Sunday, May 22, 2011

Twelve SA leaders charged with genocide - ICC, The Hague

June 18 2010 – The International Criminal Court has confirmed receipt of a complaint by a Rustenburg farmer against  twelve of South Africa’s top politicians - including president Jacob Zuma -- on charges of genocidal hate-speech and human-rights violations. 

Among the many charges, there’s also a mention of incitement to kill Afrikaner farmers with the illegal genocidal hatespeech chant “Shoot the Farmer’.

There are twelve co-respondents in the case, said Fanie van der Walt, the farmer’s lawyer in a media statement, published by Radio Sonder Grense and by Sowetan newspaper. 

In the sworn statements handed in to the ICC in The Hague, the leading South Africans who are included in the charges are: President Jacob Zuma, ANC youth league leader Julius Malema, SAPS minister Nathi Mthethwa, SAPS head Bheki Cele, former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, Minsiter of agriculture, forestry and fisheries Tina Joemat Peterson, Defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Intelligence minister Siyabonga Cwele, ex-Intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, African National Congress party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, and the ministers for rural development and for land affairs, Gugile Nkwinti and Pali Lehohla. The charges are genocide and crimes against humanity, reports Radio Sonder Grense.

“Sowetan” newspaper quotes the Rustenburg farmer’s lawyer Fanie van der Walt as saying in a statement:  “The office of the prosecutor of the ICC confirmed in writing the receipt of the complaints which will now receive attention.”

One of the charges against Malema involves his incitement for genocide in his publing singing of the chant “shoot the Boer”, defying two High Court rulings making it illegal to chant the genocidal hatespeech song in public. 

The unidentified Rustenburg farmer and his family reportedly left South Africa two weeks ago, fearing for their safety after deciding to lay the charge against Malema. 

They have also asked the international court for a guarantee of protection – and won’t return to South Africa unless they can obtain a guarantee for their safety.

The submission of information to the office of the prosecutor did not automatically trigger an investigation, said Van der Walt. “In accordance with the Rome Statute, the office must analyse all information submitted in order to determine whether the rigorous criteria of the statute are satisfied. 

“Once a decision is reached whether or not a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation exists, the office of the prosecutor will promptly inform [us] thereof, along with reasons for the decision.

“We believe however that the ICC will decide to formally investigate the complaints because they comply with the very specific and defined jurisdiction and mandate of the [court] as defined by the Rome Statute.”

“Afrikaners are the target of ethnic-violence” – UNPO
Mulder Pieter Fourie Andre UNPO 

general congress Rome May292010 Picture: Afrikaner-members of UNPO Dr Pieter Mulder, left and Andre Fourie at the UNPO annual congress in Rome, Italy May 2010
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation – which represents 200-million people worldwide and has 54 minority-group members – also issued a unanimous statement at its annual meeting in Rome, Italy last month -- , condemning the South African farm-murders/attacks against the Afrikaners, labelling these as "Serious Human Rights Violations' during their annual general meeting in Rome, Italy.

UNPO  statement: "Afrikaners in general, and the Afrikaner farmers in particular, are the target of ethnic violence. The South African murder rate is extremely high at 48 murders per 100,000 of the population, compared to 2 murders per 100,000 in Europe, for example. 

If Afrikaner farmers are taken as a statistical population, the murder rate is 287 per 100,000. This is a grave situation, with more than 2,000 Afrikaner farmers having already been murdered in the last 13 years* .

2011 Local Elections

The defining image of the 2011 South African local elections

Queen of Empty Promises

04 March 2011

Lame duck premier - Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

"There are 9 484 accounts not paid to hospital suppliers amounting to more than R1 billion. And how are we going to create jobs when the government’s failure to pay hundreds of companies was forcing many of them out of business," said Bloom.

He further accused the premier of failing to sort out the Gauteng Shared Services Centre. 

"Last month hundreds of newly appointed doctors were not paid at the end of the month. You have failed to reopen the Kempton Park hospital despite your promise two years ago."

Bloom also reminded Mokonyane that she was known as the queen of empty promises when she was Housing MEC. "And so far, you are repeating that role as premier. 

A serious course correction is needed if that is not to be your political epitaph."

The predatory elite is still feasting on over-priced and irregular contracts

We all know that you are a lame duck premier, stuck within limits set by this predatory elite. 

That’s why we blundered into the Gautrain, the call-centre mess, the motorsport fiasco, the gross over-payment on security contracts, and now the toll road disaster that threatens the economic growth of this province," Bloom pointed out.

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom.

Mokonyane, said sometimes the DA defined corruption in a manner that suited them.  "I can't believe that a member can have access to the kind of information that Bloom has and sit with that information and make government look bad.

"You have been doing this thing since you became an MPL, you have been smelling and fishing around and it does not take the DA anywhere.  You need to find a way of dealing with the ruling party.  Do your oversight not a parallel government or run a parallel Department of Health. Give them a chance to sort out their challenges and support them."


Fashion parade as ANC parties

May 22, 2011

The roar of 12 motorbikes cruising to Luthuli House announced the arrival of the ANC's bigwigs for the party's election victory celebration in Johannesburg on Friday night. 

And whoever said government ministers and officials have little fashion sense may have had to think again. 

Mokonyane a 'lame duck premier and queen of empty promises'

The comrade women, including Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and 

Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Dina Pule, pitched up in skinny jeans, biker boots, jackets and scarves matching the biker theme. 

Mokonyane, sporting a long wavy Brazilian weave, looked the part as she strolled behind President Jacob Zuma. 

Similarly, the elegant Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, looked as if she was going horse riding in black tights, a fitted black top and long black riding boots. 

Even the men made a fashion statement - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula donned a pair of chocolate-coloured skinny corduroy pants and a matching velvet jacket accessorised with a caramel scarf. 

And Julius Malema did not disappoint - the ANC Youth League leader sported "skinny jeans" with a crisp white shirt and a Gucci buckled belt. 

The team of bikers were from the  Sopranos Bikers Club  said businesswoman Anathia Mothiba, who added that she and her gang came to celebrate having supported the ANC during its campaign. A fellow biker, Amazon Namane, said she had been riding since last year and had needed only two days of lessons. 

As a few thousand ANC members sang and danced around the cordoned-off Sauer Street in downtown Johannesburg, the VIPs made their way to the stage. 

Zuma addressed the crowd, thanking those gathered for "a campaign that has once again demonstrated the power of the ANC". 

"The analysts analysed until they ran out of analysis," said Zuma to much applause. 

As he wrapped up his speech, the partygoers were getting ready to celebrate. Once Zuma left several bottles of Mo√ęt & Chandon were sprayed onto the crowd, with Mokonyane leading the charge. 

Later, sultry singer Chomee hit the stage with her crew of dancers - even showing Mbalula and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe a few moves. 

Across town, Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng MEC of economic development, entertained about 200 people at the Emoyeni conference centre in Parktown. 

Joburg's incoming mayor, Parks Tau, was in attendance . "I am excited and appreciate the confidence the people have shown in us," he said. 

Asked if he was looking forward to his new job, he said: "It is a huge responsibility, it is a complex city. The issues here are developmental and transformational." 

Tau, referring to some of the city's northern suburbs which the ANC again failed to win, said: "We will need to engage with the wards that the ANC has never won. Is it prejudice or is it genuine concern? Somewhere in between we have to find ways to engage." 

This concern was echoed by ANC Gauteng chairman, Paul Mashatile, who said while the party intended consolidating its traditional base, it may take a long time to crack the city's wealthy suburbs. "The fight now is on how we can penetrate those suburbs," Mashatile said. 

Guests were served lamb on the spit, boerewors, pap and salads. 

"Why are you taking pictures now, you must wait until later in the night ... when we are all drunk," quipped Mahlangu.

'bread and butter' issues - Zuma


The 2011 local government elections placed the delivery of basic services under the spotlight, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. 

"People identified service delivery as an issue... they decided that this election will be about the delivery of basic services," Zuma said at the announcement of the result of the hotly contested polls.

"It came down to bread and butter issues as any municipal election should... It indicates how citizens understand democracy."

Zuma said this election catapulted local government into the "mainstream" and would dispel perceptions that local government was the least important state sphere.

"We are encouraged by the increase in voter turnout which has defied predictions of voter apathy," he said, after the IEC announced a record-breaking 57.6% turnout.
The last two municipal polls saw a 48% turnout.

Zuma urged parties and their councillors to look forward and work together to serve the people.
"Now that the fierce campaigning and competition for votes has ended, its time for the political parties to start working together.

"Parties must put aside their differences and join hands to improve the lives of the people," he said.

He added that national government was ready to work with the provinces and local municipalities to bring about the change called for by the "electorate".

To incoming councillors, he said: "you have to accept that you are a servant of the people. You account to the people that you serve." It has taken the ANC government 17 years to understand what should have been happening all along!

Local government had to work better, he added, and councillors had to be supported as they had a lot of work to do.

"Our people have declared their will through the ballot box and ours is to obey and fulfill their wishes."

Zuma wrapped up proceedings at the IEC centre, commending the commission and their ability to deliver a "free and fair election at all times".