Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sharpeville revisited: The Avocado tree at Cato Manor

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sharpeville revisited: The Avocado tree at Cato Manor

I wrote this a year ago, but seeing that it is youth day today and everyone will fork out the picture of Hector Peterson let us revisit the truth about Sharpeville...and the Avacado tree...

By Mike Smith
17th April 2010

About a month ago on the 21st of March, the autumn equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, the Communist in South Africa celebrated their 50th anniversary of their Satanic Passover namely the “massacre” at Sharpeville. Few people today know what really happened that day, how the Communist offered 69 Blacks to Satan and what preceded the events.

Sharpeville 1960 is held up today as the single biggest “massacre” of blacks by whites during the years of Apartheid. The truth about Sharpeville is actually quite well known for anybody who wants to do the research.

Basically about 15,000 Blacks armed with guns, pipes and machetes (pangas) marched on a police station manned by about 300 policemen to “Peacefully” demonstrate against the law of having to carry a passport when visiting or working in South Africa. The march was organised by the Pan African Congress Communist Robert Sobukwe, who in typical cowardly communist fashion used women and children to do his dirty work while he was sitting in a pub in an adjacent town during the events.
About fifty policemen, mostly rookies, one of which were in the service for only a month, went outside to meet the crowd. The police officers were given strict orders not to shoot, but nervousness set in and one policeman dropped his weapon and a shot went off. All hell broke loose and the police started firing.

69 Blacks died. The official reports states that many were shot in the back. But the journalism have to be brought into question because the bodies photographed had EXIT wounds on their backs where the most blood is shown.

Shot in the front, small entry, person runs away and collapses on his stomach, bloody exit wound on his back is photographed by BBC journalists and claim that he was shot in the back... you get the picture.

If the police really wanted to commit a “massacre”, they would have shot wildly into the crowd, emptied their magazines and thousands of Blacks would have been killed. The fact that only 69 were killed was a testimony to the discipline and restraint exercised by the policemen.

The Sunday night and the Monday morning preceding the “Massacre” the police drove the Blacks back with batons and tear gas, but they still kept coming, at about 13h35 on the Sunday they broke through the gates and their aim was to kill every policeman inside the police station.

But what gave the Blacks this courage and confidence to march on a police station and kill everyone inside was an horrific incident that took place about two months before that at Cato Manor.

It was a Saturday, 25th of January 1960...

A large amount of blacks came to have a family reunion and were getting pissed out of their brackets at a local “Shebeen”, an illegal drinking spot in Cato Manor, Durban.

Standard police practice was to set off a 12 man patrol in certain areas and then pick them up with their captives later on.

On the watch of a Sergeant Winterboer, he set off a 12 man patrol and arranged to pick them up at later at the premises of a firm called “Benoni Nr 1”.
The leader of the patrol was a constable Joubert. The police arrested a man and suddenly was surrounded by a mob of drunken Blacks who demanded the release of the prisoner. Under the circumstances it would probably have been the best thing to do, but Constable Joubert, who has been a policeman for only 18 months, underestimated the danger.

The black women started cheering on their drunken males with their traditional high pitched tongue noises.

Constable Joubert’s answer was, “Only over my dead body will I let this prisoner go”.
At this point a Black policeman stepped on the foot of a Black woman who started crying and screaming hysterically. Within a few minutes the police patrol was surrounded by a mob of drunken Blacks armed with Knobkerries and Machetes coming from every surrounding shack and shouting, “Kill the Boers!, Kill the Boers!”. Under a hail of rocks the policemen tried to make their way back to the premises of “Benoni Nr1” where they hoped sergeant Winterboer would be waiting for them, but the Blacks barricaded their retreat.

At this time Sergeant Winterboer arrived at the scene, but instead of using his rifle, paniced and ran back to the police station to call on reinforcement.
While he was gone, the stone throwing increased on the police patrol and Constable Joubert made his way to a nearby Avocado tree, attempting to climb it and escape the machete wielding mob.

Joubert was pulled down and the mob of machete wielding Blacks hacked him to pieces. Two White policemen called Kriel and Rademan and a Black policeman called Dludla also tried to escape the mob. Kriel fought with his bare fists and ran almost a kilometre before he was also hacked to pieces. Rademan heard the cries of his comrade and returned to help and was also hacked to pieces. The Black policeman Dludla tried to Help Rademan and he also was hacked to pieces.

The body of another White policeman Gert Rheeder was later retrieved from under a heap of rocks and loaded onto a police truck. When it arrived back at the police station, Police Major, Jerry van der Merwe officially saluted the slain Policeman, at which point an Indian policeman saw the finger of the “corpse” move, his head and his body was reduced to such a bloody mess that his own parents could not even recognise him.

Rheeder, survived, but remained for the rest of his life a useless psychological wreck.

“So what about the Avocado tree that Joubert tried to climb?” you ask...
Well, about a month later...Nine Blacks bought a case of beer at the local Shebeen and parked off under the exact same tree and started drinking, when out of nowhere a lightning bolt hit the tree an killed all nine blacks underneath...

Coincidence?...An act of God? be the judge.

Source: “Verrat an Südafrika”, Klaus D Vaque Copyright 1988, Varama Publishers, ISBN 0-620-12978-6, pg 172-175. 

The Dangerous Third Generation

FF+ leader says Malema and others don't feel bound by the new SA's founding settlement

Dr. Pieter Mulder, FF Plus Leader, prepared speech in the Appropriation debate: 

The Presidency (Mr. Zuma), 

June 14 2011

Mr. Speaker

The Hon. President referred to social cohesion. This week it is also the ANC Youth League's Conference where they will elect new leaders.

The Albertina Sisulu funeral posters read: "Albertina Sisulu: Nation Builder and selfless leader."

Can you imagine a poster of Mr. Malema, reading: "Julius Malema: Nation Builder and selfless leader?"

What is the difference then between Mrs. Sisulu and Mr. Malema?

Mrs. Sisulu was a first generation political leader following the 1994 political settlement. In her speeches and actions she emphasized nation building and reconciliation.

Mr. Malema is a third generation political leader after the 1994 political settlement.  I have never heard Mr. Malema emphasizing nation building or reconciliation.

Are we not giving too much attention to Mr. Malema? Why must we take notice of his statements in a debate like this? Because there are more than enough examples in the world of how populist leaders had soured relations between groups through irresponsible comments that eventually lead to conflict, violence and even civil war.

In Cyprus the Greeks and the Turks reached a political settlement that seemed to permanently solve the conflict between the two groups. In the sixties the settlement failed and ended in serious violence.

In Lebanon the Muslims and Christians reached a political settlement that seemed to permanently solve the conflict between the two groups. In the seventies the settlement failed and ended in a lengthy fifteen year violent civil war. (From 1975 to 1990)

What lessons must we learn from this?

The main question is: When does a political settlement, reached between various groups, fail?

Any political settlement comes under great pressure when the third (or fourth) generation political leaders following such a settlement, start getting power. Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, de Klerk and Constand Viljoen were the first generation political leaders that negotiated a settlement. To reach a settlement they had to compromise and find common ground between the interests of their specific supporter groups.

The second generation leaders are Mbeki and Zuma, Tony Leon and Mulder. As second generation leaders we were part of or witnesses to the initial negotiations. As leaders fighting elections we are under pressure from our various power bases, to promote our supporters interest alone. The challenge is to keep a balance between the interests of your power base and the general interest of South Africa.

The third generation political leaders are the Malema's of today - hoping to be in power tomorrow. You find them in all political parties and on all sides of the political spectrum. They do not feel bound by the original settlement because they were not part of it. The general interest of all South Africans is not their priority as they prefer to only play to their own audiences with radical statements.

Julius Malema is a good example of this. When I listen to the ANC Youth League and Malema, they irresponsibly propagate nothing else but camouflaged revenge of blacks on whites

The alarming part of this is that they get huge applause at public meetings for this.

In Kimberley Malema said that all whites in South Africa are criminals. I checked up on that statement. There is no doubt what he said.

Does he have the faintest idea what anger and resentment this causes? Especially as it is seen against the background of the song "Kill the Boer" that is associated with him.

I know the ANC arguments of their struggle songs and history and of apartheid being declared a crime - but this does not change the emotions and polarisation I experience everyday in reaction to these statements. 

Is it a crisis? Yes, if these problems are ignored it becomes a crisis, permanently bedevilling all relations between South Africans. When leaders like myself and the president  do not react to these statements it creates a climate within which these young people act in a racist way and believe that it carries the required approval. Once these views become the views of the majority of people then we are in a Cyprus or Lebanon crisis situation.

Are there not radical opinions in all communities?

Yes. One example: Since the sixties there have been intense media efforts to combat racism in the USA. In spite of this, some of the worst racists are found in the USA. You will find them in Washington and in London. But you also find them in Soweto and in Cape Town. Ask me. I have tried to talk to such people in Washington and Soweto. But in a normal society it is always a minority viewpoint. (A minority viewpoint that should not be given prominent status.)

When is a community in trouble?

A community is in trouble when these radical minority viewpoints become the viewpoints of the majority of the community. This is where we are today.

In a reconciliatory climate both sides can acknowledge mistakes and make concessions. In a climate of accusations groups move away from each other and harden their viewpoints. All of this inevitably leads to greater polarization. In such a climate each side automatically emphasize the more radical viewpoints. We are there at this moment.

An Indian chief said about good and evil, that there are two dogs fighting inside of him. One dog that spurs him on to do good things and one that spurs him on to do bad things.

To the question as to which dog wins, he said: The one that I feed the most. At present the wrong dog is busy winning in South Africa.

Issued by the Freedom Front Plus, June 14 2011
Dr. Pieter Mulder

Secrecy Bill should be Scrapped

15 June 2011 

Former ANC minister says non-partisan committee should be established to draft new law

To: Right2KnowFrom: Professor Kader AsmalDate:2 June 2011
Subject: Protection of Information Bill

Dear Friends

I have refrained from any public comment on the introduction by the Government of the Protection of Information Bill, as I felt that the ad hoc committee would by now have been persuaded by the weight of opposition of this measure, to take this appalling measure back to the drawing board.  Also, since the Bill makes such wide-ranging changes to the present law with the most severe penalties, I have known that the relevant ministers should have felt it necessary either to defend the Bill or to place amendments.

Since this has not happened, my conscience will not let my silence be misunderstood.  I ask all South Africans to join me in rejecting this measure in its entirety.

This Bill is so deeply flawed that tinkering with its preamble or accepting a minor change here or there will not alter its fundamental nature, that it does not pay sufficient attention to the nature of freedom of expression.

The Constitution is quite clear - in Section 16 it embraces this right as including freedom of the press and other media.  But the Constitution goes further, taking into account recent developments in that it guarantees freedom to receive or impart information or ideas.

My appeal, as a loyal member of the ANC who played some role in the drafting of this section in the internal debates in the ANC, is to the Government to withdraw the Bill and to set up an independent and non-party political committee to draw up legislation that rightly emphasise the right of the state to protect legitimate state secrets, with a narrow ambit as to who will be qualified to do so and the onus on those who purport to demand such a classification.

My fear or anxiety is that if the Bill is forced through the ad hoc committee, people whose judgment I trust, will lose faith in the democratic process.

It is unsatisfactory to expect the Constitutional Court to do the work that Parliament should be doing.  I feel that the executive has not given sufficient attention to the constitutional provisions and the way that the limitation of this right to freedom of expression is reasonable and justifiable in a democratic society.

There is no shame in withdrawing the measure and to go back to the drawing board.  It was done by the previous administration concerning the Courts' Bill.  It is a measure of self-confidence to do the right thing in a right way.  This is lacking at present.

If this does not happen, civil society will deservedly ask for the maximum public support to oppose the Bill in other ways.

Professor Kader Asmal
Professor Extraordinary
University of the Western Cape

ANC Youth Day

Hector Petersen
June 16, 1976

Wilmien Potgieter
December 1, 2010

Burn a Tyre for Democracy


by The Third Wors

South Africa

I have come to the conclusion that I may be the only normal person on the planet...or, at the very least, one of an increasingly tiny group of orang-utan relatives that can do nothing more but stare in dismay at the forehead-slapping regularity with which the human race embarrasses itself.

You don’t have to venture far to encounter a prime example of prime-ape.

It starts in the morning with a non-judgemental, ever-hospitable, always-welcoming drive to work.

Within a 500 metres of your electrified gates and petrified dogs three unique individuals will cut in front of you, pass your car around a blind bend or stop dead for no apparent reason.

Within that very same 500 meters you’ve had time to listen to the morning news featuring a whole army of mindless freaks whom you would not trust to assemble a five-piece-puzzle but who, cunningly, find themselves in charge of spending our tax money.

Not only are the freaks fighting amongst themselves for seats in Coach One of the gravy train but they also fight everyone else who dare suggest that Coach One should not be funded by you and I.

Smug they sit at banquets of plenty, bankrolled by the South African public - the very same public that cannot make use of public hospitals, trust public education, enjoy functional public protection, bank on responsible public spending...people who do not know if the lights will stay on - people who live in fear of what hides in the darkness.

No wonder most of us have a strong alcohol dependency and a reliance on Facebook where we can complain about our lot to other equally bored souls with nothing useful to say.

Then we watch a video of mob-“justice”/xenophobic violence in Diepsloot where a Zimbabwean man is beaten to death by a cheering crowd, and we listen to interviews with brothers from the Cape who take joy in burning down Somali owned shops because, “they take our jobs and take our women”, and we reach for that bottle of overpriced anything wondering what the hell we did wrong to get stuck here between the wholly corrupt and their new Chinese masters.

Together we watch in disbelief as one senior police official after another is caught having rather suspect relations with unsavoury underworld characters, only for them to respond that they see nothing unusual about the “friendship”.

Nowhere any justice, hardly any common sense - and a government that wants to stop the media from reporting on the status quo.

We are fast regressing into a society of cave dwellers who cannot debate, cannot reason and cannot take responsibility for our actions. Far removed from any form of common decency we roam the streets, clubs in hand, ready to attack and degrade, to pillage and plunder to get what we want.

Gone the age of accountability. History the hope for a dignified nation.

Welcome then to the African century...let’s light a tyre in wild celebration.