cape to speak on behalf of the former mineworkers whose participation in mining has only left them with diseases called asbestos. We have been to the communities in the Western Cape to speak against the racist DA government that subjected our people to open toilets. We were the first to condemn open toilets when they were done by the ANC government in the Free State. We have been to the Mines in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West to speak to mineworkers who do not have anywhere to turn to because they are exploited. We were amongst the first to internationally raise the plight of the suffering mineworkers in the international space. We have been to the villages, squatter camps, townships, suburbs, schools, universities, traditional councils, government offices, corporations and we have been to the world to speak to Africans in the diaspora about the suffering of our people.

We have cautioned South Africa before that since Jacob Zuma took over leadership of the South African State, we have seen introduction of dictatorship and extremely intolerant forms of leadership. Because of his inability to persuade and politically convince those that disagree with him, he has resorted to usage of force and coercion in his leadership style. It begun during the elections campaign when he begun to question the principle of innocence until proven guilty and in 2009 when he called on the police to use maximum force against people who are not yet arrested. Jacob Zuma then went to militarize the police without any resolution and guidance of the ANC. Like all dictators, Jacob Zuma is only concentrating on his village, Nkandla for development and even declared it a military zone in order to prevent media from reporting about it. The department of agriculture and forestries is reported to have donated R800 million to a private entity which Jacob Zuma and his friend own called Masimbambisane, which is used to buy political support in KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape. It is only dictators who donate so much money of government to themselves because they know that government systems will not allow the manner in which the money will be spent.

South Africa’s Courts of Law have passed ruling that the National Prosecuting Authority should release the basis upon which more than 700 cases of corruption and fraud against Jacob Zuma were withdrawn and the NPA has not done so because they are instructed not to by Justice Minister who is conflicted. Minister Jeff Radebe speaks about law and order as if he really wants to protect these, but the real reason is protection of his wife’s mining interests, and the interests of his brothers in law Cyril Ramaphosa and Patrice Motsepe who are part of a black elite that has benefitted from mining in South Africa. Where is the rule of law when a sitting President is preventing the Courts from probing corruption and theft by him? Mineworkers in Lonmin Marikana have opened a police case against the killing squad that massacred the 34 mineworkers and Minister of justice has not said anything over the fact that no police officer was arrested. Where are we taking this country to? Minister of police used slush fund money to build security wall around his house and for what else we do not know, and the Auditor General says the Minister did not know. How on earth can a person not know who is paying for the wall built on his private residence?

The soldiers in South Africa have won all the cases against the State and there has never been any compliance. When we speak to the aggrieved soldiers, we are threatened with violence and killing, but when COSATU and the Young Communist League address so many soldiers than we did, nothing is wrong with it because those are blind supporters of Jacob Zuma due to the patronage he has dispensed to them. South Africa, we have warned of dictatorship and it is becoming real and more real day by day. In KwaZulu Natal, any leader of the ANC who questions the leadership of Jacob Zuma and his policy stances disappears. In KwaZulu Natal, the charges brought against Comrades Peggy Nkonyeni and Mike Mabuyakhulu were recently withdrawn because of the Conference of the ANC in December 2012. The strategy to drop the charges is meant to intimidate other leaders of the ANC in other provinces into supporting the re-election of Jacob Zuma as President of the ANC. This is pure dictatorship, where people are not allowed to exercise free democratic rights and choices, but forced through threats to agree with the sitting President.

Our isolation, suspensions, and expulsions from the ANC was solely meant to suppress dissent and deal with courageous youth who could not stand pure mediocrity of Jacob Zuma. We cannot blame the entire collective because they are not given space to speak to the future an when they do, they are ignored. Many leaders of the ANC have spoken against some of the things we are mentioning here and they were intimidated and isolated.

Typical of all dictatorships in the world, the public broadcaster which has a public mandate and funded by the public to fairly report on all necessary political, social and economic developments in the country has now been reduced into a praise singer of Jacob Zuma. The only news that is covered in the SABC should necessarily be affirming Jacob Zuma because he thinks appearing on television everyday alongside the newspaper of his children’s business associates, the Guptas, he will be seen as the only leader in South Africa. All dictators engage in activities that seek to benefit their friends and families, and the supersonic speed with which Zuma related businesses have grown since he was elected President are evidence that he is only concerned and interested in his family affairs and interests at the expense of everyone.

In October 2011, we led the longest march in the history of mass protests from Johannesburg to Pretoria, which is 60 kilometres to highlight the plight and suffering of the people of South Africa. We went to the Chamber of Mines, Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Union Buildings to demand Nationalisation of Mines, expropriation of land, better housing, free quality education, and proper sanitation for the people of South Africa. To this day there is no response and direction from these centers of power and if these problems still exist, the country will further collapse like Mines will be collapsed by wokers revolt. We have never been ashamed in and outside the ANC to speak about these challenges confronting society. We went to the National General Council of the ANC and made some progress in terms of these key policy issues we have been campaigning about as revolutionary politicsl activists and economic freedom fighters. Jacob Zuma chose to distort outcomes of the NGC because they never agreed with his personal views.

It therefore came as no surprise that when Lonmin mineworkers embarked on a strike against their employers to demand R12.500 minimum wage, they called upon us to help raise the voice. We did not immediately respond to the plea and invitation to the call because we believed that the mineworkers had potential to liberate themselves from slavery and dangerous working conditions with no adequate payment. When the South African police massacred the 34 mineworkers on Thursday, the 16th of August 2012, we saw the need to intervene because it was clear that the political leadership of this country could not provide leadership except killing the mineworkers. On Friday, the 17th of August 2012, Comrades Sindiso Magaqa, Floyd Shivambu, and Anda Bici as Fearless Economic Freedom Fighters visited the mineworkers in Marikana to understand closely the request mineworkers had made that we should speak on their behalf.

On Saturday, the 18th of September 2012, we visited the workers and held an open public meeting with the mineworkers wherein we called Mr. Jacob Zuma and Nathi Mthethwa to step down because they presided over a cold blooded massacre of our people for protesting against the Mine bosses. We called for their resignation of Jacob Zuma because Jacob Zuma is a liability to this country and to the African National Congress. Never in it’s history has a sitting President of the ANC presided over such chaos and divisions in the ANC and in the country. Jacob Zuma is a proud proponent of tribalism and tribalist politics, which will plunge South Africa into a deeper crisis. Members of the ANC and whole of society should appreciate that under Zuma, our country will be plunged into a deeper crisis. The massacre in Marikana is definitely not the last one and more workers and poor people will still be massacred and killed by the South African security apparatuses. The soldiers are unhappy about Jacob Zuma’s leadership of this country, but he will deploy them alongside police to intimidate and kill more people. The whole world must watch this space because we will again remind you that we warned you about Jacob Zuma administration.

Comrades, friends and the people of South Africa we must never be silenced and we must never be threatened by undemocratic means to suppress politics dissent. In the ANC, Jacob Zuma used his henchmen to isolate us and suppress political dissent because we said he is incapable of leading this country. Now that we continue to enjoy the confidence and trust of ordinary people on the ground, Jacob Zuma is agitating soldiers and the police to block our movements and even eliminate us from the surface of this land. A death warrant has been issued against Economic Freedom Fighters for speaking on behalf of the people. The Minister of Defence has already called us counter revolutionary and the Military General have issued warning against us. If we die tomorrow and anytime soon, we would have been killed by Jacob Zuma and his people, who do not have the interests and aspirations of the people at heart. If we are illegally arrested tomorrow, we would have been arrested by Jacob Zuma and fair and free Courts of Law will set us free. Jacob Zuma is inherently insecure and forever threatened by our presence in this world.

Comrades, friends and fellow South Africans, let us stand firm in defence of the democracy and freedom our forefathers fought so hard to achieve. Let us defend the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, Thami Zulu, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Peter Mokaba and many others who fought for real freedom not for the freedom of few families and friends. The aspirations contained in the Freedom Charter should be achieved and we should all fight towards attainment of all Freedom Charter objectives. All people who want to protest should never be scared to protest and and stand up to demand what is rightfully theirs. All people who want better wages and better living conditions should rise up to demand their interests and aspirations. We are ready to join all protest actions and strikes that are aimed at improving the living conditions of our people and we will not be scared to join in the protests.

South Africa belongs to all of us and inspired by many generations before us who were fearless and we are fearless. We are ready to confront anything that will face us. The actions of members of the SAPS in Marikana on Monday, the 17th of September is a sign that freedoms and rights of the people of South Africa as contained in the Constitution are being eroded. The SAPS without any order prevented us from going to a legal meeting where we were invited by the workers in front of television cameras and in front of everyone. We went to Marikana to visit the latest victims of the police brutality who were shot at and harassed by the police for no given reason. After visiting the families that were shot at, we were asked to go visit the mineworkers at the stadium who had legally gathered and the police physically stopped up, threatened to isolate and kill us and further pushed us out of Marikana against our will and against the right to assemble and associate with workers who invited us to speak to them.

This sordid and blatant prevention of ordinary South Africans from expressing and exercising their rights by the police State should be condemned and rejected with all means possible because today it might be happening to us, and tomorrow it will be happening to all other South Africans who will be prevented to associate and assemble with other people because of the insecurities of political authorities.

We have instructed our Legal Representatives to follow up on the illegal prevention of Economic Freedom Fighters to address mineworkers and community members who met in Marikana on Monday, the 18th of September 2012 when members of the SAPS physically prevented us from going into the meeting whilst allowing other civilians who went in. We also have instructed our Legal Representatives to find ways of setting aside the State of Emergency declared by the South African government because it has potential to further degenerate the state of affairs in the Mines.

We will never keep quite and we will never be intimidated by anything under the sun. We carry a responsibility and obligation to speak on behalf of all the people and we will never retreat. No surrender! No retreat! ASIJIKI!

ISSUED BY ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Contact Floyd Shivambu preferably via email floydn@gmail.com

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South African Labor Unrest Grows as Regime Blames Mining Firms

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South African Labor Unrest Grows as Regime Blames Mining Firms

Written by  Alex Newman
Source: The New American
(Archive copy – link to the source at the end of article)

The labor unrest surrounding South African gold and platinum mining is continuing to spread as accusations about who is responsible fly in all directions and international pressure against the ruling regime expands over the accelerating genocide of white farmers. Security officials and military forces raided miner shanty towns over the weekend to confiscate weapons from strikers, but the chaos is still spreading.

At least a thousand soldiers have been deployed to support the embattled police force as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) regime and its communist partners seek to blame business for the tensions. Observers even within South Africa’s ruling alliance, however, say the unrest is being carefully orchestrated by power-hungry elements within the communist-backed ANC itself.

Politicians and aspiring powerbrokers seized on the escalating crisis — multiple gold and platinum mines are currently idle because of the ongoing strikes — to whip up hysteria for political purposes, analysts said. The ruling alliance consisting of the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Conference of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) implausibly claimed after an inquiry that mining companies were to blame for the chaos.

“It is therefore our considered view that employers have an interest in fanning this conflict to reverse the gains achieved by workers over a long period of time,” the ruling alliance alleged in a statement. It also accused South African platinum industry heavyweights of following “the story of the power and belief in divide and rule” — tactics long employed by the current totalitarian-minded rulers of South Africa and other communist regimes.

According to the ruling alliance, the mining businesses were deliberately stirring up union rivalries to suppress wages and benefits. However, credible analysts largely rejected the allegations as preposterous; the firms in question have already lost huge amounts of money as many of their mines remain shut down because of the strikes. Stock prices have plunged, too.

Meanwhile, multiple communist agitators within and outside the ANC have renewed their calls to nationalize the mines. Marxist agitator and former ANC Youth League boss Julius Malema, famous for inciting genocide against white South Africans and demanding that the regime nationalize virtually the entire economy, has inserted himself at the center of the growing unrest. He is calling for nationwide strikes and the nationalization of the nation’s mining industry. 

After being expelled from the ANC earlier this year, the suspiciously wealthy communist racist has started to attack South African President Jacob Zuma, a polygamist and open communist who regularly sings the infamous hate song calling for the extermination of whites. “How can he call on people to mourn those he has killed? He must step down,” Malema said after strikers were killed by police last month, apparently upset that Zuma had not sunk South Africa into total communist tyranny quickly enough.

But even top officials within the ruling alliance are suspicious about what is going on. According to COSATU President Sdumo Dlamini, Malema supporters within the ANC are hoping to plunge South Africa into deeper chaos to solidify their power. “We also understand that there have been certain individuals behind him who are funding this for their own political ambitions,” Dlamini said. “Julius Malema may be the point person running at the front, but we know that there are big guns behind him.” And big money, too.

Dlamini said COSATU was “very angry” that unsuspecting mine workers were being used by opportunists, sometimes even being killed in the process. “This is a systematic, orchestrated, long-time plan that is unfolding now,” he added. “The ANC as the ruling party shouldn’t be afraid to be bold, condemn and expose … the ANC must continue to identify and deal with those who fund this chaos.”

Communists, of course, have historically been known to create the superficial impression of internal division to further their agenda while collaborating together behind the scenes — the use of strategic disinformation. However, it remains unclear what, if anything, may be going on outside of the limelight between the ANC, the SACP, and other totalitarian forces working to crush individual liberty and all resistance within South Africa.

Other analysts have attributed the expanding labor unrest to widely different causes, ranging from anger over the ANC regime’s lawless corruption to genuine grievances about dangerous working conditions and low pay at the mines. Tribal tensions have also been cited as playing a role, though just how large a role is difficult to determine. But many experts still see something more sinister: deliberate agitation led by shrewd power seekers hoping to exploit the crisis for political gain.   

Numerous observers have attributed the violent tensions to rivalries between the ANC-linked National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is the largest member of COSATU, and its increasingly influential rival known as the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). Some experts said the crackdown on protests was an effort to quash the AMCU before it further splintered workers’ support for the ruling alliance.

Critics have accused the AMCU, which touts itself as anti-communist and has long criticized the established powerbrokers for corruption, of fomenting the unrest. The South African Communist Party even called for AMCU leaders to be arrested after the incident, and among the ruling communist establishment, fears about the renegade union are reportedly growing. 

The chaos has been ongoing since early this year, but it exploded and entered into the international headlines a month ago after dozens of striking miners were killed in what has since been dubbed the “Marikana massacre.” Police were reportedly fired upon by armed demonstrators before returning fire, killing more than 30 people. 

Before the fatal police shootings that catapulted the strike into the global press, frenzied strikers demanding massive pay hikes had gone on a murderous rampage. Two police officers were hacked to death with machetes and two security guards were burned alive. At least six others were killed. Strikers threatened to murder anybody who returned to work.

“The militant group stormed toward the police firing shots and wielding dangerous weapons,” claimed South African Police Commissioner Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega. Reporters present at the scene largely echoed those claims, alleging that at least one person had fired at the hundreds of police officers at the demonstration.

Over the weekend, swarms of police and military personnel raided workers’ shacks near the troubled Marikana platinum mine operated by London-based Lonmin. Security forces used rubber bullets and other non-lethal weapons, arresting more than a dozen people. According to news reports, the operation was aimed at seizing the crude weapons used by strikers — machetes, clubs, spears, and more. 

“The soldiers were deployed at the request of the police to support them in their operation,” South African National Defense Force (SANDF) spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga was quoted as saying. Military vehicles and an army helicopter were also on hand during the raid to support the hundreds of police officers involved.

Top government officials — many of whom have personal stakes in the situation including shares in the mining firms — have vowed to crack down on the strikes. Proud communist revolutionary Jeff Radebe, the “Justice Minister” in the ANC regime, said at a September 14 press conference that authorities were intervening because the mining industry is crucial to South Africa’s crumbling economy.

“The South African government has noted and is deeply concerned by the amount of violence, threats and intimidation that is currently taking place in our country,” he told reporters, warning that anyone taking part in “illegal gatherings” would be “dealt with” very swiftly. “Our government will not tolerate these acts any further.”

Critics of the response, however, warned that the raids and use of force would likely contribute to further unrest. “I am particularly concerned that government’s present action will in fact lead to the worsening of the situation and eventually to a complete revolt across the platinum belt,” said a statement by Anglican Bishop Jo Seoka, who also serves as president of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and is involved in the strike negotiations. He criticized the government and Lonmin as well.

The growing unrest comes amid increasing international pressure on the ANC regime after the non-profit group Genocide Watch raised its alert level on South Africa last month to stage six — planning and preparing to exterminate the target group, in this case, white South Africans and especially Afrikaner farmers. The eighth and final stage is denial after the fact.

According to the organization and other human rights activists, white South African farmers are facing a well-organized genocidal onslaught as communist forces seek to cement their control over the once-prosperous nation. The ANC Youth League, formerly led by Malema, has reportedly been deeply involved in the planning and execution of the genocide.

A newly formed group of human rights activists and South African exiles known as Friends 4 Humanity told The New American that the number of racist attacks and murders against Afrikaner farmers has surged dramatically amid the labor unrest. There have been at least 30 documented attacks in the last two weeks — many resulting in multiple murders.

“Since the beginning of 2012 we have noticed that murders increased to approximately one every second day, with some victims, as young as 6 months. However, since the start of the mining unrest it has now escalated to as much at least one attack a day with multiple fatal victims,” a spokesperson for the group said. “A call for urgent intervention is now required from the international community.”

Despite the genocide alert and growing unrest, socialist and communist-minded political parties from around the world gathered in Cape Town for the 24th Congress of the Socialist International in late August and early September. The immensely powerful coalition of socialists consists of numerous ruling political parties including many from the developed world. They called for global governance and world socialism. 

Photo of Julius Malema speaking to a crowd of striking miners at Goldfields Mine in Grootfontein, South Africa: AP Images

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http://thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/12865-south-african-labor-unrest-grows-as-regime-blames-mining-firms?tmpl=component&print=1

Cosatu: Romove English, Afrikaans from the South African national anthem

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Cosatu mulls English, Afrikaans bits of anthem
(Archive copy of original article)
17 September 2012

Trade union federation set to debate whether the national anthem should remain in its current form or whether the English and Afrikaans sections should be removed

THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is set to debate whether the national anthem should remain in its current form or whether the English and Afrikaans sections should be removed, according to draft resolutions to come under discussion at the federation’s national congress starting today.

This would require a constitutional amendment as the anthem is enshrined in it.

The national anthem has been hailed for its embrace of different languages and cultures — and also for its reconciliatory tone, with its inclusion of Die Stem, the national anthem under apartheid.

A resolution sponsored, or suggested, by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) notes the Afrikaans and English sections were included as a “compromise position” through the negotiated settlement, and the original Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica had influenced African countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The draft resolutions would be discussed and decided upon during the congress.

The draft resolution reads that the county’s national anthem should revert to its “original form” and should “represent the suffering and the struggle that informs our future aspirations”.

“… the combination with Die Stem is a direct opposite of what Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica entails or what it means to be African … the original form of the anthem was and is still part of our struggle”, the resolution reads. “The current national anthem was a compromise out of the deliberations of Codesa, during the political negotiations which led to the new constitution.”

It proposes that Cosatu resolve that the “original” anthem be sung — as composed by Enoch Sontonga — which excludes the English and Afrikaans sections.

Cosatu is allied to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and would seek to bring about such a change if it was resolved upon, through its alliance structures.

The ANC and the alliance as a whole have said that the negotiated settlement has constrained progress in transforming the economy, for instance, but the issue of the national anthem has been raised for the first time by Popcru.

Popcru has also suggested that Cosatu resolve on completely scrapping the provincial tier of government. The three spheres of government also constituted a compromise during the negotiations and had now “served (their) purpose”, the resolution reads.

“… the three spheres of government have bureaucratic tendencies and hamper service delivery … the three spheres of government have adverse cost implications.”

Popcru wants Cosatu to resolve to scrap the provinces and replace them with “local administration offices to catalyse service delivery to the people”.

The ANC in its policy conference also mulled the reconfiguring of the country’s provinces — an idea that the ruling alliance has been considering for a number of years. The conference recommended that a task team be set up to probe the viability of reorganising the provinces.

Cosatu is to discuss resolutions proposed by its affiliates at its congress. The resolutions would be adopted during the four-day event, which is expected to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma and South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande.

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http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2012/09/17/cosatu-mulls-english-afrikaans-bits-of-anthem

POST SCRIPT:

Removing the Afrikaans and English parts of the national anthem will amount to denying the existence and therefore the rights of those individuals speaking those languages.

Without rights or recognition of such, it will be easier to commit abuses against a People with no name, no face and no language.

Denying their existence is therefore denying their right to life, liberty and citizenship.

Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu - PHOTO: BDFM Publishers

Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu – PHOTO: BDFM Publishers

Blacks urged to reclaim land from whites

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Chief Phathekile Holomisa - Photo: SABC

Chief Phathekile Holomisa – Photo: SABC

Blacks urged to reclaim land from whites
Sunday 16 September 2012 06:51
Source: SABC
(Archive copy of original post)

Contralesa president Chief Phathekile Holomisa has called on South Africans to stand up and reclaim land from the white minority by next year. Chief Holomisa says the ANC-led government has failed people by adopting the land redistribution policy.

 
He says land was not bought from the blacks it was forcibly taken by whites. He was speaking at the memorial lecture of struggle hero, McGregor Mgolombana at Dikishe outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Mgolombana was exiled because he resisted forced removal for his community.
 
Holomisa says: “We need to prepare ourselves next year for a struggle for the restoration of land so that we no longer have a situation where 87% of land is in white hands and the 13% is occupied by blacks. It is unsustainable what you find in the constitution which requires that the state must buy land from the whites in order to be able to give it to the landless South Africans, it is unsustainable because it is unaffordable because the money is not there, so a way must be found therefore to ensure that redistribution of land takes place without any obstacles being put, be it in terms of the constitution or in terms of the requirement that the land must be bought . The people who took it from the majority of South Africa did not buy it.”
 
Meanwhile Deputy Minister of Defence, Thabang Makwetla has admitted that there have been challenges in the restitution of land. “We will see what happens at the ruling party’s national conference in looking at the matter because there are clear suggestions that we need to look at other ways of expediting this programme. The challenge in the recent years has been the availability of sufficient budget to make sure that land that is under claim is bought back by the government and handed back to the communities.”  

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http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/d09815804cbc90bb89e7edfbe46c481f/Blacks-urged-to-reclaim-land-from-whites-20121609  

Absolute exclusion of white employment applicants to be challenged in court

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Absolute exclusion of white employment applicants to be challenged in court

By J. Mare
16 September, 2012

The Afrikaner Journal

Pretoria- South Africa

Solidarity to challenge absolute exclusion of whites job applicants

Dirk Hermann, deputy executive head of Solidarity, announced that they will challenge the absolute exclusion of white employment applicants from advertisements for available employment by the National Blood Services. They want the court to decide on the legality of whether an employer may absolutely prohibit applicants of certain race groups from applying for vacant positions in advertisements for the latter.

According to Solidarity’s media statement  the action is necessary especially after Woolworths did the same earlier this month causing an outcry from the general white public about the unfairness and blatant racism of the practice. The statement furthermore reveals that since the Woolworths scandal,  workers for the South African National Blood Service, contacted the union about the same exclusion clause in advertisements for vacant positions at the service.

Dirk Hermann - Solidarity Movement

Dirk Hermann – Solidarity Movement

Hermann says that the ‘Woolworths-principle’ whereby people of certain races are prohibited from applying for vacant employment positions should be tested in court. He says that the SANBS proves the fact that this practice is more common than previously thought.  In terms of the Blood Services case, they will be acting on behalf of two applicants.

Hermann furthermore said that should they succeed, it will set a precedent, other companies like Woolworths, practicing absolute prohibition based on race, will have to follow. Dirk Groenewald (head -Solidarity Labor Court section) said that they will likely be in court this coming week to apply for an interdict to prevent SANBS from filling vacant positions while the other case is heard.

Apparently the SANBS started a ‘redundancy-campaign’ whereby they’ve offered older white employees over 55 early retirement packages in order to create vacancies for younger black incumbents. Solidarity claims that 13 positions have been created through this process thus far. The Service is advertising these posts exclusively for black work seekers.

Two SANBS employees Theodore Reyneke and Sanet Schönfeldt (boasting respectively a 23 and a 27 years service), are taking their employer to court because they are excluded from applying for the those same positions.

Hermann says that they’d like to test the principle and are calling on all people to ‘bleed for the principle’ by donating blood and then lodging complaints with the Blood Service. He says, they don’t want the court action to be the cause of people refusing to donate blood.

Groenewald said that according to them the ‘Woolworths principle’, is neither morally, nor legally acceptable. The Blood Services court case, should now lead to clarity pertaining the legal principle at hand. He says we will have to wait to see whether Woolworths will change their advertising campaign because of this.

Source:
http://www.solidariteitmedia.co.za/absolute-uitsluiting-vir-poste-%E2%80%93-hof-gaan-se/

Additional Info:

Affirmative Action was developed as a way to redress past injustices against persons of Colour in the United States. Since then, this redress principle has been incorporated into the legal systems of many countries around the world. It was meant to uplift communities who would otherwise not have been capable of uplifting themselves and create conditions of equality in the workplace.

It has however since its inception been the cause of greater racial disharmony than ever anticipated by its creators. Take South Africa for instance, Affirmative Action has been incorporated into this legal system to undo perceived Apartheid injustices, that excluded the majority of South Africans from certain employment sectors, and to create conditions that would rectify past wrongs and alleviate poverty.

The South African government signed the EA (Equity Act) into law as well as other related legislation like the BEE (Black Economic Empowerment Act), The revised B-BEEE and several other to deal specifically with this issue of addressing unemployment and up-liftment of the Black community.

Abject poverty conditions as a result of job reservation legislation by the ANC

Abject poverty conditions as a result of job reservation legislation by the ANC has caused severe hardship for Afrikaners nationwide – An estimated 800 000 individuals have no means to support themselves and rely on charities for basic necessities like food. – Photo: The Afrikaner Journal

Since then the result of this racist legislation has led to the mushrooming of white squatter camps and a surge in abject poverty in these communities, not seen since the devastation after the Anglo Boer war or the Great Depression. According to estimates up to 800 000 Afrikaners and other whites have been the victims of this legislation and are now living in squalor.

It is our belief that the ANC government has overstepped the moral boundaries  governing the principle of Affirmative action and that they are now actively using it, as a weapon to destroy the Afrikaner nation. The above ‘redundancy’ campaign is one example of this.

As a restorative principle/practice – addressing past injustices and present unemployment issues – it has been very successful. The problem with such radical intervention methods (based on race) such as Affirmative action is – when has it achieved its goal?

Has Affirmative Action reached its goal?

The Afrikaner community demands to know the following:

When have you reached the stage when the aim of the legislation has reached its goal?

Is is morally acceptable to let it continue and become a weapon against members of other races (in this case, the white minority)?

Shouldn’t there be a ‘dissolving clause’, governing the life-span of legislation such as this,

  • to prevent new injustices,
  • to prevent conditions that would bring about the destruction of the effected group and
  • to prevent genocide?

How is it that this ‘special intervention’ is excluded from the ‘unfair discrimination-‘ and ‘human rights’ clauses of the constitution?

Why is South Africa the only country in the world where it is acceptable to discriminate against a minority?

The result of Affirmative Action:

The result of Affirmative Action and ‘job Reservation’ (Afrikaners living in conditions of severe poverty) – Photo Collage – Sonskynhoekie – 19112011 – Photo: The Afrikaner Journal

 

‘Blikkiesdorp’- A portrait of misery and hope: Introduction
SA: Violent service delivery protests on eve of Human Rights day
Business Day: Affirmative Action not to blame for white poverty
Afrikaner poverty caused by the ANC
Afrikaner Poverty: Photos
Afrikaner Poverty: How YOU can make a DIFFERENCE !!!

You’d also want to read:
No Whites for Woolworths


Campaigns against racism at Woolworths:

You can follow the Solidarity Movement campaign against Woolworths here:
Stop Woolworths | Solidariteit

Solidarity's anti-Woolworths campaign

Solidarity’s anti-Woolworths campaign

Or the PRAAG – (Pro Afrikaans Action Group) anti-Woolworths campaign here:
Aikona Woolworths! petition | petisie : praag.org

Aikona Woolworths! - PRAAG petition

Aikona Woolworths! – PRAAG petition

 Additional Links:
The Department of Trade and Industry | B-BBEE Website

Employment Equity Act — Department of Labour

Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act ..

Constitution of the Republic of South Africa [No. 108 of 1996]

Secret training camps for black youth-militias, exposed

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Secret training camps for black youth-militias, exposed

Source: Praag
Translated from the original Afrikaans by:
J. Mare

14 September, 2012

Praag received first-hand information that a secret youth militia is being recruited and trained in the squatter-camps in and around Johannesburg. On completion of the training, members are paid a R2200-00 wage from vehicles bearing government registration plates.

The training may be a linked to the ‘so-called’ youth training corps, Narysec, as reported by the media in July of last year. Unlike Narysec, this secret militia’s training is exclusively military in nature with the emphasis on handling of automatic weapons. Apparently this new militia is controlled by hand-picked police officers. It is a well-known fact that many of today’s SAPS police officers, had been officers in the ANC’s former military wing, Umkhonto-we-sizwe.
According to a confidential security report now in Praag’s possession, a certain captain Mokwena had been recruiting black youths from the local informal settlements and in particular, the Joe slovo settlement near Lanseria Airport, for training since October – November last year. Mokwena is also involved with community police forums in the vicinity.

According to the report several meetings had been held in the Joe Slovo squatter camp where youths were told that they’d be recruited for the community police forum. Only youths in possession of a senior certificate would be eligible. They were also informed that they would have to attend lectures and that they’d then receive monthly wages.

In the Joe Slovo informal settlement a member of the police forum, a Ms. Tshabeleng had helped to recruit approximately 10 members living in the squatter camp, on behalf of captain Mokwena. Similar recruitments had allegedly taken place in other squatter camps in the same area.

Recently several murders have been committed in the Muldersdrift area. The Johannesburg-based English daily, The Star, reported on 11 September, 2012 that 93% of all households living in just one street in Muldersdrift, north of Johannesburg have been the targets of violent crimes. The article appeared in response to the cold-blooded murder of the 13 year-old Allyssa Botha. This morning, Afrikaans radio station RSG reported that the neighbors of the Botha’s have also been attacked.

According to a security expert interviewed by Praag:

“If 93% of households in an area are attacked, can one still call it crime? Or is it war?
Is it just a coincidence that the secret youth militia have also been trained and deployed in this area?”

Youths of the Joe Slovo squatter camp had apparently attended two lectures prior to deployment. At 10:00am Saturday, 13. February 2012, captain Mokwena addressed a group of recruited youths in Joe Slovo and told them that one of those youths recruited in 2010 will be sent to Bloemfontein for training. Captain Mokwena further indicated during the meeting that only one trainee per squatter camp will be sent there and that the total will be approximately 60 youths altogether from that area. According to captain Mokwena the group would have left on 15 February, 2011, for training lasting 6 months.

Apart from youths, criminals are also recruited for the militia. A well-known criminal known by his first name ‘Smanga’ was also approved for training in Bloemfontein. Smanga’s brother, Mazambla is serving a prison term for armed robbery at the moment. The police of Brits and Muldersdrift are looking for his other sibling, Tebogo in connection with several armed robberies and house-breakin’s in the areas.

According to the report, Smanga left for training on 15 February 2012 in Bloemfontein, presumably at the defense forces’ Tempe training base.

Since February captain Mokwena visited the Joe Slovo squatter camp regularly and told the remaining recruits that they’d be sent for training somewhere in the Cape.

At 19:00 on March 4 2011, Capt Mokwena visited the Joe Slovo settlement and said that the youths that had been sent to Bloemfontein for military training will be returning within a week and that a youth desk will be established that coming Monday 7th of March. Alternatively the group is also referred to as the ‘task desk’. While in exile, the ANC use to make extensive use of the term ‘desk’ as in ‘cultural desk’ and ‘foreign desk’.

The Joe Slovo settlement, as well as other settlements in the area, is seen as ANC strongholds. No other political party is tolerated, according to one resident who wished to remain anonymous. Intimidation is rife and there’s even rumors that members of rival parties have been murdered.

Smanga the criminal, returned to the Joe Slovo squatter camp on Friday 18 March 2011 at 19:30. He told the remainder of the recruits:

  1. that there are more than 40 youths receiving training at the SANDF military base in Bloemfontein,
  2. that they were trained in self defense
  3. that they were trained to use automatic weapons (he displayed a photograph of himself holding such a weapon)
  4. that they received certificates on completion of the training
  5. that these certificates can be used to enroll with the SAPS or SANDF
  6. that the next group of recruits will leave for training on March 24, 2011
  7. that the next training will occur in the Cape
  8. that they will be known from now on as the ‘task desk’
  9. that they will continue receiving remuneration
  10. that the training is intense and that he cannot recommend it to anyone

Smanga was dressed in a uniform consisting of a brown shirt and green pants. In the photo he displayed, he was also sporting a hat.

Apparently some of the youths were dismayed to learn of the severity of the training while others seemed genuinely discouraged to continue with the project.

Calls to the Muldersdrift police station to talk with captain Mokwena, have been unsuccessful.

Source:
http://praag.co.za/nuus-magazine-402/suider-afrika-magazine-400/12327-ekslusief-opleiding-van-geheime-jeugkrygsmag-in-plakkerskampe.html

Additional information about Narysec:

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