2010 01 31 – R,5 miljard om Pretoria nuwe naam te gee – Rapport


Lees 2010 01 31 – R1 5 miljard om Pretoria nuwe naam te gee – Rapport hier

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2010 01 31 – More than R1,5 billion to change Pretoria’s name – City Press


Lees 2010 01 31 – More than R1 5bn to change Pretoria’s name – City Press hier

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2010 01 31 – What’s in a name after all – City Press


Lees 2010 01 31 – What’s in a name after all – City Press hier.

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What is the future of white English-speaking South Africans?


By Anton Barnard, who writes on SAmizdat blog.

“I am sure that the large majority of whites, Afrikaans or English-speaking, would agree that South Africa under ANC rule has become a nightmarish, third-world hell-hole, replete with uneducated tin-pot megalomaniacs screaming down the roads in blue-light convoys, often mowing down innocent pedestrians;  corruption, anarchy, decaying infrastructure, rubbish in the streets, heretofore unknown levels of violent crime, as well as the quasi-religion of state racism, known as transformation (a.k.a. ethnic cleansing) aimed against whites in the form of affirmative action and Black Eco9nomic Empowerment (laws) or BEE.

This black-on-white racism has reached such endemic proportions that Eskom, the state electricity supplier, is importing black Americans to fill posts at Eskom to sit and twiddle their thumbs, rather than deigning to appoint a white South African citizen.

The mistake many whites made with the coming of South Africa’s so-called democracy in 1994, was to delude ourselves into believing that we were somehow different to all other African hell-holes. We were sadly mistaken, however. The ANC regime is not different at all. It rather has everything in common with Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF. The deterioration of a formerly orderly and prosperous country loudly attests to this.

Given the above African reality, self-determination or emigration is the only way of whites to avoid either a Zimabwe situation, or even a Rwanda-type genocide. More than a million whites have left, but what about those who cannot emigrate? Self-determination can also include an independent country, but doesn’t have to do so. The Basques and Catalans in Spain are an example of peoples with a large degree of self-determination, but without an independent country.

  • Section 235 of South Africa’s constitution does make provision for self-determination by ethnic groups. Up to now, the quest for self-determination amongst whites has been almost exclusively driven by Afrikaners. Praag, the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group, is one of the Afrikaner-organizations working towards self-determination.

Although Praag is by definition an Afrikaans organization, it is also a fact that there are significant numbers of English speakers that support us, or perhaps are united in their opposition to the racist and criminal ANC regime. This piece was prompted by one of the regular contributors to the comments section of the Praag site, who asked questions like:

  • Who are the Afrikaners?
    What is the role of English-speaking whites in any effort towards self-determination? (I’m going to abbreviate English-speaking whites as ESWs in the rest of this piece.)

The first question is the easier one to answer, although it is admittedly not quite that easy in all cases. I will use Wikipedia’s definition:

  • “Afrikaners or Boers are an Afrikaans speaking ethnic group in Southern Africa. They are mainly of northwestern European descent (mostly Dutch, German and French ancestry), but their native tongue is Afrikaans, a language closely related to Dutch. :

Note that there is a clear mention of ethnicity in the above definition (once again: it isn’t my own definition.) Ethnicity is PC-speak for “white.” In other words: Afrikaners are ‘white, Afrikaans-speaking descendants of European settlers’. Politically correct people and liberals may not like a national definition in terms of race, but it is a fact, just like it goes without saying that a true Irishman is a white inhabitant of an island country in the Atlantic Ocean.

For those who wonder how to define a ‘white’ person, I refer them to the ANC regime. Please ask the Afro-fascists of the ANC how they decide against whom to discriminate when it comes to affirmative action.

  • You could even ask a four-year-old, before the adults teach him or her to start lying about the obvious.

Whilst we’re on the topic, I may as well grasp the nettle of the ‘coloured’ question too. In certain circles, for example the liberal Afrikaans-speaking media, it is considered politically correct to group Afrikaans-speaking coloureds with Afrikaners and to pretend we somehow form one ethnic group. One particular media group, Naspers, (Beeld) with has gone as far as to even invent an absurd name for this combination: the so-called “Afrikaanses” (sic). This is the equivalent of pretending white Americans and Mexicans are one nation, and calling them: “Amerexicans” or something similar.

  • However, the interesting thing is that this is very much an extremely tiny minority’s opinion, and only the most whisky-soaked Naspers journalist would even consider taking this seriously. Most South African ‘coloured’ intellectuals would not see themselves as Afrikaners at all.
  •  For example: the coloured academic (to any American readers: “coloured” in South Africa refers to mixed-race people, mostly of Malay, Khoisan and white ancestry), professor Jonathan Jansen goes as far as to deny that there is even an Afrikaner nation at all, by which he bizarrely seems to suggest approximately 3 million Afrikaners all suffer from the same delusion, as opposed to Jansen’s own paranoid delusions.

When the formerly Afrikaans-speaking and formerly coloured University of the Western Cape was “democratized” in 1994, they wasted no time in getting rid of Afrikaans. With few exceptions, Afrikaans music, culture, academia and commerce are driven by Afrikaners, not coloureds. Coloured intellectuals are almost united in their preference for English. Whilst I don’t pretend to speak for the coloured community, American-style gangsta culture and hip-hop music seems to hold a bigger appeal to many of them, than does the Afrikaner culture.

Things aren’t all that simple as saying Afrikaners speak Afrikaans, adhere to an Afrikaner culture and are white, however. Many Afrikaners have intermarried with English-speaking whites. A good example of this is the popular Afrikaner singer Steve Hofmeyr, who, in spite of being passionate about the language, nevertheless married an English wife and is raising his children in English. In addition, some Afrikaners have deliberately chosen to abandon Afrikaans and have voluntarily become English-speaking. A good example of this is the Afrikaner actress, Charlize Theron, who these days sports a pretty passable Californian twang.

Is Charlize still an Afrikaner?

The above logically leads to the second question: what, if any, role is there for ESWs if and when Afrikaners achieve self-determination?

I am not going to dwell on the Anglo-Boer War and the remaining bitterness still being felt in some circles towards the English-speakers. As far as I am concerned, both the Afrikaners and ESWs are currently in the same boat, and should be united against a common enemy, rather than dwelling on the past: the racist ANC regime and its criminal accomplices (if not the ANC’s criminal officials and office bearers.)

One reality in terms of most ESWs is that there is not such a clear sense of a national identity among ESWs. I’ve yet to hear an ESW describe himself as anything but a South African.

There is no such thing as a South African nation:  However, most sane realists realize by now that there is in fact no such a thing as a South African nation, especially not if you’re white.

To call yourself a South African is therefore pretty vague and to my mind an unsatisfactory description.

The ANC regime constantly makes it abundantly clear that whites are, in Thabo Mbeki’s immortal words, “settlers who have yet to depart” or “colonialists of a special kind.”

If there is a South African nation, as opposed to a geographical area, it is definitely uniformly black, with very little room for whites.

Perhaps because most ESWs lack a separate national identity, it will of necessity have to be Afrikaners who will lead our own struggle, similar to the ANC’s, to achieve self-determination. Except for a few ESWs who think an independent Western Cape is a good idea, I detect very little separatist thinking amongst ESWs.

As for the question as to whether Afrikaners will welcome only Afrikaners into the fold, should we achieve self-determination: there’s no simple answer. I once again refer to the example of Steve Hofmeyr’s children. Are they Afrikaners? Do we do a language test and grant citizenship in an Afrikaner republic to Steve on the basis of that, but not his kids?

Another question is whether ESWs would like to associate themselves with Afrikaners, even if offered the opportunity.

  • It is a fact that ESWs have historically been of a much more liberal persuasion than most Afrikaners. Helen Suzman, with her almost exclusively ESW and Jewish constituency in Johannesburg’s leafy suburbs, was for years the sole liberal member of parliament.
  • Would liberal, northern-suburbs ESWs want to have anything to do with the Afrikaners at all, or are they happy to rearrange the deck chairs on the South African Titanic and flee back to London when the chips are down?

On the other hand, it is a fact that ESWs are for reasons of ethnicity and intermarriage the closest relations Afrikaners have in Southern Africa. A lot of ESWs no longer have any British roots or relatives. Afrikaners have much more in common with ESWs than with Zulus (or Mongolians), for that matter. A large proportion of the ESWs are equally as disillusioned with the so-called Rainbow Nation as Afrikaners are. They also suffer the same racist discrimination at the hands of the ANC regime as Afrikaners do. Do Afrikaners abandon the ESWs if Rwanda’s genocide becomes South Africa’s reality too?

If I am really pressed to provide a straight answer as to whether I think Afrikaners should allow ESWs to participate in Afrikaners’ self-determination, and knowing full well many ESWs would have political, cultural and linguistic objections, I would have to say a qualified yes.

One thing that I think most Afrikaners striving for self-determination agree upon, is that our language and culture are completely non-negotiable. If there is an independent Afrikaner Authority, similar to the Palestinian Authority, or an independent Afrikaner state, Afrikaans will be its sole official language.

  • Nobody wants to control what languages people speak behind closed doors, but all government functions and all state broadcasting will for example be in Afrikaans, finish & klaar. There is in this sense no difference between Afrikaners, the Germans and the French, who also wouldn’t dream of having other languages as their official language.

This in and of itself may discourage many ESWs from joining the Afrikaners’ cause. Many of them may rather consider English-speaking countries such as Australia or the UK.

Does that leave ESWs as mere potential immigrants? I agree with Dr Dan Roodt, the leader of Praag, when he says that any independent Afrikaner Authority or Afrikaner state should apply the same immigration criteria as European countries. Afrikaners, as defined by the definition elsewhere in this document, should in my opinion automatically qualify for citizenship.

Anybody else would be free to apply for citizenship, subject to an oath of loyalty and to other criteria like skills, lack of a criminal record, health, education, a waiting period and a language test. All of these are nothing sinister and are in fact exactly the kind of criteria countries like the UK and Germany would apply to prospective immigrants.

I would personally also say there is a case to be made for extending a once-off offer of asylum or refugee status to ESWs who suffer from racist persecution and crime at the hands of the ANC regime.

Afrikaners could certainly not stand idly by if, God forbid, South Africa threatens to become another Rwanda and our ESW brothers are about to suffer a genocide. This should, however, be subject to the understanding that any Afrikaner self-determination or independent state would be of an Afrikaner nature in terms of language and culture, and that refugees would be expected to assimilate and adopt the Afrikaner culture.

The above will admittedly not appeal to all ESWs, but then they are free to savour the many delights Africa and the so-called Rainbow Nation have in store for those of an unfashionable shade of pigmentation. Source: SAmizdat Blog http://ping.fm/Mx7wU

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New addition to Zuma’s brood, child No.20 born out of wedlock


ZUMA again, still, having unprotected sex with women who are not his wife – something for which he apologised three and a half years ago.

President Jacob Zuma has fathered a child with the daughter of powerful soccer administrator and long-time friend, Irvin Khoza.

Sonono Khoza, a 39-year-old divorcée, was pregnant when her father, Orlando Pirates boss and chairman of the soccer World Cup local organising committee, was invited to share the stage with the newly elected president during a post-election bash at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, in June last year.

It is unclear whether the “Iron Duke”, as he is known, knew then who was the father of his unborn grandchild.

The Sunday Times can today reveal that Sonono gave birth to a girl on October 8 last year, barely three months before the country’s most famous polygamist tied the knot for the fifth time.

Baby Thandekile Matina Zuma, now nearly four months old, has been registered in her father’s name, and brings to 20 the number of children known to have been fathered by him – along with the 19 Zuma is officially said to have had, with his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, his late wife, Kate Zuma, and his current wives and girlfriends.

Sonono, who has two other children from a previous marriage, is an events manager in the marketing division at the Johannesburg headquarters of one of the major banks.

A close family friend has told the Sunday Times that a delegation from KwaZulu-Natal, acting on Zuma’s behalf, visited the Khoza family in December last year to discuss the Zulu customary damages, inhlawulo, that are due when a child is born out of wedlock.

On the morning of Sunday, January 17, the arrival of Zuma’s motorcade at the Khoza family’s Diepkloof Extension , Soweto, mansion, piqued the interest of neighbours and set tongues wagging.

Zuma, who was in Johannesburg for the ANC’s national executive committee lekgotla held between January 15 and 18, spent almost an hour with Sonono and her mother, Matina.

When the Sunday Times contacted Sonono for comment on Friday night, she said: “I don’t know what you are talking about. I definitely don’t know what you are talking,” before terminating the call. She did not respond to an SMS asking for comment.

Asked how she felt about her new grandchild and the fact that Zuma was the father, Matina responded: “No, we are not excited.”

Pressed to elaborate, she said: “I can’t talk about (that). Bye.”

Khoza, whose youngest daughter, Zodwa, died of Aids-related complications in 2006, was not home for either of the two meetings held to discuss the arrangements following the birth of the baby.

Several family friends told the Sunday Times that Khoza felt betrayed and humiliated by the president’s relationship with his daughter, particularly as he considered Zuma – who is six years older than him – a friend.

Khoza was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the University of Zululand for his role in the development of sport while Zuma was chancellor of the institution in 2004.

Repeated attempts to speak to Khoza about the matter were unsuccessful.

The president, who left Switzerland yesterday and is now in Ethiopia for an African Union summit, being held in Addis Ababa until February 2.

Zuma’s spokesman, Vincent Magwenya, refused to comment yesterday.

Zuma’s younger brother Michael Zuma said he was unaware of the child or the relationship.

The addition to Zuma’s brood shows that the president has again had unprotected sex with a woman who is not his wife – something for which he apologised three and a half years ago.

In May 2006, following his acquittal on a charge of rape, Zuma made a speech in which he said: “As I testified in court, under oath, I am HIV-negative, having undergone an HIV test in March this year. I wish to state categorically and place on record that I erred in having unprotected sex.

“I should have known better and I should have acted with greater caution and responsibility.”

In clearing Zuma of rape, the court found that he had had consensual sex – with the daughter of another friend. “Kwezi”, as the woman was identified during the trial, was the daughter of one of Zuma’s closest friends and comrades in exile and referred to him as malume (uncle).

Zuma’s polygamy, which is a source of much public debate, was again thrust into the spotlight this week at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Asked by Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, who was moderating a panel on South Africa, about his “many wives” and whether he loved all of them equally, Zuma responded, “Absolutely,” drawing howls of laughter from the crowd.

The birth of the latest baby has triggered speculation that Zuma may be planning to take another wife, which could land up costing taxpayers. According to the ministerial handbook for members of the executive and presiding officers, spouses legally married to the member in a polygamous marriage are entitled to a variety of benefits.

Zuma’s wives are each entitled to a personal assistant, a post worth R145920 per year. Air travel, medical expenses and security costs for the spouses are also borne by the state.

His first wife is Sizakele Khumalo, who he married in 1973 and who lives at his homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. He has no children with her. As well as his late wife, Kate, and his ex-wife, Dlamini-Zuma, in 2008 Zuma married Nompumelelo Ntuli with whom he has two children. Earlier this month he tied the knot with Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, with whom he has three children.

He is engaged to 45-year-old Gloria Bongekile Ngema, with whom he has one child, and has an adult son with Minah Shongwe. – Additional reporting by Shanaaz Eggington

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Waarom ons NOU ‘n AO benodig


Artikels soos hierdie, wat daagliks in die media verskyn, belig die noodsaaklikheid waarom ons dringend ‘n Afrikanerowerheid benodig. Is hierdie werklikheid nie erg genoeg vir ons leiers om hulle verskille op sy te sit en gesamentlik na ons bevryding te werk nie?

‘Dra my deur, Here, want dis te veel vir my’ – Beeld

Deur Linda de Beer

Die lewens van die twee susters wat in 2008 herhaaldelik deur drie jong inbrekers verkrag is, het ná die voorval onherroeplik verander.

Dit blyk uit ’n hartroerende brief deur die jongste suster (62) wat tydens die verkragters se verhoor by die rondgaande hof in Klerksdorp ingehandig is. Haar ousus (68), saam met wie sy 37 jaar lank gebly het, het tydens die verkragtings ’n beroerte gekry en is nou in ’n rolstoel.

“Ek het ook gevoel soos een wat ’n beroerte gekry het. Ek het net uitgeroep: ‘Here, wees my genadig! Laat ek tog nie sink, want ek is ook net ’n mens soos ander.

“Dra my deur, Here, want dis te veel vir my. Alles van ons is in fladders geskeur,” lui die brief.

Edwin Molefe (20), Pitso Kapelo (18) en Steven Selebale (25) is eergister tot tussen 16 en 25 jaar effektiewe tronkstraf gevonnis weens die middernagtelike inbraak en die verkragting van die susters by hul huis in Alabama. Een se vierjarige kleinkind het van die verkragtings aanskou.

Die jongste suster skryf in haar brief hoe sy haar ousus mis. Sy sien haar soms weke lank nie. Sy bly nou by haar kinders in Alabama en haar suster in ’n ouetehuis in Klerksdorp. Hul huis het ná die inbraak en verkragtings afgebrand terwyl hul broer, wat toe alleen daar gebly het, geslaap het. Hy is in die brand dood.

“Vandag voel ek soos ’n voël wat van die een boom na die ander gaan. Ons het ons selfrespek verloor, net deur kinders (die jong verkragters). Soms voel ek soos een wat alles uitgedrink het en vir niks gesorg het nie,” skryf sy in die brief.

Die oudste suster se twee dogters het by die hof gesê hul ma en tannie was onafhanklik en het na baie mense in die gemeenskap omgesien. Nou is daar ’n ekstra las op hul kinders om na hulle om te sien en hul karige staatspensioen aan te vul.

“Dit maak nie saak hoe lank hulle (die verkragters) tronk toe gaan nie. Geen vonnis in die wêreld sal my ma se lewe terugbring soos wat dit was nie,” het een van die dogters gesê.

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Geldige kommentaar


Deur Mike

Vlad ek het gewonder of daar nie maar aanhoudend gesprekke gereel moet word soos die een by Diamantvallei nie.

Ek glo die volk gaan die leiers maar moet dwing om iewers te begin. Moet daar nie weer ‘n gesprek gereel word maar met meer leiers teenwoordig en waar die tema dan iets sal wees soos die vorming van die AO daar en dan nie.

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USA, UK monitor South Africa as terror-target


“International fears of a possible terror-attack against the World Cup 2010 are not abating,” writes Rapport journalist Erna van Wyk.

2010-01-30

    This radical islamic imam, Abdullah el-Faisal,  has visited South Africa   at least three times over the past decade and has close ties with the well-organised Somalian exile community in the Western Cape. Security experts also believe that the Al-Shabaab group led by Sheikh Moktar Akli Zubeyr is planning attacks on the WC2010 game between the USA and the UK in Rustenburg — and that it has embedded terror cells inside the country, citing UK and US news media.

    The seventy Cape-Town based experts of the Red-24 private security organisation which provides security to many private organisations for the WC2010, have been keenly aware of these activities for some time.

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    Dire warnings were also issued two weeks earlier by Frans Cronje, top expert at the SA Institute for Race Relations, who warned that the terrorist threat against the prestigious international football tournament event, ‘attended by the single largest collection of Westerners outside the USA and Europe”… ‘is very real’: http://ping.fm/QIYVS

    International fears of a possible terror attack against the World Cup 2010 are clearly not abating despite protestations to the contrary by the SA president and security officials inside the country, writes the Afrikaans weekly Rapport today. Many governments have hired top security firms to safeguard their teams and countrymen during the tournaments.

    This week, it was again repeated in the UK news media that both the USA and UK teams may be targetted around Rustenburg on 12 June by islamic terrorist-cells which have already established themselves in the country. She cited an article to this effect published in the UK’s Sunday Express which quoted Lee Niblett, a terrorist-expert at the Red-24 security-organisation. http://ping.fm/BMmpx

    Red24 has 70 staff in its Cape Town office and also works in Iraq, Afghanistan and other terror hot spots. Its head of operations is Neil Thompson, a former detective superintendent in Britain’s National Crime Squad. The company is currently heavily involved in organising private security to a number of blue chip corporate clients due to attend the World Cup, which starts on June 11.Al-Shabaab’s leaders have trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the group has also been linked to the Somalian who attacked Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in his home on New Year’s Day, reports the UK newspaper, adding that ‘at least 13,000 Somalis are registered as refugees or asylum seekers in South Africa, with 6,000 to 7,000 in the Western Cape, though the true figure is thought to be far higher.” They quoted from a report entitled South Africa 2010 World Cup – The Terrorist Threat, which also notes that “Teams from the US, England, France, Germany, Spain and Australia are from countries playing high-profile roles in the ‘war on terror’. They are regarded as legitimate targets by terrorist groups.”

    The Sunday Express writes:  ‘security chiefs believe England’s World Cup stars are being targeted by an Islamic terror cell operating in South Africa”and that  England’s opening game against the USA  in Rustenburg is seen as “a high-profile target for the Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group, which is led by Sheikh Moktar Ali Zubeyr.Premiership players John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham are likely to be in the team and media coverage of an attack would send shockwaves around the world, ‘ writes the Sunday Express, describing Al-Shabaab as a ‘credib le threat’ to the UK squad and the 25,000 fans expected to follow them to South Africa. The UK newspaper quotes from a secret report they had obtained, noting that this ‘Somali-based terrorist group has a presence in the Western Cape region of South Africa, as well as the country’s major cities, and is understood to have been behind a threat that prompted the US to close its embassy and consulates in September.”

    Moreover, the report also claims that ‘South African intelligence services are aware that elements of the Somali population, many of whom are living in the country illegally, have become radicalised by al-Shabaab: they are known to have easy access to guns and explosives, making an attack on the England v USA game on June 12 at the 42,000 capacity Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, near Johannesburg, a real threat.”. http://ping.fm/T1tIW

    Chief executive Michael Glading told the New Zealand Herald his organization had engaged a South African contractor whose firm had previously provided security within South Africa for the All Blacks and the Wellington Hurricanes rugby teams. New Zealand will be based near Johannesburg. Glading said the New Zealand government might also send a small detachment of police to South Africa to assist in the protection of players, officials and their families. Italy and Germany are among nations that have already indicated they will have private security throughout the Cup, and Australia has said it will use "some local resources." http://ping.fm/Ehb8s

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    other relevant sources:

    USA terrorist-expert report by the Council on Foreign Relations:The Terrorist Threat in Africa

    By Princeton N. Lyman, ex US Ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria; director of Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; and J. Stephen Morrison, Director of the Africa Program and Task Force on HIV/AIDS at the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

    • “The United States has failed to recognize the existence of other, less visible, terrorist threats elsewhere on the African continent. Countering the rise of grass-roots extremism has been a central part of U.S. strategy in the Middle East, but the same has not generally been true for Africa. In Nigeria, for example, a potent mix of communal tensions, radical Islamism, and anti-Americanism has produced a fertile breeding ground for militancy and threatens to tear the country apart. South Africa has seen the emergence of a violent Islamist group. And in West and Central Africa, criminal networks launder cash from illicit trade in diamonds, joining forces with corrupt local leaders to form lawless bazaars that are increasingly exploited by al Qaeda to shelter its assets. As the war on terrorism intensifies in Kenya and elsewhere, radicals might migrate to more accessible, war-ravaged venues across the continent. http://ping.fm/L7GLF

    New Zealand hires private security to protect WC2010 team and countrymen : Chief executive Michael Glading told the New Zealand Herald his organization had engaged a South African contractor whose firm had previously provided security within South Africa for the All Blacks and the Wellington Hurricanes rugby teams. New Zealand will be based near Johannesburg. Glading said the New Zealand government might also send a small detachment of police to South Africa to assist in the protection of players, officials and their families. Italy and Germany are among nations that have already indicated they will have private security throughout the Cup, and Australia has said it will use "some local resources." http://ping.fm/zF9H7

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    Uncensored, complete Jan 14 2010 report by South African Institute for Race Relations:

    How vulnerable is South Africa’s soccer World Cup to a major terrorist attack?

    By Frans Cronje of the SA Institute for Race Relations, who says that the terror-threat against the WC2010 in South Africa  is altogether more serious than the ‘amateurish attack on the Togo football team in Angola…’

    January 14 2010, SA Institute of Race Relations. “The attack by Cabindan separatists on Togo’s soccer team at the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Angola has created some controversy about safety surrounding the soccer World Cup to be staged in South Africa later this year. A number of analysts and newspaper editorials have dismissed concerns at terror attacks in South Africa. Soccer authorities have called the idea ‘stupid’ and one newspaper even went as far as to suggest it was ‘racist’. However there is some evidence to suggest that a risk does exist.

    “Of course there is very little, if any risk, of those same Cabindan separatists launching a second attack in South Africa. Their dispute with Angola’s government is too distant and too localised. Their attack was relatively amateur and involved nothing more sophisticated than the setting up of a machine-gun on the side of a road.The terror risk facing South Africa’s World Cup does not originate from such relatively small and isolated rebel and political groups. There are in any case no such groups operating in South Africa. Route and venue security and the saturation policing likely to be employed by the South African police during the World Cup will also leave very little scope for such a relatively small scale ‘machine-gun’ assault to be carried out. South Africa’s security forces have proven themselves to be very adept at securing major events from petty crimes or other amateur security threats. 

    “The terror threat facing the tournament in South Africa is altogether more serious. It revolves around the possibility that an Al Qaeda aligned movement may use the tournament as a platform upon which to launch a massive strike against a Western target in South Africa.

    “South Africa is particularly vulnerable to such a threat with all the circumstances or pre-conditions to stage such an attack in place.

    “These include that South Africa’s borders are porous and controls on entry and exit are easily circumvented. It is also relatively easy to obtain fraudulent documents to live and work in South Africa under an assumed name. It would provide little challenge to an Al Qaeda cell to infiltrate any weaponry or personnel into the country ahead of the World Cup. Indeed if a terror attack were on the cards Al Qaeda’s track record in planning suggests that this may already have occurred.

    “Borders in Western countries and particularly the United States are altogether more difficult to penetrate. Over the past decade border and visa controls have been stepped up dramatically. The fact that there has not been a major terror attack on American soil in almost a decade suggests that these efforts may have frustrated Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda may therefore be particularly drawn to the lax border controls and security on offer on South Africa.

    “There should also be concern at the capacity of South Africa’s intelligence services to accurately detect and act against such a threat. There is some evidence to suggest that the efforts of these agencies have been turned inwards to fight domestic political battles for factions within the ANC. They may not have their eye on the ball internationally to the extent that they should. Evidence led in the current Jackie Selebi trial also suggests that these agencies have been corrupted. Evidence from that trial includes that South African security agencies showed international intelligence reports to alleged drug smugglers in exchange for bribes.

    “There must also be concerns about the simple ‘capacity’ of these agencies to do intelligence work. On a number of occasions they have been embarrassed by having their operatives and operations publically identified in the media.

    “Threat detection and mitigation must therefore be left to foreign agencies, many of which probably operate quite freely in South Africa. In part their interest in the country may arise from the concept of an African ‘terror belt’ that extends southwards from Yemen across the Gulf of Aden to Somalia and then down the east coast of Africa through Kenya and Tanzania before ending up in Cape Town. The strong Islamic influence that runs through this coastal belt probably provides ample opportunity for the concealment of terror cells. This is not to suggest that Muslim communities in Cape Town or elsewhere in Africa are actively complicit in such terrorist activities. Rather that terror cells are by their nature secretive and operate as clandestine minorities of the communities they penetrate.           

    “Confidence in the abilities of these Western agencies should also not be exaggerated. American intelligence operatives failed to detect both the 9/11 attacks and the more recent Christmas Day airline bomb scare even though they appear to have had sufficient information to pre-empt these attacks. The recent killing in Afghanistan of several CIA agents by an Al Qaeda triple-agent is a further example of the challenges and miscalculations that beset Western agencies. While many successfully pre-empted attacks may never make newspaper headlines there appears to be a weakness in the ability of many agencies to properly penetrate terror networks and then draw correct conclusions from the information they do obtain.

    There is much evidence that the difficulty in attacking Westerners in Western countries has seen Al Qaeda adopt the strategy of rather attacking Westerners in ‘third party’ countries. Other than the bombings of the London underground in 2005, and train bombings in Spain in 2004, most terror attacks of the past decade have been conducted on Western targets outside of western Europe and the United States. A selection of these include:

    • The 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings that killed over 200 people including 90 Australians.
    • Bombings in Morocco in 2003 that were targeted at Westerners and Jews and killed over 40 people.
    • Suicide bomb attacks on a Western compound in Saudi Arabia in 2003 that killed over 30 people.
    • Bomb attacks on western occupied hotels in Jordan in 2005 that killed over 50 people.
    • Truck bomb attacks on the British Consulate and HSBC bank in Turkey in 2003 that killed over 60 people.   

    Africa too has a record of being a stage for Islamist terror networks to strike Western targets as testified to by attacks on embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, the failed 2002 effort to shoot down an Israeli Boeing 757 with Strela surface to air missiles in Kenya, and the 2002 bombing of a holiday resort also in Kenya.

    “South Africans would be naïve to believe that the warm relations that their Government enjoys with many rogue states, proffers them any degree of extra security.

    “The World Cup will also be a particularly attractive target for Al Qaeda. Estimates range at between 300 000 and 500 000 for the number of foreign tourists who will be in South Africa during the World Cup. This could make the tournament one of the largest gatherings of Westerners outside of western Europe and the United States.

    “With over 2 billion viewers the World Cup is also the world’s biggest live televised event. It dwarfs any event previously hosted in South Africa. The fact that every global news and press agency will converge on South Africa will greatly magnify the impact of any attack. Such global news coverage is a further factor that would make a terror attack on the World Cup a very attractive proposition for Al Qaeda.

    “Many of the circumstances that would make a terror attack possible and attractive to Al Qaeda therefore converge very neatly around the World Cup in South Africa in just six months’ time.

    “That is not to say that such an attack will occur nor that it is even likely. However, if an attack is carried out the diagnosis of why it occurred will be fairly simple, revolving chiefly around the circumstances and factors that this paper has highlighted. Nor is it possible to point to the nature of such an attack except to warn that Al Qaeda has unfortunately demonstrated its capacity both for patience and for highly imaginative planning.

    “Three weeks ago the Institute told Reuters, in an interview later published in media ranging from the New York Times to ESPN.com, that the Soccer World Cup could come to be regarded as key milestone in changing attitudes about the African continent. It is also the Institute’s view that the risks commonly associated with South Africa’s World Cup, including crime, a shortage of accommodation, and weak transport infrastructure will not adversely affect the tournament. Planning around the tournament appears to have been very effective as demonstrated by the now complete stadiums which are hugely impressive sporting arenas. On this score alone the sceptics about our ability to host the tournament appear to have got it wrong. The World Cup tourist experience of South Africa will be one of the best tourist experiences in the world. In almost every respect the factors that South Africa can control in arranging the World Cup appear to be well under control.

    But international terrorism is not something over which we have the capacity to exercise much control. In addition one of the most effective assets that any terrorist group can possess is to convince its next target that they are no longer at risk.

    “South Africans should therefore be a little less hasty to dismiss the risk of the World Cup being targeted and realise that the scourge of global terror applies to all societies and particularly under circumstances such as those pointed out above. “

    – Frans Cronje http://ping.fm/MrztO

     

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    Anatomie van ‘n plaasaanval: Die verhaal van die Boshoffs




    Foto 1: Louis & Bella in beter dae voor die aanvalPolisiesaaknommer: CAS 15 / 7 / 2009 (Koppies)
    Streekshofsaaknommer: SHK 15 / 09 (D M Mosese en 2)

    Slagoffers: Louis Jacobus Boshoff en Elizabeth Susanna Boshoff

    Beskuldigde 1: Daniël Mosese
    Beskuldigde 2: Mark Ramatsebe
    Beskuldigde 3: Nelson Ramatsebe

    Ondersoekbeampte: Chris Moschesane

    KORT BESKRYWING VAN GEBEURE VANAF 12 JULIE 2009
    Weergawe van Louis Jacobus Boshoff

    Ek boer op my plaas Viljoenslaagte tussen Koppies en Kroonstad sedert 1964. Dit is waar my vrou Elsabé en ek in 1978 ons huwelikslewe begin het en waar ons ook ons kinders, Stoffel en Isabél, grootgemaak het. Laasgenoemde twee is natuurlik al uit die huis uit en lei hul eie lewens.

    Op Sondagoggend, 12 Julie 2009, het Elsabé en ek die dag begin met die lees van Ps 67: 1-6. Die teks vir die dag is vers 3 “sodat Sy dade oor die wêreld heen bekend mag word, Sy reddende krag onder al die nasies”. Die voorgestelde gebed in Uit die Beek is: “Rus ons vandag toe om werklik ’n verskil in hierdie wêreld te maak”.

    Soos gewoonlik gaan maak ek vir ons rooibostee. Daarna stort, ek skeer, trek skoon onderklere en sokkies aan met ’n oorpakbroek en dik wolbaadjie bo-oor. Ek moet die weerstasie gaan lees en die diere versorg.

    Teen ongeveer 07:30 stap ek by die agterdeur uit, weerstasieboek in die hand en die vier honde by my. Ek stap teenaan die enjinkamer verby om die hek vir die beeste oop te maak. Drie van die honde jaag die beeste aan maar Bella, die een Pointer, steek vas by die enjinkamer en blaf aanhoudend.

    Ek lees die weerstasie, omtrent 50 meter verder en gee vir ‘n siek koei skoon water en meel. Bella blaf onophoudelik en heftig. Ek skree vir haar dat sy moet los, maar sy blaf net erger. Ek stap terug huistoe, weer by die enjinkamer verby. Ek roep Bella om huistoe te kom maar sy gaan net erger tekere. Ek was by die kamer verby, toe ek besluit om om te draai en te gaan kyk waarvoor Bella so blaf. (Vir foto van Louis & Bella in beter dae voor die aanval, sien Foto 1 hierby aangeheg.)

    Toe ek omtrent 5 meter van die kamertjie kom, borrel twee manne daar uit. Die voorste een (Beskuldigde 1) met ‘n kous oor die kop – twee groot gate vir die oë en ‘n gat om die mond. Hy rig ‘n .38 special rewolwer op my en met sy linkerwysvinger oor die mond wys hy ek moet stilbly. Ek vra wat hulle soek, maar kry geen antwoord nie. Ek swaai my hande en sê ek is haastig, draai om en stap aan huistoe.

    Ek het dadelik besef dit is ‘n plaasaanval en het na my vrou begin roep omdat ek geweet het sy sou gaan stort en die agterdeur waar ek uit is, nie gesluit is nie. Die een met die vuurwapen hardloop by my verby en in die huis in.

    Die ander een (Beskuldigde 3) storm my met ’n kettie en met groot ongelyke loodballe skiet hy na my. Ek keer met die weerstasieboek, hardeband A4, vir my gesig en kop. Ek sê vir hom dat as hy my nou sou skiet, ek weet ek gaan na die Modimo toe, maar as ek hom sou doodmaak, gaan hy hel toe.


    Foto 2: Louis in ISE

    Ek merk uit die hoek van my oog dat die ander persoon met Elsabé by die agterdeur uitkom. Hy het haar aan die arm beetgehad en die rewolwer was op haar gerig. Sy was kaalvoet, het net haar slaapbaadjie aangehad met ‘n handdoek om haar onderlyf. Die temperatuur was 2°C. Ek het haar hardop hoor bid: “In die Naam van Jesus Christus bid ek dat U nou alle bose magte op hierdie plaas sal bind, Here!”

    Die man met die kettie het vir Bella geskiet dat sy tjank. Ek het my vervies en gesê: “As jy weer my hond skiet, foeter ek jou.” Ek het my selfoon uit my sak gehaal en my naaste buurman gebel. Hy het nie geantwoord nie. Ek het ‘n boodskap gelos: “Manie, ons word aangeval, kan jy kom help?” Ek het die foon in my sak teruggesit en gemerk Elsabé het losgekom en in die huis teruggespring – die man met die rewolwer agterna.

    Ek het na die agterdeur toe aangestap en die weerstasieboek op die tafel neergesit. Beskuldigde 3 het ‘n skoot, gemik na my kop, met die kettie afgetrek. Ek het met my arm gekeer vir my gesig en die loodbal het my naby die elmboog getref, die vel het oopgebars (die dokter het my later gevra waarmee ek daar gesteek is, hy moes 7 steke insit). Ek het vir die man gesê: ”Jy het my nou geskiet, en hier staan ek nog – jy sien die Modimo keer vir my, jy kan my niks doen nie.” Ek het gevra: ”Wat soek jy?” Geen antwoord nie. Hy sit weer ‘n loodbal in die velletjie om my te skiet. Ek storm op hom af, gryp die kettie met loodbal en al en gooi dit op die stoep se dak.

    Ek draai na hom en sê: “Jy praat nie, ek weet nie wat jy wil hê nie. Ek is haastig, ek gaan kerk-toe.” Toe ek omdraai en op die stoep loop, sien ek die een met die vuurwapen is weer buite. Ek maak die sifdeur oop, klim die eerste trappie en toe sien ek uit die hoek van my oog die hand van Beskuldigde 3 wat die vuurwapen by Beskuldigde 1 vat.

    Die volgende oomblik het die eerste skoot geklap. Ek het gevoel hoe die koeël my rug binnedring en deur my ingewande bars. Ek het deur die lug getrek, die tweede trappie op. Die tweede skoot het geklap en ek het gevoel hoe die koeël deur my linkerbeen bars. Ek het binne in die kombuis geval. Beskuldigde 1 het nadergestorm en my met pepersproei in die gesig gespuit. Ek het my oë styf toegeknyp en gevoel hoe my gesig brand.

    Toe ek my oë weer oopmaak, was hulle weg. Ek het vorentoe geleun, die deur toegemaak en gesluit. Ek het ongeveer 3 meter gekruip tot in die woonkamer, weer die buurman probeer bel – steeds geen antwoord nie. Ek het sy vrou gebel – voicemail. Ek het my seun Stoffel gebel en gesê : “Hulle het my geskiet, kan jy kom help, asb.” Hy het onmiddellik bure en ‘n speurdervriend van Vredefort in kennis gestel.

    Vir ’n skets van die misdaadtoneel, sien die aangehegte.

    Skets van plaasaanval


    Foto 3: Soektog na verdagtes

    Elsabé het ingekom en met my gepraat, maar ek kon nie hoor nie – as gevolg van die slag van die rewolwer wat so naby afgevuur is. Daar het ‘n bakkie gestop by die agterdeur, dit was ‘n buurman Buks Engelbrecht. Hy en Elsabé het my gehelp om, kop omlaag, te kruip by die trappe af tot by die bakkie. Hulle het my in die bakkie gehelp, waar ek skuins gelê het en met knieë omhoog om soveel moontlik bloed in my kop te hou.

    Ongeveer 15 – 20 minute later was ons by Kroon Hospitaal. Toe die bakkie stop, was die deur al oop en het hulle my op die trollie gehelp. Al die dokters, ongevallepersoneel, teaterspan, alles was gereed – die teater was voorberei. Hulle het my baadjie en skoene op die trollie uitgetrek en ek het iemand hoor sê: “Daar val ’n koeël.” Hulle het my onderhemp stukkend gesny en in die teater ingestoot. Ek kon my lengte, gewig en bloedgroep gee. Ek het die personeel naaste aan my se hande gevat en gebid: “Dankie Here dat U my tot hier gebring het. Help nou die mense wat met my gaan werk, want dit gaan moeilik wees.” Ek wou amen sê, maar kon nie… toe kom die woorde: “en my aanvallers, Here, vergeef hulle want hulle weet nie wat hulle gedoen het nie.”

    Toe ek amen sê, het daar ’n vrede oor my gekom – dit moet die vrede wees waarvan in Matteus geskryf word: “Die vrede wat alle verstand te bowe gaan.” Op ’n stadium het ek vir ’n paar sekondes afgekyk na my liggaam op die teatertafel, met die mense wat rondom staan en met my werk. Dit was asof die Here vir my sê: “Wees rustig, jy is in goeie hande.”

    Van die volgende paar dae weet ek maar min. Ek was aan ‘n asemhalingsmasjien en baie ander monitors gekoppel. Ek kon nie praat nie, my mond was te droog. Twee eenhede bloedplasma en 6 eenhede bloed is vir my oorgetap, maar die bloedtelling het laag gebly. Ek het later verneem dat my milt en ’n gedeelte van my pankreas verwyder is , asook dat die koeël dwarsdeur my maag en deur my lewer is. My bloeddruk was die heeltyd baie laag en my liggaamsfunksies het gesukkel. My linkerlong was wel nie deur die koeël getref nie, maar het baie plofskade gehad as gevolg van die slag. (Sien Foto 2 van my in die ISE hierby aangeheg.)

    Ek het verneem dat die Polisie en boere nog dieselfde dag van die aanval twee verdagtes ongeveer 6 km van ons huis vasgetrek en inhegtenis geneem het. Later die middag is die persoon wat hul kom aflaai het en weer moes oplaai, ook naby Vredefort in die motor in hegtenis geneem.


    Foto 4: Verdagtes vasgetrek

    Ná drie weke moes ek weer ‘n uiters pynlike operasie ondergaan om dooie weefsel as gevolg van die plofeffek van die koeël te verwyder – daar was ‘n holte van 13 x 13 x 17 cm, gevul met etter en dooie weefsel. Die narkotiseur het my later meegedeel dat hul op die dag wat ek geskiet is, alles gedoen het wat die boeke leer, maar dat dit nie genoeg was nie – ek was klinies dood, maar die Here het ingegryp en my teruggebring.

    As gevolg van sekere medikasie wou my oë nie fokus nie. Elsabé en die kinders het gereeld vir my uit die Bybel voorgelees. Toe ek later beter kon sien en bietjie meer regop kon lê, het ek my Bybel een oggend geneem en oopgemaak by Psalm 94. Vers 17 het my getref: “As die Here my nie gehelp het nie, was die stilte van die graf seker al my tuiste.”

    Ek is presies 40 dae later, waarvan 38 in die intensiewe hoësorgeenheid (ISE), uit die hospitaal ontslaan. Ek het belangrike organe verloor en was baie swak. Ek kon nie eet nie en het twee gapende wonde gehad. Ek moes daagliks by Ongevalle aanmeld om die wonde skoon te laat maak en te verpak – die hospitaal is 60 km van my huis af. Die laaste wond was eers vier en ‘n halwe maande later toegegroei. Die hospitaal en dokterskostes beloop reeds bykans R600 000 – dan is brandstof en alles wat in die boerdery skade gely het, nog nie eens genoem nie.


    Foto 5: Verdagtes vasgetrek

    Ek het tans steeds ‘n groot wondbreuk wat baie ongemaklik en pynlik is en wat volgens die mening van ’n chirurg deur ’n operasie herstel moet word. Van al die hofverskynings, borgaansoek en alles wat daarmee saamloop, weet ek nie veel nie. Ek was òf in die hospitaal of te swak om dit by te woon.

    Hoewel ek my aanvallers vergewe het, het ek vertrou dat die regsproses en hofsaak daartoe sal lei dat reg en geregtigheid geskied. Nadat die saak talle wendinge geneem het en die werklike verhoor telkens uitgestel is, was die uitspraak van die landdroshof op 11 Desember 2009 te Kroonstad vir my ‘n groot skok. Beskuldigde 3 wat my geskiet het en vir dood agtergelaat het, is slegs agt jaar gevangenisstraf opgelê, waarvan hy waarskynlik nie die volle termyn sal uitdien nie voordat parool toegestaan word. Beskuldigde 1, wat heeltyd die vuurwapen gedra het, dit op my en my vrou gerig het, haar gedreig het met verkragting en die dood en my met pepersproei in die gesig gespuit het nadat ek geskiet is, het as gevolg van “’n pleitooreenkoms” skotvry uit die hof gestap. So ook Beskuldigde 2, wat die vervoervoertuig na en van die misdaadtoneel bestuur het.

    Ek kan hierdie hofuitspraak en –reëling eenvoudig nie begryp nie. Behalwe dat dit skrei teen enige redelike sin vir geregtigheid, is dit nie bevorderlik vir emosionele verwerking nie.

    Weergawe Elizabeth Susanna Boshoff

    Sondagoggend 12 Julie 2009 – ’n rustige Sondagoggend. Ek is in die badkamer – het klaar my gesig gewas en reeds my pajamabroek uitgetrek om te stort. Ek hoor die honde blaf en Louis skree. My eerste gedagte is dat die honde die beeste jaag en hy op hulle skree, maar die geskree word erger. Toe hoor ek hy skree my naam, baie dringend en besef daar is groot fout.

    Ek gryp ‘n handdoek, draai dit om my kaal onderlyf, sit my bril op en hardloop by die kamerdeur uit om by die agterdeur te gaan hoor wat fout is. Toe ek in die gang kom, sien ek op die ander punt van die gang ‘n kort man met ‘n kous oor die kop, groot gate uitgesny vir die oë en ‘n gat vir die mond. Dit was Beskuldigde 1. Hy het ‘n blinkloop vuurwapen wat hy met albei hande vashou, op my rig en hy skree vir my: “Staan stil, ek maak jou dood vandag!”

    Ek kom tot stilstand en bid hardop tot God vir beskerming en hulp. Die man kom staan voor my. Hy het handskoene aan en ek sien die blink loop van sy vuurwapen waar hy dit voor my gesig hou en hoor hom sê dat hy my gaan “naai” en my gaan “doodmaak.”

    Ek vra hom wat hy eintlik wil hê. Hy sê hy soek geld. Ek is baie kalm, sê ek het geld en kan dit vir hom gee. Hy sê nee, hy “gaan my naai en my doodmaak.” Ek probeer verder onderhandel: “As jy my doodmaak, kan ek nie vir jou geld gee nie.”

    Ek kyk die man heeltyd vas in sy oë, oor die rewolwer wat hy in my gesig druk. Ek sê weer: “Moet ek nou vir jou geld gee?” “Nee, ek gaan jou naai en ek gaan jou doodmaak.”

    Ek roep weer hardop na God. Die man lyk of hy bewe, hy’s onseker, maar hou steeds die rewolwer in my gesig. Ek sê: “Dis reg, dan moet jy my maar doodmaak …maar jy moet onthou: As jy my doodgemaak het, kan ek nie vir jou geld gee nie.” Nou lyk dit of hy nie weet wat hy verder moet doen nie.


    Foto 6: Belangstellendes by die hof

    “Kom”, sê hy en gryp my aan my arm, trek my die gang af en uit by die agterdeur. Toe ek op die stoep kom, sien ek Louis en ‘n groot man, geklee in ‘n denim “boiler suit” en met klapmus op die kop (Beskuldigde 3), kom om die hoek van die stoor. Ek hoor dat Louis aan hom vra: “Ken jy vir Jesus Christus?” Die man antwoord niks en Louis sê vir hom dat hy op pad hel toe is. Ek roep weer hardop tot God en vra Hom om in die Naam van Jesus alle bose magte op die werf te bind.

    Beskuldigde 1 los my en hardloop nader na Louis en Beskuldigde 3. Ek spring om en hardloop terug in die huis in maar hoor dat die sifdeur agter my klap en besef Beskuldigde 1 agtervolg my. Die eerste deur in die gang is dié van die kamer wat my seun s’n was. Ek klap dit toe en sluit net betyds. Beskuldigde 1 skop die deur met mag en mening en die slot wil-wil meegee. Dan gee hy op en ek hoor hom in die gang afhardloop.

    Ek sluit die deur oop, kry Louis se rewolwer, maar besluit om net eers weer my slaapbroek aan te trek want ek het nog altyd net die handdoek om my onderlyf. Ek hoor twee skote klap namekaar. My bloed stol, want ek kan hoor dit was raak. Ek tel die pistool van die bed op en, hoe dit gebeur het, weet ek nie, want ‘n skoot gaan af. Die koeël slaan in die kamermuur vas.

    Ek hol kombuis toe. Daar kry ek Louis op die vloer en hoor hom sê dat hulle hom twee skote geskiet het. Ek sien daar is bloed agter sy blad en ‘n bloedkol op sy maag en baie bloed aan sy linkerbobeen. Hy is baie bleek en ek besef hy bloei inwendig kwaai en moet baie gou by ‘n hospitaal kom.

    Ek bel die Polisie op Koppies, maar die dame wat antwoord kan my nie verstaan nie. Ek gee moed op om my by haar verstaanbaar te maak en sit die foon neer. Buks Engelbrecht, ‘n buurman daag op en uiteindelik het ons Louis in die bakkie en hy jaag met hom na Kroon Hospitaal.


    Foto 7: Mense bid by die hof

    Nadat hul vertrek het, skakel ek vir Morné de Wet, Polisie-offisier van Kroonstad, wat naby ons woon. Hy bied aan om die Polisie in kennis te stel. Heelwat later daag die plaaslike Polisie op – hulle stel egter duidelik baie meer belang in die skoot wat ek in die kamer afgevuur het as in die toneel buite die huis waar Louis geskiet is.

    Vingerafdrukdeskundiges daag ook later op en begin afdrukke neem van merke waar die man gevat het toe hy die deur probeer oopskop het. Op daardie stadium daag ons dogter, Isabel, op. Sy is in erge toestand van skok. Sy begin foto’s neem van die toneel en van die afdrukke op die deur. Die stasiebevelvoerder van die SAPD tak op Koppies, (in siviele klere) supt. Ismael Nqai, storm op haar af en vloek haar – beveel haar om te “f-off” uit die huis want sy is besig om met polisiewerk te “ interfere”. Die bevelvoerder, in die gemeenskap is bekend as arrogant en rassisties, dreig om die Polisie te onttrek van die toneel.

    Gelukkig was Vrystaat Landbou Unie se manne – intelligensie en spoorsnyers – gou op die toneel en het hul beheer geneem van die soektog na die verdagtes. Supt. Nqai soek aanmekaar moeilikheid op die werf met op- en aanmerkings – soveel so dat ek hom versoek om dit te staak en sy aandag by die ondersoek te bepaal.

    Ek is haastig om by die hospitaal te kom om by my man te wees, maar die polisie wil nog vrae vra en verklarings afneem – maar kom ook nie sover nie. Op een stadium was daar 12 Polisielede wat deur my huis loop en in elke vertrek rondkyk, niks te doen met die toneel buite nie. Een Polisieman laat my twee blanko foliovelle teken en eers later besef ek wat ek gedoen het. Niemand het ‘n verklaring afgeneem nie, hulle gaan hul eie verklaring skryf op die papier wat ek geteken het. Die manne van Vrystaat Landbou het gereël vir honde en vir ‘n helikopter. Hul twee spoorsnyers het vinnig die spore opgetel, terwyl die plaaslike boere hul bystaan deur die paaie rondom die plaas te patrolleer en af te sper.

    Net voor ek na die hospitaal vertrek, teen ongeveer 12:30, verneem ons dat twee verdagtes vasgetrek is. (Sien Fotos 3, 4 en 5 van die soektog en inhegtenisnames hierby aangeheg.) Op die toneel, waar boere teenwoordig is, word daar aan een van die verdagtes gevra wie gesê hy moet na hierdie plaas kom. Hy noem ‘n naam van ‘n jongman aan ons bekend. Aby is die seun van een van ons plaaswerkers, sy ma is my huisbediende. Hy woon in Kwakwatsi by Koppies is is werkloos. Sy naam word aan die polisie deurgegee – die ondersoekbeampte en plaaslike speurders. Ek het agterna ’n paar keer navraag gedoen of dit opgevolg is, maar kon nooit bevestiging kry dat die inligting opgevolg is nie.

    Op pad Kroonstad toe deel my buurvrou, Gertrude Engelbrecht wat by die hospitaal is, my mee dat die dokters so pas uit die teater gekom en en haar gevra het om my voor te berei op die ergste – hulle het gedoen wat menslik moontlik is, maar my man se milt en helfte van sy pankreas is verwyder en die koeël is dwarsdeur sy maag en sy lewer. Hy het geweldig baie bloed verloor en sy bloeddruk is gevaarlik laag. Hy is aan lewensondersteunende masjiene gekoppel en word in die intensiewe sorgeenheid behandel.


    Foto 8: Bella vergiftig

    Later die middag ontvang my dogter ‘n oproep van supt. Nqai waarin hy haar meedeel dat ‘n derde verdagte in hegtenis geneem is – die persoon wat die ander twee afgelaai het en weer moes kom oplaai (Beskuldigde 2). Hy het ook aan haar gesê dat laasgenoemde ‘n hoeveelheid ammunisie aan die Polisie oorhandig het en dat die verdagtes aan die Polisie beken het dat hul al ’n paar Sondae op die werf was om ons doen en late dop te hou – hul het Louis se Sondagoggend roetine aan die polisie beskryf en ook genoem dat ons kinders altyd Sondag by ons kom eet en kuier, daarom kon hul nie op ‘n Sondagmiddag inkom nie. Ons ken die verdagtes van geen kant af nie en het hulle nooit voorheen gesien nie.

    Op 16 Julie 2009, verskyn die verdagtes in die landdroshof op Koppies vir ‘n aansoek om borgtog. Die ondersoekbeampte, mnr. Chris Moschesane, deel my mee dat die Polisie borgtog gaan teenstaan aangesien die wapen 14 maande tevore by ’n bejaarde egpaar in ’n plaasaanval in Sasolburg-distrik geroof is en dat die verdagtes verbind word met daardie voorval. Baie mense, swart en wit, drom saam voor die landdroskantoor waar ds Etienne Maritz die skare toespreek en almal wat op hul kniee kan staan, voor God in gebed kniel. (Sien Fotos 6 en 7 van tonele by hof hierby aangeheg.) Die hofsaal word volgepak terwyl baie mense buite by my bly. Die borgaansoek word uitgestel en die verdagtes bly in aanhouding.

    Met die tweede verskyning word die aansoek weer uitgestel.

    Dan verskyn hulle weer. Die ondersoekbeampte vra in die hof dat Louis ‘n uitkenningsparade sal bywoon – min wetend dat hy die vorige dag weer geopereer is en aan ‘n respirator in die ISE gekoppel lê. Die saak word weer uitgestel.

    Die ondersoekbeampte vra my om die verdagtes te gaan uitken. Ek stem in, maar vra wanneer hy dan my verklaring gaan afneem, waarop hy antwoord dat daar reeds ‘n verklaring in die lêer is. So vind ek uit dat daar namens my ‘n verklaring geskryf is. Ek vra hom om na my huis te kom, wat hy doen. Hy lees die verklaring in die lêer vir my voor, maar na die eerste paragraaf vra ek hom om liewer my regte verklaring af te neem, want wat hy het is beslis nie die ware weergawe van die gebeure nie.

    Ek stem in tot ‘n uitkenningsparade en vra of dit agter glas sal wees. So vertrek ek op die oggend, soos afgespreek, na Sasolburg. Ek word ontvang en gehelp deur twee blanke Polisiebeamptes, inspekteurs De Jager en Olivier. Hulle verduidelik die prosedure aan my en ek kom agter dat daar nie op Sasolburg glasfasiliteite vir ’n uitkenningsparade beskikbaar is nie. Hulle stel aan my die keuse of ek wil voortgaan met uitkenning. Aangesien ek spesiaal na Sasolburg gery het, stem ek in om voort te gaan.

    Dieselfde twee beamptes vergesel my na die gevangenis. Hulle is professioneel en ondersteunend. Voordat ek deur die laaste hekke in die tronk gaan, word die prosedure weer aan my verduidelik. So word die laaste hek oopgesluit en ek word gehelp om agteruit in die binnehof te stap. By die vensters, wat almal op die binnehof uitkyk, hang honderde gevangenes aan die tralies en staar na my. Toe ek mag omdraai, kyk ek in die gesig van die man wat by my in die huis was – hy kyk vinnig weg. Ek loop op en af voor die 15 gevangenes wat opgestel is, verby. Ek gaan staan by die man wat by my in die huis was – ek wys na hom terwyl ‘n foto geneem word en ek sê: “Hy het my met ‘n rewolwer aangehou en gesê hy gaan my verkrag en my doodmaak.” Hy kyk vir my met ‘n spottende uitdrukking op sy gesig. Dan stap ek verder. Ek gaan staan voor die ouer man met die vol postuur. Hy staar stip voor hom uit. Ek wys na hom en sê: “Hy het my man geskiet.” Hy knip nie ‘n oog nie.

    Nog ‘n hofverskyning breek aan. Die ondersoekbeampte kry ‘n beurt om te getuig wat die betrokke dag gebeur het. Ek sit en luister na die kruisondervraging deur die staat en die verdagtes se prokureur. Dit voel of ek later alles van elkeen weet – waar hy gebore is, gewerk het en gebly het, hoeveel kinders hy het, vorige veroordelings, ens. Daar word getuig hoe die eerste twee gearresteer is, hoe die verdagte wat die ander afgelaai het en weer moes kom oplaai, gearresteer is, hoe die onwettige ammunisie deur hom aan die Polisie uitgewys en oorhandig is. Ek hoor hoe die een wat geskiet het, (Beskuldigde 3) kleitrap oor die oorsprong van die wapen waarmee geskiet is. Onder kruisverhoor tel ek die een teenstrydigheid na die ander op – die getuies weerspreek hulself. Die hof verdaag vir middagete en na die breek word uitspraak gelewer: Borgtog word geweier en hulle bly in aanhouding.

    Op Sondagaand 15 November 2009 was ons tussen 17:30 en 19:30 weg van die huis. Met ons terugkeer is daar geen spoor van ons twee kwaaiste honde nie. Ons het geroep en gesoek, die volgende dag verder gesoek en uiteindelik altwee gekry – dood. Die tekens was duidelik dat hul vergiftig is. Die trauma en seer was weer rou oopgekrap. Die honde was vir ons soos kinders. Bella wat die aanvallers uitgewys het, was Louis se skaduwee en Michaela was Isabel se agtjarige ”kind”. (Sien Foto 8 Bella vergiftig.)


    Foto 9: Beskuldigde 3

    So stap die tyd aan en ek hoor niks verder van die saak nie. Elke keer as die ondersoekbeampte skakel sê hy hy sal my terugskakel met die volgende datum, maar daar gebeur niks. Ek gaan sien die plaaslike aanklaer – sy kan my niks sê nie, die saak is uit haar hande want dit is na die streekshof verwys.

    Weer en weer skakel ek die ondersoekbeampte en op ‘n dag deel hy my mee dat daar ‘n datum bepaal is waarop hulle verskyn en dat dit net sal wees om die datum vir die streekshof te bepaal. Ek kan nie die hofverrigtinge bywoon nie en toe ek navraag doen, vind ek uit dat die ondersoekbeampte dit ook nie bygewoon het nie en nie weet wat gebeur het nie. Ek bly vra en vra, sonder om terugvoer te kry. Gedurende die eerste week in Desember stap ek te Kroonstad by die kantoor van die staatsaanklaer Christine in. Sy deel my mee dat die beskuldigdes op 11 Desember 2009 in die streekshof te Koppies sal verskyn. (Sien aangeheg Foto 9 van Beskuldigde 2 en Foto 10 van Beskuldigde 3.)

    Op Vrydag 11 Desember, gaan ek na Koppies om die hofsitting by te woon. By die hof aangekom, weet niemand hoe laat die prokureur sal opdaag nie, maar ‘n swartman kom na my en vra of hy my kan help. Ek deel hom mee dat ek daar is vir die streekshof saak en dat ek mev. Boshoff is. Dit blyk uit die gesprek dat hy die staatsaanklaer is wat die saak behartig, mnr. Jerry Noge. Die interessante is dat hy my vra wie vir my gesê het dat die saak vandag voorkom en of die Polisie my laat weet het. Ek het agterna eers besef hy het dit so gesê asof ek nie daarvan moes geweet het en nie daar moes wees nie?? Ek het hom meegedeel dat ek maar die saak volg en dat ek navraag gedoen het en so uitgevind het.

    So begin die hofsitting met landdros Rudi Smit op die bank. Die aanklaer trek namens die staat alle beskuldigings terug teen Beskuldigdes 1 en 2 . Dit word so aanvaar en afgehandel. Ek kon my ore nie glo nie . . . die man (Beskuldigde 1) wat heeltyd die rewolwer gedra het, dit op my man en op my gerig het, wat in my huis ingekom het, geskree het dat ek moet stilstaan want hy gaan my vandag doodmaak, ‘n pistool in my gesig gedruk het en herhaalde kere gesê het hy gaan my verkrag en doodmaak, wat die deur amper oopgeskop het toe ek my in ‘n kamer toegesluit het. . . is vry, die staat trek alles terug! Die ander een (Beskuldigde 2) wat by die borgaansoek erken het dat hy die mense afgelaai het en weer moes oplaai, in wie se huis die onwettige ammunisie uitgehaal is, is onskuldig, vry om te gaan!


    Foto 10: Beskuldigde 2

    Ek luister na die skulderkenning van Beskuldigde 3 wat deur die prokureur voorgelees word. Daar word vertoë gelewer dat hy ‘n man van van 57 is wat die eerste keer met die gereg bots. Ek was egter met die borgaansoek in die hof toe sy veroordelings vir veediefstal ter sprake was. Die landdros aanvaar die skulderkenning, hy aanvaar dat hierdie man die eerste keer met die gereg bots en dat hy sy samewerking gee. Hy noem dat die man met ‘n vuurwapen na die werf gegaan het – dit was sy bedoeling om te skiet. Hy het ‘n tweede skoot afgetrek, hy wou doodmaak. Hy erken dat dit ‘n plaasaanval was en dat die boere as die kosvoorsieners van die land op brutale wyse vermoor word.

    En toe kom die uitspraak: Op aanklag 1, poging tot moord, kry hy 8 jaar. Op aanklag 2, besit van ‘n onwettige vuurwapen, kry hy 3 jaar. Nou is dit glo sy oorlede swaer se wapen, maar in die borgsaak was dit ‘n wapen wat hy per ongeluk saam met ‘n sak klere bekom het – volgens die ondersoekbeampte, ‘n wapen wat 14 maande tevore in ‘n plaasaanval op ‘n bejaarde egpaar geroof is! Op aanklag 3, onwettige besit van ammunisie, 6 maande – nou’s hy skuldig aan die besit van die ammunisie, maar in die borgsaak het sy seun, Beskuldigde 2, dit by sy woonplek uitgewys en daarvoor tereg gestaan. Al die vonnisse word gelyk uitgedien.

    Ek is stomgeslaan. Ek het die borgaansoeke gevolg, al die detail en aanklagte aangehoor, maar nou klink dit na ‘n heel ander saak? Hoe gebeur dit? Waar verander die aanklagte so maklik, wie laat dit toe? Is daar sommer vooraf oor die vonnis ook besluit soos daar vooraf besluit is dat die saak teen Beskuldigdes 1 en 2 teruggetrek word? Ek is die slagoffer in die saak maar ek word nie toegelaat om ‘n enkele woord te sê nie, nie gevra wat die waarheid is nie, op geen stadium gevra om te getuig nie? Behalwe vir die verklaring, wat ek aangedring het om af te lê, het niemand my gevra wat die waarheid is nie. Ek word van geen hofverskyning in kennis gestel nie?!

    As die beskuldigdes ‘n verklaring afgelê het oor die gebeure van daardie dag, wat het hulle verklaar. Was dit die waarheid? As die man wat geskiet het, skuld erken het, wat het hy erken? Hoe sal ek weet? Hoe sal die staatsaanklaer weet wat die waarheid is? Kan ek dan ook nou maar doodmaak, roof, steel, dreig en dan my verklaring gaan afle – wie toets dit aan die waarheid? Is dit hoe die regstelsel (behoort te) werk?!

    Watter boodskap is daar in die hof uitgedra – plaasmoorde is aanvaarbaar – jul kan maar aangaan en julself geniet want julle sal maklik vrykom?

    Toe ek ná die verrigtinge aan die aanklaer vra hoe dit kan gebeur dat die saak sommer so deur die staat teruggetrek word, was sy antwoord: ”Ons het maar so besluit.”

    Wie is die “ons”? Die plaaslike landdros het aanvanklik borgtog geweier omdat hy gereken het die verdagtes kan nie in die gemeenskap losgelaat word nie, ook as gevolg van vorige rekords, vonnisse wat hyself Beskuldigde 3 opgelê het, maar nou is hulle skielik vry om te gaan sonder dat hulle eers verhoor word? Ek vra die vraag: Wie is hierdie “ons” wat dit besluit het?

    Die man wat die sneller getrek het, kry 8 jaar tronkstraf. Hy klink na ‘n onbesproke karakter wanneer hy in die beskuldigdebank staan, want hy is, word in die hof gesê, 57 jaar oud en dis die eerste keer dat hy met die gereg bots – terwyl hy al veroordelings vir veediefstal het en hy alles (ons weet net nie wat alles nie) erken het en sy samewerking gegee het, dit alles tel punte om sy straf ligter te maak!

    Hy het ’n onskuldige bona fide boer op ‘n afstand van minder as 2 meter in die rug geskiet met ‘n onwettige wapen en hy het ‘n tweede skoot ook geskiet – hy wou doodmaak!?

    Ek voel baie sterk daaroor dat die regstelsel ons as slagoffers hier skandelik gefaal het!!

    Ek wonder of iemand wat nog nie deur sulke omstandighede getref is nie, werklik besef wat dit beteken. Dit raak ‘n gesin, ‘n familie, ‘n gemeenskap. Dit het lewensveranderende gevolge en laat letsels wat nie in woorde uitgedruk kan word nie:

    Dokters wat moet veg vir ‘n lewe, intensiewesorg, ens. – koste beloop reeds bykans R600 000.

    Eggenote, self getraumatiseer deur aanhouding en dreigemente met ‘n vuurwapen, kritiek siek man in die hospitaal ondersteun, kinders kalmeer en ondersteun, beskuldigdes, wat nou sommer so vrygelaat word in moeilike omstandighede in die tronk uitken, boerdery behartig. Baie vrae, onsekerheid – wat is die motief?

    Jongmense, wie se ouers aangeval is, wie se vader geskiet is, wie se honde vergiftig is, wat hul seer en frustrasies moet deurwerk. Net soveel vrae by hulle. Hulle wil graag in Suid-Afrika, hul vaderland bly en dit help opbou.

    Dogter wat deur die polisiehoof uit haar ouerhuis gevloek word.

    ‘n Boerdery wat tot stilstand geruk word, maar wat moet aangaan, want diere hou nie op leef nie en moet versorg word.

    Die vrae wat ons het en ons versoek:

    Is dit normale prosedure dat ‘n persoon wat ‘n vuurwapen op my man rig, my met dieselfde wapen aanhou, my dreig met verkragting en die dood, my uit die huis sleep, my huis se deure probeer afskop, ‘n persoon wat reeds twee skote geskiet is met pepersproei in die gesig spuit, nie vervolg word nie?

    Is dit normale prosedure dat aangeklaagdes se vorige veroordelings en rekords geignoreer word wanneer hul op ‘n volgende aanklag verskyn?

    Is dit normale prosedure om die saak vinnig-vinnig af te handel, sonder om die slagoffers van hofdatums, eintlik van enigiets , te verwittig? Is dit normaal dat slagoffer se getuienis, verklaring nie in ag geneem word nie?

    Is die boodskap wat deur hierdie betrokke saak uitgegaan het, téén geweld teen vroue en téén plaasmoorde of kon die teenwoordiges in die hof dalk tot die gevolgtekking gekom het dat ‘n mens maar kan voortgaan om sulke dade te pleeg, jy maklik sal loskom?

    Sin uit die feite: ‘n Tweede skoot is afgetrek, om dood te maak, deur ‘n man wat met voorbedagde rade na die plaas gekom het, maar hy kry 8 jaar en sy medepligtiges loop vry uit – my man was eintlik klinies dood – volgens die dokters is dit ’n wonderwerk uit God se hand dat hy lewe.

    Die versoek van ons, Louis en Elsabé, is dat wie ookal in ’n posisie is om verder aandag aan hierdie saak te gee of wie ookal statutêr verplig is om daaraan aandag te gee en dit na volle regslotsom te neem, dit asb. sal doen. Ons lê dit so aan u voor – ter wille van reg en geregtigheid, van ander bestaande sowel as potensiële slagoffers en ter wille van Christelike beskaafdheid.

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    What place for English-speaking whites in Afrikaners’ self-determination?



    By Anton Barnard of SAmizdat blog.

    I am sure that the large majority of whites, Afrikaans or English-speaking, would agree that South Africa under ANC rule has become a nightmarish, third-world hell-hole, replete with uneducated tin-pot megalomaniacs screaming down the roads in blue-light convoys, often mowing down innocent pedestrians, corruption, anarchy, decaying infrastructure, rubbish in the streets, heretofore unknown levels of violent crime, as well as the quasi-religion of state racism, known as transformation (a.k.a. ethnic cleansing) aimed against whites in the form of affirmative action and BEE. This black-on-white racism has reached such endemic proportions that Eskom, the state electricity supplier, is importing black Americans to fill posts at Eskom to sit and twiddle their thumbs, rather than deigning to appoint a white South African citizen.

    The mistake many whites made with the coming of South Africa’s so-called democracy in 1994, was to delude ourselves into believing that we were somehow different to all other African hell-holes. We were sadly mistaken, however. The ANC regime is not different at all. It rather has everything in common with Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF. The deterioration of a formerly orderly and prosperous country loudly attests to this.

    Given the above African reality, self-determination or emigration is the only way of whites to avoid either a Zimabwe situation, or even a Rwanda-type genocide. More than a million whites have left, but what about those who cannot emigrate? Self-determination can also include an independent country, but doesn’t have to do so. The Basques and Catalans in Spain are an example of peoples with a large degree of self-determination, but without an independent country. Section 235 of South Africa’s constitution does make provision for self-determination by ethnic groups. Up to now, the quest for self-determination amongst whites has been almost exclusively driven by Afrikaners. Praag, the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group, is one of the Afrikaner-organizations working towards self-determination.

    Although Praag is by definition an Afrikaans organization, it is also a fact that there are significant numbers of English speakers that support us, or perhaps are united in their opposition to the racist and criminal ANC regime. This piece was prompted by one of the regular contributors to the comments section of the Praag site, who asked questions like:

    Who are the Afrikaners?

    What is the role of English-speaking whites in any effort towards self-determination? (I’m going to abbreviate English-speaking whites as ESWs in the rest of this piece.)

    The first question is the easier one to answer, although it is admittedly not quite that easy in all cases. I will use Wikipedia’s definition:

    Afrikaners or Boers are an Afrikaans speaking ethnic group in Southern Africa. They are mainly of northwestern European descent (mostly Dutch, German and French ancestry), but their native tongue is Afrikaans, a language closely related to Dutch.

    Note that there is a clear mention of ethnicity in the above definition (once again: it isn’t my own definition.) Ethnicity is PC-speak for “white.” In other words: Afrikaners are white, Afrikaans-speaking descendants of European settlers. Politically correct people and liberals may not like a national definition in terms of race, but it is a fact, just like it goes without saying that a true Irishman is a white inhabitant of an island country in the Atlantic Ocean. For those who wonder how to define a white person, I refer them to the ANC regime. Please ask the Afro-fascists of the ANC how they decide against whom to discriminate when it comes to affirmative action. You could even ask a four-year-old, before the adults teach him or her to start lying about the obvious.

    Whilst we’re on the topic, I may as well grasp the nettle of the coloured question too. In certain circles, for example the liberal Afrikaans-speaking media, it is considered politically correct to group Afrikaans-speaking coloureds with Afrikaners and to pretend we somehow form one ethnic group. One particular media group, Naspers, with has gone as far as to even invent an absurd name for this combination: the so-called “Afrikaanses” (sic). This is the equivalent of pretending white Americans and Mexicans are one nation, and calling them: “Amerexicans” or something similar. However, the interesting thing is that this is very much an extremely tiny minority’s opinion, and only the most whisky-soaked Naspers journalist would even consider taking this seriously. Most coloured intellectuals would not see themselves as Afrikaners at all.

    For example: the coloured academic (to any American readers: “coloured” in South Africa refers to mixed-race people, mostly of Malay, Khoisan and white ancestry), professor Jonathan Jansen, goes as far as to deny that there is even an Afrikaner nation at all, by which he bizarrely seems to suggest approximately 3 million Afrikaners all suffer from the same delusion, as opposed to Jansen’s own paranoid delusions. When the formerly Afrikaans-speaking and formerly coloured University of the Western Cape was “democratized” in 1994, they wasted no time in getting rid of Afrikaans. With few exceptions, Afrikaans music, culture, academia and commerce are driven by Afrikaners, not coloureds. Coloured intellectuals are almost united in their preference for English. Whilst I don’t pretend to speak for the coloured community, American-style gangsta culture and hip-hop music seems to hold a bigger appeal to many of them, than does the Afrikaner culture.

    Things aren’t all that simple as saying Afrikaners speak Afrikaans, adhere to an Afrikaner culture and are white, however. Many Afrikaners have intermarried with English-speaking whites. A good example of this is the popular Afrikaner singer Steve Hofmeyr, who, in spite of being passionate about the language, nevertheless married an English wife and is raising his children in English. In addition, some Afrikaners have deliberately chosen to abandon Afrikaans and have voluntarily become English-speaking. A good example of this is the Afrikaner actress, Charlize Theron, who these days sports a pretty passable Californian twang.


    Is Charlize still an Afrikaner?

    The above logically leads to the second question: what, if any, role is there for ESWs if and when Afrikaners achieve self-determination?

    I am not going to dwell on the Anglo-Boer War and the remaining bitterness still being felt in some circles towards the English-speakers. As far as I am concerned, both the Afrikaners and ESWs are currently in the same boat, and should be united against a common enemy, rather than dwelling on the past: the racist ANC regime and its criminal accomplices (if not the ANC’s criminal officials and office bearers.)

    One reality in terms of most ESWs is that there is not such a clear sense of a national identity among ESWs. I’ve yet to hear an ESW describe himself as anything but a South African. However, most sane realists realize by now that there is in fact no such a thing as a South African nation, especially not if you’re white. To call yourself a South African is therefore pretty vague and to my mind an unsatisfactory description. The ANC regime constantly makes it abundantly clear that whites are, in Thabo Mbeki’s immortal words, “settlers who have yet to depart” or “colonialists of a special kind.” If there is a South African nation, as opposed to a geographical area, it is definitely uniformly black, with very little room for whites.

    Perhaps because most ESWs lack a separate national identity, it will of necessity have to be Afrikaners who will lead our own struggle, similar to the ANC’s, to achieve self-determination. Except for a few ESWs who think an independent Western Cape is a good idea, I detect very little separatist thinking amongst ESWs. As for the question as to whether Afrikaners will welcome only Afrikaners into the fold, should we achieve self-determination: there’s no simple answer. I once again refer to the example of Steve Hofmeyr’s children. Are they Afrikaners? Do we do a language test and grant citizenship in an Afrikaner republic to Steve on the basis of that, but not his kids?

    Another question is whether ESWs would like to associate themselves with Afrikaners, even if offered the opportunity.

    It is a fact that ESWs have historically been of a much more liberal persuasion than most Afrikaners. Helen Suzman, with her almost exclusively ESW and Jewish constituency in Johannesburg’s leafy suburbs, was for years the sole liberal member of parliament. Would liberal, northern-suburbs ESWs want to have anything to do with the Afrikaners at all, or are they happy to rearrange the deck chairs on the South African Titanic and flee back to London when the chips are down?

    On the other hand, it is a fact that ESWs are for reasons of ethnicity and intermarriage the closest relations Afrikaners have in Southern Africa. A lot of ESWs no longer have any British roots or relatives. Afrikaners have much more in common with ESWs than with Zulus (or Mongolians), for that matter. A large proportion of the ESWs are equally as disillusioned with the so-called Rainbow Nation as Afrikaners are. They also suffer the same racist discrimination at the hands of the ANC regime as Afrikaners do. Do Afrikaners abandon the ESWs if Rwanda’s genocide becomes South Africa’s reality too?

    If I am really pressed to provide a straight answer as to whether I think Afrikaners should allow ESWs to participate in Afrikaners’ self-determination, and knowing full well many ESWs would have political, cultural and linguistic objections, I would have to say a qualified yes.

    One thing that I think most Afrikaners striving for self-determination agree upon, is that our language and culture are completely non-negotiable. If there is an independent Afrikaner Authority, similar to the Palestinian Authority, or an independent Afrikaner state, Afrikaans will be its sole official language. Nobody wants to control what languages people speak behind closed doors, but all government functions and all state broadcasting will for example be in Afrikaans, finish & klaar. There is in this sense no difference between Afrikaners, the Germans and the French, who also wouldn’t dream of having other languages as their official language. This in and of itself may discourage many ESWs from joining the Afrikaners’ cause. Many of them may rather consider English-speaking countries such as Australia or the UK.

    Does that leave ESWs as mere potential immigrants? I agree with Dr Dan Roodt, the leader of Praag, when he says that any independent Afrikaner Authority or Afrikaner state should apply the same immigration criteria as European countries. Afrikaners, as defined by the definition elsewhere in this document, should in my opinion automatically qualify for citizenship. Anybody else would be free to apply for citizenship, subject to an oath of loyalty and to other criteria like skills, lack of a criminal record, health, education, a waiting period and a language test. All of these are nothing sinister and are in fact exactly the kind of criteria countries like the UK and Germany would apply to prospective immigrants.

    I would personally also say there is a case to be made for extending a once-off offer of asylum or refugee status to ESWs who suffer from racist persecution and crime at the hands of the ANC regime. Afrikaners could certainly not stand idly by if, God forbid, South Africa threatens to become another Rwanda and our ESW brothers are about to suffer a genocide. This should, however, be subject to the understanding that any Afrikaner self-determination or independent state would be of an Afrikaner nature in terms of language and culture, and that refugees would be expected to assimilate and adopt the Afrikaner culture.

    The above will admittedly not appeal to all ESWs, but then they are free to savour the many delights Africa and the so-called Rainbow Nation have in store for those of an unfashionable shade of pigmentation.

    Source: SAmizdat Blog
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