Friday, June 24, 2011

In South Africa....

In South Africa a murder takes place every 26 minutes. 

This is more than 20,000 a year. 

More than 200,000 in the last ten years. 

In the same period, more than 8000 farm attacks perpetrated by blacks on white farmers and their families happened. 

More than 1500 white farmers have been brutally tortured and killed by blacks. This excludes the wives and children of these farmers who have also been raped, tortured and killed.

A woman or child is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa, more than 1,2 million a year or twelve million in ten years.

In the last two years alone, 30,000 cars were high-jacked and more than 350,000 burglaries took place.

91% of all these crimes are committed by blacks.

Blacks further ruin the economy by not paying for services. Municipalities are billions in arrears and it is expected of whites to carry these costs.

Consider further that there are monthly about 10,000 bankruptcies, 90,000 court orders and 142,000 summonses, then you start to realize how whites are suffering under racist black misrule.

50% of white farmers cannot economically survive anymore due to high labour costs from the minimum wage laws. Since 1990 five million jobs have been lost. Only 5% of matriculants find work whilst the ANC fat-cats on the gravy train steal billions from the taxpayers.

The most shocking statistics of it all is that 95% of all blacks at Barragwanath hospital are HIV positive. More than 500,000 blacks die every year due to the direct AIDS policies of the ANC regime…

…But the media chooses to make a show-trial out of four White Afrikaner students.

Dutch tourist’s body parts kept for 3 years


Bushbuckridge - A  breast and hand believed to have belonged to a Dutch tourist whose corpse was mutilated at an Mpumalanga mortuary have yet to be disposed of three years after they were found.

Freddy Letlale, a regional forensic pathologist in Bushbuckridge, said the body parts were being kept at the Mapulaneng hospital mortuary on the instruction of the police.

“We should have buried the parts many years ago, but we are following orders from the police. We are giving the police a chance to do their job.

“They have promised to let us know when they are satisfied and their investigation has been concluded, so we will take it from there,” said Letlale on Thursday.

Pastor held

The body parts were recovered in a box in Acornhoek in 2008.

Police believed the parts might have been those that were taken from a woman's corpse that was being kept at a mortuary in Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg) the same year.

The very same year, Ben Mongadi, 37, who worked at Doves Funeral Services in Mashishing, was arrested along with co-accused, self-proclaimed pastor Phillimon Baloyi, 50, who was charged with the possession of human body parts for muti.

Mongadi told the court that he had taken body parts from a Dutch tourist who had died in an accident outside Mashishing.

They were arrested when a sangoma to whom they intended selling the parts, alerted the police.

The woman and three other Dutch tourists had just arrived in South Africa for a holiday when they were involved in a head-on collision a few kilometres outside Mashishing.

Other bodies kept for years

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Gerald Sedibe told African Eye that Mongadi and Baloyi were currently free as their case had been provisionally withdrawn.

“The case was withdrawn because we are still waiting for the forensic test results. There are some parts that were recovered later, so we have sent their tissues to the laboratory in order to check if they are related to the hand and breast that were recovered earlier. So, the case will be re-opened after the results have been released,” said Sedibe

Mpumalanga health department spokesperson Mpho Gabashane said he was not aware of the situation.

Letlale also confirmed that seven bodies that were kept in the Mapulaneng hospital for three years were only buried last month.

He said the burials were also delayed by police investigations. 

Got to hand it to the cops. Still trying to keep abreast of the times. 

How must the poor woman's family feel aboout this? Not only did you loose a person that you love then her body get mutilated and then some of her body parts are just kept for 3years in a foreign counrty... It cannot be easy. 

Quite barbaric, exactly what I would expect from these people, if not stealing children for muti, they take dead people bodies. How do u expect these people to even vote for a decent government. We are really living in sad times.

Redirecting Julius


 Clem Sunter

You have to hand it to Julius Malema. He is a headline-grabber of note; he sticks rigidly to what he believes in; he delivers his popular message with such ferocity and charisma that he attracts truck-loads of adoring fans; and he knows when to say sorry.

Moreover, he has done one thing for which he should be given credit. He has taken the Establishment - political, business and other - completely out of its comfort zone by focussing on the point that radical measures have to be implemented to turn a highly unequal, exclusive, top-sided society into something which the writers of the Freedom Charter would be proud of. For me that is the common cause; but where I differ is on the tactics to get there.

Nationalisation and land grabs - with or without compensation - are dead-end policies. Nationalisation without compensation will result in sanctions being re-introduced against South Africa by the US and EU, as it will be perceived that their citizens - the ones who have invested here - will have had their assets stolen from them by the South African government. International travel restrictions on members of the Cabinet will probably be applied as well.

Nationalisation with compensation at fair value will mean that a trillion rand will have to be diverted from health, education, welfare and law and order to purchasing the targeted assets. In other words, the opportunity cost will be enormous. The only alternative is for the government to borrow money - if they can - which will send South Africa's national debt to GDP ratio through the roof.

Land grabs, on the other hand, will in the worst case scenario precipitate a civil war. People who sing liberation songs like "Kill the Boer" should remember that the first modern freedom-fighters were the Boers - well before Swapo, Zanu-PF and the ANC. They effectively held the British imperialists at bay for the first half of the Boer War at the turn of the previous century. It was only when Kitchener introduced concentration camps and herded their women and children into them with an absolutely appalling loss of life, that the war turned in Britain's favour.

Neither being a pariah or highly indebted state in the case of nationalisation nor being a country riven by civil war in the case of land grabs will sort out the problems of unemployment and living on desolation row. The only way the problem can begin to be resolved is to follow the philosophy of Steve Biko, an equally charismatic character, who before he was cruelly murdered in the 1970s basically expressed the view that handouts do not improve your self-esteem: doing it yourself does. That is as true today - in the world of Facebook and Twitter which enormously increased the power and freedom of individuals - as when he said it in the 1970s.

So if I were Julius, I would take Steve's ideas on board because they are so much more inspirational and relevant to the members of Generation Y than the old-fashioned and discredited policies that the state should become the centre of everything. I say this coming from a family in the UK where my socialist ancestors not only wrote nationalisation into Labour Party constitution (Beatrice Webb), but actually implemented it across the board (Stafford Cripps who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the late 1940s and made Julius look positively unambitious by comparison). Needless to say, everything is back in the hands of the private sector apart from the National Health Service which in retrospect was a worthwhile initiative.

Rather than trying to destroy Malema, I would urge him to consider redirecting his energy down the path outlined by Steve Biko. I would be asking him actively to engage with Business Leadership SA and AgriSA as to how a more inclusive and participative economy can be created and how one can transfer an appropriate proportion of land from white to black farmers without diminishing agricultural productivity. All of this will take time. It cannot happen overnight in one quantum leap. Perhaps he and his colleagues in ANCYL should also go on a leadership programme at GIBS. Get out of the confines of the ANC into the real world.

Furthermore, instead of harping on about expropriation of this or that asset which will not create one extra job for the youth of this country, I would like Julius to charge his pitch and demand three things:

1. We raise the quality of education in this country to give young people the power to do their own thing;

2. We provide the entrepreneurial space in this country so that young people have the freedom to do their own thing; and

3. We celebrate South African pockets of excellence like Siyabulela Xuza (who has a minor planet named after him by NASA) in order to give young people the confidence to do their own thing.

That is just so much more funky a vision than having everyone work for the state or be dependent on the state. As Michelle Obama said a few days ago at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto: "You are your own liberator." Amen.

5 premature babies die at Gauteng hospital


Five premature babies died this week at Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, on Friday.

A hospital source told the daily newspaper that the five babies died because they were not put into incubators and could not keep warm.

Four of the hospital's six incubators were broken, while the remaining two were faulty and do not regulate heat properly.

Two babies died on Monday, two more died on Tuesday and the fifth died early on Wednesday morning, according to the newspaper.

"Babies die here almost on a daily basis, and I think it is because of the cold. Something has to be done here immediately to save our babies," said another mother.

Gauteng Health spokesperson Dr Sello Mokoena said he was saddened by the babies' deaths and sent condolences to the families.

However, he said the hospital's CEO Damaria Magaro had denied that the five babies had died as a result of "poor management".

Mokoena said the deaths were being investigated. 

The Fana Hlongwane documents

23 June 2011

DA MP publishes details of contracts between Sanip Ltd and controversial consultant

Arms Deal: New documents strengthen case for re-opening investigation
Note to editors: The below mentioned documents were released during a press conference in parliament today. 

1. Introduction

Mr Hakan Buskhe, the Chief Executive Officer of Saab, last week revealed that BAE Systems had transferred R24 million to a "South African consultant" through a company called Sanip (Pty) Ltd. The money was not recorded in the financial statements and was transferred without the knowledge of Saab.
The "South African consultant" was reportedly Fana Hlongwane, who was an adviser to former Minister of Defence, Mr Joe Modise.

The finding that BAE Systems effectively laundered R24 million in payments to a "South African consultant" through Sanip (Pty) Ltd is very serious and an important new development in the controversy surrounding the arms deal.

2. Documents

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has therefore decided to make available a number of documents which shed more light on the arms deal, particularly the relationship between Sanip (Pty) Ltd and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd, which is the focus of the new revelations in Sweden.
The documents include copies of:
  • a consultancy agreement between the South African National Industrial Participation(Pty) Ltd [also referred to as Sanip (Pty) Ltd] and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd signed on 10 September 2003; 
  • a schedule of payments between Sanip (Pty) Ltd and, variously, Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Fana Hlongwane and Ngwane Aerospace (Pty) Ltd;
  • an amendment to a 09 September 2003 agreement between BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd signed on 01 March 2005; and 
  • an amendment to a 09 September 2003 agreement between BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd signed on 23 August 2005. 
The documents relate to the acquisition and offset arrangements in respect of the 26 Gripen fighter jets acquired as a result of the Strategic Defence Package signed on 03 December 1999.

I deal with each of the documents in turn below:

2.1 Document 1: Consultancy agreement between the South African National Industrial Participation (Pty) Ltd and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd signed on 10 September 2003

The document is an agreement between South African National Industrial Participation (Pty) Ltd and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd, which was signed on 10 September 2003.

In terms of the agreement, Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd was contracted to provide "consultancy services" which include inter alia:
  • "to take all reasonable and necessary steps to ensure that the Company is granted or is able to claim NIP credits from the South African Government as a result of its involvement in any NIP Project; and
  • to carry out any other associated tasks relating to the marketing and implementation of NIP projects as may be reasonably required by the Company."
The total value of the contract, over the five-year period commencing on 01 August 2003, would have been R98 million. The fees and bonus payments in the agreement were structured as follows:
  • a payment of R8 175 000 on or about 01 August 2003;
  • a fee of R1 875 000 every quarter commencing on or about 02 September 2003;
  • a bonus of R22 500 000 upon the successful completion of "Milestone 1" ("discharge of at least investments of USD 300 000 000 and exports of USD 2 000 000 000 of NIP by April 2004"); and
  • a bonus of R30 000 000 upon the successful completion of "Milestone 3" ("discharge of at least investments of USD 2 000 000 000 and exports of USD 5 200 000 000 of NIP by April 2011").
The agreement between Sanip (Pty) and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd however appears to have ended sometime in 2004 and was reportedly transferred to another company called Ngwane Aerospace (Pty) Ltd, of which Fana Hlongwane was the sole director.

2.2 Document 2: Schedule of payments between Sanip (Pty) Ltd and variously Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Fana Hlongwane and Ngwane Aerospace (Pty) Ltd

The document lists payments from Sanip (Pty) Ltd to, variously, Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Fana Hlongwane and Ngwane Aerospace (Pty) Ltd totalling R51,3 million between 30 April 2003 and 05 September 2005.

2.3 Document 3: Amendment to 09 September 2003 agreement between BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd signed on 01 March 2005

We do not have a copy of the original agreement between BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd dated 09 September 2009.

However, the amendment to the agreement reveals that a retainer of GBP 250 000 is payable each quarter commencing on 01 April 2005 to a maximum of GBP 1 000 000 for the provision of services which included, inter alia:
  • "to assist the Company and facilitate its contact with the Customer and upon request to assist the Company in face-to-face communication with the Customer; and
  • to assist the Company in producing a contact map by identifying key Customer personnel and in particular the specific decision-makers with respect to the selection of products and services of the Company referred to in this Agreement, and updating such information".
The Company in this case is BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and the Customer is presumably the South African Government.

2.4 Document 4: Amendment to a 09 September 2003 agreement between BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd signed on 23 August 2005

We do not have a copy of the original agreement between BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd dated 09 September 2009.

However, the amendment to the agreement reveals that, in addition to the quarterly fee, a sum of US$ 8 million would be transferred to Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd for "additional work done" on "Tranche 3" of the Gripen contract.

3. Hard Questions

The documents amount to prima facie evidence of bribery and/or corruption and raise some serious questions, given the fact that:
  • we now know, as a result of the finding by Mr Hakan Buskhe, Chief Executive Officer of Saab, that BAE Systems effectively laundered up to R24 million through Sanip (Pty) Ltd to a "South African consultant" who was reportedly Fana Hlongwane;
  • the agreements between Sanip (Pty) Ltd and BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd are, variously, related to claiming NIP credits, facilitating contacts, identifying decision-makers and work related to "Tranche 3" of the Gripen deal; and
  • that at the time BAE Systems did make payments of commissions and fees related to defence transactions as evidenced by the 16 May 2011 US$ 79 000 000 settlement between the US Department of State and BAE Systems plc for an alleged 2 591 violations of laws and regulations in the United States, which included payments made in respect of securing the sale of the Gripen aircraft to South Africa. 
These questions include:

Did Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd actually have the skill, knowledge and expertise in project identification, development, marketing and implementation in respect of the National Industrial Participation Programme?

Is there evidence that services were actually provided by Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd in return for the enormous fees and bonuses that were payable in terms of the various agreements?

Is there evidence of any "forward payments" by Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd to individuals or institutions involved in the process of decision-making?

Is there evidence that Hlongwane Consulting (Pty) Ltd complied with all the relevant tax laws and regulations?

We need answers to these questions.

4. Conclusion

The Hawks are in possession of 460 boxes of documents and 4.7 million pages of documents relating to the investigation into BAE Systems.

Surely, there is a high probability that there will be evidence of a possible failure to provide services, of possible forward payments to decision-makers, and a possible failure to comply with tax laws and regulations contained in the large volumes of documents in the possession of the Hawks.

That is why we believe that the investigation into the arms deal should be re-opened by the Hawks.

I will be handing over copies of the documents to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).

Statement issued by David Maynier MP, 
DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, 
June 23 2011