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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Oct 2 2008 - A sure sign of the relentless sociological decay in South Africa is the fact that many thousands of babies are being abandoned. murdered and raped all over the country now. The reasons for baby-abandonment and infanticide are a combination of the growing food-shortages and famine in South Africa and the stranglehold of the AIDS+TB epidemic on many millions of the country's poor.
- Hunger in the mother often also causes the maternal-instinct to turn itself off as a strong survival-mechanism - she can't help it at all, in other words.
Rape: And the huge rape-epidemic in South Africa also causes massive infanticide: psychiatrists say that a foetus resulting from a rape is often seen by the mother as 'an invader of her body.' It is a fact that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped, than learning how to read. One in four girls faces the prospect of being raped before the age of 16 according to the child support group, Childline.
This picture of a Kenyan baby is an example of the powerful drive for survival in all human infants: this child was found thriving with a litter of pups. She had been abandoned but found by the bitch and carried back to her pups. The great many abandoned SAfrican babies aren't this lucky...
In 2003, the TV programme, Carte Blanche, had already established that three babies were being abandoned every 48 hours in KwaZulu-Natal province alone -- mainly because of Aids, hunger and unemployment. This figure has more than quadrupled over the past four years. The distraught, confused and empoverished mothers often are arrested and charged with infanticide - a totally pointless exercise...
Babies dumped and eaten by feral dogs, crocodiles...
Thousands of newborns now are found dumped being eaten by dogs along roadsides, throttled and rolled into garbage bags, their little corpses thrown into filthy pit-toilets - and nowadays this has become so normal that even the most dramatic live rescues from such horrible surroundings hardly makes the news headlines...
To enlarge, click on pictures, copied from African Crisis Org: Some infants have even been found inside the stomachs of shot crocodiles by hunters after the babies were dumped into rivers by their mothers...
However, there are still stories of hope amidst all this gruesome misery: the will to survive is most powerful in the human newborn, and stories are still being published of South African infants being found alive after enduring hours, even days of exposure to the elements and the thousands of feral dog-packs now roaming township streets.
Many hundreds of dumped babies also are found each week, decapitated or with plastic bags over their heads before they were placed in rubbish bags or dumped along the roadside.
Dog carried baby's head in Durban Oct 2 2008:
Yesterday in Durban, a feral dog was seen carrying a baby's head in Durban's Kwa-Dabeka area, police said on Thursday. A group of children noticed the dog on Wednesday afternoon, said Superintendent Vincent Mdunge. Police had not yet found the newborn baby's body. "Only the head was found... and we don't know whether the child was a victim of an illegal abortion or whether he was stillborn."
Abandoning babies is now the norm...
That same day in Johannesburg, a destitute, deeply distraught 24-year-old woman was arrested for abandoning her newborn baby girl, Gauteng police said. "The baby was abandoned on Sunday in Hillsview, Kagiso," said Inspector Solomon Sibiya. He said the baby was already three days old when passersby spotted her wrapped in a blanket and crying on the side of a road.
- "Police were called and then took the baby who was unharmed, to a place of safety. The mother then came into the police station today (Thursday), to ask for her baby back... she was distraught and could not give us an explanation... we had no choice but to arrest her."
He said abandoning babies had become a "norm" in the Kagiso area.
Some women abandon their babies and then come back for them, realising that they can obtain social grant money.
And the police are remorseless: "Why should we give this mother back her baby? This child survived for three days without any care from her, why would she care for her baby now?" Sibiya said. The poor woman would appear in the Kagiso Magistrates Court soon, he said.
Baby found in plastic bag
Dog rescues abandoned baby
Baby's body decapitated
Kids find babies' bodies
Dog finds newborn's head
Dog found eating dumped infant
October 2 2008 -Chicago, USA - Geneticists' latest findings that the deadly Acquired-Immune Deficiency Syndrome virus (AIDS) first began spreading among humans in Cameroon from the 1880s hopefully now puts paid to the constant hate-speech claims among the African-American community that AIDS was 'designed in a US military laboratory to kill blacks'.
Other claims also are that it dates from the 1950s, when a white Belgian scientist in Leopoldville in the Congo, tried to develop a vaccine for polio and had inadvertently transferred HIV from his chimpanzee test-subjects into the human population by a massive, experimental innoculation programme of the locals. At that time, scientists did not have the equipment to detect viruses at all...
Left: Black Americans are understandably disturbed about the powerful effect AIDS has on their ethnic group: although they only are 13% of the entire US population, blacks also account for about half (49%) of all the AIDS-infections -- who moreover die of it faster than do AIDS-patients from other ethnic groups, the Centres for Disease Control reports in Sept 2008. Of course the Centres for Disease control doesn't dare to cite 'promiscuity' for this rapid infection rate: instead they blame 'poverty'...also the mantra often cited by fired SA president Thabo Mbeki, another AIDS-denialist who denied the proof delivered by Western scientists. Yet Western scientists also are becoming increasingly skilled at curing a large variety of viral diseases: http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/2088503/__Boomman_genezen__.html
The magazine Science this week published an article describing how two US geneticists have now found old genetic material which puts the introduction of the deadly virus from chimpanzees into the human population in Cameroon in 1884. Linked to other early-genetic material located in the Congo, the origins and spread of AIDS can now be traced. http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/2089296/__Ugandezen_houden_huis_in_Congo__.html
And the spread of AIDS in Africa coincides perfectly with the emergence of Africa's modern cities -- and the accompanying sexual promiscuity which causes the rapid spread of AIDS -- US researchers said on Wednesday.
33-million infected, 25-million dead
Only by 1981, scientists were first able to diagnose and thus recognise the deadly pandemic, which has now infected at least 33 million people and killed 25 million. the first AIDS-victim in South Africa died in 1984. And today, most of the people who die of AIDS live in sub-Saharan countries or in the rest of the world are of black-African origin.
High-risk sexual behaviour causes AIDS
The latest finding pushes back the origin of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by several decades, they reported in the journal Nature. Most researchers believe that the growth of cities in Africa - and high-risk sexual behaviour associated with urban life - may have helped the virus to first flourish on this continent.
- There is no cure for Aids, which is most commonly transmitted through sexual contact.
One researcher, Prior estimates put the origin of HIV in Africa at 1930. However, Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona in Tucson now believes HIV began infecting humans between 1884 and 1924.
Wax-embedded lymph node
This research is based on 48-year-old gene fragments dug from a wax-embedded lymph node from a woman in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire.
- The 1960 sample is the second-oldest genetic sequence of HIV-1 group M, the main strain of the virus responsible for the Aids pandemic. The oldest sequence came from a 1959 blood sample given by a man in Kinshasa, formerly known as Leopoldville.
"Once you have two you can line them up and compare them," Worobey said in a telephone interview.
- "Once you do that, you see these two sequences are very different. That means the virus had already been there for a long time even by 1959 or 1960."
Calibrating the AIDS-genetic clock
Putting the two samples together with dozens of other previously known HIV-1 genetic sequences, the researchers constructed family trees for this strain of HIV.
- "Those old sequences helped calibrate the molecular clock, which is essentially the rate at which mutations accumulate in HIV," Worobey said.
"Once you have that rate, you can work backward and make a guess of when the ancestor of the whole pandemic strain of the Aids virus originated. It is that ancestor we are dating to 1908 plus or minus about 20 years."
Research from chimpanzee droppings furthermore, also suggests the virus first spread from chimps to humans in southeastern Cameroon. Worobey thinks the disease then spread slowly among the local population until one of the infected people went to the town of Kinshasa, where it had more opportunity to spread.
Worobey thinks by the 1960s, several thousand people there may have been infected with HIV. This actually also confirms contemporary reports from Belgian and French settlers in the Congo at that time, who described some locals of dying of a mysterious 'thinning disease'. Many Africans now still refer to AIDS as 'the thinning disease'.
- "HIV is one of these pathogens that you could almost think of as living on the edge of extinction," he said. "If it had not been carried to a city, it may not have survived the jump to humans.
Prevention is the ONLY way...
"It means there are things we could do so that it doesn't have a chance of spreading," Worobey said. Disease prevention is one of the most important issues in HIV, said Dr Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which help fund the research. "For every one person that we put on therapy, two to three people in the developing world get newly infected," he said in a telephone interview. "The only way we are going to get our arms around this is through prevention."
EXACTLY HOW POORLY THIS PREVENTION PROGRAMME IS REALLY GOING, SEE:
AFRICAN AMERICANS DANCING IN WASHINGTON DC:
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Oct 1 2008 Award-winning Sunday Independent journalist Mary Corrigall reports that the reign of terror unleashed on all South Africans inside their own homes and driveways by gangs of feral, ruthless armed killers is worsening dramatically. Residential robberies are up by 14,5 percent nationally, according to the police's 2007-2008 crime statistics. Every day, some fourty SA homes are invaded by large, armed gangs - who rape, loot and murder without any hesitation and use advance intelligence and days of observation of such a family before striking. Often, the females of the households are gang-raped, the men often gunned down without hesitation. The US embassy recently described these gangs as 'feral youth gangs with a powerful compunction to kill'.
And it is not only robberies that are threatening the sanctity of the SA home: Sixty-eight percent of al the many tens of thousands of annual car-hijackings happen in driveways of people's homes and are often deadly -- according to Richard Brussow, a former policeman who runs the National Hijack Prevention Academy.
The 2007-2008 police statistics show a 4,4 percent increase in car-hijackings -- and that armed robberies of businesses, inevitably carried out in broad daylight -- had soared by an astonishing 47,4 percent.
Immense threat to all our personal security - we are under siege...
These figures prove that crime threatens almost everyone, at whatever level of society, in this country: "The annual increase in the rate of house robberies poses an immense threat to our personal security," Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher for the crime, justice and politics programme at the Institute for Security Studies, told The Sunday Independent. "We are under siege."
'Residential robbery' is differentiated from 'residential burglary' in that it is classified as a crime in which armed individuals enter a private residence by using force with the intent to rob. An example of this was last week's horrific attack in Meyersdal, south of Johannesburg, in which Millie and Jan Kotze (left with son Stephan) 's young daughter was being gang-raped inside their home -- while both parents were shot and seriously wounded by the police outside -- who, it has been claimed -- 'mistook' the unarmed white family for the huge number of armed black robbers still inside the house. The twelve-member gang got clean away, while the cops were carrying out 'arrests' on the victims.
You aren't safe from these feral gangs anywhere -- at home, at shops or at work...
During the first year residential robbery was defined in 2002, a total 9,063 cases were recorded and since then the figure has soared -- with 14,481 armed attacks logged for 2007.
"Business robberies have also increased, so when you are at work you are also at risk. Shopping malls and restaurants are all places of work, which means that you are never safe," said Burger.
South Africans are thus investing amazingly huge amounts of money on security -- with state-of-the-art security systems that incorporate lasers and cameras, armed guards outside their homes, by joining community associations and community policing forums, and by setting up websites that monitor and report on robberies in the neighbourhood.
The non-profit eBlockwatch is one of the largest crime-fighting community networks in the country.
It has 60,458 members, according to its founder, Andre Snyman.
Profiles of criminals are posted on the website and information is shared among community members by SMS and on the internet. The information generated by the system is passed on to the police and has led to arrests and convictions, said Snyman.
However, according to the Institute for Security Studies' 2007 victim survey, a full 60 percent of South Africans still do next to nothing to protect themselves against crime. Moreover only 20 percent have ever bothered to attend a meeting of a community policing forum. It's not entirely certain how they determined this.
Residential robbers: highly organised, use intelligence gathering with insider-information:
But Burger said 'there was little citizens could do to curb residential robbery.' "Research shows that robbers are highly organised.
- "They use their own transport and acquire the services of people working at security companies, domestic workers and gardeners and people in government departments before they target your home."
Crime seems to be the only thing that still 'works' in South Africa — the risk of being arrested, tried and convicted is miniscule. In 1997, only 14.6 percent of that year's 30,000+ murders led to arrests and convictions. Of that year's 52,110 reported rapes there were only 2,532 convictions—about 6.7 percent.
For the 330,093 burglaries there were 15,710 convictions, about 4.8 percent.
The criminals aren't scared of the police...
The state's response to this reign of terror being waged against families inside their own homes has been painfully slow, according to Burger. "The arrest and conviction rate for this crime is low - criminals aren't scared. The chance of getting away with this kind of crime is very high," he said.
Gauteng province has the highest number of household robberies in the country, and the police initiated some programmes which helped bring the high rate down by 5 percent this year.
"What is 5 percent? Let's say there are 10 robberies in one community - that community is going to be living in terror. All it takes is one tragedy," said Firoz Cachalia, Gauteng's ANC-provincial parliamentarian (MEC) who holds the community safety portfolio.
- Cachalia said that 'having an efficient police force was insufficient if the entire criminal justice system is ineffective. Our arrest rates are increasing but not our conviction rates: we are getting the police to be more effective but we aren't taking [criminals] out of the system, which is really what counts."
This article was originally published on page 1 of Sunday Independent on September 07, 2008
Three whites killed execution-style, two injured in racist attack in Durban pub during World Cup 2010 football TV evening - five Indian men including two cops, arrested:http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/1908289/__Drie_doden_door_ruzie_over_penis__.html