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Oct 28 2008 - Book review: "For Whites Only" -- author: Charles Cilliers
Video - (warning: upload is at snail's pace...) Interview with Sowetan:
SOWETAN -- "Having put down the novel For Whites Only only a day before my scheduled interview with author Charles Cilliers, I was beginning to feel intimidated. Here is a writer who definitely wears his heart on his sleeve. In his book he tackles the issue of racism in the white community with the finesse of a bull in a china shop.
For Cilliers there are no holy cows. He slams the Afrikaner and English with equal venom, firing off salvos that will make the average white South African cringe. Imagine my surprise then, when confronted at Sowetan’s reception area by this articulate, trendy, good-looking young man, who looks barely out of high school.“I’m surprised I’m being interviewed by a white,” he quipped. “I’m surprised you’re so damn young,” I fired back.
Cilliers is laid-back. His body language is that of a confident person, someone who is comfortable with who he is; yet equally uncomfortable with the attitudes and actions of so many whites.“Just the other day I spent some time in the Kruger National Park with family and friends and the statements made, often with subtle racial undertones, make me cringe. It’s just plain ignorance,” he says.
Like so many of his generation, Cilliers was brought up in a home heavily influenced by right-wing politics.
His early childhood was spent on a farm in Witbank where, he says, they “grew nothing in particular”.
“My father was a blacksmith in town but he wanted us to grow up with the freedom of living on a farm. It was a fun time. I was like a savage … never bathing, climbing trees.” It wasn’t too long before a young Cilliers learnt about race. “My best friend on the farm was a black boy. We would play from sunrise to sunset, but when my white friends from school came to visit, I used to tell him to lie low. So even then there was that unspoken assumption that black and white kept their distance. There was racism in me even at that early stage.”
Cilliers’ parents divorced when he was 13. While he and his father moved to Bloemfontein, his mother remained in Witbank, where she remains a concert pianist and teaches music. Cilliers soon found himself at that bastion of Afrikaner education in the Free State, Grey College.
After matric it was a short journey up the road to Free State University, where he gained three degrees: journalism, communication science and linguistics, followed by a masters degree in creative writing in Cape Town. So, when did he realise things were not right in this country?
- “My parents were both AWB members. I used to be forced to dress up in this ridiculous khaki uniform and march in the sun.
“We were taught it was a battle of good versus evil. The whites were seen as God’s chosen ones and blacks as Satan’s savages.
“But some of these AWB people would be drunk and a couple of them looked seriously in-bred. I began to question if this was really good. It was about the same time that Madiba was released from prison.
- He just defied expectations and was completely dignified. This was supposed to be the anti-Christ, but just look at him… what a man. And then slowly my perceptions began to change.”
“I originally wanted a black person to write the book but as I got more involved in the research I realised a white person should write it. It was meant to get people to understand what apartheid was about but then I realised the majority of whites do not feel guilty about apartheid because they are in denial. They deny their involvement, they deny the effect it had on so many people.
“They continue to cling to as many privileges as possible. Apartheid did not die in 1994. It is still very much with us today. This denial continues.
“I wasn’t going to take the easy target which is the Afrikaans community. This would have been a pushover. I didn’t want the English-speaking liberals to hide and say ‘we’re not so bad’.” In the book Cilliers comes across as a Zuma supporter, something he does not deny.
Influenced by a former bank robber...
It was while studying at the University of Cape Town that Cilliers befriended the subject of his first book, The Choice, and someone who had a strong influence on his life, Gayton McKenzie. McKenzie, a former bank robber, is no stranger to controversy. He is mostly remembered as the whistle-blower on corruption at Grootvlei Prison in the Free State back in 2002.
- “We run a fish business together in which we bring fish up to Gauteng and then distribute as far away as Mpumalanga,” Cilliers says. “The business employs about 20 people – all ex-convicts – as we believe it is important to give people a second chance.”
Comments "Sowetan" -- "A second chance could just be what the white community should be looking for, if only they could muster the courage to admit to the sins of the past...
click on his picture to see the video: "In election years, we behave somewhat as primitive peoples do at the time of the full moon...' and the moon is certainly full:
CLICK ON HIS PICTURE TO WATCH THE SPEECH, in which he also said that 'while the USA is still working hard to reduce our reliance on nuclear-arms deterrence - there still is 'no way to ignore efforts by (...) other states to develop nuclear weapons; as long as other states have nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, we remain concerned." He says Russia for instance, has 'neither the money nor the population' to threaten its neighbours - but their nuclear arsenal has been boosted dramatically, as has been China's. He said: "We do not consider Russia or China as adversaries, but we cannot ignore their efforts in this regard...'
US NUCLEAR ARSENAL, SCIENTISTS ARE AGING FAST, HE WARNS:
He said the American nuclear-scientific community is deteroriating, with their nuclear-scientists reaching retirement age andvery few new nuclear engineers now still capable of designing new nuclear weapons, and no experience in testing their aging arsenal either. "The last new nuclear weapon in the USA was built in 1991 and no weapons in our arsenal have been tested since 1992, he noted, adding: "At a certain point it will become impossible to extend the life of our nuclear arsenal"...
" Presently the USA is the only nuclear power in the world which is now no longer able to design any new nuclear weapons. To be blunt there is no way we can maintain a credible deterrent to maintain our nuclear stockpile without being able to test the efficacy of that stockpile...'
Indeed there's a lot of strange behaviour going on in US politics:
For instance, these pictures come from a video, taken by undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and were just published of the first-ever black senator elected in Massachusets, senator Dianne Wilkerson, pictured left, hiding a bribe in her bra. The 53-year-old Wilkerson was videod hiding 23,500 dollars after accepting it as a bribe. She's appearing in a law court on November 17 and risks a 20-year maximum jail sentence. A Democrat, Attorney Wilkerson belongs to the following organisations:
Senator Wilkerson is the convener of "annual 21st Century Black Massachusetts Conference; chairs the Commission to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities; the steering committee for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law and goes to the Morning Star Baptist Church. http://www.mass.gov/legis/member/d_w0.htm
Afrikaners being murdered by the thousands in South Africa - Does anybody out there even care?
please contact Nol_Stuijt@hotmail.com for corrections, additions, new information, on the following name-list of farm-attack murders in South African in 2008. Genocide Watch issued its first report on the 'silent Boer Genocide' in South Africa in 2001.
SEE 2001 GENOCIDE WATCH REPORT:
BACKGROUND -- THE ONGOING SOUTH AFRICAN FARM MURDERS - SA TV PROGRAMME 'A BLOODY HARVEST':
This documentary below was produced by the SA prize-winning journalist Susan Puren of Carte Blanche. Since this 2001 programme was made, another 1,800 white farmers were murdered. The death toll now stands at more than 3,000 murdered white farmers and smallholders, their family members and -workers. South Africa only has 13,500 commercial farmers left in 2008 - down from 85,000 in 1994. They occupy less than ONE PERCENT of the entire South African land surface and even under these siege-conditions, still manage to produce 10,5-million tonnes of the staple-food maize. The South African population of 47-million people consumes an minimum annual 8-million tonnes of maize but the country's most capable food-producers are being murdered and chased off their farms at a massive rate. The per-capita murder rate for the Boer farmers in South Africa is four times higher than for the rest of the population... These farm murders are hate-crimes, warns Dr Gregory Stanton, the foremost world-expert on genocide, founding member of the organisation 'Genocide Watch': "South African farmers are treated as objects, these are hate-crimes where the killers are treating these farmers as 'things' instead of as human beings...even if it is only a few-hundred individuals being targetted, it is classified as a genocide.' Click on left video first for Part One, which continues on the righthand video.
Warning: there are police-forensic videos with gruesome scenes included in this documentary, not suitable for sensitive viewers.
Click on picture below: for Dr Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch's definition of the stages of genocide:
FARM MURDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA -- 2008:
Names, Dates, pictures and links to original news source:
20080419 Johan Myburgh, 33, assassinated, Rietfontein farm, Groblersdal NW
20080419 NW farmer Lien Gronum stabbed to death, Geluk, Brits - 2 workers gone, even dog shot
20080418 Bronkhorstspruit farmshop-keeper Ivy White shoots robber with his own gun
"Seven times. Why did they shoot him seven times?" asked devastated widow Ilze van Greunen, 34, about the death of her husband, Marius, 38.
Even their parrot was shot dead. At, 60, and Katrien Deysel, 56, were brutally murdered on their farm between Lichtenburg and Ottoshoop. The bodies of the couple, who had been married for 40 years, were discovered by a neighbour.At was a retired mineworker who for the greater part of his life worked at the Vaal Reefs mine near Orkney. They weren't rich and very little of value was robbed.
20080405 Farmer Pieter Heynecke, 68, stabbed to death, Ventersdorp homestead
20080405 Smallholder Albert Johnson, 85, beaten to death, two blacks arrested
20080407 Wool-farmer Mrs Moki Makinana, 49, murdered on Ugie farm, EC over female landrights issue:
20080402 Phillipus Theunis Engelbrecht, Geluksvlei, Bethlehem shot dead
Pictured on the right next to his tortured victim Hettie is one of the six attackers arrested, Brian Ncube of Zimbabwe
20080320 Kobus Marais, 59, Bapsfontein smallholder killed, 'hungry murderers'
20080307 Shirley Taylor, 65, killed at Alberton smallholding, Victim Nr 2,936
20080304 Ben Jansen van Rensburg, 58, murdered, Uitzicht farm, Pretoria
20080302 Alleyne Ross, 22, killed in Midrand smallholding attack by three blacks
20080820 Cassandré van Rooyen, 17, murdered, smallholding, Tarlton, Krugersdorp
20080706 Farmer Tienie Nel Leandra kidnapped, gunned down
Wife Nicolene escaped by tucking her two children, Zanell, 2 and Nico, 7 weeks, underneath her arms, running into the veld and hiding. She then watched and saw her husband fall down after two shots were fired. He died in hospital.The investigating officer is insp. Aron Moyo, tel 079 220 4212. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2358732,00.html
20080218 Farm wife Bertina Genis, 58, missing after armed attack Messina, by Oct 2008 presumed dead.
20080203 Afrikaans mom Elize Havenga strangled, Rietfontein smallholdings
20080127 Indian farmer Daya Moodley, 62, Port Shepstone, found torched in car
20080115 Retired farmer Danie Roos, 79, murdered in Balfour garden
20080115 Susanna van Zyl, 77, murdered Aberdeen smallholder selling meat
20080728 Afrikaner vegetable-farm worker Frik Coetzee, (ex-cop), shot dead on Barberton farm;
20080726 Charles du Plessis, 62, dies from injuries after Sterkspruit farm attack , Nelspruit
brother survived - attackers' gun failed to fire:
20080728 Andre Bam and dad Chris killed, Doornpoort AH, Pretoria - nothing robbed
July 29 2008 PRETORIA. Last night at 02:30 a family in the suburb of Doornpoort near Pretoria
- situated very closely to a temporary UN's refugee camp for foreign Africans -- was attacked at home by armed black men. This entire area of agricultural holdings has been under constant siege for at least two years, with murders, rapes and robberies by large armed youth gangs frequent. Most of the residents here are Afrikaans-speaking - which can be seen by the large number of Afrikaner-churches in the region.Nothing was robbed. Chris Bam, 57, died several days after his son André was killed at their smallholding in Doornpoort, Pretoria on July 28.
The father and son had farmed in Koppies together and when the father decided to retire, the son also moved with him to the Doornpoort smallholding they had bought. Chris Bam, like his son, also was a sportsman, gaining his northern-Free State colours in cycling. He is survived by his wife Veronica, daughters Adelle and Lindy and son Derik. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2365968,00.html http://www.news24.com/Die_Volksblad/Nuus/0,,5-83_2379758,00.html
20080802 Emilio Couto, 67, Doornpoort Pretoria smallholder, shot dead, armed gang
July 4 2008 - PRETORIA. Virginia Keppler reports in Beeld that the unarmed 67-year old Portuguese-South African smallholder Emilio Couto was shot dead by a group of armed men at 2:20 Saturday-morning inside his Doornpoort homestead. Emilio's wife Couto, 59 pictured right, - whose mother Delores de Freitas was also murdered by black armed attackers 18 years earlier -- was desperately trying to push close the bedroom door while the attackers were firing shots through the door. http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2369269,00.html
20080815 Gert Engelbrecht, 59, Memel farm, Oshoek FS, found murdered
20080301 Florist Willie Slabbert murdered, niece Daleen Kruger dies of fright Meyerton farm 03/03/2007 Johannesburg - African National Congress deputy president Jacob Zuma visited the relatives of an Afrikaner florist murdered on a farm in Meyerton, south of Johannesburg after reading about the family's tragedy. Willie Slabbert was found stabbed to death on his kitchen floor. His niece Daleen Kruger died of fright - a heart attack. Kruger's brother Theuns is a quadriplegic after being shot in the neck and back in 1999.
"He (Mr Zuma) read about it in the media and was so moved he decided to pay a visit to the family," said Munusamy.
Earlier that week Zuma also had a visit with singer Steve Hofmeyr and, according to Beeld, the two chatted about what frustrates Afrikaners.
"Zuma feels about the Zulus, the way that I feel about Afrikaners," Hofmeyr is reported to have said after their meeting at Zuma's home in Johannesburg.
20080708 Derek Roux murdered, fiancee Wendy Tee injured Fourways Chartwell AH
Prominent businessman Derek Roux was going to get married but was shot dead the night in front of fiancee Wendy Tee before he could take his vows.Roux, who 'd spent his life building companies before retiring two years ago, had climbed to the top of one of the world's biggest - Barloworld.
20080815 Minister Dale Roberts shot dead kneeling at prayer, Divine Connection Ministries church at Uitzicht smallholdings
August 15 2008 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Religious minister Dale Roberts (50) died in a kneeling position inside his "Divine Connection Ministries" church while he was shot dead by black criminals. The church, situated at the Uitzicht agricultural holdings in the west of Pretoria was attacked by a gang on Wednesday night. Roberts was shot in the shoulder and bled to death. Police called this a 'robbery' but only a kettle and some teabags were 'robbed'.
20080701 Roy Munks, 65 was stabbed to death by attackers on Hoedspruit farm - not killed by a buffalo
Hoedspruit Sept 21 2008 - Rapport newspaper says an initial ruling by the local inquest court that East-Rand businessman Roy Munks, 65, had been killed by a buffalo on his Hoedspruit farm were wrong.Two robbers who this week were arrested while breaking into a house, have changed this earlier story -- also published by Rapport -- dramatically when they'd 'spoken out of turn during questioning', and admitted their involvement in Munks' death in July this year, police said.The two alleged robbers who had 'spoken out of turn' during questioning by police, are scheduled to appear in a local court next week and now will be charged with Munks murder. They are now being questioned at length and police have started investigating this case all over again. http://www.news24.com/Rapport/Nuus/0,,752-795_2396862,00.html
20081001 Heila Pienaar, 41, axed to death at scrap-metal yard, Waldrift smallholdings
Oct 01 2008 Beeld journalist Sonja van Buul reports from VEREENIGING that a young Afrikaans girl was lying for hours, bleeding from a fractured skull, next to her dead mom at the family's scrap-metal yard at the Waldrift smallholdings near Vereeniging after the woman were attacked.
Mrs Heila Pienaar, 41, was axed to death and her daughter Charmaine, 18, was critically wounded by an attack yesterday. The girl was able to give an identification of the attacker at the hospital.
20081008 Farmers Stefanus Kotze killed, Nick Engelbrecht injured in Garies farm attack
20081009 Hansie Spies, 75, farm Gravelotte, Harrismith - dead in hail of AK47 bullets
20081010 Missionary Rianne Henning killed in escape attempt with her children, Honeydew smallholding -
Oct 11 2008 -- These is the murdered Afrikaans missionary Rianna Henning - here with husband Abri, children Marcelle (2) and Anika (10 months).
This young mother was murdered execution-style on Oct 10 2008 at a Honeydew smallholding while trying to escape with her two small childrenwhile the Fisherman's Village Christian Centre inside was being robbed by a large group of black men at gunpoint. See the story and picture on their website: http://www.fishermansvillage.za.org Honeydew -- a rural area with many subsistence-smallholdings often bought as retirement farmlets by pensioned-off Afrikaner mineworkers -- resorts under the Muldersdrift police station.In the year up to March 2008, there were 61 reported violence-related deaths at Muldersdrift: (17 murders + 44 culpible homicides); 5 abductions, 38 attempted murders, 169 armed assaults, 168 armed robberies, 14 carjackings and 41 robberies of families inside their residential properties; as well as 308 reported burglaries at homes.
20081022 - Johannes Spies, Harrismith farmer Gravelotte and Rudi Roach, smallholding Kameeldrift killed today by armed gangs
Oct 22 2008 - f Harrismith farmer Johannes Spies and of Rudi Roach, a dedicated Zwartkops Afrikaans High School teacher living on a smallholding, we gunned down and killed today. Both unarmed men were gunned down at their homesteads by heavily-armed black men. Very little of value was stolen. Rudi's grief-stricken widow Veronica Roach, right, whose unarmed teenaged-son also was shot three times in the back by these cowardly attackers, said these black men 'had not come to rob us... they came to kill us.'
20081023 KZN business woman Mary Visagie shot dead near rural hotel Drummond KZN Six-year-old daughter tells neighbour: 'Mommy won't wake up...'
October 23 2008 Police arrested one murder suspected and shot dead another one after a KwaZulu-Natal businesswoman, Mary Visagie, was shot dead and died in front of her two little girls early on Saturday-morning. Mary Visagie, 38, owner of the Red Door night club in Pietermaritzburg, was shot in the stomach by gunmen who had crashed through the sliding doors of her rented rural in Drummond locted very close to the old Valley of Thousand Hills Hotel.
20081026 Marius MacDonald shot, left to bleed to death tied to his family, Kameeldrift Pretoria
26 October 2008 KAMEELDRIFT SMALLHOLDINGS, Pretoria. 42-year old Marius MacDonald, a chemist living with his family and his wife's young brother on a Kameeldrift smallholding, was shot down by a three- or four-member armed gang inside his homestead at 1am. He slowly bled to death, the attackers threatened to kill his wife Leonora when she tried to help her husband. The family had 4 registered guns -- but these have to be locked into a safe by law, and thus they were unable to defend themselves.