Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Newborn died of a slit throat

July 11 2011

This has to be a new low, slashing a baby's throat....

Western Cape police investigating the murder of a newborn baby boy, say they are looking to question one of the infant’s relatives in connection with his death.

Captain FC van Wyk said that the baby’s body had been found by children who had been playing between shacks in the Never-Never informal settlement in Philippi on Saturday at 2.30pm.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the baby boy died from injuries to the throat, possibly inflicted with a sharp instrument,” Van Wyk said.

He said no arrests had been made and a murder docket was opened for investigation.

Late yesterday, police issued a photograph of a woman they said was related to the baby and said that they wanted to question her.

Neither the woman’s, nor the child’s name was released, and police this morning were unable to comment further because, they said, Van Wyk had gone on leave.

Toilets go on Sale

11 Jul 2011

THE ANC is set to be rocked by another toilet scandal, as details emerge of how a Free State municipality erected more than 1000 lavatories that they are now selling to the poor.

Following the party's open-toilet controversy in Viljoenskroon's Moqhaka municipality, the ANC-led Maluti-a-Phufong municipality in Harrismith is charging the poor up to R5,000 for a plot of land with a flushing toilet on it.
Despite numerous enquiries, those in charge of the municipality were not able to explain how more than 1000 toilets were erected in one field across the road from Tshiame township almost three years ago.
Ward councillor Moeketsi Mafana refused to reveal what they were charging for toilets and their stands, but Sowetan understands that they are being sold for between R1,000 and R5,000 depending on the size of the land.
The municipality's actions appear to fly in the face of government policy, which stipulates that those who earn less than R3,000 a month qualify for free, low-cost houses. These houses should come with all necessary services, including water, electricity and a toilet.
Mafana confirmed that the toilets were now being sold.
"We are selling them. I'm not sure about the prices, it will depend on the size of the stand.
"They have to be sold. The money used to develop the site has to be recouped.
"Those who can build for themselves will buy and build," he said. "For now there are no (low-cost houses) in the pipeline."
The municipality started selling the toilets on Friday.
Maluti-A-Phufong municipal manager Stephen Kau insisted that questions be e-mailed to him and said he would respond "as soon as I can".
Local government spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga and Free State local government head of department Kopung Ralikontsane declined to comment, saying Kau was better placed to respond.
Department of Human Settlements spokesperson Mandulo Maphumulo failed to respond to questions.
Metsing Mpakathe, a DA councillor at the municipality, said the toilets cost at least R3 million and that the plan was to build houses but the project "went wrong".
Thandiwe Mazibuko, who lives in a mud hut with seven other people in Tshiame, and whose own makeshift toilet does not have a door, said on Friday that the community held a meeting to discuss the toilets.
"What we want is houses," she said, adding she would not be able raise the money she needed to buy a toilet, let alone build a house.
"We were told they will cost between R1000 and R5000. They are messing around with us, where will the money come from?"
Of her own toilet, she said: "The door fell off.
"We just go in there and do our thing, what can we do? We are poor."

Resident Frida Gwala, who does not have a toilet and uses her neighbour's, said all she ever wanted was a house, a toilet and a tap with water in it, "just like everybody else".
DA housing spokesperson Butch Steyn said it was wrong for the municipality to sell toilets without houses to the poor.
"If they put infrastructure there it means the land was earmarked for development," he said.
Steyn said more affluent residents now had an opportunity to buy up stands at the expense of the poor.
The toilet became the symbol of the local government elections in May, with politicians using it as a campaigning tool.


White settlers never stole any land from Africans

11 July, 2011

Black Africans never owned any land. Any form of formal ownership is a Western concept. You cannot take something from somebody WHO NEVER HAD IT. In fact, what is it that white people, specifically white men, are supposed to "give back" to black people?


Black Africans NEVER owned any land. Any form of formal ownership is a Western concept. The 'black' tribes of the mid 19th century haphazardly SETTLED in an ad hoc manner - effectively governed by tribal savagery, in other words, the most savage ruled the land (a bit like Hillbrow today). They simply ran away until they could not run anymore - not having ANY grasp of the concept of a horizon or for that matter any measure of finite land mass - eg the boundaries - that is the fundamental concept of ownership.

Who "disadvantaged" the 'black' people of the interior in Southern Africa before the (supposed) belligerent 'white' settlers moved inland in the mid 19th century..? As certainly, what the 'settlers' found was not a hugely advanced infrastructure, deep mines, airports, vast libraries of written works, grandiose institutions of learning, etc. No, as little as 170 years ago they found masses of black people (indigenous to the Southern tip of Africa, The San) living on the fringes of the stone age. Beings in skins, wielding sticks, living primitive dwellings, dragging and carrying things around, who had not even invented the wheel yet.

Insert by Herman Griessel:- The San were the indigenous people of Southern Africa, if there needs to be any Land Reform it should be with the San, the rest of the Black African tribes as well as the White are and were all immigrants to Southern Africa, including Zimbabwe, and from other parts of the world and Northern Africa.

The linguistic core of the Bantu family of languages, a branch of the Niger-Congo language family, was located in the region of modern Cameroon and Eastern Nigeria. From this core, expansion began about three thousand years ago, with one stream going more or less east into East Africa, and other streams going south along the African coast of Gabon, Democratic Congo and Angola, or inland along the many south to north flowing rivers of the Congo River system. The expansion eventually reached South Africa probably as recently as 300 A.D
Ethiopia - a country that was NEVER colonised. Today one of the most desolate places on the planet - who "disadvantaged" the people of Ethiopia..?

Put Zimbabwe and Germany next to each other and please explain the differences. In 1945 Germany was (for all intents and purposes) flattened to the ground and torn in half. Fifteen years later, West Germany was described as an "Economic Wonder". Around the same time as the end of Apartheid, Germany was re-unified. It yanked the (unified) Germany back four centuries in time.

Yet, in (around) fifteen years (for the second time in a few decades) it built an 'economic wonder' - today, fast becoming a global leader in almost every aspect. Reminder: a lineage very strongly associated with... WHITE AFRIKAANS SPEAKING people...

Herman Griessel

Insert by Herman Griessel:- I am a third generation White South African semi retired Farmer, my Grandfather arrived in the Cape in 1895, having originated from Southern Bavaria Germany, and took part in the second Boer War (1899 – 1902), against the English off course. I disinvested in Agricultural Land in South Africa in 1994, 16 farms employing ± 2, 000 Black African people, I could see what was coming, and here it now is. Google my name Herman Griessel, and read my story of farming on the borders of Southern Africa from 1975 and onwards. You can read his story here:


On the 'flip side' - Zimbabwe - was handed one of the wealthiest countries in the WORLD (eg a currency that was worth more than the USA Dollar, etc) - what is it today..? Competing with Ethiopia to be the most desolate hell-hole on the planet..? Please explain...

Quote from Ian Johnston an ex Rhodesian, has published a book “Thru Thick ‘n’ Thin, a must read, and who happens to be my neighbour:- Remember '' We won the land from the mosquitoes and the tsetse flies''

And what he is implying here is that the White African Rhodesians, through the technology of the day, won back large tracts of land that was riddled with tsetse fly and Malaria, where before the Black African could not settle or graze their cattle, nothing was ever taken from them, in retrospect their very lives were enhanced and improved to the extreme in comparison.

The below insert from just the other day March 2011, this is what Zimbabwe has come to, and no one lifts a finger.

By Tariro Madzongwe

HARARE, Mar 25, 2011 (IPS) - The identity of as many as a thousand decomposing bodies in an abandoned mine in Mount Darwin, 100 kilometres north of Harare, may never be known. "War veterans" associated with the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party are removing them with no regard for preserving evidence.

You cannot take something from somebody WHO NEVER HAD IT..! In fact, what is it that white people, specifically white men, is supposed to "give back" to black people..? Can someone PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE explain to me what it is that white men took from blacks?

Money, Capital and the pivotal mechanisms of the wealth that allows you to breathe, eat, have children, live a rather healthy productive and fulfilling life, but also allowed the cognitive development that leads to metropolitan development and infrastructure as we see it today - it is ALL of Western origins. In fact, the key advancements in modern finance and economics were made by the... ....DUTCH. Why do you think it is called 'Wall Street'..? It was initially 'Wal Straat' - yes my dear, the Dutch took their cognitive substance there as well... The same Dutch that were the most direct descendants of the people that landed at the Cape in 1652 - in fact, the modern 'WEALTH system' was originated by the Dutch and it funded the explorations around the tip of Africa.

Mmmm... I just hate the implicit assumption that 'whites' stole from 'blacks'...
Author: J. Theron - Brisbane Australia – July 2011

Insert from London Times: "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others."


ANC should heed the country's discontent

On May 10 1992, the Sunday Times published a photograph on its front page under the headline "Toilet town: a famous landmark of Nationalist misrule".

On July 11 2011, The Times published a front-page photograph with the headline "Another bum deal for the poor".

Almost two decades apart, both stories are - on the surface - about the construction of toilets for South Africa's poor.

Then, it was the National Party providing toilets in "development" areas for black South Africans.

Now, it is the ANC government constructing toilets in far-flung places for black South Africans.

Two governments, at opposite ends of the ideological and political spectrum, with one thing in common: an innate disrespect for poor, black and marginalised South Africans.

The ANC and its senior leadership at times appear bewildered when the "masses" rise up against them, as if they cannot comprehend what they see before them.
Then they appeal for calm, reassuring those who cannot wait that their turn at the delivery trough - albeit a pauper's trough - will come.

They send the ANC Youth League's Julius Malema and the party's Tony Yengeni to line up bricks and mortar to cover toilets in Viljoenskroon - a symbolic sealant on the wounds of the dispossessed.

But, it is simple really. There is an enormous distance between the disingenuous art of politics and the evidence of real delivery.

And it is this disrespect and neglect that lie at the heart of the violent anger that finds expression in the burning of toilets, the attack on an ANC councillor and her two innocent children and the barricading of streets that results in the death of a decent man from Ficksburg.

It is the possession of nothing, the lack of everything and the stillborn promises that accompanied the ANC's triumphant arrival at the Union Buildings in 1994.

The poor can only watch haplessly as the supersonic empowerment train zips right past their stop, disrespectful of their need, too, to get somewhere.

And their needs are relatively basic - a house, a job, a decent education, a place in which to raise children safely.

They are the 50% who live in poverty and the nearly 50% who will never find a job.

And so - from the Union Buildings to Luthuli House - let us not wonder what ignites the rage of the powerless. It is simply the unforgiving continuity between the past and the present.


JuJu Helping the Poor....


Julius Malema, the controversial ANC Youth League leader, paid R78 000 in cash for a three-day frolic with five friends at the "colonial" and ultra-luxurious five-star Royal Malewane next to the Kruger National Park.

His luxury adventure occured shortly before his re-election as ANCYL president three week's ago in an election campaign which saw him repeatedly sell himself as a champion of the poor.
The news comes on the heels of reports that he has also recently enjoyed a fine holiday in Italy and that he has flattened a R3.6m Bedfordview home to build another one.
Malema and the management of the Royal Malewane, located in the famous private Thornybush Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park, refused to comment on the visit.

However, Media24 Investigations has confirmed with five sources with direct knowledge that the Malema visit occured. Three sources confirmed that the bill was settled in cash.
Media24 Investigations understands Malema and his group of friends were invited by a therapist who works at the luxury spa at the lodge.

The therapist, whose name is known to Media24 Investigations, is also a girlfriend of one of Malema's close friends.

Employees of the lodge get free nights there as part of their benefits and Malema was invited to spend a night for free. He paid for himself and his five friends to stay on for three nights altogether.

It is uncertain how many of the people in his group a free night remained.

Lodge insiders said the Malema entourage did "the normal tourist things", such game drives, luxury picnics and spa treatments.
The advertised cost per person per night sharing is almost R11 000.
When Malema settled the bill on behalf of the group, the administrative staff’s eyes widened when he presented them with R78 000 in cash.

All liars

Malema himself was tight-lipped. Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said he would not talk to the media and that claims that the trip occured were lies.

"They are all liars,” he said. He said he had spoken to Malema about the matter and that he had declined to comment to Media24 Investigations.

Shivambu then told our reporter "fuck you" three times before finally telling him to "fuck off" (see transcript below).

Juan Pinto, director and general manager of the Royal Malewane, said the lodge’s official policy was not to comment on any guests.

When asked about the account which was settled in cash, he said any questions about Malema had to be asked of Malema.

According to the lodge's advertising material, Malewane is a Big Five destination, boasting a French Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Blazon Award for its restaurant.

The spa offers a variety of treatments and guests can view wildlife at watering holes just metres away from where they are enjoying their treatment.

A transcript of the telephone conversation between reporter Jacques Dommisse (JD) and ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu (FS) requesting comment from Malema.

ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu

JD: So, why did you put the phone down?

FS: Hey?

JD: Why did you put the phone down?

FS: Hey man. You are doing a wild goose chase. I say that if you want to go ahead and write, go ahead and write because he won't speak to you. It never happened, okay? He [Malema] doesn’t want to talk to you.

JD: Why will you not let me speak to Malema?

FS: I said he doesn’t want to. Why must he speak to you? He has no obligation to speak to you.

JD: Because he is a politician.

FS: Yes, but I said no. You cannot force people to speak to you.

JD: I don’t understand?

FS: He will not speak to you. You cannot force someone to speak to you if they do not want to speak to you. He does not want to speak to you. I have just spoken to him.

JD: How do you know he doesn’t want to speak to me?
FS: Because I just spoke to him now.

JD: How do you mean you have just spoken with him? I don’t understand.

FS: Fuck you.

JD: Say again?

FS: I said: “Fuck you”

JD: Are you swearing at me?

FS: Yes.

JD: Why are you doing that?

FS: What is your problem?

JD: I have no problem.

FS: Fuck you. Fuck off, ok.

JD: Oh, so you now said it for the fourth time?

FS: Yes.

JD: Can you please give me a contact number for Julius Malema?

FS: I don’t want.

JD. Ok. Thank-you. Goodbye.