April 30, 2010 Leave a comment
JOHANNESBURG. – Terwyl pres. Jacob Zuma in sy Vryheidsdag-toespraak in Pretoria ’n nasionale dialoog oor verskeie knelpunte, onder meer die liedere wat Suid-Afrikaners sing, bepleit het, is ’n saamtrek van opposisiepartye by die grondwethof deur ANC-ondersteuners met die sing van die woorde “Skiet die Boer” ontwrig.
Me. Helen Zille, DA-leier, was nog besig om meer as 2 000 toeskouers buite die grondwethof toe te spreek toe die sowat 30 betogers met ANC-vlae en T-hemde opgedaag het.
DA-beamptes het vinnig ’n laer om hul ondersteuners getrek terwyl die polisie die ANC-ondersteuners tot in een hoek van die hofplein gedryf het.
Dit is toe dat die ANC-ondersteuners die gewraakte lied Ayesab’ amagwala, waarin die woorde Dubulu iBhunu (skiet die Boer) voorkom, begin sing het.
Mnr. Gwede Mantashe, ANC-sekretaris-generaal, het partylede vroeër gevra om in die huidige omstandighede nie dele van struggle-liedjies te sing wat geïnterpreteer kan word as woorde wat tot rasse-polarisering kan lei nie.
Zille het later gesê dié soort optrede deur ANC-lede “simboliseer hul (die party se) aanval op die Grondwet”.
Lede van die DA en OD het gister by die hof saamgetrek, want hulle meen die land se Grondwet is in gedrang.
Leiers van Cope is ook genooi, maar hulle het nie opgedaag nie.
“Dit is belangrik dat ons ons regte opeis en ons Grondwet verdedig,” het me. Patricia de Lille, OD-leier, gesê.
“Ironies genoeg is ons Grondwet onder bedreiging van die hoof van die staat wat in die Uniegebou sit,” het Zille gesê.
Volgens haar het pres. Jacob Zuma die Grondwet ondermyn toe hy verseker het hy hoef nie hof toe te gaan en op 700 aantygings van korrupsie te antwoord nie.
“Hy misbruik mag om sy vriende, soos Schabir Shaik, teen die gereg te beskerm, terwyl ander politieke opponente vervolg word.
“Sy familie begin allerhande sakeondernemings en gebruik só hul posisie om uit staatskontrakte ryk te word.
Pres. Zuma verklaar nie self sy belange aan die parlement nie, maar net wanneer die DA hom druk om dit te doen,” het Zille gesê.
Volgens haar moet die grondwethof Suid-Afrikaners teen magsvergrype beskerm voordat die land soos Zimbabwe word.
Mnr. Sihlwele Myeki, die leier van die ANC-ondersteuners, het gesê DA-lede het hulle uitgetart en toe moes hulle Ayesab’ amagwala sing.
Hulle het die lied later ’n tweede keer gesing.
Myeki het gesê hy is ’n lid van die ANC se Joe Slovo-tak.
Mnr. Ishmael Mnisi, ANC-woordvoerder, het gesê die party sal ondersoek instel of dit wel ANC-lede was.
Die ANC sal enige politieke party die geleentheid gun om sonder inmenging bymekaar te kom, het hy benadruk.
This is the headline that knocked me out of my euphoric state of absolute love for my country. This article shocked me to the core. A family is attacked, raped and beaten without any apparent motive. Is this what we have come to? A country of savages that rape, beat and murder to prove a point?
I have honestly never been as worried about the state of affairs in this country as today. The reasoning behind this statement stems from the fact that up until now I had some level of trust and hope that the powers that be are in fact working towards entrenching the democratic principles contained in our wonderful country’s constitution.
The above mentioned article however proves that this is in fact not the case. We are fast becoming the most farcical country, run by a group of hypocrites that use democracy as a “buzzword” to further their own agendas.
As a matter of fact, I now realise that Nelson Mandela had in fact not averted disaster, but that he had only put a postponement date of about 20 years on it. I’ve never been as sure of the fact that this country is heading towards a civil war, and I have to be honest that it scares the crap out of me.
I do NOT want to live in a country that could be likened to Idi’s Uganda and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, but the sad fact of the matter is that this is already the case. We are living in Zuma’s South Africa and the outlook is dire.
So I am imploring you to take a stand. Speak your mind. Say what you think. Express what you feel and become politically involved. Most of us read articles such as the one at hand and think that it won’t affect us, but trust me it will. If it continues in this way, we will be so far up the creek we won’t even know about the existence of a paddle.
April 28 2010 at 07:10AM
By Baldwin Ndaba, Nontobeko Mtshali, Shain Germaner and Angelique Serrao
Police guarding the Lebombo border post to Mozambique are not aware of the search for a Mozambican who is the main suspect in the assault on a one-year-old baby and her minder in Randburg – even though the neighbours of fugitive Chakhoma Machaba say he has not been at home for days.
They say they believe Machaba, a Mozambican who was reportedly living legally in South Africa, has fled to Maputo.
Yesterday, officers at South Africa’s main border post with Mozambique confirmed to The Star that they did not have a circular notifying them about Machaba, nor did they have a warrant for his arrest.
Home Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said the department would have to be informed by the police about warrant-of-arrest details before they could act. But Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Opperman did not want to disclose whether Home Affairs had been made aware of the search.
“It is information that would only be known by us. We do not want to inform him (Machaba) about our plans to arrest him. We want to arrest him,” Opperman emphasised.
On Saturday police arrested Gerald Nyatumbo, 28, in connection with the Randburg attack and later, acting on information, went searching for Machaba at his home. There they found his cousin, Nelson Maphosa, 25, who was also arrested.
Nyatumbo and Maphosa were due to appear again in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today to face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and two counts of attempted murder.
Police, however, believe Machaba is their main suspect and have issued an appeal for information on the whereabouts of the 28-year-old.
Machaba, who lives in the corner of a large cluster of shacks in Alexandra, has apparently not been seen at his home for days.
The shack, down a narrow alley next to a spaza shop on 17th Avenue in Alexandra, was identifiable only by a licence plate number hanging on the door.
Etched on the side of the metal shack is the word “builder”.
According to neighbours, Machaba shared this tiny, blue-door shack with three other men – one of whom was arrested at the weekend.
A friend, who did not wish to be named, confirmed that Machaba was out of work, and said he was generally a friendly guy who never drank, and was rarely seen at shebeens and taverns.
Earlier reports indicated that he had a propensity for violence.
And the bloody chaos that met Madelein Kruger when she returned home from work on Thursday bore testimony to that: her one-year-old daughter Marzaan was bleeding from the ears and nose and her nanny, Franscina Sekhu, had been assaulted too.
Sekhu told The Star from her hospital bed that she had let in the attacker because she considered him to be a friend, and knew him from his work as a builder at the Krugers’ house.
Yesterday, Marzaan’s family gathered outside the paediatric ICU at the Sandton Medi-Clinic. They refused to speak to the media, but hospital spokeswoman Liezl Furlong said the baby was still in a serious but stable condition.
Anyone with information on Machaba’s whereabouts is asked to call 08600 10111 or report it to Crime Line on 32211.
This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on April 28, 2010
April 28 2010 at 07:20AM
By Zelda Venter
High Court Reporter
Crime-ridden residential areas around Pretoria have turned to the Pretoria High Court for help after failing to obtain permission for seven years from the Tshwane Metro Council to erect access control structures.
The council, however, settled the matter by granting temporary permission for access control to residents of Eldoraigne Extension 18, Wierda Park Extension 2 and Lynnwood Glen who had recently turned to the court.
Two other residential areas, Glossa Estate in Moreleta Park and Faerie Walk in Faerie Glen, have their court applications on hold because the council agreed, as a matter of urgency, to consider their applications to have temporary access control.
The agreement reached with two of these suburbs are subject to the council considering their Chapter 7 applications to have permanent access control to their suburbs.
This will also be the case when the council considers the temporary closures of the Moreleta Park and Faerie Glen suburbs.
Eldoraigne and Wierda Park submitted their Chapter 7 application to the council in January 2002.
Although the residents had complied with all the requirements – with all the council’s departments reacting favourably to their plan – they are still awaiting a final answer.
This is in spite of unofficial statistics showing this area is one of the most crime ridden in the country.
The court was told that the applicants’ owns statistics showed that the incidence of house robbery in this area is the highest in Pretoria and the fifth highest in the country.
“The statistics reveal that residents in this area have, over the past few years, faced exceptionally high levels of crime – violent crimes in particular. A large proportion of these are hijackings and armed robberies,” Johan Meyer, chairman of Eldoraigne Security Village, stated in court papers.
Residents in this area were living in fear because of crime, he said. In the second half of 2008, violent crimes rose by 300 percent compared to the first half.
In 2009 there were 42 incidents of crime – an increase of 27 percent on the already high crime level.
Meyer said that since the beginning of 2008 about 75 families in this area were directly affected by crime.
In January, a family were robbed in broad daylight, while in December last year there were at least six house robberies. The most recent statistics are not yet available.
Several streets will be closed off in this area. These include temporary closures of Stanger Street, north of its intersection to Estcourt Street; Memel Street, east of Howick Street; and a 24-hour manned entrance in Goshawk Street, north of Estcourt Street (open during morning peak). The streets are yet to be closed off.
In Lynnwood Glen West, several streets at the intersections of Glennwood Road are already closed. These include Alcade, Blanton, Elveram and Floresta streets. The residents have been waiting since November 2002 for their application to be considered by the council.
This area is also crime ridden, with statistics revealing that the residents face exceptional violent crimes. From 2006 to 2009 there were 10 armed robberies reported, 27 attempted robberies, numerous hijackings and 46 housebreakings.
Attorney Gary Duke, who brought the applications on behalf of the residents, said although it was taking the council a long time to consider these applications, he was grateful that the council was now co-operating by issuing temporary permission for access control.
“The city asked if we could find ways to resolve these issues, and we greatly appreciate this,” he said.
The council was also willing to consider Moreleta Park and Faerie Glen on an urgent basis, he said.
“The recent municipal strike delayed things a bit, but the council promised to urgently apply its mind in this regard. We are happy about this open-door policy and that the council is trying to find a solution to the crime,” he said.
This article was originally published on page 2 of Pretoria News on April 28, 2010
deur Sakkie van der Merwe
Ek reageer op Johan v/d Merwe se brief oor vryheidsdag.
Johan ons deel dieselfde van, maar nie dieselfde sentiment rondom hierdie dag nie.
Hierdie dag is geteken in die bloed van duisende Suid-Afrikaners wat sedert “vryheidsdag” gesterf, verkrag, geroof/beroof, gekaap en ontvoer is.
Hoe kan ‘n redelike mens hierdie dag as positief beleef?
Van ‘n eerstewêreldland na ‘n piesangrepubliek in sestien jaar! Hier waar alles afgebreek word wat deur “wittes” opgebou is.
Hier waar ‘n een-jarige baba gruwelik aangerand word ens ens. Nee Johan, kyk weer na vryheidsdag en ween oor wat dit oor ons land en sy mense gebring het.
Afrika het nie plek vir ‘n witmens nie. Gelukkig kan ons deur geloof bly hoop op ‘n verandering.
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Dit is maar die oortjies van die seekoei van die land wat nie optimaal produseer nie weens ‘n spektrum van…
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